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  Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 


Super Duper Heroes

Kiean's Wish Toy Drive will put a lot of smiles on kid's faces Christmas morning

Cpl Elenore Sturk, Surrey RCMP/Handout photo


A truckload of toys wait for homes on Christmas morning.

hanks to the generosity of the community, RCMP officers, staff and volunteers, the 2018 Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive has once again been a resounding success.

Between December 1st and December 15th, the Surrey RCMP accepted donations of cash or new, unwrapped toys for the BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Hospice in memory of six-year old Keian Blundell.

RCMP officers and some of our “Superhero” friends will be delivering over 1,000 toys and $8,750 in donations to the BC Children’s Hospital today, December 18th.

Thank you to all of the kind-hearted people who have helped honour Keian’s Holiday Wish and to make the holidays a little brighter for sick kids and their families.

For more information on “Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive”, please visit the Surrey RCMP’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.



  Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 


Truck Oil Spill on Airport

Crews stopped the flow before it created an environmental hazard

Staff/Voice photo


Truck blew a gasket on Airport Rd. last week.

five ton truck apparently blew a gasket on Airport Road last Wednesday and poured out oil for block before stopping.

Chilliwack Firefighters responded quickly before any runoff could get into the drain creating an environmental issue. In cases of spills such as with accidents, absorbent is used and then swept up after evidence that fire crews do more than just fight fires.



  Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 


On the Road Again

The Annual RV show rolls into Abbotsford with the latest vehicles and gear Feb 14-17

Steph Troughton/Website photos


RV Show returns to Chilliwack February 14-17, 2019.

reater Vancouver, B.C. – British Columbia’s premier recreational vehicle show is once again returning to Tradex – Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre from February 14 to 17, 2019.

Just in time for Christmas and for the first time, the Show is offering an online ticket sale option for those who want to plan their attendance now and maximize their time spent at the RV Show in February. To buy tickets online, visit rvshows here.  See more here.


  Monday, Dec 17, 2018 


Tootin' Terrific

The CP Holiday Train rolls through Agassiz tonight featuring the Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott & Sierra

Staff/Voice file photos


Kelly Prescott on the Holiday Train in December 2014. Below the train in 2011. The show tonight is 5-6 pm.


hear that train a'comin. Each year the CP Holiday Train comes through Agassiz raising funds and food that stay in the community where the train stops. The program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than $14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP's routes in Canada and the US. This year the event celebrates it's 20th anniversary.

The event will start just after dark in front of the Agassiz fairgrounds from 5-6 PM. People are encouraged to bring along food donations.



  Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 


Danger Avenue

International Day to End Against Violence Toward Sex Trade Workers photo exhibit Dec 17

Submitted by PACE/Voice photos


Prostitutes life is precarious and they're are at risk to violence whenever on the street.


n Fall 2018, acclaimed photographer Jackie Dives launched The Resistance: Experimental Photography Project, an eight-week workshop for sex workers in partnership with PACE Society, a sex worker-led organization that operated in Vancouver for more than twenty years.


Through playful, free-form exploration, the project allowed participants to activate their creative voice to counter stigma, reaffirm agency, and resist mainstream narratives of sex work. Their work invites viewers to re-imagine the cliché image of the sex worker as a collective act of resistance.

The Providing Advocacy, Counselling & Education (PACE) Society is hosting a photo exhibit and public education event on Monday December 17 from 7 to 9pm to recognize International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  This group photo exhibition, "The Resistance: Experimental Photography Project," will take place at the InterUrban Art Gallery at 1 Hastings St. E., in Vancouver, BC.


In Chilliwack The Pearl Life Renewal Society (PLRS), a faith-based street women's help group held a fundraiser November 24.

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Laurie Throness, who's father was a well-known and much-loved pastor at the Alliance Church in Chilliwack before his passing and whose brother is currently a pastor in the Okanagan, was invited to the faith-based fundraiser.

Three days later, bolstered by PRLS' unconfirmed numbers, Throness told members of the Legislature that up to 70 women and girls have been indoctrinated into a local "modern human slavery", in Chilliwack adding that there could be 700 women and girls working as prostitutes.


Chilliwack prostitute is approached.

"It’s my sincere hope that our government will take a strong stand in this matter, renew efforts to rescue women and girls, and bring those who exploit them to justice," said Throness in the Legislature.


"Sexual exploitation is a complex social issue that can happen to anyone. People who are sexually exploited come from a variety of backgrounds, homes and families," Chilliwack RCMP Cpl. Mike Rail told The Voice in an e-mail last week.

PLRS refers to women selling sex on the street as "prostituted women" and women who are trafficked.

The definition of being "trafficked" refers to a modern form of slavery, with illegal smuggling and trading of people, for forced labor or sexual exploitation.

