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  Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 


By-Election Win Cements NDP Term in the Legislature

Horgan’s government holds power with 42 seats and 1 Green to the Liberals’ 42

NDP/Website photo



Former NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson will now sit as an MLA in the provincial legislature

John Horgan post-election statement:

ongratulations to Sheila Malcolmson on her election as the new MLA for Nanaimo. I know she will work hard for the people of Nanaimo and she will bring passion and integrity to the Legislature.

I very much look forward to working with Sheila as our government continues its work to make life better for people in BC.

Elections BC image.

I want to thank the people of Nanaimo for a vote of confidence in our work to make life more affordable for British Columbians, to improve the services people count on, and to generate the jobs of the future in a healthy, sustainable environment.

I also want to thank all of the candidates and volunteers who put in much time and energy into this important by-election.



  Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 


Wild at Heart

Hillsburn returns to Harrison Feb 9

Bryan Cutler/Submitted photos


The popular Hillsburn plays Harrison Hall Feb 9.

he Harrison Festival Society will present Nova Scotiabased indie folk/rock band Hillsburn in the Memorial Hall in Harrison on Saturday, February 9.

This marks a return for the band to Harrison, following an initial appearance on the festival beach stage in 2017. As Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse remembers, their performance sparked one of the most favourable responses since he has been director of the festival.

“Something about this band really grabbed people’s attention,” recalls Hillhouse. “Maybe it was their heart on the sleeve delivery or their strong harmonies, either way they sure made an impression!” See more here.



  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2018 


Look Who's Talking

Final TEDX show Jan 31 sets up for April keynote speakers finals April 19

Staff/Voice photo

Look for these speakers January 31.

EDxChilliwack held it’s first Applicant Showcase Night on January 24. Fifteen people from this year’s applicants took the stage for four minutes each. In their time on stage, they explained what their “idea worth sharing” was, why they are qualified to speak on it, and how it would encourage TEDxChilliwack attendees to take action. Following their 4-minute synopsis, each speaker was posed a question from one of the emcees.

When all fifteen speakers had taken their turn, the sold-out theatre audience voted for “The People’s Choice”. At the same time, a speaker selection panel of TEDxChilliwack organizing committee members chose three additional applicants to move on to speak at TEDxChilliwack’s main event on April 13, 2019 at G.W. Graham theatre. See the last TEDX speakers and more here.



  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2018 


Overdoses Taking A Big Toll

Reports of 4 deaths Sunday

Staff/Voice photo


Where at least one death happened here early Sunday.

n Sunday, apparently there was at least one death based on a what a store owner and people who live in the area told The Voice.

Today, again reports came in that a taxi driver was told by a security guard that there were two deaths related to the Yale Rd incident at the post office downtown.

When asked about it, the local RCMP said they had no idea about any deaths by overdose or otherwise.

Two trips downtown led to more first and second hand information from passersby, street people and others who have emailed saying the the police tape was up until about 1pm.

To sum it up, numerous email reports, word of mouth from passersby, street people chatter, a store owner, security guard, taxi driver, websites and Facebook and further word in today that this is reported as at least one overdose. The homeless vagrants on-scene scattered when it happened.

Apparently, the body(s) lay there for a couple of hours before anyone noticed until a security guard reportedly checked.

When the police decided to go on digital radios without making any concessions for media, then the community stands for accountability and transparency. Every media outlet in the USA is given radios. That way reports of incidents can be confirmed.

But the community is always right.

Watch a conversation about homelessness with the mayor Ken Popove today.



  Monday, Jan 28, 2018 


Bark Angels

Dogs alert residents of house fire without working smoke detectors

Chris Wilson, Asst. Chief, Emergency Preparedness, CFD


Residents escaped the house fire safely because the dogs barked.

n January 26th at approximately 12:10 pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 9300 block of Broadway. Fire crews from Halls 1, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered a large volume of smoke venting from a single storey residential structure.

"Crews quickly brought the fire under control and were able to limit the spread of the fire to a single bedroom however the rest of the home received extensive smoke and heat damage." said Chris Bourdon, CFD Assistant Chief in a release Saturday. "The four occupants of the home were alerted to the fire by their two dogs and were able to safely exit the home." See more and photos here.



