On February 19, the newly-formed Strata Leaseholder Society Bargaining Agency held its first Special General Meeting at the Holiday Inn on Broadway. Despite the wet weather, an efficient group of neighbourhood volunteers registered around 230 agency members and guests, who huddled into the Arbutus Ballroom for a presentation, motions and round of questions. Richard Marchant, the newly elected Agency President, chaired the meeting while Sharon Yandle, Doug Ramsey, Nathan Edelson (*RePlan Project Manager), and Mike Walker (*RePlan lawyer) took turns providing information and answering questions.
The meeting began with a quick update on agency membership before moving on to the election of agency directors and alternate directors, a full list of whom can be found here. From there, the group elected Richard Marchant as Agency President and Doug Ramsey as Agency Vice President. As no nominations for either Secretary or Treasurer had been put forward, the group decided to allocate these positions at the first Agency director meeting, planned for the second week of March.
After approving a couple of administrative motions, Doug Ramsey provided an overview of the lease renewal terms that will form the backbone of negotiations. Keeping housing affordable, ensuring leases are long-term, and securing flexible payment options for leaseholders remain at the top of the agenda for agency members (read more about these here). These issues were recently discussed with Mayor Stewart’s Chief of Staff, Anita Zaenker, and various City Councillors at meetings organized by *RePlan.
The event wound down by opening the floor to questions, where some residents asked about the lack of progress with the City. Determining a negotiation timeline and communication strategy for the Agency were suggested as ways to keep the process moving forward, while ensuring messaging remains consistent. Members also passed a motion to assess the legal position of leaseholders, which will be prepared by Mike Walker and distributed to designated society members in the next several weeks.
Overall, the organizers received many kind words from attendees. As some SLS delegates will not be staying on as directors, a big round of applause and thanks were given for the many hours they’ve dedicated to the lease resolution process.
You can find out more about next steps and view the meeting presentation here: falsecreeksouth.org/agency.