By-Election Update

Vancouver's municipal by-election to choose one city councilor and nine school trustees is very nearly here! 

There are two more opportunities to see all the would-be City Councillors debate: 

Tonight, October 11- Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Avenue, 7-9 PM
Tomorrow, October 12 - Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, 7:30-9:30 PM 

You can vote at any polling station in the city between 8 AM and 8 PM this SaturdaySee polling station locations here

Make sure to read candidates' responses to our questionnaire to help you pick the candidate you think will do the most to help create the homes our city needs.  

-In other news-

On Tuesday, October 17th, the Dunbar-Ryerson United Church rezoning goes before council.  Sign up to speak in favour of this project to deliver rental housing to an otherwise exclusionary West Side neighbourhood. If you aren't able to speak, make sure to send a letter to the Mayor & Council expressing your support for more homes like this with our convenient letter-writing tool.

In Surrey, our Clayton Heights friends' fight against the city's plan to evict residents of unauthorized basement suites in favour free on-street parking has made progress.  Under pressure from pro-housing citizens, Surrey City Council has sent the eviction plan back to city staff, suggesting that they may allow some families to stay temporarily, especially those with children in the neighbourhood's schools. 

While this is better than evicting everyone in the coming months, it's still a position that puts access to cheap parking above access to affordable shelter for hundreds of Surrey families.  If you haven't already, help keep the pressure on Surrey's leaders by writing to the Surrey City Council, sharing this story, and writing your MLAs to let them know this isn't okay.