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Strathcona Community Safety – Daily Updates during COVID-19 Pandemic

Introduction 

The Strathcona Community Policing Centre will strive to be a trusted neighbourhood source of crime and safety information, updates and tips for the Strathcona community during this pandemic. Please visit this page for Daily updates focusing on the things that are important to Strathcona Residents right now, and looking ahead to a bright future. 

To report neighbourhood activity or to interact with us directly please email us anytime at info@strathconacpc.ca or follow us on Twitter and Instagram → @StrathCPC

A message from the VPD Community Services Section:

“The way the VPD responds has not changed. For now the VPD’s response is the same as it was before the pandemic.  There are plans in place to ensure public safety is maintained throughout this crisis. Front line policing is the priority and always will be.”

REPORTING CRIME IN STRATHCONA → The Vancouver Police Department is asking us to let citizens know that it is Business as Usual for reporting crimes in the city:

  • For any emergencies where Immediate response is required → call 911
  • For all non-emergency situations, where an immediate response or dispatch of the police IS NOT required – when some time has elapsed since the incident occurred, the crime suspect is not on the scene or you are calling about a nuisance issue (e.g. noisy party, graffiti) → Call the VPD non-emergency line at 604-727-3321
  • You can report the following non-emergencies ONLINE for the following situations: 
    • You lost something valued under $10,000
    • Something valued under $10,000 was stolen from you
    • Your property and/or your vehicle is vandalized with the repair cost expected to be under $10,000
    • Your car is broken into
    • Your bank card/cheques are used without your permission and the total loss is less than $10,000

BUSINESS SAFETY 

For the latest on Business safety and security with the Strathcona Business Improvement site – BIA website

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

For the latest on Public Health and Services related to COVID19 / Coronavirus visit Vancouver Coastal Health – VCH, The BC Centre for Disease Control – (BCCDC), the World Health Organization – WHO, and The City of Vancouver – Vancouver.ca 

Block Watch → One of the most amazing things that we have seen during this crisis has been neighbours joining together to look out for one another. See this link for the latest Vancouver Blockwatch newsletter. We at the SCPC love this program and if you are interested in starting a new group in your neighbourhood, there is information in the newsletter on how to do it. 

DAILY UPDATES

April 7, 2020

WORLD HEALTH DAY → today is World Health Day and we are joining the celebration to support nurses and midwives ! If you have never celebrated this day before 2020, now is the time to start making it an annual tradition 🙂  

DTES → A wide range of grocery and meal programs have been set up in the downtown east side. See HERE for more. 

Good News of the Day = Virtual Cherry Blossom tours now available for Vancouver. Including some spots you might recognize from Strathcona!

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April 4 – 6, 2020

STRATHCONA BUSINESSES → Strathcona neighbourhood businesses in trouble: https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/04/05/vibrant-neighbourhoods-urban-decay-covid-19/

Call to Action – Support our local small businesses if possible. Order take out (Wednesday and Friday is my families “eat out” nights where we order take out or delivery from a small local business), order products delivered from somewhere that isn’t Amazon, etc. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-neighbourhoods-to-change-without-small-businesses/

Down Town East Side→ The newly formed DTES Response group surpassed it’s fundraising goal already!
DTES Response group surpasses $100,000 fundraising goal for immediate help to residents in the downtown eastside.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE → CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) applications are now OPEN. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html

STRUGGLING WITH LANGUAGE BARRIERS? → Do you, or someone you know have a hard time staying up to date because of language barriers? The BC Centre for Disease Control has a great resource you can share here: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/translated-content

Vancouver.ca has also added a feature to translate it’s COVID-19 info page: https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/covid-19-coronavirus-within-vancouver.aspx

Good news of the Day = The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow. Metro Vancouver forecasts 7 straight days of sun. We know it will be hard to avoid large groups outside, but please remember that just because you are outside, does not mean you can not transmit, or catch the virus from others. Enjoy our beautiful outdoors, but stay safe with Vancouver’s Park Champions: https://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/park-board-launches-champions-program.aspx

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/metro-vancouver-forecast-7-days-sunshine

