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  Tuesday, June 2, 2020  

Published 6 pm


Mayor urges acceptance in wake of Floyd murder

Popove: It’s time to have those uncomfortable conversations about racism

Mayor Ken Popove/Website image


I don’t feel I have the right words to describe all the emotions that washed over me after the news of George Floyd’s murder by a police officer in Minnesota last week. The knowledge that this is not an isolated incident but an example of systemic, widespread racism has shaken me to my core and left me asking what I can do to make a difference. While much of the media coverage focuses on the United States, we know racism continues in Canada and even in Chilliwack and we need to stand together against it.

Chilliwack is growing more diverse and being a more inclusive community is very important to me. Being able to participate in the Mayor’s Task Force on Inclusiveness, Diversity and Accessibility is exciting, because I know that learning from people with lived experience will help me better understand what needs to change locally. I will use my role as Co-Chair to listen, to make marginalized and oppressed voices heard and make changes to build an equitable and inclusive community.

If you’ve been wondering how you can make a difference, I encourage you to learn something new about minority groups in Chilliwack and the rest of Canada. For example, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation have numerous resources available online.

It’s time to have those uncomfortable conversations about racism. It’s past time that we listen to those who haven’t been heard and extend kindness to everyone. Be kind, respectful and curious. When we stop and listen to one another, we have the opportunity to gain new perspectives. This way, I hope we can move forward together as a stronger, more diverse community.



  Tuesday, June 2, 2020  

Published 10 am


Hay you

First Ave and Prest Road intersection swallows another big rig

Staff/Voice photo


A semi tractor-trailer carrying hay lies twisted in the ditch at First Ave and Prest Rd. Monday.

Chalk up another MVI at the now infamous  Prest Road and First Avenue corner.

A semi tractor-trailer hauling hay in the rain last Monday afternoon went into the ditch after passing over the train crossing and snapping a hydro pole in the process.

The driver of the rig wasn't injured but the road was blocked forcing southbound traffic to turn around. Another semi rolled up and was forced to wait until the corner was cleared.

That corner is one of the most problematic intersections in Chilliwack and has been the site of many accidents over the years including semi trucks. Some crashes there have left drivers seriously injured while most others people have walked away from.

It's not known if the City engineers have plans to change up the intersection. If so, watch here for details.



  Tuesday, June 2, 2020  

Published 10 am


Craving some country

Get your travelling cha cha on for a weekender with FarmJam September 4-5

Mavis Harris, Marmot PR/Website images


Jessie Leigh will be performing at FarmJam 2020 on Friday, September 4th, 2020. Below, Drake White.

Colville, Washington, will be hosting FarmJam (headlined this year by Corb Lund and Drake White) September 4th-5th and they want the folks of BC to come and enjoy the party!

FarmJam Music and Camping Festival is INDIE in a major way. Their mission is to support independent musicians and other artists or entertainers.

They aim to connect music lovers with new musicians or entertainers - and they support the farm community to promote agriculture and local food.

The historic festival narrative has its roots in harvest festivals married with music, diverse personalities, and important people. Feeding people music and food in an inclusive family-friendly environment is just another added-value of the rural and farm landscape.



  Tuesday, June 2, 2020  

Published 10 am


New lease on life

Rotary Club reaches out to the community for unused tech gathering dust

Michael Berger, Rotary Club/Pixabay images


Moved on to newer stuff? Give your old tech to charity.

Have you Marie Kondo’d (de-cluttered) your home and are looking for a place to dispose of your unwanted, but still usable, technology? Baby monitors, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, tablets, computers…we want your old technology!

The Rotary Club of Chilliwack is holding a Tech Drive for the entire month of June. On Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00-12:00 pm, you can bring your unneeded, working technology to the Rotary Service Building at 44870 Wolfe Road (between Townsend Park’s gravel parking lot and the CARE Centre).

In a safe way, our club members will direct you in donating the items to us. We’ve partnered with Wild Frog Systems, an IT Support organization in Chilliwack. Wild Frog’s technicians will pick up the items, clean and disinfect them, and then reformat the items to factory settings before returning them to the Rotary club for distribution.

Once the items are in good working condition, we’ll distribute them to school children that don’t have technology at home, to seniors’ care homes to allow their residents to connect with family remotely, and to the Chilliwack General Hospital so that patients can reach out to their family members too.

Chilliwack Rotary President Michael Berger said, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, our club and its members have looked for ways we can continue to be of service to the community, while ensuring safety for our members and citizens. We’ve made donations to the food bank, packed and distributed hampers to feed hungry school children, donated blood at blood drives, distributed ‘Good Neighbour’ cards in our neighbourhoods offering to do errands for shut-ins, and more. Now, with this tech drive, we can continue to support those in need in Chilliwack.”

Learn more about what The Chilliwack Rotary Club and Wild Frog Systems.



  Tuesday, June 2, 2020  

Published 8 am


'Yarrow – Together in Spirit'

Annual festival takes an imaginative turn

Sheila Lum/Voice file photo


Yarrow Days Parade 2015.

Covid-19 has forced many public events organisers to reconfigure themselves. This year, the small town of Yarrow BC has come up with alternative ways to safely celebrate June 6th and 7th.

On Saturday June 6th the Master of Ceremonies is Grant Sigaty.

June 6th & 7th Yarrow Scavenger Hunt: Entry forms and more info can be found on on the Yarrow Community Website.  or Yarrow Community Happenings Facebook page. Thirteen local prizes to be won. Winners TBA Sunday at 5pm  

Saturday June 6th 9am–noon: Drive-thru collection at Canadian Reformed Church 42285 Yarrow Central. Non-perishable food items for Salvation Army Food Bank. Cash donations (in envelopes please) to Ruth and Naomi’s.

5pm: Bring your BBQ to the curb and have supper “together” with the rest of the town in our own yards. Watch Master of Ceremonies Grant Sigaty via live stream (video link on Yarrow Community Website and Yarrow Community Happenings Facebook page). Special guests will be providing video presentations including the national anthem performed by the MEI Screaming Eagles.

Roving videographers David and Davin Wiebe will travel around town to capture this special Yarrow Days.

7pm: Noisiest tribute to our essential services workers.

All residents encouraged to decorate their homes and to enjoy this years’ celebrations of Yarrow Days from their own yards. 



  Thursday, May 28 2020  

Published 2:30 pm


Garage fire was small

Mysterious origins

Staff/Voice photos


Firefighters attend to a small garage fire Tuesday.

fire is a fire no matter how large or how small. On Tuesday afternoon the CFD was called to the 9400-block of Broadway after reports of the smell of smoke in the area.

Upon arrival firefighters located a small fire in an empty garage next to a home that appeared to be vacant.

No one was injured in the fire. If anyone has information they can call the RCMP at 604 792 4111.



  Thursday, May 28 2020  

Published 2 pm


Down but not out

An open letter to the Governor General regarding Volunteer Service medals

Dave Palmer, Nepean Ont./File photo



Thousands of Canadians are signatories on the petition

I started this effort in the summer of 2006, almost 14 years ago. Still our nation seems determined not to ever acknowledge an entire generation of Veterans for their service! Why is this?

In any event, the effort continues to bring about "Remembrance" and "Honour" and a "lasting legacy" to acknowledge and recognize the service of Canada's Veterans'. Many efforts and dozens of formally sanctioned petitions have been read in the House of Commons and it begs the question as why...when thousands and thousands of Canadians have as signatories to these petitions are not being heard by those they have elected to serve?!

Why is it that for the Veterans of the Cold War era that whether they served for 3 years or 33 years or 10 years or 22 years or any honourable length of time that they are deemed as unworthy of formal recognition by means of an official Canadian medal to honour them and their contributions to Canada as members of the Canadian Armed Forces?

It definitely is a frustrating issue that many of our Nation's Veterans stand with pride and dignity at many Remembrance and Memorial Services without one medal to show they served and for the most part, most Canadians do not know this. As mentioned so many times, if there was just one medal that could be shown as the medal that only Veterans could wear, then Canadians could see that those wearing it are Veterans.

This would certainly alleviate the issue of many that wear two or three commemorative medal but are not Veterans. Sadly our youth and for a great part, many Canadians do not know this. With one medal for Veterans only, this could be sorted out so that others could and should know who has had the courage and conviction to voluntarily join and dedicated a portion of their lives in service to our nation.

This should be an iron clad legacy of Remembrance for all Veterans! A Canadian tradition and an important aspect of Canadian History where a Veteran, can be recognized by this one proposed medal. As to why for almost 14 years our nation does not want to do it remains a mystery.


  Thursday, May 28 2020  

Published 8 am


Did extra money from the Fed and Provincial gov'ts fuel overdose deaths?

BC Coroner says numbers spiked in March and April, Liberals blame NDP

BC Coroners Office/BC Gov't photo


Coroner Lisa Lapointe speaks at a press conference.

The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths and fentanyl-detected drug deaths to the end of April 2020. The reports show an average of 3.2 illicit drug toxicity deaths per day in the first four months of this year.

"We remain in a public health emergency, with more than three British Columbians dying each day from illicit drug toxicity deaths," said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner. IIIicit drug toxicity death rates in B.C. are still the highest for any jurisdiction in Canada. Every region in B.C. has been impacted

"Recent efforts to improve access to safe supply in B.C. are encouraging, and the BC Coroners Service supports continued enhancement of this critical life-saving measure. We continue to recommend a regulated, evidence-based, supportive treatment and recovery system as an important pillar in preventing future deaths."

Read today's the entire release.



