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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.

 

Two White Rock Restaurants - Top 150

 

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Great White North and to help Canadians celebrate, we’re thrilled to announce the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada 2017. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 480,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 2,000 restaurants in Canada.

The list of the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada 2017 is generated solely from more than 480,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “neighbourhood gem” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada 2017 according to OpenTable diners are as follows (in alphabetical order):

 

July 18, 2017

Surrey Opens Their Hearts

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner meets with volounteers & fire & rescue

Surrey's reception centre for fire evacuees at the Cloverdale Arena is operating and taking registrations. As of yesterday (Monday) 700 people were been processed.
If you would like to help, you can volunteer with the City of Surrey at a reception centre. The application can be done online: http://ow.ly/Li4u30dHI18.
The Red Cross is taking financial donations, and the Salvation Army is taking physical goods. The Cloverdale Rodeo is helping by providing parking for RVs.
I'm so proud of our community for opening up their homes and providing support. The volunteers are doing a tremendous job and I want to say thank you. We had to get this centre up and running in 24 hours and it is running smoothly, thanks to the help of all our volunteers.
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BC professor’s video shows ‘frightening’ drive through blaze


Published on Jul 12, 2017
Video taken by Sally Aitken on Sunday shows what the UBC professor calls an “alarming” drive with her husband through wildfires in B.C.’s West Chilcotin region. Aitken says they could barely see through the thick smoke at times.

 

July 17, 2017

Tour De White Rock Wrap

BELLINGHAM’S STEVE FISHER CLAIMS ROAD RACE TITLE​


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Already a two-time winner of the Tour de Delta Road Race, Steve Fisher, who makes his home less than an hour south of White Rock in Bellingham, ascended to the top of the podium at the Tour de White Rock Road Race on yesterday afternoon.

Fisher is riding for the Hangar 15 Bicycles team and used his powerful sprint to jump ahead of Travis Samuel of the H&R Block Pro Cycling Team and Courtney, BC’s Nigel Ellsay, who rides for Silber Pro Cycling. Hangar 15 was one of the larger teams in the race, and they played it to their advantage as Fisher finished the 134-kilometre trek in three hours, 30 minutes, and seven seconds.

“We really had a lot of cards to play today, we just wanted to make the race hard and hopefully came out on top with the numbers in the front group late in the race and it panned out for us,” he said. “I was definitely hurting on the climbs a little bit. Nigel put in some pretty good digs and I think it put us on the back foot, I just knew I had to hang on until the last corner before the finish.”

 

Women's Race

Kirsti Lay took a break after riding five races in six days to start BC Superweek and it seems the rest paid off. The 2015 Pan-Am team pursuit gold medalist broke away to solo victory in the Tour De White Rock Road Race yesterday afternoon., finishing the nearly 81-kilometre grind in two hours, 25 minutes, and 48 seconds. The course and its gorgeous backdrop attracted Lay to give it a go to wrap up her time at BC Superweek.

“It feels pretty amazing, this course is really fun, and it never really lets up so I for sure wanted to give it a shot,” the Montreal native said. “It worked perfectly in my preparation for Cascade next week. It was a really great race and awesome to finish this way at BC Superweek.”

22-year-old Margot Clyne went on a break just three laps into the grueling race, and it looked like she might make it stick, until Lay and 2012 Canadian Olympian Joelle Numainville reeled her in.

 

Juuly 16, 2017

"This Is Awesome!"

Photo courtesy Scott Robarts

"This IS Awesome" was the most often heard cry last night as the 38teh annual Tour De White Rock took to the streets in uptown White Rock. The criteriummapped out around around White Rock elementary took the riders rought on average 1:15 seconds to complete affording the viewers exciting non stop action.

With the race completed and the awards handed out, the barriers quickly came down @ Five Corners and it was party time.

Vancouver's R&B Allstars stepped on stage and had the massive crowd dancing from the first beat. Moms, Dads, kids, grand kids and grand parents shook their booties and danced the nigh away in a picture perfect evening. Smiles shone all around.

 

July 14, 2017

What's The "Storey?"

White Rock beach front residents turned out in strong numbers last evening for the city of White Rock's information meeting on a proposed parkade on the waterfront. The new structure is planned for the corner of Vidal Street and Victoria Avenue directly behind The Boathouse restaurant.

Noise, light pollution, home for the homeless, illegal activity as well as a general disbelief the structure would ever pay for itself, topped the opposing views. The city maintains there has no final decision made on the height of the parkade. Though all of the architect renderings depicted 5 & 6 storeys.

 

Now In White Rock

 

 

July 05, 2017

DO YOU KNOW HIM?

Surrey RCMP is appealing for the public’s assistance in identifying a cheque fraud suspect.

On April 19th, 2017, the victim noticed an unusually large cheque had been cashed against his account for over $7,000. The victim contacted his bank and the Surrey RCMP who learned that the victim had left his cheque book unattended at a local retail store for a few minutes before going back to collect it.

Since the initial complaint, Surrey RCMP General Duty investigators have obtained surveillance photos of a suspect cashing a cheque against the victim’s account (see attached photos).

“Criminals will take advantage of any opportunity they see,” says Corporal Scotty Schumann. “Identity theft and fraud accounts for tremendous financial losses to consumers and businesses. Make sure your bank and personal documents are always secure and are never left unattended.”

Anyone who can identify this suspect or might have more information on this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 quoting file number 2017-510201.

For more information on frauds, scams, and how to protect yourself, please see the Surrey RCMP website.

 

 

June 28, 2017

Reach The Beach

C52 Seaside/White Rock Centre


Increased service will provide more frequent trips from White Rock Centre to the beach, seven days a week.
The C52 will run every 30 minutes or better, on evenings and weekends to accommodate the busy summer season.
On weekdays, it will run every 30 minutes, up from every 60 minutes, on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturdays, it will run every 13-26 minutes, up from every 60 minutes, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
On Sundays/holidays, it will run every 13-26 minutes, up from every 60 minutes, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

 

The Return of the White Rock Trolley - Hop On/Hop Off

The free summer trolley service in White Rock resumes next Saturday.

image courtesy TOM SAUNDERS

This summer, the City of White Rock and the White Rock Business Improvement Association have partnered to bring a free trolley service to White Rock! You can hop-on and hop-off on weekends, holidays and during select special events* from June 24 to September 4.

There are stops located throughout the City, so check the schedule above to find the closest one to you and begin exploring our beautiful City by the Sea!

(click here for variations in the regular schedule over the summer months)

 

 

 

July 03, 2017

Offtrack Amtrak

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Sunday a southbound AMTRAK train tipped over shortly after traveling through White Rock. The train departed Vancouver with 267 passengers aboard with a destination of Oregon. Rail officials will be investigating this week to determine the cause of the derailment.

 

July 02, 2017

That Seals It

Photo courtesy Fisheries & Oceans

Representatives from Oceans Canada are now investigating whether or not the dead seal found by the garbage can on East Beach this week, may have been shot.

"Our marine mammal pathology expert is currently on the East Coast doing necropolises there, so we'll wait for next week to see what happened to this harbour seal," Cottrell said.

"We're planning on doing a necropsy next week on the animal because there are indications, not only of the plastic bag around the neck, but of a potential gunshot wound to the head area."

Cottrell says if the seal was shot, it's possible charges could be laid.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-465-4336.

 

June 29, 2017

White Rock's First School Demolished

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A demolition crew went to work Wednesday afternoon on removing an old home located on Buena Vista avenue located East of Oxford Street.

 

 

Though almost unrecognizable from many renovations over the past 100 years or so, this residence (14857 Buena Vista Ave.) was White Rock's first school, opened in 1911. It was built on land leased by H.T. Thrift and was replaced by the new WR Elementary on Johnston Road at Roper Ave, in 1914.

 

July 01, 2017

White Rock Council Denies Density

In a unanimous vote yesterday afternoon, White Rock council denied applications for two proposed projects in the 1300 block of Johnston Road.

The 20 storey SOLTERRA (pictured above) proposed for the DEALS WORLD site and the LADY ALEXANDRA on the LELA THAI site both saw their application for building permits rejected. Staff and council unanimously felt the two developments were out of character for the current Official Community Plan. The developers were urged to wait for completion of the White Rock's new OCP which will be the subject of a Public Meeting at the July 10 meeting of council. The draft copy of the new OCP proposes heights of 12 storeys at Thrift and Johnston stepping down to 10 storeys at Roper Avenue.

