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COMMITTED TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY As a long time resident of Coquitlam, married with two grown children, bus driver for 32 years in our community, I have been honoured to serve the residents of Coquitlam on Council for the last 13 years. When reelected, I will continue to work hard to advocate for affordable housing options as well as sound environmental and development practices. I will also work to ensure that the city is business

friendly, financially responsible and provides improved roads and transit options, while keeping our neighbourhoods safe. We all have a voice in local government. I am committed to making sure that your voices are heard. I am grateful to the community representatives and the advocates who have worked with me to make Coquitlam a great place to Live, Work and Play.

RE-ELECT BRENT

ASMUNDSON FOR COQUITLAM CITY COUNCILLOR

EXPERIENCED AND COMMITTED VALUE FOR OUR TAX DOLLAR • Uphold the continued need for responsible financial management and fiscal accountability • Work towards well-managed city facilities to respond to the growing and changing needs of our residents • Continue to streamline the delivery of city services by reducing red tape

INVOLVED • Creating a Corporate Climate Action Plan to reduce corporate emissions

AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY • Support a strategy that creates both market and below market rental units

• Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan implementation

• Work with Habitat for Humanity’s mandate of affordable home ownership units

• Implementing homeless shelters and transitional housing units

• Continue to identify housing choices that permit a range of attached and detached housing types including new smaller scale ground-oriented options

• Working with YWCA & Talitha Society transitional housing for women and children

TRANSPORTATION THAT WORKS • Improve road and cycling options with a pedestrianfriendly focus

• Helped establish new parks at Rochester, Victoria, Leigh and Millard Orchard

• Manage transportation initiatives to address traffic congestion

• Completion of the Town Centre Performance Plaza

• Supported the completion of the Evergreen Skytrain Line

• Working towards expanding the Coquitlam Crunch

• Link our neighbourhoods with increased transit options and service improvements

RE-ELECT BRENT

ASMUNDSON FOR COQUITLAM CITY COUNCILLOR

BrentAsmundson.ca @BrentAsmundson Re-Elect Brent Asmundson to City Council 2018

Financial Agent contact: raycrowleycoquitlam@gmail.com

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Craig HODGE

About Craig Hodge. • • • • • • • • • •

Grew up in Coquitlam, attended Centennial Secondary First elected to council in 2011 Chair, Riverview Lands Advisory Committee Chair, Coquitlam Sports Advisory Committee Director, Metro Vancouver, serving on Regional Parks Committee Vice Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee Coach, youth soccer and ball hockey Scout leader Past President, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Past President, Coquitlam Heritage Society

“I was fortunate as a child to grow up in Coquitlam, buy a house here, work in my community, enjoy the recreational opportunities here and I want our children and future generations to be able to do the same.”

Craig with his wife Darla and their three boys at Lafarge lake.

Managing Growth

Building City Centre

Coquitlam is experiencing unprecedented growth and it must be managed to protect the environment, green spaces and the quality of life we’ve all come to enjoy. We must ensure schools, transit and childcare keep pace with development.

Coquitlam needs a vibrant City Centre where residents can work and enjoy entertainment and restaurants. As Town Centre Park grows, we need improved park amenities: more picnic areas, washrooms, lighting and pathways around the lake, and better food selections for residents and visitors.

Advocating For Neighbourhoods I’m committed to keeping commuter traffic off residential streets, creating walkable neighbourhoods and making sure new housing fits the character of the neighbourhoods. New housing must include both rental and ownership options for families, young people starting out and seniors who want to downsize but remain in their neighbourhood.

Improving Recreation Sites As chair of the Sports Advisory Committee, I advocated for expanding our recreational facilities. We must build new parks, improve outdoor recreation amenities, find partners to help expand our cultural and indoor venues, and improve our seniors’ centres.

Ensuring Value For Taxes

Protecting Riverview

Residents value the city services they receive but expenses need to be controlled. I will look for efficiencies — and challenge new expenditures — to ensure residents receive the highest value for their tax dollars.

As chair of Coquitlam’s Riverview Lands Advisory Committee, I continue to lobby for the creation of a world-class mental health and wellness campus, and for the preservation of these beautiful and historic grounds.

RE-ELECT Craig HODGE FOR Coquitlam Council | 604.240.1534 | craig@craighodge.ca | www.craighodge.ca Authorized by Bill Healy/ financial agent for Craig Hodge, financialagentbill@gmail.com


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CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR: ADEL GAMAR

Improving communication key: Gamar I f it were not for an Expo 86 advertisement in a British magazine, Adel Gamar’s life trajectory could have gone in a dramatically different direction. In 1986, his family left Libya, then under the rule of Muammar Gaddafi, following the U.S. bombing in Tripoli. They temporarily settled in London, where Gamar’s father spotted the ad and decided Metro Vancouver would be his family’s permanent home. Within a year, they had taken up residence in Coquitlam. “We were [in London] for about six months in limbo trying to figure out where to go,” said Gamar, who was 10 years old at the time. “Had he not read that paper that day, I really don’t know where I’d be.” Now, Gamar is hoping to lead the city he calls home as he vies for the mayor’s chair in the Oct. 20 civic election, running on a platform of improving housing affordability and being more collaborative with residents in shaping city policy. He brings an impressive resume to the race. The 42-year-old father of five has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard, where he also taught at the Kennedy School of Government and was a policy fellow at Harvard Law School. He spent many years working overseas, first teaching at a technology school in Dubai before taking on a role at the College of the North Atlantic in Qatar and advising UNESCO as an education specialist. He moved back o Coquitlam in 2015, when he cofounded the Gamar Leadership Group, which consults with corporations, non-profits and government agencies on leadership development. But there is one area that is lacking in Gamar’s curriculum vitae as he vies for the top job on Coquitlam council: He has never held elected office and his only political experience came when he ran unsuccessfully for the NDP nomination in Port Moody-Coquitlam, which he lost to Rick Glumac. Gamar spins his political inexperience as a positive, telling The Tri-City News he will bring fresh ideas to the role. “People think that to run for mayor requires you to work first as a city councillor as a way to build your resume as

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opposed to saying, ‘Do you have the skill set?’” he said. Housing affordability is one area where Gamar believes Mayor Richard Stewart has failed residents. While many new units have been built in the last few years, they are predominantly one- and two-bedroom condos, which is not big enough for residents with growing families, he said. Noting that more than 90,000 people are expected to move to Coquitlam over the next few decades, more housing is going to have to be built, particularly three- and fourbedroom units. But new development should be concentrated around rapid transit, like in the City Centre, he said, noting older neighbourhoods like Austin Heights cannot handle the increased population and traffic. “We need to build,” he said, “but it needs to be done in

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“After 13 years of service I support Craig in filling my place.”

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a way that is responsible and responsive to the needs of the city.” The municipality must also do a better job of advocating for affordable housing at the regional and provincial levels, he said, and more can be done to leverage developers for important amenities, like daycare spaces. Many of the affordability initiatives must be conducted collaboratively at Metro Vancouver, he said, so that developers can’t play cities off one another by threatening to build their projects in other parts of the region. Gamar stressed a need for collaboration with residents and said he wants to improve communication between the citizens and city hall. That means facilitating town halls and meetings where people feel comfortable sharing their ideas and participating in shaping policy, a skill he said he has acquired through his consulting career. “[The public hearing process] is very intimidating,” he said. “That says to me the process is not the best course for getting public buy-in.” With his professional and academic work, Gamar said he has learned how other cities have made strides in addressing the housing affordability problem. In Boston, for example, he said the mayor’s office has been successful at increasing housing stock while getting buy-in from the community, which has been resistant to densification initiatives. An ability to see a broader perspective and to look beyond the region for solutions is something Gamar said is currently lacking in the Coquitlam mayor’s office. “If you have somebody who has only lived here, has only been exposed to here and been in a bubble, a political bubble for so long, perhaps they are out of innovative ideas,” he said. “They’re out of steam. Perhaps they were not aware of what is working out there, and I have that experience.”