  Wednesday, May 27 2020  

Published 8 am


Grat's to the grads

Chilliwack Mayor wishes youths well in their future endeavours

Jamie Leggatt/Website photo


Typically, graduation is an exciting time of the year, full of senior class trips, graduation events and other activities that create lifelong memories. I’m sure many of us still look back on that final year of school fondly. I remember how great it was to walk the hallways of school, feeling like I was more than ready to leave high school behind and take on the next phase of my life with confidence.

The class of 2020 is missing out on that experience. They don’t get to enjoy senior class events and activities. There are no senior class pranks. Most importantly, they don’t get to proudly walk across the stage as family and friends cheer on their accomplishment. While I applaud those getting creative with planned virtual activities, we know they can’t replace the real thing and that loss is felt deeply by our grads.

To the graduating class of 2020, I want you to know that your future is bright. Finishing your last year at home was a difficult challenge, but you did it and should be proud of all you have accomplished. You’ve put in the hard work and are ready to take on the next phase of your life.



  Wednesday, May 27 2020  

Published 8 am


Crews make quick work of workshop fire

One person injured in mishap

Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness, CFD/Voice photo

First responders treat the victim on-scene.


On Monday, May 25th, at approximately 5:15 pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 9200-block of Coote Street.


Fire crews from Halls 1,4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered smoke and flames from a small workshop in the backyard.


Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire and damage was limited to the workshop and its contents.


There were no firefighter injuries at this fire, however one civilian sustained injury and was transported to hospital. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Officials.



  Tuesday May 26 2020  

Published noon


Driving out drive-in fans

Twilight Theatre owners reach out to the community to help fight new provincial gov't restrictions

Twilight Drive-in/Handout photo


Three Drive-in theatres in BC will be effected; Langley, Nakusp and Prince George.


Hi drive-in fans. We need your help.
The Ministry of Health issued a new directive saying that drive-in events are not to have more than 50 vehicles, and the sale of refreshments are restricted.

This new restriction clearly has come up now in response to a number of people trying to capitalize off COVID-19 by proposing temporary pop-up parking lot drive-in and concert events. They would not have the same permanent infrastructure and facilities as us.

The official order uses two different terms, “drive-in theatres” and “drive-in events” (screen shot below). We clearly are a “drive-in theatre”, and whoever wrote the new order obviously gave some consideration to the difference. But for some reason we are being held to these new restrictions for “drive-in events”. We do not agree that we are an “event” and these new restriction should not apply to pre-existing, on-going, permanent, brick and mortar licensed drive-in theatres in BC. We note we have a valid “drive-in theatre” business license from the Township of Langley, and not an “event” license or permit.

Furthermore, we hold a “take out food” license, which was permitted in Phase 1 and still is in Phase 2. But now to single us out saying that our “take out food” license isn’t valid while everyone’s else is, is completely unfair.

We were allowed to operate our drive-in and concession stand during Phase 1, the worse part of the pandemic, with the social distancing measures we put in place. But now, in Phase 2, the restart phase, restrictions are being placed on us that will severely impede the viability of the drive-in. Seems contradictory and backwards to us!

Drive-ins across Canada are being allowed to open under their province’s Phase 1 reopenings, with identical protocols we have in place, and now we are being restricted more than them, in Phase 2.

We are seeking a reconsideration and exemption from the Ministry of Health, and we are asking you to tell them that you do not agree with these new restrictions being placed on permanent drive-in theatres, and that we should be allowed to continue to operate with the social distancing policies we put in place during Phase 1. Please contact:

HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca, adrian.dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca, hlth.health@gov.bc.ca, Hlth.HSD@gov.bc.ca, Bonnie.Henry@gov.bc.ca


  Tuesday May 26 2020  

Published noon


Can cannabis help?

Chilliwack Prostrate Cancer Support group meets in online conference June 4

Staff/Submitted photos



Speaking will be Pharmacy Manager from Pharmasave Health Centre, Nader Khattab, B.Sc Pharm, R.Ph


The stats are dire; 1 in 9 men in BC will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime.

Chilliwack Prostrate Cancer Support Group's next is slated for Thursday, June 4th at 7 pm and will be done via a web conference, all past attendees will receive an invitation to join.


Our speaker will be Pharmacy Manager from Pharmasave Health Centre, Nader Khattab, B.Sc Pharm, R.Ph speaking about Cannabis for medical purposes. Attendees may ask questions on the chat line. Contact Dale Erikson 604 824 5506 or Marc Gosselin 604 824 5506 for more info on how to log on.

Blue Walkers Walking Club
Please join us for our blue walkers weekly prostate cancer walking clubs, every Wednesday at 9:00 am, Rotary Trail on the Vedder River at the Peach Road Parking Lot.

In extreme weather, we meet at the Cottonwood Mall. We send out an email to the group every Monday or Tuesday to announce any changes or if it is the status quo.

Prostate Cancer Support Group Chilliwack holds their regular monthly meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Mt. Cheam Lion’s Hall at 45580 Spadina Ave, Chilliwack however at this time meetings will be online.

No meetings Jan/Jul/Aug

Each year there's a Father's Day fundraiser. Watch the local Chilliwack website for details.


  Tuesday May 26 2020  

Published noon


A penny for your thoughts

Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters come up with some great finds in April

Staff/Submitted photos



A vintage commemorative medal from the Royal Canadian Legion won first place.


They're metal detecting enthusiasts. They come from all walks with the draw of the thrill of finding something of value, an old coin or sometimes it's expensive jewellry, a piece of history, or just an item interest to talk about. That's what drives members of The Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters (FVTH).

The group's focus is to make the hobby more enjoyable by having organised hunts and sharing experiences with each other and win prizes.

First Place - Linda Sexsmith with a commemorative Medal from the Royal Canadian Legion

Second Place - Bailey Andrichuk  with a ladies necklace

Third Place - Sarah Preston with a beautiful ring

The club goes out on group hunts or solo throughout the month then meet to share their finds over dinners at the Abbotsford Legion.

A diamond ring was located by Sarah Preston.

The are times when FVTH founder Mark Lewis and the group are called upon to do a special search for lost necklaces or other keepsakes. So if you lose something you can always check with Lewis to see if there's a chance it can be found.

New members are always welcome. See more on their website here. Connnect on Facebook here. E-mail Mark here.


Watch an interesting 3 minute YouTube clip here.



  Sunday May 24 2020  

Published 2 pm


Man dead after armed confrontation with police

RCMP and Independent Investigations Office of BC give few details of Christina Drive incident

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey, RCMP/Voice photos


An RCMP drone and yellow markers indicating spent bullet casings dot the road on Sunday.


On May 23, 2020 shortly before 5:30 p.m., Chilliwack RCMP were called to check the well-being of an emotionally distraught man in possession of firearms at a residence in the 46000-block of Christina Drive in Chilliwack.


Upon arrival by frontline officers, the man allegedly fired shots at the attending police officers, who retreated and took steps to contain the residence. No one was injured. Officers evacuated homes in the immediate area and called the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, and a RCMP crisis negotiator to the scene to assist.


An officer with shoe covers investigates the scene.


An interaction between the man and police resulted in shots being fired by police. The man exited the home during the interaction and then returned inside. A robot was deployed by police to safely conduct a search the home. The man was found unresponsive inside. Despite life saving measures performed by emergency medical crews at the scene he died.


The IIO BC and the BC Coroners Service is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death.



  Saturday May 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


No parking

No injuries in First Ave mishap

Staff/Voice photo


Police sort out what happened.


It was around 8 am Saturday on First Ave when two vehicles collided on the south side of the Save-On-Foods grocery store at Salish Plaza. Thankfully no one was hurt despite heavy damage to both the van and the car.



  Saturday May 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


From humble beginnings to cultural hub

Watch from home this year as the Punjabi Market goes online May 31

Aneesha Grewel, PMRC/Website image


The Punjabi Market goes online May 31 with shows and entertainment.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Punjabi Market, The Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective presents “PM50”, taking place virtually on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube on Sunday, May 31st, 2020. Hosted by Hockey Night in Punjabi’s Amrit Gill, the livestream will feature an interview with the Market’s first shop owner, Mr. Sucha Singh Claire, and performances by Shaan-e-Punjab, Nachiye, and Amarjeet and Baljit Singh.

Website: www.punjabimarket.ca

Instagram: @punjabimarketyvr

Twitter: @punjabimarket  www.facebook.com/PunjabiMarket

The Punjabi Market runs along Main Street, from 49th to 51st, and is the oldest “Little India” in North America. In 1983, the Punjabi Market became home to the world’s first set of street signs written in Punjabi script outside of India. Michael Lee, MLA for Vancouver-Langara opined that “the Punjabi Market is an important part of the historical and cultural history of both the city of Vancouver and of my riding, Vancouver-Langara. Since the first store opened in 1971, the Punjabi Market has been considered a place to support cultural identity as is demonstrated every year by the sheer number of upwards of 100,000 attendees at the annual Vaisakhi Parade through the Punjabi Market.”


The 50th Anniversary celebration will include an online shopping portal that aims to support business owners with recovery following the economic impact of the pandemic. In addition, the celebration includes a piece of public art by PMRC Creative Director, Jag Nagra, that will be unveiled closer to the date of the celebration. The event is a collaboration between the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective, South Asian Arts Society, Indian Summer Arts Society, 5X Festival, Westcoast Foundation, and the City of Vancouver.



  Saturday May 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


Cool or tool?

Free training for employers with app to help reduce workplace bullying and increase productivity

Greg Descantes, Pace Group/Handout images website photo


Don't be a tool app will be a help after the during and after the pandemic.


With COVID-19 physical distancing orders in effect across British Columbia, the BC Construction Association (BCCA) is making its anti-harassment, hazing and bullying training available online to help fight transmission of the virus while supporting worksite safety and productivity.

