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Thurs. Nov. 2: Burnaby Hospital first phase almost complete

Plus, an increase in speeding tickets, a new sculpture at city hall and exciting dessert workshop

Good morning, Burnaby!

This week, city council had Burnaby’s healthcare system at the top of the agenda with phase one of the Burnaby Hospital redevelopment project almost complete. Meanwhile, the RCMP has reported a surge in reckless driving cases, warning the public to practise safer driving amid worsening weather conditions, and the main city hall building has celebrated a brand new wooden sculpture now sitting right at its entrance.

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Burnaby city council puts healthcare at the top of the agenda this week

Rendering of the new Burnaby Hospital. Photo: Fraser Health

Burnaby’s city council meeting had a primary focus on healthcare this week, with two delegations speaking on behalf of the Burnaby Hospital redevelopment project and the Burnaby Primary Care Network.

The delegation from the hospital redevelopment project provided an update to council regarding the progress of the project, one of the province’s largest healthcare investments to date. Phase one is nearly complete and is expected to be operational by 2025.

“It’s long overdue,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “We’ve had world-class staff there for a very long time that really worked in buildings that were—let’s be honest—very below standard.”

Burnaby Bulletin

😬 Rats. A new report has revealed that Burnaby has the second highest rat population in BC, ranking fifth across Canada after Vancouver and Toronto.

👮 Burnaby woman arrested. A woman suspected of killing a 29-year-old mother of two in Saskatchewan was arrested in Burnaby this month.

🧁 Baking championship. A Burnaby baker has won the Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship, once again!

🎬 Free movies. Cineplex Cinemas in Burnaby’s Metrotown Mall is offering free movies this Nov. 4 as part of an annual fundraiser for local kids programs.

🥇 Celebrating a Burnaby teacher. Kristina Carley, a BC teacher based in Burnaby, is a recipient of the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

🦉 Owl attack. A two-year-old was recently injured by a barred owl in Squint Lake Park on Saturday, the park itself being home to multiple owl attacks this summer.

🏢 New Metrotown Towers. Burnaby city council has recently approved the massive Concord Metrotown development, bringing approximately 2,200 new homes into the market.


City of Burnaby unveils new public art by Tseleil-Waututh artist

Photo: Tseleil-Waututh Nation

Members of Burnaby council and staff gathered for a public art ceremony at Burnaby City Hall last Wednesday to celebrate the addition of a new carving by Tseleil-Waututh artist Jonas Jones.

“This piece depicts our first ancestors, the wolf that raised our people and our grandmother,” said Jones, explaining the meaning of his work at the ceremony.

The new fixture, a long, wooden sculpture, is a testament to the continued shared commitment to truth and reconciliation between Burnaby and its Indigenous neighbours. It will remain at the entrance of the main city hall building on 4949 Canada Way.


Burnaby RCMP reports increase in reckless driving

Burnaby RCMP issued a speeding ticket for a motorcyclist and impounded the motorcycle for one week. Photo: Burnaby RCMP

With dangerous winter driving conditions ahead of us, the Burnaby RCMP are reminding people to exercise caution on the roads—namely, to avoid excessive speeding.

Though city council approved a transportation plan in 2021 to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to zero, the number of accidents have only continued to climb—16,280 collisions in 2022 alone, with 147 involving pedestrians—as well as the number of speeding tickets issued this past year.


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🗓 Things to do


  • Burnaby Campus Tour. 2pm. Simon Fraser University.

  • Makeup Tour. 9pm. ColourPOP. Tickets required. 


  • Career Fair. 11am. Online. 

  • Expressive Art Class. 3pm. In person or online. 

  • Uncensored stand-up comedy. 7:30pm. Holy Chow.

  • 50s Salsa Party. World Dance Co. 6pm.

  • Live theatre. 7:30pm. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.


  • Avant-garde Japanese dessert presentation. 7pm. Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.

  • Japanese Sewing Class. 9:20am. Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.

  • Pancake Breakfast. 8am. Jubilee Hall.

  • Birding for Beginners. 10am. Deer Lake Park.



  • IQ Battle & Disco. 6pm. The Admiral. 

  • Qi Gong class. 2pm. The Brentwood.


  • Fandom Trivia. 7pm. Rec Room Brentwood.

  • Proactive work class. 11:30am. Simon Fraser University.

  • Baby Social. 11am. Burnaby Public Library.

  • Business Mastery Class. 10am. Online via Zoom.


  • Family Storytime. 11:30am. Burnaby Public Library.

  • Let’s Talk Food workshop. 1:30pm. SFU, Yosef Wosk seminar room.

  • Parenting Workshop. 7pm. Online.

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