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Community Record: Award Winning Business Owner, Board of Director for the Tri-cities Chamber of Commerce, Coquitlam Foundation, Coquitlam Tennis Club, Tricities Transition Society, and Advisory Committee Member for the City of Coquitlam

My Vision:  I will make our city livable by Increasing the housing supply for youth, families and seniors (housing)  I will champion for community and culture inclusiveness (community engagement)  I will encourage the best possible climate for economic development and the creation of good jobs (economic development)

 I will protect our green spaces and waterways in our city (environmental)  I will take the lead in creating an aggressive childcare strategy (childcare)  As a “Conscious Politician”, the needs of residents will always guide my decisions and be my priority

 I will collaborate with RCMP, health professionals, and non-profit organizations to tackle the mental illness crisis (health & core services)

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Teri ✔ TOWNER Passion for people, not politics. A Councillor who cares. WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH YOU FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY • • • • • • • •

Keeping children safe – in our parks, playgrounds, streets, school zones Improving housing options and solutions for families, seniors, renters. More partnerships for below-market housing Reducing speeding on our roads; improving traffic and pedestrian safety Protecting and enriching our diverse neighbourhoods and green spaces Strengthening residents’ voices: less reactive and more proactive civic engagement Increasing transportation options – more buses, ridesharing, accessible options, U-cycle A healthy, active community offering a variety of opportunities for activity and fun for all Addressing affordability: housing, transportation, childcare, access to recreation, jobs development

WORKING HARD FOR YOU: • • • •

Chair of Culture Services Advisory Committee Vice Chair of Sports Advisory Committee and Universal Access-Ability Committee Council Rep Homelessness & Housing Task Group, 3030 Gordon Emergency Shelter Task Force Sponsor/Mentor Coquitlam Youth Council; FCM Canada 150 Community Leader

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: •

Currently: Board of Directors Community Volunteer Connections, Habitat for Humanity Family Partnering, Co-founder/Chair TriCities Friends of Refugees Task Group, BC Ministry Committee on Interculturalism, 12 years executive with school PACs and DPAC43 Spearheaded: school breakfast program, Little Free Library in Burquitlam, SunRun training clinic, initiatives for mothers in need, homeless, refugee newcomers, foodbank, school traffic safety

TO LEARN OF TERI’S EXTENSIVE AND LONGTIME COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF COQUITLAM, PLEASE VISIT TERITOWNER.CA

You’re in good hands with Teri.

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teri@teritowner.ca www.teritowner.ca 604-937-5000 /TeriTownerCoquitlam

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CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR: RICHARD STEWART [incumbent]

Efficient land use for housing: Stewart A fter 10 years in the mayor’s chair, Richard Stewart is asking Coquitlam voters to support him one last time. A fourth term is necessary, he said, to complete some of the initiatives launched during his tenure, particularly on the affordable housing front. The city’s Housing Choices program and Affordable Housing Strategy are starting to see results, he said, and he wants to be present for any policy adjustments that may be necessary. “We are halfway through the housing policy changes that… I wanted to implement,” he said during an interview with The Tri-City News. “We have put in place a lot of them and now we are tweaking them to see the results and actually achieve the things we set out to achieve.” Stewart’s opponent, Adel Gamar, has criticized him for being at the helm while housing prices in the city have skyrocketed over the last decade. But Stewart said rising property values are a regional issue and Coquitlam has been able to avoid some of the pitfalls seen in other parts of the Lower Mainland by encouraging increases in housing supply. He acknowledged that in the future, not everyone is going to be able to own a detached home. But he noted the rapid pace of higher-density development is necessary to meet housing demand and ensure residents and their children can continue to live in Coquitlam. “Obviously, we have to find a more efficient use of the land to lower the land component of housing costs,” he said. “That can only be achieved by reducing the footprint [of housing].” While there has been pushback from residents around the pace of development, Stewart said most people in the community understand that changes in housing forms are required, particularly with the arrival of the Evergreen Extension. He added that during consultations for the BurquitlamLougheed Neighbourhood Plan, some residents were even pushing for higher densities in their area. “The next generation is looking at different housing forms right across Canada,” he said, later adding: “Ultimately, we can no longer have a quarter-acre lot for

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every family. There is simply no more land in the Lower Mainland without moving up the mountains and we don’t want to do that anymore.” But if families are going to be expected to live in highdensity developments, larger housing units will be necessary, a fact Stewart acknowledges the city has been slow to grasp. One policy change he said he is looking at would see the square footage from third bedrooms excluded in floorspace ratio calculations, essentially allowing developers to build additional bedrooms without increasing their land costs. The incentive is similar to what the city has done to increase its stock of rental housing, he noted. As part of

the Affordable Housing Strategy, builders that have hit the maximum number of units allowed for their parcel of land are permitted to increase the density, provided the additional units are purpose-built rentals. Stewart said the program has been successful at boosting the rental housing stock in the city. “We now have something like 4,000 units of rental instream,” he said. “Ten years ago we didn’t have any.” Stewart also pushed back on charges the city has not been successful at leveraging the development industry for community amenities. He pointed to an agreement struck with Wesbild that will see four lots next to the future Sheffield elementary school on Burke Mountain dedicated for a purposebuilt daycare. He added that Concert Properties in Burquitlam, which has already agreed to build a YMCA facility, is being pushed to include daycare space in its development. While childcare is a provincial responsibility, Stewart said the city can help facilitate opportunities to increase daycare spaces in the community. “This is not a municipal function but there is a lot we can do to be a catalyst,” he said. Another reason Stewart said he is vying for a fourth term has to do with changes taking place at the regional level. He noted that a majority of Metro Vancouver directors will be retiring and he said officials who are re-elected will be required to ensure continuity at the board. Should he receive another mandate from the voters, Stewart predicts big economic changes ahead for Coquitlam and the region as a whole in the upcoming municipal term. “By this time in two years, three years, I suspect we will see a completely different market on the housing side,” he said. “I hope we will be able to look back with satisfaction at what Coquitlam’s role has been.”

CONTACT INFO

Phone: 604-931-2848 Email: richard@richardstewart.ca Facebook: MayorStewart Twitter: @MayorStewart

ALSO RUNNING FOR MAYOR MARK MAHOVLICH

Age: 52 Occupation: carpenter, hockey official, movie car driver, author, political lobbyist Coquitlam resident for: most of my life Campaign funding: no funding Previous community service: I have served my community building, repairing and renovating structures, lobbying the BC Liberals for new earthquake-resistant schools as opposed to bogus seismic upgrades

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Excessive property and commercial tax, and tree canopy loss.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability?

Restrict house size to lower home prices. Build affordable housing.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

I think there are more than enough job opportunities in the city at this time.

