Welcome to Tuesday, New West—and to a new year!
We hope you managed to get some time in with your friends and family, and that 2024 will be filled with great things for you. Believe it or not, we’re just mere weeks away from a by-election, so hopefully you are ready. This edition also includes some important dates you’ll want to take advantage of, and some real cool news about the first BC baby of the year.
Fees kick in for property taxes, flat-rate utilities if unpaid
Property taxes for 2023 would have been due to the City on Dec. 31. Daily interest charges would have kicked in yesterday.
Flat-rate utility bills for 2023 would have been due to the City on Dec. 31. Anything unpaid is considered taxes-in-arrears and also began incurring interest charges yesterday.
Unpaid metered items including water, sewer, and electrical utility bills with a due date of no later than Dec. 31 are officially considered outstanding if unpaid. Anything unpaid is considered taxes-in-arrears and also began incurring interest charges yesterday.
📣 Neighbourhood bulletin
🎄 Christmas tree chipping. This will take place this upcoming weekend (Jan. 6 and 7) outside City Hall. Proceeds from donations go to the New Westminster Firefighters Charitable Society.
🧑🍳 Food services. Some City spaces are offering discounts if you participate in sustainability efforts! As an example, you can get a discount on your hot beverage when you use a reusable mug. Bringing a 12 oz. (or bigger) mug will get you $1 off. Using a cafeteria mug gets $0.50 off.
🗞 In other news
Already. North Shore Rescue has responded to its first call of 2024. The call has prompted the not-for-profit group to remind people to be prepared and to especially have the right kind of footwear if you’re going to be on the mountains. (CityNews Vancouver)
Trekkie. Parts of the late Gloria Knowlan of Vancouver will be out of this world—literally. Knowlan—who died 12 years ago—will have some of her ashes launched into outer space, along with about 250 other samples of human remains—including some of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. (CBC Vancouver)
Generous. According to GoFundMe, New West was among the most generous communities in Canada in 2023. (New West Record)
Fatal fire. Someone in Surrey has died after a house fire early yesterday morning. Six others were taken to hospital. (CBC Vancouver)
Your official by-election candidates
Ahead of the new year, four candidates for the upcoming by-election to replace former school trustee Dee Beattie filed their paperwork at City Hall. Here is the list of those who are running, according to the City’s chief election officer:
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