Friday, December 12, 2008

BBB's “Top 10 Online Shopping Tips”

This year, BBB is offering a “Top 10 Online Shopping Tips” for holiday shoppers to help prevent being taken in by unscrupulous online retailers, scammers and hackers.

1. Protect your computer – A computer should always have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a secure firewall.

2. Use trustworthy Web sites – Shoppers should start with BBB to check on the seller’s reputation and record for customer satisfaction. Always look for a “trustmark” from BBBOnLine and click on that seal to confirm that it’s valid.

3. Protect your personal information – BBB recommends taking the time to read the site’s privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used. If there isn’t one posted, it should be taken as a red flag that personal information may be sold to others without permission.

4. Trust your gut – Offers on Web sites and in unsolicited e-mails can often sound too good to be true. Consumers should always go with their instincts and not be afraid to pass up a “deal” that might cost them dearly in the end. If you are searching for deals in online classified ad sites like and, be careful because they do not prescreen advertisements. Choose a local site close to where you live to search for products, and communicate with the seller to arrange for pickup. Never wire money to a stranger.

5. Beware of phishing – Legitimate businesses do not send e-mails claiming problems with an order or an account to lure the “buyer” into revealing financial information. If a consumer receives such an e-mail, BBB recommends picking up the phone and calling the contact number on the Web site where the purchase was made to confirm that there really is a problem with the transaction.

6. Confirm your online purchase is secure – Shoppers should always look in the address box for the “s” in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the “lock” symbol before paying. If there are any doubts about a site, BBB recommends right-clicking anywhere on the page and select “Properties.” This will let you see the real URL (Web site address) and the dialog box will reveal if the site is not encrypted.

7. Pay with a credit card – It’s best to use a credit card online, because the shopper can dispute the charges with their provider if he or she doesn’t receive the item. Shoppers also have dispute rights if there are unauthorized charges on their credit card, and many card issuers have “zero liability” policies under which the card holder pays nothing if someone steals the credit card number and uses it.

8. Keep documentation of your order – After completing the online order process, there may be a final confirmation page or the shopper might receive confirmation by e-mail – BBB recommends saving a copy of the Web page and any e-mails for future reference and as a record of the purchase.

9. Check your credit card statements often – Don’t wait for paper statements; BBB recommends consumers check their credit card statements for suspicious activity by either calling credit card companies or by checking statements online regularly.

10. Know your rights – If you have entered into the contract over the internet or phone, it may be considered a Distance Sales Contract. For more information about consumer contracts and your cancellation rights, please contact the Business Practices & Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA) at 1-888-564-9963 or visit

For more advice on staying safe online this holiday season, and to see reports on thousands of online retailers, go to

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Minutes of September 24, 2008 Regular Meeting

November 26, 2008

The meeting was called to order at 7:12 pm in the Lounge of the Parish Hall of Holy Trinity Cathedral with 14 persons in attendance.

Chairperson: Lila Wood, Recorder: Miriam Smith.
Directors present: Judy Ross, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Lila Wood.

M/S/C To approve the Agenda, Minutes and Treasurers Report as circulated.

Guest Speaker: Acting Mayor Bill Harper, New Westminster City Council member.

Mr. Harper reported on the outcomes of the Open House workshop and the Design Charette held in September in regard to the Downtown Community Plan. He then went over the new council’s vision for the proposed changes and improvements that will affect the downtown area. We all want to maintain a liveable, walkable city and to promote sustainable development. We have to deal with ongoing issues of homelessness, lack of child care facilities and an aging infrastructure. The city has no reserve fund for amenities. Development cost charge money will go for this purpose.

Harper fielded questions and concerns from the audience regarding a variety of issues including homelessness, new and ongoing development, Westminster Quay Market, etc.

Guest Speaker: Sue MacPhail, Canadian Cancer Society.

Sue spoke regarding the use of cosmetic or non-essential pesticides,
herbicides and fungicides and their harmful side effects on children, pets and farmers. They are also harmful to bees, frogs and fish, and can contaminate drinking water. Some stores, including Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Rona are removing these products from their shelves. We should work to eliminate their usage, particularly those that contain 24D.

At this point we decided to draft a motion:
M/S/C “Therefore be it resolved that the New Westminster Downtown Residents Association support the passing of a cosmetic pesticide by-law by the City Council of New Westminster”

Committee Reports

Homelessness Coalition
A one-hour “Stand” for Homelessness will be held November 29th at a location to be announced. Next meeting of the coalition will be 9:00 am in Holy Trinity Parish Hall. Homeless and “one pay cheque from homeless” are increasing rapidly.

Traffic Advisory Committee
New bolder and wider pedestrian crosswalks have been painted at the 4th and Carnarvon intersection. Committee next meets tomorrow.

Community Policing Committee
Complaint received regarding pedestrian safety in the construction zones at 10th Street and Carnarvon discussed and passed on to Traffic Advisory Committee.
Notice of scam regarding persons posng as fire extinguisher repair persons in order to gain entrance to premises was discussed.

Unfinished Business: None.

Next General Meeting
January 28, 2009, 7:00 pm in the Lounge of the Parish Hall at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Four Fabulous Free Fall Concerts at Douglas College

This Fall the Douglas College Music Department will once again present four fabulous concerts featuring music that spans a variety of genres performed by our music students.

