Councillor Carr provided interesting commentary and analysis of the recent civic election, including some insights into how we might tell if there is any new collaboration on the City Council. We were also joined by Olympic Village neighbour, John Coupar, NPA, newly elected as Chair of the Vancouver Park Board. Both Councillor Carr and Commissioner Coupar indicated their interest in working collaboratively in the interests of community and neighbourhoods.
Association Co-Chairs Patsy McMillan and Fern Jeffries tabled their annual report, highlighting the advocacy work undertaken by the association on a range of issues including the seismic upgrade for Lord Strathcona School, playground improvement, safety and up-keep of parks, and local planning and development. Much of our energy has focused on local development issues such as the city’s unfortunate approval of more than 1,300 new units with no increase in childcare spaces or green space. The Greening the Creek Light Campaign has lit up homes all around False Creek, sending a silent message to City Hall that we want Creekside Park now. Our Court challenge to commercial use of park space continues in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on December 12, 2014. Stay tuned!
We thank Gary Jackson for his years of service to the association. We welcome new Board Members, Peter Kieser, JF Williams, Fiona Burke and Aaron Chapman. This promises to be an interesting and exciting year.