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  Thursday, Nov 28, 2018 

The Mounties Always Get Their Can

Arrest those peas they made off with the cabbage! Food Bank drive Dec 8

Cpl. Mike Rail, Chilliwack RCMP/Voice file photo


Chilliwack RCMP Cst. Sean Roche collected food at Save-on Foods Dec. 15, 2012.


he RCMP invite you to join us for the 10th annual Stuff the Cruiser Campaign, as officers strive to pack police cruisers with non-perishable groceries and cash donations. Held in support of all local Salvation Army Food Banks, the event takes place on December 8, 2018, at designated locations around the Upper Fraser Valley. See locations and more here.



  Thursday, Nov 28, 2018 

Angels Come in Trees

Abbotsford Community Services makes Christmas better for families 

Jessica Thiessen/Submitted photo


Prospera Credit Union donate $10,000 for the Angel Tree Program to make sure families enjoy the holiday season.


rees are set up at local Prospera branches featuring holiday wishes from over 100 youth. The names and wish lists are provided by the Youth Resource Centre (YRC) at Abbotsford Community Services (ACS). Residents are invited to stop by a branch and take a tag, purchase a new gift for the youth and bring it back unwrapped.

Simone Maassen, manager of youth services at ACS, says the holidays can be a stressful and depressing time for some young people. See more here.



  Thursday, Nov 28, 2018 

'Christmas Presence'

A family-friendly collection of seasonal songs and stories Dec 22

Ken Hildebrandt, Artistic Dir. /Submitted photos


The popular Kwerks from Langley will be featured in Christmas Presence.


ancouver’s Pacific Theatre is proud to partner with Gallery 7 Theatre to bring Christmas Presence, a collection of songs and stories for the holiday season, to Abbotsford once again.

Gallery 7: December 22nd Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

Tickets: $36.50 (taxes and fees not incl.) – to reserve call 604.731.5518, or visit pacifictheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford or call 604-852-3701. 

An hoc gathering of musicians and actors who meet day-of to trade songs and choose readings, Christmas Presence is somehow both everything and nothing like what you might expect from a holiday show.

Setting aside the lavish sets and costumes that dominate the season for what Artistic Director Ron Reed likes to call “the un-slickest Christmas show in town”, the vibe at Christmas Presence is that of a family gathering that has burst into song – if you happen to have a family of diverse and talented musicians who harbour an equal love for David Sedaris, Stuart McLean, and Madeleine L’Engle.

This year’s show is headlined by Michael Hart, Langley-based duo The Kwerks, Jon Ochsendorf, Brett Ziegler, and Rick Colhoun, featuring readings by Ron Reed and Gallery 7 Theatre’s Artistic Director Ken Hildebrandt.




  Thursday, Nov 28, 2018 

Living Christmas

Some do's and don'ts to cutting a live tree 

BC Gov't Caucus/Free images photo


People can buy a permit online.


ritish Columbians who would like to cut their own Christmas tree can obtain a permit online, or by contacting their local natural resource district office or FrontCounter BC office.

Local natural resource district offices can provide details about specific cutting requirements and approved harvest areas. Free-use permits are provided for personal use only. It is illegal to sell a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit or to cut a tree in an unauthorized area. See more here.



  Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 

Breathtakingly Beautiful

The Butchart Gardens celebrations features carollers and over 4,000 poinsettias from Dec 1 to Jan 6  

Daphne Gardner, Butchart Gardens/Submitted photo


A full moon compliments the vast array of lights at The Bucthart Gardens which will be open to Jan 6. If you're going to Victoria you won't want to miss it.


he Magic of Christmas, now in its 32nd year, returns at The Butchart Gardens beginning with the annual Light Up ceremony on Saturday, December 1st at 5:00 pm when the switch is flipped to officially welcome the season.


Adding to the festivities, The Rose Carousel on December 1st is complimentary. A family tradition since 1987, visitors will see The Gardens transformed complete with twinkling lights, outdoor skating rink, festive brass, and traditional carollers. The seasonal celebration will run to Sunday, January 6th, 2019. See more here.



  Wednesday, Nov 27, 2018 


Toying Around!

Annual Abbotsford event continues to break records 

Kelly Neufeld/Submitted photo


Fundraiser breakfast brought in a truckload of cash and toys.


he sixth annual Toys for Tots Breakfast on November 23rd raised a record-breaking $60,976 and 2,657 toys for children in need over the holidays. The record was achieved in part by a $20,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor.

