⚓ Dog found, stolen car still missing

Plus: High School Musical at the high school, and a week away from a by-election debate

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The New West District and Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) will be hosting a debate next Monday, Jan. 22 at New West Secondary. All four candidates are confirmed to be attending.

Parents, guardians and caregivers are invited to submit their questions to the group ahead of the event. You can learn more about the event by visiting DPAC’s Facebook page. 

As a reminder, the candidates are:

  • Kathleen Carlsen, New West Progressives

  • Jalen Bachra, Community First

  • Shawn Sorensen, Independent

  • Alejandro Diaz, Independent

The vote takes place on Saturday, Feb. 3.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🐕️ Stolen car and dog. Good news: Zoey the border collie—who was in her owner’s Fiat 500 Sport when it was stolen early Sunday morning—has been located. Police have shared pictures of the stolen vehicle via Twitter/X.

🎄 Wishing tree walk and talk. Staff from the BC Parks Foundation will be providing learning opportunities related to nature—and warm beverages and snacks will be provided. Happening on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. Registration strongly recommended. 

🎨 Solo show. Local artist Sherida Charles’s work will showcase trees in BC. It’ll be taking place at Douglas College New West from Jan. 30 until Apr. 15. Show opening is Jan. 30 from 5 to 6pm.

📣 Call for artists. Arts New West says it’s received an offer from the River Market to display work by local artists in its space. If you’re interested, you are invited to apply. 

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🗞 In other news

BC cabinet shuffle. This happened yesterday and includes some changes to the Ministry of Children and Family Development. (Rob Shaw/X)

Reminder. A number of admission fees have changed in New West. Be sure to review the changes. 

Confirmed. Steel & Oak has announced it will be hosting the second edition of its 5K run, happening on May. 11. Registration is open. 

Uptick. ICBC says it’s seen an increase in claims after last week’s round of arctic outflow weather, to the tune of 160%. (CityNews Vancouver)

Tea cup sting. The court in the trial of Ibrahim Ali—accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in Burnaby—heard that undercover BC police secretly took DNA from the Kurdish community while handing out tea. (CBC Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

NWSS Musical Theatre: High School Musical

Photo credit: @nwssmusicaltheatre on Instagram

Congratulations to the cast and crew of New West Secondary’s musical theatre program, which managed to sell out its upcoming High School Musical show’s opening evening! The group did note that there would be a small number of tickets still available at the door. They’ll be selling for $10 each, and will be cash only.

The show will be taking place on Jan. 18 at 7pm at New West Secondary.

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🤝 Now hiring

Baker, Pamola Bakery. Wage/salary: $18/hour.

Indigenous support worker, New West Schools. Wage/salary: $33.39/hour.

Financial advisor, Waves. Wage/salary: $37.50/hour.

Driver, 4 Elements Martial Arts. Wage/salary: $44,000 annually.

Office manager, Alliance Motors. Wage/salary: $28/hour.

Cashier/stock, Bulk Bark. Wage/salary: $17.25/hour.

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💸 Local deals and specials

Sapperton District Taphouse. Tonight’s karaoke is cancelled—thanks for nothing, weather warning—but Wednesdays at SapTap feature 69¢ wings, and happy hour is from 3 to 5pm seven days a week.

New to You. This New West thrift shop has a 50% discount for all of January on items like women’s pants and jeans, scarves and sleepwear. 

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🗓️ Things to do

Beer and chocolate. Steel & Oak will be teaming up with Origins Chocolate Bar to host a beer and chocolate tasting night. The first one is happening on Jan. 20. Tastings sell out, so you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible. There will be another one at the brewery in February.

Bevvies and bites. Rotary will be hosting this event on Feb. 24 from 7 to 9pm. Funds raised will go to Don’t Go Hungry as well as other Rotary-related charity programs.

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