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It’s open! CNH’s arts and culture hub, the Annex by Cecilia Federizon After years of advocacy and hard work, Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s (CNH) second location, the Annex, is open! On October 11, 12 and 13, CNH held three days of Annex opening celebrations marking the culmination of more than eight years of work by hundreds of local people. The 10,250-square-foot Annex, located at Vanness Avenue and Boundary Road, is a new location, in addition to its main site on Joyce Street. The grand opening ceremony was launched by Jewel Thomas, a Musqueam elder and CNH staff member who welcomed everybody to the milestone event taking place on Coast Salish Territory. Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke of the strong role CNH has played both in Renfrew-Collingwood and within the City of Vancouver and beyond. Paula Lindner, CNH president, spoke of the significance of this milestone in CNH’s history, noting that the Annex will be run as a mainly arts-and-cultural space, which is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. She thanked the City, which owns the space and leases it to CNH for a nominal amount, and Wall Financial Corp, The audience at the grand opening celebration was treated to speeches and a special performance by worldclass musician Zhang Zhao Xiang. Photos by Chao Cheng

RCC News 20 years: Happy 100 to John Harlow Page 3

#MeToo hits close to home Page 5

Seniors bus trip

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Miss Wheelchair Canada

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which built it through a community amenity contribution. Jennifer Gray-Grant, CNH executive director, thanked the many CNH staff, participants, volunteers, local service providers and the businesses that worked together over many years to make the Annex a reality. She particularly mentioned retired Collingwood Community Policing Centre executive director Chris Taulu, who worked tirelessly to help secure the space for

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November 2018

Happy 100th birthday to John Harlow

by Paul Reid

Originally printed in the June 2017 issue of the RCC News

To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News, we’re revisiting past stories that have particularly inspired us. Reading the RCC News gives a wonderful glimpse into the lives of local residents. This story was enjoyable to read as it celebrated the milestone 100th birthday of John Harlow with a look back at his rich, rewarding life. Staff writer Paul Reid chronicles John’s work history in the transit industry and how his love and passion for this work was passed through his family to create a multi-generational connection. — Lisa Symons, sales and distribution coordinator

Above: Three generations of transit operators (from left to right), David, Michelle and John Harlow in front of the house on Chambers Street. Left: Here are members of Neville Transit with one of the Neville buses. When drivers formed a Union, Mr. Neville fired everyone. When the B.C. Labour Board ruled against him, Neville sold the company to B.C. Electric. Herbert Harlow and Rose Campbell met while working at Vancouver General Hospital. They married and had their first born, John, in 1917. In 1925, John’s wife-to-be, Georgette, was attending Norquay School. John and Georgette met when they attended South Vancouver high school (now, John Oliver), married in 1939 and moved onto Chambers Street. Three of their four children would also attend Norquay School. John would later build a new house on Chambers Street in 1950. He bought the double lot for $600. This is the house he still lives in today with his son David and his wife Sylvia. So, we have had a Harlow living on Chambers Street for over 78 years. We have also had a Harlow driving city buses in Vancouver

This was the job with Neville Transit that would start the continuing legacy of the Harlow family. John worked with Neville until they became BC Electric and later BC Hydro. During this time, John became a motorman, driving street cars. In 1978, John’s son David would join the transit team. It was around this time that the company would became Metro and then Coast Mountain. In 2004, David’s daughter, Michelle started driving, becoming the third generation of Harlows to do so. (John retired in 1979; David in 2009.) For John’s 100th birthday, his family wanted to give him a ride down memory lane. So they rented a vintage 1964 G.M.C. bus, provided by TRAMS, and along with family and friends, the day was spent touring with John down memory lane. This

included John’s old routes in East Vancouver; Sea Island where John worked with Boeing; past the school where he met his wife; the Church where they got married; and others. Needless to say, John had a fantastic 100th Birthday.

John became a motorman, driving street cars like this one.

A BC Electric bus

Congratulations to Michelle and the Harlow family on this latest addition (right) this year. Could this be the fourth generation of the HarA BC Hydro bus, circa 1968. low-transit legacy?


November 2018

Remembering Remembrance Day Photos by Paul Reid


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:Ann Wong, Cecilia Federizon, Chao Cheng, DJ A-SLAM, H. Gordon, Henry Tan, Jose Manuel, Mohini Takhar, Paul Reid, Penny Lim, 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.

The Renfrew/Collingwood Community News does not necessarily support the views of its contributors.

