It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of 2016 – and what a year it’s been! From building thousands of new homes to meeting many of our Greenest City targets, I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together this year. We know affordability remains a top concern for many Vancouverites, and we’re struggling with a devastating fentanyl overdose crisis in our city, but we’ve got big plans for at City Hall in 2017. But first, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the highlights from the past 12 months:
Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation
Today City Council approved Vancouver’s 2017 Budget, which offers a broad range of services using a limited range of revenue sources. The 2017 Budget makes a record investment in affordable housing, provides new funding to improve city services like permits and licensing, and adds targeted funding to address the fentanyl overdose crisis that is putting a huge strain on City police and fire services.
Mayor Gregor Robertson issued the following statement on Lionsgate entertainment's decision to move production of "Crushed" to Vancouver from North Carolina:
"Vancouver is known throughout the world for our remarkable diversity, and for being a city that is made stronger and more vibrant by our commitment to equality and acceptance for all members of our LGBTTQ community. I applaud Lionsgate’s decision to leave North Carolina in protest of a law that legitimizes discrimination, and I warmly welcome any and all productions to Vancouver who wish to do the same."
Mayor Gregor Robertson will be supporting a motion introduced at City Council on Tuesday, which sets out steps the City could take to enhance gender equality including ensuring equal representation of women on City advisory committees, reviewing grants to provide more equitable service delivery, and updating the City’s 10 year-old Gender Equality Strategy.
The motion will be introduced by Councillor Andrea Reimer at the Tuesday Council meeting, which is March 8th — International Women's Day.