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 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 4 pm


Smoke detectors save lives

Couple got out with dog, lost cat

Ian Josephson, Fire Chief, CFD/Google image


The lot where a 5th-wheel trailer was destroyed by fire early Saturday.


t 1am this morning, firefighters from Chilliwack Fire Department Fire Halls 1 and 4 responded to a structure fire located in the 44000-block of Yale Road. On arrival, fire crews found a fully-involved travel trailer fire in the rear of the commercial property.


Firefighters managed to control and extinguish the fire, and limit exposure damage to the adjacent motor homes. The fire completely destroyed the trailer.


There were 2 residents sleeping in the trailer at the time of the fire. Fortunately, two working smoke alarms activated and woke them up. They managed to safely evacuate with their dog but unfortunately their cat perished in the trailer. The homeowners suffered minor smoke inhalation and were treated on scene by BC Ambulance paramedics. There were no firefighter injuries.


Emergency Support Services volunteers responded to the scene to assist the homeowners with emergency housing and other necessities.


Cause of the fire appears to be accidental and is still under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department fire investigators.


The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind residents to install and test their smoke alarms. If a fire occurs, working smoke alarms provide early warning, allowing you to safely escape.



 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 8 am


Busier on the road as the holiday season starts

Operation Rednose begins Dec 1

OR Website/Voice photo and website image


Firefighters are first on-scene at a minor accident on a chilly morning last Thursday at Airport Rd/Yale Rd.


any times throughout the year the Chilliwack Firefighters arrive at accidents first before ambulance paramedics and RCMP and if necessary give life-saving assistance to imjured drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.


ICBC's website is down so December 2018 crash stats are not available.


It suffices to say that December is one of the busiest months of the year on the road. If you need a ride over the holidays, visit Chilliwack's Rednose. Connect on Facebook.




 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 8 am


Pilots soar into the new year

Team back on track with shutout

Jason Sulpico, Abby Pilots/Submitted photo


Forward Carson Ediger outskaes Whaler player.


nding the month of November on a high note, the Abbotsford Pilots (9-16-0-0) shut out the White Rock Whalers (14-10-0-1) by a score of 4-0 at MSA Arena on Friday night.


The win ends a four-game losing skid for Abbotsford, and improves the club to 18 points on the 2019-20 season. The Pilots top line of Jared Pitkethly, Alex Beechey, and Mason Smith were a force throughout the evening, with each player recording one goal and one assist. Abbotsford goaltender Noah Masog earned the shutout facing 36 shots, notching his first win since September 26th. Whalers goaltender Chris Akerman stopped 37 shots from the opposition.

2nd Period
The Pilots struck first on the man advantage as Ethan Rideout threw the puck on net from the right circle and Devon Wolfe potted it home in a scrum at 9:25 for his fifth of the season. This was only the 17th power play goal from the Pilots this season, who currently have the lowest-ranked power play in the PJHL. Wolfe’s marker would stand as the lone goal after two periods. Shots: 15-14 White Rock

3rd Period
A pair of goals from the Pilots’ top line put them well ahead in the final frame. Mason Smith burst  into the offensive zone up the right wing to centre a pass to Alex Beechey who netted his fourth of the season at 6:49. Later at 14:50, a dump-in from Beechey connected with captain Jared Pitkethly for his third of the season, his first since October 18th. An empty net goal from Mason Smith was the insurance marker for the home team putting the final score at 4-0.




 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 8 am


New year, new art

Chilliwack artists share their talent Jan 4 - Feb 8

BettyAnn, CVAA/Submitted images


Lorie Wager's fabric and water colours.


rtists, Marion-Lea Jamieson and Lorrie Wager present ABSTRACT X2 at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at 9201 Corbould St, Chilliwack, B.C.  This exciting exhibit is open from January 4 to February 8, 2020


Marion-Lea Jamieson and Lorrie Wager share the visual language of abstract art, taking apart the visual experience and focusing on colour, shape, line, and form.  From abstraction to abstracted still lives each work demonstrates the physical joy of being a part of the creative process.


Wager's art is produced by adding paint, ink, crayons and collage to fabric interfacing, each piece is built on layers of colour, texture and line.  Her art is described as Abstracted Still-Lives. Lorrie hopes that her audience will be enveloped by the colour and texture and drawn into a unique visual experience. 


Marion-Lea Jamieson is featureing her abstact oil paintings in the galley.


Jamieson uses large brushes loaded with oil paint to create a sense of colour and form flowing in time and space.  Areas of colour create recognizable or improvisational forms of abstraction. The surfaces record the brush strokes communicating her engagement with the work and the improvisational, spontaneous yet controlled process of creation.


The Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from noon until 5 pm. Admission is free. Come and join us for refreshments at the reception on January 4 from 1-3 pm. For further information, please the Oconnor Group Gallery.



 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 7 am


Caregivers ratify new contract

BCGEU worked out deal for Community Living staff

Jocelyn Wagner, Comm. Living/Website images


Community Living employees ratified collective agreement October 17


early 600 members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) who work in communities across the province have voted to accept a renewed collective agreement with Community Living BC (CLBC) – the provincial crown agency that provides supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities. 

The parties reached a tentative agreement on October 17. The workers, who had been without a contract since April 1, voted 89 per cent in favour of ratification at a meeting on November 25. The agreement takes effect immediately and expires March 31, 2022.

“This was a challenging round of negotiations, but we’ve achieved progress on key issues identified by our members,” says Judy Fox-McGuire, vice president of the BCGEU’s social, information and health component. 

One of the key issues for members was the need for an understandable collective agreement. The previous agreement was an unpolished amalgamation of three agreements that was created in 2005 when the work of CLBC was removed from direct government. As a result, the agreement contained repetitive articles and outdated terminology that made it challenging for workers to use.

Another key issue for BCGEU members in this round of bargaining was addressing workload issues and recruitment and retention challenges for specific roles.

“As the demand for CLBC’s services has increased, so have the demands on our members who work frontline supporting clients,” says Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president. “I’m glad we’ve found common ground with the employer and achieved an agreement that balances the clients’ need for access to care and our members’ need for fair workload and compensation.”

The three-year agreement also achieves parity with the main terms of the public service agreement, including a two per cent wage increase per year for the term of the agreement, and a one-time payment related to savings from the elimination of MSP premiums. Connect with BCGEU on Facebook  and Twitter.



 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 7 am


Santa on the run

Tracking Rudolf and pals starting Dec 1 with NORAD

Dir. Public Affairs, NORAD/Website images



s the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts its primary mission of defending our shared continent, it stands ready to continue its tradition of tracking Santa’s journey around the globe.


Starting on Dec. 24 at 2:01 a.m. EST, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD’s "Santa Cams" will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations. Then, at 6 a.m. EST, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1 877 Hi NORAD (1 877 446 6723), via email here  or by following the official NORAD Tracks Santa social media channels.



Additionally, any time on Dec. 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa's location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar members can push the blue OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.


Tracking opportunities are also offered through social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. 


On Sunday, December 1, the 64th iteration of NORAD Tracks Santa begins with the launch of the www.noradsanta.org website. NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors and volunteers.



 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 6 am


'Christmas with Sinatra'

Featuring Canadian entertainer Dane Warren and the 19-piece Bruce James Orchestra

Anthony James, Exec. Producer/handout photos



nder the Creative Direction of London-based Renee James Productions International and Award-Winning International Producer Anthony James comes the much anticipated holiday concert Christmas with Sinatra featuring the music of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra.

Canadian Entertainer Dane Warren and the renowned 19-piece Bruce James Orchestra star in Christmas with Sinatra, the holiday concert, featuring outstanding musical arrangements by the Bruce James Orchestra, elegant staging and lighting by Award-Winning Producer Anthony James, and rich vocals by International Performing Artist, and Vancouver’s own, Dane Warren.

Christmas with Sinatra has recently been added to a larger series of shows that first premiered in 2008. The “Legends Concert Series” features music from some of the most iconic jazz artists of the 20th century including, but not limited too, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, and Louis Armstrong. The series was hailed in the press as “The Jazz Highlight of the Season” and garnered Mr. James a “Best Producer /Presenter” M Award Nomination. The series went on to play in multiple cities to rave reviews. For show times and tickets please visit the websites below. (click for larger image). Connect on Facebook. See a promo on YouTube.



