Thursday March 31, 2011

Healthy Living 

Kids and Nature Amazing Together

Growing plants and caring for bird feeders is fun stuff

Submitted by Sorcha Kincaid, Chilliwack

 

et them get dirty! What better way to learn about what bugs and plants do than to let your little ones dig right in. Chances are they will see adults digging in the garden this time of year and want to join in anyways. It's likely best to give them...

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 Thursday March 31, 2011

City Seen

 

Candlepower Hour

Coast Hotel Chilliwack dims lights for Earth Hour

Staff/Voice photos

 

he Coast Hotel welcomed residents taking part in Earth Hour Saturday. The idea is to shut off non-essential electrical...

 

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 Thursday March 31, 2011

Business News

Ritchie Bros. Sets Co. Online Record

Auction on Wednesday sees 3400 bidding, 37% of sales made on the net

Submitted by Ian Malinski, Ritchie Bros.

Voice photos

 

itchie Bros. Auctioneers' March 30 Chilliwack, BC auction set a new site record for online bidder registrations with close to 1,200. The previous record of 900+ was set at the site's Grand...

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Thursday March 31, 2011

Community News

Water You Gonna Do?

No public consultation on P3 water for Abbotsford and Mission

Submitted by CAUSS

 

n April 4th, 2011 the District of Mission and the City of Abbotsford councils will vote on whether to take the next steps in a plan to privatize the new Stave Lake drinking water facility. The two councils have been considering this plan to enter into a 25 year public...

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Thursday March 31, 2011

Election 2011

F35 Fighter Jets Will Cost Billions

Tory military spending diverts Canada from peacekeeper role

Submitted by the Gwen O'Mahony Campaign

 

he Harper Government is set to spend 16 billion on F35 Joint Strike Fighters. This aircraft is effective in attacking foreign targets but is ill-suited to any of Canada’s...

 

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 Thursday March 31, 2011

City Hall

Tax Roll Call Review

Deadline to file a complaint with City is April 12

Submitted by Western Block Party

 

s your property tax assessment correct? Were there any omissions or mistakes? Now is the time to file a letter to the Parcel Tax Roll review panel and have the bill amended. The review panel is meeting 8 am on April 15. The Roll list can be seen at City Hall. E-mail Jennifer Kooistra, Manager of Revenue Services here or fax to: 604-793-1801

Read more here  

  Thursday March 31, 2011

Entertainment

Big Slams On The Big Screen

Wrestlemania final at Galaxy Cineplex Sunday April 3

Submitted by Elect Mark Strahl Campaign

 

ineplex Entertainment, via our Front Row Centre Events is pleased to announce WrestleMania XXVII will be broadcast live at participating Cineplex theatres across Canada on Sunday, April 3...

 Read more here  

  Thursday March 31, 2011

Election 2011

Getting To Know Mark

Strahl campaign holds Open House Saturday April 2

Submitted by Elect Mark Strahl Campaign

 

ocal Conservative candidate, Mark Strahl, will be hosting an open house at his campaign headquarters in Chilliwack this Saturday morning April 2nd,10 am, 45819 Alexander Avenue.

 

 

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 Wednesday March 30, 2011

Election 2011

Clive Talkin'

Western Block Party Edwards: Canadians are born in debt, live in debt and will die in debt

Submitted by Western Block Party

 

n Canada, politics is very much like a horse race where all the horses belong to one owner; all the better to fleece the public. Globalism is where all the horses from all the countries belong to...

 

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 Wednesday March 30, 2011

Election 2011

The Great Debate Isn't Really A Debate

Federal candidates face-off April 21 at the Coast Hotel

Submitted by Exec. Dir. Lisa Caruth, CCC

fter the recently called federal election, the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce they will hold an All Candidates Debate on April 21, 2011.

 

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 Wednesday March 30, 2011

Gov't News

Spring Spruce-ups for District 33

Chilliwack schools to receive $2,146,985 Facility Grant funding from the prov gov't

Submitted by the Ministry of Education

 

nnual facilities grants (AFG) totalling $110 million in 2011-12 will allow school districts to conduct maintenance and refurbishment to extend the useful life of school buildings. Funds will be available to meet district...

 

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 Wednesday March 30, 2011

Community News  

Getting The River Shipshape

Woodtone and Fraser Riverkeepers 4th Peg Leg cleanup April 17

Submitted by Mary Woodbury, Riverkeepers

 

or the fourth year in a row, Fraser Riverkeeper will join Woodtone, Andy Rotz, the City of Chilliwack, and the community in cleaning up the Pegleg Bar in Chilliwack, in celebration of Earth Day.

 

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 Wednesday March 30, 2011

Entertainment  

Crazy For Cline

A special Patsy Cline Mother's Day with Bonnie Kilroe at the Cultch

Submitted by Bonnie Kilroe

 

ike so many of the most influential singers, Pasty Cline died far too soon but her memory lives on. But even since that tragic ending, March 5th, 1963, Cline’s music has continued to cross boundaries and reach a diverse...

 

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 Wednesday March 30, 2011

Community Event  

The Spellbinding Beauty of Narcissus

Garden Club's 64th Annual Daffodil Show April 8-9

Submitted by Karen Howard, CGC/Voice photo

 

he Chilliwack Garden Club's 64th Annual Daffodil & Spring Flower Show is Friday April 8...

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 Wednesday March 30, 2011

Talent Call  

The Show Must Go On

Murrayville actors need stage manager or face folding the show

Submitted by Kate Major, Murrayville Actors

 

he Murrayville Performers are in dire need of a Stage Manager for their spring show “Dirty Work at the Crossroads”. The director Lorne Seifrid says...

