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B.C. election 2017: Vancouver-False Creek riding

In 2013, former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan won this riding handily (52 per cent to 37 per cent) over NDP candidate Matt Toner.

In 2009, Liberal Mary McNeil won this seat by over 4,500 votes, defeating NDP candidate Jordan Parente 56 – 28 per cent.

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History & Geography: Created for the 2009 election to accommodate the dramatic growth in Vancouver’s downtown population, Vancouver-False Creek has two sections. The main part is the city’s downtown core east of Burrard (and east of Jervis for a few blocks north of Georgia), not including the Downtown Eastside. The second area consists of parts of Vancouver between Arbutus and Main streets close to False Creek, including communities in Kitsilano, Granville Island, and the Olympic Village.


Liberals – Sam Sullivan: The former Mayor of Vancouver, Sullivan served on city council from 1993 to 2005, before serving as mayor from 2005 to 2008. He defeated Christy Clark for the NPA’s mayoral nomination in 2005. He sits on the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Legislative Review Committee.

NDP – Morgane Oger: A high-tech entrepreneur and the first transgender woman to run for a major political party in Canada, Oger serves as Chair of the Trans Alliance Society and Chair of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council.

Greens – Bradley Shende: TV and Digital media entrepreneur, and former segment presenter on the Global BC Morning news. Founder of CRED: Conversations for Responsible Economic Development.

Your Political Party of BC (YPP) – James Filippelli: The YPP is running nine candidates in 2017. Their “open platform” includes a Reddit-based online discussion, and a focus on “open government” and sustainability.

BC Citizens First Party – Phillip James Ryan: Phillip Ryan is the leader of the BC Citizens First Party, not to be confused with the BC First Party. He is also the only candidate running for the party in 2017.

Libertarian – Liz Jaluague:  Has worked for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and has served on the North American Executive Board of Students For Liberty, among others. The Libertarian party is running 30 candidates, four times as many as in 2013. They have been running candidates in B.C. since 1986, but have never come close to winning a seat.

2017 Stats: Vancouver-False Creek

Population (2014): 57,261 (43rd)
Population Deviation from Average: 7.8 per cent
Area: 6 sq km (87th)
Pop Density: 9,543.5 (1st)
Average Age: 35.8 years (83rd)
English as Second Language: 38.88 per cent (25th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Persian (Farsi) – 3.97 per cent
Korean – 3.63 per cent
Cantonese – 3.47 per cent


Survey finds 95% satisfaction with waste collection in Hamilton – Hamilton

Hamilton politicians are balking at any major changes to the city’s waste collection program in the wake of a survey that shows overwhelming satisfaction with waste collection in the city.

The public works committee has directed staff to maintain the current “public-private” service delivery model and to continue weekly collection within any future review of the operations.

Committee members have also voted to extend existing waste collection contracts until March of 2021.

In November, more than 2,400 Hamilton residents were asked how satisfied they were with the collection of garbage, recyclables, organics and yard waste.

Hamilton residents polled in person, via phone and online were overwhelmingly satisfied with waste collection.

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Just over 95 per cent said they were satisfied overall. Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson calls that a “home run” while telling staff “don’t mess with it.”

Ward 4’s Sam Merulla agrees saying “it’s not broken, let’s not try to fix it.”

Hamilton’s hybrid waste collection system involves unionized municipal workers and a privately held corporation, each of which is responsible for different parts of the city.

Proponents argue that the model offers several advantages, one of which is to create a competitive environment between the service providers.

The Metroline Research Group Inc. survey was conducted via telephone (800 participants), in person (151) and online (1468).

Phone surveys are considered accurate within plus or minus 3.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.


B.C. election 2017: Vancouver-Fairview riding

The NDP’s George Heyman won the riding from the BC Liberals in the 2013 election by a margin of 47.3 per cent to 42.7 per cent, and may have an easier time in 2017 given that anti-Kinder Morgan sentiment is likely running high in Kitsilano (although that could also cause a split vote with the Greens).

In 2009: Liberal Margaret MacDiarmid won this riding in a rematch of a 2008 by-election, defeating sitting NDP MLA Jenn McGinn by just over 1,000 votes, 47-42 per cent.

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History & Geography: Created in 2001 from the old Little Mountain riding, this diverse riding incorporates parts of South Granville, Shaughnessy, Mount Pleasant, and Riley Park. It’s bordered by Main Street to the east and 33rd Avenue to the south, with both Granville and Arbutus Streets serving as the western boundary. The general area of Grace McCarthy’s riding for nearly 25 years, this riding has elected Social Credit, Liberal, and NDP candidates in the past. Right-wing candidates tend to rack up large margins in Shaughnessy, while the NDP does better around Main Street.


Liberals – Gabe Garfinkel: He owns a health-care communications consulting business and is a former associate VP for consulting firm FleishmanHillard Vancouver. He has served as an adviser to Premier Christy Clark and former health minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid.

