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Thurs., Feb. 15, 2023 edition: A shiny, new $1M garbage truck

Plus, the search for a missing man ends, a new partnership with DoorDash and a new spot for hand rolls

Good morning, Burnaby!

This week, we’re talking trash. That is, trash that will soon be picked up by the city’s brand new electric garbage truck—costing 60% more than the average diesel-powered truck at around $1M. In other news, the city now has the power to recover $30,000 in firefighter fees following the recent Parkland Refinery incident, and Burnaby’s Brentwood area just got a new hand roll spot. Scroll down to read more!

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$1M dollar garbage truck coming to Burnaby

Recycling bin in Burnaby. Photo: City of Burnaby

Burnaby City Council approved a new contract for an electric side-load refuse truck. The contract will be awarded to Rollins Machinery Limited for an estimated total cost of $1,057,773, costing approximately 60% more than a diesel equivalent.

Other news from council this week included support for striking Sheraton YVR workers, a new water metering strategy for Burnaby households, and recovering costs related to the Parkland Refinery incident.


Tacofino Metrotown, now open for breakfast

Get ready to mix up your morning routine, because Tacofino has been up early cooking something new.

The all-new breakfast menu includes four appies, highlighted by the Loaded Breakfast Tots, three new tacos including a Chorizo and Egg Taco and a Potato and Egg Taco, as well three burrito options like the new staple Chorizo and Egg Burrito. Plant-based options include the Vegan Scramble Taco, and the Vegan Scramble Burrito.  

And what’s breakfast without coffee? Tacofino is now serving Moja Coffee, and will now be brewing Americanos and Lattes with their signature organic espresso Imara blend, to help get your day going.

Breakfast is available at Tacofino Metrotown (6036 McKay Avenue) seven days a week from 8am to 10:45am.

Burnaby Bulletin

Missing man found dead. The RCMP were actively searching for missing 46-year-old Anderson Cheng for the past two weeks. Mounties reported on Sunday that he has been found dead. [CTV News]

Update on the Parkland Refinery incident. Following a technical malfunction at Parkland Refinery that clouded Burnaby with smoke, the city now has the power to recover $30,000 in firefighter fees. [Global News]

Utility fee payments. The City of Burnaby is reminding residents that 2024 utility fee payments are due by March 15. Utility notices have been sent out early February.

Hello, Nori! Burnaby’s Brentwood area is now home to a new artisan hand roll, Hello Nori, known for its unpretentious, made-to-order hand rolls. Dine in to see skilled chefs prepare them right before your eyes. [The Georgia Straight]

Citizen of the year. The City of Burnaby is still searching for the outstanding citizen of the year—the deadline to nominate a potential candidate is this Friday, Feb. 16.

Garbage-burning power. As thousands of new homes in Burnaby will soon be connected to an alternative garbage-powered heating source, city council wants to explore if the public can share in its profits.


City councillors, Burnaby Neighbourhood House, celebrate DoorDash donation

From left: Food hub coordinator Janey Cameron, DoorDash head of policy Brian Kaufmann, Coun. Richard Lee, BNH program director Kim Barwich, BNH CEO Antonia Beck, Coun. Daniel Tetrault, Coun. Alison Gu. Photo: Lubna El Elaimy

Burnaby councillors Alison Gu, Daniel Tetrault and Richard Lee visited North Burnaby Neighbourhood House (BNH) to kick off a new partnership with DoorDash on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The food delivery service has donated $15,000 to BNH of which $8,000 is in community credits; the DoorDash program provides gift cards through non-profits to people facing food insecurity.

BNH leadership welcomed the new partnership, adding during the event that while all donations are welcome, cash donations are much more helpful in providing community members with their needs.

Where to eat & drink

🍜 88 Noodle House. A casual eatery serving Korean Chinese fusion cuisine. The black bean noodles are an essential order for first-time visitors, as well as the mapo tofu, sweet chili chicken and jjamppong (a fiery red seafood soup that’s the perfect antidote to a cold and miserable day).

🥘 Little Billy’s. You’re going to want to come with a group to Little Billy’s, a longstanding Greek restaurant that specializes in large platters and sharing meals. You’ll want to try a bit of everything—might we suggest ordering the flaming saganaki to start, a mixed grill platter for four and a baklava for a sweet treat at the end?

🍞 Atlas Steak + Fish. If you’re looking for a show-stopping dinner, Atlas Steak + Fish is an iconic fine dining restaurant inside Delta Hotel that offers succulent meat and seafood options and classic dishes like oysters Rockefeller and cioppino.

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🗓 Things to do


  • Burnaby Job Fair: Entry Level. 11am. Online via Zoom.

  • Upper Body Mobility for Computer Workers. 5pm. 3605 Gilmore Way #350.

  • Sip & Sculpt Body Contouring Event. 3pm. Heights Laser Centre.


  • Pro-D Day Toonie Skate. 12pm. Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

  • Villains at the Rec Room. 7pm. The Rec Room.

  • Valentine’s Day Salsa Party. 9pm. World Dance Co.

  • Asian Street Food: A Hands-On Cooking Class. 6pm. Second Floor Bistro.


  • Flea Market. 9:30am. Confederation Seniors’ Centre.

  • Kirtan at the Museum. 5:30pm. Burnaby Village Museum.

  • Weedbusters at Phillips Point. 11am. Burnaby Lake Park.

  • Lunar New Year Lion Dancing. 12pm. Heights Fountain Square.

  • Ravioli Workshop. 6pm. Second Floor Bistro.


  • Jazz at the ‘Bolt. 11:30am. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

  • Paint Nite: The Original Paint and Sip Party. 6pm. The Rec Room at Brentwood.

  • Ayurveda & Sound Massage Workshop. 8am. 4701 Hastings.


  • Healthcare Virtual Job Fair. 11am. Online via Zoom.

  • Diamonds in the Rough Dance Workshop. 4:30pm. A3 District - 7209 Curragh Ave.


  • English Conversation Circle. 1:30pm. Burnaby Public Library.

  • Integrated Women’s Entrepreneurship Project. 9am. Online via Zoom.


  • Strength Training Workshop. 12:15pm. 3605 Gilmore Way #350.

  • Project Wardrobe: A Night of Fashion for Film. 7pm. Project Wardrobe Rental House.

  • Free Beginner Bachata. 8pm. World Dance Co.

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