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Thursday December 1, 2011

BC Gov't News

A Quick Fix

Loophole doesn't mean its legal to drink and drive

Released by Gov't of BC

 

olicitor General Shirley Bond had this statement today regarding the B.C. Supreme Court decision on Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) legislation:        

Read more here

Monday December 5, 2011

Lifestyle

 

A Clear Perspective

Learn the basics of Mindfulness Meditation Dec 11

Submitted by KS

 

o Lam Buddhist Association is hosting a "Mindfulness Meditation" Course in English language on Sunday, December...

Read more here

Wednesday December 7, 2011

Community

Home Help For The Holidays 

Its free, anonymous and confidential

Released by Kids Help Phone

 

hen we think of kids and the holidays, family concerns, stress, and anxiety aren't typically things we associate with the gift-giving season.

        While this can be a wonderful time of year, families can also feel...

Read more here  

Wednesday December 7, 2011

BC Gov't News

Playground Money Bounces Back   

Liberals not playing around when it comes to three Chilliwack schools

Released by Marc Wang, BC Gov't Caucus

 

arent Advisory Councils (PACs) at three Chilliwack public schools are receiving a total of $62,500 in reimbursements for playground equipment. The funding is part of $2.4 million to reimburse PACs throughout the province...

 

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 Feature Story                                                                   Saturday December 10, 2011

     

Back In The High Life Again

The Village is open and changing lives already

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

Eric Hunken's life changed forever in September when he moved into The Village pictured behind him.

 

e would come home drunk and stoned to a rusty tin trailer without heat or a kitchen, shower or laundry.

 

Life for Eric Hunken was a bitch. There's no other way to explain it. He was a mess and addicted to almost every substance known to man from marijuana to methamphetamines and spending all his money getting bent-out-of-shape. It was an easy escape and way to numb a life riddled with pain and self-abuse.

 

It was a miracle that he lived.

 

Then one day he made a choice and hasn't looked back since. He signed-up for Miracle Valley and somehow weaned himself off drugs and booze. And if that wasn't tough enough, he even gave up smoking.

Read the story and see the photos here

  Monday December 19, 2011

Community

Mounties Always Get Their Can

Thanks to the community the Stuff The Cruiser event was a valley-wide success

Released by Cst. T Wolbeck, Chwk RCMP

 

he Upper Fraser Valley RCMP have completed their annual Stuff the Cruiser event and would like to thank the communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope and Boston Bar for their support and generosity.

 Read more here

 

Thursday December 1, 2011

City Hall News

Productive in Principle

Agriculture plan ready for public scrutiny

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

draft version of the Chilliwack Agricultural Area Plan is now ready for public review and input and will be presented at two upcoming open houses. Underway since May 2010, the draft Plan identifies key issues affecting the sustainability of agriculture in Chilliwack and...

Read more here

Thursday December 1, 2011

On The Road

CounterAttack Is Back

Think and survive, don't drink and drive

Released by Cpl Hollingsworth, Chwk RCMP

 

t's that time of year again where CounterAttack road blocks will be in full swing. RCMP will be set up all over the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment area starting on Friday, December 2nd.

 

Read more here

Thursday December 1, 2011

Community

Benevolent Women

Tips for the holiday philanthropist

Released by Canadian Women's Fdn

 

he Canadian Women's Foundation is challenging women to embrace a new holiday gift idea; one of empowerment for women & girls.

        During the holidays, Canadians manage to step out of the hustle and bustle of shopping, gift-wrapping, and over-eating to remember those less fortunate.

Read more here

Thursday December 1, 2011

Fire Dept News

Feeding the Need

Emergency crews collected 12,000 items last year

Released by Linette Vugteveen, City of Chwk FD

 

he Chilliwack Fire Department will be holding their Annual Food Drive on Monday, December 5th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Once again, department members will be going door to door in the community...   

Read more here

Thursday December 1, 2011

Theatre

The Chance To Love Again

Faust plays live on Galaxy Cimema's big screen Dec 10

Released by Pat Marshall, Cineplex

 

ith Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod’s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served. Tony Award®-winning director...      

Read more here

Thursday December 1, 2011

On The Road

Insurance Rates Set To Increase

Changes will cost the majority of customers an average of $27 extra per year

Released by ICBC

 

onfirming its rates announcement on Tuesday, November 29, ICBC will submit an application today with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for an increase to its basic insurance...

 

 Read more here

Thursday December 1, 2011

Community Sports

Safer Than Boxing

MMA Warpath III scrappers ready for Friday night fights

Staff/Voice photos

 

he athletes have arrived in Chilliwack from all over the country to take part in the Warpath III Mixed Martial Arts slated for...

