Friday, September 30, 2011

More from the UBCM

Conference sessions, cabinet presentations and networking sessions have been going on full tilt here in Vancouver.  A few highlights now before heading into resolution sessions to push for full public hearings on oil pipelines and coastal tanker traffic.  At this point the federal government is not planning hearings for coastal communities, intending only to hold hearings in the oil patch.  Let's hope we can send a strong message on that one.

Yesterday I joined council colleagues from Victoria and elsewhere in the region on a visit to the Dr. Peter Centre where HIV patients get the care they need.  We moved on to Insite where that innovative clinic tackles the most difficult of addiction issues at a safe consumption site.  They are saving lives and reducing the spread of deadly diseases like HIV and Hepatitis.  Good news followed this morning with the Supreme Court decision to protect Insite from closure by the Prime Minister's misguided agenda.

Made connections that will allow me to follow up on issues around our ship repair industry.  Stay tuned for more on the jobs agenda we'll be working on.  Attended other sessions on transit, on housing, on infrastructure renewal and lots of other issues.  I'll be back at the keyboard soon.

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