Jim Green (councilman)

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Jim Green
Jim Green.jpg
Vision Vancouver candidate for
Mayor of Vancouver
Election date
November 19, 2005
Opponent(s) Sam Sullivan
Incumbent Larry Campbell
Personal details
Born (1943-05-25)May 25, 1943
Birmingham, Alabama
Died February 28, 2012(2012-02-28) (aged 68)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Nationality American-Canadian
Political party Vision Vancouver
Residence Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Alma mater University of British Columbia, University of South Carolina
Occupation Academic, politician

Jim Green (May 25, 1943 – February 28, 2012) was an American-Canadian who was a longshoreman, taxicab driver, community activist, non-profit housing developer, municipal politician, university instructor and development consultant.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Green moved to Canada to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War.[1] Green holds a Masters in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina,[2] and has studied at the Sorbonne, the Millennium Film Institute in New York, and the University of Colorado.[3]


Early in his career, Green worked as a longshoreman and a taxicab driver.[4]

Green was an advocate for the city's Downtown Eastside and led the development of many housing projects, including the experimental Woodward's building redevelopment designed by architect Gregory Henriquez[5] He was a development consultant for developers and non-profit community groups.[6] In 2009 he left his role as CEO of the Misty Isles Economic Development Society to take a position working with Millennium Developments Ltd. on the 2010 Olympic Village development in Vancouver.[7][8]

Green taught opera and architecture at the University of British Columbia[2] and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University,[3] and co-founded the University of British Columbia Urban Field School.[2] Green was chair of Four Corners Community Savings, which was closed by the Gordon Campbell led BC Government.[citation needed] He served on the board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.[citation needed]

Green co-founded the Portland Hotel Society which operates Insite, the first legal safe injection site in North America.[9]

Political career[edit]

In 2002 he was elected to Vancouver City Council as a member of the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE),[10] and subsequently, with mayor Larry Campbell, councillor Raymond Louie, and councillor Tim Stevenson left to form a new party, Vision Vancouver.[3] Under the Vision Vancouver banner, he unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2005, losing to Sam Sullivan[11] by 3,747 votes.[12] Some blamed voter confusion for his loss,[13] as there was an unknown candidate named "James Green" who received 4,273 votes.[12]

It was the second time Green had run for mayor unsuccessfully, having been beaten as a member of COPE by then-NPA mayor Gordon Campbell in 1990.[citation needed] Six years later, Green again faced Campbell, this time in the 1996 provincial election for the MLA seat in Vancouver-Point Grey. Green, a New Democrat, was defeated by BC Liberal leader and future premier Gordon Campbell 12,637 to 11,074.[14]

In 2008 Green supported Gregor Robertson in his successful run for mayor of Vancouver.[6]


In February 2012, his family released a brief statement saying he had suffered a serious recurrence of the lung cancer he had previously battled.[15] At 06:15 PST on February 28, 2012, Green died following his battle with lung cancer.[16]


  1. ^ Spencer, Kent (February 28, 2012). "Human-rights activist, politician Jim Green dead at 68". The Province. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Who are the judges?", Vancouver City Planning Commission Alternative Futures website, Accessed September 23, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Jim Green, The Tyee Interview", The Tyee, November 17, 2005.
  4. ^ "Downtown Eastsider brings varied experience to new position on the islands", Queen Charlotte Observer, July 16, 2008.
  5. ^ Ball, David P. (2015-02-25). "Inside Woodward's, a Still-Contentious Social Housing Experiment | The Tyee". The Tyee. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Jim Green", BC Business, November 4, 2008.
  7. ^ "MIEDS chief executive gone", Queen Charlotte Observer, January 26, 2009.
  8. ^ "Olympic Village builder hires Jim Green", Vancouver Sun, January 26, 2009.
  9. ^ "Jim Green: The democratic solution", Globe and Mail, April 9, 2009.
  10. ^ "2002 Election Results", City of Vancouver archives, Accessed September 23, 2009.
  11. ^ "News What's Next for Jim Green and Vancouver's Civic Left", The Tyee, December 5, 2005.
  12. ^ a b "Election Summary Report: November 19, 2005", City of Vancouver archives, Accessed September 23, 2009.
  13. ^ "Almost famous", Vancouver Courier, November 27, 2005.
  14. ^ "Statement of Votes Report for Electoral District: Vancouver-Point Grey", Elections BC website, Accessed September 23, 2009.
  15. ^ Lee, Jeff (February 15, 2012). "Former Vancouver councillor, affordable housing activist Jim Green battling lung cancer - again". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Former Vancouver councillor Jim Green dies of cancer". CBC News. February 28, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2012.