Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Olympic Torch Relay & Song Search New West

Hello 150th Anniversary Volunteers,

My name is Jay Young and I’m the Chairperson of the New Westminster Olympic Torch Relay Committee. Jennifer Peyton has graciously allowed me to e-mail you and let you know about a few things regarding the arrival of the torch to New Westminster. We hope you will be inspired to participate and let others know about these great opportunities!

  1. February 9, 2010 – is when the Torch will visit the Royal City with our Community Celebration taking place in Queen’s Park at 10:15 am.
  2. Volunteers Needed – If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Shelly Schnee at
  3. Song Search New West – To generate community spirit ahead of the Olympic Torch’s arrival in New Westminster on February 9, 2010, a song writing contest is underway. It’s open to all New Westminster residents. Judges include Graham Wardle from CBC’s Heartland and New Westminster resident and music producer Don McLeod. Don is also the co-founder of the School Alliance of Student Songwriters (SASS), a program currently running at New Westminster Secondary. Prizes include a professional recording session and a chance to perform your song at the Torch Relay Community Celebration in Queen’s Park on February 9. The contest closes on January 11 and the winner will be announced January 18. To submit your self- produced video first upload it to youtube and then, cut and paste the link to the 'submit' page on
  4. Team Challenge - Not to distract you songwriters and performers from writing and performing your new song for submission to Song Search New West, but rather, just for added fun, why not take the team challenge? Your sports team or your co-workers may want to take the Team Challenge as laid out by the Hyack Football team. What is it? Teams and groups of any kind are challenged to sing the chorus to the newly written song 'Carry the Flame' better than the football team! That’s the team challenge!

For more information on Song Search New West or the Team Challenge please go to or e-mail

If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks in advance,

Jay Young
Recreation Programmer, Century House
New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation
Phone: 604.519.1061 Cell: 778.773.0501

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Minutes of November 25, 2009 Meeting

Call to Order: 7:10 pm, 18 persons in attendance

M/S/C/ Approval of Agenda, September Minutes, Treasurer’s Report.

Roll Call of Directors: Present – Andrew Boyd; Barbara Elliott, Homeless Coalition Representative; Judy Ross, Farmers Market Representative; Miriam Smith, Recording Secretary and Traffic Advisory Representative; Jonathan Story, Web Site Manager; Lila Wood, Chairperson and Traffic Advisory Representative.
Eric Westerberg, our representative from City Planning, present.

Guest Speakers
KRISHAN ANAND, Property Developer, spoke and presented diagrams of his proposed 11 unit townhouse development at 828 Royal and 824-831 Moody Street, and the need or a parking variance to reduce the number of parking spaces from 16 to 14. The project is well served by public transit, bicycle storage is provided as well as two visitor parking spaces. M/S/C to support the plans for this development and so advise the City.

PAUL MOHAN, Owner, Heritage Grill, spoke re an application to extend the Heritage Grill business closing hours from 12:00 am to 2:00 am, seven days per week. As all agreed that Mohan is a very responsible business owner, it was M/S/C to support this application.

MARK SHIH, MIA CIRIC and BLAZENKA VOJKOVIC of RIVER MARKET. Mark brought us up to date on the work being done at the Market, from the exterior painting (including the Tin Soldier), mechanical and electrical upgrades and a new roof, basically rebuilding the “bones” of the Market. Shih’s vision for the Market includes it being a food related destination on the first floor, with a good variety of food providers anchored by a major tenant still unsecured. The second floor would consist of offices and business, possibly health care oriented. The historic murals of the former Quay have been returned to New Westminster City Hall and the Museum and Archives. The clock tower will be removed, possibly to be replaced by a wind mill. We are all invited to keep in touch and follow the development.

Coffee break, with treats supplied by River Market.

Traffic Committee: No report, next Meeting November 26th.

Homeless Coalition: No report.

Community Policing: No report. Sharon Bard attend last meeting.

Farmers Market: First Winter Market to be held December 12th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church, then monthly until April.

Waterfront Pier Park: All monies ($24 million) to be spent by March, 2011, or grants rescinded. Grants are 1/3 each from City, Province and Federal Government. Plans are being worked on and remediation of site should start early in the new year.

Receipt of Correspondence

  • HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR, Saturday, November 29th,2 – 5:30 pm.
  • HYACK CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS, Saturday, December 5, 4 pm on Columbia Street.
  • COMMUNITY GARDENS INITIATIVE; Judy Ross and Barb Elliott will serve as our representatives.

New Business: None

Next Meeting: January 27, 2010, 7:00 p, at Holy Trinity Parish Hall.

Adjournment: 9:04 PM.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Multi Use Civic Facility Workshop

Multi Use Civic Facility

The City is building a new Multi Use Civic Facility and we want to hear from you! Please come out and share your ideas on the new Multi Use Civic Facility at the community open house and workshop on December 10, 2009. The workshop will focus on prioritizing uses within the new facility. For more information please contact Carolyn Armanini, Development Services at 604.527.4647 or

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 4:30-6:00pm Open House
6:00-8:00pm Workshop
Location: Front foyer- City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Carolyn Armanini | Planning Assistant | City of New Westminster | 511 Royal Avenue | New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9 |
P: (604) 527-4647 | F: (604) 527-4511 | * Email:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Board of Directors 2009/2010

Andrew Boyd
Barbara Elliott, Homeless Coalition
Paul Goodrick, Community Relations
Judy Ross
  • 604-526-4228
Miriam Smith, Recording Secretary, Traffic Advisory
Jonathan Story, Web Site
Lila Wood, President, Community Police Committee

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

General Meeting, November 25, 2009

7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Lounge, Parish Hall
514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

On the Agenda

Mark Shih, River Market
  • Update on the market's plans and renovations
Krishan Anand
  • Parking variances for proposed buildings at 828 Royal and 831 Moody Streets
Paul M., Heritage Grill
  • On his plans and request for extended hours

Other business

Save the Massey Theatre
Community Gardens
  • Homeless Coalition
  • Traffic Advisory Committee
  • Community Policing
  • Markets (Farmers, Winter, Night)
Any matters you bring forward for discussion

coffee break with snacks

Memberships for 2009-2010 are now due - $5 per family

Friday, October 2, 2009

Minutes of September 23 AGM

Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, 7:00 pm

Call to Order: 7:15 pm

Approval of Agenda and Minutes: M/S/C

Roll call of Directors
Andrew Boyd
Judy Ross, Farmers’ Market
Miriam Smith, Recording Secretary, Traffic Advisory Committee
Jonathan Story, Web Site
Lila Wood, Chairperson, Community Policing Representative

Chairperson’s Report

Lila reflected on a busy year - many celebrations for the 150th a anniversary of New Westminster as well as the completion of Hyack Square and the ongoing renovations being done at the River Market. We look forward to a new park at Westminster Pier as well as a new elementary school at the old St. Mary’s Hospital site. Our 9th Annual Community Barbecue and Street Festival was another summer success – held on a really hot July day. Thanks to all: the City; Parks, Culture and Recreation Department; Jim Luu and the Catering Department; Genesis House staff and residents; and to all the volunteers – well done!

