Friday, December 24, 2010

Donald's GRAND WEDNESDAY at RiverMarket


Starting in January for New Westminster seniors (55+), we’d like start a new weekly tradition with you. During Grand Wednesdays at River Market, there will be a growing program of discounts and activities to delight you.

Please join us every Wednesday at 10am for Grand Wednesday!

We’d love to meet you in person and receive feedback about how to make this new program better.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Reminder: TransLink Open House on United-Braid Extension, Tuesday, Dec. 7

This is a reminder about the Open House Tuesday night at the Justice institute to review TransLink's plans for the United-Braid Extension.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster
*Presentation in the theatre begins at 6:45 p.m. followed by a discussion.

Monday, November 22, 2010

General Meeting, Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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

On the Agenda 

Guest Speakers

Ken Hardie, Translink
  • New Pattullo Bridge location, traffic access and exit, connections to North Fraser Perimeter and Highway No. 1 
  • Transit Police and offices move to Sapperton 
  • Skytrain extensions – Evergreen Line, service to Surrey, Langley 
Harvey Hatch, architect for Ballenas 
  • proposed 20 storey and 11 townhomes development at 125 Columbia Street (at Elliot Street), over the Skytrain tunnel at the eastern entrance to the Downtown area. Is this an appropriate location for this development? 
Both speakers will take questions after their presentations.

Regular Business 
  • Committee reports from Homeless Coalition, Traffic Advisory, Community Policing. 
  • City re Waterfront Park, Civic Centre, and other work in progress. 
  • River Market

Membership fees are now due: only $5 per family.
This is our only source of revenue, so please remember to bring your wallet.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Friday, November 19, Green Free Movie Night

Queen Elizabeth Community School's Parental Advisory Committee ( PAC) in partnership with Explore a green world (EAGW)  are proud to present:
"FernGully The Last Rain Forest"
Green Free Movie Night
November 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM
QE Gym - 921 Salter St. New Westminster BC V3M 6G8

This movie is a story about the magical inhabitants of a rainforest called "FernGully" who fight to save their home that is being threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction.

This movie is rated "G" : it is for the whole family, with animated features and a strong ecological message. It will delight children and amuse parents.

Please bring a recyclable item to donate to the School's recycling and bottle program (empty can, bottle, juice containers, etc.)

What do I need?  A blanket, or pillow ( or both) to sit on

Don't forget:
Bring a clean and reusable bowl for Popcorn
And a clean reusable mug for Hot Chocolate

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

The “Explore a Green World” is an Environmental, Multicultural and Educational Program to educate young children and their communities about the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling and protecting our environment.
Queen Elizabeth Community School's Parental Advisory Committee ( PAC) in partnership with Explore a green world (EAGW)  are proud to present:
"FernGully The Last Rain Forest"
Green Free Movie Night
November 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM
QE Gym - 921 Salter St. New Westminster BC V3M 6G8

This movie is a story about the magical inhabitants of a rainforest called "FernGully" who fight to save their home that is being threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction.

This movie is rated "G" : it is for the whole family, with animated features and a strong ecological message. It will delight children and amuse parents.

Please bring a recyclable item to donate to the School's recycling and bottle program (empty can, bottle, juice containers, etc.)

What do I need?  A blanket, or pillow ( or both) to sit on

Don't forget:
Bring a clean and reusable bowl for Popcorn
And a clean reusable mug for Hot Chocolate

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

The “Explore a Green World” is an Environmental, Multicultural and Educational Program to educate young children and their communities about the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling and protecting our environment.
Purpose: To educate young children, their families and their communities about creating a cleaner and “greener” environment.  The aim is to instil a sense of awareness of our world in children at a young age so that they start their lives understanding the importance of recycling. 
EAGW is offered by: Family Services of Greater Vancouver in New Westminster
Funded by United Way - Success by 6
Supported by the City of New WestminsterPurpose: To educate young children, their families and their communities about creating a cleaner and “greener” environment.  The aim is to instil a sense of awareness of our world in children at a young age so that they start their lives understanding the importance of recycling. 
EAGW is offered by: Family Services of Greater Vancouver in New Westminster
Funded by United Way - Success by 6
Supported by the City of New Westminster 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

River Market (Finally) Open!

River Market, formerly the New Westminster Quay, is at long last opening for business.

