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The theme for August was all about Festivals and Marches. From the 5th annual Mural Fest to the 19th annual Chinatown Festival and the historic Powell Street Festival, there is no question we live in an incredibly diverse city. We held a community office table at the Dyke March and marched as allies at the 41st annual Pride Parade. 

I am so proud to celebrate and stand in solidarity with historically underrepresented communities. Together we make the statement that Vancouver-Mount Pleasant cares deeply about our civil liberties and human rights.

In my capacity as Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, I visited communities throughout the North, in the Interior and on Vancouver Island, meeting with First Nations leaders and Presidents to discuss the importance of creating pathways to bring education and trades training closer to home.

My constituency team and I received feedback that you are looking for back-to-school and fall programming. We have put together a list of resources and events that might be of interest to you- please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to learn more.

As always, please continue to reach out to your community office if you are seeking advocacy support for provincial services. We wish you a fantastic September!

Keep shining,

Hon. Melanie Mark, MLA
Hli Haykwhl Ẃii Xsgaak | 馬蘭妮
In the Community 
The 43rd annual Powell Street Festival is an amazing opportunity to celebrate Japanese culture, food, artists and non-profit NGOs like the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association! The Powell Street Festival is one of my favourite events of the year, and in particular, I always enjoy seeing the public interactive art installations from our talented visual arts students!
I love how the city comes to life as we celebrate Pride weekend in Vancouver.  From the Dyke March to the Pride Parade, I'm always proud to stand in solidarity with this vibrant community in their advocacy and leadership.
Artwork courtesy of Deirdre Pinnock- Political Rughooker and Fiberartist. 
Children, families and community leaders such as Ko Man Chow, Jun Nq and Carol Lee took over the historic streets of Chinatown for the 19th annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival. The festival always brings lively entertainment to our community, with its Kung Fu performances, open-air marketplace, music and delicious food! Thank you to the Chinatown Business Improvement Association for hosting. 
What an inspiring event celebrating the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency! This historic initiative shines a light on master weavers from the Musqueam, Tsleil- Waututh and Squamish Nations, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, with special thanks to community advocates for bringing this project to life.    

Upcoming tours: September 8th and 15th, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, for more information visit: or email 
Federal Election

The Federal Election is Monday, October 21st! is your one-stop-shop for federal election information. You can contact them by phone at 1-800-463-6868 toll-free in Canada and the United States, and at 1-613-993-2975 from anywhere in the world.

My Ministry in Action

Improving access to driver training in Indigenous communities was a clear call to action & systemic concern that First Nations leaders have raised with our government. That's why it was so exciting to announce that our government is partnering with Terrace-based All Nations Driving Academy to deliver driver training in rural Indigenous communities. This life changing program will empower 1000 + participants with greater tools to hunt and fish and access health care, training and work. 

Learn more here:

Two days in the North: five communities, three First Nations, beautiful scenery, lots of driving, amazing people! I was honoured to visit three of Coast Mountain Colleges' campuses in Hazelton, Terrace, and Prince Rupert, as well as the Kitsumkalum Band and Haisla Nation (Kitimat), witnessing the vibrancy in these communities and ways in which our government can create greater pathways to post-secondary and trades training closer to home. 
Had a great time visiting Central Island communities and the North Island College campus in Port Alberni with Minister Scott Fraser. What an honour to have been invited to meet with the Ahousaht First Nation on Flores Island and the Snuneymuxw First Nation. These visits allow me to hear directly from Chiefs about their vision to empower their communities through education and training. 
T'ooyaksim' N'iisim' to Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Council for inviting me to visit Bella Bella and witness your progressive leadership in action. 
Our Government's Highlights
Province seeks feedback on reducing plastic waste polluting the environment 

British Columbians are invited to have their say on proposed new actions to reduce the plastic waste polluting the province’s waterways, environment and landfills.

“The message from British Columbians is loud and clear – we need to take action to reduce plastic waste, especially single-use items like water bottles and plastic bags that often find their way into our waters, streets and environment,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

British Columbians are encouraged to share their opinions in an online survey (deadline September 30, 2019 at 4pm), and read the Province’s consultation paper:

More choices, stronger protection for people in assisted living

People in assisted living residences, including supportive recovery homes, will have access to more care options and added protection as amendments to the Community Care and Assisted Living Act come into force.

Effective December 1st, 2019, these changes and new regulations will give seniors, people living with disabilities and community-care clients, as well as people living in supportive recovery homes, the flexibility to stay in their community, while ensuring that they get the quality of care they need.

