Sunday, Sept 30, 2018   

 

Fire Levels Vacant House

Fire investigaotor say arson

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training/Voice photo and Google image

 

A fire leveled a vacant house in the 46000-block of Brooks last Thursday.

 

n September 27, 2018 at approximately 0330am the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire located in the 46000 block of Brooks Ave.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing heavy smoke and flames venting from the structure. The structure was vacant and under demolition at the time of the fire. Due to the intense fire and structural damage firefighters set up a defensive fire attack.

The remainder of the structure was destroyed by the fire There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

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

 

  Saturday, Sept 29, 2018   

 

"If It Ain't Raining, It Ain't Training"  

Fraser Valley troops in battlefield response skills games in England

Second Lieutenant Hans Mulder, The Royal New Westminster Regiment, UPAR/Submitted photos

 

Sergeant Joanna Cisneros inspects Corporal Isaac Priyanthan prior to the Freedom of the City parade in London.

 

27-member wing of the Royal Westminster Regiment participated in Exercise Westie Fusilier this summer (24 Aug – 8 Sep) with our allied regiment, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (RRF) in England. The Westies went through a jam-packed training schedule beginning with a physical training session; friendly competition was encouraged between the units, with foot races, stretcher carries and fireman carries.   See more here.

 

 

  Thursday Sept 27, 2018   

 

Reducing the Impact

Major development in men's health

Kari Kylo/Submitted image

 

Vancouver-based company, Pacey MedTech Ltd., have created the Pacey Cuff™, a urethral control device

 

r. Jack Pacey, Vascular and General Surgeon, who has worked at Burnaby General Hospital, and CEO of Pacey Medtech has developed the Pacey Cuff – a urethral control device that eliminates urinary leakage in men with incontinence, specifically post prostate cancer treatment, without discomfort  and impaired blood flow.

As you may be aware, urinary incontinence significantly impacts the lives of men post prostate cancer treatment. Unlike traditional penile clamps, the Pacey Cuff uses advanced technology that eliminates urinary leakage, without impaired blood flow and discomfort. Dr. Pacey is extremely passionate about this product because there is finally an effective solution to this problem, and it truly changes the lives of these individuals who are suffering.

Dr. Daniel Rappaport, MD FRCSC, Reconstructive Urology, has also worked in developing the Pacey Cuff. His practice specializes in urinary incontinence, urinary tract reconstruction and prosthetics. He is also a clinical instructor, UBC Dept of Urological Sciences.

 

 

  Thursday Sept 27, 2018   

 

Silage Barn Fire on Willbourn Rd

Crews had to truck in water

Voice staff/Google image

 

Firefighters had the silage barn controlled quickly before it spread. Google satellite image.

 

n Wednesday September 26, 2018, at approximately 4:45pm the Chilliwack Fire Department responded to reports of a barn fire in the-51000 block of Willbourn Rd.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing heavy smoke and flames venting from a silage barn.

 

The owner and workers were onsite at the time of the fire and had initiated fire control methods. Firefighters set up an offensive fire attack, and were able to stop the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings," said Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training Chilliwack Fire Department in a release on Thursday.

 

There was no source of water for crews to use so water had to be brought in by "Tender" truck.

 

"This fire appears to be accidental," said Brown.

 

Silo fires are particularly dangerous to fire crews because fine grain dust is extremely volatile.There were no civilian, firefighter, or animal injuries.
 

 

  Wednesday Sept 26, 2018   

 

Chilliwack Rocks

Curling championship to open rink March 22

Al Cameron/Voice and website photo

 

The new Chilliwack curling rink under construction now is set to open in March 2019. The stripes are symbolic of the rink lanes.

 

hilliwack Curling and Community Centre, which is currently in the final stages of construction and scheduled to open in late October or early November.

“It’s truly exciting for our sport when we see new curling centres being built, and having the Everest Canadian Seniors as part of the opening season will make it a truly memorable event in Chilliwack,” said Resby Coutts, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “I know there’s a great group of volunteers in place in Chilliwack who will make sure Canada’s elite senior players are welcomed with open arms.” See more here.

 

 

  Thursday Sept 27, 2018   

 

Shed Fire Mysterious

Chilliwack firefighters jumped on it and extinguished before it spread

Voice staff/Voice photo

 

Firefighters attend to a small fire in a shed at Princess St. and Nowell Ave. Tuesday evening.

round 9 PM Tuesday, a small fire broke out in a shed at Nowell St. and Princess Ave. Firefighters used hand extinguishers and then checked it with their sensor after looking for any hot spots. There's no word on how the fire started and no civilians or firefighters were injured.

 

 

  Thursday Sept 27, 2018   

 

A World Within

Chilliwack International Film Series features six movies Oct-Nov

Jennifer Hickey/Mongrel Media photos

 

Kayak to Klemtu will be on of six moves in the  Chilliwack International Film Series throughout Oct. and Nov.

ravel the globe, meet intriguing characters, and share stories, all from the comfort of your theatre seat, with the 2018 Chilliwack International Fall Film Series, presented by Cottonwood 4 Cinemas and sponsored by the Chilliwack Community Arts Council. With weekly screenings every Wednesday from October 17 to November 21, there will be an intriguing international title for every film aficionado to enjoy.  See the complete list here.

 

  Thursday Sept 27, 2018   

 

Avoiding the Horrible Flu

Last year was the worst in 40 years since 1976-77, shots are available now

Cynnamon Schreinert, London Drugs/Voice photo

 

Flu shots are now available at Chilliwack London Drugs.

n overwhelming majority (78%) of British Columbians believe that it is important to get the flu vaccination every year in order to help protect those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness. Despite this, only six in ten plan to get the flu shot this year.

The poll, conducted by Insights West on behalf of London Drugs, found that among those who are unlikely to get a flu shot, the most common reason is a belief that it is unnecessary because they're healthy (35%). See more here.

 

  Thursday Sept 27, 2018   

 

Make It or Break It

Huskers' next two games against the Rebels will decide playoffs

Blake Roberts, BCFC/Voice file photo

 

The Huskers wind up the season home and away against the Rebels.

he Valley Huskers meat grinder of a second half has been dialed up a notch. The club has now lost two straight, their hopes of hosting one of two semi-final games has dissipated and this weekend they may or may not be without quarterback Julian Wytinck.

Now comes news out of their upcoming opponent that former CJFL coach of the year JC Boice has returned to assist friend Shane Beatty (who he brought into the fold when he was head coach two years ago) and will be running the offense.  See more here.

 

 

  Thursday Sept 27, 2018   

 

Step in the Home Direction

Goldstream Park homeless to be transitioned to housing can it happen in the Fraser Valley?

