Douglas College is the largest public degree-granting college institution in British Columbia, Canada. Close to 17,000 credit students, 8,500 continuing education students and 4,210 international students are enrolled here. Douglas College offers bachelor's degrees and general university arts and science courses, as well as career programs in health care, human services and the creative arts. Founded in 1970, the College is named after the former Governor of British Columbia, Sir James Douglas; the Coquitlam campus is named after the 25th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. The college has two major campuses in Metro Vancouver -- Coquitlam. Douglas offers 14 bachelor’s degrees: Business Administration in Accounting Business Administration in Financial Services Business Administration in Management Child and Youth Care Criminology Applied Criminology Nursing Physical Education and Coaching Performing Arts Psychiatric Nursing Psychology Applied Psychology Social Work Therapeutic Recreation Each year, more than 4,000 international students from 92 countries take for-credit courses at Douglas College, accounting for 18 percent of the student population.
The student newspaper, The Other Press, has been in print since 1976, making it one of British Columbia's oldest continuously run student publications. It is a member of Canadian University Press. Varsity sports teams at Douglas College are known as the Royals and the mascot is a lion named Roary; the Royals compete in men’s and women’s basketball, golf and volleyball as well as men’s baseball and women’s softball. The Royals are members of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, the Pacific Western Athletic Association and the Northwest Athletic Conference. In January 2012, Global's 16x9 news magazine aired a story alleging large scale fraud at Douglas College's Chinese partner campuses; some faculty members complained that some Chinese students were unable to speak basic English upon graduation. They alleged mass scale fraud whereby students were guaranteed to pass their courses through various methods such as black market answer sheets, progressively easier make-up exams, grade tampering.
Robert Buller, a former Dean of Commerce and Business alleged Douglas College President Scott McAlpine said "he needed plausible deniability and he wanted to see and hear nothing" when approached about the issue. Since Douglas College and the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education completed an independent review of the situation; the Ministry released a report in November 2012 stating that British Columbia's Degree Quality Assessment Board found "no evidence of academic dishonesty or fraud in the conduct of Douglas College." Adrian Holmes, actor Carleigh Baker, author Daniel Igali, Olympic gold medalist wrestler Elizabeth Bachinsky, poet Farhan Lalji, TSN sports reporter Frank Giustra and philanthropist Lance Ryan, opera vocalist N. Robin Crossby, game designer Sky Lee, author Terry Glavin and journalist The Other Press List of colleges and universities named after people Douglass College titled but different college part of Rutgers University Douglas College Douglas 360°
Coquitlam is a city in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Coquitlam a suburban city, is the sixth-largest city in the province with a population of 139,284 in 2016. and one of the 21 municipalities comprising Metro Vancouver. The current mayor of Coquitlam is Richard Stewart; the Coast Salish people were the first to live in this area, archaeology confirms continuous occupation of the territory for at least 9,000 years. The name Kwikwetlem is said to be derived from a Coast Salish term meaning "red fish up the river". Explorer Simon Fraser came through the region in 1808, in the 1860s Europeans started settling the area. Coquitlam began as a "place-in-between" with the construction of North Road in the mid-19th century to provide Royal Engineers in New Westminster access to the year-round port facilities in Port Moody; the young municipality got its first boost in 1889 when Frank Ross and James McLaren opened what would become Fraser Mills, a $350,000 state-of-the-art lumber mill on the north bank of the Fraser River.
The District of Coquitlam was incorporated in 1891. By 1908, a mill town of 20 houses, a store, post office, office block, barber shop, pool hall and a Sikh temple had grown around the mill. A mill manager's residence was built that would become Place des Arts. Over the next two years, several contingents of French Canadian mill workers arrived from Quebec, Maillardville was born. Named for Father Edmond Maillard, a young Oblate from France, it became the largest Francophone centre west of Manitoba. Maillardville's past is recognized today in street names, the Francophone education system and French immersion programs, French-language guides and scouts, celebrations such as Festival du Bois. Following World War II, Coquitlam and the rest of the Lower Mainland experienced substantial population growth that continues today; the opening of Lougheed Highway in 1953 made the city more accessible and set the stage for residential growth. In 1971, Coquitlam and Fraser Mills were amalgamated; the mill closed in 2001, is now rezoned into a residential area.
