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: