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  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 

Published 7 am

 

Coronavirus detected in BC

BC CDC says one person confirmed infected

BC Gov't Caucus/File photo

 

BC CDC says person is isolated at home.
 

r. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer (PHO), has issued the following statement regarding the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

“On Jan. 27th, our BC Centre for Disease Control public health lab locally confirmed a presumed positive test for 2019-nCoV. Following this, samples were sent to the National Medical Laboratory in Winnipeg for additional testing.

“This afternoon, those tests returned positive for 2019-nCoV, confirming the presumed case is indeed novel coronavirus.

“Public health officials are in regular contact with the individual who is in isolation at home.

“The risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time. All necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We have multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond to prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases in the province.

“It is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions beyond the usual measures recommended to prevent other common respiratory viruses during the winter period. Regular hand washing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and avoiding contact with sick people are important ways to prevent the spread of respiratory illness generally. 

“Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary-care provider, local public health office or call 811.”

Track the virus on special map from Johns Hopskins here.

 

 

  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Family-Friendly Farming

New rules make bypassing the ALC easier

BC Gov't Caucus/Handout photo

 

A small secondary residence would be available for farm-workers, family members or anyone else, provided there is local government approval.
 

he Province is proposing more residential flexibility for people living in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) as outlined in a new policy intentions paper released Jan. 27, 2020, by the Ministry of Agriculture.

In order to support farmers and non-farmers living in the ALR, government is considering regulatory changes to enable landowners to have both a principal residence and a small secondary residence on their property, provided they have approval from their local government. ALR property owners would not be required to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for approval. Read the entire release here.

 

 

  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Chilliwack Symphony 20th  Anniversary

Gala evening April 17 at the Cultural Centre

Lynne Preston, CSO/Handout photo

 

The show will feature favourites from the last two decades.
 

he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus celebrates our 20th anniversary with a Gala Concert!  Join Paula DeWit and the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus at 7:30 for an evening of music that will take you down memory lane with music from their first concert and other favorites since.

When: April 17

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street

The highly acclaimed Belle Voci will be joining us. Members from Belle Voci along with alumni will sing songs including Viva La Vida by Coldplay.

 

This concert is family-friendly and we offer family rates. Box office tickets are available or online. Connect on Facebook. For more information, visit the CSO website.

 

 

 

  Monday, Jan 27, 2020 

Published 2 pm

 

Ocean of Courage

Cascadia Commandery's First Annual Unsung Heroes Gala

CC, BC/Website images

 

This year’s keynote speaker at the gala dinner is Rear-Admiral J. Robert “Bob” Auchterlonie and Commander Angus Rankin. Below Angus Hetherington Rankin.
 

ascadia Commandery of the Order of St George is gearing up for an annual fundraising event in Vancouver celebrating the unsung heroes of British Columbia.

 

The first event takes place February 22, 2020, at HMCS Discovery and will celebrate Commander Angus Hetherington Rankin, for whom the NLCC Rankin is named. The event will be hosted by Cascadia Command, HMCS Discovery, and the Navy League Cadet Corps.


This annual event plans to celebrate a different unsung hero every year, current or from the rich and colourful history of British Columbia. The emphasis will be on those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces, Regular, Reserve or Cadet Instructor Cadre, Rangers, Firemen as well as First Responders but any notable unsung hero from our local and regional history would certainly bear consideration.
 

This first of what we expect to become a popular Gala Event will include a presentation showcasing of the individual being celebrated followed by a Formal Gala Dinner. This year’s uniformed keynote speaker is Rear-Admiral J. Robert “Bob” Auchterlonie OMM CD, Commander of Canada’s Maritime Forces Pacific.
 

For tickets go to cascadiacommand-ostg.org and click Recent Projects and it will bring up Annual Unsung Heroes Gala and then tickets

Meet and Greet 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm
Dress Orders; Miniature Medals National
Mess Kit: Orders; Miniature Medals
Dinner Jacket (Black Tie):

Orders; Miniature Medals
Ladies: Appropriate to Gentlemen
$175 Per Person
RSVP by February 14th 2020

 

For more information, visit the Cascadian Command website.

 

 

 

  Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 

Published 3 pm

 

Celestial dreams

Angel art contest will bring out the best in the community

Srisantara, Chilliwack, BC/Submitted image

 

Angel Art contest deadline April 29.

 

nter our angelic coloring contest by mail or hand delivery for a chance to win your part of over $1000 in cash and prizes for magical people like you and your kids!

Like to draw?

• Hand-drawn pictures of angels
• Angels helping people
• Angels healing people

Win $100 cash to the top chosen in each age group and an additional $250 gift certificate to the overall grand prize winner! We'll post your picture on our website and with supporting sponsors. We may use your artwork in one of our future course books.

Categories

Ages 0-4
Ages 5-7
Ages 8-10
Ages 11-13
Ages 14-16
Ages 17-65
Ages 66+

 

Contest Rules
• You may use any drawing devices, paints, oils, crayons charcoal ect.
• Picture size must be no smaller than 6″X8″ and no larger than 11″X14″
• Artwork must have name, age and contact information on back of drawing
• The drawing must be completed by only one sole person
• You may enter up to ten drawings
• Original hand drawings only sorry no copies or emails
• Drawing may be dated and signed on bottom front right corner
• Must be mailed or hand delivered to 6815 Evans Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R-4B9 by April 29th 2020

Cut off date and time is 7 pm April 29th.

Winners will be announced May 21st 2020 on our website along with our sponsors.

• Winners must pick up their prizes in person
• Winners must be available for a photo holding their drawing
• Winners must pick up their prize by June 1st for the photo take

All entries mailed or hand delivered receive a gift from our gift shop, may be a deck of playing cards, gratitude stone, or a sacred piece of jewelry to be picked up in person.
 

Top photos will be shared with our participating sponsors. Join our Facebook page and get your friends to like your artwork! Visit our website and see it on What's On Chilliwack. Any further questions please call 604 819 6555 or via e-mail here.

 

 

  Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 

Published 8 am

The Glaring Alternative to Trump

'The Divided Brain' - part two

Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland, BC/File photo

 

kay, so the US Democrats are hell bent on impeaching President Trump. Australia is burning while Prime Minister Scott Morrison does a good imitation of Nero fiddling around while Rome burned. This is happening while the US and Australian stock markets are going up, up, up which makes one wonder if there is any correlation at all between what is happening in the real world and that of any stock market anywhere is reporting. And to step up the chaos, President Trump has just recently signed a bill guaranteeing the rights of American students to pray in public schools during school hours whenever the students feel the need.

This will consolidate already existing religious tensions. I’ve been against the impeachment of Trump on two grounds, one, in my opinion there are no clear charges of a crime worthy of impeachment and secondly, if Trump is removed from office Mike Pence would immediately become president. Pence is a true believer in the second coming (of Christ returning to earth) and a staunch warmonger. Margaret Atwood in her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, may have dreamed up (or forecast) a political scenario more possible than she realized.

In my opinion Donald Trump could be described as a religion pimp in that he trades on the communal bodies of religious people for political gain. I don’t think he cares about religion himself, only how to use it, how to weaponize it in order to manipulate religious people of all faiths. Trump sends death and devastation to those Muslims he doesn’t like, such as the long suffering Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank while extending loving arms to the princes in the land of the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism is the most extreme form of Islam, the form that stones adulterous women to death, cuts off hands for stealing, beheads and even crucifies people for a multitude of acts deemed to insult the prophet, and of course kills people and chops them up for acts considered to be treasonous.

 

So I’ve changed my mind, I think Trump should be impeached and not for the un-provable misdemeanors he has been accused of, but for a real crime…that of deliberately creating disorder and possible rioting in the American public school systems.

I think our world leaders, but especially the ones I know, or know of, are mostly thinking with only one side of their brains. Which brings me again to Dr. Ian McGilchrist, the author of The Master and His Emissary. McGilchrist is a world authority in neuroscience. His book begins with elementary stuff that you probably studied in school and have long forgotten. But you probably do remember that the brain is divided into two parts, a right side and a left side, and that the sides are asymmetrical. Gilchrist instructs us that the two sides work together even though each side is constructed to better handle certain functions than the other, that is, one side is best handling word problems for instance, or language, the other images, but the two divided sides also stand in opposition to each other. And it is in this tension between the two different sides of the brain that our decisions are made and of course this is also where our creativity is fostered. Where humans make and remake ourselves, and in so doing, also make our collective decisions that in turn makes and remakes civilizations. But what does this tension actually consist of? And how do the two different sides talk to each other? Next time.

