Sunday January 1, 2012

Local News

Postage Rates Set To Go Up 2¢

Increase means less reliance on taxpayer dollars

Released by Canada Post

 

anada Post would like to remind Canadians that the domestic basic letter rate will increase by 2 cents, from 59 cents to 61 cents, for standard letters weighing up to 30 grams, effective January 16, 2012. This is part of a five year pricing strategy announced in 2009.

  Read more here

  Wednesday January 4, 2012

Firefighter News

Interior Community Hit Hard With Loss

Chilliwack firefighters mourn Enderby comrade

Released by Jeff Ulyot, CFD/Facebook pic

 

he City of Chilliwack Fire Department will be well represented at Captain Dan Botkin’s Funeral on Thursday, January 5,  2012. The Fire Department will have twelve of its Paid-On-Call firefighters...    

Read more here

  Thursday January 5, 2012

Lifestyle

It's The Key

Living your best life; mind, body and soul

Submitted by Mimi Nelson, Yarrow BC

 

re you equipped to succeed at your New Year’s Resolutions for 2012? Ready to discover other sides of yourself? Want to live with more purpose and value?
        Join Coach Mimi, life
& wellness coach, as you walk...

Read more here

  Friday January 6, 2012

Employment

Local PR Company Offers Industry Training

Internship, practicum and film  opportunities available

Submitted by Debbie Walker, Translucent PR

 

ranslucent Publicity positions available in Chilliwack:

Public Relations Assistant

Responsible to the President/ Owner of Translucent Publicity...

 

Read more here

 Feature Story   Sunday Jan 8, 2012

     

Something To Cheer For

Championships January 14 will have contestants from all over the Fraser Valley and Washington State

Submitted Kim Douglas, PACC/Voice file photo

 

acific Allstar Cheerleading is very excited to be hosting the 5th Annual Pacific Allstar Cheer Championships at Heritage Park...

 

Read more here

  Sunday January 8, 2012

Lifestyle

The Way of the Shaman  

Shamanic journeying, power and healing basic workshop March 3-4

Submitted by Wade Prpich, FSS

 

n this workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism and initiated into the classic shamanic journey for...

Read more here

 Monday January 9, 2012

Community

Having Fun While Helping Kids 

Cops For Cancer game raises $2163

Released by Cpl. T. Hollingsworth  Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD

 

charity hockey game between the RCMP and the Overwaitea Food Group took place on January 1, 2012, at Prospera Centre.

 

Read more here

 

Friday January 20, 2012

Fire Dept News

A Tale of Two Fires

Residents out in cold after smoking pot on stove alerts

Released by Jeff Ullyot, CFD/Voice photos

 

he City of Chilliwack Fire Department responded to two reported structure fires with an hour on Thursday, January...

Read more here

 

Tuesday January 24, 2012

BC Gov't News

Pumping In Money

Feds and province team up to upgrade flood control infrastructure

Released Marc Wang, BC Gov't Caucus
 

he District of Kent has received $330,000 for the Hammersley Pump Station Floodbox construction project. The district is now better prepared for flood emergencies thanks to a joint investment by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia.

Read more here

 

Made in

Canada

  Sunday January 1, 2012

Community

If Nobody Claims Me In 30 Days... I'm Yours

Ryder Lake residents amazed to find alpaca roaming in their yard

Staff/Voice/Web image

 

ome Ryder Lake residents got a fur-lined surprise last week when they awoke to find an alpaca in their yard.

        They took the animal to their barn and then went about looking...

  Read more here

  Tuesday January 3, 2012

Community Sports

Shove-Off Now To A Great Summer

Fraser Valley Dragon boat Club looking for members

Submitted by Kathy Preuss, FVDbC

 

he Crusaders Dragon boat team have lost some paddlers this year and need...

  Read more here

 Feature Story                                                                         Tuesday January 3, 2012

     

Poor Weather Making Roads Risky

Pedestrian struck in Spadina crosswalk

Staff/Voice photos

 

Chilliwack emergency crews respond to pedestrian-MVA Tuesday.

 

aramedics were first on the scene on a call to a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident at the corner of Spadina Ave and Yale Rd. Tuesday afternoon.

 

It's unclear if the person was on a bicycle, but their injuries were not life-threatening. The victim was eventually taken to Chilliwack General Hospital. Bad road conditions may have been a factor in the mishap.

 

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the Vancouver area. Chilliwack is only expecting about 5mm overnight, however Wednesday's forecast is for up to 15mm, at times very heavy, with winds gusting around 30 km/h in the city and up to 80km/h in the Hope area. Visit www.drivebc.ca for the latest BC road conditions.

 

It's always a good idea to stock up on spare batteries, candles and other necessities in case the power does go out.

See more photos here

  Tuesday January 3, 2012

Local Politics

Dix Comes To Chilliwack

BC NDP Leader to speak at closed nomination meeting

Submitted by Al Ens, Pres. FV NDP

 

here will be a Chilliwack-Hope NDP Nomination Meeting at 1 pm on Saturday January 28th in the Loft at the Landing Sports Centre, 45530 Spadina Ave.
        Nominations close at 5 pm on January 6th. BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix will be speaking at the meeting.

