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November 24, 2022

Youth arrested in Surrey stabbing

 

(Photo of Mehakpreet Sethi)

A 17-year old man was arrested after a stabbing outside a Surrey High School.

Background: On November 22, 2022, at approximately 12:08 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing outside of Tamanawis Secondary School, located in the 12600-block of 66 Avenue, Surrey. Officers arrived within minutes and located an 18-year old man suffering life-threatening injuries. Despite the best efforts of responding officers, the victim sadly succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. As a result of the quick action of the Surrey RCMP, a 17-year old who was identified as a suspect by witnesses, was located and taken into custody. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and continue to work closely in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, the RCMP Forensic Identification Service and the BC Coroners Service.

Investigators are identifying the victim, 18-year old Mehakpreet Sethi of Surrey, in an effort to advance their investigation.

At this time, it is believed that the suspect and the victim were known to each other and that this was an isolated incident, not believed to be associated to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

“We know there were many students in the area around the time this tragedy took place,” says Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. “If you or one of your loved ones has information that could help shed light on why this young man was killed, please contact IHIT immediately.”

IHIT is asking that any witnesses or anyone with any information regarding the homicide, to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  

 

Each year, Potters Nursery transforms itself into Western Canada’s largest Christmas store, boasting more than 28,000 square feet devoted to all things yuletide. Starting every September, The Christmas Store at Potters is the destination to find tens of thousands of holiday-related items.

The buyers at Potters shop the world for The Christmas Store, including décor that’s tasteful yet unusual, as well as decorations you simply won’t find elsewhere. Their extensive line of ornaments (more than 50,000!) make for great personalized gifts and come in a wide variety of themes, including pets, travel, food, “Baby’s First Christmas,” and much more.

This is a holiday experience to rival any in the region, bringing the season to life through a multitude of remarkable displays that are full of intricate detail.

In addition to offering thousands of options, ornaments and decor to deck your halls, just walking into the front entrance of Potters will bring out pure joy.

The theme for the entry is “Merry & Bright”, with the traditional reds and whites.

The store will be open daily through December 24.

(click here for their website)

 

November 21, 2022

Inaugural White Rock Council Meeting

- Question Period. A resident of South Surrey questioned why the eternal flame was not lit for the Remembrance day ceremony on November 11. Staff later informed staff it is in fact not an eternal flame and is normally only lit on Remembrance day. This year there was a problem getting the flame lit. Staff is looking into the matter.

- council adopted a new sign by-law that will go in effect when the 2026 civic election is held. It identifies where and where not campaign signs may be erected in the city.

- Fire Chief Ed Wolfe and council presented the following fire and rescue members with their 20 year anniversary medallion.

Fire has six (6) active members and two (2) retired members that are due to receive Exemplary Service Medals for completing 20 years of service.

Active members:

Deputy Chief Ken Molland
Captain James Davison
Firefighter / Acting Captain Scott Booth Firefighter / Acting Captain Richard Mann Firefighter / Acting Captain Bira Bindra Firefighter / Acting Captain Mike Bancroft

Retired members:

Captain Mike Stark
Auxiliary Firefighter Ian Pitheer

(click here to read the entire agenda)

 

 

The City will continue to explore its options in relation to Mr. McCallum’s legal issues and I am expecting an update in the next few weeks. I will also be asking for a review of the Indemnification By Law so it can be improved to ensure this won’t happen again. This matter will be brought to Council for consideration at a future date.

 "The City will continue to explore its options in relation to Mr. McCallum’s legal issues and I am expecting an update in the next few weeks."

Mayor Brenda Locke / Mayor City of Surrey

Mayor Locke will not be commenting further.

 

 

November 19, 2022

Help identify suspect in racist graffiti

 

Surrey RCMP is releasing a video of a suspect involved in anti-Asian graffiti in South Surrey and requesting the public’s assistance with identifying him.

On November 13, 2022, Surrey RCMP received a report of graffiti on a residential fence in a footpath at 142 Street and 18A Avenue. Through investigation, it was determined that the incident took place on November 12, 2022 at 7:55 p.m.

Frontline officers located similar graffiti on a nearby elementary school while in the area investigating. As well in September 2022, there was a similar incident of graffiti where the same fence and school were vandalized.

Police are sharing a video of the suspect from the November 12 incident that was captured prior to the camera being spray-painted and are asking for the public’s help with identifying him. The male is wearing a baseball cap with what appears to be a logo on the left side of the brim. 

 

November 17, 2022

Buena Vista Lodge to Close Permanently

The BUENA VISTA LODGE located at the intersection of Foster Street and Buena Vista Avenue will be closing due to the rising cost of maintaining the facility. The lodge has been home to 12 residents who suffer from varying degrees of mental illnesses. BUENA VISTA is the fourth facility of its kind that has closed in the past four years, putting a tremendous strain on the ability to find homes for 48 other residents. That number could double by next spring. Hazelmere Lodge in Surrey, another privately operated assisted living facility for mental health with space for 33 residents, is slated to close alongside Buena Vista. 

BUENA VISTA LODGE is a private facility heavily funded by FRASER HEALTH.

 

Overnight Fatality in South Surrey

One person died following a two car collision last evening on the King George Highway in South Surrey. Road conditions were very foggy at the time of the accident. King George Highway was closed after 7 p.m. last night as officials investigated the cause of the accident.

Investigators are requesting anyone that was in the area at the time of the accident adjacent to the Serpentine Fen are of the highway. You may have dash cam footage before the time of the accident. If you think you may have any info please contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2022-175144. 

  

Local Artist Subject of Book

Semiahmoo Peninsula resident ROBERT DAVIDSON is regarded as the preeminent Haida carver in British Columbia. DAVIDSON creates world renown carvings and paintings from his art studio located on the Semiahmoo First Nations land.

Book Description

Since leaving Haida Gwaii to study art in Vancouver—where he carved argillite with Bill Reid in a department store and hand-sold prints on the UBC campus—Guud sans glans, Robert Davidson has moved between two worlds. As a host of Potlaches, carver of masks and totem poles, and performer and teacher of traditional Haida songs and dances, he has been one of the driving forces in the resurgence of Haida culture in the aftermath of colonization. As an artist working in serigraphs, acrylic, wood, silver, and aluminum to preserve and breathe new life into Haida formline, he has become among the most respected, celebrated, and thrilling artists in the country, if not the world. 

Echoes of the Supernatural is the first publication in over forty years to offer a comprehensive visual retrospective of his astonishing career. It includes new photography of over 150 prints, as well as images of over fifty paintings; numerous painted woven hats, painted and carved sculptures, jewelery, aluminum sculpture; and dozens of archival photos. His long-time gallerist Gary Wyatt, who worked closely with Davidson in shaping the book and received full access to his archives, details the artist’s life and career, and offers insights on the work based on extensive new interviews. A foreword by Karen Duffek situates the contours of Davidson’s practice within the broader Northwest Coast art world.


 

November 15, 2022

Surrey Council Votes To Halt Police Transition 

The newly elected council in Surrey will mete last evening to discuss and vote on whether or not to stop all funding for a private police force in Surrey. Newly elected mayor BRENDA LOCKE and council will review a staff report on the switch over from the RCMP to a police force.

Mayor LOCKE'S majority of council seats voted to suspend any future spending on the switchover until the Province of British Columbia renders their decision on whether the switch back to the RCMP can proceed.

The vote followed council receiving an eight-page report compiled by three city general managers asking Mayor Brenda Locke and eight councillors to endorse one of two options: either go forward with the plan to realize the SPS or stick with the RCMP.

They choose the latter in a five-to-four vote. mayor BRENDA LOCKE released the following press release at the conclusion of the council meeting

“It is time to get beyond the back and forth of policing in Surrey and bring transparency to the process,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “Tonight’s vote not only affirms my promise to restore Surrey RCMP as Police of Jurisdiction, but it will finally reveal the costs of the transition, which will be made available to the public. Staff will now be working diligently on a report as requested by the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for final approval. As I have said, the plan will be people-centric, which means no SPS officer or civilian staff will be left behind. Regardless of badge, we all share the common goal of keeping Surrey and its citizens safe.” 

The plan to re-establish Surrey RCMP will address a number of key elements, including the following. 

·           Outline a plan for staffing Surrey RCMP to a full compliment of 734 officers.

·           Outline a process to fulfill City HR obligations to impacted civilian staff and any support required for the Board to manage human resources implications for Board employees.

·           Prepare planning for future increases for Surrey RCMP members to keep pace with population growth and increased calls for service.

·           Prepare a plan to re-purpose or otherwise dispose of equipment (vehicles, IT, use of force equipment etc.) and other assets purchased to date. 

On behalf of Council, staff will be issuing a letter to the Surrey Police Board to pause all new hiring and expenditures pending further Council direction.

 

In Opposition

Surrey FIRST councillor LINDA ANNIS

Prior to yesterday's controversial vote on halting the police transition in Surrey from the RCMP to a private police force, second term city councillor LINDA ANNIS released this message to the media.

SURREY RESIDENTS NEED TO DECIDE WHO POLICES THEIR CITY

Police transition is a costly and divisive political football, only a referendum can solve it: Councillor Linda Annis 

Surrey, B.C. (November 14, 2022): Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis is calling for a referendum that gives Surrey residents the opportunity to decide who will police their city. Annis has also written to Minister Mike Frnworth today, encouraging him to call on the City of Surrey to hold a referendum on the police transition issue. 

“This issue has become too divisive, too costly, and too much like a political football,” said Annis. “It’s time to put an end to all of this by giving Surrey voters their say, allowing them to make the final decision about who polices our community. Doug McCallum never gave Surrey residents their say, and unfortunately, Mayor Brenda Locke seems to be headed down the same path, trying to stop the transition without including the people of Surrey. The fact is 72 per cent of the people who voted in the municipal election did not vote for Brenda Locke, so any suggestion that there is some sort of overwhelming mandate is ridiculous. Only a referendum that gives the people of Surrey their say will give the final decision on policing any legitimacy.” 

Annis, who campaigned on a referendum, said voters need all the facts and the chance to make that final decision. 

“This decision is so big, so costly, and so divisive that it will take a vote of our citizens to bring it to a legitimate conclusion,” added Annis. “The nine of us elected to council on October 15 should not be making this final decision. We need to give Surrey voters their say, something that has been missing for four years under Doug McCallum. Mayor Locke should do the right thing and let the people of our city have their say, otherwise what’s the difference between her way and Doug McCallum’s way of doing things? If we are an open and transparent city council, we should start by giving our voters their say on who polices our city.”

 

November 12, 2022

We Will Never Forget

IT was the 91st official Remembrance Day celebration across this great nation we call home. Following suspended official celebrations due to COVID restrictions, a large crowd was on hand yesterday in White Rock at the cenotaph.

Staff Sergent KALE PAULS (front left) leads Remembrance day Parade with members of the White Rock detachment

 

November 10, 2022

South Surrey Fire Sends 2 To Hospital

Two people were rushed to a local hospital yesterday morning after fire broke out just before noon in their house. The was located on the White Rock/Surrey area of the 1600 block of Stayte road (160th street)/

A total of four trucks manned by 16 firefighters quickly brought the fire under control

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

How the City of White Rock Prepares for Snow & Ice Mitigation

The City of White Rock regularly monitors two major weather forecaster providers in order to have enough time to prepare our trucks and crews ahead of any storm.

We dispatch equipment as needed and apply a pre-salt to road surfaces.

To make the most of the available resources, our priority locations for snow and ice removal are:

  • Bus routes

  • Emergency access routes (including Peace Arch Hospital)

  • Major roads

 

Mark Your Calendars

It’s time to get out the calendar and start planning camping trips in more provincial parks next year.

At 7 a.m. (Pacific time) on Jan. 3, 2023, many of BC Parks’ campsites will open for reservations. People can book a site four months ahead of their desired arrival date instead of the previous two-month booking window. A list of campground operating and reservable dates can be found at: https://bcparks.ca/operating-dates/

 

November 09, 2022

White Rock readies daytime warming centre for (November 09) opening

White Rock’s daytime warming centre will re-open its doors on November 9 to operate during extreme cold weather periods through March 2023. Located in a modular building in the Centennial Park parking lot, the centre will provide emergency daytime refuge for people experiencing homelessness and will connect them to essential services such as health, personal care, and mental health resources.

The re-opening of the centre follows successful outcomes from the City of White Rock’s pilot warming centre project undertaken from February - March 2022. Key outcomes included a total of 622 visits over 34 days (an average of 18 individuals/day), providing over 1,700 meals, connecting six (6) people to permanent/transitional housing, and connecting centre guests with external health and social services including 32 counseling sessions.

The centre will be operated by trained staff from Engaged Community of Canada Society (ECCS), a local not-for-profit society whose mandate is addressing systemic gaps affecting undeserved communities related to complex health, social, and economic challenges. ECCS also operated the centre during last winter’s pilot project.

“Ensuring safe refuge for everyone in our community during extreme weather events is a critical emergency service,” said White Rock Mayor, Megan Knight. “Operating this centre provides our most vulnerable community members with a warm place to keep safe during sub-zero days, with the added benefit of connecting them to essential health care and help they need.”

The centre can accommodate up to 30 people and will operate in conjunction with the emergency overnight shelter at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on days when temperatures are expected to be zero degrees or colder. 

The City of White Rock has received a $320,000 grant from the Union of BC Municipalities’ Strengthening Communities’ Services program to operate the warming centre during winter 2022-2023. Additional funding needs are being shared in partnership with the City of Surrey.


More information can be found in the related September 10, 2022 City of White Rock corporate report “Daytime Warming Shelter Single Sourcing Request to Award Fall/Winter2022-23 Contract for Services”.

 

Monday November 07, 2022

Inaugural Council Meetings

Mayor Brenda Locke releases her top priorities upon taking office

Judge Chettiar swears in Mayor Brenda Locke

The new Surrey City Council was sworn in during an Inauguration Ceremony tonight at City Hall. Mayor Brenda Locke is outlining her top priorities as she begins her 4-year term. Mayor Locke’s vision and commitment to residents is to ensure transparency, restore public engagement, and maintain Surrey RCMP as the police of jurisdiction.

“Surrey deserves a Council that values public input, delivers on promises and above all else, is ethical and transparent,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “Restoring integrity and public engagement will be the focus of my work every step of the way. My immediate priorities are maintaining Surrey RCMP as the police of jurisdiction, ensuring extensive public input on the city’s budget, strengthening the independence of the Ethics Commissioner and creating a stronger role for youth in our city. All voices will be heard and I look forward to working with all the residents of Surrey.”

  1. Maintaining Surrey RCMP as the police of jurisdiction

Work has already begun to maintain Surrey RCMP as the police of jurisdiction for the City, including producing a report outlining the plan. When complete, this plan will be released publicly for all to see.

  1. Public Consultation on the City Budget

Seeking community input on the City of Surrey’s Financial Plan will be a top focus and priority. Opportunities will be made available for residents to provide input and feedback in each of the City’s town centres. 

  1. Strengthening the Office of the Ethics Commissioner

The City of Surrey Ethics Commissioner will be strengthened to ensure independence and transparency.

 

White Rock Ceremony

A large crowd filled the White Rock Community Centre to witness the official swearing in ceremony of the recently elected White Rock council.

Mayor elect MEGAN KNIGHT acknowledged former White Rock mayors JUDY FORSTER/CATHERINE FERGUSON and DARRYL WALKER were joining in the ceremony as were former councillors ANTHONY MANNING, SCOTT KRISTJANSON and DAVID WEBBE were on hand for the ceremony.

 

MCCALLUM Back In Court Today

Outgoing Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM and his defense team are back in Surrey court today to answer to the public mischief charge rising out of a public encounter MCCALLUM had with a well known adversary (Debi Johnstone) of the mayor during an exchange at the SAVE ON @ SOUTHPOINT.

He has accused Debi Johnstone of running over his foot as she was collecting signatures against the city’s transition to a municipal police force.

In the Surrey Provincial Court, special prosecutor Richard Fowler outlined the Crown’s case against McCallum, saying the bulk of the evidence will be CCTV footage from various locations.

In the Information To Obtain (ITO) documents, which were the basis for police to get search warrants, investigators stated, in part, that the mayor “provided a version of events that has been partially disproved based on the statement provided (by the driver) … and the video surveillance obtained from the Save-On-Foods.”

McCallum’s five-day trial is set to begin Oct. 31.

His legal bills continue to be paid by Surrey taxpayers

 

 

Tuesday November 01, 2022

The Difference is Night & Day

Once again this year the owner of this lovely little house in East Beach in the 15,000 block of Victoria Avenue spent hours turning her home into a haunted house. In addition to going to the trouble to creating this masterpiece every Halloween, Be sure to watch for her Christmas display which will be up in 6 weeks or so.

 

Nov 6, 2022 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Sunday, November 6, 2022, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 6, 2022 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

called Fall Back and Winter Time.


Monday October 31, 2022

McCallum Gets His Day In Court

.......and Quite Possibly The Bill

Outgoing Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM will appear in a Surrey court today to answer to public mischief trial, Surrey mayor-elect Brenda Locke said her predecessor is now on the hook to pay the high-priced lawyer he’s hired to defend himself in court.

McCallum’s legal bills have been covered by the city since he was charged in connection with an incident at a Save-On Foods parking lot last September. The then-mayor told police and the media that a woman ran over his foot with her car. The subsequent investigation resulted in McCallum being charged with public mischief, an offence that involves misleading or lying to authorities

John Alexander, a lawyer who specializes in municipal litigation, agrees it’s difficult to see how a trip to the grocery store qualifies as official business. He says whether the city can recoup any of the money it’s already paid for McCallum’s legal bills may come down to what happens at the trial, which begins on Monday.

 

Three White Rock Youths Hospitalized

 

VPD report a call came in around 1:30 a.m. (Saturday night/Sunday Morning) and was for a triple stabbing near a bar around Oak Street and Broadway, according to a media release.

The stabbings, authorities say, followed a "confrontation between two groups" and the victims were men in their 20s from White Rock who were in the city celebrating a birthday. All three were taken to the hospital and two remain there with serious injuries.

Two of the victims were taken to the hospital for treatment and no suspects have been identified or arrested.

"At this stage in the investigations, we believe these stabbings occurred in two separate and unrelated incidents,” said Sgt. Steve Addison. "We believe these crimes were targeted, and resulted from prior confrontations between the victims and the suspects.”

 

Saturday October 29, 2022

Free weekday waterfront parking (Tuesday) Nov. 1

Free weekday parking returns to the White Rock Waterfront, from Monday to Friday, November 1 to January 31. 

Winter parking rates of $2.25 per hour will apply on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in all waterfront lots, parkades and on-street pay parking stalls. A daily rate of $8.00 is available at the West Beach Parkade, located at 14935 Victoria Ave.

For more information on parking in White Rock, visit whiterockcity.ca/

 

Friday October 28, 2022

Peace Arch Park Reopens

The popular tourist destination of Peace Arch Park at the Peace Arch border crossing has now reopened. Initially when the pandemic hit the park was being utilized for Canadian and Americans to visit each other when the border was closed.

Eventually the massive crowds and parking problems in the area cause the Semiahmoo Nation to appeal to the government to close the park. The band feared the increased traffic on to the band's land put the band members in danger of coming into contact with COVID.

When the government complied with the request the visitations simply moved across the border crossing to the American side. This caused a massive policing bill for Surrey as the RCMP maintained a vigil along 0 avenue to monitor the comings and goings of visitors to the park.

Entrance to Semiahmoo First nations land on Beach Road

 

Friday October 21, 2022

High Potency Fentanyl Alert

 

Surrey RCMP is warning the public of a batch of high potency Fentanyl circulating and reminding people using street drugs to take appropriate precautions. 

It has come to the attention of Surrey RCMP that there is high potency Fentanyl circulating in the North Surrey area, which increases the risk of overdose.  Street doses of Fentanyl can come in various different forms including a variety of colours and textures or pressed into a pill form that can resemble legitimate prescription drugs. The potency of Fentanyl can vary significantly, even if you have bought it from the same dealer and it looks the same, it may not be. 

In light of the potent Fentanyl circulating, Surrey RCMP is reminding people who use drugs never use alone, to carry Narcan and to use Safepoint located at 2-10681 135A Street. 

If you see someone, who you think may be overdosing, call 911. There is a Good Samaritan Law in place to protect drug users from prosecution for simple drug possession charges.

Fraser Health offers harm reduction services including Drug Checking. Some additional resources can be found on the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions stop over dose site as well as through the provincial harm reduction program Toward the Heart.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you can contact the B.C. Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service Line at 1-800-663-1441 to find services available to you.

 

Thursday October 20, 2022

Mary's Garden End OF An Era

We are nearing the end of another fantastic season here at Mary’s Garden and want to say a huge thank you to all of our loyal customers who have shopped at and supported our farm over the past 56 amazing years in business.

The Nootebos family have decided that it’s time for a change and this will be our last season running Mary’s Garden.

We know this will come as a surprise but as many of you know Mike, along with his fiancé Kara, are now solely responsible for the 20 acres we seed and farm for our market and after 27 years Mike is ready for a new chapter. We know many customers will be sad or disappointed. It’s hard for us to let this go but sincerely hope you wish us well.

