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June 05, 2024

HOV Closure on Highway 99

Drivers using Highway 99 in Delta are advised that construction work at the 78th Street Interchange is getting underway and there will be minor impacts to traffic for the duration of the project.

From Wednesday, June 5, 2024, until Aug. 31, 2024, the northbound Highway 99 high-occupancy vehicle (HOV)/transit lane will be closed within the project’s construction area, which is located between the Highway 99/Ladner Trunk Road interchange and the Highway 99/Highway 17 interchange.

The northbound Highway 99 general purpose lanes will remain open for people travelling toward the George Massey Tunnel. Transit will also use the general purpose lanes while the HOV/transit lane is closed.

Drivers are advised that a reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is also in effect through the construction zone. Use caution, obey traffic signage and the direction of traffic-control personnel.

Intermittent closures of the HOV/transit lane can be expected for the duration of the project in addition to other planned lane shifts/detours.

More information on the project is available here: https://letstalk.delta.ca/Parkwood

 

June 04, 2024

Local MLA Changes Party

Rob Shaw/THE ORCA

Bonnie Henry in the crosshairs of newly minted BC Conservative MLA Sturko

Former BC United politician wastes no time challenging previous party positions after crossing the floor this week

(click here to read the full story)

BC United MLA Elenore Sturko says she’s lost faith in her party’s ability to win the next election and is crossing the floor to join the upstart BC Conservatives.

The Conservatives are now the party to rally behind as the new centre-right choice to defeat the BC NDP, she said.

Sturko was elected in Surrey South as a BC Liberal in a 2022 by-election. She is the second United MLA in three days to defect to the Conservatives and leader John Rustad.

Sturko, nine months ago demanded Conservative leader Rustad “make an unequivocal apology” for calling homosexuality a “lifestyle,”

Speaking to reporters yesterday Kevin Falcon leader of BC United said he is “disappointed and frankly shocked” by Sturko’s decision. “Especially going over to a party that she has long disavowed both to me personally and to our caucus for being far too extremist and... having positions that no mainstream British Columbian is going to feel comfortable with.”

Falcon said he felt personally betrayed, having gone out on a limb to appoint Sturko as the candidate in Surrey South, adding he raised money and knocked on doors for her. “I did a whole bunch of things to help her become the very good person that she is, and she was very effective in opposition.

(Read TYEE'S Andrew Macleod report)

 

Careful On The Promenade

It is understandable that you may have missed the notice in the Peace Arch News from BNSF last week.

Buried deep in the classified section you would have found the annual notice BNSF is mandated to issue when they spray our waterfront for weed control.

The notice contains the wording:

"Precautions to minimize exposure to herbicides and contact information will be contained in treatment notices" which must be posted during the spraying which currently is planned for next week between June 10-14, 2024

 

June 03, 2024

SEE YOU NEXT SEASON

What a great year it was for OUR Surrey Eagles of the BCHL.

First they won the Coastal Division by eliminating the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, they then defeated Penticton Vees to win the Fred Page Cup to hold the honour of BCHL champions.

Last week they played for the first time in the Rocky Mountain Challenge and came up a little short against the Brookswood Bandits of Alberta.

 

HOCKEY YOU CAN'T AFFORD....to miss!!!!

 

June 02, 2024

Premier David Eby has issued the following statement celebrating Pride Season:

“June 1 marks the beginning of Pride Season in British Columbia and in many parts of Canada and around the world.

“Pride events will take place throughout the spring and summer in B.C., from community events in small towns to the iconic Vancouver Pride Parade, which draws thousands of people from around the world.

“Born out of protest, Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the many victories gained by 2SLGBTQIA+ people over the decades. Generations of activists have fought to live freely and openly as themselves and worked hard to win important rights, including marriage equality and protections under human rights legislation.

“Pride Season is a reminder that hate has no place in British Columbia. We are seeing a troubling rise in actions targeting queer communities, with transgender communities singled out with threats and violence.

“Equality is not up for negotiation. Everyone should be able to live without fear of violence or discrimination, to love whom they choose, and to live in safety.

“Whether you choose to take part in a parade, attend an event in your hometown or simply gather with close friends in your neighbourhood, Pride Season is a time to connect to community.

“To everyone celebrating throughout the province, from Nanaimo to East Van to Prince George – happy Pride!”

White Rock Pride Ride 2024

3rd Annual White Rock Pride Family Day

Love Is Love 2024 Gala / Fundraiser

(full details on White Rock Pride events - click here)

 

Light It Up!

The White Rock Pier the Longest Pier in Canada , built in 1914, is a popular destination for people from the Lower Mainland and beyond.

People come to the waterfront and the pier to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and beauty of Semiahmoo Bay. 

The City installed accent lights to the pier in 2018 to add to the beauty and enjoyment of the Pier experience and to celebrate annual occasions and/or build awareness for registered not-for profit causes that are important to the White Rock community and its visitors. 

 

June 01, 2024

Night Market Kick Off

Bill Hawke photo collage

The first White Rock Night Market drew hundreds of families to the already busy Memorial Plaza on the White Rock waterfront. With a focus on children activities the family fun night was a roaring success.

The markets will continue one Friday in July, August and September..

 

May 30, 2024

Let's Roll

BC United MLA Trevor Halford tests the mats

The EQUAL ACCESS COLLECTIVE/EAC held and information session and wheelchair accessibility session yesterday afternoon at our historic pier on the waterfront.

EAC under the leadership of SUSAN BAINS has been urging White Rock council and local politicians on the Provincial level and Federal level to step forward to make the pier accessible to all visitors to the White Rock waterfront. The group has clearly identified the need to increase accessibility to the pier for not only those in wheelchairs, but walkers and strollers also will more easily navigate the pier.

For demonstration purposes three different mat surfaces were on display as well as demonstration wheelchairs for those in attendance to first hand have the opportunity to check out the proposed mat surfaces.

The city of White Rock is actively attempting to secure government grants to help offset the estimated $100,000.00 it will take to upgrade our pier.

The matter will be back before council for consideration before the summer break in August.

 

Help Is On The Way

A new born seal pup now nicknamed NELSON was rescued on Monday from the breakwater near our pier.

The sea was just days old when representatives from the Vancouver Aquarium

On Monday, a male pup was spotted in White Rock on the breakwater near the popular pier. The seal was just days old and was trapped between the rocks.

"The seal, now named Nelson, is only a few days old and was found dehydrated and underweight due to maternal separation," according to the VAMMR, noting no other adults were seen in the area.

Anyone who spots a seal pup is asked to call 604-258-7325, Other marine mammals can be reported to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at 1-800-465-4336.

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May 29, 2024

White Rock Council Recap

WHITE ROCK COUNCIL UPDATE: May 27th 2024 Regular Council Meeting.

- All comments are my own and do not represent the City.

The following are some highlights and are NOT the entire meeting.

 

1. BILL 44 SMALL SCALE MULTI UNIT HOUSING (SSMUH)

- Bill 44 is Provincial Legislation imposed on Cities in BC

- The Province has expressly FORBIDDEN any public hearing in White Rock on these changes. Yes we have to do it by law, but we can't even hold a forum to hear what our residents think.

- Bill 44 states that any single family lot within 400meters of a major bus stop may be redeveloped into a 6 unit building WITHOUT any onsite parking. The area most impacted are the single family homes West of Oxford Street. So for example, if you lived on Thrift on Oxford, if every home was redeveloped on that block in accordance with Bill 44, you'd have 210 homes WITHOUT a single on site parking spot (street parking only) for just 1 city block.

- For the rest of White Rock, Bill 44 states that all other single family lots are rezoned to allow 3 or 4 homes per lot. Our consultants stated they are recommending a minimum of 600sq ft per unit, and the City is allowed to require SOME onsite parking (approx. 1/2 spot per unit). Public hearings are NOT allowed.

- If however you own a residential lot larger than 43000 square feet (there are a few in White Rock, mostly on the west side along Marine) then you are exempted from these forced zoning changes nor are there any plans for zoning changes any time soon. So most neighbourhoods will receive significant increases in density, unless you live in a neighbourhood with very large luxury homes, in which case there is no change.

2. NEW FINANCIAL SYSTEM FOR THE CITY

- The City will receive a new financial system - the current one being 17 years old. The cost is $3.5m, but that apparently is what these cost. Staff estimates that it will significantly improve service and annual operating costs are expected to run $35k less per year than the current dated system.

3. NEW STREET BANNERS REVEALED

- I think they look great and thanks to all the local artists who made submissions, and congratulations to those local artists whose designs were selected!

4. HIGH RISE PROPOSAL AT 1513 JOHNSTON AND A NEW CITY HALL.

- a 31 story high rise has been proposed at this location (current Beer Shack). The Internal Community Hub Committee (Mayor Knight, Cllr.Lawrence, and City staff) recommended that it is suitable as a location for a 35,000sq.ft finish City Hall. No information of public cost.

5. NOTICE OF MOTION: PIER MATS

- I asked to reconsider a previous motion on Accessible Pier Mats to be brought back at the next Council Meeting. Cllr.Ernie George Klassen would have liked to have done it, but was prevented due to procedural detail.

6. PIER MAT GRANTS

I'm pleased to say SPARC BC has given us a grant of $25000 for an accessible Pier Mat and the Self Advocates of Semiahmoo have donated an additional $5750. Thank you so much - now let's get this done!

(click here for agenda & video stream)

 

Thinking Of Purchasing An EBIKE?

........Check Out Surrey's Electric bike share pilot 

We've launched an electric bike share program as a two-year pilot in North Surrey to help reduce GHG emissions and reliance on vehicles.

The pilot project is operated by Bird Canada and here is how it works: 

  • Residents can rent from a supply of 300 electric bikes available throughout City Centre and Guildford Town Centre. 

  • Bikes are unlocked and paid for through the Bird Canada app, available for iOS and Android.

  • Bikes must be parked in designated parking areas called Bird Nests, which are viewable through the app.

  • Bike rides cost $1.15 to begin and $0.38 per minute. Ride passes are available with discounted rates. More details are available in the app.

  • Bikes cannot be used beyond the operating area. They will automatically slow down and alert you that you are outside the operating area. Your trip cannot be ended until you return to the operating area and park in a designated Bird Nest.

  • All bikes include a helmet, which is required for use under provincial law.

  • For questions related to parking, fares, maintenance, or the app, contact Bird Canada directly at surrey_311@birdcanada.co

     

What weather is in store this summer?

If you’re hoping for a lot of pool or beach time, you may be happy about this forecast.

Here are The Old Farmer’s Almanac weather predictions for the summer of 2024—including our summer weather maps for the U.S. and Canada.

 

Tuesday May 28, 2024

White Rock RCMP Officer To Ride - COPS FOR CANCER

Tarmii Miski / White Rock RCMP

Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley is an exciting annual event where police agencies and emergency service personnel cycle for 8 days across 800 km of the Fraser Valley region of BC, raising money for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society.?

Event details - September 13 - 20, 2024

Questions? Donate - copsforcancer@cancer.ca

Tour de Valley has grown on the strength of dedicated volunteers and community partners.

 

The fourth level of the West Beach Parkade located on Victoria Avenue is now open for the summer season. View parking rates at https://tinyurl.com/57u8zxza.

 

Monday May 27, 2024

Congratulations to OUR Surrey Eagles

Last evening in Penticton our Surrey Eagles of the BCHL emerged victorious with a 3-1 win over the Penticton Vees.

The EAGLES are now the winners of the FRED PAGE CUP the trophy of supremacy in the BCHL (Think Stanley Cup).

Congratulations and we will see you next year.

The Cup is coming to Surrey! Fans are welcome to come to the South Surrey Arena tomorrow for a meet and greet with players and the Fred Page Cup!

May 28th ~ South Surrey Arena ~ 7-8:30pm

 

May 26, 2024

Local Boy Guides The Eagles

Tav Morrison photo

When you see the Surrey Eagles defenseman streaking down the ice in his #4 jersey you are watching a true local make good situation.

TY BRASSINGTON for the past couple of years has proudly worn the captain's C on his chest.

BRASSINGTON first learned to skate on the outdoor rink in TULAMEEN outside of Princeton BC. His family later moved to White Rock where TY enjoyed attending Eagle's home games from the stands. Now he is front and centre.

Clap a little harder for our hometown boy.

 

May 23, 2024

Supreme Court sides with B.C., Surrey police transition to continue

Public Safety Minister MIKE FARNWORTH / Surrey Mayor BRENDA LOCKE

The City of Surrey's desire to stop the policing transition to a municipal force has hit its latest snag.

The BC Supreme Court has sided with the province, effectively throwing out the city's plan to keep the RCMP as the police force of jurisdiction.

The ruling comes after Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke submitted a judicial review of Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth’s July 2023 order that the RCMP must be replaced by the Surrey Police Service.

 

Minister’s statement on Surrey policing judicial review

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement following the favourable decision in the Surrey police transition judicial review litigation:

“People in Surrey want this to be over. I am hopeful that today’s ruling is the time to come together to complete the transition to the Surrey Police Service. 

“The safety of people in Surrey and across British Columbia has always been my main priority. Every action I have taken has been rooted in ensuring safe and effective policing so that when people call 911, help is on the way. 

“This ruling helps to provide certainty for the future of policing in Surrey, and I look forward to continuing that work.”

 

Statement from Chief Lipinski on Judicial Review Decision

“Surrey Police Service (SPS) is very pleased to learn that the Supreme Court of British Columbia has dismissed the City of Surrey’s petition for judicial review of the Minister's July 19, 2023 decision and Bill 36 (Police Amendment Act, 2023).  

“In July 2023, Minister Farnworth determined that the transition from the RCMP to SPS must be completed in order to ensure public safety in Surrey and throughout BC, given the RCMP’s ‘critical vacancy problem in British Columbia and across Canada’. That decision was subsequently put into law with the Police Amendment Act, 2023

“The court’s decision also brings an end to an 18-month dispute over the future of policing in Surrey that has unfortunately been plagued with delays and misinformation by those who wanted to reverse the transition after SPS had already been well-established. While the City of Surrey’s judicial review petition did not directly involve SPS, it obviously impacted our 427 employees and their families – today’s ruling brings them significant reassurance.

“SPS is diligently preparing for November 29, 2024, when we will become the police of jurisdiction for Surrey. Our commitment to the residents and businesses in the city is unwavering and we are looking forward to building our futures together.”

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2024

Torchlight Parade Returns - Bigger/Better With A Brand New City Float

After four years off due to COVID the White Rock Torchlight Parade returns to Marine Drive this August long weekend.

Yesterday the new White Rock float made it's debut at the Fort Langley parade.

The crowd response was great with a lot of "Yeah White Rock - Go White Rock" chants.

 

Next Time Your Are Heading To The Beach

GLOBAL BC weather reporter paid a visit to our best kept secret "The Carvery" in South Surrey.

Located on King George Highway just north of 24th avenue.

(click here to watch the video)

 

May 17, 2024

Police seeking witnesses and video footage in a pedestrian hit & run

 

A large contingent of Surrey RCMP were on hand for over 2 hours yesterday (Thursday) morning at the intersection of Martin Drive and North Bluff Avenue

The Surrey RCMP is now asking for the public’s help after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit & run possibly involving two vehicles.

Yesterday ( May 16, 2024 at 9:43 am), Surrey RCMP responded to a pedestrian hit and run in the 1600-block of Martin Drive. Emergency Health Services transported the elderly female victim to hospital with serious injuries. She remains in hospital, and extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.

Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) has taken conduct of the investigation. CCIT is looking for any witnesses or anyone whose vehicle is equipped with a dash camera who was driving in the 1600-block of Martin Drive between 9:15 am 9:45 am.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2024-69298.

 

Hang 'Em High

White Rock engineering staff have been busy this week dressing up our City by the Sea for the May Long Weekend. Check out the floral beauty all along Johnston Road and along Marine Drive on the waterfront.

Job well done.

 

May 22, 2024

White Rock Open Council Rewind

(click here to read Monday's agenda)

Monday evening's council meeting recap.

The evening began with a Public Hearing into the renewal of the Temporary Use Permit for the operation of THE LITTLE BUD cannabis dispensary located on Johnston road. The request was for a 3 year renewal as well as an additional 3 year period approval for operation. Later in the council meeting the approval was granted.

QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD

The majority of residents attending in attendance spoke about support of the item on the agenda later in the meeting regarding approval of $100,000.00 expenditure for a rubber matting to be placed on the pier to allow easier access for wheelchairs. When the item came up on the regular agenda in a vote of 5-2 council requested staff to exhaust all avenues to seek grant support to offset the cost of the expenditure. Councillors TREVELYAN and KLASSEN voted in opposition.

Photographer and postcard salesperson from the promenade RICK WALLACE spoke in opposition of the upcoming agenda item regarding a trial period for dogs to be allowed along the promenade in the peak summer period from 5:30-9 a.m.

Trial Period Allowing Dogs on the Promenade April-October 5:30 a.m. To 9:00 a.m.
Council directed staff to post a survey on the Talk White Rock platform regarding a trial period for dogs on the promenade between April and October during the hours of 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Due to time constraints the final resident in attendance for Question & Answer Period GARY WORTERS waited until the end of the council meeting to ask "the three ladies" Mayor KNIGHT and councillors PARTRIDGE & CHEUNG why they had gone against their election promises to stick to the current Official Community Plan. Mayor KNIGHT informed Mr. Worters they had not violated any election promise they simply were taking a first look at the early applications for two high rises in the town centre. Mayor KNIGHT went on to say no approval had been granted and if Mr. Worters wished any further information he could contact her at city hall via her phone number.

 

 

 

 

MAY 12, 2024

Fourth Arrest In shooting death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar


Yesterday
( May 11, 2024) IHIT arrested a fourth individual, 22-year-old Amandeep Singh, for his role in the shooting death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.  Amandeep Singh was already in custody for unrelated firearms charges out of Peel Regional Police.  IHIT pursued the evidence and gained sufficient information for the BC Prosecution Service to charge Amandeep Singh with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  Amandeep Singh is an Indian national and resided in Brampton, Surrey, and Abbotsford.

 

IHIT wishes to recognize the efforts and support of its partners, specifically the Abbotsford Police Department and the Central Region RCMP, in assisting IHIT to mitigate a significant public safety risk related to Amandeep Singh.

“This arrest shows the nature of our ongoing investigation to hold responsible those that played a role in the homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” said Superintendent Mandeep Mooker, the Officer in Charge of IHIT.

IHIT is releasing the above photo of Amandeep Singh in effort to further advance the investigation. Photos of the other three accused and their associated  Toyota Corolla were released on May 3. Anyone who may have information on these individuals or this vehicle is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

As this matter is currently still under investigation and before the courts, no additional information can be provided.

 

May 11, 2024

Northern Lights In White Rock

Yes you could see the Northern Lights last night even here in White Rock. Local photographer GABRIELLE TROUTON stepped out her back door on Prospect avenue this morning and snapped this picture.

BEVERLY MALCOLM over on East Beach captured this beautiful photo.

Last night's geomagnetic storm provided a chance to see northern lights across much of B.C. Friday night.

The colourful auroras were spotted across southern and central British Columbia.

There could be a chance to see them again tonight (Saturday)

 

May 10, 2024

South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce and Surrey Board of Trade Members Overwhelmingly Approve Merger to Form Surrey & White Rock Board of Trade. Look forward to continuing serving on the Board!

“This merger is a testament to the collective vision and dedication of our members,” said Bill Brooks, Board Chair of the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce. “Together, we will be a stronger voice for businesses, driving positive change and opportunities for growth.”

“We are thrilled to announce the successful approval of the merger between the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Surrey Board of Trade,” said Rory Morgan, Board Chair of the Surrey Board of Trade. “This decision reflects our shared commitment to fostering economic growth, innovation, and prosperity in our communities.

Read the full release: https://ow.ly/ornJ50RA1Tw

 

May 09, 2024

Eight Years Later?

Family of White Rock woman who died in custody speaks out after IIO report released 8 years later.

On Tuesday, the IIO published its findings on the death of 58-year-old Patricia Wilson who died at the White Rock RCMP detachment in 2016.

Wilson’s family told CityNews it’s been a long eight years waiting for answers, and they believe negligence played a part in their pain.

(read the full story)

 

Surrey RCMP investigating criminal acts at South Surrey business district

Surrey RCMP is investigating criminal acts at a South Surrey business district that occurred between the evening of May 5, 2024 and morning of May 6, 2024.

On May 6, 2024 at approximately 6:00 a.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a suspicious fire at a restaurant in the 1700-block of King George Boulevard. Once on scene, officers assisted Surrey Fire Service who extinguished a fire outside the north-west area of the restaurant. There was damage to the building and there were no injuries reported.

A 27-year old female suspect was arrested nearby and was released on an Undertaking to appear in court at a later date, with possible charges pending related to mischief to property.

Two men have also been identified as persons of interest while the investigation continues.

When officers were on scene responding to the suspicious fire at the restaurant, business owners in the area reported three additional incidents including two attempted break and enters and a separate act of mischief which included a small fire near a garbage can in the area.

One business had their window smashed and another business had the lock to their front door tampered with. Thankfully entry was not gained into either of these businesses, says Sergeant Tammy Lobb, Media Relations Officer with Surrey RCMP. We understand these incidents can be frustrating for our business community and Surrey RCMP is committed to working with those impacted by crime by speaking with them about how to protect their stores and shops as we work to identify the suspects responsible, added Sgt. Lobb.

Surrey frontline officers have conduct of these investigations and are speaking with witnesses and canvassing the area for CCTV.

Surrey RCMP asks that anyone who may have witnessed these incidents or has CCTV or dash camera footage while in the area around the time of the incidents, to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file number 2024-63604

UPDATE:

Roadhouse Grill

We’re devastated to share that our family restaurant fell victim to a fire yesterday.

It breaks our hearts to see the extent of the damage caused by this senseless act.

All our food had to be tossed, we need new coolers, and our building may have structural damage.

We’re working hard to get back on our feet, but it’ll take longer than expected. Thank you for standing by us during this tough time. Your support means everything to us.

JAMES SHEPHERD

 

May 04, 2024

On behalf of Council, we feel relieved to hear that charges have now been laid against Dimitri Nelson Hyacinth, 27, of Surrey, for the 2nd Degree murder in the death of Kulwinder Singh Sohi on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. 

We are deeply affected by the impact these tragic events have had on our community, encompassing a range of emotions from fear to sadness.  

Out of respect for the ongoing court process, further information will be provided by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) as deemed appropriate.  

We thank the RCMP Detachment, IHIT and all investigators for their relentless efforts.  As well, thank you to all those that reached out to them and offered any information they had that may assist with the criminal investigations.

We appreciate the community's patience and understanding as we respect the sensitivities surrounding this high-profile case.

Mayor Knight / White Rock

 

May 01, 2024

Surrey man charged in White Rock stabbing

A man from Surrey has now been charged in relation to a stabbing on Sunday (April 21)

Background: On April 23, 2024 at 9:26 p.m., the White Rock RCMP responded to a report of injured man in the 15400-block of Marine Drive. Officers along with BC Ambulance Emergency Health Services attended and upon arrival, located a 26-year old man, later identified as Kulwinder Singh Sohi, on the White Rock Promenade at the parking lot adjacent to the Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles (Pa-Kwach-Tun) Memorial Plaza, suffering from fatal stab wounds. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and continues to work closely in partnership with the White Rock RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Services.

As a result of evidence collected by investigators, IHIT worked closely in partnership with the White Rock RCMP, who had conduct of a previous assault investigation which occurred in White Rock on April 21, 2024, in which 28-year old Jatinder Singh was assaulted while on the White Rock Promenade.

On April 29, 2024, IHIT investigators with the assistance of the Integrated Emergency Response Team, arrested 28-year old Dimitri Nelson Hyacinth from Surrey, BC, in relation to the homicide. 

As investigative efforts advanced, on April 30, 2024, Hyacinth was charged in relation to the aggravated assault of Jatinder Singh on April 21, 2024.  

“This is a dynamic and ongoing case.  The investigation into the homicide of Mr. Sohi remains active,” says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. “We’re thankful for the collaborative work being done by the IHIT investigators along with the White Rock RCMP.”

IHIT is asking that any witnesses or anyone who was in the area of the White Rock Promenade, east of the White Rock Pier near the parking lot adjacent to the Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles (Pa-Kwach-Tun) Memorial Plaza or driving on Marine Drive on April 23, 2024, between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., with dash cameras or anyone who may have information regarding the homicide to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  

 

Town Hall Talk  

An overflow crowd attended the White Rock RCMP Town Hall meeting last evening at the White Rock Community Centre. Despite the RCMP stating in advance the evening was not an opportunity to discuss the two recent stabbings on the waterfront, things changed. A strong representation of the South Asian community asked many questions regarding the two stabbing incidents on the White Rock waterfront.

Staff Sergent ROB DIXON hosted the evening an made a strong effort to answer as many questions as possible regarding the two incidents without compromising what he referred to as an active ongoing investigation into both stabbings.

At the end of the evening all those in attendance left the meeting satisfied the city and the RCMP are on the right track.

 

White Rock Monday Rewind

Monday evening the majority of White Rock Council approved two OCP amendments to move highrise applications forward to the next phase.

-a 31 storey tower application was approved 5-2 to be located on Russell Avenue across the street from our world famous Wyland Whale Wall. If the application reaches the final stage "Ale Alley" home to our three craft breweries will be a thing of the past. The Official Community plan currently allows for 12 storey structures.

- On George street @ North Bluff avenue a 26 storey highrise application was also given the green light and an OCP amendment. The area currently dedicates height to be limited to 6 storeys.

Both applications passed with a vote of 5-2. Councillors CHESNEY & TREVELYAN voted in opposition.

- KENT STREET ACTIVITY CENTER: Report states it's too small and recommend a new facility to be added to a new City Hall (City Hub) if and when it's built.

- Property Tax increase finalized - first, second, third reading at 4.82% increase this year - less than Surrey. 7-0 approved.

-Councillor CHEUNG at the end of the meeting put forth a motion that dogs be allowed in the summer months on the promenade up to 9 a.m. The item will come before council on May 13 for debate.

 

 

 

Monday April 29, 2024

Arrest made in White Rock homicide

Investigators announce arrest in White Rock homicide

Background: On April 23, 2024 at 9:26 p.m., the White Rock RCMP responded to a report of injured man in the 15400-block of Marine Drive. Officers along with BC Ambulance Emergency Health Services attended and upon arrival, located a 26-year old man, later identified as Kulwinder Singh Sohi, on the White Rock Promenade at the parking lot adjacent to the Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles (Pa-Kwach-Tun) Memorial Plaza, suffering from fatal stab wounds. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and continues to work closely in partnership with the White Rock RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Services.

On April 29, 2024, IHIT investigators with the assistance of the Integrated Emergency Response Team, arrested a 28-year old man from Surrey, BC, in relation to the homicide. 

“This remains a very active investigation,” says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. “We recognize the public's concern for safety and want to provide updates as soon as possible. 

IHIT is asking that any witnesses or anyone who was in the area of the White Rock Promenade, east of the White Rock Pier near the parking lot adjacent to the Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles (Pa-Kwach-Tun) Memorial Plaza or driving on Marine Drive on April 23, 2024, between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., with dash cameras or anyone who may have information regarding the homicide to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.    

More information to come, as it becomes available. 

 

Foster Martin Tower 3

Uptown White Rock is about to be thrown into chaos again for a number of years as the FOSTER MARTIN development begins work on tower #3 in uptown White Rock.

 

Flood Preparation

Massive work has been going on for months on the Semiahmoo reserve. Work is nearly completed on shoring up the lowest level of Beach Road on the reserve which constantly flooded during high tides and stormy weather. 

 

Waterfront Vigil

MLA TREVOR HALFORD / Christopher Trevelyan photo

Dozens of friends, family and concerned citizens held a vigil last evening on East Beach in White Rock mourn where 27-year-old Kulwinder Sohi was stabbed to death last week.

Gurleen Sohi brother of the attacker said he simply wants justice for his brother.

TREVOR HALFORD BC United MLA for the White Rock / South Surrey area attended the meeting with White Rock mayor MEGAN KNIGHT. Both assured the gathering every possible resource has been put into place to bring the attacker to justice. 

 

April 28, 2024

Wrong Way On HWY 99

Surrey RCMP remain on scene at a motor vehicle collision that occurred early this morning, on Highway 99 in Surrey. 

On 2024-04-28, at approximately 0416 hours, Surrey RCMP received a call of a two vehicle collision on in the south-east bound lanes of Highway 99, 50 meters east of the Highway 91 junction. A late model Ford Sedan was travelling into oncoming traffic, the wrong way, in the south-east bound lanes of Highway 99. The Ford struck a Mercedes sedan who was travelling south-east bound, on Highway 99. The resulting collision caused significant damage to both vehicles. 

The 68 year old female driver of the Ford was transported to a local area hospital with possibly life-threatening injuries. The driver and passenger of the Mercedes have been transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries. 

Alcohol and a pre-existing medical condition are believed to be contributing factors to the collision. The incident is still under investigation. 

The south-east lanes of Highway 99 are closed at the Highway 91 junction, and are expected to remain closed for several hours. Police ask that motorists find an alternate route. 

Anyone with more information, including dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2024-59328. 

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

April 27, 2024

 

Mayor Knight with a personal message to the residents of White Rock and surrounding area during this difficult time.

(click here to hear the message) 

 

Join Us Please

The White Rock RCMP have planned a TOWN HALL MEETING for this coming Tuesday 7-9 P.M.

Please join us at the White Rock Community Centre on Johnston road in uptown White Rock. Learn about increased waterfront patrols and public safety in our community.

 

Finally!!!

Friend of The White Rock Sun SHAR RAMAGE who lives in Miramar Village was kind enough to share the minutes from the latest strata meeting for residents in the BOSA TOWERS.

We no longer will be playing a guessing game of when THRIFTY FOODS will open their doors.

Also according to the minutes we may even see TACOFINO opening this weekend. We needed some good news.

Came in the minutes today 

1. Leasing Update

a. Thrifty’s Grand Opening is confirmed for May 16. YAY!!!!!

b. Tacofino to open 3 rd week of April, complete with patio seating.

c. Coffee Shop on Johnston is still going forward but we cannot announce the

brand until the Lease is fully executed.

d. A small print shop has taken over the previous Sleep Clinic space in Phase

1 and will open mid-April.

RBC will take over bank unit as part of their purchase of HSBC, but as RBC

has already committed to a lease at a different White Rock property, they will

not be moving in, and we will work together to fill that space.

Low Flying Helicopter Over White Rock

Please be advised of periodic low-level helicopter flying over White Rock skies April 26 to June 15 as per special authorization by Transport Canada. 

This is a part of Fortis’s annual high-pressure gas lines inspection. 

For more info fortisbc.com/communityupgrades.

 

Friday April 26, 2024 

More Surrey Policing Back and Forth

Bombshell hidden provincial report confirms SPS costs to skyrocket by $750M

A Provincial report, hidden from public view for a year, has confirmed Mayor Brenda Locke’s concerns that Surrey Police Service (SPS) costs will skyrocket over the coming years. The report, commissioned by the Province and developed by Deloitte, reveals new details that confirm the SPS will cost Surrey taxpayers a whopping $750 million more than the RCMP over just a 10-year period.

This stunning new estimate blows the City of Surrey’s previous estimates out of the water, as new details have emerged around SPS policing model and staffing levels, confirming concerns raised by Mayor Brenda Locke for years.

“This report confirms that the Province has been hiding titanic level costs from Surrey taxpayers,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The Premier and Solicitor General said they had no idea where the City of Surrey was getting our cost estimates from, when they were sitting on a report that showed the true cost to be hundreds of millions more than we had even imagined.”

The report, which the City received as part of upcoming legal proceedings, has been filed with the court and is publicly available. The City of Surrey requested a copy of the report when its existence was first made public a year ago, but that request was denied by the Province.

As recently as November 2023, the Solicitor General told media that the report confirmed the Province’s cost estimates. However, submissions from the SPS clearly show plans for an anticipated staffing level of 958 officers shortly after becoming police of jurisdiction, and to move to a two-person vehicle deployment model. This alone would result in an estimated $45 million annual incremental cost over the RCMP, and does not include other transition costs previously estimated by the City.

“It is clear that the Province did not want this information to be made public,” added Mayor Locke. “I don’t know how to look at this other than a complete betrayal of trust. They have known that the cost of this transition would be hundreds of millions more than the City’s own estimates, and they hid that information from the public for a year. If it wasn’t for the fact that they were required to finally disclose the report as part of the City’s legal efforts, taxpayers would have found out when it was already too late.”

The City of Surrey had previously estimated that the incremental cost of transitioning from the RCMP to the SPS would be $464 million over a 10-year period, however, the City was clear its estimates did not include items like the two officer per car model or capital costs.

“The Province is making it up as they go, forcing the City into an unnecessary and expensive transition, and they don’t care that Surrey taxpayers will be left with a three quarters of a billion dollar bill over the next 10 years,” said Mayor Locke.

 

Thursday April 25, 2026

White Rock Stabbings Press Conference

l-r Mayor MEGAN KNIGHT /White Rock Staff Sergent ROB DIXON/IHIT Media Relations Timothy Pierotti/White Rock CAO GUILLERMO FERRERO

White Rock mayor MEGAN KNIGHT was joined yesterday by senior staff, members of her council as well as reps from White Rock RCMP and IHIT to speak directly to the community as well as the assembled media.

The two recent unprovoked stabbings in White Rock has put the community on high alert. White Rock RCMP staff sergeant ROB DIXON assured the community the RCMP will be stepping up waterfront patrols in order to put an end to these random attacks.

TIMOTHY PIEROTTI of IHIT (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team) appealed to anyone in the are of Totem Park either on foot or driving on Marine Drive around 9 p.m. last evening (Tuesday) to contact the White Rock RCMP. It is possible their on-board camera (especially Tesla owners) may have footage that can be of assistance in bringing the individual to justice.

ON-GOING INVESTIGATION
As the investigation is on-going, the RCMP have asked that if you or any of your staff have any security footage, photos or dashcam footage from Sunday or Tuesday night to please pass it along to IHIT immediately at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

(click here to watch the press conference in its entirety)

 

Wednesday April 24, 2024

Another stabbing occurred last night on the White Rock waterfront.

The attack and stabbing occurred east of the White Rock pier on the promenade walkway.. The attack on a male was fatal. The victim has been identified as KULWINDER SOHI.

The assailant remains at large. 

 

White Rock RCMP Update 10:30 a.m.

White Rock RCMP is advising�the public of a homicide that occurred Tuesday evening and is requesting anyone who may have witnessed the incident or was taking photos/videos in the area to contact police.

On April 23, 2024, at 9:26 p.m., White Rock RCMP received a report of a man suffering from apparent stab wounds in the 15400-block of Marine Drive. Despite lifesaving measures provided by first responders on scene the person did not survive.

Police arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service also responded, however the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as�a black male, 5’11”, wearing a hat and a grey hoodie with the hood up over the hat. He was last seeing fleeing Northbound from the promenade towards Marine Drive.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with White Rock RCMP. The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for an undetermined amount of time while police work to gather evidence.

Given the apparent similarities between this incident and the one which occurred on Sunday evening, police are investigating to determine whether or not there is a conclusive link between the two events.

“Undoubtedly these violent incidents have raised concerns surrounding safety in our community and we want to assure the public that their safety is our top priority,” says White Rock RCMP Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Rob Dixon. “Patrols in the area have been increased and our officers will be working with IHIT to identify the suspect.”

Any further information will be provided by IHIT.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT infoline at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at�ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

Sunday Waterfront Stabbing Update / Victim Identified

A night out at a popular viewpoint in White Rock turned into a nightmare for a couple who just arrived in Canada, after one of them was stabbed in a random attack Sunday.

Manpreet Kaur and her husband Jadinder Singh say it was supposed to be a relaxing night out on the White Rock Pier, two months after they had moved to the country.

“We were just sitting on the bench, talking, eating, spending quality time and feeling so relaxed,” said Kaur, who notes things quickly took a turn.

She says suddenly, Singh put his hand to his neck. He had been stabbed by a stranger, who then proceeded to walk away from the attack. 

“Right after the bleeding started, we saw the knife in [the suspect’s] hand, and we realized that he cut his neck with the knife,” Kaur told OMNI News Tuesday.

(click here to read the full story)

 


City of White Rock selected for Housing Targets Assessment from the Province of British Columbia

The Province announced yesterday (Tuesday) that the City of White Rock will form part of the next cohort of municipalities selected for the development of housing targets, as part of the Province’s framework for increasing the number of housing units in British Columbia. Municipalities are selected based on the availability of the housing supply and on location.

The Housing Supply Act and Housing Supply Regulation, initiated by the Province in 2023, gives the Province the authority to establish housing targets, and requires municipalities to work to meet these targets over a five-year period.

“We look forward to working with the Province to find opportunities for housing within White Rock, while recognizing our local context and sharing with the Province our community’s housing concerns and expectations. Affordable Housing is a priority for Council, and we hope to work with the Province to find solutions to address our local housing need, in a manner that is appropriate for White Rock” said White Rock Mayor Megan Knight.

City staff will work closely with Provincial staff in the coming weeks in the development of these targets. Meanwhile, the City is continuing to work to implement new zoning regulations in accordance with Provincial legislation (Bill 44) by the mandatory June 30, 2024 deadline.

Learn more about the Housing Supply Act

 

Tuesday April 23, 2024

Circle Your Calendar

This afternoon MIKE FARNWORTH Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in British Columbia called a press conference in Vancouver for an announcement regarding the future of policing in Surrey.

The minister was joined for the announcement by Surrey Police Service Chief Constable Norm Lipinski and RCMP assistant commissioner Dwayne McDonald, who heads the RCMP in B.C.

FARNWORTH issued a date for hand over of policing in Surrey from the RCMP to the Surrey Police Service on November 29 of this year. FARNWORTH called the announcement a "milestone in the policing of Surrey." The back and forth on which police force will carry out policing in the city of Surrey has now dragged on for 18 months.

There was no mention by FARNWORTH of the pending court case filed by the city of Surrey which will be heard in BC Supreme Court next Monday.

  

Statement from Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke

Aside from setting an aspirational date, nothing else has changed. Minister Farnworth’s “announcement” today is simply another desperate attempt by the province to demonstrate some kind of progress on this issue, mere days before the matter is heard in court.

Everything Minister Farnworth stated today confirms why the City of Surrey has consistently and repeatedly chosen to retain the RCMP. The reality is that despite the claims of transition progress over the last five years, substantial plans for this transition have never been completed. Minister Farnworth’s comments today raise more questions and doubts about the province’s ability to responsibly navigate this matter in the best interests of public safety and the people of Surrey. 

The Solicitor General has set many dates and deadlines to push through the police transition in Surrey. Today, he has set a date when the police of jurisdiction will be transferred. The original transition concept from 2019, which Minister Farnworth approved, has consistently missed its own targets and is three years behind schedule. Now he is anxious to switch the police of jurisdiction saying that SPS will have the complement of officers needed by the end of November. Like many of his announcements, there are sparse details on how this “milestone” will be completed. 

The reality is that despite several public gestures of transition progress over the last five years, substantial plans for this transition have never been completed. There was no clear path forward then, and there remains no clear path forward now. 

Mayor Brenda Locke

City of Surrey

 

Monday April 22, 2024 

Police seeking witnesses to stabbing

 White Rock RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance with information that could assist with identifying the suspect in a stabbing that occurred near the White Rock Pier Sunday evening.

On April 21, 2024, at approximately 9:00 p.m., White Rock RCMP received a report that someone had been stabbed near the White Rock Pier. Upon attendance police located the 28-year-old victim and provided first aid until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to hospital by Emergency Health Services with non-life-threatening injuries.

White Rock RCMP is actively exploring all avenues of investigation to gather necessary evidence to identify, locate and arrest the suspect. They have received additional support from Surrey RCMP, Integrated Police Dog Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section.

The investigation is in the early stages and the motive is undetermined. Based on initial information, police do not believe that parties were known to each other or that there was any confrontation prior to the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a ball cap and a grey hoodie.

There were many people in the area and we are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or was taking photos/ videos in the area to contact police,�says Staff Sergeant Rob Dixon�Public safety is a priority so we are asking the public to assist us in our investigation to identify the suspect to prevent further incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact White Rock RCMP at 778-545-4800. 

  

(click here for past news stories)

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2024

 

Mayor Knight with a personal message to the residents of White Rock and surrounding area during this difficult time.

(click here to hear the message) 

 

Join Us Please

The White Rock RCMP have planned a TOWN HALL MEETING for this coming Tuesday 7-9 P.M.

Please join us at the White Rock Community Centre on Johnston road in uptown White Rock. Learn about increased waterfront patrols and public safety in our community.

 

Finally!!!

Friend of The White Rock Sun SHAR RAMAGE who lives in Miramar Village was kind enough to share the minutes from the latest strata meeting for residents in the BOSA TOWERS.

We no longer will be playing a guessing game of when THRIFTY FOODS will open their doors.

Also according to the minutes we may even see TACOFINO opening this weekend. We needed some good news.

Came in the minutes today 

1. Leasing Update

a. Thrifty’s Grand Opening is confirmed for May 16. YAY!!!!!

b. Tacofino to open 3 rd week of April, complete with patio seating.

c. Coffee Shop on Johnston is still going forward but we cannot announce the

brand until the Lease is fully executed.

d. A small print shop has taken over the previous Sleep Clinic space in Phase

1 and will open mid-April.

RBC will take over bank unit as part of their purchase of HSBC, but as RBC

has already committed to a lease at a different White Rock property, they will

not be moving in, and we will work together to fill that space.

Low Flying Helicopter Over White Rock

Please be advised of periodic low-level helicopter flying over White Rock skies April 26 to June 15 as per special authorization by Transport Canada. 

This is a part of Fortis’s annual high-pressure gas lines inspection. 

For more info fortisbc.com/communityupgrades.

 

Friday April 26, 2024 

More Surrey Policing Back and Forth

Bombshell hidden provincial report confirms SPS costs to skyrocket by $750M

A Provincial report, hidden from public view for a year, has confirmed Mayor Brenda Locke’s concerns that Surrey Police Service (SPS) costs will skyrocket over the coming years. The report, commissioned by the Province and developed by Deloitte, reveals new details that confirm the SPS will cost Surrey taxpayers a whopping $750 million more than the RCMP over just a 10-year period.

This stunning new estimate blows the City of Surrey’s previous estimates out of the water, as new details have emerged around SPS policing model and staffing levels, confirming concerns raised by Mayor Brenda Locke for years.

“This report confirms that the Province has been hiding titanic level costs from Surrey taxpayers,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The Premier and Solicitor General said they had no idea where the City of Surrey was getting our cost estimates from, when they were sitting on a report that showed the true cost to be hundreds of millions more than we had even imagined.”

The report, which the City received as part of upcoming legal proceedings, has been filed with the court and is publicly available. The City of Surrey requested a copy of the report when its existence was first made public a year ago, but that request was denied by the Province.

As recently as November 2023, the Solicitor General told media that the report confirmed the Province’s cost estimates. However, submissions from the SPS clearly show plans for an anticipated staffing level of 958 officers shortly after becoming police of jurisdiction, and to move to a two-person vehicle deployment model. This alone would result in an estimated $45 million annual incremental cost over the RCMP, and does not include other transition costs previously estimated by the City.

“It is clear that the Province did not want this information to be made public,” added Mayor Locke. “I don’t know how to look at this other than a complete betrayal of trust. They have known that the cost of this transition would be hundreds of millions more than the City’s own estimates, and they hid that information from the public for a year. If it wasn’t for the fact that they were required to finally disclose the report as part of the City’s legal efforts, taxpayers would have found out when it was already too late.”

The City of Surrey had previously estimated that the incremental cost of transitioning from the RCMP to the SPS would be $464 million over a 10-year period, however, the City was clear its estimates did not include items like the two officer per car model or capital costs.

“The Province is making it up as they go, forcing the City into an unnecessary and expensive transition, and they don’t care that Surrey taxpayers will be left with a three quarters of a billion dollar bill over the next 10 years,” said Mayor Locke.

 

Thursday April 25, 2026

White Rock Stabbings Press Conference

l-r Mayor MEGAN KNIGHT /White Rock Staff Sergent ROB DIXON/IHIT Media Relations Timothy Pierotti/White Rock CAO GUILLERMO FERRERO

White Rock mayor MEGAN KNIGHT was joined yesterday by senior staff, members of her council as well as reps from White Rock RCMP and IHIT to speak directly to the community as well as the assembled media.

The two recent unprovoked stabbings in White Rock has put the community on high alert. White Rock RCMP staff sergeant ROB DIXON assured the community the RCMP will be stepping up waterfront patrols in order to put an end to these random attacks.

TIMOTHY PIEROTTI of IHIT (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team) appealed to anyone in the are of Totem Park either on foot or driving on Marine Drive around 9 p.m. last evening (Tuesday) to contact the White Rock RCMP. It is possible their on-board camera (especially Tesla owners) may have footage that can be of assistance in bringing the individual to justice.

ON-GOING INVESTIGATION
As the investigation is on-going, the RCMP have asked that if you or any of your staff have any security footage, photos or dashcam footage from Sunday or Tuesday night to please pass it along to IHIT immediately at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

(click here to watch the press conference in its entirety)

 

Wednesday April 24, 2024

Another stabbing occurred last night on the White Rock waterfront.

The attack and stabbing occurred east of the White Rock pier on the promenade walkway.. The attack on a male was fatal. The victim has been identified as KULWINDER SOHI.

The assailant remains at large. 

 

White Rock RCMP Update 10:30 a.m.

White Rock RCMP is advising�the public of a homicide that occurred Tuesday evening and is requesting anyone who may have witnessed the incident or was taking photos/videos in the area to contact police.

On April 23, 2024, at 9:26 p.m., White Rock RCMP received a report of a man suffering from apparent stab wounds in the 15400-block of Marine Drive. Despite lifesaving measures provided by first responders on scene the person did not survive.

Police arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service also responded, however the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as�a black male, 5’11”, wearing a hat and a grey hoodie with the hood up over the hat. He was last seeing fleeing Northbound from the promenade towards Marine Drive.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with White Rock RCMP. The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for an undetermined amount of time while police work to gather evidence.

Given the apparent similarities between this incident and the one which occurred on Sunday evening, police are investigating to determine whether or not there is a conclusive link between the two events.

“Undoubtedly these violent incidents have raised concerns surrounding safety in our community and we want to assure the public that their safety is our top priority,” says White Rock RCMP Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Rob Dixon. “Patrols in the area have been increased and our officers will be working with IHIT to identify the suspect.”

Any further information will be provided by IHIT.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT infoline at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at�ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

Sunday Waterfront Stabbing Update / Victim Identified

A night out at a popular viewpoint in White Rock turned into a nightmare for a couple who just arrived in Canada, after one of them was stabbed in a random attack Sunday.

Manpreet Kaur and her husband Jadinder Singh say it was supposed to be a relaxing night out on the White Rock Pier, two months after they had moved to the country.

“We were just sitting on the bench, talking, eating, spending quality time and feeling so relaxed,” said Kaur, who notes things quickly took a turn.

She says suddenly, Singh put his hand to his neck. He had been stabbed by a stranger, who then proceeded to walk away from the attack. 

“Right after the bleeding started, we saw the knife in [the suspect’s] hand, and we realized that he cut his neck with the knife,” Kaur told OMNI News Tuesday.

(click here to read the full story)

 


City of White Rock selected for Housing Targets Assessment from the Province of British Columbia

The Province announced yesterday (Tuesday) that the City of White Rock will form part of the next cohort of municipalities selected for the development of housing targets, as part of the Province’s framework for increasing the number of housing units in British Columbia. Municipalities are selected based on the availability of the housing supply and on location.

The Housing Supply Act and Housing Supply Regulation, initiated by the Province in 2023, gives the Province the authority to establish housing targets, and requires municipalities to work to meet these targets over a five-year period.

“We look forward to working with the Province to find opportunities for housing within White Rock, while recognizing our local context and sharing with the Province our community’s housing concerns and expectations. Affordable Housing is a priority for Council, and we hope to work with the Province to find solutions to address our local housing need, in a manner that is appropriate for White Rock” said White Rock Mayor Megan Knight.

City staff will work closely with Provincial staff in the coming weeks in the development of these targets. Meanwhile, the City is continuing to work to implement new zoning regulations in accordance with Provincial legislation (Bill 44) by the mandatory June 30, 2024 deadline.

Learn more about the Housing Supply Act

 

Tuesday April 23, 2024

Circle Your Calendar

This afternoon MIKE FARNWORTH Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in British Columbia called a press conference in Vancouver for an announcement regarding the future of policing in Surrey.

The minister was joined for the announcement by Surrey Police Service Chief Constable Norm Lipinski and RCMP assistant commissioner Dwayne McDonald, who heads the RCMP in B.C.

FARNWORTH issued a date for hand over of policing in Surrey from the RCMP to the Surrey Police Service on November 29 of this year. FARNWORTH called the announcement a "milestone in the policing of Surrey." The back and forth on which police force will carry out policing in the city of Surrey has now dragged on for 18 months.

There was no mention by FARNWORTH of the pending court case filed by the city of Surrey which will be heard in BC Supreme Court next Monday.

  

Statement from Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke

Aside from setting an aspirational date, nothing else has changed. Minister Farnworth’s “announcement” today is simply another desperate attempt by the province to demonstrate some kind of progress on this issue, mere days before the matter is heard in court.

Everything Minister Farnworth stated today confirms why the City of Surrey has consistently and repeatedly chosen to retain the RCMP. The reality is that despite the claims of transition progress over the last five years, substantial plans for this transition have never been completed. Minister Farnworth’s comments today raise more questions and doubts about the province’s ability to responsibly navigate this matter in the best interests of public safety and the people of Surrey. 