It's well-known that illicit and heavy drugs compel a person to do things to support habits. So it's safe to assume that men tend pilfer and steal and women work as prostitutes in order get the drugs. Without the drugs there's going to be a lot more people going through withdrawal on the street.

"Pearl doesn’t have a dramatic or sensational beginning, just a simple call to action in 2013 to share Jesus’ love with prostituted women," says Pearl founder Joan Goosen on their website.

PLRS became a registered "Welfare" Charity October 4, 2017. The group says they assist sexually exploited women, trafficked, or those involved in prostitution.

Perhaps the "strong stand" that Throness referred to in his speech could look like drug reform.

For more information, visit www.pearlliferenewal.com out 510-45715 Hocking Ave.



  Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 


The Beautiful Fair

Annual Women's Expo March 1-3 in Chilliwack

Shannon Ross/Handout  photo



he eighth annual Fraser Valley Women's Expo at Chilliwack Heritage Park will be held on March 1st, 2nd & 3rd. We would like to invite you to join us. Space is filling up so book soon.

To reserve your booth space reply via email here. Connect on Facebook here.

If you've already reserved your booth, we'll see you there!

For the contract, go to FVWE 2019.

For the floor plan, go to FVWE 2019.




  Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 


Provincial Election Hangs in the Balance

Three candidates to fight for Nanaimo riding in the upcoming by-election

Staff/Voice photo/Website images

Revised Monday, Dec 17


Chilliwack-Kent MLA Laurie Throness, who visited the Lions Club Saturday, could see his party thrust back into power after the upcoming Nanaimo by-election. (Voice photo)


here's a lot of jumping ship going on in BC politics right now triggered by Nanaimo NDP MLA Leonard Krog who bailed after being elected mayor of the city and Nanaimo MP Sheila Malcolmson who was acclaimed Sunday as the NDP MLA by-election  candidate.


“I am so honoured to stand as your candidate to become an MLA in John Horgan’s government,” Malcolmson told the crowd. “This is the most important by-election in BC history. After 16 years of BC Liberal choices that hurt people in Nanaimo and across BC, we’ve finally got a government that is working for people," said Malcolmson in a release on Sunday.


NDP Premier John Horgan promises to call the by-election before the Budget Day February 20, 2019, which could turn provincial politics on its ear and oust his party from power should Liberal Candidate Tony Harris beat Malcolmson.

If Harris were to win, the House would be deadlocked and Speaker Darryl Plecas, who ran as an independent for Abbotsford South, would be required to make a decision on who captains the ship and gets power, or one that could see a province-wide election.

Michele Ney was chosen the Green Party candidate for the critical by-election at Saturday's nomination meeting.


“I am truly honoured that members of the party have chosen me to represent the B.C. Green Party in the by-election,” Ney said in here release. “We’re going to hit the ground running. Folks in this riding are excited for the opportunity to vote for a B.C. Green who can push government in the right direction – supporting the emerging economy, building 21st-century transportation options, and investing in the next generation through education."

In past by-elections, voters have tended to flip-flop. Case in point in 2012 when for the first time an NDP candidate was elected in Chilliwack after Gwen O'Mahoney beat Liberal candidate Laurie Throness by 1400 votes.

"That has never happened before in the Chilliwack-Hope riding," Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent told The Voice Saturday. "We're trying really hard to win the by-election."

In November, polling agent Mainstreet Research conducted a telephone canvass and found that Malcolmson had the edge with 39.8 per cent over Harris' 38.2 per cent of the vote.

“The upcoming by-election in Nanaimo is important for both parties as it could let the Liberals take the lead in the seat count in the BC legislature,” said Quito Maggi, President and CEO. “When asking Nanaimo residents what party they would vote for, the NDP lead by eight, but they are virtually tied when Nanaimo residents were asked about what candidate they would vote for.”



  Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 


Drunks Clash

Both drivers allegedly fled the scene

Staff/Voice photo


Ashwell and Deans was the scene of an accident Friday.

small white car sits in the intersection after a collision with another at Ashwell Road and Deans Avenue Friday at around 3:30 pm.

The crash was allegedly caused by two drunk drivers. Reports at the time were that one driver fled the scene in the damaged car and the other on foot before police and emergency services arrived.

There didn't appear to be any injuries and police spoke to multiple witnesses on-scene. CFD laid out absorbent around the pummeled car. Any witnesses can contact the RCMP at 604 792 4611. For safe rides this holiday season call Operation Red Nose 604 393 3000.



  Friday, Dec 14, 2018 


On Top of Old Smokey

BC Government begins stove exchange program to help reduce air pollution

BC Gov't Caucus/Photo submitted


An example of a low.

ommunities throughout the province are getting help to replace old, smoky woodstoves with cleaner technologies, so people do not have to choose between warm homes and cleaner air.