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April 3, 2020

CITY OF VANCOUVER → Map to find places you can wash your hands across Vancouver. This map includes our newly installed additional hand washing stations in the DTES: https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/handwashing-facilities-vancouver.pdf

VPD → The latest Cybercrime tips and news. This is becoming relavent to all of us while these are on the rise right now. https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsks/scms-frd/phshng-smshng-en.aspx

Good News of the Day = So many people and organizations stepping up to “Give a Hand” to those that need help. Check out the story HERE. If your looking for a way to help, here is the great new resource discussed in the story: https://www.giveahandvancouver.ca/

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April 2, 2020

CITY OF VANCOUVER → Overdose and response updates 

GREATER VANCOUVER FOOD BANK  → If you are counting on the food bank to help right now, Be advised that the GVFB has updated Food Bank pick up locations for people’s safety. Starting March 31 pickup locations in Vancouver are: LOCATIONS HERE

  • MOUNT PLEASANT – VANCOUVER
    • 1 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE – VANCOUVER
    • 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC, Canada

VANCOUVER PARKS → The City of Vancouver has announced that Parklets are officially Closed except for as an extension of the sidewalk for walking and rolling. 

PROVINCE OF BC →  Some news that may impact many of us in Strathcona. BC is going to supplement residents ($300) who currently receive income and disability assistance and are ineligible for the new assistance plans being implemented ($2,000/month Canada Emergency Response Benefit). Details of the $300 benefit are in the link.

Good News of the Day = BC Hydro providing 3 months relief from hydro bills for those in need

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April 1, 2020

*Keep in mind, it is April Fools Day. There may be an influx of misinformation today, so be extra vigilant and always please make sure to verify your information before spreading. Come to us if you need help or advice with this.
Dispelling rumours and finding truth among the noise. The World Health Organization (WHO) plays the role of MythBusters on their site as they continue to have some of the best information available. See this link to Bust some common COVID19 Myths: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

*VPD NEWS
The Vancouver Police Department has released their 2019 VPD Annual Report.
The Strathcona Community Policing Centre spoke with Sgt. Tim Henschel this morning; he is the Sargreant in charge of our district and he encourages residents to watch out for one another and to please report any criminal activity. Lot’s of front line officers deployed (same as always) and their call volume has slightly decreased. Full Update

*VCH News
Dr. Henry also announced a new First Responder Dispatch Protocol, in which firefighters and police officers who might normally attend to medical emergencies along with paramedics will no longer be dispatched, unless their services are required. The protocol will help better protect non-paramedic first responders, and reduce unnecessary use of valuable personal protective equipment (PPE), during the COVID pandemic. Full Update

Good News of the Day = Union Gospel Mission “Maskforce” sewing much needed medical equipment for our front line healthcare workers → Full Report

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March 31, 2020

PROPERTY CRIME IN STRATHCONA → We have heard many voices in Strathcona raise the concern about an increase to property crime during this crisis. The VPD shares these concerns and is taking steps to proactively manage these concerns. See link for more details. 

DTES → Residents of Strathcona are all familiar with the current challenges in the downtown east side and the risks this virus poses to people who live here. Visit DTES – Response Strategy to learn more about what is being done, and how you can help. 

New rules for PARKING IN STRATHCONA and some guidelines for waste collection → Please note the recent, temporary, changes to parking rules across Vancouver. For Strathcona residents to note, the City of Vancouver says it is “responding to the changing demands for parking” by temporarily suspending enforcement for the following:

  • Metered parking
  • Rush-hour zones
  • Residential permit-parking zones
  • Parking time limits, including three-hour parking restrictions

Please do not make any calls to the VPD or to the city regarding the enforcement of the usual parking restrictions around Strathcona.

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Strathcona CPC Announces Temporary Office Closure

Hello Friends,

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Strathcona CPC will be closing our storefront at 872 East Hastings for the immediate future to ensure the safety of our community and to encourage people to stay home during this time.

We remain open to phone calls and emails to help and guide those in need of help and those with questions. So if you need help, if you are isolated and feeling alone and just need someone to talk to, please feel free to contact us.

604-717-0622

Look after each other, and stay safe.

Best,

Dan Turvill
Executive Director
Strathcona Community Policing Centre