 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 5:30 am


Online doctor makes offline difference

Chilliwack mom and blogger one of the first to use Virtual Care application in the city

Lynne Preston, CSO/handout photos


Virtual Care can save trips to the ER.


or many young families, balancing multiple schedules, irregular work hours and family healthcare can be a huge challenge. In fact, 20 per cent of B.C. residents spend six or more hours a month managing their family’s health, with many having to take days off work to do so.


Keisha Boutilier, a DIY and lifestyle blogger, and mom to two kids, knows this challenge all too well. Living in a popular area means seeing her busy, overworked family physician can be near-impossible, especially when they need a last-minute appointment.


Earlier this year, Keisha’s daughter, Ella, experienced a bad cold that impacted the sound of her breathing. Keisha panicked. Is it an emergency? Should she take Ella to the ER? Is she overreacting?


Fortunately, Keisha had learned about a virtual care app that enabled her to get healthcare support in a pinch. A quick video consultation with a physician assured her that she had nothing to worry about - Ella just had a bit of congestion and needed a bit of rest.


Experiences like Keisha’s aren’t isolated. Many B.C. residents continue to face challenges to accessing appropriate, quality care. Virtual care is one solution they can turn to for help where and when they need it. Visit www.eqvirtual.com for more information and to download the app.



 Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 

Published 5 am


Four different versions of Messiah in the Valley

Featuring Belle Voici CSO, children and youth choir Dec 12-15

Lynne Preston, CSO/handout photos


Chilliwack Children’s and Youth choir will be featured Saturday, December 14 in Langley.


essiah transcends cultural, geographic, and religious boundaries with its message of charity, peace, goodwill, and sacrifice. It also contains some of the most uplifting, touching, and magnificent music ever composed. Although the subject material of Messiah is drawn from Christian doctrine and musically narrates the life story of Christ, considerable numbers of people from a variety of cultures and beliefs consider the work to be one of their most cherished holiday customs.


Beginning Dec. 12th in Abbotsford, and for three subsequent evenings in different Fraser Valley locales, Paula DeWit will direct four amazing, young soloists, the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Chilliwack Children’s and Youth choir and Belle Voci in performances of MESSIAH IN THE VALLEY.

“Among our soloists this year is, Vancouver soprano Sinéad White, performing for the first time with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Returning this year are Langley tenor Thomas Lamont, Aldergrove bass-baritone, David Rosborough and to sing the alto solo parts of Messiah is popular countertenor Shane Hanson, originally from Chilliwack,” states Paula DeWit.

This treasured holiday tradition in the Valley will be presented on:

• Thursday, December 12, 2019 – 7:30PM at St. James in Abbotsford 2777 Townline Rd., Abbotsford, BC
• Friday, December 13, 2019 – 7:30PM at First Ave. in Chilliwack 46510 First Ave., Chilliwack, BC
• Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 7:30PM at St. Joseph in Langley 20676 Fraser Hwy., Langley, BC
• Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 7:30PM at Sts. Joachim and Ann in Aldergrove 2827 273 St., Aldergrove, BC

Tickets: start at $15. Available by phone at 604-795-0521, online at chilliwacksymphony.com, or at King’s Music for Chilliwack and Abbotsford concerts, Tom Lee Music Langley City or at the door for all locations. Aldergrove performance admission is by donation. For further details of these wonderful artists, head over to chilliwacksymphony.com for full biographies.




 Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 

Published 5 pm


Chilliwack resident attacked 85-year-old Abbotsford man

Police arrest suspect Janveaux after wild foot chase

Sgt. Judy Bird, APD/handout photo


19-year-old man remains in custody facing charges of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm after a violent attack on an 85-year-old senior. 

At approximately 10 am on Sunday morning, Abbotsford Police Patrol Officers responded to the area of 33555 South Fraser Way for a report of a young male who was seen hitting and robbing an elderly man.  Bystanders who observed this incident followed the suspect who fled the area. 

The suspect ran into traffic on South Fraser Way where he was struck by a passing vehicle.  He subsequently fled the scene of the collision.  Witnesses observed the male run into a townhouse complex, over a fence and into the ravine north of Trinity Street in downtown Abbotsford.

Police arrived and followed the suspect into the ravine where he was apprehended as he hid in the bushes.  

The victim sustained serious injuries, including broken teeth and lacerations to his face.

The suspect has been identified as Chilliwack resident Brandon William JANVEAUX.  JANVEAUX’s next court appearance is tomorrow.



 Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 

Published 4 pm

No medal yet for military and RCMP veterans

National Defence and the Veterans Affairs sit on their hands and do little to nothing

Dave Palmer/file photo


P's like Harold Albrecht and other Conservatives, like MP Bill Casey have read the petition in the House of Commons yet even when they know that thousands and thousands of Canadians have signed this long-standing effort to get the recognition for our Veterans, they all seem content to sit on their hands and ignore the pleas of Canadians and the forgetting of Veterans who have served. Why is this?


Sadly, thousands of our youth have no idea of who really is a Veteran anymore because they are missing that one identifying medal that should be taught to our youth and others. The reason that medal ... the proposed Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal (CMVSM) is repeatedly shot down by Honours and Awards, Heritage, the Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs just sit on their hands and do little to nothing. Why is this?


Look what happened to long time Veteran lover and supporter Don Cherry for exercising his right to free speech and freedom of expression when his intent was to point out that some Canadians have no clue as to why Canadians wear the Poppy during Remembrance Week and that they should be brought up to speed on what the Poppy stands for and why Canadians wear it. He meant well, as his long time friend Bobby Orr mentioned and stood in support of Don Cherry.


It is, as far as I am concerned, the government that should be incorporating this into the information that all new Canadians should be made aware of the Poppy and the lives lost in defence of freedoms and democracy so that they understand that these things . . . freedoms all Canadians enjoy, came at a great cost.



 Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 

Published 1:30 pm


Worth the 'day off'

Richmond couple win $1 million

Lotto BC/Handout photo

Richmond man Marlon Coronado hold his oversized $1 million cheque.


arlon Coronado says he “can’t believe it” after purchasing a Lotto 6/49 ticket for the first time ever, and matching all 10 numbers to win the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize from the November 20, 2019, Lotto 6/49 draw, one day after his 36th birthday. 


Coronado works in the hospitality industry and usually buys Lotto Max tickets. He decided to switch-it-up when he purchased his Lotto 6/49 ticket at the Richmond Centre Lottery Ticket Centre a few days prior to Wednesday’s draw.


Since his wife was at work when he scanned the winning ticket from home on the BCLC Lotto! App, the first thing he did was tell his dog Martial, a one-year-old Bichon Frise. 


“When I bought the ticket my wife and I decided that, if we won, we would buy a house with a garden for Martial,” Coronado said. “He’s our good-luck charm.”


Next, Coronado drove to his wife’s office to tell her the good news.


“I thought it was only $1,000,” Ronalyn Coronado said, recalling how she felt when her husband held up his phone with the $1-million winning message on it — plus a free play. “Then I counted the zeros. After that, I asked my boss if I could take the rest of the day off.”



 Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 

Published 1:30 pm


'One More Mile'

Colin James, one of Canada's best musicians to play Mission March 27

Rob Warwick, Rockitboy/Website photo


One of Canada's finest musicians of our time plays Mission, BC March 27.



ith his 19th album, “Miles to Go” (2019), Colin James is getting back to the blues. Wait a minute, you ask, hasn’t Colin James always played the blues? Yes, but back when signed to his first record deal, his producer explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. “National Steel” (1997), was James’ first full-on blues album. It landed him on folk festival bills alongside the likes of John Prine and John Hiatt.


The Clarke Theatre in Mission Friday, March 27. Tickets on sale November 22 are $49.50 (Plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) at all Ticketmaster locations Charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.


Blown away by James Cotton’s performance of “One More Mile” at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the song became the title track to the new album; bookending it in electric and acoustic versions. It wasn’t until “Blue Highways” (2016) that James found himself on a blues chart. The album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits, the Willie Dixon song “Riding in the Moonlight”.