Phone: 778-512-9055 m.mahovlich@hotmail.com

RE-ELECT

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Listening. Understanding. Leading. It’s Our Coquitlam. @stevekimbc

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Authorized by Soon Kim, CPA, Financial Agent for the Steve Kim Campaign - 604.415.9390

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Connecting Communities and Generations MY VALUES: • Participatory Democracy • Evidence Based Decisions • Social Responsibility

MY PLATFORM:

• Curb the Crisis • Entertainment District • Attract Emerging Industry Wisely,, not Widely • Build Wisely • Prioritize Transit

iansoutar.com I iansoutar4council@gmail.com “Millennials are the largest voting group in Canada, but the least represented in municipal government. Electing us to council will create a balanced voice on city council and attract future leaders into politics.” Authorised by Marcus Madsen, official agent for Ian Soutar - 604 417 7958


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CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCILLOR [elect 8] BRENT ASMUNDSON (incumbent)

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BEN CRAIG

Age: 60 Occupation: Bus driver with Coast Mountain Bus Company, Coquitlam city councillor Coquitlam resident for: 28 years Campaign funding: donations and fundraising Previous community service: As a member and president of North East Rate Payers Association.

Age: 50 Occupation: life skills worker Coquitlam resident for: 40 years Campaign funding: family, friends and co-workers. Previous community service: Scout Leader for 14 years. Volunteer for Legion #263 annual Poppy Drive for 22 years. Polling station supervisor for both Elections Canada and BC for numerous elections. Little league baseball coach for three seasons.

Age: 48 Occupation: financial advisor Coquitlam resident for: eight years Campaign funding: Friends, relatives and associates. Previous community service: director, Mediated Learning Academy; past-president, Oakdale Neighbourhood Association; president, Maillardville Residents Association; treasurer, St. Andrews United Church; coach, Coquitlam Little League

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam? Housing and transportation.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

Continue with affordable housing strategy that, since 2016, has created more than 4,000 rental units without impacting local taxpayers. Permit a wide range of options in attached and detached housing types to give people choices that they can afford.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

I would continue to advocate to provincial and federal governments to invest more in below market housing. To continue to explore new types of housing and work on partnerships with other stakeholders to find creative solutions to our housing problem.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live? One thing that should be done is put a 25-year moratorium on office development in Vancouver. This would push office development to other parts of the region such as Coquitlam. This would result in people having reduced travel time, cost reduction and more family quality time. It would also better utilize our transportation system.

Email: brentasmundson@gmail.com Website: brentasmundson.ca Facebook: Re-Elect Brent Asmundson Coquitlam City Council 2018 Twitter: @brentasmundson

Housing affordability is the single greatest issue we are facing. It affects both families and businesses. It is forcing people out of their communities, creating greater urban sprawl and traffic congestion. It is contributing to the rise of homelessness in our community.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

I would advocate for council to look at the fees we charge developers, find a way to fast-track applications for purpose-built rentals, establish a rental advisory committee and work closer with both our provincial and federal governments. I would also ask BC Housing for modular homes to get people housed.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

To solve the challenges facing our community, we need a variety of voices sharing their collective experiences. I hope to bring the voices of those who are often overlooked to the council table. Each and every member of our community has value and I am committed to leading by example.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Coquitlam needs to make sure we have sufficient commercial space throughout our community. We need to ensure the taxes we levy on business are not a barrier to creating employment. We need to streamline the fees we charge and look at regional business licences instead of city specific licenses.

Phone: 778-838-5961 Email: voterobbottos@gmail.com Website: robbottos.ca Facebook: voteRobBottos Twitter: @VoteRobBottos

RE-ELECT Chris Wilson

You deserve Councillors with integrity, a commitment to local issues, strong leadership and someone you can trust. I believe my track record proves that I am this kind of leader. Affordable Housing I’ll continue to fight for more robust housing measures to ensure Coquitlam is a city for EVERYONE!

Integrity and Trust I am proud to have advocated for taking big money out of local politics. I will not accept personal donations from any employees of developers so that my decisions are free from conflict.

Pushing back on developers I’ll keep advocating for more below market housing, daycare facilities, and community amenities to be included with new development as well as housing for YOUR needs.

Daycare I will continue to advocate for stronger policies to ensure daycare facilities are being built throughout our city.

Transportation and Transit I will continue to push for more bus services in Coquitlam that connect to the Evergreen Line and upcoming B-Lines as well as for ride sharing options.

ADVANCE VOTING: Oct 10, 12, 13, 17 & 19 – Voting Day October 20th chris4coquitlam@gmail.com I Facebook.com/CouncillorCWilson

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Controlling the cost of government. Meaningful community engagement.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

Here, I believe the city has tremendous influence. Local government is the first stop in the development approval process. They can use this leverage not only to increase supply but influence development of a wide range of housing options, such as below market rental.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

Thousands of new residents in our city should reduce the property tax burden on the rest of us. Instead, taxes are rising at a greater rate than inflation and population growth. I will work with council and staff to ensure the prosperity created by new development is shared more equitably with existing residents.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Coquitlam is a bedroom community. We need to create an economic engine within our city limits. To do this, we must attract businesses to our city. Coquitlam businesses share a disproportionate tax burden. To attract businesses, we must start treating our local business as the valued stakeholders they are.

Phone: 604-837-7037 Email: ben.craig@shaw.ca Facebook: Ben Craig for Council Twitter: @bencraig


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CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCILLOR [elect 8] CRAIG HODGE (incumbent)

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Age: 61 Occupation: photojournalist and Coquitlam city councillor Coquitlam resident for: 54 years Campaign funding: family, friends and individuals in the community, and selffunded Previous community service: past chair of Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Coquitlam Heritage Society, Scout leader and I ball hockey and soccer coach

Age: 45 Occupation: business analyst Coquitlam resident for: 11 years Campaign funding: self-funded. Previous community service: ran for council in 2008 to stop a CUPE manipulation of council with respect to garbage service

Age: 46 Occupation: small business owner Coquitlam resident for: 14 years Campaign funding: Personal donations from family, friends and supporters. Previous community service: volunteer for Place des Arts, Maillardville Residents Association, the city’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and ACCESS Youth. Ran twice for MLA as a BC Liberal.

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

I support various zoning options for families, seniors and young adults. A diversified strategy for supply also includes both market and below-market rental units, including purpose-built rentals. I believe in higher density near transit and in more urban areas, plus the buildout of two- to three-bedroom-plus units for families.

Creating housing for families, young people and seniors that’s affordable. Managing growth to ensure we protect the quality of life residents currently enjoy.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

Work with other levels of government and non-profits to maximize the use of grants and partnership opportunities. We need to use our new civic powers and require developers to utilize city incentives to build lower cost housing.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

Preserve the unique character of neighbourhoods in our growing city. Hire more police officers and increase traffic enforcement. I want more green streets, park expansion, protection for the environment and the Riverview lands. Expand recreation and cultural facilities. Work with curlers to seek partnerships for a regional curling centre.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

We need to safeguard our industrial lands and require developers to fulfill their commitment to build commercial space. Cut red tape and work with the Chamber of Commerce and our economic development department to attract new businesses and assist existing businesses and home-based businesses to grow and create jobs.

Phone: 604-240-1534 Email: craig@craighodge.ca Website: craighodge.ca Facebook: craighodgecitycouncillor Twitter: @craighodge8 Instagram: @craighodge8

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Affordable housing. Trans Mountain Pipeline

Lobby for a vacant property tax increase if homes are vacant and not rented. I want to release the hidden housing and rental market through property taxes.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live? Promote remote work and business centres.