The Solicitor General has set many dates and deadlines to push through the police transition in Surrey. Today, he has set a date when the police of jurisdiction will be transferred. The original transition concept from 2019, which Minister Farnworth approved, has consistently missed its own targets and is three years behind schedule. Now he is anxious to switch the police of jurisdiction saying that SPS will have the complement of officers needed by the end of November. Like many of his announcements, there are sparse details on how this “milestone” will be completed. 

The reality is that despite several public gestures of transition progress over the last five years, substantial plans for this transition have never been completed. There was no clear path forward then, and there remains no clear path forward now. 

Mayor Brenda Locke

City of Surrey

 

Monday April 22, 2024 

Police seeking witnesses to stabbing

 White Rock RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance with information that could assist with identifying the suspect in a stabbing that occurred near the White Rock Pier Sunday evening.

On April 21, 2024, at approximately 9:00 p.m., White Rock RCMP received a report that someone had been stabbed near the White Rock Pier. Upon attendance police located the 28-year-old victim and provided first aid until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to hospital by Emergency Health Services with non-life-threatening injuries.

White Rock RCMP is actively exploring all avenues of investigation to gather necessary evidence to identify, locate and arrest the suspect. They have received additional support from Surrey RCMP, Integrated Police Dog Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section.

The investigation is in the early stages and the motive is undetermined. Based on initial information, police do not believe that parties were known to each other or that there was any confrontation prior to the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a ball cap and a grey hoodie.

There were many people in the area and we are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or was taking photos/ videos in the area to contact police,�says Staff Sergeant Rob Dixon�Public safety is a priority so we are asking the public to assist us in our investigation to identify the suspect to prevent further incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact White Rock RCMP at 778-545-4800. 

 

 

 

 

Monday April 22, 2024

Another One Bites The Dust

White Rock waterfront restaurants for the most part change hands, close and or open with great regularity. The uptown dining scene seemed to be more stable, until now.

BIN 101 will soon shutter its doors of the popular dining establishment on Johnston road in White Rock.

Posted on Social Media:

With over a decade of cherished memories, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of Bin 101. Our final day of regular service will be on Friday, April 26th.

If you would like to dine with us before we close, please secure your reservation online at www.bin101.ca.

To our patrons who have become family, thank you for being the most important part of our Bin 101 journey. We are immensely grateful for the countless friendships and connections we have formed over the past 10 years. To all who have supported us and welcomed us into your lives - you have made this journey truly meaningful and we simply cannot thank you enough.

This is an incredibly bittersweet end to an amazing chapter, though we know the relationships we have built at Bin 101 will continue on. We can't wait to see familiar faces and reminisce about the great memories we've had here over the next two weeks.

Samantha & the Bin 101 family

 

Sunday April 21, 2024

Three Strikes...And We're Gone

 

SEA GODS paddle board shop co-owner MANDY JOHNSTON has had enough with street crime in White Rock.

JOHNSTON recently told the news media after the third break in, it was time to move out of White Rock.

 

Art Imitates Life

Local author SAM WIEBE won;t be making any friends at city hall or the police station with his new novel OCEAN DRIVE. The book based in Washington (for the American market) is based on the premise a bid for a casino in town draws a criminal element.

“It’s not the place people think it is,” said Wiebe about White Rock recently. “(That shooting) really underscored that. The people who live there have it seen it change. And it has gotten more violent.”

Wiebe, who calls New Westminster home, spent a good chunk of his teen years in the mid-1990s to early 2000s in White Rock and says he was aware of an underlying crime vibe then

 

Sunday April 21, 2024

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade Incident Yesterday

First responders worked together to manage a hazard at Saturday's Vaisakhi parade

On April 20, 2024 at 3:44 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of a hazardous situation near Anvil Way and 128 Street along the route of the Vaisakhi parade.

A scissor lift parked on private property made contact with some wires. Several police officers, with assistance from Surrey Fire Service, BC Emergency Health Services, and Bylaw Services responded. First responders cleared the parade crowd from the area around the hazard, making it safe until BC Hydro attended. There were no injuries reported.

Out of an abundance of caution, and in coordination with parade organizers, the parade was halted and the crowd safely dispersed leading up to the conclusion of the event.

Surrey RCMP estimates 550,000 in attendance at the Vaisakhi parade.

“Aside from the hazard involving the scissor lift, there were no major incidents reported and no arrests were made”, says Sergeant Tammy Lobb, Media Relations Officer with Surrey RCMP. “Today was an excellent example of how first responders work collaboratively to ensure this large-scale, community event remains safe and enjoyable”, added Sgt. Lobb..

 

The outflow gate to the coho pond at the Little Campbell Hatchery has been opened, allowing the 20,000 salmon smolts to enter the river.

Visit the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club at 1284 184 St in south Surrey to witness this spectacle of nature. It makes for a fun and free family outing.

The 30 acres of property and nature trails are open daily to the public from dusk to dawn.

The club website is SFGC.info

 

Surrey's Environmental Extravaganza

The City of Surrey invites the community to embrace the outdoors and participate in the Environmental Extravaganza, a seven-week series offering over 100 free family-friendly events and programs celebrating nature in Surrey. Join group activities such as walks, talks, hands-on stewardship programs, stories, and more or explore at your own pace with self-guided activities.

This year’s Environmental Extravaganza showcases a new learn-to series where participants can learn to fish, create eco-friendly art, identify invasive plants, be a community scientist, identify owls, and grow pollinator friendly plants. It also offers opportunities to celebrate BC Trails Day with a series of nature trail walks, support Invasive Species Awareness Month by removing invasive plants at a nature work party, take part in the City Nature Challenge by recording biodiversity, participate in Arbor Day by helping plant native trees and shrubs, and celebrate World Ocean Day by engaging in a week of ocean-themed activities.

Now in its 27th year, the Environmental Extravaganza is one of the many programs, activities, and events offered by Surrey Parks to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature. It runs from April to June at various locations throughout Surrey and is made possible through the collaboration of numerous community partners who share a common goal of environmental stewardship in Surrey. Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza runs from Earth Day in April until World Ocean Day in June.   

For a comprehensive listing of all events and activities, pick up a copy of the Get Outside Guide at your local recreational facility or visit surrey.ca/extravaganza.

 

Saturday April 20, 2024

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

Doug Spencer former B.C. detective says the province needs to step up and offer more education to prevent young people from being recruited into gangs.

Spencer, who now speaks at schools across the province about the dangers of joining a gang recently shared insight into what he believes we were dealing with here in White Rock in regards to the shooting on Roper street back in February.

Police haven't identified or given any details about suspects in that shooting, but Spencer said he believes the shooting may have involved young people. Video of the incident shows one of two shooters firing dozens of rounds at an SUV as the driver tries to flee the scene.

"The only reason all of those guys didn't die is it's amateur hour," Spencer said on CML. "When these kids shoot – they're kids, literally – they're so scared that they just run and fire and there's no expertise, thank God, where'd you have way more homicides in the Lower Mainland."

"History has repeated itself," he said, explaining that students were recruited into gangs in Vancouver schools in the 1990s. "What they get told by the groomers and recruiters is a bunch of lies."

Spencer also suggested these young recruits are crucial to gang operations on the ground.

"They need little soldiers. They need feet on the ground to do their killings and all the bad stuff for them, because the gangs themselves, they're not willing to do it," he said. "They get these young little minions to do it and they take all the risk."

But Spencer said it's not enough to dismantle gang activity in the field.

"You've got to stop the recruitment. Stop the kids willing to smuggle guns and do shootings and stuff," he said, adding the province should ensure there is yearly gang-awareness programming for youth.

"You have to educate the kids, give them the knowledge that gangs are a dead-end road … then the kids have that ammunition and knowledge to stay clear of that and stay clear of substance abuse and all these bad things." 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday April 16, 2024

White Rock Council Recap

Special Presentation:

ROBERT HEATH White Rock Rescue Auxiliary Fire Fighter was honoured in a special ceremony to recognize his 45 years of service with the White Rock Fire Department

Delegations:

Barbara Cooper and Heidi Greco appeared before council to discuss National Poetry Month. Highlighted were the local poets who live or have lived in our community.

Agenda:

Council had requested staff to bring a report forth on what it would cost for non White Rock residents to purchase an annual city parking pass. Staff informed council the cost for each non resident to purchase a pass, based on projected usage would mean the pass would cost $1200.00

Yes you read that right $1200.00. Council unanimously voted against moving forward with the option.

Council had requested a review of the effectiveness of the White Rock Business Improvement Association (BIA). City CAO sat down with the director of the BIA and created a survey. The next proposed step would be the hiring of an outside group TheWGroup to conduct the survey of local business and commercial property owners. The cost of the outside firm to conduct the survey was pegged @ $8,875.00 The motion was passed with councillors TREVELYAN/KLASSEN and CHESNEY voting in opposition.

Council voted to dedicate spending from the 2023 General Fund for surplus allocation. The proposed city hub and continued upgrading on the pier received the majority of the money.

Public Art and Cultural re[ councillor KLASSEN requested $10,000.00 to be used in conjunction with business owners in Central Plaza dedicating an equal amount to create a WELCOME TO WHITE ROCK sign to replace the existing signage in front of The Bank of Nova Scotia at the corner of North Bluff and Johnston Road.

(click here to watch Monday's council meeting)

 

Missing Person to Locate – Keara SIGURDSON-GAFFNEY 

UPDATE - April 17 9 a.m. KEARA SIGURDSON GAFFNEY has been located safe and sound

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old female.

On (Monday) April 15th, 2024 Keara SIGURDSON-GAFFNEY was reported missing to the police. She was last seen on April 15th at approximately 5:00 PM in the 1700 block of 152nd Street. She has not been seen or heard from since.

SIGURDSON-GAFFNEY is described as a 16-year-old Caucasian female, 5’5”, 230 lbs with wavy brown hair with blonde highlights. (Please see attached photo). SIGURDSON-GAFFNEY was last seen wearing a black hoodie with black pants and black boots. SIGURDSON-GAFFNEY suffers from a medical condition requiring medication. Police and family are concerned for her health and well-being.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Keara SIGURDSON-GAFFNEY is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604 599 0502 and quote file number 2024-52973.

 

This Public Interest Notification is made under the Privacy Act of Canada

Leonard Ramstead

  • 56 years old

  • Height 5’6, Weight 234 lbs

  • Pale skin, blue eyes, with thin-medium-length brown and grey hair, short brown and grey beard

Surrey RCMP has issued a public interest notification under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender residing in the community of Surrey.

Leonard Ramstead, 56, has received a Statutory Release ahead of his sentence’s completion in September 2026, after which he will be subject to a 10-year Long Term Supervision Order.

In 2019, Ramstead was convicted of sexual interference of a person under 16-year-old and in 2021 he was convicted of sexual interference of a person under 14-years-old; and poses a risk to young children and adolescent girls.

He is bound by the terms of his release which include, in the part, the following conditions:

  • Not to consume, purchase or possess alcohol

  • Not to consume, purchase, or possess drugs other than prescribed medication; exluding cannabis purchased, consumed and possessed in accordance with the Cannabis Act.

  • Not to be in the presence of and not to communicate directly or indirectly with any children under the age of 16 years unless you do so under the supervision of a person whom the court considers appropriate.

  • Not to seek, obtain, or continue any employment, whether or not the employment is remunerated, or becoming or being a volunteer in any capacity that involves being in a position of trust or authority towards persons under the age of 16 years.

  • Not to be in, near, or around where children under the age of 16 years are likely to congregate such as day cares, elementary and secondary schools, parks and playgrounds, swimming pools and recreational centres.

Further, the Surrey RCMP will be working in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada, Community Corrections and other stakeholders to monitor Leonard Ramstead via traditional police methods as well as electronic monitoring.

Anyone who sees or knows of Leonard Ramstead violating any of these conditions is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

Saturday April 13, 2024

UNITI - Semiahmoo House Society

The Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 15th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards, presented by Prospera Credit Union. The event recognized the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey.

UNITI is delighted to share that UNITI Community Development Committee member, Lauren Simpson, won the Social Trailblazer award as part of her work with the Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo (SAS) and affordable & inclusive housing in Surrey. Lauren, UNITI is incredibly grateful and proud of all the hard work you do for the community.

Congratulations Lauren.

 

 

 

 

Friday April 12, 2024

Elections BC Investigating Three Surrey 2022 Political Slates

DOUG MCCALUM Safe Surrey Coalition

Elections BC recently issued a press release they are investigating 3 political slates which ran campaigns in the 2022 civic election.

Safe Surrey Coalition headed up by DOUG MCCALUM

Surrey First Electors Society led by former White Rock mayor and longtime MLA GORDIE HOGG

United Surrey led by Liberal MP SUKH DHALIWAL

In the press release Elections BC centered their attention on potential political contraventions which included failing to deal with prohibited contributions as well as sponsoring election advertising without proper documentation.

The Elections BC investigations are based on the review and audit findings and supplementary report filings. “These investigations will proceed independently from one another and will conclude at different times. There are two possible outcomes once an investigation concludes. If potential contraventions are unsubstantiated, Elections BC will confirm that the elector organization is in compliance with LECFA. If potential contraventions are substantiated, the elector organization will be subject to enforcement action, which can include administrative monetary penalties,” the bulletin states.

ELECTIONS BC has stated the three slates “have been co-operating with Elections BC throughout the compliance review, audit, and supplementary report filing processes.”

 

The City of Surrey’s 2024-2028 General Operating and Capital Budgets

The City of Surrey’s 2024-2028 General Operating and Capital Budgets are now available for the public to view. The 2024 Budgets have been formulated based on direction from Mayor and Council, reflecting City strategies, resource requirements to maintain service delivery and feedback on community priorities obtained during the City’s budget engagement process.

A public meeting of the Finance Committee will be held April 22 at 1pm to consider the 2024 Budget. The public can provide comments in person at the Finance Committee meeting or through written submissions (email clerks@surrey.ca or fill out an online form). The deadline for written comments is noon on Friday, April 19, 2024.

The Draft 2024 Budgets and Five-Year Plan can be found here.

 

Work Resumes

City staff met in an uptown cafe yesterday for an open dialogue with business owners and residents alike to discuss the beautification project on Johnston road between Thrift avenue and Russel avenue.

Areas of concern included lack of communication from the city of White Rock, closure of the road and no work being done, the small size of the actual work crew doing the work and the seemingly shortened hours of daily work on the project.

City staff cleared up any confusion and promised to be more diligent in any forthcoming changes in the work schedule. Staff also identified the project will resume today and this slight variation in the schedule will not affect the final scheduled completion date.

 

 

Wednesday April 10, 2024

Waterspout

Did you happen to see the waterspout out in Semiahmoo Bay yesterday?

Thank goodness BRYON TOSOFF did.

 

Monday April 08, 2024

Lights/Cameras/Action

 

White Rock is looking to bring in new measures to promote public safety, but not everyone is on board. Some feel CCTV cameras are intrusive, others say they are needed to deal with crime. Councillor Christopher Trevelyan supports the idea, while two others and the mayor do not.

 

Coast Capital 82% salary ceiling increase

Coast Capital is having an Annual General and Special Meeting (AGSM) plus Board Directors election with four resolutions being voted on.  The one rule change of note is #4 that calls for the Board Renumeration Aggregate Cap to rise from $825,000 to $1,500,000.  That is a shocking increase of 82%.

Coast Capital is currently advertising their new Elevate chequing account, using the slogan "Feel The Earn."  At the same time they acknowledge "Nearly half (47%) of Canadians indicate they are living pay cheque-to-pay cheque and nearly a third (33%) report not making enough money each month to cover their bills and debt repayments."

Victoria Council wanted a 25% raise, which was put on hold.  Kelowna Council is voting to give themselves a 30% raise with an option to opt out.  With an 82% raise in the renumeration cap supported by the Board of Directors, Coast Capital credit union members are now "feeling the burn."  The estimated total pay range for a Coast Capital director is already $145K - $165K per year.

Coast Capital members need to be aware of this shocking cash grab and to vote NO before the deadline of April 18 at 5 p.m.  Now is not the time to give Directors the power to increase their salaries as they see fit.  Members also need to realize that voting is online, by mail, or in person at the AGSM on April 25.  Ballots can no longer be dropped off at the branches as was previously the case.

For more information on the upcoming vote, please refer to the following links:

Naturally yours

Don Pitcairn

Coast Capital member

 

Are The Veltri's Throwing In The Towel...Again

Owner TONY VELTRI and his sons have been operating the iconic White Rock waterfront for years. A number of years back the premises were leased and renamed HEMINGWAY'S.

The business only is now back on the market. The property and the room rentals upstairs are not part of the deal, just the pub/restaurant area.

Takers? We'll see.

$1,300,000

14995 Marine Dr, White Rock

This prime Iconic beachfront location on Marine Drive in White Rock offers an exceptional opportunity for entrepreneurs. Ocean Beach Crafts, Drafts and Eats boasts a fully renovated 4717 sq ft space with a commercial kitchen, a liquor license and Patio for 250 seats, and a scenic patio overlooking the unobstructed ocean view. The lease terms are favourable with a 5+5 agreement. Don't miss out on this turnkey operation with high cash flow potential.

 

Uptown Going Up?

The property located on the NE corner of Roper and Johnston road recently came back on the market. The controversial development of the LADY ALEXANDER highrise was stopped dead in its tracks by the last council. Following years of courts cases the city won the case.

The property eventually fell into foreclosure but recently changed hands with a 6 million dollar sale price.

What will the future be for development below Thrift avenue under this new council?

 

 

 

Sunday April 07, 2024

 

UPDATE:

Authorities have deactivated an Amber Alert issued for a baby who was allegedly abducted from B.C.'s Lower Mainland this week.

The RCMP issued the alert Thursday evening, expressing concern that the four-month-old's mother had taken him from a Langley home without permission.

Amber Alert/ Thursday Night

RCMP have issued an  Amber Alert for three-month-old Tyler Durocher.

Police say he was last seen wearing a blue short-sleeve onesie paired with blue camouflage pants.

His mother, 35-year-old Brianne Ford, has been named as the suspect.

According to police, Ford is described as having brown hair with shaved sides and pink highlights, a nose ring, brown eyes, and standing five feet two inches tall.

RCMP say the baby was taken from the 72 Avenue and 208 Street area of Langley, which is located about 45 kilometres east of Vancouver, and may be travelling with the suspect on foot.

If you know their whereabouts or have seen them please contact your local RCMP detachment.

 

Michal Popek Dangerous Sex Offender

  • 44 years old

  • Height 5’5, Weight 150 lbs

  • Medium complexion, brown eyes, with short brown hair

Surrey RCMP has issued a public interest notification under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender residing in the community of Surrey.

Popek, 44, has received a One Chance Statutory Release ahead of his sentence’s completion in December 2025, after which he will be subject to a 10-year Long Term Supervision Order.

In 2020, Popek was convicted of sexually assaulting four women from 2015-2016 and poses a risk to adolescent girls and adult women, including strangers.

He is bound by the terms of his release, which include, in part, the following conditions:

  • Not to consume, purchase or possess alcohol.

  • Not to consume, purchase or possess drugs other than prescribed medication taken as prescribed and over the counter drugs taken as recommended by the manufacturer.

  • Not to attend any business where the primary source of income is derived from the sale of alcohol.

  • Not to attend any business where the primary source of income is derived from the sale of cannabis.

  • Not to be in the company of sex trade workers/escorts.

  • Observe a curfew from 6:00 pm to 7:00 am except for employment or educational purposes and only with the written permission of the parole supervisor.

Further, the Surrey RCMP will be working in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada, Community Corrections and other stakeholders to monitor Michal Popek via traditional police methods as well as electronic monitoring.

Anyone who sees or knows of Michal Popek violating any of these conditions is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

  • Uptown White Rock Construction, Impacts Bus Routes

  • Please note the following bus routes by Johnston Road have detours in place: 362, 363, 351, 531, 321, 345, 350, 354.

    Visit translink.ca/alerts for more information on specific routes.

  • City of White Rock

    Johnston Road Project Update:

    The contractor encountered an unexpected utility conflict and is currently working with the City's consultant and staff to determine next steps.

    Project updates and additional information can be found at https://tinyurl.com/mvmbttje.

    Johnston Road will have one lane open northbound for the first two months of the expected 8 month closure. Crews will be working Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with extended hours during evenings and weekends, as needed.

    During the construction, businesses will remain open, and the City will:

    • Maintain clear and well-marked sidewalk access to businesses with directional signage.

    • Provide free City parking in the vicinity.

    Improvements will include:

    • Critical infrastructure, including watermains, storm and sanitary mains will be upgraded to increase capacity and improve their reliability to better serve the growing community.

    • Sidewalk replacements on the east side to improve accessibility and remove tripping hazards. The sidewalk on the west side will not be modified.

    • Decorative mid-block pedestrian activated crosswalk with improved visibility for pedestrian safety.

    • Improved transit stop heading northbound.

    • Bike racks, seating areas, garbage/recycling receptacles and native vegetation and irrigation.

    For more information and project updates, visit whiterockcity.ca/johnstonroad

Thursday April 04, 2024

Not Bad For A High School Dropout From Moose Jaw

Hundreds of fellow media cohorts along with dozens of community members and John QQ publics turned out in force yesterday for the memorial service for recently deceased GEORGE GARRETT.

George's daughter revealed one of George's favourite sayings when referring to his many accomplishments as "Well that's not bad for a high school dropout from Moose Jaw."

Indeed George, indeed. You will be missed in our community.

If you missed the tributes to George's passing you can Google The Peace Arch News or read our dedication (here)

 

 

 

Tuesday April 02, 2024

April Fools

Did you get caught? A number of local residents fell for the above post on Social Media hook line and sinker.

The scary part is that many did not have any problem believing the current council would make such a decision!

 

Adios Allora

A Lower Mainland blog that focuses on the dining scene in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, announced yesterday in the past week along word came of the closure nearly 20 restaurants.

Locally ALLORA a new Italian restaurant in the Five Corners district has closed its doors. Chef and owner Josiah Tam took to Instagram to announce the closure of the beloved White Rock spot.

JANS ON THE Beach recently closed due to rising cost and operational overhead. DASTAAN an Indian cafe and bistro will open soon in the same location.

Sadly this may only be the beginning.

UPDATE:

Hello Morrison's


The Morrison Cafe which has served up family fare for decades in Ocean Park wasted no time in putting their beach head into the White Rock dining scene. The menu for the new location has not been revealed but one would have to think they will stick with their winning formula from Ocean Park location.

Good Luck.

 

Monday April 01, 2024

City of White Rock

Last Sunday was the last day dogs on leash would be allowed for the next few months.

Dogs at the Waterfront

  • Dogs are allowed on the waterfront promenade from October 1 to March 31. 

  • Dogs are not allowed on the White Rock Pier at anytime. 

  • Dogs are permitted on the beach with a leash of less than two metres. The Wildlife Act does not allow off-leash dogs on the beach.

The Province of B.C. has jurisdiction for the beach, which is part of the Boundary Bay Wildlife Management Area.

The beach is a critical, internationally significant habitat for year-round, migrating and wintering waterfowl populations, along with important fish and marine mammal habitat.  Violations can be reported 24/7 to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

Dogs Pet-iquette 

  • Dogs in White Rock must be leashed and licenced

  • Owners walking their dogs must pick up after them and dispose of the feces in garbage cans

  • Dogs should have up-to-date vaccines

  • Dogs are allowed on-leash in most parks year-round

  • Dogs can go off-leash in the off-leash dog park located in Ruth Johnson Park

  •  

  • Uptown White Rock Construction, Impacts Bus Routes

  • Please note the following bus routes by Johnston Road have detours in place: 362, 363, 351, 531, 321, 345, 350, 354.

    Visit translink.ca/alerts for more information on specific routes.

  • City of White Rock

    Johnston Road Project Update:

    The contractor encountered an unexpected utility conflict and is currently working with the City's consultant and staff to determine next steps.

    Project updates and additional information can be found at https://tinyurl.com/mvmbttje.

    Johnston Road will have one lane open northbound for the first two months of the expected 8 month closure. Crews will be working Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with extended hours during evenings and weekends, as needed.

    During the construction, businesses will remain open, and the City will:

    • Maintain clear and well-marked sidewalk access to businesses with directional signage.

    • Provide free City parking in the vicinity.

    Improvements will include:

    • Critical infrastructure, including watermains, storm and sanitary mains will be upgraded to increase capacity and improve their reliability to better serve the growing community.

    • Sidewalk replacements on the east side to improve accessibility and remove tripping hazards. The sidewalk on the west side will not be modified.

    • Decorative mid-block pedestrian activated crosswalk with improved visibility for pedestrian safety.

    • Improved transit stop heading northbound.

    • Bike racks, seating areas, garbage/recycling receptacles and native vegetation and irrigation.

    For more information and project updates, visit whiterockcity.ca/johnstonroad

 

 

 

Saturday March 30, 2024

 

Thursday March 28, 2024

Break In At Semiahmoo Mall

Surrey RCMP investigating break & enter at South Surrey mall

Surrey RCMP is investigating a break and enter to a South Surrey mall, where suspects stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry.

On Monday at 4:18 a.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter in progress to a South Surrey mall in the 1700 block of 152 Street. 

Police with assistance from the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services (PDS) searched the area but the suspects had already fled the scene.  Police believe the four suspects departed in a dark coloured SUV.

“The Surrey RCMP Property Crime Unit has been engaged in this investigation and are actively working to identify and arrest the suspects,” says Corporal James Mason of the Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit.  “The brazen action of these individuals is a concerning reminder of the impact criminals can have on our community.” 

Anyone with information regarding this incident or anyone who has CCTV or dash camera footage from the area during the related timeframe is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2024-41717.

 

 

Wednesday March 27, 2024

King George SkyTrain station to close for 6 weeks

skytrain station

King George SkyTrain Station in Surrey, B.C., will be closed for six weeks starting April 27

The King George SkyTrain Station in Surrey will close for six weeks for what TransLink is calling "essential maintenance" from April 27 until mid-June.

Expo Line service, which normally terminates at King George Station, will temporarily end at Surrey Central Station. There will be no trains running to or from King George Station.

TransLink said in a news release that components of the track that have been in use since it opened 30 years ago need replacing. 

"A full station closure is required to complete these important upgrades as efficiently and safely as possible. Some of the work will include removing parts of the rail to replace a turnout [and] a mechanical device that guides trains from one track to another," said the release. 

Additional upgrade work on King George Station is planned during the closure, including improvements to the elevator.

Buses will continue serving King George Station with changes to accommodate the closure: 

  • Additional buses will run every 15 minutes between King George and Surrey Central stations from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays.

  • Bus routes that normally end at King George Station will stop at the station and then extend northbound to terminate at Surrey Central Station.

  • Buses that include a stop at King George Station will maintain their regular stops and routes.

TransLink says riders who normally use King George Station should plan for 15 minutes extra travel time during the closure. 

 

White Rock's Zapoteca Cantina Expands - New location in Kitsilano!!

 

 

 

Tuesday March 26, 2024

One Person is Dead

 

..........and an investigation has been launched after a shooting in Surrey’s Grandview Heights area Monday night.

Neighbours in the 2200-block of 168 Street tell CTV News they heard a series of five or six gunshots in rapid succession just before 8:00 p.m. Monday.

According to Surrey RCMP, when officers responded to 911 calls about the shooting, they found a man in a parked vehicle with fatal bullet wounds.

Police say the victim was already deceased by the time officers arrived.

Forensic officers were working throughout the night, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case.

According to IHIT, investigators believe the shooting was targeted but, at this point, police aren’t connecting the man’s death to criminal activity.

"The victim has no ties to the Lower Mainland gang conflict that we're aware of," said Sgt. Tim Pierotti, an IHIT spokesperson. "We're still in the very early stages of our investigation and we're going to be speaking to as many people as possible, and learning as much as we can about those that are involved, to determine if there are any connections.”

The property behind police tape includes a house and a commercial building with signs indicating it is a registered massage therapy clinic.

The company’s website lists 13 registered massage therapists.

So far, police have not said if the victim had any connection to that business.

Police are canvassing the area for witnesses and asking neighbours for any security video that might shed some light on what happened.

The victim's identity has not yet been released.

 

Local news network Black Press Media which owns and operates the PEACE ARCH NEWS and SURREY NOW weekly newspapers in our area, completed its sale Monday (March 25).

The sale comes as the company wraps up its creditor protection process in the B.C. Supreme Court and its related U.S. proceedings.

The company will remain Canadian-controlled, with its head office based in Surrey at the head office on 152nd street near Highway 10.

The ownership group includes Canadian institutional investors Canso Investment Counsel and Deans Knight Capital Management, as well as local media company Carpenter Media Group.

Black Press Media intends to continue serving as the go-to source for local news – online and in print – by operating its 80-plus local news publications and various customer solutions services within Canada. The media company employs roughly 1,200 employees between its Canadian and U.S. divisions.

“Black Press is dedicated to serving communities with the best hyperlocal journalism, available 24/7 and produced by passionate journalists living in those communities,” said Glenn Rogers, chief executive officer of Black Press. “With our strong financial position and the support of our new Canadian-controlled ownership group, Black Press readers and advertisers can count on us to continue delivering the quality journalism and advertising solutions that we are known for.”

Carpenter Media Group, formerly Carpenter Newsmedia, operates leading community news publications in southern United States, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky.

Carpenter publishes titles such as the Bowling Green Daily News in Kentucky and the Port Arthur News in Texas.

 

White Rock Council Rewind

(Click here for agenda and link to watch today's 4 p.m. council meeting)

RECAP:

- The city of WHITE ROCK will work in conjunction with the White Rock BIA in order to gauge support for the future of the BIA. Commercial property owners and retail business owners will be canvassed for feedback on the effectiveness of the White Rock BIA. The White Rock BIA is funded through a levy on the commercial property owners.

- The majority of council approved proceeding with a building permit for two wooden six storey buildings to be located at the corner of Blackwood street and North Bluff avenue on the White Rock/Surrey border.

- Council approved the annual GRANTS IN AID for a number of non profit operators in White Rock.

- Secondary Suite and Short Term Regulations were updated to align with the Provincial guidelines.

- The First Responders mural painted on the wall of the waterfront parkade will be painted over now that the COVID pandemic has subsided.

- White Rock Parks along the waterfront which include Memorial Park, the promenade, the pier and Grand Chief Bernard Charles park on East Beach will now be closed to the public daily @ 2 a.m. - 6 a.m. The move is in a response to increased partying and trouble on our waterfront.

 

Monday March 25, 2024

Surrey Singer Takes Home Major JUNO AWARD

Surrey's Karan Aujla and Toronto's Ikwinder Singh (a.k.a. Ikky) brought their signature blend of Punjabi and pop music to the Juno stage in Halifax on March 24. Joined by a full band and dancers decked out in pink silk, the singer and producer performed "Softly" and "Admirin' You" off of their 2023 joint album, Making Memories. 

Karan Aujla was nominated in two categories at this year's awards: breakthrough artist of the year and Tik Tok Juno Fan Choice.

AUJLA took home the coveted JUNO FAN CHOICE the only Juno Award decided by the public. The rest of the JUNOS are chosen by industry veterans and members of CARAS.

 

 

Jaskaran Singh Aujla (born 18 January 1997), known professionally as Karan Aujla, is an Indian singer, rapper and songwriter based in Surrey.

 

He is known for his numerous tracks which have charted on the UK Asian chart published by the Official Charts Company, while seven have charted on the Global YouTube music chart. His debut album Bacthafucuppeaked at number 20 on Billboard Canadian Albums chart and 34th on the New Zealand albums chart, earning him the title of the Largest Digital Artist 2021 on Spotify and had been listed in their Most Popular Artists in Punjabi Music Industry.[3][4]

In June 2019, news channels stated that Aujla was attacked in Surrey, Canada on 8 June 2019. Later, a Punjab-based gang took responsibility of attack but later denied.[62][63] On 9 June 2019, Aujla himself declared the news as rumour spread by news channels.[64] However, other sources confirmed the attack. The gangster Sukhpreet Budda, who took responsibility for the attack was arrested by Interpol in November 2019 in Armenia.[65] In March 2020, he got tattoos of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh on his left arm

The 2025 JUNO AWARDS move to Vancouver next march.

 

Saturday March 23, 2024

Jan's on the Beach Gone But Never Forgotten

Update: follow Chef Jan on her new website and mailing list for news about her path going forward as a personal chef "after restaurant:"

West Coast Culinary Creations wcculinary.com

And Jan's new personal chef page on Facebook West Coast Culinary Creations https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61556583523585

The commercial space will soon be home to a South Asian restaurant.

Many of you have probably heard by now that Jan's on the Beach has called it a well deserved day after 14 years of outstanding food and service on the strip.

We have a special place in our hearts for Jan and Gord, as they were the first establishment on the beach to support our little brewery when we got to supplying product outside of the tasting room/lounge, and they continued that support until the end - it meant a lot to us to expand our wings in the community, and especially so in their successful, well-respected establishment on Marine Drive. There is no secret as to why they did so well; nice, hard-working, dedicated people who cared deeply for providing the best food and restaurant experience possible in the city where they lived.

Thanx for everything you've done for us, and for our City by the Sea. You'll be missed.

Cheers!

 

Calm Down We're Just Practicing

Commuters and neighbours alike were taken back yesterday afternoon as the RCMP staged what they called a "Police Scenario Training" exercise. Dozens of armoured members carrying AK47 rifles were seen darting in and out of the old PINK PALACE hotel @ 8th avenue exit of Highway 99.

The lone notice sign above was missed by many who called into 911 to report the startling scene at the hotel. There were no actual RCMP decal-ed vehicles so people passing by had no idea it was an RCMP exercise.

 

 

 

Thursday March 21, 2024

Veteran News Reporter Passes On

SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Please come and celebrate the life of our friend George Garrett Wednesday April 3, at 10 a.m. at Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 72 Avenue in Surrey.

L-R - GEORGE GARRETT/Brad Phillips Manager CKNW/CFMI /White rock Resident STIRLING FAUX/Long time radio morning man DOC HARRIS

The Vancouver broadcast community was saddened Tuesday to learn of the passing of veteran newsman GEORGE GARRETT'S passing at Peace Arch Hospice. George had spent the last year in a local care home, his passing came quickly.

Friday here in THE WHITE ROCK Sun's Yell It Like It Is - we show the love and respect one man can garner from his peers.

In his retirement a few years ago GEORGE recognized the need to support cancer patients in their time of need, he launched CANCER DRIVERS a volunteer group of individuals, including himself who would drive patients to and from cancer treatments.

You knew the voice. Now know the man.

 

 

‘Our City’ beautification campaign to return this year

The successful Our City beautification campaign will return this year, with Surrey City Council officially endorsing the city-wide initiative for 2024. Our City aims to motivate and enable Surrey residents to actively contribute to the improvement of their neighborhoods. With Surrey projected to reach a population of one million people in less than 20 years, the campaign aims to mobilize this growth and residents' energy to create the community life they desire.

"The City of Surrey is excited for the launch of the 2024 Our City campaign, which aims to inspire and empower our citizens to help make Surrey a great place to live, work and play," said Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke. "The Our City campaign helps to build civic pride and fosters a sense of community ownership. By providing necessary tools and resources, residents and business owners will play an essential role in creating a vibrant and enriching community for all.”

Throughout the 2024 campaign, residents will be provided with tools and resources to organize summer projects, including grants, training workshops, and volunteer opportunities. The campaign will also feature in-person outreach events, information sessions on Neighbourhood Enhancement Grants, learning opportunities, and a volunteer program for clean-up and beautification projects.

Launched in 2023, the Our City campaign focuses on engaging the community in placemaking projects, community clean-ups, volunteerism, and beautification projects to improve livability, cleanliness, and civic pride in Surrey. Last year, 49 grants were awarded through the campaign, and over 600 participants contributed more than 300 volunteer hours. Their work resulted in over 80 neighbourhood-led improvement projects, cleanups and events in 2023. 

The 2024 Our City campaign will launch this spring. To learn more visit surrey.ca/ourcity .

 

 

 

 

Wednesday March 20, 2024

The California Air Resources Board has proposed well-intentioned but ill-conceived regulations that would require companies like BNSF to use zero-emission locomotives in California, despite the fact that the technology is not ready, and it’s not clear when it will be. Complying with these regulations would cost freight rail companies hundreds of millions per year, diverting resources from existing emission-reduction projects and potentially halting or canceling them altogether. 

The effect of the regulation would be devastating:

  • Our supply chain would suffer without new rail projects that improve efficiency, increasing costs for shippers and consumers.

  • It will slow our transition to lower-emission locomotives.

  • Cargo will shift away from rail, the most environmentally-friendly way to move freight over land.

  • Rail projects in the works would be canceled, eliminating thousands of well-paying jobs and supply chain efficiencies.

  • Small business short line railroads will go out of business, unable to take on the cost of compliance. 

 

Surrey Talk Radio

David Chesney - City Councillor/Editor Publisher of This Online Newspaper

Details for Wednesday March 20 Show:

(Yesterday's show will be archived and posted on SURRERY TALK RADIO website next week if you happened to miss the episode.

Hour 1 - 2:30 to 3:30: and Hour 2 - 3:30 to 4:30 The topics of our show on Wednesday are: 

Hour 1 - "Introduction to White Rock - with guest David Chesney " with host Ivan Scott 

Hour 2 - “Whats on your mind?"  with hosts Ivan Scott and Clark Cook

Tune in and participate in the Live webcast:

We are live between the hours of 2:30 to 4:30 on Wednesdays only - all other times of the week we webcast soft music only. 

We have an open phone line (778-229-5108) into the studio from 2:40 for you to call in and take part in the conversations (only one line available).

Ivan Scott

Surrey Talk Radio - The Voice of Surrey 778-229-5108 (c) 604-531-7028 (o)

 

Tuesday March 19, 2024

Size Matters

It was nice to hear Brad Russell's GLOBAL TV traffic report on the 6 o'clock news Sunday night as he flew over what he referred to as....

CANADA'S LONGEST PIER located in White Rock!

 

Dining Out Is Getting Better

Everyone has "that friend" that is constantly checking out new eateries in the area. For me it is my long time friend JONNY "Rotten" ROWTHORN. Recently we planned to get together for breakfast and he was excited to take me to a new dining discovery.

EGGCETRA has only been open a few months but judging by the crowds on a Sunday morning, the word is definitely getting out. Don't let the name fool you, yes eggs are front and centre at EGGCETRA but not being a big fan of eggs I opted for a prosciutto and pear sandwich served on cranberry sourdough bread. which was to die for. As my side I chose french fries over the daily soup.

Five stars for everything I ordered and every meal I saw come out of the kitchen was spectacular looking.

....but please don't go. I promised JONNY I wouldn't tell anyone.

Eggcetra Breakfast Cafe

130-2940 King George Blvd, Surrey

Arriba

Open-Faced Tortilla Topped w. Guacamole, 2 Eggs & Melted Cheese. Served w/ Home-fries, Side Salsa & Beans

Breakfast Burger

Egg, Bacon, Avocado & Cheese on Our Home Style Patty

Crab Cakes

Made In House and Served w/ Garlic Aioli Sauce

Pulled Pork Poutine

Crispy Fries Topped w/ BBQ Pulled Pork, Cheese Curds & Gravy

(visit their website -click here)

 

TACOFINO Coming to The Rock

What started as simply a food truck to cater to the chilly surfers on Vancouver Island @ Tofino quickly turned into a chain of very successful outlets.

A handful of Tacofino locations are set to open in early 2024, with Tacofino Burnaby landing in Station Square on McKay Avenue; Tacofino White Rock opening in the Miramar complex; and Tacofino Langford bringing another option to the island at Westshore Town Centre.

“These vibrant areas have been on our radar for quite some time,” says Gino Di Domenico, Tacofino managing partner, in a release, “and we couldn’t be more excited to finally be a part of their communities.”

This bolsters the already existing lineup of locations: six in Vancouver (Hastings-Sunrise, Yaletown, Gastown, downtown, Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano); one in Victoria (Pandora Ave.); and, of course, the food truck that started it all, which still sits pretty in the Live to Surf parking lot

 

Thursday March 14, 2024

Statement from Surrey Mayor: Update on Policing

The City is in discussions with the province, however I will not be sharing any details at this time. Otherwise, there has been no change in the legal action the City of Surrey is taking against the province.

A court date has been set for April 29 and our legal team continues to prepare the case.

Mayor Brenda Locke

City of Surrey


Thursday March 14, 2024

Is It Still Cool To Hate Local Rockers NICKELBACK?

 

NICKELBACK has deep connections to White Rock and South Surrey. Their debut album which started their worldwide rock domination began with the recording of CURB in 1996 with White Rock's LARRY ANSCHELL at his Turtle Studios. Over the years members of the band made Crescent Beach and Surrey their homes. Local rock promoter ROB WARWICK booked the band constantly throughout the valley including shows at THE TUDOR INN at the truck crossing on 176th street..

Hate to Love: Nickelback, to the big screen!

Join Nickelback fans around the world for a candid look our journey from humble beginnings to the top of the charts - and all the ups and the downs in between.

Screening in cinemas worldwide on March 27 & 30 only!

Guildford two shows nightly 7 & 9:40

Langley and Richmond cinemas one show nightly 7 p.m.

 

 

 

Tuesday March 12, 2024

Semiahmoo band taken aback as biofuel plant loses federal backing

The Semiahmoo first nations band whose biofuel project has sparked controversy says it was caught off guard by a federal department's decision to pull its support for the proposal.

On Feb. 29, the federal Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources announced it withdrew its backing worth millions for the proposed renewable natural gas plant in B.C.'s Lower Mainland, which some local residents have opposed over potential long-term effects on local air quality and ecosystems.

Chief Harley Chappell, leader of Semiahmoo First Nation, told CBC News he had no advance warning Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) would stop funding or backing his nation's project.

"We were obviously taken aback as we heard the news and were hoping for some sort of rationale as to why funding had been withdrawn, with no due course, or conversation with the nation," Chappell said in a text message.

"When our council met in Ottawa, there was a lot of excitement toward waste-to-energy initiatives especially on [First Nations'] lands."

One White Rock resident who has raised air quality concerns about the project is Robert Pierson, president of the non-profit Clean Air Alliance of Canada.

"It's high time that NRCan did appropriate due diligence," Pierson told CBC News in an interview March 3. "This facility is simply too close to residences, because the cumulative air quality that would result from these releases would be unacceptable to health.

(click here for the full story)

 

In Loving Memory

Friends and family came together on Sunday at the Hazelmere conference centre for a Celebration of Life for BRIAN BRETT.

BRETT served on White Rock council in the 80's.

GORDIE HOGG former white rock councillor and mayor delivered a very touching personal dedication to Brian. HOGG related how prior to Brian's arrival at city hall, council was made up of relatively straight laced elderly members of our community. According to GORDIE Brian;s presence and passion for life shook things up in a good and positive manner.

He will be missed, but never forgotten.

 

Congratulations to our SURREY EAGLES of the BCHL on locking down top spot in the Coastal Conference.

The Eagles have a few home games left before the playoffs begin in April

B.C. Playoff Dates 

Round 1: April 5 to 16
Round 2: April 19 to 30
Round 3: May 3 to 14
Fred Page Cup Finals: May 17 to 28

The EAGLES have three games left in the regular season, two of those games are on home ice at the South Surrey Arena

(click here for tickets and schedule of remaining games in March)

 

 

 

March 14, 2024

 

Pow Wow Rewind

 

The Earl Marriott annual Pow Wow drew record crowds Friday and yesterday. My fellow councillor CHRISTOPHER TREVELYAN and I were honoured to say a few words on behalf of the city.

Semiahmoo leader HARLEY CHAPPEL welcomed the visiting nations to the traditional lands of the Semiahmoo people. His opening ceremony welcome was welcoming and light hearted. The chief explained in the 60's the size of the Semiahmoo band had shrunk to just 16 members. He proudly announced as he welcomed members of the band to the front of the arena, that the band is now nearly 100 strong. Proving in his words they do some things very good. The chief continued to keep it light hearted by noting not all the members of the band were in attendance, many he felt might be down at the beach getting fish n chips.

Chief Chappel noted the best fish & chips in White rock are at CONEY ISLAND FISH N CHIPS on Marine Drive/East Beach which drew a loud response from the audience

 

Saturday March 09, 2024

Arrests made in February 18 armed robbery at Guildford jewelery store

 

Two men and one woman have been arrested in relation to an armed robbery that occurred on February 18, 2024 at jewelery store in Guildford.

On February 18, 2024 at 6:23 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired at a jewelery store in the 15200-block of 101 Avenue (see previous releases: 2024-020 and 2024-02-19). During the robbery, one victim was shot and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects involved had fled the area prior to police arriving on scene.

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit immediately took conduct of the investigation to identify the suspects and vehicles allegedly involved. On February 27, 2024, two people were arrested in Calgary as a result of investigative efforts. 

Thirty-six-year-old Michael Onischuk and 32-year-old Larrissa Cowan are now charged with multiple offences including robbery using a restricted firearm; aggravated assault; intent to maim with a firearm; and unlawful possession of a firearm.  They have been remanded until their next court appearance.

On March 1, 2024, a 33-year-old Vancouver male suspect was arrested in Langley for robbery with a firearm.  The male was later released without charges pending further investigation.

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit’s efforts to locate and arrest the suspects are continuing, including executing search warrants in multiple locations. 

“As criminals continue to work across seemingly imaginary borders, the Surrey RCMP will continue to use all investigative tools and policing partnerships to seek them out”, says Inspector Darren Schneider, Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit.  “The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit worked closely with the Calgary Police Service, Vancouver Police Department, Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Services, North Vancouver RCMP, Ridge Meadows RCMP and Hope RCMP.  The Surrey RCMP thanks our policing partners who assisted in the advancement of this investigation.”

 

 

Fraser Valley Real Estate Board


Sales, listings continue to pick up heading into spring

SURREY, BC – Home sales in the Fraser Valley posted a second consecutive bump in February as new listings continue to rise and trend slightly above the 10-year seasonal average.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board recorded 1,235 transactions on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February, a 32 per cent increase over January but still 21 per cent below the 10-year average for sales in the region. New listings increased to 2,797 in February, up 18 per cent from January and 4 per cent above the 10-year average.

“There is somewhat of a buzz in the market right now,” said Narinder Bains, Chair of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. “We are seeing new listings come onto the market and REALTORS® continue to see more traffic at open houses, however buyers are still exercising caution. We aren’t out of the woods just yet, but the signs are pointing to a further increase in activity as we head into spring.”

Active listings in February were 5,561, up by 14 per cent over last month and up by 26 per cent over February 2023. With a sales-to-active listings ratio of 22 per cent, overall market conditions are edging into a seller’s market. The market is considered balanced when the ratio is between 12 per cent and 20 per cent.

“All indications suggest we will see the Bank of Canada’s overnight rate begin to decrease mid-year, which is encouraging for buyers and sellers,” said FVREB CEO Baldev Gill. “With that confidence and the spring market on the horizon, we recommend anyone looking to buy or sell to seek the knowledge and guidance of a professional REALTOR® who can provide detailed analysis and intimate knowledge of the local market.”

The average number of days homes are spending on the market is dropping, with single-family detached homes spending 35 days on the market, down from 44 days in January, apartments spending 29 days on the market, down from 41 days in January and townhomes moving more quickly at 28 days, down from 33 days on the market in January.

After six months of decreases, overall Benchmark prices posted a slight bump in February, edging up 0.9 per cent from January and up 4.8 per cent over February 2023.

MLS® HPI Benchmark Price Activity

  • Single Family Detached: At $1,485,600, the Benchmark price for an FVREB single-family detached home increased 1.3 per cent compared to January 2024 and increased 8.4 per cent compared to February 2023.

  • Townhomes: At $831,000, the Benchmark price for an FVREB townhome increased 0.7 per cent compared to January 2024 and increased 6.7 per cent compared to February 2023.

  • Apartments: At $546,100, the Benchmark price for an FVREB apartment/condo increased 1.2 per cent compared to January 2024 and increased 7.2 per cent compared to February 2023.

    —30 —

    The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board is an association of 5,138 real estate professionals who live and work in the BC communities of Abbotsford, Langley, Mission, North Delta, Surrey, and White Rock.

 

 

 

February 05, 2024

NDP Retreat In Surrey Threatened With Protestors Today

MLA: Hon. Selina Robinson

Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills / Coquitlam-Maillardville 

UPDATE FEBRUARY 05

Selina Robinson steps down as minister

In the wake of controversial comments, Selina Robinson is stepping down as the B.C. minister for Post Secondary Education and Future Skills.

She will remain in the BC NDP caucus, serving as the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville until the end of her term. 

B.C. Premier David Eby made the announcement Monday, appearing before reporters on his own after he cancelled a scheduled housing news conference in Coquitlam — just 30 minutes before it was set to begin. 

The bottom line, Eby says, is Robinson has to do what’s necessary to make this right to heal the hurt she caused.

“The depth of the work that minister Robinson needs to do in order to address the harms that she’s caused is significant. And it is incompatible with her continuing as minister of Advanced Education given the volume and the depth of the work that she needs to do,” he said

 

Representatives from more than a dozen British Columbia mosques and Islamic associations have sent a letter to Premier David Eby calling for the minister of post-secondary education to be removed from her role. The representatives also informed the premier they will be on hand today at a planned meeting of the NDP at a Surrey hotel.

They say no NDP MLA or candidate for the next election is welcome in their sacred spaces until the premier takes action against Selina Robinson.

She has faced heavy criticism and calls to resign after saying Israel was founded on a “crappy piece of land.”

She has since apologized in a social media post, saying her comments were “disrespectful,” and she had been referring to the land having limited natural resources.

On Saturday evening the NDP announced a fundraiser also to be staged in Surrey was cancelled at the last minute

Set to be held at the Aria Convention Centre Sunday evening, the night was billed as an “evening gala” with Premier David Eby and the rest of the BC NDP caucus in attendance.

Following the announcement of the event, multiple protest groups, including pro-Palestinian groups, Keep the RCMP in Surrey advocates and anti-SOGI 123 protesters, posted plans on social media to picket outside the event.

