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       June 2019 ARCHIVE



 Friday, June 28, 2019  

Published 8 am


High wire music act

Juno award-nominated Aerialists play Harrison July 19

Mavis Harris, Marmot PR/Pat Valade 2018  photo


A fully loaded truck was located empty.


ominated for a 2019 Juno Award as well as a Canadian Folk Music Award for "Emerging Artist of the Year," Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love for folk traditions into a post-rock coloured sound called prog-trad. Featuring Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger), and Canadian neo-folk innovators Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird) on guitar and Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter) on fiddle with a stellar rhythm section, the group draws from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music.

Following the release of their new album Group Manoeuvre in 2018, the band toured in the UK with high-profile shows at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, performed at Belgium's renowned Muzieklub 't Ey, and toured in Canada including performances at Vancouver Jazz Festival, Hillside Festival, Deep Roots Festival, Northern Lights Festival Boréal, and Islands Folk Festival. Aerialists are returning to the studio in January, and currently booking for 2019 in the UK, western Europe, Canada, and the northeastern USA.



 Thursday, June 27, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Stolen U-Haul leaves couple with nothing

Police look to the community for help

Sgt. Judy Bird/Submitted photos



A fully loaded truck was located empty.


he Abbotsford Police are asking for the public’s assistance in helping to locate items stolen from a couple who were about to embark on a cross-Canada move to Manitoba.

Between Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22, a moving truck that was to haul the couple’s belongings from Abbotsford to Winnipeg, Manitoba was stolen from a hotel parking lot on Mt Lehman Road.

Some of the stolen items.

"The moving truck, a U-Haul bearing Arizona license plate AJ32495, contained most of the couple’s belongings, including furniture, burl coffee table, books, photos and a scooter. The moving truck was recovered on Saturday morning (June 22) in the Fraser Heights Secondary School parking lot in Surrey, but it was completely empty," said Sgt. Judy Bird, Abbotsford PD.

Photos of stolen items include a bookcase and a red Taotao scooter.

If you have any information or dashcam footage that may assist in this investigation, please contact the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



 Thursday, June 27, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Silk hat on a sow's ear

Chilliwack's hospital is 108-years-old, it's time for a new one

Staff/Voice file photo


MLA John Martin speaks at one of the election debates.


 hundred and eight years ago Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH) was a wonderful medical centre. But like an old car that you need to keep fixing there comes a time when you have to buy a new vehicle. Now, a century later, there's just too many things wrong with CGH to keep stitching it together. Many also feel that it's a health liability with over a century of germs embedded into its walls.


Yesterday, the provincial government sent out a dispatch where MLA John Martin poked his finger at FHA over the hospital maternity ward problem is no help. As a politician you don't work that way. You don't sit back and take pot shots. You get the mayors together, go in and demand meetings and get into some hard discussions about building a new hospital. Difficult but doable. But Martin wants the easy way out and shuck the blame.


MLA Laurie Throness likened the $10 million upgrade with St Paul's $500 million. But what he failed to say was that St. Paul's is a whole new hospital.

It might be that residents would help and pay $10 or $20 if it means being able to have a new hospital with an MRI. But you can't install a new MRI into an old hospital like CGH without adding a new wing. So if you're going to add a new wing, then why not a new hospital?


They have to plan moving forward for an expanding population and get the location now. If Vancouver Coastal Health can do it with their limited space and St Paul's Hospital then there's nothing to stop Chilliwack from doing the same thing. A hospital that's a hundred-years-old should be roped off as a health hazard.


The suggested $10 million dollars to refit the maternity ward should be used to retain obstetricians and go toward a new hospital.


If highly-paid City planners David Blaine and Peter Montief can secure the location now then they'll be earning their keep. If all the local municipalities are going to benefit then they all have to be on board. But Martin is breaking down any positive action with his finger-pointing and Throness seems to be bad at math with his skewed numbers. The community is fraught with anxiety. What the city doesn't need is bickering over non-partisan issues.



 Thursday, June 27, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Small accident big backup

The new law is difficult to work with

Staff/Voice file photo


Traffic wasn't moving after an accident on Yale Rd. last Friday.


raffic was snarled after a fender-bender on Yale Rd last Friday. Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the accident.


A new law that's been on the books since March 8th requires police to attend accidents of over $10,000 damage regardless of the type of vehicle. Previously the threshold where an officer attended was $1000. Now it's $600 for motorcycles and $100 for bicycles now.


So if no one is hurt then tow trucks are called and traffic is cleared up sooner.


“Police officers will continue to attend collisions involving minor property damage at their discretion – for example, if questions arise about driver impairment or who’s at fault,” said Chief Const. Neil Dubord, chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police traffic safety committee. “However, lifting the threshold for mandatory, written reports when officers do attend will help clear crash scenes much more quickly. In turn, it may lower risks for those working at the scene and motorists alike.”



 Thursday, June 27, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Truck and a trip

The best part of losing is reading about the winner

Lotto BC/Handout photo


Fraser Aird couldn't wait to tell hihs family he won half a million dollars.


ldergrove’s Fraser Aird admits he had trouble keeping steady after discovering he was holding a Lotto Max ticket worth $500,000.

