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Thurs. May 30, 2024: City struggles to meet provincial requirements for transit-oriented areas

Plus, a new studio for artists, pending road closures and the city's new works yard

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This week, we’re bringing you a thorough council roundup where councillors discussed the city’s struggle to meet zoning requirements for transit-oriented areas, a $9.7M purchase for fire trucks, and discussions around the recent attack on Rafah’s refugee camp. Also featured is a celebration of Burnaby’s new works yard and the grand opening of a mobile artist studio in Edmonds Park.

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City struggles to meet provincial requirements for transit-oriented areas

New high-rise developments in the Metrotown area. Photo: Lubna El Elaimy

Provincial zoning legislation came up again in council during its Monday, May 27 meeting as council debated ways to meet the BC government’s deadline to meet the zoning requirements for transit-oriented areas (TOAs).

Last November, Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley spoke with the Beacon about the new legislation, expressing his concerns about the city’s ability to make the necessary infrastructure changes to meet the increased density requirements. Hurley gave examples of newer pipes to handle the increased demand for wastewater management, garbage collection, emergency services, and other essential infrastructure services. 


Bubble Tea Festival is returning in July

Canada Bubble Tea Festival will be returning to Swangard Stadium on July 19-21 with lots of family packed fun! The festival includes bubble tea, desserts and street food vendors, as well as live music, a Got Talent contest, and outdoor movies, attracting bubble tea enthusiasts and offering a delightful, immersive experience for all ages.

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Free concert series for Canada Day. Burnaby’s longstanding Canada Day StreetFest Event will feature a headlining performance by Dear Rouge. This year’s event will be held at Swangard stadium and also include Juno-nominated soul singer Tanika Charles, jazz influenced indie-rockers Tiger Really, and singer-songwriter Hayley Wallis.

Online hub intended to provide housing relief. The Government of British Columbia announced the creation of a new online hub to speed up the permitting process to get new housing built. According to Premier David Eby, slow and complicated permitting processes have exasperated the housing crisis. [CTV]

Road closures loom as annual festival nears. Hats Off Day is taking place on Saturday, June 1, between Gamma Avenue and Boundary Road on Hastings Street. The celebratory community-focused festival will feature entertainment for kids, food stands and live performances. [Daily Hive]

RCMP issues 69 tickets across Burnaby and neighbouring municipalities. The BC RCMP has released its figures after participating in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck initiative. According to the RCMP, 120 vehicle checks were performed with more than 200 violations identified between May 14 and 16.

Summer Fun Pass now available. Children and youth between the ages of 5 and 13 can now get tickets for the summer series of drop-in events taking place across Burnaby’s recreational facilities. According to the city, some of the events may have age restrictions.

Boffo Developments ready to preview master-planned community in Brentwood. Bassano, a cluster of four residential towers planned by the five decade old developer, is ready for preview. [RENX]

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Burnaby celebrates grand opening of the city’s new works yard

Vehicles being serviced inside the Laurel Street Works Yard garage. Photo: Lubna El Elaimy

On Saturday, May 25, the City of Burnaby held a huge event to celebrate the grand opening of its new Laurel Street Works Yard, coinciding with Public Works Week

For city staff, the yard’s opening was about more than a day of celebration; it was the culmination of a decade’s work planning, designing, funding, and finally building the new yard. 

“Nobody ever thought that it would happen,” said Brian Carter, director of public works with the city. “It’s exciting for me because I live and breathe public works, and I’m passionate about it. It’s nice to finally see the finished product.” 


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New mobile art studio now open in Edmonds

FLEET mobile art studio in Edmonds Park, Burnaby. Photo: Lubna El Elaimy

Burnaby artists have a brand new space to create in Edmonds Park after opening a new FLEET mobile art studio.

On Saturday, May 25, Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley attended the opening along with city staff, representatives of Other Sights, the non-profit artist collective behind the project, and representatives of community organizations. 

According to Jay Pahre, programming lead for FLEET, the studio is still under construction and will be completed in mid-June. Artists can submit proposals for a wide range of projects.

Where to eat & drink

🍜 Chad Thai. This cozy nook on Hastings Street is easily one of the best Thai experiences you’ll have in Burnaby. Not only do they master classics like tom yum soup and green curry—most of their dishes can be prepared both vegetarian and gluten-free upon request, making it suitable for all tastes and food diets.

🥪 Oneway Cafe. If you’re hungry and on the hunt for a juicy sandwich to sink your teeth into, this is the place to be. Think magical flavour bombs like grilled paninis with chashu braised pork and bulgogi, club sandwiches and creamy smoked salmon avocado toasts.

🍑 Paradise Juice. As scorching hot days are right within our grasp, juice and smoothie stands like this gem in Burnaby’s Crystal Mall can’t be beat. From fresh sugar cane juice and shaved ice to thick and frothy mango smoothies, it’s a great place to keep in mind for the summer.

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🗓 Things to do


  • Paint Nite: The Original Paint and Sip Party. 7pm. Oliver Twist Pub & Grill.

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

  • Terrarium Candle Workshop. 6:30pm. 3871 N Fraser Way #6.


  • Collab Event: Top Business Tools to Scale Your Startup. 5:30pm. 5999 Henning Dr.

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

  • Release & Heal Breathwork and Soundbath. 7pm. Savasana Meditation.


  • Hats Off Day. 9:30am-4pm. Hastings Street, from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue.

  • Bubbles & Boards. 7pm. Something Sweet Cafe.

  • Salsa Romantica Party. 9pm. World Dance Co.

  • Chakradance: Burst Into Brilliance. 10am. The Mindful Lab - Meditation + Creative Studio.


  • Happy Hour Botanical Workshop. 10am. Gardenworks.

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

  • Burnaby 2050: Open House. 7pm. Brentwood Mall.


  • Paint Nite: The Original Paint and Sip Party. 7pm. Wings Burnaby.

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


  • Ballroom Workshop. 5pm. World Dance Co.

  • Palettes & Pebbles: FASS Summer Rock Painting. 2pm. Simon Fraser University.


  • Global Run Day 2024: Burnaby. 6:15pm. Fit First Footwear.

  • Podcasting for Business. 7pm. 3430 Brighton Ave.

  • Chakra Clearing & Energy Cleansing Meditation. 7pm. Savasana Meditation.

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