Lynn and I returned to Vancouver this week from the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Beijing.
Mayor Sullivan meeting with Mayor of Beijing on recent visit to China
In addition to attending the Games, I had the opportunity to meet with:
In addition to promoting our plans for 2010, we discussed China's efforts to promote inclusion, accessibility and sustainable development.
I was also honoured to participate in the Torch Relay with nine other Canadians in the lead-up to the opening of the Paralympic Games. To be a part of the relay and to witness China gain a new consciousness around people with disabilities, were both greatly moving experiences.
>> See Mayor's Beijing Photo Gallery.
Council is back in session next week following the August break. Here
is a preview of some key items we will be considering:
Further to Project Civil City, council will have an opportunity to:
City Council is considering a plan to place approximately 6000 Olympic banners at various locations across the city. Funding is to be provided from the $20 million Olympic Legacy Reserve Council approved earlier this year.
Council will also have an opportunity to approve the next steps in the effort to secure the future of BC Place in Vancouver as a legacy of the 2010 Games.
In addition to securing long term strategic investments in social housing and preparing for 2010, this three year capital plan identifies a series of measures to:
Citizens will be invited to vote on the approved Capital Plan in the upcoming civic election.
City Council will consider a $230,000 investment in various community organizations, as well as our next steps in the plan to relocate the Vancouver Art Gallery, and measures to protect and plans to protect the York Theatre on Commercial Drive.
Also, at Tuesday's Council meeting I will:
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