“Once again we’re blown away by the generosity of Abbotsford,” said event organizer Rebecca Thuro. See more here.


  Monday, Nov 26, 2018 


Teach Your Children Well

School District 33 trustees saddle up 

Staff/ Voice photos - Updated


The new SD33 School Board Trustees are sworn in Tuesday, November 13. Below, trustees vote on nominations to various designations on the board.


he road to the 2018 elections was a bumpy one for School District 33 (SD33) elections with 17 trustee candidates scrambling for 7 seats. The final seat, a razor tight race separated candidates Jared Mumford and Kaethe Jones by just 34 votes with Mumford coming out on top. 

Over the next 4 years, three incumbents: chair Dan Coulter, and Barry Neufeld and Heather Maahs, will be mentoring the 4 newbies: Willow Reichelt, David Swankey, Dr. Darrell Furgason and Jared Mumford on how to work together as a team. See more here.



  Monday, Nov 26, 2018 


Trailer Lost to Fire

Chilliwack Fire Dept urges caution with space heaters

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness/Google image


There were no injuries when an RV was destroyed Monday afternoon.


t approximately 3:15pm today the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 9700-block of Skrhelam Cres.


Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4 & 6. Upon arrival crews were met on-scene by the owner of the travel trailer who was trying to extinguish a fire within the trailer. The owner was working on the RV unit earlier  and had a space heater in the trailer to dry out dampness.


Firefighters quickly went to a defensive attack and stopped the fire before damage could be done to nearby trailers on the property. The recreational vehicle sustained major interior fire damage.


The cause of the fire appears to be accidental.


Chilliwack Fire Dept. wants to remind homeowners that all heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 metre) away from heating equipment. Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface and keep them and their electrical cords away from things that can burn, high traffic areas, and doorways.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.


  Monday, Nov 26, 2018 

'Stand By Your Pan'

Chilliwack Fire Dept talks kitchen grease fires

Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, Emergency Preparedness/Voice photo


Residents vacated their apartments in the 45000-block of Wellington Ave Saturday while fire crews dealt a grease fire.


n November 24, 2018 at around 5:30pm the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported apartment structure fire in the 45000-block of Wellington Avenue.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1 and 4, and upon arrival, discovered a stovetop fire in the kitchen of a 1st floor apartment unit. The fire had been extinguished by the building’s automatic fire sprinkler system prior to the arrival of fire crews, which limited fire and smoke damage to a small area around the stove. Without a working sprinkler system in place, this fire had the potential of causing extensive fire damage to the home and adjacent units in the apartment building.


The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind residents to “Stand by your pan”. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Please make sure to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food and always turn off the burner if you leave the kitchen for any reason.

The Chilliwack Fire Department strongly promotes the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system in homes. The presence of an automatic fire sprinkler system in conjunction with a working smoke alarm significantly reduces the chance of dying in a fire.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported


  Monday, Nov 26, 2018 

Talking to Live

Prostrate Cancer Support Group meets December 6

Dale Erikson, PCSG/Website photo



Peter Brown, Board of Directors, Vancouver Prostrate Fdn.


he next Chilliwack Prostrate Cancer Support Group meeting will be on Thursday, December 6th at the Mt Cheam Lion’s Club Hall at 7 PM.

The featured speaker will be Peter Brown, director of the Vancouver Prostrate Centre who'll talk about new developments with treatments from the 2018 PCRI Conference.

Coffee and refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please call Dale Erikson at 604 824 5506 or Marc Gosselin at 778 255 2544.

Brown is the Honorary Chairman of the fund drive for the Emily Carr University of Art & Design and is the past Chairman of the Vancouver Police Foundation. He's been the recipient of many awards including both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. Read more about Peter Brown here.



  Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 

Run of the River

Steelhead becoming rarer each year

Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited/Website photos


Steelhead fishing in Idaho is cutback due to scarcity.


he first time you snorkel a stream, the size of the bugs are disarming. Stoneflies tumbling down the stream look like aquatic dragons bent on taking off a limb. It is an optical illusion, of course. 

We were way up in the South Fork of the Salmon River drainage. Hiking in neoprene wet suits in relatively warm weather is never a good idea. It is a downright bad idea when you are gaining several thousand feet in elevation. See more here.




