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Follow the Woodward’s W to FREE PARKING

Thanks to the over 700 Hastings Crossing BIA business, we are able to offer up to 3-hours of free parking, once a week, for a limited time! Here’s how it works: Park at EasyPark Lot 126 located at 151 W Cordova Street. (This promo will ONLY work at this lot) Go to bit.ly/hxbiafreeparking to redeem your free parking pass. Enter your license plate number and tap park. Shop, dine, and support HxBIA businesses – repeat next week! When your 3-hours are up, simply top up your parking using the ZipBy App to keep supporting our local businesses! We need help from HxBIA members to spread this news! Share our Instagram post, tag @hxbia and your favourite HxBIA business.  Display print posters

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Updates to BC Securing Small Business Funding

After consulting with the business community and the BC Chamber of Commerce, the Province is making changes to the Securing Small Business Rebate Program.  Recognizing the increased costs to businesses due to property crime and vandalism in rural and urban communities across the province, the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation launched this $10.5 million Securing Small Business Rebate Program, which has helped to provide small businesses with funds for eligible commercial property crime and vandalism repairs, or to implement eligible preventative measures. With limited uptake due to application barriers and requirements, the Province has made changes, which include: Removing the requirement to provide an insurance claim when applying for funding through the reparative stream of the program. Applicants

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Vancouver Cocktail Week comes to Hastings Crossing & Gastown March 3-10, 2024

Vancouver Cocktail Week (VCW) returns March 3 – 10, 2024, and we are excited to toast the local spots who will be mixing up some creative cocktails this year. Along with neighbourhood cocktail crawls, Cinq à Sept Happy Hours, and exclusive seminars, you will be sure to find that perfect cocktail-centric evening during this year’s festival. The annual event is presented by The Alchemist, and you can find the full details at vancocktailweek.com. Read on for more details on events happening in HxBIA and Gastown! Cinq à Sept Happy Hours Happy hours between March 3 and 10 across the city will feature VCW signature cocktails, snacks, and entertainment. Happening nightly from 5-7pm. Cantina 189 (324 W Hastings Street) will be

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DEAR MEMBER

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

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BIA CLEANING

Our additional cleaning service through United We Can continues to run in the western end of the BIA between Cambie and Richards along Pender and Hastings (including alleys). Last summer, we coordinated with the City on an additional MP Neighbours shift in the afternoons/evenings around the street market. We received the good news that this additional support has been extended for the full year 2021. And of course we maintain our regular contract with MP Neighbours throughout the BIA, and they are able to respond to safety concerns that you may have (604-338-7150 or jhockley@mission-possible.ca). Please direct any emergency calls to 911, of course.

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WELCOME TO NEW CLEANING SERVICES

We have recently welcomed Clean Start BC to Hastings Crossing. Clean Start is a social enterprise providing employment to people with barriers. One of their services is specifically targeted at preventing the spread of Covid-19; more information is available on their website.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

While the BIA has been relatively quiet on social media while we focused on Covid and renewal in 2020, we understand the value of our reach on these channels. We will be making much more targeted and frequent use of our website and our Instagram and Twitter accounts. One way we aim to highlight some of the organizations and people in our BIA is through short articles we can share with our followers. If you are interested in having the BIA share a story on your organization, please contact me directly.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTING

Our neighbourhood is not looking its best these days and after adding more cleaning support, I’m now working on two more initiatives to improve sanitary conditions. And as we look forward to the holiday period, I’m exploring an opportunity with Atira and the City of Vancouver to help local organizations brighten up the neighbourhood with holiday lights.   We would love to make it easy for you to plan, buy, and install a light display in your windows. To this end, we plan to make funding available to offset the cost of lights and will offer design and installation services at no cost. Please contact me as soon as possible if this is something you may be interested in!

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RESULTS OF OUR MEMBERSHIP SURVEY…

As we move through the summer and into the fall of an eventful 2020, HxBIA continues to engage on priorities for the Downtown Eastside. Beyond Covid-related supports such as rent relief and property tax reduction, I have heard from many of you that the levels of garbage and other waste have become a serious barrier to operating in the neighbourhood. The BIA has been working with other DTES organizations and the City of Vancouver to improve conditions and I will have an update on a new cleaning initiative soon. We are also developing our strategic plan to cover the BIA’s next five years. Member input is critical to this plan to ensure we reflect your priorities, concerns, and vision for

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PEOPLE NEED TO STOP PILING ON THE DTES – GRANT LAWRENCE, VANCOUVER COURIER

From the article: “What many critics fail to realize or admit is that the DTES is a community. Despite being in the vise-grip of a deadly health crisis, this is a neighbourhood where people know and look out for each other, and it is one in desperate need of normalizing, beyond government agencies. “What is happening in the DTES is mental health colliding with drugs,” summarizes Snelgar. “On whether this should stop people visiting the area, no, that would only hasten its decline, and in my opinion we need to continue to work to uplift the area and, more importantly, the individuals.” Our DTES needs Vancouverites to care for it by frequenting it. By being there. By walking its streets.

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