Chilliwack News October 2010

 Sunday October 31, 2010

City Scenes

Salish Fall Colours

Picture perfect in the heart of Chilliwack  Staff/Voice photos

Salish Park on Wednesday.

 

hilliwack's Salish Park is showing it's gorgeous autumn side. Most likely when the park was designed the red maples were chosen for just this time of year.

See the gallery here

 

 Sunday October 31, 2010

Community News

Comm. Services $21k Smarter

Fundraiser to help family literacy programs

Staff/Voice photos

 

hilliwack Community Services raised over $21,900 last Thursday at the Coast Hotel for their literacy programs. VP of Chilliwack Community Services, Heather Rollins, spoke with the Voice regarding the fundraiser...

Read more here

 Saturday October 30, 2010

Community News

Knowledge Exchange

Reaching out to Chilliwack's ESL community

Submitted by 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?

Read more here

 Sunday October 31, 2010

Community News

Health Contact Centre Update

The wheels are turning but it's still at least a year away

Craig Hill/Voice

 

ext year is an election year and the Voice will be reporting from time to time on our civic politicians in an effort to let you know what they're up to in and around town...

Read more here

        Friday October 29, 2010

Feature Shot

Time To Pin On A Poppy

Remembrance Day is a time to recall what our veterans did for their country

Submitted by City Hall

                                                                    

alter Webster from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #280 on the left and Neil Currie from Branch #4 pin a poppy on Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz at an impromptu City Hall ceremony Friday. Remember to buy a poppy and support our local vets.

Monday October 4, 2010

Letters

Middle Class Going Extinct

Gap between rich and poor widening

Submitted by Myrtle Mcdonald

 

adly, the poverty of most of the poor worldwide is slum conditions with: forests replaced by scrub bushes, grass and weeds, drought alternating with floods; rain rushing down in torrents destroying crops and ...

 

Read it here

Thursday October 28, 2010

Local News

Free Fall Money 

The Chilliwack Foundation is looking for applications

Submitted by Barrie McMaster

Todd Harvey at City Hall. Voice file.

 

he Chilliwack Foundation has issued its semi-annual call for applications for grants to...

 

Read the story here

 

Friday October 1, 2010

Film Fest

In Praise of Wild Salmon

Speakers and dignitaries at Mission Film Festival

Submitted by Rebecca Helps

 

f you haven't heard this weekend is the Mission Film Festival and Friday night all about supporting wild salmon.

    Jane Sterk will be at the festival Friday night to help recognize the importance of wild salmon. The special guests of this event include Alexandra Morton, Chief Marilyn Baptiste, and Rex Weyler.

Read it here

Friday October 1, 2010

Community News

Keep It Clean, Eh

Community pitches in to clean up Vedder River

Submitted by Chris Gadsden

 

e had 240 people despite the rain take part in the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Societies BC Rivers day event which is also World Rivers day. There was also 8 displays, free BBQ, entertainment and prize draws. The next river cleanup is at the Great Blue Heron Reserve is April 14 2011.

See the cleanup photos here

Saturday October 2, 2010

Entertainment

Hockey Tailgaters

Bruins home opener draws music fans Staff

Inez performs at Prospera Centre Saturday.

n Saturday the Hawk Radio put together a tailgate party prior to the Bruins first home game of the season. Appearing on the Jambox stage...

Read it here

Saturday October 2, 2010

Feature Story

Church of the Good Hustle

Its like playing a violin, only with a pool cue at Vegas

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

 

Chilliwack 8-Ball Club members shoot pool at Vegas Billiards.

 

 

ow much am I gonna win tonight? Ten grand, I'm gonna win ten grand in one night. Well, who's gonna beat me?...I mean, what other pool room  ...

Read it and see the gallery here

Sunday October 3, 2010

Local News

Targeting Taggers

Anti-Graffiti mail boxes to hit city streets soon

Staff

 

ouncil tasked Mayor Gaetz to write a letter to Canada Post asking that they clean up letter boxes within city limits that have been vandalized by graffiti.