 

 

  Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

World history in a book

Local author Myrtle Macdonald's book a must-have reference guide

 

Click to view larger image. To buy visit Amazon here.

 

 

  Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

'Mountain Roads'

Sobremesa quartet cover American composer David Maslanka’s 1997 masterpiece and other greats

Todd Morgan, St John Sardis/File photo

 

Unique Sobremsa quartet elevates their music to spiritual highs.

 

n Thursday Feb 20th, the Victoria-based Sobremesa Saxophone Quartet  is partnering with St. John’s Anglican Church to present an energetic and diverse  evening of classical saxophone quartet music. Though the saxophone is  commonly associated with many great jazz performers, its history precedes the  genre and is a beautiful and versatile member of the orchestral family. 

Time: Feb 20th. 7pm- 8:30 (reception to follow)  Doors: 6:30pm. Location: ​46098 Higginson Rd, Chilliwack  Admission: by donation. Suggested $10-20   

Formed in 2017 at the University of Victoria, the Sobremesa Saxophone Quartet is a multi-award winning ensemble that promotes conversation through  music. The term “Sobremesa” directly translates to “over the table” in Spanish and  refers to the time spent in conversation after a meal. From this, the group’s goal is  to create meaningful musical experiences with which audiences can easily engage.    
 

The concert is titled “Mountain Roads” after American composer David  Maslanka’s (1943-2017) 1997 piece. Blending newer-and older musical styles,  “Mountain Roads” embarks on a sonic journey that is inspired by rugged  mountain ranges and a spiritual form of beauty. Within the beautiful wood architecture of St. John’s this concert will feature works by Piazzolla, Bach, Dvorak, and others, and will allow room for these saxophones to sing. Connect on Facebook. Visit their website.

 

 

  Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Nerds Needed!

Science World to tour Chilliwack schools Jan 27-31

Jason Bosher, SW/File photo

 

Kids learn how to make bird nests at Science World in 2012.

 

cience World is bringing its unique and entertaining science shows to Chilliwack. Science World’s On The Road team will be visiting from January 27 to January 31. 

 

Last school year, Science World On The Road visited 40,000 students at 199 schools in 89 communities across the province. On The Road’s high-energy gymnasium presentations are curriculum linked and will provide students with unforgettable science experiences.

“We are thrilled to be visiting schools in Chilliwack,” said Jo-Ann Coggan, Director of Community Outreach for Science World. “It’s a chance to ignite wonder and empower dreams in students, and illustrate that science is for everyone.”  

All media are invited to attend these vibrant and highly visual events. We encourage school visits and interviews to be confirmed in advance, whenever possible.

 

About Science World

Science World is a BC-based charitable organization that engages the people of British Columbia in STEAM literacy. Their Mission is to ignite wonder and empower dreams through science and nature.

 

 

  Friday, Jan 24, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

The artist you are

Talent call for CVAA 2021-22 shows at the O'Connor Group Art Gallery

BettyAnn Martin/Website image

 

An exhibition piece by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens of her light sculptures in a variety of sizes, colours and themes inspired by words and nature.

 

he Chilliwack Visual Artists Association (CVAA) is a local group of artists who volunteer to curate the O’Connor Group Art Gallery in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

The CVAA is looking for innovative artists who are interested in displaying their original art in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery for 2021/2022.


An exhibition may be by a solo artist or an artist partnered with another artist or a group of artists. All visual art mediums are welcomed. A jury committee will adjudicate all submissions. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020. Apply online at the gallery or, visit the CVAA website and print and mail applications or deliver submissions to: The O'Connor Group Art Gallery 9201 Coubould Street Chilliwack BC V2P 4A6

 

 

  Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 

Published noon

 

Bellegarde: Mass incarceration of First Nations

National Chief responds to Correction Canada's report

AFN/Pixabay image

 

"First Nations people experience longer prison stays and serve a higher proportion of their sentence behind bars before granted parole ."

ssembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde wants immediate action in response to yesterday's release by the Correctional Investigator of Canada which states that Canada's prisons are being "Indigenized", or filling up with Indigenous men and women at a rate surpassing 30 per cent, which could rise to 33 per cent, even though Indigenous people make up less than 5 per cent of the total Canadian population.

Indigenous women account for a staggering 42 per cent of the women inmate population in Canada.

"This report is an alarming wake-up call. We want to see immediate action to address systemic discrimination and institutional apathy in Canada's corrections system," said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. "First Nations are tragically over-represented across the legal system and the AFN is putting forward plans to improve the quality of life and opportunity for our people. But this report shows yet again that this is not the only reason for the mass incarceration of First Nations. Canada must act now."

Under federal sentence is worse than ever and growing. The information points to a number of alarming indicators, including the fact that:

•  Indigenous people in Canada experience incarceration rates six to seven times higher than the national average

•  The Indigenous inmate population has increased by 43.4 per cent while the non-Indigenous incarcerated population has declined over the same period by 13.7 per cent

•  First Nations experience longer prison stays and serve a higher proportion of their sentence behind bars before granted parole

•  Indigenous people re-offend or are returned to custody at much higher levels.

•  Custody rates for Indigenous people have accelerated, despite an overall decline in the inmate population.

 

  Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 

Published noon

 

Growing up

67 new apartment units added to Chilliwack's growing inventory

Staff/Chilliwack City Hall image

 

An artists rendering of the planned apartment building on Robson Street.

 

partment lifestyle is slowly transitioning from a single family to multi-family neighbourhoods in Chilliwack. On Tuesday, Chilliwack City Council passed a motion to accept a proposal for a new 4-storey, 67-unit apartment, facing 9450 Robson Street at Wellington Avenue with 83 secured underground parking spaces with visitor parking on the street.

After looking at plans, the Design Review Advisory Committee ensured that certain elements were incorporated into the structure which will fit the "form and character" of what will be more apartments springing up.

According to drafts, three houses on the properties will be demolished to make room but not the designated historical house. There will be "substantial landscape screening".



Overhead view (in red) of where the apartment building will be located.

The proposed exterior finishes include: bardie panel siding, cast-in-place concrete, sandstone, vinyl windows and doors, wood posts/beams and fascia boards, and aluminum guards/railings.

The building is on the Chilliwack Cycle Vision route that runs along Wellington Ave. Design guidelines include: Low-level LED lighting will be used throughout the property on walkways, parking areas and entrances to reinforce site and resident safety.

Outside amenities include; paths, courtyards, upper level decks and playgrounds.

 

  Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

If the shoe fits

Sward's "Run against Plastic" stops in Hope, BC October 8

Plastic Oceans Canada/Website photo

 

 

Andy Sward (left).

lastic Oceans Canada is pleased to announce the Run Against Plastic, a cross-country initiative encouraging the public to help eliminate plastic pollution in Canada's lakes, rivers, and oceans. The yearlong event represents the largest consolidated cleanup in Canadian history. 

The Run Against Plastic is built around a national tour following Andy Sward, an avid runner who has run from coast to coast three times, clearing litter along the way. This year, Plastic Oceans Canada is encouraging the public to support Andy's efforts.

The community can get involved by attending the organized cleanups or engaging in community advocacy. The 2020 tour starts in St. John's, Newfoundland on April 12 and ends in Tofino, British Columbia on October 18.

Sward will be making a stop in Hope, BC, October 8. To see his itinerary, visit Run Against Plastic.

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 

Published 4 pm

 

Pump up the volume

Two new trucks will boost public safety in Chilliwack

Staff/Website photo

 

An example of a pumper truck from Commercial Truck Equipment Co. where City Hall will be buying from.  Relay hoses hook up on the sides.

 

n Tuesday Chilliwack City Council ratified the motion to purchase two pumper trucks for the Chilliwack Fire Department for $1.7 million from Commercial Truck Equipment.

 

In the interest of public safety, the CFD had put in a requisition to order six trucks over five years. The trucks to be replaced were outdated and at the end of their useful life in terms of providing the optimum service to the community.

 

Pumper trucks are used to transfer water from hydrants through fire hoses to maximize pressure so it can reach further and high places such as up a ladder truck.

 

The old trucks are donated as training resources to UFV, the firefighters foundation or auctioned off which council decides upon at a later date.

 

 

 Monday, Jan 20, 2020 

Published 7:30 pm

 

'Casey and the Octopus '

The story of a courageous kid's stage shows Jan 22-24 at Templeton sold out!

The Wright Family/Handout photos

 

Casey has been battling a brain tumor his entire life and now he has a stage play hoping to inspire kids and families.

 

asey Wright has been battling cancer since he was six months old. At 19 years old, he has undergone 10 different surgeries and survived a brain tumour. Now, he's a spokesperson and champion for others in the fight against cancer.

Casey and the Octopus is his story. This remarkable young man will take the stage in this new production, executive produced by Danny Virtue and Jim Crescenzo and written by Ben Ratner. This free show will run from January 22 to 25, 2020. All performances will be at Templeton Secondary School, 727 Templeton Drive.

Casey Wright, now 19-years-old, has been fighting cancer since he was a baby. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 6 months old, had two courses of chemotherapy and 4 surgeries before he was 5. The tumour has caused blindness in one eye, short stature, and various endocrine challenges.

The chemotherapy shrank and stabilized the tumour until January of 2012 when the vision in the sighted eye began to be affected. Major surgery to remove the tumour was performed on February 1st, 2013 (his 9th surgery). 10 days later, while recovering at home, Casey suffered a massive stroke which paralyzed his entire right side and left him without the ability to speak.

He was rushed to Children’s Hospital for surgery again, and spent another 2 weeks in the Intensive Care ward. Following that, he was transferred to Sunnyhill Health Centre for 3 months of rehabilitation. Then began further outpatient physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. These continue to this day.

Despite his health challenges, Casey has remained brave and positive, and has been an inspiration to many. He has been a spokesperson for the campaign to raise money for a new Children's Hospital through his involvement with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation; been a member of the Cops for Cancer Junior Team for many years, has been active with the Sunshine Dreams for Kids and the Michael Cuccione Foundation.

Impressively, Casey is the only civilian in Canada to hold the rank of Honorary Staff Sergeant Major in the RCMP, an award bestowed on him by the Commissioner of the RCMP. Casey has taken part in fund-raising initiatives and events for many businesses and community organizations over the years. He has spoken publicly at Galas, businesses, schools and the Children’s Hospital Telethon; and has been the subject of several Global News stories over the years. Casey has taught us all about Hope and Love.

From the Wright Family Thank you for attending the premiere week of “Casey and the Octopus.” We are so proud to bring you our family’s story - and what a way to do it, Casey! Our hearts are full and our gratitude endless. In particular, we want to thank our Executive Producer, Jimmy Crescenzo along with his East End Boys Club, for bringing the show to life at theatre Temp; and Ben Ratner, for his accomplished writing and directing of Casey’s show. Many thanks also to the rest of the crew and to the staff at Templeton Secondary School.



 

None of this would have been possible for us without Danny Virtue and the Virtue Foundation. Our fortuitous meeting with Danny and Charlotte at “Day at the Ranch” in 2014 changed the course of our lives and gave us the opportunity for a fresh start. We are forever grateful to the Virtue Foundation for embracing us, giving us a peaceful home on the Ranch that allowed us to heal, regain our energy, try new things and have experiences we would not have had otherwise; and ultimately to move forward. With hope and love to you all, The Wright Family - Larry, Kim, Jemma, Casey and Z. To Donate, please follow this link.

 

 

 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 11:15 am

 

High Bar Band pleased work is underway on the Big Bar slide

Remediation will continue throughout the winter months

DFO/BC Gov't photo

 

Blasting at Big Bar landslide to stop major slides in the future and widen the gap.

 

n Saturday, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour, met with the High Bar and Stswecem'c Xgat'tem Nations, and the Fraser Salmon Management Council yesterday. They also visited the Big Bar Landslide site.

In late June, a landslide in a remote, rugged canyon along the Fraser River north of Lillooet was reported to authorities. Huge pieces of rock from a 125-metre cliff had sheared off and crashed in to the river, creating a five-metre waterfall. Based on the magnitude of the obstruction, salmon migrating upstream were impeded from naturally proceeding beyond the landslide.

"Our government understands the urgency of this situation and is mobilizing resources to ensure work is done quickly and efficiently. The team at Peter Kiewit Sons ULC is doing challenging and important work, and I am confident in their ability to deliver this extensive winter remediation work. I commend such widespread collaboration on such a crucial issue for the region and for our Canadian ecosystem," said Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

Slide debris to the water's edge on the left.

Minister Jordan saw first hand the ongoing work to address the slide and reaffirmed that Peter Kiewit Sons ULC will be undertaking the extensive remediation efforts at the site through the winter months. The remediation work will include breaking up and removing rock debris from the landslide to improve passage for salmon and steelhead stocks during the upcoming migration season. This project will begin immediately and will continue through to the end of March 2020.

"We are happy that work is now moving forward to help the fish move past the landslide, always keeping in mind worker safety. It is important to recognize moving forward what we are doing together here can be an example of true government-to-government cooperation, if we do it right," said Chief Roy Fletcher, High Bar First Nation.

The Big Bar Landslide, located on a remote section of the Fraser River, 64 kilometres north of Lillooet, British Columbia created a barrier to the vital seasonal northward Fraser salmon migration. It was the focus of an unprecedented emergency response over the summer of 2019, led through trilateral collaboration with federal, provincial and First Nations governments, supported by other agencies, stakeholder groups, and geotechnical and hydrological experts. This governance model will continue into 2020 as work continues on the Big Bar Landslide site.

 

 

 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

That's some way to play

Curler with prosthetic arm helps team make history with big win

Al Cameron, Curl BC/Website photo

 

Carly Smith who plays with a prosthetic arm watches her rock.

 

arly Smith, third for Team Brunswick, is unlike any other curler at the 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Championships in the Township of Langley, British Columbia. In a historical first for any Canadian championship, Smith is an amputee competing among other able bodied curlers and shows no signs of hindrance in play.


“My amputation is above the elbow so I don’t have a lot of flex in that arm,” said Smith about her experiences curling. “I have a specially made prosthetic to play.”


Smith, who slides without a broom and boasts an incredibly sound delivery, has flourished by adapting to being a differently abled athlete. She shot 90% in her Draw 1 match versus Nova Scotia.


“I used to play with no prosthesis and that was a challenge. I would tuck my broom up under my elbow when I swept, but it became unsafe and I would fall a lot,” said Smith. “I went to my prosthetist and they designed this prosthetic specifically for curling. It’s shorter than a normal arm prosthetic and has a specially made end that is actually made for shovelling and yard work.”
 

The end piece, which allows Smith to grip her broom, is a firm corkscrew style handle that she slides her broom through, giving her a perfect grip on the broom’s shaft.


“It works great. There’s no way my broom can fall out when I’m sweeping no matter how much weight I put on it. It feels natural to have it on and it makes me a better sweeper.”  For information about CurlBC and the playdowns happening now visit their website.

 

 

 

 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Pilots land hard

Icehawks chalk up a win

Justin Sulpico Abbotsford Pilots/Melody Fast photo

 

Pilots team members assist their goalie.

 

he Delta Icehawks topped the Abbotsford Pilots by a score of 3-1 Friday night at MSA Arena. A shorthanded Delta goal was the difference maker in the final meeting of the season between the two teams, they split the season series 2-2. Jordy Engleson of the Icehawks hung in for the win with 24 saves, while his counterpart Brock Machholz of Abbotsford put aside 45 of Delta’s shots.

 

First blood went to the Icehawks courtesy of Stephen Chen at 15:14. A clearing attempt by the Pilots was kept in by Bradley Araki-Young at the right wing point. The defenceman dumped in back into the zone for Cameron Luk who fed it to an open Chen in the slot for a one-timer past Brock Machholz. The goal was Chen’s fifth of the season and the rookie forward now has a goal in each of the past three meetings between the Icehawks and Pilots. The lone goal stood for Delta after 20 minutes, with shots 19-5 for the visitors.

 

Marcus Pantazis added to Delta’s lead in the third, striking with an unassisted marker at 2:49 for his team leading 18th goal of the season. This would bring the score up to 3-1, which would stand until the final horn. However, the period was marred by penalty trouble in the late stages. After various mix-ups between whistles, six different players among both sides were ejected from the game and 90 penalty minutes were assessed overall. Shots on goal in the final frame were 14-10 for Delta. The win for the Icehawks propels them ahead of the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the standings for the final playoff spot in the PJHL.

 

 

 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 4 pm

 

'When the Storm Fades'

Award-winning climate change documentary opens in theatres Jan 20

Sean Devlin, Demand Films/Website images

 

What was left of the Pablos'  family home after Typhoon Hailyan swept through the Phillipines.

 

 

hen The Storm Fades is a microbudget film starring a cast of Canadian comedians and Filipinos who survived one of the strongest storms in history. On January 20th, 2020 it’s playing at Cineplex theatres in 15 cities across Canada - for one night only. The screenings in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax and Nanaimo have already sold out, forcing Cineplex to move them to larger cinemas due to popular demand. 
 

