Chilliwack News November 2010

 Monday November 1, 2010

City Hall News

City Hall Greeting Card Contest

Gary Zerbe's winning design

Staff/Voice photo

 

ity Hall was looking for the perfect design for this year's official greeting card, and...

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 Monday November 1, 2010

Political News

Gordo, It's Time

Liberals face mounting pressure to exit stage right

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, Green Party

 

he premier's speech last night will not change the minds of BC voters and it will not improve Campbell's political prospects within his own party," said Jane Sterk, leader of the Green Party of BC. "The speech demonstrated that Campbell...

Read more here

 Monday November 1, 2010

Street News

Housing Victoria's Homeless

BC Housing slashes funding to the capital's shelters

Submitted by Janine Bandcroft Street Newz

St. John the Divine shelter on Quadra St.

 

tarting November 1st BC Housing will cut funding to St. John the Divine, a 40 mat Cold/Wet overnight shelter...

Read more here

 

 Monday November 1, 2010

Community News

Working Through Illiteracy

CLCS offers one-of-a-kind program in Canada

Staff/Voice photos

 

eople never stop learning. Something new can be gleaned every day providing one keeps an open mind and employers demand that staff working for them have the basic skills to help them get through a day on the job.

 

Read more here

 

 Wednesday November 3, 2010

BC Environment News

First Nations Celebrate Victory

Feds nix Fish Lake copper mine plan

Submitted by Tsilhqot'in National Govt

 

he Tsilhqot'in National Government and its' community members are rejoicing in today's decision by Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice against issuing permits for the proposed Prosperity mine in central BC. This ruling will serve as a catalyst for...

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 Wednesday November 3, 2010

BC Govt News

Healthy Minds, Healthy People

Ministry unveils plan to deal with addiction and mental illness

Release by BC Ministry of Health

 

he Province today released a 10-year plan to address mental health and substance use with a focus on prevention of problems, early intervention, treatment and sustainability.

Read more here

 Wednesday November 3, 2010

Letters

Funk Clarifies BIA Role Downtown

Surveyed businesses indicate safety, greening, marketing biggest concerns

Submitted by Kathy Funk, Exec Dir. BIA

 

hank you for your recent email inquiring about the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association (BIA). Feedback is very important to us and we appreciate your taking the time to write to us.

Read more here

 Wednesday November 3, 2010

Arts News

Sagebrush to Seagulls

Christine Camilleri's intimate views of BC in oils

Staff/Voice photo

ast week to catch the art show ending Nov.10th at the Chilliwack Museum on Main St.

See larger photo here

 Wednesday November 3, 2010

City Hall News

UK Cadets Celebrate 150-years

City Hall shows appreciation to Welsh unit

Staff/Voice photos

aptain Mervyn Jones, Platoon Commander, Rossett Platoon United Kingdom Cadets, along with his cadet ...

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 Wednesday November 3, 2010

City Hall News

A Mayor Minute

Sharon Gaetz talks about crime, transit and Cultural Centre open house

Staff

 

hilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz was on 98.3 Starfm Wednesday morning. The following are highlights from her conversation with radio personality Scott Riley.

Read more here

 

 Wednesday November 3, 2010

Political News

Premier's Decision Makes Green's Day

Sterk agrees that Campbell resignation holds possibility of something better for BC

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, GP

 

ike others, the Green Party of BC was surprised by the timing of Gordon Campbell's announcement that he is...

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 Thursday November 4, 2010

Local News

Paramount's Final Curtain Call

Landmark Cinemas donate movie theatre to the City

Submitted by City Hall

 

he City of Chilliwack is thrilled to accept the generous donation of the Paramount theatre building and property from Landmark Cinemas of Canada. The credits went up for the last time at the Paramount theatre on Wednesday night...

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 Friday November 5, 2010

Health News

Flu Shot Or Not?

Dr. Perry Kendall talks about flu vaccines Staff/CBC photo

 

t's influenza season again. But before you jump in line to get your shot, its important to know what the consensus is and make your own decision.

Read more here

 

 Friday November 5, 2010

Local News

Why Can't We Vote In Elections Online?

It would be cool to e-vote in your pajamas

Staff/Voice archived story - November 2009

                                                    Web photo

f we can buy and participate in just about anything online, including registering to vote, doing our taxes, banking and paying...

