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Yell It Like It Is

In order to boost the economy China has built cities the size of Vancouver, which no one actually lives in. These cities are now being referred to as "ghost towns."

Is White Rock going down the same road?

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Watch the DATELINE feature story on "ghost towns." (click here)



Off The Record

Do you have what it takes to party down with TROOPER tomorrow night in White Rock?

The concert will be the show everyone will be talking about for years to come. RA MCGUIRE took time out from a quick rest stop from his busy summer touring schedule to preview the concert and to answer questions inquiring minds need to know.

(click here for the interview)



Local News

July 31, 2014

City To Close Vehicle Access To Beach At Bayview Park

White Rock will be installing short vertical posts at Bayview Park’s waterfront access point to restore the City of White Rock train whistle exemption.

Vehicular and emergency access will be coordinated by the City, the White Rock Fire Department and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. The access point remains available to pedestrian traffic.


This evening there will be a special council meeting to deliver the city's Annual Report. If you care to know where your taxes are being spent the meeting will take place in the council chambers of city hall at 7 p.m.

(read the report here)


Missing In Surrey

High risk missing 11 year old female

Surrey: RCMP are actively looking for a 11 year old female missing from the area of 155th Street and 20 Avenue, Surrey BC.

Female Heidi GROSS is described as a Caucasian female, shoulder length dirty blond hair, blue t-shirt, jean shorts and runners with dark blue flowers. Missing may be on a silver push scooter.

If you have seen Heidi please contact the RCMP.


July 29, 2014

It Wasn't Your Computer

The City of White Rock's attempt to stream Monday evening's council meeting ran into some technical difficulties. Council has now recessed until September, and the city is confident the problems will be straightened out by then.

NOTE - Shaw Cable will continue to film and re-broadcast the council meetings.


White Rock's Straight Shooter


Jim Paton (file photo)

White Rock's top marksman Jim Paton has brought home at least silver medal in full bore target rifle shooting for Canada in the 2014 XX Commonwealth Games being held in Glascow, Scotland. Today Paton will compete in the Gold Medal round.

Paton picked up another silver medal for his collection yesterday (Tuesday). Paton won silver in the fullbore individual shooting event.

Jim Paton and Des Vamplew are the Canadian 2-man team which finished the event with the silver medals being awarded. England won with a score of 595/600, Canada 592/600, Scotland 590/600 followed by Australia. There were a total of 17 - 2 shooter teams entered from the Commonwealth countries.

For more information on Jim Paton and full bore target rifle shooting, read Don Pitcairn's The Naked Truth on the following dates:
Sept. 3, 2013 - White Rock's Top Shot
Aug 7, 2012 - Semi-Pen Shooters on Target

(click here)


July 28, 2014

Rail Safety In The Lower Mainland Spreads

Lac Megantic/QUE.

The Georgia Straight on Thursday jumped on the story of the dangerous goods moving through cities in the Valley and Vancouver. White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN and Surrey mayor DIANNE WATTS were heavily quoted.

(read the story here)

Meanwhile - Train carrying crude derails in Seattle.

Read the story (click here)


July 27, 2014

Hello World

We checked in on the White Rock eagle nest the other day and INDY & JULES the two eaglets born in the nest this year are now leaving the nest and spreading their wings. Here there are with Dad returning to the nest to chow down on a fish Dad brought to the nest

(click here)


July 25, 2014

Johanna Ward host of GO VANCOUVER visited White Rock recently. Mayor Baldwin took Johanna for a walkabout of our waterfront.

(Sit back and enjoy the profile on our City by the Sea)



Night Owl

Sea Festival Free Stage Headliner

Saturday night TOM LAVIN & THE POWDER BLUES BAND will set to making the White Rock beach jump and boogie woogie. The long time favourite horn band headlines Saturday's lineup of talent on the free stage by the White Rock.

(click here for this week's musical mosaic)



Real Estate

l-r Scott & Neil Higgins

Most buyers when thinking of purchasing in White Rock are looking for one main thing - an ocean view!

This week Neil examines how an inventory of affordable ocean view properties have sprung up on the local market.

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On The Buses

TRANSLINK has announced they are bringing in an transit expert from Toronto to investigate how the corporation could have handled the public relations better following the two massive shut downs of the Skytrain recently.

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TNT The Naked Truth

South Surrey resident Jocelyn Hallier was seriously injured three weeks when she was struck by an out of control vehicle on King George highway. DON PITCAIRN reports on the up side, Jocelyn has recovered enough that she has been moved to Peace Arch Hospital. On the down side DON wonders where are the kids that were in the vehicle that crushed Jocelyn and killed her dog in this mess?

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Coming Events


This Thursday in Central Plaza

Shopper's Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers.

The $3.00 BBQ will take place on July 31, 2014 11:30am-2:00pm at Shopper's Home Health at 15182 North Bluff - Central Plaza.

The BBQ includes a hot dog and pop and all proceeds from the event will go towards the Shopper's Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers

There will also be a grand prize draw!

Sponsored by Nurse Next Door White Rock/South Surrey and Shopper's Home Health in White Rock.

(see what else is coming up)



Now & Then

The peaceful pastoral landscape along the train tracks in Semiahmoo Park was once home to a public campground.

In the 50's and into the 60's upwards to a couple dozen campsites doted the landscape butted up against the train tracks. Even though we lived in the Guildford area, each summer my father would pitch the big old canvass tent along the tracks for a week. During the day my father would go to work and my mother, sister and I spent our days along the sunny shores of Semiahmoo.

Train noise in those days? We thought it was cool.





David Ousted earned his career-high fifth clean sheet of the season as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-4L-11D) and Chicago Fire (3W-5L-12D) played to a scrappy scoreless draw Wednesday night at Toyota Park.

The ‘Caps aren’t back in action until Sunday, August 10, when they host defending MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City at BC Place. Tickets are still available at¬†


Lions Look To End Calgary's Winning Streak


Next home game for our BC LIONS is Friday August 8 when the Hamilton Tigercats are in town. This week the Lions head for Calgary to take on the red hot Stampeders. The lions are 2-3 on the season.



Joke Of The Day

- How can you tell if a man is sexually ready? See if he is breathing.

- What is the difference between a man and a Saving Bond? Bonds mature.

- What do men and beer bottles have in common? They are both empty from the neck up.

- How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper? We don't know it's never been done.

- What is a man's idea of helping with the housework? Lifting his legs so you can vacuum.

- What's the difference between a man and E.T.? E. T. phoned home.



Video Of The Day

Canada Post has announced they will soon release a series of stamps to honour Canadian country music stars. HANK SNOW who was born in Nova Scotia and over his career released 140 albums will be featured in the series. The late HANK SNOW "Was Everywhere."



Thought For The Day



Tomorrow In THE SUN

Weekend Update

The 65th annual White Rock Sea Festival This Weekend



White Rock tide tables


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