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Latest Job Postings Via Jobs for Everyone on FB

March 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Blog

Golden Rice Bowl is looking for P/T Waitress
Apply in person after 4pm @ 22504 lougheed highway

Part Time Front Desk staff at the Best Western Maple Ridge hotel.
Apply in person at 21650 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Hawk Security Ltd. is looking for a full time Security officer in Maple Ridge Location

Warehouse Shipper w/ Forklift
Exp. with forklift an asset

Delizie Italiane is now hiring full or part time front staff
Call Daniel at 604-765-1630 to schedule a meeting or drop off a resume at the location noted above.

The Outpost is looking for part time store clerk
Apply in person between the hours of 9am and 11pm daily at 23988 Dewdney Trunk Road

Salon Rouge is seeking a team orientated hair stylist interested in a full time Chair Rental position for May 1st rental opening
Call: 604-477-4405

Retail / Customer Service at The Witch of Endor
Serve It Right is a must have for this position
Apply in person at 22648 Dewdney Trunk Rd. Maple Ridge

Council Meeting March 27th Agenda and Reports

March 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Blog

A few area’s of popular interest to be discussed tomorrow.

If you have an opinion either way on any issue make sure to let Mayor and Council know! 

1st Friday at Cafe Beans with Councillor Bell a success!

March 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Blog

Hello Everyone!

I’m excited to say my first ever coffee morning was fantastic! On Friday I was at Cafe Beans from 10am-12pm and spoke with eight members of the public who took the time to come share their thoughts.  That’s one person every 15 minutes which I think is great. Each individual was very mindful of each other and their time.  When one person showed up and joined in the person currently speaking would spend the next few minutes wrapping up, and then excuse themselves, the flow was great.  I met some really nice people with great ideas and appropriate concerns.  I really appreciated them taking the time to come down, meet me and speak with me about what has been on their minds.

Discussions included: parking issues in Albion neighbourhoods, Council’s raise (this person was in support of a cost of living increase to prevent a future Council having to make up the difference), infrastructure in Maple Ridge being set up with short term thinking and in the long run costing us more money, worry about spending our tax dollars more effectively, concerns about Translink passing down costs to municipalities and municipalities not standing up to the provincial government, to toll or not to toll.

I look forward to meeting more people this week, I will be at Cafe Beans (Haney Place Mall) from 10-12pm on Friday March 30th, I would really appreciate your help spreading the word!

Thank you!


Developers interested in district-owned land in Maple Ridge

March 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Blog
By Monisha Martins – Maple Ridge News
Published: March 23, 2012 6:00 AM

The District of Maple Ridge is set to begin fielding expressions of interest from developers for a piece of prime real estate it owns in the downtown core.The three-acre lot between Haney Place and Valley Fair malls was purchased by the district last year for $3.7 million to try and jumpstart downtown development.

Bordered by Selkirk Avenue, 227th Street and 119th Avenue, the district envisions a mixed use commercial-residential development on the site – one that is environmentally sustainable or LEED certified and has amenities such as park space, public art as well as a percentage of units designated for affordable housing or rental stock.

In its first year, Maple Ridge’s town centre investment program, which offers cash rebates for development fees, reductions in building-permit fees and property tax exemptions as a way to entice downtown development, has already spurred more than $100 million in construction projects.

More than a dozen developers, who are eager to avail themselves of the cost-saving incentives have contacted the district to enquire about the three-acre property.

“I see tremendous potential in this and, of course, I’m hoping at the end of the day there is a profit,” said Coun. Al Hogarth, who was credited at council Monday for bringing the Smart Growth concept, which is followed in the downtown, to Maple Ridge in 2002.

“Coun. Hogarth has been instrumental in this. It’s not by accident these things happen, it’s by time commitment,” said Coun. Judy Dueck.

Coun. Corisa Bell was excited by how quickly the process had moved forward.

“I really like the concept of having a small percentage set aside for affordable housing,” she said.

Once expression of interests are received, staff will prepare another report for council which will help them shortlist developers.