  Sunday, Jan 27, 2018 


A Sense of Business

So what exactly does CEPCO do?

Cheryl Britton, Manager of Administration, CEPCO


usiness attraction is a big part of what we do, projects such as attracting the Molson Coors Brewery for example. We are also very involved with supporting local businesses through retention and expansion efforts. Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) has been, and continues to be the lead partner in the development of Canada Education Park, the home of the UFV Chilliwack campus, the RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre, and the western training college for the CBSA. See more here.



  Sunday, Jan 27, 2018 


Pilots Best Steelers

Abbotsford team wins one of a home and away series against the Steelers

Justin Sulpico/Melanie Fast photo


Abbotsford Pilots came out on top 3-2 over the Grandview Steelers Saturday Jan 19.

ame one of a home-and-home series saw the Abbotsford Pilots (25-12-1-1) emerge victorious over the Grandview Steelers (21-17-2-0) by a final score of 3-2.

Will Hazell-Penaluna notched the game-winning goal at 4:49 of the 3rd period. Thomas Pickering and Jamie Housch also added tallies for the Pilots, who were backstopped by a 23 save effort from goaltender Keaton Dyck. Mateo Toledo and Tristan Olson were the goal scorers for the Steelers. The win snaps a two-game losing skid for the Pilots and is their 15th win at MSA Arena this season. See period rundowns here.



  Sunday, Jan 27, 2018 


A Thank-You from the Vets

More help is needed to assist the veterans and RCMP for recognition of services rendered

Staff/Voice file photo John Labelle

he Voice is just a very small part of what is a growing movement across Canada backing forces veterans and the RCMP veterans who are asking the federal government to issue Super Annuity to them for services rendered in the safety and security of the country. It's we who should be thanking them. Writing your local MP in support would be of great help.

A note of appreciation from John Labelle, Veterans CPP Annuity Campaign Coordinator.

"Military/RCMP Veterans across Canada join with us to demonstrate our appreciation to you and The Valley Voice paper for publishing our most important editorials that keeps Veterans and their families informed of our continual battle to have the Government of Canada terminate their CPP pension claw back at age 65," wrote Labelle.

"Rest assured that your site URL is distributed across Canada. Your paper information on many subjects is second to none. Again thank you and may God bless."




  Sunday, Jan 27, 2018 


Measles Alert

Washington's state Governor declares a state of emergency

BCCDC/Website image


BC Centre for Disease Control urges vaccinations.

ashington’s state Governor declared a state of emergency related to the measles outbreak unfolding in Clark County on January 25.

At this time, a single case related to the outbreak has been reported in Oregon state.

To date, no cases have been reported in BC related to the Washington state outbreak. However, travellers to the affected communities are at potential risk of exposure to measles, because people with measles can infect others prior to the onset of symptoms like fever and rash. While it is expected that most travellers will be immune to measles, some individuals will be susceptible, including infants less than one year old or people who have never been immunized against measles. See more here.




  Saturday, Jan 26, 2018 


Bumper Thumper Season

Slick streets make driving riskier

Staff/Voice photos


No one was hurt in a three-vehicle accident on Courbold St. Thursday night.


nvironment Canada is calling for rain leading into sun next week bringing cooler overnight temperatures down to -1°C Monday. So there's going to be more of a possibility of black ice so it's a good idea to drive accordingly.


 A car is towed after crash on Yale Rd. Wednesday. Thankfully there were no injuries as well.




  Friday, Jan 25, 2018 


The Need for Speed

New race format allows boys and girls to cycle together with different results

Cycling BC/Website image


Boys and girls race in the new field format.


s the only nationally sanctioned track cycling race in Western Canada, the 3rd Annual Western Track Challenge took place at the Burnaby Velodrome this past weekend, Jan 18-20, and gave youth, elite, and masters riders an opportunity to race at a high level against riders from the Pacific Northwest.


