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COVID-19 Update: The BC Gov't has extended the STATE OF EMERGENCY to Nov 10. BC CDC says on Oct 28 there were 234 new positive tests in BC bringing the total to 14, 109. Active cases are 2,344. There are 5,714 people under active health monitoring. There are 24 in intensive care, 62 are hospitalized. There are 25 long-term care homes and 2 acute-care facility that have active outbreaks. There has been 1 new death to 262. On the brighter side 11,448 have recovered. A total of 817,076 tests have been done. Visit the World Health Organization website to learn more about global efforts.

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 29, 2020  

Published noon

 

The tip of the tourism spear

Francine Douglas to lead Tourism and Destination BC as Regional Indigenous Specialist

Gemma Bishop and Anna Stuber, Avenue PR/Handout photo

 

Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) and Destination BC are pleased to announce Francine Douglas as the Indigenous Specialist for the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains (VCM) region. Francine will collaborate with Indigenous communities and industry partners to support experience and destination development.

A member of the Stó:lō (Sts’ailes) and Tsimpshian (Metlakatla) First Nations, Francine holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and was valedictorian of the UBC Sauder School of Business Aboriginal Business Management Program. She has more than a decade of business and tourism experience, including coordinating various tourism, communications and event programs in Stó:lō territory. She also co-owns Stó:lō Seafood Company, a salmon processing facility near Harrison Bay.

Above all, Francine values the cultural insights she has learned from her family, including knowing who you are and where you came from.
As VCM Indigenous Specialist, Francine will apply her expertise and cultural learnings towards advancing Indigenous tourism, primarily by providing responsive and respectful regionally specific programs, services and projects. She will also grow awareness about the value of Indigenous cultural tourism among industry partners and Indigenous communities, policymakers and organizations, subsequently helping to cultivate new market demand in VCM and beyond.

"We are excited to see Francine step into this new role focused on advancing Indigenous tourism in the region,” says Peter Harrison, Destination BC’s Director of Industry Partnerships & Visitor Services. “Her ingrained knowledge and experience, and vast expertise, will strengthen and support important work with Indigenous communities and industry partners. We look forward to continuing to build on our strong 20 year partnership with ITBC and working with Francine to develop compelling and sustainable Indigenous tourism experiences throughout the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains tourism region.”

The Regional Indigenous Tourism Specialist program spans VCM, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Northern BC, Vancouver Island and Thompson Okanagan, with each specialist connecting their diverse community to tourism development opportunities based on current regional strategies. For more information about ITBC, visit www.indigenousbc.com.

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 29, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

BC gov't ignoring Indigenous business leaders

Stó:lō Chief Gladstone has invited Premier John Horgan to meet with assembly Nov 10

Jessica Lawson/Voice file photos

 

 

Chief Gladstone (red), Syd Douglas and Nicole Schabus.

 

At a time when tensions on Canada’s eastern coast continue with Mi’kmaq First Nations, BC First Nations shed a light on their shared experience.

After months of effort to engage with the BC government and secure a license to legally distribute cannabis, BC’s Assembly of Chiefs remain on the fringes of an industry they claim the inherent right to participate in.



As the BC NDP form government, BC’s Assembly of Chiefs call on Premier Horgan to take real action on reconciliation and honour the platform commitment to the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP) by allowing First Nations to be part of BC’s legal cannabis industry. Indigenous communities have been left out of an industry that can help them create a livelihood and fight poverty.

It’s time for Premier Horgan to show how the BC government can meet its commitments toward reconciliation by advancing economic self-determination for Indigenous communities.

Since filing its application for a Section 119 agreement under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Agreement Act in July, the community has not received any timeline from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General or the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat, despite repeated attempts to initiate meaningful dialogue.

In this time of dispute, we must move beyond nicely worded commitments. That’s why Chief Robert Gladstone formally invites Honourable Premier Horgan to join a virtual Assembly of Chiefs event on Tuesday, November 10th. The Assembly will present a ready-made solution to enable partnership between governments that will allow for greater self-determination and foster diversity and inclusion in Canada’s cannabis sector.

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 29, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Sticks and stones

Video shows what in the world has been happening at some School Board meetings

Staff/Voice photos

 

Chilliwack School Board meeting Oct 14.

 

"Poor baby, do you feel safe?" Those are the words of SD33 School Board Trustee Barry Neufeld directed toward fellow Trustee Willow Reichelt after 3 months of security guards at meetings.

Those words didn't sit well with Reichelt whose voice broke in her response during the lastest board meeting vowing to make a formal complaint.

Obviously, Reichelt hasn't read any Trump tweets or watched any of his rallies.

Reports were that she previously organized a nasty mob of pro-SOGI supporters to loudly protest outside the District Office during a board meeting.

Reichelt recently stated that if Neufeld has opinions that run against Human Rights Code and the Charter of Human Rights, then he is'nt entitled to those opinions.

Neufeld doesn't share this view.

 

"Sorry, but that is called freedom of speech, and the right to dissent," insisted Neufeld at the time. "I firmly believe that I have not breached any Human Right, and my right to dissent is protected in the Canadian Charter of Human Rights."

Neufeld's comment referred to the Superintendent hiring private security guards for Neufeld and fellow Trustee Heather Maahs’ safety.


 

Guards failed to keep protestors outside and some pushed through filling the lobby yelling "Ho Ho Ho, Neufeld must go". Due to the din Trustees couldn’t hear anything being said in the Boardroom.

Security prevented Maahs and Neufeld from leaving the building until the crowd dispersed and they could be escorted us to their cars.

The District continued to deploy private security officers for the following 3 months.

Afterward Neufeld received numerous threatening e-mails for instance; how he should endure a "slow, painful death”, and from a secondary school student "your mother should have aborted you with a coat hanger."

"I sure didn’t feel safe," noted Neufeld.

There have been over a dozen in camera meetings lately, back room deals and "Star Chambers".

 

There are only three legitimate reasons for in camera meetings:


1. Union bargaining
2. problems in Human Resources (disciplining an employee)
3. Real estate Transactions (so developers can't take advantage of school plans)

Will self-declared election winner
Dan Coulter head to Victoria as as MLA and hang on to SD33 Chair, or, will he just drop the Chair?

Rumours are that Coulter will drop the chair job after his self-declared MLA confirmation following the final count, so, either way he'll hang on long enough to nominate a new School Board Chair – maybe one without any political baggage.

 

Watch a special breakdown of the last School Board meeting on YouTube.
 

 

 Thursday, Oct 29, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Reaching out to the world

Jehovah's Witnesses to release special Watchtower edition

Paul Andersen spokesperson, JW/Website image

 

"What is God's Kingdom" Watchtower issue will be available free. of charge in November.

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world will launch an unprecedented campaign to distribute a special issue of The Watchtower magazine to local residents, businesses and government officials in November 2020. The magazine, with the cover title “What Is God’s Kingdom?” will be offered free of charge in over 300 languages.

Untold billions have petitioned God, “Thy kingdom Come,” when reciting what has become known the world over as the Lord’s or the Our Father prayer. (Matthew 6:10 KJV) Jesus taught his disciples that model prayer nearly two thousand years ago. The special issue the Witnesses will distribute in November will generously quote from the Bible to unequivocally identify the kingdom, or government, that Jesus was referring to.

Because of COVID-19, the Witnesses’ campaign will proceed using methods in accordance with local health protocols. This may include distributing the magazine and contacting people via electronic means.

An electronic copy of this special issue is already available on the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses, jw.org.

There are over 8.6 million Jehovah’s Witnesses who actively promote Bible education worldwide in 240 lands. This Christian denomination includes persons from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including over 114,000 in Canada. Their official website, jw.org, has information available in over 1,020 languages.

 

 Sunday, Oct 25, 2020  

Published 10 am

 

Arson leaves family of five homeless

40 firefighters put out the fire quickly but damage left the home uninhabitable

Ian Josephson, Fire Chief CFD/Voice photos

 

Duty Chief and crew discuss fire. Below, cops were on hand to block access.

At 3am Sunday, 40 firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6 responded to a structure fire in the 9200-block of Charles Street. When firefighters arrived, they found a two-storey residential house with the back porch fully involved.

Firefighters quickly knocked the fire down and entered the house to confirm the location of the occupants and ensure the fire was extinguished. Smoke and water damage was mostly confined to the main floor.

Fortunately, the family of five had safely evacuated the house. Emergency Support Services was contacted to provide emergency shelter for the family.

There were no firefighter injuries.

This fire was deliberately set and 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 www.upperfraservalleycrimestoppers.ca

 

 

 Sunday, Oct 25, 2020  

Published 8 pm

 

NDP power is absolute now

Locals will have to wait for final count

Staff/Voice photo

 

Carole James and John Horgan in Chilliwack in 2017.

Chilliwack NDP candidate Dan Coulter has been acclaimed MLA for Chilliwack ahead of the final count. Elections BC stopped tabulating at 54 polls with 28 more to count for the Chilliwack riding. The MLA for Chilliwack-Kent riding hasn't been declared and tabulating was stopped at 63 polls with 26 left for a final count over the next two weeks.

The Chilliwack riding has NDP Dan Coulter ahead of Liberal John Martin 1,909 and 1,666 respectively. In the Chilliwack-Kent riding polling stopped with NDP Kellie Paddon and Independent Laurie Throness neck and neck with 2,924 and 3,019 respectively.