All Music Department Concerts are held at 7:30pm in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

For more information please call 604-527-5723

Wednesday, November 26
Douglas College Concert Band
Blair Fisher, director

Friday, November 28
Douglas College Chorus and Chorale
Eric Hannan, director

Saturday, November 29
Student Composition Concert
Doug Smith, director

Monday, December 1
An Evening of Jazz
Featuring the Douglas College Dues Band and Douglas College Night Band

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hyack Square closure/reconstruction

Beginning on Monday 17 November 2008, public access to Hyack Square and the pedestrian bridge to the River Market at Westminster Quay will be closed to facilitate the City's Hyack Square reconstruction project. The area will be closed to the public for the next several months during construction. Completion of the project is scheduled for May 2009. During this time period, alternative pedestrian access to the waterfront is available via either Begbie Street or the McInnes Overpass. Pedestrian sidewalk and vehicular access will continue to be maintained along the length of Columbia Street.

A pedestrian corridor will also be maintained for as long as possible along the east side of Hyack Square between Columbia and Front Streets, however this will need to be closed when construction occurs in this area.

These closures will be kept as short as possible, and your understanding is appreciated.

Carolyn Armanini | Planning Assistant | City of New Westminster | 511 Royal Avenue | New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9 |

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Local Candidates Respond to Survey on Sustainability Issues in New Westminster

Media Release

November 6, 2008

New Westminster Environmental Partners (NWEP), a local environmental organization, has completed a detailed survey for the mayoral and city councillor candidates for the upcoming municipal election in New Westminster. The survey focussed on questions in four areas which will have a profound impact on the current and future livability of the City. Well-conceived decisions in these areas can have a significant influence on the ability to develop a sustainable City and a City which is a role model for our region. The survey invited the candidates to share their vision and ideas on key issues affecting the City and it queried their support for some specific ideas which are of interest to NWEP members.

This survey aims to promote a discussion amongst the candidates and the public in four areas:

1. Land Use and Amenities
How can development be managed in the City while creating a better place for existing and future residents?

2. The Environment
How can environmental stewardship be fostered within the City, and what is the City’s role in the region, and the world?

3. Transportation
As the hub of the region, what kind of transportation solutions can work for the City and region and can the City be a leader in promoting these solutions?

4. Social Issues
Can the City be more inclusive for all its residents?

“These are important issues in New Westminster that have significant connections with the sustainability and livability of the City”, says Beth Rogers, a spokesperson for NWEP. The comments, opinions and responses of the candidates are posted on the NWEP website at and will be available for the remainder of the 2008 election campaign.

New Westminster Environmental Partners (NWEP) is a non-partisan group of close to 150 concerned citizens who believe in thinking globally and acting locally. Through the identification of issues, education, public advocacy, and best practices they hope to to promote environmental,
social and economic sustainability in New Westminster. They work with residents, businesses and government agencies in New Westminster and have worked with past Councils to implement an anti-idling bylaw, improve transit-user safety at the New Westminster Skytrain station, and
are currently working on a pesticide bylaw.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

NWDRA Directors Meeting (note time change)

Our Directors Meeting on Wednesday, November 5th, will be at 5:30 pm in the Genesis Society suite, 201, at 56 Merrivale Street - across the street from Genesis House.

PLEASE NOTE the change of time to 5:30. This is to allow time for those interested to get to the All Candidates Meeting at 7:30 in Centennial Lodge, Queens Park.

Please let me know if you are unable to attend.

Lila Wood

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Christmas Lantern Tour

1888 Christmas Lantern Tour of Irving House (all ages)

Turn the clock back to 1888 and celebrate Christmas with the Brigg’s family. The CPR branch line to New Westminster is a year old and the community is abuzz discussing its potential for trade and commerce. Listen to the chatter of New Westminster residents as they deck the Brigg family halls for a Victorian Christmas.

Irving House 604-527-4640

November 8, 6:30 pm

Registration fee: $5.00

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Candidates for New Westminster 2008 General Local Election

Blair ARMITAGE (VOICE New Westminster)
Wayne WRIGHT (

Councillor (Six to be elected)
Lorraine BRETT (
Jonathan X. COTE (
Matthew LAIRD (
Steve McCLURG (VOICE New Westminster)
Jaimie McEVOY (
Betty McINTOSH (VOICE New Westminster /
Bob OSTERMAN (VOICE New Westminster)
Terrance OWEN
Gavin PALMER (VOICE New Westminster)
Neil POWELL (VOICE New Westminster)
David TATE
Susan WANDELL (VOICE New Westminster)

School Trustee (Seven to be elected)
Casey COOK (VOICE New Westminster)
Maylen CRESPO (VOICE New Westminster)
Tom DAVIES (VOICE New Westminster)
Michael EWEN
Jim GORING (VOICE New Westminster)
Lisa GRAHAM (VOICE New Westminster)
Kirpaul KAUR (VOICE New Westminster)
Patrick O'CONNOR (VOICE New Westminster)
Shelley WALDIE (VOICE New Westminster)

(Please email for updates or links to candidates' web pages.)

