Our LAD IN LADNER Ray Ramsay has had a great week. First he gets news he is being inducted into the BC Country Music Hall of Fame, then he proudly unveils his latest musical project - a salute to Black History Month.
It was a cold and wet West Coast winter day yesterday, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the smiling faces and warmth displayed by Peace Arch Elementary students as Joe Woodworth and I picked up the latest batch of backpacks for Operation Backpack yesterday!
Initiated by Nicole Hurtubise, a teacher at the school, each class had collected items for these backpacks with care and attention to what refugee children from Syria or elsewhere, would need and like.
Taking part in this initiative was an extension of the other ways the school community gives back and helps those less fortunate, in learning to be socially responsible for themselves and those around them.
These backpacks, like the others already collected and delivered, will be distributed through Options – a front line agency that is and will continue to assist Syrian and other refugees coming into Surrey.
The most desperate need is still housing – basement suites, rooms, apartments etc. You can call the Immigrant Services Society to register if you have housing you can help with. http://www.issbc.org/
Sexual assault in Whalley
Surrey RCMP is releasing a composite sketch of the suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted and stabbed a woman on February 2nd in the City Centre area.
On February 2nd at approximately 2:00 am, residents in the 13200 block of 105th Avenue called police after hearing a woman screaming. The investigation indicates a woman met an unknown male and together they walked into a secluded walkway. The suspect then allegedly sexually assaulted the victim and stabbed her before fleeing the scene. A nearby Good Samaritan drove her to the hospital where she is recovering from serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The victim was able to provide a detailed description of her attacker resulting in the preparation of a composite sketch (see attached).
The suspect is described as a black male with a slight build, 5’10” to 5’11” in height, and approximately 30 years old. He speaks with a slight accent and was wearing black pants and a black hoodie.
Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit (SVU) is spearheading this investigation and is requesting anyone with more information to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
Back row FATHERS and teachers
White Rock councillor HELEN FATHERS on Tuesday hosted an elementary class from White Rock elementary at her place of work, city hall.
FATHERS has taken time out of her busy schedule over her past two terms to introduce the youngest members of our community to city council and the council chambers.
Local MP DIANNE WATTS Receives Major Committee Appointment
The Prairies are represented on the transportation, infrastructure and communities committee by Conservative Kelly Block from the Saskatchewan riding of Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek and the NDP’s Linda Duncan from Edmonton Strathcona.
The other Conservative members are Luc Berthold of Megantic-L’Erable in Quebec and Dianne L. Watts from South Surrey-White Rock in B.C. With two major items on the table for Surrey (light rail) and White Rock ( moving the rail line) this news is very welcome to both communities.
February 04, 2016
Please Sign The Petition
The City of Surrey Council is considering a proposal to rezone an agriculture property on the banks of the Little Campbell River to “Light Industry” The developer intends to construct a truck parking and
maintenance facility on the site. This property is only 2,400 meters upstream from the Little Campbell Hatchery. It is inevitable that petroleum and other contaminants will enter the river from this site.
This could very well lead to the loss of the salmon and trout in this river that has taken club volunteers 59 years to restore. The development site is located on the south side of 16th Avenue between 192nd & 194th
The river runs through the northern section of this property. If you are opposed to the proposed development please make the City of Surrey Mayor and Council aware of your position.
Surrey will be one of the first cities in Canada to embark on a full conversion of street lighting to LED. Council endorsed the five year implementation strategy at Monday's Regular Council meeting to replace 28,000 existing street lights with LED roadway lighting technology. The first phase of the plan will see the conversion of 7,100 street lamps to LED lighting in Guildford and City Centre.
“The move to convert our street lighting to LED is another example of Surrey being at the forefront of Smart Cities,” says Mayor Linda Hepner. “For motorists, cyclists and pedestrians the LED lights will enhance visibility and safety. LED lights also consume less power than the current sodium lights, which will result in significant cost savings to the City once the conversion is complete.”
Compared to sodium lights, LED lights make it easier for road users to see pedestrians and signs, and the lighting quality of LED’s also result in reduced eyestrain and fatigue.
Once the street lighting upgrade has been completed city wide, the high efficiency and life expectancy of LED lights will result in approximately $1,000,000 in annual savings in reduced power consumption and maintenance costs. The cost of replacing the City’s lighting fixtures to LED lights is estimated at $11,000,000.
February 02, 2016
You Can't Go Back!
This old clipping from the Peace Arch News clearly illustrates WE have been complaining about change for decades. My guess is this article is from the late 70's as McBride's is still operating on Marine Drive.
Construction crews are working hard to ready the new White Rock location for Nature's Fare Market which will be located in the long vacant Shoppers Drug Mart location in Central Plaza in uptown White Rock. The healthy living chain of stores began in the Okanagan and soon expanded to the Lower Mainland with their Langley store.
The new outlet will be patterned after the Langley store which encompasses a large produce section, an in store cafe/bistro/health food store and more.
Expect an opening in March if the schedule stays on track.
A Looming Trade Challenge to BC’s New Wine and Liquor Laws and Policies?
Currently the South Surrey location of SAVE ON FOODS is the sole grocery store outlet in British Columbia that is allowed to sell wine. The test model being conducted by the Provincial Government Liquor Branch has now drawn the ire of wine producers from around the world.
Will this mean higher priced import wines? Will this harm the local wine industry.
Missing snowboarder on Cypress Mountain found dead
North Shore Rescue has confirmed a 40 year old man from Surrey has been found dead on Cypress Mountain.
January 29, 2016
White Rock Purchases Waterfront Property
The City of White Rock recently purchased the property located at 1156 Vidal Street. The property with the white house with red tiles is adjacent to city-owned parking lot located at the Corner of Vidal and Victoria avenue as well as the piece of property on the right hand side of the photo above).
Former White Rock councilor Al Campbell
The City purchased the property for from the current owners Al & Cathy Campbell for $1.4 million dollars. The purchase has been funded from the Land Sale Reserve. The City had an independent appraisal of the property.
The property purchase will support Council’s strategic priority regarding parking options. Purchasing this property would allow the City to increase the capacity of a parking structure at this site by
over 60 percent. The City previously highlighted that the current demand for parking exceeds available capacity, especially during peak tourist times on the waterfront.
Recipe Of The Week
Our Tator To Nacho recipe will put you in the SUPERBOWL tomorrow.
A rabbi was called to a Miami Beach Nursing Home to perform a wedding.
An anxious old man met him at the door. The rabbi sat down to counsel the old man and asked several questions. "Do you love her?"
The old man replied, "I guess."
"Is she a good Jewish woman?"
"I don't know for sure," the old man answered.
"Does she have lots of money?" asked the rabbi.
"I doubt it."
"Then why are you marrying her?" the rabbi asked.
"She can drive at night," the old man said
Video Of The Day
Watch this video about the brave people of the Skeena River who have declared that the critical habitat at the mouth of the Skeena be protected for all time, as a refuge for wild salmon and marine resources, and is to be held in trust for all future generations.
Thought For The Day
“A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.”