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August 31, 2021

Liberals Promise No More Thermal Coal

South Surrey/White Rock LIBERAL candidate GORDIE HOGG joined forces with other Liberal candidates from Surrey and Delta yesterday for an announcement, if elected, the LIBERALS would ensure the Canadian and American thermal coal trains would be banned from our communities by 2030.

HOGG in an interview with THE WHITE ROCK SUN vowed if elected we would see the end of the numerous coal trains that run along our waterfront come to an end.

The thermal coal shipped mainly from Wyoming arrives at the Fraser River docks in then loaded on to barges and shipped up the coast to Texada Island and then overseas to India and China. The "dirty coal" as it is referred to is quickly being phased out worldwide for it's incredible damage to the environment. Currently all of the Wyoming thermal coal is shipped out of Delta port and the docks due to the fact Washington, Oregon and California has banned it's from being shipped from their ports.

  

August 29, 2021 

Information about Centennial Park area PARKING DECALS: available to residents and non-residents of White Rock. The decals are $17 + GST ($17.85), and valid until March 31, 2022. 

https://www.whiterockcity.ca/.../Request-for-Centennial... Or 'pay as you go' in metered parking or the parking lot just south of the Pickleball White Rock courts.

 

August 28, 2021

HWY 99 Upgrade Coming Soon

Work will get underway this year on improvements to Highway 99 on either side of the George Massey Tunnel to make transit more reliable and cycling more accessible.

“Giving people options for commuting by improving transit and active transportation choices is a priority for the region,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Combined with the new crossing to replace the George Massey Tunnel, we’ll improve traffic flow, manage traffic congestion and make travel by transit, walking and cycling more convenient and attractive along this section of Highway 99.”

M2K Construction Ltd. of Coquitlam has been awarded a $12.8-million contract for construction of bus-on-shoulder transit lanes on Highway 99, south of the tunnel. The project includes the creation of southbound bus-on-shoulder transit lanes between Highway 17A and the Ladner Trunk Road off-ramp, and northbound from Ladner Trunk Road to the existing start of the high-occupancy vehicle lane on Highway 99.

The new bus-on-shoulder lanes will tie into dedicated transit lanes through the new tunnel to bring free-flowing transit across the river, improving the quality and reliability of public transit in the region.

A $5.28-million contract has been awarded to Lafarge Canada Inc. of Port Coquitlam for construction of the Bridgeport Road bus connection and improvements to the Highway 99/17A interchange. This new bus-only access will be created from Bridgeport Road to Highway 99 southbound. This will improve access to the highway for transit and make for a faster commute from Bridgeport Station and the Canada Line.

This contract also includes the creation of a new multi-use pathway from the Oak Street Bridge into the Richmond cycling and pedestrian network, improvements to the bicycle shuttle pullout on Highway 17A and improvements to cycling facilities along Highway 17A, including new ramp crossings and better connection into the existing network.

Work on both projects will begin later this year once all permitting is in place.

 

August 27, 2021

Basket Cases

For years the city of White Rock has installed beautiful hanging baskets along the main streets in White Rock. The hanging baskets have been a staple of White Rock summers. This year the baskets have drawn more than usual ooohs and aaaahs.

A call to the engineering department tells us the baskets this year have been cared for by city staffer KASON and he on his own initiative began adding a special fertilizer to the baskets. The result is stunning, check them out next time you are uptown or near the museum on the waterfront.

The baskets came from Clearview Horticultural Products in Langley.

 

10 Things You Should Absolutely Do in White Rock Before Summer Ends

Walk the full length of the promenade

Get fish n chips and eat at the beach

Enjoy Public Art

Walk to the end of Canada's Longest Pier

Buy an ice cream cone on the waterfront

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the picnic tables at West Beach

Rent a paddleboard or kayak and take a trip out on to Semiahmoo Bay

Sip a cocktail on one of the many waterfront restaurant patios

Visit the White Rock Farmers Market on a Sunday 10-2 in uptown White Rock

Take a selfie out front of the White Rock Museum, with THE TRAVELER 

 

August 26, 2021

Welcome To The Peninsula

Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU welcomed by Liberal MP candidate GORDIE HOGG.

 

Emotions and the vitriol ran high yesterday morning @ 10 .m. at a private residence in the 1700 block of 144th street South Surrey. 

The hastily arranged press conference for selected media drew little media but did attract a large contingent of protesters on hand to heckle and scream at Prime Minister TRUDEAU who was sequestrated in the back yard of a family home. 

The basic theme of the protesters was their opposition to the COVID vaccine program.

As TRUDEAU and his entourage left the residence they were chased down the street by the hecklers while the RCMP and handlers did the best they could to run interference between the Prime Minister and the protesters.

  

Road To Recovery

Residents, businesses invited to help shape White Rock’s post-pandemic economy 

The City of White Rock is hosting online workshops on 
Sept. 8 and 9 to invite residents and local businesses to provide input into a draft of the City’s post-pandemic Economic Development Strategic Plan .

The draft plan, to be shared at the workshops, comes with an updated vision, objectives and strategies based on current conditions and long-term trends affecting White Rock’s economic strength.

The updated Economic Development Strategic Plan will guide how jobs and businesses in White Rock change and grow in a post-pandemic future.

Online Resident Workshops

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021

3 to 4 p.m.

6 to 7 p.m. 

Online Business Workshop

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

10 to 11 a.m. 

RSVP to econdev@whiterockcity.ca  by Aug. 31, 2021. A link will be provided.

 

August 25, 2021

As of Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

A new order from the provincial health officer will require people 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. These settings include:

  • malls, shopping centres, coffee shops and retail and grocery stores;

  • liquor and drug stores;

  • airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;

  • restaurants, pubs and bars (unless seated);

  • on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;

  • areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided;

  • common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity;

  • common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations; and

  • inside schools for all K-12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4-12.

B.C. students will return to school next month and can look forward to full-time, in-person learning and resuming sports, music and other extracurricular activities, while mask requirements and other health and safety measures remain in place to keep schools safe. 

Quick Facts:

  • There are approximately 1,900 K-12 schools in B.C. In the 2020-21 school year, 40 schools closed temporarily for a short period of time due to COVID-19.

  • Two studies conducted by health authorities during the 2020-21 school year found:

    • in Vancouver Coastal Health, 92% of school-associated cases of COVID-19 were acquired from outside of the school environment; and

    • in Fraser Health, 87% of school-associated cases were acquired through community/household transmission, not from the school setting.

    The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force released a report in June that found there was no greater risk to school staff acquiring COVID-19 in a school setting compared to their community.

 

August 24, 2021 

Registration for Fall 2021 Recreation programs is now open.

Sign up for arts classes, skating lessons, computer lessons, and more! 

Sign up online at http://ow.ly/hKVo50FVi8D or call 604-541-2199 for a customer service representative.

 

SPS Information Session for Experienced Officers


On Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 6:30 pm the Surrey Police Service (SPS) will be hosting an Information Session for experienced police officer candidates. Individuals interested in gaining more information concerning employment with SPS should visit the “Information Sessions” page at www.surreypolice.ca/careers/information-sessions  on the day of the event to join the session.

Considering recent developments, specifically the establishment of the Surrey Police Union (SPU) and the announcement of the November 30, 2021, deployment date for SPS officers, we anticipate that many experienced officer candidates will have questions. For this event we have assembled a panel of SPS officers who have varied law enforcement backgrounds with both municipal and RCMP agencies, to answer questions. They have successfully navigated their careers over to SPS and will be able to offer valuable information to prospective candidates. They will also share their firsthand experiences which will benefit the discussions overall.

There will be future information sessions for both experienced officers and new recruits. Visit www.surreypolice.ca/careers to stay current on all SPS job postings and upcoming events.

 

August 23, 2021

You can vote RIGHT NOW! 

There are two ways you could vote:

1) Vote at Elections Canada: #118-5477 152 Street

You can request your ballot now until 3:00pm on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, and it must be received by your local returning office by the close of polls on Election Day – Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

 

August 22, 2021

Initial Deployment Date Approved for Surrey Police Service

The Surrey Policing Transition Trilateral Committee (SPTTC) has approved an initial deployment date for a group of Surrey Police Service (SPS) officers to be operationally deployed beginning on, or before, November 30, 2021. 

A phased, integrated transition process has been agreed between the SPTTC partners (Public Safety Canada, Province of BC, and City of Surrey) and will be implemented with the first 50 SPS officers assuming operational policing duties this fall. These officers will be assigned to positions within the RCMP Municipal Police Unit in Surrey.   

This first group of 50 officers will be followed by subsequent groups of officers as the phased transition gathers momentum throughout 2022 and 2023.  

The RCMP and SPS will now work to build a collaborative human resources strategy to ensure the coordination and deployment of SPS officers alongside the Surrey RCMP officers.  

As additional details of the phased transition are confirmed, more information will be shared for public awareness.  

It is important to note that the RCMP remain the police agency of jurisdiction in Surrey during this point of the policing transition. Any calls for police within the City of Surrey should continue to go to the Surrey RCMP (604-599-0502 for non-emergency or 911 for emergencies). 

 

Horrific Accident In North Surrey

Three persons deceased following single vehicle collision.
Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a road closure in the Fraser Heights area and seeking witnesses following a fatal collision.

On August 21, 2021, at 2:47 am, Surrey RCMP along with Emergency Health Services and Surrey Fire Service responded to the report of a single vehicle collision into a tree in the 16000-block of 104th Avenue. Upon attendance it was determined that all three occupants were deceased. 

The investigation is still in its early stages. 

The occupants of the vehicle have been identified as three boys 16 and 17 years old. The families of all the victims have been notified. No further information will be released by police about the identities of the victims.   

The Integrated Collision Analysis and Re-constructive Service (ICARS) and the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) are currently on scene working to determine the cause of the collision. While the investigation is ongoing, 104thAvenue will remain closed between 160 Street and Fraserglen Drive in both directions. 

“Tragedies like this one deeply impact everyone involved,” says Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer Cpl. Vanessa Munn. “Our sincerest condolences go out to the families of the three individuals who lost their lives this morning.” 

Anyone who was in the area and witnesses the collision or may have dash cam footage is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

August 21, 2021

Play Ball

No matter where you look this weekend you will find baseball. The Little League World Series is on in Pennsylvania. This year only teams from America will be competing due to COVID. The Toronto Blue Jays are fighting for their lives and a last place wild card playoff position

Locally this weekend the under 15 Bantam squad of THE TRITONS will meet the Okanagan Athletics for four games at the South Surrey Athletic Park.

Saturday afternoon, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

 

With the 2021 federal election date set for Monday, September 20, we have created a webpage for the riding with information about local candidates, advance voting days, where to vote, and much more. The Chamber will also be organizing a virtual all-candidates forum on September 9th from 12PM-1:30PM. More details will be announced shortly.

The webpage will be updated on an ongoing basis as more information is confirmed. Please check the details and share within your networks.

(click here)

 

August 20, 2021

White Rock traffic enforcement map for July 2021.

341 police-motorist interactions for the month, speeding & disobeying stop signs are top offences.

Thank YOU!

 

Should I vote by mail?

We know many voters are asking themselves this question. This is a different election, and your voting experience will be different. If you are considering voting by mail, here is what you should know:

  • Voting at advance or election day polls is still the simplest and most efficient option. A number of health and safety measures are in place at each polling location to keep you safe.

  • If you want to vote by mail, plan early. Deadlines apply, and you must allow enough time for your special ballot voting kit to reach you and for you to return your marked ballot to Elections Canada by election day. 

  • Once your application to vote by mail is approved, you can't change your mind and vote at advance polls or on election day.

  • Your ballot is your responsibility. If you need help returning your ballot, seal your ballot kit envelopes and choose someone you know and trust.

    (register to vote by mail - follow link)

 

Rail Police Out In Full Force

The CN rail police have stepped up patrols on the White Rock waterfront as well as the rail line portion that runs through Crescent Beach. Despite years of warnings visitors and residents near the beach continue to violate the NO WALKING ON THE TRACKS law.

It is a very expensive ticket and the three main points for tickets are behind the Washington Avenue Grill, just west of the old boat launch on West Beach and the rail line that leads to the Clothing Optional beach in Crescent Beach.

Don't be a stupey dupe!

 

Beautifying East Beach

You’ll never know what you will find on East Beach. Today, a pop-up art installation by Maren D, showcasing her collection of silk scarves collected from around the world.

It was surreal, soft feminine beauty set against the hardscape of our breathtaking beach. The wind enhanced the ethereal quality of the installation which was aptly named , “Blowing in the Wind.” Thank you Maren.

 

August 19, 2021

Eight Lane Toll Free Tunnel To Replace George Massey Tunnel

A new eight-lane immersed-tube tunnel will replace the George Massey Tunnel on Highway 99, providing people a toll-free crossing that aligns with regional interests and improves transit, cycling and walking connections across the Fraser River.

“A new crossing to replace the George Massey Tunnel will improve traffic flow and make travel by transit, walking and cycling more convenient and attractive, without costing commuters hundreds of dollars a year in unfair tolls,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We’ve worked hard to make sure this is the right project for the region, and along with the other Highway 99 improvements getting underway, we’re getting people moving around in the region.”

The new eight-lane tunnel will be in operation in 2030, with the cost estimated at $4.15 billion. Two of the eight lanes will be dedicated for bus rapid transit, and there will be separated pathways for cyclists and pedestrians. In the interim, the Province has started work to reduce traffic congestion by launching projects to improve transit and cycling infrastructure along the Highway 99 corridor and replace the Steveston Interchange.

Two options were presented in the business case – an eight-lane tunnel and eight-lane bridge. Both options were given serious consideration. The tunnel was chosen as the best option, because it:

  • best meets regional vision/interests, as endorsed by the Metro Vancouver Board;  

  • limits any new visual, noise, shading and lighting impacts over the life of the structure;

  • has the fewest impacts to agricultural land and will not introduce new navigational restrictions to the Fraser River;

  • allows for work to start immediately on the bottleneck areas of the Highway 99 corridor;

  • best facilitates the movement of trucks and cyclists with a much lower overall elevation change; and

  • provides protection from inclement weather for everyone who uses this crossing.

The next step is to initiate the environmental assessment process, including ongoing engagement with Indigenous peoples and preparing for procurement. In the interim, improvements to transit and cycling infrastructure along Highway 99 will begin this fall, as will work on the new Steveston Interchange, which will be completed in 2025.

 

Local Pop Singer Making Waves

The raging pandemic that has affected the entire global music industry has forced virtually every musician to adapt accordingly. In the case of White Rock native Richard Tichelman it has simply meant recording and releasing a series of singles which have attracted over 560 thousand youtube followers to his initial three singles; “Proud”, “The One” and “Hands

Working towards the release of a debut album in early 2022, Richard, as he prefers to be known, has totally embraced the idea of social media as a launching pad for his music, a medium that helped him win this year’s Canadian Music Week Jim Beam Virtual Musical Talent Contest.

“When my team, which includes his manager Tracey Singer (K Music Management), discussed our options, we decided to enter the contest, so I took my band into the Armoury Studios in Vancouver and we taped the best live performance we could possibly make and obviously the CMW people liked it,” Richard noted. “As a result, we have an invite to perform live at next year’s Jim Beam Indie Concert and I have some prize money to spend at Long and McQuade. The people I have talked to at CMW have been very supportive and they have said they are looking forward to me playing in Toronto next year.”

Richard’s contemporary material fits in with the likes of Shawn Mendes, Scott Hellman, Johnny Orlando, and yes, Justin Bieber and he acknowledges that there is a current Canadian trend towards male pop stars but he hasn’t set out to purposely emulate them. “Yes, people have made comparisons to Shawn Mendes, and I find that flattering but that hasn’t been intentional on my part. I am just trying to record the best songs possible.”

Richard grew up listening to classic rock bands like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin but also claims to have been influenced by classical music. However, the end result of his three singles so far definitely fits in with most modern music formats. “I still love going to record shops and thumbing through vinyl albums but the music scene has changed so rapidly, even over the past 30 years so the onus is on us to adapt and that’s been a great challenge.”

Richard notes that while the pandemic has put pay to any touring opportunities (and his former band members have all drifted off to secure day jobs), he is looking forward to promoting his upcoming album in the new year.

“Everything is still on hold but my team and I are planning to go out live and promote the new record,” enthused Richard.“Right now I am still working on my songwriting and production technique and trying to improve my skills.”


 

Election Time

We are are headed to the polls after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a federal election for next month. 

The Prime Minister arrived at Rideau Hall on Sunday morning to visit with Governor General Mary Simon, kickstarting a 36 day campaign that will culminate with a vote on September 20. Trudeau is opng for one of the shortest election campaigns, less than two years since the Liberals were reduced to a minority government. 

At the time of dissolution, the Liberals have 155 seats, the Conservatives 119, the Bloc Quebecois 32, the NDP 24 and the Greens two. There are also four Independents and one vacancy

 

 

August 13, 2021

Elementary My Dear Watson

More Surrey and White Rock students will soon be learning in safer and modern educational environments, as expansion projects are underway at White Rock Elementary school and École K.B. Woodward.

The projects reduce the need for portables in the growing communities.

A new addition at White Rock Elementary will add eight new classrooms and room for 195 more students to the kindergarten-to-Grade 7 school, increasing capacity to 655 students. The new classrooms will be ready for students in September 2022. The ministry is investing $7.6 million in the project.

 

August 12, 2021

Marine Drive Update

The City of White Rock has reopened Marine Drive to two-way traffic, more than two months after temporarily closing the westbound lane of traffic to help restaurants by expanding patio space.

 

 

August 09, 2021 

UPDATE:

By 7 a.m. there was a two hour wait at the Peace Arch Border Crossing heading north into Canada

 

The Canadian side of the U.S./Canada border is now open. It has been 17 months since both America and Canada shut down travel north / south through the two countries. U.S. residents that are able to prove a recent negative Covid test as well as proof they are double vaccinated will be allowed to enter Canada. The American border remains closed to Canadians, but American residents that meet the conditions will be able to re-enter the U.S. freely without having to honour a two week isolation period.

There is no word on when or if the U.S. will be opening their border to Canadian residents.

“U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are not fully vaccinated and who are habitual residents of Point Roberts (Washington) will be eligible to enter Canada to carry out everyday functions and access goods and services within their neighbouring Canadian communities, so long as they remain in those communities while in Canada,” the CBSA stated. 

All other Americans heading into Canada must present a negative PCR test and be fully vaccinated.

 

8 WATERFRONT PIERS IN METRO VANCOUVER YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THIS SUMMER

Deep Cove's pier

All tolled there are 8 public wharves/piers in the Lower Mainland. 

Not bragging but just saying White Rock has not only British Columbia's longest pier, but in fact we are home to Canada's longest pier.

(click here for a tour of the other piers in the Lower Mainland)

 

August 5, 2021

Surrey Police Services

There is a story behind the design of our SPS vehicle.

The design is purposefully white and welcoming, we want citizens to feel comfortable approaching us in these vehicles.

The blue decals indicate a forward motion as we strive to be modern and progressive.

The check pattern on the back of the vehicle represents our alignment with Peel's principles of policing.

 

There are numerous 30km/h signs in White Rock some are mandatory and others are recommended. 

The sign with the white background & black letters is regulatory: must not exceed the post limit

1. All the time

2. Dawn till dusk (playground)

3. 8am to 5pm when school is in session

 

White Rock Olympian - Luke Bruchet

Tuesday North America's two fastest 5,000-metre runners of all-time will race alongside each other in search of their first Olympic medal.

Moh Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., and Toronto's Justyn Knight finished second and third in their respective heats Tuesday to automatically advance to Friday's 15-man final at 8 a.m. ET in Tokyo.

White Rock's Luc Bruchet was 13th of 19 finishers in the heat and 27th overall in his Olympic debut. He will depart Tokyo with a 13:44.08 performance after running 13:12.56 in mid-June at the Harry Jerome Track Classic to beat the 13:30.50 Tokyo standard and take 10 seconds off his PB.

The 28-year-old athlete no doubt had in mind some of his early mentors from his hometown of South Surrey-White Rock, where he trained with Ben Kotanen at the Ocean Athletics track and field club and worked at Peninsula Runners in White Rock, where he was inspired by owner and three-time Olympian Paul Williams.

Bruchet is a graduate of South Surrey’s Elgin Park Secondary

 

August 04, 2021

Provincial state of emergency extended

The B.C. government has extended the provincial state of emergency through the end of the day on Aug. 17, 2021, to support the ongoing co-ordinated response to the wildfire situation and ensure public safety.

“As we have seen over the past number of weeks, the continued dry, hot weather poses a high risk for potential wildfires,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “The Province will continue to support British Columbians with all of the tools they may need if they end up facing an evacuation order.”

As of the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 254 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 64 evacuation orders affecting approximately 4,305 properties. There are 99 evacuation alerts affecting approximately 21,049 properties.

 

Surrey Board of Trade Pushes For Vaccination Proof

Surrey Board of Trade's ANITA HUBERMAN

 Fearing another wave of shutdowns due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Surrey Board of Trade has started putting pressure on the federal and provincial governments to implement a proof of immunization system.

 Fearing another wave of shutdowns due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Surrey Board of Trade has started putting pressure on the federal and provincial governments to implement a proof of immunization system.

Speaking to NEWS 1130, Huberman says we need to be innovative in the face of economic crisis.

“All we’re saying is that this is a short-term measure, so we can fully get out of this pandemic,” she said.

Many people have concerns about the implications for privacy, equality, and human rights.

“Certainly I can appreciate those privacy concerns. But we’re also talking about driving the economy forward,” Huberman said.

 

Be Safe - Be Informed

Sexual assault resulting in arrest

On July 26, 2021 the White Rock RCMP received a report regarding a elderly male that attempted to befriend a youth female then proceeded to grope and kiss her without her consent. This occurred at Allan Hogg Rotary Park located 154897 Buena Vista Ave in the afternoon  The victim and the suspect were not known to each other. On July 27, 2021 the male was arrested then later released on various conditions pending a charge recommendation to the BC Prosecution Service 

“We thank the victim of this sexual assault for reporting this and providing the information necessary to bring this person to justice,” stated Constable Chantal Sears, “If there are any other individuals that may have been the subject of unwanted attention or sexual assault in White Rock, we  encourage you to report this at the detachment in person or by calling 778-545-4800.”

 

August 01, 2021

Arrests made in Five Corners Fire arson investigation

On May 15, 2016 several arsons and other property crimes occurred throughout the City of White Rock, including the burning of a multi-family residential structure under development at 15219 Royal Avenue and the adjacent occupied apartment building at 15210 Pacific Avenue. Known as the ‘Five Corners Fire’, this arson resulted a serious risk to life, displaced approximately 100 people from their home, disrupted local businesses, caused millions of dollars in damage, and affected the city’s water quality and supply due to the fire suppression efforts.

On July 6, 2021 the White Rock RCMP arrested two males, one from the local area and another from outside the Lower Mainland for a number of offences, including arson, break and enter, and theft. The suspects were released and recommendations for charges will be forwarded to the BC Prosecution Service. 

“This was a detailed and complex investigation that involved multiple evidentiary scenes, forensic analysis, the involvement of approximately 120 police and civilian witnesses that held a small piece of the puzzle or contributed to the investigation over the last 5 years, and the assistance of over a dozen RCMP detachments and units” stated Staff Sergeant Kale Pauls, “There were some dedicated officers and municipal employees that were persistent in uncovering all the available evidence to get this investigation to this point. We would like to thank the community and victims of this fire for their patience in awaiting this news. We are hopeful that the ongoing proceedings will allow for further closure as the details are disclosed in the judicial process.”

There will be no further release of information on this matter at this time.

 

During the last two years, the KEEP THE RCMP IN SURREY CAMPAIGN (KTRIS) has actively campaigned in Surrey to this end. This included a >50,000 signatured petition requesting at least a referendum on the issue. Whilst we did not actively campaign in the City of White Rock, 1,500 White Rock residents sought us out and signed our petition, citing their very valid concerns regarding this transition. Due to our petition and other efforts, Elections BC has granted the residents of Surrey the right to have a referendum if we can officially show sufficient support for it. As it turns out, the opinion of the citizens of White Rock are extremely important to this issue, due to the fact that they fall 100% into the provincial government riding of South Surrey - White Rock. There are nine provincial government ridings covering Surrey and we have to show in each riding at least a 10% voter support for the referendum. 

As a result, we advise and request that White Rock residents be on the lookout for canvassers looking for their signatures for this initiative. This will happen during the 90 days following the start date of August 16. We would also welcome any White Rock residents who would like to assist us in getting White Rock signatures for this petition - every signature helps. (White Rock residents will also be eligible to sign the actual Referendum later). 

For any further information on this issue, residents please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned anytime.

Sincerely

Ivan Michael Scott
KEEP THE RCMP IN SURREY CAMPAIGN (KTRIS)
ivan.scott@solutionciment.com
(604) 531-7028

 

There are no waste collection changes during the B.C. Day long weekend. 

Never miss a collection day again by signing up for White Rock Recollect at http://ow.ly/ayLn50FCIBW

 

July 31, 2021

The Miramar Grocery Store Wait Is Over

This week THRIFTY FOODS signed a lease to operate a grocery store in the recently expanded Miramar Plaza on Johnston Road in uptown White Rock. This will be the second location for Thrifty's o the Semiahmoo Peninsula. Store #1 is located in South Surrey's Grandview Shopping Centre.

No official opening date has been set, but it is rumoured to be late this year.

 

Campbell Heights Fire

A work crew in the Campbell Heights district on Thursday burst a gas line. Fire crews responded quickly to the area of 192nd street and 32nd avenue. The flames were quickly extinguished and the gas was cut off for a period of time. No injuries, no fire spread. 

Thankfully

 

July 27, 2021

With the unprecedented heat Surrey has experienced, our urban forestry team and volunteers have been busy trying to keep our street trees watered through this dry hot summer. 


You can help water trees along your street. If it has a watering bag, fill it twice per week. Older trees can be watered slowly using a bucket with holes drilled through the bottom. 

Request a free watering bucket today by calling 604-501-5050 or emailing parks@surrey.ca. 

Learn more about tree watering at: 

 

China Heights?

A major warehouse facility under construction in Surrey is not just paving the way for more trade between B.C. and China. It could be helping pave Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative to Canada. 

The massive $190 million, 470,000-square-foot complex, dubbed the “World Commodity Trade Center,” is a joint venture between a Chinese state-sponsored company and a local development firm. The centre, first conceived in Beijing, has four warehouses and two large exhibition halls — to be lined with Chinese and Canadian flags — strategically located in the Campbell Heights industrial zone between Vancouver International Airport and the United States border.

(click here to red the full story in BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER)

 

White Rock Council Rewind

- Council last evening endorsed a post Covid lockdown celebration for the residents of White Rock. The weekend event will take place over the weekend of September 24-26. The event will be known as WELCOME BACK WHITE ROCK. The weekend will spotlight the local arts with a scavenger hunt and live entertainment spread out through the various regions of the city.

- Council issued a Major Development Permit for 1454 Oxford Street. The development will consist of two highrise towers 21 & 24 storeys. Before a building permit will be issued council has requested an update geological survey to assess the impact on the city's water wells located at the top of Oxford Hill.

- Staff presented a report and update on council's top priorities. The much talked about Centre street walkway makeover will proceed next Spring. Letters will be arriving soon to residents who have expanded their property lines on to city property. The residents will be given until the end of the year to remove the encroachments. At that time the city will move in to reclaim the property owned by the city. 

 

July 18, 2021

Take A Lot Of Pride In Who You Are

Hundreds of friends and neighbours joined Elected Officials, the emergency services crews from the RCMP & FIRE and RESCUE in front of city hall Friday afternoon for the raising of the Pride flag.

ERNIE KLASSEN (White Rock Pride) White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER, MLA'S TREVOR HALFORD and STEPHANIE CADIEUX as well as MP KERRY LYNNE FINDLAY spoke to the crowd to honour the occasion.

The flags outside of city hall and the RCMP detachment on Pacific avenue will fly the colourful Pride flag for the coming week.

PRIDE WEEK wraps up next Friday with the PRIDE RIDE

 

Pacific Northwest Heat Wave Killed More Than One Billion Sea Creatures

The massive loss could destabilize local marine ecosystems

More than 1 billion sea creatures along the Vancouver coast were cooked to death during a record-breaking heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, according to preliminary data.

The maritime massacre surprised even the experts. Christopher Harley, a professor at the University of British Columbia, said the death toll kept climbing as his team investigated area beaches.

“I was on a shore just as the tide was falling on the first of the three hot days. I was not thinking to myself, ‘All of these things will probably be dead by Monday afternoon,’” Harley said. “I did’t realize that I would spend most of the next few weeks madly dashing around the province to document such unprecedented impacts.”

After a four-day period in June when temperatures in the Pacific Northwest shattered records and broke 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Harley and his team visited shorelines to count the damage to sea creatures such as mussels and rock weed. Those species are typically the first to wash ashore as they die.

Last week, they estimated 1 billion dead sea animals. This week, they’re saying it could be more than that.

The team estimated that on one site—Ganglia Island, a strip of land between Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of British Columbia—1 million mussels died in an area the size of a tennis court.

A 1-kilometer area near White Rock is estimated to be a graveyard to 100 million barnacles, Harley said.

 

July 17, 2021

Look UP In The Air - It's A Bird - It's A Plane

The Canadian aerial flight team THE SNOWBIRDS visited White Rock and surrounding area yesterday afternoon. The cross Canada flight is in honour of all our front line care workers.

Smoke On - GABRIELLE TROUTON photo

Snowbirds with ghost rider F-18 over Semiahmoo Bay

Solo shot of the F-18 outrider that accompanied the SNOWBIRDS yesterday.

This machine can really rattle the china cabinet.

 

July 16, 2021

Bus Riders - TRANSLINK Wants To Hear From You!