“Blue Highways”, an album of blues covers recorded with his touring band, was always intended it to be the first of two installments. Now we have “Miles to Go”, in which James records nine new covers of his favourite artists (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Willie John, Robert Johnson, etc.) and adds two originals, “I Will Remain” and “40 Light Years”. Visit Colin James website.



 Monday, Nov 25, 2019 

Published 5:30 pm


Another vacant house burns

Chief reminds owners about the perils of abandoned buildings

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, CFD/Voice photos


An eerie glow is cast behind a barbed wire fence as firefighters work to control the Rowat Ave blaze. Below, smoke seen after the flames were out.



n November 24, 2019 at approximately 2300 hours the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire located in the 45000-block of Rowat Ave.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, and 6, and on arrival, reported seeing heavy fire and black smoke venting from the rear of the structure. The structure was vacant at the time of the fire. Due to fire conditions firefighters set up a defensive fire attack and brought the fire under control.

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


A view of the aftermath of the empty Rowat Avenue house on Monday.


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

Garbage is strewn on the side of the house.


This fire is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department at this time.

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 www.upperfraservalleycrimestoppers.ca 



 Monday, Nov 25, 2019 

Published 5:30 pm


Arctic wind warning

Environment Canada advises to bundle up

Environment Canada/pixabay images


Try and be careful with space heaters.


ere's that annual cold blast of wind we get in Chilliwack.

"Arctic air will reach the coast by Wednesday night. Temperatures will dip below the freezing mark for most coastal communities. Blustery outflow winds will accompany the arrival of the Arctic air yielding cold wind chill values. The Arctic air will deepen throughout the week supporting temperatures and wind chill values down to the -5 to -10 range."

"People working and spending time outside are reminded to dress warmly and in layers, preferably with a wind-resistant outer layer. Travellers are encouraged to add winter emergency kits to their vehicles which include a blanket, extra clothes and boots."

It's also a fire danger time because people use space heaters so it's a good idea to keep them away from anything combustible and not run them unattended. Additionally a fire extinguisher would be insurance.



 Monday, Nov 25, 2019 

Published 5:30 pm


Broadcast emergency signal

"Alert Ready" system to be tested on Wednesday

Environment Canada/Wiki image


An emergency test will be sent out on cell phones. TV and radio on Wednesday.


t 1:55 p.m. (Pacific time) on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, a test of B.C.’s wireless alerting system will be conducted as part of the national "Alert Ready" system to improve public safety in the event of emergency.

During the test, an alert will be broadcast on radio and television stations, as well as on compatible wireless devices.

“This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. No action is required.”



 Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 

Published 9 am


Home aprovement

Up close and personal at Living Room Live January 8

Nicole Davies livingroomlive/Submitted photos


Guests are treated to local talent in casual venues.


ouse concerts are often a best kept secret – and we’d like to invite you! The newest series in town is filling local homes with residents and some of Canada’s best classical musicians. Aimed as a fun, social, cultural evening, old friends and new share some food and experience the emotional beauty and virtuosity of classical music from a few feet away.

Living Room Live, now in its second season, links communities into tour routes, scheduling a season of three classical house concert tours. With the season already underway, the second tour this January is guitarist Jonathan Stuchbery, hailed as “Exciting and technically brilliant!” (Marvin Dickau). The final tour in May/June will feature duo526, violin & piano, described by Gramophone Magazine as “a beautifully balanced duo, with exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy.”

A sense of belonging goes a long way at Living Room Live.


In intimate venues such as living rooms, guests meet and talk with artists and listen to stories about the music during the show. This makes it the perfect place to hear both favourites and little-known works; in this case, Jonathan is touring with his Baroque guitar, a rarely-played cousin of today’s guitar: "The best informed of the gentle class know well that the guitar has a notably knightly characteristic. This is why the greatest princes of Europe who have wanted to play music prefer it over all other instruments." - the words of Rémy Médard from his 1676 publication Pièces de Guitarre.


Hosts love to welcome new guests; since house concerts are in private homes, new guests connect directly with hosts for ticket price, address and to RSVP. Please visit www.livingroomlive.ca/attend and Living Room Live will share your RSVP with your local host. If you are interested in hosting your own concerts in future, please get in touch at info<@>livingroomlive.ca!




 Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 

Published 9 am


Perplexing Complex

Vedder Inn plan goes out to public hearing Dec 3

Staff/City Hall conceptual drawing


The Vedder Inn will be up for a public hearing Dec 3..


ny fisherman with a pulse will want to  stay at a planned The Vedder Inn because it's within spitting distance to the Chilliwack River.


The next phase the project goes out to Public Hearing at next City Hall meeting December 3. It remains to be seen if environmental questions will arise due to its proximity.



 Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 

Published 9 am


Banking on bigger

Prospera Credit union merger the largest in Canadian History

Jeff McDonald, WSCU/Handout photo


Prospera will be donating money to several children's charities.


embers of Prospera Credit Union and Westminster Savings have approved the largest merger in Canadian credit union history. The new credit union will be called Prospera Credit Union and will have the scale and resources to make significant investments in the products and services people want and expect from their financial institutions.

“We pursued this merger because we believe that together we can build a stronger credit union, not just today, but for future generations,” says Gavin Toy, CEO of Westminster Savings, who will be CEO of the merged credit union.

The merged credit union will be Canada’s sixth largest, with more than $9.0 billion in assets under management, over 120,000 members, 900 employees and 29 full service branch locations. The added scale and resources will allow the merged credit union to invest more in the technology, products and services that members and local businesses now demand and to compete effectively in today’s financial services marketplace.

In September, FICOM gave consent to the two credit unions to take the proposal to a member vote. In keeping with their commitment to local communities, Prospera and Westminster Savings will donate at least $1 for each ballot received during the special resolution voting period. Prospera will donate $3,318 to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and Westminster Savings will donate $5,000 to each of their three community partners (KidSport BC, Arts Umbrella and Special Olympics BC). For more info, visit Future Strong.



 Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 

Published 9 am


Happy shoppers!

Sobeys' Freshco store opens in Chilliwack

Staff/Handout photo


Excited staff are ready to go. Among dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting was Councillor Westeringh. (fifth from the left). Below, the first people in.


t's official, Freshco is now a part of the grocery shopping landscape in Chilliwack.


After a lengthy retrofit of the old Safeway, the store located at Cheam and Hodgins, threw open it's doors bright and early at 8 am Thursday.


A couple of hundred people trailed down the side of the building patiently waiting in anticipation of deals in the sparkling new food outlet.


Crowds wait in anticipation of the opening at 8 am. Some were even arriving via taxi.


The first 500 families were given a free package of bacon. Four litres of milk is $2.97. Check for deals in the online flyer.



 Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Out riding fences

Council wrestles with the building design of a new commercial business

Staff/Handout photo - REVISED Nov 21


A concept drawing of the Orion warehouse on No. 3 Rd.


contentious development issue had been unfolding over the last two City Hall council meetings regarding Orion Construction's plan to erect an industrial warehouse building on a vacant pie-shaped corner lot at 4718 and 41844 No. 3 Rd. and Hare Rd. wrapped up at Tuesday's evening meeting with what was deemed a "compromise" between the construction company and the neighbouring farm owner next door.

Public Hearing
During a public hearing two weeks previous there was negative pushback from the local community who didn't like the thought of a huge building tearing a hole their farming community.


The farm owners main complaint was noise and truck traffic. Plus, they say they were losing a good deal of their sunshine.

The company asked for an easement along the curved part of the property prompting Councillor Bud Mercer to ask "why ask for an easement, why not just build to the shape of the lot?" Nevertheless council allowed the easement.

The company, that supplies clients such as Canadian Tire and London Drugs, have plans to hire 25 locals, also asked for a reduction in the required number of parking spaces down from 168 to 87.

"We don't need that many spaces because were only hiring 25 locals," the Orion representative told The Voice after the meeting.

Agriculture Land Reserve (ALR)
The odd-shaped land bordered by farms on either side wasn't included in the ALR.

