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February 10, 2017

Semiahmoo First Nations Art Opening

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

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

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

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

Paintings (above) Roxanne Charles (below) Leslie Wells

 

February 09, 2017

Canada's Population Climbs to 35,151,728

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

Population and dwelling counts

(click here for future release dates on Census data)

 

Population, 2016 - 19,952

Population, 2011 - 19,339

Population increase over 5 years 613 or 3.2%

Population density per square kilometre 3,893.1

Land area in square kilometres 5.12

 

Population, 2016Census data footnote 1 517,887

Population, 2011Census data footnote 1 468,251

Population percentage change, 2011 to 2016 10.6

Population density per square kilometre 1,636.8

 

February 07, 2017

White Rock Waterfront Woes

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

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

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

 

Make Nice

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

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

(click here to order your shirt)

 

Road Reports - Live

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

(click here)

 

February 01, 2017

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

Alana Souter

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

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

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

 

January 31, 2017

A Building For The Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RCMP Warning - Be On The Look Out

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

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

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

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

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

 

January 30, 2017

Translink Reviews Fares


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

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

(click here to have your feelings known)

 

Blue Frog To Take Another Leap - Top Local Business Owners

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

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

It couldn't happen to a nicer couple.

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

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

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

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

(read TOM HARRISON'S complete story)

 

January 27, 2017

Travel Advisory

 

THE BATES? They Moved!

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

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

 

January 27, 2017

Fatal motor vehicle collision – Hwy 10 and 168th Street


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

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

 

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

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

 

January 26, 2017

Surrey Water Supply - Have Your Say

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

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

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

(fill out the survey - click here)

 

January 24, 2017

Surrey Streets On Fire...Again

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

 

 

January 25, 2017

Surrey Councillor Mary Martin Granted Absence

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(read the full CBC story - click here)

 

January 22, 2017

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

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

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

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


 

January 20, 2017

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

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

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


 

 

January 18, 2017

Miramar Bosa Project

City Public Information Meeting

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

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

 

 

January 17, 2017

Follow The Money

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

(Read the full CBC story - here)

 

January 13, 2016

Hang On They're Coming Back This Summer!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

January 11, 2017

Parishioners Not Going Quietly

(Holy Cross Catholic Church Crescent Beach)

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

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

(Read the decree from the Archbishop of Vancouver)

 

January 10, 2017

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


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

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

 

January 09, 2017

Notice of Work: Erosion Repair on East Beach


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

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

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

 

Forgo The Forge

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

 

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

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

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

 

December 28, 2016

Surrey Wrestles With High-rises

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

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

 

December 23, 2016

Semiahmoo First Nations Election Results

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

Harley Chappell

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

 

December 20, 2016

HELP! Save the Community Garden

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

Sign the petition (click here)

 

December 07, 2016

Chinese New Year Celebration - January @ The Bell Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

December 06, 2016

Elegant In The Room

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

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

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

The Forge

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

Watch last night's council meeting (click here)

 

December 04, 2016

Body Discovered On White Rock Beach

file photo

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

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

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

NEWSTIP by Gerry Berg

 

 

December 01, 2016

Everall Neighbourhood Says - Size Matters

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

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

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

Councillors Fathers and Lawrence were not in attendance.

 

White Rock/South Surrey Businesses Make Top 10

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

Best Online Marketer

Glitter & Spice – South Surrey

The Counselling Group – White Rock

 

Best International Trade

Canadian Relocation Specialists – South Surrey

 

November 27, 2016

Body Found In South Surrey Ditch


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

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

No further details are available at this time.

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

 

How Is This For Christmas Lights?

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

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

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

 

Christmas Lights for Charity (home pictured above)

Where: 4967 Chalet Place, North Vancouver

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

 

Last One Leaving Please Turn Out The Light

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

 

November 22, 2016

Semiahmoo Peninsula Fentanyl Overdoses

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

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

November 24, 2016

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

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

 

November 21, 2016

Shots fired between vehicles in South Surrey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Let's Put White Rock On The Tourism Map

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

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

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

(click here)

 

 

November 15, 2016

White Rock Adds New Parc

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

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

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

 

November 15, 2016

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

(click here to hear the interview)

 

November 10, 2016

Spotlight On White Rock/South Surrey Electoral Riding

..by the numbers

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

Our riding is one of the first to be profiled.

(click here)

 

November 08, 2016

City of Surrey Leads The Way

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

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

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

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

How Did They Do It?

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

 

 

November 04, 2016

Grandview Corners Jaywalkers Struck Down

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

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

 

Do You Know GARIEL KLEIN?

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

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

 

November 01, 2016

Liberals Pick Hogg Successor

Tracy Redies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2014 BC BUSINESS sat down for lunch with TRACEY REDIES

(read the interview here)

 

 

October 30, 2016

 

Family, friends and neighbours came together yesterday morning at an uptown church in White Rock to pay tribute and honour the memories of BRAD FORSTER who passed away October 13.

JUDY FORSTER personally greeted attendees as they arrived for the service for late husband. JUDY greeted each person personally as they arrived for the service before delivering a beautiful tribute to her best friend and husband of 40 years. Her speech was a beautiful mixture of humour and personal anecdotes of her four decades with her life partner. Joining JUDY at the front of the church were hers and BRAD'S two sons MATT & SHAYNE.

The service was followed by a tea and light lunch affording each person the opportunity to personally share their memories with JUDY and her family.

 

October 29, 2016

The Gang War Rages On

The retaliation between street gangs raged out of control last evening in North Surrey. The RCMP responded to calls to 911 of gunshots in the area of IRMA STEPHENSON elementary school in the Fraser Heights district. Upon their arrival emergency crews found one man dead and another victim in serious condition. He was immediately transferred to Surrey Memorial.

The RCMP & IHIT will not state whether or not this latest incident stems from the murder of full patch Hells Angels BOB GREEN who was slain at a party in Langley two weeks ago.

The funeral service for GREEN will be held in Vancouver today and security and police presence will be even higher than normally put in place for a Hells Angels gathering.

Yesterday afternoon shortly after noon the IHIT the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team released the following information.

The second man hit in a shooting last night in Fraser Heights has died.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has identified both victims, one is 24-year-old Vikram Toor and the other is 19-year-old Ashim Raza.

 

 

October 24, 2016

Is The Latest Creep Catchers Video A School Teacher?

CREEP CATCHERS are showing a video of the latest encounter between an adult that apparently arrived at a meeting expecting to meet an underage girl.

GLOBAL TV recently aired the encounter. The back story is apparently the man in the video is believed to be a school teacher/principal in the Abbotsford school system.

(watch the video and hear their report here)

The comments on GLOBAL'S website are polar opposites. Much like the public in general.

Judy Rilkoff · Hollingshead Business College
Creep Catchers are doing a good job. In order for the police to be called, there has to be a victim. Why should a child be traumatized by a pedophile? Creep Catchers are catching these pedophiles before there is a victim. They are a necessary service to the community. They work from an angle that the police don't cover. And they are producing results. Good for them and good for the community. Keep up the good work!

Echo Walsh-Delorme
So much for due process.. social media has now taken over for judge jury and executioner.. vigilante is not a good word.. back to the wild Wild West we go..

 

October 22, 2016

IIO to File Report to Crown Counsel (IIO 2015-000107)


The Independent Investigation Office of B.C. will file a report to Crown Counsel in relation to a fatal shooting involving the Surrey RCMP.

The file relates to a male who was fatally shot outside the District 5 RCMP detachment in the 1800 block of 152nd street in South Surrey on July 18, 2015. Officers were responding to a male in distress and went outside the detachment where the male was confronted by police. The male was subsequently shot and did not survive his injuries.

