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January 11, 2020

Surrey War Of Words Continues

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum




The news that Gary Jagur Singh (Marpole Rapist) will be released on day parole in our city is not only disturbing but infuriating to the people of Surrey.

The Parole Board of Canada acknowledges that Singh's sexual deviancy can never be cured. In a previous day parole Singh breached his conditions and he has been denied full parole now, which makes his release to a halfway house in Surrey all the more irresponsible and troubling.

Singh is a designated dangerous offender and I am frustrated by the lack of information coming from the RCMP. For the safety of the people of Surrey, I believe that our residents need to be told where this prolific sexual predator is residing in Surrey. That information should be made available immediately.

Mayor Doug McCallum

Statement from Assistant Commissioner Brian Edwards



I acknowledge the frustration expressed by Mayor McCallum in the news release he issued today (January 10, 2020) regarding the release of a dangerous offender into Surrey. While the Surrey RCMP share many of these concerns, it is important to recognize there is a significant process in place by the Parole Board of Canada to determine if and when an offender can be released into the community and the conditions they are put under.

When the Surrey RCMP were notified of this individual's release into Surrey, we conducted our own assessment that included the fulsome decision made by Parole Board of Canada. Unfortunately, the threshold for a Public Interest Disclosure was not met in this situation for a variety of reasons including whether the individual posed an imminent threat, the recommended conditions, and the strong release plan approved by the Parole Board. However, we are aware of the significant conditions in place for this individual, including electronic monitoring, and we will be monitoring this individual, along with Correctional Service Canada.

I personally advised Mayor McCallum of the situation on two separate occasions and provided him the information that could legally be provided to him regarding this situation. While I acknowledge that the limited information that the police are able to provide in these cases can cause frustration, we have a legal obligation to balance the privacy of individuals and the risk to public safety. Police can only breach that privacy under the strictest of circumstances and, in this situation, that threshold was not reached.
I share the publics concern on this matter. I can assure the residents of Surrey that the correct processes were followed in this situation, and that we have a team specifically assigned to monitoring these type of offenders to ensure they do not breach their conditions or impact public safety in any manner.

Brian Edwards

 

January 05, 2020

Parents... IT'S TIME...

The FINAL PUSH of fundraising for Phase 2 of our Playground Replacement Project!! Our north "intermediate" playground is being replaced this year, and the wonderful Rotary Club of White Rock is helping to make it happen! Stay tuned for exciting fundraising events coming your way in 2020, and please give generously in this final stretch of our playground campaign. whiterockrotary.org

Sunday, January 26, 4pm - Peace Arch @ the Surrey Eagles, tix on sale now at the school office, only $10

Ongoing Donations Drive - 2020 tax receipts available.

April 2020 - Rotary Dinner & Dance Gala, details coming soon!

Ongoing Hot Lunch Program - parent volunteers needed *every week*! Sign up: volunteersignup.org/KWXT7

April 24, 5-8pm - 10th Annual Peace Arch Spring Fling Family Carnival!


Operation: Ladies This Is You!

Saving Lives at Sea

FREE Event for Girls & Women

Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue (RCMSAR) partners with Achieve Anything Foundation to offer a hands-on taste of marine search and rescue in Coastal BC

The Achieve Anything Foundation announces that applications are open for an exciting new Operation: This IS You! hands-on experience event to be held with RCMSAR in White Rock, B.C. Saturday February 22. www.achievanything.ca

The event is by invitation only and applications must be made in advance on the Foundations website. Those selected and invited must further complete the RSVP process by the specified deadlines in order to be admitted to the event. While there is no maximum age for women to apply, all applicants should self-assess they are sufficiently mobile/agile to board vessels and participate in the day's activities.

 

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2020

Streets On Fire

Police investigating confirmed shots fired in the area of 96th Ave and 148th Street.

At about 1730 hours, Surrey RCMP received reports of gun fire between two vehicles in the area of 96th Ave and 148th Street.
The two vehicles were described as a white Ford Expedition type and a white Lexus or Infinity type vehicle.
The vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed and where last seen going north on 148th Street.

Members of the Surrey RCMP attended to the area and located several shell casings.
No reports of injuries or damage to property have been reported. The intersection was closed for a period of time but has been re-opened.
Investigators with the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit are currently on scene continuing with the investigation,
and will be in the area for unknown period of time.

Surrey RCMP are asking that if anyone was driving in the area and could have dash camera footage of the incident or the vehicles involved call 604-599-0502.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make
an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca

 

Surrey's Curbside Large Item Pickup Program

Dispose of big items like mattress, furniture and appliances for free.

Large Item Pickup Program Updates

On October 16, 2019 we launched a new online service to make scheduling your pick up appointment more convenient. We've also made some updates to the program itself.

Now, all households that receive City of Surrey's curbside collection are now eligible for the service. These households can schedule up to 6 items a year instead of 4. Households with registered secondary suites are now eligible for up to 8 scheduled items per year.