"We never had to apply to have the land removed from the ALR, it never was in it and I don't now why, I don't know if it was just industrial lowland or what," said Orion representative.

The City's rationale behind the initial removal of the (infill) property from the ALR is outlined in the Planning and Strategic Initiatives document indicate the lot and business conform to the "Official Community Plan Policies to expand Development Permit Area No. 7 (Industrial) to encompass the entire City in support of the City's Industrial Land Use Strategy and Official Community Plan."

Part of the 100' long and 12' high and cement acoustic wall.


Cement Acoustic barrier and wood fence

Council  asked Orion to come back with engineering plans to install an "acoustic" fence along the border.

Last Tuesday, on a return to City Hall, the company showed council an image of a 100' long cement barrier that covers and said the rest of the property border would be an 8' tall wooden fence extending to the back of the property.

The farm family was looking for more.

"It's not long enough," the owner told The Voice afterward. "It only covers our home and doesn't cover the loading bays where the trucks will be."

The neighbours wanted a concrete barrier down the entire west side of the property. To which the company said it would be cost-prohibitive and not economically feasible erecting the concrete wall and 295' long fence to the riparian area at the back of the property which would cost approx. $252,000 plus engineering fees. Their updated design lays out plans for the barriers; a 12' cement barrier and 295' long of 8' high wooden panel fencing costing $69,000.


Council Decision
Council went back and forth on the barricade and fence issue. The question that came up was if the cement barricade should be 15' high or 12' high and if the wooden fence should be 8' or 12' high. Council opted for the lower barricade and higher fence.

When it came to the vote on the higher wooden fence, Councillor Chris Kloot was a holdout. Asked after the meeting why he voted against the 12' fence, he said he preferred 8'.

According to the Orion representative, erecting a 12' fence will require extra work meaning it will drive the costs up.

"Prefab fencing comes in 8' sections. We have to have these custom made to 12' feet," he said.

At the end of the day council figured they came up with a fair compromise and hoped everyone would be good neighbours.




 Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Justice beyond the grave

What about Epstein's victims?

Betty Krawczyk, Author, Activist, Cumberland BC/Handout photo



Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers have asked for a 30-day extension from court.

effery Epstein, the notorious child rapist and suspected blackmailer who recently died in his jail cell, probably does not lie so easy in his grave. And Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former friend, partner, and alleged madam, probably isn’t resting all that easy above ground, either. Not that anybody but her lawyers, and I suspect probably both the CIA and Mossad (Israeli intelligence), know where she is hiding out.  However, she is alive as she and her lawyers have just asked for a one month extension from a federal judge in Manhattan on a court matter. What is this court matter?

Apparently, Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team has just applied for a 30-day extension as they prepare to argue that the court should not unseal documents from Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s now-settled defamation lawsuit against Maxwell.

The order to release more than 2,000 previously sealed documents came from U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in August. While Giuffre’s attorneys have fought to have significantly more pages unsealed by the court, Maxwell’s lawyers have tried to block the release of new information, arguing that the documents “do not fall under the definition of judicial documents, and therefore are not subject to the presumption of access by the public”…and that “hundreds of currently redacted non-party names may be publicly released”.

Well, we shall see. The court had ordered that both parties in a previous hearing were to write letters to the judge outlining their positions by no later than Nov. 16. Now Maxwell’s lawyers wants another month extension. Will she get it?Is this whole thing just a show? Could it be that all the famous names involved and their backers have no intention of being exposed and will do just about anything to stop it?  Even murder?



 Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Where eagles dare

Nest relocated from airport area

Staff/Submitted photo


Myles Lamont installs and builds a new nest at a safe location.


ird strikes can be disastrous to plane traffic. According to the City, Transport Canada requires periodic surveys to be carried out to determine if any structures or trees have the potential to intrude into the airspace of the Chilliwack Airport approach corridor.

While checking trees around the airport, consequently one tree contained an eagle’s nest. It was decided that the nest had to be relocated outside of the nesting season. The City turned to the eagle experts at the Hancock Wildlife Foundation and under their guidance and supervision a new nest was partially built on September 16, followed by the original nest being removed on September 27.

"The eagle pair that inhabited the old nest were spotted returning to the area the week of October 7. The new nest will now be monitored to see if the pair adopt it as their own and complete its construction. To date the Hancock Foundation has seen a 100% success rate in eagle nest relocations. The pictures show the returning pair and the manmade nest," Hancock told The Voice via e-mail Tuesday.

Each year the Hancock Wildlife Organization holds annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festivals where tours to viewing platforms are conducted. Depending on the weather between 50 and 5000 eagles can be seen in the area hunting salmon in the Fraser River.

The Foundation’s mandate is to use the Internet in general and live streaming wildlife video in particular to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship.

For more information visit the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.



 Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Tired of the hassle

CN Conductors are on strike because they can't get enough sleep

Staff/Staff photo


CN Rail train conductors Bob (c), Daniel (r) and name withheld (l) at the Young Road crossing Tuesday night.


here's nothing harder than to try to stay awake when you're dead tired. Teamsters Canada went on strike across the country yesterday. Local CN conductor rail crews were out at 9 pm at the Young Rd. crossing, Monday, November 18.


Daniel said crews are overworked and they don't want to fall asleep on the job.


"We have to work three 12 hour shifts, a layover of 14 hours and only on 8 hours of sleep," he said.


According to CN, in several sectors of the transportation industry, fatigue lowers productivity, creates risks to public safety, and undermines workers’ health. The next federal government will need to set reliable, evidence-based rules that are not dictated by business. 


Medical science is clear: long working hours lead to medical problems for workers, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cognitive disorders and early death. As well, working long hours far from family is detrimental to a healthy social life and comes at a high cost to communities. Read more at Teamsters Canada.




 Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Got any secrets?

Auditions for Secret Garden November 26

Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7/Voice file photo


Auditions are being held for Galley 7's Secret Garden November 26.


allery 7 Theatre is thrilled to be holding open auditions for its next production in their all-new, 2019-2020 ‘Ordinary Heroes’ theatre season, The Secret Garden, book & lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon. The auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 26 starting at 6:00 PM and on Saturday, November 30, 2019 starting at 10:00 AM at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave in Abbotsford.


‘This uplifting Broadway musical is packed full of beautiful ballads and toe-tapping melodies,” says Ken Hildebrandt, executive/artistic director of Gallery 7 Theatre and the play’s director. “It won the Tony Award for best book, is a faithful adaptation of the classic children’s novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and tells a heart-warming story of family, friendship, healing and forgiveness. The show also presents performers with wonderful acting and singing opportunities.”

Auditions are open to performers ages 14 & up and anyone interested in working behind the scenes as an assistant stage manager, running crew or as sound and lighting operators, are also welcome to attend the audition. Gallery 7 Theatre extends a special invitation to members of our South Asian community to participate in the show as well.

“This powerful and moving story will warm your heart and refresh your spirits,” concludes Hildebrandt. “I can’t wait to share it with Fraser Valley audiences.”

 The Secret Garden will run March 27 – April 4, 2020 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Rehearsals will commence January 13, 2020.

To register for an audition, or for more information, please visit Gallery 7. or call 604-504-5940. Auditioners will be assigned an audition time slot and a monologue closer to the audition. They are also asked to prepare up to 16 bars of music in their usual vocal range from a musical of their choice.



 Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 

Published 8 am


Firefighters for food on foot

Reaching out to the community Dec 2

Andrew Brown, CFD Assistant Chief/Voice file photo


Chilliwack firefighters will be knocking on doors asking for food donations on Monday, Dec 2nd.

nce again, Chilliwack Fire Department department members will be going door to door in the community, on their Annual Food Drive on Monday, December 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm collecting donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Although many members will be involved in this drive, it will be impossible to reach every home in the community.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Food Bank can drop items off at Hall #1, 45950 Cheam Avenue, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., during the month of December.

Last year, members of Emergency Social Services, Chilliwack Search and Rescue, and the Chilliwack Fire Department collected over 18,000 food items for the Salvation Army.

