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       AUGUST 2019 ARCHIVE




 Thursday, August 29, 2019 

Published 1:30 am


A touch too much

International Overdose Day Aug 31

IOD/Voice photo


Chilliwack firefighters tend to a man after reports that someone was laying on the ground. In this case the man went on his way.


he International Overdose Day website states: "The silver badge, purple wristband and purple lanyard are symbols of awareness of overdose and its effects. Wearing these can signify the loss of someone cherished; or demonstrate support to those undergoing grief. It sends out a message that every person’s life is valuable and that stigmatising people who use drugs needs to stop."




 Sunday, August 25, 2019 

Published 1:30 pm


What every politician should know

With a federal election looming, MPs need to pay close attention to constituents

Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Author, Chilliwack /Voice photo



t is not too late to improve your platform before the election. I plan to vote Liberal, although I prefer the Green Party. To vote for them or the NDP will split the vote and the Conservatives will win. That will be a tragedy.

Please stop insulting poor people by asking us for money. Canadian voters are mostly elders, single parents and underemployed educated young men and women. Read more here.




 Saturday, August 24, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Electricity rates may be lower in 2020

Hydro has applied to the BC Utilities commission

Staff/Voice photo


The rate decrease in this flow chart is shown against other projected rates. (click for an enlarged view)


n a surprise announcement Friday, the provincial government said that after an audit of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), there is wiggle room for BC Hydro to apply for a decrease in the electricity rates for the first time in recent memory.

Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources said their focus has been on lowering rates.

"I am thrilled that BC Hydro is now able to apply for a rate reduction for the first time in decades. If approved by our independent regulator, lower rates would make life better and more affordable for British Columbians," she said.

The BCUC is expected make a final decision on BC Hydro’s 2019-20 and 2020-21 rates early in 2020. If approved, then look for the rate decrease to start on April 1, 2020.

The MLA's won't have much time to bicker over any rate decrease because they'll only be sitting for 20 days from now until sometime in the new year.


When the NDP took over in Victoria two years ago, there was a $750 billion surplus. Since then they've done more for people in the province than 20 years of Liberal governance.

The proposed electricity decrease isn't magnanimous as the flow chart indicates, but it's a step in the right direction as the NDP continues to spread the wealth around to residents, communities that the BC Liberals forgot about while they stockpiled cash decades making corporations richer. Any decrease in rates will also have a positive affect on the bottom line for small businesses.




 Friday, August 23, 2019 

Published 10 pm


Rainbow crosswalk vandalized

Similar ones are being sought to bring awareness of the LGBTQ community

Staff/Voice photo


The newly painted pedestrian crossing off of the Wal-Mart parking lot on Eagle Landing.


arely was the paint dry when one of the two Rainbow Crossings, this one at the entrance to the Wal-Mart parking lot on Eagle Landing, was vandalized. The crosswalks were painted August 13 to bring awareness of the LGBTQ segment of the community.


In a controversial move, supporters want a similar crosswalk painted on Chilliwack's showcase streets on Wellington Ave at Mill Street where they'll be more visible to the community and tourists. It remains to be seen if city council approves it.


If anyone has information about this they are encouraged to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-795-4611.




 Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Published 6 am


Roache's corner

Greenland or bust

Michael Roache/Submitted image


Cartoons by Chilliwack resident Michael Roache.




 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Hail Maximus

Richmond man will 'live like a king'

BCLC/Handout photo


Richmond resident Joseph Katalinic picked up his cheque Wednesday.


oseph Katalinic has been peacefully retired for twenty years, but has plans to “live like a king” after winning the $60 million Lotto Max jackpot on the July 26, 2019 draw.

“I scanned the ticket at Seafair Centre where I purchased the ticket,” says Katalinic. “I thought to myself that it can’t be true… I was so excited, I had to go to two other locations to scan my ticket again just to make sure it was real.”

Katalinic’s Quick Pick ticket matched all seven numbers to win the largest lottery prize in B.C. history. Previously, B.C. has had three $50 million Lotto Max winners.

“The first person I told was my daughter,” says Katalinic. “She told my son-in-law, and then I told my youngest daughter. There was a lot of hugging and kissing, and a lot of emotions.”

