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EDITOR'S NOTE: The White Rock Sun will not be updated until Monday due to prior travel commitments.

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Night Owl

THE PAPERBOYS Raised the bar of excellence a few weeks back with their debut show at Blue Frog. So much so, they will be back in White Rock this summer. While you are waiting enjoy from the comfort of your home, THE PAPERBOYS live from BLUE FROG.

Great live music over at CLUB 24o0 in Ocean Park when ROB MONTGOMERY & NADINE STATES return for a night of rockin' good dance music.

(click here for all your weekend music events)

 

 

Indigenous People Have Been Here Forever. Why Won’t Archaeologists Believe It?

An Indigenous archaeologist on how her discipline has shaped the view of the ground beneath our feet.

(read the full story)

 

 

 

 

 

Local News

May 26, 2022

Council News

WHITE ROCK COUNCIL MONDAY SCHEDULE & LINKS:

Land Use & Planning 6:00 p.m. (Read the agenda)

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

 

 

SURREY COUNCIL MONDAY MEETING LINK

 

 

Bus ridership leading the return to transit

New TransLink report details ridership trends

New data from TransLink shows bus ridership is recovering faster than all other transit modes. The Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) details TransLink’s 2021 ridership and reveals that bus ridership bounced back strongest of all transit modes, reaching 62 per cent of pre-pandemic levels by the end of last year.

Bus ridership recovery outpaced HandyDART (59%), SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines (57%), the Canada Line and SeaBus (both at 54%), and the West Coast Express (26%). Since then, bus ridership recovery has grown to 71 per cent in May of 2022.

TRANSLINK had no comment on whether or not the rising gas prices was part of the cause for increased ridership.

 

May 25, 2022

Condo Fire Draws Numerous Emergency Vehicles

Fire crews from White Rock and South Surrey turned out in force yesterday morning to fight a difficult fire in a condo building in the 1400 block of Blackwood street. The fire for the large part was contained in the walls, causing a great deal of smoke and little actual fire. There were no injuries.

Blackwood street was blocked at the north and south ends of the street by the police causing a lot or rubber necking by commuters.

 

Coming To Softball City - June 24-25, 2022

After a two year hiatus the CANADA CUP WOMEN'S FASTBALL tournament returns to Softball City in South Surrey.

This year shows signs of the biggest and best tournament in the long running history

(click here for full details and volounteer opportunities)

Please Note:

Canada Cup International Softball Championship

e would like to inform our community of a celebration of life for long time transportation chair member of the Canada Cup, Frank Demaris. Frank’s celebration of life will be held this Saturday (May 28th) at ELGIN HALL, 14250 Crescent Rd South Surrey, B.C. V4P1L4 from 1 to 4pm for anyone to attend.

 

RCMP Shooting In Surrey

 

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Surrey in which one woman has been injured.

Just after noon today on May 24, 2022, frontline officers from the Surrey RCMP were called to the 10500-block of King George Boulevard for a report of a woman with a weapon. Officers deployed to the area and located the woman in the 10400-block of King George Boulevard, who was reportedly still in possession of the weapon. During an interaction between the woman and police, shots were fired by officers and the woman was injured.

The woman was taken to a local area hospital with what are believed to be serious injuries.

The IIO BC has been notified and will be investigating police actions in this incident. While the Surrey General Investigation Section is a conducting a concurrent Criminal Code investigation. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

May 24, 2022

Doug Still Digging Out

On May 20, 2022, local media obtained copies of court documents from the mayor’s criminal court file. Those documents include an “Information to Obtain” (ITO), which is a document the police prepare in order to get a judge to grant them a search warrant.  In this case, it was a search warrant to search the mayor’s house.  The police were looking, in particular, for the runners the mayor was wearing when he says that another Surrey resident ran over his foot on September 4, 2021, in the Southpointe shopping mall parking lot.

The ITO disclosed that police say that McCallum falsely told them that he was pinned up against the vehicle on September 4.  They say that the parking lot video shows that was not true.  Similarly, police say that McCallum says he was limping after being run over.  Again, video surveillance shows that he was not.  McCallum told police the other Surrey resident involved “tore away” from him in the parking lot.  Once again, video surveillance showed that she did not tear away – she rolled away slowly.

Further, it is reported that the Surrey Police Board has asked McCallum to step aside – he refused. Council can “do the right thing” for the people of Surrey and demand that McCallum step aside until this fiasco is dealt with. 

 

Country Comes To White Rock Beachfront

Staff and diners at The Washington Avenue Grill were surprised and thrilled when they noticed country music singer REBA McENTIRE joining them on the weekend for brunch

McENTIRE quite possibly was in the area filming her scenes in the television series BIG SKY which she recently joined the cast of.

