“In my almost nine years as Mayor, no issue or project has yielded such a passionate, emotional response as this rezoning application for 105 Keefer. The debate over what kind of development will take place at 105 Keefer has gone far beyond that specific site, at times becoming a debate over the future of Chinatown, how we build and strengthen neighbourhoods, and how we embrace and integrate our heritage and history with modern development. This has been a very difficult decision.
I am deeply saddened to hear of Margaret Mitchell’s passing, she's been a great inspiration to me and so many Vancouverites. A tireless advocate for marginalized communities, Margaret’s tenacity in fighting for women’s equality under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and being the first Member of Parliament to support a redress for the Chinese Canadian head tax leaves a legacy that touches us all today. I was honoured to recognize Margaret with Vancouver City Council’s highest award - the Freedom of the City - in a private ceremony last year.
A modern framework that enables ride sharing in BC is long overdue, and I’ve been calling for the Province to bring in new regulations for over a year. I support a fair and level playing field that enables new technologies like digital dispatch and on-demand service that our residents want, while meeting high standards on safety, insurance, and service for people with disabilities. Until we see details of what’s being proposed for legislation it’s difficult to say if the Province’s proposal meets those objectives.
The City of Vancouver is now more than half way to its four-year target of creating 1,000 new child care spaces, part of a record investment in expanding child care in Vancouver.
2015 saw 577 new childcare spaces either opening or approved in our city, as part of efforts by Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council to make it easier for families to live in Vancouver. 188 new child care spaces were built this year, with 389 new spaces committed.
Mayor Gregor Robertson offered this statement on the passing of former mayor Art Phillips:
“With today’s passing of Art Phillips, Vancouver has lost a visionary leader and citizen who made an indelible mark on the city.
“He helped shape Vancouver through his vision and commitment to public service. He was a champion of livability and inclusivity. During his time in office, Art fundamentally changed the political and social direction of our city.