  Friday, Nov 23, 2018 

The Chance of a Lifetime

Caregivers in search of a home for dog after animal cruelty reared its ugly head in the Middle East 

Vicki Bussey/ Submitted photos



Sheni's a special needs dog with bright eyes and a hopeful future.


i there, my name is Sheni and I am as cute as a button! I am a sweet mix of labrador and Australian shepherd (I think) with a truly sunny disposition. I weigh about 45lb and am 10 months old.

I was born in the Middle East where my rescuers found me with a thick rope around my neck being dragged by a car along a road. The rope cut my neck very badly and I had to undergo surgery. Even though they could fix the external injuries to my neck, it was discovered that my spine was also damaged and I will never again be able to fully use my hind legs.  I am yet another victim of the rampant animal cruelty in this part of the world. See more here.





  Friday, Nov 23, 2018 

Road to Ruination

Driving treacherous on slick roads

Staff//Voice photo


Crews clean up a rear-ender Thursday at Five Corners.


he rainy season and the clock change means it's darker earlier and drivers have to be wary of what's ahead of them and leave plenty of room to stop.


In this accident a pickup slammed into the back of a commercial vehicle pulling a small trailer. It appeared to look like the pickup driver wasn't paying attention and faces a lot of explaining and paper work to do. If it's determined to be the driver of the pickup who's at fault then it's likely ICBC won't cover costs to repair.


Thankfully there were no injuries and the pickup had to be towed. Make note there are more and more vehicles are on the road with one headlight or taillight. So it's a good idea to back up to a wall and check the lights that way.




  Friday, Nov 23, 2018 

ICBC Paid Out $3 Billion in Claims in 2018

Basic auto insurance rates likely to raise December 15

ICBC/Voice file photo


Flat rate payments means more cash for care and less for lawyers.


CBC has posted a net loss of $582 million for the first six months of our current fiscal year, reflective of the continued pressure ICBC is under from the rising number and cost of claims.

The number of claims being filed with ICBC and the cost of both injury and vehicle damage claims have been escalating in recent years. ICBC's net claims incurred for the first six months of its fiscal year alone topped $3 billion, an increase of $634 million, or 26 per cent, over the same period last year ($2.4 billion). See more here.




  Friday, Nov 23, 2018 


In Pursuit of  Happiness

Brick and Mortar stores sales soar on Black Friday 2018

Katarzyna Kobyłka, Picodi with files from Black Friday Global/Handout image



Polls say 71% of Canadians are going to spend an average of $640 on Black Friday

his event, known previously only in the States, has gained a truly worldwide popularity within just a few years. On average, three-quarters of the population knows what Black Friday is.

Black Friday.Global Analysis Team has been closely following this trend for the past several years. We know exactly how relevant this event is for retailers, the domestic and local economy, as well as for average consumers.

How does the interest in shopping and discounts grow among different nations in November? Which categories of goods are characterised by the highest demand? How much money do shoppers spend during Black Friday shopping craze and how are they different from the other nations? See the Canadian Picodi chart here.



  Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 


It's Smart Not To Miss It

Canadian comic icon stops in Chilliwack December 1

Kim Sakamoto/Handout image


World Gone Crazy? Put A Sock In It Then


d the Sock is the Canadian icon who always says what we’re thinking, but out loud. Star of Canada’s longest-running late-night show and game-changer at Muchmusic (when it was good), Ed’s razor-sharp wit and fearless honesty made him a hero to Canadians. And now he returns to save us from a world overrun by idiots!

Fake News, culture wars, alternative facts, outrage warriors, snowflakes, safe spaces, cucks, alt. Right, looney Left, SJWs, privilege, trolls - Ed’s War on Stupid multimedia tour tears it all apart, taking no prisoners and showing no bias. Right or Left, Ed’s going to spill your Kool-Aid. See more here.


  Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 

Bozzini's Blues Bin

Howlin' show at the restaurant Nov 28

Mano Asprakis, Bozzini's Restaurant, Chilliwack


Angel Forrest's music is ideal for live show at Bozzini's Wed Nov 28.


ith a career of more than 30 years and 10 albums, recipient of The Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year for the last five years and finalist at The International Blues Challenge 2018 in Memphis – Angel strikes again with Electric Love, a double live album.  See more here.



  Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 


Ballam Road Barn Burns

One person injured, CFD says to have a professional deal with structure wiring

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training/Voice photos


Firefighters couldn't save the barn so they went into "defensive" mode.


n November 18, 2018 at approximately 11 AM, the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in a small barn in the 47000-block of Ballam Rd.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, and 6 and on arrival, reported heavy fire and smoke venting from the structure. Occupants were home and working in the field when they noticed smoke coming from the barn, and quickly called 911, then tried to extinguish the fire.  See more here.




