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I’m an East Van born and raised street-wise individual who will take a no nonsense voice to Victoria. I’m running with Andrew Weaver and the BC Green Party to be your MLA.

David is the BC Green party Housing critic. We will work to cool off speculation and will work to get affordable housing into our communities. Instead of pretty sound bites and fluffy promises, BC Greens have forwarded a bold plan to tackle the affordable housing issue. Please read our aggressive BC Greens Affordable Homes Strategy here. We will:

  • Introduce measures to eliminate money laundering and property speculation
  • Implement a provincial housing plan for affordable rental accommodation
  • Invest up to $750 million per year to create approx. 4,000 units of affordable housing per year
  • Update the Residential Tenancy Act to protect renters

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Vancouver-Hastings deserves someone who will work for them.

About

 

A proud multi-generational Canadian, David is an architect and an urban ecologist. His background as a biologist has helped him lead his office in sustainable design – including Metro Vancouver Fraser Valley’s first LEED Gold building, affordable housing initiatives, and healthy homes in coastal First Nations communities.

David is also a best selling author of the graphic novel ‘Escape to Gold Mountain’, an illustrated narrative on racism and the early Chinese North American experience. He was named by the Vancouver Sun as one of BC’s “100 influential Chinese-Canadians” and as one of “Vancouver’s Leading Lights in Green Design”. The past decades have seen David lead the effort to protect Vancouver’s urban forest, recently recognized internationally as one of the world’s best tree canopied cities. He actively supports Canadian arts, cultural and environmental efforts through planning, volunteering, and helping establish organizations and events that help build community and share knowledge. He includes First Peoples participation on all of his projects, whether its in his architectural projects, environmental advocacy or literature. Our First Peoples have reciprocated their respect to David with honours and adoptions by First Nations communities across North America. In 2013, David was inducted as an Honorary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. At that ceremony,  David promised to share knowledge and help First Nations train their own people to build affordable housing and mentor their youth to become Architects, builders and designers.

David is a proponent of diversity and intercultural knowledge sharing as an incubator of creativity and innovation— manifesting themselves as the economic engine for many small business enterprises. It is important to nurture and protect these small businesses, as they create over half of our province’s jobs.

Most important, David firmly believes we have a moral responsibility to care for those who cared for us when we were young, and in so doing we will serve as role models for future generations.

Issues

I’m tired of fighting for Fairness and Common sense from the outside. Time to fight from within.  BC Greens colleagues and I will advocate for Housing choices and accessible Childcare linked to income ability.
 
  • Increase Affordable Housing and housing options by introducing successful models learned from other jurisdictions 
  • Follow through with new and seismic upgrades to our schools
  • Support arts and culture— vital ingredients for creativity and innovation in the knowledge economy
  • Streamline government by looking at ways to reduce and remove red tape
  • Give our millennials the support and security to thrive
  • Care for and respect our elders and our veterans

Housing security

David is the BC Green party Housing spokesperson. We will work to dampen speculation and will work to get affordable housing into our communities. Instead of pretty sound bites and promises, BC Greens have forwarded a bold plan to tackle the affordable housing crisis. Here is our aggressive BC Greens Affordable Homes Strategy- http://www.bcgreens.ca/housing.

BC Greens will:
  • Introduce measures to eliminate money laundering and property speculation
  • Implement a provincial housing plan for affordable rental accommodation
  •  Invest up to $750 million per year to create approximately 4,000 units of affordable housing per year
  • Update the Residential Tenancy Act to protect renters. Look at Vancouver-Hastings as a complete eco-system where everything is connected. We all contribute a valued role to our community. The foundation to resolving much of this, is to make available, housing that is linked to income ability.
 

A Community to thrive

18 out of 19 schools are threatened with closure in East Van.
Four of which are in our community. 

Doesn’t make sense. We’ve got parks, playgrounds, community centres, schools, a rich mix of older and newer homes enjoyed by families. Assets built by earlier generations. It is one of our city’s historic working class neighbourhoods. But our riding in east Vancouver is said “to be in decline”.  Let’s prove them wrong. BC Greens will work to put a roof over our heads, in our neighbourhood so families do not have to commute long distances to work, childcare, or visits to elders.  
 
Elders are making difficult choices 
Choices like paying big tax bills / big rental bills, or buying necessities like food. Some are leaving the only place they’ve called home. Leaving the community they love. Leaving their friends. It is because of the ever increasing property assessments (taxes) and lack of attention by officials. Same goes for small businesses. It is difficult for businesses to thrive with high property taxes. It is difficult for them to retain neighbourhood workers who cannot afford to live nearby due to high rents, destruction of liveable older homes, and houses priced for millionaires.
 

Cool down Property Speculation

Once housing is secured, families and elders can live and build community together. BC Greens will lead with government led housing with evidence based solutions. Proven models such as purpose built rental housing linked to income abilities. Community housing that embraces across generations. With connected solutions in place, there will less impact economically or environmentally.  Less travelling great distances to work, to school, or to find childcare. That’s less carbon and less demand on transit. It’s an ecosystem. Think of community as a whole.
 

Vancouver-Hastings deserve a government that works for you

Accomplishments

David H.T. Wong
B. Sc. Biology (UBC)   B. Architecture  (UBC);  Architect, AIBC

  • Founding principal of Architectural firm whose work spanned several continents. Projects focused on  sustainable masterplanning, eco-villages and affordable housing
  • Named by Vancouver Sun as one of Vancouver’s “Leading lights in Green Design”
  • Designed one of Metro Vancouver’s first LEED Gold buildings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Best selling Author (Graphic Novel); book also published in German language
  • Named by Vancouver Sun as one of BC’s “100 Influential Chinese Canadians”
  • Decades of professional work, activism and advocacy for Affordable Housing & Community building
  • Advocate and mentor to Coastal First Nations youth in becoming their own housing and community designers
  • Recipient of QE II Diamond Jubilee medal for work in support of the Arts, Culture and the Environment
  • Led community effort to stop condo development and destruction of urban forest on city owned golf course
  • Advocated for a stronger urban tree retention by-law. Vancouver is now recognized as one of the world’s best tree-canopied cities
  • Decades of connecting young people to our natural world through native tree frog release programs
  • “Save the Frogs Day” City proclamation, the first city in the world to do so (amphibian conservation and their valued role to medicines and people well-being)
  • Worked on preparation for City’s first Heritage Building Register
  • Led community effort to save one of Vancouver’s 10 oldest remaining buildings, in historic “Japantown” 
  • Honourary Witness for Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Adopted by a number of First Nations Clans and Families across North America
  • Founding Director of Arts and Cultural organizations, including, Asian Heritage Month: ExplorAsian, RicePaper Magazine, Chief Dan George Centre for Indigenous Studies, Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, Museum of Migration: Pacific Canada Heritage Centre, AIBC Architects in the School, LiterAsian festival; Advisor at BCIT: School of Construction and the Environment
  • On successful Canadian effort to designate ancestral buildings, the Kaiping Diaolou as a UNESCO World Heritage site