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  Friday, July 31 2020  

Published 5 pm


COVID-19 at Dania Care Home   

Long-term facility in Burnaby locked down after a staff was diagnosed with the coronavirus

Fraser Health Assn/Google image

Dania Care Home staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday.

A staff member at Dania Home in Burnaby has tested positive for COVID-19. A Fraser Health rapid response team is at the site and communication with residents and families is underway.

Dania Home is a long term care facility owned and operated by Dania Home Society. It is one of three facilities on the society’s campus of care, which also includes buildings for assisted living and independent living residents. The outbreak is limited to Dania Home, which is not connected to the other two facilities.

The staff member worked in one contained unit in Dania Home and did not work in other areas. This individual is currently in self-isolation at home.

This is the first outbreak declared in a long term care facility in Fraser Health since June 17, 2020.

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

Fraser Health has proactively implemented the following:

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

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

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

For more information about COVID-19, please visit fraserhealth.ca/covid19


  Friday, July 31 2020  

Published 5 pm


Mattress Blaze   

CFD says arson, looking for tips

Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, CFD/Google image


Firefighters responded to a trash fire early Thursday.

On July 30th at approximately 3 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a fire in the 46000-block of Gore Avenue.

Fire crews from Hall 1 responded and discovered a mattress on fire against an occupied apartment building, with flames spreading into the building. Fire crews quickly extinguished the mattress and stopped the fire from extending further into the apartment building.

This fire had the potential to cause serious damage to the apartment building. The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public to avoid storing any combustible materials next to or up against buildings or structures. This fire is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators.

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


  Friday, July 31 2020  

Published 5:30 pm


An  apple a day   

BC Cider Week takes place around the province August 6-16

Emily Ritchie/Submitted photo


Annelise is serving it up at Fraser Valley Cider in Langley.

As British Columbians are exploring their province this summer, BC’s craft cidermakers are ready to help them explore more locally-made craft cider. The fifth annual BC Cider Week is taking place August 6 to 16 with a variety of virtual and small scale events that celebrate BC Cider and the people who make it.

“As people make the most of exploring British Columbia, cider is another way to explore the beauty and flavours of a region,” says Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “There are cideries and cider events throughout the province as we have teamed up with a variety of businesses to offer unique experiences.”

Many cidery tasting rooms are open and offer lots of space for social distancing while enjoying local flavours. Many of the nearly 40 cideries across the province are offering tasting room discounts, swag giveaways, special releases and seasonal ciders while restaurants, pubs, and liquor stores are featuring BC craft cider.

Special events range from cider pairing dinners to special products featuring cider as an ingredient. New this year will be cider and cheese to-go kits, cider picnics and more for the take home cider experience. Many liquor stores will have a greater range of cider stocked for the week bringing the flavours of the province to those enjoying a staycation.

An interactive cidery map is posted on the NW Cider Association website at nwcider.com/map and includes location and tasting room information.

The range of events in the Lower Mainland and beyond include:

Fraser Valley Cider in Langley has created a cider and cheese to-go pack featuring cider matured cheese. Visitors can enjoy cider cocktails on site at their mobile bar

Learn more about Northwest Cider Association, and find a location near you, visit BC Cider Week or connect on Facebook.


Friday, July 31 2020  

Published 9 am


Got a clunker? Now's the time to junk'er     

Big rebates for going electric on two or three wheels

BC Gov't caucus/Handout image

An e-bike cargo carrier type.


The Province is increasing e-bike rebates for individuals and businesses to help make electric-powered bikes more affordable and accessible, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

People who trade in a vehicle to scrap now have access to a rebate of $1,050 toward the purchase of any type of new e-bike — an increase of $200 from the previous year. The rebate is delivered through the Scrap-It transportation options program. The ministries of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure are providing $1,000 toward the rebate, with participating retailers providing the remaining $50.

In addition, the Province is introducing a one-year pilot project that enables a rebate of up to $1,700 for business owners toward the purchase of a cargo e-bike. This will provide eligible businesses with up to one-third of the purchase price. Businesses may purchase up to five cargo e-bikes through this program.

Cargo e-bikes are particularly efficient in delivering materials and goods around the community in a way that reduces operating costs for businesses. They also help reduce large van and truck traffic, and emissions from the movement of goods in community centres.



  Thursday, July 30 2020  

Published 8 am


More than magic     

Chilliwack Illusionist Chris Funk appears in 4 TV shows beginning August 7

Kevin Cruiz, Antune/Handout image


Magician Chris Funk the Wonderist is bringing one of his signature illusions that has entertained millions people around the world to CW’s 7th season of “Masters of Illusion”.

Funk has performed magic across the globe, and on 24 national and international TV shows including CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” On his 9th appearance on the show, Funk is bringing his blend of awe-inspiring magic combining live music and witty humour to your TV screen.

“These appearances combine magic and my guitar. Something never seen before. It’s surreal to think I got to film this in front of a studio audience before Covid shut everything down, and I can still share it with the world.”

Funk’s first of four appearances on this season’s “Masters of Illusion” will air on August 7th on The CW network (check local listings for channel/time). The series showcases celebrity magicians from around the world in a theatre-style setting and is hosted by Dean Cain.

Exclusive first look



  Wednesday, July 29, 2020  

Published 8 am


Smoking pot starts fire     

Smouldering cigarette burst into fames

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training/Google image

Chilliwack Fire dept refers to these types of fires as "Plastic Flowers" where the cigarette lights the planter on fire then it travels up the vinyl siding.


On July 26, 2020 at approximately 4:30pm the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire, located in a single family residential structure in the 5600 block of Kathleen Drive. Neighbours saw flames on the balcony of the home and alerted the occupants to the fire who then called 911 and began fighting the fire with a garden hose.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, and 6, and on arrival, reported the fire had been extinguished. Fire crews checked to ensure the fire was out and that it had not extended into the structure.

The home suffered minor fire damage. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

This fire appears to be accidental and caused by discarded smoking materials in a plant pot.

Chilliwack Fire Department reminds the public to ensure smoking materials are fully extinguished in an approved container.



  Wednesday, July 29, 2020  

Published 8 am


Chilliwack team enters the PJHL    

Jets begin season September 23

Justin Sulpico, PJHL/File photo


Chilliwack Jets will be fencing off against the Abbotsford Pilots in the 2020-21 season.

The Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) has concluded its 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) via video conference involving the league office and its 13 member teams. The league is preparing for its 55th season of junior hockey and the Board of Governors is dedicated to returning to the ice for the 2020-21 season in a safe manner in accordance with the advice from the appropriate health authorities.

The 2020-21 PJHL season will consist of a 44-game regular season schedule and is projected to commence on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020. The schedule will consist of each team playing a single interlock game against the opposing conference as well as 2 games at the 2021 PJHL Winter Classic Showcase scheduled for January 1-3, 2021 at Minoru Arena in Richmond.

Other regularly scheduled events include the annual Prospects Game and All Star Game in partnership with the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Venues and dates will be announced at a later date.

All three B.C.-based Junior B hockey leagues have adopted an NHL-style overtime format for the 2020-21 season that includes five minutes of three-on-three play. Should teams still be tied after the initial overtime period, a shootout will take place until a winner is declared.

The expansion Chilliwack Jets have been approved and will begin play in the 2020-21 PJHL season. The Jets will be led by General Manager and Head Coach Clayton Robinson and will be aligned with the Harold Brittain Conference.

For more information and league game schedules, visit the PHL website.


  Monday, July 27, 2020  

Published 8 am


There's the door    

Driver carelessness could be deadly for bicycle riders

Staff/Handout photo


Sometimes there's more than one rider on a bicycle.

Have you been "doored" lately? You wouldn't want to. Being doored is slang for when a driver throws open a car door just as a cyclist is passing creating a dangerous situation where the bike rider hits the door and is thrown over the handlebars and into, or often over, the door. It always results in serious injuries and could mean death for the rider(s).

The fine to drivers in that circumstance has been $81 but as of September 1, 2020, the fine triples to $368.

