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Two new COVID-19 exposures were reported at NewWestminster schools earlier this week. Fraser Health issued exposure notices for Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School and Queensborough Middle School. Exposure notices mean
that a member of the school community (student or staff) has tested positive for COVID-19 and that it has been determined they were in the school while infectious. For LordTweedsmuir, the person was in the school Sept. 24 and 25; for Queensborough, the person was present Sept. 21 and 22.
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NewWest politicians among the few who took pay cuts. Ð By Jeremy Hainsworth and GraemeWood B.C.’s municipal managers, councillors and salaried staff largely avoided COVID-19 cost-cutting measures while the lowest paid city hall employees have borne the pandemic’s brunt, a Glacier Media analysis shows. Six months into the pandemic, municipalities have weathered social distancing’s economic impact by furloughing thousands of auxiliary and temporary staff and keeping public facilities shut down months beyond the province’s “Phase 3” re-opening plan. Glacier Media canvassed the 25 biggest cities across B.C., including most in Metro Vancouver. In total, municipalities reported terminating fewer than 50 salaried staff members, but thousands of lower-paid temporary and auxiliary staff typically working in civic facilities such as pools and community centres lost employment. And, only council members in Burnaby,Vancouver, New Westminster and District of North Vancouver reported taking a pandemic pay cut. In Burnaby, 1,500-plus individuals were laid off by the city in April out of 2,4000 FTEs. All were union members, while no exempt staff were laid off – meaning all managers were retained. By June, the city began recalling many laid-off staff as programs and services started to reopen. As of this point, the city says there are no furloughs. Residents are now seeing many auxiliary employees, such as lifeguards and program teachers, returning to implement restart plans that have significantly altered how we enjoy municipal services. Many pools have opened in the past two weeks, but with limited capacities and online registration — just one example of how municipal staff is managing residents
Responding to COVID: New Westminster council members were one of the only ones who reported taking pandemic pay cuts. PHOTO RECORD FILES
through technology. In Richmond, people are directed to register online for time-limited swims, although there’s room for drop-ins. But in Burnaby, drop-ins are forbidden and Burnaby residents get online registration priority. Municipalities have also moved at different paces based on their own restart plans. Most reported plans to re-open most facilities in September, roughly three months after the provincial government implemented its Phase 3 Restart Plan June 24, which included opening hotels and private recreational facilities. By late August, in Cranbrook, you would have been able to skate before being able to swim. But in Richmond, pools opened before rinks.Vancouver’s plan is to open all pools and fitness centres by Oct. 13, at the latest but with standard COVID-19 guidelines. Surrey only began opening some facilities in August, with no stated opening date for Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre. And Pitt Meadows, like many municipalities, will have opened its fitness programs by September’s end. It’s not just how we
keep fit physically that’s changed, but also how we engage with our community leaders. Just 10 municipalities reported to have a safe plan in place this month to conduct in -person council meeting with public attendance, after months of online decision-making. Residents are encouraged to watch meetings online and use a phone to comment at public hearings. Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) president Maja Tait said municipalities worked quickly to protect communities and staff from pandemic impacts. She said initial work concentrated on keeping staff, managers and councillors safe. And, she said, municipalities also worked together through the UBCM. Another key concern expressed by municipalities across the province has been the health of municipal finances and the ability to keep building infrastructure. Local residents may be wondering what lies ahead for that promised new community centre one, two or five years down the road. Most cities report their 2021 projections are coming this fall.
“The pandemic has blown a hole in local government budgets, particularly large and mid-size communities with public transit services,” claimed Tait in a statement. But municipalities appear to be in sound fiscal positions overall, based on financial information provided by the Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs.They generally have the reserves to pay for new infrastructure to accommodate new developments already underway and their pandemic-related losses are relatively small compared to their operating budgets. Furthermore, their biggest revenue generator — property taxes — appears to have been unscathed, to date. For instance, cities that reported the most up to date property tax payments, and with a past due date, showed relatively minor delinquencies. Only 2.5% of property taxes remain unpaid in Victoria; 3% in Burnaby; 3.8% in the City of North Vancouver; and 4% in Abbotsford. Many cities have due dates of Sept. 30. As for lost service revenues, civic facilities operate at a loss regardless, with expenses made up by
other revenue — namely, property taxes. For instance, in 2019 Vancouver recorded a $70.2 million net loss in its parks and recreation department, financial statements show. But the pandemic-related closures augmented such losses, particularly as the bureaucracy, outside of furloughed auxiliary workers, was maintained. Municipalities received Victoria’s permission to borrow from collected school taxes to bolster 2020 shortfalls. No cities reported using these funds but some have taken out lines of credit as a precaution, such as the City of North Vancouver, which, incidentally, “projects relatively little financial impact, to date.” While municipalities reported various COVID-19 losses, all are relatively small relative to their annual operating budgets. Surrey, for instance, had prior year expenses of $842.4 million. It estimates a net $42 million shortfall.Vancouver’s July projection for 2020 was a $124 million revenue shortfall made up for by $84 million in staff and program savings, for a net loss of $40 million.Vancouver had operating expenses of $1.7 billion last year. Coquitlam foresees an $8.3 million loss to its operations, which cost $264.4 million in 2019. City of Burnaby spokesperson Chris Bryan said the total revenue shortfall for Burnaby is approximately $4 million per month at this stage – out of an annual budget of $800 million – and that to help balance the budget, it is “deferring projects and delaying hiring as well as reserves that we can utitlize for shortfalls.” B.C. cities are also sitting on billions of tax dollars. The province’s 162 municipalities recorded
$6.5 billion of net financial assets in 2018. Annual reports for 2019 for the 25 canvassed municipalities show 9% growth in net financial assets. Among those assets in 2018, was $4.4 billion in reserves. Casino closures hit some communities hard, including Burnaby and New West. Last year, 36 cities raked in $98.4 million for their 10% host share of casino revenues. Half of this year’s revenue has already been lost with no indication when players might return to tables or slots. As each financial quarter goes by the biggest losers, based on last year’s quarterly averages, are Richmond ($3.8 million), Burnaby ($3 million), Coquitlam ($1.9 million) and Langley ($1.9 million). Cities have historically invested most of their gaming proceeds into capital infrastructure. Municipalities generally maintain their reserves are for future capital infrastructure projects and some accounts have statutory uses. For instance, Burnaby’s $1.6 billion in reserves are largely from development contributions and much of it is earmarked for future amenities over the next 10 years.Vancouver has $1.3 billion in reserves and also claims much of it is earmarked, although it has $146 million in the “general revenue stabilization” fund.Vancouver has net financial assets of $649 million (thanks to recent annual surpluses, after having just $73 million in 2015). Yet regardless of the billions of dollars B.C. municipalities are sitting on, senior governments have intervened, as of September, to provide $540 million in extra funding to support local governments with COVID-19related costs.
