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October 12, 2017

Hail Hail!

Mike Guraliuk photo

Wednesday morning's freak hail/thunder/lightning/rain storm that moved over the Semiahmoo Peninsula left the ground covered with a white blanker of hail. In the areas where the sun did not hit the buildup directly, it lasted late in the day. The freak weather system came from the north which usually means a cold front and when it collided with the warmer weather sitting over Semiahmoo Bay, all heck broke loose.

 

Surrey Gangster Identified

The Surrey RCMP in July of this past summer released the names and pictures of high profile gang members operating in Surrey.

Tuesday morning around 4 a.m. Richmond police were alerted to a body in a ditch The body was that of Ibrahim Amjad Ibrahim one of the five gangsters.

The police are still early in their investigation and given IBRAHIM died of gunshot wounds the natural assumption would be he died from a targeted hit due to the choice of his lifestyle.

 

October Is Earthquake Preparedness Month

Our friends at EPACT have a hand guide to review with your family. As the scientists say it is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when we get hit with an earthquake.

Be prepared.

Emergencies are called as much because they’re unpredictable and can happen at any time. Whether you’re at work, school, traveling, or simply out and about running errands, we spend many hours outside of our homes, so it’s entirely likely that you could experience an emergency or natural disaster during those times. So, what do you do if something happens while you’re away from your home, family, and emergency supplies? In honor of Shake Out this month, we’ve put together earthquake preparedness tips for when you are outside your home.

Click here for full list of preventive measures

 

October 11, 2017

Waterfront Parking Lot Opens

The city of White Rock work crews have now taken down a portion of the fencing around Memorial park on the waterfront. Much needed parking, in particular Handicap parking has now been restored for the time being.

The city is waiting patiently to hear back from th Semiahmoo First Nations on if and when the city may proceed with the excavation of Memorial Park. The area when completed will be home to a newly redesigned park and a total replacement of the derelict washroom building.

 

 

October 10, 2017

Family Matriarch Dies

MARIAM GHALY and her family were driving along King George Blvd. near the Serpentine Fen a week ago this past Sunday when a motorcyclist cut the family vehicle off sending the van into a water filled ditch. The motorcyclist fled the scene but was apprehended later in the day.

The drivers of other vehicles that witnessed the accident worked quickly to try to save the family from their water grave. All the members were removed from the vehicle. MARIAN GHALY who was traveling in the vehicles succumbed to her injuries.

The Surrey RCMP have not decided whether or not any charges will be laid against the motorcyclist.

(Care to help the family? - click here for their GO FUND ME campaign)

 

Vehicle Fails to Remain at Scene after Striking Cyclist


Yesterday at approximately 2;45 P.M., Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted police received several 911 calls reporting that a cyclist had been struck in the 16000 block of 64th Ave., Surrey, B.C. An East bound Cyclist had been struck from behind by an east bound vehicle. The cyclist landed in the ditch, after being thrown from his bicycle. The offending vehicle continued Eastbound. Officers of the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police General Duty and Traffic Services attended to the scene.

Witnesses from the scene were able to supply information that lead police to a residence in Surrey, a short distance away. The suspected driver was located and taken into custody. The cyclist was transported to hospital in serious but non-life threatening conditions

The investigation into this incident is presently in the early stages and still under investigation. Speed, alcohol or drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors in this collision.

 

Rafe Mair Passes

Rafe Mair CKNW 1985

Read THE TYEE'S tribute to RAFE MAIR

(click here)

Glen Livingstone

R.I.P. Rafe Mair.
I worked with Rafe many times over the years at CKNW, mostly recording promos for his upcoming shows.
He was rarely able to record one to his liking on the first take, and every time he stumbled halfway through the read he would spew out a lengthy list of four-letter words until I would interrupt him by saying something like"Okay Rafe, that's a keeper," at which point he would stop cold, explode into laughter, catch his breath and rattle off a flawless take.
"Not bad for an old guy huh Glen?," he would say when he was finished.
No, not bad for an old guy Rafe, not bad at all.


 

October 09, 2017

Surrey RCMP investigates shots fired in Cloverdale

Surrey RCMP officers spent their Thanksgiving Sunday on the crime scene in the Cloverdale area of Surrey for a report of shots being fired.

At approximately 10:55 am on October 8th, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired at an occupied vehicle in the 17200 block of 65thAvenue.
The vehicle and a nearby residence were struck, however thankfully no one was injured during the incident.

The initial investigation has revealed that a dark coloured Chevy, possibly a Malibu, was seen fleeing the scene shortly afterward the incident, heading east on 64th Avenue.

There are no other suspect descriptions available at this time.
Anyone with information on the suspect vehicle or the incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to remain
anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or
www.solvecrime.ca.

 

October 06, 2017

Clear The Track

With the recent news DIANNE WATTS has stepped down from her position as our MP to run for the Liberal leadership in British Columbia, we have a problem.