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

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Contact the RCCNews Phone: 604-435-0323 extension 261 Fax: 604-451-1191 Editorial: rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca Advertising: Phone Lisa Symons at 604.435.0323 email: rccnews-sales@cnh.bc.ca Renfrew/Collingwood Community News Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9

These photos were taken last year at Memorial South Park where Collingwood’s Branch #48 has historically taken part in Remembrance Day. Now as part of the amalgamated Grandview-Collingwood Branch #179, you will find your local members and residents both at this ceremony as well as the Grandview Memorial Cenotaph on Commercial Drive (see p.11).



November 2018

#MeToo hits close to home by DJ A-SLAM Last year, I released a music video with my group the Global Party Starters, titled Gone. The video is based on the night that my mother ultimately decided to leave my father. I wanted to talk about Gone in the wake of the #MeToo movement because I wanted my mom’s story to be a part of this conversation. Gone is about domestic violence, but domestic violence is gendered violence, and both fall under rape culture.

Photo source: globalpartystarters.com

I grew up with my single mom for most of my life. And I never realized until I was older how strong she was to leave my dad. Domestic abuse is simply violence again women. It is verbal abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and we should not stand for it. As the United Nations put it, violence against women is “a plague” that still infects both developed and developing countries. I wanted to share two horrifying stats that exist in Canada, that were given to me by Vancouver’s Battered Women’s Support Services: • 1 in 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime • Every 5 days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner As men, we can step up, be better allies, question our own beliefs and behaviours around gender and sexuality, and press for progress in eliminating violence against women. I would also like to thank Bal Brach from CBC for having me in to talk about the song and this subject. In addition to the statistics, we talked about the stigma that women have to deal with around abuse. There are two stigmas here that we must address. One is around divorce. In many communities divorce is still looked down upon. But the best thing that my mom ever did for herself and her children was leaving my dad. The second stigma is the focus on women to go out and get help. Although this is important, where is the anger at men for putting women in that situation? Where is the stigma against men when we find out that they are abusers? November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. I wanted to share this song and video as a THANK YOU to our subscribers, and provide some more insight into our music. I hope you can use this song and video as a tool throughout the year, and especially on Nov. 25 to speak up and speak out. It’s the least we can do. Hussein “DJ A-SLAM” Alidina attended Carleton Elementary and Windermere Secondary and worked as a youth worker at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Published with permission from globalpartystarters.ca. The song Gone was co-written by Sangeeta D, and the video was created in collaboration with Be True Cineworks. Listen to the track at globalpartystarters.com/metoohits-close-to-home/



November 2018


The Seniors Connection Seniors bus trip to salmon hatchery and spawning grounds by Penny Lim October 22, 2018, a group of seniors enjoyed a brilliant day trip presented by Killarney Community Centre. The bus ride alone was worth going on. Perfect weather and temperatures.

It was fascinating to observe the actions of the courageous spawning fish finding home by their sense of smell to natal springs.

The red sockeye or lesser numbers of pink salmon First stop, a 20-minute tour of the Chehalis River Hatch- were easy to spot. I was saddened by the sight of ery, constructed in 1982. the numerous carcasses, The hatchery is located near Chilliwack and drains into the however, they do provide food for the hatched eggs Harrison River. and nearby trees. Our guide Simon Yan then After these two tours, we took us to Weaver Creek, where we spent about an hour dined at the delightful Black Forest Restaurant and half walking the threein Harrison Hot Springs. kilometre Weaver Creek The schnitzel and goulash Spawning Channel (located soup were just superb. between Mission and Agassiz).

Spawning at Weaver Creek. Right: Salmon fry at the Chehalis River Hatchery. Photos by Penny Lim


BIRTHDAYS AND BINGO MONDAY NOV. 5th 1:30 - 3:00pm Join us for FREE cake for everyone and a celebration of the November r birthdays then stay for Bingo! Also, Join KIN 465 students for an 'Interculturalism and physical Activity workshop'. This fun, interactive workshop will focus on games and conversation KARAOKE THURSDAY NOV. 15th 1:30 - 3:00pm Sing, listen, enjoy! All are welcome. Music in many different languages. Free activity. FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOP ENGLISH/CHINESE MONDAY NOV. 36th 1:30 - 3:00pm Come to learn about investment planning, retirement planning, tax planning, estate planning and insurance planning, hosted by a financial security advisor.