The special council meeting yesterday also dealt with questions from residents regarding the city's Annual Report. Mayor Wayne Baldwin informed residents majority of the answers to the questions posed by residents would be answered at the July 24 regular meeting of council.

(watch the proceedings - click here)

 

Sea To Sea

Dozens of riders (92 all toll) dipped the front wheels of their bicycles into Semiahmoo Bay yesterday morning around 11 a.m. The group of riders that range from 10 years to 90 years of age will spend the next 9 weeks cycling across Canada to Halifax (6,759 KM). Last night the first leg of the ride saw the riders lay over in Abbotsford.

The ride is in aid of CYCLING TO END POVERTY.

(click here for more details and to donate)

 

RISE UP RISE UP

The final section of old stores on Johnston road are now down in order to make way for the PARC DEVELOPMENT seniors housing.

When completed the 23 storey high-rise will be the tallest in White Rock, until LANDMARK finishes their 26 storey towers on Martin/Foster.

The PARC Development is expected to take two years to complete. Summer 2019.

 

June 28, 2017

Helicopter Flying at Low-level over White Rock

Bill Hawke photo


Talon Helicopters performed low level flying over White Rock last evening to conduct aerial photography of property per a waiver granted by Transport Canada.

The bright yellow helicopter did many low level passes and hovered over the city and out over Semiahmoo Bay between 8 - 10 p.m.

 

June 26, 2017

Tube Steak Boogie

l-r Hugh Smith / Brooke Colby

The gorgeous summer this weekend brought out the expected crowds to White Rock beach. A new and welcome addition this year to the culinary landscape on the promenade is a great grab and go dining experience - Mr. Tube Steak.

The cart will be on hand out front of the museum daily 2- 8 p.m. with later operating hours on the weekend.


Chamber Board of Directors For 2017 / 2018


The South Surrey and White Rock Chamber announced and welcomed the installation of its new Board for 2017/2018 at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 held at the Rotary Field House. The oath of office was performed by Grant Meyer, Councillor for the City of White Rock.

Front row left: Beth Kish - White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society, Harjit Chima - Envision Financial, Linda Holmes - RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Maria Mura - Westminster Savings Credit Union Grandview, Adam Smith - Uptown Business Machines Inc., Patricia Lapena - Legal Shield, Jeff Richards - J.E. Richards Ltd.

Back row left: Jim Purcell - Cloverdale Paint Inc., Dwayne Weidendorf - Peace Arch News, Mike Senger - Choices Markets South Surrey, Owen Barclay - Accessable Home & Property Services Ltd., Richard Coulter - Terracan Management,
Glenn Parks - G. Parks CGA, Terry Ross - Retired, Cliff Annable, Executive Director

Missing from photo: Ramona Kaptyn - CARP White Rock/South Surrey Chapter 11

 

June 16, 2017

Two Days - Two Arrests


*UPDATE - Two of our five prolific car thieves have been captured. (June 15, 2017)*

Surrey RCMP is appealing for the public’s assistance in locating five prolific car thieves wanted on a variety of warrants.

Bryan McGRATH -34 year old Caucasian male, 6’0, 185 lbs., with hazel eyes and brown hair. Wanted for Break and Enter x2, Breach of Undertaking or Recognizance x5, and Theft Under $5000.

* Captured *

Mitchell COUBROUGH - 29 year old Caucasian male, 6’0, 141 lbs., with brown eyes and brown hair. Wanted for Break and Enter and Mischief Under $5000.

* Captured *

Kelly FRANCESCHINI - 34 year old Caucasian male, 5’8, 160 lbs., with brown eyes and brown hair. Wanted for Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Break and Enter Tools, Breach of an Undertaking or Recognizance x5, and Theft Under $5000 x2.

 

June 15, 2017

White Rock Residents Appear At Fraser Health Public Meeting

Recent picture of tap water in White Rock

A group of concerned White Rock citizens appeared before a panel of representatives from Fraser Health yesterday at a public hearing held in New Westminster.

Resident GARRY WOLGEMUTH spoke on behalf of the residents while White Rock’s utilities manager, SAAD JASIM spoke to the citizen's concerns.

(click here to read the full story)

 

White Rock 2017 Sea Festival A Go

The volounteer based organizers of the White Rock Sea Festival have informed the City of White rock, this will be the last year they will produce the city's annual summer sea festival.

The City of White Rock is now in the position of arranging plans for staging the 2018 White rock Sea Festival.

 

Loud & Clear

The Semiahmoo First Nations have announced this week they will be erecting tsunami warning signs as party of their Emergency program. Twenty five signs go up this week along Beach road and along Marine Drive on the northern boundary of the Semiahmoo land.

SFN installed an All Hazards Alert Broadcasting System in January which is tested the first Monday of every month at 12 noon. Semiahmoo First Nations are working with Washington State to co-ordinate their tests with the American warning system locate4d in Blaine and Birch Bay, which are also tested monthly.

 

June 13, 2017

Langley Shooting Victim Name Released

Shots rang out just before midnight last night in the parking lot of a busy restaurant in Langley. One man is dead and another is in hospital with undetermined injuries.

Langley RCMP and the Special Crime Unit has the area surrounding the restaurant taped off with police tape.

The restaurant is located in the popular Willowbrook Mall located at 200th street and Willowbrook Drive,

UPDATE June 12, 2017 5 p.m.

On June 9, 2017 just before midnight, the Langley RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the Brown’s Social House located at 200th Street and the Langley Bypass. When police arrived, two male victims were located having suffered gunshot wounds. One male victim was deceased, and the second male victim was transported to hospital where he remains and is receiving medical treatment.

The deceased male victim has been identified as 31-year-old, Tyler Joseph PASTUCK, a Victoria resident. Mr. Pastuck and the surviving male victim were known to each other, and this shooting is believed to be targeted.

After the homicide occurred, a burning vehicle was located a short distance away near the intersection of 203rd Street and 63rd Avenue. At this time, it cannot be confirmed if this vehicle was involved in the homicide. Anyone with information about this vehicle is asked to contact the police.

 

Semiahmoo First Nations Gets Water Help

Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

CAROLYN BENNETT was joined on stage at Semiahmoo Park by Semiahmoo First Nations chief HARLEY CHAPPEL and council member JOANNE CHARLES for a special announcement of federal support for the development of a water distribution system and sewer system on the first nations land.

CHAPPEL and CHARLES presented minister BENNETT with a ceremonial blanket, a long time tradition of the Coast Salish people.

The federal government is directing over 40 million dollars to British Columbia first nations communities. The Semiahmoo band will receive $338,000.00 in funding.

 

June 08, 2017

Chief Hava Java Kidnapped

Al Nemeth with "Joe" and cowboy

AL NEMETH owner/.operator of Holy Smoke Coffee on King George Highway was dealt a blow in his final week of operation. Overnight Tuesday thieves used a cable cutter and pickup truck to steal one of the popular carved figures from the front of his business location. If you know the whereabouts of the wooden statue please contact the RCMP or Al directly.

email - alnemeth@shaw.ca

 

June 08, 2017

Home For Hospice

l-r back row - Jim Hartt/Gary Deck, Aroon Shah

l-r front row Marjorie Mooney, Beth Kish Executive Director, Joyce McKenzie, Dennis Lypka

BETH KISH the executive director for the White Rock Hospice Society proudly toured the future home for the White Rock Hospice Society with the board of directors.

The beautiful new future home for hospice is located on 16a Avenue north of the Peace Arch Hospital. The new facility is expected to open in October 2017.

 

June 07, 2017

Carrying A Torch For Special Olympics

Members of the White Rock RCMP detachment and citizens joined forces yesterday afternoon to raise money for the Special Olympics. The group jogged/walked from uptown to the waterfront next to the museum.

Mayor Baldwin congratulates White Rock NCO Daryl Creighton

Mayor Baldwin took part in the walk/run and congratulated the detachment and supporters on their efforts. The torch relay which makes its way across the Lower Mainland this week according to the mayor has earned over 3 million dollars for this very worthwhile organization.

White Rock detachment member MICHELLE THIESSEN had the honour of torchbearer.

(click here to read more about the relay)

 

BC Culture Days has announced the winners of the 2017 Ambassador and Awards program. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000 towards the production of their own Culture Days activity and will act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days, leading up to the Culture Days weekend September 29, 30, and October 1.

