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 Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 

Published 4 pm


Vacant home fires put firefighters at risk

Crews battle early morning blaze on Margaret Ave

Andrew Brown, Assistant Chief, Training/Handout photo


A choking blanket of smoke that could be smelled across the downtown core covered Margaret Ave.


n October 31, 2019 at approximately midnight the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire located in the 46000-block of Margaret Ave.

Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6, and on arrival, reported smoke and flames on the exterior at the rear of a single-storey residential home. The structure was vacant and boarded up at the time of the fire. Firefighters set up an exterior offensive fire attack and brought the fire under control.

The home suffered extensive fire damage to the exterior and smoke damage to the interior of the structure. Crews were able to re-board up the structure prior to leaving the scene. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

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

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

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



 Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 

Published 3:30 pm


Laying their cards on the line

Lonesome Aces will be at Bozzini's Nov 24

Manuel Asprakis, Bozzini's/Handout photo


The Lonesome Aces Stringband will be at Bozzini's Sunday, Nov 4.


he Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some righteous folk and country music. There’s a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.

Sunday, Nov 24 - Doors 6:00 Show 7:30
Tickets $ 20 at Bozzini’s or call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone (no refunds – exchanges for other shows allowed up to 48 hours prior to event)  Bozzini’s Restaurant (Upstairs) 4-45739 Hocking Ave

Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, the band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada’s top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver)




 Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 

Published 3 pm


The best part of losing is reading about the winner

Train man riding the rails on a high note

BCLC/Submitted photo


Nelson Botelho holds his oversized cheque after winning the Daily Grand..

train conductor from Surrey is riding the tracks with an additional half a million dollars to his name after matching all five numbers in the October 21, 2019 Daily Grand draw to win the secondary prize of $25,000 a year for life.

Even after winning big on Daily Grand and opting for the lump sum payment of $500,000, Nelson Botelho doesn’t plan to give up the job he loves.

“I get to spend my day working with trains, doing what I love,” says Botelho. “Winning a half million dollars certainly makes it easier to pursue ‘Freedom 55’, though.”

Botelho says it took a few days after the draw to realize he had a winning ticket in his wallet.

“It was in my wallet for four days. I only remembered to check my ticket on the BCLC Lotto! App just before I went to bed… needless to say, I didn’t sleep for the rest of the night.”

As for what comes next, Botelho says the $500,000 prize will help pay off his mortgage and leave enough for a trip to Portugal with his family.

“I’ve always dreamed of being able to take my kids to the town that my parents grew up in.”


Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS or Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here.



 Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 

Published 2:30 pm


Pilots fail to land a win

Rough month for Abbotsford

Justin Sulpico, Abby Pilots/Submitted photo


Pilots faced a sturdy Kodiaks lineup.

he Kodiaks jumped to an early 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals in the span of 1:46. Matthew Melanson (3) opened the scoring at 10:24 with an assist from Tyler Cannon.  A short time later, the Kodiaks leading scorer Lucas Thompson (6) beat Machholz at 12:10, with helpers from Paul Dosanjh and Ethan Koskelainen. The Pilots were able to make it 2-1 at 13:36 with affiliate player Dalton Edwards (1) firing a shot in the low slot past Aldergrove netminder Jonas Hamrin for his first goal in the PJHL. Shots: 14-10 Aldergrove

2nd Period
The lone goal of the middle frame didn’t come until there was 3:09 left, when an unassisted effort from Melanson (4) got him his second of the night. The Kodiaks would go into the third period with a 3-1 lead. Shots: 15-9 Abbotsford

3rd Period
Edwards (2) was able to notch his second of the evening only 56 seconds into the third period when Hamrin was unable to hold on to a shot from Ethan Rideout from the left circle which allowed the affiliate player swoop in for the rebound. This 3-2 score would hold until the final buzzer. Shots: 10-8 Abbotsford

1) Matthew Melanson (ALD - GWG, 2G)
2) Dalton Edwards (ABB - 2G)
3) Lucas Thompson (ALD - 1G)

Next Pilots Game: Friday in Abbotsford against the Grandview Steelers at 7:30pm. For more team information, visit their website. Connect on Facebook.




 Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 

Published 8 am


"A Wrinkle in Time"

Galley 7 theatre shows Nov 8 - 16

Ken Hildebrandt. Gallery 7/Submitted photo


Actors are tasked with saving the universe.

n a dark and stormy night, Meg Murry and her family are informed by the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit that there is such a thing as a tesseract. Convinced that this powerful portal through time and space will lead her to her long-lost father, Meg joins forces with Mrs. Whatsit, her little brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe, embarking on a dangerous journey to rescue her father and save the universe from evil. Along the way, she discovers the true value of friendship and family, and that love triumphs overall

November 8 & 9, 12 to 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Matinees: November 9 & 16 at 2:00 PM

Abbotsford Arts Centre
2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford

Buy tickets here. Fore more information, visit the website here. Connect with Gallery 7 on Facebook.




 Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 

Published 10:30 am


"It's a bad intersection"

Jaws used to extricate injured driver at Corbould St and Wellington Ave

Staff/Voice photo


The injured driver is wheeled into a ambulance. Below, firefighters stand next to the Jaws of Life.

t around 9:45 am, Wednesday, reports that a northbound semi truck T-boned an eastbound suburban at the Wellington Avenue and Corbould Street 4-way stop trapping the driver of the truck. The force of the impact spun the suburban in the opposite direction.

CFD Firefighters worked to extricate the injured driver after BCAS paramedics stabilized the person. A young boy, bleeding from a head injury, was checked by emergency crews and exited the truck under his own power. 

A resident who lives a few houses north on Corbould St. said it's a problematic intersection.

"I just live down the block and cars are always running that stop," she told The Voice. "You can't see the signs as you drive up. It's a bad intersection."



 Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 

Published 8 am


The argument for buying local

Why big stores sell imported fruit and vegetables

Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Author, Chilliwack/File photo



ne crop farms are hard to run because pickers must be hired and that is hot hard work. To make a living orchard owners under pay their employees.

Which is more enjoyable; growing your own and picking blueberries or buying them in Save On Foods?

Costs at Save on Foods have risen again. The grocery store owners are non-resident. Most of the packaged goods they sell are from the USA.  The profits go to wealthy corporations who have no local ties. Even billionaire Jimmy Pattison though from BC does not provide nutritious food or pay his staff well. Farmers get a tiny fraction of the income from growing grains and other produce. There are too many middle men each getting less income than they think they deserve.

Urbanization is not good;
   • Immigrants become pushed into ghettoes.
   • Youth get lured into crime.
   • Indigenous young people who come to a city to see what it is like, can’t get housing or a job and haven't got money to return home.
   • Homelessness increases; many crowd in together in tiny apartments.
   • Small towns get overcrowded because housing costs a little less
  • Small towns become bedroom communities for bumper to bumper commuting.

There are lots more negative results. I weep and pray for Canadians to return to God and learn love and kindness. With no one to pick and buy their produce, there is no income, so teens on farms and one or both parents have to buy cars and get jobs in a city to make a living.

All this because governments do not realize that marketing of produce is their responsibility.  The farmers themselves don't have marketing skills. They also need skilled Agricultural advisors and Agricultural programs in local colleges to help them learn and afford to do mixed farming, so that there will be two various crops of fruit vegetables and animals all year-round.



 Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 

Published 8 am


MP looking for photos for his calendar

Everyone can take photos worth sharing




n email arrived today indicating MP Mark Strahl is looking for photos for his annual colour calendar. You can send them to his office.


There are a lot of expensive cameras in Chilliwack that everyone wishes they had. Those are the cameras that turn coffee cups into Picasso's.


Chilliwack has soul, you just need to find it. You can take good photos even if it's with a disposable camera. It's what you do with it that matters.



 Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 

Published 8 am


Upscale Art Show

Fifty CVAA artists exhibit works Nov 20 to Dec 28

BettyAnn Martin, CVAA/Submitted images


Christine Newsome letterpress art called Sage's Garden. Below, Florence woman.


pscale Art, O’Connor Group Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibit, is the outcome of an exciting proposition to the members of the Chilliwack Visual Artists’ Association.  The Theme Challenge was to take something that might be discarded, or found at a garage sale, thrift store or recycle outlet and use the items to create interesting, high-quality art.


Upscale Art runs from Nov 20 to Dec 28, 2019. Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat from 12-5 pm. Admission is free. Come and join us for refreshments and meet some of the artists at our opening reception on Nov 23 from 1-3 pm.


You will see, for example, two unique items by Christine Newsome. The first is an upcycled metal tray with mixed media art called the Florentine Woman. In the second piece, In Sage’s Garden, Christine has converted an old letterpress tray into classy art by using assemblage and collage techniques. Christine is just one of over fifty members contributing to the show.


The Gallery is located at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 9201 Corbould St, Chilliwack. Many of the artists will be present to talk with you about their unique creations. For further information, please visit the O'Connor Group Gallery. Find out how to become a member and for more information, visit CVAA here. Connect on Facebook here.




 Monday, Oct 28, 2019 

Published 8 am


Being prepared for a fire is your best bet

Taking the most important things with you when fire does strike

Staff/Voice photo


Residents wait for emergency crews to give the all-clear last week. Below, a captain gives direction to his crews.


here were reports of a carpet fire in an apt building in the 46000-block of Bole Ave. around noon October 19. In this case there was a minor fire in a common area and firefighters were able to extinguish it and vent the building before letting anyone back inside.


Apartment fires of any kind can consume a building up in a matter of minutes. It's a good idea to be ready with a bugout bag on hand. Grab your wallet, meds, shoes, coat on the way out. You've got a minute. Take the stairwell out not the elevator


Many people run out to see what's going on and firefighters won't let them back in so they're left standing in their slippers or even socks and pajamas like some in the photograph here. Thankfully there were no injuries to residents or firefighters in this incident.



 Friday, Oct 25, 2019 

Published 10:30 am


Climate Strike in Vancouver 

Young activist Greta Thunberg will march with Chiefs Friday

Staff/Voice web photo


Thunberg has gained recognition for inspiring global climate action.


oday the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) will stand and march proudly alongside Greta Thunberg and the thousands of young climate strikers who are sending a clear post-election message to our political leaders that the time for uncompromising and sustained climate change action is now. Climate strikers will assemble at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 11 a.m. before marching through downtown and hearing from special guests, including Grand Chief Stewart Philip, President of UBCIC and Greta Thunberg 



 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 10:30 am


Weather Alert: Fraser Valley 

Environment Canada says to expect wind Friday

Staff/Voice file photo


Wind took down a power pole in 2016.


s this our big annual windstorm? It could very well be. Environment Canada sent out an alert Thursday morning to expect strong northwesterly winds for the Fraser Valley including Chilliwack and Hope BC.



Citizens should be battening down the hatches after this alert because each year the city is struck by a major windstorm with large power outages among other things. Trees tend to snap and sometimes even gas pumps at gas station blow down. So it's best to err on the side of caution and remain inside and prepare for blackouts with supplies on-hand that you'll need to get through it. Exercise caution if using candles.



 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 10:30 am


Extraordinary actors call-out for "Ordinary Heroes"

Auditions held in Abbotsford Oct 29

Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7/Website photos


Auditions are being held October 29 in Abbotsford.


allery 7 Theatre is pleased to be holding open auditions for its next production in their all-new, 2019-2020 ‘Ordinary Heroes’ theatre season, Tempting Providence, by Robert Chafe. The auditions will be held on October 29, 2019 at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave in Abbotsford.


‘I’ve been waiting a long time to program this very special Canadian piece,” says Ken Hildebrandt, executive/artistic director of Gallery 7 Theatre. “The show is so heart-warming, compelling and entertaining. It’s based on a true story and is a real piece of Canadiana. The play is performed by four actors, some of whom play multiple roles, thus providing actors with a challenging yet fulfilling and rewarding artistic experience.


Auditions are open to performers ages 18 & up. Anyone interested in working behind the scenes as an assistant stage manager, running crew and sound or lighting operator, are also welcome to attend the audition.


Based on a true story, the tenacious and resilient Myra Bennett leaves her life in England in the early 20th century and journeys to the remote village of Daniel’s Harbour in Newfoundland to be the region’s medical practitioner.


Despite the cold, harsh winters and the townspeople’s initial skepticism about her abilities, Bennet determines to confound expectations through her down-to-earth courage and fortitude. Can she earn the community’s respect? An inspiring and highly theatrical tale of heroism, sprinkled with generous doses of humour and romance, this play asks big questions about whether life happens simply by chance, or by the hand of a larger force unseen.


Tempting Providence will be directed by Trinity Western University’s theatre department professor, Dr. Lloyd Arnett. Arnett has directed productions of Cotton Patch Gospel and Shadowlands for Gallery 7 Theatre.


Tempting Providence will run January 24 – Feb. 8, 2020 at the Abbotsford Community Arts Addition, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Rehearsals will commence November 13, 2019. An additional run of the show may be scheduled in Vancouver following the initial run at Gallery 7 Theatre.


To register for an audition, or for more information, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com or call 604-504-5940. Auditionees will be assigned an audition time slot and a monologue closer to the audition.



 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 10:30 am


Classic tale with the magic of Christmas 

Surrey City Orchestra showcases " The Nutcracker" masterpiece Nov 26

Ellen Farrugia, Surrey City Orchestra/Website photo


Snowflakes are part of every version of The Nutcracker.


n November 30th, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium, the Surrey City


Orchestra presents an evening of culturally diverse music and dance, featuring local dance companies and singers. The concert will include the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece.


Tickets are $25-35 and available at the door or at SCO-nutcracker-2019.brownpapertickets.com The concert will be approximately 1.5 hours.