WORLD CAFÉ MONDAY NOV. 19th 1:30 - 3:00pm A casual conversation circle to share your opinions about news and events from around the world. COFFEE SOCIAL Every Thursdays 10:15 am A casual conversation circle. Cost:$1 (Free on the first Thursday of the month)

HAIRCUT FOR SENIORS NOV. 14th & NOV. 28th 3:00 - 5:45 pm (Program Room A) You can sign up at the front desk to save your spot with our hairstylist, Lina! Cost: by donation only

SENIORS ON THE MOVE Need a Ride? FREE service for seniors with low income, and with language and/or disability barriers. Helping seniors meet their transportation needs CALL Jenny Shen SOTM Program Coordinator 604-435-0323 Ext. 227

Walk with us! The Renfrew Collingwood Better at Home Walking Club leaves Collingwood Neighbourhood House every Monday and Wednesday at 10.30am Mondays: Local walk followed by coffee Wednesdays: Further walk exploring Vancouver’s many parks COMMUNITY LUNCH Every 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.

Monthly movies for adults 55 + The Southeast Vancouver Seniors Arts & Cultural Centre Society and Collingwood Policing Centre have teamed up to host movies at the Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maquinna Drive in southeast Vancouver. The next movie will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. The Cider House Rules is a romantic drama that tells the story of a young man who is taught medicine by the doctor at the orphanage where he was brought up. Starring Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron and Michael Caine, the movie won two Academy Awards in 2000. Come join the movie, lunch and socializing. Schedule: * Movie starts promptly at 12:20 pm. All are welcome. PG-13, 131 minutes. * Meet and greet 11:00 - 11:30 am (tea & coffee available) * Luncheon at 11:30 am for the first 30 seniors to register * Registration open from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31 - call 604-718-6575 * Luncheon sponsored by donations to SVSAC SOCIETY * Suggested donation: $3.00 to help with cost of Luncheon For more information, contact the Southeast Vancouver Seniors Arts & Cultural Centre Society, www.svsacs.org, 604-325-0163 or svsacs @ gmail.com.

Read On!


November 2018


A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

Guerrilla English 

Read On!

has a web page. You can:

by Tony Wanless

 Read the articles

Guerrilla is a word taken from the Spanish language. It mean someone who fights a war in a different way.

http://renfrewcollingwood communitynews.com/category/ read-on/

But today it is often means anyone who performs a task in a way that is useful instead of traditional.

Reading levels on this page Level 1

Guerrilla learning helps you learn faster.

Level 2

With Guerrilla English, you talk with ordinary English speakers even though you fear you are not good at it.

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Level 3


Don’t worry about making mistakes. Instead, make the mistakes and then ask the listener what is right. This means you will be enlisting them to help you learn to speak as ordinary people do. Here are some ways to do guerrilla English: 1. Don’t be shy: Talk with everyone, even though you make mistakes. If you are friendly and cheerful and entertaining, most people will be happy to talk. Always thank them. 2. Ask constantly: Ask English speakers for help. Note what they tell you. It doesn’t have to be correct, but is probably closer to the way it is spoken. 3. Trade the word from your own language. This way you will both learn. Most people like to learn words in other languages. 4. Live only in English: Talk with other English learners. You can help each other learn by laughing at your mistakes together. Trade learning methods. 5. Get a boyfriend or girlfriend (or just a friend) who speaks English well, or is a native English speaker. You’ll learn English as it is used outside a classroom and have fun at the same time. 6. Talk every chance you get with English speakers. Many will be willing, especially if you offer to teach them some of your own language. Meet for coffee or join clubs involved with other interests.

guerilla Spanish useful traditional learning


ordinary mistakes enlisting shy cheerful

constantly trade methods native willing

enlisting: to secure the support and aid of constantly: without variation, deviation, or change note: to notice or observe with care willing: ready, eager, or prepared to do something


November 2018


Miss Wheelchair Canada 2018: Breaking beauty misconceptions by Mohini Takhar This past August, the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association of Canada held an event called Miss Wheelchair Canada, a beauty pageant celebrating women of all cultures and abilities, specifically women who use wheelchairs.







The heart and soul behind Miss Wheelchair Canada is Olesya Kornienko, the president of the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association of Canada. Kornienko first came across the concept of Miss Wheelchair Canada from a friend in Poland, who hosted Miss Wheelchair Poland. Kornienko decided that Canada should have one too, and so Miss Wheelchair Canada was born.