 Read more here

Saturday December 3, 2011

Federal Politics

It's A Gas

Fed announces $3.5M from gas taxes to fund Bailey Landfill extraction system

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

hanks to $3.5 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund, residents across the region will benefit from improved air quality with the addition of a new gas extraction system at the Bailey Landfill.

 Read more here

 

Saturday December 3, 2011

City Hall News

Riding A White Elephant

Tourism Chilliwack takeover of Heritage Park gives site a new lease on life

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

he City of Chilliwack and Tourism Chilliwack are pleased to announce a five year Management Agreement for the operation of Heritage Park.
        "Chilliwack Heritage Park is a valuable asset that benefits local...

 Read more here

Saturday December 3, 2011

BC Politics

Janzen Opts Out of Provincial Politics

No word on her future plans in federal politics, if any

Submitted by Diane Janzen/Voice file photo

 

iane Janzen today announced that she is stepping down from the BC Liberal nomination for the riding of Chilliwack Hope.  She indicated that in the last few weeks there had been a growing concern over her...

 Read more here

Monday December 5, 2011

Health News

Delivering Data Empowers Patients

Online tool assists patients waiting for surgery 

Released by Roy Thorpe-Dorward, FHA

 

atients and physicians can easily find the names of surgeons in Fraser Health who may be able to perform surgical procedures sooner than others with the launch today of a new online tool.

 Read more here

Monday December 5, 2011

Police News

Gambling For A Good Cause

Gaming grants help local organisations

Released by Marc Wang, BC Liberal Caucus

 

ive organizations in Chilliwack and the eastern Fraser Valley will share $165,550 in the latest round of gaming grants released today by the provincial government. They are:

 Read more here

Monday December 5, 2011

Letters

Yale Treaty A Sideshow To Real Problem

Money-hungry Canadian government bucks global trend to banish fish farms 

Submitted by Eddie Gardiner, Skwah

 

s the battle lines are being drawn over fishing sites in the Fraser Canyon with the Yale Treaty being pushed for final ratification at the federal level, tension is rising and conflicts over... 

Read more here

Monday December 5, 2011

Federal Politics

Ottawa Looks To Consult With Public On 2012 Budget

Time and date TBA in New Year

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl is encouraging local residents to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in...

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Monday December 5, 2011

Community

The End Of Violence Against Women

National day of remembrance for victims

Released by Health Employees Union

 

t was 22 years ago on December 6 that our country was horrified by the worst targeted
mass murder of women in Canadian history. It's now etched...

 Read more here

 Tuesday December 6, 2011

Community

Protecting The Community  From Hunger

Emergency services collects over 20,000 items Monday

Released by Jeff Ullyot, CFD

 

he Chilliwack Fire Department along with Chilliwack Search and Rescue and Chilliwack Emergency Social Services would like to thank the citizens of Chilliwack for making the 2011 Emergency Service Food...

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Monday December 5, 2011

Community

UFV Prof Throws Hat Into The Ring 

Martin declares election bid

Released by John Martin, Chilliwack BC

 

fter much consideration and consultation, I am announcing that I will be seeking the BC Conservative nomination in the upcoming by-election in Chilliwack-Hope.
        British Columbia needs a common sense, mainstream choice...

Read more here  

 Tuesday December 6, 2011

Veterans News

"Bottleneck" At Top Level

Local vet reacts to Veteran's Affairs cutbacks

Submitted by Ret. Officer Claude LaTulippe

 

he organization (Veterans Affairs Canada) which veterans have blamed over the last 6-7 years for not doing their job is now using veterans to keep their job. This blows my mind.

        Undoubtedly, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) needs revamping. A cutback of 500 positions won't...

Read more here

 

 Tuesday December 6, 2011

On The Road

 

Driving Impaired Isn't An Option

Drugs and alcohol still rampant behind the wheel

Released by BCAA RSF

 

ith the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers down by almost half in the past year, why is it still important to remind people not to drive while impaired?
        Allan Lamb, President and COO of the BCAA Road Safety...

Read more here

Wednesday December 7, 2011

Commentary

The Misogyny Of Islam

Arab Spring? In Egypt? For Women?

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

ardly. Things will be worse for Egyptian women if the projected results of the current elections (by CBC, BBC, and Aljazeera) hold true. The Muslim Brotherhood will have the most votes (60 per cent first round vote...