We have expanded the list of accepted items and categories. See full list of accepted items below.

Schedule a Large Item Pickup

  1. Review our list of accepted items to ensure your item qualifies
  2. Book an appointment  online or call 604-590-7289 (Option 3). Provide details or photos of  your item to help speed up the process.

(click here for more info)

January 07, 2020

New Bus Service - South OF The Fraser

TRANSLINK is increasing bus service this week to improve bus service frequency and reliability where customers need it most!

The significant increases in service will add 65,000 more annual bus service hours to the system, making space for up to 20,000 more people each weekday.

Bus service changes happen every spring, summer, fall, and winter to reflect seasonal changes in demand and to deliver service improvements.

RapidBus service launching on January 6:

R1 King George Blvd (Previously the 96 B-Line)

The 96 B-Line is now the R1 RapidBus

Weekdays/Weekend schedule:

  • Every 8 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Every 9 minutes outside of rush hours 

Evening schedule:

  • Every 10 to 15 minutes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Outside of peak hours, all RapidBus routes will have 15-minute service or better from 6 a.m. to midnight, sevendays a week. To make the bus system more efficient, there will also be adjustments to some Metro Vancouver bus routes. Key changes include:

Learn more about how your commute might change at translink.ca/servicechanges.

 

January 05, 2020

Market trends for single-family residential properties breakdown

  • Lower Mainland 2020 property assessments are in the mail and will be of great interest to homeowners. (See article.)
  • The average White Rock property assessment for single detached homes is -9 per cent from 2019, while strata units are -4 per cent.
  • The biggest drop in average assessment is in West Vancouver, with -16 per cent for single detached homes and -9 per cent for strata units. Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish have seen increases in value.

Market trends for detached residential homes

City of Surrey $1,042,000 $1,010,000 -3 %
City of White Rock $1,310,000 $1,196,000 -9 %

Market trends for strata residential properties (e.g. condominiums) by geographic area for select urban areas:

City of Surrey $522,000 $497,000 -5 %

City of White Rock $478,000 $461,000 -4 %

 

January 04, 2020


City of White Rock hosts solid waste collection open house on Jan. 15

The City of White Rock is seeking input from homeowners, renters and businesses into the collection of garbage, green waste and recycling in the city.

The City is hosting an information open house on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Drop in anytime between 3:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the White Rock Community Centre to learn more about solid waste collection in White Rock, how it compares with other Lower Mainland municipalities, and to share your thoughts.

The White Rock Community Centre is at 15154 Russell Ave. Free underground parking is available at the Russell Avenue entrance.

For those who can’t make it, information and an online survey will be available Jan. 16 at www.whiterockcity.ca/waste.

Facts about Solid Waste Collection in White Rock

White Rock City Council identified the review of multi-family and commercial waste pickup as one of the 2018 – 2022 Council Strategic Priorities.

· In mid-2015, the City of White Rock made changes to its delivery of solid waste services, in line with recommendations of a solid waste study on best practices. The changes included the privatization of multi-family and commercial solid waste pickup, as well as a transition from cost recovery through property taxes to a user-fee model for single family homes.

· White Rock City Council has directed a review of the decision to privatize multi-family and commercial waste pickup after receiving feedback from the community during the strategic priority consultation process. The public feedback suggested a desire to return multi-family and commercial solid waste to City of White Rock collection.

· The City has retained Dillon Consulting to review waste collection services and to obtain community input on the options that include City collection, or City-managed collection, for multi-family and commercial waste or maintaining the status quo for pickup.

 

December 31, 2019

How The White Rock Polar Bear Swim Began 50 Years Ago

 

How the Polar Bear Swim started in White Rock. There was a New Years Eve dinner dance held some where around the 2200 block of King George Highway, the name of which I have forgotten. Coincidentally, some of the members of the WRASA, White Rock Amateur Swimming Association, found each other there celebrating the passing of the old year and the coming of the new year - Clare and Carolyn Breen, Rod and Dixie Kerr and Ralph Stevenson, my husband, and I. It was shortly before midnight and we were “raising our glasses” to each other when Rod and Clare said let’s do a Polar Bear Swim tomorrow, are you in? And, of course, I was. It was held at the end of the pier in the WRASA “tank”, a 25 yard float. Mrs Skakum and Robyn Miller also swam with us. It was a ”chilling” experience! We entered the water either by jumping in or in my case slowly going down the ladder and leaping out to make a big splash. When I got out my toes felt so brittle I was afraid if I bumped the edge of the tank they would break off. The wives, Carolyn Breen (now Crosby) and Dixie Kerr said no more at the end of the pier - our husbands may have heart attacks and sink! The next year, was from the shore.

...as told by Denise Stevenson

 

December 30, 2019

Murder Victim Identified

IHIT is working closely with the Surrey RCMP and the BC Coroner’s Service to gather evidence and complete priority tasks.