The 55-year-old matched all four Extra numbers in the Lotto Max draw held on Friday, June 21, 2019 to win the half-million dollar prize.

“I tried to pour myself a coffee, but I was shaking so much I could barely pour it,” exclaimed Aird, who was at the 7-Eleven on Fraser Highway in Aldergrove when he discovered he had won. “I was most excited to share the news with my wife and son. They couldn’t believe it!”

Aird was born in Ontario but has called Aldergrove home for the past 30 years. He says the win provides financial security for the family, but adds he plans to buy a new truck, take family and friends out for a nice dinner and head back East to visit his mom.


Lotto Max can be purchased at all lottery retail locations and online at, with tickets available until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesdays and Fridays.



 Tuesday, June 25, 2019  

Published 4 pm


History lesson

War veterans and RCMP  unhappy with the NDP annuity claw backing

John Labelle/Voice file photo


r. Jagmeet Singh, MP Burnaby South, as the new Leader of the NDP party you are regarded as a major failure by many voters. You chose not to compete for a seat in the House of Commons for over 3 years of your mandate.

You appointed Mrs. Irene Mathyssen, MP as the NDP Veterans Affairs Critic. She failed to introduce to the House of Commons a replacement for our Veterans Bill C-201. Her lack of support towards this most important Military/RCMP Veterans Families CPP Pension claw back issue is unacceptable. Read more here.



 Monday, June 24, 2019  

Published 8am


Million dollar baby

Fraser Valley mayors say Chilliwack Hospital maternity ward needs upgrade

Coletta Holmes, BC gov't caucus/Fraser Health file photo


s Chilliwack Hospital’s maternity ward gets set to close for 15 days due to a shortage of available obstetricians, BC Liberal MLAs John Martin and Laurie Throness are calling on the Fraser Health Authority to upgrade local maternity facilities. Read more here.



 Monday, June 24, 2019  

Published 8am


Trash talking

Lum off-base with comments about Chilliwack air quality

Staff/Vuilnis bij Essent Milieu photo


Reports claim that Chilliwack Councillor, and FVRD Chair, Jason Lum is worried about air quality when garbage returned from the Philippines and incinerated in Vancouver.


recent item in print media "Philippines waste plan called disturbing" missed reporting a few things.

The announcement to take back the garbage from the Philippines took place over a month ago and was on many websites. This information was available back then. At that time the Philippine government said if Canada didn't take its trash back then they would dump it into Canadian waters.

The item has councillor and FVRD chair Jason Lum sounding off about Chilliwack air quality after burning it in Vancouver. They burn trash every day 24/7 as the item mentions. So it's not going to add anything to the air that's not already there. Plus, the emissions are scrubbed better than car exhaust.

Lum must never have walked downtown on a hot day where the air is so bad you could cut it with a knife and you wouldn't be far off saying that people living in the downtown have a shorter life expectancy.

Lum should be more worried about how to mitigate Vancouver and the Fraser Valley's air shed issue and there are ways to do that like building big air filters and using layers of trees like other countries do.

Lum is obviously trying to score brownie points because if he doesn't know about this then he shouldn't be representing anyone anywhere. Print media bit it on this and made themselves look stupid on that lop-sided item..



 Monday, June 24, 2019  

Published 7am


Chilliwack woman one of 18 to receive 2019 Carnegie Award

Callahan tried to save a man in wheel before being hit by a train

Carnegie Hero Commission/GoFundMe photo


high school teacher sprang into action when she was alerted to a 14year-old student with a gun in her school’s cafeteria, a 16-year-old boy on his lunch break from his grocery store shift entered a 65-degree river after seeing a man struggling in the water, and, in two separate incidents, men died after entering the rough Atlantic Ocean after seeing children carried away from shore and calling for help. These are just four of the 15 Americans and three Canadians recognized in this class of Carnegie heroes.


The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today recognized these 18 civilians for risking their lives while trying to save others from perilous, life-threatening situations including Van L. Anderson, who pulled a 3-yearold girl from the wreckage of a violent accident in which acid was pouring from a tanker into the pickup truck where she was located, and Stephen Anthony Eberle and James R. Carroll, who restrained and disarmed a woman who was stabbing and choking a police officer. The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the U.S. and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.


According to a gofundme page that's only raised $450 out of a $20,000 goal describes the incident and her recovery.


"My amazing friend Julie Callaghan tried to save a complete stranger in a wheelchair from being hit by a train when he got stuck on the tracks. Sadly the train won and Julie was left with her hand destroyed in the process. She has had a few surgeries so far (more to come) and has been receiving Physio for her injuries. She has been unable to work since the accident and won’t be returning to work anytime soon. She has been struggling to do everyday things such as dress herself, cook, drive herself to medical appointments,  and so much more."

"Julie is the kindest and most loving person I have had the pleasure to know. She will put her life on the line for anyone, and that is apparent since she did it for a complete stranger." 

