Talk New West: Century House Window on the City

Talk New West is a news magazine online video program that features stories relevant to Century House members. Its primary focus will be stories from both the lives of Century House members as well as seniors from the larger New Westminster community. Other occasional features will branch out to include other topics relevant to seniors. Here’s a New West Record article from February 2021.

Remarkable Women of Irving House

Saturday March 6, 2021 brings a Zoom tour of historic Irving House.  “Remarkable Women of Irving House: Celebrating International Women’s Day” introduces three prominent women connected to the Irving family. Lynda Maeve Orr, Museum and archives tour guide, gives us a preview:

You can register for the tour here.

BONUS: Exterior and interior photos of Irving House and an Irving House ghost story.

Black History Month in BC

February is Black History Month in B.C. In our latest video, Curt Albertson interviews Silvia Mangue-Alene, president, BC Black History Awareness Society.

Seniors and the Drugs We Take: Sylvia Helmer

This is a preview of an upcoming workshop.

As we age we tend to rely on more drugs, and that can lead to overmedication and adverse reactions. Century House member Sylvia Helmer, a volunteer with the Seniors Health and Wellness Institute, is facilitating a Zoom workshop outlining strategies seniors can use to avoid those consequences.  

Sylvia’s Zoom workshop “Age Well, Live Well with Safe Medication Use” is set for for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 26th at 10:30 a.m. To sign up check the details in the February Clarion (page 6) or call the century house front desk at 604-519-1066.

History: 1907 tram in Vancouver

Way back in 1907, an early adapter hooked up a very early version of a movie camera onto the front of a tram on the streets of downtown Vancouver. That footage has been renovated and colourized by the folks at Vancouver Museum and Archives. Here’s the link.

Constable Camille Oliveira

Constable Camille Oliveira, the Vulnerable Persons Liaison Officer of the New Westminster Police Department, talks seniors and safety.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Comedian Janice Bannister proves that indeed “laughter is the best medicine”:

Scammers and How to Avoid Them

Curt Albertson talks to Tania Cernezel about Internet security.

January 2021

Check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for all sorts of further information.

History of New West

Here’s a short but interesting video from the New Westminster Museum and Archives on the establishment of the Chinese community in the city.

It covers the first arrivals during the gold rush of 1858; their tribulations caused by the Great Fire of 1898; and their reaction to the repeal by the Federal government of The Chinese Exclusion Act in 1948.

Marion Orser

Our second interview is with Marion Orser, who celebrated her 65th birthday by cycling across Canada.

Marion Orser interview

And here’s a slide show from the trip:

Marion Orser trip slides

Our first interview was with Marilyn Remus, about her experiences in the airline industry.


The show is a project of SET: Seniors Embracing Technology and the temporary OCTOPUS program.

Talk New West uses an interview format, produced in house using Century House video recording facilities and equipment. The production team includes Curt Albertson (editor and lead interviewer), Tim Hicks (technical lead), Pat McDonald (researcher), and Shelly Schnee (Century House staff), with SET coordination by Joy St. John.

Videos are produced under strict COVID-19 rules, with masks for the crew and separation for the cast (note the barrier between them). We’ll be doing some interviews by Zoom.


Last Reviewed on 2021-03-01