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 Thursday, May 30, 2019  

Published 5 pm


Hit Parade

From pancakes to parades it'll all be at Yarrow Days this weekend June1-2

Carol Bell/Voice file photo


A few sprinkles didn't hold anyone back like in 2017. Rain or shine the parade must go on but look for sunny skies Saturday.


t’s been said that nowhere but in a small town do people know what you’re going to do even before you do it.


So on Saturday both Chilliwack and Yarrow residents know that everyone's going to be parked on lawn chairs on Yarrow Central for the annual parade.

7:45 Yarrow Family Fun Run assembles at Yarrow Community Centre
8:00 Family Fun Run! 2K & 5K on beautiful river trails. Registration by donation.
10:00 Parade leaves Yarrow Community School
11: 00 Mennonite Ed. Institute Marching Band
11:30 Opening Ceremonies / O Canada Joy Kragh

Address by MP Mark Strahl, MLA John Martin & City councilor Jason Lum

11:45 Ever After Princesses- Moana and Ariel
12:10 Dear One - Americana Folk-Pop five-piece band
12:45 Bhangra Dancers – thank you Terry Sidhu!
1:15 Ryan McCallister - Internationally known Canadian singer/songwriter
2:15 Sardis Secondary Jazz Band
3:00 Robert Bateman Sec. School jazz band

Entertainment all afternoon at the park

Craft Booths, Kids’ games, BBQ, Pony Rides, Imagination Station

Show & Shine at Alliance Church—thank you Brandon &Amanda Kran!

Beer and Wine Festival at Chestnut Springs Bistro 42300 Yarrow Central Road. Thank you Mission Springs!

Parking at Canadian Reformed Church all day Saturday. Thank you CRC!

Saturday June 1st In The Yard At Chestnut Springs Bistro 42300 Yarrow Central Road
6:00 pm Dance with The Lounge Hounds tickets at Eventbrite

Sunday June 2nd Yarrow Pioneer Park
10:00 am Community Church Service. Rain or shine. Everyone is welcome.
Community Brunch follows the service. Suggested donation $5
12:00 Skate Board Jam at the skate park. Thank you Dean Dahl


Festivities emcee Grant Sigaty.



 Thursday, May 30, 2019  

Published 8 am


Fabric of the Community

Mary's on Wellington women's clothing store picks up BIA Business of the Year Award

Staff/Voice photo


Mary Urquhart speaks about the community of businesses downtown. Her award was presented by Chilliwack City councillor Sue Attrill (centre).


he was a shoe-in to win the Downtown Proud BIA Business of the Year award. Mary Urquhart owner of Mary's on Wellington finally got the recognition she deserved after almost 40 years in business.


"Forget the big box stores, we're family run and we're all family downtown," she told people attending the ceremony.

Mary's on Wellington has been in operation since 1980. The store offers quality items with staff experienced in fitting items for women including: intimate apparel, swimwear, shape wear, mastectomy bras & prosthetic breast forms, hosiery, slips & cami's, sleepwear, fun wear, accessories & gifts items.

The store is located at 45934 Wellington Ave, 604 792 3100 connect on Facebook.


Other winners were Prospera Credit Union in the Above and Beyond category for their participation in local events and promotions by volunteering or offering different types of sponsorships. Michael's on Main for Outstanding Customer Service and Pikeco Refills for New Business of the Year.




 Wednesday, May 29, 2019  

Published 8 am


Highway 1 Off-Ramp Crash

Pickup truck rolled on the corner of the Vedder Rd exit

Staff/Voice photo


What remained of a truck after it rolled on Tuesday.


eople in a pickup had a wild ride at around 10 am when it did a 360° on the Highway 1 Vedder Road off-ramp this morning. Speculation is they were exiting too fast and may have misjudged the turn. Ambulances were on-scene. No word on injuries.



 Wednesday, May 29, 2019  

Published 8 am


Mission Possible

BC Culture Days kicks off Sept 22

Staff/Voice photo


A mosaic of activities will celebrate diversity.


he BC Culture Days is pleased to announce that this year's annual provincial Culture Days kickoff event will be presented in partnership with the Mission Cultural Resources Commission in Mission, BC on Sunday, September 22, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm at Heritage Park Centre.

The BC Culture Days Launch in Mission: A Mosaic of Cultures will showcase a broad range of cultural activities by notable and emerging members of Mission's arts and culture community. Beginning with the official opening ceremony, including a welcome by Leq' a: mel First Nation, the public will be invited to experience a kaleidoscope of cultural activities, such as artist demos, hands-on arts and crafts, artist talks, storytelling, workshops, and samplings from Mission's vibrant food culture.


The Culture Days weekend is set to take place across Canada this year on September 27, 28, and 29, 2019. In BC, up to 600 free activities are presented across the province each year, inviting the public behind the scenes to connect with creative people in their community and discover new arts and cultural practices. Artists and cultural groups interested in presenting a free activity during Culture Days are invited to register online starting next month at CultureDays.ca. For inclusion in the BC Culture Days marketing and publicity campaign, participants must register before July 31, 2019.



 Wednesday, May 29, 2019  

Published 8 am


Ride of a Lifetime

Odlum Brown BC Open returns to Thunderbird Park May 29 - June 2

Emily, Tbird Show Park/Cara Grimshaw photo


Tiffany Foster and Victor led Canada to a second place finish in the 2018 Longines Jumping.


lympic athletes, World Equestrian Games veterans and World Cup Finalists will be on display aplenty this week at Thunderbird Show Park, with 46 athletes and 82 horses representing nine nations set to contest the CSIO5* Odlum Brown BC Open, May 29 to June 2, 2019.

Running concurrent 5* and 2* competitions, the Odlum Brown BC Open features five days of top international sport. Highlights of the week include the $36,500 CSIO5* Artisan Farms Nations Welcome 1.50m on Wednesday, the $36,500 CSIO5* tbird Cup 1.50m on Thursday, the $235,000 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix 1.60m on Friday,  culminating with the $400,000 CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 2nd.

The Mexican contingent is out in force with 15 athletes lined up to jump at tbird this week, including all seven members of the winning Nations Cup teams from Wellington, USA and Coapexpan, MEX this season—Eugenio Garza Perez, Enrique Gonzalez, Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane, Salvador Oñate, Patricio Pasquel, Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado and Lorenza O’Farrill. O’Farrill is riding in on a wave of confidence after also capturing the Longines Grand Prix in Mexico.

Ireland, winners of the 2018 Nations Cup™ of Canada, is back with the Coyle brothers, Daniel and Jordan, tbird’s most winning rider, Conor Swail, young gun Cormac Hanley and Jonathan Corrigan, who will be making his first ever tbird appearance this week.

The Americans boast a strong field as always with a mixed bag of veterans and rising talents that includes Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington, World Cup champion Richard Fellers and ‘Master of Faster’ Richard Spooner, as well as rookie riders Lucy Deslauriers, Eve Jobs and Hilary McNerney. They’ll be well matched by the Canadians with Olympic veterans Mario Deslauriers, Lisa Carlsen and hometown hero Tiffany Foster in the stirrups, as well as rising star Nicole Walker, the top placing Canadian in the Nations Cup of Mexico earlier this month.

Adding depth to the international field are Olympians Eduardo Menezes (BRA), Daniel Bluman (ISR), and Alberto Michan (ISR), plus rider representatives from Denmark, Spain and Sweden.

Catch all the action live from the Fort Grand Prix Ring at Thunderbird Show Park on tbird TV, including Sunday’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada (Canadian broadcast only. The international broadcast will stream exclusively on FEI.TV.)

To learn more about the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Series, click here.




 Wednesday, May 29, 2019  

Published 8 am


Canadian Country Stardom

Three finalists face-off for Sirius' top prize

Megan Dolmage, KWT Global/Handout image


Three finalists in the Sirius XM Top of the Country Music prize.


iriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is thrilled to announce the three finalists for the second annual SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). These three artists will duke it out in a live onstage battle to be crowned Canada’s next big country star and win a $25,000 cash prize and an international SOCAN songwriting camp.
The 2019 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists, selected by Canadians are:
Matt Lang (Hometown — Maniwaki, QC)
Kelsi Mayne (Hometown — Windsor, ON)
Tim & The Glory Boys (Hometown — Winnipeg, MB)


Later this year, the three Top of the Country finalists will participate in a week-long SOCAN songwriting trip to Nashville, perform at a major country music festival and attend an exclusive mentorship session in Toronto with influential people from across the industry.
The grand prize winner will be chosen live at SiriusXM Top of the Country Finale during Country Music Week 2019 in Calgary, AB from September 5-8. Finalists will compete live on stage before a soon-to-be-announced headlining act, airing live on SiriusXM. The winner will receive the $25,000 grand prize, plus an international SOCAN songwriting camp and more. To watch the finalist videos, please visit: siriusxm.ca/topcountry.




 Wednesday, May 29, 2019  

Published 8 am


Unholy Alliance

Krawczyk writes about American and Israel's interests in each other

Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland/Voice file photo



efore I begin, let me make my position clear. I know that what I have to say will label me as anti-Semitic to some. But I am not. I do hold anti-Patriarchal religious views, including the one I was raised in. Because my family’s church was of the fundamentalist Christian kind, it preached something akin to what many fundamentalist Christian churches preach today; that one must simply wait and work for the “Rapture” to come. Read more here.




 Wednesday, May 29, 2019  

Published 8 am


Comic Relief

From cartoonist Mike Roache

M Roache/submitted images/click for larger view




 Wednesday, May 29, 2019  

Published 8 am


Happy Trails

Bike to Work Week May 28 - June 9

Staff/Voice photos


Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove wheeled into the Bike to Work Week Celebration Station. Below, councillor Jason Lum shows the team spirit.


hey donned their helmets, clipped in and away they went bright and early Monday to kick off Bike to Work Week May 27 - June 9 in Chilliwack. The event was led by local dignitaries including mayor Ken Popove and councillor Jason Lum.

Popove and his entourage did a north loop of the city beginning at Gwynne Vaughn Park and circling over to Broadway and eventually up Chilliwack Central Rd.

Lum's group did a south circuit starting at Sardis Secondary then swinging over to the Valley Rail Trail and eventually up Young Road with all riders ending up at the "Celebration Station" behind Fire Hall No. 1 in the Fraser Valley Regional Distract (FVRD) parking lot where firefighters dished out hot breakfasts for the participants as they rolled in.

Pedalsport mechanic tunes up a bike at the ride.

Both groups picked up a substantial number of riders as they made their way along the routes.

The City and the FVRD have been working diligently over the past few years to establish new pathways and lanes and upgrade current ones throughout the city from Sardis to Fairfield Island.


Chilliwack firefighters cook breakfast for the riders.

Popove told The Voice it was a pleasant ride and that he and his wife try to get out on their bikes whenever they can.

"Cycling is healthy and bike lanes are safer for riders," he said. "Working out the bike lanes is the hardest part."

It was a festive occasion Monday. Below Cops for Cancer, annual fundraiser ride to help kids stricken with cancer.


Popove's group must have had a tailwind because they arrived 5 minutes ahead of Lum's group.

"Did we beat Ken?" Lum asked jokingly.

Lum is on the City's Transportation Advisory Board and he too has been working on bike lane projects and plans to use the existing lanes throughout the summer.

"One of the things we're doing is encouraging companies to have "End of Ride" facilities such as places to lock up and shower."

Safety is always a concern and Chilliwack RCMP do their best to educate drivers and riders.

"One of the biggest things for drivers is being sure to check their rear windows and blind spots," RCMP Cpl. Brad Rendall told The Voice.

The raffle winner rides home with a Trek bike worth $659.


As part of Bike to Work Week, residents are encouraged enter a ballot for each day they bike, walk, ride, carpool and ride the bus for the chance to win a Medium Trek Dual Sport 1 valued at $659 donated from Vedder Mountain Bike Company.

Ballots are available at City Hall or online at www.chilliwack.com/bike

Entry Rules are:
• One entry per day of "green commuting"
• No cash value or exchanges
• City and RCMP employees aren't eligible to win prizes
• Winner agrees to have their name and photos associated with the raffle publicly released

Thanks to the City of Chilliwack Fire Dept. for cooking up the breakfasts, PedalSport for doing quick tune-ups, 529 Garage for their anti-theft registration, Produce Gone Wild for the fruit, doughnuts from Circle Square and java from Clearbrook Coffee.

For more information on Bike to Work Week and safety tips on the road, visit and Bikehub.




 Tuesday, May 28, 2019  

Published 8 am


Fire on Fourth

Shed blaze short-lived

Staff/Voice photos


A small pocket of flame can be seen behind the truck just before firefighters hit it with water. Below, the Duty Chief assesses the situation.


aturday morning got off to a roaring start for firefighters with reports at around 6 am of a shed fire  at a vacant house in the 46000-block on Fourth Ave across from Fire Hall No. 1.


Firefighters had this blaze knocked down in a very short time before it travelled into the house.


Crews cleared the building and thankfully no one was left inside.


As is always the case CFD officials return later to double-check the site.


There's no word on the cause of the fire. If you have any information about this you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca or contact the local RCMP detachment at (604) 792-4611.




 Monday, May 27, 2019  

Published 5 pm


A Growing Need

MLA Throness wants remediation standards for sellers of homes used to cultivate marijuana

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


hile John Horgan continues to make British Columbia’s housing shortage even worse, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Laurie Throness is taking steps to protect homeowners and get more units onto the market. Throness introduced the Homeowner Protection Amendment Act to the legislature today which, if passed, will allow British Columbians to safely and securely purchase homes formerly used as grow operations.
“Police have estimated that there are 20,000 grow operations in British Columbia, and there will be many more now that cannabis has been legalized,” says Throness. “But because most banks and insurers refuse to provide mortgages and insurance for homes previously used as grow-ops, we risk these homes being left vacant or continuing to be used for illegal activity once these operations cease to exist – more or less permanently excluding them from the market.”
Throness’ private member’s bill tasks an existing government office, the New Homes Registry, with developing remediation standards in consultation with industry for homes formerly used as grow operations. At the cost of the homeowner, a licensed home inspector would then be required to confirm that a home has been safely and completely returned to it's original state according to those standards – providing assurance to lenders, insurers, sellers, and buyers alike.
“With the way things currently stand, thousands of homes will be unavailable to buyers because of past and future grow operations in B.C. In the midst of a housing crunch, this is simply unacceptable,” says Throness. “John Horgan needs to take swift action to ensure we are able to safely bring these homes to market.”


 Monday, May 27, 2019  

Published 2 pm


For the Love of Jane Reid

BC agriculture needs sustenance

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


y concern about BC grown fruit and vegetables is that they cost more than the USA and Mexican produce sold in grocery store.  Canadians have largely given up, so are trying and to make ends meet grow shrubs, flowers and corn. They also get new jobs and careers in the cities.
Plenty of farmers want to grow fruit and vegetables but they cannot make a living doing so. Like Jane Reid they are gifted, but unable to sell enough of their lovely produce.
The answers are for the government as follows to :
   1 - put high taxes on the refrigerator trucks that bring the produce into Canada.
   2 -  put high taxes on imported produce 
   3 -  require all supermarkets to provide locally grown for sale all year round.
   4 -  subsidize many refrigerated and freezer storage facilities
   5 -  purchase refrigerated rail cars
   6 -  make sale across provincial borders easy.
   7 -  make stricter rules to prevent misuse of ALR land.
Weakness in any of these areas points  will mean failure to overcome the present injustices, and a continued take over by powerful corporate growers in the USA and Mexico.



 Sunday, May 26, 2019  

Published Noon


So Just How Harmful is WiFi to School Kids?

An open letter to Darryl Plecas

Janis Hoffman, PFSS/File photo



e are writing to you because we have exhausted all our resources. All our letters, emails and requests for appointments to discuss a proven health risk to our children have fallen on deaf ears. We are hoping because you are a man of integrity with strong moral values that the voices of our children will be heard. Read more here.




 Sunday, May 26, 2019  

Published Noon


A New Way to Buy Sell Your Homes

Property Guys announce they're on the way to Chilliwack

Laura D'angelo, Punch Canada/Website photo



orth America’s largest private home sale network, is targeting Canada and part of the United States for its next major expansion, including Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the U.S. East Coast. With 83 units already in Canada, the company has announced rapid plans for growth in 2019 including the introduction of 20 additional locations in Canada and 4 Master Franchises in the U.S. through franchise partnerships and strategic development. This news comes after seeing steady expansion in 2018, opening a new location on average every 22 days last year.


PropertyGuys.com successfully operates on the belief that Canadians deserve a truly customer-centric experience, with the home seller at the heart of everything they do. As they continue to grow, they are actively seeking qualified partners to open their own franchise.




 Friday, May 24, 2019  

Published 7 am


Car Bomb Scare

Yale Road Closed for 3 hours on Friday

Staff/Voice photos


A woman speaks with an RCMP officer on the east end of Yale Rd. Below, yellow crime scene tape strung out across Yale Rd.


CMP closed off the 46000-block of Yale Rd Friday at around 8:30 pm after receiving reports of a suspicious package in a car in the 46000-block of Yale Rd. People were kept clear for at least a block around the site. No explosion was heard.  Fire crews began heading back to the barn and the road reopened around 10:30 pm.