Read more here  

Wednesday December 7, 2011

Run-of-River News

Coming Soon To A Creek Near You 

Open House planned for mid-January

Released by Cloudworks Energy

 

loudworks Energy Inc., a BC-based renewable hydroelectric developer that is wholly owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., proposes to construct three run-of-river hydroelectric projects...

 

Read more here

Wednesday December 7, 2011

Community

Movember Money Rollz In  

Local amateur sports team helps prostrate cancer cause

Submitted by Dale Erikson, PCSG

 

n December 6, 2011, Mark Collins and Paul Gumprich  of the Chilliwack Firefighters...

 

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Wednesday December 7, 2011

Environment

Eagle-Eyed Tourists Treated To Rare Event 

The Chehalis Eagles Have Done It Again

Submitted by Karen Bills, FVBEF

 

t is hard after 60 years of following bald eagles and other raptors around the world to be awed by something so different, so excessive that it is truly record setting, but the eagles of the Chehalis flats have done it again.

Read more here  

Wednesday December 7, 2011

Federal Politics

How Green Is Your Valley?

Green parties in Canada condemn government's sabotage of international climate agreement

Released by the BC Green Party

 

eaders and representatives of the Green Parties of Canada, Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island...

 

Read more here

Wednesday December 7, 2011

Environment

Mother Earth Smiles 

Over 5-tons of pesticides turned in for proper disposal

Released by Clean Farms/ Web image

 

n an e-mail to the Voice on Wednesday, Clean Farms officials said The Abbotsford location was intended to collect from farmers across the Fraser Valley. The 10,000 kg collected...

 

Read more here

Wednesday December 7, 2011

Books

Eat, Drink And Laugh 

Ukrainian Soul Food with stories from the village

Submitted by Reisa Stone, Chilliwack

 

hy is call Ukrainian Soul Food? Yizha dusha, soul food, is powerful thing. Dusha, soul, is fierce vitality force. It is roaring flame you cannot put out, inside cage of thick flesh and hard bone.

  

Read more here  

Thursday December 8, 2011

Real Estate News

Realtors There For The Community

CADREB says exceptional land deals to be had now

Released by Steve Lerigny, CRAE

 

ou may have noticed that more often than not, if there is community fund-raiser, a family oriented fair, or a seasonal initiative such as a senior's tour of Christmas lights or a blanket and warm clothing drive, your local...

Read more here

 Friday December 9, 2011

Community

Vocal Ensembles For Charity

Two singing groups for the price of eight at the Cultch

Submitted by Nicola Davies, POE

 

ieces of Eight vocal octet, from Chilliwack, is partnering this year with the Kwantlen Chamber Singers on Wednesday December 21, to bring you a celebration of family...

Read more here

 Friday December 9, 2011

Health News

Golfing For Greenbacks

Alpine Disposal and Jolly Miller pitch-in to raise $14K

Released by Jessica Boldt, FVHCF

 

ave Archibald and Don Mayhew, owners of Alpine Valley Disposal and Poma...

Read more here

 Sunday December 11, 2011

Community

Reflections of Love

The Hospice Society tree is a place for your memories

Staff/Voice photo

 

hen someone loses a loved one from their life, memories of the person who passed away often come flooding back over the Christmas holidays.

Read more here

 Sunday December 11, 2011

Lifestyles

Amazing Amethyst

Uber cool bookstore the heartbeat of the alternative community

Staff/Voice photos

 

hen you open the door to Amethyst Bookstore you’re stepping into another dimension. Immediately...

Read more here

 Monday December 12, 2011

Commentary

A Deeper Meaning of Christmas

Celebrating the season with a little love, peace and harmony no matter what faith

Sorcha Kincaid, Wiccan High Priestess, Chilliwack

 

hristmas shopping, Christmas presents, Christmas baking....the list can go on forever! December doesn't just belong to those of Christian faith yet everywhere we look...

Read more here

Monday December 12, 2011

Rally For The Salmon

Fish Farm Fight To The Finish

USA worried as DFO waffles

Submitted by Eddie Gardiner, Skwah Elder

 

almon Are Sacred! Please find attached a Media Advisory for the Wild  Salmon Rally to take place at Bld #10 at Coqualeetza on Thursday at 11:00 am.

    A most menacing threat to wild salmon survival are open-net...

Read more here

Wednesday December 14, 2011

Local News

 

Firefighters For Food

Mark Strahl lauds Chilliwack's first responders in Ottawa

Released by Robert Pearsall for MP M Strahl

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, stood in the House of Commons today to..

