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MP PETER JULIAN
RE-INTRODUCES
RAIL NOISE BILL

JULIAN’S BILL WOULD BRING RELIEF TO LATE NIGHT RAIL NOISE

OTTAWA – Peter Julian, MP (New Westminster-Burnaby), reintroduced a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament today, Bill C-218, The Railway Noise and Vibration Control Act.
[Click Link for full release]

Bill C-218 would prohibit railway companies from engaging in excessively
noisy rail yard activities in residential areas between the hours of 10pm and 8am.

“Residents of Westminster Quay and many other communities have been putting up with this noise for too long. Railway companies have been continuously carrying on high noise activities at night and early in the morning, damaging the quality of life of residents.” notes Julian.

The media release attached to the Bill notes, "Train traffic in the urban areas has increased substantially in the past 30 years, and the train themselves are longer, resulting in more frequent and much longer periods of noise in rail yards. The size and weight of rail cars has also increased, causing greater vibrations in nearby homes."

Julian continues, “...Every resident of Westminster Quay knows why a conciliatory approach will never work and only tough legislation can resolve this health hazard...Quayside residents and every Canadian are entitled to a good night’s sleep, and I urge the Liberal government to act quickly on this matter.”

Office of Peter Julian:
604-775-5707
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The local and provincial print media have picked this story up with an article in 24 HOURS VANCOUVER by reporter Eric McKenzie and another in the NEW WEST RECORD's by Theresa McManus

[QCB BACKGROUND]
Action to reduce rail noise and vibration began with Quayside resident BRIAN ALLEN and his father nearly two decades ago.  Approximately ten years ago, the QCB joined the Allen’s in their quest to curb rail noise and vibration.  The resulting effort was a historical meeting between the four rail companies operating in New Westminster and the QCB.  In the end, the discussions ended up in court with the QCB gaining some concessions but not stopping the noise and vibrations.  Given the length of time, expense and personal commitment required to continue the fight, the QBC Executive and Rail Committee [BRIAN ALLEN and JAMES CROSTY] then handed over their files to the City to persue and to MP Mr. Julian.  MP Julian was very supportive and tried to have this Bill passed in 2007 and failed.  This February 2016, MP Julian re-introduced the Bill given the instalment of a new Liberal government.
 

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PATTULLO BRIDGE SET TO UNDERGO REPAIRS APRIL 29PHOTO: VancouverSun

Deck rehabilitation begins April 29 and continues until Oct. 3. This work will help keep the Pattullo Bridge safe until a replacement is built.
Drivers should expect delays during construction.
During this period:

-The bridge will close from the evening of April 29 (8 p.m.) to the morning of May 2 (5 a.m.) to allow crews to set up for construction work. The bridge will also close from the evening of Sept. 30 to the morning of Oct. 3 for crews to remove equipment.
-From May 2 to Sept. 30, the bridge will remain open with one lane in each direction.
-Truck access will be maintained.
-The bridge will be closed to all traffic two nights a week and one weekend a month.
-Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge, even during evening and weekend closures.
-Minor vehicle incidents on the bridge will cause significant delays and potentially a full bridge closure.

Drivers looking for additional information and travel resources should visit TRANSLINK.

If you have any questions or comments please direct them to ANGELA MADASKI: Translink
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[Update]
ANIMAL KILLER IN NEW WEST GIVEN UNSUPERVISED
DAY PAROLE

Given the high number of animals and animal lovers on the Boardwalk and Promenade at the Quay, it is important to keep you informed of Ms. Bourque.  This convicted Animal Killer, and resident of New West, has been granted day passes - unsupervised. She is entitled to two hours per day. Ms. Bourque has been deemed a “high-risk violent offender” by the Corrections Branch after being convicted in 2013 of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal, killing or injuring an animal and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The Ministry of Justice, Corrections Branch has advised through a public notification today that Ms. Bourque “has an escalating criminal history, has offended violently against both people and animals and is considered a high risk to re-offend.”

For more on this story and to see a photo essay in order to recognize this person can be found at MSN/CANADIAN PRESS.  Also you can read a brief at 24 HOURS VANCOUVER.

CLICK HERE for link to New West Police Department's Public Notification.

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JUST IN....CITY HOLDS Q2Q MEETING WITH 3 STRATAS

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On January 27th at 7pm, the QCB executive held their AGM in the main concourse of River Market in New Westminster. One hundred and fifteen residents from Quayside attended this traditionally popular AGM. This was one of the largest audiences the QCB has experienced in nearly a decade.


PHOTO: STCCreatives

This year the City of New Westminster took centre stage with presentations on the many projects that will affect the Quayside community in the days and years ahead.  Key among the Quay interests are: The Emergency Evacuation Test, The Front Street Parkade Demolition and the Quayside to Queensborough (Q2Q) Bridge. 

Following these presentations, retiring President PENNY McIVOR presented QCB business with the appointment of the new Board of Directors, the Executive and new President VICKI TURVEY.

For your convenience and interest, we have provided video of the City Presentations and the Q&A that followed.  Due to audio quality, we have endeavoured to provide captions throughout the videos which highlight the topics discussed or points being made.  These captions are not intended to capture the vigorous ‘audience participation’ with 100% accuracy, but instead highlight a general sense of what is being conveyed.  We also hope these caption will be of service to those who are hearing challenged.

For those who were unable to attend the QCB AGM 2016, we invite you to watch the following videos and follow the links provided to garner enough information to formulate your own impressions of what is sure to be an active year at the Quay.

CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER: Presentation
Quayside to Queensborough [Q2Q] Bridge

Please click on video image to access presentation. You can also download two versions of this in PDF format. For a CONDENSED version please click link. For the ORIGINAL slide presenation that Mr. HRBACEK gave, please click link.


VIDEO: STCcreatives.com

Quayside to Queensborough [Q2Q] Bridge: Q&A part 1


VIDEO: STCcreatives.com

Quayside to Queensborough [Q2Q] Bridge
: Q&A part 2


VIDEO: STCcreatives.com


At the end of this Q&A, city staff made a FAQ sheet available for the public.
A FAQ SHEET was also handed out at a private meeting with city and a strata. The QCB doesn't know if these are one in the same, but we were able to obtain a copy of the one handed out at the private strata meeting with the city and have made it available to you
HERE.
 


Photo: City New West

Three main areas for future discussion came out clearly by the end of the Q&A regarding the bridge. One: A new location such as the dog park; Two: An alternative connection (ie: Ferries such as Granville Isalnd) to land-locked options and Three: Public, not Private meetings with the entire Quay community.


Image from Aragon advertisement of Port Royal shows a fully functioning
Marina, adding more credibility to the ferry alternative.

Since the AGM the media have picked up the story. The local NEW WEST RECORD did an article with residents Brian and Nolan Gibson, who after 20 years of living at the Quay are concerned. CLICK PHOTO below to access article.


Photo:Jennifer Gauthier New West Record

ERIC MACKENZIE reporter for 24 HOUR VANCOUVER, a provincial media outlet reported March 7th, 2016 'BIGGER BRIDGE CAUSES CONCERN IN NEW WEST' that the bridge not only disappoints resident in the area but also doesn't meet the expectations of cyclists and has the city rethinking the logistics of such a massive and expensive project. CLICK LOGO to access article. The NEW WEST RECORD's THERESA McMANIS has written an article released March 9th 2016 titled 'NEW WEST BRIDGE PROPOSAL GARNERS "SERIOUS CONCERNS" AT MARINE COUNCIL'. Click on the title link to access the story that has caused the 'The city to consider two streams to see if it can make the project work'.

We also invite you to join @quaysideboard on Twitter
as this discussion is also taking place on Social Media.

 

CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER: Presentation
EMERGENCY EVACUATION TEST AT THE QUAY

Nearly a decade ago, if you have lived at the Quay that long, you came home one day after work and noticed the entire Quay dotted with monster sand bags and flood warnings in every building.  That was the first time in recent memory, that the Quayside community has been that close to an Emergency Evacuation Order.

Since then, Evacuation plans have been a key concern for the directors of the QCB.  To this concern, the QCB and many facets of City Emergency Responders
(Fire, Police, City Hall, Salvation Army, Southern Railway and others) prepared an emergency evac scenario in which some buildings and residents took part.  The result was a very successful day, fine tuning all stakeholders and their important and critical roles to play when an emergency does happen – and it will – it is only a matter of time.

We were pleased to have DEPUTY CHIEF HATCH and Emergency Assistant Planner for the City of New West, CORY HANSEN come to the AGM 2016 and give their overall impression and report on how things went.  You can access Cory’s presentation by CLICKING ON VIDEO.


VIDEO: STCcreatives.com

 

CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER: Presentation
FRONT STREET DEMOLITION

By the time of this posting the Front Street Parkade is primarily history and clean up has begun. CATALIN DOBRESCU; City of New West Project Manager for the parkade presented the plan and time line for this significant infrastructure project.

While many in the audience were eager to learn more of waht was going to replace the structure, Mr. Dobrescu was clear that he was only there to speak on the demolition and not reconstruction of the FRONT STREET MEWS. We invite you to review this video in order to understand all the aspects of the project which may affect your access in the Quayside area.


VIDEO: STCcreatives.com

FRONT STREET PARKADE: Q&A


VIDEO: STCcreatives.com

QUAYSIDE COMMUNITY BOARD: AGM Business

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION was given by Group of Five founder GERDA SUESS, who thanked the QCB and the Quay community for supporting their charitable efforts to build a play station for sick children at Royal Columbian Hospital, was a refreshing and uplifting end to the public presentation section of the AGM.

PENNY McIVOR ended the energy-filled night with business related to the Quayside community.  She announced the new board which can be reviewed on our MEMBERSHIP page and facilitated a the presentation of the TREASUER’S REPORT by Maureen Albanese and the current. Penny was pleased to inform the public that the QCB has 100% representation of the building stratas in the Quay. This means that every resident not only has a voice on the QCB but has a collective voice in the City and as we have seen by the media coverage – the province as well. 

The QCB is your residents’ association…and so much more!
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The QUAYSIDE COMMUNITY BOARD (QCB) is comprised of one delegate and one alternate from eighteen of eighteen residential buildings in the geographical location known as 'The Quayside' in New Westminster, BC, Canada. The group of dedicated members represent just over 2200 units and an estimated 4500 plus individual residents in this close-knit community. QUAYSIDE is a jewel on the Fraser River and the board is dedicated to keeping it as such. Meeting on the last Wednesday of each month, this board works on issues and matters related to the well-being of their community. In addition, the board works with local and surrounding businesses to ensure that the members of the overall community continue to live in an area that is clean ,safe, managed growth and above all enjoyable.

The Quayside Community Board is devoted to: Representing Residents,
Community Issues, Assisting Strata Corporations, Housing Cooperatives and Community Planning for the Quayside area.

 

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