Monday, December 16, 2013

Veterans News

A Living Pension

Vets want a retirement plan they can subsist on

Submitted by John LaBelle, Veterans Advocate, Nova Scotia

 

t is a known fact that the latest tax-free contributions increase to the plan will only benefit the well to do families. The present option of doubling the CPP contributions with a doubling of benefits ...

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Native News

Christmas Camps

Cree, Mi'kmaq, Algonquin fed up with fracking, clear-cutting

Released by Sylvia McAdam, Idle No More

 

dle No More and Defenders of the Land networks call on Indigenous Peoples ...

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 Feature Story   Tues., Dec. 25, 2013

 

MLA's Make Merry

John Martin shares the Christmas spirit at Open House meet and greet

Staff/Voice photos

 

hilliwack MLA John Martin was in full festive swing on Friday for his Open House. He was joined by fellow ...

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Health News

Cleaning Up Health

FHA explores ways to avoid getting sick in hospital

Released by Fraser Health

 

Fraser Health research team has successfully linked enhanced oral care to a reduction in hospital acquired pneumonia in non-ventilated, care-dependent patients through a study at Royal Columbian Hospital.
 

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Fed Gov't News

Challenging Times

Artistic youth invited to take part in national 150th  celebration

Released by Fraser Health

 

ark Strahl, M.P. for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon is inviting area youth to take the 2014 Canada Day Challenge.
        "This is a unique chance for area youth to showcase ...

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 Feature Story   Wed., Dec. 25, 2013

 

Grizz Gridiron Greats 

GW Graham coaches and players score touchdown at City Hall

Staff/Voice photos

 

hat were you doing when you were in grade eight? Last week, Chilliwack's premier football team ...

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Community News

Tomorrow's Song

Barbershop group wraps up the season, looks to 2014

Submitted by Lloyd Johnson, CHC/Voice file photo

 

fter Monday evening the Chilliwack Harmony Chorus singing the Barbershop style retires for the rest of the festive season. We thank you for considering our group to sing for you and supporting ...

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

BC Gov't News

Secondhand News

Thrift store to provide management training

Released by Ben James, The BC Liberal Caucus

 

he Agassiz Harrison Community Services Thrift Store will be transformed into a self-supporting community hub as part of a work experience and training program funded by the B.C. government.

 

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Food Activism News

Asleep at the Tractor Wheel

What will we Canads do now that the USDA to test crop "organics"?

Submitted by Mischa Popoff, Kelowna

 

s you know, Canadian organic activists have been saying for years now that I’m crazy just because I think we should test organic ...

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

RCMP

The Bright Stuff

Mounties look for fresh recruits

Released by Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen, RCMP UFVRD

 

he Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment is seeking Auxiliary Recruits for the RCMP Volunteer Program.  

        If you are willing to challenge yourself, apply today to become an RCMP Auxiliary.

 

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

City Politics

Gaetz Not Going Anywhere Soon

Gaetz re-elected FVRD chair despite heavy workload

Released by Shaheen Shivji, FVRD

 

he Fraser Valley Regional District Board, this evening, re-elected City of Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz as the 2014 Board Chair and acclaimed ...

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Teacher News

Harper's Austerity Axe Set to Fall

Faculty, students launch campaign to save ESL funding for BC

Released by Cindy Oliver, President FPSE

 

or Saeideh Ghassarifar, English Language Training (ELT) programs are a very real part of her education plan. Ms. Ghassarifar is from Iran. She has three degrees including a doctorate in health care education.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Opinion

Location, Location, Location

WWP looks to Gaetz for better planning, local watershed management

Released by Sheila Muxlow, WWP

 

would like to thank Mayor Sharon Gaetz for highlighting her concern with Cheam landfill and let her know that any operation that has the potential to release toxic pollutants into our local waterways ...  

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Community News

Righteous Ricky's

Local restaurant supports sustainable seafood on menu

Submitted by Eddie Gardner, FSB, Chwk

 

hilliwack Atlantic Farmed
Salmon Boycott Chapter members and supporters ...

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Pipeline News

BC's 'Carbon Corridor'

Economic boon claims false say activists

Released by Michael Hale, Pipe-UpNetwork

 

he other shoe has dropped. Now there are two active applications to build tar sands pipelines across BC. Kinder Morgan’s proposal to add a new 540,000 barrel-per-day pipeline was submitted to the National Energy Board on December 16.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BC Politics

The Best in the "Est"

Five New Year's resolutions for politicians

Released by Dermod Travis, Integrity BC

 

t's that time of year when many of us make resolutions for the new year. Most of them are lofty goals towards self-improvement: quit smoking, lose weight, exercise more often are all among the popular ones.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Local News

A Historic Agreement

Chiefs hockey club to connect with UFV

Released by Barry Douglas, Chilliwack Chiefs

 

he University of the Fraser Valley and the Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club today announced the creation of a new, mutually beneficial partnership that will see the two organizations work together on a series of initiatives.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Community Sports

Higginbottom on Top

Local fighter cleans house in Battlefield MMA brawl

Released by Francine Douglas, Four Directions Martial Arts

 

ixed Martial Arts contender Kolten Higginbottom won his match via unanimous decision at the Battlefield Fight League in Vancouver BC.

