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Theresa McManus

Only in New West

Record reporter Theresa McManus blogs about news that doesn’t always fit in print

  • Ten years later - and not much has changed. But Joyce Murray is doing well

    Former New Westminster MLA Joyce Murray toured New Westminster Secondary School with then Education Minister Tom Christensen in January 2005. During their visit to the local high school, Christensen. . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 29, 2015

  • Rembering a blast from the past

    I recently stumbled across this photo while searching our archives – and thought it would be a timely Throwback Thursday item as Halloween nears. New Westminster firefighter Charles Calogiros hadn’t. . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 22, 2015

  • Trio of New West candidates plant seeds of interest among next generation of voters

    I recently chatted with NDP candidate Peter Julian and Green candidate Kyle Routledge about the value in attending all-candidates meetings at New Westminster Secondary School – where the majority of. . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 14, 2015

  • Get set to cruise with the candidates on paddlewheeler

    Crusin' with the Candidates will set sail on Tuesday night. NEXT New Westminster and Tenth to the Fraser are hosting a Cruisin’ with the Candidates meet-and-greet with candidates on The Native . . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 5, 2015

  • Why meet with students who are too young to vote?

    New Westminster-Burnaby candidates (some of them) attended the biggest all-candidates' meeting thus far in the 2015 federal election campaign – in a place where few votes were to be found. The Green. . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 2, 2015

  • New West firefighters respond to (fake) fire on the railroad

    New Westminster firefighters evacuated some residents from two buildings on the Quay on Saturday after a chemical spill on the train tracks near Quayside Drive. But not to worry – the chemical spill. . .

    Theresa McManusSeptember 30, 2015

  • New West has plenty of summer camp options for kids

    Kids don’t have to travel far to find some cool camps to keep them busy this summer. Douglas College is offering a diverse range of summer camps in New Westminster this summer for kids aged five to . . .

    Theresa McManusMay 28, 2015

  • More changes coming to New West council meetings?

    Change is in the air at New Westminster city council meetings. Shortly after being elected in November’s civic election, Mayor Jonathan Cote proposed that council eliminate the “council reports . . .

    Theresa McManusMarch 3, 2015

  • Election disclosure statements make me cranky

    The 2014 civic elections financial disclosure statements were released this week and offered few big surprises on the New West front. Labour unions contributed big bucks to campaigns of the mayoral,. . .

    Theresa McManusFebruary 26, 2015

  • A brief look back at August 2014 in New West

    AUGUST New Westminster and Coquitlam bridge their difference in the ongoing Bailey bridge saga with an agreement that means a two-lane crossing in the Braid industrial area. The agreement comes . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 24, 2014

  • A brief look back at December 2014 in New West

    DECEMBER New Westminster’s new city council is sworn into office. Jonathan Cote, the city’s new mayor, is joined by incumbents Bill Harper, Jaimie McEvoy, Chuck Puchmayr and Lorrie Williams and . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 24, 2014

  • A brief look back at November 2014 in New West

    NOVEMBER Three-term city councilor Jonathan Cote dethrones four-term mayor Wayne Wright to become New Westminster’s new mayor. All seven members of New Westminster city council, including incumbents. . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 24, 2014

  • A brief look back at October 2014 in New West

    OCTOBER Crowds fill downtown New Westminster to watch the unveiling of the Wait for Me Daddy war memorial in Hyack Square. The monument is based on the photograph taken in the same location by . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 24, 2014

  • A brief look back at September 2014 in New West

    SEPTEMBER The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, the Queen’s Park Residents’ Association and Royal City Youth Soccer come out in support of the pro soccer plan being proposed in New West. Council . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 24, 2014

  • A brief look back at July 2014 in New West

    JULY New Westminster signs a memorandum of understanding to work with Vancouver Whitecaps FC toward launching a United Soccer Leagues pro franchise at Queen’s Park Stadium starting in the 2015. The . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 24, 2014

  • A brief look back at June 2014 in New West

    JUNE New Westminster MLA Judy Darcy, the NDP’s health critic, is joined by local youth who are calling for a provincial ban on flavoured tobacco products that come in a variety of fruit, ice cream . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 23, 2014

  • A brief look back at May 2014 in New West

    MAY The Ministry of Education approves the school district’s request that a new high school could house up to 1,900 students – a move that’s considered by many to be the first hurdle in getting a . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 22, 2014

  • A brief look back at April 2014 in New West

    APRIL The New Westminster school district is looking for ideas on how to deal with $2.69 million in unfunded cost pressures for next year. The school district wants the public to weigh in on where . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 22, 2014

  • A brief look back at March 2014 in New West

    MARCH The City of New Westminster announces it’s sold the Merchant Square office tower for $36.5 million to Kingswood Capital and Duke Holdings – a company jointly owned by businessmen Joseph Segal . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 19, 2014

  • A brief look back at February 2014 in New West

    FEBRUARY New Westminster city council gets its first look at a proposed Bosa development on the waterfront, which initially proposes two 26-storey towers and commercial spaces on the parking lot . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 18, 2014

  • A brief look back at January 2014 in New West

    JANUARY 2014 A 32-year-old Surrey man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection to the deaths of Jill Lyons, 45, and Karen Nabors, 48. The women, who lived in the same New . . .