The "Final count" is a count of Absentee, Advance, Alternative and Special ballots for an election that were not considered at initial count, including mail-in ballots. The final results of an election are determined at final count based on the votes accepted at initial count and final count. The district electoral officer in each electoral district conducts final count. At the end of final count, the district electoral officer can declare a candidate elected.

So, stay tuned.

 

 Friday, Oct 23, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

Plate spinning

Could Dan Coulter juggle school board chair and MLA commitments?

Submitted

 

Leslie Harvey Eyres (August 3, 1892 – February 26, 1983) was a tire merchant and political figure in BC. He represented Chilliwack in the Legislative Assembly from 1937 to 1952 as a Conservative.

He remained as a City Alderman until he fought in his second World War in 1942 as a Flying Officer.

He was an exceptional public figure.

You have to be incredibly exceptional if you think you can handle a thirty hour a week job as a School Trustee and sit in the Legislature.

I don't see that level of performance potential in Mr. Coulter, do you?

Election results: www.results.elections.bc.ca

 

 Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

It's a wrap

A roundup of the Chilliwack 2020 Election candidates

Staff/Elections BC image

 

 

Thanks to COWORK Studios for hosting the virtual in-house meeting and Chilliwack Chamber for putting the October 14th event together. Loved the John Wayne movie music intro.

Well, there were no thermonuclear moments during the Oct 14th debate. It was vanilla. Boring. What we got was a polite lawn bowling game. It will be interesting to see what TV series voters will be watching the next four years. That's all. I didn't expect this gaggle of candidates to tear their shirts off, especially Janzen. Candidates don't need to answer many questions in order to be on the ferry to Victoria – just have a lot of signs handy. Absent from the ballot this election was the perennial
Marxist-Leninist Dorothy-Jean O'Donnell.

The seminal topics of the evening were; illegitimate drug use and decriminalization.

• Janzen - Conservatives
The long and the short of it is that Conservatives have been playing second fiddle to the Liberals.

 

Janzen tore a page out of the Liberal playbook and twisted it to the extreme right.

Conservative Party Leader Trevor Bolin was more constructive on drug use than Janzen saying in a release prior to a release from Bolin; "Conservative MLA’s will work with communities, local government and stakeholders – including support groups and individuals - to ensure treatment and rehabilitation facilities are put in place. (As opposed to Janzen's "hammer them" comment. see below). Only then, by taking this hands-on Made in BC approach, will we find the solutions that are needed," said Bolin.

Janzen spoke about post-pandemic recovery but didn't shore up any plans with details. She wants shovel-ready jobs but didn't suggest any specific infrastructure projects. Will taxes be raised to pay for projects?

- 25,000 people have no family physician.
- Post pandemic economic recovery.
- Environmental issues "The root of our name is to conserve".
- Social issues - drugs, homeless, mental health; four-pronged approach; prevention, treatment, crime reduction and enforcement, "hammer prolific drug sellers".
- Wants longer sentences (iterated 3 times) for drug dealers. Janzen threw homeless and drug addiction numbers into the mix, including a percentage of how many addicts there are which is the root cause homelessness but failed to give suggestions about what to do about it.
- Work with locals at the Chamber of Commerce for economic recovery including buy local programs.
- Use infrastructure projects to get people back to work ie. construction jobs.
- Cut the carbon tax and save taxpayers $1.7B.
- Lower personal taxes for low-income earners
- Wasting too much money on gov't admin.
- "Stem to stern review of icbc" and reduction of rates.

• Andrew Coombes - Libertarian

He comes across as a "real" person. Honest and sincere. What you see is what you get kinda guy. Boots on the ground. The better of the Libertarian candidates we've seen in the last few elections. Has quite a few tasks on his radar;
- Wants to end ICBC monopoly and replace it with private options. The no-fault clause, (meat chart) is not working.
- Wants city to zone for a safe injection site.
- "One size fits all housing won't work".
- Wants more housing with supportive staff.
- Wants to take the Swedish approach to the pandemic and not lock down in a way that harms the businesses. We would give them the information and recommendation and let them decide what is best for their employees and for their customers.
- Money should follow the students to work.
- Deregulate daycare rules.
- Passionate about property rights.
- "Using money to subsidize oil and gas and then paying carbon tax is ridiculous. Using gov't money to pay for something you're stealing from the people anyway."
- Against sin tax. "We would end tax on cigarettes, liquor and cannabis."

• Josue Anderson - Independent
Was the only one to mention indigenous women. Other than this, there was no mention of anything else Ingenious in any of the candidates plans.
 

-Systemic problems in society largely stemming from late-stage capitalism and unhealthy competition, political parties are not set up productively so he wants parties to work cohesively together to fix problems.

- "The number one problem I am campaigning against is dramatic wealth and inequality. I think wealth and equality is by and large the cause of climate change and why our governments have been largely inefficient at addressing those issues. So I think when we reproach systems as being the problem rather than individual people has been the problem we're going to be work together to solve those problems."
- Small business doesn't need a handout but thy need cooperation to continue
- "We cannot hide behind party lines on school funding. I vote work for the will of the people. Fully funded schools, teacher's rights come first.
- Wants wealth tax
- Membership-driven Co-Op ICBC that's doesn't fundamentally sacrifices the victim in car accidents at the expense of the bottom line.
the only one to talk about indigenous women

• Dr. Tim Cooper - Green Party
He's a quick study of the Green Party after being a candidate just two weeks prior. He comes with a few quarks.

 

The ex-Pat physicist with 25 years experience says he's given given 180 climate change presentations. "I've been terrified about global warming."

 

It should be "climate changed" as opposed to "climate change".

 

Cooper floated some ivory tower academic rhetoric fluff. There aren't any black holes in this neighborhood and he blew around interstellar gas and dust most of the debate saying things like "balancing the budget is not a good idea at the moment." He also passed on the economic recovery question. He continuously dished out unsupported "green" facts with no direct references.

He didn't mention the Green Party's plank of dealing with drug use in that addicts must partake in rehab programs in order to get a welfare cheque.
 

- Decriminalize drug use.
- Daycare to free up parents to get back to work but provided no costs.
- 1/3 more jobs created in green energy than in fossil fuel jobs.
- Hand out "grants to building owners – or to renters.
- "Times have changed."
- This does not equate; "Housing gets affordable when there's too few houses sought after by too many people". He gets the part about not being able to build on ALR but would want to would open up areas for "housing development in Ryder Lake  which has a lot of farmland or the mountain sides." It shows he knows very little about mountainside development ie. slope stability.

• BC Dan Coulter

Good ol' Coulter has had a tumultuous time as Chair of the Chilliwack School Board over the past couple of years. For some reason the School Board has turned their jobs into one of going from one political dilemma into the next with his leanings toward what has turned out to be some radical left trustees.
 

We heard "I will fight" a lot. A friend told me after watching the Oct 14th meeting. "Coulter sounds more sensible than he really is." He comes across as the "Sleepy Joe" type. Seemed to forget who he was working for and what he was doing.
 

- He wants to create beds but neglected to say who he wanted to creating the beds for.
- Drug use. Used the cliché line that he "lost too many friends, neighbours and co-workers to drugs" drugs.
- Wants to create a safe supply (pharmaceutical drugs) to get away from toxic street drugs.
- "$8 billion investment in people to buy goods and services from local businesses to help keep businesses going."
- PST rebate on any machinery or equipment so local business can upgrade.
- 15% Tax credit for local businesses hiring new employees.
- Grants to 15,000 hard hit businesses in BC to help to protect 200,000 jobs.
- Liberals stonewalled on 100 classroom portables.

• John Martin - BC Liberal
He has advantage with knowledge of party policy. Towing the Party line. No one asked about his mishandling of constituency cash in that tens of thousands of dollars went missing. He won't tell constituents exactly how much of their money was stolen.
 

- Likes his job now working with Chilliwack community groups
- Addiction is a health issue, epidemic, people dying and suffering
-Recovery options, beds for treatment. Martin says to decriminalize but use enforcement as a tool. (How do you do that?)
- Is against tent cities but where would he suggest they go?
- Eliminate sales tax for one year PST to give small business a boost. In year 2 - 3%, year 3 - 7%
- Implement $1.1 billion to bring in $10 a day daycare with household incomes to $65 thousand dollars. Above $65k it would be $30-40 day.
- Build 10,000 new childcare spaces across BC and support a variety of non-profit and marketplace providers.
- Wants a childcare ministry.
- Wants to introduce private insurers and put an end to the ICBC monopoly

 

 

 

 Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

Fraser Health announces Sunset Manor exposure

Assisted living in Chilliwack has outbreak

Fraser Health/Google images

 

There has been no word if any Sunset Manor residents has become infected with the coronavirus.

 

Individual staff members at Evergreen Baptist Care Society, Good Samaritan Victoria Heights, Sunset Manor, Fort Langley Seniors Community, and Baillie House have tested positive for COVID-19. Fraser Health has declared outbreaks at these locations, and has deployed rapid response teams to each site. Communication with residents and families is underway.

Evergreen Baptist Care Society is a long term care facility in White Rock that is owned and operated by Baptist Housing. Good Samaritan Victoria Heights is an assisted living facility in New Westminster that is owned and operated by The Good Samaritan Society. Sunset Manor is an assisted living facility in Chilliwack that is owned and operated by Netherlands Reformed Congregation of Chilliwack. Fort Langley Seniors Community is a long term care facility in Langley that is owned and operated by Park Place Seniors Living. Baillie House is a long term care facility that is owned and operated by Fraser Health. All five staff members are currently in self-isolation at their homes.

Enhanced control measures have been put in place at all five sites. Fraser Health is working with staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families.

