Renfrew-Collingwood Community News August 2017

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August 2017


Skytrain Rambler: Evergreen line connects history from Renfrew-Collingwood to Port Moody by Julie Cheng

As a young boy my husband lived for a while in Port Moody. Since the opening of the Evergreen Skytrain extension in December 2016, I’ve been thinking of visiting that area of the Lower Mainland. Along with tracing the roots of my husband’s childhood, I discovered history connections between Port Moody and our little corner of Vancouver, Renfrew-Collingwood. Skytrain Station: Renfrew station at East 12th Avenue/Hebb and Renfrew to Inlet Centre Station. Travel time: 28 minutes. Roundtrip with a walk in between takes two to three hours. From Renfrew station, take the Lafarge Lake-Douglas train going east and stop at Inlet Centre Station. Source: Translink

A large crowd gathers around Engine 371 to celebrate the first scheduled passenger train to the Pacific, arriving in Port Moody from Montreal on July 4, 1886. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Can P4

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From Renfrew station, take the Lafarge LakeDouglas train. Along the way you’ll pass by Brentwood Mall, Production Way-University and Lougheed Skytrain stations, interspersed with industrial warehouses. At Burquitlam you can see the backside of Simon Fraser University on top of the hill before entering a tunnel that will take you into Port Moody. It’s a leisurely walk over boardwalk and trail along the edge of the water. Take your time reading the TransCanada Trail signs and learning about local history and flora and fauna. Photo by Julie Cheng

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Right: At Burquitlam you’ll see Simon Fraser University on top of the hill before entering a tunnel into Port Moody. Photos by Julie Cheng As you glide into Inlet Centre Station, you’ll notice the railcars sitting on the tracks running parallel to the Skytrain line. of the wooded area you’ll see nurse stumps, which are tree stumps left over from old forestry logging. Take the Sutter Brook Creek trail and go through the community centre parking lot with tennis courts on your left. Pass by the Trasolini soccer field and you’ll see a trailhead straight ahead. Go right and follow the rail lines with the soccer field to your right. Cross the railway line and follow signs into Shoreline Park. The railway figures prominently in Port Moody history. Port Moody is a historical railway town. As a port, it was the original destination for the railway terminus for the Transcontinental Railway (CPR) before land speculators got a hold of it and moved it to Vancouver where the Seabus building now stands. Apparently Port Moody didn’t have enough flat land to put the railyards, says my history-buff husband. This is why we have the tunnel (now the Skytrain tunnel) to Yaletown, which became the railyard flats.

The Shoreline Trail takes you to Old Orchard Park or to Rocky Point Park.

The map shows you can turn right to Old Orchard Park, where you’ll see old logging equipment along the Check out the artwork inside and way, or you can turn left to Rocky outside Inlet Centre Station before Point Park, which loops you back you turn left and follow Ioco Road to into Port Moody. Sherbrooke. Turn left at Suter Brook Village and go through the village. From the map, we head straight This is your chance to grab a juice or and found we had met up with the coffee before your trek. TransCanada Trail. In front of us are mud flats – the head of the Burrard Cross Murray Street and go left, fol- Inlet and a tidal area. My husband lowing the bike trail. Along the edge remembers as a three year old walking with his dad across the mud flats at low tide from his house on Ioco Road all the way to Rocky Point (now marked by a large green shed that’s a sulphur storage plant).

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Check out the artwork inside and outside Inlet Centre Station.


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What’s happening at Still Moon Arts Society? by June Lam

Youth paint salmon and benthic invertebrates on the Lost Streams mural. Photo by Robin Lough The summer has been wonderful over here at Still Moon Arts. Here is what we’ve been up to. Still Creek Stories: Lost and Found Performance For two summers, Still Moon Arts has been researching, planning and rehearsing for the Still Creek: Lost and Found Performance. On Sunday, July 2, members from the community came together to witness this site-specific performance featuring original music, dance, visual art and storytelling. The audience was taken on a transformative journey, where they stopped at one location, experienced a bit of the performance, then moved on to the next location through the Renfrew Ravine to experience the rest. Along the way, the audience heard two original pieces of music, one composed by Isaac Rosen-Purcell and the other by Martin Reisle. The audience also heard story excerpts from the Still Creek Stories book, such as the story of Ted Twetie, who lived in the ravine. This unique performance used spaces that would otherwise been seen as mundane. For example, the old water pipe was transformed into art, and featured two fiddlers, Robin Lough and Clara Rose, who played amongst the vines. Overall, the performance received a lot of support and positive feedback. Don’t worry if you missed it, we hope to host another one in late September! Cheyenne Lost Streams mural painting For the past 15 years, we’ve been dedicated to the stewardship and restoration of Still Creek, which flows through Renfrew Ravine. In 2014, we initiated the Street Mural Project, a project to showcase the part of the ravine that flowed through pipes directly under the streets. The mural on Cheyenne Avenue was our most recent addition to the project and the public was invited to help paint it. Continued on page 11

