Tri-Cities residents urged to go dark for Earth Hour

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Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody to take part in annual event to promote energy conservation

Port Moody and Port Coquitlam residents are encouraged to go dark tomorrow night for an hour, turning off all appliances, lights and even electronics to save energy.

Earth Hour is an annual worldwide event promoting energy conservation through private citizens, governments and businesses shutting off power for 60 minutes between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.; this year, it's being held on March 25.

People can sign up online at www.earthhour.org and are encouraged to ask others to shut down for the hour. In 2015, Earth Hour resulted in a savings of 1% of energy use in PoMo and a cut of 15 megawatt hours of electricity in the province.

In 2013, Port Coquitlam residents reduced their energy consumption by 1.9% and the city's plans for 2017 include turning off all non-essential lights and power sources in civic facilities during Earth Hour and powering down city hall's atrium and portico lighting throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile in Coquitlam, non-emergency lights will be turned off at city hall and residents are encouraged to take part in Earth Hour.

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Work starts next week on Blakeburn Lagoons Park in Port Coquitlam

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Construction to convert two decommissioned sanitary ponds into an ecologically restored public park in Port Coquitlam will get underway next week.

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Construction to convert two decommissioned sanitary ponds into an ecologically restored public park in Port Coquitlam will get underway next week.

The two former waste settling ponds, which closed nearly 40 years ago, will be reshaped and the area will include viewing platforms, walking trails, a picnic area and a wildlife habitat island.

Work on the new Blakeburn Lagoons Park — located east of Blakeburn elementary — will transform the 27 acres owned by the city by November.

In 2015, the city received a $1.9-million grant from the federal and provincial governments to allow the municipality to proceed with the $3-million rehabilitation project.

Starting the week of March 27, city contractors will be on site from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily as well as some Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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In disrepair, old, blue dike house in Coquitlam is torn down

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The Pitt River dike near Minnekhada Regional Park won’t be the same without sight of the historic blue dike house.

The Pitt River dike near Minnekhada Regional Park won’t be the same without sight of the historic blue dike house.

Last week, the dike house, located in the Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area, was demolished after the provincial government and the Nature Trust of British Columbia determined it was no longer in livable condition. The garage and related structures were demolished earlier in the month.

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