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June 29, 2018

Nothing To Be Proud Of

The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses recently conducted a survey with 20 cities in British Columbia. The survey was designed to evaluate how easy it was to access information, how good the information was and the quality of the regulatory framework.

Surrey # 8 out of 20

White Rock #17 out of 20

We can and should do better!


July 02, 2018

Canada Day By The Bay

l-r SEMIAHMOO CHIEF Harley Chappell / MLA Tracy Redies/ MP Gordie Hogg/ White Rock MAYOR Baldwin / SCHOOL TRUSTEE Laurae McNally

The Canada Day festivities began with speeches from local leaders and politicians on the main stage at East Beach.

Halifax Wharf Rats

Music carried on on the main stage throughout the day right up to the fireworks @ 10 p.m.


Tens of thousands enjoyed walking Canada's longest pier as well as checking out the various display booths along the promenade.


The children's sandcastle competition was a big hit on East Beach


Tom Saunders photo

The day wrapped up with a record crowd along the pier and beach as the fireworks exploded over Semiahmoo Bay.


Traci Camplin Christenson photo

Then it was time to head home. Long line ups stretched all the way up the hillside and along Johnston Road.

See you next year.


June 28, 2018

AMTRAK Back on Track


Eight cars from a Canadian National Railway freight train jumped the tracks yesterday in New Westminster

CN spokeswoman Kate Fenske says in an email that the empty grain cars derailed just after midnight on the Fraser River Bridge at an overpass in New Westminster.

No one was hurt, no dangerous goods are involved and Fenske says crews are at the scene, trying to “re-rail” the affected cars and determine what caused the derailment.

A busy New Westminster street below the overpass has been closed and access to the rail bridge has been blocked, halting freight and passenger trains until further notice.

The Amtrak Cascades passenger rail link between Vancouver and Eugene, Ore., is affected.

It was due to leave the downtown Vancouver terminal at 6:35 a.m., but a note on the Amtrak website says the service is currently unavailable due to a disruption.


Under Pressure

White Rock emergency services were out in full force Wednesday evening in responding to a fire call in the NICOLE PLACE condo development on Thrift avenue.

Fire, police and an ambulance arrived on the scene responding to a fire call. Thankfully the small fire in a pressure cooker was confined there were no injuries and only slight smoke damage occurred.


Message from the City of Surrey to local residents

We’ve noticed an uptake in reports of people harvesting vegetation in our parks – most recently in Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest.
Could you please help us get a reminder out that the harvesting of vegetation in Surrey parks is prohibited by bylaw 13480, including:
· Berries
· Conks
· Mushrooms
· Fiddleheads
· Moss
Removing vegetation reduces food sources for native wildlife, and walking off trail to harvest can also lead to soil compaction, trampling of vegetation, and erosion in our sensitive urban natural areas.
We appreciate your continued partnership and support in circulating this message. Please report any incidents of people harvesting vegetation from Surrey parks to 604-501-5050.


June 26, 2018

Surrey Radio Host Targeted

The IndoCanadian Voice is reporting that "The Voice has learned that shots were fired at a Punjabi radio CEO late Saturday night while she was driving in Surrey. Ashiana Khan was driving alone when someone in a vehicle fired shots at her. Police arrived on the scene and towed her vehicle away. Khan is the CEO of Media Waves Communications that broadcasts out of Surrey. She had been handling many controversial talk shows that seemed to have angered some powerful people in the community."

In January 2018 Business Vancouver reported that "A former member of Simon Fraser University’s board of governors and a former director of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority are suing internet radio broadcaster Media Waves Communications Inc. and several others, claiming they were defamed in online postings and radio call-in shows that falsely accused them of misappropriating grant money doled out by the B.C. government."

Radio hosts Ashiana Khan was named as one of the defendants. The Surrey Docks are the ones trying to replace the Massey tunnel against the wishes of the residents of Richmond so they can dredge the Fraser and load more coal onto the ships from the Surrey Docks. Coal is not progressive. Natural gas is. Who runs the docks again? Please advise.

Ashiana also helped plan the recent gang violence rally at Surrey City Hall.



Late Night Bus Service To Surrey Extended

The last Canada Line train leaves downtown @ 1:20 a.m. arriving at the Bridgeport station at approximately 1:40. The last bus to White Rock/South Surrey departs at 1:50 a.m.

If you were to miss that train and bus you would be left downtown or charged with renting a room for the night. TRANSLINK announced yesterday the late night bus service to Central City/Whalley has now been extended to 4 a.m.

The bus departs from a new easily identified stop @ the corner of Georgia and Granville streets in downtown Vancouver - 4:09 a.m.


June 25, 2018

Cancer Drivers Car Wash

l-r George Garrett/Gordie Hogg/Mark Madryga

The weatherman co0operated yesterday for a fund raiser car wash at the local VW dealer on Johnston Road. GEORGE GARRETT retired CKNW news reporter who heads up a wonderful service of driving cancer patients to and from their treatments, called in a few friends to help raise awareness and funds.

Over $2,000.00 dollars was raised. MP Gordie Hogg and GLOBAL weatherman Mark Madryga gave up their Sunday afternoon for this very worthwhile cause. Thank you friends and neighbours.

You can still donate - click here


Broad Daylight Shooting in Surrey leaves one man dead – Victim Identified

Paul Bennett

Surrey: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has identified the victim from yesterday’s homicide in Surrey, B.C.

On June 23, 2018 at approximately 4 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received numerous calls of a shooting in the 18200 block of 67A Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds who was taken to hospital. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, the male victim succumbed to his injuries and IHIT was called in.

IHIT continues to work closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

To further the ongoing homicide investigation, IHIT is confirming that 47-year-old Paul Bennett of Surrey was the victim of homicide. It is still early in the investigation but investigators believe this was not a random incident. Investigators are working to determine motive.

“We are releasing Mr. Bennett’s name in an effort to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with leading up to the shooting,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. “We need those with information about this murder to come forward and speak with IHIT.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

June 23, 2018

Councillor Tom Gill Is SURREY FIRST'S Pick For Mayor

Surrey, BC (June 22, 2018): Mayor Linda Hepner announced this afternoon that Surrey First has selected four-term city councillor Tom Gill as its mayoral candidate in the October 20th municipal election.

“Tom’s experience and commitment to our city makes him a tremendous choice to be Surrey’s next mayor,” said Hepner, who announced in April that she was not running for re-election.

First elected in 2005, Gill and his wife Pav, and their three young children, have lived in Surrey for nearly 30 years. An accountant (CPA), Gill currently chairs the city’s finance and transportation committees. He also sits on the police committee and was a founding director of the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society.


Jogger Jailed At Peace Arch Crossing

CEDELLA ROMANa young mother visiting White Rock from France was apparently taken in custody in by U.S Customs officers in late May. ROMAN claims she was jogging near the Peace Arch border crossing when she became turned around and inadvertently ended up in the United States.