  Tuesday January 3, 2012

BC Gov't News

Homeowners To Get Bigger Tax Break

Seniors and veterans will benefit with additional grants of $275

Released by the BC Government

 

ritish Columbians who own homes worth up to $1.285 million may be eligible to receive the entire homeowners’ grant this year, after the Province raised the threshold to accommodate rising property values.

        BC Assessment estimates...

 Read more here

  Wednesday January 4, 2012

Local Politics

O'Mahony Makes It Official

Hardest-working fed political candidate throws hat into BC NDP nomination ring

Released by Gwen O'Mahony, Chilliwack

 

oday I filed application for nomination as the next NDP candidate in the Chilliwack Hope By-election. Thank you for your patience as I carefully considered my bid.

 

Read more here

 

  Wednesday January 4, 2012

Yarrow News

Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary

Learn about cohousing from expert Chuck Durrett at UFV Jan 20

Submitted by Tamarra Bonemaison, Yarrow

 

ave you ever dreamed of taking over a cul-de-sac and selling each unit to a friend?

Read more here

  Wednesday January 4, 2012

Women's Safety

Helping Make The Street Less Perilous

Self-defence course Jan 7 teaches women to be assertive – plus a few moves like Jagger

Staff/Voice/Submitted photo

 

t's dark. You're alone. You're female. Someone is following you. Suddenly, there's a confrontation and the thug demands your purse. What do you do? 

Read more here

  Wednesday January 4, 2012

Local News

Watson Road Fire Suspicious

Teens seen running from home as fire breaks out

Staff/Voice photos

 

ire broke out in a home on Watson Rd. just before 4 A.M. this morning. A neighbour...

 Read more here

  Wednesday January 4, 2012

Local Folk

The Chosen One

Chilliwack resident elected to CGA Board of Governors

Submitted by Pardeep Clair, CGA-BC

 

he Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) is pleased to announce that Ursula Viney, CGA, will serve on the Association's Board of Governors for 2012.

Read more here

  Thursday January 5, 2012

Fitness

It's A Family Affair

Family membership deals and ladies kickboxing offered 5 days a week

Submitted by Francine Douglas, RMA

 

ant to get in the best shape of your life? Tired of spending lonely hours at the gym...and you don't see or feel a change? Bring the entire family to Revolution - classes for ages 4 & up.  

Read more here

Thursday January 5, 2012

Real Estate News

Market Perfect For First-time Home Buyers

CADREB predicts solid year for local housing scene

Released by Steve Lerigny, CRAE

 

ontinued low interest rates for at least the first quarter of the year combined with a projected modest increase in sales point to another solid year for the local real estate scene.

        "We don't expect to see...

Read more here

  Thursday January 5, 2012

Live Entertainment

The Ultimate Laugh

Roman Danylo brings his unique humor troupe to Chilliwack for one night only

Released by Ann Goodswaard, CCC

 

he Ultimate Comedy Show, January 27th at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre is more than a show, it’s a gut-busting experience that is gunna knock your socks off! A Chilliwack Cultural Centre...

Read more here

 

  Thursday January 5, 2012

Music

Learn To Play The Ukulele

Train's Soul Sister and Mraz's I'm Yours show the instrument is alive and well in pop music

Released by Graham Yates, CAM

 

dult learners continue to be captivated by the recent craze over the ukulele. Once thought of as the disposable, silly instrument from music class in childhood, the "uke" has become a stepping stone...

Read more here

  Friday January 6, 2012

Film

New Twist On An Old Classic

Beauty and the Beast in 3D coming to Galaxy Cinemas January 13

Released by Sara Marshall, Cineplex

 

he movie captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara), a bright and beautiful young woman who's taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his...

Read more here

  Friday January 6, 2012

Local News

It's No Picnic

MLA Brar finds out shopping for food is harder than it looks on a welfare budget

Released by Bill Hopwood, RTR

 

oday Jagrup Brar, MLA Surrey Fleetwood, showed off the kind of food and housing that a person living on the welfare rate of $610 a month can afford.  Brar has accepted the challenge from Raise the Rates...

Read more here

  Friday January 6, 2012

Health

Pitching Pills Properly

Pharmacies collected 30,000kg of unused prescriptions in 2010

Released by the BC Pharmacy Assoc.

 

he BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and Metro Vancouver have joined forces once again to urge members of the public to make a New Year's resolution to bring their unused medications back to their local pharmacy.

Read more here

  Friday January 6, 2012

Crime News

Another Woman Assaulted and Robbed

She was punched to the ground and had her purse snatched

Staff/Voice file photo

 

olice are looking for a male suspect after a woman was attacked near the Greyhound Bus Terminal on Luckakuck early Friday morning just after 7 A.M.

