METRO AND BEYOND
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Politicians With Vision - Thank you for Sharing Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart (17-09-17)
"Amazing artifacts from the 100-year history of Riverview Hospital are being preserved. Some of Council along with some city staff had the opportunity this past week of touring through some of the Riverview artifacts collection that is currently being processed by a team of professional archivists. Some truly remarkable and invaluable pieces of history.
Some time ago, Council approved the hiring of an archivist team, Shared Solutions, to evaluate, sort, clean, protect and catalogue the large number of items recovered from Riverview Hospital.
My colleague Terry O'Neill is typically quicker with the posts than I, so he posted photos last week. I'm finally posting the photos I took that day, to complement the ones he took and posted, which are here
To quote from Terry's explanation: "A spokesperson for the [archival] company told us that she and her coworkers have been astonished by the depth of the collection, which is unparalleled in its uniqueness. Good to hear! When the work is finished, those artifacts worth saving will be put back into storage awaiting a future council decision to put them on permanent display. In the meantime, we are hoping that smaller, portable displays (such as last year's "suitcase project") can be organized."
Thank you Terry, Craig Hodge, and my other colleagues, for supporting the protection of this unique part of our history."
Courtesy of Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart
August 9, 2017
CONTINUED AIR QUALITY ADVISORY - UPDATE
Metro Vancouver is continuing an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter that are expected to persist until there is a change in the weather. Air quality continues to be affected by the current weather pattern over the B.C. Coast, which has caused outflow winds to transport smoke from wildfires burning in the B.C. Interior towards our region. Smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes.
Concentrations of ground-level ozone are also now expected to reach advisory levels in eastern parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley due to hot weather conditions.
Ground-level ozone is not emitted directly into the air. It is formed when nitrogen oxides (pollutants emitted when fuels are burned) and volatile organic compounds (emitted from solvents) react in the air in the presence of sunlight. The highest levels of ground-level ozone are generally observed between mid-afternoon and early evening on summer days.
Fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres (µm) or less. PM2.5 can easily penetrate indoors because of their small size.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities, particularly during mid-afternoon and early evening when ozone levels are highest. Exposure to ozone and fine particulate matter is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or asthma. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow the advice of your healthcare provider. As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.
This advisory is expected to continue until there is a change in the current weather.
Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment to look after air quality.
Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at www.airmap.ca and www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.
Our Drinking Water – A Shared Resource (16-01-17)
On Monday, Jan 16 at the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody, Metro Vancouver held a Public Meeting on the sustainability of our drinking water. Metro Vancouver is updating the region-wide Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) that regulates how residents, businesses and local governments use drinking water in the summer months or during periods of water shortages.
The meeting was officiated by the Chair of the Metro Utilities Committee, North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussato. Stan Woods of Metro's Water Services Policy Planning, and Forest Smith, Director of Engineering for Pitt Meadow 'The Natural Place', were panel contributors.
Stan Woods presented the background. The 2.2 million residents of Metro Vancouver get their drinking water from three sources of drinking water. The overall objective of the Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) is to reduce consumption of water during the high use summer period and smooth out high peak periods.
The WSRPproposes a number of changes to current operations.
- Stage One will start two weeks early on May 1st.
- Lawn watering will change from three to two times a week.
- Watering of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees by hand will be confined to the morning.
- Sports fields will be watered from 7 pm until 9 am.
- Golf courses will be encouraged to work on conservation with municipalities
- Car washes will be restricted to recirculated and high pressure washing in Stage Three
- Topping up will be allowed in hotel pools and hot tubs.
Forest Smith, Director of Engineering for Pitt Meadows, said that municipalities want consistency for planning purposes. He also encouraged Metro to continue to provide material for public education. He hoped that neighbouring municipalities could co-operate on the distribution of discounted rain barrels, bags, and the like.
Discussions went to the desirability of eventually having meters for all water. People introduced topics from water conservation through alternative ground cover, drip irrigation, neighbour's lawn watering complaints, agriculture uses, and the maintenance of water infrastructure. The importance of First Nations consultations on the WSRP was stated.
BC Assessment has released the 2016 e-value Property Assessments. (02-01-17) To check out your Anmore property assessment Click Here
Metro Vancouver Seeks Changes to Provincial Property Taxes and Home Owner Grant Allocation
Metro Vancouver will encourage the provincial parties in the spring of 2017 to make changes to the Home Owner Grant and tax allocation program in order to provide a more fair and equitable system of property taxation in B.C. http://www.metrovancouver.org/media-room/media-releases/board-information/456/metro-vancouver-seeks-changes-to-provincial-property-taxes-and-home-owner-grant-allocation
WE LOVE WATER REGIONAL WATER CONSERVATION CAMPAIGN SHIFTS INDOORS (01-11-16)
With the coming of autumn and the lifting of lawn sprinkling regulations, Metro Vancouver’s We Love Water campaign shifts its focus to reducing indoor water use. It’s easy to underestimate how much water is wasted when taking long showers, leaving taps running or running half full loads of laundry and dishes instead of full loads.