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice photo

 

A man dozes off on a bench at Five Corners Park, a gathering point for homeless people.

elina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has released the following statement regarding homeless campers at Goldstream Provincial Park:

“A plan is in place to provide shelter and housing for all homeless campers currently staying at Goldstream Provincial Park. People will begin to transition into housing and shelters on Oct. 1, 2018, and BC Parks will notify the public once the campground is ready to reopen. The day-use area and group sites remain open. See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 26, 2018   

 

World of Vibes

Coco Jafro brings their unique style of music to Harrison Memorial Hall Oct 6

Bryan Cutler/Handout photo

 

Coco Jafro billed as a"Vintage funk and 21 centruy cool" band will be at Harrison Memorial Hall Oct 6.

n Saturday October 6th, popular Vancouver-based septet Coco Jafro will be making a return visit to Harrison Hot Springs, following a smash performance at the 2017 Harrison Festival of the Arts.

Coco Jafro is a hard hitting force to be reckoned with, unifying the masses with their electrified, funky global rhythms. They bring together the schools of funk, soul, jazz and Afro-beat, providing a unique sound that flows from a foundation of deep set grooves. See more here.

 

 

  Tuesday Sept 25, 2018   

 

Is Teacher's Union Alt-Left on LGBTQ  Issue?

Religious reader calls for neutrality from BCTF pushing agenda in magazine

Lisa Wynd/BCTF image

 

 

Page 16 in the latest BCTF mag is a two-page spread on sexuality.

he British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) is the labour union that represents all public school teachers in the province of British Columbia, Canada. They are supposed to represent teachers, not push political agendas and unions are supposed to remain politically neutral. It has recently been brought to my attention that the BCTF magazine is pushing an agenda. After doing research online into the BCTF magazine and other sources, I discovered that there is a political Bias. I read article after article on LGBTQ people, and embracing brave teachers who come out.

My question is: why is the BCTF magazine focusing so much on sexuality and not on other important issues that pertain to teachers and students, and if they are going to discuss sexuality in a union magazine, why aren’t they being more diverse?

As a religious person I often feel discriminated and at times bullied for my beliefs. If LGBTQ topics are a priority, I would like to see other topics a priority such as religion, special needs students, and ethnicity. If I was the president of the BCTF and the majority of topics being discussed pertained to religion, I would expect people would call me out on my biased agenda. 

 

 

  Monday Sept 24, 2018   

 

Leaving the Future Behind

Just 1400 buyers in BC picked up $5000-$6,000 incentive

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra/Voice file photo

 

Mayor Sharon Gaetz stands next to City of Chilliwack EV. Charging there at the stations is still free in Dec 2014.

transition to clean-energy vehicles will be an important part of meeting the Province’s updated greenhouse gas reduction targets. The targets are aiming for a 40% reduction in carbon emissions from 2007 levels by 2030, and a 60% reduction from 2007 levels by 2040.

The latest statistics indicate British Columbia has the highest per-capita electric-vehicle adoption rate in Canada. British Columbia had the highest market share of electric-vehicle sales in Canada at 3.7% in June. Between April and June of this year, more than 1,400 incentive applications were paid out to consumers.

The CEVforBC program offers incentives of:

• up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle; and
• up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

British Columbians who purchase electric vehicles typically save about 75% on their fuel and maintenance costs, which adds up to about $2,400 per year.

 

  Monday Sept 24, 2018   

 

Music on the Move

Loophole for building owners could make deal window dressing

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra/Handout image

 

 

ancouver based a cappella ensemble, MOTET will be joining BELLE VOCI for a weekend of gorgeous singing. Each group will present their own set and then join together for 4 stunning pieces.

You will hear pieces by Byrd, Tallis, Pärt, Duruflé and so much mure! Stunning acoustics!

We have chosen 4 stunning churches that will compliment our voices. Come for the venue and stay for the music.

• Friday Saturday September 28th at St Patrick's Parish in Vancouver.
• Saturday September 29th at Christ the Redeemer in Vancouver.
• Sunday September 30th at St James and Sts Joachim & Ann in the Valley.

Come find out more about us @ bellevoci.ca

 

 

  Monday Sept 24, 2018   

 

The BC Gov't Announces 2019 Rental Cap

Loophole for building owners could make deal window dressing

BC Gov't Caucus/Handout image

 

 

e listened to the voices of British Columbians concerned about affordability, reviewed how other provinces set rent and have a solution. 

 

“Renters were clear that rent increases that far outstripped cost-of-living increases were becoming increasingly unaffordable, and landlords were clear they needed help to maintain their properties,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, Rental Housing Task Force chair and MLA for Vancouver-West End.

Recommendations to government include:

• changing the maximum rent increase formula, from the current formula of inflation plus 2%, to inflation only (2.5% for 2019), which would remove the automatic 2% yearly increase.

• giving landlords the ability to apply for an additional increase if they can show the formula would not cover maintenance and other costs incurred.

 

  Sunday Sept 23, 2018   

 

Stó:lō Woman Honoured 

Maracle joins elite Canadian authors

Jess Harris/Handout photo

 

he Toronto International Festival of Authors today announced that this year’s Harbourfront Festival Prize will be awarded to celebrated Canadian Indigenous author Lee Maracle. A member of the Stó:lō Nation, Lee Maracle is a critically acclaimed author and scholar, a recipient of the Order of Canada, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto, First Nation’s House and at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.

 

She will receive the Harbourfront Festival Prize, awarded annually in recognition of an author’s contribution to the Canadian literary community, during the Toronto International Festival of Authors on October 22 at 8 p.m., before the Festival Celebration: GGBooks event at the Fleck Dance Theatre. Toronto International Festival of Authors, Canada’s oldest and largest festival of words and ideas, is on from October 18 –28, 2018, with most events at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are on-sale at FestivalOfAuthors.ca. See more here.

 

  Sunday Sept 23, 2018   

 

Prill Wants on School Board

Lays out agenda loud and clear

Campaign to elect Michael Prill/Submitted photo

 

 

Former criminal justice public servant, child services and parent looking to be a trustee

 

orn and raised in BC, Michael Prill has been a resident of Chilliwack for the past 12 years. Michael is a local business owner who holds a degree in Criminal Justice, and has spent the past 14 years of his career in employment as a federal Public Servant in the Criminal Justice system.  See more here.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 23, 2018   

 

MacAhonic Adds Her Name to City Hall Election Ballot

Lots of credentials but no solid plan

Campaign to elect Patti MacAhonic/Voice file photo

 

Former provincial NDP Candidate wants a shot at City Hall

 

atti MacAhonic, Executive Director of Ann Davis Transition Society and former Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Executive Director announced her intention to run for Chilliwack City Council today.  MacAhonic is recognized as a long-time Chilliwack Community member whose campaign mantra:  "A Voice for You - Proven Leadership - Taking Action Getting Results" is something she has consistently demonstrated with her work in the community across sectors. See more here.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 23, 2018   

 

Pensions Denial Continues 

Goodale named in letter from Vets and RCMP regarding super annuity

Dave Palmer/Voice file photo

 

Flags at legion downtown Chilliwack during medal presentation November 2017.