The Chief Civilian Director of the IIO has completed his review of the investigative file and, pursuant to Section 38.11 of The Police Act, will forward a report to Crown for consideration of charges. This is required when the Chief Civilian Director considers that an officer may have committed an offence under any enactment.

The threshold for referral to Crown is lower for the IIO than for other law enforcement agencies in the province.

The IIO does not make a recommendation on whether charges should be approved. Under the Crown Counsel Act, the Criminal Justice Branch has jurisdiction over the charge assessment and charge approval process.

In approving charges, the Criminal Justice Branch must be satisfied not only that an offence may have been committed, but that the commission of an offence can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt. Criminal Justice Branch policy provides that in making this assessment Crown counsel will apply a two-part test:

There must be a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the investigating agency.
A prosecution must be required in the public interest.
Under these circumstances, no public report will be issued by the IIO and no further information will be provided.

Jennifer Brooks mother of Hudson Brooks

" I have the best news!! The IIO is recommending CHARGES to Crown Counsel! Thank you Sandra Snider and your team at the IIO for your dedication and hard work for our Hudson. The IIO has told me many times that we are being heard. I want to thank you all for Standing with us on our campaign #JUSTICEFORHUDSON! I want to thank the media for being with us every step of the way. I want to thank Sargent Blais, Superintendent Carol, Inspector Andy for all your help and support to our family. We are halfway way there! We will not stop until Crown proceeds with charges. We love you Hudson thank you so much for your strength you give to me everyday."

 

October 20, 2016

Hells Angels Shooter Taken Into Custody


Reports that the suspect from yesterday's homicide in Langley on 72nd Ave was on the phone with Langley RCMP and was wanting to turn himself in at a Surrey police station, he also mentioned he had the loaded gun in a duffel bag inside his car. The decision was made to box him in at take him down. He was arrested without incident.

Monday morning Langley RCMP received word from a man they have now identified as JASON WALLACE claiming he was involved with the fatal shooting of Mission Hells Angels member BOB GREEN Sunday in Langley. The Surrey RCMP picked up the information and within hours moved in to pull over WALLACE on Johnston Road near 72nd Avenue. In his conversation with the RCMP he stated he had a loaded handgun with him him in his vehicle in a sports bag which apparently can be seen in this video.

WALLACE has now been charged with second degree murder.

 

October 19, 2016

Surrey Mountie Charged

A charge of child luring has been approved against Surrey RCMP Constable Dario Devic after that 'Creep Catchers' video that went viral in early September. The BC Criminal Justice Branch says police believe Devic was communicating with someone under the age of 16 for facilitating sexual conduct. Devic was originally charged with luring a child and breach of trust by a public officer, and released on bail. Today the Criminal Justice Branch confirmed the luring charge was sworn on Monday in Surrey provincial court but the breach charge has been stayed.

Constable DARIO DEVIS was honoured recently at the RCMP 2016 Officer in Charge Awards

 

October 17, 2016

Increased Coal Exports Through White Rock/South Surrey

A company with coal mines in Wyoming and Montana said Thursday, Oct. 13 that it’s begun exporting fuel to Asia through a Canadian port –pulling out of a planned export terminal in Oregon and potentially sending more coal trains through Whatcom County.

According to the announcement from Lighthouse Resources, Inc., the company began shipping coal to power plants in South Korea this month through Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, B.C., a boost for a beleaguered industry that’s been in a prolonged tailspin.

“I imagine Lighthouse doesn’t see a future for coal exports on the Columbia,” said Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky with Columbia Riverkeeper. “I see their attempt to export coal through Canada as a back door way to avoid the environmental standards that Oregon and Washington have put in place to review — and in Oregon’s case deny — coal exports.”

(Read the entire Bellindham Herald story)

 

October 16, 2016

White Rock Mayor Refuses To Tap-out

A vocal group of White Rock residents continue to ask questions regarding the City of White Rock's purchase of the city's water system from EPCOR.

(Click here to read Sunday's story in THE PROVINCE)

 

October 14, 2016

Sad News

The Love of my life, Brad Forster who I Shared 40 years of marriage with, passed away peacefully today. God bless you darling, till we meet again.

Dear friends and Family. Thank you for all your love and support. A celebration of Brad's life will be held on Saturday, October 29th at St. John's Worship centre at 1480 George St, white Rock, B. C. At 11:00. Am.

Judy Forster

 

October 13, 2016

Guildford - The Darwin Awards

Males with Imitation Firearms



Last evening at approximately 8:40 P.M. Surrey R.C.M.P. were advised that a group of approximately 5 males were observed wearing masks on their faces, and had what appeared to be handguns in their hands, in the underground parkade near the Wallmart of the Guildford Mall, in Surrey, B.C. Members of the Surrey R.C.M.P. immediately attended to the location, and located the group of males, some of them still wearing masks, and with what appeared to be pistols in their hands. The group of males was detained at gun point, and it was determined that the handguns that they had were actually imitation firearms. The group of males were just playing around, and could not give any legitimate reason for their actions in the parkade.

The Surrey R.C.M.P. would like to remind the public that many fake or imitation firearms, until closely examined are very hard to tell the difference between them and real firearms. That even trained police officers can not tell the difference between some of the imitation firearms and the real thing until they are closely examined and until the weapon can be identified as being an imitation firearm, that the police have to deal with the situation as if the weapon was real.

 

October 15, 2016

Youth male deceased after injured by falling tree

Family identify the youth as Shakir Salaam

Shakir Salaam

Surrey RCMP are currently on scene at Clayton Park were a falling tree has killed one youth.
Yesterday afternoon at 2:25 pm Surrey RCMP, British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS), and the Surrey Fire Department (SFD), were called to Clayton Park in the 18600 block of 70th avenue. A tree fell on a youth male, pinning him down. SFD rescued the youth who suffered life threatening injuries from the incident. BCAS transported the youth male to local area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and died as a result.

The Surrey RCMP Youth Section is currently investigating this incident in partnership with the BC Coroner’s Service. It appears that high winds may have caused the tree to break causing this unfortunate accident.

“The Surrey RCMP is asking people to stay out of wooded areas during periods of high wind,” says Corporal Scotty Schumann.

 

October 10, 2016

Heavy Metal Heroes

Utility Provider

Early Saturday morning members of the metal band UTILITY PROVIDER were on their way home to Langley from a gig in Vancouver.

Near HWY #1 AND 176TH STREET a car passed their vehicle at a high rate of speed and lost control before striking a power pole. The car spun out of control catching fire as it landed in the median.

Two members of the band stopped and rushed to the aid of the young couple helping them out of the vehicle before the car became fully engulfed. The couple was transferred to the hospital via ambulance with serious but non life threatening injuries.

 

Whale Of A Time Off White Rock

White Rock Whale Watching tours operating off the end of Canada's longest wooden pier, came across this pod of killer whales just 30 minutes off the end of the pier yesterday. These days it is not uncommon for passengers on the BC ferries out of Tsawwassen to Victoria to see random pods of killer whales in Active Pass.

 

Hollywood Rolls Into " The Rock "

"Story of a Girl" Lifetime movie filming at the White Rock Pier this morning. Director Kyra Sedgwick is in the pink coat, standing next to her star and husband Kevin Bacon.

Photo courtesy Joanne Donovan Bovich‎

 

October 09, 2016

Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Newton

Mounties in Surrey were called out Friday night to reports of gun shots between vehicles. This happened in the 15000 block of 68th Avenue at about 10:30 Friday night.

There were multiple reports of shots being fired from two cars. Mounties located some bullet casings and vehicles with bullet holes.

No word yet on arrests and it appears no one was injured.

 

October 08, 2016

Music Man Honoured

David Proznick


A music teacher by profession, David Proznick retired from Semiahmoo Secondary after nearly four decades of teaching. In that time, hundreds of students not only discovered their musical gifts, but later went on to identify themselves as musicians who “played under Proz.”

