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Whistler supports Incentives for Infill Development and Easy Processes

The Municipality of Whistler recently passed new 'Infill Policy' that supports the development of Incentives and easy processes for the infill group that they have identified in order to get 'uptake'.

Recommendation #5: Infill Housing March 6, 2018
Allow for infill options in existing market neighbourhoods
Infill housing opportunities could add up to 50 new resident dwelling units within existing residential neighbourhoods. Carefully considering increased densification in single family neighbourhoods will help to address the loss of market homes historically more available to locals for rental and ownership and provide the opportunity for existing owners to stay in the community and "age in place", while releasing equity in their homes.

Infill typically occurs on privately-owned land, making Return on Investment (ROI) and ease of developing a key component of the program’s success. Owners typically have a number of options to generate wealth from their property (e.g. sell and downsize) and infill strategies will only be successful if they can compete with these other options...

Anmore Council has identified 35 - 40 one to two acre properties on existing infrastructure for possible development. This could potentially more than double the tax base from these properties and gain additional amenities at minimal cost to the Village. Please respond to the survey if you support such an initiative. Click Here

Stand-Up - Say 'NO' to Bullies' Pink Shirt Day
Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Our Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters Melissa and Amanda help to fight bullying through a Pink Shirt fundraising campaign.

The 'Stand-Up - Say 'NO' to Bullies' Campaign in Canada had its origins in Nova Scotia. “David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”(Globe and Mail)

To read more about the origins of Pink Shirt Day Click Here

Gong hei fat choy (16-02-18)
Grand Palace New Years Dim Sum in Henderson Place

The Chinese New Year of 2018 falls on February 16th (Friday), and the festival will last to March 2nd, about 15 days in total.
Pink T Shirt Day Society Anti-Bullying Campaign
February 28, 2018 Click Here
Amanda K. invites you to get your Pink Shirt from the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Click Here

A Little Rain Can't Stop Vancouver Folks from Having Fun!

Top Canadian Google Searches In 2017
Top Canadian Google Searches In 2017 Include Hurricane Irma, Gord Downie, And Meghan Markle. The list suggests we've had a bit of a tough year, a Google trends expert said. (13-12-17) Click Here

Marijuana Coming to a Store Near You? (05-12-17)
Earlier today, December 5, 2017, the province announced its initial decisions with regard to minimum age, distribution and retail model, each of which reflect Union of British Columbia Municipalities' submission. To link to the Tri-city News as Minister Farnsworth considered the options Click Here

The Union of BC Municipalities called for a hybrid retail model (public and private retailers) that resembles the hybrid provincial liquor retail framework for the legalization of marijuana. Other notable recommendations call on the Province to retain the federal 4 plants per household limit for personal cultivation operations, and to extend existing public tobacco regulations/restrictions to smoking or vaping non-medical cannabis.

            It will be easier to visit the SPCA (16-11-17)
The BC SPCA animal adoption and education centre will move in January from Westwood Street to a strip mall on Barnet Highway. To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here

                          BREAKING NEWS ALERT (08-11-17)
B.C.’s NDP government is delivering on its election promise to freeze B.C. Hydro rates. Hydro rates have gone up by more than 24 per cent in the last four years, and by more than 70 per cent since 2001. (Source: Vancouver Sun) Click Here

Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Protocol (06-11-11) Click Here

McBarge to Float Again! 

Did you ever dine on the only floating fast-food place for many a mile? It received a lot of local and world attention. Then curiously it disappeared from the Expo site for several years only to re-appear in Burrard Inlet, floating just far enough off the shore of Barnett marine park to remain protected from vandalism. It was cleverly located in a little cove visible only by boaters who happened to be passing by closely. Now it looks like it is being reborn.

"Over the years there have been a number stories and proposals whispered about but nothing ever seemed to come of them. Then, one day, once again, it seemed to have vanished.

The McBarge will sail again, but not today.

Inclement weather has stalled the unveiling of the relic ship from Expo 86, which was supposed to host the public for six hours of tours.