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The Seniors Connection

COMMUNITY NEWS The mission of this non-profit publication is to provide the residents, businesses and organizations of Renfrew/Collingwood with a medium for community communication. Paul Reid: staff writer and layout coordinator Lisa Symons: sales and distribution coordinator Julie Cheng: editorial coordinator

Contributors: Ana Mateescu, Azin

Kalantari, John Mendoza, Julie Cheng, June Lam, Kat Wadel, Norman Hill, Penny Lim, Robin Lough, Sangito Bigelow, Suzanne Liddle, Tony Wanless

We want to hear from you! Yes, You! Send comments, community events, press releases by regular post, fax or e-mail. Suggestions for improving the paper are welcome. We welcome appropriate, unsolicited editorial submissions if accompanied by the author’s real name, address and telephone number. The author should retain the original as we cannot return submissions without prior agreement nor does submission guarantee publication. We reserve the right to make editorial changes.

Next submission deadline: Aug. 10 The Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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CNH programs and summer events for seniors by Azin Kalantari The Collingwood Neighbourhood House program for seniors is filled by trips, fun and outdoor activities in summertime. With the lovely weather, seniors can enjoy a day out with peers, make new friends and socialize while exploring our beautiful city together. This month Fort Langley National Historic Site is our destination. It is a mix of beautiful reconstructed and original buildings, plus all kinds of interactive displays and activities. Participants gave great feedback about our trip to Horseshoe Bay last month.

Personal safety awareness workshop by the Collingwood Community Policing Centre. Photo by Azin Kalantari

Word Cafe Picnic with CNH community kitchen lunch Every second working Monday of each month, Bill McMichael leads one of the most popular programs for seniors: World Café. This is where participants talk about different topics, socialize, share ideas and learn about what is happening in different parts of the world. August 21, Najia, our wonderful chef, will host our group to a picnic in Burnaby Lake. We are so excited to have the World Café outdoors, while having Najia’s healthy sandwiches and homemade cookies under the sun with the beautiful lake view. As seats are limited, please register as soon as possible. Cost of the trip includes transportation and lunch for $8. Don’t forget your water bottle.

Plant at home Planting at Home was the workshop of the month. July 17, participants learned about plants that are suitable for small spaces such as box gardens or balconies. They also explored the rooftop garden at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Participants had an opportunity to take some seeds for planting in their own gardens. The workshop was with the cooperation of CNH’s Food Security Program. The same workshops will happen in the months to come. Please check the monthly programs at the CNH office or Personal safety Thanks to the Collingwood Community Policing Centre, the Personal Safety Awareness workshop was an informative, beneficial session for the participants. The session was about being aware of scams and identity theft and how to safeguard your information, protect your property, what to expect when you call the 911 number, and other related safety topics at home, work, on the street and on public transit. New transportation opportunity for seniors Our new program is right on the corner. “Seniors on the Move” is designed to improve transportation options for seniors to connect them with friends, community and society, and to assist them to access a wide range of social services. The program, in partnership with Burnaby Community Services, SHARE society, Silver Harbour Seniors Center

and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, helps seniors to plan for age-related changes to their transportation needs and to connect them to the appropriate options. With the help of trained, committed volunteer drivers, seniors receive sustainable transportation services. Please register through Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Indigenous tea party At a recent Community Lunch, participants enjoyed a variety of Indigenous teas, including Lifegiver Tea, Ginger Moon Tea and Nettle Leaf Tea. Each Thursday morning, Collingwood Seniors get together to chat over refreshments at the weekly Coffee Social from 10 to 11 am. This group is always happy to welcome new members. CNH advisory meeting Our senior connectors took part in the last CNH seniors’ advisory meeting on June 8. This month, seniors toured one of our child-care sites and communicated with children, which was an amazing experience. It was part of a possible future intergenerational project where seniors lead a program, sharing their knowledge, experience, culture and skills with kids. June also saw our senior connectors taking part in the Seniors on the Move Project Advisory Meeting. They shared their feedback and ideas about public transit and transportation. The next CNH Advisory meeting is Thursday, Aug. 3. Better at Home The Renfrew Collingwood Better at Home Program helps seniors live independently in their homes by providing non-medical support services. The program provides a light housekeeping service, senior’s shuttle, walking club and friendly visiting. These services are available to seniors 55+ living in Renfrew-Collingwood from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Better at Home is currently recruiting senior connectors volunteers to promote the program and housekeepers to assist Cantonese/Mandarin-speaking clients. If you’re interested, please contact Sandra Medina, Better at Home coordinator, at 604-435-0375 or at Your feedback through calls and emails helps us make sure we are representing your needs. 604-435-0323(227) or