The former commercial fisherman has called Richmond home virtually his whole life.

As for what comes next with his new fortune, Katalinic says he plans to take some family trips to Hawaii and visit the town in Europe where his parents were born.

Lotto Max can be played at all lottery retail locations and online at PlayNow.com, with tickets available until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesdays and Fridays. Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at www.bclc.com.




 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

Published 5 am

Epstein's war on women

Was is there more sinister behind the child abuse?

Betty Krawczyk, Author, Cumberland/Voice file photo


s a dual citizen (US/Canadian) my attention is often drawn to the news from my birth country, which at the moment, seems to be going spectacularly mad. The rotten news coming out of America is overwhelming, and Canadian responses, in my opinion, are exceedingly lame. While Mexico, under a socialist leaning president, is trying to reclaim Mexican sovereignty over US hegemony, Canada seems more or less to have given up the struggle. Certainly if the Canadian Conservative Party has its way we will finally become one with the land of the free (never mind that other countries are currently advising their citizens not to go there in fear of gun violence) in all but name. Read more here.




 Monday, August 20, 2019 

Published 2 pm



Open letter to Minister of Ed Rob Flemming about the dangers of cell phones

Janis Hoffman, Parents for Safe Schools/Voice file photo



arents have been robbed of their right to protect their children from harm because you have made the decision not to ban the use of Cell Phones in BC classrooms and yet your child is benefiting from the one Middle School in Victoria with a ban of cell phones. The Ontario government allowed the parents to make an informed decision, which resulted in over 80% of parents voting in favour of the cell phone ban in their classrooms. Read more here.




 Saturday August 17, 2019 

Published 1 pm


Suspicious fire destroys home

Police investigating the incident

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


A Third Ave home was destroyed early Saturday. Below, officers watch as the Forensics members investigate.


n August 17th at approximately 6:15 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 46000-block of 3rd Avenue. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered heavy smoke and flames showing from a two-storey home and a shed on the adjacent property.

Crews established a water supply and quickly brought the fire under control utilizing a defensive attack. Through their swift actions, fire crews also prevented the fire from spreading to homes immediately adjacent to the burning structure. The home did suffer extensive fire damage to the upper floor and roof, while the ground floor of the home suffered some water and smoke damage.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire and the occupants of the home were able to safely exit. The Chilliwack Emergency Support Services team was called out to the scene and is providing care to the displaced occupants.

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




 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Passengers in time and space

Tim Nast tours new album

Amanda Triumbari, Vocab Comm/Handout photo


ccomplished pianist and composer, Tim Nast, is set to release his new album on October 4. Tim will be showcasing eight singles from his new album “Here” on social media (one single per week) beginning August 12. This campaign is set to give audiences an insight into the melodic tunes found on his album. Tim will also be hitting the road on October 4 to November 16 for his Fall tour across the Ottawa Valley. 

With his album design including an original ancient cave oil painting, the album “Here” focuses on acknowledging our time and life on planet Earth. Comprised of 12 original solo piano songs, the album celebrates the simple fact that we are here – on this planet, in our bodies, in this moment. Passengers, a song found on the album, tells a story of how we are all passengers on this planet as we move through our lives and through space. The album and song acknowledge our busy lifestyle and how we need to step back and savour life’s journey. Pre-order the album here. See the tour dates here.




 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Make no mistake

'Mayor's Police Transition Report puts vulnerable people at risk'

Brenda Locke, Surrey Coun./Website photo


s a former Minister of State for Mental Health and Addiction Services, I find it unconscionable that the Mayor’s Police Transition Report (Transition Report) plans to reduce the Police Mental Health Team by 50%. By the report’s own admission, “In some jurisdictions, up to 40% of all police calls involve a person with an apparent mental illness”. Read more here.


 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Something to brag about

Prospera tops best places to work in Canada

Jessica Theissen, Prospera Credit Union/Handout image


Abbotsford staff are a great team who work together for the community.


rospera Credit Union is proud to announce that our organization has been named on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces™ in Financial Services and Insurance.

