⚓ A much-needed school expansion

Plus: New West's Price is Right-related "search for Phillip"

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

There is some fairly exciting news in the category of New West schools: Queen Elizabeth Elementary has gained some additional space. Take a look at our lead story today (scroll down!) to learn all about it.

Plus, New West’s connection to a recent episode of The Price is Right: if you can help Tourism New West out, we’re sure they’d appreciate it.

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Friday: ☀️

Saturday: 🌧️ 10°

Sunday: 🌧️ 

Monday: 🌧️ 


A digital rendering of the three-floor Queen Elizabeth Elementary School. Supplied.

On Tuesday New West Schools announced it would be adding an additional floor to the Queensborough school’s construction. This means the school will now be three floors instead of two, and that Grade 5 students will be able to attend school there again.

This expansion is imperative as New Westminster schools continue to grapple with what it’s previously characterized as a capacity crisis, as the city sees major growth.


Kid Koala The Storyville Mosquito brings magic to the Massey

Kid Koala The Storyville Mosquito is performed, filmed, projected and scored on stage at each performance. Each show is a unique experience. The story: A young mosquito leaves his small town in the country to seek fame and fortune in the big city and fulfill his dream of playing in one of the greatest bands of all time at Sid Villa’s Music Hall. Watch as a team of performers brings this story to life simultaneously on stage and screen. The production incorporates miniature sets, live puppetry, cinematography, and live music by Kid Koala and a string trio. Each show is performed, filmed, projected and scored in real time. A funny, jazz-enfused emotive, Chaplin-esque live theatre experience that’s fun for the entire family.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🔍️ Phillip, come on down! Tourism New West is trying to find a contestant named Phillip who didn’t win a trip to New Westminster after an overbid during one of the games on The Price is Right…though we should point out the trip was referred to at one point by the announcer as a visit to “Vancouver.”

✍️ Petition. As of deadline, the names of four New West city councillors have appeared on a petition calling for a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza. The petition was shared over Twitter/X by Vancouver councillor Christine Boyle.

🌳 Glenbrook Ravine. The trees that fell along the upper stairs at Glenbrook Ravine have been cleared—they were downed during a recent windstorm. The trail reopened on Tuesday.

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🗞 In other news

Arrested. High-risk sex offender Randall Hopley has been arrested by Vancouver Police. He was found in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side on Tuesday. The search went a total of 10 days.

Power up. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier David Eby announced on Tuesday that Maple Ridge will be home to a new $1B lithium-ion battery plant. The plant is expected to create approximately 450 jobs. (Global News)

Not here, please. A Vancouver man says he’s disappointed that people are coming to a park not far from where he lives and making noise. He says the park, known as Rainbow Park, has become a bit of an after-dark hangout. A petition has since been created to deal with the issue. (Global BC)

Pay up. Clarke Matthiesen is said to have lit a pile of debris on fire, eventually resulting in a wildfire. The wildfire, which happened in Quesnel in 2019, will cost him close to $450,000. (CTV)


E-bike share expands in New West

Two Evolve bikes parked outside Westminster Centre in the Uptown neighbourhood. Supplied.

BCAA’s Evolve E-Bike Share program—which The Anchor previously wrote about—has now expanded to the Uptown area of the city. This is the second location after the launch of the Evolve program at The Inn at the Quay over the summer.

“The Uptown Business Association is excited to announce its partnership with Evolve E-Bike Share, bringing a new mode of transportation to New Westminster,” explains Uptown Business Improvement Association president Bart Slotman in a news release provided to The Anchor.


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Today, Nov. 16

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

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

Friday, Nov. 17

  • Through My Eyes. Tickets start at $11.50. 1pm. Anvil Theatre.

  • Royal City Gogos artisan craft sale. 4pm. The Unifor Building.

  • Group of Five & Friends Benevolent Society fundraiser. Tickets start at $40. Please call 522-7196 or 604-619-8455 for tickets. 5pm. Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park.

  • A Night of Classic Soul. 7:30pm. Studio 1C, Massey Theatre.

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

Saturday, Nov. 18

  • Super Saturdays. The theme is “Wood Wide Web.” Tickets start at $3. 10am. Fraser River Discovery Centre.

  • Royal City Gogos artisan craft sale. 10am. The Unifor Building.

  • Winter Market. 11am. Queensborough Community Centre.

  • Through My Eyes. Tickets start at $11.50. 1pm. Anvil Theatre.

  • Steel & Oak analog fair. 5pm. I Heart NW Space, Columbia Square.

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

Sunday, Nov. 19

  • Daughters of the Nile winter bazaar and fashion show. Tickets: $20. Email [email protected] to purchase. 11:30am. Centennial Lodge.

  • Luisa Marshall as Tina Turner. 7pm. Massey Theatre.

  • Movie night. 8pm. Hops Northwest Pub.

Monday, Nov. 20

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Nov. 21

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborough Community Centre.

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

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

  • Jazz at the Anvil. 7pm. Anvil Theatre.

  • Faces of the Fraser. 7pm. Fraser River Discovery Centre, via Zoom.

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

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

Wednesday, Nov. 22

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


  • Landscape Portraits. Until Nov. 29. Gallery hours, Plaskett and North Wing Galleries, Massey Theatre.

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