"Last week, City Council approved the roll-out of a refreshed City wordmark, its first official update in 10 years. A simplified and refreshed wordmark was the first in a series of steps City staff were taking to refresh Vancouver's visual identity to reflect our social, cultural and economic growth, and optimize our visual presence for online and social spaces. Since then, some members of Vancouver's design community have raised a number of concerns and a desire to revisit the direction and process.
Council has approved $450,000 in new City investments for mental health and addictions – leveraging an additional $550,000 from partners - aligned with recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions’ Final Report. The new funding focuses on mental health support, harm reduction, drug prevention and treatment and includes:
Mayor Robertson and Council have approved a new residential development at 1380-1382 Hornby/801 Pacific that will deliver 213 new homes - 65% of which are for families – and preserve Leslie House on Hornby Street. As part of the project, BC Artscape will develop a new, seven storey stand-alone community cultural hub that will provide an affordable space for professional artists to curate community programming.
Mayor Robertson will support investments aligned with recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions’ Final Report, to be presented to Council Tuesday. The new funding - approximately $450,000 from the City that leverages another $550,000 from partners - focuses on mental health support, harm reduction, drug prevention and treatment and includes:
Yesterday’s Census data showing a growing number of empty and underutilized homes in Vancouver is alarming, but not surprising. We know from BC Hydro data across Vancouver that there are 10,800 year-round empty homes, which last year crystallized the City’s resolve to bring in Canada’s first Empty Homes Tax. Seeing data that shows there may be even more underutilized homes than BC Hydro suggests gives us more reason to aggressively move on the empty homes tax, and other measures that will help bring homes back within reach to residents in all corners of the city.
Today Vancouver City Council approved additional support for front-line workers battling the fentanyl opioid crisis: $220,000 to support harm reduction measures to prevent overdose deaths in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels and shelters, and $150,000 for mental health training and support for first responders.