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What The Hill Is Going On?

Slides along the White Rock/Crescent Beach corridor continue to be a problem.

The situation just got worse with the most recent cleanup.

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March 17, 2018

Surrey Light Rail Gets Green Light

The Mayors’ Council and the Province of British Columbia have agreed on a plan to fund the regional share for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision. This regional funding is another step forward to secure an historic investment in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Key elements of the plan for Phase Two include:
· Construction of Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail
· Construction of Millennium Line Broadway Extension
· Significant upgrade of existing Expo-Millennium Lines to expand capacity to meet and improve the customer experience
· An 8% increase in bus service to address overcrowding, reduce wait times and bring bus services to communities with limited service
· Improvements to sidewalks, bikeways, multi-use pathways and roadways

This investment will ensure a sustainable regional share to help us continue to meet the demands of today and prepare for the future. In 2017 alone, there was a 6% increase in transit ridership. Demand for transit will only continue to grow as we add more than one million people to the region in the next 30 years.

It was imperative to the mayors and the Province that the funding model be fair for transit users, drivers, property owners and developers alike.

To deliver these projects, the Mayors’ Council is proposing:
· $1.6 billion in fare revenues expected from higher ridership resulting from service expansion in Phase Two, TransLink resources and efficiencies.
· A 2% increase to all transit fares over two years beginning in 2020. This amounts to a five to 15 cent increase to adult and concession transit fares and 1 to 3 dollar increase to adult and concession monthly passes to pay for more bus improvements.
· 15 cents per hour increase for an average $5 per hour parking. This is an increase from 21% to 24% to the existing parking lot rate. Legislative amendments would be required to enable TransLink to make this change.
· $5.50 increase in property taxes per average household each year or about 46 cents a month, beginning in 2019.
· About $300 to $600/unit increase to the Development Cost Charge on new residential developments depending on type of dwelling. Legislative changes are required to enable the Mayors Council to levy the DCC.
· Revenue from a variety of transit-related commercial opportunities.

While securing regional funding is a critical step for Phase Two, moving forward in implementing this phase is subject to federal and provincial funding. Work continues between the province and Canada to finalize approvals, with more details on a senior government agreement expected in the near future.

TransLink will be out this spring to hear from the public on what they think of the plan. Visit for more details on how to join the discussion.


Good Sports

After a horrible first game in the semi finals of the BCHL (Prince George defeated our eagles 9-1) the local boys bounced back and tied up the series 1-1 with a 3-2 win last night in Prince George.

The action moves to the South Surrey arena tonight & tomorrow . Game time 7 p.m. Tickets at the door.


March 16, 2018

Public assistance needed to identify pedestrian in critical condition


female pedestrian who is in critical condition following a motor vehicle collision in South Surrey on March 14, 2018 has been identified.

Police have now been in contact with the woman’s family.

Surrey RCMP would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in this investigation.

Surrey RCMP is requesting the assistance of the public to identify a pedestrian who is currently in critical condition following a motor vehicle collision in South Surrey yesterday afternoon (see previous release).

The pedestrian is a Caucasian female, approximately 70 years old, with shoulder length grey-brown hair which was in a bun wrapped in cloth. She also has a distinctive mark above her right eye. At the time of the collision she was wearing blue jeans, a blue hoodie, purple and black shoes, and a red wrist-watch.

Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team is investigating, however, has been unable to identify the victim. The assistance of the public and the media is greatly appreciated in this matter.

Anyone who can help to identify this woman is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.


March 15, 2018

Quiet On The Set

WARNER BROS. Pictures move into White Rock's east beach this evening for filming overnight through to early Friday morning.

The crews and actors are filming scenes for a made for a television pilot called "Dead Inside."

The exact location of filming is 15957 Marine Drive. Expect delays and side streets to also be impacted. White Rock RCMP will be on hand handling any traffic needs.

Dead Inside, an hourlong drama from writer Katie Lovejoy, Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Productions.
In Dead Inside, penned by Lovejoy, after surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, an underachieving beat cop starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both living and dead, and figure out the unfinished business keeping his spirit on Earth.


March 13, 2018

Semiahmoo First Nations Artist Roxanne Charles Celebrated

Surrey's International Women's Day Celebration

The Indigenous Entrepreneur award went to mixed media artist and Semiahmoo First Nation member Roxanne Charles.

A release notes Charles promotes art, language and culture and has more than a decade of experience in Indigenous art and social advocacy.

“Her art includes sculpture, painting, jewelry engraving and weaving,” it adds. “She is recognized as a professional artist with a long exhibition history. Her work often explores a variety of themes such as spirituality, identity, hybridity, the environment, urbanization and various forms of structural violence. She is also a contemporary storyteller whose goal is to touch, move and inspire others through her work.”

" It was such an honour to be a finalist with such amazing Indigenous women in business. I could not be there unfortunately because of prior commitments but I cannot think of two better women to accept my award on my behalf My Grandmother Slahakawut and My Daughter SlaSlahakawut "

Roxanne Charles


Understanding KINDER MORGAN Pipeline

This past weekend a crowd an estimated crowd of over 10,000 marched through the streets of Burnaby to protest the expansion of the KINDER MORGAN pipeline through Burnaby's boundaries.

Burnaby mayor DERRICK CORRIGAN has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent the expansion of crude oil shipments through his city.

To better understand the depth of the pipeline expansion red the recent story in THE GLOBEA AND MAIL.

(click here)


Chesney's Chestnut

In a tiny village lived an old maid. In spite of her old age, she was still a virgin. She was very proud of it. She knew her last days were getting closer, so she told the local undertaker that she wanted the following inscription on her tombstone: "Born as a virgin, lived as a virgin, died as a virgin." Not long after, the old maid died peacefully, and the undertaker told his men what the lady had said. The men went to carve it in, but the lazy no-goods they were, they thought the inscription to be unnecessarily long. They simply wrote: "Returned unopened."

Thought For The Day

Video Of The Day

If it’s been awhile since you’ve cleaned out your garage then you might appreciate the effort this guy goes to while cleaning out his garage. The garage is a total mess, and there isn’t enough room to park a car in it. He does an excellent job of organizing his garage and cleaning the junk up off the floor. He’s so proud of his work he calls his wife and tells her she can park in the garage when she gets home. His work effort is rewarded with one of those priceless moments in life


Community Events

Free - KICK THE CLUTTER - GET ORGANIZED With Ranka Burzan MONDAY, MARCH 19 • 7 PM – 8:30 PM • WHITE ROCK LIBRARY In this workshop you will learn:
• The price of your procrastination
• Where and how to start
• The real meaning behind your clutter
• What is holding you back?
• Three practical and powerful steps to downsize and organize any space SPRING Clean OUT starts now.
RANKA BURZAN is the owner of Solutions Organizing Simple, and the author of numerous articles, books and coaching programs.

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Live Eagle Cam

Spring has sprung and the eagles have returned to the HANCOCK WILDLIFE eagle nest in Ocean Park.

Watch in real time this window on the world


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