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The Record • Wednesday, January 4, 2012 • A09


Healthwise: Taking stock of your life ◗P11 Sports: Royals receive tie for Christmas ◗P13


The headlines that shaped the city We have been taking a look back at the headlines that shaped the Royal City in 2011. Our Year in Review began Dec. 28 and continued Dec. 30. Starting below, here is the third and final instalment of our look back at 2011:


Forty female hockey players beat the Guinness World Record for playing the longest hockey game in the world. The marathon game, which raised funds for cystic fibrosis, was played in the name of Eva Markvoort. The New Westminster resident had been chosen as the spokesperson for the fundraising campaign but died a few months later at the age of 25. Education Minister George Abbott visits New Westminster, where he sees the district’s new modular classrooms and meets with the district parents’ advisory council to discuss concerns such as when the city’s new schools will be built. A grey Audi is spotted leaving the boardwalk and entering the road, after several people reported someone driving on the Westminster Quay boardwalk. A Vancouver man is charged with impaired driving. The Royal City Farmers Market is teaming up with River Market to bring farmers’ market goodness to the Quay. The farmers market will move its winter market, which runs from November to April, to River Market. New Westminster Youth Centre celebrates the one-year anniversary of opening in Moody Park. While it thought it might be able to get 500 members in its first year, membership had surpassed 700. New Westminster families are among those who protest cutbacks to programs for people with developmental disabilities. George Ryan celebrates a life in music with a retrospective concert of the works he’s done throughout his career, including those from Holy Trinity Cathedral. A month after corralling a 1.22-metrelong corn snake into a box in Queen’s Park, someone hands parks staff a box containing a 38-centimetre ball python that they said they’d found in the park. Both snakes are turned over to the Reptile Rescue Adoption and Education Society. The School District No. 40 Business Company climbs out of the red and expects to finish off repaying its $1 million loan from the school district in 2012. The City of New Westminster breaks ground for its new multi-use civic centre, which will be built at the corner of Columbia and Eighth streets. The $35million civic centre is scheduled to open in 2013. MP Peter Julian decides against running for the leadership of the federal New Democrats, after mulling over the prospect for several weeks. A leadership race will take place to replace Jack Layton, who died of cancer in August.

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Thumbs up: New Westminster resident Richard McDonald gives the thumbs up as demolition of the Woodlands Centre Block tower gets underway. McDonald joined other former Woodlands residents at the demolition in October. Auditor General John Doyle visits with New Westminster school trustees, but few details are known about his private meeting with school district officials. The auditor general’s office had been reviewing the governance and financial management processes at the school district, the Royal City Education Foundation and the School District Business Company. New Westminster School District will be reporting a deficit to the Ministry of Education for the second time in three years. The deficit is attributed to three major factors that occurred late in the school year and had financial implications for the district, including costs associated with class size legislation, unanticipated teacher sick days and teacheron-call costs.

turkey dinners at its Thanksgiving dinner. The meal is the kickoff event for Homelessness Action Week. New Westminster resident JJ Lee is named as a finalist in the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize Canada’s best work in English and French. He’s one of five finalists in the non-fiction, English category for his book, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit.

residents. Activist Paul Mulangu launches a hunger strike and protest outside the now-closed Centre for Integration of African Immigrants on Carnarvon Street – at the same time he announces he’s running for city council. He’s protesting what he says is government abandonment of his non-profit and unfairly being kicked out of the rented space.

Brent Atkinson announces he won’t be seeking re-election in November’s civic election after 31 years as a trustee. He said the past three years haven’t been as personally rewarding as in the past because of conflicts at the board level, so he’d rather concentrate on some of his business and family commitments.

New Westminster Public Library closes for a day after bedbugs are discovered in its collection. A live bedbug and several dead ones were found at the library, which was then visited by a bedbug-sniffing dog and treated for bedbugs.

Royal Columbian Hospital is taking a new approach to organ donation to help lower the number of people who die while waiting for a transplant. It’s among three hospitals that will bring an organ donation coordinator on board.

Former city councillor and MLA Chuck Puchmayr announces he’ll be making a run for city council. Puchmayr had served as MLA until 2009, when he left politics, underwent a lifesaving liver transplant and focused on his health.


New Westminster police seek the public’s help after a man is stabbed downtown. Police had attended a large gathering in the area of Columbia and Church streets when they were alerted to the stabbing that took place early on a Saturday morning.

Douglas College sets a new enrolment record for the second year in a row. More than half of the college’s students attend the Royal Avenue campus.


Union Gospel Mission dishes out 283

Former residents of Woodlands school celebrate the demolition of the Centre Block tower, a place that holds horrific memories of abuse for some former

A man is shot multiple times outside the Victoria Hill development on Halloween night in what is being described by police as a targeted attack.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse opens its first store in British Columbia in Queensborough. The retailer sets up shop on the site that was formerly home to Western Forest Products mill and is next to Starlight Casino. The Columbia Theatre is ready for its debut – 84 years after the curtains first went up at the theatre – when it reopens after a massive renovation. New Westminster MLA Dawn Black

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