This list is based on direct feedback from employees of the hundreds of organizations that were surveyed by Great Place to Work®.
To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year and work primarily in the Financial Services and Insurance sector. We ranked one of the best based on employee responses to our Trust Index survey.

“Being on the list of Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance is a true source of pride for all of us at Prospera,” says Angela Champ, Senior VP, People & Culture. “We believe that everyone is a leader and can influence, drive and inspire those around them. Knowing that our employees feel they are valued and respected is a wonderful accomplishment.”

See more information about Great Place to Work.




 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Rockin' and reelin'

Farmjam features top county music stars August 30 - Sept 1

Monica Miller, Caitlan Press/Handout image



rom August 30 - Sept.1st, Colville WA will be hosting FarmJam and they want the folks of the Kootenay's to come and enjoy the party!

FarmJam Music and Camping Festival is INDIE in a major way. Their mission is to support independent musicians and other artists or entertainers.


They aim to connect music lovers with new musicians or entertainers - and they support the farm community to promote agriculture and local food. The historic festival narrative has it's roots in harvest festivals married with music, diverse personalities, and important people. Feeding people music and food in an inclusive family-friendly environment is just another added-value of the rural and farm landscape.


For more information about Farmjam 2019 and see the lineup visit their website here.




 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Herstory of the Fraser Valley

A history of Indigenous peoples, Canadian women and their families

Monica Miller, Caitlan Press/Handout image


rene Kelleher lived all her life in the shadow of her inheritance. Her local community in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley all too often treated her as if she was invisible.


The combination of white and Indigenous descent that Irene embodied was beyond the bounds of acceptability by a dominant white society. To be mixed was to not belong. Attracted to the future British Columbia by a gold rush beginning in 1858, Irene’s white grandfathers had families with Indigenous women. See more here.



 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 8 am


Roller coaster of fun

The libraries get together for the best day yet

Bryan Pezi, FVRL/Handout image


FVRL makes the PNE fair affordable August 25.


raser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is excited to participate in Library Day at the PNE Fair. Thanks to a partnership between PNE Fair and Public Library InterLINK, teen and adult fairgoers can get into the Fair for only $6 on Wednesday, August 21 by presenting their FVRL library card! The Fair is free for children under the age of 5; entrance is $5 for kids 6 to 13.


FVRL will participate alongside InterLINK member libraries in onsite activities on Library Day. Once in the Fair, attendees can stop by the Library Zone, near Toon City and the Snap Happy: A Do-It-YourSelfie Experience Exhibit, for some fun and FREE activities with staff from various BC libraries. FVRL will feature its Library Live and On Tour (LiLi) vehicle, the pedal-powered Book Chariot, and Playground items including green screens, programmable robots, telescopes, Magformers, KEVA Planks and birdwatching backpacks. There will also be maker activities, games, prizes and more!


“InterLINK, along with its member libraries, is thrilled to participate in the third Library Day at the PNE Fair. Like the PNE Fair, our public libraries are a family favourite and an integral part of British Columbians’ summers,” says Public Library InterLINK Executive Director Michael Burris.


Presenting a BC public library card grants one cardholder admission for $6 (one card must be shown per person to receive the discount, and supplementary ID is recommended). Don’t have an FVRL card yet? Visit any one of our 25 locations to get your free card today! Visit www.fvrl.ca  or more information.



 Friday August 16, 2019 

Published 7 am


Treasure pleasure

Silver and gold for free

Staff/Submitted photos


Members showing off their July finds. Marny McEwan Zischka (l to r) was third place with her necklace and pendant, Dennis Augustynowicz finish second place with his fine silver bracelet and Mark Lewis clinched first place with his Bird cadge and roost.

raser Valley Treasure Hunters are a group of metal detecting enthusiasts from the community who head out in search of valuable items. Finders keepers. Sometimes they find diamond rings, gold and other interesting items.

"Kris Szigeti came and talked about Lapidary and showed off samples that he has collected, Linda Sexsmith also brought some of her collection," said Mark Lewis, club president.

People also contact them to search for a lost necklace or ring in a park etc. Lewis has been sharing the club's finds with Voice readers for years now. While what they find is valuable to them, the photos and information they send us is valuable to our online community.

