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Reaching Out to the Community

Voice reader asks people for assistance to save the family pet

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Tilly needs a little help

 

ets are of course one of the dearest parts of the family. When it comes to their health owners would do anything when the costs of veterinarians but sometimes hit the wall. This afternoon, against his wife's wishes, Voice reader, D'Arcy Surrette sent a request for help in the form of a $3000 GoFundMe campaign to save their family cat. Each day that goes their cat gets sicker. Surrette's retired last year so he and his wife live on a fixed income and funds are tight.

 

The family's last resort is to ask readers if they could donate any amount.

 

"I usually am the one to donate and I never thought that I would be in that position myself," wrote D'Arcy Surrette. "Yesterday, our 5-year-old cat Tilly started throwing up. She could not hold food down. Tilly had no energy and just sat there, not moving. Today, we took Tilly to the veterinarian and he said that Tilly needs emergency surgery that would cost around $3,000.00. Apparently, Tilly has a blockage in her intestine. This morning, I tried to get my credit card limit raised, but it was declined. Time is of the essence! Sorry, I feel so helpless and ashamed. We love Tilly and it breaks our hearts." To help the Surrettes, please follow the link to their GoFundMe  page.

 

 

 

  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2018 

 

What's With Waddington?

Police haven't responded to questions

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Sam Waddington is being investigated the RCMP for spending overtures.

 

oice readers who are following the former Councillor Sam Waddington "spending" investigation will have to wait longer to find anything out until the RCMP are good and ready to disclose.

 

Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail hasn't responded to The Voice's Waddington enquiry two weeks ago so there's no way of knowing the status of the case. If you've ever wondered why they don't answer your e-mails, it's very difficult to get responses in a timely manner. Even more so since the government agency has gone on digital radios.

 

 

 

  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2018 

 

The Wright Night

Abbotsford team Pilots the Whales 4-0

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The Pilots trounced the Whalers last weekend 4-0.

 

aturday night in White Rock the Abbotsford Pilots (23-10-1-1) shut out the White Rock Whalers (13-20-0-2) by a score of 4-0. Aidan Taylor got his 2nd straight win and first shutout in a Pilots uniform after being assigned to the team earlier in the week. It was a historic night for Pilots captain Baylee Wright who finished the night with three goals and an assist to become the first PJHL player since Josh Chapman of the Pilots in the 1998-99 season to surpass the 100 point mark. Wright finished the evening with 103 points on the season. See more here.

 

 

 

  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 

 

Eight Reasons to Smile

The Alzheimer's Society is looking for support from the community in January

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January is Alzheimer Month. Sadly, dementia affects people of all ages.

 

y personality has always been to make the most of my circumstances,” says Susan Caron, who is living with dementia. “And having a sense of humour never hurts.”

Susan first moved to Chilliwack from Vernon 10 years ago, around the time that she first started to notice issues developing with her memory, but it wasn’t until a year ago that she first connected to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., joining with a support group for people in the early stages of dementia. In the support group, she is able to share her experiences of the disease and learn from others. “It’s been very important, knowing that I’m not alone on this journey, and it’s been invaluable to learn how to live with it.” See more here.

 

 

  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 

 

Double Stabbing

Two injured, no word on motive

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One of two victims in a double-stabbing on Hodgins Ave. late Thursday was taken to Chilliwack General Hospital.

 

distraught woman (below) was assisted by BCAS paramedics while seated on the back of an ambulance after two people were stabbed at a town home on Hodgins Ave. late Thursday. The block was swamped with 13 RCMP cruisers on the scene and the immediate area was taped off. Fire crews blocked the road. A Mountie there told The Voice that two people were stabbed and a woman witnessed it. The local RCMP later told The Voice that their e-mail server malfunctioned after releases went out to Vancouver TV and radio stations, so there is no other information to report here at this time.

 

 

 

 

  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 

 

Patio Safe

Firefighters called out to the old courthouse

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Firefighters respond to a reported patio fire Thursday.

 

n apartment resident in the 45000-block called 911 to report flames were shooting up from a second floor patio at the old courthouse.

 

"The flames were really big," a tenant who lives also on the second floor of an apartment across the street told The Voice. "I was totally surprised to see that so I called it in right away."