It Got a whole lot worse, very quickly. ROMAN.

ROMAN, a citizen of France who had traveled to Canada to visit her mother in B.C. and work on her English, didn't have any government-issued ID or travel permits on her.

Her mother lives in North Delta, B.C.

ROMAN was kept in custody until officials on both sides of the border had a chance to fully inspect her travel and citizenship papers. ROMAN was finally released back into her mother's custody June 6.

June 22, 2018

Indigenous Day

Semiahmoo First Nations chief HARLEY CHAPPELL and council member JOANNE CHARLES joined with their neighbours from the Katzie and Kwantlen nations for a huge celebration yesterday in Surrey's Holland Park.

Many of the 16,000 indigenous community members spent the afternoon listening to speeches, greetings and artistic performances.

Surrey has the largest number of Indigenous people in British Columbia. The event was the third annual gathering to honour our indigenous neighbours.


South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018 / 2019

Front row left: Dwayne Weidendorf- Peace Arch News, Patricia Lapena - Legal Shield, Maria Mura - Westminster Savings Credit Union Grandview, Linda Holmes - RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Harjit Chima - Envision Financial

Back row left:
Richard Coulter - Terracan Management, Cliff Annable - Commerce Pacific Holdings Ltd., Jeff Richards - J.E. Richards Ltd., Jim Purcell - Cloverdale Paint Inc., Terry Ross - Retired, Adam Smith - Uptown Business Machines Inc., Owen Barclay - Accessable Home & Property Services Ltd., Stewart Peddemors - Remax Colonial Pacific

The South Surrey and White Rock Chamber announced and welcomed the installation of its new Board for 2018/2019 at its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 held at the Rotary Field House.


June 21. 2018

Congratulations ULI'S

Today is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online reservations, has announced Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining, just in time for the height of outdoor dining season. British Columbia has 30 restaurants featured as top outdoor dining spots, including:

· Provence Marinaside (Vancouver)
· Uli's Restaurant (White Rock)
· Villa Rosa Ristorante (Penticton)
· Quails' Gate Estate Winery (Old Vines Restaurant – Kelowna)
· Hart House Restaurant (Burnaby)
· Hillside Winery & Bistro (Penticton)


June 19, 2018

Retiring Mayors Last Hurrah

Outgoing Surrey and White Rock mayors announce final "State of the city Addresses"

Surrey mayor LINDA HEPNER

Surrey mayor LINDA HEPNER had to reschedule her State of the City Address that was scheduled for May due to labour problems at the Sheraton Guildford. A new date has now been finalized. September 19 @ 11 a.m. with lunch to follow. Ticket information will be made public soon.


White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN

White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN will deliver his final "State of the City Address" Thursday June 27 @ the Morgan Creek golf course in Surrey

State of the City 2018

Date & Time: June 27, 2018 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
The annual State of the City address is June 27.

Hosted by the South Surrey & White Rock (SSWR) Chamber of Commerce, join Mayor Baldwin at the annual State of the City address to learn more about the accomplishments of White Rock City Council throughout the 2014 - 2018 term, the status of council corporate priorities and more.

Location: Morgan Creek Golf Course
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Click here to purchase tickets and more event information.


June 19, 2018

Sabotage? Theft? Vandalism?

Monday morning White Rock RCMP members canvassed the area near where the city of White Rock is constructing a giant parkade at the corner of Vidal Street & Victoria Avenue.

The RCMP were trying to ascertain if there were any surveillance cameras in the neighbourhood that might help in their investigation to what happened at the parkade site Sunday evening. The few details available from a representative of JACOB BROTHERS the construction company building the parkade, would lead one to believe something didn't add up. Late Sunday evening a person or persons entered the site and tried to cut the cables that run the full length of the crane structure. The construction company rep said there was also evidence other cables on the site had been tampered with but no cables were actually stolen.

Worker re-attaching cables

Calls to the White Rock RCMP by the White Rock Sun have gone unanswered.


June 13, 2018

Surrey's Longest Serving Councillor Not Seeking Re-election in October

Judy Villeneuve, the longest-serving city councillor in Surrey’s history, has announced that she is not seeking re-election in October.

Villeneuve, who has served on Surrey City Council ever since being first elected in 1989, has a well-earned reputation as an articulate community advocate for social, environmental and cultural causes. Villeneuve is chair of Surrey’s Social Policy and Public Art Advisory committees, a member of the finance and police committees, and a Surrey representative on the board of Metro Vancouver.

“My family and I moved to Surrey more than 40 years ago, but even back then it was easy to see Surrey’s incredible potential,” said Villeneuve. “My 29 consecutive years on council have given me a tremendous opportunity to watch our city evolve and mature, and while I know there’s still plenty more to be done in the years ahead, I also know I want to spend more time with my family and make room for new voices who can continue building and shaping our city’s future.

Mayor Linda Hepner said Judy Villeneuve’s name is synonymous with public service, and her fingerprints are on much of what makes Surrey so appealing to families right across the city.

“Judy has always been a tireless worker and advocate for a Surrey that is inclusive, creative, and caring,” said Hepner. “When Judy speaks, people in Surrey listen, because they know she always puts their interests first, particularly when it comes to shaping neighbourhoods, and tackling important issues such as homelessness, art and culture, public safety and urban design. No one on council has Judy’s years of experience, and that’s been of tremendous value as we continue to write the next chapter in the Surrey story.”

Villeneuve said that while she will miss sitting on council, she’s looking forward to staying engaged, particularly when it comes to issues that are important to Surrey’s future.


June 11, 2018

Double Fatal Crash discovered By Passer By

On June 10, 2018 at 06:30 Surrey RCMP received a report of a serious motor vehicle crash located at 192 Street and 16th Avenue. Once police were on scene they discovered two adult males deceased inside the vehicle. Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) along with the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (ICARS) have gathered evidence from the scene and Surrey CCIT will be continuing with the investigation.

During the initial stage of the investigation the evidence gathered has suggested that the single vehicle was traveling south on 192 Street at a high rate of speed. The vehicle appears to have failed to negotiate a left or right turn at the "T" intersection located at 16th Avenue, without stopping he vehicle crossed 16th Avenue and into some bushes rolling several times coming to rest at a nearby cemetery.

Surrey RCMP have since learned that the vehicle was stolen from Langley sometime overnight and reported this morning when the owner realized the vehicle was gone. Both males were known to police for their criminality.

Anyone with information about the suspect or this incident to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or


Have A Read - Then Have Your Say

The City of White Rock’s 2017 Annual Report is out!
How many program registrations do you think White Rock Recreation and Culture processed in 2017? Or, what was the total of Civic Grants-in-Aid awarded by the City? Find the answer, and so much more in our 2017 Annual Report.

Read the Annual Report here:

Come to the Monday, June 25 Regular Council meeting to ask questions, or provide comments about the Annual Report (submissions accepted until 12 noon on Monday, June 25, 2018).


