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HXBIA LAUNCHES NEW CLEAN TEAM SERVICE FOR BUSINESSES

In response to the increasing challenges of street activity and litter faced by businesses within the district, HxBIA has teamed up with Mission Possible to launch a new service for HxBIA business members. This service, free to members, gives you the ability to request support for removal of litter and drug paraphernalia from your storefront and alley space on an as-needed basis. HxBIA’s MP Neighbour teams will now have access to the equipment required to respond directly and quickly to  businesses as needs arise. Simply email SERVICE@HXBIA.COM or call either the BIA office at 604.789.2186 or MP Neighbours at 604.253.4469 Ext. 152 to arrange for assistance. This service is available starting August 15th Monday – Friday, 9AM to 3:30PM. This service is an expansion to our MP Neighbours service. As

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VANCOUVER IS AWSOME : WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS FOR FREE IN THIS HISTORIC VANCOUVER PARK

Vancouverites will be able to soak in a movie under the stars for free in Victory Square Park on Sunday, July 14 at sunset.Presented by the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association, the event will mark the first time that a movie is shown outdoors in Victory Square Park.  ​Guests will be able to view the classic comedy, The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, an insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. “We are thrilled to be putting this free event on for our community.”, says HxBIA Executive Director, Brennan Fitzgerald.“We see these types of events in other parts of the city and are glad to be bringing this to the Downtown Eastside for

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DAILY HIVE : WATCH A FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE AT A DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER PARK THIS MONTH

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/free-outdoor-movie-vancouver-victory-square-july-2019 Whether they live in the neighbourhood or not, the (HxBIA) said it is inviting all Vancouverites to a free outdoor movie showing in one of the city’s oldest downtown outdoor public spaces.On July 14, the HxBIA will present a free screening of The Truman Show, which stars JimCarrey as Truman Burbank, an insurance salesman who discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.The movie will began at sunset, at approximately 9 pm in Victory Square, located at 200 West Hastings Street.“We are thrilled to be putting this free event on for our community,” said HxBIA Executive Director, Brennan Fitzgerald. “We see these types of events in other parts of the city and are glad to be bringing this to the Downtown Eastside

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HXBIA SUPPORTS COV NIGHT TIME ECONOMY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

HxBIA has added our support for Councillor Lisa Dominato’s request for a Nighttime Economy Strategy.  We believe great potential exists to further activate Vancouver’s nighttime economy. Here in HxBIA and the Downtown Eastside more broadly, particular consideration should be given to examine how a Nighttime Economic Strategy could benefit businesses, residents, and community members. HxBIA looks forward to participating in future discussions and will work on behalf of our members to ensure this strategy can bring benefits to our district.  Read more about the motion here

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BIA’S PUSH FOR 2% TAX SHIFT

Vancouver City Council has passed a 2% tax shift from commercial to residential after significant advocacy from Vancouver’s BIA’s and other experts.  In a time when commercial properties are facing drastic increases in assessments and massive tax increases, this tax relief is much needed. “Business Improvement Associations made their case to council Monday, with the West Broadway BIA telling councillors that it had seen 75 businesses close since 2015 — many citing rising tax bills.” Read more here:​https://globalnews.ca/news/5219084/vancouver-property-tax-shift/https://globalnews.ca/news/5219084/vancouver-property-tax-shift/

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OPINION: WHAT ELSE YOU’LL SEE IN A DAY ON VANCOUVER’S DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/opinion-other-side-of-downtown-eastside ​Written for Daily Hive by Brennan Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association. In his recent Globe and Mail article, Marcus Gee’s description of his visit to the Downtown Eastside is certainly a common narrative we hear from many visitors to this unique part of our city.He isn’t wrong with regards to what can be witnessed when walking down our streets and alleyways. He’s not wrong that governments have failed to adequately address the complex challenges that exist here nor provide for the most basic needs of some of our country’s most vulnerable citizens.And he’s not wrong that the situation is unacceptable.But allow us to showcase what else you will see and do on any given day in

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