"I am asking for your help since this has been such a financial struggle for her and her family since she’s unable to work. She has kept up such good spirits but that will only take someone so far. I want to ask for your help so that Julie can just concentrate on her recovery and not have to continue to worry about her finances." 


With this second announcement of 2019 recipients, a total of 10,099 Carnegie Medals have been awarded since the Pittsburgh-based Fund’s inception in 1904. Commission Chair Mark Laskow said each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the more than 115 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $40.9 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.


The 2019 awardees are:



 Saturday, June 21, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Car fire on the Trans Canada

Crews careful around natural gas vehicle

Staff/Voice photo


hilliwack firefighters extinguish a car fire on Highway 1 just past the Lickman Rd. on-ramp Friday. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident.



 Saturday, June 21, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Into the wild

Chilliwack Search and Rescue visit City Hall for presentation

Staff/Voice photos


Doug Fraser (nearest) and CSAR members were at City Hall to make a presentation to council Tuesday.

hilliwack is home to some of the province's most beautiful natural features but one step in the wrong direction could mean trouble or even be deadly.

Chilliwack Search and Rescue (CSAR) people are all volunteers. Superstars ready to drop everything at a moment's notice grab their gear and connect with the team who have their radios, ropes, foot webbing, pitons, bolts, carabiners, sleeping bags, rain gear and a lot more specialized gear. Read more here.



 Friday, June 21, 2019  

Published 4 pm


Car Show Gets Spooked

BIA cancels Fortins Classic over weather

Staff/BIA image



ou can't blame owners who don't want their car covered in rain and dirt. They get better glint qualities in the sun.


"It is with very heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel the show this weekend. The weather forecast has not improved, and the amount of feedback we have already received about it tells us that it is the correct call…as painful as it is," said Kyle Williams, BIA exec. director in a dispatch Friday.


There's been no new date announced. Watch The Voice for more information as it becomes available.




 Friday, June 21, 2019  

Published 8 am


Love Through Rose Coloured Glasses

La Vie En Rose at the Cultch Sept 13

Tony James, Sr Exec. Prod, Renee James Productions Intl./Submitted photos



Ashley Evans and Ian Szkolak are the principle dancers in La Vie en Rose coming to Chilliwack Sept 13.


nder the Creative Direction of London based Renee James Productions International and Award-Winning Executive Producer Tony James comes the much anticipated classical romantic concert La Vie en Rose featuring music by some of France’s most beloved composers.


Chilliwack homegrown Singer/Actress, Deanne Ratzlaff is one of the featured entertainers in La Vie En Rose.


Grammy Award Nominee & International Violin Virtuoso, Pablo Diemecke, Renowned British/Canadian Pianist, Tony Booker, Fraser Valley Singer/Actress, Deanne Ratzlaff and Ballet Etoile Canada Principal Dancers, Ashley Evans & Ian Szkolak.  See more here.



 Friday, June 21, 2019  

Published 8 am


Clear and Present Danger

Sardis students learn about safety in urban and rural areas

Lennae Durant, Ag Safe BC/Submitted photos


Sardis Elementary School students learn how to be safe during AgSafeBC’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day held June 14.


hildren and youth living in agricultural environments are at risk of serious injury or death, especially when school breaks for the summer and more children are on or around agricultural worksites.

AgSafe, British Columbia’s agricultural workplace health and safety association promotes the importance of child safety education as part of their safety initiatives. The organization recently held a one-day Progressive Agriculture Safety Day for 140 grade four and five students at Sardis Elementary School in Chilliwack, a community in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley region. See more here.


 Thursday, June 20, 2019  

Published 8 am


Native Chief Passes

Popove: He was a great man and great leader

Staff/Voice file photo


Chief Frank Malloway at a community event in 2012.


ayor Ken Popove paid tribute to Grand Chief Frank Malloway at Tuesday's city council meeting.

"There was probably 800 people at Tzeachten Hall Sunday and was very well attended. He was a great man and a great leader, he was one of the most respected elders in the Stó:lō community," said Popove.

Malloway was hereditary Stó:lō Grand Chief with 25 grandchildren.

"The first three rows was family," said Popove. "It was an incredibly moving funeral. He was such a good man. There was a lot of poking at his size [height] and I can relate to that, but he was a small man with a huge heart. He helped a lot of people out. This was something I was honoured to be at."




 Wednesday, June 19, 2019  

Published 8 am


Zoning in on Popeye's

City council approves popular restaurant for downtown

Staff/Voice photo


A Popeye's Drive-Thru is coming to Williams St and Yale Rd. It should be up and running by fall 2020.


t council meeting on Tuesday Chilliwack City Council approved zoning for a drive-thru Popeye's in the empty lot at the corner of Williams and Yale Rd. (across from the 7-11).


The design will have few places for transients to malinger. So it's going to clean that area up significantly.


There was some concern about the back of the building facing outward but the contractor will be working on beautifying that side.


The project owner told The Voice that it should be up and running in the fall of 2020.




