Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Music Seen

The Song Road Home

Award-winning Lynn Miles plays Bozzini's lounge Feb 4

By L. Miles

 

here’s something to be said for experience, for taking the time to grow into your own skin. All sturdy things need time to root firmly into the ground to find their strength.

 

Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year)...

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Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018

Sports

Golden Pockets

Team Yamada place first overall in the boy's curling category the BC Winter Games

By Rebecca Connop-Price, Curl BC/Submitted photos

 

       
ryan Yamada’s gold-medal victory in curling at the BC Winter Games was a popular one as the home-ice favourite delivered fans at the Kamloops Curling Centre the win during the provincial competition.

Yamada and his team featuring Daniel Griffiths at third, Nolan Bottineau at second, lead Zander Landygo and coach Raymond Olsen defeated Johnson Tao’s rink of third Michael Nunn, second Noah Argao, lead Jack Bradley and coach Paul Hazell of Richmond 9-6 in the championship game.

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Sunday, Feb 25, 2018

Theatre

The Last Laugh

Panic Squad & Friends with audience participation March 2

By Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7

Hilarious mayhem is coming to the Gallery 7 Theatre stage as Panic Squad & Friends Comedy Improv returns to regale Fraser Valley audiences with their unique brand of super-clean, super-funny comedy improv on March 2 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.

If you have watched the hit T.V. show, Whose Line is it Anyway?, you will know exactly what’s in store for this entertaining evening of fun. However, there will be one distinctive difference: the comedy will be totally clean!

Using only suggestions provided by the audience, Panic Squad leaps in to action, creating scenes right out of thin air. The results are side-splitting hilarity.

“The Panic Squad show is always a highlight of our season and an annual favourite,” explains Gallery 7 Theatre’s Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt.

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Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018

Crime

Bomb Threat Benign

Police deal with suspicious package in alleyway

By Staff/Voice photos

 

Sunday afternoon an alleged briefcase was spotted in the alley behind the Chilliwack Courthouse which police felt could have been an explosive device.

To be safe, police responded by barricading the area for two blocks around the scene.

The Explosive Disposal Unit moved in on the unidentified device and a few hours later and went to work on it. The Emergency unit was also on hand.

This was the first bomb scare in recent memory. Most couldn't remember a time when that has happened.

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Monday, Feb 26, 2018

Community

Cold Cash

2018 "Coldest Night" event raises money for Cyrus Centre

By Staff/Voice photos

 

hardy slice of Chilliwack residents trudged through snow and slush to raise bread in what's called "The Coldest Night of the Year" (CNOY) walk to raise funds for the Cyrus Centre,  a local Christian-based group billed as a drop-in that provides youth food and emergency shelter designed to offer programs that help steer youths under the age of 19 away from the street.

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Monday, Feb 26, 2018

Fishing

Pebbles for Pinks

Half the world's sockeye comes from Bristol Bay now under threat

By Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited, website photo

or the past decade or so, I have had the pleasure of visiting and fishing Bristol Bay for salmon and (very large) native rainbows. Lodge-owners, commercial fishermen, people from the native villages, and guides all impressed upon me the importance of protecting this remarkable $1.6 billion fishery that supplies half of all of the world’s wild sockeye salmon, and nearly 12,000 jobs.

Within a few days, we’re likely to get our first glimpse of how the Trump Administration will deal with Bristol Bay and the proposed Pebble Mine. It is an opportunity for the Administration and the EPA to stand with Alaskans and defend high-paying, family wage jobs in the sport and commercial fishing industries not to mention the families that depend on the fishery for sustenance. What we cannot allow is the construction of a massive, open pit mine, complete with the industrialization of the landscape and several-mile-long earthen dam to be built in a seismically active area.

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Sunday, Feb 25, 2018

Seniors

Tabor of Love

Tabor Village Annual Prayer Breakfast inspires seniors

By Dan Levitt, Tabor exec. dir.