 

When crews arrived on-scene there was no visible flames, however there was a tinge of burning electrical smell in the air, so crews climbed a ladder and inspected the patio. It was eventually determined to be safe.

 

 

 

  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 

 

Treasure of the Sierra Valley

Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters strike it rich!

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Paul Husak, Fred Dyon, Cassandra Augustynowicz hold items and fingers showing their place in December's hunts.

 

e had a grand night last night with the Potluck, Prizes, Hunter of the Month. I think a good time was had by all, this months hunt is on Saturday, starting at noon. I will be sending out the location date via email later this week.
 

December 2018 Hunter of the Month

1st Place - Fred Dyon - Pandora Carm Bracelet and Charms
2nd Place - Cassandra Augustynowicz - Golden Frog Pendant
3rd Place - Paul Husak - 2000 Canadian Quarter

In the raffle prizes I had hidden a Canadian Silver Dollar and a USA 1oz Copper Round, you couldn't see them until you opened your prize. Cassandra Augustynowicz found the 1 oz Copper Round and Maryann Nagata found the Canadian Silver Dollar. See more here.

 

 

 

  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 

 

Life's a Beach

Popular Locarno returns to Harrison Jan 19

Bryan Cutler, Harrison Music Fest/Submitted photos

 

Locarno will be in Harrison Hall January 19. Pictured here the band stands on Locarno Beach in Vancouver.

 

ocarno's danceable and joyful fusion of Mexican Son Jarocho music, Cuban salsa and contemporary pop songwriting makes a much anticipated return to the intimate Harrison Memorial Hall Saturday, January 19 at 8:00pm.
 

Over the past few years, Locarno has emerged as a unique and highly requested band on the Canadian festival and concert circuits. The Latin project of Juno award winning musician and Paperboys front man, Tom Landa, Locarno's music, like him, is part Mexican, but contains strong doses of Cuban son, folk music, pop and funk. The band is making its 4th appearance in Harrison. See more here.

 

 

 

  Thursday, Jan 10, 2018 

 

Hogs And Horses

Vancouver Motorcycle Show rolls into Abbotsford January 18-20

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Expect everything on two wheels and some even three.

 

he Vancouver Motorcycle Show, which has built its reputation on bringing the best and newest models of motorcycles to the Fraser Valley, will be showcasing the most up-to-date and highly anticipated designs in the world of motorcycles.

 

 

From January 18-20, 2019, gearheads and torque lovers will be able to get their fix and find their ride with up-close and personal looks at the newest makes and models including those from Yamaha, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Aprilia, Kawasaki, BMW, Honda, Moto Guzzi, and Piaggio, just to name a few.  See more here.

 

 

  Thursday, Jan 10, 2018 

 

Fighting Abuse With Music

Sara for Women shelter fundraiser debuts 'Dark Shades' January 25

Charlie Rattan/Handout images

 

Dark Shades release party fundraiser for Sara for women's shelter in Abbotsford January 25.

 

his husband and wife song writing team, Saint Soldier & Rózsa, are releasing their music video for “Dark Shades”, a song addressing the disturbing realities of domestic abuse.

What: The Dark Shades 
Where: The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford
When: January 25, Doors 7pm, $10
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This production was successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign and CreativeBC grant. Now ready to be showcased, the couple has organized a charity event in Abbotsford for the local women’s shelter, Sara For Women.

Saint says, “I only recently found the courage to write this song, alongside my wife, Rózsa. Together, we wrote Dark Shades, in an effort to spread a message of hope, self-love, and awareness around the harsh realities of domestic abuse”.

Sara for Women guest speakers and in attendance include abuse survivors, Sara for Women, Mayor Henry Braun, Abbotsford Police Department’s Chief Mike Serr, Domestic Violence Unit and Victim Services, and Specialized Victims Assistance- Abbotsford Community Services.

For more information, please contact: Charlie Rattan 604 308 2156 or via email here or here Saint Soldier.

 

 

  Tuesday, January 8, 2018 

 

Chilliwack's Million Dollar Baby

The 2019 City Budget includes some high-ticket items

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An example of a Rescue Pumper Truck  that supplies water to firefighters when there's no hydrant such as in the country.