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 Friday November 5, 2010

Upcoming Event

Raising Healthy Kids

Community Celebration featuring keynote speaker Paul Kershaw  

Submitted by Michael Berger, CLCS

 

he Chilliwack Early Years Committee will be hosting a “Community Celebration” event featuring speaker Paul Kershaw. The purpose of the event is to inform the wider community about the importance of early child development and its significance...

Read more here

 

 Friday November 5, 2010

Upcoming Event

Reaching Out To New Canadians

CLCS hosts ESL Knowledge Exchange

Submitted by Michael Berger, CLCS

 

o you have business clients or employees from countries other than Canada? Does your agency provide services or programs for immigrants and English as a Second Language learners? If so…you are invited to join us for an ESL Knowledge Exchange.

Read more here

 

 Saturday November 6, 2010

Community News

Sharing Life's Stories

Choosing To Smile writers invite contest submissions

Submitted by Glenda Standeven

 

he Choosing to Smile Facebook group is holding a contest inviting people to...

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 Saturday November 6, 2010

Environment News

Its Almost

O-Fish-Al

Pacific Salmon to be designated provincial fish

Staff/Voice

 

id you know that BC doesn't have an official fish? We have an official flower, tree, flag, bird, mammal, gem and even a tartan, but no symbolic fish.

    Ever since February 2009 in a story spawned by Vancouver Sun writer Miro Cerntig first ...

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 Saturday November 6, 2010

Editorial

A Life Less Ordinary

A short story and long trail of broken bones Craig Hill/Voice

 

just stubbed my toe so hard that I think it must be broken. It's not that I'm injury-prone, in fact I'm very careful most times because there aren't many bones in my body that haven't already been broken at least once. Most people have lots of stories of being injured and many of them worse than this sordid tale.

Read more here

 Saturday November 6, 2010

Local News

Veterans' Voices "Fall On Deaf Ears"

Local NDP candidate O'Mahony questions Strahl's absence

Submitted by Dick Harrington, NDP Campaign Manager

 

he protest march, sponsored by the local Veterans' Association, originated at the Cottonwood Mall and travelled down Vedder Road ...

 

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        Revised Sunday November 7, 2010

Feature Story

A Show Of Force

500 Chilliwack veterans march for better benefits

Craig Hill/Voice photos        

    

hey fought for Canada in the past and yet, here they are on home turf with another fight on their hands. This time its a battle for what veterans feel they deserve. On Saturday ex-soldiers marched on MP's offices from coast to coast.

Story and gallery here

 Monday November 8, 2010

Local News

The Blue Gold Rush

Harrison IPP projects enough to light up over 30,000 homes  Craig Hill/Voice

 

here's water in them thar hills and it's creating something that looks like the corporate gold rush of the new millennium.

 

Read more here

 

 Wednesday November 10, 2010

Upcoming Family Event

Winged Wonders

Thousands of eagles descend on FV for salmon

Submitted by Jo-Ann Chadwick, FR Safari

 

 

Sonsie the eagle. Photo submitted.

 

he fall brings cooler temperatures, shorter days and a mosaic of red-orange...

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 Wednesday November 10, 2010

Upcoming Family Event

Live at the Library

Fairy Tale actors enhance children's storytime

Submitted by Gwyneth Jones Chwk Library

 

ver read a fairy tale and wished you could meet the princess or shake hands with the brave knight? Imagine...

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        Wednesday November 10, 2010

Feature Story

Chilliwack Flag Pride

Canadian troops honour city by raising flag in Afghanistan

Craig Hill/Voice photos           

 

aster Coproral Mark Gillatly presented the City's flag to Mayor Sharon Gaetz after it been flown for a day at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan and signed by Task Force 3-09 troops. Gillatly, who did a tour-of-duty in the war-torn...

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 Thursday November 11, 2010

Native Community News

Feds Pump Millions Into Reservations

Chilliwack First Nations communities to benefit from housing retrofit funds

Submitted by Michael Hurley, CHMC

 

he Government of Canada announced (yesterday) an investment of more than $2.8 million as part of the year two funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan to...

Read more here

 

 Thursday November 11, 2010

Letters

IPP Plants Affect River Recreation

Local kayakers worried about dewatering, flow reduction

Submitted by Ryan Bayes, FV Whitewater

 

ts hard to say exactly how this will affect paddlers until its completed. The diverted water will undoubtedly reduce the number of days that the creek has sufficient flows to be paddled. Similar projects constructed...