 

Morning Rush Hour Will Be Easier

Commuters travelling from South of the Fraser faced massive traffic backups last week due to problems with the construction of the Steveston Highway Overpass.

Crews worked around the clock on the weekend on repairs to the Steveston Highway crossing over Highway 99 so that two-way traffic could be restored in time for the Monday morning commute.

The eastbound lane on the structure was closed on Wednesday, Jan. 31, after a deficiency in a support pier was discovered during a scheduled engineering inspection. Over the weekend, temporary structural support pillars were added to ensure its safety and both travel lanes are now open.

A weight restriction is in place on the overpass until further notice. Heavy commercial vehicles weighing more than 64,000 kilograms gross vehicle weight (GVW) are prohibited from the crossing and must take an alternate route.

The existing two-lane Steveston Highway crossing is being replaced by the five-lane Steveston Interchange, which is currently in construction and scheduled for 

 

February 03, 2024

February is Black History Month - a time to celebrate the many achievements of Black Canadians who have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.

I invite our residents to participate in one of the many events in Surrey this month that inspire dialogue, learning and support for Black achievement:

⏱ Online Speaker Series: Hidden Histories – Adult | Feb 14, 12-1pm | Museum of Surrey

⏱ Film Screening with Black Arts Centre (BLAC) | Feb 21, 5:30-8:30pm | Surrey Art Gallery

⏱ Making Histories: An Exhibition of Black Artists | Jan 26 - April 3 | Cloverdale Recreation Centre

(click here for more information on events)

 

 

 

February 02, 2024

Knock Knock Who's There?

UPDATE February 02, 2024

Police are investigating an overnight shooting at a South Surrey home that local community members say belongs to a prominent Sikh activist.

Surrey RCMP say they first responded to reports of gunshots just after 1:20 a.m. PT Thursday at a home located near the 2800 block of 154 Street.

A spokesperson for the B.C. Gurdwaras Council said the home belongs to Simranjeet Singh, who was a friend of slain pro-Khalistan activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Cpl. Sarbjit Sangha said officers stayed in the area and spoke to neighbours and witnesses, and are currently reviewing CCTV footage to find out more about the shooting. No one was injured.

 

Shots fired at a residence in South Surrey-No injuries

Surrey RCMP is advising the public of shots fired at a residence incident in South Surrey.

On February 1, 2024, at approximately 1:21 a.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of shots fired at a residence in the 2800-block of 154 Street. Frontline officers attended the scene and located evidence consistent with a shooting. No injuries were reported.

Police remained in the area, examining the scene, speaking with witnesses and canvassing the neighbourhood for CCTV footage. The Surrey RCMP Major Crime Section has conduct of the investigation and investigators believe this was an isolated incident. Officers are still working to determine the motive of this incident.

 

 

 

February 01, 2024

Quit Your Crabbing

One of the biggest threats to our oceans is marine litter and in particular, ghost fishing gear. Ghost gear refers to any fishing equipment or fishing-related litter that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded and is some of the most harmful and deadly debris found in oceans. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is taking immediate steps to address this urgent issue.

Over several days, January 23/24/25/26, lower mainland DFO Conservation and Protection (C&P) fishery officers, working with their CCG colleagues from Sea Island Base, conducted an enforcement operation in the marine waters of Boundary Bay, near White Rock, B.C. The operation utilized a CCG Hovercraft the Siyay as a platform, coordinating with several C&P patrol vessels to combat ongoing illegal fishing.

DFO fishery officers conduct dragging operations several times a year to retrieve lost, abandoned, discarded or illegally set gear, that are out of compliance and pose the threat of “ghost fishing”.

Gear that is not in compliance with the regulations under Canada’s Fisheries Act can include: lack of proper floats identifying the location of gear; lack of proper markings or tags on floats and crab traps; fishing more than the allotted amount of gear; fishing traps without escape mechanisms or rot cord to enable escape should the gear become lost, and fishing in closed or prohibited areas (i.e. U.S waters).

Traps that have been abandoned or lost and continue to fish and kill crab or finfish indefinitely are considered “ghost gear” as the traps still capture fish due the to escape mechanisms being manipulated so that they do not properly function. All live fish or invertebrates entering become bait themselves over time once the actual bait originally put in the trap to attract crab is exhausted. These traps can also become buried in the mud over time so are more difficult or impossible to retrieve.

Quick Facts:

  • 4 day operation (January 23 – January 26th, 2024) 

  • 251 traps were dragged and hauled out of the ocean

  • Approximately 1,400 crabs were released, (the majority Dungeness, some red rock, a few graceful crabs and one kelp crab)

  • 150/251 (59%) were sealed shut

  • 82/251 (32%) were tagged with commercial and communal fishing tags

  • The illegal traps are disposed of by destruction or, if there is value, they are sold through government auction.

  • This was a highly successful example of a joint DFO/CCG enforcement initiative that often occurs several times per year, and this is the third time that a CCG hovercraft from the Sea Island Base has been utilized for this kind of joint operation.

  • Fishery officers will attempt to identify seized traps and gear and investigate to try to identify the perpetrators. Charges may follow.

  • While each Agency operated within their mandates while on the water, they shared operational knowledge working together to ensure the success of the sweep and gained a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities.  

  • All commercial fish harvesters in Canada are required to report their lost fishing gear to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This reporting helps the Department and other partners locate and remove lost fishing gear from our waters and, in many cases, return the fishing gear to its rightful owner. For more information: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fisheries-peches/commercial-commerciale/reporting-declaration-eng.html

As part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s work to end illegal activity, the Department asks the public for information on any suspicious or potentially illegal activities, or any contravention of the Fisheries Act and Regulations. Anyone with information can call the toll-free violation reporting line at 1-800-465-4336 or via email at DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.  

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2024

Local resident SUSAN BAINS appeared before White rock council Monday evening to request the city explore funding a wheelchair friend mat that would run the full length of Canada's Longest Pier.

(click here for the GLOBAL news story)

Watch council's reaction by clicking here. SUSAN BAINS is near the beginning of the archived council meeting from Monday)

 

January 30, 2024

Surrey Businesses Resilient Amid Economic Uncertainty

Update on our Business Pulse Survey

Last fall, we conducted our Business Pulse Survey to better understand the challenges faced by businesses today. We thank everyone who participated in our survey. Surrey business owners demonstrated resiliency with many feeling the impacts of current market conditions; however, in our full article on Invest Surrey, other factors illustrate a more positive trend overall. The next Business Pulse Survey is planned for March 2024.

If you have any feedback or need assistance for your business, our team is here to help.

 

Fraudsters continue unscrupulous acts

The Surrey RCMP continue to investigate reports of fraud involving bail requests and online market sales.

In January 2024, Surrey RCMP frontline officers were called to a report of an elderly woman who paid out $7,000 to fraudsters posing as her grandson needing money for bail. Persons posing as police later attended the woman’s address to collect the bail money.

In reality if your loved one is arrested and needs bail money; a police officer or sheriff will not be attending your residence to pick up money, you will be directed to attend either your local police station or courthouse to make the payment, says Cpl. James Mason, Surrey RCMP Media Relations.  If you feel the request is not legitimate, call your local police or courthouse, and don’t feel pressured into making a hasty decision

Surrey RCMP also recently investigated two reports of secondary market sales which took place at the Guildford Town Centre, Surrey. During the transaction, the seller counts an envelope of money and gives it back to the buyer prior to completing the transaction. By sleight of hand, the buyer switches the envelope for another which contains only a single $100 bill with a stack of newspaper clippings. The suspects in both instances wore medical-style face masks.

When meeting people for the transfer or purchase of property from online social media accounts, be aware of this sleight of hand technique, says Sergeant Randy Baker, Surrey RCMP Financial Crime Section. Be extra cautious when you are selling high value items.

For more information on protecting your property, please visit the Protect Yourself section of our website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 27, 2024

White Rock Council

Provide feedback on the 2024 Financial Plan at the Regular Council Meeting on Monday, Jan. 29

Attend the Regular Council Meeting on Monday, January 29, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

(Click here for yesterday's agenda and live stream)

 

ON TABLE

Due to a private matter which I must tend to today I will be unable to participate or attend this evening's council meeting.

I have forwarded the information below to the city and requested my OPINIONS be put "On Table" to become a matter of record regarding the following matters that are on today's agenda.

 

6.2.d

Corporate report dated January 29, 2024 from the Director of Planning and Development Services titled "Update on Recent Provincial Housing Initiatives and Regulation Requirements".

  • RECOMMENDATION

    THAT Council receive the Corporate report, titled “Update on Recent Provincial Housing Initiatives and Regulation Requirements,” dated January 29, 2024, from the Director of Planning and Development, for information.

    This item is a report only at this point. I do not in any way shape or from support proceeding i=with implementing the Provincial housing guidelines to our community. As I have previously mentioned and staff has now supported, the current Provincial guidelines DO NOT APPLY to White Rock.

    The Transit-Oriented Development Areas Designate by the regulation (in effect) designates 16 Lower Mainland communities that are currently listed as Development Areas. White Rock is not on that public list.

     

Corporate report dated January 29, 2024 from the Director of Engineering and Municipal Operations titled "Temporary Office and Council Chamber Options".

  • RECOMMENDATION

    THAT Council:

    1. Approve Option A “Relocate Council Chambers to Annex and Construct Offices in Vacated Space”; and

    2. Authorize staff to proceed with the renovations once the Financial Plan is approved.

       

      The expenditure to move and create a new council chamber is unnecessary in my opinion. If the city is in need of office space, the temporary office space should be created in the Annex building where the very expensive proposal to relocate the council chambers is being proposed.

JIM DAVIDSON MURAL PROPOSAL

RECOMMENDATION

THAT Council:

  • decline the mural proposal from artist, Jim Davidson; and,

  • direct staff to communicate to Mr. Davidson the appropriate procedures for future mural proposals, in accordance with the Public Art Policy.

    I believe the decision to decline Mr. Davidson's mural proposal is very short sighted. As the city prepares to commemorate our original wall mural THE WYLAND WHALE WALL in uptown White Rock this would be a perfect tie in to the planned celebration. Mr. Davidson laid out a clear plan for monetizing the mural, the media coverage he had already secured, the first nations support and tie in and the environmental of all monies raised through posters during the mural's creation being dedicated to the Semiahmoo Fish & game organization.

 

January 28, 2024

Shots fired in Cloverdale –No injuries

Surrey RCMP is advising the public of multiple shots being fired toward a residence. Fortunately, no one was injured.

On January 25, 2023, at approximately 10:43 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a shots fired complaint in the 16900-block of 80A Avenue. Frontline officers found evidence consistent with a shooting in the vicinity of a residence in the area. Officers confirmed no one was injured in the residence.

This shooting appears to be targeted and investigation is ongoing to determine the motive. Our officer are collecting evidence including CCTV footage and witness statements. 

If you have any information about this incident or have CCTV footage that has not been shared with police, we request that you call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2024-11975.

 

January 23, 2024

White Rock officer supports youth mental health

Corey Hirsch & Constable Chantal Sears

Constable Chantal Sears, the White Rock RCMP’s Community Response Constable, has dedicated her time to supporting the youth in her community. She was inspired to take on a project to help support youth mental health after co-teaching mental health classes at École Peace Arch throughout the school year, aimed at 6th and 7th graders.

Throughout my policing career, I have seen mental health-related calls increase substantially. I hope that by engaging students with this topic, they will have the skills and know the resources available to seek help if they (or a friend or loved one) are struggling with anxiety, depression or any other mental health issue, said Cst. Sears.

Sears wanted to build stronger relationships with the youth in the community so she approached the local schools about doing youth engagement training. Mme. Yalpani at École Peace Arch immediately invited her into her class to co-teach the mental health curriculum.
The growth I have seen from the students has been amazing. My relationship with them has developed and they know that I can be a support if they are or someone they know is struggling, said Cst. Sears.

Cst. Sears also brought in guest speakers from the Vancouver Giants and the Vancouver Canucks Alumni to discuss mental health issues.

The Giants introduced their ‘Be a Giant’ program, with some players and management working with the class in November. The players even continued their relationship with the youth, said Cst. Sears.

This program was just the beginning for the youth, as Cst. Sears was able to have Corey Hirsch, a Vancouver Canucks Alumni, attend the school and talk with the students on January 16th.

The students were so excited to meet Corey, who really inspired and encouraged kids to talk openly about mental health issues, said Cst. Sears.

Hirsch spoke to the youth about his struggles with his own mental health as a professional athlete. He has been a leader in advocating for mental health supports and removing the stigma from having a mental disorder. He told students about his own diagnosis of an obsessive-compulsive disorder, and how he has learned to live with it and prosper.

Hirsch urged the students to be kind to themselves, stating that life is about helping others and that social media should only be used for good.

The students really connected with Hirsch and were inspired by his words. He inspired me, too, and my desire to keep helping students, said Cst. Sears.

Matteo Mclaughlin in grade 7, said, Corey was really interactive and had a lot of helpful information. He was really kind and inclusive to everyone. He was willing to talk about his hard personal stuff.

Another student, Harrison Yanicki, grade 6 said, It was really cool and a good experience (having a presentation from Corey Hirsch). I learned that you should get help if you are struggling with mental health. I want to thank him for coming and presenting to us. It was a once in a lifetime super cool experience.

Cst. Sears was so proud of the strides she has seen from the students throughout the classes. She says that through our mental health conversations and presentations, I know these students will do better in their classroom, at school and our community. I will be continuing my work with youth to keep helping the next generation be open about mental health struggles.

January 24, 2024

Congratulations to LORD TWEEDSMUIR secondary for winning the 32nd annual Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic.

Exceptional week of teamwork, camaraderie and sports entertainment. 

 

January 19, 2024

White Rock apartment tenants struggling without heat in midst of storm

 

UPDATE: January 20

The property management company of the apartment building finally arranged for work crews to begin work on the heat problem last evening (Friday)

Some residents of a White Rock, B.C., apartment building are struggling in the midst of a snowstorm with their radiators not functioning and no one appearing to come in to fix them with haste.

Odette Slezas, 92, has been without central heating for nearly a week. She told Global News she’s been turning on the oven, dressing warmly, and using her own space heater to try and keep warm.

Her daughter, Michelle Harvey, flew in from Edmonton to help her.

1455 Fir Street FIR HAUS

“It makes me angry. It makes me sad. I see my mom having to put up with this as a 90-year-old,” Harvey said.

A large percentage of the suites at Fir Haus Apartments have been without heat since last Friday. Rockwell Management, which runs the building, did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.

MLA Trevor Halford

Surrey-White Rock MLA Trevor Halford visited the building and met with some tenants on Thursday, and called the situation one of “great concern.”

“We’ve (met) people that are using unreliable sources and I really worry about that, so that’s been something my office has been working on — making sure people have access to heaters, blankets,” he said in an interview.

Watch the GLOBAL NEWS story :

 

 

Lower Mainland sets daily record-setting snowfall

The snowstorm that blanketed the Lower Mainland, bringing hazardous road conditions and closing schools, may have been record-setting.

Snow began falling across the region around midnight Wednesday and didn’t stop well into the evening.

All public schools in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley were closed Jan. 17 & 18, with dozens of independents also shutting. Most post-secondary institutions cancelled in-person classes as the weather made commuting too treacherous.

“At White Rock — 25 cm of snow. The old record at White Rock was 15.2 cm from 1935 and we have been keeping records at that White Rock location since 1929,”

Statement from City Manager on Surrey Police Service Budget 24

The Surrey Police Service (SPS) has asserted in a recent media release that Mayor Brenda Locke erred in claiming that SPS is running a deficit budget. This assertion is wrong. SPS’s own media release acknowledges that SPS vastly exceeded its 2023 approved budget. While SPS submitted a proposed 2023 budget of $157.6M to the City, Surrey Council only authorized a budget of $48.8M. SPS does not deny it has far exceeded that limit. By law, SPS is prohibited from spending amounts not approved by Surrey Council.  

Even if SPS was dissatisfied, SPS did not have the authority to unilaterally spend over its approved budget. That is not how municipal budgeting works. SPS failed to take any steps in a timely way to challenge or revisit Surrey Council’s budget approval. SPS was required to do so before spending unapproved funds. It has only very recently attempted to engage the Director of Police Services to intervene pursuant to the Police Act, well after the $48.8M approved budget has been far exceeded and well after the time allowed for initiating the Police Act disputes process had passed. The Director of Police Services has no jurisdiction in the matter.

The Surrey Police Board (SPB) administrator claims that SPS officials worked with City officials on an increased budget after the Province purported to direct the City to transition to SPS. This characterization is misleading. In response to inquiries from the City regarding how SPS was tracking relative to its approved budget, SPS later advised the City that its spending was projected to be $75M for 2023 if the status quo was maintained and no new officers were hired. This correspondence did not and could not constitute approval of an increased budget. Surrey Council is the only body legally authorized to review and approve proposed budgets, and SPS chose to spend over and above the approved budget without first obtaining Council’s authorization. The SPB administrator’s claim that Mayor Locke refused “to provide formal approval of the agreed to budget and … misrepresent[ed] this as overspending” is baseless. Only Council approves the budget and SPS has overspent the budgeted amount approved by Council.

As questions related to the future of SPS and its spending are currently the subject of both a court proceeding and the disputes process belatedly commenced by SPS under the Police Act, the City will have more to say about the matter in those forums. For now, the City notes the SPB administrator’s acknowledgment that a $75M budget was never approved by Council and that even the $75M presented by SPS did not propose the hiring of additional officers such as those late 2023 additional hires. 

Finally, the SPB administrator has suggested that the “transition is legally bound to continue” and that “it is inappropriate to suggest that the continued hires and associated budget is a burden on taxpayers, just as it is unfair to refuse to pay these officers.” The question of whether the transition must continue is currently before the courts. It is not the appointed SPB administrator’s decision to make. In the meantime, it would be unfair to taxpayers for the City to condone SPS’s spending and hiring without limitation, approval or legal authority. While it is unfortunate that new officers may have accepted positions without being aware of these circumstances, the City maintains that this is entirely due to SPS’s failure to be transparent with its recruits concerning its budget restraints and legal obligations.  

Rob Costanzo

Surrey City Manager

 

 

 

January 16, 2024

Bad Day @ Black Press

News today that Black Press has voluntarily entered creditor protection and could be sold to a three-way partnership is the latest in a long string of bad news stories for community newspapers.

It has been a sad day for me. I have spent the past 46 years involved with the community press, mostly as a reporter and editor. I was a Black Press editor for 16 years with The Langley Times, retiring from full-time work in 2015.

Frank Bucholtz

In addition to the PEACE ARCH NEWS Black Press also owns the SURREY NOW as well as a number of other community newspapers in the Fraser Valley. How the future operation of the papers looks at this point is unclear.

(click here to read the press release)

 

White Rock Council

White Rock council reconvened following the Christmas break last evening.

Delegations
Council received two (2) delegations regarding:

  • Sources Foundation Coldest Night of the Year event scheduled for February 24, 2024. Learn more.

  • Local Legionella Prevention and Mitigation, presentation from the Fraser Health Authority

2023 Audit Planning Report and Presentation
A representative from KPMG LLP (the City’s Auditors) provided a presentation regarding the City of White Rock Audit Planning Report for the year ending December 31, 2023.

Draft 2024-2028 Consolidated Financial Plan
Council received the first draft for the 2024-2028 consolidated financial plan. Community feedback on the draft financial plan will take place January 11, 2024 to January 23, 2024. Provide your comments online at www.talkwhiterock.ca/financialplan2024

Contract Award – New Water Well #5 Completion and Site Work
Council received a report on new water well #5, located at Buena Vista Avenue and Oxford Street, and:

  • Approved additional funding of $800,000 in 2024 for this project from the Water Infrastructure (capital) Reserve in advance of approving the 2024 Consolidated Five-Year Financial Plan;

  • Approved the award of New Water Well #5 Civil Work to Drake Excavating (2016) Ltd. in the amount of $1,420,000 (excluding GST); and,

  • Approved the award of construction management and contract administration to Kerr Wood Leidal in the amount of $68,250 (excluding GST).

Bylaws Receiving Final Reading
Five (5) bylaws received final reading and were approved by Council:

  • Bylaw 2491 and Bylaw 2489 – Amendment Bylaws for the Collection, Removal, Disposal and Recycling of Solid Waste Bylaw relating to a change in collection hours (7 am to 7pm) and solid waste collection fees;

  • Bylaw 2488 – Amendment Bylaw for the Sewer Connection and Rental Charges Bylaw in relation to rental fees;

  • Bylaw 2487 – Amendment Bylaw for the White Rock Utility User Fee Bylaw in relation to drainage utility fees; and,

  • Bylaw 2486 – White Rock Secondary Suite Service Fee Bylaw in relation to fee amounts.

The next Regular Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 29, 2024

(click here to read the agenda and watch the council meeting)

 

 

 

 

anuary 12, 2023

PLEASE SHARE THIS LIST OF WARMING SHELTERS

PLEASE SHARE THIS LIST OF WARMING SHELTERS:

Here is the list of Emergency Weather Response (EWR) Shelters and Warming Centers in your Region:

(Operated by Atira Women’s Resources) - 13327 100A Avenue Surrey

14501 20th Avenue Surrey

(Operated by Lookout Society) - 9165 160 Street Surrey

(Operated by Surrey Urban Mission Society - SUMS) -10635 King George Boulevard Surrey

(Operated by Lookout Society) 13474-96 Avenue Surrey

(Operated by Surrey Urban Mission Society - SUMS) 13545 King George Boulevard Surrey

10453 Whalley Boulevard Surrey

16855 24th Avenue South Surrey

-12854 17th Avenue South Surrey

-1815 152nd Street South Surrey

- 14601 20th Avenue South Surrey

- 10350 University Drive Whalley

- 13458 107A Avenue Whalley

- 15996 84th Avenue Fleetwood

- 15996 84th Avenue Fleetwood

- 100-16555 Fraser Highway Fleetwood

-10588 160th Street Guildford

- 15105 105th Avenue Guildford

- 13795 70th Avenue Newton

- 13730 72nd Avenue Newton

- 7399 122nd Street Newton

- 7155 187A Street Cloverdale

- 5642 176A Street Cloverdale

- 6188 176th Street Cloverdale

- 17710 56A Avenue Cloverdale

- White Rock 14600 North Bluff Road White Rock

- 22188 Lougheed Highway Maple Ridge

- 5787 Langley Bypass Langley

- 115-12885 85 Avenue Surrey

-7050 120 Street Surrey

- 938 128 Street Surrey

- 8115 13A2 Street Surrey

- 14210 88 Avenue Surrey

- 5748 175 Street Surrey

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2024

Commuters brace for impact of transit workers' strike in Metro Vancouver

Union representative says transit riders should expect delays starting Monday.

CUPE Local 4500 — which represents more than 180 workers in the transit system including transit supervisors, engineers and a range of maintenance workers — is warning of likely delays, cancellations and even more crowded buses on Monday as students like return to classes and commuters head to work on the first week day since the job action began.

 

January 09, 2024

High Winds High Tide Warning Today

A dangerous combination of high tides and very high winds today may cause flooding in low lying areas of Surrey and White rock.

Power outages may also occur, keep the flashlight and candles handy.

 

January 08, 2024

New Police Transition Survey shows majority of Surrey residents support RCMP

The City of Surrey has commissioned a Police Transition Survey, conducted by polling firm Leger, that has found that just 29% Surrey residents want to continue with the Surrey Police Service transition, while 46% want to retain the RCMP. Support for Surrey RCMP increased after additional information was presented in the survey, with 64% preferring to continue with the current Surrey RCMP, versus 22% of respondents supporting the transition to the SPS. The survey also found that 73% of respondents agree that the provincial government should provide the full difference in funding since it was the province’s unilateral decision to continue the transition.

“This comprehensive survey makes it clear that the majority of citizens in Surrey do not want to bear the burden of the police transition and prefer to continue with the RCMP,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “That is why we have been doing everything we can to ensure residents are made aware of the significant cost and implications of this unnecessary transition that is being imposed on Surrey taxpayers by the NDP government. Our number one concern is the cost of this expensive police transition on Surrey taxpayers that will run into the hundreds of millions. Given the economic pressures that is being felt across-the-board today, a double-digit tax increase is the last thing Surrey residents need. This latest research shows us there is strong support for keeping the RCMP, and that the vast majority of residents disapprove of how the Province has handled the policing transition."

Other poll findings include:

  • 72% of residents feel NDP MLAs from Surrey should be advocating for the provincial government to take full financial responsibility for its decision to impose the Surrey Police Service over the objections of Surrey’s elected mayor and council.

  • 67% of residents feel that the SPS has not hired an adequate number of frontline officers, that keeping Surrey RCMP will help protect City funding/keep taxes affordable, it will add $464 million of the next 10 years, and officials elected in 2022 voted to retain the RCMP.

  • 60% of residents agree that City is justified in launching a legal challenge and communications.

  • 61% feel the transition will mean less funds for other local priorities and that the $150M the province offered is not enough, and feel a massive tax hike will be required to pay for it. 

  • Prior to learning the information in the survey, 46% would prefer to continue with the RCMP, versus 29% in favour of continuing the transition.

  • After being presented additional information regarding the transition, support for retaining the RCMP increased by 18 points to 64%. Support for the RCMP appears to be drawn from those who were originally unsure (down 11 points) along with changing the minds of those who originally said they would prefer transitioning to a new Surrey Police Service where support for the transition went down 7 points to 22%.

505 surveys were collected by Leger between November 3 and December 13, 2023 with a sampling accuracy of +/-4.4%, 19 times out of 20. The data has been weighted to ensure it reflects the age, gender, ethnic, mother tongue, and geographic population distributions in the City of Surrey according to Statistic Canada’s 2021 Census.

 

January 06, 2024

Looking For More Information on the PROPOSED Biofuel Plant?

Great article this week in The Peace Arch News. Bravo to reporter ALEX BROWNE.

(click here to read the story)

 

January 04, 2024

Mother serving life sentence for murdering 8-year-old daughter dies in B.C. prison

Lisa Batstone was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder for suffocating daughter Teagan in 2014.

A woman serving a life sentence for killing her eight-year-old daughter has died in custody at the Fraser Valley Institution in Abbotsford, B.C.

Lisa Batstone, 50, died on Jan. 1, according to a news release from the Correctional Service Canada (CSC). The cause of death has not been released.

Batstone was found guilty of second-degree murder four years ago for the 2014 suffocation death of daughter Teagan Batstone and sentenced to life with no parole eligibility for 15 years. The decision was upheld on appeal. 

The court heard that Batstone, who was 41 at the time of the murder, held a heavy plastic bag over Teagan's nose and mouth for four to five minutes at their home in Surrey, B.C. Batstone then tried to kill herself using two smaller plastic bags, but couldn't go through with it. 

Lisa Batstone was arrested when police were called to what appeared to be a simple car accident when Batstone while turning her car around on a side street of Crescent Road in South Surrey, backed into a ditch. Upon arriving police found her 8 year old daughter's body in the trunk of the car.

 

New RapidBus slashes travel times in Surrey and Delta

 

R6 RapidBus speeding up commutes by up to ten minutes in each direction

 

The R6 Scott Road RapidBus has launched, providing faster and more frequent bus service for Surrey and Delta residents, as well as Kwantlen Polytechnic University students.

The R6 will provide space for 20 per cent more riders on the busiest bus corridor south of the Fraser River. Customer travel time is now up to ten minutes faster in each direction between Scott Road Station and Newton Exchange, due to bus speed and reliability improvements.

Surrey and Delta’s transit ridership is part of the fastest growing area in Metro Vancouver, where bus boardings are exceeding 2019 ridership levels by 16 per cent. The R6 Scott Road RapidBus will help accommodate strong demand in Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing area for transit ridership, while we continue to seek funding for the Access for Everyone plan, to substantially address overcrowding issues.

Community art has been installed throughout the corridors by three local artists. This includes a mosaic for the median center-island bus boarding area, as well as bus shelter art at the stops located outside of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and at Scott Road and 72nd Avenue.

This $33 million investment was delivered jointly by TransLink, the City of Surrey, and the City of Delta. It was paid for through the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision, of which the Government of British Columbia contributed 40 per cent of all capital costs. TransLink plans to upgrade this route to bus rapid transit (BRT) and will continue to alleviate overcrowding through the Access for Everyone ten-year plan, should the plan receive funding.

 

 

And the most expensive home in Surrey is..., drum roll please...

2021 Indian Fort Drive in Ocean Park valued at a cool $20.2 million.

The home is owned by the comptroller for Richie Brothers auctions.

 

January 03, 2024

Two men charged following shots fired in Guildford on December 29, 2023

Surrey RCMP is updating the public that two men have been charged after shots were fired in Guildford on the afternoon of December 29, 2023.

On December 29, 2023, frontline officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 101 Avenue and 156 Street. Two male suspects fled the area in a blue Range Rover. 

While officers were attempting to stop the vehicle, one of the suspects allegedly pointed a firearm at a police officer.

With assistance from Surrey Traffic Services, Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services, Air 1 and Langley RCMP, the two suspects were arrested in the area of 198 Street and 57 Avenue in Langley.

Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit took conduct of the investigation and on December 30, 2023,  24-year-old Roman Arinder Gill and 28-year-old Shaun Narinder Gill were charged with the following offences:

Roman Arinder Gill has been charged with discharge firearm, assault police officer with a weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Shaun Narinder Gill has been charged with flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Both men are known to police and have connections to the BC Gang Conflict. They have both been remanded and as this matter is now before the courts, there will be no further details provided.

“Thankfully no one was injured during this brazen incident,” said Staff Sergeant Ian MacLellan of the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit. “We understand shootings put the community on edge and we too find this level of violence to be unnerving. Our team of investigators with the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit have worked non-stop to pursue these charges against the suspects,” added MacLellan.

 

 

 

January 01, 2024

Hundreds of hardy souls took the plunge into Semiahmoo Bay on New Years day.

Thousands lined Canada's Longest Pier as well as the beautiful promenade along our waterfront.

Thank you to the White Rock Rotary Club as well as the Crescent Beach Search and Rescue club for all you do for our community.

There is no firm confirmation of what the date was of the first "Polar bear swim" which took place off of the shoreline next to the giant white rock.

Having taken part in the first swim I believe it was in the late 70's (78/79) would be my guess.

David Chesney/Editor

 

Fatal House Fire – One Deceased

At approximately 6:45 Tuesday morning Surrey RCMP received a report from emergency services of a house fire in the 143rd block of 25th Avenue. Neighbours reported hearing a large explosion prior to the fire beginning.

Upon police attendance, the residence was fully engulfed and was being contained by fire crews on scene. Four occupants managed to escape the blaze and are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A fifth occupant was located deceased inside of the residence.  The investigation is in the early stages and officers, in partnership with Surrey Fire are making efforts to determine the exact cause of the fire. six people were treated at the scene by paramedics while 4 other individuals were transferred to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The area was blocked by RCMP cruisers for most of the day as the investigation into the fire commenced.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file# 2024-125.

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca 

 

Saturday December 30, 2023

2023 in Surrey Goes Out With A Bang

Two in police custody after shots fired in Guildford

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on December 29, 2023, frontline officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 101 Avenue and 156 Street. The preliminary investigation indicates two male suspects fled the area in a blue Range Rover. With assistance from Surrey Traffic Services, Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services, Air 1 and Langley RCMP, two male suspects were arrested in the area of 198 Street and 57 Avenue in Langley in connection to this incident.

At this time, no injuries have been reported. The investigation is still in its early stages, and police are working to determine the possible motive.

Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has conduct of the investigation. Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. 

Anyone with information or anyone who may have been in the area and has dash camera footage, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2023-211668.

Two in police custody after shots fired in Guildford

...and

Surrey RCMP is currently on scene in the Guildford area of Surrey following a report of shots being fired.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on December 29, 2023, frontline officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 101 Avenue and 156 Street. The preliminary investigation indicates two male suspects fled the area in a blue Range Rover. With assistance from Surrey Traffic Services, Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services, Air 1 and Langley RCMP, two male suspects were arrested in the area of 198 Street and 57 Avenue in Langley in connection to this incident.

At this time, no injuries have been reported. The investigation is still in its early stages, and police are working to determine the possible motive.

Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has conduct of the investigation. Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking with witnesses to obtain further information. 

Anyone with information or anyone who may have been in the area and has dash camera footage, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2023-211668.

 

Friday December 29, 2023

40 Days 40 Nights

 

A truck carrying what appears to be heavy construction material smashed into an overpass in Delta, B.C., on Thursday, shutting down the southbound lanes of Highway 99.

It's the latest in a rash of overpass collisions that prompted the province to announce harsher penalties for companies and drivers with repeat offences earlier this month.

B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure called Thursday's collision "frustrating," saying "the issue needs to stop."

Drive BC says the incident south of Vancouver has blocked traffic in both directions on the 112th Street overpass.

Delta Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Dave Wood says the crash caused a "secondary accident'' involving another vehicle.

He says crews were called to the scene at 12:14 p.m. and he didn't know of any injuries.

The ministry did not name the company involved, but said its Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch is suspending the company's ability to operate in B.C. while an investigation is underway.

Local WX1130 traffic reporter ALEX CARRIGAN announced on the air shortly after the accident, the station had been running a lottery on how long it would be before another overpass was struck. The accident yesterday marked 40 days since the last crash.

UPDATE courtesy DON PITCAIRN /The Naked truth

The trucking company that damaged the 112 St overpass on Hwy 99 in Delta now has a total of 6 bridge impacts in the past two years! Amazingly, Chohan Freight Forwarders Ltd. hit this very same overpass on Feb. 17, 2022.  That's two crashes into the same structure in 22 months, or more than one bridge strike per year at the same location.



The 112 St. overpass is the lowest bridge on Hwy. 99 from the US/Cdn border to the Deas Island tunnel at 4.52 m. northbound and 4.56 m. southbound.  It should have large LOW signs on the girders with yellow and black striped warning signs.

Amazingly, Chohan Freight Forwarders Ltd. hit this very same overpass on Feb. 17, 2022.  That's two crashes into the same structure in 22 months, or more than one bridge strike per year at the same location.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/vehicle-safety-enforcement/information-education/bridge-strikes-data

 

Victoria – Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure , has issued the following statement on the suspension of a trucking company’s ability to operate in B.C. following a collision with an overpass on December 28, 2023:

“This needs to stop. We know that the vast majority of commercial drivers in B.C. operate safely and responsibly. However, some operators are not getting the message.

“In the interest of public safety, B.C.’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch (CVSE) has used its new powers to suspend the safety certificate for Chohan Freight Forwarders Ltd. from Surrey.

“This means the company’s entire fleet of 65 commercial vehicles will be unable to operate in B.C. as of 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time) on Friday, Dec. 29, 2023. Furthermore, the driver and the carrier responsible will face the toughest fines in the country. The outcome of the investigation could lead to further action.

“This suspension is a result of the company’s unwillingness or inability to operate safely within the province, following its sixth infrastructure crash in two years.

“We recently announced increased fines and the ability to ground fleets through suspensions like this, so highway traffic keeps moving safely and reliably for travellers and commercial vehicles, and people can count

 

December 18, 2023

Film production inside Peace Arch Hospital sparks outrage

There’s outrage in White Rock after Paramount was seen shooting a film inside Peace Arch Hospital earlier this week.

Fraser Health says the filming took place over two days in a non-active unit that was “very small” and being prepared for renovations.

MLA Trevor Halford

But Surrey White Rock MLA Trevor Halford says given the ongoing crisis in B.C. health care, filming in a hospital isn’t acceptable. Fraser Health says no hospital operations were impacted, adding that revenues from the filming will go toward supporting patient care at the hospital.

Halford calls that statement a “great media line” and says he wants Fraser Health to be more transparent about why the filming was approved.   

“I think there’s a lack of credibility and transparency in what they’re saying right now,” Halford said.

“You’ve got an intensive care unit that’s in dire condition. You’ve got a maternity ward that they’ve continued to shut down and faces diversions every week. Not only that: you’ve got a situation where there’s a mental health unit in there that was funded by the community that they can’t even staff properly to be fully operational 24/7.”

Halford says he supports the film industry but doesn’t want to see hospitals being used for film productions while the province’s healthcare system is in crisis.

“We definitely want their work. Film is a great part of our economy,” Halford said. “At the end of the day, we want to encourage that. But that can’t be done at the expense of patients and frontline workers. And the film industry would be the first ones to accept that. We need the government to actually show some leadership.”

He’s calling on Health Minister Adrian Dix to address what happened.

 

December 17, 2023

 

 

 

December 14, 2023

Full Closure Of One Block On Johnston Road For 6 Months?

Your feedback is important and will help us deliver the best outcome for all residents and business owners.

Find out more information at https://www.talkwhiterock.ca/johnstonroad.

 

More Retail Changes

 

It's Closing Time Again

The Landlady has made Chris and Marilyn an offer they just couldn't pass up.

The art gallery will close permanently at the end of January. All work will be on sale for 60%-80% off.

Our loss is The Baja's gain. See you in February my friends.

CHRIS MACCLURE & MARILYN HURST

14833 MARINE DR. WEST BEACH WHITE ROCK 604 8393049

 

December 13, 2023

The PEACE ARCH NEWS this week contains a chilling story on recent extortion attempts on South Asian members of the Abbotsford business community. It now appears a White Rock resident has also been targeted.

BC RCMP are linking a recent shots fired incident in White Rock to a series of extortion threats impacting businesses across the Lower Mainland.

The extortion letter, which is not dated and does not name a recipient, demands $2 million in cash.

(click here to read or listen to the full story in THE PAN)

 

 

 

December 11, 2023

White Rock Council - Rewind

4 p.m. Public Meeting

- council hosted two delegations:

Local mural artist JIM DAVIDSON presented images and an overview of his propos3d giant mural that would be painted on the bare cement wall that runs along Victoria Drive from Foster to Martin street. The matter has been directed to the Arts Committee..

Representatives from the CLEAN AIR ALLIANCE who oppose the construction of a bio-fuel plant on Semiahmoo First nations land appeared before council appealing to the city of White Rock to publicly state they are in opposition of the construction of the plant so close to a residential area. Mayor KNIGHT assured the delegation the city will continue to press ANDION and Semiahmoo First nations to host a Town Hall meeting in some form to address their concerns.

- council approved a number of new community events for the coming year.

- rejected spending $350,000.00 to expand the current gym size that is located in the White Rock community centre.

- requested staff prepare a full report on the proposed moving of the council chambers into the satellite annex building in order to create more office space for staff

- new guidelines have been established for the food carts that currently operate on our waterfront.

- requested staff to scale back the proposed Five Corners park site that would cause the closure of Johnston road south of Pacific/Buena Vista. Council asked staff to immediately begin consultation with the three businesses that may be negatively affected if the closure and par creation were to proceed.

NOTE: Later today staff will hook up the link of last evenings council meeting.

(Click here to read Monday's agenda as well as the link to watch council streaming live Monday)

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 White Rock Promenade Sculptures Competition

People’s Choice Award

1st - Neptune’s Cry – Peter Vogelaar

2nd - Inside Passage – Angellos Glaros

3rd – Grateful Harvest – Denis Kleine

 

Artistic Merit Awards

1st – Neptune’s Cry – Peter Vogelaar

2nd – Inside Passage – Angellos Glaros

3rd – Breaching Orca – Daniel Cline

The White Rock Events Society is so thankful to have 10 spectacular sculptures by BC artists along the waterfront. We have had such great feedback from the public on this unique event.

Thank you to all our sponsors, sculptors, judges, volunteers, and those who said, “How can I help you”! You are all so appreciated.

Deanna and Cindy

White Rock Events Society

 

Going Going Gone

Will there be no more beach front dining at Crescent Beach?

We heard months back COTTO AL MARE was closing, but we thought HOOKED FISH BAR could make it.

Not the case. The current owner who also owns THE Seahorse restaurant also in Crescent Beach has put the restaurant up for sale.

A FOR SALE sign just went up out front of HOOKED. Tough times ahead for restaurants as the Federal government is calling in their COVID loans. The original December deadline for repayment has been extended 30 days.

Critics say the 30 day extension will not make much difference.

 

 

 

 

December 10, 2023

B.C. Amber Alert cancelled, 2-month-old child found safe

Mounties in Surrey, B.C., say the two-month-old child who was the subject of an Amber Alert Saturday afternoon has been found safe.

In a news release issued after the alert was deactivated, Surrey RCMP offered more explanation for what prompted them to issue it in the first place.

Mounties said they responded to a call in the 7700 block of 146A Street around 6:30 a.m.

When officers attempted to pull over a white 2002 Chevy Suburban in connection with the case, it failed to stop, police said.

"Based on the information available, criteria for an Amber Alert and the imminent concerns for the well-being of a two-month-old child, an Amber Alert was activated at around 12:25 p.m.," police said in their release.

"As a result of tips from the public following the issued Amber Alert, police were able to locate the suspect and child in Chilliwack, B.C."

Police said they arrested the 28-year-old suspect without incident, and he remains in custody.

The province-wide Amber Alert was cancelled roughly 90 minutes after it began.

 

Drive By Viewing

Rudolph & Friends Christmas display is now open!

15499 22nd Avenue South Surrey

 

 

 

 

December 06,2023

White Rock RCMP Continue Investigation of Overnight Shooting

White Rock RCMP are asking the public's assistance for any information on a targeted shooting in the city. In the early hours of Monday morning the RCMP responded to calls of gunfire in the 13900 block of Marine Drive in West White Rock.

Upon arrival the RCMP found evidence of gunfire. No injuries have been reported and the RCMP are not releasing any further information at this time. If you were in the area shortly after midnight and heard or saw anything, please contact the White Rock RCMP.


December 04, 2023

Surrey Council Meeting

Clean Air Alliance spokesperson SUZANNE SMITH

The CLEAN AIR ALLIANCE made up of residents of South Surrey & White Rock appeared before Surrey council last evening. The group appeared with hopes of informing the council members on what they feel are inconsistencies in the proposed bio-fuel plant planned for Semiahmoo first nations land.

Spokesperson SUZANNE SMITH was one of four members of the group which spoke to council. 

At the end of the presentation mayor LOCKE informed her council members, due to time constraints there would be no opportunity to ask questions.

(Click here to watch the CLEAN AIR ALLIANCE presentation)

 

December 03, 2023 

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER

Massive crowds descended on to the White Rock waterfront last evening to visit BRIGHT WALK IN WHITE ROCK.

The city of White Rock has once again decorated the waterfront park with a beautiful light display that will be on display into the New Year.

 

This is what the weather was like this time last year 

Who remembers this commute that day. Some residents took over 4 hours to get to Vancouver in the morning rush hour.

 

Mulligan Stew Honours Langley's Township 7 Winery

Longtime Vancouver disc jockey, host of Good Rockin' Tonite and Muchmusic VJ TERRY DAVID MULLIGAN hosts a wonderful podcast called MULLIGAN'S STEW (actual title of a novel about Terry's life). The podcast focuses on Canadian music as well as the wine industry with a focus on British Columbia wines.

This week the spotlight shines bright on 16th avenue's TOWNSHIP 7 winery. Take it away Mully.

Township 7 wins big in London 

Mary McDermott in London

Mary was in London to receive the Best Sparkling Wine in Canada award from the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship!

For their Riesling driven  7 Stars Rigel. It was the runner up to the World Champion Aromatic Sparkling Wine from Italy.

Mary and T7 also won this award in 2021 with their Polaris.

Declared the best Canadian  sparkling wine in the World.

Before Mary and I talked about her new releases,  we discussed about what everyone else in the BC wine world is talking about – crop loss due to a deep freeze in December of last year.  A 54% reduction in crop and long term damage to vineyards.

Strangely, while the crop was reduced, the colder weather led to fewer clusters on the vines which in turn led to rapid ripening when Summer and Fall returned. Great flavours in the whites and complex concentrated reds followed.

(listen to MULLIGAN STEW Tasting Room here)

 

 

December 01, 2023

Surrey Police Board First Meeting Results

 

The NDP Provincial government in a controversial move replaced the entire Surrey Police Services board and appointed former Abbotsford mayor MIKE SERR. Yesterday SERR appeared before the media yesterday to update on the progress of the proposed change in policing in Surrey.

 

New publisher for Peace Arch News

Steve Scott

Congratulations are in order. The Peace Arch News recently announced they have a new publisher, STEVE SCOTT.

My professional interaction with Steve has been limited to purchasing an election ad every four years in THE PAN. Conversely I have always had pleasant interactions with Steve socially at community events. A class act and I am sure under his direction we will see exciting new changes in the Peace Arch News.

The news media is constantly hammering away how they are dieing. Go ahead Steve, prove the wrong. You have your work cut out for you but I am pulling for you. If anyone can do it I think it is you that fully understands local news should be local news.

See you in the community my friend.

(You can read the official announcement here)

 

November 30, 2023

Break In Surrey Murder of Sikh Leader HARDEEP SINGH NIIJAR

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it has charged an Indian national in connection with the foiled assassination attempt of a Khalistani separatist leader in that country, who has ties to Canada.

The office says the would-be victim, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a dual Canadian-U.S. citizen “was an associate” of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was fatally shot outside of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey in June.

The Attorney General says it’s alleged Nikhil Gupta was directed by an Indian government official — identified only as CC-1 — between May and June to hire someone to carry out the murder of Pannun in the U.S. It notes that didn’t happen because the contracted killer was actually an undercover U.S. agent.

 

Someone To Talk To

Now available in Canada. 24/7 help is there when you just need someone to talk to.

In a massive step towards prioritizing the mental health and well-being of Canadians, the government has officially launched a nationwide, three-digit suicide crisis helpline.

Years in the making, Canadians from coast-to-coast can now call or text 988 when in crisis, or when someone knows a person is in crisis and needs assistance.

They will be connected with a trained responder, with most calls or texts being answered by someone in the same region, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all free of charge.

 

 

 

 

November 28, 2023

White Rock Council Rewind

+NOTE - You are able to view the archived video of Monday night's meeting (click here)

QUESTION & ANSWER PERIOD

- Numerous members of the Clean Air Alliance in opposition to the proposed Bio-fuel plant on Semiahmoo First Nations land expressed their concerns to council

DELEGATIONS

- LAWRENCE NASH appeared before council to request a ban on gasoline leaf blowers in White Rock

- Budget 2023

- Council and staff opened the books to begin work on crafting the 2024 operating budget and tax increase for White Rock residents in 2024. Currently it appears the tax increase will be in the nature of a 5.5% increase in the annual residential tax rate. Public input will occur January 10 & 29, 2024.

- Johnston Road update. Plans to complete the eastern portion of the block between Thrift Avenue - Russell avenue is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2024. Council discussed the pros and cons of staff's request for a full street closure in that block which would last for 6 months. Staff will bring back a breakdown on the increased cost of having operating single lane traffic versus the proposed full closure.

- CCTV cameras are being considered by the city in the uptown area and the waterfront. The cost and the feedback from the RCMP will be presented at a future council meeting before adoption.

 

Clean Air Alliance

(learn more about the Clean Air Alliance)

White Rock and South Surrey residents visited White Rock council last evening. The group had originally requested to appear as a delegation, but unfortunately they got their application in too late to appear last evening. The group did have the opportunity to utilize QUESTION & ANSWER PERIOD to present their case and concerns. The group also requested MAYOR KNIGHT speak on their behalf and concerns to Metro Vancouver in her position as the city's representative.

 

One person injured in South Surrey shooting

 

Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit is on scene in a residential neighborhood in South Surrey following a shooting that injured one person.

 

Yesterday (Monday November 27, 2023), at approximately 11:55 a.m., Surrey RCMP received multiple reports of shots fired in the 13900-block of 18B Avenue. Police attended the area and located evidence consistent with a shooting, but no victim was located.

The victim has since been located at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

At approximately 12:12 p.m. a vehicle was located on fire in the 17000-block of 30A Avenue.  Although it is likely related to the shooting, further investigation is required to conclusively link to two incidents. 

Police have secured associated scenes and are in the early evidence gathering stage of the investigations.  The shooting appears to be a targeted incident with victim being known to police and associated to the BC Gang Conflict.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

November 27, 2023

Meet White Rock's New Top Cop

When Detachment Commander KALE PAULS transferred up to the Surrey detachment of the RCMP the search began for a replacement. When the dust cleared the City of White Rock was happy to learn his replacement would come from within the detachment.

Staff Seargent ROB DIXON will take on the duties of Detachment Commander.

DIXON has been with the White Rock detachment for 5 years in the position as the Operations NCO. Prior to arriving in White Rock DIXON was a member of the Surrey RCMP for 17 years where he worked Frontline Policing, Drug Section, Interview Team and Sex Crimes. He was also fortunate to  work a secondment to CFSEU, and in an ad hoc capacity on the E Division Provincial Interview Team.

DIXON was born in Edmonton Alberta, and moved to Saskatchewan with his family at a young age. He currently lives in South Surrey on the White Rock border with his wife and daughter.

Asked what was the most enjoyable facet of policing in White Rock Dixon REPLIED "I think the most enjoyable aspect of policing in White Rock are the people. The community itself and the members here at the detachment. Our officers are very engaged, they truly care about their work and the community at large.  The public is also very engaged and care about their neighbors. Successful policing happens when the community and the police work together.  I get to see that in action in small and large ways everyday." 

 

Daytime Warming Centre to operate Nov 27 until March 8

The City of White Rock’s daytime warming centre will re-open its doors on November 27 and will operate daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until March 8, 2024. 

Located in a modular building in the Centennial Park complex parking lot, the centre will once again provide daytime refuge for people experiencing homelessness, connecting them to essential services such as health, personal care, and mental health resources. 

The daytime warming centre is funded by the City of White Rock.

More information can be found at whiterockcity.ca/warmingcentre

 

 

 

November 25, 2023

MP Report

This week, the NDP-Liberal coalition released their Mini-Budget, announcing more than $20 billion in new spending that will keep inflation and interest rates high.

