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January 29, 2023

Freedom Convoy Reunion 2023

With horns blaring and flags flying members of the BC Freedom Convoy reunited on Saturday to celebrate the one year anniversary of trucks and supporters rolling into Ottawa to protest against government overreach, ongoing COVID-19 mandates and loss of freedom.

Over 250 vehicles adorned with Canadian flags and political slogans gathered at the Colossus Theatre in Langley before taking a long circuitous route through out much of the Lower Mainland.  

This started with a drive westbound on the #1 Hwy over the Port Mann and Iron Workers Memorial bridges.  A southern leg then went through West Van, over the Lions Gate bridge into Stanley Park and along English Bay.  

From there the Convoy crossed the Burrard bridge and Arthur Lang bridge, doing a few laps around the YVR airport much to the angst of the RCMP stationed there who started blocking access points just as the line of honking cars left the area.  

Heading back east, this red and white parade went through the George Massey tunnel, turning into the Semi-Pen on Crescent Road, through Ocean Park and across the busy White Rock waterfront.  The positive feedback from well-wishers along Marine Drive was heartfelt.

East Beach resident showing support

The last destination was the Pacific Border truck crossing where no attempt was made to blockade access into the USA.  The final meeting spot was at 8 Ave. and 176 St., named "Freedom Corner" from the constant protests held there a year ago that led to many travel and vaccination restrictions finally being lifted.

 

Pay Parking Change

 

Don't Call The Cops

Last week while leaving SAVE ON'S parking lot in White Rock in the middle of the day, I encountered two gentleman who were in the extensive process of boiling down their drugs in a spoon and filling up their hypodermic needles with the concoction. As this was happening in plain view on a bench by Shopper's Drug Mart I thought I would alert our local RCMP detachments. Imagine my surprise when I was informed:

Starting Jan. 31, 2023, there will no longer be criminal penalties for adults aged 18 and over in BC who possess 2.5g or less of certain illegal drugs for personal use. Some exceptions apply. This means that instead of arresting, charging people or seizing drugs, police will offer information to people about local health and social supports, including treatment and recovery services.

 

 

January 28, 2023

Get Them In Out of The Cold

A polar vortex is moving into our region this weekend. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing for the next few days. The City of White Rock is funding a daytime warming centre which is open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.,m. The centre is located next to the oval track and baseball diamond in Centennial Park.

There is also and overnight warming centre located near the intersection of 24th avenue and 148th street at the Mount Olive Lutheran Church. That cold weather warming centre is open from 10 p.m. - 7 a.m.

If you encounter anyone who appears to be living on the street, please take a moment to make sure they are aware of these two helpful warming locations.

 

January 27, 2023

Two Sides To Every Story

Surrey Mayor BRENDA LOCKE

Minister Farnworth said in the last hour that policing is Surrey’s decision to make, and Council has made the decision to maintain the RCMP. The City is now considering its options as I do not believe the Province’s reason to delay its decision is justified. The inability to make a timely decision is unfair to SPS and RCMP officers and their families. It also impacts the City’s ability to complete our budget for 2023. The longer two police agencies are operating with this uncertainty, the more taxpayer dollars are being unnecessarily spent. The instability needs to come to an end, and a timely response is critical. The City and the RCMP completed comprehensive plans on the steps forward to maintain the RCMP. We have clearly and thoroughly provided all the necessary details to demonstrate our ability to maintain the Surrey RCMP and can do so in a more cost effective and timely way than continuing with SPS. The RCMP has served Surrey well for 70 years and crime has been trending downward over the past decade.

It is natural to want more information as we put our Plans into effect. It is a waste of time to continue to do that work prior to the Province’s decision. The Minister needs to confirm the City has already made the decision. Now we need to act to get more information and an Action Plan in place. The City is ready to act. The Province needs to do the right thing and confirm the City has the right to this decision. 

Mayor Brenda Locke

 

Mike Farnworth

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement about the Surrey policing transition:

“While municipalities are responsible for local policing and law enforcement, it’s my responsibility to ensure adequate and effective policing is maintained in Surrey, the region and throughout British Columbia, so that people are kept safe.

“Ministry staff have completed a comprehensive review of the submissions we received in December from the City of Surrey, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Surrey Police Service regarding the Surrey police transition. 

“It’s clear that considerable work has gone into developing these plans and reports, and I appreciate their timely submission.

“The director of police services has determined that additional information is required to inform further consideration of the matter and has made a request to the parties for that information.  

