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During the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic we will endeavour to keep you informed to what is taking place in our community of White Rock and South Surrey/

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April 07, 2020

Tour De White Rock Cancelled

It is with regret that BC Superweek organizers have cancelled this year's series due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The BC Superweek series is planned to be staged next year from July 9 - 18, 2021.

Of utmost importance is the health and safety of all who make BC Superweek one of the biggest professional cycling events in North America - the public in each community and visitors from around the world, sponsors and partners, volunteers, athletes, teams, and guests. Organizers also feel there is a broader responsibility to society's efforts to tackle this global challenge.

Since the emergence of the coronavirus outbreak, BC Superweek organizers have followed guidance from all levels of government and public health authorities about the year-round operation and planning of each event.

"With the likelihood that measures related to COVID-19 will continue for the foreseeable future, we must act responsibly to protect the many people who come together for BC Superweek from being at risk," said Series Director Mark Ernsting.

These considerations are especially related to concerns regarding mass gatherings and the strain on emergency services, as well as movement and travel restrictions within Canada and around the world.


Police investigating a shooting in Whalley

Surrey RCMP are informing the public of the investigation of a shooting which took place in Whalley.

On April 7th, 2020 at about 1243 AM, Police responded to reports of possible shots fired in the 8800 block of 138A Street, Surrey.
Upon arrival Police located a male victim who was deceased at scene.

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit are currently on scene continuing with the investigation, and
will be in the area for unknown period of time. The area may remain closed for some time while the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please
contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or quoting file number 2020-51562.


South Surrey Person to locate- Paul RADA


Surrey RCMP is seeking public’s assistance in locating a missing 66 year old Male.

Paul RADA was last seen around 1230 hours on Monday April 6th, 2020 near 15500 block of 17th Ave, Surrey. He is described as a Caucasian Male, 5’7” tall, about 175 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Paul was last seen driving a black 2004 2-Door Mini Cooper (similar to photo attached) bearing British Columbia Licence Plate 136DJL.

Police and family are concerned for his health and well-being.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Paul RADA or his vehicle is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or CrimeStoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or, quoting file number 2020-51417.



April 06, 2020

Emergency Response

UPDATE - 12:30 P.M.

Resident found deceased following residential fire

A person was located deceased after emergency responders were called to a residential fire earlier this morning.

On April 6, 2020 at approximately 7:30 a.m. White Rock Fire and White Rock RCMP were called to a residential building, in the 1400-block of Foster Street, for a report of fire in one of the units. The fire was quickly extinguished, however the occupant was found deceased. There is no public safety risk and the death is not believed to be suspicious. Due to smoke and water damage, approximately 20 residents have been displaced. The City of White Rock has activated the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre to provide assistance to those displaced.

The BC Coroners Service is investigating and working to confirm identity and the cause of death. To protect the privacy of the deceased, identity will not be confirmed publicly.

The White Rock Fire Service and RCMP are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

No further information is available to be released at this time.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. an emergency fire call brought fire and police to the 1400 block of Foster Street in uptown White Rock.

There are no details on the origin of the incident or if there were any injuries. The story is unfolding.


Surrey Councillor Calls for Deferral of Property and Business Taxes

Surrey Councillor LINDA ANNIS

Councillor Linda Annis is introducing a notice of motion at today’s virtual city council meeting aimed at allowing Surrey residents and businesses to defer property taxes until December 2, 2020.

“I think it’s important that our city find really practical ways to help families and businesses in these tough economic times,” said Annis. “Losing your job because of COVID-19’s impact on our local and provincial economy is bad enough, we shouldn’t be adding more stress for families and businesses when it comes to paying property taxes. My motion will call on our city to allow residents and businesses to defer their property taxes interest free until December 2.”

With property taxes due July 2, Annis said local businesses and individuals are already “stressed out about the future” and shouldn’t have to worry about a property tax bill that’s due in a few weeks.

“Families and businesses are hurting right now because of COVID-19,” explained Annis. “We’re all in this together and our local taxpayers need to know that their city hall is here to help. We’ll all get through this, but in the meantime we need to look at how our city can reach out and take away some of the stress and anxiety Surrey residents and businesses are feeling today. Deferring property taxes until December is the least we can do under the circumstances. It might mean we’ll have to tighten our belt at city hall for a few months, but I think Surrey’s families and businesses are worth it.”

