Maverick Vancouver, B.C., mayor faces Olympic-size challenge

Sam Sullivan’s city spreads from the windows of his 16th-floor Yaletown condominium, his life mapped behind, below, beyond. Born and raised on the city’s Eastside. Paralyzed in the mountains. Depressed and suicidal in subsidized housing. Saved by a self-help book and an epiphany. Emerged from the darkness, the old Sam gone. Invented ways for disabled …

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Mayor Welcomes Delegates to Vancouver for Union of BC Municipalities Convention

Local government part of the climate change solution: Sullivan Mayor Sam Sullivan today welcomed delegates from across the province to Vancouver for the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention. The theme of this year’s convention is climate change. “Through zoning and building regulations, municipal governments possess two of the most powerful tools in …

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Mayor and Councillors to Support Olympic Live Site Plan

Mayor will invite Federal Government to secure commitment of $10 million for 2010 community celebration Mayor Sam Sullivan and Councillor Suzanne Anton today confirmed their intention to support the proposed Olympic Live Site Plan at this week’s City Council meeting. If the plan is adopted by Council, Mayor Sullivan said he will immediately contact the …

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Millennium Line Consultation Starts Next Month

Completion of Line will help achieve long-term greenhouse gas emission targets: Mayor Sullivan Mayor Sam Sullivan and Councillor Suzanne Anton today announced plans to initiate a series of roundtable meetings starting next month regarding completion of the Millennium Line from Commercial Drive to Central Broadway – and ultimately UBC. This announcement is further to the …

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Vancouver Welcomes Invitation to Host Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games Torch Relay

The City of Vancouver today welcomed an invitation from the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games (BOCOG) to co-host the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Torch Relay together with the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC). The invitation was announced by BOCOG, marking the one-year countdown to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games …

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Update on the CUPE labour strike

Further to previous notices, I am writing to update you on the CUPE labour strike. While Council was hoping for labour peace by Labour Day, I am disappointed to report that CUPE 15 rejected the two recent offers put forward by the City of Vancouver. You will recall that these offers reflected the same terms …

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Mayor and Councillor Welcomes Success of VPD Project to Reduce Disorder in Entertainment District

Mayor Sullivan and Councillor Kim Capri today welcomed the success of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD)’s pilot project to reduce public disorder in the Downtown Entertainment District. The VPD closed Granville Street to traffic during the August and September long weekends this summer. “Reducing public disorder in the entertainment district is one of the key …

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