Led by music director, Stuart Martin, the Surrey City Orchestra will be joined by Snowflake, Mother Goose and Sugar Plum Fairy dancers from The Central Dance Academy, Chinese dancers from the Hanyang Arts Society, Arab dancers from the Ammara Dance Company, and the Trepak, performed by the Kvitka Ukrainian School of Dance.  The choreography will be directed by Tyra Sargeant, Larissa Trafananko, Jessica Tan, and Lisa Jordan. Also featured, are the award winning Surrey Children’s Choir directed by Stephen Horning.


“This performance will be a special treat for our musicians, as they never tire of playing this music,” music director Martin said, “this fast paced, dynamic concert will be sure to entertain concert goers and is a great introduction to the orchestra for first time audience members. Dance, in every culture, has an incredible ability to connect everyone through its ability to tell stories.  We are hoping that this will become an annual event for Surrey to celebrate the season.”


Surrey City Orchestra is a new professional orchestra. The SCO is flipping the script on traditional orchestras,


Tchaikovsky’s music has long been a holiday tradition, with its timeless, engaging music, and childhood imagination.  Colourful costumes, with a cultural twist, will bring the joy of the season alive, celebrating the talented young dancers and singers, accompanied by Surrey’s own professional orchestra.  Indulge your childhood fantasies with candy dreams and colourful characters!


The Surrey City Orchestra is a new professional orchestra that is establishing itself in Surrey. This year the SCO is performing a series of concerts, starting in November with the holiday favourite The Nutcracker. To lead and develop the orchestra, they recruited young local talent Stuart Martin who recently finished studying abroad to return home to become the music director and conductor.


 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 10:30 am


Guitar Child Prodigy

Bluesman Colin Linden to play Harrison Memorial Hall Nov 9

Bryan Cutler, Harrison Festival/Handout photo


Colin Linden will be at Harrison Nov. 9.


n Saturday November 9, Canadian roots and blues icon Colin Linden will perform a follow up to his 2018 Harrison Festival performance. Initially a child prodigy on the guitar, one of his earliest inspirations was the great Howlin’ Wolf, whom he met at 11 years old. Over the course of his career he has won multiple Juno awards as a producer and performer, and in recent years has toured as a member of Bob Dylan’s band and has been the main musician and music producer for the TV show Nashville since 2012

All shows begin at 8:00pm 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.


 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 10:30 am


Digital series celebrates women entrepreneurs

Chilliwack's Nina Zetchtus chosen one of six best startups in Canada

Fennell Bruce, FKB Media/Submitted and website image


Nina Zetchus outside of her Spa in Sardis.


he Startup & Slay Digital Series produced by How She Hustles with proud sponsors CIBC, Futurpreneur Canada and Ryerson University launches on Thursday October 24th, 2019 with a breakfast panel and evening celebration to recognize the success of six Canadian companies founded by diverse women at Ryerson DMZ, 10 Dundas Street East, 6th floor, Toronto from 6pm to 9pm.

A national call out was made earlier this year for the Startup & Slay Digital Series to self-identified women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented communities to share their stories of starting and scaling a small business in Canada.


Chilliwack's Nina Zetchus launched Luna Float in October of 2017, one year later,  won the Aboriginal Business of the Year. Nina opened the wellness spa because she was looking for a career change from banking and found that floating helped with her anxiety and stress. Hers is the first and only floating spa in Chilliwack, British Columbia with more than 6000 session in two years. Visit the spa at 101-45645 Tamihi Way, Chilliwack. Connect on Facebook.


“We were overwhelmed and excited by the response. There are so many amazing stories of women entrepreneurs who are making an impact and contributing to our economy,” said Emily Mills, founder of Startup & Slay and the Toronto-based networking group, How She Hustles. “Our goal is to make sure these stories are heard. We want to inspire other women to work that side hustle, grow that business and support each other to succeed." Visit How She Hustles website.




 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 8 am


Road to perdition

MADD presentation at Unity Christian School Oct 24

Tracy Crawford, MADD Canada/Website image



oad crashes are the number one cause of death among Canadian youth, and alcohol and/or drugs are involved in more than half of those crashes. Every year, MADD Canada produces a new School Assembly Program to educate students in Grades 7 – 12 about the risks of impaired driving.

The 2019-2020 School Assembly Program, titled Over the Edge, is being delivered to students in Grades 7 – 12 to highlight the dangers of impaired driving, and how they can prevent it.


“The School Assembly Program shows young people that driving impaired is a decision that can have devastating consequences that can never be undone,” said Tracy Crawford, MADD Canada Regional Manager. “We hope to give the students the information, tools and motivation to always choose a sober ride, and to never put themselves in danger by driving impaired or riding with an impaired driver.”


The school presentation will be presented to students on October 24th at Unity Christian School at 8:30 am.


Over The Edge shows the story of 17-year-old Sam, who moves back to her hometown to live with her Dad while her Mom travels for work. At a party to celebrate Sam’s homecoming, she reunites with her two best friends, Kat and Adam, and meets Kat’s friend, Steve. The group catches up while drinking and smoking cannabis.

Things quickly get out of hand when Kat divulges a secret, and Sam and Adam leave. Knowing she shouldn’t drive, Sam calls her Dad to pick them up. The next morning, Sam and her Dad decide to go fishing. On the way, Sam gets a text from Kat saying that Steve is driving impaired. Sam and her Dad agree to pick Kat up at a nearby gas station, and Sam calls the police to report Steve’s impaired driving. Suddenly, a crash happens, changing all of their lives forever.

After that fictional story concludes, viewers see interviews with real-life victims of impaired driving who talk about their loved ones who were killed or injured in crashes.

Connect with MADD on Facebook and visit their website here.



 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 8 am


The Wheel Deal

Cloverdale to host Wheelchair Curling Championship Jan 31 - Feb 2

John Labelle, Annuity Campaign/File photo



url BC is delighted to announce that Cloverdale has been selected to host the 2020 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship.


The event will go ahead at Cloverdale Curling Club from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2020, and will feature the best wheelchair curling teams in the province. Registration information can be found here. The winner of the event will get the chance to play at nationals in April at Club de curling de Boucherville in Boucherville, Que.


BC is home to some of the most decorated wheelchair curlers in the world including Canadian Paralympic gold medalists Darryl Neighbour, Ina Forrest and Sonja Gaudet.


Will Sutton, Curl BC’s Competitions Manager, said: “The year 2020 will be a great year of competition in BC, and we are glad that we are adding Cloverdale to the list of communities hosting our events. We are really looking forward to helping make these events a positive experience for curlers, club volunteers and curling fans.”


Fans of wheelchair curling will also be pleased to hear that the Richmond Centre for Disability will once again be hosting its annual International Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel. The event will run Nov. 20-24 at Richmond Curling Club. More information on that bonspiel can be found here. Anyone interested in trying wheelchair curling should check out the Friday sessions at Delta Thistle Curling Club. 




 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 8 am


Same old, same old

Parties look the other way on veterans

John Labelle, Annuity Campaign/File photo

t is with some disappointment that I write to you today. Last night the politicians succeeded in dividing the country in 3 parts. Now we can watch for the Bloc to initiate another separation referendum. The Liberals and Conservatives failed to support or mention Canada’s veterans issues. They could have had a majority with our votes. I suggest that this government will last 2 years.

May be they will listen to us the next time around. For now I will take some time to reflect and advise later. We are leaving for Toronto with our grandson to visit Canada’s Wonderland on 25 Oct and returning on 28 Oct. Thank you for the great support you have provided to me and our committee towards our initiative. A special goes out to you for standing by Military/RCMP veterans issues.



 Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 

Published 8 am



Chilliwack Community Services looking for winter 2019/2020 drivers

Kalbir Chahal, CCS/Pixabay image


Community drivers are a vital part of the community.

hilliwack Community Services are reaching out to several Chilliwack groups to let the community know of the need for Community Drivers for for Winter 2019/2020. There is a great need to get seniors to their medical appointments to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Center.

This is an essential service and we need volunteers to keep it running.

Starting December 1 2019, steady volunteer opportunities for afternoon drives for dialysis patients (Chilliwack to Abbotsford). Even one day a month helps!

Community Drivers provide safe, reliable and sensitive door-to-door transportation to medical and other appointments in the Fraser Valley, from Hope to Vancouver.

• Cost per trip is by kilometer.
• Call for an estimate or to book a trip.
• Advance notice is required.
• Call to join our volunteer team. Call for an estimate or to book a trip.

If you're interested, please contact Kalbir at 778-860-4666/604-393-3251 ext 237

Screened Community Drivers provide safe, reliable, sensitive door-to-door transportation to medical and other appointments Monday to Saturday throughout the Lower Mainland. 




 Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 

Published 3:30 pm


Man shot and reportedly stabbed in the eye

Shocking attack leaves victim fighting for his life, suspect still at large

Staff/Voice file photo


IHIT investigators were at Fletcher and Yale Rd. Tuesday.


olice say an early morning shooting and alleged stabbing Tuesday at Fletcher Ave. and Yale Rd has left a man on life support. He is not expected to survive the brutal attack.

IHIT was on-scene investigating on Tuesday. According to police it was a targeted attack and the community is in no danger.

"At around 12:30 a.m. on October 22, 2019, RCMP with the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment received a report of a male who had been seriously injured in the area of Fletcher Street and Yale Road in Chilliwack. Officers arrived to find a 27-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound," said S/Sgt. Vrolyk in a release Tuesday afternoon. "He was transported to hospital where he remains on life support, but is not expected to survive. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has now taken conduct of the investigation."


“The victim in this case was known to police,” said Constable Harrison Mohr with IHIT. “This appears to have been a targeted shooting, although our investigators are still looking into whether the victim had any direct connections to gangs or the drug trade. We have no reason to believe the general public is at risk.”

"IHIT investigators are in Chilliwack today, working closely with the detachment’s Serious Crime unit to gather evidence both at the crime scene and in the surrounding area. No suspect is in custody at this time."


Prior to the shooting there was a report that someone was stabbed in the eye. Later on, police said the incidents were related


"Your information sounds similar to some initial reports we received, and although I cannot comment on the shooting victim's specific injuries, I believe that the person who was reportedly stabbed in the eye was in fact the shooting victim," Cst. Harrison Mohr told The Voice Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448)or via email here.

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



 Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 

Published 8 am


Jack's Jungle

Jack Kouwenhoven August 15, 1929 - September 29, 2019

Staff/Voice file photos


Jack Kouwenhoven in his garden in March 2015.


We lost Jack Kouwenhoven on September 29, 2019. Our condolences thoughts and prayers go out to to his family in this time of grief. The following story is about a trip through Jack's slice of horticultural heaven.


ack Kouwenhoven, 86, has hundreds of different plants in his garden. Point to any one of them and he'll tell you the name of it – in English and Latin. See the story and photos here.




 Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 

Published 8 am


Covered wire causes fire

Chief warms not to use extension cords on electrical appliances

Mike Bourdon, Asst. Chief, Fire Prevention/Voice photos

Fire Captain, crew and RCMP outside the home on Mayfair Ave. Saturday


n Oct 19, 2019, at approximately 8 pm the Chilliwack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the 46000-block of Mayfair Ave.


The homeowner had a freezer plugged into an extension cord which was coiled up and had a box placed over it. This arrangement allowed the extension cord to overheat and start the fire.


The home owner noticed smoke from the attached garage. Upon further investigation, the owner witnessed fire in the area where the extension cord was located and called 911, then grabbed a container full of water and successfully extinguished the fire.




Firefighters responded from Halls 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 and on arrival, reported seeing light smoke within the single-storey residential home.


When the crews entered, they noticed the home was charged with smoke. Upon entering the attached garage, they saw fire damage to storage items and the stairs leading to the home.


Fire crews proceeded with overhaul and salvage operations and were able to ventilate the structure and the residents were allowed back into the home.


There were no civilian and or firefighter injuries.


Chilliwack Fire Department wants to remind home owners and tenants, that major appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord with a major appliance—it can easily overheat and start a fire




 Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 

Published 8 am


Mainstream begins war on "fake news"

Instead of running campaigns against fake news, run ads to plant trees and pay for them

Staff Editorial/Voice file photo

ocal print media are once again picking on small news outlets and citizen journalists hoping to discredit as many people in the community as possible in one fell swoop with their hue and cry of "Fake News". Most people didn't even know the term "fake news" until Donald Trump began using it on mainstream media—the same ones who are now attacking small news outlets and the community writers at large. Except when it comes to community news, people always have had a general mistrust of mainstream media.

It's time to suit up. Print media has finally woken up from their slumber now and is fighting for air in a dirge of online news. There's nothing they can do except fight back with pitch fork mentality and insidious print campaigns against alternative online news sources and community writers.

No matter what print media tries to tell you, there's nothing fake about community news. They're trying to stuff the genie back in the bottle. It's the same everywhere not just in Chilliwack. There's been a paradigm shift to people taking charge of their own news. A lot of it has to do with social media. They see things through a different prism now.

People have been telling me for years how The Progress newspaper has been ignoring them. They've even gone into their office. So they turned to The Voice to be heard and read in the community. They call me up because they want a story investigated. I wished I was more than one person. That's the way it's been. Now print media is remorseful and wants to bring those people back in the fold. They don't forget.

The Voice has been an alternative news source for ten years. It's community-driven in that much of what's in it is written by members of the community. It's a bastion of free speech. A union.

I'm a certified publisher meaning I went to college for a year to  get certified. I've been publishing for about 30 years. I began producing small newspapers, mags and setting type in Vancouver.

I don't masquerade as a journalist. I'm a hack reporter writing items based on what I see and what people tell me. I'm not a photographer. I take photos. Once in a while I'll write something to keep things flowing on The Valley Voice. I am a publisher. Sometimes I make a mistake in reporting. I'm human. I work alone and do make errors. If you can do better than I challenge you to do that. I don't have editors to scan and correct items I write up like The Progress does. So I have to walk away from it and come back to it later with a fresh mind and even then I miss things.

I go with what I've got; what I see, what people tell me and what I know. If you're going to write about something then you have to know what it is you're writing about. Print media makes that mistake all the time. It's called "Yellow Journalism". Many times The Progress print letters that reflect in positive ways about themselves. Sometimes you'd swear they're writing the letters to the editors themselves.

