NPA plan for funding public schools would turn programs over to corporate interests

The NPA's ideas for public schools are out of touch with the needs of Vancouver families, says Vision Vancouver School Board Chair Patti Bacchus, and shows the inexperience of their Mayoral candidate Mr. LaPointe.

"Their proposal to rely on corporate sponsorship as a way to fund our schools would be a serious step backwards for our kids,” says Bacchus. "The fact that the NPA and Mr. LaPointe believe that oil companies like Chevron should be funding our kids' education shows what is at risk in this election. This is not the direction our public schools should be going."

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FACT CHECK: Something you can do something about? How about some specifics, Mr. LaPointe

The NPA’s Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe likes to tell voters that he wants "to do something about something he can do something about." So far, however, that something hasn’t included providing any specifics on his policy proposals.

In the past three months, LaPointe has only made 10 announcements to the media on various policy proposals, and so far he has been either unable or unwilling to offer any specifics as to just what his proposals mean, or what they will cost.

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Vision leadership on transit in contrast to NPA confusion

Mayor Gregor Robertson was joined by members of the Vision team today at the VCC-Clark Skytrain station, outlining Vision Vancouver’s commitment to transit and the risk of an inexperienced NPA.

“With Vision, voters get strong, experienced leadership on transit, at a time when we need to move forward on the Broadway Subway and reduce congestion,” said Mayor Robertson. “Our plan on transit is clear and addresses our transportation needs. What we’ve seen from the NPA is confusion, inexperience, and an approach to transit that would take Vancouver backwards.”

The VCC-Clark Millennium Line skytrain station is where a new Broadway Subway will start. On Tuesday, the NPA’s Mr. LaPointe said the subway would extend “from Commercial Drive to UBC.”

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NPA announcement continues confusion on Broadway Subway, shows lack of experience

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The NPA’s latest comments on transit in Vancouver show the risk of electing an out-of-touch NPA that lacks leadership on the key issues.

Today’s NPA announcement on transit continues weeks of conflicting messages from their mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe. This is combined with a vague promise of more studies on traffic and bike routes, showcasing a lack of leadership from the NPA and a refusal to put forward concrete policies.

“The NPA has no credible plan on transit and with a major transit refrendum taking place next spring, electing an inexperienced NPA would be a huge risk to our city,” said Vision Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs. “It’s clear from their release today that the NPA has no positive alternative to address the needs for transit in Vancouver. Most concerning is that Mr LaPointe doesn’t even seem to understand where a Broadway Subway would start from.

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Fact Check: NPA comments on economy show inexperience

One day after the release of Mayor Robertson and Vision Vancouver's economic platform, new comments from the NPA highlight their business inexperience and lack of understanding of the city's economy.

Vision Vancouver's economic agenda focuses on controlling spending and keeping taxes low, enabling start-ups and entrepreneurs to succeed, and support for local small businesses. The NPA's Mr. LaPointe made a number of comments in response, showing his lack of understanding of the City's budget and economy.

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Vision Vancouver releases economic plan, provides steady leadership on jobs and local business

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Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson released his economic and jobs platform for the next four years today, from the site of the new $750 million national Telus headquarters in Downtown Vancouver, BC’s largest private sector employer.

“Vancouver’s economy is strong, diverse, and growing, and we need to keep it moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Robertson. “I’m proud of the role we’ve played in this success. We’re seeing big investments in our downtown, homegrown companies succeeding, and newfound confidence in our economy.”

Robertson pointed out that, under Vision’s leadership, Vancouver has the lowest property taxes of any major city in Canada, and has reduced its debt by $191 million. There are also a record seven new office towers under construction in Downtown Vancouver.

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Vision adds more child care, child care database to its Affordability Agenda

Last night, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver announced a commitment to make every elementary school getting a seismic upgrade child care ready, leveraging provincial investments to expand child care access in neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver.

A Vision City Council will also work to get child care centre inspection and violation data into an open source database, so that families can easily search the inspection history of child care centres on their mobile device.

These policies build on Vision’s Affordability Agenda, which will deliver 4,000 more rental units over four years, 1,000 new child care spaces, free learn-to-swim courses for kids under 14, and target 35% of housing in new developments to families.

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Election forum raises questions on NPA’s hidden agenda on housing

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With 30 days to the election, more questions are being raised about the NPA’s hidden agenda on housing and development, after a debate hosted by neighbourhood groups failed to yield clear answers from the NPA on what their plans are for housing and development.

At a debate last night hosted by the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods, the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe spoke at length about launching a new “city plan.” Despite several questions, he refused to explain how it would work, raising fears from neighbourhood groups that the NPA will throw out long-standing neighbourhood plans, and ignore existing targets for affordable housing.

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NPA Housing Plan would cut more affordable housing than it creates, take Vancouver backwards

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A review of the NPA’s affordable housing platform shows that an NPA government would actually reduce the amount of affordable housing being created, at a time when Vancouver desperately needs more housing for low and middle incomes.

Yesterday the NPA committed to ending the City’s successful Rental 100 Program, which provides incentives for the creation of rental apartments, instead of condos. The program has helped deliver more than 1,000 new rental apartments a year for the past two years, compared to zero rental apartments built in 2008 – the last year of an NPA Council.

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Fact check: NPA housing approach out of touch with Vancouver's needs

With the release of the NPA's housing platform, Vancouver voters have a clear choice in November's election. On November 15th, voters have a clear choice between a Vision Vancouver council that is committed to building new affordable housing, or an out-of-touch NPA who have no plan to address Vancouver's affordability challenges.

"The NPA's approach on housing represents the same tired, out-of-touch policies that failed before and will do nothing to help people in Vancouver," said Vision Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs. "The NPA's belief that we should let 'the market' decide what housing gets built in Vancouver will only drag our city backwards. It's not a surprise this is coming from the same party that has voted 25 times against measures to address affordable housing and homelessness."

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