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The White Rock Sun will be back live on Saturday June 15

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Night Owl

Watch for the buskers uptown White Rock this Saturday.

Comedy at Blue Frog and Island Cafe on Friday.

(click here for all your entertainment needs)

 

 

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

 

Brother can you spare $16 Million?


The recent installation of a digital donation box at the end of the White Rock Pier has caused quite a media storm and uproar in the community about why the City of White Rock cannot pay for needed seismic upgrades to this heritage structure that was built to its current length in 1915.  As anyone who lives here knows (and likely most people living in B.C.), the Pier was heavily damaged during a winter storm on Dec. 20, 2018 when a dock with moored sailboats broke free and was pushed by gale force winds and high waves through the structure, leaving a long foot gaping hole.  It took eight months and $4 million dollars to fix the damage and make it safe for pedestrians to finally use once more.  Thankfully, you are not allowed to drive vehicles on the Pier, which was something that was actually allowed decades ago. 

For those who have not seen it, the sign posted by the City next to the donation terminal reads as follows:  

 

Help Restore The White Rock Pier

The City of White Rock is gratefully accepting donations to complete the seismic improvement for the White Rock Pier.   The Pier sustained significant structural damage and was partially rebuilt after the windstorm of 2018.  The remaining sections of the Pier need to be seismically improved to withstand future storms.  On the keypad, select the value you would like to donate toward restoration ($2, $5, $10, $20 and "Other Amount" listed).  Your donation will help preserve the historic monument for residents, visitors and future generations.  Scan the QR code to learn more about the Pier and restoration.  White Rock, City By The Sea.

 

While the Pier looks very similar to the way it was before the 2018 storm, the reality is that it now is two piers in one, the old rickety and rotting pier last rebuilt in 1977 and the new concrete and steel one that is built to withstand earthquakes and objects that might impact it in the water.  Twenty-two sets of steel pilings topped with concrete slabs were used to rebuild the destroyed section that was then overlaid with wood planks and railings to resemble the original structure.  If you walk under the pier at low tide you will quickly notice the difference between the old and new sections.  Looking at the wooden pilings on either side of the new section, you will see various metal braces and collars bolted in place to help support damaged sections that were repaired.  It certainly is more secure than bubblegum and bailing wire, but you wouldn't catch me out on the Pier in a storm, especially with debris in the waves.  This spring the City removed all of the logs from both west and east beaches so they would not possibly wash out and become floating battering rams.

For those residents who believe the pier should be repaired with taxpayer dollars from White Rock, you need to look at the math involved.  It has been estimated the rest of the Pier restoration will cost $16.2 million dollars.  For a city with approximately 23,000 residents, the repair bill would be a little over $700 per person.  For a family of four trying to survive these expensive times that would be $2,800.  With a 1% increase in White Rock property taxes raising only $300,000, it would take a 54% increase in tax rates to finance the pier restoration.  For all the pensioners on a fixed income who are already deferring their property taxes this would be a non-starter.  If you think that the parking fees charged in the parking lot across the waterfront will somehow pay for a new pier, most of the money collected goes to the BNSF Railway for lease payments for their land.  In the original timeline for rebuilding it was hoped to have funding from the Federal and Provincial governments so that the restoration would have been completed within two years of the 2018 storm.  Unfortunately this money has failed to materialize, with the donation box now going up as a funding option.

Personally, I think it is a good idea for White Rock to install this pay station.  The White Rock Pier is a great tourist attraction but it is primarily used by people coming from outside of the city.  A survey of people using the pier several years ago found that a third of them were first time visitors.  Half of the people polled were from the Lower Mainland and the remainder of B.C., with the other half coming from the rest of Canada and other countries.  With such an influx of visitors to the City By The Sea, why not give people the chance to help save this iconic heritage site by making a donation to the rebuilding effort?  It would be a good idea to also install one of these donation stations at the far end of the 1540 foot long Pier where people tend to rest and congregate.  While there are no solid numbers available for the number of visitors who walk the Pier in a year, it should be in the millions.  It will be interesting to see how much money this pay station project collects, or if it is merely a publicity stunt to help shame the other layers of government into helping foot the Pier restoration bill.