 

Read more here

  Friday January 6, 2012

Education

 

Active Minds Mean Healthy Brains

ElderCollege has a good selection of courses

Submitted by Pat Clark, UFV ElderCollege, Chilliwack

 

eople 50 and better will be turning out on January 17 to register for the upcoming semester of ElderCollege Chilliwack. Over 20 courses offer a range of topics from computers to genealogy, to...

 

Read more here

  Friday January 6, 2012

Entertainment

Sonic Textures

Award-winning Vancouver roots artist Tamara Nile to play Bozzini's Jan 21

Submitted by Mano, Bozzini's Rest.

 

ozzini's is pleased to prevent the first performance of 2012 & of our...

Read more here

  Friday January 6, 2012

BC Politics

'Who Really Runs BC?' 

What if politicians had to wear their corporate sponsorship?

Submitted by Dermod Travis, IntegrityBC

 

ntegrityBC is delivering a postcard to homes in Chilliwack that depicts BC premier Christy Clark as a  NASCAR race car driver in a uniform splashed with the corporate logos of donors to...

Read more here

 Sunday January 8, 2012

Business News

New Year Brings Some Optimism 

Chamber poll suggests local business optimistic in 2012

Staff/Voice

 

recent poll conducted by the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce indicated a certain amount of optimism in the business community. According to the Chamber, 73 businesses took part in the survey which asked three basic questions, for example, if...

Read more here

Sunday January 8, 2012

Commentary

China Has Dibs On Iranian Oil

Krawczyk's take on why US won't invade Iran

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

ow to make sense of this announcement by the Chinese President Hu Jintao? War with whom? Surely China isn’t going to invade Iran. China is the number one oil and gas importer from Iran.

Read more here

 Tuesday January 10, 2012

UFV News

Campus Cyber Hub Grows

UFV Today blog shares stories and successes from those that live it

Released Ashley Wray, UFV
 

new blog is providing the community with an interactive way to keep in touch with the University of the Fraser Valley.

 

Read more here

 Tuesday January 10, 2012

Local Politics

Throness Throws Hat In

Conservative Party Asst. to Chuck Strahl announces by-election bid  Staff/Voice
 

aurie Throness, a former assistant to Tory MP Chuck Strahl announced his bid for the Chilliwack-Hope riding yesterday.

       Throness was a one-time assistant to ex-MP Chuck Strahl. The by-election has not been called yet, but the general consensus is that it will likely be sometime in March.

     Elections BC told the Voice a by-election will cost $625,000.

 Tuesday January 10, 2012

BC News

Mail Dragons

Canada Post reveals new stamps commemorating 2012 Year of the Dragon

Released Canada Post
 

anada Post today honoured the Year of the Dragon by issuing a pair of stamps and collectibles to mark the Lunar New Year. A dragon year is said to be a time of innovation, risk and achievement. These stamps are the fourth release in a twelve-year Lunar New Year series.

Read more here

 Tuesday January 10, 2012

BC Gov't News

Liberals Plug Funding Holes

Assortment of Chilliwack adult literacy programs get portions of cash infusion

Released Marc Wang, BC Gov't Caucus
 

dult learners around Chilliwack and the eastern Fraser Valley will get help to improve their literacy and numeracy skills thanks to funding through the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). An investment of $176,282 will...

Read more here

 Tuesday January 10, 2012

Community Sports

Skating From Scratch

Voodoo's roller derby team looking for a few good boys and some bad girls Feb 19

Submitted by genuine Voodoo Dollz


e build skaters from scratch! This is not a try out. We accept all interested...

Read more here

 Tuesday January 10, 2012

BC News

How Smart Are Those Meters?

Notables speak out against meters in short film clip

Released by Walter McGinnis
 

here are so many things wrong with how things are going in this province, in this country and around the world.

Read more here

 Tuesday January 10, 2012

Entertainment

Eclectic & Electric

The Breakmen 'bleed' bluegrass at Harrison Jan 28

Released by Ed Stenson, HFS


he Harrison Festival Society is proud to present one of BCs hottest Roots/Bluegrass groups the Breakmen on January...

Read more here

 Feature Story    Tuesday Jan., 10, 2012

     

It's Not About The Winning

New kids soccer league 'Little Kickers' focuses on fun

Submitted by Ryan Baker, Little Kickers Fraser Valley

 

ittle Kickers is an International Franchising Company recognized as the top soccer program for young children in the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus and Canada. Fraser Valley Little Kickers... 

Read more here

 Thursday January 12, 2012

Lifestyle

Facing The Facts About Your Face

What is your face saying to the world? Find out at Amethyst  January 21

Submitted by Janet Newport, Amethyst Books


id you know that your face holds the blueprint of your whole body in its structure and shape? The structure of your face holds the true nature of your soul.  Your responses to the outer world create your body shape, structure...

Read more here

 Thursday January 12, 2012

RCMP News

Crime In Your Hood?

Mounties release list of areas targeted recently by thieves in the city

Released by Cst. T. Wolbeck, Chwk RCMP


airfield Island- On the east side of Fairfield Island on Conrad Street, Brice Road, and Manor Drive. Also of note is activity just south of Fairfield in Quarry Road area on Woods Road and Beaver Crescent.

