Empowering Communities

The Hospital Employees Union, one of our member organizations, has a nice write-up about Deborah Littman, MVA's Lead Organizer, and the philosophy behind MVA in the latest issue of Guardian, their magazine for members.

Read it here!


A Yes vote is good but only a start

We are being asked to vote on a good transit plan in Metro Vancouver. But it is only a start. Even the mayors who developed it describe the plan as “neither everything we want nor all that we ultimately need.”

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A Yes vote starts to meet the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and lower and middle income people. Demand for public transit has soared, while service levels have remained practically unchanged over the past seven years. Extreme overcrowding has eroded reliability and safety, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. HandyDART service hours have been frozen since 2009, and as a result trip denials went up over 600 per cent before the contractor changed procedures to disguise the crisis. The 30 per cent increase in HandyDART and 25 per cent increase in bus service in the plan is a big step in the right direction, but not enough given that the number of people over 70 is expected to increase by 40 per cent in the next decade.

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Transit Matters!

Transit service in the Lower Mainland was one of the issues MVA member organizations identified as a priority and something that we all would work on together: before, during and after the transit referendum. Check out the video ...


Metro Vancouver Alliance joins the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, campaigns for YES vote in upcoming referendum.

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The Metro Vancouver Alliance has joined the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition advocating for a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum. 

Over the past two years MVA held thousands of conversations with people from within its member institutions about the challenges they face and the positive changes they wanted to see in the region. MVA members identified transit and social isolation as two priorities.

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Check out our transit video

The video MVA produced that outlines some of the problems users have accessing transit in the Lower Mainland is getting some great feedback. Check it out ...


MVA Transit Team on CBC's On The Coast

Maria Robinson, co-chair of MVA's Transit Action Team was on CBC's On The Coast yesterday, talking about our work on the Transit Referendum - skip to 00:52:30 to listen in.

 


MVA Newsletter: Upcoming Events, Rally For Fairness and Happy Holidays!

 


Metro Vancouver Alliance Campaign Action Teams are working hard to keep our political leaders to the promises they made prior to the municipal election.
  • The Transit Team meets Wednesdays and is working on a campaign to encourage people to vote to pass the transit referendum and organizing MVA forums on transportation issues before the referendum.
  • The Social Isolation Team is still organizing meeting times, but is holding a pot-luck on December 10th - all are welcome!
  • The Housing Team meets the 2nd Thursday of the month to work on holding Vancouver's municipal government to their commitments. Housing team members are also involved in supporting the campaign against the sale of Stamps Place community housing in East Vancouver.
  • The Poverty/Living Wage Team is busy ensuring Vancouver's municipal government lives up to their commitment to make Vancouver a living wage city and meets the first Thursday of every month.
There's more information and the full timetable for upcoming meetings at our new website. Please think about joining one of the teams if you are not already involved!

Almost 40 representatives from MVA member organizations (and future MVA member organizations) attended our last Leadership Institute! Another is scheduled for January 30th and 31st, 2015. Details and registration.
Rally For Fairness - December 11th

MVA's Living Wage Campaign Action Team is supporting our members from Hospital Employees Union (HEU) working at the Inglewood Care Centre. Please come along to their rally on Dec. 11.
Details at facebook.
 
Season's Greetings!

We wish you all the best over the Christmas Holidays and we look forward to working together in the new year to help make the Lower Mainland a better place for all of us.

 

MVA on CJSF

Jamey Mills, a member of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, was interviewed yesterday on CJSF Radio in Vancouver about his union's involvement in the MVA. Listen in ...


MVA's Municipal Accountability Assemby - Video

Almost 800 enthusiastic delegates from MVA’s member organizations, joined by dozens of invited community leaders, politicians, guests and observers packed the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver on October 9, 2014.

Here's some video from the Municipal Accountability Assembly on October 9th - our presentations around social isolation, transit, poverty, and housing as well as the candidate's responses.

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MVA’s Municipal Accountability Assembly: Four Issues, Four Candidates, Sixteen Commitments.

Election Accountability Assembly CandidatesAlmost 800 enthusiastic delegates from MVA’s member organizations, joined by dozens of invited community leaders, politicians, guests and observers packed the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver on October 9, 2014.

They were all there to hear from Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe, COPE mayoral candidate Meena Wong and Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr on the issues MVA members identified as the priorities they felt they had in common and could work on together.

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