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March 08, 2021

Next update 3:30 today (Monday)

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health

 

Vaccine call centres for seniors open March 8, 2021.

 You can book a vaccine appointment for yourself or your spouse.

You can also have a family member or friend call for you. It's easy and safe to book over the phone. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)

 

 

During the Corona-virus (COVID 19) pandemic we will endeavour to keep you informed to what is taking place in our community of White Rock and South Surrey/

If you see or hear about someone or an organization that is doing good in our community please forward the information to me.?

Thank You

David Chesney/Publisher

email - editor@whiterocksun.com

 

March 13th at 7pm PST. Virtual tickets at bluefrogstudios.ca.

Purchase your ticket on or before March 12 and be entered to win a 100.00 GC from the White Rock BIA.

 

 

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

When I'm cruising around our little part of the world, I'm always looking for something different, something odd, something I've never noticed or something new that catches my eye.  Once something has piqued my attention then I usually try to find somebody who can explain the event, anomaly, circumstance or structure that I've discovered.  Case in point was the recent installation of a long length of orange snow fence placed around one of the farms south of Hwy. 99 along the Serpentine River between Mud Bay Park and the bridge over the river. 

(Read the full story - click here)

 

 

 

Local News

March 08, 2021

Get A Charge Out Of Shopping In White Rock

Now that the Miramar Plaza second phase is complete you can take advantage of no less than 8 charging stations in the free underground public parking. Plug your EV in do a little shopping have lunch in one of the great uptown eateries and drive home fully charged. You can enter off of Thrift Avenue or through the entrance on the west side by Bryant Park.

 

White Rock Council - This Evening

5 p.m. - Finance & Audit Committee (click here for agenda)

6:30 Land Use & Planning Committee (click for agenda)

7:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting (click here for agenda)

 

March 06, 2021

Retro moment: White Rock RCMP circa 1971.

We note two distinct differences 50 years later...64% of White Rock officers are women or from diverse racial backgrounds and no one is bald back then.

 

March 05, 2021

Whistling Noise In North White Rock

For past couple of months residents on Martin/Foster/Blackwood and Vidal street have been notifying White Rock officials there is a weird whistling noise emanating from the FOSTER MARTIN development in the uptown area.

Some residents quite enjoy the sound of the world's largest Xylophone, while it has become an irritant to other residents. One hypothesis is that the wind on the upper exposed levels is going through holes in the concrete slab props/jacks (example image below) and acting almost like a flute as it passes through the jack. The builder also believes also the building core and columns area contributing to this effect, and they have discussed putting up screens to mitigate. Failure to solve the problem may force the city to invoke provisions of the Noise Bylaw to attain compliance.

 

Councillors Should Not Be Voting For Their Own Pay Raises

Closed door meetings are no way to treat taxpayers

 

(councillor Linda Annis - back row left)

 Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis doesn’t believe the city’s mayor and councillors should be voting on their own pay raises. Annis said the in camera vote to increase the pay of the mayor and each city councillor is no way to treat Surrey’s taxpayers.

“I want to see two changes going forward,” said Annis. “First, any vote on salary increases for elected officials should be public, period. Second, no Surrey city council should ever vote on their own salary increase. If council is going to vote to increase salaries then those new salaries should apply to the next council, not the current one. Every one of us who ran and got elected knew what the salary was when we ran. So, why are we voting to increase our salaries half way through the term. If we’re going to vote on any salary changes then those changes should apply to the next council not this one, and the vote should be completely public and transparent. This isn’t our money, it belongs to the people who elected us.”

Annis said that because the vote was in camera, councillors cannot talk about how they voted. However, Annis said she will be donating her increase to the Surrey Firefighters’ Charitable Society and the work they do on behalf of Surrey’s children.

“I believe that in camera, behind-closed-door meetings are being used too often these days by the mayor and his four remaining Safe Surrey councillors as a way to keep taxpayers in the dark,” added Annis. “The salaries of the mayor and city councillors are not a personnel issue, there’s no need for secrecy. Instead, there is a real need for transparency. We’re elected by the people of Surrey, we work for them and they have a right to know how and where their tax dollars are being spent. Frankly, this lack of transparency has become a real hallmark of the mayor and his four councillors, and our citizens are absolutely fed up.”

 

March 04, 2021

Inquest scheduled into death of Hudson Brooks

(picture of Hudson with his mother Jennifer in happier times)

This week the BC Coroners Service has scheduled an inquest into the death of Hudson Daryl Willis Brooks, at the Burnaby Coroners' Court (20th floor, 4720 Kingsway, Metrotower II, Metrotown, Burnaby).

The death of Brooks, 20, was reported to the BC Coroners Service on July 18, 2015, following a police-involved incident in Surrey.

Presiding coroner Lyn Blenkinsop and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses under oath to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances. A jury must not make any finding of legal responsibility or express any conclusion of law.

 

The BC Lower Mainland’s top spring event, the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, is being postponed due to Covid-19. Dates in the second half of the year are being considered with advice from health officials.

“Public safety rides high in the saddle for us,” states Shannon Claypool, President of the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association. “We are planning another thrilling rodeo, but with less capacity to allow lots of physical distancing to a masked, fun-loving audience. We will work with health officials to determine when the event can be held safely.”

There are two factors that will determine when the event can occur: public safety of Covid-19 and the removal of border restrictions so that competitors, livestock, and entertainment can enter into Canada.

The Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair is traditionally held on the Victoria Day weekend each year; however, last year’s event was cancelled by organizers along with most rodeos and fairs around the world. The event will resume occurring each Victoria Day weekend (May 20-23) in 2022.

The roots of this event goes back 133 year’s to the community’s first fair. By far, the star of the event is the rodeo, which will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association is the community-based, non-profit organization that manages the world-famous Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, British Columbia.

 

March 02, 2021

What actions should the City work on to make White Rock a better place to live, visit or do business?

Share your ideas for improving the local economy with the survey at talkwhiterock.ca/business

 

COVID-19 vaccinations for oldest British Columbians begin March 15

The most senior British Columbians will begin to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine in two weeks.

A call-in system to book vaccination appointments for Indigenous peoples aged 65 and up and other British Columbians aged 90 and up will open March 8, with clinics starting to run March 15.

Seniors aged 85 to 90 can start booking on March 15, for vaccinations starting a week later. Booking opens for those aged 80 to 85 open on March 22.

Anyone who misses their age-based dates can still book anytime afterwards.

The province plans to continue to gradually open vaccination clinics to younger British Columbians — opening by five-year increments — but specific dates beyond March have not yet been announced.

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Sunday Funnies

I am sure I am not the only one that used to look forward to reading the sayings up on the readograph in front of the garden centre in Ocean Park.

The folks at the Carroll County veterinary have a similar sense of humour - enjoy more

(click here)

 

Video of the Day



If you have ever wondered what it must be like to be a bird, flying alongside them is about as close as you can come. Christian Moullec takes us some amazing flights with his birds in this wonderful video. He has been helping birds migrate from Germany to Sweden since 1995. His efforts have raised awareness about the disappearance of migratory birds in Europe. I hope you enjoy this beautiful video as much as I did!

 

Chesney's Chestnuts

Manure: In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything for export had to be transported by ship. It was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by-product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.  Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ' Stow high in transit ' on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this "volatile" cargo and start the production of methane

Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Stow High In Transit) ,............. “So it’s really not a swear word” which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this word.

Neither did I

I had always thought it was a golfing term!

 

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