The COVID-19 pandemic can lead to increased stress and anxiety at work. Since its launch in 2019, the Builders Code has recognized that safety in the construction industry isn’t just about physical hazards and personal protective equipment, it’s also about psychological hazards. The impact of hazing, bullying, and harassment on productivity and safety cannot be underestimated.

For construction crews, the Builders Code “Cool or Tool?”  app (available at the Apple Store or Google Play) is an engaging and effective reminder of acceptable behaviour. Its 20 real-life workplace scenarios depict model behavior or actions that compromise safety and productivity, workers simply identify if the behavior is “Cool” or “Tool” and get a message that reinforces the appropriate action and its benefits. The app includes a scenario about coming to work sick, which is particularly relevant as industry continues to face challenges related to COVID-19 and fights transmission of the virus. Learn more about the app on the Builder's Code website.



  Saturday May 23, 2020  

Published 8 am


Longtime  friends split winning ticket

The best part of losing is reading about the winners

Lotto BC/Handout photo

Longtime friends Alan Barker and Kathleen Cook spit $2 million prize.


Courtenay’s Alan Barker and Langley’s Kathleen Cook are best friends who haven’t seen each other for months, but are hoping for a dream reunion soon to celebrate their $2 million win from the BC/49 draw on March 4, 2020.


The friends met in England in the 1950s and later moved to Canada with their spouses, having been friends ever since. More recently, they have been buying lottery tickets together.


“I was looking at the screen and was dumbstruck,” says Barker of the moment when he discovered the pair had won. “Even while I was walking out someone asked if it was the big winner. I still can’t believe it.” Naturally, the first person Barker told was Cook.


“I was surprised when Alan told me the winning ticket was in his hands, full of wonder and disbelief,” says Cook. “It took a long time to register.” Barker and Cook – with the help of Barker’s grandson – claimed their $2-million prize through BCLC’s alternate prize claim process, which Barker described as “marvelous.”


On what the future will bring thanks to the life-changing prize, Barker plans to donate some winnings to the local hospital for new equipment, and may move into “posher” assisted living. Cook says she will help her family members to make their lives easier and more convenient.



  Friday May 22, 2020  

Published 8 am


Think global, act local

Macdonald speaks volumes to Greenpeace about food production

Myrtle Macdonald, B.Sc. N (U of Alberta); M.Sc. Applied in Nursing, Research, Education and Social Sciences (McGill U)/Voice file photos


Local Chilliwack produce puts cash into farmer's hands which makes it sustainable.


Tell supermarkets to focus on selling only Canadian grown and Canadian processed foods.  Even Canadian owned supermarkets import most of the food they sell. Tell them to sell only breakfast cereals processed in Canada, with natural nutrients and fibre, instead of synthetic minerals and vitamins. Tell them to stop allowing the adding of sugar and glucose-fructose to bread, buns, tinned vegetables, juices and salsa.


Tell Tomato farmers to stop allowing their tomatoes to be made into Ketchup (because it contains a cup of sugar), and tell them that Salsa is nutritious only if no sugar or glucose-fructose are added. The high prevalence of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis is due to all of the above.

The Real Issues About Food Production and Marketing are as Follows:

1.  Canadian small family farms are dying because imported produce, fruit and vegetables cost much less in supermarkets, than they can be produced in Canada. 

2.  Marketing of Canadian grown and processed food between provinces needs to be legislated, as top priority.  Much is left to rot in the fields.

3.  Young people brought up on farms like farm life, but to get an education need to have a car, which they cannot afford at current high prices. 

4.  Their parents also buy cars for a second career, because they cannot make a living on the farm. Many grow hedging and nursery plants instead of food.

5.  A network of railways was popular all over Canada in 1905 to 1955.  Then every family bought a car because gasoline and cars were cheap.  Therefore most rail lines were closed. 

6.  However the public still own most of the right of way of closed railway routes.  Building of railways is very inexpensive compared to widening and maintaining of highways. See www.railforthevalley.com and here.

7.  At present taxes on gasoline are very high. This money  is unjustly used up in cities on extremely expensive sky trains and subways, while rural areas are neglected.

8.  There are Farmers’ Markets in cities, but in rural areas, only for two months in the summer, or not at all.  There could be a refrigerated rail car serving at 6 or 7 different rural locations on a weekly schedule. Fruit, vegetables and perhaps poultry, would be bought and sold in these locations the same week.  Excess would be refrigerated or frozen for sale all year round.  Small vans could carry orders to grocery stores and restaurants, etc.

9.  Hire district Agronomists and Home Economists, to enable small families to diversify mixed farming, so that they will have an income all year round. 

10.  Adding of green houses and cold frames, could help with year round produce. 

11.  Revive and promote 4 H clubs for livestock and gardens.  Create sports clubs so that rural youth will be better educated, encouraged and take pride in their skills and local friendships.

12.  Split Agribusiness and Agriculture government Ministries, both Provincial and Federal.  For some years Agribusiness has been dominant, and has had no understanding of small family farms.



  Friday May 22, 2020  

Published 8 am


'If the wind blows wrong'

Would a continuous shutdown of the Can/US border lead to a similar situation when in 1858 22 Sappers were sent to Yale to quash riots before US troops did and claim it?

Betty Krawczyk, author/Handout photo


Krawczyk talks Canada-USA relations with a prolonged border closure.


While most of the rest of the world is struggling with making life or death decisions around how to deal with Covid-19, from the treatment of elders to how to safely try to reopen the economy, Trump can't truly concentrate on this because he is so distracted with trying to pin the entire world health and economic disaster on China. He must somehow detract from his own magnificent failures as a leader in a time of such crisis so he is deliberately creating a scenario he hopes might work.

This is to accuse China of some how deliberately creating a bio-weapon and letting it loose into the world at large in order to gain world power. Trump somehow seems to think that if he just thinks something, he doesn't even have to believe it, but just thinks it, tweets it, and says so to the media then it will be true, or come true. And if it didn't come true when he said the Covid-19 was a mild flu, maybe people will forget that, and believe that the world health and economic disasters are all China's fault if he and the other
magical thinkers he surrounds himself with will just keep saying so.

Many Canadians are doing some straight thinking and decision making ourselves and encouraging our Prime Minister Trudeau to do the right thing and keep our borders with the US closed indefinitely except for essential goods. Many Americans are too angry and have too many guns, never mind trying to keep them in isolation for two weeks. And in my opinion, the Trump government along with the body of US intelligence, would not be sorry to see the wind blowing the wrong way with some serious disturbances happening along our borders.

This would provide an opportunity for the US military to cross the border to quell the disturbances and once in, take an inventory of all our water, woods, oil, and perhaps dispute our claims to the North West Passage. Am I being ridiculous? Next time. For her latest video go here.



  Thursday May 21, 2020  

Published 11 pm


City opens park and rec facilities

Chilliwack's mayor talks about reopening

City of Chilliwack/Voice file photo


Salish Park, downtown Chilliwack.


I’m excited to announce that effective Friday, May 22, all skate parks and outdoor sports courts, including tennis and pickleball courts, hockey, soccer and basketball courts will be open to the public. Signage reminding users of physical distancing guidelines will be installed in strategic locations. Where applicable, rules for safe play incorporating recommendations from sports associations, such as Tennis BC and Pickleball BC, will also be posted.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, has encouraged people to safely enjoy the outdoors in the company of immediate family members, while maintaining appropriate physical distancing from others. More recently, she said that the chance of catching COVID-19 from someone as they walk past you in a park is “infinitesimally small”.

For more information, visit the City website.



  Thursday May 21, 2020  

Published 8 am


School restart details

SD33 outlines school start-up plan

Rohan Arul-pragasa, SD33/Voice file photo


SD33 schools open part-time June 1.


As British Columbia begins to ease restrictions related to the COVID-19pandemic, public schools will play an important part in the provincial government’s Restart Plan announced on May 6.On Friday, May 15, Premier Horgan and Minister of Education Fleming announced that all schools in the province will move to “Stage 3” of the Education Restart Plan effective June 1, 2020. They indicated that they are giving parents the choice to send their children back to school, on a part-time basis, beginning on June 1. This prepares students and teachers for a return to full-time face-to-face classes in September, provided it is safe to return.

Stage 3 Restart Plan:

Children in Kindergarten to Grade 5: in-class learning 2 days per week, supplemented with remote instructionon Fridays.

Children in Grades 6 to 12: remote learning supplemented with up to 20% in-class instruction (ie. tutorials, seminars, small group instruction).

Children of essential workers (aged 5-12)will have the option to attend school 5 days per week.

students with disabilities/diverse abilities and students needing additional supports may be provided with extra opportunities.

• Families who decide not to send their children to class: continued remote instruction until the end of the 2019/20 school year are encouraged to visit the new ministry Keep Learning website that provides learning resources and supports for K-12 students.

This site is being updated as new resources are available. District Preparation and Path Forward: As we move from Stage 3 to Stage 4 of the Education Restart Plan, the district plans to transition students of essential workers from G.W. Graham Secondary to their respective schools the week of June 1. Information regarding the transition plans will be provided to parents the week of May 25. For more information, visit sd33.bc.ca



  Wednesday May 20, 2020  

Published 5 pm


Captain Jennifer Casey...we salute you

Statement from the Casey family

CAF/Handout photo


Jennifer Casey's jet crashed on Sunday.


Captain Jennifer Casey, our beloved daughter lost her life on Sunday, May 17 in Kamloops, British Columbia while supporting an important mission that seemed to be designed for her. Operation INSPIRATION is a mission with one focus, making Canadians happy in a time of uncertainty and there was no better person in this world to carry out that mission than Jenn. Her beautiful smile and positively infectious personality could brighten anyone’s day and she proudly served the mission as she flew across our great nation with a team that she adored, the Snowbirds.

