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Time capsule at Port Coquitlam City Hall dug up in 50 years

The time capsule to commemorate the 100th year of May Days in Port Coquitlam includes the last printed edition of the "Tri-City News."

A time capsule commemorating Port Coquitlam's 100th year of May Days was buried next to city hall last month.

The capsule — a donation by Mike Forrest, a Freedom of the City recipient, and his brother, Ray — will be uncovered in 50 years: 2073.

Alex Code, museum manager and curator of PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives, which took on the project and called for memorabilia, said the Veterans Park capsule is filled with community donations describing 2023.

Among the more than 50 submissions contained in the time capsule, crafted by Variety Marine, are:

  • a 100 Years May Day banner and Royal Party photo
  • letters from MP Ron McKinnon; Mayor Brad West; Jack Choules (PoCo Heritage president); student Jacob Domingo
  • local publications, including the final printed edition of the Tri-City News
  • a Terry Fox Hometown Run T-shirt from run organizer Dave Teixeira
  • a cedar headpiece woven by a member of Kwikwetlem First Nation (to be returned in 2073)
  • yearbooks from Terry Fox, Riverside and Archbishop Carney secondaries
  • a COVID-19 test and face mask
  • three plastic straws

Code thanked PoCo Coun. Nancy McCurrach, the city’s council liaison for heritage, "for her support and inspiration for the project."

"Of course, many thanks go to all the community members who were a part of this project, whether by donating material or helping make it possible," Code said.