Fact check: NPA's Mr. LaPointe would roll back Downtown Eastside progress

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Yesterday, the NPA's Mr. LaPointe published a blog post detailing a tour of the Downtown Eastside, and outlined his proposals for the neighbourhood. His positions on the neighbourhood and housing show what's at risk in this election, and the clear choice between Vision Vancouver and the NPA.

1. Mr LaPointe says: “Whether with the help of a DTES czar or a bi-partisan group, we need a new dialogue."

Fact: The City just completed a two year community planning process for the Downtown Eastside, which included a resident-led neighbourhood committee and more than 335 meetings and events. Mr. LaPointe did not attend a single meeting.

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Vision releases new ad to mark 50 days to election

With 50 days to the Vancouver election, Vision Vancouver released a new campaign ad, highlighting Mayor Gregor Robertson’s work to move the city forward as a green, innovative city.

Vision Vancouver has put forward a number of policies in this election campaign, outlining a clear contrast with the NPA:

  • A detailed commitment of $400,000 a year to reduce child hunger, by expanding the Vancouver School Board’s Breakfast Programs to 1,300 kids;
  • A clear position in support of a Broadway Subway to reduce congestion, and to advocate in support of better transit in the 2015 referendum;
  • A commitment to speaking out against Kinder Morgan’s risky increase of 340 more oil tankers in our waters, by intervening in the National Energy Board hearings;
  • A new Affordable Housing Agency that will build 500 new homes in its first three years, for people who live and work in Vancouver.
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Vision to expand food programs to support vulnerable kids

Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson joined Vision School Board Chair Patti Bacchus outside of Strathcona Community Centre this morning, announcing that the Vision Vancouver team will build on Vancouver’s Healthy City strategy and double the reach of the VSB's Breakfast Programs, ensuring that 1,300 kids in Vancouver have access to a hot, healthy breakfast each morning before school.

"In a city as prosperous and compassionate as Vancouver, there is no reason why any kid should go to school hungry," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Reducing child hunger is a straight-forward way to enable our kids to succeed in school and build a healthier, stronger, more compassionate city. 

"Vision Vancouver is the only party with a track record of investing in local food, increasing support for child care and providing strong, experienced leadership at all levels of local government. Building on our new Healthy City strategy, the Vision team will move Vancouver forward by providing direct help for our city's most vulnerable kids."

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Silence from NPA's LaPointe on more oil tankers puts Vancouver's economy and environment at risk

Vision Vancouver's advocacy against increased oil tanker traffic in local waters is in stark contrast to the NPA's silence, says Mayor Gregor Robertson, and after almost two months since he started campaigning, it is time for the NPA's Mr. LaPointe to explain why he refuses to speak out against a project that clearly is not in Vancouver's interests.
 
“Kinder Morgan's proposal for 340 more oil tankers in our local waters represents an enormous threat to our local economy and environment,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver needs strong, experienced leadership in its Mayor and Council, who are prepared to take a stand and represent our city’s concerns. 
 
"Given the widespread opposition in Vancouver to Kinder Morgan's expansion proposal, the refusal by the NPA and Mr. LaPointe to stand up against more oil tankers is out of touch with today’s Vancouver, and highlights the risks involved in this election. It's been almost two months and Mr LaPointe continues to follow the NPA and avoid this issue at all costs.”
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Experienced, forward-looking Vision Vancouver team strengthened by two new candidates

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Today the Vision Vancouver executive has announced the addition of Catherine Evans and Brent Granby as two new candidates for Park Board, further strengthening the experience and leadership of the Vision team of candidates in this November’s election.

“Catherine Evans and Brent Granby are an important addition to the strong, forward-looking, and experienced team working with Vision Vancouver to keep moving Vancouver forward,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The two candidates join Commissioner Trevor Loke, Coree Tull, Sammie Jo Rumbaua, and Naveen Girn as the Vision team for Vancouver Park Board.

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Mayor and Vision team launch positive new message on moving Vancouver forward

Today Mayor Gregor Robertson launched a new positive video message highlighting how the experience and strong leadership of the Vision team will keep Vancouver moving forward. The video message is in stark contrast to negative online advertising from the NPA and Mr. LaPointe and their lack of any coherent plan, demonstrating the risks of letting the NPA take Vancouver backwards in this election.

"Today Vancouver is moving forward because we’re standing up for what we believe in," says Mayor Gregor Robertson in the new video. "We’ve got a plan and it’s working, from building more affordable housing to making a new Broadway Subway our top priority. Together, we’ve come a long way - let’s not turn back now. Let’s go forward with Vision.”

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Mayor Robertson makes Broadway Subway top transportation priority, presents clear choice for Vancouver voters

Mayor Gregor Robertson was at VCC-Clark Skytrain Station this morning, stating that if re-elected his top transportation priority will be to get the Broadway Subway built.

"The Broadway Corridor is BC’s second-biggest jobs centre and the busiest bus corridor in North America, and it is at capacity -- we need a Broadway Subway," said Mayor Robertson. "In addition to cutting congestion and helping thousands of transit users, Vision Vancouver is clear that a Broadway Subway is the single best thing we can do to grow our economy and protect our environment.”

Mayor Robertson's clear position on the subway is in stark contrast to Mr. LaPointe and the NPA, who so far have offered no plan. On the day he launched his campaign for Mayor, the NPA's Mr. LaPointe said he was 'not sure' about a Broadway Subway. 

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LaPointe inexperience leads to NPA flip-flop on transportation

Vancouver – The NPA’s Mr. LaPointe broke his own party’s first election promise yesterday when he contradicted NPA Councillor George Affleck’s election pledge to remove the bike lane on Point Grey Road, once again highlighting the risks of an out-of-touch NPA in this fall’s election.

“Mr LaPointe's contradiction of Councillor Affleck begs the question of who really speaks for the NPA," said Vision Councillor Geoff Meggs. "The NPA's policy flip-flops are highlighting Mr LaPointe's inexperience on civic issues, and shining a spotlight on how the NPA would drag Vancouver backwards. 

"Only Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Vision team have the experience and leadership to keep Vancouver moving forward.”

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NPA's Lapointe fails to stand up for Vancouver on oil tanker traffic

Following the City of Vancouver’s appeal of the National Energy Board’s refusal to examine the climate change impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal, Vision Councillor Andrea Reimer is challenging the NPA’s failure to stand up for Vancouver.

“The NPA’s failure to oppose a seven-fold expansion of oil tanker traffic in Vancouver’s local waters is out of touch and puts Vancouver’s economy and environment at risk,” said Councillor Reimer. “Mr. Lapointe’s refusal to take a stand highlights the risks of letting the NPA take Vancouver backward in this election, and their view that we need to focus more on the ‘benefits’ of oil tankers shows that they just don’t understand today’s Vancouver.”

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NPA's Kirk LaPointe flip flop, inexperience on Arbutus Corridor highlights risk in election

Recent comments by NPA Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe contradicting himself on the Arbutus Corridor demonstrate a lack of experience on city issues, and highlight the risk voters face with an NPA that would take the city backwards.

"Mr LaPointe's comments about the Arbutus Corridor are out-of-touch and highlight the risk an NPA government would pose to Vancouver's progress," said Vision Vancouver Councillor Heather Deal. "His flip flop within weeks of running for Mayor shows a lack of experience in dealing with complicated city issues, and should concern Vancouver voters."

Since announcing himself as the NPA Mayoral candidate, Mr. LaPointe has both criticized the City for seeking to buy the CP lands, and that the offer the City made was too little money.

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