Woodstoves can create significant local air pollution, increasing particulate matter in the air. That pollution, also known as PM2.5, causes a variety of health problems. That is why the Province has expanded its Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program, which helps people trade old woodstoves for cleaner-burning models such as gas, propane, pellet-heating or — cleaner yet — electric models. This year, $300,000 is going to 15 British Columbia communities — up from $200,000 in previous years. See more here.



  Friday, Dec 14, 2018 


Payments by the Book

ICBC applies to raise rates 6.3 per cent

ICBC/Voice file photo


A four-car crash on Yale Rd, in October 2017.


CBC will submit its next basic rate application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday, asking for a 6.3 per cent increase to basic insurance rates.

B.C. is the last province in Canada to introduce some form of restrictions to address rising minor injury claims payouts.


Without these changes, every vehicle owner in B.C. would be faced with an approximate $360 increase to their basic insurance rates.


The significant reforms will reduce legal costs by introducing a limit on payouts for pain and suffering for minor injuries and a new dispute resolution model, while at the same time providing substantially increased care and medical benefits for anyone who is injured in a crash. These changes are projected to bring in net savings of $1 billion annually to ICBC.




  Friday, Dec 14, 2018 


Warm Hearts, Warm Homes

Coldest Night funds support fight against homelessness

Stephanie Myers, Nelson Cares Soc./Photo submitted


Stephanie Myers, Nelson Cares, speaks at Coldest Night Walk in 2018.

t’s cold out there and Nelson CARES wants to help warm things up for people who need it most. Nelson CARES is hosting the fifth annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser. The event will take place on Saturday, February 23rd 2019 on the streets of Nelson.

For the first 3 years, proceeds from the Coldest Night of the Year went to renovate Ward Street Place. Last year and again this year, proceeds will be going toward our ‘Ready for Home’ program. This program assists Nelson CARES tenants coming out of homelessness with life skills; connection to health, employment and income supports and anything that will help residents stay in the affordable housing units and off the streets.

Coldest Night of the Year is a national event that sees people all across the country head out onto the street in late February to show their support for those people that have little choice but to be on the streets.

Nelson CARES would like to invite everyone to join us for this fun family friendly event. We are looking for volunteers, team captains, walkers, and donors. For more information about Nelson Cares, visit here.




  Friday, Dec 14, 2018 


Good Will Hunting

Abbotsford Pilots acquire power forward Hazell-Penaluna

Jack Goesen, Abbotsford Pilots/Photo pjhl.net

he Abbotsford Pilots announced today that the club has acquired forward Will Hazell-Penaluna from the Port Moody Panthers in exchange for forward Alex Beechey.

Hazell-Penaluna, (2000), was the Panthers leading scorer this season notching 16 goals and 13 assists in 26 games. The 5’10”, 160-pound forward was in his second season with the Panthers.

The Port Moody native split time last season between the Panthers and the Grandview Steelers, notching 13 goals and 15 assists in 40 games played in 2017-18. Hazell-Penaluna is a product of the Port Moody Minor Hockey Association, and the Vancouver NE Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League.

Hazell-Penaluna joins former Port Moody Panther teammates Allan Gekhman and Noah Findlater in Abbotsford, who were also acquired by the Pilots via trade.

Hazell-Penaluna practiced with the Pilots on Tuesday night and is expected to make his debut this week.




  Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 


Better Late Than Never

Food for Fines is back at Fraser Valley libraries

Bryan Pezzi/Submitted image


raser Valley Regional Library’s extremely popular annual Food for Fines campaign is back! Take advantage of this opportunity to reduce your library fines and help feed your community.

From December 14, 2018, through January 22, 2019, you can “pay” your fines with food. It’s simple – bring in commercially packaged, unexpired, non-perishable food items to any FVRL location and have your fines reduced. One food item equals $2 in fines/fees, and up to $30 of fines/fees owed per library account can be cleared during the campaign. All items collected will be donated to the local area food bank.

Local pantries are especially in need of rice; flour; powdered baby formula; peanut butter and jams; pasta and sauces; canned fruit and vegetables; canned and dry soups; canned fish/meat; and cereal. For more information, please visit www.fvrl.ca




  Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 


A Little Give and Take

First annual Abbotsford dental centre blood drive successful

Sara Neumann, DIC/Submitted photo


The dental team at work December 8 in Abbotsford.

he Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre sponsored a community blood drive this past Saturday at Salvation Army Cascade Community Church. Even temporary disruptions to blood donations can lower the availability for patients in need, and in the winter months, it is not uncommon for blood shortages. We had a great time giving back to the community. For more information about the Centre's services, visit here.



