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Friday, Dec 14, 2018

Surrey Cop Close Big Drug Lab

4.5 million hits of cocaine.


Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

Creston: Shocking Sex Assault

Woman driven away in own car.


Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Freak Accident Kills Man

Snowmobiler trapped.


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Suspicious Death in Dawson

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Dec 15, 2018

Today is the 349th day

There are 16 days left in 2018


1903 The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1911 Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first explorer to reach the South Pole, beating his British rival, Robert Falcon Scott.


1913 Haruna, the fourth and last ship of the Kong M class, launches, eventually becoming one of the Japanese workhorses during WWI and WW II.

1967 Record now continues to falls in New Mexico in a blizzard that eventually kills 51 people.

1969 The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1977 Saturday Night Fever, a pop-cultural juggernaut that had its world premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

1998 Billy Preston pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a LA court and agreed to testify against six others who allegedly took part in starting fires, staging thefts and rigging car crashes.

1999 Tens of thousands die as a result of flash floods caused by torrential rains in Vargas, Venezuela.

2005 King Kong, a remake of the classic 1933 film of the same name about a fictional giant ape who climbs NYC's Empire State Building, opens in theaters.

2008 Iraqi broadcast journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.

2012 A 20-year-old man shoots and kills his mother at their CT, Connecticut; home then drives to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary, where he kills 20 first graders and six school employees before turning a gun on himself.

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  Looking For Love  

Beautiful CHASE who's been here a while in foster care but really needs to find a permanent home. This guy's full of love. See his bio on Petfinder here.

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  Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 


Drunks Crash

Both drivers allegedly fled the scene

Staff/Voice photo


Ashwell and Deans was the scene of an accident Friday.

small white car sits in the intersection after a collision with another at Ashwell Road and Deans Avenue Friday at around 3:30 pm.

The crash was allegedly caused by two drunk drivers. Reports at the time were that one driver fled the scene in the damaged car and the other on foot before police and emergency services arrived.

There didn't appear to be any injuries and police spoke to multiple witnesses on-scene. CFD laid out absorbent around the pummeled car. Any witnesses can contact the RCMP at 604 792 4611. For safe rides this holiday season call Operation Red Nose 604 393 3000.



  Friday, Dec 14, 2018 


On Top of Old Smokey

BC Government begins stove exchange program to help reduce air pollution

BC Gov't Caucus/Photo submitted


An example of a low.

ommunities throughout the province are getting help to replace old, smoky woodstoves with cleaner technologies, so people do not have to choose between warm homes and cleaner air.

Woodstoves can create significant local air pollution, increasing particulate matter in the air. That pollution, also known as PM2.5, causes a variety of health problems. That is why the Province has expanded its Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program, which helps people trade old woodstoves for cleaner-burning models such as gas, propane, pellet-heating or — cleaner yet — electric models. This year, $300,000 is going to 15 British Columbia communities — up from $200,000 in previous years. See more here.



  Friday, Dec 14, 2018 


Payments by the Book

ICBC applies to raise rates 6.3 per cent

ICBC/Voice file photo


A four-car crash on Yale Rd, in October 2017.

ICBC will submit its next basic rate application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday, asking for a 6.3 per cent increase to basic insurance rates.

B.C. is the last province in Canada to introduce some form of restrictions to address rising minor injury claims payouts.


Without these changes, every vehicle owner in B.C. would be faced with an approximate $360 increase to their basic insurance rates.


The significant reforms will reduce legal costs by introducing a limit on payouts for pain and suffering for minor injuries and a new dispute resolution model, while at the same time providing substantially increased care and medical benefits for anyone who is injured in a crash. These changes are projected to bring in net savings of $1 billion annually to ICBC.




  Friday, Dec 14, 2018 


Warm Hearts, Warm Homes

Coldest Night funds support fight against homelessness

Stephanie Myers, Nelson Cares Soc./Photo submitted


Stephanie Myers, Nelson Cares, speaks at Coldest Night Walk in 2018.

t’s cold out there and Nelson CARES wants to help warm things up for people who need it most. Nelson CARES is hosting the fifth annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser. The event will take place on Saturday, February 23rd 2019 on the streets of Nelson.

For the first 3 years, proceeds from the Coldest Night of the Year went to renovate Ward Street Place. Last year and again this year, proceeds will be going toward our ‘Ready for Home’ program. This program assists Nelson CARES tenants coming out of homelessness with life skills; connection to health, employment and income supports and anything that will help residents stay in the affordable housing units and off the streets.

Coldest Night of the Year is a national event that sees people all across the country head out onto the street in late February to show their support for those people that have little choice but to be on the streets.

Nelson CARES would like to invite everyone to join us for this fun family friendly event. We are looking for volunteers, team captains, walkers, and donors. For more information about Nelson Cares, visit here.




  Friday, Dec 14, 2018 


Good Will Hunting

Abbotsford Pilots acquire power forward Hazell-Penaluna

Jack Goesen, Abbotsford Pilots/Photo

he Abbotsford Pilots announced today that the club has acquired forward Will Hazell-Penaluna from the Port Moody Panthers in exchange for forward Alex Beechey.

