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
In the 2013 BC Provincial Election Andrew Weaver had a historic first BC Green victory in the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding. This time around, the Greens are looking to expand upon their single seat with an additional one or two on Vancouver Island. The dark horse riding for the Greens is our very own New… Continue reading New Westminster 2017 Provincial election prediction scenarios
Note: This is a guest post by Alice Cavanagh. Recently on Twitter, a friend of mine said something that really stuck with me. There was a bit of heated debate about voting strategically vs voting your conscience and what about if your conscience leads you to vote strategically. What she said in reference to the… Continue reading Guest Post: On Voting Green and Splitting the Left
The Pattullo Bridge needs replacing. Built 80 years ago but designed to last 50 years, it desperately needs replacing. River scour is causing foundation issues. The reinforcing steel is corroding. The concrete is degrading. The lanes are narrow and dangerous. It needs to go. TransLink has a plan for replacing it, with a new bridge… Continue reading What now for the Pattullo Bridge?
Metro Vancouver has a traffic problem. A year and a half ago we had a referendum that’d put more money into fixing congestion, but it got shot down in a ball of flames. Nonetheless, the region’s mayors pushed on with their ten-year plan to do what they can to improve transportation in Metro Vancouver. And… Continue reading A Stab In The Back
A couple of times now I’ve heard Chuck Puchmayr say that public surveys done by the City of New Westminster aren’t scientific, and by “scientific” I assume he means a survey that samples a representative sample of the population to provide a statistically significant result that can be applied to the overlying population. And you… Continue reading Chuck Puchmayr and science
Earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Kinder Morgan is applying for a re-route of their TransMountain pipeline that currently runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. He also announced conditional federal funding for an expanded SkyTrain line to be run in a tunnel under Broadway in Vancouver. “We have heard criticisms over the past… Continue reading Trudeau announces new Kinder Morgan route, Broadway SkyTrain
The New Westminster Secondary School replacement funding announcement has been a long time in coming, and correspondingly there has been a lot of work done behind the scenes. People like me often complain about the whole process without giving praise where praise is due, so let’s stop complaining and start praising! First and foremost, the… Continue reading Kudos for the NWSS Funding Announcement
With voting day in the School District 40 by-election just 9 days away, the usual arguments in New Westminster politics have started coming out. One of the candidates, Dee Beattie, received the endorsement of the New Westminster & District Labour Council while the other, Mary Lalji, did not. This has lead to the usual spilling… Continue reading Hyack Football vs The Machine
I asked some questions of the two school trustee candidates in the upcoming by-election, and Mary Lalji answered them! Question: New Westminster Secondary School is going to be rebuilt one way or another within the next decade. One of the challenges with the site is the Douglas Road Cemetery under the existing high school. When the current NWSS… Continue reading Mary Lalji answers my questions!