George Chow

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George Chow (周烱華) is a Chinese-born Canadian politician. He is a two-term Vancouver City Councillor who was elected as a member of the Vision Vancouver party in 2005 and 2008.[1] Prior to being elected Chow worked at BC Hydro for over 30 years, where he currently works part-time.[1]

Background[edit]

Chow was born in China[1][2] and immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in 1965 at the age of 14 and settled in Vancouver.[3] His father was a cook, and his mother a farm worker.[2] After immigrating, Chow grew up in the Downtown Eastside.[1] He initially enrolled at William Dawson School and then transferred to Britannia Secondary School.[2] He went on to complete a degree in engineering at the University of British Columbia.[2]

Political career[edit]

He first ran for council as an independent in 2002 because of his opposition to the proposed safe injection site in the Downtown Eastside near Chinatown.[2] Chow reassessed his position on the safe injection site following its 2003 opening[4] and was subsequently recruited by Vision Vancouver to join its slate for his successful 2005 campaign.[1] He was re-elected for a second term in 2008.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Councillor George Chow" Archived December 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Vancouver City Website, Accessed August 29, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Vision's George Chow: Chinatown/DTES Native Son", Vancouver Observer, December 11, 2008.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "The Conversion of George Chow", The Tyee, October 19, 2005.
  5. ^ "Election Results: November 15, 2008", Vancouver City Website, Accessed August 29, 2009.

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