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December 06, 2019

Head of Surrey police transition committee says mayor's timeline is incorrect

The mayor of Surrey is being corrected by the man hired to steer the transition to a municipal police force.

On Monday, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum told reporters the committee overseeing the transition will pick up the pace and wrap up work by mid-December.

“We’ve been working very hard, we’ve been working with the minister over the last five or six days,” McCallum said after Monday night’s council meeting. “The general consensus over there is that they need to speed up the process. They’ve given us the green light to have our police, the committee’s work will be finished on Dec. 11.

But the chair of that committee says that’s not the case.

“This is a very complex matter. We are establishing a police force from the ground up,” explains former Attorney General and retired justice Wally Oppal. “I think it will take a lot longer. You’ve got to keep in mind that government basically shuts down from the middle of December until about the third week of January. So, even if we got our work done by the middle of this month. Nothing too much will get done on the next step.”

He says community safety comes first and the work — which includes establishing a police board, hiring a chief, and staffing a force with officers–can’t be rushed.

 

Bus Drivers Sign Contract

Transit workers have voted in favour of what the union is calling a “historic” three-year agreement.

The terms of the deal, which was approved by 84.3 per cent of union members, address wages and working conditions which were the issues at the heart of the protracted dispute.

 

December 04, 2019

BUDGET BACKLASH

Statement from Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald

As Surrey’s Mayor and Council move towards final adoption of a 2020 budget that does not allow for any additional police resources for the second year in a row, it is important that we acknowledge the detrimental effect this will have on our service delivery model and on the health and wellness of our members and municipal support staff.

The City of Surrey previously denied my request for 12 additional officers for 2019 and it was made clear to me that any additional requests for police resources would not be entertained while the city is petitioning the province for a municipal police service.

The Surrey RCMP is committed to public safety, but also to the safety and wellness of our officers and employees. The senior leadership team will continue to advocate for adequate resources, even as the City of Surrey and Province of BC work to determine the future of policing in Surrey.

I commend the Surrey RCMP police officers and support staff who have continued to provide excellent police services to the city during this challenging period. To the residents of Surrey, the safety of your homes, your families, and your neighbourhoods remains our top priority, as always.

DWAYNE MCDONALD

 

The cities of Surrey and Vancouver have recently come under public criticism for rising property taxes in both the cities. Cuts to what many residents would consider essential services have fallen victim to cuts in staff and services.

White Rock begins their process of creating their operating budgets beginning next week. How much of an increase can you expect?

Yesterday the VANCOUVER SUN issued a graph showing a Ten Year Average property tax breakdown

.(click here to compare the major cities in the Lower Mainland)

 

Ladies First

A recent report created by Kwantlen Polytechnic University student Lisa Hedmark, Hedmark's research revealed the Provincial percentage of women RCMP officers is 24 percent. Nationally the figure of female officers is 22 percent.

Further research revealed the White Rock detachment is made up of 24 officers of which 14 are women totaling 58 percent.

Last year, White Rock RCMP was made up of 24 officers, 14 of whom were women – about 58 per cent. With the inclusion of the newly appointed Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls last month, the ratio currently sits at 56 per cent in favour of women.

 

December 03, 3019

South Surrey Murder Suspect Arrested In California

Brandon Nathan Tiexeira who has been the subject of a two year long manhunt, has been arrested in California.

Police were informed Teixeira was hiding out in Oroville California. With the assistance of the Butte County Sherrif Office the RCMP surrounded a home and moved forward with their plan to arrest Teixeira. Teixeira exited the house and ignored police commands to surrender eventually climbing into his vehicle and attempting to escape by ramming the officers vehicles. Eventually he was taken down by the K-9 unit.

Teixeira then attempted to drive off, but the BCSO used a second armored vehicle to disable his vehicle.

While executing the search warrant, the sheriff’s office personnel “located approximately 26 pounds of heroin, over 1,000 OxyContin and Percocet pills, and an estimated 40 pounds of marijuana.”

Back in October 2017 in the early morning hours it is alleged Tiexeira killed Nicholas Khabara in South Surrey just off of Crescent Road.

A year ago frustrated by their ability to bring Tiexeira to justice, the reward for his arrest was raised to $55,000.00

“Brandon Teixeira’s arrest is the result of thousands of hours of dedicated work by dozens of officers in CFSEU-BC, IHIT, and many other police agencies in British Columbia and the United States,” says Superintendent Paul Dadwal, Acting Chief Officer for the CFSEU-BC. “Working through the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, our partners in California were able to take Teixeira into custody. The message to criminals on the run, yet again, is that we will relentlessly pursue you until you face justice.”

Soon after the initial report of the shooting the RCMP received a call from a woman who said she had been shot.

At the time of the shooting, the woman – who has not been publicly identified – was said by police to be known to Khabra, and that they believed she was with him when the shooting occurred.

The RCMP will soon transport Tiexeira back to Canada from Oroville, CA.

December 02, 2019

Buying local supports B.C. communities

To recognize the contributions local businesses make to their communities and to B.C.’s economy, the B.C. government has proclaimed Dec. 2-8, 2019, as BC Buy Local Week.

Locally owned businesses, growers, manufacturers and service providers are key drivers of B.C.’s thriving economy. Figures from a recent LOCO BC Indie Impact Study show that for every $100 spent locally, up to $63 are recirculated in the community, creating 4.6 times the economic impact over any money spent at non-local businesses. The study also found that local restaurants recirculate 67.9% of all revenues locally compared to multinationals at 30.4%.

Learn More:

LOCO BC and Buy Local Week: https://bcbuylocal.com/bcbuylocalweek/

Resources for small businesses in B.C.: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/small-business

To find information, training and expert advice to start or grow a  business, visit Small Business BC: https://smallbusinessbc.ca/

 

One deceased, one injured following shots fired - Whalley

UPDATE

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to assist its ongoing homicide investigation in Surrey, B.C.

On December 1, 2019 at approximately 10:51 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to reports of gunfire in the area of 136A Street and 114 Avenue. Verron Nand, 21-years-old, was found on the ground with gunshot wounds along with a second male victim. Nand was pronounced dead at scene and the second male was taken to hospital and is currently in stable condition.

Surrey RCMP is assisting the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) following a shots fired incident in the Whalley/City Centre area of Surrey that has left one man deceased and one man injured.



On December 1, 2019, shortly before 11:00 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to the 13600-block of 114 Avenue after a report of shots fired was received. Upon police attendance, one adult male was found deceased and one injured male from apparent gunshot wounds. The injured man has been transported to the hospital in serious condition.

IHIT has been engaged and are actively investigating the incident. The victims are known to police and this is believed to be a targeted incident.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or have video surveillance or dash-cam video to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

December 02, 2019

Ferry Service On The Fraser?

The METRO VANCOUVER has asked TRANSLINK to conduct a survey on the feasibility of running foot passenger service up and down the Fraser River.


The request would be to cost out the operation of an electric ferry for foot passengers to travel between the communities on the Fraser River between Richmond and Fort Langley.

An electric ferry is also being planned in Ontario and – closer to home – B.C. Ferries has recently commissioned some hybrid-electric ferries, according to the report.

TransLink used to operate the Albion Ferry until 2009, when it was shut down following the completion of the Golden Ears Bridge. The passenger and vehicle ferry service, which had been in operation since 1957, ran on the Fraser River between Maple Ridge and Langley.

There also used to be a ferry service between Richmond and Delta from 1914 to 1959, which was replaced by the current Massey Tunnel.

The province currently operates a vehicle-passenger ferry between Barnston Island and Surrey, while a privately-operated, passenger-only ferry runs between downtown New Westminster and Queensborough.

White Rock property linked to money-laundering schemes remain in hands of accused: investigation

The White Rock home at 14162 North Bluff is now valued at $900,500 and remains in the name of the numbered company, according to property records.

On a weekday morning in November, a man who answered the door at the property said he knew nothing of its ownership.

Qiao fled the U.S. and recently was in custody in Sweden. Zhao has not been sentenced yet in the U.S. in consideration of her continued co-operation in the case, according to filings on her sentencing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles declined to comment on the White Rock property.

(read the full story)

 

December 01, 2019

 

I am thrilled to be joining my Conservative Party of Canada - Parti conservateur du Canada colleagues in Shadow Cabinet. Thanks to Andrew Scheer for entrusting me with the role of Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change. We have important work to do, and I am excited to get started!

Kerry - Lynne Findlay

 

November 30, 2019

Huge Drug Busts

Targeted enforcement leads to large seizure of cash and drugs

The Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) has had a successful November, with three significant seizures of suspected cocaine and cash since November 8, 2019.

As a result of their continued strategic targeted enforcement in Surrey, SGET has successfully interdicted more than 30 kilograms of cocaine, $125,000 in cash, and have arrested six men in connection with drug trafficking.

The seizure of 392 grams, just under a pound, of suspected cocaine, occurred on November 8th, 2019 at 11:30 pm. SGET officers conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle in the area of 152 Street and 81 Avenue.
While conducting an investigation under the Motor Vehicle Act, Officers made a number of observations which led to the discovery of hidden compartments within the vehicle, and a large paint tray of suspected bulk, powdered cocaine. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were arrested for possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking, and have been released from custody while the investigation is on-going.

On November 9th, 2019 at 6:30 pm, SGET officers pulled over a vehicle in the area of 140 Street and 108 Avenue, Surrey to check the sobriety of the driver after observing the vehicle cross the solid line at the shoulder of the road. The driver was found to have an expired BC Drivers Licence and upon further investigation of the vehicle and its occupants, items consistent with drug trafficking, including multiple cellphones, a quantity of MDMA and currency were found. A search of the vehicle revealed a cardboard box containing multiple bundles of cash wrapped in elastic bands, later counted to be in excess of $125,000 Cdn. The driver and passenger were arrested for possession of property obtained by crime over $5000. The passenger was also arrested for drug possession. Both men in this investigation have been released from police custody pending further investigation.

A seizure of approximately 30 kilograms of suspected cocaine were seized from a vehicle on November 22, 2019 shortly after 6:00 pm. SGET Officers conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle in the 11900-block of 80 Avenue. During the traffic stop, the officers observed a suspicious bag in the vehicle, subsequent investigation of that bag revealed 30 individually wrapped packages of suspected cocaine. Officers also located and seized $5000.00 in cash and a $25,000 money order. The driver and passenger were both arrested for possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking and were released pending further investigation.

The cocaine seized in relation to these investigations is in excess of 120,000 doses. All three of these investigations are on-going with the assistance of the Surrey RCMP Drug Unit.

“Drug trafficking is a significant driver of violent criminal activity, not only in Surrey, but across the Lower Mainland,” said Inspector Mike Hall, Surrey RCMP Pro-active Enforcement Officer. “These three interdictions will have a significant impact on the flow of cocaine at the street level, and represent a significant financial hit to the network of drug traffickers these seizures are associated to.”

 

November 28, 2019

Chinese government won't be allowed to sponsor future B.C. local government conventions

A controversial reception annually hosted by the Chinese government to wine and dine B.C. politicians is officially no more. 

The Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) executive announced it banned sponsorships by foreign governments at its annual convention, following an independent panel's report on how the convention is financed.

(read the full story)

 

November 27, 2019

British Columbia Makes Indigenous Peoples History

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Regional Chief Terry Teegee, BC Assembly of First Nations; Cheryl Casimer, First Nations Summit; Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs; and Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and member of Tsartlip First Nation, have issued the following statement:

“Today, we have made history. British Columbia is the first province in Canada to enshrine the human rights of Indigenous peoples in law. Bill 41, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples act, passed unanimously on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

“The legislation establishes the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the foundational framework for reconciliation in B.C., as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The provincial government developed Bill 41 in collaboration with the First Nations Leadership Council, which was acting on the direction of First Nations leaders throughout the province. A commitment to adopting the Declaration is a component of the Confidence and Supply Agreement between the B.C. government and the BC Green Party caucus.

“This legislation advances a path forward to true reconciliation for all of us in B.C. that will uphold Indigenous rights and create stronger communities, stable jobs and economic growth.

"It is time we recognize and safeguard Indigenous peoples’ human rights, so that we may finally move away from conflict, drawn-out court cases and uncertainty, and move forward with collaboration and respect. Ensuring that Indigenous peoples are part of the policy-making and decision-making processes that affect them, their families and their territories is how we will create more certainty and opportunity for Indigenous peoples, B.C. businesses, communities and families everywhere.

“Any future changes to bring provincial laws into harmony with the UN Declaration will be done in consultation and collaboration with Indigenous peoples, with opportunities for engagement with local governments and stakeholders such as business and industry. Changes won’t happen overnight – this will be a gradual, step-by-step process over time.

“The development of an action plan – in collaboration with Indigenous peoples – with regular reporting to monitor progress will provide a transparent and accountable path forward on reconciliation in B.C.

“Working together, we have made significant progress in the past two years and we have seen critical advancements with affordable housing, child welfare, language revitalization and revenue sharing. This legislation will help us build upon this progress and make a real, meaningful difference in the lives of Indigenous families and everyone in B.C.”

 

Come In From Out In The Cold

The White Rock COLD SHELTER opened its doors last evening. The hours location and location;

9 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Star of the Sea Hall (15262 Pacific Ave.)

If you see someone sleeping outside in our community please direct them to the shelter.

November 23, 2019

City and Museum apologize to Semiahmoo First Nation for 1990s’ incident



In a private ceremony on Nov. 21, 2019, the City of White Rock and the White Rock Museum and Archives apologized to the Semiahmoo First Nation for an incident that took place in the 1990s.

The Semiahmoo First Nation and the White Rock Museum and Archives made an agreement in the 1970s that the Museum would manage the Semiahmoo artifacts from St. Anne’s Church. The artifacts were displayed for a number of years and then put into storage. It was discovered in the 1990s that the larger pieces, stored at Centennial Arena, were missing and could not be located.

Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell
“We, as Semiahmoo leadership, are very pleased to begin a positive process solidified in ceremony and facilitated by the City of White Rock and the White Rock Museum and Archives.

Our ceremonies are the foundation to reconciling unfortunate, historic wrongs. The Semiahmoo people are invested in, and excited about, a renewed relationship both with the City of White Rock and with the White Rock Museum and Archives.”

Karin Bjerke-Lisle, Executive Director,
White Rock Museum and Archives

“We cannot replace the artifacts that have been lost, but we can treasure and protect the Semiahmoo First Nation artifacts in our care. We can also ensure that we share the rich and vibrant history of the Semiahmoo First Nation with the people who live in White Rock and our many visitors through exhibits at the White Rock Museum and Archives.”

 

 

November 22, 2019

One man injured in Guildford shooting



The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit is investigating a shooting that occurred overnight in the Guildford area.

On November 21, 2019, at 9:00 pm, police responded to a report of gunshots heard, and a vehicle collision in the 14600-block of 83 Avenue. Frontline officers quickly located the vehicle which had collided with a fence, and found a man with an apparent gunshot wound. The man was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This investigation is in its early stages however this is believed to be a targeted incident. There is no indication of a continued risk to the public in relation to this incident.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident or that has CCTV or dashcam footage is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

HIT called after two deceased located in Surrey residence

Shortly before 5 p.m. on November 21, 2019, frontline officers with Surrey RCMP attended a residence in the 14000-block of 102A Avenue, Surrey. Inside, they located two deceased persons, and subsequently called in the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

“Although our investigation is in its early stages, at this time it appears as though one of the deceased was the victim of a homicide. We are working hard to gather evidence to identify the events surrounding this tragedy,” says Constable Harrison Mohr with IHIT.

Initial indications are that this was an isolated incident with no risk to the public. “We are not looking for any outstanding suspects, and can confirm that both persons knew each other,” Cst. Mohr says.

Officers from IHIT, along with the Victim Services unit from the Surrey RCMP are in the process of reaching out to the family and friends of the people involved. We will be offering our support to them, and seeking any information they can provide.

IHIT may be in the area for several days, as officers continue to process evidence and conduct a thorough examination of the scene.

 

November 21, 2019

Cloverdale Train Collision with Pedestrian



Surrey RCMP were called to a collision involving a train and pedestrian in the Cloverdale Area last evening.

At approximately 7:20 PM, Surrey RCMP responded to a collision between a train and pedestrian near the intersection of 53rd Avenue, at 184th Street.

Initial indications are that serious and potentially life threatening injuries have been sustained by the male pedestrian, as a result of this collision.

Traffic in the area will be affected for an undetermined time as officers continue their investigation. A road closure is in effect for 184th Street between the intersection of 54th Avenue and 5000 block. The public are requested to avoid the area until further notice.

The investigation into the collision is in its early stages. Investigators are seeking witnesses who observed the collision to contact the Surrey RCMP. An updated release will be provided when further information is available and the road has been re-opened.

Anyone with more information about this incident, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

UPDATE to Train Collision with Pedestrian

Surrey RCMP is updating the public that the man who was struck by a train on November 20, 2019 in Cloverdale has died.

 

County awards $8.7 million for berm construction

A windstorm and high tide pushed water over the roadway at Birch Bay Drive on December 20, 2018. The berm project will place about 210,000 tons of sand and gravel on the beach to "renaturalize" it and guard against storm surges.

The December 20th 2018 winter storm that destroyed our famous pier in White Rock, also did major damage to the waterfront in Birch Bay. It was announced this week Whatcom County has awarded the contract for $8.7 million to rebuild the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility commonly called the berm.

According to preliminary plans, construction of the berm will take place over two years, breaking during the summer months to have a minor impact on tourism.

 

November 20, 2019

Back To Ottawa

I swore my oath of office today in Ottawa as Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock. Very proud to represent my beautiful home community in the House of Commons!

My husband, Brent, and I toured West Block afterward.

Kerry Lynne Findlay MP South Surrey - White Rock

 

Dallas Smith, Terri Clark to perform on CP Holiday Train’s B.C. stops

Annual festive food bank fund raiser rolling across province from Dec. 11 to 17

Local stop - Port Coquitlam December 17.

More info as we get closer to the date. Here is their brand new duet single "One Drink Ago"

 

November 19, 2019

White Rock Council Rewind

Last evening White Rock council;

- Brought in a new by-law that will put teeth in the short term vacation rentals (IE: Air B n B). IN a report to council last evening resident CHRISTIAN LANE informed council there are currently 141 Air B n B ads for White Rock. LANE also quoted CMHC lists White Rock as having 1300 long term rental units. Currently there is a 1.1% vacancy rate in White Rock. Council is hopeful the new legislation will help free up more long term rentals in White Rock.

- The majority of council supported a staff recommendation to curb encroachment on to city property. Council was presented with a collection of photos of existing encroachment st on to city property, normally on the boulevard in front of homes. Only new encroachments will be pursued. If a resident has paved over, erected a structure or taken over any portion of city property and if it has been this way for a period of time, it will be allowed to stay. Councillors KRISTJANSON and CHESNEY voted in opposition.

Staff indicated they are still working on the requested staff report on the encroachment of the city's road ends on the hillside. These infractions will be dealt with separately.

-White Rock resident KEVIN THOMPSON appeared before council requesting White Rock move towards being a "pollinator" city. THOMPSON presented a short list of initiatives the city can immediately take to support the natural habitat for bees to flourish in our "city by the sea." If you care to read more, here is a link to one of the websites THOMPSON identified. (click here)

- Council was introduced to the new head of the White Rock RCMP (see below)

 

White Rock's New Top Cop

SGT. Kale Paul (centre)

The City of White Rock is pleased to welcome Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls as the new commander of the White Rock detachment of the RCMP effective Nov. 18.

Staff Sgt. Pauls is a 15-year member of the RCMP, most recently as the Surrey detachment’s Strategic Planning commander and as a member of the Surrey Contract Management Project Team. He has a degree in psychology and a Masters in Criminal Justice.

Staff Sgt. Pauls joined the RCMP in 2004, following a career as a community mental health worker. He started in general duty in Salmon Arm and Alexis Creek. In 2009, he moved to the Kamloops RCMP General Investigation Section in the area of drug and property crime. In Kamloops, he helped to establish a police-mental health crisis car.

Promoted to Corporal in 2013, Staff Sgt. Pauls moved to the Mission detachment and served as commander of the General Investigation Section. Staff Sgt. Pauls was an expert in providing testimony at Provincial Court in the area of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl trafficking.

