⚓ Walk to grieve and celebrate

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Dianne Simpson is a co-president of the board of directors for the New Westminster Hospice Society. Supplied.

While the dialogue is changing, it’s still common to see grief take on a specific “look.” Speaking for the New West Hospice Society, Dianne Simpson says the upcoming edition of the annual River Walk on Sunday, June 4 allows folks to both grieve and celebrate—and not have to experience those feelings alone.

Learn more about why the annual River Walk takes place, and how simple it is to get involved.


Win a one-year prize pack from The Anchor

Unfortunately Katherine Pang didn’t get back to us in time to collect her New West Anchor water bottle and tote bag, so we’re drawing another name.

🎊 Congratulations to Colleen Pinvidic!🎊

Colleen: please reach out to us via email in the next three days—by Friday, May 19—to collect your prize.


Heat pump rebates and municipal top-ups

Energy Save New West is thrilled to announce that the number of municipal heat pump top-ups issued has increased by over 250% in the past year.

If you switch from natural gas furnace or boiler to a new highly efficient electrical heat pump system, you will not only save your space heating energy consumption but also reduce significant amount of your home’s carbon footprint. By upgrading, you’ll also benefit from the added cooling that comes with a heat pump installation and is a huge bonus for hot summer days!

Considering a heat pump this year? Talk to Energy Save New West today and find out how you can access up to $11,850 in stacked heat pump rebates!

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🗓 Prepping for the long weekend. New Westminster’s Parks and Recreation department is reminding folks to check its page for any service changes during the Victoria Day long weekend. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

🌊 Quayside survey. If you’re a Quayside resident, the Quayside Community Board wants to hear from you. Take a quick, five-minute survey to help the board out—survey closes June 1. Those who qualify and take the survey will be entered to win prizes from the Paddlewheeler, Rain City Games, Kinder Books, and City Avenue Market.

🥩 Brewery & the Beast, Vancouver’s best food and drink event of the summer, is back July 9! To buy tickets, see the restaurant lineup, and event details, visit BreweryAndTheBeast.com/Vancouver.*

🎹 Vancouver Chamber Music Society, in collaboration with Anvil Theatre, presents pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, with musicians from the Seattle Symphony. Don’t miss the final show in the VCMS season at Anvil Theatre. May 28, 3pm. Get your tickets now!*

🎉 The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is happening this weekend! Get your tickets while you can, and join us for a country-filled long weekend.*

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🗞 In other news

Podcasting service. The New Westminster Public Library will soon be launching a one-stop shop for all your podcasting needs. More details will be coming tomorrow—Wednesday, May 17.

Record-breaking. This will likely be the trend for the next bit: over the weekend, BC broke more than a dozen heat records. (CityNews Vancouver)

Janice Abbott out. Abbott was the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society, but left the group on Monday after a recent audit of BC Housing found a conflict of interest between Abbott and her husband; her husband was previously in charge of BC Housing. (CBC Vancouver)

Evicted. A report from UBC’s Housing Research Collaborative says between 2015 and 2021, BC had the highest eviction rates in the country. Many of these tend to be no-fault evictions, in which the tenant has not caused issues. (CBC Vancouver)

Teen and dad stabbed. After a father and a teen were stabbed at Surrey Memorial Hospital on Saturday night, a 24-year-old, who is a patient, has been charged. Investigators say the accused and the victims did not know each other. (CityNews Vancouver)

A different kind of gift. Workers at an A&W are sharing their story after they recently gifted a co-worker their wages so she could extend her maternity leave. (CTV Vancouver Island)

#ICYMI: Millennials of New West

A view of “mainland New West” from Queensborough/Ria Renouf

We’re taking a look back at our three-part series on living life as a millennial in New Westminster!

  • Read the introduction/Part 1 here.

  • You can find Part 2—on housing—here.

  • Part 3—looking at after-school programs, events, and living life in New West—is here.

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