    Canada Post's Marie Agusto responded indicating that once they have a list of affected boxes that they would take action to remove the graffiti.

Read it here

Monday October 4, 2010

Real Estate

Housing Market Inching Up

HST jitters held back sales

Submitted by CADREB

 

ollowing one of the worst summers on record, home sales in Chilliwack and area are beginning to inch up slowly.

    While 137 sales last month was still significantly lower than the 190 sales posted in September of 2009, the Chilliwack and ...

 

Read it here

 

Monday October 4, 2010

Community News

Clip And A Coffee

Handout a hand-up at Chilliwack Connect

Staff/Voice photos

 

or one day low income families in Chilliwack got connected to services that they need at the First Avenue Christian Assembly Church.

    The event called "Chilliwack Connect" was held Saturday as sort of an umbrella event to ...

 

Read it here

Monday October 4, 2010

Feature Story

Purple Passage

October Purple Light Nights campaign underway in Chilliwack Staff/Voice photos

 

proud looking tree that stands at City Hall on Young Rd. blinked on with purple lights Monday as the switch was thrown for the annual Purple Light Nights domestic violence campaign.

    The lights are a symbolic beacon of hope for women ...

Read it here

Tuesday October 5, 2010

City Hall News

The Municipal Rub

Excavator and expanded addiction treatment centre among topics

Staff/Voice photos

 

he following are highlights from the City Hall council meeting Monday.

 

Saving Dough On Salt

Winter is coming and it's supposed to be a snowy one. The city is preparing for it and have secured a price of  ...

 

Read it here

Wednesday October 6, 2010

Upcoming Event

Fill The Food Bank

Shaw TV holds station food drive Thursday

Submitted by Shaw TV

 

oin members of the Shaw team with their guest, Don Armstrong, Community Food Bank and E.D.S. Coordinator, from the Chilliwack Food Bank as they come together to help end hunger. The event will highlight what Together is Amazing is all about and the local initiatives our Shaw Team will be taking on.

Read it here

 

Wednesday October 6, 2010

Children's Matinées

Cinderella Sings

Vancouver Opera brings classic rags to riches tale to the Cultch

Submitted by Chilliwack Arts & Culture Ctr.

 

hat could be better than a fairy tale told in song? Vancouver Opera’s star performers bring the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, to the main theatre stage at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre for two children's matinées Sunday October 17 at 2 and 4 pm.

Read it here

Thursday October 7, 2010

Health & Politics

Meat Industry Dictates To BCMA

Drugs and hormones in feed lack Health Canada controls

Submitted by BC Greens

 

he BC Medical Association recently stated that feeding drugs to livestock on a continual basis is bad for human health.

    "This is just the latest in a long line of warnings by medical professionals in Canada regarding the effect of drugs in our food chain," said Julius Bloomfield ...

 

Read it here

Thursday October 7, 2010

Safer Homes

Talkin' Turkey

CSA urges caution as deep fryer fires on rise

Submitted by CSA

 

s red, yellow and orange colours paint the trees and the excitement of the new hockey season begins to fill the air, many Canadians greet the fall with traditional turkey feasts. According to the Turkey Farmers of Canada, during Thanksgiving alone, almost three million whole turkeys are served in Canada. ...

Read it here

Saturday October 9, 2010

Editorial

The Great Gravel Grab

Industry runs roughshod over community and consultations

Craig Hill/Voice

 

hen it comes to the gravel issue, if the Minister of Environment won't grab the bull by the horns, who will?

    Residents tried to find out the answers to questions through many public consultations and meetings that all ended up to be nothing more than a show-and-tell for an industry intent on taking the public for one big joy ride.