4 THURSDAY, October 1, 2020 • New West Record
CITYPAGE THE LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS IN OUR CITY
NOTICE OF ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS OPPORTUNITY REGARDING “Grimston Park Amendment Bylaw No. 8219, 2020” Pursuant to Section 86 of the Community Charter, the City of New Westminster is proposing to seek the assent of the electors of the City of New Westminster by an alternative approval process (AAP). This alternative approval process applies to the entire City of New Westminster. The current AAP applies to the entire City of New Westminster, and allows electors to indicate opposition to Grimston Park Amendment Bylaw No. 8219, 2020, without ﬁrst obtaining the assent of the electors by voting. If 10% of eligible electors submit an elector response form indicating their opposition to the bylaw, Council may not adopt the bylaw. For the purposes of this AAP, the number of eligible electors is estimated to be 50,616. If 5,062 electors submit an elector response form, Council must hold a full vote if they wish to adopt the bylaw. The City will also give separate notice of disposition of the portion of Grimston Park pursuant to the Community Charter. WHAT AM I BEING ASKED? The question before electors is whether you are opposed to New Westminster Council adopting Bylaw 8219, 2020. WHAT IS BYLAW NO. 8219, 2020 ABOUT? The lands within the Grimston Park site are dedicated as public park. The alignment of the newly constructed Stewardson Way pedestrian and bicycle overpass requires the disposal of a small portion of Grimston park lands to the Province of B.C. Grimston Park Amendment Bylaw No. 8219, 2020, in accordance with the requirements of Section 30(3) of the Community Charter, authorizes City Council to remove the park dedication of a portion of land from Grimston Park and dispose of that land to the Province of B.C. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) subject to the approval of the electors. The land, with a total area of 684.4 m2, is “Area A” on the reference map. HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION? You can access the bylaw and related material: • On the City’s website at www.newwestcity.ca/publicnotices and • at Legislative Services, Second Floor, City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (except Statutory Holidays) beginning September 29, 2020. HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN THE AAP? • Each Resident Elector and Non-Resident Property Elector of the City of New Westminster may submit one form. • Only submit a form if you are opposed to the adoption of the bylaw without it ﬁrst receiving assent of the electors by voting. • AAP elector response forms will be accepted only if they are on the form established by Council. • Resident electors must include their name and residential address on the response form. • Non-resident property electors, must include the address of the property in New Westminster that allows them to vote. • A person may not withdraw their name from an elector response form after 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020. HOW DO I GET AN ELECTOR RESPONSE FORM? • September 29 to November 9: • on the City’s website at www.newwestcity.ca/publicnotices • request for mail or in-person pick up at City Hall through email@example.com or 604.527.4523 • In-person pickup at Canada Games Pool, Moody and Queen’s Park Arenas, Century House, Queensborough Community Centre and the uptown branch of the Library HOW DO I SUBMIT AN ELECTOR RESPONSE FORM? • Submit your Elector Response Form by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020: o In person at Legislative Services, Second Floor, City Hall o Dropped oﬀ at the mailbox on the north side of City Hall o By mail to: City Clerk, City of New Westminster, Second Floor, City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 1H9.
