For immediate release
October 7th 2013
The Coalition of Progressive Electors says that massive campaign contributions from the real-estate industry are affecting public process and that Vision Vancouver isn’t listening to residents who are raising concerns about planning in their neighbourhoods.
Tomorrow, City Council will hear a motion from Cllr. Adriane Carr that would have city staff report on best-practices for community democracy and public hearings. COPE believes that council should modernize the public hearings process to make them more democratic, and that councilors and the mayor should stop voting on projects being developed by developers who fund their parties. In the 2011 election, Vision Vancouver received over $940,000 from the real-estate industry, making it the most expensive election in the city’s history.
“One real-estate developer, Wall Financial Corporation, gave Vision Vancouver over $80,000 in the lead-up to the last election,” said Sean Antrim, COPE’s Executive Director. “All of Wall’s developments have been approved. Residents can’t afford to buy access to the ear of council like that. They’re being ignored when they try to go speak at public hearings.”
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