Many of the Lower Mainland’s active working musicians were taught by Proznick. So contagious, in fact, was Proznick’s love of music and teaching that a number of his students went on to become music teachers themselves, including his daughter Kelly Proznick.

“Music and teaching are my passion, not just a job,” said Proznick. “I consider myself fortunate that I have spent my career doing what I love; having our three children come to school with me through high school and motivating students to work hard and grow from playing their first few tentative notes in the beginning to becoming accomplished musicians capable of contributing to arts and culture in their communities in significant ways, each of their own choosing.”

Proznick has received multiple awards, including the Surrey Civic Treasure award for his outstanding contributions to his students and the community, BC Music Educator’s Lifetime Achievement award, South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce award for contribution to the arts in this community, and he was inducted into the Envision Jazz Festival’s Hall of Fame. On the national and international stage, Proznick was recognized by Jazz Report Magazine Toronto for jazz program of the year, Berklee College in Boston for excellence in music education, and the John Phillip Sousa Legion of Honor awarded in Chicago by Bandworld Magazine.

KPU (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) will award Proznick his degree at a special ceremony Oct. 7.

 

October 07, 2016

Farm Worker Dies

On Thursday this simple announcement was the only information we knew about a farming accident in South Surrey.

Very little information has been available regarding an accident yesterday on a South Surrey farm.

Emergency vehicles and the RCMP were called to a farm located on 40th avenue near 156th Street. Upon their arrival they discovered a man who had succumbed to his injuries.

The Back Story

...as told by JAS SINGH / God's Little Acre Farm

My best friend RIP


With sadness and my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Nooteboss family....Mike, Mary and Jack....Brian, Ron.....I'm so sad today my best friend Kenny passed away suddenly two days ago...I'd like to share Kenny's story with you.


Kenny was my hero throughout my life. In grade one we hung out at school and after school, he would come over and we would play. In grade six at dawn enridges house ...we were playing in the pool and he ripped his shirt off and that's when we all discovered he had been doing body building...he was ripped....it inspired me.....in grade 7 he won the track meet for kensington prairie....the smallest school in the district we won....because kenny placed first place in every event he went into......i threw the discuss and shot put with him....didn't make it to the top five but we won the 400 relay because of him.


kenny ran the 400 meter race alone and by the time everyone was three quarter of the way...he crossed the finish line.....i think it was one minute 52 seconds....why do i know the time ? He beat the record and i watched him and cheered for him on the side and bet everyone he would win. He finished the race lifting both his legs for 50 meters with his hands and arms because he gave it so much....he couldn't run and had to use his arms....lol.....he put that effort into everything he did....


He went to my high school....Earl marriott and took on every bully that picked on me...including wade haney who was as boxer ...kenny got knocked out cold but he still came to my classroom when he recovered and he got kicked out of high school for the day with a big smile...bobbing up and down in the window of the classroom i was in....yelling "I won i won!"....


Kenny was the only person in my life that called me every week if not daily....we played music together for years.....Five years ago we reno'd his bedroom and plastered it with a lifetime of trophy's and all those ribbons that he kept in boxes and never once boasted about them. When i started this farm.....that's him below with maralyn from the Surrey food bank...Kenny was getting in a little innocent trouble at mary's garden .which he and his brother owned......down the road from us..he deserved it for taking off on some of his duties once in a while or for .for stealing or driving (his own) equipment to help me get those potatoes out...lol....that's his harvestor....he loved his brother Mike and tried his best to do his work and please the both of us....


Kenny was always there for me from grade one.....he leant me thousands of dollars when i was in a pickle....some of which i still owe him.....he never asked for it back and would often say just keep it your doing a good thing......i started body building in grade 8 because of him....i changed my religion because of him.....I lived my life much different because of him.....we flooded fields way back and skated......we drank together and we quit drinking together....we started smoking together.....goofed on that one.....he played with my kids who know him as well as the rest of my family who he touched .....every one of them.....
kenny always said he wanted one day to be a hero ...he would say that....he was a hero all his life and this one is gonna really hurt....i lost a brother...a mentor....a best friend.....my sense of humor is accelerated because of him....we never spoke in all these years t each other unless we used an east Indian accent.... he wasn't east indian....we wrote comedy scrips together......I can go on forever ...


The smile on my face below is not because of the project....the 62,000 lbs of potatoes we gave away.....it was because my best friend showed up through that driveway gate ...like he always did....whenever he was needed.....always.....the smile was because kenny stood by my side ...just like grade 1.....I'm so sad...speechless.....and so sorry for the loss to the family .....Thank you so much kenny for loving me when no one would.....for helping me when everyone thought i was just a loser on a spiral....i don't know what i will do without your love and i am so sad you are gone.....take care my friend you are in the line to heaven long before they even consider me.......RIP JAS

 

White Rock Water

Kath Boake photo

Why do I smell or taste chlorine in my water?

As part of the ongoing implementation of chlorination, which the City shared with the public earlier in the year, the Operations Team introduced a low dosage of chlorine (0.5mg/L) at the Oxford site on October 4, 2016.

This is not a full implementation, but a phased approach as staff are doing their due diligence to see if there are any changes to the City’s water quality. As a result, they are collecting samples of the water downstream in the distribution system and had notified the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) of the work.

Please note that this stage is required to meet the Feb 1, 2017 secondary disinfection implementation date by FHA. As staff sample and monitor the City’s water quality, they will adjust the dosage over the next several months, in accordance with the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (GCDWQ).

 

Visit To White Rock Council May Cost North Whatcom Fire & Rescue Commissioner His Job

Dean Berkley

After seeing a video where commissioner Dean Berkeley says he lives in White Rock, British Columbia, the other four commissioners of North Whatcom Fire & Rescue want an official review of whether he meets residency requirements to be in his elected office.

At a special meeting of the commissioners — Berkeley was not present — on Sept. 28, chair Rich Bosman was directed to ask for a hearing on the matter with the county auditor.

It is a requirement of serving in public office that the person live in the district being represented, said attorney Richard Davis, advising commissioners at the meeting. It is not enough to own property in a district. “You have to actually live in a residence,” Davis said.

The question arose when Berkeley spoke to the White Rock city council in June, said North Whatcom chief William Pernett. A video recording of the session was obtained and played for the American-side commissioners.

Berkeley says on tape he considers himself a fourth-generation White Rock resident: “This is my community. I live here, but work in Washington State.”

 

October 06, 2016

Community Conversation

City of Langley Mayor Ted Schaffer and the members of Langley council gathered last evening at Nickomekl elementary in Langley for the first of 3 Town Hall Meetings. This is the second year Langley's elected officials, senior department heads and the Langley RCMP came together in a very relaxed setting in the school's gym to talk with the community. A large crowd was on hand to speak with council and staff.

White Rock councillor HELEN FATHERS / RANDY CAINE Independent Liberal candidate in upcoming Provincial election and newly elected city councillor NATHAN PACHAL.

Councillor FATHERS and myself left the meeting very impressed how Langley staff and elected officials worked so closely together in advancing their motto CITY OF LANGLEY....turning vision into action. BRAVO LANGLEY.

