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July 28, 2020

White Rock Council Rewind

- Council last evening in a 4-2 vote to reopen the waterfront parkade. The move came as a re3commendation from the COVID task force sighting the increased waterfront parking on the waterfront is necessary to support waterfront business owners. Mayor Walker and councillor Chesney voted against the recommendation.

-- Approved an expenditure of $1,000,000.00 to shore up the slipping hillside of the BNSF property which separates East & West Beach.

- Delayed a decision on the proposed 6 storey condo development which would be located @ Maple street & North Bluff. The matter was deferred until all members of council are in attendance. Councillor Fathers was absent from last night's council meeting.

- Rescheduled the Official Community Plan update/review until council reconvenes in September.

- Council in a 5-1 vote approved the expenditure of over a Million dollars to stabilize the BNSF hillside along Marine Drive's "The Hump."

- Unanimously denied TRANSLINK'S request to trim trees along the 354 bus route in White Rock to facilitate operation of the double decker buses on that route. TRANSLINK will have to stay with the normal 354 buses along this route.

 

Lifestyles of the Rich

One of the most expensive homes to be listed in the South Surrey/White Rock footprint is back on the market. The spectacular residence is located west of White Rock on Marine drive. The home is nestled behind gates which sport brushed aluminum dolphins.

BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province

Address: 13778 Marine Drive, White Rock

Price: $15,800,000

(read more)

 

White Rock residents invited to join Alzheimer Society of B.C.

 

Each September for the past eight years, committed individuals and teams have climbed North Vancouver’s Grouse Grind® as part of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s annual fund raiser, the Climb for Alzheimer’s. Things look different in 2020, and the Society is pleased to announce that the Climb for Alzheimer’s is still going ahead in a virtual capacity, and for the first time ever, will be open to anyone, anywhere in the province.

The Society is inviting residents from White Rock to come together to hike a total of 70,000 kilometres—one kilometre for each individual living with dementia in B.C.— to raise funds and show people on the dementia journey that they are not alone. This year’s event will include hikes across B.C.—from Mount Douglas in Victoria to the Summit Peak Trail in Fort Nelson or the legendary Grouse Grind® in North Vancouver. 

The event runs until Monday, September 21, 2020 – World Alzheimer’s Day. 

“Although the location has changed and adapted, the heart of the event remains,” says Maria Howard, Alzheimer Society of B.C. Chief Executive Officer. “The Climb continues to be a challenging, fun, invigorating event that makes a real difference to people in our province affected by dementia. It shows people living with dementia that they are not alone.”

In a time where travel restrictions are the norm, this challenge also offers an opportunity to take advantage of the province’s endless trails, natural beauty and potential for adventure, while raising money and awareness for the thousands of people living with dementia. Participants can register as individuals or as a team and are encouraged to share their hiking and climbing challenges online, which will help to galvanize the community spirit and energy that makes the event so special. 

Participants will be raising money to for research and to ensure people affected by dementia can access programs and services through the Society’s First Link® dementia support, which provides support and education for people who are affected by dementia. This programming is crucially important for British Columbian families to feel connected and supported during these unusual times.

 If you are planning a hike, please adhere to the current physical distancing recommendations. The Society highly recommends that you check the BC Parks website or another online resource before you leave for your outdoor adventure as some trails may be closed or adapted.

For more information about the Climb for Alzheimer’s, visit climbforalzheimers.ca

 

Peace Arch Cleanup

The famous Peace Arch located at the Douglas Border crossing just south of here is getting a major face lift. In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the famed arch, work crews are busy fixing any damage a fully repainting the famous structure.

 Construction of the 20.5-meter (67 ft) tall arch was headed by American lawyer Sam Hill and dedicated in September 1921. 

July 21, 2020

UPDATE

 Dubious documents supporting pot shop's appeal to city hall

CHOOM has found itself appealing their attempt to secure a license to operate in the Coal Harbour district of Vancouver. The present situation appears to have affected their application and withdrawal of application here in White Rock.

(read the full Vancouver story)

 

Last night's public hearing regarding a cannabis store proposal was cancelled



The public hearing regarding an application for a temporary use permit to operate a cannabis store at 1550 Johnston Rd. has been cancelled.



The applicant, Choom Holdings Inc., informed the City of White Rock’s Planning and Development department on July 20 that the company is withdrawing its application.

The meeting was to be held at White Rock Community Centre starting at 6 p.m.

 

Keeping Our Surrey Clean and Beautiful

Love Where You Live is Surrey’s beautification and clean-up initiative. Learn about ways to get involved in keeping Surrey beautiful and clean. Whether you want to clean your street, neighbourhood, park or school, we have resources to help you get it done safely. 

This year we are encouraging you to help clean up Surrey, but also to observe the Provincial government's guidance on physical distancing. Even if we have to stay apart, cleaning up and beautifying your neighbourhood is a great way to show you care about your neighbours and community.  

Questions along the way? Email lovewhereyoulive@surrey.ca.

 

So You Think You Are A White Rock Expert?


A half-hour game-show on the topic of White Rock History, hosted by the Archives Manager of the White Rock Museum and Archives, the inimitable Hugh Ellenwood

 

Mail theft suspect charged with 17 offences 

Following a four-month investigation, charges have been laid against a 30-year-old Surrey man in relation to a series of mail thefts that occurred in multiple Lower Mainland jurisdictions.

The investigation began on March 24, 2020, when Surrey RCMP received a report of a break and enter and theft of mail that occurred in the 16300-block of 64 Avenue. Officers with the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) took conduct of the investigation, identified a suspect, and linked the break and enter to a series of other similar offences in Surrey, Delta, Richmond and North Vancouver.

On July 2, 2020, Nickolas Kelly was charged with 17 counts of mail theft related offences and warrants were issued for his arrest. Nickolas Kelly was arrested on July 7, 2020 and has remained in custody since.

This was a complex investigation with multiple offences in different jurisdictions, said Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. Mail theft isn’t just inconvenient for victims, it can put them unknowingly at risk for identity theft. Our investigators were quickly able to connect the dots between numerous files resulting in the arrest and charges.

Surrey RCMP is reminding the public of the importance of securing your mail to prevent being a victim of mail theft and identity theft:

  • Don’t leave mail in your mailbox. Collect your mail promptly after delivery. Unattended mail is a treasure trove of personal information for potential thieves.
  • Avoid sending cash or gift cards in the mail.
  • Plan ahead. If you'll be away, let Canada Post hold your mail until you return or have a neighbor collect your mail.
  • When shopping online, avoid having packages delivered to your front door if you aren’t home during the day. Instead, have them shipped to your work or to a friend who is home to accept the delivery.
  • Don’t just recycle. Shred documents that contain personal financial information, such as statements and credit card offers.

 

July 20, 2020 

White Rock Shows It's True Colours

July 16, 2020 

Suspicious fire and death on Langley/Surrey border



An investigation is underway after a deceased person was found in a wooded area along the border of Langley and Surrey.

Shortly before 11:00 am yesterday morning, July 15, 2020, Langley RCMP and the Langley Fire Department responded to the report of a brush fire in the area of 46A Avenue and 196A Street. The fire was extinguished and a deceased person was located in the area. The cause of death for this person has not been established, as such the death is being investigated as suspicious.

It was determined that this incident occurred within Surrey boundaries, and conduct of the investigation was turned over to the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit. 

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase, no further information will be provided at this time.

Anyone with information about the circumstances surrounding the fire or death of the individual, please call and report the incident to Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca

 

Waterfront Food Carts Return to White Rock Beach 

The City of White Rock is carefully and gradually reopening its Waterfront to residents and visitors, with five food cart vendors approved to begin selling food and drinks at the Waterfront starting (July 15).

City Council approved the carts after confirming the vendors have temporary food permits and safety plans. All five businesses are associated with local restaurants or buy their food products from local companies.

The vendors will be in various locations on the Waterfront to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained. With picnic tables provided by the City of White Rock and the White Rock BIA installed in Memorial Park and on the East Beach, Waterfront visitors can enjoy more food options on the beach and have a place to enjoy it with family and friends.

 

Peace Arch Hospital Foundation 

When we heard there was a new mural in White Rock, we couldn’t wait to see it for ourselves! The new display — which can be found at the West Beach Parkade near White Rock Beach — is such a wonderful way to honour our first responders during COVID-19 and beyond. Today and every day, we thank our heroes!

 

July 15, 2020

City Council appoints Surrey’s first Ethics Commissioner



The City of Surrey is the first municipality in British Columbia to establish the position of Ethics Commissioner. After a nationwide search for a suitable candidate and the receipt of applications from over 30 well qualified candidates, Council has unanimously appointed Reece Harding as the City of Surrey’s first Ethics Commissioner. Mr. Harding is a partner with Young, Anderson and has extensive experience working with local governments on an operational, administrative, and elected level. He has appeared on behalf of local governments in every level of court in Canada.

