Sunday July 15, 2018    

Blast from the Past December 15, 2011


Wild at the Wheel

Chilliwack menace taken out by tow truck driver

By Staff/Voice photos


The bashful Kevin Sommerville talks about what happened Thursday when his tow truck was stolen by a drunken madman. According to Sommerville even the man's dogs bit him.

hilliwack RCMP knew they had a menace behind the wheel somewhere in the city. But whenever he popped up, they couldn’t chase him even though he was running road blocks like the one on Lickman Rd. at Chilliwack Mountain Wednesday night.

Police knew if they pursued there was no way he was going to stop and public safety would be put at risk. So all they could do was just watch and wait for their chance to apprehend him.

Enter tow truck driver Kevin Sommerville.

Read the item here.




  Tuesday July 17, 2018    


Birds of a Feather

Abbotsford is Police Department say they have a new toy—a multi-use drone

Sgt. Judy Bird, APD


By fall, three officers will be fully trained in the new drone's operation and capabilities.

he drone, a Matrice 210C Transport Canada Compliant Aircraft, was generously donated by the Abbotsford Police Foundation.  It will be used for aerial photography of serious motor vehicle collisions, outdoor crime scenes, search and rescue, disaster recovery, and for tactical purposes when necessary.  The drone may also be used to view fires and assist with natural disaster response and recovery.  See more here



  Tuesday July 17, 2018    


Medaling Around

Vets want war decorations on people who actually served and were engaged in the battlefields

Exclusive to The Voice/file photos


Quiet contemplation for lost comrads at the Chilliwack Cenotaph. Below is an open letter today to Governor General Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

hildren honouring non-Veterans and ignoring Veterans that have served! This to me is the embarrassment of a nation, when our nation's youth cannot identify a real veteran from a civilian. See more here



  Sunday July 15, 2018    


A World of Difference

Mongolian professional accountant joins Prospera Credit Union

By Jessica Thiessen/Submitted photo


Amarjagal Bayanjargalg who's from Mongolis brings her accounting skills to Prospera Credit Union.


ooperative values are exemplified by people helping people to achieve a common goal, regardless of what city or country they live in. Prospera Credit Union recently took part in the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada’s annual Women’s Mentorship Program and hosted a female credit union leader from Mongolia. During the month of June, Amarjagal Bayanjargal, an accountant from Credit Union Mongol in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, was mentored by women throughout Prospera on day-to-day operations, policies and services. See more here.



  Sunday July 15, 2018    


Beach, Blanket, Bingo

The men and women's 2019 BC Championships coming to the interior city 

By Volley Ball BC/Photo submitted by Sandy Navel, VBC


Dunn and Thomas are still in the running and making a contest out of it.

fter a perfect day that saw thousands of spectators take in some amazing action, the quarterfinals are set at the 2018 Vancouver Open - Kits Beach.

On the Women's side, top seeds, Jamie Broder (Victoria) and Denise Wooding (Vancouver) are still alive and the current favorites to win tomorrow. Although, they will face some stiff competition from the teams of Spieler & Hartong, Dunn & Thomas (pictured above) and Sider & McBain who are all playing very well.

On the Men's side, local athletes Dan Caverly (Vancouver) and Jon Galloway (Vancouver) have quickly become fans favourite team of the tournament with their dynamic digs and charismatic play. They'll face tough competition from Canadian Olympian Josh Binstock and his partner Dan Dearing, as well as, the teams of Nusbaum & Plantinga and MacNeil & Wheelan.



  Sunday July 15, 2018    


Quesnel Curlers Quite Happy

The men and women's 2019 BC Championships coming to the interior city 

By L. Montroy, Curl BC/Voice file photo


Top BC teams will tackle each other for a chance to the Scotties and Brier Championships in January.


his coming season the BC Men’s and Women’s Championships will be held simultaneously at the same location, with Quesnel hosting the two provincial events from January 29 to February 3, 2019. Quesnel was announced as the host of the 2019 BC Men’s Championship last December, and with the announcement that they will now also be hosting the 2019 Scotties BC Women’s Championship, the original dates of both events have been changed to January 29 to February 3 in order to accommodate the hosting of both events concurrently. The two championships will be held at Quesnel’s new West Fraser Centre, an arena that is equipped with an ice surface and seating for 1,300 people. “


For more information, visit




  Sunday July 15, 2018    


BMX Jewels

BC men's and women's riders place well in Ontario 

By Alison Grecht, Cycling BC/Submitted photo


Avriana Hebert dominated women's BMX.

ver 400 athletes came out for the premier event on the domestic BMX calendar, the Canadian BMX Championships, which returned to Drummondville after a two year absence. 

