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April 23, 2017

So Deserving

CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Cornale on her award for COMMUNITY HERO AWARD presented last evening at SOURCE'S BUSINESS FOUNDATION gala.

The day the Five Corner Fire ripped through the condos and commercial section on Pacific Avenue, LAURA quickly concluded she was out of business for a period of time, but her main concern were were customers and neighbours who had lost their homes and possessions. Within days LAURA had raised over $35,000.00 for our community.

LAURA'S COFFEE CORNER is open today on Pacific Avenue just East of her old location. Tell her how much you care.

 

April 21, 2017

Like A Phoenix Rising

Congratulations to the White Rock/South Surrey Hospice Society on passing over their initial goal for the 2017 capital building campaign. . The funds will be used to construct the new hospice centre located on 1`6a Avenue just off of 156th street near the Peace Arch Hospital. The new facility when complete will be home to the administration offices, counseling offices, the volunteer training program and support services and programs.

The projected total for the capital campaign fund drive was 2.1 million dollars. The society in their announcement noted the money raised came from donations big and small throughout the community as well as the revenue derived from the Hospice Thrift Store on 24th avenue. Of special note was an 11th hour donation made by local resident Margaret "Maggie" Rodgers who in her will left the society a considerable donation.

The new building will house the society's administrative offices, volunteer training program and grief support programs and services. It will be located within walking distance from a new residential care facility – created in partnership with Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, Fraser Health and the province – which will house 200 beds, including a 15-bed hospice residence.

The new facility is expected be open in the Fall of 2017.

 

April 19, 2017

How High's The Water?

Members of White Rock council and staff were on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony to start the water flowing through the all new Merklin water reservoir. The new reservoir will add over a million litres of water to the water storage system of the city of White Rock. With the addition of the new Oxford street reservoir the storage capacity of White Rock has now increased by 33%.

The plaque also named the former members of council who were sitting members during 2011-2014 when the decision was made to purchase our water system back from EPCOR of Edmonton.

The final purchase price of the water system will be decided by binding arbitration between EPCOR and the City of White Rock. There is no firm date at this time when that final sales figure will be released.

 

April 16, 2017

Happy Birthday To Us

The city of White Rock hosted a giant 60th birthday party for350 seniors Saturday the the White Rock Curling Club. STEPHEN QUINN host of the popular ON THE COAST afternoon drive show on CBC Radio capably handled the master of ceremonies duties. The afternoon ceremony was opened with a traditional coast Salish prayer delivered by Semiamhoo First Nations councillor JOANNE CHARLES.

Entertainment was supplied by BOBBY BRUCE'S tribute to Neil Diamond while ALYSSA NIELSEN wowed tha audience with her renditions of Patsy Cline selections.

Mayor Baldwin and White Rock council were joined by MP DIANNE WATTS and outgoing MLA GORDON HOGG at the ceremony.

The city of White Rock has another big all day fun event planned for the city's 60th birthday on April 29th at Centennial Arena.

 

April 13, 2017

Forging Ahead

(original 12 storey image)

White Rock council and senior staff hosted a Public Hearing?public meeting last evening at the White Rock Community Centre. Over the course of the evening 200-250 residents came and went as council listened to four Zoning By Law/OCP Amendment requests and a Phased Development application.

The first two items the addition of three suites at Evergreen Care Centre and a change to building practices of having developers install side mounted balcony guards passed quickly.

Then the two items that drew the majority of the crowd. First to be dealt with was the LANDMARK development in uptown White Rock on Foster/Martin streets was unanimously sent back to the planning department for more changes recommended by council. Minor in nature.

The meeting concluded with the highly contentious FORGE Properties 10 storey skyrise they wish to construct on Thrift Avenue next door to their last project The ROYCE. This application stalled the last time it appeared before council for consideration. Given it did not receive a seconder for the motion to proceed it was left in limbo. FORGE PROPERTIES reworked their application from 12 storeys to 10 storeys with no other changes and resubmitted.

When it came time to vote to give the third reading of Official Community Plan Amendment and the Zoning By-Law change the project was approved in a 4-3 in favour. The final stage will be the fourth reading at a future meeting of council.

Councillors Fathers/Chesney & Mayor Baldwin were not in favour of the project siting its lack of ability to fit into the existing neighbourhood.

The White Rock Coalition made up of councillors KNIGHT/LAWRENCE/MEYER/SINCLAIR voted in support of THE FORGE project.

White Rock Coalition

 

 

April 08. 2017

Winds Cause Tree To Fall On Car / Mother & Child Trapped Inside

(photo submitted via email)

Yesterday (Friday) at approximately 3:50 P.M. Surrey R.C.M.P. were called to 15000 Block of 86th Ave., Surrey, B.C. for a report of a large tree that had fallen on a vehicle in the driveway. Officers of the Surrey R.C.M.P. along with Surrey Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Service, City of Surrey workers, were called to the scene. The vehicle, a Brown Toyota Camry was parked in the driveway, when a large tree was blown over in the wind, landing on the vehicle. There were two occupants in the vehicle a female driver, and a five Year old child, both residents of Surrey, B.C. The tree crushed the vehicle trapping the two occupants inside.

Surrey Fire Department, along with City of Surrey workers, B.C. Ambulance Service, Clover towing and officers of the Surrey R.C.M.P. worked to get the two out of the vehicle, and using rescue equipment and Air bags were able to pry the vehicle open sufficiently to free both persons. Both females were examined at the scene by B.C. Ambulance Service, and only had minor injuries.

 

Chalk Up Another One For Creep Catchers / Suspect charged in child luring investigation

 

Surrey RCMP arrested one man after he allegedly tried to lure a minor for a sexual purpose, and for making an arrangement with a person for a sexual offence involving a person under the age of eighteen.

On Monday April 3rd Surrey RCMP received a complaint of the aforementioned incident. An investigation was undertaken immediately by Surrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit. Investigators arrested a suspect on Thursday April 6th.

Now charged is Kuljinder Singh BHATTI, 35 years old of Burnaby. BHATTI, who is currently in custody, is scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court late Friday afternoon.

The allegations of assault involving this accused by a civilian associated with Surrey CREEP CATCHERS during the incident are still under investigation.

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

 

April 06, 2017

Fire On The Drive - No Injuries

UPDATE APRIL 08, 2017

Fire officials have now confirmed the casue of Wednesday's fire was caused by candles left burning by an owner on their patio.

Gail & Leo photo

A fire broke out last evening on one of the balconies of the apartments located above Cosmos restaurant located in White Rock's West Beach area.

Fire crews were on the scene quickly and are being credited with preventing the fire from spreading throughout the entire structure.

Owners of the popular Greek restaurant GEORGIA and DIMITRI THEODOSAKIS were closing up for the night when they heard the fire alarm sound. COSMOS has been a popular restaurant for 40 years.

GEORGIA told the media

“We didn’t know where it was coming from so we opened the front door to see what was going on and we saw the flames from above and the broken glass coming down, so we quickly shut the door and we ran out through the back door because we do have gas lines inside the restaurant and were very afraid of the explosion.”

Fire Chief Phil Lemire credits the quick response by the 20 firefighters.

“We do have to commend the crews for the job they did when they first arrived. They got a good, quick knockdown on the fire which certainly helped to contain it to where it’s at now.”

He says 26 tenants from the 22 units had to be evacuated.

Lemire says one person was taken to hospital to be checked over for smoke inhalation.

 

 

White Rock weightlifter Christine Girard set to win Olympic gold

Christine Girard has essentially won an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting five years and two children after she raised the heavy bars above her head in London.

The International Olympic Committee disqualified the 2012 Games silver medalist, Russia’s Svetlana Tzarukaeva, on Wednesday after the retesting of her samples uncovered steroids. The original gold medalist, Kazakhstan’s Maiya Maneza, was stripped of her result last fall.

The IOC release announcing the sanctions against Tzarukaeva and two wrestlers from 2008 did not specify how or when medals would be redistributed. With so many doping convictions in weightlifting and the podium looking more like a game of musical chairs, the IOC hasn’t been speedy about issuing new ones.