 

he Committee wishes to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated August 1, 2018. Let me advise you that Mr. Doug Eyolfson, MP is not my member of Parliament.

Your statement: "I would like to thank you for your many years of service to Canadians. I simply did my job. The Liberal party and you need to say Thank you to our Spouses, Children and Grand Children for the free services they provided to Canada while we were serving our Country Canada. See more here.

 

 

  Friday Sept 21, 2018   

 

Riding Dangerously 

Cyclist without helmet in crash

Staff/Voice photo

 

A cyclist is being attended to by firefighters on Young Road Wednesday.

 

raffic was light late Wednesday afternoon when a a man on a bicycle collided with a vehicle on Young Rd at Five Corners.

 

Unfortunately the man hit his head and required medical attention. CFD firefighters were there to assist until the BCAS paramedics could arrive.

 

ICBC says there were on average 11 deaths between 2011 to 2016.

 

 

  Friday Sept 21, 2018   

 

Behind Every Trucker is a Good Cup of Coffee 

Fountain Tire pop-up java "truck-thru" for drivers on the fly Sept 19-23

Tanya Anand, CE/Fountain Tire photo

 

Truckers will see the Box Canyon stop on the Coquihalla Highway Sept 19-23.

 

one-of-a-kind coffee shop will greet truckers along the Coquihalla Highway in B.C. this week. Fountain Tire has created the Truck-Thru: a drive-thru that tractor trailers can actually drive through. From September 19 – 23 at the Box Canyon Rest Area, the Truck-Thru by Fountain Tire will bring the convenience of a drive-thru to long-haul truckers, serving free coffee and snacks right to their windows.  See more here. 

 

 

  Friday Sept 21, 2018   

 

Creative Spaces  

iLead Fundraiser Sept 22 features award-winners

Aaron Levi, CIVL/Handout image

 

 

our Fraser Valley Music Award winning artists are teaming up to raise funds for Abbotsford’s newest youth support and outreach space this Saturday.


Launching this summer, iLead has been developing spaces and programs for community youth and artists to participate in a safe and inclusive environment within which to learn and be supported in their artistic endeavours.


Always happy to help, Fraser Valley Music Award Winners Kyler Pierce and Harma White, Blessed, Kristin Witko, and Loans, featuring members of Cheap High, have learned cover sets from some of the most iconic artists of the last century in order to raise funds for iLead.


Harma White and Blessed have teamed up to learn the entirety of Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking recording, The Dark Side of the Moon, while Witko and co. tackle a set of David Byrne’s songs with the Talking Heads, and Loans will play a set made up of entirely Rolling Stones originals.

 
The event is 19 + at the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club, and entry is suggested minimum donation of $5, though higher values are always accepted, and appreciated for the cause; no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

 

To learn more about the iLead initiative and the team leading it, go here. For a link to the event page on Facebook.

 

 

  Friday Sept 21, 2018   

 

When Seeing is Believing 

Blind students inspire sighted peers

Jonathon Wahl, APH/Handout images

 

Summer in NYC as imagined by Ashley Geary.

 

merican Printing House (APH) believes that artists who are blind should have a place to showcase their work. InSights Art is an annual juried competition for artists of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. Held in Louisville each year, APH has received artwork from all 50 states and many countries across the globe. This year will be the 27th year for the contest.

 

This year a group of 17 high school students at the Texas School for the Blind took home first place in their category for a stop motion film they created named Purr-Fect Dream. Their piece will be on display from on October 4-6 in Louisville, Kentucky. See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

SD33 Trustee Neufeld Suing BCTF President 

Lawyer cites laundry list of complaints in defamation suit against Glen Hansman

Voice staff/Handout photo

 

n Wednesday, incumbent School Board Trustee Barry Neufeld told The Voice that he's suing BC Teacher's Federation president (BCTF) Glen Hansman for defamation of character.

 

Ever since Neufeld came out of the closet against SOGI, the alt-left has been gleefully gnawing away at him even though he represents a segment of the community who don't like SOGI.  See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Leave the Driving to Them

Application pending with new BC/Alberta bus service proposal

Leah Abra, Red Arrow/Handout photo

 

Ebus could be operating in BC pending application review.

bus, a scheduled passenger motorcoach company that has been servicing Alberta since 2011 – while our sister brand Red Arrow, the only luxury coach service of its kind in Canada, has been connecting people and communities in Alberta for almost 40 years.

Today, we’re thrilled to see that our application to the Passenger Transportation Board to start operating routes in BC has been posted and is pending decision. We’ve applied to serve the routes of Kelowna <>Vancouver, Kamloops <> Vancouver, and Kelowna <> Kamloops and we hope to start supporting the passenger travel needs in your communities soon.

Ebus and Red Arrow are divisions owned and operated under the Pacific Western Transportation Group of Companies, the largest privately-owned people transportation enterprise in Canada. With four divisions of business; Motorcoach, Employee Transportation, Student Transportation and Transit, we offer comprehensive transportation services across the country. For more information visit myebus.com

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Shed Fire Could Have Been Worse 

CFD advises homeowners to be cautious when working around flamables

Chris Wilson, Asst. Chief, EP/Staff photo

 

Firefighters attended to burn victim prior to BCAS' paramedics arrival Wednesday.

 

n September 19th at approximately 12:15 pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 46000 block of Prairie Central Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered smoke showing from a multibay workshop structure.

Crews quickly brought the fire under control and were able to contain the spread of the fire to a single vehicle bay, however the bay and a parked vehicle inside sustained moderate fire, smoke and water damage. One male occupant of the workshop who was working on a vehicle at the time of the fire was transported to hospital and received treatment for burn injuries.

The cause of this fire is believed to be accidental in nature and is under investigation by fire department officials.

The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public to exercise caution when working on or around vehicles where flammable/combustible liquids may be present.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Homeowner Hoses House 

CFD reminds the community to avoid using fire to burn weeds

Chris Wilson, Asst. Chief, EP/Staff photo

 

Firefighters ventilate a house on Ashwell Rd. on Wednesday.

 

t approximately 1 PM, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire at a residence in the 9300-block of Ashwell Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4, and 6 responded and upon arrival discovered a minor fire on the exterior of a single family detached home.

