News Releases

TWO-TERM PARK COMMISSIONER IAN ROBERTSON WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION

NPA Park Commissioner says it’s time to step back and focus on family and career

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 27, 2011

Vancouver, BC – NPA Park Commissioner and former Park Board Chair Ian Robertson announced today that he will not be a candidate in the upcoming civic election to be held in November 2011.Read the News Release.

VISION VANCOUVER’S CUTS TO PARK BOARD BUDGET HIT HISTORIC HIGH

Reductions to Park Board operating budget 4 times higher under Vision Vancouver’s watch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 26, 2010

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Park Board Commissioners Ian Robertson and Stuart Mackinnon are calling on Vision Vancouver to return the park board’s operating budget to historic levels.Read the News Release.

VANCOUVER PARKS BOARD COMMISSIONERS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO REMOVE WHARF AT JERICHO BEACH

Delay in removing the wharf is causing severe environmental damage to fish habitat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 5, 2010

Vancouver, BC –  Vancouver Park Board Commissioners Ian Robertson and Stuart Mackinnon are demanding that the Park Board take immediate action to remove the wharf at Jericho Beach. Read the News Release

 

VISION VANCOUVER’S PRIORITIES ARE FOR THE BIRDS!

NPA Park Commissioner Ian Robertson says critical summer programs for children are being cut while homeless chickens are looked after.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2010

Vancouver, BC – Park Commissioner Ian Robertson is questioning Vision Vancouver’s priorities  as summer programs affecting hundreds of families across the city are cut. Read the News Release.

CITY HALL: KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OUR PARKS!

NPA Park Commissioner Ian Robertson demands Mayor respect independence of Park Board.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 19, 2010

Vancouver, BC –  NPA Park Commissioner Ian Robertson is bringing a motion to the Park Board meeting on March 22, 2010 that he hopes will force a public debate on the independence of the Vancouver Park Board and its authority to hire its next General Manager. Read the News Release


MAYOR ROBERTSON PRETENDS TO CARE ABOUT THE BLOEDEL CONSERVATORY

NPA Park Commissioner Ian Robertson condemns Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson for “shamelessly pandering over what he finally recognizes as a problem”.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 30, 2010

Vancouver, BC –  Says Commissioner Robertson, “If the Mayor of Vancouver was honestly interested in saving a Vancouver landmark, a Vancouver institution, he would have been looking for solutions in November, not waiting until some of us have finally organized a solution”. Read the News Release.

PARK BOARD COMMISSIONER VOWS TO KEEP BLOEDEL CONSERVATORY OPEN

NPA Park Commissioner Ian Robertson says attendance at Bloedel Conservatory has tripled during December

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 3, 2010

Vancouver, BC – “Attendance at the Bloedel Conservatory has more than tripled during the month of December 2009 versus 2008 and revenues have more than doubled during the same period.  I have heard loud and clear from residents from every corner of Vancouver that they want the Park Board to keep the Conservatory operating and in public hands”, says Commissioner Ian Robertson. Read the News Release.

NPA PARKS COMMISSIONER URGES PLANNING FOR ELECTRIC CARS

Parks Board Commissioner Ian Robertson wants an inventory of electric car infrastructure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 6, 2009

Vancouver, BC – NPA Parks Board Commissioner Ian Robertson will present a motion at this evening’s Parks Board directing city staff to identify current electric car infrastructure so they can begin planning for increased plug-ins to support electric cars. Read the News Release.

PARK BOARD COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF ROGUE SAILBOATS

NPA Park Commissioner Ian Robertson says boats pose a health risk to swimmers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2009

Vancouver, BC – Approximately five sailboats are anchored within 300 metres of Jericho Beach and pose a significant health and safety risk to swimmers. The boats have been moored at this location for months and while they are not breaking any specific laws, I am calling upon all government agencies to see what can be done to move and relocate the boats, says Commissioner Ian Robertson. Read the News Release.

VISION/COPE PARK BOARD PROPOSING BIGGEST PARKS CUT EVER

NPA’S Park Commissioner Ian Robertson says budget is being gutted and no one is advocating for our parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2009

Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Park Board budget is being reduced by $1.9M – the most significant budget reduction Vancouver’s park system has ever faced. The Park Board has also been directed by Vancouver council to increase revenue by $1.7M in 2009. This will be very difficult to do in the current economic situation.
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VISION/COPE PARK BOARD DECISION BAD FOR SMALL BUSINESS

NPA Park Commissioner Ian Robertson says reversing previous Boards’ motion will hurt small business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2009

Vancouver, BC – Vision Vancouver’s Park Commissioner Aaron Jasper will introduce a motion on March 2nd that will reverse the previous Boards’ approval to Vancouver-based Chapel at Stanley Park Enterprises Inc. to manage and operate the Celebration Pavilion at Queen Elizabeth Park, says Commissioner Ian Robertson. Read the News Release.