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January 09, 2019

Best White Rock Storm Pictures

Former RCMP officer and media relations officer TIM SHIELDS who makes his home on the Semiahmoo Peninsula has been known for years for his beautiful landscape photos including many local photos.

As luck would have it SHIELDS was walking with his family on our white Rock pier when the storm began to tear the structure to pieces. See his amazing photos.

(view the entire collection of photos here)

 

Eagle Lands In New York

Devon Toews, who played for the Surrey Eagles during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, appeared in his first NHL game for the New York Islanders on Sunday night. His first NHL game comes in his third professional season after also spending three seasons with Quinnipiac University.

In the New York Islanders game Friday against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, the overtime winner was credited on the scoresheet to Toews.

Just not the one you’re thinking of.

It was Devon Toews, former Surrey Eagles standout blueliner and 2013 BCHL All-Star, who notched the winner and his first NHL goal for the Islanders against the Blackhawks and his more well-known namesake, the Hawks’ captain Jonathan Toews.

After his initial shot was stopped by Chicago goalie Collin Delia, Toews put the rebound back on goal and it found its way through for the decisive tally at 1:48 of the extra session. It was just his fifth game in the NHL.

Toews becomes the 18th former Surrey Eagles player to appear in an NHL game. The full list includes:

1. Robb Tallas
2. John Craighead
3. Mike Bishai
4. John Grahame
5. Scott Gomez
6. Colin Hemingway
7. Shaone Morrisonn
8. Nathan Oystrick
9. Greg Zanon
10. Tyler Eckford
11. Mike Moore
12. Ben Maxwell
13. Andrew Hammond
14. Colton Gillies
15. John Negrin
16. Brandon Tanev
17. Danton Heinen
18. Devon Toews

NOTE: OUR SURREY EAGLES OF THE BCHL HOST COWICHAN THIS SUNDAY 4 P.M. @ SOUTH SURREY REC CENTRE

 

January 06, 2019 06, 2018

All Clear

The company that operates a train corridor that was blocked by a mudslide between White Rock and Crescent Beach  says it has cleared the path of debris.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says crews used cranes to remove debris and were able to clear the way for freight train service to resume.

He says Amtrak's passenger service between Vancouver and Seattle remains suspended.

The American passenger rail company suspended service on its Cascade line at noon on Friday, and says service is scheduled to resume on Sunday.

Melonas says BNSF is continuing its inspection of the area to ensure safe movement of the trains.

Amtrak is providing alternative bus transportation to affected passengers.

 

January 05, 2019

White Rock Mayor DARRYL WALKER - Pier Update

 

January 04, 2019

Storm 2018 Clean Up Work: Beaches and Promenade

Thursday, January 3, 2019 marks two weeks since the devastating windstorm swept through the City that resulted in extensive damage to the Pier, waterfront and boats along the marina.  BC Hydro reported it to be the most damaging in the Crown utility’s history.

We understand the significant value that the Promenade, waterfront and Pier bring to our community.

We thank our residents, businesses, and visitors for their understanding and patience while the City and BNSF Railway staff continue to perform major clean up work along East and West Beach including the Promenade. 

As this work is being carried out, it is very important that the public continue to respect the signage and keep a distance away from the waterfront, Promenade and Pier so that City staff, contractors and BNSF Railway crews can perform their work safely, efficiently, and expeditiously.

Assessment of the extensive damage to the Pier is being undertaken.

Memorial Park: Concrete Pour and Public Art Installation

The Memorial Park project is in the final stages of construction. The installation of the public artwork “Coastal Cradle” will take place during the first week of January during the stages of the final concrete pour.

 

CBC South of the Fraser Comes To Town

Jesse Johnston CBC reporter

CBC The Early Edition JESSE JOHNSTON who hosts a weekly radio show called South of the Fraser which airs usually on Wednesday morning @ 7:40 a.m. visited White Rock yesterday.

JOHNSTON was here to see how White Rock was fairing following the storm which hit the waterfront 2 weeks ago. The only person JOHNSTON spoke with was RIC WALLACE who locals recognize as the photographer that sells his prints in front of the museum daily. WALLACE rebuffs anyone that says he is making money off of others sorrow. His answer to that is simply this was history and many people want a photo to remember storm day December 20, 2018

 

 

January 3, 2019

Surrey RCMP investigate shots fired in Guildford area of Surrey

Surrey RCMP is currently on scene in the Guildford area of Surrey for a report of shots being fired.

At approximately 6:40 P.M. on January 2nd, 2019, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 14000 block of 115A Ave., Surrey, B.C. Evidence was located confirming that shots had been fired.

Initial reports indicated that a Dark Coloured S.U.V. was observed driving away from the area with its headlights off. A similar vehicle was located, and 3 persons have been detained.
Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that this is a targeted incident.

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed this indent, observed a dark coloured S.U.V. fleeing from the area, or in the area are asked to call the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers in reference to Surrey File # 2019-000878.

UPDATE January 04, 2019

Christopher BOUCHER, 30 years-old, has been charged with one count of Unlawfully discharging a prohibited or restricted firearm, one count of Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, one count of Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm without being the holder of an authorization or license and one count of Occupying a vehicle knowing there was a prohibited or restricted firearm in the vehicle.

Jamie TIMBS, 42 years-old, has been charged with one count of Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, one count of Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm without being the holder of an authorization or license and one count of Occupying a vehicle knowing there was a prohibited or restricted firearm in the vehicle.

“Thanks to the detailed information provided by witnesses and quick response by our Frontline officers, we were able to apprehend the suspects quickly,” says Superintendent Elija Rain, Investigative Services Officer. “Members of our General Investigation Unit believe that this was a targeted incident related to a personal dispute. We do not believe it was related to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.”

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

This marks Surrey’s first shots fired investigation in 2019. The City experienced 38 shots fired incidents in 2018, a 36% decrease from 2017 and a 57% reduction since 2015.

 

 

 

January 02, 2018

Polar Bear Swim 2019

...you don't have to be crazy and for that matter you don't have to have a swimsuit.

The SUN Surrey United Naturist lined up for their clothing optional annual plunge into Boundary Bay @ Crescent Rock in Crescent Beach.

Down the beach an hour later in Crescent Beach a small but vocal crowd took the annual polar bear plunge @ 1 p.m.

Across the bay from Crescent Beach the Delta Polar Bear Plunge in its 39th year saw much larger crowds than normal. Due in large part to the White Rock polar bear swim being canceled due to the storm damage to the pier and the foreshore in White Rock. See you next year.

 

December 31, 2018

No It's Not April 1

Brooke Colby Productions Bringing Team Knievel To Jump Gigantic Gap in White Rock Pier. 

Local Promoter of the “Team Knievel's Most Unforgettable Motorcycle Feat” looking for go-ahead from city officials to help raise money to rebuild pier.