The We Love Water indoor campaign’s message is simple: using water wisely is the right thing to do all year round, and small actions really do add up.
- Turning off the tap while brushing teeth for two minutes, twice a day can save close to 700 litres of drinking water each month
- Cutting two minutes off your daily shower saves over 460 litres a month
- Running full washing machines or dishwasher loads maximizes the appliance’s water efficiency
Along with improved transmission and increased supply, water conservation is a major component of Metro Vancouver’s plan for ensuring there will be sufficient world-class treated drinking water for generations to come.
“With the population growing by over 35,000 people each year, and the effects of climate change, conserving water every day is the right thing to do,” said Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee. “Conservation initiatives pay off big time, especially when you consider the deferred capital costs of infrastῲucture projects like new dams and reservoirs.
Growth driven projects account for approximately half of Metro Vancouver’s $3 billion long range capital plan for Water Services. Metro Vancouver has spent close to $1 billion on water treatment upgrades over the past decade, and is investing close to $1 billion on seismic upgrades over the coming decade.
“We Love Water evokes pride for the region’s protected and vital water resource while encouraging residents to show their appreciation by consuming it wisely,” added Greg Moore, Metro Vancouver Board Chair. “By using less, and caring a little more, we can all make a difference when it comes to our most precious resource.”
On welovewater.ca, residents can find shareable ‘waterwise’ tips for inside and outside the home. Social media users are encouraged to contribute to an online gallery showcasing their love of water via Twitter and Instagram hashtags #welovewaterMV and #waterwise.
The campaign will have a presence on television, social media and at fitness facilities throughout the region where we know from research that people tend to shower longer in public facilities and dormitories than they would at home.
The welovewater.ca website will continue to offer water saving tips.
Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.
JOIN THE METRO VANCOUVER SMART DRIVE CHALLENGE STUDY TO SAVE FUEL AND MONEY (16-08-16)
Metro Vancouver is recruiting 200 drivers for a seven-week driving study to reduce fuel consumption, save money and cut air emissions.
The Metro Vancouver Smart Drive Challenge aims to get drivers to use 15 percent less fuel through efficient driving techniques and feedback from a 'smart' device connected to the vehicle's computer. The wireless device tracks anonymized fuel consumption and vehicle movement information which is displayed daily on an online dashboard.
For the first three weeks, participants will drive normally while the device collects baseline data. Then, participants will watch a 30 minute online training course and during the last three weeks of the study, participants will endeavour to apply efficient driving techniques to reduce fuel consumption.
"Personal transportation is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and degraded urban air quality," said Derek Corrigan, Chair of Metro Vancouver's Climate Action Committee. "Studies like this are an important part of meeting our greenhouse gas reductions targets of 33% below 2007 levels by 2020 and 80% below 2007 levels by 2050."
The goal of the study is to better understand the effectiveness of training and feedback in helping drivers reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Following the study, results will be analysed and used as a basis for developing future programs.
"Everyone can help make air quality better within our region," added Greg Moore, Chair of Metro Vancouver. "We hope that giving people better feedback about their driving will help them make choices on the road that contribute towards sustainable transportation goals."
How the Smart Drive Challenge Works
- Apply between August 15 and September 30 (participation is free)
- Connect 'smart' device to your vehicle's on-board diagnostics port
- Drive normally for three weeks to establish baseline data
- Complete online Smart Drive Training Course (approximately 30 minutes)
- Apply efficient driving techniques for three weeks
- Track daily progress via online dashboard or email notification, comparing how you do to other anonymous participants
- Valid "Class 5" license or better
Summer Has Finally Arrived in Vancouver (24-07-16)
Home Owner Grant | BC Government | Information and Claiming
Government of British Columbia Home Owner Grant Information
The home owner grant reduces the amount of property tax you pay for your principal residence. The content is available HERE or at the short URL: gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant . The grant is available to homeowners that pay property taxes to a municipality or to the province if they live in a rural area. If you pay your property taxes to a First Nations, contact the First Nations directly. Anmore Mayor John McEwen shared a presentation at GVWD BOARD MEETING, MAY 27 - Water Source Supply Model and WSRP STAGE ACTIVATION PROCESS Click Here
Metro Vancouver - Never Flush Wipes Campaign (27-04-16)
Metro Vancouver 2016 Regional Wipes Campaign Project - Why not wipes? Watch the video to find out. http://bcove.me/sv6us7df Unlike toilet paper, wipes don’t easily break down when flushed, even the ones labelled “flushable”. As they travel through the sewer system, wipes can clog sewer lines, pumps and even your own pipes. This can cause backed up pipes, flooded basements and sewage spills into our environment. No one needs to see that! For more information, please visit http://www.neverflushwipes.ca
Census of Population Program (24-04-16)
The next Census of Population will take place in May 2016.
