May, 2016

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The arrival of spring has truly stirred action in our Vancouver-Kingsway neighbourhood! I was thrilled to welcome over 400 people to our 10th annual Seniors’ Wellness Fair in April. Every year, staff, volunteers, and exhibitors put this event together to connect seniors in our community with resources, services, and important health and wellness information. I would like thank our volunteers from the community office: Christina, Lucila, Bill, and Bianca, as well as Cheryl Palidda and her team of hardworking volunteers, and the very dedicated Gabriel Yiu, who has offered his time and expertise to the fair for many years.

This month, Eveline, Lucinda and I heard from the Vancouver School Board about the future of our schools at the community consultation at Renfrew Park Community Centre. I met many parents from the neighbourhood who share our concerns about what potential closures will mean for schools in our community. As grave news about school closures ring across the province, we’ve launched the “Support our Schools” section on our website to keep community members like you up-to-date with news and action about our local public schools.

Sign up to Support Our Schools!

In 2010, Vancouver Kingsway residents came together to successfully oppose the closure of elementary schools in our neighbourhood. Now, due to actions taken by the BC government, the issue is back before us and the Vancouver School Board. A failure to provide adequate and stable funding is at the heart of the issue – BC schools are being forced to make $54 million in cuts to pay for the government’s latest funding decision, and linking school closures to needed seismic upgrades is just not right.

Our schools are at the centre of our neighbourhoods and communities! As your MLA, I am committed to supporting:

Our local public schoolsNorquay, Cunningham, Carleton, Bruce, Collingwood, Grenfell, Renfrew, Beaconsfield, Nootka, Gladstone, and Windermere. Our schools should not be closed.

The Vancouver School Board in its fight to secure sufficient resources for classroom education.

To stay updated about the future of our schools, sign up for our email list at adriandixmla.ca and download our Support Our Schools petition!

Collingwood Days Festival

Collingwood Days Festival takes place this month from May 21st to the 29th. It’s a free community event and everyone, pets included, are invited to enjoy a week of family-friendly fun including: multi-cultural food and shops, a dog show, world class BMX bicycle demonstrations, local entertainment, and much more! Come visit us at our community booth Saturday May 28th after the parade.

Collingwood Days
May 28th 11am to 4 pm
Carleton Elementary 3250 Kingsway

April, 2016

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The arrival of spring has truly stirred action in our Vancouver-Kingsway neighbourhood! I was thrilled to welcome over 400 people to our 10th annual Seniors’ Wellness Fair in April. Every year, staff, volunteers, and exhibitors put this event together to connect seniors in our community with resources, services, and important health and wellness information. I would like thank our volunteers from the community office: Christina, Lucila, Bill, and Bianca, as well as Cheryl Palidda and her team of hardworking volunteers, and the very dedicated Gabriel Yiu, who has offered his time and expertise to the fair for many years.

This month, Eveline, Lucinda and I heard from the Vancouver School Board about the future of our schools at the community consultation at Renfrew Park Community Centre. I met many parents from the neighbourhood who share our concerns about what potential closures will mean for schools in our community. As grave news about school closures ring across the province, we’ve launched the “Support our Schools” section on our website to keep community members like you up-to-date with news and action about our local public schools.

Sign up to Support Our Schools!

In 2010, Vancouver Kingsway residents came together to successfully oppose the closure of elementary schools in our neighbourhood. Now, due to actions taken by the BC government, the issue is back before us and the Vancouver School Board. A failure to provide adequate and stable funding is at the heart of the issue – BC schools are being forced to make $54 million in cuts to pay for the government’s latest funding decision, and linking school closures to needed seismic upgrades is just not right.

Our schools are at the centre of our neighbourhoods and communities! As your MLA, I am committed to supporting:

Our local public schoolsNorquay, Cunningham, Carleton, Bruce, Collingwood, Grenfell, Renfrew, Beaconsfield, Nootka, Gladstone, and Windermere. Our schools should not be closed.

The Vancouver School Board in its fight to secure sufficient resources for classroom education.