 

TransLink is asking the public to share ideas and priorities for improving the day-to-day transit experience through a Customer Experience Ideas Board on the TransLink website or by creating a video submission and posting it on social media using #accustomedness.

Public submissions will help build TransLink’s next Customer Experience Action Plan, which will be released later this year. The plan will set out a five-year road-map and a list of priority projects and initiatives focused on improving the customer experience.

Customers can share their ideas by visiting TransLink/ideas which opens today and runs until August 13. They can also submit a video on Twitter or Instagram using #accustomedness for a chance to win a Monthly Pass on a Compass Card.

More information:

Customer Experience Ideas Call Video

Customer Experience Action Plan (2019)

 

July 15, 2021

White Rock RCMP - Money Found

If you lost a bunch of money on Johnston Rd yesterday, then please give the #White Rock detachment a call at 778-545-4800 and tell us the details so we can be assured it’s yours.

Thank you to the individual for turning it in, this could be a very stressful loss for someone.

 

July 14, 2021

White Rock Council Rewind

- in a 6-1 vote council approved a new Official Community Plan which will be a guideline for future development in White Rock.

- A motion to install a commemorative storyboard sign honouring the 6 previous visits the SNOWWBIRDS aerial flight team has paid to White Rock. Staff's recommendations of placing the sign at the end of the pier was not endorsed by council. Staff will return to a future council meeting with a list of other options for the placement of the sign.

- Council approved an 80 unit 6 storey rental unit at the corner of Russell avenue and Fir street. The motion was opposed by councillors KRISTJANSON & JOHANSON

- A motion to limit speed limits on all roads in White Rock to 30kmh was rejected by council in principle. Council has requested staff work with RCMP staff sergeant KALE PAULS and return to a future council meeting to further examine the motion.

 

White Rock Sea Tours ship Guardian1 assisted with a marine rescue off of Crescent Beach Saturday night.

At approximately 9 PM Victoria Coast Guard Radio issued a mayday relay for an overturned Sea-Doo with three people in the water near Crescent Beach. White Rock Sea Tours quickly responded with two crew on board. We arrived on scene and a pleasure craft named Frosty was assisting the persons in the water.

We updated Coast Guard, made sure there were no injuries, and towed the Sea-Doo back to the marina.

Frosty transported the individuals. It is assumed that people from shore spotted and reported the incident because it doesn't appear they had a radio with them.

RCMP attended the beach and flew overhead in the helicopter. Coast Guard rescue assets were stood down after Frosty and White Rock Sea Tours recovered the persons and their Sea-Doo. It's important to always wear a life-jacket on the water and practice safe boating, especially in the evening as it gets dark!

 

Impaired driver strikes various objects, rams police vehicle

An impaired driver man has been arrested after allegedly colliding with pillars, a parked car and a police vehicle prior to punting his own home while parking.

On July 11, 2021 at approximately 1:00 a.m. the White Rock RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver that had hit a concrete barrier nearly flipping his pickup truck on Marine Drive near the pier. Prior to this, the driver allegedly hit a pillar on a condo on Vidal St.

A White Rock RCMP front line officer located the truck and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, however the driver collided with a parked vehicle. The driver attempted to detangle himself from the parked vehicle and rammed into the police vehicle a number of times, then fled.

A broadcast was made to all available police officers in the surrounding area. A Surrey RCMP officer located the truck and driver who had just arrived at home. He had hit his house in his attempt to park. No police officers were injured.

White Rock RCMP are investigating allegations of dangerous driving, flight from police, and impaired driving against the 43-year old man from Surrey. He has not yet been charged.

Officers were able to view video footage of this criminal driving. It was a dangerous and potentially deadly display of poor judgement, stated Staff Sergeant Kale Pauls, I am very appreciative of the person that immediately reported their observations to 911 as it facilitated police in ending a dangerous situation.

 

July 13, 2021

Marine Drive To Reopen To Two Way Traffic...sort of

Last evening White Rock council afforded business owners on West Beach the opportunity to convey to them the impact of the one way traffic has had on their business. The comments from business owners that phoned in was mixed with those in favour of keeping the barricades edged out those business owners that requested the barricades be removed.

Council then voted 4-3 in favour of restoring two traffic to Marine Drive no sooner than August 07, 2021


Council approves bylaws to fast-track the new Surrey Hospital

At last night’s Regular Council Meeting, Council approved an Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw and corresponding Rezoning By-law, to fast-track the development of the new Surrey Hospital and integrated cancer centre.  The plan amendment re-designates the land from industrial to mixed employment, and with the corresponding rezoning, will allow for both the hospital, and its supportive services.

“Council is committed to accelerating the development of the new Surrey hospital, and at last night’s Council meeting we delivered on that promise,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.  “Surrey is rapidly growing, and in desperate need of a second hospital, so we are doing everything in our part to ensure the project is completed as soon as possible.”

 

Thank You GREEN PARTY of Canada

White Rock benefited immensely on Saturday, as a dozen members of the GREEN PARTY of Canada, turned up at the beach with garbage bags in hand.

For a number of hours the group worked East from the Pier collecting dozens of bags of garbage left on the beach area by visitors, Thank you.

 

July 12, 2021

West Beach Business Survey

White Rock council ls scheduled to hear from West Beach business owners this afternoon regarding the status of the Marine Drive road closure. Last week East Beach businesses told council loud and clear, remove the barricades it is killing our business.

Friday the city of White Rock and council members received a survey conducted by a West Beach business owners. Overwhelmingly West Beach business owners also wish to see the barricades removed and traffic returned to normal.

 

CRANES DOWN

4500 KG ROOF TRELLISES UP, AS WORK CONTINUES INSIDE WHITE ROCK’S FOSTER MARTIN TOWERS

 The construction cranes have come down on Landmark Premiere Properties’ two Foster Martin towers and a set of 4500 kg wave-shaped roof trellises has been added to each building. 

Meanwhile work continues inside the 25-storey buildings, with walls and painting completed up to the 19th floor, and kitchens completed up to the 16th floor in each tower.

“Construction power poles are being removed along Foster and Martin Streets, and new sidewalks, trees and freshly painted pedestrian crossings will be added shortly,” said Ray Chen, President of Landmark Premiere Properties. “The main mechanical and electrical equipment is now in place in each tower and we can begin testing and commissioning later this summer.”

The Foster Martin development includes 340 homes and 880 parking spaces, including 220 public spaces, as well as White Rock Commons, a welcoming outdoor community plaza. Foster Martin homeowners are expected to begin moving in this winter.

 

July 13, 2021

Marine Drive To Reopen To Two Way Traffic...sort of

Last evening White Rock council afforded business owners on West Beach the opportunity to convey to them the impact of the one way traffic has had on their business. The comments from business owners that phoned in was mixed with those in favour of keeping the barricades edged out those business owners that requested the barricades be removed.

Council then voted 4-3 in favour of restoring two traffic to Marine Drive no sooner than August 07, 2021


Council approves bylaws to fast-track the new Surrey Hospital

At last night’s Regular Council Meeting, Council approved an Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw and corresponding Rezoning By-law, to fast-track the development of the new Surrey Hospital and integrated cancer centre.  The plan amendment re-designates the land from industrial to mixed employment, and with the corresponding rezoning, will allow for both the hospital, and its supportive services.

“Council is committed to accelerating the development of the new Surrey hospital, and at last night’s Council meeting we delivered on that promise,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.  “Surrey is rapidly growing, and in desperate need of a second hospital, so we are doing everything in our part to ensure the project is completed as soon as possible.”

 

Thank You GREEN PARTY of Canada

White Rock benefited immensely on Saturday, as a dozen members of the GREEN PARTY of Canada, turned up at the beach with garbage bags in hand.

For a number of hours the group worked East from the Pier collecting dozens of bags of garbage left on the beach area by visitors, Thank you.

 

July 12, 2021

West Beach Business Survey

White Rock council ls scheduled to hear from West Beach business owners this afternoon regarding the status of the Marine Drive road closure. Last week East Beach businesses told council loud and clear, remove the barricades it is killing our business.

Friday the city of White Rock and council members received a survey conducted by a West Beach business owners. Overwhelmingly West Beach business owners also wish to see the barricades removed and traffic returned to normal.

 

CRANES DOWN

4500 KG ROOF TRELLISES UP, AS WORK CONTINUES INSIDE WHITE ROCK’S FOSTER MARTIN TOWERS

 The construction cranes have come down on Landmark Premiere Properties’ two Foster Martin towers and a set of 4500 kg wave-shaped roof trellises has been added to each building. 

Meanwhile work continues inside the 25-storey buildings, with walls and painting completed up to the 19th floor, and kitchens completed up to the 16th floor in each tower.

“Construction power poles are being removed along Foster and Martin Streets, and new sidewalks, trees and freshly painted pedestrian crossings will be added shortly,” said Ray Chen, President of Landmark Premiere Properties. “The main mechanical and electrical equipment is now in place in each tower and we can begin testing and commissioning later this summer.”

The Foster Martin development includes 340 homes and 880 parking spaces, including 220 public spaces, as well as White Rock Commons, a welcoming outdoor community plaza. Foster Martin homeowners are expected to begin moving in this winter.

 

July 10, 2021

Langley OR Bust

Trudeau announces $1.3 billion for Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension

Speaking outside Surrey City Hall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the funding is for a 16 km, eight-stop extension of the existing Expo Line from King George Station in Surrey City Centre to 203 Street in Langley Centre.

TransLink estimated the total cost of the project to be around $3.1 billion.

 

Surrey mayor MCCALLUM delighted with announcement

Friday’s announcement has been a long time coming for Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. A long-time SkyTrain advocate, McCallum is the man responsible for canceling the proposed Surrey Newton-Guildford LRT project.

“It’s a great, great time, yes, for Surrey,” he said giving a triumphant cheer and raising his fist to the sky in joy as he spoke. “A promise made, a promise kept by all three levels of government. It’s been a long time coming, but Surrey’s turn in for a new rapid transit has arrived.”

Langley City Mayor Val van den Broek smiled as she thanked the federal government for the funding.

“I’m so excited, I can’t help myself,” she said. “The SLS (Surrey-Langley SkyTrain), which I love to call it, extension is a sustainable and environmentally friendly investment that will improve public health outcomes, including associated reductions in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Since most transit trips involve walking or cycling at the start, and the end of the journey.”

 

“Who are the White Rock RCMP officers listening to the community......... and unfortunately still listening to the loud vehicles?”

In 2020 we issued over 50 notices for the year, in 2021 we are at 60 and we are just starting July. Heed the warning - consider taking the bus to White Rock

 

 

July 09, 2021

Save Wildlife Habitat in Hazelmere Valley

The City of Surrey is trying to fast track the rezoning of 600 acres in South Surrey from 'rural' to 'employment' (read: industrial). These lands include the Little Campbell/Tatalu River (home to five species of salmon) and surrounding sensitive habitat that supports a myriad of highly threatened species and special wildlife. The Little Campbell flows through Semiamhoo First Nations lands and into Semiamhoo/Boundary Bay, an internationally designated Important Bird Area.

It is CRITICAL that we let Mayor Doug Mccallum and Surrey City Council know that we care about the conservation and health of the Little Campbell River, Semiahmoo Bay, and Surrey's Hazelmere area.

(read more & sign the petition)

 

July 08, 2021

Grand Opening - MAD MIKE'S POUTINE

For the past number of months, poutine lovers have slowly driven by MIKE'S POUTINE SHOP on Johnston road in uptown White Rock and wondered when is it opening?

Well the day has come - today MAD MIKE swings the door wide open and begins to serve up those delicious cheese curds/gravy combos smothered over french fries.

Thursday July8th 12:00pm

1379 Johnston rd

Mad Mike's Poutinerie

 

The City is currently recruiting a Human Resources Assistant, Technical Support Specialist, and a Health & Safety Assistant. Click here to apply: https://www.whiterockcity.ca/Jobs.aspx

 

July 07, 2021

My stained glass version of a little White Rock cottage on Stevens.

Part of the Disappearing White Rock Project.

Wish we could protect these little gems. Soon they will be only a memory.

 

Crescent Covid

If you can't/won't come to them, they will come to you!

FRASER HEALTH set up shop at Crescent Beach yesterday at the foot of Beecher Street in Crescent Beach. The mobile COVID vaccination outlet will be popping up throughout the Fraser Valley this summer.

The clinics are available to anyone age 12 and up who is eligible for a vaccine.

The Crescent Beach clinic was operating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at 12150 Beecher St.

It's unclear whether the beach-side clinics might return again over the summer. Fraser Health called the program "another example of unique immunization clinics" designed to ensure everyone has access to vaccines in the region.

 

July 06, 2021

Drive Decision Delayed

White Rock council held a special meeting of council last evening to afford business owners on East Beach the opportunity to provide council with feedback on the effectiveness of closing Marine Drive to one way traffic.

With the exception of the owners of POULTRY IN MOTION and ZAPPAOTECA Mexican restaurant, the owners sent a resounding message to council - take the barricades down. The one way traffic flow traveling west to east has caused some East Beach businesses to see a 70% drop in business. The owner of the iconic MOBY DICK'S fish n chips restaurant has been the most vocal and continued his pleas last evening to council to come to the aid of the failing east beach restaurants.

Council in a 6-1 vote (Councillor CHESNEY OPPOSED) has now decided to conduct a similar phone in survey with West Beach business owners which will occur this coming Monday evening as part of the regular council meeting.

 

A City Mourns

In memory of Jake Bradshaw, some memories from the 1974 WR Sea Festival. From left to right > Jake Bradshaw, Dale Robertson, Richie Kerfoot, John Roos, Thor Roos and Max Zack.

Tom Saunders

Slowly we are losing the final members of the old White Rock. Back when hundreds of thousand of visitors arrived for our Sandcastle competition. The GYPSY WHEELERS motorcycle club struck fear into the hearts of the locals. COSMIS ALLEY was more than a destination, it was a state of mind.\

JAKE BRADSHAW will be missed b y many as one of the true fully certified White Rocker.

 

We where sitting in the Tudor parking lot waiting for Jake and Terry Coin to arrive. Terry calls and says that they won’t be able to make it and gave us the news. Well it broke are harts. We where absolutely devastated. We went in and gave a salute to Jake and dad told some great stories. Big condolences for everyone and for a big man with a big hart. Here is probably the last picture taken of Jake enjoying happy hour ðŸ». Hope your are still enjoying your happy hour till we are all able to meet again


Sheila Saunders

So sorry to hear this Terry and the rest of the Family.

Barb Howes

Oh no I loved talking to him at the 5Corners Cafe, he always had the best stories

 

Canada Day White Rock Promenade

The heartbreaking news last week of the discovery of the unmarked grave-sites in Kamloops inspired the city of White Rock to fly the Canadian flag at half mast for 215 hours to honour the memory of the 215 graves that were discovered.

Social Media is reporting SUSIE & LORE local residents placed orange ribbons along the White Rock promenade as their own personal way of reminding visitors to the waterfront of the tragedy that must never be forgotten.

 

The City of White Rock will reopen City buildings to the public on July 19 following direction from the Provincial Health Officer that encourages a transition to normal beginning July 1.

The Province of British Columbia confirmed on June 29 that B.C. was moving into Step 3 of B.C.’s Restart plan on July 1. This means that workplaces can begin to transition to a return to normal operations with health and safety guidelines in place.

In Step 3, all sectors will transition from COVID-19-specific safety plans to using communicable disease prevention plans based on WorkSafeBC’s guideline Step 4, which is set to begin on Sept. 7, removes most restrictions related to COVID-19.

The City’s July 19 reopening date allows for the continued return to work for employees who are working remotely and provides time to develop and implement the new safety plans in line with WorkSafeBC regulation.

New Mask Guidelines

The City is putting in place new mask guidelines, as indicated in Step 3 of B.C.’s Restart plan. As of July 1, masks are no longer mandatory in the City of White Rock’s indoor public spaces but are recommended for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed since receiving a second dose of vaccine.

Helpful Link

B.C.’s Restart: A Plan to Bring Us Back Together

 

July 05, 2021 

Good Job Surrey

Motorists driving along North Bluff road in White rock near the Water Wise ponds on the Surrey side of 16trh often have to slow down as the geese and their young ones cross the road. On rare occasions motorists speeding along the roadway are unable to stop quick enough. Enter Surrey parks who recently installed this sign on the Surrey side of 16th avenue.

Very Cool.

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2021

Monitor real-time air quality in White Rock with the City's Air Quality Monitor at http://ow.ly/1XSu50FlkIs

During the hottest parts of the day, people are advised to stay indoors where it may be cooler and the air cleaner.

 

  • maximum capacity for indoor organized gatherings of 50 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater;

  • maximum capacity for outdoor organized gatherings of 5,000 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater;

  • return to normal for fairs, festivals and trade shows, with communicable disease plans;

  • return to Canada-wide recreational travel;

  • reopening of casinos, with reduced capacity and ~50% of gaming stations permitted to open;

  • reopening of nightclubs, with up to 10 people seated at tables, no socializing between tables and no dancing;

  • return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by venue and no socializing between tables;

  • return to normal for sports and exercise facilities, with communicable disease plans; and  

  • mask wearing recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.

Canadians traveling to B.C. from outside of the province are asked to plan ahead and be respectful while visiting communities, especially smaller and rural towns, as well as Indigenous communities – including respecting local travel advisories. For travel manners and guidelines to follow during summer trips and vacations – see travel manners under the Learn More section.

Learn More: 

To view the June 29, Step 3 presentation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/RestartBC_Step3.pdf

 

Changes @ TRANSLINK

Beginning Thursday July 1, masks will move from being mandatory to recommended on Metro Vancouver’s public transit system. This change is due to Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, which removes the requirement for masks in indoor settings across the province.

Customers are encouraged to continue wearing masks on transit as a precautionary measure to protect themselves, fellow customers, and our employees 

TransLink will continue to follow the guidance of experts and senior levels of government. We are working closely with our provincial health officials, Transport Canada, and WorkSafeBC to ensure we are meeting all safety and regulatory requirements.

 

The City of White Rock Introduces Council Report Cards

The Corporate Administration Office and Information Technology will be launching a City Council Voting Records digital dashboard. The data that powers the dashboard is already available in raw format on the City’s Open Data Catalogue , where it can be downloaded in Excel format for further dissemination.

Several jurisdictions around the province have implemented council voting dashboards, and now the City is proud to introduce its very own visually rich Council Voting dashboard .

At the beginning of 2021, the City began using an electronic council agenda management system that enabled the City to digitally capture individual Council member vote records. 

Along with the Water Quality and Request for Service dashboards, this is another step in the city’s commitment to open government and transparency. These highly interactive and versatile dashboards were built using the Microsoft PowerBI platform.

Dashboards are designed for quick analysis and informational awareness, with a focus on presenting operational and analytical data. Data dashboards surface the necessary data to understand, monitor and improve a business through visual representations.

Link: Council Voting Records

 

Watered Down

One hour of lawn watering uses as much water as 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads combined? Your lawn only needs approximately one hour of watering per week to stay healthy. 

Stage 1 watering restrictions are in place from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Find your watering days at http://ow.ly/TnlB50FktUU

 

June 19, 2021

Don't Be Crabby

A B.C. man has been fined $7,500 and slapped with a five-year fishing ban after officials found 89 crabs in his boat at White Rock's Elgin Park Marina in 2018.

The possession limit for recreational crabbers is four.

Laird Goddyn was found guilty of Fisheries Act violations in provincial court in Surrey last month and barred from holding tidal and non-tidal fishing licences.

The judge also ordered his seized boat returned on the condition he pay $4,638.48 in storage fees.

The investigation began with a tip from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife after it opened an illegal crabbing and sales investigation into Goddyn's activities in April 2018.

 

National Indigenous Day

The City of White Rock and the Semiahmoo First Nation continue to build trust and forge a strong relationship, acknowledging their progress as they approach June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day.

White Rock is recognized as being located on the traditional unceded territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation and the broader territory of the Coast Salish people.

Grieving for Losses

The City of White Rock grieves with the Semiahmoo First Nation, and Indigenous people across Canada, for the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops residential school.  

City of White Rock flags have been flown at half-mast since May 31.

New Agreements

The City and the Nation meet regularly as Councils to discuss matters affecting both governments and items of mutual interest. As part of their ongoing dialogue on a variety of matters, the City and the Nation have steadily moved toward the completion of servicing agreements.

Earlier this year, the City and Nation signed three utility service agreements, two for water supply and one for sewer services.

About National Indigenous Peoples Day

Held annually on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and honour the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

In co-operation with Indigenous communities, the Government of Canada selected June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day, in 1996. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. 

Canada Day 2021

The City of White Rock encourages people to wear orange this Canada Day to grieve along with First Nations people across Canada. Watch White Rock’s Canada Day event, including messages from Mayor Walker and Chief Chappell, on July 1 by visiting whiterockcity.ca/canadaday  or the City’s Facebook page. 

Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell

“We continue to mourn and struggle to move forward as a people. Truth continues to be revealed. We strive for healing for our people and reconciliation with the nation of Canada. 

Our nation knows and witnesses the work of healing and reconciliation are long processes that require understanding, empathy, education, and perseverance to resolve. Locally, we continue to work with our friends and neighbours in the City of White Rock to see these things come to pass.”  

White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker

Our hearts are broken, and we are angry in White Rock as a result of the injustices carried out on Indigenous peoples, including the Semiahmoo First Nation, through colonization, including at residential schools.

The City of White Rock is committed to continuing to create a strong, trusting relationship with our friends and neighbours, the Semiahmoo First Nation. We know that much work is to be done. The City and its Council are committed to making that happen.” 

 

June 17, 2021

Marine Drive Patio Update

The Marine Drive one way one lane road closure will face it's first true test this weekend. The weather forecast is for all sunshine right through to next week.

West Beach Patios Now Open

Charlie Don't Surf

Uli's

Le Sasquatch

 

EAST BEACH PATIOS

Zappoteca

 

ROAD CLOSURE DETOUR MAP

The green arrows on Marine Drive indicate all traffic along the waterfront will travel in an eastern direction. The red arrows indicate alternate routes for westbound traffic detouring off of Marine Drive.

Victoria avenue bicycle route

Columbia Avenue for vehicle traffic

NOTE: TRAFFIC ON COLUMBIA AND VICTORIA HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 30 KMH

 

The City of White Rock is developing a Citywide Parking Strategy to improve parking management across the city. As part of the public consultation, we are asking residents complete this survey to help us to understand the issues, possibilities, and priorities you believe are important for parking in White Rock.

Your input will help direct the City toward parking management priorities that will form the basis of the Citywide Parking Strategy for White Rock.

(take the survey)

 

 

 

June 15, 2021

Snowbirds Cancelled

The scheduled July 18 appearance of the Canadian precision flying team THE SNOWBIRDS over White Rock has been cancelled.

Due to the current pandemic and the fear of large crowds the visit has been decided this year's performances should be cancelled. Organizers are hopeful an appearance will happen next year summer of 2022.

 

White Rock West Beach Access Confirmed

WHITE ROCK UPDATE: Bay Street Boat Ramp - The Bay Street Boat Ramp on the West Side of White Rock is scheduled to be finished this August 2021. The design will run from west to east with a gentle slope that will be wide enough for paddle board launches as well as meeting the standards for those with mobility issues.

 

 

BIG FOOD BUCKET LIST host John Tucci visits the AFGHAN RESTAURANT that’s attracting customers from all over the Lower Mainland, and it is right here in our backyard.

HAASIB SARWART and his mother ZORA cook up a storm in their Grandview Restaurant.

Haven't eaten there yet? Watch the episode and you will be dialing for a reservation.

(watch the episode here)

 

June 14, 2021

Simply The Best

South Surrey and White Rock residents responded in kind to COLDWELL BANKER Realty's request to participate in a giant "Diaper Drop" in their parking lot Saturday.

By the end of the day a mountain of diapers were delivered and donations were adding up. The cause will aid the great work SOURCES does in our community.

BRAVO to everyone involved.

 

Surrey to reopen locked Crescent Rock Beach staircases 


On April 8, 2020, the City of Surrey closed the three staircases, Christopherson Steps, 1001 Steps and 13 Ave. Lookout (Olympic Trail) that access the nude-friendly shores of Crescent Rock Beach.  This measure was taken at that time to minimize the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission on the narrow bluff staircases. 

With the Coldicutt Trail in White Rock being damaged by landslides in Jan. 2020 and now closed permanently, this meant that the only access to the 6.5 km. of clothing-optional beach was by walking along the shoreline from either White Rock or Crescent Beach, or coming in by watercraft for the past 14 months.

SUN has been in frequent contact and dialogue with the City of Surrey Parks Dept. about their reopening plans.  On Friday afternoon we received the good news from Neil Aven, Manager of Parks, that all three of these locked staircases would be open to the public again starting on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (see email below).

Please note that these staircases are only open from dawn to dusk and will be locked by Securiguard contractors at approximately 9:30 p.m. this time of year.  SUN welcomes back naturists, nudists and those with swimsuits for sun bathing and skinny-dipping, asking everyone to not trespass on the BNSF Railway tracks.

June 12, 2021

Help locate missing female- Dooris Raad

 

Surrey RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing 27-year old female last seen around Ocean Park.

Dooris Raad was reported missing on June 7, 2021. She was last seen On June 2, 2021 in the area of 128 Street and 16 Avenue.  Police and family are concerned for Dooris Raad’s well-being due to the length of time she has been out of contact. 

Dooris Raad is described as a tan female, 5’2, 110lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jogging suit. She may be wearing a dark blue Lululemon windbreaker jacket.

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

 

Trapped vehicle punctuates neighborhood concerns for safety

Surrey RCMP is reminding the public to follow current bylaws related to the use of parks and outdoor spaces in Surrey.

Crescent Beach in particular, has been an area of concern. Residents have raised several concerns regarding fires on the beach, and unsafe driving through the neighborhood. Surrey RCMP also responded to noise complaints stemming from late-night beach parties.

In response to the uptick in calls for service to the Crescent Beach area, Surrey RCMP has increased patrols. On June 3, 2021, Surrey RCMP frontline officers and Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit conducted targeted traffic enforcement that resulted in approximately 300 vehicle checks and 20 violation tickets were issued for a variety of motor vehicle act offences, and two people were arrested for weapons offences.

The public is also reminded that the Blackie Spit parking lot closes and will be locked after 10:00 pm. Last week, a car became lodged between boulders after the driver attempted to retrieve his vehicle after hours by driving through the pedestrian walkway.

Under current city bylaws, campfires are not allowed on Crescent Beach, individuals lighting fires may be subject to a $200 fine.

Crescent Beach is a one of Surrey’s most popular attractions, says Constable Sarbjit K. Sangha, Media Relations Officer for Surrey RCMP. We want to ensure that individuals enjoy their time at the beach, but also ask everyone to respect area residents through abiding by current bylaws, and traffic regulations.

Pro-active patrols by Surrey RCMP in the Crescent Beach area will be on going throughout the summer.

 

City of White Rock’s 2020 Annual Report meeting on June 28  

The City of White Rock’s 2020 Annual Report is now available for public review on the City’s website or in print in the community.  

The report includes a summary of 2020 milestones, a progress report on the revised 2021-2022 Council Strategic Priorities, financial reporting, and statements from the City’s Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer. It can be found at whiterockcity.ca/annualreport.

In line with B.C.’s Community Charter, municipalities must produce an annual report that states their goals and objectives for the coming year and demonstrates what progress has been made toward the previous year's goals and objectives.

A copy of the City of White Rock’s 2020 Annual Report can also be viewed at the White Rock Library or the White Rock Museum and Archives.

The City invites comments or questions about the Annual Report by phone-in during the meeting or in writing. The Annual Report public meeting takes place during the Regular Council Meeting on 
June 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. The link and agenda will be posted on this web page.

Participation details can be found at whiterockcity.ca/annualreport 


June 11, 2021

Love Where You Live

 Summer is coming to Surrey, and so are new Street Banners! These colourful new designs are an upbeat way to celebrate Surrey’s outdoor public spaces this summer, as each colourful design represents themes from each community.

“Each year, the City of Surrey Banner Program installs over 1600 street banners on street poles across the City,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Look above your head for new Town Centre street banners designs in Newton, Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford and Semiahmoo. In combination with this year’s Love Where You Live clean-up events, these banners are a way to beautify City streets, while also celebrating local artwork.”

The Town Centre banner program commissions local artist to create unique designs that can be found in the vicinity of significant arts and culture facilities.  This year’s design was created by Surrey artist Nicoletta Baumeister, entitledSeed/Flower/Fruit/Vegetable. Baumeister's design is built on a geometric framework of overlapping circles referred to as the “Seed of Life”. The structure of all fruits and vegetables, including their seeds and flowers, are to be found in this design. Moreover, the overlapping elements represent commonality and communication: the building blocks of trust.  

Banner designs are updated every two years, and previous year’s banners are up-cycled or recycled.  Schools and non-profits can request old banners from the City of Surrey for use in non-profit activities by contactingneighbourhoodteam@surrey.ca. Community groups interested in sponsoring their own local banners can also reach out to the City of Surrey for more information on how to get involved in the Community Banner program.   

To learn more about Surrey’s beautification and enhancement programs and the Love Where You Live campaign, visit surrey.ca

 

Looking to spend some time at the beach this summer? Paddle board rentals are now available at the waterfront throughout the summer.

Sea Gods Paddleboards

 

June 10, 2021

Whale Off Starboard Bow

Residents on the hillside in White Rock, as well as boaters, kayakers and paddle boarders have been lucky to see migrating grey whales moving through Semiahmoo Bay over the past week. If you are near the waterfront today watch closely for their water spouts.

 

June 09, 2021

White Rock RCMP Release May Enforcements

There were 197 Traffic Enforcement Contacts on Marine Drive during the month of May

North Bluff saw 62 police responses.