Fraser Health has proactively implemented the following at each site:

• Staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care.
• Visitors are restricted throughout the facility.
• Staff and residents movement in the facility has been restricted.
• Cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced.
• Residents, families and staff are being notified.
• Twice a day screening of all staff and residents.

During this time, Fraser Health has additional presence at all five sites to take any further actions required and support each of the facilities. This includes dedicated people to address quality, answer questions from staff, residents and family, and provide active checks of symptoms with staff and residents.

In addition, Fraser Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks over at George Derby Centre (Burnaby), Langley Lodge (Langley), Chartwell Crescent Gardens (Surrey), Harrison West at Elim Village (Surrey), and White Rock Seniors Village (White Rock). With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in care facilities, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases at these locations.

Fraser Health has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in long term care, assisted living and independent living facilities. In addition, Fraser Health has also deployed more than 480 people including care staff and our rapid-response teams which include clinical nurse educators, infection prevention and control experts, screeners, and patient care quality officers supporting with communication to families and assessing symptoms at sites with outbreaks. Through these teams, sites are also connected with emergency supplies and additional personnel if needed.

 

 

 Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Out of isolation

Mixed↑ to premiere on OUTtv & OUTtvGO in November

Nicole Pender, Pender PR/Handout images

 

 

It was announced today that Mixed↑ (MixedUp), the feature film directorial debut from multi-disciplinary artist Howard J. Davis (aka HAUI), will launch on OUTtv on November 11th, 2020. The film, born out of HAUI’s own experiences as a queer and BIPOC person, takes a look at what it means to be mixed in today's society. This personal documentary-arthouse film is a reclaimed book of genesis: a manifesto that collides the wildly diverse elements of being queer, mixed and “different” in a world socialized around the construction of race, gender and orientation.

Mixed↑ follows Haui, as he combats the isolation of being BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ and helps to normalize the existence of being “other”. The film features testimonials from HAUI’s biological and found family including: actress and activist Tantoo Cardinal; stage and screen performer Thom Allison; multidisciplinary artist Jani Lauzon, and features the musical talents of Canadian opera singer Isaiah Bell, singer/songwriter Alex St. Kitts and Canadian gem Jeremiah Sparks. Co-produced by trans filmmaker and producer Jack Fox, Mixed↑ demands that we celebrate the beauty of being unique without negating the struggle to find inner cohesion.



"Explaining my mixed heritage to people is like coming out of the closet every time. This film is a deeply personal work that follows my story as I learn to contend with living in a world socialized around the construction of race, gender, and orientation. Too often, BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ people are deemed as "other" when we may not necessarily feel that way. This film is a love letter to my dad while also addressing certain stigmas around sexuality and is a celebration of what it means to "mixed up", which I wear and brandish proudly. We must take ownership of our own narratives. I AM BLACK. I AM WHITE. I AM QUEER. I AM HERE," says Mixed↑ writer/director HAUI.



Mixed↑ is about acknowledging our past in order to move forward conscientiously and aims to help normalize the existence of underrepresented communities. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @OUTtv or visit the website to learn more at
outtv.ca 

 

 

 Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

The art of being gay

Posthumous Conversations show Oct 29-Dec 1

Barb Snelgrove, Megamouth Media/Handout image

 

 

Vancouver’s SUM gallery will be hosting select, special events surrounding their new, Autumn exhibit; Time-Lapse: Posthumous Conversations – A Geoff McMurchy Retrospective.

 

This exhibit runs October 29th – December 1st, 2020 at SUM gallery at Suite 425 – 268 Keefer Street.



 

Time Lapse: Posthumous Conversations is a memorial retrospective of visual art by Geoff McMurchy, a storm force fag who blew open disability art in Canada and whose legacy includes a generation of disabled artists who thrived under his mentorship. Curated by Yuri Arajs, SD Holman and Persimmon Blackbridge in partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture and All Souls at Mountainview Cemetery.

HOW TO ATTEND:
SUM gallery is closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and acting accordingly by implementing precautions aligned with public health advisories. We are committed to making this and future exhibitions as safe and accessible as possible.
• Timed-entry appointments to visit the TIME LAPSE exhibition can be made between 12 pm and 6 pm.
Tuesday through Saturday via online booking at www.sumgallery.ca
• Drop-ins are welcome, but please give us a call at 604-200-6661 to ensure we can accommodate your visit.
• Special events are ASL interpreted. Tours are ASL interpreted upon request.

 

 

 Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

'RELIC' art show

Assemblages and photos from 1993-2020 Oct 13 to Nov 21

KristaKilvert/Handout images

 

Having lived in Los Angeles for many years prior to returning to Canada, mixed media artist Krista Kilvert residing in the Fraser Valley, exhibits a select grouping of works culled from several distinct bodies of work created from 1993 – 2020. Conceptually linked in their focus on environmental, technological and social changes experienced during the artist’s lifetime, the content collectively holds a continuum of relevancy today. Included are assemblages involving ready-mades such as re-purposed ‘circuit board’ garden tools. As though relics of environmental degradation, leaves, seashells and canoes cast in crystal glass lie strewn upon multi-layered imaged glass along with plastic and glass containers, pollutants retrieved from the ocean, while Kilvert’s large photographic imagery is a visual narrative on the interface between man and nature. The exhibition is both visually compelling and thought-provoking in content.

 

 

Show times

October 13 - November, Monday to Saturday at the O'Connor Group Art Gallery, Chilliwack Cultch, 9201 Corbould Street, Chilliwack.


“‘RELIC’ felt an appropriate title for this exhibition in that it represents a select grouping of pieces that could be considered ‘relics’ from a greater body of personal artwork created over the past 30 years, there is also reference in the work to symbolic relics. Over the course of my career as an arts and design professional, as a conceptual artist, my work is first and foremost concerned with the expression of an idea or concept. I often cross pollinate a diversity of unconventional materials and processes I feel appropriate in poetically achieving the desired visual messaging. Conceptually the work is a response to the world that surrounds me and focused on issues I find compelling and motivational to speak of. The exhibition ultimately endeavours to stimulate viewer reflection and dialogue.” Krista Kilvert

Kilvert has exhibited in both Canada and the United States. Her highly anticipated exhibition installation focused on domestic violence, titled Behind Closed Doors has been re-scheduled for November, 2021 at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery.

 

 

 Monday, Oct 19, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

Jungle of Books 

Final Rotary Book Sale of the year October 25-31

Rotary Club/Voice File photo

 

Rotary Book Sale October 25-31.

 

After the huge success of the one-day book sale, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack was beseeched by booklovers to find a way to hold their popular annual book sale. With COVID-19 protocols needing to be recognized, the club has managed to find a way to hold their traditional weeklong annual sale. Chilliwack Heritage Park will be hosting the event from October 25-31.

“We’ve been working hard all summer and fall trying to ensure we could safely hold our beloved book sale. By holding it at Heritage Park, we can ensure a space large enough for physical distancing, and lots of space for people to park,” said club President Shelley MacDonell.

Julie Unger, Fundraising & Grants director for the club noted, “As we did for our one-day sale in August, we’re bringing in credit/debit machines to allow for contact-less payment. We’re requiring all patrons to wear a mask or face covering, and we’ll also have hand sanitizer on site. With new provincial health regulations limiting the number of people able to browse at once, we’re going to ask patrons to remain in their cars until directed to enter the building.”



 

The club has also instituted two new specials this year. People identifying as schoolteachers are welcome to receive two free regular-priced books. And for the final two hours of the book sale on October 31, all regular-priced books will be “5 books for 5 dollars”.

The Chilliwack Rotary book sale is hugely popular across the Fraser Valley. The annual sale will take place from Sunday October 25 right through to Saturday October 31. Hours will vary, but are posted on the club’s website at chilliwackrotary.com/book. The location is Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way. Entrance is free. Parking is by donation to the Interact and Rotaract clubs of Chilliwack.

Website: www.chilliwackrotary.com
Facebook: rotaryclubofchilliwack
Instagram: chilliwackrotary
Twitter: chwkrotary
Email: rotaryclubofchilliwack@gmail.com
Hashtag: #ChilliwackRotary

 

 

 Monday, Oct 19, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

Help for hockey youth 

Hockey Canada to provide $500 grants to help young players across the county back  in the rink

Tiffini Lee/Voice File photo

 

Abbotsford Pilots.

 

The Hockey Canada Foundation has launched its new $1 million Assist Fund to provide registration fee subsidies for qualified Canadians who are registered with Hockey Canada-sanctioned associations for the 2020-21 season.

“As a prominent national sports organization in the country, it’s Hockey Canada’s mission to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “It’s a goal that’s more important than ever, as COVID-19 has had a challenging impact on so many young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund allows Canadians who meet the criteria and need a financial hockey assist to apply for up to $500 in registration fee reimbursements per player, provided the registration is with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association.

To enhance the impact and support for local communities, Canadians can also donate to the Assist Fund, with 100% of all donated funds reaching young Canadians. The Hockey Canada Foundation will absorb all administration costs associated with the fund. Donations can be made at HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund.

A line-up of hockey heroes is championing the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund. All three have provided and known the importance of assists and community support, on and off the ice.

