Mayor Sam Sullivan and Councillor Elizabeth Ball are recommending City Council approve the 2008 Annual Special Events report later today. In addition to approving a number of ongoing and regular special events for 2008, the report proposes a series of new measures.
"These special events help make Vancouver the vibrant and diverse city it is," said Mayor Sullivan. "In addition to celebrating inclusion, these events will promote economic development and many will provide an opportunity to showcase our rich arts and culture community. I am confident Council will approve this plan."
The new measures being proposed in the report include:
"These events provide families and visitors with an opportunity to celebrate the best of Vancouver," said Councillor Ball. "I want to recognize the commitment of community organizations and volunteers that help make these events a success and our city staff for their hard work which facilitates these opportunities."
These special events compliment the $1 million Community Celebration Fund for 2010 celebrations approved by City Council earlier this week.