Starting May 2, 2016, Statistics Canada will send census letters and packages to all Canadian households.You can complete your census questionnaire online or on paper. To read more Click Here Evergreen Line project on track for 2017 opening New SkyTrain line will be completed in early 2017 and connect Port Moody, Coquitlam and Burnaby to Vancouver Click Here
Extended Season and Increased Fines
Be Informed About Metro Vancouver 2016 Water Regulations (19-04-16). Click Here
The Tulips are Peaking (17-04-16)
From our homes in Anmore, it is just a short drive to the glorious displays of Spring tulips in Aldergrove/Abbotsford and at La Conner near Burlington in Washington State. National Geographic ranks La Conner in the top ten places in the United States to visit in the Spring. Although the tulip festivals are planned from April 1 to April 30, the tulips are peaking now. The season started two weeks early because of the mild weather, so please check with the organizers before visiting the fields.
Analysis of Public Feedback on the Preferred Uses of the Riverview Hospital facility by Dr. Elaine Gould (15-02-16) Click Here
Claiming your Home Owner Grant (12-02-15)
Government of British Columbia Home Owner Grant Information BC Assessments Say Greater Vancouver Property Assessments are in the Mail (04-01-16) Click Here. You can find the BC Assessment e-value of your property, compare neighbouring properties, and compare recent sales and assessment values (04-01-16). Anmore and Belcarra are in the North Fraser area. Click Here
Introducing Winter Air Quality Bulletins in Metro Vancouver (30-11-15)
During cooler months, calm and stable weather conditions can trap air
pollutants close to the ground. For example, air quality may become poor
prevents the dispersion of pollutants from neighbourhood emission
sources like residential woodstoves and fireplaces, backyard burning and
other open burning activities. Wood smoke contains chemicals and
microscopic particles that can cause or aggravate
health problems. This winter, Metro Vancouver is
piloting a new air quality bulletin system to let residents know when
air quality may degrade within communities. Bulletins will identify
which municipalities may be affected and provide advice about how to
prevent the build-up of air pollutants when there is a concern, such as:
air quality bulletins will be posted on metrovancouver.org, and our
social media channels. Metro Vancouver is also working with our
partners at the Ministry of Environment and the Fraser Valley Regional
District to implement this approach throughout our shared airshed. The
new bulletin system will supplement the existing air quality advisory
service which is typically used during the summer months when smog or
wildfire smoke can degrade air quality throughout large portions of our
- Avoid lighting fires and using wood stoves or fireplaces unless they are a household’s main source of heat.
- Minimize smoke emissions by:
- Burning only clean, seasoned wood
- Building small, hot fires and avoiding smouldering
- Getting chimneys inspected and swept regularly
- Exchanging older wood-burning devices for cleaner-burning and more efficient models through
Metro Vancouver’s Wood Stove Exchange Program
The Grouse Grind hiking trail is now closed. (19-11-15)
The trail is subject to unpredictable and rapidly changing hazardous mountain conditions including:
· Snow, ice and slippery conditions in steep terrain
· Falling debris
· High winds
Metro Vancouver thanks residents for respecting the seasonal Grouse Grind closure and for staying off the trail until it's reopened in the spring.
Ignoring the trail closure puts hikers and emergency responders at risk. Continued use during the closure causes trail erosion and damage, delaying the spring opening.
Each year, approximately 500,000 people hike the steep and mountainous three kilometre trail that begins at 300-metres elevation at the base of the Grouse Mountain and climbs to 1,100 metres. The trail is often called Mother Nature's Stairmaster.
SECOND ANNUAL METRO VANCOUVER REGIONAL PARKS ECOBLITZ (15-10-15)
LEND A HAND TO YOUR FAVOURITE REGIONAL PARK
If you’ve ever wanted to do something to give back to our regional parks, EcoBlitz is the perfect opportunity.
Every day, thousands of people walk, run, go for a bike or horse ride, and enjoy nature in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks and Greenways. These natural areas are also critical habitat for a wealth of wildlife from butterflies to salamanders, and bald eagles to mountain goats. And, our regional parks also provide benefits like clean air and water, and ecosystems services that we all depend on.
“We are so fortunate to have a wealth of nature in our region, and EcoBlitz was designed to offer fun, community-building experiences that will help to care for the ecological health of our regional parks, and make them even better places to visit and to retain their vibrancy for future generations,” said Heather Deal, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks Committee.
The second annual EcoBlitz features 23 events in 10 regional parks throughout Metro Vancouver from October 17th to 25th. Some of the events at which park lovers can lend a helping hand include:
· Saturday, Oct. 17, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver: Plant native trees and shrubs to restore valuable habitat where invasive species have been removed.