“The policing transition in Surrey is unprecedented and complex and requires a full and in-depth analysis. I am grateful for the work all parties have undertaken to date. We will await their timely responses and look forward to continued collaboration.

“This matter affects not only policing in Surrey, but across the province. The stability of policing is fundamental to ensuring our provincial responsibilities are met. Public safety in the City of Surrey and throughout British Columbia continues to be our core driving principle.”

 

Delta Police Shocker / Sad But True

On January 23, 2023, shortly after noon, the Delta Police Department (DPD) received a report of an individual who was outside the safety rail on the southbound side of the Alex Fraser Bridge. DPD officers arrived on the scene and began negotiating with the man. Officers actively negotiated with the distressed male from a safe distance, a strategy designed to de-escalate and reduce the anxiety of an individual already in a heightened emotional state. 

Unfortunately, southbound lanes on the bridge were closed for the safety of the distressed male and first responders for an extended period. A variety of reasons are considered for closing lanes on the bridge. The bridge deck is a loud environment; the sound of engines, tires, and road noise, is complicated by heavy gusts of heavy wind and the sway of the bridge, elevating the danger to those involved. While the overall decision to close the bridge is complex, it is guided by the DPD's priority to preserve life. 

Various distractions impacted the DPD's priority to preserve life, including drivers "rubber-necking" to get a view, honking horns, yelling at the individual in crisis, and even encouraging them to take action. Some impacted drivers walked up the bridge deck, made contact with officers, interfered with the negotiations, and even videoed or photographed the individual in crisis.

During this closure, several commuters were gridlocked on the bridge leading to frustration and causing drivers to take chances and drive aggressively. Additional impacts included secondary collisions.

Just before 6:00 pm, a frustrated motorist went around several highway vehicles managing the road closure, striking a highway vehicle and a concrete barrier, causing several thousand dollars of damage to all vehicles involved. Some DPD officers were forced to disengage from the crisis to deal with this incident. 

Shortly after 7:00 pm, another driver ignored a flagger's direction and drove around barricades, placing the flagging staff, highway workers, the individual in crisis, and first responders in danger. Upon further investigation, this driver was found to be impaired and issued a 90-day driving suspension along with a 30-day vehicle impound.  

Shortly before 8:00 pm, after standing on a small platform outside the bridge railing and hanging for nearly 8 hours, negotiations with the impacted male concluded with him agreeing to climb back over the rail to safety and surrendering to the officers working to help him.  The individual was then provided with the medical attention he needed.

The DPD team worked with various partners to safely manage and resolve this situation, including RCMP officers, a high-angle rescue team from the Delta Fire Department, the Integrated Emergency Response Team, Mainroad highway contractors, BC Ambulance, and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Chief Neil Dubord stated, "I am proud of the work and commitment of all first responders, which led to the team saving the distressed individual's life in a mental health crisis. We also recognize that the bridge closure caused frustrations, and our team will review this incident with our partners to determine how we can lessen the future impact on the public."

IMAGINE

You had a long day at work. It’s the usual rush hour traffic until you get to the Alex Fraser bridge. But all of a sudden traffic stops. You wait patiently for traffic to start moving when you hear on the radio that there is a distraught person on the bridge contemplating suicide.

You wait and wait, when you get out of your car and start yelling “JUMP”. “JUMP”.

All of a sudden traffic starts to move. You have no idea what transpired.

You get home, make a drink if that’s what you do and then make some dinner. A little while later your Brother calls. He is breaking down and crying. You wait until he calms down when you ask him what is wrong. He tells you through sobs that his only Son just took his life by jumping off the Alex Fraser bridge.

IMAGINE

Is waiting in traffic more important than a person’s life? That person could be someone you know or love.

IMAGINE

Seen that happen on the Alex Fraser when I was on highway patrol. 06;30 in the morning. People pissed off yelling at him. He jumped. Left his wallet for us to identify him. I can still see him let go. Landed in the parking lot of the pub. Makes one sick at humanity sometimes.

 

 

January 22, 2023

Crescent Beach Residents Railroaded - AGAIN

On Saturday morning at approximately 10 a.m. a northbound BNSF coal train broke down near the swing bridge next to the marina, blocking all road access to Crescent Beach.

The cause of this incident was a broken knuckle that connects the coal cars.  It took BNSF crews three hours to find and fix the problem.  With long trains, curves in the tracks and a 10 mph speed limit at the bridge, the knuckles sometimes snap under the strain.