The department thanks the community in advance for their continued generous support in helping those who are less fortunate in our community and we look forward to another successful food drive



 Monday, Nov 18, 2019 

Published 1 pm


Throness to introduce school bus seatbelt legislation bill

19 deaths and 6700 children injured in Canada

Staff/BC Liberal screengrab


Chilliwack-Kent MLA Laurie Throness (r) and retired school bus driver Gary Lillico discuss seat belts on school buses Monday.


uckling up is catching on in the province. Last week the RCMP said taxi drivers will need to use seatbelts all the time now whereas before they only had to use them when driving over 40 km.

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Laurie Throness who is also Opposition Critic for Children and Family Development, announced he'll be introducing the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2019, into the legislature requiring children on school buses to use Type 2 seatbelts backed by a petition signed by 122,000 organized by Gary Lillico, a retired school bus driver from Agassiz.

"BC has some of the most punishing weather in all of Canada, lets get this done," Throness said in the live announcement on Facebook. "We've asked the NDP to do this and they haven't responded."

The statistics are dire. Lillico said the law is long overdue.

"There have been 6700 kids injured and 19 deaths on school buses in Canada." he said.

Although Transport Canada is asking school districts across the country to comply with this type of legislation its not forcing provinces to do so.

Type 2 seatbelts.

Retrofitting existing buses at $20,000/bus would be debilitating for school districts especially the larger ones that can have as many as 50. Some of the seats would have adult seatbelts for caregivers next to the type 2 ones for the kids.

"That would be millions of dollars," said Throness.

But the bill, if passed, would require any new school bus purchased for operation in BC after September 2021 to be equipped with seatbelts.

See Gary Lillico’s Seatbelts for Canadian School Buses petition.




 Monday, Nov 18, 2019 

Published 8 am


Doing it better

Street dance producer takes a stab at winning the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival

Staff/Voice photos


Dancers at the Chilliwack Museum Saturday morning.


ob Dueck wants to win the Second Annual Chilliwack Independent Film Festival (CIFF) this year and as part of his video put a call out to the community to take part in a street dance for his entry which has the working title of "Hey Vancouver, We're a City Too" which he describes as a send-up of things that residents love about Chilliwack.


The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival  provides a venue for filmmakers to gain exposure and  showcases independent films from across BC and the rest of the world. Since the group's beginnings in 2017 they've showcased hundreds of short films.

So on Saturday, a group of residents gathered outside of the Chilliwack museum and shook their booties to a hip hop version of the Haschak Sisters' "Anything You Can Do, I can Do Better" song. One of the dancers who took part was crowned Miss Chilliwack in 1988.

Mom and son were happy participants.

The original song by Ethel Merman Anything You Can Do” is a song originally from the 1946 Broadway show Annie Get Your Gun, and it is arguably one of the most famous Broadway show tunes.

Another element of Dueck's clip was at a local popular pub.

"We were at Old Yale Brewery last night in gorilla costumes," Dueck told The Voice. "It's just a lot of fun, everyone has a good time discussing the art of filmmaking."

Clips are around 3 minutes in length and the awards happen at Old Yale Brewery November 23 and shown at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas November 23-24. The CIFF is volunteer-driven and invites people to sign up.




 Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 

Published 1 pm


House fire on Ashwell Road

Residents not home, dog perishes

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention

n November 16th, 2019 at approximately 7:15 pm the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire, located in the 8000-block of Ashwell Rd.


Fire crews responded from Halls 1, 4 and 6. On arrival, first in fire crew reported seeing flames and heavy smoke coming out of the gable end of the roof structure of a single-storey residential home.


Fire fighters entered the building on an interior attack, knocked down and extinguished flames in the attic as well as the kitchen area. The kitchen area to the underside of the roof structure sustained major fire damage and the remaining living space of the home sustained heavy smoke damage.


The residents were not home at the time of the fire, unfortunately heavy smoke from the fire, claimed the life of the family dog.


There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.


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




 Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 

Published 8 am


Focusing on climate action, trees

Passages from Silverdale, Mission and beyond

Tracy Lister, Footprint press/Handout image

n local Indigenous teachings, Hawks are known for their clear sighted vision, allowing them to see what the future holds. The Hawk is the protector of the air and holds the key to higher levels of consciousness. Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thornburg’s hawkish nature has given her the vision and the courage to state that our current economic system of endless growth is a “fairy tale” and we cannot continue to focus on economic development to the detriment of social justice and global ecosystems. Download Issue #24.



 Friday, Nov 15, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Surrey man who died after attack the brother of Chilliwack murder victim

IHIT is looking to the community for leads

Staff/IHIT Photos

30-year-old Surrey man (above) who died Monday from what
the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is describing as critical injuries was the older brother of Keith Baldwin who was found shot to death in late October at Fletcher Ave. and Yale Rd.


On Thursday, IHIT said in a release that on November 11, 2019, at approximately 4:52 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a call for assistance from a home in the 10700-block of 124 Street. When officers arrived on-scene, they found Andrew Baldwin unresponsive with critical injuries. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.


The Integrated Police Dog Services was brought in to conduct a search for the suspect.


Keith Baldwin was found shot to death in October.


Police say the suspect was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with reflective material around the bottom of the pant leg and was last seen northbound on 124 Street.


Baldwin’s death was deemed a homicide and IHIT was then called in to take conduct of the investigation.


IHIT is working closely with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather further evidence.


The investigation is still in its early stages and investigators are working to determine a motive.


“We urge anyone with details of Andrew Baldwin’s activities before his unfortunate death, to come forward and speak to investigators,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We also urge any witnesses and drivers with dash cam video who were in the area of Old Yale and Scott Road to contact us, so we can ultimately determine those responsible.”


Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).



 Friday, Nov 15, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Hot metal

Wire theft is a major problem for the City

Staff/Pixabay image


Copper wire is valuable to thieves who sell it.

ire theft is an expensive and problematic issue for the City. So far this year in the third quarter thefts have sky rocketed to $141,922 over 2018 where thefts totaled $96,627 in the same period. So naturally wire theft was one of the topics council discussed at the last meeting.


One area that's been hardest hit has been the recently completed Vedder Rail Trail. Even the people counters that provide City staff with numbers about how many people use the trail have been stolen so data collection has been lost.

David Blain; Director of Planning and Engineering noted they're trying to "harden" the system.

There's a certain amount of legitimate users but the trail has its share of problem makers. A fire under the foot bridge over Chilliwack Creek recently means repairs will need to be done. City staff get reports from people describing nefarious activity in the day but most is going on at night.

"It's disheartening when you make something nice and the wrong people use it for the wrong reasons," commented Councillor Jeff Shields.

A local security company does patrols but Shields thinks more should be done.

"I know that Griffon does a good job but they don't quite have he 'umph' that the RCMP have when they're patrolling through there."

RCMP Superintendent Bryon Massie speaks to council about curtailing wire theft.


RCMP Superintendent Bryon Massie was on hand and told council they have three bicycle target teams of uniformed officers on bikes adding that businesses along the tracks south of Yale Rd have added security cameras.

"If you put two patrol members on bikes between Airport Road and Luckakuk Way, it's probably a 30-45 minute patrol back and forth, and if they encounter anything or anyone you can stretch that out to as much as an hour to an hour and a half, and if they don't see anything then you've got a span of patrol where these folks can do what they want and it's no different than any other area of town right now," said Massie.

Massie says there's one metal recycling depot but it's on First Nations land so there's not much they can do to stop but nevertheless discourage them from buying it.

"The thieves have someone who'll take it in trade, usually for drugs, at a mere pittance as to what the value is and then they'll take it to another community where they'll it off but as was indicated here by one of the City staff you're dealing with the market value of the wiring that sort of thing," said Massie.

There is a push to get municipalities to form a coalition to deal with wire theft.

"In 2008 there was a move to get a regional area bylaw in place dealing with wire theft and it gains some traction and gets so far and then it stops," he said. "One of the main components when you're dealing with places buying second hand goods and if someone's coming in and selling something, we'll say the wire, they need to have government picture ID to prove who they are so you can track who you bought it from sort of thing and we got considerable pushback from (pawnshops and metal recyclers) about that."



 Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Chilliwack's a city too!

