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August 21, 2019

On Friday August 16th at 3am Paul was killed in White Rock while going to get a pop at McDonalds, the cowards that killed him left him lying there begging for help, but the paramedics were too late and sadly Pauly passed away.
  We are fundraising for funeral costs to give Paul the funeral he deserves, everyone who knew Paul knew he'd give the shirt off his back to help any of his friends, please help with anything you can give to help us give Paul the celebration of life we all know he deserves.
Many of us have funny stories and many many nicknames from Paul and I look forward to sharing them with you all.


Update on the homicide investigation of Paul Prestbakmo

Background: On August 16, 2019 at approximately 3:23 a.m., police found 45-year-old Delphin Paul Prestbakmo with fatal stab wounds in the 1800-block of 152 Street of Surrey, B.C. The Integrated Police Dog Services deployed to the scene and tracked to a nearby house where one male was arrested. This male has since been released from police custody pending further investigation. IHIT detectives are continuing to actively gather the evidence for furtherance to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charge assessment.

After careful examination of the information collected so far, investigators believe that the suspects may have known Mr. Prestbakmo. However, investigators believe this was an unprovoked attack. The nature of the incident is still under investigation.

IHIT has also learned of an incident that occurred that same night that resulted in the victim, a man in his sixties, sustaining extensive injuries. The victim was seen at 11:55 p.m. (Aug. 15) at the Coast Capital Savings in the 1700-block of 152 Street. This incident is being investigated by the White Rock RCMP and IHIT is working with their investigators to explore any possible linkages between the two cases. Anyone with information regarding this particular incident is asked to contact police immediately.

The family of Mr. Prestbakmo is appealing for the public’s help for information that could help solve his murder.

Letter from the family of Paul Prestbakmo

We should not have to be here today making this statement. I never thought I would have to stand here today and read this statement from our family, about the sudden death of our beloved brother, son, uncle, friend and spouse, Dephin Paul Prestbakmo. Pauly, as most knew him.

I am having difficulty finding the right words - if there are any, to express the heartache, emptiness and devastating sense of loss our family has experienced with the sudden death and loss of our brother Paul Our lives were forever shattered into pieces.

We have come forward here today to release this statement in the hopes that our community understands our brother Paul was a victim of a heinous murder and we need your help.

Paul was suddenly taken from us in the early hours of Friday morning, August 16, 2019 when he was attacked and murdered while walking near the Semiahmoo Mall in South Surrey and those responsible remain at large.

This tragedy has forever changed the lives of our family and friends for years to come. We will never again be able to hear his infectious rolling belly laugh, his contagious smile that would light up a room and his outrageous sense of humor and his love of life.

Over his short 45-year-life, he made many friends along the way. Helping out folks with mechanical car repairs or helping people move. He was a great-hearted person who would help anyone in need.

His sudden senseless death was devastating news for many friends and the local community. He will be sadly missed by many.

He was taken from our lives too soon. He was an innocent victim of a heinous criminal act and there are people in our community who have the information that can assist with this file.

I would like to end this statement with this one last thing: Our brother, Pauly had a lot of different sayings. One, in particular, sticks out for our family here today that I would like to share: When things were not going so good or working out, he would say "hey, let's make it right! - do the right thing."

So, on behalf of my family and our friends, we speak for our brother Pauly one last time: HEY, LET'S MAKE IT RIGHT AND DO THE RIGHT THING!

We do not wish any repeat of this act to happen to anyone else.

We implore those who have information, to please come forward and report any information to the RCMP. We are hoping that another family will not have to stand here, like we are today and go through what we are going through, requesting the same of our community.

My family and I are asking for your help. Please, if anyone has any relevant information, anything that can help us find those responsible and assist with closure of this case, please come forward. We would really appreciate it.

Please contact IHIT investigators or your local RCMP.

Thank you.

-Angela Prestbakmo (Paul’s sister)

“We know there are witnesses with important information about what happened to Paul who are reluctant to come forward,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “This is an active and ongoing investigation and we need every witness to come forward and speak with IHIT.”

“White Rock RCMP is working closely with IHIT and Surrey RCMP to determine what led to the injuries sustained by the victim in White Rock. The safety of our community is our priority and there will be a focussed effort to determine if these two incidents are connected. Residents will be seeing more uniformed members in the area,” says White Rock RCMP spokesperson Chantal Sears.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).