'Vancouver’s rugged weather meant 50mm of rain, high winds and the coldest day of the year so far aligned with our date. As an event held in part outdoors, this storm created critical issues around tents, the jet boat safari, protection of displays and other logistics we could not surmount,' said organizers on their website.

A new date will be announced." To link to the full article Click Here

Well Done Port Moody Council - Heritage Stewardship is Very Important!

"Heritage buildings are too costly to maintain" is an urban myth. Port Moody's old and new City Halls are currently undergoing major renovation. Maintenance and costly repairs are needed at intervals whether a building is 20 years old or 100 years old. (24-09-17)

The Village of Anmore Commissioned a $40,000 Re-Branding. Do you think the Village Council got Good Value for Money? This new logo replaces the very popular hummingbird logo.

Anmore's new logo
Anmore's new logo
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Chasing snitches at BC Highland Games in Coquitlam (Tri City News 07-06-17) Click Here

World Environment Day - June 5, 2017

TransLink Summer Service Changes Effective June 26, 2017
"As part of the continued roll out of the 10‐Year Vision, TransLink is adding 24,000 hours of additional bus service that will be implemented on June 26, as part of Summer Service Changes. Highlights of 2017 summer service changes include: Seasonal service to popular summertime destinations like Stanley Park, Lynn Canyon Park, Buntzen Lake and White Rock Beach. TransLink customers can keep well informed of the upcoming service changes." (Source: Anmore website)

Canada Post commemorates local hero Terry Fox with a Canada 150 stamp Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope are recognized in a new Canada 150 stamp that was unveiled last week by the sister of the Port Coquitlam hometown hero. To link to the Tri-city News article (01-06-17) Click Here

Water Restrictions Go into Place May 15, 2017

Lawn Watering Regulations are in effect May 15 to October 15 

For complete details and information, please visit Metro Vancouver’s website at: or view the allowable Residential and Non-Residential Watering Schedule , Anmore Water Shortage Response Plan Bylaw 550-2016 and Tips to Conserve at Home (see bottom of this page).

Water Conservation and Management of Pool & Hot Tubs

Water Conservation and Management of Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs (Spa Water) Usage during Drought Conditions is extremely important. Homeowner's with pools or hot tubs, should refer to the Recommended Guidelines provided by the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada

All Candidates Meeting for the May 9, 2017 BC Provincial Election sponsored by the Tri-city Chamber of Commerce - April 20, 2017

Don Barthel (Green Party), Rick Glumac (New Democratic Party), Linda Reimer (Liberal Party)

The Liberal Party has been in power for 16 years and both the BC NDP and Green Parties made very compelling arguments for change at the All Candidates Meeting, sponsored by the Tri-city Chamber of Commerce, held in the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody on April 20, 2017.

Candidates answered questions from the Chamber of Commerce and those posed on-line, however the moderator Mr. Michael Hine did not get to the questions from the audience in the time allotted.  The questions focused on: supply of affordable housing and the high cost of real estate; Site C dam construction; transit, roads, tunnels and bridges; Kinder Morgan pipeline and increased spill risks to Burrard Inlet; mental health and Riverside Hospital lands; and the development of Natural Resources. Mr. Glumac stressed the importance of further processing our natural resources such as lumber to create more jobs and enhance revenue.

Ms Reimer tried to defend the status quo and got a little testy at times. When she was asked if she would represent her constituents if it required speaking in opposition to the Liberal Party position, she deflected and referred people to Hansard (verbatim legislature records) for examples of Liberal MLAs not going along with the party. Mr. Glumac and Mr. Barthel both committed to first and foremost representing constituents. Mr. Glumac indicated that he has already held four community meetings during this pre-election period to determine constituent perspectives on environment, health care, affordable housing, and transportation priorities.

Each of the candidates were asked for their top three priorities for the new government.