This is the ﬁrst of two publications of this Notice. Dated this 1st day of October , 2020. Jacque Killawee City Clerk, City of New Westminster
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REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON A ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT APPLICATION September 28 – October 12, 2020
ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT FOR 141 E COLUMBIA STREET (REZ00194) COMMENT PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 12, 2020
WHAT IS THE ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT FOR 141 E COLUMBIA STREET ABOUT? An application has been received to amend the Service Districts (CS-1) zone to allow a medical clinic and pharmacy at 141 E Columbia Street. This proposal aligns with the Oﬃcial Community Plan, which supports commercial uses and medical-related uses at this location. There are two commercial units on the site, and the proposed new use would take occupancy of one of the commercial units at the end of the current tenant’s lease. HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION? From September 28 to October 12, 2020, ﬁnd detailed project information on the 141 E Columbia Street project webpage: www.newwestcity.ca/public-engagement-opportunities HOW CAN I BE HEARD? On May 4, 2020, Council approved an interim development review process during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Send your comments via the survey, email or mail from September 28 to October 12 2020 to: Survey - Found on the 141 E Columbia Street project webpage: www.newwestcity.ca/public-engagement-opportunities Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Mail - Development Services Department (Planning), 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9
Written comments will be made publicly available. Petitions will not be considered. A Public Hearing may be scheduled in the future, if determined by Council. QUESTIONS? Planning Division: 604-527-4532 Continued on page 5
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REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON A ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT APPLICATION September 28 – October 12, 2020 ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT FOR 805 BOYD STREET (REZ00202) COMMENT PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 12, 2020
WHAT IS THE ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT FOR 805 BOYD STREET ABOUT? A Rezoning Application has been received to amend the text of the existing Large Format Commercial Districts (C-10) zoning to allow a SelfImprovement School as a permitted use within the current zone. The applicant has indicated that the proposed text amendment is necessary to allow for a future tenant known as the Kumon Learning Centre to occupy an existing vacant commercial building. Kumon is an independent learning program providing out-of-school based learning opportunities for children, where instructors and assistants tailor instruction for individual students. The proposal satisﬁes the Queensborough Community Plan land use designation of (QC) – Queensborough Commercial by providing a complimentary use to the child care use which is already permitted within the C-10 zoning district. HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION? From September 28 to October 12, 2020, ﬁnd detailed project information on the 805 Boyd Street project webpage: www.newwestcity.ca/public-engagement-opportunities HOW CAN I BE HEARD? On May 4, 2020, Council approved an interim development review process during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Send your comments via the survey, email or mail from September 28 to October 12 2020 to: Survey - Found on the 805 Boyd Street project webpage: www.newwestcity.ca/public-engagement-opportunities Email - email@example.com Mail - Development Services Department (Planning), 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9 Written comments will be made publicly available. Petitions will not be considered. A Public Hearing may be scheduled in the future, if determined by Council. QUESTIONS? Planning Division: 604-527-4532
REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON A ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT APPLICATION September 28 – October 12, 2020 ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT FOR 100 BRAID STREET (REZ00201)
Comment Period from September 28 to October 12 2020 Virtual Information Session hosted on Wednesday, October 7 2020 from 6 to 8PM WHAT IS THE ZONING BYLAW TEXT AMENDMENT FOR 100 BRAID STREET ABOUT? Wesgroup has applied to amend text for the Comprehensive Development zoning (CD-67) zoning district that was adopted for 100 Braid Street on November 21, 2016. A Development Permit application is being processed concurrently with the Zoning Bylaw Text Amendment. The purpose of the proposed text amendment is to: 1. Increase the net residential density on the subject property from 18,817.5 square metres. (202,550 sq. ft.) (4.3 FSR) to 28,456.6 square metres (306,304 sq.ft.) (6.51 FSR); 2. Increase the maximum building height from 65 metres (213.25 ft.) to 118 metres (390.42 ft.); and 3. Decrease the oﬀ-street parking requirements to a ratio of 0.81 stalls per unit and 0.651 visitor stalls per unit. In exchange, the applicant is proposing to provide 424 units of market rental housing. The applicant is also pursuing Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) funding, which could allow for 96 of these units to be oﬀered at less-than-market rates. The proposal would still be required to provide 395 square metres (4,252 sq.ft.) of dedicated art gallery and studio space with discounted rents. HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION? From September 28 to October 12 2020, ﬁnd detailed project information on the 100 Braid Street project webpage: www.newwestcity.ca/public-engagement-opportunities Virtual Information Session On October 7, 2020 from 6-8pm there will be an Information and Question & Answer session hosted on Zoom. There are three ways to participate in the virtual information session: 1. Computer: Go to www.zoom.us, click on “Join a meeting”. Enter Meeting ID when prompted, and click “Join”. 2. Smartphone/tablet: Download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app, open it, select “Join a meeting”. Enter meeting ID, and select “Join”. 3. Phone: Call 778-907-2071. Enter the meeting ID followed by #.