Print media is having a difficult time transitioning over to digital. We're seeing more and more bare knuckle ads attacking citizen journalism. They want to be the ones people run to for information—even if its a skating party down at the rink or a book sale. It's just tofu.

The Progress can't fit it all on one page. I can hang community posters here on all one page.  They're important and very effective. It's a big job and takes hours but you have to like what you do to get it done. Print media can't do that because they're using a different type of web code called HTML5. I'm using the old code.

Most of The Progress' information has to be hidden under buttons and buttons and buttons and sentences now. They know that people don't chase a lot of news underneath buttons. They see how many clicks each button gets using their Control Panel.

The Progress drops tracking cookies on you. I don't put cookies on people's computers because it's not my business what they look at here or anywhere else.

Print media knows they've got a war on their hands and again they're lashing out at residents in the community trying to make people feel guilty and that they're the only one with "real" access to information. Everyone else is supposed to be stuck in a digital gulag.

Turning people away is not what community-driven news websites are about. This is Chilliwack not New York. The Progress wants to be the only game in town. You have to feel for them. Seriously.


The Progress people are good people. They've got several writers who need to pay mortgages that may be out of work or have to find alternative jobs in the near future. They'll have to be creative. Lashing out at people isn't very creative. It's like kids fighting over a toy in a sandbox. They're muddying the waters insinuating we're surrounded all the time by fake news.

Black Press is suffering. So the first thing they do is come out swinging and attack. They devote full pages with lots of white space and text knocked out.

The Voice isn't a big deal and I don't run around acting like it's a big deal. It's an alternative to mainstream media.

I would put my name on stories that take hours  to write but I don't like seeing my name all over the place on the website. I'm not a narcissist. I don't need my smiling face next to a story. I don't put my name on photos that I've gone and stood out at 3 am in the rain for. The satisfaction is there in the picture.

Print media don't have to get out of bed at 3 am because they know when they come into work in the morning they are going to have 50 photos of a fire or something to choose from in their inbox. The Progress has been getting off easy.  Maybe once a month they'll give away $30 for a photo if someone is lucky. Maybe they'll start printing something like "We pay for photos!" The next time there's a fire or an accident at night after hours check the name on the photo. It's not anyone from The Progress.

People naturally gravitate to print media because they want to see their faces and stories on hard copy. Another reason The Progress is having difficulty adjusting is  because people want their news in one or two paragraphs. Not these magnanimous brick walls of copy featuring stories that most people wouldn't read or have no interest in except the people and friends they're featuring. It's like reading the bible.

Print media outfits like The Progress are part of the hue and cry against community news reporting. They don't have a choke hold now on what was all theirs in the past. The Progress' mantra is 100 years publishing. That was hard copy.

Now with the spectre of online news, they're extolling the virtues of websites apparently dedicated to spotting fake news. They're assuming people are dense so they need to tell them how to spot fake news. We know it's a bunch of Bravo Sierra. These are simple tricks designed to lash out at any other media source other than their own sanitized and corporate-influenced narratives.

We know times have changed and sadly print media is going to have to take their lumps instead of trying to strangle the community with high priced ads. I will miss the days of hard copy. I worked for one outfit that we had to do the paste-up on windows because we didn't have a light table. But the sense of pride was there.

It harkens back to when the guys were smearing ink on the old Heidelberg presses to the delivery kids, the community loves them. They're great people but they're going to need to start focusing on advertising materials instead of blindly lashing out at the community with their buckshot attacks.

Print media, mainstream and small news outlets rely almost totally on you for their news. I'm just one little fish swimming in a sea of sharks, but can you imagine the possibilities if a whole school rose up against them? We need to stick together to get our news straight, timely and in a way that works for us. Despite what The Progress is saying, people are still going to soldier on with their tailor-made online news.


Instead of running campaigns against fake news, run campaigns to plant trees and pay for them. Save a tree. Get your news online.




 Monday, Oct 21, 2019 

Published 11 am


Keeping Men Healthy

Prostrate Health Awareness group meets Nov 7

Dale Erickson/Dr. Nathan Lack website photo



rostate Cancer Support Group Chilliwack. Prostate Health Awareness Information. Do you or someone you know have Prostate issues? Free Information and Awareness Group Meetings.

Mt. Cheam Lions Hall , Chilliwack, BC
Our next meeting will be at 7 pm on Thursday November 7, 2019, at 45580 Spadina Ave.


Our speaker will be Senior Research Scientist Dr Nathan Lack. He will be talking about novel drug targets to treat aggressive late-stage prostate cancer using genomics techniques in combination with classical pharmacology. Open discussion to follow. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any prostate issues and visit with a number of PC survivors after the presentation. Coffee and refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome. Questions? Dale Erikson (604) 824-5506 Marc Gosselin (778) 255-2544



 Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Vedder River at its best!

The fishing has been awesome

Berry's Bait/Website photos



edder/Chilliwack - Salmon season is now in full swing!! Coho and Chinook fishing has been phenomenal in the mid to lower river for the last week. This recent rain bought water levels up and should spread the fish out and bring a good push of fresh arrivals into the river system. Chum Salmon are starting to show up in the lower reaches and should just build in numbers in the next couple weeks.

Reports are courtesy of Berry's Baits.




 Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 

Published 8 am


CP Holiday Train is back!

Country star Terri Clark to perform Calgary to Vancouver

Staff/file photos



The train arrives in Agassiz Dec 16



anadian Pacific (CP) is proud to announce the performer lineup and schedule for the 2019 CP Holiday Train program. Entering its 21st year, the train uses music and community spirit to raise money and generate healthy food donations for food banks in communities along CP's network. Since 1999, the program has helped raise $15.8 million and collect 4.5 million pounds of food in Canada.


In Agassiz see country music star Terri Clark December 16  in Agassiz across from the Agra Centre on Pioneer Avenue, West of Highway 9. The train arrives at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm.


For more information and how to donate, visit the Holiday Train here.



 Friday, Oct 18, 2019 

Published 4 pm


Conversation with a candidate

Bogunovic talks federal politics coming into the 2019 elections Oct 21

Staff/Submitted photo



Rob Bogunovic is a local Social Justice school teacher and politician.  He studied at UBC with Justin Trudeau and together they shared the highest marks.



Voice: I guess you'll be glad when it's over next week with this campaigning business, you must be exhausted.

RB: Well as I've said a campaign in some ways its both sprint and marathon in the Electoral District Association (EDA) so that's going to continue so win or lose we're going to be working to build and move forward. I'm very proud of the work the guys did on this campaign. Read more here.



 Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 

Published 4 pm


New driver learns hard lesson

Vehicle failed to make the corner at Prest Road and First Ave

Staff/Voice photo


The Green Party elections sign remained intact after a vehicle rolled into the ditch at Prest Road.



eports a vehicle rolled over into a ditch at Prest Road and First Ave. around 2 pm Thursday.


A learning lesson for this new driver. The people inside managed to scramble out and thankfully there were no serious injuries, just some bumps and bruises. More often than not when a vehicle goes into a ditch it rolls. They were fortunate there wasn't any water in the ditch.


The Prest Road and First Ave. has an infamous history and drivers always need to be careful there with the ditches and the uncontrolled train crossing.



 Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Published 4 pm


Family Trees

Rotary Club celebrates 85 years in Chilliwack

Michael Berger, Chilliwack Rotary pres./Website image


Trees will be cared for the first two years and tracked by GPS.



t was 85 years ago that Rotary came to Chilliwack. The Rotary Club of Chilliwack is celebrating this occasion by planting at least 85 trees this fall and is providing opportunities for the community to take part and dedicate trees to commemorate special people.

Club President Michael Berger said, “We’re excited to offer this opportunity to the people of Chilliwack. We think that people will love having a tree that they can watch grow and change with the seasons, and that they will be able to commemorate a special person in their life.”

For only $185, community members can choose from a list of trees and locations, and use it to honour a loved one by planting an 85 FOR 85 tree.

The City of Chilliwack, School District # 33, Sto:lo Nation, the University of the Fraser Valley, and the Ministry of Forests are all contributing suitable public space to plant trees, and Rotary is approaching businesses to determine if there is more suitable space for trees. Cannor Nursery is providing the trees and has significantly discounted the price in order to make the trees affordable.

“Trees are an important part of beautifying our community, and they are important resources for birds and other wildlife. They also help mitigate the effects of climate change by producing more oxygen and sequestering carbon,” said Debora Soutar, 85 FOR 85 project chair.

As a tree patron, you may choose to participate in the actual planting or have one of the Rotary volunteers do it. Plantings will take place on selected weekends in October and November, along with some in Spring 2020.

After planting, the trees will be have a watering bag attached, and will be cared and maintained for the first two years after planting. As well, Rotarians will digitally record the planted trees with their GPS coordinates, species, the patron’s name, and dedication details. This database will be available in an app to allow any one interested in visiting a specific tree more information.

Visit Rotary for more information or to purchase an 85 FOR 85 tree.





 Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Published 2 pm


No Medal = No Vote

Volunteer Service needs recognition

Dave Palmer, Nepean, Ontario/File photo


Palmer asks military and RCMP veterans to sign the petition



hy? You were asked repeatedly by approved petitions to have your government created a Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal for all Veterans' and had four years to do it, yet you and your party ignored these petitions even when read in the House of Commons more than 30 times. Why is this? Vote ABL and ABC, Vote for anybody but Liberal/Conservative.

Now, you and the Liberal party, after ignoring the Veterans want us to do something for you?


If the Liberals and for that matter the Conservatives can't listen to we the people, then by your example, we won't listen to you the Liberals, nor the Conservatives. Why should we?


A petition calling for the creation of a Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal for all Veterans was sanctioned by the Clerk of Petitions and over 30 times, this petition with tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Canadians who signed it, the petition was approved again and again by the Clerk of Petitions and read in the House of Commons, yes over 30 times, and every time both the Conservatives and Liberals ignored it, they would not listen to the pleas of the people.


So Liberals and Conservatives, as indicated by your established example of not listening to we the people, then we the people will not listen to you. Sign the petition here.




 Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Published 2 pm


Smokey robbed the bandit

Langley man picks up a cool half million

BCLC/Handout photo


Mark Denton from Langley holds an oversized cheque marking his big win.



ark Denton’s dream of purchasing a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition is about to become a reality after the Langley resident matched all four Extra numbers in the October 9, 2019 Lotto 6/49 draw to win $500,000.

The vehicle, familiar to fans of the 1977 film, Smokey and the Bandit, is a favourite of Denton’s and the lottery winner said it’s on the top of his list of celebratory purchases.

“I’ve always wanted one that looks exactly like it, in gold and black,” says Denton. “I think that’s one little gift I’m going to give myself.” Denton, who purchased his ticket at the Walnut Grove Pub and Bistro, was at home when he checked the winning numbers on bclc.com.

“When I saw that someone in Langley had won, I thought ‘I better check my ticket,’” says Denton. “I said to my wife ‘some guy in Langley won a half million’… sure enough, that ‘some guy’ was me.”

In addition to purchasing the ’77 Trans Am, Denton said he may consider a move to Vancouver Island.


Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com.




 Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Published 1 pm


Picture Chilliwack's Future

Childcare, health, families, seniors, unions high on McQuillan's list for the city

Campaign to elect Heather McQuillan/Submitted photos



Heather McQuillan and her 10 month old son Maverick has often been with his mom on the campaign trail.



eather McQuillan is a family advocate and worker’s rights activist who knows the difference having a union negotiating for her can make. She believes that government should be negotiating for its people rather than for corporations. She believes in getting involved and doing the work for change. As a film technician, she works 60 hours a week, and, if elected, intends to bring that same dedication to representing Chilliwack.

As a member and representative for IATSE local 891, the film technician’s Union (and one of the largest local’s in the industry) she has at a local and international level working with the Young Workers Committee, the Human Rights Committee and the Women’s committee.

Heather is the founder of Mom’s in Film Canada, a non profit that advocates for families in the film industry. They have lobbied both provincial and federal legislations that support families working to develop good childcare options and to clarify and enforce reasonable accommodation and parental leave in atypical working situations.

She is the primary caregiver for her mother who has Parkinson’s disease. This has led her to seeing how much work there is in creating easy access for seniors and those with disabilities. She is proud to represent a platform that has built to support people in living with dignity by expanding medicare, creating universal Pharmacare, Dental and eye coverage.

Growing up in Saskatchewan has given her a particularly clear understanding of the way agriculture business will be affected by transition to green energy. It is part of the reason she chose to run in Chilliwack. She is passionate about advocating for agricultural businesses and making sure families can comfortably transition and believes the NDP has a great plan for it.




 Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Published 1 pm


Back to the Future

Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters were high in the Sunshine Valley last week

Staff/Submitted photo


Chilliwack real estate agent Linda Sexsmith (l) and friend at their last adventure.



ur Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters were out on another adventure last week.

Nine people made the trip to Sunshine Valley, formerly named Tashme, an unincorporated settlement and former Japanese Canadian internment camp on the Crowsnest Highway between the town of Hope and the entrance to Manning Park in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia.

"It wasn't one of Canada's proudest moments but at the time it seemed like a great idea and besides the Americans were doing it as well," said Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters group founder Mark Lewis. "We were fortunate, Bob Martin had a friend who had a friend, the owner of a good chunk of the land that the camp was built on."


"The hunt was a blast but also staggering at the same time, there was 9 of us and we could of easily taken another 20 and not crossed paths and that was only on one side of the highway," added Lewis.

The area they hunted was vast and they could have 20 people hunting and still not interfere with each other.

Lewis said they didn't find a lot. One person located a British cigarette lighter that was likely from the camp.

A jackknife and British lighter were some of the items found.