Email: hunt4councillor@shaw.ca Facebook: geoffhunt4councillor

Housing affordability. Infrastructure (transportation).

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

I want to build a more livable, fun and thriving community that supports all residents. To help current and future residents save time and money, I want to nurture a strong local economy, world-class tourism, parks, facilities, arts and culture so people have reason to stay close to home.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Coquitlam needs more commercial and office space and infrastructure for small businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive locally. Closer options will help businesses grow, attract the right investment, recruit and retain local talent to live and work in our city.

Phone: 604-265-3436 Email: SteveKim4Council@gmail.com Website: stevekim4council.ca Facebook: SteveKimBC Twitter: @SteveKimBC Instagram: @SteveKimBC


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CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCILLOR [elect 8] PAUL LAMBERT

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TRISH MANDEWO

Age: 32 Occupation: business consultant Coquitlam resident for: 30 years Campaign funding: self-funded plus donations Previous community service: basketball and rugby coach, volunteer for the Canucks For Kids Fund, strata council president for five years, volunteer in federal and provincial elections

Age: 38 Occupation: IT professional Coquitlam resident for: one year Campaign funding: donations by individuals Previous community service: former YMCA executive board member, executive director of newcomer social group, gospel drummer in a local church, former judo and taekwondo instructor

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Age: 50 Occupation: business owner Coquitlam resident for: 10 years Campaign funding: Through event fundraising, individual donations and personal contributions. Previous community service: various business and community boards and committees, including city of Coquitlam, TriCities Chamber of Commerce, Coquitlam Foundation, Women’s Collaborative Hub

How to address housing affordability while still respecting current residents and neighbourhoods. Our current development plan is not meeting the diverse housing needs of residents.

Municipal infrastructure will provide the quality of life and minimize risks such as speeding, car accidents and traffic. A strong economy will give us more choice and job opportunities.

Preserve more of our existing affordable housing instead of tearing it all down to build new expensive condos. Change to a balanced development plan to meet the diverse housing needs of our community. That means: more three-bedroom townhouses for families; more dedicated buildings for renters; more affordable housing units.

The housing issue is all about demand and supply. I will work closely with the provincial government to supply co-op housing units, rental units and non-profit housing units.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

Slow down the rapid pace of development to respect current residents and neighbourhoods. Change to the balanced development plan I have outlined to meet our diverse housing needs. Protect our existing single-family neighbourhoods from all being rezoned and changed forever. Work to keep city spending reasonable and sustainable.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live? Stop rezoning industrial and commercial land into residential usage. Require new developments to include ample retail and commercial space for businesses. Ensure city hall is reasonable and fast when it comes to new business licenses and business regulations. Ensure Coquitlam taxes on businesses are competitive with other cities’.

Phone: 604-499-4234 Email: paul@paullambert.ca Website: paullambert.ca

Coquitlam is affected by the housing crisis, which is leading to an exodus of youth and young families. The second most important issue is the quality and level of public transportation.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

Since March, I have been door knocking 20,000 doors. I spent enough time to listen to your concerns. Also, I have been attending the council meetings and public hearings. I realize that we are missing something. That is people. This council needs to put people first before they make decisions.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Having a good business sector in Coquitlam will benefit everyone. I will attract IT, green energy, medical equipment and dental equipment businesses to take office in Coquitlam. And the city will start the business incubator system for Coquitlam residents. So that we can have a strong economy and brand the city like Silicon Valley.

Website: voteseanlee.com

EDITOR’S NOTE Coquitlam council candidate Massimo Mandarino did not respond to The Tri-City News’ questionnaire.

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

We have to work with all levels of government, public and private sectors to proactively resolve the housing crisis. This includes increasing the supply and variety of housing types, dedicate zoning for purpose-built market rental supply and increasing public awareness and outreach.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

When elected, I will support strategic, affordable and sustainable housing while maintaining Coquitlam’s unique character. I will champion an inclusive and engaged community. In addition, I will encourage the best possible business climate for economic development and the creation of good jobs. I will champion for youth and children.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live? We need to create an environment that makes Coquitlam attractive to new investors and businesses, thereby stimulating the local economy, which will result in job creation. We must support existing businesses and increase the amount of affordable office space. This is achievable if we tackle the current housing crisis.

Phone: 604-726-0856 Email: TrishMandewo@gmail.com Website: trishmandewocampaign.ca Facebook: VoteTrishMandewo Twitter: @TrishMandewo Instagram: TrishMandewo

Re-Elect DENNIS MARSDEN FOR COQUITLAM CITY COUNCIL 2018

“Hello friends and neighbours, my commitment to you... is to advance the vision that will see us living in a vibrant, complete city, one in which residents can live safely, find work without commuting, play on our courts and fields and entertain family and friends in our parks and cultural centres.” centres.”

778-837-1820

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Let me continue to use my 25 years of finance and board experience to serve you!

Achievements to Date: • • • • •

4000 Rental housing units in planning & construction Park revitaliztion program Created neighbourhood revitalization program Increased investment earnings by $700,000 annually $9 million in non-tax dollars to deliver capital projects

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DENNIS MARSDEN

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CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCILLOR [elect 8] DENNIS MARSDEN (incumbent)

ROBERT MAZZAROLO

DEVAN ROBERTSON

Age: 53 Occupation: Coquitlam city councillor and president of True North Business Consultation Coquitlam resident for: 40 years Campaign funding: friends, family, residents, associates Previous community service: council; president of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce; treasurer Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation; minor sports coach; Coquitlam Economic Development Advisory Committee

Age: 31 Occupation: lawyer Coquitlam resident for: 31 years Campaign funding: Members of my family, friends, and Coquitlam residents. Previous community service: youth soccer coach since I was 17, volunteering at local events

Age: 32 Occupation: locomotive engineer Coquitlam resident for: 31 Campaign funding: self-funded Previous community service: as a railway locomotive engineer, transporting many goods to market that our residents rely on in their daily lives.

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Managing growth: delivering the needed housing along with parks, rec and arts facilities. Transportation: Improve road network and bus services.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

We are one part of the solution. We need to connect BC Housing, builders and non-profits to deliver and manage the supply of subsidized rentals. We also need to look at ownership opportunities like the Habitat for Humanity project in which we are a partner in 30 to 40 homes.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

I want to see us develop a complete city, one which is vibrant and inclusive, where we can move beyond being a bedroom community and have viable, family-supporting employment. Good jobs, close to our homes help us spend more time with our family, reduce isolation and engage more in a happy, connected city.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

The number one need is employment space. We must better utilize our limited industrial lands and encourage the development of office space for jobs in tech, health care, finance and so many other industries. This is done through collaboration with industry and the region as a whole.

Phone: 778-837-1820 Email: elect@dennismarsden.com Website: dennismarsden.com Facebook: electdennismarsden Twitter: @dennis_marsden

Responsible real estate development that is more affordable and serves the interests of Coquitlam’s families and residents, as opposed to special interest groups.

affordability: People are being squeezed for more of their paycheques than ever before. Density: Unsustainable development is creating a troublesome burden on our infrastructure.

Prioritize construction of homes suitable for families such as threebedroom townhouses, row-houses and apartments. Require big developers to provide more below-market rentals and purpose-built seniors’ housing. Mandate big developers market pre-sales of new real estate developments to local residents first.

Engage our provincial and federal governments for assistance in providing renters with relief from unfair rent prices and increases. Locally instituted tax for absentee homeowners indexed to housing valuation. Explore European-based council housing system to develop affordable homes for residents.