Each month they try to top each other with their finds. Club dinners and group hunts are always something to look for. New people are always welcome to join and they'll show you the finer points of metal detecting. Learn more about them and connect on Facebook with them here or visit their website here.



 Tuesday August 13, 2019 

Published 8 am

What vets want

Veteran leader threatens to not vote for popular parties

John Labelle, Veterans Annuity Campaign/File photo


ecently politicians have asked veterans the question: What do veterans want? Our reply is so simple...Prime Minister and leaders of Canada keep your promises.

Veterans want the Government of Canada to honour our CFSA pension enrolment contract.


Military/RCMP veterans want the Government of Canada to treat Canada’s veterans with honour and dignity they have earned. Take action to terminate the CPP pension claw back to our Forces pension at age 65 or sooner when receiving a disability pension. The CPP bridge benefit system is a lie. Veterans have fully paid for all their benefits.

Veterans want the Government of Canada to stop depleting the surplus in our Forces Pension account and pay their fair contributions share.

Take action to re-instate the SISIP coverage after release term insurance that is now being terminated at age 75.

Forces widows pension must be the same as politicians receive.

The $10,000.00 Supplementary Death Benefits must be the same as Civil Servant employees receive.

Today less than 30 per cent of our recruits do not re-engage in the Canadian Forces. The poor treatment of our Veterans is very much in their minds. Politicians needs to enforce the benefits that military/RCMP veterans have fully contributed to.

Veterans, their families and friends are not prepared to cast their ballets towards politicians who lie and do not keep their promises all year long.



 Saturday August 10, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Devastating fire affects dozens of people

Blaze tore through the complex roof end to end

Staff/Submitted photos


A fire truck was parked outside the Park Ridge Apartments Saturday. Below, a firefighter checks suites Saturday.


t was midnight on Friday when alarms started going off at the Park Ridge Apartments in the 45000-block of Stevenson Road. People could smell the acrid smoke and ran out, many with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

The flames travelled fast. By the time firefighters could get the fire was already embedded into the roof of the multi-winged upscale apartment and it was all crews could do but hit it with water and fire retardant foam.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing black smoke and flames on the exterior of a fourth floor balcony. Residents were evacuating the structure as fire crews arrived on scene, two adjacent apartment complexes were also evacuated as a precaution. The fire had extended into the attic space of the structure, and firefighters set up a defensive attack on the exterior of the structure to control of the fire.

While crews scrambled with their full contingent of trucks and gear, residents from the units of the building stood watching in horror as their homes burned.

One firefighter received a minor injury and was treated at the scene.

CFD and the City made sure that affected residents were taken care of.

"Crews searched the structure to ensure all occupants had made it out safety. Emergency Social Services volunteers worked hard to meet the needs of the displaced residents. A reception center was set up at Tyson Elementary to accommodate displaced residents, who were transported to the school by school buses." said Assistant Chief Chilliwack Fire Department Andrew Brown.

The roof of the structure was completely burned.

"Firefighter’s worked hard bringing the main body of the fire under control safely and efficiently, it then took several hours to systematically work through the complex uncovering and extinguishing hidden fires and hots spots. The fire was extinguished around 8 am," said Brown. "Crews worked through the day until around 5 pm assisting displaced residents by retrieving essential belongings from their suites for them."

On Saturday afternoon protective fencing was being set-up. Some distraught tenants remained out front.

Belongings of residents were scattered outside including a birdcage.

A woman who lived on the third floor under the fire with her fiancé told The Voice that she wanted to see if there was any of her belongings they could get.

"I'm getting married...and I need to know," she said. When asked if they had help she said they have people who will assist them. "I've got family, so we'll be okay."

A vehicle leaving the scene the following day still had foam clinging to its exterior.

One tenant speculated that it was a BBQ which started the fire but that hasn't been confirmed. Brown said the fire appears to be accidental and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.



