Bio: In 2011, Adriane Carr became Vancouver’s first Green Party Councillor in the City of Vancouver. She earned an MA in urban geography from UBC, taught at Langara College, then worked to establish the Gastown-based Wilderness Committee as one of Canada’s pre-eminent conservation groups. In 2000 she was elected as BC Green Party Leader—a party she co-founded in 1983 and became the first Green leader in televised leaders’ debates. In 2006, after co-chairing the campaign to elect Elizabeth May as Green Party of Canada Leader, she was appointed as May’s Deputy Leader, resigning in 2014. She has been the honorary co-chair of the Canadian Women Voters’ Congress’s Women’s Campaign School for the past seven years. As a Vancouver City Councillor Carr has championed issues to improve peoples’ quality of life, create a greener city, and ensure peoples’ voices are not just heard but incorporated into decisions of Council.
Why does Adriane want to run for the Green Party of Vancouver? - "The Green Party is the only party that is neither left nor right, that puts collaboration ahead of partisanship, that understands limits to growth, and that makes decisions with our childrens’ future at the top of mind. I believe it is a key part of the solution to our city’s democratic crisis and our planet’s future.
I love being an elected Councillor and I want to continue the work I started in 2011. I believe that my voice as a Green Party Councillor is a unique voice that can hold any other party to account. I have earned a good reputation for listening to citizens and incorporating their ideas and concerns into motions and amendments, a majority of which are passed.
I want to use the public support I’ve garnered to help elect a team of Greens to Council, Park Board and School Board.
Carr says that in her second term, with the help of a Green caucus, she will continue to work hard on the issues she has fought for in her current term, including genuinely affordable housing, alleviating homelessness and poverty, and a smarter, more sustainable and balanced approach to development that doesn’t undermine the character of the neighbourhoods that make Vancouver so special.
What are the issues that Adriane will champion during the campaign and if elected?
1. Vancouver’s housing crisis – present new, practical solutions to increase affordable housing.
2. Homelessness and poverty – ensure the focus remains on real social housing that meets the needs of the most impoverished; champion honesty and transparency in tackling these problems, not duplicitous definitions (as we saw in the DTES Plan) that dupe people into thinking more progress is being made than there is.
3. Bring democracy back to City Hall – champion processes that involve true collaboration, not meaningless “consultation”; put peoples’ interests ahead of developers’ interests .
4. A pace and scale of development that local citizens’ accept because it maintains Vancouver’s heritage and neighbourhood character (which current development does not). Stop the bulldozing of so many heritage homes.
5. Authentic Greenest City action, especially on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing food security; continuing to push action on the climate crisis including opposition to Kinder Morgan’s twinning of its pipeline.
6. Transportation - a process to expand bike lanes that avoids dividing citizens and egregiously increasing congestion; making Vancouver North America’s #1 walkable city.
7. Local economy – champion arts and culture and independent small business.
Watch Adriane Carr's speech at the Green Party of Vancouver's nominee announcement on March 31st:
Bio: Cleta Brown was raised in Vancouver in a politically active family. She attended public schools and then Dalhousie University, University of Victoria and the University of London, London School of Economics. Ms. Brown began her legal career at the BC Office of the Ombudsman where she observed a unique view of the powerful effects of governmental decision making on ordinary citizens, businesses and organizations. Ms. Brown worked as a Crown Counsel in the provincial courts and saw firsthand the difficult impact of policing and the justice system on disadvantaged youth, women and aboriginal persons. Ms. Brown was appointed an Alternate Chairperson of the BC Review Board. She presided over hearings where accused persons' liberty rights were determined in a forensic psychiatric context. The devastating effects of inadequate community psychiatric health services for the mentally ill abandoned in downtown centers were described daily in this forum.
