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History Lesson

Jack Benny and Troupe visit White Rock in 1944
In White Rock On Board Train Seattle to Vancouver train for a performance @ THe Cave supper club. BENNY and his travelling group departed the train and walked about the platform b efore boarding the northboound train.
After Short train stop stroll

left to right, Mary Livingstone, Jack Benny,
Phil Harris, Don Wilson and
Eddie Anderson (Rochester ) (front).




Local News

November 29, 2022

Joint Project Team To oversee the final plan to maintain RCMP in Surrey 

Last evening ( Monday ) At the Regular Council meeting, the framework to maintain the RCMP as the Police of Jurisdiction in Surrey has been endorsed by City Council. A Joint Project Team will oversee the development of the final plan for Council endorsement on Dec. 12, prior to being forwarded to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for approval. The Project Team consists of senior leadership from the City and RCMP and consultants Dr. Peter German and Tonia Enger.

“The step taken by Council tonight brings us closer to resolving the issue of policing in Surrey,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “The experience and expertise of Dr. Peter German and Tonia Enger are valuable additions to the Project Team. As well, this latest report makes clear how the number of police officers in Surrey will be maintained at its current level of 734 RCMP members. The process to bring in Surrey Police officers will be expedited through the RCMP’s Experienced Officer Program, which makes provision for experienced officers to bypass cadet hiring and join the RCMP directly.”

The City and RCMP are committed to a comprehensive approach and look forward to working in full collaboration with the Surrey Police Board and Surrey Police Service to ensure a quick resolution to maintaining the RCMP as Police of Jurisdiction in Surrey.


More information can be found here .


Snow Expected This Afternoon and Overnight

TransLink is ensuring all transit services are prepared for potential snowfall, with snow forecast in Metro Vancouver today

Current weather preparations include:

  • Calling in extra staff to coordinate service.

  • Coordinating with municipalities on snow-clearing if priority routes are impacted.

  • Preparing special trucks to spread anti-icing solution on trolley wires.

  • Replacing articulated buses with 40’ conventional buses, when necessary, as they are more agile on steep, slippery areas.

  • Coupling Millennium Line trains into four-car configurations to increase capacity, with SkyTrain attendants ready to monitor guideways.

  • Readying a special overnight SkyTrain which sprays de-icer on the power rail to keep trains moving.

If conditions worsen, the following tactics may be deployed:

  • Install brass “cutters” on some trolley buses to cut through ice on trolley wires.

  • Install tire socks on buses on Burnaby Mountain and specific North Shore and Vancouver routes, where hills and traction are an issue.

  • Implement a UBC Snow Shuttle (UBC from Alma to UBC via Blanca Loop).

  • Position SkyTrain attendants at the front of each Expo and Millennium Line train to improve reliability on the system by limiting emergency braking triggered by heavy snowfall.

  • Run trains through the night if snow is especially heavy to keep tracks clear.

  • Equip HandyDART service with two staff members per vehicle to ensure customers get safely to their door and assist in digging out the bus if required.

  • Activate further staff increases to assist customers across the system.

TransLink customers are encouraged to dress for the elements and use proper footwear to avoid slips and falls. To prepare for snowfall, transit riders are encouraged to build in extra travel time and plan commutes usingTrip Planner.

Customers can also sign up for Transit Alerts, follow TransLink on Twitter (@TransLink), or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.



How the City of White Rock Prepares for Snow & Ice Mitigation

The City of White Rock regularly monitors two major weather forecaster providers in order to have enough time to prepare our trucks and crews ahead of any storm.

We dispatch equipment as needed and apply a pre-salt to road surfaces.

To make the most of the available resources, our priority locations for snow and ice removal are:

  • Bus routes

  • Emergency access routes (including Peace Arch Hospital)

  • Major roads


November 28, 2022

The Big Reveal

Friday Surrey council and the public got a chance to see the city's staff report on the switchover from the RCMP to a private Surrey police force. Surrey mayor BRENDA LOCKE and her majority of council endorsed requesting the Provincial attorney MIKE FARNWORTH to halt the changeover and stay with the RCMP in Surrey.

Click here to read the repost in its entirety. Council could vote today on endorsing the city's corporate report .


November 24, 2022

Youth arrested in Surrey stabbing


(Photo of Mehakpreet Sethi)

A 17-year old man was arrested after a stabbing outside a Surrey High School.

Background: On November 22, 2022, at approximately 12:08 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing outside of Tamanawis Secondary School, located in the 12600-block of 66 Avenue, Surrey. Officers arrived within minutes and located an 18-year old man suffering life-threatening injuries. Despite the best efforts of responding officers, the victim sadly succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. As a result of the quick action of the Surrey RCMP, a 17-year old who was identified as a suspect by witnesses, was located and taken into custody. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and continue to work closely in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, the RCMP Forensic Identification Service and the BC Coroners Service.

Investigators are identifying the victim, 18-year old Mehakpreet Sethi of Surrey, in an effort to advance their investigation.

At this time, it is believed that the suspect and the victim were known to each other and that this was an isolated incident, not believed to be associated to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

“We know there were many students in the area around the time this tragedy took place,” says Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. “If you or one of your loved ones has information that could help shed light on why this young man was killed, please contact IHIT immediately.”

IHIT is asking that any witnesses or anyone with any information regarding the homicide, to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at  


Each year, Potters Nursery transforms itself into Western Canada’s largest Christmas store, boasting more than 28,000 square feet devoted to all things yuletide. Starting every September, The Christmas Store at Potters is the destination to find tens of thousands of holiday-related items.

The buyers at Potters shop the world for The Christmas Store, including décor that’s tasteful yet unusual, as well as decorations you simply won’t find elsewhere. Their extensive line of ornaments (more than 50,000!) make for great personalized gifts and come in a wide variety of themes, including pets, travel, food, “Baby’s First Christmas,” and much more.

This is a holiday experience to rival any in the region, bringing the season to life through a multitude of remarkable displays that are full of intricate detail.

In addition to offering thousands of options, ornaments and decor to deck your halls, just walking into the front entrance of Potters will bring out pure joy.

The theme for the entry is “Merry & Bright”, with the traditional reds and whites.

The store will be open daily through December 24.

(click here for their website)


(click here to read past local news stories)




TNT The Naked Truth

Don Pitcairn

You Be The Judge

Former Surrey mayor Doug McCallum's trial on Public Mischief ended last week and he was found not guilty in the Surrey Provincial Courthouse.  As I noted in my TNT Extra, you can read the Reasons for Judgment by Judge Reginald Harris on the Provincial Court of BC website at the following link:  Before delving into the following TNT, it is advisable that you read the evidence and judgment in detail in order to better understand what I am going to reveal to you today on this historic Surrey criminal case.

Video of the Day


A funny song about shopping at the DOLLAR STORE.


Chesney's Chestnut





Thought for the Day





City of White Rock

City Parks crew are busy setting up for Bright Walk in White Rock in Memorial Park preparing new light features and interactive displays! Save the date for the Bright Walk in White Rock light up event on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

(click ere for full listing of upcoming community events)



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