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1929 Jimmy Doolittle performs the first blind flight from Mitchel Field proving that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible.
 
1970 The first episode of The Partridge Family was shown on US TV, featuring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.
 
1974 Scientists warn that continued use of aerosol sprays will cause ozone depletion, which will lead to an increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes.
 
1975 Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage.
 
1977 About 4,200 people take part in the first running of the Chicago Marathon.
 
1980 John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session (40 shots in 4 hours). ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption.
 
1983 Maze Prison escape: 38 republican prisoners, armed with 6 handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out.

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  Sunday Sept 23, 2018   

 

Stó:lō Woman Honoured 

Maracle joins elite Canadian authors

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he Toronto International Festival of Authors today announced that this year’s Harbourfront Festival Prize will be awarded to celebrated Canadian Indigenous author Lee Maracle. A member of the Stó:lō Nation, Lee Maracle is a critically acclaimed author and scholar, a recipient of the Order of Canada, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto, First Nation’s House and at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.

 

She will receive the Harbourfront Festival Prize, awarded annually in recognition of an author’s contribution to the Canadian literary community, during the Toronto International Festival of Authors on October 22 at 8 p.m., before the Festival Celebration: GGBooks event at the Fleck Dance Theatre. Toronto International Festival of Authors, Canada’s oldest and largest festival of words and ideas, is on from October 18 –28, 2018, with most events at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are on-sale at FestivalOfAuthors.ca. See more here.

 

 

  Tuesday Sept 25, 2018   

 

Is Teacher's Union Alt-Left on LGBTQ  Issue

Religious reader calls for neutrality from BCTF pushing agenda in magazine

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Page 16 in the latest BCTF mag is a two page spread on sexuality.

he British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) is the labour union that represents all public school teachers in the province of British Columbia, Canada. They are supposed to represent teachers, not push political agendas and unions are supposed to remain politically neutral. It has recently been brought to my attention that the BCTF magazine is pushing an agenda. After doing research online into the BCTF magazine and other sources, I discovered that there is a political Bias. I read article after article on LGBTQ people, and embracing brave teachers who come out.

My question is, why is the BCTF magazine focusing so much on sexuality and not on other important issues that pertain to teachers and students, and if they are going to discuss sexuality in a union magazine, why aren’t they being more diverse?

As a religious person I often feel discriminated and at times bullied for my beliefs. If LGBTQ topics are a priority, I would like to see other topics a priority such as religion, special needs students, and ethnicity. If I was the president of the BCTF and the majority of topics being discussed pertained to religion, I would expect people would call me out on my biased agenda. 

 

 

  Monday Sept 24, 2018   

 

Leaving the Future Behind

Just 1400 picked up $5-$6,000 incentive

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Mayor Sharon Gaetz stands next to City of Chilliwack EV. Charging there at the stations is still free in Dec 2014.

transition to clean-energy vehicles will be an important part of meeting the Province’s updated greenhouse gas reduction targets. The targets are aiming for a 40% reduction in carbon emissions from 2007 levels by 2030, and a 60% reduction from 2007 levels by 2040.

The latest statistics indicate British Columbia has the highest per-capita electric-vehicle adoption rate in Canada. British Columbia had the highest market share of electric-vehicle sales in Canada at 3.7% in June. Between April and June of this year, more than 1,400 incentive applications were paid out to consumers.

The CEVforBC program offers incentives of:

• up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle; and
• up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

British Columbians who purchase electric vehicles typically save about 75% on their fuel and maintenance costs, which adds up to about $2,400 per year.

 

  Monday Sept 24, 2018   

 

Symphony on the Move

Loophole for building owners could make deal window dressing

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ancouver based a cappella ensemble, MOTET will be joining BELLE VOCI for a weekend of gorgeous singing. Each group will present their own set and then join together for 4 stunning pieces.

You will hear pieces by Byrd, Tallis, Pärt, Duruflé and so much mure! Stunning acoustics!

We have chosen 4 stunning churches that will compliment our voices. Come for the venue and stay for the music.