David Chesney

White Rock Sun publisher & White Rock city councillor

 

October 05, 2016

South Surrey/White Rock MLA Hogg Steps Aside

Gordon & Laverne Hogg

Statement from Gordie Hogg, MLA Surrey-White Rock
It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my decision to not seek re-election in the May 2017 provincial election. Since 1997, I have had the privilege of serving the people of Surrey-White Rock, working to make a difference for my community and for British Columbia.
The focus of my elected career has been addressing local issues that improve my constituents’ day to day lives. I have strived to ensure that I and my constituency office staff were open and available to the community, to assist them when and where we could and as needed.  I take great pride in knowing we have served the community well.  
Even though my career as an MLA has spanned almost two decades, I continue to be humbled and honoured as a representative of a democratic society.  This honour is reinforced for me each time that I walk up the steps of our Legislature. My success over the years would not have been possible without a strong support system. I would like to thank my constituency and legislative staff for ensuring I was prepared and well represented. Thank you to my caucus colleagues, past and present, we made a great team and changed the face of British Columbia for the better.
To the people of Surrey-White Rock, thank you for placing your confidence in me and for bringing forward your issues and ideas so that we could work together to make our community an amazing place to call home.
And finally, thank you to my family. I have dedicated almost 40 years of my life to public service and I could not have done it without your love and support.
As I step out of the provincial spot light, I’m not only looking back to the past with pride, but also to the future with optimism. We are so fortunate to live in British Columbia. This truly is the best place to live, work and raise a family, and with Premier Clark and our Caucus’ leadership this province will continue to prosper.
Thank you.
Gordon Hogg
MLA Surrey-White Rock  

 

Surrey's New Top Cop

" I am pleased to announce Chief Superintendent Dwayne McDonald as the new Officer in Charge of @SurreyRCMP.
Chief Supt. McDonald started his career with the Burnaby RCMP and brings extensive experience from General Duty, Strike Force, Major Crime, ERT, IHIT and CFSEU BC. He was most recently the OIC of IHIT."

Linda Hepner

 

Ranj InThe Round

A powerful experience Tuesday at Blue Frog Recording Studio as our friend Ranj Singh was recorded and filmed performing his new song written with the folks at the Acquired Brain Injury centre where he contributes his gifts. The catchy song captures so much of what people dealing with brain injuries live with. It is so rewarding watching Ranj use his unique style, building a rapport with these hardworking people who face so many obstacles.

Visit RANJ'S website (click here)


 

October 03, 2016

Two Plane Crashes Sunday - No Injuries



At approximately 2 p.m. yesterday Surrey RCMP received several reports of an Ultra Lite plane crashing into the water of Crescent Beach. The crash occurred directly in front of the Ocean Park nude beach.

Police were able to access the crash from the 2400 block of Christopherson Road in South Surrey.

Diana Kenkel Wilkes‎ photo

Both the Pilot and passenger escaped without injury. They were both checked out by BC Ambulance personnel and released at scene. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Transport Canada have been engaged into the investigation. It is not known at this time what caused the crash.

There was also an incident yesterday afternoon at Boundary Bay airport. A pilot is OK after a Cessna ended up off the side of the runway at Boundary Bay Airport.
The Transportation Safety Board says it's unclear if the pilot was taking off or landing.

 

No Surprise

STEPHANIE CADIEUX Acclaimed South Surrey

Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have acclaimed incumbent MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale Stephanie Cadieux as the 2017 candidate for the new provincial riding of Surrey South.

"Surrey continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Canada," says Cadieux. "As a result, the Electoral Boundaries Commission has given Surrey an additional seat in the legislature, which I am proud to run for as the BC Liberal candidate in Surrey South.”

Cadieux joins Peter Fassbender (Surrey-Fleetwood) and Amrik Virk (Surrey-Guildford) as the BC Liberal Party’s third nominated candidate for Surrey. The Party has already nominated 50 2017 candidates, and is on track to have 75% selected by its biennial convention, happening November 4-6 in Vancouver.

British Columbians will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

 

Man Falsely Accused In Surrey Creep Catchers Video

A Surrey man says he was wrongly accused of being the subject of one of Surrey Creep Catcher’s latest videos, and now he plans on suing.

Darrell Berekoff said he was falsely identified in several Facebook comments related to a video called “Meet Darrel,” first posted on July 30. His name and picture were posted on the social media site last week, which has now resulted in death threats and messages to various members of Berekoff’s family.

(click here for full story)

 

October 02, 2016

Second Annual Seniors Day

Absolutely fabulous CARP White Rock Surrey & City of White Rock 'Salute to Senoiors' event at White Rock Community Centre Saturday.. Thank you to all who participated - Dianne Watts, Gordon Hogg, Stephanie Cadieux, Marvin Hunt, Wayne Baldwin, Lynne Sinclair, Dave Chesney, Judy Higginbotham. Crooners and songtresses entertained the best older adults in our community. Thank you seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian communities, workplaces and society.

Ramona Kaptyn/CARP White Rock

 

Let There Be Light

Fireworks exploded over Semiahmoo Bay in front of the world famous white rock on the beach. The symphony in the sky marked the end of the third annual DIWALI Festival of Light, the day long event next to the White Rock Museum.

l-r MLA Gordon Hogg/Diwali organizer MOTI BALI/MLAS Stephanie Cadieux & Peter Fassbender

Local dignitaries were on hand to commence the ceremony.

The day featured entertainers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Our DIWALI festival prides itself in inclusion.

Pat Petrala photo

 

September 26, 2016

Two persons found with gunshot injuries in South Surrey

Surrey RCMP were called to a home in the 4200 block of 152 Street after learning of an adult male and female suffering from gunshot injuries. The male and female are associated to the residence in which they were located. Both victims were transported by land ambulance to a regional trauma hospital to be treated for their apparent non life-threatening injuries. This event appears to have been a targeted event.

Surrey RCMP have the area secured for the investigation. Surrey Serious Crime investigators are on scene. Lower Mainland Forensic Identification Section is on scene gathering evidence to advance the investigation.

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

Released by:
Surrey RCMP Watch Commander

NOTE: Media interviews will be available during regular business hours by calling the Surrey RCMP Media Unit.

 

September 21, 2016

May I Have This Dance?

l-r MLA Amrik Virk/Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner/Skydance CEO David Ellison

Surrey Mayor LINDA HEPNER officially opened Surrey's major entry in to the North American film industry. SKYDANCE MEDIA'S founder DAVID ELLISON was on hand to sing the praises of the location and support industry in place. The new film studio will create 400 jobs for trades, production and technical staff.

The first major production set to begin filming at the end of this month will be ALTERED CARBON a NETFLIX series which will see the first episode directed by MIGUEL SAPOCHNIK who this past week picked up an EMMY for his work on Game of Thrones.

Mayor LINDA HEPNER at the launch noted Surrey has opened a film liaison office in Los Angeles headed up by STEVEN FUNK who was on hand at the official opening. To date this year Surrey has issued 150 film permits. If the rate continues the city will have doubled the number of productions filming in the city over last year.

 

September 16, 2016

WHITE ROCK RESPONDS TO SEMIAHMOO FIRST NATION’S NOTICE OF DISCONTINUATION OF WATER SUPPLY

White Rock Mayor WAYNE BALDWIN

The City of White Rock is responding to the Semiahmoo First Nation’s news release sent out on September 14, 2016.

In its news release the First Nation claims that it is not aware of the reasons for the City’s notification to secure a new water supply.

On March 10, 2016 the City of White Rock and members of the Semiahmoo First Nation met to discuss a number of topics, including water. The City thought this meeting was productive and amicable. A summary of the items discussed at the meeting can be found in the City’s Corporate Report, on page 50 of the May 9, 2016 Regular Council Meeting agenda.

Shortly after the March 10, 2016 meeting, however, the City received a letter through the Semiahmoo First Nation’s lawyer. The issue at hand– the City was in trespass for maintaining pump station infrastructure on First Nation land. This pump station infrastructure is what allows for the City to provide storm drainage services.