Sensitive to loss of “our community hub” impacting all residents of White Rock, local Promoter Brooke Colby is planning to launch a fundraising event in a most unusual way- he is planning to have one of Team Knievel's top motorcycle riders jump the gap left in the pier. Beginning January 9th, Brooke Colby Productions will be working with local and federal officials to obtain clearances to bring this event to White Rock. “White Rock needs a world-class event such as this that will bring back hope to this battered community,” says Colby.

Colby is not worried that pier cannot be made safe for this event. “Along with Knievel's technical team and provisions mandated by the insurance company’s underwriting team, this jump will be safe and secure!”

“Team Knievel remains a hero to so many that remember this family's fearless exploits, incredible outfits, and inspiring stunts. We are delighted to be working closely with America River Media Group to try and make this possible. Fans young and old will no doubt be amazed at what Team Knievel is attempting.” stated Brooke Colby, CEO of Brooke Colby Productions.

TO LEARN MORE.
Twitter: @whiterockpierj1
Instagram: whiterockpierjump
Brooke Colby call or text: 604.617.8438

 

December 29, 2018

Missing person to locate – Emily PRICE

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing female.

Emily PRICE was last seen at approximately 6:30 PM on December 28, 2018 in the 10100 block of 156th Street in Surrey. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Emily PRICE is described as a 20 year old Caucasian female, 5'4", 88 lbs, with reddish brown hair and blue eyes. (Please see attached photo). She was last seen wearing a black sweater with red, ripped blue jeans and black heels. 

Police and family are concerned for her health and well-being as it is out of character for this person to be out of touch this long.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2018-2018-192583.

December 27, 2018

SIC

You get the message though don't you?

 

December 24, 201r

RCMP Officer On The Pier When It Began To Break Up

RCMP media liaison officer TIM SHIELDS)

On December 20th, 2018, a winter storm in the City of White Rock, British Columbia, Canada made for some dramatic photos and resulted in the helicopter rescue of one man.

The event started out as a photo walk with my adult daughter.  Waves were crashing against the shoreline as we walked along the promenade which is a pathway usually busy with walkers.  The wind was blowing in strong gusts and picking up water with it.

(click here to read the full story and see the amazing close up photos)

December 21, 2018

WE WILL REBUILD!!

l-r White Rock fire chief PHIL LEMIRE and Mayor DARRYL WALKER

Yesterday morning White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER and fire chief PHIL LEMIRE met with the press and imparted as much information as they had. Presently the pier is still under inspection from engineers to ascertain how much of the pier can be saved before rebuilding begins. Mayor WALKER said the city has already been in touch with the Province and the Federal government to inform them of the tragedy.

Mayor WALKER emphatically stated "We will rebuild." The cost and the time frame are unknown at this point in time

 

Gabrielle Trouton photo

In the harsh daylight of yesterday pictures began to surface of the damage to the iconic pier.

Darren Grieve photo

This aerial photo from the WX1130 traffic plane puts the section lost in perspective.

Gabrielle Trouton photo

Owners of boats that were washed ashore check out and remove valuables.

The city's east beach also suffered major damage. Cleanup will continue throughout the weekend.

Corry Kriticos photo

An entire section of the pier washed ashore all the way down at East Beach.

 

d.Pitcairn photo

Lost in all the news of the storm damage to White Rock was the fact the BNSF rail line on the Crescent Beach side of Camp Kwomais suffered heavy damage as the storm pounded the rail line bed. There have been no trains for the past two days since the storm. BNSF and AMTRAK are working hard to restore rail service by this afternoon (Saturday).

Here is the video everyone is talking about. The boats smashing into the pier and the aerial rescue of the one person trapped at the end of the pier when the storm broke the pier to pieces.

(click here)

Today Saturday 22) is the first day of winter - but it's also the first day of many in an effort to clean up the Pier and Promenade in White Rock. Our hearts go out to the boat owners, City crews and council, and everyone saddened by damage to such an memorable White Rock icon. 

The first Pier was built in 1914 - but the Pier damaged yesterday was re-built in 1977 *all thanks to* a community campaign. The pier was in serious disrepair in the early 1970s, and the Government of Canada intended to tear it down. Local residents appealed to the government and ran a community campaign to raise awareness and funds to restore this important landmark. The pier was officially re-opened on November 13, 1977.

Over the next week, we'll post a couple of historic images to remember the first time White Rock pulled together to save the pier. Who says we can't do it again.

December 20. 2018

Storm Causes Damage Like Never Before in White Rock

At approximately 1:30 Thursday afternoon heavy winds and an unusually high tide caused extensive damage to White Rock's pier and the Semiahmoo Sailing clubs boats.

As the winds continue to pound the pier more and more of the pier is breaking away (Harley Chappell photo)

The high winds somehow broke loose the dock on the west side of the pier where the local sailing club keep their boats. The boats and dock then turned into a giant ramming device as it pounded against the side of the pier it eventually smashed and sunk a number of sailboats before finally breaking through to the other side. 

Sailboats bash against the pier eventually tearing a portion right out

There have been no reports of injuries. A few walkers made a valiant jump when the pier first started to break up. Unconfirmed reports had one person stranded at the end of the pier and rescue crews were making plans for their removal.

UPDATE - Just after 3:30 the search and rescue helicopter arrived to remove the stranded citizen on the south end of the pier. The citizen (believed to be a male) was lifted off of the south end of the pier and deposited on the shore side of the washed out section of the pier

R.McGuire photo

Foster & Buena Vista one of many trees to come down

Meanwhile the hillside suffered major damage with a number of trees coming down. Emergency crews from the police and fire departments were stationed across the hillside turning motorists away.

 

B.C. votes 'no' to proportional representation

Results of the electoral reform referendum are in: over 61 per cent of British Columbians have chosen to keep our current first-past-the-post system. Just over 1,400,000 ballots were cast.

 

Surrey Couple See Convictions of Terrorism Stayed

Nuttall/Korody leave court Wednesday

B.C. couple found guilty of plotting to bomb legislature to walk free

A couple found guilty of plotting to set off pressure cooker bombs outside the provincial legislature have had their convictions stayed. The BC Court of Appeal has agreed 

with a lower court judge who said the RCMP officers manipulated John Nuttall and Amanda Korody into going ahead with the attack planned for Canada Day 2013.

 

No Prospect For Eagles

The top junior hockey players as chosen buy a select committee have been announced. Langley, Prince George, Chilliwack, Victoria, Vernon and Penticton have all had players from their roster chosen. Our Surrey Eagles of the BCHL are slip sliding down to the basement of the standings and as a result no Eagles were chosen to compete in January.