 

t's a fire and ice budget. The City of Chilliwack City is getting ready to spend some real money on a Fire Rescue/Pumper Aerial Truck from Commercial Truck Equip. who's going to do the job for $1,320,953.51 and the city put in an order in for a spanking new Electric Ice Resurfacer $169,546.00 bid.

A Public Information Meeting regarding the 2019 Budget is set for 7 pm, January 22, at City Hall.

The Fire Department say they have three  Pumper Trucks due for replacement between years 2019 and 2020 intends to replace one  truck in 2019 and two trucks in 2020.

Six new RCMP members plus one policing support position to be hired.  Two new firefighters and the bylaw enforcement officer will turn into to year-round position instead of six months at a time. An estimate could be $620,000 per year for nine new permanent jobs. Add survey comments here.

Other notables are:

• New recycle bins. This time grey for glass. Council is likely to accept the purchase of 30,000 27L grey containers for Curbside Glass Recycling for $118,200.00

• Valley Rail Trail will see $406,000.00 for cycling improvements on the south side.

• Plans to provide additional resources for litter and garbage clean-up in the downtown and parks areas to enhance the cleanliness of the community.

 

  Tuesday, January 8, 2018 

 

Abbotsford Pilots Flying High

Six team members chosen for All-Star game

Justin Sulpico, Abbotsford Pilots/Melody Fast photo

 

Baylee Wright (white) scores on Aidan Taylor of the Langley Trappers Nov. 30th, in Abbotsford. Wright currently leads the PJHL in scoring with 96 points.

 

he Pilots top line of Wright (96 pts), De Waal (64 pts) and Obcena (44 pts) are currently having career high seasons, sitting at 1st, 2nd, and 9th in PJHL scoring, respectively. Pickering has provided the Pilots with support on defence, and has played his entire junior career in Abbotsford. Wickman has been a quiet force on the ice this season, recording 13 assists and 22 penalty minutes. Goaltender Keaton Dyck has been the frontman for the Pilots all season appearing in 26 games with a record of 18-7-1 and has 4 shutouts under his name.
 
The 2019 PJHL All-Star game sees the Harold Brittain conference take on the Tom Shaw conference. The game will be held on Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 7:30pm at Cam Neely Arena in Maple Ridge.

 

 

  Tuesday, January 8, 2018 

 

Australia After Dark

STAV. in concert at Cowork Studio Feb 27

Cowork and Living Room Live present Award-winning STAV in new studio.

 

owork Chilliwack has partnered with Living Room Live to bring Folk Alliance Australia’s “Young Artist of the Year” to Chilliwack. Appearing in the Cowork Chilliwack studio theatre, multi-lingual singer-songwriter STAV. will entertain a Fraser Valley audience eager to hear her expressive voice and her natural affinity for guitar in an intimate, acoustic setting.

When: Wed, Feb 27, 2019 doors 7 show 7:30

Where: Cowork Studio, 12-8465 Harvard Place

Tickets: $25 in advance, or $30

STAV was born in Israel, and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She’s making her first appearances in Canada in 2019. Her music has been described as soulful and honest, with soaring melodies and bursts of rhythmic fire. See more here.

 

 

  Monday, January 7, 2018 

 

With a Little Help From My Friends

Group talks decriminalization of illegal drugs across the board, harm reduction and mental health services

Donald and Emily Scott, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition/Voice file photo

 

A man at Salish Park with "Love" and "Hate" tattoos.

 

his October, hundreds from across the country gathered in Edmonton to attend Canada’s first national drug policy and harm reduction conference, "Stimulus". Drawing together a diverse group of Canadians and international guests, including people who use drugs, nurses, social workers, physicians, front-line workers, people involved in sex work, researchers, and policy-makers, Stimulus provided a much-needed forum for sharing ideas and thinking about advocacy strategies. See more here.

 

 

  Monday, January 7, 2018 

 

Fresh Year, Stale Market

CADREB says real estate "Stress Test" leaves buyers with 20 per cent less buying power

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo

 

s a fresh new year launches, 2018 will definitely be remembered as the year of the "Stress Test."

 

One year ago, mortgage stress testing rules came into effect, introduced by the federal banking regulator to keep home buyers across the country from taking on levels of debt that might be too risky. See more here.

