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Port Metro Vancouver attempts to ease Granville Island fears

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Granville Island. (FILE PHOTO)

Granville Island. (FILE PHOTO)

Port Metro Vancouver has issued a statement in response to speculation on the future of the Granville Island, and in doing so attempted to ease fears over the possible takeover of a part of the regarded with great fondness by Vancouverites.

Yesterday Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson issued a statement strongly opposing the transfer of the island from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to the port.

Today PMV revealed such discussions are taking place, but said exactly what the future holds has not been decided.

“It is too soon to speculate on the outcome of these discussions,” said the port in a release. “The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of Granville Island to the community as a cultural and economic jewel and is committed to maintaining its social, communal and commercial fabric.”

Thursday Robertson made it clear Vancouver will not support the tourist attraction and local hangout being controlled by the port.

“The City of Vancouver is strongly opposed to Granville Island being controlled by Port Metro Vancouver,” responded Robertson. “We made our position clear to the port and the Government of Canada in discussions and correspondence over many months.”


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