“I’m hoping it’s in the next few months but I’ve been hoping that for a year,” Girard said, referring to her Beijing medal and first London upgrade to silver.

 

April 05, 2017

Peace Arch Hospital Expansion Moves Forward

The communities of South Surrey and White Rock received news this morning of a massive funding commitment to improve the care and services that will be delivered by our Peace Arch Hospital. Liberal party MLA's joined with representatives from Fraser Health and the Peace Arch Foundation to make the special announcement at the hospital.

The Ministry of Health will contribute $8.2 million dollars. Fraser Health will contribute $23 million dollars and the Peace Arch Foundation will contribute $37 million dollars.

(l-r) MLA Stephanie Cadieux, Siobhan Phillips Peace Arch Foundation Board Chair, MLA Gordon Hogg, Dr, Smit head of surgery Peace Arch Hospital and Michael Marchbank President and CEO Fraser Health)

(click here to read the full Provincial Government announcement)

 

April 04, 2017

Laura's Coffee Corner - Good News Story

It was a lovely feature on CBC Vancouver's 6 o'clock news last evening.

(click here - feature begins at the 11:00 minute mark)

 

If You Build It - They Will Come

George Massey Tunnel replacement construction officially underway.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson and other dignitaries were on hand today to officially kick off construction on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

“After four years of consultation with First Nations, municipal and regional governments, and a tremendous amount of technical work, construction is underway on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, which includes replacing the seismically vulnerable tunnel with a safe, modern bridge,” said Stone. “These site preparation contracts represent the first work on the Massey replacement, which will generate approximately 9,000 direct jobs over the life of the project.”

The process to award the major construction works contract is still underway, and the Province expects to have its preferred proponent chosen by summer 2017. All major approvals are in place for the project to proceed, including the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate, awarded on Feb. 9, and approval from the Agricultural Land Commission received on Feb. 24.

After site preparation, major construction will begin later this year with the new bridge opening in 2022. Tunnel decommissioning will follow.

 

 

 

April 03, 2017

Beach Cleanup

CK photo

Work crews are busy on East & West Beach on the White Rock waterfront. The popular beach front suffered heavy damage this past winter due to a number of strong storms. Crews have been carefully reinforcing the beach with loads of rip rap.

 

Your Neighbourhood Your Vote

(YNYV) is a collaborative election awareness and education initiative by the neighbourhood houses of Metro Vancouver. YNYV is a source for issues forums and all-candidate meetings held by neighbourhood houses and their partners. Join us in the lead-up to the May 9th provincial elections.

For information about events happening at individual neighbourhood houses, please contact the Your Neighbourhood, Your Vote representative:

Alexandra Neighbourhood House
Neil Fernyhough communityprograms[at]alexhouse.net

Check out their FACEBOOK (click here)

Click here for website

 

April 02, 2017

Welcome Home

LAURA CORNALE was one of the merchants that lost their business when the now infamous Five Corners Fire ripped through the commercial section of the burned condo.

Since September 01 when she acquired a new location for her business it has been endless days and stressful nights. That all changed yesterday. LAURA'S COFFEE CORNER is back.

Grand Opening Weekend 15259 Pacific Ave

Peace Arch News ALEX BROWN & rock band Trooper's RA MCGUIRE discuss Alex's upcoming concert while standing in line.

From the moment the doors were open @ 8 a.m. there was a constant lineup of old friends and neighbours who couldn't wait to welcome Laura and her staff back.

Note: New hours include today (Sunday).

Ernie Klassen photo

Hubby GLEN and LAURA take a breather before the day starts in the shop they designed and GLEN built.

Now that's true love.

 

Not Guilty

Jim Widdifield and picture of his late son Craig Widdifield

It has been 3 years since CRAIG WIDDIFIELD was fatally shot outside of Steve Nash Fitness located in The Grandview Corners shopping district of South Surrey.

Yesterday (Friday) Judge PETER VOITH rendered a not guilty verdict in the case of charges of first degree murder against BRODY ROBERT PATERSON. “There were numerous difficulties with Mr. Paterson’s evidence… significant difficulties,” VOITH said.

VOITH felt the Crown failed to prove their case sufficient enough to gain a guilty conviction. The Crown';s case rested largely on an informant who testified for the Crown. During the trial the validity of his testimony of facts came into play.

 

March 31, 2017


The audio of the deadly confrontation which occurred July 18 2015 between HUDSON BROOKS and the South Surrey RCMP detachment members has come to light via YOUTUBE.

One portion of the audio identifies emergency services are needed. Suspect and a member of the South Surrey detachment who is identified as Constable KUTRIN.

 

March 30, 2017

Train Kept A Rollin'

Erik Seiz photos

Due to the heavy rain on Tuesday and the rain storm Wednesday morning a portion of the bank alongside the BNSF rail line let go around 9 a.m. yesterday morning. BNSSF crews were quick to arrive on the scene and the cleanup began immediately. The line re-opened to freight rail traffic in the early afternoon.

There will be a disruption in AMTRAK service though, as the railway does not run passenger trains through where there has been a slide for 48 hours after the slide has occurred. Freight shipments are under no such obligation.

The area of the slide showed no other previous slide action, but hikers said it looked like a lot of the trees at the top of the bank had been removed or carelessly topped to improve the view for the home on the property backed where the slide occurred.

The slide was located East of Kwomais Point mid-way between White Rock and Crescent Beach.

 

March 29, 2017

Walk On

The East Beach district of White Rock is undergoing major upgrades. In addition to the addition of rocks to reinforce the shoreline damaged in recent storms, a section of the sidewalk is being expanded.

Following numerous complaints about patios in front of restaurants with a narrow sidewalk the city will now remove 13 street parking spots to expand the sidewalk to mirror the rest of that section of the waterfront retail landscape.March 27, 2017

 

White Rock Social Media Reacts To Bicycle Road Paint

Jenn Leigh Dillon. After numerous unanswered messages left with the City, they proceeded with the bike route down Kent St. My husband and I just watched a family attempt the ride down our street (pacific &Columbia) that ended with the mother screaming "use your breaks!! Use your breaks!" to her children which ended in the family walking their bikes so that they didn't lose control before crossing Columbia street.

Michelle Young I saw them painting those everywhere today, I didn't really get the point of it


Arlene Soenso It also serves as a reminder to car drivers that there may be cyclists.

Sherry Jaehrlich I am so angry and befuddled by the bike signs and lanes in this area. I seriously doubt anyone in the planning depth got out on two wheels to give their routes a sanity check.

Nicole Hennelly I thought the purpose of a designated bike lane/path was to have space specifically/only for riders --these painted on bikes do nothing in my opinion other than to make an eyesore on the road.
What exactly is the point of this?

Montee Share Those glow tabs in the concrete will be installed shortly to keep you in traffic in its lane. The noise from them keeps the neighborhood from sleeping but no one gives a crap about people who live here. And you thought the train was hell. Just wait.

 

March 26, 2017

Then There Was One

Media pundits wondered allowed how long Surrey would be home to two separate newspapers once Black Press took ownership of both newspapers.

Friday the answer came. Not Long.

As of April the British Columbia's second largest city will be home to just one weekly community newspaper which will be called d the SURREY NOW NEWS LEADER as of April 05. The merging of the two newspapers resulted in a number of layoffs.

The Surrey Now News Leader will publish every Wednesday and Friday.

the Peace Arch News which is owned by the same parent company has not been affected by the merger. PAN will continue to publish weekly on Wednesday and Friday.

 

March 24, 2017

Canada's happiest singles - White Rock Top 10

Want a happy relationship? Canada is a good place to look: World Happiness Day (March 20th) saw the release of the UNs World Happiness Report and, happily, Canada came 7th. But where in this happy nation can you find the happiest singles? EliteSingles found out.