Guest Speaker: Mayor Wayne Wright, City of New Westminster

Mayor Wright spoke on all the ”Happenings” in the downtown area – Plaza 88, Hyack Square, River Market, Westminster Pier and the school scheduled to be built on the St. Mary’s site.

The question of the future of The Burr Theatre was brought up. What will happen? Will the City take this on? The possibility oof the Massey Theatre closing may make the viability of The Burr even more attractive.

The Royal City Star casino boat remains unsold with no interested buyers. The Larco site has remained undeveloped – what will happen there? The face of the downtown will continue to change. After the Mayor spoke a lively “Q & A” period followed.

Election of Directors for 2009-2010

Mayor Wright officiating, the current Directors present and Barbara Elliott, who had expressed her wish to remain a Director, were elected by acclamation. Directors for 2009-2010 are:
  • Andrew Boyd
  • Barbara Elliott
  • Judy Ross
  • Miriam Smith
  • Jonathan Story
  • Lila Wood

Officers will be chosen at the Directors meeting on November 4th, 2009.

Committee Reports

Royal City Farmers’ Market
Judy Ross reported a successful year with a good relationship building between the vendors and the byers.

Traffic Advisory Committee
Miriam Smith, no meeting, no report. First meeting of the season September 24, 2009

Homelessness Coalition
Homelessness Awareness week – October 12 to 17.

Community Policing Committee
Lila Wood reporting. The last meeting dealt with the Queens Park area and trouble with youth in the park at night drinking, nuisance behaviour, damage to cars, and noise. The Parks crew have cut back trees and bushes around the nuisance areas, allowing more light and visibility. This appears to have lessened the problem. The police have also been talking to the
parents to get their cooperation in controlling the problem activities.

New Business

City Budget surveys on line and some copies available for those not on email. The City wants our opinions on the priority items for City spending.

“Artists on the River”, at New Westminster River Market and Boardwalk, September 26 and 27.

“Monday Night at the Movies” series begins at the Massey Theatre on
Monday, September 28th.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 7:00 pm

Meeting Adjourned 9:15 pm

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Save the Burr Coalition: Public Forum

The Save the Burr Coalition cordially invites you to a public form regarding the intended sale of the Burr Theatre.

Wednesday, September 30, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Galbraith House, 131 - 8th Street
New Westminster

Recently the local press has published articles stating that the City intends to sell the Burr and has issued a Request for Proposals ("RFP") to that effect.

The coalition is proposing that the Burr Theatre remain a City-owned facility and be developed as a multidisciplinary arts facility on Columbia Street (see the Vision Statement). This will promote arts and culture in New Westminster and correspondingly will be a boost to business and tourism.

The coalition values your knowledge and experience and would appreciate your attendance. To help planning and arrange for the refreshments, please RSVP either by email, or by phone: 604-525-3244.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, September 23, 2009

7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Lounge, Parish Hall
514 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster

On the Agenda

Election of Directors, Officers and various committee representatives
Dues payable. $5 per family per year. Pay now and get a full year of membership!

Guest Speaker
Mayor Wayne Wright

Thursday, September 10, 2009

RSVP: Youth Centre Groundbreaking Ceremony, September 19, 2009

The City of New Westminster invites you to join in the celebration of the Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the City’s first civic Youth Centre.

The City of New Westminster, Province of British Columbia, and Government of Canada have invested a total of $2.752 million to construct this new facility in Moody Park.

Saturday, September 19, 2009
11:00 am
Century House
620 Eighth Street
New Westminster, BC

  • Opening Remarks & Introductions
  • Greetings & Remarks from the Government of Canada
  • Greetings & Remarks from the Province of British Columbia
  • Greetings & Remarks from Mayor and Council, City of New Westminster
  • Youth Centre @ Moody Park Fundraising Campaign Donation Announcement
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • Refreshments

Volunteers from the City’s Youth Advisory Committee and Century House Association are co-chairing a campaign to raise an additional $200,000 to assist with furnishing and equipping the new Youth Centre.

Please RSVP your attendance by September 16th to 604-519-1066

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Minutes of August 26, 2009 Special Meeting


Chairperson: Lila Wood
Recorder: Miriam Smith

CALL TO ORDER: 7:35 PM in the Lounge of the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, with 22 people in attendance.

Andrew Boyd
Barb Elliott
Judy Ross
Miriam Smith
Lila Wood

M/S/C: To adopt the minutes of May 27, 2009 meeting as circulated.

Request from the City for volunteers for the “Wheelibility Assessment” underway to assess the Uptown and Downtown areas re the accessibility of the streets and sidewalks to persons on wheels, i.e. chairs, scooters, strollers etc.

James Crosty, President of the Quayside Community Board, spoke about the Quayside Community Board, how it is structured and how the Board and the Downtown Residents Association could work together co-operatively. A lively question and answer period ensued.


Stephen gave two interesting presentations on proposed developments in the City.

The Westminster Pier site is a narrow strip of land stretching along the waterfront from the foot of Elliot Street to the foot of Sixth Street. A public park is planned for this site, currently zoned residential, and requiring rezoning to public park and amenities before any development can proceed. The property is presently in derelict and environmentally dangerous condition and will require considerable clean-up and restoration.

The second presentation concerned the redevelopment of the old St. Mary’s Hospital site. A primary school and small park are planned for this location. Our input and concerns are requested and forms for this purpose were handed out, due to be returned to the City by 4:30 on August 28th.