June 09, 2018

The first completed portion of Memorial Park, the widened promenade, will open at the beginning of July!
In order to complete the remainder of the upgrades, the parking lot located to the east of Memorial Park will be closed from June 18 until the end of the construction at Memorial Park. We understand this is an inconvenience and left the parking lot open to the public for as long as possible.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to complete this project. For more information about the Memorial Park project, please visit



June 07, 2018

Surrey mayor LINDA HEPNER will host a special evening devoted to recognizing artists living in our community

The Semiahmoo Peninsula is well represented MARY MIKELSON (Mind & Matter Gallery North Bluff) is nominated in the Legacy category while ROXANNE CHARLES has been recognized in the Arts and Innovation category.

The winners will be announced June 15 at the awards show to take place in the newly opened hotel in Central City/Whalley.


Vancouver Follows White Rock's Lead

The majority of Vancouver council voted this week to follow the lead of White Rock, Winnipeg, Calgary, Dawson Creek and locally Langley Township in "randomizing" their names on the upcoming October civic election ballot.

In some quarters it is felt if you list the names alphabetically the people at the top have a much better chance of being selected. Experts claim there is a burnout factor in voters as their eyes glaze over reading so many names on the ballot.

The next civic election is October 20,2018. Mark your calendars and PLEASE VOTE.


When Life Imitates Art or Vice Versa

The tale of two friends. The photo above was taken by CORRY KRITICOS. It is on the east side of Blackie Spit.

The painting below is by another friend SHERRON FAIRBAIRN. A little weird because neither one of them knew each other or their art when these two pics arrived I said to myself "I think I have seen that somewhere before."


June 06, 2018

Fatal shooting in Surrey leaves two dead - Victims Identified

(click here for this week's entertainment news)

l-r Jaskaran Singh Bhangal / Jaskarn Singh Jhutty

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken conduct of a double homicide investigation in Surrey, B.C.

On June 4, 2018 just after 10:30 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of two bodies found in the area of 192 Street and 40 Avenue. When officers arrived, they found two unresponsive males lying roadside with gunshot wounds. The victims were declared deceased at the scene and IHIT took conduct of the investigation.
Earlier at 9:46 p.m., the Surrey RCMP was alerted to a burning vehicle in the area of 184 Street and 29A Avenue. IHIT would like to speak with anyone that has information about this vehicle.
At 11 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received a call of a second burning vehicle in the area of 177 Street and 93 Avenue. Investigators have determined that this burnt vehicle was a Honda Accord and would like to speak with anyone that has information about it.
To further the ongoing investigation and to determine their activities leading up to the homicides, IHIT is confirming that 16-year-old Jaskarn Singh Jhutty and 17-year-old Jaskaran Singh Bhangal, both residents of Surrey, were the victims of homicide. It is early in the investigation but investigators believe this was a targeted incident. Both teenagers were enrolled in school in Surrey, Jhutty was in grade 10, Bhangal was in grade 11.
We believe there are people who have information about what happened to Jaskarn and Jaskaran last night, says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIIT. Please reach out and speak with IHIT so that we can hold those responsible to account.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

June 05, 2018

Local Kinder Morgan Protest

Dozens of protesters yesterday descended on the office of MP Gordie Hogg located in in Peninsula Village. HOGG was in Ottawa in the House of Commons. The protesters milled about talking with each other sharing their reasons for opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline the Liberal government recently purchased.

HOGG'S executive assistant and riding point person DEB SALH informed the crowd HOGG was in Ottawa. She then made her way through the crowd handing out cards with all of HOGG'S contact info.

Prime minister TRUDEAU will meet with representatives of the STOLO nation today in Chilliwack. Talks continue between Chief ERNIE CREY and the Liberal government on the possibility of a consortium of First Nations bands in Western Canada purchasing the Kinder Morgan pipeline.


On Monday June 11, join Protectors standing with Coast Salish Water Protectors to stop Kinder Morgan's toxic diluted bitumen pipeline and tanker project. Take bold action or join the rally and witness in support.

Let's show anyone foolish enough to buy this project exactly what they will be getting - ongoing resistance that will not stop until this ill-conceived and risky project is dead in the water.

What: Bold Action Against the Buy Out!
Date: Monday, June 11
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby
Map link: (Parking on N Cliff Ave)


Name The Park


The All Abilities/ All Ages Playground is opening at the end of July – and we need your help to name it!

The new all abilities park will be located in RUTH JOHNSTON PARK located in the NW corner of Centennial Park.
Have some fun and share your creative genius - submit your name idea here:…/all-abilities-playground-cont
The winner will be invited to the playground's grand opening event in late July and will receive a prize!


He's Out - Watch Out

Surrey RCMP warns of serial rapist in Newton area who may drive a Honda Accord

UPDATE June 01, 12 p.m.

At approximately 02:00 am on May 26, 2018, Surrey RCMP received a report of an assault in the 14800 block of 73 Avenue. A 17 year-old female youth was walking on 73 Avenue when she was assaulted from behind by an unknown male. The youth was able to break free and the incident was quickly reported to the police. Officers in the area located an adult male driving a grey Honda Accord, and identified him as a person of interest.

Following subsequent investigation, the adult male was arrested on May 27 in connection with 4 incidents of sexual assault occurring on April 24, May 20, May 22, and May 26. He has been released from custody as the investigation continues and information is gathered for submission to the BC Prosecutions Service.

Surrey RCMP is providing personal safety tips to the community:
· Keep your head up, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
· Walk with others when possible
· Plan your route to avoid isolated areas

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers,

if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or go to



June 03, 2018

Beginning Sunday, July 1, transit fares will increase by 5 to 10 cents.

The change was announced in November 2016 as part of Phase One of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Regional Transportation.

Starting July 1:

Single-use concession fares will increase by five cents for Stored Value fares and 10 cents for cash fares.
Single-use adult fares will increase by 10 cents (this includes HandyDART).
DayPass fares will increase by 25 cents.
Monthly pass fares will increase between $1 and $2, depending on zone type.
Fare increases will be the same on West Coast Express.
Just like today, Compass Card holders who use Stored Value will continue to enjoy a discounted fare compared to cash customers. Even with these increases, Metro Vancouver continues to have the lowest average fares of all major Canadian cities.


June 04, 2018

Watch For It!

National billboard exhibition celebrates Indigenous resilience through art
For the next two months, works by 50 Indigenous female artists will be displayed on 174 billboards across Canada.

(painting above is taken from TERRI LYNN WILLIAMS - DAVIDSON'S recent book "Out Of Concealment)

Local resident Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, a Haida artist and lawyer, uses her art to open a dialogue about Indigenous land rights and territory. “This particular piece explores the antiquated laws and fallacy of the Canadian government stealing land and resources from Indigenous Peoples,” says Williams-Davidson, referring to her billboard art depicting a half-woman, half-octopus supernatural being. “Despite all the suppression, despite the enacting of provincial and federal laws across Canada, our Indigenous laws still prevail and still govern our Peoples’ actions over the land and sea.”


