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N E W WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014 W E S T M I N S T E R INSIDE TODAY: Flower power in the city P11  NEWS, SPORTS, OPINION & ENTERTAINMENT  ◗ POLICING Crowning achievement: New May Queen Cassidy Tecklenborg, 10, is one of five members of her family across three generations to serve in the May Queen Suite. With her are (from left) mom Leslie Nichol, aunt Stacey Nichol, aunt Carrie Nichol and grandma Susan Sage. City cops will keep lid on pot operations BY CAYLEY DOBIE REPORTER When it comes to Canada’s new medical marijuana regulations, it’s business as usual for New Westminster police. With only weeks remaining before new federal medical marijuana production regulations take effect, the New Westminster Police Department issued a statement on Friday reaffirming the department will continue to enforce the city’s bylaw against marijuana dispensaries. Under the new regulations, which take effect on April 1, only companies licensed by Health Canada will be permitted to produce and distribute medical marijuana. There are currently 10 licensed producers in Canada, while several more companies are waiting for approval. The new regulations move the production of medical marijuana from homes and backyards to full-scale industrial production facilities. In light of the upcoming change in regulations, the New Westminster Police Department issued a statement saying the department will continue to police dispensaries in the city. Medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal in New Westminster and are not issued a business licence, which allows police to shut them down for a variety of reasons, according to a media release. Not only can police shut down dispensaries for lack of a business ◗Marijuana Page 4 Jason Lang/ THE RECORD Royalty runs in this city family BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER G reat Britain may have the Windsors, but New Westminster has its own dynasty when it comes to May Day. Ten-year-old Cassidy Tecklenborg, who was named New Westminster’s 144th May Queen following a draw in council chambers on March 3, won’t have to go far to get tips about the longstanding city tradition, as her grandmother and her aunt were both May Queens. Her mom and another aunt were members of the May Queen suite. “We couldn’t believe it. She woke up this morning and said, ‘I am so lucky,’” Leslie Nichol said a day after her daughter was named 2014 May Queen. “We were in a state of disbelief that it could happen. We went in thinking the odds were against it.” Sue Sage, Cassidy’s grandma, was New Westminster’s May Queen in 1962, and her daughter Carrie Nichol carried on the family tradition in 1989. They were the last two May Queens to represent Richard McBride Elementary School, with no other May Queens from that school between their reigns – and none since. “My mom and sister were the only mother/daughter in 1940 years, and now it’s mother, daughter, granddaughter,” Leslie said. Four generations of the family have taken part in May Day, whether it was serving in the May Queen suite or dancing at May Day. Cassidy’s great-grandmother, Annie Bennie (née Aston), danced in the 1932 May Day. “It started really with my mom. She was a Royal Dancer – they were flower girls back then because they didn’t have boys in it,” Sue said. “She loved New Westminster, and she loved May Day.” Annie, who took her children to May Day when they were too young to participate, passed down a love of the celebration to generations of her family. “May Day has become so important to our family. Doing the lancers (dance) was just amazing,” Sue said about traditional BUY 1 GET 1 FREE On a complete set of Frames and lenses. 2nd pair FREE SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY 709-12th Street, New Westminster • 604-519-8686 FOLLOW US ON TWITTER dances done at the May Day banquet. “Even now, that’s the part they remember.” Sue has donated her May Day memorabilia, including her dress, crown and photographs, to Irving House. Given the number of positions in the May Queen suite, and the fact that F.W. Howay won the May Queen draw last year, the family thought it was unlikely Cassidy would be named this year’s May Queen. “It’s very exciting,” said Sue, who was at council chambers when her granddaughter was named as the city’s 2014 May Queen. “My daughter in 1989 – Cassidy’s aunt, and now Cassidy, my granddaughter, which is just unbelievable. I never thought two in the family, and certainly not three.” The family’s connections to May Day don’t end there, as Cassidy’s mom Leslie was third flower girl in the 1986 May Queen suite, and her aunt Stacey was second maid of honour in 1995. Cassidy is ecstatic about carrying on the ◗May Queen Page 5 Specializing in Selling New Westminster Homes! For listings & photos A headstart for your child. French Immersion 4 Convenient Locations No Registration Fee* *for online registrations. See our website for details. twitter .com/TheRecord Tracey Davies, REALTOR® MEDALLION CLUB MEMBER l us Cadl ay! o t 604-522-1586 JOIN US ON FACEBOOK Sean Davies, UNLICENSED ASSISTANT View with 604.421.7275

Royal City Record March 12 2014

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