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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.”


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.


A new grant program supporting critical upgrades to preserve and protect buildings owned by Chinese Family Clan and Benevolent Societies has been approved by Vancouver City Council.

The Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program will provide matching grants for maintenance and upgrades to buildings owned by the societies. Heritage buildings and those with affordable and social housing units will get priority consideration.

“This grant program recognizes the importance of maintaining these buildings as cultural anchors in our city, and shows how we can use new development to support and strengthen local heritage,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The society buildings play a key role in preserving Chinatown’s unique heritage and identity, providing affordable housing, and contributing to the revitalization of Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside.”


03 Jul, 2014

“Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s most treasured places, and one of the top two tourist destinations anywhere in Canada. It is a national landmark in the core of our city, and a vibrant hub for tourism, world-renowned arts and culture, local food, and small business. Local decision-making and operations are crucial to Granville Island’s revitalization and continued success.

“The City of Vancouver is strongly opposed to Granville Island being controlled by Port Metro Vancouver, and we made our position clear to the Port and the Government of Canada in discussions and correspondence over many months. As Mayor, I have worked to support a transfer or lease to the City, or the creation of an independent local authority with a mandate that is specific to Granville Island’s unique character.


The City of Vancouver is rolling out a pilot program allowing farmers’ markets to accept British Columbia liquor vendors for the sale and sample of liquor in response to changes in the provincial liquor regulations.

The province has recently announced changes to its liquor regulations. The City is supporting the provincial changes with a pilot program so that citizen’s will have an opportunity to buy and sample locally-made spirits at designated farmers’ markets around the city this summer and fall season.

“The sampling and vending of craft beer, wine and liquor presents opportunities to support local products and the local economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City is pleased to announce that this one-season pilot will offer consumers more choices while adding diversity to our thriving farmers’ markets.”


The City is set to invest a record $4.5 million in arts and culture in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday, as well as a start-up grant to launch a Vancouver version of Artscape, a non-profit dedicated to developing and building affordable creative space.

“These strategic investments demonstrate that City Council is committed to ensuring that new development benefits local neighbourhoods, and that we want to enable and expand new cultural spaces in Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Both of these investments will support our creative economy and allow local artists to put down deeper roots in Vancouver.”