 

November 18, 2019

We're Not Playing Around

When the City of White Rock was approached by our two local elementary schools (Peach Arch and White Rock Elementary) expressing their need for new playground equipment, the city of White Rock started the ball rolling.

The White Rock Rotary Club took over from there and voila, the first stage of the first playground has been completed.

The Rotary Club of White Rock is currently fundraising to complete the task so please help their cause!

 

November 16, 2019

Missing person to locate – Micyla “Amber” HAVENGA

Surrey RCMP is appealing for information regarding a 16 year old female, Micyla "Amber" HAVENGA, who was last seen on November 12th, 2019.

Micyla HAVENGA is described as a 16-year-old Caucasian female, 5'1" tall, 99 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes (See attached photo). Micyla HAVENGA

was last seen wearing a black Adidas sweat pants, black crop top, pink hoodie, and carrying a small black backpack in the area of 14th Ave and 133A street, Surrey.

Police and family are concerned for her well-being. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2019-175999.

 

November 13, 2019

White Rock Takes A New Direction

CAO Dan Bottrill
White Rock City Council wishes to advise that it has decided to embark on a new direction for the management of its organization.

With the assistance of the Chief Administrative Officer, Dan Bottrill, the City will undergo a transition period over the next several months, which will see the hiring of a new CAO.

Accordingly, as of March 31, 2020, Dan will be completing his service to our community and moving on in his career to undertake other endeavours.

 

 

Surrey Langley SkyTrain Engagement

Public engagement has started. Until Nov. 17, provide feedback through our online survey and/or attend one of our open houses.

Complete a Survey

This survey seeks your feedback on:

  • the proposed placement of the SkyTrain guideway along Fraser Highway

  • access to SkyTrain and integration with other modes of transportation

  • the Environmental Screening Review (ESR)

  • rapid transit on 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard

If you are interested in reading a summary of the draft Terms of Reference for the Environmental Screening Review (ESR) before you complete the survey, visit the Document Library.

(click here to take the survey - have your say)

 

November 12, 2019

101st Anniversary

The crowd in attendance for the White Rock city hall Remembrance Day ceremony was huge. Local politicians on hand were MP Kerry Lynne Findlay, MLA Tracy Redies and White Rock council.

The solemn ceremony marked 100 years since the guns fell silent to mark the end of World War II.

I was honoured to be asked to lay a wreath on behalf of the Peace Arch Hospice Society. As well fellow board of director Barb Howes and I laid a wreath at the cenotaph from Sunnyside Villas supportive housing.

November 08, 2019

State of the City

White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER hosted his State of the City Address last evening at the White Rock Community Centre. The free event drew together a number of residents interested in hearing the Mayor's speech on the accomplishments of the current council over the past year.

Mayor Walker covered a wide range of topics as he not only highlighted the first year of the current council, but also itemized items the mayor and current council will be working on over the remainder of their 4 year term.

The meeting last night broke with tradition where the mayor used to only appear at a paid annual event hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce.

 

Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

The past few weeks have afforded residents of the Semiahmoo Peninsula stunning sunsets. Now that the sun has moved across the horizon and is no longer setting out over Mud Bay, the Semiahmoo Bay has been bathed in stunning red sunsets.

The two photos above were taken from the point of view in Blaine, WA.

 

Warm Community Feeling

What a nite Delivering a bbq, tool set , new tank and some Food gift cards to our WhiteRock Paramedics/ambulance drivers. After hearing On Common Ground that they were in search of a second hand bbq to feed the crew , Seagods, Ryan JohnstonMandy W, Todd Adams,  Steve Marsden, Louise Taylor, Carol Brooks, Helen Perry and Leta Gold all came together to contribute. 
Camille and Woodrow Johnson came along to see “real Superheros and Patty Walters and crew treated the kids to a full tour.  
And with that they broke out the hot dogs
Great job everyone. Thank you Paramedics

Christy Fox

 

Hells Angel Shooters Get New Trial Date

The two men who have been charged with the death of a Hells Angels member which occurred in a brazen daylight shooting have had their trial put over until December 05 in Surrey Provincial court.

The two Edmonton residents CALVIN POWERY-HOOKER and NATHAN DE JOHNG made a brief court appearance via video link this week.

The pair were arrested shorty after Hells Angels SUMINDER GREWAL was shot dead mid morning on August 02 as he sat in line at the Starbuck's drive thru @ South Point shopping centre in South Surrey.

 

November 06, 2019

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR DOUG MCCALLUM

One year ago, today, the latest edition of Surrey City Council was sworn in. All eight City Councillors taking the Oath of Office on November 5, 2018 were brand new to municipal government. With fresh perspectives and renewed energy, City Council immediately got to work as soon as the new Council was affirmed. That evening, two motions were unanimously passed to expand SkyTrain in Surrey and to begin work on the creation of a city police department.

Politicians are often criticized for not keeping their promises and deservedly so. When I was running for office, my promises and commitments were transparent and clear. As the elected Mayor of Surrey, it is my duty to deliver on what I pledged to do and not break my word to the voters.

In the first year of a four-year mandate, Surrey City Council has approved the following items:

- Expand Rapid Transit in Surrey with SkyTrain. The Surrey-Langley SkyTrain line will be the first major rapid transit investment in Surrey since 1994.
- Establish a Surrey Police Department, which was given the green light by the Solicitor General in August.
- Cleaned up the backlog in the Planning Department. In 2017, the delay peaked at 25 weeks to get a single-family permit issued. It has been reduced to 15 weeks and by the end of the year, the wait will be no more than 10 weeks.
- Implemented Smart Development to ensure essential services and infrastructure are part of the planning of new communities. An example is the phased-in approach for a housing project in Clayton. The housing will be constructed in stages in order for it to align with the opening of two new elementary schools.
- Increase flexibility of housing options in Surrey by increasing the number of purpose-built rental developments. There are more than 1700 new rental units slated to be added to the city’s rental stock.
- Approved two supportive housing projects that will create 100 units of modular housing built in Guildford and in Whalley.
- Construction commencing this month on the Transitional Housing project in Green Timbers.
- Expanded Surrey’s biodiversity conversation through parkland acquisition. In the past 12 months, the purchase of more than 300 acres of land has been approved by Council for the express purpose of increasing Surrey’s inventory of parks and green spaces.
- Approved a 75% discount for seniors 70 years and older for recreation passes and drop-in admissions. Since being introduced at the start of 2019, there has been an 18% increase in senior’s recreation centre memberships and an estimated 50,000 additional visits made by seniors to our recreational facilities and programs this year.
- Implemented two-hour free parking around Surrey Memorial Hospital and at City Hall.
- No development in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
- Hold property tax increase to the Consumer Price Index (Oct. 2018) of 2.9%.
- Instituted a BarWatch type program and Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program 
- The SAFE program was launched for youth at risk of being recruited into gangs. This initiative has been designed to prevent gang recruitment with the focus on diverting our youth from gang involvement.- Task forces in place and work well underway on Truck Parking, Community Engagement and the creation of an Ethics Commissioner.

Doug McCallum
Mayor
City of Surrey

 

 

November 01, 2019

Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan Update Survey

Semiahmoo town centre is a major commercial, cultural and residential hub for South Surrey and White Rock. The City of Surrey and Metro Vancouver are committed to focusing future growth and development in this and other urban centres to maximize the benefits of compact sustainable development and minimize the development of natural areas. We started planning for this growth in July 2018, when we began working with residents to update the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan. The resulting plan will prepare Semiahmoo for its next generation of residents.

The last Open House for residents to have input was this past Tuesday. But you can still have your voice heard by completing an online survey (click here)


October 29, 2019

Going Through Them Changes

TRANSLINK representatives were out in full force last evening for the Open House Information session regarding planned changes to bus service in White Rock & South Surrey. The near capacity crowd at the White Rock Community Centre had many questions.

The main change proposed to come in to effect in the Fall of 2020 will be the addition of double decker buses on the 351 bus route running from Crescent Beach through White Rock and finishing at the Canada Line in Richmond. Under the new system the double decker buses will begin and end at White Rock Centre. Bus service from White Rock west to the terminus in Crescent Beach will be identical to the buses currently on said route.

Translink spokesperson Sarah Ross

Upon completion of the presentation Translink rep Sarah Ross when questioned on how her and her staff had traveled to White Rock last evening, she stated they drove. Pressed on why they had not used the bus service Ross attempted to ease the situation by saying they expected the meeting would be long.

The last bus in the evening from White Rock back to Vancouver is well after midnight.

 

October 25, 2019

The Road To Reconciliation

Legislation introduced yesterday (Oct. 24, 2019), creates a path forward to recognize and uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples in B.C.

“Today’s legislation is a crucial step towards true and lasting reconciliation,” said Premier John Horgan. “With this new law, Indigenous peoples will be part of the decisions that affect them, their families and their territories. Together with Indigenous peoples, we’re going to build a better future with good jobs and opportunities for people, strong environmental protections and healthy communities that include everyone.”

If passed, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act will make British Columbia the first province to bring the internationally recognized standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) into provincial law.

“B.C. has made significant progress on reconciliation together with Indigenous peoples already, and we’ll continue to work together to build an even stronger, more inclusive and more just B.C. that will create a better future for everyone,” said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “The legislation will create a path forward that upholds the human rights of Indigenous peoples, while creating more transparency and predictability in the work we do together. This is about ending discrimination and conflict in our province, and instead ensuring more economic justice and fairness.”

(click here to read the full legislation)

 

Love Where You Live - Bravo Surrey

Mayor Doug McCallum and city councillor Steven Pettigrew joined over 700 students, parents and teachers from Cambridge Elementary School for a clean-up event today, wrapping up Surrey’s city-wide Love Where You Live Campaign. The initiative, which began in April, called on residents, business owners, schools and community groups to step up and get involved in keeping Surrey clean and welcoming. 

“The key to our success boils down to the tremendous support we have received from our community,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Love Where You Live not only resonated with our residents, but it delivered solid results. 5,000 bags of litter have been removed from city streets and parks and more than 13,000 trees and bulbs have been planted. Without question, our collective efforts have had a huge impact and I thank everyone who participated across our community.” 

In addition to the clean-up initiatives, the City focused on beautification projects to create more welcoming spaces. Across the City, 1,700 street banners were installed and over two thousand feet of decorative streetlights were added to Town Centres. 

During the event, Mayor McCallum encouraged that the students and community continue to take pride in the city, making clean-up efforts part of their regular routine. 

“I want to continue to challenge everyone to participate in keeping our neighborhoods cleaner, greener and healthier. Every piece of litter picked up, and every tree planted goes a long way in creating a welcoming environment for residents and visitors. Let’s keep up the good work!” 

For more information about how you can participate in year-round clean-up initiatives, visit: www.surrey.ca/lovewhereyoulive 

 

Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan Update Survey

The fact Surrey and White Rock has not worked in consort to create a cohesive plan to develop the Semiahmoo Peninsula is a head scratcher.

Semiahmoo town centre is a major commercial, cultural and residential hub for South Surrey and White Rock. 

The City of Surrey and Metro Vancouver are committed to focusing future growth and development in this and other urban centres to maximize the benefits of compact sustainable development and minimize the development of natural areas. We started planning for this growth in July 2018, when we began working with residents to update the Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan. The resulting plan will prepare Semiahmoo for its next generation of residents.

(click here to have your say)

 

Interested In Solar Power?

Habitat for Humanity and Ecotech Solar will be presenting two upcoming workshops on solar energy in Bellingham. The first will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 26 at the Unity Spiritual Center at 1095 Telegraph Road. The next one will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 4 at the Chuckanut Center at 103 Chuckanut Drive North. They are both free to attend.

Alberta town aims to be first in Canada to rely solely on solar panels

A small town in southern Alberta plans to power itself using only solar panels — believed to be a first in Canada. 

The Town of Raymond is in the process of installing about 2,700 solar panels on top of all of its municipal buildings. 

(click here to read the full amazing story - in Alberta no less)

 

 

October 23, 2019

Way To Go Dog Owners

Since Oct 1st, my daily promenade walks have resulted in almost NO poop sightings. Free poop bags dispensers are plentiful and we’ve always had oodles of garbage cans (since the rebuilding of east beach promenade there are now even more cans placed into the chained-link fence alcoves). A re-cap of what is available:

- Poop bag dispensers, stocked with complimentary poop bags, are located on the fence at Memorial Park, as well as other entrances at Bayview Park and East Beach and also some are spaced along the promenade directly onto the chained link fence.

- If you walk EAST- there are a WHOPPING 39 garbage cans from mid point (The Pier) to the East Beach Park (by the Spirit Bear). 

- If you walk WEST - there are 36 garbage cans from the Pier to the Bayview Park (plus a whole whack of them in the parking lots which are literally steps from the promenade)

- Garbage cans are spaced roughly 39 paces apart on the walk east - the closest sometimes just a few paces - so you don't have to carry poop for long!

- You can use ANY GARBAGE DISPENSER for dog poop with the EXCEPTION OF the special blue that have signed for: “CANS & BOTTLES”.

***SHOULD YOU SEE an ‘unclaimed dog poop” - please do the right thing: scoop and discard - Good Karma will be returned to you! 

NOTE: NO DOGS ON PIER EVER.

October 22, 2019

Crescent Beach Blocked, Again

Once again access to Crescent beach was blocked by a BNSF train. This happened yesterday morning when an air brake line separated as the train was going through the speed control zone at the swing bridge. The engineer had to walk almost the full length of the 6,000 foot long train to locate the problem. 

This meant a breakdown of nearly an hour, far beyond the 5 minute blockage time stipulated in federal transport regulations.

 

No Overnight Parking

UPDATE - Surrey council has referred the matter back to staff to bring forward a report on the seriousness of the problem and options council may entertain.

Surrey council has not pasted a by-law that will prohibit overnight camping/sleeping/living on any street in the city.

To date the city of White Rock has not had any complaints from residents regarding the numerous RV's that park for free on the city's streets. The practise has become very popular throughout North America. As housing prices continue to rise living in an RV on a city street for free is now a popular option that shows no sign of slowing down.

The new by-law will prohibit street living from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. and no parking for over 3 hours during daylight hours.

 

Did you know our neighbours in America have been unable to discharge firearms right out there in Drayton Harbour (their side of Semiahmoo Bay).

Blaine council this week will vote on whether or not discharging firearms in Drayton Harbour will continue.

The city of Blaine is seeking the creation of a no shooting zone in Drayton Harbor in order to address some residents’ concerns about gunfire near homes and property. The gunfire occurs during the waterfowl hunting season, which typically starts in October and runs through late January. During the season, hunters on boats shoot at sea ducks using birdshot, which can be heard as early as sunrise by those who live near the harbor.

 

October 20, 2019

Register your dog and pay for a dog licence with Dogs eApply, the newest online service available on the City's website. Visit whiterockcity.ca/dogseapply for more details.

 

City of White Rock Plants Over 250 New Trees

The inclement weather yesterday did not seem to bother members of the Lower Mainland Green Team as they descended on Ruth Johnson Park in Centennial Park to plant over 250 trees.

The Lower Mainland Green Team planted native trees to the area and removing invasive plants from the park. The Team works together to increase community engagement, raise environmental awareness, and increase the capacity to improve local parks and riparian areas.

Trees help to make White Rock a healthy, beautiful city. The tree planting event is in part of increasing the tree canopy coverage discussed in the “Tree Canopy Plan” corporate report from the Sept. 9 Regular Council Meeting.

 

October 22, 2019

Conservatives oust Liberals from South Surrey-White Rock

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Tory candidate Kerry-Lynne Findlay beat out Liberal Gordie Hogg, who has held the South Surrey/White Rock seat since the 2017 by-election. The local seat was held by the Conservative party dating back 50 years. HOGG in a by-election in 2017 won the seat for the Liberals.

24,044Kerry-Lynne Findlay - CON

21,319 Gordie Hogg - LIB6,558

6,558 Stephen Crozier - NDP4,361

4,361 Beverly Pixie Hobby - GRN

838 Joel Poulin - PPC

Cloverdale-Langley City
2015 incumbent: John Aldag, Liberal
2019 winner: Tamara Jansen, Conservative

Fleetwood-Port Kells
2015 incumbent: Ken Hardie, Liberal
2019 winner: Ken Hardie, Liberal

Surrey Centre
2015 incumbent: Randeep Sarai, Liberal
2019 winner: Randeep Sarai, Liberal
 

Surrey-Newton
2015 incumbent: Sukh Dhaliwal, Liberal
2019 winner: Sukh Dhaliwal, Liberal

 

October 17, 2019

 City of White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker will provide an update to the community. 

Members of City Council will be there.

Come have a coffee or tea and hear about the accomplishments of the City of White Rock. All are welcomed to attend this free event. 

White Rock Community Centre
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 
6p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

One year ago today the Canadian government legalized the sale and possession of cannabis in it's raw forms. Today new legislation went into effect that will cover edibles, extracts and topicals.

To date to illustrate the major problem with legalization there are no cannabis stores in White Rock, Surrey, Delta and or either of the Langleys. The rest of the Fraser Valley is in a similar situation. Vancouver for instance has only licensed 3 stores.

Locally INDIGENOUS BLOOM which opened 5 months ago on the Semiahmoo First Nations Land (beneath the Washington Avenue Grill) has been selling edibles and extracts since they opened their doors.

(click here for more information)

 

October 16, 2019

Turn Your Lights On

With the grey weather and continuous rain you can make one simple choice to increase your safety.

 

Out For A Walk

Since White Rock has started their "dogs on leash" on the promenade, it seems other animal owners are taking advantage of the relaxed by-law.

 

October 15, 2019

Coming Soon To Blaine

The first fish cannery in northern Washing was located in Blaine. The Semiahmoo was the first cannery which opened in 1881. Soon a giant mural on a wall in downtown Blaine will honour The Semiahmoo cannery.

The label, from a can of Fraser River salmon canned by Martin & Tarte, was placed on cans sometime between 1881 and 1884, said Richard Sturgill, founding director of Drayton Harbor Maritime, a local maritime history group. John Martin and James Tarte opened the Martin & Tarte cannery in 1881.

“It’s just going to be kind of an iconic label that marks the beginning of the fishing industry here,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a nice visual reminder of our maritime heritage in the harbor.”

Martin & Tarte sold the cannery a few years later, and the cannery at that location eventually became part of the Alaska Packers Association, which operated for nearly 80 years at the site of present-day Semiahmoo Resort. 

The mural will be installed in early November once the building is complete, Peterson said. The 20,600-square-foot, $3.4 million weblocker building is a storage facility to replace a similar building near Jorgenson Pier, in the industrial part of Blaine Harbor.

 

 

October 13, 2019

Beach Happenings

Three ladies visiting from Sweden decided to leave their mark on our East Beach on Friday. The young boy in the picture was simply passing by. When quizzed about the design the ladies said it was a symbol of peace and love for Mother Nature. The young boy asked if he could help. Wonderful

Meanwhile over at Corry's Cove

The Vancouver Aquarium was at Crescent Beach Saturday morning for a release of seas they had nursed back to life. The aquarium reps said they don't publicize the events as too many people turn up and the seals being returned to the wild get spooked.

Fortunately for us photographer CK was passing by just as the release was set to begin. Children that just happened to be in the area were asked to assist in opening the pens/cages.

 

Clayton Killing



Surrey RCMP early yesterday (Saturday) morning the RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious death in the 18300-block of Fraser Highway.

On October 12th, 2019 at 4:40 am, police were called to the 18300-block of Fraser Highway by BC Ambulance
where a 47 year-old man was in medical distress following an alleged assault. Despite life saving measures being
implemented, the man died at the scene. One man has been arrested in relation to the incident and remains in custody. Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit will
be working with IHIT to continue the investigation.

Police believe the two men were known to each other and that there is no ongoing concern for public safety at this time. There is no indication that this incident is related to gang involvement.

All further media requests should be made to IHIT Communications.

 

October 11, 2019

City of Surrey officially opened the Jumpstart Playground in Unwin Park this week

Following White Rock's lead of GENERATIONS all abilities playground Surrey steps up.

Mayor Doug McCallum, along with Scott Fraser, President of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and Stephanie Dixon, 19-time Paralympic Medallist, welcomed over 100 local children to experience Surrey’s largest accessible playground.