• The happiest singles in Canada live in Orangeville, ON
• St Thomas, ON and Collingwood, ON are in 2nd and 3rd place
• 8/10 of the happiest places in Canada are in Ontario
• Leduc, AB and White Rock, BC are the only non-Ontarian cities in the top 10 study, conducted by premium dating site EliteSingles, used anonymous user data from 45,000 registered members to determine where Canadaâs happiest singles live.

By aggregating how strongly its members self-scored themselves on a happiness scale, then looking at the average result by location, the dating company found the 10 best places in Canada to meet happy singles:

The top 10 happiest cities in Canada.

1. Orangeville, ON
2. St Thomas, ON
3. Collingwood, ON
4. Leduc, AB
5. Aurora, ON
6. Barrie, ON
7. Oakville, ON
8. White Rock, BC
9. Welland, ON
10. Burlington, ON

(read the full report)

 

 

March 21, 2017

Do You Know Him?

Surveillance footage of alleged shooter of Surrey gangster Birinder Bhangu

Timeline of last week's fatal shooting.

Bhangu arrived at the Comfort Inn in the Fleetwood area of Surrey on Monday March 13 @ 2:22 p.m.

The suspect in the pictures above approached the Bhangu vehicle one minute laster on foot. He approached the driver's side of Bhangu's vehicle and opened fire. The suspect then ran off and left the scene in a Nissan Pathfinder which was located the following day (Tuesday March 14) in Kelowna.

If you have any information please contact the Surrey RCMP 1 877 551 4444

 

March 18, 2017

White Rock drinking water to get new treatment for arsenic

The City of White Rock has received a historic first— nearly $12 million in grant funding from the Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia to go towards the City’s $14.2 million arsenic and manganese treatment processes to address the City’s water quality and ensure a healthier community.

Water services in White Rock had been owned and operated by private owners for more than 100 years.

In 2015, shortly after taking over the water utility, the City confirmed that levels of arsenic, in two out of seven wells, is occasionally higher than Health Canada’s maximum allowable level.

The City acquired the White Rock water utility from a private utility company in October 2015 by making an advance payment of $14 million, and continues to work with the previous owners on a final purchase price. Work on the new treatment plant is expected to be completed by 2019.

Canada and British Columbia invest in 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects

Supporting healthier communities for future generations (read more)

 

March 17, 2017

Hogg Leaves Them Laughing

Thursday afternoon 14 MLA's left the legislature for the last time in their official capacity. Our very own Liberal MLA GORDON HOGG was one of those 14.

Read GORDON'S story about the night he almost burned down the legislature in the NATIONAL OBSERVER.

(click here)

 

Semiahmoo First Nations

On February 15 we published the following story on the city of Blaine's emergency preparedness.

Does Blaine Know Something We Don't?

Our neighbour to the south Blaine WA has plans to install an emergency siren on the city's waterfront.

There are already sirens dotted around Northern Washington. Birch Bay, Point Roberts, Bellingham and Sandy Point all possess the emergency sirens to warn the public or tsunamis, earthquakes and other potential hazards such as a train derailment with hazardous goods.

Once installed the siren will be tested the first Wednesday of every month for 30 seconds. Keep your ears open for it.

Semiahmoo First Nations councillor JOANNE CHARLES

Yesterday (Thursday) the Semiahmoo First Nations staged an emergency evacuation of the band's land which is located between on the U.S. border to the south and the city of White Rock and Surrey to the north.

By mid-afternoon social media had exploded with White Rock residents wondering what was going on.

Spokesperson for the Semiahmoo First Nations councillor JOANNE CHARLES told the White Rock Sun that on Monday they had issued a press release (see below) to the city of Blaine, the city of white Rock through their emergency preparedness lead contact fire chief PHIL LEMIRE,Surrey RCMP, White Rock RCMP, the CN police, BNSF railway, reps from Washington State, the Canadian Border Services and the First Nations Health Authority.

The recently installed warning system on the Semiahmoo land had been tested in a smaller version of a test on Monday March 06. The plan is to do a brief test at noon on the first Monday of every month, similar to the way Blaine tests theirs monthly.

Yesterday the second phase of their emergency operation was to be tested with a full evacuation. According to CHARLES 65 members and residents of their land followed instructions perfectly and evacuated to safety at the ore-arrangeed Pacific Inn Hotel. The Semiahmoo First Nations mobile command centre was in place and from CHARLES point the exercise was a success.

All of the participants and those affected by future tests will reexamine the process to ensure the yesterday's breakdown in communication will not be repeated.

(listen to the actual warning - click here)

 

(Posted on City of White Rock website yesterday)

Statement from the City of White Rock Regarding Semiahmoo First Nation’s Tsunami Drill

March 16, 2017
Today the Semiahmoo First Nation conducted an evacuation drill for their community.

The Semiahmoo First Nation informed the City of White Rock that the siren alerts would begin at 11:00AM with their Tsunami tone (wailing). However, they did not inform the City that their alarms would not include clear messaging that it’s a test or a drill only.

As the alarms did not have clear messaging that this was a test, it caused residents to believe it was a real evacuation, particularly when they heard, “This is a tsunami warning, please vacate and get to higher ground or inland now, do not return.”

The City is also concerned about the lack of communication provided by Semiahmoo First Nations. We have communicated our concerns and re-emphasized the need for clearer communication with the City and the public in the future.

 

March 14, 2017

What Would You Like In A Park?

The City of Surrey is updating its Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Strategic Plan, and needs your input. Over the next 10 years, this new plan will shape the future of your communities, facilities and services. Join us at one of the upcoming fun, family-friendly event to learn more, share your ideas, and set some priorities for the future. Drop by and share your ideas!

South Surrey South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, Turnbull Gallery Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12 - 3pm

 

Waterfront Parking?

Tuesday afternoon two elderly ladies who had been visiting the White Rock waterfront's promenade area shocked a number of walkers on the promenade.

After enjoying a walk on the promenade the two ladies got into their vehicle and got ready to leave, the driver thinking she was in reverse gave the vehicle gas and it shot ahead from the parking lot right on to the promenade.

Thankfully there were no injuries.

Ra McGuire photo

 

March 12, 2017

White Rock Arson

Shortly after midnight yesterday morning (Saturday) White Rock firefighters responded to an early morning fire in a home located at 1038 Stevens street. When the fire crews arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished with no damage to the neighbouring properties.

The White Rock Fire Department and White Rock RCMP Serious Crime Section have determined the cause of fire to be arson. Police have received information regarding a vehicle of interest. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has any information please contact the White Rock RCMP Serious Crime Section 778-593-3600 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The home had been empty for a month. There were no injuries.

 

March 10, 2017

The president of Surrey Creep Catchers is being sued for defamation.

The plaintiff alleges that on February 6th 2017, Ryan Laforge falsely and maliciously communicated with the plaintiff indicating on Facebook the plaintiff was involved in a scheme to procure sex with an under-age girl.

The suit says Laforge knowingly published a video, that was viewed over 56,000 times, that he knew was false or in careless disregard as to whether it was true or not.

The plaintiff claims he has suffered damages to his reputation and his family restaurant.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Surrey Creep Catchers post videos to publicly name-and-shame people they claim are child predators.

 

March 09, 2017

White Rock Eagle Cam

A pair of eagles have moved into the nest located above the bluffs in Ocean Park. There are reports there is one egg in the nest already and a second egg is expected today or tomorrow.

(watch the wonder of the live web-cam - click here)

 

March 08, 2017

Two Bodies Removed From White Rock Home

Residents in the 1100 block of Finlay street watched emergency crews remove two bodies from a hillside home yesterday evening.

When friends had not heard from the couple aged 66 and 72 for a couple of days they became concerned. Upon entering the home they discovered the couple deceased.

White Rock RCMP are not treating the deaths as suspicious. Neighbours this morning were telling the media a FORTIS truck was in the neighbourhood yesterday but could not confirm the two incidents were related.

