Wednesday December 2, 2010

Yarrow News

Mountain of Evidence Against Quarry 

Vedder Mtn. Preservation Group writes concerns to City Hall

Submitted by Corie Robinson

 

Re: Application for Development by Kirkness Pacific Holdings

 

e write to you to express our concerns about the lack of candour from the mayor and councillors regarding the...

 

Read more here

 Wednesday December 1, 2010

Community News

Ratepayer Groups Have Own Gravel Supply Plan 

NDP environment critic Flemming at Yarrow meeting tonight

Submitted by Glen Thompson

 

onight we are presenting our community initiated plan to end Conflict Gravel mining. This is our alternative to the flawed APP being touted by the FVRD. Over 200 people have publicly spoke against the tired APP document...

 

Read more here

 Wednesday December 1, 2010

BC Gov't News

World AIDS Day

Province restates it's commitment to eliminating barriers

Submitted by Terry Lake, Sec. Ministry of Health

 

n Dec. 1, British Columbians will join millions around the world in commemorating World AIDS Day, which raises awareness about HIV and honours those who have died from AIDS.

 

Read more here

 

Chilliwack News December 2010

 Thursday December 30, 2010

Crime News

Pummeled On Princess

Resident beaten during in-home attack by unknown male

Staff/Voice

 

esident in the 45000 blk. of Princess Ave is taken to hospital after being attacked in his own home by an unknown.

Read more  here  

 Thursday December 30, 2010

Police Blotter

RCMP Arrest Tough Guy

Promontory perimeter setup to contain rowdy

Staff/Voice - Tuesday

 

runken Domestic Disturbance at 6:18am - A woman locked herself in the bedroom of her Agassiz home while her three children slept in order to avoid a male who had been binge drinking for days. The problem came to a head and...

 

Read more  here  

 Thursday December 30, 2010

Local News

Protect Your Home Before You Go

Tips if you leave for more than 4 days this winter

Submitted by IBC

 

s we head into winter and the temperature drops, make sure that your home is prepared for the cold. Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) recommends that homeowners who are planning trips during the Christmas and New Year's...

Read more  here  

 Thursday December 30, 2010

Local News

Helping Bring Hope To Animals

Humane Society needs donations

Submitted by HSC

 

he Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking Canadians to make a year end donation to help them with their charitable mission to protect animals and nature. "A registered animal charity, we receive no government funding and rely...

 

Read more  here  

 

 Wednesday December 29, 2010

BC Politics

Green Deputy Leader Offers Tips To New Premier

Liberals creating voter apathy 

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, Green Party

 

ime to change the way government does business. "2010 will go down as the year that the premier realized his ...

 

Read more  here  

 Wednesday December 29, 2010

Police Blotter

S&R Sent Out To Wrong Place

Worried wife alerts police after hunter husband overdue

Staff/Voice - Tuesday

 

izzy Driver 6:15am - A van was doing donuts in the Sears parking lot, but by the time the police arrived, the vehicle was nowhere to be seen.

Coroner Called 7:43am - The coroner and victim's services was called. No other info available.

Read more  here  

 Tuesday December 28, 2010

Letters

Red Alert: Time To Outlaw Styrofoam

The three-R's shouldn't be practiced by the public alone

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, RN

 

1. Please make an effort to outlaw use of Styrofoam, or find a way to recycle it into useful manufactured goods.

2. Whatever is wrong with putting tissue paper and gift wrappings into the alternate paper bins?

 

Read more  here  

 Wednesday December 29, 2010

Letters

When All Else Fails Get Them With A Little Prose

Thompson lauds Ross' environmental stances

Submitted by Glen Thompson, FCRV

 

n the sparse political landscape of the Fraser Valley, FVRD Chair Patricia Ross has been too successful, SE II and too visible, Waste To Energy. She has drawn the disenfranchised to follow her and with them their high...

 

Read more  here  

 

 Monday December 27, 2010

Fishing News

Big Fish Bite If You Got Good Bait

Vedder Boxing Day Derby draws hundreds of hopefuls

Submitted by Chris Gadsden

 

ifteen big steelhead were weighed in yesterday in the Annual Boxing Day Vedder...

