Renfrew-Collingwood Community News March 2019

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March 2019

COMMUNITY NEWS Gendered Voices New series explores gender and traditional social

roles at the Italian Cultural Centre Museum

by Angela Clarke For the 2019 exhibition season the Italian Cultural Centre has embarked on a new and innovative approach to its programming and curatorial vision. In order to fully explore traditional women’s lives, especially those of Italian women of the past, the Italian Cultural Centre Museum has conceived of an exhibition series entitled Gendered Voices. The series consists of four exhibitions. The first three explore the archetypal notions of womanhood that have created the context and shape for women’s lives in traditional society. Strongly held notions of feminine roles that have, in effect, predetermined the trajectory of women’s lives in the past, especially Italy prior to the 1960s. The exhibitions also question how these idealized feminine notions continue to pervade throughout contemporary society even with the advent of feminism. The first exhibition, Princesses + Monsters, features the paintings and sculpture of the Russian-born artist Anyuta Gusakova. Her work is a natural beginning to the Gendered Voices exhibition series since her artistic oeuvre has been devoted to explorations of gender archetypes.

Princess and Blue Horse. Photos courtesy of the Italian Cultural Centre

Rupert and Kingsway 1947 Page 3

Eco-art at Slocan Park Page 5

Flora, the Ice Cream Princess.

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Gendered Voices - Continued from page 1 Princesses + Monsters is her second exhibition at the Italian Cultural Centre. Her first, which opened October 2014, emphasized masculine archetypes through the half man and half bull mythological figure the Minotaur. Gusakova’s current show delves into idealized feminine models of behaviour through the figure of the Princess. As the story opens, the Princess, the heroine, recounted in folklore and tale, is not quite a woman, yet no longer a girl. She faces a moral challenge, one that inhibits her maturation, where she is either entrapped in a tower or frozen, the victim of a spell, into a state of eternal sleep. The Jungian psychologist and interpreter of fairytales, Maria Von Franz, notes that the suspension of time and place is synonymous with the Princess entombed in a state of arrested development. It is only the presence of the Prince, and the desire he awakens in the Princess, that can break the spell and bring her forward into a state of maturation and womanhood. The Princess, and the resolution of her story, culminates with her marriage to the Prince and the restoration of social order. The reaffirmation of a natural order, marriage, and the creation of a family makes the Princess an exalted model for young women in traditional society, and over the centuries in Italy church leaders encouraged women to follow their example. In essence, the Princess is an exemplar of feminine virtue. Like the Princess, girls verging on womanhood in traditional society were expected from birth to become wives, homemakers and, especially, mothers, ensuring that society extended into the next generation. The exhibitions which follow in the Gendered Voices series further explore the role of women as the creators of textile and their transformative experiences during the ritual of marriage. In exhibition two the jacquard weaver Ruth Scheuing examines a woman’s dedication to the weaving, sewing and embroidery through figures from myth and legend. In historic society a woman’s capability in the textile arts was emblem-

atic of her innate capacity to be a wife and mother. In the third exhibition, entitled the Bride: Portrait of a Marriage, four female artists focus on weddings as the moment when an adolescent girl achieves maturity, status and legitimacy in the eyes of society. It also examines the symbolic role of the wedding dress as a psychological projection of the bride’s notions of self, her future and the fantasies. The exhibition also seeks resolution to the questions pertaining to why weddings, the bridal gown and the Princess figure continue to be at the centre of female fantasies, as seen through the pervasive media coverage of last summer’s royal wedding, in this age of feminism and gender parity in the work force. Also, why are women, in our current age, paying extreme amounts of money on dresses that will be worn once? Television shows devoted to the ultimate hunt for the perfect dress remind us that fantasy and fairytale continues to override financial practicalities and good sense. Finally, the exhibition season ends with Malleable, a show of new work by contemporary ceramic artists. This display is based on Lao Tzu’s notion in the Tao Te Ching that water is a fluid substance that defies rigidity, eludes labels and has amazing flexibility to change shape and form. This final exhibition reveals that clay, like water, possesses similar transformative qualities. Through this media of clay, 20 ceramic artists explore a world where notions of gender and gender roles are fluid, free of labels and social pressures to conform. What would our world look like in a world free of gender norms and socially defined roles? What does it mean to be a woman in our current age? This exhibition also invites community artists from the women’s group Atira from the Downtown Eastside to participate. The first exhibition, Princesses + Monsters, featuring the works of Anyuta Gusakova, runs until March 30, 2019. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, 3075 Slocan Street at the Italian Cultural Centre. Angela Clarke is the museum director and curator at Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre.



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Collingwood Corner: Rupert and Kingsway in 1947 by Loretta Houben

Photo from Ted Clark Fonds at the Richmond Archives

Two gigantic billboards sit where the library was to be built just four years later. Many people are crossing the road, which doesn’t have a traffic signal. A British Columbia Electric Railway car is headed down Kingsway, and a bus is coming up Rupert Street on the right. Slushy snow isn’t stopThis is a photo by Ted Clark, from the Richping anyone from going about their daily mond Archives, taken 72 years ago! nfrew-Collingwood Ad_Princesses + Monsters 11/12/18 3:44 PM Page 1 business. Many of us are familiar with the Collingwood Branch library at the corner of Rupert and Kingsway. Have you ever wondered what this area looked like before it was built in 1951?