 

Read more here

 Thursday January 12, 2012

City Hall News

The Taxman Cometh

Chilliwack 2012 assessments reflect an inflationary tax increase at most

Staff/Voice/Shaw TV images

 

len Neufeldt, Senior Appraiser with the BC Assessment Authority made a presentation to council regarding changes in property owners assessments this year.

        Neufeldt told council the ...

Read more here

 Thursday January 12, 2012

City Hall News

The Municipal Rub

City Hall mourns loss of Election Officer, cycling lane on Prest Rd and a new Med Services building

Staff/Voice/Shaw TV images

 

ouncil meeting started on a sad note when Mayor Sharon Gaetz announced that Bill Storen, long-time friend as well as Chief Election Officer for four elections...

Read more here

 Friday January 13, 2012

Run-of-River News

 

Harrison IPP's One Step Closer

Cloudworks to show completed environmental assessments at Open House January 19

Released by Cloudworks Energy Inc.

 

loudworks Energy Inc. (Proponent) is proposing to construct and operate three waterpower projects on Tretheway Creek, Shovel Creek and Big...

 

Read more here

 Friday January 13, 2012

Community News

The Smart Money

Chilliwack Foundation gives away $70K

Staff/Voice photos

 

ine Chilliwack organizations can count their lucky stars after $70,000 was dished out by the Chilliwack Foundation Tuesday evening at the regular city council meeting.

Read more here

 Friday January 13, 2011

Federal Politics

Voting Night Gag Law Scrutinized

Strahl wants real-time nationwide results available instantly online

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

 

he dated, obsolete and unenforceable election law that prohibits Canadians from early reporting of elections results will be repealed, promised Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.

Read more here

 Saturday January 14, 2011

Health

Back Talk

Some helpful tips to save yourself some back aches this winter

Released by Assoc. of Chiropractors

 

anuary is putting on its traditional white coat and whether we like it or not, winter rhymes with snow storm! Here are a few useful tips to make sure you shovel safely this season.

        Shovelling is a highly demanding physical activity for...

Read more here

 Feature Story      Sat January 14, 2012

     

Yo, Adrian!

BC NDP Leader has eyes of the tiger on Chilliwack

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

C NDP Party leader Adrian Dix had the gloves on and came out swinging last Thursday in Chilliwack, at the...

Read more here

 Sunday January 15, 2011

Local News

Nowell St. Nuisance

Chilliwack fire crews deal with electrical wiring short

Staff/Voice photos

 

t approximately 10 P.M. Saturday, the CFD were called out to a building at the corner of Young Rd. and Nowell...

Read more here

 Monday January 16, 2012

Health News

Deadly Drug  Loose on the Streets

Ecstasy continues to claim young lives in the Fraser Valley

Released by the Gov't of BC

 

he BC Coroners Service is investigating another death potentially related to the use of ecstasy. On the night of Jan. 14, 2012, a 16-year-old boy from Langley was with others when he reportedly took...

Read more here

 Monday January 16, 2012

Upcoming Event

Celebrating Science

Science World returns to Chilliwack January 28

Released by Science World/Voice file photo

 

ou're invited to help us Celebrate Science!

Read more here

 Monday January 16, 2011

Local News

Snow Day

Inclement weather popular with kids but drivers' bane

Staff/Voice photos

 

nvironment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the Fraser Valley early Monday...

Read more here

 Monday January 16, 2012

Lifestyle

No Hypno Hocus Pocus 

Mastering your subconscious to tackle life's issues without any swinging pendulms

Submitted by Teya Graves, Chilliwack

 

o you ever wonder why a part of you wants to do something like lose weight, feel motivated to work out, quit smoking, be less  angry, learn better, play better hockey, etc while another part of you...

 

Read more here

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

On The Road

Dangerous Driving 

RCMP ask motorists to stay off Hwy 1 east of Langley

Staff/Voice photos

 

CMP are warning drivers against traveling on the Trans-Canada Highway in the Fraser Valley, where blizzard...

 

Read more here

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

Community

Books & Ballots 

Take the Reading Challenge for a chance to win prizes

Submitted by Debbie Denault, CLCS

 

e are challenging everyone in Chilliwack to read for 20 minutes a day for 21 days! Challenge yourself, your friends, family or co-workers to read 20 minutes a day for the duration of the Literacy Challenge.

 

Read more here

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

Business News

Securing A Positive 'Buzz'

Retaining customers and managing complaints part of doing business

Submitted by Jack Bass, Chilliwack

 

Strategic Planning Institute Study  discovered 96 % of unhappy customers do not complain AND 90 % of those customers will not do business with the company again.

Read more here

 

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

RCMP News

Safer Streets 

December Counterattack proves successful in Chilliwack

Released by Cst. Tracy Wolbeck, Chwk RCMP UFVRD

 

ore impaired drivers were taken off the roads this past December during the annual RCMP Counter Attack project. Although the message appears to be getting out to the public about the dangers of drinking and...

