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The "Silver Fox" DREW BURNS passed away Saturday. For some 25 years DREW welcomed one and all into his famed Commodore Ballroom on Granville Street. I was fortunate enough to have known the man professionally as well as personally.


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Local News

October 01, 2014

Outside Help To Be Brought In

With no one on staff that is able to create the living document that will form the basis for the city of White Rock's "rail relocation" request, council Monday approved hiring a consultant for $20,000.00 to perform the task. The entire process will take years. This is simply the first step.


White Rock Race Heats Up

Dennis Lypka

DENNIS LYPKA was just an everyday ordinary citizen enjoying his retirement gazing out of his suite in the Bel Air towers. Then one day developers erected a development proposal sign in his front yard. Dennis meet City Hall. City Hall meet Dennis.

Frustrated with what he calls inefficiencies of city hall, LYPKA has now officially put his name forward for a seat on council.


Local Youth Group Needs Our Help

Youth in our community has applied to the AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND to help fund a Youth Centre. You can help by voting daily if you can, in support of their efforts.

Watch their video here

Vote Here


September 30, 2014

Rafe Rails On Watts

Former broadcaster and Socred MLA RAFE MAIR adds his two cents worth on what DIANNE WATTS can expect if and when she is elected as the Conservative MP for White Rock/South Surrey.

"Dianne Watts, I regret to say, is foolish in the extreme if she thinks that she is going to contribute her considerable talents to the betterment of the country by running in the next federal election as a Tory or anything else."

(Read The Tyee)


September 29, 2014

Newton Says Enough Is Enough

Home invasions, targeted shootings and a second degree murder charge? That was just last week in Newton, and the community has had enough. The rate of serious crime rate convictions in Surrey is the lowest in the Lower Mainland and the residents have had enough.

Hundreds turned out Sunday for a rally in Newton. Politicians and political hopefuls were sent a strong message. No more cheap talk. We want action. With the civic election in 6 weeks the spotlight is squarely on anyone looking to hold public office.

Also Sunday evening friends, family and residents of Surrey gathered in Holland Park to mark the third anniversary of MAPLE BATALIA. BATALIA as attacked and murdered outside of the SFU campus next to Holland Park.

Two men have been charged in Batalia’s death. Her ex-boyfriend Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal was charged with first-degree murder, while Gursimar Singh Bedi was charged with manslaughter with a firearm and accessory after the fact. The pair are expected to be in court in April 2015.


....Get Your Motor Running-Head Out On The Highway

Thousands of bikers converged on Anacortes, WAA on Sunday for the 33rd annual Oyster Run. The event marks the unofficial last weekend of motorcycle riding in the Pacific Northwest. The event has over the years become the largest gathering of motorcycle riders on the West Coast of the continental United States. Hundreds of local riders made the pilgrimage south.


September 28, 2014

Wally's Corner Grows UP!

3 Civic Plaza - 52 Storey Highrise To Rise Over Whalley

The Century Group of Delta has unveiled a mega project they will undertake in the ongoing transformation of Surrey's main city centre, Whalley.

3 Civic Plaza is Surrey’s only premium hotel + residences, and the tallest residential tower South of the Fraser. Located on the Civic Plaza at the North end of the city centre includes the new City Centre Library and City Hall, and is adjacent to the Surrey Central SkyTrain station. 

With a world class 144-room boutique hotel — the Civic Hotel at 3 Civic Plaza, Autograph Collection, part of Marriott International’s global portfolio — the project sets the tone for the future of Surrey City Centre. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016


Province Wide Opposition To Increased Thermal Coal Exports

THE TYEE with an informative story on how the "coal issue" was discussed at this year's UBCM in Whistler.

(click here)


September 27, 2014

Surrey Mayor Hopefuls Now Number Four

John Edwards

JOHN EDWARDS a health professional who makes his home in the Newton area of Surrey announced Friday he would join the race for the position of Mayor of Surrey.

Political wags are now spreading rumours former Surrey city councillor JUDY HIGGINBOTHAM is whispering she is also considering a shot at the centre chair in city hall.


September 26, 2014

Developers Line Up For NEXT Council

BYLAW 2040 - WHITE ROCK ZONING BYLAW, 2012, NO. 2000, AMENDMENT (CD-43 – 14937 THRIFT AVENUE) BYLAW, 2013, NO. 2040

Clerk's Note: At the September 8, 2014 regular meeting Council passed a motion to defer consideration of third and final readings of the subject bylaw until the September 29, 2014 Council meeting.

The City was recently informed that the applicants for the rezoning at 14937 Thrift Avenue would like to defer their application and associated Development Permit Application (MJP 13-029) at this time.

Another rezoning outside of the Town Centre has decided to join the OXFORD group (two tower project on Oxford & Thrift) and wait until the new council is elected in mid-November. The developers are obviously hoping for a more developer friendly group at city hall following the upcoming election on November 15.


September 24

Court challenge launched opposing coal facility at Fraser Surrey Docks

New stickers that turned up this week on the White Rock waterfront

The group EcoJustice has filed the lawsuit in federal court. The group doesn't think all health and environmental concerns were properly considered.

(more info here)

UPDATE - New Westminster has joined the fight against increased Thermal Coal exports. Read their intervener request here

Neither Surrey or White Rock have thrown their support behind the ECOJUSTICE/COMMUNITIES AND COAL initiative.




Night Owl

Boogie Blues & Cool Jazz Weekend

Tickets at the door

All That Jazz

...meanwhile in uptown White Rock, Blue Frog magically turns into a cool jazz bar. Cory Weeds of the Jazz Cellar fame in Vancouver in association with Blue Frog proudly presents the LARRY FULLER TRIO in concert Saturday.

(click here for the Fraser Valley's most read entertainment guide)




TNT The Naked Truth

DON PITCAIRN in attendance at Saturday's Community Protest in Newton.

Twenty years later - nothing has changed.

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Coming Events

Jacky Essombe

PENINSULA PRODUCTIONS present a very special Family Concert Sunday October 26.

(click here for details for other community events)




Next game for the Canucks is in Edmonton. The Oilers return the visit with a game Saturday night at Rogers Arena.


It is a bye week bye Seattle, next game is on the road in Washington vs The Redskins Monday October 6 @ 5:30. Next home game for The Seahawks is in two weeks on October 12 when the once mighty Dallas Cowboys visit the Emerald City.


Next on the schedule for your Lions is is a game next Saturday in Hamilton vs the Ti-Cats. Next home game is October 11 when Ottawa comes to town.

Travis Lulay says he will not put himself through another surgical procedure and has elected to forgo the prospect of shoulder surgery. Lulay is eligible to come off the six-game injury list Nov. 1 against Edmonton, though there is nothing from stopping the Lions from taking him off sooner.

There are still 7600 tickets left for the Vancouver hosted 2014 Grey Cup game.


Friday night Nanaimo visits the Eagle Nest in the South Surrey Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door.

Sunday those wild a crazy Rivermen from Langley come to town for an afternoon game @ 4 p.m.

(visit the eagles nest website)



Joke Of The Day

A guy walks into the bar and sits down. Bartender says "what can i get you?" The guy says "an Ovechkin" the bartender says "an Ovechkin? What's that?" The guy says " a White Russian, no ice no cup".

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