“While there was no shortage of qualified candidates for the position of Ethics Commissioner, Reece Harding’s comprehensive experience in municipal law, advising elected officials on responsible conduct, and conflict resolution and his high standing among his peers makes him the right person to fill this important role at the City of Surrey,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “On behalf of Council, I want to congratulate Reece as he begins his new duties as Ethics Commissioner. I would also like to thank the Ethics Selection Committee for their diligence and hard work in assisting the City in the recruiting process.”

As an independent officer, the role of the Ethics Commissioner role is to advise and assist Council on how best to enhance open, transparent, and accountable governance. The mandate of the Ethics Commissioner’s also includes the authority to investigate complaints and make disciplinary recommendations to Council.

 

Who Has The Best Neighbouorhood?


The CBC morning show The Early Edition wants to hear from us. Follow the link below to register your love for White Rock and or South Surrey. Have you become better acquainted with your neighbourhood since keeping close-to-home these last few months? Maybe you've noticed its unique traits or characteristics that make it special.

From July 13 to August 20, we invite you to show off your 'hood and compete for the crown of Metro Vancouver's Best Neighbourhood

(register your vote here)

 

Double Trouble



Surrey RCMP are seeking witnesses and information to advance the investigation of a recent shooting.

Shortly after noon on July 11, 2020, 29-year-old Trevor Robert McKay was brought to the hospital with a gunshot wound. He was spoken to by investigators and, although his life is in danger, he has provided very limited information to police.

Trevor Robert McKay has been the repeated target of violence including the July 11 shooting, and a previous attempted murder on January 28, 2015. Trevor McKay has received multiple warnings regarding his safety from police. Trevor Robert McKay is known to police and has a history of involvement with drug trafficking in the Lower Mainland. The public should be aware that they may be at risk if they interact with this individual (see attached photo of Trevor McKay).

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting of Trevor Robert McKay on July 11, 2020, to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

July 14, 2020

Serfs Up

It was no day over the weekend at the beach for a family who got themselves into a pickle Friday when their SUV got mired in the sand at Crescent Beach as the tide was coming i.

(watch the video/read the full story)

 

City of White Rock announces new Deputy Fire Chief

The City of White Rock has announced that Acting Deputy Fire Chief Ken Molland is the successful candidate for the full-time position of Deputy Fire Chief with White Rock Fire Rescue.
Deputy Chief Molland has more than 30 years of experience in fire protection and emergency response, as well as a strong background in training a composite fire rescue team, which includes full-time and volunteer firefighters.

Deputy Chief Molland has been with White Rock Fire Rescue since 1992, starting as an auxiliary firefighter then becoming a career firefighter in 2001. During his career, he has advanced through the ranks of firefighter, lieutenant, acting captain and acting deputy fire chief. Deputy Chief Molland was also a former assistant executive director with the British Columbia Firefighters’ Burn Fund and a project manager in the private sector.

White Rock woman who made sexual harassment complaint says RCMP told her to move

A White Rock, B.C. woman is sharing a harrowing story about harassment by someone she believes is a neighbour in her apartment building (Martin Manor) on Martin street in White Rock.

Police confirm there is an investigation underway and she’s not the only complainant.

The story was aired Friday on GLOBAL TV.

White Rock Staff Seargent KALE PAULS

(click link for GLOBAL news story)

 

July 10, 2020

Developing Stories

Wednesday evening of this week residents of White Rock were afforded the opportunity to speak to city reps and express their views on a proposed "spot zoning" that would possibly see a height increase along Marine Drive.

A well organized letter writing campaign was launched by a concerned group of hillside residents in order to inundate council members with a flurry of emails.

The possible changes would affect 12 commercial property sites along Marine Drive. Only two owners LITTLE INDIA and CILANTRO have indicated they would apply for the new rezoning if the city council passes the rezoning in the coming weeks.

 

Nightmare On Elm Street?

Still on the White Rock waterfront a development company is proposing the construction of a four storey condo with 21 units to be located on Elm street. Residents in the area are following the lead of the above rezoning to bury White Rock council with numerous emails stating their opposition to the product proceeding.

 

Grandview School Rises

Next tie you are driving along 24th avenue in the Grandview Heights area, check out Surrey's newest secondary school, The school will not be ready for 2020 but expectations are it will open for the 2021 school year.

Surrey the second largest city in British Columbia currently operates with over 300 portable classrooms on school grounds.

 

July 08, 2020

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum



Statement released Tuesday evening 8 p.m.


I had a health concern over the weekend that required medical attention. While the issue has been addressed, on the advice of my doctor, I will be taking a few days off to rest and recuperate. I am glad to say that I will be returning to my duties in time for the Regular Council Meeting this Monday. I appreciate the concern and well wishes expressed by all.

Mayor Doug McCallum

 

City of White Rock

The City is hiring! Job opportunities include a Payroll Clerk, Economic Development Officer and Plumbing Facility Maintenance Worker. Apply here: https://www.whiterockcity.ca/Jobs.aspx

 

 

Surrey Connect

Surrey Connect is a movement of connecting our city into one by sharing ideas, stories and being involved in the best choices for our city. Disclaimer: The ads are sponsored by a citizen-led organization Surrey Connect

PODCAST

Guest former Mayor Dianne Watts joins Surrey councillors Jack Hundial and Brenda Locke to discuss local issues.

It's an interesting conversation that brings some much-needed perspective to local politics.

(click to listen)


July 07, 2020

The City of White Rock Awards contract to resurface tennis courts at Centennial Park.

This work is scheduled to commence August 17, 2020 and will take approximately 3 weeks (weather dependent).

All 5 tennis courts will be US Open Tennis colours. The two north combination tennis/pickleball courts will be white lines for tennis and light blue lines for pickleball (as per the attached photograph of the combination pickleball courts recently done at Port Alberni). Please spread the word that the COURTS WILL BE CLOSED starting August 17th (for approximately 3 weeks).

 

July 04, 2020 

Pedestrian Struck By Bus - Town Centre

John B. Vye photo

Yesterday afternoon at 2:20pm White Rock and Surrey RCMP were advised of a transit bus involved in a collision with a pedestrian near the intersection of North Bluff Rd (16th Ave) and Johnston St (152nd St) in White Rock. Witnesses reported the woman was heading north in the sidewalk on Johnston on the east side of the intersection.

The pedestrian was transferred to Peace Arch hospital in serious condition and later last evening passed away.

The intersection was closed so the police could investigate with the assistance of the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS).

 

Child pornography charges laid against Surrey man�

The Surrey RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) is informing the public of an investigation which has resulted in charges against a 52-year-old Surrey resident.

Elazar Reshef has been charged with three counts of child pornography related offences.

The investigation began in March 2019, as a result of a notification received from an electronic service provider, which alleged that an account user had child pornography in their possession. Surrey RCMP ICE immediately launched an investigation. Following an extensive review and forensic analysis of the evidence, charges were approved by the BC Protection Services and an information sworn against Elazar Reshef on July 2, 2020.

Elazar Reshef has been in direct contact with children during his work as a teacher in the Delta School District. 

Investigators have reviewed all available evidence and, at this point, no Lower Mainland children have been identified as potential victims. However, anyone who may have information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact Surrey RCMP ICE investigators at 604-599-0502.

 

Property sales in the Fraser Valley�


The Fraser Valley real estate market saw a resurgence in activity in June as the industry and consumers continue to successfully adapt to doing business during a pandemic.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) processed a total of 1,718 sales on its Multiple Listing Service� (MLS®) in June, an increase of 113.4 per cent compared to sales in May and an increase of 31.5 per cent compared to the 1,306 sales during June of last year. Last month’s sales were 6.4 per cent below the ten-year average for June�

“It’s due to a combination of factors. Obviously, very low interest rates, pent-up demand from the previous three months when the market was on hold, and the new CMHC rules that came into effect on July 1st making it harder to qualify for mortgage insurance. Also, consumers have told us that they respect and appreciate the safety protocols and use of technology we’ve implemented and they’re getting more comfortable with the new buying and selling process.”

The Fraser Valley Board received 3,456 new listings in June, a 56.6 per cent increase compared to May’s intake of 2,207 new listings and a 23.0 per cent increase compared to June of last year. June finished with 7,063 active listings, an increase of 9.4 per cent compared to May’s inventory and a decrease of 17.1 per cent year-over-year.

In June, the average number of days to sell an apartment was 37; 30 for town homes and 31 for single family detached.

