Statement by VSB Chair Mike Lombardi

“Education Minister Mike Bernier’s outrageous political decision to unilaterally fire the democratically elected Vancouver School Board is the wrong decision for kids, for parents, and for communities. The people of Vancouver elected trustees to stand up for public education, not to do the provincial government’s dirty work of closing schools, cutting programs, and selling off public assets address a budget shortfall of their own making. The Vancouver School Board is now being run out of Premier Christy Clark’s office.

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Media advisory: Vision trustees to support 2016/2017 budget

Following Education Minister Mike Bernier’s October 12 statements to the news media linking the availability of seismic upgrade funding to school boards voting to approve their balanced budgets, in addition to his September 21 announcement rescinding governments 95 percent school utilization requirement, Vision Vancouver trustees will vote Monday to formally pass the 2016/17 operating budget that is currently being implemented.

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Patti Bacchus: Why We Voted to Suspend School Closures

Last night, your Vision Vancouver trustees voted to suspend the school closure process, effective immediately. This decision, also supported by the sole Green Party trustee, is about putting kids first.

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Homes first. Investments second.

A message from Mayor Gregor Robertson

This morning, I announced the next steps for Vancouver’s new Empty Homes Tax. It's the latest in a series of steps to make sure that Vancouver housing is first and foremost for homes, not a commodity to make money with.

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The Grandview Woodlands Community Plan

The new Grandview Woodland Community Plan – which will guide the future of the neighbourhood for the next 30 years - goes to City Council at the end of July.

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Our annual Summer potluck

Since 2012, women supporters of Vision have been getting together for a summer potluck to connect with fellow supporters interested in shaping our city, and to celebrate the achievements of women in politics.

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Celebrate Pride with us

Mayor Gregor Robertson and our Vision team are focused on building an inclusive city with vibrant, diverse, and fabulous neighbourhoods and communities, where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities feel welcome and can call Vancouver home.

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Update on housing from Mayor Robertson

Housing affordability is by far the biggest challenge we face in Vancouver. A lot has happened in the past month — and I want to share it with you.

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A message from Patti Bacchus on the VSB Budget Vote

Your Vision Vancouver school trustees – Joy Alexander, Mike Lombardi and Allan Wong and I – voted to reject the VSB budget proposals for the 2016/17 operating budget. Green Party school trustee Janet Fraser also voted to reject the budget, helping us to defeat the budget motion by a vote of 5-4. 

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Statement from Vision Vancouver regarding the Vancouver School Board’s 2016-17 Budget

Vancouver, BC (April 28, 2016) – The Vision Vancouver School trustees — Joy Alexander, Patti Bacchus, Mike Lombardi and Allan Wong — will be voting tonight to reject the VSB budget proposals for the 2016/17 operating budget.

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