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 Saturday August 17, 2019 

Published 1 pm


Suspicious fire destroys home

Police investigating the incident

Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness, CFD/Voice photos


A Third Ave home was destroyed early Saturday. Below, officers watch as the Forensics members investigate.


n August 17th at approximately 6:15 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 46000-block of 3rd Avenue. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered heavy smoke and flames showing from a two-storey home and a shed on the adjacent property.

Crews established a water supply and quickly brought the fire under control utilizing a defensive attack. Through their swift actions, fire crews also prevented the fire from spreading to homes immediately adjacent to the burning structure. The home did suffer extensive fire damage to the upper floor and roof, while the ground floor of the home suffered some water and smoke damage.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire and the occupants of the home were able to safely exit. The Chilliwack Emergency Support Services (ESS) team was called out to the scene and is providing care to the displaced occupants.

This fire is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators. If anyone has any information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or



 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Passengers in time and space

Tim Nast tours new album

Amanda Triumbari, Vocab Comm/Handout photo


ccomplished pianist and composer, Tim Nast, is set to release his new album on October 4. Tim will be showcasing eight singles from his new album “Here” on social media (one single per week) beginning August 12. This campaign is set to give audiences an insight into the melodic tunes found on his album. Tim will also be hitting the road on October 4 to November 16 for his Fall tour across the Ottawa Valley. 

With his album design including an original ancient cave oil painting, the album “Here” focuses on acknowledging our time and life on planet Earth. Comprised of 12 original solo piano songs, the album celebrates the simple fact that we are here – on this planet, in our bodies, in this moment. Passengers, a song found on the album, tells a story of how we are all passengers on this planet as we move through our lives and through space. The album and song acknowledge our busy lifestyle and how we need to step back and savour life’s journey. Pre-order the album here. See the tour dates here.





 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Make no mistake

'Mayor's Police Transition Report puts vulnerable people at risk'

Brenda Locke, Surrey Coun./Website photo


s a former Minister of State for Mental Health and Addiction Services, I find it unconscionable that the Mayor’s Police Transition Report (Transition Report) plans to reduce the Police Mental Health Team by 50%. By the report’s own admission, “In some jurisdictions, up to 40% of all police calls involve a person with an apparent mental illness”.

Currently, the Surrey RCMP Police Mental Health and Outreach Team (PMHOT) comprised of 21 officers – 1 Staff Sgt., 2 Corporals each with 8 constables, that includes Car 67. Fraser Health provides 4 Psychiatric Nurses who actively work with the police officers.

The Transition Report is recommending that mental health team be reduced to only 11 officers comprised of one Sargent and ten Constables. The report suggests that the police will work with “community partners” to streamline the service.

That may be Vancouver’s solution, but they have significantly more health care facilities and resources. It’s risky here because Surrey has not kept pace with the social and health care infrastructure needs of a city our size.

Surrey’s PMHOT is in high demand with calls such as domestic violence, complex mental break downs, suicide attempts, psychotic breaks, people living at high risk (homeless) as well as problematic substance use and addiction. The PMHOT works with many patients providing immediate mental health exams in their homes and linking them services to help divert them from our City’s only hospital.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, statistics show that “by the time we reach 40 years of age, half of the population will have had or will develop a mental health problem. About 17% of British Columbians – somewhere around 800,000 people – are experiencing a mental illness or substance use issue today.”

Like with the reduction in policing resources for Sophie’s Place, (the Child and Youth Abuse Team) the Transition Report will leave our young population, vulnerable and at risk. But no one is exempt, children to seniors and every age, income or cultural demographic.

Surrey’s RCMP was a pioneer with this progressive model of urban policing in 2001. While other cities like are building similar teams for their own communities our Mayor is tearing ours down. This makes no sense at all.

It is puzzling how the Transition Report can claim they will be able to effectively replace the PMHOT including — Car 67 — when they are making this significant cut in resources and police staffing levels.

Now that the Mayor has eliminated the Public Safety Committee — in favour of his own handpicked Police Transition Committee — significant public safety concerns are being overlooked and genuine questions are being brushed aside.


Surrey residents should be concerned about the Mayor’s direction of policing and public safety in general in our city. There must be proper checks and balances to ensure our public safety improves.
Something as important as policing and public safety needs to have effective, open discussion and healthy debate.


We need to raise the bar, get beyond politics, and go through the Transition Report line by line. Mistakes in policing have very real consequences for our vulnerable citizens and for the community as a whole. Brenda Locke's city web page.




 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Something to brag about

Prospera tops best places to work in Canada

Jessica Theissen, Prospera Credit Union/Handout image


Abbotsford staff are a great team who work together for the community.


rospera Credit Union is proud to announce that our organization has been named on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces™ in Financial Services and Insurance.

This list is based on direct feedback from employees of the hundreds of organizations that were surveyed by Great Place to Work®.
To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year and work primarily in the Financial Services and Insurance sector. We ranked one of the best based on employee responses to our Trust Index survey.

“Being on the list of Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance is a true source of pride for all of us at Prospera,” says Angela Champ, Senior VP, People & Culture. “We believe that everyone is a leader and can influence, drive and inspire those around them. Knowing that our employees feel they are valued and respected is a wonderful accomplishment.”

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 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Rockin' and reelin'

Farmjam features top county music stars August 30 - Sept 1

Monica Miller, Caitlan Press/Handout image



rom August 30 - Sept.1st, Colville WA will be hosting FarmJam and they want the folks of the Kootenay's to come and enjoy the party!

FarmJam Music and Camping Festival is INDIE in a major way. Their mission is to support independent musicians and other artists or entertainers.


They aim to connect music lovers with new musicians or entertainers - and they support the farm community to promote agriculture and local food. The historic festival narrative has it's roots in harvest festivals married with music, diverse personalities, and important people. Feeding people music and food in an inclusive family-friendly environment is just another added-value of the rural and farm landscape.


For more information about Farmjam 2019 and see the lineup visit their website here.




 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Herstory of the Fraser Valley

A history of Indigenous peoples, Canadian women and their families

Monica Miller, Caitlan Press/Handout image


rene Kelleher lived all her life in the shadow of her inheritance. Her local community in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley all too often treated her as if she was invisible.


The combination of white and Indigenous descent that Irene embodied was beyond the bounds of acceptability by a dominant white society. To be mixed was to not belong. Attracted to the future British Columbia by a gold rush beginning in 1858, Irene’s white grandfathers had families with Indigenous women. See more here.



 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 8 am


Roller coaster of fun

The libraries get together for the best day yet

Bryan Pezi, FVRL/Handout image


FVRL makes the PNE fair affordable August 25.


raser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is excited to participate in Library Day at the PNE Fair. Thanks to a partnership between PNE Fair and Public Library InterLINK, teen and adult fairgoers can get into the Fair for only $6 on Wednesday, August 21 by presenting their FVRL library card! The Fair is free for children under the age of 5; entrance is $5 for kids 6 to 13.


FVRL will participate alongside InterLINK member libraries in onsite activities on Library Day. Once in the Fair, attendees can stop by the Library Zone, near Toon City and the Snap Happy: A Do-It-YourSelfie Experience Exhibit, for some fun and FREE activities with staff from various BC libraries. FVRL will feature its Library Live and On Tour (LiLi) vehicle, the pedal-powered Book Chariot, and Playground items including green screens, programmable robots, telescopes, Magformers, KEVA Planks and birdwatching backpacks. There will also be maker activities, games, prizes and more!


“InterLINK, along with its member libraries, is thrilled to participate in the third Library Day at the PNE Fair. Like the PNE Fair, our public libraries are a family favourite and an integral part of British Columbians’ summers,” says Public Library InterLINK Executive Director Michael Burris.


