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