Meet Roger

Edith Tazumi introduces us to one of our neighbours.

[Editor’s Note: the following post features the text from Desiderata, a poem written in 1927 by American writer Max Ehrmann. It’s received some fame by being recorded, used, or referenced by people such as Leonard Nemoy, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and The New Pornographers.]

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant;  they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Roger was stuck at a train station in Paris, France. A freak blizzard hit that day in April, 1995 making it one of the coldest days of that year. It was close to midnight and he knew he just had to wait out the next eight hours for money to be wired to buy his ticket home. Roger had given his original ticket back to Canada to one of his models who needed to get home earlier. Being a modeling agent at times involved sacrifice. Continue reading “Meet Roger”

Staying Relevant

New Programs and Services at NWPL

These days, libraries are so much more than just books. Libraries have evolved from simply being a place to borrow books, to a place where people spend time, where they navigate technology, make connections and engage with their community.

The programs and services offered by the New Westminster Public Library (NWPL) are constantly growing and changing with the needs and interest of their patrons–young and old. The mission may be the same, but the way a library informs, shares and gathers looks a little different today. This is a great time to revisit the library (in person or online). There are some really exciting things happening through the library that are worth checking out.

“It can be surprising to people who don’t visit public libraries to see just how many people come through our door on a daily basis,” explains Susan Buss, Deputy Chief Librarian NWPL. “To get a sense of this, I looked at the total hours open in 2015, and on average we had 146 people visit us every hour.”

The library is still alive and well!

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“Walking is Slow Tech”

Pedestrian Thoughts & Notes About the Upcoming Jane’s Walks.

Looking just for the info on Jane’s Walks? It’s here.

Do you ever forget you’re walking because it is such a beautiful walk? Seriously, there are days that you walk with awareness and then others that are more cerebral. Walking is not unpleasant and often really fun. Walking isn’t something that a lot of people think about. We do it all day and often are not aware of it. Continue reading ““Walking is Slow Tech””

Not So Bland Stuff

Economic Development and Community Building

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”

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”