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HOW CAN I BE HEARD? On May 4, 2020, Council approved an interim development review process during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Send your comments via the survey, email or mail from September 28 to October 12 2020 to: Survey - Found on the 100 Braid Street Street project webpage at: www.newwestcity.ca/public-engagement-opportunities Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Mail - Development Services Department (Planning), 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9
Provincial consideration of comments relating to the Zoning Bylaw Text Amendment application require a name and address to be provided. Written comments will be made publicly available. Petitions will not be considered. A public hearing may be scheduled in the future, if determined by City Council. QUESTIONS? Planning Division: 604-527-4532
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Know your sources during B.C. election
Know any Latin? Probably not – it is a dead language, after all. But there’s one phrase you may have at least heard of: caveat emptor. It means, literally, “let the buyer beware.” It’s become a staple of contract law; in short, it means that someone buying something needs to learn about the nature of what they’re buying – that it does what it should and that the seller is actually allowed to sell it. But in 2020 perhaps we should switch it up for caveat lector – let the reader beware. That’s because the digital and social media revolutions make it more possible than ever for us as readers to be fooled – with our own habits used against us. It used to be a very expensive enterprise to reach a mass audience. It took a massive investment in capital and staff to buy presses, radio stations, or TV licences, to run them and to distribute news to the public. As a result, the craft of journalism – which began with pamphleteers and partisans spreading “news” that served their interests – had to become more neutral and more objective in order to gain as large an audience as possible. Yes, the concept of objective journalism, highminded as it sounds, was an economic decision. But it had a benefit to the reader: credibility became an asset. Messing with the truth came with a major price tag, which made it too big of a risk to take for most publishers. But now, when every person has the world’s biggest printing press and worldwide distribution in their hand, there’s no cost – and next to no risk – to publishing whatever someone wishes, and making it look like a legitimate news source. And it goes well be-
yond that; the algorithms that rule our digital world can trap you in an echochamber of your own reading choices, keeping information from you that might otherwise broaden your horizons, give you context, or change your mind. That means we, the reading public, must become our own fact-checkers and our own guides through the media landscape – caveat lector. The first, and most important lesson: know your sources. Look for the name above the headline on your Facebook feed. Do you recognize it? If you don’t, proceed with caution, and look for sources you trust to corroborate what you’ve read. Thankfully, there are tools that can help you with that. In fact, you’re reading one right now. Whether you’re reading these words on a printed page, a laptop screen or scrolling on a phone, you’re reading them from a community news source – a trusted news source. What makes you know we can be trusted? Because we still have skin in the game.We are often the only people in the communities we serve who are paid to tell its stories, week in and week out. Our credibility is our strongest asset, and we seek to protect it by reporting the news to the best of our abilities, and by holding ourselves accountable to our readers through bodies like the National NewsMedia Council (www.media council.ca for more). So as you navigate this new digital world, take us along as your guide. We won’t pretend to be your champion for truth; rather, we’ll help you become your own champion. Tim Shoults is a publisher with Glacier Media commenting about National NewspaperWeek.
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Letters NewWest’s bigW will be missed by me Editor: I had to leave one of our local community social media groups recently as there were one too many W haters commenting on a post suggesting ideas about what to do next after the devastating fire at our pier. I, too, look forward to one day walking all the way from Pier Park on a beautiful riverfront boardwalk down to Sapperton Landing with additional green space and beatifications. I, too, hope that Qayqayt First Nation Chief Rhonda Larrabee will be consulted and that her recommendations and suggestions for the land will be honoured and respected. Some people say that they have never even been to Pier Park and that we need more greenspace; sadly, these seem to be some of the exact same people who have been critical in their comments and share the belief that we certainly did not need this big cement lot with that ugly industrial eyesore of a W. But, my dear Westies, do you not enjoy the rest of Pier Park with its large grassy areas, benches and sandy beach, the waterpark for the littles, the fun hammocks to lull away the day, and of course, our River Market and beautiful waterfront esplanade? Forever the complainers and critics focusing on what we don’t have instead of being grateful
Re-Elect Jas Johal for what we do have. These things definitely don’t happen overnight, and they take vast amounts of our tax dollars. My partner and I love our Pier Park, and we will miss our W. It felt like it belonged to all of us, and we share in the loss. Public art: Of course not everyone is going to like it. There is no pleasing everyone. That is a given. I get that, and that is OK; I’m an artist. Yet I feel that shortly after a massive fire is not exactly the appropriate time to talk negative garbage. Oh, yes, art can be controversial; that in itself is part of what good or even bad art can be, because it is a place to start a conversation. It gets people talking and discussing and hopefully reflecting on the reasons why it might upset them so much or why they love it that much, too. As a side note addressing one of the comments, I also hope that in the future more artists living and working within the local community will be selected by local juries for public art calls. We all know that supporting local artists is the way to go, right? It makes me sad to see it gone, particularly now at this time in our history. I want to thank all the firefighters and first responders for saving as much of our park as was humanly possible. We are mourning the loss of our W, but we have so much to be grateful for as most of the park was saved and thankfully no one was hurt. Janet Kvammen, New Westminster
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Door knocking and allcandidates meetings have been mainstays in election campaigns in New Westminster for decades – but how will candidates connect with voters in a time of COVID-19? New Westminster’s NDP candidate, Jennifer Whiteside, said details about her campaign will be coming out in the days ahead. She said the NDP has worked “very diligently” under the instructions of the public health officer to put in place provisions to ensure the safety and security of people working on the campaign, citizens wanting to engage with the campaign and candidates. “We will be looking for ways to safely connect with the people of British Columbia in ways that are appropriate and respect the COVID protocols that we
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So far, four candidates have informed the Record of their intention to run. Green candidate Cyrus Sy and Libertarian Donald Wilson are also in the race. British Columbia’s 42nd provincial general election is on Saturday, Oct. 24. Advance voting takes place from Oct. 15 to 21. “Our main focus is ensuring a safe and accessible voting process during the pandemic,” chief electoral officer Anton Boegman said in a news release. “We have been working with Dr. Bonnie Henry’s office to develop our safe voting plans and make sure that voters don’t have to choose between safeguarding their health and exercising their right to vote. All voters have the option of voting in person with protective measures in place, or voting by mail.” Elections BC is taking a number of steps to
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Rematch set in Queensborough riding Only 134 votes separated two candidates in 2017 election The Richmond-Queensborough election race will be a rematch between NDP candidate Aman Singh and the incumbent MLA Jas Johal, who is running for re-election for the BC Liberals. Johal beat Singh by only 134 votes in the 2017 elec-
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City Meet the people who want to be New West’s MLA Nominations formally close on Friday, but the three main parties have named their candidates. Reporter Theresa McManus offers a look at their reasons for running and their plans for B.C.
