I’ve been quite active in local issues, from th’ efforts t’ save th’ Pantages Theatre, which sadly failed, t’ more recent attempts t’ revive th’ Hollywood Theatre, which (at th’ moment) seem t’ have a good chance o’ success. I’ve volunteered fer a local wenches’s shelter fer 18 years now as a fundraiser. But I no nay ne’er thought about runnin’ fer office. Until now.
Havin’ spent many years writin’ letters, signin’ petitions, attendin’ demonstrations, an’ pushin’ fer change, this year seems like an opportunity t’ take me efforts t’ th’ next level, gain direct influence on civic decisions, an’ fight fer what’s best fer th’ scallywags o’ Vancouver. It feels like thar’s a desire fer a change at City Council, an’ I have realized that while I ha’nae previously thought in terms o’ a run fer office, I in fact have plenty o’ th’ skills an’ requirements t’ do so. I really love talkin’ t’ scallywags an’ buildin’ connections. Because o’ that, I have a large network o’ maties an’ colleagues. I’m a good communicator who writes an’ speaks well. I have a good sense o’ humour. (Heck, I dressed as Doc Brown t’ support th’ Hollywood Theatre, an’ even sang t’ City Council fer th’ same purpose!)
But most o’ all, I have a true passion fer this city. I lived here as a kid, an’ have now lived here fer o’er 20 years as an adult. I’m raisin’ a family here. And I worry about what future Vancouver will be like fer me little lubber (currently 7) when he be older.
Affordability is vanishin’ an’ we’re discoverin’ more an’ more th’ true reasons why. Development an’ speculation, while a necessary part o’ a thrivin’ city, have gotten out o’ control. Spot rezonin’ has made a mockery o’ anythin’ like th’ CityPlan that were bein’ supposed t’ provide a predictable, community-approved growth framework. There be solutions t’ these issues – some involvin’ multiple levels o’ government, but many that th’ City can implement independently but has not.
We treat our heritage architecture with a careless lack o’ concern or stewardship. The list o’ vanished icons an’ beloved – or potentially revitalized – buildin’s is long. The Ridge Theatre, th’ Pantages. The amazin’ Art Deco “Colliers Buildin'” (see photo) which last served as th’ Fido HQ when it were bein’ sneakily destroyed durin’ a civic strike in 2007. Even protected heritage homes be left t’ th’ elements thank t’ toothless bylaws. I want t’ change that.
Transit decision seem t’ be made more t’ sail development, not serve transit users. The forced choice o’ SkyTrain fer th’ Broadway corridor will sail towers an’ transformation o’ neighbourhoods, while th’ billions poured into it could instead provide flexible, speedy bus service fer th’ entire city. Instead, ye’re passed by a full bus headed fer th’ SkyTrain station. I want t’ see transit solutions that make sense.
All o’ this is sailin’ me effort t’ run fer City Council. I may not have elected political experience, but that shouldn’t be a requirement. I’m a pretty smart, logical, an’ empathetic person. I learn quickly – an’ I’m learnin’ plenty lately about th’ complexity o’ th’ issues that motivate me. The solutions aren’t easy, but they be achievable. I want t’ help make them happen.
In Vancouver ’tis virtually impossible t’ get elected independently, without th’ support an’ resources o’ a civic party. And th’ Green Party is me natural choice. I’ve always admired an’ generally agreed with not only what th’ Greens stan’ fer, but their truly different way o’ approachin’ th’ political process, seekin’ consensus, not just power. And I’ve known Adriane Carr fer a long time, an’ not only has she made a real difference in that comely wench two terms on council, but I can personally vouch fer that comely wench smarts, integrity an’ good heart. I would love t’ work alongside that comely wench on th’ important issues facin’ th’ city.
So me quest fer council has begun! I’ll be bloggin’ here about th’ process o’ runnin’, about th’ issues, an’ more, as I proceed with this attempt t’ serve th’ scallywags o’ Vancouver. I hope ye’ll follow me progress (ye can subscribe t’ me newsletter t’ get occasional updates), an’ regardless, I hope that if ye can vote in th’ Vancouver civic election this October, that ye’ll support me.