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March 20, 2020

City asks for public feedback as Dogs on the Promenade

........pilot project ends March 31

The City of White Rock is seeking the public’s feedback on the Dogs on the Promenade pilot project that began Oct. 1, 2019, and ends March 31, 2020.

Residents, visitors to White Rock and local businesses can complete a survey by April 30 at talkwhiterock.ca/dogs.

City Council approved a set of recommendations for the pilot project in September 2019. Council received input from the Dogs on the Promenade Task Force, formed to determine the approach used to assess the level of success of the trial.

City Council will review the details of the pilot this spring and determine whether to allow dogs on White Rock’s Promenade between Oct. 1 and March 31 each year.

 

 

March 20, 2020

White Rock Makes THE NATIONAL

White Rock resident PATRICIA ROGERS was front and centre on the national news last night. ROGERS who lives across the street from the cannabis store INDIGENOUS BLOOM alerted the media to a lack of "social distancing" happening in the lineup for cannabis products.

 

(lineup at Indigenous Bloom)

 

While the CBC camera crew was in town they took a drive down to see how things were at Canada's Longest Pier. 

Pictures of walkers on the promenade and pier were instantly portrayed as what is wrong with people who don't practice "social distancing"

(watch the full CBC The National - scroll through the link to about the 45:00 mark for the White Rock portion)

 

March 18, 2020

City of White Rock closes City-run buildings, offers services by phone, email and web


City of White Rock closes City-run buildings, offers services by phone, email and web

To keep the community safe and to help slow down the spread of COVID-19, the City of White Rock is temporarily closing City Hall as of 4:30 p.m. today and will be offering services by phone, email and online.

All City of White Rock-run buildings are now closed to the public. City Council meetings will continue and will be available by livestreaming at www.whiterockcity.ca/councilmeetings. Committee meetings are cancelled until the end of May 2020.

The closure decision was made to ensure the health and safety of visitors and employees, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in White Rock and the Lower Mainland.

The City continues to provide essential services, such as Fire Rescue, water and solid waste collection. For up-to-date information, please visit www.whiterockcity.ca/covid19

Accessing City of White Rock services

Here is how to access City services. For online services, visit www.whiterockcity.ca/online.
Other City of White Rock contacts are:

· Bylaw and Animal Control: bylaw@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2146
· City Administration: clerksoffice@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2212
· Engineering: operations@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2181
· Finance: finance@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2100
· Human Resources: hr@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2158
· Parking: finance@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2148
· Parks: Maintenance: operations@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2181
· Planning and Development: planning@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2136
o Business Licence: licences@whiterockcity.ca
o Building Inspections bookings: 604-541-2135
o Building Permits: building@whiterockcity.ca
o Secondary Suites: planning@whiterockcity.ca
o Trees: planning@whiterockcity.ca
o Zoning: planning@whiterockcity.ca

· Recreation and Culture: recreation@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2199

 

The PEACE ARCH NEWS and their sister newspaper the SURREY NOW have announced due to decreased sales revenue due to the current Coronavirus epidemic, newspapers will be see reduced circulation to once a week on Thursdays. Due to the cutbacks some editorial staff have been laid off.

 

BC Health Minister On Social Distancing

 


Posted on: March 19, 2020

White Rock’s Fire Chief shares City’s preparation for COVID-19

White Rock fire chief Phil Lemire

White Rock Fire Chief Phil Lemire presented the report City Preparations for COVID-19 at the March 17, 2020, Governance and Legislation Committee meeting.

Chief Lemire provided information related to COVID-19 and coronaviruses, the City of White Rock’s emergency response plan and the current global pandemic.

White Rock CAO Dan Bottrill introduced Chief Lemire, and the subject of COVID-19.

Mr. Bottrill said that the magnitude of this public health crisis is unprecedented in our lifetimes, and that it is a global issue that requires local action, requiring us all to do our part.

Chief Lemire said the City’s priorities at this time are:

  • Continuing local government
  • Maintaining emergency services, such as police and fire
  • Maintaining essential City services, such as water treatment, waste collection and waste disposal
  • Providing information to the public via information on the website, including links to trusted health information sources
  • Closing public buildings to minimize the spread of infection.

Senior staff are meeting every day to keep the community and City employees safe. The City is in constant contact with Provincial and Regional partners to ensure the latest information and criteria are shared and applied.

The presentation includes an update as well as questions from members of City Council and answers from Chief Lemire and the City’s Senior Management Team.

Chief Lemire reminded people watching the livestreaming of the meeting to:

  • Practise good hand hygiene
  • Cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough
  • Don’t touch your eyes
  • Ensure you are social distancing (keeping one to two metres away from others)
  • Stay at home and away from others when you are sick

Watch the livestream here.  Visit www.whiterockcity.ca/COVID19 for up-to-date information about City news related to COVID-19.


 

March 18, 2020

City of White Rock closes City-run buildings, offers services by phone, email and web


City of White Rock closes City-run buildings, offers services by phone, email and web

To keep the community safe and to help slow down the spread of COVID-19, the City of White Rock is temporarily closing City Hall as of 4:30 p.m. today and will be offering services by phone, email and online.

All City of White Rock-run buildings are now closed to the public. City Council meetings will continue and will be available by livestreaming at www.whiterockcity.ca/councilmeetings. Committee meetings are cancelled until the end of May 2020.

The closure decision was made to ensure the health and safety of visitors and employees, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in White Rock and the Lower Mainland.

