Platform

Platform for Park Board

High Points:

More permanent community gardens in Vancouver parks

Easier access to community centers

Using our park system to build community

Making our parks sustainable for the long term

Details
More permanent community gardens in Vancouver parks

Currently there are 2 types of community gardens in Vancouver. Gardens created by community & other groups on city land & temporary gardens on land awaiting development. These temporary gardens are motivated by generous tax breaks to the developer who owns the land. My proposal is 3 fold:

1- To recommend that city council end tax breaks for developers creating temporary gardens and replace them with penalties for not creating them.

2- To increase incentives for outside groups (community associations etc..) to create and manage permanent gardens on city land.

3- To assess where communities lack garden space & in cases where outside groups are unwilling or unable to create and manage gardens, have Park Board build and manage them for the community.

Easier access to community centers

While there is a discount program for the One Card, which allows people to access pools, gyms etc. It’s not well advertised & requires a level of bureaucracy and paperwork which makes it difficult for more marginalized people to access. I propose to streamlining process, make the public more aware of it and raise the “low income cut-off” for this program. Giving people who stand to benefit most from our park services a better opportunity to enjoy them.

Using our park system to build community

The process for a permit to host a community event in Vancouver parks, is arduous, time consuming & expensive, taking up to 4 months to be processed and approved. I would advocate for the speeding up this process. Also, I would advocate to have a thorough review of park bylaws with a focus on eliminating those that make community use of public space more difficult.

Making our parks sustainable for the long term
Easy to say, difficult to do. Vancouver Park Board is in the middle of creating a 25 year plan for parks and green spaces. I will be a voice for sustainable practices and using our parks to sequester atmospheric carbon. Using best practices & well researched policy our parks can become a real tool to make us the “Greenest City”

The City We Need

As a candidate, I 100% endorse The City We Need platform introduced by Jean Swanson in May of 2018.
You can find it here: https://cityweneed.votecope2018.ca/

Further, The Work Less Party endorses the full slate of COPE candidates running in the 2018 Vancouver civic election.

Biography

Mathew Kagis may be best known to Vancouverites for his work as a Medic during Occupy Vancouver, his activism stretches back to the anti-uranium mining movement in BC in the 1980s; he, alongside his mother and sister, was arrested on Kennedy River Bridge defending Clayoquot Sound, and he continues to put himself on the front lines of movements for social and environmental justice. Some of Mathew’s activities include volunteering his services as a Medic and chef at Occupy Vancouver – where he went on to serve as the General Assembly’s defendant in BC Supreme Court – organizing demonstrations for the Occupy Wall Street Anniversary, supporting the Vancouver Solidarity with Quebec Students Casserole actions, allying with women in East Van pro-choice demonstrations, and working with the Vancouver Idle No More organizers. He is a former volunteer with the Canadian Ski Patrol, where he provided and taught emergency first aid and mountain rescue. He was a volunteer with the OPS for 6 months, lending his skills to the front line of the opioid crisis. Most recently Mathew has been providing first aid support to the Trans Mountain pipeline protests. When he’s not volunteering (or working as a server to finance his activism), he can usually be found in his garden, growing organic herbs and veggies that he loves to cook with, can, and feed to his neighbors.

Mathew is a passionate civil rights advocate, and he is running for Park Board highlight issues that members of this community grapple with every day: sustainability, food security, public access to parks & building community. He will provide a strong voice fighting for increased livability and quality of life for residents of Vancouver. Mathew currently works (too much) in East Vancouver and he has lived across much of Southern BC, from Fernie to Victoria and back again. He currently makes his home In Renfrew Heights with three cats, who run the household. Find him on twitter at @Less_vote or on Facebook at Mathew Works Less and to get involved in the campaign; Mathew is committed to participatory democracy and grass roots activism, so he wants your voice to be heard, and your needs to be at the fore of his campaign.