Wednesday, November 21, 2012

General Meeting, Wednesday, November 28, 2012


New Westminster Downtown Residents Association
General Meeting
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Hall (514 Carnarvon Street)

Agenda
Emergency Preparedness  
Grab a neighbour to bring with you for this one. Cory McLaren from the New Westminster Emergency Management Office speaks on how to get prepared for an emergency. 
Christmas in the Downtown 
Kendra Johnston from the downtown BIA will give us a sneak peak about what’s happening with downtown businesses this December.

Family Friendly Business
Kathleen McConnell, an expert on resources for families in New Westminster,  will speak about the New West Family Friendly Business initiative. 


If you live between Royal Avenue and the Fraser River, the Downtown Residents Association is your place to meet your neighbours, create community and express your concerns and ideas for creating a safer, more livable downtown.

Find us on the Web at www.nwdra.org

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sustainability Visioning Workshop, Saturday, November 3


We’ve got an amazing line-up of speakers including Jerry Dobrovolny, Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver and former New Westminster city councillor; Lori Baxter, former manager of the 2010 Legacies Now arts program for the 2010 Winter Olympics and executive director of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture; and many more: click here to jump to website.

The Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process: Envision 2032 will become the City’s sustainability document that informs and guides City activities in the future, including plans, policies, projects and practices, using a sustainability lens.

“LET’S TALK SUSTAINABILITY”
INSPIRATIONAL EVENT
Friday, November 2, 2012
7 pm - 9:15 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
SUSTAINABILITY VISIONING
WORKSHOP
Saturday, November 3, 2012
9 am - 1 pm
Doors open at 8:30 am
Both events will be held at the Inn at the Quay
These events are FREE but space is limited, so register here or email envision2032@newwestcity.ca

For more information on these events, as well as the Envision 2032 process, please visit the website at www.envision2032.ca and don’t forget to ‘like’ on Facebook and follow on Twitter to keep up-to-date on these events and the Envision 2032 process.

Please feel free to forward this invitation!


Regards,


Julia Dykstra  |  Envision 2032 Process Coordinator

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Minutes of NWDRA 2012 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the New Westminster Downtown Residents Association took place on September 26, 2012 beginning at 7 pm. The full document is available here.

Of note:

  • Board members for the coming  year are: Jocelyn Smith (President); Aldona Dziedziejko (Vice-President); Carla Jones (Secretary); Andrew Boyd (Treasurer); Kevin Smith; Judy Ross; Barb Elliott; and Miles Thorogood.
  • Mike Degelder presented an update of the Plaza 88 project, following up on an earlier presentation that he made to the association about six months earlier.
  • There was a presentation on "Extreme Weather Response", detailing what takes place during extremely bad weather to provide for people who do not ordinarily seek out shelters.
  • Colleen Ponzini, Manager of Financial Services for the City of New Westminster, spoke about the city budget process and discussed the use of the budget survey to solicit public opinion for presentation to City Council regarding the 2013 budget..

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, September 26, 2012


From 7 pm until about 9 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Hall (514 Carnarvon Street)

Agenda:  

  • AGM - election of NWDRA directors for 2012 - 2013
  • 314 Agnes - West Fraser Developments 
  • Plaza 88 - proposed digital signage boards
  • 2013 City Budget Process - how to get involved
  • Extreme Weather Shelter 606 Clarkson Street - new management

Monday, July 16, 2012

General Meeting, Wednesday, July 25, 2012

7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Hall (514 Carnarvon Street)

On the Agenda

  • Mayor Wayne Wright will be speaking about the City's current initiatives in the downtown area, including the development of the new Civic Centre and the more recent developments around the replacement of the Pattullo bridge.
  • Maylen Crespo, Family Services of Greater Vancouver (New Westminster office), Q&A about Small Community Grants for New Westminster Residents.
  • Open Table Discussion groups: all attending residents will have a chance to share ideas for planning an upcoming Community Fair in Downtown New Westminster. Topics to consider: BIA participation, picnic at Pier Park, fundraising, pet-friendly spaces, safety .

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Westminster Pier Park Opening Celebration - June 16, 2012


On Saturday, June 16th, the City of New Westminster will be celebrating the official opening of Westminster Pier Park from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to join us for the grand opening ceremonies accompanied with an afternoon of main stage entertainment, recreational activities in the Kids’ & Sports Zones, amazing food from River Market vendors and lots more.

The Westminster Pier Park opening signifies a milestone in New Westminster’s history, and we hope you can join us as we celebrate the wonderful new addition to our city!

For more information, please visit our website at www.newwestcity.ca

Thank you,


Ashleigh Young  |  Communications Coordinator

Lower Fraser River Commentary Issued: 6 June2012 3:15PM


New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster would like to provide the following update to residents regarding the water levels on the Fraser River, received from the BC River Forecast Centre as of June 6, 2012.

Over the past week, air temperatures have been cooling throughout the Fraser River basin.  A minor precipitation event from June 1 to 2 has created a slight increase for flows on the Fraser River at the Water Survey of Canada gauge at Hope.  Flows peaked mid-day Wednesday, June 6 and will decrease gradually over the following two days.  Flows should bottom out mid-day Friday before increasing significantly over the weekend and into next week in response to a weather system currently affecting the upper reaches of the Fraser River.  It generally takes 3 – 4 days for increased flows to move from the headwaters of the Fraser River to the Lower Fraser Valley.