“Dooring can cause serious injury, and the new fine reflects that,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “But it is preventable, which is why we are also investing in public education. We want to make sure everyone who uses the roads does so safely.”

Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, whose community suffered a death in 2019 as a result of dooring, said, “It is enormously dangerous to carelessly open a door into the pathway of a person moving on a bike. This increased fine sends a strong signal of the level of accountability that is expected of people who are operating a vehicle, even when the engine is off.”

For more information, visit; Move. Commute. Connect., BC’s active transportation strategy.



  Monday, July 27, 2020  

Published 8 am


Balcony Blaze    

Short-lived fire could have been worse if not caught right away

Staff/Voice photo


Firefighters group to establish plan to deal with the fire.

The Chilliwack Fire Department (CFD) was called out shortly after 7 pm Thursday after reports of a third floor balcony fire in an apartment in the 47000-block of Spadina Ave.

The building was evacuated as crews worked to extinguish the small fire however it could have been much worse if neighbours hadn't spotted it. Some pointed to small wisps of smoke coming from the balcony while crews dealt with it.

Tenants were allowed back into the complex within the hour. Some tenants were wearing pajamas and slippers.

If it was a major calamity when tenants ran out of the building they wouldn't and in some cases fires have completely destroyed the building and they're left standing in their socks.

Looking north on Spadina Street.

It's  good idea to have a bug-out bag near the door so that if there's an emergency you can quickly throw some things in it such as your wallet, medication, a pair of pants and any other small but important item and then exit using the stairwell.

In situations where people lose everything in a fire Chilliwack Emergency services will assist tenants for three days in hotels and after that they're on their own.

No one was injured. There was no word from CFD regarding how the fire began.


  Saturday, July 25, 2020  

Published 10 pm


Soul of the city    

Libraries reopen across the valley August 4th

Jennifer Fehr, Canadian Drug Policy Coaliton/Voice file photo


Expect special cleaning and new rules,

Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is preparing to welcome customers back inside all 25 locations beginning August 4, 2020. While adjustments have been made to comply with the directions of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC regulations, customers can count on finding friendly staff and access to much of the library’s public space and services during special hours. This includes browsing the collection, computer and printer access, item returns, and more.

The libraries will reopen with robust safety precautions, including:

• Additional cleaning and disinfecting of workplace
• Quarantining received library materials for a 72-hour period
• Installation of physical barriers as a means to further protect staff and visitors
• Low building occupancy limits which aid physical distancing measures
• Greeter stations for directing library users
• Library visitors will be encouraged to wear face coverings or non-medical masks
• Verbal confirmation that visitors have not been exposed to or are not COVID-19 symptomatic
• Directional signage supporting physical distancing measures in the library.

To help contribute to a safe environment for all, customers over the age of three are strongly encouraged to wear a mask during their visit. We kindly ask customers to postpone their visit to the library if they are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, or have had recent contact with someone who is ill.

For customers who prefer a more contact-free experience, an adapted FVRL Express service will continue while the libraries are open. Customers can place holds on materials in advance. Customers who have been notified via email that their holds are ready can call the library upon arrival and an FVRL staff member will retrieve their materials, check them out, and hand them to the customer at the door.

To learn more about FVRL’s services, including hours of operation, FVRL Express, eCard sign up, virtual programs and digital content, please visit www.fvrl.ca or call your local library. Connect and engage with FVRL on social by searching ReadLearnPlay on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  Saturday, July 25, 2020  

Published 10 pm


Seizing the opportunity    

Police push for drug decriminalization

Donald McPherson, Canadian Drug Policy Coaliton/Voice file photo


Drug-fueled theft is common in Chilliwack, the city with the highest rime rate in Canada.

Last week the police—who are typically among the most resistant to drug policy reform—took an unprecedented step in recommending decriminalizing possession of drugs for personal use. Criminalization and enforcement of drug laws have fueled harm and cost lives for decades, especially within Black and Indigenous communities, so this pronouncement was a step in the right direction and the first time a national police organization in Canada has called for decriminalization.

Momentum is now on our side and the door has been pushed open even wider for bold policy changes. We must seize this opportunity.

We urge lawmakers to fully decriminalize simple possession rather than implement a system of administrative fines. The latter would simply replace one punitive system with another that would fail to fully address the harms felt by people who use drugs. In the media interview below our director of policy, Scott Bernstein, explains what decriminalization of drugs could and should look like for Canada.


Read more and listen to an interview.




  Friday, July 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


Tourism and hospitality sector looking for a lifesaver    

TIABC says they need $680 million to avoid industry death knell

Greg  Descantes /Website image


A coalition representing British Columbia’s more than 19,000 tourism and hospitality businesses has presented the Provincial government with a recovery stimulus proposal that would see the government allocate $680 million from its $1.5 billion recovery package as an initial investment to help mitigate the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on the B.C. visitor economy and its workforce.

In 2018 (latest statistics available), the tourism and hospitality industry included over 19,300 businesses, generated more than $8.3 billion in provincial GDP and $4.5 billion in direct tax revenues from $20.4 billion in direct visitor spending, and created employment in tourism-related businesses for more than 300,000 workers, half of whom service visitors in every community of the province.

Unfortunately, as the only industry almost entirely based on the discretionary movement of people, the tourism and hospitality sector has been the most severely impacted by far by COVID-19 due to business closure orders and restrictions on personal travel, as well as the closure of international borders. Virtually the entire sector was shut down resulting in extensive layoffs, with many businesses having closed without the cash flow to re-open, and thousands more desperately trying to maintain solvency. Despite the commencement of Phase 3 on June 24th, most sector businesses have only partially re-opened, with eviscerated source markets and severely damaged supply chains.

 Read the full report.



  Thursday, July 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


We're still in the dark

FHA won't give up the number of cases in communities until Dr Bonnie Henry says so

Voice staff /Web image



The COVID-19 virus has killed more people in the US than shootings, accidents and the flu combined. When people aren't wearing masks they could be machine guns spitting the virus into the air. Basically a menace to society.

Chilliwack has become complacent about COVID-19 when it comes to wearing masks. You can go into a store at any given time and 6 people out of 200 are wearing masks. One has to keep in mind that the virus has happily skipped over the barbed wire off Sumas Prairie Road.

So far into the pandemic Mayor Ken Popove hasn't mandated mask-wearing.

During a Fraser Health Authority (FHA) teleconference Thursday morning Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health’s president and CEO and Dr Elizabeth Bodkin mentioned the word "community" multiple times. The FHA covers dozens of communities from North Vancouver to Delta and up the valley to Hope.

"I want to thank everyone in our community for working together. We've demonstrated that we can flatten the curve to remain vigilant during this time and to keep our communities and loved ones safe," said Lee. "To help communities identify COVID-19, we have a new webpage on our website to inform the public about possible exposures that have taken place in the community and this webpage is an important tool and it will help people who have potentially exposed to COVID-19 that we're not able to follow-up on individually so that we can provide advice and prevent further transmission."

Lee went on to say; "We are seeing a rise in cases in our community. While we have municipal services and businesses and people are able to resume social activities but this rise in community-based cases is troubling and is a good reminder that we must continue to follow public health guidelines to prevent COVID-19 transmission. It's important to note that we can be socially connected or be physically distanced in following public health guidelines."

It's the rock of knowledge. Evidence has been shown that the virus particles remain in the air so just being 6 feet away isn't enough. Each person who has the virus has a 2.2 chance of spreading it. We do need our masks.

The Voice asked Lee for more transparency and why they aren't telling people which areas & how many COVID-19 cases there are in a community – which may provide people with more incentive to wear masks?

"If we were to post notification on this website it would be very specific about the location in the community and the dates and times of the exposure. If it's such and such a store and such and such a city," explained Lee.

"Why we're not naming the numbers of cases in communities, that direction comes from our Provincial Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, and she is the one who determines what information is shared and what information is not shared and again she is walking that balance between protecting the privacy of individuals and trying not create stigma associated but at the same time protecting the public and her decision to date is to release information down to the level of the health service delivery area that would be Fraser North and Fraser South but not to release information to the community. If she changes her approach we will begin releasing the information but those are the guidelines that we're following."


