Friday August 10, 2018   


So Exactly What Would Trans Mountain Do in a Wildfire?

Company says bases covered

Kinder Morgan/Website photos


Pipeline fire crews receive extensive raining on what to do if pipelines threatened. Below, Jasper facility.

n the event of an emergency, ensuring effective collaboration between our personnel and response agencies is a must.

We recently conducted fire response and structural protection training at our Jasper Pump Station. Training focused on the plans and equipment we have in place to protect our pipeline facilities from wildfire. Our personnel were joined by representatives from Parks Canada and Jasper Fire Department for this two-day event.

The training focused on outlining structural protection strategy and tactics for participants using our Structural Protection Unit (SPU). The SPU is one type of equipment we recently added to our inventory to enhance our wildfire response. Additional activities included conducting a tabletop exercise and educating participants about our Geographic Response Plans and Wildfire Emergency Preparedness Plans for Jasper National Park.


  Friday August 10, 2018   


Flat Tire Starts Forest Fire

Highway 7 shut down Thursday

Sgt. Gerry Hanson, Agassiz RCMP/Voice file photo


Update: BC Wildfire map of local forest fires as of Thursday. To see an interactive fire map for BC go here.

n August 8, 2018 Agassiz RCMP along with Agassiz Fire Department responded to a report of a brush fire which had started along Lougheed Highway 7 between Agassiz and Hope. A brush fire appears to have been started from a vehicle which had suffered a flat tire and has spread gaining intensity. Agassiz Fire Department along with BC Wildfires are battling the blaze with the assistance of helicopters and water bombers.

The Department of Highways have closed Lougheed Highway 7 approximately 2 kms east of Wahleach Road near Agassiz in both East and West directions and it is expected to remain closed for possibly 24 hours or until the fire can be contained or the area is deemed safe for travel. No update available.


  Tuesday August 7, 2018   


Conversations on the Serango

Myrtle reconnects with friends from her missionary work as a nurse in India

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


om, I'm John Calvin Mandal from Soura Baptist Association son of Pastor Essaw Kumar Mandal from Tarava village. Thank you for your suggestions regarding the management of the Christian hospital Seranga, as per my knowledge from Soura Baptist Association there are some MBBS graduate and many nurses have been doing the service in different places. Our soura Baptist Association we are ready to run the hospital with best equipments and staff but the present committee should allow us either handed over it. See more here.


  Tuesday August 7, 2018   


Crews Battle

Difficult House Fire

It was all firefighters could do to stop it from spreading to tinder-dry forest nearby

Ian Josephson, Fire Chief, CFD/Google satellite image


A house somewhere in the 7600-block of Nixon Road burned to the ground Tuesday.

t 11:18pm last night, firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 responded to a fire located in the 7600-block of Nixon Road.

Fire crews arrived on scene to find a fully involved house fire. Firefighting operations were particularly challenging due to the steep, narrow driveway, lack of water supply and a venting propane tank.

Fire crews managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjacent forest and barn.

The house was completely destroyed.

Fortunately 2 home occupants had become aware of the fire and had safely evacuated.

There were no firefighter injuries.

Fire cause is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.


  Tuesday August 7, 2018   


Hitting it Big

Richmond family will be going on a safari after Lotto 649 win

BCLC/Submitted photo


The next best thing to winning is reading about the winners. He travelled to England to give her the good news.


ayne Martin and Sandee Towers will enjoy their big win with an African safari with family after winning the Lotto 6/49 $7M jackpot from the June 27, 2018 draw.

The Richmond couple also looks forward to spending more time with its four children and buying a house in the B.C. Interior. “We’re a close knit family, pretty quiet,” says Sandee. “We like to spend lots of time with our children.”  See more here.


  Sunday August 5, 2018   


Green Thumb to Get

Order of BC

Brian Minter one of 14 chosen for British Columbia's top award

BC government Caucus/Voice file photos


Brian Minter at a 2011 election debate at UFV.

ourteen exceptional civic leaders will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the Province’s highest form of recognition.

“I am so pleased to share congratulations with the inspiring individuals joining the Order of British Columbia this year,” announced Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, chancellor of the order. “These exceptional recipients are pillars of our communities who have demonstrated excellence and distinction in their fields. I wish to extend my thanks to all new members for their commitment to meaningful work that leaves a lasting legacy, which benefits and elevates our province for future generations.” See more here.