At 12,000 square feet, Jumpstart Playground is the largest inclusive playground in Surrey and provides an imaginative and accessible play space for kids of all abilities to play together. The space includes unique accessible features and equipment, including double-wide ramps, seamless rubber surfacing, a quiet play space, a wheelchair-accessible We-Go-Round and more. The Jumpstart Playground is a gift to the City of Surrey as part of Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project and is the sixth Jumpstart Playground to be built in Canada to-date.

Through a five-year, $50 million fundraising commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation, Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project is helping Canadian kids overcome physical barriers to sport and recreation. In addition to building universally accessible playgrounds, Jumpstart supports accessible programming and infrastructure across Canada through Jumpstart Accessibility Grants and the Para Sport Jumpstart Fund.

 

October 10, 2019

Help identify break & enter suspect



Surrey RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an alleged break and enter in the South Surrey area.

On October 5, 2019 (last Saturday), Surrey RCMP received a report of thefts from two vehicles and a subsequent break and enter into a garage in the 16300-block of 12th Avenue. A man was caught on CCTV footage entering the two vehicles parked on the property and then the garage. The suspect accessed the garage by using the garage door opener, which had been found in one of the vehicles on the property. Several items were stolen including computer equipment.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 18-23 years old, 5’8” tall, 140lbs, with short dark hair, a pointy nose, and possibly having a black eye on his left side (see attached photos).

“While we are seeking the identity of this suspect, we also want to remind residents to not keep garage door openers in their vehicles as they are essentially keys to your home,” says Constable Richard Wright. “Ensuring that your garage door openers stay with you is one way to keep your home and family safe.”

Anyone with information on the identity of either of this suspect, or who has further information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

October 09, 2019

“Mountie Cut-Outs” Deployment



In partnership with Vision Zero and ICBC, Surrey RCMP Traffic Section officers are deploying their newest recruits, the Mountie and Police Vehicle cut-outs to target speeding on our city streets.

These ‘Mountie Cut-Outs’ will be set up at intersections and roadways around the city that have been identified as high-risk for collisions and unsafe driving behaviours. Their mission: to maintain an overt presence and remind drivers to follow the rules of the road.

Surrey RCMP worked in close partnership with Vision Zero Surrey and ICBC to not only develop this initiative, but to identify high-risk driving locations and then target those locations with enforcement projects.

October 08, 2019

Will BNSF ever properly police their rail line along the White Rock waterfront? 

The pictures below were taken over a 3 hour period this weekend? 

The city of Whit Rock would be well advised keep in mind Union Pacific Rail had a similar problem just south of us in Washington State with people walking on their tracks. Their solution was simple. Erect a high fence to prevent any access to their rail line. Is this what we want to see on our waterfront. We will be looking out over the ocean through a mesh fence.

In addition to the BNSF police the White Rock RCMP also have the ability to issue tickets. What are we waiting for?

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) last week approved a $23,000 Grade Crossing Protective Fund grant to help Union Pacific Railroad  pay for the installation of about 1,000 feet of fencing between its right of way and Palouse Falls State Park in Palouse Falls, Wash.
 
Palouse Falls is a popular tourist attraction, drawing thousands of visitors annually during spring and summer, and the proximity of the falls to UP's track presents a safety risk as visitors explore the park area, UTC officials said in a press release.

Railroad personnel have experienced several near-miss incidents as pedestrians trespass on the tracks, they said. A fence will direct the public away from the tracks to trail systems within the park.

They're never too young to learn to fine art of risking their lives!

 

Talk Is Cheap

Planning continues for a high-speed rail corridor linking Vancouver with Seattle and Portland.

The province’s costs are expected to be significantly lower than Washington and Oregon, but Premier John Horgan welcomes funding support from some high-profile private partners.

“Microsoft, for example, who have significant interests in Washington state and in B.C. see real potential and so do other companies like Amazon and other big players, as well as small players, in connecting us physically,” Horgan says.

Horgan met last week in Seattle with Governor Jay Inslee who says there’s no turning back now.

“We have to make it more efficient to move more people faster and that’s where rail comes in. It’s a big deal. It’s a big investment, but for those who are confident about our future, it is a worthwhile one,” Inslee says.

Inslee adds the Pacific Northwest is the fastest growing area of North America, so boosting the capacity of this transportation corridor makes sense.

Proponents of the high speed rail are hopeful the transit option could begin in the next decade or two?

 

October 07, 2019

Doggin' It In White Rock

Local dog owners came together yesterday at Memorial Park alongside of the White Rock promenade to commemorate the first week of Dogs on the Promenade. The city of White Rock has responded after years of requests by dog owners to allow their dogs to be allowed on the popular waterfront walkway.

The new "trial program" will run from October 01 - March 30, 2020. Dogs must be on leash, dog owners are instructed to pick up after their dogs and to be courteous to the other walkers along the seaside sidewalk.

 

October 02, 2019

National Seniors Day Flag Raising

South Surrey members of CARP pictured with White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER

Under glorious sunny skies the city of White Rock council stood together with members of the local chapter of CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons)/ The occasion was to honour National Seniors Day by raising the CARP flag outside of city hall.

CARP, Canada’s largest advocacy organization for older adults is marking National Seniors Day 2019 with a call to action for Canada’s political leaders on the issues that matter most to its members. 

“Today, National Seniors Day, CARP is calling on federal leaders to commit to implementing a national seniors strategy,” said Marissa Lennox, CARP’s Chief Policy Officer.  “While there have been numerous platform commitments from all parties on seniors issues, Canada still lacks a comprehensive, national plan for our aging population.”

CARP also released the results of a recent survey in which CARP members were asked to identify their top priorities for the election campaign.  The top three issues they identified are:  health care, climate change and national pharmacare.

(click here for more info on CARP)

 

Were You On the Fraser Highway Saturday at suppertime?

Surrey RCMP is looking for two men linked to a silver sedan in connection with Saturday's fatal shooting at a gas station in Clayton Heights.

It happened around 6 p.m., on Fraser Highway $ 188th street, police say. Responding officers found the victim slumped over the wheel of a black Mercedes SUV, suffering from gunshot wounds. He died soon afterward.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to identify the drivers and occupants of two vehicles – a white SUV (possibly a Honda) and a white Tesla sedan – that drove by the suspect shooter at around 6:07 p.m. on September 28, 2019 in the 18600-block of Fraser Highway in Surrey, B.C.

On September 30, 2019, IHIT released video surveillance footage showing a black figure, believed to be the shooter, walking northbound across Fraser Highway near 188th Street before running back a short time after. The shooter is believed to have gotten into a silver sedan that left the area northbound on 188th Street past 70th Avenue. As a result of the public appeal, further information has come in to IHIT and several leads have been generated. Investigators are specifically looking to speak with the occupants of a white SUV and a white Tesla sedan that may have important dash cam video. 

“Two vehicles seen passing the suspect shooter may be holding incredibly valuable information,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “All efforts are being made to identify the occupants of the two vehicles and once again, the community is in a position to significantly assist IHIT in advancing a murder investigation.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

October 01, 2019

DOG DAY

Today is the first day of the trial 6 month period for dogs on leash on the White Rock promenade.

By-law officers will be out in full force to educate dog owners of the expectations the city is placing on dog owners using the promenade.

Have a great day - everyone.

Neil Morrison of #TheRide speaks with Mayor Darryl Walker of White Rock to help clarify any confusion regarding Dogs on the Beach.

(click here to listen to the interview)

 

September 30, 2019

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum


Surrey continues to face serious law and order incidents where the criminals are becoming bolder in where and when the carry out their violent crimes. Our citizens are frustrated and, rightfully, fearful. Saturday’s shooting happened in broad daylight, at a gas station with shops nearby. I am thankful that innocent bystanders were not hurt in this latest shooting. The situation appears to be getting worse with each incident, as the gangs are so embolden that they don’t think twice about opening fire in daylight, in public areas or near schools. The continued gun violence has created a sense of unease throughout the city.

With the province giving us the green light to establish our own Surrey Police Department, the community believes now, more than ever, that we need to work as quickly possible to get SPD officers out on the streets. The lack of progress to date is disappointing and is unfortunately due to bureaucratic red tape. The community has made it clear to me that there is a sense of urgency and they want meaningful work to get underway immediately to bring Surrey Police to fruition. We owe it to the people of Surrey to make this transition as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Doug McCallum
Mayor
City of Surrey

 

September 29, 2019

Supper-time Slaying

Shots rang out around 6 p.m. Saturday in a busy area of Clayton Heights

Witnesses say a man fired shots into a Mercedes SUV at the Mobil gas station at 188th Street and Fraser Highway 

One person is dead and police are investigating

RCMP found when they arrived, one man was found to have suffered an apparent gun shot wound.

“Despite all efforts by the first responders and paramedics that man succumbed to his injuries,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko with Surrey RCMP.

 

 

September 25, 2019

One of BC’s first female fire fighters retires after 27 years 

.......with the Surrey Fire Service

In 1992, Nancy Innes was playing and coaching basketball at SFU when she saw a recruitment flyer for the Surrey Fire Service (SFS). The then 26-year-old student applied and soon realized women firefighters were a rarity. In fact, at that time, there was no glass ceiling to break because there were no full-time female fire fighters in the Metro Vancouver area. On September 14, 1992, Nancy Innes became the first of two full-time female fire fighters to join the Surrey Fire Service and eventually rising to the rank of Fire Suppression Captain.

“Women fire fighters are not uncommon today, but 27 years ago they were non-existent in Lower Mainland fire departments,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Nancy Innes is truly a trail blazer and inspiration for women who want to make a career out of firefighting. I want to congratulate Captain Innes for the long, distinguished and groundbreaking career she has had with our Surrey Fire Service.”

The Surrey Fire Service is proud of its progressive and barrier-free approach to its recruitment.

“I want to commend Captain Innes for her contributions to the Surrey Fire Service,” said Fire Chief, Larry Thomas. “Nancy is proof that women can have long and fulfilling careers as fire fighters. As Nancy moves into a well-earned retirement, I know her pioneering work will inspire other women to fill her place within the ranks of the Surrey Fire Service.”

Currently, the SFS has 40 women in its uniformed ranks in roles ranging from frontline firefighting and dispatch to Assistant Fire Chief. The SFS offer “Women in Firefighting” workshops designed to enhance recruitment of women to the fire service.

 

September 24, 2019

Credit Where "Social" Credit Is Due

A regular reader from Crescent Beach has sent along the above photo. This is not from years gone by folks. One resident of the beach community is still longing for the "good old days" when the Social Credit Party was at the helm in Victoria.

September 22, 2019

Pier-fect

White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER ceremoniously cuts the ribbon to officially reopen Canada's longest pier. Joined by dignitaries, the media and members of the community the ceremony was held Saturday under brilliant sunny skies.

The portion of the pier destroyed in the December 2018 storm cost the city $4 million dollars to repair. Monies are continually being raised privately and publicly to restore the other portion of the 100+ year pier. The cost for full refurbishing is in the neighbourhood of $11 million dollars. There is no firm date on when the next stage of repairs will take place.

 

Have You Seen The Light?

Gary Dosa photo

The trees along East Beach and West Beach are once again decorated with beautiful lights. West Beach currently (see above photo) is slightly more colorful with lights up the trunks of the trees. The city of White Rock is hopeful these lights are able to withstand the ocean spray and winds. Fingers crossed because it most certainly brightens up our waterfront.

 

September 12, 2019

Victim of fatal Langley shooting identified



The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the shooting death of 33-year-old Justin Haevischer. 

On September 10, 2019 shortly after 8 p.m., Justin Haevischer was shot to death outside a McDonald’s restaurant at 264 Street and 56 Avenue in Langley, B.C. IHIT and the Langley RCMP continue to complete priority tasks and gather evidence.

Haevischer’s older brother Cody was convicted, along with Red Scorpion gangster Matthew Johnston, of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the Oct. 19, 2007 slaughter of six men — including two bystanders — in a Surrey penthouse apartment.

IHIT is releasing Justin Haevischer’s name in an effort to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with prior to his death.

“Our investigators continue to push ahead on this investigation and urge any witnesses who have yet to come forward to call IHIT immediately,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

Memorial Park Was Alive With Animals

Christy Fox photo

Never mind just dogs, the White Rock waterfront was home to a wide selection of animals

It was apart of the White Rock MOON FESTIVAL Friday & Saturday.

Bill Hawke photo

 

September 12, 2019

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum Says There Will be No Lyft For Uber

In a speech to hundreds of taxi drivers yesterday Surrey Mayor DOUG MCCALLUM reiterated his opposition to ride sharing companies coming to Surrey. MCCALLUM went on to say he would block LYFT and UBER from setting up in Surrey by denying them business licenses.

HOLD ON:

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation said in a statement late Tuesday that the city can't prevent ride-hailing companies from operating.

The ministry acknowledged municipalities can mandate business licenses, but said that only the Passenger Transportation Board can regulate taxis and ride-hailing vehicles, including the control of supply, boundaries and rates.

 

WR Sea Tours New Boat - WOW!

Our new boat Spartan 01 nearing completion.... inside seating for five plus a captain, heated, toilet, outside seating for 12, thermal imaging, twin 300 Mercury verados...

 

September 09, 2019

I enjoy my job as a visual artist. I get to honour in visual form what happens to us as human beings. I get to try to help capture and preserve within an image feelings that I sense we need to have seared into our memories which also helps us remain connected to ourselves and to our world. On the day Nature broke apart our White Rock Pier, I, too, felt disconnected in a ragged form of brokenness and left scattered in potential insignificance. I needed to record and honour these feelings and then share them with others.

I invite everyone to Make Art an Integral Part of Their Life! It is essential to our human existence. This is my prescription: Give yourselves time this year to enjoy the Peninsula Art Tour on September 28 & 29. You'll feel much better. David. 
www.davidklassenfineart.com.

September 05, 2019 

Smile You're On Radar Camera

White Rock RCMP report they handed out 28 tickets to speeders traveling through the White Rock elementary school zone. To put things into perspective in all of Surrey only 20 tickets were handed out on Tuesday the first day of school.

White Rock RCMP identified we have a problem and were back out front of the elementary on Johnston road again yesterday.

 

Surrey Police transition pension issue resolved


The City of Surrey is pleased to announce that an agreement has been formalized that will allow RCMP officers to fully transfer their pension, should they choose to serve with the Surrey Police Department. The pension portability agreement was reached between the Municipal Pension Plan and the RCMP Pension Plan. RCMP members who join the Surrey Police Department can take their contributory and pensionable service with them and incorporate it into the Municipal Pension Plan.

“Not only is this agreement a major milestone in the creation of our own city police department, but it more importantly answers a significant and legitimate concern expressed by RCMP members and their families about pension portability,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “I would like to thank the BC Pension Corporation and the RCMP for their leadership and quick work on resolving this issue. Now that the question of pension portability has been put to rest, I sincerely hope that the members of the RCMP who wish to continue to serve in Surrey will take the opportunity to be part of our new city police department.”

....not so fast

UPDATE: National Police Federation co-director says #SurreyBC RCMP pensions wouldn't convert to new force dollar-for-dollar, + that a 10- or 20-year member might be asked to pull out of their own pocket, $50K-$100K to match service levels in the plan.

 

September 03, 2019 

White Rock RCMP arrest drug trafficker


On (Thursday) August 29th, 2019, White Rock RCMP, acting on numerous complaints from concerned White Rock residents, executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of Fir Street. Inside the apartment a large quantity of controlled substances packaged to be resold at the street level were located. These controlled substances are believed to be fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Inside the apartment lived an 81 yr old female and 2 adult males. The males were arrested and subsequently released. One of the males, a 46 yr old White Rock resident was released on a Promise to Appear, for court on a later date.
We would like to thank the public for contacting us with their concerns and observations regarding the criminal activity in the area. This was drug line run by organized crime and we have definitely disrupted it. Drug traffickers are not welcome in our city and we are committed to keeping our community safe.Constable Chantal White Rock RCMP media liaison said.
To report suspicious activity in White Rock, contact the White Rock RCMP non- emergency line at 778-593-3600.

 

September 02, 2019

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

The lawyer for the city of White Rock faced off Friday with the lawyer for the Lady Alexandra development proposed for the 1300 block Johnston Road. The development was put in limbo when the newly elected council called for a review of the Official Community Plan.

The developer wishes to proceed with a 12 storey tower at the corner of Roper street and Johnston road. Council's wish is to follow the wishes of the majority of the community to limit heights below Thrift avenue.

The judge presiding over the hearing at the conclusion of submissions from both parties stated it would be upwards to two months before a decision is rendered.

 

Team Canada Clinches 2020 Olympic berth In Tokyo

With a decisive 7-0 win over Brazil Sunday, Canada's women's softball team clinched the spot to represent Canada at the upcoming Olympics next year. Canada's national team last competed in the Olympics in 2008 when they placed fourth.

The Olympic qualifiers were recently staged at South Surrey's softball city.

Congratulations ladies.

 

Stolen

The cit of White Rock was informed on Thursday that the iconic plaque that was placed at the beginning of the pier, had been stolen. It is believed the brass plaque was stolen to be melted down for money.

If you know anything about the disappearance please contact the local detachment of the RCMP during office hours.

 

 

 

August 30, 2019

Surrey RCMP investigate shots fired into vehicle in South Surrey 


Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a suspicious circumstance which is being investigated in South Surrey.

On August 30, 2019, at 1:44 pm, police received information regarding two vehicles with suspected bullet holes. Officers attended a residence in the 2500-block of 164 Street, and located evidence of a shooting. It appears that no reports of shots fired were made to police. The vehicle damage was reported several hours after it was discovered. There is no indication at this time that anyone was injured in the shooting.

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit is on scene and has taken conduct of the investigation. The early indications are that this was a targeted incident.

Anyone with further information or who may have CCTV of the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

Surprise Surprise Surprise

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has issued the following statement on the BC Utilities Commission’s investigation into gas prices:

“People feel like they're being ripped off when they fill up at the gas station. And they're right.

“Today, the BC Utilities Commission found that the wholesale gasoline market is not truly competitive, which results in unexplained higher gas prices for consumers, and potentially higher profits for oil and gas companies.

“This means that British Columbians pay $490 million a year more than they otherwise would.

“I want to thank the BC Utilities Commission and the experts who participated in this investigation for their hard work and professional conduct.

“Our government is concerned with the allocation of refined gasoline flowing into B.C., as well as the lack of transparency around how the price of gas is set.

“We are committed to bringing fairness and transparency to B.C.”

EDITORS NOTE - The above is the exact wording of the Provincial government press release. You will note there is no indication the government has any plans to rectify the problem.

 

Highway 99 resurfacing to improve route for residents, travelers

Highway 99, between the Steveston Highway and Highway 17 junctions (on either side of the George Massey Tunnel), will be resurfaced with new line painting to improve safety along the busy corridor.

To minimize delays for travellers, the majority of work will be done outside of peak traffic periods. Drivers and cyclists are advised to watch for nightly lane closures and obey all traffic-control personnel, construction speed limits and signs.

Construction is expected to begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, and finish this fall. Work is weather-dependent. For the most up-to-date highway travel information, check @DriveBC on Twitter or visit: DriveBC.ca

B.A. Blacktop Ltd., based out of North Vancouver, has been awarded a contract valued at $3.2 million. This project was announced as part of a $40-million suite of interim safety and reliability improvements being undertaken at the George Massey crossing.

Learn More:

For more information, visit: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/masseytunnel

 

White Rock RCMP

Have you seen this hat? 

The above picture is of a gentleman who was assaulted in White Rock the same evening there was the fatal stabbing behind McDonald's The gentleman wearing this hat was assaulted sometime after 4 a.m. the same morning. He was discovered at his home very disoriented by family members later that day. The White Rock RCMP are hoping someone saw the hat, picked it up or whatever. Please if you found this hat contact the Whiter Rock RCMP>

It has a lighted brim and is camouflage. If you have it or know where it is please call us 778-593-3600.


Our friends over at FLINNWEST SOLUTIONS have a bird's eye view of the waterfront and our iconic White Rock pier.

So who better than the company's BROOKE GODIN to honour the opening of Canada's longest pier with a retrospective.

