Aug, 2016

Written by Community Office on . Posted in Monthly Newsletter

Saving Carleton, Gladstone, and Bruce – Get Involved!

On June 20th, the Vancouver School Board announced a list of schools to be considered for possible closure. This list includes Sir Guy Carleton and Graham Bruce Elementary Schools in Joyce-Collingwood and is a direct result of pressure from the BC Liberal government.

We are going to fight to save Graham Bruce and Carleton as we did in 2010. In addition, I will be working all out to support Gladstone Secondary in the Cedar Cottage area which is also on the list of possible closures.

The possible closure of Bruce and Carleton schools is a blow to our community. These are both excellent, viable, dynamic public schools that are part of the area and Vancouver’s history. It is impossible to imagine our neighbourhood without them. Last year, they were home to more than 500 public school students. Indeed, Carleton has been the centre of public education in the area since 1896 more than three decades before South Vancouver joined the City of Vancouver.

On June 28th, Vancouver City Council approved the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan which proposes an increase of 2600 homes in the immediate area of the Skytrain station. The plan includes zoning for several towers, mid-rise apartments, 4-6 story apartment buildings, townhouses and duplexes. In addition, the Wall Centre Central Park is currently under construction on Boundary Road and Vanness adding 1014 homes to local community and many new school-age children.

This school announcement took place as thousands of new homes were approved in our community by City Council and is simply wrong. The new homes will dramatically increase our area population and the number of school-age children. Closing our local schools makes no sense as a result.

No community has been as open and welcoming to new Canadians and density as Joyce-Collingwood. That is why the proposed closure of Carleton and Graham Bruce is so unacceptable. Schools are our key public services and public spaces. They are needed now and will be needed for generations to come.

Our office has been busy attending meetings with students, alumni and parents from across Joyce-Collingwood who are rallying to protect their schools. Get involved!

Volunteer to support our schools by contacting us at 604-660-0314 or Adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca. Visit our office for Support Our Schools petition to distribute, or simply print it online at www.adriandixmla.ca/schools.