· Saturday, Oct. 17, Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley: Help create a pollinator meadow where butterflies and bumblebees can flourish.
· Sunday, Oct. 18, Burnaby Lake Regional Park: Help remove one of the last remaining patches of smothering ivy from the forest along the Brunette River.
Work parties will take place in these 10 regional parks: Aldergrove, Burnaby Lake, Campbell Valley in Langley, Crippen on Bowen Island, Iona Beach in Richmond, Kanaka Creek in Maple Ridge, Minnkehada in Coquitlam, Pacific Spirit in Vancouver, Surrey Bend and Tynehead in Surrey.
Local communities are committed to caring for Metro Vancouver’s regional parks, and volunteers augment the work of park staff by contributing their time and expertise. Last year, 4,700 volunteers provided close to 14,000 hours of their time to environmental stewardship in regional parks across Metro Vancouver.
Vancouver is going to get pounded this weekend (07-10-15)
A large weather system is about to penetrate the west coast of Canada after pushing through Hawaii this week. Hurricane Oho is expected to move north-east through the Pacific while softening off before hitting the northern B.C. coast, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. Click Here Legalizing cannabis would bring billions in tax, new jobs (07-10-15) Click Here
Thank you to the Metro Vancouver Biking Community
Thousands of bikers ride for the kids in the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau Toy Run on Sunday October 5, 2015. The bikers went from the Coquitlam Centre at 9:30 to the PNE. Thousands of unwrapped toys, money, and good clothing were generously donated.
METRO VANCOUVER PARKLAND PURCHASE PROTECTS MORE NATURAL AREAS IN KANAKA CREEK REGIONAL PARK
The latest Metro Vancouver land acquisition for Kanaka Creek Regional Park means the park located in Maple Ridge now protects even more rare and sensitive natural areas. (17/09/2015)
The 13.53 ha (33.43 acre) acquisition incorporates older second-growth forest laced with creeks and wetlands, which advances the mandate of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to protect the region’s important natural areas. It also provides opportunities for people to connect with, enjoy, and learn about the natural environment around us.
Forest Floor, Kanaka Creek Regional Park Addition
“This was a wonderful opportunity to obtain one of those increasingly rare parcels of land in our rapidly developing region to conserve a diverse ecosystem as part of our regional park system,” said Heather Deal, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks Committee.
This acquisition incorporates an existing equestrian trail network linking the west end of Ferguson Avenue to the east end of Grant Avenue in Maple Ridge. The new parkland also protects one of the last remaining natural terrestrial wildlife corridor connections between Kanaka Creek and Grant Hill.
Kanaka Creek Regional Park is 430 hectares, incorporating some 12 kilometres of Kanaka Creek. The new parkland features diverse older second-growth forest interspersed with towering Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, and moss-draped Western red cedar, some more than 250 years old. The park also features small interconnected wetlands that store water for gradual release into Kanaka Creek, which improves the quality and quantity of water for aquatic life. A significant portion of the Chadsey Creek drainage is also located within the new parkland.
“Kanaka Creek Regional Park was already a jewel of Maple Ridge, and the forested land, creeks, and wetlands included in this land acquisition make it even more so for local residents and those throughout our region,” said Maple Ridge Mayor and Metro Vancouver Board Director Nicole Read.
The properties were in private ownership for many years and were acquired by Metro Vancouver for $755,000 before taxes through the Heritage Parkland Acquisition Fund.
Kanaka Creek was selected to be a Regional Park in 1966, and land assembly began in 1972. Its varied landscape features Fraser River frontage, spectacular sandstone canyons, waterfalls, and iconic west coast forests.
Favourite activities in the park include walking and horseback riding along a network of trails, and attending programs at the Bell-Irving Hatchery.
In 2014, Kanaka Creek Regional Park welcomed over 365,000 visitors.
Metro Vancouver downgrades water restrictions to Stage 2 level (09-09-15) Click Here
Metro Vancouver Update on Stage 3 Water Restrictions
After the recent rainstorm, Metro Vancouver has provided an update on the water restrictions: We’re still in Stage 3 of the Water Shortage Response Plan, but the recent weather has had a positive effect on our reservoir levels. As of Monday, August 31, our three reservoirs are at 60% of their maximum storage capacity and within the normal range. Additional monitoring and modelling will be performed over the week and revised guidance may follow the Labour Day weekend.
Metro Reservoirs are Filling Up!
Metro Vancouver's reservoir levels have spiked back to normal after the weekend's storm. (02-09-15) Click Here Stanley Park named ‘top park in the entire world’ (13-08-15) Click Here
Take Pride in Everything You Are!