 

See the winners list here  

 Sunday December 26, 2010

Feature Story

What's That, No Audio Describers?

New Chilliwack Cultural Centre leaves the visually impaired out of the picture

Craig Hill/Voice

 

he brand spanking new $21-million state-of-the-art Chilliwack Arts and Culture Centre is not as state-of-the-art as they like to think they are. They've hired all kinds of cleaners and guest service managers but...

Read more and see photos here  

 Saturday December 25, 2010

Community

Choosing To Smile

Dying author struck by cancer has wish for bestseller book

Submitted

 

ulie Houlker (on the right in the above photo) is one of the co-authors of an inspirational book called, Choosing to Smile.

Read more  here  

 

 Friday December 24, 2010

Holidays

Promises Made, Promises Kept

How Canadians fare with our resolutions Staff/Voice

 

aking a New Year's resolution is easy, but for many Canadians sticking to one is the tricky part. According to a Sun Life Financial survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, with the new year quickly approaching, three-quarters of Canadians are resolving to improve something about themselves.

Read more  here  

 Friday December 24, 2010

City Hall

Christmas Message From The Mayor and Council

City Hall looking forward to the New Year

Staff/Voice

 

ayor Gaetz: This is the last council meeting of the year so I want to take the opportunity first of all, to thank council for the hard work that they've done this year and I do want to thank our staff as well...

 

Read more  here  

 Friday December 24, 2010

City Hall

Sixty-Years On

CUPE Union Local 458 is a  sexagenarian in January

Staff/Voice

 

he Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 458 is 60-years old and is BC's largest trade union. On January 22. The union, which has about 60,000 nationwide, is planning on a celebration of that milestone.

   Louise Piper, CUPE Pres., Vice Chair Jeff Sampson and Unit Chair Cameron Temple were...

Read more  here  

 Friday December 24, 2010

Local News

Cool Clear Water

RBC calls for applications for it's Blue Water Project

Submitted/Voice file photo

 

pplications are now being accepted for the RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants which provide funding...

Read more  here  

 Friday December 24, 2010

Local News

One-In-A-Million

Landing Leisure Centre sees it's 3-millionth visitor

Photos and notes submitted by Starlee Renton, City PR

 

he Landing Leisure Centre reached a milestone yesterday when the 3-millionth facility user walked through the doors.

    John Hoefsted, a regular user of the Leisure Centre, was surprised when Centre managers and Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz...

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 Thursday December 23, 2010

Feature Story

Powerful Peewees Have Giant Hearts

Chilliwack football team best in BC

Staff//Voice photos 

 

he entire Chilliwack Peewee Giants Blue football club was in council chambers to accept certificates of appreciation from the City for winning the BC...

 

Read more and see photos here  

 Thursday December 23, 2010

Local News

Gov't Acts On Veterans Concerns

Agent Orange eligibility  expanded

Submitted by Robert Pearsall

 

xpanding eligibility for the Agent Orange ex gratia payment is further proof that the Government continues to listen to the concerns raised by veterans said Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Chuck Strahl.

 

Read more  here  

 Wednesday December 22, 2010

BC Politics

Green Party's Top Ten Wish List

Lowering the voting age has always been a Green idea

Submitted by Rebecca Helps/Voice Xmas photo rendering

 

reen Party of BC invites BC Liberals leadership candidates to borrow more of our ideas. "Mike de Jong's suggestion that we lower the voting age to 16...

Read more  here  

Tuesday December 21, 2010

Community 

Never Surrender

ASU survival challenge persistence pays off   

Staff/Voice photos

 

s in the Corey Hart song, ASU Soldiers MCpl. Jason Doiron and Sgt. Erasmo Gavini never surrendered or even...

 

Read more  here  

Tuesday December 21, 2010

Letters 

Rail Group Says Study Flawed

Buker: BC Transit needs light rail backbone  

Submitted by John Vissers

 

he latest Transit Study for the Fraser Valley (the one that cost $400,000 and promised to look at the Interurban) has finally been released by the Provincial government, almost a year late, and right before Christmas.

