Vancouver council’s productive week

Some weeks at council are more productive than others.

By Tuesday evening, Vancouver City Council had completed an in-depth look at the environmental risks posed by massive increases in oil exports from the Port of Vancouver, approved a strategy to increase public safety during extreme hot weather and gave former Mayor Art Phillips the Freedom of the City.

(Apart from the glory that accompanied his appointment, Phillips received a scroll, a medal and a decal entitling him to free parking. Phillips was most appreciative of the decal, which replaced one apparently cancelled by former Mayor Sam Sullivan.)

By Thursday, if I’m not mistaken, council will also have streamlined approvals for farmer’s markets, reduced the burden of criminal record checks on the taxi industry and expanded community consultations for Marpole and the West End, two communities worried about impending development.

It is also likely to approve final design of the Burrard Bridge remediation project and confirm the city’s response to Metro Vancouver’s solid waste management plan. All in all, a busy week that also completed a public hearing into a proposed new housing project at Broadway and Fraser. (Decision on that matter was deferred to the next council meeting.)

All this and George Chow’s comic relief on the CSIS affair.