As a resident of White Rock, I oppose the Summer Marine Drive Westbound Lane Closure decided by City Council on May 10, 2021:

• There was no consultation with the residents of White Rock, namely those living on Victoria and Columbia Avenue and Maple Street. They will be directly and negatively impacted by a significant increase in traffic (250+ vehicles/hour during peak).

• Increased vehicular traffic on Victoria Avenue and Maple Street is a serious safety concern; inadequate sidewalks for pedestrians and emergency service vehicles (Fire and Police) will be impeded with slower response times. Ash Street is a major pedestrian walking pathway with no sidewalks leading to the stairs at East Beach. “The Marine Drive lane closures are not recommended due to potential safety concerns described, impacts on residents, reduction in available parking spaces for visitors, logistical challenges for loading restaurant supplies and unbudgeted costs”. (See report by Jim Gordon, White Rock Director of Engineering, to Mayor and City Council dated April 26, 2021).

• Rushed notice. White Rock residents were notified by letter dated June 1st, 2021 (received June 3rd) to prepare for detour starting on June 7th, 2021.

• Clogged arteries will divert traffic to laneways and smaller streets (Victoria and Marine Lane, Balsam, Finlay, Fir and Ash Street and Johnston Road) and will equate to increased climate change implications.

• For the restaurants of Marine Drive, indoor and outdoor dining is now allowed with capacity limits based on physical distancing requirements and other rules in British Columbia negating the need for the Marine Drive Westbound Lane Closure. I support these restaurants with my patronage.

• Canadian Federal Government have already provided financial relief to White Rock restaurants through CERB and low interest rates.

The solution is to maintain the existing two-way traffic on Marine Drive. By signing this petition, you support this measure. Please feel free to sign and return the petition to me at k.sean.graham@gmail.com or private message me for further details.

( or simply print off a copy of this petition, have your neighbours sign it and forward to - whiterockcouncil@whiterockcity.ca

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June 08, 2021

Property Taxes are due by July 2,2021. Effective 2021, homeowners no longer apply for the home owner grant through the City.

Everyone now applies directly to the Province of BC using their new online system.

Apply at gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant or call 1-888-355-2700 to speak with an agent.

 

First Out Of The Gate

ULI'S a popular eatery on White Rock's West Beach area has now completed construction of their "on road" patio.

If the city is able to inspect the patio by this weekend to assure the renovations meet the city's safety guidelines TYSON BLUME owner of ULI'S is hopeful he will be able to serve food and drinks on the newly expanded patio this weekend.

On East Beach construction of a patio for ZAPPOTECA proceeded in earnest last evening. The city is ever hopeful the other 18 patios that committed to the trial program will soon begun construction on their patios.

The trial program will only run until the Canada Day weekend when it will be reviewed by the city of White Rock. If the Province of BC returns dine in capacity to normal after the Canada Day long weekend, White Rock council in a vote of 5-2 have indicated the road closure and patios will be removed.

 

June 07, 2021

It's Done - Marine Drive Is Now One Way

Marine Drive East Beach looking west

Work crews were finishing up the installation of traffic barriers early this morning along Marine Drive. White Rock council in a vote 6-1 approved the move at the urging of the head of the White Rock BIA and a waitress/rep from PRIMO'S Mexican restaurant on west beach.

Marine drive West Beach looking east

Initially 20 restaurants indicated they wished to participate in the program of offering them extra patio space by closing the north lane of Marine Drive along the popular dining strip. Late last week the city learned only a few restaurants will be ready to go this week as they wrestle with the safety guidelines the city issued to the restaurant owners last week.

Officials will be watching the situation closely this week. Last Monday (May 31) y at the regular council meeting the initial closure which was scheduled to run through to after the labour day weekend in September, council changed their minds and have now only agreed to the closure until the Province opens up indoor dining back to the regular capacity which may be as soon as Canada Day (July 01)

A resident living on East Beach drove the newly created chicane this morning. His concerns about being able to park in the lot next to Bernard Charles Memorial Park will be solved once the work is finished and the cones removed.

(click here to go for a ride with SCOUSE DAVE)

 

What Is STEP 3?

STEP 3 Reopening - Review due July 01, 2021

Step 3: Earliest start date July 1

The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

The earliest date we move to Step 3 is July 1.

  • No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining

  • Liquor service restrictions lifted

  • Bingo halls, casinos and nightclubs can operate with a limited capacity

Businesses must operate based on a new sector COVID-19 Safety Plan.

 

White Rock Weeps

Children of White Rock elementary on Johnston Road have joined the legion of Canadians who were shocked, horrified and dismayed with last week's news a grave with 215 bodies of children has been discovered at the now decommissioned residential school in Kamloops.

The makeshift memorial is located rather ironically at the base of the rotting totem pole which is located on the west side of the school's playground along Johnston road. The city of White Rock and the Surrey school board have been well aware of the sad state the totem pole is in, yet nothing has been done.

Christy Fox photo

A pop up memorial also appeared on a beach on Canada's Longest Pier in White Rock.

 

White Rock Elementary Seismic Upgrades Completed

The province of British Columbia has now completed seismic upgrades for White Rock elementary. These investments in student safety are part of the Province’s work to accelerate the Seismic Mitigation Program and provide seismically safe schools for every B.C. student as quickly as possible.

Since September 2017, the Province has announced more than $1.1 billion for seismic upgrades or replacements at 56 B.C. schools. This gives more than 30,000 students a safer place to learn, with more to come.

“Each school that receives these improvements means hundreds of young lives will be protected in the event of an earthquake,” said Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers. “The people in our community deserve this level of protection for their children, and that’s why our government is moving so quickly to better protect students and staff during a seismic event.”

In Surrey, nearly $450 million has been invested in 26 major projects over the past four years. This includes new and expanded schools, seismic upgrades and land purchases for future schools that will support students now and for years to come.

(click here for full details and illustrations)

 

June 05, 2021

Come Monday 

Temporary Marine Drive lane closure to expand patio space begins June 7

The City of White Rock will temporarily close one lane of Marine Drive starting June 7, extending patio space to help Waterfront restaurants impacted by the pandemic.

City Council made the decision (not unanimous COUNCILLOR CHESENY was the lone vote of opposition) at a May 10 Council meeting, adding at a May 31 Council meeting that the temporary closure will stay in place until the Provincial Health Officer allows restaurants to operate at 100-per-cent indoor seating capacity. The original end date was Sept. 30.

Marine Drive will open for eastbound travel only from Vidal Street to Maple Street. The residential area known as “the hump” will have two lanes open for eastbound travel for residents to access their street parking.

Details of the temporary lane closure include:

  • The City has developed a traffic management plan that protects parking for residents on Marine Drive while operating as safely as possible during the temporary lane closure.

  • The City has also worked with White Rock Fire Rescue and the White Rock RCMP to confirm its safety plan during the temporary lane closure.

  • TransLink buses that travel on Marine Drive will be rerouted.

  • Garbage collection and deliveries for business have been planned by the White Rock BIA and approved by the City.

  • The City is encouraging motorists to take alternative ways to get the White Rock’s beach. More details will be available at whiterockcity.ca/marinedrlaneclosure .

  • Visitors to Marine Drive are encouraged to park at the West Beach Parkade at Vidal Street and Victoria Avenue to avoid congestion on Marine Drive.

Helpful Links

May 31 City Council meeting 

May 10 City Council meeting 

whiterockcity.ca/marinedrlaneclosure 

translink.ca  

Quotes

 

(read the full city report and patio guidelines that restaurant operators will have to comply with)

(click here)

 

Serious Motor Vehicle Collision -3900 Block of 152 Street

 

Surrey RCMP spent a number of hours yesterday afternoon on the scene at a serious motor vehicle collision in the South Surrey Area. 

On June 4th at approximately 3:41 pm,  Surrey RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision in the 3900 block of 152 Street.

Initial indications are that there are serious potentially life threatening injuries involved in this collision. 

Traffic in the area was affected for an undetermined time as officers continued their investigation. 

152 Street was shut down with north bound traffic being diverted at 36 Avenue. 

The investigation into the collision is in its early stages. Investigators are seeking witnesses who observed the collision, or who observed the vehicle prior to the collision, to contact the Surrey RCMP. Investigators are also seeking any available dash-cam video.

 

 

June 04, 2021

 

June 02, 2021 

White Rock RCMP Clampdown

The White Rock RCMP at the request of White Rock council have stepped up patrols along the waterfront this summer.

This past weekend the RCMP handed out 43 tickets for walking on the train trucks, open consumption of alcohol and smoking cannabis on the Promenade.

 

 

June 02, 2021

TRANSLINK - Annual fare change in effect July 1 

 

TransLink is reminding customers that on July 1, fares will see increases ranging from 5 cents for a single-use ticket to $4.05 for a three-zone monthly pass. All Metro Vancouver transit fares will increase by 2.3% to allow TransLink to keep up with inflation and maintain the current transit system as we work toward achieving long-term financial sustainability. 

  • Single-use adult and concession fare increase will range from $0.05 to $0.20.

  • DayPass fare increase will range from $0.20 to $0.25.

  • Fares for 1, 2 and 3 Zone monthly pass fare increase will range from $2.25 to $4.05.

As always, customers can save more by using Compass Card Stored Value. Even with these increases, Metro Vancouver continues to have the lowest average multi-mode adult cash fares of all major Canadian cities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TransLink cancelled the 2020 annual fare change. The 2021 fare change is less than originally planned thanks to support from the BC Safe Restart Agreement. We recognize transit is an essential service for thousands of people in our region and should remain affordable as the local economy recovers.

 

June 01, 2021 

White Rock is deeply saddened by the loss of the 215 children taken at the former Kamloops residential school. 

The City will be joining many other communities across Canada in flying city flags at half-mast for 215 hours to honour the children’s memory.

 

May 28, 2021

Fact or Fiction?

An article in Blaine's official newspaper this week hints the U.S. border will open on June 22.

While there has been no official word, two highly placed sources in the Blaine port of entry have told local immigration attorney Len Saunders on May 25 that the U.S. intends to unilaterally open the land border without restrictions between the U.S. and Canada on June 22.

(read the full story)

 

TransLink report details ridership trends during the COVID-19 pandemic

Data from the 2020 Transit Service Performance Review shows public transit vital despite pandemic challenges

 The 2020 Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR) shows that transit remained?a vital?service for?tens of thousands of people during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the challenges posed by?COVID-19 and public health restrictions. TransLink continued?delivering?more than 620,000 boardings every weekday. Even at the lowest point?of the pandemic,?approximately?75,000 people still relied on?transit?every day,?including many essential workers.

TransLink secured one of the highest ridership retention rates among the 10 busiest systems in Canada and the United States. TransLink retained 48 per cent of its ridership in 2020, second only to Los Angeles. TransLink is fourth in per capita ridership and sixth in total number of boardings. These rankings mainly remained unchanged from 2019 as a similar drop in ridership was experienced across North America.

2020 Ridership Trend Highlights

  • Most of our bus ridership (85%) continued to be carried on routes that provide frequent service throughout the day and during peak periods. Eight of the top 10 busiest bus routes in 2019 were still among the top 10 routes by boardings. 

  • Commuter services to Downtown Vancouver and routes that exclusively serve university/college campuses saw significantly lower ridership recovery?The West Coast Express recovered to 17% of 2019 ridership. Bus routes that exclusively serve campus-bound customers recovered to 20% of 2019 volumes.

  • The Southeast sub-region (Surrey, Langley, North Delta, and White Rock) saw the highest return of bus ridership, with volumes at 55% of 2019 levels – higher than the bus network average of 44%.

 

 

 

 

May 27, 2021

Firearms, drugs and cash seized - Grandview Corners District

Drug Unit during the execution of a search warrant at a South Surrey residence last week. 

On May 19, 2021, the Surrey RCMP Drug Unit executed a search warrant on a residence located in the 16200 block of 28th Avenue. Four persons were located inside the residence, arrested and later released pending further investigation.

Items seized during the search included: 
• $16,140
• 223 grams of fentanyl
• 1.7 kg of caffeine
• 20 gauge Ranger Silah semi-automatic shotgun with loaded double magazine
• M4 .223 Carbine assault rifle with loaded magazine
• SKS 7.62 mm assault rifle with loaded magazine
• 45 caliber Colt pistol one
• 9 mm Caspian Arms pistol
• 32 caliber Lama pistol with loaded magazine

Surrey RCMP is strategically targeting the people who put our community at risk by engaging in the drug trade and the violence that accompanies it says Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer Corporal Vanessa Munn. Through targeting those individuals we continue to take illicit drugs and illegal firearms off the streets.

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

 

Surrey RCMP on scene for gas leak in South Surrey - Breakaway Bay RV Park

 

Surrey RCMP are advising the public of a suspected gas leak in South Surrey and request people avoid the area.

At 11:43 hours, Surrey RCMP received a request from Surrey Fire Service to assist with the report of a gas leak in the 1800 block of 160 Street. Evacuations of surrounding buildings are underway and traffic has been shut down at 19 Avenue and 160 Street.

Surrey RCMP, Surrey Fire Service and Fortis BC are all on scene assessing the situation.

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

 

The flagpole at the White Rock Pier is currently under repair and its removal is only temporary. The flag pole will be reinstalled once repaired and the flag will fly again as soon as possible.

 

May 26, 2021

What Goes Up - Must Come Down

The driver of a late model pickup truck lost control yesterday afternoon while traveling North on Oxford hill. The driver of the vehicle found the road slippery and tried to back down Oxford hill. There were no injuries, damage to the house and vehicle have not yet been determined.

White Rock RCMP upon responding to the accident scene determined the roadway was slippery due to yesterday's rain after a long dry period with oil leaching to the surface of the road. The accident occurred at tithe intersection of Oxford and Prospect avenue. 

 

May 22, 2021

Marine Drive Closure - Tentative Start Date

The guidelines for Marine Drive restaurants expansion of patio dining has now been released. The controversial move will proceed tentatively scheduled to begin MONDAY JUNE 07, 2021

(read the full report from the White Rock BIA here)

How long will the lane closure last?

What if indoor restaurant dining returns this summer? 

The temporary lane closure will begin as soon as all the logistics, including traffic and safety plans, are in place and will continue into September 2021. Whether or not indoor dining is permitted by the Provincial Health Officer this summer, restaurants will likely still be at a decreased seating capacity and will rely on outdoor dining customers to help their businesses to survive. 

Helpful Links

Video of May 10 City Council meeting

Agenda for May 10 Council meeting

 

STAY LOCAL!

Despite the Provincial COVID warning to stay home, stay local and avoid non-essential travel a recent poll shows nearly half of B.C. residents skirting travel ban.

This is especially troubling for summer destinations like the beeches in White Rock & Crescent Beach.

 

Happy Anniversary

Members of the White Rock Rotary Club were on hand at the take away lunch building located next to the White Rock Playhouse yesterday to celebrate the first anniversary of the free lunch time food program. The occasion was marked with a special treat of cupcakes supplied by the local SAVE ON store.

Over the past year the Rotary Club has distributed over 13,000 free lunches to those less fortunate that us in our community. BRAVO,

 

Gun Shots On Waterfront

White Rock RCMP were on hand last evening at Canada's Longest Pier to monitor the film production company who were filming on our famous pier. Signs were erected to inform everyone the gunshots were only part of the filming and had no connection to the recent ongoing gang war in the Lower Mainland.

 

IHIT called in after human remains found in Surrey

 

Surrey RCMP has one man in custody after human remains were found roadside on 48 Avenue.

Yesterday (May 21, 2021) at approximately 4:22 a.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a fire in a ditch on 48 Avenue near 168 Street. When the fire was extinguished by Surrey Fire Service, officers located human remains. At approximately, 5:00 a.m. one man was arrested for murder at a residence in Newton and has been taken into custody by Surrey RCMP.

This does not appear to be a random act. The investigation is still in its early stages, however this incident is not believed to have any connection to gang activity. 

The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP. 

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase, no further information will be provided at this time. Further details will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer early next week. 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation can 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 by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

May 20, 2021

Be Prepared Before You Go Out On The Water

Earlier this week the Crescent Beach Volunteer Coastguard swung into action.

At approximately 10:50am on May 17th RCMSAR Crescent Beach received a Mayday call to assist 2 persons clinging to their capsized aluminum skiff. Initial reports had the individuals in the Nicomekl River however, it was quickly determined they were in Semiahmoo Bay somewhere between Kwomais Point and the outer most marker of the channel.

Wind was estimated to be 15-20 knots creating 3 foot choppy seas. Conditions were not ideal for a small vessel to be out on the water.

The crew of 4 departed Crescent Beach Marina on their fast response vessel Protector.

Within 35 minutes of receiving the initial Mayday call, the crew located the distressed boaters clinging onto the haul of their overturned vessel.

Both individuals were taken on board Protector and immediately taken to Crescent Beach Marina for further evaluation. Although wet and cold, no other injuries were reported.

Once the individuals were stable and were met by family members, the crew headed back out to retrieve the overturned vessel and the persons belongings. The vessel and their belongings were returned to the owners 2 hours later.

With the boating season underway and the warmer temperatures ahead of us, this is a good time to remind the boating public to be aware of the conditions, marine weather as well as having the appropriate safety gear on board. This includes: PFDs for each person on board, bailing device, visual signaling device such as a flare, mirror or flashlight as well as a sound signalling device such as a whistle, horn or radio.

 

Drug stash found in rectum - Bringing Rocks To The Rock!

A drug-filled dialer-bag pulled from the rectum of a drug trafficker provides Surrey RCMP with an opportunity to educate would-be gang associates of the reality of the gang lifestyle.

On May 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm, officers from the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit conducted a traffic stop with a rental vehicle in the area of 15200-block of 16 Avenue, to investigate an offence under the BC Motor Vehicle Act. During their interaction with the driver, officers observed evidence consistent with drug trafficking. The male driver and his passenger were arrested for possession for the purposes of trafficking.

Further investigation led officers to locate multiple cell phones. Both men were transported to police cells and during a search of the suspects, a large dialer bag full of suspected crack cocaine and powder cocaine was located protruding from the rectum of the vehicle’s passenger. When the bag was removed police located 18 rocks of suspected crack cocaine with a total weight of 9.05 grams and 26 spitballs of suspected powder cocaine with total weight of 14.05 grams.

 

The two men were released from custody pending further investigation, which includes lab analysis of the suspected drugs, charges are pending.

There are gang members on social media trying to sell the idea that gang life is a life of wealth, luxury and prestige, says Constable Sarbjit Sangha, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer. The reality is that gang members live in constant fear of getting robbed or murdered by other gang members, or getting arrested by police. This is the reason why they risk their lives by sticking bags of deadly drugs into their rectums.

Surrey RCMP is committed to shattering the image associated to the gang life-style, by educating youth about the dangerous realities of the gang life style. More information on Surrey RCMP’s anti-gang presentations visit our website.

If you have information about drug trafficking in our community contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

May 19, 2021

Teens guilty of second-degree murder in stabbing death of White Rock Resident

For the past two years as people have driven out of the local McDonald's parking, lot residents of the Semiahmoo peninsula have driven by the pop up tribute to DELPHIN PAUL PRESTBAKMO . The makeshift memorial was a stark reminder of where PRESTBAKMO was beaten to death by two local youths.

On August 16, 2019 in the small hours of the morning two teenage boys aged 15 and 16 at the time savagely attacked PRESTBAKMO. The names of the youths cannot be released as they were minors at the time of the attack.

Prestbakmo's family have previously described his killing as "senseless," saying that he was a well-loved and respected member of his community.

He was found lying in the parking lot by a passerby. He was so severely injured, he died before RCMP made it to the scene — even with a detachment across the street.

A date for sentencing will be set in early June.

 

How To Watch The Snowbirds

CORRY KRITICOS photo

The city of White Rock is still actively planning on hosting a visit from the Canadian Forces aerial flight team THE SNOWBIRDS on July 18.

The Snowbirds are currently in Comox for their annual Spring training sessions before they commence their summer tour schedule. A spokesperson for the flight team had this message for Comox residents that have been gathering in large crowds near the Comox airport.

The team’s Public Affairs Officer, Captain Gabriel Ferris says it has received word from 19 Wing Comox that valley residents are gathering in public places and are not following public health guidelines to watch the team train.

“People need to respect the regulations and need to follow them and make sure that they don’t gather. I know it’s sad and I know everyone wants to watch but it’s a weird year this year and people need to limit gathering like that.”

He says the team appreciates the support, people just need to do it safely.

 

May 18, 2021

More names and photos of gangsters released by anti-gang police 

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said the 11 people on its list pose a risk to anyone near them throughout Metro Vancouver.

Vancouver Police took the unusual step Monday of releasing the names and photos of six gangsters they say are putting the public at risk because of their involvement in the current gang conflict.

The new list includes Brothers Keepers gangsters, a Hells Angel, two closely aligned with slain drug trafficker Anees Mohammed, a United Nations gangster, and several independent drug traffickers.

Included are Barinder Dhaliwal, 37, his brother Meninder, 27, and Damion Ryan, 40, who were all included on Vancouver’s list on Monday. As well, CFSEU named Shakiel Basra, 26, Albert Dario, 26, Samroop Gill, 28, Sumdish Gill, 27, Amarpreet Samra, 26, Ravinder Samra, 24, Joseph Whitlock, 28, and Min Zin, 21.

Don't kid yourself that gangs do not have a presence on the Semiahmoo Peninsula. They are here!

 

White Rock drivers: Slow down and pay attention in Cone Zones 

Over the last 10 years in B.C., 12 roadside workers died and 207 were injured 


The BC Cone Zone campaign, now in its 11th year, sets out to remind drivers, employers, and workers to do their part to prevent injuries and deaths of roadside workers in White Rock .

Roadside work is a dangerous job. Between 2011 and 2020, 12 roadside workers were killed and 207 were injured in B.C. Last year, 23 workers were injured because of being hit by a motor vehicle. 

The risks to roadside workers are more prevalent in the summer months as roadside work increases at this time of year and traffic levels typically rise.

The province-wide campaign reminds White Rock drivers to slow down when approaching a Cone Zone and to pay attention to instructions from traffic control persons, temporary road signs, and traffic control devices. 

In addition, under the “Slow Down, Move Over” law, drivers should be prepared to reduce speed and if safe to do so, move over to an open lane when approaching a vehicle with flashing amber, red, or blue lights (tow, fire, police, ambulance).

 

May 16, 2021

Five Corners - Five Years On

Yesterday marked the 5th anniversary of the fire everyone in White Rock will remember for many years to come. The early morning blaze broke out on the south side of the Ocean Ridge condominium building and quickly engulfed the entire building. The fire destroyed the homes of over 100 residents who were forced to find supportive accommodation while the building was rebuilt.

There was no loss of life in the fire which broke out @ 5 a.m. White rock fire and rescue with the assistance of the Surrey fire and rescue spent nearly 33 hours containing the blaze.

 

Affordable Housing On Semiahmoo Peninsula Coming Down?

  • Harmony is a 91 rental home, 6-storey inclusive building, in South Surrey.

  • Purpose-built rental homes, on average 30% below the current average rent in Surrey.

  • The 91 rental homes will be affordable and inclusive housing for the life of the building.

  • Harmony is for essential workers, seniors, families, people with disabilities, students and other people who are being priced out of South Surrey.

(click here more more information)

 

May 13, 2021

MARINE DRIVE One Lane/One Way

Official Press Release

White Rock to close one lane of Marine Drive to extend restaurant patio space

The City of White Rock will close one lane of Marine Drive this season to extend patio space for restaurants, which are financially struggling during the pandemic.

City Council made the decision at a May 10 Council meeting. The Council motion is to “direct staff to close the north lane of Marine Drive, as presented by the Director of Engineering and Municipal Operations this evening, until September 2021; This is to be done in consultation with the Business Improvement Association (BIA) and in order to help mitigate risk the emergency services (Fire and RCMP),  in order to help support businesses along Marine Drive.

The closure will take place after a City team that includes engineering, roads and emergency services confirms a plan with input from the White Rock BIA, representing restaurants, for a safe, effective closure.

The closure is likely to mean that eastbound travel will be permitted on Marine Drive. The date and details still need to be confirmed and communicated by the City. The safety of diners and pedestrians, and access to parking for Marine Drive residents, are top priorities.

Helpful Links

Video of May 10 City Council meeting

 

May 10, 2021

Happy To See You - Not Happy To Hear You

Since the beginning of time Marine Drive along the White Rock waterfront has been the #1 destination for hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles to "cruise the strip."

Residents along the waterfront and uptown White Rock along Johnston Road have complained for decades about the ear shattering sound of the exhausts of some of the irresponsible drivers.

The problem may be coming to an end. Over the weekend White Rock RCMP positioned themselves along "the hump area" of Marine Drive to pull over obvious offenders of operating vehicles with loud pipes.

The word will get out. The RCMP will also be paying special attention to speeders along Johnston Road where the speed limit was recently reduced to 30kmh from 5 Corners to North Bluff road.

May 06, 2021

Snowbirds In White Rock?

The Canadian Snowbirds made a pit stop in Kamloops Tuesday on their way to Comox to begin their annual summer training schedule. The stop came almost one year following the tragic crash of a Snowbird plane that killed Snowbirds public affairs officer Capt. Jennifer Casey and injured pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall.

The SNOWBIRDS summer schedule has White Rock listed as a performance stop for July 18, with a show also scheduled over Boundary Bay on July 17.

The visit will be subject to COVID regulations as White Rock wrestles with how to limit the number of visitors that would arrive to the waterfront.

Stay tuned.

 

White Rock welcomes local visitors, encourages others to enjoy being close to home 

The City of White Rock is welcoming visitors from White Rock and South Surrey, encouraging others to stay close to home in line with the current Provincial travel restrictions.

Restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C. are in place until May 25 to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. 

The Province has said not to take long trips within individual regions, specifically:

  • Now is not the time for overnight vacations away from your community.

  • Stay close to home.

  • Visit your local beach, hiking trail or park

    The City encourages visitors who are outdoors in busy places—like the Waterfront Promenade, the White Rock Pier, Marine Drive and Johnston Road and North Bluff Road—to wear masks when they can’t stay two metres apart.

May 06, 2021

Affordable Housing In Surrey - Any Takers in White Rock?

Options Community Services is planning its first affordable housing complex at 81st Avenue and King George Boulevard in Surrey.

It will include 100 units with 70% well below market rates and 30% at market rates.

These units will be available for women fleeing violence, refugees, seniors, at-risk youth and others facing barriers to finding safe and accessible housing.

In honour of Options' 50 anniversary, 50 incredible women from the South Fraser community have volunteered their voices in support of the project. Each is raising $25,000 towards a $1.5 million capital campaign goal and they need your support!

Be part of this historic campaign and give the gift of a safe, affordable housing by donating today.

(click here for more information)

 

May 05, 2021

April Was Parkinson Awareness Month

White Rock's MATT GRANT sits down with South Surrey's Liz Booth Holroyd to discuss her journey with Parkinson Disease.

April was PARKINSONS AWARENESS month. BOOTHROYD has been the driving force in White Rock's and South Surrey's annual PARKINSONS Walk which is held annually (when there is no pandemic) in White Rock.

 

City of White Rock is now accepting volunteer applications for the following committees:

Seven (7) Committee members are being appointed for each committee, with appointment terms ending October 31, 2022.

All applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021. Please see link for application here.

For more information on the application process and committees, please visit our City Committee Volunteer Opportunities page.

 

 

May 04, 2021

Engineer wins design award for 2019 repair of White Rock Pier  

Westmar Advisors has won an award of merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of B.C. for its design work in repairing the White Rock Pier in 2019.

On Dec. 20, 2018, a powerful storm swept over B.C.’s Lower Mainland. White Rock was hard-hit, suffering extensive damage to its Waterfront, including the iconic pier. Most of the marina and the vessels in it were destroyed and the pier suffered extensive structural damage along its length, with a 100-metre section completely torn away.

In its award submission, Westmar recognized that the pier is “socially, culturally, and economically important to White Rock” and that the repairs needed to be completed as quickly as possible. 

The pier was repaired, reopened on Aug. 27, 2019 and officially reopened on Sept. 21, 2019.

The ACEC-BC website described Westmar’s work as “an innovative design for the new section of the pier that was strong, economical, quick to install, and had minimal impacts to the sensitive intertidal areas surrounding the pier.”

Cost of Pier Damage
The cost to reconstruct the damaged section of the pier was $4.3 million. The Province of British Columbia gave the City $1 million toward the December 2018 storm damage, which included the Waterfront and the pier.

Preliminary cost estimates for the reconstruction of the remaining sections of the pier are estimated at $11.6 million.

 

Surrey RCMP celebrates 70 years of service to the community 

May 1, 2021 marks the 70th Anniversary of the RCMP’s service in the City of Surrey. Over seven decades the Surrey RCMP has grown from 15 officers serving a population of 35,000 in 1951 from the Cloverdale detachment, to over 1,100 officers and staff working out of seven offices serving a growing and diverse city of over half-a-million people.

We proudly look back on 70 years of service to the community and the many outreach, intervention and investigative initiatives developed here in Surrey. Behind every call for service, file or program are the people – the officers, employees, volunteers, residents, business owners and community partners, who have been instrumental in shaping our detachment.

 

White Rock launches notification app during Emergency Preparedness Week 

During the week of May 2 to 8, National Emergency Preparedness Week, the City of White Rock is launching the use of a new app residents and visitors can use to get important notices in real time.

The City will use “Alertable,” a mass notification system,to send emergency alerts that include fires, floods, severe weather and other hazards.

For information on how to sign up, visit whiterockcity.ca/alertable .

Residents and visitors can also get City information and updates at whiterockcity.ca  and through the City’s social media channels at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Alertable
Alertable is a mass notification system developed by PEASI, a software company based in Calgary. Alertable software is used by communities in Canada for emergencies and day-to-day public notices. PEASI is actively involved in developing industry standards and guidelines for public alerts and notifications in Canada and internationally. These are incorporated into the Alertable software.

