Port Moody, British Columbia

Port Moody, British Columbia

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leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Joe Trasolini
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leader_name1 = Port Moody City Council
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leader_name2 = Mike Clay Diana Dilworth Bob Elliott Meghan Lahti Karen Rockwell Shannon Watkins
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leader_name3 = Keith Watkins Melissa Hyndes
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website = [http://www.cityofportmoody.com CityOfPortMoody.com]
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Port Moody, British Columbia is a small, crescent-shaped city in Metro Vancouver, located at the east end of Burrard Inlet in British Columbia, Canada. Port Moody is the smallest of the Tri-Cities, bordered by Coquitlam on the east and south, and Burnaby on the west. The villages of Belcarra and Anmore, along with the rugged Coast Mountains, lie to the northwest and north respectively.

History

The construction of a transcontinental railroad was the condition that prompted British Columbia to enter into confederation in 1871. The little town received little attention until it was declared the terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1879.

By 1881, the survey of Port Moody had begun. Both John Murray Sr. and Jr. assisted and, in fact, it was John Murray Jr. who named many of the streets after members of his family.The population quickly grew through the early 1880s. As the Western Terminus of the CPR almost everyone had high hopes that Port Moody would become a major west coast metropolis.

The railway was completed with the last spike driven at Cragalachie on November 7 1885 and a train arriving at Port Moody the next day. The first scheduled passenger transcontinental train arrived on July 4 1886, a date which is still celebrated during Golden Spike Days. Real estate prices soared, but soon fell flat when a branch line was built to Vancouver in 1887.

While many people lost a great deal of money and moved on, others, including real estate tycoon and ship captain, James A. Clarke, and several lumber mills, decided to remain. On April 71913, Port Moody's Council met for the first time as a city. Some prominent early families were Ottley, Bennett, Johnson, Axford, Howard-Gibbon, Thurston, Roe, Abernathy, Elsdon, Campbell, Clarke, Murray and Appleyard.

Demographics

In 2006, the City of Port Moody had 27,512 people in 10,125 private dwellings living within its borders . This population growth was a 15% increase from the last census taken in 2001. [Statistics Canada (January 10, 2006). [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5915043&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchText=port%20moody&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= "Port Moody Community Profile"] , "Community Highlights", Retrieved 08 February 2008.] Booming residential construction may account for part of this population growth; 8,015 residential dwellings are owned while 2,115 are rented. [Statistics Canada (January 10, 2006). [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5915043&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchText=port%20moody&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= "Port Moody Community Profile"] , "Community Highlights", Retrieved 08 February 2008.] Port Moody also has the fourth highest municipal median family income at $70,239, with its largest employers being the Eagle Ridge Hospital and Health Care Centre and School District 43. [City of Port Moody: 2005 Statistical Economic Profile (2005). [http://www.cityofportmoody.com/NR/rdonlyres/0B46AB75-F77B-4BA6-8738-164DAF30A500/40931/PortMoodyEconomicProfile2006.pdf "City of Port Moody: 2005 Economic Profile" (pdf)] , Retrieved 08 February 2008.] Of its total population, 45% of Port Moody residents are legally married, 6.25% are in common-law relationships, 5.72% are divorced and 24% are single. [Statistics Canada (January 10, 2006). [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5915043&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchText=port%20moody&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= "Port Moody Community Profile"] , "Community Highlights", Retrieved 08 February 2008.] 30% of its residents identify themselves as immigrants, slightly higher than the 27% Canadian average. [Statistics Canada (January 10, 2006). [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5915043&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchText=port%20moody&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= "Port Moody Community Profile"] , "Community Highlights", Retrieved 08 February 2008.]

Governance and Politics

Port Moody’s City Council consists of Mayor Joe Trasolini, Meghan Lahti, Bob Elliott, Karen Rockwell, Mike Clay, Diana Dilworth and Shannon Watkins. School Trustees representing Port Moody are Melissa Hyndes and Keith Watkins. Elections are held province-wide on the third Saturday of November every three years: the next general election is scheduled for November 15, 2008. At that time, Port Moody residents will be asked to elect one mayor, six councilors and two trustees to the School District 43’s board.

Port Moody's City Manager is Gaetan Royer. The Corporate Leadership Team includes: Brad Parker, Chief Constable, PMPD; Jeff Lambert, Fire Chief, PMFD; Paul Rockwood, Director of Finance & IT; Ron Higo, Director of Community Services; Heather Scoular, Chief Librarian; Colleen Rohde, Director Strategic Planning & Culture; Tim Savoie, Director of Planning & Development; Eugene Wat, Director of Engineering.

Council meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Council Chambers (Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive). They begin at 7 p.m. and are taped and later broadcast on Shaw Cable 4 at 9:00 am the following Saturday.

Education

Port Moody is served by School District 43, and offers two public high schools, plus several more middle schools and elementary schools.

Simon Fraser University is located in nearby Burnaby, while Douglas College maintains a campus in Coquitlam's Town Centre.

Port Moody's public library is located in the City Hall complex.