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The Other Guy’s Opinion: On AI — artificial put in a parking meter. Not anymore, intelligence AI’s telling me what kind of time I by Robert F. Edwards I read an article not long ago that our federal government is spending billions of dollars on artificial intelligence, better known as AI. My thoughts were: what are they doing now, going into Star Wars or may be the Next Generation of the Enterprise? When I came to think about it, artificial intelligence has been with us all along, or as far back as I can remember, which goes back seven decades. I can’t remember ever not having artificial intelligence, better known as a traffic light telling me when it was green to go and when it was red to stop.

wish to have and how much it is going to cost me and how I am going to pay for it. I went on a holiday recently to Cancun, Mexico. I was there ahead of time to check in, and of course no problem, the AI machine or automatic system was waiting for me just to put in my passport, provide my boarding tickets, select my seat and ask how many bags I am putting in the aircraft as there is an additional charge of another $25, so how would you like to pay for it?

Just as I was thinking maybe I’m exaggerating how far this has gone, I went to a big box store and found exactly what I needed and was happy – only to find out there were no cashiers left, only helpers to let us use the new self-checkout service.

Perhaps I am exaggerating when I Upon returning from my holiday, the think I am almost halfway through the portal of AI. But then, I went AI Customs and Immigration at the to my favourite grocery store. The Vancouver airport greeted me with transition from a living cashier to numerous amounts of machines, which would tell me to stand perfectly now an assistant that will help me put my groceries through the AI still while I take your picture and machine is all that was left of the It seems so long ago that I had to fig- details, and please answer the quespersonal contact. ure out what kind of money I had to tions now. At the very end, it printed out exactly who I was and what I am neither for it nor against artificial intelligence, but I do understand I was declarthat it is marching forward faster ing. Instead of than ever and those of us who can a dozen Imunderstand the transition and benmigration and Custom officers efit from it are all the better for it. asking quesRobert F. Edwards is a long-time resitions, now we dent of Collingwood and contributor were down to to the Renfrew-Collingwood one. Community News.



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Mushroom sculptures, foraged-food potlucks and a dye-plant garden Still Moon Arts welcomes three more years at Slocan Park Fieldhouse by Bea Miller

Members of the Still Moon Arts Society (SMAS), the nonprofit behind the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, are again artists-in-residence at the Slocan Park Fieldhouse. For the next three years, the studio will be called the Alder and will focus on eco-art and Indigenous re-skilling. Eco-art aims to inspire respect and caring for the environment and promote social and environmental change. It is the natural fit for a society whose three pillars are art, community and environment. Eco-art works can use natural or upcycled materials, engage with environmental forces such as wind or water, and restore damaged environments such as the Renfrew Ravine. Still Moon Arts Society is partnering with the Resurfacing History project, a mentorship program coordinated by Gitxsan artist and community organizer Jolene Andrew. Resurfacing History is for Indigenous people to share knowledge about the land, and practice land-based skills with each other and with community members of all backgrounds. It is important to the artists at the Alder to have a space in community to learn from each other, respectfully create with natural materials and work towards “reconcili-action” together.

the first sculpture, a pyramid, with the help of interested community members. In April 2019, SMAS will be putting a second sculpture series of human and salmon figures in Renfrew Park, called Fruiting Bodies. These are designed to sprout local mushrooms, as the mycelium (“roots” of the mushrooms) eats the dead plant material and turns it into rich soil. To learn more and participate, come to the Alder on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout March, or check out the installation weekend on April 13 and 14 by the stream at Renfrew Park Community Centre! The final celebration will be on Thursday, April 25 from 5 to 8 pm, and will include a short Ravine Eco-Art tour and a wild mushroom soup. Please register through Renfrew Park Community Centre (RPCC Program #216369).

Carmen Rosen, founding artistic director of Still Moon Arts Over the next three years, Society, creates an eco-printed bundle dye at the Alder. The first project at the Alder is Mycelial Conthe Alder will host regular Photo by Bea Miller nections, which is a sculpture project made with Forager’s Feasts potluck the help of community members in Renfrew events. If you grow or wildcraft your own food, on Earth Day, Saturday April 20, 10 am to 2 pm Park. In October 2018, SMAS artists installed please join SMAS for the Forager’s Feast! You to help clean up the Ravine and plant the seeds bring a dish you made for the dye garden. It will include plants like with at least one ingredimarigold, madder, hollyhock and lupin, which ent that you grew or ethi- are also great for pollinators. cally harvested, and we host the events and bring All of the workshops and programs at the Alder in a speaker or performare subsidized, so that no one is turned away er. The first Forager’s for lack of funds. The Alder is generously supFeast will be Thursday, ported by the BC Arts Council’s Arts-Based March 28. Please register Community Development Program, the City of through RPCC (Program Vancouver’s Community Public Art Grant and #199867). the Vancouver Park Board’s Field House Activation Program. Colour Me Local at the Alder will have natural To keep in touch and learn more, follow the dye workshops every Alder on Instagram and Facebook @alderecoother month throughout artshub or read the blog at alderecoartshub. the year. Thanks to the support of the Vancouver Park Board, SMAS will You can also follow @stillmoonarts on Facealso be starting a dye book, Instagram and Twitter. plant garden in Renfrew Artist Willoughby Arevalo (left) leads the installation of Mycelial ConBea Miller is the general manager of Still Moon Ravine Park! Come out nections in Renfrew Park, October 2018, with the help of Still Moon Arts staff and community members. Photo by Carmen Rosen

