23 January 2020

‘How is that better?’ Clearing Oppenheimer Park will leave homeless in alleys: commissioner

12 January 2020

Residents sleeping outside urged to visit Powell Street Getaway or extreme weather response shelters

January 9 2020
As temperatures drop this week, Powell Street Getaway – next to Oppenheimer Park - continues to open as a warming centre to ensure people have an option to come inside from the cold. Due to increased City of Vancouver funding, Powell Street Getaway has been open more frequently this winter, opening when the weather is 0 degrees instead of the previous threshold of -5 degrees.

The Province, in conjunction with Homelessness Services Association of BC and community organizations,  also opens additional shelter spaces when extreme weather alerts are issued on evenings such as tonight when the temperature is 0 degrees or feels like 0. Details on these shelters are attached.


Additional warming centres open from January 12

Warming centres will be activated from Sunday, January 12 to Wednesday, January 15. All are welcome and people can bring their carts and pets. People with their own bedding may choose to sleep at the centres and hot drinks and snacks are available.


Warming centre locations

January 12 to 14:
  • Britannia Community Centre (Hours: 9pm to 8:30am)
  • Vancouver Aquatic Centre (Hours: 10pm to 6am)
  • Overdose Prevention Society (Hours: 11pm to 8am)
January 15
  • Britannia Community Centre (Hours: 9pm to 8:30am)
  • Overdose Prevention Society (Hours: 11pm to 8am )
The City urges anyone who is sleeping outside on a cold night to make use of facilities such as Powell Street Getaway or to call 2-1-1 to find out about available shelter spaces.

Since the start of winter, warming centres including Powell Street Getaway have been open on 23 nights, with more than 2,600 visits.


Are you concerned about someone sleeping outside?

If residents are concerned about an individual, they’re encouraged to check in with the person safely to see whether they want help, then direct them to a warming centre or EWR shelter (225 KB), or call 2-1-1. Members of the public who would like to donate warm clothing such as new socks, toques or gloves can call 2-1-1 to find out how.

During the day, those in need can also access low-cost meals and free shower and laundry facilities at Carnegie, Evelyne Saller, and Gathering Place community centres. These locations and other public buildings, such as libraries and community centres, are also available during their opening hours as spaces to warm up during extreme weather conditions.

02 January 2020

Recycling your Christmas tree

Bring your tree for chipping, donate to charity

Every year, City staff and Lions Club volunteers provide Christmas tree chipping events. After the trees are chipped, they are taken to the Vancouver Landfill to be composted.

Your cash and non-perishable food donations collected at the events will be distributed to local charities.

*** Remove all decorations and tinsel ***

Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5, 10am to 4pm

  • Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot
    (5670 E Blvd, north of 41st Ave)
  • Kitsilano Beach parking lot
    (Cornwall Ave and Arbutus St)
  • Sunset Beach upper parking lot
    (Beach Ave and Broughton St)
  • Trout Lake Community Centre parking lot
    (3360 Victoria Drive, south of E 12th Avenue)

Set out your tree for collection

Live, cut Christmas trees will be collected from households with City Green Bin service during the weekend of January 11 to 12, 2020. To ensure pickup, residents should set out their tree by 7am on Saturday, January 11.

To get your tree ready for pick-up:
  • Remove all decorations and tinsel
  • Lay the tree on its side
  • Leave the tree loose (no bags, string, or rope)
  • Do not put your tree inside your Green Bin
January 11 to 12 is also a designated leaf collection weekend. Leaves should be set out in paper yard waste bags or in store-bought bins (max. 100 litres) by 7am on Saturday, January 11.

Drop off your tree at the transfer station or landfill

Bring your tree to the Vancouver South Transfer Station or Vancouver Landfill for free until January 31.  

Remove all decorations and tinsel beforehand