Read more here »

 

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Letters

Balking at Bins

Food Bank challenge

Submitted by Gladys Hill, Kelowna BC/Selfie photo

 

This letter to the editor, written by my mom, appeared in Kelowna print media prior to Christmas.

 

am really amazed at how people respond to a donation in lieu of an entrance fee.
I went to the landing of Santa for the children at Bylands where there were boxes set aside for donations to the food ...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

City Seen

Two Solitudes

Salish Park decked out with yuletide lights

Staff/Voice photos

 

alish Park is looking festive these days with some of the trees and standards adorned in twinkling lights. 

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Fire Dept News

Blaze Totals Evans Rd House

Arson suspected, police investigating

Released by Ian Josephson, City of Chilliwack Fire Chief

 

t 2:32 a.m. Monday, firefighters from Chilliwack fire halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to a structure fire in the 7100 block of Evans Road.

        When firefighters arrived they found a vacant ...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fire Dept News

A Burning Need to Help

Chilliwack firefighters collect over 17,000 items for the Food Bank

Released by Ian Josephson, City of Chilliwack Fire Chief/File photo

 

he Chilliwack Fire Department along with Chilliwack Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Social Services (ESS) would like to thank the citizens ...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Community News

'Every Week is Multiculturalism Week'

The Great Sushi Roll-Off

Released by Lynn Gibson, CCS

 

n Open House and “Great Sushi Roll-off” were two activities celebrated at ...  

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Health News

Focusing on Care

Hospitals can be hazardous to your health

Released by Fraser Health Authority/Voice file Dr. Nigel Murray

 

raser Health is pleased to be launching a new initiative, called Keeping Patients Safe, to discover innovative solutions to the safety challenges such as medication errors, hospital acquired infections, and falls that often affect ...   

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Arts News

Drawing on the Xmas Spirit

City chooses 2014 greeting card

Released by Jamie Leggatt, City of Chwk/Voice photo

 

nnually the City of Chilliwack hosts a Christmas card design contest in order to feature the talent of local residents. This year Sherol Cunningham's painting 'Endangered Barn ...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Real Estate News

Supply & Demand Dictate Prices

November sales drop with temperature

Released by Steve Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo Jesee Hildebrandt

 

ome sales have cooled with the temperature, but as 2013 draws to a close,
the local Real Estate Board looks forward to a new year with optimism.

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 Feature Story    Wed., Dec. 4, 2013

 

Fear and Loathing in Chilliwack

AIDS candlelight vigil highlights need for greater awareness

Staff/Voice photos

hree people stood under an awning at the downtown library Sunday bracing themselves ...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Just Sayin'

As Good As It Gaetz

What's going on at City Hall?

Staff/Voice file photos/REVISED

 

hilliwack City Hall has got it all. From thugs on rugs, to villainous bosses, to a woman who wants to be in control of everything.   

        This three-ring circus of self-appointed bureaucrats is led by Mayor Sharon Gaetz, who seems to be slowly burning out as master of the universe.

Read more here »

 

 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Local News

Celebrity Cats

Charity calendar now available at the Bookman

Submitted by Amber Short, Bookman

 

he Book Man's annual Community Cats for Charity calendar is out for the 2014 year.  It's purr-fect for a Christmas present, or to treat your inner cat lover to a little present while supporting the fine folks at Safe Haven!

Read more here »

 

 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ryder Lake News

Crafty Christmas

Annual market Dec 7

Submitted by Peter Whitlock, RLFI

 

he Annual Ryder Lake Xmas Craft Fair is this Saturday at Ryder Lake Hall 9-3 at 49265 Elk View Road.

        Looking back to Christmas in the past ...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Opinion

Toxic Wasteland?

