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March 01, 2021

“Today, we are reporting 438 new cases, including nine epi-linked cases, for a total of 81,367 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,679 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 8,445 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 75,255 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 243 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 137 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 249 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 19 in the Island Health region, 16 in the Interior Health region, 17 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 182 cases. Of the total cases, eight cases are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 159 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant and 23 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant.

“To date, 283,182 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 86,537 of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health

 

Vaccine call centres for seniors open March 8, 2021.

 You can book a vaccine appointment for yourself or your spouse.

You can also have a family member or friend call for you. It's easy and safe to book over the phone. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)

 

 

During the Corona-virus (COVID 19) pandemic we will endeavour to keep you informed to what is taking place in our community of White Rock and South Surrey/

If you see or hear about someone or an organization that is doing good in our community please forward the information to me.?

Thank You

David Chesney/Publisher

email - editor@whiterocksun.com

 

 

In case you haven't been paying attention, the NHL is kicking off its season today. It's an abbreviated 56 game sprint, with teams pretty much playing every other day, in 'series' of 2-3 games against the same opposition.
We'll be helping you get into the action with a 'Lucky Puck' promo for every Canucks game. Come on in when the locals are playing, grab a puck, and if you have one that corresponds with a goal scorer, you can enjoy a beer on us.
Our cool joint, cold beer, and sizzling hot hockey action - we got ya covered this season.

 Tomorrow (Thursday) the Canucks play the first of two games vs the Toronto Maple LEafs. Game #2 is on Saturday.

 

Yes we are Hiring!

This job is not for everyone, it is labour intensive, stressful and tiring! To be honest you need to be able to multi task , have a good attitude, and a clue of what is going on!
In need of a full time applicants willing to work During the week and Saturdays and available during peak busy times 7am-3pm.
Customer service experience and Barista experience a plus!
Apply in person and ask for me Laura or you can message thru Instagram or IMessage

 

 

 

 

 

Local News

March 03, 3031

COVID Statement From Premier Horgan

The Province of British Columbia has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response.

The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on March 16, 2021, to allow staff to take the necessary actions to keep British Columbians safe and manage immediate concerns and COVID-19 outbreaks.

“Vaccines have already saved the lives of some of our most vulnerable, and yesterday we announced the next phase,” said Premier John Horgan. “Every single day we’re making progress, thanks to the hard work of public health experts, front-line health-care workers, essential workers and British Columbians who are committed to doing their part to keep us all safe. We’re going to get through this together.”

The extension of the provincial state of emergency is based on recommendations from B.C.‘s health and emergency management officials. The original declaration was made on March 18, 2020, 

 

March 02, 2021

What actions should the City work on to make White Rock a better place to live, visit or do business?

Share your ideas for improving the local economy with the survey at talkwhiterock.ca/business

 

March 01, 2021

Public Meeting

 

Do you support a new Cannabis store at 15053 Marine Drive?

UPDATE MARCH 02, 2021

Council last evening listened for over an hour as residents explained their feelings for and against the opening of a cannabis store on Marine Drive. The callers into the Public Meeting were evenly split on whether or not the city should approve a temporary license to SEED & STONE to open and operate a retail cannabis outlet on the waterfront.

 

City Council wants to hear from White Rock residents and local business owners, and all those impacted by this proposal.
What do you think?
PUBLIC HEARING:
March 1st 2021 - 6PM Start
Please come and share your thoughts, support, or opposition to the Bylaw Rezoning Application for 15053 Marine Drive, which would allow the Seed and Stone Cannabis shop to operate on Marine Drive (in the old Giraffe Restaurant near Memorial Park)
(link for proposal / information)

https://pub-whiterockcity.escribemeetings.com/filestream...

 

Proposed 6 Storey 'BEACHWAY" on North Bluff

UPDATE MARCH 02

The proposed six storey BEACHWAY development on North Bluff road brought out the majority of the callers that wished to speak to the proposed condo development. The majority of the callers during the 2 hour open session cam from neighbours living in the area of the proposed development. Overwhelmingly the residents that live in this area spoke against moving forward with the development.

Please come and share your thoughts, support, or opposition to the Beachway 1 proposal, which will replaced 6 single family homes with 74 units in 3 x 6-story buildings and 14 townhomes in the Upper East Side of White Rock (near Earl Marriott Secondary) - including market, rental, and below-market units.

 

COVID-19 vaccinations for oldest British Columbians begin March 15

The most senior British Columbians will begin to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine in two weeks.