New Maple Ridge councillor wants to hear what you say

March 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Blog

Thank you to The News for covering my desire to reach out to the public.  I will be hosting weekly coffee meetings starting this Friday.  Please help spread the word, read more about the details here:

Wow – nine and five car pile ups in Pitt Meadows

March 22, 2012 at 10:44 am | Blog

A nine vehicle crash snarled the morning commute through Pitt Meadows this morning.  Ridge Meadows RCMP were called about a four vehicle crash just before 6:30 a.m. on Thursday March 22, 2012 on the Lougheed Highway westbound, just west of Harris Road.  As police were enroute, a second crash involving another five vehicles occurred in the east bound lanes.  No one was seriously injured, but the B.C. Ambulance Service took one driver to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

It took approximately 2 hours before the road was completely opened, but police were able to keep one lane open each way while dealing with the crash site.  Sergeant Dale Somerville said, “At this point in time all I can say is a probable contributing factor in this crash was driver inattention.  Please remember to stay focused when driving, paying attention to your surroundings, and leaving enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you is always a good plan.”

Break and enter in Hammond

March 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Blog

Ridge Meadows RCMP are investigating a break in to a home in the Hammond area on 207 Street.  The front door to the residence was forced open sometime between Saturday March 17 and Monday March 19, 2012.  A number of electronic items, a 55” flat screen television, two laptop computers, Nintendo WII gaming system, a cellular phone, and jewelry was stolen.  Police have few leads to follow up on at this time, and would like anyone who has any information on this crime to contact them.

Anyone with any information in regards to any of these, or other, crimes is asked to contact Ridge Meadows RCMP at PH# 604 463-6251.  If you wish to remain anonymous call CRIME STOPPERS at 1 800 222-8477 or leave a TIP online at  Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2000.00 if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

Council Workshop and Committee of the Whole 19th

March 18, 2012 at 8:43 am | Blog

There are a few hot topics being discussed tomorrow at 9am and then 1pm you might not want to miss this.  Workshop is never recorded but C.O.W is and then will be posted on the District website.

Here is the link to Monday’s agenda’s: 

Maple Ridge Town Centre Investment Incentive Program-Over $100 Million in Construction Activity

March 15, 2012 at 11:03 am | Blog

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    District of Maple Ridge

News Release




Maple Ridge Town Centre Investment Incentive Program

Generates Over $100 Million in Construction Activity


Maple Ridge, BC: On March 13, 2012, Mayor and Council were given a one year update on the Town Centre Investment Incentive Program (TCIIP). The purpose of the program is to accelerate private sector investment in the Town Centre through the provision of a wide range of incentives that support developers and downstream benefits to owners and tenants. In addition, the incentive program has a component to encourage greater sustainability in development.

Based on very conservative estimates, the Town Centre Investment Incentive Program has attracted $33 million of construction for projects that are underway now, and in excess of $80 million in projects that are currently in the development process. There are 31 projects that are now part of the program. These projects will result in close to 1,200 new residential units and over 27,000 square metres of commercial space.
Of these 31 projects there are 14 new developments, including the Community Gaming Centre project at Lougheed Highway and 227 Street, the hotel project in Port Haney, nine multi-family apartment buildings, and three mixed-use developments that combine commercial and residential components. The remaining 17 projects are renovation and improvement projects, including the high profile Thrifty Foods and Haney Place Mall renovation.


Each of these projects is displayed on an interactive map that tracks the progress of projects as they move through the approval process. Go and click on the ‘Town Centre Incentives Project Map’ link which will take you to the interactive project map. In addition, by clicking on the ‘investmapleridge’ link on the District website, and then click on the box called Town Centre Investment Incentive Program you can navigate to the overview of how the project works. From priority processing to tax incentives, the program offers a wide variety of options to encourage existing property owners to participate and for new development.

“It’s happening in Maple Ridge folks. When I walk around the Town Centre it’s hard to find a street corner where you can’t see a construction project underway,” noted Mayor Ernie Daykin. “I cannot think of any time in the history of our community when there has been this much development activity in the Town Centre and the best part is that there is more to come. I have met with many investors who have some incredible projects that are starting to move from the drawing board to the development process. The most rewarding thing is to see land that has been vacant for years being developed into the new businesses and homes this community has been asking for,” added Mayor Daykin.


The report presented to Council contained quotes from a number of key stakeholders in the development community:

“The downtown incentive program has been extremely helpful in directing and encouraging both our existing as well as potential clients to invest in properties within the core area of our community. Having been in business here for the last 20 years, I have often puzzled over the many empty or underdeveloped downtown properties.  Envisioning what they could be, I have long felt that a program such as the one council has now adopted is exactly the incentive required to create momentum within the private sector. Maple Ridge is a beautiful place  with great potential but is also a unique market, requiring very specific and careful financial planning in order to tip the scales in favour of a successful development. In my opinion this program has secured a positive future for our downtown that will add long term benefits to both private investors and the community as a whole. In my opinion, achieving a fair and equitable balance between the two is wise community planning.”  (Feb.29, 2012)

Wayne Bissky, Bissky Architecture and Urban Design Inc.


