Top 5 Tri-Cities Stories of 2014

Top 5 stories of 2014 in the Tri-Cities

We’re coming to the end of the year here in the Tri-Cities, and 2014 has been a year of transitions. Things beginning. Things ending. There were certainly a lot of things to talk about. So I’ve gone back through the archives of the links posts, and I now proudly bring to you my completely unscientific Top 5 stories of 2014. Make sure when you inevitably disagree with my choices, please let me know in the comments below.

5 – Monster Houses in Port Moody

Back in June some Port Moody residents started making noise about the changing nature of their neighbourhoods with respect to large houses. What has come out of this is proposals for a “good neighbour” by-law. A town hall was held in October and this is sure to be a big issue in 2015.

4 – Pay Parking at Rocky Point Park

The City of Port Moody has a long history of trying to figure out how to charge people living outside of Port Moody for stuff while keeping things free or low cost to residents. Some notable examples include the old extra recreation fees for Anmore and Belcarra and the Rocky Point Boat Launch.

So back in July the City floated the idea of charging for parking at Rocky Point Park. But not Port Moody residents. The idea was put on hold pretty quickly, but look for this to resurface in 2015.

3 – The Teachers’ Strike

Just looking at the website traffic stats for the year, one theme that stood out is how desperate many of us were to find things for our children to do during the teachers’ strike that dragged on for five months. Yep, that was fun.

2 – The Civic Election

Now we only get to do this once every four years instead of three. The 2014 Civic Election produced a little bit of drama. While there were a few changes here and there, the Tri-City mayors were all re-elected and some fresh faces will now be sitting on council to watch the Evergreen Line come in. Which brings me to the number one story…

1 – The Retirement of Lou Sekora

I’m going to call it a retirement, even though Lou went out on his shield running against Richard Stewart for Mayor of Coquitlam. For 42 years Lou was a fixture of local politics, both at the municipal and federal level. Coquitlam wouldn’t be what it is today without him, and we’re never going to see another one quite like Lou.

Lastly I want to thank all of you for reading and supporting this site. Over the past year nearly 60,000 of you read over 128,000 pages of theV3H. We’re excited to continue helping residents of the Tri-Cities get the most out of the place we call home.

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