The 2019 Western Track Challenge welcomed over 100 riders from British Columbia, Alberta, Washington State, Oregon, and one rider came out all the way from Chicago, Illinois. A similar event in the east, The Eastern Track Challenge, is scheduled for February 9, 2019 in Milton, Ontario. With a focus on development, these events give U17 and Junior riders a chance to hone their skills and fitness in time for the Canadian National Track Championships in April. See more photos here.




  Friday, Jan 25, 2018 


Over the Edge

Seminar focuses on how students can avoid violent relationships

Cpl. Mike Rail, Chilliwack RCMP


Sgt. Kevin Jeffery, (l to r) Benisha Aujla, Bnita Nagra, Karen Kang and Cpl. Samara Bilmer.


CMP and friends urge students to speak out – reach out – and end intimate partner violence among teens at a presentation by police on January 10th to the student assembly of Sardis Secondary School.

See more here.


  Friday, Jan 25, 2018 


Musical Chairs

Tractorgrease Cafe to get $20,000 gov't grant from Amplify BC to increase seating capacity

BC Gov't caucus/Google image


Tractorgrease Cafe will be adding to seating capacity and doing studio production upgrades.


ore people will be able to enjoy B.C.-based festivals, events and concerts as the Province turns up the volume on live music through the Amplify BC Live Music Fund. See a complete list of recipients here.

The grants range from $5,000 to $125,000 and fund the expansion of live music presentation throughout the province, creating engagement opportunities for audiences, artists and youth. Amplify BC’s Live Music program provides support for the growth of B.C.’s live music sector, such as venue upgrades, infrastructure, marketing, training and new jobs. See the complete list of recipients here.



  Friday, Jan 25, 2018 


Happy Dances

Small Business BC award winners

George Mohan, Small Business BC/Mr. Quigley's Adventure was one of the winners /Website photo


he finalists of the 16th Annual Small Business BC Awards have been officially announced. 578 small businesses across B.C. were nominated for the Awards, and now five businesses in each award category have made the final cut and are one step closer to being named a top B.C. small business. See the winners here.


  Friday, Jan 25, 2018 

Vegetable Culture

Health Canada guidelines exclude dairy as 'food group'

Kenny Torella, Mercy for Animals/Voice file photo


Chilliwack Community on Yale Rd. (Voice file photo)


oday, Health Canada released its long-anticipated updated food guide, which favours plant-based foods and excludes dairy as a food group.

See more here.



  Friday, Jan 25, 2018 


Fire on the Mountain

Chilliwack Fire Department investigates suspicious blaze

Chris Wilson, Asst. Chief, Emergency Preparedness, CFD


A fire in an outbuilding believed to have been a grow op was eventually bulldozed.


n January 25th at approximately 7:15 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 7300-block of Ramsay Place. Fire crews from Halls 1, 2, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered a detached outbuilding with moderate smoke showing from the eaves of the structure.

The outbuilding is believed to have contained a marijuana grow operation and in the interest of firefighter safety, crews did not enter the building and undertook a defensive stance on the fire. An excavator was later called in by fire crews to demolish a portion of the outbuilding so firefighters could safely access the seat of the fire and extinguish it.

The cause of this fire is under investigation by fire department officials and no firefighter or civilian injuries were reported as a result of the fire.



  Friday, Jan 25, 2018 


Talking Bulimia

One woman's battle and 'teaching her life lessons' at the 2019 Wellness Show Feb 2-4

Steph Troughton/Submitted photos


Bulimia sufferer Aeryon Ashlie before and after. She'll be speaking at the 2019 Wellness show February 2-4.



Eating Disorder Week highlights better living


o look at Greater Vancouver fitness coach, radio personality, book author and dynamic mom Aeryon Ashlie, one would never guess she has struggled all her life with an eating disorder like bulimia.


The once bullied individual, because of the way she looked, has now evolved into someone who could sign up for a running marathon and nobody would question whether or not she could finish the competition. Despite this, Ashlie admits she remains all-too-aware of the toll an eating disorder can take on someone’s mental and physical health. See more here.