These track blockages happen on average once a year and generally last 2-3 hours.  The railway is supposed to separate the train and clear the road in 5 minutes but this never happens as there are no consequences.

Besides being a major irritant to residents of Crescent Beach and people wanting to visit there, these breakdowns stop all emergency services from entering the village.  The northbound AmTrak passenger train leaving Bellingham at 9:52 a.m. for Vancouver was also delayed due to this stoppage.

Over the years there have been proposals from Surrey City Hall for an emergency access road, a tunnel under the train tracks and most recently a bridge over them.  With the BNSF trains causing this problem maybe they can help pay the construction costs for whatever remedy is chosen.

Don Pitcairn reporting

 

January 20, 2023

Our Rock Is Sinking

An interesting before and after shot of our famous White Rock.

These shots show very clearly that the rock was indeed moved at some point and sadly they have to paint it white all the time because of the never ending graffiti.

Here's my forensic photo case for it, that I've made over and over again...

Using the remaining red reference T-shape lines, you can see that the rocks and sand have risen around the rock and beach in this picture, since the 1950's.

No one has sliced off the bottom third of the rock and dropped it down...

Tom Saunders

 

January 19, 2023

Mud Bay Nature-based Foreshore Enhancements

Share your feedback with the BC Environmental Assessment Office

We plan to build a ‘living dyke’ in Mud Bay foreshore to protect our coastal habitats, vital infrastructure and community from coastal flooding and sea level rise.

Work will begin in February on testing the living dyke concept in two pilot sites in Mud Bay.

We are also seeking an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) Exemption Order for the fuller living dyke due to the restorative nature of the project and its low likelihood of causing significant adverse effects. The project will still need to meet all the necessary environmental requirements and studies. The advantage of the exemption is that the timeline is more streamlined so that we could begin this innovative project sooner.

As part of the EA process, the Province has commenced its Public Comment Period that runs from January 11 to February 27 and wants to hear from you. You can provide feedback through the Province's website, or attend an upcoming open house to learn more:

  • In-person Open House at Surrey City Hall on Thursday, January 26 from 3pm to 6pm (registration not required).

  • Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 1 from 12pm to1:30pm (registration required).

Click the link to learn more and share your feedback with the Province.

 

 

January 17, 2023

CNOY February 25, 2023

Council was outfitted with Coldest Night of the Year toques by SOURCES Abby Gemino/Event Planner and Marc Burchell Co-chair of SOUTCES FOUNDATION. The annual fundraising event is one of the largest sources of funding SOURCES draws back from the community.

There are 185 cities in Canada that host an annual COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR walk. White Rock consistently for the past couple of years has raised more money than the rest of the participating communities. Now in it's 10th year White Rock/South Surrey SOURCES has raised close to one million dollars.

For more information and your pledge sheet (click here)

 

Amtrak is reintroducing a second round-trip on its passenger train service, from Vancouver to Portland. This means the Cascades service connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland will be fully operational by March.

Train 517 will leave Vancouver about 6:45 am, arriving in Seattle about 11:00 am and in Portland about 3:00 pm. Train 518 will leave Portland about 3:00 pm, arriving in Seattle about 6:30 pm and in Vancouver about 11:00 pm. Currently the one train service between Vancouver and Seattle leaves Vancouver @ 5:45 pm.

Tickets go on sale in February, when exact schedules also will be announced.

 

Our station at Crescent Beach lost one of our own over the Holidays.

Dan Savage was an integral piece to making our station the successful organization it is today. Dan officially started with RCMSAR in February 1999. Since joining the station at Crescent Beach, he was not only a member that many others looked to for direction and leadership, but he was also a coxswain and Station Leader. He was the recipient of the CCGA National Leadership Medal as well. Outside of our station, Dan spent many countless hours as a society member, Station Trainer as well as time as an RCMSAR board member. These are simply a handful of the many things Dan accomplished with the RCMSAR community. We will forever be grateful. Dan will be missed by many within our family of volunteers as well as the community.

Rest In Peace Dan

January 13, 2023

Robbie Bachman/BTO Passes

Brother RANDY BACHMAN (and band mate in BTO Bachman Turner Overdrive) made the short announcement yesterday his brother ROBBIE had passed at the age of 69.

Randy Bachman 

Another sad departure.

The pounding beat behind BTO has left us.

I just got a call from Fred Turner and my youngest brother Robbie has joined Mum, Dad & brother Gary on the other side.

Fred said maybe Jeff Beck needs a drummer to play with.