Presenting a BC public library card grants one cardholder admission for $6 (one card must be shown per person to receive the discount, and supplementary ID is recommended). Don’t have an FVRL card yet? Visit any one of our 25 locations to get your free card today! Visit  or more information.



 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 7 am


Treasure pleasure

Silver and gold for free

Staff/Submitted photos


Members showing off their July finds. Marny McEwan Zischka (l to r) was third place with her necklace and pendant, Dennis Augustynowicz finish second place with his fine silver bracelet and Mark Lewis clinched first place with his Bird cadge and roost.

raser Valley Treasure Hunters are a group of metal detecting enthusiasts from the community who head out in search of valuable items. Finders keepers. Sometimes they find diamond rings, gold and other interesting items.

"Kris Szigeti came and talked about Lapidary and showed off samples that he has collected, Linda Sexsmith also brought some of her collection," said Mark Lewis, club president.

People also contact them to search for a lost necklace or ring in a park etc. Lewis has been sharing the club's finds with Voice readers for years now. While what they find is valuable to them, the photos and information they send us is valuable to our online community.

Each month they try to top each other with their finds. Club dinners and group hunts are always something to look for. New people are always welcome to join and they'll show you the finer points of metal detecting. Learn more about them and connect on Facebook with them here or visit their website here.



 Tuesday August 13, 2019 

Published 8 am

What vets want

Veteran leader threatens to not vote for popular parties

John Labelle, Veterans Annuity Campaign/File photo


ecently politicians have asked veterans the question: What do veterans want? Our reply is so simple...Prime Minister and leaders of Canada keep your promises.

Veterans want the Government of Canada to honour our CFSA pension enrolment contract.


Military/RCMP veterans want the Government of Canada to treat Canada’s veterans with honour and dignity they have earned. Take action to terminate the CPP pension claw back to our Forces pension at age 65 or sooner when receiving a disability pension. The CPP bridge benefit system is a lie. Veterans have fully paid for all their benefits.

Veterans want the Government of Canada to stop depleting the surplus in our Forces Pension account and pay their fair contributions share.

Take action to re-instate the SISIP coverage after release term insurance that is now being terminated at age 75.

Forces widows pension must be the same as politicians receive.

The $10,000.00 Supplementary Death Benefits must be the same as Civil Servant employees receive.

Today less than 30 per cent of our recruits do not re-engage in the Canadian Forces. The poor treatment of our Veterans is very much in their minds. Politicians needs to enforce the benefits that military/RCMP veterans have fully contributed to.

Veterans, their families and friends are not prepared to cast their ballets towards politicians who lie and do not keep their promises all year long.



 Saturday August 10, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Devastating fire affects dozens of people

Blaze tore through the complex roof end to end

Staff/Submitted photos


A fire truck was parked outside the Park Ridge Apartments Saturday. Below, a firefighter checks suites Saturday.


t was midnight on Friday when alarms started going off at the Park Ridge Apartments in the 45000-block of Stevenson Road. People could smell the acrid smoke and ran out, many with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

The flames travelled fast. By the time firefighters could get the fire was already embedded into the roof of the multi-winged upscale apartment and it was all crews could do but hit it with water and fire retardant foam.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing black smoke and flames on the exterior of a fourth floor balcony. Residents were evacuating the structure as fire crews arrived on scene, two adjacent apartment complexes were also evacuated as a precaution. The fire had extended into the attic space of the structure, and firefighters set up a defensive attack on the exterior of the structure to control of the fire.

While crews scrambled with their full contingent of trucks and gear, residents from the units of the building stood watching in horror as their homes burned.

One firefighter received a minor injury and was treated at the scene.

CFD and the City made sure that affected residents were taken care of.

"Crews searched the structure to ensure all occupants had made it out safety. Emergency Social Services volunteers worked hard to meet the needs of the displaced residents. A reception center was set up at Tyson Elementary to accommodate displaced residents, who were transported to the school by school buses." said Assistant Chief Chilliwack Fire Department Andrew Brown.

The roof of the structure was completely burned.

"Firefighter’s worked hard bringing the main body of the fire under control safely and efficiently, it then took several hours to systematically work through the complex uncovering and extinguishing hidden fires and hots spots. The fire was extinguished around 8 am," said Brown. "Crews worked through the day until around 5 pm assisting displaced residents by retrieving essential belongings from their suites for them."

On Saturday afternoon protective fencing was being set-up. Some distraught tenants remained out front.

Belongings of residents were scattered outside including a birdcage.

A woman who lived on the third floor under the fire with her fiancé told The Voice that she wanted to see if there was any of her belongings they could get.

"I'm getting married...and I need to know," she said. When asked if they had help she said they have people who will assist them. "I've got family, so we'll be okay."

A vehicle leaving the scene the following day still had foam clinging to its exterior.

One tenant speculated that it was a BBQ which started the fire but that hasn't been confirmed. Brown said the fire appears to be accidental and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.



 Friday August 9, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Former local journalist dies 

Robert Freeman will be missed across the country

Staff/Voice file photo


Robert Freeman (r) with NDP's Adrian Dix.


est in Peace Robert Freeman. Very sorry to learn that we lost Rob last week. People who remember him as a local reporter will also remember that he was a revered man in journalism and spoken highly of by the community and politicians alike as a fair writer on both sides of issues. Although he was small in stature he was a powerhouse in writing. I'll always remember his epitaph when Walter Cronkite died.

Although I didn't get a chance to know him well, I did get a chance to know that he was a great guy.

Our condolences to his family.




 Friday August 9, 2019 

Published 6 pm


House fire levels home on Cook Street 

Residents not home at the time, chief says suspicious

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training/Submitted photo


A Chilliwack RCMP cruiser sits outside the burned out shell the following day.


n August 9, 2019, at approximately 2 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire located in the 9000-block of Cook Street.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6, and on arrival reported a fully involved structure fire in a single storey residential home. No one was home at the time of the fire, and the fire was called in by a neighbour. Due to fire conditions on arrival firefighters set up a defensive fire attack to bring the fire under control.

The home suffered extensive fire damage resulting in significant structural damage to the home. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

This fire is considered suspicious at this time and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP.

If anyone has any information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 




 Friday August 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Money for nothing 

Elections BC catches the Liberals in the act

Staff/Wikicommons image


lections BC nailed the Liberals with accepting a "prohibited" $500 donation from The Liberals plead no contest. They've been ordered to pay a miniscule $200 fine. Fines increase in percentage increments for each infraction.



 Friday August 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


"Extra" happy holiday 

The best part of losing is reading about the winner

Lotto BC/Handout photo



hristian Stanislawski plays the lottery frequently in his home town of São Paulo, Brazil, but never expected to win while visiting his sister Caroline in Vancouver. After matching all four Extra numbers in the August 2, 2019 Lotto Max draw, Caroline and Christian are a cool $500,000 richer.


Christian, who purchased the winning ticket at Your Local Convenience Store and Internet Cafe in Vancouver, says he bought the ticket with the intent to share any winnings with his sister as she was the reason he decided to visit the city.


“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “When I saw the win, I took a screenshot and sent it to my sister and told her, ‘I think this App is messing with me.’ I just kept refreshing it until I realized I won.”


Caroline, who was on a road trip in Castlegar with her husband when her brother told her the good news, came home from her trip early to celebrate their win together. The siblings, both from Brazil, say they will give some of their wining to family, make some investments and take a trip to Asia.


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 Tuesday August 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Copping a plea 

Hundial: Surrey taxpayers would be on the hook for more as part of terminating the RCMP

Jack Hundial, Surrey councillor/Website photo


he Mayor’s Police Transition Report states that it is acceptable to have only 80% of their authorized strength on Day 1 of the Surrey Police Department (SPD) with the hopes that more officers will eventually join them.

Even if SPD was able to hire all 461 brand new patrol officers to start the SPD, they are prepared to go with only 379 on patrol (pg. 167 of the report) at a higher cost to taxpayers.