Refocus real estate development to prioritize families and residents as opposed to special interest groups. Improve housing affordability by focusing on supply and demand. Reinvest in Coquitlam parks, recreational facilities and cultural locations for Coquitlam’s youth, seniors and all residents to enjoy. Guard against unwarranted increases to property taxes.

Providing residents with a government they can trust. We have a responsibility to provide our residents with financial relief at every opportunity. I look to engage with other jurisdictions to facilitate change to a system that is neither fair nor accountable to residents.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Ensure the construction of new commercial space is no longer unreasonably deferred. Maintain a competitive business tax rate that encourages new businesses while assisting established ones. Reasonably cut red-tape at city hall.

Email: robertjmazzarolo@gmail.com Website: mazzarolo-stickler.com Facebook: MazzaroloStickler Twitter: @RobertMazzarolo Instagram: @RobertMazzarolo

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

We need to provide businesses with incentives for hiring and retaining local residents in the form of tax relief. Potential grants to business property taxes can attract businesses in this regard. Develop advisory council to engage students with local businesses. Coordinate businesses that match with students’ area of study to facilitate in retaining employees down the road.

Phone: 604-562-5350 Email: devan.jk.robertson@gmail.com Facebook: devanrobertsonforcouncil2018

CAROL

RE-ELECT

NICOLA

SPURLING For Coquitlam Council

VOTE

CAHOON FOR SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE

Experienced During her four year term, Carol served as Vice-Chair (2016-2017) and provided effective district governance by engaging with the Board of Education.Together they addressed previous budget overruns, eliminated debt ahead of schedule and created financial stability.

October 20th

Dedicated

As an active Trustee, Carol is incredibly committed and dedicated to her role. She has attended many events, performances, ceremonies and has collaborated with hundreds of teachers and staff and met thousands of students and parents.

Involved

Platform Highlights: #Spurling4Coquitlam The Housing Crisis Creating a Vibrant Community Transit Infrastructure of the Future Mental Health and Addictions Awareness Encouraging Diversity Bike Sharing Public Private Partnerships (P3’s) & Private Contracts Living Wages RevitalizationTax Exemption Mandating Employment Opportunities FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.nicolaspurling.me @nicola_spurling4coquitlam

@NicESpurling @ NicSpurling

spurling.nic@gmail.com

With immense passion for volunteer and community involvement, Carol attends and supports many fundraisers and events such as KidSport Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Coquitlam Firefighters Charity Ball, Children of the Street Society, Crime Stoppers and Canadian Cancer Society “Cops for Cancer”.

For an open and accountable School Board • Stable, balanced budgets • Multi-year financial strategy • Continued fiscal accountability

For a strong voice for everyone • Fair and equal representation • Stakeholders valued and listened to • Public education advocate

For a continually effective education system • Student safety, inclusion and achievement • Modernize, replace and upgrade facilities • Technology based teaching and learning

Contact: 604-787-3435 votecarolcahoon@gmail.com www.carolcahoon.com

Carol Cahoon Carol Cahoon @carol_cahoon @carol_cahoon

Authorized by Brenda Simms, Financial Agent, cahooncampaign@gmail.com


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CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCILLOR [elect 8] IAN SOUTAR

NICOLA SPURLING

DARRYL STICKLER

Age: 27 Occupation: self-employed landscaper Coquitlam resident for: four years Campaign funding: dedicated individuals Previous community service: president of Tri-Cities Rotaract Club, youth/environment advocate, succeeded in convincing Coquitlam city council to install rainbow crosswalk

Age: 27 Occupation: small business owner (construction contractor), political pundit and public speaker Coquitlam resident for: five years Campaign funding: donations, self funding Previous community service: housing affordability advocate, advocate for diversity, advocate for sustainable infrastructure and president and founder of the Tri-Cities Pride Society

Age: 32 Occupation: commercial banker Coquitlam resident for: 29 years Campaign funding: friends, family, residents Previous community service: youth lacrosse coach for boys and girls since 2003

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam? Housing affordability. Environmental protections

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

I would help speed up development processing in return for a higher return of affordable units. Applying a resident-first period to all unit sales will also help lower demand locally.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

I plan to inspire new, young leaders to get engaged in local politics while safeguarding their environment, housing and jobs for future generations. I also hope to create an entertainment sector that would put Coquitlam on the map as fun and accessible for the entire Lower Mainland.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live? Creating strategic partnerships with desirable industry (health, tech, entertainment, film) to establish long-lasting relationships with business and help make emerging sectors flourish. Establish a grant for new, small businesses employing Coquitlam residents.

Phone: 604-791-5459 Email: iansoutar4council@gmail.com Website: iansoutar.com Facebook: iansoutar4council Twitter: @iandsoutar Instagram: @iansoutar4council

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Housing affordability. A lack of effective and transparent government that reflects the diversity of Coquitlam.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

Creating more below-market rentals by facilitating partnerships between developers and non-profits, and mandating percentages of affordable units in new developments. Thoughtful city planning. Reducing the floor space ratio required to unlock housing incentives, opening opportunities for variances. Rezoning for rental specific use.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

I hope to be part of a council that is more transparent and that reflects the diversity of Coquitlam through our governance. I hope to work with fellow councillors on initiatives that create density in a responsible manner, such as building below-market rentals near transit, installing electric vehicle chargers, bringing bike sharing to the city and encouraging small business growth.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

We can create incentives for businesses to move to Coquitlam, we can support existing businesses by implementing the revitalization tax exemption so they don’t face financial hardship due to development and rezoning in their area, and we can provide more entertainment in the city, so folks aren’t always traveling to Vancouver to have fun.

Phone: 778-886-5348 Email: spurling.nic@gmail.com Website: nicolaspurling.me Facebook: NicESpurling Twitter: @NicSpurling Instagram: @nicola_spurling4coquitlam

The current pace and quality of real estate development needs to better serve our residents and their families, instead of special interest groups.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

Prioritize the construction of family units such as three-bedroom townhouses, row-houses, and condo units. Require big developers to supply more below-market rentals and housing options for seniors. Mandate big developers to market pre-sales of new real estate developments to local residents first.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

Attract and retain more young families to our city by concentrating on both the demand and supply sides of the local real estate market. Retain and protect the existing character of our precious, communityoriented neighbourhoods and recreational facilities. Curb the trend of greater-than-inflation annual property tax increases.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Refocus our real estate development to prioritize families so more residents can live closer to work. Maintain a business tax rate that’s competitive with other local municipalities’ and reasonably cut outdated red-tape at city hall. Ensure the construction of new commercial space is no longer unreasonably deferred by big developers.