  • Mr. Barthel of the Green Party gave his three top priorities as: 1) Stop Kinder Morgan; 2) Social Housing for Seniors; and 3) Reducing waiting times at Eagle Ridge Hospital.
  • Ms. Reimer said, 1) Jobs; 2) Fixing the road to Royal Columbia Hospital, and 3) Fixing Eagle Ridge Hospital Emergency Department.
  • Mr. Glumac stated that his top three priorities include: 1) Working with the medical professionals at Eagle Ridge Hospital to improve community service, 2) Education, schools, and not selling educational and health assets, like Riverview Lands; and 3) Growing the high tech industry and jobs. He compared the 6% high tech sector in this area to the 20% composition in Washington State.

In closing, Ms. Reimer stated that BC Liberals want to keep taxes low, create jobs, and balance the budget. Both Mr. Glumac and Mr. Barthel challenged the way the Liberals have done these things over their sixteen year tenure. Mr. Glumac indicated that the NDP plans to help finance some of their proposals by taking away the tax advantages to the top 2% BC begun by the Liberals.

Mr. Barthel finished by saying that BC Greens are opposed to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Site C dam, LNG, MSP premiums, and they support investment in education, free childcare and pre-school, the TransLink Mayors' Council, and pilot testing a Basic Guaranteed Income.

The meeting closed with an inspiring commitment by Port Moody two-term Councillor Rick Glumac of the NDP to be "the voice of the people in the Port Moody-Coquitlam riding" by continuing his community dialogues on issues of importance to his constituents, being accessible, working hard, and building opportunities based on his high tech experience and knowledge of the community.

The upcoming British Columbia election for the Port-Moody Coquitlam riding will be held on May 9th. Thank you to all of the candidates willing to serve on our behalf. The full discussion can be found at

Results of the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count Highlights (10-04-17)

Of the 3,605 homeless individuals, 2,573 were considered "sheltered homeless," meaning they were found in shelters, safe houses for youth or transition houses for women. This category also includes individuals with "no fixed address" staying temporarily in hospital beds, jails or detox facilities. Among those, 256 individuals were found in Extreme Weather Response (EWR) shelters.

The count found a total of 378 youth under 25, including 199 children under 19 years of age, 117 of whom were accompanied by their parents. Young people represented 16% of the homeless population in 2017 compared to 20% in 2014, making them the only age group where the count results showed a decrease compared to 2014.

A total of 556 seniors (55 and older) were counted as homeless, compared to 371 in 2014. Seniors represented 23% of the homeless population compared to 18% in 2014. This continues the upward trend of seniors as a growing portion of the homeless population that has been evident since 2008.
The survey also found 607 people who identified as female. Females represent 27% of the homeless population in 2017, which is the same share as in 2014. Twenty-five individuals identified as a non-binary gender, representing 1% of the homeless population.

About the Homeless Count: Held every three years, homeless counts provide a conservative estimate of homelessness over a 24-hour period in Metro Vancouver.

The 2017 count was carried out by BC Non-Profit Housing Association in partnership with M. Thomson Consulting on behalf of Metro Vancouver Community Entity. The count is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), of which Metro Vancouver Regional District is the Community Entity.

On April 9, 2014, the Metro Vancouver Regional District (formerly GVRD) signed an agreement with the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada for the purpose of carrying out the Federal HPS program through to March 31, 2019.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District's role is through a 'flow-through' funding agreement with the Government of Canada for the administration of the HPS, thereby responding to the Community Plan priorities of the peoples who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness in the Metro Vancouver region.

With an annual Designated Communities allocation for Metro Vancouver of $8,221,829, HPS funds are allocated to projects, based on Community Plan priorities and recommendations from the CAB.

Additional funding and in kind support for the 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver has also been provided by the Vancouver Foundation, the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the City of Vancouver, the City of New Westminster, the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee, the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society, Port of Vancouver, Translink, Transit Police, Vancity, Luma's Community Voicemail Program, and Metro Vancouver Regional District.

Local Homelessness Tables, HPS Community Advisory Boards and community partners are instrumental in organizing and conducting Homeless Counts.

