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  Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 

Published 11 pm

 

Coronavirus hits the Fraser Valley

Provincial government says nothing to worry about 

Staff/Voice photo

Updated Sunday 8 m

 

 

The Fraser Valley braces as a person has tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus.

 

Late Thursday, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer  released joint statement indicating that 1 person in the Fraser Valley has tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus disease bringing the count to 6, however the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) said Friday that the first of five people have recovered "as indicated by the resolution of symptoms, followed by two successive negative test results 24 hours apart."


 

Health Canada confirms that 3 Ontarians are infected.

 

When the BC Government confirmed Friday evening that a person living in the Fraser Valley had the virus, the Chilliwack community went on high alert despite assurances that there's nothing to worry about.

 

Chilliwack has a large Muslim community and the woman carrying the virus just returned from Iran.

 

The Voice has been fielding an inordinate number of calls and e-mail from jittery residents.

 

Sardis resident Jeremy Walker told The Voice that he's worried and thinks the city is prone.

 

"When they say "Valley", to me that means Langley to Chilliwack. Those are the two areas that are Valley to me. Surrey isn't seen to be a part of the Fraser Valley."

 

A Gizmodo article says that things are not looking good for stopping the Coronavirus.

 

"A new report estimates that only a third of cases that have left China’s borders are being documented at all."

The BCCDC recommends that people take the same important precautions to help protect from respiratory illnesses like they do with the flu at this time of year such as hand washing etc.

Fraser Health staff have been on alert. Their website says; "We have multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond to prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases in the province. At this time no Fraser Health employees have been quarantined. Following all Workplace Health processes, policies, and guidelines ensures that we stay safe and don’t spread infectious agents."

The BCCDC has not responded to questions about what municipality the person resides. For more about the coronavirus The Centre for Disease Control.

 

For more commonly asked questions and answers on COVID-19, visit the WHO website
Health Canada: For more information on the Government of Canada’s precautions at international airports and borders, visit Health Canada’s website.

 

 

  Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Seeing is believing

School bus camera trial has begun in Chilliwack 

Staff/Caucus image

 

MLA Laurie Throness, Chilliwack-Hope  speaks to members of the Legislature Wednesday.

 

Welcome to the New Age. Gone are the golden days of bouncy old horse and buggy school buses.

A bus driver walks the aisles checking seatbelts before leaving. If a student leaves their 3-point harness en route, the driver stops the bus again and makes sure everyone is belted in and not falling around the aisles while rambling down bumpy roads at 30 mph.

The 3-Point seat belt systems are the same in any other moving vehicle; just like in mom and dad's car.

The provincial government and municipalities are inching closer to making school buses across the country four times better in terms of safely getting students to and from their destinations.

On Wednesday, MLA Laurie Throness, Chilliwack-Kent, spoke to members of the Legislature about the seatbelts. In an abbreviated overview he was able to craft an awareness of using seat-belts in buses and indicated he was working towards that in his riding.

Throness told The Voice in an e-mail that he advised members that he introduced a private members bill to require seatbelts on school buses, beginning in 2021.

According to Throness the federal government plan camera tests in three communities across the country including BC.

Throness beat them to the punch with Chilliwack being the only community across Canada testing the cameras that take footage of cars passing through flashing stop signs. The images are sent to the RCMP, who will then send out warning letters to drivers. It's unclear if repeat offenders will face fines.

The retrofits are big-ticket items. School Districts with large fleets will be hardest hit.



Throness said there hadn't been any complaints from parents about the belts. Although cornering might be less fun for the kids.
 
     
Throness is hopeful it'll catch on across the country. For his school, there's no turning back now that they've gone through their trial runs without complaint.

Last Friday, the extensive 27-page Task Force on School Bus Safety came out and was presented to the Council of Ministers of Transportation and Highway Safety. With it came several recommendations;

Infraction Cameras: to help prevent dangerous incidents caused by passing motorists.

Extended Stop Arms: to further deter motorists from passing while children are entering or leaving the bus.

Exterior 360° Cameras: as a means of better detecting and protecting children and other vulnerable road users around the exterior of the bus.

Automatic Emergency Braking: To help reduce the severity of a collision or avoid it entirely. Consideration should also be given to exploring ways to pair this feature with other technologies for increased safety.

Seatbelts in school buses are long overdue. If drivers need to buckle up than why not kids? They already do in their parent's cars.

The days of restless kids in school buses is coming to an end on a set of wheels near you.

 

Child safety remains the most critical element of school transportation — but getting there is the challenging part.

 

 

  Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Paddle around

Vedder Road roundabout public artwork sculpture to be installed by June

Staff/Handout images

 

Artist rendering of Vedder roundabout sculpture to be ready by June.

 

he Vedder Roundabout Public Art project is a go after State of the Art Concepts Ltd. came in with the low bid of $255,000.00 for the artwork on the north side of the bridge.

 

According to City notes, State of the Art Concepts Ltd. have completed similar works for the City of Coquitlam and an assortment of Indigenous groups without complaints.

 

The sculpture will feature special recessed ighting.

 

City Council began talks in 2016 with Chief David Jimmie, President of the Stó: Nation Chiefs Council regarding art partnerships to celebrate the history of the Ts'elxweyeqw Tribe and Stó: people.
 

The art sculpture project will include electrical, concrete, grading, structural work, so expect some delays until the project is completed in June and as late as July 1.

 

 

  Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 

Published 5 pm

 

We can do it!

Rosie and the Riveters play Harrison Feb 29

Byran Cutler, Harrison Fest/Matt Braden photos

 

Rosie and the Riveters open the Harrison Music Festival season Feb 29.

 

osie and the Riveters are Farideh Olsen, Allyson Reigh, and Alexis Normand. The band’s name refers to the iconic image of armaments worker Rosie the Riveter and as the name implies, this trio of women began as a group that referenced the vocal style and social change of the WWII period. The trio has since evolved to develop an entertaining live show full of relevance to the contemporary situation.

February 29

Showtime: 8 pm Doors 7:30 pm.

Tickets: $25.00 and can be purchased online at harrisonfestival.com, 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

Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the variable status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave - a collection of gritty, sultry, folk-pop anthems that Billboard magazine calls “powerful and daring.”
 

Produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Rose Cousins, Sarah Slean, Great Lake Swimmers), their sophomore album loudly echoes Aretha Franklin’s demand for R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

 

Their first single, “Let ‘em Talk”, lays down a Bill Withers-inspired groove and is a response to how women’s behavior is judged in society. A quick read through other titles like “Gotta Get Paid” and “I Wanna be King” gives an idea of what they have to say.

 

Rosie & the Riveters invests 20% of their merchandise profits into women’s projects and businesses around the world through KIVA.org

 

 

  Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 

Published 10 am

 

School District may face huge extra costs on new buses

Federal Task Force safety recommendations optional for now

Staff/Voice photos

 

Chilliwack SD33 school buses get warmed up for the day.

 

n February 14, 2020, the commissioned Task Force on School Bus Safety presented their findings to the Council of Ministers of Transportation and Highway Safety. Although school buses across Canada have a very good safety records, there are considerations in the works to ensure that student safety is maximized with mandatory items like three-point seat belts on new buses. Currently they're only optional for school districts.

 


Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness and former Agassiz bus driver Gary Lillico speak with media in November 2019 regarding school bus safety.

 

The Chilliwack School Board has cited finances as their chief hurdle to installing the three-point seatbelts but they may have to include other mandatory safety items; 

 

1. Infraction Cameras: to help prevent dangerous incidents caused by passing motorists.


2. Extended Stop Arms: to further deter motorists from passing while children are entering or leaving the bus.


3. Exterior 360° Cameras: as a means of better detecting and protecting children and other vulnerable road users around the exterior of the bus.


4. Automatic Emergency Braking: to help reduce the severity of a collision or avoid it entirely. Consideration should also be given to exploring ways to pair this feature with other technologies for increased safety.

 

School District 33 bus at Tyson Rd in 2016.

 

Mandatory school bus safety items on new school buses will have major financial impacts on every School District and smaller cities like Chilliwack whose budget will be flattened if mandatory upgrades to school buses are put in place.

 

To read the entire report go here.

 

 

  Monday, Feb 17, 2020 

Published 7 am

 

Early morning crash

Trapped driver walks away after

Staff/Voice photos

 

The driver walks away unscathed after being trapped inside. Pieces of her car littered Young Rd.

 

irst responders were called out around 4:15 am Monday to a single vehicle crash at Airport Rd. and Young Rd. where the accident left someone pinned inside. RCMP shut down Young Rd. while firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extract the driver.

 

Driver climbs out of wreck assisted by firefighters.

 

Thankfully the driver walked away from the crash which could easily have been more serious. It's unclear how the accident occurred.

 

 

  Monday, Feb 17, 2020 

Published 7 am

 

'The Divided Brain - Broken Relations'

What's going on around the planet and  why is it so irrational?

Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland, Author/Handout image

 

Both hemispheres do different things for us.

