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Mayor Sullivan urges Canadian cities to adopt EcoDensity;

Mayor Sullivan urges Canadian cities to adopt EcoDensity;
takes national leadership role on housing affordability

TORONTO, ON - Mayor Sam Sullivan made a presentation today to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Big City Mayors Caucus (BCMC), outlining the City of Vancouver's EcoDensity Initiative and urging other Mayors to consider adopting similar policies in their cities.

"Canadian cities need to be leaders in addressing global climate change," Mayor Sullivan said. "Today I am encouraging Mayors across the country to join Vancouver in adopting land use policies that will reduce our environmental impact and improve the quality of life in our communities."

The EcoDensity Initiative seeks to reduce Vancouver's ecological footprint and make home ownership more affordable, through the development of an EcoDensity Charter that will guide future decisions on planning and development, with a goal of achieving high quality densification.

In his presentation to BCMC, Mayor Sullivan also promoted EcoDensity as a strategy that will enable cities to become more economically sustainable and competitive.

"We know that the world will soon face an oil shortage crisis, and we are already seeing gas prices at a level many families cannot afford," he said. "Instead of building sprawling communities with automobile-based infrastructure, municipal governments must plan for the future by designing more dense and livable neighbourhoods so that citizens are less dependent on cars."

The EcoDensity Initiative was approved by Vancouver City Council in July, and includes a $300,000 investment to engage citizens, businesses, planners, environmentalists and academics in the development of the Charter and an EcoDensity Forum to be held in Spring 2007.

Mayor Sullivan was also today confirmed as Co-Chair of the Big City Mayors Working Group on Housing, an advocacy committee that will look at issues of housing affordability and access. Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best of London, Ontario, was confirmed as Co-Chair of the group and will join Mayor Sullivan in advocating for increased federal government support for housing programs in cities.

Mayors from Canada's largest cities who gathered for the BCMC meeting today in Toronto unanimously adopted a plan to work with the federal government to improve the fiscal sustainability of cities and the quality of life of Canadians. In an announcement issued by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Mayor Sullivan commented:

"Our cities are where many issues of national importance intersect. In many cases, it is the municipal government that provides other governments with local service delivery capacity. In other cases, cities are simply on the front lines. It is essential that all governments be present and accounted for when comes the time to act."

The full text of the FCM announcement can be found at:

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For more information:
Anna Lilly, Director of Community Relations to the Mayor

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