Pete Fry To Run For Greens In October 14 Civic Byelection

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August 17

The Green Party of Vancouver this evening nominated by acclamation long-time community advocate Pete Fry as the party's candidate for the October 14 City Council by-election.

In accepting the nomination, Fry stated: "Adriane Carr has been alone on council pushing for resolutions on issues like whistle blower protection, social housing targets that are tied to actual income, transparency around public benefits, and so much more. But she’s just one Green on council.

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Pete Fry To Be Acclaimed Green Party Candidate for Vancouver Byelection

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August 15

It is expected that Vancouver raised community advocate Pete Fry will be acclaimed as the Green Party of Vancouver candidate for the upcoming civic byelection at a nomination meeting to be held 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, August 16 in the Royal Bank Room at the YWCA Hotel Vancouver (733 Beatty Street).

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Greens proud to show their colours at Pride Parade

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August 08

We had a wonderful time showing off our colours at the Pride parade on August 6th. There were over 50 of us joining the parade including provincial candidates, elected civic greens, federal party leader Elizabeth May, and past candidates joining the hundreds of thousands of people from across the city and region. Thanks so much to all our volunteers for making this Pride the biggest yet.

 Adriane-Pride.jpgAdriane strutting her stuff at pride

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Electing Vancouver's Second Green City Councillor

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July 25

We're happy to announce that the Green Party of Vancouver will be holding a nomination meeting on August 16th for our City Council candidate and August 26th for our School Board candidate(s). The latter of which is contingent upon the Provincial Government confirming a school board by-election -- we expect this to be decided on or before August 4th, 2017.

Vancouver City HallVancouver City Hall. Photo courtesy Kenny Louie.

Both of these meetings are open to new and non-members alike. However only those who have been members for at least two weeks prior to each meeting will be eligible to vote for the candidate(s). Those whose membership has lapsed within one year of each meeting can renew in advance online at vangreens.ca/membership or at the door. Additionally, you must be in attendance to vote as our bylaws do not permit proxy voting.

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VSB trustees accountable for toxic work environment

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June 23

With the recent resignation of the Vancouver School Board (VSB) superintendent I’ve been asked, “What was really going on at the VSB?  I don’t know what to believe.” 

Looking back at the trustees’ behaviour I witnessed and reading the two investigation reports I believe VSB staff were bullied and harassed.  As a newly elected trustee, I stepped into a pre-existing board dynamic that I found overly partisan and very challenging to work in, and did not fully realize the impact of trustees’ behaviour on staff. 

janet_fraser_sun_oped_june2017_450x299.jpgDr. Janet Fraser (Green Party of Vancouver)
Elected Vancouver School Board Trustee in 2014

Trustees have the right to ask hard questions, and should do so to better serve the district’s students, but along with that right is the responsibility to ensure that all employees have a safe and respectful work environment. The WorkSafeBC report gives four specific examples of inappropriate conduct or comments that a trustee reasonably ought to have known would cause staff to be humiliated or intimidated and were seen as bullying and harassment. The Goldner report accepts that relentless and aggressive questioning created a culture of fear in which staff dreaded their attendance at meetings where they would be expected to report to the Board, particularly if they knew that their recommendations would not be well received.

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Councillor Carr Motion for 100% Social Housing @ 105 Keefer Site

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June 13

AC_in_green_at_Council.pngToday Vancouver City Council voted on the rezoning application to develop a 12 storey mixed use tower, including luxury condos, at 105 Keefer Street and 544 Columbia Street in an area that had been zoned for up to 9 storeys and an area that is home to seniors on fixed incomes as well as cultural centres and independent shops that could all be driven out of Chinatown through increased rents throughout the neighbourhood as a result of projects like this.  Council heard from concerned members of the community over four days of public hearings, on May 23, 25, 26 and 29. Throughout our city, residents have taken to writing op eds in the media; rallying their friends, family and colleagues online and in person, concerned about the very serious impact this project could have on the unique historic community of Chinatown. The public input brought forward about this project was massive – perhaps bigger than for any other proposed rezoning in recent years – with the majority of speakers, emails and petitioners opposed to the project, noting it is too high and too big. 

During the final discussion and vote today, Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr raised a number of key questions, including:

  • What is the timeline for Council consideration of the City’s Chinatown Revitalization Process, including staff recommendations that tall and wide buildings will no longer be considered and that the Rezoning Policy for Chinatown South should be cancelled.
  • Clarification of the number of market condos that have been built recently in Chinatown. .
  • How many other inquiries and applications for rezonings are underway in current HA-1A (Chinatown Historic Area) zoned area.
  • Whether BC Housing agreed to purchase the 25 social housing units proposed for 105 Keefer at cost or at a profit to the developer.
  • Whether the project’s 149 foot frontage on Keefer contravenes zoning or policies, as was suggested by a number of speakers.
  • Explain why there are no Community Amenity Contributions being offered by the developer?
  • Whether more profit would be generated with the sale of condos on the top 3 floors (the additional floors that are the subject of the rezoning) than lower floors.
  • Whether the City owns property of a sufficient size and zoning to do a landswap with the proponent.
  • Whether this application could be referred back to staff to reconsider appropriate height and massing for the site.
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