 

March 07, 2017

They're At The Post


April 25 Tuesday – Peninsula Homeless to Housing with Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Table
and other partners HOST ALL CANDIDATES DIALOGUE doors open 6:30 Program 7 sharp
at GRACE POINT Community Church 3487 King George Blvd, S. Surrey


FYI 2017 May 9th CANDIDATES for Provincial MLA
South Surrey-Cloverdale - GREEN: Aleksandra Muniak LIBERAL Stephanie Cadieux NDP Jonathan Silveira
Surrey-White Rock – GREEN: William Marshall LIBERAL: Tracy Redies NDP: Niovi Patsicakis (Mar 19 tbc)

 

March 05, 2017

Permission To Come Ashore?

Monica Contois photo

The Coast Guard hovercraft caused quite a stir along the White Rock promenade yesterday afternoon. The visit was not an emergency response simply a training exercise to practise nosing up against the rip rap rocks along the beach at high tide.

 

Be Still My Beating Heart

Stu Ferguson photo

Could it be the same owners that operated one of Vancouver's longest running Mexican restaurants in Vancouver?

For decades the popular dimly lit restaurant at the corner of 12th avenue and Granville was one of Vancouver's Top 10 restaurants in the 70's & 80's

The new restaurant will open soon in the old location of CIELO'S on White Rock's west beach Marine Drive-strip.

 

Corry Kriticos photo

Note; Many of the photos you see in THE SUN come from a new FACEBOOK page created for local photographers to share the beauty of our "city by the sea."

(click here to see more)

 

March 04, 2017

New To New West

Organizers of the week long BC SUPERWEEK of Cycling have announced New Westminster will join the other 9 Lower Mainland cities that will host this year's races spread out over 10 days.

The New West race will be second in the series, joining the Tour de Delta, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix and Tour de White Rock.

The proposed course will include portions of Columbia, Eighth, Carnarvon, Sixth and Begbie streets, although the official route is still being finalized by event organizers.

The criterium-style race features a mass start and a 935-metre circuit which incorporates 45 to 55 laps. Spectators will be encouraged to grab a viewing spot along the route to catch the fast-wheeling action, with more than 200 men’s and women’s cyclists expected to compete.

 

March 03, 2017

Join The Discussion

Surrey is a city abundant with parks, recreational facilities, and a vibrant arts, cultural and heritage community. The Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Department helps to plan and operate many of these amenities. To build on these assets, and to meet the needs of a diverse and growing community, the City is developing a new PRC Strategic Plan.

(click here to be part of the survey - you could win a $500.00 shopping trip)

 

The Friends of Hazelmere/Campbell River Valley have come together to have their voices heard at Surrey city hall. Over the past few years the area has been threatened with a casino and most recently a giant truck park alongside of the Little Campbell River.

These land uses are still open to change based on community input in the Public Meeting in April/May 2017. This community meeting will be your chance to give feedback to the City of Surrey about the proposed plans, and will be critical in deciding if that plan will proceed or be modified further.

(read the full story)

 

March 02. 2017

Crash Landing

Para-motor hang glider (file photo)

White Rock & South Surrey emergency crews responded en masse yesterday shortly after noon to a 911 call that indicated a motorized para-motor hang glider had crashed on to the sand bar near the mouth of the Little Campbell River.

A man who witnesses say appeared to be in his late 20's was transported by air ambulance to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. His injuries were described by authorities as serious but not life threatening.

 

March 01, 2017

Sculpture enthusiasts want to turn back the sands of time in B.C.

Crowds of over 400,000 attended our Sandcastle Days

A Vancouver Sun article yesterday looks back on how White Rock's Sandcastle Competition which began in 1979 made our city famous around the world.

Do you think we should bring it back?

(read the story)

 

February 26, 2017

Mystery

When our man on the street DON PITCAIRN forwarded a picture of a scarecrow on the side of HWY 99 we brushed it off as not really a news story. The fact though that it has now been up there for over a week on HWY 99 @ Elgin Road has got us to wondering....what's the back story.

If you know, let us know.

 

I was happy to discuss the future of White Rock's waterfront retail landscape yesterday with JILL BENNETT on CKNW.

(click here to listen to our conversation)

D.Chesney

 

Border Jumpers

photo courtesy Tim Friesen

Yesterday morning at approximately 7:20 A.M. Surrey R.C.M.P. received a report that two persons had crossed the border from the United States of America into Canada in the area of 170th St., and 0 Ave., Surrey, B.C. and not reported to a port of entry. Officers of the Surrey R.C.M.P. attended to the area, and located two persons, a male and a female, that matched the description of the two persons. The two were detained under the Immigration Act and were cooperative with Police. The two were tentatively identified as Turkish Nationals, and have been turned over to Canada Immigration officials to be dealt with.

Two Days. Two sets of arrests at the Douglas Border crossing in South Surrey.

A family of four was detained on Sunday after crossing the border illegally from the U.S. in the same area, which borders PEACE ARCH park and has minimal security.

(Watch the BC- CTV story)

 

Thank You Friends and Neighbours - We Did It!

Hundreds of walkers joined together last evening to to raise money for SOURCES White Rock. All the money raised will stay here in our community to help those less fortunate than us. It is the least we can do.

I would like to personally thank my sponsors;

Dennis Lypka & Lorraine Adair/Robin & Meh-Ling Harper/Beth Kish/Jayne Pattison/Joyce McKenzie/Jim Hart/Gary Deck/Rob Warwick/Corry Kriticos/Tammy & Joe Ritchie/Don Lawrenson/Bob Burrows/Donna Paulsen/Judy Forster/Cathy Craig/Donna Herringer/Eve Lees/Charles Fast/Gail Terry/Marjorie Mooney/Gordon Hogg and Maggie Bernet./Ra Mcguire and Margaret Garrison

A special thank you, to each and everyone of you and to everyone who supported our team from THE ROYCE.

 

February 24, 2017

Slip Sliding Away

The first image shows every tremor reported on Vancouver Island during a three-week period in the summer of 2016. The second image shows every tremor reported during the last slow slip, which began in December 2015. (Pacific Northwest Seismic Network)

Over the past month there have been dozens of earthquakes registering over 4 on the richter scale. Experts call the period we are heading into as a risky seismic season.

Every 14 months, the Cascadian subduction zone — which runs from northern Vancouver Island down to northern California — experiences what seismologists call a "slow slip."

This year's slip has already kicked off underneath Washington State and is expected to reach B.C. any day now.

Don't put off your emergency kit much longer, just in case.

 

February 23, 2017

Finger On The Pulse

BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER decided to weigh in on the hot topic of the week, White Rock's troubled beach front retail landscape.

They knew they would get it straight from the White Rock Sun.

(read the full story)

 

 

 

February 22, 2017

Diane's Day

Courtesy ace cub reporter KB

It was a special day yesterday at White Rock's SUPERFLUITY store.

Staff and shoppers gathered to honour DIANE PERRIE for her 45 years of volounteering at the Peace Arch Hospital's turnabout store on Prospect Avenue.

DIANE can still be found manning the checkout counter at the popular second hand store Tuesday mornings.

 

The Food Trucks Are Coming

The Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is fun for the whole family!
Featuring 25 Hand Picked Food Trucks from the Greater Vancouver Area we are sure there will be a meal for you.

Music will be supplied by The Pop Junkies!

Lots of fun for the kids with Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Henna, Sand Art & More!

And do not forget about our Local Artisan Market that featured local makers and their hand crafted products!

This event is Free to all!

July 1, 2017 – White Rock Canada Day at the beach

 

February 21, 2017


Surrey Gets New Water Hook Up


After almost six years of construction, Metro Vancouver’s $240-million Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is now delivering clean, safe drinking water to residents south of the Fraser River.

Located more than 30 metres under the Fraser River bed, the new tunnel more than doubles the capacity of the old water main and provides enhanced earthquake and river erosion resiliency to help ensure the continued delivery of drinking water to Metro Vancouver residents.



The Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel consists of two 60-metre deep shafts – one in Coquitlam and another in Surrey – connected by a one-kilometre-long, 3.5-meter-diametre tunnel housing a 2.1-meter-diametre steel water main. A new valve chamber was built at the top of each shaft to allow the new tunnel to connect with the existing land-based water mains on either side of the river.

