Councillors from both parties plan to boycott
Vision’s process to list preferred neighbourhoods
January 20, 2016, Vancouver, B.C. — NPA City Councillors George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball, and Melissa De Genova, along with Green Party City Councillor Adriane Carr, say they will continue to freely represent, and be accessible to, all residents of Vancouver and will boycott Vision’s process to list their preferred neighbourhoods for liaison positions.
The contentious plan, which runs counter to the spirit of Section 138 of Vancouver Charter, and attempts to skirt the Charter’s intent and wording, was pushed through by the Vision majority on Council late this afternoon; without any specific public consultation on the issue.
Section 138 of the Vancouver Charter states that Councillors are to be elected at large to represent all citizens of the city, and any transition to a system of “neighbourhood constituencies” or “wards” requires Council to pass a by-law that must also be approved by the Province’s Lieutenant Governor.
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