This all happened at the Pride celebrations on Sunday with the Solar Bear from The Great Climate Race. Here is a fun way to show your support for The Great Climate Race and potentially win free registration. Do you have an imagination? A sense of humour? a printer and/or a marker? Friends who support you? Wanna help make climate change solutions a reality right here at home? (03-08-15) (Photos courtesy Ben West) Click Here
Vietnamese Canadian community mourns Flora MacDonald's passing
"It is with deepest sorrow that we learned of Ms. Flora MacDonald's passing on Sunday, July 26. During her tenure as Secretary of State for External Affairs, she did so much to rescue tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees who were stranded in Southeast Asia in the late 70's and early 80's", said Dong Tran, Secretary General of the Vietnamese Canadian Federation, himself one of the former Vietnamese boat people currently living in Canada. To link to the press release from the Vietnamese Canadian community (30-07-15) Click Here
37th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade - Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
The 2015 Vancouver Pride Parade Theme is here! This year, the theme of Gender Superheroes was selected for our annual celebrations. Gender Superheroes reflects the diversity of our community, and the need for people to have role models that reflect and inspire. Growing up, who inspired you to be Proud—was it a fabulous superhero, an out family member, an LGBTQ2+ icon? Be that hero this Pride, and inspire new generations to come out and be Proud. To read more Click Here
Anmore Votes 'NO'
Results in the Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite are in. The 'NO' vote to the .5% sales tax increase to pay for transit has a very clear victory at 62% of the vote. Only Belcarra (47.85%) , Bowen Island, and Electoral District A voted in favour of the sales tax increase proposal. 62.1% of Anmore voters, 57.39% of Port Moody voters, and 61.68% of Metro Vancouver voters cast a vote for the 'No' side. Results in the Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite are set to be released shortly. Here's how the results might unfold. (28-06-15) Click Here Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park 30 FREE things to do in Vancouver this summer (18-06-15) Click Here Vancouver has been ranked the 7th most livable city in the world and North America's most livable, according to Monocle magazine. Last year, we were ranked 15th. (11-06-15) See the full list...Click Here 50 Free Campsites in British Columbia (27-05-15) Click Here
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program a Source to Restore the Village Hall? New Federal Program Targets Renewal of Community Facilities (27-05-15)
The federal government has issued a call for applications to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The new fund, managed by Western Diversification, will deliver $46.2 million over two years to communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba for the rehabilitation of existing community facilities. Eligible recipients include local governments and First Nations. The closing date for applications is June 17th, 1:00 pm PST.
Eligible recipients can apply for funding under this program up to a maximum of $500,000. Strong preference will be given to projects that are undertaking meaningful upgrades to existing cultural and community facilities; upgrades that will provide long-term benefits to a community, will be viewed with pride by a community, and are recognized as a lasting legacy from Canada 150. Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported include:
•Community centres (including legions);
•Cultural centres and museums;
•Parks, recreational trails such as fitness trails, bike paths and other types of trails;
•Recreational facilities including local arenas, gymnasia, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts or other types of recreational facilities;
•Other existing community infrastructure for public benefit.
The Government of Canada has made a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the Application Guide available on its website.
(20-05-15) The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has allocated a total of $250,000 towards a one-time funding opportunity to encourage community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province.
Eligible non-profit organizations are invited to apply for up to $5,000 through EventHostBC grants. As long as the broader community can participate, the type of event is fairly open – it could be sports, arts or culture related, or some other creative idea supported by the community. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis and distributed throughout BC’s six provincial tourism regions.
This initiative will provide a stimulus for new events and will assist existing events that are currently ineligible for other provincial government funding.
Deadline: Applications will only be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on June 30, 2015.
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April 29, 2015
ENHANCED TRANSIT IMPROVES HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
While Metro Vancouver housing costs are widely cited as among the most expensive in Canada, those costs alone are not what most often break a household’s budget, says a new study.
The Metro Vancouver study adds the costs of housing and transportation to provide a more-complete picture and to broaden the definition of housing affordability.
“This study clearly shows that living in proximity to rapid transit offsets housing costs,” said Director Richard Stewart, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Housing Committee.
“People who live farther from transit have higher car-related expenses that negate some of the savings they might gain from lower house prices,” he added. Surprisingly, the report reveals that housing affordability varies little across the Metro Vancouver region.
“Some people opt to live in areas where housing prices are lower, often in areas outside or at a significant distance from the regional employment core and the regional transit system,” said Director Richard Walton, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning Committee. “These residents, therefore, mostly rely on cars for commuting to work and other daily needs, which can significantly increase their living costs,” he added.
The report focuses on renters and home owners with particular attention to households earning less than $75,000 a year.
“This study shows that low- and moderate-income households bear grossly disproportionate cost burdens,” said Director Walton. “Renters making under $50,000 a year face housing and transportation costs as high as 67 per cent of their pre-tax income, leaving them with little left for expenses including food, recreation, and child care.”
High housing and transportation costs also make Metro Vancouver less competitive in attracting employees compared to other regions like Calgary and Ottawa where average monthly housing costs are generally lower, he noted.