Construction started in the spring of 2011, when ground was broken for the south shaft. Tunnelling began in February 2014 and achieved breakthrough in June 2015. Installation of the water main inside the shafts and tunnel was completed in July 2016 and the valve chambers were finished in January 2017.

The tunnel had to be located deep underground to maximize its earthquake resilience, and tunnelling 30 metres below the bed of the Fraser River posed significant challenges. Engineers had to overcome difficult soil conditions and the highest groundwater pressures ever observed in Canadian soft ground tunnelling.


February 15, 2017

Does Blaine Know Something We Don't?

Our neighbour to the south Blaine WA has plans to install an emergency siren on the city's waterfront.

There are already sirens dotted around Northern Washington. Birch Bay, Point Roberts, Bellingham and Sandy Point all possess the emergency sirens to warn the public or tsunamis, earthquakes and other potential hazards such as a train derailment with hazardous goods.

Once installed the siren will be tested the first Wednesday of every month for 30 seconds. Keep your ears open for it.

 

 

February 13, 2017

Ghost Town

What Ghost Town?

The sun came out and so did the crowds. White Rock's waterfront which of late has been portrayed as a ghost town due to a number of businesses closing, was packed yesterday.

Expect the same today with a forecast of sunshine and a high of 10 degrees.

 

NO WALL NO BAN

A crowd of 2-3 hundred protesters gathered in the sunshine and shadows of the Peace Arch yesterday afternoon. The group gathered to protest the recent executive order of President Trump which proposes to limit travelers entering the United States.

A wide variety of homemade signs were on display (see TNT editorial / above)

Semiahmoo First Nations councillor JOANNE CHARLES opened the ceremony with a traditional greeting song to welcome the group to the lands of the Semiahmoo First Nations.

 

 

February 10, 2017

Semiahmoo First Nations Art Opening

l-r MLA Gordon Hogg/Feather Arnouse/Roxanne Charles/Barbara Calder

Dozens of residents, local politicians, city representatives joined the staff and board of directors for the White Rock Museum's grand opening of the latest art installment at the waterfront museum.

The carvings, paintings and weavings of the Semiahmoo First Nations will be on display until the end of March. Admission is by donation.

Cedar mask carved by l-r Leonard Wells & Leslie Wells

Paintings (above) Roxanne Charles (below) Leslie Wells

 

February 09, 2017

Canada's Population Climbs to 35,151,728

The first round of statistics from CENSUS CANADA were released yesterday. The next stats that will be released will be for age and sex.

Population and dwelling counts

(click here for future release dates on Census data)

 

Population, 2016 - 19,952

Population, 2011 - 19,339

Population increase over 5 years 613 or 3.2%

Population density per square kilometre 3,893.1

Land area in square kilometres 5.12

 

Population, 2016Census data footnote 1 517,887

Population, 2011Census data footnote 1 468,251

Population percentage change, 2011 to 2016 10.6

Population density per square kilometre 1,636.8

 

February 07, 2017

White Rock Waterfront Woes

White Rock continues to have its annual slowdown of business along Marine Drive referred to as a "ghost town"

Mayor Baldwin spoke with GLBAL BC television yesterday on the various projects the city is undertaking to address this problem.

(click here and scroll in to the 18:30 mark of the broadcast)\

 

Make Nice

This month London Drugs is leading the way in its commitment and support of Pink Shirt Day. In all locations in British Columbia, London Drugs will be selling pink t-shirts to raise funds for anti-bullying programs in local communities. All you need to do is purchase a shirt, bear or bracelet to show your support and join the sea of pink on February 22nd.

On February 22nd Canadians will be coming together to promote kindness for everyone. Your voice matters!

(click here to order your shirt)

 

Road Reports - Live

The city of Surrey has hundreds of CCTV cameras installed across the city. You can check out road conditions 24/7.

(click here)

 

February 01, 2017

White Rock B.I.A. - B.A.U.

Alana Souter

The White Rock Business Improvement Association will once again search for a new executive director.

The most recent revolving door executive director to depart ALANA SOUTER has submitted her resignation after just two months on the job.

In the interim former/original Executive Director RUSS DAVIES returns to head up the local business funded operation.

 

January 31, 2017

A Building For The Future

L-R David Weir - Communications Mgr. BC Centre for Palliative Care / Martha Grypma - Fraser Health/ MLA's Gordon Hogg & Stephanie Cadieux/Beth Kish Executive Director White Rock South Surrey Hospice/Robin Harper President of the White Rock Hospice Board of Directors

The Province has provided $240,000 for improved hospice palliative care services in White Rock/South Surrey.

The BC Centre for Palliative Care distributed the funding to the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society towards development of its new supportive-care centre that will support patients and families requiring hospice care across White Rock and South Surrey and those who will use the new hospice beds being built in White Rock.

The supportive-care centre, being built near Peace Arch Hospital, will house the society's volunteer-training program and grief-support programs and services.

“The White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society offers an important service to the families in our community,” said Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg. “The funding that they are receiving will help ensure that the hospice staff and patients are supported by its new care centre.”

“This funding support will mean those receiving care through the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society continue to receive the caring services that help ensure their comfort and dignity,” said Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux. “I am glad to see the hospice receive this additional support.”

 

RCMP Warning - Be On The Look Out

Surrey RCMP is asking the public to be on the lookout for a maroon coloured van and male driver which were involved in two suspicious incidents in the Guildford and Fleetwood areas.

On January 24th in the 16400 block of 80th Avenue at 5:00 pm, a woman was jogging and noticed a van circling the area. The van stopped and the driver got out, continuing to watch the woman. The driver tried to engage the woman in conversation and followed her on foot until she left in her vehicle.

On January 25th in the 14900 block of 96th Avenue at 3:30 pm, a girl walking her dog noticed a van following her. The van sped up and slowed down to match her pace. The girl hid and the van eventually drove away.

In both incidents the vehicle is described as an older maroon coloured van. A witness also describes it as having a boxy shape, sliding doors, and tinted windows. Investigators are speaking to witnesses and gathering information to determine whether it is the same maroon coloured van in both instances.

The driver is described as an adult male in his 40’s, with dark circles under his eyes, and salt and pepper hair. He was last seen wearing dark coloured sweat pants and a black hoodie.

 

January 30, 2017

Translink Reviews Fares


If you use transit as a component of travel you might want to take a minute to complete TRANSLINK'S new fare survey?

Some of the options being explored are fares based on distance traveled. Fares adjusted for peak and non peak hours.

(click here to have your feelings known)

 

Blue Frog To Take Another Leap - Top Local Business Owners

...are you the police? No ma'am we're musicians.

Congratulations to Blue Frog's JUANITA & KELLY on picking up the Best Business Person(s) of the Year award at the recent Chamber of Commerce annual awards.

It couldn't happen to a nicer couple.

Blue Frog started in 2010 as just another recording studio, but by the time Kwizera is in concert there, Blue Frog will have added streaming to the services it offers in White Rock.

This includes CD launch parties, licensed concerts and live audio and video recording. It isn’t just another recording studio anymore.

Blue Frog was created by Kelly Breaks and partner Juanita. He had been in a bar band called JALE, she in 24 Karat. There was unfulfilled promise in both, but ultimately an interest in sound-recording led to Blue Frog.

They started in the usual way, adding video to the audio recordings.

(read TOM HARRISON'S complete story)

 

January 27, 2017

Travel Advisory

 

THE BATES? They Moved!

The set for the popular television series BATES MOTEL located 1070 272 Street in Aldergrove is coming down. Work crews began last week disassembling the eerie old mansion and roadside motel popularized in the series. Many of the episodes were also shot in Fort Langley and the Deep Cove are of West Vancouver.

The final season begins February 20 on A&E. The fifth season will begin two years after the death of Norma. Publicly happy and well-adjusted, Norman struggles at home, where his blackouts are increasing and "Mother" threatens to take him over completely. Meanwhile, Dylan and Emma find themselves drawn back into Norman's world, and Romero hungers for revenge against his stepson. Here is a first look at Rhianna a new visitor to BATES MOTEL for the final season.

