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Vancouver City Council has approved a set of rules to control the location and operation of marijuana dispensaries. The new regulations were developed by City staff in conjunction with the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Coastal Health.

The new rules include strict guidelines for where dispensaries can operate. Under the City’s new rules, they must be at least 300 meters away from schools, community centres, or another marijuana-related use. Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed entry, and all applicants and staff must go through a criminal record check on an annual basis.

“These new rules will give the City the tools we need to properly manage dispensaries, while enabling those who provide a vital medical service,” said Mayor Robertson. “This is a common sense approach to a complicated issue, which has been made worse by the lack of action from the Federal government.”

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The Vancouver Police Board announced today that they had chosen a new chief constable to lead the Vancouver Police Department. He is 28-year veteran VPD Deputy Chief Adam Palmer.

“The Police Board was very pleased that we had two outstanding internal candidates as finalists. Just before the final interviews were conducted, Deputy Chief Constable Doug LePard decided to withdraw and support the selection of his colleague Adam Palmer. Following the final interview completed today, the Police Board decided unanimously that Adam was the right person to lead the VPD,” said the Chair of the Vancouver Police Board Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“We are confident that Chief Constable Adam Palmer will continue the progress of his predecessor Chief Constable Jim Chu, striving to make Vancouver the safest major city in Canada and further enhancing the reputation of the VPD as an excellent police service.”

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“The City of Vancouver called for a national public inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls in our September 3rd submission to the Senate of Canada. On the 9th Anniversary of the “National Day of Vigils” it is important for that call to be repeated ever more strongly by voices throughout Vancouver and across Canada.

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New data released to the Vancouver Police Board shows that 2014 is so far the safest year on record for pedestrians in Vancouver, dating back to the 1930s when safety data was first collected by the VPD.

“While even one incident is too many, it’s incredibly positive news to see that our streets are becoming significantly safer for pedestrians,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, who serves as Chair of the Vancouver Police Board. “Pedestrian safety has been a big priority for City Council this term, with the implementation of our first-ever Pedestrian Safety Action Plan two years ago and the goal of zero pedestrian fatalities established by Council in the Transportation 2040 Plan.

“The VPD has done excellent work on enforcement of dangerous behaviour that puts pedestrians at risk, and ICBC has worked with the City and VPD as a leading advocate against distracted driving. Together we’re focusing our efforts on making Vancouver a safer city than ever before, and the numbers show our collective efforts are working.”

Data to date shows that there has only been 1 pedestrian fatality this year compared to 7 in 2013, with overall traffic fatalities (both pedestrians and non-pedestrians) down to 5 from 14 this time last year. The City is investing $7.5 million in 44 priority intersections for safety enhancements, including better lighting, wider sidewalks, dedicated left turn lanes and longer crossing times.

Vancouver streets are now also safer than ever from the threat of crime, with property crime and violent crime down over 20% since 2008 and last year resulting in the lowest homicide rate in the city’s history.

Following direction from the Mayor and City Council in 2011, the City of Vancouver now has an updated and comprehensive earthquake preparedness plan.

Council received a staff report today detailing 12 primary actions and 44 supporting actions to improve Vancouver’s preparedness for a major seismic event and strengthen the City’s capacity for response and recovery.

“City Hall is working harder than ever before to prepare Vancouver for a major earthquake, with essential steps to reduce risks of damage, boost our emergency response services and improve the safety of everyone who lives and works here,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver’s effective response and recovery from an earthquake will depend hugely on residents and businesses taking their own initiative, and it’s crucial that every home and workplace in Vancouver is prepared in advance with an emergency plan and earthquake kit.”

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MAYOR’S REMARKS, WITH CHIEF CONSTABLE JIM CHU
Vancouver Police Department, September 13th 2013
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>> Click here for the full release from the Vancouver Police Department

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Good morning, thank you for being here.

Today, the Chief and I are issuing a public call around a situation that has reached a crisis point in Vancouver.

It’s one that we have grappled with for a number of years, but it has escalated to the point that we need to go public and state clearly that, today, Vancouver is embroiled in a public health crisis due to untreated, severe mental illness.

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