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Going To The Beach Today?

Tide Table for White Rock/Crescent Beach

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May 07, 2021

NEXT UPDATE - Today 3 p.m.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting 722 new cases, for a total of 134,341 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 6,757 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 125,799 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 445 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 157 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 115 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 523 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 20 in the Island Health region, 38 in the Interior Health region, 26 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been seven new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,602 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

“2,042,442 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 99,461 of which are second doses.

Learn More

For more information on B.C.’s employment standards, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-adviceemployment-standards

For more information on registering for a COVID-19 vaccination, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated


SPEAK Survey - to share your perspectives and feedback on the SPEAK survey, visit: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey

The fastest and most effective way to register is online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.html

 

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

 

White Rock Beach Beer Company Try Our New Patio

We are happy to have opened another patio on the north side of our location on Russell avenue. Now two beuatiful patios to serve you better

Pop in get a 6 pack or growler to go and stay for a visit and enjoy one of the many craft brews on tap.

 

 

White Rock/South Surrey residents walk their own way at the Walk for Alzheimer's


It’s not too late for White Rock/South Surrey residents to join the thousands of British Columbians walking their own way for the Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Participants simply set themselves a walking or fitness challenge throughout May, while fundraising to support Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services. Participants are encouraged to get creative and ensure their plans to participate adhere to current provincial health guidelines. 

An online celebration on the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Facebook account at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30 will end the month of activity.

The Society is currently running a promotion to recognize the work of fundraisers. For every $100 they raise between the time they register and 11:59 p.m. on May 30, they will receive one entry in a draw to win a $1,000 VISA gift card.

Residents who are unable to take part in the month of activity can register for an online auction in support of the event at alzbc.org/auction. Running until noon on Monday, May 31, its items include a hockey stick signed by Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, hotel stays, winery tours and more.  

To learn more about the event, or to register and start fundraising, visit walkforalzheimers.ca.

 

 

 

TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

Our erstwhile columnist has never met a protest he didn't like.

" While chatting to those involved, a pickup truck did an abrupt lane change, swerving towards the protestors and then tossing a liquid from their side window as they passed by, likely oblivious that their childish prank actually counts as assault.  Fortunately, it was just water and not battery acid, or as one of the men joked, "a bottle of urine."  


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Local News 

May 10, 2021

White Rock Council - Today

White Rock council convenes Monday afternoon to finalize the city's budget and continues its efforts to assist the waterfront businesses as they struggle to exist during COVID.

5 p.m. Audit & Finance (click for agenda)

6:15 Land Use & Planning Committee meeting (click here for agenda)

7 p.m. Regular Council meeting (click for agenda)

 

Surrey Council

MOTION TO BE INTRODUCED TONIGHT TO CREATE AN INDEPENDENT AUDITOR GENERAL FOR SURREY

Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis wants Surrey to join the growing ranks of major Canadian cities that count on the independent oversight of an auditor general to ensure taxpayers are getting the best value from their city’s operations and municipal finances. Annis is introducing a motion at tonight’s virtual meeting of council to begin researching the creation of an auditor general for Surrey, starting with a council-to-council conversation with the City of Vancouver.

Annis said Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary and Edmonton have independent auditing offices, and Vancouver is about to join the group. Annis said Vancouver is looking to hire its first auditor general and Surrey could learn a lot from the work they’ve already done

(click here for schedule and agendas)

 

Happy To See You - Not Happy To Hear You

Since the beginning of time Marine Drive along the White Rock waterfront has been the #1 destination for hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles to "cruise the strip."

Residents along the waterfront and uptown White Rock along Johnston Road have complained for decades about the ear shattering sound of the exhausts of some of the irresponsible drivers.

The problem may be coming to an end. Over the weekend White Rock RCMP positioned themselves along "the hump area" of Marine Drive to pull over obvious offenders of operating vehicles with loud pipes.

The word will get out. The RCMP will also be paying special attention to speeders along Johnston Road where the speed limit was recently reduced to 30kmh from 5 Corners to North Bluff road.

 

Fraser Health expands COVID-19 immunizations to include nine more high-
transmission neighbourhoods

As part of the Province’s strategy to provide vaccine to people in high-
transmission neighbourhoods, Fraser Health is now immunizing people ages 30 and over (born in 1991 or earlier) in nine additional neighbourhoods in our region where we are
seeing high rates of COVID-19 transmission, to protect these individuals and their loved
ones.

