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”

Get ‘Er Done, New West

Boring Adult Stuff like Powers of Attorney, Wills, and appointing a guardian for my child were on my to-do list for an embarrassingly high number of years. For years I (wrongly) believed that because I had no assets aside from a giant pile of student loans I didn’t need any planning documents.

Eighteen months ago I finally got my act together. On the pain in the butt scale, I’d rate it a 6.5 for having to find the time to make an appointment, arrange all the paperwork, seek and ask a guardian, and have a really important conversation with myself and my spouse about medical interventions. And it honestly wasn’t that cheap, either. But the truth is that it was a small amount of hassle for a whole bunch of peace of mind and I felt actual relief when it was done. And now I can forget all about it unless my circumstances change.

If you don’t yet have your act together here is an overview of what documents you might need and who can help. It probably goes without saying, but this post isn’t legal advice at all, and you should definitely seek the advice of a professional for your own personal situation. There are low or no cost services out there too, so don’t let cost be the reason you don’t get your act together.
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Charming New Westminsterisms

One of the charming things about New Westminster that continually tickles my fancy is this habit of naming alleys. I walk a lot, and I like to explore neighbourhoods with my son as an afternoon outing. We frequently will duck down what appears to be an alley, only to discover amazing little pockets of houses, with perhaps one or maybe two actual front doors on some oddly little named “street” that in any other municipality, would simply be considered a lane way. It’s likely a testatment to the evolution of New Westminster as a city – what with renaming streets, subdivision, and the like – that these weird little side streets are still here, and are generally filled with teeny old houses. (There is a great resource here about the history of New West street names if you are looking for more historical information about streets.)

Take,  for example, one of the little streets in my ‘hood – Shaw Street. Not only does it serve as the back alley entrance to the parkade built facing the parallel Mowat Street, but there they are, a handful (5, to be exact, according to the city’s handy online GIS) of random happy little homes facing into the alley-esque street. 

Anoter example is Uptown, on Bent Court, where not only is it a weird little T- shaped “street”, but inexplicably, it has a single home whose civic address is 4XX Bent Court while all the others are in the 6XX block. And there are only 5 addresses on the whole “street”.



How about Prescott Street? Only one civic address exists on Prescott. Back in the day when I was attending Douglas College (Grad 97, baby! Woo!) I lived in the attic of an old house on Walmsley Street, with a whopping two addresses!  The possibilities are endless. This is one of those things that I try and explain to friends and family who don’t live here and they just scrunch up their faces, raise their eyebrows, and carefully say “Oh, yeah. That’s interesting”, when clearly, they don’t find it as interesting as I do.

What about it, New Westies and ex-pats? Anyone have any great examples of weird named alley-streets?

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