 Wednesday, June 19, 2019  

Published 8 am


Kitchen Fire Contained to Suite

One person with minor injury after trying to extinguish fire

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training/Google image


A cooking fire in an apartment in the 85000-block of McIntosh Drive was contained to the suite.


n June 18 2019, at approximately 5pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in an apartment complex in the 45000 block of McIntosh Drive. Neighbours saw black smoke venting from several windows of the apartment and called the fire department.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing black smoke venting from a 1st floor apartment. Occupants were not home at the time of the fire, and neighbours had tried initiating fire control measures. Fire crews setup an offensive attack and quickly brought the fire under control, containing the damage to the suite of origin.

The interior of the apartment suffered minor fire and moderate smoke damage. One civilian received minor lacerations while accessing a fire extinguisher mounted in the hallway of the apartment complex, and was treated at the scene. There were no firefighter injuries.

This fire appears to be accidental and caused by a pot left on the stove.

Chilliwack Fire Dept. wants to remind the public that: The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking, and to; Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the burner if you leave the kitchen for any reason.




 Tuesday, June 18, 2019  

Published 8 am


Canadian Soldier Dies

Parachute training incident in Bulgaria

Dept of Defense/Handout photo


Bombardier Patrick LaBrie.


ombardier Patrick Labrie, a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Ontario, has died as a result of his injuries during parachute training as part of Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19.


The tragic accident occurred around 10 p.m. on June 17 in Cheshnegirovo, Bulgaria.


“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bombardier Patrick Labrie. Not only is his death a painful loss to his family and friends, but we feel this loss across the Canadian Army and throughout the entire military community. Chief Warrant Officer Stu Hartnell and I extend our sincere condolences, on behalf of all ranks of the Canadian Army, to the family and friends of Bombardier Labrie," said Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander Canadian Army.


Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19 is a multinational training exercise taking place from June 8 to 27 in various locations throughout Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania.


A Canadian Military Police investigation has been initiated.



 Tuesday, June 18, 2019  

Published 8 am


Art of the Walk

All things creative in Kootenay country July 27-28

Stephanie Myers, Nelson and District Art Council/Handout photo


John and Mary Surmiss. stand in front of the popular bear mural in downtown Nelson.


he Nelson and District Arts Council is thrilled to announce the 31st annual ArtWalk.


ArtWalk has become a highlight of the arts & cultural season offering the community a free event that showcases the work of local artists in business galleries. This year’s event hosts over 35 artists in 18 venues downtown and down to the waterfront.

There are three nights to put on your calendar this summer to ensure you don’t miss out. The first Opening Night is Friday, June 28th from 6 - 9pm all the 18 venues will be open and the showing artists will be on hand to chat about their work. We will have roaming performers visiting the venues and performing on the streets.


Look for harpists, saxophone players, hang drummer, hula hooper, dancers, singers, musicians, and more. The schedule of these performances will be posted on the ArtWalk Nelson Facebook page a few days before this opening.

This year the Nelson and District Arts Council is trying something different for the second opening. On Thursday, July 27th between 6 - 9pm we will be hosting creative spaces throughout downtown. Each space will have a different art disciplines including canvases, drum kits, ukuleles, typewriters, a practice mural wall, a photo booth and more.


We invite you to ‘become the artist’ try your hand in any of these spaces. You never know what hidden talents you might discover. There spaces are marked on the map on the brochure.

The Nelson and District Arts Council are teaming up with the Nelson Road Kings to host a Family Friendly Street Dance in Hall Street Plaza on Friday, Sept 6th from 7 - 10pm. Dance under the stars with ‘Ruckus’ a local rock and roll band that are sure to get your toes tapping. This is the wrap party for ArtWalk 2019 and the kick-off for the Nelson Road Kings Queen City Cruise.

The Nelson and District Arts Council wants to thank the business community for their continued support of ArtWalk. The venues open up their spaces and their walls in support of the local arts community and we couldn’t continue this event without that support.

ArtWalk is supported by our generous sponsors the Province of British Columbia, the BC Arts Council, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Nelson and District Credit Union, Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, the City of Nelson and Columbia Basin Trust.




 Saturday, June 16, 2019  

Published 4 pm


Fire Destroys Newer Home

Three evacuated, one with minor smoke inhalation and burn

Staff/Voice photos


Firefighters tried but unfortunately unable to save the home.

ust after 9am Saturday, reports came in of a house on fire in the 45800-block of South Sumas Road. In a few short minutes a thick column of smoke could be seen rising from as far back as Luckakuck Way.

Firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 responded but by the time crews could get there the blaze had become fully embedded into the structure.

"Fire crews arrived on scene to find a fully involved 2-storey single family residential home and contained the fire to the home," said Ian Josephson, Fire Chief, Chilliwack Fire Department. "The fire also damaged two pickup trucks parked adjacent to the garage."

The large modern house was only charred ruins afterward.

According to Joesephson, three residents, a man and two teen sons, were home at the time and managed to evacuate. The father suffered some minor smoke inhalation and a burn to one arm and was treated by BC Ambulance Service paramedics on the scene. Unfortunately two cats didn't survive.

There were no firefighter injuries.

The cause of the fire is considered accidental and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.




