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Generosity flows for fire victims BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER

Local agencies have been flooded with donations to help victims of Friday’s devastating apartment fire on Ash Street. Within hours of the blaze, residents were contacting local agencies and area schools inquiring how they could help. By the end of the day, the Salvation Army in New Westminster, St. Barnabas Church and the Hospitality Project at Shiloh-Sixth Avenue Church announced they were accepting donations to assist those impacted by the fire. Kary Movers in Surrey also held a donation drive on Sunday to collect clothing and household items. “We have more than we can handle to assist the tenants,” said Kimberly Hayek, triage coordinator at the Hospitality Project. “It’s wonderful.” The City of New Westminster ◗Fire Page 9

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Building new lives: From left, Rev. Shannon Tennant and Kimberly Hayek, triage coordinator for the Hospitality Project, with the donations that have been dropped off at Shiloh-Sixth Avenue Church to help those who lost everything in the Ash Street apartment fire. The city says support from the community has been overwhelming.

Campaign costs deter potential politicos BY NIKI HOPE REPORTER

The cost of campaigning can deter people from running for civic office, according to New Westminster school trustees. The board of education recently responded to a survey from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development on local election spending and noted that the price to get elected can be a hit to the pocketbook. “I would really like to see us go back to the 1990s,” board of education vice-chair Michael Ewen told trustees at the Jan. 28

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back on the expense limits issue last month. Paying for media advertising, pamphlets and postage are among some of the most significant cost pressures for candidates. Raising funds is another challenge, according to trustees. One of the questions on the survey was whether campaign finance issues are different in small communities versus larger ones. Trustees said it is difficult to get elected in a large community as an independent. A potential candidate would have to spend more money because there are more peo-

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If it’s leased – price goes up BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER

New Westminster is simultaneously trying to lease and sell the Merchant Square office tower. Gary Holowatiuk, the city’s director of finance and information technology, said the city’s plan is to do the tenant improvements in the office tower atop Anvil Centre, unless it’s sold before that building is leased up. “An office building’s sales value increases as it is leased up,” he explained. “A fully leased up building eliminates any leasing risk to the potential buyer and provides a guaranteed income stream.” The City of New Westminster has retained Cushman and Wakefield to lease-up and sell the office tower. “If a purchaser is identified before the office tower is leased, the city may sell and forego the leasing risks and additional costs to put in tenant fit-outs,” Holowatiuk said in an email to The Record. “Alternatively, if a buyer is identified later on, the office tower selling price will be higher to recover the tenant fit-out costs and to reflect a premium for the fact that the building is leased and providing a guaranteed revenue stream.” Holowatiuk couldn’t provide details about the sale price of the Merchant Square office tower. “I cannot comment on this except to say that the sale price will be a function of how much of the building is leased up at the time of sale,” he said. Colleen Ponzini, the city’s manager of financial services, said this year’s draft financial plan budgets $40 million for the sale of the office tower and $40 million for expenses

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For Sale: The Merchant Square office tower, now under construction on top of New Westminster’s civic centre, is for sale. At the same time, the Class A office space is also available for lease. related to Merchant Square construction. If the tower sells, she said the money from the sale would be used to repay debt incurred to build the tower. Andrew Laurie, a senior associate in office leasing with Cushman and Wakefield Ltd., said the company is currently engaged by the city in the marketing and leasing

of office space in the Merchant Square project. “The leasing is still in its initial stages, as is normal with a project of this type,” he wrote in an email to The Record. “We have every confidence that prospective tenants will see the benefits of this building – its environmental design to a LEED Gold standard, the nearby amenities (including

the Anvil Centre), easy access by foot, bike, car and close proximity to SkyTrain … not to mention the remarkable views.” Laurie said it’s important to note New Westminster has a strong landlord market at present. He said there is a 5.9 per cent vacancy rate for Class A space in ◗Anvil Centre Page 4

Investigators search for cause of fire BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER

Ted Buckley awoke to the sounds of voices calling “fire, fire, fire” early Friday morning and quickly left with nothing but the clothes on his back. A few hours later, a shell of a building was all that remained of his home, after fire gutted a three-

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storey apartment building at 404 Ash St. “As soon as I opened the door, the hallway was filled with smoke,” Buckley told The Record as he watched flames engulf the building. “I didn’t want to take any chances.” All of the 36 tenants living in 31 units in the three-storey building made it out of the building


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unharmed, after the fire was detected at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. “There was a fire in the suite above the main entrance,” said Deputy Fire Chief John Hatch. “It blew out the glass (patio) doors.” When fire crews arrived at the building, they found a man with a portable extinguisher attempting to put out the fire on the second floor.

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Anvil Centre: Office tower has the potential of generating $50 million ◗ continued from page 3

the city, which this building will be. Construction of Anvil Centre is expected to be completed by June and fully operational by September. It will include convention facilities, a theatre, an art gallery, the city’s museum and archives, the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, multiuse rooms and more. When the city embarked on plans to build a new civic centre on Columbia Street, it put out expressions of interest to see if any developers were interested in partnering with the city on the development. The Uptown Property Group was the only submission for an office tower, with others proposing a residential tower atop the civic centre. When the Uptown Property Group withdrew from the project, city officials debated whether or not to proceed with the office tower, ultimately deciding to carry on with the entire $94 million civic centre and office tower project: $41.5 million for the civic centre, $12.5 million for the threelevel underground parking structure and $40 million for the office tower. Holowatiuk said the office tower’s price tag of $40 million includes $30.4 million for construction and $9.6 million for tenant fitout and lease-up costs. When the city agreed to proceed with construction of the office tower, it took steps that would allow it to borrow up to $59 million to complete the project. “We have borrowed approximately $21.6 million – $8.5 million for various municipal capital projects; $1.6 million for the Anvil Centre and parking and $11.5 million to front end development assistance compensation (DAC) amounts receivable from the province,” Holowatiuk said. The civic centre is one of five projects the city identified as priorities for development assistance compensation, which is money the city negotiated years ago as part of accepting a destination casino in New Westminster. The city had originally allocated $35 million toward the civic centre but later received permission to reallocate an additional $8 million in devel-