Friday, October 24, 2008

2008 General Local Election All Candidates Meetings

Thursday, October 28/2008
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Livable Cities Need Children & Families
Where: Queensborough Community Centre
Contact: Jonina Campbell, 604-759-9990
Mayor/ Councillors/ School Trustees

Sunday, November 2/2008
2:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Queen's Park Residents' Association
Where: Centennial Lodge, Queen's Park
Contact: Catherine Hutson, 604-525-0129
Mayor & Councillors

Monday, November 3/ 2008
7:00 p.m.
Hosted by: District Parent Advisory Council
Where: New Westminster Secondary School -Library
Contact: Margot Barton 604-522-3997
School Trustees

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Hosted by: Arts Council of New Westminster
Where: Centennial Lodge, Queen's Park
Contact: Andree St. Martin, (604) 525-3244
Mayor/ Councillors/ School Trustees

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Call for participants: homelessness rally October 18, 1-2pm

Folks, I wanted to let you know that a "STAND" for Homelessness is being organized for Saturday October 18th, from 1 - 2 p.m in front of New Westminster City Hall. This has been a grassroots movement started at the Carnegie Centre and has gradually spread and been taken up by many of the communities in our Province.

October 12th to October 19th is deemed "Homeless Week" that in itself is frightening.

This is a Rally of sorts except that the only requirement is that we stand together, forming a line, some with turquois banners which read "HOMES FOR ALL", some wearing turquois scarves and generally wave to people as they pass , if they acknowledge us. There are no speeches, loudspeakers, obvious organizers, drums, noisemakers etc. We may have some leaflets to hand out which outline certain demands of all levels of government. This is a non-partisan event, no one political party is the host, but the Coalition for Homelessness in New Westminster. This is a respectful joining of citizens in our community coming together to identify a critical crisis of the Homeless. Dave Brown, Lookout, is the point person on this. I am only assisting to get the word out. Please pass this information on to your neighbours and friends. All I did was go through my e-mail addresses and try to pick out people I know in New West.

Hope to see you on the 18th!

Lorraine Logan

Friday, October 3, 2008

Minutes of September 24, 2008 Regular Meeting and AGM

September 24, 2008

Chairperson: Lila Wood
Recorder: Miriam Smith

Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm, in the Lounge of the Parish Hall at Holy Trinity Cathedral.. Six Directors present: Andrew Boyd, Steve McClurg, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Doug Whicker, Lila Wood.

M/S/C: To approve the Agenda and Minutes of 2007 Annual General Meeting, adopted a circulated.

Chairpersons Report

Things are happening. Changes in the downtown area include redevelopment plans for Hyack Square, traffic markings and repavement of Columbia Street are almost completed, new designs for the Pattullo Bridge and the Train Bridge are in the planning stage, and the Blackie Street ”eyesore” lot is to become an off-leash dog park.

Postponement of Election of Directors due to lack of a quorum.

Open Question and Answer period
with guest City Council candidates Bob Osterman, Jonathan Cote, and Matthew Laird.

7:25 pm: Director Steve McClurg arrives with Candidate for Mayor Blair Armitage.

7:40 pm: Director Jonathan Story arrives. We now have a quorum.

Election of Directors
City Çouncillor Bob Osterman officiated over the election.

Nominations: Andrew Boyd, Miriam Smith, Barb Elliott, Jonathan Story, SteveMcClurg, Judy Ross, Lila Wood. All nominees accepted.

M/S/C: That all seven nominated persons be elected Directors for the 2008-2009 term of office.

Lila Wood is reappointed as Chairperson.

Annual General Meeting adjourned, to be followed by a 15 minute break
to “meet and greet” the candidates for City offices. Candidates present
were Bob Osterman, Jonathan Cote, Matthew Laird, Blair Armitage, and Casey Cook, candidate for School Board.

Regular Meeeting September 24, 2008

Chairperson: Lila Wood
Recorder: Miriam Smith

Meeting called to order at 8:15 pm, in the Lounge of the Parish Hall at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Seven Directors present: Andrew Boyd, Barb Elliott, Steve McClurg, Judy Ross, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Lila Wood.

M/S/C: To approve Minutes of May, 2008 Meeting, adopted a circulated.

Introduction of New Board of Directors

Andrew Boyd
Barb Elliott
Steve McClurg
Judy Ross
Miriam Smith
Jonathan Story
Lila Wood

Appointment of Committee Representatives

Lila Wood, Chairperson, Community Policing Committee
Andrew Boyd, Community Policing Committee Alternate
Miriam Smith, Traffic Advisory Committee
Barb Elliott, Homelessness Coalition

Due to the late hour and the small attendance, it was M/S/C to hold the correspondence and other general business over to the Directors Meeting on November 5, 2008.

Next General Meeting
November 26, 2008, 7:00 pm in the Lounge of the Parish Hall at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Meeting adjourned
at 9:05 pm.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Board of Directors 2008/2009

Andrew Boyd
Barbara Elliott, Homeless Coalition
Steve McClurg, Past Chair
Judy Ross
  • 604-526-4228
Miriam Smith, Recording Secretary, Traffic Advisory
  • 604-518-9653
Jonathan Story, Web Site
Lila Wood, President, Community Police Committee

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Invitation to the Amelia Douglas Gallery: Past Desolation Sound by Marcus Bowcott

The Amelia Douglas Gallery invites you

to join them at the opening reception for:

Past Desolation Sound Works
by Marcus Bowcott

Thursday, September 25 4:30-7:30pm
No RSVP necessary

Past Desolation Sound by Marcus Bowcott
Past Desolation Sound shows thru October 24, 2008

About the Artist

"The subjects I depict are usually man made structures such as scaffolds, ships, airplanes and automobiles - things that are extensions of our bodies in space. The forms of these structures tell of our human aspirations and intentions, and hint of our senses of exhilaration and limitation (and feelings of longing and loss). The context of the imagery is usually drawn from places I've worked: Industrial spaces, ship anchorages and booming grounds. An expansive, surrounding space is a deliberate aspect of this work. I want to convey a sense of place in relation to my own personal sense of internal, felt subjectivity. If there is an overriding theme in this work it is about the traces humans leave in nature."

For more information about Marcus Bowcott please visit his website.

The Amelia Douglas Gallery Fourth Floor North, Douglas College 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster. One block from the New Westminster SkyTrain Station.

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-7:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
Closed Sunday
Admission is always free.

Information: Call 604-527-5723
Visit the Amelia Douglas Gallery

Monday, September 8, 2008

Candidates for Federal Election, October 14, 2008

Burnaby - New Westminster
Peter Julian (NDP)
Gerry Lenoski (Liberal)
Carrie-Ann McLaren (Green)
Sam Rakhra (Conservative)

New Westminster - Coquitlam
Dawn Black (NDP)
Michelle Hassen (Liberal)
Yonah Martin (Conservative)
Marshall Smith (Green)

Other BC ridings
2008 Federal Election "Stock Market"
TheStar's Election Poll Tracker

NWDRA meeting, Wednesday, September 24

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 pm
in the Lounge, Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, 514 Carnarvon Street.

  • Report on 2007-8 activities.
  • Nomination and Election of Directors for 2008-9 (Directors must be paid up members.)
  • Memberships 2008-9 available, $5.00 per family.

Regular Meeting
  • A number of candidates for City Mayor. Council, and School Board will drop in for "meet and greet", no speeches.
  • Glenys Lee of Timeless Books will have a display of new magazines.
  • Committee Reports from Barbecue, Traffic, Community Policing, Homelessness, and Downtown Revitalization including Civic Centre, Pattullo Bridge, and residential developments.
  • New Business.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

BBQ Debrief/Directors' Meeting Summary

Summary of the meeting that took place on Wednesday evening, September 3:

At the BBQ debriefing meeting, everyone agreed that the barbecue went well. Guests all seemed to be happy, and with the City doing the catering there was no panic over set up, take down, etc. The same was true with the rental tables and chairs. One change suggested was to have a different clown, possibly a woman. We are still within budget and have a small residual amount of grant money in the city account. In our own account we have enough to pay Genesis Society for some of their expenses and to pay our "rent" at Holy Trinity.

The Directors meeting was brief. For our next meeting we expect various candidates for city office to drop in to meet and greet -- no speeches. Glynis Lee will put up a small display of new magazines she will be handling, lots of sports, hobbies, etc. that are hard to find -- again, no speech, just set up a display. We also were checking to see who would be available for election to Directors positions. Those expressing interest included Steve, Miriam, Andrew, Barbara, Lila, and possibly Doug. Our by-laws call for not less than six, not more than eleven, Directors.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Douglas College's Fall Lineup of Arts Events

Arts at One
The popular The Arts at One series is held most Thursdays during the semester, starting at 1pm. This series features professional musicians and outstanding Douglas College music students. All performances are held in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. Admission is free
September 11
From Shanghai to Seville: Silk Road

Qui Xia He, Pipa; Andre Thibault, guitar, oud and percussion

September 18
Modern Day Troubadour: 21st Century Love Songs

Willaim George, tenor; Karen Lee Morlang, piano

September 25
Ready or Not: Music for Prepared and Unprepared Piano
Barrie Barrington

October 2
Asian Spring: The Vancouver Trio
Gene Ramsbottom, clarinet; Bo Peng, cello; Keiko Alexander, piano

October 9
An Opening for Light: The Music of Leslie Uyeda

Kathryn Cernauskas, flute; Rachel Iwaasa, piano
October 16
The Art of Drum

Robert Caldwell and Bruce Henczel

October 23
Baroque Gems: A Harpsichord Retrospective

Martha Brickman
October 30
Student Showcase

November 20
Student Showcase
November 27
Student Showcase
Lysistrata (Winter 2008 Production)Theatre & Stagecraft

November 7-15
The Early Girl*
by Caroline Kava
Studio Theatre
4140 - 700 Royal Avenue
November 14-22
When You Comin' Back Red Ryder?*
by Mark Medoff
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
4100 - 700 Royal Avenue
For more information about these productions call 604-527-5723. To purchase tickets call the Massey Ticket Centre at 604-521-5050. Tickets will be available by mid-September.
Unless otherwise posted, performances are 7:30pm nightly with no show on Sunday or Monday evenings. Saturday matinees are 2pm, weekday matinees are typically Monday afternoons at 1pm.
*These productions are not suitable for younger audiences.
MusicMusic Department
Concerts begin at 7:30pm in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. Admission to all Music Department concerts this fall is Free.For more information call 604-527-5723
November 26
Douglas College Concert Band

November 28
Douglas College Chorus and Chorale

November 29
Student Composition Concert
December 1
An Evening of Jazz
Douglas College Dues Band
Douglas College Night Band
Past Desolation Sound by Marcus Bowcott
Past Desolation Sound by Marcus Bowcott
Amelia Douglas Gallery
The Amelia Douglas Gallery features new and established BC artists. The Gallery is located adjacent to the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Fourth Floor North, New Westminster Campus

August 14-September 18
Greenlinks '08: The Green Beyond
Featuring works by Phyllis
Co-presented with the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology
Reception September 4, 4:30-7:30pm
September 25-October 24

Past Desolation Sound
Works by Marcus Bowcott
Opening Reception September 25, 4:30-7:30pm
November 13-December 18

The Human Canvas
Tattoo Photography by Ron Long
Opening Reception November 13, 4:30-7:30
Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday 10am-7:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
Sunday Closed
Admission is always free
Choral Society 25th Anniversary!
First established in 1983, the Douglas College Choral Society has established a tradition of presenting great works of classical music. This concert is the first of several special performances marking the choir's quarter-century of excellence.
December 6
The Community Music School and
the Douglas College Choral Society present
The Douglas College Choral Society 25th Anniversary Christmas Concert
7:30pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
For more information call 604-527-5469 or visit the Choral Society online.
Poet Catherine Owen (Literature Alive March 2008)Literature Alive
Throughout the year, the Literature Alive committee at Douglas College presents readings by a variety of Canadian writers. These readings are co-sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and are free and open to the public.
October 6
Novelist David Chariandy
2pm, Room 3406
New Westminster Campus

October 23
Poet Molly Peacock
6:30pm, Room TBA
David Lam Campus
For more information call 604-527-5723.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

September 10, 11 & 13 - Downtown Community Plan Workshop and Design Charrette

The City of New Westminster Planning Division is inviting all interested residents, business owners, members of community groups and advisory committee members to the Downtown Community Plan Workshop and Design Charrette, on September 10, 11, and 13. Come to one event or all three!

  • Wednesday's session, September 10, begins with an open house, where people can bring themselves up-to-date on work completed and projects currently underway.
  • Thursday's session, September 11, will start with an open house and conclude with a focused discussion on specific Downtown issues.
  • Saturday's session, September 13, will be devoted to a walkabout, followed by group sessions where an architect will assist in drafting solutions to design problems.
Please register by phoning 604-527-4656, or email

  • September 10, 2008
    5:00 am - 7:00 pm
    (Open House)
  • September 11, 2008
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • September 13, 2008
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    (Design Charrette)
  • Douglas College
    Room 1630 - 1640
    700 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, BC
For background information on the Downtown Community Plan visit the Downtown Community Plan website at or phone Beverly Grieve, Manager of Planning, at 604-527-4698.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

8th Annual Royal City Jazz Festival

Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st

Live music on the Quay Boardwalk

11 am Avencho
1 pm RazzMaJazz
3 pm Lesismore
5 pm Soul Assembly

11 am Bria's Hot Five
1 pm Arntzen & Samworth Quartet
3 pm Russell Marsland Duo
5 pm Amanda Tosoff Quartet

Sponsored by River Market at Westminster Quay

Friday, August 22, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, Director's Meeting / BBQ Debrief

NWDRA Directors and BBQ volunteers, mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 pm.

There will be a joint meeting for NWDRA directors and a debrief of the BBQ.

Place: Genesis House "Queens" office (the building across Merivale Street from Genesis House.)

Please RSVP to

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Open House: Moody Park Outdoor Pool Design Review

The design for the new outdoor swimming pool in Moody Park is well underway and community members are invited to drop by and review the proposed plans for this new facility. Staff and the project team will be on hand to answer questions and receive comments.

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008
Time: Drop-in between 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Moody Park Playground / Spraypool (under the tent)

In the event of wet weather, the Open House will be held at Century House, 620 Eight Street.

Pool plans can also be viewed on-line beginning August 28, 2008 at or

For more information, contact the New Westminster Parks and Recreation Department at 604-527-4567.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Saturday, August 23 - QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK 2nd Annual Festival & Sale

Issued: August 12th, 2008


Quayside Community Board (QCB) hosts the 2nd annual


A fun recycling event along the shores of the mighty Fraser River in New Westminster.

(New Westminster, BC, Canada – 2008) On Saturday, August 23rd from 10am until 3pm, the Quayside Promenade along the mighty Fraser River in New Westminster will be teaming with treasure hunters and bountiful vendors for the second annual QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale.

Organizer Quayside Community Board is optimistic that this year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and better than the highly popular event in 2007. “Last year we hosted over 50 (fifty) vendors and an estimated 1500 (fifteen hundred) shoppers along the promenade,” says Crosty; President of the QCB. “This year we anticipate many more tables and shoppers, ensuring that this Festival and Sale is the largest outdoor ‘sidewalk’ sale in the lower mainland.” states Crosty.