Read more here

 

 Thursday November 11, 2010

Letters

Harrison Power Play

Communities rights are being whitewashed

Submitted by Jan Longmore, ACES

 

here is an extremely important issue that is looming at our doorstep. It has to do with the independent power projects (IPP's) involving our precious creeks and it looks like it is going to continue, unless of course, someone stops them.

 

 

Read more here

 Thursday November 11, 2010

Letters

Baynes' Battle News

Family appeals for prayer

Submitted by Zabeth Baynes

                                                   Submitted

ould you please pray for Paul and Zabeth Bayne and their three children, Kent (6), Baden (4) and Bethany (3).

Read more here

 Thursday November 11, 2010

Vancouver Street News

Rich Man, Poor Man

DTES activists demonstrate stark contrasts between living standards

Submitted by Carnegie Action

 

busload of Downtown Eastsiders and supporters descended on a $31 million mansion under the construction in Vancouver's wealthy Point Grey neighbourhood to make a point about inequality today.

Read more here

 Thursday November 11, 2010

Entertainment

Galaxy Theatre Opening Nov. 19

Mega Millions For Mega Screens

Submitted by Cineplex

 

ineplex Entertainment is pleased to announce Galaxy Cinemas Chilliwack will open its doors to guests on Friday, Nov 19. Advance tickets can now be purchased online beginning Monday, Nov 15 at www.cineplex.com  for Harry Potter.

Read more here

 Thursday November 11, 2010

Environment

Give a Gift of Clean Water This Season

Riverkeeper looking for new members this Christmas

Submitted by Mary Woodsbury, FR

 

s we approach the end of another successful year, we want to thank those who have contributed to our success and encourage your continued support as we work to ensure our right to safely swim drink and fish. This holiday season...

Read more here

 Friday November 12, 2010

Native News

The Road Less Travelled

Stó:lō Health honours newly clean and sober Nov. 19 Staff/Voice

 

I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference - Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

 

t's National Addictions Awareness Week and Stó:lō Nation Health Services is looking for nominees for their "Honouring and Celebrating Our Path on the Red Road" that ...

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 Friday November 12, 2010

Health News

Putting The Hurt On Patients

Sterk says $29/day is too much for patients to bear

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, GP

 

hanges are needed but not at this cost. "On Nov. 7, 2010, The Victoria Times Colonist published an editorial on the fact that hospitals have recently begun charging patients.

Read more here

 Friday November 12, 2010

BCAA Road Sense

Stay Safe Behind The Wheel This Winter

Driving tips for snow and ice

Submitted by BCAA Traffic Safety Fdn

 

very day in British Columbia, workers are at risk of being injured or even killed while driving on the job. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of worker deaths in this province.

Read more here

 Friday November 12, 2010

Local News

Wally World!

Walmart megastore opens to mega crowds at Eagle Landing

Staff/Voice photos

 

he largest Walmart in BC threw open it's doors this morning at Eagle Landing in Chilliwack. People started ...

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 Friday November 12, 2010

Local News

Cherri Cheesecake

Burlesque Revue actors unleashed at Cheeky store

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

Cheesecake actors Friday before show.

 

irls just want to have fun. Some of the cast of Cheesecake Burlesque Revue...

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        Friday November 12, 2010

Feature Story

Stó:lō Remembrance Day Ceremony

Hundreds show up for at Resource Centre to pay respect

Craig Hill/Voice photos         

  

t least two-hundred people marched in a wreath laying procession in memory of those soldiers, both Native and non-Native, who lost their lives in service to their country.

Story and gallery here

 Saturday November 13, 2010

Community News

Oasis Factor A Step Closer To Aviva Funds

A sustainable Chilliwack community within a community needs votes

Staff

 

ebbie Walker, developer of the Oasis Factor project in Chilliwack, has had the sustainable and environmentally friendly seniors housing idea short-listed for yet another...

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 Sunday November 14, 2010

Letters

For The Record

Chilliwack Walmart isn't the biggest in BC

Submitted by Travis Sullivan

 

our article posted Nov 12, 2010, incorrectly states that the Eagle Landing Walmart Supercentre is the largest in BC. This is not the case, as the Walmart at Grandview corners in South Surrey is 215,000 sq ft. The Walmart that opened June 10 in Victoria is 216,000 sq ft. This is in addition to the 172,000 sq ft Supercentre in Westbank and Duncan's 156,000 sq foot...