 

January 27, 2017

Fatal motor vehicle collision – Hwy 10 and 168th Street


On January 24th, at approximately 4:00pm, Surrey RCMP received multiple calls reporting a serious motor vehicle collision between a westbound tractor trailer vehicle and a car at the intersection of Highway #10 (56th Avenue) and 168th Street. Multiple officers attended to the scene. One occupant in the car was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or stopped at the scene of the collision, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

Province to spend $217-million on new student spaces in Surrey

The minister of education says the funding will come over three years. The exact locations for school construction or expansion have not yet been chosen.

 

January 26, 2017

Surrey Water Supply - Have Your Say

Metro Vancouver is updating the region’s Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP), often publicized as the Sprinkling Regulations, although many other water uses are included.

In fall 2015, Metro Vancouver began a review of the WSRP with local governments, businesses, and the public to ensure the plan meets its purpose of reducing water use during periods of high demand and during water shortages, and to clarify and potentially adjust plan objectives, the restrictions, and the rationale for moving from one stage to another. The WSRP was amended in February 2016 to address immediate concerns.

A broader update is now proposed and feedback is requested from local governments, businesses, and the public on the proposed changes. Feedback is open until January 31, 2017.

(fill out the survey - click here)

 

January 24, 2017

Surrey Streets On Fire...Again

Last evening just before 9:15 pm the Surrey RCMP was called to the 12900 Block of 96 Avenue after several reports of gunshots was received. Upon police attendance, an adult victim was located in a vehicle that had crashed into the sign at the Macdonald's restaurant; suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite the efforts of first responders the individual succumbed to their injuries. This is believed to be a targeted incident.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP.
Anyone driving in the area of the 12900 block of 96th Avenue who may have seen something can call the IHIT Information Line at 1‐877‐551‐IHIT

 

 

January 25, 2017

Surrey Councillor Mary Martin Granted Absence

Surrey councillor MARY MARTIN was granted unanimous approval by her fellow Surrey councillors to be absent from her duties as a city councillor. The community charter which governs the actions of civic officials clearly states a city councillor is disqualified from office if they miss four meetings, or 60 days (whichever is longer), unless it is because of physical injury, or if they are given leave by council.

MARTIN in a statement identified her absence is due to her dealing with a personal health problem.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Did slow ambulance response time cost a Surrey teen his life?

That’s the question being asked after more information’s come to light following the tragic death of South Surrey's Dario Bartoli more than two years ago.

The City of Surrey – under pressure by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – has released more information into the minutes after 15-year-old Dario Bartoli was badly beaten in a south Surrey park on December 13, 2014.

The mother of 15-year-old Bartoli is suing B.C.'s Ministry of Health and Emergency Health Services (EHS) 911 dispatcher Karen Nixon claiming her son died because of slow ambulance response.

Bartoli's mother alleges during the course of the 911 emergency call erroneous information was input into the EHS system and as a result it was a Code 2 response — instead of a more urgent Code 3 response.

The EHS ambulance could have arrived at the scene 11 minutes sooner than it did had the call been correctly coded, according to the notice of civil claim.

(read the full CBC story - click here)

 

January 22, 2017

Monday evening White Rock council approved spending $10,000.00 to hire a film location manager to document the various locations in White Rock that would attract the film industry to White Rock.

PSYCH filmed for a few seasons here where White Rock was portrayed as Santa Barbara, California.

The CHRIS ISAAK show also filmed some exterior shots here, in fact the little white house to the East of Gage Park was portrayed ISAAK'S house in the series. A young singer by the name of MICHAEL BUBLE filmed some scenes here in White Rock.

But let's roll back the years to the early 80's when the low budget movie THE BIG MEAT EATER shot numerous scenes in White Rock.


 

January 20, 2017

R.I.P. JOHAN Our Host From Coast To Coast

The White Rock Reporter JOHAN SANDSTROM aka JOHAN PROST passed away yesterday at the Guildford Seniors Care home in North Surrey where he had been living for the past year.

SANDSTROM a popular figure around the Semiahmoo Peninsula utilized his broadcast skills honed at Vancouver's CJVB radio station, to produce a number of videos about White Rock.


 

 

January 18, 2017

Miramar Bosa Project

City Public Information Meeting

MIRAMAR VILLAGE PHASE 2
A large crowd of White Rock residents turned out for the city hosted information meeting on the completion of the Miramar development in our town centre. Wandering through the crowd it was obvious a large portion of those attending were residents of the existing towers on the property. Their main concern seemed to be how their view would be impacted by the two new towers.

Also overhear when pressed for a start date the developers reps were overheard to say there was no specific date as of yet. One of their first concerns is what grocery store would anchor their commercial section.

 

 

January 17, 2017

Follow The Money

In Surrey's current Provincial ridings, the three that have an average income among the 10 lowest in B.C. (Whalley, Newton and Green Timbers) all went to the NDP by at least 3,000 votes in 2009 and 2013, while the three ridings that are among the 15 highest for average income (White Rock, Cloverdale and Panorama) went to the B.C. Liberals by at least 3,000 votes.

(Read the full CBC story - here)

 

January 13, 2016

Hang On They're Coming Back This Summer!

You can stop asking when THE SNOWBIRDS will be coming back to White Rock.

The Canadian Forces aerial team will perform their aerial ballet over Semiahmoo Bay Wednesday August 16.

 

Residents of Ocean Park are rising up to prevent a private liquor store from opening at the intersection of Crescent Road and 128th street in South Surrey.

The City of Surrey is currently reviewing a proposal for rezoning to permit a private liquor store on the corner of Crescent Road and 128th Street, near Fieldstones (project number 15-0446). The proposed outlet would be in very close proximity to elementary and high schools, Crescent Park, Crescent Beach, the marina and to busy community-based organizations such as the Crescent Beach Swim Club and Camp Alexandra. Residents are concerned that more readily available, accessible alcohol could result in increased impaired driving, public disturbances, vandalism, crime, violence, etc., particularly during certain times of the year such as holidays, high school graduation and the area’s very busy summer season.

A petition that opposes the proposal for a new liquor store at 128th Street and Crescent Road is growing. One of the concerns is that "the majority of customers at a higher priced, late night “convenience” outlet would probably be “opportunistic” drinkers or visitors headed to the park or beach."

If you care to sign their petition of support (click here)

 

January 11, 2017

Parishioners Not Going Quietly

(Holy Cross Catholic Church Crescent Beach)

Members of the Holy Cross catholic church in Crescent Beach have vowed they will not give up their fight to save their church, Holy Cross as well as The Star of the Sea in White Rock have been slated for demolition. The money from the sale of the two churches is to be designated for a Parish Centre located adjacent to the other catholic church on the Peninsula, The Good Shepherd Church.

The parishioners of the Star of the Sea joined forces with the Knights of Columbus to oppose the sale of the Star of the Sea in White Rock. The church members of Holy Cross in Crescent Beach are now taking their fight all the way to the Vatican in Rome.

(Read the decree from the Archbishop of Vancouver)

 

January 10, 2017

Reappearance of 3rd and 4th Towers for Bosa Project City Public Information Meeting January 18


The City of White Rock is hosting a Public information Meeting (JANUARY 18) from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the White Rock Community Centre in at 15152 Russell Avenue (Bosa Miramar Building) to discuss the details that will enable the developer (BOSA PROPERTIES) to build the two remaining towers (14 storeys and 17 storeys).

A notice was mailed out to residents who live within 100 meters of the site.

 

January 09, 2017

Notice of Work: Erosion Repair on East Beach


Due to storms, the foreshore on White Rock beach has suffered damage from the effects of wave erosion. Specific areas at east and west beach have been identified as requiring repair and protection from future events.

Through January 2017, City contracted crews will be completing reparation work. This will include the placement of rip rap and the restoration of landscaping.

Parking lots adjacent to the repair work will be closed for 2-3 weeks at a time to allow for equipment and material to be deposited.