 Read more here

Wednesday December 14, 2011

BC Politics

Going Green No Laughing Matter

Criminalizing illegal drugs causes more harm to the community than good

Released by the BC Green Party

 

he recently released paper by the Health Officers Council (HOC) of British Columbia here on regulating alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, including illegal substances, details a public health approach and makes recommendations that are...

Read more here

Wednesday December 14, 2011

CRV News

Owl Forest Fight Flares

Penner's office "may be" linked to another controversial CRV decision

Released by Glen Thompson, FCRV/Voice file

 

ast year we were stunned by Barry Penner’s decision to deny an Environmental Assessment of the Larsons Bench open pit gravel mine. MOE officials...

 Read more here

 Wednesday December 14, 2011

Crime News

Hot Wire

Hollingsworth: Copper theft continues to be a problem

Released

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth

 

he Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment area is being hit hard with copper wire theft as several business have been victimized as of recent. Police are asking for help from the communities of the Upper Fraser Valley to combat this problem.

Read more here

Wednesday December 14, 2011

Crime News

Training Day 

Chilliwack RCMP arrest pair driving with stolen plates

Staff/Voice photos

 

here was some good luck and hard-luck today when CNR crews unwittingly assisted police in arresting a pair of ...

 Read more here

Thursday December 15, 2011

Crime News

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels 

Thieves made off with almost $150,000 in vehicles and machinery

Released by Cpl. T. Hollingsworth RCMP UFVRD Chilliwack/Voice photos

 

n December 8, 2011, at 8:15 AM, Chilliwack RCMP responded to a report of a business break and enter at Rollins Machinery on Yale Road West. The rear fence to the compound...

 Read more here

Friday December 16, 2011

Christmas Event

Catch The Gingerbread Man  If You Can

Sutton Realty Gingerbread village an edible delight

Staff/Voice photos

 

ave you ever wanted to get lost in a world of gingerbread but couldn’t find one? There’s a quaint village loaded with icing and tasty-looking embellishments...

Read more here

  Friday December 16, 2011

Fire Dept News

Commercial Bldg Fire Investigated

Rosedale loses two businesses to early morning blaze

Released by Jeff Ullyot, City of Chilliwack Fire Department

 

he City of Chilliwack Fire Department attended a commercial structure fire in the 51000 block of Yale Road at approximately 0200 hours on Friday, December 16, 2011.        

 Read more here

  Friday December 16, 2011

City Seen

Check-Up Time

Exactly how do they get in the clock tower?

Staff/Voice photos

 

t's the heartbeat of the community. It's also part of an elite group of the world's largest free-standing clocks and is located in a remote village called Chilliwack.

 

 Read more here

Monday December 19, 2011

Health News

Surgical Wait Times Up Across Canada

BC faired second-best in Waiting Your Turn Report

Released by Fraser Institute

 

anadians seeking surgical or other therapeutic treatment faced a median wait time of 19.0 weeks in 2011, the longest wait time since 1993 when the Fraser Institute first began measuring wait times...

Read more here

Monday December 19, 2011

Community

Bagging Hunger

Operation Cleanout Your Pantry coming soon to a doorstep near you  Staff/Voice photos

 

s it time to clean out the cupboard? Do you have food stuff sitting around that you’ll probably never use? Why not donate it to help low-income people, including many seniors in the community on fixed incomes?

Read more here

Monday December 19, 2011

FVRD News

Bales Lauds Lake's Gravel Stance

The first step is a big one acknowledging there is a problem at Lake Errock

Submitted by Wendy Bales, FVRD Area C Dir

 

was so happy to get the above letter from the provincial Environment
Minister Terry Lake, in which he states;

        "I appreciate your concerns about the impact of gravel...

Read more here

Wednesday December 21, 2011

BC Politics

A New Face In The Race

Stephany set to announce run for the NDP in Hope-Chilliwack riding

Staff/Voice source

 

new candidate has emerged as the NDP nomination for the Chilliwack-Hope riding. She is Kathleen Stephany of Harrison Hot Springs. She was the NDP candidate in 2009 in Langley and has a very impressive CV background. Watch the Voice for more in a few days.

 Wednesday December 21, 2011

Health News

Hospital or Home For the Holidays?

Fraser Health's tips to help keep you out of the ER this holiday season

Released by FHA

 

ospital emergency departments are busy places, and during the winter months, visits to local hospitals can increase dramatically. Fraser Health is asking residents to help by taking simple steps to avoid unnecessary trips to your local...

Read more here

 Thursday December 22, 2011

BC Politics

Just Watch Me

Kathleen Stephany seeks NDP nod for Chilliwack-Hope riding

Staff/Voice/Photo Submitted

 

oters will have a brand new choice in the upcoming by-election TBA, after Wednesday's announcement by Kathleen Stephany that she'll be seeking nomination as the NDP candidate for the Chilliwack-Hope riding...