 

he Annual Tabor Village Prayer Breakfast in February attracted over 50 people from the community: public officials, business leaders, church leaders, non-profit organizations and seniors. Together, the morning offered inspiration and prayer for those who serve others to enhance their lives.
 

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Sunday, Feb 25, 2018

School News

Jazzing It Up

GW Graham selected top group ensemble in Idaho

By Kathy Foss, CLASS

he G.W. Graham Senior Jazz Band from G.W. Graham Secondary School in Chilliwack, British Columbia took top honors on Feb. 24 at the University of Idaho’s 2018 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

The festival, in its 51st year, features two days of student competitions, workshops and clinics on the University of Idaho campus. More than 4,127 students from 141 elementary, middle and high schools, as well as college and universities, are participating from around the region, including schools from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada.

After a full day of competition, the G.W. Graham Senior Jazz Band, a large ensemble directed by Shane Monkman, was named the ‘B” High School Instrumental Ensemble Winner.  

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Friday, Feb 23, 2018

 

They're Certifiable

Abbotsford's Prospera Credit Union selected a top BC employer

By Jessica Thiessen, PCU

 

 

rospera Credit Union is proud to announce that for the second year in a row we have been certified as a Great Place to Work®. This certification is issued by Great Place to Work® Canada, an independent organization that conducts a yearly analysis of Canadian workplaces.

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Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018

Police News

Safety in Numbers

Abbotsford PD set up a safe zone used buyers-sellers of used items

By Sgt Judy Bird

 

ooking for a safer place to complete your online purchase or sale transactions? The Abbotsford Police Department invites you to use our designated “Buy and Sell Exchange Zone” to facilitate safe online property buy/sell transactions.

The use of online classifieds websites or social media platforms such as Craigslist, Kijiji, or Facebook to buy and sell goods is very popular, but meeting an unknown buyer or seller face-to-face has risks. The new Buy and Sell Exchange Zone offers video surveillance, a safe location and the presence of law enforcement to enhance public safety and to reduce crime.

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Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018

Theatre

Get Caught Up In It

Actors call for for new production March 6

By Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7

allery 7 Theatre will be holding general auditions for its final production of the 2017/2018 ‘Mysteries of Life’ Theatre Season, The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 PM at the theatre’s administration and rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford. The audition is open to all community performers ages 16 – 75.

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Saturday, Feb 24, 2018

 

Man Tasered After Tussling with Officer

Suspect stopped breathing at the scene

By Staff/Voice photos

 

 

he crosswalk on Vedder Road at Storey Ave.

swiftly became a dramatic crime scene around 2pm when a man allegedly tried to abduct a small child and then fought with an RCMP officer.

 

A witness told The Voice that when the man was confronted by the officer the suspect picked the cop up and threw him overtop of him and it was at that point the officer drew his weapon and tasered the man.

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Friday, Feb 23, 2018

Fire News

A Calling

Firefighters deal with carpet fire and brush blaze

By Staff/Voice photo

 

eports of a carpet fire just prior to 3pm Thursday sent out City of Chilliwack firefighters to the Vibe apartment complexes in the 45500-block of Yale Rd.

Crews, who arrived within minutes of the call, had no problem dealing with the issue which was very minor in nature.
 

Just after 6pm, reports that homeless people had started a fire in a pile of brush near McInto

sh Manor across from Bernard at Mary St.

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Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

BC Gov't News

Wildlife Should Eat Wild Food in Winter

Feeding hoofed animals is a bad idea and here's why

By Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resources

eople are being asked to carefully consider the benefits and risks before starting a winter feeding program for wild ungulates. Ungulates are hoofed mammals and include elk, moose, deer and sheep.

Decades of scientific research have shown that winter feeding programs can have serious negative consequences for ungulates.

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Monday, Feb 26, 2018

Books

Uncommon Type

Tom Hanks' 17 short stories getting rave reviews

By Penguin Random House

 

gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war.

 

A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves.

 

An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life.