To stay updated about the future of our schools, sign up for our email list at adriandixmla.ca and download our Support Our Schools petition!

Collingwood Days Festival

Collingwood Days Festival takes place this month from May 21st to the 29th. It’s a free community event and everyone, pets included, are invited to enjoy a week of family-friendly fun including: multi-cultural food and shops, a dog show, world class BMX bicycle demonstrations, local entertainment, and much more! Come visit us at our community booth Saturday May 28th after the parade.

Collingwood Days
May 28th 11am to 4 pm
Carleton Elementary 3250 Kingsway

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:

http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/joyce-collingwood-station-precinct-review.aspx

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 www.RentingItRight.ca

February, 2016

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Happy Lunar New Year!

I would like to send my Lunar New Year greetings to you all. I hope that the Year of the Monkey will bring you all success, happiness and prosperity.

Come and celebrate the New Year with us on Saturday, February 20th! Visit our community office to welcome Collingwood BIA’s Lion Dance to our office. Refreshments and snacks will be served and everyone is welcome.

Lunar New Year Gathering Adrian Dix Community Office 5022 Joyce Street 1:30 – 2:30 pm

The 43rd Chinatown Spring Festival Parade on Sunday February 14th. The parade route begins at the Millennium Gate at Keefer St and the full route can be found at the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver’s website: www.cbavancouver.ca

Lastly, we’ll be attending the Chinese New Year Luncheon at Renfrew Park Community Centre on March 4, from 12 pm to 3:30 pm.

BC Legislature Spring Session

The house will return into session on February 9th, 2016.  In the next session, we hope to raise issues such as BC Hydro and ICBC rates, seismic upgrading of schools, health care for seniors, improved housing, and safe streets.

I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas for legislation and would welcome any suggestions you may have for the spring session.

Norquay Village Plan Update

From September to October 2015, the City of Vancouver hosted an open house and questionnaire to gather feedback from people in the neighbourhood about the proposed zoning amendments. A public hearing was held on January 19 at City Hall and residents voiced their feedback.

For more information on this application, please visit:

http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/norquay-village-neighbourhood-centre-plan.aspx

Our community office will be closed for Family Day on February 8th. We will re-open Tuesday February 9th and very much look forward to serving our constituents upon our return. Finally, we wish you and your loved ones a great Valentine’s Day and Family Day!

January, 2016

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Happy New Year!

I’d like to wish you all a happy 2016! A sincere thanks to everyone who came to our Holiday Open House December 19th. We had a packed house and it was a pleasure to see all of you come by.

 The BC Legislature spring session starts February 9th, 2016.

Adrian is the New Democrat Official Opposition spokesperson for BC Hydro and ICBC. If you have any issues related to these topics that you would like Adrian to raise in the Legislature’s spring session, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone 604-660-0314 or send an email to adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca.

Cantonese & Mandarin speaking Constituency Assistant

I am pleased to welcome our new part-time Constituency Assistant, Lucinda Yeung to our office! Ms. Yeung can read, write and speak Chinese – skills which will enhance our ability to best-serve you and our community.

Seeking Nominations for the BC Community Achievement Awards!

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to your community through a unique achievement or outstanding service – either as a volunteer or in the course of their work? Nominate them for a BC Community Achievement Awards!

Awards will be presented for significant service in any area that provides a benefit to the community, such as sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, multiculturalism, environment, healthcare, education, civic duty, business innovation, community volunteerism, and youth or seniors’ leadership.

If you’d like to nominate a member of our community, visit www.bcachievement.com, and nominations close on January 15th, 2016.

Year of the Monkey and Lunar New Year Celebrations

February 8th 2016 is the Lunar New Year!

Join me in supporting one of the largest Lunar New Year parades in Canada on Sunday February 14th. The parade route begins at the Millennium Gate at Keefer St and the full route can be found at the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver’s website: www.cbavancouver.ca/

Closer to home, make sure not to miss the annual Collingwood BIA’s Lion Dance on Saturday February 20th! The procession will travel down Kingsway from Boundary Road to Rupert St.