Health survey underway

Royal City residents are being encouraged to complete the My Health My Community questionnaire.

The City of New Westminster will make questionnaire information available at civic facilities. The questionnaire is being done in the region until Dec. 31 and is estimated to take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

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"The questionnaire will gather specific information about the health status and needs of the local population," stated a staff report. "The results will be shared with all levels of government, academic institutions and community and non-profit organizations to address health inequalities and to inform planning, program design and service delivery."

The goal is to have at least two per cent of the population aged 18 and over complete the questionnaire.

Brew pubs allowed? Breweries, distilleries and wineries could one day be allowed to open in commercial areas of the Royal City.

City council has directed staff to forward proposed amendments to the zoning bylaw to the city's advisory planning commission for comment. The changes would allow brew pubs and craft-style breweries in certain areas of the city.

Employees urged to give Employees of the City of New Westminster are being encouraged to boost their contributions to the United Way.

Jennifer Marshall and Paul McDonell recently appeared before city council to encourage the city to continue supporting the municipal United Way campaign.

Marshall said a "huge percentage" of funds collected in New Westminster are used to fund programs in the city.

According to McDonell, four per cent of the money raised by the United Way of the Lower Mainland is spent in New Westminster, even though the city only raises one per cent of the money that is dispersed by the organization.

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