Our final day of the season will be Saturday October 29 (unless everything is gone sooner). Please come by the farm and help us make sure all of this fresh produce and all of the grocery in the store go to good homes before we close! Everything must go as we do not want anything remaining!!! We have sales on now, earlier than normal, so don’t wait to come down!

Mary’s Garden will continue under new ownership in 2023. Many staff plan to return in some capacity and the new owners are super nice, knowledgeable in the farming industry and they are familiar with our community. We hope you will continue to support and shop local and give some grace to them as they step into this new role.

Again, thank you so much for everything over the past 56 years! We couldn’t have done this without your support!!

 

The Return of the Snow Geese

The Lesser Snow Geese visiting the Sanctuary are part of the Pacific Flyway nesting population from Wrangel Island, Russia. Lesser Snow Geese generally mate for life, and the three or four young raised each year migrate with their parents. During the summer, when adult geese and the new young birds are all flightless, scientists from Canada, the United States and Russia all work together to capture some of these birds and mark them so that their migratory paths can be better understood. Visitors can help the ongoing international research projects by reporting any marked birds, as over 2,000 birds have been individually marked with coloured neck collars or tracked after the installation of radio-transmittors as part of migration and population studies.

Our Snow Geese started arriving in Delta/Ladner in early October and are referred to as the "Fraser-Skagit" flock or subpopulation, as they move back and forth between the estuaries of the Fraser and Skagit Rivers. Arriving from the north, most flocks feed intensively in the Fraser estuary, but some go directly to the Skagit. The Skagit River estuary is just south of the Canada/United States border in the State of Washington, and it provides the birds with flat farmland and coastal marshes similar to those of the Fraser River estuary. From late December to February nearly all of the birds have moved to the Skagit estuary, then return to the Fraser estuary in spring, departing in April for Wrangel Island. Nesting pairs are on their nests and incubating eggs most of June, and the resulting young are ready to fly by late August.

The snow geese provide spectacular wildlife viewing for our visitors. They travel together in very large dense flocks and are restless and constantly moving when Bald Eagles, people and dogs are nearby. Within the flocks, visitors can often identify family groups. The young born that year are fully grown before they migrate to this area, but their first set of adult feathers is grey, not white. Small groups containing two white birds and several darker birds are likely family groups. The snow geese regularly sleep on the water in large dense flocks, sometimes out in the marshes of the estuary, and sometimes in the quiet river channels around the Sanctuary. 

Visit our Resources page for a poster about this species.

 

 

 

Monday October 17, 2022

Saturday's Election Results

Mayor

Megan Knight

Councillors

REVELYAN, Christopher
10.50%
2774 10.50%
KLASSEN, Ernie
10.16%
2685 10.16%
CHESNEY, David 
8.51%
2247 8.51%
CHEUNG, Elaine
7.97%
2106 7.97%
LAWRENCE, Bill
7.87%
2080 7.87%
PARTRIDGE, Michele
7.85%
2073 7.85%

 

Mayor

BRENDA LOCKE / Surrey Connect

Council

ANNIS, Linda
4.32%
SURREY FIRST 35222 4.32%
BAINS, Harry
4.13%
SURREY CONNECT 33708 4.13%
BOSE, Mike
3.77%
SURREY FIRST 30763 3.77%
HEPNER, Gordon Gregory
3.38%
SURREY CONNECT 27586 3.38%
STUTT, Rob
3.15%
SURREY CONNECT 25699 3.15%
KOONER, Pardeep Kaur
3.08%
SURREY CONNECT 25118 3.08%
ELFORD, Doug
3.02%
SAFE SURREY COALITION 24658 3.02%
NAGRA, Mandeep
2.99%
SAFE SURREY COALITION 24406 2.99%

 

 

 

October 16, 2022

Air 1 assists Frontline officers in South Surrey Chase & Arrest

 

Surrey RCMP Frontline officers with the assistance of Air 1 took a suspect into custody, recovered a stolen motorcycle and seized illicit drugs.

On October 6, 2022, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers observed a motorcycle with no license plate run a red light and travel onto highway 99 northbound from the 16 Avenue on-ramp. Air 1, the police helicopter, was in the area and quickly located the motorcycle, safely following it from the sky.

The driver came to a stop, got off the bike, and fled on foot near 62 Avenue and 136 Street. Police converged in the area and located the 38- year-old suspect who was taken into police custody without incident. The driver had an outstanding warrant for beach of probation from another jurisdiction and remains in custody awaiting his next court appearance.

Police located just under 600 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl in a satchel believed to have been discarded by the suspect while he fled from police. Through additional investigative steps, it was determined that the motorcycle was stolen on September 20, 2020 while being test driven by a potential buyer.

 

Where To Get The Election Results for White Rock

 

The results will be posted on the City Website (click here) as they come into White Rock City Hall. 

City Hall will also be open where the public can sit in the Council Chamber and the results will be shown as they are posted on the website.

Global news has direct contact with our Communications Officer as they are informing of all results through BC that evening. 

In addition CivicInfo BC is a website they will also be posted to:  CivicInfo BC | Home

Thursday October 13, 2022

White Rock RCMP

Pedestrian reflectors are in stock!

Get yours from our volunteers who are out and about the city of White Rock or from our detachment!

 

Wednesday October 12, 2022

Police seek information after shooting victim drives himself to hospital

 

Were you driving along Scott Road on Sunday around dinner time?

Surrey RCMP is seeking information on a shooting that occurred on Sunday and requesting anyone with dash camera footage from the area to contact police.

On October 9, 2022, at approximately 6:13 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report that a man with a gunshot wound had attended a hospital in another jurisdiction.  The man was allegedly shot while in his vehicle waiting at a red light in the area of Scott Road and 110 Avenue in Surrey.  The man sustained an injury to his hand, allegedly drove himself to an area hospital, and has since been released. 

Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit has conduct of the investigation and initial indications are that it was a targeted incident. Although the motive of the shooting remains under investigation, the victim is known to police and has gang affiliations.

At the time of the shooting the victim was driving a 2016 White Honda Civic and traveling northbound on Scott Road. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark sedan.

“This shooting allegedly occurred on a busy roadway during the day and yet we did not receive any police reports,” says, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Corporal Vanessa Munn. “Investigators are asking for anyone who was travelling along Scott Road near 110 Avenue on Sunday between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. who has dash camera footage to contact police.”

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

 

Students at Semiahmoo Secondary recently created a video in conjunction with the Semiahmoo First nation regarding a number of matters both parties felt needed to be reconciled to move forward with Truth & Reconciliation.

Semiahmoo Secondary - WE SALUTE YOU!

 

 

Tuesday October 11. 2022

Pickleballers To The Rescue

The new White Rock pickleball courts at Centennial Park were packed on Saturday afternoon when there was a problem on the adjoining tennis courts. One of the tennis players suffered a stroke while playing. A quick thinking pickleball player ran over to Centennial arena and grabbed the defibrillator and rushed back to the courts.

The attending ambulance crew commended the pickleball group for probably saving the man's life. The gentleman was taken to hospital for observation and released later in the day.

Now who says tennis players and pickleball players can't get along. BRAVO to all involved.

 

Saturday October 08, 2022

Add some greenery to your yard and purchase a tree from the last $20 Tree Sale of the year!

New trees planted on your property help the environment, provide shade, can increase your property value, and make your neighbourhood more livable. Each tree planted contributes to growing the urban forest and increases tree canopy coverage across the City.

Available trees include:

- Apple

- Maple

- Magnolia

- Parrotia

- And more!

Purchase a tree online until October 12 (while supplies last). Buy now at surrey.ca/treesale

 

One arrested, two to help ID in September Strawberry Hill incident 

 

Surrey RCMP is updating the public that one man has been arrested in relation to a September incident in the Strawberry Hill business complex. Police are requesting the public’s assistance to help identify two additional suspects.  

On September 11, 2022, a Surrey RCMP officer was surrounded by a group of males in the parking lot of the Strawberry Hill business complex, after he served a violation ticket to one of the individuals. (Initial media release 2022-09-12).

Earlier this week on October 4, 2022, a 22 year-old man was arrested for intimidation of the justice system participant and obstruction of a peace officer. He was released on an Undertaking with a future court date and conditions, which includes not going to the Strawberry Hill Complex.

Police are seeking public assistance with identifying two additional suspects who were allegedly involved in the same incident (photos attached).

Both suspects are described as South Asian men, in their mid to late 20’s.

·         The first suspect is described as having a full beard and at the time of the incident, he was wearing a blue turban, and a light colored shirt with stripes.

·         The second is described as having short black hair and a short groomed black beard. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black t-shirt with a large white “Puma” symbol.

“We encourage these two individuals to come forward and speak to investigators,” says Staff Sergeant Jag Saran, Surrey RCMP South Community Response Unit Commander. “Our teams will continue with ongoing enforcement in this area, in response to numerous community concerns including fights, large gatherings and vehicle stunting.”

Anyone with information about these two suspects is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

Tuesday October 04, 2022

Surrey Councillor Linda Annis Boycotts Final Council Meeting

 

Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis said she would boycott last evening's (Monday) final council meeting of the term, as Doug McCallum pushes 45 land use applications through city council.

“We are just 12 days away from the election and I cannot sit in my seat at council and watch this sham,” said Annis. “By being there tonight, I would be lending legitimacy to what is an absolute slap in the face to the people of Surrey. Over the past four years, Doug McCallum has sidelined and ignored the people of this city. Tonight is just one more reminder of how little he thinks of the people of this city, and the ethics that come with elected office. I’d complain to the Ethics Commissioner, but he even shut that down.”

Annis said a normal council night might see 10 or 15 applications, but McCallum is pushing these 45 applications through as the term wraps up.

Annis said the sheer number of land use applications, and the rush to move them forward, begs all sorts of questions, including who will benefit from this priority treatment right before an election.

“While Doug McCallum and his four councillors have the votes to push ahead, I am boycotting tonight’s meeting to demonstrate to the people of Surrey just how rigged this process is,” said Annis. “I cannot support this approach, and I won’t sit in a council meeting and give it any kind of credibility or legitimacy.

ANNIS said " I hope that the new city council will be fair, open, and transparent with its citizens, as well as every developer, and not just the few who think they have a friend in the mayor’s office.”

UPDATE October 05, 2022P

PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO FOUR YEARS OF MCCALLUM DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS NEEDED

Approving more than 50 development applications at final council meeting is the last straw:

Gordie Hogg, Surrey First candidate for mayor, says if voters elect a Surrey First council on October 15, he will launch a public inquiry into Doug McCallum’s four-year approach to approving development applications in the city.

“Monday night’s stampede to approve more than 50 land use applications showed that Doug McCallum does not care what the public thinks when it comes to developing Surrey,” said Hogg. “At the same time, there was a complete disregard for any sort of fair or ethical process around approving development applications. Last night was the last straw and it’s time to shine a light on the last four years.

 

Surrey Libraries Offers Read to Baby Kits for Parents of Newborns in Surrey

Throughout October, Surrey parents who have welcomed a baby to their families this year are invited to come to any Surrey Libraries branch, sign up their baby (or themselves and other family members) for a library card, and to pick up a Read to Baby kit. Inside each kit is a keepsake baby book and information on free literacy programs and services available at Surrey Libraries.

Read to Baby kits introduce families to the importance of early and frequent reading with baby. When babies are engaged in fun, daily literacy activities, they build critical speech and language skills that help prepare them for kindergarten and for lifelong learning.

The Read to Baby kits are made possible by the generous support of Surrey Libraries donors. One kit per family, while supplies last. For Surrey residents only.

 

Monday October 03, 2022

KTRIS Supporter Subject to Death Threat


KEEP THE RCMP IN SURREY CAMPAIGN (KTRIS) would like to advise that during the night of October 01, 2022, one of our supporter’s homes was subject to a graffiti-type, paint sprayed death threat, which the Surrey RCMP are treating as credible and are actively investigating. At this stage it is not clear who the perpetrators are, but KTRIS believes that due to the fact that KTRIS recently endorsed the Surrey Connect slate of Brenda Locke for the upcoming municipal election, that this was definitely targeted against us by one of the competing slate’s supporters. KTRIS will be monitoring the situation very closely and will not be intimidated at all into reviewing our stance regarding the RCMP and our endorsement of Surrey Connect.

NO SURRENDER

Ivan Michael Scott

KEEP THE RCMP IN SURREY CAMPAIGN

604-531-7028

 

Tuesday October 04, 2022

White Rock Council Rewind

Last evening (Monday) White Rock Council

convened for their final council meeting of this term.

Here are the highlights:

- Approved unanimously to institute "vegetaion control" on the area along Marine Drive often referred to as The Hump.

- White Rock council in a very rare move will meet again twice more before turning the reigns over to a new council. Councillors TREVEYLAN/JOHANSON/KRISTJANSON were not comfortable adding three expenses to the 2023 council. Despite being told by staff there was a danger of the city losing 1.5 million dollars in grants, the three councillors stood staid fast and true to their beliefs that they needed more time to make a decision. Staff at last evenings meeting were unable to calculate how council could meet twice more before the October 15, they did indicate THE FINAL date that council can meet would be November 07. Three weeks after a new council is elected. Confusing? Yes it is.

- One of the items the three councilors stumbled over was the amount of money being directed to creating a massive upgrade of Centre street walkway which will be dedicated to the late councillor HELN FATHERS who was instrumental 10 years ago in pushing for the changes.

- Three residents who will be directly affected by the upgrade on Centre street appeared before council imploring council to not make them remove their infringements on city property on the walkway.

- In other HELEN FATHERS news White Rock Public Market employee BERT COATES appeared before council requesting the city work with the market to create a bench at the entrance of the market in honour of the memory of the many years FATHERS held down the position of market manager. The motion was put forth and passed unanimously.

- Council approved an illuminated sign outside their church to announce upcoming events. Initially the neighbours across the street had concerns the illuminated sign would deeply affect their lifestylle. The church worked with the neighbours and have agreed to move the sign on to Centre street as opposed to Semiahmoo avenue. Everyone is happy.

 

Saturday October 01, 2022

Reconciliation

A large crowd of residents of White Rock and band members of the Semiahmoo First Nation came together at White Rock city hall yesterday to make history.

The Semiahmoo Nation flag was raised for the first time outside of city hall, where it will fly next to the Province of BC and the White Rock flags.

The current council identified very quickly after being elected, identified one of the first projects they wished to tackle was to mend the broken relationship with the Semiahmoo people. Hopefully the next councils will share that emotion.

White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER /Semiahmoo Chief HARLEY CHAPPEL

During a portion of the flag raising ceremony Mayor WALKER told of attending a conference at the converted Saint Mary's residential school in Cranbrook. Walker told of how he met a gentleman at the conference who had been imprisoned in the residential school, despite living right across the road from the school. He could not understand why he could not go home at night, and as he could see his parents out working in the yard he wondered why they did not come to see him. He did not understand they were not allowed to come across the road on to the property of the residential school. A couple next to me told the story of how the children in the schools often thought their parents did not love them. 

Later in the day hundreds joined together in a commemorative walk for TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION from the East Beach area of White Rock in front of the house poles to Semiahmoo Park

The festivities continued all afternoon at Semiahmoo Park . The need for Truth & Reconciliation will never end.

 

Travel restrictions removed 

The federal government announced Monday that starting (Saturday) Oct. 1, all COVID-19 entry restrictions will be removed, including testing, quarantine and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada.

Gas prices in the past week have jumped 40 cents per litre?

Blaine gas stations and or Bellingham COSTCO here we come!!!!!

 

Delta Casino Opens

The new Cascades Casino located in Delta on HWY 99 at the BC Ferries/Tsawwassen turnoff is now open to the public and will celebrate their grand opening all weekend.

The casino features a gaming floor with entertainment and multiple dining and culinary options including their signature restaurants – Match Eatery & Public House, Summit Bar, and a full-service Buffet.

 

Friday September 30, 2022

Concept design underway for first phase of Surrey’s new 3km riverfront park

 

The City of Surrey has released an update on the development of the concept design of phase one of the new Nicomekl Riverfront Park in preparation for a public engagement campaign planned in early 2023. The report provides residents with information on what has been completed to date, what is happening next, the site’s history and significance and the principles and rationale being used to plan and design the park. A more detailed update, including drawings and renderings, will be released closer to the date of the public engagement in 2023.

“We are pleased with the progress being made on the design of the first phase of the Nicomekl Riverfront Park,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Designing and constructing an 80-acre park, along one of Surrey’s major river systems, is complex and innovative work and will take time to do it right. When complete, the park will provide residents with increased recreational amenities like trails, kayak and canoe launches, a playground and viewpoints. It will also protect the environment, support wildlife habitat and help Surrey adapt to climate change and sea level rise.”

The project is being developed in three phases. The City is currently working on the detailed designs for phase one, the largest area (24 acres) of the project, known as the Hadden Mill and Oxbow zones, which are located on either side of King George Boulevard. Once complete, the design concept plan and drawings will be presented to the community for input in early 2023.

Weaving together ecology, culture and recreation, the park will stretch from Elgin Road to 40 Avenue. Comprised of sensitive ecosystems, the area is historically and culturally significant and it will be designed to accommodate sea level rise and flooding. When complete, Nicomekl Riverfront Park will be 14 times larger than Crescent Beach Park in Surrey.

Learn more at https://engage.surrey.ca/nicomekl-riverfront-park.

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Thursday September 29, 2022 

Vandals damage brand new South Surrey pickleball courts days after they open

The sport of pickleball is now the fastest growing sport in North America. To meet the demand the city of Surrey recently constructed and opened 8 courts in a remote section of Crescent Park in South Surrey.

Apparently the new location was not remote enough for someone.

(click here to watch the GLOBAL TV news story)

 

Wednesday September 28, 2022 

AMTRAK BACK

The AMTRAK rail service has resumed its service between Vancouver and Seattle. The service was discontinued three years ago due to COVID travel restrictions.

Each afternoon the train leaves Vancouver @ 5 p.m. and rolls through White Rock in the early evening.

Don't forget to wave. 

 

Tuesday September 27, 2022 

Quick Response To Fire

Late yesterday morning fire crews from White Rock and Surrey quickly responded to a fire call on 18th avenue just off of Johnston Road. The fire originated in a shed behind an abandoned house right behind the parking lot of POPEYES.

There were no injuries but due to the very dry conditions we are experiencing the fire could have spread very quickly had the fire departments not been on the scene so quickly.

 

Monday September 26, 2022

How High's The Water Mama?

Sunday afternoon Surrey Fire & Rescue and the Surrey RCMP responded to a call two fishermen and their dog were trapped in the sand in the tidal floodplain of the Nickomekl river near the Stewart Farm House off of Crescent Road in South Surrey.,

Firemen laid down pieces of plywood which allowed them to reach the trapped individuals and dog.

All is well that ends well. The rescue was successful.

Story and pictures submitted by RA MCGUIRE

 

Could This Be Possible In White Rock?

Over the past 2 years the city of White Rock has seen an unusual turnover in staff. The two main reasons for leaving have been better money in a neighbouring community. The ability to work closer to home.

Currently no senior staff member lives in White Rock.

The City of Merritt, B.C., is getting creative as it seeks to recruit and retain staff amid the province’s labour shortage, approving a scheme Tuesday that will shift city workers to a four-day schedule.

Under the plan, staff will still make the same salary and work the same number of hours in a week, with longer hours each of the four days.

City Hall will be closed on Mondays, but have hours extended to 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday to Friday.

“It would also mean the staff here get a three-day weekend every single week,” Greg Lowis, Merritt’s director of corporates services, told Global News.

“That’s a chance to differentiate ourselves to make sure we have people who feel valued, that they have the chance to enjoy the life in Merritt.”

Like most other sectors, Merritt is struggling with a staffing crunch, one Lowis said has been made worse by the floods that devastated the city last November.

As a small community without a large tax base, Lowis said Merritt simply can’t compete on wages with Kelowna or Kamloops, meaning they’ve had to look at other ideas. 

 

Look What Is Turning Up On Our Beaches in White Rock & Crescent Beach

Phacellophora camtschatica, commonly known as the fried egg jellyfish or egg-yolk jellyfish, is a very large jellyfish in the family Phacellophoridae. 

This species can be easily identified by the yellow coloration in the center of its body which closely resembles an egg yolk, hence how it got its common name.

The King Gets High in White Rock

Does anyone know the story or reason there are some pics mounted high on the corner of Maple and Columbia of “The King”?! I’ve walked by them so many times and I always think of my dad as he loves him so much and makes me smile. Curious?

 

Saturday September 24, 2022

At Long Last - Tap & Barrel

For months now commuters traveling on 152nd street (Johnston Road) have been keeping an eye for a NOW OPEN sign to be up in the window of the TAP & BARREL restaurant just north of HWY 99.

Well the wait is over. The newest addition to the dine out landscape of South Surrey will open Tuesday @ noon. The TAP & BARREL has a number of locations dotted around Vancouver, and are now moving east with our new location in South Surrey as well as a new venture in the Brentwood section of Burnaby. Brentwood.

