The next Vancouver civic election is October 20, 2018. This also happens to be five years since City Council adopted the West End Community Plan. A good time for taking stock and communicating with election candidates.
Several groups are organizing a West End Mayoral Forum. (Some voices are also calling for a forum of other candidates too, but we have no word on such a plan yet for City Council, School Board, or Park Board. Stay tuned.) The information below on the Mayoral Forum is adapted from the event’s dedicated Facebook page.
West End Mayoral Forum
Tuesday, October 9
7 to 9 pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson Street, Vancouver
CANDIDATES: Ken Sim, Kennedy Stewart, Hector Bremner, Shauna Sylvester
Organizers: West End Families in Action (WEFA), WE Arts WEArts.ca, Denman & West Neighbours (DAWN), West End Seniors’ Network, Gordon Neighbourhood House, Metro Vancouver Alliance, Young Ideas, and St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.
To provide a forum where candidates can explain their positions and hear the concerns of local residents via questions to be provided by stakeholders. Among the themes of concern within the West End about which candidates will have an opportunity to share their ideas are:
1. livability and quality of life;
2. residential affordability and homelessness; and
3. viability of independent local businesses.
Candidates will answer questions provided by stakeholders, and a moderator (Richard F Zussman, Global) will ensure that answers and exchanges among candidates are concise and on target so as to make best use of the 7:00-9:00 pm time frame for the event.
SELECTION OF CANDIDATES
This will be done closer to the forum with an eye to keeping it to a manageable number. Endorsement by a political party or organization will be taken into account in making a selection.
We ask that you join in the event by publicizing it among your membership. We also invite you to submit questions that can be posed by the moderator to the candidates.
For further information about this event and to add questions to pool from which a selection will be made for putting to the candidates, please contact Siobhan@gordonhouse.org.
St. Andrew’s Wesley Church is a wheelchair-accessible facility. For those with a mobility device, access to the event space (the sanctuary) is from Nelson Street. A gender-neutral washroom will be available for this event. Participants are encouraged to minimize the use of scented products such as cologne or perfumes. Please let us know if you have any specific accessibility requirements, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
St. Andrew’s-Wesley is located at 1022 Nelson Street (on the corner of Nelson Street and Burrard Street), and is well served by transit. Limited parking is available behind the facility, with access from the lane.
We acknowledge that our community and this event is taking place is on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.