 Friday August 9, 2019 

Published 6 pm


Former local journalist dies 

Robert Freeman will be missed across the country

Staff/Voice file photo


Robert Freeman (r) with NDP's Adrian Dix.


est in Peace Robert Freeman. Very sorry to learn that we lost Rob last week. People who remember him as a local reporter will also remember that he was a revered man in journalism and spoken highly of by the community and politicians alike as a fair writer on both sides of issues. Although he was small in stature he was a powerhouse in writing. I'll always remember his epitaph when Walter Cronkite died.

Although I didn't get a chance to know him well, I did get a chance to know that he was a great guy.

Our condolences to his family.




 Friday August 9, 2019 

Published 6 pm


House fire levels home on Cook Street 

Residents not home at the time, chief says suspicious

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training/Submitted photo


A Chilliwack RCMP cruiser sits outside the burned out shell the following day.


n August 9, 2019, at approximately 2 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire located in the 9000-block of Cook Street.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6, and on arrival reported a fully involved structure fire in a single storey residential home. No one was home at the time of the fire, and the fire was called in by a neighbour. Due to fire conditions on arrival firefighters set up a defensive fire attack to bring the fire under control.

The home suffered extensive fire damage resulting in significant structural damage to the home. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

This fire is considered suspicious at this time and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP.

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




 Friday August 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Money for nothing 

Elections BC catches the Liberals in the act

Staff/Wikicommons image


lections BC nailed the Liberals with accepting a "prohibited" $500 donation from www.sullivan-mechanical.com. The Liberals plead no contest. They've been ordered to pay a miniscule $200 fine. Fines increase in percentage increments for each infraction.



 Friday August 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


"Extra" happy holiday 

The best part of losing is reading about the winner

Lotto BC/Handout photo



hristian Stanislawski plays the lottery frequently in his home town of São Paulo, Brazil, but never expected to win while visiting his sister Caroline in Vancouver. After matching all four Extra numbers in the August 2, 2019 Lotto Max draw, Caroline and Christian are a cool $500,000 richer.


Christian, who purchased the winning ticket at Your Local Convenience Store and Internet Cafe in Vancouver, says he bought the ticket with the intent to share any winnings with his sister as she was the reason he decided to visit the city.


“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “When I saw the win, I took a screenshot and sent it to my sister and told her, ‘I think this App is messing with me.’ I just kept refreshing it until I realized I won.”


Caroline, who was on a road trip in Castlegar with her husband when her brother told her the good news, came home from her trip early to celebrate their win together. The siblings, both from Brazil, say they will give some of their wining to family, make some investments and take a trip to Asia.


BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit British Columbians. Remember, play for fun, not to make money. Visit GameSense.com.



 Tuesday August 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Copping a plea 

Hundial: Surrey taxpayers would be on the hook for more as part of terminating the RCMP

Jack Hundial, Surrey councillor/Website photo


he Mayor’s Police Transition Report states that it is acceptable to have only 80% of their authorized strength on Day 1 of the Surrey Police Department (SPD) with the hopes that more officers will eventually join them.

Even if SPD was able to hire all 461 brand new patrol officers to start the SPD, they are prepared to go with only 379 on patrol (pg. 167 of the report) at a higher cost to taxpayers.

According to the Mayor’s Police Transition Report the SPD will also have significantly fewer supervisory personnel. With up to 461 new officers on patrol, it’s predictable that the new police department will have more problems and challenges than a typical police department. This report fails to acknowledge or mitigate this risk.

Councillor Hundial states “In my experience as a police officer of 25 years and as a frontline police supervisor in Surrey, less supervision leads to increased taxpayer liability and less effective public safety.”

There will be unseen monetary costs as well. The Mayor’s Report does not do a proper cost analysis on what Surrey taxpayers would be on the hook for as part of terminating the RCMP. Additional cost to Surrey taxpayer that are missing from this report include: what the cost will be for civil litigation payouts, severance, and grievance payouts, plus overall insurance costs. Currently, this is included.

All these costs will reduce the amount of resources available for public safety and put less resources to frontline policing.



 Tuesday August 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Trading places 

Chilliwack gets new ITA Apprenticeship Advisor Sept 9

Nicole Adams, Industry Training Authority/Submitted photo


David Senyard will be joining the ITA team as Apprenticeship Advisor for Chilliwack


rades apprentices and the trades education system in B.C. are receiving more support through expanded services and regional outreach, announced Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) today.