NDP – George Heyman: First elected in 2013, Heyman served as opposition spokesperson for Environment, Green Economy and Technology. Heyman is a long-time high-profile labour and environmental leader and served as executive director of Sierra Club BC from 2009-2012. Before that, he was president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union from 1999-2008.

Greens – Louise Boutin: A Vancouver realtor, social and environmental advocate, Boutin ran federally in 2011 for the Greens in Vancouver-Kingsway, and in the 2011 municipal elections as a Green school board trustee candidate.

Your Political Party of BC (YPP) – Joey Doyle: The YPP is running nine candidates in 2017. Their “open platform” includes a reddit-based online discussion, and a focus on “open government” and sustainability.

2017 Stats: Vancouver-Fairview

Population (2014): 59,701 (22nd)
Population Deviation from Average: 12.4 per cent
Area: 9 sq km (83rd)
Pop Density: 6,633.4 (5th)
Average Age: 37.9 years (77th)
English as Second Language: 28.53 per cent (35th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Cantonese – 4.03  per cent
Chinese, n.o.s. – 3.16 per cent
Mandarin – 2.95 per cent


B.C. election 2017: Surrey-Whalley riding

The NDP’s Bruce Ralston first won this riding in 2005, and has held it ever since.

From 1985 to 2001, it belonged to NDP’s Joan Smallwood, and has only been held by the BC Liberals once in the past 30 years, after the 2001 wipe-out.

In 2013, Ralston more than doubled the vote total of his Liberal challenger (61 per cent – 29 per cent).

In 2009 Ralston’s margin of victory was even higher.

In short, this is one of the safest NDP seats in Metro Vancouver.


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BC Liberals’ Sargy Chima is described on her website as a “longtime public servant and active community volunteer.” Chima is the sister of former federal cabinet minister Herb Dhaliwal.

NDP’s Bruce Ralston was first elected in 2005. Ralston most recently served as the Critic for Natural Gas Development, Trade, Immigration, and Multiculturalism.
A lawyer, Ralston served as Surrey city councillor from 1988-1993.

Green Party’s Rita Fromholt is a former Project Manager and Business Analyst in the Vancouver tech sector. Fromholt has been involved in political campaigns on both the provincial and federal levels, with the Green party, the NDP and the federal Liberals. She is also part of Al Gore’s Climate Leader Corps.

Communist Party of BC’s candidate is George Gidora. There is still a Marxist-Leninist party in B.C. They are running six candidates in 2017.

2017 Stats: Surrey-Whalley

Population (2014): 58,668 (30th)
Population Deviation from Average: 10.4 per cent
Area: 27 sq km (66th)
Pop Density: 2,172.9 (22nd)
Average Age: 37.5 years (79th)
English as Second Language: 45.90 per cent (20th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Panjabi (Punjabi) – 13.56 per cent
Hindi – 4.59 per cent
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) – 4.10 per cent


B.C. election 2017: Surrey-Panorama riding

In 2013, Liberal Marvin Hunt won the seat by a margin of nearly 5,000 votes (54 per cent – 35 per cent).

In 2009: Liberal Stephanie Cadieux won this seat vacated by the NDP’s Jagrup Brar, defeating the NDP’s Debbie Lawrence by over 3,000 votes, 54-40 per cent.

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History & Geography: Created for the 2001 election, Surrey-Panorama consists of the southern part of Newton and South Surrey. The southern border is 24th Avenue, while the northern border is 64th or 72nd Avenue depending on the area. The Liberals have won this riding in three of four elections it has been contested, with their support concentrated in South Surrey and the area close to the Surrey-Delta border. This riding underwent major changes in the 2015 redistricting due to the huge population growth in the Southern and Eastern parts of the city, and with a high-profile former MP as their candidate, the NDP think they have a good shot at winning this riding.


BC Liberals’ Puneet Sandhar is a lawyer. Sandhar immigrated to Canada in 2002. She’s an active member of the community, being involved in numerous groups in Surrey and the legal and South Asian communities.

NDP’s Jinny Sims is a so-called “star candidate” for the party. Sims is the the former president of the BCTF (2004-2007). She led the Union through the 2006 strike and subsequent contract deal. Sims then served as the NDP MP for Surrey-Newton (2011-2015), as the federal NDP Employment and Social Development Critic and the Immigration critic.

Green Party’s Veronica Greer has worked in public transit, construction, and the food industry, according to her online profile. She is the Green Party’s only transgender candidate.

Liz Galenzoski is running for the BC Refederation Party that advocates direct democracy and reform of Canada’s federalist system. They are running three candidates in 2017.

2017 Stats: Surrey-Panorama

Population (2014): 60,128 (16th)
Population Deviation from Average: 13.2 per cent
Area: 24 sq km (68th)
Pop Density: 2,505.3 (20th)
Average Age: 35 years (84th)
English as Second Language: 53.95 per cent (13th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Panjabi (Punjabi) – 34.63 per cent
Hindi – 3.37 per cent
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) – 2.54 per cent