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Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

Fire News

Apt Unit Cooked

Sprinklers douse kitchen fire at assisted living care facility, crews mop up in the bitter cold

By Chris Wilson, Asst. Fire Chief, Google image

 

stovetop blaze that broke out at a care facility in the 45000-block of Mcintosh Drive Wednesday evening was brought under control by the unit's sprinkler system and fire damage was limited to the cooking area and cupboards around the stove in the kitchen.

"Without a working sprinkler system in place, this fire had the potential of causing extensive fire, smoke and water damage to the care facility", said Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness, Chilliwack Fire Department in a release Thursday. "The presence of an automatic fire sprinkler system in conjunction with a working smoke alarm greatly reduces the risk of being injured or dying in a fire."

The unit was heavily damaged by water and it took crews working with wetvacs in the bitter cold 3 hours to mop it up.

No residents or firefighters were injured in the call. CFD is investigating.

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Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

The Arts

Mission Diplomacy

Call for Culture Days art ambassadors Sept 28-30

By Nazanin Shoja, BC Cultural Days manager

 

C Culture Days has announced their province-wide invitation to BC artists to apply to their annual Ambassador & Awards Program. Up to eight selected applicants from across BC will receive $1,000 each to act as a Culture Days spokesperson and to present an activity during the Culture Days weekend (September 28-30, 2018).

 

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts, culture, and heritage inviting the public behind the scenes to discover their own creativity through free, hands-on activities for the whole family.  

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Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

Health News

Healthy Decade

Mini Med School Tuesdays in March a big thing in Chilliwack

By Emily Sayward, prog cood, CDFP

 

ne of the exciting annual initiatives run by the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice is a series of free community events called Mini Medical School.

The weekly meetings are an accessible and informative event where local health care professionals give presentations at a community level on topics of need identified by patients and local doctors.

This takes place in Chilliwack every Tuesday evening in March from 7-9pm, with 2018 marking our 10th year.  

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Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

Veterans News

Bill C-378 Falls Short Say Vets

Open letter to Robert Dekker Conservative Party MP

By Tex Leugner, Cochrane, Alberta

 

r. Dekker, thank you for your response. Contrary to what usually happens, it was a pleasant surprise to even receive a response.

Now for my rebuttal; I disagree that Bill C-378 is a step in the right direction. The three statements that form the basis of the Bill is nothing more than the treatment that any Canadian should expect from its Government in terms of basic rights (as also outlined...

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Monday, Feb 19, 2018

Fire News

Sometimes Where There's Smokers There's Fires

Improperly stubbed butts spread from "Plastic Flowers"

By Andrew Brown, Asst Chief

 

n February 18, 2018, at approximately 10:30am the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in an apartment complex in the 46000-block of Princess Ave. Occupants saw flames lapping up the exterior of the building from a ground floor balcony and called the fire department.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing heavy black smoke and flames venting from the balcony of a main floor apartment.

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Monday, Feb 19, 2018

Fire News

Sometimes Where There's Smokers There's Fires

Improperly stubbed butts spread from "Plastic Flowers"

By Andrew Brown, Asst Chief

 

n February 18, 2018, at approximately 10:30am the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in an apartment complex in the 46000-block of Princess Ave. Occupants saw flames lapping up the exterior of the building from a ground floor balcony and called the fire department.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing heavy black smoke and flames venting from the balcony of a main floor apartment.

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Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

Community News

 

Generation Health

Time to create teams for the Alzheimer's Walk May 6

By Gord Wood, ASBC

ccording to a recent survey, more than 50 per cent of the Canadians affected by dementia have felt stigmatized or discriminated against; for many, it’s a lonely disease. Fraser Valley residents can help change this. Show them you stand with them by creating a team and participating in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Fraser Valley Walk will take place at Landing Sports Center at 1pm.

The Walk is a fun and family-friendly way to create a movement, while sending a message of inclusion and hope to the estimated 70,000 British Columbians currently living with dementia, and the people who care for them.