No other information is available at this time.




 Friday, May 24, 2019  

Published 8 am


Boots and Bicycles

Surrey Mobile Street Enforcement Team makes almost 500 arrests in its first year of operation

Cpl Eleanor Sturko/Submitted photo


Surrey cops check out a bicycle rider without a helmet.


s the Surrey RCMP’s Mobile Street Enforcement Team (MSET) marks their one-year anniversary, they are closing in on 500 arrests that have greatly contributed to the declining property crime rate in Surrey.

Utilizing bike and foot patrols, MSET is responsible for conducting proactive enforcement on problem areas, transit corridors and individuals identified through intelligence and crime analysis. The team focuses on nuisance crime, social chronic offenders, and decreasing calls for service. MSET members maintain a high degree of visibility, accessibility, and interaction with the public. Read more here.


 Friday, May 24, 2019  

Published 8 am


Bucket Brigade Extinguish Fire

Coote Street shed fire didn't spread to the home

Staff/Voice photo


A shed fire on Coote Street Thursday evening.


he Chilliwack Fire Dept. responded to reports a fire in a shed and that people in the home were working on extinguishing it with buckets of water and  had it mostly out before crews could get there.


Thankfully the blaze was spotted early and didn't spread to the home. The family evacuated and no one was hurt. Firefighters checked and then vented the structure. St. John Ambulance Fire Safety Tips.



 Friday, May 24, 2019  

Published 8 am


Exercise Me!

Planet Fitness opens 99th dream gym

Staff/Submitted photos


GM manager Karlee Arden, (l to r) councillor Harv Westeringh, Mark Towers, Dir. Planet Fitness, William Klassen, Dir. Chamber of Commerce, and Big Brothers Big Sisters: Corina Caroll, Joocelyn Thomas, Shaylyn Fast and Tyller Slade hold a $1000 a donation cheque.



he ribbon was cut to a brand spanking new Planet Fitness gym on May 14 at 45150 Luckakuck Way – the 99th for the USA-Canada company.

Planet Fitness stands out from other health clubs with its high-quality, low-cost and judgement-free approach to fitness.

Chilliwack City councillor Harv Westeringh who was on-hand for the Grand Opening is no slouch and can be frequently seen jogging with his wife around town. He was enthusiastic about the new gym.

"It is a pretty impressive operation, tons of equipment" said Westeringh. "We all know that physical fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and Chilliwack residents now have a new venue to engage in fitness programs, so we are very happy to see this and wish them continued success in their expansion across Canada."

As a show of gratitude to the community, Planet Fitness donated $1000 to Big Brother Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley,

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There's a membership sale on now available at the location or online for $10/mo and $120 annualy.




 Friday, May 24, 2019  

Published 8 am


The Seekers

Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters pick up a truckload of prizes at 2nd Annual Treasure Hunt

Mark Lewis, FVTH/Submitted photos


Annual winners Cassandra Augustynowicz, main prize, and for Dennis Augustynowicz (l) and Daniel McBride for 2nd and 3rd. Below, Dinky toy tank and two rings.



Thank You to all the participants of the 2nd Annual Treasure Run, here in Chilliwack. We had a great turn out, and you couldn't ask for better Weather .

I want to say THANK YOU, to the friends who donated prizes to the gift table to make it an even better event.

We had a great Chinese Lunch, the Food was Fantastic, I am pretty sure it slowed everyone down in the afternoon.

I also wanted to say a heartfelt Thank You to Sharon Christie Giguere for ALL the help she gave. And as well as a Thank You to Alison Johnston, for helping plant coins and tokens.

I particularly want to say Thank You to Bob and Mary Lou Reister who came up from Washington and in conjunction with HCDC donated 2 Silver Rounds.


Congratulations to Cassandra Augustynowicz, who won the main prize, and for Dennis Augustynowicz and Daniel McBride for 2nd and 3rd.

What to do with next year?


About the Eraser Valley Treasure Hunters

People have been finding large gold nuggets using metal detectors. The Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters are always welcoming new members. All you need is a metal detector and you're on your way.  It's a good thing that whenever you see the group checking sawdust piles at playgrounds they'll be removing sharps.


For more information, visit their website connect on Facebook here and see a YouTube clip here.




 Thursday, May 23, 2019  

Published 8 am


Flight of Fancy

White ravens symbolizes a change of seasons

Mark Lewis/Submitted photo


Mark Lewis spotted a rare white raven in Chilliwack last weekend. They're more common in the Qualicum area of Vancouver Island.


ocal birders would be in a flap if they knew a white raven was in our midst. According to Wikipedia, white ravens are not albino crows but a separate species from black ravens. This is known because their eyes are black. They are larger and more intelligent than their black counterparts. They were sent out exclusively by the maesters of the Citadel, the Knights of the Mind,  to announce the changing of the seasons.




 Thursday, May 23, 2019  

Published 8 am


Pride and Honour Shelved

Veterans go unnoticed as the senate honours themselves with a medal for services rendered

John LaBelle/Submitted photo


A veteran displays his medals including the MSM (blue), and the un-official medal with the Maple Leaf on the right.


or more than a decade our government has become ignominious towards honouring and acknowledging the service of thousands of veterans who volunteered for their fellow Canadians in the past.

Tens of thousands of Canadian veterans named in petitions waited after calling on the government to create a medallion honour for our nation's veterans, but instead the Senate created their own medallion for themselves while very few politicians supported and acknowledged our veterans. Why is this?

Fellow Canadians, it is most regrettable and sad that no engraved medal would be dedicated to their memory to bear record of their service, no tribute to them in the service of the land they honoured. Truly, they, Canada's veterans are the forgotten ones.



 Thursday, May 23, 2019  

Published 8 am


How 70s Are You?

The Vacationers play Harrison Festival Society fundraiser May 31

Bryan Cutler/Submitted photo


The Vacationers will be playing a fundraiser for the Harrison Festival Society.


n Friday, May 31, the Harrison Festival Society will hold its annual fundraising concert in support of the July Festival of the Arts, which will take place July 12-21 in Harrison Hot Springs.

The Fundraiser promises to be a fun night, with a 70s theme and live music provided by one of the Fraser Valley’s longest running cover bands, The Vacationers. Read more here.



 Thursday, May 23, 2019  

Published 8 am


Music is the Food of Life

A Notable Summer's Evening fundraiser dinner show June 21

Lynne Preston/Handout photos


The Tenor Ken Lavigne trio is bringing A Notable Summer's Evening to the Coast Hotel June 21st.


he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra’s largest annual fundraiser is taking place Friday, June 21st at the Coast Chilliwack Hotel. It will be a wonderful evening, that is surely befitting for the first eve of summer.

The CSO is pleased to present A Notable Summer’s Evening dinner concert featuring the enchanting music of Maria Moularas and consummate entertainer, Ken Lavigne and his trio. See more here.


 Wednesday, May 22, 2019  

Published 8 am


Location, Location, Location

Council denies a plan to open a pot store on Promontory

Staff/Voice photos and images


Rick Toor (l) and his associates make a presentation to city council Tuesday.


n Tuesday, Chilliwack city councillors put the kibosh on a company's second attempt to rezone the area around the mini mall at 5615 Tesky Way on Promontory, where they currently operate a liquor store, to a C9 zone so they can sell marijuana.


Rick Toor and his associates asked council to reconsider their request to rezone.


After a thorough presentation, the owners of Duke's Pub, failed to gain the city's backing and were ultimately denied the C9 motion and also a Public Hearing in a split council decision. Read more here.




 Wednesday, May 22, 2019  

Published 8 am


Second Star to the Right...

Peter Pan show at the Chilliwack Cultch May 23-29

Lighthouse Theatre/Handout image


Flying people featured in play May 23 to May 29.


eritage Christian Online School's Lighthouse Theatre soars to new heights with Peter Pan, Broadway’s Timeless Musical. This May, come follow the adventures of Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, as they visit the nursery of the Darling children late one evening, to retrieve Peter’s missing shadow.


Where: 9201 Corbould St.

When:  May 23 to 29

Tickets: Chilliwack Cultch 604 391 7469


After Wendy helps him re-attach it, she in return is invited along with Michael and John to Neverland. With a sprinkle of pixie dust and a heap of imagination, they begin a magical journey where they encounter the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, and the villainous Captain Hook. Traveling to the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning will prove to be an experience none of them will ever forget! Aereography® and the theatrical flying effects are provided by Flying By Foy.


Amendments have been appropriately made to the original Peter Pan script to both honour and respect our Indigenous Community. Lighthouse Theatre, a dynamic group of Heritage Christian Online School students ranging from Grades 2-12, is committed to a high standard of excellence from the acting, singing, and choreography to the costumes and impressive set design. Peter Pan is an explosive event you won’t want to miss; filled with pixie dust and flying actors, Tango dancing Pirates, a ticking crocodile and swashbuckling sword battles. It heralds the themes of imagination, innocence, growing up, and motherhood.




