- David Livingston Food Forest/MYCDC
- Pollinator Workshop
- Nicol St./Highway/Makela
- Neighbourhood Safety
- Deverill Park
- Railway Trails
- Bayview Elementary
- Strickland Street
- Downtown Waterfront
- Sports Court
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1. David Livingston Food Forest: Ben, Michael and Larissa of Mid-Island Community Development Co-Operative attended. They presented images of the successful community workparty on Saturday March 27. Under the guidance of MYCDC, Volunteers from SECA, ACT, and neighbours gathered to create beds, pathways and plant trees, shrubs in the lot. Next step is to install an irrigation system which Ben will research and report back on. In the meantime, community members are encouraged to plant additional herbs. ACT has volunteered to provide ongoing maintainance of the plantings. Ben also updated us on his meeting with City Parks and Recreation, and the City Horticulturalist who expressed enthusiasm for the project. The Chairman extended thanks on behalf of SECA for the excellent leadership of MYCDC in initiating and executing the project.
Discussion then took place regarding signage for the project. City requires a permit when naming public spaces after individuals and this will need to be explored.
As regards signage and naming of the space a variety of points were raised:
- Opposing opinions were expressed regarding the working name . Some felt that naming the food forest after a man would be inappropriate as the forest is expected to be a place of respite and safety for abused women. Others pointed out that David Livingston was well-known for his kind, gentle nature and interest in preserving the natural world.
- It was suggested and resolved that the Chairman would consult with Samaritan House to obtain their views on the subject.
- If we decide on wooden signage, Petra has a contact who can produce routed wood signage.
2. Pollinator Workshop: The Mason Bee House Workshop presented by Thomas was well attended by interested parties and SECA members. This successful workshop resulted in the construction of many creative Bee Homes and participants did a great job, leaving the venue as they found it. A further workshop is being considered. Thanks was expressed by Douglas, Sydney and Chris for organizing the event and posting details on the blog.
3. Nicol Street/Highway: Attention was called to the newspaper article covering the Mayor’s consideration of the possibility of City taking control of the Nicol Street corridor from the Province. After discussion it was suggested that a Letter of Support for this initiative be sent by the Chairman. No objection was voiced.
Makela: This neighbourhood high-schooler is interested in submitting an application to the Coast Community Credit Union Scholarship Project Grant. Her submission would be to provide flower boxes along the Nicol Street corridor. She asks for our support. Unanimous.
4. Neighbourhood Safety: RCMP did not attend this meeting. Douglas reports that his bicycle was stolen just to give everyone a heads-up.
5. Deverill Park: The situation regarding cancellation of the City-sponsored Summer Day Program has not been resolved. Suggested options were reviewed, including the possibilities of local youth or Park Ambassador volunteers.
6. Picnic: SECA received a donation of $2,000 to the fund from the Serauxmen. The fundraising initiatives are just beginning and volunteer assignments will be made over the next week or so.
7. Insurance: Following discussion and consensus at the last General Meeting, the Executive voted to drop Directors Insurance. They also voted to insure the Tea Wagon for 6 months from April to September.
8. Railway Trails: A representative of the Nob Hill Association attended to inform us that they have contacted City, proposing the creation of a bike trail along the railway corridor. The trail would be laid 2m from the tracks on the E side and would be 3m wide. He also informed us that a proposal is currently before City to construct a 3 story, live/work condominium at the corner of Milton/Hecate. In regard to that development, the Nob Hill Assoc. wishes to have the contractors proposed fencing relocated further from the edge of the property to accommodate the proposed bike path/walking access.
9. Bayview Elementary: A neighbourhood couple attended to enquire regarding scholarship funding for area students. They called to our attention that, on the list of Elementary schools providing such awards, Bayview is the only area school which does not participate in the program, though the school has done so in years past. They suggested that SECA might partner with Bayview.
The recent project undertaken by the Staff and Students of Bayview under the direction of local artist Yvonne Vanderkooi was noted. A mural “Circles of Belonging” was created on the school’s exterior. The project has fostered a sense of community and school pride. The group is informed that the Executive voted at their last meeting to present Principal Diane McGonigle with a “Friend of the South End” certificate because of her commitment to the project and it’s goals.
10. Strickland Street: A proposed 56 unit, multi-familytownhouse/commercial use development to be located at the end of Strickland Street (technically Harbourview Street) was brought to our attention. Also nearby, the old 5 Acres building is undergoing some development by a Church group. Two main concerns were brought forward:
- The signage posted by the developer outlining the proposal, while it conforms to requirements, is not easily seen as the proposed site is in an out of the way area. The contention by the developer that they have received no adverse reaction from area residents may be due to the secluded nature of the site.
- The site is difficult to access by vehicles and a development would require extensive traffic alterations to the area.
It was additionally pointed out that many area residents utilize the site for walking, exercising pets, and other recreational uses. In the official Neighbourhood Plan, this area was recommended to be designated parkland.
It was resolved that the vice-chair would post information regarding the development on the blog. Approved by the group.
11. Downtown Waterfront Committee: Our Chairman, who sits on the Committee, reported that, at the last meeting, 2 representatives of the Snuneymuxw First Nation attended. They presented their position that no development on the Waterfront could take place without consultation over waterfront lands they claim as traditional. They cited the newly refurbished ‘pallet’ area as existing on a traditional village site and claim the shoreline. Hopefully, this will open dialogue about development at this critical time for the Waterfront Initiative.
At the meeting, D. White of VIU gave a presentation of Treaty details. He suggested that outreach to the Snuneymuxw Nation be individual and personal. He also pointed out that it has been difficult to engage individuals of the First Nation as they feel they cannot speak for all and so, are reluctant to attend.
12. Sports Court: The Chairman reports that Chris from Snuneymuxw First Nation discussed his interest in partnering with us to initiate a project for the refurbishment and use of the Princess Royal sports court. The current owner would be approached.