Hazell-Penaluna, (2000), was the Panthers leading scorer this season notching 16 goals and 13 assists in 26 games. The 5’10”, 160-pound forward was in his second season with the Panthers.

The Port Moody native split time last season between the Panthers and the Grandview Steelers, notching 13 goals and 15 assists in 40 games played in 2017-18. Hazell-Penaluna is a product of the Port Moody Minor Hockey Association, and the Vancouver NE Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League.

Hazell-Penaluna joins former Port Moody Panther teammates Allan Gekhman and Noah Findlater in Abbotsford, who were also acquired by the Pilots via trade.

Hazell-Penaluna practiced with the Pilots on Tuesday night and is expected to make his debut this week.




  Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 


Better Late Than Never

Food for Fines is back at Fraser Valley libraries

Bryan Pezzi/Submitted image


raser Valley Regional Library’s extremely popular annual Food for Fines campaign is back! Take advantage of this opportunity to reduce your library fines and help feed your community.

From December 14, 2018, through January 22, 2019, you can “pay” your fines with food. It’s simple – bring in commercially packaged, unexpired, non-perishable food items to any FVRL location and have your fines reduced. One food item equals $2 in fines/fees, and up to $30 of fines/fees owed per library account can be cleared during the campaign. All items collected will be donated to the local area food bank.

Local pantries are especially in need of rice; flour; powdered baby formula; peanut butter and jams; pasta and sauces; canned fruit and vegetables; canned and dry soups; canned fish/meat; and cereal. For more information, please visit




  Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 


A Little Give and Take

First annual Abbotsford dental centre blood drive successful

Sara Neumann, DIC/Submitted photo


The dental team at work December 8 in Abbotsford.

he Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre sponsored a community blood drive this past Saturday at Salvation Army Cascade Community Church. Even temporary disruptions to blood donations can lower the availability for patients in need, and in the winter months, it is not uncommon for blood shortages. We had a great time giving back to the community. For more information about the Centre's services, visit here.



  Thursday, Dec 13, 2018  


Stolen Valour

Police to deal with vet imposter who could be in BC

Submitted by Jacque De Winter


eterans of Branch 234 of the RCL in Guelph, Ontario were contacted by Stolen Valour (SV) concerning a member of our Branch whom they accused of being a fraud regarding being a veteran.

The reason I'm contacting you is that this individual has 'over-wintered' in BC for the last 2 years and where he's likely put poses as a Vietnam Veteran as well here in Ontario.

SV has given this individual time to surrender his bogus uniform and insignia and he's decided to ignore them and so now the case has been passed over to the Guelph Police.

The Fraser Valley has many veterans and should be on the watch for this very convincing fraudster.



  Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 


Planet People

Veterans agree to help people in their own counties and support them at home

Numbers USA/Submitted by John Labelle 



ur Committee member Mel and I are asking veterans to view this 6 minute Youtube clip. It was an eye opener to us! We believe that Canada should assist poor Countries by ensuring that the basic necessities of life are available to them in their own Countries. So instead of bringing in a million people a year to Canada and the US to help them better their lives, we all feel that it's better to help them in their own country and help the veterans in ours.




  Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 


Will Fly For Food

Exotic Persian dog needs to learn Canadian English

Jackie Clements/Submitted photos


'Spicey' is looking for a home in Canada.

ome people wonder why help dogs overseas when there are plenty in Canada to assist.  After shots, papers and tags, Petfinders dogs aren't much more than an SPCA dogs.

"I've been asked the same thing about bringing in dogs from other countries when we could adopt in Canada," say Jackie Clements from Petfinder. "My response is that even a homeless dog in Canada has a better life than dogs in places like Iran where they are butchered, tortured and abused. The Shah of Iran has stated that dogs are vermin so it gives people free reign to be incredibly cruel to them." See more here.




  Monday, Dec 10, 2018 


Bike Show Roars Back

Vancouver Motorcycle Show returns to the Tradex in Abbotsford Jan 18-20

Steph Troughton, LBMG/Voice file photo


The Motorcycle Show will be at the Tradex Jan 18-20.

he Vancouver Motorcycle Show, which has built its reputation on bringing the best in powersports brands together, is back for its annual three-day bike unveiling at the Tradex in Abbotsford.

From January 18-20, 2019, gearheads and maximum torque lovers will be able to get their fix and find their ride with the newest makes and models of motorcycles as well as the latest accessories and technology featured all under one roof. See more  here.


  Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 


Running the Gauntlet

Chilliwack's connection to 17,000 kg of cocaine confiscated in the Pacific Ocean in 2018

Katelyn Moores, DND/Submitted photo of Kristina Gray


LCdr Kristina Gray, from Chilliwack, is currently the Commanding Officer of HMCS Edmonton, a Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel deployed in the eastern Pacific Ocean to combat smuggling. Below, a smuggler's tub.


he Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have wrapped up the 2018 edition of Operation CARIBBE and successfully disrupted the trafficking of approximately 17,000 kg of narcotics.


