We did have a number of media attend our event. Coverage from the Vancouver Observer was very thorough. For those of you who couldn’t attend, the VO article is a good recap, together with some great pictures.
The Vancouver Courier’s coverage highlighted our friends at Marine Gardens. This is a family oriented affordable rental complex which Concord Pacific will demolish to make way for high end condo towers.
Thanks to an engaged community, the FCRA Candidates Forum played to a packed house at the Creekside Community Centre.
All municipal parties attended. We attracted 4 mayoralty candidates: Independent Bob Kasting, NPA Kirk LaPointe, Independent Colin Shindler, and COPE Meena Wong. Two sitting City Councillors attended: Adriane Carr from the Green Party, and Raymond Louie from Vision Vancouver.
We hope the discussions will inform voters, and we hope for a great turnout at the polls from our community.
Did we learn anything? Unfortunately there was no commitment from any candidate to pursue an appeal of the $1.00 assessment of Concord’s 9 acre waterfront property and no promise to ‘sod over’ the 7 acres of non-sales centre portion of Lot 9; although Bob Kasting is on record with a commitment to ensure park-zoned land is used for park and recreation purposes only.
There were promises from many of the candidates to do a better job of community engagement and consultation. One City and the Vancouver Green Party are committed to Neighbourhood Councils. This is fully detailed in the Green Party’s platform which is available at: votevangreens.ca. The NPA has promised to revitalize and renew CityPlan which has extensive neighbourhood participation. Kirk’s plan for this was outlined at the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhood’s Town Hall event on October 15. The Cedar Party promises financial prudence and accountability. Vancouver First echoes that position, and urges voters to elect a mixed slate of councillors.
Please add your comments to our post and send in your pictures! And above all — don’t forget to vote!
On October 29th, the FCRA will sponsor a meeting of candidates in the upcoming civic election. There will be pre-set questions from the association and an opportunity for questions from the floor.
What would you like to ask:
When will the City demand that Creekside Park is delivered by Concord Pacific?
Are you in favour of removing the viaducts? What is your plan to ensure that removing the viaducts doesn’t have an unmanageable impact on our local streets?
When will we see the community centre including indoor soccer gym and ice rink on the Plaza of Nations?
Let us know your issues. Come on out on the 29th and assess the candidates.
October 29, 2014
Creekside Community Centre
1 Athletes Way
7pm Meet and Greet Candidates
7:30 Qs and As
The FCRA held an All-Candidates meeting for candidates in the Vancouver-False Creek riding in the upcoming Provincial election last night on a sunny Wednesday evening at the Creekside Community Centre.
The April 24 debate featured Sam Sullivan (BC Liberals), Matt Toner (NDP), Ian Tootill (Ind), James Filippelli (Your Political Party) and Salvatore J. Vetro (BC First Party).
The auditorium was packed with more than 100 people, and candidates answered questions about schools, hospitals, the environment, the giant neon billboards at BC Place, daycare, mental health services, voter participation and other issues during a lively but respectful 2 hour session.
Democracy in action
And the view outside the hall was a beautiful sight too!