Home Sweet Mobile Home

A couple living at an RV park in Surrey, B.C., has won a long-fought battle to be recognized as tenants so they could be protected by provincial laws and avoid being evicted at a moment's notice. 

The Residential Tenancy Branch, which governs the rights and responsibilities of tenant-landlord agreements in the province, recently ruled that Greg and Karona Doubroff fit the legal definition of tenants at the Peach Arch RV Par located on 40th avenue @ King George Highway, where they have lived since 2011.  

"We literally jumped up and down, thanking God," Karona Doubroff said. 

The 18-page decision examines the myriad details of the Doubroffs' arrangement with the park, including whether they paid GST on their monthly rent or had a frost-free water hook-up. Those types of details can differentiate between a tenancy and a licensing agreement, according to provincial laws. 

Paul Lagace, a poverty law advocate based in Prince Rupert who represented the Doubroffs, says the ruling is an important milestone for the increasing number of low-income people who use RV parks and campgrounds for permanent housing. 


Register Now!

What you need to know to apply for the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit starting April 6-tomorrow for $2,000 monthly benefit for workers who have stopped working and have no income because of COVID-19. NOTE YOUR MONTH OF BIRTH ON WHEN TO APPLY…/benefi…/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html


New City of White Rock CAO, current CAO at Town of Ladysmith, begins May 19

The City of White Rock is pleased to announce that Guillermo Ferrero, currently the CAO of the Town of Ladysmith, will join the City of White Rock as CAO May 19.

Ferrero has been the CAO of Ladysmith since 2016. During that time, in partnership with Stz’uminus First Nation, Ladysmith was named the Planning Institute of B.C.’s 2018 Gold Winner for the Ladysmith Waterfront Area Plan. During his leadership, the town’s 1st Avenue was named Canada’s 2017 Great Street by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Ferrero was with the City of Nanaimo from 2005 to 2016, including as Director of Legislative Services, IT and Communications; Manager of Legislative Services; Manager of Business Applications and ERP Systems; Manager of Revenue Services and Financial Systems; and Manager of Business Applications.

Ferrero replaces CAO Dan Bottrill who joined White Rock as CAO in 2012. Bottrill was to finish his tenure with White Rock March 31 but agreed to stay until his replacement was in place.


April 05, 2020

Make Your Own Mask

DIY No Sew Face Mask Easy and Quick for Anyone


Moving Day

This weekend, Fraser Health is completing the move-in process to PAH Foundation Lodge, White Rock and South Surrey’s new 200-bed residential care facility patients needing long-term, hospice, and mental health care.

Located at 15575 16A Avenue, the state-of-the-art facility was built on land owned by Peace Arch Hospital Foundation and is being leased by Fraser Health to operate 112 long-term care beds, the 15-bed Melville Hospice Home, and 73 older adult mental health units.

“We are thrilled that the new PAH Foundation Lodge, built by Peace Arch Hospital Foundation and funded by our generous donors, is now complete, on time and on budget,” says Peace Arch Hospital Foundation chair, Geoff Funke. “Thank you to Fraser Health for partnering with us to operate this critically-needed residential care and hospice facility for our community.”


April 03, 202

Playground Police

Surrey’s COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team will be out this weekend to ensure local compliance with the health orders that have been put in place by the Provincial Health Officer to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you wish to report a violation of a public health order, contact the City's Bylaw Call Centre at 604-591-4370, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, 7 days a week.

After hours, residents can call the Surrey RCMP non-emergency line at 604-599-0502.


Surrey Lays Off 2,000 Municipal Workers Due to COVID-19.

Surrey councillor JACK HUNDIAL

Coun. Jack Hundial says the layoffs are a result of city facilities like libraries, community centres, museums and theatres being shuttered on March 16.

He says 1,900 of those affected are auxillary workers–those without permanent, full-time jobs, while 140 people with full-time positions at city libraries are also out of work.