Ms. Brown has always been involved in the volunteer sector, on the ground and on Boards of Directors. Some of the organizations she has volunteered with are the Canadian Women's Foundation, MOSAIC, Vancouver YWCA, Westcoast LEAF, LEAF National, University Women's Club of Vancouver. In particular she is a longtime activist for women's equality. Currently she is 1st Vice President of the University Women's Club of Vancouver, Chair of its Status of Women & Human Rights Committee and Vice President & Secretary of the BC Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Ms. Brown is married with school age children and resides in Kerrisdale. She enjoys sports, piano, reading and is learning to sing (a lifelong dream!).
Why does Cleta want to run for the Green Party of Vancouver? - “I am running for City Council to champion the right of ordinary Vancouverites to determine the way our city changes and grows, to champion a rebalancing of corporate and community influence at City Hall and to confront the social inequalities in our city. I strongly believe that the unchallenged growth of poverty and injustice is an absolute barrier to a thriving happy city and makes it impossible to have both a green and economically strong city. I am running with the Green Party of Vancouver because it is committed to transparent participatory democracy, economic fairness and effective social justice. We need good listeners at City Hall. The Green Party of Vancouver listens and is unencumbered by blind partisanship or any special interest obligation. I am confident in saying that Vancouverites from all walks of life and all areas of the city would be well represented by our four Green Party candidates who respect their rights, their interests and their contributions to city life.”
What are the issues that Cleta will champion during the campaign and if elected?
1. Make Vancouver the best place to live in by shifting development priorities to families, children and young adults.
2. Protect and promote the value of neighbourhood character.
3. Make investments that promote social interaction, not social isolation.
4. Adopt slower development processes with a focus on public collaboration at all stages, not merely "consultation".
5. Promote the values of a just city by tackling child poverty, youth housing and jobs, creating safe public spaces and building homes vs. shelters.
6. Improving transit and transportation and reducing traffic congestion.
Watch Cleta Brown's speech at the Green Party of Vancouver's nominee announcement on March 31st:
Bio: I was born in Ireland, and grew up in Vancouver with divorced Anglo-Trinidadian parents. My teenage years were largely influenced by the art, punk, music and club scenes. Each had profound influences on my life: a career in design and illustration, steeped in arts, community activism, D.I.Y. ethic and volunteering with AIDS causes.
After dropping out of SFU to start an art/publishing business in 1988, I’ve lived in the various neighbourhoods of Downtown Eastside - and been actively involved in community work. Since 1992, I’ve been self-employed as a graphic and web designer. In 2006 I sat on the Park Board’s dog strategy task force. As a community activist, I've volunteered extensively on numerous projects, helped organize the Strathcona's 125 anniversary event, rallied a community response to the City's viaducts removal scheme and its lack of traffic planning east of Main. Since 2012 I‘ve served as chair of the Strathcona Residents’ Association and representative on the DTES Local Area Planning Process. I feel the singular biggest issue facing our City is affordability and how that relates to the sustainability of Vancouver.
I live in Strathcona with my wife, dog, and two cats. We enjoy a car free lifestyle, making art, entertaining friends, and hosting the occassional foreign student.
Why does Pete want to run for the Green Party of Vancouver? - “I feel strongly that the focus and responsibility of our civic government needs to prioritize the people who live here, and that a healthy democracy needs a diversity of voices at the Council table to ensure that it does,” says Fry when describing his reasons for running. “We have some big challenges; in the face of the general condition of precarity that is so overwhelming in Vancouver, we need to ensure affordability, homes, and a city where everyone can thrive. I'm sick of seeing my friends squeezed out of the city because they can no longer afford to live here. If Vancouver is to remain home to the brilliant diversity of people who currently live here, we need to do a better job of supporting the arts and small business, improve transit, and shake the "No Fun City" label once and for all. We need to strengthen and empower our communities and citizens to build a sustainable and resilient city where people come before profits.”
What are the issues that Pete will champion during the campaign and if elected?
1. Making Vancouver genuinely affordable for the people who live and are growing up here.
2. Working with neighbourhoods to protect and enhance what makes them so special.
3. Adopting a more thoughtful, sustainable and respectful approach to the way we densify our city.
4. Working for genuine sustainability.
Watch Pete Fry's speech at the Green Party of Vancouver's nominee announcement on March 31st: