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  Tuesday, April 30, 2019  

Published 6 am


Chief Says the Arson Cause of Vacant House Blaze

Firefighters succeeded in keeping flames from spreading to adjacent homes

Staff/Voice photos


Firefighters wearing air masks return from a check inside the structure.


ust after 3 am, Tuesday, alarm bells rang out with reports that a structure in the 9500-block of Williams St. was on fire.


By the time firefighters could get there, smoke was already showing up at the back of the house and so crews went into defensive mode to stop the fire from jumping to condos nearby and to two large trees in the front. Read more and see photos here.



  Tuesday, April 30, 2019  

Published 8 am


Lumby's on The Map!

Voice publisher's application designating the Podunk as a Francophone Heritage Site was successful

Staff/Voice Wiki photo Jules Maurice Quesnel


ast year the BC government put out the call to apply to designate French Canadian Heritage sites, towns and cities throughout the province. So I took it upon myself and went through the process of applying on behalf of Lumby, BC. Last week, I was notified my application was one of 23 sites chosen by panels from a list of 111 and added to an interactive map.


Lumby is a village of about 1,500 people in the North Okanagan Regional District. This place is of heritage value to the Francophone community because of its association with the French Canadian people who logged the area clearing enough land to farm.


Jules Maurice Quesnel, my gr-gr-grandfather, was Clerk and kept the logs on the Simon Fraser expedition. Fraser named the Quesnel River after J.M. Quesnel. The community that eventually grew up at the fork of the Quesnel and Fraser Rivers also came to be called Quesnel. The voyeurs had a job to do and they did it — even barefoot, as you can read in the accounts of what it was like on the Simon Fraser Expedition from Quesnel and Fraser.






  Monday, April 29, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Bumper Thumper

Van sustained most of the damage

Staff/Voice photo


A woman was loaded onto a stretcher after a pickup vs van collision Monday at Young Rd and at 5th Ave.

irefighters didn't have to travel far as a crash between a pickup and a van happened around 1:30 pm a block away from Fire Hall No. 1 on Young Rd at 5th Ave.

A firetruck was brought in to block traffic while a female driver was taken out of the van and helped to a waiting stretcher. She didn't appear to have any serious injuries and was taken to CGH as a precaution.

Pickup trucks with high bumpers and gear make it more dangerous for drivers in small cars in these types of accidents. Thankfully there were no serious injuries.

The Van was unable to be driven away and the pickup truck sustained little damage and was able to drive away. RCMP were on-scene to sort it out as a tow truck moved in to clear the scene.

Firefighters usually have to de-energize vehicles and remain behind to mop it up sweeping debris and laying down absorbent if needed.



  Saturday, April 27, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Ecological Sustenance

Nudging streams back to health

Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited/Website photos


Trees across creeks provide roughage and pools plus they hold water for slow release in times in low water.

“You just want to nudge it. Too often restoration work is over-engineered. The key is to simply nudge the system in the right direction, and then allow for natural processes to occur.” Gary leaned back and looked upstream. A smile crept up. “I had two anglers who told me they caught 80-90 brook trout here last week. That’s when you know you’ve done good.”  Read more here.



  Saturday, April 27, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Dune Warriors

Beach Volleyball Championships May - July

Volleyball BC/Handout photos


24 teams in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions with the playoffs played on Sunday, May 26.


he Volleyball Beach Tour features athletes competing in Five Signature events from May to July in three regions of BC and with a total prize purse of $40,000.

The Kits Classic is May 25-26

It's is 2-on-2 beach volleyball tournament that takes play every May at Kits Beach (Kitsilano) in Vancouver, BC. The Kits Classic's prize purse is $2,500.

Teams will be competing for individual event titles throughout The Beach Tour. At the Vancouver Open, the final event of the season, Men’s and Women’s 2-Star Tour Champions will be crowned.


To win these Championship titles, a player must compete in all five tour events and have the highest accumulated total of points based on their finishes at each of the tournaments. Tour events will be taking place in Vancouver, Parksville and Penticton.




  Saturday, April 27, 2019  

Published 2 pm


A Bellyful of Beer and Brevity TheatreSports will have a truckload of unique antics May 4

Byran Cutler/Handout photos


Improv with TheatreSports at Harrison Memorial Hall May 4.


he Harrison Festival Society is ending their 2018-2019 Season of the Performing Arts with a special, side-splitting evening of improv comedy featuring Vancouver TheatreSports League.


When: The show is on May 4th at 8:00pm

Doors: 7:30pm Show at 8:00pm

Where: Harrison Memorial Hall

Tickets: $25.00 online at Harrison Festival by phone at 604.796.3664 at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and The Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave. See more here.




  Friday, April 26, 2019  

Published 3:30 pm


Country 'Cross the Country

White Rock and Vancouver musicians short-listed to CCMA showdown Sept 5-8

Kat Cooper/Handout photos


Sons of Daughters are a modern, gritty, country duo comprised of Chrystal Leigh and Jimmy Thow.


iriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is calling on Canadians to help choose Canada’s next big country music star for the second annual  SiriusXM Top of the Country competition in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). The fate of the eight semi-finalists is in the public’s hands, with the popular vote determining which three artists move on to perform at the biggest country music events in Canada, attend songwriting trips, and have a shot at the $25,000 grand prize.



From now until May 17, country fans can watch all studio sessions and vote for their favourite performers once daily to see who makes it to the finals. siriusxm.ca/topcountry. Read more here. 




  Friday, April 26, 2019  

Published 8 am


On the Waterfront

$52 million pledged for dike remediation work to brace against Global Warming

Staff/Voice photos


Dignitaries including: (l to r) Minister of Infrastructure and Communities FranÇois Champagne, Shxwhá:y Chief Robert Gladstone and Mayor Ken Popove. Below, an eagle soars in the distance above Gladstone as he speaks.


ow more than ever, communities need help adapting to the frequent and intensifying weather events caused by climate change. Reducing the impact of natural disasters such as flooding is critical to keeping Canadian families safe, protecting local businesses and supporting a strong economy.


On Wednesday, François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities of Canada, Ken Popove, Chilliwack mayor, Chief Robert Gladstone of Shxwha:y Village; and Councillor Steven Williams of Skwah First Nation met at Shxwha:y Village Reserve to announce dyke infrastructure on the Fraser River of propping up Chilliwacks' infrastructure, in particular 6 km of dike work.


Champagne spoke about global warming and the predicted rise in the levels of water in the Fraser River and keeping communities safe.


Opening and closing drum songs. Below, the eagle dropped by when it heard the drummers calling.


"The federal government will be spending $45 million to rehabilitate and improve the dyke system around the Fraser River," said Champagne.


Mayor Ken Popove said the City plans to boost the federal government funding.


The eagle in a cottonwood tree above the ceremony.


"The City of Chilliwack will be adding another $7 million" said Popove. "It's a great day for the people of Chilliwack."


The Red River in Manitoba is problematic as well and residents deal with the same type flooding issues as in Chilliwack.


For more information, visit the MOI website.




  Friday, April 26, 2019  

Published 8 am


The Future Owns the Earth

Ocean Legacy cleanup group taps the Ministry of Environment on the shoulder

Kari Kylo, Somerworks/Handout photos


Three Ocean Legacy Foundation crew stand over some of the plastic debris collected on just one Vancouver Island beach.


ollowing on the heels of Earth Day and the Government of British Columbia’s appointment of Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo MLA and special advisor on marine debris protection to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman, the Ocean Legacy Foundation (OLF), a British Columbia-based internationally-recognized leader in managing ocean plastics, is calling on the Government of British Columbia to reclaim its position as a global leader in managing beverage containers and their caps. See more here.




  Thursday, April 25, 2019  

Published 5:30 pm


His Rhythm's Got the Blues

Free tickets to see Bruce Couglan and band filming the "Onstage" TV show May 1

Don, CSO/Website images


Stream Bruce Couglan's new single "Waiting for the Rain".


magine the warm, woody tones of acoustic guitar, upright bass & trap kit, paired with the lush, distinctive timbre of Wurlitzer and Hammond organ, each played expertly by master musicians. Now, add the soulful, stirrings of songsmith Bruce Coughlan as they perform a collection of original Retro-esque Roots, Rhythm & Blues music.


Join Bruce and the band  May 1, 7:30 to 10 pm for the live taping for the ONSTAGE TV series at at Hubcast Studios. Limited seats available. Reserve your complimentary tickets here.

Featuring selections from Bruce’s recent release, Waiting for Rain, the ensemble emanates the softer side of Soul Music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With original music reminiscent at times of artists like Otis Redding, Bill Withers and Van Morrison, the audience can expect an experience that is both fresh and familiar, enjoying songs that ring with sincerity and authenticity.


The multi-talented line up of musicians include:
Bruce Coughlan: vocals & acoustic guitar
Simon Kendall: Wurlitzer & Hammond
Rob Becker: upright bass
Geoff Hicks: drums
Listen to Waiting for Rain here.




  Thursday, April 25, 2019  

Published 4 pm


Exercising Your Inner Self

Chilliwack welcomes Planet Fitness with Grand Opening May 4

Staff/Website photo


Brand new location opening May 4 on Luckakuck.

ace up! There's a new Chilliwack business coming to the city.

Planet Fitness is hosting a Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting at their new location, 45150 Luckakuck Way 5 pm, May 14.

Everyone's welcome. There's going to be snacks and refreshments then you can go burn it off. Easy!

The innovative Planet Fitness health club franchise is known for its Judgment-Free Zone® approach to fitness at affordable prices. The new location will offer memberships at the club or online.

For more information, visit Planet Fitness.




  Thursday, April 25, 2019  

Published 3:30 pm


Hitting the Right Key

'We've Got Your Bach' concert in Abbotsford and Chilliwack May 4-5

Don, CSO/Website images


he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is delighted to announce the completion of their 2018-2019 season with the incredible music of two baroque period composers, the renowned J.S. Bach and his son, C.P.E. Bach, both members of the greatest musical family the world has ever known. 

The concert will begin with The Chilliwack Children’s and Youth Choir joined with Belle Voci singing a spirited a cappella version of Sleepers Wake.  Read more here.




  Thursday, April 25, 2019  

Published 3:30 pm


CAF Captain Denied After Leg Lost on Tour in Afghanistan

A13-year legal battle odyssey for a prosthetic ends

Staff/Twitter image


Kimbery Fawcett Smith lost her lawsuit for limb compensation.

imberly Fawcett Smith was Canadian Air Force captain who lost a leg in one of two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has now lost a 13-year court battle to get a prosthetic. When she came home from the war, she lost her baby boy and her other leg in a motor vehicle accident. CBC News App. Listen for story.

The Hours of Heroes radio show is on CIOE 97.5 FM with Peter Stoffer. Hear stories and news for veterans. The schedule has been moved to noon on Tuesdays Atlantic time. The show will be rebroadcast Wednesdays at 7 pm.

Listen: communityradio.ca

Please distribute this information to all Veterans and Canadians across Canada. For many years Peter has supported veterans, now it is our turn to listen to his advice.


Veterans Standing Together for Tomorrow!

John LaBelle



  Thursday, April 25, 2019  

Published 8 am


True North Strong and Wheeled

Northern BC bus service in full swing, province and fed yet to hammer out cash commitments

UFV/Handout photo


he B.C. government launched BC Bus North on June 4, 2018, as an interim solution, just days after Greyhound discontinued the majority of its northern bus routes. Private operators are also running bus service in other areas of the province formerly served by Greyhound.

“Intercity bus services are important for the people of British Columbia and for Canadians across the country, particularly for those in Indigenous, rural and remote communities where other transportation options do not exist,” said Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau. “We are working to find solutions and are encouraged by B.C.’s interest to collaborate on this issue.”

BC Bus interim service was set to expire on May 30, 2019. While details of the joint federal-provincial commitment are worked out, the Province has extended the interim service to September 2019.

“I expressed our government's firm belief that people in our province need to have access to safe, affordable and reliable long-distance ground transportation – to be able to visit friends and family, to get to work or their classes," said Claire Trevena, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "The current interim service in the North established by our government last year, BC Bus North, has been well-received and has been relied on by many communities and organizations.”

The BC Transit initiative has a fleet of four 44-seat highway coaches and four routes cover 2,000 kilometres.

So far, more than 4,500 people have ridden on BC Bus North since the service began and 20% indicated that they were travelling for employment. For routes and pricing, visit BC Bus North here.




  Thursday, April 25, 2019  

Published 8 am


Future Explorers

Transition and Resource Job Fair a big draw for youth and young adults

UFV/Handout photo


he 2019 Fair held at the University of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack Campus March 7 was a raving success for job seekers of every description. There were guest speakers, presentations and more than 30 exhibitors. Individuals and their families were able to interact with employers and get information to start planning for future success.

Job seekers were able to find information including: education, community services, health, housing, transportation, recreation, employers, job-related services and programs.

The main focus of the fair was to encourage and empower young people, young adults living with disabilities, and their families, to take the leap and start thinking about carving out their future with the preparation and knowledge that are central to creating a career plan.



  Wednesday, April 24, 2019  

Published 7:30 pm


BC Liberals Talk Legalization of All Drugs Across the Board

Getting a handle on the health and societal issues

BC Liberal Party/Website photo



North Vancouver-Seymour MLA
Elected 2009, 2013, 2017


pposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions and North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite has released the following statement:

"Dr. Bonnie Henry's report, "Stopping the Harm: Decriminalization of People Who Use Drugs in B.C.," brings the serious personal and societal issue of drug addiction to the forefront.

"More must be done to address both the health and criminal aspects of drug trafficking to bring down the number of illicit drug deaths in our province. We need to establish an adequate continuum of care for drug addicts which includes more treatment beds, more prevention and early intervention in our schools.

"This is a very important conversation that all British Columbians and Canadians should be having."




  Wednesday, April 24, 2019  

Published 6 pm


Grandma Takes the Cake

The best part of losing is reading about the winner

Lotto 6/49/Handout photo


Tumbler Ridge grandma Vivienne Mills wins $10 million.


amily’s first in life – and jackpot lottery wins! – for Vivienne Mills, who won a whopping $10 million after matching all six numbers on her Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased on PlayNow.com for the April 3, 2019 draw.

The longtime Tumbler Ridge resident says she can’t wait to share the life-changing money with her two children and four grandchildren. Read more here.



  Wednesday, April 24, 2019  

Published 4:30 pm


A World of Music

Annual Harrison Music Festival July 12-21

Bryan Cutler. Harrison Music Fest/Submitted photos


Tal National from Niger, bring a psychedelic, rock and roll edge to their nation’s traditional music will be onstage July 18.


he Harrison Festival Society is gearing up for an exciting summer festival this July, with plans in place to present a broad array of musical styles from across Canada and around the Globe, from as far afield as Cape Verde, Mexico, and Israel. See the full lineup here.




  Wednesday, April 24, 2019  

Published 8 am


'Our Trudeau Government: the Experts on Venezuela'

People suffer as Canada backs US sanctions

Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland/Voice file photo


f course, this title is sarcasm. When Jody Wilson-Raybold and Jane Philpott vanished from Trudeau’s cabinet I think they left a serious integrity void in that make-believe feminist stronghold. Integrity means not accepting bad ideas when you know they are bad ideas, or try to pretend you know something when you don’t. Read more here.




  Friday, April 19, 2019  

Published 8 am


More Crime and More Punishment – A System in Crisis

New "Integrated Community Safety Task Force" hailed as a panacea to crime

Staff/Voice file photos


The RCMP ERT unit moves in on a suspected drug house armed with guns in July 2016. Below, a mentally ill woman wears a spit hood.


hange comes from the inside out not the outside in. What will it take to reduce crime?  The City of Chilliwack wants to give it a collective shot. On Tuesday council approved a consortium called the "Integrated Community Safety Task Force". See more here.


  Thursday, April 18, 2019  

Published 1 pm


Halfway to  Helping

Tickets now on sale for the Big 50/50 Draw May 1 to Oct 31

CCS/Website image


Dianne Janzen gives the 2018 jackpot winner a cheque for  $1857.50


ark your calendars, get ready for Chilliwack Community Services' province-wide online 50/50 for 2019! Last year's winner went home with $1857.50. Launching May 1, get ready for this year's jackpot! Participate this year and you will also be contributing to CCS' programming. Thank you for thinking of us and having fun while doing so!


Single Ticket for $5;
3-Tickets Pack for $10;
5-Tickets Pack for $15;
10-Tickets Pack for $20


Tickets may be sold and purchased in British Columbia only. There will be only 19,000 tickets available for sale. Orders will not be accepted via the Internet from anyone outside the Province of British Columbia or any non-residents of British Columbia. Draw date is November 1. For more information and to buy tickets visit the Chilliwack Community Website here.



  Thursday, April 18, 2019  

Published 8 am


Gas Tax and Fresh Air Tax

Should vehicle buyers be put through a stress test in case gas taxes rise?

Staff/YouTube image


Chilliwack councillor Chris Kloot spoke about the possibility of artificially inflated fuel taxes in the Fraser Valley.


t's not far from the truth that the only thing politicians do is find new ways to tax people.

But at the council meeting on Tuesday Chilliwack councillor Kloot stepped outside the box when he stated that he wanted a letter sent from the mayor's office to the Competition Bureau regarding a conflict in gas prices between Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Read more here.




  Thursday, April 18, 2019  

Published 8 am


Young and Airport MVA Snarls Traffic

Drivers taken to hospital with unknown injuries

Staff/Voice photos


Firefighters and paramedics assist driver and passenger after a crash at Airport and Young Tuesday.


t's unclear how this accident happened but a lot of these types of MVAs in intersections are because someone runs a yellow light as another driver waits to turn.


The older blue car was pre-airbag era. But in every case where a driver is trapped or is remaining in the vehicle, if possible and as a precaution, someone, usually a fireman, will get in the back seat and hold the crash victim's head while paramedics prepare to lift the person onto the stretcher.


A driver is whisked to a waiting ambulance.

Just to stay on the safe side it's a good idea not to run yellow lights.




  Wednesday, April 17, 2019  

Published 8 am


Mom Wants Safer Streets For Hers and Other Kids

Questions about Prest Rd and First Ave becoming highways as vehicles barrel along through school zones

Tia Edwards, Chilliwack/Voice photo


Tia Edwards speaks to Chilliwack council during the evening meeting Tuesday.


hile I know lots of people complain about the drivers, the speeding, distracted driving and the common road rage these days, nowhere is perfect, I know it will be a different story or complaint everywhere. 

Today, I take a stand and need to speak up for FG Leary. Everyone knows Prest Rd. is a hwy by the way people drive on it. What everyone doesn’t know is that when you come over those tracks on Prest Rd. and left onto First Ave., that in fact is a per se 'school zone' when kids are on "hwy". Now explain why is this clarified as a hwy"? There’s a school there. There’s a city park there and there are kids. 

Yesterday, I was nearly rear-ended, or it was an accident waiting to happen. I pulled out onto First Ave after picking up my daughter from school with my other two children in the back, and out of nowhere the truck that had been at the tracks was right on my tail end. He was weaving in and out of oncoming traffic to pass, because I was going 30km in a school zone. If I had not been aware of my surroundings I wouldn't have missed the little girl who was on her scooter to the right of me in the bike lane, and all the other kids on the sidewalk. Yes people speed, he was speeding but approximately 70-80km with kids around and in the bike lanes.

Now, how is this safe for kids with this being the only way out of the school area? How is this not a school zone? How is it that when I go to the principal and ask if something can be done he says the city hasn’t listened? This needs to be a permanent school zone, and not a highway off of the main highway.

I challenge mayor Ken Popove, someone from city council, supervisor of the police department, school board trustee or anyone to witness the amount of inconsiderate drivers in this area around our children. Would you want your child walking along this road?




  Wednesday, April 17, 2019  

Published 8 am


School Zone Traffic Blitz

Police issue tickets and warn drivers

CPL Mike Rail, Chilliwack RCMP/Submitted photo



CMP issued violation tickets to drivers during two days of enhanced school zone speed enforcement by a frontline officer.


The enforcement conducted in the 45000-block of Bernard Avenue between April 8 and 9, 2019, led to police serving nine drivers with speeding tickets in school zones.


“In total 25 vehicles were stopped during school hours over the two-day period,” says Constable Zachary Leheniuk of Chilliwack RCMP.


RCMP remind drivers that school zone speed limits of 30 km/hr are in effect school days from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chilliwack and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the remainder of the Upper Fraser Valley.


“Slow down in school zones,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. “Road safety is a priority of the Chilliwack RCMP.”


For tips to ensure everyone arrives safely to and from school visit us on line by clicking onto bcrcmp or our partners at ICBC and The City of Chilliwack Safer City.


RCMP urges anyone who witnesses erratic or reckless driving behaviour on our roadways to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). 



  Wednesday, April 17, 2019  

Published 6 pm


Help For A Hidden Illness

Eliminating barriers for emergency dispatchers, nurses, care aides and others

BC Gov't Caucus/Website photo


Emergency dispatchers at work.


mergency dispatchers, nurses and publicly funded health-care assistants will have easier access to workers’ compensation for mental-health disorders that come from work-related trauma.

Regulatory changes that take effect on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, make this possible.

“These changes to the Mental Disorder Presumption Regulation are about fairness and support for workers who experience higher-than-average mental harm due to the jobs they do on behalf of British Columbians,” said Harry Bains, Minister of Labour. Read more here.




  Tuesday, April 16, 2019  

Published 5 pm


Restaurant Gets Zapped

Zappacosta plays Bozzini's May 10

Rebecca Connop-Price/Submitted photos


Zappacosta will be at Bozzini's Restaurant May 10.

lfie Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning loyal fan base.

Friday May 10
Doors 8:00 Show 9:30
Tickets $ 29.75 available now at Bozzini's or call 604 792 0744 to reserve

4-45739 Hocking Ave. Chilliwack



  Tuesday, April 16, 2019  

Published 5 pm


Victoria Rocks!

Team Horovath dominate Junior Mixed Championships

Rebecca Connop-Price/Submitted photos


Team Cameron de Jong. Below, Sarah Daniels and Brayden Carpenter.

Victoria team featuring Junior Men’s World Champion Alex Horvath has won the 2019 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship.

The championship took place at Vancouver Curling Club from April 11 until today (Sunday, April 14). Read more here.




  Monday, April 15, 2019  

Published 1 pm


Chilliwack Housing Market Resets

Sales drop to 2014 levels

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo


he number of homes sold via the MLS® System of the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) totaled 209 units in March 2019. This was a decline of 31% from March 2018.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 461 units over the first three months of the year, falling 38.3% from the same period in 2018. Read more here.



  Monday, April 15, 2019  

Published 1 pm


The Politics of Plants

China backs off from buying Canadian Canola

Betty Krawczyk/Dr Milorad Dimić, Serbia photo


China has stopped buying Canadian Canola.

hat is happening with Canadian canola crops and perhaps our soy crops as well? First off, China has suspended buying Canadian canola altogether. Why? Because China claims that Canadian canola seeds have rather suddenly become not pure enough for the Chinese market. They claim that Canada’s canola seeds now have pests. As China buys 40 percent of Canada’s canola seeds this is serious indeed. Read more here.



  Saturday, April 13, 2019  

Published 9 am


Rooftop Rescue

CFD use their ladder truck to assist in bringing a person to safety

Staff/Voice file photo


A person rescued from the roof of the Cyrus Centre is taken to a waiting police cruiser.


hilliwack emergency crews and RCMP were called to the Cyrus Youth Centre at the corner of College and Wellington Thursday evening. A passerby pointed out to The Voice that a distraught person was on the roof and refused to come down.

Police blocked adjacent streets in both directions. After about two hours, a Fire Department ladder truck that was on the scene brought the person safely to the ground. No other information about the incident is known.




  Friday, April 12, 2019  

Published 8 am


Home Is Where Your Honey Is

Chilliwack City ratifies urban beekeeping policies

Staff/Voice file photos


A group of commercial beehives in Chilliwack. Below, Chilliwack bees.

he City of Chilliwack has ratified a strict urban backyard beehive policy now based on a local commercial beekeeper's recommendations.

Among the types of places the commercial hives are taken to are blueberry farms where they pollinate the plants. These plants are always sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. So when pollinating, the bees bring it all back to the colony. The standard is to wait two weeks and then harvest. But it's still there. Bees don't care.

In order to make sure the honey is safe for consumption, should FDA should crack down on commercial beekeepers to ensure the honey is tested for: a) herbicides b) pesticides c) GMO?

Without the bees there wouldn't be any berries. It's been said that if there weren't any bees then mankind would be gone in 4 years.

Empty lots are great places for bees because they're covered in natural flowers without sprays. Some of this honey won't be consumed by people. When developers clear the land of bee-friendly spaces they aren't being replaced by wild flower replanting programs in other areas.

The facts are that in order to produce 1 pound of honey, bees have to stop at 2 million flowers. A hive of bees has to fly 55,000 miles to make one pound of honey. A single bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. The average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. So a lot of bees are needed and will be needed in backyards.

People are well aware of the declining bee population. If people in the Chilliwack community want to do their share to save the bees, and have a hive or two, they'll be facing a stack of almost 20 pages of rules and regulations which make it difficult to establish a colony and not interfere with local commercial enterprises.

When commercial beekeepers collect the honey, it's replaced with sugared water so the bees over-winter on that rather than their own honey. How much Chilliwack honey is put into barrels and shipped elsewhere?

Those are things that need to be considered which aren't mentioned in the new bylaws.

Chilliwack fines are tough and are based on complaints from neighbours. "A maximum fine of $500 under the Bylaw Notice Enforcement and $1000 under the Municipal Ticket Information. Bylaw fines have been created for the following offence categories:

• Failure to manage beehives responsibly • Failure to complete a recognized course in Beekeeping and seek membership in a local Bee club. • Exceed maximum number of beehives/colonies and nucleus colonies • Failure to abide by siting requirements."

It's unclear what "siting" in the regulations means. Is it really fair to force people to become members of a beekeeping club for which fees will be paid to someone? But people face fines if they don't. If there's time, watch for a more in-depth look at the new City regulations on The Voice, or refer to pages 177-191 of the April 16, 2019 City of Chilliwack agenda package available on its website.




  Friday, April 12, 2019  

Published 8 am


'Road to High Readiness'

Westies run through their training paces

Staff/Voice photos


New Westminster Regiment 39th Battalion stopped for a photo Saturday.


here were no Men in Black waiting for us under a cloudy sky Saturday but there was an unmarked black army ops van there to take a handful of local employers to the training base in order to give them insights about how and why the Royal Westminster Regiment (Westie) reserve unit troops need to be called to duty and to give civilians a chance to see how they operated and how handheld ordinance worked.

We were driven up a long Forest Service Road riddled with deep potholes. I couldn't help but think the potholes weren't fixed for a reason. See more of the story and photos here.




  Thursday, April 11, 2019  

Published 8 am


Barn Blaze

No injuries, structure lost on Chadsey Rd.

Mike Bourdon, Asst Chief, Fire Prevention

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No animals or people were hurt when a barn burned to the ground on Chadsey Rd. in Greendale early Thurs.

t approximately 4:15am on April 11th 2019 The Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 6900 block of Chadsey Rd.

A passerby noticed black smoke coming from the rear of a barn structure on the property and quickly called 9-1-1.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4 & 6. Upon arrival a single storey barn structure used as a storage shed for a greenhouse company, was fully involved. Firefighters quickly went to a defensive attack and stopped the fire from damaging other buildings on-site. The barn sustained major fire damage and will need to be replaced.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The cause of the fire appears to be accidental and is still under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Dept.



  Thursday, April 11, 2019  

Published 8 am


Metalocalypstick Mayhem

Women rockers music festival in Lone Butte June 29-30

Jon Asher, Asher Media/Website photo


We are a non for profit organization dedicated to supporting bands with female members in the heavy genre type.


one Butte, BC, Canada will once again be shaken by the sounds of heavy metal on Canada Day weekend with the 2019 edition of Metalocalypstick Festival. Over the course of the weekend metal fest camp, 22 bands will take the stage, each featuring at least one woman in a show of feminine power across metal, punk and rock.

Metalocalypstick is a Metal fest featuring metal or hardcore/punk bands with FEMALE power. With special out of country guests! What’s more bad-ass than babes in metal?! Getting them all together into one festival!

This year, bands from Canada, Tasmania, Mexico, Egypt and USA will gather for the one of a kind festival in the Canadian wilds. The non profit organization is dedicated to giving back to the community and donating 100% of the proceeds to local charities including Girls Rock Camp and the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. Each year an independent band is also sponsored by the festival to further their musical pursuits. Listen to band samples here. Tickets and info here.



  Thursday, April 11, 2019  

Published 8 am


"High" Seas Bust

Canadian Navy seizes over two tons of hashish

DND/Stuart Evans photo


HMCS Regina's crew poses with over 2000 kilograms of narcotics seized from a dhow during Operation ARTEMIS in the Pacific Ocean on April 7 2019.


n April 6, 2019, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation ARTEMIS, the Canadian Armed Forces ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.


HMCS Regina spotted a suspicious fishing vessel, known as a “dhow”, off the coast of Oman and proceeded to stop the boat to investigate further. The ship deployed its Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) team. The NTOG is a dedicated Royal Canadian Navy unit that specializes in advanced boarding operations at sea. A search of the dhow was conducted, during which 119 bags of hashish were located in the ice hold. The narcotics were transferred to HMCS Regina and subsequently destroyed.


This is the first seizure for HMCS Regina since it joined Operation ARTEMIS at the end of March 2019.


HMCS Regina is operating in the region as part of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150 is a task force under Combined Maritime Forces, a naval coalition of 33 nations that promotes security and stability in Middle Eastern and East African waters.




  Thursday, April 11, 2019  

Published 8 am


In Plain Sight

Chilliwack Council for the Blind celebrates 75 years of help April 29-30

Staff/Voice file photo


Blind hockey player sits behind safety glass at Prospera Centre in November 2013. Below, BC-Yukon Division president, Ann McNabb.


or three days the Canadian Council for the Blind (CCB) will be in Chilliwack celebrating their 2019 Triennial Conference in Chilliwack April 29th to May 1st marking 75 years of helping blind and sight-impaired people.


The Chilliwack Chapter of the Canadian Council for the Blind (CCB) is the longest-standing group in BC.

Monday, April 29
“Breaking Barriers” Workshop
“Making Connections Meet ‘n Greet"

Tuesday, April 30
Opening Ceremonies, “Exploring Community Connections” Workshop including interactive field trip.

When: 9 am
Where: SureStay by Best Western, 43971 Industrial Way, Chilliwack BC

The SureStay Hotel by Best Western Chilliwack is nestled in the beautiful Fraser Valley conveniently located off Exit 16, one hour east of Vancouver.

For more information call 604 795 3828 or 1 800 780 7234.




  Wednesday, April 10, 2019  

Published 8 am


Plowed 'n Proud

Top plowmen and women face-off for the nationals this August

Staff/Voice photos


Dugan Montjoy from Lillooet, BC, calls his horses during the 94th annual Chilliwack Plowing Match.


or 364 days a year, they're dusty farmers out working the fields and no one ever seems to notice, but for one day they shine.


On Saturday, April 6, contestants in the 97th Annual Plowing Match geed and hawed their way to the winner’s circle in a variety of categories including one for tractors.


While agriculture is of daily importance to many people in Chilliwack, the sport of plowing matches actually transcends the field by educating a growing portion of the community unaware of what's involved in farming, the different methods, history and some of the technological advances.


Good plowing is the land's best friend and when farmer's prepare seed beds they are also working to control weeds that get mulched helping to increase the soil's ability to retain water.


When fields are properly plowed and furrowed rows are turned over at the proper angle then a "furrow comb" is created which then makes for a good seed bed and slows the wind overtop of the fields which in turn reduces soil erosion and helps stop the soil from being blown away.


The oldest known plow dates back to 2000 BC. Through the eons, farmers who plow the land belong to a specific fraternity and have always shared a common bond of friendship across Canada and the USA.


Match contestants have one-and-a-half hours to finish their plots and points are assessed for straightness of rows, how the rows are furrowed in relation to the crown. Judging is also based on covering weeds, firmness and packing and just the general appearance of the plowed plots.


The event was hosted by British Columbia Ploughing Association. Read more about the plowing championships here.



  Wednesday, April 10, 2019  

Published 8 am


Talking Targets

Dart tournaments are popular events in Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photos


There were just as many dart boards on the other side in the tournament that took place the downtown Armouries building Saturday.


sk anyone who plays darts and they'll tell you it's not as easy as it looks. It's a precision sport.


According to the Fraser Valley East Dart League website, they're are a mixed adult league with games played at 6 Chilliwack locations from Sept to May.


The 2018-19 season belongs to the Krunch Bunch who dominated the regular season.


Connect on Facebook here. For more information about play locations, how to join or sponsor an event, visit www.fvedl.com




  Tuesday, April 9, 2019  

Published 3 pm


Creative Ways

The 13th Annual Harrison Art Show coming up May 18-19

Staff/Submitted photo


An example of what to expect at the Harrison Art Show May 18-19.


he popular Harrison Art Show is once again throwing open its doors Saturday May 18 and Sunday 19 for their annual event featuring some of the most inspired and creative people from all over the Fraser Valley. This year over 40 artists will be showing pieces in all types of media from pottery to paintings.

"Planning is now underway for our 13th annual Harrison Art Show," said Loretta Douglas who is one of the organizers. "It's always a visually stimulating and free community event so mark your calendar and come see our very talented artists."

"Our featured artist this year will be Ed Hill," added Douglas.

No need for a babysitter, take the whole family out for a beautiful day trip up the Fraser Valley to Harrison Hot Springs. The show will have an onsite Cafe' with all kind of goodies for your convenience.