 Tuesday, May 21, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Kids' Summer Night's Dream

Halason plans to keep on working as a janitor

BCLC/Handout image


Vito Halasan holds his oversized CBLC cheque.


ven though he’s $7 million dollars richer, Vito Halasan has no plans to leave his job as a janitor, though he does intend on scaling back his hours.

The Surrey resident matched all six numbers on his Lotto 6/49 ticket to win the $7 million jackpot from the April 27, 2019 draw, only a few days after celebrating his 58th birthday.

“I remember scanning my ticket and seeing all these numbers,” says Halasan. “I have really blurry vision so I had to hold the ticket right up to my face. I couldn’t believe it.”

Halasan recalls calling his daughter in a panic in the hazy moments after realizing his big win.

“He sat me down at the table,” his daughter describes. “And then he whispered really quietly to me that he won $7 million dollars. I didn’t believe him. We had to check online several times.”

Halasan’s huge win means being able to pursue what’s at the top of his bucket list. With three kids and four grandchildren, his goal is to give his family the life they had dreamed of since moving to Canada from the Philippines in 2009.

“I buy lottery tickets so I can dream,”Halasan says. “I dream of being able to take care of my kids and make their future better. Now we’ll be able to buy a nice house for my children and grandchildren.”

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 Friday, May 17, 2019  

Published 8 am


Grad Rules Need to Be Revisited

Petition will be presented to School District 33 trustees

Priya Brereton/Handout image



riya Brereton recently began to create a petition for the school board in School District 33, asking them to revisit the rules regarding proms.


"Currently we are only allowed guests in grades 10-12 and within our district, which is unfair to us graduates with girlfriends/boyfriends that graduated last year. The petition was made 2.5 days ago and has 150+ signatures," she told The Voice. "Once we get ~300 I will be taking it to the school board to show how many people are asking for a change!"


To sign the petition please follow the link here. Connect on Twitter here. Contact Priya via e-mail here.




 Friday, May 17, 2019  

Published 8 am


Make It A Butchart Summer

One of the world's most popular gardens opens June 1 and runs to August 31

Dawn Kaysoe and Laura Dohan/Handout photos


Limited tickets available for The Commodores, Los Texmaniacs, Lone Star Amigos, Serena Ryder, Jim Cuddy and many others featured in open air concerts throughout the summer and weekly fireworks shows.


ne of the most popular seasons for visitors, summer boasts thousands upon thousands of colourful and fragrant blooms. June 1 to September 15, hours are extended with the Admission Gate closing at 10pm, while the grounds remain open until 11pm. As daylight turns to dusk, Night Illuminations provide a play of light and shadow creating a magical ambience.


The Dining Room and Blue Poppy Restaurants, open for dinner during this time, showcase a selection of seasonally inspired menus. Read more and see photos here.


 Friday, May 17, 2019  

Published 8 am


Guardian Heroes

Project Angel launches in Abbotsford includes Peer Support Workers

Sgt. Judy Bird/Handout photo


Project Angel kit for Peer Support Workers.


he Abbotsford Opioid Working Group received a grant from the Province of British Columbia to fund ‘Project Angel’, an initiative aimed at combating the opioid crisis. Project Angel works closely with community groups within Abbotsford and Fraser Health.

Project Angel is managed by an AbbyPD Police Officer (Cst. Ian MacDonald) and a paid Peer Support Coordinator (Kiah Ashley). The Peer Support Coordinator receives client referrals from first responders (police, fire and ambulance), community support agencies, the client’s family and friends - and often the client themselves. Read more about this here.



 Friday, May 17, 2019  

Published 8 am


Close Encounters of the Mind Kind

Vallea Lumina opens for a second year in Whistler for a great family weekend!

Kelsey Millman, Samantha Geer, Avenue PR/Handout photos


Guests arriving at the dazzling Vallea Lumina.


fter dazzling visitors with a mystical multimedia wonderland last summer, the award winning Vallea Lumina returns to Whistler's Cougar Mountain again this summer season. Created by Montreal-based Moment Factory and brought to Whistler by The Adventure Group, the immersive night walk officially launches on June 7 with select show times beginning May 18. See more here.




  Friday, May 17, 2019  

Published 4 pm


The Donald

Comic relief

By Mike Roache (click for larger images)




  Wednesday, May 8, 2019  

Published 8 am


Explosions Rock Neighbourhood

Mercedes rams steel door, escapes blast by seconds



Update: The Voice was informed that print media put out a fallacy item again regarding the industrial fire on Fourth Ave. and how investigators would still have to speak to witnesses to verify details. It's almost been two weeks since the incident. If investigators haven't spoken to witnesses already then they need to change careers. The vague print item in question mentions no black vehicle. If investigators don't know there was a black Mercedes involved by now then they aren't cognizant. They don't want media to spook the owners of the car with scratches on it. Also, there were two explosions. Not "an explosion" as reported in that item. Plus, there were multiple smaller explosions from propane and acetylene tanks as is usually the case in industrial fires.


But let's assume that the RCMP are more competent than what this print media item suggests and that two independent police reports from "Sgt Vrolyk" and this illusive comment regarding "authorities" are true then the community has no problem and believes the police are doing what they're paid to do and that they're not myopic after all. We still don't know who the "authorities" are.  The Voice stopped dealing with the local police but that's another story. We get our police news from outside of Chilliwack. That RCMP news is published because it may be that some of those miscreants land in Chilliwack.


Because there's a continual blackout by police regarding crime in Chilliwack then The Voice goes with what we've got—witnesses in the community. The Voice reporter stood there watching and listening as a John Deere excavator moved buckets and buckets of broken and blackened tiles. Is Target Steel a ceramic tile dealer with dozens of skids of ceramic tiles? Target Steel converted shipping containers to living trailers for camps. They had nothing to do with making sea containers. In fact, they were having a hard time getting shipping containers. This is what The Voice is reporting. If someone doesn't want to believe it then click this website off and go sell peanuts in the park.


Were Hazmat teams going into Target Steel on the west end of the building? They were going into the east end of the building where the door was broken out and the inside charred. There were two types of investigators on-scene: RCMP in white overalls and heavy duty Hazmat teams in yellow suits. There is one reason RCMP IHIT teams wear white suits—to investigate a death.


Lets get some real reporting. They're writing in some kind of digital gulag with nothing under the hood at all. They're mainstream. Gambinos. Presstitutes. That particular print media outlet needs a toilet flush badly. From my experience, the writer of that item is nothing more than a weird-haired schoolyard bully who is mentally obese chirping about something he has no idea about. A wild-eyed potbellied ape swinging from vines. If this was Rome they would put him in a bag with a lion and tie it up.


The Voice is independent. All mainstream does is muddy the waters.


The Voice can go down there right now and get more information from a variety of more sources but we have enough already to write a competent report. (see below)


Lets give the police radios back to media. Every American city issues radios because they want media to get the story straight to avoid confusion. They don't want the public kept in the dark. Let's see them wear body cameras and use dash cams and release all the videos to the public in Canada too. Lets get some transparency. Lets get some accountability. The public has a right to know everything.


We're supposed to be living in a democracy. If you can't do anything unless the government gives you permission then you're a police state. The government gets its power from the people. Just remember that. It's up to the the steak-stuffing politicians with the big jowls and the (inept?) RCMP to do something about it. Mainstream media throughout BC have all taken it lying down because they're bought and paid for.


Explosions Rock Neighbourhood

Mercedes rams steel door, escapes blast by seconds

Staff/Voice photos/Ladder truck photo by D'Arcy Surrette


Firefighters hose down the inferno that swallowed a floor tile business and the steel container business. Below, a hazmat team member.


ike something out of a James Bond movie, a black Mercedes crashed out through the single steel door on the front of a tile business on Fourth Ave. mid-Thursday morning.

It began with a big thud. Doug Mackenzie, who lives a couple houses away from the doomed Target Steel and an unmarked tile business, could feel the first blast from inside his home.

"It rattled my door," he said. "I jumped and went out to see what was going on and that's when there was an even louder explosion."

According to Mackenzie, staff at the metal stamping business across street, told him it was just after the first boom that they saw a black Mercedes crash the door and disappear down the street. Then the explosion happened. Just like that.

"He told me he saw the car coming out of the building," said Mackenize. Read more and see photos here.



