MVA South Van Social Inclusion Sidewalk Project

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MVA's South Vancouver Social Inclusion Team has been very active this fall working with the City of Vancouver to upgrade the sidewalks in our neighbourhood.

The South Vancouver cluster is made up of MVA member institutions in the neighbourhood - St. Thomas Anglican Church, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, First Lutheran Church and St. Mary's Catholic Parish.

Each did a listening campaign and heard from their members that social isolation was a major pressure facing families in the neighbourhood. We heard that sidewalk disrepair was causing social isolation among seniors and those with mobility challenges, such as needing a flat surface to use their a walker or wheelchair.

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"After determining sidewalk safety as the project to work on, we went out and mapped the locations in our neighbourhoods where the sidewalks were in disrepair. Many people affected by this issue are in their 80's, so using digital cameras or phones to make the report was challenging. We used the MVA network and partnered with the youth from South Van Neighbourhood house.  We planned an intergenerational walk through the neighbourhood, partnered up, and our youth partners documented the sidewalks that needed upgrades on their ipads."

"We pooled the resources of 4 community organizations to get it done, and included as many people as we could from each organization to make it a true neighbourhood event and a learning experience for all. It definitely strengthened the relationships in our community and a sense of belonging and responsibility for our neighbourhood." Jayne Fenrich, co-chair of the Social Inclusion team who lead the project.

One of the youth said "After walking with the seniors I realized how hard it was to move a walker over a little crack I didn't think was a big deal. I see now that unsafe sidewalks can affect anyone, even me. If I were to to break my leg I would be in the same situation."

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Once we completed our report, we contacted the city of Vancouver.

Eric Mital and Michael Irwin, Asset Managers met with us at South Van Neighbourhood House to review our report and explain how sidewalks were maintained. 

Barbara Warner, Social Inclusion Team member explained the impact of unsafe sidewalks on seniors, and how a recent fall left her with a broken hip.

We asked lots of questions and found out that there are 2,000km of sidewalks in the City of Vancouver.  Each year the sidewalk is audited at least once, and if it is in need of repair, it will be fixed within 7 days. We learned that sidewalks are fixed if the gap was more than 2.5 cm. 

The city officials were impressed by our work and made a commitment to take our report and compare it with their own audit. We will be doing another intergenerational walk in the spring and Eric and Michael will join us to see our process and explain how sidewalks are maintained.

It was encouraging to have city officials so engaged with us and forthcoming with the information that allowed our team to contribute to the process. One of the youth remarked in our closing round, "Wow, I now know a lot about sidewalks!"

We are proud of our work, happy to get our sidewalks in better repair and glad to have formed new working relationships between MVA organizations in our neighbourhood and with the city of Vancouver.  

Stay tuned for the next Social Inclusion Team sidewalk project and email info@metvanalliance.org if you want to do one in your neighbourhood.


MVA and the Walk for Reconciliation, September 24, 2017

Metro Vancouver Alliance members will be joining in the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver on September 24. We are walking because we want to show our commitment to the reconciliation movement. Together we are creating a vibrant Canada where all peoples achieve their full potential and shared prosperity.

Reconciliation starts with you and reconciliation belongs to all of us. We hope you will join our team at the Walk for Reconciliation.

Join and support the spirit of ‘Namwayut - We are all one. Hope to see you there.


MVA congratulates BC NDP and BC Green Party leaders on historic accord, looks forward to working together on commitments made at the MVA Provincial Election Assembly.

On behalf of our 57 member organizations, representing over 700,000 people across British Columbia, Metro Vancouver Alliance congratulates John Horgan, Andrew Weaver, and the BC NDP and BC Green Party caucuses on the historic agreement they reached this week.

MVA also calls on Christy Clark to convene the Legislature without delay, so that all the parties can begin to work together for the betterment of the province. To that end, we will be asking Liberal Party representatives and MLAs to meet with us to discuss the proposals MVA brought forward at our Provincial Accountability Assembly in April and MVA Leaders will be meeting soon to discuss how to move forward with the commitments made by Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver.

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BC NDP re-confirms commitment to community health

At MVA's Provincial Accountability Assembly earlier this month, MVA delegates asked John Horgan and Andrew Weaver to build a strong foundation for healthcare in BC by improving access to and funding for primary health care facilities.

MVA asked the candidates to;

  • Commit to establishing a primary health care partnership table, including representatives from Aboriginal and multicultural communities, to identify strategies to reform BC’s primary health care system.
  • Work with the Metro Vancouver Alliance and the BC Association of Community Health Centres to develop an annualized global funding model for Community Health Centres in British Columbia that encompasses the package of salaried, team-based primary care, health promotion, disease prevention, community development initiatives and social services.
  • Invest in 20 new community-governed, not-for-profit or cooperative Community Health Centres throughout British Columbia to provide more British Columbians access to primary health care when and where needed.