Jennifer was more than a granddaughter, daughter, sister, and friend to many, she was a story teller, a role that she embraced with passion and skill. She was also a proud Nova Scotian that served as an advocate and ambassador for her province wherever she went. Her journey took her many places but her heart was always at home in Halifax.

It was in Halifax where Jenn studied Journalism at the University of Kings College and started her career in journalism with the Roger’s network at News 95.7 where she developed her story telling skills, giving a voice to local causes and community groups that often didn’t have one. Working with News 95.7 is where she built her enormous network of friends that have spent the last several days sharing kind words about her professionalism and beautiful character. Now they are telling her story.

Always one for an adventure, Jenn joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2014 as a Public Affairs Officer where she thrived personally and professionally. While serving her country, Jenn traveled around the world meeting new friends at every stop along the way. Using her experience and media connections, Jenn was great at telling the stories of the brave men and women that serve Canada at home and abroad. She was committed always to honing her skills and advancing her education in the field by completing a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University in B.C.

Many say that the military is much like a second family and Jenn welcomed these brothers and sisters with open arms and all her heart. There are many groups in her military family that are sharing in her loss. First and foremost, we are sharing this loss with the Public Affairs Branch, a group of communications professionals that introduced Jenn to her military family. We also share this loss with everyone in the Royal Canadian Air Force, a group of loving individuals that will always remember Jenn for the contributions that she made to the team.

And finally, we share her loss with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, a team that she proudly served in a job she truly loved. Our hearts are with all of you at this time as we mourn the loss of Jenn and remember all of the memories we shared with her.

As she makes her way back to Nova Scotia to her final resting place, we ask those that knew and loved Jenn to cherish the memories that you have of her and continue to bask in the light that she shone on everyone’s life. She is gone but will never be forgotten.

Captain Jennifer Casey………we salute you.



  Wednesday May 20, 2020  

Published 4 pm


Pandemic pay

Health care workers get extra support, minimum wage goes up June 1

BC gov't caucus/CUPE website photo


Health care workers celebrate income raises.


Health and social service workers delivering in-person, front-line care to some of B.C.’s most vulnerable people will receive a financial boost through temporary COVID-19 pandemic pay.


As part of a cost-shared program with the federal government, temporary pandemic pay will support people working on the front lines in B.C.’s health-care system, social services and corrections. This includes workers delivering a range of health and social services to people most vulnerable to COVID-19.


“This cost-shared program with the federal government will benefit thousands of British Columbia’s front-line health and social service workers, said Carol James, Finance Minister.


More than 250,000 eligible front-line workers will receive temporary pandemic pay, a lump-sum payment of about $4 per hour for a 16-week period, starting on March 15, 2020. Eligible workers will receive the payment directly through their employer and do not need to apply.


It builds off the planned minimum wage increase set for June 1, 2020, and existing supports for people during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers and the enhanced BC Climate Action Tax Credit boost in July 2020, which doubles the annual benefit for low and middle-income people.



  Tuesday May 19, 2020  

Published 3 pm


Huge heart in a huge man

Gold medal Powerlifter delivers donated food items to ICU healthcare staff at Abbotsford Hospital

Staff/Submitted photos


ICU healthcare workers at Abbotsford General Hospital are happy to have been receiving regular hot coffee and food donations. Below, Sumeet Sharma makes a delivery.


Sumeet Sharma is a mountain of man and a Canadian legend in the sport of Powerlifting. He's also blessed with a huge heart.

On Sunday, he did a different kind of powerlifting for ICU healthcare workers at Abbotsford General Hospital by bringing an assortment of food items including coffee, Indian food, snack bars and bottle water donated by sport sponsors; the Sharma & Chawla families, Raga Restaurant and Supplement King in Surrey.

In 2019, the lean machine muscled his way to a gold medal with Team Canada in the North American Powerlifting Championships in Panama City in October 2019 as well as Canadian contests.

"I competed in Winnipeg at Nationals, which is the biggest powerlifting event in Canada and took home gold in bench press in the 93 kg weight class," said Sharma in an e-mail to The Voice. "Since I won gold at Nationals, I have been selected to be part of Team Canada to compete at the World Powerlifting Championship in Russia in October."

It's not the only time Sharma has helped.

"My team of sponsors help to donate food supplies to a local hospital each week," Sharma said.

He'd love to see others in the community start a new trend to help the overworked healthcare frontline staff.

"I'm hoping other people would also donate more food supplies to Abby hospital once readers see this story," he said.


To learn more about Canadian Powerlifting, visit powerlifting.ca/cpu



  Tuesday May 19, 2020  

Published 2 pm


COVID-19 outbreak at Abbotsford Hospital

Six staff and two people became infected in one unit

Dixon Tam, FHA/Handout photo



There is a COVID-19 outbreak at Abbotsford Regional Hospital that involves both staff and patients. Enhanced precautions and infection prevention and control measures were implemented immediately and prior to the outbreak being declared.

We would like correct misinformation that has been shared. This outbreak is confined to one unit and, to date, six staff and two patients are part of the outbreak.

There is no evidence of any PPE breach during patient care that has led to this outbreak. All staff were wearing appropriate PPE and taking all appropriate precautions while in care areas. We can also confirm that we are not experiencing a shortage of PPE at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Preliminary results of our investigation show that vigilance is required in non-patient care areas. Enhanced strategies have been implemented to reduce risks in these areas.


While this is a challenging time for all of us, we would like to remind everyone to respect patient and staff privacy and confidentiality as identifying professions in specific units can easily identify those affected.

We would like to acknowledge our staff and medical staff who are supporting our response to COVID-19 and caring for our patients at this time.



  Tuesday May 19, 2020  

Published 8 am


Miles of music

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra Belle Voici singers collaborate for world class video

Paul DeWit/Handout photo


Forty-eight A Capella singers frm around the world have collaborated on a video available now on Youtube.


Fraser Valley’s ‘A Capella’ singing group Belle Voci  has created a  worldwide collaboration project that is going viral.

Video clips were recorded within the singer’s  own homes on smart phone with over 50 submissions sent in from around the world and  ‘assembled’ in B.C. Canada by Paula DeWit Music Group  to form a virtual world choir.

The project is all about sending a message of love and tranquility to the world, from the world.

The video is released on YouTube and Facebook and is for all to enjoy.


The meaning behind the music is to love each other with a sincere heart, it's about unity and human kindness. The feel of the piece is about tranquility, peace and hope to be found by joining together.


Belle Voci, offers exciting selections of diverse Sacred Music, including renaissance polyphony, Greek Orthodox chant, traditional and jazzy interpretations of favourite pieces, and modern versions of melodies that have lasted throughout the ages.


For more information about the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and upcoming concerts, visit chilliwacksymphony.com



  Sunday May 17, 2020  

Published 7 pm


Snowbird crash shocks country

Pilot Jennifer Casey was killed near Kamloops in a fatal mishap

Dept. of Nat. Defence/Submitted image J. Casey


One member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) was killed on Sunday May 17, 2020 and one other member injured in an accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CT-114 Tutor aircraft in the vicinity of Kamloops, British Columbia.

Killed was Captain Jennifer Casey, the team’s Public Affairs Officer, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Captain Richard MacDougall, one of the team’s coordinators and pilot of the aircraft, was injured and is being treated for his injuries.

“Another tragedy has hit our Canadian Armed Forces. The Snowbirds’ Op INSPIRATION brought joy to Canadians across our country.  Today, we come together in their time of need.  To the family of Captain Jenn Casey we send our condolences, know that she was an inspiration to many and she will be missed.  To Captain Richard MacDougall, we wish you a speedy recovery," said General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds were deployed on Operation INSPIRATION, a cross-Canada tour to lift the spirits of Canadians and salute frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of the accident, the CF Snowbirds were taking off from the airport in Kamloops, British Columbia.

“Today, the RCAF has suffered another tragic loss of a dedicated member of the RCAF team. We grieve alongside Jenn’s family, friends and colleagues and are deeply saddened. Our thoughts also go out to the loved ones of Captain Richard MacDougall. We hope for a swift recovery from his injuries," said Lieutenant General Al Meinzinger, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force

The CAF are providing our members and their families with as much support as possible to help them through this difficult time.

A RCAF Flight Safety team will depart from Ottawa shortly to investigate the circumstances of the accident and will begin their work immediately upon arrival.



  Sunday May 17, 2020  

Published 9 pm


TELUS reaches out to Indigenous communities

Field techs haul over 2,900 pounds of food and household items to Soowhalie, Musqueum and Yale First Nations

Lindsay Chan, VP Telus/Submitted photos


TELUS Field techs Eric Nordgen (L) and Tresson Marsh delivering food and supplies to Yale First Nation.

To help those in their community, Anne Zhong, a member of TELUS’ Indigenous Connectivity team has spearheaded a huge collective effort that has seen much needed food and supplies delivered straight to the homes of the Soowahlie First Nation in rural Chilliwack and Yale First Nations in Hope, BC.  

TELUS Field tech Ron Pong makes a delivery to Musqueam First Nation.

Indigenous governments to not only enable connectivity, but to support improved access to healthcare, positive social outcomes and community support in the way they want and need it. In this time of COVID-19, that has led to the collection and delivery of essential goods such as phones, handsets, food, household supplies and PPE. Specifically:

On April 14th, TELUS’ field technicians delivered over 2,900 lbs. of food to Soowahlie First Nation in rural Chilliwack to support all 90 households. The food packages allowed vulnerable community members to shelter in place, quarantining from the pandemic. The delivery included:

•   1,725 lbs. of fresh produce

•   375 lbs. of ground beef

•   800 lbs. of dry goods

•   56 lbs. (90 rolls) of paper towel

On April 20th, the team made a delivery of much-needed household supplies, from hand sanitizer to organic flour, to Yale First Nation in Hope to support 20 households.