 

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 Sunday November 14, 2010

City Hall News

Staff/Voice

 

he City is preparing to ratify amendments to the Animal Control and Licence Bylaw Acts Monday which include a hike in dog licencing and adoption fees.  The fee for a licence is currently set at $12 and come Jan.1st. it's going up $15.

Read more here

 Sunday November 14, 2010

Christmas

Top Twelve Toys

Walmart releases most popular list for Christmas 2010   Staff/Voice

 

almart Canada today announced its list of must-have toys for the 2010 holiday season. The prices for all 12 toys, available at Walmarts across the country, have been rolled back by as much as 30% to help Canadians get great value this holiday season.

Read more here

 Monday November 15, 2010

Retail News

Washington Stores Brace For Canadians

Three great reasons to shop stateside this season: Black Friday, HST and dollar parity  Staff/Voice

 

f you want a reason to shop in the US this Christmas season, then you have a few to choose from. For starters, the HST would be a reason. A strong Canadian dollar is another. Black Friday is another. Want more?

Read more here

 Monday November 15, 2010

Politics

O'Mahony's On The Move

Old fashioned door-knocking leaves residents impressed  

Submitted by Richard Harrington

 

wen O'Mahony recently completed a thorough door-to-door canvass of the "northern tier" of the Riding of Chilliwack/Fraser Canyon. This means that Gwen has personally canvassed ninety percent of all the homes.

Read more here

 Tuesday November 16, 2010

Public Transit News

Transit Plan Stalls

Well-oiled bus system tops Chilliwack's Christmas Wish List

Staff/Voice/BC Transit photo

 

ear Santa: City Council doesn't want two front teeth for Christmas this year. They just want a functioning public transportation system. There is a master plan, honest, they just haven't formulated it yet. You may have to park the buses outside...

Read more here

 Tuesday November 16, 2010

Community News

Let Them Eat Cake

Kids take over City Hall

Staff/Voice

 

id you know that over 3.2 million Canadians are denied their birthright or the correct identification on their birth records? According to the Canadian Children's Rights...

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 Wednesday November 17, 2010

Editorial Comment

Chilliwack Chamber Snubs The Voice

Once again the little noses go up in the air

by Craig Hill

 

f course the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce didn't invite the Voice to attend the Business Excellence Awards. They didn't show us the secret hand shake for their club. It's not like we don't try to help local business as much as possible. We're not at all interested in an award or even the food, just reporting.

 Wednesday November 17, 2010

City Hall News

Janzen: City Headed In Wrong Direction

City Councillor opposes budget package

Submitted by Coun. Diane Janzen

 

iane Janzen, Chilliwack City Councillor opposed the Financial Plan Bylaw stating that “this takes the City in the wrong financial direction”. As presented she indicated concerns that the City would lose its enviable...

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 Wednesday November 17, 2010

City Hall News

Safe On The Job And At Home

City receives NAOSH honourable mention award

Staff/Voice

Mayor Sharon Gaetz accepts award Monday

anadian workplace statistics tell us that three workers are killed every day in this country. According to CUPE, in 2007 the number of workers...

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 Wednesday November 17, 2010

Veterans News

Strahl Responds To Veterans' Concerns

No Widow's Tax, no claw backs

Submitted by MP Chuck Strahl's Office

 

his Government readily admits that we inherited some real problems in Veterans Affairs, and that some still exist. If there hadn’t been problems we wouldn’t have felt the need to establish a new Veterans Charter, a Veterans Bill of Rights and an office of Veterans Ombudsman.

Read more here

 Thursday November 18, 2010

Health News

Are You Waiting For Surgery?

New gov't website offers comprehensive wait time info

Submitted by BC Gov't

 

new surgical wait times website – the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada – will give patients the tools to make more informed decisions about their surgery waits, while helping to reduce overall wait times, said Minister of Health...

Read more here

 Thursday November 18, 2010

Veterans News

More Help For Veterans

Over $2B plunked into Enhanced Charter fund

Submitted by Veterans Affairs Canada

 

oday, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), tabled changes to the New Veterans Charter to significantly improve financial support for injured Canadian Forces members and Veterans. 

Read more here

 Thursday November 18, 2010

BC News

RCMP-Linked Deaths Too High

BCCLA says province's police fatality rate doubles Ontario

Submitted by BC Civil Liberties Assoc.