Read it here

Saturday October 9, 2010

HST News

Tax Uncertainty Hits Homes Hard

Home renos and housing starts to suffer in interim

Staff/Voice                         Peter Simpson

 

he government is asking British Columbians to vote in next September in a referendum on the HST.    

    Regardless of the vote outcome, if your roof starts to leak between now and next fall then you'll need to fix it and  ...

Read it here

Sunday October 10, 2010

Health News

Doda and the Damage Done

Opiate derivative drug becoming more mainstream

Staff/Voice                       

 

ost people have an idea what pot, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin are but there's yet another drug that's quietly making inroads into youth pop culture, especially within the Indo-Canadian communities of Delta and Surrey, it's called doda.

 

Read it here

Thursday October 14, 2010

Upcoming Event

Look Who's Talking

Helping people overcome the challenges of learning

Submitted by the CLCS                       

 

he Chilliwack Learning Community Society, Chilliwack Community Services, and the University of the Fraser Valley invites anyone interested in the topic of Learning Disabilities to a "Community Conversation about Learning Disabilities" Friday October 22 at UFV...

 

Read it here

Thursday October 14, 2010

News Release

Power Theft Prompts Pot Rethink       Web photo

Green party says legalizing pot will reduce crime – not smart meters

Submitted by the Green Party of BC

                                               

C Hydro estimates that they lose over $100 million annually to power stolen for grow opts. Hydro says it thinks smart meters can reduce the theft.

    "I'm always surprised when the BC Liberal government and a government utility like ...

Read it here

Thursday October 14, 2010

City Hall News

The Greater Good of Going Green

City Hall asks residents to reduce, reuse and recycle more

Submitted by the City of Chilliwack

                                               

on't allow the opportunity to go greener go to waste! There are a multitude of activities planned in Chilliwack to celebrate Waste Reduction Week from October 16 to 23. The theme of Waste Reduction Week, 'Too Good to Waste', is meant to attention ...

Read it here

Thursday October 14, 2010

BC Gov News Release

Construction Zone Safety Blitz

Speeders face loss of vehicle for a week and $483 fines

 

ffective today, the Province and the RCMP will enhance enforcement in construction zones across B.C. to increase the safety of traffic control persons and construction workers, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond and Corporal Jamie Chung.

Read it here

Thursday October 14, 2010

Entertainment

Pitkethly To Grace Cultch Stage

Renowned dancer will appear in Romeo & Juliet

 

s one of Canada’s elite professional flamenco dancers, Karen Pitkethly is the face of flamenco in Vancouver. She is a life-long dancer, extensively trained in ballet, contemporary, and flamenco dance. Her journey as a flamenco bailora brought her to Spain ...

Read it here

Thursday October 14, 2010

Feature Story

Paddle For Wild Salmon Draws Near

Flotilla lands in Chilliwack October 20

Submitted by Elly Edwards/Voice photo

 

ey there everyone. Less than a week to go before the Paddle for Wild Salmon! None of you need to hear me tell you how important this is.

    That you've all signed on tells us that you already know that ...

 

Read more here

Friday October 15, 2010

Feature Story

A Chip Off The Old Concept Block

Christie: Canada a democratic fraud and ponzi scheme  Craig Hill/Voice

 

t was one of those long hot August nights. Party in the Park thumped out the sounds of summer while just down the street another kind of party was taking place at the Royal Hotel — the Western Block Party (WBP).

 

Read the story here

Saturday October 16, 2010

Local News

Abbotsford To Lose Duty Counsel

Chilliwack lawyers might also follow suit in the new year

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

s of January 1, if someone finds themselves in hot water with the law and in Criminal Court or even Family Court in Abbotsford, they won't be seeing a duty counsel there because there won't be any. It might be that way in Chilliwack too.

Read it here

Saturday October 16, 2010

Community News

Potter's Pride

Youth fellowship at Five Corners

Staff/Voice photos

Singers at Fiver Corners on Friday

                                           

he Potter's Church was out doing good in Chilliwack on Friday and the Voice found them at the Clock Tower playing music and enjoying the evening. The group was giving out hot dogs and drinks. Bless their big hearts.