On Saturday, November 20, at 9 am, there will be a Grand Opening of Donald's Market. For more information, visit

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Board of Directors 2010/2011

Andrew Boyd, Past President
Barbara Elliott, Homeless Coalition
Paul Goodrick, eMail Communication
Judy Ross, Farmers' Market, Homeless Coalition
  • 604-526-4228
Miriam Smith, Recording Secretary, Traffic Advisory
Jonathan Story, Website
Lila Wood, President, Community Police Committee

Monday, October 25, 2010

Minutes of Annual General Meeting, September 22, 2010

September 22, 2010

CALL TO ORDER: 7:15 PM, in the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, 7 persons in attendance.

Quorum – 21% of paid-up members. Five paid up members present, therefore a quorum.

M/S/C - Approval of Agenda, September 2009 AGM Minutes, as distributed.

ROLL CALL OF DIRECTORS: PRESENT – Judy Ross, Barbara Elliott, Paul Goodrick, Jonathan Story, and Lila Wood.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT : As distributed, copy attached.

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS FOR 2010-2011: Carolyn Armanini, City Representative, conducting.

There being no new nominations for Directors, it was moved, seconded , carried THAT the seven current Directors: Judy Ross, Barbara Elliott, Paul Goodrick, Jonathan Story, Andrew Boyd, Miriam Smith, and Lila Wood be considered elected for the 2010-2011 term and that they retain their current Directors’ Positions and Committee Representations.


SPEAKER: Kristian Davis, Supervisor, Solid Waste and Recycling Branch, Engineering Operations, for the City of New Westminster.

Davis demonstrated the Green Cone recycling container and explained how it worked and how it could turn food and plant waste into a clean, odorless liquid. The Engineering Department has a number of these Green Cones available for residents to try and report back to the Department on how they are working. The Green Cones are installed in a sunny area of the garden, the base in a pit where the liquid is disbursed from the cone, the Green Cone proper placed on top. The cones are about four feet tall, fairly attractive and unobtrusive when placed in the garden near shrubs and greenery. Members who are interested in testing the Green Cones are asked to contact Kristian Davis at Engineering Operations, 604-526-4591 or . There is no charge for the Green Cones used in this pilot project.

NOVEMBER MEETING: DISCUSSION RE SPEAKERS – We will invite Ken Hardie of Translink to speak at our November meeting to inform us about plans for the new Pattullo Bridge, location, access and exit lanes, the planned move from downtown of the Translink Police and office to Sapperton, and Skytrain service extensions to Langley and the Evergreen Line to Coquitlam.

Next Meeting: November 24, 2010.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 16: Wishmaker Walk for Wishes

On October 16th, 2010, we put feet on New West’s streets with the 6th Annual Children’s Wish Foundation’s “Wishmaker Walk for Wishes!” 
Registration will take place at the Heritage Grill on the corner of Columbia and Church Street at 11 am and the walk will start at 12 pm.

This no barrier, fun filled, national event raises funds for children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses, so they may experience a brighter day and have a smile in their heart.  The Children’s Wish Foundation has taken on this mission since 1984,
yet there is still so much work to do.

For the past 5 years, the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes has taken place in Vancouver, however, seeing that New Westminster is fast becoming a vibrant, walkable community, it was time to get out on the streets and shine!  Also, a first for any city, New Westminster’s Walk for Wishes will feature a pre-Halloween “Trick or Treat” with tremendous support from the local business community.  Kids of all ages will experience candy, treats and hot chocolate at various stops along their route.  There will also be exciting performances at Hyack Spirit Square by the Vancouver Circus School and local rock and blues band Foster Child.

We can all win, with your support in raising funds and helping us show that New Westminster is a healthy, vibrant community.   Please support us by joining the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes on October 16th, 2010.  It would be wonderful to see your team out on the street showing the community that we have a healthy Downtown New Westminster and that it has a heart too.

We look forward to seeing you there, thank-you for your support!


Michael Hwang
Downtown New Westminster BIA
100-713 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B2
P: 604.524.4996
F: 604.526.0033

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Community Energy and Emissions Plan Open House

New Westminster is committed to building a sustainable community and has recently initiated the development of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). The CEEP will outline a strategy for the community to increase our energy efficiency, diversify our energy supply, reduce waste and reduce our impact on global climate change. In order to reduce our community's energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, we need help to develop actions and policies that impact how our community will grow and develop over the next 25 years.