  Monday August 6, 2018   


Heroes and Hits

Brokop and Jeffereson play Bozzini's August 14

Mano Asprakis, Bozzini's Rest./Submitted photo


Acclaimed country singer Lisa Brokop will be at Bozzini's for one show only August 14


he duo will pay homage to these Legendary greats with some of their favorites like Patsys ‘Walkin After Midnight’, ‘She’s Got You’, ‘Crazy’ and Hanks‘Lovesick Blues’, ‘Kaw-Liga’ and ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ as well as a handful of hits from Lisa and Paul’s own repertoire of recordings will be sprinkled into the evening as well to make for one extremely memorable night!

Lisa Brokop & Paul Jefferson
Heroes and Hits
Tuesday, August 14th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Tickets $ 29.50 + gst available now at Bozzini’s or call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone.


See more here.



  Sunday August 5, 2018   


Huskers Victorious

Chilliwack junior football team finally puts one in the win column

Jean Hincks, publisher The Progress/Voice file photo


Chilliwack Huskers Football Club come from behind to squeak by the VI Raiders 33-31 Sunday.

he Valley Huskers won their game opener of the season with a 33-31 win over the Vancouver Island Raiders on Sunday at Exhibition Stadium.

The Husker were behind at half time 31-12 but the determined team came back to win the game by stopping the Raiders from scoring any points in the second half and then managed three touchdowns to secured the win for the Huskers.

You can view the game and highlights at

Coach Bob Reist and his team will now face the Langley Rams on Saturday, August 11th at 7pm at Exhibition Stadium.



  Thursday August 2, 2018   


Literary Fun!

Library Day at the PNE August 22

Jennifer Fehr, FVRL/Website image


Chilliwack library card holders get entry deals August 22.

raser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is excited to participate in Library Day at the Fair at the PNE. Thanks to a partnership between the Fair, Tim Hortons, Raise a Reader, and Public Library InterLINK, teen and adult fair-goers can get into the Fair for only $6 on Wednesday, August 22 by presenting their FVRL library card! The Fair is always free for children under the age of 13. See more here.


  Wednesday August 1, 2018   


Freedom Fighters

Is critical thinking and free speech being systematically destroyed?

Barry Neufeld, School District 33 Board Trustee/Photos submitted


School District #33 Board Trustee Barry Neufeld recently attended the World Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists in Prague, Czech Republic.

just got home from the beautiful City of Prague, Czech Republic, where I attended the World Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Related Professions. (More about that later) I was impressed by the youth and vigor of Prague’s Bohemian and Moravian citizens. See more here.


  Saturday August 4, 2018   


The Road Less Travelled

Couple have driven across the Americas

Staff/Voice photos


Migue and Eli have learned a lot after 1½ years on the road. Note "Jesus" is on the bumper. Below, Mique points to the Canadian flag.

igue and Eli de Medellin have been on the road for 1½ years now and after leaving Bogata, Colombia, South America they are on the last leg of their Americas tour odyssey as they head up to Alaska. Migue told The Voice Friday that they plan to be in Alaska August 20.

Their vehicle looks like a suitcase at the airport covered in decals from the different countries

According to their Facebook page they've been through "twenty countries, #sueñoscumplidos filled with great memories, friends on the route, experience, knowledge, personal growth, what more can we say... the words are exhausted to describe the happiness that you are, provide wanting what you do, do what you want, set goals and see that you can, that you can make it, which is worth it, which is not easy, that not everything is pink and walk as some think, is life. It's the life we choose to live!"

Follow their journey at:



  Saturday August 4, 2018   


RainCity Anointed Project Developer

Trethewey Avenue site has to be rezoned for 46 modular housing units, Open House September 11

BC Gov't Caucus/Google map image


The sought after site for the 46 modular housing units on Trethewey Ave. will have 24/7 support services..

ore people experiencing homelessness in Chilliwack will have the chance for stable housing through another proposed modular housing partnership between the Government of British Columbia and the city.

Funded under the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program, 46 homes with supports and services are proposed on the 45000 block of Trethewey Avenue. See more here.


  Saturday August 4, 2018   


Letter Re: Freedom Fighters

Support for Neufeld

Paul Seyler, Langley, former Chilliwack Lake resident



Rudyard Kipling, author, poet

Commons Wiki photo

ust had to comment on Barry Neufeld's article of August 1, 2018. Well written and loved his short but to the point history lesson on his visit to the Czech Republic.

Barry's struggle against the School Board is truly heroic and it brings to mind the meaningful and so true poem by Rudyard Kipling's "If". See more here.


  Wednesday August 1, 2018   


No Love at Electric Love Fest

Ejected partygoer tries to ram into crowd with vehicle, police called to site 14 times

Sergeant Darren Rennie, Commander of the Agassiz RCMP/Facebook photos


The crowd absorbs the stage music at Electric Love Music Festival at Cheam Village July 26-29.

uring the weekend of July 26 to July 29, the Cheam Fishing Village hosted the Electric Love Music Festival. Police bolstered resources in preparation for the festival. Agassiz RCMP responded to 14 calls for service at the festival grounds or nearby due to festival goers actions. See more here.


  Wednesday August 1, 2018    


Huskers Kick Off 2018 Season

VI Raiders in town BC Day

By Blake Roberts, BCFC/Voice file photo


Chilliwack's junior football kicks off Sunday, August 5.


he teams will again play a 10-game schedule with the regular season wrapping up October 13th. The BCFC play-offs go the following weekend with the top 4 teams meeting in semi-finals. The conference champions will be crowned the weekend of October 27th in the Cullen Cup game.

The 2018 BCFC champions will then host the Ontario Football Conference champions in national semi-final action November 3rd. The winners of that game will then travel to the prairies to meet the PFC champion in the Canadian Bowl.

Follow the BCFC daily on our website and social media channels where the news on the conference is constantly updated with video interviews, team news and direct links to all our team’s local media stories.

Fans who can’t make it to a game live can watch PPV on Follow the BCFC on TSN1040 this season with regular reports Thursdays, Fridays and during BC Lions broadcast!



  Wednesday August 1, 2018    


Elvis Land

Steve Elliot headlines "Party in the Plaza" at Cultus Lake August 10

By Kelly Ridely, Cultus Lake Park Board/Voice file photo



Steve Elliot aka "Elvis Elite" entertainer featured at Plaza.



he Cultus Lake Park Community Events and Activities Committee recently announced that Elvis Tribute Artist, Steve Elliott – known as Elvis Elite – will play a free show at the Cultus Lake Shopping Plaza (4125 Columbia Valley Highway, Cultus Lake) on Friday, August 10, beginning at 7 p.m. This show is weather dependent. See more here.



  Wednesday August 1, 2018    


House Fire on Princess

CFD:  Fire in a vacant home increases the risk to firefighter safety

By Mike Bourdon, Assistant Fire Chief, Chilliwack Fire Dept.


A vacant house next to Ruth and Naomi's caught fire Monday. Crews saved the bottom floor of the classic house.


t 4:30am on July 30, 2018, firefighters from Chilliwack fire halls 1, 4 & 6 responded to a structure fire in the 46000-block of Princess Avenue. Upon arrival they found a vacant, two-storey family residential home with flame and smoke showing from the second floor and attic space. Firefighters confined and quickly extinguished the fire to the second floor area and attic space of the house.

Fire damage was contained to the central area of the second floor, attic and roof structure.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The fire is still under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.

Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind owners of vacant homes that they face an increase risk when it comes to property damage which includes vandalism, theft and or fire damage.  A fire within a vacant home also increases the risk to firefighter safety.


  Wednesday August 1, 2018    


Treasure Hunters Get Mouthy

You never know where gold shows up

By Staff/Submitted photos


FV Treasure Hunter member Linda Sexsmith found two gold teeth at Blackeies spit.


he ladies from the Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters didn't get queasy with their macabre finds during the club hunt July 15th. We all know that gold all comes from neutron star collisions so just the fact that it came from a tooth doesn't bother them.

Interim club president Mark Lewis quipped The Voice that he wanted to use them for filling his own teeth but his wife wouldn't let him.

The Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters go out monthly to scour areas for precious metals, artifacts. They're valuable asset to the community when they can go in and scan for nails or other sharp metal objects such as needles hidden beneath children's school ground sawdust.

To join or learn more about the group, visit their webpage here.

  Wednesday August 29, 2018   


Star Strut

SPCA Paws for a Cause fundraiser Sept 9

Sarah Ringer, SPCE/Voice file photos


Dogs from every walk of life attend the event each year.


he BC SPCA is gearing up for its Paws for a Cause walk, presented by Hill’s® Science Diet®. This year, our Chilliwack and Abbotsford Branches will be teaming up to present a day full of fun at Vedder River Park in Chilliwack on Sunday, Sept. 9. The event includes a five-kilometre walk, plus activities, prizes and more!

“We’re excited to be able to offer a dog-friendly beer garden area,” says Tess Repenning, BC SPCA manager, peer-to-peer and community fundraising. “There’s also going to be a delicious selection of vegan, vegetarian and SPCA Certified foods, along with BC SPCA booths, a tent for all kinds of children’s activities, plus a number of other vendors to come and visit.”

Repenning says it’s not too late to sign up. “This event is a win-win for everyone. Not only will you be able to enjoy the day with all the people – and the animals in your community – you’ll also be doing your part in the fight against animal cruelty.” To sign up, all you have to do is head to our website,


“Whether you’ll be fundraising on your own, with your friends and family, or as a corporate group, you’ll enjoy fundraising support leading up to the big day. “You can also learn more about how your participation and fundraising dollars will help domestic, farm and wild animals right across the province.”

  Sunday August 26, 2018   


The Ultimate Goal

National team showcase game August 27 in preparation for Team USA in Pittsburgh

Matt Morrow, exec. dir CBH/Voice file photos


Matt Morrow (left) works with Courage Canada Blind Hockey players at Prospera Centre in November 2013.

anadian Blind Hockey is hosting the first-ever National Team Training Camp for the sport of Blind Hockey this week at Burnaby 8 Rinks, culminating with a noon hour showcase game on Monday, August 27, from 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm. 

The event is free and open to the public, as the top Blind Hockey players in the country play an inter-squad scrimmage to showcase the rapidly growing para-sport of Blind Hockey. 

Blind Hockey is played all across Canada by athletes who are blind or partially sighted who have approximately 10% vision or less.  The sport uses an adapted puck that makes noise and is larger than a traditional puck. 

The Canadian National Team is made up of players and coaches from five different provinces, including five members from the lower-mainland, who were selected based on their outstanding performance history at the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament which takes place annually in Toronto, ON. See more here.

  Sunday, August 26, 2018   


Talk of the Town

Speaker search deadline Sept 27

Submitted by Michael Berger, TedxChilliwack MC


Tom Watson talks at TEDx in 2017. (website photo)

EDxChilliwack is hosting a Speaker Search Symposium at Cowork Chilliwack on September 27. The session is being held to help guide potential TEDxChilliwack speakers on what it takes to deliver a powerful and engaging talk. Alumni speakers will give first-hand tips and advice to maintain a confident and captivating presence on stage, while they deliver a talk that captures the audience’s attention. This event is an opportunity for prospective speakers to develop or build on their public speaking skills and to have experienced speakers answer any questions they may have. See more here.


  Sunday, August 26, 2018   


Polished, Sophisticated

Alfie Zappacosta returns to Bozzini's Sept 23

Submitted by Mano Asprakis, Bozzini's Restaurant


Musician/actor is one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years.

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.

Sunday Sept 23
Doors 6:00 Show 8:00
Tickets $ 29.50 available now at Bozzini's
or call 604 792 0744 to reserve


See more including a clip of Zappacosta's show at Bozzini's here.



  Friday, August 24, 2018   


A Whole New Ball Game

Valley Huskers football club chalk up another win

Jean Hincks, Black Press, Facebook photo


Huskers slip by Okanagan Sun for the first time in the club's history on Saturday, August 18. Next up at home vs. the Kamloops Blazers, Sept. 8.

he Huskers opened up the first quarter 14-0 and by half-time the score was 14-7 for the Chilliwack team.

Anthonty Dyck opened the scoring drive with a touchdown and Quarterback Julian Wytnick tossed a touchdown pass of 26 yards and ran one in from a yard out to take the first quarter lead. Read more here.


  Friday, August 24, 2018   


Everything Including the Kitchen Sink

Robertson Elementary Annual Fall Market  Oct 27

Kelly Wugalter, Robertson Elem. PAC/Image Submitted


The Annual Fall Market has delicious food to unique household items.


he Robertson Elementary Annual Fall Market will take place on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 10am-3pm!


