WHAT KORINA STANDS FOR
Vancouver is a dynamic, diverse, and growing city, and a very desirable place to live. This results in a
very exciting city, but also in issues that we must solve to maintain and improve the health and
prosperity of our city and all Vancouverites.
We cannot always resolve issues in isolation as a municipality, as with homelessness and mental health
1. Cooperation between the Province of BC and the City of Vancouver over the last three years has
been very encouraging, specifically in regard to homelessness and mental health issues. I will advocate
and support increased efforts by municipal governments, the Province of BC, and the Government of
Canada to address this very serious problem. This should be the highest priority not only of politicians,
but of everyone in the Lower Mainland.
2. We must find ways to increase the number of daycare spaces in Vancouver. The NPA-led council
recently relaxed overly-stringent regulations around running daycares. We need to build on this
initiative by exploring other ways to encourage daycare operators.
3. All Vancouverites should feel safe on their streets, in their parks, and in their homes. I believe we
are on the right track with the recent institution of a community court, and with the committment to
reducing panhandling, the open drug market, removing graffiti, and cleaning up our alleys. The
Ambassador program, originated by the DVBIA (Downtown Vancouver Business Initiative Association) is
another way to assist the police with lesser crimes, and to have eyes on our streets. Simply put, by
making our streets more inviting places to be, we are encouraging citizens to take pride in their city.
We must address more serious crime through the support of the Vancouver Police Department, and
seriously investigating the potential of creating a united Metro Vancouver police force.
4. Recently being designated as one of the most livable cities in the world, many people want to live in
Vancouver. As our boundaries are finite, we must look to densification, not only to meet demand, but
also to produce a greener and more ecologically responsible city. There are many challenges related to
densification, including affordable housing, sufficient community amenities, and public transportation.
The proper and best solutions must include discussion with experts and the community, liaising with
other levels of government, and taking decisive action.
5. The 2010 Winter Olympics is a springboard for providing lasting legacies for all citizens of Vancouver,
and I am committed to ensuring the success of these legacies.
6. Vancouver will be in the spotlight up to and beyond the 2010 Winter Olympics, and has much to
accomplish in the next while. We must encourage investment and efficiency in order to develop and
improve sport, recreation, and community infrastructure throughout the City.
7. In the last three years, we began to work cooperatively between City Council, the School Board and
the Park Board on common issues. We must continue to do so, to improve such situations as pets in
public spaces and shared community amenities. Working in isolation will solve nothing.