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Yell It Like It Is

Editor/Publisher White Rock Sun

David Chesney

 

 

Friday June 17, 2022

Why Is It Only I Can See.........

 

  1. Constant flagrant abuse of the NO DOGS on the promenade and pier?

  2.  Construction workers parking in the NO PARKING for trades parking?

  3. Speeders totally ignoring the 30kmh speed limit on Johnston road?

  4. We hand out a number of Food Vendor licenses for the promenade, and only a couple come.  If they do happen to come why set up @ 2 p.m. on a sunny weekend day?  Use it or lose it!

  5. Dozens of Buskers Licenses are issued annually.  I can count on one hand the 5 buskers I see on a regular basis, once again use it or lose it!

  6. Both sections of our waterfront (east & west beach) have QUIET ZONE signs posted.  Hourly during the good weather motorcycles with straight pipes roar back and forth.  Have you ever seen anyone tickets?

  7.  Restaurants along Marine Drive posting advertising banners on the fronts of their patios.  Until I bring it to someone;s attention, NOTHING!

  8. Planters along Johnston Road that have deteriorated into garbage cans?

  9. Dogs on the beach?

  10.  Motorcycles in the NO PARKING space by Memorial Park and parked in spaces that are not even parking spots on the waterfront..  No tickets?

  11.  Motorcycles parked illegally outside of the West Beach Bar and Grill and no tickets are ever issued?

  12. Residents that turn up at council and pretend they have a question for council, only to use Question & Answer PEriod as a Let's Hammer Council session?

David Chesney

Publisher Editor

 

Friday June 10, 2022

Roy Hennessy

Good morning, good morning the best to you each morning HE double N, E double S Y Hennesy's his name.

The morning jingle Roy played daily on his morning show on CKLG.

Before I launch you down this trip down Memory Lane listening to “The Real” ROY HENNESSY please read the following retrospective of one of the true icons of Vancouver Radio History.

Roy Norman Hennessy, the larger-than-life veteran radio broadcaster who got his start at CKOK in Penticton, died Tuesday in Toronto at the age of 80.

Hennessy’s obituary states: “Gone! created and insisted upon by Roy Hennessy himself. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held in Vancouver at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of choice."

What follows is taken from Jim “JJ” Johnston’s Facebook “JJ-365 Salutes” Facebook series,

(click here for the historical lead up)

 

So now that you have read the back story on Roy’s radio career, let me share a personal insight into the man, the myth.

Roy hired me to handle the music director/promotion director duties shortly after he moved over to FM/99 (formerly CKLG FM).  The year was 1978.  It was the beginning of a long and wonderful friendship.

Years later after Roy had retired he often made the big trip west from his home in Toronto to visit friends and family.  He would often call me up and say “Hey I’ve rented a car, how about if I drive out to White Rock and we have lunch on the beach?”  Which we did many times.

One particular lunch a pair of Roy’s other friends who lived in White Rock joined us at our favourite lunch spot COSMOS GREEK RESTAURANT ON MARINE DRIVE.  As we settled in for lunch on this particular day, Roy proclaimed loud and proud, “Well it’s official, I am a bastard!”  We all looked at each other knowing Roy’s history and wondered what the heck he meant by this proclamation.  Roy went on to explain on this particular trip out west he had arranged a surprise birthday party for his father who was in his 90’s.  Roy had contacted the retirement home his father was living at in Ladner.

As the story goes Roy had rented the Tsawwassen golf and country club, contacted a limousine company and  the rest home and arranged for the mini buses to pick up the tenants and his father and bring them to the lunch. 

Following his welcome speech and a few anecdotes about him and his father’s history in Ladner, Roy announced lunch would be served shortly, and thanked all for coming to the lunch.  Roy then retired to the side of the banquet room and sidled up to the bar and asked the bartender to draw him a scotch on the rocks.  As he stood there surveying the scene, as Roy explained “I felt a tug on my sports jacket and I looked down and here stood a lovely little old blue hair who looked up at me and said “Oh Roy this is such a wonderful lunch you have arranged for your father.  It is so special special given the fact you are ADOPTED!  Roy for a split second contemplated  what he had just heard and thought, ”Oh I guess this lovely little lady must be confused due to her advancing age.”  He thanked her and turned to pick up his scotch when he felt another tug on his jacket sleeve.  Again Roy turned and lo and behold here was another little old lady who basically parroted what the first lady said.  So special you would do this considering you were adopted.  Huh?  You see Roy had no idea what these 2 ladies were talking about.  As he was driving his father back to the care home he turned to his father and related the two assertions he was adopted.  His father fell silent for a moment and then said to Roy “Yes Roy you were adopted at birth, your mother and I decided we would raise you as our won and decided to that extent we would not tell you that you were adopted.”