"Dennis found a small jackknife, but we're not absolutely sure if it came from the era," said Lewis. "I found a boar hair brush that either belonged to an officer in the camp or one of the Japanese ladies, but I need to go back and see if I can find the rest of the kit."

According to Lewis, the club had a had a great time which is the most important thing.

"Maybe we can go back next year for a weekend, we'll see." he concluded.

If you're interested in joining the group for some fun and exercise you can connect on Facebook here. Learn more on their website here. Watch a Youtube video here.

There's gold in them thar links!


 Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

Published 8 pm


Enough already!

City councilors deny another C9 rezoning

Staff/Voice file photo


Chilliwack city councillors Bud Mercer, Sue Knott and Jeff Sheilds at City Hall Tuesday.


o pot or not. That's what was on Tuesday's City Hall council meeting. Council rejected an application to rezone the area around the Jolly Miller Pub for C9. The C9 zones are specially designated areas so businesses can sell marijuana.


Councillor Sue Knott said there are "enough" already. The other's echoed that sentiment. The recurring theme in that vacuous environment is "echo".

The buzz is that the C9 zones are new and to sell marijuana then rezoning is necessary. By denying this application council is denying business. It's basically unconstitutional and discriminatory to deny C9s because there are "enough" already. There has to be other reasons.


Not far away is Buddy's smoke shop that sells vaping products. Buddy's was looking for a store manager at $25/hr.

Would council say no if a company wanted a new gas station with the 150 heavy chemicals associated to gasoline like
benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, and xylenes in a riparian area like the one adjacent to the casino?

Okay, enough already. City staff presented council with maps and parameters of the planned Cyclevision bicycle lanes. Generally, you're going to see buffered bike lanes with stripes, on Broadway, Airport and Hopedale Rd. You'll see parking spots dissolve on one side of the streets in all cases. Approximately $750,000 has been worked into the 2019 budget. The City will begin working on the painting this year if weather permits or in the spring.

The City is stocking up on road salt. Lafarge came in as the low bidder.

Council passed a motion to spend $345,000 on a new Finning Cat excavator. Nice. Coun. Sue Knott asked about Sourcewell a co-op type of buying club the City used that can save people and organizations money and staff said it do that.

One of the biggest items on Tuesday's agenda were the 10 new breathing apparatuses, for ever $128,000 for the fire department. They're called self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), air cylinders and related equipment. Chief Josephson told council that they saved around $7000.

Keeping firefighters safe is a priority. If they're going to save lives they need to be safe themselves. Have you ever wondered where the fire department gets some of it's equipment?

In case you wanted to set up you're own fire hall see here for information Rocky Mountain Phoenix.

Council endorsed a 52-unit housing development at 44521 Sherry Drive. Hopefully that won't add to the possibility of creating a bubble should housing prices plunge if the Stock Market went from bull to bear.

There was talk about the Chilliwack Mall area rebuild and renovations with the prospect of residential construction in the future. Apparently there are about 673 parking stalls. Coun. Lum asked if there were any that were for EV charging stations.

Staff indicated that any stipulations like that would need to be worked into the contract prior to it being signed-off on. Mayor Popove said that they could look into it as long as it didn't slow down the project progress. There was no word if there would be a charge for using the electric charging stations.



 Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

Published 1 pm


Guitar Great

Martin Simpson plays Harrison this weekend

Bryan Cutler, HMS/Handout photo


Simpson rated one of the top 30 acoustic players of all time by Gibson Guitarists.


n Friday, October 18, the Harrison Festival Society presents the 1st concert in its 42nd Season of the Performing Arts, with a rare west coast appearance by legendary British folk guitarist and singer Martin Simpson.

40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin Simpson is well established as a masterful and influential artist of the highest calibre. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues, and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.

Martin Simpson is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 acoustic guitarists of all time. He has had the most nominations of any performer in the 18 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, an astonishing 32 times, 13 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that particular accolade twice.

The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets for Martin Simpson 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.



 Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

Published 8 am


Resident injured in home fall

Responders careful about entry

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald


First responders laddered up to access the suite from the exterior


irst responders were called out to the 4700-block Victoria Ave around 10 pm Monday after reports that an elderly woman had fallen and couldn't get up. Apparently she was behind locked doors.


Firefighters can break in doors pretty quickly but in cases like this they don't want to kick doors and ruined to the point where it can't be secured after if the person is going to be taken to the hospital. The same thing goes for a balcony door.


A concerned neighbour across the street said the woman fell the night before as well. There's no word on her condition.



 Monday, Oct 14, 2019

Published 9:30 am


Miles of pumpkin smiles

The spiritual side of autumn

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald



eing a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you and me up, takes us in, and washes all the dirt off of us. He opens us up, touches us deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff—including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside us to shine for all the world to see. This was passed on to me from another pumpkin. Now, it is your turn to pass it to a pumpkin. I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch. Happy Fall!



 Monday, Oct 14, 2019

Published 9:30 am


Are you a locavore?

Five myths about buying local

Pierre Desrochers, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Toronto /YouTube image



or several years, activists and policymakers have promoted a wide range of local food initiatives. Many of these have been unsuccessful or have experienced significant problems. These problems were unavoidable because the approaches promoted by local food activists (also known as locavores) (re)created the problems that had historically motivated the development of modern agricultural production practices and of the globalized food supply chain. By promoting the increased production of local food that does not offer a compelling quality/price ratio while shunning modern production and processing technologies, activists ensure that our food supply will become more expensive, environmentally damaging, and hazardous to our health than is presently the case. This is because their prescription is based on five myths.

Myth #1: Locavorism nurtures social capital

The locavores argue that direct connections between final consumers and local food producers mend local community ties eroded by the anonymous character of the globalized food supply chain and large retailing operations.

The facts are that conventional food practices generate much social capital, such as when urban teenagers get part-time jobs working in grocery stores and come into contact with the complexity of the food system and the diversity of customers. Further, intermediaries in the conventional food supply chain create value by delivering lower costs (by ruthlessly looking for the better deals among several suppliers), greater convenience (through closer geographical proximity to consumers) and less waste (by providing consumers with the amount of food they need when they need it) than direct marketing approaches such as farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture.

Myth #2: Locavorism promotes economic development

The locavores argue that additional local food purchases improve the economic circumstances of mostly small-scale farmers who otherwise struggle against international competition. Money spent locally stays in the community and generates additional employment in other lines of work rather than ending up in the distant headquarters of large retail chains, shipping companies, and corporate farms.

The facts are that in a market economy, retailers will always display local food that meets their specifications (e.g., volume, quality) when it offers the best quality/price ratio. Such local food creates value and jobs not because it is local, but because it is the best option available at that point. The high cost of land and other inputs in cities, along with technical limitations, make urban agriculture extremely expensive to build and operate. As such, their potential market niches are limited to expensive high-end products targeted at middle- and upper-middle-class consumers who share their owners’ beliefs. The recent bankruptcies of many vertical farm projects suggest the model is inherently unprofitable.

Myth #3: Locavorism is tastier, more nutritious, and safer

Locavores argue that because locally grown food is fresher, it is tastier and more nutritious than items that have travelled long distances. Food contamination is also more likely in central processing facilities where vast quantities of food from diverse geographical origins co-mingle and are exposed to undesirable elements. By contrast, the small scale of local food production ensures that problems are smaller and remain localized.

The fact is that major advances in the preservation and transportation of food in the 19th century marked a major break with the more monotonous and less nutritious local diets of our ancestors. There is no simple correlation between freshness and nutritional value, but there is one between long-distance trade and the year-round availability of fresh produce. Furthermore, our modern food system is by far the safest in human history. Large supermarkets are also inherently safer than farmers’ markets which are usually temporary outdoor events with few facilities and whose vendors have, in general, received only the most basic training in food hygiene.

Myth #4: Locavorism increases food security

Locavores argue that local producers are more dependable than foreign suppliers in times of political and economic crisis. Diversified local agriculture is also less likely to succumb to pests and diseases than monocultures.

The fact is that famines have plagued humankind for at least 6,000 years. The historical record clearly shows that the crop diversification strategy of subsistence agriculture communities could never overcome the fact that they were condemned to put all their production eggs in one regional basket. What ultimately delivered most of humanity from widespread malnutrition and famine was long-distance trade and the ability of regions that were experiencing bad harvests to rely on the surplus of those that had enjoyed better than average ones. Because of global specialization and exchange, humanity currently enjoys its highest level of food security in history and perennial worries like food shortages and famines are now confined to the least developed and more conflict-prone parts of the planet.

Myth #5: Locavorism heals the Earth

Locavores argue that locally produced foodstuffs travel shorter distances between final producers and consumers (i.e., fewer “food miles”) and generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions than food shipped from more distant places and therefore are more beneficial to the environment.

The fact is that the notion of “food miles,” meaning the distance between farms and final consumers, is a meaningless environmental indicator. Producing food requires much more energy than moving it around. The distance travelled matters less than the mode of transportation. For instance, moving foodstuffs halfway around the Earth on a container ship often has a smaller footprint per item carried than a relatively short ride by pick-up truck to deliver produce from an alternative farm to urban farmers’ markets.

The vision of local food activists is up against geographical advantages for the production of certain types of food and the creation of economies of scale and scope in food production, processing, transport, and safety. These realities have defeated very sophisticated local food production systems in the past and condemned their well-meaning initiatives to failure. Locavores should redirect their efforts toward promoting the greater globalization of our food supply.



 Friday, Oct 10, 2019

Published 9:30 am


Workshop lost to fire

CFD investigates cause

Chris Wilson, Assistant Chief, EP /Google image



n October 11th at approximately 2:25 am, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a report of a structure fire in the 45000-block of Ruger Place. Fire crews from Halls 1, 3, 4 and 6 responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered heavy smoke and flames showing from the roof of a single-storey detached workshop.

Crews established a water supply and quickly brought the fire under control utilizing a defensive attack. Through their swift actions, fire crews also prevented the fire from spreading to nearby structures. The workshop did suffer extensive fire and smoke damage.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported at this fire and the occupants of the home were able to safely exit.

The cause of this fire is currently under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Officials.


 Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 

Published 4 pm


Signals crossed

No injuries in minor accident

Staff/Voice file photo


Firefighters de-energize and check for leaking one of the accident at Williams and Yale Rd.

hursday morning traffic was slowed around 8 am at in the intersection Williams St. and Yale Rd. when a mix-up happened that resulted in a relatively minor bumper thumper. It doesn't take much to crumple late model cars because of their lightweight construction.

Firefighters de-energized the vehicles to avoid a vehicle fire.

In this case the air bags were deployed. Thankfully both drivers were up walking around and the paramedics and ambulance on-scene weren't needed.



 Thursday, Oct 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Elections race tightens up after "real" debate

All of the candidates were able to express their viewpoints and afforded rebuttals

Staff/Voice file photo


Bogunovic (bottom left) didn't mince words over dealing with veterans' CPP claw back issue.

onight's All-Candidates meeting hosted Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society emceed by Progress writer Jennifer Feinberg, was the most important of all of them. The reason why is because for the first time candidates had the chance to rebut. That's what makes a campaign a campaign. Instead of people talking to picket fences and cardboard cutouts there was lots of action from the floor and online. The downside was asking for donations for admittance.

PPC Robert Bogunovic came out swinging on veterans issues and wants to see vets get what they deserve in terms of CPP and super annuity bridge benefits. "Our party was built for and by veterans". His support for veterans exceeds that of the other Parties which really works in his favour because there are a lot of veterans and seniors who want to try change and are more right than the PC's are. He was also pro life which riled up Velonis. "My body is my body and no one is going to tell me what to do with it," she said in her rebuttal.

PC MP Mark Strahl was peppered with most of the questions and was able to rebut on a few. Although supportive of gun control, he elaborated more on the issue than Bogunovic who said guns are for hunters. Strahl spoke about the economy. Strahl also said that his Party is doing everything it can for disabled soldiers but made no mention of super annuity issues.  Strahl is going to have a hard time keeping those seniors and veterans' votes out of Bogunovic's hands who mentioned those.

Although the Canadian economy was about and the need to increase it, there was no mention that the country's economy has slipped to 14th in the world now, far below Hong Kong who is 3rd despite what's going on there now.

Liberal Kelly Velonis said she was a member of the Agassiz Gun Club and went out for target practice. All agreed that they need to go after the criminal element.

Like the other candidates, this was Green Party candidate Art Green's strongest showing. Not only was Green verbose on the topic of climate change ie. "If 97,000 scientists around the world say climate change is real and happening, show me 97,001 who say it isn't and I'll go with them", that he's not in the dark about government boondoggles like the failed Phoenix pay system which he called a "cash cow". "They spent $300 million on it." Green spoke about transit and quipped how Mexico's is better.

Bogunovic inferred that climate change was a hoax saying sea levels haven't risen that much and won't be in the foreseeable future. On Sex Ed and the LGBTQ question in schools he agreed with it and gave lots of leeway down to as young as 12-years-old, which a lot of people feel that's too young yet. "That's when kids start to become sexually active," he said.

NDP Heather McQuillan was big on social planning; seniors, childcare, homeless. From the beginning she spoke from the heart and didn't read from a piece of paper appealing to voters in a grounded way on issues that she feels are important and to that of her Party's line. The same went for O'Donnel. McQuillan has first-hand experience dealing with the medical system with her mom who has Parkinson's. 

Shirley O'Donnel. A perennial candidate for Marxist-Leninist Party. In all her years of campaigning, she spoke more tonight than she's ever been given a chance to because of the meeting's format. She advocated for rail from Hope to Vancouver using existing infrastructure with some money to update it. As far as a bus ride to Hope she said "Go ahead, take a ride, go have lunch, visit the Othello Tunnels and come back." But she didn't say anything about a daily commute. Her main message in all of her campaigns has been about "empowerment". To "learn how to protect people's rights as individuals, and as communities," and to go as far as to say "militate if need be against corrupt governments." Make change she said.