After a lengthy question and answer session it was MOVED, SECONDED AND CARRIED in favour of supporting the necessary By-Law and OCP changes to allow these two projects to move forward and a letter to that effect sent to the City.



ECD Community Vision Forum, September 30

ECD Community Vision Forum
Wednesday, September 30th 2009
7:00-9:00 pm
Centennial Community Centre, Room 1
600 8th Street, New Westminster
Child-minding available upon request

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Committee is creating a vision for New Westminster and would like your participation in this process. The committee wants Early Childhood Development to be inclusive, connected and well-informed, with families who are supported and have access to the services they need, and with programs, agencies, organizations and businesses that work together.

This forum is being held to inform, to ask for feedback about how to make neighbourhoods more liveable for families with young children, and to enlist the assistance of the community at large in carrying out the action plans.

Background information is available here.

For more information, contact
ECD Community Development Worker
Phone: 604-660-0310

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Douglas College Arts Events for the Fall

The Performing & Creative Arts at Douglas College is excited to announce our fall line up of arts events.
Fall 2009 ImageArts 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 10
Jazz Standards
Jared Burrows, guitar
Steve Maddocks, vocals

September 17
The Golden Violin
Calvin Dyck, violin
Bette Suderman, piano

September 24
Parlour Music: Celebrating the Music of Old New Westminster
Robert Silverman, piano
Ellen Silverman, piano
Adele Clark, soprano
Kevin Barrington Foote, narrative
* Sponsored by the City of New Westminster Arts & Cultural Grant in celebration of the City's 150 birthday

October 1
The People United
Corey Hamm, Piano
October 8
Classical Guitar Recital

October 15
Beethoven Trio Op. 38 (After the Septet)
The Vancouver Trio:
Gene Ramsbottom, clarinet
Bo Peng, cello
Keiko Alexander, piano
October 22
Full Circle: Celebrating the Music of the Royal City
EnChor Chamber Choir
Diane Loomer, director
David Gordon Duke, narrative
* Sponsored by the City of New Westminster Arts & Cultural Grant in celebration of the City's 150 birthday
October 29
Keyboard Kaleidoscope
Da Young An, piano

December 3
Student Showcase
Theatre & Stagecraft

November 6-14
Blood Relations
by Sharon Pollock
Studio Theatre
4140 - 700 Royal Avenue
November 13-21
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
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 early October.
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.
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 27
Douglas College Chorus and Chorale

November 30
Douglas College Jazz Band

December 2
Douglas College Concert Band
December 4
Student Composition Concert

Friday, September 4, 2009

Community Garden Initiative, September 15

New Westminster Community Garden Initiative Presentation
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 from 7 pm

CAW Union Hall
326 12th Street (free parking in lot left of hall)

Those interested in forming a community garden are invited to attend this presentation.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Public Hearing on Westminster Pier

On Monday, September, 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., a Public Hearing is scheduled for:

1. Westminster Pier

(a) Official Community Plan Designation Amendment Bylaw No. 7330, 2009 [a Bylaw to amend Official Community Plan Designation Bylaws No. 5647, 1987 and 6476, 1998 re: Westminster Pier]

(b) Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 7331, 2009 [a Bylaw to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 6680, 2001 re: Westminster Pier]

2. Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 7334, 2009 [a Bylaw to Amend Zoning Bylaw No. 6680, 2001 re: Method of Measuring Building Height]

Monday, August 17, 2009

Public Meeting about Downtown Waterfront Park

The City of New Westminster invites you to a public meeting on August 26th, 2009 from 4-7 pm in the Foyer of City Hall to register your opinions regarding the amendment of the Official Community Plan to allow a park on the Downtown waterfront at 224 Front Street. This meeting will give an opportunity for attendees to state whether or not they support the park in concept and any ideas they have for the park plan.

For those who cannot attend, written submissions can be submitted to the Development Services Department by 4:30pm on Friday, August 28, 2009. Submissions can be sent to Development Services Department - Planning Division, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9 (Fax: 604.527.4511).

Friday, August 7, 2009

Special General Meeting, August 26

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
7:30 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Parish Hall
514 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster

Please note the change of time to 7:30.

Stephen Scheving has agreed to speak to us about the rezoning for the St. Mary's site to allow for an elementary school and park, and the Westminster Pier site for a park and amenities. The later time is to allow Stephen to get there as he has a prior engagement.

The city has requested that we submit our thoughts and opinions on these two matters by noon Tuesday, September 8 for the Public Hearing on the Westminster Pier site on September 14, and by August 28th for the St.Mary's site for inclusion in a report to Council. Our next regularly scheduled meeting is not until the AGM on September 23rd, after both deadlines.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fire Restrictions in New Westminster Parks

TEL: 604 521 3711
FAX: 604 521 3895

For immediate release

July 28, 2009

Fire Hazard in New Westminster Parks

New Westminster – Due to the extreme hot and dry conditions in New Westminster, effective today, the following precautions are now in place for all City parks and trails:
  • No smoking in parks or on trails
  • No charcoal or wood burning barbecues
  • No open fires
The use of propane barbecues is permitted provided they are placed on a raised, non-combustible surface.

Park visitors should take precautions against accidental fires and be alert to signs of fire:
New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation continues to monitor the state of city parks and requests the cooperation of all residents to help prevent fires in our City.

For further information, please contact New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation at 604-527-4567, or visit the City's website at

Contact: Dean Gibson
Director of Parks, Culture & Recreation
Ashleigh Young
Communications Coordinator
City of New Westminster
ph: 604.527.4559
fax: 604.527.4689

Monday, July 27, 2009

This August Celebrate Arts & Culture in British Columbia

August 1-31, 2009

The 8th annual BC Cultural Crawl is a month-long celebration of the vibrant
arts, culture and enriching heritage in our province.

Jump on your bike and take a spin through the Pemberton valley, visit the
artisan wineries of Naramata, or simply explore the local galleries on Main

Plan your local 'art-full' adventure or a weekend getaway to another region
of the province by visiting Here you'll find hundreds of
community-led events, local art walks, farmer's markets, culinary
experiences, concerts, arts performances, museums and heritage sites, and
much more.

