⚓ Goodbye, New West

It's been a wonderful two years

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

For those of you who missed the Tuesday edition of The Anchor, we announced that today would be the final edition of this newsletter. We’re really proud of the two-year run that we had, and we thank you so much for embracing us, New West.

We’ve received so many incredible notes from our readers this week about how much they love this newsletter. We cannot thank you all enough for all your support these last two years.

That said, we invite you to subscribe to our sister publication, the Burnaby Beacon. Our friends at the Beacon send out a packed newsletter every Thursday with local news, community spotlights, where to eat and drink, and so much more!

Thank you once again for all your support these last few years, New West. It’s been a pleasure. ❤️ 

🌡 Temperature check

Today: 🌦️ 15°

Friday: ☀️ 16°

Saturday: 🌧️ 16°

Sunday: 🌧️ 15°

Monday: 🌧️ 16°


Wunderkind Nadine Jopson already has an impressive resume—and now she’s adding craft soda entrepreneur to the list.

“I’m a Plains Cree Indigenous woman and a proud member of the Alexander Cree Nation,” she explains on the Heartberry Soda blog, adding that her desire to explore craft soda brewing began during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I started participating in hide-tanning classes using natural methods of brain, mineral, and bark tanning. That sparked my interest in using plants for other purposes. As I explored foraging and reconnected with my traditional practices, I was inspired to bring these plant-based medicines into soda recipes, honouring the flavours and healing properties of native plants.”

Heartberry Soda will have its soft launch this weekend at Another Beer Co. At the same time, Another Beer Co. is having its fifth anniversary party. Be sure to visit Jopson at Another Beer Co., which you can find at 11-30 Capilano Way.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🍻 Brewhalla. Brewhalla will—for the first time—come to New West this year. The event is scheduled for August 10 from noon to 6pm.

🎭️ Life Moves On. This original play written, directed, and performed by New West Drama Club students will be happening at the New West Secondary School Theatre on Thursday June 6 and Friday June 7. Tickets are available by donation at the door before each performance.

🏌️ Making the Cut. The charity golf classic presented by the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation is happening on June 15, and there’s still time to register. You can do so via the group’s website.

🗞 In other news

Pod hotels. Vancouver City Council has voted to go ahead with a pilot project that will look at the use of pod hotels in the city. The vote passed unanimously. (CityNews Vancouver)

No more spokesperson duties. In Kamloops, Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson is no longer allowed to serve as that city’s official spokesperson. This comes after a provincially-appointed municipal adviser chronicled a number of concerning actions taken by the mayor. (CBC)

Demonstrations. The protests at UBC related to the situation in Palestine resulted in one arrest on Wednesday. Demonstrators with the UBC People’s University want UBC’s administration to act on its demands, including divesting from companies with ties to Israel. (CityNews Vancouver)

Pay bumps? The Metro Vancouver Regional District’s chair and vice-chair could be getting compensation increases. The news comes in a proposal that will be discussed Friday. If approved, there could be additional payments in the event either of those chairs attend standing committees. (Global BC)


City looks to correct information regarding its housing strategies

In a press release yesterday, the City of New West said it wanted to correct misinformation regarding its housing strategies. The statement makes reference to comments made by provincial housing minister Ravi Kahlon in which he said during a media interview that the City’s decisions related to housing are not drawn from 2008 data—rather, they’re based on a projection based on 2016 census data.

“The City of New Westminster has firmly maintained its commitment to addressing the regional housing supply and affordability crisis by actively supporting high-density development and affordable housing options,” said Mayor Patrick Johnstone. “New Westminster is currently on track to not only meet but exceed the targets established through our Housing Needs Assessment Report and in the Regional Growth Strategy we agreed to with our Metro Vancouver partners. We are proud to be an example that other municipalities can look to for leadership in this area.”

The statement comes after New Westminster ended up on what has been referred to colloquially as a provincial naughty list: in April, the BC government said New West would be considered a priority community to receive housing targets. The targets are scheduled to be shared by the provincial government sometime this summer.


Today, May 30

  • The Stage New West presents: The Addams Family. 2pm. Anvil Centre.

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

  • Tai-chi. 4:30pm. Tipperary Park.

  • The Stage New West presents: The Addams Family. 7pm. Anvil Centre.

  • Halfway Home book launch. 7pm. I ❤️ New West Space, Columbia Square.

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. The Terminal Pub.

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

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

Friday, May 31

  • The Stage New West presents: The Addams Family. 2pm. Anvil Centre.

  • Beer Friday. 4pm. The Terminal Pub.

  • The Stage New West presents: The Addams Family. 7pm. Anvil Centre.

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

Saturday, June 1

  • New West Craft. 11am. River Market.

  • Community curbside sale. 10am. 60-68 Richmond St.

  • Grand opening celebration: təməsew̓txʷ. 11am. təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre.

  • The Stage New West presents: The Addams Family. 2pm. Anvil Centre.

  • Another photography club. 5pm. Another Beer Co.

  • The Stage New West presents: The Addams Family. 7pm. Anvil Centre.

  • Live music at Begbie’s. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Jazz Night with Will Clements’ Compass and William Chernoff. Tickets start at $25. 8pm. Bernie Legge Theatre.

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

Sunday, June 2

  • Pause: A Showcase of Presence. Final day! The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • 5th anniversary celebration: Another Beer Co. Noon. 11-30 Capilano Way.

  • Heartberry Soda launch party. Noon. 11-30 Capilano Way.

Monday, June 3

  • Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass: Under my Wing. On until July 31. Anvil Centre.

  • Youth resiliency framework: family design lab. 6pm. təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre, Multipurpose Room 2.

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, June 4

  • Seniors in the City with Mayor Patrick Johnstone. 11am. təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre.

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Another Gravel Bike Club. 5:45pm. Another Beer Co.

  • 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, June 5

  • Seniors’ week: Queensborough neighbourhood walk and social. 9am. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • New West Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting. 5pm. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Steel & Oak run club. 7pm. Steel & Oak.

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


  • 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.

That’s it!

Thank you so much for supporting us these last two years. It has been a privilege and a pleasure.

Take care, New West.