Step-by-Step Home Buying Process

Home Buying Process

Step-by-Step Home Buying Process If you are new to B.C. or a first-time homebuyer, buying a home can feel like a daunting experience. Over the years, my mentor (John Grasty) and I have developed a step-by-step guide to help simplify this process. 1. Choose a Realtor then Analyze Your Needs/Goals with your Realtor When it … Read more

BC Property Assessment in 2021

BC Property Assessment in 2021

BC Property Assessment in 2021 While our minds have been clearly occupied with the pandemic and the political events south of the Canadian border, some of you may have been surprised to see the 2021 BC Assessment mail show up in your mailbox this week. If it slipped your mind with so much going on … Read more

National Indigenous People’s Day

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National Indigenous People’s Day On Thursday, June 21, we will be attending the National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration presented by the Port Moody Ecological Society’s Welcome Post Project. This event takes place at Rocky Point Park from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. With traditional drumming, singing, and a blessing ceremony, this is a cultural event to … Read more

Recognizing Gerry Nuttall

Gerry Nuttall

Recognizing Gerry Nuttall We’re very pleased to recognize our friend Gerry Nuttall who is being bestowed with the prestigious Freedom of the City designation by the City of Port Moody this Saturday, June 16, 2018. John has known Gerry for many years, working together with him on committees and boards including an economic development committee, a Parks … Read more

Stories of Immigrants through Art

Stories of Immigrants through Art The building and very success of North America has been achieved on the backs of immigrants. Canadians of Chinese and Korean ethnic origin are the two most prominent immigrant groups making up our Tri-Cities community today. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to attend a local exhibition at the Port … Read more

Stepping-up in the Port Moody Spotlight

Stepping-up in the Port Moody Spotlight

With the looming September 30, 2017, Port Moody by-election, candidates will be seeking our support. While I realize everyone will not agree with my views, I was asked to share some, so here is a summary, including some comments I’ve made previously on social media.

Port Moody has recently completed many master plans and other vision documents, with which all candidates should be familiar enough to answer basic questions about. Now more than ever, we need a council who can implement some of the important recommendations contained in these plans, so I CHALLENGE ALL CANDIDATES TO TELL US, how can you contribute? What actions can you help drive?

With so much invested from residents in all of these plans they need to be put into action, which is why I don’t believe that Port Moody is actively seeking new ideas at this time. The search for new ideas will follow the municipal election in October 20, 2018, when the newly elected council, fresh from the campaign hustings, will be sharing for consideration what they heard, when preparing a new strategic plan.

Immediately, I believe that the city needs to:
– Put into action the recently completed TransPort Moody Plan;
– Provide resources to fast-track a comprehensive Community Economic Development Plan (CEDP), which was identified as a strategic priority in 2015; and,
– Finalize the Zoning Bylaw Review before year-end.

Here are five more to be tackled before October 2018:
– Prioritize and fund action items of a new CEDP (above) for implementation in the early New Year.
– Provide the public with the details and a timeline of the residential development applications underway.
– Refocusing on initiatives for the rest of the community (opportunities in areas other than Inlet Centre, Moody Centre and Rocky Point Park), the Arts and Culture, and Parks and Recreation plans need to be reviewed for implementation.
– Stop all financial grants, unless already budgeted, until after the 2018 municipal election (in-kind grants however, especially for under-utilized city amenities, are okay and should be encouraged).
– Approach the new provincial government, through our new MLA to:
o obtain gaming funds/licensing to supplement our recreation funding (like Coquitlam), and,
o re-open the Burrard Thermal Plant.

A firm commitment will be expected from whoever we elect, to invest 20+ hours weekly, reading the information to understand the issues, and to be fully prepared for participating in the daily meetings.

No doubt many of the potential candidates have served on city committees over the past years, and shown their commitment in other ways as well. The number of committees served or positions held however are not enough. If you want my vote, then I’m going to encourage you to TELL ME BEFORE VOTING OPENS on September 20th, what you have really done; what issues or problems you have personally solved, and the results you delivered, as an outcome of your direct actions, committee work, other community involvement, or career.

While we’re at it, let’s dispense with the frilly taglines; we already know that all candidates will be: Committed, Experienced, Honest, Visionary, Successful, etc., so please spare us.

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