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February Festivities with Families I had the pleasure of attending many celebrations in February to mark the arrival of the Year of the Pig. The Renfrew Chinese Seniors at Renfrew Park Community Centre entertained and inspired the audience with their dances and performances. On February 16th, many constituents and I welcomed two lions at my office from the Hon Hsing Athletic Club to bring happiness and prosperity to our community. Thank you to the Collingwood Business Improvement Association for their work in organizing the event. On Family Day, I enjoyed a full day of activities with families at Trout Lake Community Centre. We enjoyed culinary art, musical and dance performances from our talented neighbours.

The South Vancouver Seniors Arts & Cultural Centre Society and Collingwood Policing Centre have teamed up to host movies the first Wednesday of the month at the Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maquinna Drive in southeast Vancouver. The next movie will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Local resident Penny Lim reports that this month’s movie is Rare Bird, starring that fine actor, William Hurt, and filmed in Newfoundland. A struggling restaurant needs to attract business. Announcing a “rare bird” is the gimmick! Come join the movie, lunch and socializing. “We enjoy ourselves,” says Penny.

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SENIORS WELLNESS PROGRAMS BIRTHDAYS AND BINGO MONDAY MARCH 4th 1:30 - 3:00pm Join us for FREE cake for everyone and a celebration of the March birthdays then stay for Bingo! DRIVER TRANSITION WORKSHOP MONDAY MARCH18th 1:30 - 3:00pm Worried about giving up your license in the near future? Want to learn more about other transportation modes available? Join us for a informative workshop put on by Seniors on the Move.

MOVIE DAY MARCH 25TH MONDAY Starts at: 1:30pm Come join us for coffee, tea, popcorn and snacks, and watch the movie you like. (Suggested Donation of $1)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Friendly Visitor for Seniors Are you interested in improving the social and emotional wellbeing of isolated seniors in our community by having a nice chat, playing a game or making tea with them? Can you visit seniors on a weekly or bi- weekly basis in their home? For details please contact Jenny Shen at 604-435-0323 Ext. 227 or by email

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HAIRCUT FOR SENIORS WEDNESDAY MARCH 13TH AND 27TH 2:30 - 5:30pm (Multipurpose Room A) You can sign up at the front desk to save your spot with our hairstylist, Lina! Cost: by donation only (Suggestion $2) KARAOKE THURSDAY MARCH 21st 1:30 - 3:00pm Sing, listen, enjoy! All are welcome. Music in many different languages. Free activity. COMMUNITY LUNCH Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm These three-course lunches are inexpensive and delicious. Menus are different each week; reflecting the changing seasons and diverse food traditions.

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Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education They say it takes a village to raise a child. The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were created to recognize the contributions of BC’s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province. The Awards provide students, parents, teachers and other members of the community with an opportunity to celebrate those who make a real difference in BC schools. They are presented annually to exceptional education professionals in British Columbia’s school system. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2019. For more information, visit excellence-in-education . Apply Now for a Neighbourhood Small Grants! Have a great idea for your community? Bring your idea to life by applying for the Neighbourhood Small Grants, hosted again this year by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The NSG helps increase the amount of community events happening in our neighbourhood. Residents or small groups of residents are encouraged to apply for a grant from $50 to $500 to improve their neighbourhood socially, culturally, and physically! Past ideas included soccer workshops, baklava baking classes, Canada Day picnics, block parties, photo expeditions, and flower painting. Apply online at or pick up a form at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce St. Application deadline is April 9. Plans for a New St. Paul’s Hospital Great news! As the Minister of Health, I am excited to share that our government is giving the green light to a new, state of the art St. Paul’s Hospital. We have made it a priority to see this project move forward, so that St. Paul’s continues to serve more people in Vancouver and around the province now and in the future. For more information, please visit https://news. .

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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

Spring is just around the corner  by Tony Wanless

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It will not be long before we see little flowering plants popping their heads from the ground in our neighbourhood.

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That is because spring, the season that frees us from winter and enables us to enjoy the warmth of summer, is here this month.

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With all the cold we have seen this late winter, it is hard to believe the crocus flowers – usually the first flowers to arrive in spring – will be blooming soon.

