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16 Jul, 2015

We are shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic murder yesterday of a long-time City employee at his home in Burnaby. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

This is obviously a very disturbing event for City staff, particularly those who knew and worked with our colleague. We are offering counseling and support services to employees who request it, and we will continue to coordinate with the VPD while the matter is under investigation.

The flag at City Hall will fly at half-mast today in his honour.

- Mayor Gregor Robertson

15 Jul, 2015

The City of Vancouver has experienced a serious incident today. Additional details are not yet available at this time as this matter is under investigation by the RCMP.

This kind of incident is very challenging for the thousands of hardworking staff who come to work every day to make Vancouver a better place, and their safety and well-being is my utmost concern.

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Vancouver City Hall’s strong record on low taxes, debt reduction, and controlled spending undercuts a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which falsely claims that Vancouver is “headed for financial crisis” in today’s Vancouver Sun.

“Our fiscal record over the past five years is one of the best in Canada, and hysterical claims by the CFIB have no basis in reality,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Just this year alone, the City paid down its debt by $151 million. Our tax increase was just 1.3%, tracking at inflation and among the lowest in the region.”

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Vancouver City Council passed the 2012 City Operating Budget tonight at a Special Council Meeting, investing in affordable housing, parks and recreation services, and libraries, as part of a forward-looking fiscal plan for the coming year.

“Even in the midst of a challenging economic climate and a $52 million budget gap, we’ve delivered a budget that is balanced, progressive, and pragmatic,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This budget fully protects and supports programs that impact Vancouver’s most vulnerable, including priority investments for homelessness and affordable housing, child care and seniors. We’re protecting all funding and support for arts and culture programming, continuing our support for Vancouver’s Greenest City goals, and increasing support for Vancouver’s public libraries and parks and recreation services.”

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Focus on developing human resources to support a green economy

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) announced today that Campus-City Collaborative’s (C3) second initiative, The Green Workforce Development Symposium, will be held Friday, March 2, 2012. The purpose of this symposium is to understand private sector needs for green jobs, assess current green curriculums, and identify training and education opportunities for students with respect to green jobs.

“C3 is driving innovation towards Vancouver’s growth as a mecca for the green economy by drawing on the creativity of student leaders from across the city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Together with industry experts and the VEC, the C3 Green Symposium will help us map out a strategy to create the kind of green jobs that will keep our local economy competitive and resilient.”

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The City of Vancouver has bestowed its highest award, the Freedom of the City, on former Vancouver City Councillor and tireless advocate Jim Green.

“Jim Green has made a profound impact on the City of Vancouver and he continues to be a passionate advocate for social justice, democracy, the arts and the shaping of an inclusive city for all residents,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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