Thurs. Sept. 7: Burnaby's connection to chop suey

Plus have a drink and do some crafts, and the latest from a high-profile murder trial

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Good morning!

Last year, my husband and I took a jaunt over to the Island and made a stop at the ever wonderful Munro’s Books. Each of us picked some literature to purchase, and while I went with my usual dark fiction, he ended up choosing a book called Chop Suey Nation.

A little more than a year later and I finally had the chance to read—and finish it—and I can’t recommend it enough. Plus, as you’ll read in today’s newsletter, there’s a neat little tie-in to Burnaby.

👀 In today's edition:

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Chop Suey Nation is a delightful novel taking us across the country, including a start in the Metro Vancouver area. Did you know that Burnaby plays a part in the so-called chop suey nation? We’re taking a look at reporter Ann Hui’s work to explain why. 


Support Local at Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market!

Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market is based in Burnaby City Hall's parking lot, right near Deer Lake Park. At the market, individuals, families, and friends can immerse themselves in a welcoming and lively community. Each Saturday, the Burnaby location welcomes new and returning vendors who offer a wide array of products to fit anyone's grocery, snacking, or gift-giving needs. Customers can also enjoy a series of musicians over the season, who will be playing covers and/or original songs during their shopping.

What more could someone want?

Visit them this Saturday from 9am until 2pm at 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby.

Burnaby Bulletin

🚗 Too fast. Mounties in Burnaby say they stopped a car this past weekend after it was clocked going nearly 100 km/h in a 50 zone. The driver was allegedly impaired, and the car appears to be a Corvette. 

🛒 Sale sale sale! The Car Trunk Sale is happening at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre on Saturday, Sept. 16. There’s still time to grab a spot if you want to declutter your life.

🚓 Open house. The Burnaby RCMP is hosting an open house on Oct. 14. This is a family event that includes a scavenger hunt and food trucks.

🔥 Fire? There appears to have been a fire yesterday morning along the Central Valley Greenway, as spotted by the CityNews 1130 Air Patrol. Smoke was seen wafting near Holdom Avenue, not far from Lougheed Highway.

☑️ Survey says. The City of Burnaby wants feedback related to a review of liquor- and cannabis-related policies. Deadline to have your say is Oct. 3.

🏘️ Bracing for change. As residents in the wildfire-plagued Shuswap prepare to go back to their homes, officials have warned them about what they’re going to find—noting that the destruction is devastating. (CBC)

🏆️ Burnaby Business Excellence Awards gala. Taking place on Nov. 16, the Burnaby Board of Trade is recommending folks reserve their tickets now to avoid disappointment.

💻 Calling all entrepreneurs! Vancouver Tech Journal presents a conversation with Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of 37signals (makers of Basecamp, HEY, and more), live at the Vogue Theatre on Sept 21. Tickets from $29 - use code VTJP20 and get 20% off!*

🐲 Mud dragons. When life hands you Burning Man lemons, make mud dragons. Viking-themed performers based in BC are being applauded for turning the bogged down festival into an opportunity for entertainment. (CBC)

🚶Walk and chat with the mayor. The next walk with Mayor Mike Hurley is happening on Sept. 24 from 9 to 10am.

👶 Struggling. Baby-Go-Round, a Metro Vancouver not-for-profit, says it’s having a tough time keeping up with a demand for breast pumps. (CBC Vancouver)

👠 Check out Vancouver's biggest and best Women’s pop-up shoe sale. You won’t believe the prices! Croatian Cultural Centre Friday, Sept. 15–Sunday, Sept. 17.*


Burnaby’s Fall activity registration starts today

Registration starts at 10 am for Burnaby residents for the City of Burnaby’s recreation and arts activities, and September 11 for everyone else in WebReg (new online activity registration system). Re-activate your account, watch our instructional videos and add activities to your Wish List.


The mom of a teen who was found dead in Burnaby’s Central Park in 2016 has told the courts she wishes she hadn’t left her daughter at home.

Via CTV Vancouver and The Canadian Press, the mom says that the young woman was initially asked if she wanted to go on a family outing that day, but the teen declined. The man allegedly responsible for the teen’s murder has pleaded not guilty in connection to this case.


Tickets are on sale NOW for the design event of the year!

The Interior Design Show presented by Miele opens its doors from Sept. 21- 24. They have a stellar lineup of designers and design experiences waiting for you.

Use code IDSVAN2023 to secure a 10% discount and start planning your full show experience:

See design icons on the Caesarstone stage, including beloved Lynda Reeves and award-winning interior designer Aly Velji.

