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January 09, 2018

UPDATE January 10, 2018

Constable ELIZABETH CUCHERAN did not personally appear at Surrey Provincial court yesterday. Instead CUCHERAN was represented by her lawyer who indicated to the court CUHERAN will plead not guilty and has elected to be tried by a judge and jury.

The next scheduled court dates are in November and December 2018.

First Court Appearance Today

South Surrey RCMP Constable ELIZABETH CUCHERAN will make her first court appearance today in Surrey Provincial court.

CUCHERAN has been charged with one count of assault and one count of aggravated assault in the death of South Surrey resident HUDSON BROOKS.

BROOKS was shot and killed during an early morning encounter July 18, 2015 with numerous RCMP officers outside of the South Surrey RCMP detachment.

CUCHERAN has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the trial. It is expected today's court appearance will be brief with CUCHERAN and her lawyer on hand to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

 

Fifty Three Years Ago This Week

The Hope Slide came roaring down over the Trans Canada Highway killing four people.

 

January 07, 2018

Pub With No Beer

CUSTOMER NOTICE

​​​​​​​We will be closed from Saturday, January 6th to Monday, January 15th due to a Liquor Board Infraction for overcrowding,

We are currently in the process of increasing our seating capacity to 210 from 140 people.

We will reopen again on Tuesday, January 16th 2018.

 

January 03, 2018

First New Years Baby

B.C.'s New Year's baby was supposed to be a Christmas baby. But instead, the firstborn baby girl of Surrey couple, mother Manpreet Kaur Nijjar and father Hardip Singh Shergill, was seven days late.
Due on Dec. 24, the little girl, who is as yet unnamed, was delivered via Caesarian section at just nine seconds after midnight at Surrey Memorial Hospital, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces.


The family are doing well and are thrilled to welcome their first child with such an auspicious birth date. Congratulations to the happy family!

 

Ooooh What's That Smell?

A foul odor blanketed the city of White Rock and areas of South Surrey most of yesterday. Then the rumours started. It was a broken sewage plant at Marine Drive. Centennial Arena had been evacuated. FORTIS was investigating a gas leak in the city. ON and on and on. When in fact the smell emulated from the composting facility in South Surrey that had been in the news over the past month.

Finally Fire Chief PHIL LEMIRE issued the following statement regarding the origin of the foul smell. The smell is believed to be from the Border Feed Lot compost facility.

We are quite confident that the odour is coming from a composting facility located by 172nd St and 8th Ave in South Surrey.
This is similar to a situation a couple of weeks ago and the odour seems to occur in pockets across parts of White Rock and South Surrey.

Regards,

Phil Lemire, CFO
FIRE CHIEF
WHITE ROCK FIRE RESCUE

UPDATE - January 05, 2018
Metro Vancouver’s Regulations & Enforcement team has received an increasing number of odour complaints attributed to Border Feed Lot in Surrey.
Border Feed Lot receives agricultural waste, including animal and mushroom manure, as well as other types of non-municipal solid waste to produce topsoil and compost products. Metro Vancouver’s regulatory policy is to treat farmers, within Metro Vancouver, similar to the manner in which the Ministry of Environment treats farmers outside of Metro Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver has informed the City that their Regulations & Enforcement staff have been in regular contact with the operator, are monitoring the situation and are considering next steps.
Metro Vancouver asks that concerned residents should continue to inform them of odour concerns as they will continue to consider whether regulatory actions may be required.
If you have specific concerns about air quality in your area, please call Metro Vancouver’s Air Quality Complaints and Inquiries line at 604-436-6777.

 

January 02, 2018

"The Drive-Was Alive"

White Rock's holiday season deserted waterfront underwent a major transformation yesterday.

Thousands of brave souls made their way to the sandy shores of Semiahmoo Bay for the annual Polar Bear Swim.

 

A t-shirt, a certificate and a chilly walk home seemed like a wonderful idea to many.

This year's swim was the 48th annual swim. Just two more years and our little swim will turn 50. Hmmmm. That might be a good year to take the plunge.

CK photo

No amount of signs and or warnings about staying off of the tracks seemed to matter to this family who thought it would be a good idea to teach their young child the joy of track walking. Will it ever end?

 

Locked Out

Hundreds of residents out for a sunny New Years day walk were shocked to find Surrey had kept all the access gates to the three major trails along the bluff in Ocean Park locked for the holiday Monday.

The city's actions caused problems for hundreds who were making their way to the Surrey United Naturists (SUN) polar bear swim @ Crescent Rock.

 

The Cheque Is In The Mail

Well you probably won't be getting an actual cheque from BC Assessment but odds are you will be thrilled to see this year's property assessments.

Vancouver Island, BC Interior and the Lower Mainland homes on average have increased in value 15-20%.

(click here to find out what your home is assessed at)

 

December 29, 2017

White Rock Father of 2 killed crossing I-8 in San Diego

Authorities Wednesday released the name of a Canadian father who was struck and killed earlier this month while trying to cross Interstate 8 on foot in the Mission Valley area near Old Town.

Todd Kargl, 46, of White Rock, British Columbia, was killed just after midnight on Dec. 15 when he was struck by at least one vehicle near the Taylor Street on-ramp to Interstate 8, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.

Kargl was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the medical examiner’s office. It was unclear why he attempted to walk across the westbound lanes of the freeway.

A Canadian friend of Kargl said on Facebook that the married father was visiting friends in San Diego when he died.

A GoFundMe page established to support Kargl’s widow, Nicolette, and the couple’s two daughters has raised more than $6,300, exceeding its $5,000 goal. The page identified Kargl as a youth soccer coach involved with his daughters’ teams

 

 

December 28, 2017

Police Release Sketch of Alderwood December 21st Assault Suspect

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect from an alleged assault on a south Surrey student in Alderwood Park on December 21st.

On December 21st at 7:35 am, Surrey RCMP received a report that a female student who was walking in Alderwood Park, located in the 1700 block of Lilac Drive, and was grabbed by an unknown male who appeared to have been following her. The 16-year-old girl ran away from the suspect to Earl Marriot School. Police were immediately dispatched to the area but were unable to locate the suspect who fled prior to police arrival.

Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit is leading this investigation with the assistance from the Youth Unit. A RCMP forensic artist has created a composite sketch with details provided by the victim. The suspect is described as a clean cut looking Caucasian male, 30 to 40 years old, with a fair complexion and short black hair, and wearing a black hoody and gloves.

“If you recognize this person or have any information pertaining to this incident, investigators want to hear from you right away,” says Corporal Scotty Schumann.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. Please ask for Constable Jackie Ellis and quote file #2017-181306.

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

December 28, 2017

Done Deal(s)


Fire broke out yesterday (Wednesday) morning around 5:30 in the alley behind DEALS WORLD on Johnston Road. Early indications from fire crews is the store has suffered extensive smoke damage. The store which was slated for demolition in the Spring is not expected to reopen. There were no injuries in the early morning fire.

 

December 24, 2017

In From The Cold

Once again the congregation of White Rock United Church will be manning the Cold Weather Shelter over the holidays. The church is located on Semiahmoo avenue just a half a block east of the White Rock library & City Hall.

If you see someone that may need to get in out of the cold, please tell them of the Cold Weather shelter.

 

December 21, 2017

White Rock Tradition

Final Performance Tonight

To think of Christmas in White Rock is of course to think of the annual Christmas pantomime by the White Rock Players’ Club. A tradition since 1954, the pantomime was the brainchild of Charlotte Johnson, wife of players’ club driving force Franklin Johnson. So it’s not a coincidence that Franklin played the dame in many of the early productions, setting the performance standard.

In 1979 Robert Genn painted a portrait of him in the role and the next year Johnson was made an honourary member of the Daughters of the British Empire for his dame’s contribution to womanhood! In later years Marc Bourrel was equally successful in the role. The images (below) show Franklin Johnson receiving his medallion of membership as a Daughter of the British Empire in 1980, and the cast of the 1974 pantomime “Puss and Boots” (left to right) Dee Rodgers, Wickam Porteous (sitting), Marc Bourrel, Lyn Whittle and Bill Scherk.

 

Is The Going Up - Worth The Coming Down?

Work has finally begun on the new expansion of the BOSA TOWERS in Miramar Village on Johnston road in uptown White Rock. Construction is expected to last through to Spring/Summer 2019.

Meanwhile over on Everall street contractors hired by the city of White Rock have moved in to remove over three dozen mature fir trees on the Oxford reservoir site. A decision was made by senior staff to locate the soon to be constructed Arsenic/Manganese treatment plant as far East on the property necessitating the removal of the massive beautiful tree canopy.

 

December 21, 2017

Former RCMP inspector TIM SHIELDS found not guilty of sexual assault

Tim Shields, who was once a high-profile spokesperson for the RCMP, was accused of sexually assaulting a civilian employee in a washroom at the force's headquarters in 2009. He told the trial the woman enthusiastically participated in sex acts before accusing him of sexual assault.

SHIELDS was well known on the Semiahmoo Peninsula where he worked and made his home for years. His beautiful photographs always brought him much attention. In fact the White Rock BIA a number of years ago chose this SHIELDS photo for a billboard at the Douglas border crossing, promoting White Rock.

Tim Shields photography - click here

 

December 18, 2017

RCMP cruiser dispatch audio of the fateful encounter.

 

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is a civilian-led investigatory body. The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is mandated to conduct investigations into officer-related incidents of death or serious harm in order to determine whether or not an officer may have committed an offence. The IIO is established in the Ministry of Justice and is under the command and direction of the Chief Civilian Director.

Charges against Surrey RCMP officer

Constable Elizabeth Cucheran has been charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in the shooting of a young man outside a police detachment on 152nd Street back in July 2015. 20-year-old Hudson Brooks died following the incident and his family has been looking for answers ever since.

