Official Election Platform
Everything in my platform will run through the filter of “Clean, Green, with an Affordable Scene.” Also, I am a team-player who is willing to dig for information that will lead to solutions that will benefit the middle-class and the working poor, as well as those needing social housing or struggling with homelessness.
Here is a short platform summary:
My motto is that I would like to see Vancouver clean, green, with an accessible scene. Increase waste management, move towards renewable energy, build affordable housing, look after small businesses, increase transit during peak hours, build more bikes lanes, as well as proper connections, ensure that more housing co-ops & purpose-built rentals can be built, work with faith-based groups to make each church or synagogue a shelter downtown. Offer short-term & long-term solutions to housing.
Longer Platform Description (coming soon)
- Housing affordability –
- The opioid epidemic,
- Marijuana legalization
- Climate Change
- Radical ideas
As an independent candidate, I am willing to work with whichever mayor gets elected, but I can give a small comment about them: The order of the mayors on this list shows the order I would give them a vote, at this current time. I might change my mind and therefore the order at any time after this, depending on things like presentation, personality, people-skills and platform.
A big thing is that I also see how these mayoral candidates treat me – as a first-time, inexperienced candidate, who is hoping to change the world by joining the council for the city of Vancouver, and also go from there. So far, every mayoral candidate I have met in person has been very respectful and easy to talk to. But I have only met 3 of them, so there are still 4 to go.
- Shauna Sylvester – “Shauna knows that solutions to complex urban problems lie in civic engagement; she is committed to using her extensive experience and skill in public consultation to draw out the knowledge, experience, drive and energy of Vancouver’s citizens.” I like this about her and feel drawn to this mayoral candidate, as I feel the same way – let’s engage the public and problem-solve together to get the best results we can to build the city we want.
- Ken Sim – “I refuse to stand by while our city hollows out. Together, we can make this a truly liveable city where each Vancouverite feels at home and gets to build the future they want.” When I first heard about the election, I felt instinctively that the NPA would now have a turn to lead the city, but since some Independents/New Parties showed up, I am not so sure. But it could be.
- David Chen – “His decision to co-found a new municipal governance party stemmed from wanting to be unrestricted by political leanings, and from wanting to not join an existing party that is indebted ̶ in any way ̶ to developers, unions, corporations, organized group, or politicians.” Very cool, I respect that. Let’s see how well this plays out over the next 6 weeks.
- Fred Harding – “Harding, 53, said he wants to focus on issues such as drugs, community health, municipal fundamentals like garbage collection, and improving law and order.” I haven’t met him in person yet, but like these ideas, as clean, green, with an accessible scene, also includes public safety and comfort.
- Kennedy Stewart – “The Vancouver I know was disappearing, particularly when it comes to affordable housing. Homelessness was on the rise, renters were struggling, and the vision of owning a family home was spiralling out of sight. I know we can take on our big challenges and once again make this a city for everyone.” My issue with this mayoral candidate is the fact that he wants to be an activist at the same time. That might be somewhat of a struggle – will we be holding council meetings in jail occasionally? Will we all be required to protest some federal or provincial project as a council? It might be better that he stays as a MP and does his work from there.
- Hector Bremner – “taking the lid off the city, with citywide pre-zoning and using incentives and city-owned land to make a crisis level addition to middle class and affordable housing, where the market isn’t providing it and getting housing more quickly to those who need it, by capping permit wait times” I would agree with all of these things, but am not sure how all these things would play out. Also, have not met him yet, and am waiting to see what he is like.
- Wai Young – “A candidate for mayor in this October’s civic election has attempted to give her campaign a kick start by declaring war on Vancouver cyclists.”
“There will be no new bike lanes unless we move one from somewhere else,” Wai Young wrote on Twitter last night (June 21, 2018).
I say “No Way” to Wai Young! Sorry, I would work with you, if necessary, but I would be ready to fight back to support cyclists and their infrastructure all the way! Cyclists are going to help save the world and reduce carbon, and there has to be a way to accommodate them.