Besides activating their local arts, culture, and heritage communities, ambassadors will be engaging the public in discussions around arts and culture and encouraging them to participate behind the scenes with B.C. artists, curators, heritage experts, creators and other creative people over the Culture Days weekend. Ambassadors will play an important role in B.C.'s communities, sharing arts and culture related stories through the Culture365 blog page, social media, TV, and radio.

Congratulations to local artist ROXANNE CHARLES who was chosen to be one of the seven ambassadors from across the province after review of their applications and proposed projects by the BC Culture Days Steering Committee:

 

June 06, 2017

Wetter Is Better

The City of White Rock has commissioned Vancouver artist JEFF KULAK to create one of a kind art pieces throughout the city. The images created by KULAK are only visible when the surface they were painted on is wet. Next time you are heading out around town have a bottle of water handy to reveal the interesting images.

Artist JEFF KULAK with attendees of reveal of artwork at Bayview Park - Pat Petrala photo

60th Anniversary temporary VISUAL investment – the image is visible only when wet. It lasts several months and is biodegradable. Canadian Artist Jegg Kulak encountered months of wet days and could not install the work till this past week. Replicated method –with a distinct spray adhesive, as used in Seattle, and image is made with a stencil. It needs to dry for 48 hours. Brochure useful in locating the items. Us local gals from the Dec 4 workshop creating stencils are pleased to see our image work used in spots.

www.jeffkulak.com

 

June 04, 2017

Standoff between Surrey RCMP and shooting suspect in South Surrey

Surrey RCMP spent hours in a stand-off negotiating with a suspect after a shooting in South Surrey Saturday night. The suspect has been taken into custody without incident.

Officers were called to the scene on 176th St. near 13th Ave. at 7:15 p.m. Traffic was blocked between 8th and 16th Avenues until shortly after 12:30 a.m.

Investigators believe that this incident is targeted and involves parties known to each other.

Witnesses in the area reported seeing another male stagger out on to 176th street covered in blood, which caused the RCMP to be called. The shooting victim was transferred to Peace Arch Hospital where he remains in stable condition.

No names have been released as of this morning.

UPDATE

Charges have now been laid against a man who was involved in shooting and subsequent standoff with Surrey RCMP this past weekend in South Surrey.

On June 3, 2017 at 7:15pm, Surrey RCMP was called to a report of a shooting in the 1300 block of 176th Street. Police found one man who had been shot allegedly by another man who was still in the area. Both the men were known to each other. The victim was transported to hospital and is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Police contained the area while a police negotiator attempted to contact the suspect. At approximately 11:50pm the suspect was taken into custody without further incident (see previous release).

Now charged with Aggravated Assault and Intent To Injure While Using A Firearm is Kenneth TURPIN, 70 years old, of Surrey. TURPIN, who is not known to police, remains in custody.

 

June 02, 2017

Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House

The Joseph Richard Group is bringing two of Canada’s most talented chefs to White Rock beach this summer as part of an ongoing effort to help revitalize the area. The company is re-branding it’s popular waterfront location, The Hemingway, to the new Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House. As part of that re-brand, JRG is also launching a pop-up ice cream shop inside Oceanside called Sweet Republic, which will open June 4. The wild new gourmet dessert menu at Sweet Republic was designed by JRG Director of Culinary Operations, Chef Matthew Stowe (Top Chef Canada winner) and JRG Corporate Chef David Jorge (MasterChef Canada winner).

Thanks in part to their local ties and vision, The Hemingway, located on Marine Drive, across the street from the White Rock Museum, has been a bright spot on the strip since it opened four years ago. With a wide range of fun weekly events, the public house has thrived as a vibrant community gathering place, where people can watch the big game while enjoying classic pub offerings, craft beers, and craft cocktails.

With refinements to the public house menus recently brought in by Chef Stowe, as well as JRG’s newest S+ L Kitchen & Bar having just opened at Grandview Corners in South Surrey, Moreno says the time was right to fine tune JRG’s strategy in the South Surrey-White Rock area with a rebranding of The Hemingway and the opening of Sweet Republic.

“As dedicated members of White Rock’s business community, we’re thrilled to play a role in promoting the Marine Drive strip,” said Moreno. “We think bringing the talents of Matt and Dave to the Strip will be a huge boost for the area, and changing The Hemingway’s name to Oceanside is a fitting tribute to our beautiful waterfront location.”

Located inside Oceanside, Sweet Republic will be a time-limited pop-up concept featuring an irresistible array of delicious ice cream desserts created by Chef Stowe and Chef Jorge. Together they’ve invented some amazing creations that combine soft serve ice cream with eye-popping ingredients like key lime curd, cotton candy, toasted marshmallows, and even bacon.

Opening on Sunday, June 4, Sweet Republic will be open every day from 11am to 8pm.

S+L Kitchen & Bar, South Surrey opens June 5th at 11am, at 16051 24th Avenue

May 30, 2017

Statement from City Regarding Petition for Judicial Review

May 29, 2017
The City has filed a petition for judicial review application in the BC Supreme Court today, seeking review of the April 12th order of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to release certain documents relating to the City’s decision to purchase the water utility from EPCOR. As a result of s. 59(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the April 12th order is now stayed for 120 days.

The City did attempt to avoid the necessity of a judicial review proceeding by first asking the OIPC to re-open the inquiry which led to the Order on April 12. However, the OIPC declined to re-open the inquiry, which it advised the City of late in the afternoon on Friday, May 26. Therefore, as a result of its concerns about the effect of the Order as well as some of the conclusions drawn by the Adjudicator, the City determined that a petition for judicial review was in the best interests of the public.

As most people already know, the City acquired the water utility from EPCOR in 2015. However, the final purchase price for the utility has not yet been determined. The final purchase price is to be determined through negotiations or arbitration, in the event that negotiations are unsuccessful. The City’s priority has always been to ensure that its negotiations with EPCOR are not compromised by the release of any confidential information or documents relating to its strategy or financial analysis. Therefore, while Council has resolved to release to the public all City records relating to the EPCOR purchase once the final purchase price has been determined, it remains of the view that releasing the information now could be damaging to the City’s financial interests and therefore the interests of its taxpayers.

 

May 31, 2017

Police seeking stranger that assaulted young female

Surrey RCMP are warning the public about an incident that occurred in the Cloverdale area of Surrey earlier today, and appealing for any information that may lead to the identity of the suspect.

At 8:15 am on May 31st, Surrey RCMP was called by school officials at Sunrise Ridge Elementary after a student reported being touched by a stranger. A 13 year old girl on the way to school in the 18700 block of 59th Avenue, was approached by an adult male who got out of an SUV. The man asked her how old she was then touched her buttocks. The girl yelled at the man, ran to the school, and told staff right away. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival and has not been located.

The vehicle is believed to have been in the area on previous days, also in the morning. The Surrey School District is sending a letter home with students to ensure parents are notified of this incident.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 25 to 40 years old, 6’0” tall, with a slim build, wearing a blue sweater or hoody, khaki cargo pants, round glasses, and a baseball cap.

The vehicle is described only as a blue or green Honda CRV.

“If you have seen this vehicle in the same area in the morning hours of school days, we want to hear from you right away,” says Corporal Scotty Schumann. “Any information you have may help police identify the suspect in this assault.”

Students walking to school can heighten their safety by following a few simple steps:

· Don’t take short cuts. Use main routes and avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas
· Walk with friends
· Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
· Phone home when leaving a friend’s house and say when you will be home
· Trust your instincts and your feelings
· Phone if you are going to be delayed, or if your plans change

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

May 25, 2017

White Rock BIA Announcement

The White Rock Business association proudly announce New Executive Director.

Jennifer Brandon.

Former Manager, Communications & Technologies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Former Communications & Public Relations Specialist at Prospera Credit Union
Lives in White Rock, British Columbia
From Burns Lake, British Columbia

 

May 23, 2017

Right Neighbourly

Monday afternoon emergency vehicles raced to the White Rock waterfront. A call had come in that a young girl was in trouble in the water off of Kwomais Point between White Rock & Crescent Beach. Once the emergency crews reached the young lady who was in distress they were faced with the task of how to transport her back to the ambulance.

That is where a BNSF freight train came in. The train was flagged down and the ambulance crew and the young lady an ambulance crew were transported back to the boat launch area on the beach.

The young lady was taken to hospital for observation and released.