 

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 Tuesday March 29, 2011

Lifestyle  

Emotional Distance

Avoidance and the "silent treatment" doesn't help relationships grow

Submitted by Jack Bass, B.A., LL.B.

 

orms of abuse in a family vary far beyond the confines of physical or sexual abuse. Less recognized is the abuse imposed by physical and/or emotional withdrawal.

    This may be a tactic of your family – anger and conflict are...

 

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 Tuesday March 29, 2011

Voices 

Thoughts of Thoreau

Christy Clark is the BC Liberal Queen of P3's

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

ighting over scraps of public forests. That’s what we’re doing. Not even old growth, that’s all gone, but second growth. That was the scenario last Friday at Qualicum Beach. There was a rally, signs, speeches, citizen dedication and participation, all trying to muster support from the...

 

  Read more here  

 Tuesday March 29, 2011

Community

Hitting The Right Note With Families

89.5 Hawk and Academy of Music team up for $18,000 in bursaries and scholarships

Submitted by Graham Yates, CAM

 

hilliwack Academy of Music Principal Graham Yates believes quality music lessons are good for the community. “After all,” he says, “students taking...

 

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 Tuesday March 29, 2011

Election 2011

Focusing On People

Gold plated jet fighters or better health and child care?

Submitted by the Gwen O'Mahony Campaign

 

rue to her tough Irish ancestry, Gwen O’Mahony and the NDP Campaign have taken off like a race horse out of the gate. Signs immediately went up all over the riding, from Chilliwack to Lillooet and beyond, all within hours of the writ being dropped.

 

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 Tuesday March 29, 2011

Election 2011

Youth Education and Employment Hoskins reaches out to other candidates to find common ground

Submitted by Jamie Hoskins, Green Party

 

reen Party candidate nominee Jamie Hoskins is challenging candidates in the other parties to create a better atmosphere for the 2011 election...

 

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  Tuesday March 29, 2011

Election 2011

Opposition Forces Election

Mark Strahl's campaign kickoff boosted by birthday

Submitted by Elect Mark Strahl Campaign

 

ocal Conservative candidate Mark Strahl won't soon forget his 33rd birthday. Instead of celebrating over birthday cake, he and his campaign team are busy setting up their campaign office for a federal election campaign that...

 

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  Tuesday March 29, 2011

Entertainment

Living With Less

ACES April Movie Night: The Clean Bin Project

Submitted by ACES Environmental Stewards

 

rant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer go head to head in a competition to live zero waste for an entire year. Their refreshingly comedic eco-documentary film is screening Friday April 15th at 7:00, doors 6:30 at Harrison Mills Community Hall,1995 School Road...

 

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 Tuesday March 29, 2011

Community

Optimists' Essayists

Honoured

Students win scholarships, cash prizes and a brunch at Dakotas

Submitted by Glenda Standeven

 

he Chilliwack Optimist Club held it's annual Essay Contest with twelve entries being submitted. The topic this year was, How My Education is the Key to a Successful Future. "It was a very interesting topic and the judges had a tough time picking...

 

 

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Feature Story       Sun March 27, 2011

                                                      

A Sign She's In It To Win It

Gwen O'Mahony set to enter a "horse race" in coveted Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding

Staff/Voice

 

wen O'Mahony, the NDP candidate for the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding, was setting up her election signs Saturday at key locations throughout the city for the upcoming May 2nd federal election.

 

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Feature Story          Sat March 26, 2011 Violent Domestic Assault Leads To McNaught Arrest

Police tracked man to another house after incident that sent one to hospital with undisclosed injuries

Staff/Voice

 

n Friday, at approximately 10A.M., a normally quiet neighbourhood in Chilliwack's east end, saw police arrest a man suspected of a violent attack

 

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 Saturday March 26, 2011

Entertainment

Drowsy Chaperone Keeps You Wide-Eyed

Musical hits and side-splitting humor from 1928 at the Arts & Culture Centre starting April 6

Staff/Voice

 

et in the decadent world of the 1920’s, the Chilliwack...

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 Saturday March 26, 2011

Lifestyle

Counter Fitters and Wire Tappers

2011 Home and Garden Show lets people steal their ideas

Staff/Voice

 

he 9th Annual Chilliwack Home Garden and Renovation Show is at Heritage Park this weekend and Gary Moran, Event Manager spoke with 98.3 Starfm's morning show personalities, Scott and Lisa, last week.

 

Read more here  

 Friday March 25, 2011

Local News

HST Vote Coming Sooner Via Canada Post

Atty-Gen Barry Penner says referendum by June 24

Submitted by BC Gov't/Voice file photo

 

ritish Columbians will have an earlier vote on the HST than previously scheduled and it will be conducted under the authority of the Referendum Act, Attorney General Barry Penner announced today.

The Referendum Act ensures a simple majority vote will determine...

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 Friday March 25, 2011

Local News

Legal Aid No Luxury

BC Civil Liberties backs Doust's Legal Aid Commission report

Staff/Voice file photo

 

he B.C. Civil Liberties Association is endorsing the findings and recommendations of the recent legal aid report prepared by Len Doust, Q.C. for the Public commission on Legal Aid in B.C. The report, funded by several legal organizations in British Columbia...

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 Friday March 25, 2011

Health

Report: BC Surgery Wait Times Shorter

Where you live in Canada can make a difference

Submitted by Can Institute Heath Information

 

t least 8 out of 10 Canadian patients are receiving priority area procedures, such as hip replacements, cataract surgery and cancer radiation treatment, within medically recommended wait times, according to a new study from the Canadian Institute for Health.