South Surrey/White Rock will now be one of three by elections that will take place across Canada this Fall.

The respective dates of the by-elections must be announced between October 14, 2017, and April 1, 2018. These announcements signal the start of the by-election periods.

The by-election periods must last at least 36 days, and the by-elections must be held on a Monday. Therefore, the earliest date that any of these by‑elections can be held is Monday November 20, 2017.

The Canada Elections Act does not prescribe a maximum length of time for a by-election period.

 

October 04, 2017

Cloverdale Couple Charged With Sexual Assault

Samuel Emerson / Madelaine Emereson

A Surrey pastor Samuel Emerson and his wife Madelaine Emerson were arrested and charged yesterday. The couple was arrested on May 18th and are now free under very strict conditions.

The Surrey RCMP have laid charges related to 13 counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose. Plus one count of sexual touching of a person under the age of 16.

Samuel Emerson, 34, has now been charged with 13 counts of sexual assault; 11 counts of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose; one count of sexual touching of a person under the age of 16. He is a pastor from Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church.

Madelaine Emerson, 37, has been charged with one count of sexual assault; one count of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose; one count of threats to cause death or bodily harm.

Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church pastor Randy Emerson, who is the father of Samuel Emerson, spoke with NEWS 1130.

“It came as a surprise in May. May 18th was when he was arrested here. And that was the first we were aware that the police were investigating him. He hasn’t been around the church at all since May.”

 

South Surrey/White Rock Commuters See Signs Of The Time

IAN PATTON the Liberal MLA for Delta took matters into his own hands over the weekend. Monday morning as commuters from South of the Fraser crawled towards the George Massey tunnel in rush hour traffic, were surprised to see a series of signs that had sprung up along the roadside on HWY 99.

The signs come as the BC Liberals protest the NDP’s decision to put the George Massey Tunnel replacement project on hold.

Both Paton and Delta Mayor Lois Jackson have called the tunnel a danger, saying in the event of an earthquake the tunnel wouldn’t be able to hold up.

In a press release, Liberal MLA for Delta, Ian Paton, says he received an ” outpouring” of calls from frustrated commuters on the decision to put the project on hold.

“It took a bit of my time, it took a bit of my lumber and a few of my friends and we went and put up these signs to just make a statement that I am personally angry that this bridge project has come to a stop.”

BC Liberal Delta MLA, Ian Paton, on why he put up the signs

UPDATE

The Liberal Attack signs on Hwy 99 south of the Massey tunnel do two things

#1 they distract drivers and potentially cause accidents.

# 2 misinform the public

Our new government has wisely chosen to review the Massey Tunnel enhancement project to best determine how to move forward and reduce traffic congestion. An educated decision is a smart decision and I appreciate that my tax dollars will be spent appropriately.

The Liberal attempt to circumvent the review process is a lame attempt to fool the public and play on their frustration. If the Liberals would just work together with the NDP and Greens they could be part of an effective process that will determine the best possible solutions to traffic congestion. Our province needs MLA's that respect their constituents and works hard to inform them instead of trying to manipulate them.

These self serving signs are just a political game and I have no respect for that, shame on you.

Carol Day

 

October 01, 201

Weekly Walkabout In Our Changing City

White Rock Elementary Expansion?

Crews delicately lowered the fourth portable classroom on to it's base at White Rock Elementary this week.

 

"Two Guys" Comes To White Rock..sounds like the start of a joke

"Two Guys" think we need another sushi restaurant. The new restaurant will be opening on Roper Avenue this month.

 

Beverley Heard The Call

I can see for miles is the song the owners of condos in the Beverley just completed in the 1500 block Vidal.

 

Going Down?

PARC Retirement home is laying the foundation for seniors care in our community. On Johnston Road near North Bluff Avenue.

 

Bye Bye Buy Low

R. Mcguire photo

October 1985 - October 2017. Thank you to the staff of Buy Low for all the many years of great service. You will be missed.

Most people are unaware of the kindness and generosity this man, Mike Brown from Buy-Low Foods - White Rock, has shown our fire department and charity for over 30years. He has quietly and graciously delivered a fresh turkey and all the fixings to our crews for Christmas AND Thanksgiving for more years than we can count. He has generously supported each and every one of our charity events without asking anything in return. He, his family and his staff are some of the most thoughtful and giving people we know and we were so sad to see them close their doors for the last time this past weekend. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you Mike, for everything you have done for our community. — with Paul Richard and Scott Booth.

 

Wasn't That A Party?

White Rock South Surrey Carp Executives - (Ramona Kaptan centre)

Wonderful turnout yesterday to celebrate National Seniors Day at White Rock Community Centre hosted by City of White Rock & CARP White Rock Surrey. Politicians delivered greetings to seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to our communities, workplaces and society.

