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:
Greenest City and Climate Change
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.
“The adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is an important step forward in putting Canada on the path of becoming a leader in fighting climate change and shifting to renewable energy. I want to congratulate the Prime Minister and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on reaching this agreement. After a decade with a previous federal government that ignored climate change and missed repeated opportunities to capitalize on the emerging green economy, we finally have some concrete steps towards positive change.
This morning, the City of Vancouver released the fifth Greenest City Action Plan Implementation Update, highlighting significant accomplishments made in the 2015/2016 year, such as further increases in trips made by walking and biking, and decreases in community and building greenhouse gases.