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Community Announcements

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbours!

Last night’s meeting was busy and productive - we had a great conversation with Cynthia Low (Executive Director) and David Parent (Board member) of the Britannia Community Centre. Afterwards, the AGM included both philosophical discussion about the future of the SRA and practical allocation of responsibilities for SRA Council and Committees. I would like to extend a big thanks to the new members who have taken on jobs, and to familiar faces who have committed to continuing to stay involved, in existing jobs and new ones!

Minutes will follow later this month with all the details.

Due to the lengthly Annual General Meeting agenda, we didn’t have time for community announcements at the meeting and so I thought I would broadcast them here:

From our Neighbourhood Police Office, Constable Graham Edmonds:
“There has been a slight increase in theft from autos and BNE’s in Strathcona this last week. Please remember to lock your vehicles and keep valuables out of sight. I have lots of “nothing to steal but this sign” if anyone would like one. There are also some at Raycam.
Remember you can sign up for crime stats in your area by going to On the right hand side middle of the home page you will see Neighbourhood Crime Alert Service. Sign up to receive alerts based on your postal code.”

NEW! the Solidarity choir at the Strathcona Community Centre
‘singing music of solidarity with people working for social change’
The Solidarity choir meets from 7:15 to 8:45 every Tuesday until the end of November. The registration fee is $60 but you can drop in for $5, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds. We're singing music of solidarity with people working for social change, songs like Soon and Very Soon (We Are Going to Change the World), Keep On Walking Forward, etc. No reading or choral experience is necessary. More information from

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (The SRA is a member) is organizing an all-candidates debate on October 15th at 7 pm at St. James Community Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue). The topic is ‘Putting the Community back into Community Planning’. Moderated by Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight. NOTE: The SRA needs a Strathcona representative to attend Coalition meetings once a month and report back to the group. Please check out the website and let us know if you are interested.

The 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday 29 October to Sunday 9 November, 2014
Featuring over 90 events at over 25 venues throughout the DTES
To celebrate and launch the second decade of the Festival, the theme of this year’s Festival is “Keeping the home fires burning,” inspired by the residents and artists of the Downtown Eastside who carry the flame of our community.

A special highlight of this year’s Festival is the Theatre in the Raw production of The Raymur Mothers, an original musical, written by Bob Sarti, music by Bill Sample, directed by Jay Hamburger, that tells the inspiring story of the mothers who succeeded in their fight to have a pedestrian overpass built over the railroad tracks.

Also Floral and Hardy Edible Plants (688 East Hasting @ Heatley) have scheduled a birthday party for Louis Riel (October 30th, from 7-9 p.m)... with Bill Bouregarde (Métis activist) and the Métis Dancers, Métis food etc.

Car Free Day East Hastings - June 2015
Floral and Hardy Edible Plants are hoping to organize a car free day in Strathcona for June 2015. If anyone is interested in helping plan this major event, or join the planning committee please let us know or contact Ruth Meta at

Grandview-Woodland: All Candidates Forum - Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 pm. Britannia Secondary School Auditorium
Ask your questions of the candidates for mayor and council moderated by Paul Grant. Sponsored by: Grandview-Woodland Area Council and
Britannia Community Centre in partnership with Mosaic, Reach Community Clinic and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House.