Thank you to Mayor Wayne Baldwin, Minister Jinny Sims, Tracy Redies, Stephanie Cadieux, Marvin Hunt, Dianne Watts, Lynne Sinclair, David Chesney. Entertainment by Alyssa Nielsen & Steve Elvis Elliott.

Ramona Kaptan

Interesting fact brought up at the meeting yesterday. The Canadian national average of residents over 65 years of age is 14%.

In White Rock? 34% of our population is over 65 years of age.

 

September 29, 2017

One man charged for South Surrey shootings

Surrey RCMP advises that one man has now been charged in connection with a pair of recent shootings in South Surrey (see previous news release).

On September 25th, the investigation led officers to a residence in the 15600 block of Goggs Avenue, White Rock. Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIU) and Strike Force Target Team (SFTT), along with assistance from of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT,) arrested 5 persons and seized three vehicles. Four of the five persons were eventually released from custody.

In September 26th, officers executed a search warrant at the Goggs Avenue residence. Officers located a substantial amount of evidence that included weapons, drugs and cash.

On September 27th investigators compiled details of their investigation to date for Crown Counsel for review. An Information has now been sworn and charged is Cameron BARTON, 27 years old of Surrey. BARTON, known to police, is charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.

Police now believe that these two shooting incidents are related to the dial-a-dope drug trade. BARTON has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on October 4th. The investigation is ongoing and a number of additional charges are anticipated.

 

That's All It Takes?

Last week Mayor BALDWIN fell victim to some street guerrilla artwork complaining about the rolling surface of many of the sidewalks along Johnston Road. IN particular "someone" chalked the sidewalk out front of the YUCCA TREE restaurant.

Voila! Yesterday city crews and swooped in to pound the paving stones down flat and attempted to brush off the commentary chalked on the sidewalk.

 

September 27, 2017

Welcome To White Rock

Three of the four corner boundaries of the city of White Rock are now festooned with bright white rock welcome signs. The last one to be erected will stand at the corner of Marine Drive and 136th street at the Southwest boundary corner.

The new signs are bright and beautiful. Watch out for them.

 

Two Storey Bus

TRANSLINK is seriously considering test running a couple double decker buses on the 351 White Rock - Vancouver bus route. The double decker bus is able to carry nearly double the normal passengers on the buses that currently run the route. The new bus will carry 80 passengers as opposed to the current count of 47 at capacity of the 351 & 354.

...and yes TRANSLINK ha already checked. There is enough clearance for the buses to go through the Deas Tunnel.

 

September 25, 2017

No Surprise

Dianne Watts officially joins BC Liberal leadership race

Watts, the MP for South Surrey-White Rock, made the jump to federal politics in 2015, and last served as the Official Opposition Critic for Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour. She will resign as a Tory MP right away.


The BC Liberal leadership three-ring circus has come to town, complete with clowns and a freak show of bizarre and hard-to-watch policy ideas.

And it doesn’t promise to be the greatest show on earth since many of the candidates’ proposed policies are more politically dangerous than a high-wire act without a net.

Bill Tielman

“Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” — Comedian George Carlin

(read Bill Tielman's early handicapping of the Liberal leader race)

 

September 19. 2017

White Rock Council Rewind

White Rock council voted in favour of approving the first highrise in White Rock located south of Thrift Avenue. The "Lady Alexander" a 12 storey structure will be located at the corner of Roper avenue and Johnston Road.

The Sol Terra the other permit application for an OCP amendment that would allow for the construction of a 12 storey tower on the DEALS WORLD site @ 1350 Johnston Road did not come to the voting stage as the developers are asking White Rock council for additional changes. The matter will return before council at the October 23 meeting.

Council approved the necessary zoning, by law and OCP amendments to proceed with some form of a parkade located just off the waterfront at the corner of Vidal Street and Victoria Avenue. The final design and height will be dealt with at an upcoming council meeting in October.

On a lighter note the White Rock All Stars who recently represented Canada at the Little League World Series in Williamsport PA were on hand for a special congratulatory visit.

 

September 19, 2017

43rd Annual Terry Fox Run


"In all respects, Sunday’s South Surrey/White Rock Terry Fox Run was one for the records! At 300 or so participants and over $37,000 raised for cancer research.

Very special thanks are due to the realty firm Hugh & McKinnon Realty whose team entry raised over $4,000 and to this year’s anonymous donor whose matching commitment of $15,000 was fully utilized. These special donations put us over the top.

A sincere thank you to all those who participated and donated, from veterans of all 37 runs s Art Looye and John White, to youngsters participating in their first.

Leading the walkers were newly-elected MLA Tracy Reddies and White Rock Mayor, Wayne Baldwin. The atmosphere at the site was filled with family-friendly enthusiasm, yet tinged with reflection as many individuals remembered their own or a family member’s battles with cancer.”

 

September 18, 2017

Tour De White Rock Honoured

White Rock's newest piece of public art pays homage to our city being home to the Tour De White Rock.