 

Read more here

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

On The Road

Getting Home Safe 

ICBC's top tips for winter driving

Released by ICBC/Voice file photo

 

ith heavy winter conditions predicted to continue on B.C. roads this week, including continued...

 

Read more here

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

Community Sports

Freaks vs. Geeks

Voodoo Dollz invite the community to their scrimmage January 28

Submitted by Meghan Hurst, "Bang Her"

 

he Voodoo Dollz roller derby team will be holding a scrimmage on Saturday, January 28th from 8-10pm. This is free for the community to attend. We will be skating with (at the moment) 67 skaters from all over!

Read more here

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

Community

Fipple Flute Fun 

Rainbow Recorders program teaches parents and kids how to play

Submitted by D. Krol/M. Enebo photos

 

earn together & practice together with your homeschooler in a group setting. Play duets or jam with a CD.

Read more here

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

Community

The Art of Self Defense

10-week program will teach you how to protect yourself

Submitted by Steven Hiscoe, HJJ, Chwk

 

am excited to announce that Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu is introducing an exciting new self-defense program to residents of the Fraser Valley. Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu has specialized in teaching people to protect  themselves against...

Read more here

 Tuesday January 17, 2012

Crime News

The Polite Bandit

Thief asks for cash and then helps himself to the till      

Staff/Voice photo

 

lone male wearing a black balaclava walked into a Subway Restaurant on Yale Rd. Tuesday evening just after 7 P.M. and demanded cash.

Read more here

 Feature Story     Tues January 17, 2012

     

Air 5 Crashes Near Cultus Lake

Police helicopter pilot succumbs to injuries

Craig Hill/Voice photo/Revised Jan 18, 2012

hortly before 2 P.M., Air 5 police helicopter crashed east of Cultus Lake at...

 Read more here

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Commentary

Robbing BC Blind   

Are Norway and China stealing BC waters, salmon and trees?

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

ou bet. China now protects all of her old growth forests and has made it a crime to clear cut anything that looks like a tree in China. Not that China in principal disapproves of cutting old...

Read more here

Wednesday January 18, 2012

RCMP News

Did You Know This Man? RCMP seek information on 56-year-old man now deceased

Released by Tracy Wolbeck, RCMP Chwk

 

he Hope RCMP are looking for information regarding Rory McGillivray. Rory was last seen by a family member in Kamloops, BC on September 18, 2011. On December 18, 2011, the Hope RCMP...

Read more here

 Wednesday January 18, 2012

Crime News

Robbed Again!

Subway restaurant targeted twice in as many days

Staff/Voice photo

 

lone male, walked into the Subway on Yale Rd. Wednesday morning and walked out with money that didn't belong to him.

Read more here

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Dining Scene

Going Green For Grub   

Popular bistro aims to reduce its carbon footprint

Released by Garrison Bistro, Chilliwack

 

fter a very successful soft opening of several weeks, Chilliwack's new Garrison Bistro will be hosting their private Grand Opening event on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Locals are already raving about the...

Read more here

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Mental Health

Getting To Snow You

Keeping upbeat is the best state-of-mind

Submitted by Angela Herd/Voice file photo

 

he Voice inquired with Angela Herd, Director of the Family Hope Clinic in Surrey to see if she had any tips on staying stress-free in the inclement weather.

        "If you have to venture in the snow, give yourself extra time to get where you're going," said Herd in an e-mail to the Voice...

Read more here

 Wednesday January 18, 2012

Local News

Snowmageddon

Wild weather brings Chilliwack to it's knees 

Staff/Voice photos

 

other Nature showed just how much power she has over us Tuesday and Wednesday, , blasting Chilliwack with icy, near-hurricane force winds and...

Read more here

Thursday January 19, 2012

Health Alert

 

Whooping Cough Spreads

Fraser Health says even laughing can pass on the virus

Released by Roy Thorpe-Dorward

 

raser Health is asking healthcare professionals and the public in eastern Fraser Valley communities to be alert for the signs and symptoms of pertussis or whooping cough.

 

Read more here

 

Thursday January 19, 2012

City Hall News

Snow Plows Back Emerge Crews First

City asks residents to watch for plugged storm drains

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

n the event that an emergency vehicle is having problems accessing a call location due to snow / ice conditions the City will be notified and snow removal equipment will immediately be diverted to the location to ensure the emergency vehicle can get in...

Read more here

 

 

Thursday January 19, 2012

Public Safety

Helping The Fire Dept.

Chilliwack FD is asking residents to clear the ice and snow from hydrants

Released by Jeff Ullyot, Chwk Fire Dept./Voice photo

 

he City of Chilliwack Fire Department would like to make residents aware and request their assistance in ensuring that snow and other debris are clear of fire hydrants.  

Read more here

 

Friday January 20, 2012

Music

Fiddlin' Friends

Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers: Promoting traditional music since 1973

Submitted by Dawn Fautuex, CFVF

 

ur aim is to maintain and promote Old Time Canadian Fiddle and Folk music...

