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Christopher A Shaw

Independent for North Cowichan Council


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Chris Shaw is a university professor in the Faculty of Medicine. He was also a member of the Canadian Army reserve for 19 years. He now lives in the Cowichan Valley with his three children. His main goal in running to increase voter participation at the local level.

Christopher A. Shaw is a neuroscientist. His research focuses on Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) using several models of the disease to explore the possible environmental or genetic triggers of the disease, the various stages in disease development and emerging treatment options. A second main theme, related to the first, is to examine the role of aluminum in various neurological diseases, including autism spectrum disorder. Chris did his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of California at Irvine, a M.Sc. in Medical Physiology at the Hebrew University and a Ph.D in neurobiology at the same institution. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and edited books, and has authored two books on neurological diseases and one on vaccine controversies. Chris served in the Canadian Army reserve for 19 years. Chris is the father of 5 children ranging in age from 2 to 31.

The key issues facing voters this October are:

  1. Housing and homelessness;
  2. Transportation;
  3. Taxation.
  4. Democratic governance.

The first three can be addressed by focusing on local vs. "one size fits all" solutions. The latter provides one way to do this.

Reason for running

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Address the interrelated issues of housing and homelessness, transportation, and taxes. Underlying all of this is the need for local choices and more democratic governance.