Thurs. Sept. 14: No, City Hall is not moving

Plus: 50+ events, a housing announcement, and Burnaby's best pastries

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City Hall to stay put; won’t move to Metrotown area

City Hall signage. 📸: City of Burnaby.

In case you missed it, city council voted to not go ahead with a move from its current location along Canada Way to Civic Square in the Metrotown area. Learn why the choice was made, and what council has opted to do instead.

Additionally, if you weren’t able to watch the meeting on Monday evening, we have some highlights you can look at. 


Massive women’s shoe sale starts tomorrow!

The Very Best One-Stop Pop-Up Shop for Busy Size 7ish Frugalistas! Over 5,000 Unique Pairs. Many from Europe. There will be tall leather boots, lots of leather booties, shoes and more (including waterproof footwear)... all at 80% off regular store prices.

Bonus: Buy 3 Pairs of Beautiful Shoes, Get a 4th Pair for Free. Ladies, bring a friend or 2, combine your buys, get the discount & share the savings! We accept Visa, MC, Debit, Cash.

3 Days Only!
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver (near E.15th)

Friday September 15, 2023: 1pm – 9pm
Saturday September 16, 2023: 9am – 9pm
Sunday September 17, 2023: 9am – 5pm

Burnaby Bulletin

🎙️ Housing in Burnaby. The BC Government says 20 families and seniors have moved into Susana Cogan Place. These are studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units for those who are low to middle income.

🏠️ Rental rates. In case you missed it, the BC government announced on Monday that the maximum allowable rent increase for next year will be 3.5%.

🏊️ Almost there. The closure of the pool at Bonsor—due to maintenance—is scheduled to wrap up this weekend.

🥳 Fun for all. There will be a North Burnaby community fair today at Cameron Park from 4 to 7pm. All are welcome.

🎷 Performances in Burnaby. The Shadbolt has released its latest performer lineup for September to December. Have you had a chance to check ‘em out?

🤝 BurnabyWorks. The Burnaby Board of Trade recently launched BurnabyWorks, with the goal of addressing workforce challenges in the city. Learn more about the programs available through this initiative. 

🌿 Cannabis and cold ones. The city is hoping people will share their thoughts on cannabis and liquor policies in a survey. It’s open until Oct. 3. 

🙏 Representation. Four Filipino Canadian lawyers recently met with BC’s Attorney General to throw their support behind an initiative to ensure continued inclusion and diversity practices in BC’s public service.

🎃 Spooky szn. Pumpkins After Dark will be returning to Burnaby in the next few weeks. Buy your tickets ahead of the event, which will run multiple weeks beginning Oct. 6.

🥐 Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market: support local this Saturday. Bread, pastries, fresh fruit and veggies... They have it all and more at 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby.*

🛋️ Join the Interior Design Show presented by Miele for an unforgettable design experience! Explore design icons, shop at the District, and party in style. Use code IDSVAN2023 to secure your discount today.*

📖 Join Word Vancouver Literary Festival for free online, in person September 16 at UBC Robson Square and September 23 at the Surrey Public Library.*

*Sponsored Listing


A performer showcases some pretty cool skills. 📸: SFU StreetFest

A major festival at SFU has become an anchor for a neighbourhood that continues to grow. How StreetFest! is serving not just students and staff, but an expanding community on Burnaby Mountain.


Take the liquor and cannabis policy review survey

Share your voice on liquor and cannabis policy in Burnaby through the City of Burnaby’s online survey. Let the City know what you think about access to liquor and cannabis establishments in Burnaby and other liquor and cannabis related regulations. Survey closes October 3.


Got a sweet tooth? 📸 Chez Christophe.

From thick croissant donuts to glossy, decadent cakes, you can find pretty much anything within the boundaries of Burnaby. We’re taking a look at your top three winners in the category of pastries. 

Where to eat & drink

🍦 Slothfuls. Take your sweet, slow time enjoying your ice cream at this cute ice cream stop along Kingsway. Along with some cute decor, it has options for everyone—yep, that includes vegans! Not craving ice cream? Slothfuls has boba and shaved ice, too.

🤤 Time & Place. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, this restaurant knows how to serve up modern northwest cuisine. Until Sept. 30 it’s offering a surf-and-turf platter at a steal of a deal: $85 for two people, $160 for four.