 Thursday, May 16, 2019  

Published 8 am


Happy Trails

Gordon Becker lived and breathed fish

Toner Mitchell, Trout Unlimited/Website photo


Northern California's Evolution Lake.


ordon Becker was in love with nature for as long as anyone can remember. He climbed it, hiked it, fished it, and boated it. After earning a master’s degree in fisheries biology, he built a career out of studying it and fighting for it from office chairs, rafts, and seats around countless campfires. In his last several years of life, it became clear that whatever he did, successfully or in error, was driven by his devotion to rivers and salmonids. Read more here.


 Wednesday, May 15, 2019  

Published 2 pm


East Meets West

Suzie Vinnick show at Bozzini's May 24

Emanuel Asprakis, Bozzini's/Handout photo


Suzie Vinnick at Bozzini's  one night only May 24.


nother Chilliwack debut at Bozzini's and I think you'll love Suzie! A Singer-songwriter doesn’t begin to describe Suzie. She is one of those rare performers who knows when to deliver the vocal knock-out and when to pull back to a whisper, bending notes and phrases that tiptoe across your heart. Suzie Vinnick is one of Canada’s true stand-out roots and blues artists, a shape-shifting maverick who continues to blaze her own trail.

Doors 8:00 Show 9:30
Tickets only $ 20 available now at Bozzini’s, 45739 Hocking Ave., or call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone.

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Suzie has just released her latest album, a full-band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.



 Wednesday, May 15, 2019  

Published 2 pm


In the Swing of Things

Chilliwack Community Services Golf Fore CCS fundraiser July 5-6

Shirley Trimestra, CCS/Voice file photo


CCS offices on Wellington ave.


hilliwack Community Services and Neels Heating and Supplies are excited to be hosting our 6th annual Golf Fore CCS on Friday, July 5th at Chilliwack Golf Club. 
Enjoy a round of golf,  BBQ steak dinner, hole in one competitions, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin Contests, on course snacks and beverages, prizes and much more!  Cost is $150. This tournament sold out quickly last year so don’t delay!  
To register, send completed registration form to Shirley, or online here.  To sponsor us, send completed sponsorship form to Shirley. Sponsorship Form

Any questions or for more information, please contact Shirley via e-mail here or 604 793 7221




 Wednesday, May 15, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Maduro's Labour of Love

The fight between classes, culture and black gold

Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland/Voice file photo



he reason the disenfranchised in Venezuela cling to Maduro is because they feel they can trust him – he is one of them. Maduro is a Mestizo Venezuelan, that is, he is from a group of people that are a combination of European, Amerindian, and African ancestries decent. They are the largest group in Venezuela and the poorest. The other prominent, but smaller group, is composed of people who are called Creoles. Read more here.


 Wednesday, May 15, 2019  

Published 8 pm


Minimum Wage Increases to $13.85 June 1

Martin asks why liquor servers fall under minimum wage guidelines when they get tips

Staff/Voice file photos


Chilliwack MLA John Martin.


ast week during committee question period Liberal Labour Critic Chilliwack MLA John Martin duked it out with Labour Minister MLA Harry Bains over ministry operating estimates including general operations budget for WorkSafeBC which amounts to almost $16.5 million.

Last year, Worksafe BC was revitalized and was successful in meeting the needs of about 90 per cent of claimants. The other 10 per cent Bains said were more difficult to deal with. Read more here.



 Tuesday, May 14, 2019  

Published 6 pm


Fire on the Mountain

Long driveway impeded crews on Old Orchard barn fire, house fire early Sunday kept crew busy all night

Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness, CFD/Google image


Firefighters had to negotiate a very long driveway to the burning barn scene on Old Orchard Rd. Saturday.


n May 11th at approximately 10:30pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a barn fire in the 7900-block of Old Orchard Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered a barn structure heavily involved in fire and beginning to collapse.

Crews were challenged by a long driveway into the scene and implemented a water shuttle system to support fire crews on scene. Crews had to combat several small grass fires that ignited and were able to successfully contain these fires before they were able to spread.

South Sumas House Fire
A few hours later at approximately 3:30am on May 12th, crews were alerted to a report of a structure fire at a residence in the 44000 block of South Sumas Rd. Fire crews from Halls 1, 3, 4, and 6 responded and upon arrival discovered flames and smoke at the rear of a single family detached home. Firefighters established a water supply and were able to quickly contain the fire.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported as a result of these two fires.

Both of these fires are currently under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department Officials



 Tuesday, May 14, 2019  

Published 8 am


Here Comes Summer!

Yarrow Days set for June 1-2

Natalie Jones, Living Well Lanscaping/Voice file photos


The crowd lines the street waiting the arrival of the Yarrow Parade in 2014. Below, Bernie Constable, with the Fraser Valley Toastmasters on his bicycle.


he rural town of Yarrow is set to wow with another installment of Yarrow Days, June 1st and 2nd. This year marks the 49th annual celebration of small town living, and you don’t want to miss out on the fun, tradition, and hospitality.

Always on the first weekend of June, Yarrow Days kicks off Saturday morning with a very popular parade. Onlookers can enjoy a long, jubilant affair full of floats, classic cars, marching bands, tractors, and more. Be sure to get here early with your lawn chair to secure a good vantage point - the route fills up fast!

Following the parade, Yarrow Pioneer Park comes alive as the main stage is packed with live music and dance performances all afternoon. You’ll also find kids crafts, vendors, BBQ, pony rides, and more. And be sure not to miss this year’s special feature activities celebrating Yarrow’s rich farming history - interactive poultry and dairy cow milking demos.

Kids on a float with bags of candy to throw out to other kids watching.


Elsewhere in town during the day, festival-goers can enjoy other activities such as a Fun Run, a Show and Shine, Open House at the Yarrow Firehall and new this year, a Beer and Wine Festival. Once the sun goes down, it is time to kick up some dust at the dinner and dance, this year featuring the Valley’s rockabilly favourites, The Lounge Hounds.

Above, Natalie Jones is one of the Yarrow Days organizers along with Carol Bell.


On Sunday morning, all are welcome at the Interdenominational Church Service in the park at 10 AM. After the conclusion of the Service at 11 AM, there will be a community-wide brunch for all to enjoy, followed by a Skateboard Jam in the park from noon-2 PM.

Don’t miss out on this unique slice of small town hospitality and laid back fun! Visit www.yarrowcommunity.com/yarrow-days for more info.



 Tuesday, May 14, 2019  

Published 8 am


Sitting Pretty

Gaetz gets dedication benches in Salish Park

Staff/City Hall YouTube images


One of two benches dedicated to former mayor Sharon Gaetz situated in Salish Park.


t the May 7th Chilliwack City council meeting, upper-level staff announced that two benches installed at the north end of Salish Park have been dedicated to the former mayor Sharon Gaetz with embedded plates. Gaetz was the first woman mayor. Her term lasted from 2008 to 2018.


"I simply don't have the words. The work you put into designing a special place for me at my favourite park touched me deeply. As I sat on 'my bench' yesterday and reflected on my time at City Hall, I must say that all of you have impacted my life and I will treasure the time I got to spend with seven councils. I have a strong respect for the staff that makes everything happen at City Hall and I will miss you all."


Councillor Chris Kloot who was at city hall during Getz's term in office said he thought it was an "appropriate way to honour (former) mayor Gaetz."


The benches are located at the north end of the park.


Councillor Jason Lum who was also at city hall with Gaetz said that he "appreciated all the time, effort and work that she put into the city and I'll happily be supporting this."


Gaetz will be sitting there with her husband Jim who volunteered for years in a hospice position at Chilliwack General Hospital.




 Tuesday, May 14, 2019  

Published 8 am


Summer of Experiences

Indigenous Tourism BC Prepares for Banner Year with New and Revitalized Initiatives

Jorden Hudson, Avenue PR/Handout photos


People participate in ceremony in a Longhouse.


ndigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) has revitalized the Authentic Indigenous designation program, introduced seven years ago as Authentic Aboriginal. Intended to build on unprecedented growth of Indigenous tourism across the province, the program's launch coincides with the launch of ITBC's refreshed website and online platform.  Read more here.



 Tuesday, May 14, 2019  

Published 8 am


Got the Write Stuff?

Nelson Art council calls for writer's pieces, deadline May 17

Steph Myers, NDAC/Website photo


Richard Carver


he Nelson and District Arts Council and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival request  assistance in nominating emerging writers in West Kootenay communities for the 7​th​ Annual  Carver Award, which comes with a $500 cash prize and presentation at the Festival’s ‘Wine  and Crime’ Gala in Nelson on July 12, 2019. Read more here.  



 Monday, May 13, 2019  

Published 8 am


Community Hero

Alzheimer's battle isn't just for one day

Staff/Voice file photos


Wendy Eyre-Gray cuts the ribbon that began this year's Walk for Memories.


endy Eyre-Gray was this year's honouree at the Alzheimer's Walk for Memories. She's not our hero for only one day when the walk is over, her heroism continues. Her battle is day in day out, year after year as she hangs on before the disease takes her. She deserves the community's support and thanks for being brave enough to come out and talk about her condition.