 

May 20, 2017

Hope we win but even if we don't,

I'm proud of our work and our courage.

Community & Coal founder Paula Williams

A FEW THOUGHTS AS OUR HEARING COMES TO A CLOSE:

Our days in court are now finished and I need to take a moment to thank Ecojustice for the thousands of hours they have put into our litigation. What makes the journey with you even better is that you are actually really great people and I know that you believe in the work you have done for us. Thank you Harry, Karen and Fraser and to all of your staff! It has been an honour.

Thank you to Christine Dujmovich for having the courage to stand up as an individual and put your name down as an applicant. This was not an easy decision, I'm sure. Thank you for standing up for what you believe in and for joining us in court.

Also, a huge thank you to Kevin Washbrook and his group, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, for being so amazing, and also to Dogwood for your unwavering support. So great to have gotten to know all of you.

A huge thank you also to the thousands of people I have met over the last four years who want to see us succeed. Many of you donated to our legal challenge, and others donated by giving us your time and energy. Couldn't have gotten as far as we have without your help. Thank you!

In addition, the Cities of Surrey and New Westminster (who joined us as intervenors in court) have my utmost respect. Thank you for putting yourselves out there Mayor Hepner, Mayor Cote, and Council from both cities. Thank you also for your strong legal team who brought significant insight to our litigation. The efforts of Surrey and New Westminster say a lot about the integrity of both cities because you could have done nothing but instead you chose to take a different route and support your residents. Amazing.

Thank you also to the numerous municipalities, MLAs, MPs, scientist, doctors (especially Dr. Frank James), businesses and environmental groups, as well as the Health Authorities, who all stood up and spoke up. The world needs more of this. Let me repeat that: THE WORLD NEEDS MORE OF THIS.

And now we must wait for the judge to come back with his decision, which could take up to 6 months. Regardless of the outcome, we need to remember that Fraser Surrey Docks originally intended to begin construction of their coal terminal in 2014, and three years later, that construction has yet to start. Realistically, with the way the world is going, it may never be built but only time will tell...

 

May 18, 2017

ORANGE WATER UPDATE

The city of White Rock is now on record stating the orange couloured outflow from a storm sewer system into Semiahmoo Bay 10 days ago was caused by increased levels of iron in the water.

The city claims the outflow did not cause any damage to marine life in the bay. To date the city has not identified the source or actual cause of the outflow.

The same problem occurred back in April 2013. The exact cause of that outflow was never clearly identified and neither was the source.

(View the CTV story from 2013)

 

Train Whistle Cessation

For years residents along the White Rock waterfront have complained about the constant train whistles from the passing BNSF and AMTRAK trains. White Rock recently was ordered by Transport Canada to install lights and warning bells at all the crossings along the waterfront rail line. The City of White Rock is working with BNSF and AMTRAK to create new whistle and bell regulations.

In the Royal City New Westminster residents along the residential districts on the Fraser River have been pushing for years to have whistle cessation.

(click here to read what New Westminster is doing)

 

May 17, 2017

Wondering What Is Happening with The Five Corners Rebuild?

...so are the residents

It has been one year (May 15, 2016) when a fire broke out in the Five Corners district of White Rock. The blaze which has now been identified as arson destroyed the residences and the commercial outlets along Pacific Avenue.

One year later as the reconstruction moves slowly forward the former owner's of the commercial spaces have found new locations, yet the residents who lost their homes and belongings are still twisting in the wind.

(read the CBC story here)

 

The Sky Wasn't Falling After All

THE DRIVE is alive. Within the past month the vacant businesses along White Rock's waterfront have virtually all filled up. The sushi restaurant near the pier is under new ownership and a completely new improved look. Further down west Beach the JOLLY ROGER will soon open as the B.E.A.C.H. restaurant. The long vacant next door neighbour BOOSTER JUICE is preparing to open with new tenants.

Over on East Beach MOBY DICK has expanded into the vacant Indian restaurant location and work continues on the old Sandpiper Pub which will open soon as a Chinese restaurant.

 

The Passenger (and friends)

Local sculptor DON FRANCIS brought a pair of his stunning metal creations to the White Rock waterfront on the weekend.

Don Francis

(click here to visit Don's website)

 

May 08, 2017

Helping Hospice

l-r Master of Ceremonies Gordon Hogg/Walk organizers Lori Ishikawa & Tammy Ritchie/Hospice Executive Director Beth Kish

Hundreds of walkers turned out Sunday for the annual HIKE FOR HOSPICE. The walkers raised much needed funds to help support the operation of the new Hospice Home being constructed on 16a Avenue off of 156th street which will open Fall/Winter 2017.

South Surrey/White Rock Liberal candidate TRACEY REDIES congratulates former White Rock Mayor/councilor JUDY FORSTER on being the #1 individual fund-raiser for the walk. FORSTER announced she was inspired and walking in memory of her late husband BRAD who passed earlier this year.

Job well done everyone!

Heart Of Our Community - Beats Again

Outgoing MLA Gordon Hogg was back to perform the ribbon cutting of the White Rock Farmer's Market which opened in the sunshine three weeks earlier this year.

The beautiful weather drew a record crowd and record number of vendors. Sundays in uptown White Rock in the town centre. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Sunday.

 

Me & Mae...and no one else?

They say a terrible thing happens if you don't promote....nothing!

Organizers of an all day concert in Semiahmoo Park over the weekend found out exactly that. Hurriedly friends of the organizer were running around town on the day of the concert trying to get people interested in attending. Social media sites like FACEBOOK did not promote the event until the day of the event as well.

Local country rockers ME & MAE were one of the bands who donated their time. The event was to raise funds for the victims of the burned out apartments above COSMOS restaurant due to the recent fire.

 

May 06, 2017

The Ties That Bind

John B Vye photo

BNSF staff have been hard at work this week on the White Rock waterfront replacing the old railway ties with newly creosoted ties.

Work along the waterfront will be completed next week.

 

May 05, 2017

First Look @ Final Stage

BOSA PROPERTIES have published photo-shopped images of how the corner of Thrift avenue and Johnston Road will look once they complete their final two towers on their property.

 

 

April 30, 2017

Stretching That Birthday

The city of White Rock carried on the time honoured tradition of stretching your birthday out. The city's 60th Birthday was the focus last evening at Centennial arena. The special VIP event capped off a day of family entertainment in the city's arena.

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Semiahmoo First Nations Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL and council member JOANNE CHARLES dual drummed the opening ceremony honouring their neighbour's diamond birthday.

CBC radio host STEPHEN QUINN was back to handle the Mast of Ceremonies duties.

White Rock council members were in attendance. "Mr. O Canada" MARK DONNELLEY delivered a rousing version of our national anthem then led everyone in a giant sing a long version of Happy Birthday.

 

April 23, 2017

So Deserving

CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Cornale on her award for COMMUNITY HERO AWARD presented last evening at SOURCE'S BUSINESS FOUNDATION gala.

The day the Five Corner Fire ripped through the condos and commercial section on Pacific Avenue, LAURA quickly concluded she was out of business for a period of time, but her main concern were were customers and neighbours who had lost their homes and possessions. Within days LAURA had raised over $35,000.00 for our community.

LAURA'S COFFEE CORNER is open today on Pacific Avenue just East of her old location. Tell her how much you care.

 

April 21, 2017

Like A Phoenix Rising

Congratulations to the White Rock/South Surrey Hospice Society on passing over their initial goal for the 2017 capital building campaign. . The funds will be used to construct the new hospice centre located on 1`6a Avenue just off of 156th street near the Peace Arch Hospital. The new facility when complete will be home to the administration offices, counseling offices, the volunteer training program and support services and programs.

The projected total for the capital campaign fund drive was 2.1 million dollars. The society in their announcement noted the money raised came from donations big and small throughout the community as well as the revenue derived from the Hospice Thrift Store on 24th avenue. Of special note was an 11th hour donation made by local resident Margaret "Maggie" Rodgers who in her will left the society a considerable donation.

The new building will house the society's administrative offices, volunteer training program and grief support programs and services. It will be located within walking distance from a new residential care facility – created in partnership with Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, Fraser Health and the province – which will house 200 beds, including a 15-bed hospice residence.

The new facility is expected be open in the Fall of 2017.

 

April 19, 2017

How High's The Water?

Members of White Rock council and staff were on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony to start the water flowing through the all new Merklin water reservoir. The new reservoir will add over a million litres of water to the water storage system of the city of White Rock. With the addition of the new Oxford street reservoir the storage capacity of White Rock has now increased by 33%.