 

The occupant of the home was able to extinguish most of the fire with a garden hose prior to the arrival of fire crews. Firefighters completed the extinguishment of the fire and utilized a thermal imaging camera to ensure the fire hadn’t extended into any concealed spaces. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported as a result of this fire.

The cause of this fire is under investigation by fire department officials and is believed to be accidental in nature.

The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public to avoid using open flame devices to control vegetation.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Canadian Big Wheels 

Surrey company talks about how they became one of the top 500 businesses nationwide

Daman Grewel/Submitted photos

 

Centurion Trucking owners Harpreet Kalsi (l) and Daman Grewal named BC's top trucking company.

 

anadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked Centurion Trucking No. 131 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. As per the rankings in the Transportation and Logistics Industry in BC, Centurion takes 1st Place. Centurion Trucking made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 670%. As the readers of the Valley Voice News, I would like to share with you 3 strategies on how we accelerated our growth.  See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Slide On Inn

BC's newest ski resort opens Nov 28 in Rossland

Samantha Geer, Avenue PR/Handout photo

 

A view of the NEW luxurious Josie Hotel ski-in, ski-out resort.

 

he Josie Hotel (The Josie), a Noble House Hotels & Resorts property in partnership with William Cole Companies, is set to open its doors on November 28, 2018, transforming Rossland into one of North America's major ski destinations. Located in Rossland, British Columbia, The Josie is the region's first boutique hotel of its kind and a true ski-in, ski-out property, providing luxury accommodation and an authentic mountain experience, just a few convenient steps from RED Mountain Resort's (RED) slopes. See more here.

 

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Above the Bar

Rising Tide introduces a new Beverage Service Program to Chilliwack businesses

Tezera Roux/Rising Tide/Voice file photo

 

Every liquor establishment needs a game plan.

 

ith the holiday season fast approaching, leading liquor licensing firm Rising Tide Consultants is pleased to launch its unique Beverage Service Program to help establishments raise the bar in terms of product selection, beverage menu creation and ultimately, customer experience. See more here.

 

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Urban Elegance

Celebrate Chilliwack Culture at Gwynne Vaughan Park Sept 29

Kate MacDougall/Chamber Comm.

 

"Grassroots events from every part of the province"

rom Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, BC Culture Days will celebrate its ninth year of community-driven arts and cultural engagement in British Columbia, and across Canada.

During the BC Culture Days weekend, people from across the country and the province are invited to take part in thousands of free, hands-on and behind-the-scenes events such as workshops, open rehearsals, tours, collaborative art projects and panel discussions — all hosted by local arts groups, individuals and municipalities. See more here.

 

 

  Tuesday Sept 18, 2018   

 

New Tyson School Confirmed

Will be ready for students September 2022

BC Gov't caucus/Voice file photo

 

There will be more school buses on the road come Sept. 2022 when the new Tyson Rd school is built.

new elementary-middle school is coming to Chilliwack’s growing South Side community to give students a better place to learn.

Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, has announced that the Province will provide up to $48.6 million to build a new, 930-seat K-8 school in south Chilliwack. The Chilliwack School District will contribute $5 million for the cost of the school. The announcement was made during the grand opening of the new 200-seat addition at Promontory Heights Elementary Community school. See more here.

 

 

  Monday Sept 17, 2018   

 

Culturally Relevant Learning

Seabird Island School Martin Family Initiative

Lucie Santoro/MFI

 

Model Schools Literacy Project is to ensure that First Nations students read and write well enough by the end of Grade 3.

 

he Seabird Island Band and the Martin Family Initiative (MFI) are very pleased to announce that Seabird Island Community School has been selected to join the Model Schools Literacy Project. In November 2017, First Nations schools from across Canada were invited to apply for the Project, and those schools selected join six others already participating since 2016. The Model Schools Literacy Project will expand again in 2020.  See more here.

 

 

 

  Monday Sept 17, 2018   

 

Livestock Tax Relief

Fraser Valley farmers eligible for federal assistance

Katie Hawkins/Ag.GC.CA

 

xtreme weather conditions have caused feed shortfalls in several provinces, which has led to designated regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec being eligible for livestock tax deferral provision.

 

The livestock tax deferral provisions allow livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2018 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2019 to help replenish the herd. The cost of replacing the animals in 2019 will offset the deferred income, there by reducing the tax burden associated with the original sale.

 

Eligibility for the tax deferral is limited to those producers located inside the designated prescribed areas. Producers in those regions can request the tax deferral when filing their 2018 income tax returns.

 

 

 

   Sunday Sept 16, 2018   

 

Community One 

Annual Chilliwack Terry Fox Run raises $341K for cancer research

Staff/Voice photos

 

Runners and walkers pose for a team shot in one of the year's best community photos. Below, Kathleen from Seattle loved the event and bought two t-shirts and had volunteers sign them.

 

hey were soaked to the bone but they were all smiling. When it comes to something people believe in, a little foul weather isn't going to stop anyone.

On Sunday morning hundreds of supporters and volunteers stormed from The Landing headlong into a Hurricane Florence type of monsoon for the annual Terry Fox Run in Chilliwack. It was a small sacrifice for a big cause.

The official t-shirt this year was grey however most wore red that said Team Carter in remembrance of 12-year-old Carter from Chilliwack who lost his battle to cancer.

In total the Chilliwack run raised a whopping $341,000. 
See more here.

 

 

  Saturday Sept 15, 2018   

 

Buying Back Homegrown

Electing people who understand locally produced food and animal care

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

 

wish there were a candidate for Mayor or Council who grew up on a family mixed farm, or who loved visiting relatives on one.  The whole ALR is turning into agribusiness that does not use fertile land.  Dairies should but don't have their cows grazing outside. Chicken farms don't have their chickens outside eating greens. 

My parents always had two or more fields for their cows and also for their chicks and chickens.  While one field was kept locked to grow green again, the other was open for them to go in and out, whenever they wished.  Only the male fowls were sold.  The hens laid eggs in roomy conditions, easy to keep clean.  From early childhood I actually loved that chore and gathering eggs. See more here.

 

  Saturday Sept 15, 2018   

 

Sixth Senses

Gallery 7 presents half a dozen short plays during festival Sept 19-22

Ken Hildebrandt/Submitted images

 

Caleb Vanderleek and James Lam star in Suspension of Disbelief, a comedy by James Lam.

 

allery 7 Theatre is thrilled to launch their 28th annual theatre season with a festival of short plays called Abby Theatre Fest, formally known as the One Act Play Showcase. This year’s exciting and entertaining mix of plays will feature 2 international plays and 4 Canadian works, of which 2 are plays written by local Fraser Valley playwrights receiving their world premiere production. See more here.

