SCC Annual General Meeting Thursday April 20 Join Us. All community members welcome. Another exciting event to bring community members together. Join us for games and inflatables 3:30-5:30pm Community BBQ 5:30-7:30pm Annual General Meeting 7:00-10:00pm
What a winter to start 2017! It truly makes a Vancouverite look forward to summer. Preparations have already begun for our best yet Canada Day celebration. Sunset enjoys a proud history of bringing our community together in the name of our great country. Please mark your calendar for July 1, 2017 to see your
Strong communities rely on their own resources, and Sunset is both a strong and evolving neighbhourhood with ever-changing needs. One of those needs is for you to get involved and SCCA offers a great opportunity to do so. SCA Board is seeking 3 new volunteer board members who know the Sunset Community. Community members with
Please Note: Special meeting tonight postponed to tomorrow night Thursday February 9 at 6pm. As you may be aware, Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning that identifies a risk of freezing rain for this evening. Out of an abundance of caution for public safety, and in response to feedback received from a number
Friday 17 January 2014 For Immediate Release
Court stops Park Board seizure of community centres Vancouver, BC – Community associations representing Hastings, Kensington, Kerrisdale, Killarney, Riley Park Hillcrest and Sunset are delighted by the B.C. Supreme Court’s decision today ordering an injunction that will prevent the Park Board from terminating their operating agreements. With the injunction now granted, it is business as usual for patrons of all six community centres. The six non-profit volunteer associations will continue to provide services and programs, to have memberships, and to manage the centres they built and have jointly operated for decades. Today’s injunction remains in effect until such time as a full court case can address ongoing alleged violations by the Park Board and claims for damages for certain Park Board actions. Justice Bowden found that, regardless of the validity of the Park Board’s termination of the associations’ JOAs, the associations’ argument that they also had an historical license to operate their community centres is “a serious question to be tried.” During the December 2013 court proceedings, the Park Board’s lawyer told the judge that if an injunction were ordered, the Park Board would cease its efforts to terminate the associations. The six associations expect the Park Board to honour that promise. The ongoing court process has been difficult for both sides; however, today the associations renew their previous offers to discuss outstanding issues directly with the Park Board. The associations are committed to negotiating, in good faith, to ensure community services are maintained, to guarantee community centre sustainability, and to strengthen the partnership between the associations and the Park Board.
The associations appreciate the overwhelming support they have received from the public.
“The BC Supreme Court has stopped dead the attempt by Park Board and Vision Vancouver to seize control of Vancouver’s community centres. The court decision means that local communities, not bureaucrats, will continue to run the centres the citizens of Vancouver themselves created.”
– Jesse Johl, President, Riley Park Hillcrest Community Association
“This decision is a win for all community associations across the city, including those not involved in this legal action; it means we can continue providing services and programs in our local centres. It also means the Park Board cannot bully community volunteers when the
bureaucrats aren’t getting their way.”
– Ainslie Kwan, President, Killarney Community Association
“The Court clearly recognized that the relationship between these parties is unique. One party cannot decide arbitrarily how the two parties should work together, nor can one party decide
unilaterally what should happen if the two cannot work together.”
– Dean Davison, Davison Law Group, legal counsel for the six associations
Important background information
• The six associations filed their court case in August 2013 seeking a resolution of ongoing alleged violations by the Park Board and damages for certain Park Board actions.
• Instead of negotiating in good faith, the Vancouver Park Board sought to evict the associations from their community centres as of December 31, 2013. The Park Board continued to attempt to centralize decision-making and community centre revenues at Vancouver City Hall.
• A court order issued in October 2013 temporarily prevented the Park Board from taking any external action before the court could make a decision on the termination order.
• Without the injunction approved today, the Park Board would have been free to proceed with its plan to seize control of the six community centres.
• The community centre associations will continue their legal case to resolve alleged JOA violations by the Park Board and to seek damages.
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