In order to further the investigation and establish a timeline prior to his death, IHIT is confirming the victim is 18-year old Keeshawn Brown of Ontario. Investigators believe this was an isolated event, not related to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

“Investigators are attempting to determine how long Mr. Brown has been in BC and his activities leading up to his death,” says Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT. “We urge anyone who was with Mr. Brown or has information to assist investigators to contact IHIT.”



WARNING -Coarse language

 

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

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

BACKGROUNDER

(Residence where body was discovered - next door to White Rock Legion 08 on Johnston Road)

Surrey RCMP is assisting the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) after a man was found deceased in a South Surrey residence.

On December 23, 2019, shortly before 9:30 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to the 2200-block of 152 Street after a report of a man located deceased in a residence.

IHIT has been engaged and are actively investigating the incident. Early indications are that the incident was contained to the inside of the residence and that there is no ongoing threat to the public.

 

January 02, 2020

50th Annual Polar Bear Swim Recap

A spectacular sunny warm day with a high temperature of 14 degrees and the recent media attention brought to White Rock pertaining to the activity in our bay by the spawning anchovies, virtually guaranteed a massive crowd to turn up yesterday for the 50th anniversary of White Rock's Polar Bear Swim. The feeding frenzy of seals, seagulls and sea lions that has taken place in Semiahmoo Bay for the past number of weeks in search of anchovies, seemed to disappear yesterday.

Next to Vancouver who celebrated their 100th anniversary, White Rock holds the second place record for Polar Bear swims in British Columbia.

Councillor Scott Kristjanson and Mayor Walker did more than simply turn up to observe the polar plunge.

Former mayor/mla and mp GORDIE HOGG (sporting his 50th anniversary toque) was called upon to once again perform his masterful master of ceremony duties for the 50th anniversary of the White Rock Polar Bear Swim.

See you all next year.

Corry Kriticos photos

Christy Fox photo collage

December 26, 2019

IHIT investigating homicide in Langley – Victim Identified

Langley: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is requesting assistance in the investigation into the homicide of a Langley man.

On December 24, 2019, at 9:23 p.m., Langley RCMP Frontline members responded to the 2900 block of 224 Street, Langley, to assist EHS and the Langley Fire Department with an unresponsive male. Despite resuscitation attempts, the man was pronounced deceased and IHIT was subsequently called in.

One person at the scene was initially taken into custody but later released. Investigators believe this was an isolated incident, not related to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

IHIT is working closely with the Langley RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroners Service to gather evidence and complete priority tasks.

In order to further the investigation and establish a timeline prior to his death, IHIT is confirming that the victim is 67 year-old Dennis Johnston of Langley.

“We urge anyone who was with Mr. Johnston or has details of his activities prior to his death to speak with investigators,” says Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT. “We know Mr. Johnston was at a social gathering earlier in the day on Christmas Eve and encourage those who were there or saw him there to come forward.”

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

 

Spawning Northern Anchovies Cause Stir on White Rock Beach

Gabrielle Trouton photo

Locals and visitors alike have marveled for the past month at the activity out in Semiahmoo Bay. Hundreds of seagulls hovered and or landed on the water in search of something. What was that something? They are Northern Anchovies which normally winter along the coast before heading out to sea to spawn.

This time for the first time in anyone's memory they have come into Semiahmoo Bay in such numbers the seals and subsequently the sea lions arrived in search of food. How long this wonder of nature will continue is anyone's guess as it has never seemingly happened before.

(click here to watch a video)

Sherron Fairbairn photo

 

December 20, 2019

Where Were You One Year Ago Today?

Shortly after noon last December 20 a winter storm brought tragedy to our city by the sea. A combination of an incredibly high King tide, strong winds pounding seas and the breaking away of the dock at the end of the pier all added up to disaster.

A section of the dock on the west side of the pier broke away from its moorings and with boats still attached to the dock the dock and boats turned into a giant battering ram. Had the dock not broken away we would not be talking about the first anniversary of the destruction of our world famous pier. TIM SHIELDS former RCMP media liaison was out for a walk on the pier with his daughter when all hell broke loose. Watch the video SHIELDS recorded as the storm WHIPPED THE BOATS UP AGAINST THE PIER.


Insurance and a grants from the Provincial government for 1 million dollars repaired the damaged portion of the pier. Fundraising continues to secure additional financing for the remainder of the pier to be replaced. The city of White Rock has and will continue to apply for every new grant available that will help offset the estimated 14 million dollars we will need to fully replace the entire pier to the standards of the portion that was already repaired.

 

Counterattack Sobriety Roadblock This Weekend

RCMP detachments throughout the Lower Mainland will be conducting a Counterattack sobriety roadblocks from now through New Years in support of ICBC’s provincial impaired driving campaign.

Despite BC having some of the toughest impaired driving laws, people still continue to choose to make the selfish decision to drive while under the influence,” says Sergeant David Chu, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services. “Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs could see you face penalties ranging from driving suspensions and vehicle impoundments to serious fines and criminal charges.”