"Dr. Henry has avoided giving them out because she doesn't want, for instance, for people to be scared to go to the Chilliwack Hospital because there's COVID there. Or people may find out which individuals have COVID and shun them," Chilliwck-Kent MLA Laurie Throness told The Voice in an e-mail.


Fraser Health currently has eight COVID-19 collection centres in our region – Tri-Cities, Surrey, White Rock, Maple Ridge, Langley, Mission, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack – and we have the ability to increase our testing capacity as required.


"If you have no symptoms, even if you are a contact of a confirmed case or a returning traveller, you do not require a test," Dixon Tam, FHA Senior Consultant, Public Affairs, Communications and Public Affairs told told The Voice Friday.


For more information, visit FHA's Public exposures webpage.



  Thursday, July 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


Off duty cop dies after Nelson BC attack

Abby PD grieves alongside family

Voice staff /Handout photo



Undated pictures of Constable Allan Young.


Nelson Police Department Sgt. Nate Holt announced Wednesday that off duty Abbotsford PD cop Allan Young, 55, who was seriously injured trying to de-escalate a situation on July 18 where a man was causing a disturbance in the 500-block of Baker Street, died Wednesday in hospital.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene and faces charges of Aggravated Assault.

Holt said that the investigation is in its early stages.

"The Nelson Police Department would like to pass on a sincere thank you to all the first responders, medical staff and civilians who stepped up to assist the injured male and who have assisted Nelson Police Department in the investigation," said Holt.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our brother officer. His smile, personality and character cannot be replaced and will forever echo in our hallway," said Abbotsford Police Department Sgt. Judy Bird.

Young was born and raised in Dumbarton, Scotland. At the age of 16, he entered the British Royal Navy as a Marine Engineering Mechanic, where he served until 1987. He immigrated to Canada in 1997 and joined the Toronto Police Service in 2000.

On March 2, 2004, Young joined the Abbotsford Police Department. During his career in Abbotsford, he spent time in Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Unit.

"We extend a heart-felt thank you to our community for the support that we and Allan’s family have received," said Bird.

Police are reaching out to the community and asking anyone with information to contact the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.



  Tuesday, July 21, 2020  

Published 8 am


Off duty cop attacked in critical condition

Officials say he's not expected to survive

Voice staff /Handout photo



Undated photo of Constable Allan Young.

Abbotsford Police Department (APD) media spokesperson Sgt. Judy Bird said in a release Monday that one of their officers, Constable Allan Young, 55, was on time off when he tried to intervene in a street altercation in an interior BC city and was attacked. The beating was so severe that it left Young in the hospital on life support where he is not expected to survive his injuries. Reports later were the incident happened in the southern BC city of Nelson.

Police arrested a 26-year-old man. 

“Allan treated everyone with kindness and respect.  He always had time for a laugh and a joke. Everyone that met Allan would walk away happier," said APD Chief Constable Mike Serr on Monday. "Allan was never too busy for his friends and family and there was nothing he wouldn't do to help. He had a zest for life that was unparalleled with a dedication and passion for policing. He will be missed."

"We extend a heart-felt thank you to the first responders, medical staff and civilians who continue to assist Constable Young and his family and truly appreciate the support that we have received."

The Abbotsford Police continue to provide support to Constable Young’s family. 


  Tuesday, July 21, 2020  

Published 8 am


Vacant house burns

CFD Chief says arson the cause

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Fire Chief /Voice photos


A firefighter attacks the blaze from the south side.

At approximately 4:30pm on July 18, 2020, firefighters from Chilliwack fire halls 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 responded to a structure fire in the 9400 block of Robson Street. When firefighters arrived, they found a vacant single storey residential house with extensive fire at the rear of the structure. Firefighters worked very hard to extinguish the fire.  

The house sustained major damage and due to the instability of the structure, an excavator was brought in to demolish the house.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

A firefighter could barely be seen through the toxic smoke. Many old house have asbestos insulation.

Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind owners of vacant homes, that they face an increase risk when it comes to property damage which includes vandalism, theft and or fire damage.  A fire within a vacant home also increases the risk to fire fighter safety.

This fire was deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators.

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



  Tuesday, July 21, 2020  

Published 8 am


Plenty & Grace opens

A new way to reach out to locals with locally grown produce

Megan Howarth, Plenty and Grace/Voice file photos


Krawczyk looks at why Canada's Gold Reserve has been depleted.


Plenty & Grace Co Ltd, is excited to announce the opening of its brand new 5000 square foot processing facility, the Plenty & Grace Food Hub & Innovation Centre (FHIC). Located at 101-18977 32nd Ave in South Surrey, Plenty & Grace officially opened its doors on Friday, July 17th, 2020.


The Plenty & Grace FHIC is designed to create opportunities for Fraser Valley's small to medium producers to reach their full food processing potential, increase their capacity and meet and exceed food safety standards required by new markets. It has been designed to do all of this while still maintaining the unique artisanal quality of value-added, British⁠ Columbia grown products.


The P&G FHIC is a HACCP-certified, shared use, food processing facility. This certification is an international standard defining the requirements for effective control of food safety. 

The P&G FHIC was realized by an investment of Lee Murphy, owner of The Preservatory, and funding from the BC Ministry of Agriculture. It is part of the B.C. Food Hub Network, which aims to foster growth and innovation in the processing sector through improved industry access to facilities, equipment, technology, technical services and business support. 

“We are thrilled today to ‘virtually’ cut the ribbon on the Plenty & Grace Food Hub and Innovation Centre after a long road from bare walls to fully operational,” says Plenty & Grace Founder, Lee Murphy. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and their belief in B.C.’s specialty food producers and growers, we look forward to welcoming new makers and farmers into the space. For more information, sign-up to the Plenty and Grace newsletter.



  Tuesday, July 21, 2020  

Published 8 am


Where is Canadian gold?

Takin a look at what happened to the Gold Reserve

Betty Krawczyk, Author, Cumberland BC/Voice file photo



Krawczyk looks at why Canada's Gold Reserve has been depleted.


Okay, I know we are all getting worn out trying just to stay sane with all the shut-downs and trying to keep our loved ones safe, and wondering how our Prime Minister could have made such a ghastly mistake as not to recuse himself (and his family) from the WE Charity scandal. Where were his advisers? And all this with the economy down on both knees so to speak. In my opinion, when this Covid-19 is over, and it will get over, there is going to be a real struggle for a new economic way of dividing up a country’s wealth.

Women have seen their governments for many decades send their men to fight in distant places and then increasingly enough joining the males on the battlefield themselves while living with men who are not always respectful.


Canada's Gold Reserve index from 2000-2017.


The only thing straight up and down about capitalism is that it is truly great for making the rich richer and spreading poverty among the rest of us. How to change this?

I think we have to start where we live. We have to learn more about Canada, not from history books or even from what government tells us but from our own interest and need to know. It’s work. It’s hard work. But we have to do it if we are not only going to survive as a nation, but prosper. I am very curious about what has happened to Canada’s treasury gold.

As I’ve discussed before, in 1965 our treasury held 1,023 tonnes of gold. That’s tonnes, not ounces, like the 77 ounces that our treasury holds today which for a rich country is nothing. The first step in trying to find out who made the decision to sell off all the gold in our Canadian Treasury is to ask questions.

So who operates the Canadian treasury? From the Canadian government website one seems to first have to access the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat site that explains the Board “provides advice and makes recommendations to the Treasury Board”. Okay, fair enough. Who sits on this board? The site only lists two people, The Chair Jean Yves Duclos and Vice-Chair Joyce Murray for 2019.


The year before the positions were reversed; Murray was the Chair and Yves-Duclos was the Vice-Chair. Who appointed these two people to sit on this board? Are there only two people on such an important board? There is a president, and this person also chairs the Treasury Board itself with a clearly defined duty, with the website stating “The president carries out the responsibility for the management of the government”.

Well, that’s one heck of a responsibility. But there is no name attached to this awesome responsibility. Why don’t we know more about this person? Who appointed him or her? What I think we need to know is when did the Canadian government start selling off the tonnes of gold in the treasury it held in the 1960s. And where did that money go? And why does it matter? Next time.



