Other schools in Vancouver and BC have "skipped" the line so to speak, for various reasons. The most obvious is that some schools have louder voices. They have slick parent and press packages, successful social media and email campaigns, and a presence in the press. Their parents are able to commit time and money to put their school in the public and political eye. Their schools also, in the majority of cases, seem to reside in Liberal ridings.
Strathcona is an interesting case, with the school sitting in an NDP riding, but many of its attendees living in False Creek, a Liberal riding. Our parents hold one or more jobs, and we don't seem to have the same connections or resources to put towards this issue.
That said, we need to rally our parents behind this issue. The only way we can get our school fixed is to highlight the inequity of this situation, and to be vocal and in the eye of the politicians. Here is what you can do to help:
"In Japan, earthquake safety is treated very seriously and public facilities are upgraded constantly. It's awfully shameful that a school designated as high risk would be lower priority for upgrades. Vancouver is due for a quake. Fix the school before it happens."
The main points of letters/emails/tweets could include:
Peter Fassbender and Jenny Kwan are both on facebook, and you can join our facebook page at Lord Strathcona Seismic Upgrade Planning Group to get updates in real time.
Email us at [email protected]
Use the email ideas above to send a letter to your MLA, and to:
|Mike de Jong (Minister of Finance)||
103-32660 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC V2T 4V6
|Peter Fassbender (Minister of Education)||
PO Box 9045, Stn Prov Govt,
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
Send them to this website, ask them to join in our campaign and raise awareness about the issue.
If you would like to join our committee we would be very grateful for your help! Specific skills we need right now:
Sign the Petition
Join Failed to get data. concerned parents
Send an email