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Brandon is an optimistic and driven non-profit director and community advocate for sustainability, affordability, education, and human rights.
Brandon has experience collaborating across political parties and within government ministries to affect positive policy change for LGBTQ2+ youth in BC. He believes this is crucial experience for the complex work that needs to be done on City Council in advancing equality and inclusion in Vancouver.
Brandon was born in Vancouver and has lived and worked in the region for most of his life. For the last 4 years, he's called Kitsilano home where he rents one of Vancouver’s elusive pet-friendly apartments with his partner, Sam and their dogs. He completed his Masters in Urban Studies at SFU researching civic education and public engagement practices in the City of Surrey, and served on the City of Vancouver’s City Planning Commission from 2014 to 2016. Currently, he is the Education Director for Out On Screen.
"I hope to bring my experience and regional perspective to work on the issues and opportunities facing Vancouver today as the OneCity candidate for Vancouver City Council."
We've got work to do. Let's work together.
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.