  Thursday, Jan 24, 2018 


Vets and RCMP Paid Super Annuity, Now They Want It

Wars are won by breaking the opposition's will to fight on

John Labelle, Veterans Advocate, Nova Scotia/file photo


A letter to MP Darren Fisher, Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

r. Fisher and members of the Liberal caucus, on behalf of Veteran’s Reina MacNeil, Mel Pittman, J.P. Martinello and Veterans Committees across Canada, we wish to thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today with regards to the CPP Pension claw back affecting our Military/RCMP veterans pension at 65, or sooner, if in receipt of a CPP disability pension as well as the financial position of their families  See more here.



  Wednesday, Jan 23, 2018 


In Pursuit of Happiness

Setting kids up for a wonderful life starts at home

Staff/Website image


Cristal Biela was at City Hall Tuesday where she gave a presentation to council about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

ristal Biela, Chilliwack Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician, Child and Youth Mental Health and Family Development, made a presentation to city council on Tuesday. In it she described an element of the work they do and played a short clip called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). See more here.




  Monday, Jan 21, 2018 


Fourth Ave House Fire Arson Says Chief

CFD reaches out to the community for tips

Staff/File photos


The Duty Chief directs his crews at a house fire on Fourth Ave Monday. Inside the house, firefighters checked with their lights and meters for hot spots.

he Chiliwack Fire Department was called out Monday to a house on fire in the 46000-block of Fourth Ave. Crews were on this right away and threw all the equipment at their disposal on it. See more here.



  Sunday, Jan 20, 2018 


Lord or Landlord?

A world of knights and peons

Staff/File photo


Macintosh Apartments.

ast week I contacted the BC Tenancy Branch asking that they remove the term "Landlord" from their paperwork and substitute the term with "Building Owner". The response has been cool all around.

Social stigmas of lower-market landlords and tenants in property-owning cultures where renters are at the lowest end of the pay scale, may be in social or economic difficulty and due to their address or length of tenure may suffer a social stigma."



  Sunday, Jan 20, 2018 


When the US War Economy Intrudes on Canada's Consciousness

Bringing back the Bank of Canada to public trust

Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland, BC/File photo


hen I first heard about how The Bank of Canada was created and operated as a public bank many years before it was transferred into a private bank under Pierre Trudeau’s reign, I was fascinated. Here was the answer to Canada’s financial woes. See more here.



  Sunday, Jan 20, 2018 


Breathless in the Rockies

Concrete to dirt and mossy rocks

Nick Halle/Website photos


Fishing in the Rockies is an unforgettable experience.


he burning in my legs hadn’t gone anywhere. They still felt like two concrete weights hanging off my torso.

My head reeled and spun as if it were going to float off like a neglected balloon at a fair. Even when we weren’t climbing, my heart still pounded in my ears.

When my friend Charlie had invited me to come visit him in Colorado for the long weekend, the prospect of ruby-cheeked cutthroat and high mountain peaks was the only thing I could think of. Much to my detriment, I hadn’t thought once about the altitude. See more here.



  Saturday, Jan 19, 2018 


Haywire Tire

Vehicle's wheel reported to be on fire

Staff/Voice photo


Firefighters attend to truck on Patten Ave Friday Evening.


passerby called in a vehicle fire in the 45000-block of Patten Ave Friday around 6:30 pm.

Reports at the time were that one of the wheels was on fire. It's a mystery how a tire could catch on fire by itself and apparently the pickup was not affected that much because it appeared to still be holding air when firefighters arrived. It's unclear if crews were able to find the owner. At any rate, perhaps there was some skullduggery involved but not much to get fired up about.



  Friday, Jan 18, 2018 


Stick Ability

Three Abbotsford Pilots players set to demonstrate skills at PJHL Prospects game Jan 28

Justin Sulpico, Abbotsford Pilots/Photos Melody Fast


Three Abbotsford Pilots have been named to the 2019 PJHL Prospects Game. Ethan Willoughby (l to r), Mason Smith, Will Hazell-Penaluna. Photos Melody Fast.


everal Abbotsford Pilots have received the nod for this year’s Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Prospect’s Game. The league announced rosters on Wednesday afternoon and three players will participate.

Ethan Willoughby (D, 2002), Mason Smith (F, 2002), and Will Hazell-Penaluna (F, 2000) will all represent the Pilots and play for the Harold Brittain conference team.