Geography and the environment

Over 41 streams flow through Port Moody to Burrard Inlet. [Port Moody Ecological Society (2007). [http://www.vcn.bc.ca/pmes/Port%20Moody%20Arm.htm "Port Moody Ecological Society"] , "Port Moody Ecological Society", Retrieved 08 February 2008.] The City of Port Moody Stream Stewardship Program manages urban streams, streamside vegetation and watersheds to support the production of fish and insect life for present and future generations. The Port Moody Ecological Society (PMES), a not-for-profit organization, works alongside the city to promote ecological awareness in the area. PMES volunteers operate a salmon and trout hatchery, a water quality lab and public awareness & community outreach programs.

The city has also banned the use of pesticides, and holds annual seminars on how to garden naturally at its Inlet Theatre. City Hall has been pesticide free since 1988. [City of Port Moody (2008). [http://www.cityofportmoody.com/Environment/Natural+Environment/Pesticide-free+naturally.htm "Port Moody Naturally"] , "Pesticide Free Naturally", Retrieved 08 February 2008.]

Port Moody won a large number of provincial, national and international awards. In 2004, the city received a prestigious award from the UN sponsored International Awards for Liveable Communities in the category Planning for the Future. The city also received third place overall for cities of its size.

In 2008, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business highlighted Port Moody as the most fiscally responsible among British Columbia's 28 largest cities.

Economy

The traditional industrial sector in Port Moody is characterized by a deep-sea bulk loading terminal, two petrochemical distribution operations, a large wood products manufacturer, and a thermal electric generating station. Light industry, home-based business, and crafts and cultural businesses are also common in Port Moody, along with a growing health and social services sector. [City of Port Moody (2008). [http://www.cityofportmoody.com/NR/rdonlyres/0B46AB75-F77B-4BA6-8738-164DAF30A500/40931/PortMoodyEconomicProfile2006.pdf "2005 Statistical Economic Profile"] , "Labour Force", Retrieved 15 February 2008.]

Port Moody’s economic development focus in recent years has been on the arts and culture sector, including the development of a new Port Moody identity as the “City of the Arts.” An estimated 6% of employment in Port Moody is in arts and culture, which is one of the highest concentrations of arts and culture employment in the region. [City of Port Moody (2008). [http://www.cityofportmoody.com/NR/rdonlyres/0B46AB75-F77B-4BA6-8738-164DAF30A500/40931/PortMoodyEconomicProfile2006.pdf "2005 Statistical Economic Profile"] , "Labour Force", Retrieved 15 February 2008.]

City of the Arts

On June 16th 2004, Port Moody was officially trademarked as the “City of the Arts.” Historically, Port Moody was a destination for artists because of its low rent, beautiful scenery and ambient lighting. Today, it is home to annual festivals, arts groups and diverse facilities that help foster a creative community.

The Port Moody Arts Centre offers a number of fine arts and photography classes for residents of all ages, and has three diverse art galleries that feature a number of constantly changing works. The Port Moody Station Museum hosts a wide assortment of artifacts from Port Moody’s past, and has restored a heritage train venosta for tours. Arts Connect is an organization that connects artists from the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody), and hosts regular artists’ circles. Artists can find studio space in Port Moody at 2709 Esplanade, with open house tours taking place every year in April.

Popular festivals in Port Moody include the Canadian Film Festival (February), the Festival of the Arts (April), Golden Spike Days (July), the Wearable Art Awards (September) and the CP Rail Holiday Train (December). Port Moody is also home to the Inlet Theatre, an intimate 200 seat venue.

Recreation

Port Moody is home to beautiful Rocky Point Park. 3.8 hectares of space, the park has hiking trails, a newly renovated spray park, a skate park, a bike trials park, a playground, a picnic shelter, a boat launch and a recreational pier. Home to Golden Spike Days, the park is a popular destination in the summer.

Bert Flinn Park is a mountain bikers’ paradise. 138 hectares of largely undeveloped parkland, there is an extensive unmarked trail system along old logging roadbeds: look closely to see evidence of this industry which flourished here in the early 1900s. The park also has an off-leash dog walk.

Finishing construction in 2008, Port Moody has renovated its recreation complex. Home to an Olympic size ice rink, this new facility will have an indoor running track, a state-of-the-art gym, a curling rink and an athlete’s lounge. The Port Moody Happening, a quarterly publication, features all recreation programs offered at this new facility.

Chinese name

The traditional phonetic spelling of Port Moody translated as "graveyard" in Chinese. In 1998, the City of Port Moody adopted a new phonetic spelling of Port Moody in Chinese which translates as "Land Full of Treasures" [ [http://www.cityofportmoody.com/Discover+Port+Moody/Facts/Port+Moody++Land+Full+of+Treasures.htm City of Port Moody website] ] .

ee also

* Port Moody Station Museum
* Canadian National Railway
* Rocky Point Park
* Port Moody Secondary School

References

urrounding municipalities

Canadian City Geographic Location (8-way)
Northwest = North Vancouver, Belcarra
North = Anmore
Northeast = Coquitlam
West = North Vancouver, Belcarra
Centre = Port Moody
East = Coquitlam|
Southwest = Burnaby
South = Coquitlam, New Westminster
Southeast = Port Coquitlam, Surrey


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