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Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest and truly unique neighbourhood, has been called a slum, “home of the working man,” and absolutely charming. Starting out as a collection of shacks and cottages around the Hastings Mill, it developed into a residential area that quickly moved south and east away from the mill... Read More about Strathcona and the area's history »
Neighbourhood Events
Sunday, November 7, 2010
A Taste of Japan in the Heart of the Old East End
Neighbourhood Events
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Come on down as old meets new at our Friends of Strathcona Social event from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Neighbourhood Events
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Come to the Strathcona Community Centre at 7:15 for the monthly meeting of the SRA.
Neighbourhood Events
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A unique multi-disciplinary inner city arts-based festival
S.R.A. Blog

Could the best solution to replacing Prior be a new arterial routed along the gap between Produce Row and the city work yards?

Proposed Route:

Moving east bound from Main along Prior. To move traffic away from homes in the 300 block of Prior and 800 block of Gore, the road could dip slightly south at around 250 Prior Street.

The route would then travel slightly south east aimed towards the storage sheds on the north end of the works yard at 701 National.  This would cut off a small corner of Trillium Park, but moves the traffic away from residents at Malkin and Atlantic.  

The route then crosses Thornton and progresses along the path of existing city storage areas. Access to the yards would be off the new road, eliminating the need for National, which now dead ends at Chess. The effected storage areas could then be moved to the space now taken up by National, creating a net gain in work yard area.

The path continues south east, crossing Chess, and entering the City owned VFD land at 1330 Chess, continuing towards the south west corner of 1020 Malkin.  The land lost by the road through the VFD land could be replaced by the closure and repurposing of land on south Chess as National will be closed.   

The produce terminal truck storage area being leased from the railroad at 1451 Glen is the only piece of land the city would need to deal with that they don't own already.  If they acquire it, then the overpass would be as short as the Malkin overpass. The south area of truck storage for the produce terminal at Glen and Malkin could possibly be relocated to a lot across Glen that the railway owns or to the Dog Pound lot across Malkin if and when the Pound moves – a shorter distance for them and more secure.  

If they cannot acquire it, then the overpass would be slightly longer to get up high enough for future train movement beneath.  This slightly longer overpass cost is still drastically less than the much longer overpass required at National. It would also not have to be long enough to allow trucks to pass underneath, as in the Williams option.

From 1451 Glen, the road would continue east across Glen, passing through City owned 1490 Glen and more VFD land. The land lost for VFD could be offset by adjoining railroad land to the north where there is currently an un-used buried track. This would be more land than they will be giving up, as part of the area under the new overpass will be accessible to them as well.

On the east side of the track, overpass lands in existing parking lot at Vernon and Charles.


• It is the only option that seems supportable by all local stakeholders: Strathcona Residents Association, Produce Row business owners, Cottonwood Garden, and Strathcona Garden.
• It does not disturb eastbound truck traffic on Produce Row or directly impact any existing business along Malkin.
• It creates a new, easily accessible east-west route out of the area.
• Avoids blocking Glen and an awkward connector at Raymur.
• Businesses could remain fully functioning during construction.
• Preserves Strathcona Park.
• Preserves Cottonwood Garden.
• Preserves Strathcona Garden.
• Preserves produce business on the north side of Malkin.
• Avoids air quality impact of having an arterial run directly next to the park.
• No net loss of city work yard or VFD space if National is converted to work yard area.
• Could potentially cost less than all 3 other options because there is minimal land required that the city does not already own.
• Easy, safe and close access for bus riding employees.  Would still need a local serving small bus through/around Strathcona
• Nesting Eagle Habitat Protected
• Maintains same connection to Clark as Malkin option.

Map of The 4th Way alternate east west arterial

Could the best solution to replacing Prior be a new arterial routed along the gap between Produce Row and the city work yards?

S.R.A. Blog

April 6, 2017
Tim Blair – Senior Planner, Project and Environment Review Process
Cc: Liisa Hein – Manager of Infrastructure Delivery
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver BC, V6C 3T4
Strathcona Residents Association:
Comments on proposed Centerm Expansion Project
Mr. Blair,
The Strathcona Residents Association (SRA) met recently to give neighbours a chance
to ask questions and express their concerns about the Centerm Expansion Project
(CEP) proposed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA). Liisa Hein and Lilian
Chau kindly attended our meeting to answer questions. As some of our concerns were
technical and beyond the scope of their expertise, they encouraged us to express our
views in writing.
Our comments are provided in the interest of the health, safety and overall well-being of
our community’s residents. Five key issues are our priority concern:
1. Air Quality Impacts, Monitoring and Management
2. Safety Concerns Related to Increased Road and Rail Container Traffic
3. Fire and Emergency Responses
4. Water Quality at Crab Park
5. Viewscape at Crab Park
read the full letter:

SRA concerns about the Centerm Expansion Project
(CEP) proposed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA).

