Independent Candidate for Vancouver City Council – Election October 20, 2018

For the Oct 20, 2018 municipal election, I ran as Independent candidate for Vancouver City Council.  I received enough votes to land me as one of the top 5 independent candidates. To learn more, Reach out to me on @taqforcouncil on twitter / and email at taqforcouncil@outlook.com.

Here is a brief summary of my platform:

What is my position on housing? Take a holistic approach to housing affordability through community-based development, eco-friendly design, and increased social housing. Drastically increase supply and access to affordable rental housing.  Increase capacity at city hall to decrease 1-3 year wait times for building permits.

On transportation? Commit to 21st century approaches to movement and commuting through efficient, symbiotic relationships between pedestrians, transit, cars, and bikes.  Promote walk-to-work approach to planning and development, favouring a blend of mixed-use office, grocery, small business, and residential zoning.

On childcare? Leverage existing funds to increase affordability. Expand licensed spaces, especially non-profit centres.  Extensive partnerships with Vancouver Public Library, School Board, and Parks Board to increase the number of childcare spaces.

On intersectional equity and social safety? Address discriminatory use of police “carding” against people of colour and Indigenous communities. Implement TRC Calls to Action and A City for All Women Strategy.  Aim for most accessible city in Canada.  Enhance voting rights for permanent residents.

On health of the earth? Implement feasible municipal policies to contribute to zero waste practices, and to support a decrease in dependance on burning carbon. Draw on Indigenous and global approaches to resource conservation. Promote accessible alternatives to single-use items.

Media:

https://www.straight.com/news/1114881/taqdir-kaur-bhandal-why-diversity-city-council-necessary-21st-century-approach-politics

https://pricetags.ca/tag/taq-bhandal/

https://www.voiceonline.com/i-am-hoping-to-be-the-first-south-asian-woman-to-win-a-seat-on-vancouver-city-council/

http://www.asianpacificpost.com/article/8399-taqdir-bhandal-it-time-break-colour-line-defining-our-city’s-politics.html

https://player.fm/series/seeking-office/ubc-students-for-city-council

https://www.ubyssey.ca/news/taq-bhandal-runs-for-vancouver-city-council/

 

 

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