MVA leaders attended the TransLink Board Meeting today on behalf of our members in support of improving HandyDART service, protecting HandyDART workers and increasing accountability and oversight over service delivery.
Our civil society organizations are greatly impacted by gaps and inconsistencies in HandyDART service and we will to continue to assist TransLink and the provincial government to address these urgent priorities.
Our largest Leadership Training yet!
Over 60 people from from 34 labour, faith community and educational organizations attended Metro Vancouver Alliance's Community Leadership Training on November 7th and 8th. The training explored the basic principles and tools of community organizing, giving participants a chance to listen to each others stories and find common ground.
Peggy Trendell-Jenson of St. Clements Anglican Church said she found it "energizing to have conversations outside of the usual day/job work milieu. It's so easy to stay in one's "bubble" and so important to step out of it on regular basis."
Jennifer Kimberley of Surrey Teachers Association said she welcomed the chance to work collaboratively with non-labour groups on issues of interest beyond her own organization.
Support our RouteSpeak project!
Members of MVA's Transit Campaign Action Team will be presenting on our RouteSpeak project at Vancouver SOUP - a public crowdfunding dinner that supports people who are making positive changes in our city - on November 16th at Groundswell Cafe in Vancouver.
A crowdfunding dinner?
- Projects that need funding pitch their ideas on how to make Vancouver a better, friendlier, or more sustainable city.
- You attend the dinner for an evening of food, fun, conversation, and grassroots democracy. A $10 minimum donation gets you in the door.
- The project with the most votes gets the money raised for the night.
Do you want to connect with your neighbours? Do you want to learn about and support projects making positive change in Vancouver? Join us for a fun evening of good food, good conversation, and voting for community-building projects (including ours!). Find out more and RSVP at VancouverSOUP.com.
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Representatives from MVA's member organizations gathered on September 22 2016 at the Annual General Meeting to elect a new board, ratify the financial report, receive an update on MVA activities for 2015-2016, and plan for 2016-2017.
MVA spent the past year actively engaged campaigning around the issues identified by our members. At the same time, we continued to focus on leadership training, institutional development and recruitment of new member organizations.
Read the full 2015-2016 update below and visit the MVA Facebook page for some photos.Read more
Transit Campaign Action Team Co-chair, Maria Robinson, made a powerful presentation on the need for a fair fare structure to the Translink Board. In the coming months MVA will be gathering our members' views on what a fair fare structure would look like. Here's the video ...
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.”
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.Read more