“If your holiday festivities involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home,” said Karen Klein, local ICBC road safety coordinator. “Arrange a designated driver, call a taxi, take transit or call Operation Red Nose – there are so many options to get home safe.”

“Risky driving behaviours are a key focus for Vision Zero Surrey,” said Shabnem Afzal, City of Surrey Road Safety Manager and Vision Zero Surrey Lead. “Through collaborative efforts with Surrey RCMP and ICBC, we will continue to target these behaviours, working towards our Vision of Zero people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

If you witness a suspected impaired driver, pull over when safe to do so and call police immediately. Try and provide as much information about the vehicle, driver, and vehicle direction of travel and what activity you observed.

For more information on road safety and impaired driving, please visit ICBC’s website and the Surrey RCMP website.

 

Operation Red Nose Returns

The Lower Mainland RCMP and private police forces will be out in full force from now until through New Years Eve.

This is very welcome news. After a year without Operation Red Nose, the helpful program returns for this holiday season.

Langley Minor Hockey Association have announced they will pick up the slack and provide the service for White Rock/Langley & Surrey. The program goes into effect this weekend and runs right through to January 01, 2020.

If you feel your ability to operate a vehicle over the holidays has been impaired by anything, give them a call.

The number to call for a ride is 604-539-9082.

 

December 18, 2019

Movin' Out

The Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC restaurant on Johnston road is no more. Yesterday a moving crew arrived and cleaned the restaurant out.

Meanwhile just north in South Surrey POPEYE'S Louisiana Chicken now located in the old location of FATBURGER has them lined up out the door.

COMMENTS FROM FACEBOOK

Weston Carmody I was the manager in 1972 of KFC. Child labour huh? But I did get to meet the original Colonel! That was cool. We had a full sized cut out of the Colonel in the lobby. One day the door rang, I went out to find no one and no Colonel cut out! Some 2-3 hours later another door ding and no one in the store except a letter marked "manager". I opened it to find a polaroid picture of the Colonel gagged and bound in chains! And a ransom note for a bucket of chicken and 1/2 gallon of orange honeydew drink to be left out at the sign by 5 PM. I complied and soon up rolls a 57 Chevy three guys jump out drop the Colonel and pick up the loot! Thanks to Barry Kerfoot, Jim Goodie, and Ken Sully? Best prank ever! Only in a small town in the 70's! Now a prank like that would put you in jail ..sad!

Debbie Renner The day we moved to White Rock, Christmas 1974, we had Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner, so sad to see the end of this chain in our not so little town.

Mike Downey At least 60 years...

 

December 17, 2019

Surrey Council Approves Budget - Private Police Force

Emotions ran wild last evening at the Surrey council meeting. The hotly contested privatization of the police force from the RCMP was front and centre. Opponents of the plan were out in force and very vocal in the council chambers. At one point Mayor McCallum and his supporters on council McCallum ( Doug Elford, Laurie Guerra, Mandeep Nagra and Allison Patton) walked out of the council chambers. Once calm was somewhat restored McCallum and his supportive members of council voted to approve the 129 million dollar budget for the coming year.

Voting in opposition were councillors Pettigrew, Annis, Locke and Hundial.

 

White Rock Council

White Rock council last evening voted to begin discussions with the Semiahmoo First Nations on the renaming of the Marine Drive Park which now has officially been recognized as home to Grand Chief Bernard Chaarles Plaza.

In the past few months the Semiahmoo Nation has registered its displeasure with the park being named Totem Park, as the poles are not totem poles but house poles. Quietly without ceremony the city removed the Totem Park sign last week.

 

December 16, 2019

ALEX FRASER Zipper Truck


Rush hour commuters will get their first look this coming week at the new ZIPPER TRUCK which will change the traffic flow. A movable median has now been added to the bridge which with the help of the ZIPPER TRUCK will enable traffic officials to change the north and or southbound lanes from 3 lanes to 4 lanes depending on which way the traffic is moving.

December 12, 2019

New Surrey Top Cop

Surrey RCMP has announced Chief Superintendent BRIAN EDWARDS as the incoming Officer-In-Charge of Surrey RCMP. EDWARDS up until this announcement headed up IHIT.

EDWARDS makes his home in White Rock.

 

December 10, 2019

A Second Hospital Is Coming to Surrey

Following the purchase of the site for a new, state-of-the-art facility, the project is moving to the business-planning phase.

Surrey’s new hospital will be built in Cloverdale beside the Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus at 5500 180 St.

“This is a great day for people in Surrey as we are delivering a new hospital in the community,” said Premier John Horgan. “Surrey is a fast-growing community and people will be able to count on better health care close to home for generations to come with the approval of this project.”

The new Surrey hospital will have inpatient beds, an emergency department, operating rooms, laboratory and diagnostic services, and outpatient services.

