I am running for a third term on city council to make Vancouver a city for everyone.
I want to continue to fight for affordable housing and 24/7 homeless shelters so that young people, seniors, women, and all low income people can afford to live in Vancouver. Over the past three years I have moved motions and worked long hours supporting local neighbourhoods concerned about spot rezonings, loss of affordable housing at Little Mountain, on Fraser Street, in Marpole, and in the DTES. I have called for area plans before rezonings in the West End, Marpole, DTES, and Grandview Woodlands. I fought for housing over the Strathcona Library, 24/7 shelters for women, and for a national housing strategy led by Mayor Gregor Robertson as chair of the Big Cities Caucus.
I am running to continue my work for electoral reform—for a wards system, campaign contribution and spending limits, and quarterly financial reports during and between elections so that the public knows who is funding which campaigns and by how much.
I have consistently stood up for civil liberties and in defense of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the face of repressive Olympic security plans and against the Structures for Protest bylaw. I gave back free Olympic tickets.
I am running to ensure aboriginal women no longer go missing and all women, the LGTBQ and diverse communities are free from racism and violence in our city.
I am running to ensure there is a fast public transit system all the way to UBC, there are frequent buses on all routes, safer pedestrian walkways, and more separated bike lanes.
I will continue to oppose the tax shift from businesses to residences so homeowners and renters will be protected and call for a lower tax rate for small businesses.
I led the fight against expanded gambling at Northeast False Creek and for the province to provide stable dedicated funding to the arts for the social and economic health of our city.
I fought hard to set up women, seniors, LGTBQ, bicycle, disability, and multicultural council advisory committees.
I brought forward innovative motions such as installing wireless Internet services in civic buildings, increasing scooter parking, for preserving the iconic Bloedel Conservatory and Stanley Park farm, and preventing privatization. I opposed the redevelopment of Hastings Park, which reduces green space promised to the neighbourhood and support a local governance model that balances community needs and fiscal responsibility.
I believe in strong diverse multicultural neighbourhoods and neighbourhood organizations and support for local businesses. Until young people, women, seniors, immigrants, and aboriginal peoples can all fully participate in our city, we can’t realize our goal of building a Vancouver for everyone. That is why I am running for reelection to council on November 19.
Ellen Woodsworth has been twice elected to Vancouver city council, once in 2002 and again in 2008, with the Coalition of Progressive Electors. Described by many as one of the hardest working councillors Vancouver has ever known, Woodsworth has served as vice chair of the finance committee and representative to the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee. She also sat on the food policy, women’s, and Creative Cities task forces and was council’s representative to the seniors and youth advisory committees. Woodsworth has been a long-time resident of Grandview Woodlands where she lives with her partner, Jo.