 

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 Friday March 25, 2011

Leisure

 

Golfers Read to Ready For Spring

Aquadel is offers tips, advice with newsletter

Submitted by Dick Whitlam at Aquadel

 

quadel Golf Course at Cultus Lake's exclusive newsletter is now available for FREE. Each monthly letter contains
Great Savings and Simple, Effective Video Golf Lessons. This month: "2 for 1 Greens Fees" and...

 

Read more here  

 Friday March 25, 2011

Community

Distinguished UFV Alumni Award   

Nominees sought for April 1 deadline

Staff/Voice

 

e're sure you know some great UFV alumni... maybe you just don't know it. That teacher who's helping your kid to shine. The nurse who was by your side in Emergency. The accountant who finds deductions at tax time.

 

Read more here  

Feature Story            Wed March 23, 2011

Bozzini's Gets The Royal Treatment

Singer covers personally inspired new album "The Waiting" at popular the Surrey restaurant April 8

Submitted by Mano at Bozzini's/handout photo

 

inger-songwriter Royal Wood has spent years perfecting his craft of balladry and pop music. He will be featuring his new album, The Waiting. Friday April 8. Doors 8:00pm Show 9:30pm Tickets $16.

 

Read more here  

Feature Story              Wed March 23, 2011

Janzen Tenders Resignation With Sights Set On Ottawa

City loses great councillor but country stands to gain an even better liberal

Submitted by Diane Janzen/Voice file photo

 

hilliwack City Councillor Diane Janzen today announced her run for the nomination of the Liberal Party in the federal riding of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, saying that she...

 

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 Thursday March 24, 2011

Local News

Everybody Wins   

Chilliwack Mall to receive a huge $11-million facelift and new retailers

Staff/Voice

 

inners, Sport Chek and Reitman's announced today they're spending $11-million in renovations to breathe new life into the Chilliwack Mall.

    Plans are to add add 55,000 sq. ft. to the mall's existing 174,484 sq.

 

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 Thursday March 24, 2011

Political Commentary

Mayor  Gaetz Wishes Coun. Janzen Well

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding candidates sparked to May election   

Craig Hill/Voice/Revised Mar 24

 

ollowing Chilliwack's political scene lately is like trying to read a book while happily bouncing along a Nepalese road on the back of a lama named Nirvana. Who knows what's next?

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 Tuesday March 23, 2011

Local News

Gov't Funding Helps BC Kids In Transition

Chilliwack child-care providers divvy up over $23k

Submitted by MFCD

 

wenty-two licensed child-care providers in Chilliwack and the eastern Fraser Valley will share a bonus of $23,148.15 this Spring thanks to a one-time funding boost for licensed group child-care (30 months to school-age) providers that receive money...

 

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 Saturday March 12, 2011

Fed Budget 2011

MP Strahl Lauds EAP

Families, seniors and small business to see benefits

Submitted by office of MP Chuck Strahl

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP said that families, seniors and small businesses will all benefit from the next phase of the Economic Action Plan.

    "Canada's economy continues to outperform our major trading partners thanks in part to the...

 

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 Tuesday March 22, 2011

Local Politics

Mark Strahl Has Party's Backing

Tory Chilliwack-Fraser candidate ready for election call 

Submitted by Mark Strahl

 

ormer Conservative Riding
Association President, Mark Strahl, has won the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon, receiving 65% of votes cast in the meeting held at the Coast Hotel...

 

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 Tuesday March 22, 2011

BC Wide 

Criminal Database Not Just For Criminals

Report a crime and you're on PRIME

Submitted by BCCL

 

he B.C. Civil Liberties Association has discovered that as many as 85% of British Columbia's adult population have "master name records" in the PRIME-BC police database.

 

Read more here  

 Tuesday March 22, 2011

Voices 

Honey, You've Shrunk The Cabinet

Ministry of Natural Resource Operations' insatiable appetite

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

hristy, what happened to your cabinet? The media has rather congratulated Christy Clark on the slenderness of her new cabinet. After all, small is more manageable, right? Not in this case. Not if one ponders the full import...

 

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Feature Story          Mon, March 21, 2011

Protecting Local Water From Corporate Plunder

Harrison River rally draws attention to Free Trade water woes as BC gets swallowed up one river at a time

 

otable water is a basic human right and in BC there's supposed to be enough of it to go around. However, slowly but surely, the...

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 Monday March 21, 2011

World Water Day

Turning On The Tap

Samaritan's Purse helps a million people worldwide get access to water

Submitted by the Samaritan's Purse

 

amaritan's Purse is excited to introduce Canadians to Voleak, the 1,000,000th person to receive safe water through our Turn on the Tap program. Voleak is an 18-year-old high school student from the province of Kampong Thom, Cambodia who lives with...

 

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 Tuesday March 22, 2011

World Water Day

Fostering Youth Leaders

TD helps students about water resources with Operation Water Drop

Submitted by the CCA

 

n recognition of World Water Day, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is announcing a major funding milestone: $250,000 in support of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation's educational youth programs delivered across...

 

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 Monday March 21, 2011

World Water Day

Clean Machines, Clean Water

Carwash advocates push for environmentally-friendly action

Submitted by the CCA

 

he snow is melting, spring is in the air but the remnants of winter can be found on your car. Before you get out the hose and bucket, consider the environmental impact of driveway carwashing.

 

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 Monday March 21, 2011

Hospital Worker News

 

The Night Rights Died

Join union members from both sides of the border at Peace Arch rally April 2

Submitted by HEU

 

his is a rally call to Hospital Employees’ Union members to come out to a cross-border rally on Saturday, April 2 at the Peace Arch on the Canada/United States border to stand in solidarity with...

