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Aerial view of White Rock/South Surrey - NOTE where the lush green vegetation is?

Where You Can Vacation and Be Home The Same Day

 

 

 

Going To The Beach Today?

Tide Table for White Rock/Crescent Beach

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May 13, 2021

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting 587 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 137,810 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 5,691 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 130,310 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 413 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 141 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 126 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 365 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 60 in the Interior Health region, 15 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been five new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,632 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

“2,335,513 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 119,691 of which are second doses.

 

During the Corona-virus (COVID 19) pandemic we will endeavour to keep you informed to what is taking place in our community of White Rock and South Surrey/

If you see or hear about someone or an organization that is doing good in our community please forward the information to me.?

Thank You

David Chesney/Publisher

email - editor@whiterocksun.com

 

White Rock/South Surrey residents walk their own way at the Walk for Alzheimer's


It’s not too late for White Rock/South Surrey residents to join the thousands of British Columbians walking their own way for the Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Participants simply set themselves a walking or fitness challenge throughout May, while fundraising to support Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services. Participants are encouraged to get creative and ensure their plans to participate adhere to current provincial health guidelines. 

An online celebration on the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Facebook account at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30 will end the month of activity. 

The Society is currently running a promotion to recognize the work of fund-raisers. For every $100 they raise between the time they register and 11:59 p.m. on May 30, they will receive one entry in a draw to win a $1,000 VISA gift card.

Residents who are unable to take part in the month of activity can register for an online auction in support of the event at alzbc.org/auction. Running until noon on Monday, May 31, its items include a hockey stick signed by Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, hotel stays, winery tours and more.  

To learn more about the event, or to register and start fundraising, visit walkforalzheimers.ca.

 

MAD MIKE'S Poutine Shop open June 1st

1379 Johnston Rod (just south of THrift avenue)

Mad Mike's Poutinerie

 

 

Local News 

May 13, 2021

Surrey RCMP wrangle kids on the loose 

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Surrey RCMP Frontline members capture run away goats on the side of a busy road.

On May 11, 2021, at 17:57 hours, Surrey RCMP responded to the report of four goats on the loose in the 15600 block of Highway 10. Members quickly worked together to secure the goats, who were taken into police custody unharmed. All goats have been reunited with their owner who is thankful that police located the goats and not a kid-napper. 

 

White Rock Council - Monday

IN CAMEARA MEETING - 5 p.m.

 

May 13, 2021

MARINE DRIVE One Lane/One Way

Official Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

Helpful Links

Video of May 10 City Council meeting

Agenda for May 10 Council meeting

Quotes

"Businesses on Marine Drive, including restaurants, have suffered financially during the pandemic, and are struggling to pay rent and to pay their employees. These are our neighbours, our friends, and we want to ensure that when the pandemic is over, our restaurants can welcome back all the visitors who love coming to White Rock. 

Thank you to City staff for your flexibility in creating the safest possible plan to help our restaurants survive this challenge. We will work to minimize the impact on local residents wherever possible. And thank you to everyone who continues to follow COVID-19 safety protocol, wearing your masks and not traveling far from your neighbourhoods.”

Mayor Darryl Walker
City of White Rock 

 

“Thank you to White Rock City Council and staff for your leadership and responsiveness during this challenging time. The White Rock BIA and White Rock businesses are very grateful that Council approved this initiative last night. Extending patio space will help restaurants and cafes along Marine Drive survive the capacity restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer due to COVID-19.  

This initiative joins others passed by this Council—including waiving patio licence fees and offering free parking daily from November to January—to support the small businesses that make our community so very remarkable.”

Alex Nixon
Executive Director
White Rock BIA

White Rock, a picturesque seaside city of 21,000, is located on Semiahmoo Bay in southwest B.C. and is home to Canada’s longest pier. Visit us at whiterockcity.ca , find us on Facebook  or follow us on Twitter  and Instagram .   