The City has collected information on our current community energy consumption and emissions levels and would like to share with you what we've learned at an Open House on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the foyer of City Hall, located at 511 Royal Avenue.

Come and share your thoughts on how our community can reduce our energy consumption and emissions and grow in a greener, cleaner way! If you have any questions please contact Engineering at 604-515-3780.

Lil Ronalds M.Sc., MCIP
Senior Planner City of New Westminster

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, September 22, 2010

When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Holy Trinity Cathedral -- Lounge, Parish Hall, 514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

On the Agenda
  • Election of Directors, Officers and various committee representatives (conducted by our new City representative, Carolyn Armanini)
  • Guest Speaker: Kristian Davis. A presentation from New Westminster's supervisor for solid waste and recycling on the Green Cone Project.
Please bring your wallet for annual membership dues: $5 per family!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Quayside Boardwalk Festival & Sale, Saturday, August 19

4th annual "Quayside BOARDWALK festival & sale"

Originated by the QUAYSIDE COMMUNITY BOARD (, the BOARDWALK festival & sale is pleased to welcome DOWNTOWN New Westminster BIA and their many merchants. The QCB is the largest residential board association representing over 2080 members.

Just off Quayside Drive along the Promenade (Boardwalk) beside the mighty Fraser River in the City of New Westminster. Over 5000 people are expected to stroll more than a kilometer along the Boardwalk from Reliance Court to the new River Market and further on to Hyack Spirit Square and up historical Columbia Street.

Saturday, August 21st, 2010 10am to 3pm -- Rain or Shine!

First, it is an event for family and friends to be together and enjoy an incredible day of shopping, recycling, fun, festivities, eating and so much more.

Second, the Boardwalk festival and sale is the largest recycling event in the lower mainland. The theme for this event is Recycle, Refill, Reuse and RESELL! 150 tables will display an abundance of quality goods for sale ranging from Kitchen items, Furniture, Books, Clothes, Sport Goods, Technology, Antiques, Collectibles and a plethora of bric-a-brac items. Items bound for new homes not destined for landfills.

Third, raising awareness of social issues such as Cancer (Run For The Cure For Breast Cancer), as well as monies for charities and not-for-profit organizations, is a critical component of this events history and future. Be sure to bring a few extra dollars for the Raffles and Hot Dogs for charity, as well as a can or box of non-perishables for the Food Bank.


New West Environmental Partners Meeting, Thursday, August 19

The NWEP will be holding its bimonthly regular meeting on August 19th,
7:00pm, in the auditorium (downstairs) at the New Westminster Public
(716 6th ave).

All members, potential members, non-members, or curiosity-seekers are
welcome. Share if you want, or just sit and listen, the future of New
Westminster's environment is up to you!

This will be the last regular meeting before October’s AGM, and the topics will/may include:
  • NWEP participation in Rivers Day & working with the City and the VACC to develop an interactive activity for kids
  • Further Trash talk: potential for sponsoring a City-wide contest on the most creative use of a soon-to be obsolete garbagebin
  • Potential to work with a keen representative of the New Westminster
    School District to improve recycling/composting practices in the
  • The future of Garbage incinerators: Our mayor is on the record wanting one in New West: do we?
  • The future of the Patullo Bridge and the impact on New West’s liveability
  • Rousing the Rabble in the Transportation group.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

RIP: Will Bosch, QRA Recording Secretary

On Monday, August 2, 2010, Will Bosch, Recording Secretary for the Queensborough Residents Association, while walking on the Queensborough Bridge collapsed mid-span. Efforts to revive him were partially successful, but damage from lack of oxygen to his brain was extensive and he died soon after being taken off life support on Thursday.

He was well-known for his contributions to the community and will be sorely missed.

Friday, July 9, 2010

July 24: Family Movie Night in Queens Park

The New Westminster Community Policing Committee presents:

Family Movie Night in Queens Park featuring Night at the Museum

When: Saturday, July 24th, 2010, in the Bandshell (weather permitting otherwise Queens Park Arenex)
Time: Feature will begin promptly at 9:30 PM
Cost: Free

BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR, FLASHLIGHT AND SNACKS (there may be a limited sale of refreshments on hand by volunteers)

Shelley Cole
Coordinator, Crime Prevention Services
Crime Prevention Team
New Westminster Police
555 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3L 1B2

Notice: Police asking for help on whereabouts of suspected sexual offender

Here is a notice from the New Westminster Police Service:

File: 2009-22460

The New Westminster Police Service seeks the public’s assistance to locate Bongani NYONI, a Thirty-Eight year old New Westminster resident, who has now been charged with three counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault after having sexual intercourse with three women while knowing he was HIV positive.