The Mini Budget revealed that next year, Justin Trudeau will spend more money servicing his debt than on health care for Canadians – unbelievable! 

After 8 years of the NDP-Liberal government, there has been a record two million food bank visits in a single month. Housing costs have doubled. Mortgage payments are 150% higher. Violent Crime is up 39%. Tent cities exist in almost every major city. Over 50 percent of Canadians are $200 or less away from going broke.

Instead of listening to Common Sense Conservative proposals to reverse this damage, Justin Trudeau has introduced more half-measures and photo op funds that will do nothing to help struggling Canadians.

Trudeau and his Mini Budget are not worth the cost.


Common Sense Conservatives will axe the tax, end the inflationary spending, balance our budget, and build homes, not bureaucracy.

Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., K.C., M.P.

South Surrey White Rock

 

November 24, 2023

Semiahmoo Peninsula Resident Has Heightened Concern of Train Derailments

Transportation consultant says rerouting would reduce risk of catastrophic derailment

(click here to read the full CBC story)

Crescent Beach resident Eric Seiz

After a train derailment involving two locomotives and five cars in Delta, B.C., early Sunday, residents who live along the rail line say the tracks should be moved away from populated areas for safety reasons.

"It could have happened anywhere, even next to our homes," said Erik Seiz, who lives in the Crescent Beach neighbourhood of Surrey, B.C., a community bisected by a stretch of the busy Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line that connects Seattle and Vancouver.

Transportation consultant Mary-Jane Bennett says the potential for derailments of trains carrying hazardous cargo creates a "public policy dilemma."

"You need chlorine and trains are an efficient means to transport [it] but they pose a significant risk while travelling though a major town," she said.

A possible alternative, Bennett says, is to move the rail line inland, away from densely populated areas and scenic waterfronts.

"It would reduce the risk for a catastrophic derailment," she said.

In September 2014, White Rock council voted to formally begin work on approaching the federal government to have the rail line relocated away from the waterfront.

But despite years of campaigning, both the province and the federal government have shown little interest in the proposal. CBC reached out to the City of White Rock on the current status of the relocation campaign but didn't hear back before publication deadline.

 

 

 

Statement from the Mayor: Release of Dangerous Sex Offender Brian Abrosimo

 

It is outrageous that a convicted violent sex offender that is deemed to be at a high-risk to re-offend is being released into Surrey, a city that has more children per capita than anywhere in the province. Brian Abrosimo is a child predator that raped an 11-year-old girl in Langley. A judge called Abrosimo’s offences ‘the most heinous and grave crimes known to our society’ and it is reprehensible that this dangerous sex predator is being released into our community. Abrosimo’s release into Surrey is yet another blatant example of what is wrong with our justice system. I ask that our residents to be extra vigilant and take safety precautions, as Abrosimo poses a significant risk to children and women in Surrey.

Mayor Brenda Locke

City of Surrey

RCMP WARNING

Surrey RCMP are warning the public about a high-risk sex offender being released into the community.

The public interest warning was issued Thursday under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender who poses a high risk to re-offend.

Brian Abrosimo was released from prison Nov. 23 and is residing in Surrey.

Abrosimo, 61, completed an 18-year prison sentence for sexual assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, assault with a weapon, sexual assault with a weapon and forcible confinement in 2020 at which time he was placed on a 10-year long-term supervision order which expires in October 2030.

Abrosimo poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of adolescent and adult women, including strangers and acquaintances.

Surrey RCMP will be working in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada’s, Community Corrections and other stakeholders to monitor Abrosimo’s progress.

Abrosimo is subject to the following conditions:

  • Reside at a Community Correctional Centre or a Community Residential Facility or other residential facility approved by the Correctional Service of Canada.

  • Not to purchase, acquire, possess or access pornography or sexually explicit material in any form or type of media.

  • Not to be in the presence of any female children under the age of 18 unless you are accompanied by a responsible adult who knows your criminal history and has previously been approved in writing, by your parole supervisor.

  • Geographic restriction: Not to go to the municipalities known as Abbotsford and Langley, BC.

  • Immediately report all intimate sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with females to your parole supervisor.

  • Not to consume, purchase or possess drugs other than prescribed medication taken as prescribed and over the counter drugs taken as recommended by the manufacturer.

  • Not to consume, purchase or possess alcohol.

  • Not to be in the company of sex trade workers.

  • Not to be in, near, or around places where children under the age of 18 are likely to congregate such as elementary and secondary schools, parks, swimming pools and recreational centers unless accompanied by an adult previously approved in writing by your parole supervisor.

  • No direct or indirect contact with the victims or any member of the victims' families

Anyone who sees or knows of Abrosimo violating any of these conditions is asked to call 911 immediately.

Abrosimo is five-feet, 10-inches tall, weighs 240 pounds, with hazel eyes, short grey hair, grey mustache and white beard.

November 21, 2023

The Gloves Are Off!

City of Surrey to challenge constitutionality of provincial police transition

City of Surrey to challenge constitutionality of provincial police transition

The City of Surrey is amending its petition in the Supreme Court of British Columbia to challenge the constitutionality of the Province’s recent amendments to the Police Act.

“The province continues to take drastic measures to force Surrey into an expensive police transition, now removing civilian and local oversight of policing in spite of the will of voters and their elected government,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “This takeover of policing by the province will cost Surrey taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, and result in a double-digit, NDP imposed tax increase.”

Over the next decade, the province’s police transition is estimated to cost at least $464 million with no additional public safety benefit to the residents of Surrey.

“When I was elected, I was given a mandate to end this expensive and disorganized police transition, and the NDP are telling Surrey voters that their voice doesn’t matter,” added Locke. “Today, we are expanding our legal petition because Surrey taxpayers simply cannot afford the province’s police takeover.”

Stay up to date on Surrey’s plan to retain the Surrey RCMP at surrey.ca/policing.

 

November 20, 2023

Train In Vain

Canada's Transportation Safety Board says it is sending an investigator to probe a train collision and derailment in Metro Vancouver, while a spokesperson for the company says no one was injured and there's no threat to the public.

A statement from the board says the incident involved two trains operated by Texas-headquartered BNSF Railway at a subdivision in New Westminster, B.C.

It says multiple cars derailed, including two locomotives from one of the trains.

BNSF spokesperson Lena Kent issued a statement saying two locomotives and five cars carrying a variety of freight derailed at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Kent says there were no injuries to crew members, there's no threat to the public, and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

She says it happened near Highway 91, south of Vancouver, where the line was closed to rail traffic Sunday to allow the cars to be "re-railed.'

 

November 17, 2023

The Future of Policing In Surrey - War of Words

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement regarding Surrey’s transition to the Surrey Police Service (SPS):

“Today, I am announcing the appointment of Mike Serr as the administrator of the Surrey Police Board to assume the functions of the board to assist with Surrey’s transition to the SPS. All members of the Surrey Police Board have been suspended and they will resume their roles when the administrator’s appointment concludes.

“This appointment was made under Section 8 of the Police Amendment Act, 2023, after careful consideration of the work by the Surrey Police Board, which has been limited due to the lack of progress from the City of Surrey in advancing the police model transition to the SPS.

“This need was identified by Jessica McDonald as the strategic implementation adviser in the course of her work on the transition and numerous meetings with key parties, subject matter experts and stakeholders.

“I want to personally thank each member of the board for volunteering their time and for their dedication and commitment, while undertaking this challenging work to date. I know the Surrey Police Board and each board member has done their best through what has been unique, challenging and complicated circumstances. I look forward to their continued work and their service to the people of Surrey once an administrator is no longer needed.”

“British Columbians need to know that when they call the police, help will come. In July, I determined that the City of Surrey should complete the transition to the SPS.

“By appointing Mike Serr as administrator for the Surrey Police Board, I am taking action to help move forward the transition to completion.”

 

Once again, the Province is demonstrating that their approach is nothing short of a provincial police takeover in Surrey. The move to suspend the Surrey Police Board and replace it with an administrator completely removes civilian oversight and governance of policing and was done without any consultation with the City. In effect, the Minister has removed checks and balances. Not only is the Province attempting to force Surrey into an expensive police transition and a double digit tax hike, but now they are taking control of policing away from the duly elected government to force through their expensive, disorganized, and flawed plan. The Minister needs to stop playing the blame game and take responsibility for lack of proper oversight and due diligence.

On behalf of Surrey residents, I will continue to oppose this transition because of the extraordinary cost for Surrey taxpayers that will deliver no additional public safety benefit. At a minimum, we estimate the transition would cost Surrey taxpayers an additional $464 million over the next 10 years

Mayor Brenda Locke

City of Surrey

 

Whalley & Newton Will Be Minutes Away

The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation has selected Surrey’s King George Boulevard as one of the first three corridors for Metro Vancouver’s first new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes. BRT is a high-frequency rapid transit service with dedicated bus lanes and rail-like stations.

“I am thrilled that TransLink has selected Surrey’s King George Boulevard as one of the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit routes,” said Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke. “Surrey needs faster and more frequent transit now. With high gas prices, a climate emergency, and increasing traffic on the roads, it’s important that Surrey residents have transit options sooner rather than later. The high-frequency service BRT will provide reliable transit to Newton and South Surrey, which have long been under-served. BRT from City Centre to White Rock will also improve connection to SkyTrain, including the future Surrey Langley SkyTrain extension.”

BRT routes will keep customers moving quickly by operating with high frequencies in traffic-separated lanes and signal priority at intersections. They will have high-capacity buses with rail-like stations that provide customers with real-time information, shelter, and convenient boarding.

BRT will support residential and commercial growth planned along this corridor to serve 133,000 additional residents and 42,000 new jobs (based on updated land use plans for City Centre, Newton Town Centre, King George Blvd – South Newton Neighbourhood, and Semiahmoo Town Centre). The City has also recently widened key infrastructure along the corridor, including the Bear Creek Bridge and Nicomekl Bridge. These factors will support quick implementation of a BRT, which will provide immediate benefits of reduced traffic congestion and increased transit ridership on King George once live.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, transit ridership in Surrey has recovered faster than any other city in Metro Vancouver, exceeding pre-pandemic levels, and increased transit service is required to support continued growth and housing needs in Surrey.

Timeline?

Surrey will begin working with TransLink on the service and infrastructure concept designs in early 2024 and keep the public updated through this webpage. 

The timeline for construction and operation is still to be determined. 

Learn more at Surrey.ca/brt.

Surrey's BRT route

The map shows the City of Surrey's proposed BRT route, approximately 21 kilometres in length (one way).

The Surrey Line is one of three that were announced Thursday.

The corridors are:


  • King George Boulevard from Surrey Centre to White Rock

  • Langley Centre to Haney Place

  • Metrotown to North Shore
    The three corridors were selected based on ridership potential, increasing access to jobs, future housing and development growth projections, the feasibility of implementing new transit priority infrastructure, and the early support from local governments to implement the changes necessary for the projects.

 

November 16, 2023

Bye Bye Bailey

Surrey Mayor BRENDA LOCKE cuts opening ribbon

The Old Bailey bridge that stood for decades over the Nicomekl River was officially replaced yesterday with a new, safer four-lane Nicomekl River crossing.

 The City of Surrey worked with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to replace the aging single-lane Bailey Bridge and the two-lane timber trestle bridge with the new four-lane Nicomekl River crossing on King George Boulevard to reduce congestion now and prepare for future growth. The new earthquake and flood resilient crossing includes multi-use paths, funded by TransLink, making it safer to walk or cycle.

The $22.5M project increases the safety, connectivity and traffic flow in this corridor which is a critical link in connecting Surrey’s communities to each other and the region.

“The new Nicomekl River Bridge improves traffic flow and safety along this busy corridor that accommodates more than 26,000 vehicles daily,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The new wider crossing alleviates the bottleneck seen with the previous three-lane configuration. Built to modern standards, the new crossing is safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike. I thank the Province and TransLink for their support in making this project possible.”

As part of the project, improvements on King George Boulevard corridor included a walking trail for pedestrian connectivity to the Nicomekl Riverfront Park, and a new connector road from King George Boulevard to Nicomekl Road for improved neighbourhood access and circulation.

The new bridge crossing also highlights the history of local First Nations with public art panels on railings created by artists Joan Williams from Semiahmoo and Phyllis Atkins from Kwantlen First Nation. Joan’s design uses the repeating motif of connected hands inspired by the canoe journeys of her youth, where many Nations were connected by the river, and the way canoes were passed hand over hand. The bridge, like the river, connects the Kwantlen and Semiahmoo communities and the hands remind us that relationships are based on human connections.

Atkin’s design represents the different wildlife of the river eco-system with a wolf canoe and thunderbird canoe meeting in the middle to represent a meeting place of the two Nations.

To learn more about the completed project, visit surrey.ca/nrbridge.

 

November 15, 2023

 

The #BC Emergency Alert system is tested twice per year. The next test is today , Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 1:55 PM (PST).

Do you know how and when BC Emergency Alerts are broadcast to cell phones, TV & radio during emergencies?

 

Five Corners Arsonist Sentenced

James Adrian Dyer was given a conditional sentence Tuesday of two years less a day for the May 15, 2016 arson in the city's Five Corners neighbourhood. He'll serve two years of probation once that sentence is complete.

Dyer pleaded guilty in June to two arson charges for setting the fire, court records show. 

The blaze began in an under-construction condo and quickly spread to surrounding homes and businesses, displacing more than 100 residents.

Police have said it was apparent from the beginning that the fire was intentionally set, but it took nearly seven years before charges against Dyer were approved in February 2023.

 

  

 

 

November 13, 2023

Not So HAPPY Diwali

Hundreds of residents on the hillside and in upper White Rock celebrated DIWALI Sunday evening/Monday morning, WHETHER THEY WANTED TO.

Partiers on the hillside celebrating the first night of Diwali, rocked the silence of the early morning until 4 a.m. with massive explosions and fireworks displays.

The city of White Rock does not have by law officers working in the wee small hours of the day unlike Surrey who publicized ahead of time a phone number residents could call if they were being subjected to excessive noise.

White Rock does have RCMP on duty overnight but for some reason the celebrations were allowed to continue unabated.

 

November 12, 2023

We Remembered

Bill Hawke photo

Hundreds turned out for the Remembrance Day ceremony yesterday morning at the cenotaph located next to White Rock city hall.

In 1931, the federal government decreed that the newly named Remembrance Day would be observed on 11 November and moved Thanksgiving Day to a different date. Remembrance Day would emphasize the memory of fallen soldiers instead of the political and military events leading to victory in the First World War.

This renaming placed the emphasis more upon the soldiers whose deaths were being remembered. Parliament adopted these resolutions as an amendment to the Armistice Day Act, and Canada held its first Remembrance Day by that name on 11 November 1931. The Holidays Act of 1970 and 1985 recognized it as a national holiday.

November 11, 202

Surrey Police Force Staffing Up

Third SPS Recruit Class Graduates from Justice Institute

Friday the third Surrey Police Service (SPS) recruit class graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), and they will soon be responding to calls for police service in Surrey. 

These eleven police academy graduates – six males and five females – are looking forward to providing policing services to the community they have chosen to serve. Collectively, they speak ten different languages and have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to volunteerism. Their accomplishments are equally impressive: from one with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, to another who was a provincial gymnastics champion, to one who was part of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Team. However, what truly distinguishes all eleven recruits is their steadfast desire to join SPS and to devote their policing careers to serving the citizens of Surrey.  

There are two other SPS recruit classes currently training at the JIBC and scheduled to graduate in March 2024 and July 2024, respectively. A brand new SPS recruit class will begin their police training in January 2024. If you are interested in a career in policing, you can learn more atwww.surreypolice.ca/recruits.

 

November 10, 2023

Should It Stay - Or Should It Go?

Chief HARLEY CHAPPELL along with a representative from METRO VANCOUVER joined members of ANDION (the proponents of the Bio-fuel plant to be built in South Surrey) last evening for a ZOOM meeting.

The online format indicated there were nearly 600 residents and interested parties tuned in.

The meeting began with opening statement from Chief CCHAPPELL followed by a rep from Metro Vancouver who have been asked to certify an air quality permit and then followed by members of ANDION who presented their overview of the proposed operation.

The original guidelines for the ZOOM meeting stated all questions that would be answered had to be submitted in advance. Contrary to that outline, a half a dozen residents were allowed to ask questions in the live format.

ANDION has guaranteed all the questions submitted in writing or via email will be answered and returned to the senders

(click here to read the original notice issued back in June on the proposed construction of said BIOGAS plant and the Federal and Provincial governments involvement)

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions you would like to have answered regarding the proposed BIOFUEL plant in South Surrey, please submit your questions to ANDION GOLBAL bases in Vancouver.

(click here)

 

That's A Wrap

The hotel complex located on King George Hwy and the 8th avenue exit off of HWY 99 is back on the market again. The original building often referred to as "The Pink Palace" sold to the Hilton hotel chain a number of years back and it sat empty until Hilton flipped it to the Marriott chain. IT still sat empty and to generate any kind of revenue the facility was rented out to the lower mainland film industry.

Now for just $30 million dollars you could be the proud owner of the location which they hope to sell off as a development site as opposed to trying to make a go of a hotel.

 

Surrey Police Service Recognizes 50 Individuals at Awards Ceremony


On Wednesday evening Surrey Police Service (SPS) recognized the outstanding contributions of 50 police officers and civilian staff for their work in furthering the development of SPS and excellence in policing.

“The accomplishments of this outstanding group of police officers and civilians is a testament to the commitment they have made to their professions and to the residents of Surrey,” says Chief Constable Norm Lipinski.

Several officers were recognized for their actions during critical incidents and investigations that required lifesaving efforts or exemplary police work. These included an SPS officer grabbing a hold of the arms of a distraught man who had let go of the railing on a bridge; officer responses to shooting and stabbing incidents; an off-duty officer helping a trapped driver following a head-on collision; and an SPS detective securing charges in a complex, historic, multi-jurisdictional crime

This was SPS’s second annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony. We look forward to many subsequent events where we can share stories of our officers and civilian staff, and the remarkable work they do to keep Surrey safe and to build a modern and innovative police service.

 

November 09, 2023

Charges Laid in Fatal Shooting Last Year

David Goldstein age 33 of White Rock was killed in April 2022 in a targeted shooting.

Homicide detectives were called out in April 2022 to a targeted shooting inside a home just before 1:30 a.m. in the 15200-block of 24th Avenue.

A man has been charged with murder in the shooting of a 33-year-old man in South Surrey last year.

Goldstein of White Rock was taken to hospital where he died, according to RCMP.

Bryce Campbell is already in custody for two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in relation to a shooting that occurred in South Surrey in July 2022.

IHIT said as the matter is before the courts no further information will be released.

 

White Rock RCMP Issue Fraud Warning

White Rock RCMP have issued a public warning following a recent increase in “believable telephone and internet scams” targeting local residents.

“We have had an upswing on that… with victims out multiple thousands of dollars,” Const. Chantal Sears told Peace Arch News.

According to a news release, the nefarious phone calls and emails have come in a variety ways, with victims – the majority believed to be seniors – reporting callers purporting to represent a Visa credit card company, Amazon or their bank.

“If you receive a call or email do NOT give out any personal information to whoever you are speaking to,” the news release states.

“They may seem legitimate, however; if they are truly who they say they are, they have all your personal information already. Your bank, credit card and online accounts that you have set up already have your information.”

The release adds that legitimate callers will never:

• ask residents to be part of a sting to help a bank capture suspects; or

• ask for crypto-currency or Apple/iTunes gift cards to help in police investigations.

In addition, Amazon does not send unsolicited emails asking for information or for a payment to be made outside of their website.

Sears said anyone uncertain if a call or email is legitimate should attend their bank in person to verify if they were trying to reach them.

“Do not be afraid to say no and hang up,” the release states.

Earlier this year, White Rock RCMP reported that residents were bilked of more than $1 million in 2022.

Anyone unsure if they have received a fraudulent email may contact White Rock RCMP for assistance in determining whether or not it is a scam.

Anyone who has fallen victim is encouraged to report the incident to local police. In White Rock, call 778-545-4800. In Surrey, call 604-599-0502.

For information on fraud workshops offered by White Rock RCMP this month (November), contact Romy Devries at 778-545-4788.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre also has tips, at antifraudcentre-lcentreantifraude.ca

 

 

November 07, 2023

White Rock Council -Rewind

- council received a visit from the White Rock Youth Ambassadors to start the council meeting. The 6 young females members and one male ARTHUR LI updated council on their activities, which included raising $26,000.00 to assist in repairing our pier. 

The White Rock Youth Ambassadors were created in 1952. Fully 5 years before the city of White Rock separated from Surrey. 

- local school trustee LAURAE McNALLY updated council on the ever expanding need for more schools in Surrey/White Rock

- council approved staff's request for an expenditure of $480,000.00 for intersection improvement at the intersection of Marine Drive and Nichol Road (140)

- approved a second letter to METRO VANCOUVER who will issue the air quality permit for the proposed BIOFUEL plant. The letter advises METRO many White Rock residents have expressed concerns with opposition to the biogas facility on the proposed location in South Surrey.

- Mayor Knight proposed herself and councillor BILL LAWRENCE would be the council reps on the ongoing research into the location and feasibility of a Community Hub which would include a new city hall, library, RCMP office as well as the possibility housing would also be included in the plan.

- Council approved an expenditure of $360.000.00 to operate a warming centre to be located once again in the Centennial Park area of the city. Staff and council are still hopeful Surrey will cost share on this project. The motion of approval was supported by all members of council with COUNCILLOR CHESNEY voting in the opposition in that there are no concrete plans for an overnight facility to house the homeless during the winter months, meaning at 10 p.m. the daytime shelter will close and the users of the facility will have nowhere to go. 

 

Bio-fuel Protest

Members of the South Surrey/White Rock communities staged an information protest yesterday afternoon to show their opposition to the construction of a bio-fuel plant that is proposed to be built on the Semiahmoo Nation reserve.

Members of METRO VANCOUVER, FRASER HEALTH, SEMIAHMOO NATION, WHITE ROCK AND SURREY COUNCIL MEMBERS as well as reps from ANDION the company that is deemed to be the company that will build the plant.

 

November 06, 2023

How Warm Was It Here Saturday?

Warm winds pushed White Rock to set monthly temperature record on Saturday 

Warm winds blowing ashore with an atmospheric river pushed temperatures to all-time levels for several communities along the southern coast of British Columbia coast this weekend.

It takes a formidable system to near or exceed monthly temperature records, but the rainy system washing over B.C. this weekend managed to achieve the feat in several spots. 

A mild flow siphoning subtropical air from down near Hawaii helped push temperatures here in White Rock to 18.5 Celsius. 

 

November 05, 2023 

It's Salmon Spawning Season!

With the heavy rains the salmon are running at the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club. Volunteers are at the fish fence netting every salmon for counting before releasing them upstream. 

Bring the kids along to see this natural spectacle up close. The club is open from dawn to dusk at 1284 184 St, south Surrey. Donations kindly accepted to help fund the hatchery or become a club member to join in the fun.

November 04, 2023 

Update: Missing Male Located Deceased

Surrey RCMP is updating the public that the 60 year old male reported missing on November 2, 2023 has been located deceased. Criminality is not believed to be a factor in the death. 

Surrey RCMP offers our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased

 

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 84-year-old man.

On November 3, 2023, Frank Peters was reported missing. He was last seen on November 3, 2023 at approximately 6:40 a.m., leaving his residence in the area of 153 Street and 16 Avenue in Surrey.  Police and family are concerned for his health and well-being. Mr. Peters may present as confused or disoriented.

He is believed to be driving a 2011 black Audi A4 with British Columbia license plate PG310F. The license plate is the BC Parks plate picturing the Kermode bear.

Frank Peters is described as a 84-year-old Caucasian man, 6’0 tall, 190 lbs. He is balding with grey hair, and he has a grey mustache and blue eyes.

If you see Frank Peters, please call police immediately and keep him within sight. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2023-182714.

 

White Rock Man in wheelchair Manhandled by Air Canada Staff

White Rock resident RYAN LACHANCE who is confined to a wheelchair says he was dropped and injured after AIR CANADA'S flight crew failed to bring the equipment he needs to exit an aircraft. 

In early May LACHANCE traveled to Nova Scotia to perform in the Halifax Comedy Festival. When Lachance travels by plane, he is accompanied by a care assistant, and uses an eagle lift to help him move from his airplane seat.

But upon his return to Vancouver, he said Air Canada ground crew insisted they could transfer him without assistance from the lift, and tried to hoist him themselves onto an aisle chair, a narrow version of a wheelchair. 

"It was a massive struggle to get me out of the seat. I travel with a sling underneath me to make it easier for people to pick me up. They kept pulling that and it was hurting my body, bruising my back and my hip really bad," he said.

Emma Proulx, Lachance's care assistant who was travelling with him, said she told the crew at least four times that Lachance required assistance from the eagle lift. But the crew insisted on continuing by themselves, wrestling him into the aisle chair with difficulty.

Lachance was eventually yanked off the chair and landed hard on the floor, Proulx said. 

Lachance said he decided to share his story after another incident where a wheelchair user was forced to drag himself off an Air Canada flight in Las Vegas, after the crew said no aisle chair was available. The Canadian Transportation Agency is now investigating the incident. 

It also follows the story of Stephanie Cadieux, Canada's chief accessibility officer, whose wheelchair was lost by Air Canada. 

CBC REPORT on B.C. resident's difficulty travelling with AIR CANADA to Las Vegas.

 

 

 

Free Ride

In honour of the service and sacrifices made by both past and present veterans, TransLink is offering free transit services, including HandyDART, on Remembrance Day.
 
Veterans, active members of the Canadian Armed Forces, police and fire personnel, Canadian Coast Guard members, officers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and BC Ambulance Service personnel can present their badge, military ID, Veteran’s Service Card, or by appearing in uniform to receive free transit.
 
On November 11, veterans and other eligible riders can enjoy free bus rides all day without the need to tap their Compass Cards. Additionally, veterans and eligible customers can access SkyTrain and SeaBus services at no cost from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. During these hours, one accessible fare gate will remain open at all stations.

 

November 03, 2023

Turn Out The Lights

After a decade of serving country style Indian cooking, VIKRAM VIJ has announced he will be closing his restaurant in the Grandview Corners district this month.

If you enjoyed dining at MY SHANTI this is your notice to stop by one more time before the doors close forever. VIJ'S the popular flagship restaurant in Vancouver remains open.

 

October 31, 2023

Plane Crash In Crescent Beach - Pilot Walks Away

  

Yesterday (Monday) afternoon a small plane crashed into the tree line near the Blackie Spit area of Crescent Beach. Witnesses to the crash and subsequent fire and smoke quickly called 911. Paramedics and the Surrey fire department were on the scene quickly.

The pilot despite suffering some injuries walked away from the crash. He was the sole occupant of the plane and was taken to hospital for observation. The Surrey fire department quickly extinguished the fire.

The Department of Transportation is investigating the cause of the accident. 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2023

Good Idea - Wrong Place For Bio-fuel Plant

 

l-r TREVOR HALFORD MLA White Rock council members CHESNEY/TREVELYAN/KLASSEN

Speakers List

LINDA ANNIS Surrey city Councillor

DAVID HANCOCK Hancock Wildlife Foundation

CHRISTY FOX Community Advocate

RAHPAL LOVELACE Labour Advisor

BO LONG Representing Chinese Community

MAKR HARDING Retired V P Global Affairs Diageo

SCOTKIRSTJANSON Former White Rock councillor

JIM GOUK Former Federal MP

NAVMAHARAJ Investment Advisor

TREVOR HALFORD MLA

DAVID CHESNEY White Rock councillor


Hundreds of concerned residents who make their home on the Semiahmoo Peninsula turned out yesterday afternoon for a public rally in opposition to the proposed Bio-fuel plant proposed to be built on the traditional lands of the Semiahmoo First Nations.

The Clean Air Alliance Has Submitted a 6500 Name Petition Opposing Bio-fuel Plant to Surrey and White Rock council.

 

 

October 27, 2023

The Food Banks Are In The News Again.....For all the wrong reasons

Usage of the local food banks are up over 50%. Many who give to the food bank think macaroni and cheese would be a good item. It is only better than nothing. Please read the list below and then give correctly.

 

1. Everyone donates Kraft Mac and Cheese in the box. They can rarely use it because it needs milk and butter which is hard to get from regular food banks.

2. Boxed milk is a treasure, as kids need it for cereal which they also get a lot of.

3. Everyone donates pasta sauce and spaghetti noodles.

4. They cannot eat all the awesome canned veggies and soup unless you put a can opener in too or buy pop tops.

5. Oil is a luxury but needed for Rice a-Roni which they also get a lot of.

6. Spices or salt and pepper would be a real Christmas gift.

7. Tea bags and coffee make them feel like you care.

8. Sugar and flour are treats.

9. They fawn over fresh produce donated by farmers and grocery stores.

10. Seeds are cool in Spring and Summer because growing can be easy for some.

11. They rarely get fresh meat.

12. Tuna and crackers make a good lunch.

13. Hamburger Helper goes nowhere without ground beef.

14. They get lots of peanut butter and jelly but usually not sandwich bread.

15. Butter or margarine is nice too.

16. Eggs are a real commodity.

17. Cake mix and frosting makes it possible to make a child’s birthday cake.

18. Dishwashing detergent is very expensive and is always appreciated.

19. Feminine hygiene products are a luxury and women will cry over that.

20. Everyone loves Stove Top Stuffing.

In all the years I have donated food at the Holidays, I bought what I thought they wanted, but have never asked. I am glad I did. If you are helping a Family this Christmas, maybe this can help you tailor it more. It does for me!

 

Have Your Say - Complete the 2024 Budget Survey

Take the City of White Rock’s 2024 budget survey to let Council know which services are most important to you and what your priorities are. Results will be shared with Council to inform the 2024 budgeting process.

Take the online survey at talkwhiterock.ca/budget2024

Budget closes Monday, November 13, 2023.

 

October 25, 2023

White Rock/Surrey Drug Alert!

A Drug Alert was released today finding high levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines found in light pink crystals being sold at Methamphetamine in Surrey. It is known that opioids (including fentanyl) and benzodiazepines when used together puts folks at an increased risk of harms, potentially leading to overdose.  Please share this data widely in your community.

 

Local Paddle Board Company Sea Gods

......... Dragons Den Pitch

MANDY & RYAN JOHNSON owners of the local paddle board shop "Sea Gods" jumped on an airplane to Toronto to appear on the popular CBC reality show DRAGONS DEN in an attempt in securing financing and business expertise to expand their White Rock operation.

Did they get the money?

(click here to find out)

 

October 23, 2023

White Rock Beach Beer Company Wins at the 2023 BC Beer Awards

White Rock Beach Beer won the 1st Place award for  the Pale Bitter German Lager beer category at the 12th Annual BC Beer Awards, the signature event of BC Craft Beer Month (although this year it was a few days after) and also one of the most anticipated festivals in British Columbia.
“This came as a bit of a shock,” said Bill Haddow, co-owner of the brewery.  “We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about this product, and it is our biggest seller out of the tasting room / lounge, but we were obviously up against some premium beers from industry heavyweights. It’s great to get some real validation about this product.”


Awards were given in 29 beer-style categories during the BC Beer Awards ceremony on October 21st, 2022, at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver B.C. The BC Beer Awards judged +900 entries from 124 breweries around British Columbia
BC Beer Awards winners were selected over six days by a panel of beer judges that are either: Cicerone™ or BJCP certified or a professional Brewer, from across Canada and Cascadia. The mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to reward excellent beers even if not brewed exactly to strict style guidelines. Second is ensuring that every beer brewed in BC can be entered regardless of whether it fits in a style or not. Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers are keen to help celebrate.

“Because Beaches and Beer Go Better Together”

 

What The World Needs Now....Is Love

Shoppers at the SAVE ON in Semiahmoo Mall are doing a double take when they notice the name tag on a young cashier. Yes that is really the young lady's name.

It gets better. LOVE is quick to tell you her husband's real name is HONEY.

HONEY LOVE....we love it!

 

October 20, 2023

New Massey Tunnel One Step Closer

Following a request for qualifications, three bid teams have been invited to participate in the next phase of procurement for the replacement of the George Massey Tunnel with a new toll-free, eight-lane tunnel, which will improve travel for people along Highway 99 between Richmond and Delta.

“We are moving ahead on delivering improvements for the thousands of people who rely on this crossing each day and for better goods movement across the region,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Advancing the new tunnel will also increase trade to the United States and support a vital link to Vancouver International Airport.”

Following the evaluation of submissions to the request for proposals, the Province will choose the project’s design-build team. It is anticipated the team will be on board in spring 2024.

Concurrent with procurement, the Fraser River Tunnel Project continues through the Province’s environmental assessment process. The project received its readiness decision in September 2023.

The new crossing will be an eight-lane immersed tube tunnel with three general-purpose travel lanes and a dedicated transit lane in each direction. The new tunnel will also feature a separate multi-use path to support pedestrians, cyclists and other active transportation options.

The project also includes replacing the existing Deas Slough Bridge and the addition of a southbound general-purpose lane on Highway 99 between Westminster Highway and Steveston Highway in Richmond.

With the new tunnel and approaches in place, travel will flow smoothly at 80 kilometres per hour, unlike the current average of 30 km/h.

Construction of a new five-lane Steveston Interchange is underway and on track for completion in 2025. Cycling and transit improvements along the corridor, including an extension of bus-on-shoulder lanes south of the existing tunnel, are nearing completion.

The Fraser River Tunnel Project is being procured through a Progressive Design-Build with Target Price model. This approach allows design to progress concurrently with the environmental assessment. The estimated cost of the project is $4.15 billion.

Learn More:

For information about the Highway 99 Tunnel Program, including a video that explains the Fraser River Tunnel Project and corridor improvements, visit: https://www.highway99tunnel.ca

The business case for the Fraser River Tunnel Project and related documents and updates can be found online: https://www.highway99tunnel.ca/document-library

 

October 19, 2023

Surrey Council moves to streamline development applications

 

Surrey City Council passed a motion at Monday's Regular Council Meeting that seeks to reduce red tape and streamline development applications. The motion will also have provisions for Surrey to better align with new Provincial housing regulation 

“Expediting development of new homes of all types is critical given the housing crisis we are experiencing,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “This motion by Councillor Kooner shows that City Council is continually looking for immediate and concrete solutions that will help build more homes in Surrey. When passed, this motion will streamline the development application process not for residential projects, but for commercial and industrial buildings 6 storeys or less, as well.”

“To address the current housing crisis, this notice of motion aims to reduce red tape for developers by working to speed up approval timelines where cost savings can be passed to the end user and increase economic activity in the City of Surrey,” said Councillor Pardeep Kooner. “Additionally, by aligning with new Provincial guidelines on housing, we are streamlining processes and increasing efficiencies within the city and development community.”

Council has asked staff to have recommended changes to bylaws, policies and procedures before the end of December 2023.

 

Shortcut Shortened

Once Surrey's NICOMECKL RIVERFRONT PARK is completed the bride across the Nicomeckl that connects King George Highway to Crescent Road will be closed to vehicle traffic.

They will be closing that bridge to cars once the Bailey Bridge is open south bound. It will only be accessible to bikes and pedestrians. All part of the plan to extend the walking path along the Nickomekl. Parking for the new park will be on the north side of the bridge and the house on the left after you cross the bridge will eventually be a visitor Centre

(click here to see the full plans for the new park)

 

October 18, 2023

Semiahmoo First Nations Proposed Bio-fuel Plant

Hundreds of South Surrey and White Rock residents have submitted their concerns to METRO VANCOUVER regarding their concerns of a proposed bio-fuel plant to be located next to HWY 99 on Semiahmoo First Nations land.

A petition has also been circulating in the community which now has thousands of signatures opposing the plant to being built so close to a residential area.

Below is the form letter reply METRO VANCOUVER has sent to residents who submitted their opposition.

METRO VANCOUVER indicates they are planning a public meeting. Residents opposing the plant also are planning and organizing a public meeting.

 

Hello,

Thank you for your comments regarding the proposed Andion Bio-fuel Facility.

We are actively engaged in ensuring compliance with regional, provincial, and federal regulations on multiple fronts.

Andion, as the proponent of the project, appreciates your concerns about your community and your efforts to reach us for more information.

Please find attached an information package addressing community queries and concerns, and Metro Vancouver's Guidance for Air Permit Application for your reference.

In the interest of transparency and fostering trust in our facility, we are in the process of organizing a public meeting for those interested.

This forum will provide an opportunity to share detailed information, address any concerns, and respond to questions.

We kindly request you to complete this form [https://forms.office.com/r/bgvwFPG3Uc] with your details, enabling us to extend an invitation to the live informational session once the date is confirmed. The meeting is anticipated to take place at the end of October. Please be aware that the exact date is contingent upon finalizing arrangements with the Semiahmoo Nation and any pertinent oversight bodies expressing interest in participating.

Regards,

Gerardo Marquez

Development Manager

 

Have you seen Justin Fisher?

White Rock, Missing Person

White Rock RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating Justin Kyle Fisher. Fisher is American and arrived by plane Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on October 2nd, 2023. His last known sighting was in White Rock, BC on October 7th, 2023. Family has not had any contact with Fisher since.

A bag containing personal items belonging to Fisher was located in White Rock on October 8th, 2023.
Fisher is described as:

41 years old;
6 feet tall;
220 lbs;
grey balding hair;
hazel eyes.

Fisher was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, dark blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Justin Fisher is urged to contact White Rock RCMP at 778-545-4800, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 

 

 

 

 

 

October 17, 2023

Victoria Orders Surrey To Follow Through With Municipal Police Force Transition

British Columbia’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has tabled legislation that will force the City of Surrey to continue its police transition to a municipal force.

On Monday, Farnworth announced changes to the province’s Police Act that he says will ensure that once a “transition plan is approved by the minister, that the municipality has a legal obligation to complete the transition.”

He says changes will also require that cities provide relevant information to the province when requested.

The province says the changes address “a lack of clarity in the Police Act that was exposed during the police transition in the City of Surrey.”

Following the introduction of the legislation Monday, Farnworth doubled down that Surrey must move forward with its transition from the RCMP to the Surrey Police Service.

“Amendments to the act will specify that the City of Surrey must provide policing services through a municipal police department,” he said.

This comes after last Friday’s announcement from the City of Surrey that it’s going to the B.C. Supreme Court to fight the transition away from the RCMP to a municipal force. The city cited affordability concerns associated with the police transition, saying it would result in a “significant additional tax burden.”

 

Mayor Locke's Response (click here)

 

 

Saturday's partial solar eclipse was visible, briefly, in overcast southwestern British Columbia

Beverly Malcolm photo

Did you see it, the solar eclipse Saturday?

This was our sun at 9.20 Saturday morning, only popped out from behind thick clouds for the briefest amount of time, right at the apex, how lucky is that!

Beverly Malcolm post on FACEBOOK

 

White Rock Council Rewind

Delegation: RANJ SINGH TOOR representing Descendent's of Komagata Maru Society provided council with information on the 1914 incident in Coal Harbour/Vancouver and to discuss ideas for recognition of the event in White Rock.

Council voted in favour of sending a letter of support to TRANSLINK for the development of a Rapid Bus System between White Rock and North Surrey

 

UPDATE INFO

Surrey Council advocating to have the first BRT in the region

During Monday’s Regular Council Meeting, City Council directed staff to work with TransLink on advancing design of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), with the intent to have TransLink award its first BRT in the region to Surrey. If successful, the proposed BRT route would run on King George Boulevard from City Centre to South Surrey.

“It’s clear that transit in Surrey is overloaded and underserved,” said Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke. “It is all too common to see huge crowds waiting at major bus loops during peak travel times in Surrey, as well as regularly seeing buses that are full to capacity. That is why TransLink should put its first BRT in the region in Surrey.”

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, transit ridership in Surrey has recovered faster than any other city in Metro Vancouver, exceeding pre-pandemic levels, and increased transit service is required to support continued growth and housing needs in Surrey. 

Based on a review of the nine proposed BRT corridors in the region, King George Boulevard has the highest existing population, the highest existing transit ridership, and is the only corridor that can be advanced without coordination between multiple municipalities (as the corridor is solely within the boundaries of the City of Surrey). The City has also recently widened key infrastructure along the corridor, including the Bear Creek Bridge and Nicomekl Bridge (currently under construction). 

These factors support quick implementation of a BRT, which would provide immediate benefits including reduced traffic congestion and increased transit ridership on King George, making it the most favourable option for rapid implementation.

Passed permissive tax exemptions for the following:

White Rock Lawn Bowling

White Rock BIA

Centre for Active Living

Council unanimously endorsed the city of White Rock sending a letter to METRO VANCOUVER identifying the city's and the numerous residents who sent emails to council, regarding concerns of air quality and pollution from the proposed BIOFUEL plant to be built on Semiahmoo First Nations land.

Read the full agenda here (click here for agenda)

 

Help identify suspect in mischief

 

Surrey RCMP is investigating a mischief in South Surrey that occurred on Friday evening that may have been motivated by hate.

On October 13, 2023, at approximately 6:31 p.m. Surrey RCMP received a report that a residence that provides services to Jewish communities had been egged and a Swastika symbol was drawn/ located on the building. The suspect was seen leaving the area on foot.

Frontline officers attended the area and conducted patrols for the suspect, however he was not located. The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has assumed conduct of the investigation and BC Hate Crimes Unit has been notified.

The suspect is described as a 25-35 year-old male, slim to medium build, wearing a purple coat, white shirt, black “Adidas” sweatpants and brown shoes (see attached photos).

“We recognize that incidents of this nature impact the feeling of safety and security for members of our Jewish community.” says Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Corporal Vanessa Munn.  “Hate has no place in our city and our officers are working to identify the person responsible so that they can be held accountable.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous, by calling 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

City of White Rock - Closure Notice

A pedestrian bridge in the Duprez Ravine area of Ruth Johnson Park has been temporarily closed due to a tree failure last week.

The area has been secured by staff and will be assessed for repairs. We ask that park users respect trail closures and use alternative paths for their own safety.

The city of White Rock has also announced it will be permanently closing beach access through Colidcutt Ravine in west White Rock off of Marine Drive.

BNSF rail has been asking the city for years to curb access to the beach down this popular ravine path as it dumps trespassers directly on to the BNSF rail line causing a major safety concern.

 

October 15, 2023

Five Corners Arsonist Sentencing

Crown prosecutors and defense lawyers are not seeking jail time for a man responsible for a massive and destructive arson fire in White Rock’s Five Corners neighbourhood in 2016.

 

James Adrian Dyer, 24, pleaded guilty to charges of arson damaging property and arson in relation to inhabited property on June 2, 2023.

His sentencing hearing began Thursday morning at a Surrey Provincial Court.

Lawyers on both sides have made a joint submission to the judge seeking a conditional sentence, which would mean time served in the community.

Sentencing will be November 14.

It's Not Over

The City of Surrey has announced it is filing a petition with the Supreme Court of British Columbia for a judicial review of the Province of British Columbia’s order of July 19, 2023 to continue with the transition to the Surrey Police Service.

The City of Surrey is opposed to the proposed transition that would result in a significant additional tax burden at a time when Surrey residents are facing existing afford ability challenges.

“My team and I were elected to stop the proposed police transition,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “Surrey simply cannot accept the extraordinary burden that our taxpayers will face as a result of a provincial order that will not deliver any public safety benefit.”

Peter German, respected lawyer and expert on policing and public safety, has been retained to advise and support the City on this matter.

“I believe Council put forward a sensible plan to keep the RCMP, which is in the best interest of taxpayers and public safety,” said Peter German. “The warnings about higher costs and inability to recruit Frontline officers for the Surrey Police Service have all come true, and the City has an obligation to act in the public interest.”

In addition to the court proceeding, the City has sent a letter to the Province outlining its ongoing concerns.

(click here to read Surrey Mayor BRENDA LOCKE'S letter to Victoria)

 

October 12, 2023

And this is why we can't have nice things...

Not sure when the new sculpture replaced the damaged one down on the Promenade but...now the diamond on the new sculpture has been chipped at on three sides

 

 

South Surrey & White Rock residents are rallying in opposition to a proposed plant to turn food waste into natural gas on the Semiahmoo First Nation’s reserve lands.

The proposed plant would be located at the south ends of the nation’s lands, across Highway 99 from the Hills and Portal Golf Club and just north of the Peace Arch border crossing.

Andion Global, the company partnering with the Semiahmoo on the proposal, says the project would divert 70,000 tonnes of organic food waste from landfills every year, while generating enough natural gas to power 37,000 homes, while eliminating 55,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

 

 

 

 

 

October 10, 2023

For Halloween = Better Than Boo!

Hey everyone! I know you've seen me post before, I am multi passionate and multi talented - if you're ever confused by what I offer please connect! I do many things!

Among the things I do, I'm a special FX makeup artist, I've been internationally & locally published in magazines for makeup and photography over 15x in the last 4 years and Halloween is my favorite time of year!

I am accepting makeup clients for Halloween, however, I have limited spots for Halloween makeup for adults and kids! The more crazy the makeup the more expensive it is. I'm not just your average face painter or artist that learned on YouTube.

Halloween photo-shoots and with makeup are available as well, if you are someone who loves Halloween as much as I do!

Let me know if your interested in Halloween makeup! Or a Halloween photo shoot! The photo shoot could be elaborate or just you and your amazing makeup! Ferguson Event Decor

and I can work together to create an incredible Halloween set!

 

October 09, 2023

Minor Earthquake Felt

4.1 M earthquake occurred, 56km NW of Seattle, Washington/October 8, 2023 at 8:08 pm 

An earthquake has been felt near Victoria, British Columbia. There are no reports of major damage or injuries and none are expected. More information is available from Natural Resources Canada.

The National Tsunami Warning Center has stated a tsunami is NOT expected.

Local Time: 7:21 pm PDT Magnitude: 4.1

Location: 56 km NW of Seattle, Washington, USA Depth: 39 km

There was no report of damage and there was no danger of a tsunami.

The latest earthquake this weekend is just the latest in a long list of very minor earthquakes over the past 6 months south of White Rock along the Washington coastline.

Bellingham has had: (M1.5 or greater)

  • 0 earthquakes in the past 24 hours

  • 1 earthquake in the past 7 days

  • 5 earthquakes in the past 30 days

  • 76 earthquakes in the past 365 day

 

October 07, 2023

Reach For The Sky

A daring mid afternoon robbery yesterday at the Bank of Nova Scotia in White Rock pulled RCMP cruisers from White Rock and Surrey.

The lone bank robber escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of money .

There have been no arrests, there were no injuries.

 

Four BC Men Face $287,000 in Fines & Penalties for Illegally Crab Fishing on US-Canada Border

DFO investigation also ordered a landmark prohibition for one fisher caught in Boundary Bay. A group of fishers have been ordered to pay significant fines and face prohibition in a landmark case of illegal crab fishing along the Canada-U.S. border.

“This is the first time that this prohibition has been imposed by the Courts.”

Four men have been collectively fined $287,000 by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) after a years-long investigation into their crab fleet in Boundary Bay in southern BC. One man, Han Van Lam, master of the vessel John Lam, is also prohibited from fishing for the first 14 days of the 2024/25 commercial season. In a news release, the DFO stated, “This is the first time that this prohibition has been imposed by the Courts.”

“We haven’t removed his livelihood, but we have hopefully removed the opportunity for him to get right close to the border and then continue to creep over into U.S. waters.”

Van Lam was fined $50,000 for violations from the 2019 and 2020 seasons and was forced to forfeit 96 traps seized by the DFO

 

Homeless Here

The number of homeless people in Vancouver and its suburbs has risen substantially since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to new data released Thursday.

The report, conducted by the Homelessness Services Association of B.C., found 4,821 people identified as homeless in the area this year compared to 3,634 in 2020. It's a 32 per cent increase over three years and, according to the association, the highest spike between consecutive counts since reporting began in 2005.

The annual report was cancelled in 2021 and 2022 due to the pandemic. The count was conducted by a team of more than 1,000 volunteers who visited shelters, transition houses, safe houses, hospitals and jail holding cells between March 7 and 8.

Thirty-three percent of survey respondents identified as Indigenous, compared with two per cent of the census population.

Other key findings show that the majority of people surveyed (69 per cent) had been unhoused for more than a year, compared to 45 per cent in 2020. Fifteen per cent of people said they had lost their homes as a result of the pandemic.

The count is an initiative of the Reaching Home Community Entity, which is funded by the federal government; Lu'ma Native Housing Society; and the Community Advisory Board, responsible for the Reaching Home program in Greater Vancouver.

 

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing, has released the following statement in recognition of:

Homelessness Action Week, Oct. 9-15, 2023:

 

“This Homelessness Action Week I’d like to recognize those individuals and organizations that dedicate their time to supporting people in their communities and help them find a place to call home. Thank you for the important work you do.

“The last few years have been challenging for people in our province, with the cost-of-living crisis hitting families hard. Our government is dedicated to building on our work with partners to respond to homelessness in our communities. Through our work, in collaboration with local governments, non-profits and Indigenous partners, 4,800 people have moved into supportive homes since we formed government. In 2022, we invested $633 million to take action against homelessness and this year we’re investing up to $1.5 billion through Budget 2023 in new initiatives aimed at helping prevent and reduce homelessness in the province.

“Belonging in BC is a collaborative plan to prevent and reduce homelessness. The plan adds 3,900 new supportive housing units and 240 complex-care spaces provincewide. The first phase of the Belonging in BC plan involves working with communities to better support those who are unhoused and sheltering in encampments.

“Through the Homeless Encampment Action Response Team (HEART), we’re helping people sheltering outdoors move inside. HEART will work to quickly assess the needs of people in encampments and to provide rapid access to the support services they need to exit homelessness. In addition, the Homeless Encampment Action Response Temporary Housing (HEARTH) program will provide emergency housing, sheltering options and immediate co-ordinated supports. We have seen success with these approaches and we hope to implement these programs in other communities this year.