The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in partnership with the National Hockey League and Hockey Canada, as well as in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, announced Tuesday the playing rosters for the upcoming CJHL Prospects Game, which will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. MT at Pason Centennial Arena in Okotoks, Alta.

Each of the players chosen to participate in the CJHL Prospects Game were selected through the efforts of NHL Central Scouting and are currently among the top 40 CJHL prospects heading into the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

(click here for the full story)

December 19, 2018

Aligning Our Priorities: Council's Strategic Priorities

White Rock Community Centre 15154 Russell Av - January 09 & 10, 2019

Wednesday January 09 - 5 p.m.

Thursday January 10 - 8:30 a.m.

December 18, 2018

Surrey city council passes controversial operating budget

The new budget delays projects in the city such as a new ice rink in Cloverdale. Some angry residents stormed out of the chamber after the 5-4 vote.

Councillors Steven Pettigrew, Brenda Locke, Jack Hundial and Linda Annis voted against the controversial new budget.

 

As Close As We Will Come To A Ten Lane Bridge

The original George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project pushed the 10-lane bridge option without fully considering feasible alternatives or local opinions on the best path forward.

Those are the key findings of a technical review of the replacement project, which has been released by Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“The 10-lane Massey bridge project was pushed ahead without the input of communities,” said Trevena. “The technical review of the project has confirmed this was the wrong project for the region. We need a better solution for this crossing to get people out of traffic and home with their families.”

The Province’s next steps reflect the extensive independent technical review undertaken by Stan Cowdell that found:

(click here to read the full report and options being considered)

 

Christmas Closure Hours - WR City Hall

City Hall (15322 Buena Vista Avenue) will be closed for Christmas December 24th to the 28th and will re-open December 31st, 2018 and closed for New Year’s Day on January 1st, 2019.

For more information for the Engineering & Municipal Operations and Recreation facilities operation hours, click here: https://www.whiterockcity.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=949

 

December 17, 2018

Think Of It As OUR B-Line

TRANSLINK will be receiving their order for 42 double decker buses in late Spring 2019. Some of the buses will be operational on the White Rock - Vancouver / 351 route by September 2019 at the latest. Now that's good news.

 

Big changes coming to Semiahmoo Mall. Construction is in full swing to renovate the old Field's store location. there will three new tenants. CRUNCH gym, WINNERS and a daycare/learning centre for per-schoolers.

 

 

December 15, 2018

Happy New Year

Ring in 2019 with live music, food trucks and plenty of fireworks!

For the fourth consecutive year, the Vancouver New Year's Celebration Society is proud to stage Concord's New Year's Eve Vancouver, an all-ages, family-friendly community celebration that transforms our beautiful downtown waterfront into an electric village.

This year's event is located at Jack Poole Plaza and the Vancouver Convention Centre, and will feature a variety of talent and performers, food trucks, enhanced indoor celebration zones, and early fireworks for families at 9:00 p.m. followed by a spectacular midnight countdown fireworks finale to ring in the new year.

The free outdoor street party will run from 7:00 p.m. to 12:10 a.m., and Vancouver's largest indoor NYE party held inside the Convention Centre will offer a front row view of the fireworks and additional entertainment.

 

Show Us The Money

At a meeting of the Mayors Council yesterday at Translink headquarters in New Westminster, Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM was told by his lower mainland counterparts they would consider a move to Skytrain from Light Rail.

With the caveat that Surrey makes up the $57 million dollars already spent on research and land acquisition. MCCALLUM agreed to make up the loss with either cash or a land swap.

Mayors also discussed the fact that they had voted last month to work within the existing money set aside for light rail, which is $1.65 billion and staff’s belief that the entire project, from Surrey to Langley, cannot be built for that amount as the current cost estimate is $2.9 billion.

Instead it will make it to Fleetwood or Clayton Heights and a second phase will have to be done using part of the $1.9 billion in anticipated funding from the third phase of the regional transit plan set aside for South of Fraser rapid transit.

 

Lifting Christmas Spirits

3 Dogs Brewing has officially opened in their new location located at the corner of Russell Avenue and Johnston Road in uptown White Rock. Victims of demo viction in their old location in Royal Plaza the new location will be home for a couple of years until they relocate one more time when the new Miramar development opens

December 12, 2018

Welcome To Crescent Beach...we'll be with you in a couple hours

For the third time a BNSF freight train b locked access to Crescent Beach. Monday evening for 2 hours access to Crescent Beach was blocked when it was discovered by the train crew there was a mechanical problem.

After two hours of totally cutting off the seaside community BNSF uncoupled the cars and provided access in and out of the beach.

 

Happy Anniversary

l-r Scott Booth/Mike Passas

Congratulations to White Rock Fire & Rescue members SCOTT BOOTH and MIKE PASSAS on their 25th anniversary of keeping White Rock safe.

 

December11, 2018

White Rock Council

- Council approved the proposed 3% hike in water rates beginning in 2019

- A trial program to allow dogs on the promenade will go into effect in 2019. The city of White Rock will closely monitor the program to ensure all the dog by laws are fully enforced. The program will run between January 2019 - May 01, 2019 then September 01 - December 31, 2019

 

December 08, 2018

Inadmissible Patrons Program launches in Surrey

The Surrey RCMP, together with the City of Surrey, BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) and Restaurants Canada, are launching the Inadmissible Patrons Program (IPP) in Surrey this week to further support public safety and deter individuals who are associated to violent crime from being in Surrey. The creation of the program follows a key recommendation in the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention Report, which was released in July 2018, and the 2017 BC Task Force on Illegal Firearms.

The Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) developed the IPP in conjunction with restaurant partners to help prevent violent criminal activity in and around licensed establishments to increase overall public safety as well as the safety of restaurant/bar patrons and staff. The IPP is modeled after the Vancouver Police Department’s successful Restaurant Watch program.

“The Inadmissible Patrons Program is one way that business owners, the City, and the RCMP will be sending a clear message to gang members that they are not welcome in Surrey,” says Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge. “This program also gives our Surrey Gang Enforcement Team an additional point of contact with gang members so we can continue to make it uncomfortable for those involved in organized or violent crime to be in this city.” 

Surrey’s new IPP is being rolled out in a graduated approach with eight restaurants and bars participating in the initial launch and more being added as the program grows. There are also plans to expand the IPP to major public events in Surrey and possibly other types of businesses in the future. Participating establishments will display the IPP logo in their window or other prominent location (see attached image).

Licensed establishments that are interested in joining the Inadmissible Patrons Program in Surrey can contact the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team at Surrey_IPP@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Currently there are no plans to expand the program to White Rock.

 

White Rock Panto - 2018 - The Tradition Continues

Robin Hood and the Skytrain of Doom (Panto)

The day before Robin Hood is to marry Maid Marion, the evil Sheriff of Nottingham hatches a scheme that would level Sherwood Forest to make way for a new Skytrain expansion. Robin and his Merry Men, along with the minstrel-fairy Alana Dale, must stop the Sheriff’s plan. Will good triumph over evil? And how do The Beatles fit into all of this?

