PRESS RELEASE -- Judy Graves Challenges By-Election Opponents to End Anti-Renter Exclusionary Zoning Across Vancouver
Vancouver BC, October 10, 2017 -- ln the midst of Vancouver’s most unaffordable rental market in history, Judy Graves has called on City Council candidates to support city-wide affordable zoning changes that would open every neighbourhood to building new purpose-built affordable rental and co-op housing.
PRESS RELEASE -- OneCity Continues 4-Year Fight for Financial Reform, Releases Donors List
Vancouver BC, October 11, 2017 -- In keeping with OneCity’s commitment to transparency and financial accountability, OneCity released its list of donors today and again called on the Province to change the rules governing municipal election financing.
PRESS RELEASE -- Judy Graves Proposes Immediate Actions to End the Overdose Crisis
Vancouver BC, October 2, 2017 - Every five hours, one of our neighbours dies from a preventable drug overdose. A courageous response to the overdose crisis is long overdue.
Today, Judy Graves outlined the actions she would take as City Councillor to address the causes of the overdose crisis, strengthen front line responses, make our city safe for everyone, and advocate for change on national and provincial levels.
Vancouver BC, September 29, 2017 – Vision’s proposal to revive the “Vancouver Special” housing model from the 1980’s is another example of the half-measures and too-little-too-late offerings Vancouver voters have come to expect of the current Council.
VANCOUVER —ONECITY PLEDGES TO DEFEND PUBLIC SCHOOL LAND FROM LUXURY DEVELOPERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | 29 September 2017
We need to act now to ensure that School Board property is never sold to luxury condo developers.
Because public education funding has been under attack for so long, there is extra pressure on the School Board to make up their budget shortfalls by selling off public lands.
Carrie Bercic and Erica Jaaf, your OneCity School Board candidates for 2017, are honoured to have received the endorsements of associations and unions representing the people working in our public schools:
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
VANCOUVER-- In a packed meeting last night the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC) voted to endorse all three OneCity candidates for the upcoming city by-election.
OneCity candidates - Judy Graves for City Council and Erica Jaaf and Carrie Bercic for School Board – are proud but humbled to have won the support of Vancouver’s labour community.
The VDLC represents 110 union locals and has a total membership of about 60,000 trade unionists.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | 12 September 2017
VANCOUVER — OneCity’s Made in Vancouver Housing plan will ensure we lead the country in building new affordable rentals.
Today, Judy Graves and the OneCity team announced their Made-In-Vancouver Housing plan to jumpstart an affordable housing boom and address Vancouver’s housing crisis head-on.
The plan features four policies that will generate millions of dollars of local revenue and create thousands of new, guaranteed affordable, city-owned rental homes every year. At the heart of the proposal is a commitment to fairness by ensuring people who benefitted most from the current housing bubble do their fair share to help fix it.
“People in Vancouver understand that solving the housing crisis means building real affordable homes. Every dollar generated by these policies will be used to build thousands of guaranteed affordable rentals all over the city.” said City Council Candidate Judy Graves. "Affordability for low and middle income families, seniors, and workers needs to be guaranteed by the city and not left to the free-market and development community to determine."
The highlights of the Made-In-Vancouver Housing Plan OneCity released today include:
Create a local luxury property surtax of 1.5% on the wealthiest 1% and 0.5% on the wealthiest 5% of residential property owners in Vancouver.
Establish a city-wide Affordable Guarantee to ensure rents are fixed at 30% of tenants’ income in all City-owned rentals, in perpetuity.
Create a Flipping Levy on all homes sold within 3 years of purchase. The Flipping Levy would apply a 50% tax to the speculative profit made within the first year, and decrease to 35% in years two and three.
Open up all Vancouver neighbourhoods with new city-wide inclusionary zoning to put affordable housing before sprawling mansions and luxury developments.
In the coming weeks, Judy and OneCity will propose additional housing measures to protect and advocate for renters and address gentrification in the Downtown Eastside. Other key policies that support and grow Vancouver’s vibrant and inclusive communities and neighbourhoods are forthcoming.
Tyler Michaels, OneCity Campaign Co-Manager, 604-836-6112
Please mark your calendar for Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm at Trout Lake Community Centre for our AGM, annual summer picnic, and nomination meeting for the City Council by-election. Look for our signs by the door to direct you to the meeting room.
AGM: Hear about what we've been up to this year, and what's next. Members will vote for the Organizing Committee. Interested in getting more involved? Please consider running for the Organizing Committee - we will have vacancies. Organizing Committee members coordinate the activities of OneCity, set broad direction for the organization, and manage election planning. If you are passionate about OneCity's work we would love to have you involved!
If you have been a member for at least 30 days prior to the AGM you will be able to vote during the AGM (yes, that means the deadline is July 28). Current members will be able to renew their memberships at the AGM.
Nomination Meeting: If you became a member on or before July 16 you will be eligible to vote for OneCity's candidate in the Vancouver City Council by-election. All are welcome to attend.
Summer Picnic: After the meeting please join us for some family-friendly park fun. We'll be near the playground with food to share and games to play (and maybe a political conversation or two) from about 2:30 onwards.
As many of you have seen in the media, the remarkable advocate Judy Graves is seeking the OneCity nomination. Follow her candidacy on her Facebook page.
Why we're running - Our piece in the Georgia Straight outlining why, right now, Vancouver needs a OneCity candidate on City Council.
Please consider making a donation to support the OneCity candidate in October's by-election. We don't take developer money so rely on our supporters, like you.