🥟 Dinesty Dumpling. While there are locations in Richmond and Vancouver, there’s also one in Burnaby. Oh, and the black truffle and pork soup dumplings totally caught our eye.

🤝 Now Hiring

Looking to make a move? Here are local jobs open right now:

Hiring and want to let people know? Reply back and let us know!

🗓 Things to do

Today, Sept. 14

  • Ghostly Makers and Tending Otherworlds: New Acquisitions. On until Sept. 24. Burnaby Art Gallery.

  • Art that Speaks to the Heart. To mark Truth and Reconciliation, Caleb Ellison-Dysart’s work is on display until Sept. 17. The Amazing Brentwood.

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

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

  • North Burnaby community fair. 4pm. Cameron Park.

  • Small space gardening for fall and winter. 6pm. Burnaby Public Library, McGill location.

  • Karaoke. 8pm. The Admiral.

Friday, Sept. 15

  • SFU Street Fest: Day 1. 11am. SFU’s Burnaby Campus.

  • Architectural tour of the Ismaili Centre. Part of Burnaby’s Neighbourhood Speaker Series. 11:15am. 4010 Canada Way.

  • Dogworks CARO Rally/Obedience Trials. 3:30pm. 3133 Sumner Ave.

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

  • Sprint clinic. 6:30pm. Harry Jerome Centre.

  • East Van Social. 6:30pm. Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion.

  • Terminal Station. Cover $6. The Admiral.

Saturday, Sept. 16

  • Car Trunk Sale. 9am. Bill Copeland Centre.

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

  • Weedbusters. 10am. Must sign up to participate. Meet in front of the Burnaby Lake Nature House.

  • SFU Street Fest: Day 2. 10am. SFU’s Burnaby Campus.

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

  • Preschool creative dance. 11am. World Dance Co.

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

  • Tropical terrarium workshop. 1pm. Gardenworks Burnaby.

  • Salsa and Latin dances for Kids. 2pm. World Dance Co.

  • Swing into Fall. 2:30pm. Confederation Community Centre.

  • Lesismore. 3pm. Cover: $6 The Admiral.

  • Newcomer youth empowerment program. 3pm. Brentwood Resource Centre.

  • Queers be Gaming. 5pm. La Fontana Cafe.

  • Pouring art lab. Presented by En-Drawing Art. Tickets required. 5pm. Metrotown.

  • Wicked Fun. Cover: $6. The Admiral.

Sunday, Sept. 17

  • Art that Speaks to the Heart. To mark Truth and Reconciliation, Caleb Ellison-Dysart’s work is on display until Sept. 17. The Amazing Brentwood.

  • Terry Fox Run. 9am. Swangard Stadium.

  • Sip and Flourish: Women’s event. 10am. Masjid al Salaam and Education Centre.

  • Come try para rowing. Event is by the SFU rowing club. 10am. Burnaby Lake rowing pavilion.

  • Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. Noon. The Admiral.

  • Spoken INK reading series. 1pm. Deer Lake Art Gallery.

  • Meet and Greet. Melanie Kohn, played Lucy in the ‘Peanuts’ cartoon from 1974 to 1977. Noon. Metropolis Toys.

  • City open house. Have your say regarding outdoor pools. 1pm. Edmonds Community Centre art room.

  • Casino Rueda. 4pm. World Dance Co.

  • Steven Ryan. Doors open at 7pm. Rec Room.

  • Retro Night. 7pm. Tickets start at $48. The Admiral.

  • Karaoke night. 8pm. Great Bear Pub.

Monday, Sept. 18

  • Art that Speaks to the Heart. To mark Truth and Reconciliation, Mike Alexander’s art work is on display until Sept. 30. The Amazing Brentwood.

  • Line dancing for beginners. 9:30am. The Amazing Brentwood.

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

  • Paint night. The theme is Galaxy in the Pines. Cost: $39. 7pm. Wings Burnaby.

  • Mindful Monday. 7pm. Online or in-person. 

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

Tuesday, Sept. 19

  • ST Tech Tour. 8:30am. Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby.

  • 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, Sept. 20

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

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

  • City open house. Have your say regarding outdoor pools. 5:30pm. Confederation Seniors’ Centre, activity room.

  • Book discussion group. Book is Invisible Boy. 6:30pm. Burnaby Public Library, Tommy Douglas location.

  • Toastmasters. 6:45pm. BCIT.

  • Blue Wednesdays. 7pm. The Admiral.

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