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Most of us are familiar with the Tour de White Rock bicycle race but it is not the only game in town. This past weekend the Peninsula Art Tour was in full swing with 32 artists opening up their studios and showing off their wares at 18 different locations across south Surrey and White Rock.

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September 30, 2019

White Rock Council - Today

Monday Schedule

4:45 p.m. - Finance and Audit committee (click here)

6 p.m. Land Use & Planning committee (click here)

7 p.m. Regular Council meeting (click here)

 

Today Is Orange Shirt Day


Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, has issued the following statement to mark Orange Shirt Day:

“On Sept. 30, we join together to raise awareness of the terrible effects of the residential school system and the resulting intergenerational trauma. For more than 100 years, children were taken from their parents, subjected to abuse and made to feel ashamed of their culture.

“By participating in Orange Shirt Day each year, we act on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action to redress the colonial legacy of residential schools. More than that, to honour survivors we must all commit to a future grounded in meaningful reconciliation – where healing is supported, rights are respected and Indigenous languages and cultures are able to thrive.

“That is why our government is responding to Article 43, which calls on governments to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation. Legislation will be introduced this fall to bring the Province’s laws into harmony with the Declaration.

“Today, our government proclaims Orange Shirt Day in the Province of British Columbia. This is a day to acknowledge the survivors of residential schools and to stand with them and their families.

“Orange Shirt Day was created by Phyllis Webstad. In 1973, at age six, she was sent to St. Joseph Mission residential school in Williams Lake, excited to wear a brand new orange shirt. Her shirt was taken from her and she never saw it again. This emotionally damaging act made her feel as if she did not matter.

“Phyllis shared her story in 2013, using the symbolism of the orange shirt and the words ‘Every Child Matters’ in her awareness campaign.

“I encourage British Columbians throughout the province to wear orange today to support Phyllis and all the other survivors. Let's give those who have the courage to tell their stories a safe space to share them and an opportunity to reclaim their identities. Let’s send the message that every child matters.”

 

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum


Surrey continues to face serious law and order incidents where the criminals are becoming bolder in where and when the carry out their violent crimes. Our citizens are frustrated and, rightfully, fearful. Saturday’s shooting happened in broad daylight, at a gas station with shops nearby. I am thankful that innocent bystanders were not hurt in this latest shooting. The situation appears to be getting worse with each incident, as the gangs are so embolden that they don’t think twice about opening fire in daylight, in public areas or near schools. The continued gun violence has created a sense of unease throughout the city.

With the province giving us the green light to establish our own Surrey Police Department, the community believes now, more than ever, that we need to work as quickly possible to get SPD officers out on the streets. The lack of progress to date is disappointing and is unfortunately due to bureaucratic red tape. The community has made it clear to me that there is a sense of urgency and they want meaningful work to get underway immediately to bring Surrey Police to fruition. We owe it to the people of Surrey to make this transition as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Doug McCallum
Mayor
City of Surrey

 

Last week hundreds of mayors and city councillors from around British Columbia met for the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Vancouver.

White Rock councillor ANTHONY MANNING put forth a resolution to be voted on that would allow all cities in British Columbia to mirror Vancouver's Empty Dwelling Tax. (Note: Vancouver is not governed by the same laws as all the other cities in British Colmbia, as they have their own charter).

White Rock’s request to allow other municipalities beyond Vancouver to impose their own vacancy or empty homes taxes was referred, along with Vancouver’s call for further renoviction protections.

 

September 29, 2019

Supper-time Slaying

Shots rang out around 6 p.m. Saturday in a busy area of Clayton Heights

Witnesses say a man fired shots into a Mercedes SUV at the Mobil gas station at 188th Street and Fraser Highway 

One person is dead and police are investigating

RCMP found when they arrived, one man was found to have suffered an apparent gun shot wound.

“Despite all efforts by the first responders and paramedics that man succumbed to his injuries,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko with Surrey RCMP.