The Filipino family that stars in the film (the Pablos) are being displaced by climate change and 100% of the film's box office profits are going to help them buy a new home. The Pablo Family lives on the front lines of climate change — a seaside neighbourhood in Tacloban City, Philippines. In 2013, they survived the strongest storm ever measured at landfall. After losing family members during the storm The Pablos have spent years slowly recovering. Now they face a new threat, their entire community is being demolished to pave the way for a giant climate adaptation wall.

 

Profits made at the Canadian box office will help them secure new housing. When The Storm Fades is the result of 5 years of collaboration between the Pablo family and Filipino-Canadian comedian/filmmaker Sean Devlin 叶 世民. It is by no means a feel-good movie, at its North American festival premiere The Globe & Mail called it “Uncomfortable and unforgettable.” However, Canadian moviegoers seem to be finding comfort in the fact that the tickets they’re buying are having a meaningful impact. 
 

“I think people are tired of simply asking political leaders to address the climate crisis. We know that there are millions of people around the world whose daily lives are being devastated by climate change. However, even for the most passionate Western activists the chances to connect and directly support these impacted communities are few and far between.” says the film’s director Sean Devlin 叶 世民.
 

Devlin considers himself one of those activists. In the past decade, Sean has been arrested 6 times for his creative interventions on climate change. Twice infiltrating the private security detail of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

 

These performances provoked Conservative Senator Bob Ruciman to push for “new laws to deter similar future protest” stating that Devlin “should face indictable offences with serious fines and/or imprisonment”. Fortunately instead of going to prison Mr. Devlin spent several years making a feature film, co-produced by Naomi Klein, one that has now managed to sneak its way into Canadian cinemas. For more information about Sean Sevlin, promotional clips and tickets, visit whenthestorecomes.com

 

 

 Friday, Jan 17, 2020 

Published 1 pm

 

Clear sailing

Good luck keel coin laying ceremony on the new Protecteur-class ship

Todd Lane MND/Handout photos

 

Artist rendering of the future Canadian Protecteur-class two joint replenishing ships.

 

hrough Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, our government is providing our Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailors with a modern and versatile fleet of ships to support operations in Canadian waters, and abroad. This fleet includes new Canadian Surface Combatants, Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, and Joint Support Ships.
 

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, joined by Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, and Mark Lamarre, CEO of Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards, took part in a ceremonial keel laying event for the first of two Joint Support Ships (JSS).

 

Both sides of the actual keel coin.

 

The keel laying event is a significant milestone in a ship’s construction where a newly minted coin is placed near the keel, which traditionally runs along the length of the ship. The coin was laid by Seaspan’s Senior Procurement Specialist Jeff Smith, a 45-year employee of the company. It will remain for the duration of the ship’s life, and is said to bring good luck for the builders and all those who sail in the vessel.

 

 

 Friday, Jan 17, 2020 

Published 1 pm

 

'This is you'

Women and girls encouraged to take part in Search and Rescue operations Feb 22

Kirsten Brazier, Achieve Anything Fdn/Handout photos

 

The free event is open to women and girls aged 14 and up.

 

he Achieve Anything Foundation announces that applications are open for an exciting new Operation: This IS You! hands-on experience event to be held with RCMSAR in White Rock, B.C. Saturday February 22.

Participants will get a first-hand look into the rewarding work of marine SAR - hands-on! Activities include on the water and shore side searches, rescues, man overboard, first aid scenarios, SAR equipment/gear use, dewatering stations and more! The event is completely free to attend and is open to women and girls age 14 and up.

The event is by invitation only and applications must be made in advance on the Foundation’s website. Those selected and invited must further complete the RSVP process by the specified deadlines in order to be admitted to the event. While there is no maximum age for women to apply, all applicants should self-assess they are sufficiently mobile/agile to board vessels and participate in the day’s activities. For more information and to register, visit Achieve Anything.

 

 

 Friday, Jan 17, 2020 

Published 1 pm

 

United we stand

Volunteers' medal still nowhere in sight

Dave Palmer, Nepean, Ont/File photo

 

know that somewhere, there are those kind-spirited Canadians that are in a position to hear this long-sung respectful request. The continuing effort for recognition and enabling the acknowledgement and "remembrance" of all Veterans' by means of a medal that only Canadian Forces Veterans could wear.

Many Canadians are in a position to act upon this plea that exceeds a decade, a plea of thousands of Canadians, and they are also able to do something about it. We remain hopeful that preferably sooner rather than later that they will act upon this long standing act to acknowledge our nation's Veterans.

In the Spirit-of-Remembrance" and it is in that belief, that true hope, the kind warm spirited act of this ongoing drum-beating to have our fellow Canadians hear about and reflect on the efforts to get this Medal accomplished for our nation's Veterans'. As it stands now, it seems that for over a decade, it would appear that a mean-spirited stance against this medal has prevailed and this one simple effort to acknowledge all Veterans is so readily forgotten. In honour of all Veterans', I hope we can work in unity and integrity and do this for our Veterans'.

Yours in the spirit-of-remembrance of those that have served,

God Bless our Veterans and our Troops and their Families.

 

 Friday, Jan 17, 2020 

Published 1 pm

 

Talk of the town

TEDxChilliwack more popular than ever, 14 short-listed for Jan 23 showcase

Michael Berger/Youtube photo

 

Reen Rose speaks at TEDxChilliwack 2019. See links to clips of other speakers via the website.

record number of applicants put their names forward to speak at TEDxChilliwack. To narrow the list of potential speakers, the organizing committee sifted through dozens and dozens of applications to select fourteen people to audition for a coveted spot at the TEDxChilliwack main stage on April 11, 2020.

To make it to the audition stage, organizers looked for speakers who have an “idea worth spreading”. Previously, TEDx speakers’ talks had to focus on Technology, Entertainment or Design. For 2020, organizers widened the focus to include 19 different topics—from health, nature or the environment to business, science or collaboration—and everything in-between.

Auditions will take place at the Applicant Showcase Night on January 23, 2020 at Cowork Chilliwack. Each invited applicant will take the stage for four minutes each. Each will explain what their “idea worth spreading” is, why they are qualified to speak on it, and how they would encourage TEDxChilliwack attendees to take action. Following their four-minute synopsis, each speaker will be posed a question from the emcees.

Once all 14 speakers have taken their turn, the studio audience will vote for “The People’s Choice”. At the same time, a speaker selection panel of TEDxChilliwack organizing committee members will choose up to five additional applicants to join the People’s Choice winner in moving on to speak at TEDxChilliwack’s main event on April 11, 2020 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. For more information, to watch past speakers and to register, visit the TEDx Chilliwack website.

 

 

 Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 

Published 1 pm

 

Love in the 1st degree

Yellow Peril: Celestial Elements LGBTQ gallery show Feb 1 to April 18

Barb Snelgrove, Mediamouth/Submitted photos, website images

 

Love Intersections' desire is to provoke (he)artful social change through a lens of love.

 

ancouver’s SUM Gallery presents their inaugural 2020 Queer Arts programming with the visually spellbinding art installation Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements. Curated by the media arts collective Love Intersections, this exhibit runs February 1st to April 18, 2020 at SUM Gallery, Suite 425, 268 Keefer St.

Opening Reception - February 1st 4:00pm – 6:00pm

• Feb 2nd: Curator Tour (5:00pm)
• Feb 15th: Public artist talk
• March 7th: Community food sharing
• April 4th: Grave Sweeping

(掃墳節) activation

"Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements” is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. Featuring a collection of multi-channel installations, visual art pieces and sculptural activations, workshops and film screenings, this exhibit promises to provoke a cosmic encounter of our living past and present as we ‘race’ towards a healing future. Rather than focus on the trauma that queer people of colour face, this project is fundamentally an invitation to an exuberant celebration of queerness that is unabashedly Chinese.

 


 

About SUM Gallery
SUM gallery is the year-round programming arm of the Queer Arts Festival and Canada’s only queer mandated visual art gallery and one of only a few worldwide. SUM produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. SUM brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art.

About Love Intersections
Love Intersections is a media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour dedicated to collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling. We produce intersectional and intergenerational stories from underrepresented communities – centering the invisible, the spiritual, the metaphysical and the imaginary. Our desire is to provoke (he)artful social change through a lens of love.

