⚓ Did you miss the school trustee debate?

Plus: learning about local bees, and more than 30 events to choose from over seven days

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

A heads up that if you missed Monday night’s debate involving the four candidates for school board, you’ll want to take a look below. Additionally, there is an advance voting day coming up (we’ve listed it in our events section) so make sure you take advantage of that if you aren’t able to cast your vote on Saturday, Feb. 3.

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A screen shot from the live stream of Monday evening’s debate. New Westminster DPAC.

The four candidates—Jalen Bachra, Kathleen Carlsen, Alejandro Diaz, and Shawn Sorensen—were at the event on Monday evening at New West Secondary. The event included a series of rapid-fire questions, along with a number of submitted questions from the community. If you missed it and still need help making a decision, check out the video via DPAC’s page. 

If you need more information voting for a school trustee candidate, visit the City of New Westminster’s page for more details regarding advance voting days and general election day. 

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

📍 A Walk Through New West. This exhibit features work by George Jiri Mosna. Mosna was born in what was previously called Czechoslovakia, and came to Canada in 1981. His exhibit captures what he sees in New West. The show begins on Feb. 1 at The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

🎸 Guitar Night. This is happening tonight at the Massey Theatre! There are a limited selection of tickets available online. 

🗑️ Garbage collection. The City of New West is working to make up for missed pick-ups due to last week’s snow. Be sure to consult the latest schedule online to see if your zone is included. 

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🗞 In other news

Strike update. The group of transit supervisors striking amid contract negotiations says more action could come. CUPE 4500 says it’s looking at shutting down more of the Metro Vancouver transit system if a deal isn’t reached by 12:01am on Feb. 3. This shutdown could include SkyTrain. (CityNews Vancouver)

City council. The Record has posted some of the highlights from Monday’s meeting, in case you missed it.

Homicide investigation. The Integrated Homicide Team is looking into a shooting that happened along Kingsway, near Denbigh Avenue. One man was pronounced dead at the scene late Tuesday night. Anyone with information should reach out to RCMP. 

Ibrahim Ali trial. Lawyers for the man accused of murdering a Burnaby teen in 2017 say they’re scared to return to trial proceedings after the victim’s father allegedly brought a gun into the courts. Charges have not been laid against the latter. (CTV Vancouver)

Drug deaths. There were 2,511 toxic drug deaths in BC in 2023, according to the Coroners’ Service. That’s about an average of seven a day. (CBC Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

According to a post by the New Westminster Public Library, there are more than 400 species of bees in BC. The library recently announced it would be hosting a workshop featuring Lori Weidenhammer, a founding member of The Bee Society of British Columbia. Don’t miss out on this workshop, happening on Feb. 29. You’ll need to sign up in advance. 

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Today, Jan. 25

  • Flora + Fauna + Fungi. Final day. Operating hours. Clubhouse Coworking.

  • Wishing tree walk and talk. 4pm. Century House and Moody Park.

  • International Guitar Night. 7pm. Massey Theatre.

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

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

Friday, Jan. 26

  • Wishing tree: wishing in the park. 3pm. Moody Park.

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

Saturday, Jan. 27

  • Rotary bottle drive. 9am. 166 6th St.

  • Super Saturday. The theme is “It’s a Breeze!” Admission starts at $5. 10am. Fraser River Discovery Centre.

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

Sunday, Jan. 28

  • Canadiana. Presented by the Rainbow Chorus of New Westminster. 7pm. Please bring a new pair of socks to donate. Tickets start at $15. Queens Ave. & 6th St.

Monday, Jan. 29

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Jan. 30  

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Beloved of the Sky. Artwork by Sherida Charles. 5pm. Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas College.

  • Open mic: standup comedy. 6pm. The Terminal Pub.

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

  • Jazz at the Anvil: Wild Blue Herons. 7pm. Anvil Theatre.

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

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

Wednesday, Jan. 31

  • Advance voting day. 8am. City Hall.

  • Glenbrooke North Residents’ Association meeting. 7pm. Spruce Room, Century House.

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


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

  • 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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