“We are now all systems go for a second hospital in Surrey,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The Premier promised the City of Surrey a new hospital and today, we are delivering on that promise. This is a key commitment to help meet the health-care needs of Surrey’s rapidly growing community.”

The business-plan phase will now get underway and finalize details such as the project scope and budget for the new facility. Upon approval of the business plan, the project will proceed to procurement and then construction. Community participation will take place in the months ahead for people to engage in the planning process. 

Concept planning is an important part of the process for planning a new hospital. It’s an opportunity to make sure the new facility meets community needs and future demands. The plan outlines a high-level vision, providing a framework for projected health services and infrastructure.

This hospital is part of work underway to deliver comprehensive health services for people in Surrey, including a new urgent and primary care centre, a new mental health and substance use urgent care response centre, and a second MRI machine at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.

 

Arrests Made Following Elgin School Threat



Surrey RCMP Youth Unit has arrested two youths in relation to a threat made against Elgin Park Secondary School in mid-November.

On November 14, 2019, Elgin Park Secondary School received a threat by telephone which prompted a large deployment of emergency resources including Surrey RCMP, integrated police services, and Surrey Fire Services. The threat prompted the school to be put in ‘hold and secure’ temporarily, while police investigated.

Following an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit, two 15 year-old youths were arrested. In accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the youths will not be identified. One of the youths was released with a promise to appear in court at a later date, charged with Public Mischief. The second youth is actively participating in extra-judicial measures in lieu of charges.

“We respond seriously to threats, treating them as credible until we can prove otherwise. We also investigate and pursue those responsible for false threats just as vigorously,” said Sergeant David Fouche, Surrey RCMP Youth Unit. “Not only do these types of threats cause significant and unwarranted concern for families, they also divert emergency services away from where they may be needed elsewhere in the city.”

Anyone who has information about this incident that hasn’t already spoken to police is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

 

 

December 09, 2019

Help Design White Rock

There is never any shortage of ideas on how White Rock could be made better. Now is your chance to be heard.

Come to the Town Centre Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the White Rock Community Centre at 6 p.m.

Have your say on proposed policy changes to help shape growth and create great public spaces in the Town Centre.  

http://ow.ly/h3Ap50xsVqY

 

Surrey's dog licensing renewal is just around the corner.

Remember to renew online, by phone or at the Surrey Animal Resource Centre by January 31.

***Contest Alert***

Enter to win 1 of 3 dog license prizes (value of $46.50) by commenting with a photo of your dog in the Facebook posts related to the Surrey Dog License Photo Contest.

Contest runs from December 6 - 18. See full contest rules: http://ow.ly/ZjYr50jQYyk

You are also able to license your dog online with the city of White Rock

(click here)

 

December 06, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bus Drivers Sign Contract

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

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

 

December 04, 2019

BUDGET BACKLASH

Statement from Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald

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

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

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

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

DWAYNE MCDONALD

 

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

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

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

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

 

Ladies First

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

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

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

 

December 03, 3019

South Surrey Murder Suspect Arrested In California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 02, 2019

Buying local supports B.C. communities

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

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

Learn More:

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

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

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

 

One deceased, one injured following shots fired - Whalley

UPDATE

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

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

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



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

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

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

 

December 02, 2019

Ferry Service On The Fraser?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(read the full story)

 

December 01, 2019

 

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

Kerry - Lynne Findlay

 

November 30, 2019

Huge Drug Busts

Targeted enforcement leads to large seizure of cash and drugs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 28, 2019

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

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

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

(read the full story)

 

November 27, 2019

British Columbia Makes Indigenous Peoples History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Come In From Out In The Cold

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

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

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

November 23, 2019

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

November 22, 2019

One man injured in Guildford shooting



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

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

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

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

HIT called after two deceased located in Surrey residence

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 21, 2019

Cloverdale Train Collision with Pedestrian



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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE to Train Collision with Pedestrian

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

 

County awards $8.7 million for berm construction

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

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

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

 

November 20, 2019

Back To Ottawa

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

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

Kerry Lynne Findlay MP South Surrey - White Rock

 

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

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

Local stop - Port Coquitlam December 17.

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

 

November 19, 2019

White Rock Council Rewind

Last evening White Rock council;

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

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

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

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

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

 

White Rock's New Top Cop

SGT. Kale Paul (centre)

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

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

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

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

 

November 18, 2019

We're Not Playing Around

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

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

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

 

November 16, 2019

Missing person to locate – Micyla “Amber” HAVENGA

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 13, 2019

White Rock Takes A New Direction

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

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

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

 

 

Surrey Langley SkyTrain Engagement

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

Complete a Survey

This survey seeks your feedback on:

  • the proposed placement of the SkyTrain guideway along Fraser Highway

  • access to SkyTrain and integration with other modes of transportation

  • the Environmental Screening Review (ESR)

  • rapid transit on 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard

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

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

 

November 12, 2019

101st Anniversary

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

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

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

November 08, 2019

State of the City

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

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

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

 

Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

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

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

 

Warm Community Feeling

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

Christy Fox

 

Hells Angel Shooters Get New Trial Date

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

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

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

 

November 06, 2019

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR DOUG MCCALLUM

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

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

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

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

Doug McCallum
Mayor
City of Surrey

 

 

November 01, 2019

Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan Update Survey

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

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


October 29, 2019

Going Through Them Changes

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

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

Translink spokesperson Sarah Ross

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

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

 

October 25, 2019

The Road To Reconciliation

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

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

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

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

(click here to read the full legislation)

 

Love Where You Live - Bravo Surrey

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Semiahmoo Town Centre Plan Update Survey

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

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

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

(click here to have your say)

 

Interested In Solar Power?