• Jarome Iginla (St. Albert, Alta.) - Hockey Canada alumnus, member of the Class of 2020 for the Hockey Hall of Fame, two-time Olympic gold medallist (2002, 2010), gold medallist at the 1997 IIHF World Championship, gold medallist at the 1996 IIHF World Junior Championship and provider of one of the most famous assists in Canadian hockey history, on the Golden Goal by Sidney Crosby at 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver

• Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) - Captain of Canada’s National Women’s Team, two-time Olympic gold medallist (2010, 2014) and gold medallist at the 2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship

• Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) - Member of Canada’s National Para Hockey Team, gold medallist at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and four-time gold medallist at the IPC World Para Hockey Championship (2008, 2011, 2013, 2017)

The Assist Fund was born from the ongoing commitment of the many partners of Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation, including Bauer, BDO, Berkshire Hathaway, BFL CANADA, Canadian Tire, Chevrolet, CN, Hankook, Nike, OK Tire, Premium Brands, Scotiabank, TELUS, TIMBER MART, Tim Hortons, TSN and RDS.

 

For more information about the Hockey Canada Assist Fund, or to apply or donate, visit HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund.

 

 

 Monday, Oct 19, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

Intersection Snarled 

Injuries to people in both vehicles

Staff/Voice photos

Road conditions were dry under an overcast sky Wednesday when a t-bone accident happened around 2 pm at Airport and Young Roads. Two ambulances sped off carrying people with injuries to Chilliwack General Hospital.

Even ERT guys are ready to spring into action as this member did when he helped direct traffic.

 

 

 Monday, Oct 19, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

Unplanned pregnancies need planned approach

Open letter to BC Premier

Patti MacAhonic, ADTS/File photo

 

I am writing to you today on behalf of Ann Davis Transition Society to ask you to support our request to the BC Government for incorporating the cost of free contraceptives to women in BC, in the upcoming budget. A cost-benefit analysis conducted by Options for Sexual Health in 2010 estimates the B.C. government could save $95 million a year if it paid for universal access to prescription contraception.

It would also promote equality, giving young people and those with low incomes the same choices as those who are able to pay for their preferred method of contraception. Contraceptive methods vary in effectiveness for best options for women and we don’t that money should be a factor in deciding on the best option. Sixty-one percent of pregnancies are unplanned, which can have a “huge ripple effect” on a woman’s life, particularly if she is already struggling to get by.

This ripple effect spans across the lifespan of both mother and child in that they may be relegated to living in poverty. The latest BC Poverty Report Card released January 14, 2020 shows that 1 in 5 children in our province lives in poverty. When women have interrupted careers it translates to a lesser pension. This is reflected in the high rate of poverty for women seniors in this province. This issue is a gender equity issue. Contraception costs usually fall on women, as well as the costs of the pregnancy. Also, family costs often revert to the women as well along with the lifetime related costs.

Providing free prescription contraception would help reduce some of the stigma that still exists around birth control. School-age girls trying to get a prescription without their parents’ knowledge may be prevented by a lack of money.

In May, the Canadian Paediatric Society released a position statement identifying cost as a “significant barrier” to using contraception for youth. AccessBC pointed to several European countries that subsidize universal access to contraception in some way, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. Many programs are revenue-neutral when the cost of an unintended pregnancy is considered.

In 2015, a study in the Canadian Association Medical Journal estimated the cost of universal contraception in Canada would be $157 million, but the savings, in the form of the direct medical costs from unintended pregnancy, is as high as $320 million. We firmly believe this makes sense both socially and economically and thank you for consideration of our request to support our position in the upcoming BC budget.

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 Monday, Oct 19, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

A new kind of cooking school in the Valley

Take a Bite of BC kitchens to teach how to cook Pekin Duck

Meghan McCrea, BCAITC/Handout photo

 

 

Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry is raising ducks to supply BC In The Classrooms.

 

BC Agriculture in the Classroom (BCAITC) is pleased to announce Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry (FVSP) as its newest partner. Pekin duck, donated from FVSP, will be delivered to 53 BCAITC Take a Bite of BC of teaching kitchens to use in secondary school Culinary Arts programs this school year.

Learning how to cook for different cultures.

“FVSP’s donation to the Take a Bite of BC program will directly impact 7,200+ grade 11 and 12 Culinary Arts students and will also help influence an additional 65,000 students to eat locally grown dishes on a regular basis in school cafeterias”, said Pat Tonn, BCAITC Executive Director.

Pekin duck is a unique new ingredient for Take a Bite of BC’s culinary programs. It will be used to create a variety of fresh, healthy, and culturally diverse school meals that celebrate our province’s diversity. This will expose thousands of students to new types of food, cultures, and customs. Learn more at bccasa.ca

 

 

 Friday, Oct 16, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Elections 2020

The perfect politician – a professional debater

Anderson looks to bringing his talent and vision to Victoria

Josue Anderson, Chilliwack business owner/Website photos

 

Successful local business owner Josue Anderson. Among things he wants to work at is government unity.

 

My name is Josue Anderson and I’m running as an independent for the Chilliwack riding (not Chilliwack-Kent). It’s a Spanish name and it’s a bit strange so let me help you out, it’s Hose like we’re getting hosed by the government and Way like we need a new way forward.
 

My politics make a lot more sense when you know a bit about me, so let me start there. I was born in Mexico to a single mother, she continues to be the strongest woman I’ve ever known. She tells me there were days when we didn’t have much to eat or had a stable living arrangement. When I was 5, my father met us and took us to British Columbia. I grew up in a really small town in the Rocky Mountains, so I’m more of a hillbilly than anything else and I wear the title proudly. With my father’s sales job, we had good years and we had hard years. Despite being intimately familiar with lower class struggles, I was able to get into UBC.
 

University was tough, especially going into it as a fundamentalist Christian. Arguing with intellectual elites was tough but picking fights has always been in my nature. I ended up getting pretty good at it and became rather accomplished in varsity debate, competing all over Canada and the U.S. and winning tournaments in both countries. I made a lot of great friends and beat a lot of debaters that ended up becoming respected lawyers, doctors and academics. I graduated with a good amount of student debt and a double major.
 

I loved debate so much, I taught it professionally at a very posh private academy in South Korea for about a year and a half until I was able pay off my student debt and save up $30,000. As much as I loved my job, I knew I’d never be truly free until I owned my own business. I saved up every penny and when I came home, I put everything into my first store. Then came a second. After 6 years out of school I’m now retired at 30.
 

This past year has given me an immense amount of time to really explore what the best use of my time is and where there’s the most need. I dug deep and fought hard against feelings of despair and helplessness. Wealth inequality and climate change are extremely serious problems that our political systems are not even close to effectively addressing. I understand social collaboration systems – it’s how I created my livelihood and found market success.

 

I do not fit on the BC political spectrum. The political party system in BC is poisoned by its outdated systems of operation that I fundamentally believe are at the core of why we are not capable of created a culture of unity and collaboration rather than political hostility and antagonism. This prevents us from doing the difficult but necessary work of addressing collective problems. Our ways of life are at risk, our children’s futures are at risk, and our planet is already being irreparably harmed by it.
 

The NDP severely lack in understanding how to run an economy efficiently and place unreasonable tax burdens on the working class. They don’t have a clue how to create a tax code that fairly captures wealth from the hyper rich so they can start paying their fair share. The Liberals should know how to tax the wealthy but actively prop them up falsely as ‘job creators’ and foundational to the economy when small businesses and innovation-producing competition in the market-place are actively undermined by immense corporate interest.

 

They’ll also lie in any direction needed to pretend it’s unnecessary to look after our most vulnerable. We can create a world where everyone’s rights are protected and our differences are celebrated rather than demonized once we understand that we are not competing with each other for resources, we should be demanding our fair share from those that are hoarding it.
 

Here’s my brand of politics. If you own less than a million dollars, I want to work hard to make sure you’re not unfairly burdened by our brutal income taxes and service taxes that fall disproportionately on the poor. I want to give you a fighting chance to own a home and live the life you want for yourself. If you own 10 Million in assets, I know you’re not paying your fair share and that needs to stop. You’ll still be wealthy but you won’t be able to leverage power over other individuals in our province. Politicians need to listen to the people doing the work instead of dictating how the work should be done. Nurses, teachers, small business owners, and especially climate scientists.

Josue Anderson wants to work on environmental issues and climate change.

 

Political discourse is dying because we don’t have politicians willing to argue anymore and these arguments have suddenly become the burden of every individual and stakeholder on every issue. I’m willing to have hard conversations and to fight for what I believe is right. I’m willing to learn and grow. More than anything, I’m willing to listen to the people of Chilliwack, all of you, not just the ones that already agree with my views. Freedom of thought underpins the rights we cherish most and I’m willing to fight for all of our rights against an NDP government determined to undermine them for political expedience.
 

As an independent, the only people I answer to, are the people of Chilliwack. If you’re interested in learning more about my politics, go to my website josueanderson.ca and connect with me on FB or Instagram. If you want me to fight for you in the legislature then I need you to fight for me now.

 

The election is less than 10 days away and I’ve got a better shot at winning than some people are willing to accept but I need your help. I need you to share my posts and rally support for me. I need more people to put my lawn signs in their windows, cars, or actual lawns. I need artists, musicians, and writers willing to find creative ways to spread the word. I need businesses to endorse me, churches to let their congregations know about me and other groups to let me speak to them and show them that there is immense strength in numbers. I don’t know what the world is going to look like come mid-November but I do know that wherever it is that we are going, we go together. I know I’m asking a lot of you and that a lot of this requires immense courage but these are strange days and now is the time for courage.

 

 

 Friday, Oct 16, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Flu Season

Flu Shots available now

Vaccine free say Fraser Health

Krystle Landert, FHA/Website photos

 

This season, Fraser Health is reminding everyone to get the flu shot. Help protect yourself, your loved ones, and those who may be more likely to develop severe illness by rolling up your sleeve and getting vaccinated.