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Photos of informal learning in Renfrew-Collingwood

by John Mendoza

What influences our out-of-school learning in Renfrew-Collingwood these days? The question is a natural outgrowth of the education-themed stories appearing so far this year in the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News. In March 2017, black-and-white photos from the City of Vancouver archives revealed some visionary and interesting displays at the Pacific National Exhibition in the 1950s. Furthermore, Collingwood branch library cemented its place in local history as the home for the Vancouver Public Library’s Bookmobile. The bookmobile not only had a role as outreach to areas underserved by library service but also as an instrument in determining areas for future branch libraries. Together, these stories I’ve written initially for a University of British Columbia audience also deserved to be shared with the Renfrew Collingwood audience, too, through this community newspaper. My final course at the University of British Columbia for the 2016-2017 academic year has prompted questions of the existence of informal learning and informal curriculum. Informal learning and informal curriculum could be defined as that learning and that content that occurs outside of the official channels of formal schooling. While a subject like this may not necessarily be the most exciting question to explore for all except for a limited audience, the methods in answering questions on this subject may certainly broaden the appeal. A creative approach like photography has been one of the options. While an artistic approach may raise more questions that answer them with regard to this subject, it at least is brought out of the academic realm and into the wider public realm.

If a new resident to Renfrew-Collingwood needed information about their community, one of the most effective places to seek out information would be the public library. For example, the bulletin board at the Collingwood branch library contains information about employment, volunteerLocated in the pedestrian plaza on the southing, and even about community events that might west corner of Kingsway and Joyce, informative encourage social interaction. Photo taken Wednesday, signage shares the local history of the RenfrewJuly 12, 2017 Collingwood neighbourhood with both residents and visitors. This information’s proximity to an elementary school explains the children’s Maps for pedestrians artwork hanging along the fence bordering of the Renfrew CollingKingsway. Photo taken Sunday, July 2, 2017. wood neighbourhood Photos by John Mendoza enable residents and visitors to find their way, as well as encourage alternative means to travel without resorting to a vehicle. The distance from the centre of the circle to the edge represents how far a pedestrian can walk within five minutes. Photo taken Sunday, July 2, 2017

With all the significant changes happening to Renfrew-Collingwood and to Vancouver in general, an exploration of the question through photography will hopefully at least chronicle our community, perhaps hopefully to provide insight and information for a future generation to scrutinize. Since the chronicling of history benefits from a diversity of voices, perhaps other readers can submit their own photos to this very publication to enrichen the discussion. Outside of a formal schooling environment, what are some other examples of all the different ways local residents engage in informal learning? Submit your photos of events, games, meetings, signage, buildings or anything else that is connected to the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood to rccnews-editorial@cnh. We will publish a further selection of submissions in future issues or on social media.

Located in the pedestrian plaza on the southwest corner of Kingsway and Joyce, signage like this first appeared in the downtown core during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The presence of maps and signage for both visitors and residents help identify and distinguish an area for all. Photo taken Sunday, July 2, 2017

With transit services such as Skytrain and buses such an integral part of the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood, information about the Translink system is important to residents. Tip: Texting the five digit transit stop number followed by the bus number route to Translink’s “Next Bus” number at 33333 will yield the next two departure times from that stop of your selected bus route. Photo taken Saturday, July 8, 2017



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Homeless program raising funds and donations in the neighbourhood by Ana Mateescu The Collingwood Neighbourhood House Morning Star breakfast program has been running since 2004 and serves between 60 and 80 people every Saturday morning! Here homeless and tentatively housed people, from the Collingwood neighbourhood and beyond, are able to have a hot shower and get some clean underwear and clothes before a hot breakfast.

Join Vancouver and Lower Mainland MLAs at the annual pride parade! This is the event’s 39th year and we are proud to support the diverse LGTBQ community! Parade Location and Time: Sunday August 6 at 12 pm – 3pm The Girls Group from Windermere Secondary ran a successful socks and underwear drive to support the participants of the homeless program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Photos by Suzanne Liddle

Starts at Robson St and Thurlow St in the West End. It travels along Denman then ends at Pacific Blvd.

the Collingwood Renfrew area to raise drop off donations at Vancity on Joyce and Kingsway. awareness of homelessness.