The City continues to provide essential services, such as Fire Rescue, water and solid waste collection. For up-to-date information, please visit www.whiterockcity.ca/covid19

Accessing City of White Rock services

Here is how to access City services. For online services, visit www.whiterockcity.ca/online.
Other City of White Rock contacts are:

· Bylaw and Animal Control: bylaw@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2146
· City Administration: clerksoffice@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2212
· Engineering: operations@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2181
· Finance: finance@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2100
· Human Resources: hr@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2158
· Parking: finance@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2148
· Parks: Maintenance: operations@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2181
· Planning and Development: planning@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2136
o Business Licence: licences@whiterockcity.ca
o Building Inspections bookings: 604-541-2135
o Building Permits: building@whiterockcity.ca
o Secondary Suites: planning@whiterockcity.ca
o Trees: planning@whiterockcity.ca
o Zoning: planning@whiterockcity.ca

· Recreation and Culture: recreation@whiterockcity.ca | 604-541-2199

 

March 17,, 2018

Surrey Naturopath Under Investigation - Again

A Surrey city councillor is facing another investigation by the College of Naturopathic Physicians after advertising hundreds of dollars worth of vitamins, booster shots and intravenous therapy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coun. Allison Patton, who is also a registered naturopath, shared a message from her clinic offering patients "suggestions regarding the ever-changing status of the COVID-19 pandemic" in a Facebook post this weekend.

The suggestions totalled more than $600 in treatments, including items like an "Immune Supportive Vitamin Boost" for $99 and a $325 "HiDose Ozone/UVBI IV" treatment, in which blood is drawn, injected with ozone and exposed to UV light before being transfused back into the body. Patton wrote that these treatments "could help strengthen our systems so we may stay as healthy as possible."

Patton's Facebook post has since been deleted, but her professional college has responded.

 

Multiple search warrants lead to seizures of drugs and firearms in South Surrey



Surrey RCMP is informing the public of three search warrants for residences that have led to seizures of drugs and firearms.

Surrey RCMP Drugs Unit, with the assistance of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team, Community Response Unit, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, and Criminal Investigative Services, searched three residences in relation to ongoing investigations into drug trafficking.

Two associated residences were searched, one in the 16300-block of 28 Avenue in South Surrey, and the second in the 7000-block of 131 Street in Newton. Four suspects were identified and released pending further investigation.

During the search of these residences, investigators seized:

· $8000 CAD
· 12-gauge shotgun with ammunition
· Tactical vests
· Suspected Fentanyl, heroin, crack cocaine, Oxycontin, and methamphetamines
· Various cutting agents
· A money counter
· Packaging material, believed to be for street sale of drugs
· Multiple cell phones

On the same day, investigators searched a third residence in the 12500-block of Pinewood Crescent as a part of an ongoing project targeting drug trafficking and property crime in the Whalley/City Centre area. Six further suspects were identified and released pending further investigation.

During this search, investigators seized:

· Three firearms with ammunition
· Suspected methamphetamines and Fentanyl
· Soft body armour
· Approximately $3000 CAD

 

The Day Elvis' Train Stopped in White Rock? 

At the end of the summer months in 1957 ELVIS PRESELY toured the west-coast of America and came all the way to Vancouver for a September 01 concert @ Empire Stadium. It is a well known fact ELVIS and his band liked to travel by train when and where possible.  Following their Spokane concert on August 30 the group boarded the Great Northern Railway "Empire Builder" to travel north to Vancouver for their concert. As the legend goes ELVIS'S train stopped in White Rock at the train station on its way to Vancouver.  A group of young White Rock girls were just hanging around in front of the railway station for no particular reason. When the train stopped they were shocked to see ELVIS sitting at one of the windows looking out at the young ladies. As the train slowly pulled out of the White Rock train station he gave the young girls a wave.  August 30, Spokane  Vancouver August 31, 1957  Seattle September 01, 1957  Portland September 02, 1957    In 1957, at the end of August, Elvis and his entourage began their second of three tours that year, this one in the Pacific Northwest.

Photo courtesy Daily Inter Lake   

 

Help identify a man involved in a suspicious circumstance

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man involved in a suspicious circumstance in the South Surrey area.

On March 4, 2020, police responded to a report of a suspicious circumstance in the 13300-block of 18A Avenue in South Surrey. Shortly before 5:00 pm, a 12-year-old girl was approached by a man in blue ‘work’ van as she walked down 18A Avenue. The man asked the girl if she needed a ride. The girl ran away and reported the incident.

Investigators are now seeking assistance from the public to identify the driver of the van and are releasing a composite sketch of him. He is described as a Caucasian man, 40 years-old, with a short brown full beard, and brown hair.

The vehicle in this incident is described as older-model work van. The colour is described as blue, with dark blue at the top and gradient shades of lighter blue towards the bottom. It has tinted windows and two bumper stickers on the rear window – one is a 4-circumference black-and-white circular sticker with a skull in the center; the second is a 4-wide hand making the ‘sign of the horns’ or ‘rock-and-roll’ gesture. The vehicle also had a yellow tree-shaped air freshener and a round ‘peace’ symbol hanging from the rear-view mirror.

Surrey RCMP takes all reports of this nature seriously and work closely with youth and their families to ensure their safety, says Constable Richard Wright, Surrey RCMP. We would like to identify this man and speak with him regarding the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2020-33972.

 

March 17, 2020

Body Washes Up On White Rock Beach

Yesterday morning around 1`0:30 a kayaker on Semiahmoo Bay discovered a body floating near the shore across the road from the Keg Boathouse.

White Rock RCMP now head up an investigation to determine the cause of death and the identity of the body. There is no apparent danger to residents according to the White Rock RCMP.

 

Surrey Approves Overpass on HWY 99 @ 20th Avenue

The Project will help alleviate traffic congestion on 24 Avenue, as well as the existing Highway 99 overpass on 24 Avenue, and will support growth in Semiahmoo Peninsula and Grandview Heights.

The 20 Avenue and Highway 99 overpass will improve community connectivity and will increase accessibility of services, such as commercial and employment areas, shopping, community centres, health, and education.

Furthermore, the widening of 20 Avenue is part of a multi-phase program of widening and providing continuous multi-modal infrastructure along the entire 20 Avenue corridor between Sunnyside Heights and Semiahmoo Town Centre.

 

March 16, 2020

Saturday's Power Outage

Thousands of people are without power on Saturday, Mar. 14 across British Columbia due to a strong windstorm that is hitting the South Coast.

