April 2018 Archives


Thursday April 26, 2018



A Matter of Respect

Federal Gov't lacking in recognition of service

By Dave W. Palmer


ur Government and our nation as a whole are way behind the times in the recognition and honouring of our Troops. It took the wives and spouses of our soldiers and the Red Friday Campaign to open the eyes of millions of Canadians to realize what it means to serve our Country as a member of the Military.


To open the general public's eyes to this non-political and non-partisan event, Mr. Steve Madely, host of the Morning Show at 580 CFRA, an Ottawa and Ottawa Valley radio station has done a superlative job in organizing and promoting a huge Red Friday... 

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Thursday April 18, 2018



On the Front Line

Providing support for for work-related PTSD

By BC Gov't/Voice photo

irst responders, sheriffs and correctional officers will have greater access to services and compensation for mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that can arise from traumatic workplace incidents, as a result of legislative amendments announced by Labour Minister Harry Bains.

“These changes are about fairness and support for workers who put their lives on the line, to protect British Columbians as part of their jobs,” Bains said. “First responders, sheriffs and both provincial and federal correctional officers who experience trauma on the job and are diagnosed with a mental disorder, should not have the added stress of having to prove that their disorder is work-related, in order to receive support and compensation.”

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Thursday April 26, 2018


Men's Health

The Science Behind Healing

Doctor Haider to speak at next meeting May 3

By Deale Erikson, PCSGC


ur next meeting will be on Thursday, 7pm May 3rd at the Mt Cheam Lion’s Club Hall. Our speaker will be Syed Islam Haider, Ph.D., from Priority MRI. He will talk about the services that they offer which include MRIs for a cost with a no-wait list. Open discussion to follow.

Coffee and refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please call Dale Erikson at 604-824-5506 or Marc Gosselin at 778-255-2544.

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Thursday April 26, 2018


Music Seen

World Beyond

Award-winning Constantinople at Harrison May 15

By Bryan Cutler, HFS/Photos Michael Solobodian


n Saturday, May 5th, The Harrison Festival Society will be presenting the transporting and virtuosic music of one of Canada’s busiest and most acclaimed world music ensembles, Constantinople.

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Thursday April 26, 2018



Eaten and Heard

Free advertising for month of May for restaurants and breweries EatDrinkLocal 

By BC Gov't Caucus


he Ministry of Agriculture has partnered with the British Columbia Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) to declare May as Buy BC: Eat Drink Local month across British Columbia.

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Wednesday April 18, 2018


On the Eat Beat

Win big with the Huskers Annual food draw July 28

By Rod Hudson, photo

he Valley Huskers Football Club is pleased to announce that their most popular “Grocery Draw” is back one more time. Deadline for tickets is July 28.

With support from Save on Foods- Chilliwack Downtown Store, the Huskers are once again raffling off groceries. 

This time the first place winner will receive $2000 in Save-On Gift cards. 

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Sunday April 22, 2018



Get Stacked!

Lions Club Annual Pancake Breakfast May 13

By RandySchofield, Trout Unltd

t's time for the annual Lions Club Pancake breakfast May 13!

They make the best pancakes in Chilliwack. Skinflints can take mom out for brekkie cheap. You can get a stack for $5.00.

Have a little fun, see friends you haven't seen in awhile. If your mom's not here then you can still throw your support behind a great Chilliwack community group and pat your full tummy after.

If you haven't had the Lions pancakes then you haven't lived and you're not really a Chilliwack resident.

(BYOWC) Bring your own whipped cream. Hit some other stacks too. Shoot your friends, have a ball!

By donation.

Senior Vets Hall 9233 Main St. 9am - 1pm



Saturday April 21, 2018



Read, Write and Listen

Library expands collection to include more children and adults

By Jennifer Fehr/Submitted Pics


raser Valley Regional Library’s (FVRL) Outreach Services department coordinates Library For You – accessible library materials and services, including free delivery, for customers unable to use traditional library services due to illness, age or disability.


Accessible library materials available to borrow include audiobooks in MP3 and CD Book format, electronic audiobooks, large print books, braille and audiobook players. 

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Wednesday April 18, 2018


Cat Me If You Can

CSO Concert May 12

By Lynne Preston, CSO


he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are delighted to present the accomplished violin duo, MIDNIGHT MEOW, on May 12th, 7:30 p.m. at First Ave. Christian Assembly. 


Known throughout North America and Europe for their versatility and variety of musical genres in performance repertoire, the young violinists, Jan Bislin and Jonathan Chan, of the B.C. Lower Mainland, are to be featured with the CSO strings as special guests for this concert.  

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Thursday April 26, 2018


Music Seen

Fuzzy Logic

The Hemmingways unique style features in new album

By Beth Cavanagh/Photos Wayne Eardly


he Mayhemingways duo just released their new album, Skip Land, February 23, 2018, featuring the single Frances The Truck Driver. The album was produced by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia).