 

he RCMP released figures yesterday that confirm the B.C. Civil Liberties Association’s findings that B.C. has more than twice as many police deaths as Ontario. RCMP figures show that on a per capita basis B.C.’s police-involved death rate is 2.5 times higher than Ontario’s rate.

Read more here

 Thursday November 18, 2010

City Hall News

City Hall Picks Up Appreciation Award

Fraser Valley Home Builders Association bestows honour

Staff/Voice

 

he City of Chilliwack picked up another award Nov. 4th at The Fraser Valley Home Builders Association banquet...

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 Wednesday November 18, 2010

Exclusive

Georgia Nicols Peers Into Our Future

Each sign has a never-before-done 40-year timeline

Submitted by Georgia Nicols

 

ou and Your Future describes the twelve signs (including romance, and each sign as a parent, child, boss and employee). At the end of each sign, there's a section on How to be a Happier Aries, How to be...

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 Thursday November 18, 2010

Viewpoints

Is He Hitting The Bottle Again?

King Campbell is still dictating despite his resignation

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

ust pondering. But Gordon Campbell actions are similar to those who are either just going into, or trying to climb out of, a drunk. And at 81 I’ve seen a few drunks in my life. How else to explain our premier’s reeling...

 

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        Thursday November 18, 2010

Feature Story

Rehabilitating The Wild

Eagle soars after being nursed back to health by O.W.L. 

Submitted by Jo-Ann Chadwick, FV Bald Eagle Festival Society   

Ralph Day takes Bella to a spot near Kilby where the eagle was released.

 

ith only 2 days to go before the 15th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival there is no

Read the release here

 Friday November 19, 2010

Viewpoints

Veteran Leader Responds To MP Strahl

Many questions unanswered Submitted by Joe Beauchamp

 

read Mr. Strahl's Letter to the editor in the Chilliwack Times dated November 16, 2010. First and foremost, Mr. Strahl states in this letter. " Yes, it's unfortunate my schedule did not allow me to attend the rally. It would have been nice to address these issues earlier"...

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 Saturday November 20, 2010

Film

Democracy, A Dying Art

Empower yourself through film

Submitted by Jan Longmore, ACES

 

n association with Cinema Politica Fraser Valley, Area C Environmental Stewards (ACES) are holding a Community Movie Night on Friday Nov. 26 at Harrison Mills Community Hall (1995 School Road) at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). We will be screening Paul Manly's "You, Me and the SPP: Trading  Democracy for Corporate Rule".

Read more here

 Saturday November 20, 2010

Street News

The Reachable And The Teachable

Will a Chilliwack landowner step up and do something similar here?

Submitted by Woodwynn Farms

 

oodwynn Farms is a 193-acre organic farm and therapeutic community that welcomes homeless individuals...

Read more here

 Saturday November 20, 2010

BC Politics

Campbell Needs To Exit Now

Dragged kicking and screaming?

Submitted by Rebecca Helps

 

reen Party of BC calls on all MLAs to stand up to party discipline.

    "Campbell's decision to quit and stay is paralyzing BC," said Jane Sterk, leader of the Green Party of BC. "Bill Bennett is saying what all BC Liberal MLAs need to say. Campbell needs to leave...

Read more here

 

 Saturday November 20, 2010

Letters

Jason Campbell Rides For A Cure

Canuck Place Hospice kids to benefit

Submitted by Corette

 

i, my name is Jason Campbell and I am training to do a bike ride across Canada...

 Read more here

 Saturday November 20, 2010

Federal Politics

A Stacked Senate

Is Harper manipulating the senate?

Submitted by Gwen O'Mahony, NDP

 

t's appalling that Prime Minister Harper's appointed Senators would defeat a Bill that has been passed by our duly elected Parliament," Gwen O'Mahony stated after learning of the Senate vote on the Climate Change Accountability Act. This Act, which had been passed...

Read more here

 Sunday November 21, 2010

Local News

Superstore May See Christmas Pickets

UFCW Nov. Strike Vote critical in more ways than one

Craig Hill/Voice

 

he United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) is set to take a strike vote Nov. 28-29. The union is seeking a 5-year deal.

    Strike votes happen all the time, however in Chilliwack there are some dynamics at play aside from the fact that a vote could put the union in a position to picket the store over the busiest time of year.

