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 Wednesday, Sept 29, 2020  

Published 11 am


Janzen grills Martin

"I'm in this to provide Chilliwack with the strong representation that’s been missing for the past 8 years"

Alan Forseth, CP/File photo


MLA John Martin on the Barbeque in 2017.

It is blatantly clear that the BC Liberal Party is already running scared, and this election is barely a week old.

These words were spoken this afternoon by Trevor Bolin, leader of BC’s Conservatives, after seeing an attack ad Wilkinson’s party has begun to air on social media.

"It’s obvious that the Liberals are already conceding that their outdated policies, and a lack of real representation for the people of BC, are costing them dearly." said Bolin.

Just moments ago, the party’s Chilliwack candidate, Diane Janzen, had this to say;

 "I’ve just returned from spending the afternoon on the street and talking with business owners, family farmers, and downtown residents, and this is what they are telling me – they view the BC Liberals as taking them for granted in what they consider to be a safe riding".

“Where have the BC Liberals, and John Martin in particular, been on housing, crime, safety and security? Those are the things I’ve been hearing about – the things that are important to Chilliwack and its residents," said Janzen. "Honestly, I think most people know John better for his fancy steak grilling and bar-b-que techniques, and maybe his dog Dude."

"The bottom line?  I really don’t have time for petty party politics ... I’m in this to provide Chilliwack with the strong representation that’s been missing for the past 8 years,” she concluded.

Contact Diane Janzen via e-mail.



 Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020  

Published 11 am


Coombes throws his hat in

Chilliwack Libertarian Party election candidate seeks 75 signatures to get on the ticket

Brandi McLaughlin, Exe, Dir BC Libertarian Party/Submitted photo


BC Libertarian Party Chilliwack candidate, and electrician, Andrew Coombes, would stand up for non-unionized workers.


The British Columbia Libertarian Party is proud to announce Andrew Coombes as our candidate for the Chilliwack riding in the 2020 BC Snap Election.

Andrew says, “I am a 36-year-old tradesperson originally from Northwestern Ontario. I moved to BC in 2006 and immediately started working building infrastructure for the Olympics. I have worked on the construction of the Abbotsford hospital, and am now working as an electrician. In 2012 I met my beautiful wife, and we were married in 2019.”


“I have been interested in politics for a long time. I felt now was the time to put my name forward, because I see so much waste in BC politics, such as with ICBC. I see governments actively picking winners and losers, and making policy that benefits their friends, such as union-only work agreements but 80 % of the construction workforce is non-union. It doesn’t seem fair.”


Andrew goes on to say, “Currently, we are not able to hold politicians accountable for their lies and deceit.  We need to make recalls binding.  I would like to see a government that does not create rules that make things harder for small businesses.”


“I would also like to see a government that respects property rights and does not set unfair and draconian rules regarding how you can use your own land, such as with the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). Why is it that the government decides what can be done on private property? Why are some greenhouses permitted on ALR land but not a farm-to-table restaurant? We should be encouraging entrepreneurship, not discouraging it.”


“I look forward to spreading the message of liberty.”


Connect with Andrew Coombes via e-mail. Learn more about The Libertarian Party. Connect with them on Facebook



 Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020  

Published 11 am


The road home

Breaking alcohol and drug habits can draw inspiration from National Recovery Day in Canada Sept 30

Wikipedia/Voice file photo


Paramedics work on an overdose inside 

AnnMarie McCullough and Lorinda Strang of the Orchard Recovery Center on Bowen Island developed the concept of Recovery Day based on similar recovery advocacy movements in the United States. In the US, September is officially recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services) as "Recovery Month.

"In order to build a strong team to lead their initiative, Lorinda and AnnMarie joined with David Berner and Chuck Doucette of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada as well as Giuseppe Ganci of the Last Door and they began planning a Canadian equivalent based on the same principle of celebrating recovery from addictions.

September 30, 2012 was declared Recovery Day through an official proclamation from Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.[

The idea of Recovery Day spread to other major Canadian cities such as Victoria where a similar event was also held in Centennial Square. Ottawa's mayor signed a similar proclamation.

The following year, 12 cities hosted events. In 2014, 20 cities held Recovery Day events. Close to 30 cities held events in 2015.

More than 600 people gathered in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on September 30, 2012. The event included speakers sharing stories of their experience and gratitude, musical performances, speeches by local politicians (including MP John Weston, Parks Board Commissioner Constance Barnes, City Councilor Geoff Meggs, and MLA Randy Hawes) and a march through the streets of Downtown Vancouver. The event closed with over 400 people joining hands in a circle to recite the Serenity Prayer.


 Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020  

Published 11 am


The most important bank you never heard of

CIDC: The Canadian financial system remained resilient throughout the global 2008 financial crisis

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


"Deutsche Bank is in a pile of trouble right now for being accused of money laundering several trillions of dollars." 

Don't want to be a part of an international banking scheme that allows the too-big-to-fail banks in Canada to just help themselves to your funds should any of the big banks discover they are insolvent? In the midst of a second wave COVID-19 threat?

Where do I get this information about bank bail-ins? Well, first check out The CDIC (Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation) web site which explains, more or less, how many central banks – mostly in the western world – get together from time to time in exclusive fancy places like Davos Switzerland, and decide, more or less, how the world is to be run. There’s a whole bunch of these central banks Sixty-two in fact. And yes, Canada is one of them.

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is the central bank of central banks, owned by 62 central banks representing countries that account for 95% of the world’s GDP. The chairman of the BIS is Jens Weidmann. Mr. Weidmann is also chairman of The Deutsche Bundesbank (Deutsche Bank), which is one of the most important banks in the western world. The Deutsche Bank is in a pile of trouble right now for being accused of money laundering several trillions of dollars through their banking system. But that’s another post.

The BIS states their mission as: “To serve central banks, in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, to foster international cooperation in those areas and to act as a bank for central banks”. Oh, how lovely that sounds.
This Bank of International Settlements squeezed the life blood out of countries such as Greece and Cyprus with insistence on austerity for the people in order to repay the loans they didn’t make.

However, the BIS was sensitive to the mass anger of the people in countries who saw their tax money given over to the too-big-to fail banks and this time have come up with something different. Instead of bail-outs, they are saying, let’s do bail-ins as the first line of rescue.

 As defined by the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CIDC), “In contrast to a bail-out, a bail-in is intended to rescue a failing bank by making its creditors and shareholders (depositors) bear the cost of recapitalizing the bank through the conversion through some of or all of the bank’s bail-in debt into common shares”. In other words, the banks can just take a portion of depositor’s money out of their account without their permission and give them shares of the failing bank in return. Why would anybody want shares in a failing bank?

The CDIC report continues: “The Canadian financial system remained resilient throughout the global 2008 financial crisis, with no Canadian bank failures. The strength of the Canadian financial sector should not be taken for granted, however, and the bail-in tool is a recommended international standard”. This means that the Canadian financial sector considers bail-ins as the first-line best practice ‘tool’ for any potential threat of bank failures, and that our domestic economic policy is being determined by international interests over our own.
More next time.


 Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020  

Published 8 am


TWU recognizes rez school survivors

Patti Victor honoured on Orange Shirt Day Sept 30

Winnie Lui, TWU/Handout photo


"My biggest desire is that we would walk together as partners. A partnership where you celebrate each other's successes, and you walk in their journey of sorrow. That to me is the Christian faith." — Patti Victor, University Siya:m 


Orange Shirt Day is a day dedicated to remembering and honouring the survivors of the Indian residential schools system. It is a tradition that started in BC in 2013.

The first step to reconciliation is healing the history and understanding that it’s a shared history. It’s not just an Indigenous history,” says Patti Victor, Trinity Western’s (TWU) first University Siya:m. Siya:m is a Sto:lo word describing a leader recognized for wisdom, integrity, and knowledge. Victor is Stó:lō and lives in Cheam First Nation, BC.

Her passion is to build bridges into the Aboriginal community through education.

"Reconciliation begins by hearing, understanding and acknowledging the history and also acknowledging the impact that it continues to have throughout the generations," Victor says. In addition to being the University Siya:m, Victor is also TWU’s Director of the Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives and Chair of the Indigenous Partnership Council.

This semester, Victor is teaching courses on Indigenous worldview, culture, history, and the journey of compassion in reconciliation. As well, she is leading several initiatives to foster greater understanding of Indigenous history and culture on campus. One of such initiatives is commemorating Orange Shirt Day on September 30. Read the full TWU release here.



 Monday, Sept 28, 2020  

Published 5 pm


Schools COVID-19-Free

After 20 days no sign of virus says SD33 Superintendent

Rohan Arul-Pragasam, Supt. SD33/Voice file photo


Former school Superintendent Michael Audet leaves Rosedale Elementary. 


We have been made aware of concerns in our school community regarding the presence of COVID-19. At this time, Fraser Health has confirmed that there is no onsite school exposure to COVID-19. We continue to work closely with Fraser Health to ensure timely and accurate communication regarding confirmed cases in our schools.


The safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remain our highest priority. Please be reassured that our schools will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible.



 Monday, Sept 28, 2020  

Published 5 pm


Without a shot

Cops off the hook for Kyaw Din killing

Red Braid/Handout photo


Din family want justice in Breonna Taylor-type cop shooting of their mentally challenged son. 


September 24th 2020, BC’s police Independent Investigations Office (IIO) released their long awaited report on the RCMP killing of Kyaw Din.

Without receiving evidence from the officer who shot and killed Kyaw Din, the IIO has found that “the action of the police… were reasonable and appropriate.”

The IIO’s chief civilian investigator Ronald McDonald has found that the actions of the Ridge Meadows RCMP officers, in shooting Kyaw Din three times in the head and neck in his bedroom, “do not constitute any form of criminal negligence or other criminal act.”



 Saturday, Sept 26, 2020  

Published 3:30 pm


NDP names Paddon to take on Throness

Focus on family, disabilities, healthcare and economy

Tim Chu NDP/Submitted photo


Kelly Paddon lives in Lindell Beach at Cultus Lake with her partner and two kids. 


Advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and former instructor at UFV Kelli Paddon was acclaimed as the BC NDP candidate for Chilliwack-Kent.

Paddon vows to bring the pressing issues of Chilliwack-Kent residents to Victoria, fighting for improved healthcare and an economic recovery that includes everyday people.

“This election is about who you trust to look out for you and your family as our economy recovers from COVID-19,” Paddon said. “For years, the BC Liberals gave tax breaks to the wealthy while cutting the vital services that British Columbians rely on. As someone who works with vulnerable populations, I have seen how that hurts our community. That’s why we need to continue to move forward with John Horgan and I’m proud to be part of the team.

The record of the John Horgan government on public education, health care and affordability is a main reason why Paddon is putting her name forward to run in her home constituency.

“Horgan’s record shows you whose side he is on – the side of everyday people,” Paddon added. “Eliminating MSPs and bridge tolls, 4,200 new teachers and slashing wait-times for MRIs, John Horgan and the BC NDP are looking out for everyone, not just those at the top.

Paddon lives in Lindell Beach with her partner Drew and kids, Nic and Rory.



 Saturday, Sept 26, 2020  

Published 3 pm


One person injured in head-on crash

Accident happened in rush hour

Staff/Voice photo


The driver is wheeled to a waiting ambulance. 

Conditions were fine, but traffic heavy at Airport Road which was reduced to one lane south when this head-on happened about 2 pm Thursday. Thankfully roads were busy because the accident happened at a lower rate of speed.

Paramedics placed a neck brace on the driver, which is always the case and she was able to  exit the vehicle partially under her own steam.

The MVA sent the driver to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.


 Saturday, Sept 26, 2020  

Published 3 pm


Sky high

16 CC-295 planes added to CH-146 Griffon helicopters form Canadian fleet of SAR aircraft

Floriane Boneville, ND/RCAF photo


The RCAF has taken delivery of 16 CC-295 Search and Rescue aircraft. 

The Government of Canada is equipping the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) with the modern and effective aircraft it needs to continue its critical life-saving search and rescue missions across Canada’s vast and challenging territory.

Today, the RCAF marked the arrival of the first aircraft of its future fixed-wing search and rescue fleet. The new fleet will be called Kingfisher. Within the First Nations of the Northwest, the kingfisher has long been recognized for its speed and agility, as well as its keen searching and hunting skills. Found all across Canada, the kingfisher well represents the abilities of our own search and rescue crews to accomplish their lifesaving role.

 "As Canada welcomes its new fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft, our government also welcomes the many jobs and investments this procurement is generating for the Canadian economy. Important economic benefits through the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy are helping our economy to grow and move forward through this challenging time," Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Specifically designed to perform search and rescue missions across Canada, the aircraft is equipped with integrated sensors that will allow crews to locate persons or objects from more than 40 kilometers away, even in low-light conditions. Its communications systems will increase interoperability with other search and rescue assets, such as the CH-149 Cormorant.

The fleet of 16 aircraft will be replacing the CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130H Hercules fleets in their search and rescue role at four locations across Canada, and represents a value of $2.4 billion.



 Saturday, Sept 26, 2020  

Published 8 am


Ridin' high

Bike to Work Week Sept 28-Oct 4

Staff/File photos


Chilliwack's 2009 Bike to Work Week bunch.


This fall, we are excited to see: 

• A return of the ‘Celebration Station’, updated for COVID-19 regulations and rebranded to ‘Knowledge HUBs’. Each station will have a mechanic providing quick bike fixes, prizes, cycling information, and fun vibes. 

• Prizes for high performing teams in addition to daily grand prizes and social media competitions

• An online schedule of webinars, scavenger hunts, Q&As, cycling tips and more! Building on the success of May’s Go By Bike Week!

​Read our COVID-19 protocols for in-person engagement to learn what HUB Cycling is doing, and what you can do, to stay safe while participating in our programs. 

Be part of the change and help make Metro Vancouver a happier, healthier place to live, work and play! Register for Bike to Work Week today. Already taken part before? Simply log a trip to be considered a participant.

HUB Cycling is a charitable not-for-profit organization that has spent over 20 years removing barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver, while cultivating the health, environmental, and economic benefits that active transportation can bring. HUB has educated thousands of people, motivated thousands more, and championed improvements that #UnGapTheMap to create a connected cycling network.



 Saturday, Sept 26, 2020  

Published 8 am


'Fur' crying out loud

Northern university students get access to radio station training

Ian Gregg/Website photos


Ian Gregg, the brain behind the station controls.


CFUR 88.7FM, a community/campus radio station located at UNBC, has a mission to support the cultural, artistic, and political evolution of northern British Columbia. CFUR does this by:

• Providing space to share and discover new music and ideas;

• Searching for and championing local talent;

• Aiming to be as inclusive and diverse as the communities we serve; and

• Approaching our work with a spirit of adventure, open-mindedness and good humour The little community-campus station on the edge of Prince George’s lip kicks off the Three Cheers For Volunteers project this Fall.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Radio Fund of Canada. In order to help keep the station active through the pandemic, CFUR has hired a team of people this semester through Canada Summer Jobs and the CRFC Radiometres grant to provide virtual education opportunities and continued access to our broadcasting platform.


Chief, cook and bottle-washer Kate Partridge.


It will be difficult to adjust in this challenging environment, but with support from the CRFC Radiometres grant, we are now confident that we can continue to serve the student body and our community at large, perhaps even in ways which will become more accessible than they were before.


CFUR is a Canadian Campus FM radio station, broadcasting at FM 88.7; based at the UNBC. The “FUR” (as it is known colloquially) is governed by the CFUR Radio Society, a non-profit corporation consisting of students and other community members who promote CFUR via membership drives, fundraisers, and on-air broadcasting.


For more information about CFUR, visit  For more information about the CRFC, visit Visit Canada Summer Jobs for more information., visit



 Saturday, Sept 26, 2020  

Published 8 am


Arising from the ashes

Denounced by the BC Liberals, community celeb Diane Janzen punches her way back in the 2020 election race as a Conservative

Shelly Jan/Voice file photos


Janzen will be taking on John Martin and his Liberals with Janzen's catchy "Made in BC" slogan – a rip from the Trump campaign. Photo: Janzen speaks with Alexandra Morton at the Heron Reserve in 2017.


Diane Janzen announced today that she is running to become the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding of Chilliwack as a member of the Conservative BC team, in the October 24th provincial election.



Janzen speaks at the updated Chilliwack General Hospital ER waiting room opening.


Diane is deeply committed to public service. She has served as a School Trustee of the Chilliwack Board of Education, as well as Chair of the Board. Diane counts as achievements, improving student achievement, expanding educational choices for parents and building new schools in Chilliwack, one of B.C.’s fastest growing communities. 


Janzen at Stolo Reparation ceremonies.


She also served on Chilliwack City Council, where she worked with her colleagues to deliver major infrastructure such as the Evans Fly Over and the Chilliwack Arts Centre, expanded public transportation, and built a new Emergency Room for the Chilliwack hospital as a member of a community-based board fundraising for the expansion.   


Diane outlined her local priorities as:

Supporting business in Chilliwack and advancing key sectors such as agriculture, forestry, tourism and small business; 

Recruiting doctors to address the needs of the 25,000 residents (a quarter of the population) who do not have a family doctor and ensuring full services in Chilliwack like maternity;

Meeting K to 12 educational needs and serving parents and students in one of the fastest growing districts in BC and ensuring that students have strong access to on-line learning especially during COVID;

Working with the Downtown to support revitalization and ensure a safe and caring core for the city and its residents;

Addressing key social and health issues including homelessness and housing affordability, addiction and mental health. 

Addressing major infrastructure needs such as the #1 Highway from Chilliwack to Langley. 


Janzen signs into the 2017 MS Walk.


'Diane Janzen is a longstanding Chilliwack resident, active in public service, business and her community, and we are happy to announce her as part of our Conservative BC team", stated party leader Trevor Bolin. 


Janzen concluded by stating, "Residents in Chilliwack have been unhappy with their representation and are advocating for change. With our ‘Made in BC’ platform, we can be the change British Columbians are looking for."




 Friday, Sept 25, 2020  

Published 8 am

'Future Proof' your home

Chilliwack builder aims to make solar the standard in construction

Jill Landon/Submitted photos



Greg Lambertus, Partner, Riverside Energy Systems


The Odessa Group is pleased to announce their solar energy system partnership with Riverside Energy Systems of Kamloops BC. President Nathan Stone confirms that the Odessa Group has contracted the services of Riverside Energy Systems to install the KickStart 2 panel solar energy system as part of their standard new home features.