Coquitlam is situated some 10 to 15 km east of Vancouver, where the Coquitlam River connects with the Fraser River and extends northeast along the Pitt River toward the Coquitlam and Pitt lakes. Coquitlam borders Burnaby and Port Moody to the west, New Westminster to the southwest, Port Coquitlam to the southeast. Burke Mountain, Eagle Ridge, 1,583 m tall Coquitlam Mountain form the northern boundary of the city. Coquitlam's area, 152.5 square kilometres, is about six times larger than either Port Moody or Port Coquitlam. Like Vancouver, Coquitlam is in the Pacific Time Zone, the Pacific Maritime Ecozone. Coquitlam's geographic shape can be thought of as a tilted hourglass, with two larger parcels of land with a smaller central section connecting them. Southwest Coquitlam comprises the original core of the city, with Maillardville and Fraser River industrial sector giving way to the large residential areas of Austin Heights, colloquially referred to as "The Bump" due to its high and flat plateau topography.
These older residences, with larger property dimensions, are being torn down and replaced with newer and larger homes. The Poirier Street area was the city's original recreational centre with the Coquitlam Sports Centre, Chimo Aquatic and Fitness Centre, sports fields located there, while City Hall was located further south in Maillardville; the Austin Heights area contains Como Lake, a renowned urban fishing and recreation area, headwaters for the Como watershed. The watershed represents one of the last urban watersheds in the Tri-Cities that supports wild stocks of coho salmon as well as other species at risk such as coastal cutthroat trout and bird species such as the great blue heron and green heron, it contains Mundy Park, one of the largest urban parks in the Metro Vancouver area. In 1984, the provincial government sold 57 hectares attached to Riverview Hospital to Molnar Developments. Shortly afterward, this land was subdivided and became Riverview Heights, with about 250 single family homes.
The remaining 240 acres of this still-active mental health facility has been the subject of much controversy between developers, environmentalists, conservationists. In 2005, the city's task force on the hospital lands rejected the idea of further housing on the lands and declared that the lands and buildings should be protected and remain as a mental health facility. Coquitlam Town Centre, was designated as a "Regional Town Centre" under the Metro Vancouver's Livable Region Strategic Plan; the concept of a town centre for the area dates back to 1975, is intended to have a high concentration of high-density housing, cultural and education facilities to serve major growth areas of the region, served by rapid transit service. It is in the town centre that many public buildings can be found, including City Hall, a branch of the Coquitlam Public Library, R. C. M. P. Station, Coquitlam's main fire hall, the David Lam Campus of Douglas College, the Evergreen Cultural Centre, City Centre Aquatic Complex, Town Centre Park and Percy Perry Stadium.
Coquitlam Town Centre is undergoing an update of the Town Centre plan. In 1989, the provincial government sold 570 hectares of second-growth forested land on the south slope of Eagle Mountain, known locally as Eagle Ridge, to developer Wesbild; this resulted in the closure of Westwood Motorsport Park in 1990, the creation of Westwood Plateau, developed into 4,525 upscale homes, as well as two golf courses. With development on Westwood Plateau compl
Town Centre Park
Town Centre Park is a park in central Coquitlam, British Columbia, just north of the Coquitlam Centre shopping mall. The park is surrounded by Coquitlam's city hall, main police station, main fire hall, City Centre Aquatic Complex, the David Lam campus of Douglas College, Pinetree Secondary School, as well as many houses and apartments; the Park was a gravel pit owned by Lafarge. It was created in the mid-1980's; the park saw the addition of beach volleyball courts in 2005, a $10 million expansion in 2006-07 which saw the building of two additional synthetic FieldTurf fields, the conversion of two existing fields to FieldTurf, new areas for shot put and discus/hammer throw, new parking lots. The southwest corner of the Park is host to the Lafarge Lake–Douglas Station terminus of the area's new Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line Skytrain rapid transit, which opened in late 2016. Town Centre Park hosts Coquitlam's annual Lights At Lafarge Winter Light Display. Evergreen Cultural Centre Percy Perry Stadium Lafarge Lake Amphitheater Sports fields, including 4 FieldTurf fields Pedestrian trails Splash pad Skateboard park Basketball, inline hockey, beach volleyball and tennis courts BMX track Inspiration Garden Outdoor Ping Pong tables
West Coast Express
The West Coast Express is a commuter railway serving the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, Canada. Opened in 1995, it provides a link between Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District, is the only commuter railway in Western Canada. Service is provided between Downtown Vancouver and the municipalities of Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission. Along its route several stations interchange with the SkyTrain metropolitan rail system as well as local bus services. Additionally, Waterfront station in Downtown Vancouver provides a connection to the SeaBus passenger ferry; the West Coast Express operates from Monday to Friday excluding holidays, with five trains per day running from Mission to Vancouver in the morning peak hours and returning to Mission in the evening peak. A one-way trip takes 75 minutes, faster than driving to Downtown Vancouver; the commuter railway is owned by TransLink, the transportation authority of the Metro Vancouver region, a member of the Canadian Urban Transit Association.
