⚓ How a kitchen can save a young life

Plus: a plea for parking changes

Welcome to Thursday, New West.

In a little less than a week from now, an initiative to try and help young people will be launching. We’re watching excitedly for the launch of Dan’s Diner, a spot that will offer training in not just the culinary field, but business—and even in important life skills too. We think this is such a great program: young people learn important skills, and customers can come in and grab a delicious bite to eat. Make sure to scroll on down to learn more about the diner’s launch.

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Friday: 🌧️ 10°

Saturday: 🌧️ 10°

Sunday: 🌧️ 10°

Monday: 🌧️ 10°


A kitchen in action: Dan’s Diner will focus on training those aged 16 to 28 over a three-month period, five days a week.

A local enterprise meant to help young people learn skills that will help them thrive in the culinary business—and beyond—will be opening its doors soon.

Dan’s Diner—which you can find along 11th Street—offers a three-month training program where those aged 16 to 28 will train Monday to Friday for four hours a day. The entire program is free of charge.

The program is connected to Dan’s Legacy, named after a young man who died tragically at the age of 19 from an overdose. Dan’s family has made it their mission to give back in his name, and to help others who went through the trauma he did before his eventual relapse and passing.

The grand opening will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 11am. The entire community is invited.


Energy Save New West 2023 fall campaign

Between October 1 and November 30, Energy Save New West will be sharing the latest energy efficiency offers and incentives from governments and utilities to help you improve home comfort and save energy. Check out our campaign pamphlet inside your utility bills and access up to $23,750 in stacked rebates!

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📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

👋 Hey Queensborough! Mark your calendars: there is a winter market happening on Nov. 18 2023 from 11am to 3pm at Queensborough Community Centre.

📆 In 2024. Some groups are already thinking about next year’s events, and Royal City Rotary is doing just that. The first weekend of its recycling bottle drop is happening Jan. 6 from 10am to 2pm. More details to come at a later date.

📅 Start planning for the Winter Break, Dec 23 - Jan 7. View the City's Winter Break Guide online. Registration starts Nov 16 and 17.*

🧺 Go(go) support the Gogos. The Royal City Gogos are hosting their artisan craft sale on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18. Be sure to check out the preview of their sale through their site. 

📚️ An afternoon with authors. This Royal City Literature Arts Society event will include fiction, poetry, door prizes and a book market. The event is happening on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 1 to 5pm at Columbia Square.

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🗞 In other news

Testing, testing. The province will be testing its emergency alert system—which means your cellphone, TV, and other gadgets will likely go off on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Towering above. Legislation has been introduced that would allow for condo towers of up to 20 storeys near SkyTrain stations and of up to 12 storeys near Metro Vancouver bus exchanges.

Ibrahim Ali trial. Ali’s trial is almost done. He is accused of sexually assaulting, then killing a 13-year-old in Central Park in 2017. (CTV Vancouver)

Busted. An Amazon driver is being accused of theft of 32 packages after they were apparently marked as “delivered.” The driver’s name has not been released because charges haven’t yet been laid. (CityNews Vancouver)

WeWon’t? WeWork has filed for bankruptcy, and the co-working space is apparently looking to leave the locations it is renting in Vancouver and Burnaby. (CBC Vancouver)

As reported by The Record, a local man is upset that a visiting aunt recently had to spend more than $300 to recover her car—it had been towed by the City of New Westminster last month. The local man shared his story at the most recent meeting of council. Find out what happened after the New West resident shared their story, as well as the city’s explanation for what potentially led to the towing of the 80-year-old woman’s car.

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Today, Nov. 9

  • Changing the Conversation. 6pm. 3rd floor, Anvil Centre.

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

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

  • The Ghosts of New Westminster. 8pm. Meet at Hyack Square.

  • The Ghosts of New Westminster. 9:15pm. Meet at Hyack Square.

Friday, Nov. 10

  • Swing dance with Westside Swing. 7:30pm. Sapperton Hall.

  • The Ghosts of New Westminster. 8pm. Meet at Hyack Square.

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

  • The Ghosts of New Westminster. 9:15pm. Meet at Hyack Square.

Saturday, Nov. 11

  • Sound bath. 8:30am. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • WWI self-guided veterans walking tour. 10am. Queen’s Park neighbourhood.

  • Remembrance Day ceremony. 10:15am. New West City Hall.

  • Dungeons and Dragons meet-up. 1pm. The Union Jack Pub.

  • Pop-up Art for Kids. 2pm. Kinder Books.

  • The Ghosts of New Westminster. 8pm. Meet at Hyack Square.

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

  • The Ghosts of New Westminster. 9:15pm. Meet at Hyack Square.

Sunday, Nov. 12

  • Vancouver Fall Classic. 10am. Massey Theatre.

  • Friendship club gaming. 1pm. Second floor, River Market.

  • Artist-in-residence talk: Amal Ishaque. 1pm. Anvil Centre.

  • Vancouver Fall Classic. 5pm. Massey Theatre.

  • Chibi Taiko 30th anniversary. 7pm. Anvil Centre.

Monday, Nov. 13

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborugh Community 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, Nov. 15

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


  • Landscape Portraits. On until Nov. 29. Massey Theatre.

  • MEASURE. On until Dec. 10. New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre.

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