About Emergency Preparedness Week
The theme for National Emergency Preparedness Week in 2021 is “Be Ready for Anything.” Prepared BC encourages people to  Know the hazards Gather your supplies  and  Make your plan .

Helpful Links

About Emergency Preparedness Week (getprepared.gc.ca)

April 29, 2021

The City will be hosting Virtual Canada Day by the Bay in 2021 and would like your suggestions and feedback to help us plan the online event. Share your ideas at talkwhiterock.ca/canadaday before Fri. April 30.

 

Open Burning Regulations - Surrey

As we move closer to the summer season, the Surrey Fire Service wants to remind its citizens that seasonally high temperatures and dry weather do result in an increase in the potential for brush fires & nuisance smoke throughout the City Of Surrey.  Between Jan 1, 2021 and April 27, 2021, we have attended 168 brush / grass fires and 210 burning complaints.

Between May 1, 2020 and Oct 1, 2020, the Surrey Fire Service responded to 335 brush/grass fires and 358 burning complaints.

Open burning/backyard fires are not allowed in the City of Surrey. 

Effective on May 1, 2021, open burning of any kind is banned in the city.

Any fire service attendance to an open burning complaint may be subject to cost recovery.

Natural gas, propane or charcoal briquettes are permitted as long as they are being used in ULC/CSA-approved devices for that particular product. Charcoal briquettes are allowed on private property, but are prohibited in city parks and on city beaches.
For detailed information you can visit our website at: https://www.surrey.ca/about-surrey/emergency-services/surrey-fire-service/burning-regulations-and-permits

 

April 28, 2021

I Fought The Law & The Law Won

Fancy car? $60,000+
Dinner at the beach? $50 +
Excessive speeding ticket? $368+
Look on the driver’s face when they realize their car is impounded for 7 days for excessive speed? PRICELESS (well actually somber and sullen)
Marine drive is 30km/h 24/7. Drive safe! And enjoy our awesome “city by the sea”!!

 

April 27, 2021

White Rock Council Rewind

White Rock council had a busy schedule last evening (April 26)

(click here to watch Monday's council meeting)

- NCO KALE PAULS of the White Rock RCMP detachment presented his quarterly report. Highlights of the report included:

- 47% decrease in theft from vehicles

- 234% increase in traffic enforcement

- bike and foot patrols will commence on the waterfront at the end of May

- Council approved the cost of closing the Colidcutt Ravine at the request of BNSF rail and Transport Canada. The popular trail on west beach has been a problem location for years due to the fact those using the trail as an access to the beach, are forced to walk along the tracks to arrive at their beach destination

- council approved the design for the recently approved official recognition of Cosmic Alley

- heights on buildings in the Town Centre will now be capped at 12 stories

- The 6 storey development was brought back to council for reconsideration. The motion passed and the project will now proceed to a Public Hearing.

- council rejected the options and concept of turning Marine Drive into a one way street in order to help restaurant owners create slightly more patio space to support the current patio only dining directive from Victoria. Councillors KRISTJANSON and TREVEYLAN were the only two members of council to support the creation of the one way traffic flow on Marine Drive.

- Staff will bring back a report to council on measures to limit the massive crowds on the waterfront with the arrival of summer like weather.

 

White Rock's Peace Arch Hospital Loses Nurse To Covid

DONNA LAW a 57 year old patient care coordinator has passed due to complication brought about by COVID. LAW had been in hospital since December fighting the deadly disease.

Law is one of 7,278 B.C. health-care workers and 1,219 nurses to become infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 since January 2020, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. Across the country, 84,222 health-care workers have contracted the illness, according to Statistics Canada.

 

NO BEACH FIRES - PERIOD

White Rock Fire Rescue reminds people large fires are not permitted on the beach. Responding to fires on the beach takes resources away from critical matters.

If you detect a fire, or have another emergency, call 911.

noter: If the fire department is called into service as a result of your fire you will receive a hefty fine

 

April 24, 2021

White Rock RCMP - We're Not Kidding!

Police for rail safety education and enforcement. Taking a shortcut across the tracks or being on railway property is illegal, and trespassers can be seriously injured or killed. In 2020 we had 159 on track warnings & 60 on track sessions that resulted in a fine. The rail line is not a trail, please cross only where designated.

 

April 23, 2021

Last One Standing

The city of White Rock has received an application to level the last residential house on the entire of length of White Rock's main drag Johnston Road.

From the 5 Corners district to North Bluff the home has been the subject of major speculation on how it lasted this long. If approved the property will be home to a 4 storey residential//commercial building.

 

Clean Up On Aisle 3

 

 

April 21, 2021

 

 

April 20, 2021

Dead Whale Turns Up In Semiahmoo Bay

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada were called in to tow a dead grey whale into shore to conduct an autopsy. The floating carcass was removed last week and towed to Richmond where an autopsy will be performed to identify cause of death.

 

 

 

 

April 19, 2021

THANKS PROVINCE

Yesterday's PROVINCE newspaper did a great disservice to the White Rock community. Despite DR. BONNIE HENRY a week ago urging British Columbians to STAY IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBOUR HOOOD, The Province took it upon itself to urge readers who were tired of being cooped up, to get out and go visit WHITE ROCK!

White Rock council had already planned a special meeting of council (see below) for this evening to deal with the problem of massive numbers of visitors to our seaside community. The matter will be even more paramount and limiting following such an irresponsible article.

 

April 17, 2021

Living In Style

The former home of ex Canuck and broadcaster RYAN WALTER is now available on AIR B N B. The mansion situated on the banks of the Nicomekl River in Sooth Surrey is perfect if you have a large group visiting, when the restrictions are lifted.

(check out this link for more details and pictures)

Airbnb Mansion Details

  • Location: Surrey, BC – near White Rock and Crescent beaches
  • Sleeps: 5 bedrooms / 16 guests
  • Interior: 5000 sq-ft
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 6

 

Welcome To White Rock

When the Douglas border crossing eventually opens again to northbound travelers entering Canada, one of the first signs they will see is the brand new White Rock exit.

Every little bit will help in our recovery from the COVID shutdowns. 

 

April 16, 2021

Cue The Beatles = It's Our Birthday

“Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? When I'm Sixty-Four.” 

Happy Birthday to White Rock, incorporated as a city on April 15th, 1957. 

“May our faults be written on the seashore, and every good action prove a wave to wash them out.” Cheers to us all, wherever we are!

Tom Saunders

 

April 15, 2021

White Rock RCMP Issue Warning

The loud vehicles continue...and we continue to issue inspection notices. 

Today, hundreds of dollars to buy and install a loud muffler, then hundreds of dollars to buy a new quiet one and have it installed...and have the vehicle inspected.

 

Nearly $17,000 in fines issued by Surrey RCMP CCET In Newton Area

Last week was a busy one for the Surrey RCMP COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team (CCET). Eighteen violation tickets were issued for non-compliance with the public health orders (PHOs), totaling nearly $17,000.

The majority of the fines stemmed from large gatherings taking place contrary to the PHOs. Between April 7 and April 11, 2021, officers attended five separate residences for complaints of large gatherings. One of which was a wedding where over 22 people were in attendance, on April 7, 2021, at a residence in Newton. The host of the gathering was issued a violation tickets for $2300 for hosting a non-compliant event.

Later in the week, on April 10, 2021, officers checked a restaurant in the 9400-block of 120 Street where they found people dining inside the restaurant contrary to the current PHOs. A violation ticket was issued to the restaurant owner. This was the second violation for this establishment, as such; Fraser Health authorities were also notified.

The following day, on April 11, 2021, police responded to a report of a man refusing to wear a mask in a store in the 7300-block of King George Boulevard. Officers attended and spoke with the man in the parking lot where he was uncooperative with police and continued to cause a disturbance. He was issued violation tickets for failing to wear a face covering, failing to comply with direction, and for abusive and belligerent behavior.

Our officers have recently seen the number of people and businesses ignoring public health orders creeping up, says Sergeant Tyler Wickware, of the Surrey RCMP COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team. Especially with sunny weather now here, it can be very inviting to gather with others, so we are reminding everyone that Public Health Orders are still in effect limiting gatherings, even outdoors.

Residents wishing to report violations of the COVID-19 public health orders should contact the City of Surrey Bylaw call centre at 604-591-4370 or the Surrey RCMP non-emergency line at 604-599-0502. 
  

April 14, 2021

White Rock City Hall remains open, many services offered online

The City of White Rock remains open by appointment, with essential services continuing and many services offered online, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

The City has taken safety measures that include: 

  • Employees working from home, when possible, and meeting online instead of in person 

Employees undergoing COVID-19 screening before entering the workplace

·         All employees wearing masks indoors and outside when two-metre distances cannot be maintained

·         Recreation and culture programs offered that follow public health orders, including reduced numbers, required pre-registration, COVID-19 screening and fitness courses offered online

·         City Committee and Council meetings held virtually, with opportunities for delegations to appear through electronic means

·         Community engagement through public information meetings and the City’s Talk White Rock engagement platform 

·         Dog and business licence application and payments, parking permits, parking decals, recycling bins and bags, garbage stickers, parking and bylaw ticket payments and other services available online at whiterockcity.ca/online

·         Requests for service available at whiterockcity.ca/requestforservice 

·         A secure drop box available at City Hall for non-cash payments and for picking up brochures

·         Signage in City parks and other public places encouraging people to keep a safe distance and to wear masks

 

April 12, 2021

Surrey Council waives fees for patio expansion program to help local restauranteurs

 

During Monday's Regular Council Meeting, Council approved the waiving of fees for the Parking to Patios initiative to support local restaurateurs. Through this program, businesses can expand their operations onto privately-owned parking lots and city road right-of-ways, including sidewalk, boulevards and on-street parking.  Developed in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Surrey has processed 18 Parking-to-Patios applications for local restaurants. 

Surrey’s restaurants are critical to our local economy and that’s why Council is acting quickly to put supports in place to help local restaurateur,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “The application process is easy, streamlined and the approval process is fast so these businesses can make the most of the upcoming warmer weather, while ensuring patrons can dine in a safe environment with the required physical distancing measures in place.” 

Revisions to the Parking to Patios fees include:

  • Waiver of the $200 application fee.
  • Waiver of the refundable $500 security deposit for approved on-street applications.
  • Continued waiver of city road & right-of-way use and traffic obstruction permit fees.

 

White Rock Council Rewind

- Council revisited the proposal for pickleball courts in White Rock. Upon reflection of all the facts council this time unanimously voted to reconsider installing pickleball courts in McCaud Park.

- Council made the final changes in the budget in order to adopt a Financial Plan for 2021 to 2025. The final vote to approve the budget will be in 2 weeks. The proposed budget will see a 3.38% increase in the operating budget for the coming year. Translated into real numbers the increase will mean roughly an additional $100 for residential taxes and roughly $200 for commercial properties.

 

Puppies stolen during break and enter

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance to further an investigation into a break and enter where three puppies were stolen, in South Surrey.

Shortly before 6 p.m. on April 10, 2021, Surrey RCMP responded to a break and enter in the 17400-block of 8 Avenue. Officers believe the offence occurred the same day sometime between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. while the home was unoccupied. Upon returning home, the residents found their three Lilac American Bulldog puppies had been stolen.  

This investigation is still ongoing and officers are now looking for any witnesses or anyone with information about this break and enter to come forward. 

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

 

Stayte Your Case

The City of Surrey is scheduled to collect turning-movement and pedestrian data from the crosswalk of 13 Avenue and 160 Street (Roper Avenue and Stayte Road) in White Rock. 

The crew will be using a Miovision Scout collection system to collect low-resolution video, which will then be processed through artificial intelligence to get the turning-movement count data. The Miovision Scout is typically installed by being strapped to a streetlight or traffic light.  At this location, however, there are no City of Surrey streetlights available. Therefore, the City of Surrey has requested to strap the Miovision Scout onto a City of White Rock’s streetlight poles.  

The device will be installed for approximately 48 hours starting Wednesday, April 14, 2021 and being removed on Friday, April 16, 2021. The device has stickers on it that identify that it belongs to the City of Surrey.

 

April 10, 2021

The Meeting

Rather mysteriously yesterday work began on the installation of a new public art piece at the recently completed Miramar village plaza. The art piece has traveled the world before it found its way to our CITY BY THE SEA.

The Meeting
Artist: Wang Shugang (b. 1960, China)
Medium: Eight painted bronze figures
Dimensions (H x W): 92 x 75 cm (36 x 30 in) each
Weight: 100 kg (220 lbs) each
Former Location: Rey Sargent Park (Lonsdale & 21st St. West) in the city of North Vancouver

The Meeting was originally exhibited at the 2007 G8 summit meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany. It is not without irony that the red figures are placed in a circle, static and crouching with cupped hands, open to various interpretations, from one of thoughtful contemplation to one of latent energy ready to leap up. Wang Shugang’s installation for the Vancouver Biennale, The Meeting, is painted a shade of red that is known as Chinese Red, the colour associated with the Chinese government and communism. This hue ranges from a vivid red to a red-orange made from vermilion, sometimes referred to as cinnabar.

According to the artist, ” . . .  the colour red has multiple cultural meanings in China, historically representing happiness but during the Cultural Revolution it symbolized terror. Today red is the colour of the faded lettering praising Mao on the ceilings of the factories, coats of the Buddhist monks and the colour of wedding decorations.”

Wang Shugang made his North American public art debut as part of the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale exhibition. For the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale, The Meeting was relocated to Rey Sargent Park in the city of North Vancouver.

In 2017, The Meeting was loaned to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for La Balade pour la Paix: An Open-Air Museum, a project for the 375th anniversary of Montreal, the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 and the 150th anniversary of Canada. La Balade pour la Paix: An Open-Air Museum was designed and organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the McCord Museum and with the support of Concordia and McGill universities. The large public art exhibition was installed along one kilometre of Sherbrooke Street and showcased 67 works conveying a message of peace, in the image of universal values of humanism, tolerance, and openness that inspired the creation of Expo 67.

In 2020, the Vancouver Biennale loaned The Meeting to the Arts on the Avenue Edmonton Society, a registered non-profit charitable organization in Edmonton, Alberta, which is engaged in developing 118th Avenue (75 through 106 streets) into a community arts district via public art installations, arts celebrations, and signature art festivals.

The Meeting returned to the West Coast in 2021 to take up permanent residency at Miramar Village, a Bosa Properties development in the city of White Rock, British Columbia.

 

Getting A Jump On It

With the recent announcement by the City of White Rock that street designation to the alley north of Marine Drive, would finally be officially recognized as COSMIC ALLEY, a few residents are already joining the movement.

 


April 09, 2021

Covid Camping

With a sunny weekend in the forecast, the RCMP will be doing double duty monitoring the Canadians entering into the American portion of Peace Arch Park. Daily hundreds of Canadian and Americans meet up in the park for "a visit."

As you can see by the tents throughout the park off of 0 avenue, many desire privacy for their visit.

Residents of the Summerfield are of South Surrey (new subdivision built up around Peace Portal golf course) will continue to shake their heads as Canadians simply walk through the ditch from Canada to gain access to the park.

 

Something's Brewing In Miramar Village

Work has begun in earnest on the new location for3 DOGS BREWING to be located in the newly expanded Miramar Village.

Upon completion of the new facility the current location of 3 DOGS on Johnston will close.

The license from the Johnston road location will be transferred to the new location which will be fully equipped with their brewing vats and machinery. Expect an early summer opening.

 

Hometown Hero

Meet MOTI BALI.

Six days a week MOTI BALI mans the Rotary Free Lunch House located in the parking lot net to the White Rock Playhouse. I have had the pleasure for the past year of volounteering to help MOTI one day a week.

I have marveled how he knows virtually every one of the roughly three dozen visitors to the snack shack daily. He has a special little greeting,perhaps a question about how they are doing and an offer of friendship and a smile to one and all.

One day I asked MOTI "How long have you been a member of ROTARY?" He quickly replied "OH I am not a member of Rotary. I have also seen him order lunches and pay for them out of his pocket if we run out of food before everyone receives their lunch. MOTI you are my hero.

(read the wonderful article the Peace Arch News did this week on MOTI)

David Chesney

 

April 06, 2021

Patio Patrol

My young son and I walked from West beach to East beach yesterday and checked out every restaurant and whether they had a patio that was open during this recent COVID closure, had an all-weather patio (could sit out there in the rain), and whether they had heaters or not.

In case you're wanting to know who has what, here is our list.

GB Robin

 

April 01, 2021

It's Official!

Harley Chappel band leader/Joanne Charles band councillor & band manager

I’m honoured to say we have successfully lifted the long term boil water advisory on Semiahmoo reserve!!

It’s been a long bumpy road to get here... but our future generations will be better for it!!

I’m so proud of our team, our friends at Tybo contracting, Aplin Martin, indigenous services and city of surrey for all their hard work and dedication in getting our community to this point.

But we aren’t done yet!!

We haven’t come this far to only come this far!!

Harley Xwopokton/CHAPPEL

 

Major Changes To White Rock Waterfront

Dogs on White Rock’s Promenade season ends April 1, returns in October 

 The City of White Rock reminds people to find alternative locations other than the waterfront walkway between April 1 and Sept. 30 to walk their dogs.

Dogs are not allowed on White Rock’s Promenade from April 1 to Sept. 30. Bylaw officers will monitor compliance with the bylaw during this time. 

Dogs can go off-leash in the off-leash dog park  located in Ruth Johnson Park. Here are some other reminders about dogs in White Rock:

Dogs in White Rock must be leashed and licenced .

Owners walking their dogs must pick up after them and dispose of the feces in garbage cans.

Dogs should have up-to-date vaccines.

Dogs are allowed in Memorial Park off Marine Drive year-round.

Dogs are allowed on the Promenade from Oct.1 to March 31.

Dogs are not allowed on the White Rock Pier.

For more information about dogs in White Rock, visit whiterockcity.ca/dogs

 

Waterfront Pay Parking Update: Summer Season Rates

On April 1, Summer season Pay Parking Rates will take effect.

A Value rate of $3.25/hour will apply to all stalls located West of Oxford Street.

The Prime rate of $3.75/hour will apply in stalls East of Oxford Street, including East Beach. West Beach and Montecito Parkades will offer a daily rate of $15.

Except for the two Parkades, a four-hour limit applies in the Prime areas of West Beach to support local businesses and encourage turnover. The Prime area in West Beach includes all pay parking East of Oxford Street.

 Summer Pay Parking Rates apply as of April 1.

Raters are $3.25/hour West of Oxford Street and $3.75/hour East of Oxford Street

There is a daily rate of $15 in the West Beach and Montecito Parkades

 There is a four-hour maximum duration in the West Beach Prime area from the Pier lot to Oxford Street.

 

March 31, 2021

Was It Something We Said?

White Rock RCMP were alerted by a resident on Monday a gentleman brandishing wire cutters was removing all the COVID Stay 6 Feet Apart signs from the White Rock. The RCMP acted quickly to a resident's complaint and apprehended the individual who was taken into custody, charged and banned from the White Rock promenade and pier area.

 

Potholes form on road surfaces due to seasonal changes in temperature with thawing and freezing. If you see a pothole, use Request for Service to submit requests and track the issue. Report today at http://ow.ly/RfJ250DqB9w

It's the last day to submit your feedback on the Economic Development Strategic Plan survey. Share your thoughts on the future of business in our community by taking the survey at talkwhiterock.ca/business

 

March 30, 2021

To address rising COVID-19 case counts, protect people and communities and help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, the provincial health officer is amending the provincial public health orders effective midnight tonight, March 30, 2021.

“COVID-19 continues to create challenges for people and businesses throughout B.C., and we are grateful for the sacrifices people continue to make to keep one another safe,” said Premier John Horgan. “We know that the idea of more restrictions is not welcome news, but we are asking people to rise to the challenge with the confidence that vaccines mean better days are ahead. We are not out of the woods yet, but the provincial health officer’s orders, combined with our vaccines, give us the tools we need to move out of this pandemic together.”

New and amended orders and guidelines are in effect through April 19, 2021, and include:

  • For restaurants, bars and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios. People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble.
  • Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are also paused. Gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only i.e. one-on-one personal training.
  • The previously announced class variance for limited indoor worship services has been suspended. Outdoor worship services under the current variance may continue.
  • Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately.
  • Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is closed through to April 19, 2021, to address and prevent community spread related to non-essential travel.
  • All workers are strongly encouraged to work from home, where possible.
  • Public health guidance for schools has also been amended to support and encourage students down to Grade 4 to wear masks while at school.

“Rising case levels, variants of concern, increased transmission and an increase in more severe cases are huge concerns,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “B.C. public health officials are making the tough choices now to break the chain and protect our communities.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, said: “Social connection is important, and so is keeping our loved ones and ourselves safe. We all have a choice – to stay safe or put our loved ones, our friends and ourselves at risk, which is why non-essential activities need to be limited and need to be outside with the same small number of people. The sacrifices we make today will help all of us to get through this storm.”

To learn about amended and existing provincewide restrictions, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions

 

Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit seeks information in sexual assault investigation

The Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit is looking for information from the public related to an on-going investigation.

This investigation began on March 12, 2021, after police received information about a sexual assault that occurred in February 2021. Further investigation put investigators in contact with three additional victims related to incidents that took place between June 2019 and February 12, 2021.

On March 19, 2021, a male suspect was arrested. However, investigators believe there may be further victims in the community who have not yet come forward. Further information is being released to advance their investigation.

The victims, who have thus far been men, were sexually assaulted after being befriended by a man associated to a beige sedan. The sexual assaults took place after the victims entered the man’s car to smoke with him.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his 30’s, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown eyes, and very short black hair with a receding hairline, and moustache. The man’s vehicle was described as a light brown or beige, four-door sedan.

People can often feel hesitant to come forward with information related to sexual assault, say Cpl. Paula Forbes, of the Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit We want to assure people in our community that we have services in place that can support you through the process.

The Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit can be contacted by calling 604-599-7776.

 

March 26, 2021

Is The Semiahmoo Peninsula Getting A Second Farmers Market?

I the response is strong enough plans will proceed for the former home of the PINK PALACE hotel in South Surrey to host 2 day markets from May 1, 2021 - October 10, 2021.

The markets would be held on Saturdays and Sundays each weekend.

The White Rock Farmers Market has announced their Sunday only 2021 schedule as opening day May 02 - October 24, 2021

 

Peace Arch Park Visitor Loophole Looks To Continue

South Surrey/White Rock MP KERRY LYNNE FINDLAY looks for answers.

The border loophole at Peace Arch Park has been widely reported in the media for months, yet the Minister of Public Safety does not seem to understand the issue. Watch his answer to my question in Question Period. Thank-you to all the concerned Summerfield neighbours who joined a Zoom meeting on this last night. I will continue to fight on this issue.

 

COVID-19 restrictions at B.C. long-term care homes easing starting April

As of April 1, two adults plus a child can visit a long-term care resident at the same time

Loved ones will be allowed to visit with long-term care residents without staff members there

Communal dining, small group activities will be allowed again

Long-term care residents in B.C. will soon be allowed visits with more than one loved one.

As of April 1, residents will be allowed to have up to two adults plus a child visit at the same time. Hugs between residents and their loved ones will also happen again, as physical contact will be allowed.

There will still be precautions and appropriate PPE, but people will be allowed to spend time together in resident rooms without a staff member there. The province says “visits must allow for a minimum of 60 minutes.”

 

March 25, 2021

Cosmic Alley - Alive & Well

the other day while having breakfast a friend told me he was thrilled I had introduced a motion to have the alleyway north of Marine River recognized as COSMIC ALLEY.. He asked me if I had ever seen the house on East Beach that for years has flown the "COZMIC ALLEY" free flag?

Yesterday I took a drive down the alley and lo and behold there it was. All be it a different spelling than most would choose. This summer the city of White Rock will install signs along the hillside informing travelers they are now on COSMIC ALLEY.

Thank you Brooke.

 

March 24, 2021

Fraser Health opens five large COVID-19 immunization clinics

To support our ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Fraser Health has opened five mass COVID-19 immunization clinics in Chilliwack, Cloverdale, South Surrey, Delta North and Coquitlam that are now available to book appointments beginning March 29, except for Delta North which is available today.

These new clinics will support our current immunization plans and will remain open through phases three and four as we work to immunize our communities over the coming months. Fraser Health is grateful for the partnerships with municipalities, business leaders, community organizations and Divisions of Family Practice.

The new clinics are located at:

  • Chilliwack: Chilliwack Mall (supported by the Municipality and the Fraser Valley Bandits)
  • Cloverdale: Cloverdale Recreation Centre (supported by the Municipality and Adecco)
  • South Surrey: South Surrey Recreation Centre (supported by the Municipality and Adecco)
  • Coquitlam: Coquitlam Poirier Forum (supported by the Municipality and Air Canada)
  • Delta (North): North Delta Recreation Centre (supported by the Municipality and Ceres Terminals Canada)

 

March 22, 2021

Road End Walkway Coming To White Rock Hillside

Victoria avenue looking south to Marine Drive

White Rock council recently approved the development of the Centre Street Walkway. Unbeknown to most residents of White Rock the city owns a number of road ends that have existing stairways/paths leading Victoria avenue south to Marine Drive.

Councillor HELEN FATHERS headed up a committee in her term 2010-2014 to explore the possibility of developing the Centre Street roadway. The council of the day chose not to proceed, as did the council of the following term of 2014-2018, Instead the majority of the council approved the construction of the parkade on the waterfront, as opposed to reclaiming the walkway.

Plans include a lookout pad @ Victoria avenue with a meandering pathway complete with benches and possibly picnic tables for residents to enjoy the spectacular views afforded by the walkway to the ocean.

Work is excepted to begin this Spring with completion this summer.

 

March 20, 2021

Big Bust In South Surrey- 6000 doses of crystal meth & $20,000 seized

After a month-long drug trafficking investigation, the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) have seized approximately $20,000 in cash and over 1 kilogram of crystal methamphetamine.

This investigation began on February 15, 2021, when Surrey RCMP CRU launched a project targeting suspected drug trafficking linked to a Cloverdale residence.

On March 15, 2021, the investigation led officers to a parking lot in the 2000-block of 152 Street where they observed suspected drug trafficking activity between two men and a woman. All three individuals left the area and were engaged by police separately. 

One man left the parking lot on foot and was arrested nearby. He is alleged to have approximately $20,000 in cash in his possession at the time of his arrest. The second man left the area in a vehicle, and was also arrested nearby. Prior to his arrest, the man was observed allegedly throwing a container from his vehicle. When the container was recovered by police, they discovered it was filled with approximately 1 kilogram of suspected crystal methamphetamine. The woman was arrested at a residence in the 18400-block of 56 Avenue.

On March 16, 2021, a search warrant was executed at the residence on 56 Avenue. During the investigation at the residence, officers located approximately 554 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging materials, and a replica glock handgun. Officers also located stolen identification, cheques and license plates.

 

March 19, 2021

 

March 18, 2021

Semiahmoo First Nation, City of White Rock sign three service agreements

The Semiahmoo First Nation and the City of White Rock are pleased to announce that they have signed three utility service agreements, two for water supply and one for sewer services.

The City and the Nation meet regularly as Councils to discuss matters affecting both governments and items of mutual interest. As part of their ongoing dialogue on a variety of matters, the City and SFN have steadily moved toward the completion of servicing agreements.

The City promised in the 2021-2022 Council Strategic Priorities  to continue to nurture its relationship for the benefit of both communities. Among the other items identified in the 2021-2022 Council Strategic Priorities are a memorandum of understanding for drainage and a communication protocol.

Quotes:

Quotes:

Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell

“The Semiahmoo First Nation is proud to work alongside our friends and neighbours at the City of White Rock. These agreements renew hope in building a long-lasting partnership of respect and co-operation with the city.

We look forward to the continued co-operation between our governments as we move into the future.”

White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker

“Signing these utility service agreements fulfills promises made in Council’s Strategic Priorities and demonstrates the City’s dedication to the important partnership with our friend and neighbour, the Semiahmoo First Nation.

We continue meeting as governments to strengthen our partnership and progress toward the completion of new agreements. We look forward to continuing to build trust.”  



Getting Priorities Straight

Monday evening White Rock council sat down to examine their top priorities. With slightly more than 18 months left in their term council will now focus on completing the major projects listed below. 

- Official Community Plan (OCP) Review 
- Solid Waste Pick Up for Multi Family
- Housing Needs / Affordable Housing
- Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) 'shovel in the ground' projects
- SFN Relationship

Council also reviewed all the current committees and have trimmed the committees from 11 committees to the seven listed below.

Committees:
- Arts & Culture Advisory Committee
- COVID Recovery Task Force (until June 1, 2021)
- Economic Advisory Committee
- Environment Advisory Committee
- History and Heritage Committee 
- Housing Advisory Committee
- Public Art Advisory Committee 

Water Community Advisory Panel was extended to have at least three (3) more meetings. 

 

 

March 13, 2021

Greening Of The Waterfront

In honour of Saint Patrick's Day the city of White Rock continued its new tradition of changing the lighting on the pier to recognize certain days and organizations.

 

Love Where You Live

Over 500% more trees will be planted by residents through this year’s Tree Sales Since the inception of Surrey’s Love Where You Live campaign in 2019, Surrey has seen a huge increase in the popularity of tree and bulb planting events. The City’s Tree Sale has proven to be so popular that the City has expanded it from an annual event to four times a year. With the 2022 Love Where You Live campaign kicking off next month, residents will have a second opportunity to purchase a variety of trees, including Maples, Magnolias and Fruit Trees for $20 per tree.  

“Planting a tree goes hand in hand with Surrey’s Love Where You Live campaign,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “That’s why we have decided to expand the City’s Tree Sale to four times a year. A total of 3600 trees will be made available to our residents over the four events. If the first Tree Sale of the year is any indication, every one of the 3600 trees for sale will find a new home. This represents a 500% increase in trees that will be planted through this initiative, and it proves just how committed our residents are to helping the environment and creating welcoming neighbourhoods.” 

