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A Tale of Two OCP Amendment Proposals

New Westminster Council recently debated an Official Community Plan amendment to allow a six-storey affordable rental building to be built on land that had been designated to only allow townhouses. During the public engagement and feedback period, including the public hearing, people opposed to the project said that it did not respect the OCP, that […]

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Frogman

I got a good day gig. I got a good day gig. Every day when I leave work I come here, or wherever town I might be in, and I join up with the boys. My day gig is, well, it’s pretty gruesome actually. It’s pretty horrible. I’m a frogman. I’m a skin diver. I’m […]

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A Brewery District follow-up

I want to do a little bit of a follow-up to my previous post about building heights in the Brewery District. I posted that because I kept getting annoyed at Sapperton residents saying things like “Wesgroup mislead us” and “it was eight storeys all along.” I did a little more digging, and found the McBride-Sapperton […]

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“It’s a bait-and-switch!”

Letter to Council, May 10, 2007: …the proposed bylaw change will enable the developer to go as high as 30 storeys in sub-district 4, 18 storeys in sub-district 3… Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 7145, 2007, Section 581.3, adopted July 14, 2008: The maximum height and site coverage of all buildings and structures in each sub-district […]

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Regarding Translink’s ‘Fare Not Paid’ Button

On January 6, 2015, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation put out a press release stating TransLink bus drivers pressed a special button in their coaches to record a “fare not paid” more than 2.76 million times in 2013… 2.76 million times! That’s a lot of button presses and a huge amount of fare evasion! Like Jordan […]

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canspice.org’s 2014 Year In Review

2014 was a pretty slow one on the good old blog, with only 22 posts written. Heck, the first one in 2014 didn’t come until September 17th! Nonetheless, I did actually get some people actually visiting the site, with 7663 pageviews in total over 2014. That’s actually up over 2013 by 2.69%, astonishingly. The most […]

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The Conflict Over Coquitlam

In the 2014 December 13 Vancouver Sun, columnist Pete McMartin wrote this correction: My apologies to Mayor Greg Moore for incorrectly identifying him in Friday’s column as mayor of Coquitlam. He is not. He is mayor of Port Coquitlam, which I am assured are two completely different communities. Mayor Moore informed me by email, however, […]

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The Amalgamation Hipsters of New Westminster

In the 2014 December 13 Vancouver Sun, columnist Pete McMartin wrote this correction: My apologies to Mayor Greg Moore for incorrectly identifying him in Friday’s column as mayor of Coquitlam. He is not. He is mayor of Port Coquitlam, which I am assured are two completely different communities. Mayor Moore informed me by email, however, […]

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On the Great New Westminster Envelope Scandal of 2014

Back story: New Westminster had an election. During the election campaign, three candidates (mayoral candidate James Crosty, and council candidates Gavin Palmer and Scott McIntosh) sent this to New Westminster residents:   When it was delivered, some people on Twitter called it “deceptive” and “misleading”. See, the crown used on this envelope is actually the […]

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When is a stop sign not a stop sign?

Trick question: it always is. But unfortunately, some people in New Westminster seem to believe that it magically ceases to be a stop sign under some circumstances. The intersection of Sixth Avenue and First Street has a pedestrian-controlled flashing green light on Sixth, and stop signs on First. If you need pictures, here you go: […]