We will have around 40 tables of wonderful gifts ideas, including local vendors selling handmade products! There will be lots of door prizes from our vendors as well! Admission is only $2 for adults (kids are free) or a non-perishable food donation.


All monies raised at our Fall Market will go towards our Operation Playground Fund! So come on down and enjoy some #FamilyFriendlyFun and #ShopLocal



  Wednesday August 22, 2018   


The Business of Being Safe

Chilliwack stores now have an option to join LGBTQ2S+ "Safe Place Program"

Cpl. Mike Rail, Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD/Voice file photo



Cpl. Mike Rail says RCMP community safety the focus the Safe Place Program.


he RCMP, with the support of the business community, is introducing the Safe Place Program throughout the city. 


Originating in Seattle, and introduced in Vancouver two years ago, the Safe Place Program offers the LGBTQ2S+ community shelter if they are feeling unsafe – a place where they will be welcomed, can call the police, and wait until officers arrive.


Businesses, schools, or other institutions participating in the program are identified by a rainbow coloured badge displayed on a door or window of their locations.


“Everyone should feel safe,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. “Promoting acceptance and inclusion while ensuring the safety of community is a priority of the Chilliwack RCMP.”  


To register, participants are asked to sign an agreement they will provide a safe place for anyone of the LGBTQ2S+ community, then post the rainbow decal. 


To include your business or association in the Safe Place program contact Constable Isabelle Christensen at 604 393 3000.



  Monday, August 20, 2018   


Gap-toothed Pension

Min. Ralph Goodale says RCMP "Bridge Benefit" takes up the slack on super annuity denial

John Labelle, Super Annuity Campaign


RCMP seek answers to Super Annuity issue. (Voice file pic)


our Member of Parliament, Doug Eyolfson, has forwarded to me your correspondence of April 23, 2018, regarding the reduction to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) pension at age 65.

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your many years of dedicated service to Canadians. I have provided a copy of your correspondence to the RCMP and am advised that pensioners are receiving the full pension benefit to which they are entitled under the provisions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act. See more here.



  Monday, August 20, 2018   


Nelson Council Bucks City Staff Over Flag Flap

Community Pole marginalizes says Pride group

Stephanie Myers, Kootenay Pride


Kootenay Pride members of the LGBTQ community hold flags outside of Nelson, BC city hall.


ootenay Pride celebrated a small victory last night at a city council meeting in Nelson, BC.


Kootenay Pride is one of the oldest Pride groups in the province, this year will their 22nd year honouring the LGBTQ2S community, but the Pride flag has never flown over the city during the Pride events. The only time the Pride flag has flown in front of city hall was after the Orlando massacre in June of 2016.
 See more here.



  Saturday August 18, 2018   


Roadside Attraction

BC Culture Days Sept 28-30

Amanda Harris, Camber Communications/Website photos



Tours of the Orpheum will be happening. Below, Lori Paul with Spiderlodge will be performing in Chilliwack.

C Culture Days is back and bigger than ever in honour of its ninth anniversary season, taking place across British Columbia and the nation, September 28-30, 2018.
Whether fans of the arts, interested in a specific skill, or looking to become more involved in the cultural life of your particular community, people from across the province of British Columbia are invited to take part in this national celebration of arts, culture and heritage. Thousands of free, hands-on and behind-the-scenes opportunities are on offer, such as workshops, open rehearsals, tours, collaborative art projects and panel discussions — all hosted by local arts groups, individuals and municipalities.
A community-specific, grassroots event that is also a national celebration of arts and cultural engagement, BC Culture Days will be showcasing hundreds of events in every corner of British Columbia: from Vancouver and Victoria, to small communities in the Northern and Eastern regions of BC.

Event planning meeting for Chilliwack takes place 12 noon - 2 pm June 22, Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St.





  Wednesday, August 15, 2018   


Treasure Trove

Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters monthly adventures and their finds

Mark Lewis, Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters


Mark Lewis (c), Bob Glover (l) and Pete Binafo.

e had a good meeting this past Tuesday, it was the first one that Alison lead since her election.

Had some good times, talked about some upcoming hunts out of town. Discussed where to hunt without killing any remaining grass and a few other items.

Please stay off the grass until we have a good 4-5 days of rainfall. A little bit of rain won't cut it, it needs a good soaking. And a BIG warning, stay off grass that is automatically watered!