Love Where You Live launches on April 22 and the following day the second Tree Sale will open up to Surrey Residents.  To learn more about Surrey’s Tree Sale and the Love Where You Live campaign, visit surrey.ca

 

HWY 99 Shootout - Man in serious condition following roadside shooting

 

UPDATE - Charges laid in highway shooting

Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) is updating the public that charges were laid in relation to the shooting on Highway 99 in South Surrey. (See previous release 2021-03-16)

The Surrey RCMP began their investigation following reports of a fight and shooting involving two men in the 13500-block of Highway 99 on March 15, 2021, just after 7:30 p.m. 

Twenty-two-year-old Adam Yousef Aboubaker of Coquitlam was arrested and has been charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life, and discharging a firearm while being reckless to the life or safety of another person. 

The victim is still in the hospital in serious condition. There is no indication of any ongoing risk to the public related to this incident.

Marh 17, 2021

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit is currently investigating a shooting that occurred on Highway 99 in Newton.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on (Monday) March 15, 2021, Surrey RCMP Front line responded to multiple calls reporting two men fighting and shots fired in the 13500-block of Highway 99. Officers arrived and located two men; one was suffering from gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The second man was arrested and taken into police custody. 

Both men are associated to a single vehicle that has been seized by police. A firearm was also recovered from the scene by police. 

The initial indications are that this shooting is related to a dispute between parties known to one another. 

Both men involved in this incident are known to police. There is not indication at this time that is shooting is related to the Lower Mainland Gang conflict, however police are investigating possible links to the drug trade. There is no indication of any on-going risk to the public related to this incident. 

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

...and while investigating that incident

Suspected impaired driver crashes into roadblock

Surrey RCMP is updating the public on a collision that occurred last night on Highway 99 in Newton.

The collision occurred at approximately 10:18 p.m. on March 15, 2021, on Highway 99, west of the Highway 91 interchange, in the eastbound lanes. An eastbound civilian vehicle struck a stationary police car that was part of a road closure related to another police incident, which occurred earlier on Highway 99. The officer and the driver of the civilian vehicle received non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the civilian vehicle was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

The driver was released from custody; this investigation is ongoing. 

 

More than four dozen students joined members of the LOWER MAINALDN GREEN TEAM. last week at Ruth Johnson Park, helping to rid the green space of almost 10 cubic metres of invasive English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry bushes. 

Thank you, volunteers!

March 16, 2021

White Rock Skateboarder Shooting For Olympics

Andy Anderson riding high

When White Rock skateboarder Andy Anderson first became hooked on skateboarding, by no means of his wildest goal could he imagine he would be vying for a spot on the Canadian Olympic teams. 

Anderson is now vying for a spot on the Olympic skateboard team which will make its debut at the summer Olympics in Japan.

“It’s really interesting,” stated Anderson. “Nothing’s really changed except how much respect I get from other people. I’m still just a skateboarder, but now that this sport is in the Olympics people want to get me on the news!”

And it isn’t misplaced on 24-year-old Anderson how ironic it’s that the city he grew up in — White Rock, B.C. — had bylaws that made road skateboarding unlawful.

In reality, just a few years in the past, whereas on path to obtain a particular commendation from the mayor for winning the world freestyle skateboard title in Japan, a local resident here threatened to have him arrested.

“I was skating across White Rock to get the award and this dude is yelling at me from his balcony,” he laughed. “In my hometown, for me to ride from my house to the coffee shop is illegal.”

 

 

March 15, 2021 

(click here for information on booking your appointment)

Call centres are open to book appointments for eligible seniors. 

You can call 7AM to 7PM (PST/PDT), 7 days a week. 

Only seniors aged 85+, Indigenous peoples aged 65+, and those assisting them can book appointments. 

Please only call if it’s your turn!

  

White Rock/South Surrey Residents Information 

Fraser Health

Call: 1-855-755-2455

Book online

Fraser Health clinic locations

 

2021 Virtual Canada Day by the Bay 

The City of White Rock is planning the 2021 Virtual Canada Day by the Bay and inviting the community to share ideas using an online guest book.

With the COVID-19 pandemic expected to limit gathering this July 1, the City is working on details for a second online Canada Day event. This may include some in-person activities, if some COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The theme for 2021 is “White Rock Together.” People are invited to share celebration ideas at talkwhiterock.ca/canadaday  before March 29, 2021, leaving a comment on the online guestbook.

The 2020 Virtual Canada Day by the Bay attracted 10,000 viewers to the City’s Facebook page and YouTube channel to watch both live and recorded performances. 

For event updates, visit whiterockcity.ca/canadaday . Follow the event on Facebook at facebook.com/whiterockcity . Watch the recorded 2020 event here .

Quote
Mayor Darryl Walker
City of White Rock

“White Rock’s residents and visitors know how to have fun. In 2020, we enjoyed an excellent event together with top-notch talent, games and prizes—all online. I can’t wait to see what 2021 looks like. Let’s keep getting together online until we can safety gather as a group for Canada Day.” 

Links

talkwhiterock.ca/canadaday 

whiterockcity.ca/canadaday 

facebook.com/whiterockcity

March 13, 2021

Fraser Health Identifies Surrey As Hot Spot

Dynamic modeling presented by the province Thursday showed that if British Columbians reduce social contacts the spread of the virus could disappear in the province by May.

But if indoor, non-masked face-to-face contact rates go up just a little more, the province would see daily new cases of the virus climb to more than 1,200 province-wide by May.

The modeling does not factor in the impact vaccines have on spread or what impact the current vaccination plan would have on case counts.

In a regional breakdown, the modeling showed Fraser Health alone could see between 500 and 1,500 new cases a day by May, if current trends held.

The trend lines for the other health authorities do not indicate the same growth.

Surrey continued to be the province’s COVID-19 hotspot, with 863 new cases in the city in the last week.

 

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Please select up to three challenges of doing business in White Rock

Overall, how satisfied are you with White Rock as a place to do business?

(fill out the form and have your say)

 

Meanwhile In Surrey


The Surrey Board of Trade has released the 6th Surrey Labour Market Intelligence Report today.

“The job market in Surrey is on a positive trajectory,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “We still need to pay attention to the 9,000 jobs that are yet to be recovered since the pandemic began. Surrey is going to be the largest city in BC very soon – and to say that we have recovered 30,000 jobs is positive news for our economy.” 

(click here to read the full report)

  

March 09, 2021 

The City’s roses along Johnston Road and the civic block are in decline.

Parks crews will be removing the roses starting March 1, 2021 and replacing them in the coming weeks with a new, specially cultivated rose called the Liberty Rose.

The Liberty Rose is a beautiful, hardy and unique rose hybrid that resembles a poppy.

It was created by Brad Jalbert, Canada’s foremost rose expert and one of the world’s most respected and innovative rose breeders.

Brad Jalbert has created more than 140 hybrid roses to date. He will be providing the City’s Parks team with a session on rose maintenance. 

About the Liberty Rose:

The Liberty Rose is an excellent landscape garden rose, with early flowering and non-stop blooming until frost.

It is easy-care, drought-tolerant and very showy. Brad Jalbert states: “This rose is a tribute to all who have served, and will serve, including my late grandfather. 

 

White Rock’s Official Flower: Have You Seen the Nootka Rose? 

Blooming between May and July, the Nootka Rose is a fragrant, pink, perennial flower, two inches across. You can find her perched in deciduous shrubs that can grow up to six feet. She is special to White Rock as a native plant to the land, and does her part to keep the city beautiful and to prevent soil erosion.

Not only is the Nootka Rose a pretty local flower, but the pink colour of the bloom represents thankfulness and gratitude, which is something we really appreciate symbolically as our official flower. It is representative of our community and of how much we are thankful for our precious parks, beautiful beaches, special shops, and quaint cafes and restaurants. We really appreciate our unique community and all the people that create it.

Where is it found?
The Nootka Rose is found around the city, and most notably in the White Rock Native Plant Demonstration Garden beside the White Rock Museum.

March 08, 2021 

Get A Charge Out Of Shopping In White Rock

Now that the Miramar Plaza second phase is complete you can take advantage of no less than 8 charging stations in the free underground public parking. Plug your EV in do a little shopping have lunch in one of the great uptown eateries and drive home fully charged. You can enter off of Thrift Avenue or through the entrance on the west side by Bryant Park. 

 

February 27, 2021

Residents encouraged to share comments on White Rock’s draft Financial Plan 

The City of White Rock invites residents to review the City’s draft financial plan and provide comments as the City prepares for a budget public meeting on March 8.

The City’s proposed 2021-2025 Consolidated Financial Plan will be presented to the City’s Finance and Audit Committee for public consultation and review during a virtual meeting at whiterockcity.ca/agenda  on Monday, March 8 at 5 p.m.   

The City prepares a Five-Year Financial Plan each year showing the City’s operating and capital programs and how they are funded. According to B.C.’s Community Charter, the City must adopt its 2021-2025 Financial Plan Bylaw by May 15, 2021.

How to Give Input
Here are some options for providing comments about the draft Financial Plan. A copy of the draft plan is available for review at whiterockcity.ca/budget .

Submit your comments by noon on March 8, 2021

  • Email Mayor and Council at  clerksoffice@whiterockcity.ca , subject line FINANCIAL PLAN
  • Send mail to White Rock City Hall, 15322 Buena Vista Ave. White Rock, B.C. V4B 1Y6
  • Drop mail at City Hall’s secure drop box, left of the front door of 15322 Buena Vista Ave.

Speak at the meeting by phone or call into the meeting live

  • Register to speak before 4 p.m. on March 8, 2021. Contact  clerksoffice@whiterockcity.ca  or 604-541-2127 where you will be given the details on how to call into the meeting.

 

Multiple charges laid in $1.8M fraud investigation of Surrey boat dealer

Thirty-three charges have been sworn against Aaron Fell, owner of Breakwater Marine, following a complex investigation spanning a year and eight months.

The Surrey RCMP Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) began their investigation in June 2019, after numerous reports were received alleging fraudulent business practices by Breakwater Marine, a boat dealership located in the 16000 block of Fraser Highway. (See previous release 2019-08-08)

The investigation included a search warrant executed at the business on August 8, 2019, that resulted in the seizure of multiple boats and documents.

This was a multifaceted investigation involving more than 100 victims who were allegedly defrauded out of approximately 1.8 million dollars combined.

On 25 February 2021, 50-year-old Aaron Michael Fell of Surrey was charged with thirty-three counts including 30 counts of fraud related charges and 3 counts of theft of property charges.

This was a complex investigation that required our team to sort and examine a significant number of business and personal records and documentation in order to gather all the evidence, says Sergeant Ryan Forbes, of the Surrey RCMP Financial Crimes Unit. Thanks to our federal and provincial partners who assisted with this investigation. 

 

February 25, 2021

Pretty In Pink

White Rock has started a new tradition of altering the lighting on Canada's Longest Pier to honour local organizations and events.

Last night the waterfront was a beautiful pink hue in honour of PINK SHIRT DAY.

Thank you to acclaimed local photographer BILL HAWKE for the photo.

(check out Bill's other photos)

 

A Sure Sign Spring Is Around The Corner

DAVID HANCOCK of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation over on 0 avenue passed along this information last night. Yesterday @ 4 p.m. the first sighting of an eagle sitting on an egg was recorded by one of his cameras.

The ‘ Surrey Bald Eagle Reserve’  female on her first egg of 2021 – at 402PM.today.

Our local Surrey Bald Eagle Reserve pair laid their first egg today at 4:02PM  -- with a little snow lining the nest but lots more due tonight.  I sure hope she sits tight to keep this first egg warm. Will she wake up under a blanket of snow in the morning?   The second egg will likely arrive Saturday afternoon. You can watch the laying at  www.hancockwidlife.org  on our Live CAMS.   This is three days earlier than last year and that was 10 days earlier than the year before.

With the Fraser Valley still hosting a large number of high tundra and boreal forest nesting eagles of northern Canada that winter in our valley, many eagles are visible to our valley residents.  The two or possibly three eggs will take 36 or 37 days to hatch, so we should have a young eaglet April 1 – my birthday!   Yes yes, lots of good things happen that day!  

The Surrey Bald Eagle Reserve is the product of a willing flexible developer, an adaptable Surrey Council and Wildlife Branch and our effective Mitigation Plan  -- that enabled the HWF to build the eagles a new artificial nest. This is its third year of producing young at this artificial site -- two each year so far.  Quite rewarding to have these eagles nesting in a condo development. 

Normally April is the month of eaglet hatchings.  Let’s hope this is a good year for them.  Happy eagle watching.

(click here for more information on the David Hancock Foundation)

(check out the live eagle web cams - donate if you can)

Thank You

David Hancock    

Hancock Wildlife Foundation.    

 

Surrey To Construct Indigenous Carving Centre @ Stewart Farmhouse

The City of Surrey has received a $400,000 grant from the Government of BC for the construction of an Indigenous Carving Centre at Elgin Heritage Park/Historic Stewart Farm. The grant, through Heritage BC, will help to build a one-of-a-kind venue that fulfills objectives of the City’s vision for reconciliation, while supporting the protection of Indigenous cultural heritage in Surrey.

Mayor Doug McCallum. “The new Carving Centre will be a showcase venue to come learn and explore the art and history of Indigenous carving. I look forward to welcoming everyone when we officially open the doors of the Indigenous Carving Centre at Elgin Heritage Park next year.”

Project construction is set to begin this fall, with completion in mid-2022. 

 

February 24, 2021

City of Surrey Tree Sale

City’s popular tree sale program expanded

 The City of Surrey is excited to announce the first dates of its expanded 2021 tree sale program, which enables residents to purchase quality trees at an affordable price. The first tree sale opens February 26 and closes March 10, with a pickup date of March 14. The second opens on April 23 and closes May 5, with a pickup date of May 9. There will be more opportunities to buy a tree as two additional dates have been added for the fall. 

“Our tree sale program was so popular last year that we have decided to hold it four times in 2021,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Residents will have the first two windows to participate in our tree sale beginning this week, with the second round in late April. I encourage everyone to buy and plant a tree. By doing so you are helping to keep our City green and grow our urban forest.”

All trees are $20. Varieties include maples, dogwoods, magnolias and assorted fruit trees which all grow well in Surrey. Inventory is limited. Residents can purchase and register for tree pickup using their MySurrey account, on a first come, first served basis.

“Investing in tree planting supports the City’s priority to be a leader in Green initiatives, which include increasing our tree canopy coverage across Surrey,” said Councillor Allison Patton, Chair of the Agriculture, Environment and Investment Committee. “I am delighted to see this program expanding this year as the tree sale also helps support the City’s Climate Adaptation Strategy and Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.”

The tree sale program is managed by Surrey Parks Division. It provides Surrey residents access to quality trees, at an affordable price, to help grow the City’s tree canopy coverage. 

More information is available at surrey.ca/trees.

 

White Rock Public Art

A very creative artist over on East Beach has created a beautiful piece of public art, who doesn't want their very own MEGATRON that lights up at night? The metal statue is created from old car parts . WOW!

And he is not through.

...coming soon OPTIMUS PRIME

 

February 22,2021

Know When To Fold Them

 

Surrey RCMP COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team (CCET) issued 14 tickets to a group of individuals gambling at a local business, in Whalley.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on February 18, 2021, Surrey RCMP CCET attended a business in the 13500-block of 105A Avenue, which was closed to the public at the time, to complete a proactive compliance check. As the officers were knocking on the front door, they observed multiple individuals leaving the business through the back door. Through further investigation, officers noted additional people inside the business without masks and playing cards.

Upon entering the business, further evidence supporting a private gathering was taking place was located. As such, 13 attendees were issued violation tickets for $230 for attending a non-compliant event and the host was issued a ticket for $2300 for hosting a non-compliant gathering, totaling just over $5000 in fines.

“It was evident that this was a full house of non-compliant individuals,” says Sergeant Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer. “We are not bluffing when we say we intend to enforcement the public health orders.”

 

Surrey Police Service (SPS) Forging Ahead: Chief Lipinski’s First 60 Days

The Surrey Police Service is well beyond a concept and is now a policing organization forging ahead in the building and development process toward operational readiness.

The initial advanced planning and preparation of City of Surrey staff has not only facilitated the processes for transition but has laid the foundation for forming the Surrey Police Service from both legal and tangible perspectives.

Key milestones in building the organization were the appointment of the Surrey Police Board members and their appointment of Norm Lipinski as the Chief Constable of the Surrey Police Service.

To date, Chief Lipinski has accomplished the following: From an operational perspective;

  • created a draft organizational structure that will ensure a community responsive police service

  • appointment of two (of three) Deputy Chief Constables and recruitment of senior leadership is

    well underway

  • actively working with all three levels of government and police partners in developing a

    Deployment Model for the transitional period from RCMP to Surrey Police Service operations

  • design of Crest that has been sent for Royal Assent

  • police vehicle decal design

    From an administrative and risk management perspective;

  • sought and successfully secured approval by RCMP National Police Services in Ottawa for Surrey Police Service as a Category 1 Police Agency with access to mandatory federal systems - this includes Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC)

  • Organizational Policy identified and moving through approval process

  • secured MOU with the Independent Investigations Office

    It is important to note that some of the administration accomplishments can only be achieved if the organization is recognized as a police agency.

Chief Lipinski states, “I have been working at a very quick pace during my first sixty days at Surrey Police Service and will continue to for the foreseeable future. There are a significant number of moving parts and many mechanics to navigate, not the least of which is engaging the community and providing updates and accurate information on the establishment of your Surrey Police Service.

 

February 21, 2021

Surrey school board confirms 3 cases of COVID-19 variant at 3 schools

Three COVID-19 cases at three schools in Surrey have been identified as the variant first reported in the U.K., which officials in B.C. have been watching closely as it is more transmissible. 

Jordan Tinney, the superintendent responsible for 73,000 students and 130 schools in Surrey, said in a tweet on Saturday that the cases were at AHP Matthew Elementary School, Tamanawis Secondary School and Ecolé Woodward Hill Elementary School.

All the cases were previously announced as exposure events at the schools in either late January or earlier this month. 

Tinney said in letters sent to families of those schools that on Saturday it received testing results from Fraser Health that confirmed the three cases were of the variant first reported in the U.K., which has been shown to be around 50 per cent more transmissible than the common strain of COVID-19.

"Testing for the variant takes longer than standard COVID-19 testing, which is why we have received this information now," read the letters.

 

February 20, 2021

Big Changes For South Surrey

A Rezoning, Subdivision, and Development Permit application has been submitted by the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre owner, First Capital, to the City of Surrey, for a mixed-use development on the northern portion of the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre site.

First Capital is proposing to develop 3 mid to high-rise residential buildings ranging in heights from 12 to 24 storeys, with ground floor commercial uses, potential community amenity space, and a public park to be dedicated to the City.

 

 

 

February 19, 2021

Stick Your Hand(guns) Up

With the announcement this week by Prime Minister Trudeau that he was turning over the possession of handguns to the local government, it didn't take long for the simmering war on Surrey council to blow up.

THEN

During the 2018 campaign, here is candidate Doug McCallum “I fully realize (a ban) doesn’t do anything to prevent the gang violence that we’re seeing in Surrey because they operate with illegal guns no matter what you do."

NOW

Mayor McCallum today "That is why I wholeheartedly support a handgun ban for the City of Surrey and I am directing staff to immediately begin work on a bylaw for Council approval as quickly as possible"

Mayo McCallum's devoted believers on Council will stand on their heads to please him. The city won't be safer.

 

February 18, 2021

Surrey City Council Proclaims Heritage Week in Surrey

 

Recognizing the importance of preserving and providing access to Surrey’s rich and diverse heritage, Surrey City Council has proclaimed the third week of February as Heritage Week in Surrey.

“Heritage brings people together, allows for the sharing of knowledge, defines our city’s unique character and connects us with our past, present and future,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “This annual event will help shed light on the significant and important role heritage plays in our communities and I invite you to learn more about it.”

Visit surrey.ca/museum for virtual tours of its feature exhibit, Nature’s Clothesline, to book a free pre-registered, self-guided visit Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special family activities will also be offered online February 15.

Visit surrey.ca/stewartfarm to book a free 30-minute guided, outdoor visit Thursdays through Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visits are limited to six people or less from the same household. Highlights include the 1894 farmhouse, the Pole Barn, heirloom gardens, root cellar, boat building and former threshing shred. Visitors can also experience the  farm from home by taking avirtual tour of the farmhouse. Virtual Family Day activities will be offered online on  February 15.

Explore Surrey’s heritage digitally using Surrey Archives’ online tools a  surrey.ca/archives. Browse the archives' photo collections, see historical photos pinned to present-day locations, and view all of Surrey from above with the 1949 aerial map.

To explore some of Surrey’s more than 200 heritage trees using Surrey Parks. interactive map, visit urrey.ca/parks.

 

February 17, 2021

Former Councillor, Mayor, MLA and MP for White Rock GORDIE HOGG sits down with long time resident VIN COYNE to revisit how White Rock became a city on its own, the first NO Dogs on the pier sign and so many other interesting historicla milestones in our history.


Celebrate Black History Month in Surrey

Learn New Things and Celebrate the Black Canadians in Our Community

During this month of February, we in the City of Surrey, and all over Canada, come together to celebrate and learn about the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse country it is today.

In light of COVID-19, celebrations will look a little bit different this year. We are encouraging communities to come together virtually. To facilitate this, we have the following events and programs taking place online and by phone this month.

(click here for more details)

 

February 13, 2021

IHIT Investigating suspicious death in Surrey last night

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

Surrey: On February 12, 2021 at 7:19 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of 31-year-old Adrian Golofit found dead inside his home near 194 Street and 66 Avenue. He had injuries indicative of homicide and IHIT was called in. 

The last time Golofit made contact with friends was around 8 a.m. on February 11, 2021. Investigators will be working to build a timeline of Golofit’s activities from that point forward.     

IHIT is working closely with the I-Teams along with the Surrey RCMP to gather evidence. 

“Adrian Golofit was not known to police and the motive behind his murder is not yet clear,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “In cases such as this where police records about the victim is minimal, there is greater importance and urgency for friends and associates to reach out to police and offer whatever information they can.” 

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

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


Premier John Horgan Says He Can't Do Anything About Peace Arch Park

Premier Horgan & Dr. Bonnie

The concerns of Surrey-area residents about the potential spread of COVID-19 as people from British Columbia and the United States meet at a cross-border park should be directed to the federal government, Premier John Horgan said Wednesday.

The premier said managing the international border at Peace Arch Park is a federal issue, but he's prepared to take up the matter with Ottawa.

"If we see persistent concerns around Peace Arch, I'll certainly raise that with the federal government and they can take action with their counterparts in Washington, D.C.," Horgan said at a news conference.

"This is not an area that's regulated by the states and the provinces and I'm hopeful that those people who are coming together to see loved ones in that international space are doing so safely."

MLA Stephanie Cadieux

B.C. Liberals Stephanie Cadieux and Trevor Halford say in the letter Horgan must demand that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee close public access to the park until it is considered safe for non-essential cross-border travel.

"I live right by the park and I can tell you that they're concerned, frustrated and they're nervous," Halford said in an interview. "Basically, Peace Arch Park on the American side has turned into a tent city."

South Surrey/White Rock MLA Trevor Halford

Halford said local residents counted 75 tents in the park last weekend. They also reported seeing people not wearing masks as they entered and left the tents, he said.

"We're talking about a piece of land that is just a little bit bigger than a football field," he said.

Last June, the province shut down the B.C. side of the park, citing public safety concerns with increased visitors.

"Obviously, the premier agrees with what we're saying here because the premier took steps to shut the Canadian side down, which is a provincial park," Halford said.

 

February 11, 2021

The White Rock RCMP 2020 Annual Report

Kale Pauls

This past Monday evening White Rock Staff Sergent KALE PAULS appeared before city council and staff to deliver his annual policing report

(read the full report - click here)

 

Transit Money To Flow Into Surrey

 

Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM

As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, building new transit infrastructure is a massive priority for the City of Surrey. When it comes to new rapid transit, Surrey has been lagging behind for decades. That is why I wholeheartedly applaud this morning’s announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau. His commitment of $14.9 billion to public transit projects over the next eight years makes good sense. Despite the current malaise of the COVID pandemic, it will not last forever, and things will eventually return to normal. When that happens, people will once again turn to public transit to get them to and from work or play.

With today’s announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Horgan’s promise to fully fund SkyTrain through Surrey all the way to Langley, I am now more confident than ever that Surrey is no longer left behind on rapid transit. Surrey’s new SkyTrain extension is shovel ready, will create well-paying jobs immediately, and will take more cars off the road with the built-in ridership from the growing cities of Surrey and the Langleys. Let’s get moving on it!

Mayor Doug McCallum

 

 

February 10, 2021

Grandview Aquatic Centre Limited Opening

 

 The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre  will open to the public on a limited and gradual basis starting on February 10th and 11th with strict health and safety protocols  in place. The opening dates are as follows:

  • Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre weight room:  opens February 11th
  • Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre public swims/Lane Swimming:  opens February 13th
  • All recreational activities for both facilities are by advance reservation only online at surrey.ca/register  or by phone at 604.501.5100.  Currently in-person registration is not available for recreation services.

 

Twenty-six COVID-19 violations issued after Surrey RCMP bust illegal nightclub

 

The Surrey RCMP COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team (CCET) executed a search warrant and issued nearly $6000 in COVID-19-related fines, at an illegal after-hours nightclub, in Whalley.

The illegal nightclub located in the 10600-block of King George Boulevard, has been the subject of previous police investigations for defying public health orders. Individuals associated to the illegal club were issued COVID-19-related fines on three prior occasions. This weekend the COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team returned to the premises with a search warrant, which was executed shortly after 1 a.m. on February 7, 2021. 

Twenty-two individuals were inside the club when police attended; resulting in twenty-six tickets with fines of $230 issued for attending the non-compliant event, failure to wear a face covering, and belligerent behavior. Fines totaled just shy of $6000. The host of the event was not issued a $2300 fine but was issued a notice to appear in court for hosting a non-compliant event contrary Section 4(1) of the Emergency Program Act. 

The Surrey RCMP CCET issued four other violations related to COVID-19 over the weekend. On February 6, 2021, Officers issued a $1150 fine under the Quarantine Act for a man who did not abide by the conditions of his entry into Canada.  

On February 6, 2021, Surrey RCMP attended a restaurant in the 7000-block of 138 Street for a report of a public health order violation. Upon attendance, members determined a wedding was occurring in a private room at the restaurant. Officers observed at least 20 people in attendance. Members issued the owner of the restaurant a $2300 VT for hosting a non-compliant event.

On February 7, 2021, Surrey RCMP attended a residence in the 14800-block of 61 Avenue for a report of a gathering. The property representative was handed a $2300 VT for hosting a non-compliant event. 

Residents wishing to report a violation of a public health order can contact the City of Surrey Bylaws Call Centre at 604-591-4370, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, seven days a week or the Surrey RCMP non-emergency line at 604-599-0502.

 

February 09, 2021

Surrey Police Service Board Loses First Appointee

Bob Rolls

BOB ROLLS a 33 year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department and the first appointee by Surrey Mayor DOUG MCCALLUM to his newly created police board is leaving.

Rolls’s departure is effective March 1.

The official reason for his departure is ROLLS is moving to Vancouver Island.

 

February 05, 2021

Look who turned 30!!!

Look who turned 30!!!  Johnston Rd now has a posted 30km/h speed limit south of North Bluff Rd. Surrey translation: 152nd St south of 16th Ave.

 

Final Week!

Here is your chance to provide feedback to White Rock council on how you envision YOUR City by the Sea should look regarding future density development. Follow the link below and fill out the survey. The survey has now been extended to next Friday ( February 12) due to an overwhelming response.

(click here to have your say)

 

 

Fenruary 01, 2021

Former White Rock massage therapist faces 12-day hearing  

Leonard Krekic

A former B.C. massage therapist is facing a hearing over allegations he molested six patients and defied an order to have a chaperone in the room whenever he treated a woman.

Leonard Krekic, who has practised in Penticton, White Rock and Surrey, is scheduled to go before a disciplinary committee of the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. for 12 days beginning March 8.

A citation posted online this week details the claims that six women have made about Krekic's behaviour, including placing his hands under their underwear, massaging their genitals and breasts, making inappropriate comments, pressing his groin against them and even inserting his fingers into one woman's anus.

Krekic was first told in April 2019 that he needed to have a chaperone in the room for any appointments with female patients while the college investigated a complaint of sexual misconduct.

In his response to the claim, Krekic says that he "expressly denies that he took any actions that were inappropriate, sexual in nature, or in any way contrary to the CMTBC's code of conduct." He says all of the treatment he provided was "appropriate and provided with the express consent of the plaintiff."

He also denies entering her apartment without permission.

None of the claims in the lawsuit have been proven in court. Krekic has not responded to media interview request.

January 30, 3031

The Night The Lights Went Out On Johnston

 

Staff update for the tree lighting on Johnston between North Bluff and Thrift 

The lights are damaging the trees as they grow and need to be temporarily removed. (see photo)

· Parks staff will begin removing LED lights from trees on Johnston Road between Thrift Avenue and North Bluff Road beginning the week of Feb. 1. 

· The lights will be reinstalled in November and December 2021.

· Sidewalks will remain open. Curb lane parking may be affected. 

Tree lighting south of Thrift to Five Corners is not affected. 

 

January 29, 2021

Free Waterfront Parking Ends

The city of White Rock's FREE waterfront parking, an annual event to support local business, comes to an end this Sunday. Come Monday the parking regulations return to normal Winter prices.

Please remember and remind visitor to THE ROCK there is a giant parkade behind the Keg Boathouse that usually sits empty while visitors drive around and around looking for parking.

More Sign-age is coming.