  Monday, Nov 19, 2018 

Annual Scout World Jamboree

Art fundraiser Dec 6 to help scouts travel to West Virginia in summer 2019

Lorna Craig, Group Comm, 6th Scouts, Chilliwack


Northern Lights the Way by Eric Hotz.

very young boy/girl wants adventure and has thought about joining the Scouts. They wear a uniform with pride and are to get involved with with activities and tasks in the community that earn them their esteemed patches.

Local scouts are holding a fundraiser to help raise money to travel to the 24th World Scout Jamboree being held during the summer of 2019 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. I, Julia Craig, will be going as part of the international service team along with one other from our group. In addition, there is 2 scout aged youth and one scouter who are going to participates for the Jamboree. See more fundraiser info here.

Where: Fairfield Scouts Hall, 47130 Hope River Rd

When: December 6

Tickets: $45




  Monday, Nov 19, 2018 

"Invest Heavily in Pyramids"

Open audition call for actors

Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7/Submitted image

allery 7 Theatre of Abbotsford will be holding open auditions for its March, 2019 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical spectacular, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, on Tuesday, November 27th and Saturday December 1st at the theatre’s Rehearsal Hall, #101 - 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford. See more here.



  Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 


The Longest Wait

Military and RCMP vets fight their final battle with the federal government over CPP clawback

John LaBelle/Voice file photo


he committee has reviewed the reference and wish to advise that some of the Ombudsman findings are considered to be misleading and not supportive of our Military/RCMP Veterans CPP pension claw back issue. We waited 18 months for the Ombudsman’s draft reply. It was never received. The final report was received just a few days before his retirement date. It is disappointing to read misleading information within the report such as the 6 main points we made. We raised only one issue: that the introduction of the CPP plan has breached our engagement contract and provided us with no options. See more here.



  Friday, Nov 16, 2018 


New Drug Gives People Stricken with MS Hope

First trials underway in Vancouver

MS Society/Submitted photo


Greg Elliott receives first treatment with ocrelizumab drug.

or 14 years, Vancouver resident Craig Elliott, who is living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), and his family have been waiting for a therapeutic advancement for the treatment of progressive MS and recently they experienced just that. See more here.



  Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 


Like There's No Tomorrow

Blankets help throughout the year

Staff/Voice file photo


A blanket can go a long way to help saving a life.


n Monday, before word CADREB was having a "blanket drive", when it was numbing cold at about 0°C, there was a guy sitting on a chair parked alongside Yale Road at the Salvation Army. I shuddered as each vehicle roared by. Although cold, he seemed more used to it. People were putting their hands on the light bulb there to try and get some warmth into them.

I sat with the guy for awhile. He told me they banned him for three days for smoking pot around the building. He said he needed diapers and couldn't get any. He could barely walk with a bone sticking out of his knee. After an hour talking, the cold sunk into my bones. I knew I could escape the cold later. But he couldn't. Although helpful, some of us don't need to be told about blankets.

So I drove back home, dug up a clean, thick wool blanket and brought it to him. He grabbed it like there was no tomorrow because for him there might not be one.



  Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 


Mentor Mom

Locals pick up community MS award

Staff/Voice photos


Abbotsford MS volunteer Joanne Craven (bottom), who lives with MS, holds one of six 2018 awards.


or 34 years, Abbotsford resident Joanne Craven has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS). Instead of letting her diagnosis take over her life, it fueled her to raise awareness about the disease which resulted into helping more people affected by MS than she could have imagined. See more here.



  Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 


Hitichin' a Ride

Chilliwack, Hope and Meritt stops now by reservation only

Staff/Voice photos


Two weeks after start amendments to schedule announced


o sooner has the new BC eBus service started that it's decided to roll back on Chilliwack, Hope and Meritt stops. Why swing by when no one is there? It's an unnecessary delay in the trip to and from Kelowna by having to wheel in from the highway to the Husky Station on Luckakuck for nothing. But not to worry, they will stop and pick you up if you make a reservation.

