Over 100 people filled the room at Creekside Community Centre to hear the candidates from Vancouver – False Creek for the 2017 BC Provincial Election. It was a lively evening with interesting views on several issues of concern to residents of the area. The False Creek Residents Association is proud to have hosted this event. A big thanks to all in attendance, and especially to the six candidates who participated.
For those who couldn’t attend, here is a video of the entire meeting. Election day is May 9, and there are advance polls beforehand. Please get out and vote!
-Presented by the False Creek Residents Association
Join us on Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM at Creekside Community Centre as the False Creek Residents Association invites the provincial candidates for Vancouver-False Creek to participate in an All-Candidates meeting. This is your opportunity to ask questions and hear from the candidates on the issues that are important to the residents of False Creek prior to the May 9 Provincial Election.
The candidates for Vancouver – False Creek (Listed alphabetically):
James Filippelli – Your Political Party of BC (YPP) Morgane Oger – BC NDP Phillip Ryan – BC Citizens First Party Bradley Shende – BC Green Party Sam Sullivan – BC Liberal Party (Incumbent)
The False Creek Residents Association is a non-partisan, volunteer-run neighbourhood group dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone that lives around and visits False Creek—the heart of the city of Vancouver. For more information, visit us at www.falsecreekresidents.org.
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!
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!