 

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 Sunday March 20, 2011

Community 

Let Me Be Your Safe Harbour

Chilliwack Safe Haven have cats looking to adopt owners

Staff/Voice

 

here's an old adage that goes something like; "You don't own a cat — it owns you."

 

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 Friday March 18, 2011

Community

Ritchie Bros. Auction

Canucks Place the beneficiaries of 2 motorcycles on display for May auction

Submitted by Ian Malinski, Ritchie Bros.

 

n Wednesday, March 30 Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will conduct an unreserved public auction at its Chilliwack auction site located at 42275 Industrial Way. More than 1,100 equipment items and trucks will be sold to the highest bidders on auction day...

 

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 Friday March 18, 2011

Community

The Healing Sounds Of Throat Singing

International star Matthew Kocel live at the Arts Centre April 1

Submitted by Janet at Amethyst Books

 

atthew's powerful and healing vocal sound is a unique blend of Tibetan/Tuvan throat singing and Euro-American overtone chant. His guttural and purring vocal harmonics are combined with an array of unusual instruments - the...

 

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 Friday March 18, 2011

Community

Jamming For Life

Fundraising Tribute for Sewell baby and family tonight 7pm

Submitted by Kevin Pentland, B2B

 

n March 7, Ian turned the ripe young age of 10 months. In those 10 months Ian has experienced more health issues than most will experience in a lifetime. Ian recently had a life saving liver transplant operation. Little Ian has also had too many other operations that a baby should not have to...

 

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 Friday March 18, 2011

Environment

Mother Nature's Nursery

Ryder Lake road a migratory pathway for more than just the Western Toads

Submitted by Steve Clegg, FVC

 

uring the night of March 15th, The Fraser Valley Conservancy found 68 amphibians from 6 different species on our first night-time amphibian monitoring session in Ryder Lake for 2011...

 

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 Friday March 18, 2011

Local Politics

Youngblood Answers The "Moral Call"

Green Party announces Hoskins as Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon candidate

Submitted by Jamie Hoskins, GP

 

he Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon Green Party Electoral District Association announced today that Jamie Hoskins has been selected as the candidate nominee for the C-FC riding.

 

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 Thursday March 17, 2011

Local Business

Swirls Of Sunshine In Every Bite

Impress your guests this year with a delicious desert

Submitted by Julie Neufeld, Every Last Crumb

 

s we are heading into Spring 2011, I thought I would share a recipe that would be great for the upcoming season!

 

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 Friday March 18, 2011

Music

Wanted: Piano Students Who Can Tinkle The Ivories

Canadian Conservatory Launches Creative Composers Competition

Submitted by Conservatory Canada

 

onservatory Canada invites piano students from across Canada to put their compositional skills to the test for the first annual Creative Composer's Competition.

 

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 Thursday March 17, 2011

Community Sports

Enter The Dragon

Juniors, it's time to plant your paddle

Submitted by Kathy Preuss, FVDBC

 

he Fraser Valley's junior dragon boat team is now recruiting for the 2011 season. The “Spirit of Fraser Valley “ is for teens ages 13 to 18 years and teams will be made up of both male and female paddlers. All paddles and lifejackets are supplied, and...

 

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 Thursday March 17, 2011

Casting Call

Dirty Work At The Crossroads

Actors group needs thespians, manager, stage hands, make-up people and a piano player

Submitted by Kate Major, MV Performers

 

he Murrayville Performers have been a group since 2009, with 3 successful shows so far and are into their 4th production with Dirty Work at the Crossroads. They held auditions for the play 2 weeks ago and cast all 10 roles. However two...

 

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 Thursday March 17, 2011

City Hall News

Are You Ready For An Emergency?

The City of Chilliwack is offering free preparedness seminars March 22-24

Submitted by City of Chilliwack

 

ecent natural emergencies in Japan and New Zealand have Chilliwack residents thinking about their personal emergency preparedness. The City of Chilliwack Emergency Program is holding free presentations on...

 

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 Thursday March 17, 2011

Community

If You Love This Planet

Help Preston's celebrate Earth Hour at the Coast Hotel March 26

Voice staff/photo submitted

 

n March 26 communities around the world are being asked to take part in Earth Hour and turn off all non-essential lights and electrical appliances for 1-hour from 8:30-9:30 P.M.

    The event was created in 2007 in an effort to inspire conservation...

 

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 Thursday March 17, 2011

Commentary

Government Induced Sleeplessness

Strahl's daughter Karina Loewen: It's been a big week, or rather a big weekend

Researched by Voice staff from her blog

 

y Dad has decided that he will not be running in the next federal election. This, is a good thing, a happy occasion. I think everyone in my family looks back on his political career with pride. He served his country well.

 

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 Wednesday March 16, 2011

Entertainment

Live From The Met At Galaxy

Lucia di Lammermoor in HD on the big screen

Submitted by Cineplex

 

ineplex Entertainment, via our Front Row Centre Events is pleased to announce the fifth season of The Met: Live in HD series continues with the afternoon transmission of Lucia di Lammermoor on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

 

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 Wednesday March 16, 2011

City Hall News

No Freshet Fears This Year

City says rivers are at historical norms as spring arrives

Submitted by City of Chilliwack

 

esults from the March 1 snow survey show that the Spring Freshet is not anticipated to reach critical flood levels this year. Currently, about 80 per cent of the annual peak snowpack has accumulated and levels are...

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 Wednesday March 16, 2011

BC Gov't News

Clark To Raise Minimum Wage

Incremental increases to $10.25 to be complete by May 2012

Submitted by Gov't of BC

 

remier Christy Clark today announced British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012 and the training wage will be eliminated, providing more support for B.C. workers and...

