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December SRA Newsletter

Sunday, December 2, 2018

DECEMBER MEETING

Thanks for the amazing turnout last month. We’ll be holding our December monthly meeting this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. No big agenda. Just a follow-up to last month's Community Panel discussion (we've invited other community groups to come and share their perspective) and then a conversation about “What next?” About the arterial, the trains, the parks. Where should we be focusing our energies in 2019?

All welcome. Come if you can. We’d love to hear what you think.

COMMUNITY PANEL

Please sign up to be on the Community Panel. The deadline this this week. We need all the residents we can get. As they say, "If you’re not at the table, you’re on the table." To find out more (and sign up), click here.

We been meeting Susanna and the Jefferson Group to give input on the "Learning Process". It’s been frustrating, few of our many suggestions have been implemented, but we’ve been assured that the Panel will at least get to consider the National-Charles option. Fingers crossed.

TRAIN WORKING GROUP

We’ve had a busy month of learning and brainstorming around how to stop CN’s usage of our neighbourhood as a freight train assembly yard. Train assembly, a.k.a. shunting, is many times more disruptive, polluting, and dangerous than straight-through train traffic. The doubling of the track seems to be moving ahead already.

If you did not sign on to Strathcona's noise and vibration complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency, please consider lodging a complaint as an individual and requesting mediation. A stream of Vancouver residents summoning CN’s negotiators to get on a 6-hour plane trip out here might get their attention. Email us to talk about how to work with the CTA. trains@strathcona-residents.org.

PORT WORKING GROUP

The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has released it's dsummary report, which recommends that the Province exempt the Centerm Expansion Project from a legal requirement for a provincial environmental assessment. Boo… There are some Conditions - and the Report is still open for comment.

At the upcoming SRA meeting, we’ll give an update on where we're at  and invite any comments on the EAO’s report and proposed conditions. Here’s a link to the Report and the Conditions. The deadline for the SRA’s input into this process is December 13.

AUNT LEAH’S POP-UP TREE LOT

Need a tree for the holidays? Come to Aunt Leah’s Pop-up. Proceeds help fund programs to prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. Dec 15 & 16 10 AM-6 PM at Luppolo’s Brewing, 1123 Venables.