 White Rock Players’ Club is still a much-loved community theatre group, producing five shows a year, which include comedies, thrillers, dramas and the ever-popular Christmas Pantomime – in fact, the Club is very likely the longest continuous presenter of Pantomimes outside the UK, with a different show every year since 1954.

(order your tickets here)

 

December 07, 2018

South Surrey Crime Report Courtesy Surrey RCMP

Christmas shopping is now getting fully underway. Please don't take your presents and put them in your vehicle in open view/ You will not the spike in theft from autos on the map above. Be careful out there. Lock your gifts in the truck.

Blue dots - Auto Theft

Yellow Triangles - Theft from autos


Some helpful tips to protect your property from theft:

Always lock vehicle doors.
Do not leave valuables in plain view inside of your vehicle.
Remove valuables and remote garage door openers from your vehicle when parked for the night.
Light up your home at night.

For those planning to travel over the Christmas Season:

· Have someone check your home daily.
· Do not let newspapers and flyers accumulate in front of your home.
· Have the mail picked up daily or have the Post Office hold your mail.

 

December 06, 2018

Merry Christmas

John B Vye lunching on the waterfront with is granddaughter

I have two friends ROGER CURRIE and JOHN B VYE who do commercial work in Vancouver. Their faces eventually are seen around the world when the commercials air. So next time you are standing in line at Penguin Meats or SAVE ON look around, you just might see JOHN B .VYE.

This holiday commercial for Hallmark cards is a tearjerker.


 

December 05, 2018

Our Purpose

Semiahmoo House Society, a non-profit organization located in Surrey/White Rock, exists to provide quality services and support to people with disabilities and their families in the community.

Our Philosophy

Semiahmoo House Society believes that people who have disabilities should be valued and included fully in their communities, with the same rights and responsibilities as all people living in Canada.  

We believe that all people have the right to control their own lives through personal choices about relationships, jobs, living arrangements, spirituality, traveling, and recreational activities, and that all people have the right to give back to their communities through volunteering and helping others. Everyone is entitled to live a happy, full and meaningful life. 

We also believe that these rights can be reinforced and protected by making sure that people are connected to and supported by friends, family, staff, and the community.

Please take a moment to watch this beautiful video the people of Semiahmoo House have created. Marvelous.


 

City of Surrey May Dissolve Cultural Development, Public Art Committee

Surrey City Council voted to review a proposal to dissolve five committees, including the Cultural Development and Public Art Advisory Committees. Under the proposal, they will be consolidated into a single committee: the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee, to be established for a one-year period starting on January 1, 2019.

Other committees facing dissolution include the Diversity Advisory, Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism and Seniors Advisory Committees.

At present, the Cultural Development Advisory Committee “advises council on ways to increase arts, heritage services and cultural activity.” The Public Art Advisory Committee “promotes the use of art in public spaces and reviews and recommends public art proposals.”

 

December 04, 2018

DOUG MCCALLUM Press Conference


Newly elected Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM held a press conference this morning at Surrey city hall. MCCALLUM announced numerous cuts to projects that had been approved by the previous SURREY FIRST council.

On the list of projects that will be put on hold for the time being are;

Cloverdale ice rink expansion

Grandview Heights Community Centre & library

Expansion of the Fleetwood community centre and library

...a more detailed list of cuts and holds will be released in the coming days. On December 11 the city's FINANCE COMMITTEE will meet and more clarification is expected at that time.

 

November 30, 2018

Giving Tuesday

l-r Peace arch Hospice Director BETH KISH and TAMMY RITCHIE

South Surrey resident TAMMY RITCHIE stopped by the Peace Arch Hospice Society centre on Tuesday to make a sizable donation to the society.

Beth Kish / Jim Purcell, current President of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club

Executive director BETH KISH was also present a cheque for $12,000.00 on behalf of the local White Rock Rotary Club, The money was raised at the recent annual Sip & Savour Event held at the Washington Grill.

 

Compass Convenience

TransLink is introducing its first wearable payment option as part of our commitment to make taking transit as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Compass wristbands work the same as Compass Card; tap in and out when travelling on transit and reload online, at a Compass Vending Machine, by phone or in person. Customers using a wristband must tap the portion with the contactless symbol. Just like a Compass Card, a $6 refundable fee is charged when you pick up your wristband.

TransLink is releasing 1,000 blue adult wristbands and 1,000 orange concession wristbands December 3. We’re starting with a limited release to gauge interest and will provide more of them early next year if needed.

Wristbands are the latest convenience upgrade we’ve made for our customers. Over the past year, TransLink has also introduced:

The “Tap to Pay” open payment option which allows customers to tap their credit card or mobile wallet to purchase an adult fare
Major upgrades to customer information displays for real-time train arrivals and service information
Improved service announcement audio equipment along Expo and Millennium Lines
Visit the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium–Chinatown Station (Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or the West Coast Express Office in Waterfront Station (Monday - Friday 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to pick up a wristband while supplies last.

 

November 28, 2018

Latest Fatal Shooting in Surrey - Update

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the shooting death of a Surrey man.


 

On Monday November 26, 2018 at around 11:46 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received reports of shots fired in the 5400-block of 146 Street. Police arrived to find a man, later identified as 41-year-old Ranjeev Sangha of Surrey, with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Those responsible for the shooting immediately left the area in a black four-door sedan (pictured).

Ranjeev Sangha

Approximately one hour later at 12:49 p.m., the Richmond RCMP was alerted to a burning black sedan in the area of the 12000-block of Cambie Road. It was found approximately 100 meters off of Cambie Road on a pedestrian path. Detectives would like to speak with anyone that has information about this vehicle and are seeking dash cam video from drivers who were travelling between Surrey and Richmond along Highway 99 or Highway 91 between 11:46 a.m. and 12:49 p.m.

It is still early in the investigation but investigators believe the murder of Ranjeev Sangha was a targeted incident and are working to determine motive.

IHIT is working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Richmond RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

“Retracing Ranjeev Sangha’s movements prior to his death will be one of the priorities for our detectives and we urge anyone who can help us achieve this end to contact us immediately,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.

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

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

 

November 26, 2018

Coyote Warning - From FACEBOOK

They are everywhere on our peninsula ... year round....

. There have been packs of coyotes on blackie spit since I lived there in the 90’s. You live with nature. Get over it, and make sure your cat can get in at night. Geez.

 I saw two on King George and 156 a week or so ago and have also seen one at Bakerview Park. They're out there, same as always, just with less forest to hide in.

 There is a den close to the trail between crescent park and dogwood park. People with small dogs should keep them on leash and close.