(click here to read the full report)

 

Residents with fruit trees in their backyards and hobby farms will be happy to hear of a returning program in Surrey and White Rock. Sources Community Resources Society (SOURCES) is back for a second year with the Community Harvest program, also known as Gleaning�

Gleaning is the harvesting of unwanted or leftover crops for charitable use. In urban areas, it often includes harvesting fruits from residential properties, such as cherries, plums, apples or pears�

Harvested produce is shared in thirds between the tree owner, the team of volunteers, and the Sources Food Banks or other local charity with a need. “The harvested produce that our Food Bank receives from the Community Harvest Program is a blessing. It allows us to offer healthy, fresh choices to the people who come to us for help,” Darrell sais�

SOURCES requests that tree owners contact us well in advance of their fruit coming ripe, as it takes about a week to organize a harvest. Both tree owners and interested volunteers can register online by clicking on “Community Harvest Program” at https://www.sourcesbc.ca/our-services/food-hub. For more information, call 604-596-0973 or email foodhub@sourcesbc.ca.

June 27, 2020

Sit Down Take A Load Off

Memorial Park on White Rock's waterfront is just one location where the new picnic tables were installed yesterday. Pack picnic basket and come down for a beautiful FREE sunset dinner experience.

There are also picnic tables on East Beach and a pair have now been installed @ Five Corners district.

 

Attention Local Artists

How cool would it be to drive around White Rock and see your artwork proudly displayed on the lamp standards throughout the city of White Rock?

The deadline for the street banner submission is July 9.
The information can be found on our website - here is a link to the application form.

https://www.whiterockcity.ca/DocumentCenter/View/5153/Call-for-Qualifications---Street-Banners-Revised-June-2020

 

White Rock Firefighters Charity - Giving Back

It was an honor to proudly present the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation with another cheque for $50,000 with our friends and fire family the @surreyfirefighters.

Today brings us one step closer to our goal of donating $500,000 to expand the mental health ward at Peace Arch Hospital.

 

White Rock Sea Tours To The Rescue...Again

We happened across a male teenager who was in distress after falling out of his inflatable kayak into the waters off Crescent Beach pier. 

He wasn’t wearing his lifejacket and attempted to put it on once in the water and did manage to get one buckle on while hanging off the side of his friend’s inflatable boat. The friend was unable to paddle to shore and the teen was unable to swim, so he spent a bit of time in the cold water before we came. 

Luckily we were able to pull him to shore and notify the Coast Guard. 

Please let this be a lesson to ALWAYS wear a life jacket!
You are required by law to have a lifejacket or PFD (Personal Flotation Device) onboard for each person on a watercraft. This includes a human-powered craft, like an inflatable boat.

A lifejacket is your best defence against cold-water shock! To learn more about Transport Canada's guide to choosing a life jacket, visit - https://bit.ly/2Nr71ZQ.

 

June 25, 2020

It's Happening On Marine Drive

Marine Dr & Parker St.. - Officer tried twice to talk with the very friendly residents there but was interrupted by a loud motorcycle.

Mandatory inspection ordered.

We like you, just not the 110bB of noise!

 

Make A Dash For The Splash

The splash pad at Memorial Park has reopened!

Remember to keep a safe physical distance and wait to take your turn if the splash pad is crowded.

June 25, 2020


IHIT investigating homicide of Bo Fan Grandview Corners Visitor



The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its ongoing investigation of the homicide of Bo Fan.

Surrey: On June 17, 2020 just after 5:30 a.m., 41-year-old Bo Fan was admitted to a Surrey hospital with serious life-threatening injuries. Ms. Fan died later that same morning and her death was deemed a homicide. IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation and has been working tirelessly this past week alongside its partners from the Surrey RCMP to gather evidence.

In these early stages of the investigation, IHIT has learned that Ms. Fan was a citizen of China and had been in Canada since February of 2019 prior to her death. She had been living in the Grandview Heights neighbourhood of Surrey, B.C. and was last seen in the area of 168 Street and 27 Avenue in the overnight hours of June 16 and 17, 2020.

“Given what we know so far in the case, we do not believe Ms. Fan’s murder was random,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “There is still much we need to learn about Ms. Fan and her history, however we do know that she was associated to an organization referred to as ‘Golden Touch’ or ‘Create Abundance’. We urge anyone who knew Ms. Fan and can shed further light on what happened to her to please 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. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Pack Up The Vacation Gear

Non-essential travel is being encouraged withing B.C., including visitors from outside the province, as the premier announced the next phase of his government’s restart plan Wednesday.

Hotels and resorts are also re-opening as part of Phase 3, while more movie theatres will be opening their doors. The opening of parks and resumption of filming are also part of this phase.

Premier John Horgan is also extending the record-long provincial state of emergency until July 7.

 

June 23, 2020

Fatal Accident

A single bouquet of yellow flowers mark the spot of a fatal single vehicle accident that occurred yesterday afternoon. An elderly gentleman was traveling north on Johnston Road and just past Thrift avenue he struck a lamp standard. There were no injuries to anyone other than the driver.

Photo courtesy Grapevine Mobile White Rock

 

June 24, 2020

 

Are You Ready?

 

The BC Legislature yesterday commenced an unusual summer session. There is a strong belief one of the housekeeping matters that will be dealt with in the coming days, is moving British Columbia into Phase 3.

What Will Be Included in Phase 3

In Phase 3, people can take part in smart and safe travel within B.C.

The BC Restart Plan takes a phased approach to reopening. This allows sectors and activities within the phases to open when the evidence and data tells us the time is right, and as protocols and guidance are in place for them to do so safely.

The guidelines and extra safety precautions for sectors in Phase 2 are still in place.

If transmission rates remain low, the following industries and institutions will start to open with extra safety precautions and physical distancing measures. 

Hotels, motels, RV Parks, cabins, resorts, hotels, lodges and backcountry operators.

Plus BC Parks overnight camping, motion picture and television production start up again and K-12 in person classes as well as Post secondary in person classes for 2020-2021.

....Meanwhile

This morning a major movie production crew was marshaled in the parking lot of the Crescent Beach Legion. Filming is taking place today at a home off of 22nd avenue in the Ocean Park district of South Surrey.

Is an announcement imminent today that we will be entering Phase 3 which as you can see by the above breakdown of Phase 3 includes television and movie production will begin. All the staff of the film crew at the home where the filming is taking place today all workers were wearing face masks.

 

June 22, 2020

Special "Pier-Doodle" For Fathers Day

Artist - Larissa

Photo - Christy Fox

 

June 21, 2020

Stunning Rainbow Show

Did you see the spectacular double rainbow over White Rock last evening?

Bill Hawke did....

Sherron Fairbairn saw this over the East end of town. Rather stately on Stayte Road.

...and Russell Kanhai caught this beauty from West Beach.

 

June 19, 2020

Performers Pull Out Of Surrey's Canada Day Celebrations

Said The Whale

A virtual Canada Day concert put on by the City of Surrey is losing a number of performers because of the city's policies on racism — or lack thereof. 

Mother Mother, The Beaches and Said The Whale posted messages on Twitter Thursday, saying they would no longer participate because there had been no response to a petition calling on the city to make a public statement committing to anti-racism.

"We hope that this will encourage the city to re-evaluate their approach and begin taking steps towards dismantling systemic racism," said Said The Whale. 

"We are proud to join those voices who have already called for Surrey's leaders to speak up," said The Beaches. 

Other artists still committed to perform at the virtual concert include 54-40, Alex Cuba, Bif Naked and Colin James.

In the 2016 census, 58 per cent of Surrey residents identified as a person of colour, but just two of eight councillors and three of 11 senior staff did. 

Last year Surrey renamed its Social Policy Advisory Committee the Social Equity and Diversity Committee, but like most Metro Vancouver municipalities, it lacks detailed equity or anti-racism policies

As of this morning the above performers were still listed on the city's VIRTUAL CANADA DAY website.

 

Peace Arch Provincial Park will be temporarily closed

This closure addresses the public safety and traffic concerns in neighbouring communities due to a significant increase in the number of park visitors.

On April 8, 2020, BC Parks closed all provincial parks in response to widespread calls for increased action to address the spread of COVID-19. The park reopened on May 14.

Since then, parking lots and local access roads have been overwhelmed with nearly twice the number of vehicles compared to peak days in the summer season, resulting in illegal parking. Attendance has doubled over the same period compared to last year, leading to an increase in pedestrians along roadways. 

be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days, as long as they are asymptomatic of COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

The park will reopen when it is deemed safe to do so.

 

Water Restrictions In Effect

A reminder that water restrictions are now in effect in White Rock. 

The City supports and promotes sustainable water practices in the protection and conservation of our water resources. 
Find out what days you can water your lawn at http://ow.ly/vAow50AbSGi

 

June 18, 2020

Feeling The Crunch

When the expansion list of the new businesses that would be joining the Semiahmoo Mall landscape, local got excited a fully equipped gym CRUNCH would be opening made many locals very happy.