Read more here

 Feature Story     Saturday Jan 21, 2012

     

The Long and Winding Road

Chilliwack dialysis patients call for unit to be setup at CGH

Staff/Submitted and file photos/Rev. Jan. 23

 

ost of us take driving to Abbotsford from Chilliwack for granted. If the highway is shut down due to snow or water, or if there's an accident, we can put off the trip. But if you’re a dialysis patient who...

 

Read more here

 

Sunday January 22, 2012

Crime Beat

Bobs, Brats & Burglars 

A look back at the week that was

Joe Reporter/Voice

 

n Tuesday at around 4:25 P.M., a resident on Wellington Ave. called police to say that someone was trying to get in their home and trying the doors, however the "doors were locked".

        The suspect was described as Caucasian wearing a red hat, black jacket and blue jeans. It's not...

 

Read more here

 

Monday January 23, 2012

City Hall News

Flood Worries Subside For Now

City crews concentrate on clearing hillsides

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

hanks to kind weather and a strong community effort, Chilliwack crews were able to mitigate flooding issues before they became problems over the weekend. Our Public Works switchboard received many calls from residents wanting to know...

Read more here

 

Monday January 23, 2012

UFV News

The Science of Celebration

University nurtures sciences in the community

Released by Betsy Terpsma, UFV

 

o you want to learn more about biology, geography, mathematics, physics, chemistry or perhaps agriculture and computer information systems? These are just a few of the UFV's science-related activities and displays featured at the upcoming 2012...

Read more here

 

Monday January 23, 2012

Community Event

 

On The Right Path 

FVACFSS Aboriginal Family Conference Feb 16-17

Submitted by Julie O'Connor,

 

he Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society will be hosting its Annual Aboriginal Family Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is;

“Finding Your Way In Your...

 

Read more here

 

Tuesday January 24, 2012

Music

The Euphonious Bergmanns  Rhapsody For Two Feb 12 at the Cultch

Released by Ann Goodswaard

 

hapsody for Two masterfully charms the audience with The Bergmann Duo’s brilliant renditions of classical music in this premiere performance of the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society and The Chilliwack Academy...

 

Read more here

  

Tuesday January 24, 2012

Personal Safety

Controlling Your Fear Factor

Fun self-defence course Feb 20 teaches real world awareness

Released by Steven Hiscoe, Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu

 

ver the past few months, several reports of assaults, sexual assaults, robberies and other crimes against persons have been reported in the Chilliwack media. Violent crime is not...

Read more here

 

Tuesday January 24, 2012

Aboriginal Health

Pertussis Problem 

Stó:lō offers free Whooping Cough vaccinations 

Submitted by Rebecca Middleton, Stó:lō

 

s you may have heard, pertussis (whooping cough) has surfaced in the Fraser Valley, including Chilliwack. Stó:lō Nation Health Services (as well as the Chilliwack Health Unit via Fraser Health) will be hosting...

 

Read more here

 

Wednesday January 25, 2012

Community Event

Walking To Remember 

Kostrzewa honoured at this year's Alzheimer's walk Jan 29

Staff/Voice photo

 

on Angell, Volunteer Chair of the Fraser Valley...

 

Read more here

 

Wednesday January 25, 2012

Downtown BIA News

More Winners With GetMor Card

Supporting small businesses downtown brings bonuses

Released by Desmond Devnich, Chwk BIA

 

n the summer of 2011, the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association (BIA) launched a new customer loyalty card called GETMOR Downtown Rewards. This free, easy to use...

 

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Wednesday January 25, 2012

Health News

Toxic Airwaves

Shedding light on the health effects from "smart meters"

Staff/Voice

 

ust because "smart meters" have been installed into thousands of BC homes doesn't mean the controversy is going away.

        Last week, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) released a...

 

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Wednesday January 25, 2012

On the Road

Facebook Follies

Man boasts about scamming ICBC in online post

Released by ICBC

 

Williams Lake man has been fined $2,000 and ordered to pay over $18,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with an ICBC claim.

        Corbin Joseph’s troubles began when he rolled his vehicle on a rural road near Springhouse...

 

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Wednesday January 25, 2012

Student/Teacher News

Most Jobs Need A Higher Education

FPSE: University students fully pay for the costs of their education — and more

Released by Cindy Oliver, Pres. FPSE

 

ost-secondary education is a key to prosperity, not just for the society that is prepared to provide that education, but also for the students who are prepared to take on the opportunity for...

 

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Thursday January 26, 2012

Live Entertainment

'Sidedish' of Ear Candy & Salsa

Fall in love all over again this Valentine's weekend with 2 bands at Harrison

Released by Ed Stenson, HFS

 

ome spend the Valentine’s Day weekend in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs enjoying some wonderful music. The Harrison Festival Society...

 

Read more here

 

 Feature Story          Thurs Jan. 26, 2012

     

Crimes Against the Community

Chilliwack RCMP seek driver after Bole Street hit and run

Staff/Voice photos

 

ust before noon Thursday, an older green Chevrolet pickup truck smashed into a late model Toyota Matrix and fled...