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Saturday, Feb 17 2018

Entertainment

Everything Falls Sometimes

Award-winning "Never Steady, Never Still" debuts at Cineplex Theatres March 2

By Nicola Pender, Thunderbird TV

 

hunderbird is pleased to announce the theatrical release of writer-director Kathleen Hepburn's feature film debut Never Steady, Never Still

 

The critically acclaimed film, starring Shirley Henderson, will premiere with exclusive runs at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver and Toronto starting on March 2nd and will expand to additional Canadian cities throughout the month.

Never Steady, Never Still is a tender and heartbreaking story of a  mother fighting a debilitating disease and a discontent son - each alienated from their world and struggling to manage in the face of grief, guilt and chronic disease.

Since it's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film has been selected to screen at festivals around the world, has received numerous awards and accolades and was recently nominated for 8 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Motion Picture.

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Friday, Feb 16 2018

Armed Forces

Northern Lights

Army Rangers test armed forces and humanitarian response

By Sub-Lieutenant Andrew McLaughlin, Public Affairs Officer

pproximately 235 members from 4th Canadian Division, the Canadian Army in Ontario, will conduct Northern Exercise 2018 (NOREX 18) in and around Resolute, Nunavut from February 4 to 17, 2018.

NOREX 2018 is aimed at maintaining an Arctic response capability and is designed to ensure Canadian Army personnel have the ability to move, communicate, and command under harsh weather conditions, and in remote locations. Furthermore, Canadian Army personnel will be exercising first response scenarios. During the exercise, soldiers will hone their skills in survivability, mobility, and sustainability, and will have the opportunity to work alongside Canadian Rangers from 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

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Saturday, Feb 17 2018

Music Seen

High Plains Drifters

Petunia and The Burying Ground double bill at Bozzini's Feb 24

By Mano Asprakis, Bozzini's

 

etunia is more than just an entertainer, he’s a modern musical enigma.  Imagine that David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby, that yodeled… or Tom Waits meets Elvis at Woody Guthrie’s hobo junction.  This is just one way of describing the man known simply as Petunia. 

 

He’s an adventure seeker, a poker player, and a mysterious stranger.  He’s been referred to as “The Savior of Country Music”, and a man who exists in a different era, bringing the past forth as something new to be celebrated and not forgotten.

 

Petunia grew up in rural Quebec, in exactly the sort of surroundings that a country musician would find idyllic, with old dilapidated barns, secret forts, and acres of unspoiled land.   

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Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

Sports

Courting Mean

BC anti spike bullying campaign February 9-28

By Volleyball BC

 

ast year, viaSport conducted a survey among its provincial sport organizations and the results were startling:

• 94% believe sport bullying is a serious problem that needs to be addressed
• 55% know of athletes who have dropped out of sport because of bullying
• 44% know of officials, coaches, managers...
 

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Friday, Feb 16 2018

Sports

Hope Floats

Synchro swim team debuts as a team built for all, Espoir games May 29 - June 2

By Jennifer Keith, exec. director

ynchronized swimmers made history this weekend in Surrey, BC, Canada when athletes with and without disabilities competed together on the same team.

The team from the BC Aquasonics Synchronized Swim Club entered this combined team into the new mixed ability competition category, which creates inclusive development and competition opportunity for all athletes.

“Canada has long been a world leader in adaptive synchronized swimming,” says Synchro BC President, RaeAnne Rose, “but this year Synchro BC launched what we understand to be the world’s first ever competitive category for mixed ability synchronized swimming. It’s a huge ‘made in BC’ step forward to create inclusive opportunities in our sport.”

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Friday, Feb 16 2018

Animal Welfare

Catching Cruelty

Mercy For Animals goes after abusive rabbit farmers

By Kenney Torrella, MFA

 

oday, international animal protection group Mercy For Animals is speaking out against the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) for continuing to allow the use of inherently cruel cages in its newly released code of practice for rabbits raised and slaughtered for meat. NFACC—which receives millions of taxpayer dollars to improve farmed animal welfare—has ignored the nearly 18,000 Canadians who urged NFACC to ban these cruel cages.
 

