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 Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Published 8 am

Rush hour show stopper

No serious injuries in crash

Staff/Voice photo


Chilliwack firefighters work to cut the power to the vehicles in order to avoid a fire.


ednesday got off to a bumpy start when two drivers got their signals crossed at Menzies Street and Yale Road at around 8 am One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The first thing firefighters do after caring for the people involved is de-energize the vehicle by disconnecting the battery.



 Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Published 8 am


A noticeable talent

Mark Simpson to play Harrison Oct 18

Bryan Cutler, HFMS/Handout photo


Martin Simpson will be in Harrison October 18.


or over 40 years, Martin Simpson has been at the forefront of the UK folk scene, and has gained the reputation as one of the world’s great acoustic fingerstyle guitarists. With influences ranging from traditional English song to Delta blues, he plays like the guitar is an extension of his body, with a style that is stunningly fluid and expressive.


He is also a perceptive songwriter and sensitive song interpreter who keeps audiences captivated with his song delivery. Over the years he has performed with David Lindley, Steve Miller, June Tabor, and many other luminaries.


The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online at the Harrison Festival website or 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, September 19, 2019 

Published 8 am


It was a dark and stormy night

Gallery 7 theatre season kicks off Nov 8

Staff/Voice photo



allery 7 Theatre is thrilled to announce their 29th annual, 2019-2020 "Ordinary Heroes" Theatre season, set to begin this fall. Featuring an all-new playbill that is sure to entertain while offering nourishment for the heart, soul and mind, the season will include an award-winning musical, a Canadian play, plus two shows from the international repertoire.


Also included will be the return of their annual one-act play festival, a seasonal offering of Christmas music and stories in partnership with Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, and a super-fun, super-clean, family-friendly comedy improv night.

A Wrinkle in Time. Adapted by John Glore from Madeleine L’Engle’s novel. Young heroine, Meg Wallace, embarks on an epic journey through time and space to rescue her father from the evil clutches of IT. Along the way, she discovers the true value of family, friendship, and that true love can actually triumph over evil. And that, yes, there is such a thing as a tesseract. Runs Nov. 8 – 16, 2019 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre. For more information and to buy tickets visit Gallery 7.




 Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Published 8 am


Shed fire on Maple Ave

No injuries in blaze

Staff/Voice photo


A shed on Maple Avenue Wednesday was completely engulfed by the time firefighters could get there.


ust after 5 pm, Wednesday, firefighters were called to a shed fire in the 46000-block of Maple Ave.


A thick plume of black smoke could be seen across the downtown and the shed was fully engulfed by the time firefighters could get there. Crews went into defensive mode in order to protect adjacent structures and had it under control within a few minutes


Residents in the home evacuated safely and there were no reports of injuries to residents or firefighters,


There is no word on how the fire started. Watch for more information if it becomes available.



 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Published 8 am


Stay Tuned

Melody Mayhem fundraiser is back Oct 26

Shirley Trimestra, CCS/Handout image


Look forward to a night of dinner and fun.


hilliwack Community Services is excited to present this year’s Halloween themed Melody Mayhem at the Evergreen Hall. Test your musical trivia skills and join us for an evening of music, food, auction and more. Contact Shirley at triemstras@comserv.bc.ca or at 604 793 7221 to reserve your tickets today. Go here to reserve.




 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Published 8 am


Better safe than sorry

Chilliwack Society for Community Living installs traffic barricades

Staff/Voice photo


Chilliwack Society for community Living's newly installed traffic barricades.


he Chilliwack Society for Community Living is playing it safe after at least two crashes taking out the front of the building. Good thinking.



In both cases, no one was injured but the buildings were completely wiped out. The Red car crash took place in 2010 and the Van crash in June 2017.




 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Published 8 am


Pipeline hits environmental wall

Court rules against NEB assessment, UBCIC pleased

Staff/Nel Erdgras photo


The Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline project was halted once again by the BC Court of Appeals.


oday, the BC Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the Squamish Nation, determining that the Provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate issued for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) was based on the fundamentally flawed National Energy Board Report, thereby necessitating the Province to reconsider the environmental conditions and approval issued for the TMX.  


“Premier Horgan has publicly vowed that BC will use ‘every tool in the toolbox’ to stop the TMX. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) would like to thank the BC Court of Appeal for handing the Province the large hammer needed to help nail the coffin shut around a project that would be lethal for endangered southern resident orcas and the lands and waters. The decision to send the TMX back for environmental re-assessment is a giant roadblock that may permanently halt this project,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the UBCIC.


The BC Liberals responded by calling the pipeline a vital project that will bring jobs and keep gas prices lower.

 "Until now, the NDP government has tried to obstruct the project at every turn, with the Environment Minister even going so far as to create a half-baked regulatory scheme that sparked a trade war with Alberta before it was rightly rejected by the courts," said Peter Milobar, Environment and Climate Change Critic and Kamloops-North Thompson MLA.