TELUS Field techs Alexander Nazar and Phillip Yeh deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to Musqueam First Nation.


“Rural and remote communities have historically been underserved and I am passionate about the ways that we can help to bridge the divide. The opportunity to work with Indigenous governments to support their communities during this unprecedented time has been very personally rewarding,” says Zhong.


Aligning with TELUS’ promise to Give Where We Live, its TELUS Days of Giving initiative enables its employees, coast-to-cast, to engage in charitable efforts that align with their personal passions. The giving efforts of TELUS and its employees in support of Canadian communities has been incredibly effective, especially during COVID-19 when the need is stronger than ever.


But the giving efforts of employees go much beyond COVID-19. Since 2000 and through the support and encouragement of TELUS, employees - just like Anne - have donated 1.4 million days of service and $1.3 billion in support of Canadian charities and grassroots organizations.


Learn more about how TELUS supports Canadians volunteering virtually with the #StayGiving Challenge.



  Friday May 15, 2020  

Published 3 pm


Chilliwack can celly now

City gets Jets PJHL hockey club

Justin Sulpico, PJHL/Submitted image


The new flashy logo is a standout.

The Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) has announced that its Board of Governors has awarded an expansion franchise to the city of Chilliwack. The Chilliwack Jets will become the league’s 13th team and will play out of the Sardis Sports Complex beginning in the 2020-21 season.

The Jets will be led by majority owner Clayton Robinson, who will also serve as the club’s first head coach and general manager. “We are pleased to welcome Chilliwack as the 13th member club of the Pacific Junior Hockey League,” says PJHL Commissioner Trevor Alto. “In the midst of some very difficult times right now, it is really great to be able to deliver some good hockey news. Our league is in a position to grow, and the Jets are backed by a great ownership group led by Clayton Robinson which has had great support from the community. We are very excited to see how the franchise will develop and flourish in Chilliwack.”

Robinson was previously the general manager and head coach of the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. In the past, Robinson was involved with the Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association as a coach. “My partners and I are really excited about bringing Junior B hockey back to Chilliwack,” said Robinson. “Chilliwack is a strong hockey community with a lot of talented, local players developed through minor hockey. The new facility at the Sardis Sports Complex was a crucial part in being able to bring a team back to Chilliwack. This also would not have been possible without support of the PJHL, its board of Governors, and the City of Chilliwack.”

The Jets take their name from a previous Junior B franchise of the same name based in Chilliwack from 1965-1971. The Jets were one of the original teams in the West Coast Junior Hockey League, the precursor to the PJHL, and were crowned league champions in 1970.

The Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) is the longest running Junior “B” hockey league in the province of British Columbia. The PJHL offers young hockey players a premier development opportunity at home and, starting in late 2020, will provide exciting and affordable entertainment across 13 communities in the Lower Mainland. NHLers such as Milan Lucic, Andrew Ladd, Brent Seabrook and many more began their hockey journey in the PJHL. For more information visit www.pjhl.net. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the PJHL is in full cooperation and support of the decision making processes and plans that BC Hockey, Hockey Canada and provincial authorities will have in place for the return of hockey


  Friday May 15, 2020  

Published 8 am


Phase 2 school openings

Optional K-12 return to school part-time starting June 1

BC Gov't Caucus/Screengrab image


Students can return to school on a part-time basis June 1.

Parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis this school year as part of BC’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so.

“British Columbians have worked hard to flatten our curve. As we move into the next phase of our pandemic plan after the May long weekend, the science shows us that we’re ready to bring students back to school safely on a gradual and part-time basis,” said Premier John Horgan. “This will be welcome news for many families who have struggled to adjust to remote and online learning, and for parents who are going back to work. At every step, we will move slowly and make health and safety our top priority. B.C. has done well under the guidance of our provincial health officials, and now is the time to take this next step together.”

To make sure schools are safe for students and staff, the number of students in school each day will be reduced, with most receiving in-class instruction part time. School districts will determine scheduling for classes and transportation arrangements. For kindergarten to Grade 5, this means most students will go to school half time (such as alternating days), while grades 6 to 12 will go to school about one day a week. Children of essential service workers and students needing additional supports will have the option to attend school full time. Families that decide not to send their children to class may continue learning from home.

All boards of education and independent school authorities will be required to implement strict provincial health officer and WorkSafeBC health and safety measures to reduce the risk COVID-19 transmission, including:

• desks spaced apart and avoiding groups or gatherings of students in hallways or other common areas;

• regular cleaning of high-contact surfaces like door knobs, toilet seats, keyboards and desks at least twice a day, and cleaning the school building at least once a day;

• students, educators and staff will be required to clean their hands before entering school property, and there will be more hand-sanitizing and cleaning stations available, with well-stocked supplies;

• staggered drop-offs, lunch and recess breaks, with increased outside time;

• staff and students (or their parents/guardians) must assess themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If any student or staff member has even mild symptoms, arrangements will be made for that person to be returned home;

• one student per seat on school buses, unless children are from the same house, with plexiglass separating the bus driver from students; and

• students or employees should not share food or personal items like phones, pens or pencils. Clear protocols also need to be in place for the safe and healthy handling of all food items. 

Since returning to class is voluntary and most students will be attending part time, school leaders will contact families to make arrangements for children to return to in-class instruction. If parents have not heard from their schools by May 22, 2020, they are asked to contact their principal. Parents and caregivers are advised to follow the schedule provided for their child to ensure a safe and orderly restart. For more information, visit the government website here.



  Friday May 15, 2020  

Published 8 am


It's a gas

The best part of losing it reading about the winners

BCLC/Handout photo


Chilliwack's Mary Hnatiw gets to collect big bucks after winning Lotto Max Extra earlier this month.


Chilliwack’s Mary Hnatiw, who has been keeping busy these days by cooking and sewing at home, says that winning $500,000 from the May 1, 2020 Lotto Max draw feels ‘Extra’ special Hnatiw said she was “in shock” after scanning her ticket after filling up at the gas station, and realizing she’d won. The first person she told that she’d matched all four numbers to win the top Lotto Max Extra prize was her daughter.

“[My daughter] was so surprised, she said ‘I can’t believe it!’” Hnatiw recalled. Hnatiw, who has been playing the lottery for 25 years and likes to play Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49, purchased her ticket at the Lickman Chevron in Chilliwack and says she always says ‘Yes’ to the Extra.

Hnatiw received her winnings through BCLC’s temporary alternate prize-claim process. On what it was like to claim a large lottery prize during a worldwide pandemic, Hnatiw noted, “It has been great — I am glad I can safely claim while staying safe at home.”

As far as her plans for enjoying her win, Hnatiw added, “I would like to go back to Europe…but right now that is not an option. I will celebrate at home and share the rest with my kids and grandkids.”



  Friday May 15, 2020  

Published 8 am


Making the best choices

Odd Squad provides unequaled mentoring

Toby Hinton, John Daly, Odd Squad/Handout photo


Staff works closely with youths.

Gang and drug education for our younger generation is more important than it ever was, especially during these times of a societal slowdown, higher levels of anxiety and increased social pressures. And we are stepping up to address this. In January 2020, Odd Squad partnered up with Safer Schools Together to produce a 4-part gang education chronology: Gangs and Guns 2020. This innovative documentary series (password oddsquad) is designed for students, educators, and law enforcement in British Columbia, and although the distribution has been impacted by COVID-19 we want our supporters to see this valuable work.

Odd Squad has used this downtime to completely revamp our web site (thanks Brendon!) and we have dropped all the pricing on our videos for download. We are moving to provide a streaming service to our library of educational films for free to Odd Squad members (and a membership is a simple $10 donation!). We have dropped our download film prices to $4.99 for those who want to add these films to their libraries.

Our underlying community service goal is to educate everyone on issues affecting the community (particularly youth) and we want our top-quality films to be shared, distributed, and used. The topics are too important not to discuss with our kids – these films get us to a place of discussion, and from here, life-saving learning can happen.

Register to become and Odd Squad Member today!


  Friday May 15, 2020  

Published 8 am


Hearing is Believing

BC Gov't threatens to cancel support for preschools for deaf and hard of hearing kids


Christian von Donat/Website photo


Speech and Hearing British Columbia (SHBC) is urging the Provincial Government to step in and address the potential closure of Metro Vancouver preschools for deaf and hard of hearing children. Offering adequate services for early childhood intervention is critical when it comes to managing communication health and the lack of these services influences the developmental trajectory of a child for a lifetime.

“It is extremely concerning to see that deaf and hard of hearing children in our province are being asked to make do with insufficient educational supports, and that worse still some preschools specializing in this care are facing imminent closure,” said Staci Cooper, President of SHBC. “We know from firsthand experience that children in our province are being left behind when it comes to timely, critical early childhood intervention, and these new developments underscore how dire the issue is becoming.”

May is Speech and Hearing Month, an important opportunity to remind BC of the importance of their communication health, and how the lack of adequate support services can lead to lifelong repercussions in the development and societal participation of an individual. From early childhood development, to seniors, to those suffering from trauma and medical ailments, there are many periods in a person’s life where their communication health may be temporarily or permanently impacted.

“This news speaks to the larger issue on supporting our children in BC. For example, we know that some toddlers/preschoolers often wait months or even years to see a publicly funded speech-language pathologist (SLP)”, added Cooper. “Sadly, some children never do end up seeing an SLP before beginning kindergarten. Further, despite a nationally accepted recommended caseload for a full-time equivalent SLP of 25-40 children, almost 50% of SLPs in BC have caseloads above 80 children.”