So the three of us who collectively probably knew Roy for over  a hundred years all sat there in silence.  I thought for a moment before I said “Well Roy that is an interesting story, you see I am a bastard too.  I was adopted at birth.”  Roy  got a beautiful smile on his face and reached out across the table and shook my hand and said WELCOME TO THE OLD BASTARDS CLUB.  The moment had only just set in when MILES MURCHISON one of the other lunch guesst piped up and said “Make it three I am adopted too.”

…and today I am missing that OLD BASTARD and dear friend Roy Hennessy

Thank you Roy.  For everything.

David Chesney
Editor/Publisher

 

 

 

Friday June 03, 2022

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US

 

It is strange but for some reason we seem to acknowledge milestones in our lives, usually divisible by the number 5.

Well I  suppose unconsciously we land in that category - because today, we hit the milestone of the White Rock Sun turning the odometer 15 years.  Fifteen years?  Can that be.

It is indeed the 15th anniversary since I pushed the UPLOAD button to publish the first issue of the White Rock Sun, CANADA’S FIRST ILNTERNET NEWSPAPER.  I thank YOU because if you weren’t reading these words I would know I was sadly mistaken on people’s desire to read local news.

Years ago when I was a independent contributor to Surrey’s NOW NEWSPAPER with my “Canada Calling” entertainment column, I can distinctly remember the publisher of the day pining on how if they could just get the public to pay 25 cents for each issue of the paper, the bottom line would shine bright.  In those days the published circulation of the paper was something like 40,000 copies distributed twice a week in the footprint of Surrey and White Rock.

The rub here though was, the news group could certainly  state the fact they did in fact print up 40,000 copies of the paper twice a week.  The problem was how to get them into 40,000 homes.  The solution was to secure non salaried paper delivering system.  Usually young boys looking for a little extra walking around money were the target for “distribution”.  What followed was a constant stream of people calling the office complaining “I didn’t get my paper again this week.”  You see the first rainy day, too cold or too hot day, Little Johnny didn’t feel like distributing the papers.

Enter the internet.  Back in the early 2000’s I was gainfully employed in the music industry, and then along came a little old thing called NAPSTER.  This simple form of technology allowed people to share their musical library with the world FOR FREE. NAPSTER sent the industry reeling.  And it still has not recovered.  It was one thing when we purchased an album and told a friend to come over with a cassette and they could make a copy.  Now we could invite the whole world over to tape the album. 

A similar technology within a short period of time steam rolled over the publishing industry.  Let’s stop here for a moment  and try to remember when we last bought a magazine or paid to purchase a copy of  the Vancouver Sun or Province?   I cannot forecast how much longer the print industry will continue to gasp for air.

What I do know is whether we like it or not, this is the future. 
Thank you for continuing to read and write.  If the good lord is willing and the technology wheel doesn’t rise.  The White Rock Sun will still be going strong for another 15 years.

 

Davide Chesney

Publisher/Editor

 

 

 

May 19, 2022

It's Deja Vu All OVer Again

 

The onslaught of high-rises that occurred in White Rock over the past number of years is now spreading throughout the Lower Mainland. Vancouver is in the news these days with their plan to redevelop the Broadway corridor. Currently an underground tunnel is being constructed along the Broadway corridor. Plans are to take advantage of the transportation route to become a residential corridor. METRO VANCOUVER the body that oversees and proposes where development should occur, has for years designated that densification should occur along transportation routes.

Examples include the highrise towers on the Canada Line at SW Marine Drive, as well as the tower clusters on the SKYTRAIN route at Lougheed highway. If you haven't been by Oakridge centre you will be amazed. Currently under construction are too many towers to count.

Vancouver's plan to build desperately needed high-density housing, and why not everyone is on board

City expects 1 million new residents in 30 years and hopes a new subway line can be the key to housing them.

A plan to build highrise towers in an already densely-populated area of B.C.'s largest city is raising questions about how urban centres can be livable and affordable as populations grow rapidly in the coming decades.

