Welcome to Tuesday, New West.
In case you missed it, we have a new school trustee-elect. Kathleen Carlsen will fill the seat left vacant by Dee Beattie’s resignation. Scroll on down to learn more about Carlsen, who ran with the New West Progressives.
Meet your school trustee-elect
Kathleen Carlsen previously ran in the Oct. 2022 election. She will complete the balance of the four-year term. Photo: New West Progressives
Kathleen Carlsen is New Westminster’s trustee-elect after general voting day took place over the weekend. According to The Record, 7.16% of eligible voters cast a ballot. Carlsen ran against three others in a bid to replace Dee Beattie; Beattie stepped down after admitting to the use of a burner account on Twitter/X.
She’ll join slate mate Danielle Connelly, serving out the rest of Beattie’s term working with a majority Community First board. Maya Russell, Gurveen Dhaliwal, Elliot Slinn, Cheryl Sluis, and Marc Andres make up the seven trustees.
📣 Neighbourhood bulletin
😺Magic Moments. There’s a new exhibit at the New West Public Library’s main branch, and it’s sure to make you smile! Dave Graham’s Magic Moments uses pencil, coloured pencil, ink, watercolour and computer manipulation to celebrate the little things. On until the end of the month.
🍽️ Angelina’s has reopened. As of Feb. 1, the restaurant has completed its renovations and is looking forward to serving you again.
🗞 In other news
Collision involving train and pedestrian. New West Police confirm they are looking into the death of someone at the train tracks at Spruce Street and Brunette Avenue. It happened around 3:30pm yesterday. The person’s name has not been shared at this time.
Selina Robinson. Robinson is stepping down from her cabinet minister role after saying Israel was founded on a crappy piece of land. For now, she will remain in the BC NDP caucus. Robinson represents Coquitlam-Maillardville. (CTV Vancouver)
E-bike lawsuit. A Vancouver woman who says her spouse died after an e-bike-related battery fire has filed a lawsuit against a number of e-bike and e-scooter companies, including businesses in Surrey and Vancouver. (CBC Vancouver)
FIFA 2026. The schedule is out, and Vancouver is part of locations scheduled to host when the tournament is hosted by Canada, USA, and Mexico. (CityNews Vancouver)
Call for safety. After a prosecutor was attacked at the Vancouver Law Courts, there’s been a demand for change by the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. (CityNews Vancouver)
🤩 Community spotlight
Lunar New Year in New West
Did you know this year is the year of the dragon?
While some of the events have already come and gone (like the dumpling making event and the lantern making event) there are some other options:
Lunar New Year at the youth centre. This event is for those aged 13 to 18 years old. It includes lantern making and calligraphy classes. Admission is free with a youth membership, or $1 if you’re dropping in. Happening Feb. 9 at 5pm.
River Basin Day. Families will meet up at Queen’s Park, where they will learn Lunar New Year traditions and create a Tray of Togetherness. Costs vary. Happening Feb. 10 at 2pm.
Dragon workshops for preschoolers (3 to 5) and children (6 to 12). Both of these will be taking place at Queensborough Community Centre. There will be two classes for each of the aforementioned age ranges—you can sign up for both online. Happening Feb. 10—please note both classes are already full but have waitlists in the event spaces become available.
Reading together. Kinder Books has put out a couple of videos showcasing some books that would be great to read for Lunar New Year. Take a look and see if you’ve read any of these!
🤝 Now hiring
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🗓️ Things to do
ZOOVEILLANCE. The New Media Gallery is debuting the latest exhibition, which will have its reception on Feb. 17. All are welcome. The exhibit is on display until May 5.
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