About the Metro Vancouver HPS Community Advisory Board (MV CAB): The Metro Vancouver Community Advisory Board (CAB) engages with priority stakeholders to ensure effective policy coordination and implementation of the HPS in the Designated Community of the Metro Vancouver Region. The Metro Vancouver CAB is comprised of people representing various perspectives of the homeless serving community across the region. CAB members give voice to the interests of the homeless population and to the homeless serving community and others working to address homelessness across the region.

About the Aboriginal Community Entity HPS CAB, the Homelessness Steering Committee (AHSC): The vision of the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee is to reduce and prevent Aboriginal homelessness and improve the quality of life for people who are homeless. The Committee was established in September 2000 and includes over 25 members representing Aboriginal service providers and community-based organizations. The Committee agrees that the most effective means of addressing the vision is through Aboriginal best practices and culturally appropriate services.

Check Out the February Belcarra Barnacle

Belcarra Barnacle front cover for February features a photograph submitted by Linda Newcombe

Living Green: Good, sustainable community.
When I studied in SFU’s certificate program in sustainable community development, I quickly learned that I couldn’t advocate for environmental sustainability on its own. (31-01-17) To link to the Tricity News article Click Here

2017 Homeless Count (March 7-8, 2017): Call for Volunteers

This message and information was provided by Diana Dilworth, Manager, Government Relations. BC Non-Profit Housing Association seeking volunteers in our community to help out. It would be great if you would consider volunteering or help to circulate the following call for volunteers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Peer-Daniel Krause, Project Manager with BCNPHA at or by phone at 778.945.2161.

Coquitlam RCMP “911 We Care” Toy Drive for SHARE (17-11-16) Click Here

The First Labour Day in Canada (02-09-16)
For many, Labour Day signals the end of summer. But what evolved into just another long weekend began as a massive working class demonstration in the streets of Toronto. Click Here

Open House: Tour NHL star’s Anmore home(14-08-16)

This week in Open House, Kaitlyn Herbst tours Nashville Predators’ centre Ryan Johansen’s new house. A Port Moody native, Johansen’s returned to his BC roots to build his dream home just minutes away from where he grew up. Click Here

Scrap the road, unite Bert Flinn Park: Port Moody councillor (31-06-16)
Bert Flinn Park will be on Port Moody council's agenda when it meets again after the August break.

"At the end of Tuesday's council meeting, Coun. Rob Vagramov issued a lengthy notice of motion that seeks to remove the David Avenue connector right-of-way and incorporate those 22 acres into Bert Flinn Park, and to have staff report back on enhanced parking at the David Avenue and April Road entrances to the park" To link to the article in the Tri-city News Click Here

Fire at Flavelle mill in Port Moody. Rocky Point Park, the pier and the Boathouse Restaurant have been temporarily closed as Port Moody firefighters continue to battle a smoky blaze at the Flavelle mill on the city’s waterfront. (18-07-16)To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here

Help to Celebrate Coquitlam's 125th Birthday!

The Coquitlam Public Library invites people over 16 years in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Anmore and Belcarra, to enter their Tiny Story Contest before June 30th. The stories must be 420 characters or less - approximately one paragraph - with every letter, space, and punctuation counted. It is free to enter and there are prizes. The winners will read their stories on stage at Kaleidascope, Coquitlam's 125 Year celebration and the winning entries will be published in the Tri-city News. Full contest details and Tiny Story samples can be found at

Victoria Day in 2016

In 2016 the Victoria Day holiday is on Monday, May 23. Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria's birthday May 24, 1819. In Quebec this holiday is called "National Patriotes Day" (Journée nationale des patriotes).