Naturally yours,

Don Pitcairn

NOTE: View the startling DECEMBER 2018 video of the pier destruction below in VIDEO OF THE DAY 

 

I wish to acknowledge we live, work and play on the traditional lands of the Semiahmoo People.

 

 

 


Local News

June 11, 2024

Roundup Time

The contractor secured by BNSF for vegetation control along their rail line on our waterfront rolled into the beach yesterday morning. The spraying has already been done from the old boat launch area on the waterfront west towards Crescent Beach.

The high traffic area along the promenade from west beach to the border will be done weather permitting Wednesday. The possibility of rain on Tuesday may delay the completion of the job until Wednesday.

The pesticide being used is glysophate more commonly known as Roundup.

The contractor is confident the spray will not extend across our promenade and most certainly not on to the grassy area on the city maintained land on BNSF property.

Weeds growing up along the fence next to the promenade walkway will not be affected so as not to over-spray. The spraying will be done a half hour after sunrise on the day this week weather permits.

 

Good News From Translink

As part of TransLink’s upcoming Summer Service Changes, seasonal adjustments are being made on 12 bus routes for more frequent service to outdoor destinations around Metro Vancouver, including:

362 Seaside / White Rock Centre

Afternoon and evening wait times during weekends and holidays on the 362 have been shortened by 10 minutes this season. The 362 leaves White Rock Centre and travels to the beach east along Marine Drive turning on to Maple to Columbia and back up Johnston Road. Barring any detour due to work on Johnston Road.

Weekends and Holidays

  • Every 20 minutes from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    ...plus

    The Bike Bus is back!

    This popular specialized service is a great option for cycling customers travelling between Bridgeport Station and the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. The 900 Bike Bus is in service starting Friday, June 28 (Canada Day long weekend) to Monday, Sept. 2 (Labour Day). It will run every hour from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.?on Fridays, weekends, and holidays. Departure times align with BC Ferries sailings.

    This summer, each Bike Bus will have an additional interior bike rack bringing the total capacity up to 10 bikes per trip.

     

 

June 10, 2024

White Rock Council

(click here read yesterday's agenda items and to watch yesterday's council meeting)

 

June 09, 2024

WARNING!

Notice of Work

BNSF will be conducting their 2024 vegetation management program the week of June 10 to 14. A licensed pesticide applicator will be spraying the gravel ballasts on either side of the railway track with glyphosate. 24 hours prior to treatment, notices will be posted at all public and road access to the proposed treatment areas.

For more information on glyphosate, please see the Pest Management Regulatory Agency website at https://tinyurl.com/murufhha.

FYI

Why was glyphosate banned?

Several countries have restricted or banned the use of glyphosate because of its link to an increased risk of cancer.

Canada has tried unsuccessfully to have glyphosate banned.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in a number of herbicides, including Roundup.

 

Backgrounder

In 2011 the White Rock based PESTICIDE FRE COALITION lobbied White rock and Surrey to ban glysophate.

Surrey and White Rock both complied but the matter has never been enforced in White Rock which banned the use of ROUNDUP.

(read the story here)

 

June 08, 2024

Police investigating homicide in Surrey

Crime investigators last night in front of fatal shooting incident @ 977 164th street

Yesterday morning ( June 7) at approximately 8:46 a.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a shooting in the residential area of 164 Street and 10 Avenue that has left one man deceased.

When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male victim who had sustained injuries and was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police are investigating whether a burned vehicle located a short time later in the area of 18500 area of McMillan Road is connected to the homicide.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called and will be working in partnership with Surrey RCMP.

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase; no further information will be provided at this time. Further details and media availability will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer.

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the IHIT Information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

UPDATE June 09, 2024

Four men, arrested shortly after a shooting, have now been charged with murder.

Background: On June 7, 2024 at approximately 8:46 a.m., the Surrey RCMP received a call of a shooting in a the 900-block of 164 Street, Surrey.

RCMP front line officers attended and located a 28-year old man, later identified as Yuvraj Goyal of Surrey, deceased.  A short time later, police were advised of a vehicle fire in the 18500-block of McMillan Road, Surrey.   As a result of the quick coordinated response of Surrey RCMP, Air 1 and the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT), four suspects were identified and taken into custody.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and have been working closely in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Service and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC) in a collaborative effort to advance the investigation. 