“When John Horgan and the NDP try to delay this project, it is British Columbians who end up paying the price. It is high time for the government to get out of the way and allow the project to continue. John Horgan must re-approve the environmental assessment certificate and allow British Columbians to get to work building this much-needed pipeline.”



 Monday, September 16, 2019 

Published 4 pm


Garage Fire on Fifth

Firefighters had no problem extinguishing it before it spread

Staff/Voice photo


Crews extinguished a small fire in a garage in the 46000-block of 5th Ave on Friday.


round 9:50 pm, Friday, reports of a fire in a garage outbuilding at a vacant house in the 46000-block of 5th Ave. Firefighters were quick to respond and had it under control before it could spread to adjacent structures.


Anyone with information about this can contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).



 Monday, September 16, 2019 

Published noon


Better for Business

BCIT Alumni partners with Propsera to extend benefits to grads

Jessica Thiessen, Prospera CU/Submitted image



rospera Credit Union is proud to announce a new partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology Alumni Association to help reduce financial stress for BCIT trades students.

By pursuing a career in trades through BCIT, students can build the future they imagine. The collaboration between Prospera and BCIT Alumni Association will provide much-needed financial options for trades students wanting to complete their apprenticeship training, by reducing financial stress and giving them more time to focus on their studies.  Read more here.



 Friday, September 13, 2019 

Published 8 am


Path to ecological sustainability

Chilliwack student a standout in fisheries education 

Tammy Longbottom, FFS BC/Submitted photo



Chenoa Flack was granted a $1,500 scholarship to help further her fisheries education at BCIT.


lifelong drive to make a difference combined with a passion for the outdoors has earned BCIT student Chenoa Flack a $1,500 scholarship from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. The scholarship will further her study in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program and help her pursue a meaningful career in fisheries conservation or research. Read more here.




 Friday, September 13, 2019 

Published 8 am


Shedding Light on Climate Change

Alternative ideas to powering cities, homes 

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



am not qualified to comprehend all the stuff in this article below, that you sent.  I do have some experience observing new ways of providing heating, light and cooling.  They were not on a grand scale but in simple ways that worked. 


There have been great findings and applications way back in the 1980s and 1990s, and even in the 1930s.  What a pity wealthy multinationals have blocked and slandered them!  They stay rich on the backs of the poor and they squeeze the middle class into poverty. Read more here.



 Friday, September 13, 2019 

Published 8 am


Pilots squeak out a win in double-overtime

Streak continues for the Abbotsford team

Justin Sulpico/Website photo


Jared Pitkethly was

the game's first star


he Abbotsford Pilots hit the road on Tuesday night to take on the Delta Ice Hawks. It was the first meeting between the two clubs since the preseason and it went the distance. Strong efforts from both clubs brought the game to double overtime where the Pilots emerged winners with a 3-2 score. Pilots captain Jared Pitkethly scored the game winner and goaltender Brock Machholz made 35 saves in the victory, his third in as many games to open the season. Read more here.




 Friday, September 13, 2019 

Published 8 am


Whole Lotta Music

Led Zepagain back at the Cultch Sept 23

Rob Warwick, Rockitboy Ent/Handout image



elebrating 30 years, Sony recording artists LED ZEPAGAIN captures the heart and soul of “the world’s greatest band”, replicating the ultimate Led Zeppelin experience. Jimmy Page says, "It's as close as you'll ever get to the real deal". Read more here.


 Friday, September 13, 2019 

Published 8 am


Buyers dominating

the market

Interest-free loans offered for first-time buyers to lower down payments

Steve Lerigny, CADREB/File photo


ollowing a noticeable decline in home sales over the past months since the introduction of the “Stress Test”, there are encouraging signs both locally and provincially that the housing market is heading towards a more stable one.


In the heat of August, when typically home sales lag, sales in Chilliwack and area showed markedly higher sales over the same time last year. In August, figures compiled by the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB), show 247 home sales were completed, compared to 197 in August of last year. Read more here.  



 Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Published 8 am


Roache's Corner

Trudeau's follies

Mike Roache, Chilliwack/Submitted





 Wednesday, September 10, 2019 

Published 8 am


Talking A Cappella

Learn, be mentored and perform at Belle Voici A Cappella Festival Sept 27-29

Lynne Preston, CSO/Handout image


You may be more talented than you think. Find out September 27-29 at the Belle Voici A Cappella Fest.



elle Voci, celebrated a cappella singers are hosting their first ever weekend long a cappella Festival in the Fraser Valley on SEPTEMBER 27-29 and you are invited to participate. It will be a full weekend in a supportive environment to make great music with Belle Voci and two of the best workshop leaders in the lower mainland, Christopher Suen and Joel Tranquilla. The workshops and rehearsals will take place in the great acoustical setting of Saints Joachim and Ann in Aldergrove.

