⚓ Pet photos, socks lead this week's holiday help

Plus: agreement reached for city workers

Welcome to Tuesday, New West.

Just a reminder we are still looking for groups who would like to promote their donation events as we head into the holiday season. If you are a group that is collecting goods and donations for a cause, or you are a not-for-profit in need of donations, please email [email protected] so we can highlight you!

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🌡 Temperature check

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New Westminster City Hall

The City of New Westminster says it reached an agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 387. This group represents about 750 civic service workers of the City of New West, as well as the library, and civilian workers of the New West Police Department. Some of the terms of the agreement can be found on the City of New West’s website.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🏆️ In case you missed it. Steel & Oak took home business of the year, while Roqiya Ahmadi took home citizen of the year at the 2023 Platinum Awards, which were held on Thursday.

💡 Join the reGENERATE Ideas Challenge! Transform the 22nd Street SkyTrain Station neighborhood. Share innovative ideas for housing, services, and climate solutions. Win up to $5,000!*

👶🏼 It’s official. New West Families recently celebrated its new space and expanded programming, per photos shared by Min. Jennifer Whiteside.

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Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss.. Grab your teacups!

Combining British propriety with an unabashed love for the unexpected, London’s 3-time Impresario Award-winning duo steep an outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive show reminiscent of classic British pantos.

O Christmas Tea plays three shows at Massey Theatre this week: tonight, tomorrow matinee, and tomorrow night! Limited tickets are available, get yours now.

🗞 In other news

Lions Gate Chorus. Four singers from the group are from New West. The Lions Gate Chorus recently won gold in an international competition. (New West Record)

Panic? At least one area has seen a number of condo and vacation homes up for sale, though the BC Real Estate Association says it’s too soon to say if the observations made in Kelowna could happen across the province. This comes as short-term rental legislation goes into effect. (CBC)

Highway 99 crash. Investigators say a child and two adults have died after a single vehicle collision that happened on Sunday morning. The crash happened just south of Whistler. A fourth person is in hospital in stable condition. (CityNews Vancouver)

That tractor chase. You may have seen the video making the rounds online in which Mounties recently chased a tractor. Global BC says it’s spoken with the wife of the man allegedly involved, who was participating in a “STOP SOGI 1-2-3” protest that was meant to be a road rally from Chilliwack to Vancouver.


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🤩 Community spotlight

Holiday help

It’s time for another round of helping our fellow New Westies as they look for donations for a variety of causes. The following businesses and groups are hoping you’ll think of them as we head into December.

  • Origins Chocolate Bar. Origins has been collecting socks for those who will need them to be able to stay warm this holiday season. You can drop off new pairs of cotton and/or wool socks at their shop.

  • Elizabeth Fry Society. This group works with clients ranging from newborns to senior citizens. They’re always looking for financial donations to help purchase items like toys for kids, boots, mittens, and insulated rain jackets.

  • Bosley’s at Columbia Square. Every year this shop has hosted a fun holiday pet photos event, with the proceeds going towards the New West Animal Shelter. While the event is sold out, you can still get on the waitlist by emailing [email protected] 

🤝 Now hiring

On-call bookstore cashier, Douglas College. Salary: $24.55 an hour.

Barista, Coasters Coffee. Salary: $17 an hour.

Front desk/cashier, Extreme Air Park. Salary: $18 an hour.

Food and beverage server, Yianni’s Greek Taverna. Salary: $15.65 an hour.

Receptionist, Champagne Nail Lounge. Salary: $18 an hour.

Dog daycare attendant, Wag’n’woof Doggy Daycare. Salary: $16.75 an hour.

Hiring in New West? Reply to this email and let us know.

🍴 Where to eat and drink

Greens & Beans Deli. This is a must-try if you love hearty, comforting, and delicious food. From Leona Green’s famous peanut butter bars to a sandwich that comes to you on a train, there are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and snacking delights to choose from.

Caffe Mira. A must-try in Victoria Hill, this spot is more than just coffee: they offer yummy pastries, breads, and sandwiches too. Their New West location makes up one of three locations: you can also find them in Downtown Vancouver, and along Main St. (near E. 16th).

💸 Local deals and specials

AKD. This Downtown New West ramen shop is offering a $24 ramen kit for you to try at home! The restaurant explains that in Japan, eating soba at the end of the year is common to pray for happiness in the future. The restaurant is taking orders via Instagram, email, and in-person at their shop. 

Rocky Point Ice Cream. The shop is back selling its gingerbread house and truck kits. They can be purchased at the New Westminster and Port Moody locations, as well as online.

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🗓️ Things to do

Jazz at the Anvil. Itamar Erez will take the stage with his group later this evening at 7pm. Tickets are still available, and you can purchase them online. 

Winter Solstice: a Celebration Through Art. Don’t miss this showcase at the Gallery at Queen’s Park. The exhibition aims to embrace the magic of the season, where short days and long nights take centre stage in contemplation and celebration.

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