White Rock Beer Boulevard

Three Dog Brewery was preparing to pack up and move out of town once they got notice the Royal Bank Plaza which houses their brewery was going to be re-developed.

As luck would have it last week they were able to sign a lease for the old market on Johnston road @ Russell Avenue. Once the pub relocates White Rock will have two craft breweries located next door to each other.

Three Dogs & White Rock Beach beer will soon be neighbours.


June 01, 2018

White Rock’s Official Flower:

Have You Seen the Nootka Rose?

Blooming between May and July, the Nootka Rose is a fragrant, pink, perennial flower, two inches across. You can find her perched in deciduous shrubs that can grow up to six feet. She is special to White Rock as a native plant to the land, and does her part to keep the city beautiful and to prevent soil erosion.

The best place and perhaps the only place to view our NOOTKA ROSE is along the North Bluff wall of Shoppers Drug Mart in Semiahmoo Mall.


May 31, 2018

Four-term Surrey Councillor Mary Martin Announces Retirement

First elected in 2005, Martin sits on the City’s finance and police committees, chairs Surrey’s Diversity Advisory Committee and Healthy Communities Partnership, and represents Surrey on the board of Metro Vancouver.

“Over the past 13 years, it has been a real honour to serve the citizens of Surrey, and to have worked so closely with Linda Hepner and Dianne Watts, two genuinely amazing mayors,” said Martin. “At the same time, I have also enjoyed working in collaboration with my Surrey First council colleagues on issues and opportunities that make our city a tremendous place to live, work and raise a family. Surrey has certainly changed over the past 13 years, and grown substantially. Families and businesses like what they see here, and that speaks volumes about our city’s potential. I also want to acknowledge and thank our city staff, everyone from the senior management team, to the many employees who work tirelessly every single day to make sure Surrey has earned its role as a great city, one with an incredible future.”

Martin said it was time for her to focus on her family, and to give others in the community the chance to step up and help shape Surrey in the exciting years ahead.


Four Legged Friends Happy

Pet owners will no doubt welcome the latest business to set up shop in Central Plaza

BOSLEY'S PET FOOD PLUS will open in late summer in the old Shoppers Drug Mart Supply Outlet next to Nature's Fare.

May 29, 2018

South Surrey To Get Performing Arts Centre

Approval of the 10-year Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Strategic Plan was unanimously given by Surrey City Council at last night’s regular Council meeting. The 10-year PRC Strategic Plan outlines the future development or expansion of 45 parks across Surrey, including 25 new neighbourhood level parks, new athletic parks in Grandview Heights and Fleetwood, a new riverfront park along the Nicomekl River and new urban parks in Newton, Guildford and Fleetwood Town Centre.

“As Surrey flourishes, it is Council’s responsibility to plan for the future and keep pace with the ever growing demands placed on our parks, recreational and cultural amenities,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “The 10-year PRC Strategic Plan is both ambitious and necessary. It presents a vision of a healthy, green, inclusive community, where individuals, culture, and the environment thrive.”

The plan was developed with comprehensive community engagement and consultation. Launched in March 2017, more than 5,000 residents, businesses and community stakeholders have provided input into the plan. Built on the collaborative process, the 10-year PRC Strategic Plan calls for the following major capital projects and recommendations.

· new community centres in Clayton and Grandview Heights
· expansions to Fleetwood and Chuck Bailey Community Centres
· new ice rinks in Whalley and Cloverdale
· expansion to the Museum of Surrey
· new Interactive Arts Museum in City Centre
· performing arts facility in South Surrey-the performing arts facility in South Surrey would include a 300- to 400-seat theatre, rehearsal hall, classrooms and offices
· new Indigenous ceremony and gathering space.
“The PRC Strategic Plan is a 10-year vision and $357 million investment in major new initiatives and projects to help meet the growing needs of BC’s second largest city,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “This plan is a detailed blueprint that will set the direction for the high level of amenities and services that our residents can expect in the coming decade.”


Rental Housing Task Force launches provincewide consultation

British Columbia’s Rental Housing Task Force will tour the province in June 2018, stopping in 10 communities to engage British Columbians.

The task force is leading a review to modernize and balance provincial tenancy laws to provide safe, secure and affordable housing.

The focus will be on both renters and rental housing providers. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on a range of issues of importance to them by attending a regional public meeting, making a written submission and sharing their ideas via an online engagement site.

Community Meetings
The Rental Housing Task Force will host public meeting in 10 locations during the month of June. The primary audience for these sessions are rental housing providers and renters. The meeting will be 3 hours in length and will be a facilitated workshop that will share perspectives from each group with the goal of identifying solutions and ideas for the task force to consider as they develop their recommendations. Please register for a session by clicking on the Eventbrite link below.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of each meeting. For those outside of these communities or unable to attend, you can provide feedback online.

Date: Thursday June 28
Location: Bridgeview Community Centre
11475 126A St, Surrey
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Eventbrite Registration


Memorial Park Update

Work on the beautification of Memorial Park on the White Rock waterfront is heading into the final stages. The city of White Rock is hopeful the park will be open in early - mid July.



All Abilities Park Taking Shape

The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation in association with White Rock Fire & Rescue are hopeful to have the beautiful newly created all abilities recreation site in Rutyh Johnston Park section of Centennial Park.

The park is expected to be complete by the end of summer.




May 25, 2018

Kayaker Safe

Christy Fox photo

Early yesterday evening a kayaker was out past the City of White Rock’s pier when his craft overturned and his attempts to right it failed. As a result, the kayak began to take on water and the individual who was without a life jacket, started to swim towards shore but was becoming exhausted. Thankfully, his yells for help were heard on shore and White Rock Fire Rescue was notified. The arriving crew located the individual and two firefighters put on personal flotation devices and entered the water. They swam out approximately 500 yards to the individual and pulled him onto shore. Other than extremely tired, the individual was examined by a B.C. Ambulance crew and released.


May 24, 2018

Surrey hatching plan to buy out 400 Crescent Beach homes as sea levels rise

As climate change progresses, Crescent Beach 'would turn into a wetland,' engineer says.

(listen to the CBC report with Project Manager for the city of Surrey - Matt Osler)


Portion of Promenade Closed

Due to the construction of Memorial Park, the City of White Rock needs to close a section of the promenade for a few weeks. We apologize for this inconvenience.
We have created a temporary access route to the Pier from Marine Drive. Please refer to the attached photo. During this closure period of the promenade, please follow the diversion created for your safety.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work to complete Memorial Park.

May 23, 2018

US judge scraps Oakland, California, ban on coal shipments

Our neighbours directly to the south, Washington and Oregon for years have banned the export of thermal coal from their ports due to health concerns.

The resulting shipments of dirty coal through White Rock and South Surrey to the Deltaport and the Surrey docks has been controversial to say the least.