White Rock RCMP are appealing for help from the public in locating a 58-year-old woman who was last seen on Friday (Aug. 16) morning.

Const. Chantal Sears said Cynthia Neale was reported missing on Sunday.

She was last seen at her home, in the 1300-block of Vidal Street.

“It’s unusual for her to not have any contact,” Sears said.

Neale is described as Caucasian, 120lbs, with white hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a denim jacket and shorts of an unknown colour.

She is known to frequent Vancouver and the public library, Sears added.

Anyone with information on Neale’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 778-593-3600.


White Rock RCMP Reaching Out

The White Rock RCMP are reaching out to the community to gauge where some of the traffic hot spots are in out city. Call them on their non-emergency phone#;s


...or click on the TWITTER link below.

Where are the problem traffic areas you would like enforced this week?

Comment here with the issue/location and we will gladly come out!

An example of reported hot spots:

Buena Vista & Finlay

Thanks for asking. Yes, Johnson road, from Thrift down to 5 Corners. Loud cars and motorcycles speeding in both directions, afternoons and evenings.

Marine Drive and 160 th no one goes 30 kmh


Are You Worried About Bus Service on the Semiahmoo Peninsula?

Shape the future of how we move. And live. TransLink has launched its largest public engagement in history. Take the survey at #Transport2050

TransLink is leading the development of Transport 2050, a new Regional Transportation Strategy. The new strategy will help lay out future options for getting around in Metro Vancouver, guiding transportation decisions for decades to come.


August 17, 2019

Semiahmoo Mall Stabbing Update

A man is dead and another has been arrested after a deadly stabbing in South Surrey Friday morning.

Mounties were called to the area near the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre around 3:00 a.m. When they arrived, they found the victim with stab wounds, who later died of his injuries.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the arrest was made thanks to the K-9 squad.

“They responded quickly to the incident and they were able to track and… arrest the male that we have in custody at the moment,” Sgt. Frank Jang with IHIT said.

While the Surrey RCMP had reported this appeared to be a targeted incident, IHIT says that has not yet been determined.


Victim Identified

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the stabbing death of a 45-year-old Surrey man.

Surrey: On August 16, 2019 at approximately 3:23 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received calls about a man found bleeding in the 1700-block of 152 Street. Frontline officers arrived on scene to find 45-year-old Delphin Paul Prestbakmo unresponsive with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at scene. The Integrated Police Dog Services conducted a track to a nearby residence where one male was taken into custody. IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is currently working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

It is still early in the investigation and investigators are working to determine motive.

“We are releasing the name of our murdered victim in an effort to determine his activities prior to his death. We need Delphin Prestbakmo’s closest friends and associates to come forward,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We also urge any witnesses who were in the area of the 1700-block of 152 Street to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at


Big Change In Valley Bus Service

Anyone that has ever used the bus service between White Rock and Langley, has recognized how many people use that service to get over to White Rock to jump a 351 bus to the Canada Line. September 03 there will be a new service between Langley and the Skytrain station in Whalley.

Fraser Highway Express Schedule:

Every 8 to 9 minutes during weekday peak periods
Every 10 to 15 minutes outside of peak periods
Every 30 minutes during the night

Fraser Highway Express Stops:

Surrey Central SkyTrain
King George SkyTrain
140th Street
148th Street
152nd Street
156th Street
160th Street
164th Street
168th Street
184th Street
188th Street
192nd Street
Willowbrook Mall
201a Street
Langley Centre


August 16, 2019

Drug Lab seizure in South Surrey linked to Lower Mainland gang conflict

Local RCMP assisted the local gang task force in a raid yesterday just across the White Rock border in South Surrey. The home located in the 16300 block of 14A Avenue had been under surveillance for a period of time. When officers moved in yesterday they found a large cache of weapons and illegal drugs.

Two men were arrested but later released. A police spokesman issued a statement saying the operation was part of a larger gang operation in the Lower Mainland. In a rare move the RCMP went on to say the two individuals arrested were linked to a gang they know as THE BROTHERS KEEPERS.



Congratulations to the White Rock Youth Ambassadors who were given a plank on the pier tonight.

The $1000 came from donations from people and businesses. The idea cam about from a conversation at this years Market at the Tour De White Rock.