The art piece is located outside of the Newport Condo complex at Oxford Steer and Marine Drive. The piece looks especially stunning at night when fully lit up.

 

More Than Just A Garden

"If you build it they will come"

Dozens of helpers were on hand this weekend to help with the expansion of the Centennial Park community garden. The expansion will offer over 3 dozen new garden beds. The garden will also offer wheelchair accessible and raised beds for members of our community with traditional mobility challenges.

HFathers photo

The workers chatted, smiled and exchanged greetings throughout the day. Another "heartbeat" in our community.

 

 

September 15, 2017

"The City of White Rock will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Memorial Park this Thursday (Sept. 14).

The invitation-only event will take place at 11. am inside the park, which was fenced off on Monday in preparation for the reconstruction of the park."

..and that is when the proverbial __________ hit the fan.

Semiahmoo First Nations chief HARLEY CHAPPELL

Semiahmoo First Nations Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL was alerted Wednesday evening to the fact the city of White Rock had plans to have an official sod turning ceremony @ Memorial Park on the waterfront yesterday morning @ 11 a.m.. This despite CHAPPELL having a face to face conversation two weeks ago with city manager DAN BOTTRILL where he firmly expressed the city must not proceed with the redesign of Memorial Park without consultation with the Semiahmoo band. The land which has been a popular grassy knoll for visitors to the beach is now the subject of intense controversy. The Semiahmoo First Nations Band have always maintained the area in question could well have been the original settlement site when the band arrived on Semiahmoo Bay.

White Rock CAO Dan Bottrill

Despite phone requests early yesterday morning by CHief HARLEY CHAPPELL to city CAO DAN BOTTRILL and MAYOR BALDWIN urging the ceremony be stopped until a proper archaeological dig permit was issued work should not proceed. Upon his arrival in White Rock CHAPPELL picked up his two council members JOANNE CHARLES and ROXANNE CHARLES and hurried to Memorial Park where MAYOR BALDWIN and the members of the White Rock Coalition section of city council were on hand with other invited local dignitaries. Chief CHAPPELL again personally urged MAYOR BALDWIN to stop the ceremony. MAYOR BALDWIN informed chief CHAPPEL that was not going to be the case. Left with no other option Chief CHAPPELL informed the city they had given the city a cease and desist order to to stop the work until the proper paperwork is in place.

Despite Chief CHAPPELL'S assertion he had discussed the matter at length in person with CAO DAN BOTTRILL two weeks ago, this morning in an interview with THE SUN, DAN BOTTRILL steadfastly maintained his conversation with HARLEY CHAPPELL was about general terms about the city's plans for the waterfront with nothing specifically expressed by Chief CHAPPELL pertaining to the actual Memorial Park excavation.

The awkward exchange was caught on video by the PEACE ARCH NEWS. (click here to watch the video)

Mayor BALDWIN following the exchange quickly called an emergency meeting of council to deal with the matter. He told Chief CHAPPELL "We have a quorum of council hee, let's go up to city hall right now and deal with this matter." Councillors FATHERS and CHESNEY who were not in attendance at the ceremony due to prior commitments were not informed of or invited to the special meeting of council.

The city of White Rock at the special meeting of council agreed to acquiesce to the Semiahmoo First Nation's request and will hold off on any further work until the requested paperwork has been secured and delivered to the Semiahmoo Band.

Posting from HARLEY CHAPPELL on FACEBOOK yesterday

As chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation, I am greatly concerned to learn of the City of White Rock's planned groundbreaking of the Memorial Park project tomorrow morning.

The project, which is to include a bigger footprint than the existing park, is situated on a key and sensitive archaeological site of one of our nation's ancient villages and may very well include remains of our long passed ancestors. The City has not approached our Nation about this project at all, even though they have told Peace Arch News they have done a lot of consultation.

We can also confirm that no archaeological permits have been requested by the City or issued for the project. We find this to be disrespectful to us, and our ancestors in every way. This is in direct contradiction to the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and we demand the City cease and desist until meaningful dialogue and consultation has been completed.

 

September 14, 2017

Chinese Government Woos Local Politicians With UBCM Event
‘Highly irregular and inappropriate’ for foreign government to play convention role, says watchdog.

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) will stage their annual convention September 25-29 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. It has now been revealed representatives from the government of China will host a special reception for elected officials from across British Columbia, including council members from White Rock & Surrey.

In 2010 the Canadian Security Intelligence Service issued a warning that five foreign governments, including China, were using espionage schemes to infiltrate and influence Canadian governments.

In a CBC News interview, Richard Fadden, then the head of CSIS, raised concerns that were more specific.

“There are several municipal politicians in British Columbia and in at least two provinces there are ministers of the Crown who we think are under at least the general influence of a foreign government,” he said.

Read The Tyee’s reader-funded Parliament Hill reporter JEREMY NUTTAL'S op-ed piece.