Email: darryl.stickler@gmail.com Website: mazzarolo-stickler.com Facebook: MazzaroloStickler Twitter: @darrylstickler Instagram: @darrylstickler

Vote October 20, 2018 RE-ELECT

Chuck Denison for School Board Trustee

INVOLVED • EXPERIENCED • INSIGHTFUL

Chuck encourages an increased focus on Student Mental Health in our schools

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Chuck understands the importance of increasing social emotional learning resources Chuck’s encouragement of healthy learning environments and inclusive practices has helped build a stronger community

for Mayor, Councillors and School Trustees

Chuck supports improvements to Alternate Education Authorized by Chuck Denison, Financial Agent, chuck@chuckdenison.ca

Additional election coverage at tricitynews.com/municipal-election

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CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCILLOR [elect 8] TERI TOWNER (incumbent)

CHRIS WILSON (incumbent)

BONITA ZARRILLO (incumbent)

Age: 50 Occupation: Coquitlam city councillor Coquitlam resident for: 21 years Campaign funding: fundraiser events, personal donations, friends/family, myself Previous community service: volunteer, coach, board member: food bank, literacy, breakfast programs, homelessness, newcomers, anti-bullying, Habitat for Humanity, DPAC, PACs, Operation RedNose, Adopt-a-Street and more — plus, city councillor

Age: 50 Occupation: Coquitlam city councillor and part-time executive director of KidSport Tri-Cities Coquitlam resident for: 28 years Campaign funding: friends, supporters and family Previous community service: leading KidSport and Operation Red Nose, Share volunteer of the year, Terry Fox run, coaching wrestling, hockey, lacrosse and soccer, school PACs, hockey exec

Age: 52 Occupation: business analyst and Coquitlam city councillor Coquitlam resident for: eight years Campaign funding: residents Previous community service: city councillor, past VP on school PAC, committees for BCCPAC, member of a local not-for-profit empowering women and girls, created #cigarettebuttfreeCoquitlam to encourage safe and responsible disposal of cigarette butts

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?

Housing: affordability and availability of appropriate, needed housing. Transportation: traffic challenges, congestion, road safety, speed, not enough transportation options, safety issues around schools

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

Continue advancing Coquitlam’s Housing Affordability Strategy, Housing Choices program; both have produced thousands of rental, below-market and family units in-stream, gentle infill, housing for families/seniors. Use our Affordable Housing Reserve Fund to partner for more below-market/non-market units, supporting home ownership. Build near transit/jobs. Priority to locals, taxing empty homes

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

Implementation of my endorsed UBCM resolution ending elected officials voting on own pay. Property taxes reduced. Comfortable 3% rental vacancy rate, new hotel in City Centre, improved traffic safety — fewer speeders. U-Cycling, new supportive housing to reduce homelessness, more families able to put down Coquitlam roots, improved proactive citizen engagement

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Ensure suitable, available housing for employees. Support regulations/zoning that are business-friendly, less red tape. Continue to reduce commercial taxes/fees. Support robust strategies to attract more office space to our city — in particular to areas served by rapid transit. No more banking of office space by developers.

Email: teri@teritowner.ca Website: teritowner.ca Facebook: Re-Elect Teri Towner to Coquitlam City Council Twitter: @TeriTownerCllr Instagram: @TeriTowner

PLEASE VOTE

Current Mayor and City Council the past 4 years: • Rezoned and tore down many of our existing affordable housing options • Built countless expensive 1 and 2 bedroom condos that start in the $500,000’s

• Built almost no new dedicated rental units for renters • Did not build enough BC Affordable Housing units or other subsidized housing

Shortage of housing that is affordable for middle- and low-income earners.

Strengthen our current successful rental incentives, continue to push council for a subsidized housing percentage in new development, continue to push back on developers to build what we need, aggressively combine our below market incentives with senior government programs, replicate Habitat for Humanity’s affordable ownership model on other sites.

Continue to refine Coquitlam’s Housing Affordability Strategy to incentivize more purpose-built rental. Continue to push back on the development of more luxury condos and demovictions. Ask again for a local procurement policy to support local business in our community so more families can live and work here.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

In addition to succeeding in all the housing initiatives already listed, ensuring that we are getting the daycare facilities we need with new development, improving our transportation system, including better transit service and connections, cycling infrastructure, speed enforcement and traffic flow. Increasing transparency, consultation and trust with residents.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Ensure that more office and shared work space is being built in new development, leverage opportunities with Douglas College and libraries, enhance our City Centre Plan to create a vibrant, attractive magnet for businesses and services, enhance our economic development office, continue to strongly advocate for more services at Riverview.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?

To bring equality to city hall. To stand up for the needs of residents over the profits of corporate developers.

How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?

Have a city procurement policy that supports local business. Continue to support Business LinQ, the city’s one-stop shop for local businesses and entrepreneurs. Market Coquitlam externally as a health and wellness centre of excellence.

Phone: 778-960-5836 Email: bonita@bonitazarrillo.ca Website: bonitazarrillo.ca Facebook: Bonita Zarrillo Twitter: @bonitazarrillo Instagram: @bonitazarrillo

Phone: 604-939-6392 Email: chris4coquitlam@gmail.com Website: chris4coquitlam.ca Facebook: councillorcwilson Twitter: @ChrisWilson630

AUL LAMBER LAMBERT T > PPAUL What we need to do the next 4 years: 1

STOP rezoning and tearing down buildings that could have provided affordable housing options for years to come

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STOP building mostly 1 and 2 bedroom condos that start in the $500,000’s

3

START BUILDING the RIGHT type of density:

• Many of these condos are bought by speculators in pre-sale • Built hardly any 3 bedroom units or townhouses for families

Transportation (including traffic) and development (including housing affordability)

• MORE 3 bedroom units and townhouses for families

• Attempted to completely change the nature of many of our single family neighbourhoods

• START building more dedicated rental units to give relief to renters

All of this was done because of a oversimplified “densification” argument that benefits developers and speculators but DOES NOT meet the diverse housing needs of Coquitlam Residents.

• BUILD MORE BC Affordable Housing units and other subsidized housing options

4

PROTECT our single family neighbourhoods from AGGRESSIVE rezoning

COQUITLAM CITY COUNCIL

Paul is a long term Coquitlam resident who cares deeply about our city and the people in our community. Paul grew up in Coquitlam, he works here, and Paul and his partner Jacqueline want to raise their family here. He has a degree in Economics and Political Science from SFU and works as a Small Business Consultant in the Tri-Cities. On City Council Paul’s #1 Priority will be to put the needs and interests of Coquitlam Residents first.

For Paul’s complete platform please visit www.paullambert.ca or reach out to paul@paullambert.ca

Please Vote October 20th

Paul Lambert will bring Change and Real Solutions to Coquitlam City Council


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CANDIDATES FOR SCHOOL TRUSTEE [elect 4] JENNIFER BLATHERWICK

FRANCIS MARK BUCHER

Age: 43 Occupation: association director, Odyssey of the Mind Previous community service: Volunteered in breakfast and reading programs, school and community coach

Age: 59 Occupation: retired teacher Previous community service: youth soccer coach and referee, community choir director, volunteer pianist at seniors’ homes.

Yes. The childcare shortage in Coquitlam is serious. Creating space for daycare generates revenue for schools and makes Coquitlam a better place for families. Right now, the provincial and municipal governments are ready to work with us on solving the daycare shortage. School boards need to maximize this opportunity.

Yes, I understand how difficult it is for working families to find affordable daycare.

Yes. SOGI education in schools decreases bullying and reduces suicides — across all student populations. Students today are already aware of these issues from media — SOGI 123 provides factual information about the variety of Canadians they will encounter, and how to treat those differences with respect.

Do you support trustee trips to China paid for by the Chinese government through cultural grants from the Confucius Institute?

Do you support the board of education taking a lead role in creating daycare spaces in schools?

Do you support the use of SOGI 123 curriculum in schools to support LGBTQ+2 youth?

Do you support trustee trips to China paid for by the Chinese government through cultural grants from the Confucius Institute?

No. International education is valuable to Coquitlam. To represent our community’s best interest, the board needs to have local control over broadening our outreach.