Greg Lambertus, Partner, Riverside Energy Systems (r) and Nathan Stone, president, Odessa Group.


He explains,” As building codes and consumers require higher levels of energy efficiency in new homes the development industry is challenged to balance energy efficiency and affordability. Our company already builds to a standard that exceeds the code by at least 20%. We are known for ‘future proofing’ our construction standards by staying ahead of the changing building code regulations. Solar energy systems just seemed the next logical step towards our energy efficiency home building goals.


We constantly analyze new innovations and how we can incorporate them into our product in a way that is affordable for consumers. Building solar energy systems into our homes allows for sustainability and constructability, quickly and efficiently. There is no retraining required for our employees or sub-contractors, the energy used is renewable, the system costs have dropped dramatically, the payback in terms of savings to the customer and to the planet are immediate. Relative to other sustainability measures solar is excellent.”


“We chose to work with Riverside Energy Systems because of their highly professional team, superior technical knowledge, track record and their commitment to quality every step of the way. From the product they choose to the customer experience their reputation and goals aligned completely with ours. When it comes to excellence, Riverside is a very easy choice,” says Nathan Stone.


Committed to building high efficiency homes, Odessa Group is a Solar Ready Builder/Developer now including the affordable KickStart 4 Panel solar energy system with each new home they build. For more information on Harrison project, visit Odessa Group.



 Friday, Sept 25, 2020  

Published 8 am


Trouble amiss on Lewis Ave

RCMP ERT brought in for extraction

Staff/Voice photos


An Emergency Response Team member on Lewis Ave.


Police were called to a house in the 45000-block of Lewis Ave. Thursday night. The smell of tear gas dispensed earlier in the evening was still lingering in the air hours later. Around 10 pm Air One circled overhead as Emergency Response Team members armed with heavy weapons could be seen trotting around the block from one side to the other of the house several times in order to extract someone or people from the house.


Police wrap up the scene Friday around 12:30 am.


At around 10:30 pm a RCMP Bomb Disposal truck moved in and a flash-bang grenade could be heard shortly after followed by yelling and a police dog could be heard. At 12:30 am on Friday two Ambulances that were staged at a nearby school pulled out as the scene wound down. No other information is available at this time.



 Thursday, Sept 24, 2020  

Published 8 am


In the driving rain

Car rolls at Prest Road and First Ave

Staff/Voice photo


The rain was thundering down Wednesday around 2 pm when this vehicle plunged into a ditch then rolled barely missing a power pole.


A heavy downpour may have been a contributing factor in this accident. Thankfully this ditch has no water in it but in many cases they are waterfilled and the situation is far more serious.


The driver, or anyone else here who may have been in the car managed to scramble out under their own steam. Their medical condition wasn't known at the time.


Prest Rd. and First Ave. have seen many rollovers over the last few years.



 Wednesday, Sept 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


In the trenches

Chilliwack-Vedder River Clean-up Sunday Sept 27

Nikki, CleanRivers/Voice file photo


This Chilliwack-Vedder River cleaner hit pay dirt in 2012.

Firstly, we hope you and yours are healthy and have navigated the last number of months with the pandemic ok. What crazy times.

Secondly, it is with great excitement that we announce we will be doing some kind of river cleanup for BC Rivers Day this Sunday, September 27th at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club.

A family of cleaners scoured the river banks looking for anything that didn't belong in September 2012.

It is going to be very different and significantly scaled back but our Chilliwack River Valley needs us after seeing unprecedented use this Spring and Summer. The focus will be from the Vedder Bridge and up Chilliwack Lake Road.

Please email us at to pre-register and secure your spot. We have a limited number of spots available (45). We also suggest that this is an adults only cleanup due to the limited space.

Our COVID-19 safety protocol is as follows:

• You must wear a mask when registering and dropping off your garbage (non-negotiable)

• You must use the provided hand-sanitizer before registering

• You must practice physical distancing on site at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club

• There is to be no lingering on site at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club (48685 Chilliwack Lake Rd)

Washrooms will be available.

We will provide you with gloves, bags and pick up sticks. We ask that you help yourselves so that we can maintain proper physical distancing between you and our Directors.

Registration would be 8:30-9am and we would expect everyone back at the bins no later than 1pm.

Hope to hear from you. As of tonight we have 41 spots available!

Are you interested in adopting a section of river to call your own? We are currently looking for individuals, families, organizations or businesses to adopt sections in the Chilliwack River Valley (above the Vedder Bridge) To learn more visit Clean Rivers


 Wednesday, Sept 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


Friend on Friend

Alzheimer's Society free online discussion

Nikki, CleanRivers/Voice file photo


Flower prizes were handed out at the 2013 Alzheimer's Fundraiser Walk.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a time to push the global conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to the forefront. With an estimated 70,000 British Columbians currently living with some form of dementia, it is likely that most residents of Chilliwack have some connection to the disease: people affected by it are our family members, friends and neighbours.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is working towards a vision of a province where people living with dementia are welcomed, supported and included – a truly dementia-friendly B.C. But there is still work to be done.

People in Chilliwack who are affected by dementia are invited to attend a two-part online discussion series called “Demystifying advocacy” on September 28 and 29 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Unsung hero Gail Johnson is one of the longest Alzheimer's Society volunteers and supporters.

Free of charge and moderated by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s CEO Maria Howard, the series is an opportunity for residents to hear from dementia advocates as they share their stories and have frank conversations about what it takes to make change happen.

Part 1 is “Changing your situation,” which will explore advocating for yourself and members of your family, while Part 2 is “Changing the system,” looking at how advocates raise their voices to help change policy and practice.

“Building a dementia-friendly province would be impossible without the tireless efforts of dementia advocates,” says Howard. “We want to celebrate their leadership and give people a chance to learn from them.”

Whether it’s working with advocates to change the system or providing direct support to people affected by dementia, the Alzheimer Society of BC's activities rely on the generous support of community fundraisers. Until September 30, people across B.C. can sign up for the Climb for Alzheimer’s hiking challenge and take to their local hiking trails to raise funds.

“By taking part in the Climb for Alzheimer’s, you’ll be supporting thousands of British Columbians on the dementia journey – and helping ensure that no one has to climb that mountain alone,” says Howard.

If you are living with dementia, want to learn more about the disease or how can you get involved with the Alzheimer Society of B.C., you can call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033. The Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Information and support is also available in Punjabi (1-833-674-5003) and in Cantonese or Mandarin (1-833-674-5007), available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also learn more at


 Wednesday, Sept 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


ICARS investigates fatal collision

Mounties reach out to the community for witnesses and or dash cam footage

ICARS RCMP/Voice photo


An RCMP officer blocks access to McGuire Road at Chilliwack River Road Sunday.

On September 20, 2020 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Chilliwack RCMP supported by the Chilliwack Fire Department and BC Ambulance responded to the report of a collision involving an eastbound vehicle on Mcquire Road and a southbound vehicle on Prest Road.

Officers arrived at the scene where they located one occupant of the eastbound vehicle – a 34-year-old man from Chilliwack – had succumbed to his injuries. BC Ambulance transported a second occupant, a 26-year old woman from Chilliwack, suffering non life-threatening injuries to hospital.

The occupants of the southbound vehicle received minor injuries during the collision.

Chilliwack RCMP and the BC Coroners Service supported by the Lower Mainland District-Integrated Collision and Analysis Reconstruction Service (LMD ICARS) continue their investigations of the collision.

Investigators are reaching out to motorists and pedestrians who witnessed or, may have video leading up to the crash to contact the Chilliwack RCMP, says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

RCMP urge anyone who witnessed the collision to contact police at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).



 Wednesday, Sept 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


Truck paint booth fire minor

Sprinkler system took care of the flames

Ian Josephson, Fire Chief, CFD


At 12:56pm Tuesday, firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Department Fire Halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to a structure fire in an industrial building located in the 43000-block of Progress Way.

On arrival, fire crews found a significant amount of smoke coming from the building. Firefighters entered the building, discovered the fire was located in the paint spray booth, and had been extinguished by the building’s fire sprinkler system.

Fortunately, this was minor fire, with smoke and water damage and it is expected the business will be back in operation soon.

All employees safely evacuated the building. There were no firefighter injuries.

Cause of the fire is accidental and is related to hot work processes in the paint spray booth.



 Tuesday, Sept 22, 2020  

Published 3 pm


No BC Liberal Chilliwack-Hope candidate...yet

Liberals added 19 candidate names to election race

BC Liberal Caucus/Pixabay image


MLA's Throness or Martin have yet to declare.


Following the NDP’s decision to trigger a risky pandemic election, a renewed and growing team of candidates with a diversity of backgrounds and experience is rallying around Andrew Wilkinson, ready to restore confidence and rebuild BC.

“Yesterday, John Horgan dissolved the BC Legislature and engineered an unnecessary and irresponsible early election. He is leaving British Columbians without a functioning government at a time when people needed leadership most," said BC Liberal Leader, Andrew Wilkinson. "Let’s be clear: John Horgan and the NDP’s decision to call this election, in the middle of a global pandemic, is nothing more than an irresponsible and cynical attempt to increase his own power.

"Today, I am excited to share our growing team of BC Liberal candidates who have put their names forward to deliver opportunity for all of BC. The depth of experience and diversity of voices in every corner of this province will provide British Columbians real choice in this election — to restore confidence and rebuild BC with a BC Liberal government."



 Tuesday, Sept 22, 2020  

Published 8 am


No BC NDP Chilliwack-Hope candidate...yet

NDP came out with their big list Monday without a local player

BC NDP Caucus/Pixabay image


It remains to be seen who the candidate will be when the BC NDP parachutes one in.


Following a meeting with B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin, Premier John Horgan announced a provincial general election will occur on October 24, 2020.

“I have just met with the Lieutenant Governor and she has agreed with my request to hold an election on October 24,” John Horgan said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything — the people of British Columbia deserve a say in the direction of our recovery and the future of our province.”


“We’ve made a lot of progress for people over the last three years. We invested in healthcare and schools. We build transit, housing and childcare centres. We eliminated the MSP—the largest middle-class tax cut in BC history—and during this pandemic, we kept people safe while staying focused on what matters,” Horgan said.

“The BC Liberals are pushing for changes that benefit the wealthy and well-connected—at your expense. We have a plan to keep you safe, and to make life better and more affordable for people. We’ve accomplished a lot on what matters most to people, and there’s a lot more work ahead of us.”



 Tuesday, Sept 22, 2020  

Published 8 am


Townhouse kitchen fire

Neigbours alerted fire department after hearing smoke detectors

Mike Bourdon, Asst Chief, Fire Prevention, CFD/Google image


Fire crews stopped the stovetop blaze before it spread.


On September 21, 2020, at around 12:30pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire in the 8000-block of Nowell Street.


Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, and 6. Upon arrival, fire crews saw black smoke from the 3rd floor window. Crews entered the townhouse unit and discovered fire in the kitchen above a stovetop. Fire damage was contained to the stove and kitchen cabinet area. 


The unit sustained major smoke damage throughout. There was some minor smoke damage in the adjacent townhouse.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The occupants of the home were away at the time of the fire and the home’s smoke alarms were credited with alerting nearby neighbour’s of the fire. The neighbour quickly called 911, proceeded to enter the front door and helped with the evacuation of two dogs that were just inside the front door. Dogs were not hurt in the fire. Fire cause is accidental.


The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public, that working smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time. Test your smoke alarms once per month by pushing the test button.


Chilliwack Fire Dept., also would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 – 10th. This year’s campaign is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen". For more information on Kitchen Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Week, please visit our website at



 Monday Sept 21, 2020  

Published 10 am


One dead after tragic accident

Family of seven involved

Staff/Voice photos


An RCMP officer blocks access to McGuire Road at Chilliwack River Road Sunday.


At 6:30 pm rescue crews were called to an MVA at the intersection of Prest and McGuire Roads. Initial reports from first responders were that someone had a heart attack and two people were left unconscious.

RCMP blocked both sides. A Medevac Air Ambulance was called but later cancelled.

RCMP vehicles block access to McGuire Road at Prairie Central Road Sunday.

Editor's note: The McNamara mother in one of the vehicles involved had five kids reportedly hurt who could all be heard screaming and crying in the background of the responder radios. Initial reports were that one person had a heart attack and two were unconscious. Firstly, they just witnessed a death yet instead of caring for the children, who were hurt and in shock, the mother and her boyfriend were busy gathering names and taking photos to send to print media and post to Facebook instead of looking after their kids. Take note the photo which appears in print media has McNamara's (the mother) attribution. Secondly, it seems the couple had little respect for the family of the deceased who could have heard about this via social media first. Social media is a separate reality created from a culture uncaring people. I place little value or stock on social media.



 Sunday, Sept 20, 2020  

Published 10 am


Retailers can import tomatoes

BC Gov't has crunched the numbers and step down as middlers to make more money

BC Gov't Caucus/Pixabay image


With such high prices for marijuana, pot-growing can be much more lucrative than food crops when a gram of marijuana is worth more than a string of tomatoes.


Cannabis producers in B.C. will have greater access to local retailers and consumers, thanks to new direct delivery and farm-gate sales programs that are in development by the Province.

Following input and recommendations from long-time cannabis growers, Indigenous leaders and other stakeholders, government is giving Health Canada-licensed small-scale producers, including nurseries, the option of delivering cannabis directly to licensed retailers.

“We’ve heard clearly how important these kinds of sales are for smaller cannabis producers trying to get a foothold in a market currently dominated by larger players,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Now more than ever, our government is committed to supporting B.C. businesses and encouraging people to buy local, and that includes creating conditions for cannabis businesses of all sizes to succeed.”

The Province will also develop a farm-gate sales program that will give B.C. cannabis growers the ability to sell their products from “farm-gate” stores located at their production site.

These programs support government’s commitment to the development of a robust, diverse and sustainable legal cannabis economy in B.C., inclusive of rural and Indigenous communities, while prioritizing health and safety. The targeted launch for both programs is 2022.

The Ministry of Attorney General’s Liquor Distribution Branch will also launch an Indigenous Shelf Space Program, estimated to start in 2021. The program will highlight cannabis products produced by B.C. Indigenous producers in BC Cannabis Stores, helping consumers easily identify those products and make purchasing decisions.

“These steps will help grow the legal cannabis industry in B.C. in an inclusive way,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “By making it easier to know more about the product, those who choose to use cannabis can make careful decisions about what types of product they want to buy and what sectors of the industry they want to support.”

Highlighted products will be available at private B.C. cannabis retail locations, as well as through the BC Cannabis Stores online site. 



 Sunday, Sept 20, 2020  

Published 10 am


Their finest hour

Battle of Britain 80th anniversary

Veterans Affairs/National Archives photo


Observer Corps aircraft spotter on the roof of a building in London during the Battle of Britain, with St. Paul's Cathedral in the background.


The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain:

“This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. From July to October 1940, a small group of Allied fighter pilots took to the skies in the face of a far larger German Luftwaffe.

“It was the first major battle in the history of warfare fought exclusively in the air and as our Canadian pilots joined their Allied comrades high above the United Kingdom and the English Channel, they did so with the knowledge that only victory could help prevent a German invasion of Britain," said MacAulay.

“While 23 Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice in that struggle, the Allied efforts in the Battle of Britain helped thwart a seemingly unstoppable German air force and in what would become a key turning point in the Second World War, the planned enemy invasion did not move forward."

"As Prime Minister Churchill said of those aircrews, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few," said Sajjan.

Canada’s role in the Battle of Britain reflects a commitment to collective defence, and of service, bravery and sacrifice that continues to be upheld by the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force today.

“We must always remember the sacrifices of those who step forward in service of Canada, and honour them for their commitment to the values we hold dear."

"Lest we forget."



 Sunday, Sept 20, 2020  

Published 10 am


Still No Medal

Veterans give the federal government the 'silent treatment'

Dave Palmer, CD, Nepean, Ontario/File photo


The day we become silent about things that matter signals the beginning of the end.

Possibly by now you may have heard of a scheme for an "equity tax" on the sale of your home. Yes, on top of all the other things you are taxed on, now a proposed tax to capitalize on skimming (scamming) even more by more taxes on your principle investment the home you invested in. Yes, those future profits of "your" investment will taxed by a home equity tax if this scam goes through.

Now I may have caught your attention, but the silence of the inaction by our elected government to honour our Cold War veterans, their total aloofness about caring for the thousand upon thousands of unacknowledged medal-less veterans and their families may be heard when they decided hold an election and then break their silence by wanting you to vote for them.

For 14 years a plea to honour and recognize our veterans by the government is met with silence. Perhaps when they come-a-calling for a vote they should be treated the same way. When they can't dignify this request with an appropriate and honourable response but continue this crass charade of silence, perhaps they in turn will be met with silence. Sooner or later there will be an election coming, but not even Comrade Veteran Erin O'Toole has spoken up about a medal to honour veterans, he too has opted in on the silence card. So nothing new for the fair and inclusive honouring of our Nation's Cold War Veterans with a long overdue medal.

Remembering too that neither has Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.



 Sunday, Sept 20, 2020  

Published 10 am


A touch too much

A word to the wise from our health expert

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


Because of a protective bureaucracy I apparently didn't get through to Adrian Dix.

On TV I saw the premier of Quebec take off and fold his mask and put it into a pocket. Without using sanitizer on his hands, he then adjusted his microphone and notes. Ug! Later some of his ministers used that mic.

Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. BonnieHenry:
Tell the public
1.  that door knobs and railings are contaminated by many people touching them.
2. that most people touch the centre of their mask, but don't wash their hands every time. They therefore contaminate door knobs and everything they touch.
3. that wearing gloves protects the wearer, but spreads contamination to everything touched.


 Sunday, Sept 20, 2020  

Published 10 am


The bottom line

Outspoken fisheries expert David Ellis writes about the impact of Super Trawlers

David Ellis, Former Head, Marine Fishes, Pacific, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada/bcbooklook photo


David Ellis travels around BC and Alberta talking to youths about fishing.


Vast areas of the benthos or seabed of the BC coast as near Bella Bella or Heilsulk,  the "Goose Bank" fishing area have already been permanently damaged by the savage and antiquated but highly profitable trawl fishing method and more trawling will further damage the herring and salmon populations and the coastal communities.


The herring populations have all collapsed now and the Chinook/Orca cannot rebuild if the 3 herring fisheries (roe, bait and food) continue. But they do.


Owner operator policies are in place on the east coast in lobster and have made it a major and sustainable industry in Nova Scotia and is great new policy for BC were corporate ownership has led to short term profit goals that have now collapsed the salmon and herring fisheries.