 

irst I think most people would agree that at the moment, the world is in a bit of a mess. Political anger and discontent are the rule of the day in many, if not most, parts of the world. I remember during the Vietnam War when Robert McNamara (the US Secretary of Defense) remarked that the trouble with the world was that at any given time half of the world was asleep while the other half would be up raising hell. He himself was partially responsible for that disgusting war, but I thought he had a point. But not now.

Nobody sleeps anymore and the entire world seems to be raising hell at the same time. There are so many angry frustrated people in so many countries, thronging into their streets, with raised fists, or worse. Violence hangs in the air. Unresolved wars threaten to reignite, legal and illegal guns spread over the globe.

Mother Nature is angry, too, she is baring her teeth at all of us. Extreme poverty is on the rise, more people living on the streets while the stock markets soar. The political craziness going on in the US is accompanied by the rapid spread of a coronavirus that is crippling China and seeping out into the rest of the world. How can we protect ourselves, our families and our communities? What are we to think about this unusual and frightening turn of events?

Renowned neurologist Iain McGilchrist at least gives us a clue. He describes how both sides of the brain hemispheres have different functions although they are structured to work together. He writes: “In general terms, then, the left hemisphere yields narrow, focused attention, mainly for the purpose of getting and feeding.

 

The right hemisphere yields broad, vigilant attention, the purpose of which appears to be awareness of signals from the surroundings, especially of other creatures, who are potential predators or potential mates, foes or fiends, and it is involved in bonding in social animals. It might then be that the division of the human brain is also the result of the need to bring to bear two incompatible types of attention to the world at the same time, one narrow, focused, and directed to our needs, and the other to broad, open and directed toward whatever else is going on in the world apart from ourselves. “

McGilchrist tells the story of a king who administers to a small kingdom with kindness and fairness. Because of his good governance his kingdom grows and becomes so large he can no longer cover his enlarged responsibilities. So the king appoints an emissary to help him administer to the outer regions of his kingdom. As the emissary was a loyal subject to the king, he did his best to do good service and the king was grateful.


However, as the Emissary began making more of the decisions in his territory he also began to think he no longer had to report back to the king about decisions he could make himself. In time he began to think of himself as being as good as the king, and no longer reported at all. He eventually initiated a palace coup and became the king, the people were duped and the domain collapsed in ruins.

In this story we see that the emissary is the left brain that became so puffed up with his own importance he no longer felt the need to report back to the right hemisphere who was the king for conformation that his decisions were the right ones, for the consideration of the whole. Is this what is happening to our world? That too many government leaders, too many bankers, too many corporations heads lead only with their left brains, without consultation or concern for the outcomes of their decisions as long as they get a hefty share of the money? Next time.

 

Visit Betty Krawczyk's website to learn more and purchase her book. Read her blog here.

 

 

  Monday, Feb 17, 2020 

Published 6 am

 

The Shroud of Turin

Researchers say cell phone use linked to brain tumours

Janis Hoffman/website images

 

Tumours in children a concern for researchers.

 

he US Court of Appeal of Turin confirmed in a full judgment published on 13 January 2020 (904/2019 of 3.12.2019, Romeo v. INAIL) the decision of the Tribunal of Ivrea of 2017. Judge Fadda considers that the worker’s acoustic neuroma (benign tumour of the head) was indeed caused by the use of the mobile phone. The agency has dismissed hundreds of scientific studies submitted to its inquiry on wireless radiation and the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and others, without providing any rationale for doing so,” she said. The lawsuit specifically accuses the FCC of violating the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and is requesting an appeal of the agency’s prior order denying to revisit cellular phone standards.

In the US, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) is leading a historic legal action against the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) for its refusal to review their 25 year old guidelines, and to promulgate scientific, human evidence-based radio frequency emissions (“RF”) rules that adequately protect public health from wireless technology radiation. The Petition contends the agency’s actions are capricious and not evidence-based. The Petition was filed on 2/2/2020 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Petitioners include parents of children injured by wireless devices, a mother whose son died from a brain tumor from cell tower exposure, physicians who see the epidemic of sickness in their clinics and Professor David Carpenter, a renowned scientist.

A California federal judge refused Apple's motion to dismiss a proposed class action claiming it fraudulently marketed iPhones as safe and exposed consumers to excessive radiofrequency radiation, instead converting the motion to a summary judgment bid and sending the case to discovery.

 

 

  Sunday Feb 16, 2020 

Published 8:30 pm

 

SAR rope rescue

Two teens went over 100 foot cliff off Crimson Ridge and a serious Prest Road MVI

Staff/Google images

 

Crimson Ridge where the incident took place on Friday.

 

t approximately, a pair of 14-year-old teens reportedly went over a cliff off of Crimson Ridge around 6 pm Friday.

 

Unfortunately, reports were that one of the teens wasn't responding after the fall.

 

Various emergency responders were called including Chilliwack Search and Rescue (CSAR) who allegedly performed a rope rescue. it's unclear exactly where the incident happened.

 

There's been no word about the injured teen and CSAR could not be reached for comment.

 

 

Another incident took place just after 7 pm involving a pickup truck going into the ditch at the treacherous Prest Rd. and First Ave. which has been the site of many accidents over the years where vehicles plunge into ditches in that spot.

 

Unfortunately the driver was seriously injured and had to be extricated. There's been no word on his condition.

 

 

  Saturday Feb 15, 2020 

Published 4 pm

 

Double trouble

Two simultaneous vehicle fires

Staff/Voice photo

 

Firefighters had the hoods up on both vehicles at the scene on School St.

 

irefighters were called to the 9400-block of School St. just before 6 pm on Friday after reports of two cars on fire.

 

Apparently, it wasn't as bad as reports first it made out to be and crews needed only get the hoods up to assess what apparently. It's unclear what the problem was exactly but they appeared minor in nature.

 

 

What are the chances? The question remains as to how two vehicles side-by-side could be affected the same way at the same time. There's no other information about this and none would be expected.

 

 

  Friday Feb 14, 2020 

Published 10 am

 

Slick roads mean more accidents

We can expect wet weather at least until spring March 19

Staff/Voice photo

 

Crews were pleased there were no injuries to deal with this accident.

 

rivers should take extra care in the wet weather and on the slick roads weather as we ease into spring March 19, 2020. Thankfully no one was hurt.

 

Crews always de-energize vehicles in frontal accidents to avoid fires by cutting battery cables.

 

Sometimes Voice photographers don't need to leave their vehicle to take photos and this was one of those times. No sense getting in the way or making a big deal about it. Unlike some media outlets, the Voice photographers don't lurk. They get in, get the photo and leave.

 

 

  Friday Feb 14, 2020 

Published 10 am

 

Hot summer nights

Armstrong Metalfest brings in big name bands July 17-19

Jon Asher/Handout image

 

 

rmstrong Metalfest is headbanging into their 12th year as British Columbia's largest, loudest and premier event for extreme music in the Okanagan Valley. Planning their 2020 event for July 17th and 18th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena, Armstrong Metalfest early bird pre-sale tickets end on Friday, January 31st for only $109 CAD, regular ticket pre-sale price will be set at $145 CAD as of February 1st, 2020. At the door price will be $185 CAD. $100 CAD for day pass.

Tickets are only $109 CAD on sale here.

All tickets provide general admission and grant access to the festival grounds, camping area and arena from 11:00 AM PST on Friday, July 17, 2020 until 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

For day passes, please check out the FAQ for information and pricing.

2020 Early Entry: Want to grab your favourite camp spot and beat the rush of metalheads? Guests are welcome to arrive Thursday, July 16 after 11:00 AM PST.

2020 Camping and Parking: Camping fee is $25 CAD. You are welcome to sleep in your vehicle, RV or trailer. Traveling in an RV? Make sure to reserve your spot so you’re guaranteed a spot that includes water and power hookups. $75 CAD RV registration fee.

Online Support: If you are experiencing any technical issues with placing your ticket order, please email AMF and they will respond as soon as possible with a solution.

The 2019 edition of Armstrong Metalfest featured bands from across Canada, USA and Europe with such notable acts as Origin, Nekrogoblikon, WAKE, Within Destruction, Centuries of Decay and Widow's Peak among the 30 plus bands who performed during the two days of mountain mosh pitting and camping.

 

 

  Friday Feb 14, 2020 

Published 10 am

'Stories Tried and True'

Jim Byrnes with Babe Gurr in Langley April 26

Rob Warwick, Rock.itboy/Dee Lippingwell photo

 

hree-time Juno winner and BC Entertainment Hall of Famer JIM BYRNES lives and breathes music. For nearly fifty years he’s crooned, drawled, belted, hollered and sweet talked more songs into a microphone than most people ever get to hear in a lifetime. Byrnes has amassed a stellar collection of true blue hits including “12 Questions”, “Walk on Boy”, “Still Stuck on You”, “Jailbird Love Song”, “Me and Piney Brown”, “Four Until Late”, “Love is Just a Gamble”, “Of Whom Shall I be Afraid”, “That River”, “Stardust”, “Talk in Circles” and “Just a Pilgrim”, Winner of Canadian Spotlight Awards' best music video of the year (2006).