S.R.A. Blog

Jan. 24, 2017

Dear Mayor, Council and City Manager,
The Strathcona Residents Association is in favor of staff's proposal to establish the city’s eleventh Community Policing Centre to serve our growing and diverse neighbourhood.

We share the concern about the current opioid crisis and unanimously voiced our formal support for the two supervised injection service locations proposed for our area. But addressing this crisis does not happen in a vacuum. The eastward migration of services in the DTES has an impact on the entire community that needs to be acknowledged and addressed.

Strathcona is a diverse community that includes growing families, seniors, two elementary schools, two community centres, public parks and small businesses. We have parents who live in fear of their children picking up a discarded needle in the park and an alarming number of assaults and robberies. To characterize legitimate concerns for public safety as “anti-drug user moral panic” is unfair. We are all impacted by this crisis. Rather than polarize issues and incite outrage, we feel it would be far more productive all of us to work together.

We feel that a Community Policing Centre would be a positive step in that direction. As described in the city’s proposal, it will be “a hub for the collection of community public safety concerns.” Our hope is that it would work in conjunction with the city’s other efforts to address this crisis: harm reduction, education, outreach and overdose response. Like the other ten CPC’s currently in operation around Vancouver, it is intended to be volunteer run and not an excuse for “bonus police funding.”

What form it will take is a conversation we have yet to begin, but it is our hope that that conversation welcomes and includes everyone who has a stake in our community, especially drug users themselves.


Strathcona Residents Association

Council Members: Dan Jackson
Wilson Liang
Charis Walko
Matthew Walko

Letter in support of City of Vancouver staff proposal for a Strathcona Community Policing Centre

S.R.A. Blog

At the community meeting with the VPD on March 31st, many residents complained about long wait times, unprofessional responses and poor service from the responders at the other end of 911 and the non-emergency line. We learned that this service is provided by a private company called Ecomm, not by the VPD.

The police attending the meeting were very concerned to hear this and would like to ask people who have encountered these kind of issues to please relay it to them so that they can follow up with the company directly and look into improving this crucial service.

Please send your detailed experience with Ecomm to our neighbourhood Police Officer, Constable Graham Edmonds at graham.edmunds@vpd.ca. If you have a date and time of your call, a responder # and/or a file # - all the better. You can also write a note to us at the SRA Council council@strathcona-residents.org and we will forward it to Constable Edmonds.

Elana Zysblat
Strathcona Resident’s Association, Executive Council


At the community meeting with the VPD on March 31st, many residents complained about long wait times, unprofessional responses and poor service from the responders at the other end of 911 and the non-emergency line. We learned that this service is provided by a private company called Ecomm, not by the VPD.

Strathcona News

It's been a traumatic afternoon but many neighbours seem to be venturing outside.
We look forward to seeing you tonight at the Strathcona Community Centre for our monthly meeting.

S.R.A. Blog
Someone is leaving rat poison in Strathcona Park. Several neighbourhood dogs have become very sick and rat carcasses have been found across the park, with a concentration toward Cottonwood Gardens.

Strathconans and off leash park visitors are advised to be extra vigilant and keep an eye on their dogs. It takes very little poison to cause serious toxicosis, especially in smaller dogs.

Suspect Description

Cottonwood gardeners [EDIT: since this post we've been informed that the note was posted by dog walkers from Vancouver Animal control not Cottonwood Gardeners - who would have alerted the Cottonwood board and in turn the SRA] have reported a white male, 45-55 years old, 5'8" - 5'10" with dark hair and moustache carrying a dark bag and scattering what is believed to be poison. He is reportedly not a gardener and leaves the garden or goes into the bushes when people approach. It is not clear if he is embedding the poison in food or just scattering it.