I thought I knew the concept of a beauty pageant, which was to look amazing and be able to do brilliant things for your community. I never imagined myself competing in a beauty pageant, let alone a beauty pageant for women with wheelchairs. There’s a stigma attached to using a wheelchair, which is the idea that you are unkept, unattractive and incapable of being a productive member of society. As a woman that uses a wheelchair, I never Mohini Takhar. Photos submitted by Jose Manuel

Don Davies M.P. for Vancouver Kingsway Honouring those who sacrificed. Working for a peaceful future. Best wishes this Remembrance Day. 2951 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5J4 DonDavies.ca Tel: 604-775-6263 Fax: 604-775-6284 Email: Don.Davies@parl.gc.ca

Miss Wheelchair Canada, Bean Gill thought that I have been working on projects that highlight the disability community. Anyone who knows me can and will object to this. On August 25, 2018, I was put to the test. Despite being a creative writing major at Douglas College, I’m constantly trying to find innovative ways to make a character be in a wheelchair because why should I hide the best part of myself? The idea of using a wheelchair is associated with such a negative perspective that people automatically consider you a weak person if you choose to use a wheelchair. I feel extremely blessed to be part of a movement that showcases women in wheelchairs as fierce and confident because that what this exceptional group of women were and continue to be. The experience was incomparable to anything I’ve experienced before. Six women, including myself, participated in workshops at the Gathering Place Community Centre where we tried on our gowns, had a hair and makeup team and received dance lessons from Lana Shahar. Shahar showed us dance moves, adapted accordingly for everyone, demonstrating that women in wheelchairs can dance like anyone else would. The grand event took place at the Roundhouse Community Centre, with an audience of approximately 100 people. Bean Gill, an Edmonton woman, won the prestigious crown of Miss Wheelchair Canada 2018. Gill embodies what it means to be Miss Wheelchair Canada as she is a co-founder of a rehab centre.



November 2018

Grandview-Collingwood Legion Branch #179 Update This is the busiest month of the year for veteran’s organizations such as our Grandview-Collingwood branch who are busy with the poppy campaign and getting ready for the ceremonies November 11. Every year, from the last Friday of October to November 11, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. While the Poppy is distributed freely to all who wish to wear one, the Legion gratefully accepts donations to the Poppy Fund. It doesn’t stop with Nov. 11 though. Our local Branch #179, like other branches, is working year round to raise funds for the betterment of society. Here to the right are Legion members Jack Reid, Larry Carlson, Gerry Vowles, Peter Salmon, Robert Smith, and Diane Janes, presenting a cheque to The Terry Fox Foundation for $17,730. Excepting the cheque on behalf of The Terry Fox Foundation is International Director, Rhonda Risebrough. G

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November 2018

Let’s leave a lasting legacy


by Ann Wong

Dear Neighbours,

November is a solemn month with November 11, Remembrance Day observed in Canada and the Commonwealth nations and Veterans Day in the United States. On this day, we honour fallen soldiers who have fought for the peace we have today. Lest We Forget. Their legacy lives on. This is a time to think about what kind of legacy we wish to leave to our children, grandchildren and charities. Most people think of bequeathing antiques, jewelry, paintings, real estate and other valuable items. The reality is that legacy giving goes beyond material possessions but more how we can make a difference in people, organizations and the community while we are alive and how our contributions can still be effective after our passing. It is especially important for families who have extensive assets (investment portfolios, real estate holdings), family businesses and corporations to designate certain assets and the purpose they will preserve. Leaving a legacy is tied closely with estate planning. To properly set up your desire to make a meaningful contribution to charities, consider the following variables: 1. Whether to establish and maintain a new foundation or to contribute to existing charities. 2. Costs associated to the set-up and ongoing management of the charitable investments. 3. Funding you wish to start with. This can be from $25,000 and up of investments. 4. What is the investment vehicle you wish to use that will maximize the return with the lowest risk.

Remembrance Day: November 11th November 11th is Remembrance Day, set aside for all of us to take time to recognize the sacrifice of those who fought and died for their country in battle, and to remember how important it is to work for peace so we may never again face the tragedies of wartime. You may wish to display your sentiment by making a contribution and wearing a poppy.

5. The tax efficiency of the funds at contribution time and time of use/withdrawal. 6. Disbursement of grants to various charities (if more than one), selection process and annual amount allocation.

Please join me on Sunday, November 11th at the Memorial Park Cenotaph, located at 41st Avenue and Windsor Street, to recognize the ultimate sacrifice that so many have made across the world. If you are unable to attend a service, you may observe the traditional moment of silence at 11am.

If you do not wish to set up a new foundation and prefer to donate to established charities, there are many to choose from. To name a few categories, there are local charities like schools (playgrounds, scholarships, resources) and churches (food and shelter); special causes like health/illness, segmented by age for children, women and seniors; and others with more global reach in dealing with concerns across borders.

Monday Morning Senior’s Tea & Tour Program at the Legislative Assembly of B.C. The Legislative Assembly’s Tea and Tour offers BC’s senior citizens an opportunity to engage in the role, history and function of BC Parliament Buildings. The visit includes a light breakfast in the Parliamentary Dining Room, followed by a guided tour with a historical character played by a member of the Parliamentary Players Program. To learn more, please call the Parliamentary Education Office at (250) 387-6668, or speak to one of the staff at my community office at (604) 660-0314.