 

August 28, 2019

COME ONE COME ALL

The first local all candidates meeting for the upcoming Federal election has been announced.

Friday October 04 @ The Star of the Sea auditorium.

15262 Pacific Avenue in White Rock. Doors 6 p.m. Debate 6:30 p.m.

 

August 27, 2019

It's Open

With a press contingent on hand Canada's Longest Pier was reopened this morning.

The city of White Rock will host an official opening ceremony on September 21.

In the meantime and in between time come on down.

 

August 26, 2019

 

August 25, 2019

White Rock RCMP are seeking information

White Rock RCMP are seeking information with regards to an assault that occurred in the early morning hours of August 16th, 2019. Surveillance video has determined that the male in his 60’s left his residence around 2:30 a.m. wearing a distinctive yellow and black jacket with a camouflage ball cap. He was then seen in the 1600-block of 152 Street shortly before 3 a.m. CCTV footage at his residence showed the assault victim returning home at approximately 4:30 a.m. without his cap and with noticeable injuries.

Investigators believe the assault occurred sometime around 3 a.m. and are asking public assistance to pinpoint the exact location where the assault took place. The current location of the victim’s camouflage ball cap is unknown and anyone with information is urged to contact White Rock RCMP immediately at 778-593-3600.

 

Surrey Shooting

Friday evening around 9 p.m. a vehicle arrived at the emergency entrance of Surrey Memorial with a passenger who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The ER was immediately locked down for safety reasons. Surrey RCMP have not released any further details. 

Two men injured in shooting in Whalley

Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a shooting which injured two men
in Whalley. 

At approximately 7:59 pm, on August 23, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to
a report of a shooting at a residence in the 13500 block of 96th Avenue
in Surrey. Both male victims were dropped off at local hospitals at
different times; both were suffering from gun-shot wounds. Both are in
stable condition. 

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit is investigating. Early indications
are that this was a targeted incident and may be connected to drug
activity. It is believed at this time there is no risk to the public. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to
contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain
anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to
www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

OUTREACH - opportunity: Mix of residents, land owners,landlords, realtors, developers and non-profits would make for lively dialogue. The City of WHITE ROCK is currently recruiting for the Housing Task Force. (Up to 7 members): The Housing Task Force (The Task Force) is mandated by City Council to review background research on the City’s housing needs, analyze the strengths, weakness, threats, and opportunities that impact affordability in White Rock, review policies, tools and incentives for developing affordable and rental housing options, provide input into the City’s Official Community Plan (OCP), review existing rental housing policies, provide recommendations to Council in regards to residential rental tenure zones.
* deadline for the Housing Task Force is Friday, September 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Download and complete the application form available online. https://whiterockcity.ca/725/Application-for-BoardsCommittees

All applications should include a resume or cover letter. 

 

August 24, 2019

Waterfront Brightened Up

Make sure you stop by the "selfie wall" on Marine Drive in White Rock this weekend. 

Located across the street from the museum on Marine Drive, north side of the street where the old grocery store was next to the abandoned PEARL restaurant was.

 

August 23, 2019

It's A Go For Surrey Municipal Police Force

The B.C. government has given the City of Surrey the green light to establish its own municipal police force

A joint project team has been created to 'ensure all key issues are addressed,' 'facilitate an orderly transition'

The plan is to have a municipal police force in place in Surrey by April 2021

 The province has given the Surrey mayor’s long-awaited move to do away with the RCMP and switch to a municipal police force the green light.

The province says a joint project team has been created to “ensure all key issues are addressed and all complex details are in place to facilitate an orderly transition.”

Former B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal has been appointed chair of the new committee. He will be tasked with advising those involved, from the Director of Police Services to the Solicitor General throughout the transition process.

The team will be made up of staff from both the city and the province, as well as experts.

 

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

778-593-3600

...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 www.transport2050.ca #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 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 ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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

 

Missing

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.

UPDATE

Cynthia Neale has been found safe and sound. Thankfully.

 

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 ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

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)

 

August 13, 2019

Is Langley a "Happy City?"

NATHAN PACHAL Langley City city councillor passes along the news of Langley's second KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOUR Campaign.

The program gives residents tools to connect with their neighbours, including services available from the city to support these connections such as Block Watch and funding for neighbourhood BBQs, the 2nd Annual Know Your Neighbour Campaign is scheduled to hit the streets on September 28 and October 5.

Last year’s campaign was a big success. To make this year’s campaign even more successful, your help is needed.

The Know Your Neighbour Campaign is an initiative of Langley City’s Crime Prevention Task Group. We need your help to go door-to-door for 2 hours either on Saturdays, September 28 and/or Saturday, October 5. The more people that volunteer, the more neighbourhoods we can visit.

To signup to volunteer, please contact Dave Selvage who is the Manager of Bylaw Enforcement at dselvage@langleycity.ca or 604-514-2822.

 

 

A recently published ranking of hundreds of Canadian communities features many of B.C.'s best spots to live, but noticeably absent from the top 100 is the province's most populous city.

Vancouver ranked 112th out of 415 communities coast to coast in the system used by Macleans. Salmon Arm ranked the highest of British Columbia cities coming in at #6.

B.C. communities that made the list 

Delta 59

Surrey 140

Langley Township 201

White Rock 236

This Friday evening BLUE FROG proudly present a great double bill of music. THE MOJO STARS open the show then on comes

Langley (City) 366 

The full list, which includes 415 municipalities across Canada, is available online.  It's an interactive tool, where users can set their own weightings, choosing, for example, that low taxes are more important to them than length of commute, or that affordability is more of a priority than crime rate.

 

August 11, 2019

Sky Pilots

l-r Captain Sarah Dallaire / Majpr Michelle Curan

Aeronautical history is being made at this year's Abbotsford Air Show. Yesterday marked the first time both the Canadian Snowbirds and the USAF Thuderbirds both had a female pilots in their ranks.

Curran and the Thunderbirds perform at 1:30 today, while Dallaire and the Snowbirds take to the skies both days at 3:30 p.m.

This weekend marks the 57th annual ABBOTSFORD AIRSHOW.

 

August 10, 2019

Waste Not - Want Not

Did you know our water use can double in the summer months? Largely due to lawn sprinkling, washing patios and cars, and other outdoor uses. 

With warmer weather, please remember that water restrictions are in effect until October 15. Visit www.whiterockcity.ca/mywater from more information on conservation and restrictions.

 

August 09, 2019

Bear With Me

(click here to donate)

My Brother Lee passed away in a car accident in south surrey early 1998. Was a very difficult time for my Father Frank and I. In memory of Lee, Frank researched and found a granite sculptor who would take on the project of creating this beautiful piece. Frank chose a Grizzly Bear because it was always how he referred to Lee and his personality. Hence the name Grizlee on the plaque that sits at the Bear's feet. Its meant to look across the water at Point Roberts where we camped for most of our summers growing up. 

I argued with my dad when it came to the location. I wanted him to put it somewhere quiet like a golf course where it wouldn't get damaged. He insisted on the location it is now claiming it would be a centerpiece of the beach. 

Turns out we were both right. The amount of people that talk of Grizlee, walk around it, touch its nose, take pics, etc, has been so very rewarding, and that was clearly my Father's vision. However, as beautiful as it is, sadly, Grizlee has taken a lot of abuse over the years. I go on sunday nights to visit, and often see kids climbing all over it. Always upset me but my Dad would remind me its there for people to enjoy. You cant stop it, and much as we would like to. The nose has been knocked off, fixed, knocked off again, eyes hit with rocks and damaged. 

So this being the 20 year mark since Frank had this piece installed, he is now looking to replace it. Obviously this is a pretty substantial cost to him and was going to go about it alone. I have talked him into allowing me to ask for help financially. (he is very private) So here I am, trying to take some of the load off of his back. 

I hope we can raise enough so that we can see a brand new bear soon enough looking over the ocean for all of us to enjoy. I thank you in advance for anyone's help. If anyone has ideas of other ways to raise the money please let me know.

Cory Slavin

 

London Drugs takes in thousands of pounds of materials not covered by municipal recycling programs and can trace back where every recyclable goes

CARDBOARD / ELECTRONICS

BATTERIES / STYROFOAM

For full information on recycling at London Drugs customers can visit www.greendeal.ca.

 

Going Green

Green party leader ELIZABETH MAY was recently in our town to congratulate and introduce the candidate for the Green Party/South Surrey-White Rock.

Beverly (Pixie) Hobby pictured above with MAY has been selected to carry the Green Party banner into the Fall election (October 21, 2019)

Since her retirement in 2014, Beverly “Pixie” Hobby has been practicing environmental law representing citizens groups in South Surrey and White Rock, and advising law firms representing First Nations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Dunsmuir Community Garden Group, the Unity Church of White Rock, and the Turkana Empowerment Project, an African educational charity. Pixie volunteers at Seeds for Change, an initiative to address food insecurity in Surrey, and at Surrey Threshold Singers, a choir sponsored by Surrey Hospice Society. 

In her spare time, Pixie enjoys playing music with friends, organic gardening, beekeeping, kayaking, sailing, skiing and hiking.

 

August 06. 2019

Alex Fraser Late Night Lane Closures

Drivers are advised that two lanes, one in each direction, will be closed nightly beginning Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

The closures are expected to be ongoing until Aug. 18 and will allow crews to continue working on improving capacity to the Alex Fraser Bridge with an additional lane and movable barrier system. Crews will remove the southbound painted lines and then begin applying the permanent lane lines.

Drivers are reminded that the maximum speed limit on the bridge is now 70 km/h. 

For the most up-to-date highway travel information, people should continue to check @DriveBC on Twitter and: DriveBC.ca

August 05, 2019

Beach Goer Hit By Train

Yesterday (Sunday) at approximately 1:00 P.M., Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted police received several 911 calls reporting that a male had been struck by a slow moving freight train, just south of the 15,800 Block of Marine Rd., Surrey, B.C. Officers of the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police along with Surrey Fire Department and British Columbia Ambulance Service, attended to the location, and located a 58 year old residence of Surrey, that had been struck by a train.

The male had observed the train approaching and his two unleashed dogs with him had run onto the Railway right of way. The male had been attempting to get his dogs off of the tracks, when he was struck by the train at low speed as it attempted to stop. The male received several non-life threatening injuries, and was communicating with Emergency responders, and was transported to hospital for treatment. The dogs were uninjured.

 

That's A Wrap

The 70th Annual White Rock Sea Festival & Semiahmoo Days came to a glowing conclusion last evening as the torchlight parade made it's way down Marine Drive. Thousands lined the route on a beautiful summer evening.

Thank you, and see you next year.

 

August 04, 2019

Charges Laid

Two men have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Suminder Grewal in Surrey, B.C.

On August 2, 2019 at about 9:20 a.m., 43-year-old Surrey resident Suminder Grewal was shot and killed in the 3000-block of 152 Street in Surrey and a suspect vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene. Acting on information from the public, police found the suspect vehicle a short time later and arrested two men in relation to the homicide. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in to take over the investigation.

IHIT and its partners have been working continuously since yesterday’s deployment and have forwarded their findings so far in the investigation for charge approval consideration to the B.C. Prosecution Service.

On August 3, 2019, 20-year-old Calvin Powery-Hooker and 21-year-old Nathan De Jong were each charged with first degree murder for Suminder Grewal’s death. The two accused men are known to police and investigators are firm in their belief that this was a targeted incident.

Mr. Powery-Hooker and Mr. De Jong will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on August 6, 2019.

“We urge anyone who had recent contact with Calvin Powery-Hooker and/or Nathan De Jong to contact IHIT as soon as possible,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “IHIT is appealing to the public for dash cam video from drivers who were travelling along 152 Street between 32 Avenue and 96 Avenue around the time of the shooting.”

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Suminder Grewal (centre) of the Hardside Hells Angels. Fellow Hardside chapter member Chad Wilson (left) was found murdered under the Golden Ears Bridge last November. Also pictured is Jaimie Yochlowitz.

For the second time in a year, a full-patch member of the Hells Angels Hardside chapter has been murdered.

Postmedia has confirmed that Suminder (Ali) Grewal, a member of the notorious biker gang’s newest B.C. chapter, was shot dead Friday morning at the Southpoint Exchange mall in South Surrey.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the homicide of a Surrey man.

On August 2, 2019 at 9:20 a.m., the Surrey RCMP were called to the 3000-block of 152 Street for reports of shots fired. Frontline officers and emergency responders arrived on scene and found 43-year-old Suminder Grewal with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at scene.

 

August 02, 2019

Foul play may have been a factor in Surrey men's disappearance: RCMP

Richard Scurr


Ryan Provencher

RCMP have searched a rural property belonging to one of two Surrey men who went missing last month and say foul play is now considered a factor in their disappearance.

Ryan Provencher, 38, and Richard Scurr, 37, were last seen getting into a white 2019 Jeep Cherokee in the 16400 block of 23A Avenue in Surrey at 12:30 p.m. PT on July 17.

The Jeep was found July 21 parked in a wooded area near Logan Lake, B.C., about 300 kilometres northeast of Surrey and 100 kilometres east of Spences Bridge.

Surrey RCMP said Friday in a news release that they searched a rural property near Spences Bridge at the site of a business associated with Provencher.

Police believe the two men were travelling to the property before they disappeared. Police searched the property for evidence to help in their investigation, but it was not clear if anything was found.

 

August 01, 2019

Fianlly!

Nine vehicles seized during traffic enforcement in South Surrey

Surrey RCMP are putting the brakes on stunt driving at a popular location for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to gather in South Surrey.

Over the past several weeks, vehicle enthusiasts have been making the Campbell Heights industrial park area of 2800-block of 192 Street their unofficial gathering place. This has led to numerous reports of unsafe driving behaviours, including stunt driving.

Surrey RCMP officers have been conducting traffic enforcement in the area and on July 12th they seized and impounded nine vehicles for seven days, in relation to stunt driving. In addition to having their vehicles seized, the drivers also received violation tickets for driving without due care, which carries a fine of $368 and six points on your license.

“High risk driving behaviour is a contributing factor in approximately 66% of Surrey’s fatal or serious injury collisions.” says Sergeant Gary Goller of the Community Response Unit. “Our goal is not to disrupt car enthusiasts as they show off their hard work and passion for cars, but to ensure those present are operating their vehicles in a safe manner.”

In addition to a continued presence in South Surrey, RCMP officers will continue to be engaged in traffic enforcement efforts across the city to address dangerous driving behaviour.

 

August 01, 2019

Komagata Maru Way street signs officially unveiled

l-r Raj Toor – Descendants of Komagata Maru Society, Mayor Doug McCallum, Councillor Laurie Guerra and Councillor Mandeep Nagra

Yesterday (July 31) Surrey City Council approved the commemorative naming of a Surrey street to remember the victims of the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. The installation of the commemorative street signs that say Komagata Maru Way on 75A Avenue between 120 Street and 121A Street have been installed and officially unveiled today by Mayor Doug McCallum.

“Today, Council put into action what we approved a little over three weeks ago to rename a Surrey street to remember the victims of the Komagata Maru incident,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “

In addition to the commemorative street name signs, Council also approved the installation of a storyboard at R.A Nicholson Park, explaining the history of the Komagata Maru and a city project to document the history and contributions of the earliest South Asian residents in Surrey.

 

 

 

 

(see backgrounder story below)

 

August 02, 2019

Drive thru Shooting

Two men in custody following shooting in South Surrey



Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a fatal shooting that occurred this morning in South Surrey.

At approximately 9:20 am, on August 2, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the drive-thru of a financial institution in the 3000-block of 152 Street. Officers arrived and located a male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Emergency Health Services attended. Despite all attempts to revive the individual, the male succumbed to his injuries.

Two suspects initially fled from the scene, in a vehicle and then on foot, and have both been apprehended.

 

July 29, 2019

Paddle To Lummi - Inter-tribal Journey


This past weekend thousands participated in the PADDLE TO LUMMI from the Bellingham area.

Tribes arrived Wednesday to a large crowd at Stommish Landing who greeted them. Tribes gather a team of pullers for the journey. They leave their own shores in canoes and visit other tribal lands as they make their way to the host tribe's land.

Paddle to Lummi is a significant cultural event for indigenous people along the West Coast that is expected to draw more than 10,000 people to the Bellingham area. The annual canoe journey is a celebration of their way of life.

 

July 31, 2019

Slow Down & Live...and oh yes - save money

The NDP government has turned back on the red light cameras throughout the Lower Mainland. As of this week nearly three dozen intersections deemed high risk have been equipped with cameras that will catch you speeding through amber and red lights. The closest intersection camera to the Semiahmoo Peninsula is located at Johnston Road and King George Highway.

Seven of the 35 intersections are in Surrey.

Surrey:
128th Street at 88th Avenue
152nd Street at 96th Avenue
152nd Street at King George Boulevard
64th Avenue at 152nd Street
96th Avenue at 132nd Street
King George Boulevard at 104th Avenue
King George Boulevard at 80th Avenue

 


July 27, 2019

New Court Date Set

Lawyers for the city of White Rock will be back in court on August 29 to put forth their case pertaining to the downsizing of the property located @ 1310 Johnston Road.

The newly elected council in October 2018 when calling for a review of the Official Community Plan caught two developments mid-way between the issuance of their development permits and building permits. The development on the old DEALS site North on Johnston road completed their building permit application, not so with the developers of the proposed development called The Lady Alexandra located at Roper and Johnston.

 

July 25, 2019

Mayors approve moving forward on Surrey SkyTrain extension — but only as far as Fleetwood

Metro Vancouver mayors have voted in favour of moving forward with a SkyTrain extension in Surrey, B.C., while limiting funds available so that it can only extend to the neighbourhood of Fleetwood under the current budget. 

By a majority vote, mayors asked TransLink to:

  • Complete the project business case by January 2020.
  • Complete a refresh of its south of Fraser rapid transit strategy.
  • Limit funding available for the first phase of project to the $1.63 billion already secured

A motion to consider expanding the long-term budget available for transit projects south of the Fraser was defeated.

The vote means TransLink will begin in earnest on a plan for the full line (16 kilometres and eight stations to Langley City) with the expectation it will only start construction on seven kilometres and four stations to 166 Street in Fleetwood, unless they get further funding from the provincial and federal governments.  

 

 

July 27, 2019

Former White Rock resident (now happily ensconced on the Sunshine Coast) appeared on PENN & TELLER Monday Night.

The premise of the program is to see if guests can fool/trick PENN & TELLER. How did he do?


Penn & Teller: Fool Us is a  magic competition television program in which magicians perform tricks in front of American magician-comedian duo Penn & Teller. Its first two seasons were hosted by Jonathan Ross, and the third season onwards by Alyson Hannigan. Fool Us was filmed at Fountain Studios in London, England (season 1) and the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas (season 2 onward). After each performance, if Penn & Teller cannot figure out how a trick was done, the magician(s) who performed it win a five-star trip to Las Vegas to perform as the opening act in Penn & Teller's show, also at the Rio Hotel & Casino

 

Whalley-Newton Fast Bus

TransLink today revealed details of its new limited-stop bus service – RapidBus – coming soon to five regional routes, with the first ones launching in January 2020. Building on the successful elements of the B-Line, the new service will be faster, more frequent, more convenient and more comfortable. Once in service, the five routes will have the combined capacity to move 12,000 customers per hour during rush hour.

“Through the Mayors’ Vision, we committed to higher capacity transit bus service throughout the region,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “The B-Lines have served us well over many years, but we’ve taken the new RapidBus service to the next level. RapidBus will deliver a faster, more frequent service with new customer amenities.”

Customers will first notice the new look of the RapidBus vehicles. By making the buses predominantly green with some blue, customers can more easily pick them out from the rest of the fleet.

RapidBus routes will be up to 20% faster than local bus service thanks to priority measures including:
Bus-only lanes
Signal priority
Queue jumps at intersections
Fewer stops
All-door boarding

RapidBus improves customer comfort and convenience too, with stops that feel more like stations. Customers can expect:
Real-time next-bus digital signage
Real-time voice activated information
Sheltered stops
Larger, articulated hybrid buses

You can catch your RapidBus at least every ten minutes during peak times.
R1: King George Boulevard (Guildford Town Centre to Newton Exchange) – upgraded 96 B-Line

 

South Surrey Accident Leaves Driver In Critical Condition

Man in critical condition after vehicle roll-over collision

A man is in critical condition in the hospital, and Surrey RCMP are investigating, following a single vehicle roll-over collision in South Surrey.

