NPA candidate Sean Bickerton concerned about gay bashing in Vancouver
Council candidateSean Bickerton today (November 8) outlined the Non-Partisan Association’s plan to improve public safety on Vancouver streets.
Bickerton made the announcement while standing in a parking lot on Davie Street where he said he was the victim of a gay bashing 28 years ago.
The NPA candidate said there have been a string of recent attacks in the city and Vancouver has earned the title of “gay bashing capital of Canada”.
“That’s a shameful title. It’s unacceptable. We shouldn’t stand for it and I will not stand for it,” Bickerton said.
A key element of the NPA plan is to call for more police foot and bike patrols in Davie Village during times when assaults are most likely to happen.
Other elements of the plan include bringing in mental-health workers to help police with calls involving mental illness, and lobbying for programs to combat bullying in schools.
The NPA also wants to restore the city’s anti-graffiti task force, and launch an awareness and enforcement campaign to improve safety for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists.
Asked about the cost to the city for the NPA plan, Bickerton said: “We can do this within existing budgets.”