Working collaboratively with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and US -Led Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) over the past year, the CAF directly supported the ongoing multinational campaign to disrupt illicit drug trafficking.

The latest deployment concludes today. For the fall iteration of Operation CARIBBE, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Edmonton, Nanaimo, and Moncton, along with CP-140 Aurora Long Range Patrol aircraft deployed to regions in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, helping to keep narcotics off the streets of North America, and contributing to regional security. See more here.



  Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 


SD33 To Rename School

G. W. Graham Middle Secondary to G.W. Graham Secondary



he Chilliwack School Board District 33 will be designating the name change at the next meeting 7:30pm Tuesday, December 11. The following was taken from the SD33 report.


"At the previous board meeting, Chuck Lawson, Principal of GW Graham, teachers Ken Larsen, David Simington, Courtenay See, Louis Abraham and Marijke Campbell, EA Dane Geham and student Haley Lisks presented on Graham X."

"Graham X started this year with 130 students enrolled in the program. Graham X is a cross-curricular, place-based and outdoor learning program that offers students the chance to experience our local environment. Students learn the curriculum of various courses through the lens of hands-on experiences. Students in Graham X develop an understanding of personal and social responsibility, working collaboratively, and thinking critically to explore issues and ideas associated with different topics in our community."



  Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 


So You Want to be a Theoretical Physicist?

A little humor on a Saturday morning



bout 200 years ago we had the Great French Revolution and there were three gentlemen about to lose their heads on the guillotine. There was a priest, a lawyer and a theoretical physicist. See more here.


  Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 

Eat, Drink and Give Blood

Canadian Blood Services reaches out to Chilliwack for the 1st Annual Blood Drive Dec 8

Sara Neumann/Website photos


The members of community will be donating blood Saturday for the 1st Annual Blood Drive.


o help meet the constant demand for lifesaving blood and prevent winter blood shortages, Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre is teaming up with Canadian Blood Services to adopt our first annual community Blood Drive this Saturday.


Each donor will receive a free t-shirt. During the winter months, there is often a decrease in the number of blood drives, which contributes to blood shortages and results in delayed patient care. We strongly encourage the community to come out to donate to ensure hospitals are fully stocked for patients in need. See requisites and details here.


Blood Drive Details:

When: Saturday, Dec 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Salvation Army Cascade Community Church - 35190 Delair Rd., Abbotsford, BC.




  Friday, Dec 7, 2018 

Treasured People

Group finds valuable items and cleans up school grounds from dangerous items

Staff/Submitted photos


Pete Bifano (r to l), Mark Lewis and Kris Szigeti show their finds at the last meeting. Below, arrows found on a school property.


ach month Fraser Valley treasure Hunters (FVTH) go out in the community around the Lower Mainland looking for long lost items.

In some cases a person will lose a ring or some other precious item and have asked FVTH to see if they can help find it. In some cases the finds are coins or jewellry or just hunks of worthless metal. See more here.




  Friday, Dec 7, 2018 

Animal Farm

Two Shows at Bozzini's Dec 22 

Mano Asprakis/Submitted images


Kitty and Rooster meets Shirley Gnome in a night of music and comedy Dec 22 at Bozzini's.

he Holiday shows at Bozzini's will be drawing to a close by Dec 22 so we are going a wee bit non-traditional this year. Expect 2 or 3 original Holiday Songs from each artist with their original fun tunes. And Lots Of Laughs.

Saturday December 22 2018

Doors 8pm Show 9:30pm
Tickets $20 available at Bozzini’s

4-45739 Hocking Ave. or call 604 792 0744 to reserve. See more here.



  Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 

Operation Food

Chilliwack River Valley first responders collect donations from residents

Staff/Submitted photo


Chilliwack River Valley first responder hit the streets donating their time and effort to collect food for the Salvation Army.

n Tuesday, Chilliwack River Valley (CRV) firefighters and Search and Rescue walked through neighbourhoods going door-to-door asking residents if they had non-perishable items or cash they could donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

It was a very productive night in the CRV and the first responders had a major haul thanks to the community.

"Over fifty boxes of non perishable food was collected Monday night in the Chilliwack River Valley," Mike Danyluk, Fire Chief, CRV Fire Dept. told The Voice on Wednesday.

Donating to the Salvation Army is a cheap form of public insurance in case of an emergency that affects the entire community. To donate food or money call the Care and Share Centre at (604) 792 0001.



  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 


Chilliwack Fire Dept, Search and Rescue fill a five ton truck

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention, CFD/Submitted photos


Chilliwack firefighters and SAR collected food block by block from Fairfield Island to Sardis Monday. Long-time Salvation Army food coordinator, Don Armstrong (c).

he Chilliwack Fire Department, along with Chilliwack Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Social Services (ESS), would like to thank the citizens of Chilliwack for making the 2018 Emergency Services Food Drive a success.

Approximately 18,000 food items were collected by firefighters, SAR, and ESS volunteers during a two hour period on Monday night.  These food items will have a significant, short term impact on the local Chilliwack Community Food Bank reserves.

