Why Can’t We Be Friends?

By | Community, Events, Ian Power, News

Late last week I was drawn to a friends Facebook post that espoused how extraordinary Barack Obama was as the 44th President of the United States. She expressed heartbreak at what she saw as a growing divide among the American people under the presidency of Donald Trump. She worries for her American friends and family, including next to kin, that the US is losing its way.

It was a moment put to words on Facebook, accompanied by a video, when something dark, perhaps sinister began bubbling up through what became a long thread of anxious discourse. In response to my friends post one of her Facebook “friends” took great umbrage and spat back in defence of her beloved Trump. It may have been ok, under free speech, to allow for her to express an opposing view. But when the vitriol became personal all bets were off.

Suddenly the longest, most open and undefended border in the world felt like it was rapidly unwinding. We are awkward and periled in these uncertain times. Our next door neighbour has seen and found the need to show its mighty strength through the oval office or Mar a Lago for that matter. And, as true friends and neighbours we have stayed out of it. But enough is enough and locking babies in cages may have been the last straw where it would simply be wrong to remain quiet.

It seems everyday my newsfeed is full of “friends” snapping at each other and emotions are running high with worry.  So, why can’t we all just get along?

I suspect the frenzy of (mis)information we consume and the divide and conquer style of the POTUS is exactly the plan. We watch in horror while diversion after diversion clouds and derides our thinking. The result is not really unexpected, neighbour turning on neighbour, just as friends are turning on friends. We must continue to take the high road. This is what we have always done as Canadians and what most of the world has come to expect. One can only hope in the longer scheme of things this will be but a blip on the political map. Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you fall let’s be sure to treat one another with respect and dignity. After all, like it or not we’re all in this together!

Ian Power


What’s The Rush?

By | Neil Morrison, News

I jokingly refer to Highway 10 between 152nd and 168th as the, ‘Autobahn’ due to the speeds you can see people hit along that stretch of highway. In fact it’s not funny and people could kill with speed along that stretch. That said, for the past week or so I have been re-routing my commute due to construction on 152nd between 36th and 40th avenues. My re-route has me driving north on King George Boulevard from 152nd to Highway 10. This week i’ve been doing something I admit I sometime don’t always do…I set my auto-cruise at the speed-limit of 70kms and hour between the stretch of the 99 overpass and Highway 10. I have learned a valuable lesson about driving in BC this past week –  the speed limit seems just to be a suggestion. Today for instance – after I set the cruise at 70km/hr – not one vehicle stayed behind me. Every single one passed me. Some doing 10-20-30kms over what I was doing. So, I have an idea. Rather than raising insurance rates year after year for drivers who – for the most part – stick to the speed limit, why not just have Surrey RCMP set up daily somewhere on that stretch of road? Without certainty, it would be a steady cash cow for the government and police services. What’s the rush?


Summer Water Safety Tips

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

Summer may be the best time of year but it can also be the most dangerous. According to the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit “Drowning is a leading cause of death for children and near-drowning can result in lengthy hospital stays and can have life-long effects such as brain damage. On average in BC, there are 41 near-drowning cases that resulted in an acute hospitalization and 53 drowning deaths per year a large portion of which take place in the summer months.”

Last month’s news of a toddler in Mission who wandered away from her daycare and drowned in a neighbour’s pool was heartbreaking. I can’t imagine the pain her parents and surrounding community are going through. With that in mind, let’s make sure this summer is a safe one by following these summer water safety tips put out today by the Ministry of Public Safety:

* In any small craft, wear a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD) at all times when on the water. Having one in the boat is not sufficient, as in as many as 70% of boating incidents, the person becomes separated from the boat.

* Children, non-swimmers and weak swimmers should also wear a PFD when wading or playing in the water at a river or lakeside.

* Do not mix alcohol with boating, swimming or other recreational water activities.
* A study published in the journal, Injury Prevention, suggests that someone with a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 has about 10 times the risk of drowning during boating as someone with none, and even a small amount of alcohol can increase the risk as a result of impaired co-ordination and judgment.

* Impairment is illegal for someone driving a boat, and is also a risk for passengers who are more likely to fall into the water.

* Impairment by alcohol or drugs is often a contributing factor in cases in which someone has accidentally fallen into water from shore.

* Be aware of the water conditions where you are planning your activities. Check the weather forecast before heading out and do a visual inspection of the area. Do not head down a river without being aware of the water conditions further downstream. If there are warning signs posted, obey them.

* If you are hosting visitors from another province or country, ensure that they are informed about the conditions that prevail in the lake or river you are visiting. Warn them about steep drop-offs, rapids, currents, cold water and any other hazards.

