Streetcar will join Waterfront with Chinatown, Science world and Granville Island and will be the start of a new transportation future for Vancouver.
On the use of the photo: Yes it was a mistake - I have apologized to family and photo has been taken down
. I take responsibility as I shd have ensured that permission had been given.
On to a question about your pledge to return year-end surpluses to property taxpayers. Heather is asking on Facebook “Exactly how do you propose to return surplus tax dollars to taxpapers? Cash refund? Tax credit?”
Good question Heather: Not a cheque in the mail! It will be rolled into next years revenue, saving that amt of property tax. However with riot ($1m) and Occupy Vancouver (likely another $1m), hard to foresee
any surplus in 2011.
Moving right along. We have a question from @HarJournalist on Twitter: “What are your thoughts and position on oil tanker traffic in the Burrard Inlet?
Not in city jurisdiction, but always concerned about safety. The shippers say it is safest port in world and they set standards for the world. It is better for Canada to have a world market for oil than to be captive to USA market.
Going back to transportation issues for a second, this is a question we've gotten a lot in the last 5 minutes.
Port, forestry, mining - traditional BC industries centred in Vancouver, as Mayor I will be looking out for them, along with tourism, medical, education, high tech, and entertainment/ film/ creative. I will be Mayor for 100% of Vancouver industries, not just the green, which are important but only 3%.
Do not support DT freeway.
People want more transit. Every transit line we build fills up immediately.
Thank you. A question from Norm here:
Main problem with Can Line is it is so busy... And to think Vision refused to support it.
1. Vote NPA. 2. Cut red tape. 3. Focus on things important to taxpayers. 4. Vote NPA... our mantra is taxpayers first.
@AnnInVan is asking on Twitter: "How will you improve Vancouver’s job market? Is this really something a mayor has control over?"
My city hall will not be the sealed fortress it has been the last 3 years. Will be open and transparent.
Vancouver's mayor needs to focus on 100% of economy.
Example: St Pauls hospital. NPA will let it grow at current site in W End. Neighbouring cities want it badly. Current mayor says 11 storeys only, so cannot expand economically and is threatened. I say, give it height so it stays in W End for another 100 years.
Thank you. Again the question from @AnnInVan: "How will you improve Vancouver’s job market? Is this really something a mayor has control over?"
NPA platform has goal to improve cultural facilities. eg let's have country's best art gallery. Can do that by allowing move to old bus depot site. Brings jobs, and interest to Vancouver, so people want to come here, do business here. Helps creative economy in Vancouver.
Both St Paul's and new art gallery will support jobs, economy and prosperity and are examples of how a mayor and council can help the city economy.
Will also cut red tape and regs which kill jobs in Van.
Thank you. On to the next question.
Traysea emailed us this question: “In 2005, Cope raised the dog bylaw fines to $250 from $25. The dog community was outraged and came out in masses to oppose these fines. The NPA jumped on this topic and pledged to the dog community that if we voted for the NPA, they would reduce those fines to $125, give us easier and more access to our beaches and parks. The NPA got thousands of votes from dog owners, won the election and did not follow through on even one of its promises. If the NPA wins this election will it honor these promises made to the 145,000 dog owners in this city immediately?”
Best job creators are traditional industries.
Will also be promoting open skies and cruise ship industry.
Yes. I do not agree with the high fines.
We need to completely review licensing and fines - not enough licensed dogs, not enough parks for dogs, and fines are too high.
Thank you. Next question is from Dalton.
Dogs bring owners to parks. And parks with people in them are doing their job.
Always will be looking for efficiencies. The Anton household has an elaborate system separating recyclables.
But it can be difficult and city needs to help wherever it can to promote max diversion of waste from landfills.
In what ways? Can you specify?
Multifamily buildings remain a challenge.
And we can all contribute by creating less waste. Not using bottled water for example.
Many downtown Vancouver residents living in the vicinity of BC place are talking about this issue. Question from David.
I've had many complaints about the new screen. Also the lights on top of the stadium. I am very the stadium was refurbished and remains in Vancouver but am not happy that it has impacted people in this way.
Our council and myself will have strong collaborative relationships with other mayors in region and with the province. I will be using those relationships to solve issues like this. Not good enough that neighbours are badly impacted.
Thank you. The following is going to be our last question, Ms. Anton.