 

November 23, 2018

White Rock Gets Slapped On The Wrist

The OIPC (“OIPC the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ) has released its findings into their investigation into whether or not the City of White Rock is handling their Freedom of Information requests properly; Here is a portion of the report.
The OIPC conducted this audit of the City of White Rock’s (White Rock or City) freedom of information (FOI) program pursuant to s. 42 of FIPPA. In particular, the audit focused on whether White Rock has met their duty to assist FOI applicants under FIPPA. White Rock was selected for audit based on the high number of complaints and requests for review related to the City over the past five years in comparison to other municipalities. The majority of complaints submitted to the OIPC related to duties the City has under FIPPA, and whether they conducted an adequate search for records.


The objectives of this audit were to:

1. Determine whether White Rock’s FOI processes comply with legislative requirements, OIPC guidelines, and White Rock’s own FOI policies;
2. Identify any gaps or challenges in White Rock’s management of FOI requests; and
3. Make recommendations to improve White Rock’s FOI policies or practices.

Specifically, the audit found:

• White Rock failed to meet legislated timelines in 46% of sampled files;
• The City took an average of 38 days to respond to FOI requests overall;


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• White Rock was more likely to fail to meet statutory timelines when responding to FOI
requests by recurrent applicants compared to other applicants;
• In 2017, White Rock took an average of 22 days longer to respond to requests by recurrent applicants compared to other applicants;
• In 2017, White Rock took an average of 13 business days to forward requests to City departments to begin the search for records; and
• White Rock did not retain all relevant documentation in 26% of sampled files.


The report recommends that White Rock should:

1. Fully document all FOI requests, from the original request to the closing of the file;
2. Forward requests to departments to search for records as soon as possible; and
3. Respond to all FOI requests without delay and within legislated timelines.
Resource issues may impact the timing of White Rock’s responses, and need to be addressed. Public bodies must provide sufficient resources to the FOI function to ensure they fulfill their legislated mandate. With small shifts in their FOI process, the White Rock can bring their program into compliance with FIPPA.

((click here to read the full report)

White Rock Mayor DARRYL WALKER

UPDATE

White Rock mayor DARRYL WALKER has publicly distanced himself and members of council regarding the official statement released by the city regarding the OIPC's findings. WALKER is now on record as saying the "official" statement was not =vetted by him or council.


 

November 22, 2018

Meet Your Surrey Council

The mayor and eight councillors make up city council, the governing body of the City of Surrey. The main functions of a municipal council are to look after the current and future economic, social and environmental wellbeing of its community.

New council members elected in the 2018 election were sworn into Office on November 5, 2018.

(click here to meet the 2018-2011 Surrey council)

 

RCMP seek witnesses and video for motor vehicle collision investigation


Surrey RCMP is seeking witnesses and video related to a motor vehicle collision in the South Surrey Area.  

On November 14, 2018, at approximately 5:27 pm. Surrey RCMP responded to a pedestrian involved motor vehicle collision in the 700 block of 176 Street. The pedestrian involved in the collision, an adult male, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and remains in the hospital at this time.

Investigators are asking anyone who was a witness to this incident, or anyone who may have dashcam, or any other video which could assist in this investigation to please contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

November 21, 2018

Things Are Looking Up

The high-rise tower on the old Deals World site on Johnston Road will proceed. Despite the current council asking for a hold to be put on the developments below Thrift avenue on Johnston Road, the developer of the proposed tower on the Deals site was able to quickly submit their building permit before the closing date for the review of the Official Community Plan.

The Lady Alexander located at the corner of Roper and Johnston (1310 Johnston) did not make the deadline and as a result will have to wait for White Rock council to review the OCP and allowable height below Thrift on Johnston Road. Once the heights are established following community consultation the developers of the Lady Alexander will be afforded the opportunity to plead their case before council.

 

 

November 20, 2018

White Rock Council - The Coles Notes

GOVERNANCE AND LEGILSATION COMMITTEE

_Put the wheels in motion for the return of QUESTION PERIOD. Under the new format council will host a QUESTION & ANSWER period to start each council meeting. Residents will be afforded 2 minutes to speak directly to council and staff in a public forum.

LAND USE AND PLANNING

+Council informed staff the proposed scope of the Official Community Plan OCP review. The key points were;

1. height of buildings outside of the Town Centre

2. Transition neigh along North Bluff outside of the Town Centre.

3. Review Lower Town Centre vision

4. Staff were asked to bring forth options and visions for a re-do of the White Rock waterfront business district

Cannabis Legalization Status Report

-Council endorsed moving forward with the proposed one location for cannabis sales in White Rock. The trial business license will be for three years and if a successful applicant comes forward with a suitable location the city of White Rock will entertain a business license.

REUGLAR COUNCIL MEETING

+-Council has scheduled a public hearing for the application put forth by Three Dogs Brewery for relocation and expansion at 1515 Johnston Road. The public hearing will occur December 03 and a special council meeting will follow that day to review public input. The special meeting has been called to expedite the application in order to capitalize on the busy holiday season.

+Council did not pass the water rate increase proposed by staff. The motion that would have seen single family homes pay an additional $4.00 per month and individual strata owners would pay $1.00 more monthly. Councilors Fathers/Chesney and Mayor Walker voted to support the recommendation. the motion was defeated 4-3.

+Council approved an additional $775,00.00 to complete the Memorial Park project.

 

Mayor McCallum and City Council approve free parking



At last night's regular council meeting, City Council unanimously approved two hour free parking for on-street parking around Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) and at the City Hall Parkade.

“I firmly believed that people visiting their loved ones at Surrey Memorial Hospital should not pay for parking, nor should our citizens have to pay to park their vehicles when conducting business at their “house,” which is City Hall,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “This was a promise that my team and I campaigned on and we have taken immediate action to deliver on it.”

With Council’s decision tonight, the 103 on-street pay parking spaces around SMH and up to 165 spaces for the public at the City Hall Parkade are free of charge for the first two hours for visitors. The two hour time limit has been implemented in order to ensure that the spots are being utilized as intended and discourage external users, such as park-and-ride, from occupying the stalls for an extended length of time.

 

 

The GEORGIA STRAIGHT weighs in on why they think Surrey should stay with Light Rail. An interesting perspective.

There's a reason why the Surrey Board of Trade is so vehemently in favour of the sensible Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project.

It's affordable and it has the potential to be extended to other town centres in Surrey.

The SkyTrain line, on the other hand, will simply bring more people from Surrey into Vancouver, where they'll spend their money and go to work.

(read the full Georgia Straight article - click here)

 

Hospital Hospice Addition

The walls are up and windows are going in! Amazing progress being made to our new Residential Care Facility featuring the George and Sylvia Melville Hospice Home being build adjacent to the hospital. Drive by to see the progress today.