 

Today, Fraser Health launched our annual flu vaccine campaign to remind people that it is important to get a flu shot this year. By getting a flu shot, following physical distancing measures, washing our hands, and wearing a mask, we can ‘level up’ and ensure we are keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe. Since COVID-19 is continuing to impact communities in our region, it is important to also remember that good COVID-19 sense makes for good flu sense, too.

 

Flu shots are safe, effective, and recommended for everyone six months of age and older, and are available free of charge in B.C. for all children between six months and four years (inclusive), seniors 65-years-old and older, pregnant women, Indigenous people and individuals with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems. People who work or live with people who have a higher risk of complications from the flu and visitors to health care facilities are also eligible for a free vaccine. The intranasal flu vaccine, FluMist®, is available for use in Canada and as of this year pharmacists can administer it to eligible children age two and older.

 

Find a clinic near you.

 

 

 Friday, Oct 16, 2020  

Published 11 am

 

Music

Raw and unfiltered

Apryll Aileen releases new CD "Wild Wolvez"

Amanda Triumbari/Handout image

 

 

Canadian alternative pop-rock singer-songwriter, Apryll Aileen, is eager to announce the release of her newest single “Wild Wolvez” along with the official music video. Straying away from her familiar musical styling of pop and r&b, “Wild Wolvez” encompasses a dark electronic vibe; the first of her songs to have a big instrumental drop. The collaboration with Adam Royce (worked with Grammy-Award winner Daniel Caesar, multi JUNO-Award winner Tom Cochrane and three-time E! People’s Choice Awards winners The Tea Party) brought out the edgier electronic side, perfectly resonating with the narrative of the single: women reclaiming their power and owning their voice.

Watch the official music video here. The single is now streaming on Apple MusicSpotify, Tidal and many more

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 15, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

Not a good day to be Throness

Liberals accept his resignation

Shane Mills, BC Liberal Party/Voice file photo

 

 

Today, after discussions with the leader, Laurie Throness has announced he is stepping down as a candidate in the upcoming provincial election.
• Laurie Throness has accepted that his comments were wrong and inappropriate
• It was clear that he couldn’t continue to be part of the BC Liberal team
• The BC Liberal Party is dedicated to a diversity of perspectives, but all party members are dedicated to inclusiveness and equality – that is not up for debate
 

“Earlier today, I spoke with Laurie Throness. He accepted that his comments were wrong and inappropriate, and I’ve accepted his offer to resign as the candidate for Chilliwack-Kent," said BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson in a release today following Throness' resignation. “The BC Liberal Party is dedicated to a diversity of perspectives, but all party members must be dedicated to inclusion and equality – that is not up for debate."

 

That leaves just four Chilliwack-Kent candidates;

Kelli Paddon (NDP)

Jeff Hammersmark (Green)

Jason Lum (Independent)

Eli Gagne (Libertarian)

 

Editor's Note: Shell-shocked MLA Throness' goose was cooked today after being continually hammered by an assortment of NDP'ers and even members of his own party over his ethos. Now the Liberal Party has to scramble to parachute a candidate into the Chilliwack-Kent orbit where Independent Jason Lum will have the advantage. Were the Liberals going to axe Throness all along but they were just waiting to find someone? And if Lum is successful in the election, then it will trigger a City by-election and the FVRD will need to find an interim Chairperson. Stay tuned. Don't touch that dial.

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 15, 2020  

Published 10 am

 

Against the grain

Coulter gets the thumbs down

Myrtle Macdonald, M.Sc.Applied in Nursing, Research and Social Sciences (McGill University) /Voice file photo

 

The opposition are far too critical and have no platform of their own, just vague goals without plans to accomplish them.

 

The Covid Pandemic made it impossible for Horgan to fulfill his promises. They probably were Aims, not Promises anyway. He also lacked a majority and had to use a lot of time and energy keeping the Greens cooperating.

 

I would be voting NDP again if it weren’t that I don’t like Coulter’s views and animosities toward people he doesn’t agree with. They are his own, not held in common by the NDP party.  I like NDP core values.

I am not saying that every candidate in a party should have identical views, but that:

 

  1.)  Their party should have core values and a platform that the local candidates agree on, and

  2.)  They should allow freedom of conscience and freedom of faith. 

  3.)  However freedom of speech needs to be toned down to respect others’ views, not criticize them fiercely.

 

Do our local candidates of all parties have these three attitudes in their character?  

 

If they are elected they can express their views and prejudices in caucus and, if disapproved, be willing to give up fighting for them, or resign.  There needs to be harmony within a party.

 

Maybe you can discover what their character is.  

 

 

 Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020  

Published 3:30 pm

 

It doesn't "ad" up

Tired of the intolerance, discrimination, bigotry, and slandering of some of the finest politicians in the land including Laurie Throness

John H. Redekop Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University/MFALI photo

 

I am both amazed and disappointed by the campaign to have the BC Liberal Party dismiss incumbent MLA Laurie Throness as  Liberal candidate in Chilliwack-Kent. Mr. Throness's supposed despicable deed was to place an ad in Light Magazine, one of many fine religious periodicals with its own statement of beliefs.

 

These critics fail to understand the fundamental difference between placing an ad and supporting a viewpoint. An ad is a means to reach a particular audience, it's not an endorsement of anything. Not surprisingly, in scanning issues of Light Magazine I noted ads for an auto-body shop, a trampoline park, a food bank, the Victoria Bug Zoo, a Golf & Banquet Centre and many more. I even found "a word from Richmond's mayor". Should these all now be boycotted for advertising in Light Magazine?

 

When I ran successfully to be an Abbotsford City Councillor I placed an ad in Punjabi Patrika. Was I thereby endorsing the perspective of that fine magazine? Of course not. Give your heads a shake, you critics. An ad is placed to reach a particular audience, not to endorse a world view or ethical system.

 

Do these self-appointed, ill-informed arbiters of print morality also go after Catholics and Sikh candidates? The fine candidates from these religious groups not only place ads, they actually are members of religious groups that oppose same-sex marriage, abortion, and conversion therapy? Or do these misguided critics only go after evangelical Christians?

 

It seems that these particular LGBTQ leaders champion free speech but only if the speech involved agrees with their own.

 

Frankly, I am tired of the intolerance, discrimination, bigotry, and slandering of some of the finest politicians in the land including Laurie Throness.

 

 

 Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020  

Published 6:30 am

 

Gone but never forgotten

Abby cops lose a brother

Sgt Judy Bird, Abby PD/Handout image

 

 

 

 Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020  

Published 3:30 pm

 

Is Dan Coulter up to the task?

Extreme left position would deter proper MLA representation

Dean Roosevelt/Voice file photo

 

Dan Coulter speaks to crowd while trying to get elected in 2017.

 

Let's take a look at Dan Coulter, the NDP candidate in Chilliwack.

 

The school board has been dysfunctional for years.  The role of the Chair is one of conversation, consensus, leading to a cohesive approach that benefits any person going through the school system, corresponding to a comfort level for the parents and caregivers of those going through School District #33.

 

Dan Coulter, has by any standard normally applied to one in his position, failed to allow those with disparate opinions to bring those opinions to the table.  He arbitrarily shuts down discussions which do not conform to his agenda.

 

The most dramatic example of this would center on the meeting at which an extension of the operation of The Portal was opposed by thousands of people, who expressed their outrage at prostitution, drug dealing, criminal activities continuing unfettered at my old pool hall, The Cue Ball, which was for me, a five minute walk at lunch time from what was then Chilliwack Junior Secondary School.

 

I cite that as an example of how close that place is to literally thousands of students, who have to walk that gauntlet of degradation.
 

He moved ahead to vote against a motion to oppose the extension and ensure student safety. At a raucous school board meeting, he elected to cut the posting of the entire meeting that showed considerable parental opposition.  It didn't support his narrative and he  was uncomfortable.

Political representatives have to accept that there will be a level of discomfort in allowing others to bring forward their views.

 

Effective political representatives allow a free interchange of ideas and views, but Dan Coulter does not subscribe to that.

 

If people vote for him, they are also subscribing to one who has clearly demonstrated he is unable to consider that somebody else besides he, might be right, and he might be wrong.

 

 

 Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020  

Published 3:30 pm

 

Idiot Wind

Chilliwack gets hit with one of the most powerful windstorms on record

Staff/Voice photos

 

A tree came down over a car on Nowell Street Tuesday.

 

Power poles were dropping like toothpicks, trees were snapping off and falling onto wires all over the city Tuesday as powerful winds slammed into Chilliwack.

 

At one point BC Hydro indicated there were over 12,000 customers without power from Matsqui to Kent.

When Environment Canada sent out a Wind Alert on Monday but later cancelled it, Chilliwack was not prepared for the ensuing wind the following day gusting to an estimated 80km/hr and knocking out power all across the city.

The Chilliwack Fire Dept were stretched thin running non-stop from incident to incident.

 

It seemed that anyone with a chainsaw was put to use on houses, cars and streets. All of the city and surrounding areas were affected.

 

Cruisers block Nowell Street where the tree came down.

 

Campers were stuck on Foley Creek Service Rd  when trees came down in front and behind of them. A power pole came down on the Chilliwack River Valley Rd with wires across the vehicle trapping people inside it.
 

A tree came down on a vehicle on Hwy 9 in Agassiz striking the driver in the face who was later deemed okay. Harrison Search and Rescue had to pluck a man from a boat. A train was held up with trees down in Popkum.
 

