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City council votes on greater control of False Creek

Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 11:57 am PDT

(Simon Druker, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Changes made to who controls the waterway may need changes to federal laws

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The City of Vancouver wants more control over who gets to use False Creek and when.

Council will vote on a motion today to support updating a 2009 memorandum of understanding between Transport Canada, Marine Branch Pacific Region and the City of Vancouver.

Right now the city only can only enforce Federal Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations which doesn’t allow Vancouver to restrict temporary anchoring or access to False Creek for events because the waterway falls under the Canada Shipping Act.

The motion, put forward by Acting Mayor Raymond Louie, comes after a yacht disrupted the annual dragon boat race last year and sparked concerns about safety during events.

Allowing the city to restrict traffic in False Creek would require changes to federal legislation and will require considerable public consultation and amount of time, the motion notes.