San Fransisco is now prepared to allow thermal coal shipments out of their port. The move has upset many residents.

(read the full story here)


The Kent Street Seniors Centre was the scene of an accident on Tuesday where an elderly driver mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal. The car was damaged when it hopped the curb and hit a couple of cedar trees that stopped it from going over a high retaining wall directly behind them. The lady driver was shaken but unhurt and might now want to consider taking transit in the future..


May 20, 2018

GRANDIEW CORNERS Cyclist Struck Motor Vehicle Collision

Surrey RCMP is currently on scene at a cyclist struck motor vehicle collision in the South Surrey area.

On May 19th at approximately 2:33 pm Surrey RCMP responded to a cyclist struck collision at the intersection of 154 Street and 32 Avenue. .
Initial indications are that there may be serious injuries involved in this collision.

Traffic in the area will be affected for an undetermined time as officers continue their investigation. The east bound lanes of 32 Avenue will be closed between 152 Street and 154 Street. Traffic will also be closed at the intersection of 28th Avenue and 156 Street for all traffic wishing to take Croydon Drive. The public is requested to avoid the area until further notice.
If they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

White Rock Railway Crossing Upgraded Continue

Next year once the upgrades are completed on the six level crossings along the White Rock waterfront, all crossings will have:

- Flashing lights

- Warning bells

- Wooden barrier arms

The city is hopeful they will be able to have the bells lowered in decibels as none of the crossings will be for cars and the thought is walkers will be able to hear the bells much easier. If not the complaint letters from Marine Drive residents will be pouring into city hall.


May 18, 2018

Democracy Direct Announce First Candidate

Democracy Direct the ad hoc group of disgruntled residents of White Rock and South Surrey announced Wednesday evening DARRYL WALKER is their choice for a run up to the mayor's chair in the upcoming October 20 civic election.

Darryl Walker was elected president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union in 2008, and was re-elected to that position in June 2011. The BCGEU represents over 65,000 women and men in more than 450 bargaining units in B.C.'s public service, broader public sector and the private sector. Walker was the BCGEU president until 2014.

Walker has worked as a health care worker and activity worker at the Forensic Psychiatric Institute and Riverview Hospital since 1973, where he was responsible for coordinating group programs and providing support for people with mental illness in a secure setting.

A BCGEU activist since 1982, Walker became a job steward and took an active role in the Operation Solidarity campaign to oppose the Social Credit government's program of severe cuts to public services.

Democracy Direct is expected to announce their full slate of 6 candidates for White Rock council in the coming weeks.


May 17, 2018

Johnston Road Streetscape Construction Notice

The City would like to inform residents and businesses of the upcoming construction work starting this week on Johnston Road from North Bluff Road to Russell Ave.

The construction work involves the reconstruction and beautification of Johnston Road’s streetscape, which includes safer new sidewalks, convenient crosswalks, rain gardens and treed seating areas, to name a few exciting upgrades that will take place.

We are striving to minimize public impact over the long term and will take this opportunity to simultaneously upgrade the critical water and sewer infrastructure on this block and the block to the south a thereby ensuring capacity and reliability for this growing neighbourhood.

There will be partial road closures along Johnston Road between North Bluff and Russell during this time.

Signage and certified traffic control people will be in place. The work will begin on May 16, 2018 from 7:30am - 7:00pm.

(click here for more details)


May 16, 201

Cleaning Up Their Act

TransLink announced yesterday (TUesday) that the first of 106 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses have arrived and will begin serving customers on Surrey streets this week, with full roll out of the new clean energy buses by the end of the year.

Once all the new buses are in service, it will mean more than half the 209 buses in the Surrey fleet will be new, providing a better customer experience.

Benefits of the new CNG buses include:

· Reduced greenhouse gas emissions – 13-21% less than diesel buses
· Fuel cost savings – 60% less than diesel (saving $2.1 million annually)
· Longer engine life – additional 200,000 kms (compared to typical diesel fleet)
· Improved safety – All buses will have an operator safety barrier installed

With the addition of these new buses, more than half of TransLink’s conventional bus fleet will run using clean energy, and will include:

· 262 electric trolley,
· 252 compressed natural gas, and
· 252 hybrid diesel buses

The total cost of the CNG bus purchase, along with upgrades to the Surrey Transit Centre that includes a new fueling facility and other works to accommodate the new buses, is approximately $86 million. Of this, about 80% of the total comes from the federal gas tax, allocated by the Metro Vancouver board of directors. The remainder is funded by TransLink.


Free Uptown - Waterfront Shuttle Returns


May 15, 2018

Second Anniversary Five Corners Fire

White Rock RCMP classify the file on the Five Corners Fire May 15, 2016 as active.

(Click here to read the May 20th story on the series of events that led to the fire that roared through the condo development under construction and the units on Pacific Avenue. There were no injuries as a result of the fire)

May 13, 2018

Peace Arch Hospice Opening

l-r MP Gordon Hogg/Robin Harper Hospice board president/local hospice founder Teresa Hotell/MLA Tracy Redies/White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin/Linda Hepner Surrey Mayor/Beth Kish Executive Director Hospice

Residents, volunteers and local dignitaries were on hand yesterday afternoon for the grand opening of the Peace Arch Hospice Supportive Care centre.

(learn more about the Peace Arch Hospice)

May 11, 2018

High Speed Rail Might Not Be A Pipe dream

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has issued the following statement in response to Microsoft’s contribution to an in-depth study into a potential ultra-high-speed corridor service connecting Vancouver, Washington state and Oregon:

“The Government of British Columbia commends Microsoft for its contribution of $300,000 (US) toward an in-depth study into the feasibility of an ultra-high-speed transportation corridor between Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and beyond.

“Shorter travel times between Vancouver and Seattle would support new tech partnerships and investment opportunities between our neighbours to the south and our growing tech sector here in B.C.


May 10, 2018


The beautiful boatyard mural painted by WR Artist and art advocate Judy Jordison in 1998
Was demolished this afternoon to build the 4 level parkade. The mural was commissioned by the City of White Rock.

Judy passed away last August.

May 08, 2018

Rubbed The Wrong Way

Surrey RCMP continue investigation of sexual assaults at day spas

Surrey RCMP advises that new allegations of sexual assault at a beauty spa in Surrey have been reported as a result of an initial appeal for potential victims (see previous release).

Since the appeal, seven additional victims have come forward to report sexual assaults at Iris Day Spas locations. Three incidents are alleged to have occurred at the Guildford location (10160 152 Street), three at the South Surrey location (1620 152 Street), and one at a location in Newton (7380 King George Boulevard) which is no longer in operation. These new allegations took place between 2014 and 2018 and are currently being investigated by the Surrey RCMP and the Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit.