Many science studies from Europe and more recently Alaska, have proven out permanent Benthic or ocean bottom damage by trawling and this is an issue well known to both the Provincial and Federal regulators who are morally bankrupt in the Secret DFO support of the expansion to super trawlers in BC. The "coral closures" in BC championed by the David Suzuki Foundation have been an important first step to outlawing trawling.


The trawl lobby is identical to that of the oil lobby – extremely efficient at forcing the top regulators to not change policy on destructive trawling, herring and global warming (Trans Mountain pipeline).


The building of the 2 huge new oil pipelines at Kamloops now before our outraged eyes, the Trans Mountain, is an extreme irritant to BC voters at this time, and Horgan can be moved to real action and to join in the coming protests in Kamloops and Burnaby by the rapid formation of high media exposure campaign strategies that call for a stop to the building of the 2 new huge pipes and the reckless continued use of the 68 years old pipe that a few months ago spilled 1000 barrels at Sumas First Nation. If this oil had reached the Fraser it would have permanently destroyed the river.


 Sunday, Sept 20, 2020  

Published 10 am


How trees and banks are tied together

International entities wreaking havoc on Bank of Canada says Voice's political pundit

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

I had planned in this post to write and talk more about the bail-in program that the Canadian government and the banks have in store for us should any of the banks in Canada be threatened with default. You know, fail. Be forced to close down for lack of liquidity of funds.

However, as the wildfire smoke from California, Washington and Oregon is getting in my eyes at the moment I want to clarify my position concerning the environment. Because I was asked about it by a friend. In my younger days (when I was in my sixties and seventies and even eighties instead of nineties) I gained a bit of a of a reputation for participating in at least four of the most bitterly contested blockades against logging companies in British Columbia. And wrote about them. My friend wanted to know why I just didn’t stick to writing about environmental stuff surrounding the deforestation of BC as I was experienced at that instead of trying to write about the banking systems which was boring and difficult.

I tried to explain that I am doing this because our banking system is extremely important. It’s where the logging companies get their loans, the bank’s loans figures determine why and how they pay little or no taxes, while the true environment cost of clear-cutting vast swaths of mature public forests is never mentioned on the books.

It was in the courtrooms of BC when I was arguing that the vast majority of BC citizens loved their public forests and that as a right, we were all the rightful owners of BC public lands. As the true owners of these lands there was no real reason for the courts not to defend our rights. But instead of defending the people’s right to protect our own properties against a renter who was destroying the property, the BC judges interpreted the law to read that a renter (the logging companies) had the right to use the property as they wished, which meant they could do what they very well dammed pleased with it.

And furthermore the judges would continue to give out injunctions in favour of the logging companies which meant any citizen trying to stop this travesty of the law as a crime against the court, not the logging companies. Anyone who tried to interfere with the logging corporations would be charged with contempt of court. And I began to see that this fight for public land was the same struggle as the one going on right now in Canada which is our right to insist that our public bank, The Bank of Canada, be taken away from the invaders of private international users and be restored to its original mandate, that of a public bank for the welfare of Canadians.

I will get to that soon, but the immediate concern is that the Canadian government has set up the laws and rules for bail-ins for looting people’s bank accounts should the private banks in Canada, through their own greed, face bank failure. The very planning for bail-ins comes from the central bankers in Europe and involves most western banks. It is not a one-off Canadian thing.

But for this post I just wanted to try to make the connection between the smoke we presently are swallowing from the wildfires south of the border to our economic system (and theirs) composed of the CEOs of corporations, judges, heads of government and private banks. The Bank of Canada is the worst in my opinion ,as it parades as a public bank, created specifically for the Canadian people which it is not. It is acting like a private bank. More on this and bail-ins next time. Watch the 12 minute video on YouTube.

©2020 Betty K | Blog:




 Sunday, Sept 20, 2020  

Published 8 am


Heavy metal in your soft chair

MASSiF music fest streams on YouTube Sept 26

Mavis Harris, Marmot PR/Video image


Kick back with MASSiF and listen to 14 bands.


Massif Music presents a COVID-friendly way to get your hit of heavy music from all over western Canada. With support from the British Columbia Arts Council and the Columbia Basin Trust, fourteen bands will bring forth a hail of screeching guitars and chest-busting booms, sure to make you forget you're actually just sitting on your couch.

Forced to adapt to a pandemic, the Nelson BC-based Massif Music Society refused to cancel. Explains board member Jay Hannley, "Music creates community, drives community and thrives community. We need songs of reflection, frustration, infatuation, songs that reflect what we want and what we hope for the future. Massif had to support bands to keep making music through the current state of the world."

MASSiF 2020: VIRAL EDITION, a compelling collection of special performances from the 2020 line up, streams live on their YouTube channel, September 26 6pm PT.



 Sunday, Sept 20, 2020  

Published 8 am



Valley rail group bolsters case for alternative transportation with new video

 Rick Green, pres. SFCRS/Video image


Hydrogen-powered trains could be the solution to the congested Trans-Canada Highway.


The introduction of our reactivation proposal for the Interurban Rail Corridor has been the subject of discussion for a few decades. While interesting in past years, its time has come.


With the advent and introduction of state-of-the-art Hydrogen Rail in Germany in 2017 (Canadian Technology) into paid service, complete with its affordable and environmentally friendly benefits; it is the perfect transit choice for our South of Fraser region. This 4-minute creative video is well worth a viewing, it explains why we are here, explains why we say it is a priceless opportunity and reflects the reasons behind our campaign.


1.2 million residents, 16 Cities/communities, 14 post-secondary institutions, First Nations, Industrial Parks, the Abbotsford International Airport, Tourism and Agri-Tourism located throughout the Fraser Valley are waiting for a transit service that will fulfill this dire and emergent need.


The South of Fraser (Fraser Valley) region is seeing exponential population growth for those seeking affordable housing and a better quality of life. Unfortunately, the resulting traffic growth impact is negatively affecting health (poor air quality within the Fraser Valley Airshed) and quality of life (due to seriously a congested Highway 1) resulting in less times with families. There is only one road in and out of the Fraser Valley with no other options!

Widening Highway 1?


It will happen over time (1 additional lane each way) but will take 31 years, if started today and did not stop until finished. It is not our answer! This Interurban solution can be reactivated within 3 years! For more information, visit or via E-mail here.



 Friday, Sept 18, 2020  

Published 8 am


Takes two to tango

Yale Road collision could have been worse

Staff/Voice photo


A driver speaks with RCMP Wednesday.


Two vehicles collided in the 47000-block of Yale Road Wednesday around 7:30 pm in what appeared to be a t-bone accident.


One vehicle was left in pieces on the road leaving the driver with unknown injuries. The vehicle above careened over a sidewalk missing a power pole and parked vehicle by mere inches.



 Friday, Sept 18, 2020  

Published 8am


The call of the wild

SPCA photo award winners

Lori Chortyk/Handout photos


Cub and mother bear by Joshua Wolfe.

Amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s 12th annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest winners are announced. In addition, there were a number of incredible honourable mentions that celebrate the beauty in B.C.’s wild and urban environments. The People’s Choice Award was determined as a result of public votes.

"With more than 956 photos submitted, it was a challenge for the contest judges to highlight only a few of the many amazing photos celebrating B.C.’s diverse wildlife,” says Erin Ryan of the BC SPCA. “We want to thank all the participants for sharing their amazing photos and helping to raise more than $32,920 to help the BC SPCA care for injured and orphaned wildlife."

  Eileen Harris (Kelowna) - Bee on Flower

A pine chipmunk by Thomas Harris.


First-place winners in both judged categories will be featured in the upcoming issue of the BC SPCA’s Animal Sense magazine and the judge’s top three choices in each category and the top 12 People’s Choice photos will appear on a pack of greeting cards available soon through the BC SPCA’s online story (




 Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020  

Published 4pm


Dial up some work part-time or long-term

App aims to connect people with employers

Faber Work/Handout photo



Register and download the app here.

Find construction work on your phone. Sign up, create a profile, and get matched with projects near you. Competitive rates, paid weekly  (Short-term). Long-term jobs start at $22/hr-$36/hr, max negotiable based on experience, paid weekly, $50 referral bonus for every friend that works.

About This Project
Faber Work is looking for Carpenters of all levels for ongoing projects in the Langley area. Some projects may require a vehicle, so a vehicle and driver’s license is an asset. Experience in other ticketed trades or additional certifications is considered a strong asset. The opportunities on Faber Work can provide work for long-term periods. The more experience you have, the higher your pay will be. Candidates can be matched with projects from BC’s most reputable construction companies. Find carpentry work on your phone and sign up today!

Why Faber

• Earn more with the most competitive pay in the industry.
• Pick and choose the projects you want to work on.
• Learn new skills and get paid weekly.
• Creating a profile and matching with projects is 100% free.
• $50 referral bonus for inviting friends who work.


• Hard Hat
• Safety Vest
• Steel-toe Boots
• iPhone or Android smartphone

About Faber Work
Faber is a technology company that matches construction workers to local construction companies. Construction companies post projects through Faber, and Faber Candidates are matched with these projects based on their skills, certifications, and experience.

The Faber Work platform is designed to provide construction work to skilled trades people and construction workers through a mobile app. Candidates can pick projects to fill their schedules or take on more projects to improve their skills.



 Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020  

Published 4pm


Footprint Press: a gem in the world of independent media

Issue 25 for free download

Tracey Lyster, Editor/Handout photo


Black bear photo by Bruce Klassen, Silverdalem BC.


On behalf of the Footprint Press editorial committee I am very happy to release our 25th issue of the magazine. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have made this a virtual issue and will not be printing hard copies at this time.

You can download Issue 25 and any of our back issues free at We hope you enjoy the read.

In this issue:
Lina Azeez, Watershed Watch Salmon Society - Connected Waters, Connected people: Flood control that works for people and fish.

Tracy Lyster, CAUSS -  The heavy economic and environmental footprint of Silverdale sprawl.

Vanessa Isnardy & Erin Patrick - WildSafeBC: How to be a leader on the path to coexisting with wildlife.

Rebecca McMurray - The rare and amazing Pacific water shrew.

Sasha Tuttle, UFV Wildlife Protection Club- Lessons about Climate Change amongst the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Christina Toth, Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance - A community movement to keep nature clean.

Original artwork by Leanne Hodges, Carrielynn Victor and Peter Gong.

Courtesy photos: Rick Skerry, Christina Toth and Lisa Reid.

All artists, poets, and activists interested in submitting to our upcoming wild salmon issue please contact us via e-mail.



 Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020  

Published 2:30 pm


The air that we breathe

Fraser Health advises people limit all strenuous activities outdoors and keep windows closed

Fraser Health/Web photo


A small plane navigates smoky air last weekend.


Fraser Health and the City of New Westminster are advising residents of New Westminster and surrounding communities that fine particulate matter in the air is impacting air quality in the area. The presence of fine particulate matter in the air is due to wildfire smoke from outside the region, in addition to smoke resulting from a fire at Westminster Pier Park.


“At this time, we are advising people, particularly those who have chronic underlying health conditions or acute infections to refrain from participating in any outdoor physical activity, and to remain indoors as much as possible while still ensuring they maintain adequate physical distancing,” said Dr. Aamir Bharmal, Fraser Health medical health officer. “The best thing you can do at this time is to avoid the smoke. Minimize time outdoors and don’t spend time near the pier.”


Fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres (µm) or less. PM2.5 can easily penetrate indoors because of their small size. Exposure to fine particulate matter can be a health concern for people with underlying health conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and/or diabetes, individuals with respiratory infections such as COVID-19, pregnant women and infants, children, and older adults. Individuals who are socially marginalized may also be at elevated risk.


In addition to particulate matter, the pier’s pilings are burning. The piling are covered by creosote. Creosote is a wood preservative made up of a mixture of chemicals. Short-term exposure to creosote may cause further respiratory irritation.


Given the current poor air quality, residents of New Westminster and surrounding areas should limit all strenuous activities outdoors and keep windows closed. Those who are at-risk, including children and the elderly should avoid outdoor physical exertion.


Workplaces, schools, and daycares do not need to close but should limit any associated outdoor activities.


Any person experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing should visit the emergency department. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.



 Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020  

Published 1 pm


Men's Health Today

Monita Sundhar, Provincial Program Manager Supportive Care leads virtual meeting Oct 1

Dale Erickson, PCSG Chilliwack/Web photo


Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 1st, at 7 PM and will be done by a web conference, all past attendees will receive an invitation to join. Our speaker will be Monita Sundar, Provincial Program Manager of the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program. She will be speaking about the services the program offers across the province and how you can take advantage of the program virtually! To register for the meeting please send an email here. Attendees may ask questions on the chat line. 



 Monday, Sept 14, 2020  

Published 1 pm


Bumpy start  to the weekend

MVA sends three to the hospital with minor injuries

Staff/Voice photo


A woman with a neck brace is wheeled to a waiting ambulance and  then taken to Chilliwack General to get checked out.

A t-bone accident on Alexander Ave at the McDonalds drive-in entrance Friday late afternoon sent three to hospital. The woman pictured was able to get to the stretcher under her own steam. Thankfully injuries to occupants of both vehicles were minor in nature.



 Sunday, Sept 13, 2020  

Published 1 pm


The 'Shape of Our City'

Chilliwack Museum calls charts and maps of local residents

Shawna Maurice, Chwk Museum/File photo



 A new exhibition, Contours: The Shape of Our City, is now open at the Chilliwack Museum. The first exhibition to be hosted in the Museum’s recently renovated Gallery Space, Contours gets up close and personal with Chilliwack’s surveying and mapping history.


The Exhibition opened on September 8, 2020 and will run through to April 24, 2021. Travelling from the field survey to the chart as the map is being drawn, the exhibition encourages visitors to reflect upon the use of maps as an influential and powerful tool with multiple uses – as a wayfinding device, a way to create and divide communities, share knowledge, and have fun.


“This exhibition explores the impact maps and the processes associated with mapping had and continues to have in our daily lives” says Anna Irwin, Curator, “We have highlighted this by asking members of the community to submit photos of maps being used in their own lives”. These images have been gathered into a slideshow that will play throughout the exhibition.


“It’s not too late to submit your photograph,” adds Laurie Benton, Archives Technician, “all you have to do is upload a photograph to social media and tag it with #CHWKcontours, it will then be added to the slideshow”.


Admission to the Museum is currently by donation. The Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 4pm. Return to full operation is targeted for later this month.



 Saturday, Sept 12, 2020  

Published 1 pm


Kootenay inflections

Tenise Marie releases "10 out of 10" song

Mavis Harris, Marmot PR/Facebook photo

A singer-songwriter who has emerged from the mystical forests of Argenta, BC - Tenise is inspired by nature and friends from all corners of the world. Her adventures climbing mountains, riding waves, and watching sunrises soak into her enticing melodies and raw lyrics.


She's a self-described nomad and a “dreamer in a world on fire” - her music offers a shot of campfire folklore, infusing jazz and choral influences to craft an irresistible cocktail of calculated creativity - to be stirred, served over ice, sipped, and savoured all night.

Listen for free on Drop Box and connect on Facebook and watch on YouTube.



   Friday, Sept 11, 2020  

Published 8 pm


Behind the blue wall

Former Cop, Prince George MLA Mike Morris, steps down from police reform committee to consult with it

Carlie Pochynok, BC Lib Caucus/Website image

"After much thought, I've decided to step down from the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act but not from the important work of the committee.

"During my time as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, I saw first-hand the changing relationship between the public and force. In the last decade, that relationship has altered even more and the events of the past few months have highlighted the need for change.

"As a former officer and former Solicitor General, I've dedicated many hours reflecting on how to improve the interaction between the police and the public. This is vital to our society and we all have an obligation to thoughtfully address the challenges and, most importantly, propose solutions.

"My goal is to ensure the work of the criminal branch of policing is better separated from the very real need to provide compassionate support to those in distress. Too often, police officers are asked to try and balance both and the results are not as desired for anyone involved.

"As a member of the Special Committee, I'm limited in what I can say and what ideas I can proffer. By stepping down, I'll be able to present to the committee the ideas that I have developed that could, I believe, begin the healing of this fractious relationship.

"We all want the same thing: to live in a safe society, where we are all respected and needed support is provided. I look forward to sharing these ideas with the committee, the public and working to rebuild a relationship of trust?"



   Friday, Sept 11, 2020  

Published 8 pm


Best of the best

Chilliwack Rotary Club earns platinum status worldwide

Michael Berger, Rotary Club Chilliwack/Website images


Long-time members of the Chilliwack Rotary.


Rotary International has bestowed a Citation with Platinum Distinction to the Rotary Club of Chilliwack for their efforts during the 2019-2020 Rotary year. This is the highest award given to individual clubs and reaffirms the club’s position as one of the leading clubs in the Rotary world.


The citation is for achieving goals that strengthens the club and the community. The goals included increasing participation in club projects and events by members and community members, developing sustainable service projects, giving to the Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in the community.



2019-2020 President Michael Berger thanked the club and its members for their efforts. “Our club is known for the work that we do, and how we give back to our community, ” said Berger. “As People of Action, it’s encouraging to see how we live up to that slogan, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting our efforts. We’ve been able to pivot on some of our projects, and help our community by taking a lead role with the Feed the Kids initiative and supporting those with technology needs through our Tech Drive.



2019-2020 Rotary District Governor Brad Whittaker congratulated the board and the club members for their work throughout the year.  “I want to thank you for achieving this honour as through the actions of your club over the past Rotary year, your members have improved the lives of people in your community and across the globe,” said Whittaker.


The Rotary Club of Chilliwack is also the recipient of the Order of Chilliwack. The Order of Chilliwack is Chilliwack’s highest honour, and is awarded to recognized citizens of Chilliwack who appropriately deserve by virtue of outstanding achievement or long-term contributions to the community. The Rotary Club of Chilliwack was awarded the second ever Order of Chilliwack and each year, the award is transferred to the incoming President.


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   Friday, Sept 11, 2020  

Published 8 pm


Broadway house blaze

Smoke alarm alerts residents

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention/Google image


CFD Fire Chief urges the use of smoke detectors and regular testing to save lives.


On September 9th, 2020, at approximately 12:45pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 9000-block of Broadway Street.


Residents were outside in the yard when they heard the smoke alarm. The residents entered the home and upon further investigation, saw smoke in one of the upper floor bedrooms and quickly evacuated the home and called 911.


Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4 and 6 and on arrival, reported seeing smoke venting from the roof of this two-storey home. Fire crews set up an offensive attack and quickly brought the fire under control.


The home suffered fire and smoke damage to the interior of the structure.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.


This fire appears to be accidental and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department.


Chilliwack Fire Dept., wants to remind the public that working smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time.


Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.



   Friday, Sept 11, 2020  

Published 8 pm


Not lobbying now

Gun owners march on Ottawa Sept 12

Tracey Wilson, Fire Arms Rights/Website image



Gun owners from across the country are marching on Ottawa this Saturday September 12th. This event is being organized by Canada's most influential firearm rights organization the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR). This march will be the first of its kind since the mid-90's. These Canadians are marching to raise awareness of the unprecedented, negative treatment of licensed gun owners by the current Liberal Government. 


Rod Giltaca, CEO & Executive Director explains, "Whenever someone does something illegal with a firearm in Canada, the government imposes more rules on licensed gun owners exclusively. In the case of this past May 1st, the current Liberal government is confiscating hundreds of thousands of firearms based on the events in Nova Scotia. This was not a licensed firearm owner and they were smuggled firearms. These two events don't intersect and it's not right.

Tracey Wilson, VP of Public Relations continues, "This Liberal government has failed dramatically to address crime and violence in both our rural and urban communities. Rather than take accountability, they have opted to just 'be seen' as doing something. This is no way to behave as a government."
The Trudeau government banned over 1500 makes and models of firearms on May 1st of this year. "They clearly took advantage of the mass murder in Nova Scotia as this prohibition was rushed, evidenced by the lack of any plan of what to do with all of this property" continued Ms. Wilson.


Supporting this claim is the fact that this was done by Order in Council (OIC) and executed by a minority government in the middle of a pandemic.


"This is an obscenely dishonest way to do this and it's incredibly irresponsible. These Canadians are not criminals and you need their cooperation. Instead you're creating a situation where gun owners are going to dig in their heels" said Mr. Giltaca. 

See more information about the
Integrity March.



   Friday, Sept 11, 2020  

Published 3 pm


Curling getting a-round during the pandemic

League's ambitious plan in place now

Rebecca Connop-Price, Curling BC/Voice photos


Chilliwack curlers have been in limbo for months.


The Phase 3 “Progressively Loosen” version of the guidelines, released today, allows for four-person curling but with a twist – only one sweeper per shot and physically distanced play.


The modified rules have allowed Curl BC to successfully advocate for curling to be moved from Group B into Group A in the viaSport guidelines – the guidelines every provincial sport organization needs to adhere to in order to return to play. While it is too early in the season to stage regional and provincial events, being in Group A will give Curl BC the option to pursue these events at a later time.


Curl BC and Curling Canada have both produced ice layouts that allow for physical distancing – complete with in-ice markers so that people know where to stand.  Visit the Documents and Forms for Covid-19 page on the website to see a diagram of the ice layout and rules for modified play.


At the minute, Curl BC is recommending that clubs avoid hosting bonspiels within the first month of opening. Once clubs have opened safely and it’s clear that procedures are working well, we will recommend the slow introduction of regional events.


Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, said: “Our top priority has always been to ensure that clubs can open their doors. Alongside our sport partners, curling club managers, ice makers and volunteers, Curl BC staff have been working for many months on plans to smooth the way for reopening. Now, with the announcement that Sport has moved into Phase 3, and with modified play, we are going to see all that hard work pay off.



   Thursday, Sept 10, 2020  

Published 8 am


Fire guts four-plex

Mishap under investigation says Chief

Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness, CFD/Voice photos


Chilliwack Community Services were called in to assist residents.


On September 8th at approximately 5:40 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 9000 block of Charles St. Fire crews from Halls 1, 2, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered smoke and flames showing from the exterior of a four-plex building.


The quick arrival and swift action of crews prevented significant fire damage to the interior of the building.


There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire and the occupants of the home were able to safely exit. This fire is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Officials.



   Thursday, Sept 10, 2020  

Published 8 am


Of bucket lists and bail-ins

Bank and corporation welfare supported by blue collar workers

Bety Krawczyk, author, Cumberland, BC/File photo


European banks could be setting a bad precedent for Canada to follow.


If banks are dying, they want to cross off everything on their “bucket list” before they collapse completely.

I am sure most adult Canadians remember something of the controversy about how much money the Canadian government gave banks and corporations during the 2008-9 recession. Many North American banks would have gone belly up had not the governments used taxpayer money to bail them out. So these gifts to the banks and largest corporations were given from the taxes of the working class people to reward the elites for their most public displays of greed. That was called a bail-out.

The governments who gave the bailouts did not really have that money. The government, remember, is us. There wasn’t enough money in the public coffers from our taxes and fines and confiscations of property by the authorities to pony up in good form. So our governments, instead of making the insolvent banks and corporations pay for their greed simply slapped the private debt of the banks and corporations onto the backs of the working class. However, I want to talk about bank bail-ins this time. I’ll start with the bail-in from the country of Cyprus.

Why start with that small country? Because the country of Cyprus has already had bank bail-ins that were brokered with the central banks and major lending elites in Brussels in 2013. When the Cyprus government could not pay back their EU loans, they all sat down to talk. The agreement reached between the Cyprus government and the blood-sucking European central banks of Europe was to just rob the savings accounts of Cyprus citizens who had savings accounts. And it was not the bank accounts of the rich that were looted. It was the careful, hard won savings of the working class. And the holders of these modest accounts were not asked. The money was just taken out of their accounts.

The BBC reported on this most egregious event this way: “People in Cyprus with less than one hundred thousand Euros (approximately $150,000 CAD) will have to pay a onetime tax of 6.75 %, Eurozone officials said.” And the reporter goes on to advise us “The levy itself will not take effect until Tuesday, following a public holiday but action is being taken to control electronic transfers over the week-end”.

Oh, how clever they are! To announce the robbery over a three-day holiday while the Cyprus banks wouldn’t be open so the hard-working people couldn’t rush and take their money out. But the banks were still busy draining the accounts electronically.

So a bail-out is where the government gives the money to the banks, using public funds. A bail-in is where banks directly take money from people’s uninsured savings accounts. Can’t happen here? You may be surprised to learn what is now Canadian policy on this matter. Next time.


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   Thursday, Sept 10, 2020  

Published 8 am


Coping with dementia

Alzheimer's Society offering free webinars in September

Gord Woodward, Enlightening Comm/File photo


Karen Bunner, who works for the BC Community Response Network, was at the Alzheimerr's Walk in 2018.

As steady as our environment can seem at times, factors beyond our control have the potential to rapidly change the world around us. The current COVID-19 situation, natural disasters and everyday events like an unexpected illness or need for relocation can be stressful, exhausting and can dramatically change our behaviour.

These changes may be felt even more heavily by Chilliwack residents living with dementia, and their caregivers. This September, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is offering a free webinar on strategies for adapting to rapidly changing circumstances for people living with dementia and caregivers.

The ability of a person living with dementia to cope with rapid change can be greatly affected by physiological changes to the brain that result in changes to memory, communication skills, and personality. Knowing how to work together while respecting the individuality of people living with dementia is crucial to successfully navigating rapidly changing circumstances.

Webinar: Accessing services during COVID-19, Wednesday, September 30, 2 pm. Learn strategies for navigating changes in accessing services and how to get the most out of your interactions with care providers.

Webinars are held weekly on Wednesdays tlhrouh September. See a list of offerings and register at



   Thursday, Sept 10, 2020  

Published 8 am


Hockey puck drop soon

PJHL moves to phase 3

Justin Sulpico/PJHL/Website photo


Players will have to quarantine before league games.

The Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) recently held a special meeting to continue to plan a return to the ice for the 2020-21 season. All 13 PJHL member clubs are actively working with their facilities and common user groups to ensure a safe return to sport for all participants.

“With viaSport’s announcement to move into Phase 3 Return to Play guidelines, it was appropriate to discuss in-depth and understand what this move would look like for our league,” says PJHL commissioner Trevor Alto. “After such a difficult number of months since last season was cancelled, I feel this was a very positive meeting for the league. All 13 member teams have done an excellent job and worked extremely hard to get us in a position where we are able to make decisions that will allow us to return to competition.”

Previously, the league has identified plans to begin the 2020/21 season on Tuesday, September 29th.

When the PJHL returns to the ice in 2020/21, the league will take on a much different look then in years past. Following viaSport’s Phase 3 guidelines, PJHL teams will begin play assembling in cohort divisions consisting of a maximum of four teams rather than competing in a traditional two conference format. The league has also instituted a roster deadline of September 15th. As of this date, all teams must be down to a maximum of 25 carded players. Furthermore from this date forward, the league will require all players wishing to join a PJHL roster to quarantine for 14 days prior to participating in Phase 3 competition.


   Wednesday, Sept 9, 2020  

Published 8 am


Multiple pedestrians struck by vehicle

Cops flood Bole Avenue amid chaos

Staff/Voice photos


BCAS paramedics  ready equipment to attend to the scene of the accident. Below, a line of three ambulances in the apt. driveway.

At around 11:30 pm on Tuesday, reports were that a group of people were hit by a car in a parking lot at an apartment complex in the 46000-block of Bole Ave.

Three ambulances and paramedics were on-scene in minutes. Neighbours said they overheard paramedics say that a Medevac was being considered for one more seriously injured but later called off. It's not clear how many people were actually taken to the hospital but none of the ambulance were in any rush to exit the area.


   Tuesday, Sept 8, 2020  

Published 8 am


Learning not lost on the pandemic

Chilliwack SD33 is looking outdoors as a safer alternative to indoor classes

Staff/Voice file photo


Chilliwack Senior Secondary Band practice outdoors under an overhang at a school entrance in 2011.

It was 1904, countries around the world were being ravaged by the tuberculosis (TB) pandemic. Children were the most affected by the disease so decisions were made then to hold classrooms outside for fresh air purposes. Even in the winter kids were bundled up and taught outside. It was thought the cold air would kill the virus.

In Germany, one of the hardest hit countries at that time, the TB death rate was 193.8 per 100,000 people. In comparison, the US COVID-19 count is around 50 deaths per 100,000.

Last year many schools in the US operated  "Nature Classes" in an effort to have kids connect with the environment and get them away from screens and into the fresh air.

It's September 8, 2020, summer break is over and schools are scrambling to find ways to keep students and teachers safe from the COVID-19.

Getting schools operating in the pandemic requires measured and tailored responses for each one. Even though the indoor ventilation, air filtration and hand-washing facilities in schools is much better now than in 1904, today's classrooms still aren't designed for distancing.

Masks will allay parent's worries as their kids head back to class it's unclear how distancing will be mitigated in crowded and stuffy classrooms which could be a breeding ground COVID-19.

Despite theories that youth may have mild symptoms more often than not is no assurance the virus won't attach itself to them and they take it home in turn where they can spread it to family members.

In what some say is a smart move, Chilliwack School District 33 is considering holding more outdoor classes like the 1904 German model.

"We have a number of schools that have outdoor classrooms/programs/streams already in place," Paula Jordan, Assistant Superintendent, School District 33 told The Voice over the long weekend.

Jordan says they've met with district Principals and Vice-Principals about the importance of outdoor spaces on school properties for learning opportunities. 

"Many of our schools have large playing fields, covered play areas, entrance/exit overhang areas and gazebos. In addition, we have implemented staggered entrances and exits, recess and lunch times," explained Jordan. "We are confident that by implementing these strategies ensures greater safety measures for students and staff."

The BC Liberals continue to pound the NDP writing in a release Monday that; "BC had one of the lowest infection rates in Canada due to the diligence of British Columbians. However, with the recent increases in positive COVID-19 cases and the number of individuals isolating due to potential exposure, the population is at risk for more cases. Families with immuno-compromised children and family members are looking to the NDP government to provide alternative options for a safe return to school."

Outdoor schooling may augment the safety of the students, but until an effective vaccine is developed and made available then this will likely be the norm in schools. However, an immune-suppressed kid in school is the most dangerous place to be because they can get pertussis (whooping cough) and rhinoviruses. It's anyone's guess how well a vaccine's going to work, we'll just have to wait 2-3 weeks from now to see how the youths do in schools.

With notes from Smithsonian "A History of Outdoor schooling".



   Friday, Sept 4, 2020  

Published 8 am


Another Care Home Exposed to COVID-19

Fraser Health says staff member carried it in

Tam Dixon, FHA/Google image


A staff member at KinVillage has been exposed to COVID-19. A Fraser Health rapid response team is at the site and communication with residents and families is underway.

KinVillage is a long term care, assisted living, independent living, and seniors supportive housing campus of care in South Delta that is owned and operated by KinVillage Association. The outbreak is confined to the assisted living building. The staff member is currently in self-isolation at their home.

Enhanced control measures have been put in place at the site and 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 sites with outbreaks. Through these teams, sites are also connected with emergency supplies and additional personnel if needed.
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   Friday, Sept 4, 2020  

Published 8 am


Medals a family legacy

Request of federal gov't continues to fall on deaf ears

Dave Palmer, CD, Nepean, Ontario/File photo


Here is an 89-year-old veteran (resides in Kitchener/Waterloo ON) from the 1900's, that served our nation honourably. He "patiently" awaits the long called for medal for our veterans' of yester-century, those that served during the Cold War and in support of our nation, yet he and his service are unacknowledged.

Why is it that these ageing veterans of the decades following WW II are unworthy of the dignity and honour of a medal as were their comrades that served before them? 

Mr. Sumlick was 75-years-old when I first started this effort for our nation to...recognize, acknowledge and honour Canada's post WW II veterans with a Canadian Forces Military Medal to be both fair and inclusive to them. A medal that would allow them the dignity and honour to show that they served our nation and something to leave their loved one's as a lasting legacy, yet for 14 years, this effort is stymied, ignored and brushed aside all the while our honours system says it is fair and inclusive!

That being the case, them when would our government get on with the appropriate fair and inclusive action to honour these forgotten Veterans of yesteryear and yester-century? Why is it that something that would be fair, inclusive and honourable towards these veterans not being acted upon by the very government that they avowed to defend and protect even to and in many cases giving their lives to do so?

I truly hope that Mr. Sumlick isn't yet again, just another forgotten veteran.

God Bless our veterans and our Troops and their families,

God Bless those that have donned the uniform in service to their nation,

God Bless Canada,



   Friday, Sept 4, 2020  

Published 8 am


'Bank Bail-ins'

Evolution of the vampire squids

Betty Krawczyk, Author,  Cumberland, BC/File photo


People should expect 17 per cent compound in credit card debt.


Surviving the pandemic on so many different fronts is uppermost in your mind. I hear you. The odds are you haven’t paid much attention to the regular meetings the moneyed elites have in places like Davos, Switzerland and other exotic and excursive places where go knowing they won’t be bothered by any real investigative journalists. But if you have heard something of these elite meetings of the 1% (of the 1%) they will probably have been described as the super elites of the western world getting together to see how they can fix world problems.


They think only they can do this. After all, they are the world’s richest so therefore they must be the world’s smartest. The real problem is they have already fixed it (world problems); for themselves. When they meet it is usually to discuss how they can tighten the screws on the working class.

They have fixed it so almost anybody can get a credit card, buy a car or even a house, with very low interest (although Canada’s banks have recently tightened up on getting a mortgage). Use that credit card, keep the economy going, we are ever so slyly urged. Even if young people can’t find a job after graduation, or does find one but gets laid off due to the pandemic, or can only find one that pays peanuts and are stuck with student debt and perhaps no food in the fancy little cupboard in the cool new condo that will soon be repossessed. And when they discover the reality of 17 per cent compound interest on unpaid credit cards, those students with massive student loan debt cannot even declare bankruptcy.

How is it that the richest corporations in Canada and the US can declare bankruptcy while at the same time sucking up unthinkable amounts of fed money and also being protected from creditors and continue to operate while a poor student cannot? And why is it that while the money of the financial elites keep multiplying out of sight while the amounts of money allowed for working class wages amounts to bugger-all?


What the elites have decided is that it isn’t enough to have bail-outs when banks are threatened with insolvency (the bail-out is a situation where the federal government pays to keep the banks from going bankrupt, which means the public pays) but have recently also made plans for “bail-ins”.

I wrote a bit about bail-ins in my last posting but from some comments I received this needs a lot more explaining. While a bail-out is horrible, as we are still suffering from the economic effects of the 2008 bail-out, a “bail-in” will allow the banking system to drain every last dollar they can from the bottomed out working class. I will describe this new move that the vampire squids have in store for us. More details on this next time.

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   Thursday, Sept 3, 2020  

Published 8 am


Angling for a plan

Economic potential, fisher access, healthy rivers and other topics in audio #12

Michael Martinz/File photo


A fly fisherman on the Vedder River.


In this episode we return our attention to the Skeena River watershed to discuss a variety of topics. Joining us is Brian Niska, head guide at the Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness Lodge, in Terrace BC. Brian is a lifelong angler with 27 years of fly fishing experience, with 18 of those years spent as a professional fly fishing guide.


We explore a number of topics related to ensuring that anglers have consistent and dependable access to BC's rivers and the many possible ways in which to accomplish this. We discuss the nearly extirpated Thompson River Steelhead fishery serving as a warning of the consequences of fisheries mismanagement, and why a "hookless" fishery may be the key to this system's recovery. The art and seductive nature of Spey casting and fishing rounds out today's discussion.

Key take home messages are:

1. Angler access should be a paramount consideration to resource managers, more eyes on the water to report potential illegal activities and more advocates for the resource
2. The economic potential of each user group of the fishery must be taken into consideration when allocating the resource - a guided landed Chinook is worth $35,000 CDN to the local Skeena economy
3. It is time to implement a bait-ban on BC's streams as a means to reduce angler's impact
4. The long-term trend for Steelhead abundance in the Skeena is fairly stable, given an opportunity these fish will flourish
5. Wholesale structural changes need to be made with the regulating and managing institutions governing our fisheries, its time for a made in BC strategy that doesn't depend on far away Ottawa

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   Thursday, Sept 3, 2020  

Published 8 am


Sweet and Sour

Chilliwack real estate a bright spot in a soft economy

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/File photo



There appears to be no economic uncertainty when it comes to home sales entering month seven of a pandemic, as Chilliwack and area posted its highest August home sale on record.


Last month home sales reached 400, according to statistics from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB), a leap from August 2019’s 247 formidable sales, as REALTORS® head into a typically busy fall market.