Donations will continue to be accepted for the month of December at Fire Hall #1, located at 45950 Cheam Avenue (corner of Young Road and Cheam Avenue), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, or drop your donation off at the Salvation Army on Yale Road.



  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 

Up Close and Personal With Handel

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra adds class to the holiday season with "Messiah in the Valley"

Lynne Preston, CSO/Messiah and Paula DeWit images


he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus invite you to experience the intimacy and drama of Messiah, Handel’s most beloved choral masterpiece.

Messiah transcends cultural, geographic, and religious boundaries with its message of charity, peace, goodwill, and sacrifice.  It also contains some of the most uplifting, touching, and magnificent music ever composed. See more here.



  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 

Cloverdale Group Reaches Out to Chilliwack

Youth Initiative Foundation is offering three $1000 scholarships

Steph Troughton, LBMG


he Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation is encouraging local charitable organizations and not-for-profit groups involved with the Cloverdale Rodeo to submit applications for grants.

“Our organization is looking for worthy applicants to submit an online grant application for consideration of financial support,” says Foundation Chair Nicole Reader. “In particular, we are encouraging organizations that are youth focused and located in British Columbia, with funds being applied to lower Fraser Valley youth initiatives.”

Applications will be considered for grant opportunities by the organizations Board of Directors based on the criteria outlined on the Foundation website.



  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 

Glitter Contributes to Ocean Microplastics

NatureKids says natural homemade alternatives can be used over the Christmas holidays

Louise Pederson, NatureKids/Website image


ith the Christmas season in full swing and families looking for art projects to do with their kids, NatureKids BC encourages families to consider eco-friendly alternatives to glitter this year.

For many people, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without glitter and sparkly accessories, however, the majority of commercial glitter products use materials that are hazardous to wildlife, birds and fish. Most glitter is made from plastic sheets which are cut into tiny pieces and when washed down the drain, glitter particles join the subset of marine plastic litter that is known as microplastics. See more here.




  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

Mob Mentality

Just when you thought the SOGI debate was over—it ain't

Myrtle Macdonald, B.Sc., U of Alberta, M.Sc.A., McGill University, Author/Voice file photo


hose in favor of the SOGI 123 thing should not slander and oppose those who are not. There is really more common ground than the public realize.  Have a look at what I said several months ago at the beginning of the slandering of Mr Neufeld. People judged and even persecuted him without understanding what he was saying, and got emotional and polarized. See more here.



  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

'Winter Wonderland'

City Hall presents Christmas card award to local photographer

Chilliwack City/Voice presentation photo


Mayor Ken Popove (r) presents Will Smith a framed copy of his card.

t's a scene Bing Crosby would be proud of. A dusting of snow covers branches framing a path into the Chilliwack Heron Reserve.

Chilliwack city hall chose local photographer Will Smith's scene he calls "Winter Wonderland" as their official 2018 Christmas card. (below)

On Tuesday, Mayor Ken Popove presented  Smith with a framed print of his shot in council chambers.

"I have had a passion for photography for many years and enjoy taking photos wanting to expand my portfolio with some portrait shoots, weddings, etc.," says Smith in his bio. Aside from photos in print media, his shots have also appeared in books and local magazines. His specialties are nature and landscapes. To see more of his work and to book weddings etc. connect through his webpage here or Facebook here.



  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

Really Gone Fishin'

Victoria looks for feedback on angling regulation changes

Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


A fly fisher on the Vedder River.

he fishing community is being asked for their opinions on the amendments set to take place in the new year.

The proposals include changes to fishing methods, gear, bait, quotas, boundaries and fishery opening and closing dates. These changes are based on regional requirements and conditions, and aim to meet management objectives for native and invasive fish species, while maintaining sustainable angling opportunities for recreational fishers.

A complete list and description of the proposed regulations can be viewed here.

Comments must be received by Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. After final decisions have been made, the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis will be posted online in mid-March here.



  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

Can't Hide the Slide

New regulations for snowmobilers include stiffer fines

Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


New regulations and fines effective immediately..

o you like to tear it up in the back country with your snowmobile? Then government will shred up your wallet.

To better protect environmentally sensitive habitats and species at risk, the Province of British Columbia is increasing fines for unlawful use of off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.

Effective immediately, anyone operating an off-road vehicle in sensitive habitats, including all BC Parks and southern mountain caribou habitats, will face a $575 fine.

Violation tickets may be issued under the Wildlife Act or the Park Act by police, conservation officers, natural resource officers or park rangers.

Previous fine amounts were either $230 or $345 depending on the violation and did not reflect the effect of non-compliance to sensitive habitats and species in British Columbia. Court convictions for snowmobiling in southern mountain caribou habitats also may result in a fine up to $200,000 and six months imprisonment. See more here.


  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

Hunker Down and Wait

Buying a home can be 'more affordable than renting'

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo

he slumping oil business, the mortgage stress test, and extra taxes imposed on foreign buyers have combined to produce yet another sluggish month for homes sales in Chilliwack and area.

