BURQUITLAM COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION – AGM

CALLING ALL BURQUITLAM RESIDENTS !
COME AND CHECK OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD!

Hear about Transit, Burquitlam Plaza, the new YMCA, the Community Police Station and much, much more!
How?

By attending the
Burquitlam Community Association’s
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
DATE: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
LOCATION: Burquitlam Safeway
Community Amenity Room, Upstairs – 3rd Floor
580 Clarke Road
Coquitlam
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
For more information, call 604 506-4766
There have been many changes to Burquitlam this year – come to the meeting and get in touch with your community!

We look forward to seeing you there and connecting with more people from the community

May 30th – Burquitlam Mosaic Development Info Session

The BCA invites those interested in learning about a  new Mosaic development being proposed for the Burquitlam area to attend an informational session in the Community Room of the new Safeway Clarke/Como Lake (3rd floor). The meeting will be on May 30th starting at 7:00PM.

 

The Mosaic group has not previously announced this new venture and we will be the first to find out the what and where. Please stop by, find out and bring your questions. For further information contact Don Violette, President, at 604 506 4766″

April 2017 – All Candidates Meeting – Rick Glumac and Linda Reimer

Thank you for attending the All Candidates Meeting, it was a great turn out and the questions were well thought out.

There were a few questions that we were not able to ask due to time constraints. We sent these off to the Candidates to have them all answered as we know all of the questions are important to everyone.

Please find Below Rick Glumac’s Response. Once we receive Linda Reimer’s response to the questions they too will be added.

 

 


1)Q) Why when we talk about bringing the community together and educating the people, why don’t we support and push for a mandatory class on politics, taxes, and the importance of engaging in elections and community elected officials.

I think that is a wonderful idea. People in politics can also play an important role by visiting classes and talking to students about issues, which is something I very much enjoy doing.

2) Q) At present there is a 6 to 8 month waitlist for children waiting for mental healt srvices through MCFD. What will your party do to ensure that mental healt needs of children and youth are being taken care of?

Mental health is as important as physical health. Whether someone is 8 or 98, they need to know they only have to ask for help once to get help fast.

After years of BC Liberal neglect, John Horgan and the BC NDP will transform our mental health system by improving access, investing in early prevention and providing opportunities for intervention before problems get worse.

To make mental health treatment and addictions support a priority, we will create a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. This new ministry will work with the Ministry of Children and Families, the Ministry of Health, local governments, First Nations and the education and justice systems so patients get treatment early and effectively.

For people in crisis needing immediate help, a BC NDP government will take an “Ask Once, Get Help Fast” approach to mental health and addictions. We will ensure children and adolescents can access specially trained adolescent mental health professionals within the school system, where early identification and support can lead to healthier lives and prevent a lifetime of illness.

Since nearly 60% of people struggling with addiction also experience other mental health challenges, a BC NDP government will bring those services together to help those most in need. We’ll provide access to a wide range of evidence-based and regulated treatment, including licensing our current recovery house system, enhancing supports post-detox, and improving access to harm reduction options that save lives.

For people whose health will only improve with intensive, residential-based treatment, we will reopen facilities on the Riverview lands to provide residential care.

3) Q) There has been an unprecedented amount of deaths of children in foster care, in the care of mcfd. What will your party do ensure our most vulnerable citizens are being taken care of?

To make mental health treatment and addictions support a priority, we will create a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. This new ministry will work with the Ministry of Children and Families, the Ministry of Health, local governments, First Nations and the education and justice systems so patients get treatment early and effectively.

For people in crisis needing immediate help, a BC NDP government will take an “Ask Once, Get Help Fast” approach to mental health and addictions. We will ensure children and adolescents can access specially trained adolescent mental health professionals within the school system, where early identification and support can lead to healthier lives and prevent a lifetime of illness.

As well the BCNDP believe every child has the right to care, safety, permanency and connection with their culture. The BC NDP is committed to improving our system of care by:

Providing an additional $10 million for Agreements with Young Adults, so all youth aging out of government care who need support can receive it. Ensuring our K-12 system has the resources to help youth in care graduate with their peers. Working with universities and colleges to expand the tuition fee waiver program and provide enhanced supports for former youth in care who pursue post-secondary education. Empowering the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth to review the recommendations of the Independent Representative for Children and Youth and address them. Connecting and staying with their families and communities is important for all children — especially First Nations children. John Horgan and the BC NDP will meet their specific needs by:

Implementing the recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report and provide better supports to keep Aboriginal children at home and out of care. Ensuring that basic care standards are met for children in care and that there is a plan to connect them with their culture and community. Supporting delegated Aboriginal agencies so they can offer services at the same level offered to non-Aboriginal children.

4) Q) Affordable rental housing – The private sector will not build affordable rental housing to meet the critical needs of renters. Will the government freeze all crown land and commit to building affordable rental housing.