Most rabbits raised for meat in Canada are housed in cages so small the animals are unable to take a single hop or even extend their ears when sitting upright. Rabbits often develop excruciating lesions on their feet due to a lifetime spent standing on uncomfortable bare wire. NFACC is condoning this cruelty by giving farmers an appalling 20 more years to transition rabbits out of these tiny cages into cages that are just slightly larger.

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Monday, Feb 12 2018

Editorial

Light It Up

Let's bring the Paramount Theatre neon sign back

By Voice staff

few weeks ago I approached Kyle Williams, executive director of the Chilliwack Business Improvement Association regarding bringing back the Paramount sign to Wellington Ave.

My thoughts were that it would inject some more life into the downtown area and something the community and businesses would likely get behind.

Williams really liked the idea. According to him, the sign is in storage. So now it's clear that the sign has been waiting for us to bring it back to life.

The most obvious place to anchor the sign is at 45960 Wellington on the Community Services building where there are anchor points.

First mention of it on social media Sunday garnered overwhelming support.

The next step is putting it out to more people via The Voice.

It's an exciting project and comments included how it would bring back memories.

"This would be awesome! I watched my first movie there: How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I hope to see it up there again."

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Saturday, Feb 10 2018

Entertainment

Love by Accident

"Entanglement" premiers at Cineplex

By Nicole Pender, Thunderbird TV

 

hunderbird is pleased to announce the theatrical premiere of Jason James' Entanglement in select Cineplex theatres across Canada on February 9th.

The film stars Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch as Ben Layten alongside Jess Weixler and Diana Bang. While searching for the meaning of his existence Ben uncovers a family secret that leads him to a woman named Hanna... But when he and Hanna (Jess Weixler) inadvertently fall in love, his life becomes increasingly and strangely complicated. Ben starts to realize that everything is amazingly and incredibly connected and that the world might just be more inexplicable than he ever imagined.

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Friday, Feb 16 2018

Community

From the Inside Out

Join Abbotsford Youth Commission February 28 this Pink Shirt Day

Copy By CKNW, Image from Karen, Abbotsford Youth Commission

 

ullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, CKNW Kids' Fund's Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem. 

 

Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. Inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia, CKNW Kids' Fund, working with partners Boys & Girls Clubs and ...

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Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

Hurricane's Eye

Transgender lobbyists looking to quash SOGI debate

By John Carpay, B.A. Political Science

 

arry Neufeld dares to say out loud what millions of Canadians are thinking privately but are too afraid to express publicly.

 

An elected school trustee on the Chilliwack Board of Education, Mr Neufeld has questioned the value and merit of the new “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SOGI) additions to the BC school curriculum.

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Saturday, Feb 10, 2018

The Hunt

Local "treasure" group thanks their own

By Voice staff/Photo submitted

 

 

ne day it's there – a twenty-year-old gold ring. Another day an old silver coin pops up. Sometimes it just a rusty nail. One thing you always get is exercise and some dirt under the nails.

 

Mark Lewis and his gang of Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters (FVTH) go out when they can ISO of anything of value and then get together monthly to show off and perhaps beat out the competition for bragging rights and the occasional trophy. Some of the meetings are fun pot lucks and laughs. FVTH are a close-knit group of dreamers.

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Friday, Feb 9, 2018

Real Estate News

The Millionaires Club

High house prices in Vancouver push buyers into upper valley

By Steve Lerigny, CADREB, CEO

 

ot surprisingly, home sales in Chilliwack and Area slowed a bit in January in response to tightened guidelines for mortgage qualifications.

Still a hair above the 182 sales posted in January of last year, last month recorded 184 sales in all types of properties, ranging from apartments & condominiums to houses with acreage.

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Thursday, Feb 8, 2018

Comment

Here We Go Again

The real dirt of how print media is attacking online news using  scumbag tactics

By Voice staff

 

pparently print media reporter Paul Henderson, the guy with the weird hair, is at The Voice again declaring on Facebook The Voice, specifically myself, are not media.