 

Forgo The Forge

FORGE Properties of White Rock appear to have given up on applying for approval of a high-rise tower on Thrift avenue. The city of White Rock recently turned down the company's application for a 12 storey tower adjoining their most recently completed project THE ROYCE located west of the site of the proposed tower. Below is the ad currently running on CARAIGLIST.

 

Homes are in the heart of White Rock, includes backyards.

- Ocean View
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 full bathrooms
- Approximately 10,000 square foot lot
- Pets are OK

Available as of January 5th, 2017 for $2,600/month with a minimum 1 year fixed term.

 

December 28, 2016

Surrey Wrestles With High-rises

A developer has requested an OCP amendment to proceed with the construction of three residential high-rises in the Morgan Heights district of South Surrey, The proposed development located in the 2600 block of Croydon Drive would also include and eight storey commercial building. When completed the project is expected to house over 600 "high end" residences.

If approved the development would contribute a 6 acre parcel of land for park use to the city of Surrey. An online petition has been circulating with the majority of the hundreds of signatures being against the development. The developer feels the majority of those signing the petition are from outside of the area.

 

December 23, 2016

Semiahmoo First Nations Election Results

l-r ROXANNE CHARLES / JOANNE CHARLES were returned as band council members in a very close vote yesterday on the Semiahmoo First Nations.

Harley Chappell

Chief WILLARD COOK was not re-elected. The new band chief will be HARLEY CHAPPELL.

 

December 20, 2016

HELP! Save the Community Garden

A thriving pocket garden is at risk of being developed by City of Surrey if the public does not pitch in to show support for its continued existence.
The South Surrey Gratitude Garden located at 156 Street near King George Blvd. was started in 2008 on city land by resident Adrian Bilodeau, as a tribute to his deceased father.
It has grown into a nearly 250-foot long garden housing mature cherry and holly trees, hundreds of annuals and perennials, as well as a food garden with blueberries, raspberries and squash. The area is home to hummingbirds, rabbits, owls and honeybees.
In 2015, Adrian and the garden received a City of Surrey beautification grant, which provided additional trees, plants and supplies. The city noted in its report that "the garden has become a popular gathering space for local community members and has been noted in the media as 'bringing pleasure to hundreds of neighbours in the area.'
In a recent article, Adrian noted, "Because people showed so much interest and appreciated [the park] turned from being the memory of my father to me dedicating it to the citizens of the city where I grew up.”
The garden is now threatened with redevelopment and there has been an inquiry from a potential buyer.

Sign the petition (click here)

 

December 07, 2016

Chinese New Year Celebration - January @ The Bell Centre

Cici Liang, Executive President, White Rock Chinese Association & Peace Arch Hospital Foundation's Jim Bindon

A gala celebration, highlighting international and local entertainers, will welcome the Chinese Lunar Year of the Rooster at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

The evening will kick off with community activities, an arts exhibition, snacks and refreshments. The two-hour gala performance features almost 80 professional musicians, singers and dancers from China and here at home.

The event, presented by the White Rock Chinese Association, will also include fundraising opportunities for the Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation.

Landmark Premier Properties is the proud presenting sponsor of “Spring China at White Rock”.

“One of the things that makes White Rock such a wonderful place to call home is the strong cultural connection among neighbours,” explains Landmark spokesperson, Norman Stowe. “Landmark is also proud to support this community event as a way to continue raising funds for Peace Arch Hospital.”

Tickets for “Spring China at White Rock” will soon be available on the Bell Performing Arts Centre website.

 

December 06, 2016

Elegant In The Room

White Rock council last evening approved THE ELEGANT development on Oxford street @ Thrift Avenue. The development will be a phased development with one tower to be built initially and the second tower to be completed within 10 years.

Councillors SINCLAIR/KNIGHT/LAWRENCE & MEYER along with MAYOR BALDWIN voted in favour of the project. Councillors CHESNEY & FATHERS voted in opposition.

The other development by FORGE PROPERTIES on Thrift Avenue did not receive a seconder for the motion to proceed. Thus the project was denied.

The Forge

All members of council (with the exception of Councillor Lawrence) explained why they were or were not supporting the approval of The Elegant development.

Watch last night's council meeting (click here)

 

December 04, 2016

Body Discovered On White Rock Beach

file photo

The coroners removed a body from the beach amongst the driftwood logs between the pier and the white rock just after noon today. There were several RCMP members there as well as two Coast Guard search and rescue vessels. The remains were located high of the tide line .

The man’s body has not yet been identified by RCMP, but officials told Global the death doesn’t appear suspicious.

The RCMP also said the body has been in the water for some time.

NEWSTIP by Gerry Berg

 

 

December 01, 2016

Everall Neighbourhood Says - Size Matters

A small crowd of roughly 30 people came out to the White Rock community centre last evening to attend the Public Hearing for a proposed high-rise tower on Thrift avenue (14825/14825). Eleven residents spoke against the project stating the development would require an OCP amendment and simply did not fit into "their neighbourhood" The only two speakers in support of the project were DOUG WILSON from Peak construction who built the owners of the proposed tower, the next door project THE ROYCE. Also speaking in support of the project was Crescent Beach architect who has designed the new tower and also did the adjoining ROYCE. ANKERMAN noted THE ROYCE and the neighburing BEL AIR tower at the corner of Oxford and North Bluff both needed OCP amendments.

The White Rock city clerk publicized the correspondence received in the form of petitions and submissions prior to the meeting. The opposition to the project was overwhelmingly from White Rock residents. The majority of the letters of support came from residents outside of White Rock.

White Rock council will deliberate on The Elegant and The Forge towers and vote on the two developments this month at an upcoming council meeting.

Councillors Fathers and Lawrence were not in attendance.

 

White Rock/South Surrey Businesses Make Top 10

Congratulations to three local businesses that will vie for the honour of the Top B.C. Businesses in their categories when the Small Business BC Awards are handed out.

Best Online Marketer

Glitter & Spice – South Surrey

The Counselling Group – White Rock

 

Best International Trade

Canadian Relocation Specialists – South Surrey

 

November 27, 2016

Body Found In South Surrey Ditch


At approximately 250 pm yesterday afternoon, Surrey RCMP received a report of a found body in the ditch in 3600 Block of 176 St Surrey . The body was located by pedestrians walking on 176 street.

Upon attendance, a deceased person was located. The cause of death has not been confirmed. It appears that the body has been in the water for some time. Initially Surrey Detachment's Major crime unit along with the LMD Forensic unit and the LMD Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service have been requested to begin this investigation. While this investigation is at a very early stage there is no information at this time that this incident is related to any other on going investigations.

No further details are available at this time.

176 Street was closed at 32 Avenue for northbound traffic and remained closed for some time. The road was re-opened late yesterday afternoon. Traffic flow is back to normal.

 

How Is This For Christmas Lights?

With it being the last weekend before December, many Lower Mainland men will find "Put Up The Christmas Lights" on their Honey Do list

Ask "She who must be obeyed" if she was thinking of something like this?

This North Vancouver residence boasts over 100,000 lights. Good luck untangling those light cords.

 

Christmas Lights for Charity (home pictured above)

Where: 4967 Chalet Place, North Vancouver

When: Monday, November 28 to Friday, January 6, 2017. On opening night, the lights will be viewable from 6:30 pm, on all other nights, the house will be illuminated from 5:30 pm.

 

Last One Leaving Please Turn Out The Light

The BEJING RESTAURANT is the latest in the ever growing list of restaurants closing on the White Rock waterfront. The long established eateries have reported this past summer was the best in recent memory. It appears the curve of building a faithful clientele is proving to be too difficult for many.

 

November 22, 2016

Semiahmoo Peninsula Fentanyl Overdoses

White Rock RCMP have reported two deaths occurred over the weekend due to fentanyl. Both sudden deaths are believed to have been cause by the victims thinking they were purchasing heroin and or cocaine.

Local fire & rescue crews have encountered fentanyl overdoses for months now. These are the two first deaths directly attributed to the drug.

