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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.



- 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.


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


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  


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


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



Peter Vogelaar | Winlaw

#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.



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.


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)



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:

To learn about the June 2023  announcement about actions to improve health-care services in Surrey, visit:

To learn about government’s 10-year cancer action plan, visit:


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.


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: 


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


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.



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.


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






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)



 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.


  • 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 and


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


August 22, 2023


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


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:
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 


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.



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: 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


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.


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


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 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 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 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:

To learn more about the Province’s recommendation to continue the transition to the Surrey Police Service, visit:

To read the director of police services’ public report, visit:


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.


(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?"


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


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:


    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


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


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 :




You can watch a livestream of yesterday's meeting at



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:

The business case for the Fraser River Tunnel Project and related documents and updates can be found at:


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


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


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 or calling 604-596-0973.

People who enjoy active outdoor work and are interested in supporting their community can contact 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.



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


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


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. 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


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:


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

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.


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.


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.?



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  


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


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:


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


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


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


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, 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’s largest celebrations of Japanese culture

DATE: April 15 (10am to 6pm) - April 15 (10am to 6pm)


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 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.



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:

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:

Please let us know 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;�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)


  • 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)


  • 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:


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.



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


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


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


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

Visit FVRL’s events page to find other upcoming Playground events.



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, 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


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


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.



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


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.


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 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.


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


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


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


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



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

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

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

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

May 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




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



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.


  • 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.







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.



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



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



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



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



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

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

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

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



May 20, 2016

RCMP Investigating Arsons

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

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



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



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



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



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



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

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

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

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


May 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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