Friday, July 10, 2009

TAMARA’S BLOCK PARTY Queen’s Park, Wednesday, July 15th

Queen’s Park
Wednesday, July 15th
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

CTV camera crews and sports personality Perry Solkowski will join weathercaster Tamara Taggart as they broadcast their live sports and weather reports on the CTV British Columbia five and six o’clock newscasts.

The first 1500 participants will receive BBQ burgers from Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse and Bar. There will be live music by Dr. Strangelove at the bandshell, face painting, a dunk tank, and a giant inflatable bouncy castle.

Tamara’s Block Party is a family event and will be held rain or shine.

Sponsored by The City of New Westminster in partnership with CTV.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Minutes of Regular Meeting, May 27, 2009

Chairperson: Lila Wood

Recorder: Miriam Smith

Call to Order: 7:08 pm in the Lounge of the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, with 21 people in attendance.

Directors Present: Andrew Boyd, Judy Ross, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Lila Wood.

Guests: Dave Jobson, Developer; Eric Westerberg, City Planner.

Guest Speaker: Dave Jobson spoke on proposed redevelopment of the Telford Block, 10th Street and Royal Avenue, and the relocation of a house from the uptown area to the adjacent lot on Royal Avenue.

Guest Speaker: Eric Westerberg updated us on various city issues. The Telford Block, the Fraser River Discovery Centre, the new Hyack Square, as well as the redevelopment of the St. Mary’s Hospital site as
An elementary school. A lively question and answer period followed.

Committee Reports

Homeless Coalition: No report. Lila reported on plans for the Holbrook Block, formerly the 660 Pub, on Columbia Street. The top two floors are being renovated to be used as a shelter for women and children. At present this is only for two or three years. The city and developers are working together to try to make the location a permanent shelter.

Traffic Committee: Updates on traffic calming in Queensborough as well as a presentation on the 2009 transportation work programme. This is to be posted on our web site.

Community Policing: Last meeting did not have a quorum therefore consisted of a roundtable discussion of neighbourhood issues and concerns.

Farmer’s Market: Opens Thursday, June 25th. A fundraiser is to be held June 11th at Brooklyn Tap and Grill, tickets $20 each.

Hyack Square Committee: Reopens Saturday, June 20, with a special programme and trolley tours. Friday night musical entertainment is planned from June 26 to August 28.

Business: Barbeque planning – our grant has been received! Special events this year will highlight the 150th birthday of New Westminster. Planning meeting is scheduled for June 3rd, 6:00 pm in the Queen Building.

New Business: Correspondence received re neighbourhood quiet time. Motion carried that this be sent to City Hall.

Next Meeting: Community Barbecue and Street Festival, July 30, 2009. AGM September 23, 2009.

Adjourned: 8:40 pm.

Call for support for Riverside Raceway RC car track

We are a remote control car club that resides in New Westminster at 420 Wood street. We use this location in New Westminster for the past four years. We are a family oriented place for members, guests and spectators to come and enjoy the hobby of remote control off-road car racing. It has been a great place for kids,teenagers,adults and families to come out and spend constructive time. It gives a lot of youth chances to interact with others and build confidence. We raise all our own funding through our members and club racing.

We have started a petition to show the support of a facility like ours and the no cost to the city good it does in the community. We also have a lot of surrounding areas come to use the facility. We do generate some income for New Westminster by having members and visitors purchase food, supplies, building materials and use hotels for out of town racers on big events.

If you would like to help us show support for the track please visit the link below and let others know about it.

Thanks for your time
Derek Johnson

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Canada Day Celebrations in New Westminster

Join the Fun!

  • Canada Day celebrations at Queen's Park, 11:30 - 3:30.
  • Fireworks over the Fraser starting 10pm.
    (The Fireworks display will be set off from the tip of Port Royal in Queensborough. For best viewing, please proceed to any location on the west side of New Westminster, or the far west end of the Quayside Promenade.)
Fireworks are brought to you by the City of New Westminster, in partnership with the New Westminster Hyack Festival Association, and are sponsored in part by Starlight Casino and STC Design and Communications.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Westminster Bike Tour Celebrates City's History and the Opening of the New Central Valley Greenway, June 27

The much anticipated Central Valley Greenway (CVG) will be officially opened on Saturday June 27th. As part of this event, and to celebrate the 150th Birthday of the City of New Westminster, the New Westminster members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition will be leading an historical theme bike tour from Hyack Square, along the CVG, to the official opening at the new overpass at Winston and Sperling in Burnaby.

The total length of the tour will be 13 km at a leisurely pace and is suitable for novice riders and above. Participants are asked to gather (with helmets) at 9:30 am at Hyack Square. Prior to departure the riders will be able to examine the City's 150th anniversary display which celebrates the history of the oldest city in western Canada, and coffee and refreshments will be available to everyone getting ready for the ride. The tour will be accompanied by Rob McCullough, the curator of the New Westminster Museum at Irving House. Rob will provide an historical narative as we travel along the CVG which passes through the historic heart of New Westminster.

The Central Valley Greenway in New Westminster is an ideal new route for novice and experienced cyclists to parallel the Fraser River safely and comfortably along well-marked bike lanes, quiet, residential streets, and separated greenway paths. The route connects the New Westminster Quay in the City's urban and historic downtown to Sapperton and Hume Park.

The route passes near many venues of interest to cyclists, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, provides stunning vistas of the river and mountains, and allows riders to connect with nature and recreation in the Brunette River Valley. The CVG is regionally accessible from several SkyTrain stations which can serve as staging or terminating points for day trips. The CVG continues westward through central Burnaby to Vancouver-Science World connecting with the Seawall to False Creek and Stanley Park. Within New Westminster the CVG offers connections to the BC Parkway, the Crosstown Greenway and other City bike routes. The CVG can be used by commuters, recreational riders and anyone who'd like to see and enjoy our City and region at the pace of a bicycle.

The VACC-New Westminster invites everyone to come out and celebrate the opening of this amazing new transportational and recreational facility in MetroVancouver.

Please see the Central Valley Greenway bicycle tour blog on Translink's Buzzer.

Farmers Market Open

The Royal City Farmers Market is now open for its second season.