 

November 15, 2018

New Pub Application - Uptown White Rock

Three Dogs Brewing who were just nicely settling into their new home last year in the Royal Bank Plaza, when word came down the plaza had been sold. It appeared that the craft brewery would have to move out of White Rock due to the lack of a suitable location.

The closing of the grocery store located on Johnston Road @ Russell avenue turned out to be very fortuitous for Three Dogs. The capacity in the new location would be considerably more and the owners propose a large outdoor patio on Johnston Road.

 

November 18, 2018

How Hot Was It?

Well as White rock recorded Canada's high temperature Friday (15.7 Celsius) , a city worker in White Rock decided the lawn needed a trim.

...but up at SAVE ON they have winter on their mind. Do they know something we don't?

 


November 17, 2018

South Surrey King George Traffic Change Next Week

Crews will be repairing the single-lane Bailey Bridge crossing of the Nicomekl River in south Surrey and northbound traffic will be diverted onto the adjacent two-lane structure from Nov. 19 to Nov. 26, 2018.

For up-to-date traffic information, follow @DriveBC on Twitter or visit: www.DriveBC.ca

 

November 16, 2018

Shut It Down!

At its first meeting since the civic elections last month, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation has endorsed the City of Surrey’s decision to cancel light rail and switch the technology to SkyTrain.

“Surrey has long been a full partner in building rapid transit transportation for the rest of the region and Surrey has been waiting a long time for its turn,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “I commend the members of the Mayors’ Council who supported the resolutions for their foresight and recognition that the residents of Surrey have said unreservedly that the best rapid transit option for our city is SkyTrain. This is a golden opportunity to move forward and start building.”

On November 5th, after taking the Oath of Office, Surrey City Council convened a Regular Council meeting where a motion was introduced and passed unanimously to cancel the Surrey Newton Guildford LRT project and to begin work on extending the existing SkyTrain network in Surrey from King George Station to Langley City. The City’s Engineering and Transportation staff have already started work on the SkyTrain project in Surrey.

“Just as Surrey City Council has moved quickly on the wishes of our residents, I want to thank the members of Mayors’ Council for dealing with this important issue in such a timely manner,” said Mayor McCallum. “Today’s decision at Mayors’ Council fits well with the Mayors’ Council’s 10 Year Plan, which the City of Surrey fully supports, as SkyTrain is a known and proven technology and is the only rapid transit technology deployed in the entire Metro Vancouver region.”

The decision made today at the Mayors’ Council’s meeting is a significant step forward in realizing a new SkyTrain rapid transit line in Surrey. The Mayors’ Council’s report on “South of Fraser Rapid Transit” can be viewed in its entirety here.

 

Surrey Tops List

- Canadian cities get failing grades on financial transparency. The C.D. Howe Institute compared the budgets and year-end financial reports of 31 of Canada’s largest municipal and regional governments, and 16 of them got grade of D or F.

(read the full report)

 

Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Wednesday evening at supper time a pedestrian was struck near the intersection of 176th street & 8th Ave near Campbell Valley General Store. Witnesses on the scene reported the individual that was struck was crossing mid-block in the dark.

The pedestrian suffered very serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to hospital.

 

November 15, 2018

White Rock Is A Dangerous City?

The current edition of MacLeans Magazine on newsstands now ranks Canadian cities and how safe each city is.

White Rock ranks in the top most dangerous cities to live. White Rock ranked in the Top 100 dangerous cities. It would appear our ranking ratings were high due to an above average incident of fraud based largely on part on our above average senior population.

(see the full report here)

 

Does a lack of diversity on council put municipalities at risk?
Local politics are often viewed as an entry point into political life – as a result, we might expect to see councils that are more diverse. However, that expectation is simply not borne out.

(click here to read the full story)

 

 

November 14, 2018

Shooting at Short Term Rental


On (Sunday Morning) November 11th, 2018 at 00:04 hrs, White Rock RCMP received several reports of shots fired in the 15500 block of Columbia Avenue. Callers reported hearing 3-6 loud pops from outside a residence, which was later determined to be a short term rental property. Police were advised that there were approximately 30 people partying and that they were fleeing the residence following the loud pops.

Police arrived and located a male victim a short distance away from the house, who had suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. This male was treated at hospital and was subsequently released. He is not cooperating with the police investigation at this time.

Police initially arrested two adults and one youth who fled from police as they attempted to stop their vehicle leaving the scene of the shooting. The investigation has now cleared the males of being involved in the shooting and they have subsequently been released without charge.

The investigation is ongoing and police are canvassing the area for video surveillance. White Rock RCMP are requesting if you have any information regarding this investigation to please contact Cst. Laura Shaw at 778-593-3632.

 

Surrey councillor resigns from AutismBC after anti-SOGI backlash

Laurie Guerra has stepped down from her position as a director of AutismBC. A petition called for her resignation, following a NEWS 1130 exclusive story about Guerra and another newly elected Surrey councillor attending a secret anti-SOGI meeting

 

November 13, 2018

Broad Daylight Gunfight?

Surrey RCMP investigate shots fired in Guildford Area

Surrey RCMP is currently on scene in the 8000 block of 153A Street of Surrey for a report of shots fired.

At approximately 1:28 PM on November 12th, 2018, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 8000 block of 153 A Street. Officers attended and located evidence to support that shots had been fired in the area .
Initial information was that the shooting was between two vehicles which had fled the area. No victim has been located at this time.

Officers are on scene and will be conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information regarding this incident. This may result in minor traffic disruption.

The investigation is still in its early stages.

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

November 09, 2018

Extraordinary Meeting

Late Tuesday afternoon our newly elected mayor DARRYL WALKER informed council and staff he wished to call an extra ordinary meeting of council. The reason for the meeting was to address quickly one of the campaign promises mayor WALKER and his fellow Democracy Direct councillors had made during their run up to being elected.

A key point in their platform was a review of the newly created OCP which Democracy Direct felt had erred in a number of different zones. WALKER had also asked senior staff if there was any way the current council could slow down the rate of development while the review was taking place.

Staff informed WALKER and inadvertently council if a building permit had not been issued then the project could be put on hold while the OCP was being reviewed. Staff then indicated to WALKER and council there were only three projects that fell into this category.

1. 1310 Johnston Road

2. 1350 Johnston

......plus the Forge properties application in the 1400 block of Johnston Road. 

Council indicated only the two projects south of Thrift road on Johnston Street would need to be held in abeyance until after the review took place. Council now has 60 days to quickly review the current OCP and to bring forth any changes they would like to see.

Councillors ERIKA JOHANSON and ANTHONY MANNING did not support the motion to proceed with allowing any height about 3 stories south of Thrift. The motion passed 5-2.

The next regular meeting of council will be Monday November 19 @ 7 p.m. city hall.

