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January 18, 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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting on three periods. From Jan. 15 to 16, we had 584 new cases. From Jan. 16 to 17, we had 445 new cases and in the last 24-hours, we had a further 301 new cases.

“This results in a total of 1,330 new cases, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 61,447 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,326 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 343 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Currently, 6,865 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 54,656 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Since we last reported, we have had 281 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 548 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 65 in the Island Health region, 257 in the Interior Health region, 166 in the Northern Health region and 13 new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“To date, 87,346 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia. 

Dr. Bonnie Henry

NOTE

As a result, the current provincial health officer’s orders on all gatherings and events have been extended through to Feb. 5, 2021, at midnight. The same restriction, including on social gatherings in people’s homes and in public venues, and all events and sports activities continue to apply.

UPDATE January 12, 2021

The land border between the two countries will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Feb 21., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. He said it was an important decision to keep people on both sides of the border safe during the pandemic. The restriction has been in place since last March.

 

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

 

 

Coldest Night Of The Year

It’s when people of all shapes and colours connect together to see the bigger picture; to walk out into a cold Canadian night to raise money for charities serving people and families experiencing homelessness, hurt and hunger. Join us in February. Register to walk, start a team, fundraise, donate, and share because there’s a place for everyone.

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Tomorrow on Korki‘s Korner

..........we’re going to learn FUN things about Amazon parrots.

How they play, what they can say and how having one for a pet can be a very busy day! *Facebook Live Wed. Jan 20 @ 3pm PST

* Entertaining and Empowering Children with Laughter and Learning

(click here to join the fun tomorrow)

 

 

 

Health

EVE LEES starts a new year with a "simple" message on health.

(click here)

 

 

Local News

January 19. 2021

No Conflict

A resident of Langley Township was so concerned about members of Township Council taking contributions from developers then sitting in judgment of applications before council by said developers, has had his petition denied by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

The challenge had many members of councils throughout the Lower Mainland sitting on pins and needles, as it is a very common practice for candidates for local councils, filling their campaign jars with tens of thousands from developers.

Mark Underhill, representing 10 Township voters, argued in favour of a petition to the court to remove Mayor Jack Froese, Councillors Bob Long and Blair Whitmarsh from office. The petition also named former Coun. Angie Quaale, who lost her seat in the 2018 election.

Municipal elections should be 100% publicly funded. No developer money, declared or otherwise. Municipal elections do not need to be expensive - private money is not required to make them happen.

(read the full story in the local Langley paper paper)

 

January 18, 2021

Semiahmoo Nation's CHIEF CHAPPELL Speaks Out

Harley Chappell

The Semiahmoo reserve nestled between White Rock and the Peace Arch border crossing is about to get clean, fresh water after living with a boil water advisory since 2005. And with it comes new hope for the growth of the community and its economy.

"It’s time to bring our community back, develop a community core, housing, community centres, a longhouse, a canoe shed, to rebuild a community and a nation.”

Chappell, who lives in Chilliwack on the Skowkale First Nation with his wife, said he hopes to move back when housing is available for his family.

(ReAd the full story in THE PROVINCE - CLICK HERE)

 

January 16, 2021

You're Up!

We want to hear from you! An Official Community Plan (OCP) is the city's blueprint for managing change to achieve our shared goals. It contains policies that guide Council's 'land-use' decisions for where and how we grow in the future, helping to conserve what we love about the city as well as improve the quality of life for current and future residents. The OCP Review seeks to ensure that this important policy document is in alignment with the values, priorities, and aspirations of the community. While not all communities have OCPs with policies that guide building heights, it is recognized as an important topic in White Rock and is currently in our OCP; re-examining the policies for this important issue is part of the OCP Review.

This survey builds on feedback that was provided in Phase 1 of the OCP Review, and presents options for revising the maximum building heights in the OCP for three areas in the community: the primarily apartment neighbourhoods east and west of the Town Centre (the "Town Centre Transition" areas), the "Waterfront Village" area (both West Beach and East Beach), and a section of the area east of Peace Arch Hospital. The map of these "Outside the Town Centre" areas, also included below, can be downloaded by clicking HERE(External link)

Options for the Town Centre area itself (red area below) have been considered in a separate process, and more information about the Town Centre changes can be read in the staff report by clicking HERE. Future changes to the Town Centre development bylaws will be brought forward in Winter/Spring 2021.

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January 15, 2021

White Rock Resident's Number Comes Up

White Rock resident Evan Monk got a surprise delivery last Thursday when an unexpected parcel showed up in the mail.

When he opened it, he discovered he is one of the Canadians randomly selected to take part in a nation-wide study by Statistics Canada to determine how many people have had COVID-19, and whether they had symptoms or not. 

