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Clr. Elizabeth Ball (2nd from left) with Mayor Sullivan and members of the East side arts community.
A shuttered Hastings Street business is now a vibrant art studio.
I hope you and members of your family will take the opportunity to participate in one of the many special Remembrance Day services taking place across the City. Lynn and I will be attending the City's annual service in Victory Square. Prior to the service, the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir will perform.
For the second year in a row, vehicles displaying veteran license plates have been exempted from on-street parking meter fees from November 4 to 11. EasyPark will also provide free parking to vehicles with veteran license plates.
City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 for Remembrance Day. It will reopen Wednesday, November 12 at 8:30 am.
Last week, Councillor Elizabeth Ball and I introduced the first round of projects approved under the $10 million Great Beginnings initiative announced by BC Premier Gordon Campbell earlier this year.
The goal of Great Beginnings is to help revitalize four of Vancouver's most historic neighbourhoods to mark the province's 150th birthday celebrations. The City of Vancouver will allocate funds to support projects in Gastown, Japantown, Chinatown and Strathcona.
The program is focusing on improvements to public spaces & private property, arts & culture, community living and civic pride. More than $1.5 million will be invested for the first set of projects which include:
Premier Campbell & Mayor Sullivan announce Great Beginnings last April
Projects will seek to employ local residents in easy to enter jobs. Backgrounder: Great Beginnings: Old Streets, New Pride - First Projects
Investments in our historic neighbourhoods compliment a series of other investments our government has made to strengthen Vancouver's reputation as a premier international destination for arts, culture, film, heritage and entertainment. A summary of accomplishments includes:
I want to thank Councillor Elizabeth Ball for her hard work and dedication over the past three years. Without her contribution, many of these successes would not be possible.
Mayor Sullivan and Elizabeth Ball with members of Vancouver arts community
In advance of this week's meeting of Canada's First Ministers, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) called on the federal government to accelerate infrastructure projects across the country to help immunize Canada from a recession in the worldwide economic slow down.
First Ministers met in Ottawa this week to discuss ways to secure jobs and economic growth in Canada. To make the case, the FCM released:
The study, conducted in June and updated in October, looks at the economic impact of accelerated infrastructure investments. It compares the stimulus impact of $1 billion in tax cuts (personal & excise tax) to the same amount in accelerated infrastructure investment. The findings include:
Note that the BCF is cost-shared between the federal, provincial and municipal governments so every dollar Ottawa invests will leverage an additional two dollars from provinces and municipalities.
Last week, I wrote to the Liberal Party of Canada urging them to hold their national leadership convention at Vancouver's new Convention Centre this May. Tourism Vancouver officials suggested the convention would bring $10-15 million to our local economy.
On Saturday, they agreed to have the Convention in Vancouver!
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