⚓ Scoot over, New West

Plus: one of the City's transportation connectors wins an award

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

It looks like New West is considering whether to add its name to the more than a dozen municipalities across the province who are already a part of the e-scooter pilot program. You can take a look at the latest info below.

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: ☀️ 12°

Friday: ☀️ 14°

Saturday: ☀️ 16°

Sunday: ☀️ 15°

Monday: ☀️ 16°


City to mull over joining e-scooter pilot

As reported by New West Record, earlier this month city councillors voted to ask staff to look at whether the city could join the e-scooter pilot. The pilot includes select communities across BC.

The provincial pilot has been in place since 2021, and is set to be extended for another four years. Municipalities currently participating include Richmond, Coquitlam, and Vancouver—though some of these locations already have their own local bylaws in place.


Anvil Theatre presents Sechile Sedare

A contemporary roots duo featuring sibling songwriters Leela Gilday and Jay Gilday. This musical collaboration sees Jay and Leela co-write and co-create new repertoire together, harnessing their talents as deeply insightful and genuine storytellers. Their voices blend in perfect harmony, hitting notes of nostalgia, hope, humour and reflection.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🦦 In case you missed it. As we mentioned in the Tuesday edition of our newsletter, the City has announced some milestone dates for təməsew̓txʷ—including the first stage of opening, set to take place in late April. 

🏆️ Award-winning. The City of New West announced Wednesday it had won an award for its New West Secondary School cycling connector project. The award was handed out at the 11th annual HUB Cycling Awards.

👮 Student police academy. New West Police are taking applications for their student police academy. Students must be between the ages of 16-18 to apply.

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🗞 In other news

Warm weather. Some parts of Metro Vancouver could see temperatures as high as 20C over the weekend. (CityNews Vancouver)

Blues & Roots to stay. The City of Burnaby will be keeping the music festival—though some changes are coming. Council had previously looked at getting rid of it in favour of a new festival. (Burnaby Beacon)

Linear vs. semester. School District 44—which is located in North Vancouver—is getting some flack from students and their parents after the district moved from a semester schedule to a linear schedule, apparently without consultation. (CBC Vancouver)

Coolest street in the world. Commercial Drive recently made Time Out’s list of 30 coolest streets in the world, coming in at number five. (CTV Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

Internationally-renowned artist gets exhibit at the Anvil Centre art gallery

Sofronio Ylanan Mendoza passed away in Vancouver at the age of 87 in 2021. Some of his paintings have gone for thousands of dollars. Supplied/Arts New West

Known as SYM (his initials) Sofronio Ylanan Mendoza was an internationally-renowned artist who mentored up-and-coming creators in both the Philippines and Canada. Despite passing away at the age of 87 in 2021, a collective of artists carries his legacy today, through ‘Dimasalang,’ named after a street in Manila.

Along with his works being on display from April 1 to May 29 at the Anvil Centre’s community gallery, there will also be an opening reception on Friday April 5, brought to you by Arts New West. The opening reception will include opportunities to take part in an interactive drawing workshop focusing on still life and portraiture.

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Today, Mar. 14

  • Vytynanka. On until Apr. 9. Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre.

  • March coffee talk & grand opening: Caffe Mira. 9am. Caffe Mira (Victoria Hill location)

  • Babytime. 10am. New West Public Library main branch.

  • Baby social. 11am. New West Public Library main branch.

  • SFU writing consults. 5pm. New West Public Library main branch.

  • Financial literacy: tax 101. 6pm. New West Public Library main branch.

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Howe Sound Brewing.

  • Royal City Literary Arts Society presents: In Their Words. 7pm. I ❤️ New West space, Columbia Square.

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

  • VERT-I-Go finals. 7pm. Massey Theatre.

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

Friday, Mar. 15

  • Storytime. 10:30am. New West Public Library main branch.

  • English conversation circles. 1pm. New West Public Library main branch.

  • French reading buddies. 3:30pm. New West Public Library.

  • Walk Right Back: the Everly Brothers story. 7pm. Massey Theatre.

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

Saturday, Mar. 16

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

  • English conversation circles. 10:30am. New West Public Library main branch.

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

Sunday, Mar. 17

  • EVENT Magazine’s annual used book sale. 10am. Douglas College.

Monday, Mar. 18

  • EVENT Magazine’s annual used book sale. 10am. Douglas College.

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Mar. 19

  • EVENT Magazine’s annual used book sale. 10am. Douglas College.

  • Spring break crafts. 10:30am. New West Public Library main branch.

  • Young readers book club. 3:30pm. Presented by the New West Public Library. Online via Zoom.

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

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

  • Gardening: GMO seeds. 6:30pm. New West Public Library.

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

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

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

Wednesday, Mar. 20

  • EVENT Magazine’s annual used book sale. 10am. Douglas College.

  • CaRT Peer Navigators. 11am. New West Public Library main branch.

  • Sphero free play. 2:30pm. New West Public Library.

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


  • The Natural Flow Meets Art. On until Mar. 24. Gallery hours. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Fusion Perspectives. On until Mar. 27. Third floor, Anvil Centre.

  • Beloved of the Sky. On until Apr. 15. Amelia Douglas Gallery.

  • ZOOVEILLANCE. On until May 5. Gallery hours. New Media Gallery.

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