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.
For new members, the following documents may be useful:
- Procedure Bylaw, which regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies
- Guidelines for Civic Agencies, which provides general guidance on day-to-day operation of civic agencies
- Code of Conduct Policy, which sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions
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.
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!
The 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
City 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 871-6659
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
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).
On 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.
The 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.
Register for workshop about future of Granville Island, October 15, Roundhouse Community Centre
Very pleased that Mayor and Council have once again proclaimed October 1st to be National Seniors’ Day in the City of Vancouver.
From left to right: SAC members Brian Tucker and Dellie Lidyard, SAC VP Scott Ricker (SAC VP), and Deputy Mayor Heather Deal
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.
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.