 

 

 

  Monday, January 7, 2018 

 

Good Neighbours

Curl team wins back-to-back Championships

Curl BC/Facebook photos

 

International Wheelchair Bonspiel 2018 Canadian Open player at the Langley Curling Centre.

or the second year in a row, Team Neighbour has won the BC Wheelchair Curling Championship.

The Richmond Curling Club team of Darryl Neighbour, Bob MacDonald, Gary Cormack and Janice Ing progressed straight to the final at Langley Curling Centre after winning both of their round robin games. See more here.

 

 

  Friday, January 4, 2018 

 

Beer to Brownies

SPCA Treat Week Fundraiser Feb 25 - March 5

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Hold your own fundraiser parties. Register early for a chance to win!

adies and gentlemen, start your ovens – it’s Treat Week! This year it’s not just about cupcakes – treats can be cookies, brownies, macarons, pancakes, popcorn, cocktails, lattes – anything that gets your tail wagging. Cupcake Day has expanded to an entire week of treats! How sweet is that?

Bigger and better than before, Treat Week is the tastiest way to help our four-legged pals. Give in to the temptation to get your treat on!

Treat Week is celebrated February 25 – March 3, pick the day that’s best for you or make it a whole week of fun. Register early to receive fundraising help, recipes, awesome prizing announcements and more. Let’s ‘dough the impawsible’ and make this a record year for the animals!

Even if you don’t see yourself competing in a bake off any time soon, you can still raise critical funds and have lots of fun with Treat Week. With your treats you are thanking your donors for giving to the animals, and that can be rewarded with any treat, store bought or homemade. Any way you celebrate Treat Week will make a huge difference.

~ Treat yourself – and the animals! ~

 

 

  Friday, January 4, 2018 

 

The Kind of Whiskey That Cures A Cold

Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio visit Tractorgrease January 17

Chris Dawson-Murphy, BSBT/Submitted images

 

Steven Huston (l) and Chris Dawson-Murphy will be bringing it on home at Tractorgrease January 17.

 

he Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio plays core roots music anchored between the lowdown grit and growl of early blues, the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass, and folk.

The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio
Saturday Jan 17th at 7pm. $10 cover
Tractorgrease - 48710 Chwk Lake Rd
call 604-858-3814 or email here.

Their music explores themes of blue- collar angst, substance abuse, infidelity,  unrequited love, and wanderlust. Huston’s dynamic song writing reflects on urban life through engaging lyrics woven into solidly crafted tunes. 

The band's sound reflects a melding of the Maritime picking parties of Huston's Nova Scotian upbringing and Chris’ country blues guitar and unorthodox banjo picking, evocative of the deep southern sounds he was immersed in while at art school in Louisiana. 

BSBT is influenced by roots luminaries like Blind Blake, Victoria Spivey, Doc Boggs and contemporaries like The Devil Makes Three, Pokey Lafarge, and Mandolin Orange.

Through a process of musical distillation the band became the duo Steven Huston (upright bass, guitar, vocals) and Chris Dawson-Murphy (banjo, guitar, vocals). BSBT is based in Vancouver, Canada. Visit the band's website here and connect on Facebook here.

 

 

 

  Friday, January 4, 2018 

 

Veterans and RCMP Shortchanged

Super Annuity Fund tapped to pay down national debt say veterans

John Labelle, CPP Annuity Campaign Coordinator

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$1.9 billion carved off the fund

 

he latest report introduced by the Minister of Veterans Affairs without Veterans consultation and printed in the Globe and Mail paper is far from being acceptable. Surely this is not the proper way to start a New Year during an election year.

Military/RCMP Veterans can no longer accept the Liberal Party’s policy of depleting their Veterans pension account and now to deplete our Disabled Veterans benefits to pay down the National debt. Furthermore to have the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, skip normal consultation to introduce a new pension for life for our Disabled Veterans to save another 1.8 Billion Dollars on the back of Disabled Veterans is unacceptable.

Mr. Sean Bruyea, Veterans-right advocate needs to sue the Minister of Veterans Affairs for defamation as a result of the Minister’s comments the minister made in response to Mr. Bruyea’s criticism of the plan.

The ball is in your court Mr. Prime Minister. Let us assure you that in this election years Veterans and their Families are not pleased with your party lack of support that you and your party has demonstrated towards the termination of the Disability Pension Act Benefits and the CPP benefits claw back to their Annuity.