  Thursday, Dec 13, 2018  


Stolen Valour

Police to deal with vet imposter who could be in BC

Submitted by Jacque De Winter


eterans of Branch 234 of the RCL in Guelph, Ontario were contacted by Stolen Valour (SV) concerning a member of our Branch whom they accused of being a fraud regarding being a veteran.

The reason I'm contacting you is that this individual has 'over-wintered' in BC for the last 2 years and where he's likely put poses as a Vietnam Veteran as well here in Ontario.

SV has given this individual time to surrender his bogus uniform and insignia and he's decided to ignore them and so now the case has been passed over to the Guelph Police.

The Fraser Valley has many veterans and should be on the watch for this very convincing fraudster.



  Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 


Planet People

Veterans agree to help people in their own counties and support them at home

Numbers USA/Submitted by John Labelle 



ur Committee member Mel and I are asking veterans to view this 6 minute Youtube clip. It was an eye opener to us! We believe that Canada should assist poor Countries by ensuring that the basic necessities of life are available to them in their own Countries. So instead of bringing in a million people a year to Canada and the US to help them better their lives, we all feel that it's better to help them in their own country and help the veterans in ours.




  Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 


Will Fly For Food

Exotic Persian dog needs to learn Canadian English

Jackie Clements/Submitted photos


'Spicey' is looking for a home in Canada.

ome people wonder why help dogs overseas when there are plenty in Canada to assist.  After shots, papers and tags, Petfinders dogs aren't much more than an SPCA dogs.

"I've been asked the same thing about bringing in dogs from other countries when we could adopt in Canada," say Jackie Clements from Petfinder. "My response is that even a homeless dog in Canada has a better life than dogs in places like Iran where they are butchered, tortured and abused. The Shah of Iran has stated that dogs are vermin so it gives people free reign to be incredibly cruel to them." See more here.




  Monday, Dec 10, 2018 


Bike Show Roars Back

Vancouver Motorcycle Show returns to the Tradex in Abbotsford Jan 18-20

Steph Troughton, LBMG/Voice file photo


The Motorcycle Show will be at the Tradex Jan 18-20.

he Vancouver Motorcycle Show, which has built its reputation on bringing the best in powersports brands together, is back for its annual three-day bike unveiling at the Tradex in Abbotsford.

From January 18-20, 2019, gearheads and maximum torque lovers will be able to get their fix and find their ride with the newest makes and models of motorcycles as well as the latest accessories and technology featured all under one roof. See more  here.


  Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 


Running the Gauntlet

Chilliwack's connection to 17,000 kg of cocaine confiscated in the Pacific Ocean in 2018

Katelyn Moores, DND/Submitted photo of Kristina Gray


LCdr Kristina Gray, from Chilliwack, is currently the Commanding Officer of HMCS Edmonton, a Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel deployed in the eastern Pacific Ocean to combat smuggling. Below, a smuggler's tub.


he Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have wrapped up the 2018 edition of Operation CARIBBE and successfully disrupted the trafficking of approximately 17,000 kg of narcotics.


Working collaboratively with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and US -Led Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) over the past year, the CAF directly supported the ongoing multinational campaign to disrupt illicit drug trafficking.

The latest deployment concludes today. For the fall iteration of Operation CARIBBE, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Edmonton, Nanaimo, and Moncton, along with CP-140 Aurora Long Range Patrol aircraft deployed to regions in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, helping to keep narcotics off the streets of North America, and contributing to regional security. See more here.



  Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 


SD33 To Rename School

G. W. Graham Middle Secondary to G.W. Graham Secondary



he Chilliwack School Board District 33 will be designating the name change at the next meeting 7:30pm Tuesday, December 11. The following was taken from the SD33 report.


"At the previous board meeting, Chuck Lawson, Principal of GW Graham, teachers Ken Larsen, David Simington, Courtenay See, Louis Abraham and Marijke Campbell, EA Dane Geham and student Haley Lisks presented on Graham X."

"Graham X started this year with 130 students enrolled in the program. Graham X is a cross-curricular, place-based and outdoor learning program that offers students the chance to experience our local environment. Students learn the curriculum of various courses through the lens of hands-on experiences. Students in Graham X develop an understanding of personal and social responsibility, working collaboratively, and thinking critically to explore issues and ideas associated with different topics in our community."



  Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 


So You Want to be a Theoretical Physicist?

A little humor on a Saturday morning



bout 200 years ago we had the Great French Revolution and there were three gentlemen about to lose their heads on the guillotine. There was a priest, a lawyer and a theoretical physicist. See more here.


  Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 

Eat, Drink and Give Blood

Canadian Blood Services reaches out to Chilliwack for the 1st Annual Blood Drive Dec 8

Sara Neumann/Website photos


The members of community will be donating blood Saturday for the 1st Annual Blood Drive.


o help meet the constant demand for lifesaving blood and prevent winter blood shortages, Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre is teaming up with Canadian Blood Services to adopt our first annual community Blood Drive this Saturday.