Wendy Eyre-Gray speaks about her condition and the importance of finding a cure.


It was a very emotional day for everyone as we watched and listened to Wendy and we love her for it. It was a thrill to be able to meet her, shake her hand and tell her she's our hero. Just think of her as our hero every day and how one day there's going to be a cure.


If you want to send Wendy a message of support, learn more about her and/or donate to the Alzheimer's Society, visit here.




 Monday, May 13, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Broken Promises

Bill C-201 for Veterans and RCMP passed in the senate but ignored by three governments

John Labelle, Supper Annuity CM/Voice file photo


Despite Bill C-201 being passed three governments ago, Canadian and RCMP veterans are still working to get claw back removed.


our belated attached letter is considered to be a misrepresentation of our Military/RCMP Veterans CPP claw back issue. It did not address the content of our presentation paper made at your Liberal caucus gathering on 22 January, 2019. Our paper should have been forwarded to Prime Minister J. Trudeau for his action.

Your committee forwarded our Veterans CPP concerns to Mr. Lawrence MacAulay, MP, the recently appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs. He is also the former secretary of state for veterans. He should be very familiar with the cruel treatment that the Government of Canada has imposed on our Canadian Forces personnel and their families by breaching their Pension Enrolment Contract. Read more here.


 Monday, May 13, 2019  

Published 10 am


Property Guys on the Way to BC

A new way to buy and sell real estate

Erin Bonner, Punch Canada/Website photos


orth America’s largest private home sale network, is targeting Canada and part of the United States for its next major expansion, including Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the U.S. East Coast. With 83 units already in Canada, the company has announced rapid plans for growth in 2019 including the introduction of 20 additional locations in Canada and 4 Master Franchises in the U.S. through franchise partnerships and strategic development. This news comes after seeing steady expansion in 2018, opening a new location on average every 22 days last year. 


CEO and Founder Ken LeBlanc and his franchise development team are spearheading the growth of PropertyGuys.com. With a mission to shake up the housing landscape, PropertyGuys.com’s business model has created opportunities to open numerous locations across Canada and the U.S. in 2019. Combining a winning combination of local expertise and online technology, the brand’s growth projections only reinforce the demand for an alternative to the traditional real estate experience. Download the free guide here.



 Saturday, May 11, 2019  

Published 4 pm


GMO Planet

Coming to a berry plant near you

Staff/Voice file photo


These Chilliwack blueberries are lush and plentiful without being genetically modified.


n an era of Monsanto and GMO hate, the BC government announced today that it will budget $1 million for a five-year study on the benefits of genetically modified raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.


Rub your eyes all you want you're reading that right. They're not kidding.


The release said the goal of the study is "to help the berry market be competitive in production through innovative genetics and practices" — fancy words for GMO, and that somehow the plants will create more blue collar jobs.


“This investment into berry plant breeding will give B.C. growers the best berry varieties suited to the local climate, helping them to meet growing consumer demand and create good middle-class jobs,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Conducting the study will be The Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association.

"The program is expected to lead to improved crops, higher fruit quality and increased pest and disease resistance. Results from the research will support a plant breeding program that produces superior berry varieties," said Lana Popham, BC Minister of Agriculture.

The berry plant breeding program is supported by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The partnership is a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and municipal governments to strengthen the agriculture and Agri-food sector.

Study or not, it appears that they've already made up their minds and want to ease fears about what they plan on doing. After 5 years of dumbing down the populace it shouldn't be difficult to slide this through.

But remember, it's not a "program" — it's a forever thing. The NDP shouldn't be allowed to push this through without asking BC residents first in a vote. You can vote the NDP out but you can't vote GMO out.


  Friday, May 10, 2019  

Published 5 pm


Pedestrian MVA

Nice weather brings out more people on the streets

Staff/Voice photo


First responders attend to a man with a walker who was hit by a vehicle.


oday, a man with a walker was clipped by a vehicle. Chilliwack Fire Dept closed off the road until the accident was clear. It not clear how the accident happened or the extent of the man's injuries. He was eventually taken to Chilliwack General Hospital.


Fridays are busy around the city as people rush around getting ready for the weekend so drivers will need to be patient and take extra care to watch out for pedestrians even if they're in the wrong such as crossing in the middle of the block.



  Friday, May 10, 2019  

Published 3 pm


Ruffians Take a Hit

Seeking volunteers for SMS anti-bullying support

James "PJ" Ryan, Bullying Canada/Website photo



Katie Thompson, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director


ullyingCanada is seeking volunteers across the country to help offer our services to the many bullied youth throughout Canada. BullyingCanada  receives, on average, more than a thousand requests a day and in order to reach kids where they are—on their smartphones without actually being on the phone—BullyingCanada has launched an innovative SMS-based platform to make them feel more comfortable. Read more here.




  Friday, May 10, 2019  

Published 8 am


Access to Relief

Ann Davis Society earns "Every Door is the Right Door Award"

Patti MacAhonic, ADTS/Submitted photo


Drinking and driving takes the live grads and rips apart families every year.

nn Davis Transition Society (ADTS) is delighted and honoured to be the 2019 recipients of the Every Door is the Right Door Community Partner Award.

Ann Davis Transition Society is a proud member of the Chilliwack Child and Youth Committee (Chilliwack CYC) The Chilliwack CYC represents a variety of community groups that provides leadership and advocacy in the delivery of human/social services to children/youth and their families. ADTS is committed to working collaboratively with all community partners and the committee on Child and Youth related issues, challenges and programs.

While ADTS is typically known for their work with women fleeing violence Ann Davis Transition Society works with children and youth with services that include male and female youth counsellors and a children’s play therapist.

Programs at ADTS include the PEACE program (formerly the Children Who Witness Abuse) Children In Between, navigating through high conflict divorce and separation for parents and children and Connect Parenting for parents and children ages 3-12, summer we run the STAR youth program.

Other programs include Family Time Visits and counselling for all ages and genders and free Legal Advocacy. We also run services for the whole family including men. Please contact our office at 604-792-2760 x 202 or email here for more information.



  Thursday, May 9, 2019  

Published 2 pm


A Life Saved

Grad party mom to share her story at Chilliwack Senior Secondary May 28

Staff/Voice file photos


Drinking and driving takes the live grads and rips apart families every year.


n 2011, Markita Kaulius' 22 year-old daughter, Kassandra, was killed coming home from coaching a softball game in Surrey after being T-boned by drunk driver. The driver was sentenced to two years in jail.


Kaulius has since formed a group called "Families for Justice Society", a non-profit support group for parents who have lost a child or loved one to an impaired driver, will be on a speaking tour of schools throughout the Lower Mainland prior to graduation and the ensuing parties.


Kaulius will be joined by Ted Swan from ICBC in the presentations.


They'll be at Chilliwack Secondary School at 9:30, May 28 to speak about the chances kids take on the road when consuming alcohol and the repercussions of their actions.


ICBC stats show that 11 youth are killed and 7,300 are injured in 20,000 crashes. Road safety speakers have been sharing their stories with approximately 50,000 B.C. high school students every year.



  Thursday, May 9, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Social Fabric

A look at the evolution of Chilliwack with "Five Faces: Five Corners" from May 16 to April 18

Shawna Maurice/Voice file photo


Five Faces: Five Corners Gallery show will feature Chilliwack's evolving social structure.


he Chilliwack Museum & Archives will be unveiling its latest exhibition Five Faces, Five Corners: The Social Experience of Chilliwack’s Downtown at an Opening Reception on May 16, 2019 at 7:00pm.

“This exhibition explores the evolving social landscape of Chilliwack’s Five Corners area,” said Anna Irwin, Curator at the Chilliwack Museum & Archives. “It really is a fitting time to showcase this area as the downtown redevelopment project proceeds, it all ties together nicely.”

The Opening Reception will feature appetizers and refreshments while viewers enjoy the first look at the exhibition. Admission to the event is $5.00 for the general public and Free for members of the Chilliwack Museum & Historical Society.

Five Faces, Five Corners: The Social Experience of Chilliwack’s Downtown will be on display from May 16, 2019 to April 18, 2020.



  Thursday, May 9, 2019  

Published 8 am


Order of Angels

Hike for Hospice walkers are shining lights in the community

Staff/Voice photos and file photos


Walkers snip the ribbon to begin the Hike for Hospice in 2012. Below, councillor Sue Knott gets some face paint.


he weather was perfect on Sunday for about 100 people who walked and ran in the annual Hike for Hospice fundraiser.


