Jaimie McEvoy is running for New Westminster Council, and he answered my questions!
Given the amount of press Vancouver’s Stanley Park received when it had a bunch of coyotes roaming around it, do you support introducing more coyotes into New Westminster’s parks, potentially entering a Tourism / Parks partnership for tourist-coyote meet-and-greet programs?
I’ve participated in the coyote education program at Stanley Park, and I do think that would be good to bring to New West. Regarding introducing more coyotes, they seem to be quite prolific in that regard themselves, and don’t need my help.
Improving connections between Queensborough and mainland New Westminster is important. Will you commit to exploring new options such as draining the Fraser, installing catapults (free branding advice: name them “Qatapults”, you’re welcome), or advocating for a gondola like stupid Burnaby is getting?
Given that the Fraser Users Group would only be happy if our Queensborough connection was far up in the sky, I think a heliport is in order on both sides. We could have a mini-copter for the small stuff, like getting your groceries or a cup of coffee to Queensborough.
Speaking of stupid Burnaby, one of the darkest chapters in New Westminster’s history was when south Burnaby claimed independence and separated from New Westminster. As a result, New West lost nearly half of its land area and tax base. To what lengths are you willing to go to in order to take our land back and bring New Westminster back to its former glory?
South Burnaby didn’t actually separate from New Westminster. There is often confusion between two historical areas, same-named but not the same: New Westminster City and New Westminster District. Kind of like the two North Vancouvers, but New Westminster was under provincial authority and never had an elected government. But it was New Westminster’s finest land speculators, who, I believe in 1890, created Burnaby, to avoid having the city of New Westminster grow and begin property tax in that area. In regard to your question, the Local Government Act and Community Charter do allow for parts of existing municipalities to claim independance, like White Rock separated from Surrey long ago. It also allows for areas like neighbourhoods to initiate referenda to switch which municipality they belong to, so…. I believe a sufficiently mischievous crew with enough energy could, in fact, initiate a successful campaign to take any one of our suburbs. It would only take a small number of us to move to Brownsville or Annacis Island. Resistance would be futile.
By the way, New Westminster district never disappeared, it still exists, but only as one of the districts of the Land Title Authority.
What is your favourite bubble tea shop and flavour?
I can’t drink bubble tea, I’m diabetic. I used to drink it, and I like mango, rose, and jasmin in that order.
Do you support hosting a local version of Burning Man in New West, culminating in the burning of a derelict building?
I support the city getting a fire boat of its own or in conjuction with other muncipalities, and initiating a sprinkler program in older buildings.
What is your favourite neighbourhood and why is it (still) Brow of the Hill?
I lived in the Brow for most of the time in New West. It had affordable rent (compared to other places), a great multicultural vibe, and shopping I could walk to. My current neighbourhood of Ginger Drive is kind of like Brow of the Hill East. Queens Park is surrounded.
With New Westminster’s hills, and winters having longer cold spells, what is your position on improving transportation options between Downtown and Uptown by installing rope towlines on 6th, 8th, and 10th Streets between Carnarvon and 4th Ave during the winter months?
In one of the Nordic countries, they have a simple lift, you just put your boots in it, and it takes you up the hill. As it is, I’m still trying to get TransLink to put snow tires on the 106.
When will you bring metal to the Anvil Centre theatre?
I’m all in favor of metal at the Anvil Centre. I once sprained my neck head banging and had to go to the doctor (I then had hair down to my waist. Now it barely can cover my head). The Anvil Centre would be a great place for something metal.
Thank you Jaimie!
And don’t forget to go out and vote!