Brandon Yan, a prospective city council candidate for the left-wing OneCity Vancouver party, has been retweeting a slogan lately: From Boundary to Belmont.
The slogan refers to all the places the party thinks apartment buildings should be allowed to be built.
“The history of zoning is racist and classist,” said the 31-year old Yan, who works for the non-profit Out in Schools and is seeking a OneCity nomination this June. “(Single family zoning) excludes lower income people — the price of admission can be $3 million.”
“The costs to just sustaining yourself, working full-time and making time for interests in civic issues is sometimes difficult,” said Brandon Yan, education director for the non-profit Out in Schools.
Wanna run for Mayor? It may be more expensive than you think. Brandon Yan, Education Director of Out in Schools joins us to talk about whether or not young Vancouverites can afford to run for office
While forces of inequity cause people to sleep on sidewalks and in cars and tent cities, their right to exist in these spaces is often called into question or criminalized through anti-homeless, anti-poor bylaws and other dehumanizing strategies that deny them basic human dignity.
On February 22, President Trump revoked President Obama’s policy that protected the civil rights of transgender public school students to use the washroom that matches their gender identity in their schools. This irresponsible use of power to perpetuate violence and injustice towards trans and gender variant youth is abhorrent and we condemn it unreservedly. Basic human dignity is non-negotiable.
It helps to have a thick skin when reporting on the nexus between Chinese money and Vancouver’s sky-high property market. It also might help if that skin, like mine, isn’t white.