If you have any information please call 3-1-1, or if you have seen person(s) doing this please call the non-emergency VPD line (604) 717-3321

Symptoms of Rat Poisoning

If you suspect your dog has ingested rat poison you should seek medical advice immediately

Common symptoms of toxicosis in dogs include loss of appetite, impaired movement, paralysis of the animal’s hind limbs, slight muscle tremors, generalized seizures, and a depression of the central nervous system. Ingestion of extremely high doses may cause a sudden onset of muscle tremors, and even seizures.

Clinical signs usually develop within two to seven days of bromethalin ingestion; however, it is possible that signs will not develop for up to two weeks following ingestion. If poisoning is mild, with minimal bromethalin ingestion, symptoms may resolve within one to two weeks of onset, although some dogs may continue to show signs for four to six weeks.

Bromethalin rodenticide toxicity occurs with the ingestion of rodenticides containing the chemical bromethalin. Dogs may also be targets of secondary poisoning if they eat rats or mice that have ingested the poison themselves. Toxic doses of bromethalin are estimated to be 2.5 mg/kg for dogs.

If bromethalin toxicosis occurs, the dog’s digestive tract needs to be decontaminated as soon as possible. This may initially be done by inducing vomiting, and then administering activated charcoal and an osmotic cathartic (this induces the dog’s bowels to empty). This should be done every four to eight hours for at least two to three days following poisoning, or as prescribed by your veterinarian.


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Why is Strathcona School, the #1 most at risk elementary school in B.C. STILL waiting for seismic upgrading?

Strathcona Elementary School is the oldest school building in Vancouver. It was rated #1 at risk by the BC Government in 2005, a year after the province began working with Strathcona to plan seismic upgrades. The inner city school is made up of 5 buildings, 4 of which require upgrades but only 3 are part of the renovation proposal. These 3 buildings are designated heritage buildings, which practically eliminates the opportunity to demolish the school and rebuild. Although designated early on as one of three schools to be prioritized, Strathcona has been passed over year after year, as schools in other areas of Vancouver receive signed project agreements.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What's the problem?
In 2005 the provincial government announced that Vancouver's oldest school - Strathcona Elementary - was one of three most at-risk schools in the province, yet the government is delaying our seismic upgrades while approving, funding and completing other schools.

How long have you waited?
We've been waiting 9 years to begin upgrades on our school, ever since the province placed Strathcona on the list to be upgraded in 2004. We've been waiting 4 years since submitting our Project Definition Report. We are waiting on a signed project agreement, which would allow us to start the design phase of the process, and begin construction in a year after that.

What's the hold up?
The Ministry of Finance is balking at the cost of upgrading the school, as the renovation of a heritage school is much more expensive than building a new school. Restoration of heritage buildings require more than seismic upgrades as there are many structural issues that need to be addressed to meet construction and development code. As requested by the government, the original budget for this project was cut so that it did not exceed $30 million, but the Ministry of Finance is still questioning the $29m pricetag and requesting additional cost analyses. Their previous value analysis reported that there is nothing left to cut.

Why can't you just build a new school?
Strathcona is comprised of 5 buildings, 4 of which are on the heritage registry. This means that those 4 buildings couldn't be torn down without a major community process and agreement as well as discussion with Vancouver's Heritage Committee and other heritage organisations. It may be possible to reassign those buildings to other purposes and build a new school elsewhere on the property but that would mean putting the school back at the beginning of the seismic upgrade process, which has taken us 9 years to date.

What can we do?
See strathconaseismic.com for ways you can help!
Join the Twitter campaign #9yearswaiting
Sign the online petition.

— courtesy Strathcona Seismic Committee, a subcommittee of the Strathcona PAC can be reached at strathconaseismic@gmail.com
Double rainbow - Strathcona Elementary School

Why is Strathcona School, the #1 most at risk elementary school in B.C. STILL waiting for seismic upgrading?

Strathcona News

Third incident reported
[from Block Watch Alert]

Description: White male, Late 30s, about 5'10", Skinny, Dark hair, No facial
hair - was wearing dark pants and a grey sweater, white hard hat, high vis
vest. [---] thinks it was a mountain bike. It didn't have a trailer when
she saw it.

The case number...

Strathcona News

Two similar incidents this weekend in which a prowler, wearing a hard hat and safety vest, riding a bicycle has been spotted at Stamp's Place, and by Maclean Park.

[Ray-Cam / Stamp's Place This Weekend] at 11:30 pm.
I turned my lights out on my main floor to watch a movie with my boy. About
ten minutes later someone shone a light into...