Survey crews were out along West Beach at the end of the week. The city of White Rock under orders from Transport Canada are creating two level crossings on West Beach. The order is a result of the death of a jogger hit by a train on East Beach in 2013.
The cost of the two level crossings which will not be equipped with lights and bells is due for completion before the busy summer season. The cost for the two crossings is $500,000.00
Once the two level crossings are completed the city will then install wire mesh on the promenade rail to mirror what was done on East Beach.
March 28, 2015
Special Meeting Of White Rock Council
Councillors Fathers & Chesney
Excerpted from the British Columbia Community Charter
Calling of special council meetings
126 (1) The mayor may call a special council meeting in his or her discretion.
(2) Two or more council members may, in writing, request that the mayor call a special council meeting.
(3) Two or more council members may themselves call a special council meeting if,
(a) within 24 hours after receiving a request under subsection (2), no arrangements are made under subsection (1) for a special council meeting to be held within the next 7 days, or
(b) both the mayor and the person designated under section 130 [designation of member to act in place of mayor] are absent or otherwise unable to act.
(4) If a special council meeting is called under subsection (3), the council members calling the meeting or the corporate officer must sign the notice under section 127 [notice of council meetings] in place of the mayor.
White Rock city councillors HELEN FATHERS and DAVID CHESNEY sensing a need to move on the garbage topic in White Rock, sooner rather than later have requested MAYOR BALDWIN to call a special council meeting. The mayor must now schedule the meeting within 7 days.
MAYOR BADLWIN has set the Special Council Meeting date and time - Tuesday April 7 @ 1 P.M. in council chambers.
Lead Poisoning In Surrey Food Court
Yesterday at 5 p.m. Surrey R.C.M.P. received a call from a male advising that there was a male, who was in the Food Court, at the Surrey City Centre Mall. that had apparently been shot. Members of the Surrey R.C.M.P. General Duty and Surrey Detachment General Investigation Unit, attended to the Surrey City Centre Mall, and located the male, who was suffering from two gun shots. The male was visibly bleeding from the wounds. The male was initially uncooperative with police, but eventually agreed to be taken to hospital and was transported in serious condition.
The male, a Surrey Resident in his twenties, that has had a number of Police contacts in the past, has not been forth coming with information as to where the shooting occurred. He has indicated that it occurred in another community, but has been evasive. Witnesses have indicated that male, took the Skytrain to Surrey, getting off at the Surrey Central Station, and then came into the mall a short time before he was located by police.
Surrey R.C.M.P. are seeking the public's assistance in identifying where the male may have been shot, or may have seen him travelling on the Skytrain to Surrey., are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.
Come Fly With Me
South Surrey / White Rock Conservative MP Russ Hiebert is going out of office with a bang, to say the least.
Once again it has been reported HIEBERT has blown away all other elected challengers when it comes to racking up expensive trips abroad. HIEBERT and his wife ANDREA billed the Canadian taxpayers for trips to Taipei, Paris and Turkey last year. The bill for their fact finding missions was $26,078.06.
HIEBERT announced last year he was leaving politics, which cleared the way for former Surrey mayor DIANNE WATTS to take up the Conservative nomination in the upcoming Federal election.
Have Your Say
A special committee looking into local elections expense limits comes to Surrey City hall Monday. The proceedings begin at 9 a.m. Elected officials from all areas will be on hand to have their views heard on proposed changes to election spending in the next civic election in 2018.
White Rock councillors CHESNEY & FATHERS will be the first two speakers. Get there early. Committee Room 1E.
Surrey City Hall 13450 104 Ave., Whalley
Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits to advise you that, as part of its consultation process on limits on campaign spending by candidates and third party advertisers during local elections, the Committee will be visiting the community of Surrey on Monday, March 30, 2015.
The public is invited to participate in the public consultation process by making a written submission to the Committee, including by responding to an online survey.
Surrey RCMP Call Press Conference To Announce Major Drug Bust
Surrey RCMP called a press conference this morning e at their headquarters in the Green Timbers district of Surrey. Pictured above is a portion of the weapons, drugs and money seized during the big drug take down that saw 13 people charged with a wide variety of drug and weapons offenses.
Charged with 36 counts of trafficking and seven firearm-related offences are Sophon Sek of Surrey, Mona Khodabandehloo of Burnaby and Glen Hudson of Surrey.
Among those also charged are:
Andres Naranj of Surrey, Yaeil Jang of Port Coquitlam, Sonny Nguyen of Surrey, Lester Ray of Burnaby, Francis Le of Surrey,
Dylan Herman of Delta, Harjoot Garg of Surrey and
Daniel Cluett of Surrey.
RCMP say Jay, Jang, Nguyen, Garg and Naranjo are currently at large. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
Hell NO Doug Won't Go
Former Surrey Mayor DOUG McCALLUM and one time head of Translink issued a statement this morning that he will be voting NO in the Mayors Council Translink referendum. MCCALLUM in his statement said he believes there are other revenue sources, TRANSLINK should re-do the whole governance structure and become better organized.