VIEW PAST LOCAL NEWS STORIES - click here)

January 28, 2021

Gang War Continues

IHIT investigating fatal shooting in Langley

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the shooting death of a man in Langley, B.C.  

Langley: On January 26, 2021 at 11:38 p.m., the Langley RCMP responded to the 5300-block of 207 Street for a shooting. Officers arrived to find a 22-year-old man dead inside a vehicle with gunshot wounds. A second man in his early twenties, also with gunshot wounds, was taken to hospital and is expected to survive.   

At 11:52 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of a burning vehicle in the area of 180 Street and 19A Avenue. Investigators are working to determine if there is a connection between this and the earlier Langley homicide. Anyone with dash cam video from the Langley scene and/or the Surrey scene is asked to contact IHIT immediately. 

The investigation is in its early stages and IHIT is working closely with the I-Teams along with the Langley and Surrey RCMP to gather evidence and further the investigation. 

“This has all the hallmarks of a targeted hit. The victim was known to police and his murder may have ties to the drug trade,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “It is not yet clear if this incident is linked to any of the other recent acts of violence.”   

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

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

 

Multiple checks and five vehicles seized part of ongoing-targeted gang enforcement 

The Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) has undertaken numerous checks, drug investigations, and vehicle seizures over the last 13 days of targeted enforcement against gang activity in Surrey.

Surrey RCMP is currently engaged in an action plan designed to disrupt and suppress gang activity in Surrey. This action plan was implemented in response to the increase in gang related violence across the region earlier this month (see previous news release – 2021-01-12).

Between January 11 and January 24, 2021, the Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) conducted:

- 26 establishment checks for the Inadmissible Patron Program (IPP)
- 11 curfew checks of LMDGC participants currently living in Surrey
- 28 Outlaw Motorcycle Gang clubhouse checks
- 11 drug investigations that resulted in the seizure of five vehicles
- Enhanced police presence at three funerals of individuals connected to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict, to ensure the safety of attendees.

Violent crime and gang violence continues to remain a priority for Surrey RCMP, says Inspector Mike Hall, Surrey RCMP Proactive Enforcement Officer. We will continue our efforts to suppress gang activity in our community and provide ongoing updates on our efforts. 

 

Help further mischief investigation

 

Surrey RCMP is seeking witnesses and dash-cam footage related to two mischief incidents that occurred in South Surrey.

Shortly before 1 p.m. on January 25, 2021, Surrey RCMP received a report of graffiti spray-painted along the gym and courtyard at Semiahmoo Secondary School, located in the 1700-block of 148 Street. A second report was received of graffiti spray-painted on a church in the 14800-block of 24 Avenue. (See attached photo.) 

Officers believe the two incidents may be related and occurred sometime during the evening of January 23, 2021. 

“The content of the graffiti message at the church is particularly concerning,” says Superintendent Manly Burleigh, Surrey RCMP Operations Officer. “As part of the investigation, officers will seek to identify whether this mischief was motivated by hate.” 

Anyone with information about this incident or dash-cam footage from the area of the school or church on the evening of January 23, 2021, 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.

January 26, 2021

White Rock Council - Rewind

- Council received a report on the future of special events for the upcoming year. Virtually every regular event/festival has been cancelled with the exception of the scheduled performance by the SNOWBIRDS aerial flight team is still on the calendar for mid-July.The just completed White Rock Festival of lights on the waterfront was approved for 2021. Two new festivals which will be operated by the BIA will take place this year. A chalk art festival in May and a Buskers Festival for the summer months throughout the city were approved.

- Council turned down the application for a 6 storey condo at the corner of Fir street & Russell Avenue. Councillor Fathers/Chesney voted in support of the project with Mayor Walker casting the third vote.

- The first two hours of last evening's proceedings were dedicated the the long process of creating an operating budget for the city of White Rock for the upcoming year, with an eye to the following four years. Council will reconvene within the week to finish the first look over the budget before a public session is scheduled to allow residents to have input in the operating budget. 

Watch the live stream of last night's proceedings of White Rock council (click here)

5: 00 p.m. FINANCE AND AUDIT (click here)

Corporate report dated January 25, 2021 from the Director of Financial Services titled "2021-2025 Draft Financial Plan".

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

 

Around Town

THE BUND A Shanghai Cuisine Bar joins the new Mexican restaurant (see below) in the same block on Marine Drive on the waterfront.

 

A new FRAME IT SHO[P has opened in the 1300 block of Johnston Road uptown.

 

Work is now complete on the reworked lanes on Thrift avenue west of Johnston Road. This week the buses that have been staging (parking) on North Bluff on the south side of the road will be moving to Thrift Avenue. The new staging/layover bus location ill be in front of the street level condos in the newly completed Miramar village Phase II.

 

January 25, 2021

Thank You WRFL

Gary Gumley

GARY GUMLEY the creator of the White Rock Festival of Lights was busy on Saturday in the sunshine. The annual light festival wound up its second year along the waterfront and in Memorial Park, over the weekend.

GUMLEY will be applying to city council this evening for approval to continue the festival next year. Such a wonderful annual event that literally started with the dream of one resident, BRAVO Mr. Gumley.

 

January 21, 2021

Let's Hear It!

Do you think there is a dangerous corner near your home? Is the speed limit on y our street too high? Do you have parking problems in your neighbourhood?

Have your say on Transportation in White Rock! Your opinion on how to improve infrastructure for walking, cycling, transit and driving in the City will help develop a Transportation Master Plan.

Please take the survey at talkwhiterock.ca/transportation

 

January 20, 2021

Around Town

New hotel and convention centre complex to replace Pacific Inn Resort in South Surrey

There are far more ambitious plans to renew the hotel and meeting facilities at Pacific Inn Resort in South Surrey. There will also be a four-storey convention centre with 41,200 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space — more than four times the space of the existing building.

DoubleTree by Hilton was announced as the hotel’s new post-renovation brand, and they have been retained as the brand for this latest redevelopment concept.

At the time of the “Pink Palace” property’s closure to guests in October 2018, the hotel operator indicated the complex would undergo an extensive interior and exterior renovation at a cost of $28 million.

The City of Surrey is in the early stages of reviewing a rezoning application to turn the 4.8-acre site at 1160 King George Boulevard into two new hotel buildings reaching 10 storeys and six storeys.

 

 

The beautiful sunshine the last two days in TWHE ROCK has afforded us a walk around our city by the sea to see what's new. SEMIA the tower located @ George Street and Thrift Avenue is close to opening for occupancy. Workers recently installed a giant piece of public cart at the entrance to the building.

Vancouver's PORTE Realty which owns a number of 70's style apartments in White Rock is constructing a 6 storey rental building on Johnston Road in South Surrey, next door to the South Surrey library. One would assume if the market dictates a strong response to this new building PORTE will no doubt consider future developments on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

 

 

 

January 19. 2021

No Conflict

A resident of Langley Township was so concerned about members of Township Council taking contributions from developers then sitting in judgment of applications before council by said developers, has had his petition denied by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

The challenge had many members of councils throughout the Lower Mainland sitting on pins and needles, as it is a very common practice for candidates for local councils, filling their campaign jars with tens of thousands from developers.

Mark Underhill, representing 10 Township voters, argued in favour of a petition to the court to remove Mayor Jack Froese, Councillors Bob Long and Blair Whitmarsh from office. The petition also named former Coun. Angie Quaale, who lost her seat in the 2018 election.

Municipal elections should be 100% publicly funded. No developer money, declared or otherwise. Municipal elections do not need to be expensive - private money is not required to make them happen.

(read the full story in the local Langley paper paper)

 

January 18, 2021

Semiahmoo Nation's CHIEF CHAPPELL Speaks Out

Harley Chappell

The Semiahmoo reserve nestled between White Rock and the Peace Arch border crossing is about to get clean, fresh water after living with a boil water advisory since 2005. And with it comes new hope for the growth of the community and its economy.

"It’s time to bring our community back, develop a community core, housing, community centres, a longhouse, a canoe shed, to rebuild a community and a nation.”

Chappell, who lives in Chilliwack on the Skowkale First Nation with his wife, said he hopes to move back when housing is available for his family.

(Read the full story in THE PROVINCE - CLICK HERE)

 

January 16, 2021

You're Up!

We want to hear from you! An Official Community Plan (OCP) is the city's blueprint for managing change to achieve our shared goals. It contains policies that guide Council's 'land-use' decisions for where and how we grow in the future, helping to conserve what we love about the city as well as improve the quality of life for current and future residents. The OCP Review seeks to ensure that this important policy document is in alignment with the values, priorities, and aspirations of the community. While not all communities have OCPs with policies that guide building heights, it is recognized as an important topic in White Rock and is currently in our OCP; re-examining the policies for this important issue is part of the OCP Review.

This survey builds on feedback that was provided in Phase 1 of the OCP Review, and presents options for revising the maximum building heights in the OCP for three areas in the community: the primarily apartment neighbourhoods east and west of the Town Centre (the "Town Centre Transition" areas), the "Waterfront Village" area (both West Beach and East Beach), and a section of the area east of Peace Arch Hospital. The map of these "Outside the Town Centre" areas, also included below, can be downloaded by clicking HERE(External link)

Options for the Town Centre area itself (red area below) have been considered in a separate process, and more information about the Town Centre changes can be read in the staff report by clicking HERE. Future changes to the Town Centre development bylaws will be brought forward in Winter/Spring 2021.

*click here to register your thoughts)

 

January 15, 2021

White Rock Resident's Number Comes Up

White Rock resident Evan Monk got a surprise delivery last Thursday when an unexpected parcel showed up in the mail.

When he opened it, he discovered he is one of the Canadians randomly selected to take part in a nation-wide study by Statistics Canada to determine how many people have had COVID-19, and whether they had symptoms or not. 

About 3,800 survey invitations are expected to be sent to B.C.   

The questionnaire portion asks about COVID-19 exposure, experiences and symptoms. The finger prick kit allows for participants to leave spots of dried blood on a card that is then mailed back for lab testing. 

Monk plans on taking part, and is interested to learn his antibody testing results. .”

The federal government has invested $7 million dollars in the study through the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. Only people who receive the survey kits are able to take part.  

 

January 13, 2021

Marine Drive stabilization construction finishes in January

Construction to stabilize Marine Drive at White Rock’s Waterfront will be finished at the end of January, weather permitting, with the closed portion of the eastbound lane at “the hump” reopening for traffic.

The City of White Rock is performing retaining wall stabilization and road improvement works on Marine Drive between Johnston Road and Cypress Street. The work includes installing micro piles and reconstruction of the roadway, curb and sidewalk on Marine Drive between Johnston and Cypress.

An investigation of the metal bin walls located on the slope below Marine Drive was included in the scope of this project.

The project’s geotechnical engineer recommended that the bin walls be strengthened within five years. Future failure of the bin walls could result in materials sliding down the slope onto the railway and Promenade below. 

City Council awarded $500,000 to the companies finalizing the Marine Drive stabilization project to repair the bin walls as part of the current project.

Temporary Roadwork
The contractor will schedule temporary roadwork repairs in January and return in March to repave the road for the final product.

For more information, visit whiterockcity.ca/marinedriveproject 

 

First Nations Acknowledgment Shot Down

Jack Hundial

First time Surrey councillor JACK HUNDIAL tried to put forward a motion at Surrey's Monday council meeting to acknowledge the meeting was taking place on the land of the traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

The motion dies on the floor as the remaining members of Mayor DOUG MCCALLUM'S SURREY FIRST COALITON OF COUNCILLORS ALLL LOCK STEP VOTED AGAINS THE MOTION.

Councillors BRENDA LOCKE, STEVEN PETTIGREW and LINDA ANNIS voted in support but the motion fell to a 5-4 vote against.

Editor's Note - White Rock council has acknowledged our First Nations neighbours the Semiahmoo people at the beginning of every public meeting including all council meetings.

To listen to councillor HUNDIAL and LOCKE discuss Monday's council meeting (click here

Peace Arch Hospital Director Accused Of Jumping Vaccine Queue

Two hospital directors and two other Fraser Health staff members are being accused of jumping the queue and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of front-line health workers in B.C

A director at Peace Arch Hospital in Surrey, whose colleagues tell Global News is not involved in day-to-day direct patient care, ultimately received one of those doses. That director’s son and son-in-law, who work at the hospital as a porter and a screener, respectively, also received doses before many front-line workers did.

Days later, another director assisting with an on-site immunization clinic at Peace Arch also received one of the leftover vaccine doses. Public health officials had recommended that director receive the vaccine, sources told Global News, but the reason why was not shared.

Fraser Health confirmed in an email to Global News that three family members — the Peace Arch director and her son and son-in-law — were vaccinated in December. A spokesperson said regional staff regularly reaches out to “priority staff” in the instance of leftover doses to avoid vaccine wastage.

When asked if any other directors, board members or their relatives have received the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of front-line workers, Fraser Health would only say no other members of its “senior executive team” had.

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2021

Public Health Orders & Anti-Mask Customers



We understand that a group called "Action4Canada" has approached several businesses with a letter that claims, amongst other things, that businesses could be held "liable for up to $35,000 in damages per incident" for following the Public Health Order regarding mask wearing indoors.

I've included a photo of the letter below.  

Regarding this letter, I reached out to the City of White Rock and the RCMP Detachment for clarification & advice.  The City of White Rock pointed me to the order for mandatory mask wearing.  You can find that order here

Backgrounder on ACTION4CANADA

Action4Canada is a grassroots movement reaching out to millions of Canadians and UNITING our
voices in opposition to the destructive policies tearing at the fabric of this nation.


Through Call To ACTION campaigns, we equip citizens to take action. We are committed to protecting…FAITH, FAMILY and FREEDOM.

Action4Canada is commencing legal action against the BC government.

We have retained Rocco Galati, a top constitutional lawyer,

who is willing to take on the defence of our Charter rights and freedoms in response to the

extreme and destructive emergency measures and Bill 19.

But we can’t do this without you!

(Action4Canada website)

 

January 07, 2021

IHIT investigating fatal shooting of Gary Kang

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its investigation into the shooting death of a man at his residence in the Morgan Heights neighbourhood of Surrey, B.C. 

Yesterday morning (Wednesday January 6, 2021), just after 5 a.m., 24-year-old Gary Kang was shot several times at his home near 161 Street and 30 Avenue. He was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries. 

At 5:41 a.m., the Langley RCMP responded to a car fire near 229 Street and 78A Avenue. Investigators are working to determine if there is a connection between this and the earlier Surrey homicide. Anyone with dash cam video who was driving around the Morgan Heights area of Surrey and/or the area of Langley around 232 Street and Highway 1 between 5 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. this morning is asked to contact IHIT immediately. 

IHIT is working with the I-Teams, the Surrey RCMP, the Langley RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. An extensive canvass for video evidence and witnesses is underway. It is believed there is more than one suspect involved in the shooting. 

Gary Kang was known to police and his murder is believed to be a targeted event with linkages to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict. 

“It is too early to offer a motive behind this morning’s shooting but given what we know of Kang’s history with gang activity, we will be engaging with our gang enforcement partners,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. 

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

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


 

Did you know Canada's Favourite Crossing guard is right here in Surrey?

Terence Pitts

Terrence Pitts, the crossing guard for Latimer Road Elementary (19233 60 Ave), was given the title by Parachute, a national charity dedicated to injury prevention!
In addition to keeping students safe getting to and from school, Terrence can often be seen dancing, spinning & tipping his hat -- bringing smiles to the community every day.
"He's honestly the happiest, most welcoming person at the craziest times of the day, when it's busiest in the morning and after school," says Latimer Road Elementary principal Susan Yip.
Congratulations and thank you to Terrence for going above and beyond!

 

January 06, 2021

How High Is High?

Digital Public Open House - How Tall Should Buildings Be in White Rock? OCP Review

Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

The #1 topic for residents for the past decade has been high-rises in the city of White Rock. The constant OCP amendments that allowed the hight of buildings in certain areas of the city to change on a whim, have all been hot topics in guiding future development in White Rock.

This is your chance to be heard. Have your say online via the survey or requesting an actual form that can be mailed in.

WE NEED TO HEAR YOUR VOICES NOW!!

This digital "public open house," part of the Official Community Plan (OCP) Review, will present options for building heights outside the Town Centre - the Town Centre Transition areas (north of Thrift Avenue, both east of George Street and west of Martin Street), the Waterfront Village area (along Marine Drive between Stayte Road and Oxford Street), and the East Side Large Lot Infill area.

A survey to obtain input on these options will be available on January 15 at www.talkwhiterock.ca/ocp-review. Your input will form part of a report to go to White Rock City Council in Spring 2021, and may result in changes to the OCP, which guides the overall development of the city in setting policies for future development application decisions. A public hearing will be held before a bylaw is approved.

For more information, visit https://www.talkwhiterock.ca/ocp-review. A paper survey can be mailed to those who prefer that option. Email planning@whiterockcity.ca or call 604-541-213

 

That's How They Roll(s)

The White Rock RCMP were performing a routine curfew check in the 15600 block of Thrift Avenue over Christmas when they noticed a Rolls Royce Phantom (see pic above) in the home's garage. The market value for the car is $350,000.00. The car seemed out of place and out of character for the resident they were checking on and the residence itself.

A vehicle registration check turned up the car had been stolen in West Vancouver late last year.

At this point, no charges have been recommended, however the investigation is continuing.

 

Let’s Talk White Rock

The City is encouraging public engagement and is currently looking for your input on the City’s Transportation plan and Housing Needs survey.

Visit talkwhiterock.ca

 

January 04, 2021

Back To School?

Nearly 50 people associated with five different classes at Earl Marriott Secondary School in Surrey have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter from the school district's superintendent to members of the school community on Sunday.

In the letter, Surrey schools superintendent Jordan Tinney writes that the school district sent out several coronavirus exposure notices as winter break was approaching and into the break itself.

"We had some classes and individuals who were required to self-isolate over the holidays, which is not how we would want anyone to spend their winter break," Tinney writes in the letter.

"We have subsequently met with Fraser Health to learn more about those closing days and how we might review and adjust our plans as we open for January."

The letter goes on to outline "a few things" the school will be doing differently when classes resume, including reminding parents to complete their children's daily screening for COVID-19, encouraging mask use at secondary schools even in classrooms where they're not required, and adjusting protocols related to staff common spaces and physical education classes.

 

Bus Service To Increase To Semiahmoo Peninsula

TRANSLINK Increases South Surrey White Rock Service starting today (January 4), Despite the current pandemic bus ridership on the Peninsula has not dropped like most other regions in the Lower Mainland

To find the exact change for each route and information on all upcoming service changes, customers should visit translink.ca/servicechanges.

 

December 31, 2020

White Rock punk pioneer among Order of Canada recipients

Alex Waterhouse Hayward photo

Back in the 70's ART BERGMANN camped out in a rundown apartment on White Rock's East Beach section of Marine Drive. As Art's local musical circle began to expand eventually new accommodations were needed.

Somehow an old farmhouse on 16th avenue near the Langley border was soon home to a wild collection of local ne'er do wells. From those humble beginnings ART'S first band the Mount Lehman Grease Band was born.. The band later morphed into The Shmorgs.
From the resulting all night and sometimes all weekend musical parties the locale soon became known as SHMORG MANOR. Eventually the Valley had nothing to offer ART and his band of musical merry-men so it was off to Vancouver as the punk scene was just beginning. Numerous bands and albums later ART eventually moved to the slower pace of an Alberta farm where he currently still resides.

Congratulations ART.


 

Art Bergmann, a self described anti-hero-iconoclast, was pivotal in establishing Canada's punk rock scene in the late 1970s. He released several albums both as part of a group and as a solo artist.

Canada chose Bergmann as a recipient because of his contributions to Canada's punk music scene, as well as his "thought-provoking discourse on social, gender and racial inequalities."

Sticking true with the Order of Canada's motto, 'they desire a better country', Bergmann hopes that his appointment helps promote social change.

 

December 29, 2020

Surrey Streets On Fire - Second Slaying In Two Days

The victim was known to police but his name wasn’t disclosed. He has been identified by his father, however, as Tequel Willis of Burnaby.

UPDATE December 30, 2020

A 14-year-old boy from Burnaby was killed in Surrey Monday night, according to an update from police.

This boy’s death came less than 24 hours after another fatal shooting of a young man in the city, 19-year-old Harman Singh Dhesi. Police say they do not believe the two shootings are connected.

In both cases, police say burned-out vehicles were found shortly after and are being investigated as potentially linked. However, they are describing both victims as “known to the police” and both shootings as “targeted.”

The 14-year old was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 7:30 near 148A Street and 110 Avenue.

Police say he was gunned down almost immediately after being dropped off by a taxi. The driver witnessed the murder, and is traumatized but cooperative, according to investigators.

“Most of us can’t begin to fathom that someone as young as 14 years old could be shot and murdered. It’s very disturbing,” says Sgt. Elenore Sturko.

“It’s likely the public has many questions about how someone so young could be involved in a lifestyle that would put them at risk for such a violent and tragic death. Regardless of their background or circumstances, the senseless loss of life is a tragedy.”

Police say he was gunned down almost immediately after being dropped off by a taxi. The driver witnessed the murder, and is traumatized but cooperative, according to investigators.

“Most of us can’t begin to fathom that someone as young as 14 years old could be shot and murdered. It’s very disturbing,” says Sgt. Elenore Sturko.

“It’s likely the public has many questions about how someone so young could be involved in a lifestyle that would put them at risk for such a violent and tragic death. Regardless of their background or circumstances, the senseless loss of life is a tragedy.”

RELATED STORY: Two men killed in two shootings in Surrey in less than 24 hours

Sgt. Frank Jang with The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says Dhesi was found Sunday with gunshot wounds in his vehicle, but later died of his injuries in hospital.

Dhesi was known to police, and IHIT’s number one priority is to determine a motive, Jang says.

“One of the things we’re doing is to look back into Harman Dhesi’s past and those specific interactions he had with police, and if he was with anyone during those interactions — we’re going to look into their backgrounds as well,” Jang says.

“It’s a tragic event. Harman Dhesi was 19-years-old. He was barely an adult,” Jang says, adding the man’s family is devastated to lose their son, especially given it’s happened during the holiday season.”

 

Surrey RCMP are supporting IHIT as they investigate a second fatal shooting in Surrey in the past 24 hours

Another fatal shooting is under investigation in Surrey, less than 24 hours after a 19-year-old was gunned down in the same city.

Last evening ( Monday ) Surrey Mounties said they were called to 148A Street near 110 Avenue. Upon their arrival they found a man who was suffering from gunshot wounds.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in and is working with Surrey RCMP's major crime section. 

Sgt. Frank Jang with IHIT said a vehicle was found on fire in Langley after the incident. 

"It is certainly too early to tell or to say that it is in fact linked to this latest homicide," he said, adding that investigators are treating the vehicle as possibly connected. "We are going to be working with our partners there, with the Langley RCMP, to determine further details."

The fatal incident was announced just hours after investigators released details about a shooting that happened Sunday night. At about 10:30 p.m., a 19-year-old had been gunned down near 137A Street and 90 Avenue, which is about six kilometres away from Monday's shooting. 

First responders rushed the man to hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries. Sunday's victim has since been identified as Harman Singh Dhesi, a young man who was known to law enforcement.

 

December 25, 2020

Christmas Is A Time For Giving

....and give they did.

When SAVE ON foods heard the need for a little something special for today's hot Christmas Lunch for the needy in our community, they quickly reached out to the White Rock Rotary club and made a sizable donation.

The White Rock Rotary Club has promoted and operated a free lunch program in the little house on the parking lot next to the White Rock Playhouse. Six days a week MOTI BALI and a host of volounteers distribute hot meals to over three dozen less fortunate in our community.

Today a full Christmas dinner will be packaged up and distributed to the need in the noon hour today

 

Taking The Plunge

The gentleman in this picture has amazed visitors to the White Rock waterfront for a couple of weeks now, by going in for a swim with his dog. Last week White Rock RCMP arrested the man for making inappropriate remarks to women along the promenade and pier.

He was released later that day with an order to not be in the area of the White Rock waterfront.

Despite that warning from the police this young man continues to return to the waterfront. If you see him on or near the waterfront over the holidays please help him by calling the White Rock RCMP non emergency phone#

Phone: 778-593-3600

 

December 23, 2020

Election Results For Semiahmoo First Nations

Sixty plus members of the Semiahmoo First Nations exercised their right yesterday to cast a vote for the council that will lead the band for the next two years,

Band leader HARLEY CHAPPELL was re-elected as was long time councillor JOANNE CHARLES and first term councillor JENNINE COOK were both re-elected.

Election Results

Results for chief
Harley Chappell-28
Roxanne Charles-10
Mike Cook-10


Council
Joanne Charles-31
Jennine Cook-40
McMartinGarrett-14

 

EVACUATION: Crude oil train derails and catches fire in Custer

Too close for comfort.

A BNSF train carrying crude oil to the Cherry Point refinery just south of us in Washington state, derailed causing a number of oil cars to derail and catch fire.

Whatcom County Emergency Management reported a number of cars caught fire near Main and Portal Drive in Custer.

The State Patrol reported the train was carrying crude oil.

Law enforcement has evacuated everyone from the Custer Area, and people were kept away from the area.

I-5 was closed for hours between Grandview and Birch Bay Lynden Road and traffic is being diverted around the incident.

There were no reported injuries.

UPDATE DECEMBER 24

A spokesperson for the company in Texas sent CBC News a brief statement, saying the two crew members aboard the train weren't hurt and that it was traveling northbound.

The railway crosses the border into B.C., traveling through White Rock, but according to BNSF, the 108-car train was carrying crude oil from North Dakota to a refinery in Ferndale, Wash.

BNSF updated the number of cars that derailed, putting the number at 10, three of which caught fire.

 

Local Outbreak

Locally a full lock-down was put in place yesterday for EVERGREEN Baptist Seniors Care Centre in White Rock.

The new outbreak involves two residents and two staff members.

Most residents will now be locked down in their private rooms over the Christmas holiday to bring the outbreak under control.

 

December 21, 2020

Not So Happy Anniversary


The afternoon of Dec. 20, 2018, a violent windstorm pummeled White Rock's Semiahmoo Bay with 90 to 100-kilometre-an-hour winds. Canada's longest pier, a wooden structure built in 1914, was torn in half, and winds tossed damaged boats, trees, wood planks and other debris onto the shoreline.

TIM SHIELDS former media liaison for the RCMP was there and documented the destruction of CANADA'S Longest Pier.

 

December 20, 2020

Water Begins To Flow To Semiahmoo First Nations

The Semiahmoo First Nation held a water ceremony Friday, December 18th, 2020, at 1:00 PM PST in recognition of the City of Surrey opening the Semiahmoo Water Tie-in Connections to the Semiahmoo water distribution system. The ceremony to be held at Hwy 99 and Beach Road is a celebration of the work that has been accomplished to date and a blessing over the water.

SFN band council - Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL and councillors JOANNE CHARLES and JENNINE COOK

“In cooperation with the City of Surrey, we want to celebrate the next step to secure reliable access to potable drinking water on Semiahmoo First Nation,” said Harley Chappell, Chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation. “While the water and sanitary sewer connections still need to be connected to the houses and other work to be completed, the ceremony today celebrates hope and new beginnings for our community to have reliable access to potable drinking water. We are proud of what we have accomplished, and this is a momentous occasion for our Nation to improve the health and wellbeing of the Semiahma.”

City of Surrey official turns the tap

The Semiahmoo First Nation is under one of the longest Boil Water Advisories in Canada. An agreement was made between the Semiahmoo First Nation and the City of Surrey to provide potable water and sanitary sewer on July 23, 2018. Work has been ongoing on the nearly 2 km of pipes to form the connection since March 2019 with funding from Indigenous Services Canada. Though delayed due to the global pandemic, the project is expected to be completed in the new year.

 

December 18, 2020

Election Time For Semiahmoo First Nations

The sixty plus registered voters of the Semiahmoo First Nations will go to the polls on Tuesday (December 22) to elect a band council that will govern the nation for the next 2 years. The three members of the current council Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL and the two members of council JOANNE CHARLES and JENNINE COOK will stand for re-election.

ROXANNE CHARLES (a former band council member) and MIKE COOK will challenge HARLEY CHAPPELL for the position of band leader. JENNINE COOK and JOANNE CHARLES face one challenge for the two council seats by newcomer GARRETT MCMARTIN.

The results will be announced Tuesday evening when the polls close.

 

Online applications open for BC Recovery Benefit

Online applications are now open for British Columbians to apply for the BC Recovery Benefit.

“I’d like to thank the B.C. public service for getting this program up and running so quickly and to the hundreds of Service BC call centre staff who will be helping British Columbians apply for their BC Recovery Benefit,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Finance. “Please be patient and respectful to staff over the holidays as call volumes may result in longer wait times.”

An estimated 3.7 million individuals and families, or 90% of all B.C. adults, are eligible for the benefit. Eligibility includes:

  • $1,000 for families with annual incomes under $125,000. Families earning up to $175,000 will qualify for a reduced benefit amount. Single-parent families also qualify for these benefit amounts.
  • $500 for single people with annual incomes under $62,500. Single people earning up to $87,500 will qualify for a reduced benefit amount.

Applying online is the easiest way to receive the BC Recovery Benefit. To apply, British Columbians can visit: gov.bc.ca/recoverybenefit

 

He Know When You've Been Sleeping & He Knows If You Are Having Company Over!

This weekend is the last weekend before Christmas and traditionally it is a busy weekend full of holiday celebrations and parties. Surrey RCMP is encouraging everyone to abide by current provincial public health orders – and reminding rule breakers of the consequences of defying those orders..

Current provincial public health orders have placed restrictions on gatherings –even within private residences. Event organizers are subject to a $2,300 fine and anyone attending an event is subject to a fine of $230. This applies to dinner parties and cocktail parties, including with extended family and close friends – even if it’s just a few. One common misconception is that gatherings are still allowed in yards, on decks, or in residential garages. This is incorrect.

