As summer begins to wind down, I’d like to update you on some important issues in Hastings Crossing.

There have been rising reports of safety and security incidents in the area over the past weeks. It can be difficult to know how to respond to these incidents, and to understand the responsibilities of police and the City of Vancouver.
At times, you may face a non-emergency situation that still limits your ability to carry out your operations. If you’d like support de-escalating a situation, HxBIA has a contract with Mission Possible Neighbours that allows any member to call for a response. You can reach an MP Neighbours supervisor at 604-338-7150.

In emergency situations, please call 911.

I have requested that a representative of the Vancouver Police Department and of the City of Vancouver, particularly Sanitation, take part in a meeting with BIA members to respond to questions about services available and appropriate responses. Please send me an email if you’d like to take part in that meeting.

In more positive news, this month we are launching a social media initiative to highlight the strength and diversity of HxBIA members. We plan to create compelling stories of the people, businesses, non-profits—even the architecture in Hastings Crossing. These stories will be shared on our social media channels and we would welcome interest from any member with a story to tell.

One of those members, PrintPrint, is currently offering free $100 credits to local businesses in need of printing and graphic design services. Please see this link for details.

Lastly, please keep an eye on our website for information on our upcoming Annual General Meeting. This meeting will once again be online only this year. We look forward to hearing from members on September 23 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

All the best,