⚓ New West Royals mourn a loss

Plus: a city councillor steps away from the party she ran with, and all the events to check out over the next seven days

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

We know that this is an incredibly supportive community, and there is most certainly a local family that could use our help right now: a member of the New West Royals was recently lost in a tragic crash on the Coquihalla. There are more details below.

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: 🌨️ 

Friday: ☀️ 🌨️ -3°

Saturday: ☀️ 🌨️ -2°

Sunday: ⛅️ -1°

Monday: ☀️ 🌨️ 


Locals are mourning the loss of a life that has left a New West Royal without his father. Player Timur Gabbassov and his father, Ravil, travelled to a tournament in Kelowna—where Timur even scored one of the goals that helped the U15A1 team win a gold medal.

“This past weekend, [the team] shone brilliantly in a hockey tournament in Kelowna…however, tragedy struck as Timur and his father Ravil faced a car crash on the Coquihalla Highway. Miraculously, Timur emerged with minor injuries, but Ravil tragically lost his life,” a post on Instagram states. 

In solidarity, another local team—the Minorbellies—shared a link to a GoFundMe for Ravil and the family via Instagram. 

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🍩 In case you missed it. Yum Gourmet Donuts is giving someone the chance to win donuts for a year. You must enter the contest by Jan. 13 at noon. 

🐲 Year of the Dragon. Don’t forget: registration for Lunar New Year events in New West will open today at 10am. Make sure you sign up for your spot—there are some really cool workshops happening, like dumpling making and dragon workshops.

🍄 Forest + Flora + Fungi. This art exhibit has been extended to Jan. 24. Find it at Clubhouse Coworking during its hours of operation.

👮 Reserve constables. Applications with the New West PD are now being accepted. Visit the department’s website for the latest information.

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🗞 In other news

Winter weather. TransLink says it’s ready to go in the event weather gets as cold as expected. They’re urging people to leave extra travel time in their commute. There is a chance of flurries throughout the day today, particularly in the afternoon.

Council. On Monday evening, city council voted 4-0 to call for a ceasefire in relation to the conflict in Gaza. The New West Record reported Couns. Daniel Fontaine and Paul Minhas did not participate in the vote.

Debate. There will be a debate on Monday, Jan. 22 involving all four candidates for school board. It will be hosted in the grand commons at New West Secondary. 

Another callout. The province is reminding people to book appointments for their free flu and updated COVID-19 vaccines. 


A screenshot of the video in which Coun. Nadine Nakagawa explains she did not renew her membership during the group’s most recent AGM / Instagram

In a video update posted online, the city councillor confirmed she did not renew her membership at last year’s annual general meeting.

“That’s really about the way I wanna do work, and what I wanna focus on moving forward,” she explained. “I’m really committed to the platform we ran on jointly, and big fan of members of that team. I think they’re doing a great job. And so, functionally, this won’t make a difference in the way that I do my work, and doesn’t really change my priorities or focus.”

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Today, Jan. 11

  • Paint the Train. On until Jan. 28. Gallery hours. Queen’s Park gallery.

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Trivia night. 7:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

Friday, Jan. 12

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Saturday, Jan. 13

  • Community bottle drop. Brought to you by Royal City Rotary. 10am. 166 Sixth St.

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Monday, Jan. 15

  • Poker night. 6:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Open mic: stand-up comedy. 6pm. The Terminal Pub.

  • Trivia night. 6:30pm. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Name that tune! 7pm. Hops New West.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

  • Annie Jr. Tickets start at $10. 7pm. New West Secondary.

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.


  • Forest + Flora + Fungi. On display until Jan. 25. Operating hours. Clubhouse Coworking.

  • Tangled in Blue. On display until Jan. 24. Anvil Centre.

  • Shine Bright light displays. There are multiple locations across the city. On until Jan. 31.

  • The Shape of Life. Artwork by Donna Ross. Operating hours to the end of Jan. Second floor, New West Public Library.

  • Autochthonous/Allochthonous. Featuring the works of photographer Amie Le Blanc and multidisciplinary artist Keith Randall. Plaskett Gallery. Massey Theatre.

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