Neighbourhood News

From time-to-time we circulate "Neighbourhood News" by email to West Southland residents. If you wish to receive the newsletter, send your email address and street address to wsouthlands300@gmail.com Submissions for the newsletter (same email address) are welcome.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

 

2022 August Newsletter ( 简讯中文 )

2022 May Newsletter

2021 Dec Newsletter ( 简讯中文 )

2021 May Newsletter

2020 Sept Newsletter

WSRA MEETING NOTES

2022 WSRA Meeting Notes

2022 Feb Directors Meeting Notes

2021 WSRA Annual Meeting Notes

NATIVE PLANTS MAP

A wonderful interactive website about the native and invasive plants of Musqueam Park was created in the spring of 2022 and includes stories, photos, and videos.

ADOPT A BLOCK

Adopt-a-Block is a city program that encourages residents to take an active role in keeping their neighbourhood healthy and litter-free, while also strengthening community. "How to" is described here. Some West Southlands residents have signed up for their block.

 

COYOTE "DENNING" SEASON

The spring is when coyotes have pups, which means coyotes have more mouths to feed and may be bold. Here is guidance on how to get along with coyotes.

IONA TREATMENT PLANT

 

Work is well underway to upgrade the Iona primary sewage treatment plant to include secondary and tertiary treatment. A July 2021 article provides insights on its progress.

 

 

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HIGHBURY INTERCEPTOR

The washroom at the Interceptor Air Management Building (pictured above) in Musqueam Park is open during the day.

New filters were installed in August 2022 to eliminate recent odours coming from the building.

 

A sign at the building indicates a site to assemble in case of emergency at the facility. It is meant for Metro staff and doesn't signal any risk to the community.

FLOODING FROM RAINFALL & CLIMATE CHANGE  

The flooding several West Southlands streets in November 2021 raised concerns about our drainage systems. WSRA Directors Mary Tataryn, Troy Iwanik, and Linda Jinks have been in touch with Metro Vancouver and City staff to find out what will be done to prevent future flooding. They hosted a site visit and invited flood engineers to attend the Sept 2022 WSRA Annual meeting. What City staff said is in the meeting notes linked above right.

Individual flood control measures

  • Rain gardens can help. Here are some instructions on how to create your own.

  • Sand bags can be purchased at many hardware and home supply stores. The City may be able to supply sand, bags, and filled sandbags (request via 311).

MetroVancouver & the City of Vancouver have been considering how to respond to the potential for climate-change-related flooding in low lying areas. These articles outline some of the issues & ideas:

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NEW LITTLE LIBRARY

The West Southlands Little Library was built by Barry Jinks. He mounted it on a pole at the foot of Olympic Street on April 24th, 2022. 

 

There are four levels:

  • A plaque, dedicated to Vivian Bevis, just above the door 

  • Top shelf for “grownup books”

  • Bottom shelf for “kids’ books”

  • Dog cubby below the shelves for poo bags for our neighbourhood pups (just in case their owner forgot to pack their own)

 

The hope is that our residents will take a book and donate a book.  Also, refill the dog bags if they have extra.

简讯中文

The newsletter is posted also in Chinese, translated by resident Cynthia Fung.