If you have been really waiting for the grand opening you can book a table for Tuesday to make a reservation. (click here)

Thursday September 22, 2022

Everyone Back In The Pool

The first indoor pool in Surrey located in South Surrey closed at the start of the COVID pandemic. The city of Surrey approached the city of White Rock to see if there was any interest in White Rock buying the pool. The offer was declined given the high price tag to assume the operation of the pool.

The city of Surrey in response to local residents decided the pool would reopen. Which it di this week

 

September 15, 2022

All Sunshine

Thanks to this wonderful run of summer like weather, the White Rock waterfront has not missed a beat since the start of Fall last week.

Bumper to bumper traffic crawled from one end of town to the other Saturday and Sunday. The patios were packed, and young people flooded to the pier to get in a few last pier dives.

The good weather continues all week with highs in the mid-20's.

Cheers!

The price tag of $40+ dollars for a couple of beers was no deterrent for hundreds who turned out for the Craft Beer Festival on the White Rock waterfront yesterday afternoon.

Recession? What recession?

Must be 19 years of age or over to attend.   

Event will be held rain or shine. 

All sales are final; no refunds, no exchanges. Participating breweries are subject to change without notice. Please Drink Responsibly.

Get ready for our most anticipated White Rock event- the 2nd annual White Rock Craft Beer Festival 2022, Presented by Leah Chandler Real Estate (event is for adults only- must be 19+ to attend)!

Enjoy the beautiful ocean view while sampling the region’s best brews. 

$43.45 gets you admission, a glass, and three tokens (worth a 4 oz taster pour each). Additional tokens are $2 a piece, available onsite.

 

Am I Blue?

Yesterday was the National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In honour of Her Majesty's passing, the White Rock Pier was lit royal blue.

 

Saturday September 17, 2022

Semiahmoo Artist Designs Local Hockey Jersey

Semiahmoo first nations artist ROXANNE CHARLES has worked closely with the Semiahmoo Ravens Hockey team to create a commemorative hockey jersey. 

Roxanne Charles

The Jerseys will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the Indian Residential School Survivor Society. Advance bidding on the jerseys opened Sept. 16, and can be done online at https://tinyurl.com/2svfrdjn. More jerseys will be added to the bid list as players are added to team rosters. 

 

Tuesday September 21, 2022, 2022

White Rock Council Rewind

Regular Council Meeting 7 p.m. (click here)

- Council received a report from Friends of Semiahmoo Bay on the installation of interpretive signs to be located in the Rotary Clock portion of the waterfront's Memorial Park.

- Council signed off on the final budget to create HELEN FATHERS WALKWAY south from Columbia avenue to Marine Drive @ Centre Street.

- BRIAN PATERSON of Urban Systems who created a Transportation Infrastructure Master plan for the city.

- Council approved the expenditure to install the Warming Centre in Centennial Park again this Fall/Winter

- Council requested the representatives from White Rock's UNITED CHURCH to meet with residents facing their new church project in order to come to a conclusion on the installation of a lit readograph sign on the south side of their structure which faces Semiahmoo Avenue.

Notifications of Upcoming events

- September 30 White Rock council and representatives of the Semiahmoo First Nation will join together for the raising of the Semiahmoo people;s flag. The flag will be positioned on the west side of city hall in the area of the cenotaph. The Semiahmoo flag will permanently fly in the future outside of city hall.

- October 03. Final ceremonial meeting of council for this term. The public is invited to attend in person. 7 p.m. The Rock Community Centre.

- Tuesday October 04 6:30 p.m. the final ALL CANDIDATES MEETING will be hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in the White Rock community Centre. Bring your questions.

 

Friday September 16, 2022

Eight new pickleball courts now open in Crescent Park    

The City of Surrey has completed the construction of eight new pickleball courts in South Surrey’s Crescent Park. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 15 marked the occasion. 

Pickleball is a sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.  It is played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net and with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Pickleball can be played as doubles or singles and can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels.    

Crescent Park is a large 52-hectare community park located on 132 Street in South Surrey. It is one of over 800 parks the City of Surrey manages. 

One man found with injuries in Cloverdale

Surrey RCMP is investigating after a man was located with injuries outside a residence in the Cloverdale area.

This morning ( September 15, 2022 ) at approximately 5:30 am police received a 911 call indicating a man was injured in the 5800 block of Angus Place. Upon attendance a 35-year-old male was located suffering from injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. 

The victim was provided life saving measures, and was transported to hospital with serious injuries, not considered to be life-threatening.

Investigators are canvassing the area and working alongside the Integrated Forensic Identification Team to piece together what transpired.

Police will be in the area looking for dash cam or CCTV footage to further the investigation. At this early stage of the investigation, investigators do not have information about a possible motive or description of suspect/(s) or vehicles involved. 

Anyone with information about this incident or who may have dash-cam/CCTV footage in this area is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

  

Wednesday September 14, 2022

Ooooh It's A Holiday

White Rock City facilities closed September 19, 2022 to observe the National Day of Mourning

The Prime Minister of Canada has declared a National Day of Mourning to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In recognition of the federal holiday, White Rock city hall and facilities will be closed on Monday, September 19, 2022 and will reopen Tuesday, September 20. 

City waste collection schedules are not affected. 

Many City services are available online at whiterockcity.ca/online. 

Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in response to the federal government declaring a national holiday to mark the Queen’s funeral:

“Over the last few days, British Columbians have joined with people across the country and around the world in an outpouring of support for the Royal Family over the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. Our government will follow the lead of the federal government and join with other provinces in observing the national day of mourning to mark the Queen’s funeral.

“The national holiday will be observed Monday, Sept. 19 by federal employees. We have advised provincial public-sector employers to honour this day in recognition of the obligations around federal holidays in the vast majority of provincial collective agreements.

“K-12 public schools and public post-secondary institutions, and most Crown corporations will be closed. We encourage private-sector employers to find a way to recognize or reflect on the day in a way that is appropriate for their employees.

“This will be a national day to reflect on the incredible life of Canada’s Queen and the longest-serving monarch in British history.”

 

Tuesday September 13, 2022

All Candidates Meeting...Sort of

There was some confusion as to what exactly last evening's Mayoral All Candidates meeting was going to be. The four mayoral candidates were in attendance but there were also a number of council candidates who had registered, as they thought it was going to be an ALL CANDIDATES meeting.

At the end of the day the audience nearly outnumbered the candidates. The candidates that did not get the chance to sit on the panel were afforded the opportunity to explain themselves and their platform at the end of the meeting.

The next ALL CANDIDATES MEETING is scheduled for Thursday October 04 @ the White Rock Community Centre.

6:30 p.m. start. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2022 AT 6:30 PM

White Rock Municipal Election All-Candidates Forum

White Rock Community Centre


Amtrak Is Back

Passenger trains between B.C. and Washington state have not run since March 2020. After more than two years off the tracks, the Amtrak Cascades passenger train service between Vancouver and Seattle, Wash. is set to return in September. The popular international service is expected to resume two months ahead of schedule  

 

Monday September 12, 2022 

Junk In The Trunk 

 Metro Vancouver’s new Central Surrey Recycling and Waste Centre is now open in Surrey

This one-stop drop-off facility for hand-unloaded vehicles will provide residents and businesses a convenient, and centralized location to properly dispose of recycling and garbage, seven days a week, 363 days per year. To promote the new facility and encourage recycling and proper waste disposal, the City will be hosting “Disposal Days” for Surrey residents to drop off unwanted waste and household items for free or at discounted rates from September 19 to October 2.                                                                                                                                                  

Centrally located at 6711 154 Street in Newton, the 1.7-hectare site is designed to fit in with the community and has plenty of room for vehicles, preventing traffic backups on city streets. The facility will accept material beyond what is currently accepted in Surrey's curbside collection program such as mattresses, electronics, gypsum, furniture, appliances, used oil, paint, textiles, books and green waste, ensuring waste is diverted from landfill.

“With a 64-per-cent diversion rate, Metro Vancouver is already a North American leader in waste reduction and recyclingration of solid waste facilities throughout the region and has an overarching goal to reduce waste and maximize recycling. For a full list of what is accepted, the associated fees and the hours of operation, please visit Metro Vancouver's website.

To promote the new facility and further curb illegal dumping, the City of Surrey will be hosting Disposal Days at both the new Central Surrey and North Surrey Recycling and Waste centres. Residents can drop off recycling and garbage for free or discounted rates between September 19 to October 2, 2022.

During this two-week promo, all recyclables including mattresses (maximum 2 units) will be free. Garbage disposal fees for the first 300kg will also be free. Fees will be reduced by 50% for loads between 301kg up to a maximum of 1,000kg. Proof of residency required, limit of one trip per household. Commercial and business vehicles not permitted. For details, visit surrey.ca/disposaldays.

 

September 12, 2022

Walk On

It was a wonderful turnout Sunday for the annual PARKINSON SUPER WALK in White Rock. After a three year absence dozens braved the smokey weather and walked to raise funds and awareness on Parkinson disease.

Over $17,000.00 was raised here in White Rock, and at the end of the day hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised Province wide.

Congratulations and thank you walkers.

 

Pickleball White Rock 

Congratulations to everyone who turned out for the FIRST ANNUAL White Rock Pickleball Tournament.

The week long event wrapped up on the courts in Centennial Park on Saturday with the trophy presentation. A job well done in its first full year of operation.

If you are interested in taking up pickleball, check out the White Rock Pickleball FACEBOOK group for information.

 

Sunday September 11, 2022 

The BC Liberals have held on to the seat in Surrey South.

 

Former Surrey RCMP spokesperson Elenore Sturko has won the riding with 51.8 per cent of the vote.

A by-election was triggered when former MLA Stephanie Cadieux left electoral politics to become Canada’s first Chief Accessibility Officer.

 

 

September 11, 2022

Walk On

It was a wonderful turnout Sunday for the annual PARKINSON SUPER WALK in White Rock. After a three year absence dozens braved the smokey weather and walked to raise funds and awareness on Parkinson disease.

Over $17,000.00 was raised here in White Rock, and at the end of the day hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised Province wide.

Congratulations and thank you walkers.

 

Pickleball White Rock

Congratulations to everyone who turned out for the FIRST ANNUAL White Rock Pickleball Tournament.

The week long event wrapped up on the courts in Centennial Park on Saturday with the trophy presentation. A job well done in its first full year of operation.

If you are interested in taking up pickleball, check out the White Rock Pickleball FACEBOOK group for information.

 

 

Tuesday September 06, 2022

Big Transit Change for White Rock-Vancouver

UPDATE September 08, 2022

Direct From Translink;

So sorry for the delay. I had to make some calls, but I’ve gotten to the bottom of this for you.

We had to move the layover of the 351 from Oxford and Russell to a new layover location at Vine and Anderson. During this change in layover, there was a mistake in the system and some stops were missed on Thrift Avenue on September 6, but this has since been fixed and the normal routing has commenced.

The 351 route is South on Johnston, West on North Bluff and 16th Ave, South on Oxford, West on Vine to new Terminus on Vine and Anderson. Then it will start it’s new trip by going West on Vine, North on Anderson, East on 16th, South on Oxford, East on Thrift and again North on Johnston back to Bridgeport.

Hope that helps clarify things.

Thank you,

The 351 from White Rock to Vancouver will see a major change on Tuesday. The 351 will no longer travel along Thrift and then up Johnston. The route now starts on OXford travels east along 16th and turns north on 152md,

Nice notice TRANSLINK!

 

TransLink customers will be able to use the PayByPhone parking payment app at all nine TransLink Park and Ride locations, starting today (Tuesday September 06)

The PayByPhone app will provide easier and improved pay parking services, along with more features, such as:

  • 24/7 customer support

  • Mobile and web payment available in multiple languages

  • Access through the app, website, phone, Amazon Echo Auto, and Siri shortcuts

  • Consecutive, multi-day parking

  • Guest user feature for users to park without registering for an account

Founded in Vancouver, PayByPhone has over 55 million users worldwide and is available in more than 1,300 cities in 14 countries.

 

PayByPhone will be available at the following TransLink Park and Ride locations: close to the Semiahmoo Peninsula. plus all other Park N Ride locations in the Lower Mainland.

  • Carvolth Exchange

  • Scott Road

  • South Surrey

Download the PayByPhone app from the Apple Store and Google Play, or visit paybyphone.com for easy and convenient parking payment at TransLink’s nine Park and Ride locations.

More information:

TransLink Park and Ride

Mobile Services

 

Thursday September 01, 2022

International Overdose Awareness Day

(Christy Fox photo)

White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER

The city of White Rock co-hosted one of the International Awareness Days across the Lower Mainland yesterday.

The statistics of needless deaths due to fentanyl tainted drugs are alarming. You do not have far to go to learn of someone near you who has lost a loved one to a drug overdoes.

The world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind

Time to Remember. Time to Act.

In recognition of yesterday's event , the White Rock Pier was light up in purple.

Help reduce the stigma, raise awareness and show support to those who have lost someone they love.

 

Tuesday August 30, 2022

Elections BC

There are 6 days of advance voting in the Surrey South By-election, September 1-4, 6-7.

(click here for more information)

 

Update: Shooting in South Surrey now homicide investigation 

Surrey RCMP is updating that a shooting on August 27, 2022 is now a homicide investigation, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called.

A 37-year-old man identified as Troy Michael Regnier has died of injuries, following a shooting outside a residence in the 16600 block of 19 Avenue. Police were called to the residence at approximately 11 pm on August 27, 2022.

While still early in the investigation, initial indications are that the shooting stemmed from an altercation between parties known to each other.

Several people were detained by police following the incident, and police are working to determine who may have been involved in the shooting.

Surrey RCMP is working closely with IHIT investigators, as well as the Integrated Forensic Identification Team. Police are conducting neighborhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have dash camera footage from the area around the time of the shooting to contact police.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or possible dash camera footage can call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

Overnight Shooting In Grandview Corners District

One man is in hospital with serious injuries following a late night shooting in South Surrey.

Surrey RCMP were called to 19th Avenue near 20 Avenue and 168 Street at about 11 p.m. Saturday for reports of shots fired.

The victim was found shortly after officers arrived.

Police say the investigation is still in the early stages, but preliminary information suggests the shooting is an isolated incident.

Officers say the parties involved knew each other.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

 

Thursday August 25, 2022

Pickleball Is One Hot Game

White Rock Fire & Rescue were quick to respond to a hedge fire yesterday afternoon.

The fire crew quickly knocked down the blaze with little or no damage to the newly minted pickleball courts located at Centennial Park. The next door neighbours property to the east also was spared any major damage. Cause of the fire is not known at the present time.

 

Surrey Breaks ground on the Cloverdale Sport & Ice Complex

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The City of Surrey has begun construction of a new destination sports complex in Cloverdale. Once complete, this new arena will increase Surrey’s overall ice capacity, while accommodating the need for an additional ice arena in Cloverdale.

The Cloverdale Sport & Ice Complex will include two National Hockey League sized arena sheets of ice, seating for 400 spectators, multi-purpose and community rooms, officials’ rooms, change rooms, and other amenities. The Project will offer various programs including ice hockey, figure skating, public lessons, skating sessions and dry-floor summer use for sports, such as lacrosse and ball hockey.

The Cloverdale Sport & Ice Complex will be located at 6336 177B Street.

The arena was approved in the 2021 Five-Year (2021-2025) Capital Financial Plan and is among more than 20 projects included in the ‘Surrey Invests’ Capital Plan. Learn more at surrey.ca/capital projects. 

 

Tuesday August 23, 2022

White Rock Votes

A province wide civic election begins in just over one week.

If you would like more information or nomination papers please follow this link.

August 30 Nomination Period begins at 9:00 a.m.
September 9 Nomination Period closes at 4:00 p.m.
September 13 Deadline to challenge nomination or elector organization endorsement at 4:00 p.m.
September 14 Last day to meet 30 day BC residency / White Rock property ownership for elector registration
September 15 First day for campaign signage to go up (Bylaw No. 1923)
September 15 Candidate meeting and lot draw (order of names on the ballot for Mayor and Council only) at 6:00 p.m. *If a candidate withdraws from the election by September 16 at 4:00 p.m. their name will be disregarded from the list and the next drawn name will be moved up on the ballot.
September 16 Deadline for candidate withdrawal at 4:00 p.m.
October 5
October 6
October 11

Advance Vote Dates (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) All Advance Voting will be held at the White Rock Community Centre 15154 Russell Avenue (free underground parking available) 

October 12 Mobile Special Vote at Evergreen Baptist Home (9:00 a.m. to noon)
October 13 Last day to receive a Mail Ballot Request at 4:00 p.m.
October 15
Election Day (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

 

Charges laid in South Surrey/Softball City double homicide from July

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has made an arrest in the homicides of Jordan Krishna and Robeen Soreni on July 30, 2022 in Surrey, with charges being laid in consultation with the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS). 

Background: On July 30, 2022 at 2:45 p.m., police received reports of a shooting at the South Surrey Athletic Park, located at 14600 20 Avenue, Surrey, BC.  Surrey Detachment first responders attended the location and found Jordan Krishna, Robeen Soreni and Harbir Khosa, all suffering from gun shot wounds, in what was believed to be a targeted incident. Mr. Krishna and Mr. Soreni died as a result of their injuries, while Mr. Khosa was treated for life-threatening injuries. IHIT took conduct of the investigation and worked closely in partnership with the Surrey Detachment, BC Coroners Service, the RCMP Forensic Identification Section and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC).

On August 5, 2022, 25-year old Surrey resident Bryce Dallas Campbell was arrested in relation to the homicides.  Search warrants were obtained by IHIT investigators for multiple locations throughout the Lower Mainland, which resulted in evidence being recovered.

On August 22, 2022, two charges of second degree murder and one charge of attempted murder were laid against Campbell, who remained in custody following his arrest on August 5.

“This was a complex investigation that came together as a result of the dedication of IHIT’s investigating team and the strong partnerships with the Surrey Detachment, CFSEU BC and the public. We are aware of the public concern regarding the recent daytime shootings. We are grateful that no innocent bystanders were injured during the incident,” says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. “Though charges have been laid, the investigation continues and we still urge anyone with information to come forward.”

IHIT is asking that any witnesses or anyone with dash camera video who attended the area of the South Surrey Athletic Park between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on July 30, 2022 or anyone who has any information regarding the shooting, to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  

 

Monday August 22, 2022

Rootin' Tootin' Shootin Newton!

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

At approximately 2035 hours, on 2022-08-21, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 6800 block of 151 street. At this time there are no apparent injuries.

The initial investigation has revealed that one vehicle, described as a silver SUV, was chasing another, described as a newer model black sedan. It is currently suspected that shots originated from the occupants of the black sedan. Shortly after the initial shots call, Surrey RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle fire in the 17100 block of 83rd avenue. The vehicle was determined to be a silver SUV and is believed to be associated to the shots fired call.

Officers are conducting neighborhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. The investigation is still in its early stages.

Anyone with more information, including dash cam footage around the area of 68 avenue between 152 and 151 streets, between the hours of 2030 and 2040 hours, is asked to the contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, and asked to quote file number 2022-126823

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

 

Sunday August 21, 2022

2022 Surrey South By-election - Who's Running?

A provincial by-election has been called in the Surrey South electoral district. Election Day is September 10, 2022.

There are lots of ways to vote in the Surrey South by-election. Voters can vote at advance voting, on Election Day, at the district electoral office, or by mail. Visit the Ways to Vote page to learn more about these options, or contact us for more information.

To get ready to vote in the by-election, make sure that you are registered to vote and that your information is up-to-date. You can do so online at elections.bc.ca/register, or by calling us at 1-800-661-8683.

Yesterday (20th) nominations were closed. Here is the list of the declared candidates.

ason Bax Libertarian
Harman Bhangu Conservative
Pauline Greaves BC NDP
Simran Sarai BC Green Party
Elenore Sturko BC Liberal Party

 

Friday August 19, 2022

South Surrey Indoor Pool Is Coming Back!

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

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

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

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

To learn more, visit surrey.ca/pools.

 

Wednesday August 17, 2022

Batter Up

South Surrey's Softball City

The International Softball Congress (ISC) announced it has selected the City of Surrey as host city for the 2024 Men’s World Fastball Tournament following a highly competitive international bidding process. The winning bid was awarded to the Canadian Amateur Sport Society to be hosted at Softball City in Surrey.

“Surrey is a premier sport tourism destination in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. We look forward to the welcoming athletes and fans to our world-class facility for this exciting event,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “With more than 50 teams with players from around the world expected to participate in the 2024 Men’s World Fastball Tournament, this event will have a strong economic impact for Surrey. As British Columbia’s second largest and fastest growing city, Surrey is the premier place for hosting sporting events and is the Tournament Capital of the Lower Mainland.”

The 50+ team tournament will take place August 10 to 17, 2024 and is expected to draw 1,000 athletes, coaches, trainers and fans to the eight-day event. It will be one of the largest sporting events hosted in the region.

The successful bid to host the 2024 event at Softball City will bring the sport back to Western Canadian soil for the first time in almost two decades. Planning is now underway for the event. Tickets are expected to go on sale in spring, 2023.