Rezoning pushed through with no public consultation

Released by Sheila Muxlow, WWP/REVISED

 

he Issue: the proposed rezoning of 7582 Cannor Road to facilitate the development of a toxic waste disposal site alongside the Fraser River by Ontario-based company Aevitas Inc. 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Opinion

Toxic Democracy

City Hall faces questions after rubber-stamping chemical dump rezoning

Submitted by Ann Muehlebach, Chwk

 

he manner in which the application to locate a hazardous waste remediation facility, alongside the Fraser and near the Vedder Canal by Aevitas, was rushed through at City Hall defies all rules of due process.  In effect, the public has been blind-sided on this one because surely there is a need for some kind ...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Senior's News

Healthy Holidays

Elder isolation a serious concern

Released by Fraser Health Authority

 

or many of us, the arrival of winter means ski season, skating lessons and hot chocolate by the fireplace. Unfortunately, for many seniors, winter can lead to isolation, depression and increased fall risk due to weakened muscles. As the temperature drops, anxiety over falls and ...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

FVRD News

Ozone Ugly

FVRD cites Hope as a 'Hot Spot'

Released by the FVRD

 

round-level ozone has steadily been increasing in the province over the last 20 years and Hope is the provincial hot spot. High ozone levels are also found in Abbotsford and Chilliwack despite reduction of emissions precursorsą, which are

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

RCMP News

Arresting Appetites

RCMP cook breakfasts Dec 21 and ask residents to make Dec 8 pizza night

Released by Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen, RCMP UFVRD

 

he Chilliwack RCMP have partnered with Chilliwack Community Services, and local business Jim’s Pizza, to hold a Christmas pancake breakfast for ten deserving families.

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 Feature Story       Sat., Dec. 7, 2013

 

The Day the Mo Had to Go

Bernard Elementary School Peer Leaders bake their way to a big cash donation for the Movember cause

Staff/Voice photos

here's no other school in Chilliwack where the students connect so strongly to their teachers than ...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Local News

Truck vs. House

Driver injured after losing it on Evans Road

Staff/Voice photos

 

pickup truck lost control and slammed into a home in the 7200 block of Evans Rd. just before 3 p.m. Sunday.

Read more here »

 

 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Federal Gov't News

Local Reserves Get Xmas Gift

EAP plays Santa with $9M for economic development

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl/Voice file photo

 

oday, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, accompanied by Chief Robert Louie of the First ...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Live Theatre

Precocious Diversion

Age of Arousal a 'lavish, sexy ensemble piece' Jan 8-26

Released by Melanie Wickes, UFV Theatre

 

FV theatre presents Age of Arousal, a new play by Canadian theatre artist, Linda Griffiths. The play’s unique script is "wildly inspired" by George Gissing's 1893 novel ...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Letters

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Voice reader shares medical odyssey, thanks docs and nurses

Submitted by J. Woodroff, Chwk

 

n October 11th,  I underwent surgery to revise my left hip replacement. It had fallen apart and had been troubling me for some time.

Read more here »

 

 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Film

Cinematic Suffrage

Vote to see your favourite at Cottonwood 4 on Dec 24

Released by Steve Martens, FVCA

 

he Fraser Valley Creators Association is extremely proud to present ...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Live Music

Holiday Repertoire

Belle Voci features Harpist Hankey

Released by Lynne Preston, CSO

 

n December 21st and 22nd, St Thomas Anglican Church will be filled with the stunning and pure sound of unaccompanied voices. Belle Voci, Chilliwack’s celebrated A Cappella singing ...

 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Local News

Cultus Lake Budget Passes Muster

BC Hyrdo rate increase wolfs down projected surplus

Released by Christine Woodward, CLPB/Voice file photo Sacha Peter

 

n December 11, 2013 the Cultus Lake Park Board adopted Bylaw 2014-01, the 2014 Budget and 5-Year Financial Plan. 

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 Feature Story       Sat., Dec. 14, 2013

 

A Century of Service

Princess Armouries turns 100 in style

Staff/Voice photos

adets smiled and laughed as they poured out of the second floor and thumped down the old gray wooden ...

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Community News

Blue Christmas

WaterWeatlh folk bundle up the holiday season with cheer

Staff/Voice photos

 

hristmas would be bleak without the enjoyment of friends and camaraderie.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Crime News

Sunday Sinners

Break and enter involving stolen guns and robbery keep police busy

Staff/Voice photo

 

ounties are looking for an SUV connected to a robbery at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas at around 7:40 p.m.

Read more here »

 

 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Pipeline News

Expansion Plans Filed with NEB

Trans Mountain will hold invite-only public hearing

Released by Trans Mountain Pipelines/Voice file photo

 

his morning, Trans Mountain Pipelines filed a Facilities Application with the National Energy Board (NEB) for the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

 

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 Feature Story    Mon., Dec. 3, 2013

 

Sobs, Sniffles and Smiles

The Gift of Magi comes to the stage Dec 18-21

Released by Megan Mackenzie, Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Junkies Fine Arts

 

hat better way to bring forth the Christmas ...

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