(born in 1991 or earlier) in nine additional neighbourhoods in our region where we are
seeing high rates of COVID-19 transmission, to protect these individuals and their loved
ones.

We have also dropped the age requirement to ages 30 and over for all ten high-
transmission neighbourhoods announced last month. Eligible people who live in these neighborhoods can register now on the Get Vaccinated website and will be immediately
contacted to book their vaccine. Please do not delay booking your appointment.
We are adding the following nine high-transmission neighbourhoods:


Surrey (Guildford, Cloverdale)
Langley (Willoughby)
We continue to immunize people in these 10 high-transmission neighbourhoods:
Surrey (West Newton, East Newton, Whalley, Panorama, North Surrey, Fleetwood)
North Delta
South Langley township

While it remains critical that we continue following public health orders and guidance,
registering for the COVID-19 vaccine helps put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, and
brings us one step closer to reconnecting

 

May 07, 2021

The Sky Was On Fire Thursday

Christy Fox photo

Bill Hawke photo

Rita Moore photo

Visitors and residents with a view of Semiahmoo Bay yesterday were afforded an incredible fire sky complete with a beautiful rainbow.

Local photographers CHRISTY FOX and BILL HAWKE thankfully caught the magic.

 

May 06, 2021

Snowbirds In White Rock?

The Canadian Snowbirds made a pit stop in Kamloops Tuesday on their way to Comox to begin their annual summer training schedule. The stop came almost one year following the tragic crash of a Snowbird plane that killed Snowbirds public affairs officer Capt. Jennifer Casey and injured pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall.

The SNOWBIRDS summer schedule has White Rock listed as a performance stop for July 18, with a show also scheduled over Boundary Bay on July 17.

The visit will be subject to COVID regulations as White Rock wrestles with how to limit the number of visitors that would arrive to the waterfront.

Stay tuned.

 

White Rock welcomes local visitors, encourages others to enjoy being close to home 

The City of White Rock is welcoming visitors from White Rock and South Surrey, encouraging others to stay close to home in line with the current Provincial travel restrictions.

Restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C. are in place until May 25 to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. 

The Province has said not to take long trips within individual regions, specifically:

  • Now is not the time for overnight vacations away from your community.

  • Stay close to home.

  • Visit your local beach, hiking trail or park

    The City encourages visitors who are outdoors in busy places—like the Waterfront Promenade, the White Rock Pier, Marine Drive and Johnston Road and North Bluff Road—to wear masks when they can’t stay two metres apart.

 

May 06, 2021

Affordable Housing In Surrey - Any Takers in White Rock?

Options Community Services is planning its first affordable housing complex at 81st Avenue and King George Boulevard in Surrey.

It will include 100 units with 70% well below market rates and 30% at market rates.

These units will be available for women fleeing violence, refugees, seniors, at-risk youth and others facing barriers to finding safe and accessible housing.

In honour of Options' 50 anniversary, 50 incredible women from the South Fraser community have volunteered their voices in support of the project. Each is raising $25,000 towards a $1.5 million capital campaign goal and they need your support!

Be part of this historic campaign and give the gift of a safe, affordable housing by donating today.

(click here for more information)

 

May 05, 2021

April Was Parkinson Awareness Month

White Rock's MATT GRANT sits down with South Surrey's Liz Booth Holroyd to discuss her journey with Parkinson Disease.

April was PARKINSONS AWARENESS month. BOOTHROYD has been the driving force in White Rock's and South Surrey's annual PARKINSONS Walk which is held annually (when there is no pandemic) in White Rock.

 

City of White Rock is now accepting volunteer applications for the following committees:

Seven (7) Committee members are being appointed for each committee, with appointment terms ending October 31, 2022.

All applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021. Please see link for application here.

For more information on the application process and committees, please visit our City Committee Volunteer Opportunities page.

 

May 04, 2021

Engineer wins design award for 2019 repair of White Rock Pier  

Westmar Advisors has won an award of merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of B.C. for its design work in repairing the White Rock Pier in 2019.

On Dec. 20, 2018, a powerful storm swept over B.C.’s Lower Mainland. White Rock was hard-hit, suffering extensive damage to its Waterfront, including the iconic pier. Most of the marina and the vessels in it were destroyed and the pier suffered extensive structural damage along its length, with a 100-metre section completely torn away.