For more info, visit:

Nearly $200 million transferred to new First Nations revenue-sharing body

This month, eligible First Nations in B.C. will start signing up to receive their share of new revenue that will support self-government and self-determination, strong, healthy communities and services that make life better for families.

The provincial government has transferred $194.84 million to the newly formed B.C. First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing Limited Partnership, providing the first two years of shared gaming revenue committed to under Budget 2019.

For more info, visit:

$2.5 million towards the B.C. Building Codes is available for free online

Online versions of the B.C. Building Codes are now available free of charge, and nearly 5,000 people who purchased the code on or after Sept. 5, 2018, will soon get a refund.

B.C. is now refunding the full purchase amount to anyone who bought an online subscription of the codes and offering a substantial refund for those who purchased a printed copy. Going forward, the Province will offer free digital versions of the codes and printed copies will be available at a reduced rate. This move marks another step forward as the B.C. government works to make life more affordable for everyone who lives and works in the province.

To learn more, visit:

Community Programs and Events in VMP

KidsSportBC Grant
Do you know a child starting a new sport or joining a team this fall?
They may be eligible for a KidsSportBC Grant! KidSport works to fulfill its mission of eliminating financial barriers to sports participation. For more info, please call 604-333-3434 or visit

Immunize BC
If you were born between 1970 and 1995, you may need a measles booster. Find out where you can get yours at:

Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC)
Sports, homework, safe access to the online world, arts, crafts, and sharing meals... the Boys and Girls Club does all of that! For more information on enrolling young ones in the BGC, please call 604-879-9118 or visit:

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City of Vancouver Recreation Fall Programming
Fall programming has arrived! Activities for all age groups are available at your local community centre. Whether you are looking for opportunities for leadership, making new friends, learning how to paint or to unleash your hidden talents, there are hundreds of pathways waiting for you!  Registration dates vary, so enroll early. More more info:  

Mount Pleasant Farmer's Market
Every Sunday until October 27th,  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dude Chilling Park, 8th Ave & Guelph St
Mount Pleasant Farmer's Market has returned this year! Each week, there are over 30 farms, producers and food trucks. Come out and try some local fare!

Healthy Living Support Group for Immigrant Women
Want to practice your English, make friends and learn more about Canada? Come to the ongoing Health and Wellness Group for Immigrant Women!
To register please contact Sherifa Azzab: 604-879-8208 ext 203, or email at or

Arabic group: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 East Broadway), and, 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month at ISSofBC Welcome Centre (2610 Victoria Drive).

Mandarin group: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 14th, and then the first Saturday of every month at MPNH
Childcare is available. Registration required so be sure to call 604-879-8208!
For upcoming programming information, visit their events calendar here.

Complimentary Haircuts for Seniors
By Appointment every Tuesday
411 Seniors Centre (704-333 Terminal Ave)
Registration required so call 604-684-8171 in advance!

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society
1607 East Hastings Street (and Commercial)
The Friendship Centre is releasing its Fall Programming! Women's Drop-in Basketball is Mondays 6-10pm. Greasy Bannock Acting Class is Thursday evenings and Women's Soccer is Friday evenings. For exact timing and more programming information, please call 604-251-4844.

17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Saturday, September 14th, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Renfrew Park Community Centre (2929 E 22nd Ave, Vancouver)
The Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is back! This popular, family-friendly event in Renfrew-Collingwood will bring you tons of live music, entertainment, beautiful art displays, food, and more, for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and evening. 
For more info, call 604-257-8388 or visit

2019 Vancouver AIDS WALK
Sunday, September 22nd, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Sunset Beach Seawall, Vancouver
The AIDS WALK celebrates people living with HIV, remembers those we lost too soon, and raises money to support low-income people living with HIV in BC via the Community Health Fund.
Please pre-register at 

Saige Community Kitchen for Trans and Gender Diverse People
Sunday, October 27th, at 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Broadway Youth Resource Centre (2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver)
In partnership with Saige Food Bank, this Community Kitchen focuses on meal creativity, food handling, learning new kitchen skills, menus on a budget and socializing! It is organized by and for the Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diverse Community. Come out and celebrate! Always leftovers to take home - bring your own container! Most foods are VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, and ALLERGEN FREE! All ages welcomed. All gendered bathrooms. Wheelchair-accessible space.
For more information, call 604-709-5720 or email

Hon. Melanie Mark, MLA Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
1070-1641 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4

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