Each donor will receive a free t-shirt. During the winter months, there is often a decrease in the number of blood drives, which contributes to blood shortages and results in delayed patient care. We strongly encourage the community to come out to donate to ensure hospitals are fully stocked for patients in need. See requisites and details here.


Blood Drive Details:

When: Saturday, Dec 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Salvation Army Cascade Community Church - 35190 Delair Rd., Abbotsford, BC.




  Friday, Dec 7, 2018 

Treasured People

Group finds valuable items and cleans up school grounds from dangerous items

Staff/Submitted photos


Pete Bifano (r to l), Mark Lewis and Kris Szigeti show their finds at the last meeting. Below, arrows found on a school property.


ach month Fraser Valley treasure Hunters (FVTH) go out in the community around the Lower Mainland looking for long lost items.

In some cases a person will lose a ring or some other precious item and have asked FVTH to see if they can help find it. In some cases the finds are coins or jewellry or just hunks of worthless metal. See more here.




  Friday, Dec 7, 2018 

Animal Farm

Two Shows at Bozzini's Dec 22 

Mano Asprakis/Submitted images


Kitty and Rooster meets Shirley Gnome in a night of music and comedy Dec 22 at Bozzini's.

he Holiday shows at Bozzini's will be drawing to a close by Dec 22 so we are going a wee bit non-traditional this year. Expect 2 or 3 original Holiday Songs from each artist with their original fun tunes. And Lots Of Laughs.

Saturday December 22 2018

Doors 8pm Show 9:30pm
Tickets $20 available at Bozzini’s

4-45739 Hocking Ave. or call 604 792 0744 to reserve. See more here.



  Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 

Operation Food

Chilliwack River Valley first responders collect donations from residents

Staff/Submitted photo


Chilliwack River Valley first responder hit the streets donating their time and effort to collect food for the Salvation Army.

n Tuesday, Chilliwack River Valley (CRV) firefighters and Search and Rescue walked through neighbourhoods going door-to-door asking residents if they had non-perishable items or cash they could donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

It was a very productive night in the CRV and the first responders had a major haul thanks to the community.

"Over fifty boxes of non perishable food was collected Monday night in the Chilliwack River Valley," Mike Danyluk, Fire Chief, CRV Fire Dept. told The Voice on Wednesday.

Donating to the Salvation Army is a cheap form of public insurance in case of an emergency that affects the entire community. To donate food or money call the Care and Share Centre at (604) 792 0001.



  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 


Chilliwack Fire Dept, Search and Rescue fill a five ton truck

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention, CFD/Submitted photos


Chilliwack firefighters and SAR collected food block by block from Fairfield Island to Sardis Monday. Long-time Salvation Army food coordinator, Don Armstrong (c).

he Chilliwack Fire Department, along with Chilliwack Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Social Services (ESS), would like to thank the citizens of Chilliwack for making the 2018 Emergency Services Food Drive a success.

Approximately 18,000 food items were collected by firefighters, SAR, and ESS volunteers during a two hour period on Monday night.  These food items will have a significant, short term impact on the local Chilliwack Community Food Bank reserves.

Donations will continue to be accepted for the month of December at Fire Hall #1, located at 45950 Cheam Avenue (corner of Young Road and Cheam Avenue), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, or drop your donation off at the Salvation Army on Yale Road.



  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 

Up Close and Personal With Handel

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra adds class to the holiday season with "Messiah in the Valley"

Lynne Preston, CSO/Messiah and Paula DeWit images


he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus invite you to experience the intimacy and drama of Messiah, Handel’s most beloved choral masterpiece.

Messiah transcends cultural, geographic, and religious boundaries with its message of charity, peace, goodwill, and sacrifice.  It also contains some of the most uplifting, touching, and magnificent music ever composed. See more here.



  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 

Cloverdale Group Reaches Out to Chilliwack

Youth Initiative Foundation is offering three $1000 scholarships

Steph Troughton, LBMG


he Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation is encouraging local charitable organizations and not-for-profit groups involved with the Cloverdale Rodeo to submit applications for grants.

“Our organization is looking for worthy applicants to submit an online grant application for consideration of financial support,” says Foundation Chair Nicole Reader. “In particular, we are encouraging organizations that are youth focused and located in British Columbia, with funds being applied to lower Fraser Valley youth initiatives.”

Applications will be considered for grant opportunities by the organizations Board of Directors based on the criteria outlined on the Foundation website.



  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 

Glitter Contributes to Ocean Microplastics

NatureKids says natural homemade alternatives can be used over the Christmas holidays

Louise Pederson, NatureKids/Website image


ith the Christmas season in full swing and families looking for art projects to do with their kids, NatureKids BC encourages families to consider eco-friendly alternatives to glitter this year.