Chilliwack City councillors Sue Knott, who is involved with the society was on hand offering support, and Harv Westeringh jogged the route with his wife.


Hospice volunteers are the spiritual caregivers that lie at the heart of hospice.  They help give people the freedom to find their own meaning in life. Read more here.



  Wednesday, May 8, 2019  

Published 8 am


A Voice in the Wilderness

Reader takes issue with UFV Canada Research Chair, Cindy Jardine

Billy Gardener/Website image


UFV Research chair Cindy Jardine.

etter to the Editor, as a student of UOFV, I am appalled that one of the Research Chair the University has on payroll is not on the job, as Ms. Jardine spends 6 months of her time not even in the Country that employs her, While I am struggling to get a education as a First Nation person I find it offensive that she would sit at Eloy AZ. while I am in a class, she considers herself a expert in First Nations Health care creating and thinking she knows what we face while she is sipping on a beverage watching people jump out of planes at Jump Zone, I recall the furor that we had when we discovered several of our PAST Senators were in Mexico for extended times while on the taxpayer dole, and feel this is even more abusive as we the people struggle to get a education with its high costs.

Shame on you University of  the Fraser Valley. And feel this issue needs to be considered by EVERY Canadian taxpayer that contributes to this abuse, what is it that she thinks she can learn and create policy while sitting in Arizona and not setting foot on the Reserves or meeting and asking what we deal with on a daily basis, as most of this is created by colonization, and yet today she / UoFV think they can be experts from a distant land and dictate our welfare, really?? Come across the river and see what we face. I am working a job and getting a education to attempt to better the life I was dealt, and am not bitter, just don't think this sort of thing should be swept under the carpet, what more is to be said?

 Regards Billy Gardner



  Tuesday, May 7, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Automatic Tickets for Intersection Speeders

No speed thresholds announced but first round of tickets will tell, no lights east of Abbotsford — yet

BC Gov't Caucus/ Website image


An interactive map of light locations is available here.


gnoring new, prominent warning signs and flying through one of British Columbia’s highest-risk intersections soon will lead to an automated speeding ticket – a road safety approach proven to cut speeds and tragic outcomes elsewhere.



Between 2012 and 2016, ISC sites in B.C. reported an average of 10,500 vehicles a year going at least 30 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit, as detected by red-light cameras, which also monitor vehicle speeds. Speed has been one of the top contributing factors in casualty crashes at these intersections, which have had a combined total of more than 11,500 collisions per year.


Farnworth noted that to discourage high speeds at these 35 locations, neither government nor police will disclose the speed threshold that will trigger the new cameras. This is consistent with every other Canadian jurisdiction using automated speed enforcement.



  Tuesday, May 7, 2019  

Published 8 am


My Eyes Adore You

75th Anniversary Celebration of Canadian Council of the Blind

Staff/Voice photos


Chilliwack is the oldest CCB BC chapter. Below, Brody Mackenzie who once was sighted spoke about being blind, learning Braille and the white cane.


t's the 75th anniversary for the Canadian Council of the Blind BC-Yukon (CCB) Division 2019 Triennial Conference held Tuesday in Chilliwck at the Surestay by Travel Lodge. The Chilliwack Chapter of the Canadian Council for the Blind (CCB) is the longest-standing group in BC.

Courage. Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay climbed Mount Everest had it. Ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl had it when they drifted across the Pacific to Polynesia on balsa logs in 1947. Blind people have it.

Conference attendees came from all over BC giving them a chance to catch up with friends and participate in seminars ands workshops.

Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove speaks about how eyesight issues affected his father.

On Monday was “Breaking Barriers” workshop and “Making Connections Meet ‘n Greet" On Tuesday, the group went out on an interactive field trip in the community.

Facing blindness doesn't mean people you don't stop living. Humans are made for challenges. The feeling of achievement overcoming magnanimous hurdles. Being human is being able to adapt to any circumstance. There's a myriad of different types of eyesight issues that leave people partially sighted, or no sight at all.

A panel of speakers at the conference.

According to some speakers at the conference, being blind is harder to get used to especially if they lost their sight suddenly. It's somewhat easier for babies born blind. One of the good things about being blind is you don't see yourself aging.

Pedestrian crossing beeps, listening to the traffic, GPS are ways to navigate. Guide dogs. Training how to use a white cane and dealing with obstacles. Things you don't want to do is help a blind people because that may be worse if you didn't drag them over potholes and curbs.

But the most important thing of all is memory. Each step. Each beep at a signal, each vehicle that whizzes by.

Al and Linda Mornan sing "White Cane Song."

When speaking to the room, Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove told people eyesight issues hit close to home.

"My father had eyesight problems so I know what you're going through."

"It's all about teamwork," he said. "The City has budgeted $130,00 to making the streets as safe as possible".

The council presented Popove with hand painted umbrella, water bottle and a plate of a Native fish.

Brodie Mackenzie from PoCo chapter for 3-4 years now. He spoke about the challenge of learning Braille and also how sport's isn't out of reach. are common.

"I play hockey and curling, tennis, participate in Dragon Boating," he said. "I've got independence."

Currently, the CCB BC has a steering committee working to enact BC legislation for 13 items.

To connect with the CCB BC Chilliwack chapter online, visit barrierfreebc.org and ccbnational.net or e-mail Barb here or call 250-706-0233




  Tuesday, May 7, 2019  

Published 8 am


Years in the Making

Dou handed interim CEO position

Jessica Theissen, Abbotsford PCU/ Website image


Diane Dou worked her way to CEO up the ladder.


rospera Credit Union announced today that President and CEO Shawn Good has resigned from his position effective May 31, 2019. Diane Dou, Chief Operating Officer, will be stepping into the role of interim President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2019.


“The Board is pleased that Diane has agreed to serve in this role on an interim basis,” said Eric Nadin, Chair of Prospera’s Board of Directors. “Her experience and leadership skills will be an asset to Prospera as we look to the future.” Read more here.




  Tuesday, May 7, 2019  

Published 8 am


Future Nuture

Man's mind-boggling affect on the planet and what to do about it 

Tracy Lyster, editor/ Handout image



Footprint Pres 23 is out now!


limate change has been described as the defining issue of our time. Never before, in the history of our planet, have mass extinctions occurred as the result of the actions of one species.


This issue is so enormous, and the implications so dire, that it overwhelms the capacity of many individuals and governments to make the changes needed to reverse the warming process. But change in our settlement and consumptive patterns must occur for the benefit of all life, including our own. Read the magazine here.



  Tuesday, May 7, 2019  

Published 8 am


Cover Charge

Commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic

Lt Michel Thomassinm RCN/Library and Archives Canada photos



A VLR Liberator provides air-cover for the transatlantic convoy.


n Sunday, May 5, Canadians from all corners of the country commemorated the sacrifices of the thousands of Canadians who fought valiantly during the Battle of the Atlantic from 1939 to 1945.


The National Commemorative Ceremony took place at the National War Memorial with participation by members of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as members of the Merchant Marines.


Boatload of seamen from torpedoed ship aboard HMCS Arvida, St. John's, NL June 1945.


Air Cadets and Sea Cadets from the National Capital Region, Navy League Cadets, Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party, local veterans’ associations, the Diplomatic Corps, and the Ottawa Children’s Choir were also present. Local ceremonies and commemorative events were held in communities from coast to coast.


Each year on the first Sunday in May, Canada and its naval community remember the sailors, aviators, and mariners who perished at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign of the Second World War. It is also an opportunity to honour the courage of the veterans who served and the civilians who died during enemy attack.



  Tuesday, May 7, 2019  

Published 8 am


Happy, Healthy and Helping

Keely Ryan: 'There is light at the end of the tunnel'

BC Gov't Caucus/Handout photo


Keely Ryan learned how to deal with the ups and downs of life with the help of CMYH.

n Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Child and Youth Mental Health Day, Keely Ryan, 20, wants youth to know that taking the first step and reaching out for help when you’re struggling is worth it.

“I understand what it’s like to hurt,” said Ryan, a young woman who experienced her first mental-health crisis in her early teen years. She was provided services through B.C. Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH), where she received therapy. Read more here.



  Monday, May 6, 2019  

Published 4 am


It's a Gas, Gas, Gas

Comic relief

Mike Roach





  Monday, May 6, 2019  

Published 8 am


Track Tragedy

First responders find victim hit by train near the Evans Road crossing

Staff/Voice photo


Police cruiser monitors the rail crossing at Lickman Rd.

ust after 11 pm Sunday, reports that a person was struck by a train at a Chilliwack crossing. First responders checked the Young Ed. and Railway Ave. rail crossing and found nothing. Responders moved on to the Lickman crossing where they found nothing as well. However, when checking the Evans Rd. rail location they found the victim on the tracks near a popular store.