Owners and operators of establishments that serve food and liquor can receive violation tickets and fines of $2300 for not abiding by provincial public health orders related to their businesses.

Masks are required in public indoor settings. Individuals are subject to a $230 violation ticket if they do not wear a mask in an indoor public setting, unless they are exempt. A fine can also be issued for anyone refusing to comply with the direction of an enforcement officer, including the direction to leave the space, or to those who engage in abusive or belligerent behavior.

More information on province-wide COVID-19 restrictions can be found on this provincial government webpage.

Anyone who would like to report a concern regarding contravention of provincial public health orders in Surrey can call the COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team: 604-591-4370 or 604-599-0502

 

December 17, 2020

Porch Pirate arrested, Christmas gifts recovered

White Rock RCMP executed a search warrant in the 15300 block of Pacific Avenue on December 16th, recovering numerous stolen packages from White Rock and South Surrey.  Police viewed surveillance video from residences where packages were stolen, and quickly identified a suspect.   A 59 year-old female, known to police, was arrested during the execution of the search warrant.   She has been released awaiting court and has conditions not to attend her victims residences.

“This is a case of greed,” advised Constable Sears “she is gainfully employed and has the ability financially to purchase the items she stole.”

White Rock RCMP reminds residents who are receiving packages of the following:

  • Request signature confirmation. This means that someone needs to accept and sign for the delivery and the package won't be left unattended. You can do this by contacting the sender.
  • Ask for the package to be left out of plain view (at the side or back door rather than the front, for example). You can request this in the "delivery instructions" on some websites or by contacting the seller or delivery company.
  • If you were planning to be home for a delivery but unexpectedly have to leave, call the delivery company and ask to make other arrangements.
  • Ask a neighbour who is home during the day to bring your package inside when it arrives.

Light Up Your Life

The Festival of Lights (wrfl.org) has returned for a second year to the White Rock waterfront. ( see announcement below )

Due to the current concerns for COVID the city had worked with the organizers through the difficult time waiting for approval from the Province of Victoria on whether the light display could not be categorized as an "event per se"

Approval came last week and hurriedly the organizers kicked into gear.

The beautiful light display will light up the are of Memorial Park well into the New Year.

 

Lost Item

A White Rock resident is reaching out to see if anyone can help locate a rosary that was lost at the Peace Arch Hospital last week.

LOST - my grandma's rosary, It was in a little black velvet pouch, over 100 years old and blessed and passed on to me at my mothers funeral.  It has a relic in the cross.  made of olive seeds.  I was admitted to emergency at peace arch hospital last week and may have dropped it getting in or out of the car.  Might easily be lost in the mud. It would have no monetary value to anyone who finds it.

If you have any knowledge or perhaps found this item please contact us here @ The White Rock Sun and we will put you together with the owner. 

David Chesney/Editor - editor@whiterocksun.com

 

December 16, 2020

Feeling A Little Sad?

Seasonal Affective Disorder Lamp

Sunshine Lamps are new to the FVRL Playground. Now available for loan – free with your FVRL card.

https://youtu.be/Rn87jKjrmCM

The Playground at FVRL – Sunshine Lamps

Sunshine Lamps are light therapy boxes that emit a bright light (10,000 lux). They are meant to reproduce the effects of natural sunlight. Many people use light therapy to combat the winter blues or cheer up on cloudy days. Sunshine Lamps replace lost sunlight exposure and can help to balance hormones and reset the body's internal clock in healthy adults. They can enhance mood, energy, sleep and focus – but without the harmful UV rays.

Want to borrow a Sunshine Lamp? It’s easy!

All you need is an FVRL card. You can check availability at your library or search online in the FVRL catalogue (https://fvrl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1833088021) .

Learn more at www.fvrl.ca/sunshine_lamps (https://www.fvrl.bc.ca/sunshine_lamps.php) .

 

December 15, 2020

Motor vehicle collision  North Bluff Road and Best Street


Surrey RCMP is at the scene of a motor vehicle collision on North Bluff Road and Best street of Surrey.

On December 14, 2020, at approximately 07:10 PM, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a pedestrian motor vehicle collision on North Bluff Road and Best Street. A  vehicle was involved in a collision with a pedestrian at the intersection of North Bluff Road and Best Street.

The pedestrian has been transported to local area hospital in serious condition with life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene and is co-operating. The incident is still under investigation. The intersection of North Bluff Road and Best Street will be closed for traffic for the next few hours while investigators gather evidence.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has further information is asked to call 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 2020-192764.

 

December 12, 2020

How High Can You Go?

Lawyers for the City of White Rock and GSR Limited (Calgary company) were back in the Supreme Court of British Columbia yesterday attempting to resolve the future of the Lady Alexander highrise (pictured above).

Both sides presented their case before Justice GROBERMAN. At the end of the very long full day of submissions by the two lawyers, the court has decided to hold off rendering its decision on whether or not the highrise can proceed until after the holiday season. Judge GROBERMAN has requested the lawyers for GSR submit how they feel the problem can be remedied if the decision rests in their favour. This must be submitted by January 08, 2021. The lawyers for the city of White Rock must have their submissions into the courts one week later on January 15, 2021.

 

December 11, 2020

Look Up In The Air, It's A Bird It's A Plane

The SNOWBIRDS last performed over Semiahmoo Bay on Saturday July 23, 2016. Almost 5 years to the date. This year with a show just next door over Boundary Bay airport the night before they arrive over White Rock, means we will have two opportunities to see this precision aerial flight team.

Welcome back

Government Approves White Rock Festival of Lights

Email notification from GARY GUMLEY the organizer of the second annual White Rock Festival of Lights.

WRFL 2020 got an exemption from Ministry of Health Wednesday.

We were able to convince MOH that our activities are "light displays" with no "event" activities associated with the displays.

I am working with city hall officials City Staff today and tomorrow to define parameters.
 

 

December 09, 2020

Oooooohh Canada


Last week White Rock's MARK DONNELLEY was summarily fired from his job as the Vancouver Canucks MR O CANADA, via text no less.

DONNELLEY chose to appear at an anti mask/anti vaccine rally held over the weekend on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Here for the first time MARK DONNELLY gives his side of the story and explains why he chose to be part of what he refers to as a Pro Science Rally.

 

White Rock Council Recap

White Rock council and staff convened for the final session of council for 2020 last evening.

HIGHLIGHTS;

- No final decision was arrived at regarding the future of the second annual FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS on the White Rock waterfront. The cit and the organizers will be waiting for direction from Victoria on whether or not he festival is able to proceed. The decision is expected this week.

- Recreation director ERIC STEPURA informed council the tennis courts at Centennial Park have now been padlocked preventing any use for wither tennis or pickleball until further notice due to the pandemic.

- Council created a by-law to allow for $4 million dollars from the CAC fund (Community Amenity Contributions from developers) to be directed towards social/supportive housing.

- The engineering department requested an additional $693,000.00 for extra work on shoring up Marine Drive along the are known as the hunt. The figure would be added to the original budget of $1.1 million dollars. The request passed with Councillors Treveylan/Kristjanson and Chesney voting against the request. The extra work will force the closure of Marine drive for another month until Mid-January 2021.

- a motion by Mayor WALKER to rescind the original motion to comply with TRANSLINK'S request for tree removal and tree pruning to accommodate the new double decker buses that run on the 354 bus route through lower White Rock was defeated with only Mayor WALKER voting in support.

 

Budget 2021 holds the line on property taxes and invests in community infrastructure

 At last night’s Regular Council meeting Surrey City Council adopted Budget 2021, which includes a five-year financial plan through to 2025. For the third year in a row the general property tax increase has been set at 2.9%, which is among the lowest among Metro Vancouver municipalities. A Capital Parcel Tax increase of $200 has also been introduced for the express purpose of building new facilities and upgrading existing amenities. The following is a list of projects that the Capital Parcel Tax will directly fund.

  1. Newton Community Centre & Land Acquisition
  1. Sunnyside Reservoir Pickleball & Bike Park
  1. City Centre Sports Complex - Phase 1
  1. New Park Washrooms
  1. Bear Creek Park Athletics Centre
  1. Biodiversity Preserve Park Improvements
  1. South Surrey Athletic Park Track Replacement & New Artificial Turf Field
  1. Trail & Path Development
  2. Crescent Park Studio/Building Renovation
  1. Newton Turf & Washroom/Changeroom
  1. Outdoor Volleyball Courts
  1. Artificial Turf Field Replacements at Five Locations
  1. New Park Shelters
  1. Indigenous Carving Centres
  2. Newton Athletic Park Walking Track
  1. Cloverdale Sport & Ice Complex

with 2 sheets of ice (budgeted for 2022/23)

“As Surrey continues to grow and prosper, and with more and more people moving here it is important that our public amenities keep pace with our growth,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Council has adopted a Budget that funds 16 new capital projects that will benefit everyone in Surrey, which include a new community centre in Newton, a new sports complex in City Centre and new Pickleball Courts and Bike Park at Sunnyside. All 16 of these projects are funded so work can get underway next year. 

Despite the challenges that have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Surrey’s Budget 2021 is balanced in accordance with the Local Government Act and the Community Charter

“City Council has also made sure that Budget 2021 pairs strong community investment with fiscal responsibility, said Mayor Doug McCallum. “When it comes to property tax rates, I am very proud to say that Surrey continues to be in the bottom third of all Metro Vancouver cities. On behalf of Council, I want to thank all our citizens for making Surrey the liveable and great city that it is. Council shares your civic pride and we will continue to work hard to bring our City to even greater heights.”

The full Budget 2021 document can be found here.

 

Now & Then

HUGH ELLENWOOD down at the White Rock museum has been busier than Santa's elves this holiday season. HUGH has put together a collection of pictures around White Rock showing what is there now and what used to be there.

+Don't forget to check out HUGH'S White Rock trivia contest #2 below.

 

December 08, 2020

Covid Restriction Remain In Place Until January 08, 2021

British Columbians will still need to adhere to COVID-19 orders over the holidays now that the provincial health officer has extended the restrictions into the new year.

The orders brought in last month to slow the spread of the virus will continue until Jan. 8, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday. This means, with a few exceptions, British Columbians should not be gathering indoors with people outside their immediate households over the holidays, and Henry is still advising against non-essential travel.

“We can’t lose sight of the fact that we continue to have very high levels of transmission and community spread here in British Columbia,” she said “We can still be festive. We can still connect with family, and with friends in a safe and virtual way.”

Under the renewed order, there is an exception for drive-thru and drive-in events, like light displays and toy drives. Drive-in-and-stay events with less than 50 vehicles in attendance are also allowed.

Henry noted the restrictions have been making a difference since new infections have been leveling off recently. However, hospitalizations have raised dramatically, tripling over the course of November. There are currently 349 patients in hospital, with 77 in critical care. She added the health-care system is feeling the strain and measures are needed to lower the numbers.

This comes as Henry announced 2,020 new infections and 35 deaths since Friday.

 

December 07, 2020

Drive Thru - Opening This Week

For the past week commuters leaving the Peninsula have watched as giant tents were being erected on the seldom used TRANSLINK parking lot on the West side of the King George Highway @ the Park N' Ride.

Move set? Homeless shelter? Neither. FRASER HEALTH will open a drive thru COVID testing station next week on the vacant parking lot.

Tests can be booked online one day in advance through an online booking tool on the Fraser Health website, otherwise testing without an appointment can be accommodated as space allows. 

Fraser Health says, on average, seven out of their 10 testing sites have wait times of less than one hour. 

update

DECEMBER 04, 2020

 

Fraser Health to open COVID-19 test collection centre in South Surrey

SURREY – Fraser Health will open a new COVID-19 test collection centre in South Surrey on December 8th as part of our planned expansion to provide timely access to COVID-19 testing for those who are experiencing even mild symptoms.

The new site will be located at 3800 King George Highway, at TransLink’s South Surrey Park and Ride at the junction of Highway 99. It will offer increased access to testing, and will process between 500 and 700 tests per day when operating at full capacity. A partnership between Fraser Health and the South Surrey-White Rock Division of Family Practice, the site will offer drive-in testing seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

An online booking tool can be used to secure appointment times when the new site opens. Drop-ins without appointments are available throughout our region.

Since we expanded COVID-19 testing in June, our capacity has increased more than sevenfold from an average of 600 to 700 tests a day to greater than 5,000 tests per day at our COVID-19 test collection centres across our region. Fraser Health will monitor and continue to increase our COVID-19 test collection capacity, and continue to work with our partners to shorten the wait time to receive test results.

At this time, it is critically important for people living in the Fraser Health region to use the COVID-19 assessment tool and get tested as soon as you have COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Please don’t wait, and book or drop by one of our COVID-19 test collection centres which are operated in partnership with local Divisions of Family Practice. People living in the Fraser Health region can find information about test collection centres by visiting Fraser Health’s website.

 

Christmas Lights Tour

Wish Upon a Star
Where: 19367 62A Ave., Surrey
When: Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 4-11 p.m. nightly
Info: facebook.com  |  bcchf.ca/wishuponastar
This annual Christmas display will be back for 2020, and will be accepting donations for BC Children’s Hospital. The display features 40,000 lights with Santa and his sleigh, an interactive musical snowman, a light show, many animated characters, Rudolph, Bumble and friends, a free toy draw for the kids, hot chocolate with a sanitizing station and more.

Feeling shut in? Welcome to the club.

Perhaps if you bundled up the family, made a thermos of hot chocolate and took a drive around the Lower Mainland to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations you would feel better.

(click here for a collection of homes and addresses that have lit up the night)

 

December 07, 2020

Drive Thru - Opening This Week

For the past week commuters leaving the Peninsula have watched as giant tents were being erected on the seldom used TRANSLINK parking lot on the West side of the King George Highway @ the Park N' Ride.

Move set? Homeless shelter? Neither. FRASER HEALTH will open a drive thru COVID testing station next week on the vacant parking lot.

Tests can be booked online one day in advance through an online booking tool on the Fraser Health website, otherwise testing without an appointment can be accommodated as space allows. 

Fraser Health says, on average, seven out of their 10 testing sites have wait times of less than one hour. 

update

DECEMBER 04, 2020

 

Fraser Health to open COVID-19 test collection centre in South Surrey

SURREY – Fraser Health will open a new COVID-19 test collection centre in South Surrey on December 8th as part of our planned expansion to provide timely access to COVID-19 testing for those who are experiencing even mild symptoms.

The new site will be located at 3800 King George Highway, at TransLink’s South Surrey Park and Ride at the junction of Highway 99. It will offer increased access to testing, and will process between 500 and 700 tests per day when operating at full capacity. A partnership between Fraser Health and the South Surrey-White Rock Division of Family Practice, the site will offer drive-in testing seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

An online booking tool can be used to secure appointment times when the new site opens. Drop-ins without appointments are available throughout our region.

Since we expanded COVID-19 testing in June, our capacity has increased more than sevenfold from an average of 600 to 700 tests a day to greater than 5,000 tests per day at our COVID-19 test collection centres across our region. Fraser Health will monitor and continue to increase our COVID-19 test collection capacity, and continue to work with our partners to shorten the wait time to receive test results.

At this time, it is critically important for people living in the Fraser Health region to use the COVID-19 assessment tool and get tested as soon as you have COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Please don’t wait, and book or drop by one of our COVID-19 test collection centres which are operated in partnership with local Divisions of Family Practice. People living in the Fraser Health region can find information about test collection centres by visiting Fraser Health’s website.

 

Christmas Lights Tour

Wish Upon a Star
Where: 19367 62A Ave., Surrey
When: Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 4-11 p.m. nightly
Info: facebook.com  |  bcchf.ca/wishuponastar
This annual Christmas display will be back for 2020, and will be accepting donations for BC Children’s Hospital. The display features 40,000 lights with Santa and his sleigh, an interactive musical snowman, a light show, many animated characters, Rudolph, Bumble and friends, a free toy draw for the kids, hot chocolate with a sanitizing station and more.

Feeling shut in? Welcome to the club.

Perhaps if you bundled up the family, made a thermos of hot chocolate and took a drive around the Lower Mainland to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations you would feel better.

(click here for a collection of homes and addresses that have lit up the night)

 

Now & Then

HUGH ELLENWOOD down at the White Rock museum has been busier than Santa's elves this holiday season. HUGH has put together a collection of pictures around White Rock showing what is there now and what used to be there.

+Don't forget to check out HUGH'S White Rock trivia contest #2 below.

 

 

December 03, 2020

Developers Hip Pockets

During the 2014-2018 term of council, the majority (5-2) on council approved many of the current highrises reaching for the sky in our city by the sea. There was always the question which was actually even posed in the council chambers, "How can it not be a conflict of interest if a candidate accepts money from a developer, how is it not a conflict of interest when said developer appears before council?" The city of White Rock and its law firm stood steadfast and true and endlessly opposed any such notion.

Judge hears Langley development case that could end in mayor, councillors booted out of council

The conflict of interest case was launched by local voters a year ago

(click link to read the full story)

 

 

December 01, 2020

Slope Stability Almost Complete

The Marine Drive Stabilization Project is ahead of schedule and will be substantially finished by mid-December.

Full two-way traffic access will be restored using temporary asphalt surfacing between mid-December and spring, with final road resurfacing in the spring. Portions of the sidewalk will also be temporarily restored in asphalt. 

For more project info and videos, visit http://ow.ly/mHCC50CyH2J

 

IHIT called to fatal shooting outside Surrey commercial plaza

 

 The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its investigation into the shooting death of a man at a Surrey commercial plaza. 

On November 29, 2020 at 7:41 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to numerous calls of shots fired outside a Shopper’s Drug Mart near 152 Street and Fraser Highway. Officers arrived to find 29-year-old Riyad Rasheed with multiple gun shot wounds. He was pronounced dead at scene. A dark colored sedan left the area immediately following the shooting 

At 9 p.m., the Richmond RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire near Cambie and No 7 Road. This vehicle is believed to be the suspect vehicle from the earlier shooting in Surrey. Anyone with dash cam video who was near the areas of the shooting in Surrey and the car fire in Richmond is asked to call IHIT immediately. 

Riyad Rasheed was known to police and his murder is believed to have been a targeted incident with links to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict. 

IHIT is currently working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Richmond RCMP, the Lower Mainland I-Teams and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

“This was a brazen shooting in a commercial plaza with numerous members of the public in the area at the time of the incident,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “The perpetrators of this violence need to be held to account. They will now be targeted for prosecution.” 

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).


 

November 28, 2020 

Surrey Councillor Receives Death Threat

On November 20th, 2020 the image below was posted on the Facebook page Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition. 

Surrey Councillor Jack Hundial received a death threat. The RCMP made an arrest earlier this week. 

Doug McCallum has not spoken with Jack Hundial or made a public comment on the matter. 

The ad still appears on the Safe Surrey Coalition Facebook page.

UPDATE

Man arrested in connection with threats against Surrey councillor Jack Hundial

The alleged death threats were made on social media to Hundial and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mounties in Surrey have arrested a man after death threats were made toward a member of Surrey city council and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday.

RCMP said they arrested a man later that day on two counts of uttering threats. The suspect, a 42-year old man from Surrey, has been released on conditions with a court date scheduled for the new year.

Test Your White Rock IQ


HUGH ELLENWOOD from the White Rock Museum returns with the second installment of "Test Your White Rock History IQ."

 

 

November 25, 2020

City of White Rock: Sales agents testing water in homes

The City of White Rock has received calls from residents who have been approached by sales agents who ask to come into their homes to test their water. The agents give the impression that they're from the City. 

The City conducts ongoing water quality tests and all data is available on our Water Quality page. If you have questions and concerns about your water, contact the City at water@whiterockcity.ca or 604-541-2181.

It is important that you know who is at your door before you let someone enter. This is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are urged by the Provincial Health Officer to have only family in our homes.

The RCMP has some helpful information on home security in this RCMP brochure:

Keeping yourself safe at home: Before you open the door to a stranger, verify who is there by using a peephole or verbally confirming the identity of the individual.

Be suspicious of an unexpected salesperson or repair company – they could be a potential burglar checking your possessions and security measures. 

Always ask for identification, and if needed call the company to confirm the identity of the individual.

Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable opening the door for a particular person – don’t. If in an apartment building, do not let unknown individuals into your building. 

DONNA L. KELL, APR

Manager, Communications and Government Relations City of White Rock

Test Your White Rock IQ


HUGH ELLENWOOD from the White Rock Museum returns with the second installment of "Test Your White Rock History IQ."

 

November 24, 2020 

Sometimes, all we need is a little change in perspective

News from the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation

This photo shows the site of our new ER (currently under construction!), made possible with the generous contributions of our dedicated donors. 

Our plan is to build five spacious new surgical suites directly above the new ER, and to renovate one of the existing small operating rooms for dedicated cataract surgeries. The other two current Operating Rooms will be re purposed as patient recovery bays. 

Have a question about this project? 

We'd love to hear from you!

Send us an email to info@pahfoundation.ca

 

South Surrey Town Centre Future - Have Your Say

The City of Surrey is looking for input on the Semiahmoo Town Centre plan.

I think it's REALLY important we all have a say, so please complete the survey:
https://www.cityspeaks.ca/c/r/semiahmootcp2

The city of White Rock is also engaging residents to create a new development "guideline", often referred to as the OCP Official Community Plan

 

November 23, 2020 

New Top Cop In Surrey

Norm Lipinski

Surrey Police Board Appoints first Chief Constable


Friday the Surrey Police Board (SPB) appointed Norm Lipinski to be the first Chief Constable of the city’s municipal police service, the Surrey Police Service (SPS). 

In the coming weeks, Norm Lipinski will assume leadership of the SPS, bringing over 25 years of experience serving within large, urban Canadian municipalities. Prior to joining the Surrey Police Service, Chief Lipinski served as Deputy Chief of both the neighbouring Delta Police Service and the Edmonton Police Service, as well as Assistant Commissioner for the RCMP.  

“I am honoured to lead Surrey through this important transition towards a more modern, inclusive, accountable, and community-based policing model,” said Chief Constable Lipinski. “I look forward to working closely with Surrey’s diverse communities to learn more about their priorities and building a service to meet the needs of this rapidly growing and dynamic city.” 

“We are confident Chief Norm Lipinski is the right leader to bring Surrey into a new era of modern and progressive policing while staying attuned to the priorities of this growing community,” said Surrey Police Board Chair, Doug McCallum. “A city like Surrey needs a locally governed and accountable service and I am thrilled we are delivering on a promise we made to this city’s residents and business community.” 

Chief Constable Lipinski was selected through a rigorous recruitment process led by a third-party professional search firm and vetted through objective decision-making criteria framework that placed particular emphasis on leadership experience, demonstrable experience promoting progressive policing policies, including commitment to de-escalation training and ability to foster a diverse and inclusive environment.   

The Chief Constable’s first order of business is to start recruiting officers. The Chief Constable and Surrey Police Board will also immediately get to work developing Surrey Police Service’s first Strategic Plan that will outline the priorities, goals and objectives of the SPS.  

 

November 18, 2020


The Return of the Lady Alexandra



When the current White Rock council was elected two years ago (October 2018) council requested staff to provide a list of any current projects that received an OCP amendment that had not yet been issued building permits.

One of the projects caught in limbo was the proposed LADY ALEXANDRA development at the corner of Roper and Johnston road. 1310 Johnston road.

Council put the developer on notice the law stated they had 7 days to submit the necessary paperwork to receive a building permit. When the developer was unable to meet the deadline the projected was stopped.

The developer immediately booked a date for the Supreme Court of British Columbia to have the decision reversed. The court case proceeded with the city winning the case in a judgment released by the Supreme Court;

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that the City of White Rock was justified in putting the the Lady Alexandra project for lower Johnston Road on hold.

In a decision handed down on March 31, Supreme Court Justice Carla Forth ruled in favour of city council’s decision, made in November, 2018, to halt the 12-storey highrise previously approved for 1310 Johnston Rd., pending an OCP review.

Also upheld was council’s subsequent down-zoning of the property to six storeys.

The city of White Rock three months ago received notice of an appeal of the decision rendered March 30, 2020.

That appeal will now proceed December 12 in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

(click here to read the court order)

 

September 27, 2020

Christy Fox photo

Someone decided to pain our city's namesake over the weekend. I trust the city operations has already or will attend to it first thing Monday morning.

Below is a sampling of social media comments.

I am for Black Lives Matter but this is wrong and does not help the cause.
I agree, defacing property is not the way to go...makes the cause look bad
That is so upsetting! My husband is black and our family would never support BLM. If you look deeper into the organization you will see what this organization is all about.

Everybody loves a White Rock sunset

If you are a regular reader of THE SUN, you will know I use a pool of talented photographers on the Peninsula who constantly remind us of the spectacular beauty of our home.

One of those photographers is BILL HAWKE.

This is a picture he posted this morning with the caption "everyone love a White Rock sunset" and that is exactly what it appears the Canada goose is doing.

Thank you Bill.

(click here to see a collection of BILL HAWKE photos)

 

 

September 25, 2020

Today Is The First Day of CULTURE DAYS

Join us for a national celebration where arts, culture, and creativity intersect. Indoors, outdoors, and online—discover the world of arts and culture across Canada.

Reimagined to engage and delight despite the times, Culture Days has extended beyond the traditional Weekend to a 4-week interactive, immersive arts and culture experience happening across Canada in-person where possible, and online. From September 25 to October 25, 2020, lose yourself in a labyrinth of hundreds of virtual concerts, live shows, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and more - every option is free. Creators have been waiting to unleash their works and reconnect with the world, and it’s finally time for the curtain to rise. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure of artistry you won’t soon forget.

(click here for full listing of events in Surrey)

 

White Rock Water Manager Honoured

The White Rock Peace Arch Rotary club recently awarded DR. SAAD JASIM the "Paul North Harris Fellowship Award DR. JASIM joined Rotary International in 1993 and has been active with Rotary since arriving in White Rock to develop our world class water treatment centre.

Dr. Jasim arrived in White Rock in 2017 as the city was beginning the process of upgrading the newly purchased water system from EPCOR. Through his tireless efforts and expertise Dr. Jasim invented a water treatment centre that could remove any minerals from a ground water system source.

The system was the first in the world. The City of White Rock this year through the graciousness of Dr. Jasim was able to patent the system with plans to monetize the sale of the intellectual property in the future.

Congratulations Dr. Jasim

 

City of White Rock

With more rain in the forecast, there is potential for street flooding.

You can help prevent flooding by clearing catch basins near your home or business.

Report road flooding with Request for Service http://ow.ly/9cgq50BApNs

 

 

 

 

September 24, 2020

Give Me Your Money....Please

During January and February 2020, the City of White Rock asked residents on how they would spend $13M on amenities for the community.

This occurred primarily through a Community Forum (information session and workshop) on January 20, 2020, two subsequent pop-up events on February 4, and February 9, and an online survey available throughout the period after the Community Forum until February 18, 2020. A robust interaction on the topic also occurred on a related post on the City’s Facebook page, with over 274 reactions, comments and shares. Details regarding the level of public engagement through these various channels are attached in a summary document provided as Appendix A to this corporate report.

Last evening (Wednesday) councillors MANNING/CHESNEY/TREVELYAN/KRISTJANSON & JOHANSON received the report from staff and began the first stage of deciphering the information submitted by the residents

Council identified 3 main areas they would like to receive further information from staff reports.

1. Affordable Housing

2. Centre Street Walkway-upgrade

3. Park on the White Rock waterfront.

 

City of White Rock’s first Economic Development Officer

 The City of White Rock has hired its first Economic Development Officer. Carolyn Latzen will lead the refresh of the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and develop strategies to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Latzen, who begins in the part-time role on Sept. 28, has extensive retail and business experience in leadership roles. She teaches marketing at a private college in Surrey.  

Latzen is familiar with business in White Rock. She volunteered on the City’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and was chairperson of the Marine Drive Task Force.  

In her role as Economic Development Officer, Latzen will collaborate with the City’s Planning and Development Services team, the White Rock BIA, the South Surrey-White Rock Chamber of Commerce, Explore White Rock and local businesses.     

Quotes 

Carolyn Latzen
Economic Development Officer
City of White Rock
 

“This is an amazing time to serve in the Economic Development Officer with the City of White Rock. We are all challenged by COVID-19 in our day-to-day lives. At the same time, it has caused us to accelerate so many trends in the world, including for businesses, which are adapting and innovating at a rapid pace. I look forward to collaborating with my business partners to update the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and to support businesses during and after the pandemic.”  

 

 

Thank You White Rock Rotary

Rajagopal @ cheque presentation

Members of the White Rock Rotary club Tuesday were proud to present a cheque for $63,000.00 to White Rock elementary. The money raised by the local service group will go a long ways to funding a new playground for the children who attend White Rock elementary.

 

September 23. 2020

Let There Be Light

A large portion of White Rock was without power this morning for a few hours. BC HYDRO crews quickly identified a tree coming down on the wires on the west side tore out the lines and caused a short in the transformer.

Now don't you wish you had put that transistor radio and flashlight somewhere that you could quickly find them?

 

September 22, 2020

One Month Before Provincial Election

OH SNAP we have a snap election on our hands.

Premier HORGAN has called a Provincial election for Saturday October 24. Where that leaves the local LIberal riding is anyone's guess, The riding does not have a viable candidate at the present time.

STEPHANIE CADIEUX will be running to once again serve the other local riding in the Peninsula area.

 

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

- Following a meeting with B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin, Premier John Horgan announced a provincial general election will occur on October 24, 2020.

“I have just met with the Lieutenant Governor and she has agreed with my request to hold an election on October 24,” John Horgan said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything — the people of British Columbia deserve a say in the direction of our recovery and the future of our province.”

From his community of Lanford, John Horgan spoke about his decision to call an election and his government’s record during its first term. The BC NDP minority government lasted over three years, much longer than most minority governments.

