I am running for re-election because Vancouver needs to turn a corner. It’s time for action and I bring experience, a fresh perspective and new ideas for our city.

- Melissa De Genova

Re-Elect Melissa De Genova for Vancouver City Council

Building a Family Friendly Vancouver

October 20, 2018

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“FML: we need more millennials in politics

August 9, 2018 by Melanie Green, StarMetro

Gavin Dew rejects the stereotype of millennials “as a generation of entitled whiners who are professionally and politically disengaged.”That’s why he founded a new non-partisan group, the Forum for Millennial Leadership (FML), which aims to get young adults into office — regardless of party, ideology or level of government.

Councillor urges Vancouver to tackle money-laundering in cannabis, real estate sectors  

July 23, 2018 by Jen St. Denis, StarMetro Vancouver

Coun. Melissa De Genova said she decided to draft her motion, which is scheduled for the July 24 council meeting, after receiving several emails from city residents saying they were concerned about whether the proceeds of crime were flowing through vulnerable sectors like the semi-regulated cannabis market or real estate.

NPA pushes for city-led private subsidy fund for big public events.

July 23, 2018 by Jen St. Denis, StarMetro Vancouver

The NPA’s Melissa De Genova is putting forward a motion at Tuesday’s council meeting that will ask city staff to look into what it would take to create a fund that would help big events “that have a positive economic impact for the city and bond communities together.”

Vancouver council approves inclusion of Italian Day on the Drive in list of “Official Celebrations and Observances”.

May 2, 2018 by Carlito Pablo, Georgia Straight

Italian Day on the Drive is now included in the list “Official Celebrations and Observances” in the City of Vancouver.

Council approved the measure Wednesday (May 2) after hearing from speakers.

Italian Day on the Drive is one of the biggest public events in the city, attracting 200,000 participants last year.

Councillor Melissa De Genova brought forward the motion, and talked about her Italian heritage at the meeting.

Vancouver council pushes controversial Chinatown ‘downzoning’ to public hearing

June 5, 2018 by Joannah Connolly, Vancouver Courier

In a move described at council as “unusual,” Vancouver council voted June 5 to send to public hearing a proposed policy that aims to reduce previously allowed density in the historic Chinatown neighbourhood.

Responding to widespread concerns about the pace of change in the area, a report put forward by city staff recommended that the 2011 policy, allowing buildings of up to 150 feet along Main Street and 120 feet in Chinatown South, be amended to reduce the maximum allowable heights, floor-space ratio and building-frontage widths.

Property tax rebate for missed garbage collection due to snow? Motion put forward by Vancouver City councilor

January 24, 2017, Yuliya Talmazan by Global News

Following up on her promise earlier this month, a NPA city councillor has put forward a motion asking for a formal inquiry into the City of Vancouver’s handling of the snow and salt crisis in December and January.

In her motion, Councillor Melissa De Genova wants city staff to look into the ability of the City of Vancouver to provide sufficient removal of garbage and recycling during stretches of cold weather and whether the city should issue a property tax rebate or credit to property owners who did not receive recycling or garbage removal due to the cold.

Vancouver NPA councillor asks for formal inquiry into City’s handling of snow, salt crisis

January 5, 2017 by Yuliya Talmazan Global News

An NPA city councillor wants more transparency into how the City of Vancouver officials handled clearing city streets from the snow and ice that has accumulated after numerous snowfalls and a prolonged cold snap in December.

Melissa De Genova says she has heard from many frustrated residents since the snow hit the city early last month.

Canadian Armed Forces cry foul over new bike lane near armoury in downtown Vancouver

June 8, 2016 by Jon Azpiri Global News

A new bike lane in downtown Vancouver is generating concerns for the military.

The separate bike lane runs past the Beatty Street Drill Hall, an 115-year-old armoury that is home to B.C.’s oldest military regiment.

Critics say the lane was installed without consultation and blocks parking spaces for essential military vehicles in front of the armoury.

Home Ownership Front and Centre at Vancouver City Hall this week

April 3, 2016 by Kenny Mason, News 1130s

It’s time to talk about home ownership in Vancouver. That is the message from a motion coming to city council this week.

Melissa De Genova is the councillor behind the proposal to a

She says the rental market is important, but young people need the promise of being able to move up in the housing market to keep them in Vancouver.

Melissa De Genova: Business In Vancouver Forty under 40 winner 2016

December 5, 2016 by Business in Vancouver

There has been plenty of discussion around affordable housing, but for Melissa De Genova it’s time for action. As a native Vancouverite, a military spouse and a millennial, De Genova has had first-hand experience addressing the affordable housing issue and she regularly highlights the importance of it.

City of Vancouver’s housing strategy revisited

June 2, 2015 by Carlito Pablo, Georgia Straight

Almost four years ago, Vancouver adopted an ambitious 10-year strategy on housing.

Promising “a home for everyone”, the city’s plan addressed the entire housing continuum, from shelters to social housing, rentals, and affordable homeownership.

Measures of success included enabling the creation of 20,000 “market ownership units”. A staff report considered by council when it approved the strategy had an initial three-year target of 6,675 “condos and affordable home ownership”.

Our city is in the midst of an affordability crisis. Families are leaving Vancouver because they can't afford housing or find childcare. I am committed to making Vancouver a better place; for my daughter, and future generations.

- Melissa De Genova