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Today - Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 18 except 22 inland.
Tomorrow - Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 20 except 26 inland.
Wednesday - Cloudy. High 20.
Thursday - Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 17.




May 28, 2016

White Rock Market Turns 18

John B Vye photo

Market Manager and White Rock councillor HELEN FATHERS with the snip of the lawn shears officially opened the 2016 version of the White Rock Farmer's Market. The weather co-operated and the crowds were massive.

The local market recently won the Top Farmer's Market in British Columbia, while FATHERS was chosen top market manager.

Sunday saw a record number of vendors adding to the unique shopping experience in uptown White Rock. Every Sunday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Art For Art's Sake

ART BERGMANN who some might call the prodigal son, returned to where his long musical journey began - White Rock. BERGMAN in the 70's resided at the infamous SHMORG MANOR on 16th avenue. Aptly named after his first band THE SMORGS.

Last evening BERGMANN accompanied by PAUL RIGBY worked his way through his musical songbook before a soldout crowd at Blue Frog studios.


Council Tonight

White Rock council convenes @ 7 p.m. tonight in council chambers.

(read Monday's Agenda)

Phil Lemire

*Of note this evening Fire Chief PHIL LEMIRE will report to council on the timeline of the tragic fire @ Five Corners two weeks ago. You can read his report on the agenda.


White Rock Singer Tops National Talent Search

Desiree Dawson

CBC Radio has announced the winner of SEARCHLIGHT, their annual national talent search.

White Rock's Desirée Dawson has emerged victorious over 2,000 young entertainers from across Canada who submitted a recording of their music. The finals were judged by industry professionals.

I am sure we will be hearing more from this talented young artist. Congratulations Desirée.


May 27, 2016

Fire @ Border Closes Peace Arch

Shortly after lunch Thursday a vehicle caught fire while waiting to cross into Washington State at the Peace Arch Crossing. For a short period of time traffic was directed to the truck crossing.

The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. Damage to the van was extensive.


May 25, 2016

Condominium fire determined to be suspicious, police seeking witnesses.

Bill Brooks photo

On May 15th, 2016, shortly after 5 a.m., White Rock RCMP responded with White Rock Fire Department to a report of a fire in the 15200 block of Royal Avenue. Upon attendance, first responders found the building at the site fully engulfed in flames. The building was under construction at the time and not occupied. The site under construction was completely destroyed and the fire heavily damaged the building directly to the north which was occupied by over 100 residents and several local businesses.

Members of the White Rock Fire Department and the White Rock RCMP have been investigating the incident and have determined that the fire was deliberately set.

"This fire and the resulting displacement of the building's residents has understandably shaken our community. The fact that it is now believed this fire was intentionally set will likely cause further distress to those residents, " says Cst. Chantal Sears, Media Relations Officer, White Rock RCMP.

Anyone with information, or who may have seen anything suspicious in the early morning hours of May 15th, 2016, is asked to contact the White Rock RCMP at 778-593-3600. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through their website at


First Look At Proposed Gateway To White Rock Development

A small group of residents were on hand last evening at the White Rock Community Centre for their first look at the proposed high-rise for Johnston & North Bluff area of White Rock.

PARC Living's representatives and city planning staff mixed and mingled with those in attendance answering questions.

PARC has built a similar style seniors residences in North and West Vancouver, Burnaby and Vancouver. The proposed 23 storey tower will be located south of the Royal Bank on the East side of Johnston Road.


Bus Riders Unite!!

TRANSLINK has launched a Transit Fare Review that will be in effect until June 30th to help re-imagine the transit fare system. This two-year process aims to improve the system that determines what people pay for public transit.

This is the first comprehensive review of transit fare policy in Metro Vancouver in over 30 years ­– the three-zone fare structure was originally adopted in 1984.

