A couple updates on items that came up at our last meeting...
Support for an Arterial at National-Charles
At the September meeting, members voted to support a proposal presented by Richard Taplin for an arterial route at National-Charles, an option the City has yet to fully consider. Richard's presentation has been turned into a comprehensive report that details the many downsides of the William, Malkin and Prior options and makes the case for National-Charles. It’s an impressive piece of research and analysis. To read (and please share) it, click here. For the one-page version, click here. To sign our petition supporting the National-Charles option, click here.
Meeting with the Province about the Port
In August, the Province finally responded to our concerns about the Centerm Port expansion (read their letter). On Thursday, Sept 6, a group from the SRA, along with a group from the Burrardview Residents' Association, met with three representatives from the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), including a/executive project director Michael Shepard. Trefor Smith and Su-Laine Brodsky led a conversation about negative impacts overlooked in the Port’s internal environmental review. Two highlights: serious air quality deficiencies noted in a Metro Vancouver evaluation of the Port's review (read report) and the fact that the port’s assessment does not even consider the negative impacts of reactivating and twinning the Burrard Inlet line (read our letter). The EAO is expected to release their recommendations in the near future. Stay tuned.
Proposed New Working Groups
The SRA would like to establish new working groups on several issues that have come on the radar recently:
- maintaining local parks
- controlling cut-through traffic
- the design of the new hospital
- city wide zoning changes
A working group meets on their own to discuss a problem, research the context and causes and recommend solutions. They work to develop one-on-one relationships with city staff and elected officials. At monthly meetings, they can give updates, invite speakers or create presentations. It's a great way for a small interest group to leverage the SRA's wider outreach.
In the last year, the working group model has greatly enhanced the SRA’s ability to take informed positions on complex problems. It is also a great way for you to actually do something about an issue you care about. If you’re interested in joining one of these groups, e-mail email@example.com or come to our next monthly meeting on Oct. 3.
October Meeting/AGM on Wednesday, October 3
The SRA will be holding its annual AGM at our October monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct 3, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. If you haven’t come in a while, check out the new and improved SRA. We will be voting for the 2018-19 board and there are several slots still open. We could really use a board member with experience either dealing with the City or the media or someone willing to help organize meetings or take minutes. If you’re intrigued, contact firstname.lastname@example.org