January 25th: Nature Walks begin again with the Hastings Park Conservancy

Our friends at the Hastings Park Conservancy will start a new year of monthly nature walks, on Saturday, January 25th. This is a great opportunity to discover the bird and plant life in the Sanctuary in Hastings Park, with experienced naturalists and biologists guiding the walks.
Visit the Hastings Park Conservancy website for more details.


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December 9-13: Support your Commmunity Centre at the BC Supreme Court hearings this week!

This week, Hastings Community Centre Association, and 5 other commmunity centre associations, need your support as they continue their legal battle in the courtroom with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation between December 9-13, 2013 (Monday-Friday this week).

It is very important to have community presence at these hearings. If you have a few hours to spare this week, come check out the hearings downtown at the Vancouver Court House, main entry is at the corner of Hornby and Nelson Streets. For daily hearing locations inside the building, the hearing lists with courtrooms are posted each day on the Provincial court website (look for HASTINGS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION & OTHERS V. VANCOUVER BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION).

Legal representation is being provided by Dean Davison, JD, MBA, CFE. We are both seeking an injunction on the Park Board’s termination of community centre Joint Operating Agreements (JOA), and background information on the violation of the JOAs will be presented. Our objective will be to gain both an injunction and to seek resolution to the JOA violations.

Below is further history and background on the issue, which began in spring of 2013:

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Weds, December 4th: “Rewilding Vancouver” screening and talk

Check out this great local event:

A community project

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Van Dusen Gardens
5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

J.B. Mackinnon, author & Museum of Vancouver guest curator, will read from his new book: The Once and Future World (Random House Canada 2013)
Presented by: Museum of Vancouver | Emily Carr University | David Suzuki Foundation

For more information, visit the Facebook event page


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November 17th: (FREE) Historic Renfrew Creek Walk

Attend a FREE guided walk of historic Renfrew Creek
with historian Bruce MacDonald:

Sunday, November 17, 2013
1:00-4:00 PM
WALK STARTS AT corner of Charles Street & Kaslo Street in Hastings-Sunrise
(See map)

Historic Renfrew Creek runs from Charles and Slocan Street to New Brighton Park–right through the Sanctuary and Hastings Park. A plan is in the works to start restoring the creek in New Brighton Park. Environmental restoration biologist, Sarah, who is working on the project, and historian Bruce MacDonald will be with us. Bruce has done some amazing research on historic streams. He has written a book: Vancouver: a visual history.

This is a FREE event. There will be hot chocolate and treats at the park. Everyone welcome. **Bring weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes.**
Please post! And tell anyone you think may be interested. Hope to see you there!!

(PDF for printing and posting)


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November 16th: Help us Celebrate Eric and Virginia

Help us celebrate! As we honour two of our community activist neighbours:
Eric Harms & Virginia Downes

On Saturday, November 16, 2013
from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the

Sadly, Eric and Virginia will be leaving Hastings-Sunrise and moving to the West end. After decades of working for our community as Hastings Park and Community activists, and being on the Board of the Hastings Community Association, we want to come together as a community to recognize their years of work on behalf of all of us who live in Hastings-Sunrise.

Please RSVP to hastingspark@gmail.com by November 14th. Bring a dish or something to share, if you can. We will have a NO HOST BAR. Kids are welcome.

Sponsored by Friends of Hastings Park, Hastings Park Conservancy, The Bocce Gang, Hastings Community Association, Kiwassa.
Invite-E&Vweb file

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FOHP urges Park Board to remove Go Fish program from Hastings Park Sanctuary

On September 23, 2013, members of the Friends of Hastings Park attended a meeting of the Park Board to speak to commissioners, requesting removal of the recently started Go Fish program from the ecologically sensitive Sanctuary in Hastings Park, and consideration of relocating the program to a more suitable location.

A motion was put forward by commissioner Melissa De Genova in support of this action as follows, from the minutes:


  • A. The Vancouver Park Board direct staff to research possible locations that may
    be suitable for fishing in Vancouver.
  • B. The Chair of the Vancouver Park Board write a letter to the Pacific National
    Exhibition (PNE) Board asking for fishing at Hastings Park to stop immediately.

The motion was carried UNANIMOUSLY with minor amendments. See the full text of the September 23rd meeting minutes on the City of Vancouver website.

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Photo from September 24th Rally, our FOHP speaker

Below, courtesy of Mr. Ray Tomlin’s Twitter feed, FOHP representative Gale Tyler is seen criticizing the “Blurred Vision” council for its planning processes, at an event where residents across Vancouver feel frustrated with their community planning processes.


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