Taq for Council Vancouver 2018
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Who is Taqdir (Taq) Kaur Bhandal? I’m a PhD candidate at UBC and long-term volunteer at several Canadian non-profit organizations. I am hoping to be the first ever South Asian woman elected to Vancouver city council. You can learn more about my work at taqbhandal.com
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? Support local small businesses. 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. Provide accessible alternatives to single-use items.