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systems in buildings don’t automatically inform the fire department of fire because they may not be monitored. “Just because you hear a fire alarm system activation make sure you clear the building, get out safely – but also phone 911,” he stressed. Some witnesses reported delays in the fire department’s arrival at the scene, but records indicate crews arrived within six minutes of getting the 911 call. On Monday, Coun. Chuck Puchmayr put forward a notice of motion to have the federal and provincial governments make money available to retrofit older buildings with sprinkler systems. He said some new infrastructure funding that is being made available has a focus on addressing community safety. According to Puchmayr, the city is unable to require buildings to require sprinklers to be installed into older buildings, as they were grandfathered into building codes that existed at the

to extinguish the fire, soon realizing they wouldn’t be able to save the building because it was spreading through the ceilings. Hatch said the wood frame apartment was built in 1969 and met the building code requirements of the time, which required a sprinkler system for the parkade and the mechanical rooms. Hatch couldn’t confirm reports that the fire alarm system didn’t sound on its own, but had to be manually pulled by someone in the building. “Any time there is 36 residents that are displaced, that have lost everything they own, it heightens everyone’s awareness,” Hatch said. “It is not something anyone wishes on anyone. The community has been very proactive on assisting them. Now it is our job to make sure we are out there informing people that there is building protection systems in place.” Hatch said the biggest lesson is that people should know fire alarm





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A city with hundreds of folks with hearts of gold many of those downtown businesses, First there was the downtown recreating their unique enterprises was fire destroying small businesses last simply unthinkable in the face of such October, and then came the fire last destruction. Friday razing an entire apartment buildBut neighbours and residents of New ing in the city. Westminster stood up to lend Unless you have been the a hand and a hug. victim of a fire, it can be hard As Marie Jang of De Dutch to imagine the devastation, THE RECORD restaurant said after a recent both psychologically and successful fundraiser: “New physically, such an event can Westminster residents have hearts of have on you. gold.” She is right. Losing your income and having to While the amount of money raised rebuild a small business is extremely may not replace the irreplaceables, it difficult in the best of times. But for


provides a tremendous boost in spirit. Just knowing that people care and are there for you is as precious as gold. Then, last week, we saw another devastating fire, this time striking folks in their very homes. Memories went up in flames, as people lost possessions – but, thankfully, no lives were lost and no one suffered serious injuries. Again, New Westminster citizens jumped to help those in trouble. Within hours people were gathering goods and looking for ways to help. In a couple of days, agencies had more than

enough goods to go around. There’s something about a smaller city that reminds people of just how close tragedy is when it strikes. The business owners and the apartment dwellers are our neighbours: the parents of our children’s friends, the folks who walk their dog down our street, the customers who are always there for their 8 a.m. doughnut and double-double. They are the same people who would likely step up to help us if we were struck by a tragedy. Because that’s what neighbours are for.

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f all the many controversies that have dogged the B.C. Liberals during their near-13 years in power, few match their inept, wrongheaded and, in the end, illegal actions against two public sector unions. Their decisions to tear up freely negotiated contracts with both the Hospital Employees’ Union and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation are black marks etched deep in their record and will stand as an unimpressive legacy for some time. Their dispute with the HEU has faded from view, after the courts ruled against the government and forced it to negotiate a hefty financial penalty with the union. But their dispute with the BCTF lingers on, even after a B.C. Supreme Court judge last week delivered a scathing rebuke of their actions. Unfortunately, this means stability and certainty may not be returning to the public education system anytime soon. The court ruled, for the second time, that stripping working conditions from the collective agreement was unconstitutional and illegal. That is fairly straightforward.

What is not straightforward, however, is what happens next. The judge, in her decision, ordered that the language governing class size and class composition (which determines how many teachers and special needs assistants are required to be on the job) that was in the contract in 2002 (when the government arbitrarily removed them) be put back in the collective agreement. But she also wrote that “this does not guarantee the language is clad in stone” and notes it will be the subject of ongoing collective bargaining. Not surprisingly, the BCTF argues that given the court decision, staffing levels should revert to 2002 levels, which would likely require the hiring or re-hiring of several thousand teachers, librarians and special needs assistants (who are members of CUPE). The provincial government appears to be balking at that interpretation, which is also not surprising, given the enormous financial cost that would be incurred with having to hire so many teachers so quickly (the court heard evidence that it would cost $500 million, plus $275 million a year, estimates the judge found speculative). Adding to the confusion and the costs is the possibility that thousands of grievances will be filed (or have been filed) by teachers who spent a decade working under working conditions now deemed to have been illegal. But whatever the number, the

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Re: Uptown plan raises too many questions, In My Opinion, The Record, Jan. 31. It is unfortunate that in his recent opinion piece in this newspaper, Mr. Crosty finds it necessary to spread misinformation about the uptown business community’s plan to create a BIA. The Uptown Business Association is a duly organized and registered society formed to promote business in the uptown area. It is led by a diverse group of business owners and managers. Membership is open to all business and property owners in the uptown area. Our meetings are open to members and follow a democratic format. If Mr. Crosty questions the validity of the organization, he is welcome to attend our meetings. His letter to the editor shows he is rather misinformed about this ◗Teachers Page 7 organization.

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The steering group that completed the work behind the BIA proposal consists of representatives of four retail businesses and two property owners. We thoroughly reviewed and discussed options for establishing the most effective mechanism to undertake and fund common initiates to promote the uptown area. The BIA proposal was discussed at two subsequent meetings of the Uptown Business Association last fall, and the membership voted unanimously in favour of creating the BIA. Detailed information concerning the proposed BIA is contained in the information package that was part of the council report. This information was available to Mr. Crosty for his perusal and illustrates the work of many hard-working individuals. The proposed BIA area consists of the commercial properties in the uptown area from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, and from Fifth Street to Eighth Street. The area along Sixth Street from Royal




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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Uptown plans have support Laneway houses work well