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

October 23, 2019

Way To Go Dog Owners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE: NO DOGS ON PIER EVER.

October 22, 2019

Crescent Beach Blocked, Again

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

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

 

No Overnight Parking

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

October 20, 2019

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

 

City of White Rock Plants Over 250 New Trees

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

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

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

 

October 22, 2019

Conservatives oust Liberals from South Surrey-White Rock

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

24,044Kerry-Lynne Findlay - CON

21,319 Gordie Hogg - LIB6,558

6,558 Stephen Crozier - NDP4,361

4,361 Beverly Pixie Hobby - GRN

838 Joel Poulin - PPC

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

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

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

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

 

October 17, 2019

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

Members of City Council will be there.

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

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

 

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

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

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

(click here for more information)

 

October 16, 2019

Turn Your Lights On

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

 

Out For A Walk

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

 

October 15, 2019

Coming Soon To Blaine

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

October 13, 2019

Beach Happenings

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

Meanwhile over at Corry's Cove

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

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

 

Clayton Killing



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

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

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

All further media requests should be made to IHIT Communications.

 

October 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

 

October 10, 2019

Help identify break & enter suspect



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

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

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

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

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

 

October 09, 2019

“Mountie Cut-Outs” Deployment



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

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

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

October 08, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Talk Is Cheap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

October 07, 2019

Doggin' It In White Rock

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

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

 

October 02, 2019

National Seniors Day Flag Raising

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

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

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

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

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

(click here for more info on CARP)

 

Were You On the Fraser Highway Saturday at suppertime?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

October 01, 2019

DOG DAY

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

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

Have a great day - everyone.

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

(click here to listen to the interview)

 

September 30, 2019

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum


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

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

Doug McCallum
Mayor
City of Surrey

 

September 29, 2019

Supper-time Slaying

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

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

One person is dead and police are investigating

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

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

 

 

September 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

September 24, 2019

Credit Where "Social" Credit Is Due

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

September 22, 2019

Pier-fect

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

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

 

Have You Seen The Light?

Gary Dosa photo

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

 

September 12, 2019

Victim of fatal Langley shooting identified



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Memorial Park Was Alive With Animals

Christy Fox photo

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

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

Bill Hawke photo

 

September 12, 2019

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

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

HOLD ON:

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

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

 

WR Sea Tours New Boat - WOW!

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

 

September 09, 2019

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

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

September 05, 2019 

Smile You're On Radar Camera

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

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

 

Surrey Police transition pension issue resolved


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

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

....not so fast

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

 

September 03, 2019 

White Rock RCMP arrest drug trafficker


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

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

 

September 02, 2019

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

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

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

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

 

Team Canada Clinches 2020 Olympic berth In Tokyo

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

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

Congratulations ladies.

 

Stolen

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

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

 

 

 

August 30, 2019

Surrey RCMP investigate shots fired into vehicle in South Surrey 


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

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

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

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

 

Surprise Surprise Surprise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Highway 99 resurfacing to improve route for residents, travelers

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

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

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

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

Learn More:

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

 

White Rock RCMP

Have you seen this hat? 

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

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


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

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

 

August 28, 2019

COME ONE COME ALL

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

Friday October 04 @ The Star of the Sea auditorium.

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

 

August 27, 2019

It's Open

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

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

In the meantime and in between time come on down.

 

August 26, 2019

 

August 25, 2019

White Rock RCMP are seeking information

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

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

 

Surrey Shooting

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

Two men injured in shooting in Whalley

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

All applications should include a resume or cover letter. 

 

August 24, 2019

Waterfront Brightened Up

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

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

 

August 23, 2019

It's A Go For Surrey Municipal Police Force

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

White Rock RCMP Reaching Out

The White Rock RCMP are reaching out to the community to gauge where some of the traffic hot spots are in out city. Call them on their non-emergency phone#;s

778-593-3600

...or click on the TWITTER link below. 

Where are the problem traffic areas you would like enforced this week? 

Comment here with the issue/location and we will gladly come out! 

An example of reported hot spots:

Buena Vista & Finlay

Thanks for asking. Yes, Johnson road, from Thrift down to 5 Corners. Loud cars and motorcycles speeding in both directions, afternoons and evenings.