Callout to the community be a part of the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival

Rob Dueck, CIFF/Pixabay photos


All ages are invited to dance the day away Nov 6.

s part of the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival competition our entry for a 5 minute film is entitled "Hey Vancouver, We're a City Too" – a fun loving "send-up" of all the things we love about Chilliwack.


This includes a massive street dance finale using "Anything you can do I can do better" by the Haschak Sisters.


No dance experience necessary. It's a spoof so don't worry about your talent level - kids and grandparents welcome. This is a rain or shine event! All ages welcome.



Street dance starts at 10:30am, Saturday, November 16 at 45820 Spadina Avenue at Yale Road (museum).



 Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 

Published 1 pm


Who ordered well done?

Nominate your favourite Chilliwack charity for Mr Mikes Deeds Well Done until Dec 31

Mariah Collins, Weareformedia/Handout photo


One Chilliwack charity will win $500 and dinners.

or the seventh consecutive year, MR MIKES® SteakhouseCasual is inviting Canadians to kick off the season of giving with the return of the Deeds Well Done Campaign. From now until December 31, MR MIKES® guests across the country are invited to nominate their favourite registered charity that makes their community a better place. MR MIKES® will be donating $22,000 this year, with the winning charity in each area receiving local recognition, $500 towards their cause and more.

“We have chosen to take this approach to charitable involvement as opposed to picking one main cause because it gives us an opportunity to recognize unsung heroes and more deeply connect with the communities that we have restaurants in,” explains Robin Chakarbarti, president of MR MIKES® “Our restaurants are meant to be a place for everyone to come together and enjoy, so we think it’s only fitting that we’re making donations to align with what our guests care about.”

Deeds Well Done is meant to inspire people in each of MR MIKES® forty-four markets to reflect on what is truly important during the holiday season, while giving back to their community. The campaign unites community members by inviting them to nominate a registered charity to receive community-wide recognition, a group dinner at their local MR MIKES® location and $500 from MR MIKES® to support their cause. In exchange for their nomination, every guest will receive a $25 MR MIKES® bonus gift card.

To learn more about the Deeds Well Done initiative and nominate a charity in your community, please visit here  or follow the restaurant on social media @MrMikesOnline. 


 Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 

Published Noon


Jazz with attitude

Nick Maclean Quartet at Triple Play pub Nov 30

Rebecca Connop Price, Curl BC/Website photos


Nick Maclean Quartet stops at Triple Play Pub Nov 30 while on their cross-Canada tour.

his November, multi-award-winning Nick Maclean Quartet featuring Brownman Ali embark on their ambitious, month-long national tour across Canada, bringing them from their hometown of Toronto all the way to the Pacific coast and everywhere in between. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star Nicke Maclean – a 6-time Global Music Award winner, graduate of the University Of Toronto, and one of the most in-demand young jazz piano players in Toronto.


Monday, November 30, 6 pm at Triple Play Pub, Five Corners.


This contemplative yet thrilling quartet delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock's primordial 1960's Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history

Maclean's quartet heavily features one of Canada's most provocative improvising trumpet players – Brownman Ali, heralded as "Canada's preeminent jazz trumpet player" by New York City's Village Voice. Recognized as an internationally acclaimed jazz iconoclast, he currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY & Toronto, Canada and is a 2-time National Jazz Award winner. 


This jazz veteran is best known globally as the last trumpet player with the legendary jazz-hip-hop group Gurus's Jazzmatazz, having replaced Donald Byrd in that seminal ensemble.  Ali & Maclean stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 2 of Toronto's top-tier 20-somethings: Ben Duff on upright bass, and Jacob Wutzke on drums. 

This tour features many nights of deeply exploratory, hard-swinging modern-jazz audiences nation-wide will not want to miss. Connect on Facebook. Visit the website for more information.


 Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 

Published 11 am


Women juniors curlers battle it out in Kelowna

Teams Richards and Daniels chase a berth in the BC Scotties

Rebecca Connop Price, Curl BC/Website photos


Team Richards looks for a berth in the BC Scotties.

he junior women's race is tight, with Team Richards (228.250) looking to catch up to leaders Team Daniels (235). Only 6.75 points separate them. Team Daniels, from Delta Thistle, features Sarah Daniels, Sarah Loken, Hannah Lindner and Jordan Henson. Team Richards, from Comox Valley, features Gracelyn Richards, Keelie Duncan, Bryn Woloshyn, Kate Eisner and Cailyn Collins. Follow the games live on Youtube here.


 Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 

Published 11 am


Pilots ambush Trappers

Abbotsford bests Prince George 4-2

Jon Asher, Asher Media/Handout image


Players mix it up in front of the Pilots net.

n their final visit to the George Preston Recreation Centre on their season schedule, the Abbotsford Pilots (8-12-0-0) were able to come out victorious over the Langley Trappers (10-9-1-0) Wednesday night by a score of 4-2. The effort was thanks in part to four unanswered goals scored by the Pilots in the first period. Brock Machholz made 25 saves between the pipes for Abbotsford, bringing his record so far in 2019/20 to an even 7-7-0. Ajeetpal Gundarah and Cooper Giesbrecht shared goaltending duties for Langley, with the latter being credited with the loss.

1st Period

Three minutes and forty-seven seconds was all it took for the Pilots to draw first blood. An unassisted goal from Austin Moar, his fourth, opened the barrage of scoring in the first period. Abbotsford proceed to strike on the power play at 10:33 after Hunter Brown weaved through the Trapper defence in a solo-effort for his eleventh goal of the season. A shot from Sahvan Gill from the right point at 12:26 found its way past Cooper Giesbrecht and giving the Pilots a 3-0 lead. This would prove to be the hook for the Langley netminder, allowing four goals on nine shots through 7:19, and Ajeetpal Gundarah was given the nod to step in. The Pilots would later add another goal with thirty seconds remaining, Brown’s second of the night to extend his club’s lead to four. Shots: 16-7 Abbotsford

2nd Period
The Trappers clawed at the Pilots’ lead in the middle frame thanks to back-to-back goals from Casey Whintors. With Abbotsford’s Keith Chester serving a tripping call, Whintors capitalized on the man advantage at 14:44, with helpers from Braden Warburton and Carter Graham. Whintors added an unassisted tally at 16:58 to pull Langley within two. With the two goals on the night, the 2000-born forward now leads all Trappers in goals with 13, and ties him with Graham for his team's scoring lead with 27 points.  Shots: 11-11
3rd Period - No Scoring.


 Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 

Published 11 am


Women of rock

Callout for bands ends Nov 18

Jon Asher, Asher Media/Handout image


Metalocalypstik takes place June 27-28 in Lone Butte, BC

alling all women in metal! Metalocalypstick Festival has opened up submissions for its 2020 edition in the beautiful setting of Lone Butte, BC. The thunderous sounds of the festival will rock the pristine setting once again, with the unique characteristic that each band will have at least one women playing.

The festival will take place on the weekend of June 27-28th, 2020 and along with a myriad of international talent the event will also include life-size metal foosball, a hot sauce challenge, and various other activities that can be enjoyed by attendees.

Last year, bands from Canada, Tasmania, Mexico, Egypt, and the USA graced the stage in a phenomenal display of feminine power at the premiere Canadian festival that puts an emphasis on women. Metalocalypstick is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to giving back to the community and donates 100% of the proceeds to local charities including Girls Rock Camp and the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. On top of these charities, they also select an independent band to be sponsored and be given opportunities to further their career in music.

Don’t delay! Submission to play this one of a kind festival in beautiful British Columbia close on November 18, 2019. Apply here. Connect on Facebook.


 Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 

Published 11 am


North star wind

Le Vent du Nord plays Harrison Memorial Hall Nov 30

Bryan Cutler, HFS/Handout photo


The Harrison Music festival fall season wraps up with le vent du Nord November 30.


he Fall season closes with Le Vent du Nord, a co-production with the Mission Folk Festival on Saturday, November 30.


Le Vent du Nord are currently the best known global ambassadors of high energy and dynamic Quebecois traditional music. They perform with consummate musicianship and showmanship, and their mixture of fiddle, accordion, hurdy gurdy, piano and guitar, along with the driving rhythm of podoryhtmie (foot tapping) create a unique sound. Their songs, both contemporary and traditional, are beautifully sung and feature their perfectly blended vocal harmonies. They are the whole package!