 

 Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 

Published 1 pm

 

Welcoming the Year of the Rat

Traditional Lion Dance, eye-dotting, God of Fortune and a Lucky Red Pocket giveaway

Cadillac Fairview/Pixabay and Canada Post images

 

Year of the Rat celebrations Jan 26 and Jan 31. Below,

ith Lunar New Year on the horizon, Vancouverites are eagerly preparing for new beginnings and getting ready to ring in the Year of the Rat— the first of all zodiac animals that represents the beginning of a new day, signifying wealth and surplus.

To ring in the Lunar New Year, CF Pacific Centre and CF Richmond Centre are hosting cultural celebrations for all to enjoy, bringing family and friends together to celebrate the Lunar New Year in a spirited way.

New this year, CF Pacific Centre and CF Richmond Centre will host the traditional Lion Dance and Lion eye-dotting ceremony, a traditional Chinese dance performance, greetings and photo opportunity from the God of Fortune and a Lucky Red Pocket giveaway.

CF Pacific Centre
What:
Join in on the festivities with a traditional Lion Dance

Where: CF Pacific Centre (located in the Rotunda), 701 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

When: Friday, January 31st at 3:30pm

Lion Dance (eye dotting ceremony, Mystic Animal, Lion - Blessing)

 

CF Richmond Centre
What:
 Join in on the festivities with a traditional Lion Dance that includes a meet the God of Fortune who will be gifting lucky red pockets filled with chocolate coins.

Where: CF Richmond Centre - Main Galleria, 6551 No 3 Rd. Richmond, BC

When: Sunday, January 26th at 11am

  • Lion Dance (eye dotting ceremony, Mystic Animal, Lion - Blessing)

  • God of Fortune

With thanks to Fairview Cadillac.

 

 

 Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 

Published Noon

 

Hold onto your hats, winter storm warning in effect

Environment Canada warns of an Arctic Outflow and Winter Storm outlook

Environment Canada/Voice file photos

 

This is why underground parking is nice. Below a "Snow Angel" in 2011 a part of a group who went around shoveling driveways for seniors. There's no angels like snow angels!

s Neil Diamond would say "pack up the babies and grab the old ladies" for the next few days because Mother Nature won't be releasing its glacial grip on the Fraser Valley. Environment Canada (EC) reiterated that blizzard-like conditions will be happening through the weekend. Have no worries though, the Valley is forecast to be back to a balmy 10°C in the rain by Monday. Here's EC's latest report;

An Arctic ridge of high pressure over the BC Interior combined with a low pressure system approaching the BC Coast will produce strong outflow winds through the Fraser Valley. The winds combined with cold temperatures will produce wind chill values of -20°C or colder today. The strong outflow winds combined with periods of snow, and plenty of snow on ground, will will significantly reduce visibility over parts of the Fraser Valley today and tonight.

The approaching low offshore will produce a layer of warm air above the surface. This layer of warm air combined with freezing temperatures at the surface will give potential for freezing rain to develop tonight. In addition, the low approaches the coast, 10 cm of snow is expected over western sections of the Fraser Valley on Thursday. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

 

 Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 

Published 1 pm

Women's walk called off

Inclement weather takes its toll

Patti MacAhonnic, Ann Davis Fdn/Voice file photos

 

fter reviewing the weather forecast and the current weather situation we have decided to cancel this year’s march. With the buildup of snow and rain and slush over top it will make for icy conditions and be unsafe for walking. We very much look forward to your participation next year. We would appreciate it you could please forward this to all who may have planned to attend.

Thank you for your understanding and we will see you next year. Visit www.anndavis.org for more information.

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Two artists, multiple perspectives

Vantage Points show features Sandra Weins, Pierre Trembley Feb 12 - March 21

BettyAnn Marting, CVAA/Submitted images

 

Pierre Tremblay's "Along the Way" is one of his paintings that will be in the show Feb 12 to March 21

antage Points exhibit will be open from February 12 to March 21, 2020 at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery is located in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 9201 Corbould St, Chilliwack. Painters Pierre Tremblay and Sandra Wiens present two different approaches to traditional subjects.  

Sandra Wiens "Sliding 348" will be showing her vibrant and unique paintings Feb 12 to March 21.

 

Connect with artists and learn about programs offered at Chilliwack Visual Artists Assn website for more information.

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Who ordered well done?

Meadow Rose Society recipient of Mr Mikes® Restaurants "Deeds Well Done"

Mariah Collins, Mr Mikes/Website images

 

Meadow Rose Society will be receiving $500 and a group dinner from Mr Mikes in Chilliwack.

 

or the seventh consecutive year, MR MIKES® SteakhouseCasual has awarded $500 to a registered charity in each of the communities they are located in. Winning organizations were selected out of more than 4,800 total nominations from MR MIKES guests, who were invited to submit their nominations throughout November and December. MR MIKES has now donated over $100,000 to local initiatives across Canada, with $22,000 donated to deserving registered charities this year alone.

“We were pleased to see such an overwhelming level of involvement from community members in selecting and nominating local charities this year,” says Robin Chakrabarti, President of MR MIKES®. “It’s inspiring to see so many organizations who are doing vital work in their communities. We’re honoured to be able to recognize 44 of these charities out of the overwhelming amount of nominations received. We received more than 4,800 nominations which is nearly triple the response from 2018.”

The purpose of Deeds Well Done is to inspire people in each of MR MIKES® forty-four markets to reflect on what is truly important during the holiday season, while giving back to their community.

 

This year Chilliwack's Meadow Rose Society, who help families experiencing financial problems, are the beneficiaries.

 

Sheila Fraser, Meadow Rose Executive Director, was astonished about hearing her charity was receiving the money and told The Voice in an e-mail Wednesday that it came as a complete surprise so she wasn't sure at the time of this writing what they'd do with the money.

 

"I would imagine though, we will spend it on either double strollers or stage 2 car seats, or both,  as they are items we are not often gifted with, by the community, on a regular basis," said Fraser. "Our budget is mostly spent of diapers, formula, food, wipes etc so this could allow us to purchase a couple "larger" items."

 

According to the Meadow Rose Society website, they assist families who are experiencing financial crisis by providing items for the needs of babies with everything from diapers, wipes, cookies, baby food, formula and toiletries to larger items such as highchairs, strollers, cribs and car seats.

"The campaign has been a fantastic opportunity to unite community members by inviting them to recognize the organizations that mean the most to them," explains Chakrabarti. "With organizations ranging from The Women’s Resource Society in Fort St. John, BC, to the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake, Alberta."

Read more about Deeds Well Done and learn about Meadow Rose Society and the work they do in the community. Visit MR MIKES® in Chilliwack at 45200 Luckakuck Way.

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

Canadian legend

Colin James tours his new album "Miles To Go" in Chilliwack April 1

Rob Warwick, Rockitboy/Website photo

 

One of Canada's most prolific musicians of our time, Colin James, will be in Chilliwack April 1.

ith his 19th album, “Miles to Go” (2019), COLIN JAMES is getting back to the blues. Wait a minute, you ask, hasn’t Colin James always played the blues? Yes, but back when signed to his first record deal, his producer explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. “National Steel” (1997), was James’ first full-on blues album. It landed him on folk festival bills alongside the likes of John Prine and John Hiatt.

Wednesday, April 1 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets are $49.50
(plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) at the Box Office. Charge by phone at 604-391-7469 or online

Blown away by James Cotton’s performance of “One More Mile” at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the song became the title track to the new album; bookending it in electric and acoustic versions. It wasn’t until “Blue Highways” (2016) that James found himself on a blues chart. The album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits, the Willie Dixon song “Riding in the Moonlight”.

Connect with Colin James via his website or on Facebook. See more show lineups at Rockitboy.ca

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 

Published 8 am

 

The future of the past

Roy Orbison tribute band March 20 in Chilliwack

Rob Warwick, Rockitboy/Website photo

 

The Lonely will be stopping in Chilliwack for a  show Friday, March 20.

HE LONELY delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to the one and only Roy Orbison plus the hits of The Traveling Wilburys and The Everly Brothers. Veteran Mike Demers delivers a spot-on performance of Orbison’s signature sound as he leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of an era.

Friday, March 20 at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock.
Tickets are $47.50 (plus Service Charges)
Available from Blue Frog Studios.
Charge online at www.bluefrogstudios.ca

THE LONELY approaches the music with a humble spirit and sincere desire to recreate the sounds and feel of the original recordings. The band has been selling out shows right from their debut. See more show lineups at Rockitboy.ca

 

 

 Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 

Published 6 am

 

Double Winter Whammy

Time to bundle up as Arctic front moves in

Staff/Voice file photo

 

Prest Road in 2012. If possible it would be a good idea to use the roads less over the coming week.

f you thought we were going to get away with an easy winter, Environment Canada tells us it ain't so.