 

Canada Beats Iroquois to Win Gold, USA Takes the Bronze

Canada’s reign continues at the World Lacrosse Indoor Men’s World Championship.

Canada would trail briefly in the first quarter, and both times by just a single goal, before pulling way from the Iroquois Nationals to win 19-12 on Saturday night at Langley Events Centre in the gold medal game at the 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship.

 

September 25, 2019

One of BC’s first female fire fighters retires after 27 years 

.......with the Surrey Fire Service

In 1992, Nancy Innes was playing and coaching basketball at SFU when she saw a recruitment flyer for the Surrey Fire Service (SFS). The then 26-year-old student applied and soon realized women firefighters were a rarity. In fact, at that time, there was no glass ceiling to break because there were no full-time female fire fighters in the Metro Vancouver area. On September 14, 1992, Nancy Innes became the first of two full-time female fire fighters to join the Surrey Fire Service and eventually rising to the rank of Fire Suppression Captain.

“Women fire fighters are not uncommon today, but 27 years ago they were non-existent in Lower Mainland fire departments,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Nancy Innes is truly a trail blazer and inspiration for women who want to make a career out of firefighting. I want to congratulate Captain Innes for the long, distinguished and groundbreaking career she has had with our Surrey Fire Service.”

The Surrey Fire Service is proud of its progressive and barrier-free approach to its recruitment.

“I want to commend Captain Innes for her contributions to the Surrey Fire Service,” said Fire Chief, Larry Thomas. “Nancy is proof that women can have long and fulfilling careers as fire fighters. As Nancy moves into a well-earned retirement, I know her pioneering work will inspire other women to fill her place within the ranks of the Surrey Fire Service.”

Currently, the SFS has 40 women in its uniformed ranks in roles ranging from frontline firefighting and dispatch to Assistant Fire Chief. The SFS offer “Women in Firefighting” workshops designed to enhance recruitment of women to the fire service.

 

September 24, 2019

Credit Where "Social" Credit Is Due

A regular reader from Crescent Beach has sent along the above photo. This is not from years gone by folks. One resident of the beach community is still longing for the "good old days" when the Social Credit Party was at the helm in Victoria.

 

 

 

Sunday Funnies

First known "selfie" pic.

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This 0.5K run for underachievers has donuts, coffee, and a smoking rest stop

The town of Boerne, Texas — near San Antonio — is hosting a special fun run on May 5 designed to test the mettle of those whose mettle is rarely tested: A 0.5K. 

Raising money for the charity Blessings in a Backpack, the Boerne 0.5K is a lampoon of the typical 5K run, and the people who fill your timeline with photos at 6 a.m. of them prepping to race. Branded as an event for underachievers, the race will take runners on a beautiful 546-yard route over a creek. Before the event every runner will get a free pint of beer to prepare them for their journey, and there are even plans to make sure participants have the fuel they need to make it to the finish.

“Coffee and donut station at the halfway point for carb-loading and energy. This will also be where the designated smoking area is.

 

History Lesson

From 1979 to 1987, the Canadian Open Sandcastle Competition brought hundreds of thousands of spectators to White rock beach to watch teams from around the world create fantastical sand creations. Teams had just four hours, at low tide, to create the best, biggest and most creative sand sculptures. The event was free for spectators, awesome for families and eventually grew so popular that it was known around the world for being one of the best competitions. The competition was eventually canceled due to increasing security costs, but it is still ingrained in the history of the community.

Visit the White Rock Museum to see the current exhibit celebrating THE SANDCASTLE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

 

Chesney's Chestnuts

When she got flowers from her husband on Valentine's Day, my daughter quickly opened the card. All it said was, "No."

What did that mean? She called her husband and asked him.

"I didn't attach any message. The florist asked if I had a message and I said, 'No'."

 

Thought for the Day

 

Video of the Day


Without a doubt, the GoPro camera has revolutionized what the average person is able to film and share with the rest of the world.



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