Sunday, April 26

Chief Sepass Theatre
Tickets are $47.50 (Plus Facility Fees) at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 1-855-955-5000 or online at ticketmaster.ca

His evocative themes and smoky vocals reveal a truth that doesn’t come overnight. The sheer joy you can hear in the music he creates is a reason to celebrate JIM BYRNES as a living musical treasure.

From his numerous TV and movie roles to his award-winning albums and a staggering list of accolades it is little wonder Axs Magazine declares, “Jim Byrnes shows that he just might be the next singer-songwriter you mention to all your friends.”

For more about Jim Byrnes visit: jamestbyrnes.com.

 

 

  Friday Feb 14, 2020 

Published 9 am

Actors call for Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Auditions Feb 25 for May shows

Ken Hildebrandt/Director Jeff Kiers

 

allery 7 Theatre is looking forward to holding open auditions for its final production of the 2019-2020 ‘Ordinary Hereos’ Theatre Season, Ken Ludwig’s hilarious Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. The auditions will be held on February 25, 2020 at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave in Abbotsford.

‘We’re quite excited to be presenting this mad-cap comedy adventure” says Ken Hildebrandt, executive/ artistic director of Gallery 7 Theatre. “Not only does it celebrate the great master-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, it celebrates the magic of theatre. The story will be told by five actors who will play up to 40 characters, sometimes within seconds of each other. The results should be rather fun and entertaining theatre experience.”

Auditions are open to performers ages 18 & up. Anyone interested in working behind the scenes as an assistant stage manager, running crew and sound or lighting operator, are also welcome to attend the audition. For more information, visit Gallery 7 here.

 

 

  Friday Feb 14, 2020 

Published 9 am

How healthy are Chilliwack kids?

Two independent reports looks at the wellness of youth aged 7-19-years-old

Fraser Health/Handout images

 

he BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) is the most reliable, comprehensive survey of youth aged 12–19 in British Columbia. The survey has been completed every five years since 1992. In 2018, over 38,000 students in 58 of BC’s 60 school districts participated.

 

Regional Report

This report is one of 16 regional reports of the BC AHS results. It shares data provided by students in Grades 7–12 in the Fraser East Health Service Delivery Area (HSDA). Fraser East HSDA is comprised of four school districts: Chilliwack (SD 33), Abbotsford (SD 34), Mission (SD 75), and Fraser-Cascade (SD 78). This was the first time all four school districts in this region took part in the survey. It was also the first time all participating school districts chose parental notification as their consent procedures. Additional analyses were conducted to ascertain if any changes in participation or consent procedures may have affected the regional results, and this did not appear to be the case unless noted in the text.

 

This regional report focuses on the 2018 Fraser East results with relevant comparisons to the 2018 provincial results, as well as to local results in 2008 and 2013.

 

Read both McCreary Centre Society 2019 reports here.

 

 

 

  Tuesday Feb 11, 2020 

Published 6 pm

UPDATED Wednesday

 

Chilliwack child's life-giving support

'Getting kids back to being kids', BCCH Choice Lottery tickets now on sale

Staff/Google image

 

Little Chilliwack resident Sauyer Soph during his stay at the BC Children's Hospital.

 

auyer is a small package with a mountain of courage and will to beat severe gastroesophageal reflux. His story is an inspiring one.

 

Chilliwack residents Shae Soph  and her son Sauyer who has had a very a bumpy road back to health wouldn't have been possible without the help of BC Children's Hospital (BCCH).

 

Little Sauyer was an astounding 32-weeek preemie. At 9-months-old he wasn't gaining any weight and was put on an nasogastric tube.

 

The Soph family met with BCCH doctor's and the little Chilliwack resident was admitted. Then over the next 3 months he was hooked up to a myriad of tubes and medical machines for treatment which included two rounds of balloon dilation that stretched his pylorus, two peripherally inserted central catheter lines, a surgically placed central venous line to open up his pylorus, g-tube surgery, innumerable scans and blood work.

 

Sauyer at Children's hospital. Below, Sauyer with a tiger in his tank.

 

Although the prognosis was a difficult one, there was a glimmer of hope and the family was told it would be a long and winding road until Sauyer could be healthy enough to go home.

 

Today, Sauyer is back at home where he should be and on the road back to health but only made possible with the help of the BCCH and its doctors and nurses.

 

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) has announced that the tickets for the 2020 Choices Lottery are now on sale until Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Choices Lottery supports the BCCHF, and the money raised goes to funding research that leads to innovative discoveries and treatments, which in turn directly helps improve BC Children’s care for kids. At BCCH, hundreds of researchers work to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Lottery funds can help accelerate the pace of turning discoveries into life-saving treatments – ultimately helping more kids get back to being kids. 
 
“With the help of Choices Lottery, BC Children’s Hospital can focus on funding research that goes exclusively to the care of children, from babies to teens, across BC and the Yukon,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BCCHF. “Not only do we treat sick and injured children, but our ultimate vision is to keep them healthy. Lottery proceeds provide our research team with the knowledge and skills to continue moving our pediatric care to the next level.

 

Visit the Choices Lottery to see the great lineup of prizes.

 

 

  Tuesday Feb 11, 2020 

Published 2 pm

 

Things that go bark in the night

Hero dog saves man in RV trailer fire

Staff/Google image

 

The area off Landing Drive on the Skwali Reserve where the RV was parked.

 

he next time your dog sounds the alarm with barks at night, check to make sure everything's alright.

 

At approximately 8:30 am on Tuesday, firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Department Fire Halls 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 responded to a structure fire located in a field on land owned by Skwali Reserve. On arrival, crews found a travel trailer fully engulfed.
 

After receiving multiple calls that the trailer was off Young Road behind Minter's and on Hope Slough fire fighters were finally able to locate the RV trailer in a field on the reserve but had a problem getting to it with the trucks

 

"There was one occupant sleeping in the trailer at the time of the fire. Fortunately, the family dog woke the occupant up who then safely evacuated with their dog, Mike Bourdon, Assistant Fire Chief wrote in a release later. "The occupant of the trailer suffered minor smoke inhalation and was taken to Chilliwack Hospital by BC Ambulance paramedics for further observation."

 

There were no firefighter injuries. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental and is still under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.

 

 

  Tuesday Feb 11, 2020 

Published 8 am

UPDATE

 

There is help for flood victims

Property owners can apply through the BC Disaster Funding Assistance program

Staff/Voice file photo

 

Ballam Road flooding in 2011.

 

side from city infrastructure issues, the Harrison mudslide calamity two weeks ago was tough on property owners who are still mopping up and putting their lives back together.

 

Al Holten, who lives just off Rockwell Drive, in one of the area hardest hit areas told The Voice that he's not sure what he's going to do after a slide wiped the out a part of the acre of land he owns with a barn on it. Luckily none of his animals were injured.

 

"That's where I kept the cows. I'm going to have to build a new barn," he said.

 

Last week the BC government reminded residents around the province that the Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available. Fraser Valley residents can apply here.

 

Although the financial help is available, property owners could be out of luck if they don't meet criteria.

 

Holten is uncertain if he's be eligible.

 

Jean Beranton, Ministry of Environment, told The Voice the Emergency Management BC assesses each application individually so for instance one property owner could get it but the neighbour can't. That's a too little too late situation.

 

"If a flooding disaster occurs and DFA is authorized for a disaster event, an applicant who could reasonably and readily have purchased overland flood insurance would not be eligible for DFA."

 

"Emergency Management BC is closely monitoring the availability of overland flood insurance in BC and will continue to deliver DFA in accordance with existing legislation. If a flooding disaster occurs and DFA is authorized for a disaster event."
 

 

  Monday Feb 10, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Is metered parking on the way?

BIA asks business owners to park elsewhere to make room for shoppers

Chilliwack BIA/Pixabay image/Voice file and BIA image

 

There have been calls for limited parking downtown. Click the map below for a larger image.

 

he historical blueprint of Downtown Chilliwack helped to create one of the only truly walkable commercial cores in the Lower Mainland. Of course the priority 100 years ago wasn't necessarily to see how close you could park your car to your destination...and we're ok with that!

It is no secret that the design creates some parking challenges, especially around Wellington, Mill and Victoria. While there are other reasonable parking options nearby, customers appreciate finding quick parking spaces in proximity to their destination. Unfortunately, there is only a limited number of parking spaces available on the street, and time limits that can be challenging for some.

It is important that those working in the area recognize the value of leaving these spaces for customers.

Not every business has the same needs for customer parking, or that of their staff, but all businesses have challenges of their own when it comes to parking.
 

Some businesses require only 15 minute parking with easy access for loading/unloading, while others may require many hours to complete their appointment or to do their shopping.

As no downtown businesses would survive without their customers, we recommend leaving street-front parking for customers as much as possible, especially during peak shopping hours. We encourage all businesses to be respectful of surrounding businesses and the needs of their clients,
and try to work together to ensure that downtown is inviting to everyone.

Please be aware of the parking options in your area, and work with your neighbours and customers appropriately to find the best solutions.

If you have any questions about parking in your area, please contact the BIA office.

 

 

  Friday Feb 7, 2020 

Published 8 pm

 

By accident

ICARS reports to City Council

Staff/Voice photos

 

An accident in the Chilliwack Central Road and Broadway Ave, intersection on Monday. Thankfully there were no serious injuries.