Currently, a large-scale upper low pressure system is significantly affecting the Upper Fraser, Thompson and Cariboo regions.   Most mid to high elevation snow stations still measure 60 to 90% of their total snow remaining.  The heavy rain could enhance the melting rate of the snowpack. River levels at Hope will begin increasing on the weekend.  They are expected to reach their highest levels of the freshet so far early next week.

Uncertainty over the flow forecast is largely due to the unsettled weather trend and the resulting amount of rain that falls.  Wetter than expected conditions may lead to higher than forecast flows.  There are currently no signs of significant hot spells forecast in the next 7  days. 

The City of New Westminster Emergency Management Office will continue to monitor the situation through regular liaison with the experts at the federal and provincial government levels and will continue to provide updates to the community as necessary. In the meantime, interested members of the public may wish to visit the city website at newwestcity.ca for further information on the 2012 Fraser River Freshet including links to provincial bodies responsible for public safety.


Cory McLaren  |  Emergency Planning Assistant

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511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9

Friday, June 1, 2012

Update on Fraser River water levels and spring freshet


New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster would like to provide the following update to residents regarding the water levels on the Fraser River, received from the BC River Forecast Centre as of June 1, 2012.

Weather over the past week has been modest, with no major heat spells or rain. Currently river levels across the province are below levels of concern, and most rivers are flowing at near normal levels for this time of year. Significant snow pack remains at upper elevations across the province, and seasonal flood risk is still present on most river systems including the Fraser Basin. Flood risk is expected to persist through June in the region.

The current weather forecast is for a frontal system to move across British Columbia throughout Friday. Environment Canada has forecasted a large scale upper trough and it is expected to persist into next week, bringing cool and unsettled weather. There is the potential for additional rainfall into the middle of next week. Rivers are forecasted to see rises through the weekend within normal levels, with the most notable increases in tributaries and main stem flows in the Upper and Lower Fraser River.

The City of New Westminster Emergency Management Office will continue to monitor the situation through regular liaison with the experts at the federal and provincial government levels and will continue to provide updates to the community as necessary. In the meantime, interested members of the public may wish to visit the city website at newwestcity.ca for further information on the 2012 Fraser River Freshet including links to provincial bodies responsible for public safety.

For further information please visit newwestcity.ca or sign up for our public safety bulletins
Thank you
Cory McLaren  |  Emergency Planning Assistant
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511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9

Thursday, May 10, 2012

IMBY Fair: Saturday, June 2

In My Back Yard
IMBY Fair: Connecting Seniors to Services

Featuring Not-for-profit Service Providers for Seniors

  • Housing
  • Health
  • Transportation
  • Safety
  • Recreation
  • Support
  • Diversity
  • Community


Saturday, June 2
9:30 - 1:00
River Market at the Quay, New Westminster

Presentation: 10:30 - 11:30
Housing 101 - Options for low-income Seniors (55+)
presented by Seniors Services Socity

For information: 604-515-1718

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Update on Fraser River water levels and spring freshet


May 8, 2012

New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster would like to provide the following update to residents regarding the potential for high water levels on the Fraser River, received from the BC River Forecast Centre as of May 8, 2012.
With above normal snow packs throughout most of the province, above normal spring runoff volume is expected in most basins. As of May 1, 2012, the snow pack in the Lower Fraser Basin was 126% of normal levels. Given this, there is an elevated risk of high water levels that is dependent on weather, in particular, a long stretch of warm weather that would increase the snow melt.
In the coming weeks, the City of New Westminster Engineering Operations department will be in the Braid Street Industrial Area and Quayside neighbourhood, making preparations in the event that Fraser River flooding occurs. Work will include staging of equipment and temporary dyke material. In Queensborough, regular dyke patrols will continue.
The City of New Westminster Emergency Management Office will continue to monitor the situation through regular liaison with the experts at the federal and provincial government levels and will continue to provide updates to the community as necessary. In the meantime, interested members of the public may wish to visit the city website at newwestcity.ca for further information on the 2012 Fraser River Freshet including links to provincial bodies responsible for public safety.
Cory McLaren  |  Emergency Planning Assistant
Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) City of New Westminster  |  Administration
511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9

Saturday, January 7, 2012

General Meeting, Wednesday, January 25, 2012


7:00 pm

Holy Trinity Parish Hall (514 Carnarvon Street)



On the Agenda


Krishnan Anand, Developer, will be soliciting your feedback on a proposed development – “BrickStone Walk” Phase 2 – at 848 Royal Avenue.



Carol Armanini from the City of New Westminster will make a presentation on the City's initiatives on train whistle cessation in the Downtown area, as well as share initial planning ideas on re-designing Front Street without the North Fraser Perimeter Road.


Update:
Unfortunately, Carol Armanini will not be able to attend, due to health reasons. Instead, Scott Kennedy of Cornerstone Architecture will present on a development at 218 Carnarvon Street.