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Paul Chapman

Independent for Nanaimo Council

Climate Change

Active Transportation

Sidewalks and bike lanes are essential to safe active transportation.
Where they don't yet exist, the speed limit should be lowered to 30 km/h.

Electric Bikes & Scooters

We need to take our foot off the gas pedal.

Energy-Efficient Buildings & Retrofits

We need to get our homes off gas.
Insulation and heat pumps are some of the best ways to reduce our carbon consumption.

Flooding

Bolstering our natural systems will help us prevent the flooding and through the droughts of climate change.

Green Space

More parks and protected spaces protect biodiversity, provide ecosystem services and space to be calm, cool and connected.

Private Vehicles

There will always be a need for some private vehicles include with our mix of active and mass transportation.

Urban Heat

Parks, protected spaces and an urban tree canopy contribute to keep our city cooled in the face of extreme heat events.

Zoning

Zoning for facilities and services needs to be in place when funding is available for rectifying our affordability and homelessness crises.

Housing & Homelessness

Affordability

We need to join with other municipalities to resubmit a UBCM resolution for the province to explore vacancy controls in BC.

Property Taxes

We need to ensure taxes are spent on critical needs and core services.

Public Housing

All avenues of affordable housing have a place in solving our affordability crisis.

Rent

We need to join with other municipalities to resubmit a UBCM resolution for the province to explore vacancy controls in BC.

Unhoused People

the answer to the question “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer is yes, we have a duty of care and compassion.

Zoning

Zoning for facilities and services needs to be in place when funding is available for rectifying our affordability and homelessness crises.

Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Drug Decriminalisation

We need to lobby senior governments to take the profit motive and crime out of addiction and treat it as a health care need.
I believe in safe supply, appropriately located safe use sites, safe small-scale housing and services – health care.

Public Safety & Policing

Non-Police-Based Public Safety

Community Safety Officers are a key piece, with the first contact for a person in difficulty being someone other than law enforcement

Public Spaces & Services

Green Space

More parks and protected spaces protect biodiversity, provide ecosystem services and space to be calm, cool and connected.

Zoning

Zoning for facilities and services needs to be in place when funding is available for rectifying our affordability and homelessness crises.

Transit & Getting Around

Active Transportation

Sidewalks and bike lanes are essential to safe active transportation.
Where they don't yet exist, the speed limit should be lowered to 30 km/h.

Electric Bikes & Scooters

We need to take our foot off the gas pedal.

Private Vehicles

There will always be a need for some private vehicles include with our mix of active and mass transportation.

Misc. topics



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Biography

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I live in the Old City Quarter of Nanaimo (15 years).  I share my life with my partner Judith, and I’m blessed with a blended and extended family of three daughters, two son in-laws, three grandchildren. https://paulchapman4counci.wixsite.com/paul-chapman-for-cit

In the mid-nineties, while living on Savary Island, and taking part in the regular complaining about the governance of the island, I was challenged by a friend to take an active role in finding solutions to the problems before us.

That began my efforts with a group of permanent and seasonal residents to form a committee to hear Island concerns, convey them to the regional district and seek solutions that worked for Savary Island. That challenge, to be part of the solution, also lead me to become the Chief Shop steward of a 700 member CUPE health care local in Nova Scotia and an active participant with the Annapolis Valley Labour Council.

On my return to the west coast, I was lucky enough to land a position with the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT) just as the successful campaign to secure the land now known as the Mount Benson Regional Park came to conclusion. I have had the good fortune to learn from the leadership group at NALT, participate with and guide projects, connect with City councilors and the RDN Board and work with City and RDN staff. My work has also offered the opportunity to sit on committees, roundtables, caucuses and currently on the Board of the Land Trust Alliance of BC.

My experience has taught me the value of listening to others, forging collaborative plans, and working with community partners to accomplish goals.

Reason for running

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The crises of our time: climate change, affordability, homelessness and the related health care issues, and safety concerns. I value collaboration rather than confrontation and I would be honoured to be elected to serve our community.

In my role with the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust, I have, on several occasions, presented to council about environmental issues in our community. When you present, you get five minutes to talk, if your lucky you get to answer a question or two from a councillor or two, and then you sit back down and sit on your hands and bite your tongue as the discussion goes on without you. I want to be part of the discussions and decisions that guide our City. This place we all care about. https://paulchapman4counci.wixsite.com/paul-chapman-for-cit

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