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 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 11:15 am


High Bar Band pleased work is underway on the Big Bar slide

Remediation will continue throughout the winter months

DFO/BC Gov't photo


Blasting at Big Bar landslide to stop major slides in the future and widen the gap.


n Saturday, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour, met with the High Bar and Stswecem'c Xgat'tem Nations, and the Fraser Salmon Management Council yesterday. They also visited the Big Bar Landslide site.

In late June, a landslide in a remote, rugged canyon along the Fraser River north of Lillooet was reported to authorities. Huge pieces of rock from a 125-metre cliff had sheared off and crashed in to the river, creating a five-metre waterfall. Based on the magnitude of the obstruction, salmon migrating upstream were impeded from naturally proceeding beyond the landslide.

"Our government understands the urgency of this situation and is mobilizing resources to ensure work is done quickly and efficiently. The team at Peter Kiewit Sons ULC is doing challenging and important work, and I am confident in their ability to deliver this extensive winter remediation work. I commend such widespread collaboration on such a crucial issue for the region and for our Canadian ecosystem," said Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

Slide debris to the water's edge on the left.

Minister Jordan saw first hand the ongoing work to address the slide and reaffirmed that Peter Kiewit Sons ULC will be undertaking the extensive remediation efforts at the site through the winter months. The remediation work will include breaking up and removing rock debris from the landslide to improve passage for salmon and steelhead stocks during the upcoming migration season. This project will begin immediately and will continue through to the end of March 2020.

"We are happy that work is now moving forward to help the fish move past the landslide, always keeping in mind worker safety. It is important to recognize moving forward what we are doing together here can be an example of true government-to-government cooperation, if we do it right," said Chief Roy Fletcher, High Bar First Nation.

The Big Bar Landslide, located on a remote section of the Fraser River, 64 kilometres north of Lillooet, British Columbia created a barrier to the vital seasonal northward Fraser salmon migration. It was the focus of an unprecedented emergency response over the summer of 2019, led through trilateral collaboration with federal, provincial and First Nations governments, supported by other agencies, stakeholder groups, and geotechnical and hydrological experts. This governance model will continue into 2020 as work continues on the Big Bar Landslide site.



 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 8 am


That's some way to play

Curler with prosthetic arm helps team make history with big win

Al Cameron, Curl BC/Website photo


Carly Smith who plays with a prosthetic arm watches her rock.


arly Smith, third for Team Brunswick, is unlike any other curler at the 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Championships in the Township of Langley, British Columbia. In a historical first for any Canadian championship, Smith is an amputee competing among other able bodied curlers and shows no signs of hindrance in play.

“My amputation is above the elbow so I don’t have a lot of flex in that arm,” said Smith about her experiences curling. “I have a specially made prosthetic to play.”

Smith, who slides without a broom and boasts an incredibly sound delivery, has flourished by adapting to being a differently abled athlete. She shot 90% in her Draw 1 match versus Nova Scotia.

“I used to play with no prosthesis and that was a challenge. I would tuck my broom up under my elbow when I swept, but it became unsafe and I would fall a lot,” said Smith. “I went to my prosthetist and they designed this prosthetic specifically for curling. It’s shorter than a normal arm prosthetic and has a specially made end that is actually made for shovelling and yard work.”

The end piece, which allows Smith to grip her broom, is a firm corkscrew style handle that she slides her broom through, giving her a perfect grip on the broom’s shaft.

“It works great. There’s no way my broom can fall out when I’m sweeping no matter how much weight I put on it. It feels natural to have it on and it makes me a better sweeper.”  For information about CurlBC and the playdowns happening now visit their website.




 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 8 am


Pilots land hard

Icehawks chalk up a win

Justin Sulpico Abbotsford Pilots/Melody Fast photo


Pilots team members assist their goalie.


he Delta Icehawks topped the Abbotsford Pilots by a score of 3-1 Friday night at MSA Arena. A shorthanded Delta goal was the difference maker in the final meeting of the season between the two teams, they split the season series 2-2. Jordy Engleson of the Icehawks hung in for the win with 24 saves, while his counterpart Brock Machholz of Abbotsford put aside 45 of Delta’s shots.


First blood went to the Icehawks courtesy of Stephen Chen at 15:14. A clearing attempt by the Pilots was kept in by Bradley Araki-Young at the right wing point. The defenceman dumped in back into the zone for Cameron Luk who fed it to an open Chen in the slot for a one-timer past Brock Machholz. The goal was Chen’s fifth of the season and the rookie forward now has a goal in each of the past three meetings between the Icehawks and Pilots. The lone goal stood for Delta after 20 minutes, with shots 19-5 for the visitors.


Marcus Pantazis added to Delta’s lead in the third, striking with an unassisted marker at 2:49 for his team leading 18th goal of the season. This would bring the score up to 3-1, which would stand until the final horn. However, the period was marred by penalty trouble in the late stages. After various mix-ups between whistles, six different players among both sides were ejected from the game and 90 penalty minutes were assessed overall. Shots on goal in the final frame were 14-10 for Delta. The win for the Icehawks propels them ahead of the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the standings for the final playoff spot in the PJHL.



 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 4 pm


'When the Storm Fades'

Award-winning climate change documentary opens in theatres Jan 20

Sean Devlin, Demand Films/Website images


What was left of the Pablos'  family home after Typhoon Hailyan swept through the Phillipines.



hen The Storm Fades is a microbudget film starring a cast of Canadian comedians and Filipinos who survived one of the strongest storms in history. On January 20th, 2020 it’s playing at Cineplex theatres in 15 cities across Canada - for one night only. The screenings in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax and Nanaimo have already sold out, forcing Cineplex to move them to larger cinemas due to popular demand. 

The Filipino family that stars in the film (the Pablos) are being displaced by climate change and 100% of the film's box office profits are going to help them buy a new home. The Pablo Family lives on the front lines of climate change — a seaside neighbourhood in Tacloban City, Philippines. In 2013, they survived the strongest storm ever measured at landfall. After losing family members during the storm The Pablos have spent years slowly recovering. Now they face a new threat, their entire community is being demolished to pave the way for a giant climate adaptation wall.


Profits made at the Canadian box office will help them secure new housing. When The Storm Fades is the result of 5 years of collaboration between the Pablo family and Filipino-Canadian comedian/filmmaker Sean Devlin 叶 世民. It is by no means a feel-good movie, at its North American festival premiere The Globe & Mail called it “Uncomfortable and unforgettable.” However, Canadian moviegoers seem to be finding comfort in the fact that the tickets they’re buying are having a meaningful impact. 

“I think people are tired of simply asking political leaders to address the climate crisis. We know that there are millions of people around the world whose daily lives are being devastated by climate change. However, even for the most passionate Western activists the chances to connect and directly support these impacted communities are few and far between.” says the film’s director Sean Devlin 叶 世民.

Devlin considers himself one of those activists. In the past decade, Sean has been arrested 6 times for his creative interventions on climate change. Twice infiltrating the private security detail of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


These performances provoked Conservative Senator Bob Ruciman to push for “new laws to deter similar future protest” stating that Devlin “should face indictable offences with serious fines and/or imprisonment”. Fortunately instead of going to prison Mr. Devlin spent several years making a feature film, co-produced by Naomi Klein, one that has now managed to sneak its way into Canadian cinemas. For more information about Sean Sevlin, promotional clips and tickets, visit



 Friday, Jan 17, 2020 

Published 1 pm


Clear sailing

Good luck keel coin laying ceremony on the new Protecteur-class ship

Todd Lane MND/Handout photos


Artist rendering of the future Canadian Protecteur-class two joint replenishing ships.


hrough Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, our government is providing our Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailors with a modern and versatile fleet of ships to support operations in Canadian waters, and abroad. This fleet includes new Canadian Surface Combatants, Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, and Joint Support Ships.

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, joined by Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, and Mark Lamarre, CEO of Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards, took part in a ceremonial keel laying event for the first of two Joint Support Ships (JSS).


Both sides of the actual keel coin.


The keel laying event is a significant milestone in a ship’s construction where a newly minted coin is placed near the keel, which traditionally runs along the length of the ship. The coin was laid by Seaspan’s Senior Procurement Specialist Jeff Smith, a 45-year employee of the company. It will remain for the duration of the ship’s life, and is said to bring good luck for the builders and all those who sail in the vessel.