Shop the show at the District – their curated retail experience where you can buy directly from the makers.

Join the IDS Party, with exciting installations and great music!

Get your tickets here. See you there


Enjoy some boba—and arts and crafts

If you’re looking for something fun to do while you enjoy some boba, you may want to check out Got Lot Tea along Kingsway!

Sip on your boba drink of choice while you get creative, using the shop’s deco cream and charms to make beautiful phone cases, clips, and even pop sockets. It’s impossible to run out of ideas.


Burnaby to welcome Christine Sinclair

Burnaby’s newest community centre has been named after celebrated soccer player Christine Sinclair, Canada’s—and Burnaby’s—pride and joy.

The official kick-off opening of the Christine Sinclair Community Centre is happening Saturday, Sept. 9 with plenty of free, family-friendly events including face painting, music, family activities, food trucks and more!

Where to eat & drink

⭐️ Big Star Sandwich Co. Whether it’s the cranberry, turkey, and stuffing sandwich (AKA the number one) or the roast beef, capocollo, and provolone (the number seven), Big Star Sandwich Co. promises it’ll be “the best damn sandwich you’ve ever had.”

🥩 Little Billy’s. Find sizzling steaks and sumptuous Greek fare at this longtime Burnaby restaurant.

🍗 Ajuker Fried Chicken. Don’t let the name fool you: this place is more than just chicken. You can also find amazing Korean dishes like Army Stew and dumpling soup with sliced rice cakes.

🤝 Now Hiring

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

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🗓 Things to do

Today—Thursday, Sept. 7

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

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

  • Open House. Feature: standard all-ages ballroom. 4:50pm. World Dance Co.

Friday, Sept. 8

  • Burnaby job fair. Via Cloudhire. 11am. Virtual.

  • Back to school Bachata party. 9pm. World Dance Co.

Saturday, Sept. 9

  • Burnaby Open 2023. All day disc golf tournament. Robert Burnaby Park.

  • Muay Thai BC provincial championships. 9am. BCIT Burnaby Campus.

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

  • Christine Sinclair centre kick-off. 9am. Christine Sinclair Community Centre.

  • Rumble on Gray. 10am. 7591 Gray Ave.

  • Bots and Buns. 10am. Nikkei National Museum.

  • Open House. Preschool creative dance. Ages 3-5. 11am. World Dance Co.

  • Open House. Kids jazz. Ages 6-11. Noon. World Dance Co.

  • Open House. Kids beginner/intermediate hip hop. Ages 6-11 years. World Dance Co.

  • Open House. Kids salsa and Latin dances. 6 to 11 years old. 2pm. World Dance Co.

  • Tullepathy. 3pm. The Admiral.

  • Open House. Teen jazz. Ages 12 and up. Various times. World Dance Co.

  • Open House. Teen salsa and Latin dances. Ages 12 and up. 4pm. World Dance Co.

  • Samba Gafieria. 5pm. World Dance Co.

  • Beatles rock band karaoke. 6pm. Rec Room.

  • Some Blues Thing. 7:15pm. Dance Collective.

Sunday, Sept. 10

  • Burnaby Open 2023. All-day disc golf tournament. Robert Burnaby Park.

  • Vancouver Dollhouse Miniature Show. Admission is $5. 10am. 4333 Ledger Ave.

  • Nikkei Garden Farmers Market. 10am. Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.

  • Open House. Youth advanced Latin ballroom. Noon. World Dance Co.

  • Open House. Kids beginner Latin ballroom. 1pm. World Dance Co.

  • Open House. Kids and youth American rhythm and smooth ballroom. 2pm. World Dance Co.

  • Beginner tango. 7pm. World Dance Co.

  • All-Stars Rock Star karaoke. 8pm. Great Bear Pub.

Monday, Sept. 11

  • EV education and test drive. 9:30am. NE-18, BCIT.

  • Mindful Mondays. Via Expression Sessions. Attend online or in-person—location will be disclosed with purchase of ticket. 7pm.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

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

  • Entry-level job fair. 11am. Via Cloudhire.

  • Babytime. 11:30am. Burnaby Public Library, Cameron location.

  • Tech Cafe. 1pm. Burnaby Public Library, Cameron location.

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

  • Virtual town hall: Metis mental health and wellness. By Metis Nation BC. 7pm.

  • Fandom Trivia. 7:30pm. Rec Room.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

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

  • Metis finger weaving and sash session. 6pm. Burnaby Public Library, Tommy Douglas location.

  • Burnaby Entrepreneurs Toastmasters’ meeting. 6:45pm. BCIT.

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