If something goes wrong with the irrigation system, guess who will get the bill and not mention possibly getting us all barred from sports fields and parks.

What I am trying to say is be smart. Just because you hunted there before doesn't mean you should go back, give your head a shake.

We had some interesting items entered into our Hunter of the Month contest.

1st Place - Mark Lewis, Sterling Silver Pendant
2nd Place - Bob Glover, 1967 Canadian 50¢ coin
3rd Place - Pete Bifano, 1967 Shell Token





  Wednesday, August 15, 2018   


Yarrow Fire

Crews contained fire to outbuilding

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Fire Chief, Prevention, CFD


n August 14, 2018, at approximately 3pm, the Chilliwack Fire Dept was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 4300-block of Eckert Street in Yarrow.

When firefighters from halls 1, 3, 4 and 6 arrived on-scene, they found a single-storey outbuilding fully involved. Firefighters went into a defensive mode, quickly knocked the fire down and brought it under control before there was any exposure damage to the house and surrounding buildings. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The fire appears to be accidental and is still under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Dept.







  Monday, August 14, 2018   


Local People, Local Food

Cold storage is needed to keep Canadian vegetables and fruit

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


mall mixed farmers who produce or formerly produced vegetables and fruit, are in great financial need.  To make ends meet, many young people and their parents have had to take a second job or college studies for a new career. This is because Safeway, Walmart, Superstore, IGA, Cosco and Superstore sell fruit and vegetables grown in Mexico, California, and Washington State for less than they can be grown in BC.  See more here.


  Monday, August 17, 2018   


Three Laughs

King, James and Tonning will be bringing their talent to Chilliwack August 17

Simon King/Submitted image



n Aug 17th, there is a great local comedy show, at Main Street Nightclub in Chilliwack BC. Simon King, who has been on Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, HBO, CBC and Comedy Central will being headlining, with Sam Tonning and Keller James featuring.

Come enjoy a show and an easy cab ride home. Get cheaper tickets if you buy early and save an extra $5 for drinks. Tickets are $20 at the door and there are still a few on sale for $15.


To buy tickets and more information, visit here.
Connect on Facebook here.



  Monday, August 17, 2018   


Art and Culture Paradise

Take a tour of Art on the Farm August 18

Minda Chitenden/Submitted image

Handmade soaps are jut one of the items available on Art on the Farm. Below, fruit and vegetables will also be on hand.

olumbia Valley Hall (near Cultus Lake) will host a free outdoor art/music event on Saturday, Aug 18th, 10am - 4pm to highlight local painters, potters, woodworkers, fabric artists, metal workers, and more. New this year, Charnwood Farms’ Jen Seymour will demonstrate how to make flower mandalas, learn how to create beautiful live art as you weed your garden!

We will also have Columbia Valley organic veggies for sale, and a farm photo booth hosted by Vickie Legere – get a picture of your family taken, rakes and shovels in hand. We will have wood turning demonstrations, painting demonstrations, spinning kids’ activities and live music. Just past Lindell Beach at Cultus Lake, Columbia Valley has been the scene for Art on the Farm for the past 13 years.

This quaint valley is divided by the US border, and in 1887, some settlers thought they were settling in the US and not Canada. On August 18, local artists will settle the valley at 1202 Kosikar Road (Columbia Valley Hall) to showcase their paintings, wood art, pottery, crocheted art, and cottage home décor. All artists are juried and must hand make their wares.

The energetic Anton (the Accordion Man) will kick off the music of the day, followed by the talented Norine Braun and local John Young. Bring your bike, cycle the valley, and stop by for some homemade biscuits and jam, while listening to the music and shopping.

See attached for Michael Hamilton-Clark's handmade bowl and Jen Seymour's flower mandala art.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help at the event, or sell food, contact Minda. For more information, visit Art on the Farm here or email here.



  Monday, August 17, 2018   


Quesnel SPCA Evacuated

Other branches take in animals, look for donations

Mark Takhar/Submitted photos



he BC SPCA is on high alert, bracing for the need to assist animals impacted by the province’s raging wildfires.

This past Friday, an evacuation order was issued for areas that included the BC SPCA’s Quesnel Branch. We’ve also taken the precautionary measure of evacuating animals from our Williams Lake Branch. Staff and volunteers worked quickly to evacuate a total of 60 animals to shelters throughout the Lower Mainland.

