Vancouver election: Stewart releases stage, Hardwick promises Olympic vote – BC IG News

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Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart unveiled the full platform of his Forward Together party on Tuesday, a day of a busy campaign that saw several candidates publicly participate.

Calling his platform “daring and ambitious,” Stewart put forward a package of promises, with housing building front and center.

“Forward Together is the only party committed to growing affordable housing and rental housing, creating 6,000 new childcare spaces, and expanding the strongest renter protections in Canada across the city,” he said.

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The platform promises 220,000 new units over 10 years, of which 140,000 will be rental, under-market, social housing or cooperatives, and pledges to fulfill the Vancouver plan that was passed earlier this year, But the approval of the second council is still needed.

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“We will expand pre-zoning and modernize public hearings and allow it to be quicker and cheaper to build a new home, especially rental and social housing,” he said, adding that as mayor he The Broadway plan will extend tenant protection across the city.

Stewart pledged to implement mental health and addiction crisis teams as well as transforming Hastings Street into a new park and “wellness corridor” with Indigenous-focused facilities and support, which can be reached by calling 311.

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On climate change, he said he would advance the city’s climate emergency action plan, create city-wide plans for climate disasters, and add 500 new electric vehicle charging stations.

He also promised to replace the current mass voting system with a neighborhood-based ward voting system – a proposal also supported by the team’s mayoral candidate, Colleen Hardwick.

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Hardwicke was on the campaign trail on Tuesday and pledged himself.

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Standing in front of the Olympic cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza, she promised voters in a referendum a proposed Indigenous-led bid for the 2030 Olympic Games.

Hardwick made a similar proposal to the council in the spring, but it never made it to the floor for a vote after failing to garner the support of a seconding councillor. Kennedy Stewart was later punished by the city’s integrity commissioner for falsely claiming on social media that the proposal would violate a memorandum of understanding with Indigenous groups on the Games.

Sixty-five percent of Vancouverites voted in favor of holding the Games in a similar referendum in 2003 prior to the 2010 Olympics.

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“Why should the 2030 Olympics be any different? Why would we exclude Vancouverites from such a huge decision, where there is no federal or provincial commitment at this time,” she said.

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“I look forward to working with First Nations to make the Games a huge success if voters want to go ahead. But I can’t understand why the city councilor and mayor would think that the city’s taxpayers would get a vote.” It’s not fair to give.”

Meanwhile, ABC Vancouver mayoral candidate Ken Sim made an unusual campaign stop in Hastings Park, where he spoke to the media with North Vancouver Mayor Mike Little and incumbent Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart, both of whom are also seeking re-election. are doing.

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Sim used the opportunity to attack Kennedy Stewart’s pledge to push for the completion of the “Vancouver Loop” Skytrain connection, which links the Broadway subway line to UBC, then along 41st Avenue and 49th Avenue. Heads back to Metrotown.

Calling the proposal a “fantasy loop”, Sim suggested a rapid transit connection to the North Shore via Hastings Street and the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge made more sense for the area.

“I’m here because we’ve negotiated and we need to see Vancouver as a region, Vancouver doesn’t end at the border and bridges,” he said.

“If we’re talking about housing affordability, if we’re talking about climate change, if we’re talking about people being able to work in our organizations, we have Gotta work.”

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The UBC extension, the 41st Avenue/49th Avenue rapid transit line and the rapid transit connection to the North Shore are all recognized as priorities in TransLink’s Transport 2050 plan, although none have yet received funding from senior levels of government. Is.

Vancouver voters go to the polls on October 15.

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