Author Archives: Eddy Elmer

Fighting Loneliness with a Community of Seniors

Local journalist Linda Givetash spoke with SAC member Eddy Elmer and chair Colleen McGuinness about social isolation and loneliness in Vancouver and the Committee’s upcoming report on these issues: Fighting loneliness with a community of seniors, The Tyee, November 14, 2017

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New App for Finding Public Washrooms in Vancouver

The availability of public washrooms is a topic of great interest to the Committee, so we are delighted that Crohn’s and Colitis Canada have created a handy new app that allows people to find a public washroom wherever they are in in the city! Give … Continue reading

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Enhanced Snow Response Plan

We are pleased that both the City and the Park Board have unveiled an enhanced snow removal response plan, informed by lessons from last year’s unexpected snow storm. Changes include expanded snow removal coverage (e.g., on pedestrian pathways), enhanced response … Continue reading

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Public Hearing: Rezoning of 1920 SW Marine Drive (Casa Mia)

At the October 17, 2017 Regular Council meeting, Council referred this rezoning application to the November 14 public hearing. The hearing will be held in Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue. The hearing will start at … Continue reading

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Requesting Accessible Public Washrooms at New SkyTrain Stations

Last year, the Committee passed a motion calling for the consideration of accessible public toilets—a key element of an age-friendly city—in all planning projects. City Council subsequently approved an amended version of this motion. One important location for accessible public … Continue reading

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Update on Social Isolation & Loneliness Project

The Committee is currently revising and finalizing its list of recommendations to help reduce social isolation and loneliness among older adults in Vancouver. We will provide more details in a few weeks.

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BC Seniors’ Advocate Report on Residential Care

SAC member Gudrun Langolf appeared on CBC’s BC Almanac today to discuss findings from the Seniors’ Advocate survey on residential care in BC.

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Letter of Support for Casa Mia Redevelopment

Below is the text of our letter of support for the revised rezoning application for 1920 SW Marine Drive (Casa Mia): At its June 16 meeting, the Seniors’ Advisory Committee heard from the Applicant regarding changes to the above-noted rezoning application. We … Continue reading

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Community Dialogue on Health Research, June 27

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Strawberry Festival, June 24

Come visit our table at the annual Strawberry Festival!

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Statement from Mayor Roberson on rejection of 105 Keefer rezoning application

In response to strong community opposition, Council has just voted to reject the rezoning application for 105 Keefer Street in Chinatown. The Mayor has issued the following statement: http://mayorofvancouver.ca/news/mayor-robertsons-statement-105-keefer-rezoning-application-decision

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SAC Opinion on 105 Keefer Rezoning Application

The following comments have been sent to Council in a letter. Our Chair will also be speaking to the matter at today’s Public Hearing at 6pm. The Seniors’ Advisory Committee is a civic agency appointed by Vancouver City Council to … Continue reading

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Public Hearing on Rezoning Application for 105 Keefer St. and 544 Columbia St., May 23

A public hearing on the rezoning application for 105 Keefer and 544 Columbia Streets in Chinatown will be held on May 23, 6pm, Vancouver City Hall. This application may have implications for seniors’ housing affordability in the area and the … Continue reading

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SAC Position on West 10th Avenue Corridor (Health Precinct) Design

On May 17, we will be addressing Council and explaining our position on the proposed changes for the West 10th Avenue Corridor (The Health Precinct). Below is the text of a letter we approved and sent to Council in advance of the meeting, where the … Continue reading

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Revised Rezoning Application for 1920 SW Marine Drive – Casa Mia

The City of Vancouver has received a revised application to rezone 1920 Southwest Marine Drive from RS-1 (One-Family Dwelling) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District to allow development of a 90-bed Class B Seniors’ Community Care Facility. The new proposal includes … Continue reading

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How to Combat the Vicious Cycle of Loneliness

This month, The Atlantic features a great interview with loneliness researcher John Cacioppo. In the interview, he reminds us of the need to distinguish social isolation from loneliness, and how programs designed to alleviate isolation do not necessarily alleviate loneliness. A good read, with particular … Continue reading

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Seniors’ Multicultural Festival

South Granville Seniors’ Centre is hosting its annual Multicultural Festival on May 4th. Come out and enjoy a fun afternoon of great food and entertainment.

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LGBTQ+ Seniors’ Social, April 21

Are you an older adult 55+ who identifies as LGBTQ/2S? Attend Qmunity’s Spring Fling celebration, April 21, at Haro Park Centre.

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Provincial All-Candidates’ Debate on Seniors’ Issues

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New Report from National Seniors Council on Social Isolation

The National Seniors Council of Canada has just released a new report outlining the current scientific literature about social isolation among specific groups of seniors. This is a comprehensive review and we encourage everyone interested in seniors’ issues to have a look. … Continue reading

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