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The Vancouver Police Board announced today that they had chosen a new chief constable to lead the Vancouver Police Department. He is 28-year veteran VPD Deputy Chief Adam Palmer.

“The Police Board was very pleased that we had two outstanding internal candidates as finalists. Just before the final interviews were conducted, Deputy Chief Constable Doug LePard decided to withdraw and support the selection of his colleague Adam Palmer. Following the final interview completed today, the Police Board decided unanimously that Adam was the right person to lead the VPD,” said the Chair of the Vancouver Police Board Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“We are confident that Chief Constable Adam Palmer will continue the progress of his predecessor Chief Constable Jim Chu, striving to make Vancouver the safest major city in Canada and further enhancing the reputation of the VPD as an excellent police service.”

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April 13, 2015:

I want to share with you the latest news and information on what the City is doing to support the federal and provincial governments in the clean-up of our waters and beaches following last week’s oil spill.

With direction from the Coast Guard, the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation and its teams are coordinating active shoreline cleanup operations both in Vancouver and on the North Shore. Our Park Rangers are continuing to support the professional recovery crews at our beaches, and we continue to have signs posted cautioning people to stay out of the water. The Park Rangers are also patrolling the beaches with our provincial partners from the Ministry of Environment, focusing on impact assessment and assistance for wildlife in distress.

There are still many questions that need to be answered. Both the Premier and I have spoken out regarding the unreasonable delay from the time the spill started to when the City was notified. There are also many questions about the long-term impacts from the spill, and investigations are ongoing about the extent of submersed oil.

As you know, I have also continued to raise Vancouver’s grave concerns about the federal government’s closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard station and the impacts of that decision on spill response times and local marine safety.

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Early this morning the City of Vancouver was alerted to a fuel spill in English Bay that occurred yesterday evening. The management of the spill is the responsibility of the Federal Government through the Coast Guard, the Port, and Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, and they have been working to contain the spill and recover as much as possible.

Upon being alerted to the spill early this morning, the City activated our Emergency Operations Centre and supported the response in active coordination with our partners. Marine units from the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services were deployed, City staff and Park Rangers have been in place to monitor the shoreline, and biologists and wildlife experts are also on site to assist in assessing any impacts of the spill on shoreline and wildlife.

I would like to thank all first responders and officials who have assisted in today’s effort, and all of those who have volunteered to assist at this early stage. Residents and watercraft operators are still encouraged to stay away from any fuel as there may be potential health risks.

Any spill of this nature is met with grave concern by all Vancouver residents, and underscores both the importance of robust oil spill response capacity in our local waters and the need to protect our shores from all such risks in the future.

- Mayor Gregor Robertson

Following a public hearing last night, the City of Vancouver’s by-law for social housing now includes legal requirements for affordability of the units, strengthening the protection of low-income housing in Vancouver.

“By putting firm affordability requirements in place, Council is making sure that more social housing is going towards people on low incomes,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “These changes reflect what we heard from hundreds of workshops and community consultations during the development of a new Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Plan. This is a significant step and one that adds to our work to build and protect affordable housing in Vancouver.”

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Vancouver City Council has voted unanimously to support a shift toward the city deriving 100% of its energy from renewable sources, as the City of Vancouver nears the half-way mark of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

The motion from Mayor Gregor Robertson directs staff to report back by autumn with a reasonable timeline on which to meet the comprehensive goal, which the City of Vancouver is now the first North American city to establish.

“Cities around the world must show continued leadership to meet the urgent challenge of climate change, and the most impactful change we can make is a shift toward 100% of our energy being derived from renewable sources,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The future of Vancouver’s economy and livability will depend on our ability to confront and adapt to climate change, and moving toward renewable energy is another way that Vancouver is working to become the greenest city in the world.”

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We’ve heard from trusted emergency response leaders across our region: Voting ‪#‎YesForTransit‬ will ensure safer roads, safer rides home for our loved ones, and faster response times in any emergency. Help spread the word:

We’ve heard from trusted emergency response leaders across our region: Voting #YesForTransit will ensure safer roads, safer rides home for our loved ones, and faster response times in any emergency.

Posted by Vancouver Mayor's Office on Wednesday, 25 March 2015