The PNE: More Than Just a Fair

By | Community, Events, Ian Power

The Pacific National Exhibition opens its gates. Come one, come all!

What is it about the PNE that keeps people coming back year after year?

Is it the free concerts, bringing people decades back? Is it the creative, wacky, otherworldly food and beverage options, such as Corndogs wrapped in all sorts of things or deep fried *anything that can be deep fried*? Perhaps it is the classics eats, like cinnamon-sugar mini donuts, candy floss, or greasy burgers and french fries. For the adults, it could be the Craft Beer Fest, a sample of some of BC’s best drafts and vinos.

Maybe it is the Marketplace, bringing vendors from near and far together to offer you the latest, greatest, and oftentimes unusual device, toy, gadget or tool. When walking through the pavilion, it is easy to get swept up (shout out to those mops that absorb everything) in the commotion of it all and end up with an item or two that you will never use.

Between the swarms of people, the flashing lights, the ever-changing exhibits and performers, and the rows and rows of booths, there is definitely something special about the annual fair. Although it is a mere 15 days long, it is a symbol that there is still some summer time fun left to be had. From young and old, to everyone in between, the PNE–and let’s not forget Playland–showcases the magic that happens when people come together at one massive, urban fairground.

The PNE is more than just a fair… it is a summer staple in our province, first opened in 1910, that has been a source of many memorable moments.

So, what is it about the PNE that keeps people coming back year after year? All of it and whatever YOU make of it!

Ian Power


Flashback 90’s Song

By | Community, Tara Lopez

PULSE FM’s #FlashbackSong today brings you back to 1997 platform shoes & girl groups!

Some of their outfits are on display right now,
not South of the Fraser, but in the UK, at an exhibit called “SPICE UP”.

Here you can find themed merchandise which includes
dolls, Pepsi cans, and even a double decker “Spice Tour Bus”.

Can ya guess who we’re talking about?

You got it right – Its the Spice Girls! Taken from their 90s Movie “Spice World”,

Your 90s Flashback song is … Spice Up Your Life!

Concerts at the Pier

By | Community, Tara Lopez

The White Rock Business Improvement Association, TD Bank Group,
and the City of White Rock present the 4th annual TD Concerts at the Pier
in July and August 2018, sponsored by PULSE FM.

Four concerts will happen at the Main Stage east of Totem Park on White Rock’s waterfront,
and two concerts will take place at Five Corners.

The Concerts are FREE.

Saturday, July 14* BIG CITY SOUL – Five Corners
Thursday, July 19 DANIEL WESLEY – East Beach
Thursday, July 26 THE LONELY celebrating the music of Roy Orbison & BIG RIVER tribute to Johnny Cash – East Beach
Saturday, August 11* ABRA CADABRA tribute to the Music & Magic of ABBA & THE PIANO MAN a tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John – Five Corners
Saturday, August 18 NORTHERN PIKES – East Beach

The July 14th show and August 11th shows will take place at Five Corners.

Don’t forget to shop around, dine out, and support some of the local businesses!

For parking (at the EAST BEACH events only) – drive down to the Semiahmoo First Nation Lot
behind the Washington Avenue Grill, and then you can either take the FREE shuttle to the concert,
or enjoy the short walk on the promenade.

*Article courtesy of White Rock BIA.


By | Community, Environment Canada, Feature, Ian Power, News

(photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service)

Hong Kong, Beijing, Delhi, Los Angeles, Surrey and sadly there are way too many others. All polluted cities where the air is so thick normally healthy people are being advised to limit their activity and exposure. We’re choking South of the Fraser. BC is on fire and while the forests burn we can hardly catch our breath,

Today the provincial government stepped up efforts to support the response by declaring a provincial state of emergency. The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, once issued, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.

Props to firefighters and support personal.

Currently, more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in all fire regions of the province. This includes 1,427 BC contract personnel, as well as 436 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.

Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist. The toll will be massive. However, the most important thing is taking measures to mitigate any risk to people. Meanwhile, check in on elderly relatives and neighbours, take care of kids and other vulnerable people who may be adversely affected.

Meanwhile, if you have a question about your health while the air advisory is up consult with a health care professional. You may also want to call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (toll free).

Ian Power



Squeeze out the last days of summer!

By | Community, Jen Robbins

Just 6 weeks ago we were so excited to set off on our 2018 summer journey and now it is creeping to a close.

It’s hard not to get a wee bit excited at the thought of a crisp fall morning, a cozy sweater, and fall fashion.  In my head it’s all cozy sunsets and cute foggy mornings, but the reality of fall and winter in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley is a wee bit less romantic.  More raincoats, less sweaters.

