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February 08, 2023

ROSES ARE “DEAD”, AND THE VIOLETS ARE TOO

...SEND US A TIP ABOUT THESE VALENTINES, ‘CAUSE THEY’RE NOT THE ONES FOR YOU!”

LINDA ANNIS Crime StoppersExecutive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers/Surrey Councillor

A reward up to $250,000 is available for Rabih Alkhalil - one of Canada’s “most wanted” valentines.

With symbolic bouquets of “dead flowers” and candy boxes containing mugshots at this year’s presentation, Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers has unveiled B.C.’s six “most wanted” criminals and suspects who remain on the lam this Valentine’s Day. They could be far away, or right in your neighbourhood.

RABIH (ROBBIE) ALKHALIL

For fugitive Rabih Alkhalil in particular, Crime Stoppers has partnered with the national BOLO (Be On the Look Out) Program to make available a larger reward of up to $250,000. Alkhalil is wanted for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and being unlawfully at large after escaping from the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam last July.

“All six ‘valentines’ on this year’s list are wanted for serious crimes ranging from attempted murder and manslaughter to producing controlled substances,” says Linda Annis, Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers. “Someone, somewhere knows where these people are and we’re urging them to do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers anonymously.”

“Anonymous tips do work,” Annis adds. “Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers received more than 4,000 anonymous tips in 2022 leading to 73 arrests, 13 illegal weapons seized and $1.4 million dollars in property and illicit drugs recovered. Your anonymity is guaranteed by the Supreme Court of Canada. You’ll never be questioned or called to testify.”

 

Hatching A New Plan

Tuesday morning was the unveiling of the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club's sign for their new salmon hatchery.

This modern facility will be built on high ground away from the Little Campbell River that has repeatedly flooded the old hatchery.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts helped club president Diana Barkley unveil the new sign to a throng of club members, financial donors, DFO officers and assembled media.

To the amazement of everyone in attendance, Rotary International announced they will be donating $500,000 to the building of the new hatchery.

This is on top of the $15,000 already donated by the Rotary Club of White Rock and other funds totalling $130,000 for this project expected to cost $1.5 - $1.8 million.

2023 SFGC memberships are now being sold and donations to help finance the new hatchery graciously accepted.  Go to SFGC.info for more information.

 

February 07, 2023

White Rock RCMP Crime Stats

White Rock RCMP have released their most recent quarterly crime statistics. Staff sergeant KALE PAULS will present White Rock council Monday (Feb 13) with a background breakdown on areas of concern for policing in our City By The Sea. Property, fraud mischief account for over 50% of local crime.

Most residents who live in condominiums or apartments who have had their buildings and or underground parking broken into will not be surprised.

 

Highway 99 Closure Tonight

Drivers are advised that Highway 99 will be closed overnight Tuesday night at the Steveston Interchange to allow crews to safely relocate a BC Hydro electrical line.

During the highway closure, traffic will be detoured up and over the existing on- and off-ramps. Short-term traffic stoppages on the ramps may be necessary. Access for emergency responders, residents and businesses will be maintained throughout this work.

The full highway closure will be approximately five hours and will happen between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. The highway will be fully open to drivers by 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

The relocation work involves BC Hydro’s east-west distribution line that runs along Steveston Highway and will be moved north to allow construction of the new interchange.

Drivers can expect minor delays and are asked to use caution through the detour. For updates, check: www.DriveBC.ca

 

February 06, 2023

Clipped from - The Province newspaper - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 21 May 1912 - Semiahmoo Bay

- There is a beach which stretches for miles; firm and yellow in the glorious summer sunshine. The tide is out and over the wide expanse groups of youngsters are building castles in the sands, while their parents are planning summer homes at White Rock. Handy to the beach are rows of summer cottages, which at this season of the year are filling up with their happy owners from Vancouver, New Westminster and other centres. Three hours later the beach is dotted with laughing group in bathing costumes, for the tide is coming in over the sun-heated sands and the water is becoming nicely tempered for a swim end so into the salt water they dash, family groups exulting in the pure joy of holiday making. It is little wonder that the joys of life at White Rock are appealing to rapidly Increasing circle, for the convenience of the place adds to its attraction, within one hour of Vancouver with four trains each way a day, it forms an ideal spot for either a vacation or a day's outing and there is little doubt that White Rock is going to receive its share of attention from the public.