“Evacuations are a stressful time for everyone. This most certainly includes the animals we love and care for – they are no doubt feeling it,” says Mark Takhar, BC SPCA’s chief operations officer.

“As there are a number of other areas are under evacuation alert, we continue our preparations, as many expect to see warm, dry weather over the next while. Although we’re hoping we don’t see a repeat of last summer’s devastating wildfires, our staff, volunteers and officers are ready, willing and able to feed and comfort any animals in need of our help.”

In 2017, more than 1,000 wildfires swept across the province, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes. This included cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, fish – and in one instance, a snake. In some cases, evacuees had to leave animals behind – like pigs, cows, chickens and horses. Others were in dire need of emergency shelter for their pets until they could claim them.

It was thanks to our generous donors that the BC SPCA was able to set up and run a BC SPCA emergency shelter in Prince George for animals who were forced to flee, and in need of temporary housing until their owners could come home. Our Special Constables also spent nearly 2,000 hours assisting animals behind evacuation lines.

The BC SPCA is asking for donations to support efforts to rescue and care for animals during the wildfires emergency at 



  Sunday, August 12, 2018   


Air Quality Alert

Forest fire smoke settles into the upper Fraser Valley

Environment Canada/Voice file photo

etro Vancouver has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to wildfire smoke from fires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Smoke concentrations can vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as fire behaviour changes.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow the advice of your healthcare provider. As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.

For more information on current air quality, see:

Visit for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.



  Saturday August 11, 2018   


Parks on Fire

Another BC park under attack

BC Parks/Google Satellite image



Sasquatch Provincial Park under evacuation order as fire burns near Harrison Lake.

forest wildfire burning east of Harrison Hot Springs has prompted the closure of Sasquatch Provincial Park to protect public safety.

As of noon on Saturday, August 11, 2018, Sasquatch Park is closed by regional director’s order. A 100-hectare wildfire located off Highway 7 is burning close to the park. Due to recent growth and change in fire behaviour, campers and other park visitors will be evacuated and the park will remain closed until further notice. Park visitors with affected reservations will receive refunds. Please check the park webpage (below) for updates.

Campfires are currently banned everywhere in B.C. except within part of the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction and the Fog Zone on the west coast of Vancouver Island. To report a wildfire or open burning violation call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.


  Saturday August 11, 2018   


Air Show Plane Goes Down

Five injured in crash

Sgt. Judy Bird, Abbotsford PD/Wikicommons photo



Wikicommons photo showing a deHaviland Dragon Rapide—the same type as the one that crashed Saturday.


t 5:30 pm, shortly after the Airshow ended, officials were notified of a crash on the airport runway. A 1930’s era biplane (deHaviland Dragon Rapide) crashed shortly after takeoff.

The occupants of the aircraft include the pilot and four adult passengers. All five on board have been taken to hospital by BC Ambulance Service by both air and road; three with non-life threatening injuries, one serious and one critical.

As the Abbotsford International Airshow has just completed for the day, many emergency resources were already in place and able to respond immediately. 

The crash investigation is in the preliminary stages, and will be conducted by the Transportation Safety Board. Further enquiries regarding the crash are to be forwarded to the Transportation Safety Board.

At this time the Airport is closed and will be expected to reopen this evening around 9:00 pm. Further enquiries regarding Abbotsford Airport Operations are to be forwarded to the Airport Manager.

The Airshow will proceed as scheduled on Sunday.


  Friday August 10, 2018   


Cultus Lake Crime Wave

Park Board says organized gang stealing from cars

Cultus Lake Park Board/Voice file photo



lease be aware that there appears to be an organized group stealing from properties at Cultus Lake. It has been reported that some locals were loading their cars to head home when someone went into the cars and stole wallets and cell phones.


It is believed that they must have been watching and waiting as the cars were left alone only for a short time. Additional accounts, such as golf clubs stolen from a garage that was only left open for a few minutes have also been reported.

We are asking the community to report any suspicious activity and to please secure your property or valuables. Please report it to the RCMP non-emergency number 604-792-4611 or 911. You can also report any suspicious activity to Bylaw Enforcement at 604-858-5298.



  Friday August 10, 2018   


How's This Look?