According to BC Hydro's outage list, a whopping 20,337 customers in the Lower Mainland and along the Sunshine Coast are without power. There are 77 outages listed, and while a few of them are due to scheduled work, others are under investigation.  One of of the largest single outages occurred right here in White Rock & a small portion of South Surrey

 

March 14, 2024

Arrest Made In Surrey School Attack

Surrey RCMP has arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a serious assault that had occurred at L.A. Matheson Secondary School earlier today, March 13, 2020.

The suspect was identified, and at approximately 4:00 pm, he was located and arrested in Vancouver. The man, who is a Surrey resident, is currently in custody. Charges have not been laid at this time.

Investigators believe that this was a targeted incident. The suspect is not a student or former student of L.A. Matheson Secondary School.

The victim remains in hospital in stable condition.

Surrey RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this investigation.

No further updates relating to this investigation are expected today

 

 

March 12, 2020

Ship to Shore

Photo submitted by AL NEMETH

A sailboat that arrived in Semiahmoo Bay and dropped anchor Sunday evening, broke loose from it's anchor and is drifting dangerously close to the shore on East Beach. At low tide the boat is restting on rocks near the shore. The boat appears to have been stripped and simply set adrift in our bay.

Photo courtesy Shelagh Boutell

Authorities are monitoring the situation.

 

March 10, 2020

That Ain’t It, Chief

On a beautiful Sunday evening inside the Chilliwack Coliseum, the Surrey Eagles scratched, clawed, and willed their way to the 2nd round of the Shaw BCHL Playoffs after beating the Chilliwack Chiefs 3-2 in game 7. The win for Surrey was the first, and only road win of the series for either team as the Eagles move on to face the Coquitlam Express in round 2.

The Eagles season continues, starting on Friday, March 13th as their 2nd round series with the Coquitlam Express will get underway in Coquitlam.

 

South Fraser Community Rail

Does Passenger Rail Make Sense for our region?

 We have been working hard behind the scenes to get RAIL on our Provincial agenda. We are being heard! 

We have been asking the province to launch an immediate Transportation Task Force to evaluate transportation across regional boundaries

In the coming weeks, as the Province's transportation study of our region unfolds, we will make sure they know that our communities wants Passenger Rail today. It must be top of the agenda. 

No more waiting decades for Sky-High promises that don't deliver.

(click here for more information)

 

March 09, 2020

Official Opening

With the help of our generous donors and our community the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Saturday officially opened the 200-bed PAH Foundation Lodge, featuring the George & Sylvia Melville Hospice Home!

The brand new PAH Foundation Lodge is a 200-bed residential care facility featuring the 15-bed George & Sylvia Melville Hospice Home, and a 73-bed elder mental health unit. This state-of-the-art building is in the final stages of construction and will open across the street from Peace Arch Hospital this spring!

PAH Foundation Board & Staff cut the ribbon

The Lodge is being built on land owned by Peace Arch Hospital Foundation and Fraser Health will operate the medical services for patients requiring complex residential care, specialized mental health treatment, and hospice care for a patient’s final days.

 

March 06, 2020

White Rock Senior Dies Following Assault

Homicide detectives have been called in to investigate the death of a senior, who was assaulted in the lobby of a White Rock condo building two weeks ago.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took over the case from the White Rock RCMP on Wednesday after the man died in hospital, according to IHIT spokesperson Cpl. Frank Jang.

The assault happened on the afternoon of Feb. 19 at a building in the 15200-block of Pacific Avenue. Emergency crews were called out shortly before 3 p.m. to reports of a person down in a lobby.

Two ambulances were dispatched and it was determined the patient had suffered a cardiac arrest. He was transported to hospital in critical condition. The man has since died in hospital.

IHIT has not yet released any information about the investigation, though earlier reports said that another senior, a man in his 70s, had been arrested.

 

 

 

March 05, 2020

 

March 04, 2020

South Surrey Scout Leader Charged With Child Porn

The Surrey RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) is informing the public of an investigation which has resulted in charges against a 57-year-old Surrey resident.

Edward Johannas Vandeyck has been charged with accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

The investigation began on September 26, 2019, as a result of a proactive police investigation which identified an individual who was making child pornography available on the internet. The investigation progressed and culminated in a search a warrant which was executed on December 5, 2019, at a residence in South Surrey. Charges were sworn against Edward Vandeyck on February 28, 2020.

Edward Vandeyck has been in a position of trust, and has been in direct contact with children in the community as a result of his affiliation with Scouts Canada.

This information is being released in the interest of public safety and to encourage anyone who may have information which could assist this investigation to contact investigators by calling 604-599-0502.

Surrey RCMP is the only detachment in British Columbia with its own RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit. This team of trained investigators is dedicated to protecting children from harm and vigorously pursuing those who access, distribute, or create child pornography.

 

March 03, 2020

Uber Catches A Lyft To South Surrey White Rock

UBER coverage/service map

Lyft announced on Monday that service is now available to Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen ferry terminals, as well as Langley, White Rock and all of the North Shore.

"We've heard loud and clear that Lyft users would like to see us operating in a larger region – and we're thrilled to now be offering service from Horseshoe Bay to the U.S. border, and UBC to Langley," said Peter Lukomskyj, general manager for Lyft in B.C. in a news release.

Yesterday UBER announced they have joined the ride sharing options on the Semiahmoo Peninsula and further South of the Fraser. Uber rides will now be available in more regions of Metro Vancouver, including Langley, South Surrey/White Rock, Tsawwassen and West Vancouver.

 

Surrey RCMP Auxiliaries honoured for their service and dedication



Surrey RCMP Auxiliaries were honoured for their contributions and service to the community this weekend at the annual Auxiliary Awards Dinner.

RCMP Auxiliaries are uniformed volunteers supporting their community by engaging in public safety and crime prevention programs alongside police officers, civilian staff, and RCMP volunteers. RCMP Auxiliaries demonstrate tremendous dedication to their community and, on February 28, 2020, Surrey RCMP held the annual Auxiliary Awards Dinner to thank them for their service.