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 Wednesday March 16, 2011

Deroche Community News

World Water Day Rally March 19 

Deroche-Harrison community wants our water kept out of any Free Trade deal March 19

Submitted by Wendy Bales, FVRD Area C Dir.

 

he Harrison River area; salmon stronghold or gravel stronghold? Rally for our sacred water as a human right with the Deroche-Harrison community this year on World Water Day. Join the friendly community in rally for our...

 Read more here  

 Wednesday March 16, 2011

UFV Student News

Trash Talkin'

UFV students explore ways to achieve zero waste

Submitted by Anne Russell, UFV

 

aking out the trash has a whole new meaning when it comes to large businesses and government institutions such as the University of the Fraser Valley. The amount of waste generated is substantial and when it comes to finding a system that is On Thursday March 17 from 1:30-5:30 pm...

 

 Read more here  

 Wednesday March 16, 2011

Entertainment

Bim Is Back

Roy Forbes celebrates 40-years of making music at Harrison April 9

Submitted by Ed Stenson, Harrison Festival

 

t was 40-years ago that an 18-year-old songwriter with an unusual voice and the nickname "Bim" left his hometown of Dawson Creek for the bright lights of Vancouver. Now a legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, soundtrack composer, producer and radio host, Roy Forbes is...

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 Wednesday March 16, 2011

BC Politics

BC Greens Back Peddle On Kudos For Clark

10 parliamentary secretaries disappoints

Submitted by Office of the Green Party

 

uring the leadership race, Christy Clark committed to a smaller cabinet and to redefining and empowering the role of MLA. Appointing a smaller cabinet gave the appearance of follow through. The addition of 10 parliamentary secretaries means 56% of the...

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 Wednesday March 16, 2011

Hospital Worker News

 

HEU's Message to de Jong

Adopt a comprehensive health portfolio

Submitted by the HEU

 

EU secretary-business manager Judy Darcy congratulated Mike de Jong on his cabinet appointment and urged him to advocate strongly for solutions that strengthen public health care.

Read more here  

 Wednesday March 16, 2011

Community News

Backing The Bus

Alexa's Bus hits the road to educate kids about impaired driving

Submitted by the Lennea Durant, BCTSF

 

ast week, the parents of Alexa Middelear, Surrey City Mayor, Dianne Watts and the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation launched “Back the Bus”, a fundraising campaign to raise money for mobile impaired driving testing units.

 

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 Wednesday March 16, 2011

Business News

Spend Small–Save Big

Small business is the backbone of the community

Submitted by the Terry Holt, Holt Marketing

 

he Canadian economy continues to chug along like a six cylinder car working on four cylinders looking for a “magical mechanic” to resolve the issue. Last year, in consultation with marketing associates in Toronto, Calgary and Atlanta we came to the conclusion the economy in both the U.S. ...

 

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Feature Story         Tues March 15, 2011

Precedents For Peace

Jean Beliveau showed the world the stuff Canadians are made of on his 11-year walk through every continent on earth

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

here are us regular Canadians and then there is Jean Beliveau. A man's man and a true blue Canadian. Imagine walking to the store, a nice little stroll. Take it a step further and perhaps take a hike for a few kilometers up and down a local mountain. Hard work and a long day to be certain.

Read more here  

 Monday March 14, 2011

Education 

Post-Secondary Teachers Pleased With Clark

Consolidation rather than fragmentation the guiding light

Submitted by Fed. of Post-Secondary Ed.

 

C’s new Premier has decided to scrap the changes made in the fall of 2010 when the responsibilities for post-secondary education were split between two Cabinet Ministers. At the time those changes were made, FPSE questioned the value for dividing...

 

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 Monday March 14, 2011

BC Politics

Gordon Campbell Resigns As MLA

BC looks to Clark for new style of leadership

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, Green Party

 

ordon Campbell announced today that he is stepping down as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver-Point Grey.
"I want to thank the constituents of Vancouver-Point Grey for giving me the opportunity to represent...

 

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 Monday March 14, 2011

BC Politics

BC Greens Congratulate Premier Clark

Smaller cabinet a step in the right direction

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, Green Party

 

remier Christy Clark has followed through on her promise of a smaller cabinet and on her commitment to bringing new people into cabinet. The Green Party of BC supports a smaller cabinet.

 

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 Monday March 14, 2011

Voices 

Child Poverty In BC

MLA Ralph Sultan way off base with his report

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

hild poverty in West Vancouver? In that affluent municipality? Well, yes and no, according to Tom Fletcher’s article entitled Time to Enrich Poverty Debate in BC (March 9, Comox Valley Record). Mr. Fletcher bases his concept of child poverty in BC on the ideas of Liberal MLA...

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 Monday March 14, 2011

Local Politics

Like Father, Like Son

Chuck Strahl's son to run 

Submitted by Mark Strahl

 

raser Canyon Conservative Association, Mark Strahl, has announced his intention to become a candidate for the local Conservative party nomination.

    Mark Strahl, 32, decided to throw his hat into the ring after consulting with family and friends following Chuck Strahl’s March 12th...

 

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 Monday March 14, 2011

Union News

Canada Post Sets The Record Straight

Talks remain productive despite CUPW statements

Submitted by Anick Losier, Canada Post

 

he Canadian Union of Postal Workers is planning to hold a strike vote with their members in the coming weeks. We expect to receive the results of CUPW's strike vote in mid-April. However, a strike vote does not mean that there will be a work stoppage at Canada Post.