 Friday, Jan 17, 2020 

Published 1 pm


'This is you'

Women and girls encouraged to take part in Search and Rescue operations Feb 22

Kirsten Brazier, Achieve Anything Fdn/Handout photos


The free event is open to women and girls aged 14 and up.


he Achieve Anything Foundation announces that applications are open for an exciting new Operation: This IS You! hands-on experience event to be held with RCMSAR in White Rock, B.C. Saturday February 22.

Participants will get a first-hand look into the rewarding work of marine SAR - hands-on! Activities include on the water and shore side searches, rescues, man overboard, first aid scenarios, SAR equipment/gear use, dewatering stations and more! The event is completely free to attend and is open to women and girls age 14 and up.

The event is by invitation only and applications must be made in advance on the Foundation’s website. Those selected and invited must further complete the RSVP process by the specified deadlines in order to be admitted to the event. While there is no maximum age for women to apply, all applicants should self-assess they are sufficiently mobile/agile to board vessels and participate in the day’s activities. For more information and to register, visit Achieve Anything.



 Friday, Jan 17, 2020 

Published 1 pm


United we stand

Volunteers' medal still nowhere in sight

Dave Palmer, Nepean, Ont/File photo


know that somewhere, there are those kind-spirited Canadians that are in a position to hear this long-sung respectful request. The continuing effort for recognition and enabling the acknowledgement and "remembrance" of all Veterans' by means of a medal that only Canadian Forces Veterans could wear.

Many Canadians are in a position to act upon this plea that exceeds a decade, a plea of thousands of Canadians, and they are also able to do something about it. We remain hopeful that preferably sooner rather than later that they will act upon this long standing act to acknowledge our nation's Veterans.

In the Spirit-of-Remembrance" and it is in that belief, that true hope, the kind warm spirited act of this ongoing drum-beating to have our fellow Canadians hear about and reflect on the efforts to get this Medal accomplished for our nation's Veterans'. As it stands now, it seems that for over a decade, it would appear that a mean-spirited stance against this medal has prevailed and this one simple effort to acknowledge all Veterans is so readily forgotten. In honour of all Veterans', I hope we can work in unity and integrity and do this for our Veterans'.

Yours in the spirit-of-remembrance of those that have served,

God Bless our Veterans and our Troops and their Families.


 Friday, Jan 17, 2020 

Published 1 pm


Talk of the town

TEDxChilliwack more popular than ever, 14 short-listed for Jan 23 showcase

Michael Berger/Youtube photo


Reen Rose speaks at TEDxChilliwack 2019. See links to clips of other speakers via the website.

record number of applicants put their names forward to speak at TEDxChilliwack. To narrow the list of potential speakers, the organizing committee sifted through dozens and dozens of applications to select fourteen people to audition for a coveted spot at the TEDxChilliwack main stage on April 11, 2020.

To make it to the audition stage, organizers looked for speakers who have an “idea worth spreading”. Previously, TEDx speakers’ talks had to focus on Technology, Entertainment or Design. For 2020, organizers widened the focus to include 19 different topics—from health, nature or the environment to business, science or collaboration—and everything in-between.

Auditions will take place at the Applicant Showcase Night on January 23, 2020 at Cowork Chilliwack. Each invited applicant will take the stage for four minutes each. Each will explain what their “idea worth spreading” is, why they are qualified to speak on it, and how they would encourage TEDxChilliwack attendees to take action. Following their four-minute synopsis, each speaker will be posed a question from the emcees.

Once all 14 speakers have taken their turn, the studio audience will vote for “The People’s Choice”. At the same time, a speaker selection panel of TEDxChilliwack organizing committee members will choose up to five additional applicants to join the People’s Choice winner in moving on to speak at TEDxChilliwack’s main event on April 11, 2020 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. For more information, to watch past speakers and to register, visit the TEDx Chilliwack website.



 Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 

Published 1 pm


Love in the 1st degree

Yellow Peril: Celestial Elements LGBTQ gallery show Feb 1 to April 18

Barb Snelgrove, Mediamouth/Submitted photos, website images


Love Intersections' desire is to provoke (he)artful social change through a lens of love.


ancouver’s SUM Gallery presents their inaugural 2020 Queer Arts programming with the visually spellbinding art installation Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements. Curated by the media arts collective Love Intersections, this exhibit runs February 1st to April 18, 2020 at SUM Gallery, Suite 425, 268 Keefer St.

Opening Reception - February 1st 4:00pm – 6:00pm

• Feb 2nd: Curator Tour (5:00pm)
• Feb 15th: Public artist talk
• March 7th: Community food sharing
• April 4th: Grave Sweeping

(掃墳節) activation

"Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements” is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. Featuring a collection of multi-channel installations, visual art pieces and sculptural activations, workshops and film screenings, this exhibit promises to provoke a cosmic encounter of our living past and present as we ‘race’ towards a healing future. Rather than focus on the trauma that queer people of colour face, this project is fundamentally an invitation to an exuberant celebration of queerness that is unabashedly Chinese.



About SUM Gallery
SUM gallery is the year-round programming arm of the Queer Arts Festival and Canada’s only queer mandated visual art gallery and one of only a few worldwide. SUM produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. SUM brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art.

About Love Intersections
Love Intersections is a media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour dedicated to collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling. We produce intersectional and intergenerational stories from underrepresented communities – centering the invisible, the spiritual, the metaphysical and the imaginary. Our desire is to provoke (he)artful social change through a lens of love.


 Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 

Published 1 pm


Welcoming the Year of the Rat

Traditional Lion Dance, eye-dotting, God of Fortune and a Lucky Red Pocket giveaway

Cadillac Fairview/Pixabay and Canada Post images


Year of the Rat celebrations Jan 26 and Jan 31. Below,

ith Lunar New Year on the horizon, Vancouverites are eagerly preparing for new beginnings and getting ready to ring in the Year of the Rat— the first of all zodiac animals that represents the beginning of a new day, signifying wealth and surplus.

To ring in the Lunar New Year, CF Pacific Centre and CF Richmond Centre are hosting cultural celebrations for all to enjoy, bringing family and friends together to celebrate the Lunar New Year in a spirited way.

New this year, CF Pacific Centre and CF Richmond Centre will host the traditional Lion Dance and Lion eye-dotting ceremony, a traditional Chinese dance performance, greetings and photo opportunity from the God of Fortune and a Lucky Red Pocket giveaway.

CF Pacific Centre
Join in on the festivities with a traditional Lion Dance

Where: CF Pacific Centre (located in the Rotunda), 701 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

When: Friday, January 31st at 3:30pm

Lion Dance (eye dotting ceremony, Mystic Animal, Lion - Blessing)


CF Richmond Centre
 Join in on the festivities with a traditional Lion Dance that includes a meet the God of Fortune who will be gifting lucky red pockets filled with chocolate coins.

Where: CF Richmond Centre - Main Galleria, 6551 No 3 Rd. Richmond, BC

When: Sunday, January 26th at 11am

  • Lion Dance (eye dotting ceremony, Mystic Animal, Lion - Blessing)

  • God of Fortune

With thanks to Fairview Cadillac.



 Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 

Published Noon


Hold onto your hats, winter storm warning in effect

Environment Canada warns of an Arctic Outflow and Winter Storm outlook

Environment Canada/Voice file photos


This is why underground parking is nice. Below a "Snow Angel" in 2011; part of a group who went around shoveling driveways for seniors. There's no angels like snow angels!

s Neil Diamond would say "pack up the babies and grab the old ladies" for the next few days because Mother Nature won't be releasing its glacial grip on the Fraser Valley. Environment Canada (EC) reiterated that blizzard-like conditions will be happening through the weekend. Have no worries though, the Valley is forecast to be back to a balmy 10°C in the rain by Monday. Here's EC's latest report;

An Arctic ridge of high pressure over the BC Interior combined with a low pressure system approaching the BC Coast will produce strong outflow winds through the Fraser Valley. The winds combined with cold temperatures will produce wind chill values of -20°C or colder today. The strong outflow winds combined with periods of snow, and plenty of snow on ground, will will significantly reduce visibility over parts of the Fraser Valley today and tonight.