 Tuesday, June 11, 2019  

Published 3 pm


New Game Show Produced in Chilliwack: To Pot or Not

City denies more pot store rezone applications than any other businesses

Staff/Google image


Chilliwack City councillor Jason Lum wants a moratorium on marijuana store applications.


arlier this week print media reported that councillor Jason Lum "never received so many threats" after he mentioned he wanted a moratorium on applications to rezone for pot stores. The item was completely slanted. There was no word on mayor Popove's or council Attrill's comments.

What we don't know is what kind of threats were made. Threats not to vote for him in 3 years? Threats to kill his first born? Are the RCMP investigating? This was a ridiculous and erroneous statement to make. Lum and print media should know better.

Also, two years ago, every other municipality in the Lower Mainland got rid of their upper-level staff. Not Chilliwack with the highest paid in BC. Every election councils change it up but these staff like Montief and Blaine are still there. Montief makes $285k/year. Their names should be on the ballot. All we hear is how "staff" made recommendations to council which council follows like a bull with a ring in its nose. So who's running the show?

That prospective store at Young and Chilliwack Central across from the car lot is a dead zone. Instead of having a vibrant tax-paying retail enterprise it will remain an empty structure—a  waiting target for homeless with nothing there. And it's still going to remain a dead zone. Adults in supportive housing should be able to make up their own minds as adults especially when all they have to do is walk a few more feet to a store. If council doesn't believe it then they're high on something. If adults in supportive housing want pot they'll get it.

The same with the proposed Promontory rezone by a group who already sells liquor there and also own and Dukes Country Pub. That group bent over backwards and gave council the most detailed plans I've ever seen in 11 years covering city hall. So far, council has made nothing but ludicrous and very poor C9 rezone decisions.



 Tuesday, June 11, 2019  

Published 3 pm


Drop the Cash But Not Your Phone

Prospera Credit Unions now available for mobile purchases with Apple Pay

Alexandria MacFarlane/Website image



rospera Credit Union has added Apple Pay to its mobile payment options. Apple Pay enables members to pay with their Prospera Debit Card on their iPhone or Apple Watch at retailers displaying the Interac Flash® logo. It can also be used in our iOS mobile banking app and on websites where Apple Pay is accepted. Read more here.



 Tuesday, June 11, 2019  

Published 3 pm


Chilliwack's Country Roads Can Be Treacherous

Pickup truck barely misses going into a water-filled ditch

Staff/Voice photo


Thankfully a pickup didn't roll into a ditch filled with water Tuesday afternoon.


round 1 pm Tuesday reports that a pickup truck went into the ditch in the 47000-block of Yale Road. At least one of the occupants had some injuries. Firefighters attended to them while waiting for an ambulance.

Five feet over and the pickup would have gone into the water. Those types of accidents are very serious because when a vehicle goes into a ditch more often than not it rolls and in many instances the ditch has water in it and the consequences can be dire. It's not known how this accident happened but please drive safely on Chilliwack's country roads.



 Tuesday, June 11, 2019  

Published 3 pm


Will Canada's Veterans Boycott the Elections?

Conservative Party's broken promises to military and RCMP veterans

John Labelle/Voice file photo



An open letter to Andrew James Scheer PC MP, Regina riding


n the 2005 Federal election campaign Mr. Harper, MP stated: ((Hansard 2005) "When a motion passes the democratic elected majority of the House of Commons, The Government shall Honour that motion!" Once elected he broke his election promise and refused to move forward the successful vote of Bill C-201. Read more here.




 Tuesday, June 11, 2019  

Published 10 am


Happy Birthday Myrtle!

Popular Voice columnist turns 98

Staff/Voice photos


St. Thomas congregation and friends celebrated Myrtle Macdonald's 98th birthday.


unday was a very special day for Myrtle and friends as she turned 98 years young.


Myrtle who has a B.Sc (U of Alberta) M.Sc.A. (McGill University) and author has been a tireless advocate for locally grown produce and always has plenty of tips. She is also a big supporter of Rail for the Valley and her columns have appeared on The Voice for many years on various subjects including food, transportation, faith and more. She loves to reach out to readers and share her abundance knowledge.


One of Myrtle's displays Sunday at St. Thomas church covered India.


On Sunday she had several displays set up of her world travels as a missionary nurse in India for16 years:  1946-53, 1958-63 and 1978-81 and Pakistan among others, which she painstakingly put together.


Two women from "Odisha [India] were in their third year lower grade RN and midwifery studies there, said Macdonald. "One became my first RN in our little hospital in Serango, Odisha, which we enlarged to 54 beds in 1958-63."


She has an amazing collection of artifacts and beautiful photo albums from leopard hunts in India to farming in Alberta.


One of Myrtle's displays Sunday at St. Thomas church covered Lesotho. Below is her display from her time working as a missionary nurse in Thailand.


The book centers around the continuous evolving of culture, languages, artistic and architectural skills, life styles, science and music over a span of 4000 years. Tribes and nations claimed land and constantly changed their borders, codes of justice and creeds.