The plaque also named the former members of council who were sitting members during 2011-2014 when the decision was made to purchase our water system back from EPCOR of Edmonton.

The final purchase price of the water system will be decided by binding arbitration between EPCOR and the City of White Rock. There is no firm date at this time when that final sales figure will be released.

 

April 16, 2017

Happy Birthday To Us

The city of White Rock hosted a giant 60th birthday party for350 seniors Saturday the the White Rock Curling Club. STEPHEN QUINN host of the popular ON THE COAST afternoon drive show on CBC Radio capably handled the master of ceremonies duties. The afternoon ceremony was opened with a traditional coast Salish prayer delivered by Semiamhoo First Nations councillor JOANNE CHARLES.

Entertainment was supplied by BOBBY BRUCE'S tribute to Neil Diamond while ALYSSA NIELSEN wowed tha audience with her renditions of Patsy Cline selections.

Mayor Baldwin and White Rock council were joined by MP DIANNE WATTS and outgoing MLA GORDON HOGG at the ceremony.

The city of White Rock has another big all day fun event planned for the city's 60th birthday on April 29th at Centennial Arena.

 

April 13, 2017

Forging Ahead

(original 12 storey image)

White Rock council and senior staff hosted a Public Hearing?public meeting last evening at the White Rock Community Centre. Over the course of the evening 200-250 residents came and went as council listened to four Zoning By Law/OCP Amendment requests and a Phased Development application.

The first two items the addition of three suites at Evergreen Care Centre and a change to building practices of having developers install side mounted balcony guards passed quickly.

Then the two items that drew the majority of the crowd. First to be dealt with was the LANDMARK development in uptown White Rock on Foster/Martin streets was unanimously sent back to the planning department for more changes recommended by council. Minor in nature.

The meeting concluded with the highly contentious FORGE Properties 10 storey skyrise they wish to construct on Thrift Avenue next door to their last project The ROYCE. This application stalled the last time it appeared before council for consideration. Given it did not receive a seconder for the motion to proceed it was left in limbo. FORGE PROPERTIES reworked their application from 12 storeys to 10 storeys with no other changes and resubmitted.

When it came time to vote to give the third reading of Official Community Plan Amendment and the Zoning By-Law change the project was approved in a 4-3 in favour. The final stage will be the fourth reading at a future meeting of council.

Councillors Fathers/Chesney & Mayor Baldwin were not in favour of the project siting its lack of ability to fit into the existing neighbourhood.

The White Rock Coalition made up of councillors KNIGHT/LAWRENCE/MEYER/SINCLAIR voted in support of THE FORGE project.

White Rock Coalition

 

 

April 08. 2017

Winds Cause Tree To Fall On Car / Mother & Child Trapped Inside

(photo submitted via email)

Yesterday (Friday) at approximately 3:50 P.M. Surrey R.C.M.P. were called to 15000 Block of 86th Ave., Surrey, B.C. for a report of a large tree that had fallen on a vehicle in the driveway. Officers of the Surrey R.C.M.P. along with Surrey Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Service, City of Surrey workers, were called to the scene. The vehicle, a Brown Toyota Camry was parked in the driveway, when a large tree was blown over in the wind, landing on the vehicle. There were two occupants in the vehicle a female driver, and a five Year old child, both residents of Surrey, B.C. The tree crushed the vehicle trapping the two occupants inside.

Surrey Fire Department, along with City of Surrey workers, B.C. Ambulance Service, Clover towing and officers of the Surrey R.C.M.P. worked to get the two out of the vehicle, and using rescue equipment and Air bags were able to pry the vehicle open sufficiently to free both persons. Both females were examined at the scene by B.C. Ambulance Service, and only had minor injuries.

 

Chalk Up Another One For Creep Catchers / Suspect charged in child luring investigation

 

Surrey RCMP arrested one man after he allegedly tried to lure a minor for a sexual purpose, and for making an arrangement with a person for a sexual offence involving a person under the age of eighteen.

On Monday April 3rd Surrey RCMP received a complaint of the aforementioned incident. An investigation was undertaken immediately by Surrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit. Investigators arrested a suspect on Thursday April 6th.

Now charged is Kuljinder Singh BHATTI, 35 years old of Burnaby. BHATTI, who is currently in custody, is scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court late Friday afternoon.

The allegations of assault involving this accused by a civilian associated with Surrey CREEP CATCHERS during the incident are still under investigation.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

April 06, 2017

Fire On The Drive - No Injuries

UPDATE APRIL 08, 2017

Fire officials have now confirmed the casue of Wednesday's fire was caused by candles left burning by an owner on their patio.

Gail & Leo photo

A fire broke out last evening on one of the balconies of the apartments located above Cosmos restaurant located in White Rock's West Beach area.

Fire crews were on the scene quickly and are being credited with preventing the fire from spreading throughout the entire structure.

Owners of the popular Greek restaurant GEORGIA and DIMITRI THEODOSAKIS were closing up for the night when they heard the fire alarm sound. COSMOS has been a popular restaurant for 40 years.

GEORGIA told the media

“We didn’t know where it was coming from so we opened the front door to see what was going on and we saw the flames from above and the broken glass coming down, so we quickly shut the door and we ran out through the back door because we do have gas lines inside the restaurant and were very afraid of the explosion.”

Fire Chief Phil Lemire credits the quick response by the 20 firefighters.

“We do have to commend the crews for the job they did when they first arrived. They got a good, quick knockdown on the fire which certainly helped to contain it to where it’s at now.”

He says 26 tenants from the 22 units had to be evacuated.

Lemire says one person was taken to hospital to be checked over for smoke inhalation.

 

 

White Rock weightlifter Christine Girard set to win Olympic gold

Christine Girard has essentially won an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting five years and two children after she raised the heavy bars above her head in London.

The International Olympic Committee disqualified the 2012 Games silver medalist, Russia’s Svetlana Tzarukaeva, on Wednesday after the retesting of her samples uncovered steroids. The original gold medalist, Kazakhstan’s Maiya Maneza, was stripped of her result last fall.

The IOC release announcing the sanctions against Tzarukaeva and two wrestlers from 2008 did not specify how or when medals would be redistributed. With so many doping convictions in weightlifting and the podium looking more like a game of musical chairs, the IOC hasn’t been speedy about issuing new ones.

“I’m hoping it’s in the next few months but I’ve been hoping that for a year,” Girard said, referring to her Beijing medal and first London upgrade to silver.

 

April 05, 2017

Peace Arch Hospital Expansion Moves Forward

The communities of South Surrey and White Rock received news this morning of a massive funding commitment to improve the care and services that will be delivered by our Peace Arch Hospital. Liberal party MLA's joined with representatives from Fraser Health and the Peace Arch Foundation to make the special announcement at the hospital.

The Ministry of Health will contribute $8.2 million dollars. Fraser Health will contribute $23 million dollars and the Peace Arch Foundation will contribute $37 million dollars.

(l-r) MLA Stephanie Cadieux, Siobhan Phillips Peace Arch Foundation Board Chair, MLA Gordon Hogg, Dr, Smit head of surgery Peace Arch Hospital and Michael Marchbank President and CEO Fraser Health)

(click here to read the full Provincial Government announcement)

 

April 04, 2017

Laura's Coffee Corner - Good News Story

It was a lovely feature on CBC Vancouver's 6 o'clock news last evening.

(click here - feature begins at the 11:00 minute mark)

 

If You Build It - They Will Come

George Massey Tunnel replacement construction officially underway.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson and other dignitaries were on hand today to officially kick off construction on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

“After four years of consultation with First Nations, municipal and regional governments, and a tremendous amount of technical work, construction is underway on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, which includes replacing the seismically vulnerable tunnel with a safe, modern bridge,” said Stone. “These site preparation contracts represent the first work on the Massey replacement, which will generate approximately 9,000 direct jobs over the life of the project.”

The process to award the major construction works contract is still underway, and the Province expects to have its preferred proponent chosen by summer 2017. All major approvals are in place for the project to proceed, including the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate, awarded on Feb. 9, and approval from the Agricultural Land Commission received on Feb. 24.

After site preparation, major construction will begin later this year with the new bridge opening in 2022. Tunnel decommissioning will follow.