 

 

  Friday Sept 14, 2018   

 

Maximum Knowledge

Heather Maahs ready to run for her fourth term as School District 33 Board Trustee

Campaign to Elect Heather Maahs/Voice file photo

 

Incumbent Chilliwack SD33 board trustee Heather Maahs (r) with former trustee Martha Weins lay a wreath during the November 2013 Remembrance Day ceremonies.

fter three full terms as a School District 33 trustee, the popular incumbent trustee Heather Maahs is prepared to devote another huge part of her life to Chilliwack. 

One of her goals this term she says is to see a decrease the rise in the reading and math scores of all the students in the district, particularly the grade sevens.

"It is alarming to see such low scores of students at this age," says Maahs. "It is very difficult, although not impossible, for them to catch up. This needs to be a call to arms for the new Board."

Maahs also wants to see a downsizing of Distance Education and closure of Chance School by the current Board.  See more here.

 

 

  Friday Sept 14, 2018   

 

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK

CDC warms to cook chicken thoroughly

Centre for Disease Control/Website image

 

Chicken nuggets, chicken strips, chicken burgers, popcorn chicken and chicken fries.

 

he Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial and territorial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate outbreaks of Salmonella infections across Canada linked to raw chicken, including frozen raw breaded chicken products. See more here.

 

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 12, 2018   

The Heart Remembers

Hosting a Coffee Break is one way to bring awareness and assist the Alzheimer's Assn of BC

Staff/Voice file photos

 

Alzheimer's disease is progressive and degenerative and eventually fatal.

 

eptember is World Alzheimer’s Month and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is inviting Chilliwack residents to bring their friends, co-workers or customers together throughout the month – or in October – by hosting a Coffee Break® fundraiser.

Funds raised at the events will help support local programs and services for people affected by dementia, as well as enabling research into the causes of and cure for dementia. See more here.

 

  Wednesday Sept 12, 2018   

 

Gaetz Busy With UBCM

Chilliwack mayor chairs for 200 resolutions in Whistler

Staff/Voice file photo

 

Chilliwack mayor Sharon Gaetz is busy in Whistler this week with her duties as chair for the UBCM.

 

t's been all business and no holiday for BC's hardest working mayor Sharon Gaetz this week who's chairing the Union of BC Municipalities meetings in the popular resort of Whistler.

On Tuesday, she chaired a couple of panels as well as a Municipal Finance Association Board meeting.

Along with other duties, she had some time to socialize with a reception and was introduced to new staff for the Local Government Leadership Academy. Now, she's cramming for the 200 resolutions sessions Wednesday.

"I am really looking forward to hearing discussions on fish farming, Greyhound closures, cannabis and so much more," she told The Voice in an e-mail Tuesday. "There’s usually great debate and even a little drama. It will be invigorating if I can chair well."

 

  Tuesday Sept 11, 2018   

Chinook Chopper Evacks UN Soldier

Canadian soldiers mission to medevac UN soldier in Mali successful

Staff/Submitted photo

 

Canadian soldiers disembark from Chinook helicopter in Mali.

 

n September 11, 2018, a CH-147 Chinook and CH-146 Griffon helicopter took to the sky during Operation PRESENCE-Mali successfully helping a United Nations soldier reach medical aid.

 

Members of Task Force Mali were woken up in the early hours this morning by a request for medical evacuation north of Gao. At the time of the call, Gao was under severe weather conditions, however, within 20 minutes, visibility had cleared enough for the teams to launch and successfully evacuate the soldier and return to camp without further incident.

 

“I am extremely proud to lead the Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed under the UN in Mali, who completed a successful medical evacuation in a very challenging operating environment. The evacuation conducted by this group of specialized CAF personnel in Mali provides an opportunity to demonstrate our skills and expertise operations and indicates how our deployed personnel handle themselves with the professionalism and composure for which Canadian Armed Forces members are known," said Colonel Christopher McKenna, Commander of Task Force Mali, OP PRESENCE

 

The medical evacuation is at the core of the Canadian Armed Forces efforts as part of the MINUSMA mission and this first successful Canadian MEDEVAC mission illustrates our commitment to peace and stability in the Sahel region.

 

 

 

  Tuesday Sept 11, 2018   

Smoke-Filled Unit Spooks Tenants

CFD called to apartment building on Margaret Ave

Staff/Voice photos

 

Tenants wait outside the apt while firefighters tend to the issue.

ust before 9 am, crews were called out to an apt in the 46000-block of Margaret Ave after reports of smoke issuing from one suite.

Fire Halls 1 and 4 responded and brought along the ladder truck just in case. Tenants waited, some with no footwear, outside until firefighters aired the building out.

It's not been confirmed that it was a cooking fire but thankfully it was minor in nature and firefighters cleared it up quickly.

 

 

  Tuesday Sept 11, 2018   

Huskers Continue to Shine

Receiver Brandon Poulin BC Lions Player of the Week after 49-22 win over Broncos

Blake Roberts/BCFC website image

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he air show that has evolved in Chilliwack continued Saturday night in the Huskers dominating 49-25 win over the Broncos in Kamloops.

Winnipeger and former Manitoba Bison Brandon Poulin had another stellar outing this past weekend, in fact his best one so far to contribute to the Huskers 4th win of the season. Going into the game he sat second in receiving yardage, trailing only teammate Anthony Dyck in the BCFC. To add to an outstanding evening, he also chipped in 79 yards on 2 kick returns.

Just a note to teammates Poulin and Dyck...after Poulins efforts on the weekend he is now ahead of Dyck in BCFC receiving by 9 yards. For more info, visit www.bcfootballconference.com #itson

 

 

  Tuesday Sept 11, 2018   

Greenland

London Drugs recycling event Sept 15

Cynnamon Schreinert/Website image

 

Help the planet and the community.

 

ondon Drugs is hosting a Recycling Roundup event this Saturday, September 15 at its Chilliwack location. The event encourages Chilliwack residents to responsibly recycle old household goods at the end of their usable life, reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill. See more here.

 

 

  Monday, September 10, 2018   

 

To Die For

Chilliwack designer featured at 32nd Annual Vancouver Fashion Week Sept 17-23

Emma Church, VFW/Website photo

 

 

Chilliwack designer Anelia Basson will be showcasing her latest on the FVW runway.

 

ancouver Fashion Week (VFW) is proud to announce its 32nd season taking place September 17th – 23rd, 2018 at Vancouver Art Gallery Square in the heart of downtown Vancouver, followed by Vancouver Kids Fashion Week running September 22nd – 23rd, 2018.

Presenting a combined 80 runway shows featuring national and international designers’ innovative Spring/Summer 2019 collections, VFW will once again showcase its global platform and support for Canadian talent over seven diverse days.
See more here.

 

 

  Friday, September 7, 2018   

 

The Marvellous Mini

2nd Annual Langley Mini Cooper Poker Run Sept 9

Tanis Sullivan/Submitted photo

 

 

Join the Langley Mini Poker Run Sunday.