 

Tuesday August 16, 2022

South Surrey Redwood Park Area Latest Targeted Shooting

Shots fired and burnt vehicle located in South Surrey

On Saturday August 14, 2022 at 12:38 a.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of shots fired at a residence with a vehicle heard speeding away in the 2600-block of 176 Street. Frontline officers attended the area and spoke with a homeowner who located bullet holes in the exterior of their residence. No one was reported injured as a result of this shooting.

Within minutes of the initial report of shots fired, Surrey RCMP received the report of a vehicle fully engulfed in flames near 28 Avenue and 194A Street. The engulfed vehicle was determined to be previously stolen from the Kelowna area. Given the timing and proximity of these two incidents, police believe them to be linked. 

Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has taken conduct of the investigation. Residents in the area can expect to see police canvassing for CCTV footage and additional witnesses. 

While still early in the investigation, police believe the shooting is targeted and are looking at connections to the Lower Mainland gang conflict. Surrey RCMP is working closely with partners on this investigation, including the Integrated Forensic Identification Section and CFSEU-BC.

Anyone with information about this incident or dash camera footage from the area is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

August 04, 2022

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

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

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

 

Run To The Rez Recap

 

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

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

 

Langley OR Bust

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

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

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

Learn More:

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

 

August 03, 2022

South Surrey Indoor Pool Set to Reopen in September

 

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

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

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

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

To learn more, visit surrey.ca/pools.

 

August 02, 2022

Populism, development, and the drama of White Rock politics

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

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

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

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

(read the full story) 

 

August 01, 2022


Shots fired in South Surrey

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wednesday July 27, 2022 

Pride Week Rewind

The actual pride week in White Rock came to wonderful conclusion on Saturday evening at the White Rock curling club. Last Friday the pride flag was raised over White Rock city hall. Then the fun evening hosted a Pride Parade throughout the city culminating with a mini parade along the waterfront restaurant district.

Saturday the first annual Pride Family Day moved into the Miramar plaza with dozens of local businesses participating with information and sales booths ringing the plaza.

l-r ERNIE KLASSEN White Rock Councillor SCOTT KRISTJANSON

SCOTT KRISTJANSON City Councillor got in the mood for the weekend's events by having his hair and beard dyed in rainbow colours

   

White Rock Pride president ERNIE KLASSEN and members of our community reflect on how our little "city by the sea" has embraced the LGBTQ community over the years. 

These Rainbow Roses are real and were part of the Pride Gala flower arrangements on each table.

The flowers are made rainbow by splitting the stem into several sections, and dipping each section into a different colored liquid. As the flow pulls in the water, it changes the color of the blossoms associated with that section. 

The rainbow rose is created by allowing the rose to drink from several separate colors of water. Clever!

 

Tuesday July 26, 2022

Between midnight and 5:45am on Monday, a man shot four people in Langley. Two died, and two others were injured. (One of the victims was in hospital yesterday afternoon in critical condition.)

The incident stretched across at least five separate places in downtown Langley, and resulted in an emergency alert that was sent out to people across the lower half of the province. It was only the second time the BC RCMP have ever used the emergency alert service

Courtesy Fraser Valley Current

In the early morning hours of July 25, 2022, the Langley RCMP responded to multiple shootings in the Township of Langley and City of Langley. The Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT) also responded. In separate locations, three victims were located. Two of the victims died at scene while another victim was transported to hospital with critical injuries. A fourth victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The locations of the shootings are confirmed as at 203A Street and Fraser Highway, the Langley City bus loop near Logan and Glover Road. Creekstone Place, and the Langley Bypass. 

The Langley RCMP and ERT located and engaged the suspect near the Langley Bypass. The suspect was shot by police and pronounced dead at scene.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called to investigate. The IIO has also been engaged. Efforts are being made to determine the scope of the shootings and confirm if the suspect was acting alone. Goggin was engaged by police and shot where he died at scene. The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is investigating the police shooting. 

IHIT is looking to speak with anyone who may have contact with Jordan Daniel Goggin or know of his activities. 

The scenes are being processed and forensic examinations are pending. Identification of the victims and suspect shooter are underway. The linkage between these victims and suspect is still be determined. 

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

 

Thursday July 21, 2022,

Then There Were Five

SUKH DHALIWAL has called a press conference today to announce he will enter the race for Mayor In Surrey. The civic election takes place on October 1. DHALIWAL joins the ever growing list of candidates for mayor which includes GINNY SIMS, BRENDA LOCKE as well as the incumbent mayor DOUG MCCALLUM.

Dhaliwal was the federal Liberal candidate for the Newton-North Delta riding in 2004, but lost to Conservative Gurmant Grewal by just over 500 votes. Grewal decided to not seek re-election and, in 2006, Dhaliwal faced Conservative newcomer Phil Eidsvik. The NDP was also strong in the riding and 2004 candidate Nancy Clegg also ran again. Dhaliwal succeeded in winning the seat by exactly 1,000 votes.

In the 2006 Liberal leadership campaign, Dhaliwal initially indicated support for Joe Volpe, but soon moved to support Michael Ignatieff. Dhaliwal was instrumental in building support for Ignatieff's campaign in the Sikh community. Dhaliwal played a key role in Ignatieff’s short-lived, but successful, second leadership campaign in 2008.

On October 14, 2008, Dhaliwal was re-elected to Parliament by nearly 2,500 votes. Following the election, Dhaliwal was elected as the Chair of the Northern and Western Caucus of the Liberal Party, and served as the critic for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Dhaliwal has served on several House of Commons Committees: International Trade; Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities; and Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. The Ethics Committee attracted high profile attention when it investigated allegations surrounding Karlheinz Schreiber’s dealings with former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Dhaliwal lost his seat to Jinny Sims of the New Democratic Party in the 2011 federal election.

In December 2014, Dhaliwal won the Liberal nomination in newly-formed riding of Surrey—Newton ahead of the 2015 election. He defeated NDP incumbent Jinny Sims and won the seat with 56 per cent of the vote.

 

l-r HOGG/MCCALLUM/SIMS/LOCKE/DHALIWAL

 

Gordie Hogg Joins The Race for Surrey Mayor

HOGG pictured wearing a vintage t-shirt he coined as mayor of White Rock

GORDIE HOGG announced yesterday he was joining the race to become the next mayor of Surrey in the upcoming October election. HOGG announced his intentions and was joined by the other members of the SURREY FIRST slate.

HOGG previously served as a White Rock city councillor, mayor of White Rock, MLA for South Surrey White Rock for a number of years and a portion of a term as the MP for South Surrey/White Rock.

l-r Surrey First slate Mary-Em Waddington / Gordie Hogg / Linda Annis / Bital Cheema

Saturday July 16, 2022

IHIT investigating death of Ripudaman Singh Malik

UPDATE JULY 27, 2022

Two men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of Ripudaman Singh Malik, a man who was acquitted in the 1985 Air India bombing.

Tanner Fox, 21, and Jose Lopez, 23, are both charged with first-degree murder.

Malik was killed on July 14 in what police say was a targeted hit. Homicide investigators believe the suspects waited for Malik before he was shot in Surrey’s Newton neighbourhood.

 Were you in the Surrey / Delta border yesterday in the morning? The vehicle above is believed to be tied to the homicide of MR. MALIK?

The vehicles was found shortly after the targeted hit burning on a side street.

IHIT is asking that any witnesses or anyone traveling in the 8200 block of 128 Street, Surrey as well as the area of 122 Street and 82 Avenue between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. with dash cameras or who has any information regarding the homicide of Mr. Malik is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at  ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

Thursday July 14, 2022

Afternoon Fire

White Rock Fire & Rescue pulled out the big gun to combat a stubborn fire in a condo at the corner of Marine Drive and Stayte road yesterday afternoon.

There were no injuries. Damage was extensive.

 

It's Official - They're Coming Back

The SNOWBIRDS the Canadian forces aerial flight team had planned on coming to White Rock last year, then covid prevented that. This year it has been rumoured of their return, then we disappeared off of their official schedule....but, it is official.

Tuesday August 09 we will once again look to the sky and marvel and the precision air show personally for us over Semiahmoo Bay.

Outside of a fly by last year THE SNOWBIRDS have not BEEN HERE SINCE JULY 23, 2016.

 

Surrey Moves On Housing for Homeless, seniors and Low Income

 

During Monday’s Council Meeting, Surrey Council moved forward more than a dozen developments that will create over 2,200 new units in the City. The combined estimated value of the projects is $440M and will bring new market housing, rental units, seniors housing, and housing for the homeless to Surrey. The total value of building permits issued during the first 6 months of 2022 was $1.17B, which is a 31% increase from the same period last year.

As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Council recognizes that access to a range of housing options is crucial. To help expedite project completions, the City has worked hard to reduce permit wait times through the introduction of a Guaranteed Permitting Timeline Program introduced last fall. Since then, we have exceeded our targets, reducing permit wait times from nearly 15 weeks to 8.4 weeks."

The developments that Council moved forward include four high-rise projects ranging from 36-storeys to 43-storeys, several mid-rise buildings, a hotel being converted into housing for those who struggle with homelessness and a seven-storey seniors independent living building.

 

Tuesday July 12, 2022

White Rock Council Rewind

Did you miss last night's White Rock council meeting?

- A delegation from Kent Street Activity Centre appeared before council to request the city's support in a needs assessment to look at the expansion of the popular seniors centre located in McCaud Park on Russell Avenue at Kent Street. Council supported their request.

- RCMP officers, community officers and city by-law officers will soon be patrolling the waterfront (promenade & pier) on bicycles during the popular summer months when many visitors arrive in our "city by the sea"

- Council endorsed creating a closer relationship with our sister city Laconner Washington. Laconner for years has had a sign at the entrance of the city identifying White Rock is their sister city. Plans will also be in place to create a closer relationship with the city of Blaine WA

- I introduced a Notice of Motion to request staff bring a report back to council on changing our by laws in order to limit future residential buildings to a size that designates 40% of the lot remain as permeable surface. including driveways.

 

Please be advised of periodic low-level helicopter flying over White Rock skies July 11 to Aug.31 as per special authorization by Transport Canada.

This is a part of FortisBC’s annual high-pressure gas lines inspection. For more info fortisbc.com/communityupgrades

False Thankfully

(FACEBOOK posting)

Surrey RCMP have confirmed reports of a child drowning at Crescent Beach early Sunday evening turned out to be a false alarm. The RCMP, Coast Guard and local lifeguards along with volunteer divers searched the area for hours. The beach area was canvassed by volounteers to see if anyone was searching for a missing young boy.

The search and dives turned up no evidence of a youth drowning.

 

Public Art @ Its Best

The young lady who posts pictures of her sand art under the name PIERDOODLES (INSTAGRAM) was back on our sandy shores this weekend.

There is another sand artist that turns up now and then to create beautiful sand art.

Wouldn't it be great to have one artist on either side of the pier on a sunny Sunday and host a competition?

 

Wednesday July 06, 2022

Finally

Today is a big day on the reconstruction of the old bailey bridge on King George Highway. Overnight the first of a giant metal beam was brought to the site for installation today.

Marvel at the size of this giant metal beam the next time you drive through the construction site.

 

More than 100 new homes coming for Indigenous Peoples in Surrey

Construction is underway on Phase 2 of the Kekinow Native Housing Society’s (KNHS) Sohkeyah development in Surrey.

This development will provide 104 new affordable rental homes for Indigenous individuals, families and Elders.

Located at 7561-140 St., Phase 2 consists of a 44-home, three-storey building and a 60-home, four-storey building. Combined with 73 homes in Phase 1 completed in 2019, the redevelopment will provide 177 homes.”

Named Sohkeyha (meaning robin’s nest), the project will be owned and operated by KNHS with support from the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA).

Each building will include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, amenity rooms, kitchens and lounge areas. Outside features will include play areas and pathways encircling the site to build community among Elders and children.

The project is expected to be complete in spring 2024.

Quick Facts:

  • The Province is providing approximately $11.2 million from the Building BC: Community Housing Fund for the project and will provide $600,000 in annual operating funding.

  • The Kekinow Native Housing Society provided the project land, valued at approximately $5 million.

  • The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society provided a $275,000 grant.

     

    City of Surrey 

    Summer cleaning on your July to-do list? ?Don’t kick these things to the curb and leave them there – schedule a large item pickup and let us help you dispose of your unwanted household items.

    All households that receive City's curbside collection can schedule up to 6 items a year, 8 if you have a secondary suite.

    Schedule one today: http://ow.ly/cIGr50JO51f

     

Tuesday July 05, 2022

McHappier Days are ahead thanks to a recent corporate gift from our local McDonald's locations, owned and operated by Harpo Restaurants.

McDonald's celebrated McHappy Day on May 11, 2022 to support families in our local community. For the entire day, a portion of the proceeds from McDonalds restaurants in White Rock and South Surrey benefitted Peace Arch Hospital Foundation! Customers who treated themselves to breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just a coffee joined together with others to make a BIG impact for their local hospital.

$4000 was raised during this community fundraiser — THANK YOU to Harpo Restaurants Ltd. and all McDonald's customers who made this gift possible!


Friday July 01, 2022

City of White Rock 2022 Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula Award recipients

Local residents, Ramona Kaptyn,Marie Sabine as recipients of 2022 Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula Awards for their remarkable volunteer contributions to making the City of White Rock a successful, vibrant and thriving community. The awards will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the Canada Day by the Bay celebration on Friday July 1, 12:00 p.m. at Memorial Park.

Each of the three recipients are tireless community advocates in White Rock and beyond: Ramona Kaptyn works on behalf of seniors, Marie Sabine for access to inclusive, affordable housing, and Upkar Singh Tatlay works to address systemic gaps in vulnerable, underserved population Read recipients’ bios here.

The White Rock Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula Award program was created to recognize citizens who make outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community in a volunteer capacity. Up to four awards can be bestowed in each four-year Council term.

“Ramona Kaptyn, Marie Sabine and Upkar Singh Tatlay truly exemplify what it means to be outstanding citizens,” said Darryl Walker, Mayor, City of White Rock. “On behalf of our city, I would not only like to offer congratulations to each of them, but immense gratitude. White Rock is a better place to live because of the leadership, commitment, and kind hearts of people like Marie, Ramona and Upkar.”

In addition to the ceremony at Canada Day, award recipients will be honoured at the July 25 White Rock Council meeting and will be added to the White Rock Living Legacies Book, which will be on public display in Council Chambers at White Rock City Hall. Read more about the program at www.whiterockcity.ca/awards

Sad News

UPDATE

Surrey RCMP this week released a press release stating LYNN HIGGINS had been located. Sadly she was deceased. Police do not expect foul play.

On Tuesday (June 7), Lynn Higgins was reported missing from a residence in South Surrey. According to police, it’s believed that she was traveling in a white 2018 Volkswagen Golf. The vehicle was located unoccupied and blocking traffic at the south end of the Alex Fraser Bridge in Delta.

Police and family are concerned for her well-being, the release notes.

Higgins is described as a Caucasian woman, five-foot-six inches tall and 200 pounds, with blue eyes and short white hair. She has black, grey and colour full-sleeve tattoos on both arms, as well as several tattoos on her torso and upper back.

Anyone who was traveling on the Alex Fraser Bridge, or with dash-cam footage, on June 7 between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. Or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Wednesday June 29, 2022

Rotary History Is Made

It took 115 years but Rotary International will now have its first female president. She is Jennifer Jones of Windsor, Ontario. Jennifer is completing a cross-Canada tour with stops in the Greater Vancouver area Sunday, July 10th. She will be in White Rock at 10:30 AM at Memorial Park, next the museum. (the old railway station.)

George Garrett reporting

 

High water means service changes for Barnston Island ferry

 

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure advises that ferry service between Barnston Island and Port Kells will be adjusted based on Fraser River water levels, and in support of any flood-related evacuation alerts and orders that may be issued for Barnston Island.

While water levels at the Mission gauge are below 6.2 metres, the Barnston Island ferry will operate normally. Upon issuance of an evacuation alert, or when levels rise above 6.2 metres, the ferry will operate around the clock.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure urges Barnston Island residents and other travellers to follow the directions of local government officials during periods of high water. Additional updates will be posted here;  www.DriveBC.ca

For flood warnings and advisories, visit the River Forecast Centre’s webpage: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm

an all natural bug repellent.

 

South Surrey Stolen vehicle investigation leads to drugs, cash and handgun seizure 

An investigation by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit into a stolen vehicle has lead to the seizure of drugs, cash and a handgun.

On June 15, 2022, the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit located a stolen vehicle that was occupied by three individuals in the 8400 block of 144 Street. With the assistance of Air 1, the vehicle was safely observed until the driver and passengers exited the vehicle in the 15300-block of 24 Avenue. All occupants were taken into police custody without incident.

In the course of the investigation, the officers located and seized:

  • A handgun with two loaded magazines;

  • 177.48 grams of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine;

  • 152 grams of suspected Fentanyl;

  • 122 grams of suspected Cocaine; and

  • $705.00 cash

The passengers of the vehicle were identified and released pending further investigation. The 25-year old female driver remains in custody on a number of firearms related charges and the investigation remains ongoing.

To put this seizure into perspective, the average Surrey Secondary School has 1,143 to 1,739 enrolled students,  says Media Relations Officer Constable Gurvinder Ghag  This one seizure has taken approximately 1,520 potentially fatal doses of Fentanyl off the streets, enough to supply a full schooL.

 

uesday June 28, 2022

White Rock Council Recap

Finance & Audit Committee Meeting 4:30

4:30 p.,m. FINANCE COMMMITTEE MEEETING

(link to meeting video https://www.whiterockcity.ca/894/Agendas-and-Minutes)

- Council's evening began with a report to the Finance Committee from the Finance Department. It was the final stage before the city could submit the final taxation document to Victoria. 

5:00 p.m. IN CMAERA CLOSED MEETING

6:30 LAND USE & PLANNING

(video link)

Council gave support to a multi unit rental unit complex on North Bluff.

 

7:00 p.m. REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

(video link)

QUESTION & ANSWER PRIOD

ERNIE KLASSEN gave council a presentation on happenings with the White Rock Pride society and their upcoming Pride week activities schedule for July.

KEN JONES appeared with questions on his 2022 tax notice and how the rate was calculated. Staff will follow up to answer any questions Mr. Jones might have.

 

DELEGATIONS

Scott Harold representing Royal Canadian Marine and Search and Rescue delivered a presentation to council on the activities of the volunteer based rescue organization which is based out of Crescent Beach Marina.

Deanna Pedersen and Cindy Poppy from the White Rock Events Society was back before council to update their activities proposed for the waterfront in September. The Events Society plans on having a number of sculptures creating public art work near the pier this September

METRO VANCOUVER appeared remotely via video hook up to address council's concerns regarding the proposed build out of the Lower Mainland for the next 10 years.

 

MONDAYJUNE 27, 2022

Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement marking Canadian Multiculturalism Day:

“Today, we celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day, an opportunity to reflect on our shared work to create a British Columbia that is a welcoming place for everyone.

“Indigenous Peoples have called this land home since time immemorial. For more than a century and a half, people from around the world have come to British Columbia to build better lives for themselves and their communities. As we celebrate this day, we acknowledge the territories of Indigenous people, and we again reconfirm our commitment to reconciliation in partnership with Indigenous people and communities.

“Multiculturalism is a hallmark of Canadian identity. We celebrate it as a central part of our national character. Our country and our province are stronger because of our diversity.

“At the same time, we must acknowledge the deep inequalities Canadians face, especially those from racialized communities. Discrimination in housing, education, public services and job opportunities are a lived reality for too many. Systemic racism and the long-lasting effects of colonialism have unfairly held people back. These injustices are compounded when Indigenous people and racialized communities ask for action, only to be told by government to provide evidence using data that is not being collected.

“As a step to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination, our government introduced the Anti-Racism Data Act. It is an important tool to build a more equitable province by shining a light on barriers that exist. By doing so, we will improve services and make life better for everyone.

“It is time to move beyond simply embracing multiculturalism to becoming actively anti-racist. By doing so, we will create a safer, more equitable society for us all.

“We are all responsible for building a place where everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality or gender identity – is free to be who they are.

“On Canadian Multiculturalism Day, let us celebrate what we have accomplished and pledge anew to build a better world for us all.”

 

Stewart Farm Becomes Home To Carving Centre

A new gathering place centered around carving will soon open in consultation with the Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo nations to serve their area’s large urban and on-reserve Indigenous population.

The City of Surrey is converting an old, under-used building in South “Surrey” into a carving centre. The space, located at “Elgin Heritage Park” and the “Historic Stewart Farm” will host artists in residence and include a covered outdoor space for ceremonies and various programming.

Although the centre won’t open until 2023, the city is already planning to build a second location in North “Surrey” in order to accommodate everyone, since the city is growing quickly and has the largest urban Indigenous population in B.C.

Chief Harley Chappell of the Semiahmoo First Nation says the new centre, when it opens next year, will be an important gathering place. Although the focus is carving, people will be able to share art and culture beyond that.

“Having different styles of arts and crafts, mainly to the land-based nations but also opening it up to the urban Indigenous population who have made Surrey their home,” Chappell says in an interview.

“As host nations we have a responsibility to the urban Indigenous population to ensure adequate facilities for Indigenous gathering.”

Chief Chappell says having the city initiate these projects and facilitating a dialogue with host nations is a good first step when it comes to inclusion.

