VANCOUVER, B.C. (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories) — One year out from the next municipal election, OneCity Councillor Christine Boyle and School Board Trustee Jennifer Reddy are announcing their plans to run for re-election alongside a strong and diverse team of OneCity candidates next year.
After three years of championing progressive causes, the pair understands Vancouverites want bold solutions on affordable housing, systemic racism and climate change. And they know they need more OneCity voices in local government to realize them.
“OneCity has been the most effective and most consistent progressive voice in Vancouver these last few years,” said OneCity Councillor Christine Boyle. “Our city needs a strong team of OneCity Councillors, Trustees and Commissioners to tackle the issues our residents and small businesses are facing.”
Trustee Reddy and Councillor Boyle have led the way on many critical issues like launching Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, creating safer routes to school for kids and families, preventing the privatization of school board lands, and removing police from schools. And there is still much more to be done.
OneCity plans to lead strong progressive coalitions across Vancouver to deliver the urgent change the city needs. It is in discussions with a remarkable team of people looking to run with OneCity in the next election.
“Our candidates are already doing the work in their communities to make Vancouver a city for all of us,” said OneCity School Board Trustee Jennifer Reddy. “We need their talents and experiences at decision making tables, to bring bold solutions to meet the many challenges we face.”
This past term Vancouver has had minority governments across the board, which has slowed action on progressive ideas.
“Housing was a central issue in the last election, and this Council has been too slow to act on solutions to the housing crisis,” said Councillor Boyle. “Vancouver must move faster and make it easier to build non-market, co-op and rental housing. With more OneCity councillors, we can strengthen tenant protections, reform zoning, and create good, mixed-income housing in every neighbourhood. OneCity is the party that can deliver.”
Community Leaders Supporting OneCity
Karen Ranalletta, President of CUPE BC: “I am so excited that Christine and Jennifer are running again. Their proven track records demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to push both Vancouver City Council and the Vancouver School Board towards a more affordable, accessible and just city for all of us. We need more OneCity candidates to continue to push City Council, the School Board and the Park Board on climate justice, affordability, and equity for a more inclusive city.”
Tiyáltelut, Kristen Rivers, Councillor, Squamish Nation Council: “Christine Boyle and Jennifer Reddy are invaluable leaders at the Council and School Board tables. Representation matters, and as an Indigenous woman, mother, and Vancouver resident, I feel they deeply understand the barriers that exist for us and have been working tirelessly to remove them. I have seen them in the community and know how committed they are to improving the lives of Vancouverites. It will be an honour to vote for them in 2022.”
Sadie Kuehn, former VSB Trustee and community activist: “Vancouver School Board Trustee Jennifer Reddy, has demonstrated her commitment to quality public education, which is forward thinking and that values all our children. She is a knowledgeable, thoughtful and hardworking person, who will continue to speak up. Let’s ensure that she’s re-elected!”
Marcus Youssef, playwright and former COPE Co-Chair: “The moment of crisis we are in demands a new kind of politics, one that prioritizes voices long excluded from our city’s corridors of political power. I believe it is these perspectives that will offer us new ways of confronting the profound systemic challenges we face — to make affordable housing in Vancouver possible, to address the climate crisis, and to fight systemic racism. Christine Boyle and Jennifer Reddy represent that new kind of politics.”
Tzeporah Berman, International Program Director, Stand.earth: “Christine Boyle is smart, dedicated and effective. She is relentless in her pursuit of climate action and sophisticated in her understanding of the links between climate change and inequality and how it plays out in our city streets. I am proud to endorse her and the OneCity team!”
Tim Devivo, Business Manager, IUOE 963: "Jennifer has supported our members in school cafeterias and the Culinary Arts Program, worked to increase the equipment budget and has always been available to IUOE Local 963 for consultation and to seek our advice. We are pleased to endorse Jennifer to continue her work at the VSB."