With a new subway line being constructed under Broadway, a busy Vancouver street that runs through multiple neighbourhoods, city planners have seized on the opportunity to increase the amount of housing in one of Canada's most expensive cities.

The Broadway Plan calls for existing homes along the line to be replaced with multi-storey towers, able to accommodate up to 50,000 more residents. Mixed-use developments as high as 40 storeys may be allowed near SkyTrain stations while older rental stock, often small 10-unit buildings, could be replaced by housing developments between 15 and 20 storeys.

 

 

A 3rd high-rise proposed for 200th Street and 82nd Avenue in Willoughby. 45 Stories. 365 units. A public information meeting is set for Monday, May 16th, at 20018 83A Avenue, 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

What do you think?

The development application was submitted on December 21, 2021. The initial file review by March 25, 2022. Public Information Meeting in May. Here we are again for another tower for Vesta a few months before the next election. Remember, it takes up a year now for a permit for a deck, for you and me, anyway.

I believe that we need to make the most of the 200th Street land we have left. We should encourage development creativity with a mixture of uses. We need to create more housing on our future rapid transit corridors. If we have the political leadership, higher densities per acre helps preserve green space somewhere else.

However, we should treat all developers the same, large and small. We must ensure a fair deal for taxpayers for roads, sidewalks, youth sports and so much more we need to get done. Let's make it happen, but without different processes for different applicants.

Let's have the same, fair approach for all, developers and residents alike.

Langley Township councillor ERIC WOODWARD

I don't even know what to think about Langley Township's idea of a tower town @ Hwy 1 & 200th street. I suppose one could say "Well HWY 1 is a transit corridor) but that puts a ton more cars on the freeway. I can't seem to find and public reaction from the residents of Langley just yet but it is going to be interesting in an election year how the public feels about this major shift in densification. I suppose we will know after the civic election in October.

 

...and then there is Delta

On Monday, March 28, Delta council voted 4-3 to approve a proposed 29-storey highrise development at the corner of Scott Road and 93A Avenue in North Delta’s Townline neighbourhood. (Penmat Mana JV (Delta) Ltd./City of Delta report image)

North Delta highrise project approved by council

Council voted 4-3 to give the project fourth reading on Monday, March 28

Talk about sticking out like a sore thumb. Could Delta have not slowly integrated some 10 or 15 storey towers as opposed to a giant 29 storey tower right out of the clear blue?

Now don't you get getting all smug sitting back in your recliner looking out at the Salish sea. If you think the developers are not still licking their lips about getting back into White Rock, I have some ocean front property for you in Aldergrove. Mark my words the October civic election should be of a huge concern to all the residents of the Semiahmoo Peninsula. Stay tuned.

David Chesney

Editor/Publisher

 

 

May 06, 2022

Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

The civic election right across all the communities in British Columbia will be held on October 15 of this year.

Normally would be candidates begin their election campaigns in earnest right after the labour day weekend in early September.  This is not the case in Surrey  for sure and to a lesser extent here in White Rock.

The big rumour generator of late  is GORDIE HOGG, former White Rock councillor, former mayor of White Rock, MLA for a number of years, and MP on the federal scene, and now if one is to believe the rumours, heading for Mayor of Surrey or White Rock.

Quote From VOICE ON LINE (Voice of the IndoCanadian Community)

FORMER South Surrey-White Rock MP Gordon Hogg, who is also a former White Rock mayor and MLA, confirmed to the VOICE on Tuesday that he has been approached by Surrey First to run for mayor of Surrey.
He added: “I am going to be meeting with them [this coming weekend] and I am not sure what my decision will be as a result of that.”
Asked if he was seriously considering a run, he replied: “I’ve been approached by that group. I have also been approached to consider running for mayor of White Rock and I am meeting with my family this week to see whether or not there’s some type of agreement on that.”


I also was fed a rumour on the weekend GORDIE had approached SURREY CONNECT the electoral group that up to now everyone thought BRENDA LOCKE had a lock on the mayoral bid in October.  The rumour was GORDIE had approcahed SURREY CONNECT to say if BRENDA stepped aside and ran for ac councillor’s seat he would consider heading up that part as mayor?  A quick call to BRENDA LOCKE confirmed there was absolutely no truth to that rumour.