• Friday Saturday September 28th at St Patrick's Parish in Vancouver.
• Saturday September 29th at Christ the Redeemer in Vancouver.
• Sunday September 30th at St James and Sts Joachim & Ann in the Valley.

Come find out more about us @ bellevoci.ca

 

 

  Monday Sept 24, 2018   

 

The BC Gov't Announces 2019 Rental Cap

Loophole for building owners could make deal window dressing

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e listened to the voices of British Columbians concerned about affordability, reviewed how other provinces set rent and have a solution. 

 

“Renters were clear that rent increases that far outstripped cost-of-living increases were becoming increasingly unaffordable, and landlords were clear they needed help to maintain their properties,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, Rental Housing Task Force chair and MLA for Vancouver-West End.

Recommendations to government include:

• changing the maximum rent increase formula, from the current formula of inflation plus 2%, to inflation only (2.5% for 2019), which would remove the automatic 2% yearly increase.

• giving landlords the ability to apply for an additional increase if they can show the formula would not cover maintenance and other costs incurred.

 

  Sunday Sept 23, 2018   

 

Prill Wants on School Board

Lays out agenda loud and clear

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Former criminal justice public servant, child services and parent looking to be a trustee

 

orn and raised in BC, Michael Prill has been a resident of Chilliwack for the past 12 years. Michael is a local business owner who holds a degree in Criminal Justice, and has spent the past 14 years of his career in employment as a federal Public Servant in the Criminal Justice system.  See more here.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 23, 2018   

 

MacAhonic Adds Her Name to City Hall Election Ballot

Lots of credentials but no solid plan

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Former provincial NDP Candidate wants a shot at City Hall

 

atti MacAhonic, Executive Director of Ann Davis Transition Society and former Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Executive Director announced her intention to run for Chilliwack City Council today.  MacAhonic is recognized as a long-time Chilliwack Community member whose campaign mantra:  "A Voice for You - Proven Leadership - Taking Action Getting Results" is something she has consistently demonstrated with her work in the community across sectors. See more here.

 

 

  Sunday Sept 23, 2018   

 

Pensions Denial Continues 

Goodale named in letter from Vets and RCMP regarding super annuity

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Flags at legion downtown Chilliwack during medal presentation November 2017.

 

he Committee wishes to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated August 1, 2018. Let me advise you that Mr. Doug Eyolfson, MP is not my member of Parliament.

Your statement: "I would like to thank you for your many years of service to Canadians. I simply did my job. The Liberal party and you need to say Thank you to our Spouses, Children and Grand Children for the free services they provided to Canada while we were serving our Country Canada. See more here.

 

 

  Friday Sept 21, 2018   

 

Riding Dangerously 

Cyclist without helmet in crash

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A cyclist is being attended to by firefighters on Young Road Wednesday.

 

raffic was light late Wednesday afternoon when a a man on a bicycle collided with a vehicle on Young Rd at Five Corners.

 

Unfortunately the man hit his head and required medical attention. CFD firefighters were there to assist until the BCAS paramedics could arrive.

 

ICBC says there were on average 11 deaths between 2011 to 2016.

 

 

  Friday Sept 21, 2018   

 

Behind Every Trucker is a Good Cup of Coffee 

Fountain Tire pop-up java "truck-thru" for drivers on the fly Sept 19-23

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Truckers will see the Box Canyon stop on the Coquihalla Highway Sept 19-23.

 

one-of-a-kind coffee shop will greet truckers along the Coquihalla Highway in B.C. this week. Fountain Tire has created the Truck-Thru: a drive-thru that tractor trailers can actually drive through. From September 19 – 23 at the Box Canyon Rest Area, the Truck-Thru by Fountain Tire will bring the convenience of a drive-thru to long-haul truckers, serving free coffee and snacks right to their windows.  See more here. 

 

 

  Friday Sept 21, 2018   

 

Creative Spaces  

iLead Fundraiser Sept 22 features award-winners

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Truckers will see the Box Canyon stop on the Coquihalla Highway.