“We have a lot of staff at Surrey who are building those relationships and involving us. It’s a newer process having Semiahmoo’s footprint and inclusion in these projects,” he says.

“[We’re] having our presence felt within the municipality instead of just ‘We’re on reserve, we’re over here. If you want to come to us, come to us.’ … All of Surrey is our traditional territory, not the other way around.

 

Saturday June 18, 2022

Salmon Tracks, the small painted yellow fish that appear near Surrey storm drains.

Curious about all those yellow fish painted on the road? They are called Salmon Tracks! Yellow fish painted beside a storm drain remind us that roadside drains flow directly into a creek where fish live. When a toxic substance goes down a storm drain it flows to creeks, waterways and the ocean putting aquatic life at risk in Surrey’s many waterways.

The Salmon Tracks storm drain marking program is a partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  Our goal is to encourage the community to learn about salmon habitats and protect the water quality of our streams. Salmon Tracks is a fun and simple way to make your lasting mark on the City.

To participate in Salmon Tracks, we give you everything you, your family, or your group needs to mark drains in your neighbourhood.

(click here to get your paint kit & stencil)

 

Friday June 17, 2022 

Happy Anniversary

Happy anniversary to INDIGENOUS BLOOM located in Semiahmoo Park on celebrating 3 years of bringing health and happiness to residents on the Semiahmoo Peninsula. The store located on first nations land opened June 16, 2019.

The actual date of legalization of marijuana in Canada was October 17, 2018 

 

Thursday June 16, 2022

White Rock Pride Accepts Apology

ERNIE KLASSEN president White Rock Pride Society

An LGBTQ+ pride society in B.C.'s Lower Mainland has received an apology from local Catholic church authorities, three years after a parish forbade them from hosting an event at a church-owned facility.

In April 2019, the White Rock Pride Society?wanted to host a dinner-and-dance event?at the Star of the Sea Community Centre in the city, which is located south of Vancouver.

However, the centre was owned by the Star of the Sea Parish. The parish told the society that the rental could not happen, because the pride society does not align with the values of the Catholic Church.

Ernie Klassen, president of the pride society, then filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Three years later, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver the Catholic authority responsible for the Lower Mainland — has issued an apology to the society, after multiple meetings before the complaint went to tribunal.

"We came up finally with an agreement that we are all really happy with," Klassen told CBC News.

(click here to read the full text of the apology)

 

Take A Hike

Our city of White Rock has a wonderful assortment of hillside trails that lead from uptown to the beach area.

Centennial Park & Ruth Johnston Park have been repaired following the winter storms. Take a walk in the woods today.

Don't want to walk up the hill to get back? Take the community shuttle bus and pretend you are on vacation. I recommend the 362 bus, a nicer hillside ascent. 

 

Tuesday June 07, 2022

Wondering What Is Happening on HWY 99?

Highway 99 at 32 Avenue Interchange Improvements Project

This project will add new lanes to the 32 Avenue interchange entry and exit ramps and lengthen the southbound exit ramp to the 32 Avenue Diversion, increasing safety, mobility and travel time reliability at this busy Highway 99 interface within the City of Surrey.

The Highway 99 at 32 Avenue interchange in the City of Surrey is a busy commuter connection point. Congestion and travel delays occur regularly during peak hours.

The project includes:

  • Adding a new traffic lane on the Highway 99 entry and exit ramps to improve merging and traffic capacity

  • Wider travel lanes on a section of 32 Avenue Diversion and an additional westbound lane under Highway 99 to improve traffic operations to and from the Highway

  • Providing a protected multi-use pathway on the south side of 32 Avenue under Highway 99 to improve active transportation within Surrey and between Surrey and White Rock

  • Extending the Highway 99 southbound exit ramp exit to provide additional queuing capacity during rush hour and prevent queues from backing up onto the Highway

 

 

Lauren’s Story is a documentary that follows the journey of housing activist and disability advocate Lauren Simpson as she works for affordable housing for herself and others and tries to convince municipal decision-makers that cities are stronger when they are inclusive and that everyone has the right to belong.

Created & Directed by: Nathalie Taylor

 

 

Wednesday June 01, 2022

State of the City Address

Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM will deliver his annual State of the City Address today. The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in the Guildford area of Surrey.

(click here to hear the speech)

...Meanwhile

The regular meeting of Surrey council was cancelled Monday evening when a large crowd of protestors turned up for the council meeting. When councillors LOCKE and HUNDIAL called for Mayor McCallulm to step aside until his pending court case is heard in October. the assembled group of protestors became very vocal and the meeting could not continue.

Council reconvened yesterday (Tuesday).

 

Beautiful ceremony today with Semiahmoo secondary school.

They hosted our leadership and community to reconcile the use of the name of our people and respectfully asked to continue building a relationship based on respect and collaboration !!

Thank you to all who had a part to play to bring it all together.

Chief Harley Chappel / Harley Xwopokton Semiamohoo Nation

 

Tuesday May 31, 2022

Congratulations

The South Surrey/White Rock Chamber of commerce hosted a gathering on the weekend to honour excellence by business owners in our community.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners.

(click here to read the full list of businesses recognized)

 

Monday May 30, 2022

 

Punjabi-language rapper and music producer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in India over the weekend, according to officials. He was 28. MOOSE WALA first immigrated to Ontario settling in Brampton a Toronto suburb. MOOSE WALA also spent some time while in Canada on a student visa in Surrey.

A candlelight vigil was held in Whalley last night by his fans. MOOSE WALA had been scheduled to appear @ the Pacific Coliseum on a four city Canadian tour. The event was cancelled after Immigration and police reps expressed concerns the show would end in gang violence.

 

Bus ridership leading the return to transit

New TransLink report details ridership trends

New data from TransLink shows bus ridership is recovering faster than all other transit modes. The Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) details TransLink’s 2021 ridership and reveals that bus ridership bounced back strongest of all transit modes, reaching 62 per cent of pre-pandemic levels by the end of last year.

Bus ridership recovery outpaced HandyDART (59%), SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines (57%), the Canada Line and SeaBus (both at 54%), and the West Coast Express (26%). Since then, bus ridership recovery has grown to 71 per cent in May of 2022.

TRANSLINK had no comment on whether or not the rising gas prices was part of the cause for increased ridership.

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Monday May 30, 2022

 

Punjabi-language rapper and music producer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in India over the weekend, according to officials. He was 28. MOOSE WALA first immigrated to Ontario settling in Brampton a Toronto suburb. MOOSE WALA also spent some time while in Canada on a student visa in Surrey.

A candlelight vigil was held in Whalley last night by his fans. MOOSE WALA had been scheduled to appear @ the Pacific Coliseum on a four city Canadian tour. The event was cancelled after Immigration and police reps expressed concerns the show would end in gang violence.

 

Bus ridership leading the return to transit

New TransLink report details ridership trends

New data from TransLink shows bus ridership is recovering faster than all other transit modes. The Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) details TransLink’s 2021 ridership and reveals that bus ridership bounced back strongest of all transit modes, reaching 62 per cent of pre-pandemic levels by the end of last year.

Bus ridership recovery outpaced HandyDART (59%), SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines (57%), the Canada Line and SeaBus (both at 54%), and the West Coast Express (26%). Since then, bus ridership recovery has grown to 71 per cent in May of 2022.

TRANSLINK had no comment on whether or not the rising gas prices was part of the cause for increased ridership.

 

May 25, 2022

Condo Fire Draws Numerous Emergency Vehicles

Fire crews from White Rock and South Surrey turned out in force yesterday morning to fight a difficult fire in a condo building in the 1400 block of Blackwood street. The fire for the large part was contained in the walls, causing a great deal of smoke and little actual fire. There were no injuries.

Blackwood street was blocked at the north and south ends of the street by the police causing a lot or rubber necking by commuters.

 

Coming To Softball City - June 24-25, 2022

After a two year hiatus the CANADA CUP WOMEN'S FASTBALL tournament returns to Softball City in South Surrey.

This year shows signs of the biggest and best tournament in the long running history

(click here for full details and volounteer opportunities)

Please Note:

Canada Cup International Softball Championship

e would like to inform our community of a celebration of life for long time transportation chair member of the Canada Cup, Frank Demaris. Frank’s celebration of life will be held this Saturday (May 28th) at ELGIN HALL, 14250 Crescent Rd South Surrey, B.C. V4P1L4 from 1 to 4pm for anyone to attend.

 

RCMP Shooting In Surrey

 

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Surrey in which one woman has been injured.

Just after noon today on May 24, 2022, frontline officers from the Surrey RCMP were called to the 10500-block of King George Boulevard for a report of a woman with a weapon. Officers deployed to the area and located the woman in the 10400-block of King George Boulevard, who was reportedly still in possession of the weapon. During an interaction between the woman and police, shots were fired by officers and the woman was injured.

The woman was taken to a local area hospital with what are believed to be serious injuries.

The IIO BC has been notified and will be investigating police actions in this incident. While the Surrey General Investigation Section is a conducting a concurrent Criminal Code investigation. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

 

May 21, 2022

Joyce Murphy Ruggeri

(find her through FACEBOOK)

Hello, I am looking for the lady with the big black dog that attacked my two Yorkies (Friday) . Our babies are in bad shape.

This happened in the soccer field next to the school at South Surrey Athletic Park, 20th Rotary way. I am also looking for the Teacher that ran to help, I would like to thank her and may need her as a witness. Any help from anyone would be great. Even if you know where this dog lives.

The dog was off leash and looked something like this dog.

 

May 20, 2022

 Help locate missing person – Douglas Blake

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a 66-year-old man who was reported missing in South Surrey.

On May 19 at 1:00 p.m., Douglas Blake was reported missing from 1600-block 140 Street. He was last seen at approximately 9:30 a.m. and is believed to have departed on foot. Family and police are concerned for Douglas’s wellbeing.

Douglas Blake is described as a 66-year-old Caucasian man, 5’7, 182 lbs, clean shaven with short grey hair. Douglas was last seen wearing a grey golf shirt, grey hoodie, and a beige baseball cap with navy blue brim. Douglas may appear confused or disoriented. (See picture attached).

Anyone with information that could assist police with locating Douglas Blake is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

May 19, 2022

Surrey's Newest Town Centre

For years the city of Surrey maintained their southern most town centre would be located at 20th avenue and 162nd street. Did anyone actually believe that. For reasons yet to be explained the city of Surrey and White Rock have never sat down at a table and worked on creating a workable community centre that would enhance both communities.

Pictured above is the most recent artist rendering of the proposed development of the Semiahmoo Mall parcel of land.

If you have been to Whalley lately you will have noticed there are roughly two dozen towers reaching for the sky. And that is a good thing. That is where they belong.

The 50 year build out of the Lower Mainland has constantly emphasized development should be built along transit corridors. (See YELL IT LIKE IT IS editorial). Let's just hope Surrey know when to stop and we don't end up with Whalley south.

 

 

May 18, 2022

Whale of a Time

Kathy Paterson photo

Have you seen the gray whale that has turned up in Semiahmoo Bay this week?

Drone photo courtesy Dave Firby

Migrating whales often find solace in Semiahmoo Bay on their way up or down the coast. If you are heading down to the bay to catch a glimpse take your binoculars, as our visitor does not come in too close to the shore due to the shallow water.

Tyler Ingram photo

 

 

MAY 16, 2022

Closing

How many times have you driven by this beautiful little church in the Hazelmere district of South Surrey?

The United Church has sold the lovely little church in the wild wood. The church has been purchased by another church. Seventh Day Adventists. Can’t be torn down as it’s a heritage building

 

 

 

May 15, 2022

New Grizzlee On East Beach

Members of the SLAVIN family, friends and neighbours came together yesterday afternoon for a dedication ceremony of the new "Grizzlee" sculpture the SLAVINS have donated to the City of White Rock. The original sculpture had deteriorated over the past 2 decades the sculpture has graced our waterfront.

White Rock Councillor CHRISTOPHER TREVEYLAN officiated the ceremony and told of the history of the sculpture. Originally donated by the SAVINS in 1999, the sculpture is in memory of a young LEE SLAVIN (son) who lost his life on Marine Drive directly across from where the sculpture is located on the promenade on the waterfront.

 

Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver postponed

Amtrak will postpone restoring its Cascades passenger-train service between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., until possibly December due to a lack of personnel. and bookings since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Service has been suspended since March 2020

Approximately 159,000 people per year rode between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., before the pandemic, or 290,000 when including stations between the big cities, Matkin said.

 

May 14, 2022

Winter Street Fire

White Rock Fire & Rescue were quick on the scene to a fire on the second floor of a Winter street apartment bldg. yesterday morning @ 5:30.

The fire was quickly extinguished containing the damage to just the one suite. The resident of the suite was transported to hospital with smoke inhalation but is expected to make a full recovery.

 

May 13, 2022

Thanks For The Tip



White Rock RCMP had a man from Vancouver come to White Rock on Monday and go from business to business stealing tip jars. The sad thing is that we charged this man two years ago for just helping himself in a store and he has over 100 court convictions, a similar number of charges stayed or withdrawn (usually for plea deals in court)....it is a reflection a justice system where prolific property offenders get processed by police with, in his case, NO correction by the system. In my view, there is a major system/law problem when a person accumulates over 100 convictions over the years and continues to commit crime.  Keeping in mind that convictions are only the offences that were detected and evidence existed to convict...there are likely 100's and 100's more that are not reflected on his record.  In any event, we will be charging him again. 

Kale Pauls / NCO White Rock RCMP

 

 

May 12, 2022

Healing The Hurt

(Scott Kristjanson photos)

Family members, friends, band members and Semiahmoo council members were all on hand for the official celebration of GRAND CHIEF BERNARD CHARLES PLAZA and PARK RENAMING ceremony yesterday morning.

Chief HARLEY CHAPPEL officiated at the ceremony providing a brief history on his uncle BERNARD CHARLES who was the Chief of the Semiahmoo First Nations for 33 years. CHAPPELL also spoke of how for many years band members felt slighted every time the drove by the park which for years bore the name TOTEM PARK. The Semiahmoo Band was never consulted on the naming of the plaza which was gifted to the Semiahmoo people to reconcile injustices on the first nations people by the RCMP.

It is interesting to note the plaza does not contain any "totems" as the carved structures on the plaza are in fact "house poles."

l-r Harley Chappell & Council members Jennine Nicole Cook/Joanne Charles - White Rock councillors Chesney and Kristjanson flank Mayor Darryl Walker

Semiahoo band council and White Rock council members. 

 

Earlier this month our members were on patrol in S. Surrey, when they observed two dirt bikes with no licence plates, turn east on 32 Ave.

Officers attempted to pull over the lead bike, but the driver accelerated away. Air 1 was overhead, and followed the bike, which ran stop signs, turned down many streets and went into greenspaces in an attempt to evade capture. Eventually the driver was apprehended.

Since the driver is a youth and has no prior negative police history, Restorative Justice or Youth Intervention program are being considered at this time.

 

Surrey Outdoor Pools Begin Opening May 16

 

City of Surrey outdoor pools are set to welcome back patrons over the next two months, which will see all pools open by June 25. Most pools are opening between one week and one month earlier this year, to align with the school schedule and to provide additional swim opportunities for the community.

“Surrey’s outdoor pools play a valuable role in our communities during the summer months, not only providing residents exercise and recreation opportunities, but as a place to escape the heat”, said Mayor Doug McCallum. “With pandemic restrictions lifted, I am especially pleased that we are able to open all the outdoor pools earlier this summer for our residents to enjoy.”

Pool Opening Schedule:

  • May 16:

    • Bear Creek (13820 - 88 Avenue)

    • Greenaway (17901 - 60 Avenue)

    • Sunnyside (15455 - 26 Avenue)

Admission for public swimming is free on a first come, first serve basis with regular capacities. Lane swimming is again available this year and certified, instructor-led Red Cross swimming lessons will be available for a fee.

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

To learn more, visit www.surrey.ca/outdoorpools. For swimming lesson rates and schedule information, visit: www.tidesout.com.

 

May 10, 2022

White Rock Council

COUNCIL REWIND - Last evening's Council Highlights

l-r Nancy De Vink / Debbie Lawrence Pickleball White Rock

-PICKLEBALL WHITE ROCK delegation appeared before council requesting the NE tennis/pickleball court be converted to pickleball only. Council unanimously approved the request.

- Staff Sergent KALE PAULS of the White Rock RCMP detachment present the first quarter policing results to council.

- Council reviewed the White Rock Financial Plan 2022-2026. A special meeting of council will be held Thursday evening to pass the budget.

Land Use and Planning Committee 6:30 p.,m. (click for agenda)

Regular Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. (click for agenda)

 

Happening In Whalley - Surrey Council Agendas

 Surrey is piloting a new mobile outreach program that will pair City Bylaw Officers with contracted Social Workers to support unhoused individuals in City Centre. These ‘SMART Cart’ teams will provide immediate support to move individuals towards housing and other needed support services.

During its Regular Council Meeting on Monday, Surrey Council voted to approve a contract with Lookout Housing and Health Society to supply trained and qualified community service workers as part of the SMART Cart teams for a period of one year, at a cost of $692,754.

The ‘SMART Cart’ project is funded through the federal Safe Restart Agreement fund, which is being administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities through the ‘Strengthening Community Services’ grant program that makes funding available for projects to address COVID-19 impacts for vulnerable populations. The City, in partnership with BC Housing and Fraser Health, is implementing the first six projects of the Pandemic Response Program funded through the grant. Learn more about the Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table  here

In partnership with the Province, the City of Surrey is delivering on much-needed housing across our city. In 2021, a total of 139 Supportive Housing Units opened in Surrey This year, another 387 Supportive and Transitional Housing Units will come on stream in Surrey Read more about supportive housing projects in the City of Surrey here.

 

May 05, 2022

Keep The RCMP In White Rock

Following the recent announcement that an independent panel of elected officials from all parties had reported back to the Legislature that there was a strong demand for a Provincial police force. A number of mayors across the region have gone on record of their desire to pursue or curtail such a move.

White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER told THE PROVINCE newspaper he is very satisfied with the service the city of White Rock receives from the local detachment of the RCMP.

 

Do You Know Someone Who Has Made Our Community Better?

SOUTH SURREY-WHITE ROCK NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH II PLATINUM JUBILEE MEDALLION

It’s all about service, achievement, and making our community better: Kerry-Lynne Findlay, PC, QC, MP for South Surrey-White Rock

 Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee is an opportunity “to recognize the community contributions and individual achievements” of people in South Surrey and White Rock who are making our community better, says Member of Parliament, Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay.

“For 70 years, Her Majesty has been an unwavering example of service and the jubilee is an opportunity to reach out and honour those South Surrey and White Rock residents who exemplify that same sort of commitment,” said Findlay. “We are celebrating those who make our community better, while we pay tribute to the lifetime of work and commitment of the Queen. MP Findlay commissioned the Platinum Jubilee Medallions as a practical and appropriate way to mark this incredible jubilee milestone. I cannot think of another person who is still on the job after 70 years, and her devotion to duty speaks volumes about Queen Elizabeth.”

Findlay said nomination details and application forms are available at www.klfindlay.com with nominations required by May 20th, 2022.

“I have put together a selection panel who will help me identify the Jubilee Medallion recipients in South Surrey-White Rock,” added Findlay. “We will be looking for individuals who have made contributions in any number of fields, including community service, business, arts and culture, sports, education, and volunteerism. In short, we’re looking to honour those who make us better as Canadians.”

The names of the Jubilee Medallion recipients will be announced by June 13th, 2022 and a recognition ceremony will be hosted by the Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay on June 30th.

 

May 03, 2022

Making History

Read all about it! We are starting a new monthly feature, highlighting a past Surrey Leader newspaper cover. Check out what made the headlines on May 17, 1962 under Extra Extra at

 

Don't Throw It In The Garbage - Return It

When you start your Spring clean up of the garage and the basement, don't throw some of that crap in the garbage please. The RETURN IT CENTRE in South Surrey will be happy to take it off your hands. Products they accept:

Paint, household hazardous waste, commercial and residential lights bulbs,

White Rock Return-It Depot

3221 140 Street, South Surrey,

 

May 02, 2022

We Did It!

The goal for yesterday's HIKE FOR HOSPICE was $40,000.00 to honour the 40th anniversary of Peace Arch Hospice Society.

Congratulations to all the walkers and everyone who came out yesterday, the final tally was $60,000.00

Thank you one and all.

White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER said it best when he spoke to the crowd by saying "This is the greatest community in the world, when the call goes out we ALL turn up!"

If you wish you can still make a donation for another week - (CLICK HERE)

 

May 01, 2022

Kevin Falcon Wins By-election

Voters in the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena on the city's west side chose South Surrey resident Kevin Falcon as their new MLA on Saturday.

Falcon, who became the new leader of B.C. Liberal Party in February, defeated political science professor Jeanette Ashe, who ran for the NDP; emergency management expert Wendy Hayko who ran for the B.C. Greens; lawyer Dallas Brodie who ran for the B.C. Conservative Party, and businessperson Sandra Filosof-Schipper who ran for the Libertarian Party.

Falcon received 58.61 per cent of the popular vote. His closest competitor was Ashe, who won about 24 per cent of the vote, followed by Hayko with 10 per cent.