There is a multitude of names being thrown around who may or may not be running for council up in Surrey.  Given the high profile (for all the wrong reasons) of Mayor DOUG MCCALUM and his SAFE SURREY coalition it isn’t surprising everyone is coming out of the woodwork and floating out the idea they are running for mayor up in Surrey.


Down south here in White Rock the rumour mill is also spinning at full speed ahead.  For months the seedy underbelly of our community has been whispering about a former mayor of White Rock collecting a group of disgruntled citizens to form a party to, in their words, TAKE BACK CITY HALL.


Rumoured to be fully funded by developers who are far from being finished their work in our “city by the sea”, the collection of ne’ere do wells has been driving hard to the net to secure GORDIE HOGG as their mayoral candidate.  Totally unconfirmed it is my belief if this group comes out of the shadows they will run on a banner of “SENSIBLE DEVELOPMENT.”  If elected they will shrug off highrise opposition by saying “Well, it made sense to us!”


I consider GORDIE HOGG a friend.  I approached GORDIE  with the rumour of meeting with this group back in January, and he did confirm he listened to what they had to say but told them he was not going to make a decision until June 01.


I personally think GORDIE HOGG would make an excellent mayor of White Rock, but not if he is in the pocket of developers who are licking their lips just dying to get back in power to lay waste of our community.  Don’t kid yourself folks, the one thing we have going for us is an ocean view.  Without it, we are Aldergrove.


White Rock continues to be at a crossroad with what future development looks like, while Surrey is at a dead end and needs to turn around and start all over again.

David Chesney

Publisher/Editor

 

 

Friday April 08, 2022

Order In The Court & Council

The Province has introduced legislative amendments that will give local governments new tools to act when elected officials are charged with or convicted of a criminal offence.

“Local leaders have been asking for new tools to help maintain public confidence in instances where an elected official is charged or convicted of a criminal offence,” said Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “While our hope is that mandatory leave and disqualification will not need to be exercised, these amendments will help limit disruption, maintain public confidence and ensure local governments are able to remain focused on serving their communities.”

These legislative changes will provide municipalities and regional districts in B.C. with two separate but related tools for circumstances where a local elected official has been charged with or convicted of a criminal offence. The first amendment makes a change to the existing disqualification rules to ensure that a local elected official is disqualified at the time of conviction for an indictable offence. The second will require an elected official be put on mandatory paid leave when charged with a criminal offence until the criminal process is complete or the charges are resolved.

Treaty First Nations were notified of the proposed amendments as they may be represented on regional district boards. These changes respond to adopted resolutions of the Union of BC Municipalities as well as concerns raised by local governments.

“These changes improve the current legislation by requiring a leave of absence for local elected officials charged with a criminal offence and disqualifying those upon conviction of a criminal offence,” said Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, Union of BC Municipalities president. “Local governments have asked for changes to the legislation, and these amendments strike the right balance between fairness and good governance.”

Along with the new requirements for local elected officials who are charged with or convicted of criminal offences, the amendments revise nine pieces of legislation and will:

  • repeal the Auditor General for Local Government Act, as the office closed in 2021 and it is redundant legislation;

  • clarify local governments’ authority on electronic meetings and subdivision of land that is not agricultural land;

  • update the Vancouver Charter to provide gender-neutral language; and

  • provide the City of Vancouver the same authority all other local governments have to do energy benchmarking.

All amendments are supported by the Union of BC Municipalities and the City of Vancouver where the amendments affect them specifically.

Backgrounders

Legislation amendments for local governments

The new amendments, which will better support local governments, will revise nine pieces of legislation. 

Disqualification of elected officials:

  • The Local Government Act, the Community Charter, the Vancouver Charter, the Islands Trust Act and the Cultus Lake Park Act will be amended to require local elected officials who are charged with a criminal offence to take a leave from the date of the charge until the criminal process is complete or the charges are resolved.

  • The legislation will also be amended to change the existing disqualification rules to ensure that a local elected official is disqualified at the time of conviction for an indictable offence rather than at the time of sentencing.

Auditor General for Local Government Act repeal:

  • The Community Charter, Vancouver Charter, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Public Service Labour Relations Act will be amended to remove reference to the Auditor General for Local Government Office and legislation.

  • The repeal of the Auditor General for Local Government Act reflects the closure of the Auditor General for Local Government Office.

