November 7, 2017

Convention 2017

Our premier!

The BC NDP Convention was held this year in Victoria on November 3, 4 and 5, and Vancouver-Langara was there!

BC NDP President: Craig Keating

It was a busy three days, with key note speeches from John Horgan, Jagmeet Singh, and others.

Craig Keating

Amandeep Nijjar and BC MPs introducing Jagmeet

In his 40 minute address, Premier Horgan highlighted some of the great work he and the BC NDP government have done in the last several months, including:

  • Embracing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • Ending big money in politics and reforming BC’s lobbying laws to make sure public interests, not private interests, drive government decisions;
  • Holding a referendum on proportional representation in 2018 to let people decide how we elect MLAs;
  • Creating a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to tackle the opioid crisis;
  • Renewing the Human Rights Commission;
  • And supporting people and businesses affected by the wildfires.

“Friends, if this is what we can do in 109 days, imagine what else we can do,” said Horgan. “Together, we can make life more affordable, build housing for people, bring in fair ferry fares and eliminate unfair MSP premiums. We’ll build hospitals and urgent care centres, make sure our kids have safe schools to learn in and deliver transit and transportation to get people moving. We’ll continue to support traditional industries like forestry and mining, and we will grow the new economy and create good jobs for people as we build up our province.”

“Together, we will build a stronger, fairer, more just province, where no one is left behind.”

Standing room only for Jagmeet Singh. 

 Our next Prime Minister!

Jagmeet and MPs

Workshops on campaign strategy and the new legislation for campaign finance reform were offered, among others.

It was a long three days of hard work along with almost 1000 delegates and observers. It was also a time to celebrate our party's victory, our movement's dedication to the future, and the selection of a new federal leader. And now, with Convention 2017 done and finished, it's time to get to work. Join us!

Photos by Jeem, with several provided by BC NDP. Text by Jim Murray. 
Copyright 2017 by V-L BC NDP.

November 6, 2017

Vancouver-Langara at Convention 2017!

Our YND delegate to Convention: Betty Bi

The BC NDP Convention was held this past weekend in Victoria, and your constituency association was there!

Betty Bi was our delegate to the Young New Democrats Convention that was held during the weekend. Ellen Ramsay was our delegate to the party's Women's Rights Committee. Our Secretary, Janet Andrews, was a delegate to Convention through her union affiliation.

Gudrun Langolf and Ryan Meech in a  quiet moment

Other delegates from Vancouver-Langara were our new President, Stefan Nielsen,  new Vice-President, Ryan Meech, Treasurer, Anita Romaniuk, and Gudrun Langolf and Jim Murray.

Stefan Nielsen and Anita Romaniuk

Long days. Hard work. And much celebration at the fact that sixteen years of darkness has finally lifted.

Want more information? Want to be involved in your local social-democratic movement? Contact us!

Quiz? Is there a quiz at the end?

Photos by Jeem. Text by Jim Murray.
Copyright 2017 by V-L BC NDP.

October 3, 2017

Our 2017 AGM and new Executive

Some of the members attending our AGM

On Saturday, September 30th, members of Vancouver-Langara met for our Annual General Meeting.

Our AGM has grown in attendance every year for the past three years, and this year was no exception.

Brea and Iwona, from Gigi Blin Market Cafe

We gathered at the highly popular, and a neighbourhood institution: Gigi Blin Market Cafe, in the heart of Marpole. They're friendly, highly accommodating and ... the coffee is great!

Jim Murray

Stefan and Exec: Gudrun Langolf

Stefan, posing a serious thought

Member: Frank Teague

Jim Murray presided over the meeting. Reports were provided by Anita Romaniuk, our Treasurer and the recent campaign's Financial Agent, and by Ryan Meech, our erstwhile Data Guy and campaign wonk.
Ryan, pondering seriously

 Ryan provided an in-depth report on what went well, what didn't and   other observations from the recent campaign.

Jim, our WRC rep: Ellen Ramsay, and Ryan

New Secretary: Janet Andrews, and member: Stephen Karr

Jim announced that he was not seeking re-election as President, after several years in the position. He will remain as a member and activist. So.... after a spirited nomination and voting process....

A new Executive was elected, unanimously as it turned out.
  • President: Stefan Nielsen 
  • Vice President: Ryan Meech
  • Secretary: Janet Andrews
  • Treasurer: Anita Romaniuk
  • Women's Rights Committee representative: Ellen Ramsay
  • Members-at-large: Raj Dhir, Jing Kokko, Gudrun Langolf, Jim Murray, and Jody Sekora, 
Member: Bruce Ross and new Exec: Jing Kokko

New Exec members: Jody Sekora and Raj Dhir, and Stefan

Thanks to all who came out for the meeting, and thanks to Gigi Blin for hosting!

We're building a movement to win this riding in the next election. And we can ~ with your help. We're your local social democratic movement. Join us!

Photos by Ron Richings. Text by Jim Murray. 
Copyright 2017 by Vancouver-Langara BC NDP.

August 6, 2017

Pride Parade 2017

Members of Vancouver-Langara volunteered and marched in this year's Vancouver Pride Parade.

Several hundred New Democrats, along with candidates and newly elected MLAs marched with Premier John Horgan.

We marched because social democratic solidarity includes all of us. And because it is fun. And we're proud.

John was not the first BC premier to march in the parade, but he was the first premier to walk the entire route in 16 years!

Photos by Jeem. 
Copyright 2017  by Vancouver-Langara BC NDP. 

June 9, 2017

Balloons at Vaisakhi ~ April 15

Early morning set up

The annual Vaisakhi parade draws over a quarter million people, and we were there!

The finer points ot balloon making

The assembly line

Gudron Langolf, member from Vancouver-Langara

Ten volunteers from Vancouver-Langara joined other New Democrats from around MetroVancouver to hand out helium balloons through the day.

Madeline Lalonde, Vancouver-Quilchena

Madeline Lalonde, candidate for Vancouver-Quilchena, spent much of the afternoon meeting and greeting people.

Kelly Green, Richmond-Steveston

So too, did Kelly Green from Richmond-Steveston.

James Wang, candidate for Vancouver-Langara

And our own James Wang made an appearance too!

Face painting was a popular part of our NDP booth too!

Photos by Jeem. 
Copyright 2017 by V-L BC  NDP.

June 8, 2017

Campaign Office Opening ~ April 8

In the very heart of Vancouver-Langara and at one of the busiest intersections in MetroVancouver, the James Wang Campaign Office opened officially on April 8.

It's on the corner of 41st and Cambie and it boast store front signage on facing both streets.

The office opened with a flurry. Coffee, pastries, cake, and more delighted many members and others who arrived for the special event. It was standing room only!

Host for the opening was Jill Marzetti, one of Canada's best known political activists and campaign managers ~ and also the Campaign Manager to James Wang.

Jill Marzetti

Gordon August

The gathering was honoured to have a special opening blessing offered by Gordon August of the Sechelt Nation.

It was a crowded event and most of the food was gone before our candidate arrived!

Stefan Nielsen introduced
James Wang
Data guy: Ryan Meech
Campaign staffer, Akeena Legall
with long-time member,  Bruce Ross

Member Sherry MacDonald eyes the last piece of cake

Thanks to all who came on this special day and to our riding Executive who made it happen!

Photos by Jeem. 
Copyright 2017 by V-L BC NDP.