(click here)

 

September 11, 2017

Everyday Heroes - Extraordinary Hope

Hundreds of "Everyday Heroes" as indicated by the theme of this year's t-shirts slogan, gathered in uptown White Rock yesterday for the second annual PARKINSONS SUPERWALK.

l-r Hilary & event organizer and fellow Parkinson's Disease patient Liz Holroyd

Local resident HILARY VANDERLIEK shared her very personal story of how PARKINSONS DISEASE can strike anyone. It is not by any means an "old persons" disease.

 

Councillor Helen Fathers / Hilary Vanderliek

White Rock councillor HELEN FATHERS popped over from her busy morning as the manager of the Farmers Market to say a few words on behalf of the city, to welcome and thank the walkers and to take a moment to personally tell Hilary how touching her story was.

 

September 05, 2017

Bus Service Changes

There will be new bus service for the community shuttles as well as the 351 and 354 to Vancouver. The changes will be in place for commuters on the first day back to work after the holiday weekend.

Read about the new services and how it will affect your travel on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

(click here for complete listings of new and revised local bus service)

 

August 30, 2017

Cloverdale Killing

UPDATE - August 31, 2017

The male victim has been identified as 22-year-old Pardeep Singh of Surrey. Mr. Singh was known to police, and was associated to gangs. Investigators are working to determine motive, but believe that Mr. Singh’s murder was targeted.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Meghan Foster at yesteerday's press briefing confirmed SINGH had been the target of no less than four shootings in a 24 hour period in 2015. At the time the RCMP had informed SINGH of the danger he was in, yet he failed to co-operate.

At an Integrated Homicide Investigation Team press conference Wednesday afternoon, Cpl. Meghan Foster said that Pardeep Singh had been offered RCMP protection in the past after he had been involved in four shootings in less than 24 hours.

IHIT is working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, and the BC Coroner’s Service to gather evidence
.

Despite Surrey Mayor Hepner's very public anti-gun violence message to gangs in Surrey the carnage continues. (see story below)

Surrey RCMP and IHIT are on location of a home in Cloverdale on 64th avenue this morning piecing together the evidence of a fatal shooting overnight.

The victim was gunned down as he sat in his car parked in his driveway. Witnesses report seeing a tan coloured mini-van leaving the scene.

 

Semiahmoo First Nations Sign Water Deal With Surrey

Semiahmoo First Nations Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL

the Semiahmoo First Nations have made an announcement they have concluded negotiations with the city of Surrey for water and sewer service to their lands. Previously the city of White rock had provided those services but earlier this year the city of White rock informed the band they would no longer be providing sewer and water hookups.

Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL in the announcement said the funding of upwards of 10 million dollars was in place and work would begin in Spring of 2018 with a completion date of late 2018. The deal with Surrey will encompass all of the Semiahmoo First Nations land.

 

August 25, 2017

Don't Fence Me In

You have probably driven into Blackie Spit in Crescent Beach dozens of times. Right?

Have you ever bothered to check the hours of opening sign on the stop sign?

Well here is a close up of the sign you can see in the above photo of the entrance to Blackie Spit. Lo and behold dozens of visitors to the beach on Sunday night were shocked when they went to leave the park only to find the gate had been locked.

The consensus around the locked gate cannot be printed here. Most wondered why the time of closing would be moved up 2 hours on August 27 rather than wait until after the long weekend and the unofficial end of summer. Good question.

Yesterday the sign below appeared. Sunday evening some of the trapped visitors to the park called 911. Eventually the fire department from Ocean Park turned up with a key and opened the gate.

Surrey you can do BETTER.

 

August 24, 2017

Surrey Gets Half Million Help To Curb Gang Violence

As part of a strategy to address gang violence and make communities safer, the British Columbia government will invest $500,000 from civil forfeiture grants into anti-gang programming for youth in Surrey, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced today.

The funding will support the Surrey Wraparound (Wrap) program and eliminate the program’s current waitlist.

Wrap is a collaborative partnership between the Surrey RCMP, the Surrey school district (SD 36) and the City of Surrey that connects youth who are at risk of joining gangs with outreach workers, teachers and police. Evaluation of the Wrap program has shown a significant decline (67%) in the negative police contacts of participants. There are currently 97 students in the program with 35 students on the waitlist. This funding will eliminate that waitlist.

“People want to feel safe where they live and know their child won’t be lost to the dead-end path of gang life,” Farnworth said. “It’s time to target gang violence in our neighbourhoods head-on. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction.”

At a Surrey Board of Trade event Tuesday night, Hepner told a business crowd of her plans, which include activating a Bar Watch program in Surrey to make gangsters feel “uncomfortable,” initiating a review of B.C.’s Crown approval process in an effort to bring the province’s threshold for charges in line with others, and the creation of a Mayor’s Task Force.

 

August 22, 2017

Congratulations to the White Rock Beach Beer crew who took the top honours over the weekend at Surrey Centrals BATTLE OF THE BREWS.

