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Vancouver City Council voted unanimously today to support the ‘Yes’ side in the upcoming transit referendum, building support for better transit and roads throughout Metro Vancouver.

“Vancouver is sending a message that we need to do everything we can to ensure the referendum passes, so that we can cut congestion, protect our environment and grow our economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With Metro Vancouver’s population increasing by another one million people by 2040, we have to invest in better transit. The alternative is crippling gridlock and traffic congestion that will destroy our region’s livability.”

The motion was introduced by City Councillor George Affleck, which called for City Council to support the Mayor in his efforts to ensure the plebiscite succeeds, and for staff to report back on work underway to build support.

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Building permits issued by the City of Vancouver in 2014 hit a value of $2.83 billion, exceeding pre-recession levels and marking an all-time record in Vancouver’s growing economy.
Building permit values of $2,825,700,469 in 2014 represent an increase of 28 per cent from 2013, and a 77 per cent increase over 2008.

“An all-time record for building permit values is an important example of how Vancouver’s economic action strategy is working,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Low taxes, less red tape, and innovative new incentive programs at City Hall are helping to attract new investment to our city and create thousands of highly-skilled new jobs. Whether it’s with new investments in our high-tech sector, a boom in new office space, or unprecedented new purpose-built rental housing, these numbers are further proof that Vancouver’s economy is continuing its exciting positive momentum.”

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Year-end figures show that Vancouver set a record for new laneway housing, with 357 permits issued in 2014. This follows 345 and 350 permits issued in 2013 and 2012. Vancouver also saw a strong surge of new rental housing, with 953 new units approved, following 1,104 in 2013. In 2008, there were zero units approved.

“With more than half our city renting and some of the lowest vacancy rates in Canada, new rental housing is meeting a crucial need for Vancouver residents,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The success of our laneway housing program is delivering modest-income rental housing for seniors and young families, and new rental apartments are springing up along transit routes, providing a more affordable option than condos.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson was sworn in to serve a third term in office today, and outlined an ambitious vision for new heights of Vancouver leadership in the four years ahead in his third inaugural address as Mayor.

“This is a city confident in its mantle of leadership, a mantle that is global in scope and reach – not just confident, but hungry for us to do more, and to do better,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “I am grateful for that vote of confidence. And I intend to work my hardest over the next four years to demonstrate that we’ve heard that call.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson
Inauguration Address
December 8, 2014

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Thank you all for joining us today.

We are grateful to be gathered on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh territory, and we offer our thanks to the Coast Salish people.

I want to offer my thanks to the outgoing Council, School Board and Parks Board.

And to those who are returning, or joining us for the first time, congratulations. You face very big challenges, but you’re taking on one of the most important jobs public life has to offer. And I’m looking forward to working with you all.

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“The City of Vancouver called for a national public inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls in our September 3rd submission to the Senate of Canada. On the 9th Anniversary of the “National Day of Vigils” it is important for that call to be repeated ever more strongly by voices throughout Vancouver and across Canada.

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