Rusty Ford and Michel Drouin play Stompin' Tom Connors' song "The Bridge Came Tumbling Down". Photo by Chelsea Novak.
The regular Vancouver city council meeting of March 12, 2013 came to order at 9:37 pm.
Councillor Geoff Meggs gave the welcome and read Vancouver Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau’s poem “Living Under Plastic.”
Best Diversity Employers Award
Mayor Gregor Robertson acknowledged Vancouver’s receipt of the 2013 Canada’s Best Diversity Employers Award and City Manager Penny Ballem recognized the staff members who contributed to the city’s receipt of the award.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mayor Robertson proclaimed March 21, 2013 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Vancouver. He invited Demitri Douzenis, co-chair of the Multicultural Advisory Committee, to accept the proclamation.
There were special condolences for Stompin’ Tom Connors, the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter who died last week, and local musicians Rusty Ford and Michel Drouin performed “The Bridge Came Tumbling Down.”