Sunday July 31, 2011

Community

Fresh Food Without The Middlers

Chilliwack Farmer's Market connects consumers directly with growers

Staff/Voice photos

 

hether it's Farm to Fork, the 100-Mile Diet or agri-tourism, farmer's markets are a...

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  Sunday July 31, 2011

Community

Thinking Pink

The Pink Tour stops in Chilliwack to talk about breast cancer

Staff/Voice photos

 

large pink bus covered stem to stern in autographs from empowered women stopped in Chilliwack at Minter's Country Garden Store Saturday.

Read more here

  Sunday July 31, 2011

BC Gov't

Eco-Offender Database

New public website has list of compliance and enforcement actions

Released by BC Gov't

 

he launch of a new online database will make it easier for British Columbians to keep track of the people, businesses and industries running afoul of B.C.’s environmental rules.

“The searchable database is..."

 

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 Sunday July 31, 2011

BC News

More Cell Phones Than Ever

New numbers to get 236 area code starting June 2013

Released by the CRTC

 

he Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a new area...

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Feature Story       Sunday July 31, 2011

                                                                            

Chilliwack Cowboy's Up

Party in the Park Western Night wrangles up some festivities Staff/Voice photos

 

agonloads of pawdnuh's fixin' for some good music, grub and fun found themselves corralled at Central Community Park on Friday for the Coast Capital Savings Party in the Park...

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  Friday July 29, 2011

Federal Politics

War Criminals Hunted

Immigration Canada looking for 30 undesirables

Released by office of MP Mark Strahl, Voice file photo

 

ith the arrest of a fifth suspected war criminal this week, the Conservative Government's decision to publicize the names and photos of 30 suspected war criminals was the right one, says Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.

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  Friday July 29, 2011

Casting Call

Canine Crooners, Doggie Dancers Wanted

"Canine Idol" at Party in the Park August 5 Fairy Tale Night

Released by Desmond Devnich, BIA

 

ow is your beloved dog's chance to shine! Join host, Desmond Devnich, and a number of local celebrity judges for Party in the Park's first ever...

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 Friday July 29, 2011

On The Road

Dozing Drivers Cause Crashes

This long weekend get plenty of rest and get home safely

Released by ICBC

 

ith many in search of warm weather for the B.C. Day long weekend, it’s a popular time to load up the car and take a long road trip. Those many hours behind the wheel can be particularly draining on warm summer days and increase your risk of driver fatigue.

 

Read more here

 Friday July 29, 2011

Health News

Patients Need Pot

BCCLA: Community dispensaries have proven track record

Released by

BCCLA

 

oday the BC Civil Liberties Association called for sweeping reforms to Health Canada’s Medical Marihuana Access Program (MMAP). Health Canada is preparing to amend the...

 

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 Friday July 29, 2011

Health News

Fight the Bite

West Nile finds in Okanagan and Washington last year prompts FHA to urge caution

Released by Murray Naseem, FHA

 

ith mosquito season in full swing, Fraser Health reminds residents to fight the bite from mosquitoes at home and when traveling this summer. West Nile Virus (WNV), a disease carried by birds and spread by mosquitoes, can infect people as well as other mammals.

 

Read more here

 Friday July 29, 2011

Crime News

Stupidity in Motion

Two men lucky to escape unharmed after track escapades

Released by Cpl Hollingsworth, Chwk RCMP

 

n July 24, 2011, shortly after 2:30 in the early morning, Agassiz RCMP responded to a report from CPR advising that a train had just run over a truck at the Cameron Road and Wells Road train crossing.

 

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 Friday July 29, 2011

HST Comment

Random Rafe

Seniors and low-income people hit the hardest 

Submitted by Rafe Mair

 

here is no "good" result possible out of the HST referendum and we have to understand that. It will cost us to get out and it will cost us dearly, year after years, in the long term.
        It's a bit strange, isn't it, to hear the Liberals saying "if you want to penalize us, wait until the next election but vote "no"...

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 Wednesday July 27, 2011

BC Politics

 

Smart Meters May Create Health Issues

BC Green Party leader says a moratorium is needed on wireless units

Released by the Green Party of BC

 

ll jurisdictions imposing blanket implementation of wireless Smart Meters face citizen backlash. Many have placed a moratorium on the installation of wireless Smart Meters pending further study.

Read more here

  Wednesday July 27, 2011

Crime News

Crack Shack A Goner

Crime Reduction Unit reduces drugs on Fletcher St.

Released by UFVRD Chilliwack RCMP

 

n July 20, 2011, members of the Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) and the Criminal Intelligence Section (CIS) obtained the necessary evidence to have a search warrant authorized a unit in the 9300 block of Fletcher Street which...

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 Wednesday July 26, 2011

Community

On Board for Breast Health 

Pink Bus in Chilliwack July 30

Released by Cpl Hollingsworth, Chwk RCMP

 

he Pink Tour, Power in Knowledge, an early detection and prevention initiative of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region (CBCF), launches today on the Georgia Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Read more here

 Wednesday July 26, 2011

Crime News

De-Wired Buildings 

RCMP looking for wire thief

Released by Cpl Hollingsworth, Chwk RCMP

 

n June 30, 2011, the Agassiz RCMP received a report of theft from a property in the 3100 block of Cemetery Rd...

 

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  Monday July 25, 2011

Teacher News

Harper Cuts Sector Council Funding

More union-busting body blows

Released by FPSE

 

here was no press release or briefing document to substantiate what had been decided, just a tersely worded letter to senior administrators that "core" funding would be cut by more than half effective immediately. 

 

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 Monday July 25, 2011

Comment

Farming Female Frankenfish

Betty looks at DFO Donaldson's report on genetically modified salmon

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland

 

elp, I’m falling…into a slough of despair. The deeper I get into reading the scientific papers on how to create sterilized, sex changed, fish farm fish slurry out of what would have been beautiful, healthy wild salmon is turning my stomach.