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Friday April 20, 2018


Perilous Journey

Alexa's Team bring awareness to drunk driving

By Cpl. Mike Rail Chilliwack RCMP, UFVRD

CMP Constables Mike Sabulsky and Kyle Bowness, Chilliwack, and Ryan Feser, Hope, are among police officers from across the province honoured as new members of Alexa’s Team during a ceremony at the Justice Institute of BC on April 17, 2018.

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Saturday April 21, 2018



Bronze on Gold

BC's best cyclists back home with Commonwealth medals

By Cycling BC/Website photos

he Canadian cycling contingent came away with three bronze medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The team got off the to a roaring start winning two bronze medals in both the men’s and women’s Team Pursuit on the opening day of the games and the first of the cycling events at the Anna Meares velodrome in Brisbane.

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Friday April 20, 2018


Perilous Journey

Alexa's Team bring awareness to drunk driving

By Cpl. Mike Rail Chilliwack RCMP, UFVRD

CMP Constables Mike Sabulsky and Kyle Bowness, Chilliwack, and Ryan Feser, Hope, are among police officers from across the province honoured as new members of Alexa’s Team during a ceremony at the Justice Institute of BC on April 17, 2018.

Alexa’s Team was founded in 2008 following the death of 4-year-old Alexa Middelaer who was struck and killed by an impaired driver. The team, supported by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), ICBC, the RCMP, and municipal police agencies across BC, recognizes police officers who have excelled at removing impaired drivers from the province’s roadways.

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Saturday April 21, 2018


Fish Tales

Act Naturally

A pilgrimage to restocking a river

By RandySchofield, Trout Unltd


ivers bring us together—they attract people and grow community. They sustain us and hold places together.

I was reminded anew of this truth last week in northern New Mexico’s Rio Grande Gorge, where I road-tripped with my colleague Toner Mitchell for an annual native cutthroat trout stocking event near the small town of Questa.

It was Easter weekend. As we drove north from Santa Fe, we passed pilgrims, young and old, walking along the highway, some carrying wooden crosses on their shoulders, heading to the Santuario in Chimayo.

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Thursday April 18, 2018


The Arts

Growing Better With Art

The 12th Annual Harrison Art Festival May 19-20

By Staff/Submitted photo

y how time flies. The Harrison Art Society's 12th Annual Art Fest has already arrived and with much fanfare.

Over the years, the Society's members have provided some of the best art in the Fraser Valley.

This year their featured artist is Jenny Wolpert from Hope, BC.

Along with Jenny will be three dozen other artists from all types of medias.

Why not make it a beautiful day with a drive a trip in the country with friends or family for a taste of the country.


Even if you don't purchase any artwork, come by and meet some of the artists, have a coffee in the onsite café and show your support for our local artists. They've worked long and hard all year long for these two days.


When: 10am - 5pm Sat-Sun

Where: Harrison Memorial Hall, 290 Esplanade Ave. Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Admission: is by donation.

For more info contact Loretta via e-mail here.




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Sunday April 15, 2018

Finding a Heart of Gold

Chilliwack girl survives CHD to start life again

By Staff/Submittted photos

hile other babies are bouncing on an elated mom and dad's knee beginning life in wide-eyed wonderment, 3-month-old Norah, the latest addition to Chilliwack's Murphy family, was struggling to survive and instead of celebrating, Robbie and Shannon Murphy were worried sick about their baby.

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Monday, April 16, 2018


Local News

In Other Words, It's Damn Good

Local company wins awards for bridge construction


ong gone is the familiar thump, drivers rolled onto the old Vedder Bridge.


Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. picked up a 2018 Award for Engineering Excellence from the Association of of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC...

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Wednesday April 18, 2018


All the Music in the World

Award -winning pianist Kaeshammer to release new album April 20 in Mission

By Sarah French/Andrew MacNaughton photos


nternationally acclaimed musician Michael Kaeshammer has toured the world showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter, pianist & producer. A spellbinding artist, Kaeshammer’s performances and recordings are intimate and inviting affairs, whether in a small club, large theatre or on home stereo. On April 20th, Kaeshammer is set to release his 12th recording, and his first for esteemed label Linus Entertainment, aptly titled Something New.

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Monday, April 16, 2018


Your Voice

Music Tears Down Walls

Conductor unites Israeli and Palestinian youths with music

By Myrtle McDonald, Ma.Sc

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s are Semites because they are descendants of Abraham, but also with Egyptian, Hittite and Canaanite DNA. The Jews themselves have much Gentile DNA.

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Wednesday April 18, 2018


We're Talking Homemade

Call for artists and volunteers

By Mindi, Art on the Farm


rt on the Farm is a free, community art event in Chilliwack that draws  hundreds of visitors each summer. This funky, family oriented event will take place under the trees in a small hidden valley (Columbia Valley) near
Cultus Lake BC. All items sold are made by hand.

