Jim Green formally endorses Geoff

Jim Green

My old friend Jim Green formalized his endorsement of my candidacy this week in a phone call from Haida Gwai, where is he working on a new community development program initiated by the Haida Nation. I first met Jim when we both lived in Strathcona during his period at the helm of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association in the 1980s. I edited Jim’s outstanding history of the Canadian Seamen’s Union, Against the Tide. I also supported Jim’s first run for mayor against Gordon Campbell, his bid for a seat in the Legislature, also against Gordon Campbell, and his two later campaigns for council in 2002 and for mayor in 2005. Jim has an unparalleled record of building social housing and became the key link between Larry Campbell’s team and the development community. I appreciate his support and rely on his advice.

Robertson asks Louie to chair caucus, advise on policy

Louie and Robertson at False Creek news conferenceVision Vancouver mayoral nominee has asked Councillor Raymond Louie to be his “right-hand man,” chairing caucus and advising on policy issues, particularly planning and development. You can read full details of the July 4 news conference here.

Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara welcomes Robertson, Louie

Geoff Meggs and Mayoral Candidate Gregor Robertson with Ross Street Temple executive membersMembers of the Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara welcomed Vision mayoral nominee Gregor Robertson to the Sunday, June 29 services at the Ross St. temple, where he brought greetings along with Councillor Raymond Louie and Vision council nomination-seekers Kerry Jang and Geoff Meggs. Temple president Kashmir Dhaliwal expressed his appreciation for the support his community has received from former Mayor Larry Campbell, former councillor Jim Green and Louie. He urged the congregation to remain active in the upcoming election to support Vision.

Vision has been working hard to build strong ties in the Indo-Canadian community. Twice in the past year, Vision volunteers have provided the langar, or community meal, in south Vancouver Sikh temples, as part of Vision’s effort to reach out to the wider community.

BC Nurses Union members at Philippine Independence Day

Members of the BC Nurses’ Union, many of them Filipino themselves, were front and centre June 14 at the Vancouver celebrations of Philippine Independence Day at Slocan Park. This community-wide event, sponsored by the Philippine Consulate General, is now in its second year in Vancouver and attracts hundreds of members of the Filipino community. With Geoff (left) at the BCNU tent were Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix, HEU vice-president Boni Barcia, and members of the BCNU including (right) Thelma Bescoso, an activist in the union and the community. BCNU members were taking the blood pressure of Independence Day celebrants