 

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 Monday July 25, 2011

Sports News

Paddle Power 

BC Gov't chips in $5000 for Kayak Championships at Tamihi August 1-7

Released by Marc Wang BC Liberal Caucus/Voice Tamihi file photo

 

he B.C. Government is contributing $5,000 to support the 2011 Canadian...

 

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Feature Story     Sunday July 24, 2011

                                                                            

Treasure Trove of Frolic

Party in the Park Pirate Night

Staff/Voice photos

 

ow that Coast Capital Party in the Park is in full swing why not take a stroll down to Victoria Ave and Young Rd Friday nights where you'll find a wide array of fun things to do with the family.

        Last week's theme was "Pirate Night" for the third of eight events.       

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  Sunday July 24, 2011

Community Sports

It's A Wrap

Reign Valley Vixens end the season on a win

Hootie, RVV/Russ Desauliners photo

 

bbotsford's Reign Valley Vixens closed season three and gobbled up the Okanagan Peach Tarts with a score of 160 to 72 on Saturday night at the MSA Arena. For information on how to join the league call Hootie at 778-808-5380.

  Sunday July 24, 2011

Special to the Voice

Huskers Buck Broncos in Exhibition 

Hendrickson capitalizes on team's weak spots

Ron Gallo story/photo

 

he Chilliwack Huskers defence was the difference in their first and only exhibition game as the team posted a come from...

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  Sunday July 24, 2011

City Hall News

Phoney Phone Survey

City officials advise residents not to divulge info on telephone

Submitted by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

ity Hall has received several phone calls from residents who've said they were surveyed (by phone) on behalf of the City of Chilliwack about curbside collection and their recycling habits. The City is not conducting a survey nor have we authorized another organization to do it on our behalf.
 

  Friday July 22, 2011

Sports News

Double the Pride

Local Chilliwack swimmer brings home 2 Olympic gold medals

Staff/Voice photos

 

lympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Keuster made a triumphant return to Chilliwack City Hall on Tuesday. Like a knight...

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  Friday July 22, 2011

On the Road

Keith Wilson Bridge Closure an August Surprise

Highway 1 & Yarrow Central the alternate routes

Released by Chilliwack City Hall

 

he City of Chilliwack will be completing maintenance repairs to the Keith Wilson Bridge...

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  Friday July 22, 2011

On the Road

Yale Not "Left" Behind

Hwy 1 improvement costing $800,000

Submitted by Chris Gadsden, FRSS

 

ur roving Chris Gadsden never has moss growing under his feet and he was in Yale last week and caught these photos of the new left turn lane going in  to improve access to All Hallowes Road on Highway 1.

        Expect crews to be widening on the west side of Highway 1. Remember to drive safer in Cone Zones this summer.

Read more here

  Friday July 22, 2011

Music Scene

Scathing "Scythia"

Are you ready for the "Oboe of Death" August 5 at OAP?

Compiled by staff/GSRBC photos & story

 

ancouver-based folk metal band Scythia is coming to Chilliwack on their Summer Siege tour to promote their upcoming sophomore release "...Of Exile"

Read more here  

  Friday July 22, 2011

Community

Jogging With Jackson

Chilliwack German Shepherd dog rescue centre need funds

Compiled by staff/GSRBC photos & story

 

eet Jackson who came into the Kamloops pound as a stray, with his brother Griffin. They are a very bonded pair, and roughly around a year old.

Read more here  

  Thursday July 21, 2011

City Hall News

Hearts of the City

Chilliwack Police Victim Services staff recognized for incredible community work

Staff/Voice photos

 

t could be your mother or father, aunt or uncle, but someone you know sometime will be traumatized as a victim of crime, in a car accident or burned out of their home in a fire. Who do they turn to? Where do they go when they need immediate help? Who do they turn to when they need another human being to talk to?

 Read more here  

  Thursday July 21, 2011

Crime News

Wanted: Owner of Lost Items

Chilliwack Mounties still have "found" war memorabilia

Cst. Tracy Wolbeck Chilliwack RCMP release

 

n  June 28, 2011, the founder of some World War II memorabilia came to the front counter of the Chilliwack RCMP ...

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  Thursday July 21, 2011

Community Heroes

Altruistic Angels

Victims Services volunteers honoured at City Hall

Cst. Tracy Wolbeck Chilliwack RCMP release

 

n Tuesday July, 19, 2011, the Chilliwack Victim Services volunteers were once again recognized for their invaluable support that they provide to...

 Read more here

  Thursday July 21, 2011

Community News

Animal House

Canada Post bites back and asks homeowners to check dogs after rash of injuries to posties

Released by Canada Post

 

anada Post is appealing to dog owners to help prevent dog bites across Canada following a series of recent incidents. In the first 18 days this month, Canada Post employees have reported 41 dog bites across the country, some very serious.       

 Read more here

Feature Story     Wednesday July 20, 2011

                                                                            

Pulling Together For Wild Salmon

Rally organizers plan to encircle the Cohen Commission building August 30 to have their voices heard

Craig Hill/Voice/Drum song used with permission of Williams family

 

he Pulling Together For Wild Salmon meeting Tuesday evening at Skwah Reserve consisted of a small group of people who are the heartbeat the movement to rid the West Coast...

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  Wednesday July 20, 2011

Community News

A Eureka Moment

Weather holds for filming in Chilliwack

Staff/Voice

 

hether you watch SyFy's show or not, when the cast and crew for the Eureka TV series hit town it's always an enlightening experience. People can get a glimpse of the actors and see how the director calls the shots, watch crews create the sets along Wellington Ave.

 Read more here

  Wednesday July 20, 2011

Community News

Fat Tuesday Friday

Mardi Gras fun at Party in the Park last Friday

Staff/Voice

 

t's only summer in Chilliwack once the Party in the Park has kicked into gear.

        Last Friday was Week 2 for the Coast Capital Savings...

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  Tuesday July 19, 2011

Regional News

Banner Bus Year

BC Transit puts up big ridership numbers

Released by Joanna Linsangan, BC Transit

 

C Transit released its 2010/11 annual report, marking yet another record-breaking year. Ridership increased 5% from the previous year to 51.2 million trips throughout the province.