No other information is available at this time.



  Sunday, May 5, 2019  

Published 9 am


Room With A View

Coast Hotel APA rebranding promises to breathe new life into Chilliwack Tourism

Staff/Voice photos


Jin Sasaki, (l to r) Ken Popove, Toshio and Fumiko Montoya cut the ribbon Friday.

Japanese entourage arrived in town Friday to announce their takeover and rebranding of the Coast Hotel as The Coast APA (Always Pleasant Amenity).

At the reception, Director Jodi Westbury introduced the new owner Toshio Motoya and his wife Fumiko. Accompanying them was  Coast Hotels Pres. Jin Sasaki.

Coast Hotel owner Toshio Motoya announces the Japanese takeover Friday.

Motoya stressed how the hotels they own up and down the west coast of Canada the US and in Alberta and in Japan provide the highest calibre of service in their 84,000 "urban-style" hotel rooms worldwide and is considered No. 1 in Japan. He likes the idea of the hotel being next to the museum. He was thankful for the national media coverage he's been receiving.

It's a major milestone for Chilliwack as a destination and is expected to breathe new life into Tourism linked into the hotel chain and driving up tourism, and put it on the map alongside other major hotels offering top quality service.
Local dignitaries at the special ribbon-cutting event included Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove, Coun. Sue Knott, Kyle Williams from the Downtown Chilliwack BIA, Brian Coombes with Tourism Chilliwack, representatives from the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and others.

Chilliwack mayor welcomed the Motoyas. Above, Jodi Westbury, Director of Markets: Communications, Coast Hotels Ltd.

"The hotel is an anchor in this city and we appreciate the investment in the community," said Popove. "Welcome to Chilliwack".

City councillor Sue Knott told The Voice that "It's great to have a big hotel next to downtown."

The City presented a set of six wine glasses and six beer mugs to the Motoya's which were all hand painted with Native art.



  Saturday, May 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


'Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce'

Gallery 7 Theatre ends ‘Back to Classics’ with Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream  May 17, 18, 22

Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7/Dianna Lewis Photography


Tiani Foster (I to r), Braedon Sunnes, Autumn Mastin & Curtis Maciborski perform in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   

n a midsummer’s night, four young Athenian lovers flee to an enchanted forest populated by sprites and fairies. When the mischievous spirit, Puck, mistakenly administers a magical love potion, the lovers suddenly find themselves infatuated with the wrong person! Read more and buy tickets here.



  Saturday, May 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


Totalitarianism and Canada

'Pitchfork' crowd greets Smith

Jenn Smith/Voice file photo


hat happened to me in Oak Bay, which is really a part of our province’s capital Victoria, is an illustration of exactly what I was trying to warn society about in my presentation. The media et al would have you believe my presentation was all about SOGI 123, it was not. Read more here.



  Saturday, May 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


"Stress Test" Killing Market

Despite historic low interest rates buyers don't meet the criteria

Steven Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo



he federal government’s “Stress Test” imposed on potential home buyers is certainly living up to its name, as up to 20% of previously potential buyers are being shut out of the housing market.

Statistics released by the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) reveal that home sales were down 22% from April of 2018, a month which is typically a robust one for real estate transactions. A total of 280 homes sold in Chilliwack and Area, down from 361 sales the same month one year ago. Read more here.



  Saturday, May 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


On Demand

Protesting students want Canada to adhere to 2015 Paris Climate Agreement

Gabrielle Gelderman/Judith A. Gale photo


500 high school students protest Friday on the Legislature lawn in Edmonton demanding climate action.


n Friday afternoon, Edmonton students from more than a dozen high schools staged a strike to demand climate action from the governments of Canada and Alberta. More than 500 students and supporters marched through downtown Edmonton, gathering on the steps of the Alberta Legislature to voice their demands. Read more here.


  Saturday, May 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


You Get A Line, I'll Get A pole

Family Fishing Day June 15 at Cultus Lake on Fathers Weekend

BC Family Fishing/Voice file photos


Nic Basok Fraser Valley Salmon Society caught a pike in 2011. Below, Frank Kwak reels one in.

uring BC's Family Fishing Weekend free fishing events for anglers and families are held around the province. This is your opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with loved ones (the weekend coincides with Father's Day!) and learn the joys of fishing.

Knowledgeable volunteers are on-hand at most events to teach you the tricks of the trade. In addition, Canadian residents can fish licence-free for the entire three days (but certain rules do apply - see the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for details). 



  Saturday, May 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


Unforgettable You

$11.2 million in reno's at Tofino's Pacfic Sands Resort

Sands Pacific /Handout photos


Sunset with a drink in your own private hot tub.


Pacific Sands Beach Resort unveils the property's luxurious Lodge Suites. The transformation results in unparalleled beachfront lodging, inspired by the surrounding Tofino landscape, and brings the award-winning resort's total renovation from recent years up to $11.2 million.

Boasting picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Sands Beach Resort's Lodge Suites are sumptuous havens offering travellers a stylish home-away-from-home experience. Read more and see photos here.


  Saturday, May 4, 2019  

Published 8 am


Hot to Trot

Keep them doggies rollin' Rawhide!

BC gov't caucus/Handout photo


This is the time of year when drivers will need to be more aware of horses on the road.


ith warmer weather encouraging people to use all forms of transportation, drivers in rural areas are reminded to share the road with others: including horses and their riders. Read more here.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is making improvements to its signage to alert road users to use extra caution and be courteous when passing horses and riders in rural areas, as horseback riding can increase in the summer months.

New tabs on the ministry’s horse-and-rider signs will now provide more information about where horses can be expected and will remind drivers and riders to “share the road,” as they do with cyclists and pedestrians, to prevent surprise and promote courtesy and safety for all.

In times of low visibility, such as dusk or dawn, riders should also wear reflective vests, as well as outfit horses with high-visibility leg bands when possible.



  Friday, May 3, 2019  

Published 6 pm


Certifiably Cool

Break out the Champagne one of The Voice's PR companies gets B Certification

Jelly/Handout photo


Jelly Bellies.


he Voice and its readers love all the attention we get from all of our regular PR companies. They all come in addressed to you. Today's hot one is from Jelly Marketing.


Happy Friday, The Valley Voice News Readers!

"Sunshine and summer is right around the corner, and we have so much to celebrate! Jelly is officially 6 years old and the last few years have been jam packed with so many memories thanks to the love and support from our clients, family and friends." Read more here.



  Friday, May 3, 2019  

Published 2 pm


Electric Avenue

GST-free and double the rebate size for EV buyers, plus give owners trade-in value for their gas car

Staff/Voice file photo


Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl.


et's face it, electric vehicles just can't do what a gas vehicle can. So why make the switch?


MP Mark Strahl's latest questionnaire landed in my inbox today indicating the Conservatives would work toward making home heating materials: electricity, heating oil, wood pellets and propane GST-free. Read more here.



  Thursday, May 2, 2019  

Published 8 am


Three Unrelated House Fires in Two Days

Crews battle early morning fire on Norrish Ave

Staff/Submitted photos


Flames can be seen in the background as firefighters don air tanks and safety gear and prepare to enter the home on Norrish Ave.


ust after 1 am the Chilliwack Fire Department was notified that a house in the 46000-block of Norrish Ave. was on fire with flames and smoke showing inside.


Firefighters had this blaze extinguished in a few minutes. A hydrant in the font of the house made it easier for crews. Read more and see photos here.



  Thursday, May 2, 2019  

Published 8 am


A Little Rock Never Hurt Anybody

Massif concert featuring bands from around Canada and the US September 20-21

Mavis Harris, Nice Marmot/Submitted photos


Expect the best in rock and roll at the Massif festivals May 25 and September 20-21 in Nelson, BC.


assif Music Festival Society (MMFS) will be hosting their fourth annual, specially curated rock, metal, indie, and punk music event on September 20 and 21 at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge in downtown Nelson, BC.


In partnership with main event sponsor, Nelson Brewing Company, festival organizers have announced the incredibly talented space-rock group Boosh (Edmonton), the highly charged and critically acclaimed. Read more here.


  Thursday, May 2, 2019  

Published 8 am



Creative expression tied in with academic performance

Steph Troughton, LBMG/Submitted photos


Studies show that students who participate see improvements in self-confidence and verbal skills.


fter-school and extra-curricular activities have long been seen as outlets for keeping kids busy and engaged. However, a growing collection of evidence is starting to show a markedly positive impact on academic outcomes, not to mention social and emotional benefits.

A recent study released by the Rice University in Texas examined over 10,000 elementary and middle school students in 42 Houston-area schools and found dramatic improvements in writing achievement. Additionally, the study demonstrated positive relationships between arts education and school engagement, as well as college aspirations. Read more here.