 

Read more here

 Friday December 23, 2011

City Hall News

Class of 2011

City Hall welcomes new councillors and incumbents back to chambers

Staff/Voice photos

 

hilliwack City Councillors posed for their new photos at city hall Tuesday afternoon.

        Then, just when you think you know someone, there's the behind-the-scenes action.

 

Read more here

 Saturday December 24, 2011

On The Road

Winter Driving Checklist

Being ready is half the battle

Released by the TD Bank/Web image

 

hen the snow hits British Columbia, it seems residents are much more likely to hit the slopes than drive in it. 

 

Read more here  

 Saturday December 24, 2011

Environment

Free Tree Recycling

Leave your tree curbside or drop it off at your leisure

Released by the City of Chilliwack

 

lace your tree at curbside for pick-up on your regular collection day. Emterra Environmental will pick up your Christmas tree for FREE! (Limit 2 trees per residence).

        For non-curbside residents:

Fraser Cheam Soil & Fibre Ltd....

Read more here

 Sunday December 25, 2011

Crime Beat

Police Busy With The Season Too

Motherly love, midnight movers, lost hikers found safe

Joe Reporter/Voice

 

he following are some briefs of what’s been happening on the streets of Chilliwack over the last two weeks. The reports are as accurate as we can be, however there will be some discrepancies from time to time.

 

Read more here

 Tuesday December 27, 2011

Student News

Con-Ed Christmas Present

Students will save $350 per year and the interest clock starts ticking only after leaving school

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl

 

eginning January 1, 2012, education will be more affordable for part-time students when new and existing loans for those students will be interest...

Read more here

  Wednesday December 28, 2011

Local News

Three Rescued Atop Submerged Truck

Emergency personnel tackle tricky nighttime situation

Staff/Voice

 

mergency services were scrambled Wednesday night at approximately 7:20 P.M. when a call came in to 9-1-1 that...       

 Read more here

 

Thursday December 1, 2011

BIA News

Christmas in the City

Winter Carnival Dec 17 in Chilliwack

Submitted by Desmond Devnich, DBIA

 

arnival rides, children’s games, Santa Claus and classic Christmas movies come to Princess Avenue and Young Road as part of the Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) Christmas in the City celebrations. Prospera Credit Union proudly...

Read more here

Saturday December 3, 2011

Christmas

Making Christmas Merrier

Tree decorating contest pits local schools against each for the Food Bank  Staff/Voice photos

 

half dozen huge Christmas trees standing tall in the lobby of Coast Hotel Chilliwack...

 Read more here

Monday December 5, 2011

Police News

Crime Hot Spots

Chilliwack RCMP identify the areas thieves are targeting the most

Released by Cst Tracy Wolbeck

 

n September 2010, the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP adopted a COMPSTAT policing model. The purpose of the "comparative statistics" model or COMPSTAT, is to provide intelligence-led policing by identifying crime series and crime hotspots in specific geographic areas.

 Read more here

 Tuesday December 6, 2011

Crime News

Mail Thefts Increase Over Holiday Season

RCMP Cst. Tracy Wolbeck's tips to reduce the chance of having mail stolen

Released by Cst Tracy Wolbeck, Chwk RCMP

 

ver the past weekend, the Chilliwack RCMP responded to two separate incidents of theft of mail from mailboxes. This is a trend that the police often see...

Read more here

Wednesday December 7, 2011

Community

Fill The Rink

Chilliwack Chiefs call on fans to help restock Salvation Army shelves Dec 28

Submitted by Glen Ringdal, Chwk Chiefs

 

he Chilliwack Chiefs have joined hands with the Salvation Army, the Save-On Food Group and four major Chilliwack media outlets in a bid to replenish Chilliwack and District Food Bank that will be depleted over Christmas.

Read more here

 

 Friday December 9, 2011

Federal Politics

Citizenship Fraud

The Tories have had enough

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, has commended the efforts of Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, to investigate 6,500 people in more than 100 countries for fraudulently attempting to gain Canadian citizenship.

Read more here

 Saturday December 10, 2011

City Seen

Once In A Blue Moon

Shooting the moon – a lunar eclipse over Chilliwack

Staff/Voice

 

hree things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha.

 Sunday December 11, 2011

Fire News

Up In Smoke

Livestock perish in barn blaze where makings of grow-op found

Released by Ian Josephson, CFD

 

t approximately 8 pm last night (Saturday), firefighters from Chilliwack firehalls 1, 4 and 6 responded to a barn fire in 6600 block of Prest Road. Upon arrival, crews found a fully involved barn. Firefighting was made difficult when it was...

