November 13, 2011: COPE candidate for Vancouver City Council, Tim Louis, speaks at WERA’s All-Candidate’s meeting, held this past Sunday afternoon at the Empire Landmark Hotel, on Robson Street, in the West End.
Affordable and social housing and an improved transportation system, specifically bus transit service, have emerged as key issues in Vancouver’s 2011 civic election.
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) recently released platform document concentrates on the programmes Vancouver City Council must implement to provide much needed new, affordable and social housing stock, and a much-improved, more accessible transit system to serve the needs of Vancouver residents.
In attendance at the West End Resident Association’s All-Candidates debate held on Sunday, November 13th, COPE candidate for Vancouver City Council, Tim Louis, offered prescriptive remedy for increased social and affordable housing supply, and given that Sunday’s WERA debate concentrated on West End issues, laid out a plan that would provide free transit service in the downtown core, and the West End.
In addition to free transit in the downtown core,Tim Louis and the COPE candidates for Vancouver City Council have also argued for the adoption of a Community Pass, or C-Pass system, whereby any given neighbourhood across the city would decide as a group whether they wanted to invest in a discounted transit pass for their community, an initiative not unlike the successful U-Pass transit pass offered to students attending post-secondary institutions across the Lower Mainland.
On the housing front, Tim Louis and COPE call for the re-adoption of an affordable housing strategy that was long a feature of Vancouver’s affordable housing strategy …
“We need to do more to set aside city land for co-ops and non-market housing. With every major development that comes before Council, it must be an absolute minimum requirement that 20% of the units are set aside social housing, as was long the practice of Vancouver city government.”
COPE and the Tim Louis campaign ask that you have a look at the video atop today’s post to our website, and on November 19th, cast your ballot for the COPE Vancouver City Council team of candidates: Ellen Woodsworth, RJ Aquino and Tim Louis.