Todd Wong's choices for Vancouver City Council, Parksboard and School Board

Todd Wong's choices for Vancouver City Council, Parksboard and School Board

It is election eve, and all the candidates are holding their
breath.  Two evenings ago, I bumped into Ivan Bulic, manager for COPE,
and he said “Only two more sleeps until election day.”  Ivan was
surprised to see me working at the  Information Desk at the
Central Branch Library in downtown Vancouver.  “I thought you were
a professional entertainer,” he told me.

We talked briefly about all the changes at the Vancouver Public Library
during the last 3 years.  The library is now more accessible with
more hours into the evenings, and on Sundays year round at Britannia,
Kitsilano, Renfrew and Oakridge branches as well as Central.  The
library is no longer closed for the last week in August as in previous
years under the NPA councils.  The present Library Board is also
one of the best boards in recent memory under the guidance of
chairperson Joan Andersen (also regional director of CBC Radio.)

While I was on my dinner break while working this evening at the
Champlain Heights branch library, I was greeted by a Chinese woman
handing out COPE pamphlets, then I heard my name called, and I greeted
my friend, city councillor Ellen Woodsworth, still campaigning as the
sun was going down at 4:40pm.

My choices are based on humanistic qualities and community
values.  I also like values such as ability to act, 
advocacy, and having a vision.  Are the candidates genuinely nice
human beings, and interested in my areas of interest which are
currently heritage, arts and culture? And most importantly have they
ever attended a Gung Haggis Fat Choy or ACWW event!
  The candidates listed below are mostly all people that I have met in
person, and are not listed in any particular order other than group 1
and group 2 and reverse alphabetical order

First picks for councillor:
WOODSWORTH, Ellen COPE

ROBERTS, Anne COPE
LOUIE, Raymond P. Vision Vancouver

HARDWICK NYSTEDT, Colleen NPA
DEAL, Heather Vision Vancouver
CHOW, George Vision Vancouver
CADMAN, David COPE

Next picks for councillor

STEVENSON, Tim Vision Vancouver
LOUIS, Tim COPE
LADNER, Peter NPA
HARRISON, Heather Vision Vancouver
BASS, Fred COPE
ANTON, Suzanne NPA


For Mayor,
I will simply state that I have been turned off by the
negative comments and sniping.  I know both Sam Sullivan and Jim
Green personally, and am glad to recieve greetings from both of
them.  I've known Sam for a few years since we bumped into each
other at a BC History and Genealogy exhibition at the Public Library,
and he often attends GHFC and ACWW events.  I have known Jim only
recently, but he has really helped us on the Save Kogawa House
campaign, pushed for the Obasan Cherry Tree planting, announced to the
Vancouver Arts Awards audience about Kogawa House and he has always
come down to the Rememberance Day services in Chinatown.  I
respect both men for their achievements and if you want my personal
opinions – call me.

GREEN, Jim Vision Vancouver
SULLIVAN, Sam NPA

For Schoolboard – I had the
pleasure to meet many of the present school trustees when I made a
presentation to the board on behalf of the Vancouver Asian Heritage
Month Society back in 2002.  Last week at the COPE Chinese Dinner
fundraiser, I had the pleasure to talk with a number of them
again.  I will admit my favorites are Allan Wong, Kevin Millsip,
and Noel Herron.

BLAKEY, Allen COPE
BOUEY, Jane COPE
HERRON, Noel COPE
KENYON, Angela COPE
LEW, Conrad COPE
MILLSIP, Kevin COPE
REIMER, Andrea Green Party of Vancouver
WONG, Allan COPE
KENYON, Angela COPE

For Parks Board

Omar Kassis is a big fan of Gung Haggis Fat Choy, and I have even
invited him up to read a verse of Robbie Burns poem “Address to a
Haggis.”  And I just discovered that Loretta Woodcock is a former
dragon boat paddler – now I hope to get her onto the Gung Haggis Fat
Choy dragon boat team.



DEGENOVA, Allan NPA
HERBERT, Spencer COPE
KASSIS, Omar COPE
LEHAN, Mel COPE
ROMANIUK, Anita COPE
WOODCOCK, Loretta COPE

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