Adriane Carr (Incumbent), candidate for Vancouver City Council
Bio: In 2011, Adriane Carr became Vancouver’s first Green Party Councillor in the City of Vancouver. She earned an MA in urban geography from UBC, taught at Langara College, then worked to establish the Gastown-based Wilderness Committee as one of Canada’s pre-eminent conservation groups. In 2000 she was elected as BC Green Party Leader—a party she co-founded in 1983 and became the first Green leader in televised leaders’ debates. In 2006, after co-chairing the campaign to elect Elizabeth May as Green Party of Canada Leader, she was appointed as May’s Deputy Leader, resigning in 2014. Carr has been the honorary co-chair of the Canadian Women Voters’ Congress’s Women’s Campaign School for the past seven years. As a Vancouver City Councillor, Carr has championed issues to improve peoples’ quality of life, create a greener city, and ensure peoples’ voices are not just heard but incorporated into decisions of Council.
Why is Adriane running with the Green Party of Vancouver? - "The Green Party is the only party that is neither left nor right, that puts collaboration ahead of partisanship, that understands limits to growth, and that makes decisions with our childrens’ future at the top of mind. I believe it is a key part of the solution to our city’s democratic crisis and our planet’s future.
I love being an elected Councillor and I want to continue the work I started in 2011. I believe that my voice as a Green Party Councillor is a unique voice that can hold any other party to account. I have earned a good reputation for listening to citizens and incorporating their ideas and concerns into motions and amendments, a majority of which are passed.
I want to use the public support I’ve garnered to help elect a team of Greens to Council, Park Board and School Board.
Carr says that in her second term, with the help of a Green caucus, she will continue to work hard on the issues she has fought for in her current term, including genuinely affordable housing, alleviating homelessness and poverty, and a smarter, more sustainable and balanced approach to development that doesn’t undermine the character of the neighbourhoods that make Vancouver so special.
What are the issues that Adriane will champion during the campaign and if elected?
1. Bring democracy back to City Hall – champion processes that involve true collaboration, not meaningless “consultation”; put peoples’ interests ahead of developers’ interests.
2. A pace and scale of development that local citizens’ accept because it maintains Vancouver’s heritage and neighbourhood character (which current development does not). Stop the bulldozing of so many heritage homes.
3. Vancouver’s housing crisis – present new, practical solutions to increase affordable housing.
4. Homelessness and poverty – ensure the focus remains on real social housing that meets the needs of the most impoverished; champion honesty and transparency in tackling these problems, not duplicitous definitions (as we saw in the DTES Plan) that dupe people into thinking more progress is being made than there is.
5. A genuine green city, especially on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing food security; continuing to push action on the climate crisis including opposition to Kinder Morgan’s twinning of its pipeline.
6. Transportation - reduce congestion, increase walkability and cycling, push for more transit throughout our city, support low and zero carbon transport
7. Local economy – champion arts and culture and independent small business.