 

February 05, 2023

Bird's Eye View

 

Local photographer took STACY ASCAH took his drone to the air this past week to afford us a bird's eye view of homes in White Rock. Pictured above are incredible perspective photo of the Semiahmoo First Nations land.

Go ahead, have fun trying to locate y our home. Thank you to STACY and all the wonderful photographers who's work I liberate on a regular basis to post here in THE SUN. A gentle reminder we live in the greatest city in this country.

 

February 04, 2023

Semiahmoo First Nation oppose inclusion of farmland near Langley-Surrey border in ALR

There has been considerable support to protect hundreds of acres of farmland near the Langley-Surrey border by including it in the Agricultural Land Reserve, but three key stakeholders are strongly opposed 

Three Langley-area First Nations have called on the Agricultural Land Commission to stop considering whether to include 300 acres of federal land into BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve. The proposal to protect the land from future development has otherwise received considerable support 

On Jan. 6, ahead of a public hearing, lawyers representing Katzie, Kwantlen, and Semiahmoo First Nations wrote the Agricultural Land Commission to urge them to “refrain from taking any further steps to advance the proposal.” Despite the letter, the public hearing was held last week€”it was one of only two letters that were opposed to including the land in the ALR.
Roughly 220 of the 305 acres are leased to local producers. Supporters of the proposal sprung into action after it became known the landowner of the five adjoining properties determined them to be surplus and may consider selling them 

KKS (as the three First Nations are referred to by their joint legal counsel) argue that including the lands in the ALR would have ”significant impact on the ability of KKS members to exercise their inherent and constitutionally protected rights in this area, particularly their right to benefit economically from their lands.”

They also noted that the First Nations weren’t consulted before the ALR scheduled the public hearing 

“The Commission has not made a decision on whether or not the lands should be included in the ALR. Consideration of the proposal will be informed by the record before the commission,” Grout concluded in her letter 

Lower Mainland First Nations have increasingly moved to negotiate the return of publicly owned lands that the provincial and federal governments have deemed surplus to their needs. Before selling any land, those governments must consult with First Nations. Over the last five years, First Nations in Mission and Abbotsford have successfully got the governments to return those lands, rather than sell them to the highest bidder.

 

February 03, 2023

Charges Laid In Five Corners Fire

Sunday May 20, 2016 is not a day White Rock residents will easily forget. The city was woken to the sounds of fire engines and emergency vehicles heading towards the Five Corners District of the city.

A very stubborn fire engulfed the condominiums and a number of the retail outlets in particular the very popular LAURA'S COFFEE SHOP.

Surrey and White Rock fire brigades took the better part of the day to bring the fire under control

At the time we here at the White Rock Sun put together a chronological order and time frame of the subsequent fires that occurred in sequence that morning.

Late yesterday afternoon White Rock RCMP issued a press release identifying JAMES ADRIAN DYER as the individual that has charged with 7 criminal charges as a result of the arson.

Mounties did not list the other six charges against Dyer in its most recent statement, but online court records show he was charged with the following charges:

  • Two cases of arson with property damage

  • A case of arson relating to occupied property

  • Two counts of theft

  • A charge of breaking and entering and committing a criminal offense

  • A charge of breaking and entering with intent to commit a crime

All of the alleged crimes occurred at White Rock.

Dyer is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on February 23,

The final fire that day if you follow the chronological order and timeline below occurred on the Semiahmoo First Nations land. At that time charges were laid against JAMES ADRIAN DYER.

As the matter is before the courts there will be no further information released by the city or the RCMP

Surrey RCMP had said at the time that no link had been identified between the two crimes, and that one man, identified at the time as James Adrian Dyer, had been charged in connection with the blaze on SFN land – in which “some guy lit fire to some pallets on a basketball court.”

 

May 20, 2016

RCMP Investigating Arsons

There has been no official word on the cause of the blaze that destroyed the two condo complexes at 5 Corners Sunday.

What we do know is there were no less than four fires set throughout the city of White Rock and close proximity Sunday morning.

#1. 

A children's playground constructed from wood and plastic and located on the Cypress street road end @ Victoria avenue was set ablaze in the early hours Sunday morning, No injuries. Fire quickly extinguished

#2

Major condominium fire on Royal and Pacific Avenue. Time 4:30 a.m.

#3

Sandpiper Liquor store is broken into @ 5:10 a.m. Owner confirmed the CCTV cameras captures clear pictures of two suspects robbing the liquor out of the window.

#4. 

