Second degree murder charge laid in connection with homicide of Aaliyah Rosa

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

A woman has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the homicide of Aaliyah Rosa.

On July 22 at about 9:30 p.m., emergency services were called to an apartment building near 200th Street and 68th Avenue in Langley, B.C. where they found 7-year-old Aaliyah Rosa deceased.  Aaliyah’s death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the case.

Investigators quickly determined that this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety.

Since the initial deployment, IHIT and its partners worked tirelessly to collect and compile all the evidence for charge approval consideration to crown counsel.  An extensive neighbourhood canvass was undertaken and numerous interviews were conducted.

On August 17 Aaliyah’s 36-year-old mother, Kerryann Lewis, was arrested and charged with second degree murder for her death.

Ms. Lewis will appear before a judge in B.C. Provincial Court on August 20, 2018.

“This was a tragic case that shocked the community,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Aaliyah Rosa and we hope that we were able to provide some answers to her family.”

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at

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

Aretha Franklin paved the way for feminists

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

Being a kid of the 90s I can’t say I’m a huge Aretha Franklin fan as I wasn’t even born when her first number one hit ‘Respect’ was released in 1967 however there’s no denying the level of energy and fierceness in her songs was unlike any other artist the music industry has or ever will see especially her song’ Respect’. As Wikipedia puts it “It’s a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants.” As a young girl my friends and me would wail the song at sleepovers. We didn’t really now who sang it, just that it gave us a feeling we could take on the world and ain’t no man going to tell us what to do. It’s that fierceness Franklin is remembered for. At a time when so many women’s voices were being silenced in the 60s and 70s, Franklin’s messages of standing up for yourself still hold true, especially today with the #metoo movement.

While I am embarrassed to admit I mainly listened to covers of Franklin’s songs growing up, such as Celine Dion’s ‘Natural Woman’ or Diana King’s ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ the news of her passing from cancer Thursday has, at least for myself, brought to light the huge role she played in building the careers of today’s top artists. They may be strong women already, but I bet Beyonce, Adele, and Celine wouldn’t have half the level of confidence on stage if it wasn’t for women like Aretha insisting from men long ago that ‘All I’m asking is for a little respect when you get home!’


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Surrey RCMP appeal for witnesses after female grabbed

By | Leah Holiove, News

On August 13, 2018 at 11:00pm, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a 27 year old female who was grabbed from behind by an unknown male while walking in the area of 111A Avenue and 161A Street in Fraser Heights.  The female was able to free herself from the suspect and flee the area. She was not injured.

The male suspect is described as Caucasian, 5’8”, medium build, wearing a black Nike hoodie and grey sweatpants. The male’s vehicle was described as a black 2000 Chevrolet pickup with Silver Convex rims, possibly a 2-door extended cab.

The Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit is leading the investigation into the incident. If you have any information about this incident please contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous call 1-800-222-8477 or



Red Cross pleads for wildfire donations

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

With fires raging across the province, help is needed now and in the weeks and months ahead. The Canadian Red Cross is launching an appeal for donations to help people impacted by this summer’s wildfires.

The Canadian Red Cross works alongside the Province of British Columbia, local authorities, and First Nations leadership to plan how to help those affected by the wildfires.

Canadians wishing to make a financial donation to help those impacted by the BC fires can do so online at, by calling 1-800-418-1111, or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

“More than 3,000 people have already been evacuated from their homes this summer and there continues to be more than 560 wildfires burning across the province. With the donations from generous Canadians, the Red Cross will help ensure people are cared for now and as they start their recovery.”

– Kimberley Nemrava, Canadian Red Cross Vice-President, British Columbia and Yukon.


By | Leah Holiove, News

My Flashback song was originally recorded by a group and when they disbanded Jennifer Lopez recorded her own version of the song for her debut studio album in 1999. “Waiting for Tonight”was a commercial success. It reached the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She earned a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000 as well.

Catch my Flashback song Monday-Friday at 11:53am




Baby hurt after truck plows through Surrey home

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

On Wednesday just after 9 p.m. the Surrey RCMP received a call regarding a truck that had driven into the basement of a house in the 9000 block of Alexandria Crescent in Surrey.

A four month old child was injured in the incident and is being treated at hospital.

The 57 year old driver is currently in police custody.

Surrey Traffic Services, the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT), along with the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (iCARS) gathered evidence at the scene as the investigation is still in the early stage.

Surrey CCIT will be continuing with the investigation into the cause of the incident.

Traffic in the area around Alexandria Crescent has not been affected.

Anyone with information about this incident please call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or


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




By | Neil Morrison, News

A successful author has been studying the habits of the wealthy and has come up with some interesting finds. Over 4 years, the author spoke with 233 wealthy individuals. He asked each of them the same 144 questions. He then compiled the data and released his, ‘Rich Habits Study.’ The main thing he learned was how they actually created their wealth. All of the wealthy people he interviewed followed one of three predominant paths to get rich. 1.The ‘saver-investors’ The “saver-investors” all had zero debt, and the passive income generated by their invested savings was enough to meet or exceed their standard of living. 2.The ‘virtuosos’ These rich people were virtuosos in their career, industry, or profession. They were among the best at what they did. These individuals either worked for large, publicly-held corporations, in which a significant portion of their compensation was stock-based compensation or they were entrepreneurs/small business owners with enterprises that were highly profitable. 3.The ‘dreamers’ The “dreamers” were by far the wealthiest group in the author’s study. Approximately 51% of them were individuals who pursued some big dream and were able to turn that dream into a reality. Their dream eventually provided them with an enormous amount of income, profit, or gain. You may not be rich yet, but if you fall into one of those three categories you just may be one step closer.


By | Leah Holiove, News

My Flashback song came out in 1999 by Britney Spears for her debut studio album. “Sometimes” received generally mixed reviews from critics but it attained worldwide success, peaking inside the top ten in eleven countries. The song reached #1 in Belgium, Netherlands and New Zealand, while reaching number two in Australia.

Catch my Flashback song Monday-Friday at 11:53am




By | Neil Morrison, News
According to readers of the Vancouver Sun, Uli’s restaurant on Marine Drive in WR has the best burgers in metro Vancouver. Not just South of the Fraser, but the entire LM. That’s a very impressive feat. I’ve been going to Uli’s for years, and I will tell you, their burgers are something else. But know this if you are going to head down there to try one, it’s not only the taste that will blow your mind, but it’s the passion behind the scenes as well. Owner Tyson Blume wants his food to be the best it can possibly be. Therefore most of the food he uses to create your meal is made from local ingredients. It’s very important to him that the staff know just how to explain to the customer the love that is put into every single meal they make. If you aren’t happy, they’re not happy. When it comes to their burgers specifically, before you take the first bite, ask your server to speak to Tyson or Jenny the GM and listen to what they have to say about how that burger is prepared. You’ll understand why the burger is the best burger in all of metro Vancouver. It is truly made with passion and commitment.  Take that first bite, and then get ready for the taste of heaven. Oh, and don’t forget the Frites (thin french fries) on the side. Enjoy.
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