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

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

 

Join us today (Tuesday) at 12:30 p.m. for our first Facebook live session with White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker.

Let's get together online, and keep connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re are all in this together.

(click here @ 12:30 to join the LIVE session)

 


 

 

 

 

 

Local News

March 31, 2020

Decision Finally Reached

The BC Supreme court this morning released their judgment on the White Rock vs GSR Holdings pertaining to the proposed development of a 10 storey highrise at the corner of Johnston Road and Roper Avenue.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled in favour of the city of White Rock in their stopping the project while they were conducting an OCP review. The developer did have 7 days to file the completed building permit which is what the other developer on the old DEALS WORLD site was able to do.

More to come as this is a story that is currently unfolding.

 

Final Day To Walk Your Pooch On The Promenade

A reminder that the Dogs on the Promenade pilot project ends on March 31. When walking your dog along the promenade, please remember to keep a physical distance of 2 metres. 

For more information about the Dogs on the Promenade pilot project, visit http://ow.ly/Aval50z0qHt

 

Peace Arch Hospital Foundation

We LOVE that our community has been doing their part to support Peace Arch Hospital's frontline staff. Last week, @thechoppedleaf Morgan Crossing donated 20 meals to the amazing healthcare workers in our ER! | Visit https://www.pahfoundation.ca/covid-19/ to find out how you can make a similar impact today! 

 

SOURCES Community Resources

We are here for you in these uncertain times.

SOURCES’ Counselling Services, including our DiscoverY free counselling for young people aged 15-25, continue to be provided through phone or video sessions.

To schedule an appointment, please contact us at counsellingservices@sourcesbc.ca or 604-538-2522.

 

You Are Not Alone

Are you a Senior who can't get out or know someone in that situation? 2-1-1 can connect seniors with volunteers to pick up groceries, prescription and connection.

The phone number can now be called from anywhere in BC, and will be staffed 24 hours a day with a live operator.

 

Grandeview Corners Restaurant Helping Health Care Workers

Hassib Sarawari, owner of Afghan Kitchen, and his mother Zohra. Courtesy Afghan Kitchen)

When Hassib Sarawari saw that health-care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic were still finding parking tickets on their cars after long, grueling shifts, he thought that was sending the exact opposite of the right message.

In the midst of a crisis, business as usual just doesn’t make sense, the owner of Afghan Kitchen said.

With a provincial health officer order banning dine-in service, business has ground to a near halt, Sarawari said, adding he was heartbroken to lay off 27 workers.

Now the restaurant staff consists of himself, his brothers (Ehsan, Zabi, and Wali) and mother, (Zohra) all working in the kitchen, selling food for takeout and delivery and preparing frozen meals.

Before the pandemic, health-care workers already made up a significant portion of Afghan Kitchen’s clientele. On any given day, Sarawari said, it wasn’t unusual to have 20 doctors eating there at one time.

“They supported us in our last two and a half years and now we’re just trying to do our part as much as we can,” he said.

Afghan Kitchen is also planning to deliver food to emergency room workers at both Surrey Memorial and Peach Arch hospitals in the coming week.

The restaurant is also selling frozen meals to those who order ahead and is encouraging buyers to donate to the food bank when they do so. Afghan Kitchen will match those donations too, Sarawari said.

The owner said he hopes other restaurants find similar ways to support the community during these challenging times.

 

City of Surrey Parks Update

While we are all doing our part by staying home when possible, our parks, trails and beaches are great for getting fresh air and taking a break. We ask that residents enjoy while doing the following:

✅ practice physical distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) from others 
✅ go during non-peak times
✅ avoid crowds and gathering
✅ wash hands before and after

Keep informed about COVID-19: surrey.ca/covid19

 

City of White Rock Changes Garbage Pickup

Last week the city of White Rock we needed to make changes to our solid waste collection practices in order to ensure the safety of our workers. These necessary changes became apparent as we reviewed health and safety practices in light of the COVID-19 crisis. These changes will be necessary in the long term after the COVID-19 crisis and are outlined below:

1. Garbage Collection – As we collect garbage manually, we will no longer accept loose garbage in cans. All garbage must be bagged. With loose garbage, we had situations where tissues and personal care products have blown onto our collectors potentially exposing them to viruses and bacteria.
2. Compost Collection – We are requesting that residents wrap food scraps in paper or place them in a compostable bag. We had situations where half eaten meals have “slimed” onto our collectors.
3. Recycling Collection – No changes

Unfortunately, we needed to roll these changes out quickly without much notice to residents. We put information on the website, but realize that not everyone regularly reviews the website. Where possible, we collected the solid waste and left a sticker for “next time”. In some cases, we have not been able to safely complete the collection, so we left information stickers with the Operations phone number. We assigned additional resources to solid waste collection this week so we can go back and complete the missed pickups provided that the materials are properly presented. We dropped off bags for those who were self isolating and couldn’t leave home to get bags.