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Avenue to Fifth Avenue is not included at this time. With Mr. Crosty’s business located at 239 Sixth St. he is not included in the BIA area. It is ironic that he feels it necessary to criticize the BIA proposal and make unfounded and defamatory accusations toward one individual. The proposed BIA levy will fund a number of initiatives that can be grouped in four program pillars. Street beautification includes street banners, hanging baskets, and Christmas street lights and decor. Street activation includes funding for events such as Uptown Live. Promotion and marketing will fund common marketing initiatives to attract visitors to the uptown area. And under outreach, we will partner with community groups to fund initiatives that are mutually beneficial. No administration office will be set up, no staff hired. Instead, with the exception of the mandatory expenses to meet the requirements under the Society Act and the city (like annual audit and filing fees), all proceeds will go to directly fund the programs. The BIA budget of $117,600 was arrived at after pricing out the cost to properly fund the four program pillars. Spread out over the entire BIA area, this works out to a levy of $32 per month per storefront. That’s pretty good value. And yes, Mr. Crosty, Royal City Centre and Westminster Centre, the largest properties in the BIA area, will pay the lion’s share of the total budget. The BIA will accomplish what individual businesses cannot do alone. The board of directors of the Uptown Business Association of New Westminster: Bart Slotman, Susan Cartwright Coates, Amy Fraser, Curtis Hughes, Marivic Cregan, Laura Veevers

Dear Editor:

Thank you for facilitating the discussion on laneway houses in our fine city. I too am fully supportive of this initiative for the following reasons: ◗ 1. Precedent: It is already occurring in our area. We can learn from the City of Vancouver. I even understand that West Vancouver is voting on this issue. West Vancouver! ◗ 2. Densification: It contributes in a measured way to densification, which is an important element in our region’s viability. ◗ 3. Affordability: It makes it possible for people to live more affordably in one of the highest priced real estate markets in Canada. ◗ 4. Increased tax base: It contributes to the tax base in a direct way, offsetting the numerous funding challenges faced by local government. ◗ 5. Enhanced community social capital: It makes it possible for people downsizing into a laneway house to maintain their existing community connections, which contributes to their well-being. It also opens up the possibility for extended multi-generational families to have some sense of living close together without resorting to demolition and subsequent construction of one very large extended-family house. ◗ 6. Mitigation of a car-based culture: Rather than having other large detached structures on a property dedicated solely to the housing of vehicles, one can have more esthetically pleasing, smaller structures dedicated to the housing of people (and perhaps one car). ◗ 7. Variety: it enriches the housing variety and texture of the community, further adding to the charm of our great city. Mark Fox, New Westminster

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amount of money that could potentially be involved here is staggering. And that is one reason why the government is likely to appeal the decision. At the very least, filing an appeal will buy it some time to find a way out of this mess. In the meantime, school trustees everywhere are wondering when and if they have to hire a bunch of teachers at a time when their boards’ budgets don’t have the money to do that. And it’s also unclear how this situation will affect the ongoing talks between the BCTF and the government regarding a new contract. If anything, it’s hard to see how the court ruling will have a positive impact on the contract talks, at least in the short term.

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The number 1 priority for the B.C. Liberal government is a balanced budget. Next year’s budget is forecast, for now, to have a surplus of less than a half billion dollars (or, potentially, the amount of money equal to funding the 2002 class size and composition regulations). So it is not clear (especially given its stubborn and abrasive attitude in this fight) that the government will simply roll over and automatically fund all those new teaching positions, since that funding could tip the budget into deficit. But the B.C. Liberals do not have the high, moral ground here, let alone a strong legal position. Some kind of mediation may be an option. Even binding arbitration – a route rarely used by governments because it means

they lose control over the outcome – may have to be explored. Of course, the BCTF is perfectly entitled to reject all those options, and insist the 2002 rules be followed pronto. If that’s where everything is headed, we may see a new tax coming from the government to pay for them, and there is a precedent for it. For example, in 2002 the B.C. Liberals raised the provincial sales tax by a half cent to pay for a very expensive binding arbitration with the doctors. Perhaps we’re headed down the same kind of path again, and if we are, you can place the blame squarely on a fight the B.C. Liberals started more than 10 years ago. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.

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body was allowed back in their building, we knew that we would be putting together applications for the residents of 31 suites in the building that was not standing,” Meyers said. “We provide them with 72 hours of food, clothing, lodging. We find them places to stay.” Although tenants of neighbouring buildings that had been evacuated as a precautionary measure were allowed back into their homes later Friday, there was no home for those living in 404 Ash St. to return to as the building was gutted by fire. Emergency

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Music at Queens concerts continue ◗P14 Local performer earns Ovation Award ◗P15

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t’s a bird! It’s a plane! It was all those things and more when youngsters took in a recent Morphoman show at New Westminster’s River Market. Seattle-based performance artist Christian Swenson entertained kids of all ages by morphing into all sorts of characters – including dinosaurs and aliens – as part of his interactive show at the market on Jan. 26. Swenson has performed at schools and theatres across North America and at festivals worldwide. A recipient of a U.S. National EndowmentfortheArtsFellowship, Swenson teaches choreography at Seattle University and has conducted numerous artist-in-residence programs for school children throughout North America. He has performed at both the Vancouver and Vancouver Island Children’s Festivals. TolearnmoreaboutMorphoman, visit – By Niki Hope, staff reporter

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ew Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright is on the mend after being injured in a car accident on Wednesday. Wright was heading home from a doctor’s appointment on Jan. 29 when the accident occurred. “Somebody ran a stop sign. It pretty well totalled my car,” he told The Record. “It was hard to get out because it was crunched quite a bit.” Wright said he had the right of way when his car was struck by a large pickup truck. Local police and firefighters attended the accident that occurred

at Seventh Street and Third Avenue. “The neighbours were terrific,” Wright said. “They came out right away. They were calling out, wanting to know if they should call ambulances.” Because he had no cuts or broken bones, Wright opted to go back to his doctor’s office. “My doctor is not too far away, so he is an easier person to go to,” he said. Wright took a couple days off to heal but was back at city hall for council’s Feb. 3 meeting. Since the accident, he’s had a sore shoulder and neck, as well as a nagging headache. “I don’t think I have had an accident in 50 years. I have a wonderful record,” he said. “Anyway, it gives me a chance to watch the Canucks on TV.”