• All of our routes have some schedule changes (please see new schedule attached)
• Vancouver, Surrey, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Vernon, and Kamloops are Scheduled Stops
• Only Merritt, Chilliwack, and Hope are by Advance Reservation Only (we will only stop if there is a reservation)
• We no longer will have a stop in Richmond
• We continue to work with the City of Kelowna and City of West Kelowna for additional stops
• We’re still working on a permanent location in Vancouver but have roaming staff helping at the bus departure/arrival point
• We now allow Corporate Accounts for businesses to easily book employees so they can be productive on the road while travelling for work and be conveniently invoiced for travel

Check out their route map, schedule and to reserve at www.myebus.ca 



  Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 


Heaven Holds Too Many Heroes

A heartfelt Remembrance Day tribute from Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photos


Piper Kendal Clarke pays homage at the piper Richardson Statue at the Chilliwack Museum on Remembrance Day.


he sun shone over a sombre crowd bundled up against the cold at the Main St cenotaph Sunday morning to pay tribute at the Remembrance Day memorial denoting the 100th anniversary of the end of WW 1 when on November 11, 1918, at the 11th hour, the signing of the armistice took place in Paris.

For some there it was impossible to contain tears as the group listened to prayers, poetry, national anthems and patriotic music. They saw the raising of the Canadian flag in recognition of the 37 million lives lost in what began as European nationalist conflicts between France, Britain and Germany that eventually spread worldwide.

WW 1 lasted four long years. A quote from Ralph Waldo Emmerson says "The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency." See more here.



  Friday, Nov 9, 2018 


We're In!

New mayor and council take vows of office

Staff/Voice photos


Mayor Ken Popove (l) and Kendal Clarke knock one back to seal the deal in front of the City of Chilliwack flag at the Cultch Tuesday.


t was with much pomp and ceremony for the 2018 Seventh City of Chilliwack council invocation at the Cultural Centre Tuesday when mayor Ken Popove and his team of councillors were led into the Rotary Hall by piper Kendal Clarke in front of around 100 people, a stark difference to the 2014 event where only a dozen people were present at city hall. See more here.




  Friday, Nov 9, 2018 


Vehicle Arson

Fire was stopped before spreading into structure

Staff/Voice photo


A vehicle burns at Victor and Victoria Tuesday.


he Chilliwack Fire Department was called to the 46000-block of Victoria Ave around 3:30 AM Tuesday after reports of a vehicle fire in front of Chilliwack Towing.


When crews arrived on-scene the vehicle was fully engulfed and the flames had begun to extend to the soffits on the structure which sustained some minor "smoke and fire damage".


Wires on the power poles across the street exploded in sparks. Firefighters from three halls had the blaze under control shortly after they arrived.


A resident in a nearby apt. at the time said the fire was hot enough he felt it from his balcony.


Mounties sealed off both ends of Victoria as crews worked. An ambulance crew was staged nearby in case they were needed.


"This fire is believed to be deliberately set and is under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department and RCMP," said Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Prevention with the City of Chilliwack FD. There were no injuries.


If anyone has any information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604 792 4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS (8477) or at Upper Fraser Valley Crime Stoppers here.



  Friday, Nov 9, 2018 


Uber You

Safer rides this holiday season

ORN/Website image


peration Red Nose launches its 35th campaign today as the organization gets ready to deploy its famous safe ride service in 102 communities across Canada. The service will be available to the population from November 30th to December 31st, 2018. The organization is back to provide a safe ride home to those who don’t feel fit to drive. Volunteer Application Forms are now available at OperationRedNose.com.



  Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 


Down But Not Out

Home sales drop in October

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo


he number of homes sold via the MLS® System of the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board totaled 217 units in October 2018. This was a 38.5% decline from the frenzied pace of sales in October 2017 but was only nine sales off the 10-year average for the month.


On a year-to-date basis, home sales totaled 2,534 units over the first 10 months of the year. This was down 27.5% from the same period in 2017. See more here.



  Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 


Beyond the Call

Cst. Davidson plaque unveiled for giving the ultimate sacrifice

SGT. Judy Bird/Submitted photos


John Davidson plaque unveiling took place Monday.


oday it is with heavy hearts that we unveil Constable John Davidson’s plaque on the Wall of Heroes.

One year ago today when the call came in of a man with a gun and shots fired our officers acted with the utmost courage and raced to the scene.

As the public was trying to find places of safety after shots had been fired the Abbotsford Police Department moved in.
See more here.




  Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 



Submitted image

ouchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History will once again open the entire building to people of all ages for a fun and free event, Museum Mash.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 18th and get ready to spend the day exploring your museum, galleries and archives in ways you never expected! See more here.