Electronic meetings for local government bodies:

  • Proposed amendments to the Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act (No. 4) will clarify the authority for local government body meetings, such as advisory committees, to be held electronically.

  • The amendments include transparency requirements to ensure that the public can hear, or watch and hear, meetings held electronically

D. Chesney

Publsher/City Councillor for WHITE ROCK

 

 

Friday April 01, 2022

Fudge it budget.

Fudge it budget.  A common term often used by individuals when they have not paid one iota of attention to the process and then simply shake their heads at the finished product.

This leads me to White Rock council’s current attempt to create a budget for the operation of the city for the coming year.  A difficult time indeed.  At the conclusion of last year’s budget Councillors JOHANSON and KRISTJANSON asked for major changes in the way the budget was created and presentd.  Their claim was it would be easier for council and the community to understand the process. 

As has been well documented councillor JOHANSON and the head of our financial department seemingly locked horns during the process, with the Director of the Financial Services leaving the employ of the city and councillor JOHANSON launching a suit against the City of White Rock in BC Provincial court. 

FYI the budget is brought forward to council following an extensive study of each department at the city reporting on what amount of monies they will need to fulfill their job’s purpose.  Upon presentation to council the aforementioned two councillors immediately reqeusted information from the previous wayof creating the budget be brought back.  You could have pushed staff over with a feather, but do it they did.  Then when it came back to council, councillor KRISTJANSON asked them to go back to their desks and bring in a budget that showed only a 3% tax increase.  Shocked, stunned, angry disbelief are just a few words to describe the reaction from staff.

So council rolled up our sleeves and began trying to trim the budget from the original numbers proposed from staff.

During this process the entire time of discussion was spent focussed on the residental tax rate.  The amount of time spent on looking to see if we could help the commercial property owners was zero.  That is until I put forth a motion to canvass the commercial property owners on their satisfaction with the huge levy we hit every commercial property owner with in order to fund the Business Improvement Association (BIA). My motion was soukndly defeated 5-1. More on that in the coming weeks.

While standing in line shopping at the Breadbox on Johnston Road the other day owners Mary and Andrew and I were discussing the high cost of doing business in White Rock.  I had not noticed another shopper had arrived and suddenly she chimed in “Yeah where the hell are my tax dollars going, they can’t even fix the potholes on my street for years now.  Plus where did they spend all the money they got from all these new people who have moved into those ugly towers.” 

I love it when this happens.  I politely introudced  myself as one of those layabouts at city hall, and asked her if she realized we were at this very moment creating the operating budget for the city for the upcoming year.  She replied no.  I then infomred her this coming Monday (April 4) she can come down to city hall after 5 p.m. and look council and staff in the eyes and ask any questions about the budget.

I most certainly hope she will attend. 

If she dows that just might push the list of attendees to 4 or 5.

You the residents of White Rock deserve better.  Monday is your opportunity.

David Chesney
Publisher/City Councillor

 

 

Thursday March 24, 2022

Radio Radio

Do you still listen to the radio?    I do. 

My mornings start early by some people’s standards and I would be lost without my CBC.  Weekdays STEPHEN QUINN and AMY BELL guide me through the choppy waters of daybreak.  SHERYL MCKAY on CBC with North By Northwest make weekend’s coffee go down smooth. 

The only time I listen to “commercial radio”is when I am driving.  It’s a miracle I have not pulled over and taken a hostage.  The drivel and inane patter radio hosts, especially morning hosts, drives me nuts.

I was raised on radio.  CKNW was The Top Dog.  Morning host FROSTY FORST in his day had the largest listening audience in Canada, not per capita, period.  Radio consultants would fly into Vancouver, book a hotel room and scratch their heads listening to FROSTY.  They could not for the life of them figure out how this home spun folksy morning show could garner such high ratings.  To complicate matters FROSTY avoided the public spotlight like the plague.  CKNW often had billboards and bus boards around town with the pictures of all their announcers, except for FROSTY the only thing he would agree to is a caricature.  In that same era of radio CKNW had the #2 rated radio shaow in Canada, BILL HUGHE’S Roving Mic.  HUGHES @ 8:35 each morning would board a bus full of tourists visiting Vancouver who were heading out for a bus tour of Vancouver and talk about the most basic topics. "OH you're from Australia? My wife and I visited your beautiful country last year" 

I used to go to bed early as a pre-teen so I could listen to CFUN radio with DAVE " Hapyy Pappy " MCCORMICK.  Radio was the onlly place we could “hear the hit - they had the tunes and we were tuneless.”

