May 18, 2013, 5:59 am
"where you can vacation and be home the same day"
It's the May Long Weekend - Rodeo Weekend
ROSS BUCHANAN has done some digging into the local coal story and has come up with some troubling information.
May 17, 2013
Digging A Hole
City officials and an independent contractor were on site of the city's road end that borders along a proposed development site on Victoria Avenue. (see story below)
Councillors LARRY ROBINSON and HELEN FATHERS converse with the city of White Rock's arborist ALECIA OTTO. Initial findings were it may be possible to develop the property and save the city's adjoining trees.
Update 4 p.m. May 17, 2013
Once the roots of the tree's roots were exposed the city of White Rock on the advice of a private arborist and the city staff a decision was made to remove the trees.
...then the trees came tumbling down.
Thank You. No Thank You
While the NDP and CONSERVATIVE candidates quickly removed their election signs post election night, LIBERAL Gordon Hogg and GREEN candidate DON PITCAIRN went to the extra effort to say "thank you" to their supporters. Classy.
White Rock Mayor WAYNE BALDWIN was joined by Councillors HELEN FATHERS and GRANT MEYERS in a special ceremony yesterday with MP RUSS HIEBERT. The federal government has allotted enough funds to pave over the grass on the small Bayview Park at West Beach in order to extend the promenade and extra 150 feet or so.
Mr. Hiebert said, "The funding provided today will be used to improve accessibility and enjoyment of the park through the installation of a new brick-paved walking trail, benches, and a gazebo. I know we will all look forward to seeing the results of this investment and the benefits that will come with it."
May 15, 2013
Gordon & Laverne Hogg leaving campaign headquarters
Incumbent Liberal candidate GORDON HOGG surfed all the way to Victoria on a tidal wave of support Tuesday evening in the Provincial election. The White Rock/South Surrey riding a long time Liberal strong hold came through with huge support once again for HOGG who took 58% of the vote. The Liberals have formed a majority government. Premier Christy Clark did not win her seat in Point Grey. Will there be a by-election to bring CLARK in by having a safe riding representative give up their seat for Christy to be elected? Stay tuned.
HOGG/LIBERAL - 13,743 58% of the vote
KEEPING/NDP - 6,406 27.3%
PITCAIRN/GREEN - 2,047 8.73%
PAGTAKHAN/CONSERVATIVE PARTY - 1,168 4.9%
JIM LAURENCE/BC PARTY - 96 0.41 %
ATM Bandit Alert For White Rock
file photo/not RCMP issue
On Sunday May 12th, just after 9 PM, White Rock RCMP were called to the Toronto Dominion Bank in the 15100 block of North Bluff Road. A 63 year old male from Ontario reported that he had been robbed by a male carrying a black gun and concealing his face.
On Tuesday May 14th, just after 9 PM, White Rock RCMP responded to a similar incident at the Royal Bank, located in the 15000 block of North Buff. A 62 year old female from South Surrey reported she had been robbed by a male carrying a black gun and concealing his face.
Two Surrey Stanley Cup rioters get jail time
Robert Timleck has been given seven months in jail while Nathan Blake will spend eight months behind bars. The pair were part of a group that assaulted a Good Samaritan.
May 14, 2013
RCMP Reaches Out
The Surrey RCMP are requesting the public's assistance and any witnesses to come forward with additional information following two separate shooting incidents on Saturday evening (May 11th).
Vidal Development - It's A Go!
The controversial 12 storey tower development on the upper reaches of Vidal Street in White Rock (just south of 16th avenue) received approval from council Monday evening. Council voted 4 - 3 in favour of the Vidal St, project. Baldwin, Campbell, Fathers against. Lawrence,Hutchinson,Meyer,Robinson in favour. .
White Rock Council and staff also wrestled with what can be done to preserve a grove of large fir trees on the city's hillside. The trees which are the last grouping of large trees along the hump portion of the hillside, have been used by the local eagles as perch trees for years. The trees which are on a city owned road end will be difficult to preserve if the developer/owner of the adjoining property proceeds with the current plans to develop his property.
White Rock Waterfront Warning
The entire length of the promenade along the White Rock waterfront was recently sprayed with some form of weed killer. There was no public notice of this spraying and there are no signs indicating what type of poison was sprayed on the waterfront.
Late Tuesday afternoon BNSF released the following statement. There has been no comment from the city of White Rock.
OFFICIAL STATMENT FROM BNSF Regional Rep Gus Melonas 4:00 p.m.May 14, 2013
The sprayer was accidentally left on the on position as we went through the area (vegetation control program). We are looking into this matter and discussing further with the city.
City of White Rock Operations have been in discussion with BNSF regarding the recent overspray that occurred in the early morning of Sunday, April 28. BNSF has confirmed that the product used was Round-Up.
Our research has found that the EPA considers glyphosate to be non-carcinogenic and relatively low in toxicity. Although the City is disappointed that this accident occurred, we have determined that there are no adverse health concerns and no immediate steps need to be taken with the affected area.
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
ROCKIT BOY entertainment is proud to present a night at the Grande Ole Opry with BONNIE KILROE'S Country Queens stage show. Hear the music of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle, Dolly Parton and more this Friday evening. What a wonderful night of country music.
Plus meet this week's winners of the DIAMOND OF THE ROCK
Meet The Neighbours
Meet LISA XIE. LISA and a few of her friends have a special day planned for White Rock next Saturday. All you have to do to participate is simply say "Hi."
Yell It Like It Is
White Rock / South Surrey was one of the first ridings that went to the Liberal party. The red wave continued across the Province as the night wove on. Many many "armchair quarterbacks" this morning are searching for and analyzing the outcome.
The Naked Truth
Who put the sin in ca-sin-o? By now you have probably seen the new $50 and $100 bills. Most would have thought the new design would be very difficult to counterfeit the new bills. DON PITCAIRN today breaks a story about bogus bills turning up at a local casino.
You Can't Win 'Em All
The Surrey Eagles fell to 3-1 in the round robin at the RBC Cup in Summerside, PEI after a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Brooks Bandits on Thursday afternoon at Credit Union Place. Dan O'Keefe and Trevor Cameron had the goals for Surrey in a losing cause.
As a result of the loss, the Eagles will finish either second or third, depending on the results of the Thursday night game between the Summerside Western Capitals and Truro Bearcats. Either way, the Eagles will face Summerside in the semi-finals on Saturday. The opening face-off will be at 2:00pm PT
TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
SARAH: Yesterday you said its H to O!
Has the high price of gas got you feeling blue this holiday weekend? Imagine how RED GREEN feels.
"If women don't find you handsome......"
Are You Tired Of Dragging Out Those Newspapers You Didn't Ask For?
With this free app for your cellphone you can now eliminate the need for collecting the paper just to read the flyers. Another public service from your friends at The White Rock Sun.