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:
Pride and LGBTTQ Rights
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."