“With some elements of the economy showing more strength and an escalation from pent-up demand in the early months of the pandemic, buyers are now looking to get ahead of further price increases,” explained Kim Parley, CADREB President.


As home prices reflect supply and demand, home prices were up an average of 13.3% - single family home resales were up 7.6% in the median sale price, townhome prices were up 5.8% and apartment resale prices rose by an average 20%.


“Housing is still a major driver of the economy, and renovations and new construction have remained very active during this market,” added Mr. Parley. “Continued historically low interest rates also plays a huge part”.


Of the 400 home sales last month, the highest number (37) were in the $600,000 - $649,000 range, followed by 35 sales in the $450,000 - $499,999 range. There were 20 homes sold over the $1 million mark, including 6 over $1.5 million.


Homes are selling quickly, at an average of only 23 days on the market, half the time than it took at this time last year.


With demand evident for all types of housing and price ranges, more inventory is needed. At the end of August, there were 1,000 homes on the local market, compared to just over 1550 at the same time last year.


“Anyone thinking of buying their first home or moving up, now is the time,” said Mr. Parley. “September and October are historically very busy months for home sales, so if you are thinking about buying or selling, take advantage of the low interest rates, get pre-approved for a mortgage and get shopping.


No matter what factors influence the economy, real estate remains one of the most sound investments over time”.



   Monday, August 31, 2020  

Published noon


Talking tattoos, what does yours say?

New nationwide docuseries "Linked by Ink" looking for participants who want to share their stories, apps close Sept 6

Jacob Wolstencroft/Google image


Tattoos are anywhere these days.


A new Canadian docuseries in development, “Linked by INK” is looking to connect with individuals across the country about their tattoos.

In order to find a people from all areas of the country, the team behind the series is asking Canadians (citizens, permanent residents, and people living within Canada) to fill out this preliminary questionnaire.

If you are interested in being included in this work, please take five minutes to answer some introductory questions about you and your tattoos.

Participating in this questionnaire allows you to be considered to be interviewed and featured in an episode of “Linked by INK”. It is understood that your participation in this survey does not permit the use or sharing of any information that you provide by “Linked by INK” and its associates without prior approval. Your answers will be completely anonymous, confidential, and deleted upon project completion.

Selected participants will be contacted for interviews within the month of September. The survey will close at the end of day on Sept. 6, 2020.


Take the survey here.

Watch a 1½ minute YouTube clip.



   Monday, August 31, 2020  

Published noon


House fire spreads to second home

Both have heavy smoke, water, Fire Dept reaches out to the community for information

Chris Wilson, Asst. Chief, CFD/Google image


Fire in the house on the right spread to the house next door.


On August 31st, at approximately 1 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 47000-block of Macswan Drive. Fire crews from Halls 1, 3, 4, and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered a single-family home heavily involved in fire with flames spreading into the attic space of an adjacent home. Crews accessed a nearby hydrant, established a water supply and brought the large fire under control utilizing a defensive attack.

Both homes did suffer fire, smoke and water damage, however the swift actions of fire crews prevented the fire from spreading to other adjacent homes.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire and the occupants of the home were able to safely exit. 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



   Monday, August 31, 2020  

Published noon


Chilliwack the poster child for ground-level ozone

Fraser Health releases Lower Mainland health map           

Deanna Lancaster, FHA/Handout image


Light colours in Vancouver's waterfront clearly shows the fresh air off the ocean that travels up the Fraser Valley to be trapped by Chilliwack mountains.


A new resource that maps climate change-related health vulnerabilities in our communities aims to enhance collaboration among Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Fraser Health and municipalities.

The climate vulnerability index—developed by a team of University of British Columbia (UBC) faculty of medicine researchers — measures how susceptible communities in the VCH and Fraser Health regions are to the health effects of extreme heat, wildfire smoke, flooding and air pollution.

Brown is the areas most affected by the ozone.

Climate change is already impacting the lives of British Columbians and the frequency and severity of climate-related hazards are expected to climb in the coming decades. These hazards are associated with premature death, infectious disease, heart and lung disease, and cancer. These risks disproportionately affect certain populations, including children, seniors, and people with low incomes.

"We know that climate change is affecting the health of British Columbians, and will continue to pose challenges in the future," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The work of the UBC’s faculty of medicine researchers team, VCH, and Fraser Health will help communities and governments better understand and respond to the climate change-related health risks at a local level. I thank everyone involved for their on-going commitment to improving the health outcomes of the people in this province.”

“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our communities,” said Dr. Michael Schwandt, VCH Medical Health Officer. “We can use the information from the index to work with municipalities to build up their capacity to respond. For example, we can see which communities may be affected more by heat, and work with municipalities to develop response plans in those communities, such as opening cooling stations for people during a heat wave.”


   Monday, August 31, 2020  

Published noon


Family looks for answers after police shooting

It's been two years since IIO investigation began still no word           

Cecil Reveaux, Red Braid Alliance/Handout photo


The family and supporters held a news conference on Friday.


On August 11th 2019, Yin Yin Din family called 911 to ask for assistance to take their brother, Kyaw Din, to the hospital for mental health support. Though she had made similar calls in the past, this time, rather than take him to the hospital, two Ridge Meadow RCMP police officers brutally shot him three times in his face, head, throat and chest, murdering Kyaw Din who was sitting unarmed and quietly in a chair next to his bed in his bedroom.

On Friday, August 28th, the family of Kyaw Naing Din will speak out against the IIO’s delays and demand truth and justice for the death of their beloved brother. They will explain that these delays have protected Kyaw Din’s murderers, who are back to work with their regular duties in the Ridge Meadow RCMP in Maple Ridge, while causing stress, anxiety, and trauma to Kyaw’s surviving family members.


The Ridge Meadow police officers who murdered Kyaw did not follow proper police procedures, they did not communicate with him at all. This incident happened not because of the lack of training of the police officers. When Yin Yin repeatedly requested them not to enter Kyaw's bedroom, but to wait for the arrival of Kyaw's three older siblings.


"We don't need to wait for their arrival as we know how to handle people with mental health issues like your brother. We deal with them all the time," said Kyaw Din's siblings in  release Thursday.



   Monday, August 31, 2020  

Published noon


Accident could have been worse with kid inside

Child checked after MVA on College Street           

Staff/Voice photo


An ambulance drives off and a man hold his young child after a check by paramedics after a minor accident on College Street Thursday evening.



   Friday, August 28, 2020  

Published noon


The quiet killer

Chilliwack firefighters are called to carbon monoxide alarms every couple of days           

Mellissa Morphy, HK Strategies/Website photos


Technical Safety BC offices are temporarily closed, our phone lines are open at 1 866 566 7233.


The findings of two recent Technical Safety BC investigations into fatal exposures to carbon monoxide highlights the need for greater public awareness of this silent, but deadly danger. This includes the risk posed to homeowners and visitors to remote and recreational properties.


The first incident took place in Egmont on the Sunshine Coast on June 27 that resulted in the death of one person and critical injuries to another. More recently, two people died in a second incident in Tulameen in the Okanagan, on August 3.


“Both incidents occurred on recreational properties where the owners had completed their own installations of propane-burning appliances,” said Jeff Coleman, Technical Safety BC Director of Risk and Safety Knowledge. “Due to the nature of off-the-grid and recreational properties we tend to see a lot of well-intentioned, but potentially dangerous DIY installations.”


In the Egmont incident, which occurred at a cabin on a recreational property, investigators identified propane appliances that were installed improperly and not certified for use in Canada. While at Tulameen, an on-demand propane tankless water heater was found to have been improperly installed in a shower building.


DIY installations are known to present a greater risk of carbon monoxide exposure, and the incident investigation reports into both of these incidents revealed that appliances were installed in a hazardous manner inconsistent with Canadian code and certification standards.


Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas produced when fuels are burned incompletely, including propane, natural gas, oil, wood, charcoal, alcohol, kerosene, or gasoline. Exposure to carbon monoxide interferes with the body’s ability to absorb oxygen and breathing in too much carbon monoxide can result in serious injury or death.


Because of the nature of the symptoms, many victims never realize they are being exposed until it is too late. As such, Technical Safety BC and other health and safety experts strongly advocate for all homes to have a working carbon monoxide alarm.


British Columbians who are looking to have gas-fueled appliances installed in their homes or recreational properties can use Technical Safety BC’s Find a Licensed Contractor tool to find certified individuals to install, maintain and inspect regulated gas systems and equipment.


Visit Technical Safety BC’s website for more information on both the Egmont and Tulameen   incidents.



   Friday, August 28, 2020  

Published noon


BC parents indecisive about school return

Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service focuses on supporting families’ decision-making           

Zoe Stryd, Mediate BC/Website photos Nicholette D'Angelo and Anouk Crawford, Chilliwack


With so much confusion and anxiety around children’s return-to-school plans, it’s not surprising that many families are experiencing heightened parenting conflicts. Families are trying to decide whether or not to send their kids back to school, how they will handle in-person schooling, distance learning, childcare, and more. Differences in risk assessment and impacts on parents’ own work schedules are leading to disagreements about what is safe for their children and families.


At a time of increased stress, conversations on these topics are not always going well.


Mediate BC’s Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service (QCRS) may be able to help parents find agreement. Co-parenting and difficulty making decisions about children during the pandemic account for 50% of the mediations conducted by the QCRS. What kinds of Conflicts can the Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service help parents with?


“My kids are experiencing a lot of anxiety around the return to school. This is compounding the hard decisions we have to make to function as a family. Work, health and schooling all seem at odds right now,” said Amanda Semenoff, Program Manager Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service, Mediate BC in a release this week.


BC residents that are finding themselves in conflicts created by or made worse by COVID-19 are eligible for low-fee mediation services. Examples of conflicts parents may need help with include:

• Deciding if/how children return-to-school

• Parent-Teen disagreements about return-to-school

• Return to sport/activities for children

• Childcare plans

• Work from home challenges

• Adapting parenting time and contact plans Quarantine Conflict

Resolution Service Quick Facts

• Delivered at a distance, online and by phone

• Available province-wide

• Flexible hours

• Roster Mediators are highly trained and experienced

• All processes are confidential

• Effective at improving living conditions in stressful times

• Low Fee Program with Fee Waivers available for families experiencing hardship


 Friday, August 28, 2020  

Published 10:30 am


Long-time Chilliwack curler earns provincial recognition

Larry Legault picks up the Jeanette Robins Builder and Sport BC Presidents' awards

Curl BC/Submitted photo/Voice file photos


Larry Legault’s contribution to the Chilliwack Curling Club has been exemplary. The club’s manager Bruce Renwick said that he has worked with a huge number of great volunteers “but no one has come close to Larry”. 


Legault chaired the new building committee, representing the club at meetings with the City of Chilliwack and contributed to the success of the new eight-sheet curling club. He oversaw and coordinated purchases of over $500,000 of capital equipment. He also kept members informed of the plans, including a photo blog of the construction.


The software used for the CCC website was one of Larry’s projects and a substantial achievement. He designed, upgraded, and maintained a database driven website which allows the CCC to keep track of member information such as team rosters, members’ status, email and contact information.


Chilliwack Curlers on the old ice in 2013.


Part of the upgrade generated revenue for the club by allowing the displaying of advertisements from local businesses. Legault also devised a system where league/bonspiel results were displayed on a digital bulletin board. He regularly published pertinent information about the club on that digital board.


He also chaired the Leagues and Bonspiel Committee, drafted and updated schedules/records for 12 leagues and coordinated banquets and prize presentations at year-end. He also spearheaded fundraising for the junior program, new building equipment, and the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.


In short, all members of the club and the wider community have benefits from Legault’s knowledge, experience, diligence and organizational skills. His time spent on any endeavor in the club can be measured by its seamless implementation and execution and benefits to the club and its curlers. For more info, visit Curl BC.



 Thursday, August 27, 2020  

Published 8 am


'They drew first blood'

A hand-carved Rambo statue was recently unveiled in Hope BC

Staff/Voice photo


The wooden Rambo statue stands shining in the sun Wednesday, August 26, 2020.  It was  carved Rambo statue by artist Ryan Villiers was erected at Memorial Park in Hope.


It's been eleven years since the 30th Anniversary celebration at the original bridge featured in "First Blood" Rambo movie filmed entirely in Hope, BC which set the stage for the franchise consisting of four more movies.


The 15' tall statue is located next to the City Hall on Wallace Ave.


In the novel and first film, Rambo is depicted as a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has difficulty adjusting back to normalcy. He's prone to violence because of the torture he suffered at the hands of North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War.



 Thursday, August 27, 2020  

Published 8 am


A good batch

BC Coroner calls for 'pharmaceutical alternatives in the form of a safer supply' of street drugs

Staff/Submitted and Voice file photo


Sarah (l to r) "Smokey Devil" and Melina plan to help people who have abandoned all hope gain some self esteem and a job.


Fentanyl, the root of all evil. Some say legalize illicit drugs to stop the fentanyl deaths. Others say 'no rehab program, no welfare cheque.' Whoever's right, Houston, we have a big problem.


On Tuesday, the BC Coroner's office released  with a report containing the dire overdose statistic that 175 people overdosed and died from suspected illicit drugs in July and that it was the third consecutive month with more than 170 suspected illicit drug deaths. At this rate drug overdose deaths are set to surpass deaths due to homicides, motor vehicle incidents, suicides and COVID-19 combined.


"It is not uncommon for two or three people using together to die suddenly and with no opportunity to seek help. Given the high prevalence of fentanyl detected in all fatal overdoses, if you are using illicit substances – whether it be fentanyl, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamines – it is critical that you use only in the presence of someone willing and able to inject naloxone and call for emergency assistance," said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner.


A man is wheeled to a waiting ambulance after overdosing.


It's not clear what the Coroner's office would see as pharmaceutical alternatives to heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and other drugs in order to make them available over-the-counter.


Sarah and Melina (last names withheld) both look like they can hold their own on the mean streets of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (DTES), one of the most notorious neighbourhoods in Canada are planning to create work for themselves and local addicts.


Then the pair set their sights on Chilliwack, the most crime-riddled city in the country, looking to find their own niche in the world of drugs and addiction.


"After working on the DTES in Vancouver for years, we started up a non-profit society out here to try and help the vulnerable population, We are just starting out but we see the need for more resources and support, a lot of the people in the community have family ties keeping them here which is important, rather than losing them to the DTES," said Sarah in an e-mail to The Voice last week. "We're working towards starting up a peer project called "Breaking The Cycle", where folks can have the chance to work, have a sense of pride and responsibility for what they are doing, and give back to the community. It also gives them a chance to cut down on committing crime by earning a wage."


Chilliwack firefighters and paramedics tend to a man who overdosed.


Their plan is to hire homeless drug addicts who

would use a bicycle and go around to where other addicts congregate and clean up drug use litter.


Only time will tell how well this works.

It's easy to drive by addiction and ignore it and Sarah insists that addicts aren't nefarious.


"We're hoping to change the way people see drug use and break the stigma that surrounds it, these aren't bad people, and we need to see the reasons why people use substances rather than looking at them like they are less than human."


"Everyone has a story and its heartbreaking to hear them and what lead them to this life – were trying to humanize addiction. They are someone's child, parent, sibling, family members.


Their ultimate goal is to open a safe injection site somewhere in the city. Maybe in the downtown core where other addiction services are located. Connect with OPS via their Facebook page.


The group is holding a candlelight vigil at Salish Park August 31 at 6 pm.



 Wednesday, August 26, 2020  

Published 8 am


Trailer fire arson

CFD looks to the community for tips and leads

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training, CFD/Google Image


Fire investigators are trying to piece together what happened.


On August 24, 2020, at approximately 2:30 am the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 100-block of Landing Drive.


Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, and 6, and on arrival, reported a travel trailer fully involved in fire.


Crews set up a defensive attack to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to the surrounding vegetation. The travel trailer was consumed by the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.


This fire is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department at this time. 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 




 Monday, August 24, 2020  

Published 4 pm


Saturday morning MVA

T-bone accident sends one to the hospital

Staff/Voice photo


The driver of a small black vehicle is wheeled to one of two waiting ambulances after colliding with an RV on Young Rd at Reece Ave Saturday around 8:30 am.


The man was pinned in the vehicle but firefighters were able to extricate him safely. There was no word as to the extent of his injuries and the RV driver was not hurt.



 Monday, August 24, 2020  

Published 4 pm


The great escape

Annual Rotary one-day outdoor bi-annual book sale August 29

Michael Berger, Chilliwack Rotary/Voice file photo


The bi-annual Rotary Book Sale is outside this year on August 29.


With many people self-isolating due to the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack is taking steps to make lives easier. We’re holding a one-day book sale on Saturday August 29.

President Shelley MacDonell said, "As a community, Chilliwackians love to read. We know this from how many people attend our annual book sale in October. But with all of the extra time people are spending at home, many people have read everything at home already. With our one-day outdoor book sale, people will be able to easily restock their shelves and find some new treasures to enjoy."

Where: Rotary Service Building at 44870 Wolfe Road (at the west end of Townsend Park)

When: August 29 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Parking is available on the east side of the building.

The one-day book sale is part of what makes this event unique. The other is that this event is outdoors for the first time. Robyn Curtis, chair of the Rotary Book Sale committee added, "Our annual book sale is hugely popular across the Fraser Valley. As there is no guarantee we’ll be able to host our annual sale in October, we wanted to make sure we could get books into the hands of teachers before the school year starts and kids who have finished all of their summer reading."

Most books will be $1.00-$5.00 in price, and there will be a selection of DVDs and records as well. The club will ensure there are lots of children and young adults books available for the sale.

The Rotary Club of Chilliwack is dedicated to improving lives of people, both in the community and around the world. Chartered in 1934, the club is the largest club in Chilliwack with 140 members, and is most known for the Rotary Trail, the Rotary Dinner, the Rotary Garden & Lifestyle Tour, the Rotary Book Sale, and coming soon, the Chilliwack Ribfest.


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Hashtag: #ChilliwackRotary

Email for more information 



 Sunday, August 23, 2020  

First published April 12, 2019


Training Day

Royal Westminster 39th Battalion "Westies", a day at the base

Staff/Voice photos


New Westminster Regiment 39th Battalion stopped training for a photo Saturday.


There were no Men in Black waiting for us under a cloudy sky Saturday at UFV to take us to the base, but there was an unmarked black army ops van waiting for a handful of local employers to visit the training base east of Cultus Lake in order to give them insights about how the Royal Westminster Regiment (Westie) reserve unit troops need to be called to duty and to give civilians a chance to see how they operated and how handheld ordinance worked. See the entire story and photos here.



