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Mayor Gregor Robertson will introduce a motion at this week’s Council meeting to expedite construction of a new Killarney seniors centre with surplus funds from the City’s operating budget, following through on the City of Vancouver’s longstanding commitment to investing in better community services for seniors in Southeast Vancouver.

“With the Federal Government having joined the City and the Province in committing funds to this long-awaited community space, it’s time to get shovels in the ground on a new Killarney seniors centre,” said the Mayor. “The City of Vancouver’s strong budget position allows us to invest in key priorities for the community. Surplus funds from Vancouver’s operating budget should be used to ensure that this important new resource for Southeast Vancouver seniors is built as soon as possible, building on the $2.5 million investment committed by the City in 2011.”

Two weeks ago the Federal Government announced $2.5 million in funding support for the project, following a commitment of $1.3 million from the Province last year and the initial funding commitment from the City of Vancouver in 2011. The City-owned land and operating space for the centre was also committed in 2011 by the Park Board.

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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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Op-ed by Mayor Gregor Robertson, published in the Vancouver Sun

For most of us, housing is our biggest expense. One out of every five dollars we earn goes to build, buy, rent and run our homes. Facing high home prices, large personal debts, and an uncertain economy, fewer Canadians can buy a new home today than in the past, and they are choosing to rent instead.

Unfortunately, in many cities, finding an affordable place to rent is nearly impossible.

The most immediate problem is supply. Vacancy rates under three per cent push rents up; here in Vancouver it’s 1.4 per cent.

Vacancy rates this low force our young people to move out of the city, threaten seniors on fixed incomes, and have a negative impact on local businesses.

That’s why this spring’s federal budget must put Canada’s rental housing market on solid ground, by pursuing low-cost, high-leverage policies that get jobs on the ground and build housing Canadians can afford.

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