New Westminster Crown Counsel has issued a Canada wide warrant for NYONI’s arrest as it is believed he may have travelled to eastern Canada. The offences date back to May of 2006 and investigators are concerned that NYONI may continue to engage in intimate relations with females without disclosing his medical condition.

Investigators are seeking any information from the public that could assist them in determining NYONI’s location.

Contact: Sergeant G. Weishaar
Phone: 604-525-5411

Monday, June 7, 2010

Multi-Use Civic Facility Purpose-Build Art Spaces Open House & Workshop

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm - Open House
          6:00 - 8:00 pm - Workshop
Location: City Hall Front Foyer

The City of New Westminster is building a new Multi-Use Civic Facility and needs your input to finalize the program for the facility. Please come and share your ideas at the community open house and workshop on Thursday, June 10, 2010. The workshop will focus on prioritizing purpose-built art spaces within the new facility.

For more information please contact Carolyn Armanini, Development Services at 604-527-4647 or

Public Meeting: How should we manage our waste?

On Thursday, June 17, 2010, the Metro Vancouver Waste Management Committee will be holding a public meeting regarding the Draft Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan.

When: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
  • Open House: 6pm - 7pm
  • Public House: 7pm - 10pm
  • Q&A: 10pm - 10:30pm
Where: Fraser River Discover Centre
    788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

If you wish to speak at the meeting, please register at the front desk (five minutes per speaker). Metro Vancouver staff will be available to answer questions during the
open house and Q&A portions of the evening.

In addition, written submissions are encouraged and will be acknowledged. Issues raised in correspondence and at public meetings will be addressed before submission of the final plan to the BC Minister of Environment for approval.

Send your comments by July 14, 2010 to:
Lois E. Jackson, Chair, Metro Vancouver, or
Greg Moore, Chair, Metro Vancouver Waste Management Committee
fax:  604-432-6297
mail: Metro Vancouver, Public Involvement Division
        4330 Kingway, Burnaby, BC B5H 4G8

For more information, visit

Thursday, June 3, 2010

McBride Bouldevard Pedestrian Overpass Ribbon-Cutting & BBQ

Celebrate the official opening of the McBride Blvd Pedestrian Overpass with a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Wayne Wright and city council and a fun afternoon BBQ. Bring your friends and family for a complimentary lunch and be among the first to cross the new overpass.

WHEN: Saturday, June 12th
TIME: Noon - 2pm
WHERE: At the site of the McBride Blvd. Pedestrian Overpass that joins
Victoria Hill and Queen’s Park (On the Queens Park side of the
overpass just North of Royal Ave.)
INFO: Justine Smith -

We look forward to seeing you and your family!
Brought to you by The Onni Group and The City of New Westminster

Thursday, May 20, 2010

General Meeting, Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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

On the Agenda


Inspector Laurin Stenerson, New Westminster Police
Will bring us up to date on happenings with the NW Police, crime in the community, etc. He will also take questions from the floor.

Break for coffee and cookies / BBQ tickets
(Get your tickets early and avoid lineups -- $5 each.)

Other Items
  • 10th Annual Barbecue and Street Festival, July 29
  • Community Policing
  • Markets (Farmers, Winter)
  • Any matters you bring forward for discussion

The next meeting after this will be the AGM on September 23rd, 2010.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"AutoObesity" Presentation, May 13 at 7:30pm

New Westminster Environmental Partners and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) present

at the New Westminster Public Library, Plaskett Room
from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, Thursday, May 13, 2010

BEST’s Car Diet supports long-term behaviour change by helping people
lose the excess auto and fight car addiction, and in exchange receive a charitable tax receipt for the full value of the car and access to driving credits in the Co-op Auto Network, as well as other incentives.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Application for Liquor License Transfer

On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 6:30 pm, the Advisory Planning Commission will be reviewing an application to transfer a liquor license from Lafflines Comedy Club, 401 Columbia Street to Lafflines at the Burr Theatre, 530 Columbia Street.