This September, ITA is bringing the total number of Apprenticeship Advisors to 20 across the province, with new advisors in the Chilliwack, Abbotsford/Mission, Vancouver/Richmond, Terrace/Kitimat, and Prince George regions.
These advisors will help build knowledge and awareness of the B.C. apprenticeship system and provide guidance to apprentices and employer sponsors on processes and policies relating to the apprenticeship journey.

The addition was made possible through funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, who are committed to making sure more people in B.C. can access skills training and complete their apprenticeships.

“The addition of a new Apprenticeship Advisor will help open new doors for aspiring trades students in Chilliwack,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “There are over 500,000 job openings expected in the trades over the next decade in the Mainland/Southwest region, and we need more British Columbians who are industry-ready to access the benefits of high-paying in-demand careers.”

Through an understanding of their specific regions, the advisors will also build relationships with local industry members and apprenticeship sponsors and identify opportunities to remove barriers and boost success rates of apprenticeships.

“ITA is the key partner in trades training in British Columbia. A regional Apprenticeship Advisor is key in allowing us direct access to the resources ITA represents,” said Lesa Lacy, owner, Lacey Developments. “Their time and attention in advocating on behalf of our apprentices in the system has made a positive difference for us and our employees. Trades training is key to the success of our business, and ITA is a partner in that success.”

ITA has also created a new region—North Vancouver Island—which is being staffed by existing advisor Shannon Hanson, who previously supported North Vancouver and the Sea-to-Sky region. The Sea-to-Sky region is now being staffed by existing advisor Chris Klar.

“We’re delighted to have this group of dedicated professionals, who have all been involved in the skilled trades and community building for many years, collectively bring a range of valuable experience, and deeply understand the needs and challenges of our varied stakeholders,” said Shelley Gray, CEO, ITA.

Training providers such as colleges will also benefit from increased Apprenticeship Advisors who will help current trades students navigate the apprenticeship system as well as assist experienced workers (challengers) in their journey to achieving credit for knowledge and skills they already possess.

“ITA’s continued support enables the apprentices in our trades program to be successful in their career path,” said Randy Kelley, Director, Applied and Technical Studies, University of the Fraser Valley. “We’re looking forward to working with the new Apprenticeship Advisor to further the work we’re doing to elevate trades education in the region by increasing awareness of the skilled trades, improving access through innovative program delivery, and guiding students during their apprenticeship journey.”

On September 9, David Senyard will be joining the ITA team as Apprenticeship Advisor for Chilliwack.

After completing a Bachelor of Business with an extended major in Human Resources, David worked as an employment advisor for non-profit organizations and private educational facilities. David’s most recent experience has been with the Squamish Nation Training & Trades Centre, and for the past four years, he has assisted Indigenous people find employment, predominately in the construction industry.

“I am excited about my new role with ITA,” said David Senyard. “I have always enjoyed assisting individuals to make positive changes in their lives and providing connections to people who can help them.”

There are over 70,000 job openings expected for skilled trades professionals throughout the province in the next decade, and ITA’s Apprenticeship Advisor program is one more way to ensure apprentices are supported to complete their skills training so they can enter the workforce and enjoy long-lasting, well-paying careers in B.C.

About the Industry Training Authority
The Industry Training Authority leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with apprentices, employers, industry, labour, training providers and government to fund training, issue credentials, support apprenticeships, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades. For more information, visit itabc.ca.



 Tuesday August 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


A step in the right direction 

Chilliwack supporters raised $14,000 in the IG Walk for Alzheimer's

Sara Wagner, Fraser Region Alzheimer's Assn/file photo


Wendy Eyre Grey Alzheimer's-2019 Honouree

n behalf of the Alzheimer Society of B.C., I would like to thank Chilliwack residents for their instrumental support of the 2019 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, and invite them to become involved with the event in 2020.

Chilliwack was one of 21 communities that came together on Sunday, May 5 to honour and remember people who have been affected by dementia. Chilliwack residents raised more than $14,000, which contributed to the more than $1.1 million raised across the province. Without this funding the Alzheimer Society of B.C would not be able to deliver local programs and services and support research into the causes of and cures for dementia.