For more details, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/ services/taxes/charities.html. Take a moment and ask yourself “what is your legacy?” 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). Send her an email to obtain an estate planning questionnaire and schedule a complimentary consultation. ann_wong@marianchan.com

Letter to the editor Re: The little house on Park Avenue (July 2018 issue, RCC News) Dear Loretta,

Better Care for Seniors As the Minister of Health, I am proud to share that we are taking action to increase the amount of time care providers spend with seniors in long-term. Premier John Horgan’s announcement is a powerful response to the need to improve care. By investing $240 million over three years, the government will increase the direct care seniors receive to 3.36 hours per day, on average in each health authority by 2021. For more information, please visit the https://news.gov. bc.ca/releases/2018PREM0072-001861 Referendum From October 22 to November 30, 2018, a referendum is being held by mail for British Columbians to cast their ballots on the type of voting system we should use for provincial elections. For more information please visit the Elections BC website https://elections.bc.ca/referendum or call 1-800-661-8683. You can vote in the referendum if you are: l a Canadian citizen, l 18 or older as of November 30, 2018, and l a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018. Annual Holiday Open House The holiday season is just around the corner and my staff and I are looking forward to seeing our friends and neighbours at our upcoming Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 15th. For more details, please contact the Community Office at (604) 660-0314.

I am a keen follower of your uncovering of the neighbourhood’s past. Thank you for your research, dedication, and lively evocative writing that acknowledges our early pioneers and their contributions. --H. Gordon

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway

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Get Involved NEW GARDEN BEDS AVAILABLE – SIGN UP ONLINE – ATLIN TEMPORARY COMMUNITY GARDEN The Atlin Temporary Community Garden is a temporary growing space in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood located Atlin Street and East 29th Avenue. The temporary growing space was assembled in October 2018 and has 100 community garden beds, in addition to seating, garden art and a community noticeboard! This allotment garden is for community members to grow food and flowers. To sign up and stay up to date with the Atlin Temporary Community Garden News at http://www.shiftinggrowth.com/atlin-garden-blog For more info contact garden@ communitygardenbuilders.com MERCATO ITALIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET Friday, November 23, 5-9 pm Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver This unique indoor market is about bringing together the tastes of Italy with local produce and crafts. RENFREW RAVINE STREAMKEEPERS

The Renfrew Ravine Streamkeepers is a group of neighbours and citizen scientists who help steward Still Creek and Renfrew Ravine, with the support of Still Moon Arts Society. Interested in the Health of Still Creek and the Renfrew Ravine? Join the Still Creek Streamkeepers at their monthly meetings, every fourth Monday evening of the month at 6 pm at Slocan Hall, 2750 East 29th Avenue. Everyone welcome!


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Next meeting: Monday, November 26, 2018 For more info: facebook.com/stillcreekstreamkeepers

MOSAIC MULTICULTURAL WOMEN’S GROUP English Conversation Circle for Persian-Speaking Women Join this free conversation circle for women to improve your English. Persianspeaking volunteer assistants provide support to Persianspeaking women of all English levels. Topics are relevant to everyday life and are chosen by the group. Tuesdays, 10 am–2 pm MOSAIC Head Office, 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver For more info: Mehrzad 604 254 9626 ext 1013 or msalari@mosaicbc.org MOSAIC SENIORS CLUB ACTIVITIES Activities at MOSAIC 5575 Boundary Road For more info: Daisy 604 254 9626 ext 1005 or daisyau@ mosaicbc.org English Conversation Circle (Lower Beginner) When: Thursdays, September 27-December 6, 10 am-12 pm

English Conversation Circle (Intermediate) When: Thursdays, September 27-December 6, 2-4 pm Computer, Smartphones & Tablets Application When: Tuesdays, October 9-No-

vember 27, 10 am-12 pm Knitting Circle When: Tuesdays, September 25-November 27, 1-3 pm Arts and Crafts When: Wednesday, November 7, 10 am-12 pm


November 2018

What’s happening at your local library


Collingwood Branch Library 2985 Kingsway 604-665-3953

child’s learning at home. Patterns and materials included. Adults only, please, as there’s no childcare available. Saturday, November 10, 10:30 am–12 pm



ESL Conversation Circle – Drop in 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 speakers. Tuesdays, November 13 & 27, 7-8 pm