  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 


Semi Tractor Trailer Fire

Crews approach with caution

Staff/Voice photo


A column of smoke could be seen for blocks around. Other truckers were evacuated.

t around 11 PM on Friday, reports that a truck broke out in flames at the Husky truck lot. Semi Truck drivers often park there and get some sleep in their cabs.

Police were quick to set up what's called a "perimeter" to keep people everyone away but themselves.

Firefighters had to approach with extreme caution because it's never known what the truck is carrying. Within the hour the fire was out. There's no word on how the fire began and it's likely no one was injured. An ambulance was on standby throughout the event.


  Monday, Nov 5, 2018 


A Clean Getaway

Marc Garneau responds to questions  around transportation

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


key priority of mine is to support the development of a clean, efficient and low-carbon transportation system.  Transportation is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada, and reducing emissions by all modes of transportation is critical to meeting Canada’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. See more here.



  Monday, Nov 5, 2018 

Soul Music

Remembrance Day concert Nov 11

SWEP/Handout image


Concert features vocalist Crystal Hicks and piper Jamie McGrath.

on’t miss Cascadia Wind Ensemble's annual Remembrance concert Cascadia Remembers: Veterans and Vera Lynn. We'll pay tribute in music, words and visuals to Canadian veterans of the World Wars, the Middle East and the Balkans. 

This very special concert will feature our traditional Sunset ceremony, with songs of remembrance, patriotism and celebration of freedom, and will showcase special guest soloists vocalist Crystal Hicks, piper Jamie McGrath, and distinguished members of Canada's military.   See more here.



  Monday, Nov 5, 2018 

Chop Shop

Free haircuts for veterans and anyone in uniform Nov 4 to 10

Gwyn MacGregor/FB photo


Firefighters cut into a smoking vehicle on Yale Rd. Wednesday.

rom Sunday, November 4th to Saturday, November 10th, in honour of Remembrance Day, Sport Clips Haircuts McCallum Junction is inviting anyone who serves, or has served Canada, in uniform, to come to our store for a FREE MVP Experience Haircut. See more here.



  Monday, Nov 5, 2018 

Passages From Silverdale

Footprint Press Magazine Issue 22

Tracy Lyster, editor/Rick Skerry, Mission


Read stories, poems and see photos from the Mission and Silverdale areas.


he forests of the earth protect and support life in a myriad of ways. Leaves from trees and plants create soil, and their root systems hold it in place. Without their embrace, the soil quickly desiccates and erodes away in enormous dustbowls or landslides. Trees also bring us fresh water by capturing and condensing water vapour from the atmosphere. They regulate the temperature of the planet by creating shade on hot days and warm their surroundings when it is cold. See more here.


  Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 

First Fireworks

Vehicle fire Halloween morning

Staff/Voice photo


Firefighters cut into a smoking vehicle on Yale Rd. Wednesday.

taxi driver noticed a vehicle parked in front of a two-storey apartment in the 46000-block was smoking and called 911.

Firefighters were dispatched to deal with it and had to cut through the hood hinges in order to access the vehicle's battery and de-energize it before hosing it down.

It took a few cuts from their saw and snipped the battery cables.


  Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 


From Scratch

Local groups host "Startup Grind Chilliwack!" for Entrepreneurs Nov 20

Michael Berger/Submitted photo



urrency Marketing, Cowork Chilliwack and Wisebox Solutions are rebooting Startup Grind Chilliwack! Startup Grind - powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, will be a monthly event at Cowork Chilliwack and is for founders, entrepreneurs, startups, and others working to get their business off the ground or building for the future, to connect and learn from each other about the challenges and successes in building a business. See more here.



  Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 


"Vanity, Not Love, Has Been My Folly"

Pride and Predjudice on stage Nov 9-17

Ken Hildebrandt/Submitted photo



allery 7 Theatre is thrilled to open their 2018-2019 ‘Back to Classics’ Theatre Season with the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Canadian playwright, Tom Wood. Described as “a sparkling…adaptation, delightful and absorbing” and ‘outstanding…radiates intelligence and heart” by the Edmonton Journal, Pride and Prejudice will be presented live on stage November 9 – 17, 2018 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre. See more here.



  Friday, Nov 2, 2018 


MacAhonic Wins Provincial Award

Working to support victims of violence

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


inner of the Award of Distinction for her more than three decades of work reducing crime, enhancing community safety and supporting victims of crime and violence, Patti MacAhonic is the executive director of Ann Davis Transition Society. She's set up temporary shelter housing for more than 135 women this year, along with opening a permanent specialized transition house.


