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Yes Vancouver Thoughts on Women and Diversity in Response to Hot Pink Paper Campaign
October 17, 2018
Thanks for providing YES Vancouver with a copy of the Hot Pink Paper.
We would offer you the following comments on some of the topics mentioned therein.
YES Vancouver stands for equality for all, regardless of any intersectional labeling.
We do not believe in quotas, we believe in merit. 80% of our Council candidates are women. 5 of 8 candidates are ethnic minorities, and ¼ are LGBT. Our Party President is a woman with physical disability. We didn’t seek these number, we sought the best. Quotas are demoralizing to the talent readily available, we saw affirmative action fail in dramatic fashion. YES Vancouver believes that where we lack strong skills/leadership, implementing programming/infrastructure to nurture/build those resources is key so that achievements are genuine. If the selection possesses bias, there are provisions to remove subjectivity from those processes which should be implemented in larger systems decision-making. Political Inclusivity in decision-making is inherently key to develop/determine the most well-rounded, comprehensive government action plan.
Indigenous Women and Girls
Indigenous Women and Girls are among the most overlooked populations in our community. Some voices are rising, welcomed, however we must enable all to access similar opportunities and fill what gaps are overlooked/lack capacity in current systems that may be excluding the development and growth of indigenous women and girls. We must reflect on and plan for all areas of municipal responsibilities such as safety, transport, and education that currently are not in consideration of the best interests of the indigenous communities. We must also strive to include those voices affected at every measure in order to fully appreciate the complexities of the municipalities oversight. YES Vancouver aims to listen and consult rather than dictate assumptions. More diverse voices help shape policies that can positively impact the quality of choice and life for us all. Roundtables, town halls, and other consultative practices will be implemented so that municipal access is expanded to include all residents.
The 49 page YES Vancouver Housing Plan aims to provide homes for all bodies. By alleviating stressors which prevent Vancouverites from accessing safe, suitable, and affordable housing in a multi-layered policy, we determine that we can readily and steadily house the homeless, keep seniors close to their communities of support, ensure access to community supports, build the middle class, and raise levels of social protections for all.
Strong communities and strong economies are built with strong families. Investing in readily available quality child care for all is in everyone’s best interests. YES Vancouver will direct a portion of the Community Amenity Contributions generated by the Let’s Fix Housing Action Plan towards providing subsidized child care spaces. We will provide incentives towards building child care spaces by providing Floor Space Ratio (FSR) bonuses. Larger entities understand the value of such investments into their communities, as it provides a healthier, more readily available, productive, and enthusiastic labour force which increases productivity and output within their systems. And quality child care ensures a solid future labour force and builds future leaders in generations to come.
We believe those elected to serve the residents of Vancouver, should accurately reflect the views of the people of Vancouver. However as a matter requiring provincial legislation, these issues are better addressed by senior levels of government.
Ending Violence Against Women
Vancouver needs to become a safer city for everyone. We are supporters of the Hot Pink Paper’s recommendation that the city organizes an anti-violence campaign coordinated by the Mayor’s office and all anti-violence organizations. Further to that, the YES Party President, Kerry Gibson, Women Planet 50/50 Champion, has been promoting the UN Women Safe Cities Platform within Vancouver City Hall, with the support of Councillor Bremner. Vancouver has agreed to sign on to this program, albeit with a weak commitment. We will continue to advocate for full implementation. Collaboration with the VPD, relevant NGOs, experienced stakeholders, and City Departments such as Transportation, Engineering, Entertainment, and Education to achieve a Safe City for all residents and visitors in all corners is an immediate priority. Safe Cities is also a byproduct of YES Vancouver’s Housing Plan.
Environment, Climate Change and Resilience
Access to healthy, accessible, and reliable sources of water/air/green space has been a general priority for Vancouver City Hall through the Greenest City Action Plan. However, emergency planning and protocols are deficient, misdirected, and underfunded leaving women and children at risk without comprehensive training and guidance. With the perceived/apparent increases in natural disasters, we must reinvigorate our efforts to prepare for contested urban environments. YES Vancouver would petition CUE18 a collaboration of the 5 allies (Australia, NZ, UK, US, and Canada) which is currently running experimental emergency trial operations in major cities (currently Montreal) to determine pitfalls and failpoints of our local emergency systems here in Vancouver at the earliest opportunity. We do not have the capacity nor knowledge at the local level so YES would create and implement dedicated collaborative efforts with all stakeholders and global experts to audit present emergency protocols, design enhancements, and implement updated plans and procedures with city-wide seminars, neighbourhood trainings, and scheduled drills integrating all emergency systems in preparation of possible disasters either man-made or otherwise. The designing of these plans will have a disciplined focus on the particular needs of women and children...how they perform in emergencies in order to determine efficient extraction, resources necessary for shelter and care, and other such considerations.
