Links – Post 300 for TheV3H.com


Looking at my trusty post counter in the WordPress dashboard, you are now reading post #300. Our first post was way back on April 22nd, 2009. We were talking about the Random Acts of Kindness Project put on by the Port Moody Library. Suffice to say our readership has grown by leaps and bounds. So from Amber, Sarah, and I – Thank you for all your support! On to the links!

From the Port Moody Ecological Society, they have confirmed Dr. Andrew Trites of UBC will be speaking at the Society’s AGM on Wednesday, February 16th at 7pm in the Port Moody Recreation Centre. Dr. Trites is Director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia, and apparently he knows a thing or two about blue whales.

The City of Port Coquitlam continues to stand head and shoulders above every other Tri-City when it comes to online services. They just launched their mobile site, so you can find out everything you need to know about Poco from your smartphone. Just checked it out on my iPhone at m.portcoquitlam.ca. Well done Poco, well done.

10th to the Fraser in New West continues their fantastic coverage of the debate over the United Boulevard Extension Project. Chris Bryan, editor of the New Westminster NewsLeader writes that we in Burnaby, Coquitlam and Surrey are all crappy neighbours that just choke New West’s traffic to a standstill. I have to agree with Chris, I don’t think you can find anyone in Metro Vancouver who enjoys having to take any trip through New West, unless the words “Spaghetti Factory” are involved. That being said, New West’s stance of not having built a road since Colonel Moody died isn’t working either, as much as we all enjoy telling other people to take public transit. Don’t get me wrong, New West has a lot going for it, and I can understand why residents would be concerned with dumping more traffic onto their already clogged streets. It’s a thorny problem, I’m not sure what the answer is, but 10th to the Fraser is there every step of the way.

On a less contentious note, Loretta has some great pictures of her outing to the Boathouse in Rocky Point Park.

Feeling Christmassy yet? The Port Moody Station Museum has put up the lights, Oh My Calico! is making a whole lot of Christmas cookies, and the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to Port Moody on December 17th. Here’s a video of the train on its’ way.

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Comments

  1. Ha! Thanks for the shoutout on the UBE. It is indeed a tricky problem. It’ll be interesting to see how TransLink answers New West’s concerns about the UBE.

  2. I was really struck by these comments:

    “The City of Port Coquitlam continues to stand head and shoulders above every other Tri-City when it comes to online services. They just launched their mobile site, so you can find out everything you need to know about Poco from your smartphone . Just checked it out on my iPhone at m.portcoquitlam.ca . Well done Poco, well done.”

    To lead you must innovate and I agree that Port Coquitlam is a great example.

    In August this year the Now reported http://www.thenownews.com/Social+media+change+civic+landscape/3424658/story.html , “The City of Port Moody is tiptoeing its way towards the world of Facebook friends, Twitter tweets and other online interactions”, and goes on further to tell us, “The city plans to slowly start using social media tools over the next three years”.

    Port Moody has such a unique demographic profile with so few over the age of 65 compared to other BC communities. For instance just 4 kms east of the Inlet Centre, there is a much larger population of over 65 in Coquitlam Town Centre.

    As a Tri-City centric Realtor this is important information for me to know, and to understand these different niches for marketing purposes. Other local businesses would also need to be aware of these nuances when developing and optimizing their own marketing plans.

    What is most important is the way we communicate to these different segments.

    In my opinion Port Moody relies too heavily on traditional communication and does a poor job engaging its younger majority citizenry. Given this uniqueness Port Moody needs to be known for its trailblazing, as well as its trails.

    We can only guess there must be bigger economic development priorities in Port Moody that we haven’t heard about yet.

    • I think eventually everyone will get with the program, but citizens have to let governments know that being able to access information and services online is important to us. Governments are profoundly conservative institutions, and the Internet moves so quickly, that it’s very easy to get left behind.

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