  Sunday, July 19, 2020  

Published 8 am


June Deadliest Overdose Month

BC Liberals scrutinize NDP over perceived lack of tangible addict support

Carlie Pochynok, BC Liberal Caucus/Voice file photo


First responders attend to overdose.


The report released by the B.C. Coroners Service revealed that June was the deadliest month for drug overdose deaths on record in British Columbia’s history.

“It’s an absolute tragedy to witness overdose deaths continue to rise in British Columbia month after month,” said Jane Thornthwaite, Critic for Mental Health and Addictions. “The NDP mental health and addictions strategy is clearly not working because there is no pathway to get people well in B.C., leaving those with addictions without support. We have been pushing the NDP to produce a plan for three years but sadly there continues to be no meaningful action taking place from this government to stop this endless death toll of human misery.”

The report shows that no region in B.C. is unaffected as the number of illicit drug overdose deaths in each of the six B.C. health authorities is either at or near its highest monthly total ever recorded. The overdose deaths recorded in June amount to roughly 5.8 deaths per day.

“Now more than ever we need a comprehensive plan to fill the gaps in the system exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Thornthwaite. “It’s time for government to take real action and start funding the services people desperately need to get them off drugs and into a seamless continuum of care of treatment and recovery.”
As the monthly overdose death toll continues to increase it is time for the NDP to invest in an effective mental health and addictions system.



  Saturday, July 18, 2020  

Published 7:30 pm


Tenant union up in arms over rent repayments

They want the 85 per cent of unused supplements applied to owed monies

Mazdak Gharibnavaz, VTU/Website image

Tenants Union wants rent debt cancelled

Today the Government of British Columbia announced that the ban on evictions due to non-payment of rent will be removed on September 1st, paving the way for thousands of the most vulnerable tenants in BC to become targets of evictions by their landlords. This, in the midst of a pandemic and a global economic depression, means that renters will bear the main brunt of these crises while trying to keep their homes. 

“Tenants have been under siege from multiple crises that have made their lives even more precarious, and today the BC Government made the prospect of losing their homes very real” said Mazdak Gharibnavaz, VTU Steering Committee member. “In a pandemic, even one infection caused by evictions is too many. We should fully expect a second wave to hit our province this fall as the ban is being lifted; now is not the time to play with the safety of tenants. Not only does today’s decision not make sense for our public health, it’s an economic disaster for vulnerable tenants”

Hundreds of renters have sent letters to Minister Selina Robinson in order to avoid these wrong-headed policies. It’s time for the BC Government to keep its promise to renters, not continue helping landlords evict. They must use any available funds, including unclaimed Temporary Rental Supplement supports, to immediately cancel the rent debt of tenants.



  Saturday, July 18, 2020  

Published 7 pm


COVID rent repayments

Amounts owing can be repaid over the next year

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


The BC government ha laid out rent erpayment plans.

The Province has laid out the details of a repayment framework to be put in place later this summer, helping renters and landlords to transition and tenants in arrears to maintain their housing when the ban on evictions for non-payment of rent is lifted ahead of Sept. 1, 2020.

To ensure renters have a reasonable timeframe to pay back any rent they owe from the emergency, the Province is putting in place a repayment framework. The framework will apply once the ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent is lifted. It requires the landlord to give the tenant until July 2021 to repay any outstanding rent, as long as monthly installments are paid.

The Province plans to lift the ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent ahead of Sept. 1, meaning renters will need to pay their monthly rent in full beginning in September. However, the repayment framework is designed so renters will not have to make their first payment until the first rent due date following 30 days of notice from the date of the repayment plan. This will be Oct. 1 for most renters, assuming their landlord provides them with a repayment plan before the end of August.

For example, a renter owing $2,000 in unpaid rent will receive a repayment framework that sets out:

• the total amount of rent still owed ($2,000);

• the amount the renter is expected to pay each month, with the total owing split into instalments (e.g., $200 each month from October 2020 to July 2021);

• the date of the first payment is due (Oct. 1, 2020).

Two other emergency measures related to rentals will also be extended. In the early stages of the pandemic response, landlords were temporarily prohibited from charging rent increases as part of government’s efforts to help people financially impacted by COVID-19. These rent increases will continue to be restricted until December 2020.

Allowing lower payments in the beginning of the agreement and gradually increasing the payment amounts over time or extending the duration of the repayment process past July 2021.

Rent increases will continue to be restricted until December 2020



  Saturday, July 18, 2020  

Published 6:30 pm


RV fire deemed arson

Chilliwack fire department and RCMP reach out to the community for tips

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention/Voice photo


Police an the the Fire Chief inspect area where the recreational vehicle burned.

At approximately 5am July 17, 2020, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 50000-block of Yale Rd.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6. Upon arrival, a recreational travel trailer was fully-involved. Firefighters quickly went to a defensive attack and stopped the fire from damaging other buildings on site. The recreational vehicle sustained major fire damage.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

This fire is believed to be deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP.

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



  Friday, July 17, 2020  

Published 8 am


Crowdfunding property investment concept

Chilliwack building and property currently leased to Starbucks opens to multi-level investors August 11

Katie Kernahan/Submitted photo


The Starbucks at Yale and Airport Roads goes live on the investment block August 11.


Today, Vancouver-based tech startup addy Technology Corporation, officially launched enabling British Columbians to invest in real estate for as little as $1.

As you're likely aware, access to real estate investing in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley are usually out of reach for the average person. We're hoping to provide an alternate way "in".

The Chilliwack property offering to addy members is a Starbucks at Airport and Yale Roads. The sale goes live August 11. You're not investing in Starbucks, you're investing in the building and property which is leased to Starbucks.

“Quality real estate opportunities are usually out of reach for everyday people and it is getting worse. As governments continue to print money in response to the global pandemic, they are pushing asset prices higher, which ironically makes it harder for anyone without vast sums of cash to participate in real estate,” said Michael Stephenson, Co-founder and CEO of addy.  “We believe everyone should have the opportunity to own property with access to real estate investing at any amount, regardless of income, age, or other conflicts.”

Property purchase decisions are made collectively by addy’s executive team, investment committee, and Board of Directors. Once identified, the property is broken out into investment increments valued at $1. For example, a $1M property is divided up into 1M shares; and shares in the property will be available to qualified members on addy’s platform.  Investors can decide how much they want to invest. 

“The team has been quietly building the technology platform for the past two years in order to streamline the entire investment process and to minimize transaction costs,” said Thuan Pham, former Chief Technology Officer at Uber and addy Advisory Board member. “I’ve seen countless proptech startups in Silicon Valley and addy is the first one I’ve seen with a real chance at completely reinventing the industry.”

The Company’s proof of concept property located on Vancouver, BC’s Trout Lake sold out to 305 investors in addy’s network. Investments ranged from $1 to $95,000, and the average investment was $4,551. Investors were spread across the country. It was the first of its kind in Canada.


About addy
addy Technology Corporation ("addy") is a proptech company on a mission to allow every human to become a homeowner. The Company enables Canadians to invest in real estate for as little as $1. addy was founded in 2018 by a team of real estate and technology entrepreneurs and is headquartered in Vancouver, BC. To learn more, visit: addyinvest.com and join the @addyinvest community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Tune in to the addy podcast on iTunes and Spotify.




  Friday, July 17, 2020  

Published 8 am


Married to music

Husband and wife team play Bozzini's August 1

Emmanuel Asprakis/Handout image

A tribute to Petty and Nicks featuring Husband & Wife team Dave D and Raphael Roquemore.
Dave D has been thrilling audiences with his uncanny portrayal of Tom Petty, one of the greatest Songwriters/Performers of our time. Appearing in theatres and high profile festivals across the country Dave has gained the attention of national and international fans and talent agents.

Perfectly Petty & Gold Dust Gypsy
Saturday Aug 1 for 2 shows
Early Show Doors 4:30 Show 6:00
Late  Show  Doors 8:00 Show 9:00
Tickets $20 at Bozzini’s or call 604 792 0744 to reserve.