According to the Mayor’s Police Transition Report the SPD will also have significantly fewer supervisory personnel. With up to 461 new officers on patrol, it’s predictable that the new police department will have more problems and challenges than a typical police department. This report fails to acknowledge or mitigate this risk.

Councillor Hundial states “In my experience as a police officer of 25 years and as a frontline police supervisor in Surrey, less supervision leads to increased taxpayer liability and less effective public safety.”

There will be unseen monetary costs as well. The Mayor’s Report does not do a proper cost analysis on what Surrey taxpayers would be on the hook for as part of terminating the RCMP. Additional cost to Surrey taxpayer that are missing from this report include: what the cost will be for civil litigation payouts, severance, and grievance payouts, plus overall insurance costs. Currently, this is included.

All these costs will reduce the amount of resources available for public safety and put less resources to frontline policing.



 Tuesday August 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Trading places 

Chilliwack gets new ITA Apprenticeship Advisor Sept 9

Nicole Adams, Industry Training Authority/Submitted photo


David Senyard will be joining the ITA team as Apprenticeship Advisor for Chilliwack


rades apprentices and the trades education system in B.C. are receiving more support through expanded services and regional outreach, announced Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) today.

This September, ITA is bringing the total number of Apprenticeship Advisors to 20 across the province, with new advisors in the Chilliwack, Abbotsford/Mission, Vancouver/Richmond, Terrace/Kitimat, and Prince George regions.
These advisors will help build knowledge and awareness of the B.C. apprenticeship system and provide guidance to apprentices and employer sponsors on processes and policies relating to the apprenticeship journey.

The addition was made possible through funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, who are committed to making sure more people in B.C. can access skills training and complete their apprenticeships.

“The addition of a new Apprenticeship Advisor will help open new doors for aspiring trades students in Chilliwack,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “There are over 500,000 job openings expected in the trades over the next decade in the Mainland/Southwest region, and we need more British Columbians who are industry-ready to access the benefits of high-paying in-demand careers.”

Through an understanding of their specific regions, the advisors will also build relationships with local industry members and apprenticeship sponsors and identify opportunities to remove barriers and boost success rates of apprenticeships.

“ITA is the key partner in trades training in British Columbia. A regional Apprenticeship Advisor is key in allowing us direct access to the resources ITA represents,” said Lesa Lacy, owner, Lacey Developments. “Their time and attention in advocating on behalf of our apprentices in the system has made a positive difference for us and our employees. Trades training is key to the success of our business, and ITA is a partner in that success.”

ITA has also created a new region—North Vancouver Island—which is being staffed by existing advisor Shannon Hanson, who previously supported North Vancouver and the Sea-to-Sky region. The Sea-to-Sky region is now being staffed by existing advisor Chris Klar.

“We’re delighted to have this group of dedicated professionals, who have all been involved in the skilled trades and community building for many years, collectively bring a range of valuable experience, and deeply understand the needs and challenges of our varied stakeholders,” said Shelley Gray, CEO, ITA.

Training providers such as colleges will also benefit from increased Apprenticeship Advisors who will help current trades students navigate the apprenticeship system as well as assist experienced workers (challengers) in their journey to achieving credit for knowledge and skills they already possess.

“ITA’s continued support enables the apprentices in our trades program to be successful in their career path,” said Randy Kelley, Director, Applied and Technical Studies, University of the Fraser Valley. “We’re looking forward to working with the new Apprenticeship Advisor to further the work we’re doing to elevate trades education in the region by increasing awareness of the skilled trades, improving access through innovative program delivery, and guiding students during their apprenticeship journey.”

On September 9, David Senyard will be joining the ITA team as Apprenticeship Advisor for Chilliwack.

After completing a Bachelor of Business with an extended major in Human Resources, David worked as an employment advisor for non-profit organizations and private educational facilities. David’s most recent experience has been with the Squamish Nation Training & Trades Centre, and for the past four years, he has assisted Indigenous people find employment, predominately in the construction industry.

“I am excited about my new role with ITA,” said David Senyard. “I have always enjoyed assisting individuals to make positive changes in their lives and providing connections to people who can help them.”

There are over 70,000 job openings expected for skilled trades professionals throughout the province in the next decade, and ITA’s Apprenticeship Advisor program is one more way to ensure apprentices are supported to complete their skills training so they can enter the workforce and enjoy long-lasting, well-paying careers in B.C.

About the Industry Training Authority
The Industry Training Authority leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with apprentices, employers, industry, labour, training providers and government to fund training, issue credentials, support apprenticeships, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades. For more information, visit



 Tuesday August 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


A step in the right direction 

Chilliwack supporters raised $14,000 in the IG Walk for Alzheimer's

Sara Wagner, Fraser Region Alzheimer's Assn/file photo


Wendy Eyre Grey Alzheimer's-2019 Honouree

n behalf of the Alzheimer Society of B.C., I would like to thank Chilliwack residents for their instrumental support of the 2019 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, and invite them to become involved with the event in 2020.

Chilliwack was one of 21 communities that came together on Sunday, May 5 to honour and remember people who have been affected by dementia. Chilliwack residents raised more than $14,000, which contributed to the more than $1.1 million raised across the province. Without this funding the Alzheimer Society of B.C would not be able to deliver local programs and services and support research into the causes of and cures for dementia.

Chilliwack’s event honoured Wendy Eyre-Gray, who graciously gave the gift of her story to help reduce stigma associated with the disease and let other people on the dementia journey know they are not alone.

We would also like to recognize the local offices and staff of our national title sponsor IG Wealth Management who provide tremendous support for the event.

On the ground, each event is organized by a dedicated volunteer committee, without whom the event would not be possible. Huge thanks to Chilliwack’s committee, led by Ron Angell and Shera Morgan.

You can help us build on the incredible success of this event next year! We are currently recruiting motivated volunteers to organize and implement the 2020 event – a variety of organizing committee roles are available. To learn more or to apply for a volunteer role, visit or contact Matt Brooks at or 604-681-6530.


Thank you once more to everyone who contributed to the success of this event. Together, we make memories matter.


If you have questions about dementia, please call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936- 6033. Support is also available in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi – visit to learn more.





 Tuesday August 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Veterans still unhappy as elections draw near 

'Vote orange, or green, or purple but I'll be damned if I vote red or blue'

Dave Palmer, Veterans Advocate, Nepean, Ont./file photo


hat you so deftly pointed out, even with some of the remnants of ye olde military banter, the only way we as Veterans can be heard is if we at the very least vote in Unity and enlist if possible as many comrades to do the same. I spelled it out that neither the Conservatives or the Liberals have listened to us about the medal. After 30 times being read in the House of Commons and tens of thousands of signatories, they still didn't listen. Why is this?

I have let Jagmeet [Singh] know about the long proposed and petitioned for Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal. He has said nothing about it nor tried to get ahold of me.

That leaves Elizabeth May and the Green Party that from what I understand, support the medal and also Veterans etc. I think it would blow some people away if we in unity put in a bunch of Green candidates. Unlikely though, as the dyed in Orange, Red or Blue will always be swayed by their own gullibility and vote by phony promises and falsities to support their parties, but those that are more astute and realize this nation is in a world of hurt and it has been created by the two parties that have been... well, sort of governing/ruining the country for the last 50 years.

I just don't believe them anymore. I don't trust parties that lie, break promises, give terrorists money, turn a blind eye to the plight of our nation's indigenous people, veterans and poor. They talk a good spiel but as we have come to learn it is all hot air and baloney. Most are in it for the grandiose pensions they give themselves as far as I am concerned, and I await for the pay raise they will give themselves shortly into the new term.


