Links – Charlene Reaveley Fundraiser and No Grow Pomo


Charlene Reaveley Coquitlam

Charlene Reaveley was killed in a tragic hit and run last month, and the Klahanie Community is coming together to hold a fundraiser to benefit her family. Charlene taught Bootcamp classes at Klahanie.

The fundraiser is this Sunday, March 6th – 12:30 – 3pm at the Klahanie Canoe Club – 501 Klahanie Dr. Port Moody. There will be a 12:30 – 1:30 Yoga & Bootcamp class and from 1:30 – 2:30pm will be Pilates & Zumba classes. Come for Hotdogs, Burgers, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Cupcakes, Face Painting, Kids Movie, Entertainment, and a Bouncy Castle. For more information, visit the Klahanie Community blog or www.charlenereaveley.citymax.com

In other news, Port Moody council has rejected Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy. Reason given that if promised transportation improvements aren’t being made, Port Moody will face increased traffic congestion from commuters from Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. From the story…

Coun. Karen Rockwell said that unless Port Moody is ready to block all non-resident commuter traffic from entering the city, she would not support the growth strategy.

While I believe that transportation growth is a problem that needs to be dealt with, let’s take that blockade strategy a couple steps further.

1. Burnaby should block all commuters from Port Moody with barricades on the Barnet Highway. We all know everyone who lives in $850,000 houses on Heritage Mountain only go to those those plentiful high paying jobs in vibrant downtown Port Moody. The rest of us can use Mariner/Como Lake.

2. Coquitlam should block Coquitlam Centre from Port Moody and Ridge Meadows residents. I know not to try to drive down Lougheed Highway on a Saturday, and there certainly aren’t any Port Moody residents picking up that cheap pair of pants at H&M.

Let’s face it everyone, we all live here. We all use each other’s roads and amenities and services. To pretend that Port Moody residents don’t get as much if not more benefit from the cities around them than they give in return is insane. Port Moody council should be thanking the City of Vancouver every day for letting their residents commute to work in professions that allow them to buy $850,000 Heritage Mountain homes and pay all those property taxes that keep Port Moody afloat. For a city full of commuters to complain about commuters is a little rich. I know, why don’t we all amalgamate so the shared property tax base could build the Murray Street Connector we would all love? Amalgamate, then we all march on Anmore!

Speaking of Anmore, apparently calling someone a “jackass” at an Anmore council meeting doesn’t raise many eyebrows. Does Shaw TV do Anmore council? It might be worth tuning in for the fireworks (and subsequent lawsuits).

In Coquitlam, Selina Robinson wants you to tell her what’s more important, sidewalks or sports fields?

The kitchen scraps program in Port Coquitlam has saved a whack of money and greatly reduced the amount of garbage going into landfills. Sounds like a win all round.

Dandelion Kids in Port Moody’s Suter Brook Village hosts story time every Wednesday morning at 10:30am.

It’s March (already!) and Miss604 has the events calendar chock full of great things to do this month.

Included in that list is the annual Vancouver Twestival on March 24th. If you are “big on Twitter” this is the event for you. This year the event benefits the fabulous Beauty Night Society. For tickets visit vancouver.twestival.com, and make sure you follow us at twitter.com/thev3h.

Outdoor Vancouver is a great source for all things fun outside, and they are looking back at their stories of February.

If you missed it yesterday, this weekend the Festival du Bois is happening in Maillardville. The ArtsConnect Blog lets us know what’s on tap.

And for the video this week, this past Sunday Night was the return of Pecha Kucha, as part of the Water’s Edge Festival. Port Moody artist Joyelle Brandt was one of the presenters, who get 20 slides of 20 seconds each to present their story. Crank your speakers and enjoy.

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Comments

  1. Hey Jon,
    Appreciate your comments on the regional growth strategy and Port Moody’s place in the region. Although I can’t speak for other members of Port Moody council as to their motivation in supporting my motion to not support the RGS, I can hopefully bring some clarity to why I made the motion and what I believe.

    The BIGGER question, in my mind, around the RGS is what is going on elsewhere in the region. The plan proposes significant population growth in the tri cities, and also, Langley , Surrey, Ridge/Meadows and other areas that are not currently serviced by any real form of transit. The disconnect is that the RGS plans for that development, without addressing the need for transportation infrastructure, and the decision instead seems to be “Lets put 100,000 people into Langley/Cloverdale/Surrey areas and then complain that we dont have the money to build the infrastructure”. This was the original objection from Port Moody council to the RGS back last year, that it was not connected to any (funded) plan for long term, sustainable transportation infrastructure planning. The Murray Clarke stands as the PRIME EXAMPLE of what happens when a community, Port Moody, does everything that we are told is right in planning responsible growth and working in the regional plan, and then the infrastructure to service that population just never materializes.

    The Translink Mayors Council , which makes the decisions on funding for the regions transportation projects , has stated clearly they do not support funding that infrastructure from property tax. So the development that the regions mayors and councillors are supporting through the RGS and their municipal OCP’s and zoning, is great to pay for rec centres, libraries, firehalls, etc. , but is not an accepted source of funding for the transportation infrastructure to service those developments and new residents.

    The province seems to disagree and says that the developments that benefit from the transportation infrastructure should be directly contributing.

    You can play the back and forth between the region, provincial, federal and municipal governments, but, until SOMEONE has a plan to responsibly manage the growth proposed in the RGS, how can anyone support it ? We hear all the complaining about ALR lands, industrial lands, lack of transit, traffic congestion, central valley greenway, PoCo evergreen extension,etc – not just from Port Moody, but from EVERY municipality in the region. So , doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result is the definition of what now ? …Regional planning ??

    • Thanks Mike, your insights are always appreciated. There has to be a better way for everyone to get what they want, and I’m sure you will work hard toward that solution.

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