Latin Summer Fest, Aug 12/13th

A video story about May 30 Windermere Secondary girls group action is on the Collingwood NeighbourA regular attendee at the breakfast hood House website and Youprogram, Michael Desbiens, went tube: along to meet the girls to say thank watch?v=KIALpiJmP8I you. Donate and shop! Michael has been coming to the The Morning Star breakfast program Morning Star breakfast program is always accepting donations of clean for a number of years. For a long socks and underwear. You can also time, Michael was homeless and living on the street; he connected with the outreach workers at Collingwood and they helped him to apply for housing and eventually he got a roof over his head. He is healthier and happier now but he knows how important it is for someone who is homeless to have basic needs met such as having clean, dry socks and underwear. On May 30 Michael visited Windermere Secondary and had lunch with the girls who participated at the drive. It was an amazing afternoon with interesting discussions and Michael said he felt again “young and full of hope” by listening and witnessing how these girls are making plans how they want to change the world. Michael talked about his experiences and the girls plan to come and volunteer for the breakfast program every Saturday and engage other secondary schools from

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This program relies on the generous help of dedicated volunteers and donations from the local community. Recently, the program partnered with the Girls Group from Windermere Secondary. The girls ran a very successful socks and underwear drive to support the participants of our homeless program! For two to three weeks they spent every lunch break promoting the drive at school and encouraging pupils and teachers to donate.

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Would you like to shop and help the community at the same time? Come check out our Collingwood Summer Market! On Saturday, August 19 there will be a yard sale on the front lawn of CNH with a wide variety of interesting items sold, with plenty of bargains. All the money raised will support CNH’s homeless program. Come every Tuesday and Thursday 11-2pm in August and September in front of Collingwood Neighbourhood House to shop and support people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness. Ana Mateescu is the homeless programs coordinator at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

The annual Latin Summer Fest is here! The day is always filled with great food and entertainment, and it’s a great way to celebrate with the Latino community. For more information, visit www. Location: Swanguard Stadium, Burnaby Time: 11am-7pm Join me at the Moon Festival, Sept 30th! On Saturday, September 30th, the annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival will take place at Slocan Park, next to the 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station. I am delighted to be participating as a judge in the Harvest Fair again this year. Bring your veggies! The Moon Festival is a wonderful combination of Asian and western harvest celebrations, and also an excellent opportunity to reflect on the Renfrew Ravine’s place in our environment. Our office will have a table up for the duration and we look forward to seeing you there!



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Shop local markets An abundance of farm-to-table goodness, seasonal produce and exciting new vendors can be found at the markets right now. These markets are close to the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood or accessible by Skytrain. NEW! DOWNTOWN Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza 688 Hamilton Street at Georgia Jun. 1–Oct. 5 Thursdays, 11 am–3 pm Shop downtown then pick up lunch or dinner at the Queen E market. New lunchtime hours! Near the Granville St. or Chinatown Skytrain station Even better, stop by the CBC Plaza (700 Hamilton Street), 12-1 pm, for their free summer concert series running until every weekday Aug. 25. Check out the line-up at british-columbia/events/cbc-musical-nooners-return-for-their-8thyear-1.4160454

Wesli rocked the stage with afro and reggae beats at the CBC Musical Nooners before playing at the Vancouver Folk Festival. Photo by Julie Cheng

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The Queen E Farmers Market features new lunchtime hours where you can also stop by the CBC Musical Nooners down the street for free summer concerts. Photo source:


MERCATO ITALIAN MARKET 3075 Slocan St. at Grandview Hwy. Fridays, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 & Nov. 24 (Christmas market) 5–9 pm Run by Il Centro, the Italian Cultural Centre, Mercato Italian Market blends a traditional farmers market with an Italian community market that highlights local, organic and artisan products and produce. Near Renfrew Skytrain station RIVER DISTRICT FARMERS MARKET 8683 Kerr Street Saturdays through Oct. 14 10 am–3 pm The River District is one of Vancouver’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods and is located on the Fraser River just south of RenfrewCollingwood. Along with local baked goods and seasonal produce, enjoy live music, family activities and the nearby waterfront playground and pier. You can also stop by Romer’s Burger Bar, which we reviewed in an Eating Out in RC column ( COLLINGWOOD SUMMER MARKET Front yard at Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street Saturday, Aug. 19 1–4 pm Used clothing, household items under $5

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Gathering of Canoes by Penny Lim The Gathering of Canoes was a long-anticipated event, one of the Canada 150th birthday events and the culmination of the annual Pulling Together Canoe Journey. First Nations paddlers – including our very own Collingwood C.R.E.W. – started up the Sunshine Coast and participants joined in along the way. Months of hearing of this historic undertaking coming to town. The day dawned. On July 14 a crowd waited breathlessly at Vanier Park for a sighting of these 23 canoes. Here they come! The canoes circled in their protocol before landing. The paddlers asked for permission to land on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The excitement was heavy in the air. The ceremony was very inclusive, with the RCMP, Police Department and Mayor amongst the paddlers. The different tribes got to know each other, too. Witnessing this moment was a privilege in life. Absolutely exciting and joyous! Electric waves of emotion. Photos by Penny Lim

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Pajo’s delicious fish and chips.