Sadly the doors never opened and remain closed. CRUNCH is a subsidiary of STEVE NASH FITNESS which is embroiled in a litany of nasty lawsuits and bankruptcy. On March 17 STEVE NASH FITNESS announced its 24 facilities would close due to the COVID pandemic. The company on March 25 announced it was releasing its 1300 staff for "restructuring." The Georgia Straight in April announced SNFW apparently owed 35 million to 140 creditors.

On the bright side recently it was announced a new owner might soon take possession of all the locations and re-open under a new name. STEVE NASH who's name has been used to promote the business sold all his shares in 2014 and since then has been trying to have his name removed from the locations. 

 

City of Surrey resumes issuing permits for outdoor sport facilities




The City of Surrey will resume issuing permits for outdoor sport facility bookings effective today, June 17. Surrey’s outdoor sport facilities that are available for permitting include 15 artificial turf fields, 101 sports fields, 95 ball diamonds, 3 running tracks, 6 volleyball courts and 5 lacrosse boxes.

“The camaraderie and friendships that are intrinsic to team sports have been put on hold as we fight COVID-19,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “However, the collective progress we have made to flatten the curve means that the City of Surrey can resume issuing permits for our outdoor sports facilities. While I am very pleased that we can take this step, it is important that all participants, sport groups and teams follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines before, during and after play.”

All local sport organizations who have COVID-19 safety plans in place that have been approved by their applicable governing body may contact the City at 604-501-5174 or BookaField@surrey.ca to obtain a permit.

Visitors and sport groups are reminded to help keep outdoor sport facilities open by staying home if sick, staying 2 metres apart from others, practicing individual skills and cleaning hands and equipment often. Small groups of residents, including adults and children, playing informally are requested to give way to organized play where the participating teams and individuals are operating with a valid permit.

The decision to reopen these services is aligned with Phase Two of the British Columbia Re-Start Plan, emphasizing outdoor recreation spaces as a safe environment, and stressing “appropriate personal hygiene practices before, during and after outdoor play

June 17, 2020 

Surrey RCMP recover items stolen from schools



Search warrants executed at three separate residences, led Surrey RCMP to the seizure of items stolen from Surrey schools during a series of break and enters.

On June 9, 2020, the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT) began an investigation into a spree of 20 break and enters which occurred at various Surrey schools, between May 1, and June 9, 2020. 

Surrey RCMP diligently pursued this case which, on June 11, 2020, culminated in search warrants at three separate locations; in the 9500-block of 126 Street, 10200-block of 146 Street, and 14100-block of 83 Avenue.

PCTT officers executed the search warrants with the assistance of Surrey RCMP’s Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) and Community Response Unit (CRU). During the searches, officers seized a quantity of computers, projectors, and electronics, some which were stolen from schools. Officers also located high-end bicycles, mail, credit cards, and over $18,000 cash.

Three men were arrested in relation to this investigation. Two of the men have been released pending further investigation, the third man, 38-year-old Thomas Bourque, was charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property. He was initially held in custody and later released on conditions.

“Our officers took it to heart when they heard schools were broken into,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “Knowing the stolen property impacted teachers and students in our community our team was determined to recover the items and locate the suspects.”

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

 

City reopens White Rock Pier on June 17, then all Waterfront parking lots


The City of White Rock is reopening the White Rock Pier the morning of June 17 after a nearly three-month closure in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The City closed the Pier, a popular seaside attraction, in March to help flatten the curve in the growing number of COVID-19 cases. The Waterfront Promenade was closed in April and then reopened in May.

Parking reopens
In response to COVID-19, the City had also closed all Waterfront parking lots in March, gradually reopening them as businesses began offering takeout and curbside pickup and opening for walk-in customers.

All Waterfront lots will return to regular operation within a week. The West Beach Parkade remains temporarily closed. Parking information is posted at www.whiterockcity.ca/parking.

 

June 16, 2020

Canada-U. S. border restrictions extended another month

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says current restrictions, which were brought in to help slow the spread of COVID-19, will be extended another 30 days to July 21. The border is currently closed to all non-essential traffic.

 

 

June 15, 2020 

The Return Of The OB/Ocean Beach Hotel

The Ocean Beach Hotel has been a mainstay of the White Rock waterfront for years. With the departure last year of the JR Richards Group and the Yacht Club, owner TONY VELTRI felt it was time for him to get back into the game and breathe some life back into the waterfront.

Frank & Tony Veltri

A major renovation costing hundreds of thousands of dollars has restored the grand old dame of the waterfront back to life.

The doors of the newly remodeled restaurant will swing wide open today (Monday) at 12 noon. 

We are so excited to introduce you to our Executive Chef, Rory Bamber! Chef Rory is classically trained with French, Italian, and Mexican influences. He is Red Seal Certified with training from the top two culinary schools in Canada. Chef Rory trained alongside some of Vancouver’s most prestigious chefs, the likes of Chef Bruno Marti and Chef Thomas Haas. He has worked abroad on cruise ships, private yachts, and luxury hotels, such as the Fairmont and Pan Pacific. Chef Rory’s immense experience in the Vancouver dining scene has lead him to Executive Chef at the Ocean Beach, he brings his talents, knowledge, and a lifetime of dedication to all things culinary.

Chef Rory has been fully involved in the start up of the kitchen and has curated a modern menu with a few of his signature twists. His passion and attention to detail does not go unnoticed. We can’t wait for you to try what we’ve been cooking up together!

 

 

TransLink launches ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign


More than 15,000 TransLink masks being handed out to customers traveling on TRANSLINK yesterday aimed at promoting the use of face coverings and non-medical masks on Metro Vancouver’s transit system. As part of the ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign, more than 15,000 TransLink branded masks will be handed out at key transit hubs over coming weeks.

Street teams will be positioned at random locations across the system and customers may find they’re especially easy to spot when accompanied by TransLink’s new mask-wearing bus. The TransLinkNews Twitter account will share the location and times on the day of each giveaway.

“We want masks to become a regular part of our transit system,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “As part of our Safe Operating Action Plan we are recommending customers wear a face covering or mask while on transit or waiting for transit, if they are able to do so. If we can get to a point where most people on transit are wearing a face covering or mask, then it will be a safer experience for everyone.”

The ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign will also see system-wide posters and decals installed to promote the use of face coverings and non-surgical masks. Social media giveaways will also be part of the campaign. Branded masks will be made available for purchase through the TransLink store later in the summer.



Importantly, transit customers must still ensure they stay off the system when sick, travel outside of peak times when possible, and maintain high personal hygiene standards. As part of its Safe Operating Action Plan, TransLink has:
Increased cleaning and sanitation across all modes;
Increased transit service levels; 
Created space where possible on vehicles and platforms.

 

A Council Clearly Divided

In 2018 Surrey chose to elect a slate of candidates (minus Brenda Locke who ran as an independent)backing mayoralty candidate DOUG MCCALLUM. Three of the elected councillors LINNDA ANNIS, STEVEN PETTIGREW and JACK HUNDIAL joined BRENDA LOCKE in opposition over a number of matters MAYOR MCCALLUM was pushing forth.

One of the main bones of contention these days is the push to reverse the decision to create a private police force to replace the RCMP. Even though the process is more than well underway, the accusations and war of words verbally and on social media continues.

Recently city b law officers were photographed and filmed removing the above signs from people's front lawns. 


 

 

Weekend House Fire In Langley Takes Dramatic Turn

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is investigating three deaths linked to a house fire in Langley, B.C. One death has been ruled a homicide. 

On June 13, 2020 at around 5:30 p.m., the Langley RCMP were called to the 19600-block of Wakefield Drive where they discovered a house engulfed in flames. Police found a man’s body at the back of the residence with injuries indicative of homicide. He has since been identified as a resident of the home. Emergency responders located two additional bodies inside the house and their identities are not yet confirmed. IHIT is working with the B.C. Coroners Service to determine their cause of death. 

In these early stages of the investigation, IHIT is actively working with its partners from the Langley RCMP to complete investigative steps and the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and fire investigators to find the cause of the fire and collect physical evidence.

“Although the flames have been extinguished, the property where the fire took place remains an active homicide crime scene. Neighbours in the area should expect frequent activity at the home by our investigators for the next while,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of 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. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 

 

Surrey Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, we will be hosting a special forum for seniors all about scams and fraud prevention. 

Financial abuse, including scams and fraud, is an extremely common type of elder abuse, and the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rise in reports. 

Reduce the risk of becoming a victim by attending our online webinar, presented in partnership with Seniors First BC. 