All this is carefully documented. Dates are kept at the left as a visual aid to enable readers to compare simultaneous migrations from mid Asia and middle east, into north Africa, Italy, Spain, southeast and NE Europe, Scandinavia, Britain and up the rivers into Europe and Russia. Read more about her amazing world history book for sale linked here on the website which you can buy through Amazon here.


Most of all she's loved very much in the community and that's what it's all about.




 Monday, June 10, 2019  

Published 10 am


Hungry Nomads

Ryder Lake Ramble June 15-16

Peter Whitlock, Ryder Lake Ramble/Handout image



e are launching our 2019 gleaning season with a plant sale as part of the 2019 Ryder Lake Ramble. There's no cost to attend the plant sale but if you wish to experience the Ramble tickets are available at the Waterfall as you come up the hill on Elk View Rd. Cost is $5 or $20 a car load.


The goal for VPG is to raise funds to cover our insurance costs to run the 2019 Gleaning Programme. More than 1,000 plants available.

June 16th is Father's Day - take your gardening Dads on the Ryder Lake Ramble and enjoy the amazing scenery of Ryder Lake.


Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 10 am - 5pm
Date: Sunday, June 16
Time: Noon - 5pm
Location: 47644 Forester Road, Ryder Lake, Chilliwack


Check out the Ramble website




 Saturday, June 8, 2019  

Published 8 am


Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Urban Safari Barn Sale Fundraiser June 15-16

Urban Safari, Abbotsford/Handout image


ooking for something special for your fury, scaled, or feathered friend? Urban Safari Rescue Society is having massive barn sale of new and used pet items on Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16. – 11am to 5pm each day.

1395 176th St. south Surrey. This is a fund raiser for our rescue society. We have aquariums, dog supplies, cat supplies, reptile supplies, hamster cages, aquarium decorations, lighting, toys, carriers and so much more. You will be surprised at what you will find.




 Saturday, June 8, 2019  

Published 8 am


It was a Dark and Stormy Night...

Actors call for Madeleine L’Engle Classic, A Wrinkle in Time

Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre/Handout images


Auditions are June 25


allery 7 Theatre is pleased to be holding open auditions for its first production of their all-new, 2019-2020 ‘Ordinary Heroes’ theatre season, A Wrinkle in Time. Adapted by John Glore from the popular and controversial novel by Madeleine L’Engle, the auditions will be held on June 25, 2019, at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford.  Read more here.



 Saturday, June 8, 2019  

Published 8 am


You Get a Line, I'll Get A Pole, Dad

Free family day fishing June 15 at Cultus Lake

BC Family Fishing Day/Voice file photo


Kids out with dads fishing at Cultus Lake on Fathers Day.


n initiative launched two decades ago to offer families a fun, affordable Father’s Day activity has become a staple Father’s Day tradition in communities throughout the province. Growing from a handful of events in Vancouver, Victoria and the Okanagan, there are now nearly 50 events throughout the province, joining a larger Father’s Day trend of creating experiences and making memories with Dad to celebrate Father’s Day while kicking off the fishing season. See more times and dates around the Lower Mainland.



 Saturday, June 8, 2019  

Published 8 am


Opening Up BC

Ebus expands routes in the province

Leigh Abra, Ebus/Voice file photo


Mike is one of the Ebus coach drivers.


bus BC is thrilled to announce that we've applied to the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) to service two new regions in BC - Salmon Arm and Prince George. With seven months of operations under our belt in BC, we're excited to have the chance to increase connectivity for people in our current and 14 potential new communities.

The Salmon Arm route will be an addition to our existing run between Kamloops and Kelowna, providing service to Chase, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, Enderby, and Armstrong. The Prince George service will be a new route from Kamloops, heading up Highway 97 through Cache Creek, 70 Mile House, 100 Mile House, Lac la Hache, Williams Lake, Quesnel, and Hixon to Prince George.

We're currently working on stop locations, schedules, and pricing, with a goal to launch service as soon as possible after receiving approval from the Passenger Transportation Board.

We’re proud to be taking another step in the right direction in improving access to more communities for more people in the province of BC. For times and schedules, visit Ebus here.



 Friday, June 7, 2019  

Published 6 pm


Chief Says Arson to Blame

Boarded up house burns down

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Fire Chief/Voice photos


Chilliwack firefighters map out their next move on a blaze in a vacant house on Norrish Ave. Wednesday.


t approximately 7:45am on June 5, 2019, firefighters from Chilliwack fire halls 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 responded to a structure fire in the 46000-block of Norrish Avenue.


When firefighters arrived they found a single-storey residential house with flame and smoke showing from the roof system of the house. All occupants inside the home safely evacuated.

Firefighters suit up for a closer inspection.


Fire Firefighters battled the fire from the exterior as the house was unsafe to enter due to the fire damage. Once the fire was suppressed, an excavator was called out to demolish the home due to safety concerns.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

This fire was deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP fire investigators. If anyone has any information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or


 Friday, June 7, 2019  

Published 8 am


Music of the Night: The Concert Tour

A celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th Birthday

Alan Corbishy/Handout images


Music of the Night will be in Chilliwack September 14. Below, violinist Zander Felton Vancouver Island resident.


usic of the Night – The Concert Tour, is a concert celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70th Birthday and his acclaim as the most successful musical theatre composer of all time.


