Why I Support Sam

Seldom does the public have the opportunity of having a candidate who is so capable and compassionate. Sam has received numerous honors and awards for his contributions to the community including the Order of Canada. He has tirelessly been truly a servant of the people. He served as Mayor of Vancouver and prior to being …

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Treatment of Drug Addictions and Mental Health

Seventeen years ago in 1996, I conducted research at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. My assignment was titled “A World Atlas of Mental Health and Substance Use” – it was an ambitious evaluation of how the world’s regions fared in terms of policies and treatments for mental health and addictions. At that time, …

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Why Learning a Foreign Language is Beneficial

The world we live in contains a multitude of diverse populations speaking in numerous varied languages. Many countries today, because of increasing urbanization, international commerce, tourism, modern technology and immigration have started to embrace the concept of a society that is more multicultural. Canada is a multicultural mosaic that encourages people to retain their original …

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The Importance of Early Childhood Learning

Most countries in the world offer two to three years of junior kindergarten education before a child enters grade one. Depending on the country, this education is comprised of early reading, writing, mathematics, arts and crafts. These programs are considered very important, since children are at their peak learning years before the age of six. …

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My Time with Sam on City Council

Having lived, worked, played and grown up in Macau, Taiwan, New York and Vancouver, I have come to love this city so much that Yaletown is now the community that I have lived for the longest time in my life. Friendly to new comers, Vancouver made me feel at home ever since I first settled …

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Streetcars Help us Reach our Sustainability Goals

In my twenty years teaching at UBC I have come to love this region and this city. My own investigations have made me deeply interested in how our city and region becomes more equitable, ecological, and economically vibrant. It was for this reason that I supported Sam Sullivan’s Eco Density initiative. It is worth noting …

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The Beauty of Urban Farming

Food is universally engaging – everyone eats. Growing food together, preparing food together, and eating food together – these are timeless universal acts of community. However, community doesn’t necessarily occur where there are lots of people – in fact, the opposite is sometimes true. In a densely populated city like Vancouver, community-building activities should be …

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The Olympic Legacies in my Neighbourhood

My husband and I have lived in Downtown Vancouver for many years and for the past 2.5 years we have lived in Coal Harbour. In the past five years Coal Harbour has been transformed into a wonderful mixed-use community within downtown Vancouver. New world-class buildings and the extension to the seawall have made this area …

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The Many Faces of Addiction

I live and work in downtown Vancouver, and have worked in the past in the historic neighbourhood of Gastown. My daily commute when I worked in the area had me cross paths with the entire spectrum of Vancouver residents. From the hipster scene to the booming technology industry, from recent immigrants to Vancouver’s business elite; …

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Thoughts about Sam

I wanted to share my thoughts about Sam Sullivan and let you know why I support him in his pursuit of the nomination for the BC Liberals in Vancouver-False Creek. I have been a long time supporter of Sam since his time as Mayor of Vancouver. Over time, I have come to see Sam as …

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