Looking Back on 2013

As we get closer and closer to Christmas – and not long after, New Year’s – many of us find ourselves looking back on the past 12 months. Here at TheV3H we’re no different. As we complete our own holiday preparations, we thought it would be fun to take a look back on some of our own highlights from 2013.

Top Posts

What did our visitors read the most in 2013? Here are the top 10 posts and pages, with the most visited up first:

  1. Kids Birthday Party Ideas in the Tri-Cities
  2. Events Calendar (PS – Visit our About Page to find out how to submit your own event.)
  3. Canada Day 2013 in the Tri-Cities
  4. Coquitlam By-Election 2013
  5. Hemp Hemp Hooray
  6. Outdoor Pools and Spray Parks 2011 (PS – We update content every year, so if you find outdated info search for TheV3H + your search term + the current year.)
  7. Foam and Nothing But
  8. Activities for New Parents in the Tri-Cities
  9. Remembrance Day 2013 in the Tri-Cities
  10. Restaurants

A New Contributor

In 2013 we said farewell to three of our contributors, who have all moved on to fabulous new things in their lives: Tamara, Ken and Lina. In their place, we have welcomed the fabulous Amanda. She keeps the events calendar up-to-date and writes the weekly events post, as well as covering other local stories for us. We were sad to say good-bye to people we’ve really enjoyed working with, but we were thrilled to welcome such a fabulous new voice to our site.

Local Events

When we look back on 2013, a few things stand out for us. The first is the centennial celebrations in both Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. From parades to historical tours to picnics to fitness classes and a whole lot more, this year saw some serious blow-outs in both cities. Unfortunately, all of that will be over when 2014 arrives.

2013 was also a year of elections. In May we saw the provincial elections, which sent two incumbents and two new MLAs to Victoria locally. Doug Horne and Mike Farnworth were joined by Linda Reimer and Selina Robinson. Linda Reimer’s election was viewed as an upset, although she won by a comfortable margin. Selina Robinson’s victory, on the other hand, was razor-thin, and her victory was only declared after an official recount.

Selina Robinson and Linda Reimer were both Coquitlam city councillors, which prompted a by-election in that city. The city really does try to avoid them, as they’re very costly and turn-out is typically low. In fact, Mayor Richard Stewart has lobbied the provincial government to change the rules around by-elections. He proposes that instead of calling people to the polls, that municipalities could ‘promote’ the contenders who didn’t win seats in the previous election. In the case of Coquitlam, this would have been Doug Macdonell and Fred Soofi, the first and second-place losers. In the end, however, council voted 4-2 to hold the by-election and Chris Wilson and Bonita Zarrillo came out on top.

Of course, a whole lot more happened locally in 2013 – more than we could possibly list here. So we thought we would take this chance to turn things back on you. What will you remember when you think back on 2013? What stands out for you in local news and events? Leave a reply and share your thoughts!

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  1. Jacquie Boyer says:

    The Port Coquitlam long-term MLA is Mike Farnworth.