A total of 10,579 votes were cast in the byelection.

 

Happening @ Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

Yesterday was the perfect day to release Chinook Salmon into the Little Campbell River. 44,000 fish were sent down the river - let’s hope some of them come back.

We are blessed to have this habitat right in our city. Thank you so much to all the volunteers for their dedication to for this hatchery for so many years.

Surrey councillor and mayoral hopeful BRENDA LOCKE was on hand with her grandchildren for the event.

 

April 29, 2022

High Drama In Uptown White Rock

Late yesterday morning White Rock and Surrey Fire and Rescue crews were on hand at the SOLEIL highrise tower that is under construction at the corner of 16th avenue and Johnston Road. The crews were responding to an emergency call regarding the operator of the lower of the two construction towers on the George street (East) side of the construction site.

The crane operator was having a medical situation that necessitated the rescue crews to perform a high angle rescue. As residents watched from the safety of the sidewalk the crane operator was successfully brought down and transported to the Peace Arch Hospital. The operator is expected to make a full recovery.

 

April 27, 2022

Afternoon Fire Call

Emergency crews responded quickly to a fire alarm yesterday afternoon in uptown White Rock. A fire broke out @ 4 p.m. in a third floor apartment of MARTIN MANOR in the 1500 block of Martin street.

When fire crews arrived at the suite that set off the smoke alarm they found a woman in the suite who was suffering from smoke inhalation and she was rushed to the hospital where she is expected to make a full recovery.

Smoke and water damage to a couple of adjoining suites has caused at least two tenants to vacate temporarily.

 

Aril 26, 2022

Never Say Die

Following two decisions by the BC Provincial courts that the city of White Rock was within its rights to stop construction of the LADY ALEXANDER development in the 1300 Block of Johnston Road, the matter is not over.

The city of White Rock has recently received word from the owners of the property (GSR) they intend on appealing the two decisions of the lower courts to the Supreme Court of Canada.

 

Public comment period open on Massey Tunnel replacement

The early engagement phase of the environmental assessment process is underway for the proposed toll-free eight-lane tunnel to replace the aging George Massey Tunnel.

The proposed project, called the Fraser River Tunnel Project, would also include a multi-use pathway, providing an active transportation connection for the first time at this location. The existing tunnel would be removed once the new immersed tube tunnel is complete.

This first public comment period held by the Environmental Assessment Office runs from April 25 until June 9, 2022. People are invited to provide feedback about how they want to be engaged throughout the environmental assessment process and to identify key interests and issues with project design or location.

(CLICK HERE TO BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION)

 

First New Recruit Class Joins Surrey Police Service   

  
Photo of SPS Chief Norm Lipinski and Deputy Chiefs Michael LeSage, Jennifer Hyland and Todd Matsumoto (4 recruits were not part of this photograph)

Surrey Police Service (SPS) has welcomed its first class of new recruits who will now begin their training to become Constables with SPS. This is an historic event as this is the first group of police officers who will start their policing careers with SPS. 

On April 25, 2022, 14 recruit officers started their two-week onboarding course with SPS, before they begin their training at the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) Police Academy. Their training will include a total of 23 weeks of training at the JIBC, and 21 weeks of field training at SPS. In March 2023, the recruits will graduate as “Certified Municipal Constables” and join our significant contingent of SPS experienced officers.  

 

White Rock Council Rewind

- Community Photographers Donna Wooldridge, Corry Kriticos and Christy Fox attended the meeting to be recognized for the promotion of the  community through their photographs.


(l-r) Donna Wooldridge/Christy Fox/Corry Kriticos

- May 11, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. has been set as the date/time for the official naming ceremony of Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Memorial Plaza Sign.

- Council defeated the motion to charge for Freedom Of Information requests

- The report on AFFORDABLE HOUSING met with much discussion, debate, and in the end few of the pillars of the report were even accepted for future discussion.

(watch the council meeting in 2 weeks time - click here)

 

April 22, 2022

 

R.I.P. Uli

Bit of a tough one yesterday.

Yesterday Uli, my father, my mentor and the visionary and original proprietor of Uli’s Restaurant passed away after battling illness for a few years.

He was one of the original restaurateurs on White Rocks Marine Drive. Uli lived nearly 40 years in White Rock and he made a lot of friends and fondly called White Rock his home. He loved and celebrated life with an exorbitant passion. He would have wanted us to lift a glass in his memory.

Tyson Blume (owner and son of ULi's)

 

April 21, 2022

4/20 in White Rock

Pictures courtesy LISA NOLAN

A Little Bud the legal cannabis store on Johnston Road in uptown White Rock yesterday proved they have a sense of humour. All day long outside of their venue a giant mobile read-aboard was parked with the message CELEBRATE 420 WITH DONUTS & DOOB IES.

The popular mini-donut cart from our waterfront was on hand out front all day long. It certainly got our attention.

4/20 BACKGROUNDER

In 1971, five San Rafael High School students were tired of Friday night football games and searching for parties. The five students called themselves the “Waldos,” referencing the wall they would sit on at their school. The wall, located in the main courtyard in front of the cafeteria, was the perfect spot for the Waldos to work on impressions of their fellow classmates and teachers. 

They began occupying their time with adventures called “safaris,” after Steve Capper took them to what is now Silicon Valley in search of a holographic city that he read about in Rolling Stone. Safaris were a way for the Waldos to challenge one another to come up with something out of the box to do. Most took place in the Bay Area, but sometimes they traveled farther afield in California. There were two rules to safaris: They had to go somewhere new, and participants had to be stoned.

One day, the Waldos met at 4:20 p.m. for a “safari” and smoked all the Panama Red and Acapulco Gold — marijuana strains popular at the time for their potency and energizing qualities — they could get their hands on. The mission of this particular safari was to find an abandoned patch of weed. The meeting time stuck, as did the weed choice and their constant soundtrack of New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead and Santana. Eventually, “420” became a secret code for the Waldos whenever they wanted to smoke.

 

To commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 2019, the City partnered with a number of community groups to plant 550 trees at Maple Park and 360 at Hazelnut Meadows Community Park.

Yesterday (Tuesday) to recognize and honour the community’s efforts, Mayor and Council unveiled a commemorative engraved rock at Maple Park.

 

April 20, 2022

Dollar Short

 

April 19, 2022

Serious Accident Closes HWY 10

Surrey RCMP closed Highway 10 in both directions yesterday between 168 Street and 172 Street due to a serious collision.

Monday afternoon at approximately 2:49 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to the report of a collision involving a tractor trailer and a sedan at the

Intersection of Highway 10 and 168 Street.  One driver wad been transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Due to serious nature of the collision, Highway 10 was shut down with traffic control personnel in place.

The highway was closed to traffic overnight but has now reopened as of 6:99 a.m.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dash camera footage from the area at the time of the collision is asked to contact

Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

April 16, 2022

COMING & GOING

The Ever Changing Retail Landscape of White Rock

....Coming

FIELDSTONE bakery from Ocean Park will soon open a White Rock location in the old money exchange store front on Russell Avenue.

 

THE GALLERY has vacated their Central Plaza location to take up residence on Pacific Avenue across the Road from the Star of the Sea Hall. For all your art supplies, framing and picture reproductions.

 

RICARDOS ice cream shop will soon be expanding to double the size of their location on Marine Drive across the street from the museum.

 

Two great new dining options for East Beach, DONAIR in the old Poultry IN Motion location and just up the street a new Japanese restaurant. Both great options for grab and go food to take over to the beach.

 

....Going

LE SASQUATCH on Marine Drive had thrown in the proverbial towel and moved on.

Traditionally in very short order someone will drive into White Rock on a sunny day, take a look around and say "Hey I can make a fortune with a restaurant on Marine Drive"

 

 

It's Always Sunny On COSMIC ALLEY

Did you know you can now own (without stealing it) your very own COSMIC ALLEY street sign?

Stop into White Rock city hall and pick yours up.

 

April 14, 2022

Don't Take Your Guns To Town (or the park)

A US man was arrested by BC RCMP Federal Policing Border Integrity officers after he apparently crossed the border into Canada illegally.

On March 31, 2022, US citizen, John Wright, is alleged to have illegally entered Canada through the Surrey Peace Arch State Park border and joined a Canadian woman in a waiting cab. BC RCMP Federal Policing Border Integrity officers quickly responded and arrested Wright under the Customs Act. Upon further investigation, three loaded handguns and a stun gun were seized.

Wright was charged with Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition contrary to the Criminal Code, as well as Smuggling, and Fail to comply contrary to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Wright was remanded until a hearing could be held to determine his bail requirements. No further charges have yet been laid. The BC RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Border Integrity unit continues its investigation.

Committed to its mandate of securing Canada’s vast borders and protecting Canadians from serious and organized crime, the BC RCMP Federal Policing Border Enforcement Team continues to use the latest and most advanced technology to monitor the borders in its ongoing efforts to prevent, detect, and disrupt the greatest threats to the safety and security of Canadians.

 

April 12, 2022

White Rock Council Rewind

- MIKE HERRICK of the local Westcoaster Car Club made a presentation to White Rock council on the possibility of the city hosting a giant custom car/hot rod show as part of this year's Sea Festival on July 31. The plan would see the popular car show which has been staged in Semiahmoo Park for the past 15 years, move to uptown White Rock.

- Council ha d a first look at the proposed theme of a public art installation at the corner of Thrift Avenue and Johnston Road. Vancouver Island artist MARIANNE NICOLSON has been chosen to create a public art piece financed through the SALTAIRE condo development contribution to the city for public art. The majority of council voted to only approve the design after full consultation is held with the Semiahmoo First Nations input on the design.

- An update was presented to council on the challenges on why the City of White Rock receives very little interest in filming in the city.

- Speaking of the SEMIAHMOO nation the final touches are being put on the renaming of of the city park which surrounds Grand Chief BERNARD CHARLES plaza on Johnston road. The city is also finalizing it's participation in the annual NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY celebrations on June 21.

- Council will be sending a request to the owners of the FOSTER MARTIN project uptown to request the toning down of the huge decorative lights that run the entire length of the two towers. The city has received numerous complaints form local residents on the light pollution caused by the lights.

-Councillors MANNING and CHESENEY voted for Councillor CHESNEY'S motion to replace the title of the INDIAN ACT which is the arching legislation that governs First Nations in Canada. The motion put forth by CHESNEY a number of months ago received a request from the UBCM (Union of British Columbia Municipalities) in that they somehow felt it would hinder future negotiations with First Nations people.

MAYOR WALKER and councillors ERIKA JOHANSON/CHRISTOPHER TREVEYLAN and SCOTT KRISTJANSON voted in favour of removing the motion

(click here to watch the live stream of the council meeting)


Help locate missing person- Debra Yaremko

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing 45-year-old woman who was last seen in South Surrey.

On April 11, 2022 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report that Debra Yaremko had gone out for a walk around 9:00 a.m. and failed to return in the expect time.  Debra was last seen in the 2100-block of 165 Street.  Police and family are concerned for Debra’s well-being as they have not been able to make contact with her.

Debra Yaremko is described as a 45-year-old female, 5’4”, 114 lbs, with blonde hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing pink shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

Surrey Council

Surrey council voted Monday evening on a controversial limit to the work of the city's ethics commissioner that some councillors say will stifle accountability.

In a five-to-three vote, council voted to order a moratorium on new ethics investigations by the commissioner beginning Tuesday and lasting until the day after the Oct. 15, 2022, civic election.

The vote displayed the typical division council has seen this term: Mayor Doug McCallum and the four remaining members of his Safe Surrey slate edged out the remaining councillors. Coun. Steven Pettigrew, who left the mayor's team in 2019, was not present.

During this council's term, issues related to ethics and transparency have become fodder for often-nasty disputes between McCallum and his supporters on one side and the rest of council on the other. 

Council was similarly divided on a now-approved $10 fee for freedom of information requests.McCallum and his slate passed the fee in another close vote; they argued it would cut down on frivolous FOI claims while opponents said it would make the city and its government more 

 

(click here to listen to JACK HUNDIAL and BRENDA LOCKE rewind Monday's council meeting)

 

Road Closure

courtesy Bob Douglas

Disney production of “Prom Pact” was filming yesterday in White Rock.

It’s unbelievable how much equipment it takes. The trucks are lined up for blocks. The city of White Rock received a fee of $3,000.00 fee for access to the city for all day filming.

 

August 10, 2022

South Surrey victim succumbed to injuries

 

 On April 6, 2022, at around 1:30 a.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to shots fired at a home at 24 Avenue and 152A Street. On arrival, first responders found a 33-year-old man with critical injuries. He was transported to hospital for treatment. 

To further advance the investigation and identify potential witnesses, the victim is being identified as David Goldstein from White Rock. On April 8, 2022, David Goldstein succumbed to his injuries. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) continues to investigate.

IHIT is working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), and the BC Coroners Service to gather priority evidence. Homicide investigators are speaking to witnesses and continuing their canvassing.  At this time, the shooting does not appear random and is not connected to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict

IHIT is looking to speak to anyone who knew David Goldstein or the activity at that residence. Homicide investigators are also interested in gathering surveillance video or dash-cam footage from the area of 24 Avenue and 152A Street on April 6 at around 1:30 a.m.

“We are looking to establish a timeline of events,” said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, “we ask Mr. Goldstein’s associates to come forward and provide information key to this investigation.”

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

 

April 06, 2022

Expect an announcement in the near future that MIRAMAR VILLAGE has inked a deal for its anchor retail outlet - a large grocery store.

The manager of Thrifty Foods @ Morgan Crossing has been telling shoppers the retail food chain will soon open a new outlet in uptown White Rock.

 

City breaks ground on eight new pickleball courts in Crescent Park   

  

The City of Surrey has begun construction on eight new dedicated pickleball courts in South Surrey’s Crescent Park. The project is expected to be complete this summer. When complete, Surrey will have over 80 outdoor pickleball courts.   

“The popularity of pickleball continues to grow and that’s why Council has approved eight new pickleball courts to be built in Crescent Beach,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “The new courts are just one of 28 projects that make up the $428M Surrey Invests program that will ensure Surrey’s public recreation amenities keep pace with the tremendous growth we are experiencing in our City.” 


Continued growth in new listings a hopeful sign for home buyers in the Fraser Valley

For the third consecutive month, new listings in the Fraser Valley continued to climb in March giving buyers more to choose from, helping to increase overall active inventory to levels not seen since last July.

Property sales remain robust, as Benchmark prices, the price of a ‘typical’ home, continued to increase month-over-month.

In March, the FVREB processed 2,580 residential and commercial sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), a decrease of 22.5 per cent compared to March 2021 and 41.4 per cent more than were processed in February.

 

April 05, 2022

Our Loss - Canada's Gain

Stephanie Cadieux, who represents Surrey South, is the first woman with a disability to serve in the legislature and in cabinet, where she held a number of portfolios including children and family development, social development and labour.

Cadieux said leaving the B.C. legislature and her role serving the people of her riding and the province is tough but the opportunity is the right one.

"This work here at the legislature, you don't really know what you're getting into when you first sign up for the job and the first while is scary and new and overwhelming, but it really becomes so much a part of what you are, who you are, that leaving is difficult,'' she said in an interview with the Canadian Press on Monday.

A statement from Employment and Social Development Canada described Cadieux as a longtime supporter of people with disabilities.

"Stephanie Cadieux is a change leader, an advocate for diversity, accessibility, disability inclusion and an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in planning and leadership roles,'' says the federal background document.

The document says Cadieux has experience that allows her to have a deep understanding of accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities, adding she has served as a director and peer co-ordinator at the B.C. Paraplegic Association.

Cadieux, who is 49, has used a wheelchair since she suffered spinal injuries in a car accident when she was 18 years old.

 

Sunday afternoon we were called out to assist a sailboat in trouble in White Rock.

The boat had ended up damaging its rudder on the beach after it had dragged anchor due to the high winds.

Sunday's winds were forecast several days earlier. Mariners are reminded to check weather reports.

 

With thousands of displaced Ukrainians expected to relocate to British Columbia over the coming months, the Province is expanding services and supports to connect individuals and families to the help they need.

“Ukrainians fleeing their country from Russia’s invasion have sacrificed so much in their pursuit for health and safety,” said Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Our government’s priority is to ensure that every newcomer who arrives in B.C. has access to the services and supports they need as they adjust to life in Canada.”

A new, dedicated Welcoming Ukraine portal is operational and provides information to Ukrainians who are moving to the province, as well as for British Columbians who want to volunteer or donate to show their support: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tourism-immigration/ukraine/welcome

The website, which is also available in Ukrainian and Russian, complements Service BC’s phone line and is part of a series of supports the Province will be rolling out over the coming months. Service BC’s phone line is available at 1 800 663-7867.

 

 

April 03, 2022

Walk On

The weather co-operated and the White Rock Walk for Ukraine drew a good crowd to Memorial Park for the 10 a.m. start.

At the end of the 2 km return walk the plaza hosted speakers and the Ukrainian Children's Choir.

Monies raised by donations will go towards the Ukraine refugees.

 

Nude Beach Vandalized - AGAIN

The Surrey United Naturists clothing optional beach south of Crescent Beach has been vandalized again. The members of the sunworshippers club were quick to respond this week to clean up the graffiti.

With everything else going on in the world, it is hard to fathom a member of the South Surrey community feels compelled to time and time again vandalize the beach. Th individual is known to the club, but they have simply not had the opportunity to catch him in the act - yet.

 

Bee Kind

Roberta Braddock has placed the mason bee larva in the community garden house today!

When they heat to 10 degrees the larva begin to hatch out into mason bees.

Off they fly into the garden pollinating the plants they find.

Hopefully each bee comes back to the box to lay their eggs for next years bees!

 

April 02, 2022

Did You get caught in an April Fools Day prank yesterday.

A look back on how the old Peace Arch News used to rile up the community back in the day when they actually delivered the newspaper to homes more than once a week.

Former Councillor/Alderman Vin Coyne used to say that he HATED the April Fools stories in the local papers, saying that starting at 7am, his phone would be ringing off the hook for hours.

“No, Shirley – it's an April Fools joke – we haven't made all the roads in town pedestrian-only.

You can still drive and get your groceries – hold on, I've got another call...

 

WE ASKED AND YOU RESPONDED

We had less than 48 hours to reach our $200,000 goal for the Coldest Night of the Year and because of your generous contributions, we over-exceeded our goal!

Thank you all for your continued support. We are feeling so loved today from your kind gestures to help us.

 

April 01, 2022

This Is Not An April's Fool Joke 



Do you have a location in White Rock that you think could use some enforcement from our officers? 

CONTACT INFO

Telephone: 778-545-4800 - Non-emergency 

Hours of operation - 

General services

Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

March 31, 2022

See something suspicious in your neighbourhood?

Unknown vehicles idling, possible drug activity – if you get that gut feeling something isn’t right please call the police so we can investigate.

http://ow.ly/MisZ50IwpKO

 

 

March 30, 2022

In June We Become Softball City

2022 CANADA CUP ANNOUNCES LARGEST INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN PAST DECADE

Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the acclaimed Canada Cup Women’s International Softball Championship are thrilled to announce the tournament will proceed June 17 – 26 at Softball City (aka South Surrey Athletic Park 2oth avenue and 148th street South Surrey.

 

Fun Fact:

Today is International Mermaid Day and the City of White Rock’s Coat of Arms has both a mermaid and a merman!

The mermaid and merman represent both the men and women who have created the community and the spirit of the sea.

What other nods to White Rock do you see?

 

March 23, 2022

Tour de White Rock postponed until 2023

 

The City of White Rock’s Tour de White Rock cycling event will be postponed this summer with plans to return in 2023. 

The uncertainty remaining as a result of the pandemic, specifically around international travel for race participants and sponsorship, has unfortunately produced an environment in which organizers cannot ensure a successful event. Event organizers feel that the uncertain traveling conditions will make it difficult to attract high-profile riders which in turn makes it challenging to secure sponsorship.

Tour de White Rock is one of six professional road cycling events held as a part of BC Superweek. Five of the six BC Superweek events are being postponed for 2022, including Tour de Delta, New West Grand Prix, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, the PoCo Grand Prix, and the Tour de White Rock. City of Burnaby has indicated that it will host the Giro di Burnaby in some form this summer as an independent event.

 

When you purchase anything from the SUPERFLJUITY STORE on Everall street in White Rock, you inadvertently are helping keep our Peace Arch Hospital running. Take a bow to the hard working volounteer women that man the cash tills at the store. Give them a great big thank you next time you are in.

If you have any excellent used goods drop them off at the back door in the alley, this places runs on donations.

Our largest single commitment since the beginning of the Auxiliary in 1948.

 

March 22, 2022

Surrey Has Just Released Their New Town Centre Design

For years Surrey was on the record their souther town centre would be located @ 152nd street & 20th avenue. If you believed that I have some ocean front property for sale in Abbotsford you might want to see.

(click here for the full document)

 

 

March 19, 2022

Welcome To THE ROCK

Great day to come to the city by the sea!

Don’t ruin it with a $368 fine for using your cellphone!