People were stuck in an elevator on Cook St. Trees came down on Hot Springs Rd. and Rockwell blocking both. A tree even came down on the Trans-Canada at Herrling Island and Seabird had issues.

A big oak came down over a vehicle on Nowell St. Traffic lights downtown were out so drivers were doing the four-way stop routines at several intersections. Booms could be heard as trees hit transformers. A block on Braeside Ave was evacuated after a tree fell on a home knocking out the gas line.

Thanks to Chilliwack fire fighters for keeping residents safe and hats off to the Hydro linemen and Fortis guys who are the unsung heroes in the community.

 

 

 Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020  

Published 3:30 pm

 

The BC elections drawing near

Watch The Voice for a wrap of each candidate prior to the election

Staff/Voice file photo

 

An all-candidates meeting in 2011.

 

 

 Sunday, Oct 11, 2020  

Published 3:30 pm

 

Tragedy on Ballam Road

Two dead, one critical after vehicle plunged into the Fraser River

Chilliwack RCMP/Voice photos

 

A memorial, including car parts, was set up Sunday where the accident took place on Ballam Rd.

 

Two young people are dead and one remains in critical condition following a fatal accident which occurred late Saturday night in rural Chilliwack.

 

Shortly before 11:30 pm on Saturday, October 10th, 2020, Chilliwack RCMP were called to the 46000-block of Ballam Road after receiving reports that a vehicle had left the roadway, flipped and was fully submerged in the Fraser River.

 

The vehicle’s 3 occupants – all youth from Chilliwack, were trapped inside. Emergency responders arrived and located the vehicle down an embankment in the Fraser River approximately 10' from the dyke and immediately began rescue efforts. Emergency responders entered the water and were able to extract all 3 youths from the vehicle. 

 

Despite CPR and life saving efforts, 2 females, aged 17 and 18, were pronounced dead at the scene. A 21-year-old male was airlifted to a regional hospital where he remains in critical condition.

 

"Fatal collisions are always tragic, but ones involving young people are particularly difficult, says Sgt. Krista VROLYK, media spokesperson for the Chilliwack RCMP. "Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of all those involved in last night’s horrific crash."

 

Audrionna Thornton (r) a friend of the victims, speaks with a news reporter Sunday.

 

The accident remains under investigation by the Chilliwack RCMP, the Lower Mainland District Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstructionist Service and BC Coroners Service to determine the facts including; if speed and or alcohol may have played a role in this crash. 

 

 

 Sunday, Oct 11, 2020  

FIRST REPORT Published 5 am

 

Serious accident off Ballam Road

Three people inside vehicle when it rolled into Fraser River

Staff/Google image

 

The area where the car went into the river late Saturday night.

 

Rescue crews were called out to the 96000-block of Ballam Rd. around 11:25 pm Saturday after receiving reports that a vehicle left the road and plunged into the Fraser River where it promptly rolled over with 3 people inside.

 

Firefighters arrived with RCMP already on-scene. Chilliwack Search and Rescue were called.

 

Multiple Fire Dept units were deployed and crews worked quickly to get the people out. By 11:54 pm the last person was pulled from the vehicle.

 

A Medevac Air Ambulance was called in and landed on a dry, freshly-cut cornfield in the 1000-block of McDonald Rd. The chopper lifted off at around 1:25 am.

 

City maintenance crews were called in to set-up barricades. RCMP are expected to remain on-scene investigating for the next few hours.

 

There was no word on the condition of the occupants. Watch here for more details as they become available.

 

 Saturday, Oct 10, 2020  

Published 5 pm

 

Avoiding future pandemics

SPCA talks about cross-human contamination

Lori Chortyk, SPCA/Jo-Ann McArthur photo

 

Squirrels tied to cages with strings in a Chinese wet market.

 

The BC SPCA is speaking out as part of a Canadian coalition, led by World Animal Protection, concerned about the global trading of wildlife. The coalition says the trade must be stopped in order to address the spread of zoonotic diseases (disease transmitted from animals to humans), to help prevent future pandemics and to protect millions of wild animals worldwide from suffering.

“The science is clear that zoonotic diseases from wildlife are a serious threat and account for at least 70 per cent of all new diseases,” says Dr. Andrea Wallace, manager of wild animal welfare for the BC SPCA. 

Live wildlife markets have played a significant role in the current pandemic as well as the previous SARS epidemic, and are responsible for the poor treatment and exploitation of wild animals.” She says that live animal markets, in which many animals come into close proximity with each other and with people, provide the ideal conditions for a virus in one species to be transferred to another, including humans.

“The crowded, unsanitary and stressful conditions for animals in live markets is unnatural and promotes the emergence and spread of infectious diseases.

Millions of wild animals are captured, bred and traded each year around the world for food, traditional medicine and as pets. At every stage of the trade, zoonotic disease transfer is a risk not only to surrounding communities but also globally.

In July 2020, the BC SPCA joined a coalition of Canadian and international organizations, academics, conservationists and zoonotic disease experts to take action nationally. “We are calling on the Canadian government to bring this issue to the G20 Leader’s Summit in November 2020 and urge other countries to support the closure of live wildlife markets as well as end the international trade of wild animals and their products,” says Wallace.

By curbing the import and domestic trade of wild animals and products.

The BC SPCA is urging Canadians to the following actions to curb the impact of the global wildlife trade to help prevent future pandemics and reduce animal abuse.

 

 

 Saturday, Oct 10, 2020  

Published 4:30 pm

 

Tech spec

New library app turns anything into drum

Jennifer Fehr/Voice photo

 

Firefighters deal with car fire on Mayfair Ave.

 

The Playground at Fraser Valley Regional Library’s (FVRL) has grown again with its newest lending experience – Sphero Specdrums!

 

Place a hold on a Specdrums kit and expand your musical horizons without the need of instruments. Specdrums’ app enabled rings pair music and technology by turning colours into sounds. Connect to the Specdrums app and tap on anything – your clothes, drawings, or the included play pad – to create and mix any sounds, beats, and loops that all play through your mobile device.

 

“Specdrums provide an accessible, portable, and tactile way for our customers to discover music creation,” explains Heather Scoular, FVRL Director of Customer Experience. “All skill levels, from curious-minded kids to seasoned musicians, can create their own masterpieces with hundreds of instruments, loops, and sounds. Anyone can express their creativity and play music in a new, open-ended way.” Jam on your own or with friends, anytime and anywhere. 

 

FVRL’s Playground is a specially curated collection of non-traditional lending items and in-library experiences that support STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). STEAM learning generally works the left side of the brain, however making music with Specdrums works the right side of the brain and supports arts education – the “A” in STEAM.

 

Visit www.fvrl.ca to learn more about the Specdrums and The Playground collection. Connect and engage with FVRL on social by searching ReadLearnPlay on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

 

 Saturday, Oct 10, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Late night car fire stirs neighbourhood

No injures in blaze

SOBC/File photo

 

Firefighters deal with car fire on Mayfair Ave.

 

A car fire at around 8:45 pm in the 64000-block of Mayfair Ave Wednesday brought out a curious crowd of neighbours who watched how Chilliwack firefighters deal with a burning vehicle. Once the fire was out a steel saw was used to cut through the trunk to get to the battery and de-energize it.

"I came outside when I heard this banging sounds," they said referring to the tires popping.

Thankfully there no injuries related to the fire. There was no word how the fire began.

 

 Friday, Oct 9, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Special O under funded

Engagement, end deadly and unacceptable health conditions topics for candidates

SOBC/File photo

 

Janet Henderson and Betty Colk lead the way down Vedder Road for the 2012 Special Olympics.

 

Thousands of British Columbians are needlessly facing premature death. Our province’s citizens with intellectual disabilities are dying up to 20 years earlier than the general public. They experience two to three times more preventable hospitalizations, and suffer from dramatically higher rates of obesity, mental illness, over-medication, and poor oral health.

This is not because a person with an intellectual disability is inherently less healthy – but because of structural, social, and communication factors that stop them from getting the same level of health as everyone else. They’re dying earlier because of things we can change.

People with intellectual disabilities have been severely marginalised, facing alarming health outcomes their whole lives. Now more than ever, with the added challenges of COVID-19, this needs to change. It can mean the difference between life and death.

It is time for B.C.’s elected officials to step forward and create essential and lasting change.

Special Olympics BC has issued a call to all candidates in the 2020 election to commit to engaging with people with intellectual disabilities and their supporters, to work together to end these deadly and unacceptable health conditions.

Now is the time for the Government of B.C. to lead the way to change the game for people with intellectual disabilities.

Will the electoral candidates commit to providing sufficient resources, and prioritizing change in our health system to ensure people with intellectual disabilities will no longer face inequality in health and in life? Read the candidates’ responses.

 

 Friday, Oct 9, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

Election Exceptions

MLA's and MP's visibly absent at meetings over the years

Dean Roosevelt/File photo

 

Pre-COVID-19 afternoon City Council meetings are usually void of residents. A Chilliwack MLA or MP have never seen the inside.

 

I have watched numerous Chilliwack City Council meetings over the last five years.  I have never seen John Martin or Laurie Throness at any of them. I have seen John Les appear when there were issues around Promontory, but in terms of the current Liberal MLA's, I have yet to have seen a meeting where they made their feelings known by just being there.

 

Here in Vernon, I have sat in on City Council meetings with our Member of Parliament, Mel Arnold, sitting beside me, with Eric Foster, our Liberal MLA sitting a few rows over.