For many people, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without glitter and sparkly accessories, however, the majority of commercial glitter products use materials that are hazardous to wildlife, birds and fish. Most glitter is made from plastic sheets which are cut into tiny pieces and when washed down the drain, glitter particles join the subset of marine plastic litter that is known as microplastics. See more here.




  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

Mob Mentality

Just when you thought the SOGI debate was over—it ain't

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


hose in favor of the SOGI 123 thing should not slander and oppose those who are not. There is really more common ground than the public realize.  Have a look at what I said several months ago at the beginning of the slandering of Mr Neufeld. People judged and even persecuted him without understanding what he was saying, and got emotional and polarized. See more here.



  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

'Winter Wonderland'

City Hall presents Christmas card award to local photographer

Chilliwack City/Voice presentation photo


Mayor Ken Popove (r) presents Will Smith a framed copy of his card.

t's a scene Bing Crosby would be proud of. A dusting of snow covers branches framing a path into the Chilliwack Heron Reserve.

Chilliwack city hall chose local photographer Will Smith's scene he calls "Winter Wonderland" as their official 2018 Christmas card. (below)

On Tuesday, Mayor Ken Popove presented  Smith with a framed print of his shot in council chambers.

"I have had a passion for photography for many years and enjoy taking photos wanting to expand my portfolio with some portrait shoots, weddings, etc.," says Smith in his bio. Aside from photos in print media, his shots have also appeared in books and local magazines. His specialties are nature and landscapes. To see more of his work and to book weddings etc. connect through his webpage here or Facebook here.



  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

Really Gone Fishin'

Victoria looks for feedback on angling regulation changes

Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


A fly fisher on the Vedder River.

he fishing community is being asked for their opinions on the amendments set to take place in the new year.

The proposals include changes to fishing methods, gear, bait, quotas, boundaries and fishery opening and closing dates. These changes are based on regional requirements and conditions, and aim to meet management objectives for native and invasive fish species, while maintaining sustainable angling opportunities for recreational fishers.

A complete list and description of the proposed regulations can be viewed here.

Comments must be received by Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. After final decisions have been made, the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis will be posted online in mid-March here.



  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

Can't Hide the Slide

New regulations for snowmobilers include stiffer fines

Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


New regulations and fines effective immediately..

o you like to tear it up in the back country with your snowmobile? Then government will shred up your wallet.

To better protect environmentally sensitive habitats and species at risk, the Province of British Columbia is increasing fines for unlawful use of off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.

Effective immediately, anyone operating an off-road vehicle in sensitive habitats, including all BC Parks and southern mountain caribou habitats, will face a $575 fine.

Violation tickets may be issued under the Wildlife Act or the Park Act by police, conservation officers, natural resource officers or park rangers.

Previous fine amounts were either $230 or $345 depending on the violation and did not reflect the effect of non-compliance to sensitive habitats and species in British Columbia. Court convictions for snowmobiling in southern mountain caribou habitats also may result in a fine up to $200,000 and six months imprisonment. See more here.


  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 

Hunker Down and Wait

Buying a home can be 'more affordable than renting'

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo

he slumping oil business, the mortgage stress test, and extra taxes imposed on foreign buyers have combined to produce yet another sluggish month for homes sales in Chilliwack and area.

Last month, 177 sales were recorded, compared to 284 sales in November of last year. See more here.


  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 

Keeping A Handle On It

GameSense rolled out at Chances Casino aims to help addicted gamblers

BCLC/Voice photos


Mike Verhaef, Chances Casino, explains how GameSense works to City councillors Sue Attrill and Harv Westeringh (back). Below, Verhaef spreads some seasonal happiness.

CLC is proud to announce a new resource dedicated to supporting players at Chances Chilliwack with healthy-play habits, and referring those experiencing challenges with their gambling to the support resources they need.

Chances Chilliwack is the first Community Gaming Centre to have a GameSense Advisor and Information Centre as part of BCLC’s expansion of the program to every gambling facility across BC by fall 2019. Previously, GameSense Advisors were in place at BC casinos only. See more here.


  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 

A Cultus Christmas

Kids, roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and lots of lights

Cultus Lake Parks Board/Handout photos



Santa was busy with kids at Cultus Lake with sleigh-fulls of kids asking for what they want for Christmas.

hile the Chilliwack was busy with their parade and tree lighting festivities, Cultus Lake kicked off their own family-friendly Christmas celebrations Friday and Saturday at Main Beach.

There was free parking for folks. Organizers thank volunteers who without the event wouldn't have happened. They had a marshmallow roast and hot chocolate. There was a colouring contest with random winners with gifts of $20-$25.  See more and photos here.