 

he Tuesday council meeting had an unannounced group of police officers from various arms of the RCMP explain to councillors what they do in the community.

They described how one part of the RCMP deals with road accidents is called Integrated Collision Analysis Reconstruction Service (ICARS). Last year the provincial government announced that RCMP would now make quick assessments of accidents without having to go through extensive investigations and tie up traffic and would instead have the vehicles towed as soon as possible.

There's not much they leave out if anything in assessing accidents. he Lower Mainland detachment covers the areas from Pemberton to the border, from the Sunshine Coast to Alison Pass and from Jackass Mountain to the Coquilhalla summit. They utilize forensic science that looks at serious collisions where for example deaths occur or hit and runs to determined what happened leading up to the accident and where criminal charges may be laid.

BC's ICARS is the largest in the country with 3 senior officers and 17 accident reconstructionists.

One point that was made was that members have 2 to 3 years of extensive training enquiring advanced physics and math skills. Once a member joins the team they tend to stay said the presenting officer and tend to remain in ICARS for their careers.

In BC the numbers are high. In 2019 there were 177 serious injury accidents with 47 fatalities

In Chilliwack, there were 11 deaths on the road which was about 6 per cent of what ICARS does ion the province.

Officers will check infotainment systems in vehicles. They've done testing of motorcycle accidents into the sides of vehicles at Mission Speedway.

ICARS have one chance before scene evidence is destroyed. They use scanners, drones, pilot-able cameras to collect pathological, virtual reality and enhanced presentation and using that evidence collection in court like with animations of what happened. The drones can be used to map the scene in virtual reality where they can take judges and juries right into a scene.



Police accidents are always investigated such as the accident above in 2009.

 

 

  Thursday Feb 6, 2020 

Published 3 pm

 

Housing sales down slightly in January

CADREB President elect Kim Parley excited about Chilliwack prospects

Steve Lerigny/File photo

growing community, a stable provincial economy and a solid local housing market combines for “an exciting time for the real estate industry and for Chilliwack”, according to the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board’s (CADREB) newly elected President.

“I am super excited to represent CADREB as President for 2020,” said Kim Parley, who will be officially installed at the Board’s AGM later this month. Replacing outgoing President Kyle Nason who oversaw a year of housing sale growth in Chilliwack and area, Mr. Parley is a long-time resident of various places in the Fraser Valley.

“The natural beauty of this area never ceases to amaze me,” said the new President, who in addition to being a REALTOR® also has a background in construction, accounting, sales and marketing. “I’m proud to be working for such a great Board, in a profession that cares so much for its communities”.

While housing sales in Chilliwack and area dipped a bit in January from the month before, the 166 sales far outpaced the 98 sales in January of 2019. Year over year, the sales numbers did a large recovery from the previous year.

Of the total housing sales last month, the highest number (15) were in the $400,000-$449,999 range, and also15 in the $500,000 - $549,999 range. There were 12 sales over the $1 million mark, with the total dollar value of all sales reaching just over $90.4 million.

While other areas of BC are experiencing drops in pricing, not so in Chilliwack and area, particularly in single family housing.

“Low housing inventory is keeping prices up locally,” said Mr. Parley. “More listings are needed to create more competition. We have increasing demand from buyers moving into our area as housing is more affordable than the metro areas, so it’s a great time to list a property”.

Despite earlier predictions that mortgage rates may nudge upwards, they remain competitive, perhaps in part to the effects that the Corona virus is having on world money markets.

When a global event happens, it has an indirect effect on the housing market, added the CADREB President. The health issue has weakened the Canadian dollar against its US counterpart, which in turn reduces spending and helps keep mortgage rates steady.

There are fewer than 1,000 listings on the Chilliwack and area market. With the busy Spring sales market just around the corner, now would be a perfect time to talk to any of the qualified and experienced CADREB REALTORS®  to list your house, or to get pre-qualified for a mortgage and get shopping!

 

 

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 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 5:30 am

 

Online doctor makes offline difference

Chilliwack mom and blogger one of the first to use Virtual Care application in the city

Lynne Preston, CSO/handout photos

 

Virtual Care can save trips to the ER.

 

or many young families, balancing multiple schedules, irregular work hours and family healthcare can be a huge challenge. In fact, 20 per cent of B.C. residents spend six or more hours a month managing their family’s health, with many having to take days off work to do so.

 

Keisha Boutilier, a DIY and lifestyle blogger, and mom to two kids, knows this challenge all too well. Living in a popular area means seeing her busy, overworked family physician can be near-impossible, especially when they need a last-minute appointment.

 

Earlier this year, Keisha’s daughter, Ella, experienced a bad cold that impacted the sound of her breathing. Keisha panicked. Is it an emergency? Should she take Ella to the ER? Is she overreacting?

 

Fortunately, Keisha had learned about a virtual care app that enabled her to get healthcare support in a pinch. A quick video consultation with a physician assured her that she had nothing to worry about - Ella just had a bit of congestion and needed a bit of rest.

 

Experiences like Keisha’s aren’t isolated. Many B.C. residents continue to face challenges to accessing appropriate, quality care. Virtual care is one solution they can turn to for help where and when they need it. Visit Babylon for more information and to download the app.

 

 

  Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

There's gold in them thar hills

Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters 2019 award night

Staff/Google image

 

Sarah Preston (l to r), Dennis Augustynowicz and Fred Dyon show off their trophies.

 

either rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail stops the hardy bunch of Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters (FVTH) who get out there with their metal detectors looking for objects that may be of value or sentimental reasons.

"Not greatest weather but the right people showed up," says Mark Lewis, FVTH founder.

Sometimes you'll find them sifting through sawdust in school or City playgrounds which is a huge help making it safer for kids by removing sharps that may be there.

"Our members have checked and rechecked playgrounds around the Lower Mainland for years," says Lewis.

The group has regular meetings and pot luck dinners and a annual event where Lewis plants rare and valuable coins.

Each month hunters gather to show off their finds and win prizes. Every February FVTH Hunter Of The Year award dinner takes place.

2019 top hunters are; 1st Place - Dennis Augustynowicz, 2nd Place - Fred Dyon and 3rd Place - Sarah Preston

To see videos and learn more information about the club and how to join the group of happy hunters, visit their website here and connect on Facebook.

 

 

  Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

What comes around goes around

Ann's Treasure and Gift Store Grand Reopening Feb 7

Staff/Google image

 

The store is located at 46230 Yale Road.

 

nn Davis Transition Society is happy to announce that after 5 successful years of service to the community at Ann’s Treasures and Thrift we have renovated and will be having our Grand Reopening. Everyone in the community are welcome to join our accessible event. Coffee and snacks will be served.

What: Grand Reopening

When: Friday February 7th at noon

Where: 46230 Yale Road

For over 5 years our dedicated volunteers have worked to ensure we have our store open with friendly service for community.

 

Our generous community donors ensure we have good quality items for sale or available for requisition for those in need.

 

The Ann Davis Society has a requisition program where we give items away to those in need and our "Bad Date" Program from the location, we are now pleased to announce that our 2 Women’s Outreach Workers Carrie and Chrissy will be based out of the location where many of our clients come for help.

 

For more information about the Ann Davis Society, visit anndavis.org.

 

 

  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Structure Fire on Russell Road

11 townhouse residents displaced

Staff/Google image

 

larm bells rang out this morning at around 9 am to a reported structure fire in the 46000-block of Russell Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 responded in a light snow and upon arrival found the townhouse full-involved and set up a defensive attack to stop the fire from rapidly spreading fire to adjacent townhouses.

Crews had the fire out in an hour and went in search of an hot spots.

"The unit of origin sustained heavy fire and smoke damage, while the adjacent units in the complex received light/moderate fire, smoke and water damage," said Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness for the Chilliwack Fire Dept in a release later that afternoon. "The Chilliwack Emergency Support Services team was deployed to the scene and provided short term essential needs to 11 of the displaced occupants and a number of pets. Strata representatives were present at the scene and it is unclear as to when occupants will be able to re-occupy the complex."

As is normally the case, the Chilliwack Salvation Army arrived with food for crews and the Chilliwack School District 33 provided a bus for displaced occupants to stay warm and dry.

There were no firefighter or injuries to residents.

Chilliwack Fire Officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

At around 7 pm, firefighters were called back to the site to douse the stubborn fire. 

 

 

  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 

Published 8 am

Virtual healthcare network nowhere in site for BC

Interior residents travel hundreds of miles to get a basic diagnosis

Fanny India, Retired Health Nurse/Submitted photo

 

s I write this, patients are travelling long distances for consultations with specialists. Many of these journeys, for simple face to face meetings are made even though the required workup has been completed and the results forwarded.
 

BUT - What if you could visit a GP, have the referral and information forwarded to a specialist, get the diagnostic workup done, have a virtual (videoconference) consult with the specialist, obtain a diagnosis and develop a plan for treatment, all within one coordinated system. (I am presuming a ‘hands-on’ consult is not required and that the use of virtual communication is medically appropriate).