The tidal mud flat in Shoreline Park is at the head of Burrard Inlet. Photos by Julie Cheng

Now you may be ready to head home, or you can head into Port Moody to see what the shops and restaurants Turning left have to offer. To across a small head home, take bridge onto the the overpass. To TransCanada the right is the Port Trail, destination Rocky Point, you’ll see the mud flats become marsh. My Moody Railway Muhusband imagines native peoples living in middens throughout this area, seum and to the left with its rich food sources from the sea. This is where the sea meets fresh is the Moody Centre water, and an area that salmon would travel on their way to their spawning Skytrain station, around five minutes’ walk from Pajo’s. grounds. It’s important to catch the salmon close to the sea as salmon start to deteriorate once they hit fresh water. On the way back we transferred at Lougheed Station and took the Expo line back to Collingwood. Just walk across the platform at Lougheed and Take your time learning take the Expo line train heading to Waterfront. about the local history Along the way we saw more working waterfront. Around Sapperton and flora and fauna. (named after Colonel Moody’s sappers) in New Westminster there’s the hospital and the Brewery District, where Labatt’s Brewery used to be. To Rocky Point has a chilyour left up the hill is the former B.C. Penitentiary, opened in 1878 and dren’s playground and closed in 1980. Just before you pull into New Westminster station you’ll a nice wharf. It’s still pass the red brick buildings of the New Westminster courthouse, first built a working waterfront, in 1891. with an active mill near the wharf. A sign at the New Westminster, too, was established before Vancouver in the 1859 and beginning of the wharf for a short time was the capital. Kingsway was a trail and the quickest way tells the history of Port from New Westminster to Vancouver. Moody’s namesake, Colonel Richard Moody. Before rolling into Royal Oak station, I look south for the ocean views and “You know,” my husband says, “Colonel Moody and his ‘sappers’ did all the surveying in Collin- the Gulf Islands in the distance. So much more history to discover. gwood.” A quick search confirms this tidbit of history (see box). Julie Cheng loves taking the Skytrain. She has been the editor of the RenfrewCollingwood Community News for 10 years.

Colonel Moody and Collingwood According to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House:

My husband remembers walking with his father clear across the inlet from Ioco Road to Rocky Point as a young boy. A sign at the beginning of the wharf tells the history of Port Moody’s namesake, Colonel Richard Moody. By now you might be feeling hungry from your walk, and this is a perfect time stop by for “world-famous” fish and chips from Pajo’s.

“In the 1860s Colonel Richard Moody of the Royal Engineers took a fancy to a lake that sat between what are now Kingsway and Vanness Avenue. He laid claim to the lake and the surrounding land. Moody and other early European settlers were attracted to this area because they were able to drain the lake and grow food in the fertile soil. “Kingsway, once part of an early military trail to Burrard Inlet, follows the route earlier Aboriginal trails that ran parallel to the lake shore. Streets in the neighbourhood were built in orientation to Kingsway and are therefore at odd angles with the rest of Vancouver’s grid-like layout.” (



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Get Involved

Church at the Park


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Saturday, Aug. 5 Slocan Park Art Jam Slocan Field House 2750 East 29th Avenue (near 29th Avenue Skytrain Station) Drop by and have some creative fun. Learn how to make a dream catcher, try your hand at watercolour painting, check out Mayan weaving and more! 1:30–5 pm

Our city loves getting outside during the summer, and so does CityLights Church! This Burnaby church is meeting at a local park for the months of July and August, and invites you to join them.