Feedback on the application is being solicited and written responses are encouraged to be sent by the Friday preceding the meeting. You may also attend the meeting, to be held in Committee Room #2 at City Hall.

For further information, please phone Development Services -- Planning at 604-527-4532.

31st Annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea

Tickets for the 31st Annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea on Sunday, May 30, are on sale now
at various locations.

There are 12 venues this year....including St. Aidan's Church celebrating its 100th birthday, a Massey Heights 1950s bungalow transformed into a modern day Arthur Erickson-esque home and a 1929 "mansion" at 431 Third Street..... Proceeds of the tour go the Heritage Foundation, Tourism New Westminster's walking brochure, "Doors of New Westminster" poster project and Queen's Park Healthcare Foundation. (Fundraising for Queen's Park Care Centre.)

Tickets are $35 each.


Westminster Savings Credit Union
New Westminster Community Branch
601 Sixth Street
604 517-0100

GardenWorks at Mandeville
4746 SE Marine Drive
604 434-4111

GardenWorks at North Burnaby
6250 Lougheed Highway
604 299-0621

Irving House Museum Office
302 Royal Ave.
New Westminster
604 527-4640

Royal City Colours
700 12th Street
New Westminster
604 521-5209

Cadeaux Gifts & Home Embellishments
467 East Columbia Street
New Westminter
604 521-5269

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Survey on environmentally friendly landscaping maintenance

A message from United Community Services Co-op:

A local non-profit in New Westminster is currently conducting research on the viability of operating an environmentally friendly landscaping maintenance business.

They have been operating a landscaping social enterprise for the last 12 years employing people with developmental disabilities and due to an increasing amount of requests from existing and potential customers regarding the environmental impact of their services, they are considering expanding their service to include environmentally friendly landscaping maintenance. They are interested in getting feedback from a variety of potential customers regarding their ability and/or interest in using this service.

They have prepared a short online survey and would be pleased to hear from you.  The survey is confidential and will only be used for the purposes of determining whether there is a market for this service.

Please click here to access the survey:    

Your input will be very valuable in evaluating the feasibility of this enterprise. Thank you very much for your time. If you have any questions, please contact Barbora at 604.718.8292.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010: Ride for Justice

The Western Canada Society to Access Justice (Access Justice), Pro Bono Law of BC and the Access Pro Bono Society of BC present the Ride for Justice on Sunday, May 16, 2010. The event is organized to raise awareness about the free legal services available to residents in B.C. and to support the pro bono consultations and community services provided through Access Pro Bono. It features a bike ride and presentations/ panels discussions led by practicing lawyers and social justice advocates in the community. This is the 3rd year that Access Justice is running the public outreach event.

The concept for the event was inspired by the organization’s founder, Dugald Christie, who tirelessly advocated for reforms to B.C.’s justice system. Dugald paired his quest to make the legal system accessible to individuals in all income brackets with his love of cycling, undertaking cross-Canada rides to raise awareness about justice issues.

“The image of a lawyer in robes on a bicycle heading to a courthouse says a great deal about how Access Justice wants to keep the courts and the justice system firmly within the reach of ordinary Canadians,” says Society Director Phil Dougan.

The event starts at 10:00 a.m. and wraps up at around 12:30 a.m. Riders will rally in front of the New Westminster Court House building at 668 Carnarvon Street and then bike to Queen's Park.

For more information, visit

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, Community Visioning Workshop - New Westminster Museum and Archives

The New Westminster Museum and Archives is undertaking a gallery redevelopment. The purpose of the museum is to tell our City’s story in a manner that best connects with our visitors, supports Parks, Culture & Recreation’s comprehensive planning and encourages the community to feel at home in their museum. We are seeking new ideas and a progressive outlook so we can create interesting and dynamic exhibits. What can we do to accomplish this? What would make you visit your museum?

Residents are encouraged to provide their ideas on future exhibitions and programming and assist us in understanding what stimulates curiosity and inspiration. Join us at this visioning workshop and help us share the story of New Westminster’s rich history.