Further, they no longer connect with we the people, we the voters, we Canadians who can choose to make a difference. They have done nothing to realize that while they have no problems making ends meet and socking away copious amounts of funds into their retirement plans, that we the people pay for, they have no clue that those families living on low and fixed incomes are hurting and having been hurting for the last decade or longer and they just: 1) don't care, 2) too busy trying to make it all about themselves and their egos, 3) are severely out of touch with the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor, and for this, do you believe that it is wise to put them back into the seat of power? Right! Neither do I.

This nation's shame is... when you think of how absolutely and overwhelmingly rich this country is in natural resources: oil, natural gas, uranium, wood, coal, potash, Gold, Nickel, Diamonds, fresh water, farmable land, and on and on and yet with all this wealth, our government for decades has still not taken care of our First Nations Indigenous Canadians, has turned its back on our nation's veterans (shoddy pensions, homelessness etc.) and for the sickening shame of it, having to have food banks and feed children at school programs because their parents just don't make enough money.


Just because the poor get a wonderful tax break and possibly not have to pay income tax says it all right there. The add-on taxes on all other purchases: saps, chisels and drains what little income they have. They don't make enough money! Then they are told to put loads of money away for their retirement. A year or two ago, I challenged any federal politician to try living on $30,000.00 a year (if my memory is right) as many families are doing. Right, no takers, yet the story ran in The Hill Times.

Such is life, we can either maintain the status quo with letting the Reds and Blues keep power and keep doing what they have been doing or we can make a conscientious decision to vote for honourable change.




 Wednesday July 31 2019 

Published 9 am


Let's go fishin' this long weekend

Saltwater chinook season opens Aug 1 until Dec 31, Fraser River opens Dec 31

Courtesy of Barry's Bait and Tackle/Handout photo


Maximum catch 1-2 chinook per day

Queen Charlotte and Johnstone Straits
August 1 to August 29
1 Chinook per day
August 30 to December 31
2 Chinook per day.

Strait of Georgia
August 1 to August 29
1 Chinook per day
August 30 to December 31
2 Chinook per day.

Please note that the annual fin-fish closure near Cape Mudge on Quadra Island and the Chinook non-retention closures near Harwood, Denman, and Hornby Islands are no longer in effect.

Strait of Georgia - South and Juan de Fuca

North of a line from Owen Point to the Port San Juan Light/Whistle Buoy, then to Woods Nose.

August 1 to August 29
1 Chinook per day
August 30 to December 31
2 Chinook per day

Killer Whales

As per Fishery Notices 0507 and 0696, management measures for Southern Resident Killer.

Fraser River mouth, tidal and non-tidal waters
Fraser River upstream from the Highway Bridge at Mission, BC to the Alexandria Bridge:

Jan. 1 to Aug. 23, No fishing for salmon
Aug. 23 to Dec. 31 Chinook non-retention.



Please refer to FN0657 and FN0652 for further measures on fin-fish closures and chinook non-retention areas in WCVI waters here. For more info on Ling, Yellowback s and others visit our fishing page here.



 Wednesday July 31 2019 

Published 8 am


The puck drops here 

Abbotsford Pilots season begins Sept 6

Justin Sulpico, Abbotsford Pilots/Handout photo


The Abbotsford Pilots are raring to go on the 2019-20 season.


he Abbotsford Pilots Hockey Club, along with the Pacific Junior Hockey League, are proud to release the schedule for the upcoming 2019-2020 regular season.

The Pilots will begin the season where it ended last year, on the road against the Langley Trappers at the George Preston Recreation Centre on Wednesday, September 4th. The Pilots home opener will take place on Friday September 6th, at 7:30pm where they will welcome the Mission City Outlaws to MSA Arena.

The club will kick off the year 2020 with a pair of games at the 5th annual PJHL Winter Classic Showcase held at Minoru Arena in Richmond. The Pilots will take on the host team Richmond Sockeyes on Friday, January 3rd, and will face the Ridge Meadows Flames on Saturday, January 4th. Both games will have a 7:00pm puck drop.

Dates of Note:
• Friday, September 6th - vs. Mission City Outlaws (Home Opener)
• Saturday, October 26th - vs. Surrey Knights (Lone Saturday night home game)
• January 3rd-5th - PJHL Winter Classic Showcase (Held in Richmond)
• Friday, February 7th - vs. Surrey Knights (Final home game/Fan Appreciation Night)



 Wednesday July 31 2019 

Published 8 am


'Out of Africa'

Obama was born at Peace Arch Hospital

BC Liberal Caucus/Wikicommons  photo


n a stunning new revelation, it appears that former U.S. president Barack Obama was born at White Rock’s Peace Arch Hospital.

That’s according to the internet, at least.

There are a number of Twitter accounts, which are likely political bots, spamming misinformation on the social media platform – including that Obama was actually born in White Rock.

“There are a bunch of crazy people on Twitter who are saying that Barack Obama was born at Peace Arch Hospital,” a reader wrote to Peace Arch News, but requested to not be named.

“I keep wanting to reply to them and assure them (Obama) was not born at (Peace Arch) but fear I’d be virtually stoned and accused of being a CIA operative.”

Apparently, social media conspiracy theories linking President Obama to Peace Arch Hospital have existed for several years, but recently the posts have become more frequent.

“Did you know Obama was born at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock,” @Qanuck4truth recently wrote on the platform.

“(Obama) born at Peace Arch Hospital in British Columbia,” @SassyTallBlonde wrote, adding that Obama’s mother is a CIA asset.

Obama citizenship conspiracy theories have existed since his first presidential campaign in 2008. However, discussions about Obama’s apparent birth at Peace Arch Hospital can be traced back to 2011 on the website, which is essentially a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist’s wormhole.

The theory is that Obama’s mother was possibly near Blaine while she was in labour with Obama and she travelled to Peace Arch Hospital to give birth. The health records, according to the theory, were later deleted.

“The fact that Medical care would be free was a big bonus,” one freerepublic contributor wrote.

“He was born at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock BC Canada…. it was common for American women to come across the border to give birth due to the cost being much less in Canada. The mystery continues except one part… 100% he wasn’t born in the USA.”

A media representative from Fraser Health said while they aren’t permitted to speak about specific birth records due to patient privacy, the birth of Obama “is pretty well documented.”

According to his birth certificate, Barack Obama was born at Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961 at 7:24 p.m.



 Tuesday July 30 2019 

Published 8 am


Triple Tunesters 

Three artists perform at Bozzini's Sept 30

Emanuel Asprakis, Bozzini's Restaurant/Handout photo



Featuring Ariana Gillis, & Cameron Penner (with Jon Wood) and T. Nile (above)


ell it’s been a nice 14 year run of presenting music in the “Worlds Most Intimate Venue” and we are celebrating with a Trio of Canada’s finest songwriters, Banjo Pickers, guitar players covering a range of Rock, Folk, Roots & Blues.


Early Show doors 4:00pm Show 5:00pm
Late Show doors 8:00pm Show 9:00pm
Tickets $ 28.50 – $30.00

4-45739 Hocking Ave.

Ariana Gillis is one of N. America’s hottest up & coming singer-songwriters whose latest album was produced by Buddy Miller after she caught the eye & ear of Bernie Taupin, while Cameron Penner and Jon Wood have toured Canada & Europe for well over a decade honing their craft.


Both Ariana & Cameron Penner are making their Bozzini’s, and Chilliwack debuts while T. Nile has been here many times but it’s been a few years since she’s graced us with her ethereal voice and brilliant guitar & banjo picking.




 Tuesday July 23, 2019 

Published 8 am


Rushing to a conclusion 

Surrey City councilors unhappy with transition to municipal police force

B. Locke, Surrey City councilor/Website image


From left, Surrey councillors Jack Hundial, Linda Annis, Brenda Locke and Steven Pettigrew.


t the initial meeting, November 5, 2018, of this council we all voted to move towards a Surrey Police Force.

The underlying assumption was that it would make Surrey a safer community for our residents.
We did not expect the Police Transition Plan to be developed behind closed doors and without our advice or input.