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Thursday April 18, 2018



It's Just a Pipeline

Opposition builds to the pipeline as it's about to move into the Fraser Valley

By Staff/Voice photo

(Originally published on The Voice December 2016)

’ve been sitting back and watching this pipeline brouhaha from the beginning. I’ve posted items both for and against it. I haven’t heard anything from Kinder Morgan who obviously has no respect for online media. If they did, my inbox would be bursting at the seams with rhetoric.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018


On the Road

Just Around the Corner

Accident closes Prest Road and First Ave


 dump truck driver walked away uninjured when the trailer loaded with an excavator he was pulling didn't quite make the sharp right onto First Ave from Prest Road and tipped over into the ditch striking a power pole. RCMP and CFD Engine 4 blocked off the road in case wires were down. 



Locals say this is a very notorious corner and frequently end up it the ditch there.


Ditch accidents are the scariest because the cars always roll and if there's water people can be trapped inside. If it happens to you, do panic, keep your wits about you, drop the seatbelt and get the window down. Even electric windows work will work for a short time.



Sunday, April 15, 2018



Africa Was Born in Me

Local youth join Nairibi singers May 5


haring in Song, produced by violinist Calvin Dyck in partnership with MCC BC, promises to be an evening of inspiring music, heartwarming stories and a window into the work of MCC in East Africa.

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Monday, April 16, 2018


Local News

Fire Tears Through Coote St Home

Residents escape with barely escape their lives


n April 5, 2018, at approximately 12:40 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 9400-block of Coote Street.

On arrival fire crews reported seeing smoke and heavy flame from the exterior rear deck and roof structure of a two-storey residential home. 

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Monday, April 16, 2018


Voice News

We're #1 Crime Reporters

And print media are one of the world's largest contributors to global warming

By Staff

ince its inception in 2009, The Valley Voice has been slowly inching up the search engine ranks to where it now appears on the primary search results page for Chilliwack News despite print media having several listings above which push others down and off the primary results page.


Sunday, April 15, 2018



Getting to Know Local Species

Footprint Press No. 21 is out and educating the community


o element, or commodity, is more essential to our health than pure, fresh water. Water is necessary for all life, all plants and animals, both human and nonhuman. Our bodies are composed mostly of water, and we need daily access to it in order to stay healthy. 

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Monday, April 16, 2018


Pipeline News

When Push Comes to Shove

Democracy is not a spectator sport


he WaterWealth Project is deeply disappointed by the National Energy Board (NEB) ruling today that Kinder Morgan’s realignment of a section of their Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Chilliwack is “in the public interest” at the expense of public safety.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018


On the Road

"N" is Not the Way You Drive

Operate with the weather in mind


his little fender bender could have been a lot worse last Saturday at the intersection. Whether the new driver here was at fault or not, we need to operate oiur vehicles for conditions and make sure the vehicles tires are in good condition. Pay attention to what's going on, concentrate and signal your intention to change lanes.


Sunday, April 15, 2018


On the Road


Only minor injuries


round 6am, reports of a bicycle-MVA on Alexander Ave were that a rider may possibly have been trapped under the vehicle. Thankfully, the cyclist appeared to only have received minor injuries and was taken to CGH. CFD responders assisted the driver who may have been shaken up by the incident.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fire News

Fire No Accident Says Chief

Vacant building destroyed, crews mop up for two hours after sprinklers flood a large area

By Staff/Voice photos

two-alarm blaze had firefighters scrambling to a old vacant house in the 47000-block of Yale Road shortly after 2 pm, Sunday.

Ian Josephson, Fire Chief, CFD, said the fire appeared to be started intentionally.

Crews arrived to find the top floor engulfed.

"The building layout presented a challenge for fire crews but they managed to control and extinguish the fire," said Josephson, "The building was vacant and scheduled for demolition."

Afterward, crews dug into what was left of the building searching for any hot spots that could potentially start another fire. Yale Road east of Prest Road was shut  down for several hours. There were no firefighter injuries.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018


Gym Gumshoes

Junior Academy gives inside look at police work

By Sgt. Judy Bird/Submitted photo



ongratulations to twenty-eight grade eleven and twelve students from Abbotsford high schools, who spent the past week learning about what it is like to be a police officer. 


Activities included learning basic law, practicing police control tactics/self-defense, and a day at the firearms range.

Today, the students will apply what they have learned during the week at a scenario-based training day, where they will be challenged as “police officers” to resolve problems. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to experience a little of what policing is all about.” says Junior Police Academy Coordinator Cst. Deanna Dixon.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018


Men Don't Leave

Peter Brown to speak about prostrate cancer at next PCRI meeting

By Dale Erikson, PCSGC

ur next meeting will be on Thursday, April 5th at the Mt Cheam Lion’s Club Hall at 7:00 PM. Our speaker will be Peter Brown, who will talk about a presentation from the PCRI Conference.

Dr. Charles "Snuffy" Myers a passionate believer that durable remission can be induced by using a combination of treatments rather than prescribing treatments sequentially.

Open discussion to follow.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any Prostate issues and visit with a number of PC survivors after the presentation.

Coffee and refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome.

