At Hycroft tonight, Adriane Carr asked voters to think about making sure there is NOT one dominant party on City Council – but a mix of many parties. “Think: who would work collaboratively and who would stand up for the public interest, as we would?” Carr asked. Bob Kasting, an Independent candidate for Mayor, concurred, and said “I’m prepared to lead a diverse City Council comprised of many different parties and work with everyone to build consensus and together make Vancouver the type of city people who LIVE here want.”
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Why Meet Bob Kasting at a Pub in Van, When You Could Just Stay Home and Watch TV?
Because you don’t like what Vancouver is becoming,
Because you don’t want the big developer-funded parties to control City Hall.
Because you want to do something about it.
Because Billy Bishop’s on Kit’s Point is a friendly place with good beer and interesting people,
Thursday, October 23 7:30pm
Billy Bishop Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176, 1407 Laburnum Street (at Cornwall) 604 738-4142
Bob Kasting has practiced Administrative Law & Estate Litigation for over 30 years in Vancouver’s Broadway corridor. Bob was the legal counsel who stopped the City in its attempt to put a 12’ asphalt paved bike path through Hadden & Kits Beach Parks. Previously, Bob was the Director of Legal Services for the Department of Justice of the Government of the Northwest Territories, and has served as Chair of the University Endowment Lands Community Advisory Council.
Passionate about Vancouver, Bob is dedicated to how our city will be for the coming generations. Running as an Independent for Mayor, he has no attachments to Big Developer-driven initiatives or other interest groups. Bob will bring civic government back to the unique communities which comprise our beautiful city. He vehemently believes in believes in transparency, community engagement and developing a future for Vancouver that includes all citizens. He is particularly concerned about how our children – and their children – will be able to afford to live in our neighbourhoods.
After taking his undergraduate degree at Yale, Bob went on to the University of Stockholm, where he received a Diploma in Social Sciences, and then to McGill University where he earned his Law degree.
As a child, Bob started breaking national swimming records at the age of 10; at 15 joined the Canadian National Swim team – earning numerous medals and awards. He went on to Yale University, where he captained the Yale University swim team. He won an Olympic Bronze medal for Canada in the ’72 Olympics in Munich, and carried the flag for Canada in the Closing Ceremonies of those memorable Games.
Bob is devoted to his five children, all of whom were educated in the Vancouver, and all of whom have graduated from or are attending university.
RSVP Right Here on my blog!
My friend, Bob Kasting is running for Mayor of Vancouver. That’s pretty exciting for me! Maybe I will be on a first name basis with the next mayor. Better yet, I know what kind of a person he is, so the city would be in the hands of someone with integrity who cares about the stuff I care about; recycling, daycare, transit, affordable housing. Maybe we could get rid of those plastic bags and that is even more exciting!
Anyway, Vancouverites seem to be concerned about ‘vote splitting,’ so I asked Bob if he’d guest blog his thoughts for me, right here. And he agreed so read on. Oh and PLEASE VOTE ON NOVEMBER 15th!
As an “independent” mayoralty candidate, I have been asked a few times if I intend to “split the vote”. I think what is meant by this is whether I intend to have people vote for me as mayor who, if I didn’t run, would vote for someone else. That is actually completely true. In that sense, I do intend to “split the vote”.
But if I didn’t run for mayor, who do you think those people would vote for, assuming they are part of the 34% of the population who will actually vote.
It might be that the teaparty sorts think I will peel off some of their votes; or maybe the Maoists and Trotskyites think I will peel off some of theirs. I don’t know, but I will make a few confessions and you can decide for yourself.
I once worked at a country club in St. Louis, where the rough political division was between Republicans and real Republicans. But I also protested the War in Vietnam and rallied to free the Black Panthers. I confess that I live in Point Grey and belong to a tennis club, but I also recycle my bottles, compost my food for my flower boxes, and built a cottage deck this summer out of recycled wood.
I went to Yale where I studied political science where I was the member of a secret society, but I also went to the University of Stockholm where I got an “A” in a graduate course in European Marxism and where I walked, rode my bicycle and took the subway.
I also once touched John Diefenbaker’s hat and ate pizza with Rene Leveque (admittedly not at the same time) But that doesn’t make me either a prairie populist or a fellow traveller with quebec separatists.
So, I am not sure which other candidates I will be taking votes away from. But I do think that having an independent mayor, who is not beholden to the financial support of large real estate developers is a good thing. And I do think that Vancouverites should be given the choice of voting for an independent mayoralty candidate, of which I am one.