Running and Gunning in Newton
Last evening just after 8:30 Surrey R.C.M.P. receive a number of 911 calls reporting gun shots being heard in the area of 88th Ave, and 124th St. in the Newton area. As police were in route additional calls were receive reporting two vehicles driving erratically in the area of 88th Ave., and 124A St., Surrey, B.C. One vehicle was described as a White Ford Escape and the other vehicle was described, as a Dark Coloured S.U.V. Surrey R.C.M.P. members attended to the scene, and made patrols for the vehicles. Shortly after, two males attended to the hospital in a white Ford Escape. Both were suffering non-life threatening gun shot wounds. The two males in their mid twenties are residents of Surrey, and are known to police. Neither male is forth coming with information. This appears to be a targeted incident.
Surrey R.C.M.P. are seeking the public's assistance, and are asking anyone that may have witnessed the incident, or observed the vehicles driving away from the scene are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.
When the recent newspaper property swaps between GLACIER MEDIA (Surrey Now) and BLACK PRESS (Peace Arch News) the distinct possibility the Surrey Now would disappear has been put to bed.
THE NOW will only publish once a week, on Thursday.
We are proud to announce some exciting new changes.
Firstly, the Now would like to welcome our new group publisher Dwayne Weidendorf.
Dwayne was formerly the publisher of the Langley Times, a position he has held since November, 2006. Prior to that, he was publisher of four Ontario community newspapers.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank former publisher Gary Hollick for his many years of service to both the Now and the community of Surrey.
Recipe Of The Week
There is nothing wrong with having pancakes for supper, Breakfast for supper is a staple at our home.
Check out these vegetable pancakes topped with sour cream.
This picture really does not clearly illustrate the poor state the totem pole in the yard of White Rock elementary has deteriorated to.
The interesting part of this good idea is when the new school was built in the late 90's Surrey School District actually went to the trouble and expense of erecting a new stand for the totem pole on the other side of the school at the main entrance.
Would it not be be a good idea to have an expert on totem poles, ROBERT DAVIDSON springs to mind, perhaps he could inspect the pole and ascertain if the pole can be saved. The weathered pole if it can be saved could become a school project to sand it down, and then we could contact the original carver who apparently lives on Vancouver Island and we could have him paint, or oversee the repainting of this beautiful piece of public art.
UPDATE - From Mr. History TOM SAUNDERS
The pole was raised in April 1998 by Port Hardy resident and First Nations carver JOHN WALKUS GREEN.
GREEN also carved totems for Ray Shepherd (1650 - 136 Street) and Dogwood (10752-157 Street) elementary schools.
Read JOHN WALKUS GREEN'S dedication speech from 1968 (click here)
A brief little one minute profile on JOHN WALKUS GREEN (click here)
Now & Then
The West Beach promenade between the pier and the museum as it looks today.
Photo courtesy Terry Ross
Recently this picture was posted on the "I Grew Up In White Rock" FACEBOOK page. The general feeling from old timers is the picture is probably taken in the mid to lade 60's. Note the White Rock Tourism kiosk was at one time just a roofed gazebo that was not closed in. Also notice the museum was moved back towards the road about 20 feet in the 80's.
Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars kept their slim Stanley Cup Playoff hopes alive, but not before the Vancouver Canucks helped their own postseason odds at Rogers Arena on Saturday.
After Vancouver tied it on a power play with 1:12 left in regulation, Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored the winning goal on a 3-on-2 rush with 46.2 seconds left in overtime, beating Canucks goalie Eddie Lack with a shot over the blocker to help the Stars to a 4-3 win.
The Canucks finish the regular season are on the road in St. Louis (Monday) and Nashville (Tuesday).
These 'Caps sure have a flair for the dramatic this season.
Robert Earnshaw scored a 90th-minute winner in his Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-1L-0D) debut to lead the Blue and White to a 2-1 victory over Portland Timbers (0W-1L-3D) Saturday night at BC Place.
After Nicolas Mezquida scored his first of the season in the 15th minute, Portland's Fanendo Adi brought the game level late in the second half. But as they've now done in each of the past three matches, Whitecaps FC once again scored a late-winning goal.
Yesterday's match is the first of three consecutive home games at BC Place for Whitecaps FC. Tickets are already selling fast for the club’s following home match on Saturday, April 4 against LA Galaxy. Fans are encouraged to act now to see the ‘Caps take on the defending MLS Cup champions in their only encounter in Vancouver this year. Columbus is here Wednesday April 8.
Joke Of The Day
I have my changed my system for labeling homemade freezer meals. I used to carefully note in large clear letters, "Meatloaf" or "Pot Roast" or "Steak and Vegetables or "Chicken and Dumplings" or "Beef Pot Pie."
However, I used to get frustrated when I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner because he never asked for any of those things. So, I decided to stock the freezer with what he really likes.
If you look in my freezer now you'll see a whole new set of labels. You'll find dinners with neat little tags that say: "Whatever," "Anything," "I Don't Know," "I Don't Care," "Something Good," or "Food." My frustration is now reduced because no matter what my husband replies when I ask him what he wants for dinner, I know that it is there waiting.
Video Of The Day
Thought For The Day
Tomorrow In THE SUN
TNT The Naked Truth
The ultimate recycling project.
Classic car owners have a saying "It's a sin to crush old tin",
.........after hearing about what happened to this Ocean Park house we just might need another catchy saying.