 

INI Langley is pleased to invite you to the Second Annual MINI Birthday Poker Run on Sunday, September 9th, celebrating 59 years of MINI and the 25th anniversary of the MINI Cooper Convertible. Join us for an exciting rally experience and pure driving fun – made for MINI enthusiasts.
 

For future event information, visit minilangley.com

 

 

 

  Friday Sept 7, 2018   

 

More Childcare Money for Parents

Household earnings threshold doubled to $111,000

BC Gov't caucus/Voice file photo

 

ith the launch of its new Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB), the provincial government is making child care more affordable for 80,000 B.C. families.

This is four times the number of families that benefited from the previous child care subsidy.

“Parents throughout this province have been struggling with rising child care costs, and it’s clear that we need to make child care more affordable for more middle-income families,” said Premier John Horgan. “Our hope is that this makes a big difference for families, and that they can get a little further ahead every month. When more parents can choose to rejoin the workforce if they want to, that’s good for people and the economy.

In making the announcement, Premier Horgan said the new benefit program will expand the household income threshold for qualification to $111,000, up from $55,000 under the old subsidy. See more here.

 

 

  Thursday, September 6, 2018   

 

Paradise Road

Snowbird RV and Show Sale Sept 20-23

Steph Trouhgton/Submitted photo

 

 

See all the latest recreational vehicles and gear at Tradex.

 

radex in Abbotsford will once again be host to Greater Vancouver’s only fall recreational vehicle show. From September 20th to the 23rd, new and exciting RV trends, latest models, products, and much more will be on display all under one roof.

Learn about everything the great outdoors has to offer and find the latest and greatest in equipment and supplies by exploring more than 50 exhibitors that include destinations, camping gear, travel accessories, truck customizing, diesel engines and hitches, just to name a few. See more here.

 

 

 

  Thursday Sept 6, 2018   

Pedal Pushers

Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley fundraising ride Sept 13-21

CPL Mike Rail, Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD/Submitted photo

 

eld in conjunction with regional Cops for Cancer tours throughout the province, law enforcement and emergency service personnel ride to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and caring support programs.

 

This year the Chilliwack RCMP is represented on the Fraser Valley leg of the tour by Constable Alain Castonguay. Growing up in New Brunswick participating in sports, Alain’s athletic ability will be put to the test in the demanding Tour De Valley.

 

“I have always wanted to help kids and the experience is heartwarming,” says Castonguay.  “Cops for Cancer allows me to support these remarkable children and their families.”

 

Planned from September 13 – 21, 2018 the Cops for Cancer Tour De Valley will challenge participants on an 800 kilometer journey from Tsawwassen to Boston Bar.

 

“A friend inspired me big time,” he says.  “My buddy is ‘riding with me’ for all the kids.”

 

To learn more about Cops for Cancer click Tour De Valley.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 2, 2018   

"Pep Talks" Not Enough

More hearing aid outcall specialists needed

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

 

ere in Chilliwack BC there have in recent years been one or two visits per year to a group meeting at the Waverly Assisted Living. The goal seemed to be merely to pep talk residents and staff into seeing value in hearing aids. No training was given to staff and no help given to individual residents.

The follow up to that was always: It is not the role of staff to help with hearing aids. The same is true in Residential Care where many residents are confused. See more here.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 2, 2018   

NDP Increase SAFER and Low-Income Family Grants Sept 1

Extra money helps to make ends meet

BC gov't caucus/submitted photo

 

Kara-Leigh Bloch (l), executive director, Seniors Services Society, says many seniors are having a tough time.

ow-income families and seniors in British Columbia, who are paying rent in the private market, will receive additional help from the Province, with improvements coming into effect for two rental-assistance programs.

As part of the British Columbia government’s 30-point housing plan, the Province is expanding the eligibility requirements and increasing the benefits under the Rental Assistance Program and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER). See more here.

 

 

  Sunday, September 2, 2018   

Jumping for Joy

O'Neill on Clockwise win Longines in Langley

Emily, Thunderbird Show Park/Submitted photos

 

 

Uma O'Neill and Clockwise/Photo Cara Grimshaw

 

ma O’Neill (USA) held her breath as the final horses jumped the first round of the $145,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver, presented by Facet Advisors, and she did not exhale until final competitor Eduardo Menezes (BRA) pulled a rail. Then, she was exuberant.
 
O’Neill, 23, and her own Clockwise of Greenhill Z won the class as the only pair to produce a clear first round over the Alan Wade (IRL)-designed 1.60m course. She and the 11-year-old Zangersheide stallion did not have to jump-off and recorded the first World Cup qualifying victory of their respective careers Sunday at Thunderbird Showpark in Langley, BC. See more here.

 

 

 

  Sunday Sept 2, 2018   

Vacant House Fire

Crews contain blaze, chief says arson involved

Chris Wilson,  Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness /Google Streetview image

 

A fire at this abandoned house was apparently intentional.

n August 30th shortly after 8:00am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 5600 block of Lark Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered smoke coming from the eaves and chimney of a single story, boarded up vacant residential structure.

Crews quickly brought the fire under control and the building suffered light to moderate damage from the fire.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.

This fire appears to be deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP officials. If anyone has information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-7924611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.chilliwackcrimestoppers.ca

 

  Sunday Sept 2, 2018   

 

School Holidays Are Over

RCMP remind drivers to slow down in zones

Cpl. Mike Rail,  Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD/Voice file photo

 

Mounties will be watching school zones closely next week.

he RCMP reminds drivers that September 4th marks the beginning of the school year and School Zone speed limits are in effect.

School Zone speed limits of 30 km / hr from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. school days across the Upper Fraser Valley – Chilliwack school zones are in effect school days from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – will be enforced by police across the Upper Fraser Valley. See more here.
 

  Friday August 31, 2018   

 

Valley Huskers on a Roll

Local football team dispense Broncos 38-17

Jean Hincks, Black Press/Facebook photo

 

 

Huskers team members react to third win this season.

eemingly both teams were able to move the ball as they combined for 927 yards of total offence.

The Huskers predominately gained their yards through the air.  Quarterback Julian Whytinck finished 22 of 36 for an incredible 411 yards and threw three touchdowns.   Brandon Poulin caught two touchdown passes on six receptions and 123 yards.  Anthony Dyck on the other hand gathered a game high 159 yards on nine receptions and tallied a 56 yard touchdown.

On the ground Keegan Vicklund scored two more touchdowns on 10 carries and only 50 yards in all.

Defensively Jace Harden led the Huskers with five solo tackles and Dion Kelly had a pair of sacks.

