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 http://nwep.ca/content/2008-municipal-election-survey-results 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