Willoughby, who has notched 16 points in 33 games played. Mason Smith, a native of Alberta, previously played for the Grande Prairie Storm Bantam AA and OHA Edmonton prior to the 2018-19 season. Will Hazell-Penaluna was acquired by the Pilots from Port Moody via trade on Dec. 11 and is averaging over a point per game with 38 points in 34 games played.

The Pilots coaching staff will be present at the game as well. Head coach Jim Cowden, assistant coaches Brendan Nadolny and Clayton Reeves and trainer Kristalee Walchuk will all be behind the bench for the Harold Brittain conference team.

The 2019 PJHL Prospects Game will be held at Centennial Arena in White Rock on Monday, January 28th. Puck drop is at 7:30pm.



  Friday, Jan 18, 2018 


Beau Geste at its Best

All-star actors and production crew brings the classic play to life at Gallery 7 Jan 25 - Feb 7

Ken Hildebrandt, Bozzini's Restaurant


The popular play  Beau Geste is set to surprise with some heartfelt comic dialogue.

allery 7 Theatre continues its 2018/2019 “Back to Classics” Theatre season with the hilarious and charming Beau Jest, a comedy about family by James Sherman. Touted as ‘a light, sweet romantic comedy’ by the Chicago Tribune and “hilarious and quite moving” by the Chicago Sun Times, Beau Jest will be presented live on stage January 25 – February 9, 2019 at the Abbotsford Community Arts Addition. See more here.



  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2018 


Barn Burner

Little Miss Higgins and her trio make a triumphant return to Chilliwack

Mano Asprakis, Bozzini's Restaurant


The popular Little Miss Higgins band are promoting their new album


t had been almost 10 years since Little Miss Higgins had performed at Bozzini’s then she returned in October of 2017 for a sold out show and we remembered what a great performer she was, Then she returned Last July for another sold out show. So we are glad to have her back with her Trio again for 2 shows this Saturday! Check out a YouTube clip here.

Little Miss Higgins and her Trio
Saturday Jan 19 - 2 Shows
Early Show Doors 4:00 Show 6:00
Late Show Doors 8:00 Show 9:30
Tickets only $20 available now at Bozzini’s
or call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone


One Night in Paris

Secret Soiree is Versailles theme April 27

Shirley Triemstras/file photo


Secret Soiree 2017 fundraiser.


hilliwack Community Services is excited to announce the Secret Soiree this year will be a night in Versailles! Once again, the location is being kept a secret. Guests will be transported to the secret venue and welcomed with champagne upon entry. The evening will include dinner, a dance, entertainment, and a live and silent auction.


We are expecting 175 attendees, business leaders, politicians, and community supporters at this signature fundraising event. Come join the fun! Our Soirees are always a sellout. Reserve your spot today via email here.



  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2018 


My Golden Life

New funding will assist elders with care needs in the community

BC gov't caucus/Voice file photo


Chilliwack seniors will receive more care hours with additional three-year funding plan announced last week.

eniors in Abbotsford, Agassiz and Chilliwack are benefiting from a more than $4-million investment in 2018-19 to increase staffing levels and ensure that seniors get the care they need in residential care homes.

This initial investment starts year one of a three-year plan to increase the direct care that seniors receive in residential care homes in these communities and around the province – to reach the target 3.36 care hours per-resident day, on average across health authorities, by 2021.

Chilliwack will see an additional 20 publicly funded residential care beds with an average of 3.36 direct-care hours per-resident day.

“Improving care for seniors in the Fraser Valley is another step forward in our government’s commitment to strengthen the day-to-day care seniors receive in residential care homes. Approximately 100,000 more direct-care hours are to be provided in Abbotsford, Agassiz and Chilliwack residential care homes this fiscal year alone, which helps give seniors the care and quality of life they deserve,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.



  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2018 


What's With Waddington?

Police haven't responded to questions

Staff/Voice file photo



Sam Waddington is being investigated the RCMP for spending overtures.


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


Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail hasn't responded to The Voice's Waddington inquiry so there's no way of knowing the status of the case.




  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2018 


The Wright Night

Abbotsford team Pilots the Whales 4-0

Justin Sulpico/Facebook image


The Pilots trounced the Whalers last weekend 4-0.