 

 

May 11, 2021

Surrey Council - Monday Rewind

Surrey councillor LINDA ANNIS

DEFEAT OF AUDITOR GENERAL MOTION REINFORCES LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

City of Surrey’s $1.2 billion annual budget deserves the independent oversight and accountability that comes with an auditor general: Councillor Linda Annis

 Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis says she is disappointed that her council colleagues voted against Surrey having an independent auditor general, something already in place in Canada’s largest cities.

“Our city’s annual budget is $1.2 billion and growing, so it makes good sense to have complete transparency and accountability,” explained Annis. “We’re a growing city with complex programs and finances, and our taxpayers deserve the benefits and oversight that comes with an independent auditor general. Vancouver council unanimously passed their motion for an auditor general and are now in the process of hiring their first auditor general. For instance Surrey’s police transition process is a good example of an expensive and complex program that deserves oversight and accountability. Right now we’re spending millions of taxpayer dollars and Surrey residents are being left in the dark.”

Annis said Canada’s largest cities, as well as the federal and provincial governments, have independent auditor generals as a way of holding politicians and governments more accountable, while ensuring greater transparency around spending and the effectiveness of costly programs.

“I was hoping we would have unanimous support for the motion,” said Annis. “Frankly an independent auditor general would complement the important work of our city staff and provide city council with valuable advice and direction that can help us make the best and most cost effective decisions for Surrey’s future. At the end of the day this is all about being on the side of our taxpayers. After all, it’s their money and when you’re spending over $1.2 billion annually the need for complete transparency is obvious and shouldn’t be something we shy away from.”

 

Plastic Bag and Foam Takeout Container Ban to come into in effect November 2021


 The City of Surrey moves a step closer in eliminating the negative environmental impacts of plastic bags and other single-use Items.  At last night’s Regular Council Meeting, Council approved the Communication and Education Plan to prepare businesses for the ban on plastic bags and foam takeout container and cups, planned to begin in November 2021.

“I’m proud that Surrey is anticipated to be the first city in the Metro Vancouver region to implement a ban on plastic checkout bags,” says Mayor McCallum.  “Council has been leading the way on green initiatives and this step is proof of the measures we are prepared to take to protect and better our environment. This move affirms Surrey’s commitment to reducing landfill waste and pollution created by these types of materials. In the coming months, we will be working closely with our business community to support them on this very important initiative that is good for our citizens, our communities and our City.”

The City will lead a comprehensive communication and education plan to help businesses phase out and eliminate the use and distribution of plastic checkout bags, foam cups and take-out containers. The plan outlines key tools, resources and awareness activities which will prepare businesses and the public for the upcoming ban.

The plan will include:

  • A business toolkit; 

  • Virtual information sessions;

  • Brochures; and 

  • Additional engagement activities and resources.  

Other municipalities, provinces, and the federal government are making similar commitments to reducing unnecessary waste and pollution caused by short-lived plastics that are designed for limited use with limited recyclability. 
For more information on Surrey’s please refer to www.surrey.ca/singleuse.

 

IHIT investigating gang-related fatal shooting at YVR - They Need YOUR Help

 

If you were anywhere near Vancouver airport/Delta (Hwy99 & or HWY 91) or in Surrey between 3 & 4 p.m. y our onboard dashcam may have important information the RCMP can use to bring to justice the shooters involved in the brazen daylight murder at the airport.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its investigation into the shooting death of 28-year-old Karman Grewal at the Vancouver International Airport. 

On Sunday (May 09) at around 3 p.m., the Richmond RCMP responded to the Vancouver International Airport for a shooting outside the international departure area. Upon arrival, they found a man with gunshot wounds who was pronounced dead at scene. A suspect vehicle described as a red or maroon coloured Honda Pilot fled the airport with two or more occupants inside. Shortly after leaving the airport, a shot was fired from the suspect vehicle at a marked police car striking the windshield. It was last seen in the area of Sea Island Way and Garden City Road. Fortunately, no police officer or member of the public was harmed.    