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Lorraine Brett is create a “pathway to re“thrilled” to represent covery” that would inthe BC Liberals in next volve a very coordinated month’s provincial eleceffort. tion. Brett is no stranger to Brett, a marketing propolitics, having run in fessional who has lived NewWestminster for the in NewWest since 1994, Liberals in the May 2017 is the BC Liberal candiprovincial election (placdate in NewWestminster. ing third behind the NDP Brett said her experience and Green). She also ran as a mother of a homeless, for NewWestminster city addicted and mentally ill council in 2005 and 2008. child is what’s In addition to compelled her to addressing issues run in the Oct. of addiction, 24 election. mental health “I have seen and homelessfirsthand how ness, Brett bethings have gone lieves a Liberal steadily downhill government is under the NDP,” better able to she said. “There address a postwas great imCOVID econprovement prom- Lorraine Brett omy. (The BC Liberal ised, but life on Liberals were the streets here in government and across British Cofrom 2001 to 2017.) lumbia has gotten much, “As a free-enterprise much worse. People are thinker, a member of literally dying on our city the Real Estate Board of streets.” GreaterVancouver, I beBrett said she doesn’t lieve that there is hope for trust the NDP to solve a great improvement in the overdose crisis.When our economy,” she told asked if the Liberals the Record. “The BC would support decrimiLiberals under Andrew nalization of drugs or creWilkinson have a 25-year ate more detox spaces, she plan to generate a thrivsaid Liberal leader Aning economy on multiple drewWilkinson has recfronts, and I am boughtommended the province in on that plan.”
Cyrus Sy is hoping to take his fight for families and children toVictoria. Sy, who is the BC Green Party candidate in NewWestminster, ran for school board under the NewWestminster Progressives banner in the 2018 civic election. Since moving to NewWest in 2007 with his wife and two kids, Sy has volunteered in support of issues that strengthen families and support public education. “As the child of immigrants, I understand the hardship and difficult decisions that people go Cyrus Sy through to ofGreen fer their families a better life,” he said in a news release. “My parents left the Philippines in 1976 in search of better opportunities. They instilled in me the duty to ensure each generation is better than the last. And now, as a father of two, living amidst the most turbulent times of my generation, I am driven more than ever to fulfill that duty.” According to the BC Greens, Sy is a profes-
Jennifer Whiteside response, through her hopes to follow in the work with the HEU, was footsteps of Judy Darcy the catalyst for her deciand other NDP MLAs sion to run. and become the city’s “I really want to work next representative in the on behalf of the people B.C. legislature. of New Westminster, the Whiteside said she is people of British Columdeeply honoured and bia to make sure that in thrilled that the members the post-COVID recovof the NDP have put their ery that we have a recovtrust and faith in her as ery that really puts peothe candidate. ple first,” she said. “The Whiteside, John Horgan who was born government has and raised in done a remarkNew West, curable job over the rently lives at the last three years Quay. of working to reWhiteside, pair 16 years of who has been BC Liberal nethe Hospital Emglect, and it’s an ployees’ Union’s enormous job.” secretary-busiWhiteside said Jennifer Whiteside she has been ness manager NDP since 2015, will standing up for be taking a leave health care and from her position at HEU fighting for public health to conduct her campaign. care for 25 years. “I’ve been working on “I have talked to many election campaigns at the people, particularly over provincial, municipal and the last couple of weeks, federal level all my life,” about access to home care she said. “I have to say and about access to longthat it feels a little strange term care and the incredto be on the other side of ible pressure that people things. I’m getting used to are under-providing care it really quickly.” to their frail seniors.We Whiteside told the are sort of living that right Record earlier this week now in my family too,” that being on the frontshe said. lines of the COVID-19
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City Cannabis shop at River’s Reach gets green light Theresa McManus
A longtime businessman in NewWestminster has been given the green light to open a cannabis store in the uptown – despite some concerns that the neighbouring pub has yet to reopen after closing in March. Reel Reef will be located at 320 Sixth St., a building that’s also home to River’s Reach pub and liquor store.The city considered a rezoning application for the site after three other applicants who had submitted applications to open stores in the uptown were unable to open for various reasons. “I put a lot of time and funds into this,” applicant George Petropavalis told council at Monday night’s public hearing. “I followed the city’s rules and regula-
tions.” MikeWatson, a senior planner with the city, said the existing liquor store space would be split into two units, with the cannabis store added to the existing businesses. “The proposed location would replace the previously authorized location in the uptown area, which was unable to proceed,” he said. “Selection of this location was consistent with the initial application intake process endorsed by council, as staff contacted the remaining applicants in the uptown area in order to prioritize based on the cannabis rezoning application evaluation checklist.” Some speakers at Monday’s public hearing suggested the city should embark on a new process for cannabis stores in the uptown area.