When: 7pm April 5

Where: Mt. Cheam Lions Hall 45580 Spadina Ave.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Sports News

Call Me By My Game

2018 RBC Cup host team Chilliwack Chiefs to wear Hampton by Hilton's "Third Jerseys" May 12-20

By Kevin Gemmel, RBC Communications Chair



he RBC Cup 2018, hosted by the City of Chilliwack, is truly a multicultural event. Drawing from the extensive First Nations heritage in the Upper Fraser Valley, the RBC Cup Host Committee is pleased to announce that the Chilliwack Chiefs will play in an official RBC Cup Third Jersey during their final round robin game to be played Thursday, May 17th at 7pm, at the Prospera Centre.


Following the game, all of the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned by the players to fans in attendance. One hundred per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the RBC Cup Legacy Fund to be created for the community of Chilliwack.


The Third Jersey was designed by local artist Jason Roberts.

Roberts traditional name is “Sxwoxil” and he is from Tzeachten First Nation within the Stó:lō territory. He's a self-taught artist from childhood in the West Coast Salish art style and using such mediums as acrylic, pencil, pen pointillism and computer graphics. 


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


A Separate Reality

Join the community in the annual Run and Walk for Awareness on Purple Day in support of epilepsy victims Monday March 26

By Staff with notes from CESD Foundation in BC

Image result for Center of Epilepsy & Seizure Education in British Columbia.


pilepsy in any of its forms is a waiting game. You medicate hoping the seizures never return. It's difficult not to find yourself on edge waiting for the one that may kill you. It gives living new meaning when you think darkness could swallow you forever in an instant.


No longer do you take it for granted that you're going to wake up in the morning. You realize the blooms are off the rose and life is hinged on a handful of pills.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Music Seen

Born to Be Band

Festival lineup features top metal music July 13-14

By Jon Asher, ARM



RMSTRONG METALFEST is proud to reveal their first batch of bands to perform on this year's 2018 line-up, which includes co-headliners ARCHSPIRE. Preparing for their milestone of a decade of metal in Canada's Okanagan Valley, this year's festivities are gearing up to be their biggest event to date with over 30 bands performing on July 13th and 14th at the Hassen Arena in Armstrong, BC.

Festival co-organizer Jesse Valstar comments:

"I am very excited for this year's Armstrong Metalfest! Our tenth year going! I am pumped to have Archspire as our Friday night headliner, their latest album

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Sunday, March 25, 2018


Obvious Encounters

Secret Soirée April 28

By Shirley Triemstra, CCC


e are gearing up for our Secret Soiree fundraiser presented by Odlum Brown Community! We have a fabulous location this year, but our lips remain sealed. Buy your tickets today and on April 28 you will be transported to a Carnaval do Brasil event! Lots of color, feathers, dancing, an array of auction items from our awesome community, and good food provided by Frankie's Italian Kitchen & Bar - Chilliwack! All funds raised go back to our Chilliwack community. We look forward to seeing you there!



Saturday, March 17, 2018

Music Seen

Bozzini's is Back on the Music Map

The restaurant uncorks it's 36th year with top stars

By Mano Aspraskis, Bozzini's Rest


ozzini's 36th Anniversary Concerts/Festival is a line-up that is an all-star list of Juno and Maple Blues award winners, a member of the Austin, Texas Music Hall of Fame and legendary artists who will fill your evening with the best in Blues, Folk, Roots, and Western Swing.

Appearing on Friday will be last years Maple Blues award winner for guitarist of the year and 6 time Juno nominee, Nanaimo's David Gogo.


Joining David will be 'Texassippi Soul Man' Danny Brooks from Llano, Texas accompanied by Lil Miss Debbie. Between the 2 of them they have over 25 Maple Blues Nominations & wins. A third artist will be announced shortly.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018


Sticking Together

Vets petition for Stouffer's representation in Ottawa

By John Labelle, SAC

he committee is requesting your support to distribute the attached URL information to all Military Service, RCMP personnel and to all Canadians. The committee has established a petition to nominate Mr. Peter Stoffer as the next Veterans Ombudsman. This signed petition will be forwarded to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his sincere consideration.

Veterans believe that this is an important position that should be filled by a most knowledgeable individual who has served our country very well for over 18.5 years. Mr. Peter Stoffer has served as the NDP Veterans Affairs critic for a very long time. He has travelled across Canada and is very familiar with Veterans day to day service.

The petition is also seeking the support of all Canadians that have Veterans in their families. This is an important request for all service personnel to get involved with. We sincerely hope that you will take the time to distribute our attached petition URL across Canada. We need to present the Prime Minister with massing number of signatures.

To sign the online petition, go here.



Saturday, March 24, 2018


Travelling Bizshow

MyBizDay returns to Abbotsford April 5

By Leah Baker, Envision


yBizDay is back and heading to the Fraser Valley this spring.

Presented by Small Business BC and Envision Financial, these free, full-day events are aimed at local entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to build and better their businesses through education about leading business tools and resources.