Investigators believe there still may be other victims who have not yet come forward.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.
If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

......or go to


South Surrey Crime Zones - Surrey RCMP

Blue Dots - Auto Theft

Yellow Triangles - Theft from autos


Return of the White Rock Whalers

The Pacific Junior Hockey League will have twelve teams for the 2018-19 season with the announcement of an expansion franchise in the city of White Rock. The White Rock Whalers are owned by Ron Paterson and will play out of Centennial Arena on Saturday nights. A previous franchise, also called the Whalers, played at Centennial Arena from 1985-1989. The original Whalers were very successful, winning the league & provincial championships in 1988. For the past several seasons Paterson has been part-owner of the Richmond Sockeyes. The Whalers will join his former team in the Tom Shaw Conference. More information will be announced shortly.


May 07, 2018


Former Surrey Eagle BRANDON TANEV

Why not. There is a cool local angle to the Winnipeg Jets road to the Stanley Cup finals. BRANDON TANEV played his junior hockey days here on the Semiahmoo Peninsula with the Surrey Eagles. Drafted out of college TANEV has scored four goals in the last four games for the Winnipeg Jets.

Works for me.

Check out the video of BRANDON'S first NHL hat trick.

May 07, 2018

Weekend Rewind

Saturday large crowds wandering the streets of uptown White Rock were thrilled to discover the first annual White Rock Buskers Festival

Entertainer Cosmo stops for a visit with Kaye Kerlande.


!6th Annual Hike For Hospice Draws Record Crowd

l-r Hospice executive director BETH KISH, MP GORDIE HOGG, walk organizer LORI ISHIKAWA and ROBIN HARPER Hospice Board of Director

The weatherman fully co-operated in the annual Hike For Hospice around Crescent Beach. The funds raised will help support the work the Peace Arch Hospice provides for our community. Thank you.


Let's Go To The Market

South Surrey MLA Tracey Redies and MP Gordie Hogg were on hand to help market director Helen Fathers and her staff to officially open the 2018 season of "the heartbeat of our community."


May 04, 2018

Light Rail Becomes Reality

Mayor Linda Hepner and Surrey City Council launched the Light Rail Transit Vehicle Showcase at Central City Mall today. On hand for the launch were community, business and student advocates in support of Surrey Light Rail Transit. Over the next 9 weeks, Surrey residents will have the opportunity to explore the LRV and see what future transit technology will look like.

“By having a Light Rail Transit Vehicle for our residents to explore will allow them to see firsthand the urban-style LRT that is coming soon to Surrey,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Light Rail Transit is the technology of choice for cities in Canada and around the world looking to modernize its urban transit network. This sneak peak of what is to come in Surrey will allow our residents to learn more about LRT and how it is an integral component of Surrey’s city building vision.”

The Light Rail Transit Vehicle will be on display at several locations between now and July 1, including Newton, City Centre, Guildford, the Surrey International Children’s Festival and the Canada Day Celebration in Cloverdale.

See the Light Rail vehicle now until May 11 @ Surrey Central City Mall 12-6pm


White Rock - What's On Your Mind?

Share your thoughts and influence your community! From May 7-21, we invite White Rock residents, businesses, and property owners to complete short online surveys on the topics that interest you at While you are waiting for the surveys to launch, sign up for Signing up is quick and easy


May 02, 2018

Surrey Light Rail Price Tag Rises Over 400 Million


KEVIN DESMOND the CEO of Translink announced this week the price tag for the Surrey light rail system is now projected to be $1.6 billion. The price tag is a 33 percent jump since the original estimate in 2015 of $410 million


April 30. 2018

Your Ride Is Here

Hundreds of friends and family came together Saturday at the Semiahmoo Fish and Game club in South Surrey to say goodbye and remember the good times and memories of Rick Saunders.

Saunders operated White Rock Muffler for a number of years at the corner of Marine Drive and Oxford street on the White Rock waterfront.


April 27, 2018

South Surrey Homicide

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team assumes conduct of suspicious death investigation

Thursday just after 3:30 p.m., the Surrey RCMP was called to 12 Avenue between 176 Street and 184 Street after a report of a suspicious death was received.  Upon police attendance, a deceased adult was located.


IHIT seeking witnesses in Surrey homicide – Victim Identified

Surrey: On April 26, 2018 just after 3:30 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of a deceased male found roadside in the 17800-block of 12th Avenue. The victim had injuries consistent with homicide.

Soon after the discovery of the victim on 12th Avenue, the Surrey RCMP received a call of a vehicle (no further description) on fire in the 18700-block of 28th Avenue. Investigators believe this vehicle may be related to the homicide and anyone with information about this vehicle is asked to contact the police.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and is working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

The victim has now been identified as 24-year-old Amin Vinepal (photograph attached) of Delta. IHIT is releasing Mr. Vinepal’s name in an effort to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with prior to his death. Mr. Vinepal was known to police and associated to gang activity. Investigators believe Mr. Vinepal’s murder was targeted and linked to other gang violence in the Lower Mainland.

“There are people who have information about what happened to Mr. Vinepal,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. “I urge anyone with information to please come forward and speak with IHIT so that we can hold those responsible to account.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


B.C. releases recreational pot rules — but prices and timelines still hazy

New legislation will regulate the wholesale and retail sale of pot in B.C.

(click here for the full report)

NOTE - The City of White Rock will host an OPEN HOUSE to allow your feedback on how you would like to see the sale and distribution of marijuana in our city by the sea.

A series of Open houses will be staged Monday May 7th &Tuesday May 8th (4:30-7:30 p.m.) and Friday May 12 (1-4 p.m.) The May 8 session will specifically focus on cannabis sales in White Rock.

All meetings will be held at the White Rock Community Centre.

(click here for TALK WHITE ROCK for more info)


Metro Vancouver scraps pay raises for politicians

Following public outcry, the board has unanimously voted to cancel a remuneration package it had approved for itself last month. At an ongoing meeting, board members are discussing the hiring of an independent advisor on next steps.


Victoria Comes To The Aid OF Renters

There’s some fairly interesting things happening in the B.C. legislature right now – three bills were introduced for first reading yesterday:

Bill 18 – 2018: Local Government Statutes (Housing Needs Reports) Amendment Act, 2018
contemplates a new mandatory requirement for local governments – the creation of ‘housing needs reports’ that assesses local housing conditions (such as typology and number) for both current and anticipated future needs. It also obligates local governments to collect statistical data on various social, economic, and demographic indicators … and these reports must be produced every five years (maximum three years immediately after final assent of this bill).

Bill 23 – 2018: Local Government Act Statutes (Residential Rental Tenure Zoning) Amendment Act, 2018 may now allow local governments to zone for rental – whether ‘wholesale’ for each zone, or purely on a partial basis by unit number, percentage, or ‘portion’. Just like use or density, tenure will not be ‘variable’. There are also some interesting non-conformity and strata clauses in here.

Bill 25 – 2018: Real Estate Development Marketing Amendment Act, 2018
will amend the Act to require developers to file a report whenever a condo is re-assigned/sold prior to the completion of construction – and provide the Province with the ability to investigate if this information is not being disclosed.

