⚓ Red Dress Day is May 5

Plus: a cooling system for New West Secondary

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

As we reach the end of the school year, there’s some news for those who attend New West Secondary—scroll down to learn more about a development related to a cooling system for the school.

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: ☀️ 15°

Friday: ☁️ 16°

Saturday: 🌧️ 12°

Sunday: 🌧️ 14°

Monday: 🌧️ 14°


On Wednesday, New West Schools announced a cooling system would be coming to the city’s only high school, thanks to funding from both the district and the province.

“We worked hard to secure the money to retrofit NWSS,” explains board chair Maya Russell in a release. “Our students, staff, and parents were consistently clear about their need for cooler spaces at the school during summer so learning can happen in more comfortable environments.”

The province is set to contribute $3M, while an additional $500,000 will come from the Board of Education’s operating grant. Work is slated to start in the summer, with hopes for the system to be fully functional by summer 2025. The installation of this system will allow for full cooling on the second and third floors. Cooling, if needed, can be extended to some of the other floors.


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  • Illness and disability - for owners or employees, Health and Dental insurance.

  • Paycheque insurance for income replacement.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🎙️ Pecha Kucha New West’s new board. A new board of directors has been chosen. Take a look at the group’s Instagram post to meet the team! For the uninitiated, Pecha Kucha events involve presenters talking about topics and themes using 20 pictures. Each picture gets a 20-second explanation.

☕️ Councillor cafe. The Quayside edition of this event will be happening on May 9 from 7 to 9pm. Catch Couns. Daniel Fontaine and Paul Minhas at the Inn at the Quay for a cup of coffee and to ask them your questions.

🏠️ Massey Victory Heights garage sale. Taking place on May 4, you can access the full list of participating homes online. The sale starts at 8am.

🎭️ In case you missed it. Stefanie Swinnard, who owns The Stage New West, opened up about some of the troubles the business is facing. She’s since started a GoFundMe to help with some upcoming large-scale costs.

🗞 In other news

Loblaws boycott. A movement that started on Reddit yesterday to stop shopping at Loblaws-owned stores hopes to hold the grocery giant accountable. Protesters are calling for action by the Canadian company, including taking part in developing a grocery code of conduct. (CityNews Vancouver)

Short-term rentals. BC’s rules related to short-term rentals went into effect yesterday. Operators in most BC municipalities can operate a short-term rental in their main residence. If they have a secondary suite or carriage house on the same property, that can also be used. (CBC Vancouver)

Neurodiversity. Vancouver International Airport says it’s introducing neurodiversity inclusion training, which its employees will be taking part in. The announcement came at the end of Autism Awareness Month. (CityNews Vancouver)

Town hall. A number of people attended a town hall on Tuesday night in light of a deadly stabbing at the White Rock pier. Family members of the victim were in attendance wanting to know why alerts weren’t shared after another non-fatal attack on April 21. (CTV Vancouver)

Community spotlight

Examples of Red Dresses on display in New Westminster. City of New Westminster.

The City of New West is working with the Spirit of the Children Society to bring Red Dress Day to Hyack Square. Red Dress Day honours the memory and lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada and the USA.

The day was first marked in 2010 by Métis artist Jaime Black. While the day takes place on May 5, the City will be marking Red Dress Day with a variety of displays and activities.


Today, May 2

  • Youth awards. This is an invite-only event. Century House.

  • New West Farmers’ Market. 3pm. Tipperary Park.

  • Remix ride. 5:45pm. Cap’s Bicycle Stores, 434A Columbia St.

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

  • Music bingo. 7pm. Another Beer Co.

  • Live music. 7pm. Kelly O'Bryan's & Carlos O'Bryan's New West.

  • Mary Poppins. Tickets start at $27. 7:30pm. Massey Theatre.

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

  • Play On! Tickets start at $15. 8pm. Bernie Legge Theatre.

Friday, May 3

  • Chris Chong memorial softball tournament. Various times. Moody Park.

  • Basketball showdown. Ages 13 to 18. 4pm. təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre.

  • Friendsday night board games. 6pm. Kelly O'Bryan's & Carlos O'Bryan's New West.

  • Tango lessons for beginners. 7pm. 239 6th St.

  • Mary Poppins. Tickets start at $27. 7:30pm. Massey Theatre.

  • Play On! Tickets start at $15. 8pm. Bernie Legge Theatre.

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

Saturday, May 4

  • Chris Chong memorial softball tournament. Various times. Moody Park.

  • Massey Victory Heights garage sale. 8am. Massey Victory Heights neighbourhood.

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

  • Japanese calligraphy workshop. Ages 50 and older. 10am. Century House.

  • Calligraphy workshop for beginners. Registration required. Noon. Pacific Breeze Winery.

  • Wearable Technology. Ages 14 to 18. 1pm. Art + Technology LAB, Anvil Centre.

  • Spring Thing Middle School Dance. Ages 11 to 13. 7pm. Century House.

  • Mary Poppins. Tickets start at $27. 7:30pm. Massey Theatre.

  • Play On! Tickets start at $15. 8pm. Bernie Legge Theatre.

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

Sunday, May 5

  • Chris Chong memorial softball tournament. Various times. Moody Park.

  • Generations Unite…Youth and Seniors Bingo and Brunch. For ages 13-18 years. 11am. Century House.

  • New West Gaming. 11:30am. Kelly O'Bryan's & Carlos O'Bryan's New West.

  • Red Dress Day. 1pm. Hyack Square.

  • A Romantic Period concert. Admission by donation. 2pm. The Sanctuary at 6th.

  • Play On! Final day! Tickets start at $15. 2pm. Bernie Legge Theatre.

  • Mary Poppins. Tickets start at $27. 2pm. Massey Theatre.

Monday, May 6

  • Multi-canvas art showcase. For ages 13-18. 4pm. New West Youth Centre.

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, May 7

  • State of the City. Tickets: $48 for New West Chamber members, $64 for non-members. 11:30am. Starlight Casino.

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Youth week: It’s a Wrap party. 4pm. New West Youth Centre.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 8

  • Public art unveiling. Noon. təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre.

  • Parenting children with challenging behaviours. Free six-week parenting classes. Contact [email protected] for more information. 6pm. 422 Sixth St.

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


  • Parade. On until May 5. Gallery hours. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

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

  • Walking with SYM. On until May 29. Anvil Centre community gallery.

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