We have limited tickets to ensure a great experience and to avoid over-selling. Please purchase yours before September 20th.


We are hoping that many singers will gather with us for an amazing weekend of workshops, networking and singing.

Tickets are available now and they are only $100 each.

Your registration includes:
1) Admission to all three days of workshops, rehearsals and Concerts
2) Printed music
3) Friday evening Meet and Greet, Saturday light lunch, and Sunday light snack.
4) 1 ticket to one of the Concerts of your choice


For more information and to register for the weekend, please head over to Belle Voci A cappella Festival or call us at 604.795.0521

We are also thrilled to give your community a chance to come hear and see our collaborative concerts. The weekend festival will culminate with three concerts in the Fraser Valley on Sunday, September 29, 2019 and we would love for you to come out and hear how the weekend turned out. You can purchase tickets now for the concerts.

29 September Sunday
Concert 1 -1 pm Chilliwack Cultural Centre- Tickets are $25 and are available online www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or by calling 604-391-SHOW

Concert 2 – 3:30 Pm St James, Abbotsford- Tickets available online here or at the door.
Concert 3 – 7pm Saints Joachim and Ann, Aldergrove- Tickets available online here or at the door.


For more information and to register for the weekend, please visit Belle Voci A cappella Festival or call us at 604-795-0521



 Wednesday, September 10, 2019 

Published 8 am


Ebus expands interior routes

Chase, Sorrento, Enderby and Armstrong open to travel October 7

Leigh Abra, Ebus/File photo


You may be driven throughout BC by Mike.



eptember 10, 2019: After almost one year of service in BC, Ebus is excited to announce that we’re expanding to 5 additional communities in the province. Continuously looking for opportunities to improve connectivity for people in the region, we’re looking forward to supporting the travel needs of visitors and residents of Chase, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, Enderby, and Armstrong.


Effective Monday, October 7, our afternoon schedules between Kamloops and Kelowna will extend further along Highway 97 and Highway 1 to provide daily access for people to medical, employment, recreational, tourism, and social opportunities. Residents and visitors in the area will also be able to easily connect to the rest of the Ebus BC network, to the lower mainland and all the way to Vancouver. 


Exact pick-up and drop-off locations will be:


Salmon Arm: Husky service station at 50 Trans Canada Highway

Sorrento Eastbound: Highway Stop at 1235 Trans Canada Highway (in front of Subway)

Sorrento Westbound: Highway Stop at 1258 Trans Canada Highway (in front of the Petro-Canada station)

Chase: Chase Visitor Information Centre at 400 Shuswap Ave

Enderby: Enderby Chamber of Commerce at 700 Railway St.

Armstrong: Highway 1 at Petro-Canada station at 3160 Smith Dr.


“We’ve been monitoring the transportation options in BC very closely and to assist in increasing connectivity options, we believe expanding our operations to these communities will aid in that effort,” says Dean Wright, Vice President of Motorcoach. “We’re fortunate that in our operations, we have the opportunity to be nimble and respond to the needs of the marketplace, strategically setting our schedules and destinations to answer the call of our passengers and what we believe are their reasons for using our service.”


Expanded service will begin on Monday, October 7, 2019. Reservations for this route will be available on September 23, 2019 at www.myebus.ca or by phone at 1-877-769-3287. See the release on our website here.




 Wednesday, September 10, 2019 

Published 8 am


Driven to consistency

Chilliwack made the right decision on denying rainbow crosswalk painting

Barry Neufeld/Submitted photo



uring the early days of my notoriety, an elderly woman in a Northern BC community phoned me. 


She explained that she was 90-years-old and had sold her home to move into an apartment close to downtown, so she could walk to her doctor's office, her druggist, her banker and her grocery store. She could still walk uptown with the assistance of her cane. 

One fine day, she was headed uptown and to her dismay, her usual crosswalk was painted in the rainbow colours. Not wanting to cross over it, she went halfway up the block and crossed in the middle of the street. She was met on the other side by a policeman with his arms crossed. He said: "Madame, I could charge you with jaywalking!"

She lifted her cane and whacked him on the arm and shouted: "There, charge me with assault, I dare you, but I will NOT walk over your damn rainbow crosswalk!" Needless to say, he skulked off, unwilling to charge such an old lady. 

But that's not all! 

Gordon Swan, president of the BC School Trustees Association, bragged to me that the City of Merritt had painted a rainbow over the crosswalk in front of the Secondary School in Merritt. I wrote a letter to the Mayor of Merritt with a copy to Mr. Swan stating that a rainbow crosswalk  was a risk to public safety, because people who disagree with it, might jay walk at another location  and be run over by gay activists or anyone, for that matter! 

