Links – Betty Fox Remembered


Betty Fox Port Coquitlam

Welcome to the first links of summer. Since there’s so much daylight my children have stopped sleeping, so I’ll do my best to stay coherent.

Betty Fox, mother of Terry Fox, died last week at the age of 73. Betty worked tirelessly to raise money for cancer research after Terry’s Marathon of Hope was cut short. Betty Fox spoke to an estimated 400,000 schoolchildren during her 25 years of touring the country, and the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $550 million worldwide through the annual Terry Fox Run. Funeral services will be held at Trinity United Church in Port Coquitlam on Saturday. If you would like to attend, because of limited space the family requests that you email them at bettyfoxservice@gmail.com. For those of you who can’t attend but would like to pay your respects, the City of Poco has set up a book of condolences at the Port Coquitlam Rec Centre. The public is invited to come down and sign the book until June 30th.

The Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy battle took a new turn or two in the past few weeks. The City of Coquitlam is the lone holdout, concerned that any objections they have to the plan later will be overruled by the larger cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey. The larger cities insist they’ll have our back, although Burnaby isn’t exactly being helpful with the Evergreen Line. We’ll see where it all goes, not that I trust Coquitlam completely on land use questions, there are a lot of areas in Coquitlam where some of the past land use decisions make you scratch your head. We do have a lot of roads and parking lots though, so we’ve got that going for us.

Speaking of Metro Vancouver, we’ve made some fun of him in the past, but Port Moody City Manager Gaëtan Royer is moving on to a new position at Metro Vancouver. Gaëtan leaves Port Moody in better shape then he found it, and I’m sure the whole region will now benefit from his involvement. All the best!

Speaking of Port Moody, the city won a BC Recreation and Parks Association Program Excellence Award. Port Moody was “recognized for its creative approach to combining science, education and sustainability in What Swims Beneath, a project to inventory fish living in Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet.”

For you cycling fans, Outdoor Vancouver tells us all about the MEC Bikefest Vancouver, coming up on Saturday at the Village on False Creek.

Speaking of cycling, busy Coquitlam Councillor Selina Robinson completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer this past weekend. They rode from Vancouver to Seattle, and with 2800 riders (159 from the Tri-Cities) they raised $11.1 million for cancer research.

Friend of the blog Jack Christie has released an updated version of his book, 52 Best Daytrips from Vancouver. If you are looking for something to do outdoors and within striking distance from the Tri-Cities, this book is invaluable. Miss604 had a chance to sit down with Jack, and you can get the book at fine bookstores everywhere and online.

While I don’t want to dwell on the riot of last week, there are a few links worth sharing. There have been a couple of parody songs, and a virtual wall to write messages of hope for our city. Check this video out as well, it’s a 360 degree video in the middle of the riot, it’s just like being there. A little unsettling, but also instructive of how many people were just standing there with their cell phones out taking pictures.

On a happier note, a couple of blog posts about local eating. Honey, Sugar, Chocolate made it out to the Boathouse in Port Moody, and Ariella.eats hits the Saint Street Grill.

In the shameless plug department, I have recently updated our media kit with the latest traffic stats. You can promote your organization on our site, all the money goes right back into bringing you this site each and every week. Download the kit here, and if you’ve got something to promote, we’d love to have you.

Finally, it’s high school graduation week, and the seniors of Port Moody Secondary got to throw their hats in the air. Congratulations to all the grads!

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