“It will be a layoff with full intention of bringing everyone back that we can,” Hundial says. “These are great staff members that we have here and really the residents of Surrey are very lucky and fortunate to be able to have the staff that we do.”

He explains unionized workers will be paid in the short-term, to bridge the gap while they apply for and access government supports.

Hundial says the city is trying to keep services up and running while protecting the safety of staff, with more people working remotely and protocols for social distancing in place.

“In the midst of this we’re trying to carry on.”

Delta and Vancouver announced similar layoffs Thursday.


City of White Rock making temporary changes to parking during COVID-19 pandemic

The City of White Rock is responding to the changing demands for parking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including residents’ parking, parking at the Waterfront and parking near Peace Arch Hospital.

Parking Decals
Recognizing the difficulty in renewing decals at this time, the City will accept 2019 parking decals for use by residents and businesses until Centennial Arena and City Hall reopen.

Waterfront Parking
The City has temporarily closed the Waterfront lots and the West Beach Parkade and will continue to monitor the 15-minute limit for vehicles parked on the north side of Marine Drive. Pay parking is still in effect at the Waterfront, Centennial Arena and Ruth Johnson Park.

Hospital Parking
City of White Rock parking spaces at Peace Arch Hospital will be free at this time. They are to be used only for hospital-related activities and will be monitored. There is no time limit on these spaces.

Critical Parking Operations
Some measures are critical to keeping White Rock safe and its streets operational. Parking-enforcement officers will continue to provide this essential service by enforcing the following:

· Parking in spots designated for people with disabilities
· Safety violations, such as parking too close to a crosswalk, intersection, or in front of a fire hydrant
· Parking in ‘No Parking’ zones
· Blocking a driveway or laneway
· Keeping special zones, such as bus stops, reserved parking and loading zones, open.

The City’s Parking Services team will respond to residents’ parking complaints.

To reach us, email or call 604-541-2148.


April 02, 2020


Decision Reached - Read The Full Report

(Originally published March 31, 2020)

The BC Supreme court this morning released their judgment on the White Rock vs G,S,R, Group Inc. pertaining to the proposed development of a 12 storey highrise at the corner of Johnston Road and Roper Avenue.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled in favour of the city of White Rock in their stopping the project while they were conducting an OCP review. The developer did have 7 days to file the completed building permit which is what the other developer on the old DEALS WORLD site was able to do.

More to come as this is a story that is currently unfolding.

(click here to read the full 51 page judge's report)

Supreme Court of B.C. supports City of White Rock building height decision

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled in favour of the City of White Rock with regard to a proposed 12-storey development in the Lower Town Centre, limiting the height of that project to six storeys.

The Supreme Court in Vancouver heard the application by G.S.R. Capital Group Inc. in Aug. 29 and 30, 2019, brought under section 623 of the Local Government Act, to proceed with a project to build a 12-storey building at 1310 Johnston Rd. G.S.R. also sought orders quashing Bylaws 2289 and 2290, among other City resolutions.

The City’s position was that the proposed development does not fit the zoning for the property. In accordance with section 463 of the Local Government Act, the City withheld a building permit until the zoning bylaw in process, reducing the allowable density and restricting the height of buildings on the property to six storeys, was enacted, resulting in a conflict with the proposed development.

The decision was made by the Honourable Madam Justice Forth and shared with the City of White Rock on March 31, 2020.

Mayor Darryl Walker

“City Council did what we thought was in the public interest for the City of White Rock with regard to the height of buildings in the Lower Town Centre of White Rock. The City must ensure development meets the needs of the community while helping to create the White Rock we want to see in the future.”


Message From The White Rock RCMP

Please ensure your business does not attract thieves while closed. Cash & Alcohol is a target item.

Remove it and place posters on windows and doors telling would be thieves you have nothing to steal.


April 01, 2020

Affordable Rentals Coming To Semiahmoo Peninsula

Surrey has received an application to construct a 6 storey apartment building that will contain 91 affordable rental units.

The proposed housing unit will be constructed on Johnston Road across the street from LEGION #8 near 20th avenue in South Surrey.


See the sign, slow down: all 35 speed cameras in place

Cameras are now clicking at busy, high-risk intersections around B.C., equipped to ticket the fastest vehicles. Here on the Semiahmoo Peninsula the only camera is located @ Johnston Road and King George Highway.