From there, contact is made with the required service – physio, imaging, dietician, pharmacist, surgical booking, appointments are coordinated, the service provided, reports go to your specialist and GP, AND, the service provider can check back with the specialist for further direction or information as needed.

What if, incorporating this model using a province-wide virtual communication network, were to result in our system moving closer to becoming Patient Centered Care.

Alas, with few exceptions, patients, their families or caregivers are required to make long, expensive, stressful and unnecessary trips for face to face consults when a virtual consult would provide the same outcome.

After 20 years of government ‘plans/promises’ to implement a province-wide Electronic Medical Records and Virtual Health Communications system we have 6 (or more depending on how you count them) Health Authorities who have difficulty communicating with each other and a spotty dog’s breakfast of partial, single issue communication systems. A history of local, single condition, time limited, pilot projects of patient/physician interaction, all successful. Upon completion of the pilots, a report is filed, there are mumblings around providing the service on a permanent basis.

The ability for patients to communicate virtually (when appropriate) with their healthcare provider has saved days of negotiating difficult travel conditions, significant and unrecoverable costs for meals and hotels and reduced time away from work.

There have been national and international experiments and studies extolling the advantages of virtual communication in healthcare. The vast majority point to the efficiencies and dollars saved. A Saskatchewan experiment even included ‘green’ benefits, with 6 million kilometers saved by the reduced need to travel.

Our government has this topic somewhere down the ‘to do’ list. The Ministry of Health Virtual Strategy Department is developing a framework, ‘Guideline for Patient Empowerment Through Virtual Care’ which is expected to be completed sometime this year. It will include recommendations around Use, Information Management, Physician Compensation, Technical Requirement, First Nations, Rural and Remote use, Managing and Governing and Monitoring.

My research has uncovered no mention of a province-wide network which will support communication and the exchange of information between patients and all health care service providers.

Physicians and Patient Advocacy groups are seemingly interested in serving their own interests. There are many systems available and competition is fierce. Unless government follows through soon by endorsing a single system whereby a patient’s health care team can communicate with the patient and each other, we shall continue down the present path of money wasting chaos.

Time is running out for the patients and taxpayers of British Columbia to take control of the mishmash which currently exists and acquire a medical communications network that will serve all of us.

The production of a Virtual Care Strategy Policy by the MOH, which just repeats and reorganizes the work of other jurisdictions, is now seen to ‘be doing something’ to ‘be making a serious start’ when in fact it is a way of pretending to move forward. We are more than halfway through a 4-year election cycle.

Unless there is concrete action to implement this service soon it will just drop off the agenda again because the costs never appear on a ministry budget line.

 

 

  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Trades Training for new Canadians

Mega Job Fair February 6

Lubna Lekramoddoullah/Website photo

 

Heavy duty truck mechanic is one of the courses available to new Canadians. Below, click poster for larger version.

re you new to Canada? Do you have great experience but you're looking to further or change your career? Many skilled immigrants to Canada already have professional skills and technical qualifications from their home countries but need Canadian certification to find work.

Industry Training Authority (ITA) is here to help. ITA aims to build a diverse and inclusive trades training system for B.C. and helps new Canadians in B.C. achieve their trades certification by offering hands-on experience through ITA-designated trades training providers and connecting them with financial supports, safety training, and English courses.

This year, ITA is excited to partner with Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society, who provides a range of programs and services to assist new immigrants, seniors, farm workers, women, and youth. We’ll be attending the PICS Mega Job Fair Vancouver 2020 on February 6 to raise awareness about great trades careers and answer questions participants might have.

The PICS Mega Job Fair sees thousands of attendees each year, and it’s a great chance to explore career options with a wide range of employers, while connecting with service providers and educators who can assist with career advancement programs.

If you’re new to B.C. and are interested in a trades career, drop by our table! It’s free to register and attend!

 

  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Join the Chilliwack Chiefs and Be Hockey Fit!

Register now program starts soon

Brooke Bliss, UWO/Website photo

 

Rob Petrella, (l to r) Wendy Blunt, Brendan Riggin, Andrea Petrella and Dawn Gill worked with the London Knights to get male junior hockey fans involved in a fitness regime.

estern University researchers are looking for junior hockey fanatics in 32 cities across Canada – including four in Southwestern Ontario – men who are out-of-shape but want to get active.

The Hockey Fans in Training program has partnered with 32 Canadian junior hockey teams – including the London Knights, Windsor Spitfires, Owen Sound Attack and Sarnia Sting – for the 12-week off-ice exercise and healthy lifestyle program. Researchers are looking for 40 male participants in each city who are overweight and whose athletic glory days are behind them.

“The idea behind it is they’re all working out with other like-minded individuals,” said Brendan Riggin, post-doctoral fellow in family medicine and sports management researcher. “They’re all fans.”

Participants get a behind-the-scenes look at their team’s arena and may meet a couple players and coaching staff along the way, Riggin said. Three of the 12 weekly sessions are held at the team arena. For more information and to sign-up for the program, visit Hockey Fans in Training.

 

 

  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Eating their way to the top

Chilliwack Special Olympics heading to Thunderbay in great shape

Megan Pollock, SOBC/Handout photos

 

Click photos for athlete bios.

 

rom February 25 to 29, Special Olympics BC’s largest-ever provincial winter team will pursue personal bests at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020.

 

Comprised of 143 athletes with intellectual disabilities, 42 volunteer coaches, and 13 mission staff from 42 communities around the province, Special Olympics Team BC 2020 is well prepared to shine on the national stage and showcase their abilities.

The team includes three athletes and three volunteer coaches from Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford, and five athletes and one volunteer mission staff member from SOBC – Chilliwack:

• Team BC Valley Cats 5-pin bowling team athletes Corey Bennett (Chilliwack), Justin Blenkin (Rosedale), Aliza Eagletree (Rosedale), Julie Prachnau (Chilliwack), and Derek Trainor (Chilliwack)
• Valley Cats coach Leslie Bowling (Abbotsford)
• Team BC Cougars floor hockey floor hockey player Austin Johnston (Abbotsford) and coach Bruce Watkins (Abbotsford)
• Speed skating athletes Chris Hamilton (Abbotsford) and Paige Norton (Abbotsford)
• Speed skating coach Donna Bilous (Abbotsford)
• Speed skating mission staff member Wayne Williams (Chilliwack)

Special Olympics Team BC 2020 will be competing in eight sports in Thunder Bay, Ont.: 5-pin bowling, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating.

 

This is the first time 5-pin bowling will be part of National Winter Games, having previously been part of the summer sport cycle.

Since qualifying for their spots on Team BC 2020 through their performances at the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Greater Vernon, the provincial team athletes and coaches have been hard at work to be at their best at the National Games, training at least three times a week for the last 10 months.

 

Training has included sport-specific work in our local year-round Special Olympics programs, participating in Club Fit, additional fitness and dryland training, working with sport-specific experts, and focusing on diet and nutrition. For more information on the 2020 Special Olympics and donate, visit the website.

 

 

 

  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Cotter team breaks record

Racking up the most championships

Rebecca Connop-Price/Handout photos

 

Team Cotter sips by Team Tardi at the BC provincials.

 

otter and Sawatsky have overtaken Bernie Sparkes as the BC men with the most provincial championship titles.

 

The Cotter rink from Vernon and Kelowna curling clubs is rounded out by Saskatchewan import Steve Laycock and second Andrew Nerpin. Nerpin, from Kelowna, went to the Brier in 2018 with Sean Geall, and Steve has been to the Brier twice for BC and seven times for Saskatchewan. 

 

The team beat Team Tardi from Langley and Victoria  curling clubs 10-6 with the help of four stolen ends. It was the first provincial men’s playoffs for the Tardi rink that features skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Jordan Tardi and lead Alex Horvath.

 

“I’m lost for words. It’s an incredible feeling. It’s hard to put into words at this time. Hats off to the Tardi team. We knew it was going to be a phenomenal game. Those guys are going to win 15 of these," said Cotter. "It feels great in the moment but at the same time you sort of feel for those guys because I’m close with them too. It’s not an easy feat. It’s a real honour to wear a purple heart and to represent your province.”

 

The 2020 BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Nufloors Penticton, took place at Cranbrook’s Western Financial Place. It featured the top 16 men’s curling rinks in BC.

 

Although this was the first provincial men’s final for the Tardi rink, they all have gold medals from world junior championships.

 

Team Cotter will represent BC at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont., from Feb. 29 to Mar. 8.

 

For more information, visit Curl BC. Connect on Facebook.

 

 

  Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 

Published 10 pm Updated Sunday

 

Agassiz Mayor declares a state of emergency

Flooding and rockslides wipe out water supply, force evacuations Saturday

Staff/Google satellite image

 

Rockwell Drive was closed after being hit with rock and mudslides early Saturday.

 

gassiz, a city of approximately 130,000 residents nestled between Harrison Lake and the Fraser River, kicked off  February hammered by rain early Saturday that was estimated to have been between 120mm-140mm (4-6 inches). That type of moisture is sometimes referred to as an "atmospheric river".

 

And river it was as a sudden deluge forced Agassiz Mayor Sylvia Pranger to issue a State of Emergency advisory causing residents to be evacked after washouts and flooding wiped sections of Rockwell Drive between Dogwood Lane and Rockwell Lane off the map and took out the city's main water supply infrastructure.