Monday October 18, 2010

Local News

If It's Broken ...

Legal Aid Public Commission takes aim at an underfunded system

Craig Hill/Voice photos - Revised Oct 20.

 

f it's broken – fix it. That's what the Legal Aid forum held last Tuesday Chilliwack aims to do with recommendations to amend an overburdened and underfunded justice system.

 

Read the story here

Monday October 18, 2010

Community News

Watchful

Citizens  Cut Crime

Cpl. Dunlop thanks community

Staff/Voice photo Saturday Oct 16 2010

 

wo recent arrests of break and enter suspects will hopefully have an impact on the number break and enters occurring in our community. Both are directly related to key information and help from the public. This type of public and police cooperation is exactly what we need to continue to help further reduce property crime.

Cpl Lea-Anne Dunlop

Monday October 18, 2010

News Release

Take Extra Care On The Road This Fall

Halloween and dark roads a dangerous combination

Submitted by BCAA Traffic Safety

 

t has only been a few weeks since the end of summer, and already the days are getting shorter, skies are cloudier, temperatures chillier and the feeling of rain and snow is in the air.

Read the release here

 

Monday October 18, 2010

News Release

From Hell To Hope

Morton to ride Hell's Gate rapids on paddle launch

Submitted by Chris Gadsden

 

he Wild Salmon People are gathering momentum with a raft through Hell’s Gate tomorrow 19th and the launch of the ‘Paddle for Wild Salmon’ from Hope on Wednesday 20th. Salmon Are Sacred’s tour of the Fraser watershed reaches Lillooet tonight 18th with an evening event  ...

Read the release here

Tuesday October 19, 2010

News Release

Memory Is Wisdom

Veterans contribute stories to national digital archive

Submitted by Davida Aronovitch

 

ocal Second World War veterans gathered today at the Chilliwack Coast Hotel to participate in a nation-wide oral history project.

    "We are thrilled to be in British Columbia to record the stories of local veterans," said Project Manager, Jenna Misener.

Read the release here

Sunday October 17, 2010

Feature Story

Heart Like A Wheel

Fraser Valley Toy Run bikers roll through Chilliwack

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

hristmas came a bit early on a fabulous fall Sunday morning for the 24th Annual Fraser Valley Toy Run ...

 

 See the gallery here

Wednesday October 20, 2010

Letters

Punk With A Pen

Sometimes the Voice gets the nicest letters

Submitted by Times writer Paul Henderson

 

think you need to take a look in the mirror and give yourself a dose of reality. Your lack of grasp of the English language and your painfully terrible photography are your main faults.

    And it would be one thing if you were just a sad, unemployed loser with a blog, but you are a sad ...

Read the letter here

Wednesday October 20, 2010

News Release

Sustaining Workplace Training

CLCS hosts Chilliwack workshops next week

Submitted by Michael Berger

 

ince 2008, the Chilliwack Learning Community Society (CLCS) has worked diligently to connect with the business community, understand employees' literacy and learning needs, and then provide courses to meet those needs.

 

Read the release here

Wednesday October 20, 2010

Letters

Freedom Denied

Montague case raises alarm bells

Submitted by Clive Edwards, WBP

 

oug Christie forwarded me your recent email reminding us that you had attended our Candidate's meeting a while back. I distinctly remember shaking your hand and pocketing your business card. Thank you for the reminder that I promised to send you material from time to time.

 

Read the letter here

Wednesday October 20, 2010

Letters

The Gravel Grapes

Thompson hopes to set precedent in right to appeal 

Submitted by Glen Thompson, FCRV

 

e are unhappy with your decision to squash both our appeals. However this will provide us with a longer timeline in which to prepare them. Now we will have to establish our right of appeal through the court. We intend to resume both appeals once that process completes. No doubt the extra time in the  ...