He was an integral cog in our rock 'n' roll machine and we rocked the world together.

BACHMAN made his home in the South Surrey area which is now known as Morgan Creek throughout his whole musical career with BTO. ROBBIE was very much a recluse and only ventured out into the local public realm on very rare occasions.

Robbie Bachman second from right

Robbie was credited with creating the famous gear graphic for the band.

BTO was Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame 14 years ago in a ceremony held in their hometown of Winnipeg.

You can watch the ceremony here (click the link)

 

January 11, 2023

Get Off My Cloud & My Road Ends

Proposed Centre Street Walkway design

The city of White Rock has received word from the Provincial Courts the petition by homeowners along the Centre street walkway to allow to maintain their encroachments on city land, has been denied.

The city of White Rock has a number of roadway paths that run from various points on the hillside (mainly from Columbia avenue south to Marine Drive). These north south access routes at one point in time were literally speaking "road ends" that at one point in time were considered to be extension of existing roads.

Over the years, and in some cases dating back over 2 decades residents have encroached on the city property. The most glaring example of literally dozens of encroachments happens to be on the centre street walkway. The resident on the right hand side of the above picture has literally absorbed 3/4 of the city property.

Councillor Fathers / residents meeting 2014

Dating back over 12 years the late city councillor HELEN FATHERS was charged with the task to work with residents of White Rock, including the offending residents who have encroached, to come up with a plan for the reclamation and development of the hillside access owned by the city.

The push back from the residents that had encroached as well as adjoining properties was long and arduous.

The city of White Rock under FATHERS had pans to start with Centre street and then expand the reclamation and development of all of its road ends.

Given the number of years the project has dragged on the costs have increased exponentially. Council in the 2018-2022 term rejected the final ballooned price tag of over $3 million dollars. The new council recently elected will now be charged with developing a scaled back design (money wise).

The new council will receive a full report at Monday's council meeting on what the next steps will be. It is not known if the residents affected will file an appeal with the Provincial court

 

IHIT execute search warrant on Surrey rural property

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) have executed a search warrant on a Surrey rural residence.

Background: On January 10, 2023, IHIT executed a search warrant in the 18200-block of 83 Avenue in Surrey, BC, as they continue to advance a recent homicide. IHIT is working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) and the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS).

“Due to the size of the property, there will be a large police presence over the next few days as we continue to process the property,” says Sgt. Timothy Pierotti, of IHIT. “At this time we can’t say to which file this is relating, as we need to protect the integrity of the investigation and respect the privacy of those involved.”

Further information will be released once available.

 

Dispute over staffing new unit at White Rock's Peace Arch Hospital

It's a facility supposedly ready to help people in need of mental health support. White Rock's Peace Arch Hospital just completed a multi-million dollar upgrade but it's sitting empty because of a dispute over who's going to staff it.

(click here to watch the GLOBAL news story)

 

January 09. 2023

Missinformation

 

 Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis says a statement from Mayor Brenda Locke today claiming there would be a 55 per cent tax increase to continue with the Surrey police transition is a scare tactic that continues to muddy the waters and reinforces the need for real, independent financial numbers around the choice of police services.

“I have always wanted the real facts and frankly was shocked that the city identified more than 40 different assumptions that had to be made as it prepared its report on the cost of the transition,“ noted Annis. “That’s a ridiculous number of assumptions and begs the question, just how much of the financial report can we take seriously, and that applies to the mayor’s 55 per cent tax increase statement.”

Annis said there should have been an “independent set of eyes” on the financial numbers around transition.

“Instead, we have numbers from the SPS, the RCMP, and the city, and these multiple versions continue to leave Surrey taxpayers on the sideline and in the dark about the real facts,” added Annis. “As a result, this statement from the mayor about a 55 per cent tax increase adds even more confusion and doubt, and really feels like a last-ditch effort to scare Surrey voters, rather than inform them with the real financial facts and figures.”

Brenda Locke

Surrey mayor BRENDA LOCKE has not responded to media inquiries for a comment. Surrey council next convenes a week from today where this matter will no doubt be front and centre.

 

Hockey Night In Semiahmoo

The Surrey Eagles of the Junior A BCHL played host to the Coquitlam Express yesterday afternoon at the South Surrey arena. The game afforded the fans in the stands fast paced end to end action. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. There was no score in overtime play, so the two teams went to a shootout with The Express coming out on top.

Our Surrey Eagles now hit the road for a series of games.

The next home game for The Eagles will be Sunday January 29 when the Cowichan Valley Capitals come to town.

