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August 04, 2022

Following an incident of a hard landing with one of the Snowbirds in Fort St. John on Tuesday, the entire group of Snowbird planes has been grounded until further notice.

The Department of Transport officials arrived in Fort St. John yesterday and each plane will be inspected thoroughly.

The Snowbirds appearances at the Penticton Peach Festival and this weekend's Abbotsford Air Show are also cancelled.

 

Run To The Rez Recap

 

Richard Woods 1955 Belair HT with a 671 Blower won the top award at Sunday's Hot Rod Custom Car Show at this years Sea Festival. Hundreds of classic cars were on display in Semiahmoo Park.

The top trophy was donated by Mike Herrick the organizer of the annual car show.www.therodgod.com

 

Langley OR Bust

Just weeks after the release of the final business case, companies are invited to submit their qualifications to build the elevated guideway for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain.

This is the first contract for the project, which will provide high-quality and low-cost transportation for tens of thousands of people in Surrey, Langley and surrounding areas.

Surrey Langley SkyTrain is a 16-kilometre extension of the Expo Line from King George Station to Langley City Centre, the first rapid transit expansion south of the Fraser River in 30 years. Major construction is expected to begin in 2024, with the Surrey Langley SkyTrain anticipated to be in operation in late 2028.

Learn More:

Read about improved transit and the connected communities that are on the way with Surrey Langley SkyTrain: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022TRAN0067-001107

 

 

 

Surrey residents overwhelmingly do not support this unpopular plan. Multiple rounds of research have shown: 

  • 75% of residents support keeping the RCMP in Surrey with improvements such as increased policing resources. 

  • 82% of residents believe the transition should be halted until detailed costs are shared publicly 

  • 89% of Surrey residents have a favourable impression of RCMP Members. 

    • 90% female 

    • 88% male 

    • 87% South Asian 

    75% want to keep property taxes affordable.

4. Not a Done Deal

Despite what some may claim, this transition is not a done deal. The October 15 municipal election finally gives Surrey residents a say on the future of policing in your city.  

  • The specific timing of SPS potentially becoming the police of jurisdiction is dependent on decisions made by all three levels of government, which may affect the timing and expenditures.  

  • Given all the delays, the RCMP will likely remain in command for the next four-plus years and in Surrey for the next six-plus years; there is no plan or approval for change-of-command.  

  • For the foreseeable future, Surrey residents will be paying for two police services, paying exorbitant taxes, and losing other critical services and community programs at the expense of such a transition.  

  • Six rounds of research since 2020 have consistently shown that most Surrey residents do not support this.  

  • Only 17% of residents want to replace the RCMP.  

  • It would cost far less now to halt the transition.

     

    Have your say on the future of policing in Surrey by voting in the upcoming October 15 municipal election.

    (click here)

 

August 03, 2022

South Surrey Indoor Pool Set to Reopen in September

 

South Surrey Indoor Pool will reopen to the public on September 20, 2022. With all five indoor and eight outdoor seasonal pools now open in Surrey, this facility will provide additional swimming and recreation opportunities for those in the community.

“We look forward to welcoming the public back to the South Surrey Indoor Pool next month where we have an active population of seniors in this area who are excited to use this facility again,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Thank you to the community for their patience and understanding as we focused on hiring and training staff and preparing for a safe reopening. We know the important role this facility plays in the health and wellbeing of our citizens.”

South Surrey Indoor Pool features six, 25-meter lanes, and a dive tank with two diving boards. The pool will offer public swims, swim lessons, aquatic fitness, and aquatic sport practices.

Staff will continue to prioritize the health and safety of the public with regular cleaning procedures. Visitors are reminded to stay home if sick, respect others’ personal space and to adhere to all pool safety protocols.

To learn more, visit surrey.ca/pools.

 

August 02, 2022

Populism, development, and the drama of White Rock politics

All cities in British Columbia will go to the polls in October to decide who will run their city for the next four years. CBC RADIO Vancouver is checking in with the mayors in the Lower Mainland to recap and forecast the upcoming elections in their communities.

One of the first mayors to be featured is our own DARRYL WALKER mayor of White Rock.

What happens when a populist movement storms into office on a platform of change, and then has to govern? 

The City of White Rock has proven an interesting case study the last four years.

(read the full story) 

 

August 01, 2022


Shots fired in South Surrey

UPDATE - A second victim of the gangland shooting has now passed away from his injuries.

 

Surrey RCMP yesterday afternoon were called to a shooting in the 14600 block of 20th Avenue in Surrey that has left one man deceased.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shooting in the 14600-block of 20th Avenue. Police attended and located three male victims in medical distress suffering from gunshot wounds. Attending officers provided life saving measures until Emergency Health Services arrived. Despite life saving measures, one of the injured men succumbed to his injuries on scene. The remaining two victims were transported to local hospital with life threatening injuries. 

Police are looking for any witnesses or those with dash cam footage from the area to contact police.

The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with Surrey RCMP. Initial investigations are that this was a targeted incident. The investigation is in the early stages and police are currently in the evidence gathering phase. At this point in time, there is no concern for public safety.

Any further information will be provided by Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

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Night Owl

Check out what's happening musically speaking around town this weekend.

(click here) 

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

Carving up Semiahmoo History

With the worst of last week's heat wave behind us, we decided to do something different this weekend and on the holiday Monday we went for a walk on the wild side, heading west from West Beach in White Rock along the bluff shoreline of Crescent Rock.

There are actual indigenous petroglyphs on the beaches in White Rock and south Surrey. One that was on the shoreline near 136 Street was noticed on the beach in the 1920s and recovered by the Great Northern Railway before wave action and erosion erased the carving.

 (click here for the full history)

 

Heading to the beach today?

Check to see if the tide is in our out at White Rock & Crescent Beach

(click here for today's tide schedule)

 

Video of the Day

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Friends to the end.

Don't even think about telling them its weird.

 

Chesney's Chestnut 

Wasp Spray

A guy walks into his local pub and finds the bartender out cleaning off the dining area on the patio and spraying for bugs. "Flying insect spray, huh?" the guy asks as he picks up the can and examines the label. "Is this stuff good for wasps?" "No," the bartender replies. "It kills them."

 

Thought for the Day

 

 

 

Alex Browne - The Stranger

Very happy to be directing an excellent cast in Agatha Christie's 1932 suspense drama The Stranger, Peninsula Productions' summer presentation (Aug. 18-28) at the studio theatre in Centennial Park!

Tickets, info 604-536-8335, www.showpass.com

 

 

 

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