The approaching low offshore will produce a layer of warm air above the surface. This layer of warm air combined with freezing temperatures at the surface will give potential for freezing rain to develop tonight. In addition, the low approaches the coast, 10 cm of snow is expected over western sections of the Fraser Valley on Thursday. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.


 Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 

Published 1 pm

Women's walk called off

Inclement weather takes its toll

Patti MacAhonnic, Ann Davis Fdn/Voice file photos


fter reviewing the weather forecast and the current weather situation we have decided to cancel this year’s march. With the buildup of snow and rain and slush over top it will make for icy conditions and be unsafe for walking. We very much look forward to your participation next year. We would appreciate it you could please forward this to all who may have planned to attend.

Thank you for your understanding and we will see you next year. Visit for more information.



 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 

Published 8 am


Two artists, multiple perspectives

Vantage Points show features Sandra Weins, Pierre Trembley Feb 12 - March 21

BettyAnn Marting, CVAA/Submitted images


Pierre Tremblay's "Along the Way" is one of his paintings that will be in the show Feb 12 to March 21

antage Points exhibit will be open from February 12 to March 21, 2020 at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery is located in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 9201 Corbould St, Chilliwack. Painters Pierre Tremblay and Sandra Wiens present two different approaches to traditional subjects.  

Sandra Wiens "Sliding 348" will be showing her vibrant and unique paintings Feb 12 to March 21.


Connect with artists and learn about programs offered at Chilliwack Visual Artists Assn website for more information.



 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 

Published 8 am


Who ordered well done?

Meadow Rose Society recipient of Mr Mikes® Restaurants "Deeds Well Done"

Mariah Collins, Mr Mikes/Website images


Meadow Rose Society will be receiving $500 and a group dinner from Mr Mikes in Chilliwack.


or the seventh consecutive year, MR MIKES® SteakhouseCasual has awarded $500 to a registered charity in each of the communities they are located in. Winning organizations were selected out of more than 4,800 total nominations from MR MIKES guests, who were invited to submit their nominations throughout November and December. MR MIKES has now donated over $100,000 to local initiatives across Canada, with $22,000 donated to deserving registered charities this year alone.

“We were pleased to see such an overwhelming level of involvement from community members in selecting and nominating local charities this year,” says Robin Chakrabarti, President of MR MIKES®. “It’s inspiring to see so many organizations who are doing vital work in their communities. We’re honoured to be able to recognize 44 of these charities out of the overwhelming amount of nominations received. We received more than 4,800 nominations which is nearly triple the response from 2018.”

The purpose of Deeds Well Done is to inspire people in each of MR MIKES® forty-four markets to reflect on what is truly important during the holiday season, while giving back to their community.


This year Chilliwack's Meadow Rose Society, who help families experiencing financial problems, are the beneficiaries.


Sheila Fraser, Meadow Rose Executive Director, was astonished about hearing her charity was receiving the money and told The Voice in an e-mail Wednesday that it came as a complete surprise so she wasn't sure at the time of this writing what they'd do with the money.


"I would imagine though, we will spend it on either double strollers or stage 2 car seats, or both,  as they are items we are not often gifted with, by the community, on a regular basis," said Fraser. "Our budget is mostly spent of diapers, formula, food, wipes etc so this could allow us to purchase a couple "larger" items."


According to the Meadow Rose Society website, they assist families who are experiencing financial crisis by providing items for the needs of babies with everything from diapers, wipes, cookies, baby food, formula and toiletries to larger items such as highchairs, strollers, cribs and car seats.

"The campaign has been a fantastic opportunity to unite community members by inviting them to recognize the organizations that mean the most to them," explains Chakrabarti. "With organizations ranging from The Women’s Resource Society in Fort St. John, BC, to the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake, Alberta."

Read more about Deeds Well Done and learn about Meadow Rose Society and the work they do in the community. Visit MR MIKES® in Chilliwack at 45200 Luckakuck Way.



 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 

Published 8 am


Canadian legend

Colin James tours his new album "Miles To Go" in Chilliwack April 1

Rob Warwick, Rockitboy/Website photo


One of Canada's most prolific musicians of our time, Colin James, will be in Chilliwack April 1.

ith his 19th album, “Miles to Go” (2019), COLIN JAMES is getting back to the blues. Wait a minute, you ask, hasn’t Colin James always played the blues? Yes, but back when signed to his first record deal, his producer explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. “National Steel” (1997), was James’ first full-on blues album. It landed him on folk festival bills alongside the likes of John Prine and John Hiatt.

Wednesday, April 1 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets are $49.50
(plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) at the Box Office. Charge by phone at 604-391-7469 or online

Blown away by James Cotton’s performance of “One More Mile” at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the song became the title track to the new album; bookending it in electric and acoustic versions. It wasn’t until “Blue Highways” (2016) that James found himself on a blues chart. The album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits, the Willie Dixon song “Riding in the Moonlight”.

Connect with Colin James via his website or on Facebook. See more show lineups at



 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 

Published 8 am


The future of the past

Roy Orbison tribute band March 20 in Chilliwack

Rob Warwick, Rockitboy/Website photo


The Lonely will be stopping in Chilliwack for a  show Friday, March 20.

HE LONELY delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to the one and only Roy Orbison plus the hits of The Traveling Wilburys and The Everly Brothers. Veteran Mike Demers delivers a spot-on performance of Orbison’s signature sound as he leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of an era.

Friday, March 20 at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock.
Tickets are $47.50 (plus Service Charges)
Available from Blue Frog Studios.
Charge online at

THE LONELY approaches the music with a humble spirit and sincere desire to recreate the sounds and feel of the original recordings. The band has been selling out shows right from their debut. See more show lineups at



 Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 

Published 6 am


Double Winter Whammy

Time to bundle up as Arctic front moves in

Staff/Voice file photo


Prest Road in 2012. If possible it would be a good idea to use the roads less over the coming week.

f you thought we were going to get away with an easy winter, Environment Canada tells us it ain't so.

According to their forecast we could see -20C wind chill as an Artic front moves in. Try and be extra careful if using space heaters and candles (if the power goes out). Reports there have been 3 rollovers by 8 am Sunday. Fortunately there were no serious injuries there.

Fire trucks were all chained up. By nightfall, there were dozens of accidents from the highway up Chilliwack River Rd. to Hope and across the city. It was mayhem on the roads Sunday with cars and semi trucks driving off the road, into water-filled ditches,  hitting poles and medians around the city. There were injuries in many cases. So drive accordingly. If you must go out then think safety for yourself and others using the road and watch for emergency crews, snow plows and road crews dealing with downed trees and power lines.

The forecasts are as follows:

Number 1. Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.

A low pressure system will move across southern BC today spreading snow. At the same time, the arctic front will arrive with strong gusty winds and dropping temperatures this afternoon.

These two systems will combine to give a brief period of intense heavy snow and blowing snow.

Near Boston Bar, West Kelowna and Peachland, and Hope, 10 cm of snow is expected to fall within several hours this afternoon.

Over Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, 15 cm of snow is expected to fall in several hours.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

Number 2. Strong outflow winds and cold wind chill values are expected or occurring.

An arctic front will push through coastal inlets and valleys late this afternoon.

Wind speeds will rise to 30 to 50 km/h with gusts in the Fraser Valley up to 80 km/h. The wind combined with falling temperatures tonight and for the next several days will generate wind chill values of -20 or lower.

Temperatures will not moderate until the end of the week.

If outside, dress warmly in layers and stay dry. Cover as much exposed skin as possible to avoid frostbite. Ensure that shelter is provided for pets and outdoor animals. Be prepared for unusually cold temperatures and strong winds.


To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.



 Friday, Jan 9, 2020 

Published 5 pm


The truth about plastic bags

Single use ban makes no sense

Staff/Voice file photo


BC forests would be under attack if single use plastic bags are replaced with paper and utensils with wood.

ccording to the think-tank Fraser Institute, a cotton bag has to be used 40,000 times in order to equal a single use plastic bag because cotton bags need more energy to produce. Well cotton does need to be grown, relies on precious water, needs gasoline fueled harvesters and coal fuelled manufacturing processes to make them.

