Public funding, not Chevron dollars, key to protecting our schools: Bacchus

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Mayor Gregor Robertson joined School Board Chair Patti Bacchus and members of the Vision Vancouver school board team this morning to release their school board platform, and highlight what’s at stake for public schools on November 15.

"Last week Kirk LaPointe and the NPA put out a disturbing vision for our public schools that included a promise to accept Chevron’s offer to fund and influence classroom programs in our schools,” said Bacchus. “That’s the wrong direction for education. Our school board platform puts kids first. We want to continue our work, supporting stronger schools, standing up for public education and making our school district an environmental leader."

Vision Vancouver’s platform for schools includes continued advocacy with the province to fund needed infrastructure, a commitment to building new child care spaces, as well as more money for feeding kids and school diversity programs.

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Mayor highlights risk of NPA's Kirk Lapointe in debate, calling the NPA a "train wreck on transit leadership."

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Mayor Gregor Robertson challenged the NPA's Kirk LaPointe on his series of mistakes on crucial transit issues at today's mayoral debate at Christ Church Cathedral, highlighting the risk of letting the NPA take Vancouver backward in this election.

"Mr. LaPointe didn't even know where the Broadway Subway starts. He walked away from media questions about it, and clearly hasn't even read the plan supported by 22 Metro Vancouver mayors," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "When it comes to a pivotal transit referendum just months away, Vancouver can't risk any more rookie mistakes from Kirk LaPointe and the NPA. On the Broadway Subway, Kirk LaPointe's lack of leadership is off the rails."

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With 20 days to go, NPA's LaPointe can't avoid questions

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With less than three weeks to Election Day, the NPA's Kirk LaPointe continues to evade basic questions about his position on key issues in Vancouver -- highlighting the risk presented by the NPA in this election.

In contrast to past NPA campaigns that released detailed, costed platforms with clear policies, the NPA's Kirk LaPointe has refused to put forward a platform. Instead, voters are left to guess what an inexperienced candidate would do on issues like affordable housing, the environment, or the economy.

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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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