Every Thursday from 3-7pm at Tipperary Park (next to City Hall), the Farmers Market provides a great opportunity to support local food producers and get high quality and fresh produce.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"In My Backyard" Fair, June 13

IMBY Fair: Connecting Seniors to Services

Saturday, June 13 from 10am - 2pm
Century House
620 Eighth Street, New Westminster

Come to this FREE event to learn about health, housing, recreation, safety & more!

11 am: Chuck Puchmayr, former city councillor and retired MLA, will speak about "The Miracle of Organ and Tissue Donation".

12 noon: Enjoy Pacific Showtime's barbershop harmonies!

Free bus service will go between Sapperton & Downtown & Century House.
(Space is limited, so call 604-520-6621 for schedule and reservations.)

For more details, contact 604-515-1718.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Green Drinks in New Westminster - Wednesday, June 3rd

From: Matthew Laird
New Westminster Environmental Partners

REMINDER: Green Drinks in New Westminster this Wednesday, June 3rd

Drop by New Westminster's monthly Green Drinks Sustainability Discussion at The Heritage Grill in the newly renovated Back Room!

Green Drinks is a monthly gathering of sustainability professionals and others who are interested in discussing environmental and sustainability issues over their favorite drink, whether that be a
pint of beer, fruit smoothie or Green Drink! The Green Drinks movement began in the UK in 1989 and over the years has spread worldwide, coming to Canada in 2005.

Originally oriented towards just environmental professionals, participants now also represent all ages, backgrounds and group affiliations, including non-profit organizations, academia, government,
small business, big business, the self-employed, volunteers, students, concerned citizens... and everything in between.

There's no agenda or formality at the gatherings – only the opportunity to meet to chat, debate, socialize and connect with others in the Burnaby/New Westminster, Tri-Cities and Surrey areas who are passionate about environmental and sustainability issues. Whether the subject is
green buildings, sustainable energy, organic gardening, or something else entirely, participants are likely to find some expertise in the room.

New Westminster Green Drinks are held every 1st Wednesday of the month at
The Heritage Grill
447 Columbia Street, New Westminster

5:45–8 p.m.

The Heritage Grill is half a block from the Columbia Skytrain Station, with bike racks nearby for cyclists.

Contact: NWEP (

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Commentary: School at St. Mary's Site

(The following was emailed to the New Westminster School District in support of an elementary school being built on the old St. Mary's Hospital site.)

I am a downtown New Westminster resident. I have lived in New West for 7 years. I have, by choice driven my daughter to Connaught Heights school for her primary and intermediate schooling. I found the school to be a lovely little corner of the community, and I hope that the school will remain open as a community centre, pre-school etc... That being said, the neighbourhood is small, and I understand the need to re-allocate resources.

I want to register my support for the elementary school at the St Mary's site. I think it is a tremendous solution. The land is not in use, there will be no park land destroyed in order to accommodate the school. It will also give a much needed elementary school for all the babies and toddlers I see about our neighbourhood. The downtown core is growing at a tremendous rate, several new buildings going up on Columbia @ New West Skytrain, and plans for another at Columbia at 4th. Downtown is a lovely but largely misunderstood area of New West, please, let's continue to make the downtown core a neighbourhood desirable to families.

Trista H.

Friday, May 1, 2009

30th Annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea

Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 2nd for the 30th Annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea which takes place Sunday May 31st 10--5 pm.

Tickets are $35 and for information on sales locations... and to view some of these beautifully restored homes go the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society's website:

Tickets are available at
  • Westminster Savings
  • Royal City Colours
  • Irving House
  • Cadeaux
  • GardenWorks stores in Burnaby

Visa is accepted only at GardenWorks. Cash and cheques only at the other locations.

This award-winning tour features 15 homes and Holy Trinity Cathedral (est. 1859.) Here's your chance to view the beautiful interiors of charming cottages, craftsman bungalows and elegant estates and then "refresh" with a tea at the Justice Institute.

Come experience the community pride of the Royal City which is 150 years young this year!

Catherine Hutson
Heritage Homes Tour Committee

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Downtown Off Leash Dog Paw-ty, Saturday, May 2nd

Off-Leash Dog Area
Opening Paw-ty

Come out and help celebrate the newest doggy area in your community!

Check out the by-donation paw-dicures, face painting, BBQ with hot-dogs and more.

  • 823 Carnarvon / 824 Agnes St.

  • Saturday May 2nd, 2009 11am-1pm

  • 11:15am - Royal City Rockets agility show
  • 12:00pm - Opening Address

Donations will be accepted towards amenities for the off-leash area and New Westminster Animal Services Shelter.

Hosted by Quayside Petspa & Daycare and the City of New Westminster.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

New Westminster’s Historic 150th Birthday Celebration

Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Association Presents:

Celebrate: New Westminster’s Historic 150th Birthday

Sunday, April 26, 2- 4 pm, Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park

Be part of history. Tell your New Westminster story for our digital video ‘time capsule.’

KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Chris Bryan, Editor, New Westminster News Leader.

Using his March column as a jumping off point, Is change a dirty word in New Westminster?, Chris will share his unique views on the intersection of change and continuity in our 150 year old city.

Digital ‘Time Capsule’: Be interviewed with your family and friends. Tell your unique story of social or architectural connection for posterity.

Trivia Game: How well do you know your heritage trivia? Test your skill. Prizes!

OPEN MIKE: Share your story of significance in New Westminster.

Connected through generations of family?

· Some families (like Fred Cirillo’s mentioned in The Leader) have multi- generations living in New Westminster. If this describes you, please invite your extended family to be part of this historic event and the digital ‘time capsule.’

Connected via historic architecture?

· Does the history of your old house engage your imagination and link you to the past? Is there an object, like an old photo of your house, or, a person, someone who used to live in your house, that makes this link more significant for you? If so, bring it or them along and tell your story of connection to history via architecture.

About the Digital Time Capsule: Digital content created at this event will be uploaded to the Arts Council’s Internet Portal site ( established as a means of accumulating and archiving video about events and everyday life during the 150th Anniversary in New Westminster. All are invited to bring their digital cameras to capture this event.



Friday, April 17, 2009

Open Forum on Animal Services In Your Community

Where: Fir Room, Century House
When: 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2009

The goal is to allow residents and invited guests the opportunity to learn more about the services available and provide feedback and suggestions regarding animal-related issues.