 

 

  Thursday, January 3, 2018 

 

Vacant House Burns

Chief reminds owners of vacant homes that fires could be hazardous to crew safety

Ian Josephson, Fire Chief, CFD/Google image

 

The area where crews had to bushwhack to gain access to a vacant home.

t 4 am, January 3, firefighters from Chilliwack fire halls 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 responded to a structure fire in the 51000-block of Yale Road.

When firefighters arrived they found a vacant, single family residential home with flames and smoke showing from the building attic. Access to the site was challenging due to the overgrowth of brush. Firefighters confined the fire to the house and an excavator was brought in to demolish the building to complete extinguishment.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

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

The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind owners of vacant homes there is an increased risk when it comes to firefighter safety and property damage including vandalism, theft and or fire damage.

 

 

  Thursday, January 3, 2018 

 

Woof's the Word

Pet Lover's Show returns to Abbotsford Tradex Feb 23-24

Steph Troughton, LBMG/Submitted photo

 

Seminars and other crowd favorites will be featured

he seventh annual Pet Lover Show, Western Canada’s largest pet-focused event, is barking its way into Tradex, Fraser Valley’s Trade and Exhibition Centre from February 23rd to the 24th.

The two-day event, once again, will feature animal-related seminars and speakers, engaging and interactive pet-focused activities, and fun for pet lovers of all ages. The Pet Lover Show is a can’t miss event for pet owners and their well-behaved, four-legged friends in the Greater Vancouver area and the Fraser Valley. See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 

 

Pickin' and Grinin'

Farm workers to get wage increase in 2019

Staff/Voice photo

 

Fruit and vegetable picking workers an look forward to an increase in wages during harvest.
 

he minimum wage for farm workers paid by piece rate will increase by 11.5% on Jan. 1, 2019, making life more affordable for workers who hand-harvest certain crops in B.C.

This increase is the same rate of increase made to the general minimum wage in June 2018. The last increase to the agricultural piece rates took place in September 2017.

In BC, piece rates are set for 15 different crops, including many products enjoyed by people over the holidays, such as Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, apples, peas, grapes and green beans. See more here.

 

 

  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 

 

Looking Back on 2018

Some annual stats for Voice readers

C Hill, Editor, Publisher/Voice image

 


 

s always at the beginning of each year you can find the annual visitor statistics here. In 2018 over 100,000 pages were viewed with 1.7 million hits. For those who don't know what "hits" means, it's the number of times images have been viewed. There were over 52,000 visits to the website of which 30,000 people discovered The Voice.

 

Success depends on how well we relate to everything around us. In the natural world there is no independence. It all works together symbiotically for the greater good. The Voice is a resource-based website almost entirely community-driven. The community is the media and in that way it remains socially relevant.

 

Thanks to readers for your continual support and welcome to new readers. I'm looking forward to serving the community in 2019.

 

The Voice brings the world to Chilliwack.

 

 

 

  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 

 

Mobile Home Lost to Fire

No injuries to occupants or firefighters

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The approximate area where the fire happened.
 

n  Friday, December 28, Chilliwack firefighters were dispatched to a reported mobile home fire off of Dyke Crest Road in the vicinity of the image above. The home was a complete write-off and thankfully there were no reports of injuries. This is an unofficial report only.

 

 

 

  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 

 

Sofina Foods and Elite Court Date Changed

Companies expected to face charges January 22

Staff/Mercy For Animals image
 

 

n December 19, 2018, Mercy for Animals (MFA) an animal protection group told The Voice that the companies and staff facing animal abuse charges related to chickens will be in court January 22.

 

"Yesterday we learned that Crown is still drafting sentencing position and was unable to get it done yesterday. No pleas were entered," said Ken Torella, MFA, December 19, 2018.
 

The original court date was scheduled December 18.

 

 

  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 

 

Don't Forget January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Connecting families and caregivers

Gord Woodward/Voice file photo

 

Jillian Armitt (l) and Gavin Rutter (r) with his grandma at the 2012 Alzheimer's Walk fundraiser.