This year, the educational roadshow will reach communities in the business hubs of Abbotsford on April 5, 2018 and Surrey on April 25, 2018. Both events will feature exhibits, panel discussions with local business leaders, practical workshops, and networking.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Your Voice

"The Curious of the Reality Denying Onger"

The politics of transgender

By Jenn Smith,


hat on earth would New Democratic Party Vice President Morgane Oger, the self-proclaimed “mother of two,” do without people that hold different views? As the Vice President of his party, we can safely assume that Oger is an example of the best and the brightest that the BC NDP has to offer. And yet Oger has some very strange ideas, such as his assertion that men are women.


Oger’s views on this subject are so adamant that he ferociously pursues and legally intimidates people that question the truth of his claims, even though the assertion a man can be a woman was once considered prima facie absurd by virtually every human alive outside of insane asylums.


In fact, Oger currently has one BC man (Bill Whatcott) up on charges of “hate speech” in the BC Human Rights Tribunal.


Read the entire article here.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Lotto News

A Friend in Need...

The next best thing to winning is reading about the winners

By Ontario Lottery Gaming



ith his wife in attendance to cheer him on, Christopher Ouellette of Harrow took a spin on The Big Spin wheel at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to win $300,000! Christopher won a top prize with OLG's The Big Spin Instant game.

"I've been playing the lottery for years," shared Christopher, a married father of five. "I usually play Lotto 6/49 and Lototo Max with Encore but I play The Big Spin occasionally as well."

Doing a good deed for a friend led Christopher to his lottery windfall. "I was taking care of my neighbour's dog while he was out of town. When the dog food ran out, I had to run to the store to pick up more. And that's when I spotted four The Big Spin tickets on the counter – I decided to buy all of them," smiled Christopher.

The 68-year-old scratched his tickets right in the store and then handed them over to the retailer for validation. "When one of the tickets landed on 'BIG SPIN' the retailer told me I had won a minimum $100,000 prize – I felt great!"


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Your Voice

Should the French Get Quebec Back?

Mytle MacDonald doesn't think so and here's why

By Myrtle McDonald, B.Sc


here are more French Canadians living in all 10 provinces and the territories, than in Quebec. For Quebec to separate would be tragic.

Compare splitting India into Muslim Pakistan-Bangladesh in 1947. This did much more harm than good. and did not solve anything. Millions of Sikhs got driven out of Pakistan so many came to Canada, Britain and other countries. Hindus were driven out too and suffered terribly, millions of them dying. Read the book Freedom at Midnight.

Millions of Muslims emigrated from India, especially to Karachi area in southern Pakistan, where they sort of took over as conquerors. The original Muslim population keep rioting and attacking them.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018


The Lost World

Where fish never refuse a fly

By Chris Hunt, Trout Unlimited

got lost last night. 

Not your traditional, "I have no idea where I am," kind of lost. But lost just the same. My daughter is home for a scant month between jobs—she's returned from Colorado's ski country and is a month away from her next gig at Colter Bay on Jackson Lake. So she moved into the spare bedroom for a while, and did a bit of rearranging, as 19-year-old girls are apparently fond of doing. 

"I don't need this," she said, walking into my office. She plopped the Montana edition of the DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer down on my desk. Fly-tying feathers scattered and a handful of receipts took flight. I initially groaned at the mess, but realized there wouldn't have been a mess if I hadn't have had a mess on my desk to begin with.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Of Clear Heart And Country

Chilliwack church sermon included human subjugation and polluting the planet

By Myrtle McDonald, B.Sc., U of Alberta, M.Sc.A., McGill University and Author



bout 100 people from most churches in Chilliwack met at St. Thomas this year. Women, men and youth from many denominations meet to pray in 170 countries around the world on the first Friday of March every year. This year the program was prepared in Suriname, the former Dutch Guiana, in Caribbean South America.


The program in Chilliwack was presented by participants from many churches, led by Monica Hautala, Gloria Wagner and Shirley Dargatz. We became aware of the talents, culture, problems and Christian service in Suriname, and prayed for them.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018


Hope in Every Bottle

Nestlé recognized nationally for setting precedents in resource sustainability in Hope BC

By Staff with notes from CESD Foundation in BC


estlé Waters Canada announced today that its Hope, British Columbia (BC) factory is the first Canadian facility to receive certification under the rigorous Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard.

“We are extremely proud with the results of this independent review and certification of our water stewardship and conservation efforts,” says Bruce Lauerman, Natural Resource Manager in Hope, BC. “The certification of our Hope plant further commits us to working collaboratively with our employees, local partners and provincial government to protect shared water resources in BC now and in the future.”

Created by industry leaders and prominent environmental conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund...

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Monday, March 26, 2018


Real People Behind the Programs

First Link connects and supports

By Ben Rawluk, ASBC


ne of the most important building blocks necessary to creating a truly dementia-friendly province – where people living with dementia, their caregivers and their families are welcomed, acknowledge and supported – is ensuring that people have access to the support and education that they need, when they need it. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. connects with British Columbians affected by dementia through First Link® dementia support.

