Not So Bland Stuff

This post originally appeared in Issue Zero of our print magazine, April 2016.

The phrase “economic development” is often a signal of some boring, dry stuff to come, stuff best left to bean counters and statisticians. There is a relationship between economic development and the way a community evolves and transforms, however. The feeling in the city, the way neighbourhoods work, and the people who are here are all impacted by economic development and vice versa. That human factor is what makes it so important to look beyond the dollars and cents part of the equation. Continue reading “Not So Bland Stuff”

Letter from a Contributor

We decided to introduce our magazine not with a traditional editorial, but rather, thoughts from one of our contributors. Mario Bartel is a discarded veteran of legacy media and Tenth to the Fraser is proud to have him as a collaborator.

Welcome to the future, rooted in the past.

The media landscape is changing. The traditional ways we used to learn about what mattered in our community are disappearing; newspapers are closing, magazines are thinning, TV and radio stations are shedding resources.

That’s opening the door for new ideas, new possibilities to tell stories.Because in this helter skelter world where information comes at us 140 characters at a time, over our phones, in messages that pop up on our computer monitors, we need stories more than ever to make sense of it all.

It’s stories that provide narrative and structure to random bits of information.

Stories can make us laugh or cry, provoke anger, move us to take action.

Stories connect us to the people and community around us.

Tenth to the Fraser is about our need to tell, and share, stories. What started as an online blog to exchange information about the community is evolving to share stories. The online component remains, an immediate, impactful way to convey what’s important in New Westminster and to the people who live here.

It’s now joined by this, a magazine printed in ink on real paper, that you can hold in your hand, pick up, put down, pass on. Because as much as we like to check our smartphones, log into our email, update our Facebook status, there’s still currency in grasping something tangible, to give the stories we share a place of permanence. Now you can have Tenth to the Fraser on your coffee table every couple of months, as well as your screen every day.

This gives me hope for the stories in our community.

Featured Artist: Ginger Deverell

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ginger_deverell-59This issue’s featured artist is Ginger Deverell.

She is a mother, wife, book hound, and nature lover. She is also an artist, illustrator and surface designer. She works from her cozy attic studio in her early 1900’s home in Sapperton, New Westminster, Canada. Ginger creates portraits, patterns, florals and artistic prose—offering visual reminders of the strength that lives in beauty and the beauty within ourselves.

 About the painting:

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The War In Me

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This piece originally appeared on Tenth to the Fraser in Issue Zero of our print magazine, April 2016, and was originally presented as a part of the Wait for Me, Daddy celebrations.  

When I was 11 years old, two blocks from my home, a stand of trees grew on a strip of land. You’d cross a few streets from our home, and it would bring you to the place that we called The Woods.

It wasn’t a forest or a nature preserve or a park. Just leftover, neglected, underdeveloped parcel of land, fringed by tall grass and old trees in the middle. I’m sure now it would appear to be a mere back lot but back then it represented a place of freedom, a wilderness.

When there was enough of us to form two sides, my friends and I would head to it with stolen broom handles, broken hockey sticks, and garbage can lids in our hands and we would play our games, wargames.

Absolute anachronology ruled. We were fantastic eternal chameleons warriors. Nazi one moment, then shining elf, knight of the Round Table next, a merry man of Sherwood Forest, or even a Nazi Elf. It was all possible in the Woods.

I don’t remember much about the reasons for our wars. We just wanted to fight it. Continue reading “The War In Me”

Q10 with Mayor Jonathan Coté

This article originally appeared in Issue Zero of our print magazine which came out in April 2016. Q10 is a regular feature in the magazine, and features questions from Tenth to the Fraser to someone in our community. For our inaugural issue, we asked Mayor Jonathan Coté for his responses.

Our city is currently working on a revised Official Community Plan and a very large part of that conversation is on the housing that will be required if the predicted number of people really do arrive here within a few decades.

Laneway housing. Row housing. Townhouses. How do we have respectful conversations about the transformation of housing in our city? Tenth to the Fraser sat down with Mayor Jonathan Coté for a chat about the transformation of housing. Continue reading “Q10 with Mayor Jonathan Coté”