The Broncos tried to stay tight but the passing of the Huskers wasn’t to be denied.  Broncos’ pivot Rylan Matters completed 17 of 29 passes for 248 yards.  Their offensive scores came on the ground from Landon Munk who recorded two touchdowns.  Andrew Pocrnic rushed 10 times for 127 yards.

Dylan Young led the defence with a game high eight tackles and picked off a pass.

Following the BC Conference Labour Day bye the Broncos (0-3) will host the Huskers (3-1) at Hillside Stadium. Connect on Facebook here and visit the website here.

 

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   

 

BC Gov't Launches Class Action Lawsuit Against Big Pharma

Victoria looking to recover health costs resulting from drug overdoses

BC Gov't caucus/Voice file photos

 

 

Chilliwack first responders take an overdosed man to the hospital in November 2017. Below, another victim.

he Province of B.C. has launched a class action lawsuit against opioid drug companies, whose marketing practices have had devastating impacts on the lives of thousands of British Columbians.

The lawsuit, filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, aims to recover millions of dollars in opioid-related health-care costs incurred by the provincial government. See more here.

 

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   

 

True Colours

Aldergrove Cadets celebrate 60th anniversary Sept 4

Ltv. Dan Brodie CD/Voice file photos

 

Aldergrove cadet learn rope rigging..

tarting Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 the Columbia Sea Cadets will be entering its 60th training year of being involved in the Aldergrove Community. The Cadets, Volunteers and Officers would like to thank everyone in the Aldergrove Community for their incredible support over the past six decades.

Individuals, businesses, organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, Central Fraser Valley Branch of the Navy League of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces have allowed Columbia Sea Cadets to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of youth. Open to youth between the ages of 12 to 18 this program is described as fun, challenging and a great place to make friends for life.

Activities to celebrate the 60 year anniversary will be occurring in May and June of 2019. 169 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps COLUMBIA will be posting those activities to Facebook here. .

Join us if you are between the ages of 12 to 18 and are interested in sports, sailing, fitness, community involvement, public speaking, leadership, team building, rope work, seamanship, marksmanship, international exchanges, summer training opportunities and more. Information is available at fraservalleyseacadets.com. Columbia Sea Cadets meet Tuesdays 6:45pm to 9:30pm from September to June at 3900-272nd Street in Aldergrove.

 

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   

 

Will She or Won't She? She Will

Chilliwack's First Lady of politics, Sharon Gaetz, announces she's going to run for her fourth term

Staff/Voice file photos

 

 

Gaetz says her style of governance crosses all political party distinctions.

 

urrent Chilliwack mayor Sharon Gaetz  comes with plenty of pizzazz, poise and protocol, but it's her credentials and track record that speak for themselves. This will resonate with voters in the municipal elections October 20. After three terms in office, today she made it official that she intends to dedicate another chunk of her life to the community. See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   

 

Cycles of Life

Huge bicycle contingent rides through Chilliwack in support of cancer

Maricruz Vazquez, Canadian Cancer Soc./Voice photos

 

 

Chilliwack residents were out cheering on riders Sunday.

he Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Wheaton Precious Metals announced over 2,500 riders raised $10.6 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the 10th annual Ride commenced in Cloverdale on Saturday. In 10 years, the BC Ride has raised over $96 million to support more than 47 world-leading research projects underway at BC Cancer, advancing care and providing hope to the 77,000 people facing cancer across British Columbia. See more here.

 

  Sunday Sept 2, 2018   

 

School Holidays Are Over

RCMP remind drivers to slow down in zones

Cpl. Mike Rail,  Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD/Voice file photo

 

Mounties will be watching school zones closely next week.

he RCMP reminds drivers that September 4th marks the beginning of the school year and School Zone speed limits are in effect.

School Zone speed limits of 30 km / hr from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. school days across the Upper Fraser Valley – Chilliwack school zones are in effect school days from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – will be enforced by police across the Upper Fraser Valley. See more here.
 

  Friday August 31, 2018   

 

Valley Huskers on a Roll

Local football team dispense Broncos 38-17

Jean Hincks, Black Press/Facebook photo

 

 

Huskers team members react to third win this season.

eemingly both teams were able to move the ball as they combined for 927 yards of total offence.

The Huskers predominately gained their yards through the air.  Quarterback Julian Whytinck finished 22 of 36 for an incredible 411 yards and threw three touchdowns.   Brandon Poulin caught two touchdown passes on six receptions and 123 yards.  Anthony Dyck on the other hand gathered a game high 159 yards on nine receptions and tallied a 56 yard touchdown.

On the ground Keegan Vicklund scored two more touchdowns on 10 carries and only 50 yards in all.

Defensively Jace Harden led the Huskers with five solo tackles and Dion Kelly had a pair of sacks.

The Broncos tried to stay tight but the passing of the Huskers wasn’t to be denied.  Broncos’ pivot Rylan Matters completed 17 of 29 passes for 248 yards.  Their offensive scores came on the ground from Landon Munk who recorded two touchdowns.  Andrew Pocrnic rushed 10 times for 127 yards.

Dylan Young led the defence with a game high eight tackles and picked off a pass.

Following the BC Conference Labour Day bye the Broncos (0-3) will host the Huskers (3-1) at Hillside Stadium. Connect on Facebook here and visit the website here.

 

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   

 

BC Gov't Launches Class Action Lawsuit Against Big Pharma

Victoria looking to recover health costs resulting from drug overdoses

BC Gov't caucus/Voice file photos

 

 

Chilliwack first responders take an overdosed man to the hospital in November 2017. Below, another victim.

he Province of B.C. has launched a class action lawsuit against opioid drug companies, whose marketing practices have had devastating impacts on the lives of thousands of British Columbians.

The lawsuit, filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, aims to recover millions of dollars in opioid-related health-care costs incurred by the provincial government. See more here.

 

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   

 

True Colours

Aldergrove Cadets celebrate 60th anniversary Sept 4

Ltv. Dan Brodie CD/Voice file photos

 

Aldergrove cadet learn rope rigging..

tarting Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 the Columbia Sea Cadets will be entering its 60th training year of being involved in the Aldergrove Community. The Cadets, Volunteers and Officers would like to thank everyone in the Aldergrove Community for their incredible support over the past six decades.

Individuals, businesses, organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, Central Fraser Valley Branch of the Navy League of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces have allowed Columbia Sea Cadets to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of youth. Open to youth between the ages of 12 to 18 this program is described as fun, challenging and a great place to make friends for life.

Activities to celebrate the 60 year anniversary will be occurring in May and June of 2019. 169 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps COLUMBIA will be posting those activities to Facebook here. .