 

n January 7, residents of Chilliwack and elsewhere in the Fraser Valley will be invited to participate in Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a national campaign aiming to change public perception of what it means to live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Negative attitudes and misconceptions held by friends, family and professionals discourage people from getting a diagnosis, seeking treatment and support or disclosing their illness. This can affect well-being and the ability to manage the changes brought about by dementia. See more here.

 

 

 

  Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018 

 

Dangerous Crossings

ICBC says 2300 pedestrians were hit, 42 fatal, in 2017

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A woman is walked to a ambulance after being clipped by a car at Mary and Hoskinis Christmas Eve. Luckily she suffered only minor injuries.
 

t's the season to be merry and everyone's in a rush. Streets are plugged with holiday shoppers. Both pedestrians and drivers sometimes aren't paying attention.

 

ICBC says that 35 crashes happen every hour in BC during the Christmas break. That's not including pedestrian-MVA's. The insurance company stats say that in 2017, there were 3000 incidents involving pedestrians, 2300 were left injured and 42 were fatal.

 

Shopping centre malls account for a high number and people on foot need to be extremely aware of cars backing up because it's hard for drivers to see them. Darkness, poor weather and other factors all add to the constant danger on the roads all year long.

 

Some drivers can be impatient and common sense says not to dawdle when crossing any sidewalk and to be alert at all times and not to take it for granted that drivers can see people on foot. Visit ICBC for more info.

 

 

  Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 

 

Wild Goose Chase

Rescue response teams led to believe a life was in danger

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The approximate area where the vehicle was located Friday.
 

he shortest day of the year turned out to be the longest night Friday for searchers after a man reported that the car he was in went into the water in the Ruby Creek area and that someone else was trapped in it.

All resources were thrown out there including: the Agassiz fire department, RCMP, BCAS paramedics, a tow truck and Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) whose members dropped everything and ran out their doors in an effort to locate the vehicle.

Eventually they did find the vehicle but not before KSAR went out in the cold, dark and  murk in an effort to rescue the reported person inside the vehicle which turned out to be off Highway 7 in a swampy area at the north end of Seabird Island just before the bluffs.

"The vehicle was finally located at 2 am. No-one was trapped and the single occupant self-rescued long before emergency services arrived on-scene," Neil Brewer, KSAR manager told The Voice in an e-mail Saturday. "Paramedics were led to believe that there was a second subject, but no evidence was found."

There was no reason given why the vehicle left the road and was reported that another person was trapped in it.

Even though there was no life in danger, the community can be thankful there are such dedicated emergency response team members in the Agassiz Fire Dept., Kent-Harrison SAR volunteers and the RCMP.

 

 

 

  Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 

 

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

Tips to having a happy holiday season

Strone/Voice file photo

 

It's important to water fresh trees daily.
 

ach year, as the holiday season approaches, the search for the perfect Christmas tree kicks in to high gear. Some families will go with the convenience of an artificial one, while others will choose the traditional route with a fresh cut tree. To ensure the enjoyment of your Christmas tree this season, please practice the following safety tips, many from the Canada Safety Council, to prevent an unfortunate Christmas tree fire this year.

 

When selecting a real tree, fresh is best! Needles should be hard to remove and not break when bent between your fingers.

If going with an artificial tree, ensure it is fire resistant.

Inspect light strings and extension cords before installation.

Water fresh trees daily.

Keep your tree away from ignition sources, including a fireplace, heaters, radiators, or candles.

Never leave lights on overnight or when away from the home.

Be realistic. A fresh tree should not be set up in your house too early.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

  Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 

 

Women's Cold Weather Beds

Twelve spaces added to Ann Davis Women's shelter

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo

 

Prest Rd. was shut down to vehicles and foot traffic after a car smashed into a pole early Friday.
 

esponding to the urgent need from communities around the province, the Government of B.C. is opening additional shelters and providing funding for emergency housing solutions to help people experiencing homelessness have a safe, warm place during the winter.

 

In Chilliwack temporary expansion of the women-only transition house from 10 to 22 beds. Operated by the Ann Davis Transition Society, this women's housing is in addition to six shelters operating in the community at or above capacity.

The new shelters and housing solutions are a result of partnerships with municipalities and non-profits to help ease pressure on communities where existing shelters are running at or over capacity.