After school and on the weekends, Collingwood Lego Block Party – For Grades K-7. Drop in Library is the perfect place for kids to have fun Every Wednesday at 3:30-4:30 pm learning new skills and making new friends. Check out these great free programs in November/Decem- PROGRAMS FOR THE EARLY YEARS ber: Have a baby or preschooler? Share songs, Coding Buddies DIY Video Game – For Grades stories and rhymes with other families: 2-4. Registration Explore the world of coding and design a level of a Family Storytime - Drop in video game with a teen buddy, using library iPads. Thursday mornings, 10:30-11 am Tuesday and Wednesday, November 20 and 21, November 1-December 20 3:30–5 pm Babytime - Drop in Early Readers Book Club – For Grades K-3. Thursday mornings, 11:30 am-12 pm Registration November 1-December 20 Children from Kindergarten to Grade 3 will discover the thrill of books and fun activities with new Renfrew Branch Library friends. Saturdays, once a month November 3, December 2969 East 22nd Avenue at 1. 2-3 pm Nootka

Genealogy: Trace Your Ancestors with Ancestry Library Edition – Registration required Learn about the exciting online resources available through the library’s ancestry database. Tuesday, December 11, 6:30–8 pm Introduction to Basic Banking – Drop in Participants will be introduced to basic banking skills such as how to choose the right bank account for your needs, how to make interest work for you and how to reduce your account and transaction fees. In partnership with Vancity. Saturday, November 24, 3–4:30 pm Parents Time Out: Felt Story Make and Take – Registration required A make-and-take felt story program just for parents and other caregivers. Meet other parents, have fun, and get inspired about new ways to support your

iPad Super Snaps – For Grades 3-7. Registration Get tips on how to take great photos, and develop your photography skills using library iPads. Thursday, December 13, 3:30-4:30 pm

604-257-8705 Write Now! Creative Writing for Kids – For Grades 3-7. Registration Fun writing activities will have you creating stories CLASSES & WORKSHOPS and poetry in no time. Wednesdays, once a month November 28, Decem- Death Café Interested in talking with others about death as ber 19, 3:45-5 pm a natural part of our lives? Death Cafés are an opportunity to drink tea, eat treats, and discuss death in a confidential and relaxed setting. For more information visit https://deathcafe.com/ or email deathcafevancouvercanada@gmail.com. Saturday, November 3, 2:30–4 pm | Registration Required


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Tuesday–Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00PM 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC www.italianculturalcentre.ca Tel: (604) 430-3337

Adult Movie Screenings – Wednesday Night at the Movies Wednesdays, 6–7 pm | Drop-in • November 7: Thor • November 14: The Avengers • November 21: A Fistful of Dollars • November 28: Tombstone 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, November 10 & 24, 2:30–3:30 pm | Drop-in Story Circle for Adults Story Circle is a drop-in program designed especially for adults with developmental disabilities, their family, friends, and caregivers. Join us in an accessible, relaxed, and fun community setting for stories, music, and more! Thursdays, November 8 & 22, 10:15–11 am | Drop-in

How to Apply to Become a Canadian Citizen in Mandarin 入籍申請輔導( 國語) Discover information on eligibility, procedures, processing time and the documents required for a citizenship application. Find out how to fill out the application forms, prepare supporting documents, and check the status of your application. This program is delivered in Mandarin. In partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S Thursday, November 22, 2–4 pm | Registration Required CHILDREN’S & TEENS 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, November 6, 3:30–4:30 pm | Registration Required Write Now! Creative Writing for Kids Kids, it is time to start writing and thinking creatively! Our fun writing activities will have you writing stories and poetry in no time. These programs are appropriate for both advanced writers and beginners. Please contact the branch to register. For Grades 3-7. Saturday, November 1, 3:45–5:00 pm) | Drop-in iPad Super Snaps Get tips on how to take great photos, and develop your photography skills using library iPads. Learn about selfies, panorama shots and more. Please contact the branch to register. For Grades 3-7. Tuesday, November 20, 3:30–4:30 pm) | Registration Required 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, November 7, 4:00–5:00 pm Afternoon at the Movies Join us on Friday afternoons for family friendly movies! Fridays, 3:30 pm | Drop-in • November 2: Monsters Inc. • November 9: Beauty & the Beast • November 16: The Lorax • November 23: Zootopia • November 30: Bambi Storytimes at Renfrew A program for parents and caregivers with young children. Songs, rhymes, and stories are shared. Drop in. • Toddler Storytime (18 months – 3 yrs.) Mondays, November 5–26, 10:15 am • Family Storytime (0-7 yrs.) Saturdays, November 3–24, 11:15 am • Babytime (Newborn – 18 months) Mondays, November 5–26, 11:15 am


November 2018


Then and Now

Vancouver Colonial Motel (September 6, 1949). Courtesy of Vancouver Public Library digital archives