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 Feature Story     Thurs, Jan. 26, 2012

     

Fire Engulfs Woodwork Plant

'Spectacular' Yarrow blaze slows internet across Chilliwack   Staff/Voice photos

he City of Chilliwack Fire Department fought a massive blaze that broke...

 

Story and photos here

 

 

Friday January 27, 2012

Fire Dept News

Lumber Mill Fire

CFD will investigate suspicious Yarrow fire

Released by the City of Chilliwack FD

 

t approximately 3pm on January 26, 2012, firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Department firehalls 1, 3, 4 and 6 responded to a fire in a lumber mill located in the 4400 block of No. 3 Road. Upon arrival, firefighters...

 

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Friday January 27, 2012

Local News

Transit The Way They Plans It

Solid draft proposal still lacks Sunday & holiday service

Staff/Voice

 

ichelle Orfield, from BC Transit, was in council to present council with a draft implementation strategy for the 5 to 25-year plan for transit within the city which will include some rounds of public consultations.

 

Read more here

 

 Feature Story     Friday, Jan 27, 2012

     

Blaze Blacks Out Chilliwack

Aitchelitz substation inferno cuts power to 50,000 in the Upper Fraser Valley 

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

huge cloud of noxious smoke painted the slate-colored sky over Chilliwack an angry coal black on Friday, when just after 9 A.M., fire broke out at the BC Hydro

Read more here

 

Saturday January 28, 2012

Community 

The Charity In Just Having A Coffee

Java sippers slurp for shekels

Released by Lisa Axelson, Chwk FD

 

ednesday, January 25, 2012 was the opening of the new Eagle Landing Starbucks Coffee store.  To mark the event Starbucks opened its doors at 5 pm and offered all food and beverages by donation. All...

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Saturday January 28, 2012

City Hall News

Its A Gas, Gas, Gas

City continues to explore alternative energy

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chilliwack

 

he City of Chilliwack will be undertaking an Energy Integration Planning Study for the 'Chilliwack Landing' neighbourhood.

        The Chilliwack Landing area offers a unique potential for integrated energy management since it comprises an arena, pool...

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Sunday January 29, 2012

Sunday Papers

The Municipal Rub

What's been going on in your city

Voice/Staff

 

he following are highlights from the City of Chilliwack council meeting January 23.

 

Community Policing Society

The CPS was looking for funding for the next year and submitted an application...

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Sunday January 29, 2012

Sunday Papers

Just Kidding

Award-winning UFV prof up close and personal Feb 1

Staff/Voice file photo

 

Vancouver billboard questioning the social value of art inspired Davida Kidd to dive into her latest project.
“Who Needs Art When You Have a View Like This!” was the influential phrase sprawled above the Cambie Street Bridge.

Read more here

 

Sunday January 29, 2012

Sunday Papers

A Paramount Idea

ISO the perfect plan, City still weeding out proposals

Staff/Voice file photo

 

he short answer to this project? Money. Lots of it. The building will be a hole in the ground that someone is going to have to pour money into or it will meet the same fate as the Empress Hotel.

 

Read more here

 

Sunday January 29, 2012

Sunday Papers

Emotions and Your Health

Introductory  seminar and day workshop with John Theobold BSc Feb 1-4 at Amethyst Bookstore

Released by J. Newport, Amethyst Books

 

EALING can only occur after the conflict has been resolved – In Dr. Hamer’s work, known as German New Medicine, therapy focuses on identifying and resolving the...

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Sunday January 29, 2012

Sunday Papers

Smile of the Week

Chilliwack Safe Haven have cats looking to adopt owners

Compiled by Staff/Voice with permission

 

eet Soot! She was born November 2007.
She's a loveable black long hair and gets along with other cats. Can you cuddle? She can, and loves it. Enjoys play. Read more here about the Safe Haven who have more cats than the SPCA.

Read more here

 

 

Monday January 30, 2012

Business News

Bernake Banks On Housing

AMP ForecastLOW Rates will Persist Until 2014

Submitted by Jack Bass, Chilliwack

 

redictions are dour and reinforce the need for caution in our portfolio choices. Bad news is never welcome but we can profit from facing the facts.

 

Read more here

 

Monday January 30, 2012

Fire Dept News

Fireplace and Stove Issues

CFD says servicing wood burning appliances essential

Released by Chwk Fire Dept/Voice photo

 

t 2:20am Sunday morning, firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Halls 1, 3 and...

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Monday January 30, 2012

Crime News

Bad Apple Canned

Police find loose gun, taxpayers out a set a of Firestones after miscreant slashes cruiser tires

Released by Cst. T. Wolbeck, Chwk RCMP

 

n January 8, 2012, at approximately 1:15 AM, an Agassiz RCMP constable was patrolling in the 11300 block of Gill Road near the Fraser River. This is a very popular location for young...

 

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Monday January 30, 2012

Local Politics

Local NDP Backs O'Mahony

Party looking to make 'history' in Chilliwack-Hope by-election TBA  Staff/Voice

 

he hit the ground running Saturday, with a little help from her friends and their money. 