At approximately 4:53 pm on July 22, 2019, Surrey RCMP, Surrey Fire Service, and BC Ambulance Service responded to a single vehicle roll-over collision involving a Dodge 3500 pick-up truck. The collision occurred at 40 Avenue eastbound near 160 Street, when the truck’s driver swerved to avoid a collision with the vehicle in front of him, which had slowed down. The truck drove into the ditch and became partially submerged in water, trapping the driver. The man was extracted from the truck and transported to the hospital in critical condition.

 

July 23, 2019

Surrey mayor names members of Police Transition Advisory Committee.


As the City of Surrey works toward the creation of a city police department, Mayor Doug McCallum appointed the members of the Interim Police Transition Advisory Committee at last night’s Regular Council Meeting. The committee members appointed are:

Mayor Doug McCallum (Chair)
Councillor Doug Elford
Councillor Laurie Guerra
Councillor Mandeep Nagra
Councillor Allison Patton

“While we await the decision of the provincial government, we will continue to work diligently on the creation of the Surrey Police Department,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “The goal is to have Surrey Police operating by April 2021, and the members I have appointed are collectively focused on ensuring that we are doing all that we can towards the achievement of that goal.”

The Interim Police Transition Advisory Committee will be chaired by Mayor Doug McCallum and replaces the Public Safety Committee. All items that fall outside of the purview of the Interim Police Transition Advisory Committee that would otherwise have been presented to the Public Safety Committee will be provided to Council through corporate reports, Council-in-Committee, and other committees.

The Interim Police Transition Advisory Committee is expected to be in place for 3 to 6 months and its mandate is to support the policing transition process prior to the establishment of the Surrey Police Board.

Councillors PETTIGREW, LOCKE, HUNDIAL and ANNIS that have distanced themselves from the mayor were not includ

 

July 22, 2019

The Sandcastles Are Back

....just not in White Rock

Over the weekend Birch Bay hosted their annual Sand Sculpture Competition.

ROLLBACK WEEKEND also featured custom cars/hot rods and live music on the bay front.

 

Don't Leave Them In The Car

GREAT NEWS! Now you can bring your furry best friend with you to THE BENNETT! Leashed, friendly pets are welcome on the patio from open until close!! Get down here. It’s a spectacular day for a frosty beer on the patio!!

 

Missing persons to locate – SCURR & PROVENCHER

Richard Scurr

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing male Richard SCURR
SCURR was last seen at 12:30 pm on 17 July 2019 in the 16400 block of 23 A Avenue in Surrey. He was seen getting into a 2019 white jeep Cherokee with his friend Ryan PROVENCHER. Richard SCURR has not been seen or heard from since.


Richard SCURR is described as a 37 years old athletic built Caucasian male, 6’ 04” tall, 220 lbs, with brown brush cut hair and brown eyes. (Please see attached photo). The vehicle has been since located near Logan Lake without occupants. There is no clothing description, as that may have changed in past two days. Police and family are concerned for his health and well-being.

It is out of character for this person to be out of touch this long

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2019-108904.

 

July 21, 2019

Double Down Double Up

TransLink first announced it was adding double-decker buses to its fleet in March 2018, after the success of a four-month pilot project. The double-deckers served seven bus routes in Vancouver, Langley, Surrey, White Rock and Delta during the pilot.

survey from the pilot found that 75 per cent of customers would be more likely to take transit if it was a double-decker.

People also said the buses offered a “smooth ride.”

Double-decker buses were also a hit with bus operators, scoring well in drivability, ease of maintenance and fuel economy.

Twenty-seven of the double-deckers will replace aging Orion buses and five will expand the fleet.

 

July 21, 2019

City of White Rock Introduces New Waterfront Parking Rate Schedule

At the Monday, July 8 regular Council meeting, City Council gave final reading to “Fees and Charges Bylaw, 2019, No. 2298, Amendment No. 1, 2019, No. 2299” which will:

  • adjust the hourly parking rates and months along the waterfront effective immediately;
  • FREE parking during the winter months on weekdays; and
  • introduce a daily rate at the West Beach Parkade and Montecito Parkade.

Starting Tuesday, July 9, there will be two new parking rate zones – High Demand Zones will be $3.75 per hour, and Value Priced zones will be $3.25 per hour from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Midnight), seven days a week during the summer months of April to September.

High Demand Zones include all street and parking lot locations and the parkades east of Oxford Street. Value Priced Zones include all street and parking lot locations west of Oxford Street. (Map Below). Parking Zones are only active during the summer months.

There is also a new daily rate of $15.00 at the Montecito Parkade and West Beach Parkade valid all day during the summer months.

FREE parking will return during the winter months of November, December and January on weekdays (Monday – Friday). On weekends (Saturday and Sunday) rates will be $2.00 per hour and the parkades will have a daily rate of $7.50.

During the months of October, February and March, the hourly rate is $2.00 for all waterfront parking locations, and the daily rate is $7.50 for the Montecito Parkade and West Beach Parkade.

Where does parking lot revenue go?

Did you know that parking lot revenue is used to pay for parking related costs?  The City does not generate a profit from parking.  Above is a breakdown of where every dollar of waterfront parking lot revenue goes.

 

 

July 20. 2019



At approximately 7:03 PM on July 19th, 2019 Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Mud Bay Park off of Colebrook Road.

Officers attended to the park and located evidence to support that shots had been fired in the area .
At the same time attendance was made to the 17300 block of 56 Avenue where the caller stated he was and police located a subject suffering from a gun shot wound.
This person was transported to area hospital for treatment.

At 7:20 pm Langley RCMP responded to a report of a party walking in to Langley Memorial Hospital suffering from a gun shot wound.
It was determined that this subject was associated the shooting at Mud Bay Park as well and all information has been passed on to the Surrey RCMP.

Surrey Serious Crime Unit has taken over the investigation in to this matter.

The investigation is still in its early stages and investigators are reviewing all available details to determine exactly what happened and what lead up to these events.
It is too early to say if these events have any links to any other ongoing events in the Lower Mainland.

Mud Bay Park and a section of Colebrook Road will be closed for an unknown period of time while police continue the investigation.

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

TransLink releases new details on Surrey Langley SkyTrain

Estimated cost of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project is $3.12 billion



TransLink has released new details and cost estimates for the proposed Surrey Langley SkyTrain project. Three staging scenarios have been developed and could be fully constructed within five-and-a-half years from a full project approval date.

Currently there is approximately $1.6 billion available in funding, which is enough to see the project reach Fleetwood. These funds had previously been allocated to the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit Project. Any work beyond this amount is unfunded and would require contributions from other sources.

TransLink’s analysis shows the project performs well against objectives the public and stakeholders were consulted on. The benefit-cost ratio of the entire project is 1.24, which is comparable to previous SkyTrain business cases: the Canada Line (1.25) and Evergreen Extension (1.27). All major projects undergo this form of analysis to determine whether an investment represents good value.

Per the direction of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, work has been undertaken to provide options for rapid transit along 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard. The shortlist of options available are dependent upon how much funding is available. Further consultation is proposed to occur this fall.

TransLink will recommend that a full business case be developed for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project by early next year. The Mayors’ Council will consider the findings and this recommendation at their meeting on Thursday, July 25.r.

 

July 18, 2019

Surrey Councillor Steps Aside

Jack Hundial

JACK HUNDIAL yesterday became the third Surrey city councillor to step aside from the Safe Surrey Coalition that up until recently held every seat on Surrey council. The exact reason for his departure has not been made public. HUNDIAL was a retired member of the RCMP. HUNDIAL has now joined councillors STEVEN PETTIGREW and BRENDA LOCKE who have disassociated themselves with Safe Surrey First over the course of the last month.

Concerns over the planned transition from the RCMP to a municipal police force are at the heart of Hundial's decision, he says.

 

Not So Happy Anniversary

July 18th was the fourth anniversary of the tragic fatal shooting of HUDSON BROOKS outside of the South Surrey RCMP detachment. The shooting involved Const. Elizabeth Cucheran who has been on leave since the incident. The trial was scheduled to start this week but it has now been delayed until August 08.This is the fifth delay in the start of the trial. HUDSONS mother, family and friends are upset by yet another delay.

Last week another delay seemed to catch the family bu surprise. Prosecutor HEATHER MAGIN claimed the judge and jury trial could take up to six weeks. Currently the trial cannot even begin until the Fall of 2020.

 

July 15, 2019

TOUR WE WHITE ROCK - Next up /the 41st 2020

MEN'S RACE

Scott Roberts photo

KELOWNA’S JORDAN CHEYNE CROWNED CHAMPION AT ROAD RACE AT TOUR DE WHITE ROCK
Nina Kessler Gives TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank its Seventh BC Superweek Win

The list of winners at the Tour de White Rock reads like a who’s who of BC and Canadian cycling. As the longest continuously run race in North America, the Tour de White Rock - which is celebrating its 40th anniversary - has seen notable names like Svein Tuft, Brian Walton, Christian Meier, Zach Bell and Andrew Pinfold conquer the notorious 134 kilometre circuit.

Kelowna, BC’s Jordan Cheyne, riding for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, can now add his name to those engraved on the Hans Steida Memorial Trophy as he dominated the 2019 edition of the road race, breaking away from a group of seven with just over 40 kilometres left. “I went up the climb with four to go and I didn’t really attack hard, but I saw a gap open up and I just committed to it. This circuit is so hard that it’s almost easier to go on your own sometimes,” the 27-year-old said.

The Elevate-KHS team has been prominent all through BC Superweek, including several podiums for Samuel Bassetti along with Ulises Castillo Soto. “It’s been a hard week, I’ve done three or four of the crits, but my teammates were making all the money for me, so it was my turn today,” said Cheyne. “We got a chance - it was down to three of us in the break and my best chance was a long-range attack so that’s what I did. It was early, but if you can roll a break the whole day here, I think it’s easier because there’s no accelerations on all these climbs – it adds up in a hurry in the field. You might have to hit the wind a bit more, but I prefer to be up the road.”

In second was German rider Christopher Hatz, who’s riding for Herrmann Rad-Team. It’s the second straight year that the 27-year-old is the runner up at the Westminster Savings Road Race. “It was really hard, just like last year. The last big lap, I took the first hill and we got to four guys who went away and at the end my legs just weren’t that good. It was just pain on the last three laps,” said Hatz. “The finish was quite similar, but the beginning was a bit harder. I went early in the group and I didn’t expect the group would go past two because we had one in it, Elevate had one in it. In the end, we worked quite well together.”

Third place went to Ed Walsh of Halifax, Nova Scotia, riding for X-Speed United Continental. It’s a team that features former champion Ryan Roth. “We had a few guys like Evan Burtnik, he’s been riding great all week, and then myself and Ryan – any of us could do well on this course, so it just came down to had the best legs on the day,” the 22-year-old explained. “It was kind of nice to redeem myself, it’s been a hard week for me. I’m happy with third and I think the team should be happy too. Rock is always the highlight for me at BC Superweek, I’ll be back!”

The men’s winner for the omnium (or overall points) was Castillo Soto, who was second in Saturday’s Choices Markets Criterium and 11th in Sunday’s Road Race. Florenz Knauer was second in the omnium, marking the eighth straight year he’s finished either first or second in the overall points standings at the Tour de White Rock.

 

WOMEN'S RACE

Scott Roberts photo

Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank continued to put on a clinic on Sunday at the Road Race as part of the Tour de White Rock. Nina Kessler, a Dutch cyclist racing BC Superweek for the first time, won in a bunch sprint, giving TIBCO its seventh win in nine races. She relied on teammates who had rode the race in the past to pass on some tips. “We had a chat with Alison Jackson, who won last year, so she gave a lot of good advice,” the 31-year-old said. “It’s going up all the time, so it’s heavy and your legs just need to do it in this race.”

Kessler wasn’t necessarily the rider pegged for the sprint for TIBCO, but the team was confident in Kendall Ryan, Emily Marcolini, Sharlotte Lucas or Kessler to get to the line. “We had four strong riders here – like Emily’s doing really well uphill and Sharlotte did an amazing job the whole week so we wanted to have a break and whoever was in there could go for it.”

That said, Kessler wasn’t really confident in the sprint at the end. “I like really fast sprints and this one is uphill, so I was a little scared of it, but I knew I had to start it early because of the tailwind. When I started it, I knew I couldn’t hold that speed to the finish line,” she said. “I just wanted to do it for the whole team because they raced so well this week – it’s really awesome. I really want to come back to BC, I enjoyed it so much!”

Marie-Soleil Blais, who’s been a top-5 finisher at seven of nine races this year during BC Superweek had her eye on not only the win, but the omnium and the $1,000 prize that goes with it. “Today I just wanted to have a really hard race because I knew there were some tired legs. I knew I had the fitness and I wanted to make it hard on a smaller group, so I had a better chance at the podium,” the former competitive hockey player said.

She was conscious of making it a hard race on all the riders, determined to keep the pace high on the main climb up Magdalen Avenue. “Eventually it worked out because we got a small group. I’m a little bit bummed because there was still a TIBCO rider in the break because I would have liked to win. I knew Nina had a good sprint, but I was getting tired from attacking every climb. It’s too bad that with all that work I couldn’t come up with the win, but with second place and the overall omnium, it’s alright.”

Blais wraps up BC Superweek with four overall podium finishes and the Tour de White Rock omnium. Victoria, BC rider Megan Rathwell was riding for Broad Street Cycling and she came third for the second straight year. The 34-year-old also won the 8-lap, 80.8 kilometre Road Race in 2014.

For Kessler, she now puts herself in the same company as former Canadian Olympians Jasmine Glaesser, Joelle Numainville and Karol-Ann Canuel, along with American cycling star Shelley Olds as women who have won the prestigious Tour de White Rock.

Thank you - see you next year. Bigger and better than ever.

 

July 12, 2019

Rollin' Down The Highway

Bachman Turner Overdrive / BTO (Robin Bachman second from left)

Several cars damaged after being hit by car-carrier ramp on Highway 99

Several cars have been badly damaged after the ramp fell off a car-carrier truck on Highway 99 in Richmond.

It happened at around 2:30 this afternoon, Robin Bachman was driving down the highway when he says his truck was hit.

“I was heading south towards the tunnel right, and I saw a large piece of metal bouncing in the left lane. I was right beside the median, there were cars on my right. I couldn’t swerve, I didn’t want to jam my breaks, I had to drive over it and I blew my tires.”

Bachman says he wasn’t the only one left with flat tires following the incident, adding many drivers had to suddenly swerve or stomp on the brakes to avoid being hit by the ramp.

“Someone else was behind me, he had also blown his tires. We both pull over to the HOV lane and two more cars passed us with flats. We called the police, they came in and blocked off the road and emergency trucks came to take us off the highway.”

He says it was a scary moment, adding he was forced like many others to swerve and avoid the piece of metal.

“It was part of a loading ramp. We’re just nervous and shaken up. It was scary being on the highway trying to get through the lanes of traffic that couldn’t see what was going on and were continuing going at normal speed. We just had to inch our way over to the HOV lane. I was hoping that it wouldn’t bounce into my windshield, or hit my hood.

 

......And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Lori Ishikawa photo

Congregation members and the work foreman stand and watch as the First United Church came tumbling down over the past two days. The site will be cleared for a supported living centre with a new church located on the ground floor with the entrance from Semiahmoo Avenue.

 

July 10, 2019

History Preserved

l-r White Rock museum executive director KARIN BJERKE-LISLE / FLORA YOUNG & ALFRED ANDERSON

IN a special ceremony outside of the White Rock museum, history was preserved.

White Rock resident FLORA YOUNG donated her large collection of Tour De White Rock t-shirts to the museum for posterity's sake. FLORA and her late husband volunteered at all 39 of the previous Tours De White Rock, including the first two races that were created by White Rock resident ALFRED ANDERSON.

The city of White Rock after two years took the races over.

FLORA will be back volounteering again this year for the 40th anniversary. If you see her out and about give her a great big hello.

If not for the volounteers we would never be able to stage the world class races coming our way Saturday and Sunday.

 

July 09, 2019

We're #2 We're #2

L-R Brooke Godin/The King of White Rock/Grady Flinn

FLINNWEST's Brooke Godin's latest Focus on White Rock video - (click here)

Thank you one and all.

Last week we were informed The White Rock Sun had been voted into the Top 5 businesses on the Semiahmoo Peninsula to receive a $15,000.00 website from FLINNWEST SOLUTIONS. Your voting pushed us right to the second place behind Laura's Coffee Corner.

The winner of the website was our favourite lady and business owner LAURA CORNALE of Laura's Coffee Corner fame located on Pacific Avenue in White Rock.

Grady Flinn owner of FLINNWEST / Laura Cornale

Yesterday afternoon after presenting LAURA with her prize cheque, the staff of FLINNWEST completely blindsided me out front of city hall. Under the guise of wanting to interview me regarding this weekend's TOUR DE WHITE ROCK I settled in for the interview on the lawn of city hall.

BAM! Videographer BROOKE GODIN had set the whole thing up for Grady Flinn to appear out of nowhere with a cheque and the news the White Rock Sun had come so close to Laura's in the voting they felt the right thing to do was to dedicate $7500.00 to the White Rock Sun for a website makeover.

I would like to personally thank each and everyone of you for voting for THE SUN.....because after all THE SUN IS ALWAYS OUT IN WHITE ROCK!!

 

Tim Shields Sex Harassment Lawsuit Settled

An RCMP spokesperson Friday announced there had been a settlement reached in the lawsuit a civilian employed by the RCMP>

The accuser who cannot be identified claimed SHIELDS made unwanted sexual advance towards her while on the job.

The trial was scheduled to begin in Surrey court this coming week/. The settlement brings the matter to an end.

SHIELDS who makes his home on the Semiahmoo Peninsula was not only the face of the RCMP as a spokesperson for years, but also came to infamy when the storm hit our pier back on December 20.

SHIELDS and his daughter were on the pier when all hell broke loose.


 

July 04, 2019

Growing Pains

An interactive map of the Fraser Valley has been created that clearly indicates the current population of each community. In the top left hand corner there is a slide you can move with your mouse that will show you have each area has grown. What is very interesting, yet not surprising is how the population has exploded in the Grandview Corners area of our community.

(click here)

 

July 03, 2019

Whale Of A Time In White Rock

Photos courtesy Corry Kriticos

White Rock photographer CORRY KRITCOS caught the above amazing image of a pair of Orcas frolicking in Semiahmoo Bay on Sunday. KRITICOS was out as a guest of "Captain Andy" of White Rock Sea Tours when they spotted the whales. Grey whales have been in our area for a couple of months now but to see Orcas this close is rare.

If you would like to book an excursion with Captain Andy CLICK HERE

 

Langley Won't Quit Wining!

Quite often you will see long stretch limousines trying to negotiate the narrow driveways of South Langley farms. Wine tours have become very popular just next door to us in South Langley. Take the tour via Langley Wine Tours or simply make a Sunday drive out of it.

CLIKC HERE to book a tour. https://www.langleylimos.com/wine-tours.html

Backyard Vineyards (3033 232 St., Langley) backyardvineyards.ca

Blackwood Lane Vineyards (25180 8 Ave, Aldergrove) blackwoodlane.ca

Chaberton Estate Winery (1064 216 St., Langley) chabertonwinery.com

Festina Lente Estate Winery (21113 16 Ave, Langley) festinalente.ca

Fort Wine Company (26151 84 Ave, Langley) thefortwineco.com

Glass House Estate Winery (23449 0 Ave, Langley) glasshouseestatewinery.com

Krause Berry Farm & Estate Winery (6179 248 St., Langley) krauseberryfarms.com

Springland Winery (6962 236 St., Langley) springlandwinery.ca

Township 7 Vineyard & Winery (21152 16 Ave, Langley) township7.com

Vista D’oro Farms & Winery (346 208 St, Langley) vistadoro.com

 

July 02, 2019

No Parking - No Problem

The massive crowds that flocked to the sandy shores of Semiahmoo Bay for Canada Day put the strain on parking in the city of White Rock.

