⚓ Two moms on a mission

Plus: A squirrel caused havoc in the city, and more...

Happy Tuesday, New West—Ria here.

I am not the type to be impressed by bits of news that drop in the late afternoon hours on a Friday, but there was one bit of news I was not expecting so late in the afternoon—and it was this. 

Anyways, for those who were wondering what it was that caused all those power outages last week…now you know.

In all seriousness, we have tons to go over today, including a local event with an important message. Scroll on to learn more about it.

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: 🌧️ 15°

Wednesday: 🌧️ 18°

Thursday: ⛅️ 20°


Left: Anne Uebbing, who owns Kinder Books. Right: Kathy Wagner, the author of Here With You. Uebbing’s photo: Supplied. Wagner’s photo: Jenn Fontaine Photography.

When Anne Uebbing—who owns Kinder Books at the Quay—lost her son Luka to an overdose, she didn’t know where to turn. As Uebbing explains to The Anchor in today’s lead story, she says her young son was the victim of a system that can’t keep up.

Now the New West business owner is hosting an event this coming Thursday, along with another mother-turned-author who lost her son to an overdose, to tell other parents they are not alone in trying to understand the complex and multi-faceted poison drug supply crisis.



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📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🏫 Trustee candidates. There are now two people running in the byelection for school board. Shawn Sorensen announced on Friday he is planning to run as an independent.

🙏 Thank you, Julie. While she’d previously shared the news over X/Twitter, ace reporter and all-around lovely human Julie MacLellan shared snippets of her final day as a reporter at The Record on Friday.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Citizens Assembly. Mayor Patrick Johnstone put a call out online on Friday asking for people to potentially be a part of a Citizens’ Assembly in New West. Fun fact: our neighbours in Burnaby are also planning to do the same thing.

🟩 Strike over. On Friday, the province announced that the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators—which represents educators at Douglas College—had ratified an agreement with the employer.

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🗞 In other news

The strike continues. Job action is still on at all three Simon Fraser University campuses, Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver. The union involved is set to picket at the Burnaby campus today. (Burnaby Beacon)

In case you missed it. There are now two people who want to replace former New West school trustee Dee Beattie, who was previously aligned with Community First: last week Shawn Sorensen announced his intent to run; Kathleen Carlsen will be running for the New West Progressives. No Community First candidate has been announced.

Thousands of homes. BC’s housing minister has shared a sort of road map to get 60,000 homes built in this province within the next five years. (CBC Vancouver)

Where are they? The suspect in the hit-and-run involving a truck and an overpass on the North Shore last month is apparently still outstanding. (CityNews Vancouver)

Where is it? Researchers are calling upon Canada to consider adopting a nation-wide lunch program, especially since ours is the only G7 country without one—and with local grassroots programs struggling to make ends meet. (CBC)

Power surge. In case you were wondering about the cause of last Thursday’s power outage in the Glenbrooke North, Victoria Hill, and Downtown areas, here it is. 

CFL legend. George Reed, best known for his time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, passed away on Sunday. He was supposed to turn 84 yesterday. (CityNews)

The next speaker series from Vancouver Tech Journal!

After hosting project management tool Basecamp’s founder a couple weeks ago, our sister publication Van Tech Journal is at it again hosting Sahil Bloom on November 3 in Downtown Vancouver.

Sahil is a creator, entrepreneur, investor, and writer, and will spend the evening talking about strategies for scaling businesses, escaping from the daily grind, and leveraging frameworks to live a healthier and wealthier life.

Tickets available soon. Get on the waitlist so you don’t miss out.

🤩 Community spotlight

If you didn’t get to know the new entrepreneur at the Quay, now’s your chance to get acquainted. Linzy Le recently opened Churi where Origins Chocolate Bar used to be. 

Learn more about Le’s inspirational story and what she thinks about running a business in New West.

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🍴 Where to eat and drink

Patsara Thai. Nestled away along Carnarvon Street, and not all that far from 6th Street is this lovely Thai restaurant that is not only a restaurant, but also carries a wonderful selection of Thai groceries you can take home.

Spud Shack. This New West spot focuses solely on poutine—though mostly with a twist. With dishes like “The Night Market” and “The Gaucho” you’ll be able to find something to treat your taste buds. And yes, for all you poutine purists, they’ve got traditional fare, too.

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