While my list of pie-in-the-sky wishes for our city includes a complete overhaul of our city's animal services*, the reality is any city's animal services department is going to be low on the priority list if the powers that be don't get told it should be a priority. Do you know how municipalities determine how important animal services are? In part, they use the data … [Read more...] about Dog Licensing
With its fenced dog parks, beautiful green spaces, and riverside trails, New Westminster is a pretty good place to be a dog. That is, unless you have the misfortunate to be born with a big head, stocky body and short coat. If you resemble one of the “pit bull” or mastiff breeds targeted under the city’s animal control bylaw, you face a very different kind of lifestyle. New … [Read more...] about Dogs deserve better than breed-specific bans
Maybe you’re tired of paying $6 for free-range eggs (that might not be so free-range), or perhaps you want an unusual backyard inhabitant. Regardless, we seem to be in the age of the urban chicken, though to date it seems to be more talk than action; most backyards in New Westminster seem to be distressingly poultry free. New Westminster, unlike Vancouver, has had a by-law on … [Read more...] about Chickens in New Westminster
This is a guest post by Remo Pistor. Remo grew up in South Burnaby. He moved to the West End of New West in 2003. He’s passionate about the community he lives in and is interested in seeing New West have successful growth in areas such as small business and development while staying true to its heritage and character of its neighbourhoods. Remo is an IT Manager for a small … [Read more...] about Urban Monsters
We have luxuriated in the lovely pine scent of our Christmas tree for the last month, but the time has come to lift the ornaments from its weary branches and pack it off to the annual firefighters' tree-chipping fundraiser on Saturday Jan. 9 & Sunday Jan. 10. from 11-4 in the parking lot at Canada Games Pool. To my toddler, the tree-chipping is a fitting crescendo finish … [Read more...] about Tree-chipping Jan 9 & 10
One year ago, we were facing an epic Vancouver Snowmageddon. This weekend the flurries begin and it's a good reminder to all to prepare for salting and shovel duty on the sidewalks that line your property. Last Christmas, we ranted about the difficulty faced by those in wheelchairs or pushing strollers (and really, anyone at all) to walk our slippery streets when the snow is … [Read more...] about Let it snow … and break out those shovels!