In May 2022, ABC announced that McEntire will be joining the season 3 (2022–23) cast of the drama Big Sky, playing local businesswoman Sunny Brick

WAG manager Brent Gray with Reba and Mati Arsoniadis, Ashlynne Riddoch

 

Gone In 60 Seconds

Keep a lookout for a distinctive E Bike, stolen from uptown SaveOn tonight, May 23 at 5:45PM ish

If you see this bike contact mall security or RCMP

Not very happy, had expensive lock on bike too.

The bike is registered through 529

 

May 21, 2022

Joyce Murphy Ruggeri

(find her through FACEBOOK)

Hello, I am looking for the lady with the big black dog that attacked my two Yorkies (Friday) . Our babies are in bad shape.

This happened in the soccer field next to the school at South Surrey Athletic Park, 20th Rotary way. I am also looking for the Teacher that ran to help, I would like to thank her and may need her as a witness. Any help from anyone would be great. Even if you know where this dog lives.

The dog was off leash and looked something like this dog.

 

May 20, 2022

 Help locate missing person – Douglas Blake

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a 66-year-old man who was reported missing in South Surrey.

On May 19 at 1:00 p.m., Douglas Blake was reported missing from 1600-block 140 Street. He was last seen at approximately 9:30 a.m. and is believed to have departed on foot. Family and police are concerned for Douglas’s wellbeing.

Douglas Blake is described as a 66-year-old Caucasian man, 5’7, 182 lbs, clean shaven with short grey hair. Douglas was last seen wearing a grey golf shirt, grey hoodie, and a beige baseball cap with navy blue brim. Douglas may appear confused or disoriented. (See picture attached).

Anyone with information that could assist police with locating Douglas Blake is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

May 19, 2022

Surrey's Newest Town Centre

For years the city of Surrey maintained their southern most town centre would be located at 20th avenue and 162nd street. Did anyone actually believe that. For reasons yet to be explained the city of Surrey and White Rock have never sat down at a table and worked on creating a workable community centre that would enhance both communities.

Pictured above is the most recent artist rendering of the proposed development of the Semiahmoo Mall parcel of land.

If you have been to Whalley lately you will have noticed there are roughly two dozen towers reaching for the sky. And that is a good thing. That is where they belong.

The 50 year build out of the Lower Mainland has constantly emphasized development should be built along transit corridors. (See YELL IT LIKE IT IS editorial). Let's just hope Surrey know when to stop and we don't end up with Whalley south.

(click here for past local news stories

 

 

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

Garbage in, Garbage Out

Imagine my surprise when early on Friday morning a City of White Rock truck pulled into a townhouse complex I was at, filled with stacks of new recycling bins.  The two workers started dropping off these blue and red bins plus plastic yellow bags at the front of every unit and then taping letters to everyone's door. 

(read the full story-click here)

 

Video of the Day

 

Do you enjoy looking at hot rod and custom cars?

If you can't wait for THE WESTCOASTERS car show in Semiahmoo Park this Canada Day, check out the action up on Latimer Road every Friday night - Campbell Heights.

 

Chesney's Chestnut

Having just graduated from Simon Fraser university , a young man is fired up to meet his best friend for lunch and map out their futures.

He opens his Uber app and calls for a ride. 

The car shows up, the young man hops in, and the driver says, “Nice day. How you doin’?”

The graduate replies, “I just got my diploma from Simon Fraser. I’m off to go conquer the world.”

The driver says, “Congrats! Nice to meet ya. I’m Howie, UBC 2019.”

 

Thought for the Day

 

Bird's Eye View

White Rock Eagle Cam Is Live

 

On a private portion of the White Rock bluff overlooking Boundary Bay is a small grove of evergreens. One tree, only about 100 feet from the back porch of the home, had an eagle nest in it. The owner donated the installation of three pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras for us to watch this active eagle nest – a close-up cam looking down into the nest, a wide-angle cam in a neighbouring tree that provides a spectacular view of Boundary Bay (and of young eagles learning to branch), and a territory cam that shows more of the area around the nest  The eagles raised two chicks in 2010, and the first cams were installed for the 2011 nesting season  The eagles built a new nest in a nearby tree in 2016, and the close-up camera was moved and a fourth camera added for 2017.  As of fall 2021, we have watched as 14 young eagles fledged successfully and seen a number of spectacular sunsets over Boundary Bay.

Updates

Mom was back in the area on September 29; Dad’s return was confirmed October 14, though he may have been back earlier. They did some work on the nest they had been using, but by November 20 it was obvious that they were working on a new nest fortunately within sight of all three cams. Eagles sometimes build new nests, then return to the original one to lay their eggs, so we’ll have to wait to see what happens here.

March 23, 2022, 1:40 pm first egg!  The pair are using their new nest so all we have are views from the side at a distance“ but there’s definitely an egg from the way they are acting, and we think that’s when it was laid.

April 29, 2022 the adults were sitting higher in the nest this morning, suggesting that they may have a chick.  And there was a feeding at 4:16 pm and it looked as if there may be two chicks!  There’s a video of the feeding on the forum if you’d like a peek  https://forum.hancockwildlife.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=589&start=2850#p572033.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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