Battle of the Brews beer fest yesterday, an event put on by the Surrey Fire Fighters to raise money for their charitable organization. 16 breweries involved. The people who attended the event were asked to vote on the beers they sampled. Three categories: Most Drinkable, Most Flavourable, Best Beer.
White Rock Beach Beer took the top honour with their West Beach Pale Ale.

 

 

August 17, 2017

I Scream You Scream - We All Scream For Ice Cream

Former White Rock councillor JAMES COLERIDGE is embroiled in a dispute over the bills, investors and family matters that all may force the closure of his three popular ice cream/gelato outlets in Vancouver.

(read the full story)

 

Who's Moving To White Rock?

Scott Brown, President & CEO of Fifth Avenue Real Estate talks about who the new development Foster Martin will appeal to.

“There is a built-in community in White Rock and South Surrey that lives in large homes around golf courses or ocean views that are aging and want to stay in this community for the next 10 to 15 years that want something smaller, but won’t buy anything less than 1,000 square feet,” said Brown. “In the last six years there has been no new supply of any meaningful scale or height offered in White Rock, so Foster Martin meets that demand.”

(click here to read the full story)

 

Have You Heard The Call?

 

OOOHHH Canada

White Rock's CANADA DAY 150 festivities began with 30 individuals receiving their Canadian citizenship in a special ceremony at Memorial Park

White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN and Semiahmoo First Nations chief HARLEY CHAPPELL congratulate a newly minted Canadian

Bill Hawke photo

By late afternoon the massive crowds began to gather along White Rock's promenade in anticipation of the appearance by Canada's precision flying team THE SNOWBIRDS. The wait was well worth the time as the SNOWBIRDS performed their sky show over Semiahmoo Bay.

Corry Kriticos photo

Next up in the day long activities on stage by the museum, was an incredible show featuring one of the top acts touring Canada this summer THE WASHBOARD UNION.

Following their White Rock show THE WASHBOARD UNION pulled out on to HWY 1 for a set of shows opening for BRAD PAISLEY in Calgary & Saskatoon in front of crowds that numbered close to 20,000.


 

The day to remember was capped off with a stunning fireworks show over Semiahmoo Bay. A great way to celebrate White Rock's 60th anniversary and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

 

August 13, 2017

Local Swim Competition Returns After 40 Year Absence

Members of the Crescent Beach Swim Club hosted the return of the Semiahmoo Cup competition with the White Rock Amateur Swim Club. The race took place yesterday morning under ideal conditions at Crescent Beach. The race was a relay from the swim tank in the ocean down to Crescent Beach mini pier, and then on to the club's pool facility at Blackie Spit.

Both clubs pose for photo prior to race

 

Police Seek Witnesses

White Rock RCMP are looking for witnesses to a serious assault that occurred early yesterday morning at 0150 hours in the 15000 block of Marine Drive, White Rock. Police were called to a fight in progress and located a male bleeding from multiple lacerations. The 26 year old male victim was rushed by BC Ambulance to an area hospital where his condition has been upgraded from serious to stable.

A 21 year old male from Abbotsford, BC, has turned himself in to the Abbotsford Police.

Anyone who has information regarding this serious assault is asked to contact the White Rock RCMP at 778-593-3600 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or text BCTIP to 274637 www.solvecrime.ca

 

South Surrey House Party Stabbing

Surrey RCMP continue their investigation into a stabbing which occurred at a house party Friday evening. One person is in hospital in stable condition another individual was treated for minor injuries. Police were called to a home near 20th avenue and 134th street early Saturday morning after a fight broke out between partygoers.

Despite dozens of individuals tho witnessed the fight, police do not have any anyone in custody.

 

August 11, 2017

Sea Of Stories

Peninsula Productions Canada 150 offering "Sea of Stories" opened Friday at the White Rock Playhouse. A stellar cast well directed in a beautiful play of a small town growing up, and growing up in a small town.

The play touches lightly on White Rock's history, while playing heavily on the history of the Semiahmoo First Nat6ions. Don't go expecting a history lesson.

Sea Of Stories on now until August 26 and well worth a trip out to the playhouse.

(purchase your tickets here)

 

Party On The Pier

The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation hosted the Second Annual Picnic on the Pier last evening. Over 300 diners supported the community affair, raising $56,100.00 for the creation of the new hospice care beds that will be constructed in the soon to be expanded Peace Arch Hospital.

 

Sea Fest Rewind

Jan's On The Beach Takes Trophy In Upset

Yes there is an actual JAN @ Jan's at the Beach.

JAN quickly ran out to congratulate her staff on winning the 22nd annual Waiter's Race in front of the museum. The event was once again ably hosted by the your friend and mine, GORDON HOGG.

 

Get Your Motor Running

White Rock Councillors Helen Fathers & David Chesney flanked by "Torchlight" parade partners Bob Douglas and Katherine Monk

 

Semiahmoo Park was home again to The Westcoasters Car Club Show N' Shine Sunday. There was the weird & then there was the wonderful.