“We deal with hundreds of cities and towns across the country and I find that the program is not only ground breaking and innovative – it is also going to be very, very effective in attracting the type and quality of investment that can revitalize Maple Ridge’s economy and physical presence. This leadership initiative will help to keep Maple Ridge as one of the top Canadian cities in which to invest. I know for a fact that this program has already been a catalyst in our clients investing in the community.”  (Feb.29, 2012)

Don R. Campbell, CEO, Real Estate Investment Network™


“We’ve had the privilege of building facilities in various communities in BC and in other provinces, and we can unequivocally state that our experience with the incentives offered by the District of Maple Ridge have given us the confidence that we will deliver a facility that the community and our company will be proud of.” (Feb.27, 2012)

Terrance Doyle, VP Property Development & Operations Services,

Great Canadian Gaming Corp.




“After seeing the success of this program, the Province of BC, through the BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy, has engaged a consulting team to develop a tool to assist other local governments in BC to develop similar Investment Incentive Programs” (Feb.28, 2012)

Tami Fur, BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy, Government of British Columbia


“Our Council has a vision to accelerate investment in the Town Centre. This vision is now action,” said Mayor Daykin. “As the incentive program goes into years two and three we will continue to monitor the results and report back to citizens so they can see that the community investment in the Town Centre is yielding new homes, new jobs and a new vibrancy for Maple Ridge,” he concluded.

For further information on the current projects go to and click on the “Town Centre Incentives Projects Map” link or contact Laura Benson, Manager of Sustainability and Corporate Planning, at 604-466-4338. If you have a project that might qualify for the Town Centre Investment Incentive program, you can get more information by clicking the ‘investmapleridge’ link at, and then click on the box called Town Centre Investment Incentive Program or call Sandy Blue, Manager of Strategic Economic Initiatives, at 604-467-7320.

Business Excellence Awards 2011: And the winner’s are…

March 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Blog
Jon and I attended the Business Excellence Awards put on by the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Chamber on Friday and it was an excellent evening! Dr. Nima Rahmany emceed the event and was absolutely entertaining.  Full of laughs, fun and appreciation for our business community, it was not your cliche business event.  The Chamber even had Butter Photobooth attend which was a lot of fun! (Check them out! was really great to see the new and old relationships in the business community and to give recognition to some of the great businesses in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.Below were the nominee’s and I have put “winner” by those who won.  The winners went home with a very nice glass trophy and all nominee’s went home with a nice framed certificate.

Congratulations to all the nominees, winners, and The Chamber for putting on a great event!

Business Excellence 1- 20 Employees

Fuller Watson – WINNER
What’s On Magazine
Country Wide Communications
Crystal Vision & Hearing
Tourism Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows
Roots Natural Organic Foods


SMART Watering Systems
Steam Car Wash – WINNER

Business Excellence 21+ Employees

Maple Ridge Chrysler
Buffalo Club Bar & Grill
Nurse Next Door Home Care Services – WINNER
Pitt Meadows Golf Club

Home Based

What’s On Magazine
Love that Deal
Hurricane Web Design
Easy Daysies – WINNER ( you would have seen them on Dragon’s Den, google!)

New Business (A tie!)

Love that Deal
Easy Daysies
Gourmet Republik
Swirl Wine Store
Steam Car Wash
Stomping Grounds Coffee – WINNER (they are located in PM Bonson Landing)
Wildplay Adventure Parks- WINNER
Big Feast Bistro
Golden Ears Cheesecrafters

Customer Service

Country Wide Communications
Crystal Vision & Hearing
Nurse Next Door Home Care Services
Pitt Meadows Golf Club
Euro Wrench
Love that Deal – WINNER  (email coupon’s)

Community Service

Crystal Vision & Hearing
Glen Mund
Ridge Meadows Recycling – WINNER
Nurse Next Door Home Care Services
Tony Cotroneo, Children, Youth & Neighbourhood Services
Home Instead Senior Care

Business Person of the Year

Perry Bateson
John Becker – WINNER
Carol Lange

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