New Westminster

“Go back to where you came from”

Yesterday a prominent New Westminster community member tweeted the following: #newwest Nothing worst than having people move to a city and try and rewrite its history. If you don’t like it #gobacktowhereyoucamefrom The tweet has since been deleted, but here’s a screenshot: It’s in reference to the recent suggested changes to the annual May Day… Continue reading “Go back to where you came from”

ACTBiPed · New Westminster

ACTBiPed Meeting Report for October 18, 2017

Our official ACTBiPed meeting for October 18, 2017 was cancelled and replaced with a projects sub-committee meeting. Some people (myself included!) like to get into the details of transportation system designs, so to keep regular meetings from getting bogged down, we have these sub-committee meetings. At the October 18, 2017 meeting we took a dive… Continue reading ACTBiPed Meeting Report for October 18, 2017

Housing · New Westminster

Renovictions and Airbnb in New Westminster

A couple of days ago the Queens Park Residents’ Association put out this plea for assistance on Facebook: At the AGM yesterday a couple of residents from Maple Manor Apartments (304 3rd Ave.) were invited to share their story. The apartment has new owners who have received a renovation permit and those still there will… Continue reading Renovictions and Airbnb in New Westminster

History · New Westminster · School Board

Take May Day out of the schools and into the community

In New Westminster we have a May Day celebration that’s currently being put on by the school district. Elementary school children perform dances in Queen’s Park and a Royal Suite, made up of a boy and girl from each elementary school, is selected. Back in November 2015 the New Westminster Board of Education directed that… Continue reading Take May Day out of the schools and into the community

Housing · New Westminster

On Preserving Single-Family Homes in New Westminster

There are five houses near the corner of Ash Street and Gloucester Street in New Westminster. Four of them were built in 1900 or earlier, making this one of the oldest cluster of houses in the city. The fifth was built in 1971. From building details it appears that the five (and possibly one other)… Continue reading On Preserving Single-Family Homes in New Westminster

Housing · Mapping New West

Mapping New Westminster – Building Ages

New Westminster has published a bunch of datasets under its Open Data portal, one of which is building age. A couple of months ago I grabbed the dataset, converted the SHP file (details forthcoming, mostly because I did it a couple of months ago and can’t remember how I did it) and followed Mapzen‘s One… Continue reading Mapping New Westminster – Building Ages

ACTBiPed · New Westminster

ACTBiPed Meeting Report for September 20, 2017

Okay, this report is three weeks late. Sorry! At the September 20, 2017 ACTBiPed meeting we talked mainly about snow and ice removal and a development on Royal Avenue that could have seen improvements to multi-use paths near Qayqayt Elementary but won’t. Let’s go! First, snow and ice removal. Last winter was pretty brutal on… Continue reading ACTBiPed Meeting Report for September 20, 2017

New Westminster · Satire

Richard McBride Elementary School to be replaced

BC’s Ministry of Education announced today that New Westminster’s Richard McBride Elementary School will be replaced with construction starting in 2018. “We have known for a long time that Richard McBride Elementary has been seismically unsafe, and we are glad to announce its replacement,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming in a press release. “As an… Continue reading Richard McBride Elementary School to be replaced