 

Last fall, 20,000 daffodils were planted along the Promenade by the White Rock (P'Quals). This week, you will be able to see the daffodils start to bloom - just in time for the first day of spring, tomorrow (Sunday)

 

March 17, 2022

Long stays for dogs at Surrey shelter as adoptions fall during pandemic

After a flurry of adoptions at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Surrey’s animal shelter has seen a steady drop in adoptions, leading to months-long stays for some dogs compared to the previous 11-day average.

“At the start of the pandemic, the average length of stay for dogs at Surrey Animal Resource Centre was 11 days,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “We’ve seen that steadily increase and there are several dogs who have been in the shelter for more than 100 days. I am proud of our Surrey staff who have worked hard to enhance the quality of life for these animals, but what they truly need is a forever home. It’s a good reminder to residents of Surrey that there are many animals in need of a loving owner and are sadly residing in our local shelter for far too long.”

The Surrey Animal Resource Centre (17944 Colebrook Rd.) is open daily from noon to 5 p.m., by appointment only during the pandemic. Donations to the shelter can be made through Canada Helps (http://bit.ly/SARCdonateonline), by phone at 604-574-6622, and items can be purchased through the shelter’s Amazon wishlist (https://bit.ly/SARCwishlist. Physical donations can be dropped off in the blue U-Line bin outside of the shelter during reception hours (noon to 5 p.m.).

 

March 16, 2022

Desiree Dawson Tops SXSW Music Conference in Austin Texas

The premier North American music conference SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST SXSW recently wrapped up their 2022 conference. On the final evening of the conference the awards show recognizes excellence in music and film.

Our very own one time White Rock resident, DESIREE DAWSON was awarded the top video of the year by an artist. The title song of DEISREE'S recent CD "Meet Yo At The Light" deals with a family that is unable to be with a loved member of the family in the hospital due to COVID.

A bittersweet and heartfelt portrait of a young woman and her diabetic father. Performed by Ishaval Gill and her father Kamaldevinder Gill,

 

It has been a big month for DESIREE who also recently received news her CD has been nominated for this years JUNO AWARDS to be held in Toronto Mid-May.

 

 

 

March 13, 2022

They're Back

Hundreds of Canadian flag waving pro,protestors were back at the truck crossing in South Surrey again this weekend. The RCMP have maintained a tight watch on the border for the past couple of weeks monitoring who is passing south of 8th avenue towards the Douglas Border crossing.

Not sure what they are protesting, but then it would seem neither did some of the trucks that bore END THE MASK MANDATE signs?

At the end of the day it seems to have now turned into a TRUDEAU OUT protest.

 

March 12, 2022

Two Sides To Every Story

City of White Rock files affidavits in the Supreme Court of British Columbia including third-party Workplace Investigation Report
The City of White Rock has filed a Petition Response and affidavits in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in response to the petition filed by White Rock Councillor Erika Johanson. View the affidavits here.

 

White Rock Councillor Bullied?

White Rock councillor ERIKA JOHANSON takes legal action against city following bullying allegations 

Erika Johanson is taking legal action against the city over what she claims are false allegations she bullied and harassed staff.

(Read The Full Story - Click Here)

 

March 12, 2022

Grandchild scam intercepted by observant officer getting fuel

Staff Seargent KALE PAULS / White Rock RCMP

On February 7, 2022 a White Rock RCMP officer was fueling their police vehicle near the end of their shift when they noticed a suspicious meeting between the occupants of two vehicles. When one of the individuals noticed the police officer, the physical signs of nervousness became very apparent. The officer approached the group and observed evidence consistent with illegally obtained money in an amount of over $19,000.

The officer leaped from one clue to the next to uncover a suspected grandparent fraud, where the money couriers were passing off their nefariously obtained cash to their boss. The officer pieced together information to locate and connect with victims in the South Surrey area, who will soon be getting their money back. Three people were arrested at scene and the investigation into these frauds continues.

The grandchild or grandson scam involves an individual claiming to be a police officer, lawyer or the victim’s grandchild with a request for money to help with bail or some other embarrassing financial crisis. The victims want to help their family member and overlook red flags that under normal circumstances they would catch, when not worried.

These scammers are very convincing. If anyone asks you for money outside of your normal financial routine, be skeptical states Staff Sergeant Kale Pauls, before you give any information, call your local police to conduct an assessment. Any request by a caller to not call police or tell anyone is a scam.

 

March 10, 2022

Walk On

Proud to have joined with my fellow councillor SCOTT KRISTJANSON in White Rock's first International Women's Day Walk along our waterfront.

We joined the walk with organizer BABEETA CHHABRA and TRINA NESTIBO.

 

March 09, 2022

The City of White Rock work crew is installing a batch of Train Plaques for us! We are grateful for their hard work!

You can purchase your very own Train Plaque and have it engraved with your special message. Purchase before May 15 to have it included in the fall installation.

We can answer all of your questions! Contact us today!

Come by the museum shop, call us, email us, or check out the order form on our website: http://ow.ly/jWw150EX73C

604-541-2221

604-541-2222

 

March 06, 2022

NEW EXCHANGE ZONE

The City of White Rock and the White Rock RCMP have set up an Exchange Zone in front of the White Rock RCMP Detachment. The Exchange Zone is a designated, well-lit area for citizens to complete legal transactions of goods purchased online and a neutral location to transfer children between parents or guardians with a shared custody agreement.

See the link below for more information on the new exchange zone.

 

March 05, 2022

White Rock Fire Rescue is pleased to present the new fire department crest on our uniformed firefighters, with a gold version for chief officers.

Following the firefighter tradition of using a Maltese Cross, the new crest incorporates the City's heraldic shield from our Official Coat of Arms, a red maple leaf, and crossed fire axes to symbolize the commitment to protecting the community. Additionally, the fire hydrant and the EMS Star of Life represent both fire and first responder incidents. Finally, the white rope brings an element of our city by the Sea into the design.

March 03, 2022

The Piano

CONCORD PACIFIC will soon begin construction on a spectacular looking building in the town centre in Whalley.

Where high-rises belong, not in White Rock. At the very least the previous council should have put forth some very strict design guidelines instead of the unimaginative silo boxes we are now saddled with.

FYI

This is the new tower BOSA (who constructed our MIRAMAR village) is planning on crating in Coal Harbour.

Just saying folks.

 

March 02, 2022

We Laughed/We Cried/We Said Goodbye

Daughter ELLIE and husband ROB brought the beautiful ceremony to a close.

Moving Celebration of Life program today for Helen Fathers 18 July, 1970 – 7 February, 2022 included Langley Pastor; Catherine Ferguson, former Mayor; Dave Chesney, Councillor/friend; White Rock Mayor Walker; Harley Chappel- Chief Semiahmoo First Nation; Debbie Lawrence, Community Colleague Husband Rob with Daughter Ellie.

Pattie Petrala

 

March 03, 2022

Surrey's about to be a lot jollier!

Did you hear all the news stories about the opening of the first JOLLIBEE chicken joint in Vancouver last week. Apparently some people lined up overnight to ensure they were able to get a package full of deep fried deliciousness. JOLLIBEE is a fried chicken joint that is famous in the Phillipines.

Surrey's first Jollibee is being built as we speak in the Strawberry Hill area and now there's word a second location is going up at Fraser Highway and 98 Avenue!

 

February 26, 2022

UPDATE - March 06, 2022

The lighting has now returned to normal.

Mayor Darryl Walker, on behalf of White Rock City Council, would like to offer his solidarity with those in the Ukraine. The unprovoked war that Russia has declared on the Ukraine is deplorable and upsetting. We offer our support to those with family and friends in the Ukraine and we stand with the people of Ukraine.

The White Rock Pier lights will be lit up in blue and yellow to reflect the City of White Rock’s support for the country and the people of Ukraine.

STACY ASCAH photo

 

Feb ruary 24m 2022

Surrey's Board of Trade & Mayor McCallum Get Their Way

(Map of proposed expansion stretching from 24th avenue in the north to 8th avenue in the south.)

A years-long proposal and review process for expanding Surrey's Campbell Heights industrial lands has received its full approval from Metro Vancouver Regional District. As a result of the decision, the region’s urban containment boundary, where development can occur, will be extended by 552 acres, with about 400 acres designated as mixed employment, 137 acres as conservation and recreation, and 30 acres for agriculture. Additionally, 33 acres currently designated for mixed employment in the urban containment boundary will now be protected for conservation and recreation.

Last month, after the Semiahmoo First Nation and environmental and other groups expressed opposition to the land use re-designation, the regional district board sent back the proposal to both regional district and City of Surrey staff for additional details on environmental and aquifer protection, and consultation with the First Nation. Opponents to the project argued there was insufficient consultation and study on the re-designation.

Chief HARLEY CHAPPEL of the Semiahmoo First Nations yesterday strongly opposed the move stating the city of Surrey had not engaged in any form of concrete discussions on the expansion of the industrial lands into the headwaters of the Little Campbell River which runs through the Semiahmoo lands.

In a very close vote White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER who is on the board of directors for Metro Vancouver, voted against the expansion.

 

One teen arrested, two injured in an assault

 

Surrey RCMP is informing the public of an assault with a weapon that has left two teens with injuries at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary. The suspect, also a teen, has been taken into custody. 

On February 22, 2022 at 2:39 p.m., Surrey RCMP Frontline officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the school grounds of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary school located in the 6100-block of 180 Street. Two victims were located and taken to hospital in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect remained on scene and was taken into custody.

Early indications are that this incident stemmed from a dispute between teens who were known to each other. The investigation is active and ongoing.

The Surrey RCMP Youth Unit are engaged and are working with Surrey School District staff to ensure youth, parents and staff, are supported. Surrey RCMP’s General Investigations Unit has taken conduct of the investigation. 

If you have any information on this incident, please call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

February 22, 2022

Warming Centre Reopens

With the sudden change in the weather the cold temperatures have caused the City of White Rock to once again operate the day time "warming trailer"

The trailer located in Centennial Park parking lot behind the baseball diamond provides a warm place for up to two dozen locals to get in out of the cold. The warming trailer operates in conjunction with the overnight warming centre at Mount Olive Church @ 24th avenue and 148th street.

February 20, 2022

Truck Crossing Open


Early last evening protestors departed and the roads were re-opened near the Pacific Highway Border Crossing

As of 8 pm, the vast majority of protesters and vehicles departed the area. A small group of protesters remained at the corner of 176 Street and 8th Avenue, on the sidewalk. 

Traffic is now moving on 176 Street in all directions and the public can access the border crossing. Vehicle road checks will remain in place.

Police will be maintaining a large presence, with a continual assessment of the situation.

Investigations remain underway into unlawful activity earlier in the day. This includes reports of intimidation and alleged assault against members of the media.

“It’s been a very busy day for our teams on the ground, and those supporting operations from behind the scenes,” says Sgt Elenore Sturko. “Our work here is not done though, and the public can expect a continued police presence in the days and nights ahead.”  

 

February 17, 2022

Semiahmoo Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Jeremy Stewart! Jeremy is an arts professional with over ten years of administrative experience. Jeremy is very excited to be working with Semiahmoo Arts here in the City of Surrey, where he has made his home for the past four years.

Semiahmoo Arts Society would like to thank Ulee Maschaykh, our departing Executive Director, for her ceaseless energy and commitment to making Semiahmoo Arts a diverse and inclusive organization, where "arts for everyone" is a reality. We all wish her great success in her future endeavours.

Moving forward, Semiahmoo Arts will continue to encourage and support all the creative aspirations within our community.

February 20, 2022

Truck Crossing Open


Early last evening protestors departed and the roads were re-opened near the Pacific Highway Border Crossing

As of 8 pm, the vast majority of protesters and vehicles departed the area. A small group of protesters remained at the corner of 176 Street and 8th Avenue, on the sidewalk. 

Traffic is now moving on 176 Street in all directions and the public can access the border crossing. Vehicle road checks will remain in place.

Police will be maintaining a large presence, with a continual assessment of the situation.

Investigations remain underway into unlawful activity earlier in the day. This includes reports of intimidation and alleged assault against members of the media.

“It’s been a very busy day for our teams on the ground, and those supporting operations from behind the scenes,” says Sgt Elenore Sturko. “Our work here is not done though, and the public can expect a continued police presence in the days and nights ahead.”  

 

February 17, 2022

Semiahmoo Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Jeremy Stewart! Jeremy is an arts professional with over ten years of administrative experience. Jeremy is very excited to be working with Semiahmoo Arts here in the City of Surrey, where he has made his home for the past four years.

Semiahmoo Arts Society would like to thank Ulee Maschaykh, our departing Executive Director, for her ceaseless energy and commitment to making Semiahmoo Arts a diverse and inclusive organization, where "arts for everyone" is a reality. We all wish her great success in her future endeavours.

Moving forward, Semiahmoo Arts will continue to encourage and support all the creative aspirations within our community.

 

 

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February 17, 2022

Semiahmoo Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Jeremy Stewart! Jeremy is an arts professional with over ten years of administrative experience. Jeremy is very excited to be working with Semiahmoo Arts here in the City of Surrey, where he has made his home for the past four years.

Semiahmoo Arts Society would like to thank Ulee Maschaykh, our departing Executive Director, for her ceaseless energy and commitment to making Semiahmoo Arts a diverse and inclusive organization, where "arts for everyone" is a reality. We all wish her great success in her future endeavours.

Moving forward, Semiahmoo Arts will continue to encourage and support all the creative aspirations within our community.

 

February 13, 2022

Shut Down

(photo courtesy Kelly Breaks)

Yesterday at mid-day thousands of protesters turned out in force to block the access to the border truck crossing @ Hwy 15 (176th street). Cars were parked for blocks on either side of 8th avenue and up 176th street from the intersection of 176/8. The RCMP helicopter hovered overhead for most of the afternoon keeping a watchful eye on the crow which was mainly well behaved, but later in the afternoon some protesters carefully pushed their way through the police barricade with their vehicles.

RCMP were able to confine and control the protesters who in large part remained until dinner time. There are still a hand-full of protesters on site today blocking all access to the truck crossing.

........it being South Surrey/Cloverdale area they even arrived by horse.

 

 

February 15, 2022

Border Cleared Out

16th avenue & 176th street looking south Bill Hawke photo

The RCMP manned strategic pinch points for traffic heading south to the truck crossing yesterday. Traffic was re-routed away from the truck crossing as the RCMP set plans to reopen the border. All truck traffic was rerouted to the Aldergrove crossing.

RCMP officer marshaling to march the protestors out of the area. (Don Pitcairn photo)

The RCMP by 9 o'clock last evening formed a line across 176th street and began to slowly moved towards the few protestors that were left over from the massive crowds that arrived on the weekend. It is expected the truck crossing will reopen today. Four protestors were arrested.

On February 14, 2022, starting at approximately 8:30 pm, police engaged protesters and 12 people were arrested. This brings the total arrests to 16, including those taken into custody on February 13. 

Subsequent investigations are underway into unlawful activity that is alleged to have occurred on Saturday February 12.

In addition, multiple vehicles that were blocking 176 Street were removed from the area and the road has re-opened. Vehicles and pedestrians are now able to access the border crossing. 

Surrey RCMP officers were assisted by RCMP E Division, the Lower Mainland Integrated Tactical Troop and surrounding area Detachments.

“Surrey RCMP along with policing partners have used a measured approach throughout this situation to ensure the safety of the police and the public, including young children who were brought to the area by protestors,” says Assistant Commissioner Brian Edwards, Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP. “Local residents and businesses in the area have been patient and supportive as we’ve worked towards a resolution, with public safety always remaining at the forefront.” 

The public can expect to see a continued police presence in the area in the days ahead, with ongoing assessments of the situation.

 

February 14, 2022

Arrests at protest near Pacific Highway Border Crossing

 

Surrey RCMP is confirming that four people have been taken into custody for Mischief at the protests taking place near the Pacific Highway Border Crossing.

In addition, some of the vehicles and protestors who stayed overnight Saturday have now packed up and left the area.

The area near the border remains blocked off by police on 176 Street and feeder routes, and the border crossing remains closed at this time.

The public is asked to continue to avoid the area. The road closures listed earlier remain in effect.

 

February 13, 2022

Shut Down

(photo courtesy Kelly Breaks)

Yesterday at mid-day thousands of protesters turned out in force to block the access to the border truck crossing @ Hwy 15 (176th street). Cars were parked for blocks on either side of 8th avenue and up 176th street from the intersection of 176/8. The RCMP helicopter hovered overhead for most of the afternoon keeping a watchful eye on the crow which was mainly well behaved, but later in the afternoon some protesters carefully pushed their way through the police barricade with their vehicles.

RCMP were able to confine and control the protesters who in large part remained until dinner time. There are still a hand-full of protesters on site today blocking all access to the truck crossing.

........it being South Surrey/Cloverdale area they even arrived by horse.

 

The Chamber has signed on to a letter with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and many other Chambers across the country calling on our political representatives to take action on the growing protests. We appreciate the right to choice and peaceful protest, but we are seeing local economies and communities being detrimentally impacted. As a border community ourselves, we are hearing from local businesses who are experiencing a segment of protestors that are becoming disrespectful, unruly and even dangerous. To read the letter, click here.

The Chamber has many great opportunities for our members in the coming weeks. I encourage you to register and contact me and my team if you have any questions, concerns or ideas.

Most Sincerely,

Ritu Khanna

 

February 11, 2022

Operation Boundary Bay

All this week, from Monday, February 7 to Friday, February 11, Conservation & Protection (C&P) fishery officers from three Lower Mainland detachments and the Whale Protection Unit, based on Annacis Island, have been conducting an enforcement operation on the waters of Boundary Bay, near White Rock.

Working with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), the coordinated operation has been utilizing personnel and a hovercraft from the Sea Island CCG Base to remove crab gear that was illegally set, or lost and abandoned equipment (aka Ghost Gear) in the area.

Persistent long-term non-compliance with shellfish regulations in this location is well known.

 

Kicker Sean Whyte Inks Deal To Come Home To White Rock

The BC Lions announced on Tuesday that National placekicker Sean Whyte is returning to his hometown squad as a free agent.

“It’s an honour to have my career come full circle with the Lions,” said Whyte. “With this great team being put together by Neil McEvoy and coach Rick, that makes it even more exciting to hit the ground running in 2022.”

Whyte, 36, is back with the Lions after originally signing with the team as a territorial exemption in 2007.

The White Rock native spent the last six seasons with the Edmonton Elks, where his accolades included a Grey Cup win in 2015 and team nomination for CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams player in 2019.

Prior to his time with Edmonton, Whyte spent four seasons (2011-14) with the Montreal Alouettes.

After spending his first two seasons with the Lions on the practice squad, Whyte made his CFL debut in place of injured Paul McCallum on July 16th, 2009 against Edmonton.

A graduate of Semiahmoo Secondary, Whyte played junior football with the South Surrey Rams of BCFC and also had a junior college stint down south with the Santa Monica Corsair.

 

February 09, 2022

I Hear That Train A Comin'

For those noticing the Amtrak train zipping through White Rock , it’s just practice as it attempts to reestablish its north Cascades service later this spring.

In a Facebook post Amtrak Cascades announced that it will be doing practice runs between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., over the next few weeks.

The practice runs are necessary for crews to re-qualify in order to start the service back up again.

The route was suspended in March 2020 as the COVID-19 outbreak took hold and the Canadian border was closed to nonessential travel.

 

February 08, 2022

Longtime White Rock councillor Helen Fathers has passed away after “a lengthy illness.”

The City of White Rock made the announcement Tuesday “with very heavy hearts,” while noting her many contributions to the community.

Fathers, who was originally from Nottingham, England, was a White Rock resident for more than 30 years, and “was a passionate community advocate and a true pillar of our community,” a news release notes.

For many years, Fathers served as operations manager of the White Rock Farmers’ Market, and was also the director of the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets. She was a four-term city councillor, having first been elected in 2008.

She continued to serve in that role until her death.

“The loss of Helen Fathers is a loss to the entire White Rock community,” said Mayor Darryl Walker.

“Helen had vision and was committed to serving our community. She was also collaborative and a truly kind and caring person. White Rock City Council has lost a wonderful asset.

“She will be incredibly missed.”

Fathers is survived by her husband, Rob; daughter, Ellie; and mother, Margaret in White Rock, and her father, Bernard, and brother, Rod, in England.

Those wishing to express their condolences to the family can do so by emailing clerksoffice@whiterockcity.ca

 

February 07, 2022

White Rock Council

-Council Meeting Re-cap

- Council rejected the application for a four storey condo in the 1400 block of Vidal street (south of The Beverly highrise)

- Council continued to work with staff to create the budget for operating the city in 2022. Your input is greatly appreciated. Visit the city's website for your chance to be heard

- Council approved the use of Miramar Plaza for two continuing events this year. The Farmer's Market will commence in late April and Christmas on the Peninsula returns in December

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

 

Keep On Truckin'

A handful of supporters turned out in the lunch hour yesterday at the truck crossing in South Surrey. Waving flags and holding placards those in attendance turned up to show their support for the truckers.

 

First Look @ The Monaco

THE MONACO one of the two controversial developments below Thrift avenue on Johnston has released to the public and artist's conception of the new building. The other tower below Thrift(The Lady Alexandra) has been stalled. Read the story below.

