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Temporary Shelter in Parks – Parks Board speaking notes

Without safe, governed spaces with basic services in which campers can stay for extended periods of time, without ensuring the safety of everyone in or near our parks, and without addressing dangerous behaviour, theĀ  proposed Vancouver Parks Board bylaws intended to govern temporary shelters offers little that is new that we can believe Parks Board staff are in a position to enforce and imposes undue hardship on those whose conduct they are being deployed to address.

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Vancouver Leads The Way: Public Funds Should Never Teach and Reinforce Transphobia.

I am mindful Vancouver City Council members must be facing quite a bit of push-back from Vancouver Rape Relief (VRR) and their supporters as a result of today’s finance committee vote on the staff recommendation to cancel funding of their outreach and education program. On February 26, the City of Vancouver’s Standing Committee on City…

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Municipal institutions need to add an anti-discrimination clause to facility rental policies

On April 24 2019, I asked VSB Trustees that the Vancouver Public Library Library follow the example of the Toronto Public Library and reserve the right to deny or cancel a booking as follows when it reasonably believes use by any individual or group will be for a purpose that is likely to promote, or would have the effect of promoting discrimination, contempt or hatred for any group or person on the basis of prohibited grounds.

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Audio: Vancouver Rape Relief to be excluded for future contracts until it meets City of Vancouver eligibility criteria on inclusion

On March 13, 2019 the Vancouver City Finance and Programs Committee heard from speakers in favour of and opposed to a grant request by Vancouver Rape Relief. This is the audio of the speakers presentations.

The city renewed the grant but listed the organization as ineligible for future funding.

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Who’s responsible? Speaking with parents about the fentanyl and homelessness crisis and its effect on crosstown elementary

As many people already know, I am running for Trustee of the Vancouver Board of Education in the 2018 municipal election. If elected, I will support initiatives prioritizing spending inside the classroom. I’ll advocate for safe and inclusive neighbourhood schools so learners can receive an excellent, equitable education. I commit to engage with all stakeholders…

Needles litter children's playground

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