Maker Cube lets imaginations loose

P. Seyler/Andrew Houghton photo via Wikcommons


Maker Cube opens Saturday in Langley 11am to 3pm.


aker Cube is a community-based workshop and co-working space that makes equipment and education more accessible to the community, connecting makers of all backgrounds in one central hub. Maker Cube allows fabricators of all experience levels to learn and use tools normally beyond their means, opening the doors for innovation, creativity and collaboration.

Mayor Ted Schaffer will be on hand to assist in a ribbon cutting at 12:15 pm. Everyone is welcome; there will be a free BBQ, workshop demonstrations and pop-up booths by local artists. As part of Grand Opening Celebration there will also be a fantastic door prize for one lucky guest!

Location: #104B - 5947 206A St. Langley, BC V3A 8M1 11am - 3pm. For more information about Maker Cube, visit ​​  Connect on Instagram: ​@makercube Facebook: ​@makercubecanada and Meetups here. ​



  Friday August 10, 2018   


Too Close To Home

Chilliwack Lake residents watching fire near Klesilkwa Creek in the Skagit Range closely

P. Seyler/Andrew Houghton photo via Wikcommons


The serene Chilliwack Lake was once a fiery hell.

forest fire at Chilliwack Lake was always a concern during summer months at the lake. If a fire comes from the west you can be in deep trouble up there as only one road in and out. I had a 14 ft. boat that I kept in running order just in case one had to go into the lake.

The history of the lake is a fantastic read. I think it was 1938 when a fire went through the valley all the way to Chilliwack Lake and there was 2 families who lived there who actually had to take a boat out into the middle of the lake to escape. Must have been scary. Today people are careless with not putting out campfires and not putting out cigs.

A Facebook post also on Friday was: Yes it is one of our biggest concerns living up here.



  Thursday, August 16, 2018   


Never Stop Caring

Memorial Ribbon gala to raise money to assist children of fallen officers August 18

Ross Gulkinson, VP PPORMS


Victoria Police Dept. Cst. Ian Jordan was lost to a motor vehicle accident April 11, 2018

ince Canada has lost two more of our heroes: Fredericton Constable's Costello and Burns, that have a combination of 7 Children between them, the society will be looking at a total of 67 Children that have lost a mom or dad.

Of the total 67 Children the Society [PPOMRS] has provided scholarships for 12 Children in Canada of Fallen Officers of which 2 of the Children have completed their post secondary education, and we continue to support the remaining 10, and standby for applications for scholarships. This is sadly a substantial amount of children when of age will need our support in order to attain a post secondary education.

In saying this, these Fallen Heroes, like Constable Costello and Constable Burns, that gave the ultimate sacrifice 'their lives' to keep Canada safe and from harms way, now in their absence need us all 'Living Canadians' to help their children get the education that they're not there to provide. The community can attend or donjated to the Children's Scholarship or they can donate to the Scholarship through our website:



  Thursday, August 16, 2018   


BC is Burning

Provincial Gov't declares State of Emergency

BC Gov't caucus


BC firefighters have been mobilized to help fight blazes in BC (Voice file photo).

he British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency management officials.

The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, once issued, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary. The state of emergency applies to the whole province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a coordinated response to protect the public, which remains the provincial government’s top priority.

"Public safety is always our first priority and, as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary," Farnworth said. "Taking this step will further ensure we can protect the public, property and infrastructure, and assist with firefighting efforts."

As of Aug. 14, there were 566 wildfires burning in B.C., with 29 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,050 people (1,521 properties), in addition to 48 evacuation alerts impacting approximately 18,720 people (9,359 properties). The extended weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry conditions, with risk of thunderstorms in some parts of the province.

Currently, more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in all fire regions of the province. This includes 1,427 B.C. contract personnel, as well as 436 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.


  Wednesday August 15, 2018   


Wheeling in the Right Direction for The Drive

Pattison Broadcast group buys popular Chilliwack radio station lock, stock and barrel

Vanessa Ong, Pattison Broadcast  Group/Voice file photo


The friendly 89.5 The Drive station crew. (l-r) Kevin Gemmel, Station Manager; Kerry Grace, Afternoon Drive; Natalie Columbus, Sales Advisor and Morning Co-Hosts Sadie Hesketh and Glen Slingerland.

he current local management teams will continue to lead the Chilliwack, Whitecourt and Melfort stations and all of the existing team members at the four Fabmar Communications stations will be offered positions and the opportunity to grow with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. See more here.







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