        A number of communities experienced significant growth in ridership, including Fort St. John...

 

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  Monday July 18, 2011

Upcoming Event

Community Sale

Help restore the Historical Museum to it's original glory

Submitted by Dustin Ellis, CVCS

 

he Clayburn Village Community Society (CVCS), will be hosting a public market, on August 14, in the park at 34810 Old Clayburn Rd., and Wright Street, across from the Clayburn Village General Store and Tea House. The sale will begin at 10 AM and will remain open until 4PM.

 Read more here

  Monday July 18, 2011

Community Sports

One For The Road

Valley Vixens ready to chew up the Okanagan Peach Tarts

Submitted by Hootie, Reign Valley Vixens

 

elebrate the end of Season Three this weekend with the Derby Girls of Summer!

        Abbotsford's own Reign Valley Vixens face down the Okanagan Peach Tarts in this, the FINAL home bout of the season!

 Read more here

 

  Monday July 18, 2011

Arts Community

One Man's Passion

Artist Raymond Chui show July 23 to Sept 15

Submitted by Sue Grass, CVAA

 

hrough his art, Raymond Chui creates a story with emotions for his audience to interpret.

        In this exhibit Chui shares his passion for animals and people, showing us the appreciation and intrigue he has for the world around us.

        He believes we should all be a little more passionate.

 Read more here

 Monday July 18, 2011

BC Gov't News

 

Turning Left Was Never So Right

Yale gets $800k for highway safety improvements

Submitted by Marc Wang, BC Gov't Caucus

 

he Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has awarded a contract worth $800,000 to Timbro Contracting to improve access to All Hallowes Road on Highway 1.
Why this matters:
        Work will include widening the west side of Highway 1 to accommodate a left turn lane.

Read more here

  Monday July 18, 2011

Community News

The Man Who Turned To Stone

Stó:lō Nation invite the community to share their culture July 20

Submitted by Rebecca Middleton, Stó:lō Nation

 

ome join the next event in the Cultural Celebration Series at the Stó:lō Resource Centre. Learn about the Man Turned to Stone: Sxwoxwiyam of T'xwelatse on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:00-7:00pm.

 Read more here

  Monday July 18, 2011

Community News

It's Vedder Cleanup Time

River cleanup a tough job but someone has to do it

Submitted by Chris Gadsden, CVRCC

 

ur second Chilliwack River cleanup of 2011 will be taking place on Saturday July 23rd! Registration is at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, from 8am to
9am. If you do not know where the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is, the address is 5200 Sumas Prairie Rd, Chilliwack.

Read more here  

 Monday July 18, 2011

Comment

A Declaration Of Love

Ten resolutions for the solidarity of Native women in BC

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC for Laura Holland

 

hat's what I perceive the following declaration to be that has come to me from Vancouver's Indigenous Women, a declaration of love. I interpret this to be a declaration of love and respect of women and girls for each other, for their own culture of long ago that had no name for prostitution, for love of equality, for love of the earth.

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  Monday July 18, 2011

Community News

Pulling Together For Wild Salmon

Community Meeting at Skwah on Tuesday

Submitted by Eddie Gardiner

 

irst Nations and non-First Nations alike are joining forces at the Skwah First Nation old band office to discuss the current findings of the Cohen Commission federal inquiry into the collapse of the 2009 Fraser River Sockeye and prepare for the aquaculture hearings starting...

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  Monday July 18, 2011

Federal Politics

What's On Your Budget Wish List?

Harper gov't looking for feedback regarding 2012 budget

Released by office of MP Mark Strahl, Voice file photo

 

ith deadlines fast approaching, Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, is reminding local citizens that the Conservative Government is seeking their input on two important issues: Budget 2012 and changes to...

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  Monday July 18, 2011

Health News

Medicinal Pot

Harper gov't plans major overhaul

Released by office of MP Mark Strahl

 

ealth Canada is looking to hear from Canadians. The Conservative Government has proposed phasing out licenses that allow individuals to grow their own marihuana for medical purposes and instead having approved commercial operations produce medical marijuana in non-residential areas.

        "These proposals reflect concerns expressed by...

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  Sunday July 17, 2011

Community News

No Methadone Clinic

A persistent rumour quashed

Staff/Voice photo

PCRS on Victoria Ave. in Chilliwack.

 

he Voice received reports of a methadone clinic operating out of Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) on Victoria Ave.

        Some local businesses were concerned and said they were...

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  Sunday July 17, 2011

Crime News

Sunday Assault

Henderson St. attack leaves Native man injured

Staff/Voice photos

 

wo men assaulted a third on Henderson Ave. The victim managed to run away and a witness called police where they caught up with him on Wellington Ave. The victim wasn't badly injured and EHS was quick to respond.

 

  Sunday July 17, 2011

Community Sports

It's Reining Again

West Coast Classic horse handling championship

Staff/Voice photos

 

 

orses and riders compete at Heritage Park Saturday. The horse bolts out of the gate past the judges and then digs in, coming to a sliding stop.

 Read more here

Feature Story           Saturday July 16, 2011

Mission Complete

"First Blood"  movie fans rally for a Final Take in Hope BC  Staff/Voice

 

ome looked like Rambo. Some sounded like Rambo and some even acted like him. There were dogs dressed like Rambo. Moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas sporting Rambo-like headbands. People came from as far away as the UK to take part in what was called; Rambo: The Final Take last Sunday...

Read more here

  Friday July 15, 2011

HST News

Getting The Votes In The Box

Complicated ballot confusing voters

Submitted by Neil Monckton, VoteYesBC

 

n the past six weeks, millions of HST referendum ballots have landed in mailboxes of voters all across BC.
        Despite all the opposition – the slick ads, the stick men and the very complicated mail-in ballot – voters are beginning to respond.
        But getting our votes – Yes votes to Stop the HST – into the...

