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.

Asian Giant Hornets

The Asian Giant Hornet, aka The Murder Hornet, wants to make BC its new home. Talk NewWest gets an update on the Province’s ongoing efforts to stop this incursion. 


Podcasts can be both informative as well as entertaining. But given their sheer numbers, how do you find your way to ones you want.   We have some hints from Liz Hunter of the New West Public Library. 

Below, you can also read Liz’s slides and handouts for podcasts (both PDF files).

Jane’s Walks

Despite the pandemic the annual Jane’s Walks is back in New Westminster. Century House member and walkers’ advocate Mary Wilson joins this edition of Talk NewWest to fill us in.

Maritime disaster

Talk NewWest presents a dramatic retelling of the worst maritime disaster in BC history.

S.S. Valencia

Honour House

A look back and a look forward at Honour House, the New Westminster-based refuge for military personnel and first responders with medical problems.

Advance Care Planning

Andrew Saunderson of Fraser Health talks with Curt about COVID19, mortality, and the importance of Advance Care Planning: an upcoming Century House ZOOM workshop April 15. 

April 16 is Advance Care Planning Day in Canada. Read more
Details of the April 15 workshop are on page 7 of the April Clarion

Laughter and Joy

Janice Bannister discusses her new Zoom program, which starts April 7 and runs to May 5. Details are on page 9 of the April Clarion

Oral Healthcare with Jessica Dube

Jessica Dube explains why proper and effective oral healthcare can prolong a healthy life.

COVID interview with Dr. Henry

On Global News, reporter Keith Baldry conducted a terrific feature interview with Dr. Bonnie Henry, currently BC’s most recognizable face. Dr. Henry offers personal reflections on the province’s year long battle against COVID19. Here’s the link.

Google Maps with Tim Hicks

Talk New West builds on a recent Century House Google Maps webinar hosted by presenter Tim Hicks but with a focus on just the “how to get from A to B” feature of Google Maps. 

Behind the Scenes with the Irish Pirate

We go behind the scenes with the Century House Players’ Eileen Mackenzie, the creator of “Grace O’Malley: the Irish Pirate,” currently running on the Century House Players web page.  

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:

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 2021-05-10