Jennifer Brooks (Hudson's mother)

(Justice For Hudson FACEBOOK)

 

Mother of murdered Surrey teen Dario Bartoli

....... says he would still be alive if help arrived sooner

JUNE IIDA mother of slain youth DARIO BARTOLI continues her bid for answers to what happened that fateful December evening 3 years ago in Bakerview Park located in South Surrey.

IIDA is suing the Health Ministry and a 911 dispatcher claiming her son died because of slow ambulance response. Following the release of the time-line from that evening which IIDA received through Freedom of Information requests, she firmly believes had the call for assistance been handled in a different manner her son would still be alive.

Police haven’t charged anyone but their investigation continues.

 

December 17, 2017

Fatalities Amtrak Derailment

UPDATE December 18

Washington State Patrol now says at least three people have died and more than 100 were transported to hospital. In the early stages of the investigation into the cause of the derailment, authorities have indicated the train was travelling @ 80 mph in an area that was rated for 30 mph.

A spokesperson for Pierce County says there are fatalities and injuries after a passenger train derailed off an overpass into traffic on the I-5 south of Tacoma. Numbers have not been released. Several vehicles were hit and there are injured drivers. Police expect southbound lanes to be closed indefinitely.

The derailment happened between Olympia and Tacoma on a newly established Amtrak route aimed at adding more frequent and faster service Seattle and Portland, part of an $800 million project called the Cascades High-Speed Rail Capital Program.

Several fatalities have now been confirmed. The Amtrak train derailed while traveling on the first day of a new daily route between Seattle and Portland. The train left Seattle @ 7 a.m. The accident occurred @ 7:40 a.m. Authorities have said the train was traveling at roughly 70 mph when the accident occurred

 

December 16, 2017

Wanted Men ........and Women

(FOUR DOWN - SIX TO GO)

From top left: David Anderson, Brett Bessembinders, Daryl Fraser, Juan Hernandez, Eugene Lane. From bottom left: Joshua Martin-Clements, Shyanne McGregor, Erin Norman, Earl Norman and Desiree Toscano. (Surrey RCMP handouts)

Surrey RCMP have released their holiday hit list. Those pictured above are wanted for a wide variety of offenses. If you know the whereabouts of any of the individuals please contact Surrey RCMP

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and reference our “Top Ten Most Wanted” holiday news release.

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or solvecrime.ca.

UPDATE DECEMBER 18

*CAPTURED*

Shyanne McGREGOR, 22 years old
Wanted for: Break and Enter, Theft, and Mischief

Desiree TOSACANO, 23 years old
Wanted for: Fail to Comply with Probation

Daryl FRASER, 40 years old
Wanted for: Fail to Comply with Order

Joshua MARTIN-CLEMENTS, 34 years old

 

December 15, 2017

Update on the Memorial Park Project

White Rock update update on the Memorial Park Project. White Rock City has received a provincial archaeological permit.

The next step involved is to carry out the Archaeological Impact Assessment, which we hope to begin shortly.

The City of White Rock will continue to engage and consult with Semiahmoo First Nation regarding archaeological concerns as it relates to Memorial Park and other capital projects. We are hopeful that progress will continue to be made and will keep you informed.

 

December 14, 2017

That Didn't Take Long

Bonavista-Burin-Trinity Liberal MP Churence Rogers, Scarborough-Agincourt Liberal MP Jean Yip and South Surrey-White Rock Liberal MP Gordie Hogg.

Newly elected Liberal MP GORDIE HOGG barely had time to sit down and reflect on his South Surrey/White Rock federal by-election victory Monday evening before he got the call he was needed in Ottawa.

HOGG flew out of the west-coast on Tuesday and found himself on Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday morning.

HOGG and his fellow newly elected MPS were introduced to their fellow caucus members in a private ceremony at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. If one looks closely you will notice HOGG is wearing his moose hide lapel pin in memory of the missing indigenous women in Northern BC. Class act.

HOGG expects he will be sworn in officially early in the New Year.

December 12, 2017

We Have A Winner

GORDON HOGG has earned the honour of representing White Rock/South Surrey in Ottawa when the House of commons returns in the New Year.

Liberal Hogg 14,369 votes

Conservative Findlay’s 12,752

NDP Jonathan Silveira 1, 478 votes

Green Party’s Larry Colero 1,247 votes

Christian Heritage Party’s Rod Taylor 238 votes

Libertarian Donald Wilson 89 votes

Progressive Canadian Party candidate Michael Huenefeld 86 votes

As predicted the race between the Liberals and the Conservative party was very close. HOGG led from the very beginning all be it with at times a very small margin of votes. KERRY LYNNE FINDLAY conceded defeat shortly before 9:30 p.m.

HOGG arrived with his wife LAVERNE to Boston Pizza to join his supporters and members of Team GORDIE. As HOGG arrived the packed audience began a chant of GORDIE GORDIE GORDIE!

HOGG made his way through the throng and delivered a humbling heartfelt speech to all in attendance.

It is interesting to note the Liberals won three of the four by elections that were being held last night across Canada.

 

December 11, 2017

Site C Done

BC NDP government approves Site C

The province has given the green light to the controversial hydro dam project. This is despite a recent BC Utilities Commission report finding the $8.3 billion project is over-budget and not likely to meet its 2024 completion target.

(read the full government press release - click here)

 

 

December 08, 2017

White Rock Council

Watch The Recorded Stream of Monday's Council Meetings

(click here)

2:00 p.m. - Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m. - Land Use and Planning Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Regular Council

 

It's Official

l-r Stephen Quinn Gloria Macarenko

This morning the replacement for RICK CLUFF on CBC radio's Early Edition was announced. To no surprise to many STEPHEN QUINN the host of On The Coast (afternoons) moves to the morning show on CBC radio 690 am / 88.1 CBC-FM.

Gloria Macarenko will assume the afternoon drive duties. Congratulations to all.

We'll miss you Rick Cluff. The changes takes place on Monday.

 

December 10, 2017

Dozens of Delta Farm Workers Rushed To Hospital

More than 40 people have been transported to hospital last evening after carbon monoxide exposure at a greenhouse farm in Delta.

The incident took place at Windset Farms on 41 B St., where a number of people became ill while pressure washing inside a nursery, according to reports. Police believe poor ventilation may have caused a carbon monoxide build-up. When inhaled, carbon monoxide can interfere with the blood’s ability to absorb and transport oxygen.

All but one of the 42 rushed to the hospital have now been released. WORKSAFE BC will be investigating the matter today.

 

Torchlight Parade 2017

A large crowd gathered at the end of Canada's Longest Wooden Pier last evening for the annual Christmas Sailboat Sail Past.

Thank you Blaine Sailing Club for the beautiful show of lights on Semiahmoo Bay.

 

Shots fired in South Surrey



Surrey RCMP is currently on scene in the South Surrey area for a report of shots being fired.

On December 8th, 2017 at approximately 9:30am, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 17000 block of 21st Avenue. A male suffering from gunshot injuries was transported to hospital in serious condition. The suspect or suspects fled the scene in a vehicle prior to police arrival. There are no suspect descriptions available at this time.

Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. The investigation is still in its early stages but initial indications are that this is likely a targeted incident. It is too early to determine if this incident is related to drugs or other shootings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file# 2017-174858.

If you wish to make an anonymous report contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

Panorama Secondary Student Dies

RAPHAEL ALCOREZA the young Surrey basketball player who collapsed during a school game last week has passed away in New Westminster's Royal Columbian hospital.

ALCOZERA was a grade 12 student at Panorama Ridge Secondary. During last week's game he felt dizzy and light headed and told his coaches. Minutes later RAPHAEL went into cardiac arrest.

 

December 06, 2017

Shots Fired

Surrey RCMP investigates shots fired in Newton with one male injured.

Surrey RCMP is currently on scene in the Newton area of Surrey for a report of shots being fired.

At approximately 8:00 pm on December 5th, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the intersection of 148 Street and 64 Ave.

The initial investigation has revealed that a male has been shot and a dark coloured sedan was seen fleeing the area West bound. There are no other suspect descriptions available at this time.

Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. The investigation is still in its early stages but initial indications are that this is likely a targeted incident.

Anyone with information on the suspect vehicle or the incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

Province Issues First Set Of Requested Guidelines For the Legal Sale of Marijuana

In April of this year, the Government of Canada introduced the Cannabis Act and amendments to the Criminal Code to address cannabis impaired driving with plans to make non-medical cannabis legal in Canada by July 2018.

In addition, the federal government plans to move as quickly as possible to bring into force the amendments related to drug-impaired driving.

While the proposed Cannabis Act provides for the federal government to regulate commercial production, provinces and territories will have authority to regulate certain aspects like distribution, retail and a range of other matters – as they do for tobacco and liquor. For example, B.C. will determine how and where cannabis can be sold and where it can be consumed in our province.

To be ready in time for July 2018, we asked you about how we can implement this is in a responsible way.

We asked for your thoughts on topics like minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation and distribution and retail models. All of these changes will require careful thought to ensure the right balance is struck for moving forward. These changes are happening across Canada, and we asked you to help shape the way it is going to happen here in B.C.

The results from the online feedback form, written submissions and telephone survey have been compiled and can be found in the Cannabis Regulation in B.C. What We Heard Report.

 

December 05, 2017

Brace Yourself For A Wait On HWY 99

Traffic Update Wednesday December 06

Traffic on Johnston road has now been reopened to South Bound traffic. The northbound traffic is still being rerouted. HWY 99 northbound is limited to one lane, with the curb lane closed until further notice.

We are learning more about the over-height commercial vehicle that struck the underpass on 152nd street in Surrey yesterday.

According to Kellen Truant, Bridge Area manager with the Ministry, the truck driver was allegedly operating the vehicle without a proper permit.

“It was an over-height commercial vehicle, which was traveling northbound on Highway 99 which struck the underpass. The information I have is the operator was driving without a permit for an over-height clearance vehicle. In any case, our Commercial Vehicle Safety Enhancement Branch is involved in an active investigation ”

Truant couldn’t confirm what the penalty might me for someone operating without a permit, however, he did say companies are obligated to make sure they have the necessary permits.

