I am profoundly disappointed with today’s decision. Vancouver’s work with the federal government on transit, housing, welcoming refugees and other shared priorities has been overwhelmingly positive, but approving Kinder Morgan’s heavy oil pipeline expansion is a big step backwards for Canada’s environment and economy. This project was approved under a flawed and biased Harper-era regulatory process that shut out local voices and ignored climate change and First Nations concerns.
Council voted unanimously today to approve a plan that outlines the next steps for the City of Vancouver to implement a tax on empty homes and will continue to pursue all possible options at City Hall to create opportunities for people struggling to find homes in Vancouver. For more information about the report visit - http://council.vancouver.ca/20160629/documents/pspc8.pdf