SRA JUNE NEWSLETTER
HAVE YOU JOINED THE SRA YET?
Starting in May, we’re asking residents to officially join the SRA by signing up online. Why? Until now, all we’ve had are e-mails. Having the names, addresses, contact info and interests of people who actually live here will make us a far better organized and effective group. It’s free. It’s confidential. Just because you’re on our e-mail list doesn’t mean you’re signed up. So if you want to stay involved and informed about what’s going on in Strathcona, please sign up. It’s only take a minute. Click here: http://strathcona-residents.org/join
JUNE BBQ SOCIAL: WEDS. JUNE 6, 7-9 PM
The SRA will be holding its last monthly meeting until September on Weds, June 6, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. We’re planning on a BBQ social, so come hungry and enjoy the opportunity to meet your neighbours, get updated on what’s going on around the hood and share your concerns.
TRAIN NOISE COMPLAINT GOES TO MEDIATION
Our train noise and vibration complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency will go to mediation on June 12. CN Rail is aware that we are seeking a full resolution to the issue that day and that we are prepared to request formal adjudication if the mediation session does not succeed.
To help our case, we’re trying to understand what the level of train disturbance was in 2005, right before it dropped to nearly zero. Did trains run at night, every night? Did they wake people up? What are the differences between train noise then and what we’re experiencing now?
More impact statements from residents would still be helpful. If you are affected by train noise (or if you can offer some legal help), please email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7.
COMMUNITY PANEL CONSULTANT ANNOUNCED
The city of Vancouver has hired the Jefferson Center (https://jefferson-center.org/) to organize and oversee the Community Panel tasked with selecting a route for the much-debated new arterial road to replace Prior. They will begin reaching out to stakeholders over the next few months, with the aim of beginning public recruitment for the panel in August with the panel set to convene in October. The panel will be chaired by Susanna Haas Lyons, a local public engagement specialist who served as Senior Advisor for the Grandview-Woodlands Citizens’ Assembly. For more info: vancouver.ca/flatsarterial
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT RESPONDS TO SRA REQUEST RE: CENTERM EXPANSION
BC Minister of the Environment George Heyman has responded to our request that the Centerm Port Expansion not be exempted from a Provincial environmental assessment. To read his letter and comment, go to our website and click on the Centerm Port Working Group page. You have to be a member of the SRA to comment. See above.