When: May 4th, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: The New Westminster Museum and Archives, 302 Royal Avenue
Contact: 604-527-4640

City Council Notice of Change to Regular Meetings, April 19, 2010

For details of changes to the scheduled meetings on Monday, April 19, see this document.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Advisory Planning Commission Meeting, April 20

Changes to 1408 Fifth Avenue, New Westminster, have been proposed in order to allow a licensed group daycare facility. Details are available here.

Opinions on this matter are appreciated and you may submit your views in writing, or if you require more information you are invited to attend the Advisory Planning Commission on:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

in Committee Room #2 at City Hall.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Public Meeting April 14: Simcoe Park Community Garden

The New Westminster Community Gardening Society invites you to a public meeting about the new Simcoe Park Community Garden

The Simon Fraser Society for Community living building
811 Royal Avenue
(The N/W corner of 8th St. & Royal Ave)
Wednesday April 14th – 7:00 pm
For more information please contact us at
phone: (778) 372- 1333

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Smart Gardening Workshop, Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Westminster’s Pesticide Use Bylaw comes into effect this year on March 1, 2010. This bylaw restricts the use of pesticides for cosmetic (non-essential) purposes in maintaining outdoor plants.

Learn how to maintain your garden and lawn organically at this new City workshop!

We are offering this excellent workshop once again to those that were unable to make the one in March. Come with your questions, note pad and pen. Celebrate Earth Day weekend with us!

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010
Time: 1:15 – 4:15 pm
Where: New Westminster Public Library (auditorium)

There is no charge to attend, but we ask that you please register in advance if you wish to participate. To register online click here or call 604-527-4592.

Ashleigh Young
Communications Coordinator
City of New Westminster

Monday, April 5, 2010

Minutes of March 24, 2010 Meeting

Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish Hall

Call To Order

7:10 pm, 48 persons in attendance including speakers and Directors.

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

Roll Call Of Directors

Present – Andrew Boyd; Barbara Elliott, Homeless Coalition Representative; Paul Goodrick, Community e-mail; 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. Also present: Eric Westerberg, representative from City Planning.

Guest Speakers

Michael Degelder, Plaza 88 Developer.
Mr. Degelder brought us up to date on the situation at Plaza 88. Three out of four towers are completed and mostly sold out. Planned fourth tower requires variances in order to proceed. This tower may include a hotel. Plaza 88 will feature a unique residential and commercial mix know as a “Rail Mall” right on the Skytrain route. Hopeful completion date is Christmas 2011. Mr. Degelder acknowledged and was thankful for the support of the Downtown Residents Association. He fielded questions and concerns from the audience including an interest in the 10-screen cinema and other tenants for the project.

Mark Sheih And Blazenka Vojkovic of River Market at the Quay.
First off, we were told that the Market will reopen in Summer 2010 and also to watch for an announcement on April 1st regarding an anchor tenant. 55% of the space is spoken for and Sheih is committed to using locally based businesses featuring local produce. The Market is also contemplating a bicycle based delivery service as an amenity.
An open discussion was held to hear and discuss concerns regarding parking, connecting the overpass, and a possible community garden connected to the market. The Circus School will be returning to the
second floor along with food and health based tenants.

Coffee Break

Speaker Andrew Boyd, Executive Director of the Westcoast Genesis Society.
Andrew discussed the Keary Cottages at 305 and 307 Carnarvon Street. We learned the history of the building from 1886, as well as how funding was secured to enable the renovations to go ahead in order to house 35 residents and 20 staff members, kitchen, offices, and full basement. The Cottages will provide a safe home, councelling, and assistance to those suffering from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as well as for the homeless. The first residents are now being settled in and hopefully tours will be available at the time of our July 29th Annual Barbecue.

Committee Reports

Homeless Coalition: next meet March 25, 9:00 am.

Traffic Advisory Committee: New highly visible crosswalks are being installed in front of Royal Columbian Hospital. Next meet March 25, 5:30 pm.

Community Policing: Crime in the downtown core is down. Graffiti remains a problem, report to the police anyone seen tagging. Blockwatch is a crime deterrent, difficult to establish in downtown condominiums due to building security.

Farmers Market/Winter Market: Good attendance at March 20 Market. Next Market April 17, 10 am to 2 pm at Holy Trinity Parish Hall.

Westminster Pier Park: Eric Westberg, our City Hall Liaison from the Planning Department, updated us on possible features and amenities at the site. Work is due to start on this project soon as there is a deadline for completion.


