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Agenda for June 6 SRA Meeting, and other news

Hello, Strathcona friends and neighbours. Here are some items of interest to Strathcona residents, including the agenda for the next meeting of the Strathcona Residents Association.


Please check the agenda for locations and times of upcoming Open Houses regarding details of the City's plans to demolish the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. They're being held this Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Also note that the recent spate of late-night train whistles is also on the agenda.


Some other news:


-- volunteer leaders needed for reno project next weekend at Strathcona Community Centre


-- Powell Street overpass plan going at City Council soon


-- VPD warning re high-risk sex offender








·       Hawks Avenue Yard Sale

·       This Is Strathcona Neighbourhood Heritage Scavenger Hunt - Redux








1.  Hawks Avenue Bike Path

Latest news, ongoing concerns


2.  City of Vancouver proposal for Viaduct Demolition

The City of Vancouver staff released their proposal for the removal of the Viaducts today for use at next week's open houses: http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/currentplanning/fcflats/


Despite clear communication from Strathcona that the neighbourhood desired the return of Prior and Venables to their former neighbourhood collector status the CoV plan does not show any traffic calming or amenity improvements along Prior / Venables.  In fact, it appears to embed Prior / Venables as an arterial. 


City staff have indicated traffic calming Prior could take place when the Malkin Connector is built. As there is no commitment to build the Malkin Connector in the forseable future, Strathcona is again being asked to wait for this important safety and amenity improvement to our community. 


Strathcona residents are therefore urged to attend the upcoming public open houses to get informed and demand that the City prevent 'rat running' through Strathcona along Prior / Venables, and demand traffic calming. Other neighbourhoods (Grandview, Shaughnessy, Mackenzie Heights, others) have enjoyed this consideration.  Strathcona has waited long enough to heal its connection to its southern geography.


VIADUCTS Open Houses:

4:00-7:00pm Tuesday June 5th, Woodwards Atrium, 111 W. Hastings

3:30-6:30 Thursday June 7th, Creekside Community Center, 1 Athletes Way

10:00-2:00 Saturday June 9th, Vancouver Central Library, 350 W.Georgia Street


3.  CN Trains Making Excessive Noise in the Neighbourhood at Night

The recent spate of late night whistle blasts from CN trains as they traversed level crossings may now no longer be an issue what with back to work legislation being tabled by the Federal Government. However, if there is a recurrence of this issue, complaints can be directed to:


CN Public Inquiry/Complaints line: 1-888-888-5909 (press option 6)

Please also send e-mails with your complaint and specific train noise times and dates to contact@cn.ca



SLIDE PRESENTATION: (If time allows)

Four Weeks in the Sabina – SRA Chair James Johnstone and his partner Richard Rooney recently returned from a month in the as yet little known, but highly historic, Sabine region of Italy just outside Rome. Come see highlights of James and Richard’s trip. We will visit medieval hill towns and frescoed churches, attend a cauliflower fritter festival, see the oldest olive tree in Europe, visit Roman ruins, and go spelunking in a bat filled cave







Saturday, June 9th 


Accenture has donated $6,000 to renovate the Childcare Room and Volunteer Canada will be providing us with volunteer labor. 


All we need to do is recruit team leads to do the planning and supervising. So far we only have 2 team leads and we need at least 4 more.  Again, this event will not be able to take place without your help.  So if you are able to volunteer your time, please do.


To volunteer, contact Jeanette Wong 

Childcare Coordinator 

Strathcona Community Centre 

Ph: 604.713.1854 



Wish List


Childcare Room (beside Dental Clinic)




1. Outdoor Storage

- Enlarge the storage, put in shelves and hooks


2. Outdoor Easel, Chalk board and Parent Message Board

- Install an easel on the fence

- Paint a chalk board wall

- Install parent message board on the wall beside the front door


3. Picnic Table



- cubby unit for 25 children

- Shelves & cabinet

- house corner

- new kitchen counter and shelves

- curtains for 2 windows





-Picnic Table

-Sandbox Lid



-Curtains for the quiet room

-new shelves and cabinets in the staff office

-new doors for the 2 toy storage cuboards







(From the Vancouver Courier; more details: http://www.vancourier.com/Overpass+proposal+levels+buildings/6700023/story.html#ixzz1wmcgBUZN)


The overpass project seeks to move Powell Street approximately 20 metres to the south between Hawks Avenue and Clark Drive. The street would be raised as much as 10 to 11 metres in some sections to pass over a rail line that runs up from the south.


The project has been discussed at a number of public open houses.


"We're trying to improve the east-west corridor, but at the same time we're also going over another rail line that comes in from the south. As trains are using it, traffic is delayed," said Ted Barry, city engineer and Powell Street overpass project manager.


Barry hopes a motion will go to council by July, to start construction early 2013 and finish in March 2014. The project would close Powell Street between Hawks Avenue and Clark Drive for about a year, detouring traffic to East Hastings Street.


The $50 million project would add pedestrian paths and a separated counter-flow bike lane: the first leg of the Portside Greenway bike lane. However, it would not increase the double lanes of traffic that run each way. It would allow for an additional CP rail line to be built in the rail yard north of Powell Street, which Barry says would benefit the city's port economically by allowing for more transportation of goods by train.


Construction of the overpass would lead to the demolition of numerous buildings, including a heritage building in one of the oldest parts of Vancouver.







May 31, 2012


The Vancouver Police Department believes that compelling circumstances exist requiring the Department to warn the public that Don Michel Bakker will be residing in the City of Vancouver, and he poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of female children under the age of 18 and female sex trade workers.


Bakker received a global 10-year custody sentence on June 2, 2005, after being convicted of two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm, and sexual assault, as well as seven counts of invitation to sexual touching.


The Correctional Service of Canada has assessed Bakker as a high risk to re-offend sexually.

Don Bakker is 48 years old, white, 168cm (5’6″) tall and 70 kg (155 lbs.). He has brown hair, currently shaved, and brown eyes. (Photo available on request.)


Bakker will be bound by the terms of a Section 810.2 recognizance issued under the Criminal Code of Canada which includes the following conditions:

  • You shall have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.
  • You shall not attend a public park or public swimming area where persons under the age of 18 years are present or can reasonably be expected to be present, or a daycare centre, school ground, playground, camping ground trailer park or area where children under the age of 18 years are known to congregate
  • You shall not be in any contact with any sex trade workers.
  • You are not to have any pornography or pornographic material in your possession or in your residence.
  • You shall not own, possess or access any personal computer or electronic devices inclusive of a cellular phone capable of accessing the internet.
  • You shall not possess any cameras, video cameras or devices capable of capturing visual images or audio recordings.
  • You shall not be outside your residence between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily except for the purposes of employment and with the prior written permission from the Bail Supervisor.


Anyone witnessing Don Bakker in violation of any of these conditions is asked to contact their local police department at 9-1-1.