“The Mayors’ 10-year-plan, Regional Transportation Investments: A Vision for Metro Vancouver, supports expanding the reach of our region’s Frequent Transit Network, and that will help households be less car-dependent,” said Chair Moore.
“The bottom line is that one of the most significant opportunities to improve housing affordability is to expand the Frequent Transit Network through the region,” he said.
The study will be received by the Metro Vancouver Board on May 15 with a recommendation to share the report with the federal and provincial governments, Metro Vancouver municipalities, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, TransLink, the BC Non-Profit Housing Assoc., and the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition.
What a wonderful central location for Anmore, Belcarra, and Port Moody!
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Port Moody Winter Farmers Market - April Newsletter
Port Moody Recreation Centre 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
Celebration of Light 2015 participating countries - This year’s participating countries are China (July 25), Brazil (July 29) and Canada (August 1). Click Here
Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay Sets the Record Straight on Skytrain
"Over a nice bowl of ice cream last night, my dad says "I voted yes. but Translnk sure needs to do something about those skytrain breakdowns." I love my dear Dad, and its sad to see him a victim of media hype, most notably on the two incidents last year where passengers left the train to walk the tracks. So, I provide him with this reality:
- In the last five years, a grand total of 25 trips were delayed more than an hour, and another 57 were delayed between a half hour to an hour. That figure includes not only mechanical failures but customer-related problems like medical emergencies, suicides, police-related incidents, etc.
- So far this year, there have been no delays over a half hour.
- The total number of scheduled trips in those five years: 1,272,371 - .006% of trips delayed.. including medical and police emergencies.
- I doubt there is any agency anywhere with equivalent performance record." (Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay)
Anmore's Iten Girls are Champs!
BC Aquasonics are provincials champions winning gold in junior team and combo. (28-03-15) Click Here Reid Maxwell, the lead drummer for the SFU Pipe Band, is honoured by British Columbia. “.. Simon Fraser University Pipe Band had that magical run,” said Maxwell referring to SFU’s world champion wins in 1995, ‘96, ‘99 and 2001 (the band also won in 2008 and 2009). To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here Vancouver ranked most liveable city in North America for 2015 (16-03-15) Click Here
The Transit Question: How Leaders Will Vote (10-03-15)
Next week, Metro Vancouver residents begin voting in a pivotal plebiscite that asks if they’re willing to pay a 0.5-per-cent sales tax for transit and road improvements over the next decade. Mayors are urging residents to vote Yes and support the $7.5-billion plan. But the results are far from decided, as Langara College journalism students found in compiling this graphic. How will your municipal leaders vote? What do they think of the plebiscite? Use the filter or click on the images or positions to find out. The answers may surprise you.To link to article by Tyee Staff Click Here 6 reasons to vote No in the transit plebiscite - If you’re stuck on the fence and don’t know which way to cast your vote, here are six reasons to vote No in the upcoming transit plebiscite.Click Here Saying "Yes" to transit referendum may increase your salary - The study highlighted the wider economic cost of congestion in the city, an issue that could be cut by 33 to 40 per cent if residents vote “yes” in this spring’s transit referendum Click Here Rare look inside abandoned McBarge floating restaurant (VIDEO) Click Here NO Vote: Tran$Link wants to impose a 0.5% sales tax across the Lower Mainland! Click Here New Analysis Show “Yes” Vote for the Mayors’ Plan Will Put Money Back in the Pockets of Families Click Here
Pink Shirt Day at Canada Place (25-02-15)
What a weekend! National and Grand Champs for VAS Blizzard in Tacoma!! (22-02-15)
Ravens roll to league playoff title - The growing rivalry between the Heritage Woods Kodiaks and Terry Fox Ravens added a new layer Saturday (18-02-15) To link to the Tri-city NOW article Click Here
Mugging Metro Mayors! (15-02-15)
Anmore Mayor McEwen is at the back beside Vancouver Mayor Robertson. Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew, Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart, and Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay (From left to right in front of him). Delays in Evergreen - Completion for Evergreen Line pushed back to fall 2016. B.C.'s government has announced that the opening of the new SkyTrain line will be pushed back to fall 2016 (15-02-15) Click Here Only in Canada, you say! Dashing Thru the Snow - Amazing video of CN Train 406 West at Salisbury, NB on Feb 3, 2015. (09-02-15) Click Here As the mayors of Canada's 19 biggest municipalities met to discuss pressing urban issues such as transit, infrastructure, and housing, MP Fin Donnelly challenged the Conservatives to support large urban centres with the investments they need from the Federal government. To link to the Honourable Mr. Donnelly speaking in Parliament (05-02-15) Click Here How do we stand? SD-43 Superintendant's Report on Student Achievement (03-02-15) Click Here Congratulations to Ruben's Shoes founder Kelly for taking home the Community Spirit Award at the @tricitieschamber Business Excellence Awards! Thank you to all of YOU who helped make this possible for Ruben's Shoes. (03-02-15)
