Masks Required In All Public Areas of Co-Op

Please take note and follow the most recent guidelines handed down from our Provincial Government on Thursday, November 19:

Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. 

This means that masks must be worn while in co-op:

  • in the hallways
  • in the elevator
  • in the laundry rooms
  • in the parking and garbage/recycling rooms

In addition, social gatherings are limited to those within your bubble only.

No social gatherings of any size at your residence with anyone other than your household or core bubble. For example:

  • Do not invite friends or extended family to your household 
  • Do not host gathering outdoors
  • Do not gather in your backyard
  • Do not have playdates for children

For most people, their core bubble is their immediate household. An immediate household is a group of people who live in the same dwelling.

For others, including people who live alone, their core bubble may also contain a partner, relative, friend or co-parent who lives in a different household. This should be a maximum of two people outside of those living in your immediate household.

For people who live alone, a core bubble is a maximum of two people you see regularly. They cannot host gatherings. 

Welcoming your child home from university is okay. This is not a social gathering. 

For more, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

Voting in the Upcoming Provincial Election

If you are choosing to vote in person in the upcoming Provincial Election, here are your options:

  • Advance voting, Thursday, October 15 to Wednesday October 21 from 8 am to 8 pm at the following locations:
    • Best Western Sands Hotel 1755 Davie
    • Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton
    • Vancouver Aquatic Centre, 1050 Beach Ave
    • West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St
  • General Voting Day, Saturday, October 24 from 8 am to 8pm at the Coal Harbour Community Centre

To vote, please bring with you your ID and please wear a mask, and practice social distancing while waiting.

Halloween & Holiday Gatherings

Please note the following important notice from the Board of Directors regarding Halloween and other upcoming Holiday gatherings:

The Health and Safety of our members is our first priority and so, keeping with the guidelines of the BC Centre for Disease Control, we ask:

  • absolutely no door to door trick or treating
  • do not leave bowls of candy out for kids to rummage through
  • have a small home or outdoor meetup with your family/friends, but no big parties

Please continue to “stay in your bubble,” practice social distancing and wear a mask to protect yourself and others. The BOD thanks everyone for doing a great job keeping our community safe from COVID 19 infection!

Thank you very much for your cooperation!
chhcbod@gmail.com

A Very COVID Halloween

Needless to say, Halloween is going to look very different this year. Members of the social committee are working on putting together a plan for safe trick-or-treating, but in the mean time, this article has some great ideas for having a fun and safe halloween during a global pandemic.

BC Provincial Election: Oct 24

Perhaps not the greatest timing to call an election during a global pandemic, but an election has been called for October 24.

Here are the options to vote safely:

  1. Do a mail-in ballot. Click here to request your mail-in voters package. Please note that earlier versions of the mail-in ballot will not have candidate’s names on them (nominations don’t close until Oct 2). You have to write in the name of the candidate you are voting for OR the name of the party you’re voting for. Don’t write the name of the leader of the party unless you are in his or her riding (we’re not). Then just put the ballot in the mail, or drop it off to the Elections Canada office on the corner of Alberni and Cardero.
  2. You can vote in an advance poll. October 5-October 21 from 8 am to 8 pm you will be able to do an advance poll. This will likely be less crowded than on actual voting day. Advance polling will take place at 747 Cardero.
  3. October 24 8 am to 8 pm, locations TBA.

If you’re voting in person (advance or on Oct 24) you need to bring:

  • Valid ID that shows your name and home address.
  • Your Where to Vote card. Look for it in the mail from Elections BC before advance voting starts. Bringing it with you to the voting place will make voting faster and easier.
  • Your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot, if you wish.
  • A mask to wear in the voting place, if you wish. We encourage voters to wear a mask when they vote to protect others. You will not be asked to remove your mask to vote. Learn more about voting safely and COVID-19.

Currently the only candidate nominated and running is the incumbent, Spencer Chandra Herbert. Check the Elections Canada website to see updates of nominees. We are in the Vancouver West End riding.

UPDATE: here’s a great article about the 4 candidates in the neighbourhood. Scroll down a bit to the second article.

Back to School Safely

Well, who knew we’d be adding “back to school in the middle of a global pandemic” to our list of things to do this year?

Here are a few things you can do to make the transition safely back to school:

  • Buy two sets of supplies, one for school and one for home, so that there’s no bringing stuff from school to home and vice versa.
  • Send your kids to school with already filled water bottles to avoid using school water fountains.
  • Purchase several masks in cute colours or patterns. This way, there’s always a clean one available if one is being washed. There’s a better chance they will wear the masks if they like them or think they are cute.
  • Attach the mask to a lanyard they can wear around their neck so that they don’t lose it when they aren’t wearing it.
  • Purchase extra pencil cases with individual pockets at the dollar store. Label each pocket for clean masks, dirty masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.
  • Remind your kids there is no sharing of food at recess/snack/lunchtime.
  • It’s a good idea to practice at home things like wearing a mask, handwashing/sanitizing and social distancing, so that they get more used to it before school.
  • Talk to your kids and understand that they may have more anxiety than usual about going back to school this year.

Tips and guidelines from the Government of Canada
BC’s Back to School Plan

AGM August 27

Normally, we hold our AGM before the summer, but COVID took care of that. The CHHC AGM will take place Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm, and it will be hybrid of in-person (max 15 because of social distancing) and online using Zoom.

If you are new to Zoom, you can download the program here. Zoom works on your desktop/laptop, on your mobile device or your tablet. Click here to join the meeting, and here’s a video that shows you how to do it.

Agendas and Financial Statements should have been delivered to your door by now.

BC Emergency Benefit

From an email from Spencer Chandra Herbert:

Who is eligible for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers?

  • To be eligible for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers you must:
    • have a valid Social Insurance Number,
    • be eligible for and approved to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
    • be a resident of B.C. on March 15, 2020
    • have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return
    • be at least 15 years old on the date you apply
    • not be receiving provincial Income Assistance or Disability Assistance
      • The Province will provide everyone receiving income or disability assistance who is not receiving EI or the CERB will automatically receive a $300 COVID-19 Crisis Supplement on their cheques for the next three months, starting in April. This includes people receiving a Comforts Allowance or the B.C. Senior’s Supplement.
  • This includes people who have run out of employment insurance (EI) benefits and are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  • This includes people who are self-employed and had to close their business or reduce their hours and are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  • If eligible, payments will start to go out within days of approval.

You can apply for this benefit online today, or by phone starting Monday, May 4th.

The benefit is a one-time only tax free payment of $1000.

Virtual Town Hall Tonight

CHF -BC is hosting a virtual town hall tonight, April 22, at 6pm for housing co-ops.

The webinar will include:

  • impact of COVID-19 on co-op operations
  • Health and safety advice for members and staff
  • Government assistance for co-ops and co-op members
  • Board and member meetings in a virtual world
  • CHF BC services during a pandemic

Register here. If you can’t make the meeting tonight, a recording will be posted on their website.

Update from COHO

A message from Christine Wyse, Coordinator, Coal Harbour Housing Co-operative

As the office is closed until further notice, please direct all office correspondence to cwyse@coho.bc.ca

Submitting forms will need be put on hold for now, please keep the Home Owner Grant forms because the originals will be required when regular mail pick up can begin.

Cheques can be mailed to COHO at the address below. COHO has also set up a temporary eTransfer address if you prefer to use transfers while the office is closed.

The new rental supplement offered by the province does not apply to provincial Co-op programs. If you are not in a subsidized unit and are facing financial hardship, feel free to get in touch to see what options are available.

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