“Any commercial vehicle, operators, drivers and companies are obligated to obtain the necessary permits for their route before they drive”

There is no time table for when the overpass will be deemed safe and traffic returning to normal.

Commuters are advised the northbound fast lane of Highway 99 at the 152nd St. underpass in Surrey is open following an incident Monday where an over-height commercial vehicle struck the underpass.

The incident damaged three of the bridge’s girders. With the help of structural engineers, ministry crews braced the structure in order to have one of the northbound lanes re-opened to traffic for the morning commute.

The other northbound lane is closed due to structural supports that are occupying the lane. This lane remains closed while ministry engineers conduct further inspections. The 152nd St. Interchange also remains closed at this time.

Once repairs are complete, the ministry will work with ICBC on a claim to recoup the costs of the damage.

Motorists are advised to check DriveBC for updates and plan an alternate route

 

 

December 03, 2017

Comings And Goings On Marine Drive

The closing of White Rock's GIRAFFE restaurant caught everyone by surprise this past week. The fine dining establishment quietly closed their doors for good after over 30 years of serving the local dining out community.

Cosmos' new look

..on the upside at the other end of West Beach on Marine Drive on the White Rock waterfront the longest running eatery COSMOS GREEK RESTAURANT opened their doors following the fire that destroyed their business earlier this year. Great to have them back.

 

December 02, 2017

Trudeau Takes Time

Prime Minister Trudeau paid his second visit to White Rock yesterday (Saturday) in as many weeks. The visit kicked off with a rally for the Liberal candidate in the upcoming December 11 by-election brought on by DIANNE WATTS resignation.

Following the rally at the school TRUDEAU and Liberal candidate GORDIE HOGG took a walk down by Canada's longest pier.

 

December 01, 21017

TRANSLINK is reporting public transit use is growing faster in the Valley than in Vancouver.

Transit service has greatly improved over the past 10 years South of the Fraser and it is beginning to pay dividends.

In the Valley transit usage has grown 35% over the last decade while Vancouver has shown a 23% increase in usage.

The Township of Langley has shown the biggest increase in transit use, unfortunately residents of White Rock appear to be using transit less and less over the past decade.

TransLink’s numbers show that transit ridership is growing faster than population growth in our region. This is corroborated by Statistics Canada census data.

Residents of Metro Vancouver may have shorter commutes than their Montreal and Toronto counterparts, but compared to the rest of B.C., they are spending much more time in traffic, on buses and generally getting to and from work every day.

The average daily commute for the Vancouver census metropolitan area, which includes White Rock, Maple Ridge and UBC, is 29.7 minutes one-way — or almost an hour daily. That's less than the 30 and 34-minute one-way commutes endured by the average worker in Montréal and Toronto, respectively, but it's also up from the 28.4 minute average commute time in Metro Vancouver in 2011

 

November 26, 2017

With the close of nominations for candidates in the S. Surrey-White Rock Federal by-election on Monday, November 20, the ballot is suddenly getting rather full.
Here is the full list of candidates who have been confirmed as of Sunday night

Candidate name Status Party name Office phone number Name of official agent Name of auditor
Larry Colero Confirmed Green Party of Canada (604) 542-9422 Kenneth William Calder Stacey Campell
Kerry-Lynne Findlay Confirmed Conservative Party of Canada (778) 957-2583 William Healy Gary Rozon
Gordie Hogg Confirmed Liberal Party of Canada (604) 531-1178 Joshua Crossett Harry Mortimer
Michael Huenefeld Confirmed Progressive Canadian Party (778) 878-9024 Peter Ng Gary Rozon
Jonathan Silveira Confirmed New Democratic Party (778) 545-6090 Hugh Watson Robert Enns
Rod Taylor Confirmed Christian Heritage Party of Canada (250) 877-8426 Kevin Pielak Stacey Campbell
Donald Wilson Confirmed Libertarian Party of Canada (604) 636-1856 Paul Geddes Stephane Blais

Don Pitcairn

Bus Riders - Have Your Say

It's time to take the Phase 3 survey of the Transit Fare Review! So far TRANSLINK has heard from more than 43,000 people and most said they'd prefer a system that prices fares more closely to the distance they travel.

We've listened. Now in Phase 3, we've narrowed down the potential options for fares by distance and provided details on how these options would affect prices.

We're also asking for feedback on new ways to structure fare products and the possibility of expanding customer discounts.

Check out the videos and the Discussion Guide to help you understand the options before you take the survey.

(click here to take the survey )

 

White Rock's Main Street Becomes Walk of Fame

It was a very special evening last evening (Saturday) as Diane Lines was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at Blue Frog Studios, prior to her acclaimed show “JUMP!”. Diane Lines was pianist/accompanist for Grammy Winner Michael Buble as well as bandleader for The Dal Richards Orchestra for many years. She debuted the JUMP! show art Blue Frog in 2011.

Diane is shown above being presented with her induction certification by BC Entertainment Hall of Fame President, Rob Haynes along with Vancouver City Councillor, Elizabeth Ball.

The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame was created in 1992 to honour those British Columbians who have made an outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. The Hall's current membership honours over three hundred remarkable talents. Starwalk members are featured on the Granville Street sidewalk in downtown Vancouver and in the Starwall photo gallery in the Orpheum lobby. Pioneer members are acknowledged on the Orpheum Lobby Honour Plaque and on our website along with Starwalk Members.

 

November 22, 2017

Vancouver To Seattle In An Hour?

Washington State governor JAY INSLEE is meeting with British Columbia premier JOHN HORGAN today in Victoria for preliminary talks about a high speed rail connection between Seattle and Vancouver. INSLEE is on the record that advance studies indicate there is a need and a demand for such a high speed rail line. The cost has not been revealed but one would have to expect it will be in the billions.

The interesting local fact is, if such a rail line was built it no doubt would not operate on the existing BNSF rail line running along the waterfront of White Rock and South Surrey. There has been no public information released on where exactly the line would be constructed.

 

Christmas Decorations Come To The Waterfront

Work crews were out in the stormy weather yesterday erecting a giant Christmas tree on the roof of the washroom on White Rock's west beach.

 

November 19, 2017

Arrive In Style

TransLink today launched a pilot project to test double‑decker buses on long-distance commuter routes, as part of our commitment to exploring new options to better meet customers’ needs and the region’s transportation goals.

The two buses, supplied at no charge by British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, will begin service next week on routes traveling toward Vancouver from Langley, Surrey, White Rock and Delta, including:

301 – Newton Exchange to Brighouse Station
311 – Scottsdale Exchange in Delta to Bridgeport Station
351/354 – White Rock/South Surrey to Bridgeport Station
555 – Carvolth Exchange in Langley to Lougheed Station
601/620 – South Delta/Tsawwassen Ferry to Bridgeport Station

Buses on these routes are often overcrowded at key times of day. Customers on the 555 and 351 in particular may have encountered packed buses at peak periods and shoulder periods on weekdays. People traveling on the other routes in this trial also often encounter crowded buses especially at peak periods during the week.

To meet our growing ridership into the future and continue to make transit an attractive option for commuters across the region, we are experimenting with new fleet options to serve longer-distance routes where people’s trips often exceed 40 minutes. These buses will help ensure people not only get a spot on the bus, but that more of them also get a seat.

The double-decker buses in this pilot project can seat 80-86, up to 83% more seating than the older highway coaches, and have double the overall capacity. This pilot program will allow us to see how double-decker buses fare in the lower mainland, both from a customer experience and operational standpoint, and to evaluate bus depot requirements.

Double-decker buses are used successfully in cities across the globe, including Ottawa, Toronto, Seattle and even as close to home as Victoria.

Features of these double-decker buses include:

o Double the capacity of a conventional bus
o Panoramic views from the top deck
o A wide, well-lit staircase with handrails to maximize safety
o A screen that allows riders to see vacant seats up top before going upstairs
o Full accessibility with a low step, flat floor and ramp for boarding

As part of fleet purchases outlined in the 10-Year Vision, TransLink plans to procure 32 double-decker buses for its fleet by 2019.

 

November 15, 2017

Surrey Tops List of Best Place to Invest in Real Estate in BC

...White Rock fails to make Top 10

A new report released today ranks Surrey as the best place for real estate investment in British Columbia. The report entitled Top 10 Towns and Cities – British Columbia, is produced by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) an independent research and analysis firm that has been producing reports on housing markets across Canada for 25 years.

“I am pleased that Surrey takes the top spot, but I am also not surprised when you factor in Surrey’s planned growth and close proximity to critical trade and transportation routes,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “As a City Council, we have worked hard to create a business friendly climate that will attract a diverse economy, while balancing the demand for a broad spectrum of viable housing options for our residents.”

The study looks at 36 economic and market factors, and identifies B.C. real estate markets that are best positioned to outperform over the next five years.

B.C. cities ranked in order of potential for housing market strength over the coming five-year period:

Surrey
Abbotsford
New Westminster
Victoria
Kamloops
Kelowna
Chilliwack
The Tri-Cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody
Burnaby
Vancouver

 

November 17, 2017

Paint The Town Red

A red tsunami of Liberal support washed over the Semiahmoo Peninsula yesterday afternoon with the arrival of Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU. TRUDEAU. The prime minister paid a two hour visit to our city to show his support for GORDON HOGG'S run for the vacated federal seat in South Surrey/White Rock. The by-election made necessary with the departure of Conservative MP DIANNE WATTS will take place on Monday December 11.

The massive crowd around LAURA'S COFFEE CORNER began to build at noon in anticipation of TRUDEAU'S arrival. The Prime Minister running late due to a press conference in Vancouver to expand on Canada's peace keeping role to the United Nations. The crowd was jovial and excited as they waited.