  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 

Severe Weather Shelter

Temporary room for 45 on Yale Road

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice photo


The old Lions second hand store at 46293 will be a cold weather shelter that will temporarily house 45 people.

eople experiencing homelessness in Chilliwack will have access to 45 spaces of new temporary shelter starting this week, thanks to a partnership between BC Housing and Ruth and Naomi’s Mission.

Located at 46293 Yale Rd., the shelter will be operated by the local mission with staff on-site at the shelter around-the-clock to provide support for guests. All guests will be provided with two daily meals, snacks and laundry service. Representatives from Fraser Health and social service agencies will visit the shelter weekly to assess people’s needs and connect them with housing and other services. See more shelter locations here.



  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 


Leewood Study indicates Vancouver to Chilliwack rail viable yet it's being ignored

Malcolm Johnston, Rail for the Valley, Website photos


European trains move people inexpensively.

he next Mayor's Council on Transit meeting is on December 13 and a very important meeting indeed. At this meeting the Mayor's Council on Transit will decide on the fate of Surrey's LRT project.

The SkyTrain Lobby has been demonstrating a disturbing tendency in releasing misleading information to both the public and politicians about the proprietary light-metro system. A litany of man-of-straw arguments and Trumpian style fake news and alternative claims have been about light rail, while at the same time no hard questions have been asked of SkyTrain and/or light metro and Metro Vancouver's use of light-metro. See more here.



  Monday, Dec 3, 2018 

Don't Bank On It

The Petro Dollar collides with Trudeau legacy

Betty Krawczyk, Author, Cumberland/File photo


Betty Krawczyk

ow that there seems to be a pullback in a US shooting war with China we can take a deep breath and soldier on, unless of course, the Russia and Ukraine war of words over who controls the waters of the Kerch Strait starts World War Three.

Otherwise we can continue the exploration of how a simple change in the way our formally public Bank of Canada might be rescued from its capture by the international private banking systems. See more here.





  Friday, Nov 30, 2018 

Ripple to a Wave

Watch for a new name on the ballots in the next federal election

Staff/Voice photo


People's Party organizers: Justin Cawker President of Langley-Aldergrove EDA, (l to r) Ben Besler Regional Organizer-Fraser Valley, Al Rawdah President of Burnaby South EDA, Kelly Watt President of Chilliwack Hope EDA.


here's a new sheriff in town but will there be enough room for the both?

Maxime Bernier, broke off from the Conservative Party and formed a new political party called the People's Party of Canada (PPC) with a plan to ram the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party ship or at least shoot their rudder off.

One of the PPC platform counter-assault items is to cut income tax from 15 per cent to 10 per cent. Those are fighting words. See more here.




  Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 

Boarded Up Problem

Repeated calls to empty Henderson Ave House

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Chilliwack firefighters deal with another report of  a fire at a boarded up Henderson Ave house.


he Chilliwack Fire Department has responded numerous times to calls over the last couple of years from neighbours that said smoke was seen coming from a ramshackle house in 45000-block of Henderson Ave. Such was the case around 7am Friday.

When firefighters arrived, the smoke had all but dissipated but they still had to remove the boards on the front side in order to gain access.

"I'm tired of this," a resident across the street. "I hope the City does something about it."

It was apparent that no one was inside so therefore there were no injuries to report. The RCMP were called in and the City was summoned to board the house up again. Next door is another boarded up building.



  Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 

Firefighters Fight Hunger the Good Old Fashioned Way—On Foot

Crews will be in neighbourhoods collecting cash and food donations for the Salvation Army Dec 3

Andrew Brown, Asst. Fire Chief/Voice file photo


Keep an eye out for firefighters on the streets Dec 3.


he Chilliwack Fire Department will be holding their Annual Food Drive on Monday, December 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Once again, department members will be going door to door in the community, collecting donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Although many members will be involved in this drive, it will be impossible to reach every home in the community. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Food Bank can drop items off at Hall #1, 45950 Cheam Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 3rd - 14th.

Last year, members of Emergency Social Services, Chilliwack Search and Rescue, and the Chilliwack Fire Department collected over 18,000 food items and $3,980 in donations for the Salvation Army. The department thanks the community in advance for their continued generous support in helping those who are less fortunate in our community and we look forward to another successful food drive.



  Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 

Local Businesses Putting Smiles on Kids Faces

Locals decorate Angel Tree together

Chilliwack Community Services/Handout photo


Young men hold some of the toys that will be distributed to Chilliwack kids.


ach year, Chilliwack Community Services partners with the Salvation Army to distribute holiday hampers to families struggling financially in our community. Together, we bring smiles to children who would not celebrate the holiday with the same anticipation and joy as most do. Every day in the weeks leading up to Christmas, people drop off gifts for tots through teens. Local businesses encourage customers to leave a gift under an “Angel Tree”. Others organize gala events and toy drives. Still others give the precious gift of time to help assemble and deliver the gift hampers.