The Semiahmoo First Nations parking lot was packed as well with over 400 visitors taking advantage of the all day parking rate at Semiahmoo Park. The city of White Rock charges $3.75 per hour which makes the daily rate the best deal in town.

It was so busy with Canada Day crowds the newly opened parkade on the city's West Beach was sold out most of the day.

 

July 01, 2019

Beautiful East Beach

For many years now the consensus was West Beach was better than East Beach in White Rock.

Since the December storm that destroyed our pier and most of the East Beach waterfront, a metamorphosis has occurred. East beach is the new hip spot on the beach.

  • Lori Cody Blanketed on the grass there today. What a treat. All the benches are welcomed and were a great surprise.
  • Nigel Armstrong Was down there this morning and it looks great.

Gabrielle Trouton photos

 

Columnist Mike Smyth writes about the turmoil at Surrey City Hall

Doug McCallum is losing city councillors at an alarming rate, but the Surrey mayor doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem. Two city councillors have now bailed out of McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition, attacking the mayor’s leadership on their way out.

But, in McCallum’s world, the coloured fountains are still bubbling brightly, while the gondolas float merrily along the city’s meandering canal.

(read the full story)

 

Get A Charge Out Of New Parkade

Did you know the new parkade in White Rock comes equipped with 10 charging stations for electric vehicles? 

You do now.

June 29, 2019

Pie Update

The work crew reconstructing our famous pier are making excellent progress. The projected completion date of mid August - late August just might be moved up.

Workers are currently installing the cement cross pieces, then the pier will be re decked with wood. When you are walking on it it will look exactly the same as it was before.

The new construction will last well over the 100 years the original pier stood for.

 

 

June 25, 2019

Overwhelming citizen support for Surrey Police Department



The City of Surrey has concluded its public engagement process for the planned transition to a Surrey Police Department. Over a five-week period, 23 public engagement events were held across Surrey’s six town centres.

The results of the Citizen Consultation Survey were released yesterday Monday June 24.

A total of 11,103 survey responses were received. The following are some of the key findings from the survey.

It’s time that Surrey had a police department that is locally led: 93% Strongly Agree/Agree
I want police officers to build their career in Surrey, so they know the community well: 98% Strongly Agree/Agree
I believe our police department should prioritize its efforts based on what is important to Surrey citizens: 98% Strongly Agree/Agree

“The results of the survey responses speak volumes about the overwhelming support the citizens of Surrey have for the creation of a Surrey Police Department,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “It is clear to me that the people of Surrey are ready for the switch to a city police department and it is my desire to deliver on their wishes. I sincerely hope the Solicitor General can render his decision soon. We have a detailed plan in place, and we are ready and eager to start work on the formation of a Surrey Police Department.”

The full report on the public-engagement process is being compiled by staff. When finalized, the full report will be forwarded to Council and the public in mid-July.

 

June 24, 2019

Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

Yesterday White Rock by-law officers were quick to respond to the area along Marine Drive sometimes called "The Hump."

Last month when staff informed council they were planning on cleaning up the vegetation on the hump at the request of owners of the condos across the street, council unanimously said "keep your clear cutting hands off of the hump!!"

The absolute devastation of vegetation along THE HUMP back in 2016 is still fresh in the mind of the current and past council members as well as many residents of the community.

The RCMP were called and names and identification was taken. Stay tuned.

 

Here is a random sampling of post on FACEB OOK courtesy Fiona MacDermid;


Bob Sharpe
 Fine, fines and more fines!

Barbara Higgins Cowley Trespassing and causing damage....if the Nootka Rose is there....White Rock's official Flower,they should be fined triple..

Jeff Breunig There is no respect left ... nothing... No intelligence either trees and shrubs stabilize the earth. If you want to see the Ocean get off your butt and walk down

Tracey Elizabeth Van Patter 'Leave The Natural Beauty Of White Rock Alone' ~ paws off! Enough of this bs. People randomly destroying whatever they feel like!

Nancy Milos Very disappointed in residents like this... honestly, who do they think they are? There is a very big issue with slope distablization too but I guess their selfishness doesn't consider that possibility. They want what they want, like spoiled children.

Margaret Fairbrother Garrison This is the time of year; wild life, rabbits, birdies, etc. inhabit in the brush and foliage. Leave nature alone. White Rock has faced enough change and destruction. Let it grow back.

 

Peace Arch Park - Freeway For Illegals?


 

A years-long investigation by federal authorities has uncovered an elaborate “human smuggling network” that may have helped close to a thousand Chinese migrants cross the Canada-U.S. border via a public park just steps away from a busy B.C. port of entry, according to newly unsealed court documents obtained by the National Post.

June 22, 2019

Two additional arrests...... 

it's a family affair

Two more arrests have been made in the murder of a young woman found dead in a burning car in 2017 in Surrey.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team have have announced that two men were taken into custody today.
They are not saying if the men taken into custody this afternoon are related to three other people already charged in Bhavkiran Dhesi’s death.

In May, her former boyfriend –21-year-old Harjot Deo– was charged with second degree murder.

Deo’s mother and sister are also charged with being accessories to the murder.

 

Indigenous Day Celebration

Al Nemeth photo

Members of White Rock council came together yesterday with the Semiahmoo First Nations council for a special ceremony to mark National Indigenous Day.

The public ceremony was held at Bernard Charles Plaza on the waterfront of White Rock in the East Beach area. Chief Harley Chappell and White Rock Mayor Walker both elaborated on the efforts of both parties to build a long lasting relationship for the future of both communities.

Chief Chappell's three sons and daughter performed traditional Coast Salish dances during the ceremony.

Small Plane Makes forced Landing 

 A small Cessna was forced to land near 48 Avenue and 208 Street in Langley yesterday afternoon, when its engine failed.

Andrew Trip saw the plane take off and says he was shocked when it came down only a few minutes later.

“Right away, we could hear it and you could hear it struggling,” says Trip. “So, it kind of alerted us right away. We watched it, the engine was going off and on, and sounded like it was having a really hard time.”

Cpl. Holly Largy with the Langley RCMP says no one was injured.

“It had engine failure and in an attempt to miss the power lines and land on the Newlands Golf Course, it overshot the golf course and ended up in a bush,” says Largy.

Two occupants were in the plane when it went down. It’s believed it was part of a flight training exercise at the time.

It’s not clear what caused the engine failure.

June 21, 2019

Here are the nine things that Crime Stoppers is urging every resident do at 9 p.m.:

  1. Remove everything from inside your car, including loose change, garage door openers and pop bottles.
  2. Roll up your car windows and lock the doors.
  3. Lock up all bikes, ladders and even garden equipment — don’t leave your lawnmower out.
  4. Make sure your garage door is closed, and that the door leading into the house from inside the garage is locked.
  5. Close and lock all the doors and windows of your home.
  6. Set your alarm, if you have one, and be sure to regularly check your video security equipment.
  7. Leave an outside light on overnight to illuminate your front door.
  8. Make sure that any package deliveries are picked up from your front step promptly.
  9. Don’t let newspapers or mail pile up, as this will indicate that no one’s home.

Insp. Mehat also encouraged citizens to join their local Block Watch, which provides monthly training on crime prevention initiatives and access to a series of speakers.

 

June 20, 2019

Cannabis Crowd

A capacity crowd turned out to the White Rock Community Centre on Tuesday evening.

CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) hosted a meeting on the benefits of medical cannabis. With the recent opening of INDIGENOUS BLOOM (see stories below) more and more seniors will be turning towards a natural form of treatment for their medical ailments.

(click here to visit CARP'S website for more information)

 

June 19, 2019

IN this study based on numbers taken at the end of last year we see Surrey has a 35% rate of not owned occupied condominium / apartments while at the end of last year White Rock made the list with a 21% rate.

 

The Gloves Are Off In Surrey

Surrey Councillor LINDA LOCKE Surrey Mayor DOUG MCCALLUM

Just weeks after Surrey councillor STEVEN PETTIGREW moved away from the Surrey Safe Coalition over what he deemed as rampant development and tree canopy loss, now fellow councillor LINDA LOCKE appears to be moving away from the DOUG MCCALLUM led political party.

LOCKE this week crossed swords with Mayor MCCALLUM over the move to a private police force replacing the RCMP in Surrey. 

MCCALLUM released the following press release yesterday;

 

 

June 18, 2019

Has Your Child Got RAPTOR Fever?

“Pursue Your Passion!” We are excited to launch our new location in White Rock! We will begin by running Summer Camps in July & August. In September, we will have Fall Club Teams, DBL & our Fall Training Academy! See our website to register for our first camps in South Surrey!

(CLICK HERE FOR DATES AND REGISTRATION)

 

Surrey RCMP piloting new Online Crime Reporting tool

Today, the Surrey RCMP is launching a new online crime reporting tool to assist residents in reporting select non-emergency crimes. This is part of a pilot project for the BC RCMP’s new Online Crime Reporting tool that includes detachments in Kelowna, Richmond, Ridge Meadows, and Surrey.

Online Crime Reporting provides an alternate way for citizens to report less serious crimes at www.surreyrcmp.ca/reportand through the Surrey RCMP mobile app. 

Citizens with a valid email address can report less serious crimes that occurred in Surrey where there is no suspect or witness and follow up by a police officer is not required. Specifically, residents will be able to report the following crimes online:

· Damage/mischief to property under $5,000
· Damage/mischief to a vehicle under $5,000
· Hit and run to an unoccupied vehicle or property
· Theft of bicycle under $5,000
· Theft under $5,000
· Theft from vehicle under $5,000
· Lost property

In addition to providing a more convenient way for residents to make a report, this new tool will also allow call takers and frontline personnel to focus on higher priority calls, which will improve overall safety and response times in the city.

“Crime reports from the public are an essential part of determining how our policing resources are deployed in the city,” says Superintendent Ed Boettcher, Surrey RCMP Operations Officer. “This additional reporting tool will enhance our service delivery to residents of Surrey by making it more convenient to report less serious crimes, while allowing police to focus on emergency calls for service.”

To make a report using the Online Crime Reporting tool visit www.surreyrcmp.ca/report.

June 17, 2019

Local business Hazelmere Organic Farms on 184th street suffered a devastating loss as a fire destroyed its barn and operations early Sunday morning. The fire is believed to have been started by an electrical issue around 4:20am Sunday.

Photos story courtesy Kelly Breaks

June 16, 2019


History made on the Semmiahmoo First Nations land. 

 

A legal cannabis and medical dispensary were officially opened yesterday below the Washington Avenue Grill in Semiahmoo Park on Marine Drive.
The new store is a partnership with Indigenous Bloom and the Semiahmoo band. Indigenous Bloom now has 6 stores open on first nations land in British Columbia. All three levels of government were represented at the opening with MP Gordie Hogg, MLA Tracy Redies and White Rock mayor Darryl Walker all in attendance. 

It is more than just a pot shop. Visitors are welcome.

SE-MI-AH-MU Limited Partnership and Indigenous Bloom Corp 
 Announce a Partnership for Medicinal Hemp and Cannabis Dispensary

Semiahmoo First Nation (June 13, 2019) – The Semiahmoo First Nation (the “Semiahmoo”) has approved its economic development business, SE-MI-AH-MU Limited Partnership to enter into a partnership with Indigenous Bloom Corp. to own and operate a medicinal hemp and cannabis dispensary on the Semiahmoo’s Lands.  Semiahmoo’s leadership has approved entering into this agreement based on inherent right to self-determination and to benefit economically from an industry that is now legal in Canada.
The Indigenous Bloom dispensary will employ Semiahmoo members, and residents from neighboring communities. The Grand opening of Semiahmoo’s Indigenous Bloom Medicinal Hemp and Cannabis Dispensary will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 3 p.m. - Unit 7, 15782 Marine Drive, Surrey, BC. All are welcome to attend this event that will bring benefits to our community.

 “The Medicinal Hemp and Cannabis industry represents a tremendous economic opportunity for all First Nations communities, and it’s important that we, the SE-MI-AH-MA, assert our rights to participate in, and benefit from, all opportunity,” explains Harley Chappell, Chief of the Semiahmoo. “By working together with Indigenous Bloom Corp., SE-MI-AH-MU Limited Partnership is creating new jobs and unlocking new revenue sources that will support social programs and housing urgently needed by members of our Nation.”

Semiahmoo has developed its own Cannabis Law based on their historic rights, which governs the production and distribution of Hemp and Cannabis on Semiahmoo Lands. This law meets, and in some cases, exceeds the health and safety standards established by the Government of Canada and the province of British Columbia. 

Semiahmoo wishes to express its intention to work closely with other levels of government to align its Medicinal Hemp and Cannabis project with Federal and Provincial processes when the governments are ready to address Aboriginal rights that have not been addressed in the current legislation.

 

Local world renowned artist ROBERT DAVIDSON Profiled

Robert Davidson

Haida artist ROBERT DAVIDSON has recently been profiled in Montecristo Magazine. DAVIDSON'S work is on display worldwide including on the arm of Prime Minister Trudeau. From his studio on the Semioahmoo First Nations land DAVIDSON had filled the void of the late artist BILL REID.

Davidson received the Order of Canada in 1996, and has been awarded honorary degrees from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Victoria. Through his prolific body of work, it is fair to say that Davidson has been an instrumental voice in reaffirming Haida art in the 21st century.

(read the full story)

 

 

June 13, 2019

Yesterday was a spring scorcher across B.C.

Sixteen record highs in the province for June 12 were noted by Environment Canada on Wednesday night.

“New daily high temperature records were set today thanks to a very strong ridge of high pressure,” Environment Canada noted in a weather summary.

White Rock was one of the communities that broke the existing high temperature record for June 12 - 30.9 C (29.4 C in 1932)

 

June 12, 2019

Bill's Back!

Former White Rock councillor and former owner of the East Beach bar The Sandpiper returns to East Beach.

Monday evening White Rock council approved a primary liquor license for the operation of a bar to be run by BILL LAWRENCE.

The venue will feature live music, dancing, karaoke and pub food. The new East Beach pub is expected to open it's doors in July. 

Many residents who live in close proximity to the new pub voiced their concerns, but council and staff assured there will be no wiggle room on the operation of the pub. If there are complaints the liquor branch in Victoria will be called in to quell any problems.

 

Pretty In Pink?

The owners of the embroiled property located at 1310 Johnston Road in uptown White Rock have given the old building a bright brand new look. You may remember this property was caught in limbo when the new White Rock council called for an official review of the city's Official Community Plan. The owners are proceeding with a court challenge to force the city to allow the construction of a 13 storey tower.

During an unofficial survey of walkers along the sidewalk yesterday afternoon it is obvious there is no middle ground on the new colour. It seemed to be split right down the middle of people loving it thinking it brightened up the neighbourhood to people thinking it looked totally out of place.

The last two tenants currently still occupying rental space in the building LEELA THAI and Nourish, formerly Bikram White Rock has been located at 1326 since 2007 and both businesses will be moving once their new locations in White Rock are completed. NOURISH will be relocating 1560 George St, hopefully in September.. 

UPDATE

Just Kidding?

Was the shocking pink paint just a fun thing for the owners to do? Not sure but by yesterday (Thursday) the building had a new coat of brown paint restored to the empty structure on White rock's main thoroughfare.

 

Spirit In The Sky

With a forecasted good run of sunny weather this week the sky over White Rock yesterday afternoon took on an eerie look.

Have you ever seen clouds like the ones in this picture?

 

 

June 11, 2019

Imperial Oil claims City of White Rock undervalued former gas station site targeted for expropriation

Imperial Oil filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on May 26, claiming the city expropriated the lands at 1510 Johnston Road in June 2018 for $4,868,100. The 14,420-square-foot site had been vacant for two decades at the time, according to the claim, and fronts “onto a busy arterial road and surrounded by and abutting onto properties used for retail commercial purposes.”

(click here)

 

June 10, 2019

Get On The Bus - Take A Ride With Us


This federal election, we have the chance to get Metro Vancouver moving – but we all need to do our part. 

Email your federal MP and candidates and call for more transit funding now.

(click here)

 

June 08, 2019

Fire In The Hole

K.Breaks photo

A portion of White Rock's main thoroughfare Johnston Road was closed yesterday afternoon as the White Rock Fire department responded to a call. It turned out to be a fire in the underground parking. NO injuries were reported and the fire crew quickly doused the flames.

 

White Rock Is Open For Business

BROOKE GODIN of FLINNWEST Solutions gives us reason to be happy summer is here in the most beautiful city in Canada.

Memorial Park is open, the water feature, bathrooms and outdoor showers are all in full operation as well as brand new washrooms


Property Taxes are due July 2

The 2019 property tax notices have now been mailed to all registered property owners. All property owners, even new owners, are responsible for payment of property taxes by the due date to avoid penalty, regardless of whether a tax notice is received.

Save Time and Go Online! Skip the line and visit whiterockcity.ca/hog to claim your Home Owner Grant

 

June 07, 2019

Dead Grey Whale Discovered in Boundary Bay

As the migrating grey whales return to Alaska from their trip south to the warms waters off of Mexico, a higher than normal number of deaths have occurred. Bioligists believe the increase in annual deaths in the grey whale population is due to dwindling food supplies.

Gray whales are dying up and down the west coast at an alarming rate.

Over the last five months, 23 dead whales have washed up along California’s coast. Washington has seen 11 of the massive cetaceans wash ashore while they have been 6 reports of dead grey whales off the coast of B.C>

Three Of The Top 10 Visited Parks Are In Our Backyard

Park Name 2018 Visit
Pacific Spirit Regional Park 2,619,000
Boundary Bay Regional Park* 920,000
Capilano River Regional Park 834,000
Derby Reach Regional Park* 810,000
Belcarra Regional Park 738,000
Campbell Valley Regional Park* 614,000
Grouse Mountain Regional Park 560,000
Tynehead Regional Park* 502,000
Kanaka Creek Regional Park 446,000
Aldergrove Regional Park* 407,000

METRO VANCOUVER has just released the statistics of how many visitors have visited regional parks in the Metro Vancouver region.

Tynehead in North Surrey, Aldergrove's regional park and topping the list of local parks is the Campbell valley Regional Park in South Langley off of 200th street & 8th avenue. If you have not spent a few hours exploring the park this weekend might be the perfect time for a family outing.

 

June 05, 2019

Look, But Please Do Not Touch

It's everywhere on the Semiahmoo Peninsula, even on the beach @ East Beach White Rock.

Giant hogweed is not new to Canada, but every summer unsuspecting residents come into contact with the dangerous plant, leading to rashes, burns and -- in extreme cases -- blindness.

The plant is a perennial, which means it comes back every spring. It will start to bloom in June and reach heights of up to 5 metres in the right conditions.

Every year, officials in both Canada and the U.S. warn residents not to touch the  plants, which pop up in large numbers on both sides of the border, although it has not been found in the Canadian territories.

Summer revealed! Visit our Complete Guide to Summer 2019 for an in depth look at the Summer Forecast, tips to plan for it and much more

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says giant hogweed is one of the country's most dangerous plants. It's asking people to document sightings, which have been spotted flowering in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

Add To That Death Cap Mushrooms

A regular read Lisa dropped us this note:

.I just felt compelled to ask you if you would be able to write a little warning/notice about poisonous mushrooms in BC.I saw that you placed a warning about hogweed last week.The thing is "death cap mushrooms" are deadly if eaten. They have been found alarmingly abundant on Vancouver island and maybe here on the mainland. A few years ago a 3 or 4 year old toddler ate one in Victoria by the road side and died from the mushroom .They can look like another edible mushroom that people sometimes forage for. No amount of cooking will destroy the poison.

 

 

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June 03, 2019

Have Your Say...but hurry.

Gordie HOGG was first elected as a City Councilor in 1974, his challenge was to understand what the people of our City were passionate about, and what, as their elected representative, they wanted him to take to council.

Things have changed dramatically since he was first elected, but one thing that will never change is his belief that elected officials must represent their constituents’ views to government. 

South Surrey–White Rock residents you have the ability to comment on these topics, and express your opinion on a variety of policy options. This platform is a next-generation form of consultation, and will allow you more say than ever before.

(click here)

 

June 01, 2019

Online Community Survey:

To start off the OCP Review process, we have created a short online survey that will help staff to design our public outreach in a way that supports informed participation from all members of the community. We want to know who is participating now to understand who we are reaching, and how we can make it easy for your continued involvement. 