“We’ve made a lot of progress for people over the last three years. We invested in healthcare and schools. We build transit, housing and childcare centres. We eliminated the MSP—the largest middle-class tax cut in BC history—and during this pandemic, we kept people safe while staying focused on what matters,” Horgan said.

“The BC Liberals are pushing for changes that benefit the wealthy and well-connected—at your expense. We have a plan to keep you safe, and to make life better and more affordable for people. We’ve accomplished a lot on what matters most to people, and there’s a lot more work ahead of us.”

Horgan also addressed how this election will have additional public health measures informed by the Provincial Public Health officer to ensure the safety of everyone.

“Like a lot of things these days, this election is going to look different than previous ones. I know we can do it safely,” Horgan said. “There will be new opportunities for people to vote in advance or by a mail-in-ballot from the comfort of their homes.”

 

Local Riding In An Uproar

FACBOOK posting TREVOR HALFORD

Beyond proud and humbled to share that I will be seeking the riding of Surrey-White Rock for the BC Liberals in the upcoming provincial election.
I was raised in this community and now Holly and I have chosen to raise our family here.
I look forward to the journey ahead.

Let’s Go!!!!!!!

Trevor Halford

The LIBERAL riding association Surrey-White Rock membership is up in arms. In 2017 TRACY REDIES was appointed as the successor to outgoing MLA GORDIE HOGG. The membership were upset then that they had little or no input into the selection. Despite a Fall election being predicted by most media outlets, the local riding was taking its time to vet the numerous possible candidates who had put their name forward.

Last evening it was mad official that TREVOR HALFORD had been chosen by the executive. Stay tuned.

 

September 23. 2020

Let There Be Light

A large portion of White Rock was without power this morning for a few hours. BC HYDRO crews quickly identified a tree coming down on the wires on the west side tore out the lines and caused a short in the transformer.

Now don't you wish you had put that transistor radio and flashlight somewhere that you could quickly find them?

 

September 22, 2020

One Month Before Provincial Election

OH SNAP we have a snap election on our hands.

Premier HORGAN has called a Provincial election for Saturday October 24. Where that leaves the local LIberal riding is anyone's guess, The riding does not have a viable candidate at the present time.

STEPHANIE CADIEUX will be running to once again serve the other local riding in the Peninsula area.

 

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

- Following a meeting with B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin, Premier John Horgan announced a provincial general election will occur on October 24, 2020.

“I have just met with the Lieutenant Governor and she has agreed with my request to hold an election on October 24,” John Horgan said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything — the people of British Columbia deserve a say in the direction of our recovery and the future of our province.”

From his community of Lanford, John Horgan spoke about his decision to call an election and his government’s record during its first term. The BC NDP minority government lasted over three years, much longer than most minority governments.

“We’ve made a lot of progress for people over the last three years. We invested in healthcare and schools. We build transit, housing and childcare centres. We eliminated the MSP—the largest middle-class tax cut in BC history—and during this pandemic, we kept people safe while staying focused on what matters,” Horgan said.

“The BC Liberals are pushing for changes that benefit the wealthy and well-connected—at your expense. We have a plan to keep you safe, and to make life better and more affordable for people. We’ve accomplished a lot on what matters most to people, and there’s a lot more work ahead of us.”

Horgan also addressed how this election will have additional public health measures informed by the Provincial Public Health officer to ensure the safety of everyone.

“Like a lot of things these days, this election is going to look different than previous ones. I know we can do it safely,” Horgan said. “There will be new opportunities for people to vote in advance or by a mail-in-ballot from the comfort of their homes.”

 

Local Riding In An Uproar

FACBOOK posting TREVOR HALFORD

Beyond proud and humbled to share that I will be seeking the riding of Surrey-White Rock for the BC Liberals in the upcoming provincial election.
I was raised in this community and now Holly and I have chosen to raise our family here.
I look forward to the journey ahead.

Let’s Go!!!!!!!

Trevor Halford

The LIBERAL riding association Surrey-White Rock membership is up in arms. In 2017 TRACY REDIES was appointed as the successor to outgoing MLA GORDIE HOGG. The membership were upset then that they had little or no input into the selection. Despite a Fall election being predicted by most media outlets, the local riding was taking its time to vet the numerous possible candidates who had put their name forward.

Last evening it was mad official that TREVOR HALFORD had been chosen by the executive. Stay tuned.

 

September 19, 2020

Police seek help with identifying an individual 

Surrey RCMP is requesting assistance from the public with identifying a man associated to a suspicious occurrence that happened in South Surrey.

Surrey RCMP is releasing photos of an unidentified man who was seen in the area of a townhouse in the 2900-block of King George Boulevard on August 30, 2020 (see attached photos). Police believe this man may have information regarding another on-going investigation and are seeking to make contact with him in an effort to advance that investigation.

 

Massey Tunnel Upgrades

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is in the process of identifying property necessary for future infrastructure improvements on Highway 99 near the George Massey Tunnel, as an initial step while the business case for the new crossing is being completed.

These improvements will release traffic congestion, helping traffic flow more easily heading into the crossing.

“We continue to make progress toward selecting the right solution for a new crossing of the Fraser River on Highway 99 that aligns with regional plans,” said Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, on behalf of Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “I know people want traffic congestion relief at the George Massey Tunnel without having to pay unfair tolls. Today’s announcement shows our government is taking action on much-needed improvements.”

Identifying property required for future infrastructure improvements along the Highway 99 corridor does not mean that the preferred solution for the crossing has been determined. That decision will be made by government following the business case review.  

In the interim, safety improvements are underway inside the existing tunnel for drivers who use this route every day. As part of a suite of $40 million in improvements to the existing tunnel, lights on the tunnel walls and ceiling are being converted to an LED standard to increase visibility and better illuminate the tunnel for drivers, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tunnel drainage is being improved to prevent ice buildup and water from pooling at the entrances. The ventilation and electrical systems will also be upgraded. These additional safety improvements are scheduled to be complete by spring 2021.

Learn More:

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

 

September 18, 2020

Campbell Heights Shooting incident – One male injured after calls of shots fired

 

Last evening (Thursday) Surrey RCMP received calls of shots heard in the area of 194 Street and 34 Avenue. Surrey RCMP Frontline officers were immediately dispatched to the area.

Once on scene, officers located a male in the area suffering from gunshot wounds. The male has been transported to a regional trauma hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. 

The investigation is still in its early stages. Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with several witnesses to obtain further information. At this time this incident does not appear to be a random act, but rather targeted at this male. 

The area of 194 Street and 34 Avenue will be closed  for the next few hours while investigators gather evidence.  

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

Do you know what dooring is?

..best you learn

To better protect cyclists who are traveling on B.C.’s roads, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reminding everyone that the fine for “dooring” is about to go up.

The new fine for anyone who opens the door of a parked car when it is not reasonably safe to do so (known as “dooring”) will be $368 as of Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.

Dooring is a common safety issue for cyclists in all communities throughout the province. The higher fine is about quadruple the current fine of $81. It will help increase safety by making drivers more aware of how opening their car door unsafely can seriously injure an approaching cyclist. At the same time, a public education and awareness campaign is being launched.

 

 

 

 

September 16, 2020

Dog Days

 

Photo courtesy Dogs on the Promenade

Commencing October 01 leashed dogs will once again be allowed on the promenade in White Rock. The 2 metre leash length and no dogs on the pier will once again be in effect. During the trial period city by law officers did not issue many tickets.

That changes with this now no longer being a "trial period." Keep your dog on a leash and clean up any mess left by your dog or it will turn into an expensive outing.

Dogs on leashes allowed on White Rock’s Promenade from October to March

OFFICIAL CITY OF WHITE ROCK RELEASE 

The City of White Rock will allow dogs on two-metre leashes on White Rock’s Promenade between Oct. 1 and March 31.

On Sept. 14, City Council voted to continue the bylaw approved in 2019 for the pilot project. The trial took place from Oct. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, and was monitored by the Dogs on the Promenade Task Force, formed to plan and evaluate the trial.

The task force, chaired by Councillor Scott Kristjanson and comprised of community representatives, will have one further meeting and report to Council. 

Dogs are not allowed on White Rock’s Pier.

The City encourages people to use the off-leash park at Ruth Johnson Park. For more information about dogs in White Rock, visit www.whiterockcity.ca/dogs

 

Semiahmoo Lawyer Honoured

I grew up in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii; a beautiful small village, with the support and encouragement of my extended family and community. I started representing the Haida Nation in 1996, and would not have ever dreamed of being recognized as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. 

Oh my, as my Aunties say! 

I dearly hope that this recognition encourages Haida, and indeed, all youth, that with hard work, it is possible to do what you love and work for what you love (Haida Gwaii, culture and Indigenous rights). 

Many, many thanks to all of you for your support and votes. And, special thanks to Elizabeth Bulbrook and Lisa Fong for the nomination. 

Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson

(click here to read to read the article)

 

September 15, 2020 

“FEED MY CITY“ Program by Rotary Club of White Rock. Now operating 7 days in the parking lot next to the White Rock Playhouse @ 12 noon.

NOW EXTENDED TO WEEKENDS AS WELL Saturday & Sunday.

  

September 11, 2020

School Zone

The White Rock RCMP and the Community Police have been out in full force in our school zones. 

Drive with care everyday but especially during the first few weeks back to school when children are not paying close attention. 

 

September 04, 2020

Pickleball Is Back @ Centennial Park

The wait is over. The city of White Rock has completed the resurfacing and painting of the pickleball and tennis courts @ Centennial Park.

With a great weather weekend on tap expect the players to be out in full force.


What is pickleball? Funny you would ask.

 

September 03, 3030

What Does The Future Hold?

SPECIAL MEETINGS of the GOVERNANCE AND LEGISLATION COMMITTEE will be held at the WHITE ROCK COMMUNITY CENTRE located at 15154 Russell Avenue, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 starting at 5:00 p.m. and to be continued FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 8:30 a.m. for the transaction of business as listed below. 

The City of White Rock is committed to the health and safety of our community. In keeping with Ministerial Order No. M192 from the Province of British Columbia, these meetings will take place without the public in attendance at this time until further notice. 

Note: The meetings will be recorded and placed on the City Website as soon as possible following their conclusion, online www.whiterockcity.ca/councilmeetings

  1. COUNCIL’S STRATEGIC PRIORITIES PLANNING SESSION 

    Jerry Berry, JB Consultants Inc. to facilitate discussion in order to bring forward an enhanced / new list of Council Strategic Priorities (second portion of the Council term). 


Current 2018 – 2022 Council Strategic Priorities: 

  • Official Community Plan (OCP) Review 

  • Semiahmoo First Nation 

  • Water Community Advisory Panel 

  • Multi-Family and Commercial Waste Pick Up 

  • Economic Development Strategies 

  • Parking Task Force 

  • Marine Drive Task Force 

  • Zoning Bylaw Review 

  • Council Policy and Bylaw Review 

  • Next Priorities (Sign Bylaw Review, Policing Service Review, Funicular Feasibility, 

    Community Amenity Contributions Review, City Hall and Civic Precinct) 

  • Advocacy Items (Vacant Property Tax, Totem Pole Restoration, Peace Arch Hospital Expansion, Rail Safety/Whistle Cessation/Passenger Train Stop, Homeless Reduction 

    Strategy, Protection of Semiahmoo Bay)

    (click for more information)

 

Darts Hill Garden Park is re-opening on September 4 for pre-registered strolls

Take a walk through the gardens and enjoy the rare plants that have been here for generations every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 4. 

Limited pre-registration is available every 30 minutes and protocols will be in place to ensure the health and safety of all visitors.

Registration is open. Book online ?or by phone at 604-501-5100.

 

Crescent Beach Pier Reopens

Surrey Libraries Reopening All Branches with Limited Services


Beginning Wednesday, September 9, eight Surrey Libraries branches (City Centre, Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, Ocean Park, Semiahmoo, and Strawberry Hill) will reopen to the public for borrowing and returning materials, computer access, and picking up holds. Port Kells branch will offer curbside holds pick-up service, returns during library hours, and other staff-assisted services. Access inside the building is not available due to limited capacity.

Safety precautions in line with directions of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC regulations have been implemented at all branches such as access to hand sanitizer, physical distancing signs, enforcing occupancy limits, erecting plexiglass barriers at service counters, frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and enforcing a 72-hour quarantine for all returned library materials. To help contribute to a safe environment for everyone, visitors to the library are encouraged to wear a mask and are also asked to stay home if they have any symptoms of illness.

Services available at all branches except Port Kells include: picking up holds and brief browsing of shelves to select material, computer access (45-minute limit), printing, self-checkout, washroom access, and book drops.

The following services will not be available: in branch programming, reading or studying in branch, scanning, booking meeting rooms, and toys and games for children. Patrons are asked to limit their time in the library (up to an hour) and for parents to remain with their children at all times.

Opening hours at the branches are 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 am to 8 pm on Wednesdays, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. Branches will be closed Sundays and Mondays. Port Kells hours will be the same as they were pre-pandemic: Tuesdays 10am to 12pm, 1 pm to 5 pm; Wednesday 1pm to 5pm, 6pm to 8 pm; Thursdays and Fridays 1 pm to 5 pm; Saturdays 12 pm to 5 pm.

More information can be found on Surrey Libraries’ website, www.surreylibraries.ca.

 

 

 

September 01, 202

Peace Arch Hospice Executive Director Resigns

The Board of Directors of the Peace Arch Hospice, staff and volounteers were saddened to receive last week news BETH KISH the current Executive Director of the hospice society will be leaving in the next few months.

KISH has been at the helm of the society for the past 7 years. Amongst her accomplishments were guiding the hospice's construction of the new hospice supportive care centre on 16A avenue in South Surrey.

We wish BETH the very best in her next endeavour. The active search for a replacement is currently underway. KISH has agreed to remain in her position until a new director is chosen and will assist with the turn over to the new leadership.

 

Better Safe Than Sorry

ULI'S FACEBOOK Posting August 29

A member of our Uli’s team has tested positive for covid-19 and is currently recovering under isolation. We have contacted health authorities with all information, they have not determined this to be a risk to our staff or customers. However, for your safety and our comfort, the rest of our team have been tested of our own volition. All tests have come back negative. 

Despite having clearance from health officials to be open, all staff have agreed to self-isolate for two weeks since contact to be absolutely certain we can ensure the safety of our co-workers, families, and valued guests. We will be back open Tuesday September 8th.

Thank you to owner TYSUN BLUME.

 

August 31, 202
City of White Rock 2019 Annual Report available for review 




WHITE ROCK, B.C.—Aug. 31, 2020—The City of White Rock’s 2019 Annual Report is available for public review, giving the public 14 days to provide submissions and comments or ask questions in time for the City Council meeting on Sept. 14.
Under B.C.’s Community Charter, municipalities are required to produce an annual report that states their goals and objectives for the coming year and demonstrates what progress has been made toward the preceding year's goals and objectives.

White Rock’s 2019 Annual Report is an 86-page document that includes a summary of 2019 milestones, a progress report on the 2018-2022 Council Strategic Priorities, financial reporting, and statements from the Mayor and CAO. 

To read the 2019 Annual Report, visit whiterockcity.ca/annualreport. 

Submissions, Questions and Comments regarding the 2019 Annual Report
The City of White Rock is committed to the health and safety of our community. In keeping with Ministerial Order No. M192 from the Province of British Columbia, City Council meetings will take place without the public in attendance at this time. For submissions, comments and/or questions related to White Rock’s 2019 Annual Report:

1) Please address submissions, comments and/or questions to Mayor and Council by noon 
(12:00 p.m.) on Sept. 14, 2020: 
· Email clerksoffice@whiterockcity.ca with 2019 Annual Report in the subject line; or
· Drop off or send mail to the City of White Rock’s Corporate Administration Department at 15322 Buena Vista Ave., White Rock, B.C., V4B 1Y6. Deliver mail in person to the City Hall Drop Box outside the front door of 15322 Buena Vista Ave., left side.

2) There is also an opportunity for the public to provide comments or ask questions in person at the regular Council meeting.

Meeting Date: Monday, Sept. 14, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave., White Rock, B.C.

The City has put in place measures to support physical distancing while allowing interested members of the public to speak to Council, through the use of digital resources. The public may attend the White Rock Community Centre at 7 p.m. to register to speak during the meeting regarding the 2019 Annual Report. City Council will participate from City Hall where Council members will hear from the public, located at the Community Centre, through electronic means.
The meeting will be streamed live and archived through the City’s web-streaming service.

 

What Business Is Your Favourite?

It's time for you to Nominate your favourite businesses, people and services that make White Rock so great. The nomination period is open from June 9 to October 9.

 

Nominations

Welcome to Community Votes White Rock 2020. It's time for you to Nominate your favourite businesses, people and services that make White Rock so great. The nomination period is open from June 9 to October 9.

(click here for more information)

 

August 30, 2020

Pacific harbour seals, blue herons and sea stars (starfish) are featured on signage that reminds visitors to stay two metres apart from others while enjoying the natural beauty of White Rock’s Waterfront. 

The two-metre signs are among those reminding people to stay apart from those not in their immediate circle. 

The three designs include the wingspan of a blue heron, the length of an adult Pacific harbour seal and the length of six sea stars in a row.

 

New to our outdoor fitness schedule is Cardio Combo! Designed for all fitness levels, this class combines cardio, muscle conditioning, and a good long stretch. 

Register or drop in to this program on Mondays at 5:15 p.m. 

Call for more information at 604-541-2199 or http://ow.ly/VNIT50BccMS

 

Painted Promenade

The city of White Rock in an attempt to keep walkers moving along correctly on the waterfront promenade, have now take to painting arrows and a centre line in an attempt to keep social distancing in effect.

 

Shape Up Without Leaving Home

Move for Life! The City offers FREE online recreation classes including body works, Zumba and yoga. 

View the videos at http://ow.ly/oNeu50B647p 

 

August 26, 2020 

Riding High Come September 

On September 07 (following the Labour Day long weekend) TRANSLINK will commence serving the South Surrey/White Rock with double decker buses on certain routes.

Route 351 (Bridgeport Station/White Rock Centre) will terminate at White Rock Centre instead of Crescent Beach; a new Route 350 (Crescent Beach/White Rock Centre) will serve customers traveling between Crescent Beach and White Rock Centre.

Route 352 (White Rock Centre/Bridgeport Station) will start and end at White Rock Centre, operating on 16 Avenue instead of 144 Street, 20 Avenue and 148 Street “to provide customers in that area with a one-seat ride to or from Bridgeport Station.

 

August 21, 2020

Happy Anniversary Hospice

August 20th, marked 38 years of Peace Arch Hospice Society providing........a special kind of caring for White Rock/South Surrey residents

Take a look back with us at some early memories of our Society. Here's to another 38 years and beyond!

If you'd like to read more about our history, check out our website: https://www.peacearchhospice.org/history-of-peace-arch-hospice-society/

 

The first cannabis store A LITTLE BUD is now open in the location of the former laundromat in the 1400 block of Johnston Road. Stop in and talk with the friendly staff. They can answer all your questions about whether or not cannabis is for you.

(click here to visit their website

 

August 13, 2020

Keep Right - No Passing

When visiting Canada's Longest Pier, practise physical distancing and stay in your lane.

Enjoy the waterfront views safely by keeping 2 metres (6 feet) apart and staying within your bubble.

Lines will also be added to the promenade to encourage physical distancing.

 

Two Local Positive COVID Cases

Ocean Park Safeway 1967

Sobeys Inc. whch purchased the Safeway chain two years ago, has reported that two employees in South Surrey outlets have tested positive for COVID-19.

The food retailer confirmed that an employee who was working at the Safeway at 8860-152 Street in Surrey has tested positive.

This staff member last worked on August 1. This location has had two other employees test positive prior to this, their last shifts were on July 30 and August 1, according to the company’s website

Another staff member working at the Safeway located at 12825-16 Avenue in Surrey has tested positive as well. The last time this employee worked was August 1.

Sobeys outlines that after each case is reported, they ensure the store where the individual worked is deep cleaned and sanitized.

“Where required, we will communicate with customers who have shopped in the impacted location, with store signage, outlining our steps to manage the situation. Out of an abundance of caution, with each case that is reported, we will deep clean and sanitize the store location.”

The company also says it is working closely with public health officials to investigate these teammate’s known points of contact and recent shifts and will notify all teammates who require self-isolation for two weeks.

Join us for Virtual Surrey Fusion Festival Celebration this Year!
September 25–October 25 | Various Times | Tune into Facebook & YouTube Live

In participation of Culture Days, Surrey Fusion Festival will host a 90-minute virtual livestream on September 26 followed by a four-week long cultural campaign on social media from September 25 to October 25.

Presented by Coast Capital Savings, this year’s family-friendly virtual livestream will feature a series of segments that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home, including cultural performances, musical entertainment, art lessons, cultural history, Indigenous education, dance lessons, cooking segments, and kids’ cultural activities. The online cultural campaign will feature up to 30 educational videos including “how-to” cooking, dance, arts and craft activities from participating cultural pavilions from previous years. Additionally, the campaign will see participation from City of Surrey’s museum, heritage, and performing arts centres.
For more information about the event and how to be featured in the cultural showcase visit surreyfusionfestival.ca

 

August 11, 2020

Cross-Border Wing Wave Brings Family Together

A little cross-border cooperation allowed a Seattle dad who’s been separated from his four-year-old son just across the border in White Rock, British Columbia, to come within 1,000 feet of his boy on Friday, much to the surprise of others in the Vancouver suburb. Air Force Reserves Lt. Col T.K. Minzak flew an Air Force C-17 over the waterfront of the Canadian community at 1,000 feet while his son Ethan Fritz waved and waved an “I Love You Daddy” sign up at him from the pier below. “He did a air show for me. He tipped his wings at me,”

Ethan has been living with his mother Alyssa and his grandparents in Canada since March. The border has been closed since the end of March and he has been unable to spend time with his father in Seattle. His dad is a pilot for Alaska Airlines and normally spends 10 days a month with Ethan. “He’s really missing him. He really has a heartache for sure,” Alyssa said. “We haven’t been able to get together. So, it’s been a lot of time on FaceTime.” Minzak got clearance from the Air Force and Canadian border authorities for the low pass but the approval came the night before and there was not time to warn the rest of White Rock. Many people were surprised to see the hulking Globemaster at low altitude over Semiahmoo Bay & our world famous longest pier.

 

The City is hiring!

Job opportunities include a Parks Foreman, Engineering Inspector and Plumbing Facility Maintenance Worker. Apply here: https://www.whiterockcity.ca/Jobs.aspx

 

August 07, 2020

TransLink to make masks, face coverings mandatory on transit

TransLink will require passengers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while on board transit vehicles, as of Aug. 24.

The decision is meant to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 as physical distancing is not always possible on transit.

People with underlying health conditions or disabilities, as well as children under five years old will be exempt.

Transit Police officers are to enforce the new policy, while new signs will outline it. TransLink will focus on education regarding the new policy into it is enforced.

Customers who are exempt will have the option to request a TransLink branded card, denoting such.

Exemptions for mandatory face-covering policy:

  • anyone with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering;
  • persons unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance;
  • children under 5 years of age;
  • employees working behind a physical barrier or within areas designated for employees and not for public access;
  • police, employees, or first responders in an emergency.

B.C. health officials had been pushing for a mandatory masks policy for transit, although the union representing bus drivers had enforcement concerns.

 

Surrey Police Board Inaugural Meeting Yesterday

The first meeting of the Surrey Police Board was held yesterday at Surrey City Hall in downtown Whalley. It seemed the only dissension the meeting was when board member Semiahmoo First Nations leader HARLEY CHAPPEL asked for details on the actual cost of switching from the RCMP to a private police force. CHAPPEL was directed to the city of Surrey's website where all this information has been made public.

 

White Rock Library - now open to customers.

Please see our Locations page for hours.



Customers can count on finding friendly staff and access to much of the library’s public space and services including:

  • Access to the physical collection
  • Computer access upon request
  • Limited physically distanced seating
  • Touch less self-serve checkout stations

Help contribute to a safe and healthy environment for all. During your visit:

  • Wear a mask (not required but strongly encouraged)
  • Keep physical distance of two metres between you and others
  • Follow all signs, ground markings and staff directions
  • Stay home if you (or a close contact) are sick

For customers who prefer a more contact-free experience, an adapted FVRL Express – Click, Pick, Go service will continue to be available during open hours.

 

Rockin' In The Free World


Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley and I have teamed up to record a song about standing up to racial intolerance and promoting diversity, it's called You Won't Stand Alone. Burnaby is one of Canada's most diverse communities and the Mayor and I believe that is a great strength. It's time that we as Canadians stand up to racism anywhere, anytime, any place.

I wrote You Won't Stand Alone as an anthem to celebrate diversity and about how we must all stand together against the scourge of racism. The Mayor and I are accompanied by D.O.A. drummer Paddy Duddy, I hope you enjoy the song. I have a attached a press release

Burnaby City Councillor Joe Keithley

 

Truckers Rest Stop Coming To North Surrey

Work will begin this month on a new commercial truck parking facility in North Surrey, providing another safe, convenient place in the Lower Mainland for commercial truck drivers to pull over and rest.

The new truck parking facility is being built on provincial land on the north side of Highway 17, below and just east of the Port Mann Bridge. When completed, the facility will have room for about 100 trucks. It will include washrooms, fencing, lighting and other security measures.

“This facility will help alleviate the shortage of commercial vehicle staging and parking in the Lower Mainland,” said Claire Trevena, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The North Surrey Truck Parking Facility will support the commercial transport industry by providing operators with a safe, convenient location to stop, take a break and turn off their engines.”

A $4.97-million contract for the first phase of work has been awarded to Jacob Bros. Construction.

 

Culture and public transit integral for Surrey's momentum to become a "world-class" city

Real estate marketing mogul Bob Rennie reiterated common assertions that Surrey, with its current rate of growth and significantly larger land mass, will exceed Vancouver’s population by 2030. 

(read the full story)

 

August -5, 2020

Second Quarter Crime Stats - White Rock

 

August 04, 2020

East Beach Police Incident

Saturday evening residents on White Rock's east side witnessed a heavy police presence. The Vancouver based SWAT team and the Emergency Response Team ERT were called in by the local RCMP detachment to help diffuse a dangerous situation.

A resident who police believed was armed and would not respond to their request to exit the residence was finally removed when the ERT team and the SWAT team extracted the troublesome resident.

There have been no charges laid yet but the file is still very active with the White Rock RCMP.

 

August 02, 2020

White Rock Sea Tours To The Rescue

Approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday evening Coast Guard issued a Mayday distress call for 14-foot overturned sailboat with one man in the water clinging to the boat approximately 1 mile south of Crescent Beach in Boundary Bay. White Rock Sea Tours Spartan 01 responded to the distress call arriving on scene within 10 minutes. The wave height was three feet and the wind was blowing out of the southeast making recovery challenging. The man in the water was told to swim to the boat which maneuvered nearby however he was unable to make it due to the cold and started to ingest water. The crew maneuvered the boat around upwind and quickly took the man out of the water. First aid was administered Coast Guard advised. The patient was transported to Crescent Beach lifeguards who had established a triage. Police helicopter RCMP ambulance fire and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue also attended. The man was treated by paramedics for hypothermia.

Andrew Newman/White Rock Sea Tours

 

 

 

August 01, 2020

Asian giant hornet caught in Birch Bay trap

Officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced this morning, July 31st, that an Asian giant hornet had been caught in a trap located in Birch Bay. This is the 6th confirmed Asian giant hornet in Washington state and all 6 have been located in western Whatcom County.

The hornet was found in a WSDA trap set near Birch Bay according to the announcement. WSDA trappers checked the bottle trap on July 14th and submitted the contents for processing at WSDA’s entomology lab. The hornet was identified during processing on July 29th. This was the first hornet to be detected in a trap in Washington, rather than found in the environment as were the 5 previous confirmed sightings.

 

July 30, 2020

To my constituents of South Surrey and White Rock

Liberal MLA Tracy Redies

It has been my great privilege over the past 3 years to have represented our riding of South Surrey and White Rock in Victoria.
Getting to know the communities and residents of our riding has brought me the greatest pleasure, and I will forever cherish the friendships I have made along the way.
On August 31 I will be stepping down as Member of the Legislative Assembly of BC to pursue the role as CEO of Science World.
It was a very difficult decision to step down as MLA.
As many know, I have faced some health challenges over the last year which lead me to step away from some of my duties for a brief time. While I have turned that corner - and my family and I are so grateful for your support - it has underlined to me the importance of being close to my family.
By taking on this role with Science World, I have a wonderful opportunity to continue giving back to the Province of BC through this well-known, community-based organization.
I want to continue to stay close to the community and I will not be a stranger.
We will be required to close the MLA office on September 30. My wonderful colleague MLA Surrey South, Stephanie Cadieux has agreed to step up and help constituents in the intervening period
Thank you again for the privilege of having been able to serve you, it has been the best aspect of being an MLA.

I want to thank the community for all of your support that you have shown me and my family. It truly has been my honor to represent this wonderful community.

Sincerest Regards,
Tracy Redies
Surrey – White Rock, MLA

July 28, 2020

White Rock Council Rewind

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lifestyles of the Rich

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

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

Address: 13778 Marine Drive, White Rock

Price: $15,800,000

(read more)

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Peace Arch Cleanup

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

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

July 21, 2020

UPDATE

 Dubious documents supporting pot shop's appeal to city hall

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

(read the full Vancouver story)

 

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



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



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

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

 

Keeping Our Surrey Clean and Beautiful

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

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

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

 

So You Think You Are A White Rock Expert?


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

 

Mail theft suspect charged with 17 offences 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

July 20, 2020 

White Rock Shows It's True Colours

July 16, 2020 

Suspicious fire and death on Langley/Surrey border



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

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

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

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

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

 

Waterfront Food Carts Return to White Rock Beach 

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

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

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

 

Peace Arch Hospital Foundation 

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

 

July 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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