 

  Friday, Dec 21, 2018 

 

Accident Takes Out Pole

Prest Road Closed Friday morning

Staff/Voice photos

 

Prest Rd. was shut down to vehicles and foot traffic after a car smashed into a pole early Friday.
 

olice closed off Prest Rd. between First Ave and Sweetbriar Ave. after a vehicle took out a power pole that left wires on the ground at around 4:30 am Friday morning. The male driver was slightly injured. The female passenger had no injuries. There's no word if alcohol was involved.

 

Expect delays after the road has been reopened and BC Hydro crews move in to restore power and install a new pole. Vehicles can detour via Chilliwack Central.

ICBC said in a release Wednesday that 35 vehicles crash every hour during the holiday season.

"Over the Christmas holidays and New Year’s, 510 people are injured and two people are killed in 1,890 crashes every year in BC."

See more road safety tips here.

 

 

  Friday, Dec 21, 2018 

 

Growing Up 

New 930-seat K-8 school to be opened by 2022 at Canada Education Park

BC Gov't caucus/Website image

 

School District 33 will be adding a 930-seat K-8 school at the Canada Education Park that will be operational by September 2022.

 

land purchase will lay the groundwork for a future school for hundreds of students in one of British Columbia’s fastest growing communities.

 

Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, announced that the Province is providing the Chilliwack School District with up to $10 million to purchase part of the former Chilliwack North campus of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) for the site of a new school. The purchase is the result of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and UFV working in partnership to meet the growing needs of the Chilliwack School District. See more here.

 

 

  Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 

 

Huge Storm Hits the Coast

One dead, hundreds of thousands across the Lower Mainland ride it out with no electricity

Staff/Voice file photos

 

Firefighters are the first to provide public safety when storms hit.
 

he holidays weren't so happy for people in around 300,000 Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island homes and businesses Thursday after a windstorm of magnanimous proportions slammed into the West Coast.

 

In Chilliwack, exposed outlying areas were hit like a freight train causing extensive damage.

Downed power lines whipped around like lariats. Trees snapped falling on homes and cars and blocking roads. House shingles became deadly as they were torn off roofs. Sundecks and patios dropped and barns blew down as the storm packed a punch of over 100 km/h.

The epic storm even struck fear into the hearts of preppers who were busy topping up generators and hunkered down to wait it out. Sound like Armageddon? For many it was.

The BC Corner's Service reported that one person died when a tree toppled on them and another person is in hospital with injuries as a result of the chaos.

Environment Canada called this storm to a tee late Wednesday when warning of an approaching low pressure system carrying rain and gusts that would throttle the West Coast by Thursday afternoon and to look for heavy snow on the Coquihalla Highway.

In downtown Chilliwack, lights flickered a few times but there were no outages while everywhere else firefighters went block by block taping off roads amid the howling wind until city crews could barricade them off. Tree trimmers worked frantically in unison with BC Hydro crews to restore power to tens of thousands.

 

UFV was without power and some buildings were evacuated and locked down.


By 7 PM electricity was still out to about 2000 homes in outlying areas. Ryder Lake was hit hard and even Fire Hall No. 5 still had no power at 8 PM.

The storm punished all areas of the upper Fraser Valley. Cultus Lake, Chilliwack River Valley, Agassiz, Harrison, Deroche were all severely affected.

Chilliwack residents will get a look at the damages the storm in left in its wake Friday morning.

 



Environment Canada removed the wind warning just after 8pm Thursday. On Friday expect a mix of sun and cloud. Windy in the morning. Periods of rain in the evening. Low plus 4.

In August, 2015, another storm of equal magnitude hit the West Coast with waves of rain and gusting winds of 90 km/h hit Vancouver and parts of southern BC that left more than 300,000 customers without power.

In a statement December 23, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said “BC Hydro has indicated that this storm is one of worst it has experienced in 20 years and, while more than 550,000 customers have had power restored, 44,000 remain without electricity. Due to the extent of the damage and the number of trees down across roads, restoration of services to some communities and homes will take several days. Emergency operations centres have been activated in affected areas and warming centres have been opened in many communities"

 

 

  Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 

 

Community Proud

Mounties "Stuff the Cruiser" event got a wheel good response up and down the Fraser Valley

Cpl. Mike Rail/Handout photo

 

The community responded with stellar support for the annual "Stuff the Cruiser" event.
 

he RCMP thank everyone from across the Upper Fraser Valley who came out to take part in the 10th annual Stuff the Cruiser event. In total almost 14,000 pounds of groceries and $9,900 were generously stuffed into police cruisers by folks throughout the valley, surpassing organizers expectations and previous year’s numbers.