I think the rationale behind the City of Chilliwack's engineering department is so " bang on!" Crosswalks are a traffic control device, and they must be consistent... Just like a stop sign is always red and octagonal. 

Have a nice day!



 Monday, September 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


In through the out door

Vehicle crashes after exiting Yale Road

Staff/Submitted photo


A vehicle hit a pole at Yale Rd. and Alexander Ave. Sunday. The driver escaped injury.


n Sunday a vehicle hit a lamp standard when the driver exited Yale Road onto Alexander Ave, a one way exit. The driver would have had a hard time explaining this away. The car was towed later.


Thankfully the driver was okay. These types of accidents can easily be more serious. With the season change drivers need to adjust accordingly. One wrong move can ruin your life or someone else's.



 Monday, September 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Are criminals born that way?

Doctor takes issue with rainbow crosswalks

Dr. W.D. Gutowski, Retired Psychiatrist, Chilliwack/Submitted photo



s a Psychiatrist and citizen of Chilliwack; I am appalled at the intolerant, hateful, judgmental attitude that you take toward the decision of our legally elected district council.

Where do you get your "scientific" information from? Did it ever occur to you that you may be wrong? It does not seem so. Who died and left you, God?

How dare you accuse our school councilors of NOT caring about bullying? That is a lie. They object to the dealing of all our children who are being taught that their sexual feelings of being transgender are always true. They all care a great deal about bullying and about suffering children. They disagree with you about the answer.

As a medical doctor, I have learned a great deal about the danger of dealing with FEELINGS as being the truth. Giving an alcoholic alcohol when he is in withdrawals will make him feel better but that is not the best treatment for him. We are still "practicing". the recent epidemic of Chronic Pain was caused by doctors over-prescribing pain killers.

No one was ever born homosexual or transgender.


That conclusion was made by the media. Not even the researchers who were mainly homosexual Psychiatrists agree that there is a genetic factor involved but NOT the cause.

Click image for back of Dr. Gutowski book cover.

Homosexuals are still living 20 years less because of their choice to practice that lifestyle! Transgender individuals who have undergone surgical change have 20 times the suicidal rate.

The court cases of transgender people who have discovered that following their feelings and getting hormones and surgery did not solve their emotional pain. They discovered that they felt better for a while after surgery but 5 to 10 years later the truth came back. Biology does not change. Feelings change.

Please keep your eyes and ears open. The truth will be learned. It may take a few more years. In the meantime, be humble enough to be teachable.



 Monday, September 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Pearls where you least expect

Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters show off their finds

Staff/Submitted photo


Fraser Valley Treasure Hunter August winners; 1st Mark Lewis - Sterling Ring; 2nd Cassandra Augustynowicz for a Silver US Dime; 3rd Guy Tansey for a Lead Soldier


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

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


1st Mark Lewis - Sterling Ring

2nd Cassandra Augustynowicz - Silver US Dime

3rd Guy Tansey - Lead Soldier


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

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

New members are always welcome. See more on their website here. Connnect on Facebook here. E-mail Mark here. Watch an interesting 3 minute YouTube clip here. Google for previous Voice stories.



 Monday, September 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Huskers hammered

Rebels make easy work of Chilliwack team

Staff/File photo


Voice file photo.

he Huskers continue to struggle and hit the wall on the weekend at home against the Van Island Raiders 47-16 despite. The Raiders had more penalties unfortunately for the Huskers they threw 3 interceptions to negate the penalties that the Raiders capitalized on. Andrew Locke was 22 yards on rushing. The Husker's Ethan Homan kicker showed his prowess by putting 2 balls through the pipes to 1 field goal for the opposition.

The Huskers next game is September 15 against the Westshore Rebels in Victoria.



 Monday, September 9, 2019 

Published 8 am


Pilots flying high

Rookies a boost for Abbotsford win on season opener

Abby Pilots/Submitted photo


Rookies a factor in Abbtosford win over Langley.


Hockey fans at MSA Arena on Friday night were treated with a taste of things to come for the Abbotsford Pilots the season. In their home opener, the Pilots cruised steadily past the visiting Mission City Outlaws by a score of 6-1 highlighted by a tremendous offensive burst from various Pilots rookies.

New Pilots Devon Wolfe and Austin Moar opened the scoring in the first period, both assisting each other for their first goals in the PJHL. In the second period, the rookies struck again as Hunter Brown would beat Outlaws goaltender Daniel Zuvic at 5:50.