 

Obviously the guy is like a little kid jealous that some other kid has an ice cream cone and he doesn't.

 

You can read what Henderson wrote to me here in 2016 on Facebook. Scroll down to the screen shots.This is a guy I've stood should to shoulder with in media scrums. There's strong language so if you're easily offended then you probably wouldn't want to read this. Keep in mind that this is a guy who writes your news.

 

Apparently, he wants to be the only game in town and would do anything to try and make that happen.

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Saturday, Feb 10 2018

Farm News

Milking the System

Canadian dairy farmers unhappy with American farm subsidies

By Grey, Clark and Shih Assoc.

 

n Thursday, Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates, Limited (GCS) released an updated report detailing how the American government continues to provide massive levels of support to its agri-food sector at federal, state, and local levels. The study, which focuses on changes introduced by the 2014 Farm Bill, shows that in 2015, the American government doled out approximately $22.2 billion dollars in direct and indirect subsidies to the U.S dairy sector.

Peter Clark, from GCS, spoke about his findings at the Annual Policy Conference of Dairy Farmers of Canada, who provided him with an unconditional grant for this research.

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Friday, Feb 9, 2018

The Arts

Dreaming in Colour

Local artist demonstrates raw and beautiful art Feb 22-April 2

By Mary Main, CVAA

 

onna’s, or Donya’s art, is known as “Visionary Art” which is a title related to self-taught artists. Her creations are a result of her adaptations within a style known today as Modern Art.

 

Donna’s paintings are an expression of her feelings, using acrylic on canvas.

 

She begins by thinking about a subject she may have seen or imagined. They begin with bright colours and the brush strokes express a desire to highlight her vision of what lies within the abstract thought.

 

Whether that vision is of an animal, a flower, or a person, the work is meant to draw attention to the parts...

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Saturday, Feb 3, 2018

Music

A Night of Stars

Richmond Choir join CSO for a memorable evening March 3

By Lynne Preston, CSO

 

n March 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at  the First Ave. Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus are pleased to present their VOICES concert as they host the Richmond Chorus as special guests. 

 

The two choirs will perform together and separately.   

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Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018

BC Govt News

Promises, Promises

Eby assures no driver-shock over insurance costs while balancing ICBC books

By BC Gov't Caucus/Wiki photo

he British Columbia government is directing changes for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) to bring about an end to its financial crisis, while keeping rates affordable for B.C. drivers, Attorney General David Eby announced.

“ICBC was created to provide affordable insurance to all B.C. drivers, but years of reckless decisions by the previous government have thrown the corporation into financial chaos,” Eby said. “Today we start making the tough decisions that will stem ICBC’s losses, keep insurance affordable and provide enhanced care for ...

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Monday, Feb 5, 2018

Sports

Tackling a New Season

Huskers looking to beef up defence, add speed to offense

By Rod Hudson/Voice file photo

 

he excitement continues as spring recruiting attracts more very talented young men.

 

“We are very excited to announce the early commitment of these athletes. Each of them brings valuable skills to the program and we are eager to see them on the field,” commented Coach Reist.


Jesse Clifford, 6’3 260 lb. offensive lineman, is an outstanding player coming out of the Abbotsford Panthers program. With a high ceiling, this very athletic big man promises to make an immediate impact with the club.

 

Sam Nelson, 6’1 185 lb., REC GW Graham. Nelson is returning to football after spending last season recovering from injury. Nelson shows tremendous ball skills and his athletic frame makes for an ideal target for quarterbacks. A true playmaker, watch for Nelson to play an integral role in this year's offence.

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Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018

Community

Call of the Wild

Found cub "not out of the woods yet"

By Menita Prasad, BSc., Animal Care, GVZOO

 


n orphaned cougar cub was found hiding underneath the deck of a home near Williams Lake, B.C., January 13, 2018.