 

KORKI the CLOWN looks on as JASMIN YU welcomes the Moms and Dads and Kids to Semiahmoo Days in Semiahmoo Park.

Semiahmoo First Nations chief HARLEY CHAPPELL proudly looks on as the Semiahmoo First Nations youth dances finish their performance.

West Beach stage saw great music all day yesterday. POWER BLUES closed out the night just before the fireworks. JASON BUIE (above) brought Ava and Braiden on stage to join him for a jam session. Ava and Braiden make their home here on The Peninsula.

Dozens of fireworks cannisters sit at the ready for last night's aerial symphony of fire over Semiahmoo Bay.

Bill Hawke photo

TOM LAVIN & The Powder Blues headlined the musical lineup Saturday with a great show right before the fireworks over Semiahmoo Bay.

 

July 31, 2017

White Rock Sand Artists - Are We On To Something?

Visitors to White Rock's famed pier continue to be dazzled by the incredible sand art various artists have been creating on the sand dunes of the tidal pools. UNA FESTER passes along this beautiful image created by someone called "Pierdoodle."

If there is no way we can bring back the sandcastle contest to our waterfront, how about a sand art competition?

 

July 27, 2017

First Look At New Memorial Park Re-do on White Rock Waterfront


The pier-side lawn and panoramic ocean views that Memorial Park offers makes it one of the White Rock’s favourite gathering spaces, and it's due for an upgrade and improvements. View the final concept design through this visual fly through video, courtesy of CHP Architects.

Learn more about the project at www.whiterockcity.ca/memorialpark

 

July 30, 2017

Princess For A Day

Congratulations to MYRA MERKAL and her staff of volounteers on the huge success of Saturday's 6th Annual Princess Party at White Rock's Centennial arena.

The beautiful event gets larger every year. All the proceeds raised at the event will go towards the creation of an "all accessibility" park by the White Rock firefighters on White Rock's waterfront. Thank you everyone.

Still reveling in the success of our beautiful, successful community charity event that brings such magical joy for children while raising money for our White Rock All Abilities Park. Never dreamed in a million years that 8 years later we would raise $37,000 for this one day event. Immense gratitude to As You Wish Princess for providing all the wonderful royal characters.

Love

Myra

 

July 28, 2017

Brazen Daylight Shooting Morgan Creek

Mid-afternoon yesterday shots rang out in the parking lot of the Morgan Creek Professional centre located at 152nd Street and 32md Avenue. Witnesses reported hearing 8-10 gunshots. A male with non-life threatening injuries was transferred to hospital. Police are able to say at this time that this incident appears to have been targeted at the male victim. The male victim is known to police for his involvement in criminal behavior. A vehicle in the parking lot and the building were also hit with bullets. RCMP are not releasing any further details of the incident.

 

White Rock Mermaid

The warm weather has brought out a number of visitors to the White Rock pier. Local photographer BILL HAWKE captured this picture of a young lady who works at the Ocean Park Safeway entertaining walkers on our famed Longest Wooden Pier in Canada.

 

 

July 25, 2017

Parkade Height Confirmed

White Rock council last evening approved moving forward with the construction of a parkade which for the time being is depicted as a 5 storey structure. Following the public meeting (date to be determined) the matter will return for council for adoption or changes.

The parkade is being proposed for a piece of city property located at the corner of Vidal and Victoria Avenue.

Pat Petralal photo

Prior to Monday's meeting of White Rock council a group of residents concerned about the proposed parkade (at the corner of Vidal Street & Victoria Avenue) will be gathering on the law outside of city hall @ 3 p.m. to show the city of White Rock their disapproval of said parkade.

CITY INFO

Waterfront Parkade

A waterfront parking facility is being proposed by the City to address the long-standing need for more parking options near the waterfront to serve White Rock residents and visitors. Identified as a key corporate priority, the Engineering Department has initiated an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment, zoning amendment, and Development Variance Permit application for four City-owned properties at Victoria Avenue and Vidal Street, to facilitate the construction of a multi-storey public parking garage.

(click here for full report)

 

Get The Led Out

LED ZEPAGAIN rocked and rolled the White Rock waterfront in style last evening. The crowds continue to grow. Last night's crowd was quite possibly the largest in attendance for the Concerts @ The Pier musical series.

The only damper on the evening was a group that decided standing ON THE TRAIN TRACKS afforded a perfect viewpoint. Eventually organizers were able to move the crowd off of the rail line. The next show in the free concert series will see the return of White Rock's ALLIE SHELDON'S new band "Little Destroyer" August 10.

PLATINUM BLONDE wraps up the summer Concerts @ The Pier - Saturday, August 19.