Angel Tree Locations
Angel Trees are set up at different businesses and organizations in Chilliwack. Each tree has several angel tree tags specifying gift requests according to self-identified gender and age of the registered individual family member. Members of the community are able to visit one of these locations, obtain a tag, and shop for a gift according to the specifications on the tag.
• Little Mountain Greenhouses
• Vancity
• Chilliwack Golf Club
• The Royal Hotel
• CGH Maternity Ward
• Coast Capital
• DQ Downtown
• DQ Sardis
• Cottonwood Mall
• Murray Honda
• Suda Salon
• Murray Mazda



  Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 

Tracking Santa

Norad introduces Santa Cam on 60th anniversary

Norad/Voice file photo


Santa Claus, Brentwood Mall  photo.


he North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating its 60th anniversary of defending the homeland along with its tradition of tracking Santa’s journey around the globe on Dec. 24. 

NORAD is a binational U.S. and Canadian Command charged with aerospace and maritime warning and aerospace control of North America as well as monitoring aerospace activity globally.  It all started in 1955 when a local ad directed children to call Santa direct – only the number was misdialed. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, the predecessor to NORAD. 

Now, the 63rd iteration of NORAD Tracks Santa kicks off Dec. 1, with a revamped website, social media channels, “Santa Cam” streaming video and a call center that will be operating around the clock on Dec. 24.  More than 1,400 volunteers are expected to join NORAD on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs to help track Santa’s journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website can be found at www.noradsanta.org.  On Dec. 24, users may call or text 1-877-HiNORAD for Santa’s up-to-date location.



  Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 

A Life Well Lived

Myrtle Macdonld's sister, Cora, passes leaving behind a piece of Chilliwack history

Myrtle Macdonald/Handout photo



Cora Macdonald

er life of 93 years has been a blessing to many for 14 years in the Waverly and since 1961 in Chilliwack, living with
her parents Chris (1967) and Rennetta (1995) first on a luscious peach orchard from Williams street to CSSS, before Rotary street and houses were built. She and her mother were the first to move into Sepas Court on Nowell and Bole. They were active in three women’s groups, Elder College and much else. She is survived by her brother Walter born Nov 27, 1929 and her sister Myrtle Macdonald June 5, 1921.

They grew up at Vegreville AB where they helped their parents become Master Farmers in 1955. Walter has two children and 2 grand sons in Kelowna and a son with two grand daughters in Ontario. Myrtle has a daughter, late son-in-law, three grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren in Montreal. Her late son Timothy and family lived in Rosedale and Chilliwack for several years and two of his five children were born and two went to school here. Now 3 are in Regina with 2 children and 2 in Saskatoon with 7. A Service of Remembrance is booked for 2 PM Saturday December 8 Waverly 8445 B by Young Road. Please let all her old friends know. As soon as we have had coffee or tea and light snacks, we will proceed to place Cora’s sacred ashes.




  Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018 


Dangerous Crossings

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

Staff/Voice photo



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

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


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


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


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



  Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 


Wild Goose Chase

Rescue response teams led to believe a life was in danger

Staff/Google Satellite image


The approximate area where the vehicle was located Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

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




  Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 


Christmas Tree Fire Safety

Tips to having a happy holiday season

Strone/Voice file photo


It's important to water fresh trees daily.

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


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

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

Inspect light strings and extension cords before installation.

Water fresh trees daily.

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

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

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


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!




  Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 


Women's Cold Weather Beds

Twelve spaces added to Ann Davis Women's shelter

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


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

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


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

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


  Friday, Dec 21, 2018 


Accident Takes Out Pole

Prest Road Closed Friday morning

Staff/Voice photos


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

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


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

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

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

See more road safety tips here.



  Friday, Dec 21, 2018 


Growing Up 

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

BC Gov't caucus/Website image


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


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


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



  Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 


Huge Storm Hits the Coast

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

Staff/Voice file photos


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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



  Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 


Community Proud

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

Cpl. Mike Rail/Handout photo


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

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


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


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


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

Agassiz: 700 lbs. of food and $700

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

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


Indeed very impressive – until next year!




  Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 


Garage Fire

Quick response stops fire from spreading

Staff/Voice photos


Firefighters check for hot spots inside the garage.

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


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


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




  Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 


Bright and Shiny

Lions Club clubhouse grand opening

Staff/Voice photos


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

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


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


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




  Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 


Merry Christmas!

With Sally Ann plum puddin' please

Voice Staff



Dear Car Owner,

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


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


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


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


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


Thanks again for everything. See you soon!

Yours Truly,