Read more here

 

Tuesday January 31, 2012

Federal Gov't News

Old Age Security

Small business, self employed benefit from new registered retirement plan

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

 

peaking in the House of Commons, Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, urged passage of Bill C-25: Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act.

 

Read more here

 

Tuesday January 31, 2012

Prov Gov't News

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Métis to benefit from skills training money

Released by Marc Wang, Gov't of BC

 

boriginal learners from Chilliwack have new opportunities for skills training thanks to the Aboriginal Training for Employment Program (ATEP). An investment of $489,050 will support learners from across the Fraser Valley who are served by the Métis...

Read more here

 Feature Story    Tues, Jan 31, 2012

     

The Cup Runneth All Over

BC Lions players give Chilliwack kids and fans a thrill Sunday

Staff/Voice photos

 

C Lions passer Travis Lulay and kicker Paul McCallum were at the YMCA Sunday with the Grey Cup Tour. The entourage hit 3...

 

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  Monday January 2, 2012

Federal Politics

Still In the Giving Mood?

Your election contribution limit is now $1200

Released by Elections Canada

 

he Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, would like to remind Canadians about political contribution limits that have changed as a result of inflation adjustment.

        Contribution limits are adjusted each April 1 based on he formula set out in the Canada...

 Read more here

Thursday January 5, 2012

Live Theatre

Frogs In Footlights

A Year With Frog and Toad fulfills fantasies

Released by Andrew Smith, CSOPA

 

he Chilliwack School of Performing Arts is proud to present A Year With Frog and Toad, a song-filled year in the life of two woodland friends.  The Tony-nominated family musical is based on the series of children’s books by Arnold Lobel, with...

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  Friday January 6, 2012

BC Gov't News

Bridging The Gaps In Infrastructure

Investments provide lifeline in emergency

Released by the BC Gov't/Voice file photo

 

he B.C. Government has invested $400,000 to replace the aging McCombs Drive Bridges. The North and South McCombs Drive Bridges provide an alternate route in and out of Harrison Hot Spring...

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 Saturday January 7, 2012

Crime Beat

Busy Start To The New Year For Police

Wayward baby stroller,  playing chicken with trains and getting smashed

Joe Reporter/Voice

 

he following are some briefs of what’s been happening on the streets of Chilliwack over the last week. The reports are as accurate as we can be, however there will be some discrepancies from time to time.

Read more here

 Tuesday January 10, 2012

Local News

Close Call In School Zone

Driver clips teen on bicycle near Central School

Staff/Voice photo


young driver missed seeing a teen on a bicycle at Cleveland Ave. and Young Rd. during heavier traffic volume late...

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 Sunday January 15, 2012

Crime Beat

That Sucks 

The Mod Squad, cat and mouse, and more

Joe Reporter/Voice

 

wo men were seen stealing a Dirt Devil vacuum  in a white box from Canadian Tire. The pair of miscreants then ran out of the store and got into a white Ford Ranger and drove off.

        Everybody in town got their plate number so police had an easy lead to follow up on. It’s not known if the vacuum was recovered.

Read more here

 Sunday January 15, 2012

Community

Finding Fido Fast 

Petsearchers Canada and the incredible story of a lost little dog found

Submitted by Al Maclellen, Petseachers

 

small dog that was rescued from a hard, lonely life on the dangerous streets of Taiwan and placed in a foster home in Burnaby is finally safe after running the streets of Vancouver for a month.

 

Read more here

 

Friday January 20, 2012

Health News

Staying Well In  Winter

Interesting tips and advice from the CMA

Released by the Canadian Medical Assoc.

 

he key to surviving a Canadian winter, it's widely agreed, is to embrace it. Shutting the door in November and spending five months longing for spring just isn't good for you, physically or mentally. Much better, for your heart, your...

Read more here

 

Friday January 20, 2012

RCMP News

Mounties Mourn Loss of Pilot

Brolin leaves young family behind

Released by the BC RCMP

 

he tragic death of pilot Dave Brolin, on Tuesday when the helicopter he was flying crashed in the area of Cultus Lake, BC, marks the passing of much more than a dedicated civilian member of the RCMP and an...

Read more here

 

Saturday January 21, 2012

Local News

Winter Water Woes

City braces for possible flooding with quick melt

Staff/Voice photos

 

here aren't many elements left that Old Man Winter can toss our way. First snow, then wind, now water.

Read more here

 

Thursday January 26, 2012

HEU News

Emerge Crews Respond In Unison

Entire community pulls together in the face of the Burns Lake tragedy

Released by the HEU

 

bout two dozen HEU members at Lake District Hospital and Health centre in Burns Lake were called into urgent action last Friday night...

 

Read more here

 

 

Saturday January 28, 2012

Commentary

Staniford Faces Good Ol' Judiciary

The newly-formed Women's Party rears her head on farmed salmon

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

ruly it’s enough to make Gaia herself weep. Mainstream (open net fish farms) has brought Don Staniford to court in order to punish him for...

Read more here

 

 

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