The Semiahmoo First Nation falls entirely within the City of Surrey’s municipal boundary. Currently, there is no formal agreement between the City of White Rock and the Semiahmoo First Nation to supply them with water or sewer services. The City is committed to achieving an agreement. Since June, attempts made by City Staff to meet with the Semiahmoo First Nation to finalize agreements have been denied.
On October 31, 2015 the City of White Rock purchased the water utility from EPCOR Water Services Inc. The City continued to supply the First Nation with bulk water after the acquisition of EPCOR Water Services Inc. However, the Semiahmoo First Nation has limited the City’s access to the pump station, including the ability to provide regular maintenance following threats of arrest issued by members of the First Nation to City staff. The First Nation has also asked for the City to remove the pump station and infrastructure.

This was very troubling for the City to hear and understand given the steps the City has taken to support the First Nation as they have had a water advisory in place for a number of years. The City has even sent City Staff to show First Nation staff how to properly test for chlorine when they had issues with the level of chlorine in their water distribution system.

“Even though, the Semiahmoo First Nation is not part of the City’s jurisdiction we have advocated strongly on their behalf to receive funding so that they could have the means to upgrade a much needed water distribution system,” said Wayne Baldwin, the Mayor of White Rock. For example, at the 2012 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention, the City of White Rock met with the Cabinet Minister responsible for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, on behalf of Semiahmoo First Nation, and requested that the First Nation receive assistance to implement an adequate water supply and sewer system on their land.
“If they come back with an action plan on how they will get their new permanent water supply and need the City to extend the 18 month timeliness, we will consider it; especially since I’ve heard rumblings of the First Nation doing a major commercial development, which if true, may affect White Rock’s water capacity,” the Mayor went on to say.

“Regardless, the Semiahmoo First Nation need to be willing to meet with City Staff to discuss the many demands they have made of the City and be open to a fair agreement, which is what we are seeking,” concluded the Mayor.

 

Darkest Before The Dawn

Despite Washington State legalizing marijuana and Canada being on the threshold of national legalization, this could happen to you at either of the local border crossing. You have been warned.

Smoked marijuana? Not an American? Better think twice before you unburden your guilty conscience to a U.S. border official.

Ted Gilliat likes to go down to Point Roberts with his four- and six-year-old daughters to fly kites at Lighthouse Marine Park. He won’t be doing that anytime soon after undergoing over four hours of examination at the U.S. port of entry on Sunday, August 21 – a harrowing experience that led to his permanent exclusion from the United States.

(read the entire story in Blaine's Northern Light Newspaper)

 

September 09, 2016

Surrey RCMP Officer Caught In Trap

Last month a group of citizens in Surrey launched Surrey Creep Catcher, which in their own words was created to :out" adult aged pedophiles who have been luring and trolling for young children on the Internet. The Creep Catchers came under fire as recent as last week from the Surrey RCMP who indicated they did not support this form of vigilantism.

Late Thursday evening the Creep Catcher purported to have caught an active member of the Surrey RCMP in their sting operation. Initially Surrey RCMP denied the allegation.

Yesterday afternoon a hastily called press conference at the RCMP headquarters in Surrey revealed the following:


1:00 p.m. - Please be advised, BC RCMP will be holding a media availability today in relation to allegations of child luring and sexual exploitation involving a member of the RCMP.

2:43 p.m. - Charges pending against a Surrey Mountie following child luring investigation

Surrey RCMP say an officer has been arrested and charges are pending in connection to a video posted by a vigilante group. The officer's name isn't being released as the charges haven't been approved by Crown yet.

(click here to read the official statement from the Surrey RCMP)

Watch the RCMP Press Conference on CTV

UPDATE

BC - CTV is reporting two teenagers had been living at the house of a Mountie who became the subject of a Creep Catchers sting, a source told CTV News.
The 14-year-olds had been living in the Mountie's house as home-stay students, but a source said the girls were removed.

(click here for the complete story)

Building A Home For Hope

Surrey Mayor LINDA HEPNER and White Rock Mayor WAYNE BALDWIN joined with other local dignitaries Thursday afternoon for a sod turning event to officially dedicate the future home of the White Rock/South Surrey Hospice .

Both civic leaders spoke personally how hospice had been there for them to help them and their loved ones, through times of grief.

It is hoped the new facility to be located on 16A Avenue off 156th Street) will be the site of an official ribbon cutting ceremony within the year.

(get more info on the Capital Building Campaign for Hospice - click here)

 

 

September 08, 2016

First Look At Parc Development

PARC DEVELOPMENT recently hosted an Open House to allow the community to view their proposed development that will rise from the ashes of the old Penguin Meats site along White Rock's gateway to the community along Johnston Road.

The proposed development will be 23 storeys in height and set back from Johnston road. Once the final approval from the city is granted construction will begin. The project is expected to take 3 years to complete.

PARC has built and manages four other seniors care facilities in the Lower Mainland (click here)

 

September 07, 2016

White Rock's PARALYMPIC ATHLETE Headed For Rio

British Columbia will be sending another strong contingent of athletes to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with more than a quarter of the team hailing from this province.

Of the 162 athletes representing Team Canada, 44 of them either live or train in British Columbia.

The opening ceremony for the Paralympics is today. Good luck to all our athletes.

Tessa Popoff
Sitting Volleyball

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015 Parapan Ams
Born: July 15, 1985
Birthplace: White Rock, BC
Residence: Langley, BC


Tessa Popoff owns The Learning Circle Child Care Centre in Langley, B.C. She has dedicated her life to working with children in different fields. She says early childhood education is the most rewarding field for her.

At 18, Popoff was in a car accident that resulted in her right arm being amputated. Popoff says she has realized over the years that with her disability, she can make a difference with children.

Popoff started playing sitting volleyball in 2014 when she was invited to a training camp. She was a member of Team Canada at the 2015 Parapan American Games which won bronze and qualified for the 2016 Paralympics.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2015 Parapan American Games.

 

Mayday!

Do You Know This Creep?

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male allegedly in possession of a stolen credit card.

On May 25th, 2016, Surrey RCMP was called after a vehicle had been broken into near 17th Avenue and 148th Street in South Surrey. Stolen from inside the vehicle were a wallet and its contents including credit cards.

Surrey RCMP has now obtained surveillance photos depicting a male using one of the stolen credit cards at an ATM machine.

“This is a good reminder to keep your valuables on you when your vehicle is unattended,” says Corporal Scotty Schumann. ”Don’t make it easy for thieves to access your personal belongings and take the steps necessary to reduce the chances of being further victimized.”

For more information on how to protect your vehicle and protect yourself against credit card fraud please visit our website. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

September 02, 2016

DRUG WARNING!!!!!!!

Many weekend casual drug users are being warned of the much talked about Fentanyl now turning up in cocaine on the street. It was one thing for pushers to be lacing there heroin with Fentanyl but cocaine use is far more prevalent that heroin use locally.

To put this in perspective in one 20 minute period the other night there were 9 overdoses reported next door in Delta. None of the overdoses resulted in deaths.

HEADS UP!!!

 

September 01, 2016

It's Not Over

The Brooks family who lost their son HUDSON during a fatal exchange with South Surrey RCMP. It took nearly one year for the IIO (Independent Investigation Office) to release any details to The Brooks family.

Please join us for our #JUSTICEFORHUDSON MARCH September 18 at 4:00pm at 18th and 152nd. The travesty of injustice that was served upon my son can not go unnoticed. We are Hudson's voice now as he was taken from us so horrifically.

Please STAND with us in our peaceful protest. Thank you so much. A young UNARMED man can not be Shot down at CLOSE RANGE! This is unacceptable in our society. Please help us make CHANGE!

Head Of IIO Steps Down

Richard Rosenthal

Richard Rosenthal has notified the Attorney General of B.C. that he will not be seeking a re-appointment when his current term expires.

Mr. Rosenthal will shift his focus to academic pursuits, also in the field of civilian oversight. The notice is intended to provide the Ministry of Justice sufficient time to start the recruitment for the position and to ensure a seamless transition to the next CCD.

