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Carnegie focus, no. 4 Carnegie Community Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) Mar 8, 1987

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'· ,~ .. >· The Carnegie -Community tre Association Board is longer in operation. The Board was suspended Fri-day, March 6, by city social ~ planning director Max Beck be-cause, he said, the Board was pr~occupied with internal wrangling and not fulfilling its real purpose - which is to give constructive advice to the Carnegie director on impor-tant issues and policies. Beck said the Board had been "spin-ning its wheels" for months while all sorts of issues,like the $700,000 renovations, have been ignored. Beck took the action after observing a Board meeting last Thursday at which the Carnegie membership was so frustrated that it would not let the Board carry on business. Don't worry: The suspension of the Board won't have any effect on the programs and ser-vices at Carnegie. It'·s busi-ness as usual in the most well used and successful community centre in Canada . 114 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. FOCUS: FRIENDS OF CARNEGIE USERS SOCIETY IS A NON-PROFIT GROUP ~ , FORMED OPERATING AS A NEEDED SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. ·· ,:-- -FOCUS - c/o Carnegie Centre, 40J. Main, Van. 665-2220 ; 2~~-~., So glad you could come!! The second meeting of FOCUS-Friends of Carnegie Users Soc-iety, was held in the Theatre on Sunday, March 1. Muggs Sigurgeirson opened with an introduction of Bill Deacon, who reported on what FOCUS members had done with suggest-ions discussed at the first meeting in February. - Oppenheimer's new Field _ House will have as much in-put as possible from us as to design and use. (Parks Bd) - The presentation at City Hall asking for longer hours, more staff and expanded services was accepted;FOCUS recognized Ald. Carole Taylor and Exec. Assistant to the Mayor Janet Fraser walked through the Centre and listened to users talk about their lives & need The first item on the agenda was knives and their increase in our community. Sue Harris of DERA and former Parks Comm. spoke from experience about the inadequacy of present laws. "If you go into a bar with a kn~fe and drink, the danger of using the knife is much greater." A knife is not considered a weapon unless it is proved the thing was used other than for self-defense. So, if you are stabbed by a mugger or in a bar, then you can complain. The factors of intimidation and fear are not covered under law. Ms. Harris read a letter to be sent to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney asking that the criminal code be changed to protect the public from this g rowing thr.eat to safety . The next it speaker Don 1 people on the City engineer changes to tr Street Overpc In 1984, tJ-structure wa~ suspicion by the "worst pc is now real i 1 persons, elderly citizens and children are virtually exclud-ed because of the steep slope and vehicle-oriented structure at Main and Alexander. Bill Blakely, an engineer, proposed a plan to alter it to allow these people easy access to their neighbourhood park. The Committee at City Hall agreed to study it, Don asked FOCUS to write three letters: 1) to the Parks Board asking them to start working again to em was CRAB and arson updated the fight to get the s to make needed e infamous Main ss. e design for this regarded with CRAB and some of 1ssible scenario" y. Handicapped complete the park by June 2) ~o the Parks Bd. to have the caretaker's job opened to applicants from this area who are knowledgable of the resi-dents and their lifestyles 3) to the city asking that immediate changes be made to the Main Overpass and that the traffic lights at Main and Alexander be three coloured -red, yellow, green - instead of a flashing red. Semi's cannot stop easily corning down the ramp of the overpass. The biggest item was put last and was of most interest to the people present. Now, Carnegie members have a lot of good ideas as to how the Cen-.i-~· tre should be physically im- ... proved. The City has allotted ~ about $650,000 for renovation · t and these are some of the sug- ~; gestions on using it: 'r.t * More area to play cards and ~-chess and quiet games. ~ * A bigger child-minding area. t\ There are over 200 kids using ~ the small room now, Also add a . nurse's station. ~ * Expand the Seniors' Lounge, ~ the library, the learning cen4]y tre and the newsletter. ~ * Increase the size of the ~ kitchen and add a cafeteria. · · * Improve the dance and music i space and add an area for art. ~ - Preserve the Theatre - ~ * Add an area for Chinese ~ As you can see, the suggest-ions call for expansion of Carnegie activities while pre-serving what we have now. Carnegie members want to keep a happy mix of both ages and lifestyles, while giving seniors special consideration with a quiet refuge. This re-flects the fact that Carnegie is the most successful commun-ity centre in British Columbia if not in Canada. •• But, there is only so much I space. Carnegie is already : crowded and some activities ,._ ~~ are being squeezed. Some sug-gestions on how to get space: - build a fourth floor on top -;_:~ and open up the dome~ - ."'i!,jt~i~· ~~ - expand into the building A~ next <loo on Main by adding ~5~ ;:-i;· a second floor and leasing )~ it from the owners, take over the Roosevelt Hotel and build a walkway from.the second floor, City Hall is taking a pub- , lie opinion survey on what ~ Vancouverites want to see in their city in the year 2000. It's called Goals for Vancou-ver; asking about things like parks, housing, jobs, hospi-tals, senior citizen faci it- ~ ies, etc. The survey sounds like a good idea - but there's one catch - it's being mailed out to homeowners only. Th~t means that the 10,000 people who live in hotels, rooming houses and apartments in the Downtown way to correst .. -· ,. don't see one o these people then go to the front rlP~k-and get a ballot from the inform- t-._ ation person, J.eachect here. /J;. The results ot this survey ¥1 will be made public at the \~ next FOCUS meeting on Sunday, April 5. We will then check with architects and engineers as to feasibility, check with ~~ members, and decide what to ~ push for. ~~~ Remember, if we, the users .M of Carnegie, don't make these ~ decisions, then they will be .hi, made for us - by "experts" §~!'A from somewhere else. :-;~""·' ~ .... ,.,. .~ ' . ,,,: FOR VANCOUVER MEETING The UBC Library and UBC Learning Exchange would like to thank the following participant for his contributions to digitizing this community-generated document: Wilson Liang This community-generated work was digitized and deposited to cIRcle, UBC's open access digital repository, as part of the Digitizing Community Memories project of the Making Research Accessible in the Downtown Eastside initiative (MRAi). In collaboration with the UBC Learning Exchange and UBC Library, the project provided training and support for community members in the Downtown Eastside to digitize and make openly available community-generated materials.  This project aimed to increase access to historic Carnegie Centre publications and preserve these unique materials for years to come.  For more information on this project and the UBC Learning Exchange, please visit learningexchange.ubc.ca  November 30, 2017 

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