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  Friday July 15, 2011

Local Politics

Tendering Ideas

Harper gov't wants to kick start innovation

Released by office of MP Mark Strahl, Voice file photo

 

or help in moving their innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace, Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, is encouraging local businesses to submit applications to the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).

 Read more here

 

  Friday July 15, 2011

Community News

The Sounds of Music

Music Together creates relaxed learning environment

Submitted by Kendra Bergen, MTFV

 

or hundreds of thousands of families worldwide, Music Together® is children and their grownups joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives. A pioneer in early childhood music and movement education, Music Together offers...

 Read more here

  Friday July 15, 2011

Native News

Would You Drink It?

AFN responds to water and wastewater report on reserves

Released by Everybodybuys.com

 

ollowing today's release of the National Assessment of First Nation Water and Water Systems report, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo repeated his call for federal government to work urgently with First Nations on a concrete action plan that will deliver safe.

 

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  Friday July 15, 2011

Social Commentary

The Great Divide

The average income of the working poor is $14,500/yr

Released by Conferenceboard.ca

 

he richest group of Canadians increased their share of total national income while poor and middle-income individuals lost ground since 1993, according to The Conference Board of Canada's How Canada Performs analysis of income inequality. Even though income levels for the for the poorest group of Canadians also rose, albeit minimally, the gap...

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  Friday July 15, 2011

Business

Groupon Greed

Is it killing small business?

Released by Everybodybuys.com

 

new North American website is offering an ethical and sustainable alternative to profit-hungry online group discount companies like Groupon, that have been accused of exploiting retailers, putting small businesses in jeopardy of bankruptcy and customers at...

 

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 Friday July 15, 2011

Comment

Brain Food or Frankenfish?

How worried should we be about sex hormone residue?

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

es, I’m talking about sex changed fish and fish farms. Again. The Cohen Commission is presently looking at (or will look at) disease and sea lice in fish farms (data complied due to Alexandra Morton’s wonderful work) but I have come to the conclusion that the increasing practice of using sex...

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 Friday July 15, 2011

Comment

Random Rafe

The facts are in about sea lice and farmed salmon

Submitted by Rafe Mair

 

lockbuster hardly describes an internal DFO memo unearthed by Don Staniford, the doughty fighter against Atlantic Salmon fish farmers, which battle has included a lawsuit by the shameless bastards.

    The 2003 memo here recently made public via the Cohen Commission on collapsing Fraser...

 

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  Thursday July 14, 2011

Artists Call

How Do You See Poverty?

Photos, artwork needed for presentation

Submitted by Janine Bandcroft for CWP

 

anada Without Poverty seeks submissions of photographs, drawings and paintings depicting poverty in Canada from the east and west coasts to the far North and all points in between, from urban, suburban and rural perspectives, from those with the lived experience of poverty and from...

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  Thursday July 14, 2011

Upcoming Event

Rockin' Over The River

Airtram's 40th Anniversary party July 16

Submitted by Nicola Davies, SC

 

n July 1971, the first member of the public rode the aerial tram over Hell's Gate. Since then, 4.5 million guests have visited this privately owned and operated attraction.

        On July 16, join the party as they celebrate 40-years in the...

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  Thursday July 14, 2011

Entertainment

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Local musical theatre group brings the comic strip to life

Submitted by Nicola Davies, SC

 

econdary Characters, Chilliwack’s musical theatre company, is preparing for its upcoming production of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.’ Based on the classic comic strips of Charles Schultz, ‘Charlie Brown,’ gives audiences a humorous glimpse into a day in...

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  Thursday July 14, 2011

On The Road

Top 5 Teen Tips

What your teen needs to know to drive smarter

Released by ICBC

 

he weather is hot, school is out and now your teenager wants to hit the road – in your car. In 2010, more than 49,000 teens got their first B.C. driver’s licence.

        Once your teen has passed a knowledge exam and vision test, they can get behind the wheel – with some restrictions. Driving is especially risky when you lack experience as a new driver.

Read more here

  Thursday July 14, 2011

Health News

Home Is Where The Health Is

FHA reducing hospitalization times for senior

Released by Sara Marshall, Cineplex Odeon

 

raser Health is enhancing its home health services to help seniors stay healthy in their own homes for longer, return home after a hospital stay as soon as possible, and prevent admission to hospital or residential care until necessary.
        Home is generally the best place to recover from an illness...

Read more here

  Thursday July 14, 2011

Entertainment

Money In The Bank

WWE fans get it live on the big screen Sunday at Galaxy Theatres

Released by Sara Marshall, Cineplex Odeon

 

hree championship matches will be settled, two of the biggest athletes in WWE square off and one guaranteed title shot will be earned this Sunday.

        LIVE from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL! A guaranteed championship match hangs 20 feet above the ring in a steel briefcase.

 

Read more here

  Thursday July 14, 2011

Entertainment

Is It Greener On The Other Side?

The West Coast is playing a game of Eco catch-up

Submitted by Wendy Bales, FVRD Dir Area C

 

VRD Area C Director Wendy Bales spent her vacation in the Halifax area...

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  Thursday July 14, 2011

Consumer News

How Wise Are Smart Meters?

BC Hydro is spending a $1B to find out

Submitted by Walter McGinnis for D. Broten

 

n excerpt from Joyce Nelson’s upcoming article, “High Voltage: Spin and Lies of a Global Energy Grid,” in the September/October Watershed Sentinel

 

Book Quote: The reason for smart meters is to sell smart meters, and then smart appliances.

Read more here

  Thursday July 14, 2011

Business News

Blazing A  Trail To Success

CEO Mastermind group meets July 19

Submitted by Mimi Nelson, Chilliwack

 

trong businesses depend on confidence... support... strategies... feedback and these are just some of the benefits of being in a mastermind group!
        Right here in Chilliwack you have the opportunity to give and receive these benefits for yourself and for your fellow business owners.

