Happy Tuesday, New West—Ria here.
Last week I was able to tour Honour House here in New Westminster. I was really impressed with how much work just two employees and so many volunteers do to create a place that is a home away from home for first responders and veterans in need of a place to stay.
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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Pow Wow
Head to Westminster Pier Park on September 30 for, “Voices of our Children,” a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Teaching Pow Wow, hosted in partnership by Spirit of the Children Society and the City of New Westminster. The event will include drumming, dancing, and more. Food vendors will be open. Details: newwestcity.ca/truth-and-reconciliation
📣 Neighbourhood bulletin
🏈 Farhan Lalji Day. Mayor Patrick Johnstone made the declaration on Sept. 16. Lalji, a longtime broadcaster, is the coach for the high school’s football team.
🗞 In other news
Another byelection call. The New West Progressives are again asking for a school board byelection, naming Kathleen Carlsen its candidate in the event one takes place. The call comes after school trustee Dee Beattie confessed earlier this year to using a burner X/Twitter account to harass people.
Drug use. As of yesterday, illicit drugs can’t be used within 15 metres of places like playgrounds, spray parks, and skate parks in BC. The province made the request of the federal government and shared the information on Thursday.
Multiple earthquakes. There have been a number of smaller quakes recorded off the coast of Port Hardy over the weekend. All were a magnitude 4.0 or higher. (The Vancouver Sun)
Burnaby homicide. A 29-year-old man from Abbotsford was the victim of a weekend homicide not far from Lougheed Town Centre. The killing appears to be targeted, but the motive hasn’t been confirmed.
Booted. Vancouver Island MLA Adam Walker has been kicked out of the BC NDP caucus in relation to an HR matter—he is now an independent. Premier David Eby said the HR matter would not be disclosed. (CBC Vancouver)
Iran protests. Saturday marked one year since 22-year-old Masha Amini died for allegedly wearing her hijab too loosely. Demonstrations took place across Canada, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CTV Vancouver)
New grocery store. Amid high inflation, a not-for-profit grocery store has opened on the Downtown Eastside. (CBC Vancouver)
🤩 Community spotlight
The talented Queensborough duo behind the Mushtari Begum Festival are back for another evening of classical Indian music. Supplied.
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🍴 Where to eat and drink
Sanjo Sushi. You can find all the classic sushi rolls here, but it’s the massive Inari pockets that eat like a meal. We’ve been told the beef one is one of the most popular.
Another Beer Co. It’s always got some really neat beer available for you to try, and the current lineup is no exception. From the Intolerant Milkshake IPA to the The Hardest Part of Making a Beer is Naming it IPA, you’re guaranteed to find some great sips here.
Green’s & Beans. One of the best worst-kept secrets in New West, this shop is best known for… well, pretty much everything it serves up. Get your sandwich on a train (only in the shop—and trust us, it’s worth it) or take a peanut butter bar to go.
💸 Local deals and specials
Queensboro Pizza. This pizza joint is offering a large pizza special: the pizza comes with two toppings and two cans of pop for just $15.99.
Starlight Casino. Sign up for the casino’s Encore Rewards program from now until Nov. 13 and you can get either a $20 free play credit or dining voucher. 19+ only.
New to You. The thrift store is selling the following items at 50% off this month: shoes, yarn, certain kinds of glassware, kitchen plasticware, adult shorts, capris, and sleeveless tops.
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🗓️ Things to do
Riverfest. It’s four days of celebrating the Fraser. Events get started tomorrow and go right up to Saturday.
New West Farmers Market. Summer may be wrapping up, but the market is still going strong. Don’t miss it Thursdays at Tipperary Park beginning at 3pm.
Mushtari Begum Festival. There is still time to get your tickets for Saturday evening’s Indian classical music event at the Massey.
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