On the agenda:
  • The Role of Animal Services In Your Community
  • Recent Animal Control Bylaw Amendments
  • Recent Changes In Departmental Policy
  • City of New Westminster Animal Control Bylaw Discussions

    • Excessive barking
    • Off-leash dogs
    • Dog Licensing
    • Dog waste

  • Issues Pertaining To Responsible Pet Ownership
  • Volunteer Opportunities with the City of New Westminster Animal Shelter
  • Question and Answer Period.

Please email for consideration any recommendations to the agenda to

The development of this forum is part of New Westminster's Animal Services Department's plan for growth and development of animal services in our community.

Please RSVP before April 20, 2009 to

David Cole
Supervisor of Animal Services
Animal Services Department
The City of New Westminster

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Minutes of March 25, 2009 Meeting

Regular Meeting March 25, 2009

  • Andrew Boyd
  • Miriam Smith

Call to Order
7:05 pm in Lounge of the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, with 10 people in attendance.

Directors Present:
  • Andrew Boyd
  • Barb Elliott
  • Judy Ross
  • Miriam Smith
  • Jonathan Story
  • Lila Wood

Guest: Eric Westerberg, City Planner, City of New Westminster

Guest Speaker: Jayne Petula, Film Coordinator, City of New Westminster

Petula gave a short presentation and fielded audience questions regarding the film industry and film shooting in the downtown area.

Guest Speaker: Travis Johnson, Vancouver Circus School.

Johnson gave a lively presentation on the second location of the Circus School at the River Market at Westminster Quay. Currently on a short- term lease at the Market, the Circus School offers a variety of classes; i.e.,
trampoline, juggling, swinging trapeze, open to all ages. The public is encouraged to come for a “look-see” on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Johnson is hoping to secure a long-term lease once an anchor tenant is secured at the Market.

Guest Speaker: Reena Meijer- Drees, on electoral reform and STV.

Meijer-Drees spoke on the Single Transferable Vote and the structure and mechanics of it. The STV will come up as a referendum question in the May 12 provincial election. Meijer-Drees explained that with the STV the number of MP’s won’t change though it could mean a minority or coalition government. With STV, votes won’t be wasted. If passed in the May election perhaps the STV will be enacted in the next provincial election in 2013. A lively question and answer period followed the presentation.

Committee Reports

Homelessness Coalition
Updates on the College Place Hotel, the Garfield Hotel and the Maria Keary cottages. A possible drop-in centre for the homeless is being looked into.
A “Grand March for Housing” is taking place on Saturday, April 4, meeting at Main Street Skytrain Station at noon for a further walk to V.C.C.

Traffic Advisory Committee
Updates on the Queensborough Bridge Project and a presentation by the South Coast BC Transportation Authority Policy Service.

Community Policing
No report.

New Westminster Environmental Partnership
Represented by Barb Elliott. We are all encouraged to participate in EARTH HOUR – March 28, 2009, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.

Barbecue Committee Report
No news on our grant request. Call for more volunteers. Date has been changed from July 23, 2009 to July30, 2009 to coordinate with the holiday weekend. Updated on planning procedures so far

Farmers Market Report
Most of the original vendors will return. Markets will run Thursdays from June 25 through to Thursday, October 8.

New Business
Discussion on need for public washrooms in the downtown area. Perhaps Hyack Square?

Next Meeting
May 27, 2009.


9:10 pm.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009



Public Evening Meetings: 7 – 9 pm (registration 6:30 pm)

April 1
Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam

April 16
South of the Fraser
Compass Point Inn, 9850 King George Highway, Surrey

April 22
North Shore
Eagles Club, 170 West 3rd Street, N. Vancouver

April 29
BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Public Breakfast Meetings: 7:30 – 9:30 am (registration 7 am)

April 8
North Shore
North Vancouver City Library, 120 West 14th Street, N. Vancouver

April 9
South of the Fraser
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 – 104th Avenue, Surrey

Public Evening Meetings: 7 – 9 pm (registration 6:30)

April 15
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

April 21
Executive Airport Plaza, 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

April 22
Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference, Ctr 405 North Road, Coquitlam

April 23
South of the Fraser
Compass Point Inn, 9850 King George Highway, Surrey

April 28
North Shore
Lonsdale Quay Hotel, 123 Carrie Cates Court, N. Vancouver

Public Evening Meetings: 7 – 9 pm (registration 6:30 pm)

April 22
UBC Robson Square, Room C180, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

April 29
Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge
Ridge Meadows Seniors Society, 12150 – 224th Street, Maple Ridge

May 7
Burnaby/New Westminster
Metro Vancouver, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby

May 12
North Shore
Eagles Club, 170 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver

May 13
Douglas Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley

May 14
Richmond Cultural Centre, 180 - 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

May 19
Surrey/Delta White Rock
Surrey Conference Centre, 9260 - 140th Street, Surrey

May 21
Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam

Public Breakfast Meetings: 7:30 – 9:30 am (registration 7 am)

May 6
BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

May 13
North Shore
North Vancouver City Library, 120 West 14th Street, N. Vancouver

May 27
South of the Fraser
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 - 104th Avenue, Surrey

Regional Forums: 12 noon - 2 pm (registration 11:30 am)

April 23
South of the Fraser
Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Club, 7778 152nd Street, Surrey

May 20
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

May 27
North Shore
Hollyburn Country Club, 950 Crosscreek Road, W. Vancouver

Regional Forums: Evening 5 - 7 pm (registration 4:30 pm)

April 30
Hilton Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby

If you would like to provide feedback, and are unable to attend a meeting please send your comments.
Deadlines for feedback are: Liquid Waste Management - May 15, Zero Waste Challenge - May 1,
Regional Growth Strategy - May 22

Online: Email: Fax: 604-432-6399
Mail: Metro Vancouver, Corporate Relations, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4G8

Friday, April 3, 2009

Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy Meetings

Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy (Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future) is a framework to guide the future development of our region to 2040. It is a shared commitment by Metro Vancouver and member municipalities to work together to achieve regional goals. The Regional Growth Strategy is an important tool for managing future growth in the region, while still ensuring its livability. Following the adoption of the new Regional Growth Strategy, New Westminster’s Official Community Plan will need to be reviewed to take into account the new regional policies.

