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Panel Picks NatCha!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The vote is in!

Today, the Flats Arterial Community Panel picked National-Charles by 67.7% - a super majority for an option that was barely on the table at the start of the process. A huge thanks to all the panelists for their diligence and hard work and to the Jefferson Group for delivering on their promise of creating a forum where a community can tackle a complex problem and arrive at an informed and wise choice.

The April SRA meeting with be this Wednesday, April 10, 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. On the agenda is celebration and discussion of what’s next?  The Panel’s decision is only a recommendation. Planning, Engineering and Parks still have to weigh in and City Council has to vote. It’s not over until it’s over.

But this is a huge victory for community engagement, for Strathcona and for the SRA. Pass this message on to neighbours who haven’t joined yet. Get involved. Together, our voice can shape our future. Thanks to all who have put hours of effort into this, especially Richard and Sally Taplin, Penny Crawford, Jan Marie Martell, Dick Heloffs, Kate Walker and Trev Renney. Come Wednesday to celebrate our amazing month of successes!

A few items that got left of our April newsletter:

A small victory on the Centerm front. Trefor Smith has succeeded in getting the BC Government to include air quality monitoring as a condition the Port’s Centerm expansion project. The Port is required to work with Metro Vancouver Air Quality staff and with Vancouver Coastal Health to develop an air quality monitoring program that will hopefully track the impact that increased truck and train traffic has on surrounding communities.  To give this requirement some substance, Metro Vancouver has provided Trefor and Anne with Strathcona’s first air quality monitoring device as part of their Air Aware program.

The Strathcona Community Centre is offering a bounty of programs for preschool, children, teens, adults and seniors. Check out their Spring offerings online at