A fourth hat landed in the ring for the NPA mayoral nomination for Vancouver city hall on Monday morning.

Entrepreneur Ken Sim cited affordability concerns in his nomination bid.

“I was born and raised in Vancouver and those close to me know that I’ve always been deeply passionate about this city, its residents and the issues that impact us,” he said in a news release.

Sim co-founded Nurse Next Door in 2001, a private home-care service for seniors with 175 franchisees, and Rosemary Rocksalt Salt Bagels in 2013.

“I grew up here and believe my four boys should have the opportunity to raise their families here also. I believe this generation, and future generations, should be able to afford to live in this city,” Sim said.

“I am gravely concerned that countless Vancouverites have been forced to move to other cities for better opportunities. This must change now.”

Sim attended Churchill and Magee high schools before graduating from the University of B.C.’s Sauder School of Business to become a chartered accountant and chartered professional accountant. He worked at KPMG before becoming an investment and merchant banker at CIBC World Markets in Vancouver, Toronto and London, England.

Sim said he’s also troubled by bureaucratic red tape at city hall and the continued problems in the Downtown Eastside.

“I’ve spent years supporting causes related to the Downtown Eastside and am disappointed with the lack of progress on issues related to mental health, addiction and homelessness, despite the fact significant money has been spent,” he said.

Sim, who lives in Vancouver with his four boys and wife Teena, joins fellow candidates Glen Chernen (a financial analyst), Coun. Hector Bremner and park board commissioner John Coupar.

The NPA nominating meeting is on May 29 at the Hellenic Centre on Arbutus Street.

Coun. Adriane Carr of the Green party has yet to decide if she …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics


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