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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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A couple updates on items that came up at our last meeting...

Support for an Arterial at National-Charles

At the September meeting, members voted to support a proposal presented by Richard Taplin for an arterial route at National-Charles, an option the City has yet to fully consider. Richard's presentation has been turned into a comprehensive report that details the many downsides of the William, Malkin and Prior options and makes the case for National...

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We’ll be restarting our monthly meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. Here is a revised agenda:

7-8 PM

Brief Updates on Ongoing Issues:

What’s Up with the Community Panel? Susanna Haas Lyons is overseeing the Community Panel that’s supposed to recommend where the new arterial should go. The panel was supposed to be convening now, but the team in charge has yet to set parameters or begin recruiting. Susanna is unable to attend but will...
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We’ll be restarting our monthly meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre.

The September meeting will be a chance to catch up on and strategize about ongoing issues - and bring up new ones. Here’s the still- evolving agenda…

What’s Up with the Community Panel? We’ve invited Susanna Haas Lyons to give an update. She’s overseeing the Community Panel that’s supposed to recommend where the new arterial should go. So far, the panel has not even begun...
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Happy Canada Day Weekend!

Next Saturday, July 7, is the 22nd Annual UNION STREET BLOCK PARTY, one of the liveliest summer events in the hood. Everyone’s invited. It’s from 5-10 PM on the 600 block of Union. There will be live music, dancing, activities for kids and street hockey. Please bring food to share, reusable dishes and chairs and tables.

Join the SRA

If you’re a Strathcona resident and haven’t signed up to join the SRA, please take this...

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Starting in May, we’re asking residents to officially join the SRA by signing up online. Why? Until now, all we’ve had are e-mails. Having the names, addresses, contact info and interests of people who actually live here will make us a far better organized and effective group. It’s free. It’s confidential. Just because you’re on our e-mail list doesn’t mean you’re signed up. So if you want to stay involved and informed about...

Neighbourhood Events
Villa Cathay Care Home Open House Poster
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Please join use as we preview the vision and detailed plans of our new 224-bed modernized care home for seniors.
Neighbourhood Events
Without Reservation: a survivor's story. A talk with Kat Norris
Saturday, May 26, 2018
A talk with Kat Norris, Coast Salish survivor thriver of the Kuper Island Residential School
Neighbourhood Events
Strathcona Pub Night - June 1
Friday, June 1, 2018
Come and join the Strath community for a fun-filled night of live music at Vancouver's iconic Pat's Pub. Good music, fantastic venue and great people - what more could you ask for?!
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Join The SRA
  Are you a resident of Strathcona?   The Strathcona Residents Association (SRA) was founded in 1992 to give all residents a voice in the future of our community. But to date, we’ve never asked the people who live here to become members. Our current e-mail list only lists e-mails. Not names. Not addresses. To be a more effective group, we need to know who actually lives here and what matters to you.   So we’re inviting every resident to formally join the SRA - even if you’re...
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Thursday, April 26, 2018
The SRA May meeting will be on Wednesday, May 2, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. All welcome, refreshments served.      The meeting will be focused on the city’s proposed Burrard Inlet Rail Corridor Strategy, which will dramatically increase railroad traffic through our neighbourhood. Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering for the City of Vancouver will be on hand to explain the plan and answer questions. City...
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Friday, April 6, 2018

 Thanks to all who attended the April SRA meeting. For those who weren’t able to attend, minutes are attached. 


For those of you who sent written complaints about the train, the SRA has filed a formal complaint (also attached) to the Canadian Transportation Agency, which deals primarily with noise issues. On other fronts, we are requesting anyone affected by prolonged blockages at the Prior crossing, particularly users of the 22 bus, to report any blockages...

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Friday, March 30, 2018

The Strathcona Residents Association invites you to our April meeting on Wednesday, April 4, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. We invite you to arrive at 7PM to catch up and mingle with your neighbours over refreshments. We will start our meeting at 7.15PM

The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

Bike Share Discussion. Scott Edwards, manger of the city’s Public Bike Share program will be on hand to answer questions about the 5-6 bike stations coming soon to...
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
As we all know, railroad traffic on the Burrard Inlet Line that cuts through Strathcona has increased dramatically since Jan. 2017. When the Centerm Port expands, the plan is for it to increase even more. This has been done with zero public consultation.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has the power to take action to modify railroad operations if it finds they are causing "noise and/or vibration which constitutes...

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

SRA Monthly Meeting

Weds. March 7  7-9 PM Strathcona Community Centre
1. Amanda Gibbs, the manager for Public Engagement for the City of Vancouver, will answer questions about the upcoming Community Panel being set up by the city to help decide on the best route for an arterial road to replace Prior. For background information, you can visit the project website at
2. The Train Working Group has drafted a formal...
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Monday, January 29, 2018

The Strathcona Residents Association invites you to our first monthly meeting of 2018 on Weds., Feb. 7, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre.

This year, one of the SRA’s goals is to help form and support "working groups" focused on specific local issues. We already have active groups dedicated to preserving Strathcona Park and stopping late night train noise. We’d like to know from you what other issues matter enough to have their own working groups:...