In a 9-1 vote today, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver City Council passed a motion for city staff and the Vancouver Economic Commission to report back on the benefits and risks of a proposed pipeline expansion, and develop a bylaw that would protect Vancouver from the immense costs and risk of potential oil spills in or near our harbour.
Greenest City and Climate Change
The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation today announced an innovative partnership that will help Vancouver become the greenest city by 2020, with both organizations contributing $1 million each to create the first-ever Greenest City Fund.
The unique feature of the Fund is that it will actively involve the entire community in Vancouver’s greenest city goals, by supporting ideas generated and implemented by the community.
Over the next four years, the $2 million Greenest City Fund will support youth-led initiatives, neighbourhood-based projects created by residents, and green programs developed by charitable organizations.
“These improvements to Stanley Park demonstrate how effective a strong partnership between municipal and federal governments can be,” said Mayor Robertson. “Stanley Park is not only Vancouver’s first park but is recognized globally as one of the greatest parks in the world, attracting people year-round. Our investments will make Stanley Park an even better place for visitors and residents alike.”
The City of Vancouver is working with the Vancouver Economic Development Commission (VEDC) on the Vancouver Restoration Fund, a project aimed at providing financial assistance to downtown businesses whose insurance does not cover specific losses sustained by the riots.
The VEDC, the city’s economic development agency, is coordinating the fund, including assessing applications from businesses that need help and accepting donations from businesses that want to help. Businesses can go to vancouvereconomic.com/vancouver_restoration_fund for details.
The goal is to generate a fund of $150,000 to provide financial support to impacted businesses and ensure they remain healthy and viable. Businesses can apply for up to $7,000.
car2go announced today that Vancouver, British Columbia is the first
Canadian city selected to launch its innovative mobility service. A newly created company, car2go Canada Ltd. will also be located in Vancouver.
“We’re very exicted that car2go will be making its Canadian debut in Vancouver,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our goal is to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, and providing cleaner transportation options is a big part of that. We want to ensure that we provide a full range of sustainable transportation options for our citizens, and car2go’s unique car-sharing model is a great fit for Vancouver.”
car2go conducted a trial assessment of its service in Vancouver from June 2010 to March 2011 with select test users from well-known and respected local organizations to validate and refine the process prior to the large-scale rollout. The strong support for the car2go model throughout the pilot helped cement Vancouver as the first Canadian city for this unique service.