The Transit Fare Review includes four phases over the next 18 to 24 months. Feedback gathered during each phase, along with supporting technical analysis, will be used to develop and evaluate different fare system options. There will be a summary of the input shared and how it was used at the end of each phase. Final recommendations for changes to the current fare system will be shared at the end of the process.

The first phase includes an online survey, stakeholder forums, in-person events, and market research.

More information on the Transit Fare Review and how to get involved are available at


White Rock Jeweler - Worlds Collide

Kelsi Sheren, the creator of Brass & Unity has had a very interesting journey on her way to creating Brass & Unity.

Fresh out of college she joined the Military, had a 4 year stint in the Canadian Forces including a tour in Afghanistan during the summer of 2009. After serving on the front lines, Kelsi was diagnosed with severe PTSD and was forced to return home

Kelsi wanted a way to give back to Veterans less fortunate than.

Brass & Unity aims to tell a part of her story. . Each piece is a reminder to be strong, follow your dreams, and never give up!

Visit Brass & Unity's website (click here)


Surrey's "White Elephant" Printing Plant Ends Up In The Movies

When the owners of the printing plant for the Vancouver Sun & The Province shut down the newly built state of the art printing plant in Surrey in January 2015, its future looked bleak.

This week Hollywood came calling and said "You Ought To Be In Pictures." Surrey expects the California based Skydance Media will add over $100 million dollars to the economy of Surrey. The new film studio once re-fitted and in operation will employ up to 400 workers at any given time.

The building is located in the Kennedy Heights district of Surrey on 88th avenue just off of 120th street Scott Road.



Sunday Funnies

What is all the fuss about gender neutral bathrooms? In our neighbourhood we have had them years ago.

See some of the other rib tickling cyber funnies we came across this week out on the Information Highway.

(click here)


Recipes of the Week

Chipotle soft tacos are front and centre this weekend. Oh yes and what the cooking experts are calling the greatest Peanut Butter cookie recipe.

(click here)


Coming Events

Did you know the first post office in White Rock was located in what is now the Five Corners Diner?

Come on down to the White Rock library this evening @ 7 p.m. for more interesting history of Uptown White Rock.

(click here for more upcoming community events)


Joke Of The Day

The doctor said, "The good news is I can cure your headaches. The bad news is that it will require castration. You have a very rare condition that causes your testicles to press on your spine and the pressure creates one hell of a headache. The only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles."

I was shocked and depressed. I wondered if I had anything to live for. I had no choice but to go under the knife.

When I left the hospital, I was without a headache for the first time in 20 years, but I felt like I was missing an important part of myself. As I walked down the street, I realized that I felt like a different person. I could make a new beginning and live a new life. I saw a men's clothing store and thought, "That's what I need... a new suit..." I entered the shop and told the salesman, "I'd like a new suit."

The elderly tailor eyed me briefly and said, "Let's see... Size 44 long."

I laughed. "That's right, how did you know?"

"Been in the business 60 years!" the tailor said.

I tried on the suit; it fit perfectly. As I admired myself in the mirror, the salesman asked, "How about a new shirt?"

I thought for a moment and then said, "Sure."

The salesman eyed me and said, "Let's see, 34 sleeves and 16-1/2 neck."

I was surprised. "That's right! How did you know?"

"Been in the business 60 years."

I tried on the shirt and it fit perfectly. I walked comfortably around the shop and the salesman asked, "How about some new underwear?"

I thought for a moment and said, "Sure."

The salesman said, "Let's see...Size 36."

I laughed, "Ah ha! I got you! I've worn a size 34 since I was 18 years old."

The salesman shook his head, "You can't wear a size 34. A size 34 would press your testicles up against the base of your spine and give you one hell of a headache.”


Video Of The Day

The Washboard Union. Our favourite local country group are back with a real to tapper to kick off the week.

Take a big "Shot of Glory"


Thought For The Day


Tomorrow In THE SUN

The Night Owl takes flight again to check out all the great music coming up this week.




Check today's tide tables ( click here )




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