Vancouver considers congestion pricing as part of its climate emergency response. The City also faces a hole in its budget that the province isn't going to fill. Council considers an Auditor General and an Olympic bid and a West Van councillor is in trouble for a dick joke.
City of Vancouver staff presented a Climate Emergency Response Plan in response to council's declaration of a climate emergency. The plan pitches, among other things, congestion pricing and an end to free parking city-wide as steps to tackle emissions from vehicles in the city. For more, see Dan Fumano's article in the Vancouver Sun. Find OurTime Vancouver on Twitter.
City staff also presented a Covid-19 Economic and Community Recovery Program Progress Update with some numbers on the economic hit, which has led to consideration of a property tax hike of up to 12% needed to balance City of Vancouver's 2021 budget. Hopes for the province to fill that gap were dashed this week, leaving the Vancouver mayor 'gobsmacked'. Here's Justin McElroy with details on the province's municipal funding model.
Vancouver City Manager opposes council's plan to install new auditor general's office, although the motion ultimately passed unanimously as we were recording. The staff report is here.
Council also opted to defer discussion of a bid for 2030 Olympics as we discussed it. Read the motion here.
Finally, a West Vancouver councillor apologizes for Chip Wilson erection Twitter post. Here are the emails Justin McElroy received calling for Cameron to resign.
And our Vancouveratta this week was the Pig War of 1859.