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Made In Strathcona: Most Walkable Street 2021

Year One Recap! We’ve launched an initiative to make East Hastings Vancouver’s most walkable street by 2021. Our primary area of focus is East Hastings between Campbell Ave and Princess Ave. For this year we focused on building familiarity with the Strathcona neighbourhood among people in the Lower Mainland, attracting people and businesses to come… (Read More)

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MAP Strathcona: Mobility Advocacy Plan

With grant support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, we’ve launched a unique and innovative project to develop a Mobility Advocacy Plan (MAP Strathcona) for our business district – the first of its kind in Canada. The purpose of this project is to develop a community-based mobility and transportation vision and supporting action plan… (Read More)

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Transportation Advocacy Plan

We’re developing a Transportation Advocacy Plan for Strathcona As part of our Sustainability work this year, the SBIA will be developing a comprehensive advocacy plan for transportation in our district that integrates all transportation modes with business interests and relevant municipal and regional plans. We have received a grant for $20,000 from the Real Estate… (Read More)

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Advocacy Update

On October 29 the SBIA published an open letter in the Vancouver Sun expressing concerns about the consultation process ahead of two supervised injection services (SIS) in Strathcona. Since then the SBIA has been working on a number of follow up areas. We hosted a member event to discuss the two proposed SISs on November… (Read More)

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SBIA Renewal

Successful Renewal The Strathcona BIA Renewal process has concluded. On March 8, 2017 City Council approved the renewal term of seven years through 2024 and the funding cap. During the various consultation sessions members identified many key priorities such as beautification initiatives and public perception of the area, as well as wanting to see continued… (Read More)

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Recycle In Strathcona – JJ Bean Railway

JJ Bean Railway’s Recycle In Strathcona Experience JJ Bean Railway at 460 Railway Street is a member of the Recycle In Strathcona program. This program is a Strathcona BIA partnership with zero-waste service provider Recycling Alternative and pedal-powered Shift Delivery that offers cost-effective and customized recycling services for SBIA members. JJ Bean Railway significantly increased… (Read More)

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Holiday Social 2016

Photo credit: Kellan Higgins The Holiday Social at Pat’s Pub in December was a huge success. Around 100 SBIA members and partners came out to enjoy some holiday cheer. Attendees enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere created by Pat’s Pub, great beer from onsite Hastings Mill Brewing Company, yummy bites from Railtown Catering, and of course the… (Read More)

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Looking Forward to 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year. The City’s Renewal outreach will be concluding in January with the process going to Council for ratification in February. The SBIA will be moving toward implementation of projects such as its advocacy work and co-hosting a community health dialogue on January 19, details of which… (Read More)

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Strathcona Holiday Guide 2016

Our guide to exploring Strathcona this holiday season. Whether you consider Strathcona your neck of the woods or a new area to discover, make some time to explore the neighbourhood in the next few days. There is plenty of holiday action to enjoy. Start your winter stroll off right with a cup of freshly brewed… (Read More)

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Community Benches

As part of the 2016 Hastings Urban Tree Nursery expansion, three beautiful new benches have been added to the Strathcona streetscape. You’ll find them at 649 E Hastings Street, 901 E Hastings Street, and 477 Powell Street. Haeccity Architecture, a small architecture firm located in Strathcona, approached SBIA with a customizable bench design and generously… (Read More)

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AGM and Renewal

We are pleased to announce that at the 2016 Annual General Meeting held on September 28, 2016 at the Pink Pearl Restaurant, members unanimously voted in support of the renewal term of 7 years, the cap of $7.449M and the 17/18 budget. The Board of Directors expresses its thanks and gratitude to the many members… (Read More)

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Small Biz- BC Job Grant Program

Small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) looking to hire or train staff can receive one-on-one assistance to help understand and access funds from the Canada- B.C. Job Grant program. The program is a partnership between the Province of BC and Small Business BC aimed at strengthening small businesses in BC, improving access to grants and… (Read More)

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Renewal Open House – June 28th

The SBIA is seeking renewal for 2017-2024 and looking for feedback and input from our businesses and property owners. You are invited to the Strathcona BIA’s Open House on June 28th. Based on your feedback, we have updated our strategic plan for the next renewal period (2017-2024) Learn about our proposed priorities, ask questions, and… (Read More)

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Call for Artists for HUTN 2016

Call for Artists – Hastings Urban Tree Nursery: Concrete Tree Planter Issue Date: May 10, 2016 Submission deadline: May 27, 2016 The Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) is seeking applications from qualified Vancouver artists to paint concrete tree planters as part of the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery (HUTN) expansion. The SBIA is a non-profit organization… (Read More)

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Board of Directors – Executive Update

The SBIA Board of Directors is pleased to announce its new Executive that was voted in by the Board after the AGM. Emma Carscadden (Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects) is the new Chair, Rick Havlak (Homesteader’s Emporium) is the Vice-Chair and Amanda Dalla Zanna (Savoury Chef) is the Secretary/Treasurer. The SBIA would like to thank Toby… (Read More)

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Recycle In Strathcona Launch Party

On October 28th, the SBIA hosted the Recycle In Strathcona Launch Party! Highlights of the evening include presenting Doug Martin from Mission Possible with a Community Champion Award recognizing his years of dedicated service and hard work for the Commercial Recycling and Compost Program. We also received an inspiring keynote address from Chris Diplock about… (Read More)

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Top Local Caterers

Strathcona boasts an impressive list of local catering companies, dare we say the best in Vancouver! Whether you are planning a wedding, cocktail party, summer BBQ, networking event, board meeting, conference or just want desk-side lunch at the office, this list has got you covered. Betty Baugette Betty Baugette separates themselves from the pack by… (Read More)

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Employment Law Workshop

Employment Law, Human Rights Code & Accommodation The Strathcona BIA invites you to join us for our next business resource workshop: Employment Law, Human Rights Code & Accommodation. Lou Poskitt, Associate and labour and employment lawyer at Harris & Company LLP, will discuss the Human Rights Code, accommodation and attendance management. To register please visit: https://sbia-resource-workshop.eventbrite.ca… (Read More)

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Thankyou to our volunteers!

We want to give a shout out the awesome volunteers who have been contributing their time and efforts at the Resource Park. Ayman and Ahmed are high school students who volunteer with us through a youth volunteering initiative run by Ray Cam Community Centre. They started back in September, and have been coming on Saturday… (Read More)

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Cleaning out for the New Year?

If you’re like me, you might be working on starting the new year with a clean slate. Cleaning out junk drawers and shelves, emptying long forgotten boxes and abandoned closets. This feels great! Nothing like cleaning out the cobwebs to give you a fresh start on life! But wait, now that you’ve unearthed all of… (Read More)