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 Monday March 14, 2011

Union News 

CUPW Rallies Troops For Strike Vote

Posties could be on the picket line as early as the end of April

Submitted by Aalya, CUPW

 

fter five months of negotiations with Canada Post, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers urban operations bargaining unit will be voting on the possibility of a strike. The union asked for conciliation in January, citing an impasse at the...

 

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 Monday March 14, 2011

Women's Sports  

Reign Valley Vixens Lose Close One

Roller Derby girls battle to sold out crowd in Penticton

Submitted by RVV PR

 

he ladies of the Reign Valley Vixens Roller Derby League felt no shame in losing by three points to the Kootany Canibelles Sat night in Penticton. The white-knuckle battle ended 114 to 111 in front of a sold-out crowd. The Vixens next home game is on April 23rd - Tango and Crash - at the Ag Rec in Abby. For more info:

 

www.rvvd.com

 Monday March 14, 2011

Environment  

Earth Hour: Our Time To Shine

Join BC in turning out the lights for 1 hour March 26 at 8:30pm

Submitted by staff

 

am pleased to have been asked to be the global ambassador for Earth Hour 2011.
Each of us has a responsibility for the sustainability of our planet and each of us can make a difference if we choose to do so.

 

Read more here  

 Monday March 14, 2011

Recreation  

Time To Book For The Great Outdoors

BC Parks now taking reservations 

Submitted by BC Gov't Ministry of Env.

 

amping enthusiasts: This Tuesday is the first day for reservations at most provincial park campgrounds so get ready to book your favourite spot.

    Reservations for all front-country campgrounds and the...

 

Read more here  

 Sunday March 13, 2011

Lifestyle  

Did You Marry Your Parents?

"Magical Thinking"

Submitted by Jack Bass, B.A., LL.B.

 

ne of the great puzzles of self- therapy is the question of why children of alcoholics marry alcoholics or other types of abusers ? Common sense tells those children to avoid the problems of their childhood and they often swear they will never repeat the mistakes that damaged their own childhood or the...

 

Read more here  

 Sunday March 13, 2011

Voices

Bruins? Who Needs 'Em?

No tears shed for hockey team's departure

Submitted by BP, Chilliwack reader

 

his Bruins team is a waste of time and community money. They promise Bruin jerseys to minor hockey and then after the teams get them they said they couldn't pay for them. The name change probably cost Chwk Minor Hockey around 50 or 60 grand just so the Bruins could advertise for free.

 

Read more here  

 Sunday March 13, 2011

Community Literacy

Look Who's Talking

Become a Conversation Circle facilitator

Submitted by CLCS

 

he Fraser Valley Regional Library and the Chilliwack Learning Community Society are very pleased to inform you that there are spaces available for a Sat. March 19th (morning) Conversation Circle Facilitator Training session. This free training is for any adult in Chilliwack who:

Read more here  

 Sunday March 13, 2011

Community

Raising Courage At UFV

Buy a daffodil, sign a mural, meet an author March 29

Submitted by Desmond Devnich, UFV

 

n an effort to raise more than funds, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Student Life department is organizing an event for students, faculty and the community that will encourage more students to stand up, speak out and advocate the Canadian Cancer Society cause.

Read more here  

 Sunday March 13, 2011

Commentary

On Local Politics 

The community needs a new breed of leaders

Craig Hill/Voice

 

esterday was a big day in local politics. MP Chuck Strahl announced his retirement. The person who will be affected the most is political rival Gwen O'Mahony, who is the NDP candidate in Strahl's riding of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon.

    Sometimes I'm lucky enough to have a chance to talk with her... 

Read more here  

 Saturday March 12, 2011

Federal Politics

NDP Wishes Strahl Well

With Strahl gone O'Mahony set to take riding

Submitted by Richard Harrington, NDP

 

s Chuck Strahl prepares to enter into this next season of life, "I wish him well and offer my congratulations at a successful 17 years of public service," said Gwen O'Mahony upon learning the news that Chuck Strahl will not be seeking re-election.

 

Read more here  

Saturday March 12, 2011

Entertainment 

Frankenstein At Galaxy 

First ever National Theatre live broadcast

Submitted by Cineplex

 

ineplex Entertainment, via our Front Row Centre Events is pleased to announce the next production of the National Theatre Live 2010-2011 season will be Frankenstein. Oscar winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire)...

 

Read more here

Saturday March 12, 2011

Business 

Coffee With Caruth

Have lunch with UFV President Mark Evered March 24

Staff Report

 

isa Caruth, is the Executive Director of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and she spoke 98.3 Starfm's morning show personalities, Scott and Lisa, regarding what's happening with the Chamber lately. The following are highlights from that conversation.

 

Read more here

 

 Saturday March 12, 2011

Federal Politics 

MP Strahl Throws In The Towel

It's business as usual but he won't be running for re-election

Submitted by office of MP Chuck Strahl

 

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under the sun. - Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

he author of these words knew a thing or two about human nature. In my political career, "everything" came together to launch what still seems surreal...

 

Read more here

       Saturday March 12, 2011

Union News

Union Calls For More Transparency

Access to residential care information must be improved

Submitted by the HEU

 

he Hospital Employees’ Union is urging premier-designate Christy Clark to act on key recommendations made over a year ago by the province’s Ombudsperson that would assist...

 

Read more here

 Saturday March 12, 2011

Upcoming Event 

Getting Social With Online Networking

Owen Clark coming to Mill St. OpenHouse

Submitted by Larry Neilson, Sutton Group

 

wen Clark is an entrepreneur. After starting and building his online business and community byzhub.com 17 months ago through social media platforms, Meetup groups and networking, he has become recognized in Vancouver as a...

