March, 2016

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Our office ushered in the Lunar New Year of the monkey with zest, thanks to the energetic lion dance organized by the Collingwood BIA and the many guests who attended our gathering on February 20th. Thanks to everyone for celebrating with us!

Remembering Jagat Ram

Jagat Ram passed away January 25, 2016 and I wanted to take a moment to remember his life. Jagat had so many friends in Joyce Collingwood: on the veterans committee (he was often a Parade Marshall!), at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, the Bamboo, La Panderia and many others. I had a meeting with him three days prior to his passing to nominate him for a provincial award recognizing his service. He was a dear friend to me, to Don Davies and many more. We hold his kind soul in our thoughts, and to his family, we send our deepest condolences.

10th Annual Seniors’ Health & Wellness Fair – April 6

The annual Seniors’ Health and Wellness Fair enters its tenth year in 2016, and I am pleased to invite all seniors and their families to participate on April 6th at Renfrew Park Community Centre. Doors will open at 10 am. The day is always informative and fun. All participants receive a free and healthy lunch!

Did you know? Free copies of the BC Seniors’ Guide is available in English, Punjabi, and Chinese at our community office.

Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Review Open House

On February 3rd and 6th, the City of Vancouver hosted an Open House to review the area around the Joyce-Collingwood Station. The goal was to seek feedback from the community on issues such as land use, density, building forms, housing, and public spaces. My Constituency Assistants, Eveline and Lucinda, and I attended the event and met many people who live and work in the area. There was a lot of discussion and we are pleased to be part of such an engaged and active community. More information can be found here at the City of Vancouver website:

Resources for Landlords and Tenants

Our office has resources for both landlords and tenants on your rights and responsibilities, available in both English and Chinese.

Securing rental housing can be a challenge, especially for those who have never rented in BC, or who lack recent references. The Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) and the Justice Education Society have recently launched Renting It Right!, a  free, new online course for tenants. Designed for first-time renters, this video-based course will covers both practical and legal topics to consider before deciding to rent.

To register for this free course, visit