    Theresa McManusDecember 17, 2014

  • Throwback Thursday - tales of elections past

    As we near the end of another civic election – and cover the aftermath – I’m packing up my election files. I’ve dug a few files out of my archives for various reasons during the campaign. Technology. . .

    Theresa McManusNovember 20, 2014

  • Who said what?! Some of my fave quotes from the campaign trail

    As the civic election campaign in New Westminster nears the finish line, I’ve dug into my notebook and gathered some of the more memorable quotes from the campaign trail. While much of the . . .

    Theresa McManusNovember 14, 2014

  • New West candidates aim for name recognition

    What’s in a name? Plenty, if you’re seeking a seat on city council. Name recognition and placement on the ballot have long considered to be factors considered by some voters when they decide where . . .

    Theresa McManusNovember 7, 2014

  • City hall goes to the dogs

    New Westminster city hall has gone to the dogs for Halloween. Staff from many departments are having a dog-gone good time today, dressing up as 101 Dalmatians. Cruella de Vil joined in on the action. . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 31, 2014

  • New West public hearings - lots of them - set for Tuesday

    Zoning amendments, development permits and heritage revitalization agreements are all part of the action at next week’s public hearing. New Westminster city council will consider a number of . . .

    Theresa McManusSeptember 12, 2014

  • Bailey Bridge saga continues to unfold

    An arbitrator will soon begin deliberations about whether the existing Bailey Bridge should be replaced by a one- or two-lane crossing. The City of New Westminster is arguing that a two-lane . . .

    Theresa McManusJune 5, 2014

  • Public art piece sparks conversation

    A proposed public art installation isn’t wowing all members of city council – and that may be a good thing. City staff has been working with the Vancouver Biennale to bring three public art . . .

    Theresa McManusMay 2, 2014

  • Treasure hunters search for gems in New West this weekend

    Garage sale junkies from around the Lower Mainland will be visiting New Westminster in the coming months to search for treasures. If you’re a fan of garage sales as much as I am, you’ll want to put . . .

    Theresa McManusMay 2, 2014

  • New West talks density bonusing at open houses

    If the concept of density bonusing interests you, you’ll want to drop by one of the city’s upcoming open houses. The City of New Westminster is holding two public open houses to provide information . . .

    Theresa McManusApril 25, 2014

  • Keeping Hume Park green

    The Lower Mainland Green Team and Evergreen teamed up on a tree planting initiative on the weekend. Volunteers gathered in Hume Park to plant native plants and trees, to remove invasive plants and . . .

    Theresa McManusMarch 12, 2014

  • TransLink delays Pattullo public consultation - and MLA talks traffic

    TransLink has deferred public consultation that was set to get underway about the Pattullo Bridge. “This deferral will allow TransLink time to work with the Mayors’ Council on regional . . .

    Theresa McManusFebruary 21, 2014

  • Test your trivia knowledge - and support local woman's legacy

    An organization that had its roots in New Westminster is offering up a night of trivia and fun this weekend. PAWS for Independence Association is presenting Brain Teaser Trivia 2014, which features . . .

    Theresa McManusFebruary 20, 2014

  • Douglas College kicks off speakers' series with Aussie lecturer

    A new public lecture series gets underway at Douglas College this week that features a group of local and international experts hand-picked by students. The Students’ Choice speaker series, . . .

    Theresa McManusFebruary 17, 2014

  • Happy Birthday, Valentine

    John Ashdown enjoyed sitting down and having a little heart to heart with a woman with a long history of volunteerism in the Royal City. While attending this year’s Festival of Volunteers, Ashdown, . . .

    Theresa McManusFebruary 14, 2014

  • New Westminster starts doling out cash to community groups

    The City of New Westminster has issued a stern directive to track clubs in the city: play nice. Each year the city gives out grants in a number of categories, including amateur sports. On Jan. 27, . . .

    Theresa McManusJanuary 29, 2014

  • New Westminster officals take to the rails on a fact-finding mission

    Loudest. Interview. Ever. That was my feeling after recently calling Coun. Chuck Puchmayr to get an update on the Santa Claus Parade. It turned out my call coincided with a trip he was taking from . . .

    Theresa McManusNovember 22, 2013

  • New Westminster names new director - and retains corporate memory

    Job crunch in city hall. That was the headline of a special report in The Record back on May 5, 2007, when staff vacancies in the planning department had reached record highs. Staff were leaving in . . .

    Theresa McManusNovember 4, 2013

  • Fire Chief sees plenty of changes through the years

    New Westminster Fire Chief Tim Armstrong has seen a lot of changes to firefighting during his lengthy career. During a recent interview regarding the Oct. 10 fire that destroyed two buildings on . . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 29, 2013

  • Close encounters with Queen Elizabeth part of royal documentary tonight in Royal City

    A fan of the Royal Family is reflecting on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Linda Cooper is inviting residents to attend a screening of her documentary, My Royal City 2012. “It is a documentary about . . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 28, 2013

  • Closer to a crossing?

    While gondolas, water taxies and ferries have been floated as a way of moving people from Queensborough to the Quay, planning for a land-based connection continues. The City of New Westminster . . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 21, 2013

  • Tackling waste in Metro Vancouver - one cucumber at a time

    People who attended Metro Vancouver’s recent Zero Waste Conference are now in-the-know about why you should shrink-wrap a cucumber and how to eat like a king without spending a dime. Hundreds of . . .

    Theresa McManusOctober 18, 2013