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During the Coronavirus (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

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(click here to read more about how our community is pulling together)


If you've ever wondered how to make your own reusable snack bag, braid a plant hanger, or build a bird feeder, you are not alone. The Surrey Leadership Youth Council will lead a live workshop tutorial on how to make an environmentally conscious item.

Youth ages 10-18, join us this Thursday, May 28 for Online Youth Nights:





May 27

The final touches are being put on White Rock's CANADA DAY By The Bay celebration.

The event will be streamed live from the world class performance centre Blue Frog studios in White Rock.

Announcement on this year's headliner and support artists will be made soon by the city of White Rock.



The City of White Rock is proud to announce Norman McLeod, former Assistant Fire Chief with the District of Mission, has now accepted the position of White Rock Fire Rescue’s Deputy Fire Chief.

McLeod has been a member of the fire service for 32 years and has been involved in leadership roles in operations, training, emergency planning and fire prevention.

He was promoted through the ranks during his time in Mission, serving most recently as the Assistant Fire Chief of Emergency Planning and Fire Prevention. His first day with White Rock is May 25.

Edward Wolfe, Deputy Chief of White Rock Fire Rescue, will become the City’s new Fire Chief starting May 30. Wolfe replaces Fire Chief Phil Lemire who retires from White Rock on May 29.

May 26, 2020

Council Rewind

White Rock Council

- Staff will proceed this week to remove portions of the blue fencing on the waterfront to create openings for the promenade. The fencing will remain nearby in the event of lack of visitors and residents ability to exhibit social distancing. If this happens the promenade will be closed again. The pier will remain closed for the time being.


- Eventually more parking lots will be opened to support the businesses that are in the process of opening this weekend.


Everyone knew it was coming, but were holding out faint hope the TD Concerts At The Pier might still happe3n this year. Not the case. Due to the COVID - 19 guidelines you cannot have a gathering of over 50 people until further notice.

The good news is all the great artists that were confirmed for this year have replied in the affirmative they look forward to "Rockin' The Rock" next year.


Are you reopening your business or building that was closed due to COVID-19?

Here are some water flushing recommendations for safely reopening:


BC Transit enhancing safety measures to allow for front door loading and regular fare collection 

On June 1, 2020, BC Transit will be enhancing safety measures for our provincial transit systems that will allow for a return to front door loading and collection of fares in all BC Transit communities. With the change, fares will be collected on conventional, community, and handyDART services.
BC Transit will be installing a temporary vinyl panel to allow for physical distancing for the operator and customers on all buses without a full driver door. This new safety measures aligns with the direction from the Provincial Health Officer.
With the change to front door loading and collecting fares, other safety measures already implemented will remain in effect including:
  • Enhanced cleaning on buses and at BC Transit facilities.
  • Communication to staff and customers about physical distancing procedures.
  • Limiting passenger capacity to support physical distancing.
  • Enhancing the red line for passengers to stand behind.
  • Vinyl panels on light duty buses.

Until June 1, rear door loading and not collecting fares will continue


May 25, 2020

COVID–19: CECRA for small businesses

(click here to apply)

Apply for CECRA for small businesses and help commercial tenants with rent relief

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:

  • reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants
  • meet operating expenses on commercial properties

Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020. 

We encourage all eligible commercial property owners to participate in this program. 

As part of your application, you must provide rent reduction agreement(s) and landlord and tenant attestations. 

We are taking a staggered approach for applications

To manage volume, we will be asking property owners to register on the following days. 

Day Who should register?
Monday Property owners who are located in Atlantic Canada, BC, Alberta and Quebec, with up to 10 tenants who are eligible for the program
Tuesday Property owners who are located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the Territories, with up to 10 tenants who are eligible for the program
Wednesday All other property owners in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the Territories
Thursday All other property owners in Atlantic Canada, BC, Alberta and Quebec
Friday All


May 24, 2020

Border Bust

Recently U.S. Border Agents at the Pacific Highway truck crossing discovered a multi million dollar cocaine shipment.

The stash was discovered in the back of a tracker trailer truck heading for Canada.

Ajitpal Singh Sanghera was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on May 10 for the possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver it, according to jail booking data. Sanghera, held on $100,000 bail, was released by the county on Friday, May 15 when the federal prosecutor took the case, said Whatcom County prosecutor Eric Richey.  Sanghera was in contact with the other vehicle’s driver over 10 times on the day of the arrest and had tampered with the seal on the back of the trailer which suggested someone entered the trailer, according to court documents. 

Customs and Border Protection officers (CBP), who received the names of the vehicle’s company and driver, sent the truck and another truck from the same company to secondary inspection, according to records from the Whatcom County Superior Court. Sanghera was driving the second vehicle, a blue 2000 Freightliner with B.C. plates towing a trailer with Oklahoma plates. 

