⚓ Dee Beattie resigns from school board

Plus: the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is almost here

Welcome to Thursday, New West—it’s Ria!

I won’t bury the lead here: it appears we are going to have a byelection at some point. For those of you who missed it, Dee Beattie is no longer a school trustee after it was announced she resigned on Tuesday. I’ve gathered what info I can on this in today’s lead story, so be sure to check that out below.

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: 🌧️ 15°

Friday: 🌦️ 15°

Saturday: ⛅️ 17°

Sunday: ⛅️ 16°

Monday: ☁️ 17°


Left: Dee Beattie, a former school board trustee in New West. Right: a screenshot of the now-deleted @alfromnw Twitter account she admitted to using to harass members of the community.

The—now former—school board trustee who admitted to using a burner account on X/Twitter has tendered her resignation. Now what? We’ll tell you what this all means for locals in New West. 

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New on Be Heard New West

The City of New Westminster is launching three important projects that need public input!

  1. Queensborough Transportation Plan – Round 2 Engagement: Are the priority routes identified for walking, cycling, intersections, and streets the ones that are most important to residents?

  2. Bold Vision for 22nd Street Station Area: How can this west-end neighbourhood be transformed into a climate-friendly area where everyone can thrive?

  3. Uptown Plaza and Sixth Street Public Realm Improvements: How well do the proposed designs for seating, wider sidewalks, and flexible event space respond to community priorities?

Be Heard New West invites everyone to share their ideas and feedback, to help shape the city's future. Visit Be Heard today to learn more, participate online, and find out how to join an in-person community event.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🥕 Can you help? Don’t Go Hungry is looking for volunteers. You can connect with them via email: [email protected].

🙌 Ubuntu Gala. The Hope Giving Gala will be taking place on Oct. 14 at New West Secondary. Be sure to get your tickets ahead to avoid disappointment—and take a moment to learn more about the charity and what it does.

🏆️ Platinum Awards. The New West Chamber of Commerce says the November event is sold out. There is now a wait-list you can get onto if you’re interested. 

🧡 Head to Westminster Pier Park on September 30 for, “Voices of Our Children,” a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Teaching Pow Wow. Details: newwestcity.ca/truth-and-reconciliation *

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🗞 In other news

Apologies. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for the House of Commons debacle in which a man who fought for the Nazis was acknowledged in parliament. (CBC)

Funding delays. Surrey and Burnaby will not be getting housing funding from the federal government. The delay is apparently due to new suggested fees by the regional district. (CBC Vancouver)

Protection. Local advocates are asking for suicide prevention barriers to be installed on the Alex Fraser Bridge. (Global BC)

Details. A friend of the man who was shot to death in Surrey outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in June has disclosed that the victim apparently found a tracking device under his car. (CTV Vancouver)

Louuuuuuuu. Roberto Luongo will be inducted into the Vancouver Canucks’ Ring of Honour this December. (CityNews)

🤩 Community spotlight

Randall Bear Barnetson, a Metro Vancouver artist, poses in front of his new mural, “Salmon.” City of New West.

There are a number of different ways to mark this day—and some of these suggestions in our piece can be done all year round. We’ve got actions you can take from a New West perspective. 

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Today, Sept. 28

  • The Interplay of Light. On until Oct. 1. Gallery hours. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Simon’s Soapbox workshop. Please contact The Refill Stop for more information.

  • Meet Me Downtown. 11am. Hyack Square.

  • Mural opening, Salmon. 1pm. Purpose Society.

  • New West Farmers Market. 3pm. Tipperary Park.

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

  • B-sides. 7pm. Steel & Oak.

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

Friday, Sept. 29

  • Beer Fridays. 4pm. Frankie G’s.

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

Saturday, Sept. 30

  • Open house. All day. Sea2Sky Wellness.

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Teaching Pow-Wow. Noon. Pier Park.

  • D&D. 1pm. The Union Jack.

  • Phantom Series: video game club & tournament. 4pm. 527 Front St. Mews.

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

Sunday, Oct. 1

  • The Interplay of Light. Final day. Gallery hours. The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

  • Open house. All day. Sea2Sky Wellness.

  • Sunday board game and social. Open to those 19 and older. 11:30am. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Condom packing party. 3pm. Begbie’s.

  • Phantom Series: video game club & tournament. 4pm. 527 Front St. Mews.

  • The Zombies. 7pm. Massey Theatre.

Monday, Oct. 2

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

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborugh Community Centre.

  • Nourish to Flourish: a Women in Business event. Tickets required. 5:30pm. Piva Modern Italian.

  • Open mic: standup comedy. 6pm. The Terminal Pub.

  • Trivia night. 6:30pm. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Music bingo. 7pm. Paddlewheeler Pub.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Name that tune! 7pm. Hops New West.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

  • Steel & Oak running club. 7pm. Steel & Oak.

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

  • Trivia night. 7:30pm. Paddlewheeler Pub.


  • Changing the Conversation. Work from local artists is on display, including PJ Patten and Amal Ishaque. 3rd floor, Anvil Centre.

  • MEASURE. On until Dec. 10. Gallery hours. New Media Gallery at the Anvil Centre.

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