With a first tour leg launching later this month, audiences in Nanaimo, Campbell River, Courtenay, Salt Spring, Sidney and Whistler will have the unique opportunity to hear performances of some of the most iconic musical theatre scores ever written. Repertoire will include selections from Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Blvd. Read more here.




 Thursday, June 6, 2019  

Published 8 am


Marijuana Moratorium?

Council still dithering on locations

Staff/YouTube image


Chilliwack City councillor Jason Lum wants a moratorium on marijuana store applications.


o far City councillors have been inflexible on where marijuana can be sold in Chilliwack and at the council meeting Tuesday it was a resounding "no" to an application to rezone 8810 Young Rd to a C9 Zone where a store could have been set up. That came after staff's recommendation to deny the application.


Councillor Jason Lum's grandstanding over the taxation revenue issue and now wants that on the table as part of the discussion and suggested there be a moratorium on pot shops. It appears he's trying to stuff the genie back in the bottle and making the City look incompetent when he says he wants more information from the provincial government. The information's already out there. If the provincial government wants to sell marijuana they have to go though the same process to rezone property.

Mayor Ken Popove reminded council that C9 readings are over rezoning only.

Councillor Sue Attrill disagreed with Lum's buckshot approach to a complete moratorium on marijuana stores.

"There shouldn't be a moratorium on all applications, we just need to be careful about what we allow to go forward," she said.

Lum might get his way. He's asked staff to look at the possibility of a moratorium. But it's hard to see if his desires are couched in logic because it seems delays aren't working. The longer council dithers the more it works against them because smokers will either go to the tax-free Bloom stores on Ashwell Rd. on the Rez or it's back to square one and the underground economy.




 Wednesday, June 5, 2019  

Published 10 am


The Wild West

Stolen vehicle crashes while trying to evade police

Staff/Voice photos


A stolen pickup crashed in a busy neighbourhood on Fletcher Ave. while trying to evade police last Friday.


stolen grey pickup roared down Yale Rd with a cop hot on its tail and ended in major crash in residential area.

Late Friday afternoon, the driver, trying to lose a cop, turned north on Fletcher Ave.  and gunned it. By the time he was at the intersection at Bole Ave. he was travelling faster than a locomotive slamming into a small vehicle.

The truck rolled and came to rest on the corner of a house.

Two guys managed to clamber out of the twisted metal and glass. One ran down the block away to a house and was arrested shortly after. The other was taken to an ambulance in handcuffs.

The female crash victim is loaded into the BCAS ambulance. Thankfully she wasn't seriously injured.

The other vehicle careened off the road stopping just short of a large tree. The driver of that vehicle didn't seem to be in a lot of pain as she was extricated and taken to an ambulance.

Bystanders said it was Cst. Mike Sabulski aka "Robocop" who gave pursuit was and wondered why he engaged a stolen vehicle trying to escape in a densely packed residential area. But that has not been confirmed.


"I don't understand why they didn't just shut down the chase," said one person on the scene. "With the school blocking the east side there would have been only three exit areas."

A local traffic cop can be seen leaning on the overturned vehicle.

The officer involved was immediately on scene. Speculation from one person there said it was that particular cop's second chase in two months and and that he engaged in several similar situations over the past 6 months.


A curious ERT member.

Apparently at least one of the suspects was recently released custody for other crime(s).

"My boyfriend found one of the guy's parole papers across the street, apparently he was just released from jail," said a woman pointing.

The vehicle is righted.


Emergency Reponse Team members were on scene.

The crash victim's dog "pooch" was going to be cared for until it could be returned to the owner.


The female driver's dog named "pooch" didn't run like many dogs do in accidents and was taken by someone who would look after the dog until she could return it to the woman involved in the accident. The RCMP has not sent out a release.


"If anyone has any information about this accident, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or"




 Tuesday, June 4, 2019  

Published 1 pm


Vacant House Fire

Garage lost, house gutted

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training, CFD /Voice photos


Dan Cole riding Cita storm the field Sunday


n June 3, 2019 at approximately 0445am the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire located in the 46000 block of Maple Ave.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, and on arrival, reported a fully involved structure fire in a detached garage of a single story residential home, which had spread to the home. The structure was vacant and boarded up at the time of the fire. Due to fire conditions firefighters set up a defensive fire attack and brought the fire under control.

Firefighters line-up to get contaminants, debris, ashes and smoke hosed off. A lot of these old houses have asbestos in them.


The garage was completely consumed in the fire and the home suffered major fire and smoke damage to the interior and exterior of the structure. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

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

This fire is considered suspicious at this time, and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP.

If anyone has any information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or



 Tuesday, June 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


Turf Gladiators

Coyle on Cita clean house at the Longine's

Chris Pack/Cealy Tetly, T-Bird photo


Dan Cole riding Cita storm the field Sunday


f you're following the equestrian jumping championships Saturday in Langley, BC, Daniel Coyle on Cita won the $36,500 at the tbird Cup during the 2019 Odlum Brown BC Open.