Five handbags containing 60 kilograms of cocaine were found when CBP inspected the trailer, records state, leading to the arrest at 8:56 p.m. During the arrest, Sanghera said he obtained the trailer in Seattle that day


May 23, 2020

WOW! Two Impaired Driving Charges In One Night

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A 37-year-old Surrey man maybe facing a long road through the court system after driving impaired twice in one night – only hours apart.

On May 18, 2020 shortly before midnight, a Surrey RCMP Frontline officer came across a collision involving an SUV and a sedan in the area of 16 Avenue and 168 Street, and stopped to investigate. The driver of the SUV was subsequently arrested for impaired driving and his vehicle was impounded. The man was released from police custody and was issued an Appearance Notice, a driving prohibition and was transported home by officers. Fortunately, no serious injuries were sustained by any of the parties involved in the collision.

Later the same night at approximately 4:15 am, Surrey RCMP received a report of an alleged impaired driver who had crashed into a fence post near 16 Avenue and King George Boulevard. The responding Frontline officers identified the driver as the same man they had arrested earlier that night for impaired driving, behind the wheel of another vehicle. He was arrested again for impaired driving, and additionally for prohibited driving.

Charges have not yet been laid for either of these incidents, but a fulsome report to the BC Public Prosecution Service is forthcoming.

“The selfish driving behaviour displayed by this individual is unacceptable and posed a serious safety risk to the public,” says Sergeant Dave Chu of the Surrey RCMP Traffic Services. “If your activity involves consuming alcohol, please plan ahead to find a safe ride and do not drive.”

If you witness a driver that you suspect is impaired please contact Surrey RCMP hands-free at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or


The City of White Rock is currently recruiting members from the community to serve on the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.

This Task Force will to assist local businesses and social services during the COVID-19 pandemic and to prepare for the City’s reopening.

To learn more about the role and get application information, visit:

Please note the application deadline is Friday, May 29 at 4:30 p.m.


This Public Interest Notification is made under the Privacy Act of Canada

Kristjon Otto Olson
38 years old
Height 5’08” Weight 174lbs Brown eyes Brown Hair

Surrey RCMP has issued a public interest warning under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender who poses a high risk to re-offend. Kristjon Otto Olson was released from prison, May 22, 2020, in the Lower Mainland and is residing in Surrey.

Kristjon Olson has been convicted of sexual offences against minors including: sexual interference, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, and offences related to child pornography.

Kristjon Olson has been deemed a high risk to re-offend is subject to a recognizance under section 810 of the Criminal Code of Canada whereby he must abide by court ordered conditions


May 22, 2020

Surrey councillor ALLISON PATTON & Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM

Todays' edition of THE PR,OVINCE newspaper has a lengthy story on the rumoured professional and personal relationship between Surrey councillor ALLISON PATTON and Surrey Mayor DOUG MCCALUM

(click here to read the story)


May 21, 2020

City of Surrey to host virtual Canada Day Celebration

The City of Surrey has announced Surrey Canada Day will be hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will take place on July 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the kid’s and senior’s segment, and regular programming from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube Live.

Colin James

“While the safety of our community is the top priority during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to celebrate this great country of ours,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey will have its annual Canada Day celebration, but this year we will be coming together virtually. Hosted by a true Canadian icon, Hayley Wickenheiser, and featuring nationally recognized musical artists from BC such as Colin James, Bif Naked and 54-40, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will be an opportunity to safely celebrate and show our national pride on Canada’s birthday.”

Hosted by four-time Olympic gold medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser, this year’s free family-friendly virtual event will feature a series of segments including, musical entertainment, virtual tours, indigenous and cultural acts, a “Family Hour” for kids and seniors, dance lessons, a rodeo tribute, and a virtual firework finale to end the night. The livestream will feature musical performances by local Surrey artists and Canadian groups including Colin James, 54-40, Bif Naked, Toque, Said the Whale, and Madeline Merlo.

For more information, visit



White Rock Eagle Cam - Live

With the arrival of Spring the David Hancock Wildlife Eagle Cams have gone live again.



TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

Surrey councillor ALLISON PATTON & Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM

There are lots of questions regarding exactly what is the relationship between Mayor Doug McCallum and Councillor Allison Patton and nobody is saying anything with the "Mum's the word" protocol in effect.

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Video of the Day

The Watering Hole

If you live in the desert then you know how important a good watering hole can be for wildlife. “The Bucket” is a short video filmed from the bottom of a bucket of water in the desert. It was most likely filmed using a GoPro Camera since they are waterproof. The bucket of water was visited by some bees, birds, a rabbit named George, some chickens, a burro, and a steer. I hope you enjoyed this creative look at some animals getting a drink of water.


Thought for the Day


Chesney's Chestnuts

“If you’re 28 and singing about being over the hill, you’re pretending.

When you’re 67 and singing about it, you know what you’re talking about.”
Loudon Wainwright





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