MacAhonic's been active in raising awareness for domestic violence, women’s homelessness, women’s equality and prevention work, and has lobbied for legislative change for survivors and their children. See More here.



  Friday, Nov 2, 2018 


"X" Marks the Spot

Transgender people now have an option with identification cards

BC Gov't Caucus/Adrian Dix, Voice file photo


The BC gov't came up with a new option for transgender people.

ritish Columbians who do not identify as male or female will have the choice to display an X as a third option in the gender field of their B.C.-issued driver’s licence, identity card, birth certificate and BC Services Card.

“Since last summer, we have been working on changes to government documents in recognition and respect of people who do not identify as male or female,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Including the X gender designation on key ID is an important step in this.” See more here.


  Friday, Nov 2, 2018 


Going Back in Time

The Gin Joints play Tractorgrease Nov 11

Birch Pereira/Handout photo


Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints perform a variety of good old fashioned music.

orn out of a love of the early years of swing, Americana and rock 'n 'roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is a band whose sound transports you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses.

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 - 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Tractorgrease 48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd

With Seattle upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of the American song traditions and a desire to offer a fresh angle on them.


The band is currently touring and promoting the March 2018 release for their second album "Western Soul", which has already received glowing national press and repeat airplay.


Vocalist of the Year Nominee, 2017, Earshot Jazz and Northwest Recording of the Year in 2016 for "Dream Man," Earshot Jazz. Visit here for more information about the band and watch a youtube video here. Connect of Facebook here.



  Friday, Nov 2, 2018 


Accident Takes Out Power

Driver and passenger fled the scene

Staff/Voice photo


A van sits on College St with a piece of wooden power pole wedged underneath.


n accident around 10 PM, Saturday, October 27, left dozens of residents in the dark without power when a van careened into a wooden power pole in the 9400-block of College St. The vehicle hit the pole so hard it snapped off coming to rest fifty feet away with a chunk of the pole wedged underneath lifting the front end off the ground.


Residents were left in the dark for over 6 hours as BC Hydro crews worked to replace the pole.


Reports at the time  were that two people were seen running from the vehicle. A police K9 unit was brought but was unsuccessful at picking up a track.



  Friday, Nov 2, 2018 


Creative County

Petunia and the Vipers back at Bozzini's Nov 17

Mano Asprakis/Handout photo


The popular Petunia will beplaying his own brand of music November 17.

ozzini's is pleased to welcome back the one and only Petunia for an intimate solo show.

Tickets only $ 17.50

Doors 8:00 Show 9:30
Tickets on sale now at Bozzini’s or call 604 792 0744 to reserve

Petunia is one of these creative generators and innovators, who's music and moxy can be found defining the cutting edge of what is considered creative in country and roots today, while still keeping alive what made country music great in the past. Petunia tours North America regularly and has sold out the Harrison Memorial Hall on numerous occasions.

Bozzinis 4-45739 Hocking Ave.

Connect on Facebook here, Watch a video here.


  Friday, Nov 2, 2018 


In His Style

Brian O'Brien plays Acoustic Emporium Nov 10

Acoustic Emporium/ Website photo


e are pleased to announce our next concert on Saturday November 10th we will feature the one and only Irish poet and folk artist Brian O'Brien. Opening for Brian is local legend Joe Matheson.

Nov. 10, 7 PM, Acoustic Emporium, 45892 Wellington Avenue. Tickets $15.

Through his musical career, Brian has explored many different genres of music, all of which have served him well in creating his own unique sound.

Special promo now - buy your tickets on line at our website acousticemporium.org and be entered into a draw to win 2 VIP packages for our next show.



  Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 


Time Not on the Side of Recount

Race on to complete it by midnight Friday

Staff/Voice photo

o far the recount has been a tangle of scrutineers, lawyers, a judge and uncooperative city employee.

As of last night, the recount was only about one-third done. They will be hard-pressed to meet the deadline at midnight.

The "old" school board had to convene an emergency meeting Thursday evening because they got word that Superintendent Evelyn Novak suddenly became seriously ill and was forced to take 12 weeks off work.

The judge spent the morning trying to get a consensus on what to do if a machine rejects a ballot.

At this point it's unclear why public service employee Carol Friesen, Chief Election Officer, has been hindering the recount instead of facilitating it but Judge Andrea Ormiston overruled her pleas.

