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July 2020 issue of RCC News is here

Stay connected to your community through the RCC News. Please stay well and safe while you’re out and about.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • RISE Community Health Centre has risen
  • Building an anti-racist future
  • Pop-up market by Fresh Roots and Italian Cultural Centre
  • Meal delivery for seniors
  • Collingwood Corner: On COVID craziness

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email

The deadline for the August 2020 issue is July 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.

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Easy bike ride follows Still Creek to Burnaby Lake

Burnaby Lake is a haven for birds. These goslings stay close to their mom and dad. Photos by Bryden Fergusson


In these COVID-19 times, many people are choosing to ride their bikes to get from point A to B. It’s a great way to maintain physical distancing and get some exercise, sunshine and vitamin D at the same time.

If you’re looking for a safe ride, take one of the bike paths under the SkyTrain lines, which are well marked and have crossing lights at busy streets.

Central Valley Greenway from Renfrew/Rupert SkyTrain station to Burnaby Lake

This route gives you views of Still Creek and takes about 1.5 hours roundtrip from Renfrew Station.

1. Pick up the Central Valley Greenway from the Renfrew or the Rupert SkyTrain station.

2. Head east, safely cross busy Boundary Road at the crossing light.

3. The greenway takes you behind Home Depot. After the Home Depot parking lot, turn right at Gilmore.

4. Cross Gilmore at Still Creek Avenue, heading for Dick’s Lumber.

Pick up the trail at Gilmore and Still Creek Avenue next to Dick’s Lumber.

Looking northwest behind Dick’s Lumber to the towers of Brentwood.

5. Follow the Central Valley Greenway, past the Toyota dealership on your left, Costco across the street on your right and the Burnaby Eco-centre (recycling centre) on your left. Be careful of the trucks leaving the driveways along this industrial stretch.

6. Cross Douglas Road and turn right where you can pick up the greenway next to Still Creek.

Sights along the way include the remains of a beaver dam in a small tributary that runs into Still Creek. Photo by Julie Cheng

7. Continue past the overpass near the Sperling SkyTrain station. The trails of Burnaby Lake are now 5 minutes away.

South of Sperling SkyTrain station heading east towards Burnaby Lake, now just 5 minutes away.

Enjoy a peaceful ride in the shade of trees.

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Windermere students call for a crosswalk at 27th and Nootka


Windermere students are calling for a crosswalk to be installed at 27th Avenue and Nootka. Photo by Julie Cheng


Grade 9 students at Windermere Secondary are petitioning for a much-needed crosswalk at 27th Avenue and Nootka.

Windermere high school is situated halfway between Rupert Street and Nootka Street and stretches from 24th to 27th avenues. The buses run up and down on both Rupert and Nootka streets, delivering a great number of students to Windermere.

The number 16 bus on Nootka stops at 23rd, 25th and 27th avenues. However, there are only crosswalks on 22nd and 29th, both of which require a detour of several blocks when walking from the bus stop to the school. As a result, most kids cross the street without a crosswalk to save time to get to class.

The students’ petition asks for a new crosswalk at the bus stop of 27th Avenue and Nootka so students and teachers can have a safe and direct connection between the bus and the school.

The crosswalk would also benefit the people who take the SkyTrain and often walk down the ravine to avoid walking beside the busy road. This new proposed crosswalk would mirror a crosswalk on 27th Avenue and Rupert and also creates a safe and efficient corridor.

You can show your support by signing the students’ petition. They have created print petitions and an online one at

Coco Aschmann-cross is a Grade 9 student currently attending Windermere Secondary.

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