In its award submission, Westmar recognized that the pier is “socially, culturally, and economically important to White Rock” and that the repairs needed to be completed as quickly as possible. 

The pier was repaired, reopened on Aug. 27, 2019 and officially reopened on Sept. 21, 2019.

The ACEC-BC website described Westmar’s work as “an innovative design for the new section of the pier that was strong, economical, quick to install, and had minimal impacts to the sensitive intertidal areas surrounding the pier.”

Cost of Pier Damage
The cost to reconstruct the damaged section of the pier was $4.3 million. The Province of British Columbia gave the City $1 million toward the December 2018 storm damage, which included the Waterfront and the pier.

Preliminary cost estimates for the reconstruction of the remaining sections of the pier are estimated at $11.6 million.

 

Surrey RCMP celebrates 70 years of service to the community 

May 1, 2021 marks the 70th Anniversary of the RCMP’s service in the City of Surrey. Over seven decades the Surrey RCMP has grown from 15 officers serving a population of 35,000 in 1951 from the Cloverdale detachment, to over 1,100 officers and staff working out of seven offices serving a growing and diverse city of over half-a-million people.

We proudly look back on 70 years of service to the community and the many outreach, intervention and investigative initiatives developed here in Surrey. Behind every call for service, file or program are the people – the officers, employees, volunteers, residents, business owners and community partners, who have been instrumental in shaping our detachment.

 

White Rock launches notification app during Emergency Preparedness Week 

During the week of May 2 to 8, National Emergency Preparedness Week, the City of White Rock is launching the use of a new app residents and visitors can use to get important notices in real time.

The City will use “Alertable,” a mass notification system,to send emergency alerts that include fires, floods, severe weather and other hazards.

For information on how to sign up, visit whiterockcity.ca/alertable .

Residents and visitors can also get City information and updates at whiterockcity.ca  and through the City’s social media channels at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Alertable
Alertable is a mass notification system developed by PEASI, a software company based in Calgary. Alertable software is used by communities in Canada for emergencies and day-to-day public notices. PEASI is actively involved in developing industry standards and guidelines for public alerts and notifications in Canada and internationally. These are incorporated into the Alertable software.

About Emergency Preparedness Week
The theme for National Emergency Preparedness Week in 2021 is “Be Ready for Anything.” Prepared BC encourages people to  Know the hazards Gather your supplies  and  Make your plan .

Helpful Links

About Emergency Preparedness Week (getprepared.gc.ca)

 

 

 

Meet The Neighbours

Meet DAVID HANCOCK the president of The Hancock Wildlife Foundation located in South Surrey. These days viewers from around the world marvel at the wonders of bald headed eagles in their natural habitat thanks to the numerous live streaming cameras the FOUNDATION has installed in the Lower Mainland.

In 2006 when the first live stream camera was launched the real time broadcast crashed the internet servers. Never before had tens of thousands of viewers tried to watch one live streaming event. The rest as the say is history.

Read the incredible store that continues right here in our backyard thanks to THE EAGLE MAN.

(click here to read the full story)

 

Video of the Day


 

Chesney's Chestnuts 

One day a truck driver had a truck full of squirrels.

A police officer said," Sir, I’m going to need you to take these squirrels to the zoo."

The driver did so and left.

The next day the driver was back but this time the squirrels were wearing sunglasses.

The officer said," I thought I told you to take these squirrels to the zoo."

The driver said," I did. Today I’m taking them to the beach."

 

Thought For The Day

 

 

Live Eagle Web Cam



HANCOCK WILDLIFE has once again turned the live streaming eagle web cams on across the Lower Mainland.

The camera/eagle's nest above is located in South Surrey

Surrey Reserve Nest Information

There have been eagles in this territory for at least 20 years – but these cams show a new nest set up in the fall of 2018 to replace one that blew down Happily for us, the eagles named Sur (M) and Res (F) for Surrey Reserve accepted the nest, and successfully raised two chicks in 2019 and two more in 2020.

David Hancock

UPDATE - Sharon Militec May 07, 2021

As of today, May 7,  both SR5, eldest chick, and SR6 youngest chick, (SR=Surrey Reserve and 5 and 6 = fifth and sixth chick to hatch at the Surrey Reserve nest in the last 3 nesting seasons) are thriving and are about to receive their new names chosen by students in an elementary school class that have been following the nest on camera in the next week or so.

 

 

 

 

 

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