 

June 13, 2020

COVID Update

The province announced changes to the food and liquor service sector yesterday (FRIDAY) in response to small clusters of new COVID-19 cases in businesses.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, in a joint statement, didn’t say how many clusters there were or the number of businesses affected, but reported 16 new cases for 2,709 overall.

The province also recorded one death, in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, following six straight days without one. The total in B.C. is up to 168.

Yesterday Henry announced a new order making it easier for restaurants and bars to do business by doing away with the one-size-fits-all, 50-per-cent capacity limit.

Those rules still cap overall numbers in bars and restaurants at 50 people, but allow more freedom for businesses to set their own capacity limits, with groups capped at six people. The social distance of 2 metres is still in place.

The requirement for businesses to operate at 50 per cent of regular capacity has been replaced with a requirement to determine how many a premises can accommodate if they are standing or sitting two metres apart;
Owners and operators are instructed to use methods to guide and assist patrons in maintaining a distance of two metres from one another;
A distance of less than two metres between the patrons seated at one table and the patrons seated at another table has been allowed if they are in the same party;
Self-service stations have been allowed if certain requirements are met;
The use of partitions meeting certain requirements as an alternative to ensuring patrons not in the same party are seated 2 metres apart (including for booths) has been allowed;
Requirements for standing or seating at counters have been issued; and
New requirements for events held on the premises have been issued

Henry and Dix sayd the best way to avoid spreading the virus is to ensure everyone has the space to stay safe.

“Food-service owners need to remember that protecting your employees and patrons requires layers of protection in the kitchen and in the dining area. Plans need to include such things as frequent handwashing, increased cleaning, using barriers in kitchens and dining areas, and giving lots of space between tables,” they say.

 

What does the Pride flag flying outside the White Rock RCMP detachment mean?
We promote equality, individuality, inclusiveness, and are approachable no matter who you are. Recognizing Pride Month.

 

The City of White Rock is taking a phased-in approach to reopening outdoor facilities. On Saturday, June 13 the following will reopen:
- Taylor outdoor lacrosse box at Centennial Park
- Sport field at Centennial Park
- Sport field at Peace Arch Elementary

For more information, visit http://ow.ly/vnqU50A5ru3

 

June 12, 2020

Covid Come Together

Thought the current pandemic has in large part put a lot of distance between us and our friends and neighbours, one neighbourhood deifies the odds. Each evening just before 7 p.m. Moms, Dads, Kids and neighbours come out into the street to show their support for our wonderful front line workers.

The evening kicks off with resident and local performer JOHN LAIRD setting up his guitar and amplifier and kicking off the nightly gatherings with a rendition of O CANADA. Last night as an extra touch JOHN launched into a guitar instrumental version of HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA which John considers our second national anthem.

Resident MARLET MAGNUSSON says "Even though we kind of knew our neighbours, at least to wave to, these nightly gatherings have afforded us the opportunity to get to know each others names and a little bit more about our neighbours.

How cool is that?

 

A Night At The Movies

We are excited to announce that we will be re-opening this Friday June 12th!!

We will be open daily with limited seating per show time to accommodate physical distancing.  While we are looking forward to seeing you all at our theaters and truly appreciate your support, we ask that you please arrive early to secure your seats.  Our staff is following all government protocols that our company has put forth for everyones safety.

While we are so happy to be re-opening, it will be an uphill journey for us to keep our doors open for you.  We are an independent locally owned and run business and cannot survive without your support.  We encourage you to please spread the word about our opening and also request your supporting our concession…and not just because we have the best popcorn out there!

 This weekend to launch the re-opening The RIALTO will be showing the timeless classic . E.T.

NOTE: The sister cinema to the Rialto, the Caprice on King George @ 24th avenue is also opening this weekend.

Thank you again so much for your patience and understanding and we are excited to see you back at the movies!!

 

June 10, 2020

The Washboard Union headline "Virtual Canada Day by the Bay"


The City of White Rock is excited to announce that country music favourite The Washboard Union will headline the Virtual Canada Day by the Bay celebration on July 1.
With its signature three-part harmony, The Washboard Union has become one of Canada's pre-eminent country bands, having won 28 awards, including a JUNO and Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards.
The Washboard Union is also a two-time, consecutive, CCMA Group of the Year. The band’s latest album, Everbound, features the fan favourite and radio smash “County Thunder” and the summer anthem “Dock Rock."

About Canada Day by the Bay
The Virtual Canada Day by the Bay celebration takes place on July 1 between 7 and 9 p.m., kicking off with an O Canada sing-along with Mr. O Canada, local resident Mark Donnelly. Hosted by Michele Partridge of the Drama Class, the event includes an online marketplace and two hours of comedy, music, trivia and prizes.   
The City will livestream a concert, mixed with local and national talent, from Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. Along with The Washboard Union, there are performances from Ludic, a local band popular for their innovative and playful sound, and comedian John Cullen, who will showcase his unique brand of comedy seen on CBC’s The Debaters.

 

Meet, Eat @ The Beach



The City of White Rock is adding outdoor picnic tables in three popular public locations to help expand seating capacity for outdoor dining and public use.

City Council voted June 8 to buy picnic tables and place them in Memorial Park on the West Beach, on Marine Drive, near Ash Street, on the East Beach and in the Five Corners area.

The cedar picnic tables will cost $12,500 for 15 to 20 tables. The City is contributing $10,000 and the White Rock BIA, $2,500. The tables will be more than two metres apart with space to ensure physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

U.S.-Canada border crossings ease 

........but quarantine period remains

The Canada Border Services Agency prepared for th new laws to kick in this past Monday at midnight. The new guidelines apply  to foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents and who do not have COVID-19 or are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, "or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19."

Anyone who enters the country will have to self-quarantine for 14 days and could face serious penalties for not following the rules.

The government barred entry to most non-residents back in March. Canada also has a deal with the United States until at least June 21 to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel (meaning no recreational visits) while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers.

In their Monday briefing, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Canadians must remain vigilant, as a number of areas of the U.S. heavily connected to B.C. continue to see surges of cases.

"People who are coming to see their family, the last thing they want is to bring this virus in and to affect the people that they are closest to," said Henry.

Through this exemption, the government is defining an 'immediate family member' as someone's:

  • Spouse or common-law partner.
  • Dependent child.
  • Parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person's spouse or common-law partner.
  • Guardian or tutor.
  • UPDATE:

    Canada, U.S. set to extend border closure to end-July . 

    • Canada and the United States are set to extend a ban on non-essential travel to late July as both countries seek to control the spread of the coronavirus

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 pandemic as City of White Rock staff operate with fewer resources. 

We’re still committed to making our City by the Sea look the best it can.

If you see areas with a few extra weeds or in need of trimming, please know we’ll get to them as soon as we can.

EMAIL - jgordon@whiterockcity.ca

White Rock Firefighters Charity Association

A huge congratulations to Jody Nedelak @neddey37, who served our city for 6 years as an auxiliary on call Fire Fighter and now moves to career Fire Fighter with the @newwestfirefighters. 

Your charity work and dedication to our firehall and city will be missed.

EDITOR; You can say that again!

June 09, 2020 

Uptown Fire

A fire broke out in a White Rock apartment building Sunday evening, causing significant damage to one of the units.
Firefighters were called to the 1400-block of Blackwood Street shortly before 5:30 p.m. and initiated an aggressive attack on a third-storey apartment.
“There was significant damage to one unit on the third floor and two other units directly below were impacted,” White Rock Fire Chief Ed Wolfe said, adding that units on the first and second floor sustained smoke and water damage.
Wolfe said crews are investigating the cause of the fire, and there were no serious injuries reported.
“There were a few minor injuries that BC Ambulance attended to while on scene,” Wolfe said. “As far as I’ve been notified, at this point, nobody has been taken to hospital.”

 

White Rock Sea Tours To The Rescue

Sunday evening , a call was made by the Coast Guard over the radio for any vessels to assist as they had received a report of a swimmer possibly in distress off of the White Rock Waterfront. 
We were on a tour in the bay at the time and responded to the call for assistance locating a small recreational vessel that had just picked the 26-year-old woman out of the water off of East Beach. 
We transferred the woman to our vessel where we transported her to the White Rock pier where we were met by RCMP. We rewarmed the swimmer and made sure there were no medical issues and updated Coast Guard. The swimmer stated she was a good swimmer and only felt in distress when she saw that a seal or sea lion was following her. Her husband was unsure and called officials after he felt she had gone too far. An onlooker onshore stated she appeared she was in some kind of difficulty.

We're happy that we were able to assist and that the swimmer is ok! Thanks to everyone involved!

 

June 06, 2020

Help ID indecent act suspect



Surrey RCMP is looking for the public’s help to identify a man who is a suspect in an indecent act that occurred in South Surrey.

