⚓ BC Lacrosse Association calls out bad behaviour

Plus: save the date for Pride 2024

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

We are counting down the days until Pride Week in New Westminster. Last year featured all sorts of fun events, from drag performances to amazing eats, and even a pride pet parade. There are some details below if you’d like to get involved as a vendor, performer, or volunteer—check ‘em out below.

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Friday: 🌧️ 15°

Saturday: ⛅️ 17°

Sunday: 🌧️ 16°

Monday: 🌧️ 17°


BCLA president expresses disappointment in bad behaviour

The Minorbellies’ Instagram account was among those who shared a letter from BC Lacrosse Association president Gerry Van Beek regarding unacceptable behaviour at box lacrosse games.

“We are disappointed with reports of an increase in undesirable conduct by some of the spectators, coaches, and players,” the letter from Van Beek begins. “Regrettably, many of these incidents involve parents.” The letter goes on to say that the association is looking into proactive measures—which could include anything from removal from the sport to monetary penalties.

“Officials possess the authority to terminate games due to unruly behaviour by spectators, coaches, and players. Let’s not force them into such difficult decisions,” urges Van Beek.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

👷 Cheers to Public Works Week! This week celebrates the people in New West who enhance and advance the city’s quality of life. There are some fun events that you can take part in—some of them even include prizes like recreational passes. Take part now!

🍽️ Save the date. El Santo has announced it will be working with Ucluelet Brewing to create a beautiful six-course pairing dinner on June 9.

🍰 The countdown is on. Don’t forget: Fratelli Bakery in Sapperton will be closing at the end of this month. The bakery is reminding you its Commercial Drive location will still be open after the closure and invites you to visit them in Vancouver once its New West doors close for good.

🌊 Spray parks update. The City of New West notes that the spray parks were not turned on this past weekend due to a miscommunication, but that most are operating. The one at Hume Park is going through some repairs. You can find the full hours and up-to-date info on the parks via the City’s website.

🗞 In other news

NWSS incident. Police are asking the public to reach out with tips after they say a young person was assaulted with a weapon last Friday, in the 11am hour. Two people were arrested, an adult and a youth. (New West Record)

New Westies are the besties. Major League Baseball player Justin Morneau and Dr. Bob McCormack are now in the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Morneau was born and raised in New West and now lives in Minnesota. Dr. McCormack was recognized for being highly influential in sports medicine. (New West Record)

Cheaper category. WestJet is looking at soon introducing a fare for passengers who would be willing to travel without a carry-on bag. The new fare is set to debut in the coming weeks. (CityNews Vancouver)

Cyberattack. BC’s First Nations Health Authority appears to have been the victim of a hack, explaining in a statement earlier this week it had spotted some peculiar activity on its corporate network. (CityNews Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

Coming soon: New West Pride

📷: New West Pride

The New West Pride Society (NWPS) has announced the date for the upcoming Pride Street Festival: it’ll be taking place on Saturday, Aug. 17!

There are still opportunities to apply to be a vendor, a sponsor, or a performer. Additionally, NWPS is always looking for volunteers to help them put on this popular festival. As of publication, the group says Street Festival sign-ups are coming soon. We recommend checking their website to see when those will open up. You can also follow the group on Instagram, Facebook, and X.

Pride also has a survey up that you can take—the aim is to help them shape what the festival will look like. Be sure to check it out through their link in bio page. 


Today, May 23

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

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

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

Friday, May 24

  • Downstream Where the Waters Mix: opening and artist talks. 6pm. 3rd floor. Anvil Centre.

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

Saturday, May 25

  • Hyack Parade & festival in the park. 11am. Parade to take place along Sixth Street Festival: Tipperary Park.

  • Bubble tea making. Ages 8 to 12. 1:30pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

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

Sunday, May 26

  • Family storytime with arts and crafts. 9:30am. 2nd floor, River Market.

  • Heritage Homes Tour. $45 per person. 10am. Various addresses throughout the city.

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. Another Beer Co.

Monday, May 27

  • Puzzle Mondays. 5pm. Steel & Oak.

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, May 28

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Board games and beers. 6pm. Steel & Oak.

  • 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 29

  • Walking with SYM. Final day! Anvil Centre community gallery.

  • Run club. 7pm. Steel & Oak.

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


  • Pause: A Showcase of Presence. On until June 2. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • The Long Road Home. On until July 2. Amelia Douglas Gallery at Douglas College.

  • Hip to be Square. On until July 5. Clubhouse Co-working. River Market.

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