Both Jones and Freisen had lawyers counting ballots.

The "old" school board had to convene an emergency meeting Thursday evening because they got word that Superintendent Evelyn Novak suddenly became seriously ill and was forced to take 12 weeks off work.

The new board won't be sworn in until Nov 13.

A post election item about Barry Neufeld which appeared on The Voice written by staff has been somewhat controversial in nature so it was asked to be removed.



  Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 


Yes Virginia, There Is A SD33 Recount

Sixteen voting machines are being used

Staff/File photo

Evergreen Hall will be the scene of an SD33 recount Thursday and Friday.

ll eyes in BC are trained on Chilliwack after a provincial court judge ordered a vote recount for School District 33. Contrary to what has been previously reported, sources told The Voice Wednesday there will be a recount which has to be completed by midnight Friday.

Apparently the judge didn't believe testimony from Carol Friesen, Chief Election Officer for the City of Chilliwack about vote inconsistencies and ordered a recount.

The recount will involve 16 machines each with its own scrutineer. It was reported on election night that duct tape was used on at least one counting machine. Apparently parts are being ordered from back east and they should be installed sometime Thursday.

The controversy arose when trustee candidates Jared Mumford and Kaethe Jones tussled at the polls for the 7th and final seat finishing just 34 votes apart.

Mumford ended with 7,125, but for reasons unknown was later stripped of 80 votes leaving him with a total of 7,045 — just enough to squeak past candidate Jones who had 7,011 votes.

Aside from what some people think, the recount is not politically motivated, it's actually about exposing the means by which votes are counted. Jones said last week that she wants to know if she "won fairly and squarely" and getting a recount will put the issue to bed once and for all.



  Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 


One Yard Closer to Greatness

Husker receives accolades with special award

Blake Roberts BCFC/Huskers website photo


he 2018 winner of the Ron White Award is James Moar, a second year Player with the Valley Huskers. James is 19-years-old and has managed to overcome incredible setbacks to become an amazing young man with great football skills plus the willingness to give back to his community. See more here.



  Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 


The Indoctrination by Print Media

Businessman says local newspaper biased

D'Arcy Surrette/Henderson Twitter photo



ince I saw how biased the Chilliwack Progress has been while covering the local election, and school board trustees, with left wing fake news reporter Paul Henderson, I took aim at the so-called reporter and the newspaper online.

Now, the Progress has blocked any comments that I have made. I complained online to the Progress editor, stating that we will no longer advertise our business with them, but I got no response.

It is clear that the Chilliwack Progress has gone down a dangerous path of biased journalism and fake news. It is not hard to spot.


All the people of Chilliwack ask is for objective, honest journalism. We can make up our own minds. As a result, we are done with the Chilliwack Progress and their biased left wing agenda and fake news. We want only the facts. And yes, we will take our advertising to other sources as well.


D'Arcy Surrette is the owner of the Chilliwack company Pull Your Own Post.


  Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 


Boss Bus

The first Ebus rolls into Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photo


Meet Mike, a friendly Ebus driver at the stop behind the Husky Station in Chiliwack,


our months ago Greyhound announced the company was discontinuing service  in Western Canada effective October 1. The closure left people in Chilliwack who wanted to travel to the interior high and dry.


It didn't take long for the BC government to find replacements. The new Ebus looked right at home as it pulled in to the truck fuel stop. There wasn't anyone there to pick up Wednesday morning.


Ebus quickly stepped up and within a month rolled out a fleet of 55 brand new coaches, acquired the necessary permits then organized routes and stops from Vancouver to Kelowna.


Prices vary. For example a ticket from Chilliwack to Kelowna will cost $46.57 plus GST. The buses are cashless and only accept credit and debit cards for payment.


The local pickup and drop-off point is behind the Husky Truck Stop at 7620A Vedder Rd which  is on the local bus route.


Reservations and ticket prices can be made online. For reservations, schedules and ticket prices go here.



  Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 


Pride and Predjudice

Play presentation Nov 9

Ken Hildebrndt, Gallery 7



allery 7 Theatre is thrilled to open their 2018-2019 ‘Back to Classics’ Theatre Season with the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Canadian playwright, Tom Wood. Described as “a sparkling…adaptation, delightful and absorbing” and ‘outstanding…radiates intelligence and heart” by the Edmonton Journal, Pride and Prejudice will be presented live on stage November 9 – 17, 2018 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre. See more here.