(click here to reserve your tickets)

 

January 07, 2023

Gold In Surrey

Born in White Rock, raised in Surrey CAEDAN BANKIER is bringing home the gold from the Maritimes.

BANKIER has played for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League for the past 3 years. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2021.

In the past 24 games this year with Kamloops and he has amassed 33 points.

 

January 04, 2023

If We Could Only Get AMTRAK To Stop In White Rock

Amtrak has revealed the design for its new Cascades trains that will debut in 2026

Amtrak Airo trains will have modern, spacious interiors and panoramic windows, and the trains themselves will be more fuel efficient, travel faster, and have new amenities.

“Amtrak Cascades is eager to welcome new trains to our scenic 18-city route linking Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia,” said Ron Pate, director of WSDOT’s Rail, Freight and Ports Division, in a press release

 

It's Official - THRIFTY'S Is Coming To White Rock

It is finally official, THRIFTY'S will be the grocery store that will occupy space in Miramar Village on Johnston road in uptown White Rock. We informed you months ago ending speculation that was running wild in the community.

The exact date of opening is not yet known but given the amount of work to set the space up one would think it will be in the Spring of 23.

It will be interesting to see what they will do about no loading zone for the store space @ MIRAMAR.

 

Surrey Skytrain-Langley One Step Closer

 

The Government of British Columbia has invited two pre-qualified bidding teams to participate in the request for proposals (RFP) stage to design, build and finance the elevated guideway, roadworks and utilities, as well as active transportation elements of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain.

The request for qualifications (RFQ) was posted through BC Bid and closed on Nov. 1, 2022. After a thorough evaluation of the RFQ submissions, the teams invited to participate in the RFP stage are:  

  • South Fraser Guideway Connectors

  • SkyLink Guideway Partners

The Province anticipates the successful proponent will be announced in late fall 2023.

 

January 01, 2023

File Under About Time

December 31, 2022 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to evolve, the Government of Canada has taken a prudent and measured approach to adjusting border measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians. In response to the surge of COVID-19 in the People’s Republic of China and given the limited epidemiological and viral genomic sequence data available on these cases, the Government of Canada intends to put in place certain temporary health measures for air travellers entering Canada from China.

As of 12:01 a.m. EST on January 5, all air travellers who are two years of age and older, arriving on flights originating from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao, will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than two days before their departure, to the airline prior to boarding. The test could be either a negative molecular (such as a PCR test), or a negative antigen test that has documentation to show that it has been monitored by a telehealth service or an accredited laboratory or testing provider. Passengers who tested positive more than 10 days before their departure flight, but no more than 90 days, can provide the airline with documentation of their prior positive, in place of a negative test result.

January 02, 2023

Taking The Plunge

Photo by Christopher Trevelyan

A large crowd descended on to the sandy shores of Semiahmoo Bay for the 53rd Annual Polar Bear swim yesterday. Hundreds took the annual out with the old in with the new swim.

Meanwhile over at Crescent Beach, the clothing optional swim at Crescent Rock marked their 15th annual swim

 

White Rock Sun's DON PITCAIRN & JAMIE LEE KWAN

The 15th annual Polar Bare Plunge skinny-dip went swimmingly today with a record 23 people braving the icy waters of CRB.

The Mad Hatters Swim Club was out in force with four people completing the triple swims at White Rock, Crescent Rock and English Bay in just 2.5 hours.

Jamie Lee Kwen lead the charge for his record 7th time, Don Pitcairn returned for his 2nd trifecta at age 60, while Helene and Drew likely completed the 3 swims, we are waiting for their photos.

 

Translink Schedule Changes In Effect Starting Today

TRANSLINK will put into effect a few minor bus schedule changes for White Rock effective today. With ridership increasing south of the Fraser over the years TRANSLINK is hoping these changes will help commuters using public transit.

375 White Rock / White Rock South / Guildford

Say hello to more service on the 375, shortening wait times by 10 minutes midday on Saturdays.

Saturday

  • Every 20 minutes towards Guildford from 11 a.m. to noon (from 30 minutes)

531 White Rock Centre / Willowbrook

Say hello to more service on the 531 with an additional trip to Willowbrook at 6:15 a.m. on weekdays.

 

 

 

 

ON FILE

WE MUST NEVER FORGET.

We will continue to closely monitor the court proceddings on charges laid in the devastating fire that destroyed residents and businesses at FIVE CORNERS district in uptown White Rock.

From the very early stages it was identified the fire was set by arsons.