 

The cub was transported to the Greater Vancouver Zoo in the hopes of receiving a promising future. The zoo’s animal care team’s first priority was to evaluate the cub’s health and to provide him with everything he needed to make a strong and speedy recovery.

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Saturday, Feb 3, 2018

The Arts

Human Nature

Chilliwack painter work chosen for Ducks Unlimited Campaign

By Ashley Lewis, Ducks Unlimited/Photos submitted

 

 

aura Levitsky of Chilliwack, British Columbia joins some of Canada’s most  prestigious nature  artists featured in Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) 2018 National Art Portfolio. By donating her artwork to DUC, Levitsky is helping raise important funds for wetland conservation.

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Friday, Feb 9, 2018

BC Gov't News

NDP Announce 2021 Minimum Wage Increase

It's a long time to the next BC elections

By BC Gov't Caucus

ritish Columbia’s lowest-paid workers will earn a $15-an-hour minimum wage by June 2021, Premier John Horgan announced today, endorsing the recommendations of the Fair Wages Commission.

“Regular, predictable increases to our minimum wage are one important way we can make life more affordable for people,” said Premier Horgan.

“For too long, the lowest-paid workers in our province have been left to fall behind, with their wages frozen for a decade at a time. That’s not fair and it’s not right.

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Saturday, Feb 10 2018

Your Voice

Who Made Them Jury

No place for guns in the community

By Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Author, Chilliwack

often wonder if t is just and safe to have a jury at all in our judiciary system. Would judges not be more fair? A group of people often give in to one person among them.

I remember when I was responsible for a group of seven Japanese students to improve their English and orientate them to local Canadian life style and history. I found families to host them but unfortunately could find only two young families and only one of them with young children. The rest were all grandparents.

I was given a curriculum with textbooks to teach English and guidelines for picnics, tours of historic sites and museums.

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Friday, Feb 9, 2018

Lotto News

Dog Day Afternoon

The next best thing to winning is reading about the winners

By Ontario Lotto 649

 

mithville resident Robert Donaldson asked his wife Sandra to do two things for him while he was away in China – buy their LOTTO 6/49 ticket and pick up after their dog.

While Sandra failed on the latter, she did buy the winning ticket, worth $23,324,912.20, for the LOTTO 6/49 January 27, 2018 draw. "I guess I can forgive her for not cleaning up after the dog," laughed Bob, a retired manager at Hamilton-based steel company Dofasco.

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Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Veterans

Their Oath Has No Expiry Date

 "Unremembered" explains how vets feel on super annuity

By L. Tex Leugner

 

egarding the Cochrane Eagle story in which Councilors Nagel and Reed outlined a plan to have the new bridge named to honour Canadian veterans and those whose lives have been lost in combat, I commend...

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Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018

Pov News

Homeless or Just Drugless?

Modular homes not good enough says advocate

By Dave Diewert, Alliance Against Displacement - Strong Language

 

n late November 2017, a video of 135A Street was taken from the dashboard of a car slowly moving south along the street. The video showed dozens and dozens of tents crammed together along the sidewalk. In the video, it is raining, and people briefly come in and out of view as they survive conditions that assault their physical and mental health. The video was posted on social media, and within a few days it had been viewed 270,000 times with 700 comments left by viewers...

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Saturday, Feb 3, 2018

Sports

The Magnificent Seven

2018 Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees Feb 3

By Ian Esplen, Volleyball BC

olleyball BC is proud to announce the induction of seven new members into its Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Banquet is on Feb. 3, 2018, at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Burnaby, BC.

The night’s event will also feature the handing out of Volleyball BC’s Excellence Awards, and recognition of the 2017 Ray Lepp Scholarship winners.

“Every year, this is an event our membership looks forward to because it brings together people who have contributed so much to the sport of volleyball in BC and gives us the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments as well as the sport itself,” said Chris Densmore, Volleyball BC, CEO. “This year’s Hall of Fame class and Excellence Award winners is truly a special group that has given a lot to our sport.”