 

A man has been shot and killed in the Newton area of Surrey

The 22 year old victim was found outside a home on 70-A Avenue near 142nd Street just after 1:30 this morning. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is now in charge of the case.
IHIT took conduct of the investigation and has been working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. 

It is early in the investigation but detectives believe that this was a targeted incident and is associated to the ongoing gang conflict in the lower mainland.

"Although investigators are still working to determine the motive behind this homicide, there are no indications of an increased risk to the public as a result of this incident" says Cpl. Frank Jang of IHIT. 

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

 

 

 

November 07, 2018

October Crime Stats - South Surrey

October 2018 | Monthly Crime Maps
Monthly Crime Maps
Break & Enter | Auto Theft | Robbery

The Surrey RCMP have released their crime statistics and maps for the month of October. Follow the link

(click here)

White Rock RCMP do not make this information available for the public.

 

Province lowers speed limits on parts of some highways

The speed limits are being rolled back by 10km/h on several sections of highway, including Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton, Highway 1 between Whatcom Road and Hope, and parts of the 97C. Last month, a study found fatal crashes have doubled on some routes where maximum speeds were boosted back in 2014.

 

Wheels Of Justice - Move Slow

In the early morning hours of July 18, 2015 South Surrey resident HUDSON BROOKS was fatally wounded during an exchange with a South Surrey RCMP officer outside of the detachment located on Johnston Road @ Martin street.

Surrey RCMP officer Constable ELIZABETH CUCHERAN was later charged with f aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon,

Family members and supporters were in attendance yesterday at Surrey Provincial court to witness the beginning of the trial by judge and jury.

It is a preliminary trial that will run this week to Thursday and then December 18, 19, 20 and 21.

The judges has imposed a publication ban.

 

November 06, 2018

White Rock & Surrey Councils Sworn In

Unofficial White Rock Council photo

l-r front row - Councillor Anthony Manning/Mayor Darryl Walker/Councillor Scott Kristjanson

l-r back row Councillors David Chesney/Erika Johanson/Helen Fathers & Christopher Trevelyan

The official swearing in ceremony of the 2018 White Rock council took place last evening at the White Rock community centre. Mayor DARRYL WALKER'S speech signaled a new era of governing had arrived in White Rock with the election of the new council.

Guest of honour included HARLEY CHAPPELL (leader of the Semiahmoo First Nations) who sang a welcoming song, past White Rock mayors JUDY FORSTER/CATHERINE FERGUSON/HARDY STAUB and current MP GORDON HOGG, former White Rock councillors, MARGARET WOODS/DAVID WEBB/LOUISE HUTCHISON/DOUG MCLEAN/KEN JONES/BILL LAWRENCE and current school board representative LAURA MCNALLY.

 

Surrey Mayor DOUG MCCALUM

Mayor Doug McCallum and the new members of Surrey City Council officially took the Oath of Office at an inauguration ceremony held this evening at City Hall. Immediately after being sworn into office, Surrey City Council convened a Regular Council meeting where a motion was introduced and passed to cancel the Surrey Newton Guildford LRT project and to begin work on extending the existing SkyTrain network in Surrey from King George Station to Langley City.

Council also approved a motion to start work on creating a Surrey Police Department and serve notice to the Federal and Provincial governments that the City of Surrey will be terminating its contract with the RCMP municipal police service.

“What City Council has done is immediately deliver on the wishes of the people of Surrey,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “It was very clear to me that with all the people I spoke to and heard from that SkyTrain and Surrey establishing its own municipal police force are what is best for our city. As the elected representatives of the citizens of Surrey, we are delivering not just what we promised to do, but we are acting on what the people have said would be best for their city.”

 

October 30, 2018

Let There Be Light

The city of White Rock has now completed the replacement of the tree lights along the city's waterfront promenade walk.

Last year the community was thrilled with all the new lighting, which unfortunately did not turn out to be compatible located in close proximity to the ocean where the wind and rain caused major damage. Here's hoping the new lights fare better.

 

Charges laid in fatal 2017 collision 

Following a complex year long investigation by Surrey RCMP, charges have been laid in connection with a two motor vehicle collision which occurred on May 3, 2017 in Cloverdale.

It is alleged that collisions involving the same suspect vehicle, resulted in bodily harm to one victim and the death of 17-year-old male youth.

Rituraj Kaur Grewal of Surrey, has been charged with criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle causing death, criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.

The charges were sworn and an arrest warrant was issued on Monday, October 22, 2018. Grewal appeared on Tuesday, October 23, and was released on conditions. Her next scheduled court date is November 13, 2018.

"This was a tragic incident that claimed the life of a promising young athlete in our community and injured another person," says Cpl Elenore Sturko. "The Surrey RCMP continues its priorty of road safety in our community by way of enforcement, education and prevention."

The family of the male youth has asked that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.

 

October 26, 2018

Panel finds Surrey pastor, his son and White Rock man committed fraud

Pastor Alan Jerry Braun

A British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) panel has found that two Surrey residents – a pastor and his son – and a White Rock resident committed fraud against two people in a real estate related investment scheme.  The panel also made fraud findings against three corporate entities  – Braun Developments (B.C.) Ltd., 0985812 B.C. Ltd. (TerraCorp Investment Ltd.), and 8022275 Canada Inc. 

A BCSC panel found that Alan and Jerry Braun, and Steven Maxwell (a.k.a. Steven Fassman), committed fraud when they took $450,000 from two investors in three different transactions. 

"In each case, the prohibited act or deception clearly resulted in the risk of deprivation and, ultimately, actual deprivation to the investors," the panel said in its findings. 

The panel also found that Braun Developments and 8022275 Canada Inc. committed fraud with respect to the three investments in the amount of $450,000, and TerraCorp Investment committed fraud with respect to two of the investments in the amount of $300,000.  Alan and Jerry Braun, both directors and officers of Braun Developments and TerraCorp Investment, were responsible for directing the affairs of both entities. Maxwell was a director of 8022275 Canada Inc. and was responsible for its affairs.

The three men and the companies that they controlled deceived the investors by leading them to believe that they were purchasing real estate investments in Edmonton that would yield very high returns in a short period. In the end, the Brauns and Maxwell did not use the investors' money to invest in real estate. Instead, they used the investors' money for other purposes, including for their own personal living expenses.

The panel directed the parties to make submissions on sanctions according to the schedule set out in the findings.

 

White Rock Hold Up

White Rock RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect who robbed the 7-11 Esso located at 1595 Nichol Rd. White Rock, BC on Sunday October 21st, 2018 at 0515 hrs. The suspect entered into the store through the main doors and physically assaulted and threatened the clerk before stealing cigarettes, lottery tickets and cash.