 

The provincial ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is currently assisting the District of Kent with the evacuations from the area saying staff are in regular communication with local government, the regional district and Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

 

This was the same witch's brew weather caldron that slammed Chilliwack knocking trees down onto power lines including one that blocked Vedder Road in both directions at the traffic circle and taking out phone and communication lines in many areas.

 

Agassiz authorities told war-weary residents that drinking water in the area was temporarily shut off due to a waterline break and will be restored as soon as possible and the water's safe to drink.

 

Rockwell Drive is closed in sections after mud and rockslides Saturday. File photo.

 

"The District of Kent, in cooperation with EMBC, is currently assessing the situation and determining an appropriate course of action. Property owners and residents affected by the washout of the road and damaged water infrastructure who have not been contacted by the RCMP or Kent Search and Rescue staff are ordered to be evacuated immediately," read the advisory.

Choppers have been continuously passing over Chilliwack on Sunday. The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and Emil Anderson are working on clearing and repairing the roads affected by the slides. 

"The public is advised to stay clear from the Rockwell Drive area due to the unstable highway and fast moving waters on the road and ditches. Rockwell Drive is closed to the public except for local traffic and personnel."

First responders and city staff in the battered city continue to keep a close eye on the weather and are working with the provincial government to ensure that the area remains safe while residents languished waiting to go home.

 

Ongoing flooding and inaccessibility issues prove there's no negotiating with nature. Teams using MOTI technology to examine and assess slope and land stability in the area are in dangerous situations.

 

It's not clear at this time if anyone was injured.
 

The community is being asked to avoid the area allowing embattled crews to continue to work at repairing the damaged infrastructure unimpeded. Security and police are continuously patrolling evacuated residential areas to deter possible looting.

 

For current road conditions, visit Drive BC.

 

 

  Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 

Published 5 am Updated Sunday

 

Oh what a night

Vehicles in the Fraser River, Vedder Road closed in both directions after a tree came down on wires

Staff/Google image


Two vehicles went in the water Saturday morning. Thankfully no one was injured.

 

hey say that bad things happen in twos. This certainly was the case when two vehicles went into the Fraser River at nearly the same time in the early morning Saturday.

 

As rain lashed Chilliwack and the surrounding areas, first responders were called out at 2:45 am to a Jeep that was reported to be drifting down the river with two people inside near Gill Road.

 

"We responded with our Seadoos and the Jet boat, on the way we were informed that the vehicle was not floating and was stuck in the river while trying to get across to a sand bar, the occupants were okay and not in any danger. We were also told that they were somewhere between Jespersons and Gill road," Dan McAuliffe, Search Manager, Chilliwack Search and Rescue told The Voice in an e-mail Sunday.

 

Shortly after that CSAR headed to another location where the RCMP reported that a second vehicle was 90% submerged and possibly had someone inside. This became the priority for responders.

 

"We sent a vehicle to Gill Road to see if they could access the submerged vehicle from the shore. Both watercraft had difficulty in the dark and rain getting to the subjects because of hidden sandbars just below the surface," said McAuliffe.

 

"Several subjects were rescued from a sand bar but some had left the area after making their way to shore. A shoreline search was conducted to ensure that no one else was stranded," added McAuliffe.

 

Earlier, around 3 am, reports of a small mudslide that affected a power line in the Slesse Road area took out the electricity up Chilliwack Lake Road including the CRV Fire Hall.

 

At around 4:30 am, reports that a large tree came down across the wires on Vedder Road near the bridge and crews had to block the road off in both directions. About an hour later, reports were that a BC Hydro crew were on their way from Coquitlam.

 

At approximately the same time reports were that a transformer blew and was on fire in the Wells Road area. Crews searched the area but found nothing and the power remained on. There were also reports trees and branches down on primary power supply lines in several other areas including Scott Road and Siemens Road.

 

Flood warnings are in effect for the areas marked in green.

 

CSAR noted on their Twitter feed that BC River Forecast Centre issued a local High Streamflow Advisory Thursday morning. "Please use considerable caution around waterways, stay away from rising creeks/rivers & please be aware that there is a potential for localized flooding."

 

 

  Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 

Published 3 am

 

Here comes the bride

The best part of losing is reading about the winners

BCLC/Handout photo


Gill will be giving his daughter the wedding of her dreams after winning the lotto.

 

aljit Singh Gill has spent months budgeting how to make his daughter’s upcoming wedding special. He now has two-million extra ways to do that after matching all six numbers in the BC49 draw on January 25, 2020.
 

The Fleetwood truck driver, who immigrated to Canada from India in 1985, has been playing the lottery for years but couldn’t stop shaking when he discovered he won $2 million.
 

“I scanned my ticket at the Evergreen Mall [near 152nd Street and Fraser Highway],” says Gill. “I saw the 2, and all the zeros, and I called the clerk over to check and make sure.”
 

Gill and his wife still haven’t told their daughter they’re about to make her dream wedding come true.
 

“She will be very surprised,” says Gill, who will pay off some debt and tuck away half of the remaining winnings for the future.
BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit British Columbians. Remember, play for fun, not to make money. Visit GameSense.com.
 

 

 

 

  Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 

Published 2 am

 

Healthy communities don't include cancer-causing pesticides

Calgary policy 'ambiguous and vague'

Meg Sears, PhD/File photo
 

n January 13th, civil society and citizens ask Calgary City Council to: 1. discuss (don't rubber-stamp by consent) the proposed pesticides policy, and 2. send it back to staff to institute healthy, ecological, climate-friendlier landscaping policies.
 

A new, weakened Pest Management Policy on the January 13th Calgary Council "consent agenda" could be rubber-stamped without even being discussed by Calgary Council. It would replace the 1998 Integrated Pest Management Policy.
 

The new policy is ambiguous and vague, "prioritizing" human and ecological health (will health be a high priority?) and removing specifics such as notice provisions, pesticide-free tot-lots and buffer zones. Prevent Cancer Now discussed the present and proposed policies, while our friends at Coalition for a Healthy Calgary pose very important questions.

 

Calgary needs least-toxic, best practices for organic, regenerative landscaping to: protect human and ecological health; capture carbon in the soil and address climate change; and blunt "heat islands" in hotter summers.   
 

Democracy was denied. The proposed policy did not undergo the promised public consultation; immediate pre-holiday participation at Committee was thwarted because (contrary to required procedure) documentation was posted less than 2 days before the meeting; and voluminous other documentation distracts from the fact that Council is voting on a short, 4-point policy.

 

Calgary has a poor history of pest management. One example was improper use of triclopyr - a pesticide that mimics hormones.

 

 

  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 

Published 7 am

 

Coronavirus detected in BC

BC CDC says one person confirmed infected

BC Gov't Caucus/File photo

 

BC CDC says person is isolated at home.
 

r. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer (PHO), has issued the following statement regarding the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

“On Jan. 27th, our BC Centre for Disease Control public health lab locally confirmed a presumed positive test for 2019-nCoV. Following this, samples were sent to the National Medical Laboratory in Winnipeg for additional testing.

“This afternoon, those tests returned positive for 2019-nCoV, confirming the presumed case is indeed novel coronavirus.

“Public health officials are in regular contact with the individual who is in isolation at home.

“The risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time. All necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We have multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond to prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases in the province.

“It is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions beyond the usual measures recommended to prevent other common respiratory viruses during the winter period. Regular hand washing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and avoiding contact with sick people are important ways to prevent the spread of respiratory illness generally. 

“Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary-care provider, local public health office or call 811.”

Track the virus on special map from Johns Hopskins here.

 

 

  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Family-Friendly Farming

New rules make bypassing the ALC easier

BC Gov't Caucus/Handout photo

 

A small secondary residence would be available for farm-workers, family members or anyone else, provided there is local government approval.
 

he Province is proposing more residential flexibility for people living in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) as outlined in a new policy intentions paper released Jan. 27, 2020, by the Ministry of Agriculture.

In order to support farmers and non-farmers living in the ALR, government is considering regulatory changes to enable landowners to have both a principal residence and a small secondary residence on their property, provided they have approval from their local government. ALR property owners would not be required to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for approval. Read the entire release here.

 

 

  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Chilliwack Symphony 20th  Anniversary

Gala evening April 17 at the Cultural Centre

Lynne Preston, CSO/Handout photo

 

The show will feature favourites from the last two decades.
 

he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus celebrates our 20th anniversary with a Gala Concert!  Join Paula DeWit and the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus at 7:30 for an evening of music that will take you down memory lane with music from their first concert and other favorites since.

When: April 17

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street

The highly acclaimed Belle Voci will be joining us. Members from Belle Voci along with alumni will sing songs including Viva La Vida by Coldplay.

 

This concert is family-friendly and we offer family rates. Box office tickets are available or online. Connect on Facebook. For more information, visit the CSO website.