Thank you so much
These girls and the ambassadors previous began fundraising $ right after the storm . To date they have raised over $32,000. Thank you girls for caring about our community. We are so proud of you

Christy Fox

(help restore our pier - purchase your own plank, be a part of history)




TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

"Smart" Meter My Ass


BC Hydro estimates that this year 40,000 faulty or failed units will have to be removed, along with another 48,000 getting pulled to check accuracy and for over-billing. Industry experts in Canada believe and that Smart meters will be obsolete within 6-10 years when they need recertification and the US Congress has been informed their lifespan is 5-7 years, not the 20 years BC Hydro has announced.

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Well that didnt take long. Only two days after I opened up our analog meter, BC Hydro contractors were on scene to install the dumb meter we never wanted.
Here are the before and after pictures. 


Night Owl

BLUE FROG is the place to be this week for great music.

CRYSTAL SHAWANDA returns tonight - this time with her full band.


Then on Friday evening RAOUL & THE BIG TIME make their Blue Frog debut along with special musical guests THE MOJO STARS. An incredible double bill. Two for the price of one.

Crystal Shawanda & her full band - Thursday / Raoul & The Big Time - Friday

JUNO AWARD WINNING VOCALIST, CRYSTAL SHAWANDA returns to Blue Frog Studios with her full band for a knock-out performance.

A powerful new female blues voice that evokes the spirit and grit of Janis Joplin and the contemporary delivery of Beth Hart, belongs to an
indigenous North American named Crystal Shawanda. Her new album, Voodoo Woman, captures the intensity and incredible range of this
performer whose story is finally being told.

Raoul and The Big Time 
Maple Blues Award winners (and six time nominees) Raoul and The Big Time have been entertaining audiences for over twenty years with their unique brand to "Toronto/Chicago/Hollywood Blues" and return to the mainland for the first time since debuting at The Vancouver Folk Festival almost a decade ago.  International Blues Challenge 2019 Semi Finalists, and NOW Magazine Best Toronto Blues Artist 2007

If for some unknown reason you cannot make this week's concerts, watch from the comfort of your home.

BLUE FROG streams many of their concerts online for an affordable $5.00

(click here to order your LIVE STREAM)


(click here for all your entertainment needs)


Tonight (Thursday) I will again be hosting Blues by the Beach at the West-beach Bar and Grill in White Rock. The house band will be Gale Force Blues with Michael CarterHoward GreensteinMike EllerbeckTerry Hoff and Tambelena.

Music starts at 7:30 and goes to 11:30. Come and join us for some great blues, delicious food and a lot of good times.



Chesney's Chestnuts

"You just go ahead," the man in the shopping mall said to his wife. "While you're shopping, I'll browse in the hardware store."

An hour later, she returned and saw him at the checkout counter. The clerk was ringing up the last of a pile of tools and supplies that would fill two wheelbarrows.

"Are you buying all this?" his wife asked incredulously.

"Well, yes," he said, embarrassed. Then waving his arm toward the interior of the store, he added, "But look at all the stuff I'm leaving behind!"


Thought for the Day

Video Of The Day

Lummi Nation fishermen are returning to the traditional method of harvesting salmon in a reef net. 

The tribe held reef net fisheries for hundreds of years at traditional sites such as Cherry Point, known in the tribal language as Xwe’chi’eXen. After the Lummi Nation signed the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855, tribal fishermen continued to reef net until about 1894, when non-Indian fish traps out-competed them, according to the 1974 U.S. v. Washington ruling that reaffirmed tribal treaty fishing rights. 

A 1934 ban on fish traps in Puget Sound gave tribal fishermen renewed access to their traditional sites, but the 1939 opening of a cannery brought more competition from non-Indian fishermen who were able to reef net in more profitable locations.

In the U.S. v. Washington ruling, Judge George Boldt noted that there were 43 reef nets operating off Lummi Island at the time; none of them by tribal fishermen.

"Our journey back to the sxwole, our reef nets, is in its infancy and we're just now starting," said Troy Olsen, one of the fishermen leading the effort. "We'll go through several years of trials before we can really get back to the salmon path."


Community Calendar

Reminder: Blood Drive comes to White Rock

Once again, Canadian Blood Services has brought it to our attention that they will be holding a Blood Drive at the Kent Street Activity Centre on September 1, 2019. Please consider dropping by to give blood or book your appointment today at  

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Tide Tables

Wondering if the tide is going in our out

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Tomorrow In THE SUN

Weekend Update

The annual WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL returns to Granville Island.

In sports news both the BC Lions & The Vancouver Canadians are home this weekend.







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