Below is the time frame of not only the FIVE CORNERS fire but a series of other events and fires that subsequently occurred.

This May it will be 6 years since the fire ripped through the area.

 

There currently is no trial date set. But we are watching closely.

 

August 01, 2021

Arrests made in Five Corners Fire arson investigation

 

 

May 15, 2019

Unhappy Anniversary

Today marks the third anniversary of the 5 Corners Fire. The blaze displaced over 100 residents of the Ocean Ridge condo development and a number of local business owners.

Let's look back. Here is the time-line story we published the day after the blaze broke out. The White Rock RCMP state the file is still active and progressing.

Follow the bouncing ball.

 

May 20, 2016

RCMP Investigating Arsons

There has been no official word on the cause of the blaze that destroyed the two condo complexes at 5 Corners Sunday.

What we do know is there were no less than four fires set throughout the city of White Rock and close proximity Sunday morning.

 

#1. 

A children's playground constructed from wood and plastic and located on the Cypress street road end @ Victoria avenue was set ablaze in the early hours Sunday morning, No injuries. Fire quickly extinguished

 

#2

Major condominium fire on Royal and Pacific Avenue. Time 4:30 a.m.

 

#3

Sandpiper Liquor store is broken into @ 5:10 a.m. Owner confirmed the CCTV cameras captures clear pictures of two suspects robbing the liquor out of the window.

 

#4. 

10:30 a.m. a fire is started in an alleyway off of Pacific avenue near Stayte road. Fire quickly extinguished no major damage. No injuries

 

#5

12 noon residents of the Semiahmoo First Nations witnessed an individual attempting to start a building on fire behind the band's office. The Surrey RCMP responded to the 911 call and took the suspect into custody. 

The suspect taken into custody Sunday appeared in Surrey Provincial court Tuesday morning where he was charged with arson damaging property.

The accused is 18 year old JAMES DYER of Surrey was released on his own recognizance.

The White Rock & Surrey RCMP continue their very active investigation today.

 

 

May 20, 2016

RCMP Investigating Arsons

There has been no official word on the cause of the blaze that destroyed the two condo complexes at 5 Corners Sunday.

What we do know is there were no less than four fires set throughout the city of White Rock and close proximity Sunday morning.

 

#1.

A children's playground constructed from wood and plastic and located on the Cypress street road end @ Victoria avenue was set ablaze in the early hours Sunday morning, No injuries. Fire quickly extinguished

 

#2

Major condominium fire on Royal and Pacific Avenue. Time 4:30 a.m.

 

#3

Sandpiper Liquor store is broken into @ 5:10 a.m. Owner confirmed the CCTV cameras captures clear pictures of two suspects robbing the liquor out of the window.

 

#4.

10:30 a.m. a fire is started in an alleyway off of Pacific avenue near Stayte road. Fire quickly extinguished no major damage. No injuries

 

#5

12 noon residents of the Semiahmoo First Nations witnessed an individual attempting to start a building on fire behind the band's office. The Surrey RCMP responded to the 911 call and took the suspect into custody.

The suspect taken into custody Sunday appeared in Surrey Provincial court Tuesday morning where he was charged with arson damaging property.

The accused is 18 year old JAMES DYER of Surrey was released on his own recognizance.

The White Rock & Surrey RCMP continue their very active investigation today.

 

May 17, 2016

Eye In The Sky

White Rock resident and traffic reporter for WX1130 DARREN "Danger" GRIEVE sent along this picture taken yesterday afternoon. The fire started at the rear of the condo project under construction pictured in the top left hand corner of photo.

No official announcement has been made yet on whether or not it will be possible to rebuild or if the whole structure will have to come down.

 

May 15, 2016

Five Corners Fire

Smoke could be seen for miles as the fire ripped through the condo structures. This shot was taken by a reader from the Inn @ Semiahmoo in Blaine.

The fire broke out early this morning around 5 a.m. in a wooden three storey condo under construction on Royal Avenue in the 15200 block. The fire quickly jumped to the condo located at 5 Corners. The fire at one point threatened the Star of the Sea hall located next to the condo. Firefighters fought the fire from the roof of the Star of the Sea in order to prevent the fire from spreading. Surrey and White Rock fire crews fought the stubborn blaze for hours before eventually bringing it under control at 8 a.m.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown as the investigation is in the very early stage.

Photo courtesy Diana Arnold

Origin of fire in under construction condo on Royal Avenue

Photo courtesy Bill Brooks

 

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