10th Annual Barbecue and Street Festival July 29, 2010, 4 – 8 pm.
Discussion re ticket prices, presently $5 per person. Do we want increased price, Adult, Children separate tickets/prices? No decision.

Directors Meeting: April 28th, 6:30 pm at the Queen Building.

Next Regular Meeting: May 26, 2010, 7:00 pm, at Holy Trinity Parish Hall.

Adjournment: 9:15 PM.

Aside: Prior to this meeting Barry Buckland of Lafflines Comedy Club dropped by seeking support for transfer of the present Lafflines Liquor License to the Burr Theatre premises. This would be a Primary License and would include sale of food items. It would also decrease the number of licensed seats to 110 from 220, making the premises more family friendly. Those who were here before the meeting was called to order discussed this matter and were in favour of the transfer of this Liquor License. A letter will go to the City to support the transfer of License. Unfortunately, Barry Buckland had a previous commitment and could not stay for the Residents meeting.

Friday, March 19, 2010

General Meeting, March 24, 2010

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

On the Agenda


Mike Degelder, Plaza 88 Developer
Will bring us up to date on merchants, theatre and other tenants in this exciting new addition to our downtown.

Mark Shieh and Mia Ciric, River Market at the Quay
Update on renovations, tenants, and opening date.

Andrew Boyd
On Maria Keary Cottage, (now complete and residents moving in), programs offered and what they hope to achieve.

Break for coffee and cookies

Other Items
  • 10th Annual Barbecue and Street Festival, July 29. Update and your input. What would you like to see included? Excluded? Price?
  • Community Policing
  • Markets (Farmers, Winter, Night)
  • Any matters you bring forward for discussion

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Petition to BC Government to Reinstate Gaming Charity Grants

Roslyn Cassells has sent a link to a petition asking the provincial government to reinstate gaming charitable grants.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Westminster Pier Park Open House & Workshop- Park Design

The City invites you to attend an open house and workshop regarding the new Downtown waterfront park. The preliminary park master plan will be presented and everyone is encouraged to attend and share their comments/suggestions on this exciting project. For more information please visit the project's website at

Date:Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Time:Open House 4:30-6:00 pm (drop-in, Front foyer)
Workshop 6:00-8:30 pm (Council Chamber)
Location:City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Planning Analyst
City of New Westminster

[Note: This is your last chance to contribute your ideas and opinions. J Story]

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Feedback Wanted: Sidewalk Cafe for Drink Urban Lounge

We have been asked to support Drink Urban Lounge's application for a sidewalk cafe type set-up on Columbia Street in front of their Lounge next to Starbucks.

Their plans include an enclosure with flower baskets and attractive furniture, similar to but not the same as Heritage Grill, Sherlock's and Aldo's patios. If you have any objections to this, please email me ( by Sunday evening or I will presume that you approve or have no opinion. My personal opinion is that this will add life to the street in the same way that the other three patios do, and we do need life on Columbia Street.

Deadline for submission to the City is Monday, March 1. Thanks.

Lila Wood

Monday, February 15, 2010

February 20, Share the Love at February's Winter Farmers Market

  • Winter Market

  • 10 am - 2 pm
    Saturday, February 20
NEW WESTMINSTER - The Royal City Farmers Market invites New Westminster to share the love at the next Winter Market, coming up just after Valentine's Day on Saturday, February 20.

"As always, I can't wait for the monthly winter market," says Operations Manager Jen Arbo. "I feel such a huge sense of community at the market, and look forward to not only the food and other goods, but seeing all the happy faces, both familiar and new!"

The theme for February's market will be "In Love With the Market" and will feature musical guest Chris Messytone playing romantic French and Italian folk music on the accordion. As always, customers will find locally grown fresh produce, homemade goodies, handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind items.

The market will feature storytelling for the kids with author Kathleen McMillan, who will read her heartwarming story of Bluebeary the Bear. The Royal City Community Garden Society will be present to share their progress on opening new garden sites around the city.

RCFM will also be "spreading the love" by collecting food bank donations at the event.

The market will be held from 10am-2pm on Saturday, February 20 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall at 514 Carnarvon St.

More information:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

BIA sponsors Illustration Contest and Photo Contest

The Downtown New Westminster BIA has two thrilling contests this year! Put yourself in the middle of the excitement of Downtown New Westminster by showing your artistic soul! Imagine the city’s future right in the palm of your hands.