Read more here

 Sunday December 11, 2011

Community

Babes In Toyland

RE/MAX makes kids Christmas that much better

Staff/Voice photos

 

E/MAX did it again. Their 18th Annual toy drive created a mountain of toys for Chilliwack Community Services...

Read more here

 Monday December 12, 2011

Community

Elfin Olympiad

Anderson wins $1000 for charity at Minters

Staff/Voice photos

 

hey stitched, snipped, sewed and sang in what was dubbed the Elf Olympics at Minter’s Country Store...

Read more here

Monday December 12, 2011

Commentary

Passing Judgment On Mother Earth

How one narrow-minded judge can wreak havoc on all of us

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

hy do I get so heated up by injunctions? We are being ruled by them. How so? Because a single judge in the province can allow enormous swaths of forests to fall, creeks...

Read more here  

 Monday December 12, 2011

Gifting Ideas

The First 100-Years

Chilliwack Fire Department has the perfect gift for history buffs

Released by Jeff Ullyot, Asst. Chief CFD

 

he City of Chilliwack Fire Department 100 year history book is now on sale.  The book was conceived in 2006 and was published this past fall. The book is a culmination of ...

Read more here

 Monday December 12, 2011

Local News

Cutting The Ribbon On A New Era

The Village welcomed by the hard-to-house in the community

Staff/Voice photo

 

ayor Sharon Gaetz, City of Chilliwack and members from Chilliwack Community...

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Wednesday December 14, 2011

Unique Rental Suite

The Coolest Home In The Hood 

Great local home needs tenant

Submitted by Debbie Walker, Chilliwack

 

re you looking for a great suite close to downtown?        Here's an ad submitted from one of our awesome Voice readers.

 Read more here

Wednesday December 14, 2011

Native Health News

FHA Inks Historic Accord With Salish 

Chiefs laud new healthcare agreement

Submitted by Davis Mackenzie, FNHS

 

ecognizing that First Nations must have more say in their own health, the Fraser Salish Nations and the Fraser Health Authority signed a Partnership...

 Read more here

Wednesday December 14, 2011

BC Politics

Questions of Loyalty To Her Majesty

MLA John Les says NDP deeply rooted in Quebec

Released by Stephen Harris, BC Liberal Caucus

 

oday, the House of Commons passed Bill C20, giving BC six additional seats – addressing historical over-representation by Quebec and under-representation by British Columbia in Ottawa.

Read more here

 

Wednesday December 14, 2011

Crime News

Internet Predator Nabbed 

Chilliwack RCMP charge a 20-year-old Surrey man with sexual assault

Released by Cpl. T. Hollingsworth

 

n December 7, 2011, the Chilliwack RCMP initiated an investigation of sexual interference after a complaint was received from the parents of a 13 year old Chilliwack girl who advised their daughter was engaged in a sexual relationship with a 20...

 Read more here

 Thursday December 15, 2011

Community News

Food Floods Back

St. Mary's School dries out and food hampers being restocked

Staff/Voice photos

 

t couldn't have happened at a worse time. A broken toilet flooded overnight last weekend...

Read more here

Thursday December 15, 2011

Health News

Shrug The Bug 

Pneumonia vaccines can save your life

Released by Vision Critical

 

new survey conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion, a division of Vision...

 Read more here

 Feature Story                                                                   Thursday December 15, 2011

     

Wild At The Wheel

Tow truck driver makes a citizen's arrest on Wolfe Rd.

Craig Hill/Voice photos

Kevin Sommerville talks about what happened Thursday when his tow truck was stolen.

 

hilliwack RCMP knew they had a menace behind the wheel somewhere in the city, but whenever he popped up, they couldn’t chase him even though he was running road blocks like the one on Lickman Rd. at Chilliwack Mountain Wednesday night. Police knew if they pursued there was no way he was going to stop and public safety would be put at risk. So all they could do was just watch and wait for their chance to apprehend him.

Enter tow truck driver Kevin Sommerville.

What began as a run-of-the-mill Thursday for the affable employee of Chilliwack Towing, ended at about 2:45 P.M. when he was forced...

 

Read the story and see the photos here

Saturday December 17, 2011

BC Gov't News

Welcoming Immigrants

Chilliwack Community Services to setup assistance programs with grant money

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus

 

ewcomers to Chilliwack will receive enhanced immigrant settlement services to help them settle into their new lives and gain employment through $188,665 in funding for the Chilliwack Community Services Society.