April 24, 2018

Will That Be Cash Or Visa?

TransLink announced today that starting May 22, our card readers will accept contactless Visa® and Mastercard® credit cards and mobile wallets as a convenient way to pay an adult, cash fare.

This technology will mean no more ticket line-ups, digging for exact change or worrying about pre-calculating zones for customers who don’t have a Compass Card. This new feature will be especially convenient for tourists and infrequent riders – they can simply tap and ride.

TransLink’s card-clash marketing campaign continues to remind customers to tap only the card they wish to be charged, not a wallet or phone case with multiple cards inside. This will ensure the correct card is charged once the technology goes live. If a customer presents more than one card to a card reader, the system will charge the first card it detects, which may not be the one the customer intended for payment.


Metro Vancouver Releases Population Projection For Fraser Valley

Langley city councillor NATHAN PACHAL looks at Metro Vancouver's projected growth over the next 25 years. Seniahmoo peninsula projected to more than double.

" Last week, I posted about population growth in our region based on the latest information available from the Metro Vancouver Regional District. One of the significant shifts is population is the migration of people who currently living in Vancouver and Burnaby, towards Surrey and Langley. What will the population in our region look like in the next 20 years? The following map shows the projected population by 2041, including the change in population from the latest census. "

(read Pachal's full commentary)

April 16, 2017

No One's Home

A BC-CTV investigative report reveals startling facts on empty homes in our city.

In Surrey, there were 11,195 homes deemed non-resident occupied in the 2016 census. There were 5,829 in Burnaby, 4,021 in Richmond, and 3,068 in Coquitlam.
Some municipalities saw dramatic increases last year: 27 per cent in North Vancouver, 35 per cent in White Rock and 79 per cent in Delta.
White Rock and North Vancouver are among the suburbs with the highest percentages of non-resident occupied homes.

(read the full story)


April 15, 2018

Surrey RCMP Investigating Sexual Assaults @ Local Spa

The incidents allegedly happened at Iris Day Spas located at 1620 152 Street and 10160 152 Street between 2016-18.

Victims were allegedly sexually assaulted by an employee as they received massages, the RCMP said in a news release.

The RCMP arrested 58-year-old Rongxian Li in connection with two incidents that happened in December 2017 during the investigation.

He’s been charged with two counts of sexual assault in relation to those incidents, and he’s expected in court on April 19.

Surrey RCMP believe four former employees of the local day spa chain sexually assaulted their clients while giving them massages, and investigators are asking for other alleged victims to come forward.

Police continue to investigate three other incidents. One is alleged to have taken place in 2016 and two more are alleged to have happened in 2018.


Come On & Take A Free Ride


The City of White Rock will launch a courtesy waterfront shuttle service to help people move along the waterfront on Marine Drive during the revitalization of Memorial Park and construction of the new parkade.

The free shuttle service will run from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week from April 6 to September 30, with stops along Marine Drive. The shuttle will make approximately 3 round trips per hour, traffic dependent.

The shuttle will run in conjunction with the free trolley service that begins on the Victoria Day Long weekend in May. Stay tuned for more details!



Langley RCMP need your help finding missing 46-year-old Jonny Droege.

Droege is from White Rock and was last seen on April 12th at his mother's home in Langley. Police say his Ford F-150 was found parked in the area of 204A Street and 20th Avenue.
He's described as a Caucasian man with a medium build, brown hair and blue eyes. Droege is about 5'10" tall, weighs 180 lbs, is clean shaven and balding.

A search is being requested of the Campbell Valley Park area today.

You're asked to contact Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200 if you know where Droege is or if you have any information on his whereabouts.

April 15, 2018

Our Own DON PITCAIRN Stirs Up Shoreline Dump Site

Following a recent slide on the BNSF rail line between White Rock & Crescent Beach White Rock Sun columnist sent out a press release to all the Lower Mainland media regarding how BNSF dealt with the rubbish on their rail line. Dump it on the beach?

Today LARRY PINN of The Province newspaper joins the discussion.

(click here to read PYNN'S story)


With both White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN and Surrey mayor LINDA HEPNER announcing they will not be seeking re-election this October in the civic election, the Peace Arch News is running an online poll.

Will you vote for a slate or individuals in the next civic election?

Voting is closed. The results of the vote should come as no surprise to anyone living in White Rock.

SLATE - 15%



April 14, 2018

Thank You To Our Emergency Services - Semiahmoo Strong

The White Rock Fire Hall and the RCMP building both honoured the memory of the members of the Humboldt Broncos that lost their lives last weekend in that terrible bus/truck crash.


April 13, 2018

Federal Funding Announcement: Enabling Accessibility Youth Fund - Youth Innovation Component Pilot Initiative

White Rock/South Surrey MP Gordie Hogg addresses crowd

Yesterday afternoon the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, met with City officials and community youth leaders, in White Rock, to highlight their efforts in building a more inclusive and accessible Canada.

The young leaders were some of the recipients of funds through the youth stream of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) and played a leadership role in helping to address accessibility barriers in our community.

Jacquelyn Perry worked with Feral Boardsports to get funding for the Paddle Board Modification to Support Accessibility project. This project received $716 in funding through the EAF for the purchase of two paddle board back rests and two kayak paddles.

Alex Magnussen worked with the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation to get funding for the All Abilities All Ages Playground project. This project received $10,000 in funding through the EAF for the construction of an accessible playground.

Sierra Dean worked with the Semiahmoo House Society to get funding for the Beach Wheelchair project. This project received $4,906 in funding through the EAF for the purchase of a beach wheelchair and the modification of two existing beach wheelchairs.

April 11, 2018

Statement From Mayor Hepner

For 33 years the City of Surrey has been a chosen priority in my life and I have been honoured to serve the people of this City.

Now after this four year term as Mayor, nine years as Councillor and more than two decades as a senior staff member, I have decided not to seek re-election at the end of this Council term.

During my time with Surrey, the City has evolved from a modest suburb into the region’s second metropolitan centre and a globally recognized leading edge city. I am very proud to have contributed to this transformation, but there will always be more to do, more to achieve and, therefore, there is never an ideal time to leave.

I have thought long and hard about this and it has not been an easy decision to make, but I sincerely believe that now is the right time to dedicate more time to my family and friends.

I look forward to serving out my term as Mayor as we finalize the largest investment in transportation and housing in the City’s history. In my more than three decades at the City of Surrey, I have had the pleasure to work with remarkable people at all levels and I have made many friends along the way. To all the staff at the City, I want to thank you for the exceptional work you have done and continue to do. Finally, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people of Surrey for their ongoing trust and support. It has been an honour and privilege to serve you and the City of Surrey.


White Rock Daycare Discussion

Steele the Show:

White Rock's Shannon Versluis and the nearly impossible task of finding two childcare spaces together on extremely short notice.

