Building communities starts with listening to them


RJ_OneCity_Podium.jpgThe connection between a municipal government and its neighbourhoods, communities and residents should be a close one. Members of City Council are charged with making decisions that hit closest to home for the people who live, work and raise families in Vancouver. In recent years, however, that connection has been strained and in too many cases broken.

Development decisions are skewed by developer influence and the ability of specific communities to organize and have an impact on Council decisions. That means that priorities such as affordable and supportive housing are disproportionally distributed across the city. Every neighbourhood should share in these types of housing and benefit from having living spaces that low- and middle-income people can afford. If density, green space and transportation options are to be increased, every neighbourhood should share in those increases.

The OneCity team and our City Council candidate, RJ Aquino, want to fix the vital connection between City Hall and Vancouver communities by bringing real consultation back to our neighbourhoods, and by making the results of those consultations matter when decisions are made. And we believe Vancouver must reform an outdated electoral system that has put too much distance between municipal residents and the people who are supposed to represent them.

Your voice and your vote matter, and OneCity has concrete solutions that RJ will raise and fight for on City Council before and after the election on November 15.

This Wednesday, Oct. 15, you can hear about those solutions when RJ Aquino takes the stage at an All-Party Meeting organized by the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods. It takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. James' Hall (3214 W. 10th Avenue).

Go to CoalitionVan.org to find out more, and don't forget to join RJ and the growing OneCity community at our office open house this Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. (1333 Kingsway, between Knight and Clark). Bring your kids, bring your friends, and bring your voices.

We can't wait to hear from you.

-- RJ Aquino and the OneCity Team

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