The Amazing BC Aquasonics!(24-04-16)
We wish to join long-time Anmore Ladies Book Club (Gentlemen Welcome) member, SD-43 teacher Leah Papillo, in celebrating her daughter Mikayla's recent success. A grade 10 student at Dr. Charles Best Secondary, Mikayla Papillo, placed 5th at the Canadian National Qualifier Synchronized Swimming Championships. Her BC Aquasonics team also placed 5th in Junior Team Routine and 6th overall. Hurrah Aquasonics! Hurrah Mikayla! Well done team! Click Here

Volunteers are Priceless!

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year marks the 13th consecutive year that Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign.
Volunteer Canada and Investors Group’s Volunteer Recognition Study indicates that most volunteers prefer a genuine thank you for their efforts. Sincere words that highlight the impact of a volunteer’s contributions or simple personalized tokens are meaningful and appreciated.

The “Volunteers are the roots of strong communities” campaign will celebrate volunteers across Canada, by offering NVW-branded recognition items made from all natural seed paper that can be planted. Gift packs of seed paper confetti, seed paper journals and seed paper postcards will include space to add a personalized thank you message to a volunteer. Recipients can then plant their recognition item, allowing it to sprout roots that shape new paths and keep growing, much like the incredible efforts of volunteers. Click Here

SkyTrain Evergreen Line Test Train (16-03-16)

We've been waiting almost 30 years to see Skytrain in Coquitlam, and this afternoon we see it. This is a test train, being used for testing and final adjustments of the rail system that will carry Skytrain along the Evergreen Line to Coquitlam's City Centre. Here, the train pulls into the Lincoln Station, the second last station before Lafarge-Douglas (the Terminus Station). Shot from the rooftop parking lot at Henderson Place shopping centre. (Courtesy Mayor Richard Stewart)

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH (15-03-16) Click Here

"I told him Julie don't go, but he wouldn't listen" Click Here

MLA Selena Robinson reports that "According to the Ministry of Education’s latest data on class size and composition, learning conditions in B.C. schools continue to deteriorate. The number of classes in B.C. with four or more children with special needs has gone up to 16,516, which is the highest it has ever been. Despite this huge increase in students with special needs, the number of classes in B.C. with an assigned educational assistant went down by 432. Class sizes have also increased significantly, with the number of classes with 30 or more students increasing by 25 per cent this year. Ultimately, this means that there is less personalized support for students in the classroom." (16-02-16) Click Here


Support anti-bullying with Pink Shirt Day on February 24 Click Here

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day: What's love got to do with it? And who was St Valentine anyway? (13-02-16) Click Here

Gung Hay Fat Choy - Happy New Year!

Dearly Departed
Glenn Frey, Eagles guitarist & founder on January 18th 2016 age 67.
Dan Haggerty, star of Grizzly Adams on January 15th 2016 age 74.
Daniel Dion, Celine Dion's brother, (2 days after her husband) on January 16th 2016 age 59
Alan Rickman, Actor (Harry Potter) on January 14th 2016 age 69.
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion's husband on January 14th 2016 age 73
Robert Banks Stewart, Writer (Doctor Who) on January 14th 2016 age 84.
Robert Coates, Canadian Politician on January 11th 2016 age 87.
David Bowie, Musician on January 10th 2016 age 67.
Lemmy (Ian Fraser Kilmister) Musician (Motorhead) on December 28th 2015 age 70.

Winter Solstice in Anmore Click Here

Twas the Night before Christmas

He has been a very 'good boy', Santa Claus. Anmore's favourite 'Man in Tights' needs a good long sleep after all of the Christmas volunteering. Thank you for everything you do Dave McCloskey!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

We're guessing this might be popular: "A local map maker and Coquitlam Search and Rescue volunteer (Steve Chapman) is putting his skills to a new kind of recreational guidance system: a Lower Mainland craft brewery map" Click Here

1st Anmore Scouts distributing sandwiches, clothing, hot chocolate and chocolate bars.

Delicious Amaretti Cookie Recipe Click Here

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash's "Moment to capture the Heart!'  Jordan Birch dancing with Hannah, the Children's Wish recipient. 