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has confirmed that automated speed enforcement equipment is now in place at all 35 planned Intersection Safety Camera (ISC) program sites and operating at 34 of them, on a 24/7 basis. Prominent warning signs are in place to warn and deter speeding drivers.

Government is postponing activation of the new speed enforcement equipment at one location Island Highway at Aulds Road in Nanaimo until mid-September 2020. This grace period is to allow drivers time to adjust to a recent reduction of the speed limit on the highway there, to 70 km/h from 80 km/h. This site remains activated for red-light enforcement.

A map showing all of B.C.’s ISC sites, and municipal and regional lists of them, are online here (linked by region):


March 31, 2020

City of White Rock Changes Garbage Pickup

Last week the city of White Rock we needed to make changes to our solid waste collection practices in order to ensure the safety of our workers. These necessary changes became apparent as we reviewed health and safety practices in light of the COVID-19 crisis. These changes will be necessary in the long term after the COVID-19 crisis and are outlined below:

1. Garbage Collection. As we collect garbage manually, we will no longer accept loose garbage in cans. All garbage must be bagged. With loose garbage, we had situations where tissues and personal care products have blown onto our collectors potentially exposing them to viruses and bacteria.
2. Compost Collection We are requesting that residents wrap food scraps in paper or place them in a compostable bag. We had situations where half eaten meals have “slimed” onto our collectors.
3. Recycling Collection No changes

Unfortunately, we needed to roll these changes out quickly without much notice to residents. We put information on the website, but realize that not everyone regularly reviews the website. Where possible, we collected the solid waste and left a sticker for next time. In some cases, we have not been able to safely complete the collection, so we left information stickers with the Operations phone number. We assigned additional resources to solid waste collection this week so we can go back and complete the missed pickups provided that the materials are properly presented. We dropped off bags for those who were self isolating and couldn't leave home to get bags.

We had some complaints, but most people seem satisfied as long as we go back and pickup up the bagged materials.

Although I haven't checked, there could be other Cities with automated pick up where the safety rules are not as rigorous.

Attached is the text of the stickers placed on cans. I hope this clarifies should you receive calls from residents.

Due to people self isolating at home, our volumes are significantly up this week.

Jim Gordon P.Eng.
Director of Engineering and Municipal Operations,
City of White Rock


Are you a senior or someone who is immunity-compromised?

The City of White Rock has compiled a list of pharmacies and grocery stores who are providing dedicate hours and services for our most vulnerable during this #Covid19 crisis.

For the most up to date list, please check out White Rock City Hall's Community Resource page




White Rock Eagle Cam - Live

With the arrival of Spring the David Hancock Wildlife Eagle Cams have gone live again.

The White Rock eagle camera has revealed the local nest has eggs for the first time since 2017.

" We have eggs! The first egg was laid at 6:10 pm on March 10 and the second at 7:58 pm on March 13. We’ll begin watching for signs of a hatch on April 14."



The Naked Truth

DON PITCAIRN Ocean Park's original "beach boy" heads down to the ocean to see how everyone is doing?

(read more)


History Lesson - Now & Then

Yes - this is the OB on the right.

The sign on the front says ""Blue Moon Cafe." The 2nd floor was an open-air dance hall. Dal Richards played his first gig as a teenager there.

Tom Saunders


Video of the Day

Cougar Release in Utah

Conservation officer Mark Ekins earns every cent of his paycheck as he shows us how to release a cougar from a trap in the mountains of Utah.

Thought for the Day


Chesney's Chestnuts

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, some of the training of the astronauts took place on a Navajo reservation. One day, a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question that his son translated.

"What are these guys in the big suits doing?" A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon. The old man got all excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon with the astronauts. Recognizing a promotional opportunity, the NASA folks found a tape recorder. After the old man recorded his message, they asked his son to translate it. He refused. The NASA PR people brought the tape to the reservation, where the rest of the tribe listened and laughed, but refused to translate the elder's message.

Finally, the NASA crew called in an official government translator. His translation of the old man's message was: "Watch out for these guys; they have come to steal your land."


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