The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service and Transit Security Officers conduct random fare inspections within the Fare Paid Zones at stations and on board trains. People caught without valid fare are removed from the train and may be fined $173. Contracted commissionaires provide station attendant services and a security presence checking fares on occasion at stations. Commissionaires do not conduct enforcement. Enforcement of fares and other regulations is conducted by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service and Transit Security. Rail service is supplemented by TransLink's bus No. 701, which runs four eastbound and four westbound trips per weekday—one in the morning, one in the afternoon, two in the evening—between Coquitlam Central station and Mission City station. This service does not run on holidays. TransLink's regular one-zone adult/concession fare rates apply to these trips; the eastbound bus makes regular stops until it reaches Haney Place Exchange in Maple Ridge and runs non-stop for about 26 minutes to Mission City station.
This process is reversed for westbound buses. The entire one-way route is completed in 60–70 minutes; until December 30, 2016, the West Coast Express ran coach-style "TrainBus" service, which provided additional service when trains were not running. The TrainBus provided two buses, one from Port Haney station in Maple Ridge and one from Mission City station, to Vancouver in the morning and five buses eastbound, three of which extended to Mission, stopping only at West Coast Express stations; this service was replaced by bus No. 701. Purple represents the West Coast Express route and stops Dark Blue represents the Expo Line The Expo Line runs from Waterfront to King George Yellow represents the Millennium Line The Millennium Line runs from VCC–Clark to Lafarge Lake–Douglas, interlined with the Expo Line from Production Way–University to Lougheed Town Centre Brown represents the SeaBus Cyan represents the Canada Line Green / Yellow represents the Evergreen Extension – opened December 2, 2016 From Waterfront station, effective June 8, 2015: Use of the Compass Card on the West Coast Express began on June 8, 2015, along with new card vending machines.
Existing paper fares were honoured until July 24, 2015. West Coast Express fares can be used as a three-zone fare on other TransLink services. A one-way fare expires 180 minutes from the time of purchase. See TransLink Fares for more information on the pricing of the West Coast Express' fares. Denotes wheelchair access Each train consists of a General Motors/ EMD F59PHI diesel-electric locomotive and between four and ten Bombardier BiLevel passenger carriages; the West Coast Express operates an MPI MP36PH-3C for backup. The total fleet of passenger coaches is 44; each passenger carriage has a seating capacity of 144 people. Like many commuter railways, the West Coast Express uses push–pull operation. Passenger amenities include washrooms, a cappuccino bar, power outlets, wheelchair accessibility and space for bicycles; the carriages and locomotives are maintained by Via Rail and, under the contract, operated by Bombardier Transportation over tracks which belong to the Canadian Pacific Railway. Bombardier began a contract to operate the trains for the next five years, commencing on May 5, 2014.