Once the Prime Minister's motorcade arrived HOGG & TRUDEAU waded into the sea of supporters and began to make one on one contact with school children from White Rock elementary. TRUDEAU posed for hundreds of "selfies" as he and HOGG glad handed those in attendance.

Once inside it was time for a group photo with the Grande dame of LAURA'S with hubby GLEN and daughter SOPHIA

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l-r Semiahmoo Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL/PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU/Liberal candidate GORDON HOGG/White Rock city councillor DAVID CHESNEY

I was honoured to be asked to join HARLEY CHAPPELL for the welcome to White Rock.

The whirlwind tour wrapped up with a visit to the FIVE CORNERS DINER where TRUDEAU & HOGG posed with Cathy/Barb & Shannon

*Previous Prime Minister Visits To White Rock

Courtesy TOM SAUNDERS

Did you know that half of all Prime Ministers visiting White Rock have gravitated to Five Corners? John Diefenbaker spoke at the Star of the Sea Hall, Pierre Trudeau opened French Immersion at White Rock Elementary, and today Justin Trudeau visited Laura's Coffee Corner and Five Corners Cafe. The rest, of course, visited the beach - Brian Mulroney came in on a hovercraft for a sandcastle competition, Kim Campbell ate at Charlie Don't Surf, and Jean Chretien visited the White Rock Museum & Archives.

 

November 12, 2017

Remembrance 2017

The White Rock cenotaph outside of city hall once again hosted an overflow crowd for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony. White rock resident MARK DONNELLEY who is known far and wide as Mr. Oh Canada for his rousing Vancouver Canuck anthems once again led the assembled audience in a beautiful version of O Canada.

 

Vancouver’s Parking Meters turn 71

On November 12 it will be 71 years since the first parking meters hit Vancouver. The fee was five cents an hour. For the first 30 years, police had responsibility for checking the meters, and I bet that assignment was the equivalent of standing in the corner with a dunce cap. Parking meter enforcement was transferred to a civilian force …

 

November 11, 2017

 

It was decided Friday evening at an all candidates meeting that Kerry-Lynne Findlay will be the Conservative Party representative for White Rock/South Surrey/. The by-election is due to DIANNE WATTS quitting as the area's MP to run for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party. Voting day is Monday December 11, 2017. Less than one month away.

Still no word on the NDP candidate.

 

November 07, 2017

White Rock Parkade Approved

White Rock council yesterday with a 5-2 vote approved the construction of a multi-million dollar parkade on the city's waterfront. The four storey structure located @ Vidal street and Victoria Avenue is projected to be completed by Fall 2018. Work will begin in the new year.

Councillors FATHERS & CHESNEY opposed the development.

(watch last night's council meeting online)

 

Surrey - Hawthorne Park Access Road Approved

Surrey council unanimously approved the contentious roadway through Hawthorne Park in North Surrey. The new connector is designed to ease traffic gridlock between the Guildford and Whalley area of North Surrey.

Protesters in attendance vowed to chain themselves to the trees if the city proceeds with the decision to cut trees in Hawthorne Park.

(watch Monday's council meeting - click here)

 

November 06, 2017

Hogg Wild!

Troy Spracklin photo

Yesterday afternoon was an absolute love in for the newly announced federal Liberal candidate for South Surrey/White Rock - GORDON HOGG.

The public event kicked off with a beautiful opening ceremony supplied by the Semiahmoo First Nations before a number of personal and professional friends spoke eloquently about their support for all the work GORDON HOGG has done in our community.

The federal government has announced the by-election for the recently vacated seat for South Suttey/White Rock (DIANNE WATTS quit) will be held Monday December 11.

There will be four federal by-elections on December 11.
South Surrey—White Rock, British Columbia; Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, Newfoundland and Labrador ; Scarborough—Agincourt, Ontario ; Battlefords—Lloydminster, Saskatchewan

The riding has been a Conservative stronghold for years but pundits are prdeicting the popularity of GORDON HOGG will add another seat the the federal Liberal ranks.

The NDP and CONSERVATIVES have yet to even announce a candidate for the upcoming riding.

 

October 31, 2017

Taking Developers & Big Money Out of Local Elections!

Campaign finance reforms announced today by the British Columbia government will limit the influence of big money on local elections, putting people at the centre of community politics and decisions.

“With this legislation, people can be confident that their local and provincial governments will be working for all voters, not just those able to write the largest cheques,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government has already taken action to get big money out of politics at the provincial level. These amendments will make sure that democracy at the local level works for everyone, not just a select few."

The legislation would ban corporate and union donations, put limits on individual contributions and ban out-of-province donations at the local level.

Contributions for the election campaign of a candidate or elector organization will be limited to $1,200 per donor per year. One donor’s total contributions to the election campaign for an elector organization and all of its endorsed candidates cannot exceed this amount. These changes follow the approach of the proposed provincial Election Amendment Act.

“B.C. local governments have been asking for a ban on corporate and union donations and a cap on contributions to local election campaigns since 2015,” said Wendy Booth, Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) president. “We reaffirmed this request just last month, and appreciate the commitment demonstrated by Minister Robinson to address this issue. The proposed changes will support fairness during campaigns and make running for office more accessible by strengthening the rules for local elections.”

The proposed amendments to the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act follow consultations with key stakeholders such as Elections BC and UBCM, which represents B.C.’s 189 local governments and the Islands Trust.

“Elected officials have the privilege and responsibility of representing their citizens, and this legislation helps ensure that campaigning for public office is conducted fairly,” said Nils Jensen, mayor of Oak Bay. “The District of Oak Bay has strongly advocated for local elections campaign financing reform. We appreciate Minister Robinson bringing this forward in such a timely fashion. It’s clearly in the best interest of candidates and the public—and it’s the right thing to do.”

The amendments will apply to all local elections starting with the 2018 general local elections and any byelections thereafter, including campaigns for councillors, mayors, electoral area directors and school trustees.

Once passed, the changes will be retroactive to Oct. 31, 2017, the day after the first reading of the legislation. To allow candidates to transition to the new campaign financing framework, contributions allowed under the former rules and received before Oct. 31, 2017, may be used for the 2018 general local elections.

Quick Facts:

An elector organization in local elections is an organization that endorses candidates in a local election. Elector organizations are often referred to as civic political parties.
The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act was amended in 2016 to implement expense limits for local elections. These amendments will also come into effect for the 2018 general local elections.
Learn More:

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/1401

 

October 28, 2017

Another Fatal Shooting in Surrey

One person is dead and another is in hospital after a shooting in North Surrey Friday night. RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 11300-block of Alpen Place just before 9 p.m.

Officers found one person dead at the scene and a second person suffering from gunshot wounds. The second victim was transported to hospital. Their current condition is unknown.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is examining the scene for evidence.

 

October 27, 2017

The city of Surrey has released their annual Report To The Citizens.

Highlights;

- $277.5 Million Committed in 2017 to infrastructure investment (roads, parks and facilities)

- 3,039 evacuees & 4,300 pets were helped at Cloverdale Arena Wildfire Evacuee Reception Centre

- 632% increase on location movies or film productions in Surrey since the last six years

(click here to read the full report)

 

Sad But True

CBC news this week reported South Surrey White rock had the biggest rent increase in the lower mainland between 2011 & 2016.

According to the data between 2011 and 2016:

The South Surrey neighbourhood bordered by 24th Avenue and 140 Street experienced the highest hike in median rents in the Lower Mainland at 141 per cent.
Four Lower Mainland neighbourhoods saw an increase in median monthly rents of over 100 per cent — two in Surrey, one each in Richmond and South Surrey

 

October 25, 2017

Name Released In Fatal South Surrey Shooting

RCMP in Surrey are investigating an early morning shooting that’s left two people wounded. 3 men taken into custody in connection with South Surrey shooting,

Surrey RCMP received calls yesterday morning at 2:00 a.m. of shots heard near the 14300 block of Crescent Road. Officers located one man nearby suffering from gunshot wounds and, despite all attempts to assist the individual, he succumbed to his injuries. The RCMP also received a call from a woman suffering from gunshot wounds who had driven herself a short distance away from the scene. That woman is in serious condition at hospital.

Police say they don’t know yet whether the shooting was targeted.

Just after the initial report to police, a second report to police was made from a female victim who said that she too had been shot. Police located this female victim a short distance away on Highway 99 at exit 10, and at which time she was transported by BCAS to hospital for treatment.

The male victim has been identified as 28-year-old, Nicholas KHABRA, of Surrey. In an effort to move the investigation forward, investigators are releasing his name to identify associates and pre-cursory movement prior to the homicide. The female victim is expected to survive her injuries and her name will not be released.

“Mr. Khabra and the female victim are known to each other and were together at the time of the shooting,” says Cpl. Meghan Foster of IHIT. “The investigation to date leads police to believe that Mr. Khabra’s homicide was a targeted act.”

October 20, 2017

Take A Long Hard Look

Help police identify suspect in sexual assaults

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an alleged suspect in a pair of sexual assaults that occurred in the Clayton Heights area of Surrey within seven days of each other.

On October 10th (see previous release) and October 17th (see previous release), two different young girls were groped in separate locations by an unknown male before escaping to safety. In both instances the victims were able to provide descriptions of the assailant. Subsequent neighbourhood canvassing by officers of the Surrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) located other witnesses and surveillance video of the alleged suspect. The updated description of the suspect is a Caucasian man, 30-40 years old, 5'10”-6'0”, 170-180lbs., with brown hair, thick eyebrows, full lips, long ears and lobes, facial hair and possibly wearing glasses.

Investigators are now releasing stills from the surveillance video, captured on October 10th (see attached).
A composite sketches created by a Surrey RCMP Forensic Artist are also being released



“If you recognize any of the persons depicted in the stills or sketches, investigators want to hear from you right away,” says Corporal Scotty Schumann. “Our highly trained officers are working hard to solve these crimes.”

