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📬 Skate park to be renamed after former city councillor

Plus: your favourite spots for Middle Eastern cuisine, and the art studio aiming for accessibility

Good morning, Burnaby!

I must say (and don’t tell New West I said this) THIS city has the upper hand on pumpkins. Pumpkins After Dark gets underway on Friday, and there’s this incredible installation at Metrotown that features work by Nickie Lewis. Have you checked it out yet?! Where else are you spotting pumpkins in the city?

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Our Lubna El-Elaimy was at an event to mark the opening of the the Barn Studio, a space that will offer an array of fine arts programs, kids’ camps and youth groups.

Did we mention it is a much older space that used to be a literal barn?

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🙅 Job action continues. The Teaching Support Staff Union is still on strike, with picketing ongoing at SFU’s Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses.

🍺 Calling all beer nerds! Dageraad Brewing will be hosting Slow Beer: the Bottle Episode on Saturday, Oct. 14. Get your tickets before they disappear. 

🙅 Strike averted. Douglas College-related job action is officially over. The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators has ratified an agreement with the employer.

🎓️ Congratulations Doctor Webstad. Phyllis Webstad, the woman at the centre of Orange Shirt Day, will receive an honourary doctorate from Simon Fraser University on Friday morning.

❤️ O’Brien honoured. Like much of the Lower Mainland policing community, Burnaby RCMP joined in honouring Cst. Rick O’Brien, who was killed last month in Coquitlam in the line of duty. The 51-year-old was remembered at a ceremony yesterday in Langley.

Waterfront institution. The Paddlewheeler Pub, situated at the River Market—AKA the Quay at New West—has closed after 37 years. (New West Anchor)

🙌 Making history. Wab Kinew is premier-elect of Manitoba. He is not only the province’s first Indigenous premier, but the country’s.


On Wednesday, the City of Burnaby announced it’d be renaming Metro Skate Park after late councillor Nick Volkow. Prior to joining city council in 1996, Volkow worked as a truck driver. He passed away in 2020 after a battle with cancer.

“We’re excited to rename Metro Skate Park to Nick Volkow Skate Park in honour of beloved city councillor who dedicated much of his life to building a better community for residents of all ages and lifestyles,” the city noted in a post to Twitter on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Learn more about the renaming event and how you can be part of it.


The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents an evening with acclaimed master artist Robert Davidson, for a reception, book signing, question and answer session and screening of the award-winning documentary about his life, Haida Modern, on October 13 at 7pm. Tickets from $15, on sale now.


We promise, your taste buds will thank you once you’ve had the chance to visit these three Burnaby restaurants. They’re your top three spots in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Mediterranean cuisine.

Where to eat & drink

🍨 Fior di Latte. This North Burnaby spot is a good place to go if you’re looking for authentic, hand-crafted gelato. And it’s made in-house.

🫒 O’LOVE Greek. This dinner spot’s “why” is love, food, and family. We’re enamored with their Hellenic Slaw, which includes shredded cabbage, onions, fresh herbs, honey balsamic and Graviera cheese.

🍖 Hanwoori Korean. Their atmosphere is traditional, yet laid back. Plus, if you don’t want to figure out what you want to try, they have an array of set meals you can choose from—and quite a few of them are a prime rib lover’s dream.

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🗓 Things to do

Thursday, Oct. 5

  • Hikes. All day. Part of Active Aging Week. To register, call Ruby at 604-421-4906. Quarry Rock.

  • Try it! Weight Room Session. Part of Active Aging Week. 9:30am. Confederation centre.

  • Try it! Walking Group Around Confederation Track. Part of Active Aging Week. 9:30am. Meet at Confederation centre.

  • Active Aging Fit First. Part of Active Aging Week. Max. 10 attendees. 10am. Cameron centre.

  • Heart Health & Blood Pressure workshop. Part of Active Aging Week. 10am. Confederation centre, program room #3.

  • Virtual job fair. This fair is for healthcare jobs. 11am. Online.

  • Senior Smoothie Social. Part of Active Aging Week. 11:15am. Cameron 55+ centre.

  • Pancake brunch. Part of Active Aging Week. Starts at $5. 11:30am. Confederation centre.

  • Snooker. Part of Active Aging Week. Noon. Bonsor snooker centre.

  • Palette Knife Oil Painting. Part of Active Aging Week. 12:30pm. Bonsor lounge.

  • Lifesizing: Real Estate Seminar. Part of Active Aging Week. 1pm. Cameron centre.

  • Blood donation event. 1pm. Nikkei Museum.

  • English conversation circle. 1:30pm, Burnaby Public Library, Cameron location.

  • Wills and estates. Part of Active Aging Week. 2pm. Arts room.

  • English conversation circle. 3pm, online via the Burnaby Public Library.

  • Safe community series. The topic is cyber security at home. Please RSVP at 604-294-7795 or email [email protected]. Via Zoom.

  • Karaoke. 8pm. The Admiral.

Friday, Oct. 6

  • Pancake breakfast. Part of Active Aging Week. Admission starts at $5. 9am. Bonsor lounge.

  • B.E.A.R.S. knitting and crocheting. Part of Active Aging Week. 9:30am. Multipurpose room #3, Bonsor 55+ centre.

  • Try it! Weight Room Session. Part of Active Aging Week. 10:45am. Cameron centre.

  • Poetry Reading and the Joys of Journaling. Part of Active Aging Week. 11:15am. Edmonds Community centre lounge.

  • Ballroom Dance, Waltz, ChaCha and Jive. 11:30am. Bonsor banquet hall.

  • Arts exhibit. Part of Active Aging Week. Noon. Edmonds Community centre lobby.

  • Choir event. Part of Active Aging Week. Hosted by Bonsor Senior Society. 1pm. Bonsor arts room.

  • Open arts studio. Part of Active Aging Week. 1pm. Edmonds Community centre.

  • Brain Games. Part of Active Aging Week. 1:30pm. Cameron centre.

  • Youth drop-in. 4pm. 4908 Hastings St.

  • Pumpkins After Dark. On until Oct. 31. Times vary. Swangard Stadium.

Saturday, Oct. 7

  • Farmers’ Market. 9am. City Hall parking lot. 

  • Saturday afternoon dance. 3pm. The Admiral.

  • Babytime. 10:30am. Burnaby Public Library, Tommy Douglas location.

  • Family storytime. 11:30am. Burnaby Public Library, Tommy Douglas location.

Sunday, Oct. 8

  • World folk festival. 3pm. Michael J. Fox Theatre.

Monday, Oct. 9

  • Resume clinic. 2pm. Burnaby Public Library, Tommy Douglas location.

  • Trivia Night. 7:30pm. The Admiral.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

  • Family story time. 10:30am. Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie location.

  • Tech cafe. 1pm. Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie location.

  • Youth drop-in. 4pm. South House, 4460 Beresford St.

  • Game night for English learners. 6pm. Burnaby Public Library, McGill location.

  • Taco Tuesdays. Feat. DJ Eddie Rolando. 7pm. The Admiral.

  • Fandom trivia. 7:30pm. The Rec Room.

Wednesday, Oct. 11

  • Baby social. 1pm. Burnaby Public Library, McGill location.

  • Youth drop-in. 4pm. Brentwood House. 2055 Rosser Ave.

  • Toastmasters. 6:45pm. BCIT.

That’s it!

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