⚓ Travel the world through chocolate in New West

Plus: the latest at the school board, some local Thanksgiving deals, and we've got your council update

Happy Tuesday, New West—Ria here.

Folks: if you haven’t had the chance to experience the Mushtari Begum Festival yet, I cannot say enough good things about it and I hope you will attend next year. (Yeah, we have to wait for next year for the next one, lol.)

Congratulations to Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha of Queensborough for putting on such a beautiful event. How lucky are we to have them in New West!

Lots in today’s edition, including previews of school board, a trip around the world—without leaving New West—and you bet I covered council last night, too.

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🌡 Temperature check

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🤩 Community spotlight

A photo from the grand re-opening of Origins Chocolate Bar earlier this summer.

Ah, who doesn’t love to eat chocolate? Fortunately for New Westies, there’s a great spot to give chocolate from all over the world a try. Beginning this Thursday, this made-in-New West shop will once again be hosting a series of events that will help you get to know the beautiful bean-to-bar world of chocolate.

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These events are free and open to New West Anchor subscribers, but space is limited. Don’t miss the first event, on Oct. 6 from 12 to 12:30pm. Learn how to register.


Celebrate Excellence in New West: 2023 Platinum Awards

Tickets for the highly anticipated 2023 Platinum Awards are officially on sale! Join the celebration and meet the remarkable finalists—a mix of outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations. Mark your calendars for the red carpet event on Thursday, November 23rd. Secure early bird tickets before October 10th.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

Marking Truth and Reconciliation in New West. There are a ton of events happening over the next week or so to mark this integral day. Take a look at what you can take part in locally.

🎨 Arrieta’s new location. Studio owner Mishel Arrieta says her studio will be moving as of Nov. 1 to #106-329 Columbia St. Arrieta previously explained in a separate post she had no choice but to leave her current location on Front Street.

🏳️‍🌈 Annual general meeting. New West Pride will be holding its AGM and volunteer appreciation event this Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6pm. It’ll be taking place at the Massey Theatre’s Plaskett Gallery.

🕛️ Reminder! The Cogswell Awards deadline is fast approaching; it’s Oct. 1. There are cash prizes for first, second, and third place. Learn more about this poetry competition—now in its 10th year—and see if you qualify to enter.

💓 Save the date - October 10th - for a talk with Jim Diers to counter loneliness and empower community. Make sure you're subscribed to CityPage for details.*

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🗞 In other news

Cst. Rick O’Brien. Mayor Patrick Johnstone was among those who extended condolences after the Ridge Meadows Mountie was killed in Coquitlam last week—flags were lowered at half-mast at our city hall to honour him. 25-year-old Nicholas Bellemare has been charged in O’Brien’s death. 

Shooting in Richmond. Mounties say one person is dead after they responded to what was thought to be a shooting at Cooney and Anderson roads early Sunday morning. Homicide detectives have taken over the case.

Cash offer. A group on Bowen Island has offered Metro Vancouver $30M to try and buy back an area that the regional group is planning to open a camp ground on. (CityNews Vancouver)

Refund requested. A man whose partner recently died ahead of a planned trip to Mexico is asking Sunwing for a cash refund. His partner had stage 4 liver cancer. (CTV Vancouver)

Agreement. Unifor and Ford have reached an agreement, with the former recently ratifying it. (Global BC/The Canadian Press)


The latest musings at council

A rendering of the new five-storey, 40-unit building that could be built along upper 12th. City of New Westminster.

Along with a public hearing, it was time for another council meeting on Monday night. If you missed it, we have:


While New West Schools has told The Anchor that there will be some kind of update regarding Trustee Dee Beattie (she’s currently on medical leave after it was revealed she’d been using a burner account on X/Twitter to harass people in the community) there will be quite a bit of ground to cover at tonight’s meeting.

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🤝 Now hiring

Assistant market manager at New West Farmers market.

Assistant manager at Fuel Supplements.

Hair stylist at Amy’s Laser and Spa.

Administrative assistant at Keenlyside Construction.

Cook at Taverna Greka.

Tattoo studio manager at Avalon Tattoo.

Restaurant manager at Boston Pizza’s Columbia location.

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🍴 Where to eat and drink

Paddlewheeler Pub. Three words: Panookie for dessert. If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be disappointed in this chocolately offering. Additionally: the Panookie (which, for the uninitiated is a cookie baked and usually served in a pan) is just $5 on Fridays.

Jokim Kitchen. If you like the sound of a sizzling plate, put this Uptown spot on your list. Whether it’s sizzling soy chicken or the 6 oz. beef steak, you’re certain to leave full.

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💸 Local deals and specials

Gino’s. This Sapperton favourite is offering a Thanksgiving turkey dinner (dine-in or take-out, no deliveries) from Saturday, Oct. 7 to Monday, Oct. 9. The whole thing costs $23.95, and you can add Pumpkin Pie for $5 more. Pre-ordering is strongly recommended.

New West Chamber. The group is offering an early bird discount for Platinum Awards tickets. The event’s date is now Nov. 23. (Previously Nov. 30.)

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 taking place this evening at 7 at the Anvil Centre. Juno-nominated Rumba Calzada will be performing. 

Glenbrook North residents’ association meeting. This is happening on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Century House. The meeting will start at 7pm.

Meet Me Downtown. Sept. 28 is the final scheduled date for this month. Head outdoors and meet friends for coffee—or get some work done at the tables. Enjoy live music, too!

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