On May 19, 2020 shortly after 9:00 pm, a lone male approached a group of young people while he was engaging in an indecent act, near the beach access at 13 Avenue and 131 Street. The man ran away when confronted by the group.

After other investigative avenues have been unsuccessful in identifying the suspect, a photo is being released to the public in an effort to advance the investigation. No additional similar occurrences have been reported.

The suspect is described as a South Asian or Middle Eastern man, with short dark hair, dark facial hair, in his 20’s, medium build, and wearing glasses (see attached photo).

Investigators are asking anyone who can help identify the suspect, or has any information about the incident, 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.

 

June 04, 3030

Man at large after removing court ordered electronic monitoring 



Surrey RCMP is informing the public that an arrest warrant has been issued for 19-year-old Dyllan Petrin, and is asking for information to assist in his arrest.

Dyllan Petrin is charged related to an ongoing Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit investigation involving a kidnapping and assault which occurred in July, 2019. He was arrested on those charges in July 2019, and had been held in custody until February 2020, when he was released on strict court ordered conditions including electronic monitoring via ankle bracelet. On May 28, 2020, Dyllan Petrin removed his electronic monitoring bracelet and is currently at large.

Today, June 2, 2020, a British Columbia-wide warrant was issued for Dyllan Petrin’s arrest, new charges include breach of his court ordered conditions.

Surrey RCMP is seeking assistance from the public in locating Dyllan Petrin.

Dyllan Petrin is described as Caucasian, 5’5 tall, 126 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes (Please see photo attached). Dyllan Petrin also has a prominent tattoo on the left side of his neck.

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

June 02, 2020 

Thar She Blows

Visitors and residents on the White Rock waterfront had quite a show just off the pier last night in White Rock. Social media today is full of videos and photos of a pair of grey whales who paid a visit to Semiahmoo Bay.

Sue Gibson says;

Ok Whale Watchers, I love that you appreciate our Grays but even if you are in a kayak or paddle board please observe the DFO restrictions of 100 yds distance and max 30 mins viewing. You are currently shepherding that Gray into less than 20 ft of water on the East Beach. Please back away. Thanks!!

North Pacific

Two Pacific Ocean populations are known to exist: one of not more than 200 individuals, whose migratory route is presumed to be between the Sea of Okhotsk and southern Korea, and a larger one with a population of about 27,000 individuals in the eastern Pacific traveling between the waters off northernmost Alaska and Baja California Sur[33] Mothers make this journey accompanied by their calves, usually hugging the shore in shallow kelp beds, and fight viciously to protect their young if they are attacked, earning gray whales the moniker, devil fish. [34]

The western population has had a very slow growth rate despite heavy conservation action over the years, likely due to their very slow reproduction rate.[35] The state of the population hit an all-time low in 2010, when no new reproductive females were recorded, resulting in a minimum of 26 reproductive females being observed since 1995.[36] Even a very small number of additional annual female deaths will cause the subpopulation to decline.[37]However, as of 2018, evidence has indicated that the western population is markedly increasing in number, especially off Sakhalin Island. Following this, the IUCN downlisted the population's conservation status from critically endangered to endangered.


Nine months later First Degree Murder Charge Laid

 

On September 6, 2019 at around 12:32 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of a shooting at a residence in the 1600-block of 160 Street. Wayne Richard Duncan, 46-years-old, was found inside the home with gunshot wounds and later died in hospital. George Bragg, 74-years-old, was arrested at the scene in connection with the shooting. Investigators learned the two men knew each other and believe the altercation was the result of a personal dispute.

On June 1, 2020, Bragg was arrested by IHIT and charged with first degree murder in connection with Duncan’s death by the B.C. Prosecution Service.

No further details will be released as the matter is now before the court. 

 

Mounties remind drivers to slow down – School zones are in effect 



Please use extra caution as kids return to school after the Covid-19 break.

School zone speed limits of 30 km / hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. school days across the Upper Fraser Valley – school days 7:30 to 5 p.m. inside the City of Chilliwack- will be enforced by police throughout the Upper Fraser Valley.

Motorists are also cautioned to stop for school buses, displaying red flashing lights, while engaged in picking up and dropping off students on the many school bus routes across our communities.


Drivers:


· When dropping off your children in school zones, allow them time to exit the vehicle on the side closest to the sidewalk. Never allow a child to cross the street mid-block.
· If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian, so proceed with caution and be prepared to stop.
· Watch for school buses. Vehicles approaching from both directions must stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.

Pedestrians:

· Stay alert until you have safely reached the other side of the road, cars can come from all directions.
· Stay ‘unplugged’ and leave gadgets in backpacks when walking or cycling, this will allow you to focus on the road, see, hear, and respond safely.
· Wear high visibility clothing.

 

First Look

The Provincial government recently released the design for the new Patullo Bridge. Total cost of the new crossing of the Fraser river will be$1.3 billion with an expected completion date of 2023.

Currently the bridge is part of the TRANBLINK system. The ownership and maintenance will revert to the Provincial Government upon completion. 

 

June 01, 2020

Parking/Promenade and Memorial Park Now Open

Memorial Park /gabrielle trouton photo

The City of White Rock has slowly begun a return to normal on the waterfront. The promenade walkway and most of the parking lots are now open and accommodating visitors. The barricade blue fencing has been retained and simply moved up against the berm on the waterfront. In the event visitors and residents are unable to exhibit social distancing the barricades will be reinstalled immediately and will not come down for a longer period of time.

Be calm, be safe, be kind.

 

Hogweed Warning - That Time OF The Year

Walking along the Nicomekl River today, beside the Nico Wynd golf course, I noticed that the Hogweed is still thriving. Fortunately, I ran into a City of Surrey staff person who was planning to take pictures of the Hogweed and report it, either to the City or to the Province.

In the mean time, take care not to touch the Hogweed as doing so can result in second degree burns (aka phytophotodermatitis).

Thank you LINDA DAVIS

Parks Now Open

Four playgrounds in White Rock opened on Monday, June 1. The playgrounds are located at Goggs Park, Emerson Park, Barge Park and Generations Playground in Ruth Johnson Park. Please use the playgrounds safely and responsibly.

 

 

May 27

The final touches are being put on White Rock's CANADA DAY By The Bay celebration.

The event will be streamed live from the world class performance centre Blue Frog studios in White Rock.

Announcement on this year's headliner and support artists will be made soon by the city of White Rock.

 

 

The City of White Rock is proud to announce Norman McLeod, former Assistant Fire Chief with the District of Mission, has now accepted the position of White Rock Fire Rescue’s Deputy Fire Chief.

McLeod has been a member of the fire service for 32 years and has been involved in leadership roles in operations, training, emergency planning and fire prevention.



He was promoted through the ranks during his time in Mission, serving most recently as the Assistant Fire Chief of Emergency Planning and Fire Prevention. His first day with White Rock is May 25.

Edward Wolfe, Deputy Chief of White Rock Fire Rescue, will become the City’s new Fire Chief starting May 30. Wolfe replaces Fire Chief Phil Lemire who retires from White Rock on May 29.

May 26, 2020

New Parking For White Rock waterfront. The fencing has remained nearby in the event of lack of visitors and residents ability to exhibit social distancing.

If this happens the promenade will be closed again. The pier will remain closed for the time being.

 

Everyone knew it was coming, but were holding out faint hope the TD Concerts At The Pier might still happe3n this year. Not the case. Due to the COVID - 19 guidelines you cannot have a gathering of over 50 people until further notice.

The good news is all the great artists that were confirmed for this year have replied in the affirmative they look forward to "Rockin' The Rock" next year.

 

Are you reopening your business or building that was closed due to COVID-19?

Here are some water flushing recommendations for safely reopening: http://ow.ly/3rw550zPAO8

 

BC Transit enhancing safety measures to allow for front door loading and regular fare collection 

On June 1, 2020, BC Transit will be enhancing safety measures for our provincial transit systems that will allow for a return to front door loading and collection of fares in all BC Transit communities. With the change, fares will be collected on conventional, community, and handyDART services.
 
BC Transit will be installing a temporary vinyl panel to allow for physical distancing for the operator and customers on all buses without a full driver door. This new safety measures aligns with the direction from the Provincial Health Officer.
With the change to front door loading and collecting fares, other safety measures already implemented will remain in effect including:
  • Enhanced cleaning on buses and at BC Transit facilities.
  • Communication to staff and customers about physical distancing procedures.
  • Limiting passenger capacity to support physical distancing.
  • Enhancing the red line for passengers to stand behind.
  • Vinyl panels on light duty buses.

Until June 1, rear door loading and not collecting fares will continue

 

 

May 24, 2020

Border Bust

Recently U.S. Border Agents at the Pacific Highway truck crossing discovered a multi million dollar cocaine shipment.

