Vancouver city council has voted unanimously in support of a motion of notice proposing a New Year’s Eve celebration for the downtown core.
Several councillors spoke in favour of the idea.
Vision Vancouver councillor Heather Deal said that there has been talk of a “lively” New Year’s event for the downtown core for two years. And Non-Partisan Association councillor Elizabeth Ball argued that the 2010 Winter Olympics demonstrated that people can “party together responsibly.”
The provincial government has hosted a “family friendly” New Year’s Eve celebration at Robson Square since 2009, though that event has always ended before midnight.
The motion was put forward by NPA councillor George Affleck and seconded by Ball.
Having passed, city staff will contact the provincial government and explore possibilities for collaborations on the proposed event. They will then report back to Vancouver city council on “options and opportunities, including potential partners…and potential risks to hold a safe and friendly celebration on New Year’s Eve in downtown Vancouver.”