⚓ Council talks transportation, mental health

Plus: it's New West Film Festival season!

Happy Tuesday, New West—Ria here.

For those who don’t know, I will no longer be the managing editor of New West Anchor as of next Friday, Oct. 27. It really has been an honour and a pleasure to serve you. The Anchor will still be published.

I’ve been grateful to have nearly 18 months of meaningful work here, and I’ll be signing off on a final newsletter that will go out on Oct. 28—that’ll be our Insiders’ edition.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to still serving you over the handful of newsletters that we have together—and that includes some coverage of last night’s council meeting. If you missed it, be sure to take a look below.

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Jonny Morris, the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC division, prepares to give a presentation about the work done by PACTs in the province.

While it was a shorter than usual council meeting, there were a number of subjects up for discussion, including mental health resources and transportation in the city. Take a look at what you missed if you weren’t able to attend. 


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📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🗳️ Strike vote. Approximately 750 New West city workers took part in a strike vote yesterday. The results did not make it in time for our deadline, but we will update you once we receive the results of the vote by CUPE 387. Members were encouraged to vote ‘yes’ after a year of negotiations around contracts.

🙌 First five. The first five speakers for the upcoming edition of Pecha Kucha have been announced. Take a look at part one of the lineup, and make sure you buy your tickets before they sell out. PKNW is happening on Saturday, Nov. 4.

📚️ Something new. Rainbow Play Cafe is launching a Portuguese story time and play time. It’ll be happening every Wednesday at 1pm until Nov. 8. There is a cost of $10.

📣 Join the City's Community Advisory Assembly! New Westminster residents of all ages and backgrounds wanted to shape city policies. Apply now for this exciting opportunity!*

❤️ Dialogue on Death and Dying. The second year of this event is happening on Thursday, Nov. 9. Take a look at New West Hospice Society’s post on the event for more details.

🍫 Chocolate workshop. Drunken Chocolatier will be at the New West Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Oct. 25. Spots are limited. Tickets are $28, not including fees.

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🗞 In other news

New West homicide investigation. In a release to The Anchor, investigators says 46-year old Kulwant Kaur was the victim of a stabbing that happened on Friday evening in Queensborough. Kaur was found near Suzuki and Salter streets. 57-year-old Balvir Singh has been charged in her death.

Candidate number three. Alejandro Diaz has announced he will be running for school board. Diaz ran for school board in the 2018 election. (New West Record)

School fundraising. After Hazel Trembath Elementary was destroyed in what looks to be a suspicious fire, the school district is taking donations of both money and school supplies for the impacted Port Coquitlam community members. (Global BC)

Missing woman. A 22-year-old woman who went missing in Israel after Hamas militants ambushed a music festival is confirmed dead. Her family shared the news over the weekend. Shir Georgy is the fourth Canadian confirmed to have died. (Global)

Imposter. A man recently claiming to be Michael Dunahee is not, says the missing boy’s family. Dunahee went missing in 1991, and was last seen at a Victoria playground. (CTV Vancouver)

It was the squirrel. A driver in Mission recently claimed—according to RCMP—that a squirrel was to blame for a rollover crash they were in last Thursday. While a release poked fun and said the squirrel was told to wear high viz next time, investigators say the driver failed a breathalyzer. (CTV Vancouver)

🤩 Community spotlight

The New West Film Festival

The New West Film Festival has returned to Landmark Cinemas New West, and it will span three days beginning this Friday, Oct. 20.

“We have 6 screenings of shorts and 4 feature documentaries, which include an exciting array of movie comedies, dramas, thrillers, horror and everything in between. We have 2SLGBTQIA+, bipoc, differently abled and neurodiverse perspectives and stories. We are so excited with the films we are offering this year, which contribute to New Westminster independent arts experiences,” a release from the New West Film Society reads.

To learn more about their schedule, be sure to check out the group’s Eventbrite page.

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🍴 Where to eat and drink

Delicia Cafe. They’ve got two lattes we’ve been keeping our eyes on: the Waffle Latte is served with a stroopwaffel, while the Pumpkin Pie Latte celebrates autumn.

🥣 Pho Maxima. Customers love their house special beef noodle soup, which includes beef brisket, tripe, beef balls, and tendon.

💸 Local deals and specials

The Refill Stop. Take 15% off rugs, mugs, bathroom mats, door mats, and feather dusters. This promo is on until the end of the month.

Sapperton District Taphouse. Enjoy Happy Hour and Happier Hour from 3 to 5pm and 9pm to late, respectively. There are an assortment of discounts, including on beer and wine, and even on nibbles like mac and cheese balls and Taphouse prawns.

Know an awesome deal New Westies should know about? Reply back to our newsletter to share!

🗓️ Things to do

Jazz at the Anvil. This is happening tonight at the Anvil Theatre—there are still some tickets left! Be sure to grab ‘em while you still can.

Halloween is happening at Parks and Recreation! Find spooky activities to chill and thrill young and old! PSST! This year's Halloween Skate requires registration.*

Trivia night. A reminder that there is a fundraiser on Thursday at Kelly O’Bryan’s being put on by the Rotaract Club. 100% of proceeds will go to Lookout Society’s programs.

Best of the crawl. It was a fun weekend for this year’s 20th annual Cultural Crawl, but there are still some events—including the Best of the Crawl—on until the end of the month.

Halloweekend on the River. Learn more about all the tricks—and treats—along the Fraser River. The Fraser River Discovery Centre will be your host.

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