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Marie Jang was overwhelmed by the community support for a recent fundraiser for the

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Leona Green, who runs Greens and Beans Deli in Sapperton and is no stranger to holding fundraisers, provided “invaluable” support and guidance in organizing the event. Meranda Po Thiessen, who is Jang’s niece, brought Farhan (Hyack football coach and TSN sportscaster) and Mary Lalji – who in turn brought several items for the silent auction. Dave Vallee and Bob and Betty Toporowski each gave a gift basket, while fellow Columbia Square restaurants Cockney Kings and Boston Pizza offered up gift certificates. “Everybody told me after how much fun they had and how they thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It was so nice to see people from all walks of life just chatting it up with total strangers,” Jang said. “What moved me the most was how much everyone cared about what the fire victims are going through.”

Jang and her family opened De Dutch in Columbia Square in 2010. She said the fundraiser was a team effort by the restaurant’s staff and her family, all who helped cook, clean, serve and set up for the big event.

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Parent input sought on new school boundaries New catchment options under review for Montessori and French immersion


New Westminster parents who are putting their children in either French immersion or Montessori in 2015 and beyond may want to attend one of the school district’s upcoming consultation meetings on the new catchment options being considered for programs of choice. The district is making changes to catchments so that students can attend a program that is closest to their home, according to a district notice. The changes will not impact current students or their siblings who are enrolled in a special program. As well, students attending a regular program in their neighbourhood school will not be affected. Community consultations include an

opportunity for parents to share their preferences and ideas. The feedback will later be shared with the board of education for its final decision. A public meetings to discuss boundaries for Montessori and French immersion will be held at Queen Elizabeth Elementary (921 Salter St.) on Feb. 5 (tonight), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. French immersion boundaries will be discussed at Herbert Spencer Elementary (605 Second St.) on Feb. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at John Robson Elementary (120 Eighth St.) on Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and at Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary (1714 Eighth Ave.) on Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meetings were held last month at Richard McBride and Connaught Height elementary schools. For more information, contact the district’s director of instruction Sandra Pace at For more information on the school district visit www.sd40.

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various locations throughout the city, with the remaining 40 or so bags available for purchase at Eden at 451 East Columbia St. in Sapperton. “We are extremely grateful for the support of Yellow Pages Group, who backed the shopping bag project, to Scotia Bank for making an additional $1,005 contribution and to the community of New West as a whole,” said B2B NOW spokesperson Heidi Clarkson in a press release. “So many people were involved in various ways to help the affected business owners. It has been amazing.” In addition to the group fundraiser, two B2B NOW

members participated in their own ventures. Katie Marshall of Medical Esthetics by Katie raised $405 at her Christmas open house, and Robyn Murrell of Foxy Kickboxing – New West raised $523 through special sessions held specifically for the fire fund. “The community of New Westminster has been doing a fantastic job in pulling together to raise funds for the fire relief efforts,” says Nicole Eich, Westminster Saving’s foundation and community giving manager, Westminster Savings. “Westminster Savings has been pleased to help coordinate the donations made in order to support those who have been affected.”

Westminster Savings, in partnership with the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, is holding the fire relief account. While some of the funds have already been distributed to businesses, fundraising continues this weekend. The Columbia Theatre is hosting a benefit concert, Fire in the Heart, on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $40 and features performances by the Rhythm & Blues Allstars and Barracuda (a Heart tribute band.) For more information call 604-522-4500. Do you have an item for Around Town? Send ideas to Theresa, tmcmanus@royal You can also find her on Twitter, @TheresaMcManus.

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Robson name deemed too controversial BY NIKI HOPE REPORTER

Geography trumps history in the name game for the new middle school in New Westminster. École West Fraser River Middle School or École West Side Middle School are the two options the school district is putting out for consultation after trustees voted down the name École John Robson Middle School at a recent board of education meeting. “When we make selections, we make judgments,” said trustee

Casey Cook, who didn’t think the district should keep the Robson name given that John Robson, the man, like most of the politicians of his time, supported racist policies against both Chinese and First Nations people. “I don’t want to denigrate Mr. Robson … however, there are some things I think we are going to be taken to task for,” Cook said. Robson is the former premier of British Columbia, the namesake of Vancouver’s famed shopping strip and was a supporter

of the women’s suffrage movement. The John Robson name was the recommendation of a naming committee. The second-term trustee missed a vote on the name the previous week because he was recovering from a car accident (he was hit by a car and suffered a con- Casey Cook cussion). Trustee Michael trustee Ewen was also absent from the meeting, where other ing the trustees voted unanimously to Trustee

ticularly supportive of naming the school after Dr. Ethlyn Trapp, a New Westminster-born medical pioneer. A radiotherapist, she was instrumental in the opening of the British Columbia Cancer Institute. Her motion to include Trapp’s name in the list of options was unsuccessful. The new Grade 6 to 8 middle school is being built next year. The school will be situated on the site of the current Robson elementary school, which is being rebuilt at another site.

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Trio featured in Music at Queens concert THE LIVELY CITY JULIE MACLELLAN


usic lovers, here’s a wonderful one coming up for

you. The next offering in the Music at Queens concert series is on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. It features a performance by Bridge Professionals, a group founded in 2012 by Kevin Park – a cellist from right here in the Royal City. He returned to New Westminster in 2010 after studying music at the University of Texas. A press release notes that he formed Bridge Professionals to create more performance and collaboration opportunities for talented musicians from Vancouver and abroad an to create a “bridge” between musicians and audience. “The musicians’ priority is the pursuit of harmony and communication beyond the barriers of language and culture,” it notes. The project provides exposure to current professionals and invitations to new and upcoming talents locally and beyond – Kevin keeps an eye on the B.C. concert scene to recruit tal-

ented new performers. The February concert features works from the trio repertoires of Beethoven, Dvorak and Piazzolla. Pianist Susan Choi and violinist Yun Jung join Kevin in concert. The concert is at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 students and seniors, and $10 for children, available at the door. Call 604-522-1606 for more info.