Bozzini's Restaurant 4-45739 Hocking Ave.

A true dead ringer in look, sound and style, the uniqueness of Dave D’s performance lies in his ability to channel both the youthful energy of Petty as a young rocker as well as the artistry of Petty’s later career.

As both a member of Fleetwood Mac and a Solo Artist, American Singer Songwriter Stevie Nicks, has produced over forty top 50 hits and sold over 140 million records, making her one of the best-selling music acts of all time. Gold Dust Gypsy, a tribute to the songs of Stevie Nicks, stars Raphael Roquemore.

Drawing on her successful career in theatre at Vancouver Opera, Roquemore has transformed herself from opera diva to rock icon for her portrayal of Nicks. Raphael Roquemore as Stevie Nicks is mesmerizing, capturing the style, vocals and mystical magic of one of Rock and Roll’s most original artists.



  Friday, July 17, 2020  

Published 8 am


Talking radio

Radio stations raised almost half a million dollars for business restarts across Canada

Kyle Larkin, NCRA/Website image


On Tuesday, the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC) and 30+ radio stations have committed over $480,000 to support local businesses in the economic recovery. From coast to coast, in small towns to major cities including Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal stations have stepped in to offer grants of free advertising and promotion, or steep discounts to help local businesses ReStart and recover.


“The COVID-19 pandemic impacted almost every industry in Canada, including campus and community radio stations.” began Barry Rooke, Executive Director of NCRA/ANREC. “Despite record breaking losses in revenue, stations continued to stay on air to serve their communities. Those same stations have now stepped up to support local businesses through free advertising.”


Over the course of the pandemic, stations continued to be a vital source of information for their communities. This included delivering public health announcements and interviewing key stakeholders, such as public health professionals and local officials. In communities across Canada the campus and community stations prioritize promoting and supporting local businesses.


They recognize that in order to help kick-start the economy and let Canadians know what’s open, businesses need to reach those communities. The stations have already committed over $210,000 in free advertising through grants to support local businesses. They have also launched a range of steep discounts such as doubling the advertising buy.


“As we continue to serve communities across Canada, campus and community radio stations continue to be ready in supporting the advertising needs of businesses of all sizes. We are all in this together and community radio is doing it’s part to help ReStart these local economies and support our communities” said Rooke.


For more information, visit www.ReStart.ncra.ca



  Wednesday, July 15, 2020  

Published 8 am


Agriculture fore autism!

Golf fundraiser for the Pacific Autism Family Network Fraser Valley August 10

Kalbir Chahal/Website image

Thank you to all our frontline workers and essential services. 

We are humbled that so many people are working so hard to get us through this pandemic and challenging times.

Agriculture for Autism is thrilled that Dr. Bonnie Henry and the province of BC have approved golfing and fishing as outdoor sports that meet physical distancing and health and safety rules. 

We know golf courses take your health and safety seriously, and welcome you to a safe environment to enjoy a round of golf. 

Ag4Autism have always had an online and virtual presence with online registration, virtual check in, online raffles and auctions, and physical distancing with on course activities. Go Golf Events Management has been a leader in golf tournament production for over 40 years, incorporating technology whenever possible.

Monday, August 10, 2020, expect the following:

  • Virtual check in - physical distancing

  • Arrive at Sandpiper 15 minutes prior to your tee time

  • Tee Times are scheduled every 12 minutes apart - great physical distancing

  • Go to #1 Hole 3 minutes prior to your tee time

  • Rules will be on the steering wheel of your sanitized 

  • Scoring is on a sanitized IPAD - online - no paper scorecards for touchless LeaderBoard

  • Enjoy the snacks and beverages in your cart, prepared and presented with all food safe rules

  • Enjoy the round of golf, with Long Drive, Closet to the Pin, Hole in One, Sacco Toss, Golf Cannons

    • fun, safe, sanitized on course contests and activities

  • Sixsome's playing a scramble, men from the whites, ladies from the forward tees

  • Use Three Drives Each

  • Raised cups on the green, no need to touch the flagstick

  • At end of the round, check the leaderboard, see how your team is doing

    • we will be posting the Leaderboard live to Facebook, Twitter

    • with posts to Instagram and twitter

  • Enjoy a beverage or snack after your round - tables are outdoors, at least 3 meters apart

    • Physically distanced seating for enjoyng food and beverages

  • The Awards Dinner will be held in May 2021

    • (or when larger group gatherings are approved by the government of BC)

To register and for more information on the   day or how to become  a sponsor visit the Saccomaniacs website.



  Wednesday, July 15, 2020  

Published 8 am


Getting a handle on life

Boy gets on a new set of wheels

Leah Cameron, War Amps/Submitted photo


Being a right hand amputee hasn’t stopped eight-year- old Jaxson Linn, of Mission, from living a full and active life. Thanks to The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, he was recently fitted with a device that allows him to hold onto the handlebar of his bike.

The War Amps began more than 100 years ago to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War. It has expanded its programs over the years to support all amputees, including children like Jaxson.


  Wednesday, July 15, 2020  

Published 8 am


Canadians answered the call but soon forgotten

The federal government refuses to recognize service volunteers

Dave W. Palmer, CD/Voice file photo



Why veterans'...those willing to volunteer to do what most will never do, to answer The Call to Duty.

Call to duty, to volunteer to serve your country, to go to wherever your government sends you, to theatres of war, on peacekeeping missions, on national and international humanitarian missions, on environmental relief and clean-up missions, to leave your family behind and fly to other countries, or national locations in aid to the civil power and do what is required even if in some cases, it may cost your mental, emotional or physical health...even your life!


That is what members who have joined and served in the Canadian Armed Forces do and have done. It isn't a cakewalk, it is a job that not everyone can do but you are willing to give your life for the safety and freedoms of your fellow Canadians and allies...it is not routine duty once deployed to serve away from family, friends and neighbours it is a "Call to Duty" that is different from that of routine service.

Sadly some, including some politicians think the "honourable" Call to Duty is a walk in the park. Why is this? Why too are we content to almost take joy in ensuring that any dignified and honourable form of acknowledgement, recognition or in honouring all Veterans by means of an all Canadian Military Service Medal is something the government of Canada won't do for their very own Veterans'!?

In honour to all those who have answered The Call of Duty, God Bless our Veterans and our Troops and their families
God Bless Canada.



  Wednesday, July 15, 2020  

Published 8 am


What happened to the Bank of Canada?

There's no gold to back the paper dollars

Betty Krawczyk, Author, Cumberland, BC/Voice file



In this time of Covid-19 how does the lack of gold in our Canadian treasury (except for a measly 77 ounces) matter? But let’s take a pause. Measure this 77 ounces of gold against Germany’s gold reserve of over 3,000 tonnes (That’s tonnes of gold, not ounces) France’s 2,430 tonnes and both China and Russia also in the top ten for gold in their reserves. The US of course tops the list by harboring over 8, 300 tonnes of gold in its reserves.

So what? We are not on the gold standard anymore. Canada went off the gold standard when the US and other European countries did. I don’t think any of us common folk know why Canada decided to sell off all the gold in our treasury. But it matters now that they did and it will perhaps matter on into the future. Well, let’s just think about it.

At one point when money (like the Canadian dollar) was actually backed by gold this meant that each Canadian dollar could be redeemed by the Canadian treasury. You could give the treasury your Canadian coins or paper dollars and the treasury would give you back however many ounces of gold that coin or paper dollar said it was worth. Most countries went off the gold standard (1971) because there was a global run on US dollars. That meant there was more paper US money out in circulation than there was gold to fulfill demands US dollars from foreign countries could convert into gold. In other words, the US had more debt than gold. Is the US still in that same fix? Yes, it is. But why should this matter to Canadians?

While officially nobody is on the gold standard anymore, when debts accumulate faster than an economy can grow countries start relying on the printing presses to avoid bank failures. With so much money being created out of nothing, currencies start fluctuating and become debased.


Like both currencies are doing now (US and Canadian). The US can say, well, we still have the most gold in our treasury and if the very worse happens we can buy even more gold and revert back to some sort of gold standard to back our money printing which China is currently planning for its new banking systems. And what will happen to our Canadian banking system with no gold and much debt?