BC currently has the second lowest number of speech-language pathologists in Canada, a sad distinction.  Through specific investments in educational facilities and in increasing the number of SLPs practicing in the province, the Government of BC can ensure that children growing up in our province have the communication tools they need to thrive.


  Thursday May 14, 2020  

Published 8 pm


Queer Arts Festival  'Wicked' Shows

Digital venues explore dance, art media July 16-20

Barb Snelgrove, Megamouth Media/Handout photos


"This Crazy Show" during the Queer Arts Festival July 16-20 in Vancouver.

The 12th annual Queer Arts Festival (QAF), Vancouver’s artist-run, professional, multi-disciplinary roister of queer arts, culture and history, takes place July 16 - 26, 2020. 


"Art Party" July 16 Sean Alistair photo


Art keeps us connected during the age of social distancing. The QAF and SUM Gallery remain steadfast in our commitment to artists amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with staff hard at work (from home) to maintain the integrity of our programming. 


"Rupture Probe" July 25 - Bemier Clarke photo

We’ve re-imagined the festival to make sure you get your Queer Art Fix from the safety of your own home. Please visit queerartsfestival.com to find out how you can attend all of our events remotely! 

QAF’s Wicked runs 11 days at our digital venue, coming soon. Highlights include Jonny Sopotiuk’s visual arts curating; choreographer Noam Gagnon’s raucously vulnerable Swan Song, This Crazy Show; Indigenous Burlesque with Virago Nation’s Too Spirited; and the latest offering from non-binary drag collective The Darlings.

"Underground Absolute Fiction." July 23 - Photo Kimberly Ho

There’s no place like home for the Wicked Witch of the West, green by devilment and through her magical aberrance. QAF 2020 forsakes the yellow brick road that leads only to a man behind a curtain colonizing our desires. Instead, QAF revels in the quintessentially queer traditions of scandal and excess with visual art, performance, theatre, music, dance and literary events!  

"A Queer Mentorship" July 25.

QAF’s Wicked re-imagines identity politics, exposing the implications of homo-normativity (sic) as erasure. This past decade has seen the mainstreaming of gay; sexual difference wins approval so long as it is palatable, marketable, and doesn’t stray too far from bourgeois notions of taste and morality. The commoditisation of queer experience is inextricably linked to the pathological effect of the queer body, where medical and sociological interventions adjudicate which anatomies and passions are accepted as authentic.



  Wednesday May 13, 2020  

Published 1 pm


Rollover on Prest Road

Three escape scary crash

Staff/Voice photo


A vehicle lies inverted in a ditch on Prest Road Monday.

Monday, just after 9:30 am, a vehicle left the road on Prest north of Highway 1 with three people inside. Two scrambled to safety leaving a 75-year-old woman behind trapped and inverted. Firefighters freed the woman quickly.


Fortunately there was a only a few inches of water in the ditch. These types of accidents can be particularly lethal because vehicles always rollover and more often than not the ditch is filled with water.



  Wednesday May 13, 2020  

Published noon


'Give Where You Live'

Chilliwack 'give-a-thon' fundraiser June 10

Leanna Kemp, exec. dir. CCC/Pixabay image


Non-profit charity fundraiser June 9, 2020.

Chilliwack is home to a large number of hardworking non-profit organizations who provide valuable and important services to the community. From poverty reduction, to building social connection, local charitable organizations have a large impact on almost every resident in Chilliwack.

The recipients of this Give A Thon are as follows: YMCA, Cyrus Centre, Ann Davis Transition Society, Sardis Doorway, Meadow Rose Society, Chilliwack Learning Society, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, Salvation Army, Chilliwack Bowls of Hope, Chilliwack Hospice Society, Ruth and Naomi’s, Canuck Place, Chilliwack District Seniors Resource Society.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way funds are generated for the agencies many residents have come to rely on.

“The effects of this pandemic are far-reaching, and non-profits are far from immune,” said Mayor Popove. “Now it’s our turn to give back to the people and organizations who have given us so much over the years.”

On Wednesday, June 10 from 9 am to 9 pm, the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network will host a virtual Give-a-Thon event to help raise funds for non-profit organizations in Chilliwack. The event will feature both live and pre-recorded content.


Donations of $10 or $25 will be collected via text, online or by cheque.

To donate online, visit the event page.

Cheques can be made payable to the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and mailed to 46115 Yale Rd, Chilliwack, BC, V2P 2P2

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For more information, visit the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more. Please include your name, address and phone number in the notes section for a tax receipt.

For more event information, visit




  Wednesday May 13, 2020  

Published noon


Hello, how are you?

Chilliwack to get 71 free smartphones

BC CDC/Voice file photo


Some smartphones will be available to community assistance services and low-income people.

Vulnerable people, including people experiencing homelessness, will have better access to services through smartphones distributed by the social service organizations that support them.

Through the Homelessness Community Action Grant program and a partnership with 7-Eleven, the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) has been able to secure 3,500 smartphones to be distributed by community organizations who provide services and support for vulnerable people.

Chilliwack will be getting 71 and so far 5 groups have applied including; Chilliwack Society for Community Living, Sardis Doorway.

"The phones are targeted to vulnerable or ‘at risk’ groups who access to basic communication can be a lifeline – people fleeing violence, vulnerable and ‘at risk’ youth including kids in care, people who are homeless or with mental health and other challenges," Lorraine Copas, executive director, SPARC BC told THE VOICE Tuesday. "The phones allow people to connect to their support networks, stay safe and realize their needs are not forgotten amidst the chaos of COVID."

The smartphones can connect to Wi-Fi and include a pre-loaded $10 7-Eleven data card, so people have instant access to internet. The smartphones provide vulnerable people better access to vital online resources and services, including arranging medication and safe supply delivery and virtual doctor meetings.



  Wednesday May 13, 2020  

Published 3:30 pm


Shouldering harm

The Centre for Disease Control wants to know if COVID-19 has impacted your life

BC CDC/Pixabay image


Has the coronavirus affected you and your family's life?

How has COVID-19 affected your life, your family and your future? As the next stages of B.C.’s response to COVID-19 take shape, a new B.C.-wide population health survey is gathering valuable information about how COVID-19 has impacted the health and well-being of people in B.C.

The BC COVID-19 survey: your story, our future is available online at www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey in English and simplified Chinese. Those who can’t complete the survey online or need assistance in another language may call 1-833-707-1900, seven days a week, between 8:30 and 4:30, to take the survey over the phone.



  Wednesday May 13, 2020  

Published 3:30 pm


Bring it on home to me

Canadian nursing officers helped to repatriate citizens from abroad

Floriane Bonneville, CND/Voice file photo


Nursing officers deployed to bring Canadians home.

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today in recognition of International Nurses' Day:


“Today we celebrate International Nurses Day as part of National Nursing Week. This year’s theme is ‘Nursing the World to Health,’ which is appropriate, given the current circumstances of the pandemic.


“We also commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who was born 200 years ago on this day. Universally recognized for her pioneering work in nursing, I would like to think she would be proud of the dedication and tireless efforts shown by our Canadian military nurses as well as all Canadian nurses, who, time and time again, are helping Canadians in need.


“During the initial outbreak of COVID-19, our nursing officers were deployed to China, Japan, and the United States, where they supported repatriation efforts of Canadian citizens. Most recently, during the ongoing pandemic, they have answered the call to care for Canadian seniors in long-term care facilities in Ontario and Quebec. As Canadians, we are proud of our brave women and men in arms and we appreciate the ongoing efforts and sacrifices they—and indeed, all Canadian nurses—are making on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.


Canadian Nurses Association

Nursing Officers In the Canadian Armed Forces

Canadian Armed Forces’ response to COVID-19




  Monday May 11, 2020  

Published 8:30 pm


Imagine that

Skewed school board, irresponsible school names, rainbow crosswalks and a dangerous WHO

Barry Neufeld, Trustee SD33/Voice file photo


Barry Neufeld speaks at the Evergreen Hall in 2018.


In response to Jessica Peter's Article in the May 7, 2020 issue of the Progress.

I have always been opposed to a two week spring break, and a few years ago the Teachers were too! It was not in their collective agreement, and so they filed a grievance which went to an expensive arbitration. The first time we tried a two week spring break when it included the Easter Stat holidays. But it created difficulty for families with no caregiver at home.

Where could they find or afford an extra week of childcare? It also created difficulties for our Support Staff, as they do not get paid during Christmas break or Spring Break. They get paid every two weeks, and trying to make it through Christmas and Easter with only one paycheck in the month is difficult. We tried to find ways to make it easier for the support staff, but these concessions cost money out of our very tight budget. We decided that we could not afford a two week spring break. But for next year, the teachers discovered that they liked the two week spring break, they changed their minds and were determined to get it.

After all, if a family is earning two teacher's salaries, it is convenient to head for Disneyland or Hawaii in the spring. But not everyone can afford that.


Administration came up with several creative alternatives to try and find a suitable compromise. But on Feb 28, the Arbitrator sided with the union.

The Board never met with their Lawyer until after arbitrators' decision. This was on March 10, but I do not recall him mentioning that we still had two days to appeal the Arbitrator's decision. So now the board has anticipated to obey the court order.


Our district has a strategic plan: and it emphasizes student achievement. There are four trustees on the board who seem to have their own strategic plan, not adopted by the entire board: They want to implement whatever is "politically correct," "progressive," union friendly or fashionable.

Instead of focusing on monitoring student achievement, they have put a lot of time and energy into issues like protests over pipelines, painting Rainbow Sidewalks and toleration of drug abuse.


One of the Hallmarks of this board is that the leaders form secret committees of their friends and relatives to advise the board. We are not allowed to know the members of those committees. One committee dealt with a parent's challenge over an explicit library book, and the other one was the school naming committee.