While individuals and families in Chilliwack can visit their nearest Regional Resource Centre or call the First Link® Dementia Helpline (1-800-936-6033) at any point in the dementia journey, one of the most important ways they can connect to First Link® dementia support is through a referral from a health-care provider.

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Monday, March 19, 2018


Passion Living Fashion

The world's best designers in Vancouver for annual show

By Mert Sari, King & Reign


ing & Reign is showcasing its Second Collection at Vancouver Fashion Week on Wednesday the 21st of March, as the headlining/closing show of the day. Kiarash Tarikhi presents The Unstoppable collection; inspired by three different stones in Amethyst, Aquamarine and Quartz.


Clear stones with golden color inclusions, different shades of violet and fascinating effects that they have on the human body. Both spiritually and externally.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Women's News

Come Together, Right Now Over Me

Over 200 women celebrate International Women's Day

By Abbots. Comm. Service


n Friday, Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) held its sixth annual Ladies’ Night, bringing together more than 200 immigrant and refugee women for a celebration in honour of International Women’s Day.

“Our clients look forward to this event all year,” said Community Connections coordinator Andrea Loewen. “The ladies we work with have stories filled with hope, pain, perseverance, and resilience. This evening is a chance for all of us—guests, volunteers, and staff—to come together and celebrate our stories and cultures together.”

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Monday, March 19, 2018


All Hell to Pay

It wouldn't be pretty if MP's or MLA's pension fund disappeared

Submitted by Vet Fred Hawkrish


emember, not only did you and I contribute to CPP but your employer did, too. It totalled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500. Read that again. Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?

We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and I that we would have a retirement cheque from the money we put in, not the Government. Now they are calling the money we put in an entitlement when we reach the age to take it back.

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Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

Ten Years After

CIVL campus radio celebrates 10th year with Fraser Valley's best musicians March 30

By Aaron Levy, CIVL Station Manager



n March 2008, a new signal started streaming out of UFV’s Abbotsford campus and 10 years later is stronger than ever. The Stage in Mission plays host to a lively night of music March 30th to mark the occasion with some of the Fraser Valley’s most celebrated performers.

CIVL has only broadcast on FM radio at 101.7 FM since September 2 but this March staff and volunteers are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of going up for the first time with streaming content live and podcast at ​www.civl.ca​ .

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  Feature Story    Friday, April 27, 2018



Fire on Ice 

Chiefs kick-off with festive opening night May 12 for RBC hockey tournament

By Kevin Gemmel, RBC Cup Dir. Com./submitted photo


he RBC Cup 2018 Host committee is pleased to announce that the Chilliwack Chiefs first game of the round robin is May 12, 7pm PST at Prospera.  

See More Here



  Thursday, April 26, 2018 



Things Are Looking Up

Chritine Laerhovens to bring her stargazing talents to Library May 10

By Jennifer Fehr, FVRL


raser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) has expanded its Playground to include telescopes. Starting today customers can borrow an easy to use portable telescope from the library and explore the wonders of the night sky.   See More Here



  Thursday, April 26, 2018 


The Arts

The SUM is Equal

to its Parts

New Main Street Galley Fest to features photog Karin Lee

May 12 - August 18

By Kimberly Sayson/QueerSUM


UM Gallery​, Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery, is excited to announce the opening of its inaugural exhibition, QueerSUM .  See More Here




  Feature Story    Tuesday, April 24, 2018



Full Metal Racket

Former prison security guard talks about life behind bars

By Voice Staff//photo


first met Neil MacLean, former prison corrections officer who retired 4 years ago, and now author/volunteer firefighter, at the Chilliwack Library.  

See More Here



  Thursday, April 26, 2018 


Real Estate

Valley Sprawl Driving Sales

Some excitement in apt and condo market

By Steve Lerigny, CADREB


partments and condos led the market in sales last month in Chilliwack and area, as home buyers are being forced into lower price points due to new mortgage rules.  See More Here




  Sunday, April 29, 2018 




Fraser Institute annual school report cards

By Peter Cowley, Stephen Easton


he annual 2017 Fraser Institute Report was released last week. The report analyzes data from schools across Canada. Although a sometimes controversial issue for parents, the bar is set by these rankings. 

See More Here


  Thursday, May 17, 2018  



Queen of the Oilfields

Eight-part series about life in Fort McMurray

By Nicola Pender, Thunderbird Ent.


reat Pacific Media is pleased to announce the release of APTN’s Queen of the Oil Patch. The documentary series follows the incredible LIVES of one man and Two Spirits...Massey Whiteknife and Iceis Rain. The eight-episode, half-hour series premieres on Tuesday, June 5 on APTN.  See More Here



  Wednesday, May 16, 2018  



Welcome Home

Tabor Village among the best in the nation for elder care

By Dan Levitt, Executive Director, Tabor Village


abor Village has been ranked in the top per cents of all Canadian aged care organizations in delivering excellence in care, patient safety and operations by Accreditation Canada, a national leading independent surveyor of health-care organizations. See More Here



  Tuesday, May 15, 2018  


Your Voice

Homemade is Best Made

Poor diet can cause weight gain

By Myrtle McDonald, B.Sc., Author

omething not very healthy causes weight gain. 