Cita has wings. Huge air. Check those powerful front legs, hooves tucked in as they clear the doubles.



 Tuesday, June 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


The Best Part of Losing is Reading About the Winners

Long-time 6/49 buyers strike gold

BCLC/Submitted photo


Virginia and Don Johnson hit it big last week.


mixture of disbelief and relief were the feelings that came to mind when Victoria’s Virginia and Donald Johnson found out they matched all ten numbers in the Lotto 6/49 draw held on May 29, 2019, to win the guaranteed $1 million prize.

“The first person I told was my husband,” said Virginia. “I noticed the guarantee winner, so I checked it. Don was downstairs, and I think he asked if I was telling the truth and if I was going to check on it right away.”  Read more here.




 Tuesday, June 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


Maximum Pride

Could ten thousand signatories be wrong?

Dave Palmer, Nepean, Ont./Voice file photos



A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the effort to have a medal created by the federal  gov't to honour, acknowledge and recognize service by our Veterans and Troops.


am a Canadian that no longer believes that the heritage of our nation is based on integrity and honour by the governments that have been at the helm of this nation for over 150 years.

We as a nation, as I understand it, is that as Canadians in 2019, we still have the right to speak without fear, to freely worship as we want, to believe that we are still a democracy. Read more here.



 Monday, June 3, 2019  

Published 9 am


Running Down Disease

West Coast Ride to Live raise $150k in support of prostrate cancer

Staff/Voice photos


The 2019 Ride to Live raised $150,000.


here's something about the low rumble of Harley's in the morning that gets the blood flowing. It's an impressive sight to see 250 bikes backed into the curb.

Hundreds of riders left Trev Deely in Vancouver and Mountainview Harley Davidson in Chilliwack last Saturday in the annual Ride to Live to fund prostate cancer research, education and support in British Columbia. See more here.


 Sunday, June 2, 2019  

Published 9 am


Double Trouble

Firefighters called to blaze at vacant house

Staff/Voice photos


Knocked down the fire in a few minutes before it spread.

ust before 7 am, firefighters were called out again. This time it was to a vacant house in the 46000-block Margaret Ave,.

By the time firefighters could get there, the blaze was beginning to spread. Crews immediately set up a defensive attack and brought the fire under control.

"Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind owners of vacant homes that they face an increase risk when it comes to property damage which includes vandalism, theft and or fire damage. A fire within a vacant home also increases the risk to fire fighter safety," said Andrew Brown, Asst Chief Training in a Sunday release.

Crews stretch out the hoses to get the water going. Below, A well-oiled machine. Everyone was doing what they were supposed to.


This fire is considered suspicious at this time, and is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP.

Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Chilliwack RCMP at (604) 792-4611, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or



 Sunday, June 2, 2019  

Published 5 am


Daybreak Blaze

Firefighters called to vehicle fire

Staff/Voice photo


Firefighters had to pull out the hoses for an early morning vehicle fire.


t daybreak, just after 4 am, firefighters were called to a vehicle fire at the impound yard in the 8900-block of Nowell St. on the south side of the tracks.


A thick smell of plastic burning permeated the air to Young Rd where people were calling it in, however crews had it mostly extinguished by then.


If you see anything like this, don't cross the tracks for a photo. Your life's worth more than a photograph.


Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Chilliwack RCMP at (604) 792-4611, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or



 Sunday, June 2, 2019  

Published 8 am


"Let Your Freaks Fly!"

Actors call, Shrek the Musical auditions run to June 12.

Steph Troughton, LBMG/Handout photo


Once upon a time there was a green ogre, who liked swamps and hated onions


ave people told you, you sound exactly like Donkey from the iconic story of Shrek or that your vertically challenged prince-like stature may serve you well on stage?
You may be just the person Align Entertainment needs for their next musical theatre production – Shrek the Musical.
Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of landscape, Shrek the Musical is just like the animated movie series and chronicles the life of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Along the way, he meets others as unique as he is, realizes his own self-worth and spoiler alert – overcomes the bullies who have taunted him his entire existence.
“One of the best life lessons that comes out of Shrek is how important it is to be yourself - captured in everybody’s favorite song from the show, ‘let your freak flag fly,’” says Align Entertainment’s director and co-producer Chad Matchette.
Auditions are now open for the theatre company’s latest Shrek production that is set to run in February 2020 at the Michael J Fox Theatre with rehearsals starting in November of this year.
Matchette says it’s always interesting to see who tries out for the roles in Align’s productions which have been running since 2014.
“We are always thrilled with who comes out for these auditions and don’t put any restrictions on them so as a result, the range of talent and different backgrounds is incredibly diverse.”
Anyone interested in auditioning is encouraged to come out as even if actors, professional or beginner, are not cast as a character, Matchette points out there are many ensemble opportunities in this production that would be suitable for adults and children. He adds however anyone interested should schedule their audition time as soon as possible, as few openings remain, and audition dates only run until June 12 2019.
Go here to sign up for the remaining audition times. For more information, visit Align Entertainment.