Hannah, Tessa & Laura share Christmas Spirit with Duncan: warm clothing, a blanket, food and candles.  Then onto Coquitlam Alliance Church with the 1st Anmore Scouts to deliver 1500 sandwiches, clothing, hot chocolate and chocolate bars. Well done Girls!

“Nature is a fundamental component of a municipal infrastructure system,” says Emanuel Machado, Town of Gibsons Chief Administrative Officer. Today in Scotland, at the World Forum on Natural Capital, Emanuel Machado will inform an international audience about the Town of Gibsons Eco-Asset Strategy, a North American first. The Gibsons strategy addresses the three interconnected issues. Click Here

Mark Hancock named national CUPE president. The former CUPE Local 498 president in Port Coquitlam is now in charge of CUPE members across Canada. Hancock named national CUPE president The former CUPE Local 498 president in Port Coquitlam is now in charge of CUPE members across Canada.(05-11-15) Click Here


Dear friends of the CBC,

The Dalton Camp Award will go to the winner or winners of an essay competition on the link between democracy and the media in Canada.

This year there will be one Award, open to all eligible entrants, consisting of a prize of $10,000, as well as a bronze cast medal by the late Canadian sculptress Dora de Pédèry-Hunt.

In addition, a second Award consisting of a prize of $2,500 may be awarded, at the Selection Committee’s discretion, to the best essay by an entrant who is or was during the 2015 calendar year a student at a recognized post-secondary institution.

For thirteen years now, FRIENDS has sponsored the Dalton Camp Award, an essay competition honouring the memory of a great Canadian journalist and political actor who, among his many achievements, was one of FRIENDS' founders in 1985.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. A discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay submitted by a post-secondary student or recent graduate. Post-secondary students are eligible for both the main prize and the discretionary prize.

Please take a moment to consider persons you know who might be interested in this Award – and pass this opportunity along to them.

The deadline for entries is December 1, 2015.

The official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website:

Best regards, and thanks for your help in communicating this opportunity within your circle of friends!

Ian Morrison
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting

A friendly reminder that Bike to Work Week starts on Monday! Don't forget to log your bike trips each day next week to be entered to win great prizes, including a new bike each day and a bike trip to Vietnam from Exodus Travels. Trips must be logged before midnight to be eligible for that day's grand prize bike.

Please note that only trips logged during Bike to Work Week (Oct 26-Nov 1) will be counted towards your organization totals. You may log any bike trips you take for transportation - to work, to the store, to the movies, etc. Organizations that log the most trips in each of our categories will win our Workplace Awards.

Our goal is to have a record-breaking 5000 riders participate this fall but we need your help to make this happen. Please convince one more friend or colleague to sign up for Bike to Work Week this fall. Let's show decision-makers that people on bikes matter. Thank you for riding!

If you have any questions please see our FAQs or contact us at

B.C. winter to be one of warmest on record, but snow may still arrive. Put away those winter jackets, experts are predicting higher than usual temperatures for B.C. during the coming months (21-10-15) Click Here

To commemorate SFU’s 50th the Vancouver campus will host SFU Vancouver Open House on October 21, 2015 Click Here

The end of the Tri-Cities NOW
This story is from the Georgia Straight website:
It's a sad day for people who read or work at newspapers in Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra.
The Tri-Cities Now has announced it is closing up shop next month. A statement on the community paper's website reads:

The last issue of the Tri-Cities NOW will be published Thursday, Oct 1.  We want to thank our readers for their support.  It's been a privilege to serve our community for more than 30 years.

Vancouver-based Glacier Media Group owns the Tri-Cities Now as well as the Tri-City News.  (Update at 3.05pm) The Burnaby NewsLeader and New Westminser NewsLeader are also set to close.)  Last December, Glacier gained ownership of the Richmond Review, Tri-City News, Burnaby NewsLeader and New Westminster NewsLeader from Black Press.  
In return, Black Press took over the Surrey Now, Langley Advance and Maple Ridge Times.