(click here to listen to this week's episode on Daycare)


April 10, 2018

Spring Break Is Over

Watch last night's White Rock Council Meeting

(click here)

City Announce Park Purchase - New City Square

(located south of the White Rock Playhouse/currently an empty parking lot)

\The City of White Rock is acquiring the property at 1510 Johnston Road through the expropriation process, as approved by Council yesterday.

In 2011, residents, stakeholders, and the City came together to create a vision for a walkable, vibrant and amenity-rich Town Centre in White Rock. Based on community input, stakeholder engagement, and a three-day Design Charette (design workshop) a vision was created for the bustling heart of the City by the Sea through the Town Centre Urban Design Plan, which includes a network of public parks and plazas, open spaces and a Town Square for gathering and creating a pleasant, ‘main street’ environment.

Quick Facts:
· Town Centre projects that are currently underway as per Section 9.0 Town Centre and Town Centre Development Permit Area as per the City of White Rock’s new OCP:
o Work in Progress: Miramar Plaza
o Work in Progress: North Bluff Gateway

· No final purchase price has been determined at this time, however, the City looks forward to providing updates as this process progresses.


Make A - B Line To Langley

B-Line Program-illustration of Articulated Bus driving down a street
Get ready for shorter travel times, shorter wait times, and less crowding! There are four new rapid-service B-Line routes launching in Metro Vancouver in 2019, as part of Phase 1 of the Mayors’ Council Ten Year Vision. TransLink wants to hear from the public about these new B-Lines, as well as proposed changes to local routes, and changes to streets.


Emergency Preparedness Week May 6-12, 2018 / Are You Ready?

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness campaign co-ordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces, territories and municipal partners. Since 1996, the campaign has served to educate Canadians of the value in emergency planning and preparedness for emergencies and disasters of all kinds.

Know the risks specific to your community.
Develop a family emergency plan and practise it.
Prepare emergency kits for your home and your vehicle.
To learn more about how you can be prepared for a disaster, visit the Emergency Management BC website at:


Ever Dreamed Of Being A Firefighter?

White Rock Fire Rescue seeks a number of Auxiliary Firefighters (Paid on-call) to supplement the services of full-time firefighters by carrying a pager and responding to calls as needed, subject to availability. Requirements: completion of Grade 12 and valid BC Class 5 license with a safe driving record. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please apply by 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2018


April 09, 2018

Former Surrey Eagles player killed in Saskatchewan bus crash

Death toll in Saskatchewan bus crash rises

RCMP confirm the death toll following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash yesterday has now reached 15.

The Surrey Eagles confirm one of their former players is among the 14 people killed in yesterday's crash. They say Jaxon Joseph played in the BCHL during the 2015-2016 season.

Tom Cochrane performs in tribute to Humboldt Broncos
Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter Tom Cochrane honours the Humboldt Broncos and those affected by the tragedy in Saskatchewan with a special rendition of 'Big League'.


April 07, 2018

We're #2!

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) complaints

The Freedom Of Information office in Victoria has released its annual report on the number of FOI's that were filed with the office this year. Vancouver topped the list of cities that were the subject of FOI with 37 FOI's.

White Rock earned second place in British Columbia cities with 31 requests for information the city was not prepared to share with residents.



The entire block on the south side of Russell avenue between Johnston & George street has been sold to a developer. The selling price is rumoured to be 11.4 million dollars. TAKE II Dry Cleaners on the corner of Russell and Johnston Road is not part of the deal.

The property is located in the Town Centre where high-rise towers are permitted.

Residents of the condo on the north side of Russell @ George street have reported developers are also interested in their building.


April 07, 2018

Around Town

The lower level of the Ocean Promenade hotel on East Beach will soon have a licensed lounge. The current conference room and the former home of Watts Cooking will add to the holiday experience for visitors to the hotel as well as area residents.


Still with East Beach Zapoteca is taking the local dining scene by storm. Fusion takes on classic Mexican recipes are thrilling diners. Come summer this will be "the spot" to be.




Uptown at White Rock city hall a new sign has been erected on the lawn outside of the headquarters for administration as well as the council chambers.


Not funny. Recently someone thought it would be a funny idea to plaster the windows on the vacant Shoppers Drug Mart supply store in Central Plaza. The intended humour was to make people believe after White Rock council's bylaw regarding adult entertainment sites within the city one was actually going to open in the shopping centre. NOT!


April 05, 2018

White Rock born professor awarded 'Nobel Prize' of mathematics

Langlands Lumber Yard now occupied by La Baia restaurant Marine Drive

A former resident of White Rock mathematician has been awarded the Abel Prize — often referred to as the Nobel prize of mathematics, for a theory 50 years in the making.

Robert Langlands is credited with developing 'a grand unified theory of mathematics'

Langlands, who is now based in Montreal, said he first realized his talent for mathematics while helping out in his dad's White Rock lumberyard.

At age 13, he could instantaneously calculate the cost of the lumber being loaded into trucks, to the amazement of the baffled adults calculating metre by painstaking metre.


March 26, 2018

Surrey Light Rail One Step Closer

The Federal Government made a special announcement Monday the election promise of billions of dollars for infrastructure is now in place for Surrey's Light Rail and Vancouver's Broadway skytrain is in place. The federal announcement commits funding to the tune of 40% for both projects.

We have come to an agreement with the #BC government on the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan. This agreement confirms long terms stability for infrastructure funding in BC over the next 10 years. I'm pleased to join Ministers Amarjeet Sohi, Harjit Sajjan and MPs Gordie Hogg, Sukh Dhaliwal and Ken Hardie - MP, Fleetwood-Port Kells, BC Minister Claire Trevena and Chair of the Translink Council, and Burnaby Mayor, Derek Corrigan in making this $4.1B investment announcement.

Following the official announcement Surrey mayor LINDA HEPNER told the media "this is the outcome and step we were hoping for." Ottawa and Victoria have committed 40% each of the funding. HEPNER went on to say " I expect construction to begin in 2019 with phase one completed in 20121-22. Phase one will run from Whalley to Guildford Town Centre.


Information still needed for pedestrian hit and run investigation

Surrey RCMP continue to investigate a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian and is re-appealing for the public’s assistance to identify the driver.

The collision occurred at approximately 8:00 pm on March 18, 2018 in the 2700 block of King George Boulevard. The pedestrian who was struck was transported to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Speaking to the driver will allow us to find out what happened in this collision, says Cpl. Samantha Audley. We believe that the driver feels remorseful about what has happened, and coming forward to the police will help bring closure to both the driver and the person who they injured.

Police obtained a witness video from the time of the collision and photos from that video have been shared with the public to assist in identifying the driver and their passenger.

The suspect vehicle is a black 4 door sedan with a tan interior. Possibly an early 2000’s model Acura TL. The driver was wearing a black coat. The passenger was wearing a light coloured coat.

Police are also releasing a photo of a van, the driver of which may be a witness to the collision. Police would like to speak to the driver of the van.




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.



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



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



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.



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



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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