Summary: The all-candidates meeting were attended mostly by seniors. Though outnumbered at tonight's meeting, there were more questions from youth even as young as 11-years-old than in prior meetings. It's going to be a tough race October 21. Thanks to the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society for hosting.



 Thursday, Oct 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Military and RCMP veterans issues huge in 2019 elections

PPC candidate Bogdunovic strong on veterans at all-candidates meeting Oct 9

John Labelle, N.S./Voice file photo


Bogunovic (bottom left) didn't mince words over dealing with veterans' CPP claw back issue. "Our party was built by veterans".

Open letter to PC leader Andrew Sheer from Canadian veterans:

hile it is regrettable that your executive staff is not passing our veteran's letters to you concerning our veterans and their families CPP pension claw back to their forces pension. During your last TV debate you failed to introduce your position regarding our Veterans CPP pension claw back.

The very least that veterans expected was for you to answer our letters and state your position. You appear to be satisfied with a possible minority Government.

If you can’t recognized the many sacrifices that our veterans and their families have contributed and continue to do so towards the security of Canada at no cost to the tax payers. What do you stand for?

• The Government introduced the New Veterans Charter that cheated our disabled veterans of their tax free disability pension.

• The introduction of the CPP plan our benefits are clawed back to our forces pension at age 65.

• Now Ottawa cuts reimbursement for military health care, hospitals on the hook for millions.

• Hon. Scheer you have no time to reply to our CPP Pension claw back issue. Veterans and their families have given their all towards the security of Canada. They have been screwed at every turn. The Government of Canada spent billions on foreign aid, but apparently we ask for too much.

CPP Benefit:

The CPP bridge benefit is a lie! We pay a 36% penalty for life to receive our CPP benefit at age 60-65. There is no bridge benefit! At age 65 our CPP benefit is reduced from our forces pension.

In recognition of the many sacrifices our Military/RCMP veterans and their families have contributed to the security of Canada, as the new Prime Minister of Canada will you take action to terminate the CPP pension claw back to Veterans Forces Pension?

This must be achieved in the first year of your mandate at no cost to the tax payers.

You leave us with very little time to gather votes for your party. You and your entourage have failed to communicate towards our Military/RCMP veterans CPP claw back issue. Now you leave us with a voting choice of voting for the best of the worst.



 Thursday, Oct 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Rubik's Gladiators

Cuber convention first time in Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photos


Most Cubers can solve even larger cubes than shown here in less than two minutes. Below, one of the top Cubers has his hands on the start and finish pads recorded by his Go Pro.


t's an amazing time to be a cuber. When people think of sports, most think of soccer or hockey and the physical and mental strain it takes on players.


With calm demeanors and steady hands, nerves of steel and heightened senses, a cold air fills their lungs as they plunge themselves into battle, never to retreat, never to surrender. The greatest glory and achievement; to outplay and show no mercy with every swing of the cube against the fury of their opponent.


On Saturday the World Cubers Association challenge took over the Alliance Church in Chilliwack. One of the few female players, stood up after a bout with the coloured box and said her heart was pounding.

So when you think of Rubik's Cubes you don't equate it with those physical types of sports but like soccer and hockey, being a Cuber takes extreme concentration, excellent hand to eye coordination, timing and lightning quick reflexes in order to be successful at it. It's all about algorithms. They practice for hours trying to be the best Cuber the world has ever known.

The top Cuber wearing the "sponsored jacket" Saturday is almost finished unscrambling his cube.


The contests happen at various places, mostly around the Lower Mainland in Vancouver and Washington such as Seattle. The World Cuber Association Cuber challenge was the first time it was in Chilliwack. The competition started at 8 am and went until 4 pm. An early finish meant organizers were able to add a match to cheers from the players. 

In the old days cube players had to learn to play from paper directions. Now they have YouTube clips to learn from so each time they go to an event their times become better.


The contestants could unscramble a cube from seconds to two minutes depending on its size. To make it fair people configure all the cubes the same and then change them up. There's also blind games where players eyes are covered.

Each race has a judge with a timer. The contestant unscrambles a cube before getting started. Most can do that with one hand. The game cube is placed under a cup. The cup is lifted. The player is allowed to take 15 seconds to examine it then the cup goes down over it again. The contestants hands are placed on electronic pads. As soon as the cup is lifted the clock starts and they go. As soon as the cup is unscrambled they hit their hands on the pads and the clock stops.

The Alliance Church gym had practice tables at the back and competitions in the front. Below, one of the few female contestants.


Each round they play 5 times. The fastest and slowest times are deleted and the remaining three averaged out for their overall time to see if they advance to the next round. The cubes range in size from large to small. Players can finish the small ones in an amazing 2 seconds or less. It's all immediately downloaded to a website where players can follow along using their phones.

There were prizes of special cubes but no cash. It was prestige and the chance to get sponsored and have the honour of wearing a coveted red jacket and some other perks.

Michael Turner and his wife and their Cuber son Haikel came from Victoria for the event. It made for a great family outing. Even though Haikel didn't win the big rounds, he was still glad to be among his peers.

"Rather than sitting there vegging out on videos at home, he practices his cubing," said Turner. "We always have a great time at the contests and this is the first time we've ever been to Chilliwack."

After the battle at the end of the day they're a true Cuber in every sense of the word.




 Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Say no to suffering in silence

Free Support and Wellness programs in Chilliwack October to December 

Kathryn  Sutton, Pain BC/Website images


ain BC is pleased to announce the launch of a new, free program for people with pain in Chilliwack and locations throughout BC. Chronic pain is experienced by one in five British Columbians and is associated with the worst quality of life as compared with other chronic diseases such as chronic lung or heart disease. It can be caused by accidents, injuries, chronic conditions and other illnesses.


Neighbourhood Learning Centre

46361 Yale Road, Chilliwack


Upcoming dates:

Oct. 22, 2019 - 7pm-9pm (Room 1007/1009)

Nov. 12, 2019 - 11am-1pm (Room 1012)

Nov. 26, 2019 - 7pm-9pm (Room 1007/1009)

Dec. 10, 2019 - 11am-1pm (Room 1012)


Managing chronic pain can be complex -- people with pain usually need pain education and supportive communities to thrive, but that support can be hard to find in BC, particularly in rural and remote communities.

Pain Support and Wellness Groups are designed to address this unmet need. The free groups offer an opportunity for people living with persistent pain from any cause – injuries, illnesses and chronic conditions - to learn more about self-management while connecting with others in pain, offering mutual understanding, and sharing knowledge and coping strategies. The program is designed to reduce feelings of isolation among participants and strengthen the network of people living with pain across the province.

“There is a huge need for accessible pain care and support in BC,” said Maria Hudspith, Executive Director, Pain BC. “We hope these groups will give British Columbians with pain the hope, support, and resources they need to manage their pain.” 

Funding for this program has been provided by ICBC's Community Grants program. See more.



 Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Bulldozing Bullying

Online office volunteers and "SMS Buddies" needed for BullyingCanada 

PJ Ryan, BullyingCanada/Voice file photo


Bullying calls increase when schools are back in session.


ullyingCanada is seeking volunteers from across the country to help ensure our services are available for all youth, whenever needed. BullyingCanada  receives, on average, more than a thousand requests a day, and to provide our services on a 24/7 basis, and needs volunteers for several positions.
To keep up with demand, BullyingCanada is seeking some individuals to assist with administrative and development tasks or data entry roles, BullyingCanada is especially in need of people with some amount of experience with grant applications or fundraising.


"With the start of the new school year, we are seeing an increased number of youths reaching out for assistance. To ensure we're able to serve them best going forward, BullyingCanada needs several volunteers to help with a variety of tasks," says Rob Benn-Fenette, O.N.B. Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director. "We know that many people find working directly with youth rewarding."

Volunteering with BullyingCanada is an exciting opportunity for those looking to give back or develop experience in nonprofit administration or development. If you're interested in helping, but prefer to work directly with youths, we are always in need of Virtual and SMS Buddies, or you may support us financially with a tax-deductible donation.
Interested adults may apply by going to BullyingCanada.ca/Volunteer. All applicants should have a computer with reliable high-speed internet access and a passion for engaging with our mission. Additionally, candidates will be required to undergo a federal, criminal background check, and they must be willing to commit to volunteering regularly. See more here.



 Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


It's Working!

Free Business Seminars offered throughout October

Kelsey Malden, SBBC/Website image


Take part in ten seminars and webinars and with 22 Talk to an Expert sessions.


mall Business Week has been celebrated across Canada since 1981. It is a time to recognize the contributions entrepreneurs and small business owners make toward the economy and BC’s local communities. It is also an occasion to draw attention to the organizations and groups that help small business owners with programs and resources.

To celebrate, Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource for entrepreneurs, and the B.C. government have partnered once again to allow entrepreneurs and small business owners in BC free access to all Small Business BC seminars, webinars and Talk to an Expert sessions happening between October 21, 2019, and October 25, 2019.


Small Business BC is offering ten seminars and webinars along with 22 Talk to an Expert sessions to choose from during Small Business Week in October, covering everything from starting a business, to finance, marketing, insurance, and more. Whether you need help branding your business, hiring employees, managing operations or anything else, Small Business BC has the services and knowledge you need to succeed. See more here.




 Monday, Oct 7, 2019 

Published 6 am


Addiction Never Sleeps

School Board trustees want City to look at an alternative location for the facility

Staff/Voice file photo


The Portal cold weather shelter on Yale Rd. houses about 40 people overnight. Below, SD33 Trustee Darrell Furgason.


ast week School District 33 (SD33) Board Trustee Darrell Furgason, with the backing of four of six Trustees, called on the board to hold a special meeting October 9, because he found out at the open meeting of Ruth and Naomi's on October 4 that Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove was pushing the date forward to October 15 on whether or not to extend the lease of The Portal, a place for homeless to bed down, located at 46293 Yale Road, near two schools, for another 3 years.

Originally, The Portal was to be a temporary facility open at nights only but morphed into a daytime community centre of sorts where addicts, homeless and those in recovery were hanging out throughout the summer months not only at night, but all day long.


Many people in the community think The Portal is in the worst possible location and feel duped by Ruth and Naomi's and the City's promise that it would be temporary only. One couple told The Voice they can't sell their apartment around the corner because of The Portal.

At issue are the hundreds of school kids from Chilliwack Middle School and Chilliwack Senior Secondary on their way to and from classes who have to bob and weave past hardcore addicts and homeless and are exposed to open drug use, overdoses, prostitution, sexual activities, needles, the presence of constant streams of addicted people and drug dealers is rampant at and around The Portal. At lunch, a long line of kids rushing over to the 7-11 for Slurpees are again exposed to the unruly environment.

Furgason spoke with The Voice Saturday via e-mail who said he isn't against The Portal and feels it helps address the needs of addicts and homelessness but kids come first.


"By ignoring parents and putting the needs of addicts and homeless ahead of those of the kids  defeats the purpose of being a Trustee and that onus is on the City to provide a balanced approach," explained Furgason. "We are here first and foremost for the students who attend our schools and should be listening firstly to parents with children in SD33 schools."

A 5 Star Hotel isn't necessary. The Portal is a simple arrangement. Inside are rows of cots, a bookshelf, a couple of folding tables, a heap of clothing on the floor, a coffee pot and a shower at the back. Tours aren't needed as the facility is open to the public.

So the pressing question council has to decide upon is whether or not to shutter The Portal and move it before the lease runs out and the winter months kick in.

Obviously as depicted by The Portal dilemma, the City needs a paradigm shift in dealing with the homeless/drug addiction downtown. It's not the School Board's mandate — children's health and well-being is their primary doctrine.

"I support the idea of it. It is not about ignoring the plight of the homeless," wrote Furgason. "My concern as Trustee is simply that The Portal is too close to schools and has already posed a serious concern to parents of children, and if we do nothing, we are then showing students, and parents of students in our schools, that we care more about drug addicts and the homeless than the welfare of our own students. "

When licensing Marijuana stores, one of the City's C9 requirements is they not be located near schools.

Referring to the area around Williams and Yale Road Furgason states: "If we are concerned for the people who use the Portal, then why are they located next to the main illegal drug dealing area of Chilliwack? Would the City put an alcoholics recovery house next to a liquor store?"

Furgason says more than 3500 people are diametrically opposed to The Portal's location and have made statements and signed a petition — many of whom are parents of SD 33 kids — to move it.

But reports indicate that Bill Raddatz, Executive Director of Ruth and Naomi's, says there's no place else for that type of facility. A Voice reader pointed out that the old Wally's Towing building at 8410 Young Rd. by the bottle depot has been empty for months, if not years, and is large enough to accommodate as many, or even more people. Raddatz could not be reached for comment.




 Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 

Published 5 pm


Walk to the beat of their own drum

Local pipers to honour James Richardson with new band

Staff/Voice file photo


Ken Nice (l) speaks about WW1 hero and Victory Cross recipient piper James Richardson.


ocal Scottish drummers Ken Nice and Doug Holloway were at the city council meeting Tuesday to talk about bagpipe player James Richardson from Chilliwack and his involvement in the Battle of Somme where 500,000 allied troops lost their lives in the  deadliest battle if the war.


Richardson was killed when he left the trenches to assist a wounded officer. He was later awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery.


Kendal Clarke plays his bagpipes in front of the Richardson statue at the museum.


Although only two, Nice and Holloway are hoping to form a memorial pipe band to commemorate Richardson. According to Nice, some of the Richardson family still live in Chilliwack.



 Friday, Oct 4, 2019 

Published 5 pm


Best out west

Louisiana Hayride cross-country tour pays tribute to music stars in Chilliwack Nov 17

Lori & Gil Risling/Handout photos


Shania Twain songs are part of the show


ome and enjoy a fun night out and help the lovable cast of the Louisiana Hayride Show celebrate 10 years of touring this show across western Canada! You’ll hear the best country and rockabilly hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s as they pay tribute to the historical radio program, The Louisiana Hayride with past favorites and new classics! You will love the songs, you will love the stories!