Titles and maple leaf jerseys were awarded in the women’s and men’s categories for Junior (17-18) and Elite (19+) categories, with medals awarded in the Challenge classes for age group racing from as young as 5-years-old.

“As expected, Club BMX Drummond offered another first class Canadian Championship event,” said Josh Peacock, Competition Coordinator at Cycling Canada. “We saw plenty of thrills and spills, and are thrilled to crown our new Canadian Champions. Congratulations to all of our N plate winners, and a big thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers and officials who contributed to the success of this event.”

British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta dominated the titles, with each province taking national champions jerseys, including two for Alberta. Aidan Webber of Nanaimo, BC, became the new national champion for Junior men, with Benjamin Ouellette taking the silver medal and Alex Grecht the bronze. In the Junior women, Avriana Hebert of Edmonton, Alberta defended her national title, finishing fourth among the Elite women, followed. For more info, visit


  Thursday July 12, 2018    


Heavy D

Valley Huskers add defensive linebacker Easton Mountour from Manitoba Bisons

By Jean Hincks, Black Press, Valley Huskers/Facebook photo


Huskers add size and strength to back end with Montour signing.

ob Reist, Head Coach of the Valley Huskers is excited to announce the signing of linebacker Easton Montour from the Manitoba Bisons.

The 6 210lb Montour played with the Spartan Football Varsity team from 2015-2017 and previously the Sisler Spartans 2014-2016 and in his senior year was named defensive player of the year in the AAA Division.  He had an amazing 70 tackles in seven games.

Welcome to the Huskers Easton! See his game videos here. Connect on Facebook here.

The Huskers Game opener is Saturday, August 5th, at 2pm vs. the Vancouver Island Raiders at Exhibition Park in Chilliwack. Come out and show your support for the team

The Huskers are having a food draw July 28. Tickets are $10 each for a chance to win $2000 grand prize in gift certificates redeemable at any Save On Foods Store. Second prize is a $1000 Visa card. Tickets are available at Save On Foods downtown or online here. Only 3000 tickets will be printed and are always a sellout so get your ticket early to ensure you're in the draw.

Money raised is in support of the Valley Huskers Junior Football Club and the Chilliwack Salvation Army food bank.

Draw sponsors: Prospera Credit Union, The Progress, Gidney Signs, Chill-Air, Big O Tires, Scotiabank, The Jolly Miller Pub, Fraser Valley Roofing, Minuteman Press, Sutton Realty, Simpson Notaries, 89.5 The Drive and The Chilliwack Coast Hotel.

BC Gaming Event Licence #104457


  Thursday July 12, 2018    


The Cow That Kicked Over the Lantern

Five houses suffer major damage, affected eleven by terrible fire on Safflower Crescent

By Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training


Safflower Crescent blaze powers through block.


n July 11, 2018 at approximately 3am the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire located in the 45000-block of Safflower Crescent.


Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing heavy smoke and flames venting from 2 single family homes, 2 garages, and 1 carriage home. Occupants were at home at the time of the fire. Due to the intense fire and structural damage to multiple occupancies firefighters set up a defensive fire attack, and were able to stop the fire from spreading to adjacent properties.


All 5 structures involved when fire crews arrived suffered major fire and smoke damage to the interior and exterior of the structures, while 11 more structures suffered minor heat damage due to radiant heat.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.


This fire is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP.


If anyone has any information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or



  Thursday, July 12, 2018    


The Marijuana Revolution

LCB to distribute recreational drug

By BC Gov't caucus/Wikipedia photos


The BC government is laying out the groundwork for marijuana sales.

ritish Columbia’s sole legal wholesaler of non-medical cannabis has entered into agreements with licensed producers to ensure a retail supply for when non-medical cannabis is legalized.

