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September Agenda Update

Friday, August 31, 2018

We’ll be restarting our monthly meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. Here is a revised agenda:

7-8 PM

Brief Updates on Ongoing Issues:

  • What’s Up with the Community Panel? Susanna Haas Lyons is overseeing the Community Panel that’s supposed to recommend where the new arterial should go. The panel was supposed to be convening now, but the team in charge has yet to set parameters or begin recruiting. Susanna is unable to attend but will give an update at our October meeting.
  • Centerm Expansion Environmental Review. For over a year, we have been asking the provincial Ministry of Environment to do a proper environmental assessment of the impact that moving an additional half million containers out of the port will have on our community. On September 6, the EAO is sending representatives to meet with us. A hoepful sign? (Trefor Smith)
  • CTA Complaint about the Burrard Inlet Line. Two months of mediation with CN failed to yield a solution to the train noise problem. In the weeks and months ahead we’ll shift to more public pressure and also focus on the road and traffic issues caused by trains. Meanwhile, the federal government has awarded $22.5 million so the CN can add a second track. What?! In July, the SRA wrote to Transport Canada expressing our alarm. Read the letter here. (Su-Laine Brodsky)
  • Strathcona Community Policing Centre is scheduled to officially open its office at 872 East Hastings on Sept 12. What role will it be playing in our neighbourhood and how can we interface with it? (executive director Cathy O’Connor Morris).

New Issues:

  • Neglected Parks. Parks & Recreation's maintenance of MacLean, Strathcona and the Linear Park has noticeably declined this summer. Resident Amber Ritchie would like to discuss “the severe neglect and disregard for our neighborhood gardens and the newly planted trees” – and what we can do about it.
  • Cut Through Traffic. “Rat running” to escape traffic backups when the train blocks Prior have been a safety concern on Campbell and Glen for over a year. Now residents are seeing waves of traffic on Pender and Jackson. Resident Meriah Schultz says “There are many children and pets that live along Campbell and Pender who are at risk when people drive like maniacs due to their frustration. It is dangerous and seems like it’s only a matter of time until an accident takes place.” Is it worth starting a petition? Who do we address it to? What about adding more speed bumps to slow the traffic?

SRA Business:

  • So far, over 200 residents have signed up to become members of the SRA (out of 2000+ who live here). How can we get more residents actively involved in our community? If you haven’t joined yet, please sign up here: http://strathcona-residents.org/join
  • October will be our annual AGM. We have several open seats on the board. If you’re interested or would like to know more, e-mail: chair@strathcona-residents.org

8-9 PM

Presentation

  • Why Not National? The debate over where to locate the arterial has been largely focused on Malkin vs. Williams. Strathcona resident Richard Taplin has been researching why the best answer might be National. It saves the park and benefits Produce Row. And all those objections about cost and routing don’t hold up on closer inspection. Tonight, Richard shares what he’s learned.