Nothing good. It will be a struggle but if we as a country use some of our time in isolation in trying to understand our own banking system we do have something none of the other gold holding nations have…or had. We had a public bank that kept debt at bay. We had a public bank called the Bank of Canada. It has since been privatized but we the people can demand it be turned back to the Canadian people once again as it was chartered to be not so long ago. Next time.


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  Monday, July 13, 2020  

Published 5 pm


A safe summer

A minor accident could have been big trouble if the kids weren't buckled-in

Staff/Voice photos


A t-bone at an intersection can be deadly if people aren't wearing seatbelts. Below, one of the vehicles involved in the accident.


A smaller car rammed into the side of a van carrying a troop of children at Nowell Street and First Ave Thursday just after noon.


Thankfully everyone was buckled in and came through safe and sound.

If not wearing seatbelts the outcome, as our readers know, would have had a different, and sometimes deadly, outcome.

In 2018, there were 1,922 car deaths in Canada.




  Monday, July 13, 2020  

Published 3 pm


Solutions to cheaper local farm produce

Seven ideas to beat US prices

Myrtle Macdonald, B.Sc. N (U of Alberta); M.Sc. Applied in Nursing, Research, Education and Social Sciences (McGill U)/Voice file photo


My concern about BC grown fruit and vegetables is that they cost more than the USA and Mexican produce sold in grocery stores, even in Canadian owned. 

Canadian small farmers have largely given up, so are trying and to make ends meet by growing shrubs, flowers and corn.

They also buy more cars and farm trucks so that both parents and the teens can get new jobs and careers in the cities.

Plenty of farmers want to grow fruit and vegetables but they cannot make a living doing so. They are gifted, but unable to sell enough of their lovely produce.

The answers are for the government as follows to:

   1 -  put high taxes on the refrigerator trucks that bring the produce into Canada.

   2 -  put high taxes on imported produce 

   3 -  require all supermarkets to provide locally grown for sale all year round.

   4 -  subsidize many refrigerated and freezer storage facilities

   5 -  purchase refrigerated rail cars

   6 -  make sale across provincial borders easy.

   7 -  make stricter rules to prevent misuse of ALR land.

Weakness in any of these areas will mean failure to overcome the present injustices. 

The result is continued take over by powerful corporate growers in the USA and Mexico.



  Monday, July 13, 2020  

Published 2 pm


Saving lives

SurreyCares Community Foundation announces almost $150,000 in grants to two organisations

Christine  Buttkus/Video image


Jamie, 21, was molested when she was 16 while on a family vacation.


SurreyCares Community Foundation today announced that it will provide $75,000 to Dan’s Legacy to support the addition of a trauma-informed therapist to its team in order to meet the increased demand for mental health support for at-risk youth.


In addition, SurreyCares is providing $70,777 to Sources Community Resources Society (SOURCES) to scale up and scale out their food security services so that they can provide more nutritious food to the growing need in local communities throughout the pandemic and beyond.


The grants were made possible through the Government of Canada’s new $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund which saw over $900,000 allocated to SurreyCares.
“The COVID-19 crisis has increased mental health and food security issues with at-risk youth who are already struggling with psychosis, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. As many of these youth are homeless and hungry, they are particularly vulnerable to diseases such as COVID-19.” Said Christine Buttkus, Executive Director of SurreyCares. “It’s critical that we allocate some of this funding to support vulnerable youth in our community.”
The federal program is a national partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.



  Sunday, July 12, 2020  

Published 8 am


Trans-Canada rollover

One occupant left with serious injuries

Staff/Voice photo


An occupant of the vehicle speaks with paramedics on-scene. Below two occupants follow officer.


A vehicle heading west Saturday around 9 pm drove off the Highway 1 rolling down an embankment stopping shot of the the train tracks leaving one with serious injuries.

The extent of the person's injuries isn't known reports however initial reports indicated a medevac Air Ambulance was considered.

Traffic was reduced to one lane as emergency responders including BCAS paramedics, Chilliwack firefighters and RCMP dealt with the incident.

There's no world on what happened leading up to the accident. Two occupants were fortunate to have walked away from the crash.



  Sunday, July 12, 2020  

Published 8 am


Understanding Alzheimer's

Free Webinar series

Gord Woodward, ASBC/Submitted  photo



Dr. Elizabeth Drance will lead the upcoming seminars.


Caring for someone living with dementia takes a tremendous toll on a care partner’s physical and emotional health. To help Chilliwack caregivers, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. is teaming up with geriatric psychiatrist and certified mindfulness meditation teacher, Dr. Elisabeth Drance, to provide two free online educational workshops later this month.

Elisabeth Drance has been working with Providence Health Care’s Dementia Caregiver Resilience Team since its inception in 2017.  She has seen the benefit of mindfulness practice in her own life throughout her caregiving journey with both parents, and is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry with the department of Psychiatry at UBC.

“We are often distracted when we are in conversation with our family member – thinking about the next thing to get done, or the last challenging interaction we just had. This means that often we aren’t mentally present when trying to connect. I like to call this “mindless care” and it often doesn’t go well.”

Following the webinars, recordings of the sessions will be available to watch at alzbc.org/webinars.

Attend a Webinar

The Society hosts free dementia education webinars every week for anyone affected by dementia or interested in learning more. The schedule includes:

Building caregiver resilience for the dementia journey: The gift of mindfulness (Wednesday, July 15, 2 p.m.): Join Dr. Elisabeth Drance for a hands-on introduction to mindfulness practice, and the benefits to the care partner and the person they are supporting.

Caregiving during COVID-19 (Wednesday, July 22, 2 p.m.): An overview of tips and strategies for families coping with dementia-related challenges that may arise because of COVID-19.

Building caregiver resilience for the dementia journey: The skill of self-compassion (Wednesday, August 5, 2 p.m.): Join Dr. Elisabeth Drance to explore the concept of self-compassion and practice skills to help with dementia care partnering.

To register for any of these webinars and see the list of others, please visit alzbc.org/webinars.



  Wednesday, July 8, 2020  

Published 8 am


Government extends state of emergency

Expect more of the same until July 22

BC Gov't Caucus/Handout  photo


Adrian Dix updates BC's COVID-19 daily.


The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response.

“We’re starting to see some restrictions lifting, but there are measures we need to keep in place to continue battling COVID-19,” said Premier John Horgan. “We will continue to take the necessary steps to make sure British Columbians are safe and that the most vulnerable people are protected, while experts work to find a treatment or vaccine.”

The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on July 21, 2020. This will allow government to continue to take the necessary steps to keep British Columbians safe while measures that would allow the state of emergency to be lifted seek legislative approval.

“We’ve made a commitment to British Columbians to do all that we can to keep COVID-19 at bay,” Farnworth said. “The extension of the state of emergency will allow us to keep orders in place to ensure public safety until measures are in place to transition out of the state of emergency.”



  Tuesday, July 7, 2020  

Published 8 am


Local Musician Re-Opens Bozzini's

Kellen Saip at Bozzini's July 23

Emmanuel Asprakis, Bozzini's/Handout  photo


Local musician Kellen Saip will be digging into his roots at Bozzini's Restaurant July 23.


Keeping things local we are happy to welcome Kellen Saip to our stage for an intimate show.

“Old soul, forever young mentality. Music written from the heart, meant to take you back to wherever you’d like to go. Always Heading Homeward.”

Kellen Saip is a singer songwriter living in Chilliwack. Listen to "It Takes a Beauty for a Beast."

His music gently fuses folk and blues with subtle undertones of faith and soul that derived from his family gospel roots. His old soul but forever young mentality helps explore a melodic guitar sound mixed and organic vocals. 

His lyrics and vocals together deliver an intimate experience that can one minute be sweet and silky like a fine wine and the next raspy and strong that hits you harder than a cheap shot of whiskey.

His songs tell of a journey of heartache, bliss, love lost and love gained that can be relatable to all hearts that are still beating.

