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Special Event: Healthy Communities Conversation Thursday 19th...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hello neighbours, a few important upcoming events, and some sad local news

Special Event:

Healthy Communities Conversation, Thursday January 19th

A meaningful dialogue with local residents, businesses, and agencies about services delivery and healthy community in and around Strathcona.

At our November SRA meeting, members unanimously voted to support two new proposed supervised injections services in the neighbourhood as part of a harm reduction response to the growing drug crisis, AND to develop a supportive collaboration with relevant agencies, local residents and businesses to discuss and develop strategies around the overall health and long term vision for the community. This special Strathcona community forum is a first step toward that supportive collaboration.

What is harm reduction? How are we responding to the overdose crisis?
What new services and supports are being relocated to the area?
What systems are in place for the overall health and safety of the community?

Please join us for a special community forum with Vancouver Coastal Health, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department, the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, the First Nations Health Authority, BC Housing, residents including the SRA and OurPlace at RayCam, service users, and other guests for a presentation, panel discussion, and Q+A. The evening will open with an Aboriginal Welcome from Dalannah Bowen, and short presentations from Dr. Patty Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health; Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer at First Nations Health Authority; and Tom Wanklin, City of Vancouver's Senior Planner for Downtown Eastside.

The planned outcome of this forum will be a collaborative strategy and the creation of a Community Reference Group, with residents, users, authorities and agencies working together and proactively to ensure a healthy community for all. Do you have a question for the panel? Advance questions can be submitted in reply to this email (there will be questions from the floor too, time permitting). 

Thursday January 19th, Senior’s Lounge at the Strathcona Community Centre
7:00pm - 9:00pm (Doors at 6:30), light refreshments served
Download the poster

Other Upcoming Events

Community Retail Research Forum: Strathcona-Chinatown-DTES, January 18

Retail research forum presented by the DTES Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee. Learn about research conceited by the SRA/RayCam, Carnegie Community Action Project and the Hua Foundation on neighbourhood retail priorities. A panel discussion with researchers and City of Vancouver's CED planner.
Refreshments will be served

Wednesday, January 18, Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall
4:00 - 6:00 pm, Chinese interpretation available, light refreshments served
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False Creek Flats Open House, January 25

City of Vancouver invites you to join them on Wednesday, January 25th for their final open house and see how public input has helped to shape the draft plan for your False Creek Flats. Come out anytime between 5 and 8 pm to learn more about the plan, ask questions to City staff, and provide your feedback on the proposed policies poised to shape the future of the area. Look over the material while enjoying local, Flats-made food and beverages from C’est Si Bon and Strange Fellows Brewing.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 281 Industrial Avenue (enter off of Southern St.)
5:00 - 8:00pm

Remembering Joe Wai, Architect and Placemaker

Very sad news to note yesterday, the passing of Joe Wai.
Many in Strathcona might only know of Joe Wai as the nickname for the ubiquitous stuccoed and bay-windowed duplexes and triplexes throughout the neighbourhood, as the 1970's BC Housing built and Joe Wai designed structures came to be colloquially known. Those then-new structures quite sensitively complimented the Victorian venacular of Strathcona, which at the time was literally falling apart, blighted as a result of deliberate city policies that sought to "renew" Strathcona with bulldozers, housing projects, and highways. Joe, and his photographer brother Hayne were young neighbourhood advocates and activists, who joined forces with the Strathcona Owners and Tenants Association (SPOTA) to fight the expropriation and destruction of Chinatown and Strathcona. Those efforts are the only reason our neighbourhood exists today.

Joe went on to design some of our city's best loved Chinatown places, including the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, the Chinese Cultural Centre,  Skwachàys Healing Lodge, and the Millennium Gate. Along the way he was a driving force behind the preservation of Chinatown and renewing it's many heritage buildings and facades, and he led the campaign to see Chinatown designated as a National Historic Site. One of his as-yet incomplete projects —on he specifically sought and received SRA support for— is the Villa Cathay renewal, which will see improved and expanded seniors' housing for Chinese elders in our community.

Last year at 75, Joe was given an Architectural Institute of B.C. lifetime achievement award. He will be dearly missed even as his legacy lives on. [Submitted by Pete Fry]

Read the recent Vancouver Sun story on the occasion of Joe's lifetime achievement award