The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has signed memorandums of understanding with 31 licensed producers of non-medical cannabis to form an extensive and competitive wholesale product assortment. The initial product assortment will feature more than 150 strains, ranging in quality, from value to ultra-premium product, at competitive prices. The LDB has also secured an array of cannabis accessories for retail sale in BC Cannabis Stores. More later.



  Thursday, July 12, 2018    


How Hard Is It To Get a Divorce?

A new streamlined process

By BC Gov't caucus/Wikipedia photos


The BC government has made it easier to wade through a divorce.

new online tool is now available to assist British Columbians with finalizing divorces, speeding up the processing time and creating better access to services by eliminating filing errors.

The Online Divorce Assistant Application helps people complete documentation for joint-filing divorces in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in cases without children. Joint-filed divorces are where both applicants agree on all family law issues relevant to their situation, such as spousal support and the division of family property and debts. See more here.


  Wednesday July 11, 2018    


Heavy Medal

Abbotsford honours staff and civilians

By Cst. Ian Macdonald, Abbotsford Police Dept/Sumitted photos


Civilians receive awards May 9, 2017


n May 9, 2017, the Abbotsford Police Department hosted their 2nd Annual Commendations Celebration.

This was an occasion to recognize the exemplary service, sacrifice and contributions of our police officers, professional support staff and citizens who have characterized the APD’s values of Honour, Integrity, Courage and Service. (repost with corrections) See more here.


  Tuesday July 10, 2018    


But Are They Listening?

Accountability expected in any poverty reduction plan

By Trish Garner, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition/Voice file


Trish Garner makes a tour stop in Chilliwack in 2010.

new report released today surveyed 1,000 low-income people in British Columbia and found the health and social impacts of economic hardship to be devastating, ranging from stress to skipping meals to not socializing. Due to low incomes (whether from work, income assistance or pension), housing and food costs are highlighted as the number one challenges throughout BC, followed by health, debt and transportation. See more here.



  Monday July 9, 2018    


Eat Street!

4th Annual Barn Burner Family-friendly BBQ fundraiser July 22

By Johane Rene, Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry



Event offers $5000 in prize money. Below, 2017 Regina Team winners.

ark your calendar for the 4th Annual Barn Burner BBQ (#BBBBQ.) New date, same great location! Chilliwack’s tastiest community event is co-presented by Johnston's Pork and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry. Beat the mid-summer heat with this free event. Sunday, July 22, 10am-5pm at the Farm Store In Yarrow. 4540 Simmons Road, Chilliwack, B.C. See more here.


  Monday July 9, 2018    


Beach, Blanket, Bingo

Tourney hits the right weather July 13-15

By Volleyball BC



fter months of planning, the 2018 Vancouver Open is less than one week away. This year’s event will feature some of the best pro beach volleyball players from Canada, the United States and the world. 

This year, the Vancouver Open has received an unprecedented amount of interest with more than 90 teams currently registered for the event, including, former Canadian Olympians, Josh Binstock (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Jamie Broder (Victoria, B.C.). Follow on Twitter here Instagram here and Facebook here.



  Monday July 9, 2018    


Armstrong Metal Fest

Last call for show this weekend July 13-14

By Jon Asher, Asher Media


"What first began as a backyard show has now grown into one of Western Canada's best mountain moshpits in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. Reaching its 10 year milestone, Armstrong MetalFest is now anchored as one of the largest gatherings of metalheads from across Western Canada and beyond. The 2018 line-up features over 30 bands with headliners Kataklysm, Sarah Longfield, Archspire, The Kennedy Veil, Neck of the Woods and more performing on July 13th and 14th at the Hassen Arena in Armstrong, BC."

See the poster on The Voice for more info.



  Monday July 9, 2018    

Greyhound Unplugs

Western bus service to be eliminated in October

By Staff/Articulated Wikipedia Photo



n Monday, without warning, Greyhound dropped a bombshell announcing to completely eliminate service in Western Canada by Oct. 31, 2018.

This is "hugely problematic for people who depend on Greyhound in the Interior, Sea-to-Sky, and to get to and from Alberta," said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on Monday.

Meanwhile, the BC gov't will be looking at alternatives and other service providers in the private sector to find affordable transportation.