 Sunday, August 23, 2020  

Published 9 am


Back in Time: 30th Rambo Anniversary in Hope BC

A look back at one of Hope's biggest events in 2011

Staff/Voice photos


This was the same cop car used in the movie.


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


Over the course of the day, a couple thousand First Blood movie fans gathered at a small non-descript wooden span, dubbed "Rambo Bridge" in Hope BC, to say goodbye to what has been — for the last 30-years — an iconic piece of movie memorabilia.


See the entire article and dozens of photos of that fun day here.



 Saturday, August 22, 2020  

Published 9 am


On the run

Driver  bolts from accident scene

Staff/Voice photo


A driver who was involved in an accident at Courbold St. and Hodgins Ave Street Thursday, August 20, ran from the scene.


The cops eventually caught up with him at the Cultch where paramedics checked him (photo). It's not known what the outcome was but it appeared he wasn't arrested.



  Friday, August 21, 2020  

Published 8 am


Staying 'pawsitive'

Ann Davis Transition Society will be adopting pets for clients

Patti MacAhonic, ADTS/Submitted photo


Volunteers install turf in front of dog run cage at the rear of the yard of an Ann Davis safe house.

Thanks to the efforts of the Chilliwack community, the Ann Davis Transition Society (ADTS) is now able to host pets at its transition houses.

ADTS is truly grateful to Wedler Engineering’s Andre Gagne, Julie Vincent, Jonathan Funk, Kolby Giesler and Glen Darychuck; Universal Construction’s Jeff Boychuk and Ryan Shingle; and Brian Harding, who provided landscaping.

From planning to completion of this important project, taking days off work to provide labour, and even donating funds and equipment to put in proper dog runs and do the required mitigation work, they have shown a true demonstration of community support.

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, this is so appreciated,” says Patti MacAhonic, Executive Director of ADTS. “There are only 8 pet-friendly shelters in the province and we are 2 of them. These caring businesses and individuals have made a ‘pawsitive’ difference for so many.”

We depend on our community members and businesses to assist and support our efforts in providing services for the most vulnerable in our community. You can make a real difference for local families by donating to ADTS. Each donation positively impacts the life of a person or family in your very own community.

Donations over $20.00 are eligible for a tax receipt and can be made on the Donate Now button at by phone at 604 792 2760 or via mail at 9046 Young Rd. Chilliwack BC V2P 4R


  Friday, August 21, 2020  

Published 8 am


A dime in time

Metal detector club find numerous items and enjoy the camaraderie on the trip to Granite City

Mark Lewis, FV Treasure Hunters/Submitted photos


A member hunts in the tall grass near a historic cabin in Granite City.


We had a great time, gotta go back and finish what we started.

What a difference of a couple of weeks make. Beautiful sunny blue skies and fantastic scenery. Yes it was HOT and DUSTY but it was a fantastic weekend. Had a really good turnout, 16 all told.

The hunting was hard as the ground was pretty solid. The targets were everywhere!! When we go hunting back home, if you find one or two square nails you think it was a good day BUT up here it is look!, my 20th square nail!!

All kidding aside, they all meant something. Besides the nails lots of items were found, we ultimately gave the Historic Society A sardine can and a watering can nozzle, part of a kerosene lantern and a steel ring.


The real star of the show was an 1885 American Dime. The coin because of its date, we had to give it up to the Historic Society, it will be examined at their next meeting which I believe is mid Sept, keep your fingers crossed and remember Jeff in your prayers that he gets the coin back.

We had a lot of fun, but it was great to be able to sit down after supper and just chat about whatever struck us until everyone called it a night. It was fun and a good time was had by all.

Thank You to all those that took part, a couple of people are working on our next road trip next spring. Keep the energy alive. Learn more about FVTH, visit their website or connect on Facebook.



  Thursday, August 20, 2020  

Published 3 pm


Sunday smashup

Yellow light runners are responsible for most intersection accidents

Staff/Voice photo


Reports were that when firefighters arrived the driver wasn't there or any other vehicle that may have been involved. There were no serious injuries.



  Thursday, August 20, 2020  

Published 5 am


FHA increases COVID-19 testing

Uptick in cases prompts a stronger response

Fraser Health Authority/Voice file photo


Fraser Health has increased testing and enhanced facilities.

In response to increased demand for COVID-19 assessment and testing across our region, Fraser Health has expanded access to these services, and is planning further enhancements over the coming days and weeks to help ensure people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can quickly receive a COVID-19 assessment and test if they need one.

"By extending hours of service and adding new locations, we are helping ensure that assessment and testing is broadly available to people experiencing symptoms, when they need it," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.  

"To respond to an increased demand for testing, we are expanding services where they are needed to support people with quick access to assessment and testing, and ensure we are minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our communities," said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO.

In response to increased demand for COVID-19 assessment and testing, Fraser Health has:

• Established greeters at the Langley and Burnaby assessment and testing centres to manage the lines and ensure only people with symptoms are there to be assessed and possibly tested.

• Increased staffing levels at the Burnaby assessment and testing centre, and increased access for assessment and testing by establishing new, extended operating hours of 12 noon to 8:30 pm, seven days a week.

• Established new, extended operating hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday and 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays at the Delta assessment and testing centre to increase access to assessment and testing.

• Expanded the days of operation at the Chilliwack assessment and testing centre to include 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays to increase access to assessment and testing.

• Established traffic control at the Langley assessment and testing centre to help streamline access to assessment and testing.

• Established a testing-only lane at the Surrey-Whalley Urgent and Primary Care Centre for people who have been directed by medical practitioners to receive a test without first receiving an assessment. This testing-only lane will help streamline access to testing at this location.

In the coming days and weeks we will increase our testing capacity by:

• Opening two additional drive-thru lanes at the Burnaby assessment and testing centre to increase access to assessment and testing.

• Increasing staffing levels at the Langley assessment and testing centre, and establishing new, extended hours of operation of 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week. These new operating hours are expected to be in place in the coming weeks.

• Establishing new, extended hours of operation at the Abbotsford assessment and testing centre from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, seven days a week. These new operating hours are expected to be in place in the coming weeks.

• Standardizing the service delivery model and data collection across all sites, to increase efficiency and help us identify where further enhancements need to be made.

• Establishing new, temporary high-volume assessment and testing centres in Surrey and the Fraser Northwest area to expand access to assessment and testing services in these areas where we have seen a substantially increased need.

• Centralizing pre-booking and pre-registration for COVID-19 assessment and testing to support people in having more streamlined, efficient access. This new model is currently in development, and will provide people with telephone and online access to book appointments and access user-friendly information about assessment and testing centre wait times.

Fraser Health has established 10 COVID-19 assessment and testing centres in our region, which are operated in partnership with local Divisions of Family Practice. These centres provide in-clinic assessment and testing, as well as drive-up assessment and testing in some locations. The 10 assessment and testing centres are located in Burnaby, Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Langley, Mission, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack.


  Wednesday, August 19, 2020  

Published 5 pm


'Creative in Quarantine'

Chilliwack Museum calls for 'outside the box' artwork exhibition, Sept 18 submission deadline

Shawna Maurice, Chilliwack Museum/Nadine Willis painting 2016


Every type of medium will be acceptable for the Sept 25- Dec 23 show.

The Chilliwack Museum & Archives is seeking creative pieces to display in the upcoming “Creative in Quarantine” Exhibition. The exhibition will be hosted from September 25, 2020 to December 23, 2020 and will feature imaginative works that the community of Chilliwack created at home during the COVID-19 economic shutdown.

The Exhibition will open on September 25, 2020 to coincide with Culture Days, a national celebration of arts, culture, and heritage. This year’s Culture Days theme, Unexpected Intersections, is meant to encourage creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning, and expression.

“During the pandemic, creativity has been flourishing at home; often as a method of expressing how we feel in these unprecedented times” says Sarah Belley, Education and Engagement Coordinator, “our goal is to bring multiple demographics of our community together to highlight the talent and experiences of Chilliwack”.

There are minimal specifications on what can be submitted and there is no age requirement! There is no limit to how many pieces can be submitted, however, the number of pieces displayed will be dependent on total submission and display space.

Submissions may be of any medium including, but not limited to: crochet, textiles, polymer clay, ceramics, felting, paint, drawing etc. Wall mounted submissions must be submitted in a frame with a hanging mechanism. Submissions are being accepted at the Chilliwack Museum from September 8 to September 18, 2020 and must be accompanied by a Submission Form, which can be picked up at the Museum or printed ahead of time from


  Wednesday, August 19, 2020  

Published 3 pm


Major bush fire averted

Chief hails bystanders' vigilance and reminds community of hot dry hazardous conditions

Mike Bourdon, Asst Fire Chief, Fire Prevention/Google image


Firefighters dealt with a wildfire in the forest near a Magdalena Place subdivision Tuesday.


On August 18th, 2020, at approximately 9 am, firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Halls 1, 4 and 6 and the BC Wildfire Service responded to a reported fire located in a heavily forested area off Magdalena Place.

Fire crews arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire that was burning the underbrush and vegetation. The fire also scorched a couple of trees at their bases.

Due to the extreme dryness of the forest, this fire had the potential to become a lot more serious in nature. Chilliwack Fire Department would also like to thank the bystander(s) that called 911 to report the fire.

There were no firefighter and or civilian injuries

Chilliwack Fire Dept., would like to remind residents, as the weather remains warm, the hot and dry conditions dry out forested areas within Chilliwack which increase wildfire hazards.


  Wednesday, August 19, 2020  

Published 8 pm


Good old fashioned gaming at Café

More people are turning off the internet and video when it comes to playing games against real human beings

Darwin Graham, Board Café/Submitted photos


New Boardwalk site in Abbotsford is better than ever.


Boardwalk Cafe and Games is excited to announ

ce their relocation to 33760 Essendene Avenue. With construction nearing completion, they are anticipating reopening Tuesday, August 25th with modified service in order to meet public health guidelines.


Their new location is a completely renovated building that includes a larger seating area, more streetfront presence, and two private party rooms. Boardwalk owner, Darin Graham, explained; “We were fortunate enough to have construction already happening when we were forced to shut down because of the pandemic. We’re really excited for everyone to see what we’ve been able to build over the past couple months!”


As part of the process of relocating, Boardwalk Cafe and Games ran a crowdfunding campaign that raised 170% of their initial goal and reached numerous stretch goals along the way. Initially aiming for $7500 to help with construction costs, they had 182 people contribute a total of $13,327 in exchange for numerous perks like t-shirts, hats, 12-month memberships, and exclusive lifetime memberships.


Boardwalk has a huge game library to choose from.


Additionally, two $1000 Private Party Room Sponsorships and two $1000 Washroom Sponsorships were quickly claimed by individuals and businesses who wanted a permanent mark on the business. One crowdfunding contributor commented; “So happy I can support this amazing venture, can’t wait to see the new place!” Boardwalk Cafe and Games will reopen August 25th with enhanced safety measures, including; socially distanced tables, reinforced cleaning schedules, and limited capacity. Interested customers are encouraged to make reservations at


About Boardwalk Cafe and Games

As the Fraser Valley’s first Board Game Cafe, Boardwalk Cafe and Games has been serving the people of Abbotsford for over 3 years. With over 500 tabletop games to be played and a locally sourced menu of food, coffee, beer, and wine, Boardwalk has become a well recognized part of the community of Abbotsford. Winning the 2018 Business Excellence Award for Best New Business has further validated their commitment to excellence in serving their customers.



  Monday, August 17, 2020  

Published 6 pm


'Stolen gold and pitchforks'

So where is Canada's gold?

Betty Krawczyk, Author, Cumberland BC/Voice file photo


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


I have titled this post Bank of Canada, stolen gold and pitchforks, because I believe that when Canadian citizens began to understand that we have been robbed of our rightful due, there will be pitchforks. What is our rightful due? A truly national bank, one that serves the public good, not just the rich and powerful. But pitchforks?


Not literally, of course, a pitchfork would be almost as hard to find in an ordinary urban setting as some of our stolen national treasury. I think Canadians in general to be better educated than Americans and more adapt at spotting lies that our government tells us. And I think our government has told us some whoppers about the sell off of our treasury gold.

Yes, I know, Canada went off the gold standard in 1929 along with the US and most other countries following suit in the years after. But this didn’t, and doesn’t, mean that having gold in national treasuries no longer matters to national currencies. Even famous US former Federal chairman Alan Greenspan has said: ”Gold still represents the ultimate form of payment in the world. Fiat money in extreme is excepted by nobody. Gold is always accepted”.

From the Gold Telegraph (April 25, 2018): “Other central banks have been busy increasing their gold reserves, Canada sold off all its gold reserves in 2016. The Bank of Canada ranks last globally out of 100 major central banks. And some of the reasons given by our supposed guardians of our national treasury explains as follows. Finance Dept. spokesman David Barnabe wrote to CBC news “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 has deep markets of buyers and sellers”. This at a time when gold prices were steadily rising and outperforming other markets. According to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, one of the reasons for the sale was that gold offered a poor return. He was echoed by other Canadian experts (Don Drummond comes to mind, a previous Finance Department economist), who said it made no sense to have gold in the treasury.

In 1971 spot gold was US$35/ounce. Today it has already reached US$2000/ounce, pulled back but is poised to make another run for the US$2/ounce Just exactly what kind of returns did Bill Morneau have in mind? Canada has gold mines but none of this gold is finding its way into our treasury. And the government, would you believe, is also selling off the gold mines. But at least we know who they are selling them to. Next time.


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  Monday, August 17, 2020  

Published 4 pm


Going paperless in the kitchen

Where there's a will there's a way

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


Myrtle Macdonald nurses a Canadian soldier in WW2.


Most people use paper towels to wipe up all spills in their kitchen and to clean and polish windows, appliances and furniture. That is totally unnecessary. I have not bought any paper towels for 15 years. I use clean pieces of torn old towels, bed sheets and t shirts, etc.  I use one to wipe up a mess, another to wash, and another to wipe the article dry and polish it. The rags then go into my washing machine and dryer and are reused hundreds of times.

Recently my huge deep freeze defrosted. Much icy slush gathered at the bottom. I sucked that up by putting clean old beds sheets and towels into the icy water. I then put the drippy sheets into large buckets and dumped them into my kitchen sink. I repeated this until the melting ice was all gone. Later I put the sheets into my washing machine and dryer, and they were clean and dry and ready for many more cleaning jobs and emergencies.

I appeal to David Suzuki and associates to add this info to your efforts to reduce the use of trees for toilet paper and cardboard boxes.

Much paper is wasted on large newspaper ads. The worst offenders are:

Real estate ads. There is absolutely no need for a 24 page newspaper devoted to the sale of homes and apartments. Piles of them left in Condos, never get read and end up in garbage bins, not even recycled in blue bins.

Hearing aid ads. A full or half page is a great waste. A quarter page is too much.  That same money would be better spent placing hearing technologists in every Long term care home, maintaining the costly hearing aids of many residents. This is not part of the role of care giving staff. Most residents are unable to do so themselves. They give up and the state of the art expensive gadget is left in a dresser drawer and never used. Unable to hear well, the residents cannot enjoy conversation with others and stop going to programs. Seated around the living room TV in wheel chairs, they droop and doze off. Many are mistakenly thought to have Alzheimer's or dementia.

Automobile Ads. Similarly we are overwhelmed by ads about cars and trucks for sale. So what?  Few get read or recycled. Cry wolf!



  Monday, August 17, 2020  

Published 4 pm

Honours and recognition system failing

Call for volunteer medals seeking support

Submitted for supporter by Dave w. Palmer, Nepean, Ont./Voice file photo



I have over the past several weeks been corresponding with our Comrade Ray Kokkonen in NB. Ray is my contact for Lieutenant General Lou Cuppens, who is composing a letter to be sent to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.

While that is underway, I have sent a letter to Her Excellency Julie Payette about the medal and attached the previous letters to Governor General's, Michaëlle Jean and David Johnston. On the letter, along with Gg Julie Payette, I included the Prime Minister, Minister's of: Defence, Veterans Affairs, Justice, as well as the corresponding Opposition critics, and MP's Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, Pierre Poilievre, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Jonathan Vance. 13 in all.

Also sent a package of letters (the same as sent to the GG etc.,) to radio talk show host on CFRA 580, Evan Solomon. Hopefully he will raise the issue. Waiting for a response but not holding my breath.

Of note is that I queried the fact that it was said the Honours and Recognition system is both fair and inclusive. How so?!?! Are any Cold War Veterans honoured and recognized? No.

Are any Veterans that continued to volunteer to serve after the established period of the CVSM No. Is the system fair and inclusive of Cabada's Veterans of last century? No.

The reality is there are periods of our nation's military history that goes unrecognized and not included. Why?

It begs the questions, are we ashamed of our Cold War Veterans? Is there a reason that Honouring our Veterans is deemed as unworthy? As it stands, we are not honouring and recognizing our Veterans. Why is this?

There are most significant events and involvement by our Veterans that regrettably are being swept under the carpet of forgetfulness. Why?

I am thinking of sharing the letters to anyone that sends me their mailing address and hopefully they will send a copy to their MP and ask when are the Veterans that all have volunteered and served going to be duly honoured with an appropriate medal.



  Sunday, August 16, 2020  

Published 4 pm


Early morning vehicle fire

Blaze forces some residents to evacuate and return safely later

Chris Wilson, CFD/Voice photos


The parkade where the fire took place. Below, fire crews were called out to a shrubbery fire around 10:30 pm Saturday.

On August 16th at approximately 5 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a vehicle fire in the 45000-block of McIntosh Drive.

Fire crews from Halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered a vehicle fully involved in flames in the ground-level parkade of a large apartment building.

Firefighters extinguish shrubbery fire in the 4500-block of Woodbine St. Saturday evening.

Fire crews made entry into the parkade and quickly brought the fire under control. The vehicle was heavily damaged by the fire and the vinyl siding on the exterior of the apartment building received heat damage.

A few units directly above the location of the fire received light smoke damage; fire crews set up fans to clear smoke from the suites and all residents were able to return within an hour of the arrival of fire crews. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Officials.


  Sunday, August 16, 2020  

Published 4 pm


He shoots, he scores!

Hockey Fit for Men teams up with the Chilliwack Chiefs Sept 23, Aug 25 sign-up deadline

Nathan Christopher, Hockey Fans inTraining/Website image


Men's health is the focus in the Hockey Fit program.