 

our Fraser Valley Music Award winning artists are teaming up to raise funds for Abbotsford’s newest youth support and outreach space this Saturday.


Launching this summer, iLead has been developing spaces and programs for community youth and artists to participate in a safe and inclusive environment within which to learn and be supported in their artistic endeavours.


Always happy to help, Fraser Valley Music Award Winners Kyler Pierce and Harma White, Blessed, Kristin Witko, and Loans, featuring members of Cheap High, have learned cover sets from some of the most iconic artists of the last century in order to raise funds for iLead.


Harma White and Blessed have teamed up to learn the entirety of Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking recording, The Dark Side of the Moon, while Witko and co. tackle a set of David Byrne’s songs with the Talking Heads, and Loans will play a set made up of entirely Rolling Stones originals.

 
The event is 19 + at the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club, and entry is suggested minimum donation of $5, though higher values are always accepted, and appreciated for the cause; no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

 

To learn more about the iLead initiative and the team leading it, go here. For a link to the event page on Facebook.

 

 

  Friday Sept 21, 2018   

 

When Seeing is Believing 

Blind students inspire sighted peers

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Summer in NYC as imagined by Ashley Geary.

 

merican Printing House (APH) believes that artists who are blind should have a place to showcase their work. InSights Art is an annual juried competition for artists of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. Held in Louisville each year, APH has received artwork from all 50 states and many countries across the globe. This year will be the 27th year for the contest.

 

This year a group of 17 high school students at the Texas School for the Blind took home first place in their category for a stop motion film they created named Purr-Fect Dream. Their piece will be on display from on October 4-6 in Louisville, Kentucky. See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

SD33 Trustee Neufeld Suing BCTF President 

Lawyer cites laundry list of complaints in defamation suit against Glen Hansman

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n Wednesday, incumbent School Board Trustee Barry Neufeld told The Voice that he's suing BC Teacher's Federation president (BCTF) Glen Hansman for defamation of character.

 

Ever since Neufeld came out of the closet against SOGI, the alt-left has been gleefully gnawing away at him even though he represents a segment of the community who don't like SOGI.  See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Leave the Driving to Them

Application pending with new BC/Alberta bus service proposal

Leah Abra, Red Arrow/Handout photo

 

Ebus could be operating in BC pending application review.

bus, a scheduled passenger motorcoach company that has been servicing Alberta since 2011 – while our sister brand Red Arrow, the only luxury coach service of its kind in Canada, has been connecting people and communities in Alberta for almost 40 years.

Today, we’re thrilled to see that our application to the Passenger Transportation Board to start operating routes in BC has been posted and is pending decision. We’ve applied to serve the routes of Kelowna <>Vancouver, Kamloops <> Vancouver, and Kelowna <> Kamloops and we hope to start supporting the passenger travel needs in your communities soon.

Ebus and Red Arrow are divisions owned and operated under the Pacific Western Transportation Group of Companies, the largest privately-owned people transportation enterprise in Canada. With four divisions of business; Motorcoach, Employee Transportation, Student Transportation and Transit, we offer comprehensive transportation services across the country. For more information visit myebus.com

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Shed Fire Could Have Been Worse 

CFD advises homeowners to be cautious when working around flamables

Chris Wilson, Asst. Chief, EP/Staff photo

 

Firefighters attended to burn victim prior to BCAS' paramedics arrival Wednesday.

 

n September 19th at approximately 12:15 pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 46000 block of Prairie Central Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered smoke showing from a multibay workshop structure.

Crews quickly brought the fire under control and were able to contain the spread of the fire to a single vehicle bay, however the bay and a parked vehicle inside sustained moderate fire, smoke and water damage. One male occupant of the workshop who was working on a vehicle at the time of the fire was transported to hospital and received treatment for burn injuries.

The cause of this fire is believed to be accidental in nature and is under investigation by fire department officials.