Open mike nights

Are you a songwriter? Do you have music to share? Don’t forget about the songwriters’ open mike nights, running every Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Grill. Enrico Renz and Lawren Nemeth host the nights in the backroom at the restaurant, at 447 Columbia St. You’re welcome to bring your songs to join in at the open mike, or just pop in to listen. Poets are also welcome for collaboration. Check out more at

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Society has one for you too. The society is running a monthly short story open mike session at the Heritage Grill, also in the backroom. The open mike sessions are hosted by Margo Prentice and happen on the second Wednesday of the month. The next one’s coming up on Feb. 12, and it runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring your short stories or excerpts from novels. Storytellers are also welcome. Check out www.rclas. com for the details.

Poetry workshop

Yes, it’s true, the Royal

his first book, Watching the Sun Rise & Other Poems, in 1970. He spent 30 years travelling throughout Western Canada as a trainer and consultant, and he’s currently working on a collection called The Jazz Poems. The library is at 716 Sixth Ave., uptown. Register ahead by emailing

City Literary Arts Society is keeping the local literary scene pretty darn busy! The society, in partnership with the New Westminster Public Library, is offering a free workshop with Garry Ward: Rhyming Verse – The Joy, The Curse. It’s taking place on Thursday evening, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. As a press release notes, “This workshop examines the elements that distinguish great modern rhyming verse from Hallmark cards, including surprise, variation and musicality.” Ward is a Saskatchewanborn poet who moved to B.C. in 1969 and published

Poetic Justice

If you’re into poetry, don’t forget about Poetic Justice. The weekly poetry readings include presentations by feature poets as well as open mike sessions, run-

ning from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the backroom at the Heritage Grill. It doesn’t run on Sunday, Feb. 9 – it’s closed for Family Day weekend – but it starts up again on Feb. 16, when host Sho Wiley leads readings by Candice James, Dennis Bolen and Brad Cran. Check out www.poetic for the schedule and bios of the participating poets. Do you have an item for Lively City? Send arts and entertainment ideas to Julie, jmaclellan@royalcityrecord. com. You can also find her on Twitter, @juliemaclellan.

Written by: Linda Tobias Social & Emotional Skills Help Kids Excel When we want to know how well kids are doing, too often we focus on academics or physical fitness. Social and emotional development is easy to overlook, but strong social and emotional skills in children mean that they have better attitudes towards themselves and others, deal with emotions appropriately and experience less stress, among other benefits. And the effects are seen in academic work as well. According to the a report prepared by the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education,“a landmark review found that students who receive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) instruction improved an average of 11 percentile points on standardized achievement tests compared to students who did not receive such instruction.”

that 13% of children in New Westminster were vulnerable. On the Social Competence Scale, which measures behaviours such as cooperation, respect for others and self-control, 16% of children were vulnerable.

on at least four of five criteria (optimism, happiness, self-esteem, general health & absence of sadness) were considered to be “thriving.”The percentage of kids who were thriving in each neighbourhood ranged from 35-60%.

The results for individual New Westminster neighbourhoods can be seen in the following chart below:

The Heart Mind Index (HMI)

How are Kids in New West Doing? When it comes to social and emotional development, children in New Westminster (and across BC) have been found to be vulnerable. Several agencies have been working together to create a detailed picture of how our kids are developing.There are three main tools that are used.

UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership also asked grade four students across the province to report on five areas of development, one of which was social and emotional development. 351 grade four students (83%) from School District 40 (New Westminster) participated in the latest survey.The latest report was created using data from the 2011/12 and 2012/13 school years. Here are some of the findings for New Westminster:

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) This current, fifth wave of the “child development census” was put together by the University of British Columbia’s Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 school years. It had 452 kindergarten children from 9 schools and 6 neighbourhoods across New Westminster participate.The survey looked at several factors, including emotional and social development. On the Emotional Maturity Scale, which measures behaviours such as helping others, tolerance and empathy, it found

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Emotional maturity Social competence

This assessment was put together by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education (DLC) using information from the fourth wave of EDI results (2009/10 and 2010/11 school years) to focus only on social and emotional development. Information from 37 key variables is used to look at how skilled children are in five areas: • Gets Along with Others: form healthy and positive relationships with peers and adults

Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI)

The survey results were also analyzed by neighbourhood. When it came to well-being, children who scored high

• Compassionate and Kind: the desire to help another person • Alert and Engaged: the ability to manage feelings, thoughts and emotions • Secure and Calm: aren’t overwhelmed with worries, sadness or anxiety • Solves Problems Peacefully: behave in peaceful and respectful way These traits were also compared across New Westminster neighbourhoods.The following chart shows neighbourhoods with the highest and lowest percentages of children who were thriving in each category.

The Record • Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • A15

Local performer earns Ovation A New Westminster performer walked away with top honours at the Ovation Awards on Jan. 26. Sayer Roberts earned the Oustanding Lead Performance – Male award for his turn as Curly in the Royal City Musical Theatre company’s production of Oklahoma! last spring. His co-winner was Andrew Cownden from Theatre Under the Stars’ How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. RCMT’s Oklahoma! also earned Outstanding Lighting Design, for Gerald King.

RCMT’s choreographer, Valerie Easton, was up for Outstanding Choreography – competing against her own work in the Arts Club Theatre production of Mary Poppins, among others. In the end, Easton earned the trophy for her work on Mary Poppins. The Outstanding Professional Production winner also has a local connection. Arts Club Theatre’s Avenue Q, which was directed by the Royal City’s Peter Jorgensen, earned the top honours. See www.applausemus for all the winners.

Rising star: Sayer Roberts earned an Ovation Award for his work as Curly in Royal City Musical Theatre’s Oklahoma!, which ran at the Massey Theatre last spring.

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Written by: Linda Tobias Together We Help Kids Thanks to funding from the United Way, kids in New Westminster are getting a lot of help to develop their social and emotional skills. Kids New West is a collaboration of local service providers working to address vulnerabilities.

