The Mayor and City Council will vote next week on the first-ever digital strategy for the City of Vancouver, continuing City Hall's work to support the local digital economy and improve service delivery for citizens.
The strategy focuses on improving the way the City provides services online for citizens and small businesses, supporting our dynamic local digital media industry, and putting Vancouver at the forefront of support for digital innovation.
“Making Vancouver a leader in digital innovation has been a key priority of my work as Mayor,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City’s first-ever digital strategy represents another significant step forward in our efforts to improve how City Hall does business and engages with citizens, how we support leading-edge job creation in our local technology and creative sectors, and how we foster digital innovation to make life better for all Vancouver residents.”
Building on recommendations from the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee and City programs such as the Dialogues Project, Vancouver City Council voted today to proclaim June 21st 2013 to June 20th 2014 as the Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver and expressed its support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The motion from Councillor Andrea Reimer recognized that “Reconciling past injustice, and strengthening shared understanding and awareness of history, is vital to both aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities in building a successful future for Vancouver.”
Council also directed staff to work with Reconciliation Canada and the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee to increase opportunities for dialogue and increased understanding between aboriginals and non-aboriginals regarding the experience and rights of indigenous people in Canada, especially in advance of the federally-initiated Truth and Reconciliation event for BC taking place in Vancouver in September.
City Hall will be opening its doors to Open Data Day this Saturday, bringing together app developers, designers, City staff, policy wonks and interested citizens to examine, analyze and explore applications for open data in Vancouver.
“Making Vancouver a leader in Open Data has been a key priority of my work as Mayor, and opening up City Hall to Open Data Day is another way we’re looking to engage citizens and support our local technology and creative sectors in building a better city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Whether it’s supporting renters with our new Online Rental Standards Database or releasing data to help create apps for crime statistics or garbage pickup schedules, Vancouver’s Open Data leadership fosters innovation and makes life better for all Vancouver residents.”
Vancouver was one of the first cities in North America with an open data policy, and recently expanded upon that leadership with the City of Vancouver’s new Online Rental Standards Database. Other releases in Vancouver’s Open Data catalogue have included 311 contact centre data, weekend playfield status, animal control data, street tree locations, and much more. Vancouver is also the only city in British Columbia to post full Council expenses online.
Today the City of Vancouver announced the 22 citizens who will serve on the Mayor’s new Engaged City Task Force, who will work to improve the ways the City engages and communicates with citizens.
“Vancouver is a global leader in many ways, and as Mayor I’m committed to ensuring Vancouver shows leadership to become one of the most open and civically engaged cities in the world,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The new Engaged City Task Force draws from a remarkably talented and diverse group of local citizens from all corners of Vancouver, who bring a wealth of experience in community engagement and public consultation.”
The Task Force will work to examine innovative best practices for civic engagement, and seek to make progress on priority issues including improving the way the City communicates with citizens, engages immigrants and youth, consults on policy, increases voter turnout and enables community connection at a neighbourhood level.
All Vancouver families and residents count on the knowledge that in their time of need, emergency services will be in a position to urgently respond and assist.
Today’s details on improved fire response times demonstrate what many Vancouver residents have seen first-hand: Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services (VF&RS) are providing our citizens with exceptionally efficient and effective emergency services and pre-hospital care.
From 2009 – 2012, VF&RS improved response times to fire calls by 44 seconds, with average response times now being 7:00 minutes. Response times to medical emergencies have also been reduced by 20 seconds, with average response to a medical emergency being 6:00 minutes.