Now in 2018, the motel is called Days Inn. Photo courtesy of Google Maps

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: www.vancouver.ca/renfrewrec or www.renfrewcc.com

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

Remembrance Day Weekend Hours of Operation Sat Nov 10 Sun Nov 11 Mon Nov 12

Pool 8:30am-4pm 1pm-5pm 1pm-5pm

Fitness Ctr 9:30am-4pm 1pm-5pm 1pm-5pm

Centre Area 9:00am-5:00pm Closed Closed

Program Highlights Badminton Lessons (6-19+yrs) Adult (19+yrs) 185065 Tue Nov 6-Dec 11

Richard Le


$96/6 sess


$90/6 sess


$90/6 sess

Shuttle II (6-19yrs) 185067 Tue Nov 6-Dec 11

Shuttle III/IV (6-19yrs) 185068 Tue Nov 6-Dec 11

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool

Saturday, Nov 10th from 2:00pm–4:00pm

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

Craft Fair (All Ages) Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at our Craft Fair. It's a great place to find unique gifts. If you are the crafty sort, come and sell your own handmade items. Free admission. In-person registration only. $30/table for vendors. Sunday, November 25th 10:00am-3:00pm

Food Feels Workshops with

Special Events Flu Clinic (All Ages)

Evergreen Health Centre This clinic is on a first come first served basis. Please remember to bring your CareCard. 180875 Thu Nov 1



Diwali Festival (All Ages)

The festival of Diwali is a unifying celebration with different significance, but equal importance in many communities. There will be diya painting, henna, crafts and traditional Indian dancing. There will be light refreshments, Chai tea and sweets. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 176074 Sat Nov 3 12:30-3:00pm Free

Thanksgiving Luncheon (55+yrs)

Come out and make some new friends while you enjoy an amazing lunch with some fun entertainment and of course, the door prizes. Menu: Dijon and herb beef roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with mushrooms and shallots, Mississippi mud cake. Entertainment: West Coast Singers 174082 Wed Nov 21

River Eagle Cruise (55+yrs)


Travel to Harrison Mills for a 3 hour river eagle expedition on the Fraser and Harrison Rivers with Shoreline Cruises. 174102 Wed Nov 28


Enjoy Tour And Travel



Prices do not include tax, if applicable.

Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Squishy, crispy, sticky, wobbly - how does your food feel? Come explore these different textures of food and learn how to make some of them in this workshop series! Each workshop will focus on a different food feeling and cooking types of food that fit that theme.

Crispy Foods (13-18yrs)

Learn how to make crispy veggie chips with different flavours of seasoning! 183519 Wed Nov 14 4:00-6:00pm Free

Sticky Foods (13-18yrs)

Learn how to make sticky onigiri and mango sticky rice! 183520 Wed Nov 21 4:-00-6:00pm

Renfrew Park Community Association Annual General Meeting


We Hope that you will attend our AGM to meet our current board members, elect new ones and find out about the accomplishment sof this past year and goals for next year. Food and refreshments will be available during the AGM. All members 18 and over are eligible to vote. Bring your current RPCA membership card (loaded onto your OneCard). If you do not have a membership card, please register for your free RPCA membership.

Saturday, Nov 17 12:00-2:00pm


November 2018


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


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

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex The Annex is open

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

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Opening celebration attendees were also treated to a special performance by world-class musician Zhang Zhao Xiang, who lives in a building next to the Annex. Friday night’s fashion show, aimed at raising funds for CNH’s Morning Star (homeless) Program, was full of music and dance with program participants, volunteers and CNH staff strutting the runway in vintage clothing. The clothing showcased was raffled and sold during the night, as attendees danced to music.


November lunch menu

The community celebration featured numerous activities, artists and performances. Photo by Henry Tan

On Saturday, the community celebration featured numerous activities, artists and performances such as Renee Sarojini Saklikar, who talked about her involvement as a CNH participant and then read one of her own poems, Olympia Rhythmic Gymnastics, CW Music, Clara Rosen, Carmen Rosen and Alex Chisholm Family Trio, and Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools.

shiba created origami, Melinda Broome showed her felting and Jolene Andrew welcomed participants to do some Indigenous weaving. “I’m excited to see how the Annex will grow in the community and support our local artists,” said Chitha Manoranjan, MC of the opening ceremonies.