Glucose fructose is added to almost all baked, packaged and tinned “foods”.  Tinned soups are junk.  Make your own in five-ten minutes from red lentils, and three of any kinds of fresh herbs or vegetables. Wonderful variety and taste is the result. You can cook some ground beef and freeze it in tiny plastic dishes.  A teaspoon full can be added to a soup. See More Here



  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 


Fire News

Butt Flickers Beware!

Hedge goes up in flames

By Staff/Voice photo

hedge went up in flames Monday afternoon off of Bernard Ave. It's not been confirmed, however it was "likely" due to a buttflicker. Drivers don't know the damage they can leave behind when they toss a cigarette out the window. In this case, the hedge was partially destroyed. Had it been at night when the neighbourhood was sleeping the situation could have played out differently and the fire may have destroyed the home or worse as it crept up alongside the driveway. It upsets home owners and costs taxpayers money as well. (Click the photo to enlarge.) See More Here



  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 



A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

SPCA draw ticket cut-off date May 18

By Mickey Mikkelson, Publicist

here’s just a few days left to buy a lottery ticket to help B.C.’s most vulnerable animals. In the BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need, you can win big by helping abused, neglected and injured animals while earning at chance at thousands of dollars in cash prizes. But act quickly, the final ticket sales deadline is this Friday, May 18.

Tickets for the lottery are $30 each or three for $60 and six for $90. 50/50 tickets sold out quickly but there’s still time to get your tickets for the calendar lottery and qualify for one of 30 remaining cash prizes. For tickets and for more information, visit spca.bc.ca/lottery or call 1-855-205-5998.



  Saturday, May 12, 2018 



From Hell to Hope

Best selling author Holmes to stop in Chilliwack June 23

By Mickey Mikkelson, Publicist

lle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams.  See More Here



  Saturday, May 12, 2018 


Community News

Community Colours

Over $14,000 at local Alzheimer's walk

By Staff/Voice photos

n Sunday a group of warm-hearted people showed their community colours and support for people stricken with Alzheimer's by walking to raise money. This year, the community met 72 per cent of their goal raising a whopping $14,504 in donations for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Those involved are grateful to Ron Angell who worked for months to bring the walk together. For more information about the walk and donor list visit here. To see photos from the event, please visit here.



  Saturday, May 12, 2018 


Women's News

Take a Ride on the Wild Side

Girls are invited to sail on a Canadian warship

By Kirsten Brazier, Achieve Anything Fdn

ome test-drive this warship! APPLY NOW to join Achieve Anything Foundation's Operation: This IS You! event on board a real Navy warship Sunday May 27! Successful applicants will enjoy a free day at sea with the Royal Canadian Navy - including tours of duty stations (there's a top secret war room!), witness an awesome joint SAR demonstration with a huge Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter, experience the thrill of a simulated threat/response scenario involving an "enemy" at sea, participate in fire/rescue demonstrations, try out tactical gear... plus FREE LUNCH! Connect on Facebook here or visit the webiste here.



  Saturday, May 12, 2018 



Fix-It Shows Hit Nails on the Head

Popular productions back for

2018-19 season

By Nicola Pender, Thunderbird TV

orus announced today that they are continuing their commitment to investing in Canadian original content with renewals of fan-favourite series across its suite of networks, included are HGTV Canada’s $ave My Reno and Worst to First produced by Great Pacific Media.

See More Here



  Friday, May 11, 2018 



Community Gets Behind Tourney

RBC Cup kicks off in Chilliwack May 12-20

By Kevin Gemmel/submitted photo

he RBC Cup 2018 Host Committee and Save-On-Foods are pleased to announce plans to Adopt-a-Student when the community of Chilliwack plays host to Canada’s Junior Hockey Championship from May 12th to 20th 2018.  See More Here



  Thursday, May 10, 2018 



Sweet Tooth Science

Kids learn about bees and how to help them May 12

By Louise Pedersen, exec. dir. Naturekids BC

atureKids BC is launching a new pollinator citizen science project this week that encourages kids and their families all over British Columbia to collect data on local pollinators. The project will provide opportunities for children to get involved in real science and learning about nature on their doorstep. See more.



  Thursday, May 10, 2018 



Let Your Art Hang Out

Celebrate local artists collaborative with Raiseberry June 9

By Aymee Leake, Red Press Society

oin Red Press Society Saturday, June 9 from 7 to 9 PM, for the second annual Raiseberry arts and culture gala at the Reach Gallery and Museum. See more here.




  Thursday, May 10, 2018 



Your Half, Our Half

CCS 50/50 Draw cut-off for tickets

Sept 30

By Shirley Trimestra, Chilliwack Community Services/Website image

t's time for Chilliwack Community Services annual 50/50 fundraiser that helps children, families and immigrants settle in Chilliwack. Follow the prize money ticker and learn where to get tickets.