 

Read more  here  

Monday December 20, 2010

Local News 

One Flew East And One Flew West...

Parkholm nest a long way from Riverview   

Staff/Voice photos

 

ringing patients from Riverview 60-miles away to Parkholm House in Chilliwack, plus the fact the city is giving up over 40 seniors care beds in exchange for 20 mental health beds, was the elephant in the room at a FHA news conference last Thursday.

Read more here  

 Sunday December 19, 2010

Feature Story

Java's Up...Dude!

Waves makes big splash at Garrison Crossing

Staff/with photos by Cathy Empey

 

here's a new cup on the block to get amped over.

    The Waves Coffee House tsunami hit Garrison Crossing last Saturday with a whoosh, opening it's doors to a flood of Sardis coffee lovers.

    The event had lots of panache with a ribbon-cutting, live music...

See story and photos here  

Sunday December 19, 2010

Arts Community 

Show Me How You Burlesque

Give the gift of dance this Christmas

 

n the 1920s, Joesephine Baker and Mae West danced burlesque. In 2010, Christina Aguilera sings about it in "Show Me How You Burlesque" with Cher in their latest movie called "Burlesque".

        

         Read more here  

 

Sunday December 19, 2010

City Scenes 

Festive Finds

Vedder River walkers on the trail to Christmas

Staff/Voice photos

cyclist passes by a petite,  festively decorated tree on the Trans Canada Trail near Unsworth Rd. Wednesday.

   

        Read more here  

 

Saturday December 18, 2010

Community 

REALTORSCareR Blankets The City

CADREB collects 450 bags of warm clothing for needy

Submitted by Steve Lerigney, CADREB

CADREB photos

he CADREB members are out in full force this year to help make Chilliwack a better ...

                 Read more here

 

Friday December 17, 2010

Community 

Poetic Inspiration With Seasonal Edge

A Christmas wish from staff at the Chilliwack Hospice

Submitted by Coletta Holmes, CHS

Hospice photo

was the week before Christmas, when all through the society. All were preparing even Ben and Missy... 

              Read more here  

 Thursday December 16, 2010

Feature Story

Weathering Storms For Kids

ASU soldiers are hoping to overshoot $3000 target

Craig Hill/Voice photos

                                                                  

vershooting a target in the army isn't a good idea except if you're two soldiers perched 25-feet up in a tower for a week and you're aiming to raise $3000 for kids.

 

See more photos of their living quarters here  

Thursday December 16, 2010

Crime News 

An Arresting Drug Problem

Suspect tries in vain to avoid being nabbed Thursday

Staff  Report

suspect was arrested Wednesday at Cook and Victoria, initially on breach issues, but later police found what may have been meth in a jacket pocket.

Thursday December 16, 2010

Business 

Coffee With Caruth

The magic of Christmas Eve and Chamber Connections

Staff  Report

 

isa Caruth, Executive Director of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, dropped by 98.3 Starfm Wednesday to talk with radio personalities about what's happening with the Chamber lately.

            Read more here  

 Thursday December 16, 2010

Education

UFV Reaps $10M For Expansion 

150,000 sq. ft educational facility to include Aboriginal Meeting Place

BC Gov't release

 

tudents at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) will soon have improved and expanded facilities, thanks to an additional $10 million in support of major expansion and renovation projects underway...

 

Read more  here  

 Thursday December 16, 2010

Opinion

West Van First Person Shooters

Jobs, jobs, jobs key to fixing broken young lives

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

es, in West Van. Where the mayor lives. Ten people were shot in a gang squabble just like in Mexico. How did so many young men in BC become criminal gang members? And how did they become first person shooters...

 

Read more here  

 

 Tuesday December 14, 2010

Community

Cash Donators Down, Food Donations Up

Chilliwack residents come through in a big way

Submitted by Cpl. Lee-Anne Dunlop

 

he Chilliwack RCMP, Traffic and First Nation Police, along with Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services and Emergence Response Team, all helped...