In 2019 Surrey RCMP Auxiliaries contributed over 5100 hours of their time at 150 events in the community.

“If you drove through a ‘Think of Me’ deployment outside of a school, or attended a large event, such as Fusion Fest, you likely interacted with one of our hard-working Auxiliaries,” says Susan Stickley, Community Programs Manager, Surrey RCMP. “Our annual awards dinner is an opportunity to thank the Auxiliaries for their service, as well as highlight the stand-out moments from the year.”

Constable Jaspreet Singh, a former Auxiliary with Surrey RCMP, received his encased Auxiliary badge. Constable Singh recently graduated from the RCMP Depot training facility and has been posted back to Surrey. He was an Auxiliary in the community for four years, and is excited to now be bringing his experience volunteering in Surrey into his frontline policing role.

“Auxiliaries are a very valuable part of our service delivery to the community,” says Inspector Wendy Mehat, Surrey RCMP. “I’d like to extend my sincere thanks on behalf of all of Surrey Detachment for their many contributions to our community engagement and crime prevention efforts.”

For more information on the RCMP Auxiliary Program visit our Surrey RCMP website.

 

March 02, 2020

It's Official - The Return of the Snowbirds

The SNOWBIRDS have now made it official. The precision aerial flight team will perform above Semiahmoo Bay August 12, 2020.

The SNOWBIRDS will be on the west-coast for an appearance at the Abbotsford Air-show August 7-9, 2020.

Hard to believe it was 3 years ago we last saw THE SNOWBIRDS over Semiahmoo Bay.

 

March 01, 2020

Our fourth anniversary!

George Garrett


A very important Leap Year...we founded our Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society on the last Leap Day..February 29, 2016.
We have had tremendous growth. Now have over 200 volunteer drivers who will provide 27,700 patient rides this year.
One of the nicest tributes came from Michi White who came to the Lower Mainland from Japan. She was one of our early cancer patients driven to treatment and back home. Fortunately her cancer has been in remission for years.


Michi had her family in Japan send us money and is a tireless supporter of ours.

GEORGE GARRETT

She calls me George-San, which she says is a sign of respect for the elderly in Japan. I am honoured.

The VOLUNTEER CANCER DRIVERS provide a wonderful service in our community. Cancer patients that need to get to and fro for their radiation or chemo therapy get to use this wonderful service.

(click here for more information on using the service or to volunteer)

 

February 28, 2020

It's A Done Deal

......Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum Gets His Way

Surrey Mayor DOUG MCCALUM

Day one of Surrey Police Department


The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth has reviewed the report submitted by the Provincial Municipal Policing Transition Study Committee, and the City of Surrey has been given approval to proceed with the formation of Surrey Police Department.

“In just over one year, we moved from a unanimous council motion to full reality on our promise to deliver to the citizens of Surrey a city police department,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “With Minister Farnworth’s final approval to establish the Surrey Police Board, today marks day one for the Surrey Police Department.”

With a population of nearly 600,000, Surrey is the only major city in the country without its own city police department.

“The time has come, and some would say it’s been long overdue, for Surrey to have a police force of its own where accountability begins and stays within our city,” said Mayor McCallum. “Local responsibility, priorities and oversight will reside within the Surrey Police Board, which will be comprised of our most qualified citizens. City staff will be working diligently with the Province to put the Surrey Police Board in place. I look forward to beginning the work with my fellow Board members to bring Surrey Police to full operational strength.”
rrey to have a police force of its own where accountability begins and stays within our city,” McCallum said, despite vocal opposition by many in the community — as well as on council — to the switch.

In a statement, the province said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth was confident the “key aspects of the transition plan that required more detail have been thoroughly considered,” after having reviewed the Provincial Municipal Policing Transition Study Committee’s report, along with recommendations made by the director of police services.

His approval now means the city is able to create a Surrey police board, which will be responsible for creating and overseeing the new force.

Farnworth said later that it’s up to the city, not the province, to decide what kind of police force it wants

“There are pieces of legislation that underline the whole process, which is that the City of Surrey is responsible for policing,” he added. “It’s laid out in the Police Act.”

 

Mayors’ Council calls on senior governments to fund immediate climate action

The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation has endorsed an aggressive roll-out of TransLink’s Low Carbon Fleet Strategy to support quick action on climate change. This schedule will see half of all TransLink’s diesel fleet converted to battery electric by 2030 and the remainder before 2050.

This option represents the fastest possible turn-over of the fleet to battery electric buses without retiring existing buses early. It achieves maximum greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions over the next 10 years.

Incremental capital investment of $447 million over and above the funding already secured and approved for conventional buses
Open new Marpole Transit Centre as 100% depot charging with 280 chargers
Expand an existing transit centre to accommodate electric buses
Convert route 100 and other routes to full electric operation by installing on-route chargers
Purchase 635 battery electric buses
Including trolleys, 64% of transit buses electrified by 2030
2030 bus fleet GHG reduced by 44% compared to 2007
Cost parity between battery electric and conventional fleets only achieved over the full lifecycle of the buses (15-20 years) due to the high upfront costs of installing recharging infrastructure

This ambitious plan will only be possible with financial support from senior governments. Mayors are requesting $447 million in provincial and federal funding over 10 years to implement the strategy, with investment required by early 2021 to deliver the strategy as scheduled. This funding must be separate from investments in transit system expansion found in Phase Three Plan of the 10-Year Vision so that the climate change benefits of both strategies can be maximized.

In October 2018, the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board of Directors approved new environmental targets: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% and use only renewable energy in all operations by 2050. Metro Vancouver Regional District has committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 45% by 2030.

Mayors’ Council Chair and New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté says our region will not reach its targets without this investment. “Transitioning the bus fleet to zero-emissions technology is an essential step, alongside continued expansion of transit service. Right now, TransLink is procuring new buses. If we buy internal combustion engines, they will be on the roads for over 15 years, dashing our chances of achieving meaningful GHG reduction from our own operations. The Low Carbon Fleet Strategy allows us to seize the opportunity and start the shift this year, but we need provincial and federal help to do it.”