We have some serious concerns:
• The Mayor's artificial deadline for the transition is extremely challenging, if not impossible.
• Our citizens and community organizations were not engaged in this process in any meaningful way - the Public Consultation & Survey was misleading.
• The rushed nature of the Police Transition Plan caused it to miss some vital public safety concerns.
• The Police Transition Plan actually calls for fewer police officers in Surrey.
• There is no clear indication of the capital cost of this transition.
• All our research indicates that the increased operating costs for a City Police Department will be much higher than the suggested 10%.
• Human Resource recruitment of 805 police officers will be difficult, if not impossible in the rushed timeline proposed.

The risk that this transition will make Surrey a less safe community is just too high. Our primary duty to the citizens is effective public safety.
Our citizens deserve to be heard and feel safe. The Mayor's Transition Report does not measure up.

Together we will continue to support the citizens of Surrey and work towards a safer community for all. We are committed to working with each and every councillor. We will never pass the opportunity to do the right thing. We just want the best police for Surrey.




 Tuesday July 23, 2019 

Published 8 am


Sounds Like Superman 

Crash Test Dummies play Mission August 14

Rob Warwick, Rockitboy Ent./Handout image


Popular Crash Test Dummies play Mission's Clarke Theatre August 14

ock.It Boy Entertainment presents Crash Test Dummies – God Shufled His Feet Tour 25th Anniversary Tour on Wednesday, August 14 at the Clarke Theatre, 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission. Tickets are $49.50 (Plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) available at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or online at

Crash Test Dummies reunite for “God Shuffled His Feet” 25th anniversary tour. Each date will feature a full performance of the album, plus other staples from the band's catalog. “God Shuffled His Feet” (1993) was the band’s sophomore album.

It launched them to international fame. The album’s lead single “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” peaked at #4 in the US Hot 100. The track hit #2 in the United Kingdom and peaked at #1 in Australia. The songs “Swimming In Your Ocean” and “Afternoons & Coffeespoons” landed in the Top Ten in Canada. With the added strength of the title Top 20 single “God Shuffled His Feet”, the album achieved Triple Platinum status. The album also garnered three Grammy Award nominations (1994) for Best New Artist, Best Pop Performance by A Duo or Group (“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”) and Best Alternative Music Performance (“God Shuffled His Feet”).


For more about Crash Test Dummies, visit:



 Thursday July 18, 2019 

Published 8 am


Salmon run in peril

First Nations urge swift action to save endangered run at Big Bar rockslide

Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Vancouver/Wikicomons photo


Siuslaw National Forest Historic photo salmon jumping at Nehalem Falls in Oregon.

C First Nations are expressing grave concern over the possibility of significant losses to critical salmon runs on the Fraser River which are at risk due to the Big Bar rockslide that occurred in late June, and are calling on provincial and federal governments to take immediate action and prioritize saving the jeopardized salmon. Read more here.



 Thursday July 18, 2019 

Published 8 am


West Coast Chinook fishery failing miserably

Groups blame DFO, look for viable solutions to restore the resource and protect socio-economic benefits

Courtesy of Barry's Bait and Tackle/Wikicomons photo


Chinook salmon swimming upstream.

his briefing note has been prepared by a broad group of concerned southern Vancouver Island citizens and companies related to west coast Chinook fishing.

The group includes local fishing, conservation and advocacy organizations, Sc'ianew First Nation, fishing lodges, charter captains, fishing tackle manufacturers and retailers. It also includes salmon habitat and enhancement volunteers and technicians, plus retired Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO) and Provincial biologists. Read more here.




 Thursday July 18, 2019 

Published 8 am


'Plastics ban – look before you leap'

Trudeau's ban on single-use items questioned

Robert P. Murphy, Sr. Fellow, Fraser Institute/Voice file photo


PM Justin Trudeau on his victory tour through Chilliwack after the last federal election in Oct. 2015.


rime Minister Trudeau recently proposed a federal ban on certain single-use plastics, in an effort to protect marine life and the beauty of Canadian shores. Trudeau justified the proposal by saying, “We have a responsibility to work with our partners to reduce plastic pollution, protect the environment, and create jobs and grow our economy.” And yet, while we can appreciate the sentiment behind such bans by more and more governments, economic reasoning and some basic statistics shows they are largely symbolic gestures that come with real downsides. Read more here.



 Wednesday July 17, 2019 

Published 8 am


Big job for new Rotary boss from Chilliwack

Duties include west coast BC to Washington

Carol Tichelman/Chilliwack Rotary Club



Incoming District Governor Brad Whittaker and his spouse Kim Isaac.



otary Club of Chilliwack member Brad Whittaker has been selected as Rotary District 5050 District Governor for the 2019-2020 Rotary year, and as such, is now responsible for all Rotary and Rotaract Clubs from south of Vancouver BC to Everett WA and from the San Juan Islands to Hope.


Whittaker has been a member of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack since 2002 and the fourth member of that club to achieve the District Governor position. The last Rotary District Governor from Chilliwack was Larry Stinson 2008-2009.


People know Rotary from the impact Rotarians make in the community. There is a Rotary hand in just about everything in our community: from the Rotary Trails, Blue Heron Nature Reserve, parks, scholarships, Chilliwack General Hospital, University of the Fraser Valley, the Chilliwack Cultural Centre to name just a few things.   


Whittaker states: “Rotary changes lives for the better in our community and across the globe and I am honoured to be part of that change as it has made me a better person as well.”


District 5050 has 69 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs with over 2,500 members.  Our motto is "50% Canadian – 50% American – 100% Rotarian".  Whittaker will spend his year travelling to meet with those clubs and supporting them in all their activities.


Chilliwack has four Rotary clubs. The Chilliwack Club meets Fridays at noon; the Chilliwack Fraser Club meets Wednesdays at noon; the Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Club meets Thursday at 7 am – all at the SureStay Hotel; and the Chilliwack After Hours Club meets every 2nd Monday at 5:30 at the Chilliwack Curling Club.


To learn more about Rotary, visit, or




 Tuesday July 16, 2019 

Published 8 am


Chilliwack Shriners step up to the plate for Children's Hospital

Fundraising totals over $75,000

Jeremy Colwell, Gizeh Shriners of BC and Yukon

Darwin Marsh, Secretary of the Shriners of BC & Yukon Child Services Society,  presented a major donation of $74,633.30 (l to r)  Jerry Gantt, Lew V. Rossner and Jim Cain.


uring the Imperial Session (annual general meeting) of Shriners International just held in Nashville, TN, Lew V Rossner, President and Darwin Marsh, Secretary of the Shriners of BC & Yukon Child Services Society presented a major donation of $74,633.30 to Shriners International Divan Potentate, Imperial Sir Jim Cain and Shriners Hospitals for Children Chairman, Imperial Sir Jerry G. Gantt, for the care of children at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada located in Montreal.  Read more here.



 Tuesday July 16, 2019 

Published 8 am


Lookin' for some good cookin'

5th Annual Barn Burner BBQ Full Cupboard fundraiser July 21

Johanne Rene, FVSP


Local event featuring family fun, music and cash prizes for best chefs


ark your calendars for the 5th Annual Barn Burner BBQ (#BBBBQ). Chilliwack’s tastiest community event is presented by Johnston's Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry.

When: Sunday, July 21, 10am-4:30pm

Where: Farm Store in Yarrow - 4540 Simmons Rd.

See more here.




 Friday July 12, 2019 

Published 8 am


Planet stewards

Road to sustainable cities laid out from peak to valley

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


Painting by Dianne Mackenzie

For the following reasons I do not mind having taxes increased, which will soon pay for themselves:


ore money needs to go into education. Student loans are so high that few enter medical, physiotherapy and anesthesia professions. There are far from enough. There are long waits for surgery and poor rehabilitation both post-op and in the community. See more here.