New Westminster City Council is also hosting a Public Meeting in order for New Westminster residents and the business community to learn about the draft Regional Growth Strategy and provide comments on the growth projections:

New Westminster’s City hosted Public Meeting is scheduled for:
Thursday April 23, 2009
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Century House
620 Eighth Street, New Westminster

Metro Vancouver is inviting residents to learn more about the strategy and provide comments.
Sub-regional Public Meeting is scheduled for:
Thursday May 7, 2009
7:00 to 9:00 pm (registration at 6:30 pm)
Metro Vancouver Head Office
4330 Kingsway, Burnaby

Regional Forum is scheduled for:
Thursday, April 30, 2009
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Hilton Metrotown Hotel - Ball Room 2
6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby

Please register in advance at
(Search 'Sustainability Dialogues')

For more information, see:
Draft Regional Growth Strategy- Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future and background information from Metro Vancouver

City of New Westminster: March 23, 2009 COW report “Draft Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy: Comments for Consultation Process and Timeline for Review”:

Monday, March 23, 2009

General Meeting, March 25, 2009

General Meeting
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Lounge, Parish Hall
514 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster

On the Agenda

Filming in the Downtown area
Jayne Petula, Film Coordinator, City of New Westminster

Voting on the STV
Electoral reform referendum in coming provincial election
Reena Meijer Drees

Also, Travis Johnson, Circus School Inner Ring
(performance group), will speak about his school and performance options available for our July BBQ.

Please help the Holy Trinity Food Bank by bringing a non-perishable food item or cash.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Automated Waste Collections, Open House - Thursday, March 19, 5 pm to 7 pm

The City is proposing to move to an automated collection system for garbage and clean green waste for all single family residences. On Thursday, March 19th, Engineering Operations will host an Open House in the foyer of City Hall to acquire feedback from residents with respect to the proposed program.

We welcome as many as possible to drop in for an informative session on the proposed Automated Waste Collections, complete with interactive displays, refreshments, and a draw for prizes!

Kelly Flello
Senior Operations Clerk
Engineering Operations
City of New Westminster

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Invitation to the Amelia Douglas Gallery: "Dead and Buried: The Cemetery at Woodlands"

The Amelia Douglas Gallery invites you to join them at the opening reception for

Dead and Buried: The Cemetery at Woodlands
An exhibition and installation by Michael de Courcy

March 5, 2009 4:30-7:30pm

Artist's Talk March 6, 2009 10am in Room 1614
No RSVP necessary

Monday, March 2, 2009

NWDRA Directors Meeting, March 4

NWDRA Directors will be meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, to plan the next general meeting.

Time: 6 - 8 pm
Meeting place: #201, 56 Merrivale Street, New Westminster.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Notice of Proposal to Issue a Temporary Use Permit

Monday, March 2, 2009 7:30 pm.
Council Chamber, City Hall,
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B. C. V3L 1H9

820 Agnes Street —
(located at legal address: 823 Victoria Street)
(shown hatched on the sketch plan)

The property is zoned Multiple Dwelling Districts (Downtown) (RM-6). An application hss been made for a Temporary Use Permit which would allow Business and Professional Office as a permitted. use at 820 Agnes Street and enable the applicant to move his security business (Sensor Protection Group) to this location.

In general terms, the purpose of the proposed permit is to allow Business and Professional Office as a permitted use at 820 Agnes Street. The proposed permit can be issued for two years initially and renewed once, permitting the business to operate at this location for a maximum time of four years.
City Contact
Development Services Department at (604) 515-3767.

A copy of the report may be inspected at the Legislative Services Office. A copy of the proposed permit and relted materials may be inspected at the Development Services Department (Planning), City Hall,
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia during normal office hours being 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday inclusive (except Statutory Holidays) from February 2, 2009.

Public Participation
All persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed permit shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard, or to present a written submissions respecting the proposed permit during the "Delegations" segment ofthe Regular Council meeting.

Written submissions can be submitted to the Corporate Officer up to the time of the,meeting. All persons who prefer to have their submissions available to Council members in advance as part of the meeting agenda package, must deliver their submissions to the office of the Corporate Officer, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C. V 3L 1H9 (Fax #: (604) 527-4594), by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

Please advised that submissions received will be published on the City of New Westminster website, with other associated information.

Judi Turner
Acting Corporate Officer

Notice of Public Hearing

Monday, March 2, 2009, 7:30 pm
Council Chamber, City Hall
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B. C. V3L 1H9

Location: 607 Columbia Street

The purpose of this bylaw is to allow Gondola Holdings Ltd. (formerly College Place Hotel) to move their Liquor Primary License to 807 Columbia Street instead of 842 Columbia Street (in accordance with the process outlined in Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 7273, 2008). The applicant proposes to operate a lounge with an occupant load of up to 88 people.

City Contact
Development Services Department at (604) 527-4513.

A copy of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at Legislative Services. Details and materials may be inspected at the Development Services Department (Planning), City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia during normal office hours being 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday inclusive (except Statutory Holidays) from February 2, 2009.
Public Participation
At the hearing, the public shall be allowed to make representations to the Council respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw. All persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard, or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the bylaw.

Written submissions can be submitted to the Corporate Officer until the close of the Public Hearing. All persons who prefer to have their submissions available to Council members in advance as part of the Public Hearing agenda package, should deliver their submissions to Legislative Services, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 1H9 (Fax# (604) 527-4594), by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

Please be advised that submissions received will be published on the City of New Westminster website, with other associated information.

