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Strathcona, Vancouver's First Neighbourhood

Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest and truly unique neighbourhood, has been called a slum, “home of the working man,” and absolutely charming. Starting out as a collection of shacks and cottages around the Hastings Mill, it developed into a residential area that quickly moved south and east away from the mill... Read More about Strathcona and the area's history »
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I hope you’re all staying healthy and managing isolation fatigue. If you need help, if only to have someone to talk to, let us know.

Here's what's going on. The Strathcona Neighbors Facebook continues to be a good place for local posts. Thanks Amber for monitoring.


The SRA was awarded a $15,200 grant from the Centerm Community Fund to cover the engagement and planning phase of a Community-based AQ Monitoring Project. Thanks to Trefor Smith for...

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As we're all doing our best to keep a safe distance away from each other, the SRA is doing what we can to keep us connected.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help out people stuck alone at home. So far, not many takers. If you know of anyone who might need help, e-mail us.

Below are a few online local connections worth checking out:

There is an active Strathcona Neighbourhood Facebook page where people are posting news and messages.

Union Food Market is...

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In light of the unfolding coronavirus outbreak, the Strathcona Residents Association wants to do what we can to help our community get through this.

For one, we're concerned about people who may be isolated at home and need assistance. A few residents have already reached out with offers to help (thanks much). If you need help - or if you're willing to offer help - e-mail us your contact info. We will forward requests for help to volunteers who can then reach out directly. We will not...

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The next SRA residents' meeting will be held on this Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. All are welcome. No big agenda. Just a discussion of some of the evolving issues below…


On Jan 27, the City took the first steps towards calming Prior by allowing unrestricted 24/7 street parking on both sides of the street and reducing speed to 30kph alongside Strathcona Park. The goal is (1) to restrict and hopefully lessen...

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Happy New Year to everyone in our wonderful community.

Our first monthly meeting of the new decade will be on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre.  All are welcome. If you've avoided coming because you hate meetings, we promise to keep things lively.

Some updates:

Calming Prior Phase 1

City Staff got back to our Prior Street Working Group with plans to begin calming Prior. Starting this month, they want to initiate all-day...

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We’ve opted not to hold a regular monthly meeting in December as there’s not much to meet about. The new board did meet in November. Here are the minutes of that meeting. The next regular monthly meeting will be on Weds. Jan. 8, 7-9 PM at the SCC.


Katie Lewis has taken on the task of refreshing our social media platforms and consolidating our several Facebook pages. For now, here are links to our preferred Facebook, Instagram and...

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Prior Street Rally

We’ll be holding our annual AGM on Weds. Nov. 6, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. Currently, on the agenda:

The election of a board of directors for 2019-20 A discussion of the recent City Council resolution on Prior St. A follow up to last month’s Air Quality Forum An update on the Burrard Rail line A discussion about the uptick in burglaries and other crimes in the area 

Please e-mail us if you'd like to add anything.


We’ll be...

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Please see the link below for the minutes from the City Council meeting last week regarding the arterial and decisions taken that impact Prior Street and our community.

The relevant agenda item begins on Page 12.

city council minutes

There is also a  link to the video if you are interested to watch the discussion and voting.

We will be engaging with City Engineering Staff in the coming weeks to collaborate on the changes that impact Prior Street.


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Please join us for the Monthly SRA Meeting

Wednesday   2 Oct  @ 7:15 pm

Strathcona Community Centre

Agenda posted under "events" on SRA website

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A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Rally on Monday morning!!

We had over 200 people attend and all the top media on site!!

Thank you to all the Speakers and Organisers for this event.

Tuesday - speaking at City Council on Tuesday, 1 Oct 9:30 am

Wednesday - SRA Monthly Meeting, 2 Oct 7:15 pm

Please join us for a de-breif on the "Calm Prior" initiatives, an Air Quality Update - Agenda posted under the "Events" banner on the website.


Neighbourhood Events
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
SRA Monthly Meeting - Wednesday 2 Oct 7:15 pm
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Join the Rally on Monday 30 September 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Prior & Hawkes

The purpose of this Rally is to send a clear message to our elected City Council that we are expecting them to follow through on the four commitments that have been made to Calm Prior.

Prior is not safe, it's too narrow, cars travel at excessive speeds - it was never intended as an arterial.

We are expecting meaningful measures put in place to Calm Prior.

Let's make sure Councilors...

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Join our Rally on Monday, 30 September 7:30 am - 8:30 am - let's send a clear message to our elected City Councilors to Calm Prior!

Prior is not safe, it's too narrow and was never intended as an arterial.

We want meaningful calming measures put in place and are expecting Council to protect our communities.

City Council needs to listen and follow through on the previous commitments that have been made 4 times to Calm Prior.

Come out and share your concerns about...

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Join the Rally, Monday 30 September 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Prior & Hawkes

The purpose of the rally

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Strathcona Air Quality Forum - Agenda

This free event will be held 1pm - 4pm on Sunday September 29th at the nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch Library (Located on East Hastings Street between Heatley Avenue and Hawks Avenue. )

Speakers include:

Dr. Naomi Zimmerman - UBC Air Quality Scientist - Director of the iREACH Lab (Integrated Research in Energy, Air, Climate & Health) Jean Swanson, Councillor for the City of Vancouver Brian Beveridge - Co-Director, West Oakland...