Join us if you are between the ages of 12 to 18 and are interested in sports, sailing, fitness, community involvement, public speaking, leadership, team building, rope work, seamanship, marksmanship, international exchanges, summer training opportunities and more. Information is available at fraservalleyseacadets.com. Columbia Sea Cadets meet Tuesdays 6:45pm to 9:30pm from September to June at 3900-272nd Street in Aldergrove.

 

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   

 

Will She or Won't She? She Will

Chilliwack's First Lady of politics, Sharon Gaetz, announces she's going to run for her fourth term

Staff/Voice file photos

 

 

Gaetz says her style of governance crosses all political party distinctions.

 

urrent Chilliwack mayor Sharon Gaetz  comes with plenty of pizzazz, poise and protocol, but it's her credentials and track record that speak for themselves. This will resonate with voters in the municipal elections October 20. After three terms in office, today she made it official that she intends to dedicate another chunk of her life to the community. See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   

 

Cycles of Life

Huge bicycle contingent rides through Chilliwack in support of cancer

Maricruz Vazquez, Canadian Cancer Soc./Voice photos

 

 

Chilliwack residents were out cheering on riders Sunday.

he Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Wheaton Precious Metals announced over 2,500 riders raised $10.6 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the 10th annual Ride commenced in Cloverdale on Saturday. In 10 years, the BC Ride has raised over $96 million to support more than 47 world-leading research projects underway at BC Cancer, advancing care and providing hope to the 77,000 people facing cancer across British Columbia. See more here.

 

 

  Monday Sept 10, 2018   

A World of Experiences

49th Annual MCC Festival for World Relief

Ron Ratzlaff/Website image

 

Ride, eat and meet at the MCC Festival Sept 14-15

 

he 49th annual MCC Festival for World Relief, September 14 & 15, 2018 at the TRADEX in Abbotsford! Join us for a weekend of food, fun and fundraising. This year, all funds raised will support MCC's work with uprooted and vulnerable people both locally and globally. Support relief, development and peace in over 50 countries (and right here at home!) as you...

• Catch up with old friends
• Crafts sale and Pop-Up Thrift Shop
• Purchase artisan-crafted Fair Trade products at Ten Thousand Villages
• Dine on Mennonite foods
• Entertain the kids with games and crafts
• Cycle in the Pedaling for Hope Cyclathon
• Learn how you can make an impact in the lives of people around the world

 

 

 

  Sunday Sept 9, 2018   

Turtle Talk

Nature Club fun begins Sept 22

Sharon, Urban Safari/Submitted image

 

Kids will have access to all kinds of animals and take away unforgettable experiences.

end your child on a journey through the animal world jungle at the Urban Safari Rescue Society Nature Club. The next session begins Sept. 22 - 10am to 12pm and runs for 7 weeks of exploration. To register call 604 531 1100 or email here.  For more info, visit urbansafari.ca (See the poster above right.)

This unique program introduces your child to concepts such as habitat, conservation, animal characteristics and much more with lesson plans, crafts, activities and some hands on experience with some of our animals when appropriate. Class size is small so don't delay.

At Urban Safari Rescue Society, we rescue and care for exotic animals surrendered to us, as well as educate the public about animals, the natural world and conservation issues. Visit here for more information.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 9, 2018   

Buyer Beware

We bought Trudeau, in return he bought us a pipeline

Betty Krawchuck, Cumberland BC/Voice file photo

ell, Trudeau didn’t buy the Trans Mountain pipeline we did. First, I want to say how proud I am of the First Nations people involved in the struggle against the Trans Mountain pipe line. They were spectacular. They stood for all of us (or at least the majority of us). And yes, so did the others on the blockade lines, especially the older women.

Been there, done that, so know how miserable it can be. The federal verdict was a surprising and most wonderful federal ruling. But there is, as always, a down side. It seems that the Canadian people are now the proud owners of a $4.5 billion pipeline that probably will never be built.

Reasons? The judge’s rulings have to do primarily with two things that weren’t done properly by Kinder Morgan. There was the lack of a review on marine shipping (impact on sea life) and failure of duty to consult Indigenous people.

Are these two conditions likely to change if another company wants to buy in? I doubt it. The whales and dolphins won’t disappear from the federal judicial view, and I think that Indigenous people, having spoken, won’t be struck silent by a “flipper”, as Trudeau called a potential buyer of the pipeline. I think we are going to be stuck with $ 4.5 billion debt that cannot retrace its steps and will have to be incorporated into the national budget.

Trudeau is actually in a very bad position. If he doesn’t manage to flip the pipeline, it will remain his failed legacy forever. And if, miracle upon miracles, he does manage to sell it, the protesters of all stripes, both First Nations and their supporters, will be waiting.

As the old saying goes: "Caveat emptor" - buyer beware.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 9, 2018   

 

Chilliwack River cleanup Sept 23.

 

Nikki Rekman, Clean Rivers/Voice file photo

e will be hosting the BC Rivers Day celebration in Chilliwack on Sunday September 23rd. You are invited to join the celebration at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club House at 48685 Chilliwack Lake Road.

• Registration starts at 8:30am.

• Clean-up runs until Noon

• BBQ and Prize Raffle to follow, and you must be present to win.

A collection of not-for-profit organizations will have displays, so please check them out and learn more about the contribution they are making in our community.

We extend a huge thank you to the people and organizations participating in the Adopt-A-River Program. Thanks for the work you do between our scheduled clean-ups. We could not do what we do without you!

See you on Sunday September 23rd!

With many thanks on behalf of all of us at the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 9, 2018   

New Curling Camps

Championship locations announced

Liz Montroy, Curl BC/Voice file photo

he dates and locations of Curl BC’s 2019 BC Championship events have been finalized. This season BC’s best will compete around the province in various categories for the title of BC Champions and the chance to represent BC at the national level. See more here.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 9, 2018   

Music for Your Hungry Ears

Dawson and Guthrie open season Sept 15

AE/Submitted photo

ocal live music venue Acoustic Emporium has reopened their doors after closing for renovations. The first show on September 15 features Brodie Lee Dawson and Luke Blu Guthrie. Also, for the first show only, they'll be giving away prizes like a guitar donated by Long and McQuade; Royal Hotel, pizzas from Jim's and more. Showtime 7pm - 9:30pm. For more info about upcoming shows, visit acousticemporium.org

 

 

  Friday Sept 7, 2018   

 

August Home Sales Down Over 2017 Mark

Maier says market stable

CADREB/Voice file photo

hilliwack house sales in August this year were not as robust as they were in 2017 with just 200 compared to 351 during the same period.

Mirroring sales levels of 2013-14, local home sales fell just short of 200, compared to 351 sales in August a year ago. Given a balanced market area and a robust number of houses on the market, the downturn weighs heavily on a recent variable – the home purchase stress test. See more here.

 

 

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