Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson in Singapore for Canada Day
Anyone hoping to spot Gregor Robertson at this year’s Canada Day celebrations take note: Vancouver’s mayor will be in Singapore.
Speaking by phone from City Hall on June 27, the mayor’s director of policy and communications, Kevin Quinlan, told the Straight, “The mayor will miss Canada Day this year.”
Robertson is set to represent Vancouver at the World Cities Summit 2012 in Singapore from July 1 to 4. The conference has the theme of “Liveable and Sustainable Cities—Integrated Urban Solutions”.
Robertson’s bio on the summit website states that he was “re-elected to continue progress on ending street homelessness, addressing housing affordability, improving public transit, and making Vancouver the greenest city in the world”.
It doesn’t mention the fact that Robertson is a year-round cyclist and a former organic farmer.
“Building on the successful legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which has generated over $350 million in economic impact and more than 3000 new jobs, Mayor Robertson has established Vancouver internationally as the Green Capital—a City where going green is good for business,” the bio concludes.
Robertson’s trip costs—including his return flight, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fees—are being paid for by summit organizers.