Chilliwack’s event honoured Wendy Eyre-Gray, who graciously gave the gift of her story to help reduce stigma associated with the disease and let other people on the dementia journey know they are not alone.

We would also like to recognize the local offices and staff of our national title sponsor IG Wealth Management who provide tremendous support for the event.

On the ground, each event is organized by a dedicated volunteer committee, without whom the event would not be possible. Huge thanks to Chilliwack’s committee, led by Ron Angell and Shera Morgan.

You can help us build on the incredible success of this event next year! We are currently recruiting motivated volunteers to organize and implement the 2020 event – a variety of organizing committee roles are available. To learn more or to apply for a volunteer role, visit alzbc.org/walk or contact Matt Brooks at mbrooks@alzheimerbc.org or 604-681-6530.


Thank you once more to everyone who contributed to the success of this event. Together, we make memories matter.


If you have questions about dementia, please call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936- 6033. Support is also available in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi – visit alzheimerbc.org to learn more.





 Tuesday August 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Veterans still unhappy as elections draw near 

'Vote orange, or green, or purple but I'll be damned if I vote red or blue'

Dave Palmer, Veterans Advocate, Nepean, Ont./file photo


hat you so deftly pointed out, even with some of the remnants of ye olde military banter, the only way we as Veterans can be heard is if we at the very least vote in Unity and enlist if possible as many comrades to do the same. I spelled it out that neither the Conservatives or the Liberals have listened to us about the medal. After 30 times being read in the House of Commons and tens of thousands of signatories, they still didn't listen. Why is this?

I have let Jagmeet [Singh] know about the long proposed and petitioned for Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal. He has said nothing about it nor tried to get ahold of me.

That leaves Elizabeth May and the Green Party that from what I understand, support the medal and also Veterans etc. I think it would blow some people away if we in unity put in a bunch of Green candidates. Unlikely though, as the dyed in Orange, Red or Blue will always be swayed by their own gullibility and vote by phony promises and falsities to support their parties, but those that are more astute and realize this nation is in a world of hurt and it has been created by the two parties that have been... well, sort of governing/ruining the country for the last 50 years.

I just don't believe them anymore. I don't trust parties that lie, break promises, give terrorists money, turn a blind eye to the plight of our nation's indigenous people, veterans and poor. They talk a good spiel but as we have come to learn it is all hot air and baloney. Most are in it for the grandiose pensions they give themselves as far as I am concerned, and I await for the pay raise they will give themselves shortly into the new term.


Further, they no longer connect with we the people, we the voters, we Canadians who can choose to make a difference. They have done nothing to realize that while they have no problems making ends meet and socking away copious amounts of funds into their retirement plans, that we the people pay for, they have no clue that those families living on low and fixed incomes are hurting and having been hurting for the last decade or longer and they just: 1) don't care, 2) too busy trying to make it all about themselves and their egos, 3) are severely out of touch with the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor, and for this, do you believe that it is wise to put them back into the seat of power? Right! Neither do I.

This nation's shame is... when you think of how absolutely and overwhelmingly rich this country is in natural resources: oil, natural gas, uranium, wood, coal, potash, Gold, Nickel, Diamonds, fresh water, farmable land, and on and on and yet with all this wealth, our government for decades has still not taken care of our First Nations Indigenous Canadians, has turned its back on our nation's veterans (shoddy pensions, homelessness etc.) and for the sickening shame of it, having to have food banks and feed children at school programs because their parents just don't make enough money.


Just because the poor get a wonderful tax break and possibly not have to pay income tax says it all right there. The add-on taxes on all other purchases: saps, chisels and drains what little income they have. They don't make enough money! Then they are told to put loads of money away for their retirement. A year or two ago, I challenged any federal politician to try living on $30,000.00 a year (if my memory is right) as many families are doing. Right, no takers, yet the story ran in The Hill Times.

Such is life, we can either maintain the status quo with letting the Reds and Blues keep power and keep doing what they have been doing or we can make a conscientious decision to vote for honourable change.