The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public to exercise caution when working on or around vehicles where flammable/combustible liquids may be present.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Homeowner Hoses House 

CFD reminds the community to avoid using fire to burn weeds

Chris Wilson, Asst. Chief, EP/Staff photo

 

Firefighters ventilate a house on Ashwell Rd. on Wednesday.

 

t approximately 1 PM, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire at a residence in the 9300-block of Ashwell Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4, and 6 responded and upon arrival discovered a minor fire on the exterior of a single family detached home.

 

The occupant of the home was able to extinguish most of the fire with a garden hose prior to the arrival of fire crews. Firefighters completed the extinguishment of the fire and utilized a thermal imaging camera to ensure the fire hadn’t extended into any concealed spaces. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported as a result of this fire.

The cause of this fire is under investigation by fire department officials and is believed to be accidental in nature.

The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind the public to avoid using open flame devices to control vegetation.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Canadian Big Wheels 

Surrey company talks about how they became one of the top 500 businesses nationwide

Daman Grewel/Submitted photos

 

Centurion Trucking owners Harpreet Kalsi (l) and Daman Grewal named BC's top trucking company.

 

anadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked Centurion Trucking No. 131 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. As per the rankings in the Transportation and Logistics Industry in BC, Centurion takes 1st Place. Centurion Trucking made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 670%. As the readers of the Valley Voice News, I would like to share with you 3 strategies on how we accelerated our growth.  See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Slide On Inn

BC's newest ski resort opens Nov 28 in Rossland

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A view of the NEW luxurious Josie Hotel ski-in, ski-out resort.

 

he Josie Hotel (The Josie), a Noble House Hotels & Resorts property in partnership with William Cole Companies, is set to open its doors on November 28, 2018, transforming Rossland into one of North America's major ski destinations. Located in Rossland, British Columbia, The Josie is the region's first boutique hotel of its kind and a true ski-in, ski-out property, providing luxury accommodation and an authentic mountain experience, just a few convenient steps from RED Mountain Resort's (RED) slopes. See more here.

 

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Above the Bar

Rising Tide introduces a new Beverage Service Program to Chilliwack businesses

Tezera Roux/Rising Tide/Voice file photo

 

Every liquor establishment needs a game plan.

 

ith the holiday season fast approaching, leading liquor licensing firm Rising Tide Consultants is pleased to launch its unique Beverage Service Program to help establishments raise the bar in terms of product selection, beverage menu creation and ultimately, customer experience. See more here.

 

 

 

  Wednesday Sept 19, 2018   

 

Urban Elegance

Celebrate Chilliwack Culture at Gwynne Vaughan Park Sept 29

Kate MacDougall/Chamber Comm.

 

"Grassroots events from every part of the province"

rom Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, BC Culture Days will celebrate its ninth year of community-driven arts and cultural engagement in British Columbia, and across Canada.

During the BC Culture Days weekend, people from across the country and the province are invited to take part in thousands of free, hands-on and behind-the-scenes events such as workshops, open rehearsals, tours, collaborative art projects and panel discussions — all hosted by local arts groups, individuals and municipalities. See more here.

 

 

  Tuesday Sept 18, 2018   

 

New Tyson School Confirmed

Will be ready for students September 2022

BC Gov't caucus/Voice file photo

 

There will be more school buses on the road come Sept. 2022 when the new Tyson Rd school is built.

new elementary-middle school is coming to Chilliwack’s growing South Side community to give students a better place to learn.

Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, has announced that the Province will provide up to $48.6 million to build a new, 930-seat K-8 school in south Chilliwack. The Chilliwack School District will contribute $5 million for the cost of the school. The announcement was made during the grand opening of the new 200-seat addition at Promontory Heights Elementary Community school. See more here.

 

 

  Monday Sept 17, 2018   

 

Culturally Relevant Learning

Seabird Island School Martin Family Initiative

Lucie Santoro/MFI

 

Model Schools Literacy Project is to ensure that First Nations students read and write well enough by the end of Grade 3.