Radio merrily stumbled along as the soundtrack to our lives.  Then one dayit all changed.  A gentleman by the name of HOWARD STERN shocked the world with his New York radio morning show.  Edgy, contgroversial, were just a couple of words used to describe his style.  Soon radio stations across America and to some extent here in Canada (Q-107) in Toronto quickly started simulcasting the raw edgy talk radio morning show.  You see HOWARD only played DELBERT McC;INTON songs, if ever.

Radio programmers quickly jumped on the bandwagon and told their announcers people wanted to hear more talk and less rock.  The airwaves soon were filled with jackasses woefully unable to create any kind of interesting talk.

And that is where we are today.  Instead of reflecting back our community to us, we are stuck with the radio hosts asking questions like “Have you ever sent an email to the wrong person – Has your child ever said anything that embarassed you in public? – Have you ever had a bad date? “  Well call, text or email me with your stories and I will repeat them on the radio and pretend I actually think they are funny or interesting.”


As previoulsy mentioned for the most part radio had THE HITS, then the old adage “Video Killed The Radio Star” (welcome to MTV/MUCHMUSIC).  

So if you believe that - all I can say is “Internet Killed The Radio Star”

David Chesney

...take us home DOC

 

 

February 17, 2022

 

It was nearly two years ago I stepped off an airplane from Mexico at Vancouver International and walked into the twilight zone.  I encountered people wearing something that resembled hazmat suits, and most people had masks over their faces?  What happening here?  Filming the sequel to Soylent Green?

I had been in rural Mexico for 3 weeks and to be perfectly frank I had not watched TV, listened to a radio (in English) or read a newspaper.  I had not heard the word COVID.  That was the day my life changed.

Once I got back home in White Rock I began to do research to find out what was going on.  Two years later I am still not 100% sure I know what went on.  I quickly fell into lock step and began washing my hands, sanitizing them whenever I had the chance, started wearing a mask in public places, sanitized my hands going in and out of stores.

Then I began to watch the divide that was beginning to take hold on society.  The look in people’s eyes told the story.  There was fear.  We all began to push ourselves away.  Being a habitual hugger I immediately felt the effect of this new world order.

This week Victoria relaxed a number of the Covid restrictions.  Masks and social distancing remain in place.  Daily other provinces in Canada are either dropping those restrictions or considering  dropping the mask mandate in the coming weeks.  I think we all know we could boomerang right back to full restrictions in a heartbeat.

It now comes down to a personal decision.  The recent protests at the truck crossing on the Semiahmoo Peninsula have proven that.  The vast majority of the protestors were not there in support of truckers, which started this  divisive situation we see now.  It almost seems like isolated pockets of anarchy are bringing about change.  Fingers crossed this form of protest does not escalate.  The police have been given sweeping power through the Emergency Measures Act the Trudeau government is invoking.

I wear a beaded bracelet I have been wearing since the start of the pandemic, it simply reminds me daily.
Stay Safe
Be Calm
Be Kind

 

This too will end.

David Chesney/Publisher

 

 

February 11, 2022

" I Love You"

 

I love you Helen.  For the past number of years whether in person or on the phone, we would more often than not say the words I LOVE YOU.

Monday shortly before we started our 7 p.m.regular council meeting, mayor DARRYL WALKER had the difficult job of informing council our dearly beloved fellow councillor Helen Fathers had passed away.  We all sat there in stone cold silence.  Despite Helen being sick for a number of months it still came as a shock of the finality of  Helen’s passing.

I can’t even remember exactly when I first met Helen, but I am thinking it was some 20 years ago when she first took over managing the White Rock Farmers Market.  The popular Sunday market was on my trap line every Sunday morning so it would not be unusual to see Helen patrolling the grounds saying hello to the vendors and all the visitors to the market.  She continued in that capacity until sickness refelled her some 16 months ago.

When the market relocated to its current location in Miramar Plaza, Helen would sit at the main gate and welcome residents to the Sunday market.  One year the t-shirts the staff wore were emblazoned with “The Heart Of Our Community.”  No kidding and Helen was the heartbeat.  I knew better than to try to talk to Helen on Sundays at the market about anything of consequence.  The steady stream of well wishers made it impossible to even talk to her for a minute or two without constant interruptions of visitors to the market that stopped for a Helen moment.