Here are some of the initiatives they are involved with: In October 2012, New Westminster Family Place opened an outreach program at Lord Kelvin Elementary School in Uptown. The project provides support and information to families with children under the age of six, some of whom are vulnerable in several areas, including social and emotional development.This Community Hub program was only made possible through funding and support from the Union of BC Municipalities, Success by Six, programs from Family Services of Greater Vancouver, School District 40 and other collaborating agencies. Kids New West member service providers and the New Westminster Public Partners’ Child Development Committee are now working together to establish Child Development Hubs in several other neighborhoods. Over the past ten years, they have supported neighborhood needs assessments that are laying groundwork for Child Development Community Hubs at the newly renovated Queensborough Community Centre and at the Qayqayt Elementary (NLC) Community Hub, with others, such as the East Side, still in development. Because of the strong collaboration between Kids New West member participants over the past ten years, emerging patterns of the needs of local children and families have been identified.This allows resources and programs to be better targeted. Kids New West regularly provides trainings for parents,

childcare providers and professionals. It also serves as an information centre for parents who are looking to know more about New Westminster programs, local events and child development. Kids New West can be found online at, Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, the Kids New West Community Guide and the Kids New West Summer Activity Guide are two popular publications that help engage families in the community. Opportunity to Learn More Kids New West will be hosting a free forum related to socialemotional development in children (birth to 12 years of age) for parents, community professionals, teachers and childcare workers.The forum will take place on Friday, February 21 at New Westminster Secondary School and the Massey Theatre, and on Saturday, February 22 at Douglas College. Maria LeRose (Dalai Lama Centre & HMI Project) and Dr. Lynn D. Miller (UBC) and will be giving the keynote addresses on Friday and Saturday respectively. Please note that the Friday is a Pro-D day for School District 40.

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Lighting up Columbia Swag lighting pays tribute to the Royal City’s past Columbia Street will soon be trying a swag lighting display on for size. After several attempts at dealing with a staff report about proposed swag lighting on Columbia Street, council finally made a decision last fall about new lighting that will adorn Columbia Street. “The first swag light is in production and should be here this month,” Bev Grieve, the city’s director of development services, recently told the Record. “Council will take a look at it and make a decision regarding the future of the project at that time.” Council discussed the issue a number times,

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Lighting up: New swag lights for Columbia Street could feature seasonal motifs such as snowflakes. with councillors offering their thoughts on the various options being considered, including an exact replica of the lighting that draped across the street in past decades and a modern interpretation. Ultimately, council approved an option

with a crown in the centre that can be changed out seasonally with motifs like a snowflake. During the heyday of the Golden Mile, swag lighting with a crown motif decorated Columbia Street. – Theresa McManus

Kids New West has the answers for parents in New Westminster

If you’re a parent in New Westminster, Kids New West (found online at is here to make things easier for you. Serving families with children from birth to 12 years old, Kids New West is the result of a merging of the Early and Middle Childhood Development Committees. It has lots of information to make life easier for families in New Westminster. Here’s just a sample of the questions that the Kids New West website can answer for you:

Where can I find some fun activities to do with my young children?

There’s always something going on in New Westminster, and many of the events happening around the community are low cost or free. Check out the homepage to see the Upcoming Events listings. Playtime at Family Place, free family skate and several special events are just a few events coming up soon.

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Where can I get help with finding daycare for my child?


The Kids New West website has all the information you need about the YMCA Child Care Resource & Referral Program. For over 20 years, the program has been helping families find daycare spots, get information on subsidies and supporting them through the process.

Our family just moved to New Westminster. How can we learn more about or new community?

The Kids New West website is full of resources! Head over to the“reports”page to find a link to the “Newcomers Guide” that will help you find everything you ever wanted to know about the city all in one place. Explore the rest of the site to find up-to-date information on the latest events, recreational activities and other parent resources.

My child will be headed to kindergarten next year. Where do I find information about what I need to do?

Kids New West works closely with School District 40 (New Westminster) to make the transition as easy as possible.Whether you just need to know how to register or you need to create a plan for a special needs child, resources are in place to support you through the process. You can also find information about Strong Start, a free program to prepare your child for entering school.

Which local businesses will be welcoming to my energetic children?

Some businesses go out of their way to welcome small children.They are ready for the extra energy and noise with activities and a baby-friendly space that includes a change table, high chairs, wide aisles for strollers, etc. And, they have staff that is friendly to kids even when they’re not on their best behaviour. How do you find these places? The Family Friendly Business program! Look for the sticker on the door that shows the business has been approved by the program. For more information or to see the online directory, visit the Kids New West website.

Members of Kids New West have come together from agencies across the city to help create healthy, safe, educated and happy children. As a parent or community member, you are invited to participate. Email to get involved.




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’Bellies get pick of top five at draft BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR

Tyler Garrison should staying put in a Coquitlam Adanacsuniformfollowing this Thursday’s Western Lacrosse Association junior entry draft. The 6-2 junior Adanacs team captain is The Record’s pick as No. 1 in this week’s draft – a selection that Coquitlam earlier claimed from Nanaimo. If by some chance, the A’s go off the board and say, fill a need in goal with homegrown keeper Frank Scigliano, then Garrison is almost a certainty at No. 2. “If Coquitlam doesn’t pick him up, he won’t be getting by us at two,” said New Westminster president and general manager Dan Richardson last month. Richardson called this year’s draft “interesting” and suggested the Salmonbellies may well go outside the Lower Mainland in the search to bolster their left side. That implies either lefthanders Jesse King and Brody Eastwood of the Victoria Shamrocks may not be safe at the No. 6 and 7 picks, when the Island teams pick. King, a 6-3 runner, who led the ‘Rocks in scoring with 34 goals and 111 points, could be snatched up as late as fifth with New West’s second of two picks in the first round. The ‘Bellies also select second overall – a pick that could be used to solidify the team’s position in goal if they chose Scigliano, who backstopped the New West juniors to the Minto Cup final last year. Eastwood has been a consistent 30-to-40-goal

STM tops Hyacks at girls’ Knights tourney BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR

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Ready for the bigs: New Westminster Salmonbellie Dylan Long, in red, is one of a number of big, strong defenders who will make the later rounds interesting at Thursday’s WLA junior entry draft in Langley. Matt Delmonico, who, junior A scorer in his last three seasons with at 6-2, finished up his junior career with the A’s Victoria. in the post “We’re season, could not going to go as high as let quality ◗WLA DRAFT ORDER fourth when players slip First Round: 1. Coquitlam Coquitlam by, regard- 2. New Westminster 3. exercises its less of where Maple Ridge 4. Coquitlam second pick they are,” 5. New Westminster 6. of the openRichardson Victoria 7. Nanaimo ing round. said. But perAfter that, Second Round: 1. Nanaimo haps the more sure things 2. Coquitlam 3. Maple go off the Ridge 4. Coquitlam 5. New interesting board if past Westminster 6. Nanaimo 7. moments at the draft will years are any Nanaimo be the second indication. and third Maple Ridge, at No. 3, is always rounds, when most teams an enigma at draft time, attempt to fill their specific and Scigliano may be needs. Nanaimo and tempting if unselected at Coquitlam will be busiest, one or two.

with three and two picks, respectively, in the second round. The Burnaby Lakers make their first selection of the draft with the second pick of the third round, 16th overall. “Thelasttimewedrafted in the third we got (Mike) Brascia,” said Lakers GM Paul Rowbotham, who is on the market for one more lefthander. One player who is sure to add to the uncertainty in the later rounds is Pitt Meadows’ playmaker Reegan Comeault. Comeault, who had 37 goals and 89 points in his second year of junior in 2011 with Langley, has indicated to some GMs he

will not be playing senior ball. Langley’s Brandon Bull and Sean Lundstrom are considered top-20 picks, as are Reid Reinholdt and Vinny Ricci from the junior A’s. A couple of big defensive players like Brandan Smith of Victoria, Prince George native Dylan Long of New Westminster or 6-4 Kody TeKanawa of Coquitlam could also be surprise picks in the early going. New Westminster also has some enticing players finishing their junior careers. Kamloops product ◗Draft Page 20

Skip runner-up in master’s curling finals Rick Pughe was near, but oh so far away from earning a berth to the B.C. master men’s curling championships. The Royal City Curling Club rink, including third John Zwarych, second Girard Murphy and lead Bob Byrne, were unlucky losers in all three finals at the Lower Mainland playdowns in Mission last weekend. The Pughe rink gave up two rocks in the eighth end to Canadian hall of fame curler Bernie Sparkes in the A event final on Saturday. Sparkes won a total of 12 provincial championships, including eight B.C. titles after leaving his

home province of Alberta. Sparkes went on to win three Canadian and world titles. He was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1974. The following day, Pughe gave up steals in both the eighth and ninth ends to Vancouver’s Ken Watson in the B final before dropping a 6-5 decision on Sunday morning. In the C event, Pughe had a third opportunity to qualify for the B.C. bonspiel but wound up on the wrong end of an 8-5 scoreline to Garth Moore’s Golden Ears rink in the last-chance final. Royal City’s Jerry Martin rink

made it to the semifinals of the B event before falling 7-4 to Watson. In the women’s masters, held in conjunction with the men’s playdowns in Mission, both Royal City skips made it to the upcoming provincial tournament. Carol McFadden qualified first, winning the B event final 8-3 over Langley’s Donna Christian. The McFadden rink, including third Mona Bassett, second Monica Hunter and lead Ann MacLeod, started quickly, scoring triples in both the first and third ends, before stealing a single in the fourth. McFadden made single steals

in the sixth and seventh end before surrendering a 5-4 loss to Karen Lepine of Langley in the A event final. The Isobel Gardner rink of third Vicky Smith, second Diane Armstrong and lead Teresa Parent grabbed the C event berth with an 8-6 victory over Christian. Gardner scored four in the fourth and three in the sixth for the margin of victory. The B.C. master men’s and women’s championships will take place from March 5 to 9 in Creston.

St. Thomas More stole the show at the Chancellor senior girls’ basketball tournament. The light-fingered Knights committed 26 steals from their top six players off the bench en route to a 64-44 victory over the New Westminster Hyacks in the Chancellor tournament championship final on Saturday. First team all-star Domunique Booker led the way with 13 points and 11 rebounds, as well as four steals, three assists and one blocked shot in the final game. Fellow tournament allstars Leilani Carney and Zion Corrales-Nelson also scored 10 points apiece and had five and six thefts, respectively, against the Hyacks in the final. Player of the game Nikko Sahagun chipped in with three three-point baskets, three assists, three rebounds and a game-high eight steals. Madie Bouvier was also busy, scoring five points, grabbing six rebounds and picking up three thefts. Tournament MVP Meghan Ho scored 12 points and added nine boards and two blocks. New West’s Amanda Zacharuk and Princess Frias, with a team-high 11 points in the final, were also named all-stars. Junior Hyack callup Madisen Obrovac helped out with eight points for New West in the tournament final. The Hyacks advanced to the final with a 68-40 win over Centennial. Player of the game Lauren Denusik scored 17 points for New West. Frias added 13 points to the scoreline. Zacharuk was named player of the game with 19 points in New West’s 67-45 win over Chilliwack in the tournament opener. Sonia Heer added 14 points to the win.

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Hyacks fourth at B.C. AAA meet The Hyack Swim Club rode a host of club records to a fourth-place finish at the provincial short course championships in Kamloops. Zoe Froh started Day 1 off with her first AAA medal, finishing third in 11-and-under girls’ 800 metre freestyle. Froh followed that up with silver in the 400m, just ahead of clubmate Grace Lin. Lin also won a silver in the 200m butterfly. May Lin broke a club age group and open record with a time of 1:02.56 in the girls’ 16 to 18 100m backstroke. It was also Lin’s first senior national qualifying time. Wendy Yang won a pair of gold with record swims in the 50m free and 100m fly. Yang set a new AAA record of 26.26 in the free sprint, beating Amy Sun’s 2011 mark by eight onehundredths of a second. Yang’s time of 1:02.53 in the fly was also a club record and new senior national time. Yang also took a silver medal in the 100m free. Brian Ni also took home three provincial medals

from the meet, including gold in the 12 to 13 boys’ 400m individual medley. Ni was also a runner-up in the 200 and 400m free. Victoria Tocheva set a new club record in the 10and-under girls’ 50m free, breaking Yang’s old Hyack mark. Tocheva’s time of 31.07 was good for a seventh-place finish. Ethan Laing won a silver in 12 to 13 boys’ 200m breaststroke. Chris Baker also finished runner-up in a close finish in the 14 to 15 boys’ 200m fly. Other notable accomplishments included Brodie Young’s fourth-place finish in the 12 to 13 boys’ 100m breast in a national age standard time. Hattie Sun and Elaine Lam also met western standards in their respective 100m fly and free races. The Hyacks placed fourth overall at the short course provincials, finishing well ahead of fifth-place Chena Swim Club. The Richmond Rapids won the overall meet over runners-up Vancouver Pacific and Island swim clubs.