Thursday July 23
Doors 6:30 Show 8:00

Tickets $16 door or call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone

Bozzini's, 4-45739 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack

For everyone’s safety we’ll be reducing seating for these shows so there will be no sitting with any new friends/strangers as we do on occasion. All reservations will have they’re own table. However, it still may not be possible to strictly adhere to social distancing rules but with some common sense we’ll be ok as the mental health benefit of live music will do us all good.



  Tuesday, July 7, 2020  

Published 8 am


Five reasons to integrate rail into valley transit

Translink continues to give the cold shoulder interurban rail

Malcom Johnston, RFV/Linkedin  photo

One is very disappointed with TransLink's ossified planning process, only planning for a very dated light metro (a.k.a SkyTrain). This means the taxpayer being held hostage to very expensive transportation planning, that in the end will achieve very little.

Five reasons why Translink's obsession with light metro will adversely affect transportation planning in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

1. Translink keeps to limited and narrowly defined rail corridors and continually offers nothing but a hugely expensive light-metro that travels the dead centre of the corridor, then that’s all the public ever gets and anything else always loses when comparing against it.

2. Translink, keeping the same approach to planning, new ideas will never happen and regional rail planning will carry on being dated and very expensive.

German tram cars have beer taps.

3.TransLink's focus in design and planning needs to change. Issues such as operating cost versus service scale; the geographic scale of the service area; and passenger catchment areas are just a few of the many issues that the endless horizontal expansion of light metro, which in the end, fails to be good value for money spent.

4. A simple well-designed rail system, starting with a more limited capacity and operations and being more adaptable and cost effective can be affordably upgraded to meet increasing customer demand, when needed. This is where light metro as a technology, isn’t anywhere as adaptable or cost effective compared to the planned operating technology for the Interurban Line, given the large area it will operate in.

5. Translink doesn’t seem to understand that unless new ways of planning and the implementation processes, new solutions never happen, condemning the taxpayer to massive future costs as TransLink continues to do the same thing over and over again, ever hoping for different results.

TransLink's six figured salaried bureaucrats seem afraid of the interurban project and one wonders why. Why are they so loath to provide affordable transit options?

In an era of unprecedented investment in public transit, where success is eagerly copied, no city has copied the "Vancouver model" of building "rapid transit" and its exclusive use of light metro and the Mayor's Council on Transit must demand an answer why!


  Tuesday, July 7, 2020  

Published 8 am


Booked in

Canadian Fed of Library Associations names Rebecca Raven as new Exec. Director

Rob Forte, PA, CFLA/Website photo

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Raven as the organization’s new Executive Director. CFLA is the voice of Canadian libraries.

“The Canadian Federation of Library Associations is looking forward to advancing advocacy efforts and member engagement, under Rebecca’s leadership,” said Julie McKenna, Chair of CFLA and Deputy Library Director of Regina Public Library. “Our strategic plan is ambitious and Rebecca has the experience and skills to help libraries across Canada achieve our shared goals.”

Rebecca Raven brings two decades of experience in Canada’s library community to her new role. Since 2013, Rebecca has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Brampton Library where she had success building relationships with government. She oversaw capital building and renovation projects at library facilities, while embracing new technologies, leading the Brampton Library to become an award-winning institution.

Rebecca’s professional experiences have been complemented by a commitment to public service in volunteer roles. Since 2012, Rebecca has led the Public Library Leaders Program (PLLeaders), which has developed leadership skills and provided valuable experience to professionals looking to advance their careers within the library sector. The program’s partnership with the University of Toronto has provided a continuing education certification that has empowered over 100 graduates to date, with over 40% advancing to executive level positions within their organizations.

“I am looking forward to bringing my experience to CFLA to advance the federation’s strategic vision,” said Raven. “Libraries face significant challenges over the coming years and our united voice will be critical in creating greater community access to information, cultural products, and new experiences for Canadians from all different backgrounds and in all communities.” Learn more about the Canadian Federation of Library Associations.



  Monday, July 6, 2020  

Published 9 am


Suspicious fire

Trailer fire on Railway Ave investigated

Stacy Webb, FFS BC/Voice file photos


A blaze broke out in Britco office trailer behind steel fencing early Sunday.

On July 5th, at approximately 3:00 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 45000-block of Railway Avenue. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4, and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered heavy smoke and flames showing from a modular-style mobile office building in a gated compound.

Crews were able to quickly contain the fire and prevented it from spreading to nearby trees and vehicles. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire.

This fire is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators.

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



  Sunday, July 5, 2020  

Published 7 pm


A bounty of fish

Youth lead the way for acquiring licences

Stacy Webb, FFS BC/Voice file photos


A fly fisherman on the Vedder River in 2017.

While many sports are taking a hiatus over the summer or making a limited restart, the sport of freshwater fishing in British Columbia is experiencing a surge in participation. Overwhelmingly, young adults are taking up the sport this summer and heading out to enjoy both urban and rural fishing experiences.

Resident angler sales are 16% higher than last year, which was a strong year spring for licence sales. Total fishing licence sales are 3% above 2019 sales, more than offsetting licence purchases by non-resident Canadian, American and international anglers in April and May.

“As a sport that naturally allows for social distancing while still offering individuals and families an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, freshwater fishing is the perfect summer activity. We are excited to see more BC residents enjoying the world class fishing in their own backyard,” says Andrew Wilson, President, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. “We hope people will take their fishing enjoyment on their travels and explore rivers and lakes throughout the province. They will discover why BC is a world class fishing destination!”

Richard Sheremoto shows off his catch in 2017.                     .

Youth age 16 – 24 have most enthusiastically taken up the sport with a 55% increase in licence purchases compared to 2019 while there has been a 15% increase in purchases by those in the 25 – 34 year old age group. Licence sales have increased 10% in the 35 – 44 year old age group. Youth under 16-years-old are not required to purchase a licence.

Licence sales year to date have decreased 17% for anglers 65 and older.

Robert Ulm and his catch in 2017.

As a result of implementing enhanced protocols, hatchery staff were able to safely continue working through the spring. This allowed the Freshwater Fisheries Society to maintain operations and meet stocking targets throughout the province, even when access was closed for safety reasons.

“We were able to continue our fish stocking through the spring, releasing as many yearling and catchable size fish as in previous years,” says Tim Yesaki, Vice President of Operations. “We worked with fantastic staff at regional and provincial parks to ensure stocking continued, even behind locked gates. As those parks re-opened, anglers were rewarded with fantastic fishing. We are pleased that we were able to meet the stocking plans to ensure new anglers, as well as our frequent anglers, have a great fishing experience this summer.”

In the Vedder River in 2011.

July and August are the most popular months for non-resident Canadians to make fishing trips to BC and July-September are the months most international anglers usually visit BC. Fishing guides and lodges, most of which are located in rural BC, are hoping the jump in resident licence sales will lead to more BC anglers booking fishing trips and holidays this year.

Mr. King with his prize catch in 2011.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was created in 2003 as a private, not- for-profit organization, funded mainly through freshwater fishing licence revenues. In partnership with the Province, the Society annually stocks six million trout, char and kokanee salmon in 800 B.C. lakes. It also manages special hatchery programs for endangered species including white sturgeon, conducts fisheries research, education and conservation programs, and works to make angling more accessible for all. To find out more, visit gofishbc.com.



  Sunday, July 5, 2020  

Published 7 pm


Table talk

Hear and interact with Canada Climate Law Initiative experts July 9

Joanne Forbes, CLI/Handout photos

Corporate board members are legally obligated to address climate change risk and opportunities as part of their oversight of the companies they serve, according to a new, in-depth legal analysis of directors’ duties regarding climate change risk.

In her opinion, titled “Putting Climate Change Risk on the Boardroom Table” Ms. Hansell clarifies the role of the corporate board with respect to climate change and is unequivocal about the responsibility of corporate directors to include climate change risks and opportunities in their oversight and strategic direction of the companies they serve.

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020

Time: 10:00 am-11:00am Pacific (Vancouver) time.

