In Jan. 2023, the Port of Vancouver (working with the SRA, Metro Vancouver, UBC, and Vancouver Coastal Health) began a two-year air quality study of our neighbourhood. The study involves assessing data from 18 monitors placed in and around Strathcona and adjacent areas monitoring fine particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ozone (O3), and carbon…

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The Port recently released a report on the first quarter (Jan-Mar 2023) results of their two-year study of Strathcona air quality. Here’s a link to the first quarter report. Very briefly, this initial data found that in the first quarter of 2023, average concentrations of NO2 (which comes primarily from diesel exhaust) and PM2.5 (which…

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For years, the SRA has lobbied the Park Board to make Strathcona Park more resident-friendly. In 2021, we did a resident survey that yielded ten recommendations. We were told that any improvements depended on the 2023-2026 Capital Plan, which was passed last year, allocating $107 the various park amenities, noting a need to renew and…

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The city plans to close the Raymur Ave. railway crossing to address safety concerns and meet Transport Canada’s new safety standards. The initial deadline to install the safety upgrades was the fall of 2021, but Transport Canada extended the deadline to November 2024. The extension allowed the engineering staff to work with a consultant to…

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A recent UBC report rated Vancouver’s greenspaces using three categories that promote mental well-being: refuge, wild nature and diversity. Strathcona Park received the lowest Aggregated Vulnerability Score in the entire city. Click to read the report. Despite that, there are no plans in the works for even minor improvements. According to park planners, “As you…

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There is no legal limit to the length of time that a train may block a road. However, as of 2014, federal regulations limit the extent to which shunting and idling operations may block roads. The relevant law, referred to colloquially as the “five-minute rule”, is Section 97(2) of the Grade Crossing Regulations (https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2014-275/FullText.html), which…

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Traffic Calming Measure Location Status Crosswalk Dunlevy Ave & E. Pender St ·  Informed by community feedback, being upgraded to raised crossing with bulges ·  Design is underway, to be installed in late 2023 One way Southbound 400 Campbell St ·  Implementation scheduled for April 2023 30 km/h Speed Zone Neighbourhood wide ·  Implementation scheduled for April 2023 Chicane…

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Since 2008, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) has been trying to reduce emissions from older diesel trucks that were put in service before current air emissions technologies were required. Emissions from these older trucks are a major source of nitrogen oxide, black carbon and particulate matter, which have been proven to cause a growing list of…

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