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On Thursday evening neighbours who read and loved reading Laura Berton’s I Married the Klondike came together to talk about the book. A surprising number of those present were very familiar with the Yukon. The organizing committee went out of their way to decorate the hall and dressed in the style of the early 1900. A good time was had by all
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Friday, May 3, 2019
Jean Davidson reported:
Parishioners at Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Whonnock received a delegation from their next-door neighbour, the Jamia Riyadhul Jannah (Garden of Heaven Mosque), on Sunday, April 28. They came bearing flowers and a sympathy card to express sorrow over the bombings at Christian churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sadly, this was returning a visit made by Holy Spirit representatives to JRJ at the time of the shootings at the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand two months ago. The mosque opened in the fall of 2018 in a former United Church building. Since then, a close relationship of respect and cooperation has formed between the two worshipping communities.
The story caught the attention of Phil Melnychuk and the Maple Ridge News placed his article on the front page of their issue on May 3rd. Click here to read it.
Good neighbours indeed!
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
P O S T P O N E DFrom: Betty von Hardenberg
Klaus and I have participated in the Environmental Advisory Committee for the past two years with the explicit goal of having Council put the details of the updated map of the Grant Hill Aquifer into our Official Community Plan. This is particularly important since Tantalus Labs was permitted to draw large volumes of water from our aquifer with limited oversight.
In 2005/ 2006, TAPS and the communities of Thornhill, Whonnock and Ruskin as well as community members outside the aquifer spoke during a six day public hearing requesting Council to map the aquifer and take measures to protect the drinking water in the three communities. It was not put into the the Natural Features Map in the OCP. This would have assisted developers, interested homeowners, staff and Council to recognize the importance of protecting it.
We did however, raise awareness to an important groundwater source that had not been previously recognized or understood.
Two years ago, the Ministry of Forest, Lands,and Natural Resource Operations updated the vulnerable aquifers in Maple Ridge at no cost to our community. The Ministry has also drilled two observation wells to monitor water levels daily in both Thornhill and Whonnock at no cost to the City.
Now after two long years of keeping this file at the top of the pile, Rod Stott, the environmental planner will be presenting his request for Council to support updating the Natural Features Map to include the vulnerable aquifers into the OCP and receive first reading.
We do not often ask for your presence at a meeting, but Klaus and I are asking for as many of you as possible to attend this meeting to show Council how important this request is to our communities. It is being held on Feb. 5 at 1:30 at the Committee of the Whole in the Council Chambers at City Hall. It is never held at a convenient time, but we have persevered. You will be able to hear how your Council will respond to this request. Your attendance will be seen as a measure of the importance of this request to the community.
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