The Mayors’ Council will continue working with provincial and federal leaders to make funding for the strategy, as well as for the Phase Three Plan of the 10-Year Vision scheduled for approval in early 2021, a priority.

 

February 26, 2020 

Damage to Ruth Johnson Park from rainfall estimated at $4.2 million 

Before the storm


The City of White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park experienced significant damage to its slopes, walkways and trees following extreme rainfall in late January, resulting in an estimated $4.2 million in repair work and triggering a request for help from the Province.

The City also closed Coldicutt Ravine on Jan. 31 after record rainfall damaged the ravine and the lower portion of Ruth Johnson Park. Coldicutt Ravine is closed indefinitely. Two areas of the park remain closed.

The City hired GeoWest Engineering Ltd. of Abbotsford to assess the ravine and park damage. GeoWest reports multiple slope failures, sunken stairs and walkways and erosion in both locations. Conditions on the east ravine are considered treacherous.

Repairs are already underway in Ruth Johnson Park and further detailed assessment is being carried out in Coldicutt Ravine.

City Council heard on Feb. 18 that the cost estimate is $4 million for the east side of Ruth Johnson Park and $200,000 for the west. The City has applied to the B.C. Disaster Financial Assistance program and will likely apply for DFA assistance for Coldicutt Ravine following completion of the detailed assessment.

Repair work is underway on the west side of Ruth Johnson Park.

Signs are posted at Ruth Johnson Park and Coldicutt Ravine to ensure public safety.

Coldicutt Ravine is closed indefinitely due to slope instability.

 

February 23, 2020

Thank You White Rock & South Surrey


White Rock walkers and their supporters have raised over $102,000.00, and across Canada $5.6M has been raised for charity by Sources and communities all across the Country! White Rock surpassed their goal launching the city again into the Top 10 money earners in all of Canada. Take a bow walkers and donors.

Scott Kristjanson

1. Out of 144 Coldest Night of the Year Registered Cities in Canada, White Rock finishes 8th in Canada and best in British Columbia!
2. $103,000 was raised by CNOY White Rock!
3. 391 walkers registered, and 54 Teams!
4. The City of White Rock finished 6th Place in the White Rock CNOY out of 53 Teams

 

February 20, 2020

BNSF Soils Beach - Again

The BNSF Railway is continuing their behaviour of dumping landslide debris onto the shoreline of Crescent Rock Beach in south Surrey. After the latest slides on Jan. 31, 2020 following heavy rains, BNSF crews excavated tonnes of muddy debris and trees that had fallen onto their tracks from the Ocean Park bluffs. This material was placed onto the waterfront side of the rail corridor where it then flowed down onto the beach, covering it with this debris.

There are three slide zones just south of the 24 Ave. Christopherson Steps staircase in south Surrey. The largest one measures 15 x 7 metres in size by 1 metre deep or the equivalent of 7 dump truck loads of fill. To make matters worse, this slide material was dumped in the very same area as another slide on Jan 10, 2018 that was also excavated onto the waterfront. It covered a large portion of the beach frequented by naturists and made it unusable for nude recreation for two years until storm waves eventually washed this muddy debris away. It is unknown how many other new slide dump sites there are on the 6.5 km. of shoreline between Crescent Beach and White Rock.

While this illegal dumping is always reported to BC's RAPP line, DFO's fisheries report line, the RCMP and Ministry of Transportation by SUN, there appears to be no consequences to the Railway and no court action is taken against them. For some historical perspective, this comes after a March 2007 DFO investigation found the BNSF in violation of the Fisheries Act for this type of dumping and a March 2009 slide near Kwomais Point that was deposited into the ocean where a dead sea otter was found directly next to the debris field. 

This latest BNSF landslide debris dumping incident will once again be reported to the DFO, RAPP and RCMP plus the information forwarded to the Friends of Semiahoo Bay Society and the Semiahmoo First Nation. Please feel free to use, post or publish the attached landslide photos taken yesterday at Crescent Rock Beach at your discretion.

 

White Rock Whalers Playoff Action

The White Rock Whalers played valiantly but unfortunately their play-off run ended last night in North Van. 

Our thanks to all of our fans who supported us at home and on the road throughout this season! See you next year.

Ronnie Patterson and team! 

 

January 29, 2020

Surrey Uber

Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM hastily called a preses conference Monday in an attempt to shed light on the current situation regarding RIDE HAILING services Uber & Lyft and their future in Surrey.

At the press conference Mayor MCCALLUM stated drivers wanting to operate in Surrey could apply for a taxi business license. When contacted later following the meeting the licensing department at City Hall said "There is no license available right now for UBER and or LYFT to operate in Surrey.

Yesterday (Tuesday) morning Mayor MCCALLUM was bag on the media circuit. In his interview on CBC radio MCCALLUM went on to say one of his major concerns is simply due to the fact there is a disproportionate number of taxi drivers who make their homes in Surrey.

“There [are] different categories that they [Uber drivers] can apply for. For example they can apply for the same license as taxis apply for. So there is the option to do that,” said McCallum.

Thursday the Mayors Council will discuss the matter of a universal business license that will allow all ride sharing companies to operate across the Lower Mainland with just one license.

McCallum told media that 18 infraction warnings were handed out to Uber drivers since Friday. He also said there will be no more warnings – if caught operating in Surrey, they will be fined $500.

(click here to watch GLOBAL TV'S follow up story)

 

New School Sites for Surrey Students

Surrey families and future residents will benefit as the Province confirms the acquisition of two more school sites.

Securing the sites will help with future planning, so schools can be built more quickly.

“Our government is acting now to make sure land is in place to build new schools for students, as Surrey’s population continues to grow,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “These are forward-thinking investments that will be vital to getting more students out of portables and into the positive, engaging and inspiring classrooms that they deserve.”

