If land developers LANDMARK are successful in their application for a major development in uptown White Rock, the town centre will most certainly take on a whole new look. White Rock's Economic investment committee got the first look at the new proposal at a public meeting in city hall.
The condominium development will consist of three towers. The exact height of the proposed towers has not yet been confirmed. The property the development is proposed for is located between Foster and Martin street just south of North Bluff is zoned currently for up to 26 storeys. If the application is successful the developer is also considering a daycare and a mix of commercial space on the main floor of the residences.
Transit bus drivers vote to strike
Coast Mountain Bus Company workers vote 98% in favour of a strike. CMBC says the union has not given any indication of providing strike notice and doesn't anticipate any disruption to service at this time. Following the announcement of the vote the union released this statement.
" Over the past several weeks, the Company and Unifor Locals 111 and 2200 have been working hard to renew our Collective Agreement. While the result of the strike vote was a “yes,” the union has not given any indication of providing strike notice and we don’t anticipate any disruption to service at this time. We remain committed to reaching an acceptable negotiated settlement.
To protect the integrity of the process, we will not be negotiating through media."
Flying At Half Mast
The National Day of Mourning, held annually in Canada on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy
LYNN REIMER shop steward for CUPE Local 402-01 and MAYOR WAYNE BALDWIN spoke to the crowd gathered on the city hall lawn yesterday during the ceremony to remember and to honour the memory of workers who have lost their lives on the job.
April 28, 2016
(Roderick Louis photo)
Contractors were on White Rock's West Beach this week cleaning up the excess of logs brought ashore by last month's storm that pounded the shores of Semiahmoo Bay.
White Rock Considers Single Family Garbage Pickup Privatization
Monday evening's White Rock council meeting included a corporate report from the Engineering and Municipal Operations on the possible privatization of single family garbage pick up in the city.
The City of White Rock in the fall of 2014 retained Dillon Consulting Limited to review the city's solid waste management system
In February 2015 the city issued a RFP (request For Proposal)
June 30,2015 the city hosted a community forum regarding solid waste pick up.
January 2016 council was presented with a corporate report on the pro's and con's of privatization of the city's waste removal.
The city received four responses to their RFP. The evaluation committee chose EMTERRA as the winning bid.
The report identified there would be a job loss of 4 city workers through privatization.
The report identified privatization would mean a $94,000.00 saving to the city.
Councilor LYNNE SINCLAIR put forth a motion for a more detailed report and a public consultation time line before council is asked to make a decision. Councilor SINCLAIR also requested information on an overview of automated pickup of waste matter.
The motion passed and staff identified the report could be completed and brought back before council at the next meeting on May 9.
Since the sudden death of their namesake, GEOFF'S has been closed. But not for long. Watch for the re-opening soon.
Just up the street the old Small Ritual Coffee Ship will soon re-open as The Island Cafe.
On the downside of matters though it appears FAMIGLIA the Italian Delicatessen has now ceased operations.
April 26, 2016
Pub With No Beer
A fire broke out in the kitchen area of Sawbucks Pub on Sunday evening. The popular local pub suffered extensive smoke and water damage. The owners cannot at this time predict how soon they will be able to re-open.
Bothwell Park Gun Incident?
Sunday Morning at approximately 6:10 A.M., Surrey R.C.M.P. received a single 911 call reporting that a female was out on the street of the 9500 block of 168th Street, Surrey, B.C. and had discharged a firearm on the street. The caller also advised that the female had then gone into a residence in the area. Members of the Surrey R.C.M.P. General Duty and Traffic Members attended to the scene, and the residence was contained. The neighbouring residences were checked and the occupants were spoken to and none of them saw or heard the reported incident. Attempts were made to contact the occupants of the residence, and eventually they came out of the residence. All of the occupants denied any knowledge of the reported incident. The residence was searched and no firearm was found inside. No evidence was found to support that shots had in fact been fired.
Surrey R.C.M.P. are asking that anyone may have observed this incident, or observed a female in the area of the 9500 block of 168th St., Surrey, B.C. with a firearm or fleeing from the area are asked to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call Crime Stoppers.
Will We Ever See Election Spending Reform?
October 20, 2018 is the date of the next round of civic elections in British Columbia. Provincially we will vote May 09, 2017. All levels of government have been pressured to bring about campaign contributions priod to the next civic and Provincial elections. The city of Vancouver has floated the idea of a referendum question be added to the OCtober 2018 civic election.
Groups like the Dogwood Initiative feel a referendum would be redundant at best given the results of their recent Province wide survey.
Across the province, 86% of residents support a ban on corporate and union political donations.
British Columbia is the last large province in Canada to allow unlimited donations from anywhere in the world, including in municipal elections. Survey results suggest this has left the public deeply cynical about the position of ordinary citizens in democracy.
The Patgullot bridge will be closed from the evening of April 29 to the morning of May 2 to allow crews to set up for construction work. The bridge will also close from the evening of Sept. 30 (8 p.m.) to the morning of Oct. 3 (5 a.m.) for crews to remove equipment.
From May 2 to Sept. 30, the bridge will remain open with one lane in each direction.
Truck access will be maintained
Cyclists and pedestrians will have access to the bridge at all times.
The bridge will be closed to all traffic two nights a week and one weekend a month.
CINEPLEX ODEAN has partnered with the music education charity MUSICOUNTS to raise money at special showings of PRINCE'S one and only movie PURPLE RAIN
Monday evening @ 7 p.m. the Cineplex Odeon @ Strawberry Hill will present the only local showing of PURPLE RAIN.
Strawberry Hill Theatre is located at 12161 72 Ave., Surrey.
You can and are advised to purchase your tickets on line soon (click here)
Off The Record
LINDSAY MITCHELL rocked the world in the 80's as guitarist for the Vancouver based rock group PRISM.
Since leaving the group he has been the backbone of so many great groups on the local circuit. MITCHELL who was here last weekend with JIM BYRNES, returns to Blue Frog with his band mates THE ZIMMERMEN.
The ZIMMERMEN honour the great musical songbook of BOB DYLAN. "Not A Tribute Act - Better"
The early show is sold out but if you act quick you can still slide in for the 9 o'clock show.
Lindsay picked up the phone the other day and let us in on what he has been up to and what we can expect Friday @ The Frog!
In BC over 70,000 people are living with dementia..and the numbers are growing. The Alzheimer Society of BC supports those diagnosed and their families..but needs your help.
On Sunday, May 1st gather your friends, family and community members and participate in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s. Funds raised provide Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow for those on the dementia journey.
The Walk for Alzheimer’s for White Rock, North Delta and Surrey will be held at Eaglequest Golf Course – 7758 – 152nd Street, Surrey. Registration at 11:30 AM – Walk at 1 PM, Sunday, May 1st.
After much convincing from her husband, Tammy finally agreed to call an old family friend to sing her happy birthday. It was only after she finished singing, that the voice at the other end of the line informed her that it was the wrong number.
“Oh, I’m so sorry,” she said, embarrassed.
“It’s okay,” the voice said, “you need all the practice you can get!”
Video Of The Day
The RED BULL gang are at it again. This time a daredevil motorcyclist goes for a lap, around a roller coaster - on his motorcycle instead of a coaster.
Thought For The Day
Tomorrow In THE SUN
Recipe of the Week
A perfect fish soup recipe for entertaining on the patio this weekend.