Shop, Dine and Drink Local Safely | Buy Local Week
Mayor Kenny Stewart and Vancouver Coastal Health Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Patricia Daly mark the beginning of the Buy Local Week. Both adduce the excellent job local businesses have made to keep their employees, guests and shoppers safe during the pandemic.
To support the businesses’ efforts the mayor implements several actions:
- “Pausing new single-use recycling fees for 2021 saving businesses implementation costs — coming for a Council vote next week
- Ongoing efforts by the Mayor to get delivery app companies to reduce costs for restaurants and cafes providing takeout — the newly reelected government in Victoria made this an election promise
- Increasing street cleaning and sanitation services for the Downtown peninsula — to be debated at Council on Dec. 8, as part of the Mayor’s efforts to focus the budget on pandemic response
- Pursuing funding to provide additional washroom trailers and maintain existing trailers, to improve street cleanliness and provide more options for homeless and under-sheltered residents — Mayor working with Ottawa on share of federal Reaching Home fund for these