The Government of B.C. is providing $25.5 million for the Surrey School District to purchase a school site in the Redwood Heights neighbourhood. The school district has also secured a school site for a new elementary school in the South Newton neighbourhood. These land purchases are in addition to the land that was purchased for an elementary school in Sunnyside Heights last year. 

School expansion projects underway in Surrey
  • Pacific Heights Elementary (300-seat addition, complete April 2020)
  • Coyote Creek Elementary (100-seat addition, complete September 2020)
  • Frost Road Elementary (150-seat addition, complete September 2020)
  • Sullivan Elementary (200-seat addition, complete September 2020)
  • Maddaugh Road Elementary (605-seat new school, complete January 2021)
  • Edgewood Drive Elementary (655-seat new school, complete February 2021)
  • Douglas-area elementary (new 605-seat school, complete January 2021)
  • Grandview Heights Secondary (1,500-seat new school, complete September 2021)
  • Sullivan Heights Secondary (700-seat addition, complete September 2021)
  • Regent Road Elementary (655-seat new school, complete January 2022)

 

January 28, 2020

Cannabis Stores Put On Hold

A small vocal crowd (pro and con) attended the Cannabis Retail Public Hearing last evening at the White Rock Community Centre.

At the end of the two hours of discussion council (with the exception of me and councillor FATHERS who is traveling) voted to refer the matter to a future meeting of council to allow the members more time to consider what was heard at the special meeting)

D.Chesney

 

Bells Ringing - Lights Flashing

.....right through the middle of it the young boy goes crashing.

Literally 3 seconds later!

As long as this type of reckless activity continues on our waterfront, don't expect whistle cessation anytime soon.

 

Have You Ridden White Rock's Funicular?

TRANSLINK'S 362 Seaside Community Shuttle may not fir the exact description of a "funicular", but with that said using the bus to get to the beach and back from uptown is very affordable. Seniors can ride the shuttle service for under $2.00 and return on the same ticket if they travel within 2 hours. Regular pricing is standard TRANLINK fare for one zone $3.00

362 schedule posted outside museum on the waterfront

 

January 27, 2020

Ride Sharing in Surrey?

ANITA HUBERMAN the head of the Surrey Board of Trade was thrilled to take UBER on Friday evening.

Taking Uber tonight in Surrey! From home to the Sheraton Hotel! A historic weekend for the Surrey Board of Trade and for Surrey. Uber driver came around and opened the door for us

. First class!

 

 

 

January 25. 2020

Doug McCallum Continues To say No To Ride Sharing

The approval of ride hailing companies in Metro Vancouver by the Passenger Transportation Board does not change my position on this issue. What continues to be my chief concern is the unfair advantage that has been created without any regard as to how it will impact those who are employed in the taxi industry. It is no secret that a large percentage of cab drivers live in Surrey and the modest wages they earn go to support their families. As residents and as my constituents, it is my duty to do what I can to ensure that these jobs are not lost due to an unfair advantage that has been arbitrarily put in place.

The taxi industry meets the needs of all its passengers by having vehicles for hire that can accommodate people of all abilities. Until I am assured that a level playing field is established, I will not be supporting the issuing of ride hailing business licenses and, if there is a need, I will be asking for an increase in taxi licenses for operation in Surrey. I look forward to hearing about how the region will work with the province to ensure there is fair competition in the marketplace between ride hailing companies and the taxi industry.

Mayor Doug McCallum

 

Buyer Beware! Man charged with robberies related to on-line sales


A 20-year-old man is facing robbery charges following his arrest by the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit for two incidents which took place a day apart.
The first incident occurred on January 18, 2020, just after 5:00 pm near the Surrey Public Library. The victim arranged a meeting with a potential buyer for a cell phone they had advertised for sale on social media. When the meeting took place the victim was allegedly assaulted, and their phone was stolen.

On January 19, 2020, just before noon, a similar incident took place outside a Surrey shopping centre, but the victim was able to run away and their phone was not stolen.

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit arrested 20-year-old, Joseph Peake, of no fixed address, on January 19, 2020 and he has been charged with 2 counts of robbery and 3 counts of breaching court conditions.

“There is a heightened risk to personal safety when meeting people you don’t know, even in a public space,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP. “We have seen a number of similar robberies over the past few months and want the public to be aware that there are risks involved in these buy and sell transactions.”

Surrey RCMP is providing some personal safety tips that may be helpful when arranging meetings with unknown online parties to buy or sell items:

• Insist on a heavily populated, public meeting place that is well-lit
• Do not meet in a secluded place or arrange to meet at your home
• Be especially careful when buying or selling high value items
• Tell a friend or family member where you’re going and when you’re meeting the buyer/seller
• Take your cell phone and a friend along to accompany you
• If you are verbally threatened or physically assaulted, avoid confrontation by giving the perpetrator the property. Call police as soon as possible.

 

January 24, 2020

Sink The Pink

 

Two years ago when the Pacific Inn aka The Pink Palace was sold to the Hilton hotel chain the expectation was we would soon have a large world class hotel on the Semiahmoo Peninsula, Then nothing. That is until there has been a flurry of action at the empty structure related to the movie industry. The rumour mill churned out WHOOPI GOLDBERG was in town filming and perhaps even NICHOLAS CAGE was in the area.

Here is the official statement from the hotel and film industry;

To clarify some of the rumours, the hotel is fully closed and is only used as a film location at this time. We have been pleased to host a number of local films at our location! While we are not ready to share the new vision for this project, we can share that we are still partnered with Hilton and that the timeline has changed. Until further notice, we are now your local film location and look forward to introducing hotel plans back to the community in a few years. 
In the meantime, Margarett Lange and Krista Thomas proudly represent the hotels ownership (Fountana Hotels LP), and strive to keep bringing film to South Surrey, and the revenue that productions bring into the city and its local businesses!

 

January 22, 2020

Fatal pedestrian involved collision in South Surrey



Surrey RCMP is currently on scene investigating a fatal pedestrian involved collision in South Surrey.