 

“Thank you to everyone who contributed to what is being marked as a Stuff the Cruiser record for donations to local food banks in the Upper Fraser Valley,” says Superintendent Bryon Massie Officer in Charge of the UFVRD.  “I saw a lot of smiles and good cheer shared by our officers and the people in the communities we serve.”

 

The numbers by Community Policing Office (CPO) are overwhelming and speak for themselves:

 

Chilliwack: 11,000 lbs. of food and $3,600

Agassiz: 700 lbs. of food and $700

Hope: 1,200 lbs. of food and $2,423

Boston Bar: 1,020 lbs. and $3,214

 

Indeed very impressive – until next year!

 

 

 

  Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 

 

Garage Fire

Quick response stops fire from spreading

Staff/Voice photos

 

Firefighters check for hot spots inside the garage.
 

he Chilliwack  Fire Dept. responded to a call that a garage was on fire in the 46000-block of Woodbine Tuesday. Reports at the time were that smoke was billowing out.

 

The response was upgraded to a structure fire but thankfully crews got to it quickly before it could spread to the main house and the neighbouring house.

 

There was no word on how the small fire started. BCAS paramedics staged nearby in case but there were no injuries to residents  or firefighters.

 

 

 

  Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 

 

Bright and Shiny

Lions Club clubhouse grand opening

Staff/Voice photos

 

Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove was checking out the new digs at the grand opening December 15. Below, the ladies were signing up members and players.
 

room for all seasons. The new Lions clubhouse is  going to have a lot under its hood with Carpet Bowling, Cribbage, Bridge, Chair yoga and Bingo to boot.

 

Last week, the Lions Club threw open their doors to their new facility at 9233 Main St and invited the community to have a look.

 

It's a neat setup from pillar to post. Just move the tables aside and presto carpet bowl. Where networking is done and friendships are made. If you'd like to hookup with volunteering the Lions have a spot for you. For more information about the Chilliwack Lions Club, call 604 792 3483 or visit their website here.

 

 

 

  Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 

 

Merry Christmas!

With Sally Ann plum puddin' please

Voice Staff

 

 

Dear Car Owner,
 

hanks for letting me break into your car and damage it again last night. Don't you know you're not allowed to have anything nice in this part of the city?

 

It was such a nice car, so to do you a favour, I took the stereo faceplate because I know someone who would give me a bit of kibble for it and you don't listen to music anyhow. Oh and you only had a quarter tank of gas so what the hell, I sat there keeping warm and ran that off until it was gone as well just because I care.

 

My best friend got your plates last month and did some crime before burning the car out at Gill Rd.

 

We love this sad sack bedbug infested city.  They feed us real good at the Salvation Army and we pat our full tummies and then we blow our welfare cheques on only the best dope. Then it's back to the Sally Ann for more pity and grits. It's awesome. Believe me.

 

So when there's no meth or crack left we just help ourselves to your stuff all night long. Remember, we know where you live so there's no way you'll ever be safe.

 

Thanks again for everything. See you soon!
 

Yours Truly,

Methhead

 

 

 


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1863 "The Boston Morning Journal" became the first paper in the U.S. to be published on wood pulp paper.

1889 The Coca -Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is incorporated in Atlanta.

1920 The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.

1930 Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.

1943 The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

1967 The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35–10.

1969 George Harrison had a five-hour meeting with John, Paul and Ringo where he made it clear that he was fully prepared to quit The Beatles for good. Harrison wasn't happy with plans for live performances and the current Let It Be film project.

1983 A new pop music show was launched by Channel 4 TV called 'Gastank' hosted by ex Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton from Ashton Gardner & Dyke.

1987 Paramount Home Video reported that it would place a commercial at the front of one of its video releases for the first time. It was a 30-second Diet Pepsi ad at the beginning of "Top Gun."

1993 Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as "The Beast", is arrested in Sicily, Italy after three decades as a fugitive.
 

2006 NASA's Stardust space probe mission was completed when it's sample return capsule returned to Earth with comet dust from comet Wild 2.

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