CEDSAC Working Group Updates & Meeting Times
Community Benefits Agreement Working Group
The Community Benefits Agreement Working Group heard from Thien Phan with the City of Vancouver regarding the operations and success of the Parq Development community benefit agreement. The working group discussed the need to build capacity among social enterprises in order to meet the needs of future developments. It was suggested that a list of sub-trades and qualified vendors be created in order to supply the developers with labour, and for social enterprises to partner with conventional manufacturer’s for sub-contracts. The working group highlighted that instead of focusing on the geography of the respective development projects, the community being served should be the focus and be represented in these agreements.
Retail Gentrification & Social Inclusion Working Group
The Retail Gentrification and Social Inclusion working group reviewed and discussed the feedback received on the Community Retail Research Forum, as well as heard information from Kahoruko Yamamoto about her research on "Confronting Gentrification in Low-Income Neighbourhoods: Focusing on Housing Crisis & Revitalization of local Business". Genevieve from BC Artscape also shared information on their mission and purpose of the program, the structure and design of the space they’re utilizing in the Sun Wah building, and their tenant selection process.The working group determined goals and next steps, which include synthesizing the retail research from Carnegie Community Action Project, Strathcona Resident Association /Ray-Cam, and the Hua Foundation along with City wide retail research being conducted by the City of Vancouver. By synthesizing the aforementioned research the working group can support the development of a matrix or decision making tool to provide input to the Community Impact Real Estate Society (CIRES) when selecting tenants for vacant retail units in the Downtown Eastside. The group will also provide feedback to the City of Vancouver on various request for proposals relevant to commercial retail plans in the Downtown Eastside.
Advocacy Working Group
The Advocacy working group heard presentations from Trish with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, and from Chris Van Veen and Zachary Zawaduk with the City of Vancouver regarding advocacy strategies within a municipal context. The working group decided that it would be useful to meet quarterly and bring in various City staff and senior staff together with several organizations in the community doing advocacy work, to learn what work is being done and how it can be supported, but as well as to have a CEDSAC liaison attend other advocacy based organizations’ meetings. The group also discussed hosting community feasts to bring community residents, city staff, and organizations together to share information on advocacy efforts in an informal format.
The Community Benefits Agreement Working Group
Friday, March 17th 1pm-3pm
SFU Charles Chang Innovation Centre
308 W. Hasting St. Vancouver
Entrance on Hamilton St.
The Retail Gentrification & Social Inclusion Working Group
Thursday, March 30th 2pm-4pm
Mezzanine Room at The Amp Office (Mezzanine floor)
425 Carrall St. Vancouver, Buzz 9050
The Advocacy Working Group
Monday, April 24th 10am-12pm
UBC Learning Exchange, Multipurpose Room
612 Main St. Vancouver, BC