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.