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Buy Local Week (Dec 2-8) has begun in the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia, kicking off a celebration of local retailers, products, entrepreneurs and communities during the holiday season.

“The City of Vancouver is proud to support Buy Local Week for the second year running, encouraging people to support local businesses this holiday season by exploring our city’s incredible wealth of local products and services,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Supporting local small businesses boosts job creation and entrepreneurship in Vancouver’s growing economy, and makes a significant contribution to the health and wealth of our communities.”

Click here to learn more:
http://locobc.com/buylocal/buy-local-week-2013/

Mayor Gregor Robertson offered this statement on the passing of former mayor Art Phillips:

“With today’s passing of Art Phillips, Vancouver has lost a visionary leader and citizen who made an indelible mark on the city.

“He helped shape Vancouver through his vision and commitment to public service. He was a champion of livability and inclusivity. During his time in office, Art fundamentally changed the political and social direction of our city.

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On Remembrance Day, four decorative lights at the north and south entrances to the Burrard Bridge will be lit in honour of the veterans of the First World War.

The stained glass lights were designed 80 years ago in the aftermath of the war. They create a stunning flickering effect when lit, reminiscent of the braziers Canadian soldiers used for warmth in the trenches during WW1.

“During Veterans Week and on Remembrance Day, it is important that we all take time to remember and reflect upon the sacrifices made by Canada’s veterans,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The lighting of the Burrard Bridge on Remembrance Day will be a powerful symbol of how their service endures as an inspiration to us all and lives on in the values and freedoms that define Vancouver as a city.”

Due to the age and historic design of these light fixtures, it has been increasingly difficult to keep them working. As a result, they were turned off in late 2009 and have remained off until this past month when City of Vancouver electrical crews were able to make temporary repairs.

The City of Vancouver plans to make necessary upgrades to these celebrated lights and also repair select lights on the Burrard Bridge when the bridge railings are replaced. The design work for this important restoration is underway and will be scheduled as part of the upcoming Capital Plan.

To find a list of Remembrance Day events happening across the city, please click here

In addition, a reminder for Vancouver veterans: City parking is free of charge with veterans’ licence plates fro November 5th to 11th in honour of Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day.

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City Council approved today a new 352 unit development at 955 East Hastings, which includes 70 units of social housing and a unique mix of commercial, industrial and retail uses to support jobs in the Strathcona area.

“This creative project delivers on our affordable housing targets while supporting Vancouver’s industrial and commercial economies,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Mixing light industrial job activity and new housing is an innovative proposal that fits with the neighbourhood, and is a blueprint for how we want to mix job space with housing in Vancouver.

“It will provide local benefits for the community and strengthen our City’s economy.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson says it is good news that social housing at Little Mountain will go ahead, and that a deal has been reached to let the remaining tenants stay on site.

The B.C. government, the City of Vancouver and Holborn Properties have signed an agreement that will allow up to 50 social housing units to be built right away at Little Mountain, prior to the completion of the rezoning process.

“Little Mountain has a long history in Vancouver, and it’s great that we’ve reached an agreement to expedite the social housing and allow the remaining residents to stay on site,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The social housing is an important first step to building a new and inclusive community at Little Mountain.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson has proclaimed February 29th “Pink Shirt Day” in Vancouver, as part of province-wide effort to tackle bullying.

“Reducing and even eliminating bullying is a priority in our city,” said Mayor Robertson.

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