The stash was discovered in the back of a tracker trailer truck heading for Canada.

Ajitpal Singh Sanghera was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on May 10 for the possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver it, according to jail booking data. Sanghera, held on $100,000 bail, was released by the county on Friday, May 15 when the federal prosecutor took the case, said Whatcom County prosecutor Eric Richey.  Sanghera was in contact with the other vehicle’s driver over 10 times on the day of the arrest and had tampered with the seal on the back of the trailer which suggested someone entered the trailer, according to court documents. 

Customs and Border Protection officers (CBP), who received the names of the vehicle’s company and driver, sent the truck and another truck from the same company to secondary inspection, according to records from the Whatcom County Superior Court. Sanghera was driving the second vehicle, a blue 2000 Freightliner with B.C. plates towing a trailer with Oklahoma plates. 

Five handbags containing 60 kilograms of cocaine were found when CBP inspected the trailer, records state, leading to the arrest at 8:56 p.m. During the arrest, Sanghera said he obtained the trailer in Seattle that day

 

May 23, 2020

WOW! Two Impaired Driving Charges In One Night

File Phot

A 37-year-old Surrey man maybe facing a long road through the court system after driving impaired twice in one night – only hours apart.

On May 18, 2020 shortly before midnight, a Surrey RCMP Frontline officer came across a collision involving an SUV and a sedan in the area of 16 Avenue and 168 Street, and stopped to investigate. The driver of the SUV was subsequently arrested for impaired driving and his vehicle was impounded. The man was released from police custody and was issued an Appearance Notice, a driving prohibition and was transported home by officers. Fortunately, no serious injuries were sustained by any of the parties involved in the collision.

Later the same night at approximately 4:15 am, Surrey RCMP received a report of an alleged impaired driver who had crashed into a fence post near 16 Avenue and King George Boulevard. The responding Frontline officers identified the driver as the same man they had arrested earlier that night for impaired driving, behind the wheel of another vehicle. He was arrested again for impaired driving, and additionally for prohibited driving.

Charges have not yet been laid for either of these incidents, but a fulsome report to the BC Public Prosecution Service is forthcoming.

“The selfish driving behaviour displayed by this individual is unacceptable and posed a serious safety risk to the public,” says Sergeant Dave Chu of the Surrey RCMP Traffic Services. “If your activity involves consuming alcohol, please plan ahead to find a safe ride and do not drive.”

If you witness a driver that you suspect is impaired please contact Surrey RCMP hands-free 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.

 

The City of White Rock is currently recruiting members from the community to serve on the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.

This Task Force will to assist local businesses and social services during the COVID-19 pandemic and to prepare for the City’s reopening.

To learn more about the role and get application information, visit: http://ow.ly/V2zc50zNctv

Please note the application deadline is Friday, May 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Surrey RCMP News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

This Public Interest Notification is made under the Privacy Act of Canada

Kristjon Otto Olson
38 years old
Height 5’08” Weight 174lbs Brown eyes Brown Hair

Surrey RCMP has issued a public interest warning under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender who poses a high risk to re-offend. Kristjon Otto Olson was released from prison, May 22, 2020, in the Lower Mainland and is residing in Surrey.

Kristjon Olson has been convicted of sexual offences against minors including: sexual interference, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, and offences related to child pornography.

Kristjon Olson has been deemed a high risk to re-offend is subject to a recognizance under section 810 of the Criminal Code of Canada whereby he must abide by court ordered conditions

 

May 22, 2020

Surrey councillor ALLISON PATTON & Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM

Todays' edition of THE PR,OVINCE newspaper has a lengthy story on the rumoured professional and personal relationship between Surrey councillor ALLISON PATTON and Surrey Mayor DOUG MCCALUM

(click here to read the story)

 

May 21, 2020


City of Surrey to host virtual Canada Day Celebration


The City of Surrey has announced Surrey Canada Day will be hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will take place on July 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the kid’s and senior’s segment, and regular programming from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube Live.

Colin James

“While the safety of our community is the top priority during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to celebrate this great country of ours,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey will have its annual Canada Day celebration, but this year we will be coming together virtually. Hosted by a true Canadian icon, Hayley Wickenheiser, and featuring nationally recognized musical artists from BC such as Colin James, Bif Naked and 54-40, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will be an opportunity to safely celebrate and show our national pride on Canada’s birthday.”

Hosted by four-time Olympic gold medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser, this year’s free family-friendly virtual event will feature a series of segments including, musical entertainment, virtual tours, indigenous and cultural acts, a “Family Hour” for kids and seniors, dance lessons, a rodeo tribute, and a virtual firework finale to end the night. The livestream will feature musical performances by local Surrey artists and Canadian groups including Colin James, 54-40, Bif Naked, Toque, Said the Whale, and Madeline Merlo.

For more information, visit surrey.ca/canadaday

 

May 20, 2020


" We heard you White Rock…and that is the problem. "

Staff Sergent KALE PAULS

Based on feedback from the citizens of White Rock during the development of our strategic plan and at our community engagement events, we heard you loud and clear that the unnecessary noise from vehicles with modified mufflers or no mufflers is unwanted.

Section 7A.01 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations prohibits excessive noise from a vehicles engine, exhaust system, braking system, or from contact of the tires with the roadway. White Rock RCMP will be conducting focused enforcement via education, a violation ticket for unnecessary noise ($109), and/or an order for a vehicle inspection.

Motorcycles and cars that have been modified to increase the exhaust sound or do not have a muffler are disturbing the peace in White Rock. Those that are driving around in obvious contravention of the law will be issued a violation ticket and be given a written order to have their vehicle inspected. Others may be subject to a roadside inspection that results in education and/or an order at an inspection facility.

“Although this is the law throughout British Columbia, I want to ensure that the message for residents and visitors to White Rock is loud and clear – loud vehicles are illegal and not welcome – and we will be conducting ongoing enforcement.”

Staff Sergeant Kale Pauls

White Rock RCMP – Detachment Commander

 

Use It Or Lose It

This past holiday weekend there were nowhere near the number of motor vehicle accidents due to the decreased volume of travelers. Here is a snapshot of what the RCMP in the Fraser Valley were dealing with over the VIctoria Day Weekend.

BC RCMP Traffic Services has announced that traffic enforcement would be returning to pre-COVID-19 levels in light of a noticeable spike in excessive speed offences. This announcement coincided with Canada Road Safety Week and the month of May High Risk Driving Campaign.

BC RCMP Traffic Services can report that, although there were no fatal collisions on provincial highways over the long weekend, the same cannot be said for the number of excessive speed violations over the same period.

Here’s a snap shot from several individual BC RCMP Traffic Services Units from around the province that have reported their enforcement results:


· Lower Mainland IRSU reported 19 excessive speed violations among many other infractions that Unit enforced, including taking an unsafe commercial vehicle out of service.

Of particular note was one individual who was stopped for excessive speed by Lower Mainland IRSU for going 130 km/h in a residential zone, then stopped (in a different vehicle) four hours later by an officer from Fraser Valley Traffic Services (Chilliwack) for driving over 160 km/h on Highway 1. That driver has been referred to RoadSafetyBC to consider a lengthy driving prohibition.

BC RCMP Traffic Services Unit Commanders from every corner of the province are reporting higher than usual numbers of excessive speeding offences:


· BC RCMP Traffic Services Units from Sea to Sky, Port Mann and Fraser Valley Traffic Services collectively reported a total of 42 tickets/vehicle impounds for excessive speed; and
· In total, BC RCMP Traffic Services (including IRSU) across the province impounded nearly 150 vehicles for excessive speed alone over the long weekend.

Driving is a privilege and BC is a leader when it comes to holding drivers accountable for their actions. BC RCMP Traffic Services wishes to remind motorists to make good decisions and drive safely as we enter into an easing of some COVID-19 restrictions. Bend the curve, don’t break the rules!

 

May 19, 2020

Ocean Parker

Something to look up to! We are so happy to have our village banners back up. These brand new banners are slightly modified with no tail flap, unlike the old banners. We hope the windstorms will leave less impact on these ones! The banners are a partner project between us, the Ocean Park Community Association and The City of Surrey! We love keeping our village beautified. 

PS: The old banners will be sold off by donation when the timing is right!

 

May 17, 2020

He's Back!

Back when our iconic waterfront pier in White Rock was destroyed in a storm, local resident BROOKE COLBY started talk around town that he was going to get an EVIL KNIEVEL type motorcyclist to jump what was left of Canada's Longest Pier.

Then he left for Mexico,. Well he is back in THE ROCK and has a whole new plan for a jump over the length of the pier on a rocket powered motorcycle. He has created a GOFUNDME site for donations. So far he has amassed $21.00 for the jump.

