We are shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic murder yesterday of a long-time City employee at his home in Burnaby. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
This is obviously a very disturbing event for City staff, particularly those who knew and worked with our colleague. We are offering counseling and support services to employees who request it, and we will continue to coordinate with the VPD while the matter is under investigation.
The flag at City Hall will fly at half-mast today in his honour.
- Mayor Gregor Robertson
The City of Vancouver has experienced a serious incident today. Additional details are not yet available at this time as this matter is under investigation by the RCMP.
Mayor Gregor Robertson is bringing a motion to City Council next week calling for action to support the rights, equality, and safety of Transgender residents – both in Canadian law and through the inclusiveness of all City programs and facilities.
The motion builds on the City of Vancouver’s dedicated work with the LGBTTQ community to end homophobia and transphobia in all of their forms, and recent leadership by the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Board of Education to make their facilities, operations and programs safe and inclusive spaces for Transgender and Gender-Variant Vancouverites.
“Vancouver is known throughout the world for our remarkable diversity, and for being city that is made stronger and more vibrant by our commitment to equality, acceptance, and inclusion,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The LGBTTQ community has made hard-fought progress in recent years to secure equal rights, but there is still work to be done to guarantee that Transgender residents and all Canadians receive equal protection under the law. This motion works to ensure Trans residents can feel safe and supported, in Vancouver and across the country, and I hope all of Council will support it.”
Last night, Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council approved an innovative proposal that will see 31 social housing units built as part of a new fire hall in the Victoria-Fraserview/Killarney neighbourhood, in partnership with the YWCA.
“This project builds on City Hall’s work to deliver urgently needed affordable family housing,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “By partnering with the YWCA, we’re supporting low-income women and their families, delivering housing that our city needs and helping to provide new opportunity to many of our most vulnerable residents.”
City Council has unanimously passed a motion from Mayor Gregor Robertson calling on Vancouver to become a living wage employer, ensuring that all City employees and wage earning contractors will earn enough to cover basic expenses such as rent, food, transportation, and child care.
“In Vancouver, we believe that full time work should provide families with a basic level of opportunity and economic security – and that no hard-working family should be left behind in poverty,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Making the City of Vancouver a Living Wage employer is an important way we can lead by example to help local families make ends meet, and I hope many other local employers will consider taking similar steps to strengthen our community and economy.”