Affordable housing and sustainability a top priority, says Adriane Carr

The election of veteran Green party leader Adriane Carr was one of the biggest stories to come out of the recent municipal election. Last night, she sat alongside fellow councillors for the first time at the inaugural meeting at City Hall, and shared her thoughts about her first day on city council.

"I'm extremely excited," said Carr. "I think there's a lot of work ahead but I'm very eager to get going at it."
Carr said that affordable housing, in addition to homelessness, was a high priority for city council. 
"Affordable housing impacts our livability, it impacts our economic development. It's a big one, and a challenge.
"Some of the programs that we saw brought in previously, like the STIR program, had created community conflict ... I think that was an attempt, a temporary attempt to get rental housing but it didn't really deliver affordability."
On the sustainability front, Carr said that she would also like to focus on Vancouver's goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.  

"Our federal government has opted out of Kyoto and has turned Canada into a pariah on the global stage ... So I'm looking forward for Vancouver to become a leader on that stage. There's ways to do it that are smart, that can move us forward quickly and yet not in a way that is going to cost a lot.
"I'm really interested in speaking about this to council, and I've already spoken to the mayor about my willingness to be involved in that." 

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