 

 

Read more here

 Saturday March 12, 2011

Sports News

Rockers' Soccer

Over-30 women's league set to kick-off season April 12

Submitted by Anne Russell, UFV

 

omen over 30: now's your chance to grab a coveted spot in the Chilliwack Rockers' Soccer recreational seven-a-side league this spring.

Read more here

 Friday March 11, 2011

Voices 

Genie Award Winner Has Local Connection

Last Train Home wins for best documentary

Submitted by Myrtle Mcdonald

 

esterday my grandson Mila Aung-thwin won the Genie award for best documentary, The Last Train Home. EyeSteel Film is located in Montreal, and Mila was the Producer.

 

Read more here

Feature Story    Thursday March 10, 2011

Deathblow To Democracy

FVRD board votes against adding a citizen's seat to the APP Advisory Committee

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

f there wasn't democracy in Canada, the United Nations would bring in blue-helmeted troops and enforce it.

    What then were Fraser Valley Regional District board members...

 

Read more here  

 Friday March 11, 2011

UFV News 

Dutch University Shares Knowledge

One-day symposium on the horticulture industry at Coast Hotel March 23

Submitted by Patty Welborn, UFV

 

hen you're onto a good thing, you like to share it. The University of the Fraser Valley Agriculture department is teaming up with the HAS Den Bosch University, Netherlands, to present a one-day symposium on the horticulture industry.

 

Read more here

 Friday March 11, 2011

Healthy Living 

Vernal Equinox: A Beautiful Time

Some interesting history behind the "Eoster" bunny

Submitted by Sorcha Kincaid

 

ith the birds singing, the crocuses and snowdrops blooming, and the snow (hopefully) behind us, I'm reminded that Easter and the Spring (Vernal) Equinox is just around the corner. It's one of the most magical and beautiful times of year.

 

Read more here

  Friday March 11, 2011

Local News

Medical Scan Investigation Continues

CGH to scrutinize 697 scans dating back to 2008

Submitted by Heather Rollins, CCS

 

raser Health is updating the public about one ongoing investigation and one new investigation into the accuracy of medical interpretation by radiologists.

    If the public has a concern about their health, they should contact HealthLink BC toll-free at 8-1-1.

 

Read more here  

  Friday March 11, 2011

Local News

Community Services To Get New Leader

No word yet on Cuthbertson's replacement

Submitted by Heather Rollins, CCS

 

ollowing a career spanning over three decades in the community social services sector, and after 12-years with Chilliwack Community Services, Executive Director Dale Cuthbertson has informed the CCS Board...

 

Read more here  

  Thursday March 10, 2011

Arts News

Fraser River Journey

From spawning grounds to the sea March 19 at the Museum

Submitted by Ron Denman, Chilliwack Museum

 

or more than 30 years, award winning photographer Rick Blacklaws has travelled the Fraser River from its source near Mount...

 

Read more here  

  Thursday March 10, 2011

Literary News

Planet Stewards To Beat Poets

Carolan to speak on Synder, citizenship and ecosystems March 16 at Abby campus

Submitted by UFV

 

t a time when we face an alarming number of environmental challenges and the sustainability of our current way of living on the planet Earth is in question, might it be a good idea to heed the words of a poet who...

Read more here  

  Wednesday March 9, 2011

Voices

No Legal Aid For Bi-Polar Man

Recovering addict facing court without a lawyer

Submitted by Todd Campbell

 

he att. generals office can now take a person of disability to court (civil) and not provide a lawyer. To bad if the person is poor and cant afford one. They are able to place leans on property before the court case is even heard-so a person cant...

Read more here  

  Wednesday March 9, 2011

Community

The Grand Design

Garrison Crossing a top neighbourhood, but more votes needed by March 25

Submitted by Janice Seymour, CLC

 

veryone who lives in Garrison Crossing knows it’s an exceptional community.

Read more here  

  Wednesday March 9, 2011

City Hall News

City Sends Pricey Message To Pot Growers

Chilliwack homeowner faces possibility of $40,000 in fines

Submitted by City of Chilliwack/RCMP file

 

harges relating to the City of Chilliwack's Nuisance, Noxious or Offensive Trades, Health and Safety Bylaw and the Building Regulation Bylaw, have been laid against the owner of a property located in the 46000 block of Tournier Place, Chilliwack.

 

Read more here  

  Wednesday March 9, 2011

Local News

Winds of Change

Doust's 9 little fixes add up to big change in Legal Aid system

Staff/Voice file photo

 

ollowing right on the heels of the 68-page Public Commission on Legal Aid Foundation For Change report released yesterday, Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced today that the government and the Legal...

Read more here  

 

  Wednesday March 9, 2011

Local News

Fire Fighters In Blue

Mounties risk injury to carry apt evacuee down three flights of stairs

Submitted by Chilliwack RCMP

Police and fire crews mop up after apt. blaze.

 

n March 9, 2011, at approximately 4:38 am, the Upper Fraser Valley Regional...

 

Read more here  

  Wednesday March 9, 2011

Upcoming Event

Shakespeare Trilogy With Tchaikovsky

All-Star cast perform LA Phil live at Galaxy Cinema

Submitted by Cineplex

 

ineplex Entertainment, via our Front Row Centre Events is pleased to announce the second transmission of LA Phil Live will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. PDT. Emanating live via satellite from the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall...

Read more here  

  Tuesday March 8, 2011

International Women's Day

Economic And Social Reform

HEU salutes the generations of women who have paved the way for greater equality and a better world Submitted by BCGEU

 

ospital Employees’ Union secretary-business manager Judy Darcy says that the courage, leadership and determination these women displayed remain an inspiration today.