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If you lived anywhere else in British Columbia, or Canada, where you would still be shivering in the cold grasp of winter, you might not believe that is true. But here in Vancouver, we have a unique situation that provides us with an early spring that is usually far ahead of the rest of the country. We live next to the Pacific Ocean, which brings warm water currents north to Vancouver every year. When these currents flow through the strait between Vancouver Island and the mainland Vancouver region we benefit from the new warmth. Of course, people who live in Vancouver love to highlight this to the rest of the country, which usually still shivers through late winter and early spring. It is a friendly tease not meant to harm, but to show off our good fortune and make us just a little more proud. That is why some summer-style events in the city begin in late March – March 21 is when winter officially ends. This year, winter has been colder, but also provided more rainfree days than usual. We even had to shovel snow occasionally (but nothing like they do in the rest of Canada). But weather patterns are not fixed, and these different situations happen occasionally. So, not to worry. We will most likely be able to enjoy the liberating freedom and joy that spring provides for many years to come.

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Neighbourhood grants available for local projects Residents and small groups of neighbours have the opportunity to apply for both the Neighbourhood Small Grants and the Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants. Priority will be given to first-time applicants and innovative ideas. Please spread the word and encourage friends and neighbours to get together and come up with a great neighbourhood-building activity on your block, local park or meeting space! Promotional postcards and paper applications can be picked up at reception at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Application deadline is April 9, 2019. Check out the grant information at and the PDF application forms available in seven languages! For more information, contact Sheri Parke at

Neighbourhood Small Grants 1. Connect and engage neighbourhood residents Examples: Block parties to introduce new neighbours or weekly neighbourhood clean-up work parties that strengthen and sustain relationships over time. 2. Share residents’ skills and knowledge within the community Examples: a free yoga lesson for the community or a community kitchen where participants exchange their cooking skills and share a meal together. 3. Build sense of ownership and pride Examples: A historical tour of the neighbourhood or a community clean-up of invasive species in a local greenspace. 4. Respect and celebrate diversity Examples: A multicultural fashion show, a story telling project that involves

Source: seniors and youth, or a cost free acrylic workshops open to all ages and skill levels.

Improving access to nature and planting trees (e.g. a workshop on building nesting boxes for barn swallows with basic materials)

Online applications are open NOW! http://neighbourhoodsmallBreathing clean air (e.g. host an awareness workshop about small-grants the use of renewable energy) Examples of Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants Reducing greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint (e.g. hosting a clothing swap). Promoting greener forms of transportation (e.g. a community map where people can draw their bicycle route to work Creating zero waste (e.g. neighbourhood based composting clinics)

Clean water (e.g. installing rain barrels on garden sheds in community gardens) Green buildings (e.g. host a “Do it Yourself home energy retrofit” workshop providing participants with starter materials such as window insulation kit) Growing and eating local food (e.g. pick neighbours’ unused/ unwanted fruit and process this as a group (e.g. make jam, fruit leather, etc.) Online applications are open NOW! grant/greenestcity-neighbourhood-smallgrants



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Food can help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Lifestyle factors, including what we eat, can influence our health. A nutritious diet can help prevent illness and can lower the risk of developing chronic diseases. Dietitians can help you follow a healthy eating pattern that suits your individual needs and health goals. Just ask!

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種種生活方式因素,包括我們所吃的東西,都影響着我們的健康。營養豐富的飲食有助於預防 身體不適,並降低患慢性疾病的風險。營養師可以幫助你遵循適合個人需求和目標的健康飲食 模式。今個營養月,營養師想提醒你關於食物在預 防疾病方面所具有的威力。

Crunch into healthy school food and celebrate our local farmers! Fresh Roots wants YOU to join in the Great Big Crunch, an annual moment of anti-silence where everyone gets together and bites into crunchy fresh local produce in unison! Why Crunch? The Great Big Crunch is a great way to celebrate healthy food in schools and join a coast-tocoast movement! Did you know that Canada is the only G7 country without a national school food program? Whaaaat? Tell your friends! Let’s get crunching together so that we can spread the word, celebrate food, and make changes!

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建立均衡飲食 時下有很多飲食或「飲食模式」,有的比其他更為健康。其實最好的飲食模式是適合個人口味 並且可以持之以恆 的模式。最賦予研究的飲食模式莫過於地中海飲食(Mediterraneandiet)、 得舒飲食(DASH diet)和麥得飲食(MIND diet)。這些飲 食模式所推薦的食物可以幫助預防二 型糖尿病、心臟病、中 風、痴呆症和一些癌症。 上面列出的飲食模式雖然有着不同的名稱,但當中包括的食 物其實大致相同! 以下列出的是一些上述飲食模式中共同的 食物: • 蔬菜和水果 • 全穀類 • 豆類,例如豆和扁豆 • 堅果和種子 • 牛奶、芝士和乳酪 • 魚、海鮮和家禽 • 芥花籽油和橄欖油等健康油 這些滋補的食品都是預防疾病飲食的基本成份。你可能也注意到這些飲食模式中缺少的食物和 添加的配料。這些飲食都不包括許多高度加工的食物,例如蛋糕、薯片、餅乾、含大量添加糖 的飲料、鹽以及反式脂肪 。