Although initial evidence suggests this was a targeted shooting, investigators are working to determine the reason that Mr. Goyal, a 28-year old community member with no history of police contact, was killed.

On June 8, 2024, 23-year old Manvir Basram of Surrey, 20-year old Sahib Basra of Surrey, 23-year old Harkirat Jhutty of Surrey, and 20-year old Keilon Francois of Ontario, were charged with first degree murder, in relation to the shooting of Mr. Goyal.

“We’re thankful for the hard work of the Surrey RCMP, Air 1 and IERT, but there is still more work to be done,” says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT.  “IHIT investigators remain dedicated to determining why Mr. Goyal was the victim of this homicide.”

IHIT is asking anyone with information who has yet to speak with police, or anyone who was driving in the 900-block of 164 Street between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. or in the 18500-block of McMillan Road between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. with dash-camera footage to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

Surrey Wins Twice

During the recent BCHL semi final playoffs between the Penticton Vees and the Surrey Eagles, Surrey mayor BRENDA LOCKE placed a wager to the mayor Penticton, that the mayor of the losing team would have to wear the jersey of their competitor to a council meeting.

 

It was a wonderful season for the Surrey Eagles. The games against the Penticton Vees were the best in junior hockey. Great sportsmanship by both teams - and Mayor Bloomfield too!

Brenda Locke

 

Have you seen Justin Fisher?

White Rock, Missing Person

White Rock RCMP is renewing their appeal for information as they continue to search for Justin Fisher, who has been missing for eight months.

On October 8, 2023, White Rock RCMP received a report of found property and determined it belonged to Justin Kyle Fisher. As the investigation began, police were unable to locate him and contacted his family in the United States. Fisher’s family told police that they had not heard from him since his arrival to Canada on October 2, 2023. (Initial media release 2023-10-16)


The last known sighting of Justin Fisher was in White Rock, BC in the 15000 block of Marine Drive, on October 7, 2023.

June 07, 2024

WHALLEY SKYTRAIN STATION REOPENS

King George Station on the Expo Line will reopen at the start of SkyTrain service on Sunday, June 9.

A full station closure for six weeks was required to complete important upgrades as efficiently and safely as possible.
 
The work was completed as expected and included removing parts of the rail to replace two turnouts, mechanical devices that guide trains from one track to another. This replaced section of track had been in use since the station first opened 30 years ago.
 
During the closure, multiple infrastructure upgrades in and around King George Station were also completed, including:

  • Power rail work

  • Cable installations

  • Elevator and escalator repairs

  • Electrical and lighting upgrades

  • Station cleaning


 

June 06, 2024

Love In The Rock

Congratulations Dr. Michael Carter and your Lovely Wife Marijke Vickers on their Beautiful Wedding Day yesterday in Sunny White Rock.

After the Ceremony we went to the Washington Avenue Grill for a Wonderful Reception with wonderful food and impeccable service.

Wishing You both, many years of Love, Health and Happiness.

Sincerely, Rob Montgomery

 

(click here for archived news stories)

 

 

 

Video Of The Day

 

We have all been behind a person like this at our local coffee shop.

 

Joke Of The Day

Clifford and Daisy May were married for many years.

Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. Clifford would shout, "When I die, I'll dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life ol' woman!!"

Neighbors feared him. Old Clifford liked the fact that he was feared.

He died at the ripe old age of 98.

After the burial, Daisy May's neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, "Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?"

She replied, "LET HIM DIG. I HAD HIM BURIED UPSIDE DOWN...AND I KNOW HE WON'T ASK FOR DIRECTIONS."

 

Thought For The Day

 

 

Community Events

 

Emergency Responders Open House

Meet the White Rock emergency responders at the open house on June 15

Attend the White Rock Emergency Responders Open House, a free event for the whole family on Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Participate in activities, information from fire and community policing, and an opportunity to get to know the first responders in the community.

Purchase BBQ hotdogs and smokies, drinks and baked goods. 

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, June 15

  • Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Location: Between White Rock City Hall and White Rock RCMP Detachment (15299 Pacific Avenue)

 

Check the waterfront weather in White Rock in real time.

It's always sunny in White Rock

 

 

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Thank you for reading and writing and sharing THE SUN with your network of friends, our daily look at life on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

David Chesney

Serving White Rock & South Surrey since June 02, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 
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