Today at 10 a.m., OneCity, a new Vancouver political party, will launch at the north entrance of City Hall.
“OneCity believes in a Vancouver for all – an inclusive, affordable, and united city,” said RJ Aquino, City Council candidate. “OneCity emerged out of a deep concern that social inequality is growing, current development policies are making the situation worse, and City Hall is not listening.”
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MLA David Eby expressed his excitement about the launch: “The OneCity project has some very smart, thoughtful and enthusiastic community leaders backing it. I look forward to hearing more about their efforts to promote progressive, social justice oriented politics in Vancouver.”
For Kyla Epstein, the new political voice speaks to issues that are not being addressed. “I believe that affordability and increasing inequality are concerns shared by many Vancouverites,” said the parent and community advocate. “Housing, transit, and childcare are some of the issues that are important to me. OneCity offers an opportunity for many voices to be heard and for us to work together towards solutions.”
OneCity will address the reality that many families and lower-income people struggle to call Vancouver home as relentless condo development erodes the affordability, character, and cultural spaces of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods.
Mike Dumler, a retired CUPE staff member, believes Vancouver needs a viable progressive voice. “As a trade unionist and community activist, I see OneCity as that voice. OneCity has practical and thoughtful analysis of the challenges we face – inequality, climate change, and the need for community democracy.”
Aquino concluded, saying, “We advocate a fresh direction – a Vancouver strengthened through equity, affordability, and diversity. Many voices. OneCity.”
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