A call-in system to book vaccination appointments for Indigenous peoples aged 65 and up and other British Columbians aged 90 and up will open March 8, with clinics starting to run March 15.

Seniors aged 85 to 90 can start booking on March 15, for vaccinations starting a week later. Booking opens for those aged 80 to 85 open on March 22.

Anyone who misses their age-based dates can still book anytime afterwards.

The province plans to continue to gradually open vaccination clinics to younger British Columbians — opening by five-year increments — but specific dates beyond March have not yet been announced.

 

February 27, 2021

Residents encouraged to share comments on White Rock’s draft Financial Plan 

The City of White Rock invites residents to review the City’s draft financial plan and provide comments as the City prepares for a budget public meeting on March 8.

The City’s proposed 2021-2025 Consolidated Financial Plan will be presented to the City’s Finance and Audit Committee for public consultation and review during a virtual meeting at whiterockcity.ca/agenda  on Monday, March 8 at 5 p.m.   

The City prepares a Five-Year Financial Plan each year showing the City’s operating and capital programs and how they are funded. According to B.C.’s Community Charter, the City must adopt its 2021-2025 Financial Plan Bylaw by May 15, 2021.

How to Give Input
Here are some options for providing comments about the draft Financial Plan. A copy of the draft plan is available for review at whiterockcity.ca/budget .

Submit your comments by noon on March 8, 2021

  • Email Mayor and Council at  clerksoffice@whiterockcity.ca , subject line FINANCIAL PLAN
  • Send mail to White Rock City Hall, 15322 Buena Vista Ave. White Rock, B.C. V4B 1Y6
  • Drop mail at City Hall’s secure drop box, left of the front door of 15322 Buena Vista Ave.

Speak at the meeting by phone or call into the meeting live

  • Register to speak before 4 p.m. on March 8, 2021. Contact  clerksoffice@whiterockcity.ca  or 604-541-2127 where you will be given the details on how to call into the meeting.

 

Multiple charges laid in $1.8M fraud investigation of Surrey boat dealer

Thirty-three charges have been sworn against Aaron Fell, owner of Breakwater Marine, following a complex investigation spanning a year and eight months.

The Surrey RCMP Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) began their investigation in June 2019, after numerous reports were received alleging fraudulent business practices by Breakwater Marine, a boat dealership located in the 16000 block of Fraser Highway. (See previous release 2019-08-08)

The investigation included a search warrant executed at the business on August 8, 2019, that resulted in the seizure of multiple boats and documents.

This was a multifaceted investigation involving more than 100 victims who were allegedly defrauded out of approximately 1.8 million dollars combined.

On 25 February 2021, 50-year-old Aaron Michael Fell of Surrey was charged with thirty-three counts including 30 counts of fraud related charges and 3 counts of theft of property charges.

This was a complex investigation that required our team to sort and examine a significant number of business and personal records and documentation in order to gather all the evidence, says Sergeant Ryan Forbes, of the Surrey RCMP Financial Crimes Unit. Thanks to our federal and provincial partners who assisted with this investigation. 

 

February 25, 2021

Pretty In Pink

White Rock has started a new tradition of altering the lighting on Canada's Longest Pier to honour local organizations and events.

Last night the waterfront was a beautiful pink hue in honour of PINK SHIRT DAY.

Thank you to acclaimed local photographer BILL HAWKE for the photo.

(check out Bill's other photos)

 

A Sure Sign Spring Is Around The Corner

DAVID HANCOCK of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation over on 0 avenue passed along this information last night. Yesterday @ 4 p.m. the first sighting of an eagle sitting on an egg was recorded by one of his cameras.

The ‘ Surrey Bald Eagle Reserve’  female on her first egg of 2021 – at 402PM.today.

Our local Surrey Bald Eagle Reserve pair laid their first egg today at 4:02PM  -- with a little snow lining the nest but lots more due tonight.  I sure hope she sits tight to keep this first egg warm. Will she wake up under a blanket of snow in the morning?   The second egg will likely arrive Saturday afternoon. You can watch the laying at  www.hancockwidlife.org  on our Live CAMS.   This is three days earlier than last year and that was 10 days earlier than the year before.

With the Fraser Valley still hosting a large number of high tundra and boreal forest nesting eagles of northern Canada that winter in our valley, many eagles are visible to our valley residents.  The two or possibly three eggs will take 36 or 37 days to hatch, so we should have a young eaglet April 1 – my birthday!   Yes yes, lots of good things happen that day!  

The Surrey Bald Eagle Reserve is the product of a willing flexible developer, an adaptable Surrey Council and Wildlife Branch and our effective Mitigation Plan  -- that enabled the HWF to build the eagles a new artificial nest. This is its third year of producing young at this artificial site -- two each year so far.  Quite rewarding to have these eagles nesting in a condo development. 

Normally April is the month of eaglet hatchings.  Let’s hope this is a good year for them.  Happy eagle watching.

(click here for more information on the David Hancock Foundation)

(check out the live eagle web cams - donate if you can)

Thank You

David Hancock    

Hancock Wildlife Foundation.    

 

Surrey To Construct Indigenous Carving Centre @ Stewart Farmhouse

The City of Surrey has received a $400,000 grant from the Government of BC for the construction of an Indigenous Carving Centre at Elgin Heritage Park/Historic Stewart Farm. The grant, through Heritage BC, will help to build a one-of-a-kind venue that fulfills objectives of the City’s vision for reconciliation, while supporting the protection of Indigenous cultural heritage in Surrey.

Mayor Doug McCallum. “The new Carving Centre will be a showcase venue to come learn and explore the art and history of Indigenous carving. I look forward to welcoming everyone when we officially open the doors of the Indigenous Carving Centre at Elgin Heritage Park next year.”

Project construction is set to begin this fall, with completion in mid-2022. 

 

February 24, 2021

City of Surrey Tree Sale

City’s popular tree sale program expanded

 The City of Surrey is excited to announce the first dates of its expanded 2021 tree sale program, which enables residents to purchase quality trees at an affordable price. The first tree sale opens February 26 and closes March 10, with a pickup date of March 14. The second opens on April 23 and closes May 5, with a pickup date of May 9. There will be more opportunities to buy a tree as two additional dates have been added for the fall. 

“Our tree sale program was so popular last year that we have decided to hold it four times in 2021,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Residents will have the first two windows to participate in our tree sale beginning this week, with the second round in late April. I encourage everyone to buy and plant a tree. By doing so you are helping to keep our City green and grow our urban forest.”

All trees are $20. Varieties include maples, dogwoods, magnolias and assorted fruit trees which all grow well in Surrey. Inventory is limited. Residents can purchase and register for tree pickup using their MySurrey account, on a first come, first served basis.

“Investing in tree planting supports the City’s priority to be a leader in Green initiatives, which include increasing our tree canopy coverage across Surrey,” said Councillor Allison Patton, Chair of the Agriculture, Environment and Investment Committee. “I am delighted to see this program expanding this year as the tree sale also helps support the City’s Climate Adaptation Strategy and Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.”

The tree sale program is managed by Surrey Parks Division. It provides Surrey residents access to quality trees, at an affordable price, to help grow the City’s tree canopy coverage. 

More information is available at surrey.ca/trees.

 

White Rock Public Art

A very creative artist over on East Beach has created a beautiful piece of public art, who doesn't want their very own MEGATRON that lights up at night? The metal statue is created from old car parts . WOW!

And he is not through.

...coming soon OPTIMUS PRIME

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Garden

Susan Jensen checks in with her first gardening tip.

Spring is just around the corner and it is time to start sprouting your seeds for the coming gardening season.

(click here)

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

I take road safety very seriously, especially after being at several gruesome crash scenes over the years.  I regularly send emails to various engineering departments, Mainroad Group and the BC Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry about glaring deficiencies I notice or safety recommendations that could save lives.  Case in point was myself campaigning for median cable safety barriers along Highway 99 through Delta and Surrey a decade past, which since installation have stopped cross lane accidents and the injuries and deaths that resulted.

(read more

Video of the Day


Emilie Grange shares “BUCOLIC”, a video that mixes flowers with inks to best bring out the power of colors.

The creative and colorful video is set to the song “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” by Perry Como.

Walt Disney said “Dream your life in color, this is the secret of happiness.” and I think if we all had dreams like this video we’d all be happier.

 

Chesney's Chestnuts

A man wants to invent a musical instrument.

He works day and night tinkering until it is finally done. He is filled with joy and when he begins to play it he hears a light 'dink' sound from the instrument. The man is impressed with his work and tries to come up with a name for his creation. 'I know! I will call it the Doowop™.' He chooses this name because it reminds him of popular music videos that he knows will interest the teens.


So the man sells this instrument and it is an instant hit! Sales skyrocket and the man begins to mass produce the Doowop.


Now rich and famous, living in a stately mansion the man is awoken one night to see that his house is flooded! The man looks for an escape but there is none, as he takes his final breaths he wishes he had his prized instrument at this time and says, 'water, water everywhere but not a Doowop to dink...'

 

Thought For The Day

 

 

 

 

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