 Friday July 12, 2019 

Published 8 am


New way to cast a ballot

Elections BC is looking for legislation to bring in e-voting machines

Elections BC/Wikicommons image




t's a long way off, but Elections BC is hoping to modernize its voting system prior to the next provincial general election on October 16, 2021 by updating how votes will be cast, including the use of "electronic poll-books for real-time strike-off and ballot tabulators for efficient and faster counting."


"Elections BC is pleased that the Attorney General's office is moving forward with some of our recommendations for legislative change to improve elections in BC," said Anton Boegman, British Columbia's Chief Electoral Officer. "Should voting modernization be adopted, it will improve the voting experience for British Columbians, make voting faster, improve accessibility, speed up results, and provide candidates with current participation information to assist them in their efforts to get out the vote."




 Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Published 1 pm


Bringing out the best in the community

Rotary Club, Interact Club name board members

Rotary Club, Chilliwack, BC/Handout photos


Popular local business man Michael Berger (front) receives Order of Chilliwack from Doug Wickers.


otarians and dignitaries gathered on July 5 for the installation of the 2019-20 boards of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack and the Interact Club of Chilliwack.


This year’s Chilliwack Rotary executive members are:

Michael Berger                                   President

Shelley MacDonell                     President Elect

Doug Wickers                              Past President

Julie Unger                                          Secretary

Bob Ramsbottom                                 Treasurer

Ross Hall                              Executive Secretary

Read more here.




 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Drone Alone

Charger starts fire, crews find home filled with black smoke, Chief offers tips

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention

Chilliwack Fire Department/Google Satellite image



Campbell Rd.

n Wednesday, at approximately 3:45 pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 49000-block of Campbell Rd.


The occupant of the home had put his drone battery on its charger to charge. The occupants had left the home and approximately 1 hour later the owner of the home arrived back and upon entry, heard the smoke alarm and notice the home was full of black smoke. The home owner immediately exited the residence and called 911.


Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 and on arrival, reported seeing light smoke within a single-storey residential home.


When the crews entered, they noticed the home was fully charged with smoke. Upon entering one of the bedrooms they saw a small flame on top of a desk where the battery charger was kept. Interior fire crew quickly extinguished the fire and proceeded with overhaul and salvage operations. The home sustained smoke damage and minor fire damage to contents within the bedroom.


There were no civilian and or firefighter injuries.


The lithium polymer drone battery that had been on the charger was likely the cause of the fire. 

Chilliwack Fire Department recommends only use the battery that is designed for the device and when charging a lithium battery, always follow the manufacturer safety instructions that come with the device. Never leave the area unattended when charging in case the battery overheats and always charge the battery on a non-combustible surface and away from combustibles.



 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Cougar Alert!

FVRD says sightings taking place on Promontory, tips if confronted

Erin Patrick, BSc., Dipl. T., WildSafeBC Community Coordinator, FVRD/Wiki image

here have been several reports of a cougar in the Promontory area of Chilliwack. The Conservation Officer Service is monitoring the situation. Please continue to report cougar sightings to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277. Pets should be kept indoors and children should be monitored while playing outside. Avoid walking alone at dusk and dawn when cougars are most active. While cougar attacks are rare, pets and small children are most at risk. Cougar attacks often involve young cougars learning to hunt or older cougars that are less efficient at catching their primary prey.

Cougars are elusive and wide ranging animals. To reduce conflict where you live it is important to mitigate risks by reducing attractants that may encourage them to stay:

• Keep pets indoors, especially at night. Free-ranging cats and dogs may be at risk
• Feed pets indoors
• Take down bird feeders. Fallen seeds from bird feeders may attract rodents and other mammals, and subsequently attract cougars
• Use properly installed and maintained electric fencing to protect chickens, small livestock or other attractants
• Store all animal feed securely and keep feeding areas clean
• Never feed deer or other wildlife that may be potential prey for cougars

If you encounter a cougar, stay calm. Make yourself appear as large as possible and back away slowly. Never run and do not turn your back on the cougar. If you have small children or pets with you, pick them up immediately. If the cougar approaches stand your ground, maintain eye contact and speak using a loud, firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek help or shelter. If the cougar approaches, stop and respond aggressively. In the event of an attack, fight back, focusing on the facial area and eyes.

For more information on cougar safety and reducing conflicts, refer to the WildSafeBC website. Bear spray can also be used as a deterrent and information on the safe use and transport can be found here.



 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Crash test dummies

Dangerous feed additive and faked health certificates doesn't faze Health Canada

Betty Krawchuk/Website image


hina has halted all beef and pork exports from Canada. The reason? A feed restrictive additive called ractopamine. Traces of it were found in a batch of pork products by Chinese inspectors. This additive is banned in Russia, Europe and China, but of course approved in the U.S. and Canada. Why do I say “of course”?


Because we know that the US is not averse to experimenting on its own populations with dangerous drugs and Canada more likely than not to follow the lead of the US. Read more here.



 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Published 6 pm


One Night Stand

3rd Annual Nick Taylor "An Evening Under the Stars" fundraiser Sept 4

Shirley Trimestra, CCS/CCS images



Restaurant 62, Cliff Prang, March Hare will be part of the entertainment


n Wednesday, September 4, enjoy the stars, food, drink, music, fun, and friendship at the Third Annual Nick Taylor Charity Gala in support of Chilliwack Community Services and 27 Blue. See more here.


 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Parliamentarians' wake-up call

Six ways to revise the Constitution and save Canada

John Labelle, Veterans Super Annuity/File photo



Members of Parliament can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Canadians do.


peaking on amendments to the Constitution. "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. Read more here.



 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Beyond creativity

BC Culture Days Sept 27-29

Sarah Gosh, MPMG/Submitted photos


Tiffany Blaise will be one of the many artists displaying talent.


C Culture Days is pleased to announce its 2019 ambassadors. In honour of Culture Days' 10th anniversary celebration, 10 ambassadors will each be awarded $1,000, work with professional mentors, present a free Culture Days activity, and act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days leading up to the Culture Days weekend on September 27–29, 2019.  Read more here.



 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Published 8 am


Metal Heads

Copper, gold, silver and brass on the minds of local treasure hunters

Staff/Submitted photos


Michael Hadac (r to l), Fred Dyon and Marny McEwan Zischka.


hey're metal detecting enthusiasts. They come from all walks with the draw of the thrill of finding something of value, an old coin or sometimes it's expensive jewellry, a piece of history, or just an item interest to talk about. That's what drives members of The Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters (FVTH).

The group's focus is to make the hobby more enjoyable by having organised hunts and sharing experiences with other members.

They go out on group hunts and solo adventures throughout the month then meet to share their finds over dinners at the Abbotsford Legion.

Mark Lewis, (l to r) Kris Szigeti and Paul Husak.

The are times when FVTH founder Mark Lewis and the group are called upon to do a special search for lost necklaces, lost weddings rings or other keepsakes.

May Hunter of the month

1st Place Michael Hadac Indian Heart Cent

2nd Place Fred Dyon Silver Necklace and Pendant

3rd Place Marny McEwan Zischka Girlguide Lapel Pin


June Hunter of the Month

1st Place Kris Szigeti Childs Sterling Silver Ring

2nd Place Mark Lewis 14Kt Plated Ring

3rd Place Paul Husak Silver Canadian 10 Cent


Treasured People

Finding the Past

Finders Keepers
Close Encounters of the Treasure Kind



New members are always welcome. Connnect on Facebook here.  E-mail Mark here.


 Saturday, July 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Melodious Men

Harrison Music Festival July 12-21

BRYAN CUTLER/Website photo


Heavyweight Brass Band play Harrison Music Festival


he Harrison Festival of the Arts is known around the world for its creative and diverse programming. This multidisciplinary event presents a variety of art forms, from film to theatre and visual art, but the bulk of the programming is roots music from around the globe. Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse has put together a program that contrasts boundary pushing artists from a variety of global cultures with music of celebration and the party spirit. See more here.



 Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Published 8 am


Carbon tax rebates upped

Families, singles will see increases on July cheques

BC Gov't Caucus/Website image


Carbon Tax refunds coming in July.


early fifty per cent of B.C. families will receive more for their climate action tax credit this week, putting money back in their pockets and helping make life more affordable.

On Friday, July 5, 2019, eligible families will see the first of four installments of the newly expanded credit. Families of four will receive up to $400 over the next year, and up to $500 starting in July 2021 when the credit will be nearly 70% higher than it was in 2017.

The climate action tax credit offsets B.C.’s carbon tax and helps low- and middle-income families as the Province transitions to a cleaner, greener economy. This is the second increase to the climate action tax credit since it was last expanded in September 2017.

Expanding the credit is an important part of government’s commitment to make life more affordable for everyone in B.C., while continuing to meet climate change goals under the Province’s CleanBC plan to reduce carbon pollution, drive sustainable growth and protect B.C.’s clean air, land and water.

Budget 2019 invested $223 million to increase the climate action tax credit over three years:

• Effective July 2019, the maximum annual climate action tax credit will be increased to $154.50 per adult and to $45.50 per child.
• Effective July 2021, the maximum annual climate action tax credit will be increased to $193.50 per adult and to $56.50 per child.
• Single-parent families will continue to receive the adult amount for the first child in the family.

See more about the tax and if you're eligible here.



 Monday, July 1, 2019

Published 8 am


Rivers connect people

The poetry of simple walks along rivers

Chris Hunt, Trout Unlimited Org/Voice file photos


The Fraser River high during melt water season..


’m in Little Rock, Ark., this week for the Outdoor Writers Association of America conference. Our hotel is situated right on the banks of what looks to be an angry Arkansas River.

Years ago, I worked as an editor and reporter for a couple of small newspapers about 1,000 miles away, near the headwaters of the this great American river. The little town of Buena Vista (pronounced Byoona Vista if you live there) is but 50 miles or so from the actual start of the Arkansas as it tumbles off of Fremont Pass in cental Colorado and flows south near the town of Leadville, through Buena Vista and the new Browns Canyon National Monument. It then winds through Salida and eventually the Royal Gorge and Pueblo, picking up small tributaries along most of its upper course. After leaving Pueblo Reservoir, the Arkansas meanders across the prairies until, here in the state of Arkansas, it becomes a big, muddy southern river.

This last winter was a record-setter for the folks back in Colorado, and they can lay claim to the fact that they’re sending quite a bit of the water that is swelling the river’s banks here in Little Rock so far downstream. It’s been a great year for snow melt, and I suspect it’s going to be a pretty lively rafting and kayak season on the river near its genesis.

 No he's not digging a fishing hole he's sluicing for gold.

The Arkansas in Colorado is a playground for boaters and, at certain times of the year, it’s a great river for wild brown trout. It is, after all, home to the famous Mother’s Day caddis hatch.

But I’ve always looked at the Arkansas as a river with challenges. Within sight of where it begins as spring water and melting snow, the old Climax molybdenum mine has literally shaved off the peaks of the Mosquito Range above the river. Hundreds–maybe even thousands–of small mines, mostly abandoned and shuttered now, dot the mountainsides around the river’s upper reaches, as well as along its tributary streams that start high in the Sawatch and Collegiate ranges and drain some truly wild, high-elevation country.

Those old mines, to this day, drain heavy metals into the Arkansas, and they very likely will for years to come. There are efforts to curb their impact–and better fishing in the river’s lower reaches testify to those efforts being at least somewhat successful–but the river will, for the foreseeable future, always be a conduit for abandoned mine runoff.

Nevertheless, it’s a beloved resource in Colorado. Saturday night, those of us attending the conference here in Little Rock got to listen to music and dine on some spectacular southern-fried catfish as the river–brown and roiling from a seriously wet spring and, of course, from Colorado’s immense snow melt this year–flowed by within just a few feet.

As much as Coloradans love the Arkansas, I would venture to say that Arkansans are pretty fond of it, too. Bridges over the big river draw tourists seeking selfies with the city skyline in the background, and walking paths and greenbelts abound. It’s not just a feature here in Little Rock. It’s the feature.

Fly fishing on the Vedder River.

At TU, we do work on a lot of rivers–some just near the source, where the cold water flows and where the trout swim. But our work in the little tributaries and trickles that come together to make mighty rivers impacts those big waters, often many miles away from where we clean up abandoned mines or restore streams to their natural course and help make fishing better.

All across the country, there examples where small projects in headwater streams contribute to quality water downstream, where these rivers provide for everything from industrial use to drinking water to shipping. The Arkansas is no different.

Just a few years ago, TU worked to protect Browns Canyon as a national monument–local stakeholders who understand the value of protecting wild landscapes and intact, healthy watersheds came together and convinced then-President Obama to create the monument that today defines the canyon country of central Colorado.

A pair of fishers out on a Fraser River bar.

And that, of courses, protects the quality of the water as the river flows 1,000 miles away in downtown Little Rock, where families gathered over the weekend to listen to music under sultry southern skies and enjoy the river as it wanders on by en route to the Mississippi.

Rivers don’t just connect places. They don’t just provided a path for water from the highest mountains to the lush southern woods.

Rivers connect people, too. And that’s a lesson we just can’t learn enough.

Visit Trout Unlimited for Voices from River featuring the best writers across the country of all kinds of fishing held from salmon to sturgeon to of course trout and help support one of the best fisher websites in the US and Canadians. The advice, tips and stores is for everyone, Canadians too, so you can donate or join the membership and signup for their newsletter.




 Monday, July 1, 2019

Published 8 am


Community breakfasts are best

Chilliwack fire department rolls out the grills to feed a hungry Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photo



Youth chow down on the best pancakes in the city.


t was festive feeling Saturday as residents rubbed elbows with each other for the annual Chilliwack Fire Department's pancake breakfast in support of the Burn Fund.

At first glance it looked like it was the most well-attended breakfast over the past several years, if not ever. They even had to run for more supplies. 

Firefighters do more in the community than just fight fires. A couple of times a year they hoof it through neighbourhoods looking for donations to the food bank.

The Chilliwack Firefighters Charitable Society was originally formed in order to enable us to give back our community.

"Our mandate allows us to give monies to other registered charities, such as the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund, BC Cancer Society, Chilliwack Hospice Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack Children's Foundation, and Chilliwack Community Services."

In addition, CFD has scholarship bursary  awarded each year to a Chilliwack student.




 Monday, July 1, 2019  

Published 8 am


Late night vehicle fires

Three cars burn in house driveway

Staff/Voice photo



A visitor to an Air BnB on Rotary Ave paces outside the fire scene.


vehicle fire in the driveway of an Air BnB house driveway on Rotary Ave. overnight Saturday intensified forcing firefighters to deal with it as it spread to two other vehicles.

An explosion could be heard assumedly from a gas tank igniting.

The fire was contained to the vehicles and the house later ventilated. Residents evacuated safely and there were no injuries to firefighters.

It's not known if the fire was accidental or arson.


 Friday, June 28, 2019  

Published 8 am


High wire music act

Juno award-nominated Aerialists play Harrison July 19

Mavis Harris, Marmot PR/Pat Valade 2018  photo


A fully loaded truck was located empty.


ominated for a 2019 Juno Award as well as a Canadian Folk Music Award for "Emerging Artist of the Year," Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love for folk traditions into a post-rock coloured sound called prog-trad. Featuring Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger), and Canadian neo-folk innovators Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird) on guitar and Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter) on fiddle with a stellar rhythm section, the group draws from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music.

