Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson unveiled Vancouver House, an interactive pavilion located at LiveCity Yaletown, to media and special guests today. The pavilion will be open to the public throughout the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, showcasing the City’s Vancouver Green Capital economic development strategy and highlighting the work of local entrepreneurs and community leaders.
Mayor Gregor Robertson today announced that Ken Lyotier, founder of Vancouver social enterprise United We Can, has been selected as the City’s Community Torchbearer who will carry the Olympic Flame into LiveCity Yaletown and light the cauldron on Feb. 11.
To see a brief video of Ken and United We Can, visit: http://vancouver.ca/mediagallery_wa/mediaroom/videos.aspx?catid=2010%20Winter%20Games&videourl=SNAP2010_KenLyotier.flv
Mayor Gregor Robertson joined Parks Board Chair Aaron Jasper in opening the first Community Happenings Festival in Vancouver, a family-friendly community celebration of the 2010 Winter Games featuring arts and crafts, games, cultural performances, and visits from Olympic athletes.
The first festival took place this Saturday at Sunset Community Center.
Mayor Gregor Robertson joined VANOC CEO John Furlong, Minister of State for the Olympics Mary McNeil, and Tourism Vancouver CEO Rick Antonson at Robson Square today, to take part in a pep rally with hundreds of Vancouver hospitality workers to mark the one-week countdown to the 2010 Olympics.
"In one week, 3 billion people will be tuned in to Vancouver, watching our every move," said Mayor Robertson.
Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed the news that Corporate Knights ranked Vancouver as the most sustainable city in Canada – an improvement over last year’s seventh place ranking.
“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to make Vancouver the most sustainable city in Canada over the past year,” said Mayor Robertson.
Mayor Gregor Robertson will present a motion to Council Tuesday that calls for the City’s Homeless Action Plan to be revised with clear targets for ending street homelessness by 2015, as well as for a homeless count in Vancouver to take place in March 2010.
“If we want to achieve our goal of ending street homelessness in Vancouver by 2015, we need a clear plan that tracks our progress,” said Mayor Robertson.