Both Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver agreed with MVA's proposals. The BC NDP has just reconfirmed that commitment in a letter to the British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres which is available here.

Regardless of who wins the upcoming provincial election, MVA looks forward to working together with the provincial party leaders to strengthen healthcare in BC.


Video: Provincial Election Assembly, April 4 2017

Over 800 enthusiastic delegates from MVA’s 57 member organizations, joined by dozens of invited community leaders, politicians, guests and observers packed the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver earlier this month.



They were all there to call on John Horgan, Leader of the New Democratic Party of BC, and Andrew Weaver, Leader of the Green Party of BC, to support MVA’s provincial agenda and work with us to address the affordable housing crisis, access to transit, income inequality and healthcare in British Columbia.

Click for a full wrap-up.

Many thanks to ethicalfilms.com for the video.


Over 800 delegates heard commitments from provincial party leaders. Our Provincial Election Accountability Assembly was a success!

Over 800 enthusiastic delegates from MVA’s 57 member organizations, joined by dozens of invited community leaders, politicians, guests and observers packed the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver on April 4, 2017.

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They were all there to call on John Horgan, Leader of the New Democratic Party of BC, and Andrew Weaver, Leader of the Green Party of BC, to support MVA’s provincial agenda and work with us to address the affordable housing crisis, access to transit, income inequality and healthcare in British Columbia.

Earlier that day, we received word that Christy Clark, Leader of the BC Liberal Party, was unavailable.

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In the months and days leading up to our assembly, leaders from MVA’s faith, community and aboriginal organizations had contacted Ms. Clark’s office directly to encourage her to participate, making it clear that MVA is a non-partisan organization with a diversity of member organizations and that our model is to treat all political leaders respectfully. Unfortunately, we were told that Ms. Clark could not make the assembly work with her schedule.

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Provincial Election Accountability Assembly Storified

Check out the highlights of our Provincial Accountability Assembly via storify and twitter

 

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Members of faith, labour, civil society and educational organizations gather to call on provincial politicians to make concrete commitments to make British Columbia a better place to live and work.

MEDIA ADVISORY Vancouver –  Members of the Metro Vancouver Alliance and community partners, representing a broad range of faith, labour, educational and community groups in the Lower Mainland will gather on Tuesday to call upon provincial party leaders to address the affordable housing crisis, access to transit, and income inequality in British Columbia.

"At our Municipal Election Accountability Assembly in October 2014, we received commitments from politicians on our civic agenda." explains Deborah Littman, MVA Lead Organizer, “On April 4th we will be asking the provincial party leaders to support our efforts on poverty reduction, affordable housing, access to transit and healthcare at the provincial level.”

 

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Provincial Election Accountability Assembly, April 4, 2017

Metro Vancouver Alliance is a broad-based alliance of 57 civil society institutions who work together for the common good. Our member and sponsoring organizations represent 200,000 people in Metropolitan Vancouver and over 700,000 people across the Province.  

At our Municipal Election Accountability Assembly October 19, 2014, we received commitments from local politicians on our civic agenda. On April 4th, we will be asking the provincial party leaders to support our efforts on Economic Justice, Affordable Housing, Accessible Transit and a Strong Foundation for Healthcare at the provincial level.

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Working towards April 4th, the MVA Provincial Election Assembly

We have exciting news as we progress toward the April 4th Metro Vancouver Alliance Provincial Election Assembly.

On Saturday February 18, 2017 over 80 delegates from MVA member institutions gathered at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music to share the results of listening campaigns in preparation for the Provincial Election Assembly. 

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Representatives from 35 MVA organizations shared the top challenges facing their members and determined priorities for the election.  Delegates had an opportunity to meet with different organizations, finding common ground through shared stories and experiences.

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After lively discussion, 4 priorities were identified to take forward to the Provincial Election Assembly on April 4, 2017.

  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Income Justice
  • Transit

Research Action Teams on each issue will kick off next week to define specific proposals to put forward to the party leaders at the assembly. If you are interested in joining a team, email info@metvanalliance.org

And just a reminder for those of you on the Program, Floor, Logistics, Turnout, or Publicity Teams, the first All Teams Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 28th, 5PM at the Diocese of New Westminster Synod Office, 1410 Nanton Street at Granville Street.

We will have to work quickly over the next month to be prepared for our April 4th event so now is the time to step up. 

A big thank you to Sarah McLachlan School of Music and Terra Breads for your support.



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