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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

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

Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council approved the City of Vancouver’s 2015 Budget today, a balanced and forward-looking plan that continues strong business discipline at City Hall while making significant investments in key community priorities.

“Vancouver’s 2015 Budget is an ambitious, responsible and community-driven plan that strengthens our communities today and invests in our city’s future,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We heard from Vancouver that residents want their budget to support new affordable housing, better transportation, public safety, improved parks and action to meet our Greenest City goals. The 2015 Budget invests in all of these urgent priorities while keeping taxes low and enhancing City services, and I’m very proud to support it.”

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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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