Last month, 177 sales were recorded, compared to 284 sales in November of last year. See more here.


  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 

Keeping A Handle On It

GameSense rolled out at Chances Casino aims to help addicted gamblers

BCLC/Voice photos


Mike Verhaef, Chances Casino, explains how GameSense works to City councillors Sue Attrill and Harv Westeringh (back). Below, Verhaef spreads some seasonal happiness.

CLC is proud to announce a new resource dedicated to supporting players at Chances Chilliwack with healthy-play habits, and referring those experiencing challenges with their gambling to the support resources they need.

Chances Chilliwack is the first Community Gaming Centre to have a GameSense Advisor and Information Centre as part of BCLC’s expansion of the program to every gambling facility across BC by fall 2019. Previously, GameSense Advisors were in place at BC casinos only. See more here.


  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 

A Cultus Christmas

Kids, roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and lots of lights

Cultus Lake Parks Board/Handout photos



Santa was busy with kids at Cultus Lake with sleigh-fulls of kids asking for what they want for Christmas.

hile the Chilliwack was busy with their parade and tree lighting festivities, Cultus Lake kicked off their own family-friendly Christmas celebrations Friday and Saturday at Main Beach.

There was free parking for folks. Organizers thank volunteers who without the event wouldn't have happened. They had a marshmallow roast and hot chocolate. There was a colouring contest with random winners with gifts of $20-$25.  See more and photos here.



  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 

Severe Weather Shelter

Temporary room for 45 on Yale Road

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice photo


The old Lions second hand store at 46293 will be a cold weather shelter that will temporarily house 45 people.

eople experiencing homelessness in Chilliwack will have access to 45 spaces of new temporary shelter starting this week, thanks to a partnership between BC Housing and Ruth and Naomi’s Mission.

Located at 46293 Yale Rd., the shelter will be operated by the local mission with staff on-site at the shelter around-the-clock to provide support for guests. All guests will be provided with two daily meals, snacks and laundry service. Representatives from Fraser Health and social service agencies will visit the shelter weekly to assess people’s needs and connect them with housing and other services. See more shelter locations here.



  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 


Leewood Study indicates Vancouver to Chilliwack rail viable yet it's being ignored

Malcolm Johnston, Rail for the Valley, Website photos


European trains move people inexpensively.

he next Mayor's Council on Transit meeting is on December 13 and a very important meeting indeed. At this meeting the Mayor's Council on Transit will decide on the fate of Surrey's LRT project.

The SkyTrain Lobby has been demonstrating a disturbing tendency in releasing misleading information to both the public and politicians about the proprietary light-metro system. A litany of man-of-straw arguments and Trumpian style fake news and alternative claims have been about light rail, while at the same time no hard questions have been asked of SkyTrain and/or light metro and Metro Vancouver's use of light-metro. See more here.



  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 

Don't Bank On It

The Petro Dollar collides with Trudeau legacy

Betty Krawczyk, Author, Cumberland/File photo


Betty Krawczyk

ow that there seems to be a pullback in a US shooting war with China we can take a deep breath and soldier on, unless of course, the Russia and Ukraine war of words over who controls the waters of the Kerch Strait starts World War Three.

Otherwise we can continue the exploration of how a simple change in the way our formally public Bank of Canada might be rescued from its capture by the international private banking systems. See more here.



  Friday, Nov 30, 2018 

Ripple to a Wave

Watch for a new name on the ballots in the next federal election

Staff/Voice photo


People's Party organizers: Justin Cawker President of Langley-Aldergrove EDA, (l to r) Ben Besler Regional Organizer-Fraser Valley, Al Rawdah President of Burnaby South EDA, Kelly Watt President of Chilliwack Hope EDA.


here's a new sheriff in town but will there be enough room for the both?

Maxime Bernier, broke off from the Conservative Party and formed a new political party called the People's Party of Canada (PPC) with a plan to ram the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party ship or at least shoot their rudder off.

One of the PPC platform counter-assault items is to cut income tax from 15 per cent to 10 per cent. Those are fighting words. See more here.




  Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 

Boarded Up Problem

Repeated calls to empty Henderson Ave House

Staff/Voice photo


Chilliwack firefighters deal with another report of  a fire at a boarded up Henderson Ave house.


he Chilliwack Fire Department has responded numerous times to calls over the last couple of years from neighbours that said smoke was seen coming from a ramshackle house in 45000-block of Henderson Ave. Such was the case around 7am Friday.

When firefighters arrived, the smoke had all but dissipated but they still had to remove the boards on the front side in order to gain access.

"I'm tired of this," a resident across the street. "I hope the City does something about it."

It was apparent that no one was inside so therefore there were no injuries to report. The RCMP were called in and the City was summoned to board the house up again. Next door is another boarded up building.



  Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 

Firefighters Fight Hunger the Good Old Fashioned Way—On Foot

Crews will be in neighbourhoods collecting cash and food donations for the Salvation Army Dec 3

Andrew Brown, Asst. Fire Chief/Voice file photo


Keep an eye out for firefighters on the streets Dec 3.


he Chilliwack Fire Department will be holding their Annual Food Drive on Monday, December 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Once again, department members will be going door to door in the community, collecting donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Although many members will be involved in this drive, it will be impossible to reach every home in the community. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Food Bank can drop items off at Hall #1, 45950 Cheam Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 3rd - 14th.

Last year, members of Emergency Social Services, Chilliwack Search and Rescue, and the Chilliwack Fire Department collected over 18,000 food items and $3,980 in donations for the Salvation Army. The department thanks the community in advance for their continued generous support in helping those who are less fortunate in our community and we look forward to another successful food drive.



  Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 

Local Businesses Putting Smiles on Kids Faces

Locals decorate Angel Tree together

Chilliwack Community Services/Handout photo


Young men hold some of the toys that will be distributed to Chilliwack kids.


ach year, Chilliwack Community Services partners with the Salvation Army to distribute holiday hampers to families struggling financially in our community. Together, we bring smiles to children who would not celebrate the holiday with the same anticipation and joy as most do. Every day in the weeks leading up to Christmas, people drop off gifts for tots through teens. Local businesses encourage customers to leave a gift under an “Angel Tree”. Others organize gala events and toy drives. Still others give the precious gift of time to help assemble and deliver the gift hampers.

Angel Tree Locations
Angel Trees are set up at different businesses and organizations in Chilliwack. Each tree has several angel tree tags specifying gift requests according to self-identified gender and age of the registered individual family member. Members of the community are able to visit one of these locations, obtain a tag, and shop for a gift according to the specifications on the tag.
• Little Mountain Greenhouses
• Vancity
• Chilliwack Golf Club
• The Royal Hotel
• CGH Maternity Ward
• Coast Capital
• DQ Downtown
• DQ Sardis
• Cottonwood Mall
• Murray Honda
• Suda Salon
• Murray Mazda



  Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 

Tracking Santa

Norad introduces Santa Cam on 60th anniversary

Norad/Voice file photo


Santa Claus, Brentwood Mall  photo.


he North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating its 60th anniversary of defending the homeland along with its tradition of tracking Santa’s journey around the globe on Dec. 24. 

NORAD is a binational U.S. and Canadian Command charged with aerospace and maritime warning and aerospace control of North America as well as monitoring aerospace activity globally.  It all started in 1955 when a local ad directed children to call Santa direct – only the number was misdialed. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, the predecessor to NORAD. 

Now, the 63rd iteration of NORAD Tracks Santa kicks off Dec. 1, with a revamped website, social media channels, “Santa Cam” streaming video and a call center that will be operating around the clock on Dec. 24.  More than 1,400 volunteers are expected to join NORAD on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs to help track Santa’s journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website can be found at  On Dec. 24, users may call or text 1-877-HiNORAD for Santa’s up-to-date location.



  Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 

A Life Well Lived

Myrtle Macdonld's sister, Cora, passes leaving behind a piece of Chilliwack history

Myrtle Macdonald/Handout photo



Cora Macdonald

er life of 93 years has been a blessing to many for 14 years in the Waverly and since 1961 in Chilliwack, living with
her parents Chris (1967) and Rennetta (1995) first on a luscious peach orchard from Williams street to CSSS, before Rotary street and houses were built. She and her mother were the first to move into Sepas Court on Nowell and Bole. They were active in three women’s groups, Elder College and much else. She is survived by her brother Walter born Nov 27, 1929 and her sister Myrtle Macdonald June 5, 1921.

They grew up at Vegreville AB where they helped their parents become Master Farmers in 1955. Walter has two children and 2 grand sons in Kelowna and a son with two grand daughters in Ontario. Myrtle has a daughter, late son-in-law, three grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren in Montreal. Her late son Timothy and family lived in Rosedale and Chilliwack for several years and two of his five children were born and two went to school here. Now 3 are in Regina with 2 children and 2 in Saskatoon with 7. A Service of Remembrance is booked for 2 PM Saturday December 8 Waverly 8445 B by Young Road. Please let all her old friends know. As soon as we have had coffee or tea and light snacks, we will proceed to place Cora’s sacred ashes.


  Thursday, Nov 28, 2018 

The Mounties Always Get Their Can

Arrest those peas they made off with the cabbage! Food Bank drive Dec 8

Cpl. Mike Rail, Chilliwack RCMP/Voice file photo


Chilliwack RCMP Cst. Sean Roche collected food at Save-on Foods Dec. 15, 2012.


he RCMP invite you to join us for the 10th annual Stuff the Cruiser Campaign, as officers strive to pack police cruisers with non-perishable groceries and cash donations. Held in support of all local Salvation Army Food Banks, the event takes place on December 8, 2018, at designated locations around the Upper Fraser Valley. See locations and more here.