Do you support the expenditure of $36 million for a new school board building?

No. Compared to spending on new school buildings, which came in at lower budgets, the replacement costs are excessive, and do not directly benefit students.

What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee?

We need to ensure that students get assessment and appropriate support as early as possible. Doing things right from the beginning saves the district money over the long term, and helps our students.

Email: info@jenniferblatherwick.ca Website: jenniferblatherwick.ca Facebook: jennifer.martinblatherwick

Do you support the board of education taking a lead role in creating daycare spaces in schools??

Do you support the use of SOGI 123 curriculum in schools to support LGBTQ+2 youth?

Yes, I know that there is a great deal of misunderstanding on this issue. However, if there are students who are confused as to their sexual identity, this curriculum is meant only to help without telling them what they should or shouldn’t do.

Yes, if it is completely funded by the Chinese government. If this fosters better cultural understanding between Canada and China, then why not?

Do you support the expenditure of $36 million for a new school board building?

I will be honest and say that this is an issue that I will need to look into more closely. Being fiscally responsible and accountable is very important to me and I promise to give close attention to this possible expenditure.

What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee?

Coming from the perspective of a parent and a freshly retired teacher, I feel that I can really make a difference to help continue with the excellent programs that are in place here in School District 43. I will work in a collaborative manner to implement new programs and I will help to make any necessary changes in order to improve the lives of all concerned.

Phone: 604-818-2179 Email: socmuto@gmail.com Facebook: forSchoolTrusteeCoquitlam

CAROL CAHOON (incumbent)

CHUCK DENISON (incumbent)

Age: 48 Occupation: SD43 trustee/ bookkeeper Previous community service: SD43 trustee, piano teacher, chair, Coquitlam Montessori Society, SD43 parent advisory council and District Parent Advisory Council

Age: did not answer Occupation: business owner Previous community service: SD43 trustee, DPAC president

Do you support the board of education taking a lead role in creating daycare spaces in schools?

Yes, the board of education should take the lead role because of its connections and knowledge that already exists. The board has strong relationships with the provincial government, cities, related stakeholder groups and the community to best address locations, identify solutions and communicate the challenges and opportunities within the Tri-Cities.

Do you support the use of SOGI 123 curriculum in schools to support LGBTQ+2 youth? Yes, in order for everyone to be treated equally, I support SOGI 123 as a resource to assist teachers and parents. Students should be educated in an age-appropriate manner to create a safer, secure environment in schools and to build a better understanding of empathy.

Do you support trustee trips to China paid for by the Chinese government through cultural grants from the Confucius Institute? Yes, I support any educational cultural exchange event that educates our school board, teachers and staff, particularly when there is no cost to taxpayers

Do you support the expenditure of $36 million for a new school board building?

Yes. It is more cost effective to build a multi-use facility, bringing several departments together, than to renovate the existing 60-year-old-building.

What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee

I’ll continue to advocate to the government, approve balanced budgets, ensure all stakeholders are valued and listened to, and invest resources in classrooms. This will strengthen our education system while supporting safe, diverse and inclusive schools.

Phone: 604-787-3435 Email: votecarolcahoon@gmail.com Website: carolcahoon.com • FB: carol.cahoon.94

Do you support the board of education taking a lead role in creating daycare spaces in schools?

In schools, the board has and does take a lead role. For the overall community, the board initiated a meeting with four mayors and two provincial ministers, and is initiating an ongoing task force for childcare. Collaboration and creativity are needed.

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for Mayor, Councillors and School Trustees

General Election Day: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 There will be 25 locations open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Visit coquitlam.ca/vote to find a location near you.

Advance Voting Opportunities Advance voting opportunities will be held on the following dates from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. : ‡

Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Poirier Community Centre

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Friday, Oct. 12 at Victoria Hall

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Saturday, Oct. 13 at Dogwood Pavilion

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Saturday, Oct. 13 at Pinetree Community Centre

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Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Poirier Community Centre

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Friday, Oct. 19 at Pinetree Community Centre

Do you support the use of SOGI 123 curriculum in schools to support LGBTQ+2 youth?

The core intent of SOGI 123 is difficult to refute: to respect all people and the diversity of our society. Children learn homophobic slurs in their primary years, with significant consequences for emotional well-being. All students should be proud of who they are and who their parents are.

Do you support trustee trips to China paid for by the Chinese government through cultural grants from the Confucius Institute

Business trips are not holidays. Large corporations use grants when possible. Cultural understanding goes both ways. Trustees enhance business meetings, with schools, agents and embassy.

Do you support the expenditure of $36 million for a new school board building?

Yes. The existing board office is very old, not meeting current building standards, with inefficient layout and removed from other district-wide operations.

What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee

The momentum I helped build needs to continue, with an understanding of what it took, and the road ahead. Finances have stabilized. Relationships with partner groups and cities have strengthened. Student mental health is better supported. I will help ensure that positive values are at the core of our goals.

Phone: 604-614-9772 Email: Chuck@ChuckDenison.ca Website: ChuckDenison.ca FB: Chuck Denison for Coquitlam School Trustee

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CANDIDATES FOR SCHOOL TRUSTEE [elect 4] BARB HOBSON (incumbent)

SHARI O’NEILL

Age: did not answer Occupation: former EA at BCIT and Polytechnics Canada Previous community service: community volunteer in Coquitlam for more than 30 years in schools, city committees and community groups

Age: did not answer Occupation: business owner Previous community service: PACs, DPAC, Chamber of Commerce ambassador, various committees, SD43 Enchantment Project, SD43 Aboriginal Advisory Committee and various other volunteer work

Do you support the board of education taking a lead role in creating daycare spaces in schools?

Yes, I support the district spearheading a task force to work with the provincial government, city councils, community organizations and parents to develop sustainable daycare spaces.

Do you support the use of SOGI 123 curriculum in schools to support LGBTQ+2 youth? I support the Ministry of Education’s intent to ensure that the diversity that exists in communities is reflected in existing classroom lessons. SOGI is not a new or separate course or curriculum. SOGI is about treating all people with dignity and respecting the diversity of our society.

Do you support trustee trips to China paid for by the Chinese government through cultural grants from the Confucius Institute? International education provides our students with exposure to different cultures, additional school staffing and benefits to the community. Trustee support for the program is essential.

Do you support the expenditure of $36 million for a new school board building? Yes. Our school district has more than doubled since the original office was constructed and district staff are working in overcrowded, potentially unhealthy conditions.

What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee?

I will continue to: pressure senior government to fund new schools and classrooms; bring more resources to support students with mental health challenges and vulnerable students; lobby government for additional operating funds; and continue to closely monitor finances.

Do you support the board of education taking a lead role in creating daycare spaces in schools?

Absolutely, we are in dire need of more daycares. When parents are left without care for their children, they are forced to stay home and not work, and that doesn’t pay the bills.

Do you support the use of SOGI 123 curriculum in schools to support LGBTQ+2 youth?

Yes, in an age-appropriate way. Students have the right to feel safe and free from discrimination, no matter their sexual orientation or their parents’ orientation, just the same as no child should be discriminated because of their race. Schools should be an inclusive and safe place for our children.

Do you support trustee trips to China paid for by the Chinese government through cultural grants from the Confucius Institute? No, I don’t support the trips.

Do you support the expenditure of $36 million for a new school board building?

I’d like to see a breakdown of the costs for this $36-million expenditure, then I’ll decide. Right now I don’t have enough info to say yes or no.

