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“Like so many of us, I was shocked and gravely saddened to hear of Jim Deva’s sudden passing. He was an inspiration to Vancouver and all Canadians, and his irrepressible courage and tireless advocacy for equal rights and free expression played an enormous role in shaping the city that Vancouver is today.

“As Mayor, it was an honour and a privilege to march with Jim each year at Vancouver Pride. He was a champion for the LGBTTQ community, a kind heart who spoke up for the marginalized, and a leader whose uncompromising commitment to human rights echoed far beyond Vancouver to the highest courts of the land.

“On behalf of my colleagues on City Council and the citizens of Vancouver, I wish to offer my condolences to Jim’s partner Bruce and all of his family and friends. His counsel will be sorely missed by all of us at City Hall, but his legacy will continue to inspire our work together to keep building a safer, prouder, more inclusive, and more equal Vancouver.”

- Mayor Gregor Robertson

New data released to the Vancouver Police Board shows that 2014 is so far the safest year on record for pedestrians in Vancouver, dating back to the 1930s when safety data was first collected by the VPD.

“While even one incident is too many, it’s incredibly positive news to see that our streets are becoming significantly safer for pedestrians,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, who serves as Chair of the Vancouver Police Board. “Pedestrian safety has been a big priority for City Council this term, with the implementation of our first-ever Pedestrian Safety Action Plan two years ago and the goal of zero pedestrian fatalities established by Council in the Transportation 2040 Plan.

“The VPD has done excellent work on enforcement of dangerous behaviour that puts pedestrians at risk, and ICBC has worked with the City and VPD as a leading advocate against distracted driving. Together we’re focusing our efforts on making Vancouver a safer city than ever before, and the numbers show our collective efforts are working.”

Data to date shows that there has only been 1 pedestrian fatality this year compared to 7 in 2013, with overall traffic fatalities (both pedestrians and non-pedestrians) down to 5 from 14 this time last year. The City is investing $7.5 million in 44 priority intersections for safety enhancements, including better lighting, wider sidewalks, dedicated left turn lanes and longer crossing times.

Vancouver streets are now also safer than ever from the threat of crime, with property crime and violent crime down over 20% since 2008 and last year resulting in the lowest homicide rate in the city’s history.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions released its first report today, outlining 23 priority actions to improve the health and housing needs of residents living with mental health issues and addictions in Vancouver.

“Untreated mental illness and addictions continues to be an issue that our City confronts, whether it’s through our social services, policing, or schools,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Through the work of the Task Force, the City is committed to mobilizing the support of stakeholders and senior levels of government to address the challenge of mental illness and addictions, and help our most vulnerable residents get the support they need.”

Caring for All: Priority Actions to Address Mental Health and Addictions includes recommendations to:

  • Convene an advisory group to create concepts for Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Centres in Vancouver;
  • Build academic partnerships with SFU and UBC to design a collaborative real-time data sharing model as part of a Collective Impact approach that involves people with lived experience, family members, health and community service providers;
  • Enhance training and outreach with the Vancouver Police Department, working with people with lived experience;
  • Increase community awareness of mental health and addiction by expanding the City Dialogues project to discuss the impact of poverty, and stigma of mental illness.

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More than 50% of new rental and social housing approved in the past decade was done in the last two years alone, according to City of Vancouver data that demonstrates an affordable housing surge in Vancouver.

According to year-to-date data through July 2014, 67% of all rental housing approved since 2003, and 55% of all social housing approved since 2003, has taken place since 2012.

“We’re seeing record levels of new rental and social housing being built in Vancouver, which is crucial for building a future where our city is more inclusive and prosperous,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’re seeing new housing built that meets the needs of people who live and work in our city. Our housing plan and programs are working and the shovels in the ground prove it.”

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Cycling routes and separated bike lanes have seen record usage numbers throughout the month of July.

This year, the Burrard Bridge bike lane marks its fifth year in use, seeing more than 5 million trips since its installation. This summer, the Burrard Bridge bike lane has seen record bike traffic month over month, with July hitting a record number 195,000 bike trips up from 161,000 in July 2013 – a 21 per cent increase.

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Keep Vancouver Spectacular

Tomorrow the City of Vancouver will ask the Federal Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decision to not consider the effects of climate change in its assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal.The City of Vancouver filed the original motion on May 15, 2014 requesting that the NEB consider climate change in the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal review, and the NEB rejected this motion in July. The NEB will consider the broader economic benefits associated with the pipeline but not the broader environmental impacts.  As a coastal city, the City of Vancouver will be directly affected by the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

Results from an on-going City of Vancouver online survey show strong public opposition in Vancouver to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal, with particular concerns about environmental and climate change impacts.

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