We also have a few quick questions on each of the review topics to get an early indication of the community's understanding and opinions in key areas. Please register so that you can participate in the survey, which is available at the link here

Project Background:

Our Official Community Plan (OCP) is the city's blueprint for managing change to achieve our shared goals. It contains policies that guide Council's 'land-use' decisions for where and how we grow in the future, helping to conserve what we love about the city as well as improve the quality of life for current and future residents.

An OCP is typically reviewed every five years to ensure it remains relevant and continues to meet the needs of the community, but changes to the OCP can be considered by Council in between major updates. Council has expressed their desire for re-engagement with the public on certain aspects of the current OCP which was adopted in October 2017, to ensure that it reflects the community's values, and to provide additional support to the City's efforts in areas such as:

  • Strengthening Transit
  • Greening the City (on new green space and tree planting)
  • Improving Housing Affordability
  • Expanding Peace Arch Hospital
  • Monitoring OCP Goals to Measure Success and Track Implementation
  • Enhancing the Waterfront
  • Reviewing Town Centre (Height, Density and Public Space / Green spaces)
  • Reviewing Building Heights outside the Town Centre

As the Waterfront and Marine Drive businesses are of vital importance in the community, special events (public consultation and forums) for the Waterfront Enhancement Strategy part of this OCP Review will be held separately from the other OCP Review topics to allow for greater focus and earlier implementation of Waterfront policies. 

 

 

May 22, 2019

About Time

 

The Province has released terms of reference that will guide the British Columbia Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) investigation into what is driving high, volatile gasoline prices in British Columbia.

“The rapid increase in gas prices in B.C. is alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers,” said Premier John Horgan. “We asked the BCUC to conduct a fair, transparent and comprehensive independent investigation. These terms provide the broad reach it needs to find answers and give recommendations to inform the path forward.”

The BCUC may exercise any of the powers provided to it under the Utilities Commission Act, including compelling oil companies as witnesses to explain their prices to the commission.

 

Third Person Charged

Updated May 26, 2019

A third person has been charged in connection with the murder of Bhaviran Dhesi.

According to updated court records, Inderdeep Kaur Deo, a 24-year-old woman, has been added to the list of accused in the Dhesi file. She now faces a charge of accessory after the fact to murder, alongside Manjit Kaur Deo. Harjot Singh Deo faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Harjot Singh Deo, 21, was arrested May 10 and charged with second-degree murder in the 2017 killing of Dhesi. The pair were dating at the time of her death.

His mother Manjit Kaur Deo, 53, was arrested May 17 and charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Cpl. Frank Jang with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed last week that Manjit Kaur Deo is the mother of Harjot Singh Deo. It has not been confirmed how Inderdeep Deo is related to the other two accused.

 

 

It Must Be Spring

15640 - 40th Avenue South Surrey

Did you know Mary's Garden opened over the weekend?

We open at 9:30 (until 6 pm) and guess what. Our own no sprays lettuces are ready (we will have enough for the first few days at least!!!); our own heirloom rhubarb and fresh mint are also ready! 

We have many new local products in store, as well as the old favourites! Come down and say hi!!

 

May 17, 2019

We're #1 We're #1

As you drive the streets of most Lower Mainland communities, in particular White Rock & Crescent Beach you cannot help but notice the abundance of FOR SALE signs.

Many homeowners are still hoping to catch the real estate bubble before it bursts. Or has it burst?

 

May 15, 2019

Unhappy Anniversary

Today marks the third anniversary of the 5 Corners Fire. The blaze displaced over 100 residents of the Ocean Ridge condo development and a number of local business owners.

Let's look back. Here is the time-line story we published the day after the blaze broke out. The White Rock RCMP state the file is still active and progressing.

Follow the bouncing ball;

May 20, 2016

RCMP Investigating Arsons

There has been no official word on the cause of the blaze that destroyed the two condo complexes at 5 Corners Sunday.

What we do know is there were no less than four fires set throughout the city of White Rock and close proximity Sunday morning.

 

#1. 

A children's playground constructed from wood and plastic and located on the Cypress street road end @ Victoria avenue was set ablaze in the early hours Sunday morning, No injuries. Fire quickly extinguished

 

#2

Major condominium fire on Royal and Pacific Avenue. Time 4:30 a.m.

 

#3

Sandpiper Liquor store is broken into @ 5:10 a.m. Owner confirmed the CCTV cameras captures clear pictures of two suspects robbing the liquor out of the window.

 

#4. 

10:30 a.m. a fire is started in an alleyway off of Pacific avenue near Stayte road. Fire quickly extinguished no major damage. No injuries

 

#5

12 noon residents of the Semiahmoo First Nations witnessed an individual attempting to start a building on fire behind the band's office. The Surrey RCMP responded to the 911 call and took the suspect into custody. 

The suspect taken into custody Sunday appeared in Surrey Provincial court Tuesday morning where he was charged with arson damaging property.

The accused is 18 year old JAMES DYER of Surrey was released on his own recognizance.

The White Rock & Surrey RCMP continue their very active investigation today.

 

Nature’s Fare said no major changes expected after sale to Buy-Low Foods

Buy-Low Foods is a division of the Jim Pattison Group

The executive team at Nature’s Fare Markets said it will be business as usual at the grocery store chain following its sale to the Jim Pattison Group’s Buy-Low Foods division.

Two of NATURE'S FARES seven stores are local. Langley and most recently in Central Plaza in White Rock.

Nature’s Fare was found in 1993 by Rick Monahan and is headquartered in Vernon.

 

Police investigating a suspicious occurrence involving a possible firearm/North Bluff



Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in the investigation of a suspicious occurrence.

On May 13 at approximately 12:30 am, an individual reported to police that they observed what they believed to be a firearm, laying on the roadway, being picked up by a person in a dark coloured SUV. This suspicious occurrence occurred a few hours earlier near 16 Avenue and the Highway 99 on ramp. 

Police officers attended the area and conducted patrols and neighbourhood inquiries, canvassing for witnesses and video surveillance. 

Investigators have not confirmed that a firearm was involved in this occurrence, and are asking anyone with information to come forward and contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

May 14, 2019

Another TRANSLINK Survey - 30 Years Out

TRANSLINK is inviting everyone in the region to help us update their 30-year transportation strategy

Have your say - take the survey here

 

Gray whales starving, washing up dead in startling numbers along SF coast

Over the past month or so residents and visitors to White Rock have marveled as a pair of Grey whales have cruised back and forth through Semiahmoo Bay. On Friday evening two Grey whales, and possibly the same two that have been in White Rock, got stranded off of Centennial Beach in Delta. Fortunately the tide was coming in when the two giants beached on the sand./ 

The two Grey whales were freed and seem content to stay in the bay.

The Grey whales are currently migrating from their winter home in Mexico and heading back to Alaska. 

Why are the Grey whales coming in so close and in such numbers these days? They are searching for food.

(read the full story of what has happened in San Fransisco)

 

Outdoor Burning Ban Issued



As we move closer to the summer season, the Surrey Fire Service wants to remind its citizens that seasonally high temperatures and dry weather do result in an increase in the potential for brush fires & nuisance smoke throughout the City of Surrey. 

Effective immediately, open burning of any kind is banned in the city. Open burning/backyard fires are not allowed in the City of Surrey. The fire ban also extends to the beaches In South Surrey in Crescent Beach and off of Semiahmoo Park in South Surrey.

Any fire service attendance to an open burning complaint may be subject to cost recovery.

Natural gas, propane or charcoal briquettes are permitted as long as they are being used in ULC/CSA-approved devices for that particular product. Charcoal briquettes are allowed on private property but are prohibited in city parks and on city beaches.

To date in 2019, Surrey Fire has attended 123 brush / grass fires and 184 burning complaints.

Between May 1, 2018 and Oct 01, 2018, the Surrey Fire Service responded to 441 brush/grass fires and 279 burning complaints.

 

May 09, 2019

Independent News / STOP The Fake News

In a video by award-winning filmmakers Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami, National Observer founding editor-in-chief Linda Solomon Wood speaks about the vital role of journalists to preserve truth and accountability in Canada. With 'fake news' and disinformation campaigns destabilizing politics in the U.S. and the U.K., Canada is now also being targeted by malicious efforts to polarize voters ahead of the 2019 election. National Observer's reporters speak about what public service journalism mean to them. Featuring Linda Solomon Wood, Mike De Souza, Carl Meyer, Sandy Garossino, Alastair Sharp, Fatima Syed, Emilee Gilpin and Jenny Uechi.

 

May 12, 2019son is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2019-67700

 

May 10, 2019

Freed Willy

Late yesterday afternoon (Friday) two Grey whales were trapped on the sand in Boundary Bay near Centennial Beach in Tswassen. Rescue crews from the Department of Fisheries were quick to act. The two whales eventually made their way back to deeper water. It is believed these are the two same whales that have been thrilling residents and visitors to White Rock.

The two whales have been frolicking and feeding off the end of our pier for two weeks.


 

 

Coyote Ugly

Monday evening a 3 year old girl who was walking with a parent was attacked by a coyote while they walked through Duprez Ravine in west White Rock. The city of White Rock responded by closing the ravine and placing a makeshift barricade with no information at the top of the ravine. The entrance above to Duprez Ravine is located behind Centennial Arena.

A conversation officer was called after the attack and arrived on the scene and shot a coyote. Until further notice if you are hiking or biking in the ravine be extra careful.

The young girl was treated for superficial leg wounds and released from hospital.

 

May 08, 2019

Surrey Says "Love Where You Live"

Love Where You Live kicked off with a staff clean-up event at City Hall. (L-R) Councillor Jack Hundial, Councillor Linda Annis,
Mayor Doug McCallum, Councillor Allison Patton, Councillor Laurie Guerra, Councillor Brenda Locke and Councillor Steven Pettigrew.

Mayor Doug McCallum launched the City of Surrey’s Love Where You Live campaign which calls for residents, business owners, schools, and community groups to do their part in keeping Surrey clean and beautiful. 

“Everyday, and especially during this new initiative, we are calling on everyone to participate in keeping the street where you live, and the parks where our children play, clean and welcoming,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.
“No effort is too small, and it starts with the street you work or call home. I challenge everyone to take 20 minutes out of your day, once a week, to clean up your property and the space around it.”

For the full Love Where You Live event schedule, or to learn more about the city-wide campaign, visit surrey.ca/lovewhereyoulive.

 

2019 State of the City Address 

Highlights of Mayor McCallum's 20129 State of the City Address.

“I am proud of what has been achieved in the six months since we took office,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “When I was elected as Mayor, I had two priorities in mind. The first was to quickly deliver on the wishes of the people of Surrey who gave us the mandate to govern, and the second was to make sure the City of Surrey is continually moving forward by having Council, on behalf of the people, do what is best for our city. The work we have done is just the beginning and we will continue to seize on the momentum we have created to ensure that Surrey is constantly advancing and flourishing.”

Two major initiatives were enacted on the evening the new Council was sworn in. Motions were introduced and unanimously passed to begin work on extending the existing SkyTrain network in Surrey from King George Station to Langley City and to begin work on the creation of a Surrey Police Department. Mayor McCallum also highlighted the following items that were part of his “to do list” that have been acted upon since taking office:

  • Implement Smart Development to ensure essential services and infrastructure are part of the planning of new communities.
  • No development in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
  • Eliminate backlog in building permits.
  • Hold property tax increase to the Consumer Price Index (Oct. 2018) of 2.9%.
  • Bring the City of Surrey’s debt load under control by taking a pay as you go approach.
  • Eliminate pay parking around Surrey Memorial Hospital and at City Hall.
  • Institute Inadmissible Patrons Program and Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program
  • Bring transparency, accountability and fairness with the establishment of an Independent Ethics Commissioner at City Hall.
  • Create Truck Parking and Community Engagement Task Forces
  • Purchase and protect park land in Campbell Heights.
  • Begin planning of a new Track and Field facility at Bear Creek Park and a Kabaddi facility.
  • Increase discount for seniors 70 years and older from 25% to 75% on recreation passes and drop-in admissions.

The 2019 State of the City Address also saw the unveiling of a marked Surrey Police vehicle for the first time. With the Surrey Police Transition Report near completion, Mayor McCallum outlined the public engagement outreach that will be occurring once the report is handed over to the provincial government. Residents will have the opportunity to outline their priorities and what they want to see with Surrey Police in the coming weeks

 

May 07, 2019

White Rock Runner/Resident Ferg Hawke Finishes BMO Marathon In Good Company

Such a privilege to meet this amazing man Yuki Kawauchi, 2018 Boston Marathon champion and new course record holder at the BMO Vancouver. Had a blast guiding him around the second half of the Marathon course on Friday and catching him at the finish line yesterday. Among his many many accomplishments this was his 82nd sub 2:20 marathon! Yes, you read that right 82 sub 2:20 marathons!!!!! A world record BTW!

Pier Pressure 

Work begins today on repairing Canada's Longest Pier. The Seattle based company who recently were awarded the contract to do the repairs caused by the December storm, pulled their barge up next to the pier at high tide yesterday afternoon.

Completion of the repair is forecasted to be mid-August.

 

May 03, 2019

Iconic White Rock pier repairs to receives provincial support

(l-r) BOB BEZUBIAK "Friends of the Pier", Delta MLA RAVI KAHLON, White Rock councillor HELEN FATHERS, South Surrey/White Rock MLA TRACEY REDIES

North Delta MLA RAVI KALHON and South Surrey/White Rock MLA TRACEY REDIES came bearing gifts today. The Provincial government has stepped forward with a cheque for $1,000,000.00 dollars to help restore our iconic waterfront pier. 

The $1-million grant from the Province will help repair waterfront infrastructure from storm damage along the promenade and White Rock pier, helping restore the economic and social heart of the community.

“The historic White Rock pier is a cultural icon and a significant contributor to the local economy, drawing more than one million visitors to the community each year,” said Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, on behalf of Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Restoring the pier will help local businesses and improve recreational and cultural opportunities for the community.”

White Rock’s pier and waterfront suffered severe damage following a storm in December 2018. A section in the middle of the pier was torn away and debris from damaged boats was lodged along the pier. Along with damage to utility and power lines, the waterfront was also impacted as the storm surged over the promenade, damaging concrete infrastructure and the shoreline.

“Last winter’s storm devastated our community, impacting both residents and the local economy alike,” said Darryl Walker, mayor of White Rock. “We are grateful for the provincial grant to help us reconstruct our waterfront and pier and protect our shoreline from the impacts of climate change.”

Reaching almost 500 metres into Semiahmoo Bay, the landmark pier is considered a destination. Visitors come to walk along the pier and promenade, and attend the many community celebrations that take place along the waterfront, such as Canada Day by the Bay, the White Rock Sea Festival, the Tour de White Rock and TD Concerts at the Pier.

“There is a unique entrepreneurial spirit that exists in White Rock that drives our economy and contributes to the to the community's character and charm,” said Bob Bezubiak, manager, TD Canada Trust in White Rock, and past chair of the City of White Rock's economic investment committee. “This funding sends a strong message that the provincial government recognizes our waterfront and pier is a landmark attraction and vital contributor to the success of our business community and local economy.”

The first phase of repairs, including east beach and immediate pier repairs, are scheduled to begin soon, with completion expected in fall 2019.

Quick Facts:

  • White Rock city council has approved $17.3 million in total for waterfront and pier repairs to be completed over the next two years.
  • The pier was originally built in 1914 as a dock for the coastal steamships that arrived when the Great Northern Railway began operation. Restored nearly 70 years later, the pier is still a customs port of entry for small crafts.

 

Weekend Roundup May 4-6, 2019

Saturday

It was a great turn out Saturday morning for the monthly talk with White Rock council members.

Sunday

The annual Hike for Hospice brought in thousands of dollars through pledges to walks in our community.

. Dozens enjoyed the glorious walk around Crescent Beach in ideal weather.

Market Opens

MP Gordie Hogg and MLA Tracey Redies were on hand to officiate at the opening of the White Rock Farmers' Market as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Market manager HELEN FATHERS pictured with market staff and award presented by MP Gordon Hogg honouring the market as the top market in British Columbia. Every Sunday in uptown White Rock. Follow the crowds.

 

May 02, 2019

Backed Up Border 

12:00 p.m.

Harley Chappell photo

Surrey RCMP is investigating a two vehicle collision which occurred on Highway 99 near the Peace Arch border crossing.

At approximately 11:30 am on May 2nd, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded to a report of a collision on Highway 99, approximately 300 meters north of the Canada / US border. Once on scene, officers determined a collision had occurred between a Porsche Cayenne SUV and a Toyota Sienna van. It was initially reported to be a three vehicle collision, but officers later confirmed that only two vehicles were involved. The Toyota subsequently caught fire after the collision. The male driver and lone occupant of the Porsche has been transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The male driver and sole occupant of the Toyota was pronounced deceased at scene.

The Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team has assumed conduct of the investigation along with the assistance of the General Investigation Unit and the Lower Mainland Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstruction Service.

Anyone with information about this collision or may have dash-cam video is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

Friends Indeed

This morning (Thursday) dignitaries and elected officials gathered on the newly opened Memorial Park to announce the creation and efforts of a volounteer community committee called FRIENDS OF THE PIER.

The group will be raising money to assist the city of White Rock in restoring our world famous pier to it's original condition, and perhaps better.

One of the fundraising initiatives will be a "Buy A Plank" campaign. For $1,000.00 you will be able to purchase 1 of 1300 planks that it will take to rebuild the pier. Your name and or company log will be burned into the plank (see above)

Landmark Properties announced at today's press conference they will start the campaign by purchasing 50 planks.

(click here for more details)

 

Peace Portal Take Down

Seizure of cash and drugs highlights importance of tips from the public

A tip from the public has led to the arrest of two men and a substantial seizure of cash and drugs.

Shortly before 8:00pm on April 29, 2019, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the 700 block of 171 Street. Officers attended and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which then initiated an impaired driving investigation, and led to the arrest of both the driver and passenger and the seizure of the vehicle.


During the investigation, officers located and seized multiple items including approximately $27,440 in cash, a replica firearm, a conductive energy weapon, multiple cell phones, and packaged bags of suspected heroin/fentanyl. Both the driver and passenger have been released from police custody on a court process and the investigation is on-going. 

“Once again the watchful eyes of community members have assisted us in an investigation,” says Surrey RCMP Operations Officer, Superintendent Ed Boettcher. “Police alone cannot combat violent crime in Surrey, we encourage the public to continue to report any suspicious activity in our community.”

In addition to following up on tips, Surrey RCMP is continuing its strategic enforcement activity with enhanced patrols by members of the Surrey RCMP’s Traffic Unit, Frontline officers, and the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team. A variety of work is being done to increase police contact with individuals known to be involved in violent criminal behaviour and drug trafficking in the city. This work has included an increase in the number of traffic check stops throughout Surrey.

A recent series of check stops conducted on the night of Saturday, April, 27, 2019, resulted in approximately 1,100 vehicle checks, and a number of violations and charges under the Motor Vehicle Act.

In total:
1 - criminal impaired driving investigation
5 - 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP) and the accompanying 30 day impound
1 - criminal charge for Possession of controlled substance
1 - charge for Drive while prohibited
4 - 3-day IRP with accompanying 3 day impound
2 - suspension by drugs
5 – cell phone violations
2 - violation tickets for No valid drivers licence
6 - violation tickets for Drive contrary to restriction
1 – violation ticket for seatbelts
1 – violation for use cannabis while operating vehicle

 

New area code 672 

Starting this week (May 4), the new 672 area code will be added to the current 604, 250, 778 and 236 area codes already in use in British Columbia. The introduction of the new area code is in response to the increasing demand for phone numbers in the region, ensuring residents and businesses continue to have enough numbers to meet demand well into the future.

 

May 01, 2019

 Water Restrictions 

Water Sprinkler on a green Lawn

On May 1, White Rock will have Stage 1 watering restrictions in place. In order to support and promote sustainable water practices throughout the hotter months of the year, outdoor watering restrictions will be in effect from May 1 to October 15. Click here to learn more about water restrictions.


April 30, 2019

White Rock RCMP Discover Body

White Rock RCMP are on the scene of the area in the 1500 Block Vidal street. A body was discovered this morning in the small public park located just south of the Beverly Condos.

