City invests in Helping Spirit Lodge Society

In February 2007, the City of Vancouver announced it invested $6.6 million for the purchase of a 36-unit rental apartment building at Kingsway and Dumfries. The City will lease the building to Helping Spirit Lodge Society for 40 years at a nominal rent. The building will be managed by the Helping Spirit Lodge Society and …

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National editorial urges Canadian cities to adopt EcoDensity

‘It’s time to talk about urban density’ In an editorial in the February 13th National Post newspaper, Mayor Sam Sullivan is calling on municipalities as well as senior levels of government to open the debate on increasing urban density as a way to address global climate change. “Instead of telling Canadians to simply check the …

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Federal funds spare aboriginal groups

Source: The Globe and Mail Byline: Mark Hume The federal government has closed a funding gap that threatened to shut down non-profit aboriginal groups providing 15,000 shelter beds and feeding 2,000 families annually in British Columbia. “The government has agreed to a six-month extension of existing projects, which was very nice,” Patrick Stewart, chairman of …

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Mayor Sullivan promotes EcoDensity in national editorial

“It’s time to talk about urban density” National Post February 13, 2007 As mayor of one of Canada’s biggest cities, Vancouver, I am frustrated with the nature of the debate on global climate change in this country. Over the past several months, I have watched as environmental organizations, government agencies and the media provide advice …

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Downtown Vancouver BIA backs Mayor’s Substitution Treatment Plan

The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is endorsing in principle Mayor Sam Sullivan’s concept of a Substitution Treatment research project to help deal with some of Vancouver’s street crime issues. “We’ve seen decreases in street crime, open drug use and aggressive panhandling downtown thanks to enhanced police beat patrols,” says DVBIA president Bill Rempel. …

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Political will needed to fuel change

Source: National Post, Page A08, Feb 3, 2007 Byline: Allison Hanes Cutting industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, scientists and environmentalists insist, is the single most important way to curb the extreme weather, melting ice caps, rising sea levels and other doomsday predictions surrounding climate change. However, energy-conscious building codes, good urban planning, tough vehicle-emissions standards and …

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Mayor endorses controversial addiction program

Byline: Sean Condon Source: The WestEnder Feb 01 2007 Substituting certain drugs for others can help recovery, advocates say Sharon Message was finally able to break her debilitating, years-long crack cocaine habit in the 1990s. Unfortunately, she did so by substituting it with crystal meth. While she was happy to have kicked the former, the …

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