Vancouver was the first time that the meeting with the mayor took
place on their turf, at city hall. It was a huge building with marble
floors and flags and pictures of past mayors and even some Olympic
torches. Even though we got dressed up for the occasion, the formal
setting made us a little more nervous than usual. Fortunately, Gregor
Robertson is a really cool guy that immediately put us at ease. He
plays tuba and the drums, listens to good music, and bikes to work in
his business suit every day (yes, even when it is raining!).
We chatted about a whole bunch of things, and even though he was on a
tight schedule, he was very engaging and answered every question we
Since we were at city hall, we asked to see the key to the city and we
learned that there is no such thing! They do give out an honor called
“Freedom of the City” and the recipients get free parking for life!
You can’t park on the sidewalk though, it has to be a real parking
Even though our meeting went 20 minutes longer than it was supposed
to, the mayor insisted on giving us a tour of city hall. We saw the
council chambers and he also showed us a giant mace that is used to
ceremoniously club Boston Bruins fans.