Marine Drive and 160 th no one goes 30 kmh

 

Are You Worried About Bus Service on the Semiahmoo Peninsula?

Shape the future of how we move. And live. TransLink has launched its largest public engagement in history. Take the survey at www.transport2050.ca #Transport2050

TransLink is leading the development of Transport 2050, a new Regional Transportation Strategy. The new strategy will help lay out future options for getting around in Metro Vancouver, guiding transportation decisions for decades to come.

 

 

 

August 21, 2019

On Friday August 16th at 3am Paul was killed in White Rock while going to get a pop at McDonalds, the cowards that killed him left him lying there begging for help, but the paramedics were too late and sadly Pauly passed away.
  We are fundraising for funeral costs to give Paul the funeral he deserves, everyone who knew Paul knew he'd give the shirt off his back to help any of his friends, please help with anything you can give to help us give Paul the celebration of life we all know he deserves.
Many of us have funny stories and many many nicknames from Paul and I look forward to sharing them with you all.

 

Update on the homicide investigation of Paul Prestbakmo



Background: On August 16, 2019 at approximately 3:23 a.m., police found 45-year-old Delphin Paul Prestbakmo with fatal stab wounds in the 1800-block of 152 Street of Surrey, B.C. The Integrated Police Dog Services deployed to the scene and tracked to a nearby house where one male was arrested. This male has since been released from police custody pending further investigation. IHIT detectives are continuing to actively gather the evidence for furtherance to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charge assessment.

After careful examination of the information collected so far, investigators believe that the suspects may have known Mr. Prestbakmo. However, investigators believe this was an unprovoked attack. The nature of the incident is still under investigation. 

IHIT has also learned of an incident that occurred that same night that resulted in the victim, a man in his sixties, sustaining extensive injuries. The victim was seen at 11:55 p.m. (Aug. 15) at the Coast Capital Savings in the 1700-block of 152 Street. This incident is being investigated by the White Rock RCMP and IHIT is working with their investigators to explore any possible linkages between the two cases. Anyone with information regarding this particular incident is asked to contact police immediately. 

The family of Mr. Prestbakmo is appealing for the public’s help for information that could help solve his murder. 

Letter from the family of Paul Prestbakmo

We should not have to be here today making this statement. I never thought I would have to stand here today and read this statement from our family, about the sudden death of our beloved brother, son, uncle, friend and spouse, Dephin Paul Prestbakmo. Pauly, as most knew him.

I am having difficulty finding the right words - if there are any, to express the heartache, emptiness and devastating sense of loss our family has experienced with the sudden death and loss of our brother Paul Our lives were forever shattered into pieces.

We have come forward here today to release this statement in the hopes that our community understands our brother Paul was a victim of a heinous murder and we need your help.

Paul was suddenly taken from us in the early hours of Friday morning, August 16, 2019 when he was attacked and murdered while walking near the Semiahmoo Mall in South Surrey and those responsible remain at large.

This tragedy has forever changed the lives of our family and friends for years to come. We will never again be able to hear his infectious rolling belly laugh, his contagious smile that would light up a room and his outrageous sense of humor and his love of life.

Over his short 45-year-life, he made many friends along the way. Helping out folks with mechanical car repairs or helping people move. He was a great-hearted person who would help anyone in need.

His sudden senseless death was devastating news for many friends and the local community. He will be sadly missed by many.

He was taken from our lives too soon. He was an innocent victim of a heinous criminal act and there are people in our community who have the information that can assist with this file.

I would like to end this statement with this one last thing: Our brother, Pauly had a lot of different sayings. One, in particular, sticks out for our family here today that I would like to share: When things were not going so good or working out, he would say "hey, let's make it right! - do the right thing."

So, on behalf of my family and our friends, we speak for our brother Pauly one last time: HEY, LET'S MAKE IT RIGHT AND DO THE RIGHT THING!

We do not wish any repeat of this act to happen to anyone else.

We implore those who have information, to please come forward and report any information to the RCMP. We are hoping that another family will not have to stand here, like we are today and go through what we are going through, requesting the same of our community.

My family and I are asking for your help. Please, if anyone has any relevant information, anything that can help us find those responsible and assist with closure of this case, please come forward. We would really appreciate it.

Please contact IHIT investigators or your local RCMP.

Thank you.

-Angela Prestbakmo (Paul’s sister)

“We know there are witnesses with important information about what happened to Paul who are reluctant to come forward,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “This is an active and ongoing investigation and we need every witness to come forward and speak with IHIT.” 

“White Rock RCMP is working closely with IHIT and Surrey RCMP to determine what led to the injuries sustained by the victim in White Rock. The safety of our community is our priority and there will be a focussed effort to determine if these two incidents are connected. Residents will be seeing more uniformed members in the area,” says White Rock RCMP spokesperson Chantal Sears. 