Read more here

   Thursday July 14, 2011

Entertainment

Jam In Jubilee

CIVL 101.7 radio brings local bands to Jubilee Park July 21

Submitted by Aaron Levy, CIVL Radio

 

hree local bands will play in Jubilee Park from 7-9 pm featuring Chilliwack's Teapot Hill  including guitarist/singer and UFV Student Ryan Wugalter, Maple Ridge's Familia and Abbotsford's own Real Boys with MMVA winning local heroes You Say Party with co-founder and...

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  Thursday July 14, 2011

Entertainment

Full Circle

Local singing star Bergeron perform in Langley

Staff/Voice

 

ountry Songwriter/ Recording Artist Debbie Bergeron will be performing at the McBurney Café on July 20 at 8 pm located at 20504 Fraser Hwy in Langley BC. Debbie is a multi-nominated and awarded artist in the fields of artistry, songwriting, entertainer, album, international achievement, Country Gospel, and Female vocalist of the year.

Read more here

  Thursday July 14, 2011

Comment

With or Without You

The end of the analog era

Craig Hill/Voice

 

n August 31 local television stations in Canadian cities with populations of more than 300,000 will stop broadcasting in analog and switch to digital (DTV).

       This means that people watching TV on rabbit ears will have to find an alternative. Either buy a digital converter or they can subscribe to cable. Either way it's going to cost money.

Read more here

  Wednesday July 13, 2011

Native News

Good For The Goose & Gander

Hosting BC program helps local band nurture sports

Released by Marc Wang, BC Liberal Caucus

 

he Province is contributing $5,000 to support the 2011 Aboriginal Sport Championships hosted by the Seabird Island Band. The money is coming from the Hosting BC program, and will help First Nations and Métis communities from across the province come together to determine who is the best canoeist kayaker and soccer player.

Read more here

  Wednesday July 13, 2011

Community

The Business of Chilliwack News

How local sites rank against each other in value and traffic

Staff/Voice

 

ave you got a website and you're kind of curious to know how much it's worth on the open market?

        There are a variety of websites that check your Alexa ranking. The data is based on rankings and is just an estimate. Some site values may vary widely.

        Nonetheless, we did a little check on news sites and here's what we found.

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  Wednesday July 13, 2011

BC Politics

The Hard Truth About Student Debt

BC NDP Leader Dix says student poverty levels at an all-time high

Submitted by office of the BC NDP

 

dvanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto thinks that “student debt is a really good debt to assume” (July 8, 2011 Kelowna Buzz). Yamamoto needs to take a closer look at what the BC...

 

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Feature Story         Tuesday July 12, 2011

                                                                            

And There's Something We Loved About That

Party in the Park perfect  summer fare for the community 

Staff/Voice

 

rganizers promised a bigger and better Coast Capital Savings Party in the Park this year and on opening night Friday they...

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 Wednesday July 13, 2011

Lifestyle 

Give Peace A Chance

Creating personal sanctuary

Submitted by Sorcha Kincaid, Wiccan High Priestess, Chilliwack

 

very person needs their own safe harbour, a place they can just go to be alone. Old or young, rich or poor, wise or ....not so wise, we all need a place to reclaim our sanity. This could be a local park, your bedroom, the garden, or even a shelf on the bookcase. Either way the key is to make it yours.

Read more here

 Wednesday July 13, 2011

Upcoming Event 

Wildwater Weekend

Canadian Nats coming to Tamihi Rapids August 4

Submitted by Shonnet Allen, CCE

 

he Chilliwack Centre of Excellence is hosting the  2011 Canadian National Whitewater Slalom and Wildwater Championships From August 4 to...

Read more here

 Wednesday July 13, 2011

Community 

Helping Hands

Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary on membership drive Submitted by Andrea Lister, CHA/Robin Lister photo

 

he Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary women will be at the 139th Annual Chilliwack Fair, August 5, 6, and 7 for a recruitment drive.

Read more here

 Wednesday July 13, 2011

Local News 

Serious Accident Closes Hwy 7

Two in critical condition, police officer injured Staff/Voice

 

t 11:09 reports came in that an RCMP officer was involved in an accident with another vehicle on Hwy near Bodner Rd.

The officer was trapped in his vehicle and called in on the radio saying that he was bleeding from his nose and might have a broken arm and that the driver of the other vehicle was unresponsive. The officer said twice that he "made a mistake and crossed the centre line."

Developing story

 Wednesday July 13, 2011

Community 

Smile of the Week

Chilliwack Safe Haven have cats looking to adopt  owners

Staff/Voice

 

red is a long-haired male who's very affectionate and cuddly. Do you have a place for him in your life?

When we think of homeless and sick or injured animals, we most often equate the SPCA in Chilliwack as the only one who...

Read more here  

 Wednesday July 13, 2011

Upcoming Event 

Pulling Together For Wild Salmon

Community information rally July 19, 7pm at Skwah

Submitted by Chris Gadsden for Eddie Gardiner

 

e are mobilizing the peoples' movement to save wild salmon from harm done by fish farms. There will be community events happening and the first one will be at the Skwah First Nation Old Band office on...

 

Read more here

 Wednesday July 13, 2011

HST News

Random Rafe

HST goes on... and on

Submitted by Rafe Mair

 

'm now accused of shifting my ground because I argue, belatedly I assume, that I'm raising the issue of unfairly criticizing consumption taxes. Any who have listened to me on radio or read my stuff will know that this has been my principal concern about the HST itself back to the beginning.
 

Read more here

 

 Wednesday July 13, 2011

On The Road

Teach Your Children Well

What your kids need to know about road safety

Released by ICBC

 

ow that school’s out for summer break, it’s an exciting time for kids and road safety won’t be their number one priority. Unfortunately, in 2010 alone, 64 child pedestrians (age 5 to 12) were injured in 63 incidents. This means most child pedestrian-related incidents result in a child being injured.

 

Read more here

 Tuesday July 12, 2011

Comment

Christy, Sarah & the Riot

The things that bond us together can tear us apart

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

ver notice the similarity between these two right wing women? Christy Clark and Sarah Palin? Neither like other women, at least those engaged in actually working to benefit the community, such as nurses and school teachers (yes, I know men are also work in these professions.)

 

Read more here

  Monday July 11, 2011

Community News

Restoring Mother Nature

FVC looking for a few good hands to help clean-up slide debris

Submitted by Steve Clegg, FVC

 

e have another two days of restoration work to prepare for the heavy equipment coming in on July 18th.
        If you are able to lend a hand (or two) for an hour (or more) it would help us out a lot.

 

 Read more here  

  Monday July 11, 2011

Commentary

Playing Into Corporate Hands

Lake Errock community's voice ignored in APP

Submitted by Reg Longmore, Lake Errock to Minister Randy Hawes

 

he assumption you state, that the Area Representatives (Directors) represent local citizens concerns is preposterous, if this was true, why was a four year gag order placed upon them? My area (C)...

 

 Read more here  

  Monday July 11, 2011

The Gray Gold Rush

Hungry Companies Zero In On Sumas

FVRD Area C Director Bales appeals for more time and public consultation in gravel quarry application process

Submitted by Wendy Bales, FVRD Dir. Area C

 

am writing to urge that you do not support the referral and the permit application for the Sumas Mountain Quarry /266531 BC Ltd 479170 BC Ltd/Golden Pacific Aggregate Inc. (Sumas Quarry)...

 

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  Monday July 11, 2011

Community News

Have You Seen This Treasure? 

Family seeking lost heirlooms mistakenly sold at yard sale

Submitted Brigida Crosbie, Chilliwack

 

his is so important to me. I know it may look like just wood furniture. But my uncle made it and it's been in the family forever. My brother sold it by accident. I don't know if you can help, but I'm praying you can. 

 

Read more here  

  Monday July 11, 2011

Community Sports

Local Kid Goes Deep In Big Field

Abbotsford's Henczel a star DB on Team BC in Lethbridge, stream the game free Tuesday

Submitted by Jennifer Henczel, Abbotsford

 

athan is a starter and captain on the Mouat Hawks in Abbotsford and a leader on and off the field. He went through quite a process to get to Team BC, chosen from...

Read more here  

 Sunday July 10, 2011

Arts Community

Through My Lens

Photo show focuses on local perspectives until August 4 at the Cultch

Submitted by Sue Grass, Chwk Visual Artists

 

he CVAA presents 'Through My Lens' group photography show at the Art Gallery in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street.

 Sunday July 10, 2011

Upcoming Event

Transform Your Life

Shape up this summer with Body By Vi Tuesday July 12

Submitted by Janice Seymour, Chilliwack

 

he Body by Vi Challenge. Come learn about the exciting 90 day health challenge sweeping Chilliwack. You can trim down, shape up, or completely transform your body over the next 90 days! You won't be alone... do this with others in a very supportive group environment.

 

Read more here  

  Sunday July 10, 2011

Local Politics

Base Politics

Gwen O'Mahony set new precedents with old fashioned door-knocking

Submitted by Richard Harrington, Hope BC

 

was the Campaign Manager for Gwen O'Mahony, your NDP candidate in the past Federal Election.
        Gwen has asked me to express her thanks for the positive support that she received from Chilliwack and area.

 

Read more here  

  Sunday July 10, 2011

Community Sports

Dragon Boats Are Coming To Win Us

Harrison hosts 62 teams for Dragonfest July 23

Submitted by Kathy Preuss, FVDBC

 

he Fraser Valley Dragonboat Club in partnership with Waters Edge Sport Performance...

Read more here  

  Sunday July 10, 2011

Student News

Banking on Education

Average grad debt of $27k is too much says Federation

Released by Canadian Federation of Students - BC

 

tudents across BC were surprised to learn that Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto sees nothing wrong with record student debt caused by her government's tuition fee policies. In an interview with the Kelowna Capital News...

 

Read more here  

  Sunday July 10, 2011

BC Gov't News

Saving What's Left Right Thing To Do 

Task force panel to generate "Species At Risk" report for government

Released by the BC Government

 

he Province is inviting public comments on a new report that recommends short- and long-term actions to protect B.C.’s species at risk. Developed by an independent, 10-member task force, the report was released today by Environment Minister Terry Lake. 

   

Read more here  

  Sunday July 10, 2011

BC Gov't News

Breaking The Silence

BC Lions team up with EVA to end violence against women

Released by the BC Government

 

he “Be More Than a Bystander” project focused on breaking the silence on violence against women was launched today at the BC Lions training facility in Surrey.

        The program will break the silence surrounding violence against women and girls by providing tools, language and...

Read more here  

  Saturday July 9, 2011

Crime News

Bank Robbers Avoid Sweeping Police Dragnet

Suspects tracked to Abbotsford via taxi cab

Staff/Voice

 

t's rare that bank robbers are able to evade a precision dragnet, but that's what happened Friday just after 12 noon when two men walked into the Bank of Montreal on Vedder Rd. wearing bandanas and demanded money. No weapons were seen and the...

 

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  Friday July 8, 2011

Entertainment

Captain Marvel: The First Avenger

Galaxy Midnight screening in 3D July 21 for Scene members

Released by Sara Marshall, Cineplex

 

dvance tickets for the highly anticipated release of Captain America: The First Avenger go on sale exclusively for SCENE members on Friday, July 8, 2011.

Read more here

  Thursday July 7, 2011

Local News

Efficiency and Ambiance

South Side Library plan features 40,000 new books, cozy chairs and a coffee bar

Staff/Voice photos

 

he City of Chilliwack invited the public to an open house at Twin Rinks Wednesday where plans for the new 9700 sq. ft. South Side library were unveiled.

        It was a good turnout and people asked a wide variety of questions; from how many books, to how big the library will be. But the main thing on everyone's mind was...

Read more here  

  Saturday July 9, 2011

UFV Student News

UFV Filling Fast For Fall

July 20 deadline set for open studies

Released by Anne Russell, UFV

 

f you want to attend UFV this fall, but have yet to apply, now is the time. UFV is nearly full, and has set a deadline of Wed, July 20, for open studies applications. Many courses and programs are already full, but there are limited spaces available.

