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SRA News, 21 February 2011

Hello, Strathcona friends and neighbours. News for you this time includes the following items:

-- “Yippies in Love” Benefit Dance Party on February 26

-- Monday night yoga at the Chalk Circle

-- rescheduled public hearing on casino proposal, March 7

-- public hearing on Historic Area Height Review, March 17

-- correction to SRA minutes regarding SCCA finances


See you around the neighbourhood.








Saturday, Feb. 26, 8 pm – midnight

Ukrainian Hall, 805 East Pender

Admission: Sliding scale $20-10.


Coming to Strathcona

There comes a time in the life of every theatrical production when, unfortunately, they have to pay the bills. You know, wages, rent, greasepaint, costumes, props, parking tickets.




You get an evening of high-energy listening and dancing music in a funky old east Vancouver hall. We get money.


Here’s the lineup:

    THE MASSES is a new band of veteran Vancouver blues, rhythm & blues & rock and roll musicians playing original and old-school party music.

    JUGHEAD is two women and three men who play all-danceable roots rock and roll and original topical songs.

    And special guests THE EUPHONIOUS FEMINIST NON-PERFORMING QUINTET is an all-women ensemble that has  been delivering songs of social justice and hope in Vancouver for decades.


Proceeds benefit Yippies In Love, the all-new musical about the good old days when Vancouver was the protest capital of Canada, running March 17-27.


A Theatre In The Raw production.







It’s the return of Monday night yoga! Start your week out right by stretching both body and mind. Heather Tremain will be taking over this popular yoga class. Heather will teach a class modified to your yoga level that will encourage you to develop strength and ease within your body. The class will be Kripalu style which is a gentle hatha practice with a compassionate approach.

Heather has been practicing yoga for nine years and is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Sign up for the whole 6 week series for $60!

Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28. 7pm to 8:30pm | 593 E.Georgia St. | $60 or $12 drop-in  | Please remember to bring your own mat.
Payment for the series may be made by cash or check, made out to Shannon Harvey and dropped off at Chalk.  Please include contact info with payment.

There are also a few cool art classes coming up.  Check our new blog for more info.







The public hearing will continue for 777 Pacific Boulevard (location of the proposed casino) on March 07, 2011 at 7:30 pm, and speakers will be heard at that time.


If you have registered to speak at the February 17, 2011 hearing, there is no need to re-register for the new date, as you will automatically be registered. If the new date is not convenient for you, you may also choose to write the Mayor and Council with your comments at


Should you wish to watch the live video stream of the public hearing, please follow this link


Please feel free to call the City Clerk's office if you have any questions.






Thursday, March 17, 2011

In January 2011, Council referred to Public Hearing the Historic Area Height Review (HAHR) items relating to the HA-1 and HA-1A zones (Chinatown).

The Public Hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue. The agenda for the Public Hearing will be available approximately five days before the Public Hearing.

If you would like to speak at the Public Hearing, you may register by telephone before 5:00 pm, March 17, 2011, by calling Tina Hildebrandt in the City Clerk’s Department at 604.873.7268. You may also register at the door between 7:00 and 7:30 pm before the Hearing.

For more information, visit the updated HAHR website at 







(Thanks to SCCA board members Tom Baker and Patsy Badir for this clarification of errors in my minutes of the February 2, 2011 meeting of the SRA.)


As Board members of the Strathcona Community Centre Association, we wanted to set the record straight about some incorrect information that went out with the last couple of SRA posts.


In regards to Gather to Give, the Centre’s community-based initiative to establish stable and enhanced funding for ongoing food programs for local children and their families, it was stated that the Centre was running a $100 000 deficit and accumulating debt.


This is incorrect.  As a non-profit association, the Centre cannot go into deficit, and we have no lenders.  The Centre maintains a small cash reserve to cover unexpected emergencies and cashflow discrepancies.  We believe the Centre’s finances to be very well managed by staff and the volunteer Board.  Our annual general meeting is coming up in May, and you are all encouraged to attend, learn about the Centre, examine the financial statements, and then maybe even join the Board!


This is not to say that the Centre does not face financial challenges.  Our food programs, directed towards neighbourhood children, consume a lot of resources, both staff and financial.  These programs are in response to a real need in the community, which has high rates of poverty and increasing stratification between rich and poor.  The Centre has found that in many cases, proper nutrition is a barrier for children’s participation in recreation and school (the Centre offers a hot breakfast program for school children).  Therefore, to meet our mandate of offering recreation opportunities for members of the community, we first have to take care of a more basic need: healthy food.


We do have some long-term donors who specifically fund food programs, like the breakfast program.  These include RBC, CIBC Wood Gundy, and Canada Place.  The Centre also has a small City grant to fund a part-time food coordinator position.  This part-time position is shared by Milisa and Jamie and part of their job is to apply for grants and look for more funding.  Most recently, this has resulted in a Canada Volunteers award of personpower to, among other things, help renovate and improve the school garden by adding an orchard that can be used as both an education and food resource.


The unfortunate reality is that donations, down since the financial crisis, don’t meet the need that exists and are not enough to fully fund our food programming on their own.  Where the confusion around deficits likely arose is that the Centre’s “profit-making” operations subsidize our food programming.  So while our facilities may not be as extensive and fancy as some other Community Centres  in the city, you can at least take satisfaction that when you use our fitness centre for example, you are helping sponsor community health.  By the way, the fitness centre has been recently renovated and offers a convenient alternative to pricey fitness club contracts.


Hopefully, this clears up any confusion that may have existed in the community.  As community members there many ways in which you can support in our work.  You can get involved in the fundraising initiative that Kyle Pierce and Richard Kay are launching by emailing  You can let our donors, big and small, know that you appreciate their support for the Centre.  You can volunteer for the Centre in many different ways.  And being as its an election year, you can make your views known and let candidates for Parks Board know that you expect them to continue or enhance their support for our Centre, and let candidates for Council know that cuts to Parks Board funding adversely affects community health.