The suspect is described as:

  • Race: Unknown – body completely covered head to toe;
  • Believed to be male by the sound of his voice, Spoke English, no accent;
  • Medium build;
  • Orange pink like balaclava covering his face;
  • Blue heavy winter jacket with white stripes down the arms with NBM STAFF written on the back of the jacket;
  • pulling a backpack on wheels.

October 25, 2018

Rail Safety Improvement Update:

At-Grade Construction to Begin at Ash and Bay Street Crossings

Notice of Work

Construction work for the At-Grade Crossings Project will begin this month at Ash and Bay Street Crossings for improved signalization and crossing approaches for pedestrians as part of the federal funding toward rail safety-related projects on the Peninsula.

The main driver for this project is to increase rail safety and to enable application for whistle cessation. The project will improve accessibility of the crossings and provide an audible warning to pedestrians for approaching trains.

Project Scope:

  • Construction of retaining walls
  • New electrical conduits
  • Paving
  • Signals
  • Gates

Construction will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in keeping with the City’s Noise Bylaw and is expected to be completed in May 2019. 

 

October 23, 2018

How Did The Rest Of The Province Vote?

(click here for a link that will tell you all the election results from across B.C. simply enter the name of the city you are looking for)

 

October 22, 2018

White Rock Council 2018-2022

Mayor

Daryl Walker

Councillors

Helen Fathers

David Chesney

DEMOCRACY DIRECT

Christopher Trevelyan

Erika Johanson

Scott Kristjanson

Anthony Manning

(click here to read the full results)

 

Surrey Council 2018-2022

Mayor

McCALLUM, Doug SAFE SURREY COALITION

Councillor

LOCKE, Brenda SAFE SURREY COALITION

40388 VOTES

ELFORD, Doug SAFE SURREY COALITION

38997 VOTES

GUERRA, Laurie SAFE SURREY COALITION

33887 VOTES

HUNDIAL, Jack Singh SAFE SURREY COALITION

33705 VOTES

PATTON, Allison SAFE SURREY COALITION

33026 VOTES

ANNIS, Linda SURREY FIRST

32943 VOTES

PETTIGREW, Steven SAFE SURREY COALITION

30749 VOTES

NAGRA, Mandeep SAFE SURREY COALITION

30048 VOTES

 

Read the final election results for White Rock.

The turnout for this election was above normal checking in at 38%. Find out where the votes came from and where they went.

(click here for final survey)

 

October 15, 2018

You Be The Judge

en·dorse

a. To express approval of or give support to, especially by public statement

 

Over the weekend THE WHITE ROCK COALITION group who are running behind the leadership of GRANT MEYER who is vying for the mayor's chair in White Rock, took to social media (at this point) with the above posting/ad.

Is HOGG endorsing THE COALITION? You be the judge.

When the blow-back hit HOGG over the weekend he informed THE COALITION the messaging needed to be changed. This is the new version. In your mind is it any better?

Is it an endorsement?

 

UPDATE ; 

FYI October 19, 2018


There is nothing in the LGA that would prevent another elected official from endorsing a local government candidate. This is pretty common practice in many places throughout the Province.

Sincerely,

Scott Leitch | Governance Analyst
Governance and Structure Branch | Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

 

Friday LANCE PEVERLEY the editor of the Peace Arch News weighed in on whether or not MP GORDON HOGG had in face "endorsed" councillor MEYER for mayor.

(read the full commentary here)

 

October 12, 2018

Possible voter manipulation in more Metro Vancouver cities

The City of Vancouver says it's investigating in conjunction with the cities of Richmond and Burnaby. It has notified the VPD. This comes as Mounties in Surrey confirm dozens of absentee ballot applications are fraudulent, more than a week before voters head to the polls.

 



The investigation into concerns of possible wrong-doing in Surrey’s mail ballot registration process for the 2018 Civic Election is progressing.

To date, 69 out of 73 people whose personal information was used to complete the application to vote by mail have been interviewed. (Note: Previously, Surrey RCMP stated 72 vote by mail applications were being investigated; this number should be corrected to 73 applications identified by Surrey’s Chief Elections Officer as having irregularities.) The investigation revealed that 67 of these applications were fraudulent, in that they were not completed or signed by the voter listed on the application. Two of these applications requested ballots be sent to addresses that were not associated to the named applicant; the other 65 applications listed the applicant’s correct address for delivery of the voting ballot.

It should be noted that no ballots were sent out to any individuals or residences based on the fraudulent applications. The process to apply for a mail ballot was amended by the Chief Elections Officer on October 1st to preserve the integrity of the election.

To date, the investigation team has not found any evidence to link any candidate or party to the fraudulent applications.

At this time, the investigation has not revealed any indication that people were induced or intimidated in any manner to provide their personal information or to vote for a specific candidate.

Investigators have identified and interviewed two persons of interest in this investigation, however further investigation will be required to determine if criminal charges or charges under the Local Government Act are warranted.

On October 3, 2018, the Surrey RCMP set up a dedicated phone line for this investigation. To date, a total of six calls have been received on the tip line with two of those calls requiring follow-up by investigators which has been completed.

Concurrent to the investigation of the vote by mail applications, Surrey RCMP was made aware of third hand information regarding international students providing personal detail in exchange for money. Thus far, investigators have not located any evidence to substantiate these claims nor have any victims come forward to police.

It is important for the public to recognize that measures were taken by Chief Elections Officer to amend the application process to preserve the integrity of the election process. It is also important to recognize that no ballots were delivered to voters as a result of the fraudulent applications.

While the police do not routinely release details of on-going investigations, this update is being provided to reassure the public and allow for transparency in the election process.

The Surrey RCMP is asking anyone who believes they have been or may have been induced or intimidated for votes or personal information for voting purposes, to report it directly to the police through our dedicated phone line for this investigation at 604-599-7848.

 

Known To Police

Yesterday afternoon just before 2:00 p.m., the Surrey RCMP was called to the 6700-block of 130 Street for a report of a shooting. Responding members located the victim and attempted life-saving measures until the BC Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire Department took over, however the male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at scene. 

IHIT is working closely with its partners including the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit, Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

In order to further the investigation, IHIT is confirming the victim as 30-year-old Sumeet Randhawa of Surrey. Mr Randhawa was known to police.

“This is believed to be a targeted incident related to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict and anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT” says Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT. 

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

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

 

CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION PORTAL 

Welcome to the City of White Rock's Construction Information Portal!

This area acts as a one-stop-shop ‘portal’ where residents and businesses can get up-to-date and at-a-glance information about major private sector construction projects (with approved zoning) happening in our City.

To find out more about various City capital projects relating to beautification, revitalization, and infrastructure upgrades (e.g. the Johnston Road Gateway Streetscape Project, the Memorial Park Upgrade, etc.), you can find out more at our City Projects webpage.

 

 

 

 

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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