No further information is available.

The Beverly 1500 block of Vidal street

 

Council's Coles Notes

Last night White Rock council approved in principle, a funds raising idea the "Save The Pier" group has proposed. Details will be announced this Thursday @ 11 a.m. at a press conference on the waterfront in Memorial Park. See you there.

Council also rebuffed staff's request to cut back the vegetation on "the hump" along Marine Drive between the two beaches in White Rock.

Council firmly stated they like the way the hump has grown back after the devastating clear cut which occurred a few years back under the description "vegetation control."

Council did give permission to cut the vegetation in the area at the top of the hump where stability shoring up work will happen this Spring to prevent any further slippage of "the hump."

Never Again..."the hump" after vegetation control!

 

April 30, 2019

Better Than Expected

 

The City of White Rock’s Water Treatment Plant is operational and will be fully commissioned by the beginning of May. The operational test period is now completed.

For more information on the Water Treatment Plant, and to view the latest water quality test results, please visit whiterockcity.ca/mywater

Thank you for your patience. If you are encountering any water disclouartion or smell problems contact city hall immediately 604-541-2100

 

Notice of Parking Stall Painting at the Waterfront

 

Starting on Monday, April 29, the pay parking stall lines and numbers are being re-painted at the waterfront. The contractor will begin the work at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will continue until Thursday, May 2, 2019. 

For locations of stall painting, and to read the full notice of work, please click here: http://ow.ly/UKb630ozPSf

 

April 26, 2019

Whale Of A Time In Semiahmoo Bay

Many photos of a gray whale swimming in Semiahmoo Bay turned up recently on FACEBOOK. 

Here is one from White Rock Sea Tours & Whale Watching. Take whale watching trip this summer.

 

 

 

April 28, 2019

Get On The Bus - Take A Ride With Us

Translink CEO Kevin Desmond

The latest data from TransLink shows transit ridership reached an all-time high in 2018. The 2018 Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) measures ridership, cost, reliability, on-time performance and crowding across all transit modes. The findings inform upcoming service changes and identify opportunities to improve service. 

Key findings include: 

  • Boardings: + 7.1 per cent system-wide (our biggest ever annual increase) 

  • Bus: + 8 per cent 

  • SeaBus: + 6 per cent 

  • SkyTrain: + 5.7 per cent 

  • West Coast Express: +7 per cent 

  • HandyDART: + 5.8 per cent 

    The TSPR helps us measure where more service is urgently needed to keep the system reliable and efficient. We’ve identified 52 routes with overcrowding and are adding service hours to 32 of them before July. Some of the actions TransLink is taking, thanks to our funded Investment Plans, include: 

  • Adding 620,000 bus service hours to improve frequency and increase capacity over the next three years 

  • Begin rolling out over 350 additions to the bus fleet, including four electric buses, 32 double-deckers and 56 HandyDART vehicles 

  • Adding 56 cars to Expo/Millennium and 24 cars to Canada Line to increase capacity 

    With the continuous rise in gas prices, expect the ridership to steadily increase.

 

April 24, 2019

Six Year Battle Ends......for now

Paula Williams

It is with great disappointment that I must pass along the news that the Court has declared our appeal moot, based on the fact that the Port canceled the coal permit. This means that we will not get a decision on the appeal as the Court has decided not to exercise its discretion to hear the appeal. Our lawyers submitted arguments against this, but the Court has sided with the Port. However, despite this unfortunate news, it is important to remember the coal permit remains canceled and hopefully, a coal terminal will NEVER be built at Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD).

With this said, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for playing a role in helping to delay this project, which I believe brought us to where we are today. Thank you for all of the emails you sent to the Port, to politicians, and to the media. Thank you for canvasing multiple communities asking people to sign our petition, way back when. Thank you for raising money for our legal challenge (door-to-door, yard sales, and simply out of your own pockets). Thank you for coming to our many town halls, and for making this an important issue that forced the media and politicians to take notice! And thank you for simply believing in the vision I had for Communities and Coal.

Also, the story of the Fraser Surrey Docks coal terminal demise is a story about collective commitment and integrity, and in this day and age, I think that counts for a lot! In addition to you and the many other community members who stepped up, there were also many other groups who worked so hard on this issue, including (but not limited to) Ecojustice, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change and Dogwood, as well as the cities of Surrey and New Westminster. Having these entities come together in opposition of the project, working harmoniously together, yet independently made this movement stronger than it would have been if it was just one voice. I think the impression it gave both FSD and the Port was impactful!

In closing, thank you for the last 6 years. It has been an incredible journey which I will always treasure.

Warmest regards,

Paula

 

April 23, 2019

 

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new commemorative loonie on Tuesday meant to mark what it calls a key milestone for lesbian, gay, trans-gender, queer and two-spirited people in the country. The new coin, which features the work of Vancouver artist Joe Average, was launched at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto.(Royal Canadian Mint)

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new commemorative loonie on Tuesday meant to mark what it calls a key milestone for lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two-spirited people in the country.

The agency says the new one-dollar coin pays tribute to Parliament's passing of legislation that "initiated the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada."

It says the coin, which was launched in Toronto, celebrates "50 years of progress for LGBTQ2 Canadians."

 

17 year old youth arrested and charged with possession of a loaded firearm



Surrey RCMP is advising the public of an arrest of a youth which took place in the Whalley Athletic park over the weekend.

On April 21, 2019, shortly before 7:00 pm, Surrey RCMP received a call for service from staff at a local shelter in the 10600 block of 135A Street, reporting a verbal dispute and suspicious activity outside of the shelter. Police were advised that one of the individuals involved in the dispute may be in possession of a firearm. Frontline Officers quickly responded to the area and located the suspect in Whalley Athletic Park.

After a brief foot pursuit, a 17-year-old male was arrested and found in possession of a loaded 9mm hand gun. The youth was held for court and is facing a number of charges including: possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; carrying a concealed weapon; unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition; and resisting / obstructing a peace officer.

“This investigation is an example of how important it is for the public to report suspicious activity to police.” said Superintendent Ed Boetcher, Operations Officer “This was also great work by our Frontline Officers who made this arrest of an armed suspect, without any injuries to the public or the youth involved.”

Anyone who would like to report suspicious activity in Surrey is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca 

August 17, 2019

Open For Business

Christy Fox photos

It has been a long time coming but MEMORIAL Park on the waterfront is now open. Just in time for the Easter Weekend crowds. The washrooms will be open by month's end

It didn't take long for four visitors to Memorial Park to engage in the tried and true dangerous action of standing on the train tracks for photographs. IN hindsight perhaps we should have built a spur rail line next to the tracks that no trains use for photo opportunities.

 

April 16, 2019

It's A Banner Year in Surrey

The 6 town centres throughout Surrey will soon be decorated with colourful street banners. One would have to imagine they will be useful for people who do not know where they are?

 

Surrey RCMP investigating Port Kells collision between vehicle and train



Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a collision which occurred between a vehicle and a train at a marked train crossing at 179 Street near the Golden Ears Connector in the Port Kells area. 

The collision was reported to police at approximately 10:00 am, on April 15, 2019. The early indications are that the vehicle was attempting to cross the tracks when it was struck by a freight train. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team is on scene and will be taking conduct of this investigation.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area of this collision for the next few hours as police investigate and work to clear the scene of the collision. 

Anyone with information about this incident or who may have dash-cam video is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

 

April 15, 2019

Not A Record To Be Proud Of

The White Rock Petro Canada service station located @ Thrift Avenue and Johnston Road was featured on the news all weekend long, for the wrong reason.

The local gas station started Friday by setting a record for the highest priced gas in North America with gas priced @ 169.9 a litre. By Sunday the station had jacked it's price another penny to crack the 170. a litre price range.

EDIT 8 OR'S NOTE:

A quick thinking service station operator in Blaine yesterday put up a readograph sign that said - Gas $105.0 a litre (Canadian).

See you in line.

 

April 14, 2018

SAVE ON's "DARRELL" joins Executive Director DAVID YOUNG on stage

Hazelmere golf and country club Saturday evening hosted the 24th annual SOURCES GALA fund-raiser. This year's themes was "Enchanted"

MLA Tracey Redies and MP Gordie Hogg announce the best costume winners for the evening.

White Rock councillor Helen Fathers receives a fairy wish from the beautiful "Telulla"

 

April 13, 2019

2018 Surrey civic election investigation completed - Charges Considered


The investigation into concerns of possible wrong-doing in Surrey’s mail ballot registration process for the 2018 civic election has been completed (see previous news release).

Following a thorough investigation by the Surrey RCMP’s Major Crime Section, a report to Crown counsel has now been forwarded to the BC Prosecution Service for charge assessment.
This investigation was initiated in September 2018, after irregularities were noted in the mail ballot registration process for the 2018 civic election by Surrey’s Chief Elections Officer. Sixty-seven applications were determined to be fraudulent in that they were not completed or signed by the voter listed on the application. Two of these applications requested ballots be sent to addresses that were not associated to the named applicant; the other 65 applications listed the applicant’s correct address for delivery of the voting ballot. 
No ballots were sent out to any individual or residences based on the fraudulent applications. The process to apply for a mail ballot was amended by the Chief Elections Officer on October 1st to preserve the integrity of the election. 

As the investigation progressed, an additional complaint came forward alleging that an Elections employee at a polling station attempted to influence a voter. Officials overseeing the civic election quickly removed the employee from their appointed position in order to ensure there was a fair and transparent election process. 
Officials from Surrey’s Elections Office were routinely updated during this investigation and they acted to ensure that the integrity of the 2018 election was maintained. The results of the investigation were shared with the Chief Elections Officer to ensure strategies are put in place to protect further elections.
“Allegations such as these are rare, but important to investigate to ensure the integrity of our democratic process,” says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald. “We thank the public for their patience while we completed this investigation.”

 

 

 

April 12, 2019

Semiahmoo First Nations Evictions

Semiahmoo First Nations leader HARLEY CHAPPELL

The Semiahmoo First Nations this week issued notices to all the non band members living on the Semiahmoo First Nations land reserve.

Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL has informed the renters they will be required to pay $50,000.00 to hook up to the new sewer and water system once the major project is completed. According to CHAPPELL the $10 million dollar federal grant specifically stated the money was to be used solely for the benefit of current band members.

CHAPPELL informed the non band renters, some who have been renting land on the reserve for decades, they would be required to pay the $50,000.00 levy prior to June 15 or vacate their premises. There are currently 36 non band residents that will be affected.

 

Semiahmoo Slide Closes Rail Line

AMTRAK service between Seattle and Vancouver will be suspended until the weekend. An early morning slide on Wednesday closed the tracks to all rail traffic. Freight trains were allowed to travel the route once the debris was removed from the track surface.

By law passenger service cannot run through an area for 48 hours following a slide.

GUS MELONAS of BNSF's office in Seattle stated he was surprised about the the slide as normally =slides on the corridor between White Rock & Crescent Beach normally happen after a heavy rainfall.

 

 

April 11, 2019

Gang War Rages On



Surrey: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to advance its investigation into the homicide of a Surrey man. 

On April 9, 2019 at approximately 11:47 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received reports of shots fired at a town home complex in the 13900-block of 72 Avenue. Emergency responders arrived on scene to find 30-year-old Amrendra Vijay Kumar with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at scene. IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation. 

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

Immediately following the shooting, a vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed. Approximately 40-minutes later at 12:27 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received a call of a car fire in the area of 164 Street and 92 Avenue. This vehicle is believed to be related to the earlier shooting and will be seized for further examination. 

Investigators are asking the public for dash cam video for the following areas and time frame:

-140 Street between 72 Avenue and 88 Avenue from 11:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

-72 Avenue between King George Boulevard and 152 Street from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

“We do not believe Mr. Kumar’s shooting was a random act and our detectives are working hard to determine motive,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. “We need those who knew Mr. Kumar to come forward and help us piece together the circumstances leading up to his death.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

 

The TRANSLINK TRAVELLING ROADSHOW dropped into the White Rock Community Centre yesterday afternoon. A full complement of staff from TRANSLINK was on hand to answer questions by the members of the public that actually took the time to attend. The general feeling in the room was the proposed new system of starting and ending all 351 buses @ White Rock centre (North BLuff & Johnston) would be a major adjustment for any commuters west of White Rock centre all the way to Crescent Beach.

(Click here to have your say)

White Rock Centre – South Surrey – Bridgeport (351/352/New 350)

White Rock Centre - South Surrey - Bridgeport (351/352/350) Map PDF 

Reducing overcrowding.

Proposed Change

  • Split route 351 into two routes at White Rock Centre
    • New 351 will provide service between Bridgeport and White Rock Centre
    • New 350 will provide service between Crescent Beach and White Rock Centre, served by community shuttles
  • Introduce double decker buses on route 351
  • Redesign route 352 to continue along 16th Avenue to White Rock Centre

Why are we proposing the changes?

  • Routes 351, 352 and 354 experience overcrowding between South Surrey Park & Ride and Bridgeport
  • Double decker buses will be introduced on route 351 to reduce overcrowding 

Benefits

  • Reduces peak overcrowding between South Surrey Park & Ride and Bridgeport
  • Eliminates use of standard buses in Crescent Beach
  • Allows for more efficient use of resources to reduce overcrowding 

Tradeoffs

  • Requires a transfer for Crescent Beach customers travelling to Bridgeport 
  • Requires a transfer for North Bluff and Ocean Park customers travelling to Bridgeport outside of peak times
  • Eleven bus stops on route 352 along 144th St and 148th St will no longer be served and customers will have to walk to bus stops on 152nd St or 16th Ave

Additional Information

  • On average, 7 passengers per day travel from Crescent Beach to Bridgeport
  • On average, 8 passengers per day board at the 11 bus stops proposed to be discontinued on 144th and 148th St
  • Route 351 received the second highest number of requests in 2018 to increase frequency to reduce overcrowding
  • Route 350 Proposed Frequency:
    • Peak: 20 min
    • Off-peak: 30-60 min

(click here for more information and local dates to attend).

 

 


Large Item Pickup Program 

Request Large Item Pickup

Call: 604-590-7289 (Option 3)
 

Dispose of your large items through the Large Item Pick-Up Program. All single-family households that receive curbside collection may have up to 4 large items picked up by appointment at any time throughout the calendar year.

(click here for more info)


 

Schedule a Large Item Pick-up for Single Family Households

  1. Call the City of Surrey Waste Collection Hotline at 604-590-7289 (Option 3) to arrange your pick-up date.
  2. On the day of your appointment (or the evening before), place the large items at the curb. Please ensure all items are at your curb by 7:30 am.

 

 

April 10, 2019

Pier Update

White Rock council endorsed the staff recommendation to award a contract to repair our world famous pier which was heavily damaged in December.

Work is expected to begin within 2 weeks with a completion date of August/September 2019.

The remaining parts of the pier will be replaced over the next two years in the offseason.

 

" At this time we are expecting 3.1 million to be paid for by insurance.  

The actual amount of insurance proceeds will not be finalized until the adjusters review the scope of work done and ll the invoices are submitted.  The city is expecting to be reimbursed through insurance by putting the pier back to today’s standards and possibly the rest of the pier, we don’t have that answered yet? "

SANDRA KURYLO - Director of Financial Services City of White Rock

 

Too Obvious

For years South Surrey commuters have chuckled when they noticed the sign of the bed and breakfast just across the ditch in Washington State. 

ROBERT JOSEPH BRULE who has owned and operated the Smuggler's Inn for 20 years has now been charged with 21 counts under the immigration act. It is alleged he recently aided 7 people to enter Canada illegally.

BRULE is in custody in Surrey pending a bail hearing.

 

City of Vancouver and City of Surrey are in it to Win it!

The City of Vancouver and City of Surrey submitted their final Smart Cities Challenge proposal on March 5, 2019. If selected by Infrastructure Canada to bring this big idea into reality, the cities will share $50 million in prize money that would enable both cities to demonstrate a path to safer, healthier and more connected communities while reducing emissions, improving transportation efficiency, and enhancing livability in the face of rapid growth and traffic congestion

Vancouver and Surrey’s #SmarterTogether program is a bold vision to create Canada’s first two collision free multi-modal corridors.

The unique smart mobility corridors of two distinct cities— one urban and one suburban — ensured the proposal was replicable by design. This was important to ensure we can duplicate these successes in the future.

For information on the City of Vancouver’s and City of Surrey’s joint Smart City Challenge, or to see our finalist submission, visit www.smartertogether.ca

 

 April 05, 2019


Have you heard about the Japanese beetle? 

I received a rather interesting package in the mail today for my Green Team commercial gardening business marked URGENT.

Don Pitcairn


It turns out downtown Vancouver is infested with them and moving soil out of the city core without a permit will now get you fined $500 - $10,000. 
Movement restrictions on soil and plants with soil is year round. From June 15 - Oct 15 during flight period of adults, movement of all plant parts is restricted including grass clipping and leaves. 
A temporary transfer station will open June 15 at W 1st Ave at Wylie St. to process green waste.

The package from the BC Landscape & Nursery Association included:
1. Japanese Beetle Fact Sheet
2. CFIA Guidance for the movement of plants, plant parts and soil leaving regulated area in Vancouver.
3. Regulated Area of Restricted Movement Map.
4. 'Notice to Treat' for landowners and property managers.
5. Japanese Beetle Treatment areas, City of Vancouver.
6. Japanese Beetle ID card.


Websites with more info
bclna.com
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/japanese-beetle.aspx
https:/bclna.com/japanesebeetle/

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2016

RCMP Investigating Arsons

There has been no official word on the cause of the blaze that destroyed the two condo complexes at 5 Corners Sunday.

What we do know is there were no less than four fires set throughout the city of White Rock and close proximity Sunday morning.

 

#1.

A children's playground constructed from wood and plastic and located on the Cypress street road end @ Victoria avenue was set ablaze in the early hours Sunday morning, No injuries. Fire quickly extinguished

 

#2

Major condominium fire on Royal and Pacific Avenue. Time 4:30 a.m.

 

#3

Sandpiper Liquor store is broken into @ 5:10 a.m. Owner confirmed the CCTV cameras captures clear pictures of two suspects robbing the liquor out of the window.

 

#4.

10:30 a.m. a fire is started in an alleyway off of Pacific avenue near Stayte road. Fire quickly extinguished no major damage. No injuries

 

#5

12 noon residents of the Semiahmoo First Nations witnessed an individual attempting to start a building on fire behind the band's office. The Surrey RCMP responded to the 911 call and took the suspect into custody.

The suspect taken into custody Sunday appeared in Surrey Provincial court Tuesday morning where he was charged with arson damaging property.

The accused is 18 year old JAMES DYER of Surrey was released on his own recognizance.

The White Rock & Surrey RCMP continue their very active investigation today.

May 19, 2016

Mayor Caught Between White Rock & A Hard Place

That's the headline you will see when you pick up your copy of THE PROVINCE today.

White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN and former White Rock resident and council candidate DENNIS LYPKA go head to head on the pro's and con's of White Rock rejoining Surrey.

(click here to read the story and to watch the video)

 

May 17, 2016

Eye In The Sky

White Rock resident and traffic reporter for WX1130 DARREN "Danger" GRIEVE sent along this picture taken yesterday afternoon. The fire started at the rear of the condo project under construction pictured in the top left hand corner of photo.

No official announcement has been made yet on whether or not it will be possible to rebuild or if the whole structure will have to come down.

 

May 15, 2016

Five Corners Fire

Smoke could be seen for miles as the fire ripped through the condo structures. This shot was taken by a reader from the Inn @ Semiahmoo in Blaine.

The fire broke out early this morning around 5 a.m. in a wooden three storey condo under construction on Royal Avenue in the 15200 block. The fire quickly jumped to the condo located at 5 Corners. The fire at one point threatened the Star of the Sea hall located next to the condo. Firefighters fought the fire from the roof of the Star of the Sea in order to prevent the fire from spreading. Surrey and White Rock fire crews fought the stubborn blaze for hours before eventually bringing it under control at 8 a.m.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown as the investigation is in the very early stage.

Photo courtesy Diana Arnold

Origin of fire in under construction condo on Royal Avenue

Photo courtesy Bill Brooks

 





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