We had some complaints, but most people seem satisfied as long as we go back and pickup up the bagged materials.

Although I haven’t checked, there could be other Cities with automated pick up where the safety rules are not as rigorous.

Attached is the text of the stickers placed on cans. I hope this clarifies should you receive calls from residents.


Due to people self isolating at home, our volumes are significantly up this week.

Jim Gordon P.Eng.
Director of Engineering and Municipal Operations,
City of White Rock

 

March 230, 2020

White Rock Council - Last Night's Council Meeting

(click here to watch last evening's council meeting)

 

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving

..... and the information below is current as of noon on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Cases:

  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 884
  • New cases since March 27, 2020: 92
  • Hospitalized cases: 81
  • Intensive care: 52
  • COVID-19 related deaths: 17
  • Recovered: 396

Confirmed cases by region:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 444
  • Fraser Health: 291
  • Island Health: 60
  • Interior Health: 77
  • Northern Health: 12

New provincial advice and measures:

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has made an order on farmers markets. All episodic vending markets (also known as “farmers’ markets” or “community markets”) must only allow vendors to serve food to be sold at these events. Vendors of all other merchandise are prohibited at these events.
  • Critical care and acute care hospitalization modelling information from Henry and deputy health minister, Stephen Brown: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/COVID19_Technical_Briefing_Condensed.pdf

New travel/federal measures:

Media availability schedule:

Upcoming scheduled media availability with Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Henry will be held:

Monday, March 30, 2020 – 1:30 p.m., Victoria

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Resources:

 

 

As of March 24, a total of 31,739 people had been tested for COVID-19 in B.C.

 

March 26, 2020

Province Clamps Down

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“B.C. is in a strong position to effectively respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Farnworth. “Informed by the direction of the provincial health officer, we’re taking these critical steps to keep our communities safe, goods moving and essential service workers supported.”

Using the extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act, the minister is issuing a series of ministerial orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government for the duration of the provincial emergency. These include:

  • Supply chain: Establishing a new Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to co-ordinate goods and services distribution; taking a more active role in co-ordinating essential goods and services movement by land, air, marine and rail; and suspending any bylaws that restrict goods delivery at any time of day.
  • Protecting consumers: Banning the secondary resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning and other essential supplies; and restricting quantities of items purchased at point of sale. 
  • Enforcement: Enabling municipal bylaw officers to support enforcement of the provincial health officer’s orders for business closures and gatherings, in line with offences under the Public Health Act.
  • Travel: Ensuring all passenger and car-ferry services provide minimum service levels and priority access for residents, and essential goods and workers.
  • Protecting B.C.’s most vulnerable: Making it easier to support critical services for vulnerable people, like food banks and shelters.
  • Co-ordination: Suspending local states of emergency specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, except for the City of Vancouver; giving municipal councils the ability to hold more flexible meetings to expedite decisions; and co-ordinating potential use of local publicly owned facilities, like community centres, for self-isolation, testing, medical care, warehousing and distribution

(click here for more Provincial news)

 

Are you a senior or someone who is immunity-compromised?

The City of White Rock has compiled a list of pharmacies and grocery stores who are providing dedicate hours and services for our most vulnerable during this #Covid19 crisis.

For the most up to date list, please check out White Rock City Hall's Community Resource page

https://www.whiterockcity.ca/854/Community-Resources

 

London Drugs steps up to distribute Girl Guide cookies in stores and online

Upon learning of the challenges Girl Guides of Canada face with 800,000 boxes of cookies needing to be sold to support ongoing programs in B.C., London Drugs is extending a helping hand. As of this afternoon, residents in British Columbia’s lower mainland will begin to see Girl Guide cookies in London Drugs stores, and in the coming days, Girl Guide cookies will soon be available for thousands of Canadians through London Drugs’ 82 stores across Western Canada and online at https://www.londondrugs.com/.