What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee?

First and foremost, I want to see student assessment wait lists caught up. We need more specialist teachers and support staff, let’s work on finding and hiring them. The Math Makes Sense textbook has to go. A better explanation of the budget, in public consultation, needs to happen.

Email: oneillshari@yahoo.ca Website: sharioneill.me

Phone: 778-772-0402 Email: barb@barbhobson.ca Website: barbhobson.ca • FB: barbhobsonca

HUI WANG

CRAIG WOODS

Age: 48 Occupation: businessman Previous community service: board member of school PAC and DPAC. I also organized a running team for neighbour children and am actively involved in community events.

Age: 45 Occupation: industry relations advisor at the ITA Previous community service: SD43 DPAC president for past five years, CMFSC soccer coach, social services worker, Toastmasters Club president

If the school has enough space and is qualified in creating daycare, it will be great. It’s also the duty of the board of education to support community.

I support sharing the lead in collaboration with the municipalities and the relevant provincial ministries to develop sustainable daycare spaces in our neighbourhoods. I would explore creating space with portables on school properties, creating the required zoning in and around our school communities, and creating financial incentives/supports.

Do you support the board of education taking a lead role in creating daycare spaces in schools?

Do you support the use of SOGI 123 curriculum in schools to support LGBTQ+2 youth? Based on my survey, there are different voices and opinions regarding the SOGI 123 curriculum. There are many ways to support the rights of LGBTQ. Our school system is responsible for protecting every student’s rights and keeping every student safe.

Do you support trustee trips to China paid for by the Chinese government through cultural grants from the Confucius Institute?

Yes. It’s helpful to communicate and understand the learning requirements in China to attract more high quality students to SD43.

Do you support the expenditure of $36 million for a new school board building? I support if this building can be the studying centre for all students and parents, and generate revenue to support the education system.

What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee?

Improve quality of education, enhance communication and parents’ involvement, more support to international and new immigrant students, promote French and Chinese immersion program, enhance music and sports programs for more students.

Phone: 778-881-6716 Email: huiwsd43@gmail.com Website: wechat:wanghuibc Facebook: huiwangbc Twitter: @huiwangbc Instagram: @huiwangbc

Do you support the board of education taking a lead role in creating daycare spaces in schools?

Do you support the use of SOGI 123 curriculum in schools to support LGBTQ+2 youth?

As a supporter of diversity and inclusion, I support using SOGI 123 age-appropriate resources in the curriculum. I also support parents being aware of what is happening in classrooms in advance and would want schools to communicate proactively with parents.

Do you support trustee trips to China paid for by the Chinese government through cultural grants from the Confucius Institute?

I support the international education program. However I feel that it is time to review how we manage the relationships we have with governments.

Do you support the expenditure of $36 million for a new school board building?

A new office is needed. However, I support plans that use money already available and doesn’t use money that could be used in classrooms.

What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee?

To build upon five years of service offered, experience gained and relationships established, and continue to support true parent and public representation through extended consultative processes, healthy staffing levels to support the mental health and social and emotional well being of children.

Phone: 778-231-9663 Email: craigwoodsfortrustee@shaw.ca Facebook: CraigWoodsforCoqTrustee

JENNIFER

BLATHERWICK

COQUITLAM SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE

“Education is an investment in the future of Coquitlam.” WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT JENNIFER “Whenever I needed help in my classroom, a driver for a field trip or getting my daughter who has nonverbal disability to tutoring and wondered who I could call upon, Jennifer is at the top of my list. She accepts any challenge set before her in a compassionate, practical way. Jennifer inspires, motivates by volunteering and gives the best of herself, always.” - Leah Papillo, Teacher “For six years, Jennifer has been leading an organization that spans the Lower Mainland, bringing hundreds of volunteers together to organize effectively for the cause of enriching children’s education. She brings together diverse groups of people to get the job done, and done in a cost conscious, results-driven way.” - Ms. J. Timer, Board Member, Creative Problem Solving Society and Business Owner in Coquitlam

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B16 OCTOBER 10, 2018 TRI-CITY NEWS/VOTESMART COQUITLAM

RE-ELECT MAYOR

RICHARD STEWART

Experience. Leadership. Proven Results. Let’s keep Richard Stewart’s experience and leadership working for us. Mayor Richard Stewart’s solid leadership and vision helps build consensus and lead Coquitlam forward. And his extensive experience and sound fiscal/financial discipline, along with his vision for a vibrant community, have helped make Coquitlam one of BC’s best-run and most-desirable communities in which to live, work and play.

Cooperative Relationships

Richard Is Committed to Coquitlam

Experienced

Richard has lived all his life in Coquitlam, and has been involved in every facet – community, sports, arts and culture, his church, veterans, service clubs, PACs and DPAC, tree-planting, faith communities, scouting, the environment, newcomers & refugees, etc.

Moving Coquitlam Forward -

Enormous gains with Coquitlam’s Housing Affordability Strategy New investments in pedestrian and school traffic safety, firefighting, policing and public safety, Broke the 25-year stalemate on the Evergreen Line, now in its very successful second year of operation; Advanced a new vision for mental health at Riverview, with new beds open and new facilities under construction; Award-winning Geothermal District-Energy and GHG reductions; More than 100 acres of new parks

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Strong policy experience at all three levels of government, and a career in housing, affordability, building standards and urban planning and innovation. Particularly in addressing the complex challenges of today, Richard likely has the perfect combination of knowledge and experience to lead us through the next four years.

Richard has never accepted funding from the unions with whom he must negotiate, and he’s independent of any Federal or Provincial party. Let’s keep party politics out of Coquitlam City Hall. Let’s re-elect an independent mayor, and elect a strong, independent Council. We need to Re-elect

Leadership in Management -

Richard believes in partnerships. Our residents benefit from our productive new relationships with School District 43, Kwikwetlem First Nation, Metro Vancouver, and senior governments. Those relationships are worth the time it took to build them.

Put the city’s finances back on-track, rebuilt reserves, retired debt; Reduced the tax increase every year for nine years, while improving services; Among the lowest tax increases in the region, and this year’s is lowest in more than two decades; Awarded one of BC’s Top Employers Multiple awards for management processes, budgeting.

Housing Affordability Richard’s background is in housing, and he wants our children to be able to stay in our community to raise their own families. Coquitlam’s acclaimed Housing Affordability Strategy has produced strong results, both rental housing and home ownership, with other cities taking note. But obviously one city can’t solve the region’s housing challenges by itself, so Richard is working on Metro’s Regional Housing & Planning to expand our housing initiatives Metro Vancouver.

Mayor Richard Stewart. Experience, Leadership, Proven Results.

“Richard has driven strong consensus-building across Metro Vancouver, getting the Evergreen Skytrain Line built after a 25-year stalemate. He’s now working with all communities in achieving regional solutions on housing affordability, transportation network improvements, and economic prosperity – important initiatives that will benefit Coquitlam residents and the entire region.” – Anmore Mayor John McEwen

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Re-elect Mayor Richard Stewar Stewartt Experience. Leadership. Proven Results.

Email: richard@richardstewart.ca Phone: 604-937-2313 mayorstewart @mayorstewart Campaign Office: #14 – 2662 Austin Ave.

(at Bromley near Mariner)

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Richard believes in democracy and informed decisions; he has invited all Mayoral, Council & Trustee candidates to display their brochures at his campaign office. So, drop by to pick up campaign information to help you choose wisely.

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