“Thank you to all of our partners for your continued efforts and dedication to end homelessness. We must look after one another as we navigate the current challenges we face as a society.”

 

Sparky Says Beware


Oct.8-14 is Fire Prevention Week: Did you know cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fire injuries?

White Rock Fire & Rescue wants to remind you that cooking safety starts with YOU. A cooking fire can grow quickly – use these simple but important actions when cooking to keep yourself and those around you safe.

  1. Watch what you heat. Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking. Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

  2. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.

  3. Have a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

 

October 04, 2023

Local Paddleboard Company To Appear on Dragons Den This Week

Ryan and Mandy Johnston, founders of Sea Gods.

Mandy and Ryan filmed the episode at CBC in Toronto back in May. And it is airing this fall as part of the newest season. The founders of Sea Gods obviously know how it worked out, but we’ll have to tune in to see whether they are hailed as brilliant or chased off the stage. Without giving any spoilers, we asked if appearing on the show has proven beneficial to their business.

“It definitely put air in our tires, let’s just say that,” Mandy Johnston shared. “It actually showed us how far we’ve come from being brand new entrepreneurs. And it made us realize that we’re doing things differently.”

Tune in to Dragons’ Den on CBC, October 12, 2023, at 8 p.m. (in respective time zones) and find out whether Sea Gods has what it takes to lure a fierce group of venture capitalists to the water.

(visit SEA GODS online)

 

 

 

October 01, , 2023

Third Annual Truth & Reconciliation Walk White Rock

Thousands of White Rock and South Surrey residents turned out yesterday morning at Grand Chief Bernard Charles Plaza on the White Rock waterfront, to remember and honour the memory of children who were imprisoned in residential schools across Canada.

Semiahmoo leader HARLEY CHAPPELL delivered a powerful and touching speech to the crowd as he honoured all those that were present.

The crowd then walked in somber silence along the promenade to Semiahmoo park.

The gathering at the park included a moving dance and performance from the Semiahmoo Youth group made up of the children of Chief CHAPPEL.

The ceremony in the park ended with survivors and family representatives of residential schools being invited on stage to receive beautiful colourful floral arrangements and acknowledgment of their presence.

Chief CHAPPEL'S daughter Kamara delivered a beautiful touching speech explaining what the day meant to her. There were not many dry eyes in the crowd.

 

Who Let The Dogs Out?

...White Rock, that's who

Calling all dog owners.

Starting Sunday, October 1, dogs will be permitted on the promenade until March 31.

Dogs have to be leashed and licensed and are not allowed on the White Rock Pier at any time.

For more information on dogs in White Rock, visit http://ow.ly/VSFZ50BG2db.

 

 

 

September 28, 2023

Questions?

Yes..... Lots of Questions

Capacity crowd last evening @ The Hills Golf course

Concerned resident/Organizer AMANDA MILFORD

When it was announced the Semiahmoo First Nations in conjunction with the Federal Government had plans to install a bio-fuel plant on its lands in South Surrey, very few noticed.

The community has now come together in a grassroots fashion to communicate their concerns to all levels of government, including Surrey and White Rock councils. The next steps are the formation of a committee to channel information to the community. There are also plans for a Town Hall meeting which will be announced in the near future.

Speaker after speaker raised concerns to health and air quality, impact on the Little Campbell river, increased truck traffic, as well as possible negative impact on property values in the Summerfield and surrounding districts of South Surrey.

Watch for further information here on the electronic pages of THE SUN.

Scan the above code with your camera.

You will be liked to all the current printed information that is available to date on the planned bio fuel plant.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Read DON PITCAIRN'S editorial below in THE NAKED TRUTH TNT

 

September 27, 2023

White Rock & Surrey Escape Housing Supply Act

Housing targets for the first 10 municipalities selected as part of the Housing Supply Act have been released, laying the foundation for tens of thousands more homes to be built faster in areas with the greatest needs.

To support implementation, the Province will continue to provide local governments with resources to speed up approval processes, including $10 million for continued implementation of the Development Approvals Process Review, and the Province’s work accelerating and streamlining provincial permitting across multiple ministries and developing a new digital permitting process. This is funding in addition to the $1-billion Growing Communities Fund launched in February 2023 and the recently announced $51 million to support local governments in meeting new density initiatives.

The first 10 municipalities were selected for housing target assessment in May 2023 under the authority of the Housing Supply Act, which allows the Province to set housing targets in communities with the most urgent housing needs. The Province consulted with the selected municipalities during the summer to set the final housing target orders. These housing targets are net new units to be completed within five years.

The target orders for each municipality:

  • City of Abbotsford – 7,240 housing units

  • City of Delta – 3,607 housing units

  • City of Kamloops – 4,236 housing units

  • District North Vancouver – 2,838 housing units

  • District of Oak Bay – 664 housing units

  • City of Port Moody – 1,694 housing units

  • District of Saanich – 4,610 housing units

  • City of Vancouver – 28,900 housing units

  • City of Victoria – 4,902 housing units

  • District of West Vancouver – 1,432 housing unit

    The housing targets put forward by the Province mark a 38% increase in overall housing to be built in these communities over what was projected to have been created based on historic trends.

     

  • Surrey RCMP corrects record on homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar

    Surrey RCMP is releasing a statement to correct misinformation surrounding the actions of our officers, in their initial response and while on scene at the homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey on June 18, 2023. 

    On Saturday September 23, 2023, Surrey RCMP received a request from an international media outlet which contained a list of questions directed at multiple police agencies with a deadline the following day. This did not provide an adequate opportunity to respond.  Subsequently a story was published which contained inaccurate information on the police response to this homicide.

    Surrey RCMP recognizes the importance of ensuring that accurate information is being reported on the homicide of Mr. Nijjar.

    The first 911 call in relation to this incident was received at 8:27 p.m. and the first officers arrived on scene in under four minutes, with more officers arriving on scene shortly after. 

    It was suggested that there was a conflict regarding which police agency would “head the investigation”, however as the police of jurisdiction, Surrey RCMP is responsible for all police investigations in Surrey. There is nothing to indicate this investigation was delayed in any way, either in the initial response or in subsequent investigative steps.

    The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called out and assumed conduct of the investigation with the continued support of Surrey RCMP. IHIT takes lead on all homicide investigations in the Lower Mainland with the exception of Delta and Vancouver.  We are confident all necessary investigational steps are being taken to hold those responsible for the homicide accountable.

    Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the IHIT Information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

    This was a public act of violence which has caused members of our community to feel unsafe. In response to community concerns, Surrey RCMP has increased patrols around Gurdwaras and Temples. Surrey RCMP’s Diversity Unit has met with the Sikh and Hindu communities in Surrey and the unit continues to work closely with them to foster communication and engagement. 

    Please note: IHIT cannot provide further details on any aspects of the ongoing investigation and will not be commenting further at this time.

 

September 26, 2023

White Rock Council - Rewind

Question & Answer Period

KELLY BREAKS owner/operator of Blue Frog Studios appeared before council to request crosswalk lights be added to the crosswalk in front of his studio in the 1300 Block of Johnston road. BREAKS identified the high usage, faded crosswalk paint and the impact the construction next to his studio, combine to make a very unsafe situation. Staff will report back on options

A local homeless advocate appeared to request an update on the city's plans for operating a warming shelter again for the coming season. Staff informed the resident White Rock is working closely with Surrey to find a suitable location in South Surrey. The local church that supplied an overnight facility in past years has decided to not supply that service this year. A homeless delegation is meeting today with Surrey council for further information.

Council was informed the city of White Rock is working and planning on similar public engagement sessions similar to what Surrey is currently operating for residents to have input into the creation of the 2024 operating budget.

 

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

- Council approved parking rates for the coming year. The only change was resident annual passes were increased from $50-$52.00

Staff informed council the new electronic sign at the entrance of Centennial Park will now display local advertising which will generate revenue for the city as well as upcoming civic events.

Staff presented an overview of Building Permit Applications. There is still a backlog but the planning department has progressed as well as they can to decrease the backlog of application.

Council approved a motion to have staff to proceed with further steps to bring forth options for a "community hub" which at this point in time is being considered for the current civic property where city hall, fire and police departments are located. The first stage of said plan is to consider civic facilities on the ground level with market and non market housing above the civic operations.

NEW BUSINESS

Staff updated council on options to address the vandalism that occurred to the newly installed sculptures on the city's waterfront. In that the PROMENADE SCULPTURES was created by an outside organization, the city is considering its options and will bring a report to council.

(click on last evening's agenda to see a first look at the considered site and site plans)

(click here to watch the entire council meeting)

 

September 25, 2023

Truth & Reconciliation

Today in Victoria the newly created Truth & Reconciliation flag will be raised at the Parliament Buildings.

The annual Truth and Reconciliation walk will take place this Saturday here in White Rock on our waterfront.

(click here for walk information)

 

September 23, 2023

UBCM Shoots Down White Rock Resolution.......

To Limit Commercial Property Rent Increases

2022 UBCM Annual Convention – Resolutions Disposition Friday, September 22, 2023

NR70  Limitation of Rent Increases on Commercial Properties

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM request that the Province establish a rental limit increase on commercially zoned properties operated by small businesses similar to the rental increase limitation(s) that govern residential rental properties.

Amendment was Endorsed, but Resolution as Amended was Not Endorsed

 

September 22, 2023

Fire On-board

 

In the noon hour yesterday Surrey Fire crews arrived quickly to the Crescent Beach Marina. A large luxurious pleasure craft had caught fire in the marina. Thankfully the boat was pulled away from the rest of the boats.

There were no reported injuries. The boat was a total loss.

 

Statement from Mayor Locke

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made public statements today that national security agencies are investigating “credible allegations” that “agents of the Government of India" were involved in the killing of prominent Canadian Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey this past June.

There is an ongoing investigation currently being conducted and I will monitor this very serious incident that has impacted our city and our country. I am confident that law enforcement agencies will ensure that the integrity of Canadian democracy and the safety of our citizens are protected.  

I hope that this investigation provides Mr. Nijjar’s family with the closure I am sure they seek. 

Mayor Brenda Locke

City of Surrey

EDITORS NOTE:

The statement from Mayor LOCKE is in response to the statement Monday made by Prime Minister Trudeau:

Trudeau announced on Monday that Canadian intelligence agencies were actively pursuing credible allegations tying New Delhi's agents to the shooting of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, in British Columbia in June, in a rare such attack on the world's largest democracy.

Tensions between India and Canada have been strained for a number of years given the fact a faction of Sikhs living in Canada wish to have a separate state/KHALISTAN created in India for Sikhs. Last week thousands of Sikhs in Surrey and Toronto turned out to cast their vote to show support for such a move. A major trade mission that was planned for Canadian manufacturers to visit India in October, that trade mission has now been postponed.

 

 

 

September 20, 2023

Waterfront Sculptures Damaged

Last week the day the before the actual unveiling of the PROMENADE SCULPTURES along the promenade east of our historic pier, vandals damaged one of the installations. Then on Monday another of the beautiful creations were damaged.

The community speaks out:

Terribly sad, I had wondered if the city was going to have security there at night, sad to think that is needed.

Absolutely disgusted. 

These vandals should be ashamed of themselves!!

What? Disgusting. Time for cameras on each of the sculptures.

Omg this is so wrong why can’t people respect things that bring joy and beauty into our community instead of destroying everything for all of us 

 

We Cut Them Down - Surrey Plants Them

City hosts National Tree Day event to launch fall tree planting series  

The City of Surrey is launching its fall community tree planting season with an event celebrating National Tree Day this Saturday, September 23rd, at Bear Creek Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. City staff will collaborate with community members to plant over 500 native trees and shrubs. Everyone is welcome to participate, and there will be music and family-friendly activities for all to enjoy. 

“The City’s popular tree planting series is one of the many initiatives that contribute to making Surrey a thriving, green, and inclusive community,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “It provides an excellent opportunity for the community to connect with each other, enjoy the outdoors, and contribute to the growth of one of our most vital natural assets, the City’s urban forest.” 

No prior experience is necessary. Participants are advised to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Gloves, shovels, and instructions will be provided. The event will proceed rain or shine but may be canceled in the event of high winds or extreme weather conditions. 

This event is part of the City’s annual Releaf tree planting program, which encourages the community to contribute to expanding the urban forest. In addition to the National Tree Day celebration, there are Releaf tree planting opportunities on Saturday mornings this fall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various Surrey parks, including: 

·       Boliver Park on October 7th 

·       Orchard Grove Park on October 14th 

·       Salmonberry Park on October 21st 

·       Hazelnut Meadows Community Park on October 28 

The Releaf tree planting program is one of the City’s many stewardship initiatives delivered by the Parks Division to engage the community in protecting, preserving, and maintaining Surrey’s extensive parkland system. Since 1991, volunteers have planted thousands of trees and shrubs, contributing to improved air quality, increased shade, food and shelter for wildlife, and greater biodiversity in our parks. 

For more information, please visit www.surrey.ca/releaf.  

 

September 16, 2023

First responders to cycle across the Fraser Valley - Destination White Rock

Starting next week (Thursday) 21 riders from law enforcement and emergency services personnel will cycle 800 km throughout the Fraser Valley until Friday September 22nd with Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley in support of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).

Riders will engage area residents with tour stops at schools, local businesses and community events on their journey across the region to raise funds for life-saving childhood cancer research and a national support system for children affected by cancer and their families.

Funds raised through Tour de Valley will support life-saving cancer research and national support services such as Camp Goodtimes, an essential program that gives families of children diagnosed with cancer opportunities to enjoy a summer camp experience in a stress-free and medically supervised environment.

This year, longtime Cops for Cancer supporter Applewood Auto Group has signed on as the presenting sponsor for all four Cops for Cancer cycling tours taking place throughout the province.

Now more than ever, we need your support. To learn more about the program, find an event in your community, make a donation, or buy a raffle ticket please visit www.copsforcancer.ca.

 

Notice of Work: Monday Partial road closure on Johnston Rd. and Pacific Ave

Notice of work, rainbow crosswalk in neighbourhood

There will be a partial road closure on Johnston Road and Pacific Avenue (Five Corners) starting Monday, September 18 to Friday, September 22 for Fortis BC who will be working on valve maintenance. Signage and traffic control people will be in place.

The rainbow crosswalk will be affected during maintenance and will be restored once the work is completed.

 

September 15, 2023

Art Walk

Over the past week organizers and artists participating in the on the White Rock waterfront have painstakingly installed 10 beautiful original art pieces along the waterfront promenade. The installed art is located Eastward from the White Rock pie along the promenade between the pier and the iconic white rock itself.

Each Art piece is available for purchase with the prices ranging from $950.00 - $26,000.00

The WHITE ROCK PROMENADE SCULPTURES Competition is the brainchild of DEANNA PEDERSEN and CINDY POPPY.

l-r DEANNA PEDERSON/CINDY POPPY

Peter Vogelaar | Winlaw www.sculptorpeter.com

#7 Neptune’s Cry Selling Price $16,500

Neptune, the God of the Sea is sorely distressed with the incredible amounts of plastic and garbage ending up in our oceans. He pleads with us to start doing something to stem this awful tide.

Peter graduated with a diploma in sculpture and printmaking later developing an interest in sand and snow sculpting, winning the Canadian Championships a number of times which led to representing Canada at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 and the Torino Olympics in 2006, where his team won First Prize and People’s Choice

(click here for artist info)

 

As Seen In Crescent Beach

Surrey recently installed a COMMUNITY DEFIBRILLATOR on the waterfront in Crescent Beach. Excellent Idea.

I am working on having White Rock install one on our waterfront.

D.Chesney

 

September 14, 2023

City of Surrey seeks community input in advance of the draft 2024 budget

The City of Surrey has kicked off its budget 2024 engagement process with an online survey and a webpage to inform the community about the City’s budget process. Your opinion is valued and the City of Surrey has created numerous public sessions. Staff and members of council be on hand at each location to ask any questions you may have regarding the creation of the city's 2024 operating budget. What is important to you? Have your say.

IN PERSON

Drop by any of the following open house events to connect with us in-person, learn about the project, and share your ideas:

  • Saturday, September 23 at City Centre pedestrian walking and parking area (between Central City Mall and Surrey Central SkyTrain Station and bus loop) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

  • Sunday, September 24 at Guildford Recreation Centre from 11:00am to 1:00pm

  • Tuesday, September 26 at Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex from 4:00 to 6:00pm

  • Saturday, September 30 outside the Cloverdale Craft Fair at the entrance to the Agriplex from 11:00am to 1:00pm

  • Sunday, October 1 at South Surrey Recreation Centre from 11:00am to 1:00pm

  • Thursday, October 5 at 137 Street Newton Business District near 73A Ave from 4:00 to 6:00pm

It’s important to the City that residents have the opportunity to provide feedback on their priorities as the budget is developed. Feedback from the online survey and in-person events will help Council adopt a financial plan that reflects the community’s needs and priorities.

(If you are unable to attend personally - click here to take the survey online)

 

Print

White Rock City Map - art print

Artist: Elena Markelova (Vancouver, BC)

White Rock City Map - art print

  • Size 12x12 inches (print only - no mat or frame)

  • Printed with archival pigment inks on a heavy weight, acid free paper very similar to watercolor paper

(click here to order yours)

 

Calling All Foodies!

Rejoice Great Mexican Food Is Coming

Tacofino is adding a flavorful twist with a new location in White Rock, set to open in early 2024 as part of the impressive Miramar complex by Bosa Development.

While the menu is still under wraps, this newest location will undoubtedly offer their signature tacos, burritos, and appetizers, along with famous margaritas and a selection of favorite local and imported beers.

Miramar Village uptown White Rock early 2024

 

September 13, 2023

Second hospital, new cancer centre breaks ground in Surrey

People in Surrey are a significant step closer to better access to health care as the Province is breaking ground on a new second hospital in Surrey and new cancer centre.

“Surrey has been experiencing tremendous growth and people are struggling to get the health services they need while health-care workers are burning out,” said Premier David Eby. “We’re taking urgent action while carefully planning for the future. As we break ground on the new, state-of-the-art Surrey hospital and cancer centre, work continues on immediate actions to improve health services in the region, so everyone gets the timely, high-quality health care they need.”

The second hospital in Surrey will bring 168 more hospital beds, including medical/surgical beds, high acuity beds and medical oncology beds, and a second emergency department for the community with 55 treatment spaces and access to specialists through virtual technologies.

It will include a surgical/preoperative suite with five operating rooms, four procedure rooms and virtual care options in all clinical service areas, such as virtual intake, emergency followups, outpatient clinics and pre- and post-surgical care, as well as robotics, wearable technology and smart beds.

Construction of this new hospital and cancer centre is anticipated to be complete in 2029 and open in 2030.The new facility will be centrally located in Cloverdale on HWY 10 just east of the town centre. It will cater to the growing and complex needs of people. The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $2.88 billion.

Learn More:

To learn about the progress on the short-, medium- and long-term efforts underway to support patients and health-care workers in Surrey, visit:
https://www.fraserhealth.ca/news/2023/Sep/update-on-progress-to-implement-30-promised-health-care-actions-in-surrey

To learn about the June 2023  announcement about actions to improve health-care services in Surrey, visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023HLTH0081-000894

To learn about government’s 10-year cancer action plan, visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023HLTH0012-000229

 

September 12, 2022

White Rock Council Recap

IF you missed last evening's meeting o council, here are the highlights:

Question and Answer Period

One (1) member of the public attended the meeting in person to ask questions regarding:

  • City staff working in the basement of the Annex Building –it was suggested that space be found for these staff upstairs at the Annex Building or elsewhere; and

  • Permissive Tax Exemptions – questions around the requirements for this to be granted for the Centre for Active Living (stated that the Division of Family Practice would not be a not-for-profit organization). 

One (1) submission was also received electronically regarding Council rescinding several Committee Terms of Reference and asking how this would affect community involvement in Municipal Government.

All question and answer period submissions and their responses can be viewed on the City website.

Delegations

A delegation appeared before Council to discuss accessibility issues in White Rock. 

Staff noted that the City is following Provincial regulations and has recently established an Accessibility Committee and an accessibility plan. To learn more on this visit: www.whiterockcity.ca/accessibility 

Presentation

Council received a presentation from Chief Superintendent Bruce Singer, Lower Mainland Integrates Teams. Learn more about what ITeam does in our community.

Council Policies

Council endorsed two (2) updated policies:

  • Policy 325 – Business Travel and Expense Policy (to establish a framework and guidelines for the purchase and reimbursement of travel expenses incurred on behalf of the City)

  • Policy 310 – Investment Policy (to provide management framework for its investment portfolio and to ensure that the investment of public funds in handled with due care)

City Road Allowance Sale – 910 Dolphin Street

Council directed staff to prepare and issue public notices in accordance with the Community Charter for the sale of a city road allowance at 910 Dolphin Street. 

White Rock City Wide Parking Strategy Review

Council received the City-Wide Parking Strategy Review. Staff were directed to report back with a prioritized list of recommendations based on this strategy in correlation with Council’s strategic priorities. 

Contract Award – RCMP Exterior Improvements

Council approved the award of the RCMP Exterior Improvements Contract to Wesbrook Construction Ltd. in the amount of $477,051.24.

Committee Recommendations – Public Art and Culture Advisory Committee

Council endorsed a recommendation from the Public Art and Culture Advisory Committee to host a City celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Whale Wall on September 29, 2024.

(click here to watch the entire council meeting streamed)

 

Safe Sweat

SAFE SWEAT owners Andrea Kloegman & Emre Ozgur

With their passion for helping people, they came up with the idea for a new Hybrid Fitness Boutique concept.

This new concept was created with these members of the community in mind. They offer the Fit suite™; A sanitized space offering top-of-the-line equipment, high-end finishes, a digital fitness library of workouts and anything you would need for a great workout. Safe Sweat™ members can workout how they want and when they want, without all of the added pressures of a shared space or the interruptions that come from trying to workout at home.

In just 3 weeks our Dragons Den episode will be airing (Sept. 28). We can’t wait for the world to see Safe Sweat!!

What do you guys think happened? First person to comment with the correct guess will get a complimentary 30 pass to Safe Sweat (you have to be pretty specific). We obviously can’t say what happened till after the episode airs.

Tune into cbc and cbcgem on Thurs, Sept. 28 @8pm to watch the episode!

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September 11, 2023

WEEKEND RECAP

Hot Rods & Custom Cars

It is that time of the year again. As the weather begins to turn nasty the hot rods and customs will be garaged and covered for another year. This past weekend afforded the hot rodders a golden opportunity to gather one last time. The weekend fun began up in Campbell Heights at Canada SO CAL speed shop. The company is partly owned by White Rock fire and rescue member SCOTT BOOTH

Here in South Surrey OCEAN PARK Ford in the South Surrey Auto Mall rolled out another successful car show free of charge. The event has been a popular gathering since the mid 80's

The weekend of chrome beauties wrapped up at the LANGLEY GOODTIMES CRUISE IN. For the past number of years the event has been staged in Aldergrove after costs to stage the event in Langley city got out of hand.

The Fraser Highway was closed for a full mile from 264th street to 272nd street with thousands of vehicles on display on either side of the highway. The GOOD TIMES CRUISE IN is the largest car show in Canada and ranks in the Top 10 in North America.

There are so many cars it is almost impossible to see all the vehicles in one day.

The annual event once again featured live bands, a giant swap meet and of course a visit from the IN N OUT burger truck.

 

PARKINSONS WALK

Dozens of walkers turned out in the early hours of Sunday morning to take part in the 8th annual White Rock PARKISON SUPERWALK. This years total raised was over $16,000.00 Over the past 6 years the little walk that could has raised $150,000.00 for research and support of those with Parkinsons disease.

Walk organizer LIZ CAMPBELL HOLROYD deserves a great deal of credit for a job so well done over the past 8 years. WE SALUTE YOU LIZ!

Representatives from PUNCH OUT PARKINSONS were on hand to inform the crowd of a wonderfully generous offer a BOX FIT gym in White Rock has created for PARKSINSONS patients.

Watch for a feature story on PUNCH OUR PARKINSONS in the coming week.

 

It was a fun weekend for all the fans and participants in the WHITE ROCK PICKLEBALL tournament staged at Centennial Park in White Rock. The two day event had winners in the men, ladies, mixed and novice categories.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America. Drop in on Friday nights for novice players introduction night. The cost to join is only $5.00.

It is a wonderful social event while you are staying in shape.

A creative baker was inspired to make some "pickle cookies" for the event.

Sunday September 10, 2023

Local Realtors Receive $30,00.00 Fine

A second B.C. real estate agent has been ordered to pay more than $30,000 for failing to notify his clients about an impending special levy before they purchased a condo in White Rock.

Jitendra Angelo Dehideniya has six months to pay the $30,000 discipline penalty plus $1,500 in enforcement expenses under a consent order he agreed to with the B.C. Financial Services Authority.

He must also complete the Real Estate Trading Services Remedial Education Course at UBC's Sauder School of Business within three months, according to the order.

The discipline stems from an incident that occurred in 2018. At the time, Dehideniya had only recently joined Sutton Group – West Coast Realty and was a junior member of the group that marketed itself as "The BC Elite Real Estate Group," according to the consent order.

A retired couple from Langley approached the team's lead – identified in the order only as SY – looking to move to White Rock. Dehideniya and SY conducted a property search, and the buyers eventually entered into an agreement to purchase a condo in a four-storey, 39-unit strata building that was built in 1986.

The agreement was subject to the review of strata documents – including meeting minutes, bylaws, financial statements and more – by the buyers.

According to the consent order, those documents were provided to Dehideniya the day before subject conditions were due to be removed and a deposit paid.

The order indicates Dehideniya didn't share the documents with the buyers until June 8, 2018, well after they had completed their purchase and moved into the condo.

If they had received the documents on time, they likely would have known that the strata council was planning a special levy to pay for improvements to the building envelope, with a total cost anticipated to be around $2 million.

The final cost of the special levy for the buyers' unit ended up being more than $61,000, a total they couldn't afford. They ended up selling the property a little more than a year after buying it.

"Mr. Dehideniya told BCFSA that he did not provide the strata documents to the buyers as they did not have email and he could not print hundreds of pages and mail them," the consent order reads.

2ND MISCONDUCT PENALTY IN CASE

In the consent order, Dehideniya agrees that his handling of the situation amounted to professional misconduct.

He acknowledges that he "failed to make inquiries into the strata’s building envelope remediation project," "failed to obtain, review, and provide to the buyers a complete set of strata documents" prior to their purchase, and "failed to advise the buyers to seek independent professional advice regarding the potential risks associated with the building envelope remediation project."

Dehideniya is the second member of the Sutton Group–West Coast Realty team to be fined for professional misconduct in relation to his handling of the White Rock condo purchase.

In April, the BCFSA published a similar consent agreement regarding Suleman Yasin and his Personal Real Estate Corporation. 

In that case, Yasin agreed to pay a $35,000 penalty and $1,500 in enforcement expenses, as well as to take the remedial course at UBC.

Neither Dehideniya nor Yasin has any previous discipline history with the BCFSA.

Thursday September 07, 2023

City of Surrey working to remove derelict boats on the Nicomekl River

Working in partnership with Transport Canada, the City of Surrey will be removing derelict boats on the Nicomekl River in South Surrey. Instead of using several marinas in the lower section of the river, derelict boats have been illegally mooring on a narrow section of the Nicomekl. In addition to dumping raw sewage and garbage into the water, the derelict boats are gathering salvaged debris creating hazards for other boaters.

“The Nicomekl River has many spots where boats can legally drop anchor,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “There is no reason for any boater to illegally moor their vessel. The City is working with Transport Canada to remove the derelict boats and clean up the debris in that section of the river. The Nicomekl is for all to use and is not a place for boat owners who illegally dock their boats with a complete disregard to the environment and the safety of others.”

Governed by the Canadian Navigable Waters Act, the cleanup of the derelict boats and any associated debris will be conducted with through partnership with Transport Canada. The work will commence this month and will be continually monitored.

 

Wednesday September 06, 2023

First Look At Ocean Park Del Rios Project

 

 

 

Sunday September 03, 2023

We Did It!

Hundreds of diners strolled along the end half of Canada's Longest Pier last evening, enjoying the giant 485 foot charcuterie board laid out by Sheila's Catering.

The event took place yesterday from 2 - 8 p.m. and was an attempt to enter the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book as hosting the longest charcuterie board. Diners were given a small wooden charcuterie board as a take away from their participation in the world record attempt.

Shortly after 6 p.m. last evening DAVID YOUNG the Director of SOURCES community services announced from the stage we had in fact entered the GUINNESS BOOK of records.

A representative from the GUINNESS organization was on hand to officially declare the event a success, and a world record.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved. The event raised much needed funding to support all the great work SOURCES does in our community.

 

Surrey School District/Board Accused of Supporting Terrorism


Surrey Talk Radio recently received an email from the "Concerned Residents of Surrey," expressing strong concerns about the involvement of the Surrey School District, the BC Provincial Government, and the City of Surrey (see Surrey's response below) in supporting the Khalistan Movement referendum on 10 September. This movement aims to establish an ethno-religious sovereign state called Khalistan in India's Punjab region and has been labeled a "terrorist organization." The email suggests that allowing this group to use a Surrey school as a platform for their agenda is political interference in India's internal affairs. The email attaches a poster advertising the event

During an interview with STR, Surrey's Mayor Brenda Locke clarified that the city does not and has never endorsed the Khalistani Movement or referendum activities planned for Tamanawis Secondary School or any other Surrey-controlled premises. Surrey City Council has no legal say in how Surrey School District uses school premises. She also strongly condemned the posters depicting an AK-47 automatic weapon as absolutely unacceptable.

As of now, the Surrey School District has not responded to our inquiries.

The Concerned Residents of Surrey group has demanded that the Surrey School District immediately halt the process and prevent any Surrey school from being used in the promotion of terrorism. They also insist on the removal of all event posters.

Surrey Talk Radio will closely monitor the situation as it develops.

Ivan Scott

Surrey Talk Radio - The Voice of Surrey EMAIL -surreytalkradio@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday September 02, 2023

Back to school safety 

 

Tuesday September 5th will mark the first day of school for tens of thousands of elementary and high school students in Surrey. Surrey RCMP is sharing some reminders and resources to help ensure a safe return to class across the city.

Back to school - On the road

Children and teens will once again be walking to and from school, and drivers need to be extra vigilant. Remember, the speed limit in school zones is 30 kilometres an hour, and is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each school day (unless otherwise posted). The same speed restriction applies in playground zones from dawn until dusk every day. Leave your phone alone when behind the wheel, and pay attention when backing out of a driveway or parking garage.

Drivers should also keep an eye out for school buses dropping off passengers, and never pass a school bus with its red light flashing. All vehicles travelling in the same and opposite direction as the bus are required to stop when the bus displays red warning lights and extends its stop signal arm. Failing to stop for a school bus signal can result in a $368 fine.

Students and parents walking to school should always use designated cross walks, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Remove headphones and ear buds to remain aware of your surroundings on the road.

 

 

 

August 27, 2023

Show N Shine

Hundreds of beautifully restored autos and custom hot rods were on display yesterday in the parking lot of George Preston arena in south Langley. Over the course of the day thousands of lookey loos and auto art enthusiasts made their way up and down row after row of beautiful machines of all shapes and sizes.

The event was organized and produced by Brent Milnes and friends with able assistance from White Rock's MIKE "The Rod God" HERRICK of the White Rock Westcoasters Car Club.

The first annual cruise in was created to honour the memory of two hot rod/motorcycle enthusiasts in the local community who lost their lives this past year.

l-r Robbie Robinson/THE ROD GOD/ Trevor Robinson

One of the most popular features of the event was the opportunity to have your picture taken with a cardboard cut out of said hot rod legend "SMOKIN JOE"

August 26, 2023



It’s the worst wildfire season in the province’s history, with more than 1.7 million hectares burned, an area three times greater than the size of Prince Edward Island.

The Canadian Red Cross has launched a fundraiser to support impacted British Columbians, both with immediate needs — food, clothing and shelter — and with recovery when the emergency is over.

Donations can be made online or by calling 1-800-418-1111

(click here to donate)

 

IT'S BACK!

 Metro Vancouver Regional District has issued an Air Quality Advisory due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter that are expected to last until there is a change in the weather. Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are experiencing elevated concentrations of fine particulate matter. The fine particulate matter is primarily due to smoke from wildfires burning throughout BC and Washington State. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds, temperatures, and wildfire behaviour change.

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR:

  • Metro Vancouver – Northwest

  • Metro Vancouver – Southwest

  • Metro Vancouver – Northeast

  • Metro Vancouver – Southeast

  • Central Fraser Valley

  • Eastern Fraser Valle

Postpone or reduce outdoor physical activity while fine particulate matter and ozone concentrations are high, especially if breathing feels uncomfortable. Exposure is particularly a concern for people with underlying conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including bronchitis and emphysema, and other lung diseases, heart diseases, and/or diabetes; individuals with respiratory infections; pregnant people; infants and children; older adults; and outdoor workers (e.g., construction and agricultural workers). Individuals who are socially marginalized may also be at higher risk (e.g., people who are experiencing homelessness or are underhoused).

As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with air filtration and air conditioning may offer relief from both air pollution and heat. Consider running a portable HEPA air cleaner in one or more rooms or spending time in public buildings with large indoor spaces and air conditioning (e.g., community centre, library, mall).  Consider using a portable air conditioner to keep your indoor space comfortable (if you do not have central air conditioning). Overheating is more dangerous for most people at risk, and both cool and clean air are important.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, seek prompt medical attention. Check in on family, friends and neighbours often. Call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.

Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at airmap.ca and https://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/readings/find-stations-map.html.

 

August 25, 2023

A group of White Rock residents, made of those mostly living in the Beverly tower on Vidal street , are not about to take the approval of a six storey apartment building to the south of them lying down.

White Rock council in a 5-2 vote back in July gave the proposed project by WestStone development first, second and third reading. The final approval is expected to return to council either in late September or October.

(click here to read their reasons for opposition to the project)

 

That's A Wrap

Bill Hawke photo

Bob Douglas photo

COLIN JAMES and his band "Rocked The Rock" hard last night in the final concert for the 2023 Concert at the Pier series.

The largest crowd ever in the 7 year history of the popular waterfront summer series, estimated to be upwards to 10,000 people was well behaved with no reports of any incidents. Though security was kept busy keeping people off the train tracks. With the sound volume of the concert trespassers on the rail line would never have heard the train until it was too late. Thankfully that didn't happen.

 

Birds Eye View

 

Local award winning photographer CORRY KRITICOS did a double take as she was getting into her car in Central Plaza in uptown White Rock.

Grabbing her camera, she confirmed there was in fact a work crew putting the finishing touches on the latest tower in uptown White Rock.

 

August 23, 2023

The City of White Rock Parks staff have been installing train dedication plaques outside the White Rock Museum this month.

The “Train Plaque Program” fundraising initiative gives community members a chance to purchase a personalized, engraved, brass train plaque to be installed in the promenade to raise funds in support the revitalization of the White Rock Museum and Archives's building.

For info visit https://www.whiterockmuseum.ca/.

 

August 22, 2023

R.I.P.

Friends and family joined together yesterday to pay their final respects and to lay to rest the youngest of the 7 Cook brothers, Michael Cook.

A short ceremony was held at Victory Memorial before MICHAEL'S body was laid to rest in the Semiahmoo First Nations cemetery in Semiahmoo Park. The day ended with a celebration of life feast in Peace Arch Park.

(click here to read archived stories in local news)

 

August 19, 2023

Premier David Eby has issued the following statement on the wildfire situation in B.C.

“Our hearts are with the people, communities and First Nations adversely affected by wildfires in B.C. It was a devastating evening fighting fires and working to protect people and homes, with extremely difficult and rapidly evolving conditions continuing today.

“The situation is volatile. We know some people have lost their homes and many more are being asked to evacuate, not knowing what they’ll find when it’s safe to return. Decisions around evacuation orders are not made lightly.

“We need everyone to stay alert. If you live in a wildfire-impacted area, listen to local authorities, be prepared for an evacuation, follow evacuation orders and look out for one another. We must do our part to make sure emergency workers can do their work and get to where they need to go. Together, we can help keep each other safe and support the heroic work of B.C.’s firefighters and emergency officials.

“The battle continues today to protect people and communities around British Columbia. I want to thank the firefighters and resource crews, First Nations and local government leaders who are working tirelessly to keep everyone safe. 

“People in our province stand together in tough times, and our government is here to support now and in the coming days and weeks.”

West Kelowna fire chief Jason Brolund's voice conveyed both pride and exhaustion as he described the risks crews took battling the McDougall Creek wildfire Thursday night.

There was also a hint of frustration, as he discussed residents who failed to heed an evacuation order.

"Certainly, we will risk a lot to save a lot," Brolund said. "There were a number of risks taken to save lives and property last night. But there were also risks taken that didn't have to be, and that was because people chose not to evacuate.

"We don't put evacuation alerts on because it makes our job easier or it's just something that we have to do procedurally," Brolund said. "We do it because there's a very real chance that we'll need you to leave your homes with little to no notice, and last night was a prime example of that."

Thousands of people have been ordered to flee the encroaching blaze, which is estimated to have grown from 1,100 to 6,800 hectares and jumped over Okanagan Lake overnight. Thousands more are on evacuation alert.

RCMP and extra fire crews eventually risked their lives to help evacuate the residents and initial fire crew.

 

 

White Rock Fire & Rescue Heeds The Call

Left to right Capt Doug smith FF Paul Farrant FF Scott Pearson

The town of Kelowna has sent out an SOS to all available firefighters in BC to please help battle the Kelowna fire which is bearing down now on the city of Kelowna itself.

White Rock was quick to respond, we salute our brave fire and rescue crew. Be safe and come back alive.

 

August 18, 2023

Wasn't That Fun?

Last night was a perfect night for the second to last CONCERT AT THE PIER 2023.

The evening began with local artists SPEAK EASY

Then with red lights flashing and sirens blaring THE BLLUES BROTHERS arrived in the back of a White Rock RCMP cruiser

...and then it was show time!

A large portion of the crowd was on its feet dancing and singing along for the entire concert

NEXT U P?

COLIN JAMES wraps up the summer concert series next Thursday over on East Beach. White Rock Beach Beer will be supplying the beverages whilst COLIN and his full band provide the tunes. SEE YOU THERE.

Get there early.

 

 

 

 TransLink’s “Tap in to Win" valued at $12,000.


 
Designed to thank customers and reward individuals for choosing transit, the contest, which opens today, will offer a variety of themed regional prize packs aimed at encouraging local exploration.
 
The contest will run for 11 weeks with prizes drawn every week.
 
“This is a great way for us to show our appreciation and say thanks to our customers,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn. “We want to encourage everyone to take transit while rewarding individuals who choose our safe, efficient, and climate-friendly way of moving around Metro Vancouver.”
 
Customers can enter the contest by first registering their Compass Card online. They then automatically gain one entry by tapping in during each complete transit trip. Customers can not earn more than two entries per day. The contest is open for all residents of British Columbia who are 18 years of age or older.
 
Tap in to Win prizes this year include a wide range of products and experiences

 
For a full list of details, rules, and a guide on how to enter and win, visit: translink.ca/tapintowin.
 
More information:
Tap in to Win Sweepstakes
Register Compass Card
 

 

August 17, 2023

Surrey has been featured as one of the twelve best emerging cities for food lovers to visit in the world by Food & Wine, and is the only Canadian city to be included in the list. 
Listed among the likes of Marseille, Venice, Kanazawa and La Paz, Surrey made the list for the diversity of global cuisines reflected in the city’s rich food culture. The article is a great introduction to the Spice Trail – Read the full Food & Wine Magazine article here.

 

Surrey is known as one of Canada’s most welcoming and culturally diverse cities. Fortunately for us, and for anyone visiting Surrey (or neighbouring communities, such as Langley, Burnaby, or anywhere in Greater Vancouver), this cultural wealth provides an opportunity to take a culinary tour of the globe just outside your door!

With so many options, we know it can be overwhelming! Do you go with a familiar favourite like Indian, Thai, or Mexican? Or do you try something a little off the beaten path like Nepalese, Jamaican, or Afghan?

That’s where we can lend a hand! The Spice Trail interactive map provides a quick and easy way to search for the best restaurants in Surrey. Search for restaurants near you, filter by type of cuisine or neighbourhood, and get in touch with the restaurant directly to book a table.

August 15, 2023

White Rock Council Rewind

White Rock council convened yesterday to attend a Special Council Meeting

The following items were discussed and voted on:

  • 2023 Sanitary and Storm Rehabilitation Contract Awards

    Passed Unanimously

  • Hump Maintenance Update

    Passed Councillor Chesney voting in opposition

  • Housing Accelerator Fund

    Passed Councillor Trelveylan voting in opposition

You can watch an archived version of the meeting starting at whiterockcity.ca/agenda 

 

Monday August 14, 2023

Cooling Locations and Misting Tents will be open during daytime hours today (Sunday Aug 13), Monday (Aug 14), Tuesday (Aug 15), Wednesday (Aug 16), and Thursday (Aug 17).

Please see the attached poster listing the Cooling Locations and Misting Tents that have been activated in Surrey and White Rock.

The risks of heat related illnesses increase with elevated temperatures.

As a reminder, civic facilities are available to anyone seeking relief from extreme heat or wildfire smoke during the summer months.

Picnic On The Pier

Over 472 diners took advantage of the Sixth Annual PICNIC ON TH PIER Thursday evening.

Once again the weather provided a perfect setting with gorgeous sunshine and a slight ocean breeze. Over $150,000.00 was raised for the Peace Arch Hospital.

If this trend continues next year's event will push the total raised over a half a million. Thank you White Rock.

 

 

 

 

Thursday August 10, 2023

Worth The Wait

Judging by the large number of residents and visitors and that turned out yesterday on the waterfront and on the hillside streets, the cancellation and subsequent rescheduling of THE SNOWBIRDS brought out larger crowds than attended for the original appearance Tuesday.

Three of the photographers that we often feature here in THE WHITE ROCK SUN were camera ready. Enjoy.

RICK RIDLER photo

DONNA WOOLDRIDGE photo

BILL HAWKE photography

JON LAVOIE photograph

 

Wednesday August 09, 2023

CF Snowbirds - Let's Try That Again

 

Due to technical difficulties the Snowbirds aerial flight team were forced to cancel yesterday's performance over Semiahmoo Bay. Unfortunately for hundreds the cancellation came so late it was impossible for the City of White Rock to inform the public.

Fear not. The Snowbirds will try again today @ 2:30 pm weather permitting. The city proceeded yesterday with the unveiling of the scheduled plaque ceremony at the head of the pier (west of).

First Plaque of it's kind in North America for our own Canadian Best of the Best - RCAF Canadian Snowbirds. Come down to the pier today August 9th !!!!!

Sky Harrold

 

Thank you........

to the thousands of people who came to White Rock to celebrate the 72nd White Rock Sea Festival and Semiahmoo Days. We would like to thank our amazing volunteers and our generous sponsors who helped make this event possible:

Title sponsor Waste Connections of Canada, Fireworks Sponsor Thrifty Foods, Platinum sponsors Kwantlen Polytechnic University and TYBO, Gold sponsor Corrcoat Services Inc., Media sponsor Global BC, and sponsors Alpin martin, B&B Contracting Group,Blue Pine Enterprises Ltd. , Emerge,McElhanney, MNP, Ocean Promenade Hotel , Port of Vancouver, PTW, Clean Climate Technologies Inc, Cleveland Doan LLP, Lafarge, and Legacy Environmental. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Government of British Columbia.

 

 

 

Monday July 31, 2023, 23

 AMBER ALERT CANCELLED

: AMBER Alert cancelled: children located safe 

Charges laid following conclusion of AMBER Alert 

Surrey RCMP is providing information to the public regarding the safe recovery of the two children who were subjects of a recent AMBER Alert.

On July 19, an AMBER alert was issued in the province of British Columbia in relation to two children who were allegedly abducted by their mother.  The two children were located safely Saturday evening and the Amber alert was cancelled. 

Through investigative efforts, Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit identified a rural property in Alberta, just outside of the town of Edson where the children were believed to be.

The Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team was engaged, as our top priority was to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

On July 29, 2023, at approximately 7:20 p.m., the team entered the property where they located the two children and three adults.  Verity Bolton and Abraxas Glazov were arrested and the third adult was detained. The children were taken to their father who was waiting with investigators at a nearby Detachment in Alberta. 

The property they were on was secured for a full search to be conducted today.

This morning, 45-year-old Verity Bolton was charged with two counts of Abduction in contravention of a custody order and 53-year-old Abraxas Scherbing-Glazov was charged with two counts of Abduction of a person under the age of 14.  Verity Bolton and Abraxas Glazov remain in custody in Alberta awaiting their next court appearance.

During the 11-day Amber Alert activation,  435 tips were received, from all over British Columbia, Alberta and even as far away as New Brunswick. In each instance, local police were engaged and assisted in following up on the information. Our investigators remained open to all possibilities at every stage of the Amber Alert, and worked diligently around the clock to advance the investigation and bring these children home safely.

Surrey RCMP received invaluable assistance from our policing partners in Alberta, who stepped in to provide support without hesitation. We are deeply grateful to the Edson RCMP, Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit, Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team, and RCMP Air Services. Their combined efforts played a vital role in helping us safely locate and recover the children

We sincerely appreciate the assistance from the public, media, and other policing and community partners, who all played an important role in this investigation. 

We recognize that many people have been following this investigation closely since the AMBER Alert was issued and that there are many questions. However, we are limited to the details that we can provide as this matter is now before the courts. 

The children have been reunited with their family, who are extremely grateful.  This is the outcome we have all been hoping for, and it is the direct result of the hard work and perseverance of the investigative team.

On July 29, 2023, at approximately 7:20 p.m., the two children were located safe and are in the process of being reunited with family.

“We recognize that many have been following this investigation closely since the AMBER Alert was issued,” says, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Corporal Vanessa Munn. “We sincerely appreciate the assistance from the public, media, community and policing partners, who all played an important role in helping to safely locate the children.”

The RCMP will be releasing more information later today (Sunday).

 

Sunday July 30, 2023

It's Only Rock N Roll - But They Liked It

Thousands turned up yesterday for the RUSSELL BREWING "Let The Good Times Roll" one day rock festival at South Surrey's Softball City. The day kicked off with those GDWB The Wild! from the Okanagan and carried on into the evening

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The site seems to have it all for future festivals, easy to get to, lots of parking, large grassy areas and no neighbours close by to complain about noise.

The promoters will be back in August with a lineup of country acts.

Country Night will take place August 12th, Presented by 93.7 JR Country, featuring LOCASH, James Barker Band, Meghan Patrick and local up and comers who will entertain the crowd with their high-energy performances, catchy country anthems, and soulful voices. They will have the audience tapping their feet, singing along, and grooving to their infectious beats.

 

Sand Art

Local artist DAWN KING was back beside out historic pier yesterday creating another of of her beautiful sand art pieces.

This form of art may be an ideal way to bring back the excitement of our legendary Sandcastle Competition. Environmentalists were concerned digging up the sand disturbed the sea life creatures that make their homes in the sand. Would raking the surface cause a similar problem?

I will find out and get back to you.

 

Locals Evacuate Due to Osoyoos Fire

South Surrey resident Jennifer Wortman Maki and her family took off this week, like so many of us do, to holiday in the sunny Okanagan. Osoyoos was their destination and upon arrival they had a beautiful afternoon picnicking on Osoyoos Lake.

...THEN FIRE BROKE OUT

In these two photos you can see the beauty in the afternoon and the horror of the fire on the hillside at night. Hundreds of locals have been evacuated and The Maki family are safe and sound in a motel.

The fire originated across the border near Orville Washington and has quickly spread north into southern British Columbia. Over 700 families in the area have already been evacuated.

 

 

 

July 29, 2023

White Rock Man charged with multiple counts of Sexual Assault 

An investigation led by Surrey RCMP’s Special Victim Unit has led to sexual assault charges being laid in relation to eight victims.

On November 9, 2021, Surrey RCMP received a report of sexual assaults that occurred between February 16, 2016, and August 18, 2017. It is alleged that the incidents happened while the victim was receiving massage therapy treatments from Leonard Krekic.

Surrey RCMP’s Special Victim’s Unit took conduct of the investigation and identified multiple other victims. The alleged offences spanned between December 2001 to April 2017. During that time, he was working at a clinic located in the 10300-block 136A Street. He also practiced in two clinics located in Penticton, BC during 2018 and 2019.

On July 10, 2023, 51-year-old Leonard Krekic, of White Rock, BC was charged with 8 counts of Sexual Assault and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Leonard Krekic was arrested on July 18, 2023, brought before the courts and released on conditions that include:

  • Not to seek, obtain, or continue with any volunteer position or employment that involves touching or therapeutic treatment of another person’s body, including any form of massage or fitness training

We are releasing a photo of Leonard Krekic as investigators believe there may be people in our community or Penticton that have additional information that could assist with advancing the investigation, says, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Corporal Vanessa Munn. We encourage anyone with information to contact Surrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit at 604-599-0502.

 

Arrests made following unprovoked attack near Surrey SkyTrain station

The investigation of an attack on three men near a Surrey SkyTrain station resulted in three arrests and led to the fruitful execution of a search warrant by the Metro Vancouver Transit Police General Investigations Unit and Crime Suppression Team.

On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, just before 9:00 p.m., Transit Police responded to a call near Surrey Central SkyTrain Station, following an alleged unprovoked attack on three men. Allegedly, one victim was stabbed in the back, another victim was stabbed in the chest, and a third victim was struck in the head with an object and bear sprayed in the face. Emergency Health Services (EHS) attended and transported two of the victims to hospital for treatment. All three men have since physically recovered from their injuries.

Following an investigation, Transit Police arrested three suspects, and charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and possession for the purpose of trafficking will be recommended. All three suspects have since been released with several conditions pending their next court appearance.