We are releasing a series of detailed transportation policies. Check out www.yesvancouver.ca
Women, Work and Income
Access to housing in part enables access to rewarding educational and employment opportunities. Beyond that, the City of Vancouver must lead by example by auditing it’s own internal systems and structures to ensure equity for all in both administrative and political levels. Pay equity, access to equal employment opportunities, and equal treatment under generally accepted legislation must be enforced at all levels. Workplace harassment in any form will not be tolerated and whistleblower policy will be implemented to ensure safe non-consequential reporting. YES Vancouver does not intent to wait until Provincial or Federal Legislation determines the necessity to compensate all of it’s employees equally, it will seek to enhance it’s own internal policies and processes to achieve full equity, looking to forerunners Iceland, New Zealand, Quebec, Ontario, the ILO, and EPIC to provide guidance and leadership in developing such a plan of action.
Councillor Bremner and Party President Gibson recently met with the UNHCR regarding the promotion of their policy of Cities of Solidarity http://www.unhcr.org/withrefugees/cities/ and are committed to following policy developed by experts in this field. President Gibson is also currently working with the private sector via Migranet, also in consultation with the UNHCR, to build the blockchain platform for global migration and settlement which will enhance governments abilities to safely and efficiently move people into communities such as ours while diminishing the black market of migration such as sex trafficking, an issue that is more prevalent in Vancouver than our public realizes.
In conjunction with other recommended internal auditing is the review of current municipal budgeting to ensure that there is a lens in it’s annual creation and inception that addresses and incorporates full inclusion and diversity in all lines. YES Vancouver understands that to build a fully and truly inclusive and diverse Vancouver we must budget accordingly, and that we have been shown through expert research that such a focus creates happier, healthier, more socially and economically healthy communities for all residents.
YES Vancouver releases list of donors prior to advance polls
October 8, 2018
VANCOUVER – YES Vancouver today proactively released a list of donations received by the campaign to date. In total, YES Vancouver has raised a total of $176,581.60 from 528 eligible individuals. The average amount of all contributions is $334.00 per eligible individual.
Under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA), a contribution from an eligible individual is limited to $1,200 in total to each campaign of an elector organization and its endorsed candidates. Additionally, an eligible individual can contribute up to $1200 for a school board campaign. An eligible individual is defined as a resident of British Columbia, and a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
Elections BC defines a significant contributor to a campaign as an eligible individual who makes a campaign contribution of $100 or more to the same candidate or campaign. A list of significant contributors to the YES Vancouver campaign can be found attached.
HECTOR BREMNER ANNOUNCES “VANCOUVER HOUSING DIVIDEND” FOR RENTAL RELIEF AND COMMUNITY BENEFITS
October 8, 2018
Hector Bremner, YES Vancouver's candidate for Mayor of Vancouver, announced today that his #LetsFixHousing Action Plan will result in tangible benefits for renters seeking relief.
YES Vancouver's #LetsFixHousing Action Plan is a long-term vision to reduce rent prices, to improve value for homeowners, and build complete, inclusive communities. The plan, if adopted, will result in one of the largest building booms in Vancouver’s history, creating jobs, regional economic prosperity, and unprecedented opportunity for homeowners throughout the city.
"As we have learned in Seattle and Portland, rent prices have declined due to increased supply. This takes time. We are committed to finding ways to get direct benefits to the public earlier, so no one is left behind,” says Hector Bremner, YES Vancouver's candidate for Mayor.
"We will create a community dividend fund, called the Vancouver Housing Dividend, which will be funded by incremental profits from homebuilders to be redistributed to the benefit of Vancouver residents," Bremner added. "It will kick in as soon as projects get off the ground. Projections suggest builder incentives have the potential to generate $200M+ in annual fund contributions. This can be leveraged to ensure no one is left behind.”
Half of the proceeds from the Vancouver Housing Dividend will be targeted to rent subsidies designed to offer struggling Vancouver renters relief during the period of construction required before a balanced housing market can be achieved.
Rental relief for families with children could be up to $500 per household per month, seniors up to $300 per household per month, and students for up to $300 per household per month. The remainder of the fund would be devoted to other community benefits such as transit, childcare, eldercare and other housing subsidies for co-ops and infill housing.
According to the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, 30,000 renter households are adequately housed but at risk of not being able to keep up with rent payments. Many of these households are seniors, people with disabilities and young families with moderate wages. It’s critical that we stabilize these vulnerable demographics and ensure they can stay in their homes as we build more options for them. Applications will be received and approved based on the most vulnerable groups and income levels.
YES Vancouver's #LetsFixHousing Action Plan, which legalizes all forms of housing throughout the city, allows homeowners who are ‘house rich’ but ‘cash poor’ to tap in to the equity of their homes to build infill homes, pay off mortgages and debt, contribute to retirement planning, age in place, create homes for family members (elderly, and adult children). Property taxes would also be reduced proportionally by dividing taxes between resulting strata lots.