However, Brown was not done yet. In the third period, it only took Brown 1:49 to notch his 2nd of the night. Finally, with the Outlaws’ Travis Trottier serving a double minor, the Pilots capitalized on the power play with Brown completing his natural hat trick at 7:25. Moar scored his second of the night a 9:11 to join his fellow rookies with multiple point nights. As the game winded down, the visitors managed to sneak one in in the late stages as Chase Newman ended Pilots goaltender Brock Machholz’s bid for a shutout with 41 seconds remaining in regulation. Connect on Facebook.

Final Score: Abbotsford Pilots 6 - Mission City Outlaws 1
Final Shots: 41-27 Abbotsford Pilots




 Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Downtown crash

One man taken to hospital

Staff/Voice photos


A man is loaded on a stretcher before being taken to CGH on Saturday.


n MVA on Yale Rd at Nowell St. at approximately 3:30 pm Saturday, led to one person being taken to hospital with unknown injuries. There were no entrapment issues and the accident wasn't that severe.


As a precaution the elderly male was taken to CGH. It's standard procedure to suit up accident victims with neck collars before removing them from vehicles.




 Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Campaign of their own

Veterans lay out the ground rules for the October elections–a minority government

John Labelle/Voice file photo

he lack of support Military/RCMP veterans have received from the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP’s demand that veterans stands together and take action during this election campaign. Political promises are no longer believable.

The Committee is requesting that Military/RCMP veterans, their families, friends and neighbours vote no in the up coming Federal election. Our aim is to insure that a very small minority government is elected. It will not last very long and many Leaders will retire to collect their pension, given an opportunity for new MP’s to support Canada’s Veterans.

Attached (click above for full size) is a small window poster that reveals our no vote position. It must be posted to the upper right side windshield of your car. It also needs to be posted on the front door of your house. This will send a clear message that veterans no longer trust their MP’s to support their veterans CPP pension claw back issue.

It is a fact
Prime Minister Trudeau broke many election promises. Quote: " If I have earned the right to serve this country as your Prime Minister, no veterans will be forced to fight their government for the support and compensation they have earned. "

It is a fact
Hon. Harper, MP stated: (Hansard 2005) "When a motion passes the democratic elected majority of the House of Commons, the government shall honour that motion! " Once elected he broke his election promise and refused to move forward the successful vote of Veterans Bill C-201.
Hon. Scheer, once elected leader, during the past 4 years, he refused to reply to our Military/RCMP veterans CPP pension issue.

The facts are clear, the Government of Canada has breached our enrolment contract. During our enrolment procedures we were promised that we would benefit of a full pension calculated at 2% of our best 6 years for a period of 25 years of service. The bridge benefit is a lie!

Military/RCMP veterans if we don’t stand together for this issue don’t expect to solve any other issue. The choice is ours to make. We require maximum participation. Every veteran is requested to distribute this letter with the attachment to 6 neighbours/friends.




 Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Published 8 am


Abbotsford's got soul

Magic of Motown plays Abbotsford October 4

RJP/Submitted photos


Abbotsford's award-winning international recording artist, Owen Lee.


enee James Productions is proud to announce the premiere of its new concert 'Motown Magic –Sixty Years of Music Hits.

Under the creative direction of Executive Producer, Tony James, comes an exciting new high octane concert celebrating 60 years of Motown. The concert blends together some of the most iconic artists who helped create a soundtrack that would transform America including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson, and Diana Ross and the Supremes among many others.


Featuring over 20 classic hits such as ‘My Girl’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Last Dance', ‘Want You Back', ‘Please Mr. Postman’, and ‘Respect’ among many others, this British Columbia premiere will have you ‘Dancing In the Streets’!

Starring Canadian Singer/Actress, Leina Deboer, and special guest star, Award-Winning International Recording Artist, Owen Lee.

Click image for shows and ticket details.

Featuring the Fraser Valley Dancers, Karina Evangeline, Danica Domay, and Teagan Gibson, with back-up Vocalist, Rebecca Laurenti and the six piece Motown Magis band; James Darling (keyboards), Hans VerHoeven (percussion), Todd Sacerty (Bass), Tony Jenks (Guitar) Pierre Komen (Tenor/Saxophone) and Luke Sales (Trumpet). All Naniamo, Crofton, Qualicum and Qualicum Beach based musicians.

The producer welcome guests to join him at the performance in one three cities this October as the artists take guests on a journey of classic music that made history, defined the sound of a generation and got the whole world moving to the same beat. Connect with Renee James on Facebook.





 Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Published 8 am


Going animal

Urban Safari Jr. zoo keeping Sept 21 to Nov 2

USJS/Handout photos


Youth will be busy Zookeepers over the course from September 21 to November 2.


rban Safari Rescue Society – Junior Zoo Keeping course for kids aged 13 to 17 yrs.

Is your teenager interested in animals or a career working with animals?

The next session of our unique Jr. Zoo Keeping course begins Saturday September 21.

This 7 week course is every Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm until November 2.

They will learn about careers working with animals, animal behaviour, safety around animals, animal husbandry and more.