 

July 24, 2017

Surrey RCMP is investigating the circumstances surrounding a deceased male


Tuesday evening at 8:10 pm, Surrey RCMP was called to Bakerview Park, bordered by 154th Street and 18th Avenue, after a deceased man was found. The deceased man is in his mid-thirties and is known to police as a local homeless person who may have been camping in the park.
Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit is leading this investigation. The cause of death is not readily apparent and the BC Coroners Service is assisting police with the investigation. Police are still trying to notify the man’s next of kin.

 

Waterfront Drowning

GLOBAL news arrived on the White Rock waterfront this morning @ 6 a.m. following reports of a body being recovered from Semiahmoo Bay. It has now been confirmed a middle aged man was seen wading in the water near the pier late last evening. Rescue crews retrieved his body this morning. No names have been released.

(read the full GLOBAL story)

 

 

July 22, 2017

Train Plaque Installation

It's always a great day down at the White Rock museum when the Train Plaque order is going in. The plaza outside the museum on the waterfront looks amazing with over 700 plaques laid in the last 10 years. This is our major fundraiser which has raised over $450,000.00 to date. The museum and we thank everyone involved. Purchase yours and don't miss the next install. 604 5412221 or visit their website.

 

July 21, 2017

Our Secret Is Out

The Carvery has been serving gourmet sandwiches and meals from their slightly off the beaten path, located in a strip mall in South Surrey.

The DAILY HIVE in Vancouver recently did a major spread on this hidden gem located at 24th avenue and King George Highway in the old Sheila's Catering location.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM TO 4PM. CLOSED ON HOLIDAYS.

(read the review then head out for lunch)

 

July 19, 2017

Two Years - Too Long

Two years, too long was the rallying cry for the group of protesters in front of the South Surrey RCMP sub-station last evening.

Jennnifer Brooks

JENNIFER BROOKS the mother of HUDSON BROOKS led a rally last night of a supporters who want answers to what happened that fateful morning two years ago to the date when HUDSON was fatally wounded by a gunshot during an altercation with the RCMP.

JENNIFER BROOKS is growing more frustrated as she waits for the response Crown Counsel will take following the IIO (Independent Investigation Office) recommending charges to proceed against the RCMP.

 

May 20, 2016

RCMP Investigating Arsons

There has been no official word on the cause of the blaze that destroyed the two condo complexes at 5 Corners Sunday.

What we do know is there were no less than four fires set throughout the city of White Rock and close proximity Sunday morning.

 

#1.

A children's playground constructed from wood and plastic and located on the Cypress street road end @ Victoria avenue was set ablaze in the early hours Sunday morning, No injuries. Fire quickly extinguished

 

#2

Major condominium fire on Royal and Pacific Avenue. Time 4:30 a.m.

 

#3

Sandpiper Liquor store is broken into @ 5:10 a.m. Owner confirmed the CCTV cameras captures clear pictures of two suspects robbing the liquor out of the window.

 

#4.

10:30 a.m. a fire is started in an alleyway off of Pacific avenue near Stayte road. Fire quickly extinguished no major damage. No injuries

 

#5

12 noon residents of the Semiahmoo First Nations witnessed an individual attempting to start a building on fire behind the band's office. The Surrey RCMP responded to the 911 call and took the suspect into custody.

The suspect taken into custody Sunday appeared in Surrey Provincial court Tuesday morning where he was charged with arson damaging property.

The accused is 18 year old JAMES DYER of Surrey was released on his own recognizance.

The White Rock & Surrey RCMP continue their very active investigation today.

May 19, 2016

Mayor Caught Between White Rock & A Hard Place

That's the headline you will see when you pick up your copy of THE PROVINCE today.

White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN and former White Rock resident and council candidate DENNIS LYPKA go head to head on the pro's and con's of White Rock rejoining Surrey.

(click here to read the story and to watch the video)

 

May 17, 2016

Eye In The Sky

White Rock resident and traffic reporter for WX1130 DARREN "Danger" GRIEVE sent along this picture taken yesterday afternoon. The fire started at the rear of the condo project under construction pictured in the top left hand corner of photo.

No official announcement has been made yet on whether or not it will be possible to rebuild or if the whole structure will have to come down.

 

May 15, 2016

Five Corners Fire

Smoke could be seen for miles as the fire ripped through the condo structures. This shot was taken by a reader from the Inn @ Semiahmoo in Blaine.

The fire broke out early this morning around 5 a.m. in a wooden three storey condo under construction on Royal Avenue in the 15200 block. The fire quickly jumped to the condo located at 5 Corners. The fire at one point threatened the Star of the Sea hall located next to the condo. Firefighters fought the fire from the roof of the Star of the Sea in order to prevent the fire from spreading. Surrey and White Rock fire crews fought the stubborn blaze for hours before eventually bringing it under control at 8 a.m.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown as the investigation is in the very early stage.

Photo courtesy Diana Arnold

Origin of fire in under construction condo on Royal Avenue

Photo courtesy Bill Brooks

 



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