In addition, as a result of the investigation, on July 5, 2023, Transit Police executed a residential search

warrant seized: with the assistance of the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU) where the following was seized:

Four firearms of varying caliber, some with illegal modification, ammunition of varying caliber, Bulletproof bod armory, Illicit drugs, packaged in a manner consistent with trafficking including: 195 grams of fentanyl,  An improvised explosive device, and  approximately $10,000 in cash.

  • “We hope that the outcomes in this case serve to demonstrate that anyone responsible for violence on or near the transit system will be held accountable.” – Constable Amanda Steed, Transit Police

 

Thursday July 27, 2023

Local Hockey Executive Honoured

RONNIE PATERSON a long time Semiahmoo Peninsula resident and current owner of the White Rock Whalers hockey team was recently in the Okanagan for a BC Hockey Hall of Fame dinner.

PATERSON'S White Rock Whalers open their 2023/2024 season on August 26/27 at Centennial Arena with back to back games with Richmond Sockeyes

Paterson has been involved in B.C. hockey in a variety of ways as he coached at the minor level before he had children, then coached his sons Troy and Tyler. He has also been involved at the junior level, as he was part of the ownership group for the B.C. Hockey League’s Surrey Eagles then went on to be one of the owners of the PJHL Richmond Sockeye’s and has now owned the Whalers for the last five years.

(click here to read the whole story)


White Rock, B.C., is the best beach town on the Salish Sea

Seattle Times staff reporter

White Rock draws summer crowds to what I believe is the finest true beach town on the Salish Sea, the inland marine waters of Washington and British Columbia. It has a landmark pier offering stunning mountain and island vistas, a lovely promenade for sea breeze-scented strolls and a charming oceanfront commercial strip with surprisingly eclectic food and drink offerings, all fronting an expansive beach with a rare commodity: warm saltwater.

(read the full article here)

 

 

 

Wednesday July 26, 2023

 

WOW OVER 100,000 Attend 16th annual FUSION FEST

 Surrey Fusion Festival–Western Canada’s largest multicultural food and culture festival–returned to Holland Park last weekend with the highest attendance in 16 years of 110,000 people.

"With this year's attendance the highest to date, we are very proud that Surrey Fusion Festival continues to grow." said Mayor Brenda Locke. "I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the dedicated volunteers, passionate pavilion organizers, and enthusiastic attendees who made this festival truly exceptional. I would also like to express our sincere appreciation to our presenting sponsor, Coast Capital, for their unwavering support throughout the past 16 years."As the largest Surrey Fusion Festival to date, attendees had the opportunity to taste food from around the world at 50 cultural food pavilions.

Attendees are invited to provide their feedback on the event and help shape future events via an online survey for a chance to win a $250 gift card to Guildford Town Centre. Take the survey at surreyfusionfestival.ca.

 

Book a Free Large Item Pickup and Declutter Your Space This Summer

 

Surrey residents can enjoy a clutter-free summer with the City’s free Large Item Pickup program. Residents who receive curbside collection are eligible for up to six free pickups per year, with an additional two pickups available for households with registered secondary suites.

It’s easy to schedule a Large Item Pickup by booking online at surrey.ca/largeitems or calling 604-590-7289 (press 3). Items placed at curbside without a Large Item Pickup booking may be considered illegally dumped and subject to fines.

“The Large Item Pickup program provides Surrey residents with a convenient and hassle-free way to dispose of bulky household items responsibly,” said Harry Janda, Manager, Contracts & Solid Waste. “From old furniture and appliances to mattresses and electronic waste, this program ensures that no unwanted items end up on our streets, alleys, or landfill so that Surrey residents can enjoy a clean, safe, and beautiful city, free of illegal dumping.” 

Surrey also has two recycling and waste facilities where residents can dispose of unwanted items for free or low-cost. The new Central Surrey Recycling and Waste Centre located at the corner of 154 Street and 67 Avenue, provides a convenient drop-off location for recyclables such as appliances and mattresses, and garbage.

By booking a free Large Item Pickup or disposing of items at the recycling and waste facilities for free or low cost, residents can declutter their homes and keep their neighbourhoods clean. 

For more information, visit  surrey.ca/rethinkwaste and discover how Surrey is leading the way in waste reduction and community revitalization.

 

Tuesday July 25, 2023

Promenade Reopens

Chris Bath photo

Staff informed council last evening the projected time to repair the damage to the promenade was much quicker than predicted. As luck would have it the city was able to use a local contractor who lives in White Rock and he knowing the importance of the promenade and pier access to our community began work on the weekend.

 

White Rock Council Rewind

3 pm In Camera/Closed

4 p.m. Regular Council meeting 

Monday's Council meeting was interrupted with a PUBLIC HEARING for a 6 storey condo development located on Vidal Street from Thrift Avenue north to the Beverly Highrise. Speaker after speaker who identified themselves as residents of Vidal street spoke in opposition.

Later in the meeting council voted 5-2 in favour of proceeding with the development by approving a first, second and third reading. The final reading is a matter of formality when council returns in September. . Councillors Chesney and TRELVEYLAN voted in opposition.

Council granted a development extension to the twin highrise project that is proposed for the corner of Thrift avenue and Oxford Street. Due to city staff back up in the planning department it was decided the developer was owed an extension. 

 

Just Say No

Surrey council last evening voted against allowing legal cannabis sales stores in the city. With the second largest city in British Columbia denying the legal sale of cannabis products, it seems to be a win win situation for legal stores in White Rock and Langley.

 

We Still Don't Know

...why the chickens crossed the road!

White Rock RCMP officers on patrol recently came across two chickens crossing the road in a residential neighbourhood. Fearful they would get hit by a vehicle, officers seized them and began looking for their owners.

Later in the day, unable to locate the owners, police reached out to Mari Lalana at Small Blessings Retreat for help. Mari advised she could clear a shed in her backyard to turn it into a chicken coop quarantine and provide them with a temporary home. Mari does have several chickens on the farm but any new chickens can not be added to the flock before a two week quarantine. As they entered the coop, they were delighted to see that Mari had laid out a buffet of plump blueberries and other goodies for them to eat and they settled right in for the night.

While getting set up at Small Blessings, we received a message from Keryn Denroche at Kindred Farm who offered to give the girls a forever home if the owners could not be located. Arrangements were made to have the girls transported from their temporary home at Small Blessings to Kindred Farm that afternoon where they were welcomed by Keryn and a host of their special volunteers (and a platter of grapes)! They will spend the rest of their lives here, safe, with other chicken friends, as well as bunnies, horses, cows, a very special turkey and more!

While all this was happening, we also received a call back from Diane Marsh from The Happy Herd who also offered to give them a permanent home! While the plans were already in motion to move them to Kindred Farm, The Happy Herd was just as willing to give them the same amazing life.

We thank all three organizations for their willingness to help and for what they do in the community. More information on them and the wonderful programs they have can be found at Small Blessings Kindred Farm  and Happy Herd

Monday July 24, 2023 

One man arrested following MVI on Hwy 99 

 

A man is now in custody in Bellingham and receiving medical treatment following a motor vehicle incident on Highway 99 on Saturday evening of July 22, 2023. 

Just after 8 p.m., Surrey RCMP Frontline members responded to a report that a suspected stolen vehicle had crossed the border into Canada at the Peace Arch Crossing after failing to stop for police in Washington State. Officers located the silver Hyundai SUV on Highway 99 north of 16th Avenue, where it went off the road and caught fire. The lone driver managed to extricate himself from the vehicle. He was taken into custody after having a brief altercation with police resulting in officers deploying a conducted energy weapon. The man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Surrey Fire Service also attended the scene and extinguished the vehicle fire. 

Surrey RCMP have confirmed another vehicle was clipped by the SUV prior to the crash. The collision caused minor damage to the vehicle, and there are no reports of injuries to the occupant.

Once medically cleared, the driver was transported to the border and released to U.S. law enforcement.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday July 21, 2023

Lordy Lordy Look Who's 40!

Hundreds of Hells Angels and their support clubs will be descending on the White Rock Hells Angels Clubhouse (located in Langley) beginning today.

The large gathering is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first three Hells Angels Clubs in British Columbia.

White Rock, Vancouver and Nanaimo Satans Angels changed their club patches 40 years ago. The White Rock Hells Angels who had clubhouses on Maple street between Columbia Avenue and Marine Drive on East Beach for years before relocating to more private an larger piece of property south of the Langley airport.

There will be a large police presence to monitor the situation. If history repeats itself there will be no danger to public as the gathering will be a very private event at various clubhouses in the Lower Mainland.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday July 20, 2023

It's Not Over...Yet

Solicitor General Farnworth’s decision to continue with the transition to the Surrey Police Service is disappointing, misguided and based on inaccurate assumptions. What has occurred today is the undermining of a local government duly elected by its residents. The actions of the Solicitor General should serve as a warning to the autonomy of all municipalities in B.C.

It has also been disingenuous of the Provincial Government to present Council options on how policing in Surrey will proceed. It is very clear the City of Surrey never had a choice in this matter. We had a choice so long as we chose Minister Farnworth’s option.

What is equally frustrating is the amount of time it has taken for the Solicitor General to arrive at this point. His 8-month delay has now cost Surrey taxpayers more than $60M.

Today, the Minister tried to justify his decision to continue the transition to the Surrey Police Service under his authority in the Police Act. However, the Minister’s selective interpretation of the Police Act is of great concern. In addition to his authority to ensure adequate and effective policing under Section 2, the municipality is given the authority under Section 3(2) to choose the model by which they will police their municipality.

The Province has never produced a plan on how it intends to maintain public safety through the transition, nor have they ever directly met with us to outline their concerns with our plan.

In the coming days, I will be meeting with my Council colleagues and City Staff to explore our options. I will also be asking for a face-to-face meeting with the Minister to understand how he intends to compensate the significant tax burden that will be placed on Surrey residents and businesses as a result of his decision to continue with the Surrey Police Service.

Until I have the opportunity to have those meetings, I will not be commenting further.

Mayor Brenda Locke

City of Surrey

 

Former Mayor DOUG MCCALLUM Calls Press Conference

 

 

A B.C. AMBER Alert has been activated in the search for 8-year-old Aurora Bolton and 10-year-old Joshuah Bolton

UPDATE:

Update on Amber Alert and Statement from Family of Aurora and Joshuah Bolton

Aurora Bolton and Joshuah Bolton left Surrey, BC, in the care of their mother on June 28, 2023, for a planned camping trip. They were due to return to their father, who is their primary guardian on July 17, but did not return and were reported missing the following day. 

Through the investigation, police made a determination that there was an imminent risk to the safety and well-being of Aurora and Joshuah and an Amber ALERT was issued. 

When the AMBER Alert was issued on July 19, the last known sighting was on June 30 in Kelowna, BC.

Since that time investigators have been able to piece together a timeline of confirmed sightings, including:

  • On July 7, 2023 Verity, Aurora and Joshuah were confirmed to be traveling through the Merritt area. This is the last confirmed sighting of the children. Through video surveillance from a gas station in Merritt, police have also confirmed they were traveling with a large travel trailer (see picture). Police have learned they are likely traveling with two additional males – Verity’s father, Robert Bolton age 74 and Verity’s boyfriend, Abraxas Glazov, age 53.

 

  • On July 15, investigators confirmed that Verity Bolton was in Kamloops, BC, grocery shopping. Based on a review of the video surveillance, the children were not seen in the store. At that time Verity Bolton was dressed all in all black, wearing a black baseball cap and black sunglasses. Police released images of the truck and trailer, which is described as a white bumper pull horse trailer being towed by a dirty dark blue 2012 Dodge Ram 2500, British Columbia license plate SJ2708.

The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit has assumed conduct of the investigation and is actively liaising with all partner agencies. Investigators are following up on all tips received and continue to pursue all possible investigative avenues to bring Aurora and Joshuah home safely. Anyone who knows the current whereabouts of Aurora or Joshuah is asked to call 911.

Aurora and Joshuah’s immediate family is asking for their privacy, but have asked us to relay this message on their behalf.

“Our family would like to thank the RCMP for their ceaseless efforts as well as the public, who are sharing the AMBER Alert and have been calling in with tips. Our entire family is devastated by recent events. We ask everyone if they could continue to be vigilant in looking for Josh and Aurora, who we miss greatly and hope they will be returned home safe very soon. Our family is respectfully asking for privacy at this time.”

On July 18, 2023 Surrey RCMP received a report of two children who had not been returned to their father, by their mother, after a vacation to the Kelowna, BC area. As a result of the investigation, the Surrey RCMP has issued a BC AMBER Alert in its efforts to locate 8-year-old Aurora Bolton and 10-year-old Joshuah Bolton of Surrey, BC, reported missing on July 18 from Surrey.

 

Aurora Bolton is described as:

Age: 8 years old
Hair: Brown
Height: 3 ft 11 in
Weight: 55 lbs
Race: Caucasian

Joshuah Bolton is described as:

Age: 10 years old
Hair: Brown
Height: 4 ft 10 in
Weight: 70 lbs
Race: Caucasian 

Police are also looking for Verity Bolton:

Age: 45
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5 ft 2 in
Weight: 119 lbs
Race: Caucasian

Police are also searching for the following vehicle believed to be associated to the suspect and described as:

  • Blue 2012 Dodge Ram 2500, BC License Plate SJ2708


City work crews have been busy this week adding more names on plaques to be placed on the pier as a direct result of FRIENDS OF THE PIER selling name plaques to help offset the cost of the pier repair which is still in the millions.

 

 

Wednesday July 19, 2023

Surrey To Move To Private Police Force

Public Safety Minister/ Solicitor General MIKE FARNWORTH

The Province is securing safety and providing certainty for people in Surrey and throughout British Columbia by directing the City of Surrey to move forward with the Surrey Police Service.

The minister of public safety and solicitor general has carefully considered the city’s corporate report on moving back to the Surrey RCMP. The minister has determined that for the second time, the city has failed to demonstrate that moving back to the RCMP will be safe and not affect other communities throughout the province, thereby not meeting the requirements imposed on the process.

This decision was made under Section 2 of the Police Act, which states that the minister of public safety and solicitor general must ensure that adequate and effective law enforcement is maintained throughout the province. The decision was made to avoid a crisis in policing in Surrey, which would have pulled officers from other parts of the province as officers are redeployed to fill critical gaps.

“People’s safety, in Surrey and across the province, is non-negotiable. The city has failed to meet the requirements I placed to prevent a situation where there are not enough police officers to keep people safe in Surrey,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “We cannot allow people in Surrey or in other communities to be put at risk. British Columbians need to know that when they call the police, help will come – and people in Surrey want this uncertainty over who will police their city to end, and to know that they will be safe in their community.”

Based on documents provided by the city, the minister concluded that the city failed to meet the requirements to prevent an exodus of Surrey Police Service officers, or to staff up the Surrey RCMP without pulling RCMP officers from other communities. The RCMP continues to experience a critical vacancy problem in British Columbia and across Canada. This issue is longstanding, and the RCMP has been unable to produce officers to fill vacant positions or implement solutions to meet expected growth.

“The Surrey Police Service is the only path forward to ensuring the safety of the people of Surrey, as well as people across the province, and for putting in place the long-term, stable policing they need,” Farnworth said. “Effective collaboration between the city, the Surrey Police Service and the RCMP is essential to continue the transition, and I have made it clear to all parties that I expect them to work together to achieve our common goal of safety for people in Surrey.”

In order to facilitate moving forward with the Surrey Police Service, the minister has appointed Jessica McDonald as the strategic implementation advisor, fulfilling a key requirement put in place by the minister. McDonald has extensive experience in organizational transformation as well as federal and provincial public-sector leadership. In this role, she will aid parties in meeting timelines, facilitate dispute resolution, and ensure effective communication and completion of the transition to the Surrey Police Service. 

The Province has recommitted to providing the city with $150 million to help offset the costs of moving forward with the Surrey Police Service, so that costs are not passed on to residents and businesses. Further, this summer the minister will begin consultation on legislation being considered for the fall to ensure that this type of situation never happens again.

Quick Facts: 

  • The Surrey Police Service is the second largest municipal police department in the Province after the Vancouver Police Department with 400 sworn officers and support staff.

  • In 2018, City of Surrey council decided to move away from Surrey’s RCMP police model and opt for its own municipal police department, the Surrey Police Service.

  • The minister of public safety and solicitor general approved the city’s transition plan in February 2020, and the City of Surrey has been implementing the transition since that time.

  • The integrated RCMP/Surrey Police Service transition period began in November 2021 with the first Surrey Police Service officers being operationally deployed .

  • In November 2022, the City of Surrey’s newly elected mayor and council decided to maintain the RCMP as its police model and reverse the transition.

  • The ministry commissioned an independent financial analysis that concluded that Surrey Police Service would cost approximately $30 million more per year than the RCMP.

  • The Province remains committed to providing $150 million to help offset these additional costs.

Learn More:

To read the Police Act, visit: https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96367_01

To learn more about the Province’s recommendation to continue the transition to the Surrey Police Service, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023PSSG0033-000623

To read the director of police services’ public report, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Police_Model_Transition_Report.pdf

 

Semiahmoo Peninsula - Rocks Canada

It goes like this: millions of records, a couple dozen hits, a Juno Award for ‘Band of the Year’ and sold-out shows across Canada.

Universal Music acknowledges them as “one of Canada’s top five selling bands of all time” and the Vancouver Sun has called them “Canadian rock heroes of the first order … the best performing band in Canada”.

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Celebration where 13 of the Most Influential Rock Legends  from the ‘70s and ‘80s will be in attendance for their induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame

CAPTION L-R from the top row: April Wine, Chilliwack, Glass Tiger, Lee Aaron, Lighthouse, Loverboy, Max Webster, Michel Pagliaro, Platinum Blonde, PRISM, Rough Trade, The Parachute Club, Trooper)

Thursday, September 28 at Toronto’s Massey Hall — the first of two induction ceremonies in 2023 as part of Canada’s Walk of Fame’s 25th anniversary celebrations

PER CAPITA White Rock/South Surrey have the best representation of rock n rollers set to be enshrined in Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.

TROOPERS'S Ra McGuire, LOVERBOY'S Mike Reno and Doug Johnson and recent concert at the pier performer LEE AARON all make their home on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

Rock On!!

 

Tuesday July 11, 2023

At Monday evening's Regular Council Meeting,Surrey Council received its first monthly Progress Report on maintaining the RCMP as Police of Jurisdiction (POJ). The Progress Report updates the status of the restaffing plan, confirming the following:

·         15 Surrey Police Service (SPS) Officers are in the hiring process or already hired

·         81 SPS Officers have indicated they will join the RCMP

·         8 RCMP cadets are joining the detachment by August 2023

·         2 Experienced Police Officers are transferring to the Surrey RCMP.

“I am pleased to see Surrey RCMP’s restaffing plan is well underway, and I welcome the SPS members who have chosen to continue their policing careers in Surrey with the RCMP,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The City is committed to working with the Province and the SPS to meet the Minister’s binding conditions as we return to a single Police of Jurisdiction in Surrey with the RCMP. It is time to move forward and do what’s right for our City, what’s right for taxpayers, and what’s right for future generations.”

On June 15, 2023, Mayor Locke announced the decision of Council to maintain the RCMP as POJ in Surrey following consideration of a confidential report prepared by staff. On June 19, 2023, following Council direction, staff’s confidential report was forwarded to the Province for review. Staff are currently working with all parties to prepare a redacted version of the confidential report. The redacted version will be released to the public once completed.

  

Highway Happenings

Commuters along HWY 99 through South Surrey have been witnessing a flurry of activity along the foreshore of Mud Bay.

With the anticipated impacts of climate change and a rising sea level, the City developed a Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) to help Surrey become more resilient to coastal flooding including reinforcing dykes and adapting critical infrastructure. This process entailed extensive community consultation from 2016 to 2019.

   

The Mud Bay Nature-based Foreshore Enhancements Project is one of the recommended actions in CFAS. It will help protect Surrey’s residents, farms, critical infrastructure including Highway 99, BNSF Railway, regional power and sewer lines, and internationally recognized bird and wildlife habitats from sea level rise.

It is part of Surrey's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) Program which consists of 13 coastal flood adaptation projects that received a funding investment of over $76 million from the Government of Canada's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. All projects must be completed by end of 2027 to receive funding.

The Mud Bay Nature-based Foreshore Enhancements Project is a partnership between City of Surrey, City of Delta and Semiahmoo First Nation. The project involves a nature-based approach to flood protection known as a living dyke.  The project will begin with Pilot Studies to test stabilization techniques for the living dyke in two locations in Mud Bay.

We will build the Living Dyke in Mud Bay, immediately south of Highway 99, by Mud Bay Park and the Boundary Bay Dyke Trail.

The Living Dyke will be created within the core territory of Semiahmoo First Nation and the traditional territories of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Sto:lo, and Tsawwassen First Nations. 

We plan to first pilot the living dyke concept at two locations. One in front of the Boundary Bay Dyke in Delta (not shown on the map), and the other on the shore immediately west of Mud Bay Park in Surrey. The Living Dyke will extend along the shoreline for a combined length of approximately 790m of linear shoreline.

    

 

Three males arrested after threats with knives on pier

File Photo

On Friday July 7th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. White Rock RCMP police received 911 calls reporting a dangerous situation involving a group of males, brandishing knives and making threats towards the public with knives. White Rock RCMP beach patrol officers were on foot nearby and gave chase along the promenade. After a short foot pursuit three males were arrested and their knives seized.

This dangerous situation could have had a very different outcome, fortunately due to calls from the public and quick response by officers, no one was injured in this incident. Having officers on foot on the promenade when this occurred helped in the quick identification and arrest of these suspects. Said White Rock RCMP officer, Constable Chantal Sears who added, throughout the summer months we will regularly have a visible police presence on foot and bicycles to support our regular patrols.

Two youth males, were released from police custody with conditions and future court dates, into the care of their parents/guardians.

An adult male who is known to police was held for court and released on court-imposed conditions with a court date of September 13th, 2023.

We thank the witnesses who called, provided descriptions and statements to police. If you witnessed what occurred and have yet to speak to police, or have CCTV or dashcam footage please call 778-545-4800 and quote file number 2023-4053."

  

Did You Know We Have A Clothing Optional Beach?

For a number of years now Crescent Rock beach in Crescent Beach area has been attracting hundreds of nude sunbathers.

If you would like more information and directions visit their FACEBOOK

Crescent Rock Beach Naturists

 

Sunday July 09, 2023

Reported seismic-like event - Second of Two This Past Week (likely no quake): 

Date & time Jul 7, 2023 15:31:41 UTC -  1 day 8 hours ago
Local time at epicenter Friday, Jul 7, 2023 at 8:31 am (GMT -7)
Status disregarded
Magnitude unknown (3?)
Depth 10.0 km
Epicenterlatitude / longitude 49.21244°N / 122.65276°W
Antipode 49.212°S / 57.347°E
Shaking intensity Weak shaking
Felt 1 report
Primary data source VolcanoDiscovery (User-reported shaking)
Nearest volcano Garibaldi (75 km / 47 mi)

Nearby towns and cities


24 km (15 mi) NNE of White Rock (British Columbia) (pop: 66,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby


 

 

July 09, 2023

Local Boy Gets His Kicks

White Rock born and raised SEAN WHYTE has kicked off the 2023 CFL is style by completing 10 of 11 field goal attempts. 

In the second week alone WHYTE kicked five field goals leading the BC LIONS to a 22-0 win over Edmonton.

WHYTE looks to continue his Honour Roll numbers tomorrow (Sunday afternoon) when the MONTREAL ALOUETTES visit BC Place for an afternoon game.

UPDATE

(Whyte kicked three conversions in Sunday's game to add to his season total. Lions defeated Montreal 35-19)

 

Giant Hogweed is currently flowering in White Rock & Semiahmoo Peninsula

!Look UP! Giant hogweed is GIANT - when in flower, they are usually close to 6 ft tall!

Caution: Giant Hogweed is TOXIC! 

It poses a health and safety risk as it contains a UV-light activated sap that can cause burns, blisters, and skin scarring. 

This vigorous plant often out-competes native species and will rapidly invade riparian areas and along roadsides, ditches, and disturbed sites.

How to Identify the Giant hogweed:

- It has a large, umbrella-shaped flowerhead that can grow up to 60 cm in diameter,

- A hollow, rigid, green stem which may have dark red or purple spots on it,

- Dark green, coarsely toothed leaves.

This plant can commonly be confused with our native plant the Cow Parsnip, a much shorter plant - click on the link below to learn how to tell them apart!

 

Waterfront Comings and Goings

ALEBRIJES Mexican restaurant has closed up shop on West Beach. The space will soon be an Indian restaurant called ROOTS OF PUNJAB "where we can taste our memories?"

....and

Over on East Beach PRAIRIE DONAIR is now open. During the busy hours of the day staff is out front offering up samples to those that do not know what a donair is. A great grab and go meal for the beach. Try it out this weekend.

 

 

 

 

July 06, 2023

Have Your Say In Designing Surrey's Newest Park - In South Surrey

There is a new park being constructed called Nicomekl Riverfront Park. I am reaching out in the hopes that you fill out this survey, and when doing so, request that the park be fully wheelchair accessible, including the docks, boardwalk and public gathering areas. (False Creek in Vancouver is a perfect example!) South Surrey has an opportunity to be a leading community in universal design, and I would so much appreciate any support possible! Let's ensure that anyone and everyone can access public spaces.

(click here to have your say)

 

Street racing leads to multiple vehicle impoundments 

Six vehicles were impounded by Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit during enforcement in Campbell Heights, an area known for street racing and stunting.

On May 12, 2023, during a large gathering in the 2700-block of 192 Street, a 1937 Chevrolet was stunting when the driver lost control and collided with a Semi-truck. The collision was captured on video and widely shared on social media. Fortunately, the driver was not seriously injured. The Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit investigated the collision and have submitted a report to BC Prosecution Service recommending criminal charges against the driver.

On June 16, 2023, Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit conducted proactive enforcement in the same area along 192 Street, as it is a known location where people gather to street race.

In total, 21 violation tickets were served for speed, excessive speed, vehicle defects and other traffic infractions. Five of the tickets were for excessive speed which is accompanied by an automatic 7-day vehicle impoundment. One driver was found to be under the influence and received a 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition with vehicle impoundment.

 

July 06, 2023

Have Your Say In Designing Surrey's Newest Park - In South Surrey

There is a new park being constructed called Nicomekl Riverfront Park. I am reaching out in the hopes that you fill out this survey, and when doing so, request that the park be fully wheelchair accessible, including the docks, boardwalk and public gathering areas. (False Creek in Vancouver is a perfect example!) South Surrey has an opportunity to be a leading community in universal design, and I would so much appreciate any support possible! Let's ensure that anyone and everyone can access public spaces.

(click here to have your say)

 

Street racing leads to multiple vehicle impoundments 

Six vehicles were impounded by Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit during enforcement in Campbell Heights, an area known for street racing and stunting.

On May 12, 2023, during a large gathering in the 2700-block of 192 Street, a 1937 Chevrolet was stunting when the driver lost control and collided with a Semi-truck. The collision was captured on video and widely shared on social media. Fortunately, the driver was not seriously injured. The Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit investigated the collision and have submitted a report to BC Prosecution Service recommending criminal charges against the driver.

On June 16, 2023, Surrey RCMP Traffic Unit conducted proactive enforcement in the same area along 192 Street, as it is a known location where people gather to street race.

In total, 21 violation tickets were served for speed, excessive speed, vehicle defects and other traffic infractions. Five of the tickets were for excessive speed which is accompanied by an automatic 7-day vehicle impoundment. One driver was found to be under the influence and received a 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition with vehicle impoundment.


 

July 05, 2023

Thunder & Fire

Our southern neighbours in Blaine outdid themselves last night. The 4th of July symphony of fire over Drayton Harbour was incredible. The best vantage point was Canada's Longest Pier.

Bill Hawke photo

 

Watering Restrictions Reminder

 

The City of White Rock’s Stage 1 lawn watering restrictions began on May 1 to align with Metro Vancouver’s lawn watering regulations. Lawn watering is now permitted one day per week for all resident and business property owners.

Residential lawn watering regulations:

  • Even-numbered addresses on Saturdays

  • Odd-numbered addresses on Sundays

  • Automatic lawn watering is allowed 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Manual lawn watering is allowed 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Note: multi- Note: multi-family dwellings are considered even or odd according to the building number, not the unit number.

Non-residential lawn watering regulations:

  • Even-numbered addresses on Mondays

  • Odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays

  • Automatic watering is allowed 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Manual watering is allowed 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is allowed any day or time if hand water or using drip irrigation. If using a sprinkler, residents are permitted any day from 5 to 9 a.m. and non-residential properties are permitted from 4 to 9 a.m. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device. Edible plants are exempt from regulations.

Did you know? Water use can increase by 50% in Summer and early Fall, largely due to lawn watering. Outdoor water restrictions are implemented annually from May 1 to October 15 to support and promote sustainable water use.

Learn more about all stages of lawn watering restrictions at whiterockcity.ca/waterrestrictions

 

July 04, 2023

Sunday night's moon over Semiahmoo Bay

  • Beverly Malcolm photo

    "Sky alert! There’s a full moon tonight.

    Traditionally, this full moon is called the Buck Moon because a buck's antlers are in full growth mode at this time. This full moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

    This is also the first of four supermoons for 2023.

    The Moon will be near its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual."

    -HR MacMillan Space Centre

 

July 03, 2023

Sand Doodles

 

It's A Sin To Squish Old Tin

Hundreds of hot rods and custom cars were on display Saturday at the old defunct Langley Speedway. It is an annual event hosted by Jellybean Autocrafters of Surrey.

Look but don't touch or drool.

Mike Herrick photo

 

July 02, 2023

You Can't Park There

Thousands of visitors poured into White Rock last night to watch the spectacular 20 minute fireworks display over Semiahmoo Bay. As the warning blast signaled the fireworks were set to begin, the time honoured tradition of JUST PARK HERE kicked in.\

Generally speaking everyone was well behaved, and surprisingly there was very little mess left over considering the thousands that descended on our "city by the sea"

...meanwhile in Surrey

Thousands turned up at the amphitheater in Cloverdale for Western Canada's largest Canada Day Celebrations.

A big salute to the City of Surrey for having the two official and one unofficial languages represented on all their signs at the event.

 

June 28, 2023

White Rock Council Update

Monday evening White Rock council dealt with these agenda items:

Surrey Parking Passes

Staff has been requested to bring forward a report on the viability and demand for Surrey residents to secure pay parking passes.

14937 Thrift Avenue and 1441, 1443-45 And 1465 Vidal Street – Zoning Bylaw Amendment (CD-68)

Council directed that a Public Hearing take place for an updated application for a multi-unit residential project consisting of purpose-built rental and affordable housing apartments. 

 

Councillor Partridge provided the following Motion for consideration at this time:

  • RECOMMENDATION

    THAT Council directs staff to bring forward an amendment to the Council and Committee Procedure Bylaw regarding Question and Answer Period as follows:  

    1) to be held in person only; and

    2) only questions or comments may be made regarding items already

Security Guard at the Parkade

Council directed that a security guard be placed in the evenings at the parkade at the waterfront in the months of July and August.

Encroachment Updates

Council received a report regarding encroachments in the City. To learn more about the different types of encroachments and how Council has directed the staff to handle these matters view the report here. A bylaw will come forward in future to outline this process.

Solid Waste Update

Council received an update report on the City’s Solid Waste collection to facilitate collection to now include from properties with fifteen or less units. An amendment for the Collection, Removal Disposal and Recycling of Solid Waste Bylaw came to Council later in the meeting and received its first three readings. Final approval for the bylaw will be considered on July 10th.

 

June 27, 2023

The City of White Rock Has now created a Heat Alert Page

The page will work closely with Environment and Climate Change Canada in alerting the public on temperatures that are harmful to your health.

When the temperature climbs to a level that is deemed harmful to your well being, the City of White Rock will open two cooling stations for y our safety and enjoyment.

1. Corner of Russell Avenue and Johnston Road, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guests will be able to sit and cool off in an enclosed tent, and will be provided with bottled water, cold compresses, fans, sunscreen, first aid, and access to a water mister. Pets are permitted.

2. White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

An air-conditioned space, chairs, and bottled water will be provided. Pets are permitted.

The City’s heat event resource page will be kept up to date with days of operation at whiterockcity.ca/heatevent

 

June 26, 2023

Motor Vehicle Collision 3300 block of 176th street

Update: Three dead following fatal motor vehicle collision in South Surrey 

Police are updating the public that a third person has died following a collision in South Surrey early Sunday morning.

On June 25, 2023 (Sunday morning), at approximately 2:45 am, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision in the 3300-block of 176 Street.

On Monday afternoon, the third occupant of the Hyundai, who was previously in critical condition succumbed to their injuries. 

The driver of the Volkswagen was initially detained for an impaired driving investigation, and has since been served documents prohibiting him from driving and released pending further investigation. 

Police will be looking at all the circumstances of this collision; at this time speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in this collision.

“The Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team is actively working to gather crucial evidence and piece together what led to this tragic collision that has now claimed three lives, ” says Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Corporal Vanessa Munn. “Investigations of this nature are complex and can take time to complete, but our officers are committed to conducting a thorough investigation and providing the families who lost loved ones with answers about what transpired.”

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in a motor vehicle collision that occurred on June 25th, 2023, in the South Surrey area of Surrey.

On June 25th, at approximately 0245 hours, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a two vehicle collision in the 3300 block of 176th street (Highway 15). A Volkswagen was northbound on 176th street past 32nd avenue, when it collided with a Hyundai sedan that was also north bound. Both vehicles were knocked from the roadway and suffered extensive damage.

The three occupants of the Hyundai, two males and a female, were all transported to a local area hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The lone occupant of the Volkswagen is currently in police custody.

Alcohol and speed have not been ruled out as contributing factors to this collision.

The investigation is still in the early stages and 176th street is blocked to all northbound traffic at 32nd avenue. The roadway is expected to be closed for several hours, as the investigation progresses, and motorists are asked to avoid the area 

Anyone with morning information, including dash cam footage around the area of 176th street and 32nd avenue, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file number: 2023-104042.

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or www.solvecrime.ca

 

June 23, 2023

Goose Crossing

There is an area along 16th avenue/North Bluff road that sees a lot action from geese crossing over to the White Rock side from the WATERWISE ponds the city of Surrey has created for all to enjoy.

Regular commuters along that strip of the road that borders the two cities often see a procession of geese big and small making their wave to and fro from the ponds. For the most part drivers slow down and even stop to let the procession cross. At times drivers will get out of their cars to stop traffic to ensure the fowl's safety.

A couple of day ago three lanes of traffic was stopped to allow the geese to cross, sadly one vehicle chose not to stop and mowed down a number of the geese before fleeing. Those that saw the goose massacre were stunned. Some of the birds were instantly destroyed some were still alive bu injured.

The city of White Rock a couple of years back erected the sign you see above to warn drivers of what wildlife they may encounter on that section of the road. A concerned citizen made their own sign and erected it on the Surrey side of 16th only to have the city of Surrey remove the sign.

Last evening the same individual created another sign (below) and fastened it to a pole on the Surrey side of the road. Will Surrey remove it, will they finally put up their own sign? Time will tell.

The City of White Rock now has plans to install a new sign (below) that they feel may be a little more effective in slowing down drivers.

Julia Harnett

My husband and I pulled over and stopped. I got out of the car in the middle of 16th and waved my arms and yelled for people to stop. People don’t pay attention!!! One car would have ran me over and a few geese if I didn’t yell at the top of my lungs. It was unbelievable and disturbing.

 

Memorable In Memorial

Wednesday morning around 11 a.m. a gentleman's friends set up this lit up MARRY ME sign in Memorial Park. Within in minutes the gentleman with his lovely lady on his arm came around the corner of the museum and walked into Memorial Park. The young lady who the question was directed to couldn't believe her eyes

Her reply...YES YES YES!!!

 

 

June 22, 2023

National Indigenous Peoples' Day

Semiahmoo leader HARLEY CHAPPEL was joined by his son and grandson as he spoke of the long and historic past the Semiahmoo people have with White Rock, South Surrey and Northern Washington state

Watch the video of Chief Chappell telling the Semiahmoo History of P’Quals.

(click here to watch video)

 

The Legend of P’Quals (the White Rock)

Long before European settlers and explorers visited the Salish Sea, people lived here during a time when things were very different. People were attuned with nature and carried strong spiritual powers.

The Salish Sea was protected by a sea-being and his son. The sea provided an abundance of food to the tribes who lived along its shores. The Cowichan people and their chief were one of those tribes.

One day, the chief’s daughter was bathing in the sea. The son of the sea- being rose to the surface and fell in love with her at first sight. The pair hoped to receive the support of their parents, but the new couple was denied.

The young man was determined to keep his love at all cost. He raised a huge stone in his hands and said to his T/ále (love), “I will hurl this stone over the water! Wherever it falls, there we will make our home.” He cast the stone over the water, and watched as it grew.

The young man took his new wife into his arms, and swam after the great boulder. This huge stone landed sixty miles away, on the shores of Semiahmoo Bay. The couple chose to make their home here, and today this stone is known as P’Quals.

This story, along with knowledge of the rock as a glacial deposit, correlate to the oral histories of the Se mi ah ma people as survivors of the great flood.

Combined oral history and adaptations from the Grand Chief Bernard Charles, and Bernard Charles Senior

 

June 21, 2023

Local musician and now acclaimed author JOHN CODY has a winner on his hands.

Released worldwide today.

Still sitting at #1 on Amazon New Music Books, and fantastic reviews are coming in every day.

This book was a long running passion project – took well over a decade to write - and it’s a joy to see Mark getting the love he so deserves

John Cody

John performs locally on a regular basis with ALEX BROWNE & HIS BOULEVARDIERS.

He will also be behind the drum kit on July 06 when he backs up his lovely and talented wife LEE AARON as she kicks off this years Concerts At The Pier live in Memorial Park.

 

June 20, 2023

Mayor Brenda Locke Releases Press Release Updating Press Conference

 

I have subsequently been advised by staff that, although a list of persons at the Province who require a copy of our Corporate Report was provided to us as of 11:27 a.m. today, we have yet to receive signed NDAs from those individuals. Upon receipt of the signed NDAs, the Corporate Report will be immediately sent to the individuals. 

The Police Act is clear, Surrey Council decides on its municipal police force. Surrey has. There is no public safety crisis in Surrey, and the path the City has chosen is the safest and most effective option for both Surrey and the Province.

If the Minister’s concern is the Surrey Police Service walking off the job, which is a dereliction of their duty as peace officers, then he should order them not to do so as it would most certainly compromise public safety in Surrey. To date our requests for such assurances have fallen on deaf ears.

Mayor Brenda Locke

 

White Rock Council $5.7 Million

(Interesting to note it was exactly 4 years ago the final touches were being put on the rebuilding of our pier)

The majority of council yesterday afternoon voted to distribute $5.7 million dollars Growing Communities Fund Grant from the Province, virtually the way two staff reports recommended.

The only variation to the original plan to allocate the funds was to keep a rainy day fund of $500,000.00 from the 5.7 million dollars in the event of an emergency.

The other 5.2 million will go to :

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND

COUMMUNITY HUB

PIER RESTORATION

You can watch a livestream of yesterday's meeting at whiterockcity.ca/agenda

 

 

June 18, 202

South Surrey Indigenous Learning House

Grand Opening Yesterday @ Stewart Farm House

Representatives from Semiahmoo, Katze and Kwantlen nations stood shoulder to should yesterday as they opened th beautiful arts hub now located on the ground of the Stewart Farm House on Crescent Road in South Surrey.

The event included:  

  • Ribbon cutting ceremony   

  • Demonstrations 

  • Performances 

  • Site-wide activations

  • Food vendors

  • Indigenous artisan market

    It was a perfect lead in to National Indigenous Day this Wednesday.

    Join White Rock and the Semiahmoo Nation @ Pi'quals (the White Rock on the beach) for a honour ceremony Wednesday @ 11 a.m.

     

Jazz Blues Festival

ALEXANDER BROWNE AND THE BOULEVARDIERS drew a large crowd to the Semia courtyard yesterday afternoon for their White Rock Jazz Blues performance. Locations scattered throughout White Rock yesterday afternoon filled the air with beautiful music enhancing a walkabout in our City by the Sea.

The music continues today (see below)

 

 

June 17, 2023

As The Badge Turns

Thursday in a closed meeting Surrey Council voted 6-3 to keep the RCMP as the police of record for Surrey moving forward, and disband the Surrey Police Services. IN that the meeting was held in camera beyond the prying public and media's eyes the actual way the vote went has not been made public. With that said one can come to the natural conclusion opposition councillor LINDA ANNIS has come out swinging publicly that the meeting should have been made public give the importance of the decision.

It this the end of the story? Not exactly, SOLICITOR GENERAL & SAFETY MINISTER MIKE FARNWORTH is now on record saying the Province will have the final decision. FARNWORTH informed the media yesterday he will wait to see the document the majority of Surrey council approved in making the decision to stay with the RCMP>

Surrey mayor BRENDA LOCKE and FARNWORTH seem to be at odds who will have the final decision.

Don't touch that dial!

 

Brenda Locke's Official Statement

(click here)

 

Minister’s statement on City of Surrey’s police transition report

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement about the City of Surrey’s report on the Surrey policing transition:

“As solicitor general, I am required to ensure effective and adequate policing in Surrey and across B.C. When people call the police, they need to be confident that help will arrive.

“I must be satisfied that the City of Surrey’s plan will ensure effective and adequate policing is maintained in Surrey and throughout the province. Once staff have been able to review the city’s report, I will be able to determine if the plan achieves this objective.

“The City of Surrey has offered their corporate report under a non-disclosure agreement. We will review all information provided by the city quickly to ensure that the people of Surrey remain safe.

“We continue to require a comprehensive plan from the city to meet the requirements I laid out as necessary. In the absence of such a plan, this could quickly destabilize an already precarious situation in Surrey and significantly decrease police presence in other areas of the province.

“I want to assure the people of Surrey, and all British Columbians, that I will fulfill my duty to keep our communities safe. People in Surrey want to be safe and they want this to be over.”

 

Statement from Chief Lipinski on Surrey Council Vote

 

“Surrey Police Service (SPS) is extremely disappointed by the Surrey City Council decision to transition back to the RCMP, despite the fact that three years’ worth of financial and human investments have gone into building a local, independent police service for Surrey.

“It is concerning that Council has made this decision, despite the Province of BC’s clear and evidence-based recommendation that the City of Surrey continue its transition to SPS in order to ensure public safety for Surrey and across BC.

“While the City has rendered its decision, it is important to note that the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has not yet approved a transition back to the RCMP. As per the BC Police Act, the Minister is responsible for ensuring an adequate and effective level of policing is maintained throughout BC – he would need to be satisfied that can occur with a transition back to the RCMP. The Minister must also be satisfied that the City’s plan to transition back to the RCMP meets the binding, non-negotiable conditions laid out in the Director of Police Services’ report

 

June 16, 2023

Going Dark Next Year

Hi drive-in fans… It is with heavy heart that we announce today that next season will be the last for the drive-in. Due to a 260% increase in property taxes over the last 3 years, and with 72% this year alone, our landlord has informed us that they will not be renewing our lease.

We wanted to give all our fantastic drive-in fans lots of notice so that everyone would be able to enjoy the drive-in experience (and drive-in food!) as much as possible over the next two summers. We hope that you will spread the word about the only drive-in movie theatre, so that those who have never experienced a drive-in, may do so before the opportunity is gone forever. It is definitely something everyone should experience at least once in their life!

We want to thank everyone for the tremendous support over the past 18 years, and we hope that we will see you at the drive-in to make some more terrific memories before we drive off into the sunset…

 

 

June 15, 2023

Project to improve travel for Highway 99 commuters hits milestone

A request for qualifications (RFQ) has been issued to replace the aging George Massey Tunnel with a new eight-lane, toll-free immersed tube tunnel that will save people time and help move goods faster.

Learn More:

For information about the Highway 99 Tunnel Program, including a video that explains the Fraser River Tunnel Project and corridor improvements, visit: https://www.highway99tunnel.ca

The business case for the Fraser River Tunnel Project and related documents and updates can be found at: https://www.highway99tunnel.ca/document-library

 

This week TRANSLINK'S BUZZER BLOG has published a list of day trips on transit to great summer outings. Our iconic pier in White Rock is featured.

Check out the other CAR FREE day trips on TRANSIT (click here)

 

Summer TRANSLINK change for White Rock

362 Seaside / White Rock Centre

Say hello to seasonal service on the 362, shortening wait times in the afternoon and evening by 10 minutes on weekends and holidays.

Weekends and Holidays

  • Every 20 minutes from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (from 30 minutes)

 

 

Johnson (152 Street) Road Upgrades Project Breaks Ground

L-R Surrey Councillor Doug Elford, Surrey-Newton MP Sukh Dhaliwal, Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke, Surrey Councillor Pardeep Kooner, TransLink Director of Infrastructure Programs Shezana Hassko and Surrey Councillor Linda Annis celebrate the groundbreaking of the 152 Street Road Upgrades on June 13, 2023.)

The City of Surrey has broken ground on the 152 Street Road Upgrades project including the twinning of the Nicomekl River Bridge crossing to improve public safety and the movement of people, goods and services on this major north-south route. The project involves raising and widening of 152 Street between the Nicomekl and Serpentine Rivers, which will increase flood protection and increase the resilience and safety of communities.

152 Street upgrades include four travel lanes (from two lanes), a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians, transit and bus shelter improvements, and the twinning of the Nicomekl River Bridge crossing. The project is part of the first phase of implementation of Surrey's award winning Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) to build community resilience to coastal flooding and sea level rise. The project cost is $44.4M and is funded in part by TransLink and the Government of Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

The project is expected to be completed by 2025/26. Learn more at surrey.ca/152Upgrades.

 

June 14, 2023

 Police investigate report of shots fired in South Surrey

 

Surrey RCMP is on scene investigating following a report of shots fired on Crescent Road in the early morning hours yesterday (Tuesday) morning. Reports of gunfire came in at approximately 3 a.m.

Police attended and located evidence of shots fired on the roadway. No injuries or damage to any surrounding properties have been reported.

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has conduct of the investigation and will be conducting additional canvassing in the area. Crescent Road is closed in both directions between 130 Street and 132 Street while the scene is being processed.

Anyone with any information, dash camera footage from the area or residential CCTV footage is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

 

 

June 11, 2023

Prairie Donair is soon to open in the old DELUXE Restaurant location on Marine Drive. Whether of not the second floor will be open for din in remains to be seen. A Donair is a perfect grab and go to the beach type of meal. Good luck and welcome.

What is a donair? Donairs are a culturally-mixed street food with origins in the Middle East. It generally consists of seasoned beef shaved from a meat cone cooked on a vertical rotisserie, wrapped in a pita and topped with a sweet sauce and condiments.

A few doors east of Prairie Donair we find BEAVER TAILS (since 1978 somewhere) opening in the previous locale of Poultry in Motion. It too is scheduled to open just in time for summer beach dining.

Beaver Tails are deep-fried dough pastries that are stretched to resemble the shape of a beaver's tail. So don't worry, no part of actual beavers are used! It is topped with either sweet or savory ingredients, but the classic Beaver Tail is dipped in a combination of cinnamon and sugar.

 

June 09, 2023

Opening Locally

 

Bones of Crows is a 2022 Canadian drama film, written, produced, and directed by Marie Clements. The film stars Grace Dove as Aline Spears, a Cree woman who survives the Indian residential school system to become a code talker for the Canadian Air Force during World War II.[1]

The film's cast also includes Summer Testawich and Carla-Rae as Aline Spears in childhood and older age, as well as Phillip LewitskiRémy GirardKarine VanasseMichelle ThrushGlen GouldGail MauriceCara GeeJoshua OdjickJonathan Whitesell and Alanis Obomsawin in supporting roles.

The film premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022, before going into commercial release on June 2, 2023.

It will be followed in 2023 by a five-hour CBC Television limited series, which delves more deeply into Spears' extended family history over 100 years.[4]

The film was shot partially at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Although the revelation of 215 unmarked gravesites at the school took place just one week before shooting was to start, the Tkʼemlúps te Secwépemc nation encouraged production to proceed because of the importance of getting residential school stories publicized and told.[5

(click here for Surrey and Langley showtimes today)

 

 

South Surrey RCMP / DISTRICT 5 Crime Stats May 2023

LEGEND

Blue Dots Auto theft / Yellow Triangles Theft From Autos

 

June 07, 2023

City Council helping to bring Team Ukraine to the Canada Cup in Surrey

 

At last night’s Regular Council Meeting, Councillor Gordon Hepner introduced a motion to help bring the U19 Ukrainian Women’s Junior National Softball team to the Canada Cup International Softball Championship in Surrey. 

“I want to commend Councillor Hepner’s motion to bring the Ukrainian U19 Women’s Softball team to the Canada Cup,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The motion, which was enthusiastically supported by all of Council, ensures that the fundraising goal to bring Team Ukraine to the Canada Cup in Surrey will be achieved. This small gesture will allow the women of the U19 Ukrainian Junior National Team a respite from the strain caused by the unjust war waged against their country. I look forward to cheering them on when they take to the field next month.”

City Council unanimously voted to make available up to $5,000 from the Council Initiative Fund to ensure the fundraising goal is met to bring the Team Ukraine to Surrey. 

“Sport is a vehicle to show support and unity,” said Councillor Gordon Hepner. “The women of Team Ukraine will be a welcome presence to the Canada Cup and it will be a chance for all of us to show our support for them and their country during this difficult time.”

More information on the fundraising effort can be found here .