November 17, 2019, 7 pm

Chilliwack Cultural Centre - 9201 Corbould St.

Hub International Theatre

All seats $49

You’ll think you’re at their concert when you see Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle, Lefty Frizzell, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson step on stage to perform for you! Also featured in this amazing show is a tribute to Shania Twain. Audiences are loving the connection from ‘old’ to ‘new’ country!

In addition to the tributes to these legends, you’ll also enjoy music by ‘greats’ such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride and more.

The talented singers and musicians of the Louisiana Hayride Show recreate these iconic artists and take you on a musical journey with their legendary hits. The ability of the cast to transform themselves into the artists they are portraying, both in look and sound is amazing. The reviews are in, this is the best show of its kind out there!

Take a trip down memory lane with this unique musical extravaganza...The Louisiana Hayride Show, complete with studio stage set, amazing tribute artists and live band will bring you back in time to when songs were meaningful, the words were understood and the sound was pleasant. The cast and crew of the Louisiana Hayride are dedicated to bringing authentic music to you. The songs you hear will be true to the originals. This is your invitation to the Louisiana Hayride Show! You will be amazed and entertained from start to finish!

Ten years of touring this show throughout western Canada, with thousands of fans coming to the show time and time again, proves this is the show to see! You will enjoy an evening of stellar musicianship and extraordinary vocals presented in a completely unique and entertaining way. If you choose just one tribute show to attend, this should be the one. Connect on Facebook.



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


Look who's talking 

TEDx is taking speaking applications to November 19

Michael Berger, Chilliwack/Website image



he path to speaking at TEDxChilliwack 2020 is now open with the speaker application phase. Entering the fifth year of TEDxChilliwack, while over 200 people have applied to speak at previous events, only a select number are chosen.


This year, 12 speakers will be chosen to present their ideas on the theme of “Clarity”. Speakers are knowledgeable about their topic, have a point of view, and most importantly, an idea worth sharing.


Michael Berger, Marketing Chair for TEDxChilliwack, said, “Our vision for 2020 is that many people are seeking Clarity. We’re looking for potential speakers who are optimistic and have inspiring ideas about science, technology, innovation, arts, design, sports, culture and the environment that have the potential to change our community and the world.”


After the application process closes on November 18, a team will review all applications and choose those they wish to hear more from at an Applicant Showcase night. The Applicant Showcase night will be held in January, and will feature people being considered to speak at the TEDxChilliwack Main Event on April 11, 2020 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.


Tim McAlpine, Design and Production Chair of TEDxChilliwack, said, “We welcome applications from throughout the Fraser Valley. We’re not too worried if people aren’t great speakers immediately, as applicants chosen to speak will be assigned a personal speaking coach, and there will be ample time to refine their idea.”


People wishing to apply should head to www.tedxchilliwack.com and click on the Apply Today button. But hurry! Applications close on November 18.



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


Connecting Communities 

CSCL celebrates 65 years of service

Staff/City image


 Dianne Elling accepts special certificate at City Hall Monday.


hilliwack Society for Community Living (CSCL) have been serving people with intellectual disabilities since 1954.


Julie Unger, M.A. Executive Dir., CSCL and a large contingent of staff and affiliates were at Monday's city council meeting to thank the City for its support over the years.

According to Unger, they have over 500 clients with of about 350 staff and another 200 independent contractors.

In 1996, BC was the first province to close its institutions for people with disabilities.

"For 25 years we have created real work for real pay for people with disabilities," she said.

CSCL acknowledged the City's neighbourhood grant program, in particular the "Celebration and Activity" grant.

"We have have a number of our services and folks we support take advantage of those grants and create amazing events in their communities that have brought neighbourhoods together that have previously been isolated," she said. "The folks that we support are more at risk of isolation because of their disabilities, because of stigma and historical seclusion."

Mayor Ken Popove commended CSCL.

"I really appreciate what your organization does for our city. It is all about bringing people together, it's awesome what you guys do."

CSCL are hosting a number of events including;
Oct 18 - Community Living Party at Chapman Hall with a band and BBQ, prizes
Oct 28-29 CSCL Staff Conference at the Sure Stay hotel and a month-long photo contest with a "gratitude" theme



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


Moving on up 

Elling awarded special certificate from City Hall

Staff/City image


 Dianne Elling presented with special certificate at City Hall Monday.


ayor Ken Popove thanked and congratulated Dianne Elling with a framed certificate at Monday's council meeting for her hard work after completing  "Local Government" courses online at Camosun College all while working for the City. She began work with the City in 2016 and immediately started planning to obtain her certification.


She took four core courses and two electives enhancing her skills that relate specifically to her role within the city. She is continuing on with her schooling and becoming a more knowledgeable and effective staff member within the City.



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


Local home sales up 

Chilliwack buyers have incentive program with homes under $500k

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/Voice file photo


espite a slight slowdown of 2% in BC’s economy, home sales in Chilliwack and area have jumped dramatically from the same time last year.


Last month, a total of 281 homes sold locally, up from last month and up significantly from the 162 sales in September of 2018. The total dollar value reached almost $147.6 million, compared to just over $84 million in September of last year.


“Seasonally adjusted, that’s a 25% increase,” said Kyle Nason, Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) President. "However, don’t look for rising prices anytime soon that supply and demand sometimes creates. Home prices remain flat, with competitively prices homes moving the fastest.”


The highest number of home sales (58) were in the $500,000 - $599,999 range, followed by 50 sales in the $400,000 - $499,999 range, and 45 sales priced between $600,000 - $699,999. The number of active listings at the end of the month stood at 1.476 compared to just three fewer in September of 2018.


First-time buyers in Chilliwack and area have a bit of an edge over their counterparts in the more metropolitan areas, with a new incentive offered on homes under the $500,000 mark. The incentive is intended to help reduce monthly mortgage payments without increasing the amount needed to save for a down payment.


“While any relief for first-time buyers is welcome, some people are reluctant to take part in this program as they don’t want the government to have a share in their home equity,” said Nason.


He encourages prospective buyers to talk to their financial institutions about this, and for them to be sure to pre-qualify for a mortgage before shopping for a home.


If you are contemplating selling your home, now is an excellent time. Contact any of the 321 REALTORS® of CADREB for a free, no-obligation assessment of your home.



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


Five's company 

Multi-vehicle crash on Lickman Road

Staff/Voice photo


Police and firefighters respond to a pileup Monday.

rivers tailgating paid the price Monday in a multi-vehicle pile-up on Lickman. Thankfully no one was injured but the drivers day had wrenches thrown in it. This is a good example of what tailgating can do. In this case drivers coming over the overpass didn't see what was ahead of them and only by sheer luck a semi-truck wasn't behind them.



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


Huskers finally put one in the win column 

Kicker Ethan Homan selected BCFC player of the week

Staff/City handout image


Ethan Homan kicked for 17 points against the Langley Rams last weekend.

he Valley Huskers finally got a win under their belt after defeating the Kamloops Broncos 30 to 9 on home turf. It was the first win for the football club this season They'll need the charge when they face the Langley Rams at home Saturday, Oct 5.

Huskers' kicker Ethan Homan was one of three selected as BC Football Conference Player of the Week after the game.

Homan kicked 3 field goals and punted 333 yards earning 17 points for his team in the game.



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


Hanging out 

Three of four street banner designs selected

Staff/City handout image



Renditions of the approved murals; "Purple Flowers" and "My Chilliwack"


t Chilliwack City Hall meeting Monday, Council approved two of four street banner signs.

In June, the Chilliwack Public Art Advisory Committee (CPAAC) asked city council if they could create 25 Chilliwack-centric street banners to hang around the city.

Iryna Kharina subitted a design called "A Chilliwack Complilation".

A second call for banner art was put out in August by the CPAAC who then reviewed 15 submissions for a total of three designs. One more will be forthcoming.

The two new designs selected are; My Chilliwack by artist Michelle Chiasson and Purple Flowers by artist Iryna Kharina.

Coun. Sue Knott, who sits on the CPAAAC was happy with the selections.

"I can't wait to see the fourth selection," she said. "It's really going to brighten up Vedder."



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


PC's could end up with a minority government 

Military/RCMP veterans want guarantees prior to the elections

John Labelle, Dave Palmer/Voice file photo

ll Conservative Party Candidates are requesting to communicate with The Hon. Scheer and seek his signature on the "Reference B Letter of Intent."

The Veterans committee suggest that the polls strongly indicate that the Conservative party is moving towards a minority Government. It is a fact that Military/RCMP Veterans and their Families consist of over 12% of the Canadian population. With the Veterans vote The Conservative Party would be aiming towards a majority Government. There is a simple solution.

You are aware of the Veterans CPP pension claw back facts. The CPP bridge benefit is a lie! At age 60-65 Veterans pay a 36% penalty for life. There is no bridge. The Veterans CPP pension claw back can be terminated at no cost to the tax payers. The surplus in our pension account is available.

Soon Veterans will be posting their Reference: A Campaign poster. They would rather post: the Veterans vote Conservative poster.

You have all the facts! Is the Conservative Party Leader, The Hon. Andrew Scheer prepared to stand by Canada’s Military/RCMP Veterans and their Families to sign their letter of intent at reference B.



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


That's amore! 

Alleyway mural will spruce up downtown

Staff/City handout image


Rendition of the approved mural.


rt is springing up in nooks and crannies throughout Chilliwack. It's all about brightening up the downtown.


Amber Price, owner of The Bookman store located at 45939 Wellington Avenue, submitted a design to the Chilliwack Public Art Advisory Committee for a mural on the back of the building.

The painting is the word "LOVE" in a 1960s style in rainbow colours.

Price originally submitted the design to the committee on September 19. They liked the design and where it would be going. The request was forwarded to city council for their stamp of approval. They liked it. Everyone involved says it's expected the mural will add to the aesthetics of the downtown and brighten that section of alleyway.

"More of this should be done in the city," said Mayor Ken Popove.



 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


Roache's corner 

Can't stop time and tide

Mike Roache Artwork




 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 

Published 8 am


She's back! 

Christmas is a Way of Life 2019 Tour

Rob Warwick, Rockitboy Ent./Handout image


rom the moment audiences heard Chantal Kreviazuk's iconic rendition of “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, there was no doubting her star power. Yet, a career in the music industry was not even on the radar for Chantal until recovering from a serious motorcycle crash in 1994. That was when the multiple Juno Award winner began writing what would become her Platinum-selling debut album Under These Rocks and Stones (1997).


She'll be at the Clarke Theatre in Mission Wednesday, December 4. Charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca and Thursday, December 5 at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver.

Tickets are $49.50 (Plus Facility Fee & Service Charges)  Charge by phone at 604-984-4484 or online at www.centennialtheatre.com.


Having been nominated for six Juno Awards and winning Best Female Artist (2000) and Best Pop/Adult Album (2000) Chantal and Raine, being avid supporters of War Child Canada, demonstrating an outstanding commitment to human rights causes, received the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award (2014).


In addition, in December 2014 the Governor General jointly appointed Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk to the Order of Canada. For more about Chantal Kreviazuk please visit www.chantalkreviazuk.com Learn more about Rockitboy Entertainment.




 Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 

Published 8 am


Reflections on the Potlach 

Why socialism is the only road back home

Betty Krawczyk/Handout image


s your mind spinning from the contradictory political and economic news jamming your inbox? Not to mention horrific accounts of murders, child trafficking, opioid epidemics and political fraud both at home and abroad? Why do I think Socialism is the only road back home? And what is home anyway? Read more here.



 Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 

Published 8 am


Daughter, Daughter

International Film Fest production opens Oct 5

Nicoloa Pender/Website image


John Cassini contemplates his life in the Vancouver production.


ancouver feature film  Daughter Daughter is Anthony Shim's directorial debut and will be having it's world premiere at VIFF on October 5th at the Playhouse Theatre. The film starring John Cassini and Teagan Vincze was chosen out of hundreds of entries as a BC Spotlight selection for VIFF and will be competing for the grand prize this weekend. The first screening sold-out shortly after VIFF's announcement, but there will be another screening at the Rio Theatre on October 8th.  

The film was developed and shot here in Vancouver through Railtown Actors Studio and has a who's who of Vancouver talent. I am including the trailer and more information on the film below in case you have any interest in featuring this great Vancouver success story.

Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Jim (John Cassini) wanders Vancouver's streets and finds fleeting solace in whatever facsimiles of intimacy he can afford. When he unexpectedly connects with Nikki (Teagan Vincze), a younger escort, he can't prevent himself from distorting their genuine friendship, looking to recast her as someone precious who's been taken from him. As this character study unfolds, Cassini and writer-director Anthony Shim boldly push every scene in unexpected directions. See the trailer here.



 Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 

Published 8 pm


'Ten Thousand Miracles'

Harpist breaks away from the traditional harp music

Mavis Harris/Nice Marmot


Tri Continental play Bozzini'z October 10.

n October 17, the folk harpist phenom, Diemm, will be in Kaslo to play The Langham Theatre in support of her recent album "Ten Thousand Miracles".

Created in a tiny tree house in the interior British Columbian forest, her new album is imbued with mysticism, surrender and trust. It consists of fourteen tracks that draw inspiration from her home and of the natural landscape. Produced by Diemm and Adham Shaikh (Buckman Coe / Monkey Dragon) - the album is a magical voyage full of twists and turns.

The music she has brought into being is a unique Chamber Folk sound focused on the harp, double bass, and tasty percussion featuring the udu.  Plus, as the ultimate lyricist, her poems have been compared to the likes of Pablo Neruda, Leonard Cohen, and Rumi.

This September finds Diemm hitting the road for an in-depth tour to celebrate the launch of the record. “I’ve chosen beautiful churches and halls with great acoustics, to present this music,” she says, “I’m curious to see where else the songs will take me.”

Listen to a sample of her music here.



 Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 

Published 8 am


Pickup crash on Bellevue Dr

Paying attention and lower speed can avoid accidents like this

Staff/Voice photo


Tri Continental play Bozzini'z October 10.

n elderly man in this black pickup hit a parked vehicle this afternoon on Bellevue Drive. The pickup first hit the back quarter and side of a smaller vehicle and came to rest on the curb ahead of another vehicle.

It's not clear how fast driver was travelling to do the damage he did. That's a residential neighbourhood street. The driver appeared to have minor injuries if any.



 Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 

Published 8


Kidnapping the blues

Tri Continental plays Bozzini's Oct 10

Emmanuel Asprakis/Handout photos


Tri Continental play Bozzini'z October 10.


leased to have our old friends Lester, Bill, and Madagascar Slim back to Bozzini’s for 2 big shows in the worlds’ most intimate venue. You would normally find these 3 great artists on main stages of major folk music festivals, or playing to large audiences in theaters across the country but for one night only you can up see them up close and intimate as they play an early and late show on Thursday, Oct 10 at Bozzini's upstairs lounge.

They were 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards roots group/duo of the year nominees. Tri-Continental is a collaborative evolution that blends the talents of three accomplished guitar players, singers and songwriters.

Thursday Oct 10 for 2 Shows
Early Show doors 5:00 Show 6:00
Late Show doors 8:00 Show 9:00

Tickets Just $ 25 available at Bozzini’s, 4-45739 Hocking Ave or call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone (no refunds – exchanges for other shows allowed up to 48 hours prior to event)


For more information about the show, visit Bozzini's here. Connect on Facebook here. Check out a Youtube video here.



 Monday, September 30, 2019 

Published noon


What in the world?

Ocean Legacy Foundation launches international emergency response strategy

OLF/Handout photos


A beach in Panama is Littered end to end with plastic and other debris that floated in from the sea.


he Ocean Legacy Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization founded in 2014 with the goal to end ocean plastic waste, announced today the launch of Education, Policy, Infrastructure and Cleanup (EPIC) - a plastic pollution emergency response program, which incorporates a four pillar hands-on approach: to catalyze worldwide action around plastic pollution-free lands and oceans.

The EPIC program targets ecologically sensitive locations and communities that have a plastic pollution crisis, as well as inadequate management capacity for solid waste and plastic pollution. The program assists with the restoration of natural ecosystems for improved human and wildlife health, as well as develops long-term plastic collection, processing infrastructure and policy to mitigate oceanic plastic pollution sources.

Pillar 1: Education - The Education pillar provides essential knowledge and skill training opportunities for community members, while providing solutions for a plastic free environment.

Pillar 2: Policy - The Policy pillar supports communities in advocating for best practice plastic management strategies to help reduce plastic waste and pollution in your community.

Pillar 3: Infrastructure - The Infrastructure pillar develops recycling systems and technological solutions for your community to create a plastic circular economy.

Pillar 4: Cleanups - The Cleanup pillar is action-based engagement that removes plastic pollution from the environment to create a cleaner and safer place for your community.

“The Ocean Legacy Foundation is committed to supporting global citizens and communities ready to engage in plastic management strategies and pragmatic action to achieve plastic free lands and oceans. We look forward to working with community members in need of plastic management solutions with this holistic approach to end plastic waste,” said Chloé Dubois, Co-founder and President, Ocean Legacy Foundation in a release last week.

Community capacity and employment opportunities;

• Landfill waste reduction;
• Technological innovation; and
• Increased public awareness and engagement.

This initiative is receiving an annual fund from Nestle Waters Global for international operations over the next 5 years, but is looking for additional sponsorship to further its impact.


If your community is in a plastic pollution crisis or if you know of a community that requires assistance with plastic management, please visit https://epic.oceanlegacy.ca and apply through the digital portal. Applications are now being accepted.




 Sunday, September 29, 2019 

Published 8 am


A life's work

Hundreds of anti-abortion and euthanasia activists march down Young Road

CAF/Voice file photos


Walkers carry an anti abortion sign at the rally Saturday.


long procession of blue shirts consisting of hundreds of Alliance Church members and friends of the Pro-life Society made an animated march from the church on Young Rd., many holding placards and signs that shouted out slogans against abortion and euthanasia, to Central Community Park. The crowd was unfazed despite the cutting wind. The event was coordinated by the Pro-Life Society.





 Sunday, September 29, 2019 

Published 8 am


The thread of a lifetime

"Crossroads" art gallery show at the Cultch Oct 10 - Nov 16

Betty Ann Martin, CVAA/Submitted image


Artwork conveyed in quilts at "Crossroads" show Oct 10 to Nov 16.


arlie Norrish McChesney's art making frequently explores her love of perspective and structural form.  Her art practice requires much measuring, calculating and arranging of colour, so much so that her work is a form of puzzle solving. Her preferred medium is fibre in the form of stitched textiles with an element of mixed media applied to the surface or standing as an installation accompanying the 2D work; these materials include paint, paper, plastic, metal, clay, and/or wood.


This body of work is her response to a time of great change in her life, where many decisions were required. All the pieces of work contain a path representing the choices a person has available to them and a container representing the restrictions or parameters that influence the decision making process.


Karlie is a retired art teacher from the Chilliwack School District.  She is an active member in SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Association), FAN (Fibre Art Network) and in the CVAA (Chilliwack Visual Artists Association). This is Karlie’s first solo exhibition and she is very excited to share it with you.


She invites everyone to join her at the Opening Reception on October 12, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery, 9201 Corbould Street, Chilliwack, B.C.  The exhibition runs from October 10 to November 16. Gallery hours are 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Wednesday to Saturday, as well as 6:30 – 7:00 pm preceding evening theatre performances.  Admission is free. For further info see our website at www.oconnorgroupartgallery.com.



 Sunday, September 29, 2019 

Published 8 am


Pilots dominate Whalers

Extend winning streak to two

Jason Sulpico, Abby Pilots/Melody Fast photo


Three Stars: Sean McCracken (ABB - 2G, GWG) 2) Hunter Brown (ABB - 1A) 3) Sahvan Gill (ABB - 2A)



he Abbotsford Pilots (5-2-0-0) continued with their winning ways Friday night at MSA Arena defeating the visiting White Rock Whalers (3-4-0-0) by a score of 4-3. Sean McCracken lead the way for the Pilots in scoring with two goals on the night, including the eventual game winner. White Rock’s rookies made a strong showing, as all 3 goals came from first year players. Brock Machholz got the nod between the pipes for Abbotsford putting aside 32 of 35 shots, while Jonathan Holloway faced 27 shots for the Whalers. Go here for more game info.



 Saturday, September 28, 2019 

Published 8 am


Different strokes

Golden Palette Club art show and sale Oct 5 at Cultus Lake

CAF/Voice file photos


The Golden Palette Club has grown from 7 to 30 now.


he Golden Palette is made up of 30 local artists who meet every Tues from 10 am to 2 pm at the hall to paint. Originally the club was formed by 7 oil painters. 


Over the years it has expanded to 30 members who paint with watercolours, acrylic, charcoal, pastels, multi-media as well as oil.


The show is always a highlight for the members. This year we have several new members who plan to show their artwork. We have bought new display racks which will grace the hall wit a fresh, professional look.


At the show will be a few tables for crafts, accessory and jewellery sales.

There will be a draw for door prizes. Light refreshments will be provided to guests.

Our current president is Charlene Snider.




 Friday, September 27, 2019 

Published 8 am


On guard for thee

Reservist Hiring Fair Saturday in Chilliwack

CAF/Voice file photos


Civilians had a chance to fire guns at the Westies base. This gun is a C6-General Purpose Machine  gun.


anadian Army Reserve units across the country will host their third annual job fair tomorrow, demonstrating the many employment opportunities available in the Army Reserve.


Local hiring fair site: Engineer Squadron, 5535 Korea Rd., Chilliwack


Soldiers stand next to a howitzer off of Young Road for a Ride to Live fundraiser. Below, reservists are a happy bunch.

Visitors will be able to meet with Army Reservists, view interactive displays, and participate in dynamic activities throughout the day. Interested individuals will also be able to apply on site.

Joining the Army Reserve is a great opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, work in unique environments, and develop transferable skills, all while receiving meaningful part-time employment and benefits.

Reservists serve an important role in the success of Canada’s defence operations both at home and abroad. The Army Reserve is an excellent part-time employment opportunity for Canadians to challenge themselves and serve their country while staying close to home.


Civilians pose with machine guns.

More than 12,700 people visited job fairs at their local armouries in 2018, and more than 100 units across the country will be opening their doors this year. If you wish to visit an armoury in your area on Saturday, September 28, please visit the Canadian Army Reserve Job Fair website for more information.




 Friday, September 27, 2019 

Published 10 am


What they're saying

Election campaigns in full swing Sept 24-25 All-Candidates meetings

Staff/Voice photo


2019 elections Chilliwack candidates at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre September 24.


he Chilliwack Healthier Community network hosted an all-candidates meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre. The following is some of what each candidate said. See the Q&A here.



 Thursday, September 26, 2019 

Published 11 am


Above and beyond the call

Over 100,000 people expected at Girls Fly 2 international event Oct 5-6

Girls Fly 2/Handout photos


Girls Fly 2 is open to everyone with over 12,000 flights. Below, Richard Mills and Heide Stephanson-piper will be on hand.


he U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Richard Mills will be a special guest speaker October 05 at the opening ceremony for Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! gender diversity outreach event on his first official visit to BC.


When: October 5-6, from 9 am to 5:30 pm

What: Flights for female first-time fliers

Where: Abbotsford International Airport

Cost: Free, family-friendly
See more here.


 Thursday, September 26, 2019 

Published Noon


Act Naturally

Gallery 7 Abby Theatre Festival October 2-5 featuring five original plays 

Ken Hildebrandt/Handout photos


Below, Gallery 7 executive director Ken HIldebrandt.


allery 7 Theatre will launch its 29th annual season of theatre with their third annual Abby Theatre Fest, an exciting festival of one-act plays featuring six entertaining stories that will explore a variety of thought-provoking themes. Running October 2 - 5, 2019, the Festival will be held at the Yale Secondary School Theatre in Abbotsford.


Individual shows are $15.00/person or you can purchase a festival pass that includes admission to all 6 shows for $45.00. Yale Secondary School Theatre, 34620 Old Yale Road in Abbotsford.

“I’m really excited about this year’s line-up of short plays,” says Ken Hildebrandt, executive artistic director of Gallery 7 Theatre. “Of the five plays we’re presenting this year, four are written by playwrights from the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland. In keeping with the tradition of this fringe-style festival, all of the shows will take some risks in terms of story, artistry and thematic content.”

While the plays will explore more mature themes, Hildebrandt indicates that the shows still fit with the mandate of theatre. “Our mandate is to explore the human experience with a vision towards hope, reconciliation and redemption.


Abby Theatre Fest allows us to produce works that are more edgy and stretch artistic limits but may not find a home on our main stage. The plays are just as compatible with who we are as a theatre organization, and the festival allows us to have fun with a lesser produced theatrical format that is the one-act, short play.”

Hildebrandt is quick to add that there is a lot more to Abby Theatre Fest than just the plays. “Abby Theatre Fest gives emerging and established directors, playwrights, performers and theatre artists from through-out the region a chance to explore and develop their talents,” he says. “Three shows will receive their world premiere at the festival.”

This year’s festival include:

Letters to Myself, an original play written and performed by Ryan Scramstad. Description: A comedic coming of age story of what we do when the voices in our head start arguing with each other. What happens when a conservative upbringing confronts a liberal arts career?

Space Junk, a new comedy written and directed by Chilliwack playwright, Eldon Letkeman. Description: We’re pretty sure the future won’t be so different from today. Meet Bill and Tonya, two hapless people who are just looking for a job. After securing employment on a rusty old space freighter, they get more than they bargained for. Throw in an old ship captain, a mercenary and a space pirate and now we have ourselves a story! Will they rise to the challenge and be the heroes they were never really meant to be or are they destined to be lost like space junk in the great vacuum of the cosmos?

Relative Strangers, a play by Sheri Wilner and directed by Chris Taylor. Description: A hilarious comedy about two women stuck on a plane to Charleston, SC: Marie Harvey, a bitter woman on her way to her divorce hearing, and Marie Barrett, a spunky young woman of 25. After some motherly advice, Barrett sets on a quest of making Harvey her new mother by asking all her burning questions like, "what to drink when your tummy is upset?" and "what does breast feeding feel like?"... all aided by a sarcastic stewardess! Relative Strangers is a show full of humor, love, and a touch of mother's intuition.

The Wake of Leroy McGuinness¸ an original comedy by Abbotsford playwrights, The Brothers Hanly, and directed by Sue Backs. Description: Leroy McGuinness has met his untimely end and we would like to invite youse to his untimely wake. Who in tarnation did away with Leroy? Why on earth would anyone want to send him to the sweet by and by? Did he make it or is he in need of a little redemption? Please join us at his wake (too soon, too soon) in sayin' our so longs to Leroy. This wake is an inerestin' mix of ol' time cinema shadow puppetry, original music and live action (and we mean live action)! No need for gifts.

Don’t Forget to Dress the Dummies, a new comedy by Lower Mainland playwrights, Dianna Fast and Heather Tekavec and directed by Dianna Fast. Description: In a 1950’s department store, Isabella has the very important job of dressing the mannequin in the window every day. Amazingly, she notices that whatever she puts on the dummies, passersby are wearing the next day. Playfully, Isabella puts more and more ridiculous outfits on the dummies to see what the people will do and, sure enough, they always copy. But the sales ladies have had enough. So with a little smug cunning, they distract Isabella and well, general hilarity ensues.

“There’s lots of great heart, soul and mind theatre at this year’s festival. I encourage everyone to come out and show their support for locally grown, locally developed and locally produced live theatre!” Hildebrandt continues. “I think audiences are in for a fun and entertaining theatre experience that will also challenge and inspire.”