  Monday July 9, 2018    

Fuzzy Logic

Resident unplugs dryer before calling 911, CFD urges residents to clean vents regularly

By Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training, CFD



n July 09, 2018 at approximately 1100am the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in a duplex in the 45000 block of Reece Avenue. One occupant was at home at the time of the fire, and noticed smoke in the structure.


Realizing the smoke was coming from a fire in the clothes dryer the occupant took the appropriate action and de-energized the dryer by unplugging it, calling 911, and exiting the building.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1 and 4 and on arrival, reported smoke in one unit of the duplex. Fire crews setup an offensive attack, entered the structure, extinguished the fire in the dryer and removed the dryer from the home. The home suffered light smoke damage.

This fire appears to be accidental.  The Chilliwack Fire Dept. wants to remind the public to ensure lint traps are cleaned after each use, and dryer venting is cleaned regularly.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.     



  Monday July 9, 2018  

Art On-Air

Bringing forward the core values of community radio
By Aaron Levy, Station Manager, CIVL Radio/Voice file


CIVL campus radio receives funding to connect local artists.

he Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) and CIVL Radio, the campus and community radio that serves the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Fraser Valley, are pleased to announce that $50,000 will go towards the implementation of the RECORDING (Respectful Entertainment, Creating Open Radio Dialogue and Impacting New Groups) Project. See more here.


  Monday July 9, 2018    


New Highway Traffic Control Coming in 2019

Variable speed adjustment monitor will help to avoid collisions

By BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photos


New variable traffic speed control aims to control  traffic speed set to launch summer 2019.

raffic is up from 45,500 vehicles per day in 2013, to 53,000 counted in 2017, just west of Vedder Road in Chilliwack. According to the BC Government the number of severe collisions on the corridor between Abbotsford and Chilliwack, over the last five years, is approximately 86 serious collisions per year. See more here.




  Sunday July 8, 2018    


Smoking Fire

No injuries from burning mattress

By Staff/Voice photo


A mattress fire was contained to one suite in the Vibe Apts.

ast week, firefighters were dispatched to the Vibe apartments on Yale Rd. July 1, around 6 AM, with reports of a bedroom fire on a first floor unit.

Neighbours said an elderly man thought he put out a cigarette in an ashtray under the bed and when he got back in later the bed burst into flames. Fortunately the fire was contained to the one unit.

Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt and crews extinguished the fire, dragged the mattress out and vented the building. There were no injuries to firefighters and the elderly man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation issues. At the time, tenants of the suite weren't allowed back in and waited for assistance from Emergency Social Services. This report is unofficial.


  Saturday July 7, 2018     


The Best Out West

Harrison Music Festival reaches 40 in style

Bryan Cutler, Harrison Music Festival/Submitted photos


Leela Gilday takes over the stage leading a special collaboration of indigenous artists July 8-9.

or 40 years, the Harrison Festival of the Arts has brought high quality performing and visual arts to the beautiful resort municipality of Harrison Hot Springs, a community of 1600 residents on the shores of the majestic Harrison Lake. See more here.


  Thursday July 5, 2018    


Barn Music

Little Miss Band fills Bozzini's stage July 12

By BCLC/Submitted photo


Little Miss band play Bozzini's lounge July 12.


t had been almost 10 years since Little Miss Higgins had performed at Bozzini’s then she returned last October for a sold out show and we remembered what a great performer she was, so we are glad to have her back with her Trio again!

For her newest release, Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, Little Miss Higgins teamed up with a very talented quintet of musicians from Manitoba. She calls them the Winnipeg Five-Jimmie James McKee on trumpet, Eric Lemoine on banjo and pedal steel, Blake Thomson on guitar, Patrick Alexandre Leclerc on upright bass, Evan Friesen on drums and all five of them sing harmonies. As they play music in a similar vein as Higgins, it was a fitting alliance both onstage and in the studio…well, not quite a typical recording studio. With new songs waiting on the sidelines, the six of them decided to record in a barn, a barn on a bison ranch in rural Manitoba.


Little Miss Higgins and her Crack Band
Thursday July 12 Doors 6:00 Show 8:00
Tickets only $ 20 available now at Bozzini’s
or call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone.