“It has been a great honour for me to work towards the establishment of the IIO in British Columbia,” said Mr. Rosenthal. “Despite the predictable challenges we have faced, I am hopeful that the IIO will serve as a model for civilian oversight for other jurisdictions. It is my goal that by the end of my term, we will have built a strong foundation for the future success of the IIO,” Mr. Rosenthal added.

(click here to listen ro ROSENTHAL'S CBC Early edition interview)

 

Local Transit Changes

This week TRANSLLINK will scale back local bus service to the White Rock waterfront. The popular C-52 which runs from White Rock centre to the waterfront will see service scaled back.

C52 Seaside/White Rock Centre
Removed one bus from service Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., to coincide with demand.
Removed one bus from service on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. to coincide with demand.
Removed one bus from service on Sundays/holidays between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. to coincide with demand.

+Which in plain English means the C-52 will be back to running once per hour as opposed to the current summer schedule of twice per hour.

 

August 31, 2016

FINE Dining MESS on Marine

l-r Fine Mess & Jimmy Flynn's / West Beach

The eastern section of White Rock's West Beach area has been hard hit with the recent departure of two dining establishments. A FINE MESS suddenly vacated their newly opened premises as well as shuttering their FINE MESS DELI further down West Beach.

JIMMY FLYNN'S has moved their operation to Southpoint.

Meanwhile location of THE ITALIAN TOUCH is also vacant as of September 01 but will soon re-open under new owners. Rumour has it it will be either an Italian restaurant or a Mexican restaurant.

Mexican gets our vote!

 

August 26, 2016

Douglas Smith Resigns as Executive Director of White Rock BIA

Douglas Smith announced today, Thursday, August 25th 2016, that he has officially resigned from his position as Executive Director of the White Rock Business Improvement Association.

Douglas has worked alongside the Board using his time, passion, and energy in managing and operating the BIA. He has been an advocate for stakeholders, developed promotional activities for businesses, and coordinated festivals and events that promote business activity in the four BIA districts.

On behalf of the business community of White Rock, the Board wishes to thank Douglas for his role as Executive Director. For further information please contact the BIA office (604-354-8852) and a Board Member will get back to you.

 

What Would You Call This?

You might be interested in these numbers courtesy of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Last year in South Surrey from August 1, 2015 to August 24, 2015, 115 detached homes were sold.
This year in South Surrey from August 2, 2016 to August 24, 2016, 32 detached homes were sold. There are currently 637 homes for sale.

In your City by the Sea there has been 6 homes sold so far in August versus 16 for the same period last year. Currently 166 homes are for sale in White Rock proper.

There is a normal August slowdown as we all enjoy the last couple of weeks of summer, but the new Non Resident Tax has impacted significantly on sales activity. These numbers indicate a 75% +/- drop in sales year over year. If this continues we can expect large price declines as a large number of properties seek out a diminishing number of buyers.

Not a bad thing all in all. The market was crazy and too many people were excluded but this shock to the market will hurt a lot of people, not just the non-resident types that were targeted.

 

 

August 28, 2016

Head On

A head on crash on the King George Blvd. overpass above Hwy. 99 at 3:30 p.m. on Sat. cosed traffic in both directions, snarling traffic and transit buses for hours.
A blue sedan heading southbound appears to have lost control, crossed the concrete median and slammed head-on into a northbound SUV. According to Surrey RCMP still on scene three hours after the crash, there were very serious injuries involved and police were waiting for the Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) to gather evidence as to the cause of this crash.

 

12 Hour Police Standoff

Surrey RCMP say one man is in custody and a home on the 142-hundred block of Melrose Drive is being held for investigation.

This following an incident earlier today where a 27-year-old man barricaded himself inside the home.

Officers were called in at 10:30 Saturday morning and were forced into negotiation to get the man to come out and speak with police

 

August 27, 2016

Jellyfish Warning

Lion's Mane jellyfish are now washing up on the shores of White Rock & Crescent Beach. Visitors to the beach should be aware and in particular warn children to not try to pick them up.

Most encounters cause temporary pain and localized redness.[10] In normal circumstances, and in healthy individuals, their stings are not known to be fatal. Vinegar can be used to deactivate the nematocysts, but due to the large number of tentacles medical attention is recommended after exposure.

 

August 13, 2016

Hungry Like A Wolf

Hilary Caldwell

White Rock's HILARY CALDWELL medaled out yesterday in the women's 200-m backstroke in Rio De Janeiro. CALDWELL grew up and trained with the South Surrey based Pacific Sea Wolves. CALDWELL now trains out of Victoria. Her medal brings Canada's total to 10 medals.

 

The "TOP DOG" recently shone its Neighbourhood Series spotlight on out little "city by the sea."

(red & listen to their feature here)

 

As If Helicopters Weren't Enough

Tried to cool off at Crescent Beach a few days ago and here is what I encountered:

A Drone kept on flying right over me again and again, it sped up to come towards me and got lower and lower. It turned around and came right back in a dive mode and it almost hit me a couple of times. I was furious, as I had no clue why this "thing" was trying to attack me.
At one point I felt like standing up grabbing it and trashing it, but my gut feeling told me to stay seated as I knew it would have ended in a "drone" fight.

I was ready to call the cops when the lady sitting behind me on a wooden log finally answered me, as she was the only other person in close range. She told me not to worry as “she” was the focus and they were filming her. Then why is the drone all over me, I asked? Her answer was, they were doing a "promotional" video for a Cemetery (Church) in Surrey. Does this make sense to you?
She apologized profusely and as the one of the "camera" men approached, so did he, apparently from where they maneuvered the drone they could not see me and had no idea how close they came to hit me.

No harm done this time, but please anyone "handling" a drone, be aware of where you are sending this thing and make sure you can see what is below, behind or beside, it almost made a birds nest out of my head and the drone was close to be drowned.

After the encounter do to safety reasons they finished filming with a hand help camera and film crew.
​Maggie Bernet ​

 

August 12, 2016

JUSTICE FOR HUDSON

Finally (some of ) What Happened That Fateful Night

I am so devastated! The IIO came to our home Wednesday evening to tell us what happened to my INNOCENT SON who was having one bad night! He was walking in the middle of the road coming home from a party he was distraught he needed HELP!

The first car approached him they did not get out, they called for back up. The second car approached him, Hudson was screaming for HELP! Hudson banged on the hood then on the drivers window as he was doing this two officers walked out of the building, Hudson without shoes or a shirt on started running up to them, a very ill trained officer pulled out his GUN?? And shot him at CLOSE RANGE!!!!Multiple times?

Brooks says she was told by the IIO that more police officers came outside the detachment and Hudson ran toward them.

Somehow, a police officer was also shot. The IIO wouldn't provide the family any details about how or why that happened.

"We want to know how this other police officer was shot," said Hudson's brother, Beau.

Why? Did they not even try to restrain him? Was the coward in danger for his life when a young UNARMED man approached him? NO!! Did he follow serve and protect procedure?NO!!I want CHARGES laid! I want ACCOUNTABILITY!!! We can not stand for this, there has to be change! WE will MARCH!!September 18th as we DEMAND CHARGES! My son's life mattered!

Jennifer Brooks

August 08, 2015

Someone Saw Something

Delta Police are seeking witnesses to a single vehicle accident that left one person dead.

On Saturday around 5 pm, officers responded to westbound lanes of the 10600 block of Nordel way where a black Honda motorcycle had crashed.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 19-year-old man who was from New Westminster, died at the scene.

Now Delta Police Traffic Section investigators are looking to speak to any witnesses who saw the collision and the events leading up to it.

Anyone with information can call the Delta Police Department, or call Constable Aaron Hill at 604.946.4411 extension 2131.