'The deal lessened competition by giving Glacier a community-newspaper monopoly over the western part of the Lower Mainland and Black Press a monopoly in eastern suburbs of Vancouver' the Georgia Straight's Charlie Smith wrote when the Richmond Review shut down in July.

Glacier recently cut the Vancouver Courier from two days a week to one, and laid off a couple of its journalists.

CEO Jonathon Kennedy referred to 'challenging' economic and market conditions in Glacier's condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30.

'Adjusted revenue declined 8.5% to $70.9 million and adjusted consolidated EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) declined 30.9% to $9.8 million for the period ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period last year, Kennedy stated.

'The declines in both revenue and EITDA were due to a number of factors.  These included declines in community media print advertising revenue, although part of the decline (approximately $1.0 million), was from the sale, closure and restructuring of a group of community media assets in B.C.'

Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe...Click Here

Things you'll never believe are true...Click Here

HIKE OF THE WEEK: A generally easy hike, & movie memorabilia (13-09-15) First Blood Trail Rating: easy (but with a few rough sections) Time needed: 2 hours Length: 2.5 km Elevation gain: 150 m Click Here

Port Moody Arts Centre Fall Program (26-08-15)

Music, voice, clay, fine arts, crafts and media arts! Our fall program is full of fantastic adult, youth and kids classes. We also have family classes!

 Online brochure: Click Here
 Drop by for a brochure at 2425 St Johns Street or visit us online.

CTC News - Canada came out as the No. 1 country to visit, live, study and work, as well as placing second as a destination to invest in and attend or organize events. Key drivers in the rankings were Canada being a safe and beautiful country, with friendly and welcoming people as well as an appealing lifestyle.

It’s official (again): Canada has the world’s best reputation. (17-08-15) Click Here

Perseid Meteor Shower will be most visible on Wednesday, August 12
The Perseid Meteor Shower happens yearly, but Vancouverites will get a lovely, clear view of it this week thanks to a new moon and forecasted clear skies. NASA says the shower is expected to peak on the night of Wednesday, August 12 and heading into the early hours of Thursday, August 13. Optimal viewing will be in dark, clear areas free from light pollution. To link to article in the Vancity Buzz Click Here

"Stunning shots of B.C. captured by drone & time lapse (VIDEO) - A French filmmaker spent two weeks in beautiful B.C. and Alberta filming the very best of the sights by drone, helicopter, foot and time lapse. Watch this stunning video..."

“I have seen many beautiful landscapes in Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia, many countries in Europe and in Africa, but I have to say I have no words for what I saw in the Canadian Rockies,” he told Vancity Buzz." To link to the Vancity Buzz video Click Here

Headed out to explore some new trails on Burke Mountain on Saturday. Started on Harper Rd & headed up toward Monroe Lake. We would not have felt confident out there and would have been completely lost without the new waterproof trail map created by Steve Chapman! It even helped to guide us down the mountain from the BIGGEST BEAR we've ever seen! The map was truly a life saver!!!

Before you head out on the trails here in the TriCites, buy this map. Added bonus...proceeds benefit Coquitlam Search and Rescue! Contact or call Canadian Map Makers on 604-248-4716.

Canada one of the most satisfied countries in the world, study says (28-07-15) Click Here

Some local approval for Iran nuclear deal - Pasta Polo owner Anmore resident Fred Soofi characterized last week’s historic agreement as, “a big positive for the region as a whole.” (25-07-15) To link to the full story in the NOW Click Here

Another milestone with the SkyTrain Evergreen Line has been reached as trains are now running on certain elevated track sections for the testing phase of the project. (20-07-15) Click Here

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (16-07-15)

When it comes to pay, jobs, and safety, men and women still don't get equal treatment in Canada. Our latest report takes stock of the gender gaps in our country’s biggest cities—so we can close them.To read more Click Here

Canada ranked as 'most admired' country in the world (15-07-15): report

Mayors' Challenge to help honour 35th Marathon of Hope anniversary. Tri-Cities mayors challenging fellow mayors across the country to start a run, expand an existing one and help raise $1 from all 35 million Canadians to recognize the 35th anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. (14-07-15)To link to the full article in the Tri-city News Click Here