At approximately 7:08 am this morning, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a 55-year-old male pedestrian in the 2400-block of 188 Street. Emergency Health Services were provided, however, despite all attempts to revive the man, he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene.

Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) has conduct of the file. Integrated Collision Analysis Reconstruction Services (ICARS) has been called out to the scene. The incident is still under investigation.

 

It's A long Way From Maple Ridge To Cooperstown

Larry Walker, 53, becomes just the second Canadian in history to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Maple Ridge native received 76.6 per cent of the vote, surpassing the 75 per cent required for induction in his final year of eligibility by six votes.

A 17-year MLB veteran, Walker started his career with the Montreal Expos, where he played for six years before joining the Colorado Rockies for the next 10 seasons. The outfielder retired in 2005 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

During his career, he amassed an NL MVP award, five all-star nods, seven Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers and three batting titles. Walker had a career .313 batting average with a .965 OPS, 383 home runs, 1,311 RBI and 72.7 WAR.

He joins Ferguson Jenkins as the only other Canadian to enter Cooperstown.

Walker was one of two players elected in 2020, alongside New York Yankees great Derek Jeter.

CONGRATULATIONS Larry!

 

January 21, 2020

If We Build It

Forty to fifty residents of White Rock attended last evening's city planned open house/community conversation planned to allow residents to provide the city with feedback on how they would like to see city hall spend the millions of dollars the city has received from recent development in White Rock.

CARL ISAAK the director of planning opened the evening with an overview of what projects qualified and what projects did not qualify for the spending of the CAC monies. ISAAK also explained the city currently has 6 million dollars in the bank and is expecting an additional 7 million dollars over the next two years.

If you were unable to attend last evening's meeting but would still like to have your voice and ideas heard you can visit the city's website and register your thoughts and ideas.

(click here)

 

THE PROVINCE newspaper is fully involved in Royal madness. Today's edition turned up a collection of homes in the Vancouver area they felt would serve the purposes for Harry & Meghan should they decide to live on the west coast

Here is a home in South Surrey the PROVINCE felt may fit their needs

4552 192 Street, Surrey — $25 million

As Surrey is a very British word, and they don’t mind living outside of the city, this 11,000 square foot home on 77 acres of rural land could work — and the property taxes are only $11,500 a year.

(check out all the homes THE PROVINCE newspaper is putting up for consideration)

 

January 20, 2020

It's Finally Official

A touch of pride in our community this morning. Finally our pier receives the recognition it deserves.

It is no La Rue de la Quay. But it's ours.

 

January 18, 2020

Truck Driver Receives Serious Injury in Deas Tunnel

A driver for Canada post was seriously injured yesterday afternoon as he drove through the Massey Tunnel. A large piece of ice broke away from the ceiling and crashed through the window of his van.

A statement from the Transportation Ministry says its own staff and the maintenance contractor for the tunnel have assessed the are and there is nothing that leads them to believe there is further risk for travelers.

The ministry adds the busy commuter route has never seen an event such as this.

The 49 year old driver an unidentified resident of Surrey remains in hospital with serious injuries.

 

 

 

 

January 17, 2020

Surrey fire truck smashed by car on slippery road

A car heading north near the Serpentine Bridge in South Surrey hit two emergency vehicles on Thursday, crews say. (Courtesy Twitter/@IVIDIOT)

It was a small miracle nobody was seriously hurt after a car ran into not just one, but two first responder vehicles on Highway 99 in South Surrey Thursday night.

Crews said the car was driving north near the Serpentine Bridge when it arrived at the scene of a prior crash, where two tow trucks, a police cruiser, and a fire truck were just wrapping up their investigation of the two-car collision.

The approaching vehicle failed to stop and ended up side-swiping the police cruiser before rear-ending the fire truck.

Surrey fire battalion chief Brian Carmichael said there was significant damage to all vehicles.

“Our vehicle will be out of service,” he told NEWS 1130. “It is driveable, but I don’t think it is capable to do the job it was designed for, so we have a backup engine that is going to replace it.”

The driver and all of the other people at the scene escaped without major injuries.

 

How Fast Is Surrey Growing?

Building permits issued in Surrey breaks $2 billion mark



The City of Surrey set a new record in building permit values issued in 2019. The total construction value exceeded $2.29 billion last year, which is 33% higher than the previous record total of $1.52 billion from 2018.

In 2019, $1.57 billion of the construction value came from residential permits which translated to 6,632 new dwellings that will be built in Surrey.

The economic confidence in Surrey has reached new heights and breaking the $2 billion mark in building permits is uncharted territory for our city, said Mayor Doug McCallum. The livability, affordability and recreational amenities that Surrey offers have established this city as a place where you can raise your family or grow your business. With the new Surrey SkyTrain extension on the horizon and with Council's Smart Development initiatives, Surrey will be a prime destination for new residents and businesses for years to come.

While the Planning and Development Department issued a total of 16,498 building, plumbing and electrical permits in 2019, staff managed to reduce the wait time for single family dwelling to 10 weeks by the end of the year. In comparison, the wait time for a single family dwelling permit peaked at 25 weeks in 2017.

 

 

 

January 16, 2020

Check Before You Leave

The city of Surrey has now made public a link to all their traffic cameras throughout the city. A good thing this week with the varying road conditions, but also certainly worth bookmarking for future reference.

(click here for the link to hundreds of traffic cameras)

 

January 15, 2020

BNSF Whistle Cessation

Beginning January 29th 2020, BNSF railway has agreed to train whistle cessation in White Rock!

BNSF Engineers will still blow horns as needed as warnings, and there will be a transition period following January 29th 2020 so there will still be a few horns, but BNSF has done their final inspections of the 8 crossings with the City and has agreed to whistle/horn cessation starting the end of this month!

A big thanks to White Rock City engineering for all of their work and to BNSF. 

***Please also stay off those tracks - BNSF can bring back automatic whistles so let's not give them a reason to!***

 

January 14, 2020

Feedlot Stink Continues

Despite the best efforts by residents living near a feedlot in South Surrey, the foul odor emulating from the location continues much to the dismay of those living anywhere near the lot located on 8th avenue in the 17200 block.