March 2019

What’s happening at your local library Collingwood Branch Library 2985 Kingsway at Rupert 604-665-3953 CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Spring is here! Check out these exciting opportunities for kids to explore new activities and make new friends in Collingwood Library’s free, fun spring break programs. Spring Break: Escape the Wild Woods Are you lost? Work together to find hidden clues and solve puzzles to escape the wild woods of the library. Registration required. For Grades 4-7. Friday, March 22 at 2:30 pm Spring Break: Fractured Fairy Tales How do you fracture a fairy tale? Find out as you crack yourself up with these silly stories and make a craft to go with them. Drop in. For Grades K-7. Friday, March 29 at 2:30 pm Spring Break: Learn to Camp: Animal Aware An amazing part of spending time in nature is seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Parks Canada’s Learn-to-Camp team will provide tips on how to safely view animals while keeping a respectful distance. Registration required. For all ages. Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 pm Ongoing: Lego Block Party Drop in for some Lego building fun at this block party! Meet new friends and break out the bricks for a building bonanza at the library. Drop in. For Grades K-7. Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 at 3:30 pm Have a baby or preschooler? Drop in to share songs, stories and rhymes with other families: Family Storytime Thursday mornings, March 7, 14 at 10:30-11:00am Babytime Thursday mornings, March 7, 14 at 11:30 am-12:00pm

ADULT PROGRAMS ESL Conversation Circle March 5 & 19, 7– 8 pm) Drop in, no registration required. Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced speakers. Computer Essentials Use the Mouse and Keyboard Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. * Registration required. For beginners who want to practise and improve their skills using a mouse and keyboard. No previous experience using computers is required. Computer Essentials: Create and format Documents Saturday, March 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. * Registration required.

One–To-One Computer Training Wednesday, March 20, 2–2:40 pm. * Registration required. For people who need help getting started with their electronic devices, or with the Vancouver Public Library’s website and catalogue. * Register by phone for this class with the Collingwood Branch at 604-665-3953.

“Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.” ~Henri Frederic Amiel

Renfrew Branch Library 2969 E. 22nd Ave. at Nootka, 604-257-8705 CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS Wills and Estates Has “writing a will” been on your to-do list for a long time? Interested in learning more about what is involved in writing a will? Having a will ensures your estate will be distributed according to your wishes. In partnership with People’s Law School. Thursday, March 21, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Power of Attorney Worried about who will take care of your affairs if you are not able to? A power of attorney agreement gives someone you designate the legal power to take care of your financial and legal matters. Come and learn when should you make a power of attorney agreement and more. In partnership with People’s Law School. Saturday, March 23, 2–3:30 pm SFU Philosophers’ Café Discuss philosophical issues with members of your community. Moderator Aman Saini leads discussion on the following topic: Questioning the consumerism of meditation: has mindfulness become a buzzword? In partnership with SFU Philosopher’s Café. Monday, March 25, 6:30–8 pm 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. Saturdays, March 2, March 16 and March 30, 2:30 –3:30 pm. Drop-in. Adult Movie Screenings: Wednesday Night at the Movies Wednesdays 6-8 pm

Learn how to create and save Word documents and apply basic formatting. Basic ability to use a computer and mouse is required.

Series: Family Friendly March 6: Enchanted March 13: Jumanji

Computer Essentials: Get to Know File Management Saturday, March 16, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. * Registration required.

Series: Spring Break March 20: Pete’s Dragon March 27: Christopher Robin

Do you need to organize the documents on your computer? This introductory class covers the basics of file management including creating, renaming, transferring, and deleting files and folders. Basic ability to use a computer and mouse is required.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Storytimes at Renfrew Programs for parents and caregivers with young children. Songs, rhymes, and stories are shared. • Babytime (newborn-18 months) Mondays, March 4 – March 25, 11:15 am • Family Storytime (children of all ages) Saturdays, March 2 – March 30, 11:15 am • Spring Break: Family Storytime (children of all ages) Mondays, March 18 and March 25, 10:15 am • Toddler Storytime (18 months – 3 years) Mondays, March 4 – March 11, 10:15 am • Spring Break: Puppet Show Join us for stories and puppet fun! Suitable for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn together. Monday, March 18, 10:15 am – 10:45 am

SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS Tween Manga Meetup Share your love of manga and anime, make cool crafts, and meet new friends. Please contact the branch to register. For Grades 4-7. Tuesday, March 5, 3:30–4:30 pm Spring Break: Clue (Life Size Library Edition) In this life-sized version of the classic murder mystery board game, the library is your game board and you are the detective. For Grades K-7. Drop in. Tuesday, March 19, 2:30–3:30 pm Spring Break: Escape the Wild Woods Are you lost? Work together to find hidden clues and solve puzzles to escape the wild woods of the library. For Grades 4-7. Please contact the branch to register. Thursday, March 21, 2:30–3:30 pm Spring Break: Fractured Fairy Tales How do you fracture a fairy tale? Find out as you crack yourself up with these silly stories and make a craft to go with them. For Grades K-7. Drop in. Thursday, March 28, 2:30–3:30 pm Spring Break: Family Fort Night Bring the whole family to the library and build a fort! Share stories together by flashlight – we’ve got great reads and supplies. All ages welcome. Thursday, March 28, 5:30–7:30 pm Afternoon at the Movies Join us Friday afternoons for free, family-friendly movies for kids of all ages! Fridays, 3:30–5:15 pm