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502

 

October 23, 2017

Finally

Today's PROVINCE newspaper has an interview with White Rock Mayor WAYNE BALDWIN where he reveals the final price tag the city has paid EPCOR for the purchase of the White Rock water system.

(click here to read THE PROVINCE interview with White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN)

(click here to read the official statement from the city of White Rock)

 

Undecided?

White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN

With the next civic election one year away (October 2018) the CBC has polled lower mainland mayors to gauge their interest in seeking another term as mayor in their communities.

Planning to run: Gregor Robertson (Vancouver), Malcolm Brodie (Richmond), Linda Hepner (Surrey), Jonathan Coté (New Westminster), Mike Clay (Port Moody), Jack Froese (Langley Township), John McEwen (Anmore)

Leaning yes: Sharon Gaetz (Chilliwack)

Undecided: Derek Corrigan (Burnaby), North Vancouver City (Darrell Mussatto), North Vancouver District (Richard Walton), Richard Stewart (Coquitlam), Greg Moore (Port Coquitlam), Ted Schaffer (Langley City), West Vancouver (Michael Smith), John Becker (Pitt Meadows), Wayne Baldwin (White Rock), Murray Skeels (Bowen Island), Karl Buhr (Lions Bay), Ralph Drew (Belcarra)

Likely not running: Lois Jackson (Delta)

Not Running: Nicole Read (Maple Ridge)

 

October 12, 2017

HEPNER & HORGAN team up against gang life in Surrey

As part of a strategy to take action on gang violence and make communities safer, the successful Surrey Wraparound (Wrap) program to keep at-risk youth out of gang life will receive ongoing annual funding from the Province, Premier John Horgan announced today.

“People deserve to feel safe and know that steady support is there to stop their kids from falling into a life of gang violence,” Premier Horgan said. “As part of our commitment to tackle gangs and gun violence, today we’re delivering stable, secure funding for a program that keeps at-risk youth out of gangs and makes our communities safer.”

Wrap identifies youth who are at risk of joining gangs and connects them with outreach workers, teachers and police. The government doubled funding for Wrap to $500,000 in August 2017 to help eliminate the program’s waitlist. Thursday's announcement makes annual funding of $500,000 for Wrap permanent.

“Surrey Wrap is about stopping the flow of young people into positions in the drug trade that open up when someone else dies or goes to jail,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. “By keeping youth out of gangs, we can stop this vicious circle and build a better future for our communities.”

Geared to at-risk participants as young as 11, the Wrap program has reduced participants’ negative police contacts by two-thirds. While Wrap has helped more than 500 families and youth over the last eight years, demand for the program has consistently been high. Recently, additional funding from the Province helped to reduce the waitlist by 65%.

 

......Meanwhile

Surrey RCMP continue to investigate the circumstances of the city's latest shooting. Last evening gunfire was exchanged between 3 vehicles in a quiet cul de sac in the Sullivan area of surrey. the incident occurred last night at 10:15 in the 15100 block of 60th avenue. There have been no reported shooting victims turning up at local hospitals. Two vehicles, a White Pickup truck, and a Dark coloured Sedan were stopped speaking to each other, when a Dark Coloured S.U.V. had pulled up, and shot at the other two vehicles. The Dark coloured S.U.V. was last seen heading southbound on 150th St.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca

 

Purse Snatcher Held For Police

UPDATE - Charges Laid

White Rock resident Kevin Bradley HOWALD, 36 years, has been charged with one count of Theft Under $5000.00 with regards to the purse snatching last night in White Rock.

HOWALD has been released on conditions until his next court date October 26th, 2017.

White rock RCMP have reported a purse snatching incident Wednesday evening around 5:30 at the corner of Thrift Avenue and Foster street. The victim an elderly lady in her 90's was the victim of a snatch and run that left her upset but with no injuries. Two residents who saw the incident held the culprit until the RCMP arrived on the scene.

A charge of robbery is expected to be laid against a 36-year-old White Rock man in connection with the incident.

 

 

Hail Hail!

Mike Guraliuk photo

Wednesday morning's freak hail/thunder/lightning/rain storm that moved over the Semiahmoo Peninsula left the ground covered with a white blanker of hail. In the areas where the sun did not hit the buildup directly, it lasted late in the day. The freak weather system came from the north which usually means a cold front and when it collided with the warmer weather sitting over Semiahmoo Bay, all heck broke loose.

 

Surrey Gangster Identified

The Surrey RCMP in July of this past summer released the names and pictures of high profile gang members operating in Surrey.

Tuesday morning around 4 a.m. Richmond police were alerted to a body in a ditch The body was that of Ibrahim Amjad Ibrahim one of the five gangsters.

The police are still early in their investigation and given IBRAHIM died of gunshot wounds the natural assumption would be he died from a targeted hit due to the choice of his lifestyle.

 

October Is Earthquake Preparedness Month

Our friends at EPACT have a hand guide to review with your family. As the scientists say it is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when we get hit with an earthquake.

Be prepared.

Emergencies are called as much because they’re unpredictable and can happen at any time. Whether you’re at work, school, traveling, or simply out and about running errands, we spend many hours outside of our homes, so it’s entirely likely that you could experience an emergency or natural disaster during those times. So, what do you do if something happens while you’re away from your home, family, and emergency supplies? In honor of Shake Out this month, we’ve put together earthquake preparedness tips for when you are outside your home.

Click here for full list of preventive measures

 

October 11, 2017

Waterfront Parking Lot Opens

The city of White Rock work crews have now taken down a portion of the fencing around Memorial park on the waterfront. Much needed parking, in particular Handicap parking has now been restored for the time being.

The city is waiting patiently to hear back from th Semiahmoo First Nations on if and when the city may proceed with the excavation of Memorial Park. The area when completed will be home to a newly redesigned park and a total replacement of the derelict washroom building.

 

 

October 10, 2017

Family Matriarch Dies

MARIAM GHALY and her family were driving along King George Blvd. near the Serpentine Fen a week ago this past Sunday when a motorcyclist cut the family vehicle off sending the van into a water filled ditch. The motorcyclist fled the scene but was apprehended later in the day.

The drivers of other vehicles that witnessed the accident worked quickly to try to save the family from their water grave. All the members were removed from the vehicle. MARIAN GHALY who was traveling in the vehicles succumbed to her injuries.

The Surrey RCMP have not decided whether or not any charges will be laid against the motorcyclist.

(Care to help the family? - click here for their GO FUND ME campaign)

 

Vehicle Fails to Remain at Scene after Striking Cyclist


Yesterday at approximately 2;45 P.M., Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted police received several 911 calls reporting that a cyclist had been struck in the 16000 block of 64th Ave., Surrey, B.C. An East bound Cyclist had been struck from behind by an east bound vehicle. The cyclist landed in the ditch, after being thrown from his bicycle. The offending vehicle continued Eastbound. Officers of the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police General Duty and Traffic Services attended to the scene.

Witnesses from the scene were able to supply information that lead police to a residence in Surrey, a short distance away. The suspected driver was located and taken into custody. The cyclist was transported to hospital in serious but non-life threatening conditions

The investigation into this incident is presently in the early stages and still under investigation. Speed, alcohol or drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors in this collision.

 

Rafe Mair Passes

Rafe Mair CKNW 1985

Read THE TYEE'S tribute to RAFE MAIR

(click here)

Glen Livingstone

R.I.P. Rafe Mair.
I worked with Rafe many times over the years at CKNW, mostly recording promos for his upcoming shows.
He was rarely able to record one to his liking on the first take, and every time he stumbled halfway through the read he would spew out a lengthy list of four-letter words until I would interrupt him by saying something like"Okay Rafe, that's a keeper," at which point he would stop cold, explode into laughter, catch his breath and rattle off a flawless take.
"Not bad for an old guy huh Glen?," he would say when he was finished.
No, not bad for an old guy Rafe, not bad at all.


 

October 09, 2017

Surrey RCMP investigates shots fired in Cloverdale

Surrey RCMP officers spent their Thanksgiving Sunday on the crime scene in the Cloverdale area of Surrey for a report of shots being fired.

At approximately 10:55 am on October 8th, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired at an occupied vehicle in the 17200 block of 65thAvenue.
The vehicle and a nearby residence were struck, however thankfully no one was injured during the incident.

The initial investigation has revealed that a dark coloured Chevy, possibly a Malibu, was seen fleeing the scene shortly afterward the incident, heading east on 64th Avenue.

There are no other suspect descriptions available at this time.
Anyone with information on the suspect vehicle or the incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to remain
anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or
www.solvecrime.ca.

 

October 06, 2017

Clear The Track

With the recent news DIANNE WATTS has stepped down from her position as our MP to run for the Liberal leadership in British Columbia, we have a problem.

South Surrey/White Rock will now be one of three by elections that will take place across Canada this Fall.

The respective dates of the by-elections must be announced between October 14, 2017, and April 1, 2018. These announcements signal the start of the by-election periods.

The by-election periods must last at least 36 days, and the by-elections must be held on a Monday. Therefore, the earliest date that any of these by‑elections can be held is Monday November 20, 2017.

The Canada Elections Act does not prescribe a maximum length of time for a by-election period.

 

October 04, 2017

Cloverdale Couple Charged With Sexual Assault

Samuel Emerson / Madelaine Emereson

A Surrey pastor Samuel Emerson and his wife Madelaine Emerson were arrested and charged yesterday. The couple was arrested on May 18th and are now free under very strict conditions.

The Surrey RCMP have laid charges related to 13 counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose. Plus one count of sexual touching of a person under the age of 16.

Samuel Emerson, 34, has now been charged with 13 counts of sexual assault; 11 counts of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose; one count of sexual touching of a person under the age of 16. He is a pastor from Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church.

Madelaine Emerson, 37, has been charged with one count of sexual assault; one count of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose; one count of threats to cause death or bodily harm.

Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church pastor Randy Emerson, who is the father of Samuel Emerson, spoke with NEWS 1130.