 

he Seabird Island Band and the Martin Family Initiative (MFI) are very pleased to announce that Seabird Island Community School has been selected to join the Model Schools Literacy Project. In November 2017, First Nations schools from across Canada were invited to apply for the Project, and those schools selected join six others already participating since 2016. The Model Schools Literacy Project will expand again in 2020.  See more here.

 

 

 

  Monday Sept 17, 2018   

 

Livestock Tax Relief

Fraser Valley farmers eligible for federal assistance

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xtreme weather conditions have caused feed shortfalls in several provinces, which has led to designated regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec being eligible for livestock tax deferral provision.

 

The livestock tax deferral provisions allow livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2018 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2019 to help replenish the herd. The cost of replacing the animals in 2019 will offset the deferred income, there by reducing the tax burden associated with the original sale.

 

Eligibility for the tax deferral is limited to those producers located inside the designated prescribed areas. Producers in those regions can request the tax deferral when filing their 2018 income tax returns.

 

 

 

   Sunday Sept 16, 2018   

 

Community One 

Annual Chilliwack Terry Fox Run raises $341K for cancer research

Staff/Voice photos

 

Runners and walkers pose for a team shot in one of the year's best community photos. Below, Kathleen from Seattle loved the event and bought two t-shirts and had volunteers sign them.

 

hey were soaked to the bone but they were all smiling. When it comes to something people believe in, a little foul weather isn't going to stop anyone.

On Sunday morning hundreds of supporters and volunteers stormed from The Landing headlong into a Hurricane Florence type of monsoon for the annual Terry Fox Run in Chilliwack. It was a small sacrifice for a big cause.

The official t-shirt this year was grey however most wore red that said Team Carter in remembrance of 12-year-old Carter from Chilliwack who lost his battle to cancer.

In total the Chilliwack run raised a whopping $341,000. 
See more here.

 

 

  Saturday Sept 15, 2018   

 

Buying Back Homegrown

Electing people who understand locally produced food and animal care

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

 

wish there were a candidate for Mayor or Council who grew up on a family mixed farm, or who loved visiting relatives on one.  The whole ALR is turning into agribusiness that does not use fertile land.  Dairies should but don't have their cows grazing outside. Chicken farms don't have their chickens outside eating greens. 

My parents always had two or more fields for their cows and also for their chicks and chickens.  While one field was kept locked to grow green again, the other was open for them to go in and out, whenever they wished.  Only the male fowls were sold.  The hens laid eggs in roomy conditions, easy to keep clean.  From early childhood I actually loved that chore and gathering eggs. See more here.

 

  Saturday Sept 15, 2018   

 

Sixth Senses

Gallery 7 presents half a dozen short plays during festival Sept 19-22

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Caleb Vanderleek and James Lam star in Suspension of Disbelief, a comedy by James Lam.

 

allery 7 Theatre is thrilled to launch their 28th annual theatre season with a festival of short plays called Abby Theatre Fest, formally known as the One Act Play Showcase. This year’s exciting and entertaining mix of plays will feature 2 international plays and 4 Canadian works, of which 2 are plays written by local Fraser Valley playwrights receiving their world premiere production. See more here.

 

 

  Friday Sept 14, 2018   

 

Maximum Knowledge

Heather Maahs ready to run for her fourth term as School District 33 Board Trustee

Campaign to Elect Heather Maahs/Voice file photo

 

Incumbent Chilliwack SD33 board trustee Heather Maahs (r) with former trustee Martha Weins lay a wreath during the November 2013 Remembrance Day ceremonies.

fter three full terms as a School District 33 trustee, the popular incumbent trustee Heather Maahs is prepared to devote another huge part of her life to Chilliwack. 

One of her goals this term she says is to see a decrease the rise in the reading and math scores of all the students in the district, particularly the grade sevens.

"It is alarming to see such low scores of students at this age," says Maahs. "It is very difficult, although not impossible, for them to catch up. This needs to be a call to arms for the new Board."

Maahs also wants to see a downsizing of Distance Education and closure of Chance School by the current Board.  See more here.

 


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