The Loving February Edition of the Belcarra Barnacle is out. (02-02-15)
Some the highlights include: a loving remembrance for longtime Belcarra community pillar, George McRae; things to do, including for the February 20th ProD Day; some lovely colour photos; the Spring recruitment announcement for the SVFD; and several interesting letters to the editor. Thank you to all of the Belcarra Barnacle volunteers, especially Editor Michele Montico, for sharing your news with your neighbours in Anmore! To link Click Here
Burrard Thermal closure
Port Moody plans to fight Burrard Thermal closure. (29-01-15) To link to the Coquitlam NOW article Click Here
Thanks for the Boil Water Memories - Not! (28-01-15)
Winnipeg under boil water advisory after bacteria detected. Click Here. In September/October 2013 Anmore had a Boil Water Advisory. On April 8, 2014, Anmore Council voted to award the contract to develop a Water Utility Master Plan to Opus Dayton Knight for $87,444. Ten months later, the Council has not yet publicly received this report. The BC Ministry of Health, with support of the regional health authorities, has prepared three draft guidance documents related to the delivery of potable water in the province, as part of the Ministry's Drinking Water Program. To link to these documents Click Here
Port Mann Bridge Time Lapse (25-01-15)
At 10 lanes, the Port Mann is the widest bridge in the world, crossing the Fraser River and connecting the communities of Coquitlam and Surrey. It took four years to build, but you can watch it take form in less than two minutes. To link to Youtube video Click Here Letter from New SD-43 Superintendent Patricia Gartland (25-01-15) Click Here Heritage Woods High School Kodiaks continue climb up BC charts. To link to the article in the Tri-city NOW (22-01-15) Click Here
Condolences to the family of George McRae, long-time pillar of the Belcarra community (18-01-15)
Both the Vancouver Sun and the Province report the sad passing of George McRae, long-time pillar of the Belcarra community. The following is the Obituary from the Sunday, January 18, 2015 Vancouver Province.
"Big. That's a word we all seem to be saying as we remember George McRae… big laugh, big heart, and a gigantic presence amongst family, friends and neighbours. The void that George leaves as a result of his passing on January 13, 2015 due to a short bout with cancer will be very hard to overcome for all who knew him.
He may be best remembered for his big, booming laugh, which echoed far and wide –across work sites and campsites, hockey rinks and boat docks. It was the final note on so many conversations and stories, and made him the ideal Santa Claus – a role he dearly loved to play.
George also loved to be involved in a project or making improvements of any kind, many of which took place in his beloved waterfront community of Belcarra, where he became well known as a man you could count on.
As someone who put his shoulder into every job, George was the commander of many a Reid Island work detail, happily teaching kids the finer points of stacking wood. His skills as a canoeist and camp cook made him a perfect fit for the volunteer group "Pulling Together", an organization working to build partnerships amongst First Nations Communities and the public service along BC's coast. It was a project he was extremely proud to be a part of.
"Gramps" to Geordana, Tyler and Dawson, George was also particularly proud of his grandkids, and was a fixture at many of their events, where he was a very effective one-man cheering section, his big voice easily heard above the crowd.
Born and raised in Port Alberni along with his sister Diane and brother Ken, George moved to Vancouver as a young man where he met his wife Pat. They were married 52 years, most of which were spent at their home in Belcarra. There, they raised daughters Carey and Tracey as George skippered tugboats for many years on the Fraser River and later dedicated his time and considerable energy to his work with the IWA.
This past month, George met with as many of his wide circle of friends and family as he could, shaking hands, swapping old stories and showing all of us what true bravery looks like. He loved fishing and golfing with friends including Rob, his favourite son-in-law. He loved bucking up firewood, wearing bad hats, flipping pancakes and shooting the breeze with his car club over his perfectly restored 1930 Model A on Saturday mornings. He loved his wife, he loved his family, he loved his friends, and he loved his community.
He left this world a better place for having been a part of it. He was a very big man indeed. Donations to Pulling Together Canoe Society or to Port Moody Heritage Society (Ioco Ghost Town Days)."
Good-bye George. Your family, and friends in the Villages, will greatly miss you. Thank you for everything.
What could Riverview look like in the future? Soon Riverview could be utilized for more than just haunting film sets and dog walking. BC Housing is mid-way through a public consultation process to help determine what lays in store for the landmark 244-acre Coquitlam property. (11-01-15) Click Here
More Transit service for Metro Vanouver (08-01-15)
Courtesy Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay
What does expansion of B-Line service mean? It means adding 11 new routes, 159 new buses, and an additional 200km of service.