“With any new venture, there is uncertainty. Clarity around expectations and requirements often only come with time,” said Janet Andrews, secretary-treasurer of the New Westminster and District Labour Council. “We are concerned that in advancing to next applicant on the original list, which is a couple of years old, this process has excluded new applicants who may come from either the public or the private sector to engage in this retail opportunity.” Kusam Doal, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union vice-president for retail stores and warehouses, agreed. “If it was a very recent application, that is one thing,” she said. “I understand there will be a lot of work that would have to
be put into this again, but I really think it’s worth it.” Andrews also expressed concern that River’s Reach pub has yet to reopen under regulations set out by the provincial health officer.While other businesses in the services sector have reopened after working to introduce protocols that promote health and safety for workers and customers, Andrews said River’s Reach has not done so. “It is concerning to us to see the applicant for this bylaw amendment opening another business in the community but not being engaged in finding safe ways to reemploy existing workers at the River’s Reach pub,” she said. “There are entries on the pub’s Facebook page where customers are asking about reopening, to which the response is, ‘when the time is right.’
We feel this is a vague answer that neither reassures their intent to reopen or to re-employ the unionized workforce at that location.” River’s Reach officials said they consider the safety of staff and community members to be of the utmost importance and will only reopen when it can be done safely. “We will be ready to open up when we feel the time is right and it’s safe – safe not only for us, but safe for the community and the workers,” Petropavalis told council. “We are in a pandemic. A lot of people don’t realize that this pandemic is getting serious as we get into the fall.” The cannabis store application “has nothing to do with the pub” and should be considered on its own merits, Petropavalis said.
Following the public hearing, council approved the zoning amendment bylaw, which allows a cannabis retail business to operate within the existing building at 320 Sixth St. Councillors Jaimie McEvoy and Chuck Puchmayr opposed the rezoning. Puchmayr said he’d prefer to open up the process to see if there are other proponents that would like to submit an application to open a shop uptown – including a government-run store that would provide stable jobs and pensions. But Coun. Patrick Johnstone said the application is completing the process initiated by the city several years ago regarding retail cannabis stores, which included having a store in each of the city’s retail areas.
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Streets for People 2020 events set for October Theresa McManus
Happy City and HUB Cycling are teaming up with the City of New Westminster on several events to promote Streets for People 2020. In May, city council approved a Streets for People 2020 motion, which aims to reallocate vehicle-only road spaces in New Westminster to uses that support neighbourhood livability, commercial district viability, community resilience and public safety. The initiative is intended to support more walking, wheeling and biking, while providing space for people to safely stay active outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Streets for People 2020 initiative, HUB Cycling and Happy City are hosting a variety of events including information stations, scavenger hunts, family cycling courses, self-guided bike and walking tours, a New West Shop Local Challenge, surveys and more. Here are some of the events planned in support of Streets for People 2020 (all featuring COVID-19 protocols): Ð Self-guided walking or biking tours are taking place daily until Monday, Oct. 12. A self-guided tour will highlight points of in-
terest around town and note fun facts and places to explore. Participants are invited to enter to win $200 to spend at any local business of their choosing. For a copy of the PDF map, go to www.newwest city.ca and follow the links on the calendar of events. Ð Cool Streets Commotion is on Friday, Oct. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. on Ninth Street between Fourth Avenue and Kennedy Street. It includes an afternoon of free bicycle safety checks, family and wheelchair-accessible games, information about Streets for People and a chance to win a $150 gift card for the New Westminster store of your choice. (Ninth Street – one of the four streets that’s been temporarily designated as a “cool street” as part of a pilot project – features signage encouraging local traffic only so there’s more space for pedestrians and cyclists.) Ð Family StreetWise Cycling Course is on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Queen’s Park. A second session is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Hume Park. Happy City, the City of New Westminster and HUB Cycling are teaming up on a cycling course that includes on-bike skills training and a neighbourhood road ride led by a
certified cycling instructor. The course, which is tailored to kids aged eight to 14 and their families, will provide an opportunity to learn about traffic safety and to build road safety skills and confidence in a fun environment. Ð Plazas and Patios of Uptown is on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Sixth and Sixth in uptown New West. Happy City, HUB Cycling and Uptown businesses are hosting family-friendly activities and games, including free bicycle safety checks, an information pop-up about Streets for People and a chance to win a $150 gift certificate to a New West store of your choice. Ð Shop Local Challenge, which is taking place on Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations, is an initiative intended to support local businesses. Local businesses will be offering free goodies to participants who register for this challenge and get there by walking, rolling, transit or bike. Participants will have a chance to win a $150 gift certificate to the store of their choice.