Read more here

 

 Sunday November 21, 2010

Social Media

Facebook 2011

We're moving to a "Like" page!

Craig Hill/Voice

 

e're growing in leaps and bounds and are doing some restructuring. Last week the Voice began to shut down our Facebook page and will be setting up a "Like" page shortly. Apparently, biz is supposed to do that. Oi vey!

    We're sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for following the Voice on Facebook and Twitter.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season and we'll be looking forward to seeing you in our new Facebook in 2011. Can't wait!

    Warmly,

    Craig Hill, Publisher

    The Valley Voice

 Monday November 23, 2010

Local News

Crime & Punishment

Youth justice group granted $31,500 in funding from City

Staff/Voice

 

rime costs everyone in the community, but what you may not know is that it costs the youth committing it too.

    When the City looks at the business end they know that it takes money to make change.

    So in order to keep the wheels of justice restoration well-oiled in...

 

Read more here

 Monday November 22, 2010

City Hall News

The Municipal Rub

What have your city councillors been up to?

Staff/Voice

 

oun Stam on Tourism

Coun. Chuck Stam reported that on Nov. 3rd, the board of Chilliwack Tourism got together for a strategic planning session.

    "We spent the day talking about our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. Basically it was a review from the plan of 2007..."

Read more here

 Monday November 22, 2010

Community News

Friends of CRV Want Targeted Gravel Boycott

FVRD in Catch-22 situation breaking laws it can't enforce

Craig Hill/Voice

 

riends of the Chilliwack River Valley are calling on all levels of government to boy-cott Conflict Gravel operations across BC. According to the Minister of State Randy Hawes, 70% of the gravel produced in BC is purchased by governments.

Read more here

 Tuesday November 23, 2010

Community News

Blanketing The City

1st annual event proves to be popular

Submitted by Derek Burbidge

 

he Blanket Drive exceeded any and every expectation we had. The support from Chilliwack was overwhelming, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, sweaters, jackets, gloves, toques, home-made toques and more, we were blown away by the support.

    Langley and Abbotsford also had a huge out pouring of...

 

Read more here

 Tuesday November 23, 2010

BC News

BC Civil Liberties Find Secret Police Audit

More transparency needed "Public confidence grows better in sunshine than in the dark"

Submitted by Janine Bandcroft, Victoria

 

he BCCLA has discovered that the province of B.C. completed a secret audit of the RCMP's performance under the...

 Read more here

 Tuesday November 23, 2010

Chilliwack Consumers Christmas Comes Early

BIA introduces the Win A Window contest

Submitted by Jessica Clark, BIA

 

he Downtown Business Improvement Association is pleased to announce that one lucky person in Chilliwack will walk away before Christmas with a huge present. This is the largest grand prize giveaway in Chilliwack this holiday season.

 

Read more here

        Tuesday November 23, 2010

Feature Story

Sugar Plums Are Dancing In Whoville Already

Win the Window features a truckload of gifts one lucky shopper will win Dec. 20

Craig Hill/Voice         

  

here was a time in Vancouver when a popular holiday season tradition had families lining up and down Hastings and Abbott for the chance to peer in wide-eyed wonderment at an a

Read the story & draw details 

 Wednesday November 24, 2010

Local News

Winter Wheels In

Trees down and power out to thousands in Fraser Valley

Voice Staff/Tourism Chilliwack photo

 

he south coast of BC was hit by a wicked wind storm Monday night which left thousands without power. As of 2 am there are still two areas – Squiaala and a small area around Elm and Young still without electricity after crews worked through the night.

 

Read more here

 Thursday November 25, 2010

Community

Celebrate A Life

Hospice Society's Name-A-Butterfly tree decorating Dec. 5-22

Submitted by Coletta Holmes

 

he Chilliwack Hospice Society will once again set up the Celebrate a Life tree at Minter Country Gardens, 10015 Young Rd. Sunday, Dec. 5 to Dec. 22. This is an opportunity to remember a loved one who has died by writing their name on a butterfly ornament and hanging it on the tree. Volunteers will be on hand from 2-8 pm.

 Wednesday November 24, 2010

Parent Clinic

BCAA Child Passenger Safety Workshop

Chilliwack parents to master the art of buckling-up Dec. 15

Submitted by BCAA Traffic Safety Fnd.

