Sapperton residents posted signs to demonstrate opposition to the Elizabeth Fry Society rezoning application. Photo: Will TomkinsonUnited We Roar An outside observer could be forgiven for thinking that New Westminster is rife with problems and dissent. Each day we hear of another action group bringing attention to an unwanted project or program or another group insisting that … [Read more...] about The loud side of civic engagement: Sapperton speaks out on EFry
Today was the big reveal of Donald's Market at River Market. Wow, can you believe that it was back in April that we finally learned who the New West River Market grocer tenant was? "Who would it be?" we all asked after months of guessing and deduction and mercelessly prodding River Market owener, Mark Shieh. But he wouldn't say. Like Chuck Norris being interrogated by ex-soviet … [Read more...] about The New Westminster Quay Market is Dead. Long live River Market!
Monday night council meetings are a thing to behold! They are open to the public and while many citizens do attend, the process of a council meeting, which can be long and tedious, is often just a bit to late, or early (or dull) to attend in person. Hey, the city gets that, and for several years the civic goings on of our wise and venerable Mayor & Council have been … [Read more...] about Council Chambers Online: Resident says “Meh, it’s not that hard”
Volunteering in New Westminster connects you to the community like nothing else. There's no shortage of causes to choose from: New West Environmental Partners, Community Gardens, Hyack, Fraserside, Purpose Society, Downtown BIA, Family Place, local resident's associations, neighborhood festival committees, advisory boards for the city, Arts Council ... the list goes on. My … [Read more...] about At the Farmers Market, we are not strangers but neighbours
The New Westminster District Parents Advisory Council is on the warpath with a planned rally March 20 at City Hall and an online survey gathering opinions from New Westminsterites about our city's school-building delays. DPAC has consistently and aggressively pushed council, school board and even the B.C. Ministry of Education for resolution on one of our city's … [Read more...] about DPAC seeks opinions on New West schools via flawed online survey
Last year I started the spring growing season by attending an annual meet and greet event for Plant a Row, Grow a Row, an international organization that had local hubs in many communities. As it says on the website, it "builds on the long-standing tradition of gardeners loving to share their harvest with others. It is a people-helping-people program to assist in … [Read more...] about Garden Nerd Series: Garden-grown food for a good cause.