Statement from Vision Vancouver trustees in response to the Goldner report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vision Vancouver

March 3, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – In response to the Goldner report released by the Vancouver School Board (VSB) this morning, Vision Vancouver’s elected trustees Dr Joy Alexander, Patti Bacchus, Mike Lombardi and Allan Wong have issued the following statement:

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Vision-led Council approves $2.2m to support first responders to overdose crisis, NPA votes "No"

By: Councillor Kerry Jang

The fentanyl opioid crisis is having a devastating impact on our streets and on the most vulnerable members of our community. Last year, 261 people died in Vancouver from deaths that were entirely preventable.

I want to share with you some of the work we’re doing at City Hall.

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Vancouver to see biggest transit expansion since 2009

By: Gregor Roberston, Mayor of Vancouver

Mayor Gregor Robertson announces biggest transit expansion in Vancouver in almost a decade

This week, I was thrilled to announce major improvements to our region’s transportation system.

It’s the biggest investment in transit since 2009, and it means you’ll start to see immediate improvements in our transit, roads, cycling and walking infrastructure. All three levels of government partnered to deliver these services — in fact, it’s the most advanced, integrated, and sustainable transit investment plan in the country.

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Vancouver is for everyone

by: Meaghan Thumath, Vision Vancouver Board of Directors

During this unusually harsh winter, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board partnered to ensure that none of our citizens have to sleep outside in the freezing cold.

Shelters fill up quickly during the winter, so community centres in the West End, East Side, and Olympic Village opened their doors for people to escape the freezing temperatures.

Yesterday, the NPA park board commissioners called an emergency meeting of the Park Board. The only agenda item they wanted to discuss? Immediately closing the doors to the warming centres.

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Statement from Mayor Gregor Robertson on the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Decision

Some disappointing news to share – the federal government just approved Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion.

Vision Vancouver has been clear from day one: this pipeline is wrong for our environment, it's wrong for our economy, and it’s a bad deal for Vancouver.

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Statement by VSB Chair Mike Lombardi

“Education Minister Mike Bernier’s outrageous political decision to unilaterally fire the democratically elected Vancouver School Board is the wrong decision for kids, for parents, and for communities. The people of Vancouver elected trustees to stand up for public education, not to do the provincial government’s dirty work of closing schools, cutting programs, and selling off public assets address a budget shortfall of their own making. The Vancouver School Board is now being run out of Premier Christy Clark’s office.

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Media advisory: Vision trustees to support 2016/2017 budget

Following Education Minister Mike Bernier’s October 12 statements to the news media linking the availability of seismic upgrade funding to school boards voting to approve their balanced budgets, in addition to his September 21 announcement rescinding governments 95 percent school utilization requirement, Vision Vancouver trustees will vote Monday to formally pass the 2016/17 operating budget that is currently being implemented.

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Patti Bacchus: Why We Voted to Suspend School Closures

Last night, your Vision Vancouver trustees voted to suspend the school closure process, effective immediately. This decision, also supported by the sole Green Party trustee, is about putting kids first.

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Homes first. Investments second.

A message from Mayor Gregor Robertson

This morning, I announced the next steps for Vancouver’s new Empty Homes Tax. It's the latest in a series of steps to make sure that Vancouver housing is first and foremost for homes, not a commodity to make money with.

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The Grandview Woodlands Community Plan

The new Grandview Woodland Community Plan – which will guide the future of the neighbourhood for the next 30 years - goes to City Council at the end of July.

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