Youth will care for the animals in the rescue, all the while learning science, and responsibility.

To register call 604 531-1100 or email here.

For more information visit our web site www.urbansafari.ca




 Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Published 5 pm


Downtown ruckus

Police seal off area

Staff/Voice file photo


A man was handcuffed outside of Bibles for Missions. He was later released.


olice had Nowell St. and Princess Ave. shut down Friday afternoon. It's unclear what the reason was but some locals said someone was robbed at knifepoint. But nothing has been confirmed.

A man was cuffed and later released as an RCMP K9 searched the Ruth and Naomi's subsidized apartment building.

If it were a crime scene where there was an injury it would've been taped off instead of parked cruisers and security vehicles blocking the area. There's no other info at this time.




 Friday, September 6, 2019 

Published 2 pm


Rental increases capped

Rates set to 2.6% in 2020

BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo


Renters get a break next year.


ritish Columbia’s annual allowable rent increase for 2020 has been set at 2.6%, the province’s annual rate of inflation — 2% lower than it would have been prior to the reduction government made in 2019.

“Renters need secure housing they can afford,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “That’s why we removed the additional 2% above inflation that the old government allowed for rent increases since 2004. Under the old formula, renters would have seen a rent hike of more than 9% over 2019 and 2020. Because of our changes and the removal of the fixed-term loophole, people will no longer face the unreasonable rent hikes that were allowed for years.” Read more here.



 Friday, September 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Trash and water don't mix

Annual river cleanup Sept 22

Nikki Rekman, CVRCS/Voice file photo


Garbage left behind by campers along the Vedder River.


ello from the Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society! This is a reminder about our upcoming river cleanup scheduled for BC Rivers Day, Sunday September 22nd, 2019. Registration takes place at:

Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association
48685 Chilliwack Lake Rd, Chilliwack, BC

Important times:

• Register between 8:30 - 9:30am
• Return garbage to the Fish & Game Club before 1:00pm
• BBQ starts at 12:30pm
• Prize Draw starts at 1:00pm, and you must be present to win.

Other details:

• This event goes rain or shine
• We provide garbage and recycling bags, rubber gloves, and some pick-up-sticks. Thank you Home Depot!
• Please wear sturdy footwear
• Please bring a travel mug/water bottle to enjoy the refreshments provided by the Chilliwack Water Store and Tim Horton's. We will not provide single-use cups.

Thanks to World Rivers Day and Patagonia for your financial contribution to our Volunteer BBQ, thanks to Tim Hortons and Chilliwack Water Store for providing refreshments, and thanks to you for your continued support. See you on Sunday, September 22nd.



 Friday, September 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Good health is free

Free 6 month YMCA membership with 10 week free course

Preet Noor, Greater Vancouver YMCA/Website photo


Generation Health Group Facilitator Lisa Neukomm.


eneration Health is a FREE 10-week healthy lifestyle program for children and their families. We will be meeting weekly (Monday evenings) at the Chilliwack YMCA as of Sept 30th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

During the first hour of the program, we have a group facilitator that educates children and parents about various topics related to healthy living such as: healthy eating, active living, goal setting, healthy body image and self esteem, etc.

During the second hour, the children have time for play-based exercise in the gym with a physical activity specialist while the parents cover additional topics with the group facilitator around positive family mealtimes and physical activity experiences, cooking and playing together, and positive parenting.

Families who participate in this program will receive a FREE 6 month membership to YMCA Chilliwack. This program requires prior registration and screening through these details: phone 1-888-650-3141 or send an e-mail here. For more information, visit the website here.



 Friday, September 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Bridge connects artwork

Vedder River overpass mural complete

Staff/Voice photo


Vedder River bridge mural on the east side is finished.


renton Pierre from Katzie First Nations was commissioned in March with a $3000 budget for his rendition of "mighty sturgeon" on one side of the Vedder Bridge and "swirling eulachons" on the other.

It's a code among graffiti artists that they won't deface public artwork. The thinking here is the bridge abutment murals will remain untouched by vandals. That's why you see the communications boxes on the streets with pictures wrapped on them.

On the other side eulachons are depicted. Members of the Native community smoke the greasy little eulachons and also smoke sturgeon and can it, which is considered a delicacy.

We won't show you the entire mural here. You'll need to head down there and see it for yourself.

For more about Pierre, visit www.rainawakens.com




 Friday, September 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Roache's corner

A class circus act

Cartoons courtesy of Michael Roache


Lampooning Donald Trump.



 Friday, September 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


Cultch Clink!

Council approves request to expand alcohol service in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Staff/Voice photo


Michael Cade, Artistic and Managing Director explains plan to increase liquor sales area Tuesday.


hilliwack Cultural Centre director Michael Cade was on hand at the council meeting this evening to answer questions about expanding the liquor service area inside the building.