“It came as a surprise in May. May 18th was when he was arrested here. And that was the first we were aware that the police were investigating him. He hasn’t been around the church at all since May.”

 

South Surrey/White Rock Commuters See Signs Of The Time

IAN PATTON the Liberal MLA for Delta took matters into his own hands over the weekend. Monday morning as commuters from South of the Fraser crawled towards the George Massey tunnel in rush hour traffic, were surprised to see a series of signs that had sprung up along the roadside on HWY 99.

The signs come as the BC Liberals protest the NDP’s decision to put the George Massey Tunnel replacement project on hold.

Both Paton and Delta Mayor Lois Jackson have called the tunnel a danger, saying in the event of an earthquake the tunnel wouldn’t be able to hold up.

In a press release, Liberal MLA for Delta, Ian Paton, says he received an ” outpouring” of calls from frustrated commuters on the decision to put the project on hold.

“It took a bit of my time, it took a bit of my lumber and a few of my friends and we went and put up these signs to just make a statement that I am personally angry that this bridge project has come to a stop.”

BC Liberal Delta MLA, Ian Paton, on why he put up the signs

UPDATE

The Liberal Attack signs on Hwy 99 south of the Massey tunnel do two things

#1 they distract drivers and potentially cause accidents.

# 2 misinform the public

Our new government has wisely chosen to review the Massey Tunnel enhancement project to best determine how to move forward and reduce traffic congestion. An educated decision is a smart decision and I appreciate that my tax dollars will be spent appropriately.

The Liberal attempt to circumvent the review process is a lame attempt to fool the public and play on their frustration. If the Liberals would just work together with the NDP and Greens they could be part of an effective process that will determine the best possible solutions to traffic congestion. Our province needs MLA's that respect their constituents and works hard to inform them instead of trying to manipulate them.

These self serving signs are just a political game and I have no respect for that, shame on you.

Carol Day

 

October 01, 201

Weekly Walkabout In Our Changing City

White Rock Elementary Expansion?

Crews delicately lowered the fourth portable classroom on to it's base at White Rock Elementary this week.

 

"Two Guys" Comes To White Rock..sounds like the start of a joke

"Two Guys" think we need another sushi restaurant. The new restaurant will be opening on Roper Avenue this month.

 

Beverley Heard The Call

I can see for miles is the song the owners of condos in the Beverley just completed in the 1500 block Vidal.

 

Going Down?

PARC Retirement home is laying the foundation for seniors care in our community. On Johnston Road near North Bluff Avenue.

 

Bye Bye Buy Low

R. Mcguire photo

October 1985 - October 2017. Thank you to the staff of Buy Low for all the many years of great service. You will be missed.

Most people are unaware of the kindness and generosity this man, Mike Brown from Buy-Low Foods - White Rock, has shown our fire department and charity for over 30years. He has quietly and graciously delivered a fresh turkey and all the fixings to our crews for Christmas AND Thanksgiving for more years than we can count. He has generously supported each and every one of our charity events without asking anything in return. He, his family and his staff are some of the most thoughtful and giving people we know and we were so sad to see them close their doors for the last time this past weekend. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you Mike, for everything you have done for our community. — with Paul Richard and Scott Booth.

 

Wasn't That A Party?

White Rock South Surrey Carp Executives - (Ramona Kaptan centre)

Wonderful turnout yesterday to celebrate National Seniors Day at White Rock Community Centre hosted by City of White Rock & CARP White Rock Surrey. Politicians delivered greetings to seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to our communities, workplaces and society.

Thank you to Mayor Wayne Baldwin, Minister Jinny Sims, Tracy Redies, Stephanie Cadieux, Marvin Hunt, Dianne Watts, Lynne Sinclair, David Chesney. Entertainment by Alyssa Nielsen & Steve Elvis Elliott.

Ramona Kaptan

Interesting fact brought up at the meeting yesterday. The Canadian national average of residents over 65 years of age is 14%.

In White Rock? 34% of our population is over 65 years of age.

 

September 29, 2017

One man charged for South Surrey shootings

Surrey RCMP advises that one man has now been charged in connection with a pair of recent shootings in South Surrey (see previous news release).

On September 25th, the investigation led officers to a residence in the 15600 block of Goggs Avenue, White Rock. Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) and Strike Force Target Team (SFTT), along with assistance from of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT,) arrested 5 persons and seized three vehicles. Four of the five persons were eventually released from custody.

In September 26th, officers executed a search warrant at the Goggs Avenue residence. Officers located a substantial amount of evidence that included weapons, drugs and cash.

On September 27th investigators compiled details of their investigation to date for Crown Counsel for review. An Information has now been sworn and charged is Cameron BARTON, 27 years old of Surrey. BARTON, known to police, is charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.

Police now believe that these two shooting incidents are related to the dial-a-dope drug trade. BARTON has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on October 4th. The investigation is ongoing and a number of additional charges are anticipated.

 

That's All It Takes?

Last week Mayor BALDWIN fell victim to some street guerrilla artwork complaining about the rolling surface of many of the sidewalks along Johnston Road. IN particular "someone" chalked the sidewalk out front of the YUCCA TREE restaurant.

Voila! Yesterday city crews and swooped in to pound the paving stones down flat and attempted to brush off the commentary chalked on the sidewalk.

 

September 27, 2017

Welcome To White Rock

Three of the four corner boundaries of the city of White Rock are now festooned with bright white rock welcome signs. The last one to be erected will stand at the corner of Marine Drive and 136th street at the Southwest boundary corner.

The new signs are bright and beautiful. Watch out for them.

 

Two Storey Bus

TRANSLINK is seriously considering test running a couple double decker buses on the 351 White Rock - Vancouver bus route. The double decker bus is able to carry nearly double the normal passengers on the buses that currently run the route. The new bus will carry 80 passengers as opposed to the current count of 47 at capacity of the 351 & 354.

...and yes TRANSLINK ha already checked. There is enough clearance for the buses to go through the Deas Tunnel.

 

September 25, 2017

No Surprise

Dianne Watts officially joins BC Liberal leadership race

Watts, the MP for South Surrey-White Rock, made the jump to federal politics in 2015, and last served as the Official Opposition Critic for Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour. She will resign as a Tory MP right away.


The BC Liberal leadership three-ring circus has come to town, complete with clowns and a freak show of bizarre and hard-to-watch policy ideas.

And it doesn’t promise to be the greatest show on earth since many of the candidates’ proposed policies are more politically dangerous than a high-wire act without a net.

Bill Tielman

“Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” — Comedian George Carlin

(read Bill Tielman's early handicapping of the Liberal leader race)

 

September 19. 2017

White Rock Council Rewind

White Rock council voted in favour of approving the first highrise in White Rock located south of Thrift Avenue. The "Lady Alexander" a 12 storey structure will be located at the corner of Roper avenue and Johnston Road.

The Sol Terra the other permit application for an OCP amendment that would allow for the construction of a 12 storey tower on the DEALS WORLD site @ 1350 Johnston Road did not come to the voting stage as the developers are asking White Rock council for additional changes. The matter will return before council at the October 23 meeting.

Council approved the necessary zoning, by law and OCP amendments to proceed with some form of a parkade located just off the waterfront at the corner of Vidal Street and Victoria Avenue. The final design and height will be dealt with at an upcoming council meeting in October.

On a lighter note the White Rock All Stars who recently represented Canada at the Little League World Series in Williamsport PA were on hand for a special congratulatory visit.

 

September 19, 2017

43rd Annual Terry Fox Run


"In all respects, Sunday’s South Surrey/White Rock Terry Fox Run was one for the records! At 300 or so participants and over $37,000 raised for cancer research.

Very special thanks are due to the realty firm Hugh & McKinnon Realty whose team entry raised over $4,000 and to this year’s anonymous donor whose matching commitment of $15,000 was fully utilized. These special donations put us over the top.

A sincere thank you to all those who participated and donated, from veterans of all 37 runs s Art Looye and John White, to youngsters participating in their first.

Leading the walkers were newly-elected MLA Tracy Reddies and White Rock Mayor, Wayne Baldwin. The atmosphere at the site was filled with family-friendly enthusiasm, yet tinged with reflection as many individuals remembered their own or a family member’s battles with cancer.”

 

September 18, 2017

Tour De White Rock Honoured

White Rock's newest piece of public art pays homage to our city being home to the Tour De White Rock.

The art piece is located outside of the Newport Condo complex at Oxford Steer and Marine Drive. The piece looks especially stunning at night when fully lit up.

 

More Than Just A Garden

"If you build it they will come"

Dozens of helpers were on hand this weekend to help with the expansion of the Centennial Park community garden. The expansion will offer over 3 dozen new garden beds. The garden will also offer wheelchair accessible and raised beds for members of our community with traditional mobility challenges.

HFathers photo

The workers chatted, smiled and exchanged greetings throughout the day. Another "heartbeat" in our community.

 

 

September 15, 2017

"The City of White Rock will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Memorial Park this Thursday (Sept. 14).

The invitation-only event will take place at 11. am inside the park, which was fenced off on Monday in preparation for the reconstruction of the park."

..and that is when the proverbial __________ hit the fan.

Semiahmoo First Nations chief HARLEY CHAPPELL

Semiahmoo First Nations Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL was alerted Wednesday evening to the fact the city of White Rock had plans to have an official sod turning ceremony @ Memorial Park on the waterfront yesterday morning @ 11 a.m.. This despite CHAPPELL having a face to face conversation two weeks ago with city manager DAN BOTTRILL where he firmly expressed the city must not proceed with the redesign of Memorial Park without consultation with the Semiahmoo band. The land which has been a popular grassy knoll for visitors to the beach is now the subject of intense controversy. The Semiahmoo First Nations Band have always maintained the area in question could well have been the original settlement site when the band arrived on Semiahmoo Bay.