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16 THURSDAY, October 1, 2020 • New West Record
Community Food program helps 500 people every weekend Theresa McManus
A food program launched in response to COVID-19 is now feeding nearly 500 people every weekend. St. Aidan’s Presbyterian Church launched the Don’t Go Hungry weekend food-support program in theWest End in May, with the program later expanding to three other neighbourhoods. It’s now offered at Knox Presbyterian Church in Sapperton, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Queensborough and Gordon Presbyterian Church in South Burnaby. While a number of food programs exist for folks who are able to pick up hampers on weekdays, Don’t Go Hungry began as a way of helping people who may work during the week and are unable to access emergency food supports. “Before COVID, our anticipated outreach was 30 families from our own West End community,” said Rev. Laurie McKay-Deacon of St. Aidan’s Presbyterian Church. “To have grown so quickly to meet an expanding need has been bittersweet – thankful that frankly any program through the church could grow in this age, but sad that so many people are food insecure.” Each weekend, commu-
nity members pick up free food hampers that contain dry goods, meat, dairy, bread and produce. “The biggest surprise has been that most of our volunteers and community/business partners are not church people because our folks are in that aging, vulnerable category,” said McKay-Deacon in an email to the Record. “So many young people have shown compassion to their neighbours, regardless of age, income or circumstances.”
We are all just people doing the best we can McKay-Deacon said the program has enacted many precautions, such as masks, distancing, sanitizers and other processes to keep people safe. “We are all just people doing the best we can in this uncertain time. I am proud that those who receive food also volunteer.The line between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ are separated by one or two paycheques,” she said. “As someone who has just moved into the neighbourhood in February, I am feeling the impact of an incredibly compassionate community, including business and political leaders.”
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dents this year; in actual in wanting to set aside fact, about 88 are currently COVID-19 contingency studying in New West. money, as she has con“That funding isn’t gosulted with other Metro ing to be made up if those Vancouver districts about students aren’t here,” she the issue. said. “We’re not alone here Ketcham noted the disin terms of being feartrict also stands to potenful of what’s to come and tially suffer funding shortthe unknown and unexfalls as a consequence of pected,” she said. “Sure, the move of some students there has been some adfrom “bricks-and-mortar” ditional funding received, schools into online disbut again, as I noted, this tributed learning pandemic could programs, though carry on for a litshe said the distle while lontrict has taken ger, and we want steps to mitito just safeguard gate against that against whatever change. might come our Regardless, she way in the fusaid, it behooves ture.” the district to Under the plan, be wise with its the board would Bettina Ketcham money in light of secretary-treasurer “internally rethe uncertainty strict” the funds, about the future. so it would also have the “There’s going to be on- power to change its mind going continued pressures as the pandemic situation in operating for the foreevolves. Ketcham said the seeable future and perboard can continue to rehaps beyond this school visit the proposal through year,” she said. “It’s units operations committee clear as to how long this meetings and during the pandemic will last for, and amended budget season it’s certainly wise to ensure this winter. we’re being financially re“Really, the financial restrained.” straint and conservatism She said the board is something that we need needs to ensure its spendto demonstrate right now, ing is focused on the work given the uncertainty that it needs to do to meet the lies ahead,” she said. vision set out in its strateThe school board gave gic plan for the next five final approval to the budyears. get and financial stateAnd she told trustments at its Sept. 29 meetees the district isn’t alone ing.
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City New West council backs call for free contraception Theresa McManus
NewWestminster city council is urging the province to support universal no-cost access to all prescription contraception – just in time forWorld Contraception Day. At its Sept. 14 meeting, council unanimously passed a motion by Coun. Nadine Nakagawa calling on the provincial government to cover all prescription contraception at no cost under the B.C. Medical Services Plan. “Contraception is a critical health need,” Nakagawa said. Nakagawa commended advocates from AccessBC who have worked on advocating for this “muchneeded” health service. According to AccessBC, an intrauterine device (IUD) can cost between
$75 and $380, oral contraceptive pills can cost $20 per month, and hormone injections can cost as much as $180 per year. The group, which formed in 2017 to advocate for the removal of barriers to accessing prescription contraception, says these costs are such that too many B.C. residents use less effective methods of contraception – or simply go without. Nakagawa’s motion states cost is a significant barrier to people accessing contraception, particularly people with low incomes, youth and people from marginalized communities. It also states that providing free prescription contraception has been shown to improve health outcomes for parents and infants by reducing the risks associated with unintended pregnancy and
it is likely to reduce direct medical costs on the provincial health system. According to the motion approved by council, contraceptive methods such as condoms or vasectomies are available at low cost, no cost or are covered by B.C.’s Medical Services Plan, whereas all contraceptive methods for people with uteruses (such as birth control pills, intrauterine devices or hormone injections) have high up-front costs, making access to contraception unequal and gendered. “I am thrilled to see NewWestminster reflect the voice of its citizens and pass this motion,” said NewWest resident Jessica L. Jimmo, a member of the AccessBC campaign for free prescription contraception in B.C. “Universal no-cost prescription contraception as a policy
just makes good sense, and health-care system, yet we the social, fiscal, health see that MSP coverage is and equity benefits are ira highly gendered issue,” refutable.There are an inNakagawa said in an Accredible number of reacessBC press release. “Insons why this policy is long cluding contraception overdue, but now, during under MSP will expand COVID, we cannot deaccess and provide better lay making sure health outcomes. those who have It’s the right thing uteruses have free to do.” and universal acDuring the cess to the necesSept. 22 to 24 sary medication Union of B.C. to control when, Municipalities if and how they convention, delbecome pregegates considnant.” ered resolutions NewWestminfromVictoria and ster is the sixth Nadine Nakagawa Burnaby, which city councillor municipality in asked the provinB.C. to endorse cial government universal, no-cost coverage to make prescription conof prescription contraceptraception in B.C. available tion.Vancouver,Victoria, at no cost under MSP. Burnaby, Kimberley and “People with uteruses Squamish have also passed are often paying hundreds motions on this front. of dollars out of pocket for “Access to contracepcontraception,” said Detion is a critical part of our von Black, co-founder of
AccessBC. “Meanwhile, vasectomies are covered by B.C.’s Medical Services Plan and condoms are handed out for free.That kind of structural inequality is just not acceptable in 2020.” World Contraception Day, held every Sept. 26, envisions a world where every pregnancy is wanted. “The cost of providing prescription contraception is considerably lower than the costs of unintended pregnancy,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, who also co-founded AccessBC. “At a time when the government is looking for ways to respond to the cost impacts of COVID-19, this is a creative solution that would save money while improving health outcomes for B.C. residents.”