It’s sad that the last few summers seem to wind up with a nasty haze over our beautiful province.  The heat waves seem to be getting hotter and longer each year.  But the magic of summer is still here.  Long days, summer nights, you don’t need socks or sweaters and splashing in a lake replaces wrangling a slippery child in a bath.

And as previously pointed out on ALL my social media, you only get 18 of these summers with your kids so try to slow down time and soak it all in.


Teething pains…

By | Community, Jen Robbins

I think very few people actually enjoy the dentist.  However, we know it is a necessary task, and especially if we have the means and access – a privilege.

When it comes to my kids, I’m happy to schedule them in as often as my insurance will allow.  Before I had kids, I absolutely knew that I would dutifully brush their teeth every morning and evening, while singing happy birthday three times (or whatever the current recommended amount of time might be).

Fast forward a few years and I’ll admit that extensively detailed oral maintenance isn’t exactly at the top of my list during the witching hours (the two hours before school and before bedtime).  Show me evidence of a wet toothbrush and I’ll buy the entire pack of lies when it comes to my precious twenty minutes of “me time”.

And here’s a #truthbomb that no one tells you.  Cavities and dental work aren’t necessarily preventable.   I discovered this way back in the day, in my moms’ group when another mom broke down in tears when her son had to get a number of fillings as a toddler.  “I swear… the dentist said that some kids just have softer enamel!”

Now that I have 13 years’ of dentists appointments under my belt, I can confirm this is absolutely true.  One of my kids is super meticulous when it comes to his tooth brushing and yes, even flossing.  At our last appointment he did not join the cavity-free club while the more carefree types earned a place on the wall by only occasionally brushing for more than 10 seconds, supplemented with the weekly events when I get involved and wrangle them into a more thorough cleaning (after which we are both left in tears).

So, of course parents and caregivers should do our best at enforcing good hygiene habits… whether that involves stickers or the struggle of parent-involved brushing or throwing them a stick of sugar free gym every now and then for good measure, but don’t feel like you’ve lost a battle if they come up with a cavity or any other concern.  It’s not (always) your fault!


Say It Isn’t Over

By | Community, Environment Canada, Events, Feature, Ian Power, News

I turned the fans off, pulled out my argyle sweater and checked the Starbucks website to confirm when the Pumpkin Spice latte will return. There is a chill in the air. Is it fall already?

Alas, it’s not. But the weather today could very well confirm otherwise.

There’s something about the first dreary day after an intense period of sun and heat that brings you back to the pumpkin patch and kids jumping into piles of crisp, fallen leaves.

There’s around three weeks until school starts up again—and I don’t know about you—I still have a lot of summer left in me. So don’t let the cooler weather stop you this weekend from enjoying the beaches, parks and trails or from watching the salmon run.

I’ll keep my rubber boots on the shelf for now… but if someone were to make me pumpkin pie, I wouldn’t say no! 😄

Ian Power


Meet Me in the Garden

By | Community, Environment Canada, Feature, Ian Power, News

There’s so much to talk about this summer. Some of it is pretty intense. Newly proposed ICBC Rates put an increased emphasis on drivers, heat this summer, forest fires and the list goes on. There is a way to catch a break and it’s right here in the garden.

Egan Davis is a Red Seal Horticulturist and Chief Instructor at the UBC Botanical Garden Horticulture Training Program. Yup, he’s the real deal and a real nice guy. So, when he agreed to join me and Vanessa on Pulse Mornings we were legitimately stoked.

Being in the garden, I have discovered, is one easy way of slowing things down in this speedy, chaotic, uncertain world we live. And, that’s a good thing, if only for a short reprieve.

Egan has often said on a variety of radio shows I’ve hosted, when it comes right to it gardening is kind of funny or odd in that there is only one spring and only one summer per year. Odds are by then we’ll all be much older from the time we started. It’s nature’s way, if we’re lucky. Besides he assures anyone who will listen it’s not anything anyone can’t learn quickly if only we try. Meet you in the garden.

Listen to our Pulse Mornings interview with Egan Davis here.

(photo of Egan Davis courtesy of Coast Reporter)

Ian Power



Paws to Read Program

By | Community, Jen Robbins

Surrey Animal Resource Centre has a fun program called Paws to Read.  The program lets kids come and read books to the shelter animals.

It’s open to children in grades K-6 and runs daily from 11-6:40 PM. Just call them at 604-574-6622 or drop them an e-mail at and register and you can book a 15 minute slot to hang with the animals!  They have a selection of books and bunnies, kitties, birds and other four-legged-creatures you can read to.

Of course after we were done reading we had to hang around and make sure every little fella in there got their pets in.  And, it’s air conditioned as well, so not a bad way to spend some time!