(read the full story from CBC news)

 

You've Got To Have Hope

This beautiful 8 bedroom 7 bathroom home on Pacific Avenue in White Rock's East Beach district recently was posted FOR RENT for $9,999.00 a month.

A group of quick thinking ladies in our community pondered the financial advantage of a group of 8 ladies pooling their current rent money and creating their own GOLD GRILS abode.

We'll keep an eye on how this idea progresses. There actually was a meet up at the house on Sunday where a number of interested ladies turned up.

1567 Pacific Avenue 6386 square feet, in unit laundry, pet friendly, garage parking - stunning views.

A neighbour living close to the home posted this comment today;

This house has only had people living in it for 4 months out of the 8 -9 years it’s been here. It’s been for sale again (3 round) for last 2 years. On their 4 Realtor/listing. 
They’ve reduced rental asking price from $13,000.

 

January 11, 2020

Surrey War Of Words Continues

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum




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

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

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

Mayor Doug McCallum

Statement from Assistant Commissioner Brian Edwards



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

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

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

Brian Edwards

 

January 05, 2020

Parents... IT'S TIME...

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

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

Ongoing Donations Drive - 2020 tax receipts available.

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

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

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


Operation: Ladies This Is You!

Saving Lives at Sea

FREE Event for Girls & Women

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2020

Streets On Fire

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

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

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

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

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

 

Surrey's Curbside Large Item Pickup Program

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

Large Item Pickup Program Updates

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

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

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

Schedule a Large Item Pickup

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

(click here for more info)

January 07, 2020

New Bus Service - South OF The Fraser

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

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

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

RapidBus service launching on January 6:

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

The 96 B-Line is now the R1 RapidBus

Weekdays/Weekend schedule:

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

Evening schedule:

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

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

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

 

January 05, 2020

Market trends for single-family residential properties breakdown

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

Market trends for detached residential homes

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

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

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

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

 

January 04, 2020


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

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

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

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

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

Facts about Solid Waste Collection in White Rock

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

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

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

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

 

December 31, 2019

How The White Rock Polar Bear Swim Began 50 Years Ago

 

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

...as told by Denise Stevenson

 

December 30, 2019

Murder Victim Identified

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

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

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



WARNING -Coarse language

 

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

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

BACKGROUNDER

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

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

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

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

 

January 02, 2020

50th Annual Polar Bear Swim Recap

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

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

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

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

See you all next year.

Corry Kriticos photos

Christy Fox photo collage

December 26, 2019

IHIT investigating homicide in Langley – Victim Identified

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Spawning Northern Anchovies Cause Stir on White Rock Beach

Gabrielle Trouton photo

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

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

(click here to watch a video)

Sherron Fairbairn photo

 

December 20, 2019

Where Were You One Year Ago Today?

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

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


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

 

Counterattack Sobriety Roadblock This Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Operation Red Nose Returns

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

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

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

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

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

 

December 18, 2019

Movin' Out

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

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

COMMENTS FROM FACEBOOK

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

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

Mike Downey At least 60 years...

 

December 17, 2019

Surrey Council Approves Budget - Private Police Force

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

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

 

White Rock Council

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

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

 

December 16, 2019

ALEX FRASER Zipper Truck


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

December 12, 2019

New Surrey Top Cop

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

EDWARDS makes his home in White Rock.

 

December 10, 2019

A Second Hospital Is Coming to Surrey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Arrests Made Following Elgin School Threat



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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

December 09, 2019

Help Design White Rock

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

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

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

http://ow.ly/h3Ap50xsVqY

 

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

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

***Contest Alert***

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

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

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

(click here)

 

December 06, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bus Drivers Sign Contract

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

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

 

December 04, 2019

BUDGET BACKLASH

Statement from Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald

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

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

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

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

DWAYNE MCDONALD

 

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

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

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

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

 

Ladies First

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

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

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

 

December 03, 3019

South Surrey Murder Suspect Arrested In California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 02, 2019

Buying local supports B.C. communities

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

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

Learn More:

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

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

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

 

One deceased, one injured following shots fired - Whalley

UPDATE

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

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

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



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

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

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

 

December 02, 2019

Ferry Service On The Fraser?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(read the full story)

 

December 01, 2019

 

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

Kerry - Lynne Findlay

 

November 30, 2019

Huge Drug Busts

Targeted enforcement leads to large seizure of cash and drugs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 28, 2019

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

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

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

(read the full story)

 

November 27, 2019

British Columbia Makes Indigenous Peoples History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Come In From Out In The Cold

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

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

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

November 23, 2019

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

November 22, 2019

One man injured in Guildford shooting



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

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

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

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

HIT called after two deceased located in Surrey residence

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 21, 2019

Cloverdale Train Collision with Pedestrian



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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE to Train Collision with Pedestrian

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

 

County awards $8.7 million for berm construction

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

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

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

 

November 20, 2019

Back To Ottawa

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

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

Kerry Lynne Findlay MP South Surrey - White Rock

 

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

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

Local stop - Port Coquitlam December 17.

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

 

November 19, 2019

White Rock Council Rewind

Last evening White Rock council;

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

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

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

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

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

 

White Rock's New Top Cop

SGT. Kale Paul (centre)

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

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

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

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

 

November 18, 2019

We're Not Playing Around

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

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

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

 

November 16, 2019

Missing person to locate – Micyla “Amber” HAVENGA

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 13, 2019

White Rock Takes A New Direction

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

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

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

 

 

Surrey Langley SkyTrain Engagement

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

Complete a Survey

This survey seeks your feedback on:

  • the proposed placement of the SkyTrain guideway along Fraser Highway

  • access to SkyTrain and integration with other modes of transportation

  • the Environmental Screening Review (ESR)

  • rapid transit on 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard

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

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

 

November 12, 2019

101st Anniversary

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

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

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

 

 

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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