BC NDP will fix British Columbia’s shortage of decent, affordable housing. We will work with all levels of government, First Nations and the not-for-profit and private sectors to secure land and build needed housing; make renting affordable, fair and secure; and close loopholes that help real estate speculators drive up prices.

Building homes:

Building 114,000 affordable rental, non-profit and co-op housing units through partnerships over 10 years, building on public land where available. As much as possible, we will build with innovative BC-manufactured wood products, creating new markets for BC wood products and new jobs in BC’s forest industry-based communities. Protecting renters:

Providing a new renter’s rebate of $400 dollars per rental household per year. Closing the BC Liberals’ “fixed term lease” loophole and ensure controls on rent increases are enforced. Passing legislation requiring fair treatment during renovations and demolitions of rental properties. Taxing speculators:

Closing loopholes that let speculators dodge taxes and hide their identities, and charging a yearly 2% absentee speculators’ tax to crack down on empty homes. Directing revenue from the absentee speculators’ tax into a Housing Affordability Fund. Establishing a multi-agency task force to fight tax fraud and money laundering in the BC real estate marketplace.

5) Q) Speculators & developers are making a fortune. Do you think they should help fund resettling a low income families who are being kicked out of their low rental hours so those families can find low rental homes and not be forced to pay higher rents or being thrown into the stree

We’ll collect taxes from the property speculators who are profiting off their interference in Vancouver’s housing market. The “Empty Housing Speculation Tax” will create $500 million over the course of a three year term.

At the same time we will redirect BC Liberal waste and partisan government spending to programs that matter, like healthcare and education. By doing so, we’ll generate new revenue as we build new schools, roads, hospitals, housing and transit and grow our economy. This plan will stimulate $680 million in revenue over the course of three years.

Plus we’ll eliminate Christy Clark’s LNG Fantasy Fund that you paid for with fee hikes and use the money to help eliminate tolls.

 

Building 114,000 affordable rental, non-profit and co-op housing units through partnerships over 10 years, building on public land where available. As much as possible, we will build with innovative BC-manufactured wood products, creating new markets for BC wood products and new jobs in BC’s forest industry-based communities. Protecting renters:

Providing a new renter’s rebate of $400 dollars per rental household per year. Closing the BC Liberals’ “fixed term lease” loophole and ensure controls on rent increases are enforced. Passing legislation requiring fair treatment during renovations and demolitions of rental properties. Taxing speculators:

Closing loopholes that let speculators dodge taxes and hide their identities, and charging a yearly 2% absentee speculators’ tax to crack down on empty homes. Directing revenue from the absentee speculators’ tax into a Housing Affordability Fund. Establishing a multi-agency task force to fight tax fraud and money laundering in the BC real estate marketplace.

 

6) Q) What are you going to do about the high cost of post secondary education? Average student loan debt over 4 years is about 35000 with interest of approx. 5-7%. Which mainly goes to the banks. How will you address this problem?

 

We will cap tuition fees, eliminate interest on student loans and provide students a $1,000 completion grant. And where possible, we will build new schools with made-in-BC manufactured wood products, that will create a healthy learning environment for our kids, while also spurring growth and creating jobs in our forestry communities. We will also expand BC’s apprenticeship and trades training programs.

 

 

AGM – Annual General Meeting

The 2016 AGM is Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7pm, Miller Park.  NOTE DUE TO OTHER EVENTS IN THE SCHOOL THIS WILL BE IN THE SECOND FLOOR BAND ROOM.  We have great speakers and we are badly in need of volunteers for all positions!  Please join us for speakers and meet your neighbours!

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Welcome back

With much pain, the server died over the summer.  First the RAM started to flake, then the hard drive died.  And it turns out, no matter how much you age, if you are sure you remember that you have RAID you should actually look.  Oops.  We’re still trying to get the backup but we are up now, there may be some down times as we restore various things.  Parts of the website were backed up, parts were not.  I guess it’s a good lesson – trust but verify – and backup 3 times.  Welcome back!

Neighbourhood plan to be presented

From the City of Coquitlam Report to Council-in-Committee A report on the “Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan – Phase 1 Public Consultation Summary” will be presented to Council-in-Committee at 2:00 p.m. on Monday April 13, 2015.   The report can be found here: http://www.coquitlam.ca/Libraries/Council_Agenda_Documents/Councilincommittee4_13_2015_item4.sflb.ashx   The Committee meeting can be watched live online through the following link: http://www.coquitlam.ca/city-hall/mayor-and-council/watch-council-meetings.aspx

Burquitlam Neighbourhood Plan open house

An email from the city today: Community Information Sessions We have scheduled the first round of community information sessions for the Burquitlam Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan:  Saturday January 31, 2015                                      Wednesday February 4, 2015 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                                  4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mountain View Elementary                                   Executive Plaza Hotel Gymnasium                                                                      Main Floor – Room A 740 Smith Avenue                                                        405 North Road