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Recipe of the Week

Turn up at a holiday party packing this baby and you will get rock star treatment.

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December 03, 2022

Surrey Santa Parade of Lights

Santa Claus is coming to Surrey … and he’s arriving in style!

Tomorrow (Sunday) 5 pm start

The beloved Surrey Santa Parade of Lights is back after a two-year break! The parade rolls out at 5 pm, so be sure to get there early and stake out a spot along the parade route, and get ready for a traditional (with a twist) Santa Parade through Cloverdale. Though slightly smaller than in previous years, the traditional parade has everything you love about a parade – floats, marching bands, antique vehicles and horses, but the big event is Big Rigs for Kids! This amazing lighted Truck Parade was inspired by the 1997 Coca-Cola lighted truck commercial and is a sight to be seen!

The 2022 parade starts at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds’ where they will pass Shannon Hall and the B.C. Vintage Truck Museum and parade down 176A Street to 57 Avenue. The floats and trucks will then turn west on 57th for one block, then turn north up 176 Street. They’ll then take a west turn at 58 Avenue before ending at Hwy 15.  You can view a map of the route here. 

The event is supporting three charities this year: The Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program, the food bank, and the Surrey Christmas Bureau, and attendees are invited to bring donations of non-perishable food items, new toys and cash.

The Surrey Santa Parade of Lights starts at 5 pm precisely at the corner of 176A Street and 60th Avenue.

 

December 01, 2022

White Rock Council - MONDAY Schedule

Finance and Audit Committee

Monday, December 05, 2022  at 5:00 p.m.

City Hall Council Chambers

(click for agenda)

Land Use and Planning Committee

Monday, December 05, 2022  at 6:30 p.m.

(click for agenda)

Regular Council Meeting

Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

)click for agenda)


 

White Rock RCMP Homeless Count

We conducted another homelessness count in #White Rock and noted 26 individuals were unhoused and on the street.

As we are out in the community 24 hours a day speaking to these individuals we wanted to share our findings to contribute to what others are doing to help.

 

November 29, 2022

Council votes to re-establish Surrey Ethics Commissioner Office

Surrey City Council voted to re-establish a Surrey Ethics Commissioner Office during its Regular Council Meeting on Monday night.

“I am thrilled that Council has moved to restore the Surrey Ethics Commissioner Office. Its closure should never have occurred,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The search for a new Ethics Commission will begin immediately. Residents can have confidence that issues or concerns brought forward regarding the ethical behaviour of elected officials will be investigated in a thorough and timely manner. This is another step forward in restoring accountability and integrity on Surrey City Council. Residents deserves a Council that is open, transparent and ethical above all else.

On Monday, Council voted to establish a Selection Committee to recruit a Surrey Ethics Commissioner instead of re-appointing the former Commissioner. The Selection Committee will be comprised of five voting members and one non-voting member as follows:

• Three members of the public; 

• Two City of Surrey Council Members; and

• One Legal Professional (non-voting member).

Surrey Council first adopted the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw in May, 2020 and appointed a Surrey Ethics Commissioner that July. The term of the Commissioner ended on July 13, 2022 after the previous Council directed staff not to appoint a new Ethics Commissioner. The previous Council also amended the Code of Conduct Bylaw to suspend the processing of complaints between April 12, 2022 and the civic election. The decision on future of the Ethics Commissioner’s office was deferred to the newly elected Council.

The Surrey Ethics Commissioner is an independent officer that performs advisory and educational functions in relation to administering the Code of Conduct and assisting Council Members in understanding their ethical obligations. The Ethics Commissioner has the power to investigate allegations of misconduct in relation to Mayor and Council, report their findings to Council and provide recommendations to Council as to the appropriate sanction or discipline. Learn more here.

 

Joint Project Team To oversee the final plan to maintain RCMP in Surrey 

Last evening ( Monday ) At the Regular Council meeting, the framework to maintain the RCMP as the Police of Jurisdiction in Surrey has been endorsed by City Council. A Joint Project Team will oversee the development of the final plan for Council endorsement on Dec. 12, prior to being forwarded to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for approval. The Project Team consists of senior leadership from the City and RCMP and consultants Dr. Peter German and Tonia Enger.

“The step taken by Council tonight brings us closer to resolving the issue of policing in Surrey,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The experience and expertise of Dr. Peter German and Tonia Enger are valuable additions to the Project Team. As well, this latest report makes clear how the number of police officers in Surrey will be maintained at its current level of 734 RCMP members. The process to bring in Surrey Police officers will be expedited through the RCMP’s Experienced Officer Program, which makes provision for experienced officers to bypass cadet hiring and join the RCMP directly.”

The City and RCMP are committed to a comprehensive approach and look forward to working in full collaboration with the Surrey Police Board and Surrey Police Service to ensure a quick resolution to maintaining the RCMP as Police of Jurisdiction in Surrey.

More information can be found here

 

How the City of White Rock Prepares for Snow & Ice Mitigation

The City of White Rock regularly monitors two major weather forecaster providers in order to have enough time to prepare our trucks and crews ahead of any storm.

We dispatch equipment as needed and apply a pre-salt to road surfaces.

To make the most of the available resources, our priority locations for snow and ice removal are:

  • Bus routes

  • Emergency access routes (including Peace Arch Hospital)

  • Major roads

 

November 28, 2022

The Big Reveal

Friday Surrey council and the public got a chance to see the city's staff report on the switchover from the RCMP to a private Surrey police force. Surrey mayor BRENDA LOCKE and her majority of council endorsed requesting the Provincial attorney MIKE FARNWORTH to halt the changeover and stay with the RCMP in Surrey.

Click here to read the repost in its entirety. Council could vote today on endorsing the city's corporate report .

 

(click here to read past local news stories)

 

 

 

 

Night Owl

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

First out of the gate with a Christmas Concert VOLARE TENORS.

(find out what else is on this week musically speaking)

 

(click here for more info and tickets)

 

Yell It Like It Is

Things I Love About White Rock

(click here to see how it compares to your list)

 

(book your tickets today - don't be disappointed / two artists for the price of one)

Video of the Day

 

 

Chesney's Chestnut

A farmer purchases an old, run-down, abandoned farm with plans to turn it into a thriving enterprise

The fields are grown over with weeds, the farmhouse is falling apart, and the fences are collapsing all around.
During his first day of work, the town preacher stops by to bless the man’s work, saying, “May you and God work together to make this the farm of your dreams!”
A few months later, the preacher stops by again to call on the farmer. Lo and behold, it’s like a completely different place – the farm house is completely rebuilt and in excellent condition, there is plenty of cattle and other livestock happily munching on feed in well-fenced pens, and the fields are filled with crops planted in neat rows.
“Amazing!” the preacher says. “Look what God and you have accomplished together!”
“Yes, reverend,” says the farmer, “but remember what the farm was like when God was working it alone!”

 

Thought for the Day

 

 

 

SHOP LOCAL Give The Gift of Music

The Blue Frog store will be open every Saturday from now until Christmas.

1328 Johnston Road 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

(click here for full listing of upcoming community events)

 

 

 

Tomorrow In THE SUN

Sunday Funnies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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