 

June 06, 2023

Sources Community Resources Society

Opens Up its Harvest Gleaning Services to Reduce Food Waste and Feed the Community


Community Harvest Gleaning Services by Sources Community Resources Society (SOURCES) is back in season for its fifth year. The service is offered to anyone with excess crops/fruit and wants help with harvesting or reducing waste on their farm field or backyard. Run by Sources Food Hub Program, the service involves volunteers who assist with harvesting, in exchange for a share of the produce that goes to Sources food banks. To date, nearly 12,500 lbs of produce, including berries, lettuce, beans, apples, and pears, has been harvested.
“We are happy to be offering this service again this year. By choosing to use us, farmers and tree owners are not only able to manage their produce better but also help increase access to fresh, nutritious foods for those who might not be able to regularly afford it, while reducing food wastage in our backyards,” says Carrie Belanger, Program Manager at SOURCES. “It’s truly a win-win situation for our community.” 
The harvest is equally divided among the owner, the volunteer team, and Sources food banks or other community meal programs. SOURCES volunteers are equipped with all the supplies necessary to harvest the produce. They are also trained to responsibly discard the green waste and clean up the area when they are done.

In addition to harvest gleaning, Sources Food Hub has been rescuing and redistributing food since 2019. This work addresses two major issues at once - food insecurity in our community and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from wasted food.


If you have excess crops in your farm field or backyard that can be redirected to those who need it, please register for Community Harvest Gleaning Services by filling the form available at SourcesBC.ca/Our-Services/Food-Hub or calling 604-596-0973.


People who enjoy active outdoor work and are interested in supporting their community can contact volunteerservices@sourcesbc.ca to volunteer.

June 05, 2023

Happy Birthday To You

l-r Bill & Pete

White Rock Beach Beer Company

Where it all began South of the Fraser.

WHITE ROCK BEACH BEER for a decade has been setting the pace for craft breweries in the Fraser Valley.

Over the weekend the boys clicked over the magic mark of one decade and we couldn't be happier for them.

Never happy to sit on their laurels the boys have started a great Open Mic night Tuesdays hosted by DENNIS POOK.

HUGE THANX to all those who showed up over the weekend and helped us celebrate our ten years of being in business. We've said this before, and it was shown in spades the past few days, that the best part of this whole venture has been the incredible people we have met, and the amazing friends we have made.

Cheers to you all!

June 03, 2023

MIKE FARNWORTH Losing His Patience With Surrey

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General MIKE FARNWORTH has sent a letter to Surrey council urging them to stop stalling and make a decision on policing in Surrey. The Province has informed Surrey the time has come.

FARNWORTH is urging all members of council to sign a NDA Non Disclosure Agreement in order for them to read the fully unredacted report on the RCMP vs private police force document. MAYOR LOCKE has struck back at VIctoria saying she will not be bullied by Victoria. LOCKE is on the record as saying she is waiting for a full report from staff on the Province's report on policing going in to the future. The members of council that are not part of LOCKE'S supportive council members have all agreed to the terms of the NDA.

Surrey council meets on Monday

 

June 01, 2023

Our Worst Nightmare

Photo courtesy GLOBAL TV

Yesterday afternoon a gravel truck pulling a pup trailer rolled right up on top of a vehicle stopped at the intersection of 200th street and 16th avenue. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and his passenger in the gravel truck received minor injuries.

Travellers on 16th avenue for years have been calling for something to be done about this rural road that now operates as an east west corridor for giant trucks.

The RCMP are investigating the accident and have released no details of how the accident occurred. or whether any charges will be laid.

 

White Rock RCMP riders cycling for Tour de Valley

White Rock RCMP Constable Emma Dyer is back for a third season cycling and raising money for Cops for Cancer. Her passion and commitment to ending childhood cancer was so infectious that Corporal Tarmii Miskiw is joining her. Cst. Dyer will be at our open house on June 10th, 2023 selling baked goods and will be available for photos by donation.

More information about them can be found on their specific fundraising links- Cst. Dyer and Cpl. Miskiw

About Cops for CancerCops for Cancer Tour de Valley and Tour de Coast are annual fundraising events in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Law enforcement and emergency services personnel cycle across British Columbia, engaging communities enroute to raise money for childhood cancer research and support services. Cops for Cancer cycling tours have raised over $52 million since 1998.  

In total there are four cycling tours in BC, and the program is evolving and spreading across Canada. Hundreds of law enforcement and emergency services personnel have raised awareness and funds to support children and families affected by cancer. Because of the Cops for Cancer program, $16.4 million has been invested in pediatric cancer research in the last 5 years, and last year alone over 500 BC children, youth and parents were able to attend sessions at the inspirational Camp Goodtimes.

Website: www.copsforcancer.ca 

 

Will Langley Lead The Way?

Newly elected mayor of Langley City NATHAN PICHAL is moving forward with a plan to name areas in the city by incorporating Indigenous language into the community.

The mayor has reached out to the community asking the question.......Where should we start?

Please take my survey and let me know by visiting https://forms.gle/4FmJm83dYVQGpZVx9

 

May 30, 2023

Have Your Say On White Rock Policing

The White Rock RCMP would like to hear from the community about your concerns and understanding of policing in White Rock. A short survey is available on the Talk White Rock engagement platform from Monday, May 29 to Monday, June 12 at 4 p.m.

The responses to the survey will be used to help build a framework for future policing initiatives to be considered in a three year plan. It will also provide the Detachment Commander with community perceptions of policing in the city and facilitate communication between the police and the public.

A police force’s biggest strength is its partnership with the community and the White Rock RCMP encourages all members of the community to participate in the survey.

Fill out the survey at talkwhiterock.ca/rcmp

 

May 27, 2023

 

The local business community came together in a truly incredible night for the Business Excellence Awards. It was an inspiring event where we shone a light on the incredible businesses, organizations and the people who make our community such a special place.

 

May 25, 2023

It was seven years ago last Tuesday that our city by the sea was woken by many emergency sirens breaking the silence of an early Sunday morning. Word spread quickly a giant fire had broken out at Five Corners engulfing the condo building, commercial shops and Laura's Coffee Corner. Fire investigators quickly identified the source of the fire was arson

The culprit who set the fire evaded capture until last year when charges were finally laid. There is no set date for the trial of James Adrian Dyer, 24, of Surrey.

 

Eight Years Ago

Under the guise of "vegetation control" the WAYNE BALDWIN led council orchestrated a massive clear cut of the vegetation along the section of Marine Drive now referred to as THE HUMP.

When the chain saws were finally turned off dozens of mature tree logs laid beside the rail line. Below is a picture of the hillside before the devastation took place.

With the exception of a few residents on Marine Drive, the city of White Rock was outraged at the scarred hillside.

Over the past 8 years Mother Nature has done an admiral job of bringing the hillside back to life. Despite repeated requests by residents on the hillside who wish to have their unobstructed views replaced, the last two councils have rebuffed all requests, with the exception of some very minor blackberry bush trimming which occurred last week.

Interestingly enough this past week a quick thinking photographer caught a pair of deer hanging out amongst the vegetation on The Hump.

 

Tired of Waiting

Open Letter from Surrey Police Service to Council and Residents

As the wait for a final decision on the future of Surrey policing continues into its fourth week, Surrey Police Service (SPS) is expressing concern over the impact these continuing delays are having on law enforcement personnel and effective policing in Surrey.

In an April 28th news release, the Province of BC recommended the City of Surrey continue its transition to SPS “because it ensures public safety”, while the City and RCMP plans were found to “present significant risk to adequate and effective levels of policing in Surrey and province” due to RCMP recruitment challenges and vacancy issues across BC. While the Province was definitive in its recommendation for SPS and provided evidence-based rationale in a public report to support this direction, the City of Surrey continues to weigh its options with no identified timeline for a decision.

On August 6, 2020, SPS was established as a bona fide police service in BC. However, since that time, our organization and our employees have been under a cloud of uncertainty as various individuals and groups began to advocate for a reversal of the transition, resulting in our employees having the future of their jobs questioned both online and in person on a daily basis. Despite this pressure, our employees – now 400 strong – have continued to serve Surrey with professionalism.

The continuing delays weigh heavily on SPS employees and their families. No doubt this is true for staff who serve with the Surrey RCMP as well. As the weeks, months, and years tick by, individuals who work in policing in Surrey are increasingly distracted by worries about their futures. As we have often said before, the physical and mental wellness of police officers and support staff is a critical element in their ability to effectively take care of the community.

It is unfortunate that Surrey’s policing model continues to be debated, despite the fact that the transition to a municipal police service was requested by the City of Surrey in November 2018, approved by the Province in February 2020, and recommended for completion by the Province in April 2023. Furthermore, it is extremely concerning that changing a municipality’s policing model after one election cycle can even be contemplated by various levels of government.

It is critical that those in a decision-making position understand some key facts of Surrey’s current policing situation:

  • Completing the transition to SPS has been identified by the Province as the only option that will ensure public safety and provide adequate and effective levels of policing in Surrey.

  • SPS already has 46% of the police officers currently required to police Surrey. Deployed SPS officers currently comprise over 25% of the Surrey RCMP’s total detachment strength, and 50% of its frontline officers.

  • Making a change in policing is a decision for generations of Surrey residents, not for only four years.

  • SPS’s modern policing model is already showing early signs of success: 

    • Increased transparency on policing for Surrey residents including the posting of monthly financials, staffing levels, public board meetings, and collective agreements.

    • Enhanced de-escalation training and low use of force complaints.

    • Unprecedented application numbers in a time when police recruiting has been challenging across North America.

    • Indigenous Engagement Strategy and consultation is well underway.

    • 98% officer retention rate.

SPS has done its best to stay out of the politics of this policing transition, however, as the delays continue and the merits of SPS are debated, we have to speak up. Policing is too consequential to the community and to our 400 employees for this debate to not include SPS’s voice.

After almost three years of uncertainty – it is time for a clear and safe path forward for policing in Surrey.

Ian MacDonald | Media Liaison

 

Reported seismic-like event (likely no quake):

1.7 km southeast of Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA, Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 2:01 am

38 km (24 mi) SE of White Rock (British Columbia)

 

May 20, 2023

Rodeo Protest

(Saturday, May 20) animal rights activists from across the lower mainland will set up shop at the Cloverdale rodeo to protest the abusive use of animals for entertainment.

The activists will make their stand by way of nonviolent civil discourse - holding signs and inviting attendees to debate the ethics of using animals in rodeo events like bull riding and saddle bronc.

The protesters' attitudes reflect the majority of Canadians. Recent polling shows the majority do not strongly or moderately support the use of animals in rodeos.

Canada: 8% strongly support, 37 % strongly oppose, moderately in favour 24%, moderately opposed 21% British Columbia: 4% strongly support, 36% strongly opposed, 22%, moderately in favour, 28 % moderately opposed.

- Research Co.

Most Canadians say they believe in animal welfare, including rodeo sponsors and attendees, but exactly what constitutes animal welfare is a hotly contested subject. In the spirit of free speech, animal rights activists will attend the rodeo and say - not that.

 

Dinner With Gangsters

Gang enforcement checks lead to arrest of man on Canada-wide warrant 

Surrey RCMP’s Gang Enforcement Team has arrested a man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, following proactive enforcement efforts as part of the Inadmissible Patrons Program (IPP).

On May 15, 2023, the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) was conducting IPP checks at a restaurant in the South Surrey area. During their checks, officers observed a person sitting with people known to them quickly exit out a side door of the restaurant. Two of the parties at the table were ejected as they met the IPP criteria.

An Inadmissible Patron is a person whose lifestyle, associations and/or activities pose a risk to public safety, either directly or from third party associations.

Through investigation, police identified the man who departed the restaurant as Marcos Bradley Cardoso, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for being unlawfully at large. Cardoso was released on parole November 30, 2022, and failed to attend his assigned halfway house.

Cardoso is serving a sentence for convictions that include break and enter, robbery using a firearm, forcible confinement, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, disguise with intent, and discharging a firearm. The convictions stem from a 2016 incident that occurred in Maple Ridge.

On May 17, 2023, SGET with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT), arrested 31-year-old Marcos Bradley Cardoso at a residence in West Cloverdale area of Surrey..

Visit our website for more information on the Inadmissible Patrons Program.


May 19, 2023

It's Official - White Rock Rocks Again This Year

White Rock's iconic event - The Concerts at the Pier is back for 2023.

This free outdoor concert series features five exciting concerts on the beach in White Rock on Thursdays in July and August

This year’s lineup:

Concert Dates and Location:

All concert times start at 7 pm

 

May 18, 2023

He's Here For A Good Time

l-r Brian Smith / Ra McGuire

This past Thursday evening in a special ceremony in Calgary the rock band TROOPER was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For the past 40 years TROOPER has rocked Canada from sold out arena shows to towns so small they don;t warrant being on a map of Canada. Size never mattered to TROOPER.

Lead singer RA MCGUIRE has made his home in White Rock for decades. Night after night when he introduced the band members and where they were from, he saved the best for last and stated he lived in the most beautiful city in Canada....WHITE ROCK BRITISH COLUMBIA.

As a matter of fact when I pushed for the city of white Rock to acknowledge we were home to Canada's longest pier, after searching tirelessly on the internet, I opted for a phone call to RA to ask him in all his travels, had he ever seen a pier that even came close to our majestic structure. Without hesitation he replied, "I have never seen any pier that can compare to ours." This from a man who has seen ever square inch of Canada numerous times.

So to the best ambassador this city by the sea has seen- we salute you RA MCGUIRE a proud resident of Cosmic Alley.

Here are the links to watch tonight's ceremony.

Check out today's video below. RA & SMITTY recently sat down at Crescent Beach to set the stage for tonight's ceremony.

 

Best Deal On Waterfront Parking

Waterfront Parking  10 a.m. to midnight
  • $4.50 per hour
  • All west beach parking east of Oxford Street is limited to 4 hours maximum, except parkades.
  • Please observe posted signage at all pay parking areas.
Montecito and West Beach Parkades 10 a.m. to midnight
  • $4.50 per hour or $16.00 per day

If you are planning a day at the beach this summer the best parking deal is a DAY PASS from the Parade and the underground parking at the Montecito across from the parkade n Vidal Street.

Just $16.00 for the whole day 10 a.m. - midnight

 

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2023

White Rock Council Rewind

The regular council meeting start time of 4 p.m. was adjourned to deal with a Public Hearing on an application by the developer of the twin towers located at 1454 Oxford Street. The application for change is requesting the shape and size of the twin towers remain the same, but the suites would be made smaller due to what the developer is referring to as a market change. The new plan will see an additional 73 units in the one tower.

The council chambers were to capacity as residents of White Rock ans Surrey presented their views. At the end of the day the letters of protest and individuals attending the meeting were close to a 50/50 split for and against. The main reason for opposition was the increased traffic more suites will bring to the area. If you wish more information on the proposed development change please click the link below

Council Meeting

Question & Answer Period

A resident living on Buena Vista avenue appeared before council requesting clarification on why he had been targeted and told to remove a stove from the lower suite in his home. The resident stated the stove was in the home when he purchased it 18 years ago. The resident then went on to ask why with the city collecting $250.00 annually from well over a hundred residents that have "mortgage helper" uninspected suites had he been singled out and issued a $500.00 fine. The matter was referred to staff by the mayor.

An application for a Pickleball Tournament complete with a beer garden was approved by council./ The White Rock Fire department will host the event as a fundraiser on June 03.

Council received a revised application to raise the approved height of a proposed rental building in the 1400 block Vidal street. The previous council approved a 4 storey building and now the developers are back asking for two more floors. A number of council members had concerns about the lack of parking included in the new application and returned it to staff for more consultation with the developer.

Council in their new position as adjudicators over the GRANTS IN AID dealt with a number of requests from local organizations for funding. The complete list of grants approved will be published on the city's website later this week.

You can watch the full council meeting and read the agenda by clicking the link below.

(click here for agenda)

 

Memorial Garden Dedication

Staff and members of council joined the public and Victims Services staff yesterday morning for the dedication of a Victims Memorial Garden located in front of the White Rock RCMP detachment.

The ceremony was conducted by Officer CHANTAL SEARS and ROMY DeVRIES from the detachment's victim services. Three local residents talked about their tragedies which included domestic violence, loss of a child to a drunk driver and the loss of both parents to a murderer.

 

 

 

May 13, 2023

Smoke 'Em

For a number of years hot rodders and custom car aficionados have cruised over to the Campbell Heights area of Surrey for an impromptu gathering of beautiful cars.

The roar of the hot rods doing "burnouts" on Latimer road when leaving has drawn huge crowds lining the side of the street to watch the "smoke shows."

Having witnessed this on a number of occasions I have held my breath as cars twisted turned and roared up and down the street to wild applause.

The RCMP have also been in attendance on numerous occasion. To no avail the hot rodding continues. Last night had it not been for a semi trailer truck passing the other way when this beautiful burgundy sedan lost control, we may have been reporting on multiple deaths. Thank the Lord no one was hurt.

...meet the Saviour.

How about we talk to the people that wreck our meetups with reckless burnouts. 192 /28. Serious head injury. Well Over an hour for an ambulance. Destroyed his car. Almost hit the crowd. Smashed a semi truck(trying to simply do his job) no insurance will cover him. Fines and possible jail. Hospital time. …..and you all cheer for this? S M H

Stop ruining everyone else’s enjoyment.

 

May 11, 2023

Everyone In The Pool - Come Monday

Just in time for the warm and sunny weather, City of Surrey’s spray parks have begun opening and residents will soon be able to enjoy a free swim at an outdoor pool

Ten of the City’s spray parks are open starting today, with only Bear Creek Park opening at a later date. On May 15, three of the City’s outdoor pools will open, with all eight pools set to open by June 24. Like last year, most pools will open between one week and one month earlier to align with the school district calendar and provide additional swim opportunities for the community.

Schedule of outdoor pool openings

  • May 15: 

    • Bear Creek Pool (13820 - 88 Avenue)

    • Greenaway Pool (17901 - 60 Avenue)

    • Sunnyside Pool (15455 - 26 Avenue

     

 

May 09, 2023

South Surrey resident and co-founder of the Canadian Walk For Veterans Marc Burchell, teamed up with renowned Canadian singer/songwriter Terry Kelly to debut a new song they co-composed, “Heroes of the Homefront” in a performance at the 10th Annual Sam Sharpe Breakfast on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 2. Inspired by the theme of this year’s Canadian Walk For Veterans, the song pays tribute to military families who hold down the fort when our troops serve abroad, and then provide compassionate support when they return, often with physical and mental health injuries. “As the song says, ‘Homefront Heroes play many roles’”, states Kelly. “Our police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and all first responders in uniform who dedicate themselves to keeping our homeland safe and secure face similar challenges and they too are Heroes of the Homefront.” 

The event’s namesake, LCol Sam Sharpe, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1908 and was a sitting Member of Parliament for Ontario North at the start of the First World War. He organized and raised the 116thBattalion which he commanded during its operations in the field from February 1917 to December 1917 when he fought in famous battles at Vimy Ridge, Avion and Passchendaele. The loss of men he recruited from his riding, and the toll of war, led to operational stress injuries and a return to Canada. Fearful to return home because of the stigma of mental health injuries, Sharpe felt isolated and died by suicide on May 25, 1918 at a Montreal hospital.

 

left to right: Marc Burchell, Terry Kelly

Terry Kelly of Halifax Nova Scotia has released seven full-length recordings resulting in seven East Coast Music Awards and a JUNO nomination. He has received the Canadian Music Association’s Humanitarian Award, proudly served as Honorary Colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood and has been appointed to the Order of Canada. Among his many patriotic songs that are dedicated to Canada’s serving men and women in uniform, Terry Kelly is best known for his inspirational song “A Pittance of Time” which is played at Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country.

Click here to listen to Heroes of the Homefront

 

 

 

May 11, 2023

Everyone In The Pool - Come Monday

Just in time for the warm and sunny weather, City of Surrey’s spray parks have begun opening and residents will soon be able to enjoy a free swim at an outdoor pool

Ten of the City’s spray parks are open starting today, with only Bear Creek Park opening at a later date. On May 15, three of the City’s outdoor pools will open, with all eight pools set to open by June 24. Like last year, most pools will open between one week and one month earlier to align with the school district calendar and provide additional swim opportunities for the community.

Schedule of outdoor pool openings

  • May 15: 

    • Bear Creek Pool (13820 - 88 Avenue)

    • Greenaway Pool (17901 - 60 Avenue)

    • Sunnyside Pool (15455 - 26 Avenue

     

 

May 09, 2023

South Surrey resident and co-founder of the Canadian Walk For Veterans Marc Burchell, teamed up with renowned Canadian singer/songwriter Terry Kelly to debut a new song they co-composed, “Heroes of the Homefront” in a performance at the 10th Annual Sam Sharpe Breakfast on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 2. Inspired by the theme of this year’s Canadian Walk For Veterans, the song pays tribute to military families who hold down the fort when our troops serve abroad, and then provide compassionate support when they return, often with physical and mental health injuries. “As the song says, ‘Homefront Heroes play many roles’”, states Kelly. “Our police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and all first responders in uniform who dedicate themselves to keeping our homeland safe and secure face similar challenges and they too are Heroes of the Homefront.” 

The event’s namesake, LCol Sam Sharpe, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1908 and was a sitting Member of Parliament for Ontario North at the start of the First World War. He organized and raised the 116thBattalion which he commanded during its operations in the field from February 1917 to December 1917 when he fought in famous battles at Vimy Ridge, Avion and Passchendaele. The loss of men he recruited from his riding, and the toll of war, led to operational stress injuries and a return to Canada. Fearful to return home because of the stigma of mental health injuries, Sharpe felt isolated and died by suicide on May 25, 1918 at a Montreal hospital.

 

left to right: Marc Burchell, Terry Kelly

Terry Kelly of Halifax Nova Scotia has released seven full-length recordings resulting in seven East Coast Music Awards and a JUNO nomination. He has received the Canadian Music Association’s Humanitarian Award, proudly served as Honorary Colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood and has been appointed to the Order of Canada. Among his many patriotic songs that are dedicated to Canada’s serving men and women in uniform, Terry Kelly is best known for his inspirational song “A Pittance of Time” which is played at Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country.

Click here to listen to Heroes of the Homefront

 

May 08, 2023

Busy Sunday For Surrey RCMP

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Grandview Corners District

At approximately 6:15 Sunday evening hours, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a multi vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on 24th Avenue and 164th Street. Police attended and found the driver of the motorcycle with life threatening injuries who was later pronounced deceased at scene.

The other driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the police investigation.  The investigation is in it’s early stages and road closures are in effect.

Anyone with more information, including dash cam footage around the area of 24th Avenue and 164th Street at the time of the incident  is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file# 23-71556  

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

Two Vehicle Car Crash - One Vehicle Lands In Nicomekl River

An on-duty RCMP member, as well as a bystander and the female passenger of the submerged vehicle removed the driver and began providing first aid. The driver was conscious and breathing on his way to a local hospital.

152nd street was be closed between 36th Avenue and 40th Avenue for some time as police investigate. Drivers are asked to avoid the area for the next several hours.

Anyone with more information, including dash cam footage around the area of 152 street and 36th avenue at approximately 1330 hours, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file number 2023-71416.

The accident happened at around 1:30 p.m. in the 3600-block of 152nd Street, when a driver appeared to suffer a medical event and struck a southbound vehicle before leaving the road and plunging into the Nicomekl River.

 

 

Hike For Hospice

l-r Korki The Klown/Lori Ishikawa/Jill Martyniuk/Dave Chesney/Gayle Boutilier/Hospice organizer Emiko Angus

Hundreds of walkers and their supporters turned out to Crescent Beach yesterday for the annual Hike For Hospice. When the walk was over and all the pledges were tallied organizers announced there was $52,000.00 raised to enable the organization to continue its work in our community.

White Rock resident DAVID WEBB only days before he passed away in the Peace Arch Hospital pledge to match money raised up to $20,000.00 The winning team GAYLE & DAVE (with very special guests Lori Ishikawa and Jilly Martyniuk) collectively raised over $10,000.00 thanks to the generosity of Mr. Webb.

 

 

 

May 05, 2023

Today is “Red dress day” and many may ask why??

Today we honour the beautiful mothers,sisters,cousins and nieces that disappeared and never returned home..

This is my cousin Teresa ,she disappeared from Semiahmoo heading to the downtown east side. She never returned, the only remains that were ever recovered was a small piece of her femur, uncovered in a park in Vancouver.

Yes this is our reality, our families, our sisters!! Please wear red today to honour these ones!! Hy’she

 

Surrey RCMP is releasing two short videos of suspects in an assault in order to advance an ongoing investigation.

Surrey RCMP is releasing two short videos of suspects in an assault in order to advance an ongoing investigation.

The assault occurred during a protest on March 19.

The assault occurred during a protest on March 19. See the videos and our news release here: ow.ly/7PXy50OglsO

 

May 03, 2023

Shooting with male victim confirmed deceased.

 

Last evening ( May 2nd, 2023, at 8:02p.m.,) Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a shooting in a parking lot in the area of 108 Ave and 148th Street, Surrey.  A male victim was transported to hospital in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries.

Initial information indicates this was a targeted incident. IHIT has taken conduct of the investigation and are working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP to gather evidence. 

Any witnesses or anyone with dash camera video who were in the 14800 block of 108 Avenue on May 2nd between 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm or who have any information regarding the shooting, are asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at tinfoil@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

The shooting follows a stabbing and another shooting in the same area of Whalley on Sunday evening. 

 

 

 

May 02, 2023

White Rock Council (Monday)

3 p.m. In Camera Meeting

4 p.m. Regular Council Meeting

(click for full agenda)

 

Council Recap

Public Hearing

A Public Hearing was held for an application for a Liquor Primary Licence at 15165 Russell Avenue made by Galaxie Craft Brewhouse. Later in the evening Council supported this proposal and will be sending their support to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch of B.C. with the following suggested conditions:

  • Hours of liquor service to be limited to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Operating hours for the outdoor patio area be limited to no later than 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Live entertainment ceases not less than one (1) hour before the end of liquor service.

  • Have the applicant provide / erect screening for the patio space in relation to the nearby daycare.

Delegations

Two (2) delegations appeared before Council:

  • Members from United Velo Cycling Club  made a presentation to propose a community fun race up Oxford Street hill in June. 

  • Representative from Peace Arch Elementary School attended to discuss their proposal for a rainbow crosswalk in front of the school, noting fundraising is being done for this.

Policies

Council endorsed changes to the following policies:

  • Recognition and Strategic Messages

    • List of cultural and community observances that Council will recognize annually with a message to the community

  • White Rock Pier Lighting 

    • A standard list of annual occasions recognized by pier lighting and not-for-profit booking requests for lighting to take place annually from October 1 to November 30

  • Grants-in-Aid 

    • Amendments to the policy including having grants reviewed by Council, rather than a separate committee

  • Corporate Vision/Mission/Values Policy 

- Darin Bentley of the United Velo Cycling Club appeared before council with a proposed cycling event to be held in White Rock on Saturday June 24. The proposed race would be time events of riders to see who can ascend the historic Oxford Hill in White Rock in the fastest time. The current proposal would only call for one lane of Oxford to be closed which caused some council remembers concern. Staff has been asked to bring a report on the feasibility.

- Council with the exception of councillor Christopher Trelveylan voted to approve the 2023 Financial Plan.

 

April 28, 2923

Surrey Policing Announcement

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

In a special announcement this morning from Victoria, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General MIKE FARNWORTH announced Surrey has been recommended to follow the course on transition from RCMP to the Surrey Police Force. There will be more information in the weeks to come.

This is only a strong recommendation and it will be interesting to hear what Surrey Mayor BRENDA LOCKE makes later this morning.

Surrey Mayor BRENDA LOCKE held a press conference @ 11 a.m. LOCKE explained to the press gallery she was unhappy with the information package she received from Victoria.

LOCKE went on to explain all of council will now sit down and review the recommendation and supplied documentation. In answering questions from the media, LOCKE indicated she would continue to move towards keeping the RCMP. LOCKE also said the recommendation documentation from Victoria was heavily redacted making it doubly difficult to make an informed decision.

Former Surrey mayor DOUG MCCALLUM has scheduled a press conference for 11:30 a.m.?

 

Surrey Councillor LINDA ANNIS says IT’S TIME FOR SURREY VOTERS TO DECIDE ON POLICING

The provincial government’s report recommends the SPS and provides the information voters need to make a decision: Councillor Linda Annis

Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis says the provincial government’s report on policing in Surrey provides the sort of details needed for a public referendum on who should police British Columbia’s second largest city.

“Like so many of our residents, I’m frustrated that while the province has done tremendous work on getting the facts and doing the comparison, including recommending we stick with the transition to the SPS, the issue has been returned to us for a final decision,” said Annis.

“I’ve always believed that the choice of police departments is too big, too costly, and too fundamental to be decided by city council alone. Surrey residents have been ignored and sidelined on this issue for five years. Now, they should be given the facts and the options and allowed to have the final say, rather than nine people on city council.”

Annis said the lack of transparency surrounding the policing issue has angered and confused Surrey residents, and the provincial government report is the first serious look at the facts and options.

“I would have preferred a decision one way or the other, so that we could get the issue behind us and move on,” added Annis. “That didn’t happen today, but I’m grateful for the serious review the province has done, and I think this is the sort of information voters should have so they can decide who they want to police their city.”

Annis said the policing issue has “been a political football” far too long, all because voters were never given their say.

“The best way to resolve this issue is to let voters decide, something they should have done four years ago. Without a referendum, I worry that this issue will continue to be divisive, politically motivated, and foster resentment for years to come. A referendum gives all of us our say, and the ability to respect a decision that we make together when we hear the facts and the options.”

 

April 26, 2023

That's A Wrap

Two quick goals last night by the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs put our Surrey Eagles on their heels. The local lads were simply out muscled by a larger team. The Bulldogs now head to Chilliwack to take on the Chiefs for the 2023 BCHL supremacy.

Thank you to the team, staff and owners for an exciting playoff series.

See you next year.

 

Unidentified human remains 

The Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance with identifying a deceased individual located in the Clayton area of Surrey.

On February 15, 2023, unidentified human remains were located on an empty lot in 19100-block of Fraser Highway. Criminality is not believed to have been a factor in this death. (media release 2023-02-15).

The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has been working in partnership with BC Coroners Service to identify the individual. At this time, investigators have not established any connections with any ongoing missing person’s investigations and despite a number of investigative steps, the person’s identity remains unknown.

The BC Coroners Service Identification Team provided the following description of the individual:

  • Male

  • 20-50 years old

  • 5'8" to 5'9.5"

  • Short black hair

  • Tattoo on left upper chest: Angelica in cursive (see attached photo of tattoo rendering)

  • Tattoo on right shoulder: green and red sleeve

  • Surgical plate on right ulna bone

  • When located, the deceased was wearing:

    • Blue baseball cap (see attached photo)

    • Blue denim jeans

    • Black Globe brand men's skate shoes

    • White short sleeve t-shirt (see attached photo)

    • Blue Cheetah brand steel wrist watch

       

 

April 25, 2023

Whale Of A Time

Perry Paulsen photos

Early morning visitors to our pier yesterday morning were thrilled to watch a grey whale slowly cruise by the end of the pier. Keep your eyes peeled on the bay for the next couple of days there is a good chance the whales will be around for a few days.

For those interested in our friend this morning.

Our grey whale who showed up today was grey whale ID: 2383

It was first documented in 2019, where it was originally sighted in Birch Bay, and again in 2020 in the same area.

Thanks for my friends at Cascadia Research Collective for helping me to identify our little buddy based on his images that I submitted today.

 

 

Building for the Future

 As the City moves forward to restart Surrey City Development Corporation (SCDC), Surrey Council has approved the appointment of Michael Heeney to the position of Interim President & Chief Executive Officer, effective April 17. The appointment was made during Closed Council on April 3, when council also approved Directors on the Board of SCDC, effective May 1, including Howard Nemtin, Bruce Joyce, Christine Lundvall, Scott Dutchak, Sukhi Sekhon. City Manager Vincent Lalonde and Director of Strategic Initiatives Jeff Arason have been appointed as City Directors.

During its Regular Council Meeting on Nov. 28, 2022, Council moved to restart SCDC and directed staff to prepare a report outlining options for re-operationalizing the for-profit development company. A Council resolution in 2020 had directed staff to dissolve SCDC.

SCDC was formed with its own management team and board of directors in 2007 to optimize the value of surplus city-owned lands. SCDC is a for-profit entity whose mandate is to develop City-owned surplus lands in ways that advance the City into a more modern and complete community. The City of Surrey has been the sole shareholder of SCDC.

 

April 21, 2023

When Push Comes To Shove

During Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, Surrey RCMP is shedding light on the important work of the Surrey Intimate Partner Violence Unit, and their ongoing partnership with Surrey Women’s Centre in providing comprehensive support, referrals and safety planning for victims of intimate partner violence.

In 2022, there were 947 assaults reported to Surrey RCMP that involved violence between intimate partners. This accounts for 28% of total assaults reported to police in Surrey, This statistic includes only incidents reported to police, and police recognize that intimate partner violence is often under-reported.

While intimate partner violence affects people of all demographics and socioeconomic backgrounds, the majority of victims are women.

The Surrey RCMP Intimate Partner Violence Unit is a multidisciplinary team, with support workers from the Surrey Women’s Centre co-located in the detachment to ensure wrap around services for victims throughout the investigative and court process.

Surrey Women’s Centre focuses on safety and care for women and children escaping violence by connecting them with key services. Support services are available directly through the Centre regardless of whether or not a police report is made.

Victims of Intimate Partner Violence - Who to Call

In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. The first priority is to get you to safety. We encourage you to contact police, but if you choose not to, there are other options.

The following services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • Surrey Women’s Centre - Crisis response team over the phone or in-person. Call 604-583-1295

  • VictimLink BC - Toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service. Call 1-800-563-0808.

  • Fraser Health Crisis Line - Immediate, confidential emotional support to people of all ages. Call 604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444.

More information is available through our website.

 

Pickleball White Rock

Last summer there was an instance with a player at the White Rock Pickleball courts who went into cardiac arrest. One of the players had the good sense to run to Centennial Arena to get a defibrillator, which paramedics stated saved the man's life.

Now comes the good news.

AED Installed!

After several months of liaisons with CWR, a defibrillator was installed yesterday at Centennial at the S/W entrance to the tennis courts. Many thanks to Robert Peebles (pictured) who was the WRPA lead on this lifesaving endeavour and to St. John Ambulance.

 

April 18, 2023

Stolen Vehicle Causes Power Outage

A driver behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle lost control of the car and hit a power pole on 20th avenue just off of Johnston Road. Power was out for a period of time. The driver of the vehicle escaped. The RCMP that arrived on the scene wondered why there was 5 propane tanks in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

 

IHIT Make Arrest In Fatal Stabbing On Surrey Bus

Victim Ethan Bespflug

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has arrested a 20-year old man in relation to the stabbing death of Ethan Bespflug.

Background: On April 11, 2023 at 9:23 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a young man suffering from life threatening injuries resulting from a stabbing in the 9900-block of King George Boulevard. Surrey RCMP officers responded along with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and emergency first aid was provided. Sadly, the victim, later identified as Ethan Bespflug of Abbotsford, died as a result of his injuries shortly after being transported to hospital. IHIT took conduct of the investigation and has been working closely in partnership with the Surrey RCMP Detachment, Metro Vancouver Transit Police, BC Coroners Service and the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section to advance the investigation.

On April 16, 2023, with the assistance of the Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT), IHIT officers located and arrested 20-year old Kaiden Mintenko in relation to the homicide.

On April 17, 2023, the British Columbia Prosecution Service (BCPS) laid a charge of second degree murder against Mintenko, who remains in custody.

“We would like to thank all members of the public who provided information that helped advance this investigation,” says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. “Though we are still working to determine the exact nature of the relationship between Mr. Bespflug and Mintenko, we can confirm that this was not a random attack.” 

IHIT is asking that any witnesses who have any information and have yet to speak with police regarding the incident, to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  

 

White Rock Council Rewind

- During question period two residents who's homes are adjacent to the Helen Fathers Centre Street Walkway came to council to question the letters the homeowners recently received from the city. The letter has issued order to remove all and any encroachments on city property by May 08. Both residents questions the tone of the letters stating the project has been of and on for years and wondered when work was going to being. Staff informed the residents work will commence once the city receives a work plan for the greatly reduced budget of $100,000.00.

- council and staff welcomed the Semiahmoo Secondary Thunderbirds to the council chambers. IN a special ceremony the members of the senior boys team were presented tokens of council's appreciation. The Thunderbirds recently won the BC High school Provincial championships. This is the third time in the school's history the team won the provincial championship.

 

Homeowners Tax Rate 6.59%

- the final step in changing the time of regular council meetings took place. Regular council meetings will now be on every other Monday with a start time of 4 p.m. The change from the regular start time of 7 p.m. will begin Monday May 01.

-council gave final approval for and expenditure of one million dollars for city road paving projects this year.

- staff were directed to schedule an OPEN HOUSE regarding Galaxie Beer's request for a second location in White Rock/. IN addition to the existing craft beer location on Marine Drive waterfront, the new proposed facility will be located on Russell avenue in near proximity to White Rock Beach Beer, Three Dogs Brewing and The Beer Shack. Residents in the area will receive notification of the public hearing via a mail out.

WE ARE 66 years old

On April 15, 1957, a special warrant from the Government of British Columbia created the City of White Rock within its present boundary.

 

April 15, 2023

New Fast Bus Route in Surrey

TransLink, the City of Surrey, and the City of Delta have started construction for a new RapidBus service on the Scott Road corridor – the busiest bus corridor south of the Fraser River with over 30,000 bus boardings each weekday. The R6 Scott Road RapidBus will provide more convenient and reliable service with fewer stops to help Surrey and Delta residents better connect with SkyTrain, making their commute faster by up to ten minutes in each direction.

The new R6 service will be TransLink’s largest service expansion since 2020. It will help keep up with rapidly growing demand for transit in Surrey and Delta, which is now exceeding pre-pandemic ridership levels and experiencing Metro Vancouver’s strongest ridership growth.

R6 improvements compared to current bus service will include:
• Fewer stops
• Articulated buses with more capacity
• All-door boarding at bus stops
• More bus priority lanes along the corridor
• Improved bus stops with live next-bus digital signage that can also read next-bus information out loud for customers with sight loss.

 

April 14, 2023

Multiple reports of mischief and arsons in Elgin/Crescent Park area 

Surrey RCMP is encouraging residents to be on the lookout and report any suspicious activity, following ongoing acts of mischief and arsons to property at or near a school, pottery studio and neighboring park in South Surrey.

Since September 2022, there have been numerous reports of vandalism, including arsons, reports of broken windows and other damages in the area of Elgin/Crescent Park area, including Elgin Park Secondary and a pottery studio within the park.

The majority of the incidents occurred during evenings and weekends, when the school, pottery studio and park areas are closed. The arsons involved fires being lit to melt garbage cans, glass doors/windows, and security key pads.

The Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit has assumed conduct of all the investigations and will be working to identify possible suspects in coordination with the Youth Unit, Arson Coordinator and actively liaising with the Surrey School District and City of Surrey.

We are encouraging residents, the Elgin Secondary School community, and park users to be aware of these acts of vandalism and arson, and report all suspicious activity to police, says Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Corporal Vanessa Munn. The damage from these criminal acts is very costly and with arsons the potential for harm to people is always present.

Anyone with information is asked to call 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 www.solvecrime.ca.

 

32 Avenue Diversion at Highway 99 to close for six nights for paving

The 32 Avenue Diversion and Highway 99 on-ramp and off-ramp (Exit 8B) in Surrey will be closed for six nights for paving work as part of the Highway 99 and 32nd Avenue Interchange Improvements Project.

The overnight closures begin Sunday, April 16, 2023, and will continue for six consecutive nights through Friday, April 21. Closures are in effect from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

During the paving work, drivers and cyclists can expect gravel or milled surfaces throughout the day.

During these overnight closures, a detour will be in effect through 152 Street and King George Boulevard. Drivers are instructed to follow posted detour signage and construction speed limits.

For updates, visit: www.DriveBC.ca

 

April 13, 2023

East Beach

Comings and goings on our waterfront along Marine Drive

Out with the old, in with the new.

Starting on East Beach we noticed PRAIRIE DONAIR will soon open in the long vacant location of the old DELUXE restaurant on Marine Drive. We can only hope it last longer than the ABC DONAIR which last less than a month in the old location of POULTRY IN MOTION

Also new to East Beach a Psychic shop (located in the old Thrift Store) and a new "FOODISH" restaurant now in the old locale of Baja Burritos

 

West Beach

PRIMOS Mexican Cantina has vamoosed. This leaves quite a section along our West Beach vacant with no chance tenants will be in place by the summer.

The previous locale of GIRAFFE which was to be the second location for SEED & STONE a cannabis outlet has given up on remodeling and moved on, a few doors up SASQUATCH restaurant has been closed for months with no sign of live there either.

On the upside, the location to the West of JANS ON THE BEACH which has been home to too many failed restaurants to remember any of their names. The location is now open to ZERO PIZZA as well as PRAQUERY who join the ice cream wars on the waterfront.

Judging by their recent announcement of a grand opening this Friday (14th) PRAQUERY is up for the challenge.

 

April 13, 2023

East Beach

Comings and goings on our waterfront along Marine Drive

Out with the old, in with the new.

Starting on East Beach we noticed PRAIRIE DONAIR will soon open in the long vacant location of the old DELUXE restaurant on Marine Drive. We can only hope it last longer than the ABC DONAIR which last less than a month in the old location of POULTRY IN MOTION

Also new to East Beach a Psychic shop (located in the old Thrift Store) and a new "FOODISH" restaurant now in the old locale of Baja Burritos

 

West Beach

PRIMOS Mexican Cantina has vamoosed. This leaves quite a section along our West Beach vacant with no chance tenants will be in place by the summer.

The previous locale of GIRAFFE which was to be the second location for SEED & STONE a cannabis outlet has given up on remodeling and moved on, a few doors up SASQUATCH restaurant has been closed for months with no sign of live there either.

On the upside, the location to the West of JANS ON THE BEACH which has been home to too many failed restaurants to remember any of their names. The location is now open to ZERO PIZZA as well as PRAQUERY who join the ice cream wars on the waterfront.

Judging by their recent announcement of a grand opening this Friday (14th) PRAQUERY is up for the challenge.

 

 

 

April 12, 2023

Victoria And Surrey At Odds

Surrey Mayor BRENDA LOCKE

Last week the city of Surrey released the following press release to the media.

Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Committee unanimously supports retaining Surrey RCMP

For immediate release: April 5, 2023

“At today’s Metro Vancouver’s meeting of the Mayor’s Committee, a motion was made by Delta Mayor George Harvie to support Surrey’s decision to retain the RCMP as the police of jurisdiction. This motion was not only supported, but it was passed unanimously. It is clear the uncertainty of policing in Surrey extends beyond our borders and is adversely impacting neighbouring communities. The Mayor’s Committee is sending a clear message to the Solicitor General that Surrey should not only retain the RCMP, but a decision on this matter must be made promptly. Once again, I respectfully ask the Solicitor General to respect the municipality’s right to choose its police force and to not delay his decision any further.”

Mayor Brenda Locke 

Metro Vancouver confirmed White Rock mayor MEGAN KNIGHT supported the motion when she attended the meeting via ZOOM.

Safety Minister MIKE FARNWORTH

In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, Locke said the mayors’ committee was “sending a clear message to the solicitor general that Surrey should not only retain the RCMP, but a decision on this matter must be made promptly.”

B.C.’s Public Safety Minister MIKE FARNWORTH, however, said Locke’s characterization of the motion supported by fellow mayors is incorrect.

“The letter that is on its way to me is a letter requesting a decision, not about whether it should be Surrey police service or the RCMP,” Mike Farnworth told reporters in Victoria on Thursday.

The Metro Vancouver board is expected to consider the motion April 28.

 

Meanwhile opposition councillors are calling for Mayor LOCKE for clarification.

Surrey city councillor LINDA ANNIS

MAYOR NEEDS TO TAKE DOWN HER STATEMENT ON THE CITY WEBSITE CLAIMING METRO MAYORS VOTED TO RETAIN RCMP IN SURREY

The motion simply asked Minister Farnworth for a prompt decision, without picking a side: Councillor Linda Annis

Surrey, B.C. (April 11, 2023): Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis says a statement on the city’s website from Mayor Brenda Locke claims that Metro Vancouver mayors had voted unanimously last week to support retaining the RCMP in Surrey. They did not. This is either a misstatement or a misunderstanding by Mayor Locke and needs to be removed.

“Even Minister Farnworth acknowledged that the message he received from the metro mayors simply asked him for a timely decision on the issue, and did not direct him to retain the RCMP,” notes Annis. “It’s hard to understand how that request got interpreted by Mayor Locke as unanimous support for keeping the RCMP in Surrey. Her statement on the city website is wrong and misleading and should be removed immediately. 

Everyone agrees that we need a decision one way or the other because costs are climbing, but I think our mayor owes the metro mayors an apology for getting it wrong in her statement.”

Annis, who ran on holding a public referendum to decide who should police Surrey, says the “entire issue has become a costly fiasco” under both Doug McCallum and Brenda Locke. 

“The public has been ignored and left on the sidelines for more than four years. The result is a costly, chaotic, and divisive political mistake that is costing our taxpayers millions,” says Annis. “The problem is that whenever politicians ignore the community and make a mistake, it is taxpayers who pick up the tab and, in this case, it amounts to hundreds of millions. If anyone wants proof, just check your property tax bill that’s coming in the mail.”

 

Assault with a Weapon - Stabbing incident

– King George Boulevard at 100th Avenue

Surrey RCMP were called last evening to the area of King George Blvd at 100th Avenue, Surrey for a report of an assault with a weapon – stabbing incident. 

At approximately 9:28 pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of an assault with a weapon-stabbing incident, in the 9900 block of King George Boulevard. 

Upon arrival, officers located a male suffering from a stab injury who has been transported to local area hospital in critical condition with life threatening injuries.

Initial investigation has revealed that an altercation occurred between two individuals riding a Coast Mountain Bus, resulting in the male victim being stabbed.  Officers are conducting neighbourhood canvassing and are speaking with several witnesses to obtain further information.

The investigation is still in its early stages, but initial indications are that this incident is not related to the LMD Gang Conflict.  A more fulsome media release to follow, as the investigation develops.

South bound lanes on King George Boulevard from 100th Avenue to 98A Avenue are currently closed for an undermined amount of time, and travellers are asked to use alternate routes.

Anyone with more information, including dash cam footage around the area of King George Boulevard between 98B Avenue and 102nd Avenue, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file# 23-55729.

If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

April 10, 2023

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Since the completion of Miramar Plaza, with the two final towers being built, everyone was wondering what grocery store would be occupying the space next to THREE DOGS BREWING?

Then a year ago word leaked out the space would be home to THRIFTY'S foods. The excitement was palpable.

Now This.

At the end of last week city building inspectors issued a stop work order, as renovations had proceeded without the proper permits. The slow moving planning department at White Rock city hall has been a topic now for months, and one would imagine this will be like gas on a fire. Stay tuned the city will be providing an update and solution this week.

 

April 09, 2023

Do You Know This Guy?

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in relation to a mischief to the Cenotaph located outside the Surrey Museum at 17710 56A Avenue, Surrey. The incident occurred on March 29th, 2023, at approximately 01:30 hours. The suspect was observed dismantling the statue of the Kneeling Solder as well as damaging various items outside of the Museum.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 30-35 years old, medium build, approximately 170 lbs, with brown shoulder length hair, brown goatee beard and wearing prescription glasses (Please see attached photo). He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a blue shirt underneath, black pants, white runners with blue shoe laces.

Anyone with information about the identity and/or whereabouts of this person 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 www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 23-48046.

Kneeling On Guard

The 102 year-old Cloverdale Cenotaph commemorating the lives of Surrey residents who died in battle fighting for Canada has been vandalized and desecrated.

A week ago on Wednesday, March 30 at 1:30 a.m. a man came into the Surrey Museum and Archives historical plaza and went on a destructive rampage. He climbed up onto the Cenotaph, which has a bronzed figure of a soldier kneeling down before a granite cross.

The obviously agitated man repeatedly kicked at the soldier until the bolts holding it to the platform pulled out of the stone. The statue tumbled to the concrete below where it was seriously damaged.

The vandal then took aim at the cross grave marker on the front of the cenotaph. After booting it many more times without effect, he finally gave up realizing he could not destroy the War Memorial any further.

The bronze soldier nicknamed "Willy" has been removed from the plaza by museum staff and taken away for needed repairs. CCTV footage of the plaza that clearly shows the attacker in action has been forwarded to the Surrey RCMP who are investigating this cowardly act.

Fortunately, the nearby "The Rivers That Connect Us" indigenous statue featuring four large illuminated paddles was not targeted by this deranged man. It recalls a Coast Salish gesture indicating peace and respect, things that the vandal obviously knows nothing about.

 

Blooming Good Time

The cherry blossoms are beginning to show up with their wonderful Spring floral show. The crowds are also beginning to show up on 151A street (south of 24th avenue)

Japan is famous for its Cherry Blossom Festivals and a large amount of visitors to see the local blooms are Japanese.

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, have a special place in Japanese culture. They usher in the arrival of spring, the beginning of the farming season, and a time to congregate with friends and family to enjoy the pleasant weather. Many Japanese hold parties to celebrate hanami,the practice of watching the blossoms and contemplating life.

FYI - This Weekend

VANCOUVER CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL SAKURA DAYS JAPAN FAIR 2023
Vancouver’s largest celebrations of Japanese culture

DATE: April 15 (10am to 6pm) - April 15 (10am to 6pm)

LOCATION:                 

VanDusen Botanical Garden 
5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

 

April 06, 2023

Cosmos Greek Restaurant

Happiest of Birthdays to this amazing woman!