  Thursday, Nov 28, 2018 

Angels Come in Trees

Abbotsford Community Services makes Christmas better for families 

Jessica Thiessen/Submitted photo


Prospera Credit Union donate $10,000 for the Angel Tree Program to make sure families enjoy the holiday season.


rees are set up at local Prospera branches featuring holiday wishes from over 100 youth. The names and wish lists are provided by the Youth Resource Centre (YRC) at Abbotsford Community Services (ACS). Residents are invited to stop by a branch and take a tag, purchase a new gift for the youth and bring it back unwrapped.

Simone Maassen, manager of youth services at ACS, says the holidays can be a stressful and depressing time for some young people. See more here.



  Thursday, Nov 28, 2018 

'Christmas Presence'

A family-friendly collection of seasonal songs and stories Dec 22

Ken Hildebrandt, Artistic Dir. /Submitted photos


The popular Kwerks from Langley will be featured in Christmas Presence.


ancouver’s Pacific Theatre is proud to partner with Gallery 7 Theatre to bring Christmas Presence, a collection of songs and stories for the holiday season, to Abbotsford once again.

Gallery 7: December 22nd Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

Tickets: $36.50 (taxes and fees not incl.) – to reserve call 604.731.5518, or visit Tickets can also be purchased at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford or call 604-852-3701. 

An hoc gathering of musicians and actors who meet day-of to trade songs and choose readings, Christmas Presence is somehow both everything and nothing like what you might expect from a holiday show.

Setting aside the lavish sets and costumes that dominate the season for what Artistic Director Ron Reed likes to call “the un-slickest Christmas show in town”, the vibe at Christmas Presence is that of a family gathering that has burst into song – if you happen to have a family of diverse and talented musicians who harbour an equal love for David Sedaris, Stuart McLean, and Madeleine L’Engle.

This year’s show is headlined by Michael Hart, Langley-based duo The Kwerks, Jon Ochsendorf, Brett Ziegler, and Rick Colhoun, featuring readings by Ron Reed and Gallery 7 Theatre’s Artistic Director Ken Hildebrandt.


  Thursday, Nov 28, 2018 

Living Christmas

Some do's and don'ts to cutting a live tree 

BC Gov't Caucus/Free images photo


People can buy a permit online.


ritish Columbians who would like to cut their own Christmas tree can obtain a permit online, or by contacting their local natural resource district office or FrontCounter BC office.

Local natural resource district offices can provide details about specific cutting requirements and approved harvest areas. Free-use permits are provided for personal use only. It is illegal to sell a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit or to cut a tree in an unauthorized area. See more here.



  Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 

Breathtakingly Beautiful

The Butchart Gardens celebrations features carollers and over 4,000 poinsettias from Dec 1 to Jan 6  

Daphne Gardner, Butchart Gardens/Submitted photo


A full moon compliments the vast array of lights at The Bucthart Gardens which will be open to Jan 6. If you're going to Victoria you won't want to miss it.


he Magic of Christmas, now in its 32nd year, returns at The Butchart Gardens beginning with the annual Light Up ceremony on Saturday, December 1st at 5:00 pm when the switch is flipped to officially welcome the season.


Adding to the festivities, The Rose Carousel on December 1st is complimentary. A family tradition since 1987, visitors will see The Gardens transformed complete with twinkling lights, outdoor skating rink, festive brass, and traditional carollers. The seasonal celebration will run to Sunday, January 6th, 2019. See more here.



  Wednesday, Nov 27, 2018 


Toying Around!

Annual Abbotsford event continues to break records 

Kelly Neufeld/Submitted photo


Fundraiser breakfast brought in a truckload of cash and toys.


he sixth annual Toys for Tots Breakfast on November 23rd raised a record-breaking $60,976 and 2,657 toys for children in need over the holidays. The record was achieved in part by a $20,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor.

“Once again we’re blown away by the generosity of Abbotsford,” said event organizer Rebecca Thuro. See more here.


  Monday, Nov 26, 2018 


Teach Your Children Well

School District 33 trustees saddle up 

Staff/ Voice photos - Updated


The new SD33 School Board Trustees are sworn in Tuesday, November 13. Below, trustees vote on nominations to various designations on the board.


he road to the 2018 elections was a bumpy one for School District 33 (SD33) elections with 17 trustee candidates scrambling for 7 seats. The final seat, a razor tight race separated candidates Jared Mumford and Kaethe Jones by just 34 votes with Mumford coming out on top. 

Over the next 4 years, three incumbents: chair Dan Coulter, and Barry Neufeld and Heather Maahs, will be mentoring the 4 newbies: Willow Reichelt, David Swankey, Dr. Darrell Furgason and Jared Mumford on how to work together as a team. See more here.



  Monday, Nov 26, 2018 


Trailer Lost to Fire

Chilliwack Fire Dept urges caution with space heaters

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness/Google image


There were no injuries when an RV was destroyed Monday afternoon.


t approximately 3:15pm today the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 9700-block of Skrhelam Cres.


Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4 & 6. Upon arrival crews were met on-scene by the owner of the travel trailer who was trying to extinguish a fire within the trailer. The owner was working on the RV unit earlier  and had a space heater in the trailer to dry out dampness.


