Happy New Year

In the first Council meeting of 2007, I took the opportunity to give a State of the City address outlining my goals and priorities for 2007 as your Mayor. The State of the City is a tradition that was observed by previous Mayors, but has not been practiced in recent years. I felt it was important to use the coming of the New Year to update the citizens of Vancouver on my activities and to outline how I intend to work with our Council towards a better Vancouver in 2007.

In order to address some of the key challenges Vancouver faces, I have asked Council to join me in working towards Five Goals for a Better Vancouver:

  • Ensure civility on our streets and developing compassionate and long-term solutions to our City’s most challenging social issues;
  • Become a world leader in environmental practices and sustainable transportation;
  • Develop the strongest local and regional economy in Canada;
  • Make Vancouver a premiere destination for the support and celebration of arts and culture; and,
  • Ensure that Vancouver is the most accessible and accountable City in the country.