As last year, the tables and festivities will start in the area of Quayside Drive and Reliance Court and spread out east and west along the magnificent promenade in New Westminster. This years festivities include the western band PALOMINO from 10am till noon, singing the standard favourite and guaranteed to get your toes-a-tapping and your feet-a-stompin’. The afternoon crowd will enjoy the pop stylings of BRYAN ANDERSON as he takes the stage for a rare solo gig from 1pm till 3pm.

As if great shopping and incredible music weren’t enough to make the QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale a fun family destination – then the fact that there will be meat grilled to perfection on the BBQ, raffles prizes, balloons and face-painting for the children, and a little something uber special for your prized pooch or poochette can only mean that it is a must-attend affair!

The business quartet of: DEB KRAUSE REMAX ADVANTAGE, PUPPY PALACE, PREP YOUR NEST & DIMPLESKINS have pooled their talents to bring you the outrageous PAWDICURES. Yep, bring your canine to their booth and get a French Pawdicure or other swank nail decorations. These are the same ladies that brought you the Friday Night Fireworks during Hyack Fraser Fest 08, and have created this SPA for DOGS especially for the QCB and those attending the QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale.

“We are pleased that this event assists our nearly 4000 residents to recycle their unwanted items by allowing treasure-seekers to find unique and exciting items for their personal re-use.” cites Mathew Laird VP, QCB and concerned environmentalist. “This is a fun and communal way to get the recycling message out to the citizens of New Westminster and the lower mainland.” conclude Laird.

The QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale also works with several not-for-profit groups to assist them in raising funds during the event. We encourage you to enjoy a delicious BBQ’d hotdog and beverage served up by the NEW WESTMINSTER LION’S CLUB, while you search for a great buys. Take a chance on winning EXCITING RAFFLE PRIZES (gifts from IGA Market Place, Downtown BIA, Lewis & Wade Entertainment, Loonie Plus, River Market, Royal City Centre and many others) from the ROYAL CITY MUSIC THEATRE SOCIETY. At days end, items not sold by the vendors, will be generously donated to BURNABY HOSPICES to assist them in raising funds for the critical work in the community.

We invite Vancouver to come play, shop, eat, and dance at our 2nd annual QUAYSIDE BOARDWALK Festival & Sale. Thanks to our sponsor ROYAL CITY CENTRE and their donation of tents, this event will go on rain or shine. We invite everyone to visit for more details.

For further information, please contact:

Mathew Laird; VP QCB I T: 778.869.7900

James Crosty; President QCB
c/o Root Source Inc.
239 Sixth Street, New Westminster, BC,

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Your Opinion: The Best of New West

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Friday, August 1, 2008

New Community Electronic Message Centre

Dear Community Group,

New Westminster Parks and Recreation is preparing to upgrade the manual Read-a-Board sign, located at McBride Boulevard and Sixth Avenue, with a new community electronic message centre.

The existing Read-a-Board, now 27 years old, has reached the end of its useable lifespan and no longer meets City or community messaging needs. The removal of the existing Read-a-Board sign is scheduled for September.

The new community electronic message centre, placed in approximately the same location, will be more aesthetically pleasing, have contemporary message capabilities and is scheduled for activation in November 2008. In order to rehabilitate the landscaping, due to the removal of the old sign, and prepare the site for the new sign, there will be approximately six weeks where no community signage is available.

The new community electronic message centre will be managed by the Parks and Recreation Department and serve New Westminster's community messaging needs as defined by policies and procedures that are in development. Messaging opportunities will be available to:
  • The City of New Westminster
  • New Westminster Arts & Culture Organizations
  • New Westminster Minor Sports Organizations
  • New Westminster Community & Non-Profit Organizations
The new electronic message centre will be capable of meeting all community messaging needs by means of text, images, logos and video. Information on the signs policies, procedures and how to submit message requests will be distributed this fall. Questions regarding the community electronic message centre can be directed to or by calling the undersigned, 604-527-4630.

Thank you.

Jason Haight
Manager of Business Operations
New Westminster Parks and Recreation

Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Westminster Cultural Crawl, Saturday, Aug. 9th

New Westminster Cultural Crawl
Gallery & Studio Tour
Saturday, August 9th 11am - 5pm
Experience Arts and culture in New Westminster

Friday, July 18, 2008

Graffitti at Agnes and 10th

Just informing you of graffiti located on the south east corner of the electrical substation located at Agnes Street and 10th Avenue. The presence of graffiti that is not removed within 48 Hours is known to cause an increase in the amount of crime to the areas affected. There is also Graffiti located on the Skytrain support pole in the center of Columbia Street at Tenth Avenue behind the left turn signal onto 10th heading east on Columbia. This graffiti is small but has been there for years. The area near the buildings I help to manage has been the focus of a neighborhood cleanup that should include this graffiti removal. I appreciate you taking the time to help with the association and hope that you will forward this info to the appropriate persons.

Thank you,

David Pride

Secretary, Treasurer
LMS 729 Westminster Towers

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Columbia Street Traffic Calming

June 20, 2008 - The planners of the city of New Westminster surely threw away an excellent opportunity to increase green space during the Columbia Street project. The additional acres of cement will slow down the traffic though.