Saturday, Aug. 19 Summer Market Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street A great opportunity to find bargains like gently used clothing and household items. 1–4 pm Community News Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 FM El Bus de Las 7 With Ramon Flores Every Wednesday 8–9 am It Takes a Village With Robert Moya Every Thursday 4–5 pm


“The people of our city love to get outdoors when the sun is out, so we decided to do the same,” said Pastor Brett Donald, who brought the church to the park. CityLights is a church that is just over three years old and began with a young couple and a heart for our city. Their Kids, families, young adults and seniors all came out for fun in gatherings are simple, laid back and welcoming. the sun at the CityLights Church Sunday meetings at Avondale Park. Photos by Chris Owen Church at the Park started with a bang at CityLights’ big park kick-off event on Sunday, July 9. They invited the community to come out with CityLights Church will be gathering every Sunday in August blankets or lawn chairs to sit on, and celebrated at Avondale Park in Burnaby. Anyone interested in joining in is invited to meet at the 34Ten Centre, at 3410 Boundwith helium balloons, inflatables, face paint, ary Road by 10 am, and walk over to the park together. This Lucky’s Doughnuts, Bible teaching and woris the third year in a row that CityLights has held Sunday ship. meetings at Avondale Park. Kids, families, young adults and seniors all Church at the Park is a comfortable and casual environment came out for fun in the sun. One guest comopen to all: whether you’re learning about Jesus for the first mented, “My son had a blast with their kids’ time or just wanting to take in a church gathering outside, activities!” The kick-off was a suc- Church at the Park is for you! cess –who would have thought lawn “It’s refreshing to be a part of something so unplugged,” says JT, a member of the CityLights community. You don’t chairs, blankets have to conform or convert to be a part of the CityLights and doughnuts gatherings, you can come seeking, skeptical or believing. could be so much Treats and refreshments will be available each week. fun?

What’s happening at your local library Renfrew Branch

2969 East 22nd Ave. at Nootka 604-257-8705 CHILDREN’S & TEENS PROGRAMS

Parents Time Out: New Picture Books, Songs and Rhymes Discover the best new books, songs and rhymes to share with your young children. Meet other parents, have fun and get inspired about new ways to support your child’s learning at home. Adults only, please, as there is no childcare available. Please contact the branch to register. Tuesday, Aug. 22 (10:30 am–12 pm)

Summer Reading Club Have fun all summer long with free programs for kids and families. Kids can sign up for free at their nearest Vancouver Public Afternoon at the Movies Library branch. Join us on Friday afternoons for family friendly movies! Walk on the Wild Side to Your Library: Fridays, 3:30p.m. | Drop-in Tuesdays, Aug. 8 and 5 (2–3 pm) Aug. 4: Indigenous Legends Summer Reading Club Celebration: Aug. 11: The Secret Life of Pets Tuesday, Aug. 29 (2–3 pm) Aug. 18: Sing Aug. 25: Zootopia Storytimes at Renfrew A program for parents and caregivers with young children. Songs, rhymes, and stories Maker Girls Science girls rock in this workshop series are shared. Drop-in just for girls who love engineering and Babytime (0-18 months) science. Complete with exciting demonstraWednesdays, July 5 to Aug 23, 10:30 am tions, hands-on experiments and makeFamily Storytime (0-7 yrs) Saturdays, July 8 to Sep 9, 11:15 am

and-take creations; all workshop supplies will be provided. For girls in Grades 7 to 10. In partnership with eng•cite and UBC. Registration required. Please call 604.257.8705 Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (3–4:30 pm) ADULT PROGRAMS ESL Conversation Circle Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment. Learn about your community and Canadian culture while making new friends. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced speakers. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2–3:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 26, 2–3:30 pm Top Docs Join us on Saturday afternoons for adult documentaries and discussion at the Renfrew Branch. Seth’s Dominion: Saturday, Aug. 5 (2:30–4 pm) Wiebo’s War: Saturday, Aug. 19 (2:30– 4:30 pm)

Story City: One-to-One Sessions Imagine your own stories becoming part of Vancouver’s collected history. Story City is a VPL project that is part of Canada 150+, where we will be collecting memories, anecdotes, and impressions of people living on the unceded land that Vancouver now occupies. Registration is required. Make your appointment by phone or in person at the Renfrew Branch Library. Wednesday, Aug. 2 (2–5 pm) Beach Reads What book are you enjoying this summer? Bring a chair or beach blanket and chat about what you’re reading and why you love it – or don’t. All genres are welcome. We’ll share our favorites, too. Look for the VPL pop-up tent – whether you read paper or digital, we have the titles for you! Saturday, Aug. 12 (10:30–11:30 am) at John Hendry Park (Trout Lake) Saturday, Aug. 19 (10:30–11:30 am) at New Brighton Park Beach


August 2017

RENFREW COLLINGWOOD COMMUNITY NEWS Still Moon Arts: Continued from page 3

Community members, artists and youth got their hands dirty and began painting on July 13. In just two days, the mural was completed, followed by a celebration in the evening. This being our fourth mural, we hope to continue this legacy in other locations where Still Creek has been buried beneath the roads. We also hope this project leaves a lasting reminder of Still Creek and the Renfrew Ravine, and sparks meaningful conversations around it. Stewardship Tuesdays Stewardship Tuesdays is a series of workshops that happen once a week from 6 to 8 pm every Tuesday. On July 4, we held a workshop on gathering local plant material for weaving. Through this workshop, not only did participants help improve ecological integrity of local parks, but learned how to collect natural artistic materials sustainably. Participants gathered invasive plant species, such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, and learned weaving techniques and styling methods. Check out our Facebook page or website for more information on upcoming workshops! Lost and Found Performance: Carmen Rosen sings an original music piece composed by Isaac Rosen-Purcell, joined by youth dancers and fiddlers. Photo by Kat Wadel

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Read On!