There were other alcohol-related requests from developers; one at the Sure Stay and one at the Chilliwack Mall. Council were happy, especially coun. Sue Attrill, about the mall area being rejuvenated and real estate salesman Coun. Westeringh said he was glad to see "affordable housing" being planned for the area as well.



 Thursday, September 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


One clear moment

'Hope in a Time of Change' Sept 25

Eryne Croquet, Chilliwack/Voice file photo


A smoky sunrise over Chilliwack. Twenty years ago the term "climate change" was little used. Now it's everyone's mind.


hilliwack Citizens for Change (CCFC) invites all residents of Chilliwack to attend a panel discussion: “Hope in a Time of Change: A conversation about our changing climate and what you can do about it.” Local experts will share their knowledge about how climate change is affecting the Fraser Valley and make suggestions for actions individuals can take to make a difference.

Where: Rotary Room, Chilliwack Culture Centre, 9201 Corbould St Chilliwack, BC.


When: Wed., September 25 7-9pm

Dr. Carin Bondar, Biologist with a Twist, writer, filmmaker, and host of Outrageous Acts of Science on Discovery Channel be the MC for the panel.

The panelists include natural food farmer Natalie Forstbauer, outdoor recreation specialist David Urban from the FVRD who works on the Experience the Fraser project, and UFV physics professor, Dr. Tim Cooper.  Each panelists will give a brief presentation, then there will be a question and answer period. 

Get your questions ready!

The event is brought to you by CCFC and is sponsored by the Chilliwack Arts Council.

Tickets are available by donation at (link for tickets) or at the door. Donations will support the Chilliwack Arts Council.

Get your questions ready! Connect on Facebook here and Instagram here.




 Thursday, September 6, 2019 

Published 8 am


The straight story

Mother writes about helping others and slams a local church

Jessica Goldbaum, Chilliwack/Voice photo


The church where a pastor was charged with child pornography.


t honestly does not surprise me that there are more churches doing evil. Look at what they did to the aboriginal peoples. They’re all destroyed (mentally, physically) so let’s move on to everyone else. Sorry I have a lot of hate for churches. And I think of myself as a Christian. But I can’t sit in a church and listen to people who say they are good yet gossip, slander and abuse those close to them. There are so many people who claim to be Christian that sit in church every Sunday yet do no good in their lives.

Yesterday for example, car after car after car drove past an old man trying to cross the Knight Road train tracks. No one stopped ahead of me so I did.

He looked lost and confused. Very elderly. He must have been in his 80s. The heat was not doing the poor soul well and he dragged his feet as he slowly made it across. Once he did I started to drive and slowed down when I reached him, because he looked like he was going to say thank you. But instead he asked for a ride not even a km to get back to his home. So I got my daughter in the back seat and I gave him that ride. We do not need another grace. Yet no one seemed to care he was there or notice that he was distressed.

People these days don’t care about anyone but themselves. But for a church to lie to their youth. I’m sickened. There’s charges being laid on the previous pastor and Mainstreet's trying to cover it up as he was a nobody there when he baptized how many people? How many children did he actually get to touch through Baptisms? Or bible study? Newcomers and the youth need to know the truth . They can’t worship in a place built on lies. No foundation will last on lies. 



 Tuesday, September 4, 2019 

Published 10 pm


Fear and loathing in Chilliwack

Council says no to rainbow crosswalks

Staff/Voice photo


It was all rainbow flags in council chambers Tuesday afternoon.


oisterous and vociferous. That's how you could describe the crowd Tuesday at the city hall council meeting who are trying to pierce the veil over gay rights utilizing rainbow crosswalks. The crowd remained rambunctious as they moved inside chambers. Mayor Ken Popove had to stop the council session several times due to hubbub.

The mantra is the same; the LGBTQ community and all citizens are protected under the Canadian Charter was acknowledged.


Coun. Sue Knott read from a letter she penned stating her feelings on the matter.

"It's up to the federal government to protect the rights of all Canadians," she said. "It's the responsibility of your MP to speak for you in Parliament."

"When it comes to painting a rainbow crosswalk, baby feet, crosses, anti-immigration, or anything else, it becomes a political statement," explained Knott. "They are not paying us to make political statements."

Therein lies the rub.

Knott told listeners said they [council] were elected and funded by all citizens of the community and takes spending taxpayer dollars seriously and that rainbow crosswalks is not an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.

"You cannot change attitudes by painting crosswalks," she said. "If you're looking for inclusiveness then it comes from neighours. Get to know your neighbours. Listen to one another."

Rainbow crosswalk supporters outside City Hall Tuesday.


The other councilors, except coun. Kloot who wasn't present, followed Knott's lead and complained about the number of e-mails they got over the issue. Coun. Bud Mercer said for example he had an e-mail about a pro life crosswalk.