 

 

 

April 03, 2017

Beach Cleanup

CK photo

Work crews are busy on East & West Beach on the White Rock waterfront. The popular beach front suffered heavy damage this past winter due to a number of strong storms. Crews have been carefully reinforcing the beach with loads of rip rap.

 

Your Neighbourhood Your Vote

(YNYV) is a collaborative election awareness and education initiative by the neighbourhood houses of Metro Vancouver. YNYV is a source for issues forums and all-candidate meetings held by neighbourhood houses and their partners. Join us in the lead-up to the May 9th provincial elections.

For information about events happening at individual neighbourhood houses, please contact the Your Neighbourhood, Your Vote representative:

Alexandra Neighbourhood House
Neil Fernyhough communityprograms[at]alexhouse.net

Check out their FACEBOOK (click here)

Click here for website

 

April 02, 2017

Welcome Home

LAURA CORNALE was one of the merchants that lost their business when the now infamous Five Corners Fire ripped through the commercial section of the burned condo.

Since September 01 when she acquired a new location for her business it has been endless days and stressful nights. That all changed yesterday. LAURA'S COFFEE CORNER is back.

Grand Opening Weekend 15259 Pacific Ave

Peace Arch News ALEX BROWN & rock band Trooper's RA MCGUIRE discuss Alex's upcoming concert while standing in line.

From the moment the doors were open @ 8 a.m. there was a constant lineup of old friends and neighbours who couldn't wait to welcome Laura and her staff back.

Note: New hours include today (Sunday).

Ernie Klassen photo

Hubby GLEN and LAURA take a breather before the day starts in the shop they designed and GLEN built.

Now that's true love.

 

Not Guilty

Jim Widdifield and picture of his late son Craig Widdifield

It has been 3 years since CRAIG WIDDIFIELD was fatally shot outside of Steve Nash Fitness located in The Grandview Corners shopping district of South Surrey.

Yesterday (Friday) Judge PETER VOITH rendered a not guilty verdict in the case of charges of first degree murder against BRODY ROBERT PATERSON. “There were numerous difficulties with Mr. Paterson’s evidence… significant difficulties,” VOITH said.

VOITH felt the Crown failed to prove their case sufficient enough to gain a guilty conviction. The Crown';s case rested largely on an informant who testified for the Crown. During the trial the validity of his testimony of facts came into play.

 

March 31, 2017


The audio of the deadly confrontation which occurred July 18 2015 between HUDSON BROOKS and the South Surrey RCMP detachment members has come to light via YOUTUBE.

One portion of the audio identifies emergency services are needed. Suspect and a member of the South Surrey detachment who is identified as Constable KUTRIN.

 

March 30, 2017

Train Kept A Rollin'

Erik Seiz photos

Due to the heavy rain on Tuesday and the rain storm Wednesday morning a portion of the bank alongside the BNSF rail line let go around 9 a.m. yesterday morning. BNSSF crews were quick to arrive on the scene and the cleanup began immediately. The line re-opened to freight rail traffic in the early afternoon.

There will be a disruption in AMTRAK service though, as the railway does not run passenger trains through where there has been a slide for 48 hours after the slide has occurred. Freight shipments are under no such obligation.

The area of the slide showed no other previous slide action, but hikers said it looked like a lot of the trees at the top of the bank had been removed or carelessly topped to improve the view for the home on the property backed where the slide occurred.

The slide was located East of Kwomais Point mid-way between White Rock and Crescent Beach.

 

March 29, 2017

Walk On

The East Beach district of White Rock is undergoing major upgrades. In addition to the addition of rocks to reinforce the shoreline damaged in recent storms, a section of the sidewalk is being expanded.

Following numerous complaints about patios in front of restaurants with a narrow sidewalk the city will now remove 13 street parking spots to expand the sidewalk to mirror the rest of that section of the waterfront retail landscape.March 27, 2017

 

White Rock Social Media Reacts To Bicycle Road Paint

Jenn Leigh Dillon. After numerous unanswered messages left with the City, they proceeded with the bike route down Kent St. My husband and I just watched a family attempt the ride down our street (pacific &Columbia) that ended with the mother screaming "use your breaks!! Use your breaks!" to her children which ended in the family walking their bikes so that they didn't lose control before crossing Columbia street.

Michelle Young I saw them painting those everywhere today, I didn't really get the point of it


Arlene Soenso It also serves as a reminder to car drivers that there may be cyclists.

Sherry Jaehrlich I am so angry and befuddled by the bike signs and lanes in this area. I seriously doubt anyone in the planning depth got out on two wheels to give their routes a sanity check.

Nicole Hennelly I thought the purpose of a designated bike lane/path was to have space specifically/only for riders --these painted on bikes do nothing in my opinion other than to make an eyesore on the road.
What exactly is the point of this?

Montee Share Those glow tabs in the concrete will be installed shortly to keep you in traffic in its lane. The noise from them keeps the neighborhood from sleeping but no one gives a crap about people who live here. And you thought the train was hell. Just wait.

 

March 26, 2017

Then There Was One

Media pundits wondered allowed how long Surrey would be home to two separate newspapers once Black Press took ownership of both newspapers.

Friday the answer came. Not Long.

As of April the British Columbia's second largest city will be home to just one weekly community newspaper which will be called d the SURREY NOW NEWS LEADER as of April 05. The merging of the two newspapers resulted in a number of layoffs.

The Surrey Now News Leader will publish every Wednesday and Friday.

the Peace Arch News which is owned by the same parent company has not been affected by the merger. PAN will continue to publish weekly on Wednesday and Friday.

 

March 24, 2017

Canada's happiest singles - White Rock Top 10

Want a happy relationship? Canada is a good place to look: World Happiness Day (March 20th) saw the release of the UNs World Happiness Report and, happily, Canada came 7th. But where in this happy nation can you find the happiest singles? EliteSingles found out.

• The happiest singles in Canada live in Orangeville, ON
• St Thomas, ON and Collingwood, ON are in 2nd and 3rd place
• 8/10 of the happiest places in Canada are in Ontario
• Leduc, AB and White Rock, BC are the only non-Ontarian cities in the top 10 study, conducted by premium dating site EliteSingles, used anonymous user data from 45,000 registered members to determine where Canadaâs happiest singles live.

By aggregating how strongly its members self-scored themselves on a happiness scale, then looking at the average result by location, the dating company found the 10 best places in Canada to meet happy singles:

The top 10 happiest cities in Canada.

1. Orangeville, ON
2. St Thomas, ON
3. Collingwood, ON
4. Leduc, AB
5. Aurora, ON
6. Barrie, ON
7. Oakville, ON
8. White Rock, BC
9. Welland, ON
10. Burlington, ON

(read the full report)

 

 

March 21, 2017

Do You Know Him?

Surveillance footage of alleged shooter of Surrey gangster Birinder Bhangu

Timeline of last week's fatal shooting.

Bhangu arrived at the Comfort Inn in the Fleetwood area of Surrey on Monday March 13 @ 2:22 p.m.

The suspect in the pictures above approached the Bhangu vehicle one minute laster on foot. He approached the driver's side of Bhangu's vehicle and opened fire. The suspect then ran off and left the scene in a Nissan Pathfinder which was located the following day (Tuesday March 14) in Kelowna.

If you have any information please contact the Surrey RCMP 1 877 551 4444

 

March 18, 2017

White Rock drinking water to get new treatment for arsenic

The City of White Rock has received a historic first— nearly $12 million in grant funding from the Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia to go towards the City’s $14.2 million arsenic and manganese treatment processes to address the City’s water quality and ensure a healthier community.

Water services in White Rock had been owned and operated by private owners for more than 100 years.

In 2015, shortly after taking over the water utility, the City confirmed that levels of arsenic, in two out of seven wells, is occasionally higher than Health Canada’s maximum allowable level.

The City acquired the White Rock water utility from a private utility company in October 2015 by making an advance payment of $14 million, and continues to work with the previous owners on a final purchase price. Work on the new treatment plant is expected to be completed by 2019.

Canada and British Columbia invest in 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects

Supporting healthier communities for future generations (read more)

 

March 17, 2017

Hogg Leaves Them Laughing

Thursday afternoon 14 MLA's left the legislature for the last time in their official capacity. Our very own Liberal MLA GORDON HOGG was one of those 14.

Read GORDON'S story about the night he almost burned down the legislature in the NATIONAL OBSERVER.

(click here)

 

Semiahmoo First Nations

On February 15 we published the following story on the city of Blaine's emergency preparedness.