According to their forecast we could see -20C wind chill as an Artic front moves in. Try and be extra careful if using space heaters and candles (if the power goes out). Reports there have been 3 rollovers by 8 am Sunday. Fortunately there were no serious injuries there.

Fire trucks were all chained up. By nightfall, there were dozens of accidents from the highway up Chilliwack River Rd. to Hope and across the city. It was mayhem on the roads Sunday with cars and semi trucks driving off the road, into water-filled ditches,  hitting poles and medians around the city. There were injuries in many cases. So drive accordingly. If you must go out then think safety for yourself and others using the road and watch for emergency crews, snow plows and road crews dealing with downed trees and power lines.

The forecasts are as follows:

Number 1. Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.
 

A low pressure system will move across southern BC today spreading snow. At the same time, the arctic front will arrive with strong gusty winds and dropping temperatures this afternoon.

These two systems will combine to give a brief period of intense heavy snow and blowing snow.

Near Boston Bar, West Kelowna and Peachland, and Hope, 10 cm of snow is expected to fall within several hours this afternoon.

Over Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, 15 cm of snow is expected to fall in several hours.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.
 

Number 2. Strong outflow winds and cold wind chill values are expected or occurring.

An arctic front will push through coastal inlets and valleys late this afternoon.

Wind speeds will rise to 30 to 50 km/h with gusts in the Fraser Valley up to 80 km/h. The wind combined with falling temperatures tonight and for the next several days will generate wind chill values of -20 or lower.

Temperatures will not moderate until the end of the week.

If outside, dress warmly in layers and stay dry. Cover as much exposed skin as possible to avoid frostbite. Ensure that shelter is provided for pets and outdoor animals. Be prepared for unusually cold temperatures and strong winds.

 

To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

 

 

 Friday, Jan 9, 2020 

Published 5 pm

 

The truth about plastic bags

Single use ban makes no sense

Staff/Voice file photo

 

BC forests would be under attack if single use plastic bags are replaced with paper and utensils with wood.

ccording to the think-tank Fraser Institute, a cotton bag has to be used 40,000 times in order to equal a single use plastic bag because cotton bags need more energy to produce. Well cotton does need to be grown, relies on precious water, needs gasoline fueled harvesters and coal fuelled manufacturing processes to make them.

The Fraser Institute also argues there's little incentive to reduce waste when garbage collection costs are paid for by the ton and are also included in property taxes.

They go on to say in their articles; on June 26, 2019, "Plastic bag bans may do more harm than good" ; July 3, 2019, "Plastic ban — look before you leap"; and August 8, 2019, "Sobey's joins foolish war on plastic" that single use bags are "quite strong and can serve as trash bags for small items." Don't forget doggie do-do. Also noted in an NPR article about a bag ban in California, is that people often substitute them for heavier and larger plastic trash bags that create more pollution than smaller bags.

There's no mention anywhere of the thick, single use hard plastic containers for things like donuts and croissants that take up more resources to create and use more room in landfills than plastic bags.

Cotton bags and alternative types of bags can actually harbor bacteria, mold and other unappetizing organisms.

A 2018 article in the Financial Post says banning plastic bags make people sick.

A study by professors at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University examined the connection between San Francisco’s plastic bag ban and bacteria-related illnesses. They concluded that "both deaths and ER visits spiked as soon as the ban went into effect."

Plastic straws can be looked at in a different light. In the 1960's paper straws were used but replaced later with plastic ones. So the jury is still out as to whether paper ones are the answer. Wooden utensils like chop sticks and even toothpicks at some restaurants are single use and take a heavy toll on forests.

According to a 2016 article in Wired, single use paper bags have a higher carbon footprint because they're much thicker and take many more trucks to ship than plastic.

Armed with balanced information about single use plastic bags people are less likely to believe local and provincial governments who say we're doing more harm than good to the planet by using plastic bags. But who are they kidding?

 

 

 Friday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 9 am

 

Rollin' rawhide! 

U-Haul releases top destinations in BC

U-Haul/Voice file photo

orth Vancouver, BC, is the No. 1 U-Haul Canadian Growth City of migration trends in 2019 in a list of 25.

"The waterfront district across from the picturesque, ever-expanding destination of Vancouver posted the largest net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering the city versus leaving it during the past calendar year."

BC has four cities on the list. Joining North Van are; Salmon Arm (11), Merritt (20), and Victoria (22). To see the entire list, visit the U-Haul blog here.

 

 

 Friday, Jan 19, 2020 

Published 7 am

 

Itching to get rid of bedbugs 

Orkin Canada releases the top infested cities list in growing season Jan to Dec

Orkin Canada/Handout image


ere's another top ten list. The rise of the killer bed bugs. Voice readers will find this interesting to either educate themselves if they aren't infested or to help if they are.

On Tuesday, Orkin Canada pest control released their "highly anticipated 2019 top ten bed bug cities" list.

According to the report saw significant bed bug sightings across the country, from infestations in federal buildings to private homes and it's not any getting better.

"In less than two decades, Cimex lectularius, better known as bed bugs, have gone from a rarely experienced irritant to a major problem thriving in clean and dirty homes alike," said the report.

1. Toronto
2. Winnipeg
3. Vancouver
4. St. John's
5. Ottawa
6. Scarborough
7. Halifax
8. Oshawa
9. Sudbury
10. Hamilton

Orkin says there is reason to remain optimistic.

"There are solutions to this pesky problem and good ways to reduce the chances of an infestation with a little knowledge."

You can spot them by noticing tiny dark coloured stains, cast skins or live bugs. They congregate on mattress tags and seams, under seat cushions, behind headboards, creases of drawers, buckling wallpaper and carpets. There is a website to report; Chilliwack bed bugs but it hasn't been updated lately, however you can add a site and bookmark the page there. There is also an e-mail for more information. See more at Orkin.

 

 Friday, Jan 19, 2020

Published 7 am

 

For the love of equality

Walk for Chilliwack women Jan 18

Patti MacAhonic, Executive Director/Voice file photo


veryone is welcome at the 3rd annual Fraser Valley Marches for Women walk. This event is accessible, open, and inclusive. The event goes rain, snow or shine.

Saturday, January 18

11:00 am - Meet at Ann Davis Transition Society 9046 Young Rd. Organize and make signs, sign making material available
 

11:30 am - March starts from 9046 Young Rd to Chilliwack City Hall 8550 Young Rd
 

Noon - Speakers, Drummers and Singers
 

1:00 pm - End of gathering
 

Fraser Valley Marches for Women was founded by Ann Davis Transition Society executive director Patti MacAhonic and held its first march in January 2017 in solidarity with the demonstrators that descended on Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of women’s rights, also in response to the city turning down a women’s shelter when women were dying on our streets in winter in late 2016.

 

"We are more than a march—we’re a movement"  Patti MacAhonic

 

The goal of subsequent marches in the Fraser Valley is to support Women’s rights locally and globally, while raising awareness of local issues.

 

 

 Thursday, Jan 9, 2020

Published 5 am

 

The A List

Twenty of the biggest items from hundreds that the Voice covered last year

Staff/Voice photo

 

The morning sun is filtered by smoke from the interior wildfires in July.

 

Friday, Jan 11
Double Stabbing
Two injured, no word on motive
Wed, February 11

Sogi 123

Stoking the Fire

 

Check out the other top stories here.

 

 

 Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020

Published 10 am

 

An apple a day keeps the body at play

Chilliwack YMCA "Generation Health" series begins in February

Preet Toor, YMCA Vancouver/Handout images

 

The YMCA healthy living program begins in Feb.

 

eneration Health is a FREE 10-week healthy lifestyle program for children and their families. We will be meeting once a week as of February 3rd, 2020 at the Chilliwack YMCA.

This program covers various topics related to healthy living such as healthy eating, physical activity, goal setting, body image, self-esteem and more! Families who participate in this program will receive a FREE 6-month membership to the YMCA.

This program requires prior registration and screening through these details: phone 1 888 650 3141 or send an e-mail here.

 

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

Published 10:30 am

One day, one step at a time

A family's struggles with dementia

Gord Woodward, E. Comm./Submitted Society photo

 

 

Victoria Wilson, ASBC

 

hilliwack residents living with dementia are going public for a third consecutive year in an effort to change hearts and minds and tackle the ongoing discrimination they experience in their day-to-day lives.