The consensus is that if they granted amendments to policy directive J-11 that it would open a floodgate of requests from other groups.


Lum threw his support behind the crosswalks and said he would hand the job of having four crosswalks in Chilliwack over to the Public Art Committee who would set some guidelines.

"Art is in the eye of the beholder," he said to a round of applause from the gallery.

Popove, known for keeping an open mind, told council he didn't have a problem with it through his own understanding, but it could cater to special interest groups in the future.


"As mayor I would have to stand back and look at the precedent that could be set. I did support it, I did sign it, but it's what we could open the door to down the road, as councillor Lum says, we do have some work to do," said Popove. "I want a happy town where everyone understands each other; faith-based; sexual preference; all those and work together, so for right now I am going to support staff's recommendations (no), but just so folks know I don't have a problem with this now."


At closing one guy with mental health issues jumped up and shouted and cussed before stomping out. In the end it was a "no" for a rainbow crosswalk anywhere in the city.

Somehow the reason for white crosswalks got lost in the dialogue... white is safer.




 Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Published 8 am


The cutting edge of cooking

New food truck looks to serve it up all year

Staff/Voice photos


Gwendolyn D'Angelo in her True North Concessions food truck Wednesday.


hey're big. They're beautiful. They're here.

True North Concessions food trucks owned and operated by Gwendolyn D'Angleo and Andrew Vincent from their brainchild Creative Concessions hit the ground running with the Grand Opening Saturday, August 24, on their property at the Cartmell Rd. location.


Directly behind is Creative Concessions in business since 2014 and where the trucks have been created since March 2019–just a stone's throw from one of Canada's most popular fishing spots; namely Island 22.

Chef Kyle Oullette is a talented pedigree exerting his chops and killin' it on items such as the eye-poppin' hickory smoked burgers and hand cut fries you didn't know how badly you needed it until you smelled them cooking. The truck is so new that it's impossible to tell which are the regional favourites yet but look for menu changes as Oullette's mood changes.

Chef Kyle Oullette outside the True North food truck on Cartmell Rd.


he food truck scene is becoming ubiquitous across the country offering all types of decadent dining to subgenre foodgasm menus.

Up until recently, food trucks have been seen as trendy and faddish and generally didn't get the kudos they deserved for people wanting to spank their taste buds on some Canadian cuisine when stacked up against bricks and mortar restaurants.


Why food trucks? They're competitive small-businesses for "Be Your Own Boss" types.


It's not easy to get into the food truck business, especially as deeply as True North Concessions has. You can't just wake up one day and say "I think I'll get a food truck." Food trucks in general are heavily licenced. Business licences, food handler's permits, health department permits, fire certificates, vehicle licences are all requirements.


The brightly colored vehicle is a real standout for Creative Concessions and somewhat different than a regular food truck per se; it's a food trailer but referred to as a conventional "food truck". A drive-thru boasts the uniqueness of the truck.

The newest incarnations don't come cheap. One with all the gewgaws will cost upwards of $85,000 to build. But they're basically a dream kitchen on wheels that Creative Concessions will undoubtedly rock the foundations of the food truck industry to its core.

When asked whose idea it was to launch the business and become a branding agent, D'Angelo said it was a familial decision.

"It was a collaborative thought from my hubby and I," D'Angeleo told The Voice last week.

It's all about locally sourced ingredients. They want the food to consist of as much clean local and seasonal ingredients as possible. Such as meat from Multi Pack Deli & Foods in Chilliwack.

D'Angelo is fully stoked.

"I really wanted to support the community," she said. "That's our biggest goal; to be cheaper than average food trucks and a better alternative; a way to represent our country."

Well-known chainsaw carver John Guliker made the beautiful wood counter. The wrap design was done by Prime Signs and their photo contest winner of Chilliwack Lake featured at the top is from Mark Faure of Montis Photography.

D'Angelo says they're hooked up with Skip the Dishes for people jonesing for their food and soon they'll be catering to local schools in the area and will easily satisfy the hungriest of them all with gourmet sensibility.


The plan is to remain open year-round. "Our food truck just finished its 6th day," D'Angelo beamed.

For those coming to the food truck party late, you'll have to get by True North who is poised to become an institution and start grabbing “best of” titles in BC–if they haven't already. Eat well. Die happy, noshers.

Connect with Creative Concessions on Facebook or call them at 604.901.8384




 Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Published 8 am


Quiet river

Logfalls do more than you may think

Staff/Voice photos


A section of the Vedder River last week.


he river branches off in a small area here and you can see how the log in the water calms it down. Some dead falls are natural but in many places in the US they do this on purpose because it creates a pool for fish to cool down and rest, and the logs also absorb water to release during low water periods.