The October 2018 civic election in Metro Vancouver will bring lots of new faces to councils throughout the region.
First-time candidates are lining up party nominations, supporters and potential voters.  Many seem to be at the stage of introducing themselves; the messaging, issues and platform stage is yet to come.
What they need are insights into the purpose of this stage and the motivations that drive candidates through it, and perhaps some examples of winning messages.

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Let’s take a moment — to step back from the political dramas roiling away in Vancouver. Let’s instead take a peek at the Right To the City Conference in Barcelona.
Sprung from the movement The Global Platform for the Right to the City, established in São Paulo in November 2014, its purpose is to build an international movement to fight for progressive policies around housing, its financialization, and the problems this has brought to cities around the world, including Vancouver.
The main premise is that housing is a basic human right. David Madden, author of In Defense of Housing and a sociology professor at the London School of Economics, spoke at the conference on May 10 (as did Price Tags contributor Andy Yan, Vancouver’s “Duke of Data”), and has summed up the issue as such:
Housing is never just about housing, but about ideology, power, race…it can be used as a tool to resist and transform an unequal society or to reproduce the status quo“.
Read more of Madden’s ideas in this short presentation What is Housing For?.
Which quickly brings us to Vancouver, where the struggle for leading the political charge on housing lurches between two dominant parties, a few fringes, and a mixed bag of independents…as the fall civic election draws ever closer.
Who will resist and transform, and who will represent the status quo?

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In Vancouver, politics have always ben anything but boring.
The year is 1986. Expo ’86 has just ended, and affordability is at the top of everyone’s mind. Harry Rankin — World War II veteran, criminal lawyer, city councillor, and outspoken socialist — decides to run for mayor against a young upstart named Gordon Campbell.
What do the results of an election that took place more than 30 years ago have to do with the current state of Vancouver?
The issues that Rankin fought for—affordable housing, equality, and accessibility—have become lightning rods in the city. And what elevates Alfeld’s film from a simple biography is ‘the road not taken’ aspect of it all.
Rankin’s mayoral fight came at a pivotal moment for Vancouver, when critical decisions were being undertaken. The values that determined the course of the city’s development hung in the balance,.
And we all know where things ended up.
Saturday, May 12
3 – 4:30 PM
SFU Woodward’s – Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (map)
Information & tickets here
The Documentary Film Festival (DOXA) is happening now through Sunday, May 13 in Vancouver.

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