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Meeting this wednesday: Meet the new neighbourhood police officer, Vancouver Confidential, news, event and more

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hello Friends and Neighbours,
Some news and updates for you, inlcuding agenda for our next meeting:
Wendesday, May 7, 7:15 at the Strathcona Community Centre (UPSTAIRS, preschool room)

This Wednesday's meeting has a bit of a "law and order" theme: we'll be introducing our new Neighbourhood Police Officer, Constable Graham Edmunds and have an opportunity to talk about the recent increase in residential B+Es in the neighbourhood; plus, we'll have some readings from the new gritty anthology, "Vancouver Confidential" which explores some of the raw urban culture of our port city in the mid-twentieth century.

We'll also have updates on local news and events, including viaducts removal, DTES LAP post-mortem., and some great happenings around the hood.

- Pete Fry, SRA Chair

In this newsletter:

  1. Community Announcements:
    • BC Buds Sprint Arts Festival at the Firehall
    • Learn Chinatown Survival Cantonese! M’GOI/ DO JEH 唔該/多謝: SITES, RITES AND GRATITUDE at Centre A
    • Maps and Memories, 4th DTES Artfare Institute, June 6-8
  2. Neighbourhood News
  3. Agenda for Wednesday's meeting

1. Community Announcements

as always events can be found on our website

BC Buds Spring Arts Festival

The Firehall Arts Centre's 10th Annual Sprint Arts Festival
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - Sunday, May 11, 2014
For four days, over 20 music, theatre & dance artists take over the heritage Firehall building and turn it into a giant site-specific arts factory. Experience a dance installation performed on the bar, a roving theatre piece in front of the building or a
post-apocalyptic picnic in the courtyard. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!

The Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds Spring Arts Festival returns for another jam-packed year. Over thirty different music, theatre, dance, interdisciplinary artists take over the every conceivable nook and cranny of the Firehall, turning it into a giant arts factory for four days of inventive and innovative live site-specific performances from emerging and established BC artists. This year’s BC Buds explores the theme of Myth, Magic & Mystery.

The festival is free-to-the-public and runs May 7, 8-10pm | May 8, 7-9pm | May 9, 7-10pm | May 11, 1–6pm.
280 East Cordova Street


Learn Chinatown survival Cantonese, plus An Art & Community Initiative with projects by Lydia Kwa 柯 溫愛, Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon 姚君妍, and a special window display directed by Mrs. Chang 張太
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Saturday, June 14, 2014

Maps & Memories 4th Downtown Eastside Artfare Institute

A three-day intensive workshop on researching and expressing community stories through oral history and mapping.
Vancouver Moving Theatre and Jumblies Theatre are pleased to announce the newest round of the Downtown Eastside Artfare Institutes. This three-day workshop on community-engaged practice will explore the gathering of personal and ancestral histories; images of landscapes and waterways from False Creek to Burrard Inlet and beyond; and their application in community-engaged art making.
Friday, June 6, 2014 - Sunday, June 8, 2014 Application Deadline May 5

2. Neighbourhood News

We'll discuss latest news, including post-mortem from the recent DTES LAPP and Public Hearing, as well as recent developments regarding the removal of the viaducts and traffic management plans for Prior St. east of Main.

The Vancouver Police Department has noticed an unusual increase in Residential Break-and Enters in Strathcona. The hot spot area is between Pender St (North) and Hawks Ave (East) Union St (South) and Gore Ave (West). The break-ins all occurred during daylight hours expect one which was overnight. Suspects have gained entry by forcing windows. Entry was gained in one by a front door that was left unlocked. Items taken include laptops and tools.

3. Vancouver Housing Survey

Master’s Candidates at the UBC Sauder School of Business, have launched an extensive housing survey for a non-profit housing society based
in Vancouver as part of their Community Business Project. Their not-for-profit housing partner is striving to create an "Affordable Homeownership Trust” and the information collected will help in the development of that program for Metro Vancouver.

In order to reflect the diversity of Vancouver and to gain critical insights about citizen’s perceptions of affordable housing, they are reaching to a
variety of local organizations and businesses. They are asking us, other local citizens, groups, companies, and organizations to spread the word about this survey.

Please visit the link below to access the survey and to learn more:

4. Agenda for Wednesday Meeting

  1. Community Announcements
  2. Meet Constable Graham Edmunds, Strathcona's new NPO
  3. Local News and Announcements from the Floor
  4. Reading from Vancouver Confidential (John Belshaw, Editor)
    Most civic histories celebrate progress, industry, order, and vision. This isn’t one of those.
    Vancouver Confidential is a collaboration of artists and writers who plumb the shadows of civic memory looking for the stories that don’t fit into mainstream narratives. We honour the chorus line behind the star performer, the mug in the mugshot, the victim in the murder, the teens in the gang, and the ‘slum’ in the path of the bulldozer. By focusing on the stories of the common people rather than community leaders and headliners, Vancouver Confidential shines a light on the lives of Vancouverites that have for so long been ignored.
    This new collection takes a fresh look at the raw urban culture of a port city in the mid-twentieth century. These were years when Hastings and Main was still a dynamic commercial hub, when streetcars thrummed through the city streets, and when ‘theatre’ meant vaudeville and burlesque. Street gambling and illegal boozecans peppered the map, brothels and bootleggers served loggers and shoreworkers, and politicians were almost always larger than life. This collection of essays and art illuminates aspects of a city that was too busy getting into trouble to worry about whether it was ‘world class.’
    The collection includes essays from Tom Carter, Aaron Chapman, Jesse Donaldson, James Johnstone, Lani Russwurm, Eve Lazarus, Diane Purvey, Catherine Rose, Rosanne Sia, Jason Vanderhill, Stevie Wilson, Will Woods, Terry Watada, and John Belshaw.