The City talks with Vision Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer as we mark one year since 2011 municipal election.
Andrea Reimer was first elected in 2002 as a School Board member with the Green Party, she joined Vision Vancouver and was elected to City Council in 2008. Councillor Reimer was appointed in 2008 as the Chair of the City’s Planning and Environment Committee and Council lead on the Greenest City Action Plan, overseeing Vancouver’s efforts to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Along with six other Vision councillors and Mayor Gregor Robertson, Andrea Reimer was elected in the 2011 election to council. She is currently Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transportation, and Environment and council liaison for the Greenest City Action Team. She is also a director at Metro Vancouver, and is appointed to the city’s Family Court / Youth Justice Committee, Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee, and Women’s Advisory Committee.
The City’s Andy Longhurst sat down with Councillor Reimer in July 2012 to talk at length about a number of issues, including neighbourhood engagement, which has come under fire in recent weeks. We also discuss the controversial Rize condo tower in Mount Pleasant, rental housing, affordability, and questions of how the city should continue to develop.
WEB-ONLY CONTENT | Hear more from Councillor Reimer (from the July 2012 interview) on whether green initiatives sideline social justice issues, and whether the City should be doing more to protect the many older single-family homes which are often demolished in Vancouver’s pricey real estate market.
On green initiatives vs. social justice concerns and the viaducts:
On renovictions, the loss of affordable rental stock, and the demolition of single-family homes:
The wording of the following statement has been approved by the remaining tenants of Little Mountain Housing.
All the remaining families at Vancouver’s Little Mountain Housing have been issued eviction notices. BC Housing is seeking to evict the tenants by September 30th 2012.
Please stand with the courageous tenants of Little Mountain by helping them fight this unjust eviction!
These last four families remain onsite today only because they took a stand against the travesty of justice that occurred at Little Mountain in 2009. At that time 220 of 224 families were displaced from Little Mountain, many of them bullied, and all but one building was demolished. Four families opted to stay, saying that the demolition was premature & unnecessary. Time has proven them right: for three years, the 15-acre site has sat empty, and even today redevelopment is still years away.
Just as the community destruction in 2009 was unnecessary, this summer’s eviction notices are also unnecessary. It is a simple matter for replacement social housing to be constructed without evicting the final four families. Eviction is only a point of convenience for both BC Housing and the developer, Holborn.
These particular families have been inspirational and outspoken community advocates. By keeping vigil over the site, they have helped hold the government and developer to their word.
To stop those in power from evicting the vigilant tenants, please support their simple call:
(1) Cancel the eviction notices and allow remaining tenants to stay onsite until new social housing units are ready for occupancy
(2) Save and upgrade the last building to become a fabulous, local community history museum, or a community history & arts centre
FOUR WAYS TO SUPPORT THE REMAINING TENANTS OF LITTLE MOUNTAIN
1. Sign and circulate the petition
2. Watch and share this short film about two of the tenants who are fighting the current eviction: “The Eviction of Sammy and Joan” by David Vaisbord
3. Make your voice heard by local media:
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CBC radio talkback number: 604-662-6690
CKNW radio comment line: 604-331-2784
4. Make you voice heard by officials:
Provincial Government and BC Housing
Premier Christy Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister Responsible for Housing, Rich Coleman: email@example.com
Shayne Ramsay, CEO, BC Housing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale McMann, ED for Lower Mainland, BC Housing: email@example.com
Joo-Kim Tiah, President, Holborn Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Cheng & Associates, Architectural Consultants: email@example.com
City of Vancouver
Mayor Gregor Robertson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor George Affleck: email@example.com
Councillor Elizabeth Ball: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Adrienne Carr: email@example.com
Councillor Heather Deal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Kerry Jang: email@example.com
Councillor Raymond Louie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Geoff Meggs: email@example.com
Councillor Andrea Reimer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Tim Stevenson: email@example.com
Councillor Tony Tang: firstname.lastname@example.org
CoV’s City Manager Penny Ballem: email@example.com
CoV’s General Manager of Planning and Development: firstname.lastname@example.org
CoV’s City Planning Staff: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
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