-- Dennis S. Hurd

Association Bylaws

Article 1 - Name and Jurisdiction

  • (a) The name of this association shall be NEW WESTMINSTER

  • (b) Membership shall be open to any person residing in the
    downtown area of New Westminster, including owners in fee simple or strata
    title, renters or leaseholders of residential property.

  • (c) The downtown area shall be the area indicated as area
    "D" on the attached map, bounded on the north by Royal Avenue, on the south
    by the Fraser River, and on the east by McBride Boulevard.

Article 2 - Objectives

The objectives of the Association are:
  • (a) To improve the quality of life in the downtown neighbourhood.

  • (b) To provide a forum for discussion of matters of concern
    to downtown residents, such matters to include but not limited to: crime,
    nuisance behaviour, traffic, noise, and personal safety.

  • (c) To liaise with the city, the police service, the health
    department, and other organizations to achieve our mutual goals of a clean,
    quiet and crime-free neighbourhood.

Article 3 - Membership Meetings

  • (a) Regular membership meetings shall be held four times
    each year at a time and place to be decided by the membership at the previous meeting, or, failing that, at a time and place set the by the Directors.

  • (b) An annual general meeting shall be held once per year
    in September or as shall be otherwise decided by the general membership.

  • (c) A quorum for the transaction of business at any regular
    or annual general meeting shall be 20% of the total paid membership.

  • (d) A majority vote shall be 51% or greater of the membership
    present at a regular or annual general meeting, and shall be indicated by
    a show of hands, or if there is any doubt as to the vote count then a secret
    ballot shall be used to determine the vote count.

  • (e) Board of Directors shall meet one month prior to each
    regular meeting, or as necessary, at the call of the Chair.

  • (f) Membership dues shall be $5.00 per year or as from time
    to time may be decided by a majority vote of the paid membership.

  • (g) Attendance at meetings shall be open to all residents
    of the downtown New Westminster area, invited guests and resource persons.

  • (h) Voting privileges shall be limited to paid members.

Article 4 - Board of Directors

  • (a) The Board of Directors shall consist of six elected
    Directors, or such numbers as shall from time to time be elected by the membership.

  • (b) The Directors shall elect a Chairperson, Communications
    Director, Editor of the newsletter, and such other positions as may be deemed necessary.

Article 5 - Election of Directors

  • (a) Nominations and election of Directors shall take place
    at the annual general meeting.

  • (b) Directors must be paid members of the association and
    must consent to their nomination as a Director.

  • (c) The term of office for all Directors shall be one year
    with the option of standing for election to further one year terms.

Article 6 - Committees

  • (a) Committees as may be from time to time required, shall
    be elected at a regular meeting or, failing that, appointed by the Directors.

  • (b) One Director may be appointed to sit on each committee
    so elected.

Article 7 - Rules of Order

  • (a) Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with basic
    principle of Canadian parliamentary procedures.

  • (b) Should any procedural questions arise, Robert's Rules
    of Order shall apply.

Article 8 - Records

  • (a) A record of paid membership shall be kept and made
    available to the membership at regular meetings.

  • (b) A record of all monies received and amounts paid out
    shall be kept and made available to the membership at regular meetings.

Article 9 - Amendments

  • (a) These by-laws shall not be amended, added to or suspended,
    except by a majority vote of the paid membership.

Article 10

  • (a) A banking account shall be maintained by the Association
    in the name of Downtown Residents Association.

  • (b) Signing officers for the said banking account shall
    be any two of the three Directors so designated by the Board of Directors
    as from time to time shall be deemed necessary.

Submitted to the regular membership meeting for ratification April 29,
1999. Passed by unanimous vote that these by-laws be accepted as the by-laws
of the New Westminster Downtown Residents Association.

Article 10 was approved as an addition to the By-laws of the Association
by a majority of the members present at the September 26, 2002 Annual General

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Upcoming Senior Information Fairs in New Westminster

From: "" <>
To: Residents' Associations
Subject: Senior Information Fairs in New Westminster

I am the Event Planner for a trio of information fairs being held for
seniors in New Westminster. I am writing for a few reasons:
1. To provide you and your organization with details of the upcoming events
in our community (described below my signature)

2. To ask you to help identify seniors in your neighbourhood who might need
transportation or a companion to make it possible for them to attend

3. To ask your members to consider volunteering for the events, possibly to
accompany or drive a senior (or seniors) from your neighbourhood so they can
attend the event. Other event assistance would also be welcomed.

4. To ask you to consider local service providers or businesses that provide
senior-friendly services (delivery, discounts, etc.) who might want to have
a presence at the fair(s).

I greatly appreciate your sharing this information within your organization.
Please email or call with any questions, to volunteer, or to provide names
of people who might need help to attend.

Many thanks for your consideration,

Mariam Larson, IMBY Event Planner
Gerontologist & Consultant

Office tel: 604-524-8627

EVENT NAME: “In My Back Yard” - IMBY Fairs: Connecting Seniors to Services

GOAL: To inform New Westminster seniors about the range of local services
and resources to help improve their lives.


1. Saturday, June 14, 2008 from 10 am – 2 pm at Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster (near Royal Columbian Hospital)
2. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 from 10 am – 2 pm at Queensborough Community
Centre, 920 Ewen, New Westminster (Queensborough)
3. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 from 10 am – 2 pm at Century House
620 – 8th Street, New Westminster (Uptown)

Setup time will be at 9 am and take down to be completed by 3 pm.