A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

Many reasons to love RenfrewCollingwood  by Tony Wanless

Read On!

has a web page. You can:

 Read the articles

 Print worksheets

I have been living in Renfrew-Collingwood for 13 years. Before that, I lived in more central locations such as the Cambie Street and downtown areas.

http://renfrewcollingwood read-on/

I have also lived in other cities in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Reading levels on this page

R-C, as Renfrew-Collingwood is often called, seemed different at first. It was more Asian. Life seemed to move at a different rhythm than in other parts of Vancouver.

Level 1

Level 2


But now I would not live anywhere else. Why? That is simple: It has everything I like.

Level 3


There are many quiet areas, like the Renfrew Ravine, where you can just sit and think. Photo by Julie Cheng

This includes: Many people. I like people – the way they look, the way they act, the way they talk, the way they eat. So I want to be around them most of the time. They make me feel like I belong to a group, or a big family.


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Space. Although I like to be with people, there are times when I want to be alone with nature. I can do that in R-C. There are many quiet areas, like the Renfrew Ravine, where I can just sit and think. Variety. Residents of Renfrew-Collingwood come from many different parts of the world and from many different cultures. This gives the neighbourhood an international feel that appeals to my wandering spirit and desire to learn. Every day, I can feel, for a few moments, like I am in China, Korea, Japan, Manila or Mexico. Language. Renfrew-Collingwood is what is known as a “polyglot” neighbourhood. That means it is home for many different languages. I am originally Dutch, but my main language is English, and like many Canadians, I am also familiar with French, and less so, some knowledge of other European languages. Probably, because of that, I enjoy hearing and trying to learn other languages. In Renfrew-Collingwood, I can pick up bits of Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean or Tagalog. Sometimes I hear other languages as well.

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August 2017

One Love Westcoast Festival at Swangard Stadium and Rickshaw Theatre The Afro-Latin and Reggae International stage will house local and international acts such as Mexico’s AntiDoping, who are reggae superstars celebrating 25 years of resistance championing the social causes of Latin America. Potato from Vitoria Gasteiz Latin Summer Fest, Van Music and Super Chido in Spain is another super reggae ska world Productions are joining forces to launch this power. Formed in 1984 they were the first first edition of the One Love Westcoast Festival ska reggae band in their country and after featuring Afro-Latino and reggae cultures and several members and numerous LP and music. This three-day event will be hosted at tours they are still going strong with a new Swangard Stadium in Burnaby over the weekCD called Todo el Rato. Mexican band Masend and a red carpet VIP concert on Friday katesta is a ska sensation in Mexico used night at the iconic Rickshaw Theatre (254 East to filling stadiums and getting everyone to Hastings Street, Vancouver). dance to their infectious music.

August 11 to 13, One Love Westcoast Music and Community Festival celebrates the music of the worlds and the Latin, African and Caribbean cultures.

This festival is the new edition of the Latin sum- The Sentiments from Portland appear on Coco Jaffro. Photo by Sangito Bigelow mer fest that ran out of Trout Lake for 15 years Saturday, Aug. 12 at Swangard Stadium. until 2015. One of the fixtures of Portland, the Sentiers. Food trucks, a market place, information kiosks ments is a classic ska band with a powerful and DJs will cascade onto the venue to create the female vocal. Among their members are seaCoconut Village. soned musicians that do in some of the best ska projects in their state. This family event is for all ages with no alcohol sales. Friday’s VIP concert features AntiDoping, the Kids under 12 are free. Sentiments and Potato. Full-access pass early bird is now on sale at www. – One Love Westcoast Festival Saturday we move to the Swangard Stadium where you’ll also be welcomed by the enticing Facebook: One Love Westcoast 2017 Twitter: LatinFest, VanMusic fusion local sounds of Los Duendes, Kunda, Rumba 7, MNGWA and Impulso, among oth-

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August 2017


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


CNH’s new annex is starting to come together by Norman Hill

Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Full meal prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.”