Showtime is 8pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com  by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.



 Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 

Published 7:30 pm


Exposition Position

The Chilliwack Fair is looking for Board directors for its 147th year

Nicole Williams/Voice file photos


The rodeo is always a big part of the fair.


he 147th annual Fair was just held in August, but already the Board is hard at work planning for the 2020 event. A public event of this size and scope takes a whole year to plan and implement.


What do our directors do? They attend monthly board meetings of the Chilliwack Agricultural Society held on the 4​th​ Thursday of each month and they each sit on one or more committees that report to the board. They make budgets, determine the focus of the event, plan new activities, meet with potential participants and are responsible for the whole event. This is a ‘working board’ so in the weeks leading up to the Fair many are also actively planting, building, and creating things for their particular area.


The goal of the Ag Society is to include all aspects of the Chilliwack community and to provide opportunities for everyone to participate. We focus on celebrating our local entertainers, artists, heritage, and agriculture. As our community grows it is becoming more urban. We feel we can bridge the gap between urban and rural by providing entertaining and educating opportunities for people to meet their agricultural neighbours.


We have a great team of volunteers who have a positive outlook and are a lot of fun to work with. But with the increasing size of the event we could use more help. New directors could work in their field of interest with help particularly needed in a few areas. We are in need of someone to recruit and train volunteers. Help is needed with the Home and Garden Show, which is the largest in the province and last year had an amazing ​1700​ entries. Or perhaps you wish to start a whole new activity at the Fair!



Our year starts with the Annual General Meeting to be held at the end of November. There wouldn’t be a lot of work for new directors over the winter months, with most activity in the spring and summer. They should plan to be available during the Fair (Aug 7-9,2020) as well as some hours before and after the event for set up and take down.


To be eligible to join the Board people must live in the area, be able to attend monthly meetings, sit on at least one committee, and should consider the good of the entire event ahead of one special interest area. The nomination committee will meet with interested people and can provide more information. Board members will be happy to ‘show you the ropes’ as you learn about our event.


If you are interested please contact the Fair office by calling 604-824-8191 or email info@chilliwackfair.com​. Information about the Fair can be found on our website at www.chilliwackfair.com



 Friday, Nov 8, 2019 

Published 4:30 pm


Clearly Remembering Veterans

Car Star offers free windshield treatments for vets Nov 11

Staff/Voice photo


Car Star is offering veterans free windshield treatments Monday, November 11.


articipating CARSTAR locations from across Canada, including CARSTAR Chilliwack, are offering Canadian veterans, regular forces and reserved forces a free windshield treatment in honour of Remembrance Day.

CARSTAR Chilliwack
November 11
8832 Young Rd
Chilliwack, BC, V2P 4P5

Retired Warrant Officer, with 21 years of service in various posts across Canada, Steve Ivankovic, welcomes gestures local business owners offer to show their gratitude.

Whenever members of the community take the time out to recognize the hard work and dedication of our soldiers it’s very much appreciated,” comments Steve Ivankovic.

Veterans and active duty service members will have access to a free windshield treatment to help get their vehicles winter ready on November 11. Provided on a first-come, first-served basis, this free windshield treatment is available with proof of Canadian Armed Forces service.

“Having been a CARSTAR franchise owner, I had the opportunity to participate in this program in my community and found it extremely rewarding,” says Jeff Labanovich, General Manager, CARSTAR.

“This is the least we can do for these heroic citizens who have done so much for us and I hope this small token demonstrates our gratitude for those who have or currently are serving our country.”

The treatment forms a chemical bond to the glass causing rain to bead off the windshield. Dramatically improving visibility in the rain, sleet and snow, while also making it easier to remove ice and snow are some additional benefits to the windshield treatment.

This is the third year CARSTAR locations have participated in this Remembrance Day program to honour members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces. A full list of participating CARSTAR locations can be found here.

For more information on CARSTAR, North America’s leading provider of premier collision repairs, visit CARSTAR.ca.




 Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Mary Street Four-plex Burns

Residents escape injury

Staff/Voice photo


Firefighters watch while another hoses the front as flames lick the walls inside.


hat was initially reported as a shed fire at 12:25 am soon spread to the inside of a reported four-plex in the 8900-block of Mary St.

Residents in pajamas stood on the sidewalk across the street watching as their home was gutted.



 Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 

Published 8 pm


Is vaping really that bad?

Media inciting panic in the industry is misdirected, puts thousands of jobs at risk

Samuel Tam, Pres. of CVA/Submitted photo, Samuel Tam


An open letter from the Canadian Vaping Assn.


e share the deep concerns of Canadians about the recent cases of lung illnesses due to black market, illicit THC (cannabis) products.


The young age of many of the patients is particularly distressing. It’s natural in times like this for panic to set in, but that is also why we have to focus on the facts and address the collective anxiety around vaping. Read more here.


 Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Waddington in court

Former councillor faces two counts of Breech of Trust by a Public Officer

Staff/Voice photo


Sam Waddington (left) will be in court again November 26.


fter a tip from an highly regarded member of the community, a quick check of the court dockets for Tuesday indicated that former councillor Sam Waddington was in court Tuesday facing two counts of Breech of Trust by a Public Officer over his exorbitant expense claims in 2017.

Waddington, whose mother is a SD33 school principal, was first elected to city council in 2014 and in the same year he was named as one of the top entrepreneurs as a Local Leaders Fraser Valley Small Business BC awards for his Waddington's Outdoor Supplies store on Vedder Rd.

In 2016, the boyish Waddington enjoyed a meteoric rise in fame and was at the top of his game with a promising political and business career ahead of him. He was busy with speaking engagements at events such as Small Business BC's MyBizDay in Abbotsford, Rotary awards and others.

But in May 2017, his house of cards tumbled around him when councillors submitted their regular expenses list and Waddington's came in  higher than former Mayor Sharon Gaetz.

Both Gatez and former Councillor Chuck Stam were livid and demanded a Freedom of Information request regarding his claims.

Shortly after that, the RCMP launched an investigation for Breech of Trust by a Public Officer for offences in May and again on December 5, 2017.

In 2018, despite being investigated, Waddington pushed on with an unsuccessful run for the mayor's seat against Gaetz and Ken Popove.

In Waddington speaks at MyBizDay in Abbotsford.

The charges are based on using money from City coffers for such things as breakfasts in bed in hotels and treating other politicians to dinners who had their own expense accounts. There may be more details regarding his expenditures which will come out in discovery during the trial.

On February 11, 2016 he was involved in an MVA and ticketed for following too closely.

Waddington's next court appearance is Nov 26 at 9 am in courtroom 200.

These charges are the same that local Desmond Devnich faces after admitting to stealing thousands of dollars from MLA John Martin's constituency office last year.



 Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 

Published 2 pm


The best part of losing is reading about the winners

Lotto winner takes $10 million win in stride

BCLC/Handout image


A walk in the park was worth $10 million.


n ordinary walk in the park with his dogs turned into anything but for Vancouver’s James Russell, who matched all seven numbers in the November 1, 2019 Lotto Max draw to win the $10-million jackpot.


“I was sitting down, it was hard to believe,” Russell recalled of how he felt when he checked the winning numbers from his ticket, which he purchased after his regular walk.  “I wrote them down on a piece of paper, I double and triple-checked the numbers but they didn’t change.”


As for his celebration plans, Russell said he’ll be treating a few friends to dinner who are visiting from out of town. He’s also dreaming of a trip to Ireland to ride his bike along the old railway tracks.


“It was quite a shock at first, I’m not quite used to it,” Russell said of the life-changing win. “But I imagine I will get used to it at some point.”


Russell’s win was one of two Lotto Max jackpot tickets won in B.C. last week. The other winning ticket, purchased in the Stikine region from the October 29, 2019 draw, is worth a sweet $20-million.



 Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 

Published 2 pm


A holiday sale you can bank on

Food bank helped with bigger and better annual Vendor Fair Nov 29-30

Lori Stevens/Handout images

The St. Thomas Annual Vendor Fair features some of the best artisans in the Fraser Valley.

he sale this year featuring artisans and home entrepreneurs from across the valley. Seek out hidden treasures for the ideal gift or treat this season.