Does Blaine Know Something We Don't?

Our neighbour to the south Blaine WA has plans to install an emergency siren on the city's waterfront.

There are already sirens dotted around Northern Washington. Birch Bay, Point Roberts, Bellingham and Sandy Point all possess the emergency sirens to warn the public or tsunamis, earthquakes and other potential hazards such as a train derailment with hazardous goods.

Once installed the siren will be tested the first Wednesday of every month for 30 seconds. Keep your ears open for it.

Semiahmoo First Nations councillor JOANNE CHARLES

Yesterday (Thursday) the Semiahmoo First Nations staged an emergency evacuation of the band's land which is located between on the U.S. border to the south and the city of White Rock and Surrey to the north.

By mid-afternoon social media had exploded with White Rock residents wondering what was going on.

Spokesperson for the Semiahmoo First Nations councillor JOANNE CHARLES told the White Rock Sun that on Monday they had issued a press release (see below) to the city of Blaine, the city of white Rock through their emergency preparedness lead contact fire chief PHIL LEMIRE,Surrey RCMP, White Rock RCMP, the CN police, BNSF railway, reps from Washington State, the Canadian Border Services and the First Nations Health Authority.

The recently installed warning system on the Semiahmoo land had been tested in a smaller version of a test on Monday March 06. The plan is to do a brief test at noon on the first Monday of every month, similar to the way Blaine tests theirs monthly.

Yesterday the second phase of their emergency operation was to be tested with a full evacuation. According to CHARLES 65 members and residents of their land followed instructions perfectly and evacuated to safety at the ore-arrangeed Pacific Inn Hotel. The Semiahmoo First Nations mobile command centre was in place and from CHARLES point the exercise was a success.

All of the participants and those affected by future tests will reexamine the process to ensure the yesterday's breakdown in communication will not be repeated.

(listen to the actual warning - click here)

 

(Posted on City of White Rock website yesterday)

Statement from the City of White Rock Regarding Semiahmoo First Nation’s Tsunami Drill

March 16, 2017
Today the Semiahmoo First Nation conducted an evacuation drill for their community.

The Semiahmoo First Nation informed the City of White Rock that the siren alerts would begin at 11:00AM with their Tsunami tone (wailing). However, they did not inform the City that their alarms would not include clear messaging that it’s a test or a drill only.

As the alarms did not have clear messaging that this was a test, it caused residents to believe it was a real evacuation, particularly when they heard, “This is a tsunami warning, please vacate and get to higher ground or inland now, do not return.”

The City is also concerned about the lack of communication provided by Semiahmoo First Nations. We have communicated our concerns and re-emphasized the need for clearer communication with the City and the public in the future.

 

March 14, 2017

What Would You Like In A Park?

The City of Surrey is updating its Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Strategic Plan, and needs your input. Over the next 10 years, this new plan will shape the future of your communities, facilities and services. Join us at one of the upcoming fun, family-friendly event to learn more, share your ideas, and set some priorities for the future. Drop by and share your ideas!

South Surrey South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, Turnbull Gallery Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12 - 3pm

 

Waterfront Parking?

Tuesday afternoon two elderly ladies who had been visiting the White Rock waterfront's promenade area shocked a number of walkers on the promenade.

After enjoying a walk on the promenade the two ladies got into their vehicle and got ready to leave, the driver thinking she was in reverse gave the vehicle gas and it shot ahead from the parking lot right on to the promenade.

Thankfully there were no injuries.

Ra McGuire photo

 

March 12, 2017

White Rock Arson

Shortly after midnight yesterday morning (Saturday) White Rock firefighters responded to an early morning fire in a home located at 1038 Stevens street. When the fire crews arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished with no damage to the neighbouring properties.

The White Rock Fire Department and White Rock RCMP Serious Crime Section have determined the cause of fire to be arson. Police have received information regarding a vehicle of interest. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has any information please contact the White Rock RCMP Serious Crime Section 778-593-3600 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The home had been empty for a month. There were no injuries.

 

March 10, 2017

The president of Surrey Creep Catchers is being sued for defamation.

The plaintiff alleges that on February 6th 2017, Ryan Laforge falsely and maliciously communicated with the plaintiff indicating on Facebook the plaintiff was involved in a scheme to procure sex with an under-age girl.

The suit says Laforge knowingly published a video, that was viewed over 56,000 times, that he knew was false or in careless disregard as to whether it was true or not.

The plaintiff claims he has suffered damages to his reputation and his family restaurant.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Surrey Creep Catchers post videos to publicly name-and-shame people they claim are child predators.

 

March 09, 2017

White Rock Eagle Cam

A pair of eagles have moved into the nest located above the bluffs in Ocean Park. There are reports there is one egg in the nest already and a second egg is expected today or tomorrow.

(watch the wonder of the live web-cam - click here)

 

March 08, 2017

Two Bodies Removed From White Rock Home

Residents in the 1100 block of Finlay street watched emergency crews remove two bodies from a hillside home yesterday evening.

When friends had not heard from the couple aged 66 and 72 for a couple of days they became concerned. Upon entering the home they discovered the couple deceased.

White Rock RCMP are not treating the deaths as suspicious. Neighbours this morning were telling the media a FORTIS truck was in the neighbourhood yesterday but could not confirm the two incidents were related.

 

March 07, 2017

They're At The Post


April 25 Tuesday – Peninsula Homeless to Housing with Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Table
and other partners HOST ALL CANDIDATES DIALOGUE doors open 6:30 Program 7 sharp
at GRACE POINT Community Church 3487 King George Blvd, S. Surrey


FYI 2017 May 9th CANDIDATES for Provincial MLA
South Surrey-Cloverdale - GREEN: Aleksandra Muniak LIBERAL Stephanie Cadieux NDP Jonathan Silveira
Surrey-White Rock – GREEN: William Marshall LIBERAL: Tracy Redies NDP: Niovi Patsicakis (Mar 19 tbc)

 

March 05, 2017

Permission To Come Ashore?

Monica Contois photo

The Coast Guard hovercraft caused quite a stir along the White Rock promenade yesterday afternoon. The visit was not an emergency response simply a training exercise to practise nosing up against the rip rap rocks along the beach at high tide.

 

Be Still My Beating Heart

Stu Ferguson photo

Could it be the same owners that operated one of Vancouver's longest running Mexican restaurants in Vancouver?

For decades the popular dimly lit restaurant at the corner of 12th avenue and Granville was one of Vancouver's Top 10 restaurants in the 70's & 80's

The new restaurant will open soon in the old location of CIELO'S on White Rock's west beach Marine Drive-strip.

 

Corry Kriticos photo

Note; Many of the photos you see in THE SUN come from a new FACEBOOK page created for local photographers to share the beauty of our "city by the sea."

(click here to see more)

 

March 04, 2017

New To New West

Organizers of the week long BC SUPERWEEK of Cycling have announced New Westminster will join the other 9 Lower Mainland cities that will host this year's races spread out over 10 days.

The New West race will be second in the series, joining the Tour de Delta, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix and Tour de White Rock.

The proposed course will include portions of Columbia, Eighth, Carnarvon, Sixth and Begbie streets, although the official route is still being finalized by event organizers.

The criterium-style race features a mass start and a 935-metre circuit which incorporates 45 to 55 laps. Spectators will be encouraged to grab a viewing spot along the route to catch the fast-wheeling action, with more than 200 men’s and women’s cyclists expected to compete.

 

March 03, 2017

Join The Discussion

Surrey is a city abundant with parks, recreational facilities, and a vibrant arts, cultural and heritage community. The Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Department helps to plan and operate many of these amenities. To build on these assets, and to meet the needs of a diverse and growing community, the City is developing a new PRC Strategic Plan.

(click here to be part of the survey - you could win a $500.00 shopping trip)

 

The Friends of Hazelmere/Campbell River Valley have come together to have their voices heard at Surrey city hall. Over the past few years the area has been threatened with a casino and most recently a giant truck park alongside of the Little Campbell River.

These land uses are still open to change based on community input in the Public Meeting in April/May 2017. This community meeting will be your chance to give feedback to the City of Surrey about the proposed plans, and will be critical in deciding if that plan will proceed or be modified further.

(read the full story)

 

March 02. 2017

Crash Landing

Para-motor hang glider (file photo)

White Rock & South Surrey emergency crews responded en masse yesterday shortly after noon to a 911 call that indicated a motorized para-motor hang glider had crashed on to the sand bar near the mouth of the Little Campbell River.