Projected Anmore Growth over the Next Three Decades
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart shared this table from the Friday, July 10 2015 agenda for Metro's Regional Planning Committee. Population/households/employment projects by community/subregion for the next three decades. (The chart has been cropped to show only the Tri-city Region)

10 Hikes To Take Your Kids On This Summer (09-07-15) Click Here

Best hidden patios in Vancouver (02-07-15) Click Here

Learn about craft beers on Father's Day. Join certified cicerone Kate McKinney at a Port Moody brewing company Sunday to learn the art of craft beer. To link to the Tri-city News article (16-06-15) Click Here

How to Make Your Own Green Waste Pail Liner - 2 Minute Recap (04-06-15)
Actually one of the best short videos on how to fold a newspaper liner for your kitchen organics catcher, to keep it clean and to deal with the "yuck factor". From Port Coquitlam. Click Here

Hey kids - Coquitlam Mounties need your help to name six foals (03-06-15) Click Here

The Top 25 Campsites in Canada (21-05-15) Click Here

Former B.C. auditor Basia Ruta goes to court citing illegal firing. British Columbia’s former auditor general for local government, who was fired amid accusations she was obstructing a review of her office, is fighting her dismissal in court. (14-05-15) Anmore is scheduled for an audit on Managing the Inherent Risks of Limited Human Resources within Small Local Governments. To link to the rest of the story Click Here

Meals on Wheels

It's that time of year again. Please be Bear Aware! Thank you for the photo Jim Porter

Why you shouldn’t wash your dishes by hand (06-05-15) Click Here

10 Amazing Day Hikes Near Vancouver, British Columbia including Diez Vistas in Anmore (28-04-15) Click Here

SVFD on Pinnacle ridge
SVFD on Pinnacle ridge
National Volunteer Week (13-04-15) Click Here

Environics Says Anmore Folks are Urban Villagers

For your entertainment and enjoyment :)
                Happy Easter !!!!! 

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from the Easter Bunny...
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Walk softly and carry a big carrot.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears. 
There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off other people's jellybean
Good things come in small-sugarcoated packages.
The grass is greener in someone else's basket.
An Easter bonnet can cover the wildest hare.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of your shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

Happy Easter!

22 Plant Ideas That Will Stop Deer From Eating Your Garden (31-03-15)

Garden owners can try everything from fences to motion-activated sprinklers with little effect. If deer are starving, they'll eat almost anything, but under normal circumstances the critters are surprisingly choosy. Click Here

Happiness IS! (23-03-15)

'Don't worry about a thing': UN reveals 'world's happiest playlist' Click Here
1. ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ – James Brown and His Family (1964)
2. ‘Kiss’ – Prince and The Revolution (1986)
3. ‘Three Little Birds’ – Bob Marley and the Wailers (1977)
4. ‘(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Brown (1967)
5. ‘Independent Women Pt. 1’ – Destiny’s Child (2000)
6. ‘Made to Love’ – John Legend (2013)

Is this the most Canadian picture ever? (19-03-15) Click Here

Port Moody Deputy Fire Chief Gord Parker starts off the demo of the old Fire Hall.(18-03-15) Click Here

"Lexophile" is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as, "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish," or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless."

A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location.  This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.  Enjoy ...

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

Police were summoned to a daycare center where a 3 year old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.

A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.

When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

When she saw her first strands of grey hair, she thought she'd dye.

Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

And the winner - Those who get too big for their pants
will be totally exposed in the end.

Sunday March 8, 2015 was International Women's Day. Thank you Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards. Photo of Ottawa statues courtesy Joanne Frembd.

Reno advice: best bang for your buck, easy fixes and what to avoid (08-03-15) Click Here

Spring forward: Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend (05-03-15) Click Here

Washington Post's published winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. (16-02-15)
And the winners are:
1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
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