Staff presented an update to Council yesterday on the Transportation 2040 Plan and specifically addressed the goal to have zero transportation fatalities. Transportation 2040 is a long-term strategic vision for the city that guides transportation, land use decisions, and public investments for the years ahead.
Today City Council approved Vancouver’s 2017 Budget, which offers a broad range of services using a limited range of revenue sources. The 2017 Budget makes a record investment in affordable housing, provides new funding to improve city services like permits and licensing, and adds targeted funding to address the fentanyl overdose crisis that is putting a huge strain on City police and fire services.
To mark UN International Human Rights Day, Mayor Gregor Robertson joined several community leaders in calling on all Vancouverites to stand up against discrimination. The Mayor and community leaders announced they are signing the 101 Days of Action pledge, taking action against discrimination for the next 101 days that culminates in a rally on March 19th marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
“The adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is an important step forward in putting Canada on the path of becoming a leader in fighting climate change and shifting to renewable energy. I want to congratulate the Prime Minister and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on reaching this agreement. After a decade with a previous federal government that ignored climate change and missed repeated opportunities to capitalize on the emerging green economy, we finally have some concrete steps towards positive change.
Following Vancouver City Council’s decision last month to introduce an Empty Homes Tax, property owners will start receiving notifications by email and mail this week, outlining details of the tax. The City of Vancouver has joined with LandlordBC to offer support and information to the owners of empty and underutilized homes who wish to become landlords.
On Wednesday night, Vancouver Fire and Rescue hosted me on a ride-along at Fire Hall 2 for a first-hand view of the horrific impacts of the fentanyl overdose crisis in the Downtown Eastside. Even after months of talking to firefighters, police, outreach workers, drug users and health providers on the frontlines of the overdose crisis, and reading countless reports and news stories, it was shocking to see the extreme impacts of fentanyl.