North Fraser 2015 Assessment Roll (07-01-15)
North Fraser Deputy Assessor Niko Papoutsakis discusses the 2015 Assessment Roll for the Metro Vancouver North Fraser region of British Columbia. January 2, 2015. Click Here Report on Property Values (Tri-city News) 07-01-15 Click Here SD43 grad rates among the highest in B.C. - "According to the Ministry of Education’s six-year student completion rate, School District 43 was one of only five districts in the province to have a rate higher than 90 per cent." To link to the full article in the NOW News Click Here
Polar Bears and Penguins -
Anmore Residents Go for a New Years Day Swim (05-01-15)
Port Moody Penguin Swim
Jordan Birch in his ugly Christmas sweater toque
Do you see Dave McCloskey?
|A Little History: In 1982, Ian Kerr and Roy Jensen started the Penguin Swim at the Rocky Point boat launch. They were the only 2 participants. This is footage from 1988, the first year the Penguin Swim was organized by the Pleasantside Community Association and the City of Port Moody. Prior to 1988, it was just Ian, Roy and friends showing up for the annual dip. Click Here
Today is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day in Anmore!
Join Anmore's Dave McCloskey (thumbs up) and Jordan Birch (second from right) in celebrating Ugly Christmas Sweater Day today in Anmore. The Province and many BC municipalities have proclaimed December 19, 2014 as Ugly Sweater Day in support of the Children's Wish Foundation.
Crowds greeted the Canadian Pacific Christmas Train at 5:00 on Thursday December 18, 2014, as it rolled into Port Moody, just behind the Rec Centre. Lots of activities for kids big and small, great entertainment and raising money and food for SHARE food bank!
Coquitlam Councillor Chris Wilson reports that the Tri-Cities News is being sold to Glacier Media that
owns The Tricities Now, effective Mar 2, 2015. "Black Press is selling
the Tri-City News, Burnaby New West Newsleader and the Richmond Review
to Glacier Media". (18-12-14)To read more Click Here
School District 43 Trustee Pay Increases (16-12-14)
"According to the latest Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) report for the 2013/’14 school year, Tri-City trustees earned $38,449, with former board chair and PoMo trustee Melissa Hyndes earning $42,294". To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here
Get Ugly! Grant Wishes! (14-12-14)
Funds raised are in support of the Children's Wish Foundation Click Here.
"NOW THAT'S UGLY" Sweater Dash was held on Saturday December 13th. Anmore Council has proclaimed December 19, 2014 as Ugly Sweater Day. Proceeds go to the Children's wish Foundation.
21 things to do in Vancouver this week (09-12-14) Click Here
Flash Mob: The U.S. Air Force Band at the Smithsonian (08-12-14)
Another amazing USA Air Force Christmas flash mob n the floor of the National Air and Space Museum's "Milestones of Flight" gallery. The U.S. Air Force Band exhilarated museum visitors with its second annual flash mob. Click Here
Carolong - December 7, 2014 - West Vancouver United Church
Pacific Spirit Choir, Pacific Spirit Children's Choir, & Pacific Spirit Brass Ensemble
Everyone was a diva as the public, a number from Anmore, joined the choirs and brass ensemble in singing tributes to the Christmas season.The voices of Dr. Christopher Sedergreen and Ms Trudy Schneider of Anmore joined the rest of the Pacific Spirit Choir in heralding the birth of the Christ child. It was a lovely afternoon. Thank you.
16 Useful Travel Websites You Probably Didn’t Know About
Terry Fox Day!
The Terry Fox Day Act received Royal Assent. Every second Sunday following Labour Day in BC will be Terry Fox Day in perpetuity. A fitting tribute to our local hero. (01-12-14) Click Here WestJet Christmas Miracle: Spirit of Giving - This year we´re bringing a snowy Canadian Christmas to a community in the Dominican Republic. Learn more - WestJet Christmas Miracle 2014: Why We Did It: (01-12-14) Click Here
December Belcarra Barnacle (30-11-14)
Barnacle Editor Michelle Montico cordially invites you to read the December issue of the Belcarra Barnacle. Click Here Cycling Dutch Girl! One Life, Two Wheels. (30-11-14) To join this adventuresome visitor to beautiful British Columbia Click Here 10 holiday fundraising events spreading the love this Christmas (25-11-14) Click Here Please SHARE! (24-11-14) "Last year, 1,168 hampers were delivered during the Christmas period and this year the non-profit agency that runs the food banks in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody expects to pack over 1,300." To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here
Join Anmore/Belcarra's New School Trustee
School District 43 Board Meeting (Inaugural meeting)
12/9/2014 7:00 PM 550 Poirier St., Coquitlam, 604-939-9201
ELECTION 2014: Big issues facing trustees, outgoing board chair says. "The inaugural meeting for the new School District 43 board of education is not until Dec. 9, and with only three incumbents back on the board with six newcomers, the learning curve will be steep, Hyndes said." To link to Tricity News article Click Here