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




  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 


Eight Reasons to Smile

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

Gord Woodward/Submitted image


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


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

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



  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 


Double Stabbing

Two injured, no word on motive

Staff/Voice photos


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


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





  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 


Patio Safe

Firefighters called out to the old courthouse

Staff/Voice photo


Firefighters respond to a reported patio fire Thursday.


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


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


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




  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 


Treasure of the Sierra Valley

Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters strike it rich!

Mark Lewis, FVTH/Submitted photos


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


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

December 2018 Hunter of the Month

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

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




  Friday, Jan 11, 2018 


Life's a Beach

Popular Locarno returns to Harrison Jan 19

Bryan Cutler, Harrison Music Fest/Submitted photos


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


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

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




  Thursday, Jan 10, 2018 


Hogs And Horses

Vancouver Motorcycle Show rolls into Abbotsford January 18-20

Charlie Rattan/Handout images


Expect everything on two wheels and some even three.


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



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



  Thursday, Jan 10, 2018 


Fighting Abuse With Music

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

Charlie Rattan/Handout images


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


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

What: The Dark Shades 
Where: The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford
When: January 25, Doors 7pm, $10

This production was successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign and CreativeBC grant. Now ready to be showcased, the couple has organized a charity event in Abbotsford for the local women’s shelter, Sara For Women.

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

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

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



  Tuesday, January 8, 2018 


Chilliwack's Million Dollar Baby

The 2019 City Budget includes some high-ticket items

Staff/Wikicommons photo

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


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

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

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

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

Other notables are:

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

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

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


  Tuesday, January 8, 2018 


Abbotsford Pilots Flying High

Six team members chosen for All-Star game

Justin Sulpico, Abbotsford Pilots/Melody Fast photo


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


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



  Tuesday, January 8, 2018 


Australia After Dark

STAV. in concert at Cowork Studio Feb 27

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


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

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

Where: Cowork Studio, 12-8465 Harvard Place

Tickets: $25 in advance, or $30

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



  Monday, January 7, 2018 


With a Little Help From My Friends

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

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


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


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



  Monday, January 7, 2018 


Fresh Year, Stale Market

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

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo


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


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




  Monday, January 7, 2018 


Good Neighbours

Curl team wins back-to-back Championships

Curl BC/Facebook photos


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

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

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



  Friday, January 4, 2018 


Beer to Brownies

SPCA Treat Week Fundraiser Feb 25 - March 5

SPCA/Website images


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

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

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

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

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

~ Treat yourself – and the animals! ~



  Friday, January 4, 2018 


The Kind of Whiskey That Cures A Cold

Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio visit Tractorgrease January 17

Chris Dawson-Murphy, BSBT/Submitted images


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


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

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

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

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

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

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




  Friday, January 4, 2018 


Veterans and RCMP Shortchanged

Super Annuity Fund tapped to pay down national debt say veterans

John Labelle, CPP Annuity Campaign Coordinator

/Voice file photo


$1.9 billion carved off the fund


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

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

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

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



  Thursday, January 3, 2018 


Vacant House Burns

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

Ian Josephson, Fire Chief, CFD/Google image


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

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

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

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

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

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



  Thursday, January 3, 2018 


Woof's the Word

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

Steph Troughton, LBMG/Submitted photo


Seminars and other crowd favorites will be featured

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

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



  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 


Pickin' and Grinin'

Farm workers to get wage increase in 2019

Staff/Voice photo


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

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

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

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



  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 


Looking Back on 2018

Some annual stats for Voice readers

C Hill, Editor, Publisher/Voice image



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


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


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


The Voice brings the world to Chilliwack.




  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 


Mobile Home Lost to Fire

No injuries to occupants or firefighters

Staff/Google image


The approximate area where the fire happened.

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




  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 


Sofina Foods and Elite Court Date Changed

Companies expected to face charges January 22

Staff/Mercy For Animals image


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


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

The original court date was scheduled December 18.



  Wednesday, January 2, 2018 


Don't Forget January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Connecting families and caregivers

Gord Woodward/Voice file photo


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


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




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