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Mayor Gregor Robertson will attend the fifth biennial C-40 Mayors Summit this week, which convenes mayors from the world’s largest cities who are demonstrating leadership in addressing climate change.

“Vancouver’s leadership in addressing climate change is getting notice on the world stage, and the C-40 Mayors Summit is a unique opportunity to share our City’s successes while learning from others around the world,” said Mayor Robertson. “While national governments stall, cities are taking the lead in the fight against climate change. Our work together in Vancouver, from neighbourhood renewable energy to our smart, efficient building code is influencing other cities and making an important difference in the fight against climate change.”

Vancouver was accepted into the C-40 Cities Climate Leadership Group last year, and Mayor Robertson is the only Canadian representative attending. The Mayor will present on the Greenest City Action Plan and Vancouver’s leading efforts to reduce carbon pollution.

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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 email, June 25 2013:

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Today City Council heard a comprehensive staff report on the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and what opportunities could arise for Vancouver’s future with their potential removal.

This latest report is a turning point: it clearly outlines the major benefits that could be realized in terms of adding extra green space, more affordable housing, and remarkable potential benefits for Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Strathcona neighbourhoods.

It also addresses many of my concerns about ensuring strong business access to the downtown, clearly demonstrating how bringing Georgia Street down to Pacific Boulevard will create an easy 2-way street in and out of downtown Vancouver.

It’s clear that removing the viaducts represents a major opportunity to positively shape Vancouver’s future, but we want to get it right – and that’s why we still need to hear more from citizens, nearby neighbourhoods, and stakeholders.

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City Council voted today to launch a new civic designation for Vancouver’s largest and best-known annual parades and celebrations, providing substantial new funding support to the Vancouver Pride Parade, Vaisakhi celebrations, and the Chinatown Spring Festival Parade. The new designation establishes clear criteria for City support and involvement in large parades, and seeks to leverage significantly higher economic impact from these world-class annual events.

“Events such as Vancouver Pride, Vaisakhi, and the Chinatown Spring Festival Parade have become internationally celebrated Vancouver staples that contribute immensely to our economy and our City’s vibrant cultural character,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “These events attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world, and the new civic designation for large parades ensures that the City of Vancouver is investing even more strongly in their continued growth and world-class success.”

The new designation also establishes a stronger framework to broadly improve the financial stability of these large parade events, with streamlined and professional event planning, and consistent funding criteria. Criteria for support includes evaluation of the event’s economic impact, its reflection of Vancouver’s diversity, its recent average attendance, and whether or not it is a component of a larger city-wide event or celebration.

Annual funding support will be increased by an estimated 345% for Vancouver Pride, 272% for Vaisakhi celebrations, and 155% for the Chinatown Spring Festival Parade, with Pride funding taking effect in time for this year’s event. Funding for the 2014 Grey Cup Parade will also be grandfathered into the new designation.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson was joined today by members of his Engaged City Task Force to launch a comprehensive set of steps to improve public consultation and enable stronger civic engagement in Vancouver.

“The City of Vancouver is a leader in a number of ways, but when it comes to civic engagement, we can do better,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “City Hall needs to adapt in a time of higher public expectations for access to City policy decisions, an increasingly diverse population and fast-moving technological change – the way people engage and want to communicate with each other and their civic government has changed dramatically in the past decade.

“Families and people of all ages work, live, play, go to school, and retire here – and we should be a global leader in how we work together and use innovative methods to seek out opinions, share information, and foster greater connection, trust and understanding between residents, and between residents and City Hall. The work and recommendations of this task force will help honour our commitment to bring City Hall into the 21st century and make it more accessible to everyone.”

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Building on recommendations from the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee and City programs such as the Dialogues Project, Vancouver City Council voted today to proclaim June 21st 2013 to June 20th 2014 as the Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver and expressed its support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The motion from Councillor Andrea Reimer recognized that “Reconciling past injustice, and strengthening shared understanding and awareness of history, is vital to both aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities in building a successful future for Vancouver.”

Council also directed staff to work with Reconciliation Canada and the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee to increase opportunities for dialogue and increased understanding between aboriginals and non-aboriginals regarding the experience and rights of indigenous people in Canada, especially in advance of the federally-initiated Truth and Reconciliation event for BC taking place in Vancouver in September.

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