 

Read more here

Saturday December 17, 2011

Local News

BIA Has The Gift of Giving

Newly donated recycling bins aren't dumpster diver-friendly

Released by Debbie Biggin, BIA/Voice photos

 

s part of our ongoing strategic plan for the downtown, the BIA has purchased and donated ten garbage/ recycling bins to the City of Chilliwack as part of its greening initiative.

 

Read more here

  Saturday December 17, 2011

City Seen

Walking In A Minter Wonderland

From baubles to bubbles Minter's Country Store has it

Staff/Voice photos

 

inter's Country Store on Young Rd. is synonymous with Christmas in Chilliwack.

 Read more here

Sunday December 18, 2011

Community News

Away In The School St.

Manger

St Paul's Church celebrates the birth of Jesus   Staff/Voice photos

 

t. Pauls Church on School Street held their annual Living Nativity night Friday. The theme was bolstered by real animals like a big tom turkey, a mule and snowy white lambs. Both kids and adult parishioners took part.

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Sunday December 18, 2011

Community

Life's A Carnival

Families feeling festive for free winter fair downtown

Staff/Voice photos

 

he crowd was jubilant Saturday at the 2011 Winter Carnival despite coal black skies and occasional showers. 

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Monday December 19, 2011

Union News

Teachers Strike Deal

Disability and zero mandate looked at in bargaining

Released by Federation of Post Secondary Educators

 

early two years after the expiry of their collective agreement, post-secondary instructors have reached a tentative settlement that concludes the 2010 round of provincial common table negotiations...

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  Monday December 19, 2011

Salmon News

Iona Plant Discharge Scrutinized 

ISAv and fish farms not the only threat to wild salmon stocks – add sewage

Released by Fraser Riverkeeper

 

he Commission on Environmental Co-operation announced today that it will investigate allegations regarding Metro Vancouver's Iona sewage treatment facility...

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  Monday December 19, 2011

Community

Dealing With The Mean Behind The Screen

Empowered By Horses helps to bully-proof pre-teen girls

Submitted by Sharolyn Wandzura, EBH

 

ullying in the school yard is a regular occurrence. 86% of children between the ages of...

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Monday December 19, 2011

Community

Smile of the Week

Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven have more cats to adopt than the SPCA  

Staff/Voice

 

eet Reece! Born 2002 - Dark Tortoiseshell - (SF) (DSH) Very friendly but on her own terms. Unpredictable so should approach with caution. Certainly not suitable with children. Needs regular grooming to..

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 Wednesday December 21, 2011

Federal Politics

Staying Fit As A Fiddle

Federal health care transfer payments to provinces set to receive boost

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, said federal support for health care will continue to grow under a sustainable plan recently announced by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

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 Wednesday December 21, 2011

City Hall News

Provincial Funding Not There

Chilliwack council deciding on course of action for Carey Point flood control

Voice Staff/File photo

 

ll rivers love to straighten out. The voluminous Fraser River is no exception to the rule and Carey Point is simply in the river’s way.

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 Thursday December 22, 2011

A Myrtle Moment

Is Consensus Real?

How to hear what everyone is saying in a few simple steps

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald

 

n many organizations motions and voting have been replaced by consensus. In my sad experience in a variety of settings, it takes much longer to get real agreement that way. A few participants talk at length and often. As a result not everyone...

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 Thursday December 22, 2011

UFV News

It's A Wrap

University looks back on a significant year of highs

Released by Anne Russell, UFV/Voice file

 

n 2011, the University of the Fraser Valley continued to make significant contributions to...

 

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 Friday December 23, 2011

City Bus Holiday Schedule

Talking Taking Transit

Planning is needed if relying on public transit over the holidays

Staff/Voice photo

 

his holiday season, BC Transit service in...

 

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 Friday December 23, 2011

Student News

Nurse Bursaries Available This Fall

Funds will help students in need with $2,000 yearly

Released by the Government of BC

 

hrough the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Nurses Education Bursary, 190 students in nursing programs across British Columbia will receive a total of $380,000 in bursaries this fall.

        The Nurses Education Bursary (NEB) is a provincial...

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 Saturday December 24, 2011

Seniors Safety

How To Avoid Going Down

Top 10 tips to staying fall-free this winter

Released by the Gov't of BC/stock photo

 

now season has arrived, along with icy conditions that can lead to an unexpected slip or trip.

        Falls are the most common cause of injury among British Columbia seniors and are the main reason why older adults lose...