The Illustration Contest is for Grades 6 to 8 in the New Westminster School District, and the Photo Contest is open to amateur and professional photographers alike.

Submission deadlines for both contests are February 26, 2010.
For details on both contests, please visit

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Proposed move of 57 Liquor Store to Plaza 88

Please contact Lila Wood if you have any comments about the proposed move, described in the letter below:

From: Todd Arbuthnot
Subject: 57 Below Pub and Liquor Store

Hi there, my name is Todd Arbuthnot, I’m the general manager of 57 Below Pub and Liquor Store. Barry Waite from the city has asked me to get in touch with you to discuss our plan to move the 57 Liquor Store from its current location at 57 Blackie St, to the new mall being built next door to us, Plaza 88 (888 Carnarvon St). What I’m asking for is support for our relocation, or if your association has any input regarding the proposed move. I’m not sure how you would like to handle this, phone call, face to face, or just email?
Our plan calls for us shutting down our current space and moving into the main floor of the mall, adjacent to Safeway. Our store would be a 3500sq/ft full service liquor store. We would offer a full selection of wines, spirits, beer, and cooler/ciders. We would be a 7 day a week operation like now, with the same hours. We currently run 4 liquor stores in the lower mainland, and would direct you to our website, for you to see the types of stores and pubs we operate. I look forward to working with you and any comments you have regarding our proposed application. Thank you, Todd

Todd Arbuthnot
The Arbuthnot Group
5449 Ladner Trunk Rd
Ladner BC V4K 1W6

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Olympic Torch Relay Route Through New Westminster on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hello everyone, well here's the information you have all been asking about ..............the Olympic Torch Relay route through New Westminster on Tuesday, Feb 9th has officially been released by VANOC!

The information is now posted on the Vancouver 2010 Website so please visit: and go to Tuesday, February 9th then click on New Westminster.

Let's "share the spirit of the flame" as it makes its way through our community and unites our country with pride! See you there!

Kind regards,
Karen Baker-MacGrotty
Chair, New Westminster Spirit of BC
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Proposed Market Night in Queensborough

Neighbourhood Meeting
DATE: Tuesday, January 26th
TIME: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
PLACE: Queensborough Community Centre (920 Ewen Ave)
Beverages and light snacks will be provided

What is being proposed?
Starlight Casino (Property Owner) and Target Event
Production (Operator) are seeking a Temporary Use Permit to
use a portion of the Casino site for the purpose of an outdoor
Night Market event. The proposed 1.5 hectare parcel of land is
located east of Boundary Road and directly south of the
Starlight Casino building.

What is the Night Market?
The Night Market is an annual summer event that is free of
charge. It is held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Statutory
Holiday evenings from May through October.
The Night Market would include merchandise stalls and food
vendors. A live entertainment stage is also proposed.

How long would this Temporary Use Permit last?
The application is for a 2 year period from May 1, 2010 to
October 31, 2011 - with a possible extension for a further 2
years, subject to renewal of the application by the City of New

If you have any questions, please contact Sasha Lauzon of Brook + Associates at
604-731-9053 or via email at

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Friday, January 22, Russell Hotel Re-opening

At 11am, on Friday, January 22, the Russell Housing Centre will officially open at 740 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster.

The Russell Hotel was built in 1908 for businessman Elijah J. Fader as a place for travellers, as well as for local social and business occasions. Also known as the College Place Hotel, the Russell has been converted into social housing, with 40 supportive units and 15 shelter beds.

[Photo: The Russell Hotel from a 1912 postcard, from A New Westminster album: glimpses of the city as it was, by Gavin Hainsworth and Katherine Freund-Hainsworth]

Sunday, January 17, 2010

General Meeting, January 27, 2010

7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral – Lounge, Parish Hall

On the Agenda

Dave Brown, Lookout Society
  • Homeless Coalition
  • Russell Hotel project
  • "Eyes on the Street" cleanup program
  • free medical clinic at Purpose Society location

Other business
  • Volunteers for BBQ planning
  • Volunteers/ideas for BBQ fundraising

  • Homeless Coalition, Traffic Advisory Committee,
  • Community Policing, Markets (Farmers, Winter, Night)
Any matters you bring forward for discussion.
There will be a coffee break with snacks.

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