 

 

 

  Monday, Jan 27, 2020 

Published 2 pm

 

Ocean of Courage

Cascadia Commandery's First Annual Unsung Heroes Gala

CC, BC/Website images

 

This year’s keynote speaker at the gala dinner is Rear-Admiral J. Robert “Bob” Auchterlonie and Commander Angus Rankin. Below Angus Hetherington Rankin.
 

ascadia Commandery of the Order of St George is gearing up for an annual fundraising event in Vancouver celebrating the unsung heroes of British Columbia.

 

The first event takes place February 22, 2020, at HMCS Discovery and will celebrate Commander Angus Hetherington Rankin, for whom the NLCC Rankin is named. The event will be hosted by Cascadia Command, HMCS Discovery, and the Navy League Cadet Corps.


This annual event plans to celebrate a different unsung hero every year, current or from the rich and colourful history of British Columbia. The emphasis will be on those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces, Regular, Reserve or Cadet Instructor Cadre, Rangers, Firemen as well as First Responders but any notable unsung hero from our local and regional history would certainly bear consideration.
 

This first of what we expect to become a popular Gala Event will include a presentation showcasing of the individual being celebrated followed by a Formal Gala Dinner. This year’s uniformed keynote speaker is Rear-Admiral J. Robert “Bob” Auchterlonie OMM CD, Commander of Canada’s Maritime Forces Pacific.
 

For tickets go to cascadiacommand-ostg.org and click Recent Projects and it will bring up Annual Unsung Heroes Gala and then tickets

Meet and Greet 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm
Dress Orders; Miniature Medals National
Mess Kit: Orders; Miniature Medals
Dinner Jacket (Black Tie):

Orders; Miniature Medals
Ladies: Appropriate to Gentlemen
$175 Per Person
RSVP by February 14th 2020

 

For more information, visit the Cascadian Command website.

 

 

 

  Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 

Published 3 pm

 

Celestial dreams

Angel art contest will bring out the best in the community

Srisantara, Chilliwack, BC/Submitted image

 

Angel Art contest deadline April 29.

 

nter our angelic coloring contest by mail or hand delivery for a chance to win your part of over $1000 in cash and prizes for magical people like you and your kids!

Like to draw?

• Hand-drawn pictures of angels
• Angels helping people
• Angels healing people

Win $100 cash to the top chosen in each age group and an additional $250 gift certificate to the overall grand prize winner! We'll post your picture on our website and with supporting sponsors. We may use your artwork in one of our future course books.

Categories

Ages 0-4
Ages 5-7
Ages 8-10
Ages 11-13
Ages 14-16
Ages 17-65
Ages 66+

 

Contest Rules
• You may use any drawing devices, paints, oils, crayons charcoal ect.
• Picture size must be no smaller than 6″X8″ and no larger than 11″X14″
• Artwork must have name, age and contact information on back of drawing
• The drawing must be completed by only one sole person
• You may enter up to ten drawings
• Original hand drawings only sorry no copies or emails
• Drawing may be dated and signed on bottom front right corner
• Must be mailed or hand delivered to 6815 Evans Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R-4B9 by April 29th 2020

Cut off date and time is 7 pm April 29th.

Winners will be announced May 21st 2020 on our website along with our sponsors.

• Winners must pick up their prizes in person
• Winners must be available for a photo holding their drawing
• Winners must pick up their prize by June 1st for the photo take

All entries mailed or hand delivered receive a gift from our gift shop, may be a deck of playing cards, gratitude stone, or a sacred piece of jewelry to be picked up in person.
 

Top photos will be shared with our participating sponsors. Join our Facebook page and get your friends to like your artwork! Visit our website and see it on What's On Chilliwack. Any further questions please call 604 819 6555 or via e-mail here.

 

 

  Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 

Published 8 am

The Glaring Alternative to Trump

'The Divided Brain' - part two

Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland, BC/File photo

 

kay, so the US Democrats are hell bent on impeaching President Trump. Australia is burning while Prime Minister Scott Morrison does a good imitation of Nero fiddling around while Rome burned. This is happening while the US and Australian stock markets are going up, up, up which makes one wonder if there is any correlation at all between what is happening in the real world and that of any stock market anywhere is reporting. And to step up the chaos, President Trump has just recently signed a bill guaranteeing the rights of American students to pray in public schools during school hours whenever the students feel the need.

This will consolidate already existing religious tensions. I’ve been against the impeachment of Trump on two grounds, one, in my opinion there are no clear charges of a crime worthy of impeachment and secondly, if Trump is removed from office Mike Pence would immediately become president. Pence is a true believer in the second coming (of Christ returning to earth) and a staunch warmonger. Margaret Atwood in her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, may have dreamed up (or forecast) a political scenario more possible than she realized.

In my opinion Donald Trump could be described as a religion pimp in that he trades on the communal bodies of religious people for political gain. I don’t think he cares about religion himself, only how to use it, how to weaponize it in order to manipulate religious people of all faiths. Trump sends death and devastation to those Muslims he doesn’t like, such as the long suffering Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank while extending loving arms to the princes in the land of the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism is the most extreme form of Islam, the form that stones adulterous women to death, cuts off hands for stealing, beheads and even crucifies people for a multitude of acts deemed to insult the prophet, and of course kills people and chops them up for acts considered to be treasonous.

 

So I’ve changed my mind, I think Trump should be impeached and not for the un-provable misdemeanors he has been accused of, but for a real crime…that of deliberately creating disorder and possible rioting in the American public school systems.

I think our world leaders, but especially the ones I know, or know of, are mostly thinking with only one side of their brains. Which brings me again to Dr. Ian McGilchrist, the author of The Master and His Emissary. McGilchrist is a world authority in neuroscience. His book begins with elementary stuff that you probably studied in school and have long forgotten. But you probably do remember that the brain is divided into two parts, a right side and a left side, and that the sides are asymmetrical. Gilchrist instructs us that the two sides work together even though each side is constructed to better handle certain functions than the other, that is, one side is best handling word problems for instance, or language, the other images, but the two divided sides also stand in opposition to each other. And it is in this tension between the two different sides of the brain that our decisions are made and of course this is also where our creativity is fostered. Where humans make and remake ourselves, and in so doing, also make our collective decisions that in turn makes and remakes civilizations. But what does this tension actually consist of? And how do the two different sides talk to each other? Next time.

 

 

  Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

World history in a book

Local author Myrtle Macdonald's book a must-have reference guide

 

Click to view larger image. To buy visit Amazon here.

 

 

  Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

'Mountain Roads'

Sobremesa quartet cover American composer David Maslanka’s 1997 masterpiece and other greats

Todd Morgan, St John Sardis/File photo

 

Unique Sobremsa quartet elevates their music to spiritual highs.

 

n Thursday Feb 20th, the Victoria-based Sobremesa Saxophone Quartet  is partnering with St. John’s Anglican Church to present an energetic and diverse  evening of classical saxophone quartet music. Though the saxophone is  commonly associated with many great jazz performers, its history precedes the  genre and is a beautiful and versatile member of the orchestral family. 

Time: Feb 20th. 7pm- 8:30 (reception to follow)  Doors: 6:30pm. Location: ​46098 Higginson Rd, Chilliwack  Admission: by donation. Suggested $10-20   

Formed in 2017 at the University of Victoria, the Sobremesa Saxophone Quartet is a multi-award winning ensemble that promotes conversation through  music. The term “Sobremesa” directly translates to “over the table” in Spanish and  refers to the time spent in conversation after a meal. From this, the group’s goal is  to create meaningful musical experiences with which audiences can easily engage.    
 

The concert is titled “Mountain Roads” after American composer David  Maslanka’s (1943-2017) 1997 piece. Blending newer-and older musical styles,  “Mountain Roads” embarks on a sonic journey that is inspired by rugged  mountain ranges and a spiritual form of beauty. Within the beautiful wood architecture of St. John’s this concert will feature works by Piazzolla, Bach, Dvorak, and others, and will allow room for these saxophones to sing. Connect on Facebook. Visit their website.

 

 

  Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Nerds Needed!

Science World to tour Chilliwack schools Jan 27-31

Jason Bosher, SW/File photo

 

Kids learn how to make bird nests at Science World in 2012.

 

cience World is bringing its unique and entertaining science shows to Chilliwack. Science World’s On The Road team will be visiting from January 27 to January 31. 

 

Last school year, Science World On The Road visited 40,000 students at 199 schools in 89 communities across the province. On The Road’s high-energy gymnasium presentations are curriculum linked and will provide students with unforgettable science experiences.

“We are thrilled to be visiting schools in Chilliwack,” said Jo-Ann Coggan, Director of Community Outreach for Science World. “It’s a chance to ignite wonder and empower dreams in students, and illustrate that science is for everyone.”  

All media are invited to attend these vibrant and highly visual events. We encourage school visits and interviews to be confirmed in advance, whenever possible.

 

About Science World

Science World is a BC-based charitable organization that engages the people of British Columbia in STEAM literacy. Their Mission is to ignite wonder and empower dreams through science and nature.

 

 

  Friday, Jan 24, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

The artist you are

Talent call for CVAA 2021-22 shows at the O'Connor Group Art Gallery

BettyAnn Martin/Website image

 

An exhibition piece by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens of her light sculptures in a variety of sizes, colours and themes inspired by words and nature.