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

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

 

Missing

White Rock RCMP are appealing for help from the public in locating a 58-year-old woman who was last seen on Friday (Aug. 16) morning.

Const. Chantal Sears said Cynthia Neale was reported missing on Sunday.

She was last seen at her home, in the 1300-block of Vidal Street.

“It’s unusual for her to not have any contact,” Sears said.

Neale is described as Caucasian, 120lbs, with white hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a denim jacket and shorts of an unknown colour.

UPDATE

Cynthia Neale has been found safe and sound. Thankfully.

 

August 17, 2019

Semiahmoo Mall Stabbing Update

A man is dead and another has been arrested after a deadly stabbing in South Surrey Friday morning.

Mounties were called to the area near the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre around 3:00 a.m. When they arrived, they found the victim with stab wounds, who later died of his injuries.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the arrest was made thanks to the K-9 squad.

“They responded quickly to the incident and they were able to track and… arrest the male that we have in custody at the moment,” Sgt. Frank Jang with IHIT said.

While the Surrey RCMP had reported this appeared to be a targeted incident, IHIT says that has not yet been determined.

 

Victim Identified



The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the stabbing death of a 45-year-old Surrey man.

Surrey: On August 16, 2019 at approximately 3:23 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received calls about a man found bleeding in the 1700-block of 152 Street. Frontline officers arrived on scene to find 45-year-old Delphin Paul Prestbakmo unresponsive with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at scene. The Integrated Police Dog Services conducted a track to a nearby residence where one male was taken into custody. IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is currently working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

It is still early in the investigation and investigators are working to determine motive. 

“We are releasing the name of our murdered victim in an effort to determine his activities prior to his death. We need Delphin Prestbakmo’s closest friends and associates to come forward,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We also urge any witnesses who were in the area of the 1700-block of 152 Street to contact us.” 

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

 

Big Change In Valley Bus Service

Anyone that has ever used the bus service between White Rock and Langley, has recognized how many people use that service to get over to White Rock to jump a 351 bus to the Canada Line. September 03 there will be a new service between Langley and the Skytrain station in Whalley. 

Fraser Highway Express Schedule:

Every 8 to 9 minutes during weekday peak periods
Every 10 to 15 minutes outside of peak periods
Every 30 minutes during the night

Fraser Highway Express Stops:

Surrey Central SkyTrain
King George SkyTrain
140th Street
148th Street
152nd Street
156th Street
160th Street
164th Street
168th Street
184th Street
188th Street
192nd Street
Willowbrook Mall
201a Street
Langley Centre

 

August 16, 2019

Drug Lab seizure in South Surrey linked to Lower Mainland gang conflict

Local RCMP assisted the local gang task force in a raid yesterday just across the White Rock border in South Surrey. The home located in the 16300 block of 14A Avenue had been under surveillance for a period of time. When officers moved in yesterday they found a large cache of weapons and illegal drugs.

Two men were arrested but later released. A police spokesman issued a statement saying the operation was part of a larger gang operation in the Lower Mainland. In a rare move the RCMP went on to say the two individuals arrested were linked to a gang they know as THE BROTHERS KEEPERS.

 

 


Congratulations to the White Rock Youth Ambassadors who were given a plank on the pier tonight. 

The $1000 came from donations from people and businesses. The idea cam about from a conversation at this years Market at the Tour De White Rock.

Thank you so much
These girls and the ambassadors previous began fundraising $ right after the storm . To date they have raised over $32,000. Thank you girls for caring about our community. We are so proud of you

Christy Fox

(help restore our pier - purchase your own plank, be a part of history)

 

August 13, 2019

Is Langley a "Happy City?"

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

B.C. communities that made the list 

Delta 59

Surrey 140

Langley Township 201

White Rock 236

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

Langley (City) 366 

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

 

August 11, 2019

Sky Pilots

l-r Captain Sarah Dallaire / Majpr Michelle Curan

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

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

This weekend marks the 57th annual ABBOTSFORD AIRSHOW.

 

August 10, 2019

Waste Not - Want Not

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

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

 

August 09, 2019

Bear With Me

(click here to donate)

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

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

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

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

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

Cory Slavin

 

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

CARDBOARD / ELECTRONICS

BATTERIES / STYROFOAM

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

 

Going Green

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

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

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

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

 

August 06. 2019

Alex Fraser Late Night Lane Closures

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

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

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

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

August 05, 2019

Beach Goer Hit By Train

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

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

 

That's A Wrap

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

Thank you, and see you next year.

 

August 04, 2019

Charges Laid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 09, 2019

We're #2 We're #2

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

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

Thank you one and all.

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

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

Grady Flinn owner of FLINNWEST / Laura Cornale

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

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

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

 

May 15, 2019

Unhappy Anniversary

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

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

Follow the bouncing ball;

 

 

May 20, 2016

RCMP Investigating Arsons

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

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

 

#1. 

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

 

#2

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

 

#3

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

 

#4. 

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

 

#5

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

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

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

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

 

 

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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