Despite the fact that no less than five buildings in the district bear aboriginal Names, (Chilliwack District Office, Chilliwack Senior Secondary, East Chilliwack Elementary, Cheam Elementary, and Mount Slesse Middle School) they wanted to add another very long and difficult name to a new school. I did not see the need. And I think the name "Imagine High" is silly. We don't have HIGH schools anymore, so the legal name will become Imagine High Middle Secondary School.

As far as the World Health Organization goes, I do not trust them, and there are many who agree that it is a corrupt organization. I don't care who adults sleep with or what they do to their bodies. They can add or take away any part that makes them feel good. But any organization that spreads the lie that one can be born in the wrong body and encourages children to mutilate themselves I do not trust!

Barry Neufeld, M.A.
Trustee on the Chilliwack Board of Education




  Saturday May 9, 2020  

Published 8 am

Chilliwack News www.thevalleyvoice.ca

75 years and still no  recognition

Veterans ask for illusive volunteer medal

Dave Palmer, Nepean, Ont/Voice file photo


Since initiating the effort for our Government in 2007, and a Member of Parliament, the honourable Pierre Poilievre reading the very first petition on 29th of February 2008 in support of this medal the efforts to seek Government approval have continued.

The supporting petition has been read in the House of Commons close to 30 times. Thousands of letters to all MP's and several to Prime Ministers continuously are either ignored or rejected. Why is this?

Thousands upon thousands of Canadians by appropriate petitioning have repeatedly ask for this medal and it begs the question as to why those elected to serve the people feel that their concerns about the honouring and recognition of Canada's Veterans is of no significance.

As seen by the two op-ed's by Lt. Gen Louis Cuppens, many are those who support the need for this medal. As comrade Jacques de Winter points out those that have served our nation remain unacknowledged while others who never served are deemed as Veterans because they wear a commemorative medal or two. So sad and in a way insulting to a Veteran.

Hence as repeatedly stated over the past 13 years Canada needs a Medal that all Canadians can recognize that the individual wearing it is a real Veteran.

Sincerely yours and in Remembrance of those that serve.



  Saturday May 9, 2020  

Published 8 am


Treasure troves

Metal detecting club challenge each other for top prizes

Staff/Submitted photos


A gold ring found by member Fred Dyon. Below, Linda Sexsmith and Brandan Kuczynski.


They're metal detecting enthusiasts. They come from all walks with the anticpation of finding something of value, an old coin or sometimes it's expensive jewellry, a piece of history, or just an item interest to talk about. That's what drives members of The Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters (FVTH).

"The group's focus is to make the hobby more enjoyable by having organised hunts and sharing our experiences with other members," says FVTH founder Mark Lewis

They go out on group hunts or solo throughout the month then meet to share their finds over dinners at the Abbotsford Legion. Prizes are handed out for top finds.

This was the first occasion the hunters had their meeting online.


"I thought the club needed something to keep them busy since we can't meet in person. Anyone could vote or send in a find," Lewis the The Voice in an e-mail Saturday. "We had no finds outside the club but we had 3 votes for a winner from outside the club."


The are times when Lewis and the group are called upon to do a special search for lost necklaces or other keepsakes.

New members are always welcome. See more on their website here. Connnect on Facebook here.

Watch a 3 minute
YouTube clip here.


  Saturday May 9, 2020  

Published 8 am


Heat wave for the Upper Fraser Valley

But it's still no record-breaker

Staff/Voice file photo


A little short-term heat is good for crops.


The beginning of summer is still 6 weeks away yet Chilliwack is already getting August temperatures. Environment Canada is calling for 30°C Saturday and Sunday in the Agassiz-Chilliwack area. Even though that kind of heat is unseasonable it's still not a record-breaker. On May 29, 1983, the temperature rose to a blistering 36°C. The average May temperature is 13.6°C.


A sign of global warming? We hope not and we hope it's not indicative of what could be a sizzling summer ahead of us.

The average for total rainfall for May is 102.5mm (approx. 4½ inches). The weather will cool off next week with a 60 per cent probability of rain Tuesday through Thursday in the Upper Fraser Valley.

According to Farm Progress, corn originated as a tropical grass so it can tolerate exposures to adverse temperatures as high as 44.5°C (112°F) for brief periods. Optimal daytime temperatures for corn typically range between 25°C (77°F) and 32C (91°F). Growth decreases when temperatures exceed 35°C (95°F).



  Friday May 8, 2020 

Published 8 am


Vehicle fire at Green Gables

Fire crews make quick work of blaze

Staff/Voice photo


Fire crews stopped the blaze from spreading from a vehicle to surrounding cabins.


Firefighters dragged their hoses out around 5:30 am for a vehicle fire at Green Gables in the 46000-block of Yale Rd. The vehicle sat between structures and crews were on it quickly to stop it from spreading to adjacent cabins. No word about the cause at the rundown cabins.

These types of fires are extra toxic because of plastic burning so it's always a good idea to stay well away.



  Friday May 8, 2020 

Published 8 am


Caring and coping

Alzheimer's Society of BC offering free web seminars

Gord Woodward, EC/Submitted photo


Caregiver support is an important element of webinars.

The Alzheimer's Society are offering free webinars; May 13 - Long-distance caregiving May 20 - “Why do I feel this way?” Coping with changes brought by dementia May 27 - Accessing care services during COVID-19 Register here.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dramatically affect the way of life in Chilliwack, providing support for the community’s most vulnerable residents is more important than ever before.

While maintaining physical distancing during this time is essential, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is urging area residents not to forget about people living with dementia and their caregivers.

 "During this time of increased isolation, many people affected by dementia may feel disconnected from support networks and will face unexpected challenges," says Victoria Wilson, a Support & Education Coordinators for the Society's East Fraser region. For more infomration about what the Society does in the community, visit alzheimerbc.org


  Thursday May 7, 2020 

Published 10:30  pm


Quick crews contain townhouse fire

Chief says fire appears to be accidental

Mike Bourdon, Asst. Fire Chief, Prevention, CFD/Google image


Firefighters extinguished blaze without any injuries public or crew.

On May 7, 2020, at approximately 8 pm, firefighters from Fire Hall’s 1, 3, 4 & 6 responded to a structure fire in the 6400-block of Vedder Rd. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke showing from a 2nd floor bedroom window of a two-storey townhouse unit.

Fire crews entered the home and quickly suppressed the fire which had started in an upper bedroom. There was minor fire damage to the interior bedroom wall and smoke damage throughout the rest of the unit.

Due to the quick actions of the fire crews, they were able to contain the fire and smoke to the townhouse unit. As a precautionary measure, fire crews ventilated unaffected units on either side of the fire unit and those residents were allowed back in to their units.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The cause of the fire appears to be accidental at this time and is still under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department.


  Thursday May 7, 2020 

Published 5 pm


City Hall news

Parade expenditure one of the highlights

Staff/YouTube image


All council members and the mayor were present at the May 5 meeting.


Rotary Christmas Parade
Council approved the annual $18,000 Rotary Christmas Parade grant. There was $7,400 left over from last year and Mayor Ken Popove asked what would happen to the excess money and if it would be used to top-up the $18,000. Staff responded by saying that the $18,000 would be stacked on the leftover cash from year's parade. Popove asked what the $7400 would be used for and was told it would be for seed money to maybe find sponsors and any added expenses the Rotary Club would incur.

Parks & Recreation
In a release on Wednesday, the City said dog off-leash areas in Vedder Park and off of Sheffield Way, as well as the off-leash section of the Vedder North Dyke Trail between Lickman Road and Webster Road, are once again open as of May 8, 2020.

Property Taxes Payments Pushed to Oct 1
In order to further assist homeowners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, property tax payments for all property classes made by September 30, 2020 will not be subject to late payment penalties.

In order to ensure equal relief opportunity is afforded to all property taxpayers in Chilliwack, City Council has approved a measure that will extend the late payment penalty postponement date to all property classes. This ensures similar support is accessible to residential homeowners that may have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

To ensure the safety of residents and City staff, taxpayers are encouraged to pay property taxes through their financial institution’s online banking system, mailing a cheque, or via the drop box located at the main entrance of City Hall. Home owner grants can also be claimed online at mychilliwack.com. For additional information, contact the Property Tax Department at taxes@chilliwack.com or 604.792.9498.

While the extended penalty date provides a relief option for those negatively affected by COVID-19, the property tax due date remains July 2, 2020 and taxpayers that are able to pay by the due date are encouraged to do so.


Chilliwack Cycling Network Improvements Underway
Construction on three additions to the Chilliwack cycling network are well underway. The Valley Rail Trail extension, the Airport-Broadway corridor and Britton-Spruce upgrades collectively will provide a cycling link from Sardis-Vedder to downtown Chilliwack for riders of all ages.

The paved multi-use Valley Rail Trail extension spans from Airport Road to Hocking Avenue. This section is separated from the Southern Railway tracks with fencing, will feature pathway lighting to match the existing trail sections, and is anticipated to be complete in early May.

* Please note that these latest sections of the bicycle network are budgeted for $1 million. Without any expertise in bicycle lanes even though I've ridden bicycles across BC and Alberta from the coast a couple of times, it's understandable that funding be in place to cover upgrades to the Valley Rail Trail which is in contrast to the perceived usefulness of the other bicycle lanes in the city when no one uses them. I saw a bonafide rider once using a bicycle lane over the last 2 or 3 years. Construction of the Young Road overpass project won't begin until 2027.