About 3,800 survey invitations are expected to be sent to B.C.   

The questionnaire portion asks about COVID-19 exposure, experiences and symptoms. The finger prick kit allows for participants to leave spots of dried blood on a card that is then mailed back for lab testing. 

Monk plans on taking part, and is interested to learn his antibody testing results. .”

The federal government has invested $7 million dollars in the study through the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. Only people who receive the survey kits are able to take part.  

 

January 13, 2021

Marine Drive stabilization construction finishes in January

Construction to stabilize Marine Drive at White Rock’s Waterfront will be finished at the end of January, weather permitting, with the closed portion of the eastbound lane at “the hump” reopening for traffic.

The City of White Rock is performing retaining wall stabilization and road improvement works on Marine Drive between Johnston Road and Cypress Street. The work includes installing micro piles and reconstruction of the roadway, curb and sidewalk on Marine Drive between Johnston and Cypress.

An investigation of the metal bin walls located on the slope below Marine Drive was included in the scope of this project.

The project’s geotechnical engineer recommended that the bin walls be strengthened within five years. Future failure of the bin walls could result in materials sliding down the slope onto the railway and Promenade below. 

City Council awarded $500,000 to the companies finalizing the Marine Drive stabilization project to repair the bin walls as part of the current project.

Temporary Roadwork
The contractor will schedule temporary roadwork repairs in January and return in March to repave the road for the final product.

For more information, visit whiterockcity.ca/marinedriveproject 

 

First Nations Acknowledgment Shot Down

Jack Hundial

First time Surrey councillor JACK HUNDIAL tried to put forward a motion at Surrey's Monday council meeting to acknowledge the meeting was taking place on the land of the traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

The motion dies on the floor as the remaining members of Mayor DOUG MCCALLUM'S SURREY FIRST COALITON OF COUNCILLORS ALLL LOCK STEP VOTED AGAINS THE MOTION.

Councillors BRENDA LOCKE, STEVEN PETTIGREW and LINDA ANNIS voted in support but the motion fell to a 5-4 vote against.

Editor's Note - White Rock council has acknowledged our First Nations neighbours the Semiahmoo people at the beginning of every public meeting including all council meetings.

To listen to councillor HUNDIAL and LOCKE discuss Monday's council meeting (click here)


 

Peace Arch Hospital Director Accused Of Jumping Vaccine Queue

Two hospital directors and two other Fraser Health staff members are being accused of jumping the queue and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of front-line health workers in B.C

A director at Peace Arch Hospital in Surrey, whose colleagues tell Global News is not involved in day-to-day direct patient care, ultimately received one of those doses. That director’s son and son-in-law, who work at the hospital as a porter and a screener, respectively, also received doses before many front-line workers did.

Days later, another director assisting with an on-site immunization clinic at Peace Arch also received one of the leftover vaccine doses. Public health officials had recommended that director receive the vaccine, sources told Global News, but the reason why was not shared.

Fraser Health confirmed in an email to Global News that three family members — the Peace Arch director and her son and son-in-law — were vaccinated in December. A spokesperson said regional staff regularly reaches out to “priority staff” in the instance of leftover doses to avoid vaccine wastage.

When asked if any other directors, board members or their relatives have received the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of front-line workers, Fraser Health would only say no other members of its “senior executive team” had.

 

 

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

Mayor Doug McCallum is on record as saying the City of Surrey is "a leader in dealing with First Nations, they welcome me a lot.” 

Considering how the SSC shot down a chance to recognize First Nations, advance indigenous reconciliation and address race relations, I think it's safe to say that the chief politician in Surrey speaks with a forked tongue.  

(click for full story)

 

 

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Thought For the Day

 

Chesney's Chestnuts

Justin Trudeau finally breaks down and visits a remote northern reservation. With news crews following him around as they tour the place,
the Prime Minister asks the chief if there was anything the people need.
"Well," says the chief, "We have three very important needs. First, we have a medical clinic, but no doctor."
Trudeau whips out his phone, dials a number, talks to somebody for two minutes and then hangs up. "I've pulled some strings.
Your doctor will arrive in a few days. Now what was the second problem?"
"We have no way to get clean water. The local mining operation has poisoned the water our people have been drinking for thousands
of years. We've been flying bottled water in, and it's terribly expensive."
Once again, Trudeau dials a number, yells into the phone for a few minutes, and then hangs up. "The mine has been shut down, and the
owner is being billed for setting up a purification plant for your people. Now what was that third problem?"
"We have no cellphone reception up here," the chief says.

 

Tomorrow In THE SUN

Around Town

The beautiful sunshine yesterday afforded us a walk around our city by the sea.

Check back to tomorrow to see what we discovered.

 

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