Visit us at our table at the Festival of Volunteers on Saturday, Jan 25, 2014, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at Royal Centre Mall, 6th and 6th. Join us in celebrating the many contributions volunteers make to our community.by
Laura Benson, M. Urban Studies, is a coal campaigner with Dogwood Initiative, an organization focused on giving British Columbians ways to take back decision-making power over their land and water. One of the two campaigns they are currently focused on is the shipments of U.S. coal through B.C. for export to China.
Peter Hall, PhD, Assoc Prof, Urban Studies Program, SFU: “Ports are fascinating and important because they are places where communities, cities and regions meet global economic actors and forces. I am interested in the connections between shipping and logistics networks, the port institutions that govern and regulate them, and the resulting patterns of employment and development in port cities.”by
The New Westminster Environmental Partners invite all members, present, past and future, to our Annual General Meeting, on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013, in the auditorium of the New Westminster Main Public Library. The meeting starts at 7:00pm and doors open from 6:30pm.
This year’s theme is “Community Collaboration,” and in the spirit of the topic, we are having a collective discussion on the topic of engagement. How do we engage our members and our community? How does an organization like the NWEP find out what its members shared values are and distil it into a message that connects with the issues? After a year where the NWEP met some interesting challenges and had serious internal discussions about how we function as an organization, the conversation is timely, and we hope it will be spirited and interesting!
Special Guest: After meeting with Delta Council’s Environmental Advisory Committee, Paula Williams from Communities and Coal plans to join us. This group presented a petition signed with more than 10,000 signatures to Surrey Council last week before Surrey voted to oppose the coal terminal until an independent, third-party health assessment and full public hearings are complete.
We will also do the normal AGM stuff: financial disclosure, election of a new Board, and a fun review of the (many) successes of the previous year.
→ Nominations will be taken from the floor during the AGM—Please consider joining the board if you want to collaborate and donate your skills to help support the expansion of NWEP activities and influence within our community and beyond with other enthusiastic team members.
→ Membership Fee: $5 a year, cash or cheque please.
If you need us to waive the fee because it is prohibitive for you, we will gladly do so as your participation is what’s truly valued. And if you are able to make a donation to help support our work and other memberships, that’s also appreciated.
→ If you are unable to attend the AGM, you can pay by mailing a cheque to 727 McKay Street, New Westminster, BC V3L 4T6. Please make it out to the New Westminster Environmental Partners.
Come out, take part in the NWEP, and help build a more sustainable and collaborative community in New Westminster!by
Members of the NWEP are adding their voices to the upcoming rally “It’s Time to Take Back Our Port” happening on Sunday, Oct 27, at New Westminster Quay.
The expansion of bulk coal exports is top of many of our minds, specifically plans to expand the coal terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks to export low-grade thermal coal from the United States.
However, the local coal terminal is not the only Port issue that impacts New Westminster, which is why NWEP members would like to create agreements with individuals and groups that not only speak to the current problems, but also address principles and next steps in the process towards improved governance, citizen’s participation, and social change: See our Coal Re-Positioning Letter, below.
→→→ If you are interested in further collaboration, please join us next Sunday or send us email at email@example.com.
Another possibility we are looking into is to have a “Community Coal-ition” Forum next Feb or March. By then, it might be in our best interest to expand the discussion to “Our Hydrocarbon Economy” that includes coal, bitumen, and LNG.
Sunday, Oct 27, Rally Speakers: MP Peter Julian, City of New Westminster Councillor Jonathan Cote, Ta’Kaiya Blaney from the Sliammon First Nation, Rueben George from the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, and others.
“Take Back our Port” is organized by Communities & Coal, Dogwood Initiative, Voters Taking Action against Climate Change (VTACC), and the Wilderness Committee
CLICK on the link to Read Our COAL RE-POSITIONING LETTER