The Fraser Institute also argues there's little incentive to reduce waste when garbage collection costs are paid for by the ton and are also included in property taxes.

They go on to say in their articles; on June 26, 2019, "Plastic bag bans may do more harm than good" ; July 3, 2019, "Plastic ban — look before you leap"; and August 8, 2019, "Sobey's joins foolish war on plastic" that single use bags are "quite strong and can serve as trash bags for small items." Don't forget doggie do-do. Also noted in an NPR article about a bag ban in California, is that people often substitute them for heavier and larger plastic trash bags that create more pollution than smaller bags.

There's no mention anywhere of the thick, single use hard plastic containers for things like donuts and croissants that take up more resources to create and use more room in landfills than plastic bags.

Cotton bags and alternative types of bags can actually harbor bacteria, mold and other unappetizing organisms.

A 2018 article in the Financial Post says banning plastic bags make people sick.

A study by professors at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University examined the connection between San Francisco’s plastic bag ban and bacteria-related illnesses. They concluded that "both deaths and ER visits spiked as soon as the ban went into effect."

Plastic straws can be looked at in a different light. In the 1960's paper straws were used but replaced later with plastic ones. So the jury is still out as to whether paper ones are the answer. Wooden utensils like chop sticks and even toothpicks at some restaurants are single use and take a heavy toll on forests.

According to a 2016 article in Wired, single use paper bags have a higher carbon footprint because they're much thicker and take many more trucks to ship than plastic.

Armed with balanced information about single use plastic bags people are less likely to believe local and provincial governments who say we're doing more harm than good to the planet by using plastic bags. But who are they kidding?



 Friday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 9 am


Rollin' rawhide! 

U-Haul releases top destinations in BC

U-Haul/Voice file photo

orth Vancouver, BC, is the No. 1 U-Haul Canadian Growth City of migration trends in 2019 in a list of 25.

"The waterfront district across from the picturesque, ever-expanding destination of Vancouver posted the largest net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering the city versus leaving it during the past calendar year."

BC has four cities on the list. Joining North Van are; Salmon Arm (11), Merritt (20), and Victoria (22). To see the entire list, visit the U-Haul blog here.



 Friday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 7 am


Itching to get rid of bedbugs 

Orkin Canada releases the top infested cities list in growing season Jan to Dec

Orkin Canada/Handout image

ere's another top ten list. The rise of the killer bed bugs. Voice readers will find this interesting to either educate themselves if they aren't infested or to help if they are.

On Tuesday, Orkin Canada pest control released their "highly anticipated 2019 top ten bed bug cities" list.

According to the report saw significant bed bug sightings across the country, from infestations in federal buildings to private homes and it's not any getting better.

"In less than two decades, Cimex lectularius, better known as bed bugs, have gone from a rarely experienced irritant to a major problem thriving in clean and dirty homes alike," said the report.

1. Toronto
2. Winnipeg
3. Vancouver
4. St. John's
5. Ottawa
6. Scarborough
7. Halifax
8. Oshawa
9. Sudbury
10. Hamilton

Orkin says there is reason to remain optimistic.

"There are solutions to this pesky problem and good ways to reduce the chances of an infestation with a little knowledge."

You can spot them by noticing tiny dark coloured stains, cast skins or live bugs. They congregate on mattress tags and seams, under seat cushions, behind headboards, creases of drawers, buckling wallpaper and carpets. There is a website to report; Chilliwack bed bugs but it hasn't been updated lately, however you can add a site and bookmark the page there. There is also an e-mail for more information. See more at Orkin.


 Friday, Jan 19, 2020

Published 7 am


For the love of equality

Walk for Chilliwack women Jan 18

Patti MacAhonic, Executive Director/Voice file photo

veryone is welcome at the 3rd annual Fraser Valley Marches for Women walk. This event is accessible, open, and inclusive. The event goes rain, snow or shine.

Saturday, January 18

11:00 am - Meet at Ann Davis Transition Society 9046 Young Rd. Organize and make signs, sign making material available

11:30 am - March starts from 9046 Young Rd to Chilliwack City Hall 8550 Young Rd

Noon - Speakers, Drummers and Singers

1:00 pm - End of gathering

Fraser Valley Marches for Women was founded by Ann Davis Transition Society executive director Patti MacAhonic and held its first march in January 2017 in solidarity with the demonstrators that descended on Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of women’s rights, also in response to the city turning down a women’s shelter when women were dying on our streets in winter in late 2016.


"We are more than a march—we’re a movement"  Patti MacAhonic


The goal of subsequent marches in the Fraser Valley is to support Women’s rights locally and globally, while raising awareness of local issues.



 Thursday, Jan 9, 2020

Published 5 am


The A List

Twenty of the biggest items from hundreds that the Voice covered last year

Staff/Voice photo


The morning sun is filtered by smoke from the interior wildfires in July.


Friday, Jan 11
Double Stabbing
Two injured, no word on motive
Wed, February 11

Sogi 123

Stoking the Fire


Check out the other top stories here.



 Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020

Published 10 am


An apple a day keeps the body at play

Chilliwack YMCA "Generation Health" series begins in February

Preet Toor, YMCA Vancouver/Handout images


The YMCA healthy living program begins in Feb.


eneration Health is a FREE 10-week healthy lifestyle program for children and their families. We will be meeting once a week as of February 3rd, 2020 at the Chilliwack YMCA.

This program covers various topics related to healthy living such as healthy eating, physical activity, goal setting, body image, self-esteem and more! Families who participate in this program will receive a FREE 6-month membership to the YMCA.

This program requires prior registration and screening through these details: phone 1 888 650 3141 or send an e-mail here.




 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

Published 10:30 am

One day, one step at a time

A family's struggles with dementia

Gord Woodward, E. Comm./Submitted Society photo



Victoria Wilson, ASBC


hilliwack residents living with dementia are going public for a third consecutive year in an effort to change hearts and minds and tackle the ongoing discrimination they experience in their day-to-day lives.

“Seventy-five per cent of time I was working was spent on the road,” says Don Corbett, a resident of Chilliwack who was recently diagnosed with dementia. He has chosen to stop driving after years behind the wheel while repairing phones for BC Tel and then for Lifeline. “It’s probably the most dramatic change so far.”

Don and his wife Karen initially sought a diagnosis after Don began to experience memory problems. Soon afterwards, their daughter Kelly suggested they reach out to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Karen was initially concerned when they received the diagnosis and is getting used to the changes that come with dementia. “Sometimes it’s harder and sometimes it’s easier,” she says.

Because Don’s diagnosis is so new, they’re still grappling with what their dementia journey is going to look like. They have started attending Alzheimer Society of B.C. education, as well as Minds in Motion®, a social and fitness program for people in the early stages of the disease. “Everyone we’ve met is in a different place,” Don says. “It helps us understand how things are going to change.”

They’re working to adapt to their new reality, though. “We’re still active and can walk,” Karen says.

For the most part, the people they’ve encountered – family, friends and health-care providers – have been supportive and understanding while they process their situation. “We appreciate the people in our lives.”

Don and Karen are some of many Canadians who are courageously stepping forward with their personal stories in the Alzheimer Society’s nation-wide campaign, I live with dementia. Let me help you understand, launching Monday, January 6 as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Spurred by alarming research indicating that one in four Canadians would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia, the campaign gives a voice to Canadians living with dementia who are frustrated by the constant assumptions and misinformation associated with the disease.

“Unless you have experienced it firsthand, it can be difficult to appreciate the damage stigma can do to individuals and families facing dementia,” says Victoria Wilson, Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Chilliwack resource centre. “Too often, negative feelings, attitudes and stereotypes surrounding dementia dissuade people from seeking help and discourage others from lending their support. By providing a platform for Canadians to share their stories, we can cultivate empathy and compassion and help break down the stigma so that Canadians living with dementia can live a full life.”

Since the launch of the campaign in 2018, more than 65 Canadians with dementia, including caregivers, have become spokespeople in the campaign, aimed at taking a stand against the stigma associated with the disease.

To read their stories and find out how you can help in the fight against dementia stigma, visit The site also features practical information and downloadable materials, including key myths and facts about the disease, as well as social media graphics to help spread the word about the campaign. Visitors to the site can also connect with the local Alzheimer Society resource centre for help and support.