Read the letter here

Tuesday October 19, 2010

Feature Story

Calico Thief In The Night

Stage and studio at Tractorgrease is a one-of-a-kind venue in the Valley

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

or those who don't know it, one of the coolest places in Chilliwack to catch a band play is Tractorgrease studios. On Saturday, they held a CD release party for local  ...

 

Read the story here

Wednesday October 20, 2010

Entertainment

Misty Hill Automaton!

Explosive musical redefines live theatre 

Submitted by Steven Martens

 

ntroducing Misty Hill Automaton! the enchanting creation of composer Steve Martens and writer Ray de Kroon. A high-stakes musical adventure set in the quiet Midwestern town of Misty Hill during the golden age of science fiction.

Read the release here

 

Thursday October 21, 2010

Feature Story

"Circle of Safety" For Students

My Safe Ride Home a first for post secondary in Canada

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

istory was made at UFV Thursday when the Aislinn Education and Safety Foundation handed a cheque for $104,762.50 to the Student Union Society for use with the My Safe Ride Home Program.

 

Read the story  here

Thursday October 21, 2010

Letters

Hawes' Credibility Under Fire

Residents want new APP  plan along with environmental assessments

Submitted by Jan Longmore, Deroche

 

s concerned residents and property owners of the Fraser Valley, we urgently request your help in stopping the implementation of the Aggregate Pilot Project (APP) which ...

 

Read the letter here

Friday October 22, 2010

BC Gov News

Keeping Kids Safe

Improved criminal record checks for caregivers

                                          Web photo

he Ministry of Children and Family Development has moved to further improve and enhance the criminal record check process for people who care for children and youth in the care of the ministry, announced Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak.

 

Read the release here

Thursday October 21, 2010

Feature Story

Tears, Tales and Tribulations

Local groups join forces in a battle against the sex trade industry in Chilliwack

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

t's been referred to as the world's oldest profession but prostitution rarely makes the news, yet it's a cog in the wheel of daily underworld workings in every city.

Read the story  here

Friday October 22, 2010

News Release

Criminal Record Checks Not The Answer

BC Green Party says key is "prevention not punishment"

Submitted by Rebecca Helps

 

he BC Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced that it will require more frequent criminal records checks for foster parents and caregivers of children in care - every three years  ...

Read the release here

Friday October 22, 2010

BC Govt News

21,000 Citations Issued For Cell Phone Use

Police crackdown on errant drivers numbers adding up

 

acked by the toughest impaired and excessive speed laws in the country, police across B.C. have issued over 1,400 penalties for impaired driving and 435 penalties for excessive speeding from Sept. 20 to Oct. 10, Solicitor General ...

Read the release here

Sunday October 24, 2010

Letters

Fishing Hopes

The journey has begun

Submitted by Myrtle Mcdonald

 

arlier this year my brother Walter and I went to the Fraser River to support several boats full of people protesting against fish farms. They spread fish lice and other infections and infestations to wild fish. In my opinion, fish farms if any, should only be inland at artificial lakes, not draining into the ocean.

Read the letter here

Sunday October 24, 2010

BIA News Release

Experience the Magic

Chilliwack's nighttime Xmas parade is biggest in BC

Submitted by BIA

 

he Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) will host the 2010 Chilliwack Ford Parade of Lights and Sound in the heart of Chilliwack at Five Corners. Kathy Funk, Executive Director  ...

 

 

Read the release here

Sunday October 24, 2010

Govt Op/Ed

Drop Everything and Read Monday at 11am

Literacy brings confidence in day-to-day living

Submitted by Margaret MacDiarmid, Min Ed.

 

eading is a priceless gift we can give our children and ourselves. It not only helps ensure success throughout our lives, but opens up new worlds to us every day. Can you imagine what could happen if you couldn’t read a ...