Read more here  

  Thursday July 7, 2011

RCMP News

Cessna Crash Update 

Families grieve as grim task of removing victims completed

Released by Chwk UFRD RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth/handout photos

 

n July 6, 2011, at approximately 10:00 am, the RCMP helicopter left the Chilliwack airport with the BC...

Read more here

  Thursday July 7, 2011

RCMP News

Good Samaritan Finds WW2 Memorabilia 

RCMP want rightful owner to come forward and identify items

Released by Chwk UFRD RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth/handout photo

 

n June 28, 2011, the finder of some World War II memorabilia came to the front counter of the Chilliwack RCMP detachment to turn it in. The WWII memorabilia was found on the west side of Promontory mountain on...

Read more here  

  Thursday July 7, 2011

Local Real Estate News

Home Sales Heat Up A Cool June

CADREB Pres Anderson says summer market looking rosy

Released by Steve Lerigny, CADREB

 

he cool, wet weather in June may not have been good for the beach, but apparently it was good for house hunting, as sales jumped past last year's level for the first time this year.
        A total of 230 homes sold in June in Chilliwack and area - up significantly from the month before and surpassing last June's 224 sales.

Read more here  

  Thursday July 7, 2011

Entertainment

Bright Lights, Big City

Chilliwack a capella minstrels traveling to North Van stages

Released by Adam Grossman, ICBC

 

ieces of Eight, the vibrant young vocal octet based in Chilliwack, is heading to the North Shore this July.

Read more here  

  Thursday July 7, 2011

On The Road

Time To Shift Attitudes

Fifty per cent of drivers polled say not signalling the worst discourtesy

Released by Adam Grossman, ICBC

 

ith more traffic, construction-related delays, and cyclists and pedestrians on our roads than ever, how are B.C. drivers coping? According to a recent Ipsos Reid survey conducted on behalf of ICBC, driver courtesy is taking a hit, which can put all...

Read more here  

  Wednesday July 6, 2011

Local News

Harrison Lake Cessna Crash Update

Weather allows S&R access to remote crash site but snow hampers efforts

Released by Chwk UFRD RCMP Cst. Tracy Wolbeck/File photo

 

CMP Air 5 along with a Chilliwack Search and Rescue member were able to successfully locate the small Cessna that crashed late yesterday afternoon in the mountains of the Agassiz area.

 

Read more here  

  Wednesday July 6, 2011

Local News

One Injured In House Fire

"Hardy Board" saves neighbouring homes during Daniel Drive Fire.

Released by Kathy Lanes, Chwk Fire Dept.

 

n Tuesday, July 5, 2011at 4:46 PM crews from Fire Halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to reports of a house fire in the 46000 block of Daniel Drive on Promontory Heights. Firefighters arrived to a single family home with the second floor fully involved in fire and threatening the...

Read more here  

Feature Story        Tuesday July 5, 2011

   

Maple Leaf Pride

July 1 Canada Day celebrations at Heritage Park in Chilliwack 

Staff/Voice

 

n Friday, Canada celebrated it's 144th birthday and each year Chilliwack joins in the festivities with some homegrown fun.

        The celebration is all about family and having fun with the kids. The event kicks-off with a pancake breakfast and...

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  Wednesday July 6, 2011

RCMP News

A Real Emergency?

9-1-1 operators overwhelmed with non-emergency calls during slide event

Released by Chilliwack UFRD RCMP

Cst Tracy Wolbeck/File photo

 

n Wednesday June 29, 2011, Hope, BC experienced a mudslide that closed Highway #1 in both directions for several hours. Traffic was backed up as far as Langley and travelers on the highway were concerned. As a result, a significant number of...

 

Read more here  

 Wednesday July 6, 2011

Outdoor Safety

It's all about food for them

Submitted by Gov't of BC/stock image

 

 

ears are on the move searching of the nearest food source, and Environment Minister Terry Lake is urging British Columbians to be "Bear Aware" to help reduce bear...

Read more here

 Wednesday July 6, 2011

HST News

Random Rafe

"Yes get rid of the HST!"

Submitted by Rafe Mair

 

i everyone. This is just a note to tell you that I'm voting YES to get rid of the HST.
        There are a number of reasons but the main one is credibility. After all, if someone asking you to do something and gives reasons - and that person is a proved serial liar - why would you believe them?

 

Read more here

 Wednesday July 6, 2011

HST News

Crunching Numbers

On average, new home buyers in Chilliwack save $1300 with Harmonized Sales Tax

Released by Marc Wang, BC Liberal Gov't/Jake Siemens photo

 

uyers looking to purchase a new home in Chilliwack are getting a helping hand from the Harmonized Sales Tax. According to Jake Siemens of Landmark Realty in Chilliwack, credit rebates have made new homes more...

 

Read more here

 Wednesday July 6, 2011

On The Road

Intersection Safety

Drivers need to watch for kids walking and talking on cell phones

Released by Lennae Durant, BCAA RSF

 

ith the announcement that Vancouver police will be cracking down on intersection infractions by both drivers and pedestrians over the next week, the BCAA Road Safety Foundation reminds all road...

 

Read more here

 Wednesday July 6, 2011

Health News

Helping Hearts

Heli-jet moves Chilliwack heart attack patients to RCH faster

Released by Roy-Thorpe Dorward, FHA

 

hen someone experiences a severe heart attack, a quick medical response can be a matter of life or death. Minutes really do count.
        To deliver the best care possible, Fraser Health and B.C. Ambulance Service have joined forces to provide rapid response helicopter service to airlift...

Read more here

 Tuesday July 5, 2011

City Hall

Party To Recycling

City takes composting program to Party in the Park this summer

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

arty in the Park is getting greener this year with a food scrap composting program...

