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ASK PAT: Small trees and Beg Buttons

neil21 asks— Howdy. Two questions having just moved here from Vancouver’s West End. 1. Why are the street trees so short? Is it just time (but I thought this city was older) or the species? The streets are really hot without that shade. 2. At 6th and Carnarvon, pedestrians don’t get to cross without pressing […]

Ask Pat: Permit times

Someone asked— I am a rental tenant at [redacted to protect privacy – a downtown Strata building]. I have heard our Strata is considering dissolution & sale of our building to developers. How long does a demolition process take per the City of New West’s permit(s) process etc.? This is really not a question I […]

Ask Pat: Climbing (pool) walls

Jason asks— I’m very interested about how the new pool is coming along and would like to know if there is still opportunity to give input on what amenities go into this new centre. This coming summer Olympic games in Tokyo will feature a new sport: rock climbing. The climbing event will include three disciplines: sport, […]

Council – July 9, 2018

The last full Council Meeting before we take our summer break (back in late August – in the meantime, I’ll have to find something else to write about) had a fairly full Agenda that started with an Opportunity to be Heard Temporary Use Permit TUP00017 for 620 Third Avenue I recused myself from this conversation, […]

Council Top 3!

This is episode 2 of my hopefully-regular pre-council list of what I think are going to be the most important three items on our Council agenda tomorrow* in no particular order, so you can decide if you want to tune in. #1: TUP for 620 Third Ave I have recused myself from discussion on this […]

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Caveat lector

This site is a Blog. It started because I like to write, and often have many things to say. Back in the ‘naughts, I started by blogging about things going on in New West, my experiences with the New Westminster Environmental Partners, local/regional/national politics, general “environmental stuff”, and random thoughts about whatever struck me at […]

Community

This happened…

I was lucky to be able to join Jagmeet Singh on a small group bike ride around downtown Vancouver yesterday, as part of his whistle-stop on the west coast going into next week’s NDP leadership vote. Although many Canadians only know Singh from the strange racist thing that happened at one of his campaign events […]

Volunteers

As I noted a little earlier, this summer has been pretty active in New West. This last weekend the trend continued with the annual Pride Street Party. There were community groups booths, three stages with entertainment, an active kid’s area, beer gardens, food trucks, and local restaurants and beer gardens were filled to overflowing. While […]

Friday on Front

Yikes. That was a crowd. I had a slight sense that our little Grand Opening on the Front Street Mews was going to have a big turnout. It had all the elements – a new public space, nice weather, music, and a Beer Truck. Still, I think the turnout was about 5x planning estimates. Which […]

Music by the River

The City tried a bit of an experiment on Thursday Night. We permitted the Arts Council to offer a few hours of free music at the Pier Park, set up a few artisan booths, and (gasp) offer beer and wine for sale in an open-licence model that allows families to sit together and responsibly enjoy […]

Rent Bank Launch

It was a great day today for the official launch of the New Westminster Rent Bank. Members of City Council met at the Purpose Society with the organizers and financial backers of this program. The City’s role was to help with logistics and provide a modest grant to help with administration costs, but the real […]