Our popular bake sale of homemade delights are sure to satisfy and our raffle items are sure to excite.

46048 Gore Ave, Chilliwack, BC

Friday Night Fair  |  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday Fair  |  10:00 AM - 3:00PM

We’re expanding our show this year to Friday and Saturday so be sure to join us for treasures, treats and raffles as we support our local business and talents this season. Be sure to bring a canned food item to help support our local food bank.

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 Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 

Published 10 am


Overall home sales rise

25th annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive

Steve Lerigny, exec officer CADREB/File photo


midst provincial and national reports of a stalled real estate market, October home sales in Chilliwack and area continued to show strength.

A total of 243 homes sale were completed last month, up from 217 sales for the same time last month, marking a 13% year over year increase. While slightly down from September’s sales, the total sales equated to almost $123 million dollars, up almost $18 million from October of 2018.

Of the 243 sales, the highest number sold (34) were in the $400,000 - $449,999 range, followed by 27 in the $450,000 - $499,999 range. There were 8 sales over the $1 million mark.

“Buying a condo or townhouse is a great way to get your foot in the door in becoming a homeowner,” said Kyle Nason, Chilliwack and District Real Estate (CADREB) President. “There are some great developments going up, and a many well-priced units currently on the market, at various price points”.

Is it a good idea to list your home in November? While activity does admittedly slow down with the approach of the Christmas season, Nason reminds sellers that due to job transfers and lifestyle changes, there are home shoppers year round. With home prices set to inch up by about 2.5% in the coming weeks, be sure to talk to any of the experienced and qualified REALTORS® registered with CADREB.

REALTORS® always take a special interest in their community, and are proud to participate in the 25th Annual REALTORS® Care Blanket Drive Nov. 18-25.  Help someone in need by dropping off warm blankets, sleeping bags, coats, sweaters, or new socks and underwear at any local real estate office.

For drop-off locations, please visit BLANKETDRIVE.ca  If you are housebound, please call your closest real estate office and someone will be happy to pick up your donation.



 Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 

Published 10 am


Trading Places

ITA schools offer a wide variety of training courses

Nicole Adams, ITA/Website images


November is BC Apprenticeship Month.


ll month, we’re taking our hats off to B.C.’s apprentices, acknowledging their contributions and those who support their success in building and maintaining our thriving communities throughout the province.

The Government of British Columbia has proclaimed November as Apprenticeship Recognition Month, and Industry Training Authority (ITA) will be highlighting the many roles that apprentices play in supporting a strong, innovative economy and building the best B.C. throughout November.

More people are entering into skilled trades apprenticeships, and with that, the numbers of Certificates of Qualification are also increasing in B.C., reflecting the rising number of opportunities and a growing understanding of the value of trades careers. An apprenticeship in a skilled trade is an important entry point to a long-lasting career path with a range of rewarding opportunities.

ITA will enter the tradesperson and the other person in a draw for a $500 Visa gift card each. One entry per person per social media channel. The contest is running on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. More information and rules are available on the ITA website.

ITA is also elevating the status and value of skilled trades careers with #ApprenticeNow, a cheeky online campaign highlighting the real-world value of skilled trades, and encouraging more people to seek out an in-demand trades profession. Throughout the month, ITA will also be sharing the profile of some key outreach team members, its Apprenticeship Advisors, on its blog.


 Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 

Published 4:30 pm


Early morning rollover

No serious injuries in MVA

Staff/Voice photo


One inverted vehicle still has its headlights on.


bout 12:30 am on Sunday, first responders were called to the Hazel Street and First Avenue intersection after a pileup that resulted in one car rolling over onto its roof.

Other than some bumps and bruises, there were no serious injuries apparent. Because of light traffic in the early morning hours, some drivers feel there is less of a need to check both ways before proceeding.



 Monday, Nov 4, 2019 

Published 4:30 pm


Pilots run out of gas

Abbotsford drops one to Port Moody

Jason Sulpico, Abby Pilots/Handout photo


Port Moody Panthers captain Michael Milosavljevic scored twice in their 4-2 win over the Pilots.


itting the road on Saturday night, the Abbotsford Pilots (7-12-0-0) were not able to stop a late-game comeback by the Port Moody Panthers (5-10-1-0), dropping the result 4-2. It was the first meeting of the 2019/20 season between the two teams, and the Pilots’ first loss to the Panthers since December 9th, 2017. Tri-City Americans prospect Mason Dunsford was between the pipes in the win for Port Moody, backup Lachlan Griffin stepped in for relief in the final minute of play. Brock Machholz made 29 saves in the losing effort, his fifth consecutive start for the Pilots.

1st Period
The Panthers made a statement early on with captain Michael Milosavljevic getting a shot past the Pilots netminder only 22 seconds into the game. More speed bumps came the Pilots way as Matthew Dyck, Tyson Goryniuk, and Noah Findlater each took minor penalties within a span of just over seven minutes but Port Moody was unable to capitalize. 1-0 was the score after 20 with shots 13-10 in favour of the home side.

2nd Period
The Pilots were able to strike twice in the middle frame. Receiving a stretch pass at centre, rookie Hunter Brown took off for a partial breakaway and managed to slide the puck past Dunsford from his knees for his team-leading tenth goal of the season at 4:34. Then, at 15:36 with the Panthers’ Eric Shipley sent off for a minor penalty, a sharp angle shot from Mason Smith was the go-ahead and gave him his eighth of the year. Abbotsford went into the intermission with a 2-1 lead, with Port Moody outshooting them 7-6.

3rd Period
After laying dormant offensively for much of the evening, the Panthers were quick to snatch the lead away in the late stages of the game. Eric Shipley scored his second goal of the season at 14:04 to tie the game at two. 53 seconds later, Donovan Bellmond-Griffin regained the lead for Port Moody. A power play goal from Milosavljevic was the insurance marker as the Panthers notched their fifth win of the 2019/20 campaign, taking the game by a final score of 4-2.

The Pilots will have a few days off before paying a visit to the Langley Trappers on Wednesday night. Puck drop is at 7pm at the George Preston Recreation Centre. Connect on Facebook.



 Friday, Nov 1, 2019 

Published 4:30 pm


IHIT identifies Sleepy Hollow homicide victim

Police reach out to community the for tips

Sgt. Frank Jang, IHIT/Handout photo


Jordan Smyth was found dead October. 31. Below, the area where the search took place.


he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its homicide investigation in Chilliwack, B.C.

On November 1, 2019, at around 7 a.m., the body of 26-year-old Jordan Smyth was found in an open area near Sleepy Hollow Road in the Cultus Lake area of Chilliwack. Injuries consistent with foul play were noted by the first responders and IHIT was called in to investigate. 

IHIT is working with the Chilliwack RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Services to gather evidence. The examination at the crime scene continues today as the Lower Mainland District’s Tactical Troop will be deployed to conduct a thorough search of the surrounding areas for physical evidence.

Drivers with dash cam video who were travelling on the roadways in the Cultus Lake area on Halloween night are urged to contact IHIT immediately.     

“Mr. Jordan Smyth was known to police and we believe he was targeted for murder. He was found wearing a black zippered hoodie, grey sweat pants, and light-coloured running shoes,” said Sgt. Frank Jang in a IHIT release on Saturday. “There are many aspects of this investigation that still remain a mystery including the motive behind the homicide.” 

"We need your help to develop a timeline of activities for 26-year-old Jordan Smyth for this past Halloween night," Jang wrote in a Twitter post earlier.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


 Friday, Nov 1, 2019 

Published 4:30 pm


Body found off of Sleepy Hollow Rd

Road is closed to traffic while IHIT investigates

Inspector Steve Vrolyk/Google map image


A body was found off of Sleepy Hollow Rd. Friday.

CMP investigating suspicious death. Found body in rural area leads to IHIT call out

The Chilliwack RCMP are currently investigating a report of a suspicious death. The body of a man was found in the early morning of November 1st, 2019 off Sleepy Hollow Road in the Cultus Lake area. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been notified and are engaged in the investigation.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact IHIT’s information line at 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.