At Monaco, extend your living space even further by taking advantage of the exquisite rooftop community garden. This expansive green-space features community garden plots, a putting green, children's play area, private dog run, a barbecue dining space, and a fireplace lounge - perfect for hosting a dinner with friends or sipping a glass of wine.

Luxury living doesn’t end there. Enjoy interior amenities such as a fitness and yoga studio, pet spa, amenity lounge and a DIY/hobby room. Extensive, well-planned amenities are just one more reason you will love coming home to Monaco.

 

 

 

February 06, 2022

Meet The New Boss

Ocean Park resident KEVIN FALCON was chosen yesterday to lead the BC Liberal Party in the next provincial election. It took five rounds of voting yesterday by the membership, but at the end of the day it really was not a race at all. FALCON came up as the front runner from the first vote.

The BC Liberal Party has not indicated if there will be a bi-election to get FALCON a seat in the house.

FALCON'S run for the leadership was orchestrated by another South Surrey resident, former mayor of Surrey DIANNE WATTS

 

February 04, 2022

UPDATE - White Rock Council Wins

Citation:

G.S.R. Capital Group Inc. v. White Rock (City),

 

2022 BCCA 46


The BC Court of Appeal in its judgment yesterday sided with the city of White Rock and dismissed GSR Ventures appeal of an earlier decision that lowered the height of their proposed development.

Read the judgment below.

The controversial development application to build a 12 storey highrise at the corner of Roper Avenue and Johnston road in the lower town centre district of White Rock will learn its fate today.

The current council upon election in 2018 moved quickly to complete one of their campaign promises to lower density in White Rock. The first court case in 2020 went in the favour of the city of White Rock. The property owners appealed the decision in December 2020 and both parties were back in court.

Today the BC Court of Appeals will release their decision. The process has been a long drawn out process. No matter which way the ruling goes the case will be used as a precedent in every Province.

(Click here to read the court's decision)

 

February 03, 2022

City of White Rock staff presented Council with a draft 2022 financial plan at a Finance & Audit Committee meeting on Monday evening. Council now begins a comprehensive review process finalizing the plan prior to final approval by the legislated May 15 deadline.

As a part of the process, the City is inviting citizens to review the draft plan and provide comments until February 16, 2022. Comments received will be summarized and shared with Council for consideration during the process. The draft plan can be reviewed, and comments submitted, by visiting www.talkwhiterock.ca/financialplan.

 

February 02, 2022

Groundhog Day

For years Canada and the United States have celebrated Groundhog Day on this date. In Canada our famous groundhog is Ontario's WIARTON WILLIE while stateside PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL  in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is observed every year. Today is the 136th annual event.

Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on Feb. 2, it will retreat into its burrow, heralding six more weeks of wintry weather. No shadow is said to foretell the early arrival of spring-like temperatures.

This year Vernon BC has jumped on the bandwagon with their own version called OKANAGAN OKIE.

Will Okanagan Okie see his shadow on Groundhog Day? The valley’s furriest weather forecaster will soon give his answer at Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

The centre is bringing the classic Ground Hog Day celebration to the Okanagan with Okie the marmot set to emerge from his burrow at 10 a.m. today. As the old tradition goes, if he emerges and sees his shadow, winter will continue for another six weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, we’ll all enjoy an early spring. Representatives in Vernon are actually hoping for 6 weeks more of winter as their economy thrives with winter visits for recreation.

 

Surrey Pulls Trigger On Their Semiahmoo Centre Plan

The plan, which encompasses 136 hectares (336 acres), is the result of five years of work, engagement, and the involvement of thousands of residents and stakeholders. The result is a contemporary strategy that envisions a compact, sustainable, transit-supportive urban centre. It fosters a community and cultural hub for South Surrey, while presenting updated land uses, infrastructure, and amenities to support 30 years of focused urban growth.

Key features of the plan include: 

·  Focusing growth and redevelopment within the existing Semiahmoo Shopping Centre site and along transit-served mixed-use high streets;

·  A mixed-use medical node north of Peace Arch Hospital to facilitate the expansion of hospital supportive uses, including clinics, specialist offices, pharmacies, etc.;

·  Planned future expansion of RapidBus, which includes four stations proposed along 152 Street and 16 Avenue;

  • Four new neighbourhood parks and extension of the Semiahmoo Trail Greenway;

  • Incentives to encourage the construction of zero carbon operational building

The City of Surrey at Monday's council meeting approved their plans for building out their town centre in South Surrey. For years the city of Surrey put forth the idea they were planning on centering their southern town centre @ 152nd street and 20th avenue.

Care to buy some ocean front property in Arizona?

(click here to see the plans for the massive build out)

 

Taking Leave

In other city news Surrey council voted unanimously to approve councillor STEVEN PETTIGREW'S request to be absent from council duties until the end of April.

PETTIGREW has informed his fellow councillors and staff he is dealing with a private matter.

 

February 01, 2022

McCallum’s Rethink on Ethic’s Commissioner Suspension

BRENDA LOCKE Surrey councillor and confirmed Mayoral candidate for October 2022

The original motion to suspend new investigations by the Surrey Ethics Commissioner Office (SECO) should never have been placed on the Jan 31st, 2022 agenda in the first place.

It was buried in the agenda and presented without a Corporate Report.

The move to Suspend investigations by SECO was felt as a betrayal by the residents of Surrey
 
Cllr Locke “The Office of the Ethics Commissioners plays an important role in democracy in Surrey, especially given the controversy with a sitting Mayor who is criminally charged and sits as the Chair of the Police Board.”

January 30, 2022

SAVED...for the time being

Mayor Walker and our White Rock Council sent a letter to the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors expressing their opposition to this project. Mayor Walker, a member of the Board also voted against it in the last reading. Despite the urging by director Surrey Mayor DOUG MCCALLUM the motion to expand Campbell Heights industrial park into the watershed of the Little Campbell River, the motion was defeated narrowly 64-61.

The Semiahmoo First Nations also came out opposing the expanded development. SFN councillor JOANNE CHARLES said the Semiahmoo people were only consulted for a very short period of time and the band considered negotiations still in their infancy.

 

January 26, 2022

Put Off

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum did not appear in person for his first court date on a charge of public mischief over a police complaint he made in September, alleging his foot had been run over by a car in a grocery store parking lot. His lawyers attended online instead.

The court matter lasted a few minutes and was moved to Feb. 22.

McCallum went public with the claim on Sept. 4, saying he was verbally assaulted and run over by a vehicle.

At the time of the alleged incident, McCallum was in the vicinity of members of Keep the RCMP in Surrey. The group had been collecting signatures for a policing referendum campaign at the South Point Save-on-Foods on 152nd Street.  

 

January 25, 2022

Belated Birthday Wishes

MABEL pictured with niece Semiahmoo band councillor JOANNE CHARLES

MABEL CHARLES the elder matriarch of the Semiahmoo First Nations gathered with friends and family to celebrate her 94th birthday on the weekend.

The wisdom and history MABEL possesses often provides guidance for members of the Semiahmoo band.

Here's to many more happy returns MABEL CHARLES

 

January 24, 2022

 

"No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot."

~ Charles Dickens

Families throughout the province are encouraged to recognize this year’s Family Literacy Week by reading books, playing games, attending online and outdoor events, and connecting with loved ones virtually.

“Many people in B.C. struggle with literacy, and as part of our ongoing effort to build awareness about the importance of developing literacy skills, our government has proclaimed Family Literacy Week from Jan. 23-30 this year,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “This week is an opportunity for families to come together, connect to the joy of literacy and celebrate the benefits of reading with others in their community.”

Pop into the White Rock Library for a Storywalk! Storywalks are a great way to get moving while reading a story. Follow the arrows around the library to read the story and receive a free book.
Place:  White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock BC V4B 1Y6
Date:   ongoing through January 31st
Contact
: 604-541-2201 or www.fvrl.bc.ca
Family Literacy Day: Read with Kids
How do you get kids excited about reading? Join Fraser Valley Regional Library and READ Surrey/White Rock Society for this interactive, family-friendly session for parents and caregivers. Learn tips and tricks to encourage your young or reluctant readers. Register at: www.fvrl.bc.ca > events
Place:  online via zoom
Date:   January 27, 2022
Time
: 1:00pm
Decoda Literacy Solutions has free Family Literacy Week activity sheets to download for families and community programs. To learn more about Family Literacy Week 2022 go to decoda.ca.
READ Surrey/White Rock Society, supports family literacy all year with information, resources, and referrals. Contact readswrs@gmail.com or 778.242.7323 or readsurreywhiterock.com.
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Shanti Ang, Literacy Outreach Coordinator
READ Surrey/White Rock Society
778.242.7323  readswrs@gmail.com

 

January 22, 2022

Here are our traffic enforcement stats for November (125 interactions) and December 2021 (117 interactions).

Speeding and new drivers not following conditions on their license continue to be the top issues.

 

January 21, 2022

Chalk One Up For The Good Gals

No one knows if the dozens of protesters that turned up out front of the Peace Arch Hospital yesterday was the deciding factor, but at the end of the day Fraser Health it would appear has reversed its decision to temporarily close the Pediatric section of our hospital.

Expectant mothers were facing the very real possibility of having to travel to Surrey or Langley to deliver babies for the foreseeable future.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available in the coming days.

 

January 18, 2022

Not Good News For Businesses

B.C. businesses, including restaurants, bars, gyms, event venues, and places of worship will have to put up with COVID-19 restrictions a while longer, after the province announced it is extending current rules.

In her order issued Monday, B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said due to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19 and the burden currently faced by the health-care system, she is extending restrictions which were set to expire at midnight.

The order does not have an expiration date, meaning the restrictions will remain in place until announced otherwise.

 

January 17, 2022

COVID Map

The map above gives you an idea of where the highest density of COVID cases are on the lower mainland. Sadly Surrey leads the way with the highest concentration in the city being in Newton. ON the bright side White Rock/South Surrey is in good shape. Be careful. Don't let your mask or guard down.

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Jan. 2 to 8, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

 

January 16, 2022

Surrey Grows Up

The latest census puts the population of Surrey just 78,589 behind Vancouver's population. The South Surrey district for the past couple of years has been identified as the fastest growing district in all of Canada. One only has to look at the Grandivew Corners and 16th avenue/168th street areas to see evidence of how fast we are growing.

CBC TV & Radio in response to such a growth is once again promoting the fact in the coming months they will once again set up a satellite office South of the Fraser in Surrey to better cover Valley happenings.

The study arrived at the conclusion as of last year the average growth in the Lower Mainland was 7.4%. White Rock? 4.6% growth despite the spare of high-rises that have been constructed.

January 14, 2022

Peace Arch Hospital Opens Emergency Ward

The Peace Arch Hospital quietly opened the new Emergency Ward at the hospital. Due to the COVID restrictions and the desire to ensure everything is working properly, the hospital has delayed a public announcement and dedication for the time being.

DAVE & RANI MANN the major donors for the new facility have been honoured by having the ambulance parking bays dedicated to them.

 

Finally

After years of delay and multiple missed start dates, the city of Surrey and the province of British Columbia finally have begun work to replace the old Bailey bridge on the King George Highway. Currently traffic is directed to one bridge while work begins on removing the north bridge to accommodate work to begin on the new bridge.

There is no confirmed date for completion, but motorists on the Semiahmoo Peninsula will be happy no matter when it is finally completed. Drive carefully.

 

High White Rock

 

$114,396.00 was raised, by you, for the inaugural 12 Days of UNITI campaign!

Thank You Semiahmoo Peninsula residents.

"I am just blown away by the donations. 12 Days of UNITI is about sharing who we are and providing opportunities for the community to get involved. This is going to change people's lives and amp up our ability to provide the best services possible. From the bottom of my heart, thank you." - Jillian Glennie, Associate Director of Development

 

Park for free at the White Rock Waterfront, Monday through Friday - Ends This Month

Visit the waterfront and support local businesses, enjoy restaurants and a variety of shops — all while parking for free during the week until Jan. 31, 2022.

http://ow.ly/mmog50Htl3T

 

January 13. 2022

Businesses can now apply for the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant, a new program the Province has fast-tracked to support B.C. businesses ordered to temporarily close their doors due to recent public-health measures.

“This is not the way any of us wanted to start the new year with more strain on our businesses, families and communities,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “Our government will be there to help hard-hit businesses that have had to shut down and get them some necessary support to help pay their bills. We can get through this together as quickly as possible by going back to the basics – bringing back our COVID-19 safety plans for all businesses, recommitting to our daily health checks and continuing to follow all public-health measures.”

Businesses that were ordered to fully close on Dec. 22, 2021, including bars, nightclubs and lounges that do not serve full meals, gyms, fitness and adult dance centres and event venues that can no longer hold events, can apply for relief grants of between $1,000 and $10,000. Funds from the program, which is expected to support more than 3,000 businesses, can help with expenses such as rent, employee wages, insurance, maintenance and utilities.

“There is no denying these are extremely challenging times for our industry,” said Sara Hodson, president, Fitness Industry Council of Canada. “Supports like the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant are very welcome at this time as many B.C. business owners need all of the financial supports available to us. The fitness and health industry has been committed to doing everything we can to keep people healthy and safe throughout this pandemic. We look forward to reopening and being able to once again provide the essential physical and health benefits of exercise to all British Columbians.”

The total grant amount per business will be based on the number of employees and follows a formula similar to the previous Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant that supported businesses in the spring of 2021. To apply for a grant, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/business-relief

 

Have you renewed your dog licence? Dog owners are reminded that 2021 dog licences expired on Dec. 31.

Renew online at http://ow.ly/tnmG50Hrm1v and sign-up for renewal notifications.

 

We are still accepting and training new Block Watch Captains to ensure they are fully prepared on how to report suspicious activity in their neighbourhood. To learn more on how to start a Block Watch in your area, visit: http://ow.ly/LFsE50HruXl

 

January 12, 2022

White Rock Addresses Cold Weather Shelter

Darryl Walker

White Rock council at the regular meeting of council Monday evening debated staff recommendations while looking for options to create a warming centre in White Rock or one for South Surrey in conjunction with the city of Surrey.

Yesterday morning CBC RADIO was on the phone with Mayor Walker to discuss what has been done to date and what the plans are for the future.

(click here to listen to the interview)

 

Fraser Health Announces Reopening of South Surrey COVID booster clinics

The booster clinics are located at Cloverdale Recreation Centre, South Surrey Recreation Centre both centres are open 7 days a week 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(click here to visit Fraser Health website for more information)

 

White Rock Gets New Bakery

New Fieldstone Bakery going in at the corner of Russell and Johnston Road. This will be a satellite location of the popular Ocean Park location.

Nice to see a new business opening in White Rock.

 

..Also Now Open/Chicko Chicken

White Rock is now home to one of the fastest growing franchises in the Lower Mainland. CHICKO CHICKEN is home to Korean Styled fried chicken. Early reviews are raving about their unique french fries as well as their chicken.

Call ahead for your order and pick it up to dine at home. Home to 10 p.m. daily

(604) 385-6803

 

Brewing equipment has been moved to our new location!

Weather could have been better.

Stay tuned for opening date! 3 dogs will continue to stay open at 1515 Johnston rd until the new location is fully open in the newly expanded Miramar Plaza

 

January 10, 2022

Back To School - Use Extra Caution in School Zones

Return to K-12 for public and independent school students is delayed until Monday January 10th. Teachers and staff will return the first week of January to implement enhanced safety measures to support in-class learning. During this time, schools will be open for students whose parents work in the health care system and for students with exceptional needs — school districts will communicate to parents about this.

Enhanced safety measures include:

• Maximizing space between people

• Enforcing mask wearing

• Preventing crowding during class transition times

• Holding virtual school gatherings and events; if they must be in-person, capacity is reduced to 50% operating capacity

• Holding virtual staff-only gatherings

• Limiting visitors

• Pausing extracurricular sports tournaments

We continue to encourage everyone who is eligible to get fully vaccinated. Learn more: gov.bc.ca/safeschools

 

January 09, 2022

Young Guns - Too Close

Friday afternoon at around 1:30 p.m., Langley RCMP responded to the intersection of 202 Street and 88 Avenue for multiple calls of assistance. First responders arrived and found one person suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics intervened however the victim succumbed to their injuries.

A bystander was hit during the shooting and was taken to a nearby hospital with non life-threatening injures. They have been identified but their name is not being released.

The deceased victim has been identified as 18-year-old Julian Moya Cardenas from Langley, who is known to police. Initial belief is that this shooting was targeted. Homicide investigators are looking to speak with anyone who knew of Mr. Moya Cardenas’ activities and associates.

 

IHIT continues to process the scene and is working in partnership with the Langley RCMP, the LMD Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), and the BC Coroners Service.

“Our thoughts go out to the families of those impacted by this incident,” said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, “the shooting was reckless and a complete disregard for the safety of the community.”

Homicide investigators are constructing a timeline of events and canvassing for witnesses, cellphone video, and dash-cam footage. Anyone with information or footage is being asked to contact IHIT. 

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

 

January 07, 2022

Take What You Need

White Rock's CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY recently installed a take n go food kiosk in the parking lot of the White Rock Playhouse in uptown White Rock.

The idea is you simply drop off a donation of non perishable food to assist those in our community that can use a helping hand.

 

Surrey RCMP Notice

The Kids Help Phone is available for youth to remind them that they are not alone. Counsellors are only one phone call away and their website has many resources to help deal with abuse, stress, mental health or substance use.

Visit http://ow.ly/PgvI50Ho0fO or call 1-800-668-6868!

 

January 06, 2022

Over Under Sideways Down!

It's final. There will be no bridge replacing the Massey Tunnel under the Fraser River on HWY 99.

As part of the Highway 99 tunnel program, construction is underway to upgrades to the Highway 99 corridor to make transit more reliable and cycling more accessible.

Soutbound bus lanes are being added to the highway between Highway 17A and the Ladner Trunk Road off-ramp, while northbound lanes will be extended from Ladner Trunk Road to the start of the existing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on Highway 99.

The bus lanes will eventually reach through the expanded tunnel.

“This is the first step to provide relief to traffic congestion on the corridor leading to a new eight-lane, toll-free tunnel,” Transportation Minister Rob Fleming  said  in a statement.

Also due to begin construction this year are a Bridgeport Road bus connection, a multi-use path from the Oak Street Bridge into the Richmond cycling and pedestrian network, and cycling upgrades along Highway 17A.

The work is due for completion next year and may require occasional lane closures that will be announced on DriveBC.ca .

The eight lane tunnel is projected to be completed in 203 with a cost of $4.15 billion dollars.

 

Anything To Declare?

...yes, I am an idiot

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) remain committed to keeping our communities safe from the smuggling of illicit narcotics. Today, the CBSA and RCMP announced the interception of 100 kilograms of methamphetamine, protecting the safety and security of Canadians.

To start the year the CBSA released the following information complete with pictures.

October 18, 2021, a solo traveller arrived at the Pacific Highway Traffic Operations in Surrey, British Columbia. Border services officers conducted primary screening and as they proceeded to inspect the vehicle, the traveller fled the port of entry at high speed.

The CBSA alerted the RCMP and shortly afterwards, the vehicle was intercepted and the traveller was returned to the port of entry for further examination. Upon inspection of the traveller’s vehicle, border services officers found several large commercially sealed bags containing a white crystalline substance in the trunk. A CBSA detector dog indicated positive for narcotics and the traveller was subsequently arrested for fleeing the port of entry, and smuggling under the Customs Act.

A total of 100 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized.

January 04, 2022

Trashed

LIBERAL MLA Trevor Halford

South Surrey/White Rock MLA Trevor Halford arrived at his constituency office in Miramar Plaza after the holidays, only to find his office had been broken into and trashed. Computers were damaged, drawers emptied and physical damage done to other office furnishings.

The White Rock RCMP are currently investigating the matter.

HALFORD was the subject of another news story in December when he had a difficult encounter with a local resident who visited his office complaining about lack of help he had received from the office of HALFORD.

RCMP responded and the gentleman was taken to a local warming centre.

 

January 03, 2022

Community Connection

Christy Fox (top left) Steve "Cowboy" Marsden (top right

After 3 months our Calendar Project is completed with delivery to our hardworking Paramedic and Ambulance Team in WR/SS . The community has gifted them food to feed the crew Delicious baking by Ruthann Harper and Susan Gunn. A big box of cookies from Louise Taylor on behalf of Sienna Living and Peninsula / Pacifica retirement residences . A pizza nite, a chinese food nite a bakery deli nite and more. Thank you to everyone who bought a calendar and those who gave a little extra . Jan’s on the Beach , Laura’s , Gail Pischak , the Maki Family , Janise O’leandros and Gordie and Laverne Hogg. Thx to our friends and family and most of all to Steve in the midst of life changing adversity wanted to continue and finish our project. 
Love you all 

 

January 02, 2022

Though The Rotary Club of White Rock officially cancelled this year's New Years Polar Bear swim in Semiahmoo Bay, that didn't stop a number of heart souls and this polar bear from turning up for a dip in the chilly ocean.

Linda Taylor photo

Paul Dukes photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 01, 2021

Arrests made in Five Corners Fire arson investigation

 

 

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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