 

he Chilliwack Visual Artists Association (CVAA) is a local group of artists who volunteer to curate the O’Connor Group Art Gallery in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

The CVAA is looking for innovative artists who are interested in displaying their original art in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery for 2021/2022.


An exhibition may be by a solo artist or an artist partnered with another artist or a group of artists. All visual art mediums are welcomed. A jury committee will adjudicate all submissions. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020. Apply online at the gallery or, visit the CVAA website and print and mail applications or deliver submissions to: The O'Connor Group Art Gallery 9201 Coubould Street Chilliwack BC V2P 4A6

 

 

  Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 

Published noon

 

Bellegarde: Mass incarceration of First Nations

National Chief responds to Correction Canada's report

AFN/Pixabay image

 

"First Nations people experience longer prison stays and serve a higher proportion of their sentence behind bars before granted parole ."

ssembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde wants immediate action in response to yesterday's release by the Correctional Investigator of Canada which states that Canada's prisons are being "Indigenized", or filling up with Indigenous men and women at a rate surpassing 30 per cent, which could rise to 33 per cent, even though Indigenous people make up less than 5 per cent of the total Canadian population.

Indigenous women account for a staggering 42 per cent of the women inmate population in Canada.

"This report is an alarming wake-up call. We want to see immediate action to address systemic discrimination and institutional apathy in Canada's corrections system," said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. "First Nations are tragically over-represented across the legal system and the AFN is putting forward plans to improve the quality of life and opportunity for our people. But this report shows yet again that this is not the only reason for the mass incarceration of First Nations. Canada must act now."

Under federal sentence is worse than ever and growing. The information points to a number of alarming indicators, including the fact that:

•  Indigenous people in Canada experience incarceration rates six to seven times higher than the national average

•  The Indigenous inmate population has increased by 43.4 per cent while the non-Indigenous incarcerated population has declined over the same period by 13.7 per cent

•  First Nations experience longer prison stays and serve a higher proportion of their sentence behind bars before granted parole

•  Indigenous people re-offend or are returned to custody at much higher levels.

•  Custody rates for Indigenous people have accelerated, despite an overall decline in the inmate population.

 

  Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 

Published noon

 

Growing up

67 new apartment units added to Chilliwack's growing inventory

Staff/Chilliwack City Hall image

 

An artists rendering of the planned apartment building on Robson Street.

 

partment lifestyle is slowly transitioning from a single family to multi-family neighbourhoods in Chilliwack. On Tuesday, Chilliwack City Council passed a motion to accept a proposal for a new 4-storey, 67-unit apartment, facing 9450 Robson Street at Wellington Avenue with 83 secured underground parking spaces with visitor parking on the street.

After looking at plans, the Design Review Advisory Committee ensured that certain elements were incorporated into the structure which will fit the "form and character" of what will be more apartments springing up.

According to drafts, three houses on the properties will be demolished to make room but not the designated historical house. There will be "substantial landscape screening".



Overhead view (in red) of where the apartment building will be located.

The proposed exterior finishes include: bardie panel siding, cast-in-place concrete, sandstone, vinyl windows and doors, wood posts/beams and fascia boards, and aluminum guards/railings.

The building is on the Chilliwack Cycle Vision route that runs along Wellington Ave. Design guidelines include: Low-level LED lighting will be used throughout the property on walkways, parking areas and entrances to reinforce site and resident safety.

Outside amenities include; paths, courtyards, upper level decks and playgrounds.

 

  Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

If the shoe fits

Sward's "Run against Plastic" stops in Hope, BC October 8

Plastic Oceans Canada/Website photo

 

 

Andy Sward (left).

lastic Oceans Canada is pleased to announce the Run Against Plastic, a cross-country initiative encouraging the public to help eliminate plastic pollution in Canada's lakes, rivers, and oceans. The yearlong event represents the largest consolidated cleanup in Canadian history. 

The Run Against Plastic is built around a national tour following Andy Sward, an avid runner who has run from coast to coast three times, clearing litter along the way. This year, Plastic Oceans Canada is encouraging the public to support Andy's efforts.

The community can get involved by attending the organized cleanups or engaging in community advocacy. The 2020 tour starts in St. John's, Newfoundland on April 12 and ends in Tofino, British Columbia on October 18.

Sward will be making a stop in Hope, BC, October 8. To see his itinerary, visit Run Against Plastic.

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 

Published 4 pm

 

Pump up the volume

Two new trucks will boost public safety in Chilliwack

Staff/Website photo

 

An example of a pumper truck from Commercial Truck Equipment Co. where City Hall will be buying from.  Relay hoses hook up on the sides.

 

n Tuesday Chilliwack City Council ratified the motion to purchase two pumper trucks for the Chilliwack Fire Department for $1.7 million from Commercial Truck Equipment.

 

In the interest of public safety, the CFD had put in a requisition to order six trucks over five years. The trucks to be replaced were outdated and at the end of their useful life in terms of providing the optimum service to the community.

 

Pumper trucks are used to transfer water from hydrants through fire hoses to maximize pressure so it can reach further and high places such as up a ladder truck.

 

The old trucks are donated as training resources to UFV, the firefighters foundation or auctioned off which council decides upon at a later date.

 

 

 Monday, Jan 20, 2020 

Published 7:30 pm

 

'Casey and the Octopus '

The story of a courageous kid's stage shows Jan 22-24 at Templeton sold out!

The Wright Family/Handout photos

 

Casey has been battling a brain tumor his entire life and now he has a stage play hoping to inspire kids and families.

 

asey Wright has been battling cancer since he was six months old. At 19 years old, he has undergone 10 different surgeries and survived a brain tumour. Now, he's a spokesperson and champion for others in the fight against cancer.

Casey and the Octopus is his story. This remarkable young man will take the stage in this new production, executive produced by Danny Virtue and Jim Crescenzo and written by Ben Ratner. This free show will run from January 22 to 25, 2020. All performances will be at Templeton Secondary School, 727 Templeton Drive.

Casey Wright, now 19-years-old, has been fighting cancer since he was a baby. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 6 months old, had two courses of chemotherapy and 4 surgeries before he was 5. The tumour has caused blindness in one eye, short stature, and various endocrine challenges.

The chemotherapy shrank and stabilized the tumour until January of 2012 when the vision in the sighted eye began to be affected. Major surgery to remove the tumour was performed on February 1st, 2013 (his 9th surgery). 10 days later, while recovering at home, Casey suffered a massive stroke which paralyzed his entire right side and left him without the ability to speak.

He was rushed to Children’s Hospital for surgery again, and spent another 2 weeks in the Intensive Care ward. Following that, he was transferred to Sunnyhill Health Centre for 3 months of rehabilitation. Then began further outpatient physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. These continue to this day.

Despite his health challenges, Casey has remained brave and positive, and has been an inspiration to many. He has been a spokesperson for the campaign to raise money for a new Children's Hospital through his involvement with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation; been a member of the Cops for Cancer Junior Team for many years, has been active with the Sunshine Dreams for Kids and the Michael Cuccione Foundation.

Impressively, Casey is the only civilian in Canada to hold the rank of Honorary Staff Sergeant Major in the RCMP, an award bestowed on him by the Commissioner of the RCMP. Casey has taken part in fund-raising initiatives and events for many businesses and community organizations over the years. He has spoken publicly at Galas, businesses, schools and the Children’s Hospital Telethon; and has been the subject of several Global News stories over the years. Casey has taught us all about Hope and Love.

From the Wright Family Thank you for attending the premiere week of “Casey and the Octopus.” We are so proud to bring you our family’s story - and what a way to do it, Casey! Our hearts are full and our gratitude endless. In particular, we want to thank our Executive Producer, Jimmy Crescenzo along with his East End Boys Club, for bringing the show to life at theatre Temp; and Ben Ratner, for his accomplished writing and directing of Casey’s show. Many thanks also to the rest of the crew and to the staff at Templeton Secondary School.



 

None of this would have been possible for us without Danny Virtue and the Virtue Foundation. Our fortuitous meeting with Danny and Charlotte at “Day at the Ranch” in 2014 changed the course of our lives and gave us the opportunity for a fresh start. We are forever grateful to the Virtue Foundation for embracing us, giving us a peaceful home on the Ranch that allowed us to heal, regain our energy, try new things and have experiences we would not have had otherwise; and ultimately to move forward. With hope and love to you all, The Wright Family - Larry, Kim, Jemma, Casey and Z. To Donate, please follow this link.

 

 

 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 whenthestorecomes.com

 

 

 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
What:
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
What:
 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 a 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 BCstorm@canada.ca 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 www.anndavis.org 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 Rockitboy.ca

 

 

 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 www.bluefrogstudios.ca

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 Rockitboy.ca

 

 

 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 BCstorm@canada.ca 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 ilivewithdementia.ca. 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 BCstorm@canada.ca 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

USGS/USGS image

 

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

NRC Sidney, BC and USGS/USGS images

 

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

Lotto BC/Handout photo

 

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 PlayNow.com. 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

Staff/Voice photos

 

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

Staff/Voice photos

 

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 alzheimerbc.org.

 

 

 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 

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Desmond Devnich back in court Jan 21

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

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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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