All shows will run all days of the festival though start times will vary from day to day. For full details on each show, including language warnings and start times, as well as on how to purchase tickets, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com. Individual shows are $15.00/person or you can purchase a festival pass that includes admission to all 6 shows for $45.00. The festival will be held at the Yale Secondary School Theatre, 34620 Old Yale Road in Abbotsford.




 Wednesday, September 25, 2019 

Published 8 am


Who's life is it anyway?

'Adult Guardianship Act is flawed'

Jon Kocsis/Voice file photo


Seniors struggle with Fraser Health to maintain their independence.


n May 27th my friend Stuart suffered a brain aneurysm and was rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery to save his life. He's 62-years-old. The surgery was successful and lucky for Stu, he is recovering without any side effects. For most people, aneurysms are fatal or can have effects such as brain damage and paralysis. When the nurse informed him that he would be transported from Surrey Memorial Hospital to Royal Columbian for surgery he informed her that his wife was at home with no one to look after her. Read more here.


 Tuesday, September 24-, 2019 

Published 8 am


Keyboard warriors take to the streets

Climate change concern fuels Five Corners crowd

Staff/Voice file photo


Green Party candidate Arthur Green spoke about sustainability and handed out t-shirts to a crowd at Five Corners Friday. Below, Kim Mallory.


he way it's going our days are numbered. Global warming, droughts, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, tornadoes tearing through the country and it's getting more perilous all the time. But don't start packing your bags. Getting out of town isn't an option. We know where we want to go it's just a matter of getting there.


The clock at Five corners was symbolic that time is running out. About 100 enthusiastic people from 5 to 90-years-old waving handmade placards gathered to encourage each other to take action against climate change and the greenhouse effect.


Friday was dubbed "Global Climate Strike" that saw millions of people in cities around the planet protest against corporate GHG emissions. Cars and trucks passing Five Corners honked in support as talk centered around the need to change habits.


In 2018, 50 local governments reported achieving carbon neutrality through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP), five more than in 2017.


Single use plastic bags were one of the targeted items. The Fraser Institute said in a report that it takes using a cloth shopping bag 20,000 times in order to match the equivalent of a plastic bag considering the amount of energy, earth and water etc. that it takes to grow cotton to make bags, plus they can harbour E. coli. But don't expect this to be taken into consideration as more BC cities move to banning them.


There was no talk about how every cell phone uses the precious metal lithium. (The Voice doesn't use them). Aside from that, there was talk about the stopping the pipeline, but no mention of the impact dairy cows have as methane producers.


It's been speculated that the planet could be saved if a trillion trees were planted around the world. Canada has a lot of space to achieve that. There was also no talk about conscripting youth to plant but some over the past weeks equated it to an act of communism.


One person called to plant more trees while holding a Tim Horton's cup so there were some minor unintended inconsistencies.


In 1994, at a "Greening Our Cities" conference, there was a media frenzy when famed environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki was asked if he drove to the conference. He did. City Hall promotes bicycles but there's never any chained outside and the bicycle lanes remain empty for the most part.


Most people drove to the protest Friday. When asked if he drove there, Michael Hale of Pipe-Up, who lives in a eco-village in Yarrow, said he came in his electric vehicle.


Youth are the future and can do something down the road. A teacher brought his class from Chilliwack Middle School enunciate that point. Some of the kids gave heartfelt and inspiring speeches.


Chilliwack city Councillor Jason Lum showed up saying that status quo wasn't good enough. Liberal election candidate Kelly Velonis said she agreed with the Green Party party platform. One of the Forstbauer farm family said that they raise organic vegetables and avoid using fossil fuels.


Kim Mallory, with a Facebook page called Chilliwack Citizens for Change, gave a passionate talk and called for action and the creation of a local task force.


All in all it was a strong show of support from a community of people concerned about the environment and if they achieved anything it was to show the care they have for the environment. Hopefully that was just the beginning.




 Tuesday, September 24, 2019 

Published 8 am


Roache's Corner

Doug Ford's brilliant climate change idea

Mike Roache art




 Friday, September 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Devnich admitted he pilfered constituency cash

He now faces 2 counts of fraud over $5000 and 2 counts of breach of trust by a public officer

Staff/Voice file photo


Desmond Devnich (right) is facing charges of fraud stemming from his work at MLA John Martin's (left) constituency office.


lmost everyone in Chilliwack knows Desmond Devnich. He's always been a man about town and the go-to guy at many local charitable events. He's even sent items to The Voice for publication in years gone by.


Eventually he landed a choice job working at MLA John Martin's constituency office.


Then in 2017 came Devnich's fall from grace when it was discovered that money was missing from constituency coffers. When asked about the missing money Devnich admitted to taking it. Martin said it was possible that tens of thousands was gone.

After leaving Martin's employ, Devnich told The Voice he was working as ticket sales coordinator for the Chilliwack Chiefs. It's not clear if he's still employed by them.


Yesterday the BC Prosecution Service announced that on January 31, 2019, Robin McFee QC, had been appointed Special Prosecutor to provide legal advice to the RCMP about the allegations against Devnich who would decide if charges were warranted.


The ensuing investigation led to the conclusion that Devnich had allegedly misappropriated funds from June 25, 2013 to February 27, 2017 and is now facing two counts of fraud over $5000 and breach of trust by a public officer.

Devnich is scheduled to make his first appearance in Chilliwack court October 5.



 Friday, September 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Evidence for health safety

Sepsis study reveals treatment options

Courtney Chu/Website image


Sepsis affects every segment of society.

epsis is a leading cause of death in hospitals, requiring prompt and efficient action after it is diagnosed. However, a new study by Dr. David D. Sweet, Dr. Matthew Cheng and Dr. Rob Stenstrom from the University of British Columbia has found that administering treatment before blood cultures have been taken can significantly diminish opportunities to identify infections and treat patients effectively. Read more here.



 Friday, September 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Car fire on Coote Street

Firefighters deal with early morning blaze

Staff/Voice photo


A car burns on Coote Street Thursday.

FD firefighters were out early attending to a car fire on Coote Street. Crews knocked it down quickly.

Firefighters always do such a great job. These types of fires frequently hiss and spit at them. And it's not without risk of personal harm with the possibility of the gas tank exploding. Ambulance was on-scene. It's not clear if anyone was injured.

This is a zoomed photo. You never get close to any fire or in the way of any of the crew and you don't park your vehicle anywhere nearby. Firefighters are always between you and the fire. Your life isn't worth a FB photo.



 Friday, September 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Hop to it!

CATT Volleyball Tournament fundraiser is back November 22-23

Shirley Trimestra, CCS/Voice file photos


CATT Volleyball players in 2014.

he 2019 Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Rotary Club/CATT Fund Volleyball Tournament is back at the Chilliwack Landing Sports Centre November 22-23. Registration will open soon.

Once again, we’re pleased to offer you an opportunity to contribute to this worthy cause while participating in such a fun activity. Start thinking about your dream team and start talking to your friends, family or co-workers.

Let’s make someone’s holidays worth remembering. Lots of fun! Come out and play and contribute to this worthy cause. Separate refreshment area with food.

CATT Tournament collects toys for Chilliwack kids.

All proceeds go to the Chilliwack Community Services Christmas Sharing Program and the Children’s Foundation.

Thanks to caring people like you, since 1986 we have collected over 13,500 toys and over $394,000 which has brightened the holidays for so many children within our community.

All proceeds go to the Chilliwack Community Services Christmas Sharing Program and the Children’s Foundation.



 Friday, September 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Battle of the goaltenders

Kodiaks end Pilots streak

Justin Sulpico, Abbotsford Pilots/Submitted photo


Dawson Wollf moves the puck down the ice.


iding a three-game winning streak to start the season, victory was not in the cards for the Abbotsford Pilots on Friday night as they were handed their first loss of the season by the Aldergrove Kodiaks (1-2-0-0) at MSA Arena by a score of 4-2. Dylan Black was the winning goaltender, stopping 33 shots on the way to the Kodiaks’ first win of the season. The Pilots’ Brock Machholz faced 30 shots on the evening.

2nd Period
The Pilots were first to open the scoring at 1:59, a shot from the point from Brian Pol was tapped home on the doorstep by Reid Dunham (1) in what was his first goal as an Abbotsford Pilot. However, just nine seconds later, a routine shot on net from the offensive blue line from the Kodiaks’ Cobe Dean (1) slipped out of the glove hand of Brock Machholz crossed the goal line to bring things back to a tied game. Aldergrove managed to sneak another one past the Pilots netminder later at 18:38 thanks to a rush up ice started by Justin Ralph and finished by Dayton Spink (1) potting home the rebound.

Abbotsford got even at 9:05 when Austin Moar’s rink wide pass connected with Sahvan Gill (2) who fired it over the shoulder of Black to tie the score at 2. Not to be phased by the goal, the Aldergrove squad managed a fast reply from Lucas Thompson (1) at 10:28 immediately off a face-off draw. The final nail in the coffin came at 18:54 with Machholz off for the extra attacker, when a clearing attempt from Sean McCracken deflected off the skate of Dayton Spink (2) and into the empty net. 33/34 shots



 Friday, September 20, 2019 

Published 8 am


Dead Ringers

Tom Petty tribute band "Perfectly Petty" play the Cultch Nov 22

Rob Warwick/Handout image


Perfectly Petty will be at The Hub at the Cultch November 22.

adly, Tom left the big stage in 2017.  Meet Perfectly Petty, starring Dave D as Tom Petty.  Dave Danylchuk has established himself as a true “Dead Ringer” in look, style, sound, and performance.  He has thrilled and transported audiences with his ability to honor and channel the artist whose music touched millions of people worldwide for decades.  Dave D embodies the spirit of Tom Petty and performs with a connection to the heart of rock and roll that Tom Petty was integral in cultivating.

Tickets are $45.00 (plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) at the Box Office or charge by phone at 604-391-7469. Doors 7 pm, Show 7:30 pm.
Notice what audiences are saying about Perfectly Petty; Dave D brings the late great Tom Petty to life! If you are a Tom Petty Fan this Show is a must see!”; “Dave D is the real thing. Close your eyes, think back to when you were listening to all your faves of Tom Petty and you would think that was him up there. Thank you, Dave D! If you get the chance to see Dave D, Go for it!”; “It was magical and moving, when The finale “Runnin’ Down a Dream” was completed, the crowd roared, the guy behind us was moved to tears. Wow! All I’ve got to say, don’t miss an opportunity to see the show!”.

For more about Perfectly Petty please visit perfectlypetty.com.



 Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Published 9 am


Townhouse blaze began in the kitchen

Firefighters rescue one trapped on a balcony, chief urges caution while cooking

Mike Bourdon, Assistant Fire Chief, Prevention/Voice photos


Firefighters from several halls responded to the Vedder Rd fire Wednesday.

n September 18th, 2019, at approximately 8:15 pm, firefighters from fire hall’s 1, 3, 4 & 6 responded to a structure fire in the 5800-block of Vedder Rd. Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy black smoke showing from a 2nd floor bedroom window of a three-storey townhouse unit.

Firefighters were setting up for a defensive attack, when a witness indicated that there was an occupant trapped on the exterior balcony of the unit. Firefighters made their way to the back of the building and set up a ladder to assist the occupant.

Fire crews entered the home and quickly suppressed the fire which had started on an unattended pot of oil on the stove. There was substantial fire damage to the kitchen area and major smoke damage throughout the rest of the unit.

Emergency vehicles lined Vedder Rd Wednesday evening.

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

The residents affected by the fire are currently in the care of Emergency Social Services. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The cause of the fire is accidental.

The Chilliwack Fire Dept., would like to remind residents 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 your burner if you leave the kitchen for any reason.



 Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Published 9 am


Prototype girl

"Daughter" opens Oct 5 at the Vancouver International Film Fest

Nicole Pender, Thunderbird Prod/Handout photo



nthony Shim's directorial debut Daughter is set for its world  premiere at VIFF on October 5th at the Playhouse Theatre. The film, starring John Cassini and Teagan Vincze, was recently announced as a BC Spotlight selection at the festival and will be screening in front of a hometown audience. 


Screening Dates & Times
Oct 5th - Vancouver Playhouse 7 pm
Oct 8th - Rio Theatre 6:15 pm

Tickets  Trailer

Daughter centres on Jim (John Cassini) a man in the depths of grief. Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Jim wanders Vancouver's streets and finds fleeting solace in whatever facsimiles of intimacy he can afford. When he unexpectedly connects with Nikki (Teagan Vincze), a younger escort, he can't prevent himself from distorting their genuine friendship, looking to recast her as someone precious who's been taken from him.

Daughter was developed and shot in Vancouver through Railtown Actors Studio and features a who's who of Canadian talent.


Connect on Facebook Daughter on Instagram @daughterthefilm and visit www.daughterthefilm.com




Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Published 2:30 am


E-Tickets are here

Abbotsford PD the first to use the new technology

Sgt. Judy Bird, APD/Handout photo


An officer queues up a driver's licence using the new system.

his week, the Abbotsford Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit will be using new technology to issue violation tickets.  

Over time, new “e-ticketing” technology (part of provincial road safety initiatives) will be implemented by all municipal and RCMP detachments in BC.  

With the swipe of a driver’s license, the e-ticketing system will automatically populate the ticket with the driver’s license information. The ticket will be printed from the police vehicle, and the information will be uploaded directly to ICBC.  This will significantly speed up the violation ticket process, saving time for both drivers and police officers.

Sergeant Desi Sansalone of the AbbyPD Traffic Enforcement Unit notes “E-ticketing technology will allow our officers to process violators more efficiently and with greater accuracy.  Less administrative time and fewer procedural errors means more time available for enforcement – and more time dedicated to achieving our road safety goals.”

Driving violations and related penalties haven’t changed with e-ticketing – the fines are same, regardless of whether the driver is issued an electronic or physical ticket.