Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson's office has issued a statement that former Vision Vancouver councillor Jim Green has cancer:
"As you may have heard Jim has been quietly battling cancer over the past while. The cancer is spreading and Jim is spending all of his time with his family and working on various exciting projects. This is obviously a difficult time for all of us and we ask that the media respect our privacy in these personal matters."
Green, a former social-housing developer and a longtime Downtown Eastside Residents Association activist, ran for mayor twice, narrowly losing to Gordon Campbell in 1990 and to Sam Sullivan in 2005.
A former U.S. draft dodger, Green was elected to council in 2002 in the COPE landslide, which resulted in former chief coroner Larry Campbell becoming mayor.
In one term of office, Green promoted large-scale rezonings, such as the Capitol Residences on Seymour Street and the Woodward's project in the Downtown Eastside, as well as the Canada Line and the addition of slot machines at Hastings Park.
Green's greatest legacies to the city include the 200 units of nonmarket housing and the W2 community media arts centre at Woodward's.
In the 1990s, Green worked closely with former NDP premier Glen Clark, creating the money-losing Four Corners Bank for low-income people in the Downtown Eastside. It was closed by the B.C. Liberal government.
Over the years, Green has been a strong supporter of the arts, including Vancouver Opera, and as an elected politicians, he brought singers and musicians to Vancouver City Hall to perform before council meetings.