“Seventy-five per cent of time I was working was spent on the road,” says Don Corbett, a resident of Chilliwack who was recently diagnosed with dementia. He has chosen to stop driving after years behind the wheel while repairing phones for BC Tel and then for Lifeline. “It’s probably the most dramatic change so far.”

Don and his wife Karen initially sought a diagnosis after Don began to experience memory problems. Soon afterwards, their daughter Kelly suggested they reach out to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Karen was initially concerned when they received the diagnosis and is getting used to the changes that come with dementia. “Sometimes it’s harder and sometimes it’s easier,” she says.

Because Don’s diagnosis is so new, they’re still grappling with what their dementia journey is going to look like. They have started attending Alzheimer Society of B.C. education, as well as Minds in Motion®, a social and fitness program for people in the early stages of the disease. “Everyone we’ve met is in a different place,” Don says. “It helps us understand how things are going to change.”

They’re working to adapt to their new reality, though. “We’re still active and can walk,” Karen says.

For the most part, the people they’ve encountered – family, friends and health-care providers – have been supportive and understanding while they process their situation. “We appreciate the people in our lives.”

Don and Karen are some of many Canadians who are courageously stepping forward with their personal stories in the Alzheimer Society’s nation-wide campaign, I live with dementia. Let me help you understand, launching Monday, January 6 as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Spurred by alarming research indicating that one in four Canadians would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia, the campaign gives a voice to Canadians living with dementia who are frustrated by the constant assumptions and misinformation associated with the disease.

“Unless you have experienced it firsthand, it can be difficult to appreciate the damage stigma can do to individuals and families facing dementia,” says Victoria Wilson, Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Chilliwack resource centre. “Too often, negative feelings, attitudes and stereotypes surrounding dementia dissuade people from seeking help and discourage others from lending their support. By providing a platform for Canadians to share their stories, we can cultivate empathy and compassion and help break down the stigma so that Canadians living with dementia can live a full life.”

Since the launch of the campaign in 2018, more than 65 Canadians with dementia, including caregivers, have become spokespeople in the campaign, aimed at taking a stand against the stigma associated with the disease.

To read their stories and find out how you can help in the fight against dementia stigma, visit ilivewithdementia.ca. The site also features practical information and downloadable materials, including key myths and facts about the disease, as well as social media graphics to help spread the word about the campaign. Visitors to the site can also connect with the local Alzheimer Society resource centre for help and support.

 



Through a host of programs and services, advocacy and public education, Alzheimer Societies across the country are there to help Canadians overcome the challenges of living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The Society also funds research to improve care and find new treatments and a cure.

Over half a million Canadians are living with dementia today. Many more are family members who provide direct care or are otherwise affected by dementia. In the next 12 years, nearly a million Canadians will be living with dementia.

“The number of Canadians living with dementia is soaring,” says Wilson. “So this is an extremely important campaign to pause and think about our attitudes and perceptions and build a more accepting and inclusive society for individuals and families living with dementia.”

For more information and about how you can help, visit the website here.

 

 

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

Published 8 am

 

Flames can't thread the needle

Pilots' goalie Machholz a wall

Justin Sulpico, AP/Morgan Astles photo

 

Brock Machholz laid waste the Ridge Meadows flames attacks in the Winter Classic Showcase.

 

t was a tightly contested battle Saturday night between the Abbotsford Pilots (13-21-0-1) and the Ridge Meadows Flames (18-12-0-3), but it was the Pilots taking the victory by a score of 2-1 and snapping a four game losing skid. The game was played at Minoru Arena in Richmond as part of the fifth-annual PJHL Winter Classic Showcase, which featured all 12 PJHL teams in action under one roof throughout the weekend. In his 25th appearance of the season, Pilots’ goaltender Brock Machholz put aside 35 shots for the win and received Player of the Game honours for his effort.

 

The Pilots jumped to an early lead thanks to a Noah Findlater goal at 6:21 of the first period. Austin Moar entered the attacking zone and connected with the defenceman in the right circle. Flames goaltender Elliot Marshall made the initial save but he was unable to hang on to the puck and it trickled in for Findlater’s second of the season.
 

The two sides exchanged power play goals in the second frame. First, Eric Bourhill stepped up at 4:32. With Abbotsford’s Massimo Ranallo serving a boarding penalty, it took Ridge Meadows only 10 seconds to capitalize on the man advantage. Off the offensive zone draw, Tetsuya Prior found Eric Bourhill in the corner who fired a sharp angle shot top shelf over the shoulder of Brock Machholz for his 10th of the season.
 

The Abbotsford captain stepped up later in the period at 18:05. Marshall made the initial stop of a Pilots shot from the point, but failed to control the rebound which sailed directly up and landed in his crease. Jared Pitkethly was able to poke it past the Flames goaltender blocker side for his 9th goal of the year and his 4th power play goal.
 

The Flames pushed hard in the final frame coming up with 15 shots while the Pilots mustered up 4. Three power play opportunities came up short for Ridge Meadows and, ultimately, no goals in the 3rd period allowed the 2-1 score to finalize. See more at the Abbotsford Pilots' website.

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

Published 8 am

 

Swing your partner

Harrison Fest Family Barn Dance Jan 12

Bryan Cutler, HFS/Handout photo

 

Family Barn Dance coming to Harrison Memorial Hall Jan 12.

 

he Harrison Festival Society will be producing a special family dance on Sunday, January 12 at 2pm in the Harrison Memorial Hall. The dance will be a traditional called dance, or “barn dance”, that will feature a live band and caller, who will teach contra, square, and round dances, in what promises to be a fun Sunday afternoon activity.
 

The caller, Bob Rentz, is an experienced dance caller on the Vancouver contra dance scene, and will teach all dances, so no experience is necessary. The band will consists of The Paperboys fiddler Kalissa Landa and local musicians from a traditional Irish music group that meets regularly in Popkum, lead by Harrison Festival director Andy Hillhouse.
 

The Harrison Festival has a history of social dance workshops at the summer festival, but has not produced such a dance during its year-round season for many years. Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse hopes that interest in social dance will build in the community, as dancing is a great, fun way to gather as a community. Not to mention that dancing is great exercise! All ages are welcome to this family dance.
 

Tickets will be available at the door at the Harrison Memorial Hall in Harrison Hot Springs, and will cost 12 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for children 12 and under. Doors open at 1:30pm. E-mail here for more information.

 

 

 

 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

Published 8 am

 

Rocks thrown, champs known

BC Women juniors teams Sato and Buchy

Rebecca-Connop-Price/Handout photo

 

Team Buchy celebrate their win at the BC Juniors.

 

eam Sato and Team Buchy will represent BC at the 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Langley.

 

In women’s play, the game was a 10-end nail-biter that ended in Team Buchy’s favour. Kaila Buchy from Kimberley made an out-turn pick to sit for two on her last rock to clinch the 8-6 win over Royal City/Tunnel Town’s Team Taylor.

 

Kaila Buchy said: “It was like slow motion. The rock couldn’t get there quickly enough. But once it hit the hog line I sort of knew. We are so excited and so happy.”

 

Meanwhile in men’s play, a steal of four in the eighth end brought an abrupt finish to what had been a relatively close game between Team Sato and Team Tao. The score was 9-3 to Team Sato, who had been undefeated throughout the competition.

 

The Sato team, from Royal City Curling Club, will be playing as Team BC at nationals in Langley. Team Tao, from Richmond, Vancouver and Port Moody curling clubs, will also take part as the second team. A second spot opened up for BC after Nunavut did not field a junior men’s team.

 

 

 Monday, Jan 6, 2020

Published 11 am

 

Welcome to the boomtown

Christmas came early for home buyers and sellers

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/File photo

 

right orange “Sold” signs are not typically a common sight on property sale signs in December, but Chilliwack and area closed 2019 with sales well ahead of projection.

 

Historically a sluggish month for sales, December saw 217 home sales in Chilliwack and area, almost 100 more than the 118 sales recorded in the same month last year.

 

A strong BC economy, low mortgage interest rates and continued migration from the Vancouver area are being credited for a strong year in local real estate sales.

 

“The Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) ended 2019 with a better than projected year as far as unit sales go,” confirmed Kyle Nason, Board President. “Although the Canadian economy took a slight dip, the BC economy is still increasing at 1.5% according to the latest figures”.

Increased consumer confidence helps push those from more metro areas looking for retirement options and affordable family homes out to our area, added Mr. Nason.

 Of the 217 home sales in December, the highest number (27) were in the $400,000 - $449,000 range, followed by 26 sales in the $450,000 - $499,999 range, indicating strong sales in the condo and townhome categories. There were 11 sales over the $1 million mark, including one over $2 million.