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 Saturday December 24, 2011

Health

Beat The Holiday Blues

Give yourself some breathing room

Courtesy of ABC News

 

hey say it's the most wonderful time of the year. But for many Americans and Canadians, the holiday season is the most hectic, most stressful and most demanding.

 

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 Saturday December 24, 2011

Faith

 

Christmas Message

United Church sends out their seasonal greetings

Released by Mardi Tindal

 

he following is the 2011 Christmas message offered by The United Church of Canada's Moderator, Mardi Tindal.

 

When the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would bear the...

 

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 Sunday December 25, 2011

Community

Lost Labrador

Keep your eyes peeled for this missing family dog

Submitted

Update: Jai has been found. Thanks!

 

ast night (Dec 22) my dog ran away from the house she was staying at over the holidays as I'm out of town. She was staying on McNaught Rd, in Chilliwack and was noticed missing around 9:45pm. There are many people looking for her and a loving family dearly wanting her returned home.

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 Sunday December 25, 2011

Local news

Christmas Nearly Blown Away 

Chilliwack Hydro crews save the day, and dinner, for thousands   Staff/Voice photos

 

ome turkey’s may not have gotten cooked on time when an unexpected squall came...

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 Monday December 26, 2011

On The Road

Counter Attack Continues

The top 5 excuses drivers give for driving under the influence

Released by Lindsay Olsen, ICBC/Voice file

 

CBC and police are reminding drivers that as Christmas quickly approaches and you begin confirming your New Year’s plans, it’s also time to start planning a...

 

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 Tuesday December 27, 2011

Community

Chalking Up Changes

New Rosedale Traditional Elementary School set to open

Staff/Voice photos

 

ome people who went to the school in decades gone by, may see it as demolishing old...

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  Wednesday December 28, 2011

Fire Dept News

Maple Ave Mattress Fire

Sleeping woman barely escapes

Released by Kathy Laynes for Jeff Ullyot, City of Chilliwack Fire Department

 

he City of Chilliwack Fire Department responded to a mattress fire in a home in the 46000 block of Maple Avenue on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at approximately 0640 hours. The fire was contained and has consumed the contents of a...          

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  Friday December 30, 2011

Entertainment

Gospel Side Too

Sojouners bring classic R&B, blues, doo-wop & country to the Cultch Jan 28

Released by Melissa Mark, CCAC

 

his Vancouver-based gospel trio comprises seasoned soul men Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders, and Ron Small. Each member’s distinct vocals come together to breathe new life into classic tunes. With echoes of doo-wop, R&B, country and blues.

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Friday December 2, 2011

Health News

Flapjacks For Funds

Make It Happen breakfast brings home the bacon

Staff/Voice photos

 

he Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation's Make it Happen annual breakfast fundraiser for the Chilliwack General...

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 Feature Story    Thurs December 8, 2011

Remembering Victims of Violence

Candlelight vigil draws a small group of citizens

Craig Hill/Voice photos

hey were killed only because they were women.

As part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on...

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 Thurs December 8, 2011

Community

Spend Next Year With The Firefighters

Calendar for sale at local Chilliwack malls

Released by Jeff Ullyot, CFD

 

he 2012 Chilliwack Firefighters' Charity Calendar is now available and makes the perfect gift for anyone and everyone on your gift list! Not only will you be giving a gift that can be enjoyed all year long, but...

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Friday December 16, 2011

Christmas Event

Five Minutes Of Funk 

Winter Carnival set for Saturday

Staff/Voice file photo

 

owntown Chilliwack BIA Executive Director Kathy Funk, Desmond Devnich and Debbie Biggin appeared on 98.3 Star FM Thursday to chat with morning show host Scott Riley and Lisa Stevens about what's been happening lately with the Business Improvement Association.

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 Saturday December 24, 2011

Pet Safety

From Cats To Canines

Avoid a veterinarian bill over Christmas holidays

Released by CSA

 

SA International's Pets and Holiday Safety Survey reveals some worrying information when it comes to Canadians and our pets during the holidays. The research revealed that nearly one...

 

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 Tuesday December 27, 2011

Smart Meter News

Injunction Sought

Group says health, safety, security and privacy compromised

Released by David Aaron, Lawyer

 

complaint has been filed under Section 47 of the Utilities Commission Act requesting an injunctive freeze on the wireless component of the Smart Meter Program without delay. This action is being taken to engage the Commission’s administrative function as a...

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 Sunday December 11, 2011

Community

Christmas Magic

Promontory Church hosts free community breakfast

Staff/Voice photos

 

romontory Church congregation members were up at at 'em early Saturday morning serving up delicious...

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