Just before 3:30 p.m., a vehicle was discovered on fire in an alleyway near the 9700-block of Princess Drive in Surrey. Investigators are looking into linkages between this vehicle and the earlier shooting in Richmond. 

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with the Richmond RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

Investigators are asking for dash cam video from the following time periods and locations:

 Around YVR between 2:30 p.m. and 2:58 p.m.

Major highways and roadways between YVR and 9700-block Princess Drive in Surrey between 2:58 p.m. and 3:24 p.m.

Area of 9700-block Princess Drive, Surrey around 3:30 p.m.

Anyone with information or dash cam video is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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

 

May 10, 2021

Happy To See You - Not Happy To Hear You

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

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

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

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

 

Fraser Health expands COVID-19 immunizations to include nine more high-
transmission neighbourhoods

As part of the Province’s strategy to provide vaccine to people in high-
transmission neighbourhoods, Fraser Health is now immunizing people ages 30 and over (born in 1991 or earlier) in nine additional neighbourhoods in our region where we are
seeing high rates of COVID-19 transmission, to protect these individuals and their loved
ones.

(born in 1991 or earlier) in nine additional neighbourhoods in our region where we are
seeing high rates of COVID-19 transmission, to protect these individuals and their loved
ones.

We have also dropped the age requirement to ages 30 and over for all ten high-
transmission neighbourhoods announced last month. Eligible people who live in these neighborhoods can register now on the Get Vaccinated website and will be immediately
contacted to book their vaccine. Please do not delay booking your appointment.
We are adding the following nine high-transmission neighbourhoods:


Surrey (Guildford, Cloverdale)
Langley (Willoughby)
We continue to immunize people in these 10 high-transmission neighbourhoods:
Surrey (West Newton, East Newton, Whalley, Panorama, North Surrey, Fleetwood)
North Delta
South Langley township

While it remains critical that we continue following public health orders and guidance,
registering for the COVID-19 vaccine helps put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, and
brings us one step closer to reconnecting

 

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TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

Our erstwhile columnist has never met a protest he didn't like.

" While chatting to those involved, a pickup truck did an abrupt lane change, swerving towards the protesters and then tossing a liquid from their side window as they passed by, likely oblivious that their childish prank actually counts as assault.  Fortunately, it was just water and not battery acid, or as one of the men joked, "a bottle of urine."  


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Internet Debris

 


Chesney's Chestnuts 

I tell ya, my dog is lazy.

He don't chase cars.

He sits on the curb and takes down license plate numbers.

—Rodney Dangerfield

 

Thought For The Day

 

 

 

Live Eagle Web Cam



HANCOCK WILDLIFE has once again turned the live streaming eagle web cams on across the Lower Mainland.

The camera/eagle's nest above is located in South Surrey

Surrey Reserve Nest Information

There have been eagles in this territory for at least 20 years – but these cams show a new nest set up in the fall of 2018 to replace one that blew down Happily for us, the eagles named Sur (M) and Res (F) for Surrey Reserve accepted the nest, and successfully raised two chicks in 2019 and two more in 2020.

David Hancock

UPDATE - Sharon Militec May 07, 2021

As of today, May 7,  both SR5, eldest chick, and SR6 youngest chick, (SR=Surrey Reserve and 5 and 6 = fifth and sixth chick to hatch at the Surrey Reserve nest in the last 3 nesting seasons) are thriving and are about to receive their new names chosen by students in an elementary school class that have been following the nest on camera in the next week or so.

 

 

Tomorrow In THE SUN

Recipe of the Week

 

These homemade Glazed Donuts are perfectly soft, pillowy and fluffy, covered in a sweet and easy to make glaze.

With my easy recipe, step by step photos and tips, you’ll become a master at making donuts right in the comfort of your own home!

 

 

 

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