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Friday, Feb 2, 2018

Sports

Fire and Ice

Pair face off at the 2018 belairdirect in Parksville

By Rebeca-Connop-Price, Curl BC

im Cotter dug himself a hole early Thursday afternoon, but promptly clawed his way  back out in the A-event semi-final of the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship presented by Berwick Retirement Homes at the Parksville Curling Club.

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Monday, Feb 5, 2018

 

Music Seen

Stepping it Up

Wood and Belsher set to entertain Feb 17

By Bryan Cutler, Harrison Fest.

n the 1990s, a wave of Celtic music, particularly from Canada’s east coast, started to hit the airwaves across the country. Music and dance traditions that had been localized to regions of the country for hundreds of years suddenly got national exposure.

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Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Business

Doggone Dining

Petcuran to offer new healthy small dog food

By Petcurean

 

o provide more options for the unique dietary needs of small breed dogs, Canadian pet food company Petcurean has launched two new kibble recipes for small adult dogs: NOW FRESH Grain-Free, Red Meat and Fish recipes for small breeds.

 

These new small breed kibbles are amongst the smallest in the market, featuring a unique clover shape that contributes to high palatability, easy chewing and effective digestion. They are also made with...

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Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018

BC Govt News

Valley Voice Still Not Goodvin Enough

Here have a shot, and the $64,000 question is: what's missing?

By Voice Staff/Music Society FB pic

 

he Voice still goes unrecognized by Pam Goodvin, Fraser Valley Music Society, and not good enough for it. You tell us why. Just another community group looking for your bucks. So give it up. After ten years of sharing her info with Voice readers, she continues to take The Voice for granted. Boozin' for bucks. A silk hat on a sow?
 

"Thank you for your support. We appreciate your help. There are many organizations and individuals that we would like to thank in our media releases, but our organizers have strict guidelines that we are obligated to follow, and unfortunately The Valley Voice didn't fit in those guidelines," said Pam Goodvin.

 

"When you have a moment, please specify your 'strict guidelines' which may affect the type of support and limitations your group receives on The Valley Voice News in the future," responded The Voice editor.

Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

FVRL News

Bookshelves on Air 

Podcast lineup features a broad array of titles

By Jennifer Fehr, FVRL

re you looking for something good to read? Or watch? Or listen to? Fraser Valley Regional Library’s

(FVRL) has you covered with its new ReadRadio podcast. Tune in to hear library staff highlight some of the library’s books, movies, and TV shows that you might not know about.

ReadRadio, an initiative of our online Reading Room, is a great example of how FVRL delivers new...

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Friday, Feb 2, 2018

Sports

Born to Ride

Cyclists head to Gold Coast for Commonwealth Games

By Jerrick Borroso, Cycling BC

 

our BC Athletes will be part of an 18 athlete contingent representing Canada in Track, Mountain Bike and Road cycling events at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 5-14, 2018.

Aidan Caves from Vancouver and Jay Lamoureux from Victoria will be racing for Canada in men’s road & track cycling events.

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Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Music Seen

Lateral Direction

Award-winning Ewen Macintyre Band back at the 'Grease February 22

By E. Macintye

he last time the eclectic band crashed the 'Grease gate it was a surprisingly awesome evening of entertainment.

This time they're touring their new CD release "Road Junky" billed as

The band's international music project, pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk. Led by puppeteer, musicians and Ex- lead singer

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January 2018

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Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

Ten Years After

CIVL campus radio celebrates 10th year with Fraser Valley's best musicians March 30

By Aaron Levy, CIVL Station Manager

 

 

n March 2008, a new signal started streaming out of UFV’s Abbotsford campus and 10 years later is stronger than ever. The Stage in Mission plays host to a lively night of music March 30th to mark the occasion with some of the Fraser Valley’s most celebrated performers.

CIVL has only broadcast on FM radio at 101.7 FM since September 2 but this March staff and volunteers are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of going up for the first time with streaming content live and podcast at ​www.civl.ca​ .

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