Links – Summer Fun, Local Eats, and Nixon’s Coming

Well the sun seems to come and go, but that’s not going to dampen our summer spirits around Casa theV3H. As we’re heading into Golden Spike and Canada Day, we’ve got stories from around the Tri-Cities and Metro Vancouver.

This week we wrote a guest post for on Summer Fun in the Tri-Cities. Thanks Rebecca!

On Tuesday, Metro Vancouver mayors and the province got together for a little chin wag about the Evergreen Line. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom is optimistic that they’ll be able to get something done, even though the cities still haven’t found the $400 million they have to bring to the party. So if you see local politicians out collecting cans and bottles during the local Canada Day celebrations, you’ll know we’re in trouble.

Rob Suzukovich, president of the Port Moody Fire Fighters Union, wrote a letter to the Tri-City News explaining their concerns about the revised Port Moody fire hall plans. He makes some excellent points.

Belcarra is nearing completion on an update to their official community plan. Surprise, nothing is going to change, except maybe a bigger moat to keep the invading armies from Anmore out.

The Port Moody Ecological Society continues to raise money with their bulb sale. Get your bulbs from Monday to Saturday, 9-11am at the Noons Creek Hatchery, 300 Ioco Road.

Place des Arts has opened up registration to new students for ongoing private music lessons that run September 2011 to June 2012. You can also register for private lessons in person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam. For more information, call to speak to their music program coordinator at 604.664.1636 ext 38.

The opening of the new Walmart in Port Coquitlam has been rescheduled to July 22nd. Marcus at has a fantastic writeup on the whole project.

July 7th is the Mayor’s Mixer. Put on by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Mixer is a chance to meet and ask questions of the mayors of Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Port Coquitlam. I went to the event last year, and it’s a great chance to meet people from the community and hear a little more about what’s going on in local government.

July 9th is the date for this year’s Underwear Affair, a fundraiser for cancers below the belt. People will be running the 10k or walking the 5k to raise money. Check out the video on the site, sign up to run, or just donate to the cause.

It’s the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first transcontinental passenger train in Port Moody, and the Port Moody Museum is celebrating in style. Throughout the weekend, there will be period actors recreating the day the train first came. An interesting tidbit from the article, Port Moody was the western terminus of the CPR for only 9 months. Days to remember fondly for sure.

We’ve got our list of Canada Day happenings, but if you want to go a little further afield, The Province has you covered.

Here’s a great story. With all the talk of riots, Past Tense remembers the Summer of Yippie. Back in 1970, Vancouver was a hotbed of protests. Many were under the banner of the Yippies, or the Youth International Party. Vancouver Mayor Tom Campbell couldn’t stand hippies, so you had ripe conditions for conflict. I knew the story of the Gastown Riots, but did you know on May 9th, 1970, a group of Vancouver protesters marched down to Blaine, WA? They stormed the border, spray painted the Peace Arch, heckled police, and tore the American flag down at the Blaine Post Office. The day ended with rock throwing, broken windows, and thousands of dollars in damage. I imagine if that happened today Homeland Security would probably open fire.

Love local food blogs, and we have a couple of posts about the Tri-Cities this week. Eating in Vancouver made it to Fuji Sushi in Coquitlam, and Andy Eats a Lot enjoys Wings in Coquitlam.

Finally, last week was the BC Highland Games, and the SFU Pipe Band was once again there to repel the English invaders and rock the house. Happy Canada Day!

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