 

March 25, 2020

First Announcement on CORONAVIRUS in our Community

In a press conference yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) BC Health Minister Dr. BONNIE HENRY announced the Evergreen Care Facility located in White Rock has now been identified as the source of a confirmed case of Coronavirus. The details remain limited but it has been confirmed there were to cases of the virus discovered at Evergreen. A patient and a care worker. The facility has been closed tight to visitors including direct family for the past week.

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Cases:

  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 617
  • New cases since March 22, 2020: 145 (March 23 - 67; March 24 - 78)
  • Hospitalized cases: 59
  • Intensive care: 23
  • Deaths: 13
  • Recovered: 173

Confirmed cases by region:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 330
  • Fraser Health: 194
  • Island Health: 44
  • Interior Health: 41
  • Northern Health: 8

 

Have You Been To Gabby's Country Bar In The Last Month?

Fraser Health is notifying people who may have come in contact with COVID-19 at a popular night club in Langley.

On Feb. 29 and March 14 between 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. someone at the Gabby’s Country Cabaret has had a confirmed case of the new virus 

Fraser Health is asking asking, for you to monitor your health for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and you avoid crowded public spaces and places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if they become ill.”

If you do have symptoms or develop them, isolate and call 8-1-1 to contact HealthLink BC.

 

March 24, 2020

City of White Rock closes Pier in battle against COVID-19


White Rock City Council voted March 23 to temporarily close the White Rock Pier, a popular seaside attraction, to help flatten the curve in the growing number of COVID-19 cases.

The City closed Waterfront parking lots and the West Beach Parkade starting March 23, allowing only 15 and 30-minute parking on the north side of Marine Drive for takeout food from local restaurants.

The City has been monitoring activity on the Waterfront during the COVID-19 pandemic and observed that many people were not keeping a safe social distance of two metres or more from each other. 

Also on March 23, City Council approved the option for members of Council to meet electronically to make decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Response
City facilities and playgrounds are temporarily closed to the public. City services are available online at whiterockcity.ca/online.

For information about the City’s response to the global pandemic, visit whiterockcity.ca/COVID19.

In dealing with foot traffic on the promenade council in a 4-3 vote voted in favour of keeping the promenade open for the time being but granted Mayor Walker the authority to close the promenade if the crowds continue to ignore the recommended social distance of 2 metres separation.

Council also unanimously voted in a new by-law that would allow council to meet electronically (by phone) if mandatory isolation is brough into law.

 

 

 

White Rock Eagle Cam - Live


With the arrival of Spring the David Hancock Wildlife Eagle Cams have gone live again.

The White Rock eagle camera has revealed the local nest has eggs for the first time since 2017.

" We have eggs!  The first egg was laid at 6:10 pm on March 10 and the second at 7:58 pm on March 13.  We’ll begin watching for signs of a hatch on April 14."

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

One of the things I like to always have on hand is a hockey stick with a Canadian flag taped onto it. I prefer real wood, either a Sherwood or Coho, with a flag I pick up for free from my local MP's office. It really is amazing the times when you can pull it out of the closet, wave it around or put it in the back of the ol' pickup truck before going out for a rip. The Canada Day long weekend is a natural, the Summer and Winter Olympics, International ice hockey games, concerts, camping trips, journeys to the USA and political rallies are always good times for the Maple Leaf.

(click for the full story)

 

History Lesson

courtesy Tom Saunders

YWR ?!?

In 1956, as part of the plan for an airport in South Surrey, Airport Zoning Regulations were put into place, and Surrey purchased and held all land required for the airport (a fortunate move in light of the future creation of park lands - this is basically Sunnyside Acres and Softball City.)

From “Years of Promise – White Rock 1858-1958” by Lorraine Ellenwood.

 

Video of the Day


How are those conference calls working out for you?

 

Thought for the Day

 


Chesney's Chestnuts 


From RANJ SINGH - If your last name is Singh and you are expecting a child... name it Soshal Disthind Singh.

 

Community Calendar

Use the BC CENTRE FOR DISEAS CONTROL as your bookmark to keep up to any changes in the spread of the Coronavirus.

(click here for the link)

FRASER HEALTH has set up an information line.

At this time, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. Fraser Health Population and Public Health is working closely with the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor the national and provincial COVID-19 situation.

The province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 am - 8 pm at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 1-888-268-4319

(click here for details on other community events)

 

 

 

 

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