TEEN PROGRAMS Teen Advisory Group Come join our TAG! If you’re between the ages of 13-18 and would like to share your opinion on our teen programs, services and/or collections, then TAG is for you! Drop in to check it out before signing up. Ages 13-18. Wednesday, March 6, 4–5 pm Tools for Managing Stress This workshop introduces mindfulness tools to help youth tackle stress from the inside out! Teens try out simple strategies to reduce stress, manage emotions, reactivity, and acknowledge choice in difficult situations. Includes short videos, opportunities for small group work, large discussions and space for quiet reflection. Delivered by trained volunteers. Free. Thursday, March 14, 5:30–7 pm Location: Renfrew Public Library Meeting Room To Register: 604-257-8388 ext 1 or online through the Vancouver Parks Board website.


March 2019


More needs to be done to help refugees find work by Olga Stachova IKEA Canada’s recent commitment to hiring 250 refugees in the next three years is welcome news. Newcomer unemployment in Canada overall was at its lowest rate in 2017 in more than a decade but refugees continue to face real challenges finding work in Canada. The unemployment rate for refugees has consistently been the highest among all immigrant groups. A number of factors contribute to this. Syrian refugees participate in an intensive two-month workplace training program at MOSAIC. Compared to other immigrant Not everyone has the resources or commitment A study done for the international Tent Partgroups, they are less likely to speak English that companies such as Arc’teryx and IKEA Cananership for Refugees found clear benefits for or French, to have postsecondary education da have to hire refugees. Many companies see it as employers who hire refugees – refugees stay and to have strong family ties in Canada. The too risky, requiring extra support that they don’t with the same employer for longer than other educational institutions they attended and have. They’re not sure how to evaluate refugees’ hires and hiring a few refugees opens the door their training records may no longer exist, experience and credentials. They wonder about to recruiting many more which reduces labour along with records of employment, training refugees’ English skills and whether they’ll fit into shortages. certifications and references. the workforce. Canada needs more employers to see the potenBut refugees also bring with them the resilThe role of immigrant-serving organizations can tial contribution that refugees can make to their ience, skills and talent to make significant be crucial to the success and sustainability of more businesses. By 2034, newcomers to Canada are contributions to Canada’s economy and rapid integration of refugees into the workplace. communities. And with 14-17% of newcomers expected to account for 100% of Canada’s popuIn addition to identifying suitable candidates for lation growth and an increasing proportion of to Canada expected over the next few years work-related training, MOSAIC is able to provide our workforce. belonging to the refugee and humanitarian refugee clients with language and settlement assiscategory of arrivals, a strategy for integrattance, pre-employment and post-placement supIn addition to working with IKEA on its new ing refugees into the workforce needs to be port, orientation about Canadian workplaces and employment initiative, MOSAIC has partnered developed in cooperation with the employer cultural integration assistance. with Arc’teryx, the Canadian outdoor clothing community. and sporting goods company, which received MOSAIC’s Employer Recognition Award in 2018 MOSAIC offered one such program with the BC AlA recent international study by the Hire Imliance for Manufacturing with the result that 85% migrants network described best practices for for the excellent work it does. of the refugee participants were offered jobs upon hiring refugees. Strong partnerships between program completion. When Arc’teryx decided to keep making clothes employers and community organizations in Canada, it realized that it was not going to were seen as critical to refugees getting jobs MOSAIC is calling on governments to financially find the workers it needed among those born as were programs and initiatives specifically support refugee-specific employment programs, on here. They reached out to MOSAIC to connect aimed at refugees. The need for refugeeall employers to see refugees as a rich talent pool with newcomer talent and they hired and conspecific employment services was also idenand on immigrant serving organizations to partner tinue to hire refugees. They have found hardtified in a recent study done for the Transwith and support employers to hire refugees who working, passionate employees who are eager atlantic Council on Migration that called are ready and keen to make a contribution. to show what they can do. Arc’teryx provides for increased job training and on-the-job English language classes after work to their emlearning opportunities and improved services Canada is seen as a global leader in refugee resetployees and has an Arabic-speaking administrathat match refugee jobseekers with potential tlement. Now we need to follow-up and do what’s tor to help with interpretation and translation employers. necessary so that refugees can fully contribute to when required. Canada, its economy and its communities. We need more employers like IKEA and Arc’teryx and we need programs that are specif- Olga Stachova is the chief executive officer of MOSAIC, which stands for Multi-lingual Orientation Service ically aimed at preparing refugees for employAssociation for Immigrant Communities. MOSAIC proment and getting them jobs. Those programs vides employment services, family services, language need to provide skills and language training, as instruction, legal information, settlement services, required, and on-the-job experience and learnand victim and family violence services from multiple ing. They need to be designed and delivered by sites in Metro Vancouver. MOSAIC also operates the immigrant serving organizations and employWorkBC Centre for Vancouver Northeast catchment ers and/or employer organizations working in area, as well as MOSAIC Translations and Interpretapartnership. tions Services.