Read more here

 Tuesday July 5, 2011

Community

The Schoolin' Never Stops

Retired teacher fosters Canadian history

Staff/Voice photos

 

n July 1, the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada (UELAC) had a kiosk set-up at Heritage Park and...

Read more here

 Monday July 4, 2011

On The Road

Four-door Furnaces

BCAA rescues 300 kids and pets from inside cars each year

Released by BCAA

 

n unfortunate incident over the Canada Day long weekend in which a six-month old puppy died after being left alone in a hot vehicle in Burnaby serves as an example of how quickly temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous—and sometimes fatal—levels. 

Read more here

 Monday July 4, 2011

Artists Call

Drawing From Literacy

Win $500 and become immortalized at the library

Released by Fraser Valley Regional Library

 

alling all independent, inquisitive and imaginative artists! The Chilliwack Library is planning to redecorate the Children’s Area alcoves, and is holding a competition (Art for the Arches) to determine whose design will transform the...

Read more here

 Monday July 4, 2011

Upcoming Event

The Art of Harrison

Carolan reading at Literacy Café

Released by Anne Russell, UFV

 

ummer Love. Don’t we all remember it well? The Literary Café at this year’s Harrison Festival of the Arts considers summer love through the works of three poets and a musician. As always, the café is presented by Continuing Studies at the University of the Fraser...

 Read more here

 Monday July 4, 2011

Upcoming Event

Hope's Hollywood

Saying goodbye to a piece cinematic history July 10

Released by travelthecanyon.com

 

his will be an amazing event with real army vehicles, police cars, costumes and props from the set of Rambo First Blood. Filmed in Hope BC in 1981.

Read more here

  Monday July 4, 2011

Local News

Summer Bummer

Driver's day comes to a crashing halt

Staff/Voice photos

 

uckliy no one was hurt when a driver ran a stop sign at Cook St. and Victoria Ave. Monday and plowed into another car. paramedics...

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  Monday July 4, 2011

RCMP News

Plucked From Peril

Two men rescued after canoe overturns

Released by Chilliwack UFRD RCMP

Cst Tracy Wolbeck/File photo

 

t was very evident that summer had arrived with a busy weekend for RCMP officers in the Upper Fraser Valley. Several alcohol related offences crammed Chilliwack's detachment cell block as well as many motor vehicle accidents both in town and on the highways.

 

Read more here  

 Monday July 4, 2011

Community Sports 

Rookies On Roll

Vixens win two out of three over the weekend

Submitted by Hootie, Reign Valley Vixens

 

ere's how Abbotsford's Reign Valley Vixens stacked up against other local leagues this past weekend in Nanaimo's 4th annual Rookie Tournament, an event designed for skaters who have six or less bouts under their fishnets.

 

Read more here  

 Monday July 4, 2011

City Hall News

Extra! Read All About It

City looking for public input at Open House Wednesday

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

he City of Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley Regional Library want your feedback on the preliminary design plan for the new library, proposed for the south side of Chilliwack. On Wednesday, June 6, the City and the FVRL are hosting an open house to give residents an...

 

Read more here

 Sunday July 3, 2011

Local News

Canoeists Rescued

Pair plucked from Fraser River Sunday

Staff/Voice

 

ust after 2:15 P.M. Sunday a witness at Gill Rd. reported two people in the Fraser River clinging to an overturned canoe.

 

Read more here

 Sunday July 3, 2011

Local News

Fire on the Mountain

Cause of Yale blaze under investigation

Submitted by Chris Gadsden, FRSS Chilliwack

 

helicopter dumps water on a wild fire north of Yale above Lady Franklin Rock. According to reports the internet receiver may...

Read more here

 Sunday July 3, 2011

Foodies

Apricot Cream Bars

Perfect no bake summertime snacks

Courtesy of Bee Maid Honey

 

ine 8-inch square baking pan with plastic wrap. In medium bowl, mix together crumbs and butter. Press half of mixture into pan. Chill until firm. In small bowl, blend honey with apricots and hazelnuts. Spread mixture over crust. Sprinkle with...

Read more here

 Sunday July 3, 2011

HST News

For The Record

BC Green Party leader says "No" vote a personal decision

Released by the Green Party of BC

 

remier Clark's and Minister Falcon's statement of BC Greens' leader's position on HST demands clarification. The BC Liberal caucus issued a press
release yesterday here. In it, they
applaud the Green Party of BC leader's "principled" decision to vote NO on the HST referendum.

 

Read more here

 Sunday July 3, 2011

Community

Christmas In July

Over 6000 people helped monthly in Chilliwack

Submitted by Don Armstrong, SA Chilliwack

 

he Chilliwack Salvation Army is rallying the troops for the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Christmas in July fundraiser to help restock the community food bank.

        The iconic Sally Ann kettles will be out front at Chwk Liquor, Walmart, Canadian Tire, grocery stores and Shoppers Drug Mart in Chilliwack and Sardis this Friday...

Read more here

Feature Story          Saturday July 2, 2011

                                             

A Great Day For The Goods

Airport Cafe fundraiser as easy as pie 

Craig Hill/Voice photos/Submitted photo

ast Tuesday folks came from all over BC and Washington for a slice of the Airport Coffee Shop's famous pie.

Read more here  

 Saturday July 2, 2011

Environment

Don't Eat That Fish!

GM organisms spell bad news for human health and environment

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

don’t like even thinking about fish farms and sex changed fish, much less writing on such a creepy subject. And it’s difficult because the information is so hidden. But then, anytime a government backed process surfaces that will please business but appall the public, it is...

Read more here

Saturday July 2, 2011

BIA News

Summer Festivity 

Bill Henderson headlines Party In The Park opener 

Released by Downtown Chilliwack BIA

 

entral Community Park will host the largest Coast Capital Savings “Party in the Park” yet. Starting on Friday, July 8...

Read more here

Saturday July 2, 2011

UFV News

Twice As Good 

Betty Urquhart Award given to two community volunteers 

Released by Patty Wellborn, UFV

 

he purpose of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award is to recognize those who give back to their...

Read more here

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