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温哥华新力量“优化城市”(A Better City):我们亟需一个更美好的城市

[加拿大乐活网lahoo.ca 编者按]本文为温哥华市新成立的政治党派——“优化城市”(A Better City)党的一篇关于当前温哥华市政的文章,由该党主席Stephen Molnar和Wendy Hartley代表该党撰写,简要叙述了该党派的纲要性目标。供广大选民参考。

我们生活在世界最伟大的城市之一,但它正处于危机之中。这座城市正面临着毒品危机、无家可归者危机、公众安全危机、房价及住房危机、气候危机、小型企业生存危机、还有全球新冠病毒的大流行。当我们正面临这一切的时候,我们的政治阶层却在这个时代的危机中不能自拔-党派敌对分歧。

我们作为温哥华的市民,因疫情大多被困于家中,竭尽所能维持生计并确保家人的安全。但我们却一直被这些政策争论所困扰:自行车与汽车、租客与房主、有房者与无家可归者。

我们已经厌倦了,我们强烈需要一个更美好的城市。

今天我们将发起温哥华最新的政治活动。“一个更美好的城市”是每一位相信它会成为世界级城市的人们的家园、是每一位厌倦了党派争议而破坏对话的人们的家园,也是相信如果我们一起努力,我们将贏得一座值得再次被颂扬的城市的人们的家园。

我们的创始成员来自整个城市,代表着不同的年龄层、族裔、性別倾向、经济背景和政治观点。我们敞开大门热烈欢迎每一位愿意随时撸起袖子加油干、为建设一个更美好城市而努力的人们。

我们的价值观是我们此次政治活动的核心,我们希望这些价值观会使我们的朋友、邻居、以及所有市民产生共鸣:

•勇于解决城市面临的问题

•对我们的行为和领导方式负责

•城市未来发展规划的可持续性

•包容和欢迎每一个人

•服务以支持我们的社区

我们遵守并践行这些价值观,并在我们此次政治活动的每个环节中不断发扬光大。我们承诺以全新的面貌从政。

我们将错开党内领导职位的提名时间:市长提名时间为 2021 年 10 月,接下来的是为期六个月的市议员、公园局委员和学务委员的提名,并在 2022 年 3 月结束。并且我们会在全市范围内与代表社会、教育和商业利益的各个利益团体进行广泛的政策咨询,以确保在2022 年 10 月向选民提交政见之前就政策和流程达成共识。我们将以和解原则为基准,与 xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam),Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish)和 Səl̓ílwətaʔ

(Tsleil-Waututh)的原住民在其属地上居住、工作和娱乐。

我们接下来面临的工作并非易事,但我们相信温哥华市民有更美好的期待,我们的目标是共同努力为每一位市民建设一个更美好的城市。

如果我们实现了这个既定目标,那么我们将建设一个所有市民都为之骄傲自豪的充满活力、富有弹性且不断成长的城市。

我们诚邀您加入我们的政治活动:立即行动,点击我们的网站 ABetter.City 注册义工、捐赠和订阅。

主席:Stephen Molnar

副主席:Wendy Hartley

代表“一个更美好的城市”

以下为英文稿:

Op-Ed: We Demand A Better City

We live in one of the world’s great cities, and it is in crisis. The city is in the grip of a poisoned drug crisis, a homelessness crisis, a public safety crisis, an affordability & housing crisis, a climate crisis, a small business crisis, and a global pandemic. All of this is being confronted while our political class succumbs to the crisis of our age – partisanship.

We, citizens of Vancouver, have been mostly stuck at home, doing our best to support our families and keep them safe in the face of all this. We have been confronted by the divisiveness of politics during a time of crisis: bikes vs. cars, renters vs. owners, the housed vs. the homeless.

We are tired of it. We demand A Better City.

Today, we’re launching Vancouver’s newest political movement. A Better City is a home for anyone who believes in the potential of our world class city, who is tired of petty partisans derailing important conversations, and believes that if we do the work, together, we will have a city worthy of celebrating again.

Our founding members are drawn from across this city, representing a diverse group of ages,ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds, and political viewpoints. Our doors are open, and we welcome anyone who is ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work on building A Better City.

Our values are the heart of our movement, and we hope that they resonate with our friends, our neighbours, and our fellow citizens:

• Boldness in tackling the problems facing our city

• Accountability in our actions and the way we lead

• Sustainability in planning the growth and future of our city

• Inclusivity in welcoming and celebrating everyone

• Service in support of our community

We plan to live up to and live into these values, and encourage their growth in every part of our movement. We are committed to doing politics in a new way.

We’re going to stagger our leadership nominations: a Mayoral nomination in October 2021,followed by a six month Council, Park Board & School Board nominating process ending in March 2022. We will be supporting a broad policy consultation across the entire city with interest groups representing social, educational, and business interests to ensure that we have done the work to build consensus on policy and process before taking the case to the voters in October 2022. We will be doing our work in alignment with the principles of Reconciliation with 2 of 2

the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) on whose unceded territory we live, work, and play.

The work ahead of us isn’t going to be easy, but we believe that the people of Vancouver expect better, and we aim to build a better city together, for everyone.

If we achieve what we’re setting out to do we’ll build a vibrant, resilient, and growing city that we can all be proud of.

We invite you to join our movement: volunteer, donate, and subscribe today at our website, A Better.City.

Stephen Molnar, Chair & Wendy Hartley, Vice-Chair on behalf of The Board of A Better City

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