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A Timeline: Gregor Robertson's Mayoral Journey

This is a rough sketch of the major events in Gregor Robertson's term in office, as outlined by...his office.  We gathered these facts to use for a cartoon we planned for the print edition that never panned out.  The image would be, a glowing Gregor running across the bottom of the page from event to event, as he tries to make it across the finish line, which would be....picking up the Olympic torch and sprinting across a map of Greece, beelining it across the ocean to Vancouver. Hmmm, back to the drawing board.

We had our ideas.  You fill in the blank.

We will continue to develop this out over the next weeks and to take a look at what Gregor has accomplished, or not.  And then, the cartoon.

December 2008:

9th – His first day in office

9th – HEAT is created

a week later: funding from province to open three shelters during winter

Named newsmaker of the year by the Vancouver Courier 

January 2009:

  – Opened 4th HEAT shelter  

  -- Public meeting on Olympic finances

-- Comments from Mexico on snow storm that is crippling city

-- Penny Ballem hired (Judy Rogers resigned / quit / fired in December)

-- Was clear how bad Olympic-related finances were; construction almost ground to a halt  


 – Opened 5th HEAT shelter 

25  – Greenest city action team launched  

   -- York Theatre saved  

   -- Re-financed Olympic village (90 million in interest payments saved) 

  -- Community garden  


-- Secured funding from province for six social housing sites; $170 million; out of 14 sites 


-- Interim housing plan released

    - Shelters, SRO, rental, modular housing, permanent housing 

-- Establishment of car-free days (summer spaces)

-- Gregor appears to support Gordon Campbell during provincial election campaign when he uses the term “threepeat” and also praises the carbon tax

-- Federal Public Safety Minister, Peter Van Loan, declares Vancouver gang capital of the world  


-- Doubled cycling budged from $1.7 to $3.4 million 

 -- Decision to add lane to Burrard Bridge 

-- Greenest city action plan release 


-- SRO injunctions for slum landlords  

-- Vision motion to adopt open-source standards

    - IT strategy to revolutionize city and information access

-- Negative public response to HEAT shelters 


  -- Improved lane-way housing and secondary suites 

  -- Passed highest standards in North America for electric vehicle charging; acquired 20% of parking stalls in new, multi-unit condominiums

  -- Omnibus Olympic bylaws passed

  -- Lead-up to Burrard Bridge

      • July 13 ; Van Sun says Mayor will be judged



-- Changing Dunsmuir House from hostel to city-run SRO with 166 places


To be continued....

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