Through a host of programs and services, advocacy and public education, Alzheimer Societies across the country are there to help Canadians overcome the challenges of living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The Society also funds research to improve care and find new treatments and a cure.

Over half a million Canadians are living with dementia today. Many more are family members who provide direct care or are otherwise affected by dementia. In the next 12 years, nearly a million Canadians will be living with dementia.

“The number of Canadians living with dementia is soaring,” says Wilson. “So this is an extremely important campaign to pause and think about our attitudes and perceptions and build a more accepting and inclusive society for individuals and families living with dementia.”

For more information and about how you can help, visit the website here.





 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

Published 8 am


Flames can't thread the needle

Pilots' goalie Machholz a wall

Justin Sulpico, AP/Morgan Astles photo


Brock Machholz laid waste the Ridge Meadows flames attacks in the Winter Classic Showcase.


t was a tightly contested battle Saturday night between the Abbotsford Pilots (13-21-0-1) and the Ridge Meadows Flames (18-12-0-3), but it was the Pilots taking the victory by a score of 2-1 and snapping a four game losing skid. The game was played at Minoru Arena in Richmond as part of the fifth-annual PJHL Winter Classic Showcase, which featured all 12 PJHL teams in action under one roof throughout the weekend. In his 25th appearance of the season, Pilots’ goaltender Brock Machholz put aside 35 shots for the win and received Player of the Game honours for his effort.


The Pilots jumped to an early lead thanks to a Noah Findlater goal at 6:21 of the first period. Austin Moar entered the attacking zone and connected with the defenceman in the right circle. Flames goaltender Elliot Marshall made the initial save but he was unable to hang on to the puck and it trickled in for Findlater’s second of the season.

The two sides exchanged power play goals in the second frame. First, Eric Bourhill stepped up at 4:32. With Abbotsford’s Massimo Ranallo serving a boarding penalty, it took Ridge Meadows only 10 seconds to capitalize on the man advantage. Off the offensive zone draw, Tetsuya Prior found Eric Bourhill in the corner who fired a sharp angle shot top shelf over the shoulder of Brock Machholz for his 10th of the season.

The Abbotsford captain stepped up later in the period at 18:05. Marshall made the initial stop of a Pilots shot from the point, but failed to control the rebound which sailed directly up and landed in his crease. Jared Pitkethly was able to poke it past the Flames goaltender blocker side for his 9th goal of the year and his 4th power play goal.

The Flames pushed hard in the final frame coming up with 15 shots while the Pilots mustered up 4. Three power play opportunities came up short for Ridge Meadows and, ultimately, no goals in the 3rd period allowed the 2-1 score to finalize. See more at the Abbotsford Pilots' website.



 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

Published 8 am


Swing your partner

Harrison Fest Family Barn Dance Jan 12

Bryan Cutler, HFS/Handout photo


Family Barn Dance coming to Harrison Memorial Hall Jan 12.


he Harrison Festival Society will be producing a special family dance on Sunday, January 12 at 2pm in the Harrison Memorial Hall. The dance will be a traditional called dance, or “barn dance”, that will feature a live band and caller, who will teach contra, square, and round dances, in what promises to be a fun Sunday afternoon activity.

The caller, Bob Rentz, is an experienced dance caller on the Vancouver contra dance scene, and will teach all dances, so no experience is necessary. The band will consists of The Paperboys fiddler Kalissa Landa and local musicians from a traditional Irish music group that meets regularly in Popkum, lead by Harrison Festival director Andy Hillhouse.

The Harrison Festival has a history of social dance workshops at the summer festival, but has not produced such a dance during its year-round season for many years. Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse hopes that interest in social dance will build in the community, as dancing is a great, fun way to gather as a community. Not to mention that dancing is great exercise! All ages are welcome to this family dance.

Tickets will be available at the door at the Harrison Memorial Hall in Harrison Hot Springs, and will cost 12 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for children 12 and under. Doors open at 1:30pm. E-mail here for more information.




 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

Published 8 am


Rocks thrown, champs known

BC Women juniors teams Sato and Buchy

Rebecca-Connop-Price/Handout photo


Team Buchy celebrate their win at the BC Juniors.


eam Sato and Team Buchy will represent BC at the 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Langley.


In women’s play, the game was a 10-end nail-biter that ended in Team Buchy’s favour. Kaila Buchy from Kimberley made an out-turn pick to sit for two on her last rock to clinch the 8-6 win over Royal City/Tunnel Town’s Team Taylor.


Kaila Buchy said: “It was like slow motion. The rock couldn’t get there quickly enough. But once it hit the hog line I sort of knew. We are so excited and so happy.”


Meanwhile in men’s play, a steal of four in the eighth end brought an abrupt finish to what had been a relatively close game between Team Sato and Team Tao. The score was 9-3 to Team Sato, who had been undefeated throughout the competition.


The Sato team, from Royal City Curling Club, will be playing as Team BC at nationals in Langley. Team Tao, from Richmond, Vancouver and Port Moody curling clubs, will also take part as the second team. A second spot opened up for BC after Nunavut did not field a junior men’s team.



 Monday, Jan 6, 2020

Published 11 am


Welcome to the boomtown

Christmas came early for home buyers and sellers

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/File photo


right orange “Sold” signs are not typically a common sight on property sale signs in December, but Chilliwack and area closed 2019 with sales well ahead of projection.


Historically a sluggish month for sales, December saw 217 home sales in Chilliwack and area, almost 100 more than the 118 sales recorded in the same month last year.


A strong BC economy, low mortgage interest rates and continued migration from the Vancouver area are being credited for a strong year in local real estate sales.


“The Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) ended 2019 with a better than projected year as far as unit sales go,” confirmed Kyle Nason, Board President. “Although the Canadian economy took a slight dip, the BC economy is still increasing at 1.5% according to the latest figures”.

Increased consumer confidence helps push those from more metro areas looking for retirement options and affordable family homes out to our area, added Mr. Nason.

 Of the 217 home sales in December, the highest number (27) were in the $400,000 - $449,000 range, followed by 26 sales in the $450,000 - $499,999 range, indicating strong sales in the condo and townhome categories. There were 11 sales over the $1 million mark, including one over $2 million.

Of particular note to the local economy is the dollar value that December sales garnered – just over $115 million compared to $57.3 million in December a year earlier.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to stop paying a landlord and own your own home, be sure to get pre-qualified at your financial institution and contact one of the qualified REALTORSª of CADREB. With today’s low interest rates, you may be surprised to learn that even with some added expenses of owning a home, owning is more affordable than renting, and you will be gaining valuable equity.


At just under 700 home listings currently on the Chilliwack and area market, inventory is not keeping pace with demand. If you are thinking of listing your home to move up or downsize, now is the time, as a new year brings increased interest in buyers.



 Monday, Jan 6, 2020

Published 8 am

Is mankind as we know it over?

Myrtle Macdonald adds answers to various questions in BBC article

Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Author, Chilliwack/File photo


Re: Are we on the Road to Collapse of Civilization.


orruption (bribery, kick backs, dishonesty, drug exports) affect the trust citizens have in each other. The judicious system breaks down.

Dictatorship with forced agreement and silencing of alternate opinions. Decisions made by the President are not democratic. They ignore Congress, Senate, CIA, FBI and even the Constitution. The Canadian Senate is much more effective than that of the USA. Their only power is to do much committee work 1). to get background on proposed legislation, 2). to provide sobre second thoughts, and 3). to slow down on rash sudden legislation.

The Governor General lessens the load carried by the President, by 1). honoring those who have done brave or meritorious deeds, 2). welcoming dignitaries and 3). leading ceremonial remembrances and holidays.

Polarization of politics which is inability of right and left 1). to listen to each other and 2). to find common ground to agree on.

Lack of equality of income and services by sex, race, income and location. Neglect of rural people because heir have few votes.

Allowing imported fruit and vegetables to be sold for less than they can be produced and marketed locally. So small farm families get a second job to make a living. Allowing even Canadian owned grocery stores to sell mainly imported processed and fresh foods. Canadian food producers.

Lack of caring for single parents, widows, and poor children. Assisted Living and Residential Care staffed by part time poor trained staff.