    “We can honour the women who have gone before us by continuing...

Read more here  

  Sunday March 6, 2011

Sports

Vixens Victorious

Food Bank big winners with hefty helping from roller derby

Submitted by Hootie

Vixens donate $760 to Food Bank Saturday

 

he Reign Valley Vixens won at home against the Okanagan Raggedy Rollers on Saturday night at Exhibition Park...

 

Read more here  

  Sunday March 6, 2011

Community

Openhouse, Open heart

New community space available free to non-profits

Staff/Voice

 

ast year, realtor Larry Neilson and his wife decided that they wanted to network in the community and brainstormed different ways they could do that. Eventually they came up with what they thought was the perfect way to get to know people in the community—lease a space and let non-profit community groups use...

 

Read more here  

Feature Story            Friday March 4, 2011

To Inspire The Fire

Community role models share their stories of success 

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

ike Johnson, Soowahlie Health Alcohol Drug and Addictions (NADA) councellor, hurried around the gym. His long ponytail swinging as he ran through last-minute preparations last Wednesday evening for the Feb 23 meeting at Cultus Lake Community School that he called "Role Model Day".

Read more here  

 

  Friday March 4, 2011

Community Event

What In The World Are They Spraying?

ACES March Movie Night explores contrail issue

Submitted by ACES Environmental Stewards

 

t's movie time once again! ACES Society is extremely pleased to be presenting "What In The World Are They Spraying?" for our March Community Movie Night on Friday March 18th at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30) at the Harrison Mills Community Hall (1995 School Road Harrison Mills).

 

Read more here  

  Friday March 4, 2011

City Hall News

If A Tree Falls In The Forest, Does Anybody Care?

City embraces urban forest renewal

Submitted by the City of Chilliwack

 

he City of Chilliwack's Street Tree Program in Promontory is receiving a helping hand, thanks to a BC Hydro Community Re-greening Grant. The public utility has granted Chilliwack $5,000 for purchase of trees for this program.

 

Read more here  

 Thursday March 3, 2011

Community 

Let Me Be Your Safe Harbour

Chilliwack Safe Haven have cats looking to adopt owners

Staff/Voice

 

here's an old adage that goes something like; "You don't own a cat — it owns you."

 

Read more here  

 

  Thursday March 3, 2011

Entertainment

Lord Of The Dance In 3D

Immerse yourself in a unique audience experience at Galaxy Cinema

Submitted by Cineplex

 

ineplex Entertainment is pleased to announce a limited engagement Front Row Centre event. Lord of the Dance 3D will be screened at participating theatres across Canada on March 20th at 1:00 p.m., March 24th at 7:00 p.m.

 

Read more here  

  Thursday March 3, 2011

Federal Politics

NDP Readies For Possible Spring Election

MP Peter Julien to speak in Yarrow at dinner fundraiser

Submitted by Richard Harrington, Hope BC

 

ou may be aware that our local Federal association is sponsoring a fundraising dinner on March 15th at the Yarrow Hall in west Chilliwack. Our guest speaker is Federal MP Peter Julien.Ticket prices are only $50...

 

Read more here  

 Thursday March 3, 2011

BC Politics

"Green Liberals" Effect Real Change

Christy Clark's advisory team should send people running for the exits

Submitted by office of the Green Party

 

n late January, a group calling
themselves the "GreenLibs" was formed. The people organizing the drive to get environmentally minded people to join the BC Liberals said they wanted to create a "swing bloc" of registered BC...

 

Read more here  

 Thursday March 3, 2011

Local News  

Psst... Hey, Wanna A Buy TV?

Be alert for man selling merchandise from vehicle

Staff/Voice

 

eports came in yesterday about a guy in a tan suburban selling televisions and projectors at a Shell station and outside of Future Shop.

    RCMP told The Voice that they wanted to speak with him to ensure that the items were not stolen.

 

Read more here  

 Thursday March 3, 2011

Real Estate News  

CADREB Board Has New Head

Mark Anderson promises to maintain high standards

Submitted by Steve Lerigny, CADREB

 

s the newly elected Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) President takes the reins, he does so confident that the local real estate scene has weathered the worst of the recent economic downturn.

 

Read more here  

Feature Story      Wed March 2, 2011

RCMP: It's Not Illegal To Be Homeless

Health hub gets thumbs up from City Hall for rezoning

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

he much-touted Health Contact Centre (HCC) is closer to reality after city council approved the rezoning application during a regular meeting last night at City Hall. More on this later.

 Wednesday March 2, 2011

Community 

She's A Champ

There's no angels like snow angels

Staff/Voice photo

 

etty Champ is an angel. Not the ethereal type, but a real, live snow angel.

    The Chilliwack and District Seniors Resource Society and the City of Chilliwack have partnered to help seniors clear their walks and driveways of snow with the help of volunteers like Champ.

 

Read more here  

 Wednesday March 2, 2011

Upcoming Event 

Timebender

Magician will take it to a whole new level at the Cultch Mar 18

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

ailed by critics as “the most successful professional magician in Canada” and “a champion of magic”, Ted Outerbridge and his brand new...

 

Read more here  

 Wednesday March 2, 2011

Voices 

Krawczyk: Christy, We All Don't Have Alzheimer's

Clark a cookie cut from Campbell's cutter

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

hristy, your timing is off. Minus a snap election, there is a danger that the labour uprising in Wisconsin may come to roost on your new posts. In fact, it may do it anyway. There is the smell of labour renewal in the air. Jim Sinclair’s voice yesterday...

 

Read more here  

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