 

       Read more here  

 

 Tuesday December 14, 2010

City Hall

City Hall Corrects Vedder Gravel Application Inaccuracies

Council committed to fairness for all parties

Submitted by Starlee Renton, City Hall

 

he City of Chilliwack would like to correct inaccurate statements that are currently being made in the community, regarding an application made to the...

 

Read more here  

 

 Tuesday December 14, 2010

Opinions

Prince William's Christmas Message

Why street newspapers are important

Submitted by Janine Bandcroft, Editor Victoria Street Newz

 

RINCE William has paid a personal and emotional Christmas tribute to those who he calls the "restorers of hope," who care for the welfare of homeless people around the world.

    Writing exclusively for an estimated five million ...

 

   Read more here

 

 Monday December 13, 2010

Community

Mounties Get Their Can

Stuff the Cruiser food drive a "phenomenal" success

Staff/Voice photos

 

he Mounties put out the call, and despite the monsoons, Chilliwack responded in droves.

 

   Read more here  

 Sunday December 12, 2010

Feature Story

K. Popove (L) accepts cheque from B. Minter

Gingerbread Gentlemen

Minter Gardens donates $1000 to hospital

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

ine gingerbread men ran as fast as they can to the Gentleman's Gingerbread ...

 

Read more  here  

 Sunday December 12, 2010

Letters

Negative Politics

Bill C-36 a blow to civil liberties

Submitted by Jan Longmore

 

am so surprised. Bill C36 still hasn't passed, meaning we still have valuable time for input. We/you could still make a difference.

    Debate on Bill C36 happened in the Senate yesterday (it's recorded in Hansard, but will be on the nhppa.org website) and thanks to Senator Joseph  Day raising important points, this...

Read more here  

 Sunday December 12, 2010

Letters

Positive Politics

Communities reach out to local gov't to achieve fairness

Submitted by Glen Thompson, FCRV

 

esterday, Walter, Cynthia, Bruce and I presented the ASP to the City of Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley Regional District. We also discussed the pressing concerns about the over the mountain madness at Vedder Mountain.

 

Read more here

 

 Saturday December 11, 2010

Community

Remembering Loved Ones This Christmas

Hospice butterflies for life

Staff/Voice photo

 

ach year when Christmas rolls around, it can be especially difficult for people who have lost someone they loved.

Read more here

 Saturday December 11, 2010

Local News

Operation Fundraiser

ASU soldiers are high on Children's Hospital

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

ergeant Erasmo Gavini and Master Corporal Jason Doiron have both been to Afghanistan but now they are...

Read more here  

 

 Friday December 10, 2010

Community News

Horse Of A Different Colour

PRDA kids will benefit from  $5000 CIBC donation

Craig Hill/Voice

 

he Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce at 9245 Young Road celebrated it's 100th Anniversary in Chilliwack Tuesday and to mark the occasion, the bank made a $5000 donation to the Pacific Riding For Developing...

    

Read the story here  

 Friday December 10, 2010

Letters

The Media Is The Message

Federal NDP unfairly labeled "Beverly Hillbillies"

Submitted by Dick Harrington, Hope BC

 

here is a famous quote from Marshal McLuhan- entitled " the Medium is the Message". There are many interpretations of this statement. However, I would like to borrow from McLuhan's quote and state - " The Media is the Message".

Read more here

 Thursday December 9, 2010

City Hall

HO: Two Parts Heart & One Part Olympian

Chilliwack Special Olympian heading for Worlds in Greece

Staff/Voice

 

yan Kuester, 22, isn't waiting for his ship to come in, he's swimming out to it instead.

    Kuester was at City Hall Monday to accept a certificate of appreciation for winning two silver and one gold medal in the pool at the Special Olympics in Ontario earlier this year.

 

Read more here

 Thursday December 9, 2010

Letters

Kayakers Want Rivers Kept Open

IPP's will render many waterways useless to recreational users

Submitted by Ryan Bayes, FV Whitewater

 

his is a draft of a letter Im proposing to send out to Navigable Waters and Transport Canada. The hope is that this letter will increase the oversights being given to construction and operation of IPPs in BC. The intent of this...