In the mid-1950's my mother exited a vehicle a couple of blocks north of the Young Rd crossing and the vehicle went on to be run over by a train killing her friends. Since then there have been many accidents and incidents including suicides at the rough and tumble crossing. It continues to be a huge blunder by upper-level staff and council to ignore the urgency of the overpass project and not in the best interests of the entire community.



  Tuesday May 5, 2020 

Published 12:30 pm

70% of the Canadian economy is reliant on small business

Chilliwack City/Handout image


There’s a new way to support your favourite local businesses from home with the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network’s “Support Local Chilliwack” campaign. Through this campaign, residents can buy gift certificates online from a wide range of local businesses to use at a later date. When a gift certificate is purchased online, the business immediately receives the full value of the gift certificate without the expense of payment processing costs.

“When local businesses suffer, Chilliwack suffers,” said Mayor Ken Popove. “The Support Local Chilliwack campaign is a great way to support small businesses, which are the heart of our community.”

Approximately 77% of all jobs are created in the private sector and the largest number of small and medium-sized businesses are in the wholesale and retail sector. These businesses have a significant impact on our community, as they typically invest around 68% of what they earn back into the local economy.

Visit chilliwack.com/supportlocal to purchase gift certificates from a wide range of local businesses. Gift certificates can be used for yourself or as a gift for friends. Larger organizations can purchase gift certificates to use as giveaways, promotional items, speaker gifts or silent auction items. Buyers are encouraged to wait a few months after the business reopens to use the gift certificate.



  Tuesday May 5, 2020 

Published 11 am


Board names new north side school

Trustees choose; Imagine High Integrated Arts Secondary School from submissions

SD #33/Twitter image


Brooke Haller has been hired as Principal of the new north side school; Imagine High Integrated Arts and Technology Secondary.


The Chilliwack School Board has chosen a name for the new north side integrated arts and technology secondary school, scheduled to open in September 2021. We are excited to share the name: Imagine High Integrated Arts and Technology Secondary School.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Brooke Haller has been appointed Principal of Imagine High Integrated Arts and Technology Secondary School. Ms. Haller is currently the Principal of the K – 12 Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft BC. Prior to her current role, she served as Principal at Cache Creek Elementary School, was a District Technology Collaboration Teacher at School District 74, and a Classroom Teacher at Lytton Elementary/Kumsheen Secondary School.


Ms. Haller has a Master of Arts in Education from University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Lethbridge. Ms. Haller is an innovative, collaborative and creative leader and we look forward to welcoming her to the Chilliwack School District on August 1, 2020.

Imagine High will open September 2021 with students at the grade 9 and 10 level and will grow to a grade 9-12 secondary school by 2023. Registration will open in the fall of 2020.



  Tuesday May 5, 2020 

Published 1 pm


Message from the Mayor

Suggestions to de-stress during the pandemic

Jamie Leggat, Chilliwack City/Website image


Mental Health Week May 4-10, 2020, in Canada, is an opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health. As we wait to see what our new normal will look like, it is understandable that many people may be experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges as a result of the pandemic. In response to this, the Province recently announced they are expanding mental health programs and launching new virtual services.


Closer to home, Chilliwack Community Services has started providing free counselling support for anyone struggling with COVID-19.


Therapeutic support over the phone is available for anyone trying to cope with anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief and loss while living and working through this uncertain time.


I hope that residents will take advantage of these local and provincial services and actively take care of themselves, both physically and mentally. Don’t forget to follow #ChilliwackTogether on social media to help stay connected and see how your neighbours and friends are supporting each other right now. Even though we have to be physically apart, we can still be connected.



  Monday, May 4 2020 

Published 4 pm


Abbotsford Airshow grounded

Citing issue with social distancing

Jadene Mah/File photo

A vintage plane at the 2015 Chilliwack Airshow.


Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Abbotsford International Airshow Society has made the decision not to proceed with the 2020 Airshow.


The event will be postponed for one year, returning in August 2021. 

The primary goal of the Airshow Society every year is to produce an event that is safe for all spectators and participants. The decision to postpone the 2020 Airshow is necessary to support the health and safety of these individuals and our community as a whole.

“It had been our hope that by August, the spread of COVID-19 would be minimized and our event would be able to proceed,” says Jim Reith, President of the Abbotsford International Airshow Society. “We were hopeful that the Airshow could be something positive for the community to look forward to, but it has become clear that preventative health measures such as social distancing are going to continue to be necessary beyond our scheduled event dates.”

“We want to thank our sponsors, partners and patrons for their continued support during this unprecedented and difficult time. We know our fans will be disappointed, but we look forward to bringing Canada’s National Airshow back to the skies over Abbotsford in 2021.” 

Current ticket holders will have their tickets honoured at the 2021 event or will be given the option of requesting a refund. Further information and instructions will be sent directly to ticket holders by email within the next few days.

For more information, please visit www.AbbotsfordAirshow.com 



  Monday, May 4 2020 

Published 8 am


Ryder Lake still waiting for high speed internet

Telus wants the money up front

Susan Van Luyn/Facebook photo


Originally published December 17, 2017

TELUS normally plans their builds 5 – 10 years ahead. There are no plans to bring Purefibre to Ryder Lake – at all. It can only be done, custom, with the already proposed contribution from the Ryder Lake Community. Read the entire letter here.

See also an open letter from Peter Hamilton published December 1, 2017.



  Sunday, May 3, 2020 

Published 3 pm


Family fun turns tragic

Two youths drown after ATV crashes

Staff/Flickr photo


RCMP found the bodies of two youths Sunday.

It was supposed to be a fun outing for a family of five out on the Foley Creek Service Road east of Chilliwack Sunday when just before 1pm, a “side by side” style off-road vehicle carrying the family left the road with initial reports saying the incident took place around 100 feet from the end of the lake.

According to Sgt. Krista Vrolyk, who said in an afternoon release, Chilliwack RCMP, Search and Rescue, BC Ambulance paramedics and a Medevac air ambulance and the Chilliwack River Valley Fire Department were called to the scene.

A landing zone for the air ambulance was set up at a CRV gravel pit.

"The Investigation has determined that an RV carrying a family of five, lost control and became submerged in approximately 15 feet of water," said Vrolyk. "Two adults and one child were able to escape but the two remaining youth passengers are unaccounted for." 

The RCMP Dive Team are currently searching the area for the two missing youths. Speculation is the children's bodies have been found now that the coroner has been called in to the scene.

“It is with deep sorrow, that we report that the bodies of two children have been recovered from this tragic accident,” Vrolyk, announced later adding the  BC Coroner’s Service is now investigating.  “The Chilliwack RCMP would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those involved in this unthinkable tragedy.” 



  Sunday, May 3, 2020 

Published 8 am


Weekend by accident

Multiple mishaps on the road

Staff/Voice photo


Chilliwack firefighters assist an elderly driver at Main St. and Spadina Ave. Saturday.

There was very little traffic when a minor t-bone accident happened at Main Street and Spadina Avenue intersection just before 6pm Saturday. But even minor accidents can be serious when they involve seniors.

One of the drivers in this accident was an 84-year-old woman was checked by paramedics after complaining of chest pains.

Emergency crews were kept busy Friday with reports of three rollovers; in the Chilliwack River Valley, at Herrling Island on the Trans Canada Hwy, and at Chapman Road. Injuries ranged from serious to minor.

Mounties said that a 37-year-old woman was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital with serious injuries after a Chilliwack Lake Road rollover in the area of Allison Pool and the Tamihi Bridge.

Traffic investigators from the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services (ICARS) were on scene investigating the cause of the crash. 


  Friday May 1, 2020 

Published 5 pm


Strictly Summer

Chilliwack City cancels Canada Celebrations

Jamie Leggat, Chilliwack City Hall/Voice file photos


A family decked out in Canada Day regalia in 2014.


Following the direction of BC’s provincial health officer, the City of Chilliwack is cancelling the 2020 Canada Day celebrations.

Dr. Henry recently stated that she does not expect to lift the public health order prohibiting mass gatherings this summer. The full day celebration, typically held on July 1 in Townsend Park, will not proceed this year in order to adhere to the public health orders, and to encourage physical distancing.

“We continue to follow the directions of Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer, in order to keep our residents safe,” said Mayor Popove. “I know this is disappointing for many, and I hope our residents will still find ways to enjoy the holiday safely.”

For ideas to stay connected while apart, visit chilliwack.com/connect


  Friday May 1, 2020 

Published 8 am


COVID-19 hits Chilliwack seniors facility

Eden Care Centre the first to come down with the coronavirus in the city

Fraser Health/Google image


Eden Care Centre housing units on Charles Street.


Fraser Health Authority posted on their website Thursday, April 21, 2020 that COVID-19 was detected at Eden Care Centre on Charles Street.


So far, Eden is the only reported local seniors facility to be struck by the illness.


Purple markings indicate COVID-19 outbreaks at care facilities. Red is gastrointestinal illnesses. (Clicking on the markers on FHA's website will give further details.)


Although visits will be off limits there now, the following rules will apply at all facilities currently not affected;


We ask all visitors to use our hand hygiene stations when they enter and exit our facilities, particularly if there is a reported outbreak.

If you have any of the following, please do not visit at this time:

• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Cough or flu-like symptoms
• Fever
• Rash

Hand hygiene stations are located at every entrance/exit in all our facilities and we ask that you use the alcohol-based hand rub so that you don’t bring any germs into the hospital, nor take any home.

Please read and follow the outbreak notice posters located at the entrance of any unit declared with an outbreak. If you need help or further information, ask one of the staff at the nursing station.

Help yourself to any disease information pamphlets located on the unit, regarding the particular outbreak.

You will be asked to repeat hand hygiene just before you enter the patient’s room and immediately when you leave their room.


Rather than waiting for local media to give you information, monitor the situation yourself on Fraser Health's Outbreak Page.