My first 4 year term on council was very  difficult.  I can honestly say without Helen standing shoulder to shoulder with me I probably would not have made it.  On more than one occasion as my fellow councillors piled on with glee, Helen stepped in like a big mama bear and pulled them off.  This past term has been a joy.  We all settled in very nicely.  With 5 new councillors Helen quickly stepped to the front to offer any help or assistance to all the new members of council.  The respect for her was obvious . Our annual rides in the Sea Festival parade today come to mind. I know a lot of people in White Rock, but riding through town with Helen I felt like Dave who? Helen touched so many people in our community. She leaves a huge hole not only in my heart but in our community. We are all now challenged with taking up the slack.

Family was everything to Helen.

Her loving husband Rob, daughter Ellie and mother Margaret were her riches.  She loved them all so deeply, today I can’t imagine the loss they feel.  

I could prattle on and on and tell  you all the funny stories and good times Helen and I shared.  But I won’t.
All I can say is, what I always said when I said goodbye to Helen, I Love You.

David Chesney

 

 

Friday January 21, 2022

Digging In

Mayor Doug McCallum with his hand picked council supporters

Turning the calendar page over to a new year, 2022 takes on special meaning to every elected politician in British Columbia.  This will be the final year of the term of civic elected officials.

The nightmare occurring north of us in Surrey is beyond words.  Mayor DOUG MCCALUM has been in the news for months for all the wrong reasons.  Since the new Surrey council was elected they seem to have been split into three distinct camps.  Mayor MCCALUM’s group which consists of  councillors DOUG ELFORD, LAURIE GUERRA,  MANDEEP NAGRA and ALLISON PATTON.  These councillors are lock step with Mayor MCCALUM and that gives this group the proverbial hammer of votes to approve virtually everything that comes before council.  A breakaway group led by BRENDA LOCKE and JACK HUNDIAL  have formed a vocal opposition to the MCCALUM GROUP.  LOCKE has indicated she will seek the mayor’s chair in October with support from HUNDIAL and RAMONA KAPTYN who will seek a seat on Surrey council in the next election.  The remaining two councillors LINDA ANNIS and STEVEN PETTIGREW seem to be totally independent.  It was thought LINDA ANNIS would join LOCKE and HUNDIAL but that seemed to be based  Seeley on her being the group’s choice for mayor on a slate as it readied itself for the October election.   PETTIGREW continues as a lone wolf with a very vocal approach to Mayor MCCALUM’S style of leadership.  The war of words will only continue to become more intense as we move towards October election time.  There will also be outside forces bound to enter the fray.  First out of the gates are Surrey Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal & Surrey MLA Harry Bains are both playing cagey when asked to confirm they will seek the mayor's chair in October

That brings us to White Rock council. 

In the last civic election a group of individuals with a well managed team behind them, swept into power in White Rock with 5 of the 7 votes garnered by DEMOCRACY DIRECT candidates JOHANSON, KRISTJANSON,  MANNING and TREVEYLAN under the leadership of mayoral candidate DARRYL WALKER.  As much as residents in White Rock say they do not support “slates” (a collection of individuals running under the same banner) every time a slate is put forth they end up in power.  Previous elected slates include CITIZENS FOR POSITIVE RENEWAL and THE COALITION which held power for the previous term of council 2014-2018.

DEMOCRACY DIRECT captured the community’s imagination by taking a very strong stance against THE COALITION’S vision of a highrise community in White Rock. 

Councillor Fathers and I both were returned to city hall in 2018.  The fact both of us had just spent 4 years as odd persons out against THE COALITION, we both wondered how the new council which certainly held the power, would be to work with.   It didn’t take long for us to observe DEMOCRACY DIRECT was not voting in a block as THE COALITION had.  DEMOCRACY DIRECT councillors seemed to be all over when it came to voting.  Let me add here Councillor FATHERS and I would in broad strokes review upcoming council meetings in general terms, but neither of us ever said “How are you going to vote?”  I have been surprised on more than one occasion when Councillor FATHERS has cast her vote on an item.  That my friends is democracy in action.