Read more here  

 

 Wednesday December 8, 2010

Local News

Senior Shot, Stabbed In Home Invasion

Police find small grow-op while search continues for armed and dangerous suspect

Craig Hill/Voice

 

n Tuesday night, a quiet Chilliwack neighbourhood was rocked by a dinner time home invasion which culminated in the shooting and stabbing of a 72-year-old man.

 

Read more here

 Wednesday December 8, 2010

City Hall

Chilliwack Adopts Whistle Blower Policy

"Council encourages a culture of openness"

Submitted by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

hilliwack City Council approved new Whistle Blower Protection Policy at Monday's Regular Meeting. The policy provides a process for any city employee to make a formal report of serious misconduct allegation.

Read more here

 Tuesday December 7, 2010

Entertainment

Free Flicks At Galaxy Saturday

Cineplex hosts Community Day in Chilliwack

Submitted by Sara Marshall, Cineplex

 

ineplex Entertainment announced it will host the first-ever Community Day in Chilliwack, BC on Saturday, December 11, 2010 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Members of the Chilliwack community are invited...

 

Read more here  

 Tuesday December 7, 2010

BCAA Traffic Safety Fdn.

Impaired Driving: Is It Really About Limits?

"Even a simple buzz or glow is impairment"

Submitted by Kathy Funk, BIA Exec. Dir.

 

ith the government of British Columbia bringing in the toughest impaired driving penalties in the country, this holiday season will hopefully be a safer one.

    "These sanctions are not a test to see how many drinks will put...

Read more here

 Tuesday December 7, 2010

BIA News

No Rain On This Parade

Float entries step-it-up a notch this year

Submitted by Kathy Funk, BIA Exec. Dir.

 

he Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) along with the City of Chilliwack are pleases to announce the winners of the Chilliwack Ford Parade of Lights and Sound. Kyle Williams, Lead Judge says, Most entries raised the bar this year and we as judges had a...

Read more here

 Tuesday December 7, 2010

Views

Something In The Air Tonight

Smog count down but breathing problems are up

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, RN

 

have been studying airhealthbc.ca and find this web site seems to assume that upper Fraser Valley has good air quality. That troubles me. I live in Chilliwack.

    Your focus on air quality in Western Fraser Valley is very...

 

Read more here

 Tuesday December 7, 2010

Community

Stuff the Cruiser

RCMP food bank drive Sunday

Submitted by RCMP Cpl. Lea-Anne Dunlop

                                              Voice file photo

n December 12th, 2010 the RCMP will once again be asking the community to 'Stuff It' in Chilliwack and Hope at the second annual 'Stuff the Cruiser' event.

        Read more here

        Monday December 6, 2010

Feature Story

Everyone Loves A Parade

BIA helps Chilliwack "Experience the Magic" 

Craig Hill/Voice photos      

   

 

he next best thing to being in a parade is watching one. The Chilliwack Downtown Business...

Read the story  here

 Monday December 6, 2010

BC Politics

Green Party Wishes Carole James Well

"It's sad parties centralize power around their leader"

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, Green Party

 

he leader of the BC Green Party says that new leaders won't fundamentally change the problems that stem from political parties demanding strict loyalty from their members.

 

Read more here

 Monday December 6, 2010

City Hall

Whistle Blowers Protected Under New Law

City of Chilliwack to ratify new policy Staff/Voice

 

he City of Chilliwack wants a squeaky clean image and doesn't want the public to lose faith in their ability to deliver services. In an effort to give people who report misconduct privacy, a new Whistleblower Policy currently in draft will be voted on in council chambers tonight.

Read more here

 Monday December 6, 2010

BC Gov't

Domestic Violence Plan Complete

Ministry of Public Safety reviews Family Relations Act

Submitted by Gov't of BC

 

he Province has completed and implemented its Domestic Violence Action Plan providing greater integration, co-ordination, collaboration and training among service providers to better meet the needs of families, women and children in B.C.