After May 2014, Track time is negotiated between TransLink and the CPR, which balances the use by the West Coast Express with its mainstay freight operation. TransLink's 2009 capital plan included upgrades to the Waterfront and Mission stations, platform extensions to handle longer trains. In the 2009 10-Year Plan, TransLink proposed a number of other improvements to West Coast Express service, some of the key improvements being: Upgrades to Port Haney station passenger drop-off Park and Ride expansion at Maple Meadows stationThe company committed to maintaining the 2011 service levels to 2014. TransLink has been criticized for the low ridership of the West Coast Express and supports its expansion."A 20-year service agreement between TransLink and the Canadian Pacific Railroad to operate the West Coast Express expired in 2015. Negotiations for renewal were initiated within the time period covered by this Base Plan. A ful
Transportation in Vancouver
Transportation in Vancouver, British Columbia has many of the features of modern cities worldwide. Unlike many large metropolises, Vancouver has no freeways through the downtown area. A proposed freeway through the downtown was rejected in the 1960s by a coalition of citizens, community leaders and planners; this event "signalled the emergence of a new concept of the urban landscape" and has been a consistent element of the city's planning since. As the city is surrounded by water on three sides, it has several bridges to the south. Although similar to most other cities in that the automobile serves as the primary mode of transportation, it has alternatives such as the SkyTrain system, the longest automated light metro system in the world, an extensive network of bicycle paths. Vancouver is one of only a few major cities in North America without transportation network companies services, due to a provincial law banning their operation; the Metro Vancouver operates a regional rapid mass transit network, under the auspices of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority.
Known as TransLink, it is responsible for all aspects of municipal transportation. In addition to public transport, TransLink is responsible for maintaining some roads and providing ferry service within the Lower Mainland. TransLink introduced a smart card based electronic payment system called Compass Card to replace existing monthly and daily passes and cash. Translink has been phasing in use of the Compass Card. Summer 2015 saw. Translink rolled out the card to the general population in November 2015; the Compass Card has a 6 refundable deposit. It is a NXP Mifare DESFire EV1 card. Bus service operates throughout most the region under a subsidiary of Translink, known as Coast Mountain Bus Company. TransLink was established by the provincial government as a way to divorce itself from the responsibilities of roads and transit service; the provincial government retains responsibility for funding of all projects under the aegis of Translink. Service in West Vancouver and Lions Bay is contracted through West Vancouver Blue Bus.
All buses carry cycle racks. Vancouver is maintaining and upgrading its trolleybus fleet. With purchases of 188 E40LFRs and 74 E60LFRs from New Flyer Industries, the trolley network serves the downtown core and much of the city of Vancouver proper with wheelchair-accessible and bicycle-friendly zero-emission buses. Certain diesel commuter buses which travel to the suburbs as RapidBus have bicycle racks, wheelchair lifts, reading lights and high back reclining seats. Frequency in Greater Vancouver ranges from every couple of minutes within downtown Vancouver to two to three trips a day in far-flung suburbs such as Maple Ridge and Aldergrove; the SkyTrain is an advanced rapid metro system operating automated trains on three lines. Built for the Expo 86 World's Fair, it has since become the world's longest automated light rapid transit system utilizing the world's longest transit-only bridge, the SkyBridge; the Expo and Millennium Lines link downtown to the suburbs of Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam.
A third rapid transit line connecting downtown Vancouver to central Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport, known as the Canada Line, started operation on August 17, 2009. It utilizes Hyundai Rotem instead of the linear induction Bombardier technology used on the first two lines. Plans from the 2000s to expand the Expo Line to the southeast, increasing its capacity and extending its route further into the city of Surrey, were superseded in the mid-2010s by a proposed light rail line; as of 2017, planning is underway for a $2-billion extension of the Millennium Line west towards Kitsilano and Point Grey. The phase 1 extension would start at the current VCC–Clark SkyTrain station terminus run under the Broadway Corridor to terminate at Arbutus Street. At a future date, a phase 2 extension would be built to the University of British Columbia; the city was planning the first phase of a downtown streetcar from Granville Island around False Creek to Waterfront Station and to Stanley Park using a combination of modern low-floor trams and heritage streetcars.