10:30 a.m. a fire is started in an alleyway off of Pacific avenue near Stayte road. Fire quickly extinguished no major damage. No injuries

 

#5

12 noon residents of the Semiahmoo First Nations witnessed an individual attempting to start a building on fire behind the band's office. The Surrey RCMP responded to the 911 call and took the suspect into custody 

The suspect taken into custody Sunday appeared in Surrey Provincial court Tuesday morning where he was charged with arson damaging property.

The accused is 18 year old JAMES DYER of Surrey was released on his own recognizance.

The White Rock & Surrey RCMP continue their very active investigation today.

May 17, 2016

Eye In The Sky

White Rock resident and traffic reporter for WX1130 DARREN "Danger" GRIEVE sent along this picture taken yesterday afternoon. The fire started at the rear of the condo project under construction pictured in the top left hand corner of photo 

No official announcement has been made yet on whether or not it will be possible to rebuild or if the whole structure will have to come down.

May 15, 2016

Five Corners Fire

Smoke could be seen for miles as the fire ripped through the condo structures. This shot was taken by a reader from the Inn @ Semiahmoo in Blaine.

The fire broke out early this morning around 5 a.m. in a wooden three storey condo under construction on Royal Avenue in the 15200 block. The fire quickly jumped to the condo located at 5 Corners. The fire at one point threatened the Star of the Sea hall located next to the condo. Firefighters fought the fire from the roof of the Star of the Sea in order to prevent the fire from spreading. Surrey and White Rock fire crews fought the stubborn blaze for hours before eventually bringing it under control at 8 a.m.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown as the investigation is in the very early stage.

Photo courtesy Diana Arnold

Origin of fire in under construction condo on Royal Avenue

Photo courtesy Bill Brooks

 

January 30, 2023

Alex House Flood Fundraiser

Alex House recently suffered a devastating flood during the December 20th snowstorm. The impact was throughout our historic Beach House building, where we host our infant & toddler childcare program and offices upstairs for our team.

What last year would have been a submission to our insurance company and a $12,000 deductible this year is a $100,000 deductible. Emergency restoration is at approx. $40,000 currently, this is without the $50,000 projection for repairs to flooring, ceilings, walls, and equipment replacement.

Every dollar Alex earns through our rentals goes into our operations which supports our work in community. The impact of the flood will have a significant impact on our ability to meet the emergent needs of our community.

If you are able to consider a donation to our fundraiser, it is appreciated!

All funds will go to the repairs, and replacement of equipment, which includes developmentally appropriate toys and furniture, learning materials, computers, and other necessary office equipment.

Phone for more information on how you can help - (604) 535-0015 ext. 231)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn


The Dirt on Mud Bay

Last week saw the start of a tidal project being performed by Ducks Unlimited along the shores of Mud Bay towards Delta.  Dense rafts of human-modified logs (read cut down trees, delimbed and lost during transport) have washed ashore in the Delta marshes where storm waves move them like large rolling pins that crush the shoreline vegetation.  Over the next few weeks excavators will be working to remove much of this shoreline debris from an internationally significant habitat for migrating birds and ducks plus over-wintering waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway.  While this project is being overseen by Ducks Unlimited senior biologists, the bulk of the funding for this work is from the Canadian government's Smart Climate Solutions Fund and the US North American Wetland's Conservation Act.  I should note here that the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee has expressed concern about this log removal and has called for a comprehensive wildlife plan for the entire bay with potential effects arising from the nearby Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion project. 

 

 

Video of the Day

 

Have you ever had a premonition?

 

Chesney's Chestnut

I lost my pizza cutter so I tried to use an old Rod Stewart CD instead.

It worked all right at first, but the plastic edge got dull right away. The first cut was the deepest.


Thought for the Day

 

 

 

BEST DIVORCE EVER

This WORLD PREMIERE runs February 2 - 19, 2023

Tickets available online at whiterockplayers.ca/buytickets , or 604.536.7535 to purchase by phone.

We need your books!

We'd love to take your books off your hands for our upcoming CHARITY BOOK SALE in April.

Books can be donated 24/7 at the BLUE BIN on the North side of the Rotary Fieldhouse, located at 2197 148th St. Surrey, south of the Surrey Eagles Hockey Arena.

LARGE DONATIONS can be dropped off Monday or Thursday mornings from 9am - 10am.

We can help you unload directly into the book warehouse.

If you need help with a large donation of books, contact us at rotaryclub.booksale@gmail.com

Donations of books in good condition are welcome.

We cannot accept magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias, manuals or damaged books.

Thank you!

 

 

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