Neighbourhood Watch

A selected image from the Spacing Vancouver Flickr pool. Image courtesy of Stephen Rees.

A weekly roundup of noteworthy news in municipalities across B.C.

If you area near Shawnigan, Ladysmith or Cowichan Lake tomorrow be sure to catch the Island Spirit 2012 Geocaching Mega-Event! With about 675 registered participants from around the world already signed up and an estimated total of 1,000 geocachers expected in Cowichan by the time the big event kicks off, it’s sure to be a lot of fun. It’s part of the WestCan series of events that promote rural economic development, and is being run in conjunction with Duncan’s centennial festivities.

The search to locate a new waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to consume more of the region’s garbage moves ahead as Metro Vancouver launches an informal 90-day process to identify potential sites and operators.

The request for proposals for the construction of a homeless shelter and transitional housing facility in the Coquitlam closed Monday and RainCity Housing, which will operate the shelter planned for 3030 Gordon Ave., will now sift through 10 to 20 applications from a number of architects.

Concerns are around congestion at the George Massey Tunnel in Delta are growing with the predictions that the Deltaport expansion will result in another 1,700 daily truck trips through the tunnel within five years.
The aggressive Japanese knotweed is causing havoc across Metro Vancouver as it drills through asphalt, breaks house foundations and springs back from virtually any non-chemical attempt to eradicate it. Consequently, it is also splitting concrete in the footings of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and infesting a Burnaby section of the $3.3-billion Port Mann/Highway 1 expansion project

Despite issues around funding, the proposed Experience the Fraser trail network running across the Lower Mainland will add a leg down the north arm of the Fraser River between Richmond and Vancouver, while existing trails along both sides of the Coquitlam River in Colony Farm Regional Park will also be designated part of Experience The Fraser.