Read the release here

Sunday October 24, 2010

UFV News

Safe Rides and Student Bursaries

Giving back to students

Submitted by Jihm Burwell, UFV SUS

 

he Fraser Valley, B.C. student body at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV ) received a $105,000 return on their investment in the My Safe Ride Home ( MSRH ) program this week (Thursday, October 21, 2010).

Read the letter here

 

Sunday October 24,2010

Community News

People of Two Worlds

Métis elders hope to pass on traditions to the next generation but need youth

Submitted by Chilliwack Métis Assoc.

 

he Chilliwack Métis Association is a Chartered Community of Métis Nation British Columbia. All Métis in the Chilliwack area are welcome to participate. We hold social meetings, potluck dinners, Métis Jigging, music and Michif language to promote and stimulate Metis ...

 

Read the release here

Monday October 25, 2010

City Hall News

Culture, It's Not Just Yogurt 

Celebration of the Arts and Culture Center continues

Submitted by Starlee Renton, City PR

 

ulture, it's not just for yogurt! You are cordially invited to check out your new Chilliwack Cultural Centre and see what it's all about. On Saturday, November 6, please join Mayor Sharon Gaetz and council members for a community celebration and ...

 

Read the release here

Monday October 25, 2010

BIA News

Five Minutes Of Funk 

Change is in the air for Downtown Eastside of Chilliwack

Staff                          Kathy Funk, BIA Dir.

 

hilliwack Executive Director Kathy Funk appeared on 98.3 Starfm last week to talk about new businesses in the downtown core. The following are highlights from her conversation with Scott and Lisa on the morning show.

Read more of her chat  here

Monday October 25, 2010

Feature Story

Keepers of the Culture

Sto:lo Resource Centre ushers in the dawn of a new era for Native community

Craig Hill/Voice photos

 

n a highly anticipated ceremony, Sto:lo Nation opened the doors of their state-of-the-art Resource Centre Saturday ushering in the dawning of a new age for People of the River.

 

Read the story, see the gallery and listen to the ceremony  here

Wednesday October 27, 2010

Remembrance Day

Poppy Protocol 

The pride and patriotism behind a simple lapel pin

Submitted by Desmond Devnich       

       

simple velvet, red poppy, worth so little in monetary value, yet it's significance is passionately felt by veterans in Canada, the United States, Britain and around the world. Do today's youth understand the importance of the Remembrance Day poppy?

Read the story here

Wednesday October 27, 2010

Green Party News Release

Penner Manages to Irk Natives First Day On Job

Native community not pleased with his absence

Submitted by Rebecca Helps, GP      

 

n Tuesday, October 26, 2010, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society presented an all-day public education initiative on  ...

 

Read the release here

 Friday October 29, 2010

UFV News

SU To Deliver 5000-name Petition To Abby Council

Bus, train or UFO–they don't care–just get the campuses connected

Submitted by Danial van der Kroon       

       

n November 1, the UFV Students for Sustainability and the Student Union Society will join forces to present a 5 000 + person petition to local government leaders. The two organizations will fill a bus...

 

 Read the story here

 Friday October 29, 2010

City Scenes

A Eureka Moment

Film series takes over downtown Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photos       

 

Colin Ferguson as Eurkea's Jack Carter.

ureka was back in town this week. Some interesting shots from the set.

See the gallery here

 Friday October 29, 2010

Fundraiser Event

Fat Tuesday In Chilliwack

Hospice Masquerade Gala Saturday, November 6

Staff       

       

eri McGrath is the Executive Director of the Chilliwack Hospice Society and she appeared on 98.3 Starfm last week to talk about the gala planned for November 6th.

 

Read McGrath's chat here

 Friday October 29, 2010

Local News

Morton: Its Death By 1000 Cuts

Fraser River paddlers demand fish farm data

Craig Hill/Voice      

                                            Voice photos

t could have been the 1808 Simon Fraser expedition two-hundred years ago but it was October 20, 2010 and...

See the story and gallery here