No further submissions can be considered by Council after the conclusion
of the Public Hearing.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Meeting: New Westminster Environmental Partners

Date: Feb 18th 2009

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Century House – Moody Park Recreation Centre

620 Eighth Street


  1. Introductions (5 min)
  1. Review of minutes from the previous meeting (5-10 min)
    • Brief review of previous minutes / action items
    • Selection of a minute-taker
  1. General discussion (60 min)
    1. Society Status: update / discussion (Tristan)
    • Adoption of the Mission Statement and Constitution
    • Discussion - developing an identity (how structured do we want / need to be?)
    • Summary of roles / responsibilities required
    1. In the Community
      • Community Initiatives underway
        • Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw (recent open house: Feb 4th)
        • Anti-idling Bylaw
        • Others… update from Environ. Committee members
      • Opportunities for involvement in the spring / summer
        • Volunteer fair in January (done)
        • Green Drinks
        • Others…
      • Recent ideas / issues from members
        • Earth hour – education campaign, party
        • Enviro Expo (Tristan – brief summary of meeting (?))
        • Raffle / fundraising initiatives
        • Website update

        Ideas presented at previous meetings:

        • Waste and recycling (business and e-waste; organics)
        • Air quality
        • Bus stop shelters
        • NWSS sustainability initiatives
        • City electric bills via email
        • Resumption of quarterly challenges
        • Eco-density in heritage neighbourhoods
  1. Summary of Action Items from Meeting / Wrap-up (10 min)
  1. Scheduling Next Meeting (5 min)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Downtown Community Plan Open House - March 3, 2009

From: Carolyn Armanini
Date: February 08 2009 2:34:28 PM PST
Subject: Downtown Community Plan Open House - March 3, 2009

The Planning Division will be hosting a Workshop and Open House for the next phase of the Downtown Community Plan. We will be seeking public feedback on growth management assumptions, land use options, urban design guidelines, heritage principles and density bonusing. Previous work on the Plan can be found on the webpage at If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to . This event is open to all members of the public and we hope to see you there.

Downtown Community Plan Open House

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Presentation at 6:30pm (in Council Chamber)
Location: City Hall (Front Foyer)
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Monday, February 9, 2009

Minutes of January 28, 2009 Regular Meeting

Regular Meeeting January 28, 2009

Chairperson: Lila Wood
Recorder: Miriam Smith

Call to Order: 7:02 pm in the Lounge of the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral with 21 people in attendance.

Directors present: Andrew Boyd, Barb Elliott, Judy Ross, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Lila Wood.

Moved, Seconded, Carried: To approve the Agenda, Minutes of November Meeting and Treasurer's Report.

Guest Speaker: Mark Shih, owner of Riverside Market at the Quay.
Shih updated us on events at the Riverside Market, formerly the Quay Market, now partially closed for perhaps 8 -10 months for renovations. Riva Cafe, Laguna Blue and the Sushi restaurants, the Paddlewheeler Pub and Liquor Store, and Imperial Pharmacy will remain open during renovations. Shih's vision for the new market would be as a "food destination" with a major food tenant as the anchor. So far no tenant has been secured. The financing is still in limbo. What money is currently available is being used for electrical and mechanical upgrades. A Circus School is using the upper level to offer classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hyack Square work should be completed as of May, 2009, opening the stairway access to the market again.

Guest Speakers: Lisa Spitale, Director of Planning, and Eric Westerberg,
City Planner.
Spitale walked us through the Downtown Community Plan. About 800 members of the public have been involved in the consulting process for this
plan. Issues that concern us the most in the Downtown area are: density bonuses, the North Fraser Perimeter Road, the push for encapsulation of the railway and truck route, and the future of the parkade. Predicted growth figures for the downtown area indicate that we will increase our prominence. Perhaps the downtown will be viewed in terms of "precincts" - unique neighbourhoods zoned on an individual basis. No decision has been made re the 60 million dollars of casino revenue available for a "multi-use civic facility".

Committee Reports:

Homelessness Coalition: Toque Tuesday will be held on February 3rd
to raise funds. Upcoming "Housing Stands" will be held on Saturday, February 21st and Saturday, March 21st from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the corner of 6th Avenue and 6th Street. We are all encouraged to take part.

Traffic Advisory Committee: No report as the next meeting is tomorrow, January 29th.

Community Policing: No December meeting. At the January meeting
the issues over snow removal from sidewalks was discussed. It was agreed that the recent snow falls were not cleared in a timely manner by a number of downtown businesses and suggested that the by-law for removal by 10 am should be enforced.

Royal City Farmers Market: The Market A.G.M. was held on Thursday, January 22nd. Most vendors from 2008 will return for the 2009 season.

New Business

A call for new members for the Community Barbecue and Festival Committee did not bring forth any volunteers. The Committee will continue with the present members.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 7:00 pm in the Lounge of the Parish Hall at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

At Douglas College Amelia Douglas Gallery

The Woodlands Project
A month-long exploration of the institutional experience

The Woodlands Project
Location & Contact
The Douglas College New Westminster Campus is located at 700 Royal Avenue
The Amelia Douglas Gallery and Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre are both located on the 4th floor, north at the New Westminster Campus
For more information about these or any of our arts events please call 604-527-5723 or email or visit our website
Sign up for our mail list

March 5 - April 4
The Amelia Douglas Gallery Presents
Dead and Buried: The Cemetery at Woodlands
An exhibition by Michael de Courcy
Opening Reception March 5, 4:30-7:30pm
Artist's Talk March 6, 10am Room 1614 New Westminster Campus
Admission is free
Call 604-527-5723 for info

March 12
Screening and discussion of the Citizen Shift and National Film
Board of Canada production of
A film by by Heidi Currie and Lisa G.
A nurse recalls working at Riverview Mental Hospital from 1949-1951. In particular are her compassionate memories of lesbian patients and the understanding that they weren't actually insane. Revealed are the complexities of an institution that was initially intended to provide true asylum to those who would seek it. Presented by the Woodlands Project Committee and Criminology Faculty member Heidi Currie with special guests Lisa G., the director, and nurse Norma McMurdo, the subject of the film.
4:30-6:30pm, Room 2203 New Westminster Campus
Call 604-527-5723 for info
Admission is free

March 20-28
The Departments of Theatre & Stagecraft present

A new play by Mary Burns
Parents bring their children to institutions seeking help, but only the kids know how it is to live at 'The I,' and many of them can't talk. A work of the imagination, inspired by the old Woodlands School in New Westminster, this new play bares tensions between individuals, families and systems, revealing what can happen when those considered imperfect are hidden away.
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus
For show times and information call 604-527-5723
For tickets call the Massey Ticket Centre 604-521-5050

March 27
Our Story

A panel discussion with former residents and their families, and former employees of the Woodlands institution.

1pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus
Reservations 604-527-5723
Admission is free