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Don’t look now: Byrne Creek’s Intisar Abdelkarim, centre, goes for a steal in opening game against Charles Best at Chancellor girls’ basketball tournament at St. Thomas More Collegiate last week.

High school Hyacks playoff ready New Westminster’s junior and senior girls’ basketball teams got primed for the high school playoffs with high-scoring wins over Byrne Creek on Monday. The senior varsity girls outpointed the Bulldogs 88-56 with five Hyacks putting up double-digit numbers. New West’s Amanda Zacharuk led the Hyacks with 20 points, while guard Sonia Heer chipped in with 17, while Lauren Denusik contributed another dozen points. Princess Frias and Zoe

Roberts both added 10 points to the scoreline. In junior girls’ regular season play, the concensus favourite Hyacks overwhelmed Byrne Creek 81-15 to finish undefeated in league play. Justice Steer scored 16 points, while Katie Browning and Katie Bruyneel both put up 14-point numbers. Emma Forgie added nine for the winners. Junior playoffs begin on Thursday, while senior playoffs start on Friday.


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Bring this roadmap along with you to each location you visit on February 10 to receive a special sticker. When you attend three events and collect three stickers you will receive a Parks, Culture and Recreation Family Courtesy Pass.

Follow the roadmap for a full day of family fun in New Westminster

Visit one or all of the spectacular events

1 Queensborough Community Centre • 920 Ewen Avenue • 604.525.7388 9:00 - 11:00am

Free Family Day Pancake Breakfast (co-hosted by Knights of Columbus) & Indoor Playland Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast followed by bouncy castles, face painting and crafts! Please RSVP 604.525.7388 Fitness Centre - Family members 13+ years participate for the price of a single admission

2 Centennial Community Centre • 65 East Sixth Avenue • 604.777.5100 1:00 - 1:30 pm 1:30 - 2:30 pm 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Tony Prophet Family Entertainer Zumba and Yoga lessons Family gym and craft activities

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Come for a tour of the greenhouse and participate in a fun, vegetable stamping activity

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River Market- Vancouver Circus School 11:30am & 1:30pm The Magic of Peter Rooke *Free tickets available in advance at Information Table 12:30pm Karate Demonstration – Total Martial Arts Performances on Main Stage in River Market Food Hall 11:00 11:45 12:10 1:00 1:30 2:15

H Play It Fair! Create personalized buttons & help make a collage celebrating New Westminster H Stream of Dreams-Decorate Silver Dream Fish H Fishing Wall by Kiwanis International H Face painting by The Stage New Westminster H Kids Sport New Westminster

The Tiger Exhibit – NWSS Jazz Combo Giselle Whittaker – Youth Singer Westminster Ave – Youth Rock Group Daisy Chains – NWSS Youth Singers Max Tell – Children’s Music The Buskers – Sixties Music

Check out the River Market Kid’s menu options!

Fraser River Discovery CentreTheatre 11:30 12:15 1:00 2:00


Chuck Puchmayr




Betty McIntosh


Jaimie McEvoy


Peter Julian, MP Judy Darcy, MLA Fin i Donnelly, ll MP

EVENT SPONSORS Donald’s Market Kiwanis International Music Box New Westminster The Network Hub The Stage New Westminster Vancouver Circus School Play It Fair!

A special thank you to all the volunteers.

New Westminster City Councillor

It takes a community to raise a family

Bill Harper

Candice James – City’s Poet Laureate Max Tell – Children’s Music Wave’s Writers –Poetry Group Children’s Theatre Class– The Stage New Westminster


Host and Chair of Family Court Committee

from your New Westminster City Councillors

Enjoy the Festivities at New Westminster’s Family Day Celebration!

H Climb inside New Westminster Fire Truck H Try African and Afro Cuban Drumming H Gold Panning with Yukon Dan H Tour the Samson V - The last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler

Inviting all families to join us in celebrating “Family Day” in New Westminster

Betty sh o t n I c M

Celebrate Family Day!


River Market

Scheduled Events

Fraser River Discovery Centre


SHOPPING REDISCOVERED Featuring Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart and Over 40 stores with lots of free parking at 6th & 6th, New Westminster

Owned & Managed by STRATHALLEN

Jonathan Cote


Lorrie Williams


Burnaby, New Westminster 7615 6th Street Burnaby, BC V3N 3M6 604-775-5707

New Westminster 737 Sixth Street New Westminster, BC V3L 3C6 604-775-2101

New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody 1116 Austin Avenue Coquitlam, BC V3K 3P5 604-664-9229

Celebrate Family Day in New Westminster! M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 1 0 , 2 0 1 4

Visit one or all of our event locations offering fun-filled activities and entertainment around town: Queensborough Community Centre • 9:00 - 11:00 am Pancake Breakfast, Indoor Playland & more Queen’s Park Arenex Park • 9:30 - 11:30 am Free gymnastics & trampoline all ages River Market • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Magician, Mike’s Critters & many interactive activities Fraser River Discover Centre • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Gold Panning with Yukon Dan, Fishing Wall, face-painting & much more Samson V • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Tour last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler Canada Games Pool • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm & 1:00 - 8:25 pm Swimming & water activities Greenhouse in Queen’s Park • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Tours and arts & crafts Moody Park Arena • 12:30 - 2:30 pm & 6:30 - 8:00 pm Loonie skates Centennial Community Centre • 1:00 - 3:00 pm Queensborough Community Centre • 4:00 - 6:00 pm Free family pool, bubble hockey and more We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia

Visit three sites and you will receive a Parks, Culture and Recreation Family Courtesy Pass More detailed information for each location on Contact: 604.527.4567

Royal City Record February 5 2014  

Royal City Record February 5 2014