Hockey Fit is a men’s health program that is being offered in partnership with the Chilliwack Chiefs. Hockey Fans In Training (Hockey FIT) is a research study that are now recruiting participants to join our program.

Hockey FIT is a free of charge program that has been created to help middle-aged men lose weight, become more active, eat better, and lead a healthier life through the love of sport. Hockey FIT will be delivered by trained coaches in partnership with the Chilliwack Chiefs and Club.

We will be following all local and provincial health and safety protocols. We had some great recruiting before COVID-19 hit Canada, and now we want to start our re-launch to try to attract more to join our program. For more information and to learn how to sign up, visit the Hockey Fans in Training website.



  Sunday, August 16, 2020  

Published noon


Funds for four legs

50/50 Fundraiser ticket deadline Oct 15 for Oct 26 draw

Lorie Chortyk, SPCA/Website image


SPCA fundraiser to help caring for their animals until they find forever homes.


The popular BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need is back with a 50/50 pot of up to $600,000! Buying a 50/50 ticket for the new lottery will not only give you the chance to take home up to $300,000 but will also help B.C.’s abused, neglected and injured animals.

Earlier this year, the BC SPCA’s annual spring lottery, which included daily draws as well as a 50/50 prize, sold out well before the ticket sales deadline. “After our spring Lottery sold out in record time, we received many requests from supporters who missed their chance to get a ticket, so we’re very excited to offer this additional 50/50 draw lottery – our biggest yet!” says Tess Repenning, BC SPCA senior manager, digital giving. “The pot can grow as big as $600,000 and we expect tickets to go quickly again. The best part is when you purchase a ticket, the animals win every time.” The annual spring lottery format will return in 2021.

Sponsored by CTV, tickets for the 50/50 lottery are $15 each, three for $40, or six for $60. The deadline to buy tickets is Oct. 15, but the BC SPCA’s last 50/50 sold out well ahead of the deadline. Ticket are available online at


  Saturday, August 15, 2020  

Published 8 pm


We fly

Tiffany Foster on Brighton top of the field in the $5000 Maui Jim Welcome in Langley

Chris, Thunderbird Show Park/Handout photo


Tiffany Foster riding Brighton.

Show jumping competition returns to Thunderbird Show Park this week with the Fort Classic, the first rated show of tbird's 2020 summer season. Canadian Olympian and perennial fan favourite Tiffany Foster raced to a decisive victory aboard her veteran partner, Brighton, in the $5,000 Maui Jim Welcome 1.45m, while Jenna Lee Gottschlich (CAN) and Aladin de Brimbelles laid claim to the $5,000 U25 1.40m.

The Fort Classic is an Equestrian Canada Gold rated show, featuring $75,000 in prize money. Highlights of the week include Friday’s $5,000 U25 1.40m and $5,000 Maui Jim Welcome 1.45m along with Sunday’s $40,000 ATCO Cup.
Of the 21 combinations to contest Canadian course designer Peter Holmes’ track, only six managed to navigate the first round without fault. Foster and Brighton were the class pathfinders as the first pair in the ring and the first clear effort. The Pan American team gold medalist went on to master the track with two more of her four mounts, but opted to save both Northern Light and Hamilton for Sunday’s $40,000 ATCO Cup.

The speedy pair crossed the timers in 42.45 seconds. Four more combinations chased their time. Kyle King (USA) and Enzo came closest, stopping the clock at 42.58 seconds but caught a rail at the double to finish in fourth. Samantha Buirs-Darvill (CAN) and Baton Rouge took second with a double clear in 46.40 seconds and Ben Asselin (CAN) and Veyron, third with a fault-free effort in 46.48. Learn more and watch TBird TV.


  Friday, August 14, 2020  

Published 5 pm


Sex offender released into the community

RCMP alert residents Geddes-Skelding residing in Surrey


Howard Geddes- Skelding

Surrey RCMP has issued a public interest warning under the Privacy Act of Canada regarding a dangerous sex offender who poses a high risk to re-offend. Howard Geddes-Skelding was released from BC Corrections, August 14, 2020, in the Lower Mainland and is residing in Surrey.

Howard Geddes-Skelding has been convicted of a number of offences including sexual assault, sexual interference, robbery, and possession of a weapon. Howard Geddes-Skelding is considered to be at risk of committing offences against women and is known to approach women while exposing his penis or masturbating, and then sexually assault them.

Howard Geddes-Skelding has been deemed a high risk to re-offend is subject to a Probation Order and a Release Order whereby he must abide by court ordered conditions including, in part:
1. Keep the peace and be of good behavior.

2. You may not possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada, inclusive of firearm, imitation firearm, ammunition and explosives except for knives to be used only for the preparation and consumption of meals or in the course of employment.

3. You are to abide by house arrest, 7 days a week. You will be in the house or on its lot. You can be away from your residence with the prior written permission of your bail supervisor. The permission can be in electronic form but it must be carried with you while you are outside your residence.

4. You will abstain from the use, possession or consumption of alcohol and drugs scheduled in the CDSA unless you have a valid medical prescription.

5. You will comply with the electronic supervision agreement, including the wearing of and care for the electronic supervision equipment. You will not be released from custody until you have been fitted with the electronic supervision equipment.

Surrey RCMP is working closely with BC Corrections Community Corrections Division to manage the risk posed to the community by Howard Geddes-Skelding which will include overt checks and monitoring to ensure he is abiding by his conditions. Failure by Howard Geddes-Skelding to comply will result in his immediate arrest.


  Friday, August 14, 2020  

Published 2 pm


We are family

Mr Mikes fundraiser for Chilliwack Community Services on Sunday during its 60th anniversary celebrations


Staff from the Mr Mikes Restaurant in Chilliwack.

Mr Mike's Steakhouse Casual BBQ fundraiser will be taking place this Sunday, August 16, from 1pm-4 pm in the parking lot. They'll be offering an appetizer sampler by donation, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Chilliwack Community Services. They'll also be doing a draw for a gift basket at the end of the event. Mr Mikes in Chilliwack is located at 45200 Luckakuck Way. Connect on Facebook.


  Friday, August 14, 2020  

Published 8 pm


Friday fire destroys pickup

Blaze began in the box



A pickup in the 45000-block of Victoria Ave was a complete write-off after a fire consumed it at around 2 am Friday. There were no injuries or damage to any structures nearby.



  Friday, August 14, 2020  

Published 8 pm


Artists Extraordinaire

The 2020 event will be an expanded, cross-country virtual celebration


Some workshops including paper-making and painting will be featured online.

BC Culture Days invites British Columbians to experience the ‘unexpected intersections’ of creative connection and artistic discovery during its 11th annual celebration of arts and culture, September 25 to October 25, 2020. Featuring a newly expanded line-up of free, interactive events and activities - hosted at socially distanced venues through a growing digital hub at - BC Culture Days offers a bevy of diverse content to suit all levels of comfort and accessibility as communities navigate the complexities of COVID-19. From in-person painting and paper-making demonstrations to livestreamed plant ink and comic book workshops, from musical recordings to self-guided art and agricultural tours, the month-long celebration allows visitors to virtually criss-cross the country exploring the unexpected intersections of creative collaboration.
“More so than ever before, fostering connection, understanding, and healing through artistic expression is essential to our overall well being as we navigate these strange and challenging times,” says BC Culture Days Manager Nazanin Shoja. “It is through creative curiosity that we gain a deeper appreciation for our world, for our community, and about ourselves. A collective artistic experience offers a beacon of hope to those who are struggling—boosting community engagement, deepening social bonds, and reflecting a future full of possibility. By expanding this year’s celebration to a full month of innovative partnerships and unconventional mashups, we hope even greater numbers of British Columbians will be drawn to experience the transformative power of the arts.”
To help further support widespread community involvement within the artistic process, BC Culture Days has selected five exceptional emerging artists from across the province to act as cultural ambassadors—raising heightened awareness and boosting participation in their own communities, coupled with virtually across Canada. Ambassadors will explore their distinct artform in unexpected ways, pushing traditional boundaries to discover new cultural understandings. Each ambassador will be paired with a mentor to help steer their creative journey over three months, supported by provincial partner C*SARN (Canadian Senior Artists Resources Network) and The Hamber Foundation.

Read about the presenters here.


  Friday, August 14, 2020  

Published 8 am


Curling BC calls it quits in 2020 season

Three pre-Christmas tournaments postponed to 2021


Chilliwack Curling rink in 2013.

Plans for three pre-Christmas provincial curling championships are no longer in the works.

The cancellations are the result of the ongoing uncertainty related to the Covid-19 pandemic. That uncertainty has forced Curling Canada to alter its plans for the pre-Christmas portion of the 2020-21 curling season. The national body announced today they are cancelling the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, scheduled for Nov. 7-15 in Canmore, Alta., and the Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships, scheduled for Nov. 22-28 in Ottawa.

As a result, Curl BC has made the decision to cancel the two provincial events leading up to these nationals.

The two events being cancelled are:

• The 2020 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship originally scheduled for Abbotsford in April 2020 and then tentatively rescheduled for the fall.

• The 2020 BC Club Challenge, presented by Original 16, originally scheduled for Royal City in New Westminster in March 2020 and then tentatively rescheduled for the fall.

Curl BC was also looking at staging 2020 U18 provincial championships from Nov. 20-22 in the Okanagan. The 2020 U18 event had originally been planned for Parksville in March but it was called off because of Covid-19. 

A new U18 event plan was being hatched because Curling Canada had extended an invite to the 2020 provincial winners (or a second BC team) to their 2021 U18 event still scheduled for Feb. 7-13 at the McIntyre Curling Club in Timmons, Ont.

Instead of holding its 2020 U18 championships in the fall, Curl BC is opting instead to send the 2021 BC U18 winner and runners-up to that event.

Both Curl BC and Curling Canada will continue to assess the status of the post-Christmas events in the 2020-21 season, and no further updates are available at this time.



  Wednesday, August 12, 2020  

Published 3 pm


Building on dreams

Property investors from $1-$1500 wanted for great local site



There's still room for investors in the beautiful building at Airport and Yale Roads that currently houses Starbucks. The minimum investment is $1 - maximum is $1500. They're offering only 520,000 units so get yours while you can before they're sold out. Join abby.


Investing in real estate with addy means you can own property and still do all of the things that make you who you are because you decide how much to invest.


There’s no need to turn your life upside down for a massive down payment, you could literally invest $1 if that’s what’s best for you. Continue living downtown, travel when you want, spend more time with family and friends, and still have the chance to get into real estate. 



  Tuesday, August 11, 2020  

Published 4 pm


Motorcycle mishap

Rider taken to hospital with undetermined injuries

Staff/Voice photo


Just after 4 pm Tuesday, a motorcyclist collided with a car at Young Road and Luckakuck Way. The rider was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. Firefighters righted the bike and waited for a tow.



  Tuesday, August 11, 2020  

Published 4 pm


Winging it

Wheels, planes and military vehicles drive-thru show this weekend at the Abbotsford Tradex with proceeds to Crystal Gala Breast Cancer Society

Laura Ballance/File photos/Vehicles and aircraft shown here may or may not be a part of the show

Vintage plane at the Chilliwack Air Show in 2015.

Billed as the largest indoor drive-thru spectacular in North America, 360 Group of Companies announces Wings and Wheels 2020, in support of the Crystal Gala.

Featuring 120,000 square feet of vintage buses, tractors, 9-1-1 vehicles, some of the best collector, antique, hot rod and exotic cars from private collections in British Columbia as well as vintage airplanes from across the region, the Wings and Wheels event slated for August 15th and 16th at the Fraser Valley TRADEX promises to be a fantastic family experience as well as a critical fundraiser for one of BC’s most respected charitable organizations.

All money raised being donated to the Crystal Gala, one of the leading charitable organizations in British Columbia. Since 1999 the Crystal Gala has raised over $2 million to support breast health and the women and men and their families who are struggling with the disease.

“With virtually zero overhead, our commitment continues to be to ensure that 100% of each dollar raised goes directly back into the community to purchase much needed equipment and fund initiatives that align with our core mandate,” says Crystal Gala Chair Gerri Charles.

With both the BC Truck Museum and the BC Farm Museum participating with displays as well as significant vintage military vehicles also slated for display, support for the event continues to grow. 360 Fabrication is also pleased to welcome the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival to the event where top food truck vendors participating and supporting Wings and Wheels and the Crystal Gala with a portion of sales contributed to the cause.

ASU Vintage WWII tank "Caroline"

With both the BC Truck Museum and the BC Farm Museum participating with displays as well as significant vintage military vehicles also slated for display, support for the event continues to grow. 360 Fabrication is also pleased to welcome the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival to the event where top food truck vendors participating and supporting Wings and Wheels and the Crystal Gala with a portion of sales contributed to the cause.

People wanting to buy tickets to attend Wings and Wheels should visit  Tickets are $20 per carload. Cars will drive through TRADEX and view the displays, which will fill both sides of the 120,000 square foot facility.



  Tuesday, August 11, 2020  

Published 8 am


Welcome to the boomtown

Chilliwack July home sales up almost 33 per cent over 2019

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/File photo

The number of homes sold via the MLS® System of the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board totaled 353 units in July 2020. This was a large increase of 32.7% from July 2019.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 1,641 units over the first seven months of the year. This was up 6.8% from the same period in 2019.

“Home sales activity remained strong in July, posting the third-highest level for this month on record,” said Kim Parley, President of the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board. “New listings have risen in tandem with sales, bringing back some desperately needed supply to the market. However, even with new listings posting the highest July on record the market continue to tighten due to the unexpected strength in demand. This continue to put upward pressure on price growth and is lifting average prices to new record levels.”

The average price of homes sold in July 2020 was a record $570,088, rising 11.8% from July 2019.

The more comprehensive year-to-date average price was $553,334, up 4.7% from the first seven months of 2019.

There were 527 new residential listings in July 2020. This was an increase of 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. This was the largest number of new listings added in the month of July in history.

Active residential listings numbered 1,060 units at the end of July. This was down 24.8% from the end of July 2019.

Months of inventory numbered 3 at the end of July 2020, down from the 5.3 months recorded at the end of July 2019 and below the long-run average of 5.4 months for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

The combined dollar value of all home sales in July 2020 was $201.2 million, a large increase of 48.4% from the same month in 2019. This was also a new record for the month of July.

Sales of all property types numbered 361 units in July 2020; this was a large increase of 31.8% from July 2019. The total value of all properties sold was $203.9 million, a large increase of 47.5% from July 2019.

The Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board is an association of 319 REALTORS® that provides services to and sets standards for members. The Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board serves Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope, Boston Bar and Harrison.


  Saturday, August 8, 2020  

Published 8 am



City to allow tippling in two parks until Oct 31.

Jamie Leggatt, COC/Handout image


Drinking alcohol will be allowed within the red dotted lines at Crossing Park.


Later this summer, residents of the legal drinking age will be able to responsibly enjoy an alcoholic beverage in designated areas of Vedder and Crossing parks. City Council gave first, second and third reading to the draft bylaw for this pilot project at their August 4 meeting. After the bylaw is adopted at the August 18 meeting, this pilot project will run until October 31, 2020.

Drinking alcohol will be allowed within the yellow lines at Vedder Park.

To help support the local economy while complying with all provincial health orders, the City of Chilliwack is preparing to launch this pilot project at Vedder and Crossing parks.

Additional picnic tables, and garbage facilities will be added to the selected parks to accommodate the designated areas where responsible liquor consumption will be permitted. Further, temporary washrooms will be added to Crossing Park during the pilot project.

This pilot project will permit responsible drinking in designated areas between noon and 9 pm daily. The boundaries of each area will be marked by fencing and signage will clearly display the hours of operation, boundaries and rules of use. No glass bottles or containers will be allowed. Signage to remind residents of the importance of physical distancing will also be installed, and staff will monitor use of these designated areas as part of their regular patrols.


  Saturday, August 8, 2020  

Published 8 am


Two fires Friday

Abandoned scheduled for demolition blaze deliberately set says Chief, and a chicken barn a complete loss

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Prevention, CFD/Voice and Google image


Firefighters deal with a porch fire at the rear of an boarded up house.


At 11:45am on August 7, 2020, firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Halls 1, 4, 5 & 6 responded to a structure fire in the 45000-block of Rowat Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they found a boarded up vacant, single-storey residential house with heavy fire on the exterior rear deck of the home. Firefighters quickly confined the fire to the exterior and extinguished with minor fire damage to the roof structure.

The house was scheduled for demolition. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.

This fire was deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators. If anyone has any information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the Upper Fraser valley Crime Stoppers

This free range chicken barn was destroyed in a fire Friday.

While fire crews were working the structure fire on Rowat Avenue, Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a second structure fire located in the 49000-block of Castleman Road. The structure fire call came in at approximately 12:30 pm.

Fire fighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. On arrival, fire crews witnessed heavy smoke and flame from a large poultry barn. The barn sustained heavy fire damage and was destroyed in the fire. An excavator was brought in to help with firefighting operations. Fire crews did a great job protecting adjacent buildings on site.

The farm is a free-range poultry operation. The majority of the chickens were outside the barn at the time of the fire and were later collected and move to a neighbouring barn. Unfortunately, a few of the chickens that were in the barn perished in the fire.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The fire is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and appears to be accidental.


  Saturday, August 8, 2020  

Published 8 am

Farming the future

Local Libertarian candidate Kyle McCormack backs dismantling the ALC

Shawn Halter, MSc, PAg BC Libertarian Party, Op Ed excerpts



Local Libertarian candidate Kyle McCormack is a BC Hydro lineman.


The Agriculture Land Reserve (ALR) has existed since the early 1970s and reflected the concerns of that era.

Market liberalization of the 1980s and 1990s unleashed the creative potential of individuals to determine the best use of their resources. In short, farmers were free to grow more food, and they grew a lot of it, helped along by advances in agronomy and biotechnology that dramatically increased yields.

In BC, owners of ALR land must receive the approval of the Agriculture Land Commission (ALC) prior to enacting land use decisions. By making entrepreneurs jump through bureaucratic hoops not only affects timeliness, it subjects such decisions to political whims and expediency. 

In many parts of BC, commodity agriculture cannot realize economies of scale, so farmers to turn to other revenue streams like agri-tourism to remain profitable. An example of this is the of the BC wine industry. Since the 1989 Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, BC vineyards have changed their business model from selling to liquor vendors to direct sales via on-farm wineries. Other farm types are also experimenting with culinary tourism, such as Okanagan orchards starting on farm cideries and restaurants.