 

Why is it that in numerous discussions about the Portal and the pandemic, neither of these MLA's are present when the issues circulate around what are essentially matters of Provincial jurisdiction involving housing and medical care?

 

People who are going to vote in this Provincial election should be asking the same question.

 

As nearly as I can tell, it is a combination of indifference, arrogance, and the complacency that comes with knowing you are already going to collect a fat pension. Time for people with names like Diane Janzen and Jason Lum, methinks.
 

In terms of Dan Coulter, an NDP candidate in a riding that has been conservative since World War One, with three exceptions, he is burdened with another "albatross around his neck"

 

That "albatross" is the perception by thousands of voters that Dan Coulter and three School District 33 Trustees, did not treat Barry Neufeld fairly.

 

That is the perception they have.

 

From my perspective, the failure to declassify exactly how the censure motion took place, when it should have been declassified, once the results were made public, was not handled in a fair way.

 

As long as thousands of people feel that their anti-SOGI spokesperson was not treated fairly, in the same way that many Liberal voters feel Diane Janzen was not treated fairly, there will always be the moral support of candidates they feel are running against a person or a party that treated them shamefully.

 

As I said, I've  been a spectator and a participant in the "body politic" since Kennedy debated Nixon, and I see no way that Dan Coulter will be able to shake this "albatross" off his shoulders.

 

That resentment of the way he is perceived to  have treated Neufeld, coupled with a traditional conservative base, along with complete fatigue with the current MLA, all bodes well for Ms. Janzen.
 

"The City (of Chilliwack) responded to the community but the school board failed to listen to parents," Janzen was quoted as saying.

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 8, 2020  

Published 3 pm

 

In the midst of it

ARPA anti-gay group to end tour in Chilliwack on election day

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Anti-SOGI group hold their flag at a Chilliwack rally at the Evergreen Hall February 7, 2019.

 

Homophobic and anti-choice group ARPA (Association for Reformed Political Action) is set to campaign in the communities of BC Liberal candidates Laurie Throness, John Martin, Mary Polak, and Margaret Kunst immediately before the election.

 
ARPA’s “Defending Our Christian Legacy of Freedom” tour will stop in Langley on Friday, October 23rd and then in Chilliwack on election day. ARPA’s explicit mission is to influence government on issues like conversion therapy, LGBTQ+ rights, and abortion.


After refusing to remove a candidate who defends conversion therapy and after bringing in another candidate to the BC Liberals who is ideologically opposed to rainbow crosswalks, Andrew Wilkinson should at the very least instruct his candidates to cut all ties to this homophobic group.

 

"Does this group speak for the BC Liberals?" asks BC NDP Candidate Nicholas Simons. "Silence is not a position when it comes to the extremely harmful practice known as conversion therapy. People are tired of empty words and gestures. They want to see the BC Liberals categorically denounce groups like this."

BC Liberal MLAs have multiple connections to ARPA:

• ARPA is encouraging supporters to "engage in political action” in the BC election and affirms that the BC Liberal party "has no official position on conversion therapy."

• The BC Liberals invited ARPA leaders to the Throne Speech in 2020.

• Throness, Martin, and Marvin Hunt participated in ARPA’s "God and Government" convention, at which Throness gave a presentation called "Hope for Social Conservatism in British Columbia."

• Kunst completed a questionnaire for ARPA in 2018, promising to oppose rainbow crosswalks in Langley Township. This directly contradicts Andrew Wilkinson’s claim that her opposition was "procedural."

• Last week, ARPA Advocacy Director Mike Schouten defended Throness on conversion therapy, calling him "courageous and dedicated."

• ARPA thanked Throness for speaking against SOGI in the legislature in 2018.

• Mary Polak spoke at an ARPA event against assisted dying in 2018 where she talked about how her and the other "pro-life" members of the caucus were able to influence decisions made by Health Minister Terry Lake (video, 52:00 min).

• Michael Lee did a meet and greet with ARPA members in 2017.

 

 Thursday, Oct 8, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Sound Reflections

Local artist shares a piece of his life in song

Ben Cottrill/Daniel Dorta photo

 

Ben Cottrill has come out with his latest CD's called Velvet Regrets.

 

The collection as a whole summarizes my experiences throughout the last few years as an independent musician, both good and bad. Whether it be the (literally) hundreds of live shows across Canada, the feature on CTV's The Launch music show or my constant battle with depression and the loss of a friend to drug overdose, these last years have been indispensable and I'm so thankful to be where I am now.

COVID-19 has obviously thrown a major wrench into things, with numerous cancelled shows and releases, including my Canada/USA tour plans. Fortunately, local music supporters like Trevor McDonald (of Chilliwack), Ryan McAllister, Field House Brewing and numerous other live music hosts have been essential to keeping myself and many local musicians working while feeding back into the valley arts scene. The art community we have in BC is full of many passionate and resilient people.

"Velvet Regrets Vol.1&2" sums up how it feels to be a young artist in the sterile age of social media, where isolation is the new norm for people of all ages (especially now). That isn't to say all is lost, but I am not alone feeling the global uncertainty in the air.

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 Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Honour among taggers

City Art Committee selects skatepark artist and art

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Skatepark designs put forward from Kyle Mirva. It's still unclear which design will be used.

 

City Hall's been having an all-out war with graffiti artists (taggers) for years. The issue's been council's agenda plenty. It's such magnanimous problem that all they've been able to muster is a dedicated team that runs around in circles removing it.

 

The Chilliwack Public Art Advisory Committee put out a call and got back 10 possibilities. They voted it down to a local young artist; Kyle Mirva.

An unwritten body of law among graffiti artists is that they don't paint over someone else's street art.

Inner city tagging is synonymous with skateboarding. Freshly painted walls provide the allure. Some of it can be quite good but generally speaking it's nothing more than anatomically incorrect unintelligible scribble.

The only effective tool the City Hall has had in its arsenal so far are the flowery wraps on the green electrical boxes that dot streets in the most problematic areas. Despite being in the class of "driver distraction" they pretty up the place.

Murals in Chilliwack, like the big one at Five Corners the City paid $4000 for, allow the City to grapple with one of it's perennial needling issues.

Now, local artists are offering to even pay for the paint themselves – just give them a slate.

City Hall states they want to give Mira. for him to display his talents and elevate the aesthetics of the skateboard park area .

"The artist proposes painting either some freestyle geometrical designs, hands or portraits that ideally would help to reduce or eliminate future tagging," said the City in the Council meeting minutes Tuesday.

They also said that Kyle isn't asking for remuneration and plans to use his own supplies.

"He's just seeking permission for access in order to create the art," they concluded.

 

Hopefully the paint will durable.

 

 

 Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

The Hunting Party

Chilliwack hosts the Annual 2020 Diamond Delivery Treasure Hunt

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Three Cheers from the Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters Saturday, October 3, 2020.

 

The art of the hunt belongs to Mark Lewis, founder and hunt coordinator of Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters (FVTH). The group are the go-to folks when it comes to prey like lost diamond rings and many times throughout the year they're called upon to do that. Just when the owner thinks it's gone – up it pops. Sword and the Stone.

 

First Place Bailey Andrichuk is awarded the 1992 Silver Quarter Proof set by Mark Lewis.

 

They hunt school playgrounds as well where they can get sharps out of the sawdust.

 

Hunters at Chilliwack Central School Saturday.


"The 2020 Treasure Run is over for another year. For those that couldn't make, you really missed out. Rain or not we had a blast," said Lewis. "What we did was that we picked out 15 places to hunt at parks and school yards in and around Chilliwack."

First place: Bailey Andrichuk (r), 3rd Place: Sarah Preston (c) and 2nd Place: Linda Sexsmith (l)


Lewis said he hid tokens and coins from around the world. Every one found counted as 1 point.


At the end of the day, whoever had the most won the Grand Prize; a Set of Silver Canadian 1992 Quarters.

 

One of the unique things FVTH did was to find tokens with letters on them to spell certain words to win.

"We had 4 prizes to spell but only 2 got spelt. said Lewis. "The two were PIN which won a Pinpointer and the 2nd was BUST to win a 1831 American Silver half dollar."


Chances are if it's there they'll find it.


"We had a lot of fun, we all got wet and a bit cold. But at the end of the day. We had a great time. Us older folks are nursing sore backs and knees. Personally I would do it again in a minute," concluded Lewis.

 

Learn more about Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters and watch a YouTube video.

 

 

 Sunday, Oct 4, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

The greatest casualty is being forgotten

Super annuity and volunteer medal both missing in action

Dave Palmer, CD, Nepean, Ontario/File photo

 

 

All parties seem to suggest more needs to be done for Canada's veterans', but ... here we are still trying to find ways to assist them. Why is this?


In memory of the late Comrade veteran John Labelle who courageously fought for the cessation of clawback of veterans pensions at age 65 and the government ignored him to his dying day.

 

Why is this?


Honours and recognition. For 14 years Canadians, including veterans have asked repeatedly that our nation's veterans in a fair and inclusive manner be honoured with a medal for their service during the Cold War, for Volunteerism, for the long overdue honour and recognition of Veterans that have served since the end of WWII to present and in fairness and inclusiveness be acknowledged for their conviction to serve our nation regardless of when they served.

 

For 14 years, after repeatedly being asked for honourable recognition for a lasting legacy for their service, instead of fairness and inclusiveness our Veterans of yesteryear, yester-century are ignored by the government they have served.

 

Why is this?
 

Let us hope that there will be better things ahead for Canada's Veterans and all Canadians as the newly elected leader of the Conservative Party begins his tenure in service to the people of Canada.                      