March 2019


Grandview-Collingwood Legion Branch 179 Update

Finding love in finance by Ann Wong

Become a Member

Ask anyone “do you love your spouse and children?” They would typically answer, “yes, I love them and want to look after them.” The next question would be “how do you look after them?” Most will answer “I provide for them with food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, hobbies, vacations.” These are all great answers and address the here and now.

safety video on airplanes always tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you help your children. The same applies to protecting your ability to provide for you and your family.

Let’s imagine the unthinkable that something unfortunate happens, either an accident or sickness impacts you and you are alive but not well. Can your family maintain their lifestyle – paying the rent or mortgage, plus groceries, clothing, dining out, hockey games, piano lessons? If the answer is “no” then you will have to plan ahead for if or when it happens.

When you are healthy, set up your safety net in case you lose your balance and fall. Make sure that there will be money coming in, even if you are not working. This also applies to all you single people out there. You don’t want to be put in a position to ask family and friends for help. Be strong and have a solution in place.

Life is full of up and down cycles. Up moments are wonderful and we are all like Superman and we feel invincible. Down moments are extremely difficult to accept and we go through denial of why it happened to us.

Ann Wong has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations and is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Email her if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation on ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.

There is a way to protect yourself. Don’t panic. Plan ahead. This is self-love and loving others. You must look after yourself first before you can look after your loved ones. The

Did you know that everyone is welcome to join, you do not need to be a veteran or related to a veteran. Legion members care about supporting the men and women who serve this country; they want to contribute to our communities and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. When you join the Legion, you support the many services we offer to veterans, serving military, RCMP and their families. Your membership also helps provide essential services within our communities, including seniors support services, housing and care for the elderly, drop-in centres, Cadets, sport programs and much more.

Events at the Legion

Thursday Bingo: At 1:00 p.m. Soup & Sandwich at 2:00 p.m., $6.00. Friday and Saturday Meat Draws, 50/50 Draws: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. $1.00 a ticket.


Grandview-Collingwood Legion Branch 179 at: 2205 Commercial Drive 604-253-1181 Email: Visit:

RENFREW PARK COMMUNITY COMPLEX 2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5M 2Y3

604 257-8388 Centre: ext 1 Pool: ext 2 Fax: 604 257-8392 Website: or

Jointly operated by Renfrew Park Community Association and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

2019 Spring Registration

Swimming Lesson Registration starts On-line, in person or by phone Tue, March 19 @ 9:00am Centre Program Registration Starts On-line and in person Tue, March 5 @ 9:00am By phone (604 257-8388, ext 1) Wed, March 6 @ 9:30am To create a new account, go to

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool

Saturday, March 23rd from 2:00pm–4:00pm

Come and join in the fun! *Regular admission rates apply

Spring Break Badminton Program With Richard Le Shuttle I (6-18yrs) 195092 M-F Mar 18-22 195093 M-F Mar 25-29 Shuttle I/II (6-18yrs) 195094 M-F Mar 18-22 1905095 M-F Mar 25-29 Shuttle III/IV 195096 M-F Mar 18-22 195097 M-F Mar 25-29


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Workshops cont.

Red Cross Babysitting Training (11+yrs)

Sushi 101 (19+yrs)

First Aid Hero So you want to be a babysitter, or your parents want you to take this course so they feel confident leaving you at home alone? Babysitting with First Aid Hero emphasizes learning through real life scenarios. Covered in this course: Exploring the Business of Babysitting; Creating Safe Environments; Safely Caring for ages 0-12; First Aid Skills. Bring a bag lunch (no nuts please), yoga mat, medium sized doll or stuffed animal, water and snacks. 192059 Sun Mar 17 10:30am-5:30pm $60/person

DIY Poke Bowls (19+yrs)

Michelle Chow This Hawaiian staple has been popping up all over Vancouver! Learn how you can make this delicious seafood rice bowl in your own home! Basic toppings like avocado, cucumber, green onion, imitation crab, salmon and furikake will be provided. Bring additional ingredients if you'd like to make your own unique poke bowl! 194576 Wed Mar 6 5:00-7:00pm $12/person Fermented Beverages (19+yrs) Jennifer Lee In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make Kombucha (fizzy fermented black, green or oolong tea) and Jun! Bring a jar (500ml size) to take your own piece of scoby and starter Kombucha and Jun tea. Kombucha 190553 Wed Mar 13



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Learn how to make your own sushi rolls from start to finish! Make delicious classic sushi rolls like the California Roll and Dynamite Roll or bring your own ingredients to make your own unique sushi rolls! Basic fillings like mayo, avocado, cucumber, imitation crab, and shrimp will be provided. 194579 Wed Mar 20 5:00-7:00pm $10/person