The Vancouver Downtown Historic Railway was running the phase-zero route, Granville Island-Main Street SkyTrain station, in the summer months, as a demonstration. From January 21 to March 21, 2010, a free demonstration service called the "Olympic Line" ran along 1.8 km of the Downtown Historic Railway, from Granville Island to Olympic Village Station, using two Bombardier Flexity Outlook streetcars borrowed from the Brussels tramway. Plans were being developed that would have extended the streetcar network into Yaletown making a ring around the downtown peninsula as phase two. Longer range plans were being discussed that may have extended the streetcar from Granville Island west onto the Arbutus corridor, east along Hastings Street and/or south along Main Street. However, there are no current plans for a streetcar network in Vancouver, the Olympic Line demonstration line was decommissioned; the West Coast Express, a heavy commuter rail train, serves Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission.
These services have an integrated ticketing system. The SeaBus is a passenger-only ferry connecting downtown Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver across Burrard Inlet. There are three ferries in the fleet, owned and operated by the Coast Mountain Bus Company; the newest vessel was put into service in
School District 43 Coquitlam
School District No. 43 or SD43 is one of the sixty school districts in British Columbia. The district is the third largest in British Columbia with 45 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 11 secondary schools. School District No. 43 serves the Tri-Cities, including the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, the villages of Anmore and Belcarra. The school district covers an area of 120 square kilometres and serves a total combined population of 210,390 residents, it has over 4,000 part-time employees. The school district has one of the highest graduation rates in the province, with 91.9% of students graduating in the 2013/14 school year. As of January 2016, the current superintendent of SD43 is Patricia Gartland; the five municipalities served by SD43 are represented by elected trustees that serve on the Board of Education. There are 9 elected trustees in SD43; the chair of the board is Kerri Palmer Isaak, the vice-chair is Michael Thomas. ==District Programs== Diverse Student Services Core French Early French Immersion Late French Immersion Montessori Alternate Program EAL/Multiculturalism International Education Continuing Education Community Schools Settlement Workers In School District wide gifted programming Summer Learning Aboriginal Education International Baccalaureate Reggio-influenced Program Variety of Career and Trades The first French Immersion program in SD43 was implemented in 1968 at Alderson Elementary.
In 1978, the district implemented a late French Immersion program. There are 5,900 students enrolled in the program; this comprises 10.3% of the total district student population. SD43 offers online, Learning Centre, FastTrack courses to eligible British Columbia students through Coquitlam Open Learning. Learning Centre courses are online or paper-based and allow the student to drop in at the Coquitlam Learning Opportunity Centre, while FastTrack courses have some schedule classes, with the rest of the course instruction occurring online. COL operates Inquiry Hub Secondary School, an alternate secondary school focused on a flexible and inquiry-based education. Students learn through online study, group project work, personal inquiry time, seminars, it opened September 2012 at the former site of Millside Elementary. The school meets Ministry of Education requirements while still allowing students to meet learning outcomes with a more flexible approach. Most the school received the 2014-15 Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
List of school districts in British Columbia School District 43
Coquitlam Public Library
Coquitlam Public Library is a public library that serves Coquitlam, British Columbia. The library was first established within Centennial Secondary School in 1969. On June 14, 1976, the municipality passed a by-law to create the Coquitlam Public Library under the Provincial Library Act. A public Library Board was established in January 1977 and the library moved out of Centennial School and into two branches and Cottonwood, in 1978. Cottonwood was moved to the nearby Burquitlam Branch in 1980. A third branch, Lincoln, in the northeast sector of Coquitlam, was opened in 1981; the Ridgeway and Burquitlam branches were amalgamated when the City of Coquitlam built the Poirier Branch in 1989. The Lincoln Branch was moved to City Hall building in 1998; the Poirier Branch was extensively renovated and expanded in 2008-2009. On February 16, 2011 the city announced that it had purchased the ground floor portion of a building two blocks south of City Hall to serve as the new City Centre Branch; the new location nearly tripled the library's space to 31,000 square feet, the $15 million cost for the facility and expansion came from revenues collected from the Hard Rock Casino.
The City Centre Branch opened at 1169 Pinetree Way in November 2012. Coquitlam Public Library operates a mobile library service called Library Link which provides library services to eight different locations throughout the city each week. Library Link attends various special events throughout the community; the library has two branches and the Library Link mobile library service: Official Site