When: Sat. May 18th & Sunday May 19th/2019
Times: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for both days
Where: Harrison Memorial Hall, 290 Esplanade Ave. For more information, contact Marg at 604 796 8665



  Tuesday, April 9, 2019  

Published 11 am


The Essence of Christian Faith

A look at different bible versions

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


ost Canadians miss the meaning of Christian faith. They could live abundant lives if they prayed to understand and love their adversaries. Every day by combating or ignoring them, they are missing out on rest, peace of mind and joy.


Ethics and standards have deteriorated. Corruption and retaliation are becoming common behaviors. Many say they are spiritual, but the conscience they have is self-made. Many like Aps on Facebook that seem wise but in subtle ways miss the real truth. Some even turn to the occult. See more here.




  Monday, April 8, 2019  

Published 8 am


Champions for a Cure

IG Wealth Management Alzheimer's BC fundraiser walk May 5

Freya Tomren, Alzheimer's Assn. of BC/Submitted photo


Wendy Eyre-Grey is this year's honouree.

re you one of the two-thirds of British Columbians who have personally known someone living with dementia?

If you are living with dementia or know someone else who is, you can show your support for them by registering for the IG Wealth Management
Walk for Alzheimer’s. The fundraiser in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. takes place at the Landing Sports Centre at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Read more about Wendy here.



  Friday, April 5, 2019  

Published 4 pm


Spring Dreams

The blossoms are falling in Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photo


The cherry trees are losing their blossoms quickly. Don't blink or you will miss them and have to wait until next year.


t would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry tree all white with bloom under the moonshine, don't you think?

 ~ Anne of Green Gables




  Friday, April 5, 2019  

Published 4 pm


Holistic Healing

Trauma-informed Yoga classes to help break the cycle of addiction May 10-12

Wendy Goldsmith, Yoga Outreach/Submitted photo


The community is invited to join specialized yoga workshops May 10-12.


any Chilliwack residents have noted increased drug use in their community. But not everyone realizes that people often use drugs or alcohol to smother the pain of past trauma such as childhood abuse, sexual assault or other kinds of violence. After completing recovery programs, trauma survivors can struggle with relapse, because those difficult memories and emotions return with frightening clarity. See more here.




  Friday, April 5, 2019  

Published 8 am


Joy Ride

Run for the Son Treasure Hunt Ride May 11

Bernie Constable/Voice file photo


Cars are welcome to join Run for the Son May 11.


he Messengers of Hope Motorcycle Ministry presents the Treasure Hunt Run. Saturday May 11th. This can be done in a car or on a motorcycle.


Figure out the clue, find the treasure. Food fun and Prizes. Your $20.00 registration includes lunch, prize tickets and a chance to win the ultimate bikers emergency kit. A $90 value. Click the poster for a larger view.


Register before May 1 by contacting Bernie at 604 799 2061 or email him here.




  Thursday, April 4, 2019  

Published 1 pm


Deep Roots

Four decades of foot-stompin' music

Bryan Cutler/Submitted photo


The popular band Tiller's Folly will be at Harrison Memorial Hall April 13.


n Saturday, April 13, the Harrison Festival Society presents its 7th concert of its 41st Season of the Performing Arts, with a concert by one of the west coast’s best loved folk bands, Tiller’s Folly.


Saturday, April 13th, 8 pm at the Memorial Hall.

There will be two 50 min sets with an intermission. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets $25 online here or at Shopper's Drug Mart in  Agassiz.

Tiller’s Folly is the Pacific Northwest’s critically acclaimed, internationally travelled acoustic power trio, planted at the forefront of a bold new movement in progressive roots music. A highly regarded Canadian Celtic group-turned-historians, this award-winning ensemble has shifted to what might be more aptly termed Acoustic Roots Music.

This will be a return visit of Tiller’s Folly to Harrison’s Memorial Hall. The trio combines the unique talents of its core members to create an engaging show full of highly skilled songwriting and playing. See videos on their website here. For more info e-mail Bryan here.




  Thursday, April 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


Creating Equal

Queer Arts Festival June 17-28

Barb Snelgrove/Handout image



he annual Queer Arts Festival (QAF), Vancouver’s artist-run, professional, multi-disciplinary roister of queer arts, culture and history, takes place this year from June 17 – 28, 2019. QAF’s 2019 theme rEvolution assembles nearly 100 artists and more than 20 events and programming showcasing a variety of differing media, and will be on exhibit at the Roundhouse Arts Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) in Vancouver, British Columbia. QAF rEvolution gathers together artists who dissemble, push and transgress; art as the evolution of the revolution. See more here.



  Thursday, April 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Abbotsford's Bloom festival puts its best flowers forward beginning April 15

Tannis Sullivan Comm./Voice file photo


A young girl learns about Chilliwack tulips in 2015.


ith arrival of spring and the warmer weather finally here, the organizers of Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival are pleased to announce that the 2019 season is expected to blossom by April 15th. Over the next few weeks, millions of tulip bulbs will begin to transform into acres of rainbow-coloured fields as part of the popular springtime tradition. The annual festival is once again expected to attract thousands of locals and international tulip lovers for a joyous celebration of natural splendour in a picture-perfect country setting. See more here.




  Wednesday, April 3, 2019  

Published 6 pm


MS Walk Volunteers Wanted

Assortment of ways to give back to the community for May 26 event

Ruthanne Clements, Coordinator/Voice file photo


2010 MS Walk Chilliwack volunteers.


he MS Society of Canada needs volunteers for the MS Walk on Sunday, May 26th taking place at Vedder Park!

Volunteers are at the heart of our success and crucial to our amazing fundraising events. Join us in our fight to #endMS and make a difference!

