⚓ New West is 18! New West is 18!

Plus: Phillip Fitzgerald is officially coming on down to New West


Welcome to Tuesday, New West.

So, this is exciting: New Westminster recently appeared on a list by The Globe and Mail ranking it 18 out of more than 400 places across the country. The reason? It’s currently considered one of Canada’s most livable cities. Be sure to scroll on to learn more about why the paper says it deserves the distinction.

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A view of Queensborough from the Waterfront Esplanade.

New Westminster recently ranked no. 18 in the Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s most livable cities.

“The primary purpose of our rankings is to help Canadians identify communities based on their own circumstances,” the piece by Mahima Singh and Chen Wang reads. “Our overall ranking emphasizes the key attributes that most Canadians value in their communities including the economy, safety and, yes, the cost of housing.” Take a look at the full rankings online.


Don't Go Hungry donation drive

This holiday season, the City of New Westminster is supporting donation collection for the Don’t Go Hungry food program. Every Saturday, this food hamper program serves 1,500 people in New Westminster and Burnaby who can’t access weekday food programs due to work hours. Many of those accessing the program are families and/or new to Canada.

Donation bins will be available at Anvil Centre, City Hall, Century House, Queensborough Community Centre, and Massey Theatre until January 15, 2024. The following items are in high demand: personal care products (including diapers), laundry and dish soap, canned proteins, and children's snacks.

For a detailed list of requested items or information about how to donate cash, visit the City's website.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

⚠️ High streamflow advisory. This is in effect for Metro Vancouver. The City of New West is asking residents to make sure they are careful around riverbanks and creeks, and to make sure debris has been cleared from catch basins to prevent localized flooding.

🎵 Get festive. The Rainbow Chorus of New Westminster will be hosting its 2nd annual festive sing-along this coming Saturday, Dec. 9. It’ll be taking place from 1-2pm at The Sanctuary on 6th. Admission is free, though donations are also welcome.

🏫 Discover New Westminster schools. The district recently announced it will be taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 5:30 to 8:30pm at New West Secondary. It’s a good way to learn about programming sessions and programs of choice.

🗞 In other news

Phillip arrives. The Price is Right contestant who lost a trip to New Westminster on the game show will be visiting the city this week. His experience will include lunch with the mayor, a tasting at Steel & Oak, and a meet and greet at Pier Park.

Flu shot. Peak flu season is just about here and local pharmacists are reminding people to make sure they have their immunizations with BC adults lagging behind. (CityNews Vancouver)

Electric fire engine. The City of Vancouver’s Fire Hall No. 1 has welcomed an electric-powered fire engine to its fleet. (CTV Vancouver)

Cuts coming. The CBC/Radio-Canada is planning to cut 10% of its workforce. The cuts are expected to be carried out over the coming year. (CBC)

Llama drama. Larry the llama is no longer causing drama after he’d been seen running around Surrey over the weekend. (CityNews Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

Johanna Bartels

Johanna Bartels has been a New West resident for more than a decade and is a graphic designer. Photo: New West Chamber of Commerce

Johanna Bartels has been a New West resident for more than 12 years and was recently a nominee for Citizen of the Year at the Platinum Awards. She’s passionate about inspirational spaces in New West—so much so that she loves to incorporate them in her work as a graphic designer.

“As a graphic designer, I like to identify the elements that I like from New West and push them…the river, the sun, the Downtown [area] 12th St., as a historic street that we have,” she explains in a video by the New West Chamber of Commerce.

🤝 Now hiring

Tax preparer, Liberty Tax. Salary: starts at $18/hour.

Pharmacy assistant, UltraCare Guardian Pharmacy Ltd. Salary: starts at $18/hour.

Election officials, City of New Westminster. Salary: $24.69/hour.

Dental receptionist, Belmont Dental. Salary: $25/hour.

Team member, Tim Hortons. Salary: $16.75/hour.

Cleaning supervisor, Surecare Cleaning Services. Salary: $30/hour.

Hiring in New West? Reply to this email and let us know.

🍴 Where to eat and drink

Food Zone Inn. People love this spot for their wraps and kebabs. And speaking of kebabs, their kebab burger is also a highlight.

Dean’s Deli Fresh Sandwiches. If you’re really hungry, you can get a 10” sub here for $6.99. Options include the Big Boy, the Pizza, and the Philly Cheese.

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🗓️ Things to do

New West Farmers’ Market. The holiday edition is here. More than 80 artisans will be on hand to offer an array of holiday gifts for sale. Find them Dec. 9 and 10 outside City Hall.

Steel & Oak. The brewery will be hosting a Sunday market series and there are two dates left: Dec. 10 and 17. Of course, there will be beer and food for purchase, too!

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