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City Residents allowed back in council chambers again Theresa McManus
NewWestminster city council will continue to meet remotely for the rest of 2020, but it’s giving community members more access to council chambers starting in October. Council has been meeting electronically on Zoom since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. Staff recently presented council with a series of recommendations related to having open delegations and to opening council chambers to the public during the pandemic. “Municipal governments are now, if it is technologically feasible, required to allow the public access to their meetings, to physically access their meetings,” city clerk Jacque Killawee told coun-
cil. “That can be simply for the public to come into chamber with me and sit in a room and listen to your (Zoom) conversation.” A report to council included a number of staff recommendations related to council meetings, including one that proposed the mayor, three councillors (on a rotating schedule), six staff, one camera operator, one member of the media and 10 members of the public be allowed in council chambers for council meetings. “If my coming through the building puts someone at risk, I am not sure that that’s worth it,” said Coun. Mary Trentadue. “So I guess I want to have a better understanding of why we would do this, what is the benefit? Does it benefit the community or is it something that we are do-
ing because we should be doing it at this time?” Coun. Chuck Puchmayr said he has no problem with council members attending meetings in shifts if that’s the preference of council but said “it would be odd” to return to council chambers for in-person meetings just as the normal cold and flu season is getting underway. Although she likes the option of having a small number of councillors attend meetings in council chambers, Coun. Nadine Nakagawa said she also feels the city should lead by example and should not be “role modelling” actions that may put staff and councillors at risk. “I don’t think that we should be ashamed to not be in public,” she said. “I think we should be proud of choices to choose to isolate for the people in our
personal networks.” imum of 10 people into Reopening council council chambers and 10 chambers isn’t an agenda people into city hall’s foyer staff is pushing, Killawee to view council’s Zoom said. meetings on a screen. “It’s the provincial govFor the time being, ernment requiring a return members of the public will back to democracy being continue to provide input open and accesat public hearsible to the pubings and other lic,” she said. “If opportunities to council does not be heard via techwant to be in this nology, rather chamber, that is than in person. totally fine.That According to is totally allowed Killawee, the under the order. city runs “a very The public can strong chance” come in and lisof running a Mary Trentadue ten to a Zoom COVID-noncity councillor meeting as they compliant event are right now.” and creating a Instead of having counsafety risk if it opens up cil members attend meetcouncil chambers for peoings in-person on a rotaple to speak at public heartional basis, council voted ings. to continue meeting on “We know of several citZoom until the end of the ies who are doing in-peryear. Starting in October, son delegations, but we the city will allow a maxfeel that the risk to staff
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New West actor spent summer with Bard When COVID-19 set in, it looked like her internship would get cancelled. Instead, it went virtual. Theresa Cowley has been recognized as one of Canada’s rising theatre stars. This past summer, the 20-year-old New Westminster Secondary grad was one of only 12 young actors from across Canada selected for funding from the RBC Emerging Artists Project and a spot in a program called RiotousYouth. RiotousYouth is a paid internship with Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. It was an opportunity that almost didn’t come to pass.When Bard on the Beach was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the internship was in jeopardy. But the RBC Emerging Artists Project stepped up to provide funding for the participants and keep the program alive. The shift to an online program gave Cowley the unique opportunity to bring the Bard’s famous words to life in a virtual setting. “I was very nervous about how we would approach this program virtually, but we were able to use this challenging time as a way to build a real sense of community and think of creative ways to express Shakespeare,” said Cowley. “I also had regu-
lar online meetings with my program mentor, who really helped me with my vocal technique and the practical aspects of actor training.” The interns also produced a collaborative piece of theatre called ‘A Shakespeariment’ – a showcase that was released on the Bard on the Beach Youtube channel. “It’s us performing Shakespeare, but recorded on our phones,” said Cowley. Live-screen recordings of Zoom meetings were used as a “stage,” allowing actors to alternate appearing on the screen, replicating a classical theatre format. And with the interns at home, a lot of the typical elements of theatre – like sound, lighting, props and costumes – had to be created with whatever was around the house. Katie Johnstone, education coordinator for Bard on the Beach, noted it meant finding new ways to recreate theatre. “The program’s mission is to inspire by creating engaging experiences with Shakespeare, but how do you digitize the experience and bring the essence and entertainment of Shakespeare to a computer screen?,” Johnstone said. “Our interns showed us not only that this could
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Rising star: New Westminster Secondary School grad Theresa Cowley was one of 12 young actors from across the country selected to take part in a Riotous Youth internship with Bard on the Beach. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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