Special Events St. Patrick's Day Luncheon (55+yrs) Bring in the Irish St. Patrick's Day. There will be a full lunch served, entertainment and door prizes. Menu: Irish Stew, Colcannon (a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage), Irish Soda Bread, Irish Coffee Cake Entertainment: Greater Vancouver Irish Dance Society 190565 Wed Mar 20



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March 2019


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


Joyce Location: 5288 Joyce St. ; Tel: 604-435-0323 / New Annex Location: 3690 Vanness Ave. ; Tel: 604-428-9142 / Visit:

Hands and hearts on deck: For a new Seniors Shuttle Judie Lee cares about giving back. As a hairdresser with over 30 years of experience, she has come up with some creative means to help the seniors in the Renfrew-Collingwood community a few months ago, Judie saw an article about the Seniors Shuttle program and wanted to help out. The Seniors Shuttle program is part of the Better at Home program in the RenfrewCollingwood neighbourhood and offers door to door service to seniors. Cost range goes from by-donation to $10 for a round trip. The service was being provided with a de-commissioned handydart bus, painted white with big black bold letters, “Seniors Shuttle” painted on the side. Unfortunately, the bus was on its last legs and was taken off the road in 2018. For the time being, the shuttle service is being offered with the use of a 14-passenger van and a bus rental one day a week from another agency. With the multitude of seniors’ services that the Neighbourhood House offers, it is on the wish list for the House to purchase another senior friendly bus. As part of her campaign to raise funds for the shuttle, Judie is offering a couple of great deals with proceeds going to help fund a new Shuttle. On Tuesdays, she is offering 2 for 1 for one colour service. Bring a friend in and get spoiled for half the costs. Judie is also offering a family package which includes one adult cut and two children cuts for $40. 20% of proceeds from these bookings will come back to the shuttle program. To book an appointment with Judie at Lovely Salon located at 3012 Vanness Avenue, you can email Judie at or text (or call) 236-889-3336.

COMMUNITY LUNCH 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.” *Joyce location

March lunch menu Tues 05 Minestrone Soup Tuna melt veggie option Salad Pecan Tart Thurs 07 Sweet and sour chicken with brown rice Salad Tiramisu Tues 12 Carrot turnip soup Spinach or chicken pie Salad Vanilla pudding

providing non-medical support services. The program is funded by the Government of British Columbia and managed by the United Way. Services are delivered by local non-profit agencies, such as Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Some other services beside the Seniors Shuttle that the Renfrew-Collingwood Better at Home program offer are the Light Housekeeping & Yard Work, the Mondays and Wednesdays Walking Club and the Friendly Visiting Program. For more information about these services visit:

About the Better at Home program Better at Home is a program designed to support seniors in maintaining independence and staying connected with their communities by This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thurs 14 Salmon or veggie burger Salad Apple pie Tues 19 Lentil soup Macaroni and cheese Salad Cheesecake Thurs 21 Chicken or veggie curry with rice Salad Carrot cake Tues 26 Black bean soup Pulled pork or veggie sandwich Salad Oatmeal cookies Thurs 28 Meat or veggie loaf with potatoes Salad Chocolate cake.



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Upcoming Events APRIL 27

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Collingwood Ð Saturday, February 16th Thank you to all of our participating businesses and organizations and sponsors and the Hon Sing Athletic Club. (See ad in this issue for the list of participants) There was a bit of rain at the beginning and then remained cloudy. Last year due to snow we had to move the Lion Dance to March.


Jr. BIA Case Study Ð Telus APRIL 27 Ð Neighbourhood Clean Up 10 Ð 2 p.m. APRIL 29 Ð MAY 1 BIABC Conference in Surrey MAY 25 Collingwood Days Festival

Homelessness in Vancouver: What you should know and how you can help In the 2018 homeless count, 2,281 residents are facing homelessness in the city. The lack of access to affordable housing and support for mental health and addition are contributing factors to the issue. How you can help: 1.

Contact a Homelessness Services Outreach Team: Collingwood Neighourhood House

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Report an encampment on private property, non emergency police line 604.717.3321


Someone at risk of overdose call Vancouver Coastal Heath Overdose Outreach Team


604.360.2874 or 9-1-1 immediately if someone is overdosing.



Vancouver Coastal HealthÕs Access & Assessment Centre for mental health concerns 604.675.3700



Call 2-1-1 for information on community, social and government services


Needle pick up: Call the BIA 604.639.4403 or Coast Heath Foundation 604.872.3502

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March 2019



Thank you!


to our wonderful sponsor Telus

& merchants who participatedÉ Don Davies, MP • VPL • Vancity Credit Union • CaptainÕs Boil • Congee Noodle • Something Special • HM Tax & Accounting • The UPS Store • Yat Sum Chinese Herbs • Happy Times Travel • TD Canada Trust • Collingwood Neighbourhood House • Starbucks • Orijin Yoga • Western Kung Fu • MaxÕs Restaurant • Safeway • Consumer Produce • London Drugs • Happy Day Café • Collingwood Neighbourhood House • Collingwood Community Policing Centre • CW Music • Adrian Dix, MLA Office • Kingsway Sushi



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