November 24, 2016

The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Minister of Health Terry Lake issued the following statement on the overdose crisis:

“We are pleased to report today the RCMP and Chinese Ministry of Public Safety announced their commitment to work together to co-ordinate enforcement efforts against illegal fentanyl trafficking into Canada. China is also co-operating with our federal government to make precursors to fentanyl controlled substances under Chinese law.

 

November 21, 2016

Shots fired between vehicles in South Surrey

Yesterday morning (Monday) at approximately 3:10am, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of King George Boulevard. Officers attended and located shell casings in the area as well as persons that police believe may be associated to the incident. A total of nine individuals have been arrested. One person was treated for minor injuries as a result of broken glass fragments.

The initial investigation has revealed that an altercation occurred between individuals resulting in shots being fired between vehicles. Two vehicles were seen fleeing the area with one of them being located shortly thereafter. Investigators believe the second vehicle associated to this incident has also been located in another jurisdiction and are working to confirm this information.

The investigation is still in its early stages, but indications are that this is a targeted incident involving individuals known to each other. Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and are speaking with several witnesses to obtain further information.

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

PULSE FM'S morning talk host KASH HEED yesterday commented on information he had received from a source close to Surrey's WRAPAROUND PROGRAM.

The program is designed by the city of Surrey and the RCMP to keep youth away from the gang life in the city. HEED divulged 5 of those arrested following the gun fight at the Pacific Inn were all school students in Surrey. One of those arrested had a prior encounter with the Surrey RCMP when it was discovered he had brought a gun to school.-

Surrey RCMP Sgt. Alanna Dunlop said she wasn’t prepared to go into any more detail about those arrested in connection with Monday’s incident.

 

Let's Put White Rock On The Tourism Map

Our province has so many stories to tell; historic, impactful stories that show the diversity, pride, quirkiness and impact of British Columbia’s people, places and historical events. To share those stories, we’re refreshing and rejuvenating the BC Stop of Interest signs…and we need your help.

We’re looking to take this on in two ways; first, to renew some of our older signs, and second, to create new ones that reflect the local stories and cultures that are part of British Columbia.

Let's start that letter writing campaign to have White rock's pier acknowledged as Canada's LONGEST WOODEN PIER.

(click here)

 

 

November 15, 2016

White Rock Adds New Parc

White Rock council has approved the development of a seniors living facility in uptown White Rock. The 23 storey tower met with opposition at the city's hosted public meeting. Concerns of shadowing on neighbouring residences and businesses and a shortage of parking spaces in the new facility were addressed by council and staff.

The ongoing concern about the removal of trees along the gateway to the city was also identified as a concern by residents. City staff informed the residents the tree replacement will be part of the much larger beautification along Johnston Road from North Bluff to Roper Avenue.

The city will host two other public hearing this month for proposed high-rise towers in White Rock. The Elegant and Forge developments have received ongoing opposition by residents as the two proposed developments are outside of the city centre where the current OCP recommends denseification be limited to.

 

November 15, 2016

White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN talked with CBC radios' The Early Edition RICK CLUFF yesterday morning to update us all on the state and the future of the water here in White Rock.

(click here to hear the interview)

 

November 10, 2016

Spotlight On White Rock/South Surrey Electoral Riding

..by the numbers

CBC in the lead up to the May 2017 Provincial election is profiling the various ridings in British Columbia.

Our riding is one of the first to be profiled.

(click here)

 

November 08, 2016

City of Surrey Leads The Way

Individuals and families with low-to moderate-incomes and people with disabilities are benefiting from 71 new units of affordable rental housing at Chorus Apartments, which officially opened in Surrey yesterday.

The building features 20 units, including three long-term lease homes, for people who have developmental disabilities, helping them stay in their community, close to family and friends. They will also have access to a range of support services, including employment training and family support.

Peninsula Estates Housing Society, a sister organization to Semiahmoo House Society, will manage and operate the new housing development.

Located at 2350 153rd St., residents will enjoy easy access to shopping, transit and other community amenities.

How Did They Do It?

The building is the result of a partnership between the governments of Canada and B.C., the Semiahmoo Foundation and Vancity Community Foundation.
Total capital cost of the project is approximately $15.4 million.
The governments of Canada and B.C. provided a combined investment of nearly $1.1 million through the Federal-Provincial Housing initiative under the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement.
The B.C. government arranged $9.5 million in construction financing.
Vancity Community Foundation provided a grant of $400,000.
The Semiahmoo Foundation invested land valued at $2.18 million and cash equity of approximately $1.2 million into the project.

 

 

November 04, 2016

Grandview Corners Jaywalkers Struck Down

On November 3rd, 2016 at approximately 8:30 P.M.,Surrey R.C.M.P. were advised of a Motor vehicle collision, where 3 pedestrians were struck in the 2700 block of 160th St., Surrey, B.C. Surrey R.C.M.P. police officers attended to the scene, and located a Mother, Father and their 3 year old child, all residence of Surrey, that had been struck by a car, as they were crossing the street mid block. All three pedestrians were transported to Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the car, a 46 year old resident of Surrey, remained at he scene, and is cooperating with police. Alcohol nor drugs appears to be a factor in this collision. Surrey R.C.M.P. is requesting that anyone who may have witnessed this collision, are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.

Surrey R.C.M.P. wish to remind the public that as winter approaches, the more inclement weather, and earlier darkness that both drivers and pedestrians need to be more cautious. Drivers need to be vigilant for pedestrian crossing the road, both in marked crosswalks as well as outside of the crosswalks. Pedestrians are reminded that when crossing the road, that they always cross in well light crosswalks, not in the middle of blocks. To be aware of approaching motor vehicles, and insuring that they driver of the motor vehicle has eye contact with them, to ensure that the driver sees them. It is also best the pedestrians wear either reflective clothing, or bright / light coloured clothing that is easier to see than dark clothing, so the driver has an better chance to see you

 

Do You Know GARIEL KLEIN?

This is a photo of 21 year old Gabriel Klein. This photo was captured through CCTV just hours before the Abbotsford Senior Secondary Attack.

IHIT continues to ask for anyone that knows Mr. Klein, or has information about him, to contact us at 1-877-551-4448.

 

November 01, 2016

Liberals Pick Hogg Successor

Tracy Redies.

The Provincial LIberal party will forego the need for the nominating process to choose their candidate for the upcoming provincial election in May 2017. Longtime Peninsula resident and business veteran TRACY REDIES will be their candidate for White Rock/South Surrey. The seat was held for many years by MLA GORDON HOGG.

When contacted for a comment on the appointment of REDIES HOGG told THE SUN "I have met TRACY at social events over the years. Upon my return from a vacation in Australia on the weekend, I was invited to meet personally with TRACY. I know Premier Clark has said over the years she would like to see more strong female voices in the Legislature."

The Liberal party by acclaiming REDIES will avoid the normal process the nominating process in our riding.

TRACY REDIES most recently served as a director at BC HYDRO. Her list of past honours is lengthy.

\Corporate Director with 25 years of experience in domestic and international financial services.

Previously CEO of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union and formerly Executive Vice-President Personal Financial Services & Wealth Management for HSBC Bank Canada.

Active in her community, Ms. Redies is a Board of Governor for the University of Victoria, a director of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, and a Governor of the CH.I.L.D Foundation dedicated to curing Crohn's and gastro-intestinal diseases in children.

Past director of the CD Howe Institute, the B.C. Business Council and the Vancouver Board of Trade. Advisor to the Desjardins Financial Group and a member of the Premier's Women's Economic Council.

Ms. Redies was named B.C. CEO of the Year by Business in Vancouver, and one of Canada's 25 Top Most Influential Women in 2013. She was awarded the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada award in 2007, 2008, 2010 and was named to the WXN Most Powerful Women in Canada Hall of Fame in 2011. Ms. Redies was also named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by Business in Vancouver in 2012.

In 2014 BC BUSINESS sat down for lunch with TRACEY REDIES

(read the interview here)

 

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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