The beautiful town of White Rock  has been devastated yet again, and our local businesses have suffered. We need to do a world class event that will get people back to the amazing beaches of White Rock.

My pledge to my community "I, Brooke Colby promise to attempt to jump the length of the famous White Rock pier in a rocket ship to help invigorate this amazing town!"

 

Many businesses are readying their establishments to welcome back customers ASAP. For restaurateurs it will be an involved process of preparing a complete plan on how seating will work with spacing clearly indicated. This plan will be kept on file with FRASER HEALTH and if there are any complaints about overcrowding there will be an approved plan in place. Restaurants are hoping to open in early June.

  • Patrons must be able to maintain a distance of two metres from one another, unless they are in the same party
  • There must be no more than six patrons seated at a table
  • There must be no more than 50% of the usual capacity of patrons present at one time
  • There must be no events held at the establishment that include more than 50 people
  • If practicable, you must retain contact information for one member of every party of patrons for thirty days in the event that there is a need for contact tracing on the part of the medical health officer.
  • If you are the holder of any other type of liquor primary licence and only serve snacks or appetizers but not meal services, such as a nightclub, you must close.

(click here to read the full program from FRASER HEALTH)

 

May 16, 2020

Local Lawyer Receives Major Nomination

 

Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson

My law colleagues Lisa Fong, Q.C. and Elizabeth Bulbrook have honoured me with a nomination to Canadian Lawyer’s 2020 list of “25 Most Influential Lawyers”. This list identifies “those having the biggest impact in the justice system and legal profession in Canada” and recognizes and affirms “hard work and dedication to rising above” unique challenges. Their nomination was successful and I’m on the long-list!

The next step is that the public determines the winners. I’m very grateful for this nomination because my work is driven by both my love of Haida Gwaii, the Haida People, my family and our ancestors, and a vision for a new, brighter future between the Haida Nation, Indigenous Peoples and Canada. If I were to receive this honour, in my mind, it affirms all of that work.

If you’re interested in helping and voting you can do so here: https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/…/voting-is-now-op…/329591

 

May 15, 2020

Thank You Bonnie

“Let’s keep our curve flat and keep our province strong – together.”

DR. BONNY HENRY B.C'S Provincial Health Officer

Learn More:

To participate in the BC Centre for Disease Control's COVID-19 survey, Your story, our future, visit:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey 

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving, and the information below is current as of 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Cases:

  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 2,392
  • New cases since May 13, 2020: 15
  • Active cases: 372
  • Hospitalized cases: 58
  • Intensive care: 12
  • COVID-19 related deaths: 135
  • Recovered: 1,885
  • Long-term care and assisted-living homes currently affected: 15
  • Acute-care unit outbreaks: 4

 

Shedding Light On The Massey Tunnel Problem

Work is underway to improve brightness and visibility in the George Massey Tunnel.

The existing lights on the tunnel walls and ceiling will be converted to an LED standard to increase visibility and better illuminate the tunnel for drivers, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Other work includes improving tunnel drainage to prevent ice build-up and water from pooling at tunnel entrances. The ventilation and electrical systems will also be upgraded. These additional safety improvements are already underway and are scheduled to be completed by spring 2021.

Black & McDonald Limited of Vancouver has been awarded a contract valued at $19 million for this work, which is part of a $40-million suite of interim safety and reliability improvements.

To minimize delays for drivers, the majority of work will be done at night. Drivers and cyclists are advised to watch for night-time lane closures and obey all traffic-control personnel, construction speed limits and signs.

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

 

May 13, 2020

Surrey Shows Hospital Workers Love

The critical work of our healthcare workers has been heroic in our fight against COVID-19. As an extension of our gratitude to Surrey’s healthcare workers, the City of Surrey installed healthcare appreciation street banners around Surrey Memorial Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital Tuesday.

“Every night, Surrey residents and staff across our city join the 7pm cheer, as a gesture of appreciation for the sacrifices healthcare workers are making to battle COVID-19 on the frontlines,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “With the installation of these street banners surrounding Surrey Memorial and Peace Arch Hospitals, our hope is that our nurses, doctors, first responders and paramedics are reminded every day that our community recognizes their dedication and service. Our healthcare workers are among the best in the world, working tirelessly to keep our community healthy and safe, and these banners are a small way of saying thank-you.”

 

The Peace Arch News Is Asking For Your Support

Black Press the owners of all the community newspapers serving the South of the Fraser region are asking for your financial aid.

Reprinted from their website;

Black Press Media multimedia journalists are among the very best in Western Canada, earning accolades for their high-quality, insightful and compelling news coverage and story-telling.

I have had the immense privilege of working with hundreds of these fine professionals over a 40-year-plus journalism career. I can say there are no other more dedicated, more focused and more community-minded individuals in the media industry.

But with great angst, I must report that the damage that COVID-19 is inflicting on businesses is dramatically thinning our ranks. The community news media industry is not in any way being spared the chilling, catastrophic drops in revenues seen across all sectors of the business world.

Andrew Holota

Western Canada Editorial Director, Black Press Media

(click here to read the full story and to donate)

 

May 12, 2020

White Rock Council Rewind

White Rock council last evening hosted a special meeting of council .

- The Provincial government has indicated we enter PHASE II of the COVID pandemic after the long weekend. It was noted we should not expect restaurants to have diners replacing the current take out system, the start date for this change has not been decided. The same goes for all the other services that have been told they can open in Phase II. Stay tuned.

- Waterfront Parking. The city will open one half of the parking lot at the far western end of the city's waterfront parking. The lot will be for White Rock residents only who display a valid parking sticker. On East Beach the fenced off portion of the lot at the far end of eastern point of our =city parking lots will see a small portion there opened for vehicles with a valid parking ticket available from the dispensers. NOTE: The current 30 minute parking on the North side of Marine Drive is PAY PARKING. You must have a valid paid ticket to park there as well or you will be ticketed.

- The awarding of the million dollar plus contract to shore up the slope stability along Marine Drive (Hump area) has been deferred to a later date.

- Prospect Avenue clock tower has been accepted by White Rock council. The current owner of the property (location of Islands Coffee) generously donated the clock top the city.

White Rock council meets again next Tuesday @ 7 p.m. following the Victoria Day long weekend.

 

Tips from the public lead to drug bust in South Surrey



Suspected drug trafficking at a South Surrey residence has been quashed thanks to tips from the public.

RCMP began an investigation after being tipped off on a possible illegal cannabis store operating at a residence in the 16400-block of 24A Avenue. The Surrey RCMP Drug Unit executed a search warrant at the residence on April 23, 2020, and located evidence of alleged drug trafficking, including indications of illegal online cannabis sales.

As a result of the investigation, officers located and seized a number of items consistent with drug trafficking including cocaine and MDMA. Police also located drug cutting agents, drug packaging and processing materials. Multiple cell phones were seized along with various packaged cannabis products, and $1700 in cash.

A man and woman were arrested and later released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

“This is a great example of Surrey residents helping to address the illicit drug trade in the community,” says acting Proactive Enforcement Officer, Staff Sergeant Ryan Element. “Despite the legalization of cannabis, we will continue to enforce drug laws and target illegal drug activity in Surrey.”

This is a good reminder to the public that it is not only illegal to sell cannabis from an unauthorized dealer, it is also illegal to purchase cannabis from an unauthorized dealer, regardless if the purchase is in-store or online. The products sold at illegal cannabis stores are not regulated and therefore may contain harmful additives. For more information on cannabis sale and consumption laws, please visit https://cannabis.gov.bc.ca/.

 

SRY Rail Link Serpentine Bridge Replacement

Serpentine Bridge 64 avenue East of Johnston Road

We’ve partnered with Southern Railway of British Columbia to replace the aging railway bridge over the Serpentine River. The 40-metre long timber bridge was vulnerable to floatation in the case of a severe flood.

The new crossing will incorporate innovative flood control features. Features include concrete walls on both sides of track to protect the track from flooding and steel sheet pile connections to Surrey’s extensive flood control system. 

What will this Project Achieve?

The new bridge will:

  • Keep our economy moving by ensuring safe and uninterrupted movement of goods. Approximately $190 million in freight moves across the Serpentine Railway Bridge annually. Severe floods would have shut down rail operations and the supply of goods.
  • Protect the nearby community and agricultural lands from flooding. This flood protection will help agricultural production in the area, contributing to the economy and food security of the region. The new bridge will enable Surrey to realize the full benefits of the Serpentine and Nicomekl Flood Control Project, which commenced in 1997 to improve flood control of agricultural land.
  • Increase worker safety during railway operation and maintenance.
  • Ensures safe passage for Surrey’s Heritage Rail.

 

 

 

 

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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