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SRA May Newsletter

Friday, May 1, 2020

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.

SRA GETS GRANT FROM CENTERM

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 submitting the proposal and thanks to Centerm for recognizing the value of this project. Stay tuned for details on how the project will work and how you can get involved.

CALMING PRIOR

Progress on calming Prior is moving slowly but surely forward. Here’s the latest from City Engineering. Thanks to Richard Taplin for keeping the fire warm.

COMMUNITY POLICING CENTRE SURVEY

The Strathcona Community Policing Centre is looking for your perspective on crime in our neighbourhood to guide its Strategic Plan and priorities. Please take a minute to fill out their online survey.

TENTS IN THE PARK AND SCHOOLYARD

We've heard some concerns about tent camping in the schoolyard and parks. The VPD asks people call 311 to report campers and tents, especially if they're still there after a couple of days. Those reports go to a city crew that the VPD assists to keep everyone (including the campers) safe.

CHILDREN’S GARDEN

The Strathcona Community Garden is looking for a few interested kids/ families to join in working a communal flower and berry patch. This is less commitment than a full plot, but a great chance to let kids experience the fun of gardening. In the children’s garden, there are also opportunities to caretake a small bed for this year. If interested, e-mail Carla.

SOME LINKS TO LOCAL NEWS

Lotus Light Covid 19 Community Caring Drive

Hats off to the Lotus Light Charity Society in Chinatown, which has been working with the Pink Pearl Restaurant and Produce Row wholesalers (Fresh Point, Fresh Direct, Discovery Organics, Produce Terminal and Van-Whole) to distribute food to families residing in the Strathcona area who are affected by the COVID 19 Pandemic. They’ve been handing out hampers with 2 weeks of food and one package of face masks. 

Oppenheimer Park tent city to be dismantled by May 9.

Activists briefly occupy Strathcona Elementary School. 

The group who took over the school is called the Red Braid Alliance for Decolonial Socialism. If you’d like to post your opinion about this action, here’s their Facebook Page.