  Thursday July 5, 2018    


Rosedale Man  Reaps Riches

Local lottery ticket buyer wins a whopping half million dollars

By BCLC/Submitted photo


Richard Varsava picks up a winning ticket.


osedale’s Richard Varsava is looking forward to retirement after matching 6 out of 7 numbers and the bonus number on the June 29, 2018 Lotto Max draw. This combination earned him a total win of $595,797.30.  See more here.



  Thursday July 5, 2018    


How to Choose A Home Church

Part Two of a three-part series

By Myrtle Macdonald, B.Sc., U of Alberta, M.Sc.A., McGill University, Author/Voice file photo


ad to say this sort of loneliness happens in every church for young and old, so I hope those who read this will make up for lost time by including newcomers of all ages in sports, cultural activities and their homes. People get a sense of belonging from midweek groups. See more here.




  Wednesday July 4, 2018     


Fast Action Saves Building

Chilliwack Fire department extinguishes suite fire before it extended into the apartment block

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention, CFD


n July 4, 2018 at approximately 3:45pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 46000-block of Yale Rd. Firefighters responded from Halls 1 and 4.

On-arrival fire crews reported seeing heavy black smoke from a 3rd floor suite balcony of a 3-storey multi-tenant residential apartment.

Fire crews performed an exterior attack and worked quickly to knock the fire down and extinguish, minimizing fire damage to the balcony.  The tenant was not home at the time of the fire.

One tenant within the building was commended for quickly activating the building fire alarm system and assisting with evacuation.  See more here.



  Wednesday July 4, 2018     


Housing Now A Two-Way Street

Mortgages easier to attain and more homes gives buyers a wider variety

Steve Lerigny, CADREB


f you are pre-approved for a mortgage and currently shopping for a home, the ball has shifted. What was only a few short months ago a seller’s dream has transitioned into a balanced market.

Last month, a total of 289 residential sales were completed compared to 482 in June one year ago, representing a 35 per cent decrease for year-to-date. The reason? Stricter mortgage rules introduced a few months ago, has made is more difficult to realize the dream home. This has had an effect on the migration of Buyer’s from the west as well. See more here.



  Wednesday July 4, 2018     


Bus Drivers Could Walk Off The Job Next Week

Split-shifts a major sticking point


repare for a possible BUS DRIVER STRIKE in a week or so which would come with reduced services.

On June 28, CUPE Local 561 bus drivers, put Fraser Valley Transit (FVT) on notice after members voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike which could happen in week if bargaining fails.  See more here.


  Wednesday July 4, 2018     


Counting on Council

Chartered Accountant Shields sets sights on City Hall

By Campaign to elect Jeff Shields/Submitted photo

onsidering Shields' background and experience, his goal is to bring accountability, fiscal responsibility and transparency to council. He says it's important to work collaboratively with with all levels of government as well as the local community to ensure Chilliwack remains livable and prosperous. He's very passionate about living in the city and insists he'll being the same dedication and no-nonsense approach to council.

“I was brought up in Chilliwack, I’ve raised my own family here and I will continue to live here for a very long time. I am very proud of our city and will not only bring a strong business background to the table but also the experience gained through many years of community involvement," says Shields in his dispatch.  "Life is too short to be a spectator; you have to roll up your sleeves and get involved if you want to make a difference and contribute. I feel serving on Council is the best opportunity to truly contribute to this great city of ours.”

• CEPCO Board of Directors (including Chair)
• Chilliwack Community Services Board
• Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Rotary Club (President - 2010/11)
• Big Brothers Board of Directors
• CSS Hello Goodbye Committee
• Chilliwack Flight Fest (Treasurer)
• Youth Soccer Coach 


  Tuesday July 3, 2018    


Trick or Treat?

Researchers to explore the potential of basic income in B.C.

Staff/Voice photo

The NDP announced plans to look at "basic income" for BC residents. 

he BC government announced today they plan to look at this summer that would provide everyone in BC with a basic income. This, they say, would lift people with enough money to live above the poverty line. But some the BC Liberals say this will be incentive for people not to work.


Three distinguished researchers have been appointed to lead a B.C.-focused exploration of basic income. See more here.




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