 

LANDMARK PREMIERE PROPERTIES PURCHASES WHITE ROCK’S CENTRAL PLAZA SHOPPING CENTRE

Landmark Premier Properties has announced that it has purchased the majority of the Central Plaza Shopping Centre at 15182 North Bluff Road, White Rock. The 162,000 square foot site is home to more than 14 retail and service businesses.

Landmark is currently designing and developing the proposed three-tower luxury community, Foster Martin on White Rock Commons, at 1484 Martin Street in White Rock’s town centre. In the years ahead, the company, which builds and markets individually tailored, multi-family residences, will propose a similar residential and commercial opportunity at Central Plaza.

“Our purchase of Central Plaza reinforces our long-term commitment to White Rock,” explained Ray Chen, President and Managing Partner of Landmark Premiere Properties. “As a company, we’re committed to adding value to our community, and like our Foster Martin development, we’ll be looking at Central Plaza with an eye to adding value to the businesses in the shopping centre, and creating a residential community White Rock can be proud of. As we think about what the future might look like, it’s business-as-usual at Central Plaza, and we’re looking forward to building that future with our shopping centre tenants.”

 

Beach Beer Buzz

Our good friends at White Rock Beach Beer took delivery of their new tanks for the expansion of their facility which is well underway in the space next to their current location on Russell Avenue across from the world famous WYLAND WHALE WALL.

"Well, well, well, things just got real. A big day for our little brewery, as we took delivery of our new brew system today, and here is a picture to to prove it. We've got it squeezed into the space in the back, so we know that for sure we have plenty of room up front to get it set-up, and a lot more room after that for some tanks (a couple are enroute now to get us going). With this today, and our work going on next door on our new lounge/tasting room, it's starting to feel like this just might be a real micro-brewery ."

Peter Adams / Co-owner White Rock Beach Beer

 

Check Out Vancouver's Latest Public Art Installation

Whether from the street or looking down from the Canada Line there's no missing Vancouver's newest piece of public art.

Douglas Coupland's 13-metre-tall Golden Tree, on the corner of Marine and Cambie Streets, is an exact, to scale, replica of Stanley Park's Hollow Tree, but coated in a gold finish.

(read the story - hear the creator's thoughts

August 07, 2016

Free Watermelons

All week long down at GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (16582 - 40th Avenue South Surrey) they are giving away FREE watermelons.

While you are at the farm help fund the operation of this wonderful farm that donates thousands of pounds of fruit and vegetables to the needy in our community.

They sell what is called a "Stupid Box" over 25 pounds of product for $25.00.

 

 

You Just Never Know Who You Will Meet


The staff of THE WHITE ROCK SUN headed into Vancouver to Red Truck Brewery to catch our buddies in the WASHBOARD UNION perform.

Well guess who was there keeping the crowd "cool?"

Yes, that's former White Rock councillor JAMES COLERIDGE.

Next time you are in Vancouver head down towards Canada Place and or the new locale in Yaletown and check out JAMES award winning gelato.

(click here for more info)

 

August 06, 2016

East Beach Mystery

Visitors to White Rock's East Beach yesterday were taken back to see a body laying on the grassy area for hours at the end of the promenade covered in white plastic.

A local merchant reports the RCMP said it was not a homicide and the victim died from their self inflicted injuries

 

Surrey RCMP Investigates Naked Man

Surrey RCMP is investigating a suspicious circumstance that occurred last night involving a naked man approaching a female in south Surrey. Police are seeking the assistance of the public to locate the suspect.

At approximately 9:30 pm on August 4th, a woman was walking to her vehicle in a parking lot in the 3100 block of 152nd Street near South Point Plaza, when a naked male approached from a nearby car and made physical contact with her. The woman threatened to scream, and the male fled the parking lot northbound in the vehicle. The woman was unharmed.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, with short brown hair, no facial hair, a rounded jaw line, and a medium build. He was driving a newer vehicle, possibly green with a square body type. The rear of the vehicle was open as he drove away from the scene.

“The woman is obviously shaken up as a result of this contact with a man she does not know, says Sergeant Alanna Dunlop. “We would like to speak to anyone that may have been in the area of South Point Plaza last night who may have seen something that can assist us with this investigation.”

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

August 05, 2016

I am so excited to announce that I have found a NEW Location! I am so honoured to have the Soo Family who has operated the J&H Grocery and Flower Store for the past 46 years on the corner of Pacific and Fir in the Five Corners district of White Rock. The Soo's have decided to retire and I am so thankful to create my new space which plan to OPEN in November! Thank you all for your support and encouragement the past months! I am so excited to get back to work and will keep you posted with the renovations!

Laura Cornale

 

Islands In The Son?

GARY KASMAR a regular reader of The White Rock Sun and a man that has broadcast background, got a chuckle out of the above promo that ran on GLOBAL TV recently. Far be it from us to cast stones, but this is pretty funny.

 

Two Weeks - Two Deaths

Wednesday evening just after 7:30 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of an altercation between two cell mates at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre.

Correctional Officers at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre intervened during the altercation, and separated the victim from his 22 year old cell mate. The victim was transported to hospital as he sustained extensive injuries during the altercation.

Despite all medical efforts, the 25 year old male victim succumbed to his injuries just before 1:30 am, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called to investigate. IHIT has consulted with Crown Counsel regarding charges, but homicide related charges have not yet been approved. Should the status of charge approval change, media availability will be provided at that time.

“IHIT is working with the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, the Surrey RCMP, the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre, and the BC Coroner’s Service to help piece together the factors that led up to the altercation, and subsequent death of the male victim,” says Corporal Meghan Foster.

Both males were awaiting court appearances on separate matters. Neither of the males knew each other prior to their incarceration.

 

August 04, 2016

Due to the popularity of the event, the City of Surrey's Pop-Up Junk Drop will take place at the Surrey Operations Centre for the rest of the season.

You are invited to get rid of household items that can't be put out during regular waste collection four more times until October at 6549 148 St.

The remaining dates for free disposal are Aug. 6 and 27, Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

City of Surrey residents can also donate any reusable items that are in good condition. Salvation Army and non-profit agencies will gather items such as gently used clothing and housewares.

click here for more info

 

August 03, 3016

Railroaded

Rail Safety Report Tabled In The House of Commons

DIANNE WATTS in her summer householder mail out has identified out of 19 recommendations in the final report by the Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on rail safety which was tabled last month, two of her recommendations were included.

1. Developing legislation and regulatory measures to require rail companies to develop and implement plans that mitigate environmental impacts on railways such as ongoing destabilization of slopes, mudslides, flooding, extreme weather conditions and floodplain issues.

2. That rail companies be required to provide real time knowledge of dangerous goods to firs responders and to develop ways of delivering this information to remote communities who do not have cellular or broadband access.

Read the full copy of report (click here)

 

Star of the Sea Parishioners Supporting a White Rock Church


Star of the Sea Parish plans to close the historic Star of the Sea Church and Community Centre and sell the lands. A group of Parishioners, who are experts in large Property Development Projects and Members of the Knights of Columbus #7015 have developed a plan to build a new Catholic Church and Community Centre in White Rock, while still offering millions of dollars in revenue for a new Parish Centre at Good Shepherd Church.

Show your support by signing this petition. Your email will only be used to confirm your identity and WILL NOT be shared with any other entity

(sign the petition)

 

How's It Hanging?

City Offering Unused Hanging Baskets to Local Businesses

The City of White Rock is planning a major capital project to replace BC Hydro poles along the waterfront including East and West Beach. The replacement of the poles is expected to take place this fall.

An inspection was conducted of all poles along the waterfront and as a result, it was recommended the City remove street banners from the poles and not place hanging baskets on the poles this summer. The decision was made after two poles fell over creating significant potential risk to the public.

The City has informed the BIA office that it has (28) X 22 inch diameter hanging baskets that they are happy to donate to BIA member businesses that can be used at your discretion. The baskets weigh approximately 40 pounds each.