The Big 50/50 2018 tickets are:
Single Ticket for $5; 3-Tickets Pack for $10; 3-Tickets Pack for $10; 3-Tickets Pack for $10;
10-Tickets Pack for $20




  Tuesday, May 22, 2018  


Voice News

A Big Thank You

The community gets behind The Valley Voice News because they believe strongly in independent media and need an alternative

By Craig Hill, Voice publisher/editor


t's very important to thank readers for your support over the years. On The Voice's main page today, you'll see 27 out of 42 stories below that you didn't see in print. That's 27 items from people in the community who believe in independent media and know they'll never get the word out any other way. That, along with its unique design, make The Voice the best community news website in BC.

For example, the T-Bird Horse Show which I'll publish Wed-Thurs. Em was so happy that what she sent is going to be featured. Here's what she wrote today..."Thank you so much! And please let us know if we can provide any further info." Almost every day those types of e-mails come in (see Letters).

The only way to keep unique news coming in is to remain linked on Google's primary results page and not be forced off it by mainstream media. So please don't forget to bookmark The Voice and keep us viable. Please click on The Voice Google link here. Thank you so much for your support.


  Monday, May 20, 2018  


Music Seen

A Chip Off the Old Block

Brickhouse is back at Harrison by popular demand May 25

By Bryan Cutler, HFA/Submitted photos


ancouver’s tightest and funkiest representatives of rhythm & blues, Brickhouse, will be igniting both the stage and dance floor Saturday, May 25, at 8pm in the intimate Harrison Memorial Hall. See More Here



  Monday, May 20, 2018  


Fire News

Trailer Burns

Chilliwack Fire Dept investigates

By Brian Wilson, Asst Fire Chief, CFD


he Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a camper fire in the 7000 block of Victor St. Fire crews from Hall 1 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered smoke and flames showing from a camper in the driveway of a residential property. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, however the camper sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

This fire is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department and the RCMP. If anyone has any information about this fire, they are encouraged to call the RCMP at 604-7924611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.chilliwackcrimestoppers.ca 



  Thursday, May 17, 2018  



Give A Little Bit

Terry Fox Run organizers looking for volunteers

By Serina Meister/Voice file photo Rolly Fox


his year, hundreds of thousands of people across Canada will lace up to participate in the annual Terry Fox Run scheduled for Sunday September 16th. Now in its 38th year, the event’s longevity is a testament to staying true to its roots: grassroots, volunteer-led, non-competitive, and family oriented. See more here.



  Thursday, May 17, 2018  


Fire News

House Saved

Fire crews jump on blaze quickly, fire could have been worse

By Staff/Voice Photos


n Monday the Chilliwack Fire Dept was called out to a small fire in a House off Deans Avenue. Thankfully, it wasn't a large fire and crews were able to contain it without too much damage.

Unconfirmed reports from a relative of the home's owners who weren't there at the time, were that someone kicked a door in to help a person inside who wasn't aware there was a fire get out safely. BC Ambulance Services were on-scene and it's not known if there were any smoke inhalation issues. It was a hot day for crews in safety gear. If you see firefighters in your neighbourhood this summer, cold bottled water would always be appreciated. Click the photo above for larger image. Click here for another image.




  Feature Story 

 Thursday May 24, 2018


Jumping the Queue

The Inaugural Vancouver Grand Prix gets a huge welcome downtown

By Emily Penn, TSP



he downtown core of Vancouver B.C. got an exciting introduction to show jumping on Sunday. Right in the heart of the city, hosted by Thunderbird Show Park, the inaugural Vancouver Grand Prix brought the sport of show jumping straight to the people. With 500 tonnes of silica sand footing shipped in for the event, it was an opportunity for the city of Vancouver to experience the awe of show jumping up close. See More Here



  Thursday, May 24, 2018  


Everyone Loves a Parade

Yarrow celebrates its 48th Annual Yarrow Days on June 2, pancakes, music and family fun

By Natalie Jones/Voice file photos


he sleepy little enclave of Yarrow explodes to life June 2-3 welcoming the Lower Mainland to come out for some fun and entertainment for the whole family See More Here



  Wednesday, May 23, 2018  



Safety in Numbers

New women's centre opens Sept 30

By Patti MacAhonic, Ann Davis Transition Society


nn Davis Transition Society (ADTS) is extremely appreciative to BC Housing and pleased to announce that they are providing funding to open a permanent 10 bedroom, specialized transition house for women who are fleeing violence, at risk of violence or homelessness. Also, a big thank you to community member Leo Vanderhoek who approached Ann Davis Society Executive Director, Patti MacAhonic with the offer to buy his already zoned property to help make a difference for women.  See More Here




  Wednesday, May 23, 2018  



Four on the Floor

Belle Voci A Capella Sacred Concert Series

By Lynne Preston, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra


elle Voci, the unique a cappella vocal ensemble well known and loved in Chilliwack since 2009, is set to present four concerts throughout the Fraser Valley from June 7th to June10th.  See More Here