White Rock CAO Dan Bottrill

Despite phone requests early yesterday morning by CHief HARLEY CHAPPELL to city CAO DAN BOTTRILL and MAYOR BALDWIN urging the ceremony be stopped until a proper archaeological dig permit was issued work should not proceed. Upon his arrival in White Rock CHAPPELL picked up his two council members JOANNE CHARLES and ROXANNE CHARLES and hurried to Memorial Park where MAYOR BALDWIN and the members of the White Rock Coalition section of city council were on hand with other invited local dignitaries. Chief CHAPPELL again personally urged MAYOR BALDWIN to stop the ceremony. MAYOR BALDWIN informed chief CHAPPEL that was not going to be the case. Left with no other option Chief CHAPPELL informed the city they had given the city a cease and desist order to to stop the work until the proper paperwork is in place.

Despite Chief CHAPPELL'S assertion he had discussed the matter at length in person with CAO DAN BOTTRILL two weeks ago, this morning in an interview with THE SUN, DAN BOTTRILL steadfastly maintained his conversation with HARLEY CHAPPELL was about general terms about the city's plans for the waterfront with nothing specifically expressed by Chief CHAPPELL pertaining to the actual Memorial Park excavation.

The awkward exchange was caught on video by the PEACE ARCH NEWS. (click here to watch the video)

Mayor BALDWIN following the exchange quickly called an emergency meeting of council to deal with the matter. He told Chief CHAPPELL "We have a quorum of council hee, let's go up to city hall right now and deal with this matter." Councillors FATHERS and CHESNEY who were not in attendance at the ceremony due to prior commitments were not informed of or invited to the special meeting of council.

The city of White Rock at the special meeting of council agreed to acquiesce to the Semiahmoo First Nation's request and will hold off on any further work until the requested paperwork has been secured and delivered to the Semiahmoo Band.

Posting from HARLEY CHAPPELL on FACEBOOK yesterday

As chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation, I am greatly concerned to learn of the City of White Rock's planned groundbreaking of the Memorial Park project tomorrow morning.

The project, which is to include a bigger footprint than the existing park, is situated on a key and sensitive archaeological site of one of our nation's ancient villages and may very well include remains of our long passed ancestors. The City has not approached our Nation about this project at all, even though they have told Peace Arch News they have done a lot of consultation.

We can also confirm that no archaeological permits have been requested by the City or issued for the project. We find this to be disrespectful to us, and our ancestors in every way. This is in direct contradiction to the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and we demand the City cease and desist until meaningful dialogue and consultation has been completed.

 

September 14, 2017

Chinese Government Woos Local Politicians With UBCM Event
‘Highly irregular and inappropriate’ for foreign government to play convention role, says watchdog.

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) will stage their annual convention September 25-29 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. It has now been revealed representatives from the government of China will host a special reception for elected officials from across British Columbia, including council members from White Rock & Surrey.

In 2010 the Canadian Security Intelligence Service issued a warning that five foreign governments, including China, were using espionage schemes to infiltrate and influence Canadian governments.

In a CBC News interview, Richard Fadden, then the head of CSIS, raised concerns that were more specific.

“There are several municipal politicians in British Columbia and in at least two provinces there are ministers of the Crown who we think are under at least the general influence of a foreign government,” he said.

Read The Tyee’s reader-funded Parliament Hill reporter JEREMY NUTTAL'S op-ed piece.

(click here)

 

September 11, 2017

Everyday Heroes - Extraordinary Hope

Hundreds of "Everyday Heroes" as indicated by the theme of this year's t-shirts slogan, gathered in uptown White Rock yesterday for the second annual PARKINSONS SUPERWALK.

l-r Hilary & event organizer and fellow Parkinson's Disease patient Liz Holroyd

Local resident HILARY VANDERLIEK shared her very personal story of how PARKINSONS DISEASE can strike anyone. It is not by any means an "old persons" disease.

 

Councillor Helen Fathers / Hilary Vanderliek

White Rock councillor HELEN FATHERS popped over from her busy morning as the manager of the Farmers Market to say a few words on behalf of the city, to welcome and thank the walkers and to take a moment to personally tell Hilary how touching her story was.

 

September 05, 2017

Bus Service Changes

There will be new bus service for the community shuttles as well as the 351 and 354 to Vancouver. The changes will be in place for commuters on the first day back to work after the holiday weekend.

Read about the new services and how it will affect your travel on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

(click here for complete listings of new and revised local bus service)

 

August 30, 2017

Cloverdale Killing

UPDATE - August 31, 2017

The male victim has been identified as 22-year-old Pardeep Singh of Surrey. Mr. Singh was known to police, and was associated to gangs. Investigators are working to determine motive, but believe that Mr. Singh’s murder was targeted.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Meghan Foster at yesteerday's press briefing confirmed SINGH had been the target of no less than four shootings in a 24 hour period in 2015. At the time the RCMP had informed SINGH of the danger he was in, yet he failed to co-operate.

At an Integrated Homicide Investigation Team press conference Wednesday afternoon, Cpl. Meghan Foster said that Pardeep Singh had been offered RCMP protection in the past after he had been involved in four shootings in less than 24 hours.

IHIT is working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, and the BC Coroner’s Service to gather evidence
.

Despite Surrey Mayor Hepner's very public anti-gun violence message to gangs in Surrey the carnage continues. (see story below)

Surrey RCMP and IHIT are on location of a home in Cloverdale on 64th avenue this morning piecing together the evidence of a fatal shooting overnight.

The victim was gunned down as he sat in his car parked in his driveway. Witnesses report seeing a tan coloured mini-van leaving the scene.

 

Semiahmoo First Nations Sign Water Deal With Surrey

Semiahmoo First Nations Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL

the Semiahmoo First Nations have made an announcement they have concluded negotiations with the city of Surrey for water and sewer service to their lands. Previously the city of White rock had provided those services but earlier this year the city of White rock informed the band they would no longer be providing sewer and water hookups.

Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL in the announcement said the funding of upwards of 10 million dollars was in place and work would begin in Spring of 2018 with a completion date of late 2018. The deal with Surrey will encompass all of the Semiahmoo First Nations land.

 

August 25, 2017

Don't Fence Me In

You have probably driven into Blackie Spit in Crescent Beach dozens of times. Right?

Have you ever bothered to check the hours of opening sign on the stop sign?

Well here is a close up of the sign you can see in the above photo of the entrance to Blackie Spit. Lo and behold dozens of visitors to the beach on Sunday night were shocked when they went to leave the park only to find the gate had been locked.

The consensus around the locked gate cannot be printed here. Most wondered why the time of closing would be moved up 2 hours on August 27 rather than wait until after the long weekend and the unofficial end of summer. Good question.

Yesterday the sign below appeared. Sunday evening some of the trapped visitors to the park called 911. Eventually the fire department from Ocean Park turned up with a key and opened the gate.

Surrey you can do BETTER.

 

August 24, 2017

Surrey Gets Half Million Help To Curb Gang Violence

As part of a strategy to address gang violence and make communities safer, the British Columbia government will invest $500,000 from civil forfeiture grants into anti-gang programming for youth in Surrey, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced today.

The funding will support the Surrey Wraparound (Wrap) program and eliminate the program’s current waitlist.

Wrap is a collaborative partnership between the Surrey RCMP, the Surrey school district (SD 36) and the City of Surrey that connects youth who are at risk of joining gangs with outreach workers, teachers and police. Evaluation of the Wrap program has shown a significant decline (67%) in the negative police contacts of participants. There are currently 97 students in the program with 35 students on the waitlist. This funding will eliminate that waitlist.

“People want to feel safe where they live and know their child won’t be lost to the dead-end path of gang life,” Farnworth said. “It’s time to target gang violence in our neighbourhoods head-on. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction.”

At a Surrey Board of Trade event Tuesday night, Hepner told a business crowd of her plans, which include activating a Bar Watch program in Surrey to make gangsters feel “uncomfortable,” initiating a review of B.C.’s Crown approval process in an effort to bring the province’s threshold for charges in line with others, and the creation of a Mayor’s Task Force.

 

August 22, 2017

Congratulations to the White Rock Beach Beer crew who took the top honours over the weekend at Surrey Centrals BATTLE OF THE BREWS.

Battle of the Brews beer fest yesterday, an event put on by the Surrey Fire Fighters to raise money for their charitable organization. 16 breweries involved. The people who attended the event were asked to vote on the beers they sampled. Three categories: Most Drinkable, Most Flavourable, Best Beer.
White Rock Beach Beer took the top honour with their West Beach Pale Ale.

 

 

August 17, 2017

I Scream You Scream - We All Scream For Ice Cream

Former White Rock councillor JAMES COLERIDGE is embroiled in a dispute over the bills, investors and family matters that all may force the closure of his three popular ice cream/gelato outlets in Vancouver.

(read the full story)

 

Who's Moving To White Rock?

Scott Brown, President & CEO of Fifth Avenue Real Estate talks about who the new development Foster Martin will appeal to.

“There is a built-in community in White Rock and South Surrey that lives in large homes around golf courses or ocean views that are aging and want to stay in this community for the next 10 to 15 years that want something smaller, but won’t buy anything less than 1,000 square feet,” said Brown. “In the last six years there has been no new supply of any meaningful scale or height offered in White Rock, so Foster Martin meets that demand.”

(click here to read the full story)

 

Have You Heard The Call?

 

OOOHHH Canada

White Rock's CANADA DAY 150 festivities began with 30 individuals receiving their Canadian citizenship in a special ceremony at Memorial Park

White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN and Semiahmoo First Nations chief HARLEY CHAPPELL congratulate a newly minted Canadian

Bill Hawke photo

By late afternoon the massive crowds began to gather along White Rock's promenade in anticipation of the appearance by Canada's precision flying team THE SNOWBIRDS. The wait was well worth the time as the SNOWBIRDS performed their sky show over Semiahmoo Bay.

Corry Kriticos photo

Next up in the day long activities on stage by the museum, was an incredible show featuring one of the top acts touring Canada this summer THE WASHBOARD UNION.