The baskets are being stored on the south side of the Centre for Active Living, 14600 North Bluff Rd. at the Parks Yard (near the trail head). If you would like a complimentary hanging basket for your business, please contact the BIA office at (604) 536-4958 or via email at info@whiterockbia.com to coordinate pick-up on your behalf.

August 02, 2016

Victim identified in potentially targeted Surrey shooting

The victim of last night’s shooting in Surrey has been identified by IHIT as 27-year-old Sean Christopher Kelly.

Homicide investigators say they believe the shooting was targeted.

Court documents show a man with the same name faced several charges including trafficking and aggravated assault.

Mounties were called to the 13900 block of Antrim Road last night around 8:30 to reports of an injured man.

He later died.

IHIT says it is now notifying the victim’s next of kin.

 

A key part of Surrey’s history fell onto Highway 1 Saturday night.
Charlie’s Tree - named for the World War I veteran who planted ivy at its base and left wreaths on it in memory of his friends who didn’t make it home from the war - crashed onto the highway just before 8:30 p.m.
A vehicle apparently collided with the fallen piece of history, but no one was injured. Two eastbound lanes of the highway were blocked, and crews worked for hours to clear it from the road.
The tree - a 300-year-old Douglas Fir - was threatened when plans for Highway 1 were developed, and called for the road to go directly through Charlie Perkins’ property, where it stood.


Though the story goes that Perkins sat in front of his memorial with a shotgun to fight the construction of the road, his son told Surrey’s The Now newspaper in 2015 that such tales aren’t true.
Perkins did lobby to save the tree, and he was successful. Today, the highway curves in the area of 192nd Street to make way for the tree, which is still maintained as a war memorial.

 

White Rock Farmers’ Market Society Announces
The Winners of the Mary Hartwell Scholarship Program 2016


Five Years & $12,000 in grants awarded.
The Board of Directors of the White Rock Farmers’ Market Society is pleased to announce the winners of Mary Hartwell Scholarship award for 2016 after a series of interviews conducted over the last two weeks.
Our selection panel was very impressed with the knowledge and passion of the eligible candidates – particularly their understanding of how the courses for which funds were sought fitted the scholarship criteria; how they supported the Market and its vendors, and, how they planned to make a difference to the lives of others.
Two Mary Hartwell scholarships have been awarded this year at a value of $1,000.00 each.
The scholarships are awarded to Kimberly Martin who will be studying Nutrition 330 at Athabasca University, Alberta, and to Eric Wirsching who is a 4th year student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University studying in the BASc Sustainable Agriculture program with a minor in Policy Studies.
We will publish their application essays on our website.

 

Save On Wine

Shoppers on Thursday were surprised to walk into the Semiahmoo SAVE ON only to discover a Wine Of British Columbia store.

The SAVE ON at Southpoint in South Surrey was the first grocery store in British Columbia to have wine. Wine will be sold 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

The store carries B.C. VQA wine exclusively under the province’s B.C. VQA wine license structure.
Save-On-Foods has partnered with more than 160 wineries across the province through the B.C. Wine Institute to put more than 1,000 varieties of VQA wine on shelves.

The White Rock Save-On-Foods is the Langley-based chain’s ninth store to carry B.C. VQA wine. Two Save-On-Foods stores in neighbouring Surrey also have in-store wine departments, along with two Save-On-Foods stores in Kelowna, and one each in Langley, Maple Ridge, Tsawwassen, and Parksville.

 

July 29, 2016

Death At Surrey Pre-Trial Centre


One of two suspects charged in connection with a UBC sex assault found dead.
BC Coroners Service says 28-year-old David Singh Tucker died at Surrey Pre-Trial Services Centre on Monday.
No word on a cause of death.

 

Residents Up In Arms - Over Helicopter Up In Air

Residents of White Rock spent the day yesterday contacting the media, White Rock & Surrey city hall and Transport Canada to register their displeasure of the sudden appearance of a helicopter tour company operating out of Semiahmoo Park located in the East Beach district of White Rock.

TRK helicopters of Langley recently entered into an agreement with the Semiahmoo First Nations (the owners of the park) to operate a helicopter tour operation on the weekends throughout the summer.

Randy Marks owner of TRK said in a phone interview Monday " Everything we are doing here is on the up and up.  This is something that is helping to support Semiahmoo First Nations."

The City of White Rock shares residents' concerns regarding noise from recent helicopter tours over White Rock, which is why the City has been in close contact with Transport Canada on your behalf.
As this matter falls under federal jurisdiction, Transport Canada has asked White Rock residents to report their concerns to their Civil Aviation Centre by calling 1-800-305-2059 and choosing option 4, "report low flying aircraft".

 

Price Of Gold Goes Up

White Rock weightlifter Christine Girard was the first Canadian female to win a medal in weightlifting when she won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. She is also the reigning Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games champion in her weight class and has won multiple medals in each of those competitions. She holds the Commonwealth games record and the Pan-American Games record in the Clean and Jerk.

BREAKING NEWS - Now that it has been made public the Silver and Gold medal winners in 2012 have now proved positive for banned drug use. The review process could take years but if the Olympic panel investigating doping hold up the tests GIRARD will one day be able to say she is an Olympic Gold Medal winner.

 

July 28, 2016

Massey replacement project enters provincial environmental review

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has submitted its application to the Provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for an environmental certificate to construct the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

An application review period of up to 180 days is now underway. This review period will include a 60-day public comment period on the application, with three public open houses.

The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process.

The 60-day public comment period is from Aug. 3 to Oct. 3, 2016, with open houses scheduled:

Aug. 17, 2016
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Delta Town and Country – Terrace Room
6005 Highway 17A (at Highway 99)
Delta

Sept. 14, 2016
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Delta Town and Country – Ballroom

July 25, 2016

Layla, I'm begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind.

" Why do I refer to Surrey as an oligarchy? Because the definition of the words fits so damn well: “oligarchy: small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution.”

Surrey blogger/commentator LAILA YUILLE takes a parting shot at Surrey council.

(read it here)

 

Call To Order

Premier Clark & Governor General Judith Guichon with John Mann

In front of friends, family and a room full of distinguished guests, 16 exceptional civic leaders were recognized today at Government House with the Province’s highest honour, the Order of British Columbia.

“For 27 years, the Order of British Columbia has recognized exceptional individuals whose hard work, generosity of spirit and outstanding achievements have contributed immeasurably to the wellbeing of our communities,” Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon said. “I extend my congratulations to this year's recipients and thank them for inspiring all of us with their efforts to build a healthy, diverse and inclusive province for generations to come.”

“British Columbia's greatest strength is British Columbians – people who use their talents and passions to make a difference both here at home and, in many cases, around the world,” Premier Christy Clark said. “On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank this year's recipients for their dedication, and everything they do to make B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.”

Boys in the 60's

Local acclaimed international diving judge and diving coach Beverley Boys joined well known broadcaster RED ROBINSON and Spirit of the West singer JOHN MANN at yesterday's ceremony in Victoria.

Beverly Boys represented Canada in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1968. She won a total number of three medals (two silver, one bronze) at the Pan American Games (1967 and 1971).

Now retired, Boys resides in Surrey and maintains a heavy involvement with BC Diving. She now coaches competitive divers at iDive at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre and White Rock Divers, and continues to organize and judge diving competitions throughout British Columbia.

 

July 25, 2016

Taking Pride In Our Community

Ernie Klassen President of the White Rock Business Improvement Association

A large crowd was on hand Monday morning in front of White Rock city hall as the Pride flag was raised on the city's flag pole. The flag will be displayed leading up to the Vancouver Pride Parade this weekend.

The BIA led initiative of flying the pride flag will now be an annual event in White Rock.

 

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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