Links: Chris Wilson Gets NDP Nomination In Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

Chris Wilson BC NDP Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

Chris Wilson, former Olympic wrestler and executive director of KidSport Tri-Cities has won the BC NDP nomination for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. This was going to be one of the more interesting nomination contests, with former D.O.A. frontman Joe Keithley and former Coquitlam councillor and mayoral candidate Barrie Lynch also in the running. Seems people are lining up to run against Liberal incumbent Doug Horne in the provincial election coming up May 14th. You can learn more about Chris at his campaign website.

The City of Coquitlam and the Coquitlam fire department shook hands over a new two-year agreement. The contract gives the firefighters a 5.5% wage increase over the two years, which ends on December 31st, 2011. Wait, that has to be a typo. Really? 2011? And talks for 2012 have not been scheduled yet? You couldn’t at least come up to the present? Is there anyone that can explain this to us? Please, leave us a comment if you have any idea why you wouldn’t just hammer out a 5 year pact or something. You already had the conference room and muffins I imagine.

It looks like the Port Moody tax increase is going to be a little less than they thought. After finding a quarter mil in savings, now Port Moody is looking at a 5.95% tax increase, so an extra $104 for the average household.

Speaking of cities spending money, and by golly we do have plenty of civic governments around here, Anmore has approved a motion to build a new village hall. Apparently the old one is falling apart and after the squirrel incident of 2012, it’s probably best for everyone involved.

If you’re still looking for something for the kids to do over Spring Break, Second Storey Theatre in Poco. is offering a couple of kids and teens improv camps. For more Spring Break ideas, and you’d better get on it fast before you’re taking a bunch of time off work, check out our post of Spring Break ideas in the Tri-Cities.

While we’re talking about kids, the Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary awards a $1,000 bursary every year to a student in the Tri-Cities who is planning to pursue a post-secondary education in health care. The closing date for applications is March 31st, and for more information contact bursary chair Diana Wise at 604-936-6189.

If you are a woman of a certain age, this Thursday March 7th at the Inlet Theatre will be a screening of the documentary Hot Flash Havoc. The film is an entertaining and at times, laugh-out loud, funny take on the subject, and the first documentary to address the issue of menopause head on. Immediately after, guests will be able to participate in a question & answer session with some local mid-life experts including nurse practitioner, Debbie Williams and acupuncturist, Clara Cohen. This is the first event hosted by Port Moody based support organization Menopause Chicks. Tickets are $29.99 & available online at

After the show, you may be a little hungry. Robin Leung never leads us astray, and this week he’s checking out Green House Korean BBQ in Coquitlam.

Finally, the Port Moody Firefighters have been getting a little training in, and the City of Port Moody tagged along.

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