Following the release of their new album Group Manoeuvre in 2018, the band toured in the UK with high-profile shows at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, performed at Belgium's renowned Muzieklub 't Ey, and toured in Canada including performances at Vancouver Jazz Festival, Hillside Festival, Deep Roots Festival, Northern Lights Festival Boréal, and Islands Folk Festival. Aerialists are returning to the studio in January, and currently booking for 2019 in the UK, western Europe, Canada, and the northeastern USA.



 Thursday, June 27, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Stolen U-Haul leaves couple with nothing

Police look to the community for help

Sgt. Judy Bird/Submitted photos



A fully loaded truck was located empty.


he Abbotsford Police are asking for the public’s assistance in helping to locate items stolen from a couple who were about to embark on a cross-Canada move to Manitoba.

Between Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22, a moving truck that was to haul the couple’s belongings from Abbotsford to Winnipeg, Manitoba was stolen from a hotel parking lot on Mt Lehman Road.

Some of the stolen items.

"The moving truck, a U-Haul bearing Arizona license plate AJ32495, contained most of the couple’s belongings, including furniture, burl coffee table, books, photos and a scooter. The moving truck was recovered on Saturday morning (June 22) in the Fraser Heights Secondary School parking lot in Surrey, but it was completely empty," said Sgt. Judy Bird, Abbotsford PD.

Photos of stolen items include a bookcase and a red Taotao scooter.

If you have any information or dashcam footage that may assist in this investigation, please contact the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.




 Thursday, June 27, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Silk hat on a sow's ear

Chilliwack's hospital is 108-years-old, it's time for a new one

Staff/Voice file photo


MLA John Martin speaks at one of the election debates.


 hundred and eight years ago Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH) was a wonderful medical centre. But like an old car that you need to keep fixing there comes a time when you have to buy a new vehicle. Now, a century later, there's just too many things wrong with CGH to keep stitching it together. Many also feel that it's a health liability with over a century of germs embedded into its walls.


Yesterday, the provincial government sent out a dispatch where MLA John Martin poked his finger at FHA over the hospital maternity ward problem is no help. As a politician you don't work that way. You don't sit back and take pot shots. You get the mayors together, go in and demand meetings and get into some hard discussions about building a new hospital. Difficult but doable. But Martin wants the easy way out and shuck the blame.


MLA Laurie Throness likened the $10 million upgrade with St Paul's $500 million. But what he failed to say was that St. Paul's is a whole new hospital.

It might be that residents would help and pay $10 or $20 if it means being able to have a new hospital with an MRI. But you can't install a new MRI into an old hospital like CGH without adding a new wing. So if you're going to add a new wing, then why not a new hospital?


They have to plan moving forward for an expanding population and get the location now. If Vancouver Coastal Health can do it with their limited space and St Paul's Hospital then there's nothing to stop Chilliwack from doing the same thing. A hospital that's a hundred-years-old should be roped off as a health hazard.


The suggested $10 million dollars to refit the maternity ward should be used to retain obstetricians and go toward a new hospital.


If highly-paid City planners David Blaine and Peter Montief can secure the location now then they'll be earning their keep. If all the local municipalities are going to benefit then they all have to be on board. But Martin is breaking down any positive action with his finger-pointing and Throness seems to be bad at math with his skewed numbers. The community is fraught with anxiety. What the city doesn't need is bickering over non-partisan issues.



 Thursday, June 27, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Small accident big backup

The new law is difficult to work with

Staff/Voice file photo


Traffic wasn't moving after an accident on Yale Rd. last Friday.


raffic was snarled after a fender-bender on Yale Rd last Friday. Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the accident.


A new law that's been on the books since March 8th requires police to attend accidents of over $10,000 damage regardless of the type of vehicle. Previously the threshold where an officer attended was $1000. Now it's $600 for motorcycles and $100 for bicycles now.


So if no one is hurt then tow trucks are called and traffic is cleared up sooner.


“Police officers will continue to attend collisions involving minor property damage at their discretion – for example, if questions arise about driver impairment or who’s at fault,” said Chief Const. Neil Dubord, chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police traffic safety committee. “However, lifting the threshold for mandatory, written reports when officers do attend will help clear crash scenes much more quickly. In turn, it may lower risks for those working at the scene and motorists alike.”



 Thursday, June 27, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Truck and a trip

The best part of losing is reading about the winner

Lotto BC/Handout photo


Fraser Aird couldn't wait to tell hihs family he won half a million dollars.


ldergrove’s Fraser Aird admits he had trouble keeping steady after discovering he was holding a Lotto Max ticket worth $500,000.

The 55-year-old matched all four Extra numbers in the Lotto Max draw held on Friday, June 21, 2019 to win the half-million dollar prize.

“I tried to pour myself a coffee, but I was shaking so much I could barely pour it,” exclaimed Aird, who was at the 7-Eleven on Fraser Highway in Aldergrove when he discovered he had won. “I was most excited to share the news with my wife and son. They couldn’t believe it!”

Aird was born in Ontario but has called Aldergrove home for the past 30 years. He says the win provides financial security for the family, but adds he plans to buy a new truck, take family and friends out for a nice dinner and head back East to visit his mom.


Lotto Max can be purchased at all lottery retail locations and online at, with tickets available until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesdays and Fridays.




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August 17, 2019

Today is the 229th day

There are 136 days left in 2019

1812 Napoleon Bonaparte's army defeats the Russians at the Battle of Smolensk during the Russian retreat to Moscow.
1833 The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic entirely on its own power, the Canadian ship Royal William, begins her journey from Nova Scotia to The Isle of Wight.
1877 Though only a teenager at the time, Billy the Kid wounds an Arizona blacksmith who dies the next day. He was the famous outlaw's first victim.
1970 Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).
1978 The Double Eagle II completes the first transatlantic balloon flight when it lands in a barley field near Paris, 137 hours after lifting off from Preque Isle, Maine.
1987 93-year-old Rudolf Hess, former Nazi leader and deputy of Hitler, is found hanged to death in Spandau Prison.
1991 Nirvana shot the video for 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' at GMT Studios in Culver City, California, costing less than $50,000 to make, the shoot features real Nirvana fans as the audience.
1998 US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2008 American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
2012 Moscow's top court upholds ban of gay pride events in Russia's capital city for 100 years.
2012 Three members of the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years imprisonment after they had staged a protest performance at Moscow's main Cathedral.



Wed July 31



Veterans - RCMP







Compassionate Neighbourhood

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Drop in and have a coffee and gab with the gang at this fun coffee get together. Visit their website for dates and times.



My IT guy, Experience Computers is the best.  Straight up. You don't need anyone else. The store is behind 7-11 on Yale.

Mark at Midnite Auto is the best and where The Voice vehicles. He goes above and beyond and has the largest mustang parts collection and front ends in BC. His customers  come from all parts of the Lower Mainland and beyond.

You can't get better service than at the Firestone shop on Yale Rd. They're always friendly and happy to help. Love these guys.

If you're looking for the best record players in the world and a huge record collection, you'll find them at Classic Sound on Wellington Ave.

The Tireland guys on Yale Rd. are great and very helpful. Love these guys. Ever need air? Drive in, they'll check your tire pressure and all you have to say is "thanks"

The unsung heroes in the community are the St John's volunteers. We sure need 'em and they're there.

Dave's a great guy and his staff are top notch. The oil changes are perfect. They'll even put the oil in for you if you bring it and do your windows too!

Where would we be with them. Not only do they help needy people in the community, but they run out to big fires and feed the fire department. Food Banks are a cheap form of public insurance in case of disaster.

No perfect People

Real friendly pastor, small but awesome congregation, super venue and lots of parking on College St.

A great bunch and much appreciated. They'll bring out the hammer and beat your tire rims back into shape and all you have to say is "thanks".

Great film company who have a summer program for kids as well.

Go Audio. If you're on the Go and need event mic's and boards, Mike's got it and you can get it.


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