Not all farmers in BC have been so fortunate as to receive approval from the ALC for their plans for economic diversification. Recent political winds have resurrected sophistic narratives of "food security” and "food sovereignty", encouraging the ALC to inflict greater limits on the ability of farms to engage in activities deemed “non-agricultural”. These include on farm restaurants, corn mazes, cideries, restaurants, weddings, and storage.

Sending the ALC and ALR to the dustbin of history would restore to BC farmers property rights and economic freedoms enjoyed by other British Columbians. This would have immediate and long-term benefits, including new investment into a more productive, efficient agricultural sector.


Such a change, after 45 years of the ALR, would invite opposition from special interest groups, most of whom do not earn a living from agriculture. But terminating the ALR need not mean the end of farmland preservation. BC farmers have demonstrated their ability to produce high value crops and make farms, wineries and ranches, sought-after destinations. We should let those who make a living on the land decide how best to do so, instead of pedantic bureaucrats suppressing them with antiquated rules. 



  Friday, August 7, 2020  

Published 8 am


Claiming Canadian

Three-time Juno nomination singer/songwriter Jill Barber at Harrison August 15

Bryan Cutler, HFS/Handout photo


Jill Barber will be at Harrison Memorial Hall August 15.


The Harrison Festival Society will present two limited audience, socially distanced performances of popular songstress and songwriter Jill Barber on Saturday August 15, on the historic Old Agassiz dairy farm (Holberg Farm), at 3pm and 7pm. The first concert, held early in July with songwriters Bentall, Taylor, and Ulrich, was a success.


Audience members enjoyed intimate performances in a rural setting in a safe environment. Attendees were positioned in their household bubbles at a Covid-safe distance, and audience numbers did not exceed the mandated limit of 50. These protocols will apply to the Jill Barber concert as well.


Barber is a three-time Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter with an unforgettable voice once heard, never forgotten. Her critically acclaimed repertoire spans a transformative spectrum from folk, to vocal jazz, to pop, and includes songs in both French and English.


Her evocative and timeless songs have been featured in film and TV, scoring shows such as Orange Is The New Black, The L Word, and Heartland, as well as powering a global advertising campaign for Chrysler with the track ‘Never Quit Loving You.’ Her new French album, Entre Nous, further explores her ongoing love affair with the French language and chanson. For more information, visit the Harrison Festival website.



  Friday, August 7, 2020  

Published 8 am


A pet in need is a friend indeed

PetSmart donated $70k in 2020 to assist owners through the coronavirus pandemic

Lori Chortyk, BC SPCA/Handout photo



Victoria Olynik in Shuswap with pet food bank items BC.


PetSmart Charities® of Canada has announced a $55,000 grant for the BC SPCA’s pet food bank outreach program, which provides support for pet guardians in need across BC. This new grant is in addition to a $15,000 outreach grant provided by PetSmart Charities® of Canada earlier this year.

“The BC SPCA has always operated pet food banks for individuals who may need a little extra help to keep their animals fed and healthy,” says the society’s chief prevention and enforcement officer, Marcie Moriarty. "But the number of pet guardians needing help skyrocketed during the COVID-19 crisis, as individuals were impacted by job loss and other financial stresses. “We were able to ramp up our outreach programs very quickly to address the growing need, expanding the number of SPCA pet food bank programs right across the province,” says Moriarty.

The PetSmart Charities of Canada grant will enable the BC SPCA to expand its COVID-19 outreach response even further for at-risk and financially insecure individuals.

“We remain committed to supporting to pets and people who love them during this unprecedented time, and our hearts go out to those affected by COVID-19,” said Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities® of Canada. “We’re proud to support this work to keep BC. pets in the arms of those who love them, especially during the uncertainty of this pandemic.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the BC SPCA has distributed 21,484 kilograms of dry dog food, 6,965 kilograms of dry cat food, 5,969 cans of dog food, 13,797 cans of cat food, as well as 3,530 kilograms of cat litter to pet guardians in communities across BC.



  Friday, August 7, 2020  

Published 8 am


Online Howdy's

The Chilliwack Fair kicks off in person and digital Aug 7 - 16

Megan Keane, Chilliwack Fair/Voice file photos


Cowboy Mark Thompson at the 2017 Chilliwack Fair.

The Chilliwack Fair is officially open, and this year, they’re going virtual! Come and enjoy all the digital fun from August 7th to August 16th, with daily launches happening on the Fair’s Facebook and Instagram page, as well as at

Get ready to be inspired by Valley artisans, entertained by some of your favourite Fair performers, and celebrate the community of Chilliwack like never before! Looking for more summer fun? Head on down to Heritage Park tonight, August 7th, to celebrate the 148th annual grand opening with a drive-in concert alongside Todd Richard and Appaloosa!

Horse riders carry the provincial flag.

Other on-site events include goat yoga, a drive-in movie night featuring Toy Story 4, and a second night of music with Full Tilt, The K.O.s, Stiletto, Judy Tuesday, and Totally Tom Petty!

All on-site events require a pre-purchased ticket and all current Covid-19 rules will apply. For the Chilliwack Fair’s full schedule, please visit @theChilliwackFair on Facebook for more details.


  Thursday, August 6, 2020  

Published 8 am


A new lease on life

The BC Gov't chipped in $3.7 million and BC Housing $5 million to make it happen

BC Gov't Caucus/Google image


The 20-bed drug treatment facility will have a multi-pronged approach to rehabilitation.

Traverse, a new treatment centre in Chilliwack, will open soon to provide specialized support for youth in the Fraser Health region who are living with substance-use challenges.

The 20-bed centre is the first of its kind in the region that exclusively supports young people ages 13 to 18 years old who require an extended stay in a treatment facility to address their substance-use challenges.

Traverse provides team-based residential care tailored to each youth, including comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for up to six months. Individualized growth plans for each patient will help them address their addiction, while supporting them to develop skills to maintain wellness.

Patients are supported by a team made up of clinical counsellors, addiction workers, nurses, a recreation lead and others. Using a team-based treatment approach to care, the centre focuses on four areas:

• counselling and network-building to work through relationship concerns and help youth establish a support network among their peers, and to reinforce that they are not alone in their recovery from substance use;
• indoor and outdoor recreational activities to connect patients to nature, promote physical activity and build confidence mastering a new skill;
• a safe space to explore cultural and spiritual beliefs that may support youth in recovery; and
• skills training, such as continuing education courses and cooking and volunteer programs to support young people in preparing for the future when they are on the road to recovery.

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS), an organization with 35 years of experience providing quality, accredited social services in B.C., has been contracted by the Fraser Health Authority to operate Traverse. PCRS will work closely with the health authority’s mental health and substance-use team to support the unique needs of each patient. Traverse provides team-based residential care tailored to each youth, including comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for up to six months. Individualized growth plans for each patient will help them address their addiction, while supporting them to develop skills to maintain wellness.


  Thursday, August 6, 2020  

Published 8 am


The big squeeze

Liberals take aim at tabled murky NDP legislation calling for new "Home Equity Tax"

BC Liberal Caucus/CIVX YouTube image


Thinker Dr. Paul Kershaw finds new ways for the NDP to tax people with his "Generation Squeeze" project.

BC Liberal candidate David Grewal is calling on John Horgan’s NDP to reject a new Home Equity Tax proposed by one of the key architects of their policy agenda.

The recent proposal for a new tax on homeowners comes from Dr. Paul Kershaw of UBC’s Generation Squeeze project. Kershaw is responsible for several signature NDP policies, including the $10-a-day childcare platform promise the government has failed to deliver.

“New and higher taxes, including the proposed Home Equity Tax, are the last thing British Columbians need right now,” wrote David Grewal, BC Liberal candidate for Vancouver-Fraserview, in a letter to Horgan. “We need a recovery driven by private sector entrepreneurship and innovation – and a government that makes life more affordable for British Columbians.”

Kershaw isn’t the only NDP-aligned voice calling for new and higher taxes. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, an influential left-wing think tank, is advocating for higher taxes as the key to economic recovery from the pandemic. And the BC Greens, who hold the balance of power in the Legislature, proposed a similar home equity tax in their 2017 campaign platform.

“With BC’s deficit and debt skyrocketing, my concern is the NDP’s first instinct will be to find new ways to tax British Columbians,” Grewal added. “What we need instead is a solid economic recovery plan that gets us back on track for prosperity and growth so we can pay for strong public services – and that’s what Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberals will deliver.”

Grewal noted that the proposed Home Equity Tax comes at a time when over a million BC condominium and townhouse residents are already struggling to make ends meet because of skyrocketing strata insurance rates – another problem where the NDP government has utterly failed to act.


  Thursday, August 6, 2020  

Published 8 am


Onions Linked to Salmonella   

BCCDC warns of disease fromThomson International vegetables

BCCDC/Website image


Centre for Disease Control warns of salmonella associated to red onions.

British Columbia is one of several provinces experiencing an ongoing Salmonella outbreak.

The outbreak has been linked to red onions, imported from the United States. To date, 69 cases have been reported in BC in all regional health authorities since mid-June.

A collaborative investigation has identified that the contaminated red onions are coming from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, USA and Thomson International Inc. who have recalled all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions.

Do not eat, sell or serve any red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow onions from Thomson International Inc., Bakersfield, California, USA, or any products made with these onions.

The investigation is ongoing and other onions from the U.S. may be implicated in this outbreak. Onions grown in Canada are not affected by this advice. If you do not know the source of your onions, do not eat them. 


  Wednesday, August 5, 2020  

Published 8 am


Griffin Drive House Fire   

CFD investigating cause

Staff/Voice photo


Firefighters throw was on the front of the Griffin Drive house under a full Sturgeon Moon.

On August 4th at approximately 12 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 46000-block of Griffin Drive. Fire crews from Halls 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered heavy smoke and flames showing from a two-storey residential home. Crews established a water supply and brought the fire under control utilizing a defensive attack.

The fast-moving fire caused extensive damage to the home, however damage was limited to the home itself due to the quick actions of fire crews. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire.

This fire is currently under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department Officials.


  Tuesday, August 4, 2020  

Published 5 pm


Another care home exposed to COVID-19   

A staff at Maple Ridge Seniors Village tested positive as new cases around BC went up 146 over the long weekend, state of emergency extended to Aug 18

Dixon Tam, Fraser Health/Google image


A staff member at Maple Ridge Seniors Village has tested positive for COVID-19. A Fraser Health rapid response team is at the site and communication with residents and families is underway.

Maple Ridge Seniors Village is owned and operated by Retirement Concepts. The facility provides long term care, assisted living, and independent living – all in completely separate areas. The outbreak is limited to the long term care unit. There is no crossover among staff in different areas of the building.

The staff member is currently in self-isolation at their home.

Enhanced control measures have been put in place at the site and 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


  Tuesday, August 4, 2020  

Published 6 pm


Call for NDP to step in for pay equality   

BC Gov't workers get paid more than non-union workers for doing the same jobs  

Alla Drigola and Kayode Southwood, EWEP BC/Voice file photo



Equal Work Equal Pay BC, a coalition of organizations working in BC’s community social services sector, have launched a grassroots campaign that calls on the NDP Government to end their unfair practice of funding unionized employee wages at a higher level than non-union employees.


“The BC community social services sector has played a vital role responding on the frontlines to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, frontline workers in the social service sector have provided direct care and essential services that the most vulnerable members of our province rely on,” said Ernie Baatz, member of Equal Work Equal Pay BC and Executive Director of the Spectrum Society for Community Living, a non-profit organization supporting people with an intellectual disability.


“These workers, of which 80% are women, are working side-by-side performing the same work for unequal pay, sometimes even within the same organization,” added Karyn Santiago, another member of Equal Work Equal Pay BC and CEO of Communitas Supportive Care. “We have been attempting to work with the government over the last year to correct this wage disparity, but the government has made a conscious choice to provide less funding to a group of people who are doing the same jobs.”


Equal Work Equal Pay BC is calling for 3 key items to close the wage gap between union and non-union workers in the sector:

1. A wage increase for all non-unionized workers in the community social services sector that is equal to what is provided to unionized workers;


2. A wage increase that is retroactive to April 2019 - to the same period that unionized workers began to receive their government-funded low wage redress;


3. Equal wage increases for 2019, 2020 and 2021, the same duration of the agreement reached with unionized workers.

The BC Government recently announced a convoluted funding update that has only added an additional layer of confusion to most employers. Moreover, this funding update is not equal to funding provided to the unions and, fails to address the lack of an increase in 2019 with no commitment to fund a similar increase in April 2021.



“The longer these inequities exist, the further workers are falling behind. It’s creating a serious recruitment and retention problem in our sector,” added Baatz. The grassroots campaign sees the thousands of workers in this sector writing to their local MLAs calling for equal pay for equal work. The goal is to see a budget commitment in place by November 2020 if the non-unionized workers are to receive a similar funding increase as the unionized workers in April 2021.

To take part in the campaign, please visit


  Tuesday, August 4, 2020  

Published 6 pm


'The greatest casualty is being forgotten'   

Cold War veterans volunteered for the CAF later remain unrecognized for their service 

Dave W. Palmer, CD/Voice file photo


Recently, it was expressed to me that Canada’s Honours and Recognition Program is both fair and inclusive when it comes to recognizing and honouring Canada’s Veterans. I adamantly disagree with both of these stances in regard to our nation’s Veterans. Given that thousands of our nation’s Veterans that served during the Cold War, immediately following WW II., I struggle severely with any inference that when it comes to honouring or recognizing them with a medal for their service to Canada, my immediate response to fairness and inclusiveness is (putting it politely) balderdash.

Immediately following WW II, our country still needed to maintain a strong and viable Military and there were thousands of young Canadians that answered the call to duty and service. Little did anyone know that it wasn’t long until international sabre rattling among the Nuclear Super Powers commenced and with it so too did the Cold War.

Following in the footsteps of their ancestors and comrades that served before them, the young Canadians, (now our ageing Veterans), they took up the torch of defending freedom and democracy with courage and conviction. They volunteered and during their service saw many dangerous times and activities with the Cuban Missile Crisis, FLQ homegrown Terrorism, deployment to theatres of war on peacekeeping missions and support to the civil powers for national assistance during numerous floods, forest fires, blizzards, ice storms and even environmental health support in transporting caribou carcasses for disposal.

They, our nation’s Cold War Veterans’ volunteered to serve in Canada’s Armed Forces. Not everyone does this. In fact a very small number of Canadians will ever volunteer to serve in Canada’s Armed Forces, but those Veterans of the Cold War did so and with it, their service unfairly became the casualty of non-inclusiveness! They are deemed unworthy of a medal to honour and recognize them.

Regrettably, as mentioned, “the greatest casualty is being forgotten” and that is exactly what has happened. Those young men and women of the Cold War Era, (many have passed away) and most are our senior citizens, their service has been relegated to ignoring them and their service by a position of unfairness and non-inclusiveness! Is this stance that Canada wants for them as a part of our nation’s history . . . for them to be the greatest casualties of forgetfulness!?

Many requests by letters to the Government and by the people of Canada by means of over 30 Petitions calling for the creation of a medal to honour and recognize these Veterans has been presented to the Government. Repeatedly the voices of tens of thousands of Canadians by means of their Petitions has been read in the House of Commons more than 30 times. Yet, the fairness and inclusiveness of the Honours and Recognition Program shuns this fact and instead of being fair and inclusive, they turn down any request to remember our nation’s Veterans of yesteryear by “means of a medal” that would afford Canadian Veterans a legacy and the fairness and inclusiveness that they so rightfully deserve.

Let’s be fair and inclusive and honour them as our own Veterans. We are long overdue to be fair and inclusive of all our Veterans’.

Yours in the overdue justice to honour all our Veterans’ with a medal for their service,

God Bless our Veterans and our Troops and their families and God Bless Canada.


  Tuesday, August 4, 2020  

Published 6 pm


A mountain of help   

Alzheimer's Society hopes Chilliwack residents can walk a total of 70,000 km

Sophie Grattidge/Handout photos



Each September for the past eight years, committed individuals and teams have climbed North Vancouver’s Grouse Grind® as part of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s annual fundraiser, the Climb for Alzheimer’s. Things look different in 2020, and the Society is pleased to announce that the Climb for Alzheimer’s is still going ahead in a virtual capacity, and for the first time ever, will be open to anyone, anywhere in the province.

The Society is inviting residents from Chilliwack to come together to hike a total of 70,000 kilometres—one kilometre for each individual living with dementia in B.C.— to raise funds and show people on the dementia journey that they are not alone. This year’s event will include hikes across B.C.—from Mount Douglas in Victoria to the Summit Peak Trail in Fort Nelson or the legendary Grouse Grind® in North Vancouver.

The event runs until Monday, September 21, 2020 – World Alzheimer’s Day.

“Although the location has changed and adapted, the heart of the event remains,” says Maria Howard, Alzheimer Society of B.C. Chief Executive Officer. “The Climb continues to be a challenging, fun, invigorating event that makes a real difference to people in our province affected by dementia. It shows people living with dementia that they are not alone.”

In a time where travel restrictions are the norm, this challenge also offers an opportunity to take advantage of the province’s endless trails, natural beauty and potential for adventure, while raising money and awareness for the thousands of people living with dementia. Participants can register as individuals or as a team and are encouraged to share their hiking and climbing challenges online, which will help to galvanize the community spirit and energy that makes the event so special.

For more information about the Climb for Alzheimer’s, visit



  Tuesday, August 4, 2020  

Published 5 pm


Keep on the sunny side   

Helping Kids Shine Charity Raffle August 26

Staff/Website photos


Cutting the ribbon on FVCDC's new Centre.

It's time once again for the annual Fraser Valley Child Development Centre's (FVCDC) Charity Raffle.

All proceeds benefit the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre's Family Emergency Fund to Support

• 3 night stay at the Fairmont Château Whistler
• $500 Gift Card to Best Buy
• $500 Gift Card to Superstore

The draw date is August 25, 6pm live on Facebook. Get your tickets now for only $20 because there will only be 1000 sold.

Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older. If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered on behalf of the minor to the minor’s parent, legal guardian or trustee. Winners consent to the release of their names by the licensee.

Some restrictions apply to the Whistler Chateau prize.

Since 1982 the FVCDC has provided services that enhance the quality of life for children with developmental needs and their families. FVCDC is a registered charity and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We serve over 3,600 children in the Fraser Valley annually.

For more information, visit