 

earn more about how to keep your child safe when traveling in a vehicle. Attend a BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation/ICBC Child Passenger Safety New Parent Workshop or car seat information sessions.

 

Read more here

        Thursday November 25, 2010

Feature Story

Gimme Shelter

There are actually more foodless than homeless in Chilliwack

Craig Hill/Voice         

 

hen temperatures on the coast started to plummet earlier this week, the provincial government sent out  a series of releases saying they were going to open 165 additional Extreme Weather beds, doubling the existing Emergency Shelter Program since it began in 2001...

 Read the story here

 Friday November 26, 2010

Local News

'Tis The Season To Be Safe

What ICBC, the RCMP and the Provincial Government say about snow tires

Compiled by staff/Voice

 

ronically, yesterday, just as the RCMP put out their Get A Grip release the Chilliwack community was hit hard when a 19-year-old woman tragically lost her life after the car she was driving spun off Hwy. 1 at Annis Rd. Police attributed the accident to not having snow tires.

Read more here

 Friday November 26, 2010

Community News

Parade of Sights and Sounds

"Experience the Magic" Dec. 4 with Chilliwack

Submitted by Kathy Funk, BIA Exec. Dir.

 

he Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) has decided to extend the deadline for parade entries to noon on Friday, November 26. We have already had a great ...

 

Read more here

 Friday November 26, 2010

Local News

Tradition vs. Political Correctness

School Trustee Maahs a culture hero overnight

Staff/Voice

 

hat's in a name? Apparently a lot when it comes to Christmas. Chilliwack School Board Trustee, Heather Maahs has turned into a Canadian culture hero overnight as a story sweeps the nation regarding the  Board's decision last week to change the school break name  from Winter to Christmas Break.

Read more here

 Saturday November 27, 2010

Views

Polygamy? Polyandry?

Ha, ha!

"Shame on you, BC Civil Liberties"

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk

 

C Civil Liberties Association, what are you thinking? I want to laugh at your application to the court to consider (more or less) legalizing Polygamy. But I can’t. The matter is too serious. Especially for young women born into fundamentalist religions.

 

Read more here

 

 Saturday November 27, 2010

Views

Clearing The Air

EcoLogic's Macdonald talks about the three R's

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald

 

ear Dedicated Waste and Pollution Reduction Advocates: At least I hope you are dedicated and sincere. I live in Chilliwack, BC. I am a member of the environmental umbrella group, eco-logicBC.

    West coast air seems pristine in Metro Vancouver, BC and ...

 

Read more here

 Saturday November 27, 2010

Community News

Food Bank Shelves Nearly Empty

Donations down as demand grows

Staff/Voice file photo

 

an Pratt, Community Ministries Director at the Chilliwack Salvation Army (SA), told the Voice last Friday that the need for food is "up by 20 per cent" and the shelves are bare. That's not a good sign at Christmas the help agency hands out ...

 

Read more here

 Saturday November 27, 2010

Politics

Greens Call For Basic Income Plan

"Poverty will not go away without fundamental rethink of income security"

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, Green Party

 

C Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition released a report this week showing the child poverty rate in British Columbia was 14.5 percent in 2008; that the number of poor children was 121,000...

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 Sunday November 28, 2010

Community News

It's Beginning To Look A lot Like ...

Donate to the food bank and get a chance to win a Christmas Village

Staff/Voice photos

 

ake a cash donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank at Banners Restaurant on Yale Rd. by Dec. 19 and be eligible to win a beautiful Christmas Village.

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        Monday November 29, 2010

Feature Story

Oh My Starry Eyed Surprise

Galaxy Cinemas in Chilliwack is BC's first all-digital theatre venue Craig Hill/Voice photos      

   

 

alaxy Cinemas at Eagle Landing got it's official lift-off last Thursday with a gala celebration

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 Tuesday November 30, 2010

Seasonal Safety

Top Five Christmas Scams

Don't let online grinches steal your holidays

Courtesy of scambusters.org

 

s the Christmas shopping season shifts into high gear, take time to think carefully before making your purchases and any charitable donations.

 

 

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 Tuesday November 30, 2010

Community News

All Aboard For The Christmas Spirit

The Odds and Brothers Dube make Agassiz whistle-stop for  food bank Dec. 17 on the CPR Holiday Train

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f you've never seen a luminescent euphonious centipede then you'll get a chance to catch one when the 12th Annual CPR Holiday Train arrives for ...

 

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