 

 Friday, Oct 12 2020  

Published 9:30 am

 

Thought police

Voters will choose accountability

Staff/Voice file photo

 

MLA Laurie Throness at the Lions Club in December 2018.

 

Just like they did with SD33 Trustee Barry Neufeld, a few of the loudest militant serial protestors are making noise and fomenting hostility again this time calling for 2020 election Chilliwack-Kent candidate MLA Laurie Throness' head.

 

The extreme left is sitting there kicking their feet trying to whip up support for their backfiring cancel culture. No one is calling the LGBTQ down or eviscerating them with hair-on-fire comments for their lifestyle choices or forcing them to do anything.

 

You don't see the same type of pushback from Christians against homosexuality as you see from the LGBTQ Kabuki Theatre narrative they want to fit their agenda.

 

If BC Liberal Party leader Andrew Wilkinson thought Throness was being a hater, a bigot or doing anything wrong then he wouldn't allow Throness to run in the Chilliwack-Kent riding.

 

The item below are nothing more than peanut gallery posts who continue to demonstrate what's not so social about social media. They still have  unfettered access to be on The Voice.

 

Canada is a democracy. It's not run by "Thought Police". If it were, Adolph Hitler, Kim Jon Un and Xi Jinping would be smiling.

 

People need to stop letting their feelings get hurt. There is life outside the LGBTQ barbed wire. Everyone doesn't need to be "politically correct". Why? Society is tolerant enough as it is.

 

Run an LGBTQ candidate in the  Chilliwack-Kent riding and let voters make the choice.

 

MLA Laurie Throness could not be reached for comment.

 

 Friday, Oct 12 2020  

Published 9:30 am

 

The bigger you are the harder they jump

Heat turned up calling for Laurie Throness to resign

Andrew Chu, NDP/Voice file photo

 

MLA Laurie Throness speaks at the Alliance Church on Young Road.

 

People are telling Andrew Wilkinson to remove conversion therapy supporter Laurie Throness ahead of today’s 1pm candidate nomination deadline:
 

“He doesn’t disagree with conversion therapy ...he’s all for it, that’s why he shouldn’t be running. People don’t deserve a public platform that incites this kind of crap. I’ll be back on the fence if Wilkinson doesn’t drop him.” - Walter R. Johnstone  
 

“Throness has held and promoted these views for years. It is about time that there is accountability for these views.” - Mike Olson
 

“I’m a non-partisan, political centrist. I will support good ideas from any party.  I will never support a party that tolerates homophobia.” - Craig Cameron
 

“They weren’t dealt with to my satisfaction Mr Wilkinson. Mr Throness’ homophobia and misogyny is on full display and taints your party.” - Phyllis Fawcett
 

“Throness shouldn’t be in any party that tolerates his views (and no party should exist that would welcome his views). He should run as an independent & his homophobic & transphobic supporters can align behind HIS rhetoric.” - Jesse Miller
 

I think if anyone has a platform to ask BC Liberal candidates a question, it should be this one; "Do you think @Wilkinson4BC was correct in not removing @LaurieThroness from his cabinet for his homophobic views?” - Darin Graham 
 

“I was also proud to sign this letter as a parent and as VP of Chilliwack #Metis. My prediction is that @bcliberals and @Wilkinson4BC are too gutless to remove this hateful homophobe. #bcpoli #BCelxn2020” - Peter Lang
 

“I was happy to sign this letter. There should be no place for homophobia in any party in BC. The BC Liberals actually started SOGI education, so I do not believe that Mr. Throness’s views reflect those of the party as a whole. We will see if Mr. Wilkinson stands for what’s right.” - Willow Reichelt, School Trustee in Chilliwack
 

“This is VANCOLOUR discussed this issue with Christy Clark, Richard Zussman, and most recently with Selina Robinson, who all agree that Throness' views on conversion therapy are unequivocally homophobic.” - Mo Amir, VANCOLOUR Podcast
 

“There is absolutely NO place for #transphobia or #homophobia in #bcpoli. We are calling on @bcliberals leader @Wilkinson4BC to remove @LaurieThroness as a #BCelxn2020 candidate. Politicians are elected to represent ALL citizens & #bcliberals need to prove that is their mandate.” - Carrie Bercic
 

“Sadly a permanent fixture in my riding - doing the right thing is never easy- remove him off the ballot @bcliberals” - Heather Attridge
 

“It’s 2020, we shouldn’t continue to condone discrimination in our communities or in #bcpoli” - Stacey Wakelin
 

“Absolutely. If there's no room for homophobia in the @bcliberals then there's no room for Laurie Throness. Waiting for action, @Wilkinson4BC... it's long overdue.” - Robin Stevenson

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 1, 2020  

Published 2 pm

Local Pride Society calls for Throness' resignation

"Promoted harmful and discriminatory views"

Peirre Richez/Voice file photos

 

 

Local Métis member Louis de Jaegger.

 

We represent a wide section of people in British Columbia who advocate for and promote safe, positive, and welcoming communities for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We have come together to write to you to express our disappointment with the space you continue to provide for homophobia and transphobia in your party.

 

Over the last year, members of your party have promoted harmful and discriminatory views. We were encouraged when you responded to these concerns by saying “there is no room in the BC Liberal Party for homophobia, transphobia, or any other form of discrimination.”

 

We hope you will ensure this commitment is upheld. As such, we are deeply disappointed that Laurie Throness remains in the BC Liberal Party.

 

In recent months, Laurie Throness has publicly defended conversion therapy, which causes harm and trauma to LGBTQ+ children and youth. Conversion therapy is a dangerous practice with no basis in science, and it costs lives. It is our view that there should be no space for views like this in a major political party seeking to govern.

 

As a reminder, it was in response to these views that your party was excluded from Vancouver Pride this year. Removing Laurie Throness would show the people of British Columbia that you don’t tolerate homophobia and transphobia. The deadline for removing Laurie Throness as a candidate is Friday, October 2nd, at 1 pm. We urge you to back up your statements with actions and demonstrate that discrimination has no place in the BC Liberal Party.

 

 

 Friday, Oct 2, 2020  

Published 8 am

 

Lockdown at CCS

Police looked for knife-wielding suspect 

Staff/Voice photos

 

Chilliwack Senior Secondary was briefly locked down Wednesday afternoon. A student said a person had a knife.

 

There were no paramedics on-site and firefighters left the scene. So it's assumed no one was injured and it hasn't been confirmed if the party involved was arrested.

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 1, 2020  

Published 2 pm

 

Where  Eagles Dare

Fabulous Stone stainless sculpture on for sale for a cool $350,000

Staff/Voice photos

 

Kevin Stone's eagle took 8 months and approximately 1100 hours to create.

 

When it comes to stainless steel, Chilliwack's Kevin Stone and Elon Musk are cousins.

 

The affable Stone specializes in large-scale, 3-dimensional, stainless steel sculptures. Creating some of the largest sculptures in the world.

 

To say Stone is a genius does little to describe what he's done with some of the hardest and most durable metal on the planet. Over the years he's created other extreme sculptures from massive eagles to a brilliant dragon – which at one point was on display at Dollywood in the US.

 

His latest creation, a spectacular eagle, aka Big Bird, has been on display in front of Stone's Speedshop on Rowat Ave and is for sale on first come first serve basis for $350,000


The one-of-a-kind eagle was painstakingly cut and welded over 8 months (1100 hours) to cut and weld. It was all created inside his shop which is a magnanimous feat in itself.


The City of Chilliwack was interested in it for one of the roundabouts gratis. Stone made another eagle and a dragon that was on display at River Rock Casino in Richmond, but when they were moving them back one of them hit an overpass and destroyed the top of it.


He thought that maybe he could sue for repairs.


"Even though I would have won, just to get it to court would have cost $60,000, so I just walked away from it."


Naturally his sculptures are built to last a lifetime. Cleaning is easy. Just pressure wash them once a year.


Interested buyers can contact Stone via e-mail or call 604 644 8272. Be one of his flock of followers and Connect on Facebook #sculptures or ogle his fine creations on his website here. Visit stonespeedshop   for more details about the man.

 

 

 Thursday, Oct 1, 2020  

Published 2 pm

 

Coulter throws hat into the 2020 elections

SD33 Chair will have to take a leave of absence, will there be a by election?

Tim Chu, NDP/File photo

 

Dan Coulter, current SD33 chair will be campaigning under the NDP banner again. (Photo 2017)

 

Dan Coulter, chair of the Chilliwack Board of Education and a school trustee since 2013, will run for the BC NDP in Chilliwack.

“Having been a school trustee since 2013, I have seen how the BC Liberals cut education for a generation of kids, refusing to build schools in growing communities,” said Coulter. “With John Horgan and the BC NDP, they are investing in record amounts to build new schools and hire new teachers. This is why I’m running on John’s team.”

Coulter has been outspoken on the issue of public education. He blasted the BC Liberals’ record, specifically pointing to Andrew Wilkinson’s time as Minister of Citizens’ Services when he sold lots of land designated for schools and hospitals to wealthy developers.

“I have served the city of Chilliwack as an elected official for many years and I know the impact government can have on the lives of people,” Coulter added. “We deserve an MLA who will look out for you and your family. I will fight to make sure we have better health care services, good job opportunities locally and the best start possible for our kids in terms of education.”  

Coulter has lived in Chilliwack for 15 years and promotes Chilliwack’s natural beauty and hospitality every opportunity he gets.

 

 

 

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