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Vancouver mayor warns of "drastic measures" without federal and provincial government help

BY , Apr 13, 2020 4:39 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Downtown Vancouver is pictured in the background as a Canadian flag blows in the wind at the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A new survey commissioned by the City of Vancouver is highlighting the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on its residents.

The survey says nearly half of Vancouver's residents have lost their jobs or faced a reduction in working hours.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart says the economic downturn could cost the city half-a-billion dollars in lost revenue.

He's calling for more aid from the provincial and federal governments warning that cities will have to take drastic measures if help isn't available.

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