A man who witnesses say appeared to be in his late 20's was transported by air ambulance to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. His injuries were described by authorities as serious but not life threatening.

 

March 01, 2017

Sculpture enthusiasts want to turn back the sands of time in B.C.

Crowds of over 400,000 attended our Sandcastle Days

A Vancouver Sun article yesterday looks back on how White Rock's Sandcastle Competition which began in 1979 made our city famous around the world.

Do you think we should bring it back?

(read the story)

 

February 26, 2017

Mystery

When our man on the street DON PITCAIRN forwarded a picture of a scarecrow on the side of HWY 99 we brushed it off as not really a news story. The fact though that it has now been up there for over a week on HWY 99 @ Elgin Road has got us to wondering....what's the back story.

If you know, let us know.

 

I was happy to discuss the future of White Rock's waterfront retail landscape yesterday with JILL BENNETT on CKNW.

(click here to listen to our conversation)

D.Chesney

 

Border Jumpers

photo courtesy Tim Friesen

Yesterday morning at approximately 7:20 A.M. Surrey R.C.M.P. received a report that two persons had crossed the border from the United States of America into Canada in the area of 170th St., and 0 Ave., Surrey, B.C. and not reported to a port of entry. Officers of the Surrey R.C.M.P. attended to the area, and located two persons, a male and a female, that matched the description of the two persons. The two were detained under the Immigration Act and were cooperative with Police. The two were tentatively identified as Turkish Nationals, and have been turned over to Canada Immigration officials to be dealt with.

Two Days. Two sets of arrests at the Douglas Border crossing in South Surrey.

A family of four was detained on Sunday after crossing the border illegally from the U.S. in the same area, which borders PEACE ARCH park and has minimal security.

(Watch the BC- CTV story)

 

Thank You Friends and Neighbours - We Did It!

Hundreds of walkers joined together last evening to to raise money for SOURCES White Rock. All the money raised will stay here in our community to help those less fortunate than us. It is the least we can do.

I would like to personally thank my sponsors;

Dennis Lypka & Lorraine Adair/Robin & Meh-Ling Harper/Beth Kish/Jayne Pattison/Joyce McKenzie/Jim Hart/Gary Deck/Rob Warwick/Corry Kriticos/Tammy & Joe Ritchie/Don Lawrenson/Bob Burrows/Donna Paulsen/Judy Forster/Cathy Craig/Donna Herringer/Eve Lees/Charles Fast/Gail Terry/Marjorie Mooney/Gordon Hogg and Maggie Bernet./Ra Mcguire and Margaret Garrison

A special thank you, to each and everyone of you and to everyone who supported our team from THE ROYCE.

 

February 24, 2017

Slip Sliding Away

The first image shows every tremor reported on Vancouver Island during a three-week period in the summer of 2016. The second image shows every tremor reported during the last slow slip, which began in December 2015. (Pacific Northwest Seismic Network)

Over the past month there have been dozens of earthquakes registering over 4 on the richter scale. Experts call the period we are heading into as a risky seismic season.

Every 14 months, the Cascadian subduction zone — which runs from northern Vancouver Island down to northern California — experiences what seismologists call a "slow slip."

This year's slip has already kicked off underneath Washington State and is expected to reach B.C. any day now.

Don't put off your emergency kit much longer, just in case.

 

February 23, 2017

Finger On The Pulse

BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER decided to weigh in on the hot topic of the week, White Rock's troubled beach front retail landscape.

They knew they would get it straight from the White Rock Sun.

(read the full story)

 

 

 

February 22, 2017

Diane's Day

Courtesy ace cub reporter KB

It was a special day yesterday at White Rock's SUPERFLUITY store.

Staff and shoppers gathered to honour DIANE PERRIE for her 45 years of volounteering at the Peace Arch Hospital's turnabout store on Prospect Avenue.

DIANE can still be found manning the checkout counter at the popular second hand store Tuesday mornings.

 

The Food Trucks Are Coming

The Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is fun for the whole family!
Featuring 25 Hand Picked Food Trucks from the Greater Vancouver Area we are sure there will be a meal for you.

Music will be supplied by The Pop Junkies!

Lots of fun for the kids with Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Henna, Sand Art & More!

And do not forget about our Local Artisan Market that featured local makers and their hand crafted products!

This event is Free to all!

July 1, 2017 – White Rock Canada Day at the beach

 

February 21, 2017


Surrey Gets New Water Hook Up


After almost six years of construction, Metro Vancouver’s $240-million Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is now delivering clean, safe drinking water to residents south of the Fraser River.

Located more than 30 metres under the Fraser River bed, the new tunnel more than doubles the capacity of the old water main and provides enhanced earthquake and river erosion resiliency to help ensure the continued delivery of drinking water to Metro Vancouver residents.



The Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel consists of two 60-metre deep shafts – one in Coquitlam and another in Surrey – connected by a one-kilometre-long, 3.5-meter-diametre tunnel housing a 2.1-meter-diametre steel water main. A new valve chamber was built at the top of each shaft to allow the new tunnel to connect with the existing land-based water mains on either side of the river.

Construction started in the spring of 2011, when ground was broken for the south shaft. Tunnelling began in February 2014 and achieved breakthrough in June 2015. Installation of the water main inside the shafts and tunnel was completed in July 2016 and the valve chambers were finished in January 2017.

The tunnel had to be located deep underground to maximize its earthquake resilience, and tunnelling 30 metres below the bed of the Fraser River posed significant challenges. Engineers had to overcome difficult soil conditions and the highest groundwater pressures ever observed in Canadian soft ground tunnelling.


February 15, 2017

Does Blaine Know Something We Don't?

Our neighbour to the south Blaine WA has plans to install an emergency siren on the city's waterfront.

There are already sirens dotted around Northern Washington. Birch Bay, Point Roberts, Bellingham and Sandy Point all possess the emergency sirens to warn the public or tsunamis, earthquakes and other potential hazards such as a train derailment with hazardous goods.

Once installed the siren will be tested the first Wednesday of every month for 30 seconds. Keep your ears open for it.

 

 

February 13, 2017

Ghost Town

What Ghost Town?

The sun came out and so did the crowds. White Rock's waterfront which of late has been portrayed as a ghost town due to a number of businesses closing, was packed yesterday.

Expect the same today with a forecast of sunshine and a high of 10 degrees.

 

NO WALL NO BAN

A crowd of 2-3 hundred protesters gathered in the sunshine and shadows of the Peace Arch yesterday afternoon. The group gathered to protest the recent executive order of President Trump which proposes to limit travelers entering the United States.

A wide variety of homemade signs were on display (see TNT editorial / above)

Semiahmoo First Nations councillor JOANNE CHARLES opened the ceremony with a traditional greeting song to welcome the group to the lands of the Semiahmoo First Nations.

 

 

February 10, 2017

Semiahmoo First Nations Art Opening

l-r MLA Gordon Hogg/Feather Arnouse/Roxanne Charles/Barbara Calder

Dozens of residents, local politicians, city representatives joined the staff and board of directors for the White Rock Museum's grand opening of the latest art installment at the waterfront museum.

The carvings, paintings and weavings of the Semiahmoo First Nations will be on display until the end of March. Admission is by donation.

Cedar mask carved by l-r Leonard Wells & Leslie Wells

Paintings (above) Roxanne Charles (below) Leslie Wells

 

February 09, 2017

Canada's Population Climbs to 35,151,728

The first round of statistics from CENSUS CANADA were released yesterday. The next stats that will be released will be for age and sex.

Population and dwelling counts

(click here for future release dates on Census data)

 

Population, 2016 - 19,952

Population, 2011 - 19,339

Population increase over 5 years 613 or 3.2%

Population density per square kilometre 3,893.1

Land area in square kilometres 5.12

 

Population, 2016Census data footnote 1 517,887

Population, 2011Census data footnote 1 468,251

Population percentage change, 2011 to 2016 10.6

Population density per square kilometre 1,636.8

 

February 07, 2017

White Rock Waterfront Woes

White Rock continues to have its annual slowdown of business along Marine Drive referred to as a "ghost town"

Mayor Baldwin spoke with GLBAL BC television yesterday on the various projects the city is undertaking to address this problem.

(click here and scroll in to the 18:30 mark of the broadcast)\

 

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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