Loula Manos! Her late husband John Manos and Loula are the original creators of Cosmos Greek Restaurant! 48 years ago this wonderful couple decided to embark on what came to be a staple in White Rock! With their hard work and homemade recipies their legacy began! Working endless days and nights creating a restaurant that felt like home..now years later, Demetre, George and Christina (loula's sister) continue honing their craft.. Loula, we wish you a VERY Happy and Healthy 89th Birthday! We thank you for for all you have done and we love you!❤️

 

April 05, 2023

Ahoy There Matey - Orcas Off Starboard Side

There have been numerous news reports this Spring that the Orca whale population is slowly recovering. You don;t have to travel hundreds of miles to see these beautiful mammals. CAPTAIN ANDY of the White Rock Sea Tours (out of Crescent Beach marina) reports seeing a school of Orcas off of Point Roberts on the weekend.

You can book yourself a day trip out on the Salish sea by (clicking here)

 

April 04, 2023 

Surrey Council Approves 12.5% Tax Increase

Graph courtesy JUSTIN MCELROY CBC radio

Voting along party lines, the BRENDA LOCKE controlled Surrey Council voted last evening to increase Surrey property taxes 12.5% for the coming year. As indicated by the above graph that will mean Surrey residents will pay the highest property taxes in the Lower Mainland.

White Rock since this graph was created has lowered the proposed property taxes to 7.2% which will put White Rock at #6 on the chart of the documented 15 cities in the Lower Mainland.

 

DRUG ALERT

LIGHT PURPLE CRYSTALS sold in capsules as MDA and/or MDMA

tested positive for fentanyl and benzodiazepines in White Rock

Key messages for people who use substances:

  • Use less than you normally would

  • Do a tester; try a little before your regular amount

  • Try not to use alone, and if you do, have someone check on you

  • Stagger use with friends so someone can respond if needed

  • Know the signs of overdose (early signs may include unusual snoring, or taking less than 1 breath every 5 seconds)

  • Call 9-1-1 quickly when you notice something isn't right (the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides immunity from simple possession charges for those who call 911 in the case of an overdose)

  • Provide breaths (every 5 seconds until the person regains consciousness or help arrives)

  • Get naloxone from these locations: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/mental-health-and-substance-use/overdose-prevention-and-response/naloxone#.ZCsdFXbMKUk

Key messages for organizations:

  • Discuss overdose prevention strategies with clients, as appropriate

  • Review the organization's overdose response plan and check first aid supplies including CPR masks

  • Frequently check areas where overdoses might occur, including washrooms, stairwells and quiet spaces

  • Ensure staff know how to respond to an overdose, including calling 9-1-1, providing breaths and administering naloxone

  • Ensure the organization's address is displayed publicly (so it can be provided to the 9-1-1 operator)

  • Consider posting a sign informing clients that naloxone is available, and inviting them to contact staff in the event of an overdose

  • For more information and videos:

http://towardtheheart.com/naloxone/

Please let us know throughoverdose@fraserhealth.ca if you receive any information about what people might be taking (colour, smell, consistency, packaging).We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

 

TRANSLINK UPGRADES For White Rock & South Surrey

The changes will take effect on April 17, 2023.

Go to; translink.ca/servicechanges�for more information on specific route changes.

321 White Rock / Newton / Surrey Central Station

Say hello to more service on the 321, shortening wait times by 3 minutes on weekday afternoons and by 3 to 10 minutes on weekends and holidays.

Monday to Friday

  • Every 12 minutes from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (from 15 minutes)

Saturday

  • Every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. (from 20 minutes)

  • Every 20 minutes from midnight to 1 a.m. (from 30 minutes)

Sunday/Holiday

  • Every 12 minutes towards White Rock Centre from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (from 15 minutes)

  • Every 12 minutes towards Surrey Central Station from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (from 15 minutes)

  • Every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (from 20 minutes)

    345 King George Station / White Rock Centre

    Say hello to more service on the 345, shortening weekday wait times by 3 to 10 minutes in the morning and by 5 minutes in the evening.

    Monday to Friday

    • Every 9 to 12 minutes towards King George Station from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. (from 15 minutes)

    • Every 20 minutes towards King George Station from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (from 30 minutes)

    • Every 15 minutes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (from 20 minutes)

April 03, 2023

WOW Indeed!

South Surrey high school EARL MARRIOTT played host to the annual Pow Wow in their gymnasium over the weekend. The three day event drew massive crowds Friday evening and Saturday/Sunday during the day.

MICHAEL MACKAY-DUNN a retired teacher at the school was in attendance. MACKAY - DUNN along with ANDREW HOLLAND responded to a request by the late Grand Chief BERNARD CHARLES of the Semiahmoo Nation to organize the Pow Wow in 1996. MACKAY-DUNN. In conversation MACKAY-DUNN did the math and with the three year absence due to Covid, this year marked the 23rd anniversary of the EARL MARRIOTT POW WOW.

 Bill Hawke photo

The cultural event goes a long way to building bridges between first nations and the communities of South Surrey and White Rock.

 

You Etch It. We Catch It”

UPDATE April 04 Surrey City Council approved amendments to its Scrap Metal By-law to curb the theft of catalytic converters. The approved bylaw amendments limit the circumstances under which catalytic converters may be resold; create ticketable offences should businesses purchase catalytic converters contrary to City bylaws; and include a significant increase to the maximum fine from $10,000 to $50,000. The changes also modernize how information about transactions regulated by the Scrap Metal By-law must be transmitted to the police.

“I am pleased to announce these changes that will help drive down catalytic converter thefts,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “Thefts of catalytic converters have increased over the past four years in the City and across the region resulting in considerable costs to individuals, businesses and insurers. In fact, catalytic converter thefts made up 45% of all reported thefts from vehicles in Surrey last year, and stealing a catalytic converter can take less than one minute. I am pleased to be partnering with the Surrey RCMP on this strategy to help deter thieves and reduce thefts.”

Changes to the City’s Scrap Metal By-law were developed with input from the Surrey RCMP. The City has also partnered with Surrey RCMP on the recently launched “Your Etch It. We Catch It.” campaign that will allow people to have their VIN etched onto their catalytic converter free of charge when they are having other servicing completed at participating businesses throughout the city. This distinctive marking will make it easier to identify a catalytic converter as stolen and connect it to a victim, while also acting as a potential deterrent for thieves. 

Surrey RCMP and partners launch new crime prevention strategy taking aim at catalytic converter theft

The You Etch It. We Catch It campaign will allow people to have their vehicle identification number (or VIN) etched onto their catalytic converter free of charge when they are having other servicing completed at participating businesses throughout the city.

This distinctive marking will make it easier to identify a catalytic converter as stolen and connect it to a victim, while also acting as a potential deterrent for thieves.

Surrey RCMP and community partners are launching a new crime prevention initiative during Auto Theft Enforcement Month aimed at decreasing catalytic converter theft and making it harder for thieves to avoid detection.

You can find out more about the You Etch It. We Catch It program at these upcoming community events:

Saturday April 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Guildford Mall (10355 152 St)
Saturday April 29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Real Canadian Superstore (7550 King George Blvd)
Saturday May 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m Save On Foods (17745 64th Ave)
Saturday May 13, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Real Canadian Superstore (2332 160 St)

Proposed Surrey Bylaw amendments can be found at: https://www.surrey.ca/sites/default/files/corporate-reports/CR_2023-R043.pdf

 

March 31, 2023

Mass shooting inquiry's call for sweeping RCMP reforms could have bearing on Surrey policing

Solicitor general MIKE FARNWORTH

The provincial government will study the recently released report on the mass shooting three years ago in Nova Scotia before a final decision is announced on the policing future of the city of Surrey.

BC solicitor general MIKE FARNWORTH who received copies of the 3,000 page report yesterday has announced the results of the report into how 22 residents of a small Nova Scotia town were killed by a man impersonating an RCMP officer. The report is critical of the RCMP prior to, during and post to the terrible public safety incident.

FARNWORTH in a special announcement yesterday said the status for the future of policing in Surrey will come very soon.

 

 

The winter Dogs Allowed on the Promenade ends this weekend. Please adhere to the rules and respect the city of White Rock's wishes.

 

CONGRATULATIONS To Everyone

Cam Keith has signed a five-year, GM/Head Coach contract with the Surrey Eagles.

 

March 30, 2023

White Rock Eagle Cam - LIVE

There are a number of live eagle nest web cams in the Valley, here is the live camera of the White Rock nest (actually in Ocean Park but who cares) Mama Eagle is sitting two eggs this year.

 

 

Police investigating pepper spray incident in movie theatre 

 

Surrey RCMP is investigating an incident where multiple people were pepper sprayed in a movie theatre in Guildford on Saturday evening, and asking for anyone with dash camera footage from the surrounding area to contact police. 

On March 25, 2023, at approximately 5:34 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report that pepper spray had been deployed inside a movie theatre located in the 15000-block of 101 Avenue. 

The incident occurred at 5:28 p.m. in theatre 6 where approximately 20-30 people, including children, were watching a movie. The male suspect entered the theater, sprayed viewers and fled the scene. 

Police and Emergency Health Services attended and all persons who were contaminated were treated on scene. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.

“Our General Investigation Unit is actively working to identify the suspect, and while the motive for this incident is not yet known, this was a disturbing assault on movie theatre patrons, that will be fully investigated by police, “says, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer Corporal Vanessa Munn. “We are aware of two other recent similar incidents in other provinces and will be liaising with the investigative agencies.”

Anyone who was in the theatre and has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP.  Investigators are also seeking dash camera footage from the area surrounding the theater between 5:20 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. on March 25, 2023.  Anyone who has any information regarding this incident please call 604-599-0502.

If you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

 

March 28, 2023

White Rock Council Rewind

- The owner and a supporter for the BUENA VISTA LODGE appeared before council requesting the City of White Rock write a letter to Fraser Health to request financial support continues for the care home in White Rock that is due to be shut down in May.

-SARAH ROSS President of Planning for TRANSLINK presented an overview of community contributions and future plans for service in White Rock and South Surrey. TRANSLLINK in the past year has transferred $400,000.00 to the city for sidewalk upgrades and other community amenities. Plans are in place for two new rapid bus services. The first will be a rapid bus from White Rock to Newton. Later a rapid bus is planned for White Rock to Guildford route.

- Approval came for an expenditure of $51,00.00 for this years Sea Festival. The proposed custom car show/hot rod show uptown White Rock during Sea Fest was voted down with Mayor Knight and Councillors Cheung/Lawrence and Partridge voting against the event.

-In a 5-2 vote (Mayor Knight and Councillor Lawrence voting no) council voted to keep QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD in the same format and place on the agenda for forthcomings council meetings. Council also approved moving regular council meetings to 4 p.m. every other Monday.

-The application for a new micro brew pub to be operated by GALAXIE CRAFT BEER was approved to move to a public hearing. Councillor Chesney voted in the negative with concerns about operating hours expressed.

-FOI requests ill continue to be charged $10.00

- A newly created 23 page CODE OF CONDUCT fir council was passed with councillors Chesney & Trelveylan voting in opposition.

-council unanimously supported Councillor Klassen's motion to send a request to the upcoming Union of British Columbia Municipalities to consider a vacancy tax on commercial property in White Rock.

NOTE - The same motion was presented in the past term of council by councillor Anthony Manning, and the UBCM would not even take it to the floor for a vote. No reason was given.

 

 

“Our roster of volunteers driving cancer patients every day to their appointments can’t keep up with the demand, especially in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and the Tri-Cities.” – VCDS president Bob Smith 

Since starting with just a handful of drivers in 2016, the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS) has expanded its service exponentially throughout the Lower Mainland. With an urgent need for more volunteers, it has set a goal of seeking “100 new drivers region-wide in the next 100 days”.

Small, but mighty, VCDS delivered 6,000 rides at no cost to cancer patients in its startup year.  The demand has been trending upward ever since and is forecast to reach 29,000 ride requests this year.

VCDS has recruited almost 350 member drivers, largely from the eastern side of the region, south of the Fraser and in the Fraser Valley. All of them volunteer their time and are offered a vehicle allowance by VCDS to help cover car costs.

But only one-fifth of those drivers are in the City of Vancouver, while the BC Cancer outpatient centre there and nearby VGH Blackmore Pavilion account for almost half of all the rides VCDS provides.

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer driver can find more information at volunteercancerdrivers.ca.

 

March 26, 2023

Weather Station

The City of White Rock operates its own commercial-grade micro-weather station on the waterfront.

The weather station reports highly-accurate temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, peak gusts, and precipitation amount. These are all transmitted at programmable intervals and can be viewed via this page and a dedicated secure portal.

Weather measurements are displayed in generally recognizable values like Celsius, mbar (millibar), kts (knots).

*Data updated every 5 minutes

White Rock Weather Station at East Beach Link

 

March 24, 2023 

IHIT identifies victim in Surrey shooting, seeking public assistance

 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has identified the victim of the Surrey homicide on March 13, 2023 and is seeking information from the public. 

On March 13, 2023 at 7:54 pm, the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 2300-block of 167A Street, Surrey, BC. When Surrey officers arrived on scene they found a deceased man in a parked vehicle who died as a result of gun shot wounds.  

The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Aren Alexander Smith of Surrey. Mr. Smith is unknown to police and has no known ties to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict. Mr. Smith and his family had recently moved to Surrey.

Investigators learned the suspect left the area in a white Penske Ford Transit van shortly after the shooting.

IHIT is continuing to work closely with the Surrey RCMP, and is pursuing all potential avenues of investigation to determine a motive. 

“We are urging anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage, or who may have witnessed this incident, to please contact IHIT immediately,” says Corporal Sukhi Dhesi. 

Specifically, investigators are seeking CCTV and dash cam footage from areas in the 2300-block of 168 Street and Highway 10 near 144 Street in Surrey, for a white Penske Ford Transit van on March 13, 2023 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 

We are asking anyone with information about this murder to contact IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

 

March 23, 2023

 

South Surrey MLA ELENORE STURKO quickly sprung into action yesterday to avoid what could have been a very serious incident at the popular coffee shop/restaurant LAURA'S COFFEE CORNER in the city's 5 Corners district.

STURKO relied on her past years of experience of working with individuals who were dealing with mental health issues.

Snowbirds UPDATE

It’s official, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be returning to Vancouver Island skies mid-April to train for their upcoming season.

From April 18th to May 12th, look up to the skies and you might be able to spot the iconic aerobatics team practicing for their upcoming season.

The City of White Rock is in negotiations for the aerial flight team to return to White Rock in August. Cross your fingers.

 

Detect Radon and Thermal Leaks with the Library

Fraser Valley Regional Library expands its Playground lending collection with home testing kits.

 Radon and Thermal Leak Detector kits are the newest tools in Fraser Valley Regional Library’s (FVRL) Playground lending collection. Each respective kit type enables the user to easily and quickly test for radon exposure levels or leaky seals throughout their home.

The kits, partially funded with the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, are free to borrow with an FVRL card. With a radon detector, customers can make informed health choices by testing the radon levels in their homes. With a thermal leak detector, customers can discover areas in their homes that may need better insulation. This knowledge can help reduce household carbon emissions and improve monthly energy spending.

“The vibrant health of our communities and community members is important – and so is the health of the planet we share,” says Heather Scoular, Director of Customer Experience at FVRL. “The world is changing and we are excited to offer new tools to help our customers adapt.”

Learn more by attending our What is Radon events – online on March 29, and in person at the Yarrow Library on March 30. Place a hold to borrow a kit by visiting fvrl.ca/radondetectors orfvrl.ca/thermalleakdetectors.

Visit FVRL’s events page to find other upcoming Playground events.

 

TOP YOUR TREES - Pay The Fine

The City of White Rock is reminding residents of healthy ways to properly maintain trees ahead of gardening season and advising against tree topping.

Tree topping is when tree branches are cut to stubs and leads to a negative impact to the tree, not just altering the appearance of a tree. Tree topping is the most harmful way of cutting a tree.  

Negative effects of tree topping include:

  • Stress and shock to trees.

  • Branches are exposed to sunburn.

  • Destroys the natural form of a tree.

  • Leads to decay and issues with pests.

The topping of trees is prohibited under the City of White Rock’s Tree Protection Bylaw, Bylaw No. 2407 (PDF)and can result in fines up to $10,000 per tree.

The City of White Rock recommends hiring a Certified Arborist for pruning all trees. Find a Certified Arborist at www.treesaregood.org, a site created by the International Society of Arboriculture for quality tree care.

 

March 22, 2023

 

March 14, 2023

Shots Fired with one Deceased Person




Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a shooting in the Grandview Heights area of Surrey that left one person deceased and requesting anyone with information to contact police.

Surrey RCMP is currently on scene following a report of Shots Fired in the 2200 Block of 168th Street, in the Grandview Heights area of Surrey.

At approximately 1954 hours this evening, Surrey RCMP received a report of possible Shots Fired in the area of the 2200 Block of 168th Street. Upon arrival, Surrey RCMP A Watch Frontline Members located a deceased person, in a parked vehicle who appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds.

The investigation is currently underway, in its early stages, and Surrey RCMP Officers are canvassing for witnesses in the area.

Any further information will be provided by Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

March 13, 2023 

Surrey Council directs staff to revise budget to reduce property tax increase

Surrey Council has voted to refer the proposed 2023-2027 General Operating and Capital Budget back to staff for revision. In light of the $89.9M announced for Surrey through the provincial Growing Communities Fund, Surrey Council has asked staff to work on reducing the overall proposed property tax increase from 17.5% to no more than 12.5%.

“Since the proposed budget was made public two weeks ago, the city has secured nearly $90M from the Province of British Columbia,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “As a result, we are now in a position to revise the budget and bring the overall property tax rate down. The new funding from the province will go to capital improvements, such as the third sheet of ice in Cloverdale and in turn decrease the policing surcharge from the proposed 9.5% to 4.5%. The new lower rate, should it pass, will continue to keep Surrey in the bottom third of property taxes in the Metro region. It is important to note that the proposed 2023 budget is built on the unwinding of the Surrey Police Service and maintaining the RCMP as the police of jurisdiction in Surrey. Should the police transition be allowed to continue, the extra costs would not be covered in the proposed 2023 budget.”

Staff will present a revised budget to Surrey Council for consideration at the next Regular Council Meeting on April 3.

 

Get Hung Up

For the past week Surrey and White Rock RCMP have been conducting a cell free driving experience. Even though one can use their phone hands free via blue tooth if your vehicle has that capability, the facts still remain the same.

You are distracted when you are driving on the telephone, either hand held of hands free. The fine if found guilty is $368.00

Please seriously consider how important that phone call is. 

ICBC offers a number of tips for safe cellphone use on its website:

•No call, text or email is so important it’s worth risking your life or the lives of others. Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving.

•Turn it to silent and keep it out of reach and out of sight, or turn on “Do not disturb while driving” features that will send automatic replies to incoming texts and route incoming calls to voicemail.

•Assign a designated texter. Ask your passengers to make or receive calls and texts for you.

•Plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need before hitting the road, like programming your navigation and infotainment systems in advance so you’re not trying to do it while driving.

•Pull over to make or receive a call when it’s safe and legal to do so. For longer journeys, look for signs at highway rest areas, some of which now provide free Wi-Fi.

•Avoid looking at screens while driving, even if you’re using your phone hands-free.

 

 

 

March 12, 2023

Nothing.......... Semi About It

The Semiahmoo Thunderbirds are the 2023 BC School Sports 4A Boys Tournament champions after defeating Fleetwood Park in an all-Surrey final. photo courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures

There would be no heartbreak in 2023 for the Semiahmoo Thunderbirds.

Finalists 12 months ago, the Thunderbirds defeated the Fleetwood Park Dragons 73-40 on Saturday night in an all-Surrey final in front of a record-breaking sell-out crowd at Langley Events Centre at the BC School Sports 4A Boys Basketball Provincial Tournament.

The title is the first senior boys basketball championship in school history.

Thunderbirds head coach Les Brown said the team’s loss in the 2022 title game to the Burnaby South Rebels was a valuable learning lesson for his team, which returned almost the entire roster, many of whom enter Grade 12 next year.

“We watched the game against Burnaby South from last year and their defence was fantastic. They were hungry, they wanted the ball, and we used that as motivation all year, knowing that we had to be the tougher team, hungry for every possession, especially in a game like this: possession is gold, and you have to take care of the ball,” the coach said.

Saturday’s final between the South Fraser rivals started off tentatively, with neither team able to build much of an advantage as the score was tied on four occasions before Semiahmoo took a slim 16-13 lead. The Thunderbirds would find their bearing in the second quarter, surging late for a 36-22 advantage at the half and then dominating the third quarter 25-10. 

This one will be for the B.C. basketball history books.

Until last night's final no two Surrey school teams have ever met in the final of the top-tier senior boys basketball provincial championships. 

The two Surrey squads last met in the South Fraser regional finals March 3, when the Thunderbirds beat the Dragons 82-56 at the South Surrey school gym.

 

March 11, 2023

Three Years On - National Day of COVID Observation

Premier David Eby; Adrian Dix, Minister of Health; and Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement to acknowledge the National Day of Observance for people affected by COVID-19:

"Today is Canada’s National Day of Observance. On this day, we take time to remember all those who have died or have had health complications as a result of COVID-19, and honour our health-care and front-line workers who have been working selflessly and courageously since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic three years ago.

"It was on March 11, 2020, that the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. Since then, SARS COV-2 virus has challenged people and communities around the world in unprecedented ways. Today, we stand together and observe a moment of silence to remember and honour those people who have lost their lives, while also thinking of their family and friends. This virus has been particularly hard on seniors and Elders in our families and communities and we hold them in our thoughts again today.

“While we may have had different experiences these last three years, the pandemic has profoundly impacted every single person and community in B.C. We will never forget those who died, and we will always be grateful to the front-line heroes who worked and continue to work tirelessly to keep us safe and support us through these most difficult times.

“We are also grateful to everyone in B.C. who stepped forward to be vaccinated and who followed the public health guidelines to protect themselves, their families and their communities. This commitment has allowed us to get back to our lives and once again enjoy the social activities, entertainment, gatherings, sports, in-person work and school that are so important to our health and well-being.

“We know this was no small request and we are deeply grateful to everyone who stepped up to do their part. Your sacrifices – great and small – made a difference and helped British Columbia emerge from the darkest days of the pandemic.

"As we emerge from the pandemic and look to the future, we must continue to work together to keep each other safe and build a healthier future for all of us.”

 

Owners of restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will have more time to make outdoor seating areas permanent, allowing them to serve more people without disruption during the patio season.

Government is extending existing temporary expanded service area (TESA) authorizations one final time until Dec. 31, 2024. TESAs have enabled thousands of liquor-licensed businesses to create new or expanded outdoor seating spaces, such as patios and sampling areas, and give customers more space to gather. 

The TESA program was implemented in May 2020 as a measure to help the food-and-beverage sector through difficult financial times during the COVID-19 pandemic. In June 2021, the Province extended existing TESA authorizations to provide time for local authorities to update their patio policies and for licensees to apply to make those areas permanent.

Businesses wanting to make their current TESA permanent must apply through the Liquor and Cannabis Licensing Portal for a new outdoor patio permanent structural change (for indoor TESAs), or a new interior service area permanent structural change (for outdoor TESAs). Permanent approval of expanded service areas must meet all local bylaws and requirements (e.g., related to parking, building codes and the use of public land 

 

 

 

 

 

February 25, 2023

Not So Happy Anniversary

Dozens of members of the Canadian Ukraine community and supporters, commemorated the first anniversary of the invasion of Russia into the Ukraine.

The large group held a candlelight vigil in White Rock's Memorial Park.

(Bill Hawke photography)

 

February 22, 2023

Threat of 17.5 % tax Increase Gives Surrey Residents Sticker Shock

 

 Surrey First Councillors Linda Annis and Mike Bose say former mayor Doug McCallum’s financial mismanagement at city hall “has finally caught up with the city’s finances” and taxpayers are now facing “sticker shock” with threats of a 17.5 per cent tax increase worth more than $400 for the average home.

“Mr. McCallum’s famous and fictitious, 2.9 per cent annual tax increases, his complete lack of a plan to build much-needed infrastructure, his constant deferral of maintenance, a lack of transparency around policing, and the potential cost of shutting down the police transition, have put our city and its taxpayers in a precarious financial position,” said Annis. “At the same time, we’re still dealing with a lot of financial assumptions about the cost of keeping the Surrey Police Service, or continuing with the RCMP, and that lack of solid information has bothered me right from the start. An independent set of eyes on numbers provided by the RCMP and the SPS would have ensured we had the best and most accurate information, something we still do not have, and something that’s critical to making good financial decisions for the city. Facts, not fiction, that’s what we need as we build the 2023 budget.”

Annis said keeping the SPS would save millions in severance costs, but keeping the SPS means higher annual policing costs than those charged by the contracted RCMP.

“The Mayor says the SPS would cost about $250 million more than the RCMP over the next five years, but the SPS disputes that figure,” said Annis. “Again, we don’t have a credible third party checking any of these claims, and as a result, our 2023 budget is being built on sand rather than a bedrock of facts we can count on. For instance, the budget makes a big assumption that if the SPS is disbanded that half of the SPS members would join the RCMP. SPS members are more likely to join another municipal police service, like the Vancouver Police Department, which is looking for 100 new officers. It is unlikely that very many SPS members will decide to join the RCMP, which is a completely different organization and culture. Every police force is hiring, so it is more likely SPS members will go to municipal forces than the RCMP.”

Bose said he wants city hall to look at options, rather than imposing a damaging tax increase on families and businesses in a single year.

“There isn’t a family or business in Surrey that isn’t stretched right now, and the last thing our community needs is city hall making their lives harder,” explained Bose. “This financial mess wasn’t created by the residents of Surrey. But like every mistake made by incompetent and short-sighted politicians, taxpayers are the ones that have to clean it up. So, I’m saying to my colleagues at city hall, we should be looking at ways to limit or reduce the pain.”

Annis said one option would be a more affordable increase brought in gradually over three or four years.

 

Meanwhile In Victoria

MIKE FARNWORTH

Yesterday afternoon when pressed by media MIKE FARNWORTH minister of public safety and solicitor general told reporters the Province would make an announcement prior to when the city of Surrey has to send out tax notices which occurs in May.

 

February 22, 2023

IF you saw someone yesterday walking along in the sunshine with a smug smile on their face, it was probably due to the fact they were one of the lucky ones to get in on the incredible savings at SAVE ON yesterday. Long time residents will flash back to the 60's when the lower mainland had the good fortune of having the Province wide chain of Woodwards stores that pioneered the popular $1.49 days on select Tuesdays. Hats off to SAVE ON to not only l adopt the memorable radio jingle, but to have the good sense of holding their first $1.49 day on the long accepted week day of Tuesday.

SAVE ON will be running $1.49 days periodically for the next year. Guaranteed the lineups out front will be long the next time these kind of savings occur.

(click here for that memory lane trip)

 

February 21, 2023

Surrey police chief calls for audit of city's costings

Surrey Police Service Chief Constable would like to see an audit of the City of Surrey's costs after Mayor Brenda Locke announced how transition costs would affect taxpayers.

The Chief Constable of the Surrey Police Service (SPS), Norm Lipinski, is calling for an audit of the city’s costings, claiming they’re “inflated and mis-characterized.”

The city released a drafted five-year budget Feb. 18, which shows a proposed 9.5 per cent property tax increase in 2023 could go towards policing transition costs, if approved.

Lipinski says Surrey’s financial numbers cause increasing public concern, adding these numbers seem to question the viability of the SPS.

“Surrey residents don’t know who to believe and, quite frankly, I don’t blame them. There are many benefits that municipal policing will bring to Surrey, however, I certainly understand that cost is a significant factor to residents,” said Lipinski.

In January, Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke said the transition would cost $235 million more than keeping the RCMP as the police of jurisdiction. Although on Saturday, Locke said keeping the RCMP was a $116.6 million shortfall from a transition to SPS.

Lipinski says an audit would help shed more light on the situation for taxpayers.

“SPS would fully support an independent audit involving SPS, the City, and the RCMP in order to ensure taxpayers get the clarity they deserve on the policing transition,” said Lipinski.

SPS spokesperson Ian MacDonald says the newly drafted budget is causing more confusion.

“Some of those numbers are actually costs that would be incurred by the RCMP and so it’s a little bit mind-boggling that it seems the direction of the city and the mayor is to blame SPS for all costs, whether they’re past, present or future.”

MacDonald admits there will be costs regardless of whether the SPS stays or goes.

“What we think is happening is a very broad spotlight is pointed at any of the SPS-related expenditures, but not enough light is being shone on the costs of undoing the transition. And those costs aren’t just financial, those costs — most importantly — speak to public safety, not just for the City of Surrey but also for the province of British Columbia. I would say this is one of the inherent dangers of when you mix things like partisan politics and partisan public safety.”

In a statement from the SPS Monday afternoon, it says the following factors should be considered:

  • The slowdown of deployments and cessation of RCMP demobilizations since the October 2022 municipal election. This added an estimated $5M in costs without the demobilization of RCMP officers.

  • The City’s proposed addition of 25 new RCMP officers and 4 administrative staff in 2023.

  • The retention of the RCMP would actually cost taxpayers $50M more in 2023 than continuing the transition to SPS, as there would be no need for the costs to “wind down” SPS (severance, legal, etc.).

  • The fact that SPS officers currently make up 45 per cent of the City’s current targeted strength of 734 officers. If SPS was allowed to continue, that would increase to 80-90 per cent by the end of 2023.

If approved, the tax hike would potentially lead to families paying hundreds more in levies and Surrey City Councillor Linda Annis doesn’t think many people can afford it.

“An average household now would face a tax increase of about $400 a year. We need to have a re-look at the budget.”

Annis feels the presented budget is full of “speculation,” and she thinks each party should be in one room to crunch the numbers and then the budget can be nailed down.

“I have no idea. I’ve been asking for the real numbers, what will it really cost if we go back to the RCMP or if we move forward with the Surrey Police Service? I’m getting a different set of numbers depending on who I ask.

When the mayor was running [in the election], she said if we continue on with the Surrey Police Service it would cost $500 million over the next five years, then the number came out that it was $250 million. We then had a report done about transitioning back to the RCMP, the RCMP, and the Surrey Police Service had a different number.”

A decision on what’s happening with the SPS was supposed to come down late last month, instead, the provincial government — which will make the final decision — said it was delaying it because it needed more information.

For now, a transition back to the RCMP hasn’t been approved. Locke said Saturday things will be revisited if the province comes back with something different.

“Council voted to keep RCMP as the police of jurisdiction,” she explained. “We have to go with what we know. Council made a decision to keep the RCMP and that’s how we’re moving forward,” she explained.

 

February 20, 2023

City of Surrey: 

Draft 2023-2027 General Operating and Capital Budgets

The City of Surrey’s 2023-2027 General Operating and Capital Budgets are now available for the public to view. More than half of the property tax increases for 2023 is to fund the costs associated with the police transition.

The 2023 Draft Operating Budget has been built without a decision on policing in Surrey, and the financial model is predicated on retaining the RCMP as the police of jurisdiction. While maintaining the RCMP will cost an estimated $235M less to operate over five years than the Surrey Police Service (SPS), there remains a shortfall of $116.6M created by the transition process. As a result, a proposed 9.5% General Property Tax increase to fund the 2023 Policing.

 "It is now clear just how much this misguided experiment to change policing in Surrey is costing Surrey residents and businesses,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The money wasted by the policing transition, combined with the so-called 2.9% property tax rate for four years implemented by the previous Council, means we are now having to play catch up on core City services, such as the hiring of firefighters and bylaw officers. Surrey can ill afford to continue with the police transition and we are starting to set our finances straight with this budget.”

  • 9.5% General Property Tax increase to fund Policing Shortfall (approximately $219 for the average single-family home).

  • 7.0% General Property Tax increase (approximately $161 for the average single-family home) to fund:

    • General inflationary pressures

    • Hiring of additional 25 police officers, 20 firefighters and 10 bylaw officers for 2023

    • City Wide Operations (non-public safety)

  • 1.0% Roads and Traffic Levy. (approximately $23 for the average single-family home).

If the proposed increases are approved, the City’s portion of property taxes for the average assessed single family home in the City of Surrey would be $3,000, which would place Surrey in the middle for property taxes collected for the respective average assessed home in Metro Vancouver.

A public meeting of the Finance Committee will be held March 6 at 2pm to consider the 2023 Budget. The public can provide comment in person at the Finance Committee meeting or through written submissions. The deadline for written comments is noon on Friday, March 3, 2023.

The Draft 2023 Budgets and Five-Year Plan can be viewed here

 

February 15, 2023

Surrey Council Protects Farmland

Surrey City Council has voted to support the addition of 89 hectares of active farmland to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), as outlined in the Agricultural Land Commission’s (ALC) proposal to add 123 hectares of federally owned lands in Campbell Heights to the ALR. 

“It is crucial that we protect this invaluable, high-yield farmland to help ensure future food security in the region and across British Columbia,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “That is why Council voted in favour of protecting this irreplaceable farmland that yields an estimated 50 million servings of vegetables every year. Not only does this rich agricultural land ensure a resilient local food supply, but its preservation will help reduce our carbon footprint in the battle against climate change. Council is also in favour of keeping 34 hectares, in the ALC proposal, intact and protected in its current state as ecologically valuable forested land.”

The Agricultural Land Commission initiated its proposal to include the subject properties into the ALR in December, 2022. The properties are in the Campbell Heights area of the City of Surrey, bounded by 192 St (west), 36 Ave (south), and the Township of Langley municipal boundary (east). The Government of Canada is considering disposition of the properties, which may leave the lands vulnerable to future changes in land use. Given the longstanding agricultural use of the properties, the Commission considers that the lands may be suitable for inclusion to the ALR.

The Properties have been concurrently leased to local producers for agricultural use dating back to the 1970s, and approximately 89 hectares of the subject Lands are currently cultivated with field vegetable crops. It is these 89 hectares that Council has voted to support adding to the ALR. Council also supports keeping the 34 hectares of intact forested land in the ALC proposal out of the ALR.

There are currently 9,275 hectares of ALR land in Surrey, which was established by the Province in 1973.

Currently, the federal land is leased to Heppell Farm which has farmed the property for some 50 years.

Prior to the last municipal election, city council voted to support keeping the land as agricultural

Click here to read the report to Council.

 

February 14, 2023

White Rock Aids Turkey Earthquake Victims

White Rock Deputy Fire Chief Norm MacLeod is on his way to Turkey to aid in earthquake search and rescue as a part of Burnaby’s volunteer Urban Search & Rescue team.

Deputy Chief MacLeod and the team the very best in helping the Turkish people affected by this devastating earthquake.

Update February 15 2023

DEPUTY CHIEF MCLEOD arrived back home Tuesday evening safe and sound.

WE SALUTE YOU CHIEF!

 

White Rock "All Star" Passes

Eric Froelich, the barefooted German wrestler who helped make professional wrestling more athletic in North America, has died. He was 85. FROELICH for a number of years made his home here in White Rock and was a local figure. He often worked at the nightclub at the border truck crossing, gently showing unruly patrons the way to the door

His wife, Pamela Biddle-Froehlich, posted the news on Facebook on February 10, 2023: “My dear husband, the love of my life, my best friend passed away tonight".. Eric Froehlich my heart is so broken’” How do I live without you I want to know.”

Eric Froelich debuted in the Northwest in 1961. He wrestled well into the mid ’80s. So his main qualification is longevity. However he was also a very good worker and a very exciting acrobatic worker. TV always told us he had been a gymnast turned wrestler to explain his style and he always wrestled barefoot. He did hold the Canadian tag titles once with Guy Mitchell.

Eric's signature move was the nip up, a move that came about when he was laying flat on his back in the ring and would bring his legs up to his stomach and throw himself forward into a standing position. Froelich gained local stardom as a mainstay for years on the BCTV All Star wrestling show hosted by Ron Maurier.

Froelich stopped wrestling in 1982.

 

 

February 12, 2023

Who Spent What On Their Election Campaigns?

Following each civic election, all candidates are required to submit a detailed account of who funded their election campaign finances as well as how they dispersed those funds.

Here is the list for each of the members that were elected to White Rock council as well as all the other candidates.

Click on each name for the link to their filings.

David Chesney

Elaine Cheung

Ernie Klassen

Megan Knight

Bill Lawrence

Michelle Partridge

Christopher Trevelyan

If you are interested in the finances of ALL the candidates that ran for council and mayor this year

(click here)

 

Professional Soccer Comes To The Valley

Vancouver FC teased its modular stadium set to be built at Willoughby Community Park, the club has given fans their first look at what the pieces will look like put together – along with some important stats, too.

The club has posted a sneak preview of the planned stadium, where the Canadian Premier League expansion side will kick off its first home game on May 7 against Cavalry FC.

Expansion Vancouver FC gave fans a glimpse of its new home Thursday at Willoughby Community Park at the Langley Events Centre.

The fledgling Canadian Premier League franchise released an artist’s rendering of its planned soccer-specific stadium – a modular design that will accommodate up to 6,560 fans on game day in its inaugural 2023 season.

Think IKEA or LEGO on a stadium-size scale.

 

February 14, 2023

White Rock Monday Night Council Rewind

Presentation

Staff Sergeant Pauls provided a 2022 White Rock RCMP year in review presentation.

 View the information provided in the presentation.

2023-2026 Council Strategic Priorities

Council’s Strategic Priorities for 2023 to 2026 were discussed and endorsed.  

Now that Council has set their priorities, this information will be used to form the development of the 2023 - 2024 budget, the 2023-2027 Financial Plan and 2022 Annual Report. 

Priority focus areas identified through this document include:

  • Community

  • Housing and Land Use

  • Infrastructure

  • Local Economy

  • Organization and Governance

  • Waterfront

During discussion regarding Council Strategic Priorities, Council considered and endorsed the hiring of two (2) new planning staff to help with backlog of applications for review:  Building Official 3 and a Clerk Typist 2.  

View the full 2023-2026 Council Strategic Priorities document.

Bylaw 2358 – White Rock Zoning Bylaw 2012, No. 2000, Amendment (RS-4 - 15561/15569 Oxenham Avenue) Bylaw, 2020, No. 2358

Council provided final reading for Bylaw 2358, which permits the subsequent subdivision of two (2) lots into three (3), permitting construction of a new single-family dwelling on each new lots at 15561/15569 Oxenham Avenue.

Draft Resolution Brief Regarding Varied Tax Rate for Residential and Business Classes

Council endorsed a letter of support be forwarded, by the Mayor of the City of Langley, for their “Draft Resolution and Brief Regarding Varied Tax Rate for Residential and Business Classes”, that will be forwarded to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA) and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).

 

 

 

February 08, 2023

Roses Are "Dead", and the violets are too -

...Send us a tip about these Valentines, "Cause they're Not The Ones For You"

LINDA ANNIS Crime Stoppers-executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers/Surrey Councillor

A reward up to $250,000 is available for Rabih Alkhalil - one of Canada’s “most wanted” valentines.

With symbolic bouquets of “dead flowers” and candy boxes containing mugshots at this year’s presentation, Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers has unveiled B.C.’s six “most wanted” criminals and suspects who remain on the lam this Valentine’s Day. They could be far away, or right in your neighbourhood.

RABIH (ROBBIE) ALKHALIL

For fugitive Rabih Alkhalil in particular, Crime Stoppers has partnered with the national BOLO (Be On the Look Out) Program to make available a larger reward of up to $250,000. Alkhalil is wanted for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and being unlawfully at large after escaping from the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam last July.

“All six ‘valentines’ on this year’s list are wanted for serious crimes ranging from attempted murder and manslaughter to producing controlled substances,” says Linda Annis, Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers. “Someone, somewhere knows where these people are and we’re urging them to do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers anonymously.”

“Anonymous tips do work,” Annis adds. “Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers received more than 4,000 anonymous tips in 2022 leading to 73 arrests, 13 illegal weapons seized and $1.4 million dollars in property and illicit drugs recovered. Your anonymity is guaranteed by the Supreme Court of Canada. You’ll never be questioned or called to testify.”

 

Hatching A New Plan

Tuesday morning was the unveiling of the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club's sign for their new salmon hatchery.

This modern facility will be built on high ground away from the Little Campbell River that has repeatedly flooded the old hatchery.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts helped club president Diana Barkley unveil the new sign to a throng of club members, financial donors, DFO officers and assembled media.

To the amazement of everyone in attendance, Rotary International announced they will be donating $500,000 to the building of the new hatchery.

This is on top of the $15,000 already donated by the Rotary Club of White Rock and other funds totaling $130,000 for this project expected to cost $1.5 - $1.8 million.

2023 SFGC memberships are now being sold and donations to help finance the new hatchery graciously accepted.  Go to SFGC.info for more information.

 

February 07, 2023

White Rock RCMP Crime Stats

White Rock RCMP have released their most recent quarterly crime statistics. Staff sergeant KALE PAULS will present White Rock council Monday (Feb 13) with a background breakdown on areas of concern for policing in our City By The Sea.

Property, fraud mischief account for over 50% of local crime.

Most residents who live in condominiums or apartments who have had their buildings and or underground parking broken into will not be surprised.

 

February 06, 2023

Clipped from - The Province newspaper - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 21 May 1912 - Semiahmoo Bay

- There is a beach which stretches for miles; firm and yellow in the glorious summer sunshine. The tide is out and over the wide expanse groups of youngsters are building castles in the sands, while their parents are planning summer homes at White Rock. Handy to the beach are rows of summer cottages, which at this season of the year are filling up with their happy owners from Vancouver, New Westminster and other centres. Three hours later the beach is dotted with laughing group in bathing costumes, for the tide is coming in over the sun-heated sands and the water is becoming nicely tempered for a swim end so into the salt water they dash, family groups exulting in the pure joy of holiday making. It is little wonder that the joys of life at White Rock are appealing to rapidly Increasing circle, for the convenience of the place adds to its attraction, within one hour of Vancouver with four trains each way a day, it forms an ideal spot for either a vacation or a day's outing and there is little doubt that White Rock is going to receive its share of attention from the public.

 

February 05, 2023

Bird's Eye View

 

Local photographer took STACY ASCAH took his drone to the air this past week to afford us a bird's eye view of homes in White Rock. Pictured above are incredible perspective photo of the Semiahmoo First Nations land.

Go ahead, have fun trying to locate y our home. Thank you to STACY and all the wonderful photographers who's work I liberate on a regular basis to post here in THE SUN. A gentle reminder we live in the greatest city in this country.

 

February 04, 2023

Semiahmoo First Nation oppose inclusion of farmland near Langley-Surrey border in ALR

There has been considerable support to protect hundreds of acres of farmland near the Langley-Surrey border by including it in the Agricultural Land Reserve, but three key stakeholders are strongly opposed 

Three Langley-area First Nations have called on the Agricultural Land Commission to stop considering whether to include 300 acres of federal land into BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve. The proposal to protect the land from future development has otherwise received considerable support 

On Jan. 6, ahead of a public hearing, lawyers representing Katzie, Kwantlen, and Semiahmoo First Nations wrote the Agricultural Land Commission to urge them to “refrain from taking any further steps to advance the proposal.” Despite the letter, the public hearing was held last week€”it was one of only two letters that were opposed to including the land in the ALR.
Roughly 220 of the 305 acres are leased to local producers. Supporters of the proposal sprung into action after it became known the landowner of the five adjoining properties determined them to be surplus and may consider selling them 

KKS (as the three First Nations are referred to by their joint legal counsel) argue that including the lands in the ALR would have ”significant impact on the ability of KKS members to exercise their inherent and constitutionally protected rights in this area, particularly their right to benefit economically from their lands.”

They also noted that the First Nations weren’t consulted before the ALR scheduled the public hearing 

“The Commission has not made a decision on whether or not the lands should be included in the ALR. Consideration of the proposal will be informed by the record before the commission,” Grout concluded in her letter 

Lower Mainland First Nations have increasingly moved to negotiate the return of publicly owned lands that the provincial and federal governments have deemed surplus to their needs. Before selling any land, those governments must consult with First Nations. Over the last five years, First Nations in Mission and Abbotsford have successfully got the governments to return those lands, rather than sell them to the highest bidder.

 

 

February 03, 2023

Charges Laid In Five Corners Fire

Sunday May 20, 2016 is not a day White Rock residents will easily forget. The city was woken to the sounds of fire engines and emergency vehicles heading towards the Five Corners District of the city.

A very stubborn fire engulfed the condominiums and a number of the retail outlets in particular the very popular LAURA'S COFFEE SHOP.

Surrey and White Rock fire brigades took the better part of the day to bring the fire under control

At the time we here at the White Rock Sun put together a chronological order and time frame of the subsequent fires that occurred in sequence that morning.

Late yesterday afternoon White Rock RCMP issued a press release identifying JAMES ADRIAN DYER as the individual that has charged with 7 criminal charges as a result of the arson.

Mounties did not list the other six charges against Dyer in its most recent statement, but online court records show he was charged with the following charges:

  • Two cases of arson with property damage

  • A case of arson relating to occupied property

  • Two counts of theft

  • A charge of breaking and entering and committing a criminal offense

  • A charge of breaking and entering with intent to commit a crime

All of the alleged crimes occurred at White Rock.

Dyer is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on February 23,

The final fire that day if you follow the chronological order and timeline below occurred on the Semiahmoo First Nations land. At that time charges were laid against JAMES ADRIAN DYER.

As the matter is before the courts there will be no further information released by the city or the RCMP

Surrey RCMP had said at the time that no link had been identified between the two crimes, and that one man, identified at the time as James Adrian Dyer, had been charged in connection with the blaze on SFN land – in which “some guy lit fire to some pallets on a basketball court.”

 

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 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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January 04, 2023

If We Could Only Get AMTRAK To Stop In White Rock

Amtrak has revealed the design for its new Cascades trains that will debut in 2026

Amtrak Airo trains will have modern, spacious interiors and panoramic windows, and the trains themselves will be more fuel efficient, travel faster, and have new amenities.

“Amtrak Cascades is eager to welcome new trains to our scenic 18-city route linking Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia,” said Ron Pate, director of WSDOT’s Rail, Freight and Ports Division, in a press release

 

It's Official - THRIFTY'S Is Coming To White Rock

It is finally official, THRIFTY'S will be the grocery store that will occupy space in Miramar Village on Johnston road in uptown White Rock. We informed you months ago ending speculation that was running wild in the community.

The exact date of opening is not yet known but given the amount of work to set the space up one would think it will be in the Spring of 23.

It will be interesting to see what they will do about no loading zone for the store space @ MIRAMAR.

 

Surrey Skytrain-Langley One Step Closer

 

The Government of British Columbia has invited two pre-qualified bidding teams to participate in the request for proposals (RFP) stage to design, build and finance the elevated guideway, roadworks and utilities, as well as active transportation elements of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain.

The request for qualifications (RFQ) was posted through BC Bid and closed on Nov. 1, 2022. After a thorough evaluation of the RFQ submissions, the teams invited to participate in the RFP stage are:  

  • South Fraser Guideway Connectors

  • SkyLink Guideway Partners

The Province anticipates the successful proponent will be announced in late fall 2023.

 

January 01, 2023

File Under About Time

December 31, 2022 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to evolve, the Government of Canada has taken a prudent and measured approach to adjusting border measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians. In response to the surge of COVID-19 in the People’s Republic of China and given the limited epidemiological and viral genomic sequence data available on these cases, the Government of Canada intends to put in place certain temporary health measures for air travellers entering Canada from China.

As of 12:01 a.m. EST on January 5, all air travellers who are two years of age and older, arriving on flights originating from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao, will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than two days before their departure, to the airline prior to boarding. The test could be either a negative molecular (such as a PCR test), or a negative antigen test that has documentation to show that it has been monitored by a telehealth service or an accredited laboratory or testing provider. Passengers who tested positive more than 10 days before their departure flight, but no more than 90 days, can provide the airline with documentation of their prior positive, in place of a negative test result.

January 02, 2023

Taking The Plunge

Photo by Christopher Trevelyan

A large crowd descended on to the sandy shores of Semiahmoo Bay for the 53rd Annual Polar Bear swim yesterday. Hundreds took the annual out with the old in with the new swim.

Meanwhile over at Crescent Beach, the clothing optional swim at Crescent Rock marked their 15th annual swim

 

White Rock Sun's DON PITCAIRN & JAMIE LEE KWAN

The 15th annual Polar Bare Plunge skinny-dip went swimmingly today with a record 23 people braving the icy waters of CRB.

The Mad Hatters Swim Club was out in force with four people completing the triple swims at White Rock, Crescent Rock and English Bay in just 2.5 hours.

Jamie Lee Kwen lead the charge for his record 7th time, Don Pitcairn returned for his 2nd trifecta at age 60, while Helene and Drew likely completed the 3 swims, we are waiting for their photos.

 

Translink Schedule Changes In Effect Starting Today

TRANSLINK will put into effect a few minor bus schedule changes for White Rock effective today. With ridership increasing south of the Fraser over the years TRANSLINK is hoping these changes will help commuters using public transit.

375 White Rock / White Rock South / Guildford

Say hello to more service on the 375, shortening wait times by 10 minutes midday on Saturdays.

Saturday

  • Every 20 minutes towards Guildford from 11 a.m. to noon (from 30 minutes)

531 White Rock Centre / Willowbrook

Say hello to more service on the 531 with an additional trip to Willowbrook at 6:15 a.m. on weekdays.

 

 

 

 

ON FILE

WE MUST NEVER FORGET.

We will continue to closely monitor the court proceddings on charges laid in the devastating fire that destroyed residents and businesses at FIVE CORNERS district in uptown White Rock.

From the very early stages it was identified the fire was set by arsons.

Below is the time frame of not only the FIVE CORNERS fire but a series of other events and fires that subsequently occurred.

This May it will be 6 years since the fire ripped through the area.

 

There currently is no trial date set. But we are watching closely.

 

August 01, 2021

Arrests made in Five Corners Fire arson investigation

 

 

May 15, 2019

Unhappy Anniversary

Today marks the third anniversary of the 5 Corners Fire. The blaze displaced over 100 residents of the Ocean Ridge condo development and a number of local business owners.

Let's look back. Here is the time-line story we published the day after the blaze broke out. The White Rock RCMP state the file is still active and progressing.

Follow the bouncing ball.

 

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 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 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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