Of particular note to the local economy is the dollar value that December sales garnered – just over $115 million compared to $57.3 million in December a year earlier.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to stop paying a landlord and own your own home, be sure to get pre-qualified at your financial institution and contact one of the qualified REALTORSª of CADREB. With today’s low interest rates, you may be surprised to learn that even with some added expenses of owning a home, owning is more affordable than renting, and you will be gaining valuable equity.

 

At just under 700 home listings currently on the Chilliwack and area market, inventory is not keeping pace with demand. If you are thinking of listing your home to move up or downsize, now is the time, as a new year brings increased interest in buyers.

 

 

 Monday, Jan 6, 2020

Published 8 am

Is mankind as we know it over?

Myrtle Macdonald adds answers to various questions in BBC article

Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Author, Chilliwack/File photo

 

Re: Are we on the Road to Collapse of Civilization.

 

orruption (bribery, kick backs, dishonesty, drug exports) affect the trust citizens have in each other. The judicious system breaks down.

Dictatorship with forced agreement and silencing of alternate opinions. Decisions made by the President are not democratic. They ignore Congress, Senate, CIA, FBI and even the Constitution. The Canadian Senate is much more effective than that of the USA. Their only power is to do much committee work 1). to get background on proposed legislation, 2). to provide sobre second thoughts, and 3). to slow down on rash sudden legislation.
 

The Governor General lessens the load carried by the President, by 1). honoring those who have done brave or meritorious deeds, 2). welcoming dignitaries and 3). leading ceremonial remembrances and holidays.

Polarization of politics which is inability of right and left 1). to listen to each other and 2). to find common ground to agree on.

Lack of equality of income and services by sex, race, income and location. Neglect of rural people because heir have few votes.

Allowing imported fruit and vegetables to be sold for less than they can be produced and marketed locally. So small farm families get a second job to make a living. Allowing even Canadian owned grocery stores to sell mainly imported processed and fresh foods. Canadian food producers.

Lack of caring for single parents, widows, and poor children. Assisted Living and Residential Care staffed by part time poor trained staff.

Forcing other countries to carry the load of refugees, 25 to 50% of their population. Bragging about strict immigration. Unfair treatment of children of refugees.

A construction industry that pays very low wages, but requires the laborer to supply his own tools and transportation, with no financial assistance or line of credit when tools are stolen and the private vehicle breaks down. In his absence from work his new assistant gets the job and he becomes unemployed.

Lack of low cost train service, so people in rural areas rely on air travel. They cannot get good housing, sanitation, child care, education or health care. Funding gets used up on air fare for planning meetings. Those who leave home to try city life become homeless and unable to afford air fare to return home. Women hitch hike and get abducted.

Allowing construction companies to build only luxury housing, for middle and upper class people. As a result the lower middle class are becoming poor and one pay cheque away from homeless.

Lack of enough Family doctors, Pharmacare and other scarcity of professionals.

 

 

 Monday, Jan 6, 2020

Published 8 am

 

Honour and legacy

WWII Volunteer Medal still missing

Dave W. Palmer, CD, KStG, Ont./File photo

 

ad is it not that the Heritage and Legacy of our Veterans' is discounted and in essence by the ruling of the Chancellery of Honours and Awards established in 1967, says it does not recognize things that happened in the past . . .  yet, they created and issued in recent years, the "Bomber Command" Clasp that is for the CVSM, a medal issued from September 1939 to 1 March 1947. That is clearly permitting the recognition of things that happened in the past. See more here.

 

 

 Sunday, Jan 5, 2020

Published 10 pm

 

Batten down the hatches

Environment Canada issues rainfall warning

EC/File photo

 

2013 file photo.

 

ain, at times heavy, is expected.

An intense frontal system is bearing down on the South Coast of BC.

Rain, at times heavy, will develop over central and eastern Fraser Valley overnight. The heavy rain will continue through Monday and finally ease later Tuesday as the storm system leaves the region.

Total rainfall accumulations of 80 to 100 mm are expected.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

 

 

 

 

 Friday, Jan 3, 2020

Published 5:45 am

Revised Sunday, Jan 5

 

Op Ed: Anti-Social democracy

Is free speech being trampled?

Staff/File photo

 

 

Barry Neufeld photo.

 

veryone seems to be mad over the SOGI issue. Barry Neufeld is mad; the people who elected him are mad; the majority of the SD33 School Board are mad and former BCTF president Glen Hansman is mad. See more here.
 

 

 Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Published 4 pm

 

Neufeld launches appeal after failed lawsuit

"Human rights process seems to have ground to a halt"

Barry Neufeld, SD33 Trustee/Handout photo

 

Barry Neufeld (centre) and some of his supporters at the Vancouver Law Courts.

 

ver a year ago, I had laid a defamation suit against Glen Hansman, President of the BC Teachers Federation (union) due to all the nasty, insulting remarks he made on various media outlets. The plan was to have a jury trial in Chilliwack Supreme Court on Dec 2 of this year. Then in the spring of this year, using a brand-new BC Law for the first time, he applied to quash my defamation suit under the new Bill 32: “Protection of Public Participation Act.” Popularly known as Anti SLAPP law. See more here.
 

 Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Published 10:30 am

 

The intersection that roared

Corbould and Wellington continues to be problematic for drivers

Staff/Voice photo

 

There were no serious injuries in a minor accident Thursday at Wellington and Corbould.

 

ourbold Street reared its head again as a hot spot for accidents Thursday when a two-vehicle crash happened at Wellington Avenue around 7pm. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries.

 

The 4-way stop at the intersection has been the site of many crashes over the years. Nearby residents say something needs to be done before someone is killed. It's not known exactly how many crashes have taken place at that intersection, however last month an MVA involving a semi-truck happened.

 

 

 Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Published 8 am

 

Twenty-five years in the making

The Paperboys will be in Harrison Jan 11

Bryan Cutler, HFS/Handout photo

 

The Paperboys will make for a good night out for the Harrison Music Festival's first show of the year Jan 11.

 

ancouver’s The Paperboys, one of Vancouver’s longest running and popular roots music acts. The band will hit the stage at 8pm on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

The music of  The Paperboys crosses a range of genres, from Celtic jigs and reels to Mexican son jarocho and Latin horn arrangements, but the glue that binds all these styles together is the buoyant pop-rock songwriting of bandleader Tom Landa.

Although The Paperboys have made critically acclaimed records, they are through and through a live act. They shine most on stage. They have spent the last 25 years on the road playing all over North America and Europe, where they have developed a large following without the aid of a record labels or radio play.

The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets for The Paperboys are $25.00 and can be purchased online at The Harrison Festival website, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.

 

 

 Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Published 7:30 am

 

A million ways to fly

Abbotsford International Airport hits milestone

Parm Sidhu, ABI/Submitted photo

 

The 1 millionth passenger (centre) celebration last week at Abbotsford International Airport.

 

he Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) has reached the 1 million passenger milestone, announced Mayor Henry Braun today.

 

Passenger volumes at YXX have been growing at record rates:

• 2015 - 487,833 passengers
• 2016 - 530,643 (8.8% increase)
• 2017 - 677,653 (27.7% increase)
• 2018 - 842,212 (24.3% increase)
• 2019 – 1 million plus (18.7%)

“Congratulations to Abbotsford International Airport for welcoming a record one-million travellers through its doors. We are honoured to work alongside valuable airport partners like we have in Abbotsford to provide accessible travel options for Canadians. We’ve seen steady traveller demand in Abbotsford and it’s no surprise that this has helped lead to YXX’s record-breaking passenger volumes.”

YXX has 4 national airlines including WestJet (since 1997), Swoop Airlines, Flair Airlines, and seasonal service on Air Canada Rouge, in addition to Island Express Air offering intra-BC flights. YXX’s airline partners are making air travel more accessible and affordable for every day Canadians, providing direct routes to Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London Ontario, Toronto, (seasonal), Nanaimo, Victoria, Las Vegas and seasonal service to Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

For more information and flight bookings visit Abbotsford International Airport.

 

 

 

 Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020

Published 5 am

 

It's a wrap

2019 was another good year for the Valley Voice News

Staff/Voice image

 

Hits are the number of of times images are viewed. There were 1.28 million hits with 152,000 pages viewed and 65,000 visits in 2019 .

 

very January the stats for The Valley Voice News are shared with readers. Local and BC news here remained constant. The aim of the publisher is to provide a variety of news items on the website to provide reason for readers to return.

 

The Valley Voice is just a small community-driven news website with international reach that takes Chilliwack to the rest of the world. Thank you to readers from almost every country on earth for your continued support.