Following their White Rock show THE WASHBOARD UNION pulled out on to HWY 1 for a set of shows opening for BRAD PAISLEY in Calgary & Saskatoon in front of crowds that numbered close to 20,000.


 

The day to remember was capped off with a stunning fireworks show over Semiahmoo Bay. A great way to celebrate White Rock's 60th anniversary and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

 

August 13, 2017

Local Swim Competition Returns After 40 Year Absence

Members of the Crescent Beach Swim Club hosted the return of the Semiahmoo Cup competition with the White Rock Amateur Swim Club. The race took place yesterday morning under ideal conditions at Crescent Beach. The race was a relay from the swim tank in the ocean down to Crescent Beach mini pier, and then on to the club's pool facility at Blackie Spit.

Both clubs pose for photo prior to race

 

Police Seek Witnesses

White Rock RCMP are looking for witnesses to a serious assault that occurred early yesterday morning at 0150 hours in the 15000 block of Marine Drive, White Rock. Police were called to a fight in progress and located a male bleeding from multiple lacerations. The 26 year old male victim was rushed by BC Ambulance to an area hospital where his condition has been upgraded from serious to stable.

A 21 year old male from Abbotsford, BC, has turned himself in to the Abbotsford Police.

Anyone who has information regarding this serious assault is asked to contact the White Rock RCMP at 778-593-3600 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or text BCTIP to 274637 www.solvecrime.ca

 

South Surrey House Party Stabbing

Surrey RCMP continue their investigation into a stabbing which occurred at a house party Friday evening. One person is in hospital in stable condition another individual was treated for minor injuries. Police were called to a home near 20th avenue and 134th street early Saturday morning after a fight broke out between partygoers.

Despite dozens of individuals tho witnessed the fight, police do not have any anyone in custody.

 

August 11, 2017

Sea Of Stories

Peninsula Productions Canada 150 offering "Sea of Stories" opened Friday at the White Rock Playhouse. A stellar cast well directed in a beautiful play of a small town growing up, and growing up in a small town.

The play touches lightly on White Rock's history, while playing heavily on the history of the Semiahmoo First Nat6ions. Don't go expecting a history lesson.

Sea Of Stories on now until August 26 and well worth a trip out to the playhouse.

(purchase your tickets here)

 

Party On The Pier

The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation hosted the Second Annual Picnic on the Pier last evening. Over 300 diners supported the community affair, raising $56,100.00 for the creation of the new hospice care beds that will be constructed in the soon to be expanded Peace Arch Hospital.

 

Sea Fest Rewind

Jan's On The Beach Takes Trophy In Upset

Yes there is an actual JAN @ Jan's at the Beach.

JAN quickly ran out to congratulate her staff on winning the 22nd annual Waiter's Race in front of the museum. The event was once again ably hosted by the your friend and mine, GORDON HOGG.

 

Get Your Motor Running

White Rock Councillors Helen Fathers & David Chesney flanked by "Torchlight" parade partners Bob Douglas and Katherine Monk

 

Semiahmoo Park was home again to The Westcoasters Car Club Show N' Shine Sunday. There was the weird & then there was the wonderful.

 

KORKI the CLOWN looks on as JASMIN YU welcomes the Moms and Dads and Kids to Semiahmoo Days in Semiahmoo Park.

Semiahmoo First Nations chief HARLEY CHAPPELL proudly looks on as the Semiahmoo First Nations youth dances finish their performance.

West Beach stage saw great music all day yesterday. POWER BLUES closed out the night just before the fireworks. JASON BUIE (above) brought Ava and Braiden on stage to join him for a jam session. Ava and Braiden make their home here on The Peninsula.

Dozens of fireworks cannisters sit at the ready for last night's aerial symphony of fire over Semiahmoo Bay.

Bill Hawke photo

TOM LAVIN & The Powder Blues headlined the musical lineup Saturday with a great show right before the fireworks over Semiahmoo Bay.

 

July 31, 2017

White Rock Sand Artists - Are We On To Something?

Visitors to White Rock's famed pier continue to be dazzled by the incredible sand art various artists have been creating on the sand dunes of the tidal pools. UNA FESTER passes along this beautiful image created by someone called "Pierdoodle."

If there is no way we can bring back the sandcastle contest to our waterfront, how about a sand art competition?

 

July 27, 2017

First Look At New Memorial Park Re-do on White Rock Waterfront


The pier-side lawn and panoramic ocean views that Memorial Park offers makes it one of the White Rock’s favourite gathering spaces, and it's due for an upgrade and improvements. View the final concept design through this visual fly through video, courtesy of CHP Architects.

Learn more about the project at www.whiterockcity.ca/memorialpark

 

July 30, 2017

Princess For A Day

Congratulations to MYRA MERKAL and her staff of volounteers on the huge success of Saturday's 6th Annual Princess Party at White Rock's Centennial arena.

The beautiful event gets larger every year. All the proceeds raised at the event will go towards the creation of an "all accessibility" park by the White Rock firefighters on White Rock's waterfront. Thank you everyone.

Still reveling in the success of our beautiful, successful community charity event that brings such magical joy for children while raising money for our White Rock All Abilities Park. Never dreamed in a million years that 8 years later we would raise $37,000 for this one day event. Immense gratitude to As You Wish Princess for providing all the wonderful royal characters.

Love

Myra

 

July 28, 2017

Brazen Daylight Shooting Morgan Creek

Mid-afternoon yesterday shots rang out in the parking lot of the Morgan Creek Professional centre located at 152nd Street and 32md Avenue. Witnesses reported hearing 8-10 gunshots. A male with non-life threatening injuries was transferred to hospital. Police are able to say at this time that this incident appears to have been targeted at the male victim. The male victim is known to police for his involvement in criminal behavior. A vehicle in the parking lot and the building were also hit with bullets. RCMP are not releasing any further details of the incident.

 

White Rock Mermaid

The warm weather has brought out a number of visitors to the White Rock pier. Local photographer BILL HAWKE captured this picture of a young lady who works at the Ocean Park Safeway entertaining walkers on our famed Longest Wooden Pier in Canada.

 

 

July 25, 2017

Parkade Height Confirmed

White Rock council last evening approved moving forward with the construction of a parkade which for the time being is depicted as a 5 storey structure. Following the public meeting (date to be determined) the matter will return for council for adoption or changes.

The parkade is being proposed for a piece of city property located at the corner of Vidal and Victoria Avenue.

Pat Petralal photo

Prior to Monday's meeting of White Rock council a group of residents concerned about the proposed parkade (at the corner of Vidal Street & Victoria Avenue) will be gathering on the law outside of city hall @ 3 p.m. to show the city of White Rock their disapproval of said parkade.

CITY INFO

Waterfront Parkade

A waterfront parking facility is being proposed by the City to address the long-standing need for more parking options near the waterfront to serve White Rock residents and visitors. Identified as a key corporate priority, the Engineering Department has initiated an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment, zoning amendment, and Development Variance Permit application for four City-owned properties at Victoria Avenue and Vidal Street, to facilitate the construction of a multi-storey public parking garage.

(click here for full report)

 

Get The Led Out

LED ZEPAGAIN rocked and rolled the White Rock waterfront in style last evening. The crowds continue to grow. Last night's crowd was quite possibly the largest in attendance for the Concerts @ The Pier musical series.

The only damper on the evening was a group that decided standing ON THE TRAIN TRACKS afforded a perfect viewpoint. Eventually organizers were able to move the crowd off of the rail line. The next show in the free concert series will see the return of White Rock's ALLIE SHELDON'S new band "Little Destroyer" August 10.

PLATINUM BLONDE wraps up the summer Concerts @ The Pier - Saturday, August 19.

 

July 24, 2017

Surrey RCMP is investigating the circumstances surrounding a deceased male


Tuesday evening at 8:10 pm, Surrey RCMP was called to Bakerview Park, bordered by 154th Street and 18th Avenue, after a deceased man was found. The deceased man is in his mid-thirties and is known to police as a local homeless person who may have been camping in the park.
Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit is leading this investigation. The cause of death is not readily apparent and the BC Coroners Service is assisting police with the investigation. Police are still trying to notify the man’s next of kin.

 

Waterfront Drowning

GLOBAL news arrived on the White Rock waterfront this morning @ 6 a.m. following reports of a body being recovered from Semiahmoo Bay. It has now been confirmed a middle aged man was seen wading in the water near the pier late last evening. Rescue crews retrieved his body this morning. No names have been released.

(read the full GLOBAL story)

 

 

July 22, 2017

Train Plaque Installation

It's always a great day down at the White Rock museum when the Train Plaque order is going in. The plaza outside the museum on the waterfront looks amazing with over 700 plaques laid in the last 10 years. This is our major fundraiser which has raised over $450,000.00 to date. The museum and we thank everyone involved. Purchase yours and don't miss the next install. 604 5412221 or visit their website.

 

July 21, 2017

Our Secret Is Out

The Carvery has been serving gourmet sandwiches and meals from their slightly off the beaten path, located in a strip mall in South Surrey.

The DAILY HIVE in Vancouver recently did a major spread on this hidden gem located at 24th avenue and King George Highway in the old Sheila's Catering location.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM TO 4PM. CLOSED ON HOLIDAYS.

(read the review then head out for lunch)

 

July 19, 2017

Two Years - Too Long

Two years, too long was the rallying cry for the group of protesters in front of the South Surrey RCMP sub-station last evening.

Jennnifer Brooks

JENNIFER BROOKS the mother of HUDSON BROOKS led a rally last night of a supporters who want answers to what happened that fateful morning two years ago to the date when HUDSON was fatally wounded by a gunshot during an altercation with the RCMP.

JENNIFER BROOKS is growing more frustrated as she waits for the response Crown Counsel will take following the IIO (Independent Investigation Office) recommending charges to proceed against the RCMP.

 

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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