Artists demonstrated their unique art forms. Patrick Stephani showcased his stone carving, Alexis Seto led people in creating artist trading cards, Veronica Waechter did some Indigenous carving, Aiko Matsu-

Thurs Nov 1 Butter chicken with rice /veggie option Salad Carrot cake Tues Nov 6 Tomato soup Tuna melt or veggie melt Salad Cinnamon bun Thurs Nov 8 Baked salmon with potatoes Salad Chocolate cupcake Tues Nov 13 Pro D day- Lunch Cancelled Thurs Nov 15 Beef or veggie stew on quinoa Salad Almond Tart Tues Nov 20 Cream of spinach soup Leek and white fish quiche Salad Walnut cookies

Chitha has been a participant, staff and contractor with CNH since the early 2000s, after he moved to the community with his family. One of his first memories of CNH was the community unveiling of the Multicultural Gateway, carved by Jerry Sheena. This artwork is at the entrance to CNH’s Joyce Street location. Chitha recalled the accompanying celebrations with food, music, and dance – similar to those of the Annex.

Friday night’s fashion show raised funds for CNH’s Morning Star Program. Photos by Chao Cheng

Chitha’s experience is about to come full circle as Jerry Sheena is carving the totem pole that will be going up in the Annex Plaza soon. To Chitha, these celebrations and stories of the community show that CNH is a leader in weaving together the histories and cultures of an evolving neighbourhood and plays a vital role in defining our collective identities.

This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thurs Nov 22 Roasted veggie or chicken with fries Salad Coconut macaroon Tues Nov 27 Beet Apple horseradish soup with dumpling Spinach or chicken pie Blueberry Scone Thurs Nov 29 Meat or veggie loaf with potatoes Salad Pecan Tart


November 2018


WHOÕS WHO IN COLLINGWOOD 604.639.4403 info@shopcollingwood.ca www.shopcollingwood.ca @shopcollingwood #300-3665 Kingsway

COLLINGWOOD BIA UPDATES The Collingwood BIA will be launching a new logo and branding next month. To kick it all off, there will be new banners hanging along Kingsway. Please send us your comments and take some photos and post on social media using #collingwoodbia #shopcollingwoodvancouver. Introduction to our Board of Directors 2018 - 2019 President - Philip Hemming - Central Park Business Centre Vice President - Jas Parmar - Vancity Treasurer/Secretary - Rajesh Joshi - CIBC Director - Linda Doan - Orijin Yoga and Wellness Director - Mony Sodhi - H&M Tax & Accounting Director - Beth Hernandez - Legal Shield Turn Down the Heat Week is November 2 - 9th In partnership with the BIABC and Fortis BC, Collingwood BIA is collecting sweaters and warm clothing items during November 2 -9 at participating locations. Vancity Credit Union 3305 Kingsway, Central Park Business Centre #300 - 3665 Kingsway. All donations will be delivered to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Homelessness Committee. Look below for some energy saving tips from Fortis BC. Winter Carnival & Community Tree Lighting Ceremony - Saturday November 24, 2018 3:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m. Join us in a family fun free event at the corner of Kingsway & Tyne in the Safeway parking lot. There will be a large heated tent full of activities. Arts and crafts for everyone, cookies and refreshments, SantaÕs photo booth, carollers, childrenÕs & youth choirs, balloon artist. Performer Matthew Henry will juggle into your hearts with a holiday themed performance and to end the evening we will show a classic holiday classic. Will it be How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer? Help us Òlight upÓ the community tree to start off the holiday festivities.

TRY THESE TIPS TO HELP SAVE ENERGY & MONEY ON YOUR HEATING & HOT WATER COSTS A sweaterÕs better Instead of cranking up the heat, put on a sweater. Close the door An open front door can push your heating costs up, so close it. Go low flow Fix leaky taps and install efficient, low-flow faucet aerators.

Join the Board We are always looking for new board members. Criteria to be a board member: own a commercial property; business tenant over 6 months; passion to make the Collingwood commercial area grow to help make a healthy neighbourhood.

Turn it down It could stay warm for an up to an hour after you close shop, so why not turn the heat down an hour before you leave. Optimize Efficiency Work with your landlord to ensure your building is operating as energy efficiently as possible. Upgrade and save Replace aging, inefficient natural gas water heaters and boilers with high-efficiency models and qualify for rebates of up to $45,000

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Upcoming Events

Go to BIZMAP.CA and find ÒCollingwoodÓ for the mot current data on our neighbourhood.

November 2 - 9: Turn Down the Heat Week November 24: Winter Carnival & Tree Lighting


November 2018


Collingwood Winter Carnival

& tree lighting Save the Date! Saturday Nov. 24th 3PM-7PM

Sa f ew a y Pa r k ing Lo t K i n g s wa y & T y n e Arts & Crafts ❅ Hot Cocoa & Cookies ❅ Music ❅ Performers ❅ Santa

C o n t a c t C o l l ingwood BIA f or more inf o 604.6 3 9 . 4 4 0 3

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