Firefighters quickly went to a defensive attack and stopped the fire before damage could be done to nearby trailers on the property. The recreational vehicle sustained major interior fire damage.


The cause of the fire appears to be accidental.


Chilliwack Fire Dept. wants to remind homeowners that all heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 metre) away from heating equipment. Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface and keep them and their electrical cords away from things that can burn, high traffic areas, and doorways.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.


  Monday, Nov 26, 2018 

'Stand By Your Pan'

Chilliwack Fire Dept talks kitchen grease fires

Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness/Voice photo


Residents vacated their apartments in the 45000-block of Wellington Ave Saturday while fire crews dealt a grease fire.


n November 24, 2018 at around 5:30pm the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported apartment structure fire in the 45000-block of Wellington Avenue.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1 and 4, and upon arrival, discovered a stovetop fire in the kitchen of a 1st floor apartment unit. The fire had been extinguished by the building’s automatic fire sprinkler system prior to the arrival of fire crews, which limited fire and smoke damage to a small area around the stove. Without a working sprinkler system in place, this fire had the potential of causing extensive fire damage to the home and adjacent units in the apartment building.


The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind residents to “Stand by your pan”. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Please make sure to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food and always turn off the burner if you leave the kitchen for any reason.

The Chilliwack Fire Department strongly promotes the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system in homes. The presence of an automatic fire sprinkler system in conjunction with a working smoke alarm significantly reduces the chance of dying in a fire.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported


  Monday, Nov 26, 2018 

Talking to Live

Prostrate Cancer Support Group meets December 6

Dale Erikson, PCSG/Website photo



Peter Brown, Board of Directors, Vancouver Prostrate Fdn.


he next Chilliwack Prostrate Cancer Support Group meeting will be on Thursday, December 6th at the Mt Cheam Lion’s Club Hall at 7 PM.

The featured speaker will be Peter Brown, director of the Vancouver Prostrate Centre who'll talk about new developments with treatments from the 2018 PCRI Conference.

Coffee and refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please call Dale Erikson at 604 824 5506 or Marc Gosselin at 778 255 2544.

Brown is the Honorary Chairman of the fund drive for the Emily Carr University of Art & Design and is the past Chairman of the Vancouver Police Foundation. He's been the recipient of many awards including both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. Read more about Peter Brown here.



  Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 

Run of the River

Steelhead becoming rarer each year

Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited/Website photos


Steelhead fishing in Idaho is cutback due to scarcity.


he first time you snorkel a stream, the size of the bugs are disarming. Stoneflies tumbling down the stream look like aquatic dragons bent on taking off a limb. It is an optical illusion, of course. 

We were way up in the South Fork of the Salmon River drainage. Hiking in neoprene wet suits in relatively warm weather is never a good idea. It is a downright bad idea when you are gaining several thousand feet in elevation. See more here.




  Friday, Nov 23, 2018 

The Chance of a Lifetime

Caregivers in search of a home for dog after animal cruelty reared its ugly head in the Middle East 

Vicki Bussey/ Submitted photos



Sheni's a special needs dog with bright eyes and a hopeful future.


i there, my name is Sheni and I am as cute as a button! I am a sweet mix of labrador and Australian shepherd (I think) with a truly sunny disposition. I weigh about 45lb and am 10 months old.

I was born in the Middle East where my rescuers found me with a thick rope around my neck being dragged by a car along a road. The rope cut my neck very badly and I had to undergo surgery. Even though they could fix the external injuries to my neck, it was discovered that my spine was also damaged and I will never again be able to fully use my hind legs.  I am yet another victim of the rampant animal cruelty in this part of the world. See more here.



  Friday, Nov 23, 2018 

Road to Ruination

Driving treacherous on slick roads

Staff//Voice photo


Crews clean up a rear-ender Thursday at Five Corners.


he rainy season and the clock change means it's darker earlier and drivers have to be wary of what's ahead of them and leave plenty of room to stop.


In this accident a pickup slammed into the back of a commercial vehicle pulling a small trailer. It appeared to look like the pickup driver wasn't paying attention and faces a lot of explaining and paper work to do. If it's determined to be the driver of the pickup who's at fault then it's likely ICBC won't cover costs to repair.


Thankfully there were no injuries and the pickup had to be towed. Make note there are more and more vehicles are on the road with one headlight or taillight. So it's a good idea to back up to a wall and check the lights that way.




  Friday, Nov 23, 2018 

ICBC Paid Out $3 Billion in Claims in 2018

Basic auto insurance rates likely to raise December 15

ICBC/Voice file photo


Flat rate payments means more cash for care and less for lawyers.


CBC has posted a net loss of $582 million for the first six months of our current fiscal year, reflective of the continued pressure ICBC is under from the rising number and cost of claims.

The number of claims being filed with ICBC and the cost of both injury and vehicle damage claims have been escalating in recent years. ICBC's net claims incurred for the first six months of its fiscal year alone topped $3 billion, an increase of $634 million, or 26 per cent, over the same period last year ($2.4 billion). See more here.



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