 

Read more here

 

 Monday December 6, 2010

Local News

This Dangerous Place: Where Law & Justice Collide

Krawczyk contemplates next move as appeal quashed

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

he BC Appeals Court has just brought down a decision on my sentence for blockading at Eagleridge Bluffs in 2006. My appeal was denied. And of course Im disappointed. Im always disappointed in the decisions...

Read more here

 Saturday December 4, 2010

Local News

Robbing The Sick Blind

Abbotsford Hosp. pay parking is the pits for Chilliwack patients

Craig Hill/Voice

 

he Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC) is a $355-million P3-built facility paid for by taxpayers and even with a parking lot that can hold 1000 cars, designers grossly underestimated the actual number of spots needed.

 

Read more here

 Saturday December 4, 2010

CADREB News

 

Cold Nov. Chills Local Home Sales

Good deals available as sellers upgrade homes in response to lagging market

Submitted by Steve Lerigny, CADREB

 

ome sales are cool, but REALTORS R hearts are warm as they reach out to the community during the Christmas season.

    Just concluding their annual Blanket Drive, the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board ...

Read more here

 Saturday December 4, 2010

Community News

Splittin' Hairs Over Prices

ISO the Chilliwack ten-buck cut

Craig Hill/Voice

 

ost people need haircuts. Even us guys who look like Chia Pets with the small tuft on top sticking straight up need one. How much did you pay for your last trim?

    When Bill Higginbottom, the kindly gent in the powder blue smock, finally closed the doors to Bill's Barbershop on Yale Road....

Read more here

 Saturday December 4, 2010

BC Politics

Dissention Among The NDP Ranks

Corky Evans' views on when MLA's go rogue

Submitted by Rafe Mair

 

think that the current, and very public, troubles inside the NDP must be hugely confusing to citizens. In order to try to help folks better understand the debacle I am inclined to try and offer some history about how political parties function in times of stress and...

 

Read more here

 Friday December 3, 2010

Books

Where Humans Fit In The Grand Plan

Award-winning Chilliwack author/filmmaker/biologist pens human nature book

Submitted by Debbie Walker, Translucent PR

 

ith three degrees under her belt it is clear that Carin Bondar, aka Dr. C. is passionate about biodiversity...

 

 Read more here

 Friday December 3, 2010

Driving Tips

Prepare For Winter

Some simple winter road trip tips that could save your life

Submitted by Lennea Durant, BCAA TS

 

inter weather is hard on your vehicle and its engine. Is your truck, car, or van up to the challenge? Winterizing your vehicle - whether you drive that vehicle for work or personal use - could save you some stress and aggravation. Most importantly, it could save your life.

 

Read more here

 Friday December 3, 2010

Local News

Bullied By Bureaucracy

Lackadaisical legislature, gov't staff cutbacks to blame for lack of APP discussion

Staff/Voice

 

he NDP came out in force Wednesday to back residents and activists by hosting a meeting with the community in Yarrow regarding the state of the gravel conflict happening at all points on the compass in the Upper Fraser Valley. Aggregate producers are slowly tightening ...

 

Read more here

 Friday December 3, 2010

BIA News

Five Minutes Of Funk

Seasonal festivities kicks-off with "Magic" parade Saturday

Staff/Voice

 

IA Executive Director Kathy Funk was on 98.3 Starfm Wednesday and spoke with radio personalities Scott and Lisa on the morning show. In case you missed it, the following are highlights from the conversation.

       

        Read more here

 Thursday December 2, 2010

Community 

The Spirit Of Christmas Past

Museum shares Christmas the pioneer way with local school kids.

Craig Hill/Voice

 

t's Christmas day, early 1900s, smoke climbs into a pale grey sky from the chimney of a cozy-looking home nestled in sparkling snow. Behind it's frosted windows, a family...

       

                Read more here

 Thursday December 2, 2010

Community

St:lō Health Serv. Christmas Tips

Safety information from trees to toys for the holiday season

Submitted by Rebecca Middleton, Sto:lo

 

he upcoming holiday season can be exciting and busy. If you are hosting young children, take the time to make your home childproof! Some tips to childproof your home and to avoid injuries include installing fixed gates, covering plug-ins, locking cupboards and putting...  

 

         Read more here