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November 25, 2015


Work will continue this week to clear "The Hump" area along Marine Drive in White Rock. The city of White Rock with the blessing of Transport Canada and BNSF railway are removing all but one tree from the waterfront property. The lone tree that will remain is what locals have now begun to refer to as "The Eagle Tree" given the tree has been used for years as a perch for eagles eyeing possible food sources along the beach.

White Rock maintains the trees are being removed for safety concerns and to improve views along the Marine Drive corridor.


White Rock RCMP Looking for Owner of Stolen Property

White Rock, BC: Police are looking for the public's assistance in locating the owner(s) of a portable DVD player and a men's watch. Both items are suspected of being stolen and were found to be in possession of a man arrested by police for allegedly breaking into vehicles.

On November 19, 2015 shortly after 01:56 am police attended an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Best Street after a resident heard a noise near the lobby. Upon attendance, police found that the community mailboxes were damaged and vehicles parked in the underground parkade had been broken into. While conducting their investigation, police observed a male walking off the property and located evidence police suspected were related to the theft of mail and theft from vehicles.

The 43-year-old Surrey man was released on a promise to appear and charges against him are pending.

Since the man's arrest, police have pursued a number of investigative avenues to locate the owner(s) of a portable DVD player and a men's watch but have so far been unsuccessful. The items are described as:

Portable Panasonic DVD Player with a "Barbie Princess" DVD inside
"Vitesse" men's watch

Police are asking anyone who may be missing those items to contact them at (778)593-3600. A detailed description of the watch will be asked.


Damn I Forgot My Ski Mask

Langley RCMP is seeking the public's assistance to identify a person of interest in a recent bank robbery. The robbery took place on November 21st shortly after 1:30 p.m. at the Bank of Montreal in the Willowbrook area.

The male suspect entered the branch and approached a wicket where he produced a note indicating he was robbing the bank. He then revealed he had a handgun and the teller provided him with a sum of money.

The suspect left on foot, no vehicle was seen and no direction of travel was provided. Unfortunately, the foot traffic in the area was substantial so a track for the police dog was unlikely.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 35 years of age, 5'10" – 5'11" tall, 200 lbs., partial black beard, wearing a baseball cap, blue jeans, a black puffy winter coat and runners.


November 24, 2015

New Washington State study published this week shows impacts of coal and diesel trains on air quality.

Diesel-powered coal trains and freight trains pass through the Columbia River National Gorge Scenic Area on a regular basis. New research data shows negative impacts on air quality that present health risks.

(click here to read full report)


White Rock Water Flushing until Dec 15, 2015

The water main flushing program improves water quality in the City's water mains. Water service will continue during the water main flushing.

While water may have slight staining, it is safe to use. We recommend you run your cold water tap for approximately 10 minutes or until water runs clear. Please check your water supply before doing laundry to avoid possible staining. Thank you for your cooperation.

All water pipes can accumulate mineral and sediment deposits over time. While these deposits are not harmful to customers, the substances can cause aesthetic water quality issues. The City runs water through pipes at high speeds to clean mineral and sediment deposits.


November 23, 2015

White Rock council met Monday evening. First up was Land Use Meeting followed by the regular meeting of council.

(watch last night's meeting)

Elegant Twin Towers Move To Next Stage - Public Hearing

The controversial two high rise towers (21 & 24 storeys ) received approval Monday evening to move forward with the next stage in their proposed development. Councillors SINCLAIR/KNIGHT/LAWRENCE and MEYER voted in support of the project to go to a public hearing.

The public hearing has been scheduled on December 7 at the White Rock Community Centre at 7:00 p.m. for proposed Bylaws No. 2123 and 2056 (1444 & 1454 Oxford Street and 1487 Everall Street).


City completes Phase 2 of the Official Community Plan, Imagine White Rock 2045

Monday evening Council endorsed the Official Community Plan Vision & Goal Statements. This endorsement concludes ‘Phase 2: Defining the Big Picture’ of the Official Community Plan (OCP).