This term has been a difficult one.  Not because of the make up of council, but outside extenuating circumstances kept us on our toes.  The destruction of our world famous pier in December just 2 months into our term rocked city hall as much as it did our community.  Hiring a new Chief Administrator Officer was the next big decision for council.  The CAO is the only employee of the elected council.   Council directs him, and he carries our requests to the various departments of city hall.  This flow of command seems to have been difficult for at least one member of council.  We have also witnessed a large number of staff leaving the employ of city, and virtually every one of them has gone on to another city that is able to pay them more money to do the same job.  I am proud of the staff that we work with at city hall, and I understand given the fact few actually live in White Rock, would be leaving for pastures that greener in more ways than one.

SO here we go, you may not have noticed it yet, but electioneering is always underway with members of council jockeying for October when White Rock and all the other communities in British Columbia make the decision on who will lead them into the next 4 year cycle.

When I am asked if I will run again, I answer in the affirmative.  When pushed for when I will start my election campaign, I simply reply.  It started the day after I was elected for this term.

Thank you it has been an honour to serve you.

David Chesney

 

 

Friday January 06, 2022

SHOP LOCAL

Did you?

As we went into the holiday season I was bombarded with SHOP LOCAL messages, posters, commercials blah blah blah.  I say blah blah blah because there is nothing original about the messaging, nothing that actually caused me to want more information.

But then again I don’t need to be told to shop local.  I have done it all my life.  The reasoning being is if I don’t support the local businesses they will simply disappear.  Not a week goes by that I don’t end up in a conversation with someone pining for the good old days of Buy Low and Penguin Meats, to name a few.

This year over the holidays we dined at 4 local restaurants, and my Christmas purchases tallied 2 from Blue Frog, a few purchases from the White Rock Museum craft fair,  and 3 from  Jill Martynyk’s Romancing The Home’s pop up store in Semiahmoo Mall.  Does the liquor store count?

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not going to buy anything I don’t really want or need for a gift.  It is the community connectivity that is a beautiful by product of this action.  Have you seen the movie PAY IT FORWARD?  Well we can do it right here.

IT is also important for me  to know my merchant.  How much more of an enjoyable expedience is it at Hillcrest Bakery when “George” is working?  When the weather permits it, I walk as often as I can to get around town.  It not only inadvertently affords me much needed exercise, but it allows me to stop and talk with friends and neighbours.  That is so important to me.  Over the past week I have encountered more than once an elderly customer in a business that is taking an inordinate amount of time to make and pay for their purchase as they use the opportunity to interact and talk with another human being.  If you aren’t careful you miss what is going on and  your blood pressure starts to rise.

White Rock like most cities in the Lower Mainland spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund organizations like THE WHITE ROCK BIA and WHITE ROCK TOURISM (handled by Surrey Tourism?) in an attempt to attract shoppers and visitors to our City by the Sea.  It’s effectiveness is suspect in my humble opinion. A very creative promotion a small town Ontario BIA created last year, was to under the cover of late Sunday night, brown paper over all the windows on the shops along main street with GOING OUT OF BUSINESS signs. The next morning the residents of the small town woke up thinking all the businesses had left town. The promotion won an award and it was the wake up call the community needed. Just picture driving along Johnston Road and seeing all the business windows covered up?

IF you need a New Years resolution, may I suggest you crest the doorway of any local business, extend your hand and introduce yourself and have a look around.  I guarantee you will feel better and we will all benefit from YOU shopping local

David Chesney
Editor/Publisher

 

P.S

Thank You Shelagh Boutell for this insoring quote

 

I think it was Brene Brown who told a story about a village where all the women washed clothes together down by the river. When they all got washing machines, there was a sudden outbreak of depression and no one could figure out why.

It wasn't the washing machines in and of themselves. It was the absence of time spent doing things together. It was the absence of community.

Friends, we’ve gotten so independent.

We’re “fine” we tell ourselves even when in reality we’re depressed, we’re overwhelmed, we’re lonely, and we’re hurting. “We’re fine, we’re just too busy right now” we say when days, weeks, months, and years go by without connecting with friends. I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine. It’s so easy to say even when it’s not true.

We’ve become so isolated and it’s hard to know how to get back. It’s so hard to know how to even begin to build the kind of relationships our hearts need. And I think In our current culture, it’s just not as organic as it once was. It's more work now.

Because you know, we have our own washing machines. We don't depend on each other to do laundry, or cook dinner, or raise babies anymore. We don't really depend on each other for much of anything if we're being honest.

 

 

 

 

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