Links – Port Moody loves to commute and August events

Port Moody Commuters

I’m trying something a little new today. I’m writing this from the McGill branch of the Burnaby Public Library in Confederation Park. If you haven’t had a chance to venture down the Barnet Highway and check it out, you’re missing a real treat. Lots of natural light, big windows overlooking the park and the North Shore mountains in the distance. Is it a little easier to write about the Tri-Cities when I’m in such a far away place? Let’s find out.

First up, Port Moody leads the region in waste reduction. Pomo has reduced garbage going to landfill by a whopping 75% after introducing the green waste bins. That’s fantastic, and the Earth thanks you.

After the City of Port Moody made a lot of noise about taking back some of their streets from Translink, they are actually costing out what it would actually take. I notice they don’t have the costs of barriers and address checkers to keep us Coquitlam residents from driving on their streets.

Which leads to our next story, Port Moody residents are the least likely in Metro Vancouver to work in the same city that they live in. In some neighbourhoods, only 6% of Port Moody residents work in Port Moody. So wait, Port Moody residents, more than anyone else, have to drive to other municipalities to go to their jobs? Shocking. Can’t wait until Burnaby decides they’ve had enough of those free-loading Port Moody commuters on their roads.

Coquitlam business owners on the new High Street neighbourhood are seeing massive property tax increases, and fingers of blame are being pointed every which way. Businesses in Coquitlam pay 4.69 times as much property tax on the same value of property as residents do.

For the businesses that can pay their property tax bills, the Tri-Cities Chamber is calling for nominations for their 11th annual Business Excellence Awards. If you know of an awesome business here in the Tri-Cities (and there are lots), put in a good word for them.

Undiscovered Theatre is preparing for their inaugural show, John & Jen, running August 4-7 at the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody. It’s a truly original musical that examines the complex relationships between brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990.

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but the Coquitlam Library has a fantastic book review blog with on of the best blog names ever, “I Was Told There’d Be Cake”. They’ve really been cranking out some great posts lately, so if you’re looking for a good book to take to the beach, check it out.

The Canmore Leader in Canmore, AB caught up with local mountain biker and yoga instructor Ryan Leech.

We’ve got three great calendars of events happening around Vancouver. Starting off with Rick Chung from Rick, the Tri-City News arts calendar, and a large roundup from Miss604.

Speaking of Miss604, the Pride Parade was last weekend, and she’s got some great photos of the event. If you haven’t been to the Pride Parade, it really is the best parade going every year.

Finally, this was from a little while ago, but flash mobs in our local malls always slay me. This video is from June 11th, and was done to raise awareness about the Ride To Conquer Cancer at Coquitlam Centre. Check out Coquitlam councillor Selina Robinson’s sweet dance moves. And who doesn’t love Great Big Sea?

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