The Vision and Goal Statements define the results that the Plan seeks to achieve over a
30-year planning horizon. In ‘Phase 3: Building the Plan’, specific policies, actions, and design guidelines will be developed to implement the Vision and Goal Statements and related sub-topics.

A corresponding corporate report is available on the City website that details the process of Phase 2, descriptions of each OCP Working Group meeting, clarification on the changes of the population projection, and concurrent City projects that tie into this process.

The City thanks all community members who participated in the first two phases. Building on the input of Phase 1 and Phase 2, Phase 3 of the process will offer even more opportunities to continue the conversation in 2016.

Since launching the Official Community Plan Process in May 2015, several thousand comments and survey responses from the community have fed into the key items the City faces in the future. Special efforts have been made to encourage responses by renters, homeowners, local business owners, and various cultural groups.

An OCP is a broad policy document that sets the vision, goals and overarching policies that guide the City. Council, staff and citizens use the OCP to help make decisions regarding the City’s growth, transportation, housing, services and infrastructure under the umbrella of sustainability, accessibility and community identity. The City also introduced specific goal statements for the Town Centre and Waterfront areas. The City’s current OCP was adopted in 2006.

The Imagine White Rock website is a comprehensive online information source offering a summary of input to date, corporate reports, FAQs, event information, as well as a timeline of the process.


DIANNE WATTS In Shadow Cabinet

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose is stacking her shadow cabinet with a healthy dose of seasoned veterans and a smattering of new faces as the party positions itself as Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition for the first time in a decade.

DIANNE LYNN WATTS the Conservative MP for White Rock/South Surrey has been given the file on INFSTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITIES.

Infrastructure and Communities is a sub-level cabinet portfolio under the Minister of Transport. The portfolio is responsible for federal infarctions programs and issues relating to urban and rural communities across Canada.


November 21, 2015

File photo

Surrey RCMP are on the scene of a double homicide which occurred overnight in South Surrey. RCMP received numerous shots fired calls from the neighbourhood t 152nd street and 66A Avenue . Upon their arrival they discovered two men seated in the front seat of a vehicle. One male was pronounced dead on the scene. The other victim is in hospital with serious injuries. There have been no arrests.


November 20, 2015

The city of White Rock has posted the preliminary water agreement between the city and EPCOR.

The release of the document came as a result of a resident filing an FOI (Freedom of Information) request with the BC Water Comptroller's office.

(click here to read the report)



Night Owl

Third show added Thursday @ Blue Frog

The Legendry R&B ALLSTRS popularity continues to grow. Due to popular demand a third show has been added for tomorrow evening.

Get the funk out and get your tickets quick.

(click here for this week' concert calendar)




The Naked Truth

The city of White Rock continues to work towards a final agreement for the purchase of the water system from EPCOR.

In my opinion this deal may leave a bad taste in the mouths of White Rock residents, a lot worse than a little bird crap.

Don Pitcairn

(read more)


Good Idea


White Rock in the next few years will be forced to do something about the continuous erosion happening on East Beach. With the change of weather our waterfront will be hammered by King Waves (a result of exceptionally high tides).

City hall continues to maintain our #1 industry is tourism, this might be a way to save the beach and promote tourism.

*Photo from Tuesday (17) along EAST BEACH. High ties and strong winds in the winter months are causing havoc with the foreshore along East Beach.


Coming Events

Two Day Christmas Sale


White Rock Elks Hall 1469 George Street

Friday November 27 - 1-8 p.m

Saturday November 28 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Free Admission

(click here for more upcoming community events)



Joke Of The Day

A new business was opening, and one of the owner's friends sent flowers for the occasion. But when the owner read the card with the flowers, it said "Rest in Peace".

The owner was little upset and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist about the obvious mistake, the florist said, "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry, you should imagine this: Somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, "Congratulations on your new location."

Video Of The Day


Leonardo DiCaprio starring in THE REVENANT - Opening this weekend. Filmed in B.C.



Thought For The Day



Tomorrow In THE SUN

T'is the season of Christmas Markets





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