Please register for the webinar here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Ms. Hansell’s ground-breaking opinion, given to the Canada Climate Law Initiative, a research hub at the University of British Columbia Allard School of Law and York University Osgoode Hall Law School, is the first in-depth legal analysis of directors’ duties in a corporate governance context by a senior Canadian lawyer. 

You are invited to attend the Canada Climate Law Initiative  free webinar:

Putting Climate Change Risk on the Boardroom Table-A Conversation with Carol Hansell and Gigi Dawe.

Introduction by Dr. Janis Sarra and comments by Professor Cynthia Williams. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues and other interested parties. 



  Sunday, July 5, 2020  

Published 7 pm



DMC cuts a new album

Chrissy, Vocab Comm/Handout photos



BlakDenim, Ottawa-based band, is eager to announce the release of their first full length album Usual Suspects: Season III and latest single featuring notable hip-hop pioneer Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from BlakDenim, entitled “Sharks.” The single is a rebellious tune combining the sounds of punk-rock and hip-hop, the familiar stylings of RUN-DMC. This single is found on BlakDenim’s new album Usual Suspects: Season III, which encompasses the themes of love, togetherness and unity. The album showcases the band's refined sound combining the elements of new electronic music with 70s funk.

Over the years BlakDenim has opened up for Grammy-nominated musician Trombone Shorty and hip-hop and rap artist Snoop Dogg at the Tweed Frontyard Shindig Festival in Ottawa, and has shared the stage with JUNO-award winners The Glorious Sons and Matthew Good, acclaimed American funk and soul singer Charles Bradley, and award-winning rapper T-Pain. Read more about Darryl McDaniels, visit  www.thekingdmc.com.




  Sunday, July 5, 2020  

Published 6 pm


'Pent-up demand' leaves home buyers hungry

June sales surpass previous months

Steve Lerigney, CADREB/Voice file photo


Chilliwack and area real estate sales have taken a huge leap in the past month, as the province opens in phase 3 recovery from COVID-19.


In June, 345 home sales were completed, way ahead of last June’s 265 sales, and more than doubling May’s sales of 170 homes.


“We knew that there would be pent-up demand when people starting feeling safer about being out and about more,” said Kim Parley, the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) President, “but it was amazing to see such a dramatic increase, given the unemployment figures and economic impacts of COVID”.


The dollar value out of the 345 sales totalled over $193 million, which in turn injects money into the local economy with home sale related services and products such as furniture and appliances.


Of the total sales last month, the strongest sellers per ratio were single family homes, but there was also strong interest in townhomes, evidenced by the highest number of sales (67) in the $400,000-$499,999 range. There were 66 sales in the $600,000-$649,999 range, followed by 55 sales in the $500,000-$549,999 price spread.  There were 14 sales over the $1 million mark.


Don’t expect prices to fall however because of pent-up demand, cautions Mr. Parley.


“Real estate is driven by supply and demand, so with demand for homes high and housing inventory low, prices are in fact nudging upwards on new single family and townhome listings”.


Single family home prices rose 8.1%, townhome resale prices are up 1.8%, while the price of resale apartments/condominiums fell by almost 16%.


If you’ve been on the fence about listing your home, now is the time. At the end of June, there were just over 1,000 current listings on the local market, compared to over 1,600 at the same time last year.


“In some instances, REALTORS® are hard pressed to come up with a solid list of choices in particular price ranges and some neighbourhoods,” added the CADREB President.


“Interest rates remain historically low, and many people’s livelihoods haven’t been as affected by COVID as others, so for many it’s a great time to buy or sell”. Visit the CADRED website to learn more.



 Sunday, July 5, 2020  

Published 8 am


Golden slumbers

Canada has 77 ounces in its reserves while China has an astounding 64.6 million ounces

Betty Krawczyk, Author, Cumberland, BC/Voice file photo


Supposed poor returns was the principle behind selling off Canadian gold.


In the 1960s Canada had more than 1,000 tonnes of gold but began steadily selling it off until by 1963 Canada held just 3.4 tonnes. Well, what it has is 77 ounces of gold, primarily in gold coins. This is next to nothing for a national treasury.

Canada has no gold in its treasury. Why? Why did Canada sell all it's gold which makes The Bank of Canada rank dead last in the list of 100 major central banks world wide? And is it important? What difference does it make?


Well, it seems to be making a big difference to a lot of countries. Instead selling off their gold other countries have been very busy buying it...Europe, Russia, China and the USA.


Surely, a country's gold reserves must be important, or why would all these other countries be buying whatever they can of it? And what does the Bank of Canada and the federal government have to say about the selling of all of Canada's gold?

In an email to CBC News in Feb. 2016 written by Finance Dept. spokesman David Barnabe: “The government has a long standing policy of diversifying its portfolio by selling physical commodities (such as gold) and instead investing in financial assets that are easily tradable and that have deep markets of buyers and sellers”.


According to senior Finance Dept. economist Moneau , "The reason for the gold sale was the cost involved in storing the gold and the fact gold offers a poor return”.

I agree with The Gold Telegraph that this seems like strange logic since gold has out performed the S&P 500 since 2000. The price of gold went from $35.00 an once in 1967 to over $1,300 today. (More actually, since that article was written.) Following the sale of its gold Canada's market debt has surpassed $1 trillion in a historic milestone.

So what does Canada's national debt have to do with the price of gold?


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  Saturday, July 4, 2020  

Published 8 am


Digital faith

Chilliwack weekly service online

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald for Ron Kandle/Google image


St Thomas Anglican church, First Ave in Chilliwack.


Hi Sisters and Brothers,
Here is the link for this Sunday's worship service we continue to journey through the book of Ecclesiastes. A big thanks to Steven Burgoyne for putting the service together with his technical engineering arts. Thanks to Rev. Jennifer for her stellar work on the bulletin and her participation in the service. Thanks to our readers Tamara and Lily Evans and to our singers, Trevor Smale, Ralph and Virginia Hooper, Brenda Duffels and Courtney Duffels and to our player, David Rushton. Videos of the singers provided by moi. 

May you be blessed as we gather around our common prayer. Don't forget to subscribe for their weekly sermons.



  Friday, July 3, 2020  

Published 8 am


Another fire at vacant house

Previous issues have happened at problematic house on Reece Ave

Chris Wilson, Asst. Chief, Emergency Preparedness/Voice photos


Vacant house garage fire on Reece Ave Wednesday.

On July 2nd at approximately 12:30 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 46000-block of Reece Avenue. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered a detached garage with heavy flames and smoke showing.

Crews established a water supply from a nearby hydrant and initiated a defensive attack on the quickly spreading fire. The majority of the fire was knocked down within an hour of the arrival of fire crews.

Firefighters put out a fire inside the vacant house June 11.

The garage sustained heavy fire damage; a nearby fence and cedar hedging were also damaged by the fire.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire.

The cause of this fire is currently under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Officials.



  Thursday, July 2, 2020  

Published 4 pm


BC residents to see boost on GST/HST rebates

One-time only increase July 5

BC Gov't caucus/Voice file photo


BC families will see additional benefits on their GST/HST rebate cheques July 5.

The B.C. climate action tax credit (BCCATC) helps offset the impact of the carbon taxes paid by individuals or families.

The Federal government announced benefit payments will continue for an additional three months for those who are not able to file their 2019 income tax returns on time. 

This will also apply to the enhanced B.C. climate action tax credit payment for July 5, 2020.

The climate action tax credit payments are non-taxable. This means that you don't include it as income when you file your income tax return.

You're eligible to receive the credit if you're a resident of B.C. and you:

  • Are 19 years of age or older, or

  • Have a spouse or common-law partner, or

  • Are a parent who resides with your child.

If you are eligible for the climate action tax credit, you will receive the credit payment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The credit payment is combined with the federal goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit into one quarterly payment.

The payments are issued four times a year in July, October, January and April. Generally, the payments are made on the fifth day of the month. For a list of all payment dates, visit the CRA website.

To be able to receive each quarterly payment, you must be a resident of B.C. on both the first day of that quarter and the first day of the previous quarter. For example, to get the October payment, you must have been a resident of B.C. on both October 1 and July 1.  

See more on the BC government tax credit page.