SAC Begins New Term

The Seniors Advisory Committee is beginning its new term this month. We are very happy to have five new members join us: Monica Camporese, Clemencia Gómez, Ashok Puri, Elaine Wass, and Honghao Xu.

We hope to continue work on several important goals this term, including our pursuit of the “Global Age-Friendly City” designation from the World Health Organization; our social isolation & loneliness project; improvements to street safety & infrastructure; accessible public transit; and our checklist of essential features for accessible seniors’ housing.

If there are any issues you feel our committee should address, or if you would like to attend a meeting, please contact us.

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Review of City’s Snow and Ice Removal Procedures

We are pleased that Council has passed a motion today asking staff to provide a report on the City’s handling of snow and ice removal during December. The Park Board has commissioned a similar report. As street safety and accessibility are key priorities for our committee, we look forward to reading these reports and providing feedback.

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Snow and Ice Removal

Please remember that sidewalks can become very slippery during the winter. Please help prevent accidents by keeping the sidewalks around your home/business clear of ice and snow.

While the City is responsible for clearing major thoroughfares, including bus routes, bridges, and bike lanes, residents and businesses are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround their residence or business by 10:00am on the morning following a snowfall. Failure to do so could result in a fine.

Snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, particularly seniors and people with disabilities. A single portion of a sidewalk that is not cleared can negate the clearing efforts of the rest of the residents on the whole block.

Help those unable to shovel

The City encourages you to lend a hand to those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalks.

Adopt the sidewalk of a senior neighbour or person with a mobility issue, and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter long.

To report problems on City property, call 3-1-1, or 604-873-7000.

Happy holidays from the Seniors Advisory Committee!

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Character Home Zoning Review

2919_east_29th_avenueThe City is conducting an Character Home Zoning Review to look at options for the retention of heritage and character homes in single-family (RS) zoning districts.

Geographic and zoning options are being explored that could result in changes to regulations for both pre-1940 character homes and new home development in older single-family neighbourhoods.

Share your thoughts at an open house on December 5th or 6th, or complete an online survey. For information: http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/character-home-zoning-review.aspx

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Accessible Path of Travel Policy Review, December 7

accessible-paths-to-housingCity of Vancouver Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability staff are conducting a policy review to explore opportunities for accessible paths of travel to low-density housing types.  The goal is to improve and streamline policies to make these homes more accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

Draft policy recommendations are being proposed, which aim to better align the Zoning and Development By-law and Vancouver Building By-law with respect to adaptability and accessibility.

Come to the open house to learn more and provide input:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 4 – 7 pm
Vancouver City Hall – Media Centre (outside of Town Hall)
453 West 12th Ave

Comments can be provided at the Open House or on our website starting December 7, 2016. For more information, please e-mail or call Alena Straka at alena.straka@vancouver.ca or (604) 871-6659

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Open Houses on Proposed Changes to West 10th Avenue

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City staff are holding four open houses on the proposed changes to the West 10th Avenue Corridor (VGH Medical Precint):

• Nov. 22, 4-7 p.m., Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

• Nov. 23, 4-7 p.m., Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

• Nov. 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

• Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m., Croatian Cultural Centre

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Council of Councils Meeting

We are looking forward to next week’s Council of Councils meeting at City Hall, when all civic advisory committees meet to discuss our accomplishments over the last term and our goals for next term.

Below are the slides we prepared outlining our priorities, achievements, and goals (click image for full-size PDF).

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Accessible Public Bathrooms Motion Passes

public-toilet-vancouverWe are very pleased that Vancouver City Council has unanimously passed our motion calling for the consideration of accessible public toilets—a key element of an age-friendly city—in all planning projects.

For some people, the uncertainty of access to public toilets can limit where they go or whether they can even leave home. This is especially true for people with medical conditions. Additional public toilets can help them feel more comfortable participating in city life, thereby reducing social isolation.

A video of the proceedings can be found here (please ensure pop-up blockers are turned off and Flash is turned on in order to view the video in your browser).

Media coverage:

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Accessible Bathrooms, Arbutus Greenway, and West 10th Avenue Corridor Motions

washroomOn November 2, Councillor Elizabeth Ball will be presenting three of our motions to Council:

Our Chair, Colleen McGuinness, will be speaking to these three motions. If you are interested in these motions, we urge you to speak at this Council meeting or to send your thoughts to Council in writing.

Many thanks to SAC members Gudrun Langolf, Eva Wadolna, and Dellie Lidyard for drafting the original version of these motions at the Committee level.

Media coverage:

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Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere

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104-year-old woman a shining example of municipal programs’ success

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A new report by the Columbia Institute says municipalities play a critical role in providing services to seniors:

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/104-year-old-municipal-programs-1.3810594

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Seniors, Socialization, and Health in Metro Vancouver

fb_img_1477692591083The Columbia Institute has released a new report: “Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health.” The report, with input from eight seniors centres in Metro Vancouver, spotlights how municipalities are the frontline step in seniors’ health by offering a wide variety of programs that help keep seniors healthy and independent and delay/prevent seniors from requiring more costly health care services. This report is of great interest to the Seniors’ Advisory Committee, which is launching a larger, city-wide project to address social isolation and loneliness among older adults.

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Public Workshop About Future of Granville Island

Register for workshop about future of Granville Island, October 15, Roundhouse Community Centre

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National Seniors’ Day Proclamation

Very pleased that Mayor and Council have once again proclaimed October 1st to be National Seniors’ Day in the City of Vancouver.

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From left to right: SAC members Brian Tucker and Dellie Lidyard, SAC VP Scott Ricker (SAC VP), and Deputy Mayor Heather Deal

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Join us October 1st for National Seniors’ Day

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Celebrate National Seniors’ Day with us at Jim Deva Plaza. Enjoy free entertainment, a book exchange, and hamburgers. Meet reps from the West End Seniors’ Network, West End-Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre, and SFU Lifelong Learning. Free admission.

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South Granville Seniors’ Centre Open House

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Sunset Seniors Centre

We are pleased that the City is moving ahead with a new seniors centre in the Sunset area. For more information, please read this administrative report.

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Arbutus Greenway Open Houses

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Have your say about the Arbutus Greenway at one of these upcoming open houses:

– Kitsilano – September 17, 1 – 3 pm

– Marpole – September 21, 7 – 9 pm

– Kerrisdale – September 22, 7 – 9 pm

See also our recommendations for this project.

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SAC Featured in The Vancouver Courier

We are pleased to be featured in the July 6th Lifestyles section of The Vancouver: Courierhttp://www.vancourier.com/living/message-from-the-city-s-seniors-advisory-committee-1.2296168

Seniors Advisory Committee Featured in The Vancouver Courier

From left to right: Thomas Crean, Eva Beda, Beatrice Ho, Dellie Lidyard, Eddy Elmer, Colleen McGuinness

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Great Time at Annual Strawberry Festival

Our members had a great time at this year’s Strawberry Festival at Barclay Manor. Thanks very much to the West End Seniors Network for putting together this great event!

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