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Weekend Update: Municipal Election + Electoral Reform

Hi everyone,

A quick email to pass along a few quick updates that we thought might be of interest to you.

- The VPSN Team


Last Candidate Video - coming this weekend!

Last week’s Last Candidate Standing debate was a-mazing! For those of you who wanted to revisit the 44-candidate debate extravaganza, we'll be posting video from the debate in the next day or so. We'll send another update out when it's live.
Park Board Candidate Survey

The VPSN reached out to all 33 candidates for Park Board and invited them to share their thoughts on a variety of topics. Among the questions we asked:

  • What are your ideas for ensuring that the city’s parks and recreation facilities can respond to the needs of an increasing and diversifying population
  • What, if any, role do you see the Park Board playing in responding to critical social issues such as homelessness, the opioid epidemic, and social isolation? 
  • In the past few years, the Park Board has taken steps to acknowledge First Nations cultures and the impacts of colonization on local Indigenous communities. Would you continue this work? If yes, how? 
  • How can Vancouver’s parks and recreation facilities best respond to the challenges posed by climate change?
  • What, if any, role do you think privately owned companies should play in the management, operation, or naming/branding of Park board facilities? 
  • What, if any, role do you feel that neighbourhoods or community groups should play in the stewardship of park spaces and facilities? 

:: Read the responses we received to our Park Board Candidate survey on our website
Electoral Reform in BC and Vancouver - Monday, October 15

Our next Vancouver Public Space Network monthly meeting features a guest presentation by Antony Hodgson of Fair Voting BC on the subject of electoral reform at both the provincial and municipal level.

In just a few days, eligible voters in BC will be able to cast their ballot in a referendum on electoral reform – and will be asked to choose the voting system we should use for provincial elections. The key choice is between the existing First Past the Post system, and a new Proportional Representation model. This is an important moment in the history of the province. The referendum is being held by mail from October 22 to November 30, 2018.

At the same time, there has also been an active discussion about the potential to reform Vancouver’s own municipal vote. In 2017, City Council received a report from the Independent Election Taskforce. The Taskforce recommended a number of changes related to the voting system, campaign finance, and voter engagement that are aimed at improving local democracy.

Antony Hodgson’s presentation will focus on the various options that are being considered at both levels of government, and the pros and cons of each. There will be opportunity for Q&A. 

Tickets - Important

The event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required. Please email us at to reserve a spot. 

Time and Venue

We’ll be hosting the meeting at

     Groundswell Education Society
     #421 – 268 Keefer (Sun Wah Building)
     (walk past the escalators and look for the elevator on the left (east) side)  


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