Forcing other countries to carry the load of refugees, 25 to 50% of their population. Bragging about strict immigration. Unfair treatment of children of refugees.

A construction industry that pays very low wages, but requires the laborer to supply his own tools and transportation, with no financial assistance or line of credit when tools are stolen and the private vehicle breaks down. In his absence from work his new assistant gets the job and he becomes unemployed.

Lack of low cost train service, so people in rural areas rely on air travel. They cannot get good housing, sanitation, child care, education or health care. Funding gets used up on air fare for planning meetings. Those who leave home to try city life become homeless and unable to afford air fare to return home. Women hitch hike and get abducted.

Allowing construction companies to build only luxury housing, for middle and upper class people. As a result the lower middle class are becoming poor and one pay cheque away from homeless.

Lack of enough Family doctors, Pharmacare and other scarcity of professionals.



 Monday, Jan 6, 2020

Published 8 am


Honour and legacy

WWII Volunteer Medal still missing

Dave W. Palmer, CD, KStG, Ont./File photo


ad is it not that the Heritage and Legacy of our Veterans' is discounted and in essence by the ruling of the Chancellery of Honours and Awards established in 1967, says it does not recognize things that happened in the past . . .  yet, they created and issued in recent years, the "Bomber Command" Clasp that is for the CVSM, a medal issued from September 1939 to 1 March 1947. That is clearly permitting the recognition of things that happened in the past. See more here.



 Sunday, Jan 5, 2020

Published 10 pm


Batten down the hatches

Environment Canada issues rainfall warning

EC/File photo


2013 file photo.


ain, at times heavy, is expected.

An intense frontal system is bearing down on the South Coast of BC.

Rain, at times heavy, will develop over central and eastern Fraser Valley overnight. The heavy rain will continue through Monday and finally ease later Tuesday as the storm system leaves the region.

Total rainfall accumulations of 80 to 100 mm are expected.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.





 Friday, Jan 3, 2020

Published 5:45 am

Revised Sunday, Jan 5


Op Ed: Anti-Social democracy

Is free speech being trampled?

Staff/File photo



Barry Neufeld photo.


veryone seems to be mad over the SOGI issue. Barry Neufeld is mad; the people who elected him are mad; the majority of the SD33 School Board are mad and former BCTF president Glen Hansman is mad. See more here.


 Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Published 4 pm


Neufeld launches appeal after failed lawsuit

"Human rights process seems to have ground to a halt"

Barry Neufeld, SD33 Trustee/Handout photo


Barry Neufeld (centre) and some of his supporters at the Vancouver Law Courts.


ver a year ago, I had laid a defamation suit against Glen Hansman, President of the BC Teachers Federation (union) due to all the nasty, insulting remarks he made on various media outlets. The plan was to have a jury trial in Chilliwack Supreme Court on Dec 2 of this year. Then in the spring of this year, using a brand-new BC Law for the first time, he applied to quash my defamation suit under the new Bill 32: “Protection of Public Participation Act.” Popularly known as Anti SLAPP law. See more here.

 Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Published 10:30 am


The intersection that roared

Corbould and Wellington continues to be problematic for drivers

Staff/Voice photo


There were no serious injuries in a minor accident Thursday at Wellington and Corbould.


ourbold Street reared its head again as a hot spot for accidents Thursday when a two-vehicle crash happened at Wellington Avenue around 7pm. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries.


The 4-way stop at the intersection has been the site of many crashes over the years. Nearby residents say something needs to be done before someone is killed. It's not known exactly how many crashes have taken place at that intersection, however last month an MVA involving a semi-truck happened.



 Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Published 8 am


Twenty-five years in the making

The Paperboys will be in Harrison Jan 11

Bryan Cutler, HFS/Handout photo


The Paperboys will make for a good night out for the Harrison Music Festival's first show of the year Jan 11.


ancouver’s The Paperboys, one of Vancouver’s longest running and popular roots music acts. The band will hit the stage at 8pm on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

The music of  The Paperboys crosses a range of genres, from Celtic jigs and reels to Mexican son jarocho and Latin horn arrangements, but the glue that binds all these styles together is the buoyant pop-rock songwriting of bandleader Tom Landa.

Although The Paperboys have made critically acclaimed records, they are through and through a live act. They shine most on stage. They have spent the last 25 years on the road playing all over North America and Europe, where they have developed a large following without the aid of a record labels or radio play.

The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets for The Paperboys are $25.00 and can be purchased online at The Harrison Festival website, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.



 Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Published 7:30 am


A million ways to fly

Abbotsford International Airport hits milestone

Parm Sidhu, ABI/Submitted photo


The 1 millionth passenger (centre) celebration last week at Abbotsford International Airport.


he Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) has reached the 1 million passenger milestone, announced Mayor Henry Braun today.


Passenger volumes at YXX have been growing at record rates:

• 2015 - 487,833 passengers
• 2016 - 530,643 (8.8% increase)
• 2017 - 677,653 (27.7% increase)
• 2018 - 842,212 (24.3% increase)
• 2019 – 1 million plus (18.7%)

“Congratulations to Abbotsford International Airport for welcoming a record one-million travellers through its doors. We are honoured to work alongside valuable airport partners like we have in Abbotsford to provide accessible travel options for Canadians. We’ve seen steady traveller demand in Abbotsford and it’s no surprise that this has helped lead to YXX’s record-breaking passenger volumes.”

YXX has 4 national airlines including WestJet (since 1997), Swoop Airlines, Flair Airlines, and seasonal service on Air Canada Rouge, in addition to Island Express Air offering intra-BC flights. YXX’s airline partners are making air travel more accessible and affordable for every day Canadians, providing direct routes to Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London Ontario, Toronto, (seasonal), Nanaimo, Victoria, Las Vegas and seasonal service to Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

For more information and flight bookings visit Abbotsford International Airport.




 Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020

Published 5 am


It's a wrap

2019 was another good year for the Valley Voice News

Staff/Voice image


Hits are the number of of times images are viewed. There were 1.28 million hits with 152,000 pages viewed and 65,000 visits in 2019 .


very January the stats for The Valley Voice News are shared with readers. Local and BC news here remained constant. The aim of the publisher is to provide a variety of news items on the website to provide reason for readers to return.


The Valley Voice is just a small community-driven news website with international reach that takes Chilliwack to the rest of the world. Thank you to readers from almost every country on earth for your continued support.



 Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 

Published 6 am


Nefarious Activity

CFD respond to minor fire

Staff/Voice photo


CFD Captain coordinates firefighters.


he Chilliwack Fire Department were dispatched to an apartment in the 9800-block of Williams Street approximately 6 pm after reports of a minor fire inside. It's not clear exactly where inside the incident took place.


All of the CFD trucks and equipment were on hand and firefighters used a single hose to extinguish what was reported to be a case of vandalism. The building was ventilated and there were no injuries to residents of crew.



 Monday, Dec 30, 2019 

Published 9 am


Community champions

Nominations end January 7

Patricia Driessen, FVCDA/Handout photo


2019 Cultural Diversity Award winners.

he Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards started in 2003 to recognize the best practices of organizations and individuals that embrace the diversity in our community.  Concepts of cultural diversity include age, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic background. 

Archway Community Services presents the event in partnership with the Mission and Chilliwack Community Services as well as the Langley New Directions English Language School. 

Past winners have been businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that work towards building an inclusive community, providing their clients and customers with accessible environments, and having workforces reflective of their community.  In addition to the existing Champion of Diversity award for individuals, an award will recognize a Youth Champion of Diversity (ages 12-17).  Nominees of this category work towards building an inclusive society.

The 2019 Cultural Diversity Awards are hosted by the Abbotsford Community Services.

Organizations and individuals in Abbotsford, Mission, Langley and Chilliwack are encouraged to apply or nominate others by January 7th, 2020. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in March 2019 at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre.  

Categories include: Inclusive Environment, Marketing, Innovative Initiative, Champion of Diversity (Youth and Adult) and Effective Human Resources Strategies.

Nominations may be submitted online or by contacting Patricia Driessen via e-mail or call 604 308 5673.


 Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 

Published 8 am


The Musical Mafia: be there or else

Thugs on rugs rock the Chilliwack rink Dec 31

Chilliwack Curling Club/Web photo


The gang of stars headline a show with tunes from Dead Kennedy's and DOA.


ome and ring in 2020 with the Vacationers at Chilliwack's newest banquet and lounge facility. Doors open at 6 pm. A beef, chick'n and fish buffet with all the fixuns will be open at 7 pm.


The diminutive gang will be doing their best to fill the dance floor until 1:30 am. There will be a midnight champagne clink as well as a snack pack to munch your way into the new year with.


The Curling Club has over 60 different kinds of packaged beer as well as 8 brands of beer on tap at very reasonable prices. Of course we also have a huge selection of ciders, coolers, wine by the glass or bottle and spirits also at very reasonable prices.


If you are looking for great value for New Years Eve this is the place to be. Tickets are only $75 and can be purchased at the Chilliwack Curling Club Pro's Shop or reserved by calling 604-792-1572. Tickets are limited so don't delay and get yours today!



 Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 

Published 4 am


The year in photos

A 2019 perspective of Chilliwack in twenty snapshots

Staff/Voice photos


Wendy Eyre Grey cuts the ribbon to begin the Alzheimer's Walk.


t was big job choosing The Voice's best photos in 2019. Although it began as a top ten there were dozens that could have made this list so to give a better perspective of the year it was expanded to twenty There were many local events that we couldn't make this year. As we roll into a new decade, here are some of the best community news snapshots of the year for you.


Williams St. stolen truck rollover in May.

Kyle Oullette and the True North Concessions Food Stand opens for business on Cartmell Road.

A firefighter cracks opens a hydrant at a Robson St fire.

Art Green speaks during the climate change rally at a Five Corners in September.

Firefighters battle the Arrow Truck fire from above on a bitterly cold day in February.

Councillor Sue Knott gets some make-up at the Hike for Hospice in May.

First responders console a woman sitting on the back of an ambulance at the scene of double-stabbing in Jan.

Chilliwack Search and Rescue at City Hall for a presentation.

A Pedestrian is whisked away after being struck by a vehicle in December.

A Pro-life march in October.

Firefighters talk with excavator operator at the scene of the Target Steel fire.

A rainbow crosswalk vandalized at the Walmart parking lot in August.

Pro SOGI 123 meeting at Evergreen Hall in February.

Rollover on First Ave in November.

Prostrate cancer Ride to Live fundraiser in May.

Freshco ribbon-cutting in November.

A cop talks on his phone outside of the Windsor Plywood fire in December.

Canadian Council for the Blind 75th Anniversary.

A police K9 unit searches Victor Street after a shooting in February,


Thanks for your support over the years. Wishing you and your family an awesome 2020.



 Friday, Dec 27, 2019 

Published 10 am


Air Affair

Abbotsford Int. Airport special announcement Dec 30

Alexandria Mitchell/handout image


Officials at the Abbotsford International Airport will be making an announcement December 30.


n Monday, December 30, 2019,  municipal, federal and provincial elected officials, and partners of the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) for a celebration of a record-breaking milestone.


Watch The Voice for more details about this as they become available.



 Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Getting Some Exercise

Bridge training in the Columbia River Valley Dec 26-31

Maj Leah Wilson, CAF/file photo


Troops from the Royal Westminster Regiment and the Oregon National Guard 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team on Rainbow Bridge at Lightning Lakes during EXERCISE WESTIE AVALANCHE, January 28, 2019, at E.C. Manning Provincial Park.


his holiday season Army Engineer Reservists from across Canada will once again converge at the Pacific Regional Training Centre in Chilliwack, BC to hone their skills on a bridge building exercise. Exercise PALADIN RESPONSE runs from December 26-31, 2019 and will have over 250 reserve soldiers participating.

Throughout the exercise troops will rotate through three sites to practice assembling Floating Rafts, constructing Medium Girder Bridges, and building prefabricated modular steel “ACROW” bridges. Aside from Engineering units from across the country, the Royal Canadian Navy, 11 and 12 Field Ambulance, 39 Signals Regiment, 39 Service Battalion and other support units from the 3rd Canadian Division will get to practice their skills during the week-long exercise.

A primary role of the Royal Canadian Engineers (Canada’s ‘combat engineers’) is to provide the Army with mobility support, which includes the construction of fixed and floating bridges. Combat Engineers are employed internationally in operations like Afghanistan, providing such capabilities as route clearance and tactical breaching. Reserve Force Combat Engineers have a particular focus on supporting domestic operations, such as responding to emergencies at the request of provincial and territorial authorities under Operation LENTUS.


Training activities at Cultus Lake will be focused around the Maple Bay Boat Launch and campground areas. There will be increased traffic of large military vehicles between the Col Roger St John armoury at 5535 Korea Rd and these training sites. This may lead to increased traffic congestion, particularly around the Vedder Bridge and along Columbia Valley Road to Maple Bay, Cultus Lake. We would like to recommend that all drivers take into consideration that driving time through this area will be increased. We also wish to remind the public that safety at all times, especially when sharing the road with large military vehicles, is paramount.

We wish the residents of Chilliwack a safe and enjoyable holiday season.



 Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Third large quake in two days strikes off Vancouver Island

Magnitude 6.3 the strongest yet



A M 6.3 struck off the West Coast Tuesday in the same vicinity as the two previous ones on Monday.


third quake in two days struck off Vancouver Island Tuesday just after 7:30 pm. US Geological Survey said this one registered at M 6.3. Apparently there were no damages to Port Hardy or Port Alice. No tsunami is expected. The jolt was felt lightly in Richmond.


On Tuesday, Dec 23, there were 5 quakes including one M 5.3 (not showing). Click image for larger view.



 Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 

Published 8 am


A chip off the old block

Air Wolves tree chipping Jan 4

Staff/Voice photo


The Air Wolves will be out in full force Jan 4 to chip your tree in an environmentally responsible way.


hristmas tree chipping by donation to the 147 Airwolf Squadron Cadets on Saturday, January 4, 10 am – 2 pm at the Princess Armories 45707 Princess Ave Chilliwack BC.

• Tree chipping services by Scott’s Tree Care
• Please ensure that all ornaments and tree stands are removed prior to drop off.

For more info call 604.768.5697




 Monday, Dec 23, 2019 

Published 11 pm


Christmas crunch

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Staff/Voice photo


Firefighters were called out Monday in response to an MVA at Yale Rd and Hodgins.


hilliwack firefighters, BCAS paramedics and RCMP responded to what was reported to be a t-bone accident around 10:30 pm at  Yale Rd. and Hodgins Ave.


Apparently occupants from both vehicles got out safely. Later, firefighters de-energized the vehicles and swept up debris.


It's not known if there were any injuries, but it's believed that if there were, they were relatively minor in nature.


Drivers ignoring yellow street lights are often the cause of t-bone accidents.



 Monday, Dec 23, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Kitchen fire on Storey Ave

Fire Chief urges safety after rash of stove fires and burnt food calls

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief,  CFD/Google image


Firefighters were called out Monday to a stove fire that spread to cabinets.


n December 23, 2019, at approximately 2:30pm the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire alarm activated in an apartment complex in the 45000-block of Storey Avenue.

Firefighters responded from fire halls 1 and 4, and on arrival, reported alarm bells activated and light smoke in the hallway of the three-storey apartment complex.


Upon investigation firefighters found that one of the residents of the apartment complex had a pot on the stove catch fire and spread to the kitchen cabinets. The resident quickly used a fire extinguisher to control and extinguish the fire. Fire crew’s setup ventilation and assessed the apartment of origin to ensure the fire was out. The apartment suite suffered minor fire and smoke damage.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. This fire appears to be accidental and caused by unattended cooking oil.

Chilliwack Fire Dept. wants to remind the public to never leave cooking unattended and that smoke alarms save lives.



 Monday, Dec 23, 2019 

Published noon


Earthquakes strike off  Vancouver Island

Nearest to Port Hardy and Port Alice

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The area where both quakes struck Monday.


wo quakes struck off Vancouver Island Monday morning. According to Natural Resources Canada Geological Survey, USGS and USTWS, both were not felt, there were no damages and no tsunami was expected.


The first a M 5.8 struck at 11:13 am PST, 185 km west of Port Alice. The second, a M 6.0 struck at 11:49 am PST, 178 Km west of Point Hardy.




 Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 

Published 8 am


The Canadian dream

The best part of losing is reading about the winner

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Vinh Tran holds an oversize cheque showing his million dollar winnings.


urrey’s Vinh Tran will soon be his own boss after matching all ten numbers to win the November 23, 2019 Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed $1 million prize.


Tran, who currently works as a cook, said he won’t waste any time opening up his own Vietnamese restaurant, a dream he’s long had.

“I’m so happy, I can’t wait to be my own boss,” said Tran, who has played Lotto 6/49, BC/49 and Lotto Max since 2015. 

Tran purchased the winning ticket at Chimney Hill Town Pantry in Surrey. The first person he told after scanning the ticket was his best friend.

“At first he didn’t believe me — then he told me to cash it in,” Tran recalled, saying he’s glad he decided to buy the ticket during his gas-station visit.

“Just take a chance, you never know.”


Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). Each draw includes a Guaranteed Prize Draw of $1 million. Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices, tablets and desktops.



 Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Up in smoke

Marijuana workshop fire

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training/Google image


A two-storey shop behind the home holding a marijuana grow op caught fire Saturday.


n December 21, 2019, at approximately 4:30 pm the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 50000-block of Elk View Road. On arrival, fire crews saw heavy smoke showing from a two-storey shop structure and immediately determined that the fire would be defensive and called for a 2nd alarm. The shop was used for a marijuana grow operation. Fire crews gained access to the fire within the shop and were able to ventilate and extinguish the fire that within the marijuana grow operation.

There were no injuries to civilians or fire fighter injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.




 Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 

Published 5 am


Man burned in RV fire

Railway Ave closed early Saturday

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Firefighters work to extinguish the fire inside the RV.


irefighters responded to reports of an RV fire in the 45000-block of Railway Ave. at around 4:45 am Saturday.


The RV was fully-engulfed when crews arrived and they needed to break windows in order to gain access with the hoses. They had the fire under control shortly thereafter.


The fire victim was met by paramedics in the rain at the Macdonald's a block away from the RV.


A man who was reported to have what turned out to be serious burns to his back and side managed to stumble up Railway Ave in the heavy rain to the Macdonald's Restaurant parking lot (likely trying to get to the hospital) where he was attended to by EHS paramedics.


Thankfully no one else was inside the RV or was injured, including firefighters, who often have to deal with propane tank explosions in these types of situations. A hydro pole and wires were affected by the fire.



 Friday, Dec 20, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Fire destroys plywood store

Vedder Rd shut down as crews battle blaze

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A cop talks on the phone in front of the Windsor Plywood store on Vedder Road.


t around 2:30 pm Friday reports of a fire at Windsor Plywood located at 7164 Vedder Rd. By the time firefighters could get there what became an inferno had embedded itself into the yard and store.



"A customer of the lumber supply and door manufacturing business alerted staff to the fire that had started in a door and lumber storage area of the business, staff evacuated customers and themselves from the building and called 911," said Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, in a release later.



"The fire spread quickly and aggressively from the door and lumber storage area to the main store area," added Brown.


Fire crews responded from Halls 1, 3, 4 and 6, and on arrival they were met with a column of thick black smoke and heavy fire from the lumber supply and door manufacturing business and beginning to spread to the adjoining liquidation retail store.



"The first arriving officer assumed command, called for a 2nd alarm and set up a defensive attack to confine the fire to the building of origin," said Brown.


According to CFD the blaze was contained to the door manufacturing business which eventually resulted in the roof and walls caving in.



Traffic along the Vedder corridor ground to a halt at Chilliwack Mall and was rerouted east on Webb Ave.


It's expected that Vedder Road will be closed all night and into the morning as crews work on the site.


An excavator was brought in to systematically open up the building allowing firefighters to safely gain access and extinguish any hot spots that remained. The Southern Rail crossing was also affected.



Crews completed their overhaul checking for any remaining hot spots at 1 am. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. According to Brown, the cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department. As of 1:45 am Vedder Rd remains closed until the sweepers can clean up debris.



 Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Locking out thieves

New tamper-proof leisure centre lockers coming to Chilliwack

Staff/Website and file photo


534 new lockers will be added to 40 test lockers.


t's been a long time coming. For years users of The Landing Leisure Centre on Courbold St. have been talking about being ripped off by thieves who gained access to the pool area change room lockers. The exact number of complaints isn't available.

On Tuesday, council passed a motion to approve $290,569.00 to buy 534 new plastic lockers in addition to 40 testers that were installed in July last year.

Current Cheam Leisure Centre lockers will be replaced.

Either locker keys went missing and used by thieves or lockers popped (punched) open in later years. Once the miscreants gain access, wallets, rings, watches, car key fobs have been stolen. Word spread until any regular facility user refused to use the lockers instead taking their items into the pool area.

When a car key fob is stolen, thieves go into the parking lot and hit the button to locate the vehicle and further victimize users of the Leisure Centre.

The City installed 40 test lockers in July last year and found that they passed muster as far as tampering goes and none were broken into.

According to Ryan Mulligan, Director of Recreation & Culture, the new lockers weren't brought in as a result of the thefts, the old ones are described only as being at "the end of their life expectancy".



 Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Community for a cure

January is Alzheimer's Awareness month

Ben Rawluk, ASBC/File photo


Participants in the 2017 Alzheimer's Walk.


ccording to a B.C. survey conducted by Insights West in 2018, more than 70 percent of respondents felt people living with dementia experience stigma.

Stigma – which is negative attitudes and misconceptions held by family, friends and professionals – can be a barrier that prevents people from seeking out a diagnosis if they are beginning to see possible symptoms, or it may keep them from accessing services.

This January, residents of Chilliwack are invited to take part in Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a national campaign focused on changing the general public’s perceptions of what it means to live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Changing perceptions is key to reducing stigma, which ultimately supports people living with dementia to stay active and engaged in the community.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. connects people living with dementia, their caregivers and family members to support and education at any point in the disease through First Link® dementia support.

Chilliwack residents can connect to support by asking their health-care provider for a referral,by visiting their local resource centre or by calling the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033. To learn more about the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, visit



 Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 

Published 5 pm


Power cord suspect in travel trailer blaze

Fire chief advises to have outlets checked for circuit load

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training /Google photo


A travel trailer fire CFD indicates was caused by an extension cord.


n December 19, 2019, at approximately 1:30am the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire located in the 8000-block of Viscount Place.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6, and on arrival, reported a fully-involved travel trailer in the back yard of the residence. The fire was noticed by a passerby who called 911 and then alerted the owners of the fire, who were asleep in their home. The travel trailer was vacant at the time of the fire, but was in close proximity to other structures and hedges on the property. Firefighters gained control of the fire quickly preventing the fire from spreading. The travel trailer suffered major fire and smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature, caused by the failure of an extension cord which was plugged in to the home’s electrical system and the travel trailer. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind owners extension cords are for temporary use only. Have a qualified electrician determine if additional circuits or wall outlets are needed.



 Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 

Published 3 am


Desmond Devnich back in court Jan 21

Facing two charges each of Fraud and Breach of Trust in constituency thefts

Staff/Twitter photo


Desmond Devnich is facing two fraud and two  counts Breach of a Public Officer.


ocal residents following the Desmond Devnich constituency cash theft debacle will be interested to know that the next episode in his Chilliwack Court trial is January 21, 2020, to face two charges of Fraud and two charges of Breach of Trust by a Public Officer stemming from incidents between June 25, 2013, and September 12, 2017, when he allegedly pilfered money from MLA John Martin's constituency coffers.


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Devnich first appeared on the charges October 6.


MLA John Martin at a PCCN Walk & Run. Voice file photo.

According to reports, Martin said the missing money could be substantial but no amount has been specified.

It's not clear why Martin had no checks and balances regarding the finances of his office involving the evaporated taxpayer money until what he says may be "tens of thousands of dollars" that went missing.

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Denvich is Tweeting as Marketing and Events Specialist as late as yesterday focusing on the Chilliwack Chiefs and Tourism Chilliwack hashtags. Devnich has a namesake website however there is nothing posted. Watch for more as this unfolds.

Another unnamed local with similar charges had a publication name ban imposed Dec 3.




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