Youth movement could change Vancouver city council

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      Vancouver millennials may end up taking over the next city council.

      With four current councillors leaving the scene and one other likely becoming a mayoral candidate, a major generational change in the chamber could happen in the October 2018 municipal election.

      Three individuals who have announced their intention to seek nominations for OneCity are all in their early 30s.

      One of them is Christine Boyle, a 33-year-old community organizer and United Church minister.

      “There’s a lot of mistrust and dissatisfaction with the direction that Vancouver has been going over the last 10 and 20 years, and the three of us and many that we hear from in our communities of young people are interested in being part of shifting that direction,” Boyle told the Straight in a phone interview.

      Seeking OneCity nominations along with Boyle are LGBT advocate Brandon Yan and active-transportation promoter Ben Bolliger.

      Meanwhile, independent Vancouver park board commissioner Erin Shum, who is also a millennial, indicated that she is considering making a run for city council.

      “I’ve learned a lot at park board, and I see a lot of the issues at park board requires council approval, requires budgeting approved by council,” Shum told the Straight by phone.

      Shum, who turns 35 this year, earlier left the Non-Partisan Association, and she is not dismissing the possibility of returning to the NPA.

      “I see there’s lots of renewals and changes within the NPA, and I’m keeping those conversations open,” Shum said.

      Melissa De Genova of the NPA is the youngest member of council, and the 35-year-old politician has previously told the Straight by phone that she will seek another term.

      NPA councillor Hector Bremner turned 37 in January this year, and he has announced his plan to secure the nomination of his party to become its mayoral candidate.