⚓ Magic festival coming to New West

Plus: what New West wait is coming to an end?

Welcome to Tuesday, New West.

In what has felt like one of the longest waits, some good news: təməsew̓txʷ finally has some milestone dates! Scroll on down to learn more about ‘em.

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City announces opening date for təməsew̓txʷ

A rendering of the new space. Photo credit: youractivenw.ca 

It’s happening! The City of New West announced on Friday təməsew̓txʷ will have its opening for its community centre on Apr. 29. This will be followed by the aquatic centre opening on May 14, and the grand opening taking place on June 1.

“Drop-in and registered programming will be offered in our community centre areas including the fitness centre, indoor cycling studio, two gymnasiums, and multi-purpose rooms. The community gathering space, located in the main lobby is welcome to all, no fee necessary. Please note, the aquatic centre is set to open mid-May,” an online update explains.

If you’d like to register for programming, mark your calendars: registration is open for New West residents ONLY on Mar. 14, and will open to the public on Mar. 15.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

📖 Annual used book sale. EVENT Magazine is back with some pretty great deals on books. Please note this event is cashless. It will be taking place from Monday, Mar. 18 to Friday, Mar. 22 at Douglas College. 

🧑‍🎨 Pop-up art workshops. Looking for some family fun? Arts New West and Kinder Books are teaming up to host an art workshop at the Quay on Sunday, Mar. 24.

💃 Community nights showcase. This is taking place at Eighth and Eight spaces, and includes music, dance, storytelling, and theatre. The Tuesday, Mar. 19 event is free for all to enjoy. It starts at 7pm.

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🗞 In other news

Uber. Uber must pay a man $35,000 in damages after the passenger filed a complaint stating that the company was discriminating based on disability. Uber also has to make accessible rides available. The man who filed the complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal is a wheelchair user. (CTV Vancouver)

Witnesses needed. Investigators in the City of North Vancouver are asking witnesses to come forward after someone driving a taxi struck and killed a pedestrian. It happened at Forbes Avenue and West 1st Street just before 6am on Saturday. The victim was in his 20s and was an area resident. (CTV Vancouver)

Urgent action. A report by some UBC medical students is asking BC to bolster its primary care model. They cite concerns related to unsafe working conditions in emergency rooms, among other issues. (CBC Vancouver)

Polling. According to a poll from the Angus Reid Institute, David Eby’s approval rate is at 48%, with little change to that rating in the last year. (CityNews Vancouver)

Teacher troubles. According to a learning support teacher who spoke with CBC yesterday, there continues to be issues in provinces like BC, Quebec, and New Brunswick in filling an assortment of teaching jobs. (CBC Radio)

🤩 Community spotlight

Shawn Farquhar, who runs Hidden Wonders Speakeasy in New West, is a two-time world champion of magic. Photo courtesy: Tourism New West

Love magic? Love being entertained? Looking for an out-of-the-box experience that will allow you to get to know New West a little better? Mark your calendars: The Magic Festival is happening from March 25 to 30 at various locations.

“Prepare to be amazed by a lineup of enchanting performances, captivating displays, and mystical experiences that promise to ignite your imagination and leave you breathless with awe,” explains Tourism New West in a post on its blog.

Locations will include Stefano’s Lounge and The House of Comedy, to name a few. You can find all the details outlining the festival on the Tourism New West website.

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🤝 Now hiring

Visitor experience coordinators. Tourism New West. Wage/salary: $18/hour. Please note this job is part of the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Bookkeeper & administrative assistant. AWARE Society. Wage/salary: $32/hour. Interested applicants should apply by Mar. 15 to [email protected].

Weekend dental receptionist. Asante Dental Centre. Wage/salary: $22/hour.

Service advisor. Key West Ford. Wage/salary: $60,000/year.

Employment specialist. Posabilities Association of BC. Wage/salary: $32.79/hour.

School program facilitator. City of New Westminster. Wage/salary: $27.20/hour.

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🍴 Where to eat and drink

Sapperton District Taphouse. They’ve recently launched a new brunch menu, which is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm. You can find omelettes, eggs bennies, and pancake stacks here.

The Kabab Factory. Formerly found in New West along 5th Street, they were closed for about a month. They’ve since reopened…but have relocated to Vancouver. If you enjoyed their food, you can now visit them at 1205 E Hastings St.

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💸 Local deals and specials

Inn at the Quay. If you book two or more nights at the Inn at the Quay, you can get 15% off the best available rate, plus a $50 gas gift card. This offer is on for stays from Mar. 1 to Apr. 30.

The Refill Stop. All of the shop’s soap exchange refills are 10% off this month.

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