Jenny Kwan statement on Black History Month

February is Black History Month.

It allows us to celebrate a diverse Black Canadian community whose heritage traces back to the US, the Caribbean, and the African continent. 

In Vancouver East, there was a vibrant community of Black Canadians known as Hogan’s Alley.

While the strength of this community has never diminished, the community no longer has a geographical center.

It was destroyed to construct the viaduct in 1972, which is now slated to come down.

We need to learn from this history.

What we build in its place needs to honour the contributions of the Black community by ensuring vulnerable populations are housed.

Many of Canada’s Black communities’ contributions are not recognized in our history.

Black History Month gives Canadians an opportunity to hear this history, and to highlight the struggles the Black community continues to address in the fight against prejudice, discrimination, and inequality. 

Because black lives matter.

With love and courage, let us continue our efforts to build a more just, equal and inclusive Canada.   ​

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Van Sun: B.C. MPs echo mayors, solicitor general on need for port police force

East Vancouver MP Jenny Kwan told Postmedia that she thinks port police should be restored on the waterfront.

Kwan, who has a container terminal in her riding, said when the force was disbanded in 1997, she was an MLA and very critical of the decision.

“The port police should never have been disbanded. There are definitely ongoing implications,” Kwan said. “The port is the gateway for illegal activities in terms of people shipping illegal goods in and out. … that’s definitely an ongoing concern.”

“We absolutely support minister Farnworth and the municipalities’ call for the federal government to step back up and show leadership in addressing this concern and to fund the port police.”

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