“NDP’s Melanie Mark becomes first indigenous woman elected to B.C. legislature from Vancouver–Mount Pleasant”

Feb. 2, 2016 – The Georgia Straight

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It’s been an astonishing rise for Melanie Mark.

Raised in the Downtown Eastside by a mother who struggled with addiction (now 10 years sober) and a father who died of an overdose, the former president of the Urban Native Youth Association has been elected as the new NDP MLA for Vancouver–Mount Pleasant.

With nearly all the ballots counted, Mark has more than 60 percent of the vote in the NDP stronghold of Vancouver—Mount Pleasant, far ahead of the Greens’ Pete Fry and the B.C. Liberals’ Gavin Dew.

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“卑詩NDP連奪兩選區補選議席”

2016-02-03 – 星島日報

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大溫兩個選區省議員補選結果出爐,省新民主黨(NDP)周二一舉贏得兩個選區議席,在溫哥華-快樂山選區(Vancouver-Mount Pleasant),NDP的馬蘭妮(Melanie Mark)得票60%大比數勝出,成為本省首位原住民省議員;至於競爭激烈的高貴林-伯克山(Coquitlam-Burke Mountain)選區,NDP的維根斯(Jodie Wickens)最終勝出。

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“B.C. NDP candidate backs moving St. Paul’s Hospital from West End to Vancouver-Mount Pleasant”

Jan. 13, 2016 – Georgia Straight

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The B.C. NPD’s by-election candidate in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant supports the transfer of St. Paul’s Hospital to the district.

Melanie Mark said the relocation of the health-care facility from the West End, a plan opposed by local New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, has been “long overdue”.

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“Premier picks Feb. 2 for two Lower Mainland byelections”

January 5, 2016 – Vancouver Sun – http://www.vancouversun.com/premier+picks+lower+mainland+byelections/11632200/story.html

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Premier Christy Clark has set the by-election date for Feb. 2 for the vacant ridings of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

VICTORIA — Voters in two Metro Vancouver ridings will elect MLAs next month.

Premier Christy Clark on Tuesday set a Feb. 2 byelection for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.

The NDP’s Jenny Kwan resigned her Vancouver-Mount Pleasant seat in July, and Liberal Doug Horne resigned his Coquitlam-Burke Mountain seat in August. Both ran in the federal election. Kwan is now the federal NDP MP for Vancouver East. Continue reading