ATTENDEES: The active as well as the frail community seniors.
We expect 120 – 150+ attendees at each fair. Some will be accompanied by
If you know a senior in New Westminster who needs assistance to attend, let
me know!

EXHIBITORS: Community and commercial service providers and resource
organizations. We ask them to:
1. Provide a personal presence at the fair (someone to explain services and
answer questions).
2. Clearly present services offered, fees and instructions for how people
can access services.
3. Clearly present service/office locations and contact information.
4. Consider a demonstration and/or offer a take-away item to engage and
educate attendees.

ENTERTAINMENT: There will be games, entertainment and speakers, and food.

EVENT FUNDING: Provided in part by a grant to Seniors Services Society from
UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities). The City of New Westminster is also
supporting these fairs. There is a research component, to develop a
community database of senior resources.

NEXT STEPS: Please email or telephone if interested, or have any questions.
EMAIL: / TEL: 604-524-8627

Monday, June 9, 2008

Board of Directors 2007/2008

Andrew Boyd
  • 604-517-2956
Roslyn Cassells, Homeless Coalition

Steve McClurg, Past-President
  • 604-517-1049

Cotton Rayne
  • 778-891-5696

Miriam Smith, Recording Secretary, Traffic Advisory
  • 604-525-1279

Jonathan Story, Web Site

Doug Whicker

Lila Wood, President, Com. Police, Treasurer
  • 604-520-1152

MINUTES, MAY 28, 2008

New Westminster Downtown Residents Association

Minutes, May 28, 2008

The regular meeting of the New Westminster Downtown Residents Association was held on May 28, 2008 in the Lounge at Holy Trinity Cathedral with approximately 60 persons present. The 6 Directors present were: Andrew Boyd, Steve MClurg, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Doug Whicker, Lila Wood.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by Chairperson Lila Wood.

M/S/C: To adopt the Agenda as circulated.

M/S/C: To adopt the minutes and treasurer's report from the March meeting as circulated.


NEIL BARKEY, Manager, New Westminster Quay Public Market.
Neil gave us some insight about the new ownership of the Quay. Currently they are collecting public input of ideas at as well as conducting an assessment of the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems of the 22 year old facility. He answered questions from the floor, mainly concerning paid parking, which he said is essential to cover the costs of the parking lots.

MARK KOPINYA, Salient Group.
Mark made a brief presentation of redevelopment plans for the Trapp Building. The hope is to restore the historical Edwardian façade of the 1902 building as part o the new building. The development will include the low rise buildings on the east and west side of the Trapp Building to provide a total of 176 residential units and 193 parking stalls, to a height of 18 storeys. Salient would like to include a “green awareness” in this project which will feature retail space at street level. Work may start in early 2009.
Project goes to City Council June 23rd.

ROB McCULLOUGH, Assistant Curator/Heritage Programmer, New Westminster Museum and Archives.
Rob spoke on the project “My Neighbourhood, My City”, an effort to gather stories and anecdotes, memories of our collective history. A series of forums held in conjunction with Residents Associations will attempt to achieve this. Ours (the downtown area) will be held Thursday, June 19, from 6 to 9:30 pm at Century House.

Rob also spoke of the possibility of having a new museum as part of the planned facility on Çolumbia Street.

VIVIAN YOUNG, Core Education and Fine Arts Project.
Vivian and Karen, both mothers of young children, spoke on a proposal to create a
Junior kindergarten school at 725 Carnarvon Street, across the street from the former “Mugs and Jugs” site. The group requires a variance to decrease the number of parking spaces so as to increase the play area. The facility would include six class rooms, spaces for 80 to 84 children ages one to four years. Child care facilities in the area currently have long wait lists. Core Education and Fine Arts is the licensed program they will use. They would appreciate our letter of support.

M/S/C That we write City Council a letter of support for this facility.

M/S/C To accept the Treasurer’s Report. $903.29 plus $500 cash portion of the
City grant, $1403.29 on hand. The City grant was $5000 made up of cash $500 and in kind services of $4500.


Various items received from City re Downtown Community plan Task Force. Lila will be
our appointee. Re Downtown Community Plan Ideas Fair to be held May 31 at Douglas College, 9 – 12 pm. Re Clarkson/Carnarvon Streets Area Task Force, meeting to be held in June.


Traffic Advisory - New proposed City parking policies and requirements presented, also explanation of “Traffic Calming” process.

Homelessness Coalition: A one-hour silent vigil to increase awareness of Homelessness, called a “stand” will take place Saturday, June 21st from 1 – 2 pm
at 6th Avenue and 6th Street in front of Royal City Centre.

Community Police Committee: Deputy Chief Mike Judd is off to Afghanistan for a one year period.

8th Annual Community Barbecue, Thursday, July 24, 2008.
Next committee meeting, Wedneday, June 4, 6:30 pm at Genesis House.


All Candidates Meeting – no interest.

Next meeting: Community Barbecue, Thursday, July 24, 2008, 5 to 8 pm at Genesis House and on Merivale and Carnarvon Streets (the streets will be closed to traffic).

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 pm