The work on CNH’s new annex is moving along very quickly and you can start to see the various parts of it coming together. The builders are working on the floors inside and adding the brick to the exterior of the building. As well, many of the windows have already been installed. It will be exciting to watch the rest of the construction progress over the months ahead. The annex will be located on the main floor of a new condominium tower being built on Vanness Avenue between Boundary Road and Ormidale Street. The annex was designed by GBL Architects and is being built by Wall Financial Corp.


August lunch menu Tuesday, August 1 Vegetable soup Tuna sandwich / grilled cheese Salad Chocolate chip cookies

Operations Director Kulwant Kaur and Executive Director Jennifer GrayGrant inside the annex

Just a short walk along Vanness from the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain station, the annex will include over 10,000 square feet of space. This includes a large multipurpose room with a sprung floor (as in a dance studio), a portable stage, a sound system and theatrical lighting. This space could be used for dance or fitness classes, meetings, movie nights, family dances, celebrations, theatrical or musical rehearsals and performances, arts shows and receptions. There will also be a 900-squarefoot, commercial-grade kitchen, an approximately 700-square-foot multipurpose arts room, a children’s room, office space, a staff break room, and 51 parking spaces. Community members have already expressed an interest in using the Annex for dance classes, art exhibitions, theatrical performances, a community theatre group, and a community band. The multipurpose arts room would also work well for art classes or use by local artists.

The Vanness Street entrance, which Some of the Ren- will be an emergency exit only frew-Collingwood Food Security Institute’s cooking programs may be run out of the new kitchen. It may also be rented out to community members who want to start a small food business, which requires the use of a commercial kitchen.

Most of the spaces in the annex will also be available for rentals, such as events or parties.

Tuesday, August 8 Tomato soup Ham or Mushroom Quiche Salad Vanilla pudding Thursday, August 10 Sausages & pierogies Salad Lemon square

The annex is expected to open in April/May of 2018. After the annex opens, CNH’s Joyce Street building will remain as CNH’s main site. Programs, services and initiatives will run out of both sites.

Thursday, August 3 Australian meat pie / veggie pie Salad Orange cake

Tuesday, August 15 French onion soup Salmon salad sandwich / veggie option Almond cookies

The future annex kitchen

To follow the progress of CNH’s annex, community members can visit the ‘CNH Annex Blog’ at http://www. Those with questions or who are interested in finding out how they can support CNH in completing the annex may contact CNH Executive Director Jennifer GrayGrant at

Thursday, August 17 Moroccan chicken on quinoa / veggie option Salad Sesame seeds cookies Tuesday, August 22 Corn chowder Chicken salad or veggie sandwich Salad Maple syrup tart Thursday, August 24 Shepherd’s pie / veggie pie Salad Pumpkin cheesecake Tuesday, August 29 Cream of broccoli soup Egg salad sandwich Salad Carrot cake

A view of the future Multipurpose Arts Room

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Thursday, August 31 Spaghetti & meatballs / pasta primavera Garlic bread Salad Coconut macaroon


August 2017





ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Canada Day Thank you to all who came out to the annual Collingwood Celebrates Canada with Cake. There was over 200 hundred people that came by for a piece of cake and ice tea. Thank you to our sponsors Heritage Canada, Starbucks (Boundary Plaza) and Safeway.

Collingwood International Film Festival August 4th and 18th Come out and watch some fun family movies with a theme from different countries of the world.



RENEWAL & Annual General Meeting September 27th, 2017 5:30 – 7p.m. Green Thumb Theatre

Coming up on August 4th at Gaston Park, is Spain and the movie will be The Underdogs (English adaption of the 2013 Argentine 3D animated movie Metegol) voices by Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult, Bella Thorne, Matthew Morrison and many more. Foosball characters come to life embarking on wild adventures.


The CBIA board has approved a 7 year renewal budget. Please come out to the Annual General Meeting to hear more about the future plans for the Collingwood BIA. See the invitation above and all businesses and property owners will receive a formal package either by mail or hand delivered this month. The AGM will offer a networking reception, speakers will reflect on what we have achieved over the years and what will be occurring in the future. There will be door prizes, snacks and light refreshments. We are always looking for new board members to join as well. To RSVP email or call the CBIA office 604.639.4403 or

August 18th India at Collingwood Park – Lion The award winning Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor Dev Patel, Best Supporting Actress Nicole Kidman. True story of a lost five year old boy who gets adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later he goes back to India to search for his family. Bring your lawn chair and blankets, soccer ball for Spain’s night to get you ready for The Underdogs and Kleenex for Lion as it will touch your heart. CIFF is brought to you by the partnership of the Collingwood Community Policing Centre and the Collingwood BIA.


August 2017


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