DON PITACAIRN'S real job as a gardener/landscaper takes him far and wide across the Lower Mainaland. For that simple reason he travels the same roads over and over. This affords him to see some things we as casual commuters may never notice.
PITCAIRN sounded the alarm bells on a very potentially serious problem on HWY 10 a few years ago. It seems the Highways Department and the city of Surrey finally paid attention. It is too bad a young couple had to lose their lives before anyone addressed the problem on the section of highway.
Will STEPHEN HARPER become the only Prime Minister besides Sir WILFRED LAURIER to be elected to four consecutive terms? Will THOMAS MULCAIR become the first NDP Prime Minister? Can JUSTIN TRUDEAU become the first father son combo to hold the office of the Prime Minister? Can ELIZABETH MAY claim the biggest upset in political history?
This will be the longest election in Canadian history. Twice as long as the last Federal Election. It is interesting to note though the 1872 Federal election took 3 months just to gather all the votes from across Canada.
Stop your bitching and get to work.
It's On Canada!
Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall this morning and requesting Parliament be dissolved.
This triggered the 42nd Federal election in Canadian history.
Take Your Pick.
Meet Our Latest Miss White Rock
TIA BEREZAN will wear the sash bearing the title Miss White Rock for the next year. TIA was crowned Friday evening in a ceremony at the White Rock Playhouse. The crowing of Miss White Rock since 1952 has signified the commencement of the annual White Rock Sea Festival. TIA got right to work spending the better part of Saturday at the Pirates in the Park.
Did The Lord Say "Go Forth To The Pope?"
ROBIN DOUGLAS the self proclaimed "Pope of Pot" has been at loggerheads with the city of White Rock over the past few months. Neighbours next to and behind his rental property on Marine Drive on West Beach have been upset with the daily/nightly gatherings of marijuana smokers gathering in a tent structure DOUGLAS erected for his marijuana smoking church services.
DOUGLAS took to the national press Friday with a feature story on VICE.COM
North White Rock singer/songwriter DANIEL WESLEY and his wife welcomed the latest addition to the ever growing WESLEY CLAN Friday evening. SHEA RIVER came into the world at Peace Arch hospital overnight. The very same hospital DANIEL was born at. DANIEL, brother FINN and Mom are all doing fine..
The Wheels Of Justice Move Slowly
The memorial for 20 year old Surrey resident HUDSON BROOKS continues to grow outside of the South Surrey RCMP detachment on Johnston Road @ 18th avenue. BROOKS was fatally shot by police in the early morning hours of Saturday July 18 around 2:30 a.m.
The family was unable to view their son's body for 5 days. Their frustration continues to mount, as do the many rumours circulating through the community regarding what happened in the time period leading up to BROOKS being shot outside of the RCMP detachment.
The I I O (Independent Investigation Office a civilian-led body is conducting the investigation. The IIO is tasked with heading up an investigation when a shooting involving an on or off duty officer is involved.
Hudson Brooks & Mother
Was It Live Or Memorex?
Despite numerous claims from residents that there were improprieties in the proceedings at Monday evening's council meeting, city staff maintain COUNCILLOR MEYER did in fact put forth a motion and it was seconded by COUNCILLOR SINCLAIR. The four proposed high rise towers in the Thrift Avenue and Oxford Street were being discussed following a recent Advisory Design Panel meeting called to deal with the proposed future developments.
The motion was passed with Councillors MEYER, SINCLAIR, KNIGHT and LAWRENCE joining with Mayor Baldwin in supporting the motion. Councillor FATHERS was opposed.
*Scroll through the meeting to the 1:20:00 (1 hour 20 minutes mark)
July 30. 2015
New water restrictions in effect
Metro Vancouver will escalate its water restrictions today meaning there will no longer be any lawn watering permitted in the region. Abbotsford and Chilliwack are already at Stage 3 restrictions.
No residential or non-residential lawn sprinkling.
No new residential or commercial permits issued or renewed. All forms of watering using treated drinking water are prohibited. New lawns, cemetery lawns, ornamental lawns belonging to municipal buildings, and grassed boulevards will not be exempt.
Watering of flowers and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, trees and shrubs are allowed but only if done by hand using a spring-loaded shut-off nozzle, or using containers or drip irrigation. Use of sprinklers or soaker hoses is prohibited.
Watering of commercial flowers and vegetable gardens is still allowed.
No refilling of pools, spas or garden ponds.
Public water parks and pools will be operated by user-activated switches.
No public or commercial water fountains and features.
Private and commercial outdoor surface washing is permitted only for health and safety purposes or to prepare a surface for painting or similar treatment. Washing for aesthetic purposes is prohibited.
Commercial pressure washing is permitted only for health and safety purposes or to prepare a surface for painting or similar treatment. Washing for aesthetic purposes is prohibited. Private pressure washing prohibited in Stage 3.
No washing of vehicles and boats, except for safety reasons, (windows, lights, licenses) and only then if using a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle. This includes residential, commercial, institutional and government vehicles.
Golf courses may water greens and tee areas minimally; fairways may not be watered.
Artificial turf and outdoor tracks may be hosed down for health and safety reasons only.
Minimal watering of school yards and sports fields to maintain areas in use able condition.
White Rock - Business As Usual
STAGE 1 RESTRICTIONS
Lawn sprinkling is allowed only between 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Even-numbered addresses, may sprinkle only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
These sprinkling regulations apply only to lawns; hand watering of gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds is allowed
When washing a boat or motor vehicle other than at commercial car wash, water hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut-off device
Multi-family dwellings are considered even or odd depending on the overall building number and not the unit number.
Even numbered premises may water on Monday and Wednesday between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Odd numbered premises may water on Tuesday and Thursday between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.
All non-residential addresses can also water on Friday between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m.
These sprinkling regulations apply only to lawns, and not to hand watering of gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds
Recipe of the Week
You asked for it again, here it is. Plus a fun quick recipe for Coca Cola wings.
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money
from you, I'm doing community service this week.'
The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing
community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank
you' card and a dozen doughnuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Member of Parliament came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from
you. I'm doing community service this week.' The Member of Parliament was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen
Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
Video Of The Day
Over the weekend thousands of young girls lined up for blocks around a Vancouver Starbucks to meet a superstar. No it wasn't TAYLOR SWIFT who sold out BC Place on Saturday. It was LAUREN RIIHIMAKI. Who you ask? Well if you are a "tween" you probably know about this YOUTUBE blogger who has become a huge online sensation with young girls.
Folks this is the new media. Young people no longer rely on radio or television to find their inspiration. LAUREN has so many young people visiting her YOUTUBE site it caught the attention of STARBUCK'S who have now taken to sponsoring her. All bets are off in the media game.
Thought For The Day
Tomorrow In THE SUN
KAL DAVID arrived for a concert last year at Blue Frog, a relative unknown blues guitarist.
DAVID returns this month and his first two shows are sold out and he is quickly heading for a clean sweep with 3 sold out shows.
If you love "the blues" this is a must see show.
Planning on heading to the beach at White Rock or Crescent Beach today?