Canada has the highest rates of MS in the world; 12,000 British Columbians live with MS and upwards of 100,000 in Canada. Our mission is to be a leader in finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. The funds raised by the Walk change the lives of all people impacted by MS. Sign up to volunteer today and help us to fulfill our mission!

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit everyone, including but not limited to:

• Check-In / Registration Assistant
• Food Tent Host
• Route Marshall
• Cheering Squad

See more Chilliwack volunteer opportunities here. For more information on how to sign up, e-mail Ruthanne here.




  Wednesday, April 3, 2019  

Published 8 am ~ Revised 10 am


All Aboard!

Chilliwack council on the right track, wants hydrogen-fuelled train task force

Staff, Voice photo/website image


Proponents of a Fraser Valley railway system made a well-received presentation to City council Tuesday.


hear the train a comin', it's rollin' 'round the bend.

Former Langley City mayor Rick Green, the man with "the plan", laid his "Community Rail South of the Fraser InterUrban Corridor" (CRSFIC) ideas on the table at Tuesday's Chilliwack City Council meeting.


The best part about it? Riding it would be free.


By the end of the presentation, council was on track and whole-heartedly supporting a motion to forward the information, an 88-page summary, with an 8 foot map, to the Fraser Valley Regional District who in turn will be asked to create a task force to look at the feasibility of a rail project. See more here.




  Monday, April 1, 2019  

Published 3 pm


Prairie Fever

Jeffrey Straker tours his new album with a stop at Acoustic Emporium April 27

Mavis Harris, Nice Marmot PR/Submitted photo


Well-known eastern artist Jeffrey Straker will be playing an unforgettable show at Acoustic Emporium April 27.


ften drawing comparisons to a young Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, or Elton John - his own personal influences have really come to light on his new record, "Dirt Road Confessional", which was released in the Spring of 2017. It's a 12-song epic folk/pop album which features the likes of Royal Wood, and Daniel Ledwell. It debuted at #5 on the iTunes Canada Singer-Songwriter charts and has had airplay on CBC Radio as well as college/community radio. The album was produced in 5 different studios with a myriad of producers at the helm...which is no surprise - 'cause Jeffery is always on the move. He plays (on average) over a 100 shows a year worldwide.

Positive response of the album has seen Straker enjoy some notable bookings. He’s performed his original songs with the full Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in the 2200 seat TCU Place. After making his debut at Ottawa's National Arts Centre he's enjoyed sold-out shows throughout the country. The Toronto Star called his work “one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada in a long time”, and his home province of Saskatchewan gave his record a top 10 placing  in the "best albums of 2017" rankings.



  Monday, April 1, 2019  

Published 3 pm


Pedal To The Metal

Radio control vehicle showdowns at Heritage Park this weekend

Ross Moore/Facebook photo/image


RC Racing is all the rage now and will be racing at Heritage Park this weekend April 4-6.


e welcome everyone to the 3rd annual 2019 Big Barn Shootout off-road RC event. This will be huge 3 day RC off-road dirt racing event inside the Chilliwack Heritage Park barn #3 and barn #2. Racers from all across Canada and the United States will be attending.

The event will include 12 classes of off-road racing cars with nitro and electric power. They will be racing on a huge custom-built track with multiple jumps and obstacles to challenge every drivers’ abilities.

 Friday will be a practice day so all participants can test their equipment and hone their skills before the racing begins. Multiple qualifying races will be run all day Saturday to position the racers and the Main event races on Sunday. Friday practice will be 10am to 11pm, Saturday qualifying will commence at 8am an continue into the evening. Sunday main events will run from 8am to 5pm with awards presentations completing the event. Free entrance for all!



  Monday, April 1, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Put A Smile On Your Ears

Wicked Grin play Bozzini's April 4

Mano Asprakis/Handout photo


Wicked Grin play Bozzini's Restaurant April 4.


ozzini's is pleased to continue their Spring Blues series Thursday night with the Chilliwack debut of Ottawa's Wicked Grin performing as a trio.


Doors 6:00 Show 8:00
Tickets $ 20 available at Bozzini’s or call 604 792 0744 to reserve here.


Reviewers have described this Maple Blues Award-winning band as stripped-down, hellaciously rockin’ new blues with the distinctive voice and guitar-work of Murray Kinsley, awesome harmonica, and a rhythm section that swings with reckless, casual precision (Leigh-Anne Stanton on bass and Bruce Saunders on drums).

Leigh-Anne Stanton has been nominated as 2018 Maple Blues Awards Bassist of the Year, and the act was a semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 2019.

Wicked Grin’s latest album “Murder Creek,” released October 2018, has earned widespread industry acclaim and was a semi-finalist for the 2019 IBC Best Self-Produced CD Award.




  Monday, April 1, 2019  

Published 8 am


Pet City

Abby PD overrun with animals on April Fool's Day — no kidding

Sgt Judy Bird/YouTube image


Police officers handle snakes and chicken.

he Abbotsford Police would like to explain the substantial increase in animals occupying our police department today.

Today the Abbotsford Police Department launched its new employee wellness initiative - allowing staff to bring their pets to the workplace. An unexpectedly substantial amount of our staff participated– bringing to work an unusual collection of pets.

The AbbyPD would like offer our apologies to those who attended our headquarters building and found parking limited (we have since moved all the stock trailers and feeding stations), or experienced a delay at the public service counter.

So, due to animals overcrowding our office, allergies, and an overabundance of love and attention showered on our pets today - we will be keeping our pets at home and instead push forward with our therapy dog project.  Rest assured, we will continue to explore less disruptive employee wellness opportunities!

We want to thank the community for their patience and support of this project, but for now we will end this initiative cold turkey, and let sleeping dogs lie.

**Thank you to all our staff and community partners for VOLUNTEERING their time to make this video possible.  NOTICE: Animal handlers were present at all times & NO animals were harmed in the making of this film.