* Always supervise children anywhere near water. Pre-school-aged children can drown in only a few centimetres of water, and drowning is often silent. Young children should be within arm’s reach of a responsible adult. Swim lessons do not replace the need to supervise children around water.

* Never dive into unknown waters. Unexpectedly shallow water or hidden obstacles underwater can easily prove fatal. Diving from cliffs or from other great heights is exceptionally risky.

* Never swim alone. Always have a buddy, and keep an eye out for each other.

– Vanessa





Can I plant my flowers now?

By | Leah Holiove, News

Now that the heat wave is over I guess for now, I’m hoping I can try planting flowers in my garden. I don’t really garden and I surely don’t have a green thumb. However I do like to plant some flowers in my front yard and on my patio. Last week  I had bought some seeds and some really good gardening soil  with the intention of planting them the next day.

Mother Nature though had other plans for me because then the heat wave hit the South Coast and it was too hot outside for me to plant them. I may be a little bit of a wimp but I knew if I did try and plant them I would have rushed and not done a good job.

Fast forward to this week and the temperature has leveled off and my plans this weekend are……you guess it to finally plant my garden of flowers, unless of course Mother Nature wants to change her mind again. I’ll let you know on Monday how it all worked out! Happy Friday!



Flashback 90’s

By | Leah Holiove, News

My Flashback 90’s song today came out in 1995 by Michael and Janet Jackson. “Scream” made it to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play but only made it to #5 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles and #6 on the Canadian RPM 10 Dance Chart.

“Scream” was in response to the tabloid press and the many issues Michael had with them throughout his life. At the time the music video was the most expensive ever made, costing $7 million. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

Catch my Flashback 90’s song Monday-Friday at 11:50am



RCMP Underwater Recovery Team locate Delta man’s body in Alice Lake

By | Leah Holiove, News

On June 20th 2018, at around 8:15 pm Squamish RCMP received a call from a bystander at Alice Lake who stated they heard someone screaming about a man in the water and they were trying to find them. Squamish RCMP, SAR, Fire Services, and BC Ambulance Service attended to the area and began to search for the man. Ground, air, and water searches were conducted with negative results.

A 20 year old man from Delta was swimming in the area with friends when he went into distress close to the shore line on the Southwest side of the lake. His friends and bystanders immediately searched the area for him and called for help.

“Four members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) arrived at Alice Lake this morning and shortly after 1:00 pm the team located the body of the man” stated Corporal Sascha Banks. “At this time we are informing the public that Alice Lake is still closed until all units are clear from the area. Squamish RCMP and it’s partners are wanting to extend their thoughts out to the family and friends of the man”

Squamish RCMP is in contact with the man’s family but his name has not be released at this time.


National Selfie Day Struggle

By | Neil Morrison, News

I’ll never quite understand the Selfie and it’s enormous popularity. To me, taking a picture of yourself using your phone makes no sense. What is the point? Why do a selfie? What is it’s purpose? On this National Selfie I day I find myself confused and wondering, ‘Is it a generational thing?’ How about this – How about we create a place to go to see all the selfies we want to see via an app, or a website, and the rest of us can blissfully return to our lives, Selfie-free.

Flashback 90’s

By | Leah Holiove, News

My Flashback 90’s song today is the first studio album for C+C Music Factory back in 1990. “Gonna Make Me Sweat” took most of the world by storm, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles, Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales.

The songs opening line is frequently played during indoor sporting events as a way to pump up the crowd.

Catch my Flashback 90’s song Monday-Friday at 11:50am


Surrey RCMP make eight arrests and a significant seizure

By | Leah Holiove, News

In March 2018, the Surrey RCMP’s District 4 Community Response Unit (CRU) began an investigation into an alleged fraud and forgery operation. The investigation culminated in a search warrant being executed at a residence in the 18900 block of 64 Avenue on June 15, 2018. Investigators believe that individuals at this residence were forging documents and credit cards using stolen data.

 During their search of the residence, investigators located and seized a significant amount of evidence including:   

 ·         Thousands of identity cards, identity documents, and stolen mail 

·         5 printers and 2 embossers allegedly used to forge credit cards and identification

·         9 laptop computers and embossers believed to contain stolen personal information

·         1 airsoft rifle and 1 airsoft handgun

Eight people were arrested during the investigation, each allegedly found to be in possession of fraudulent identification and credit cards. Charges have not been laid at this time as the investigation is on-going.

If you have any information related to this investigation call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or


Since when is “streaking” a crime?

By | News, Vanessa Ybarra

Today it was announced the “streaker” that ran onto the field in his tighty whities and a jersey at last weekend’s BC Lions game only to be pummelled to the ground by defensive back Marcell Young is now seeking legal counsel (the video has gone viral, all it takes it a simple ‘BC Lions hit’ search in Google to find it)

From what I understand the man is either looking to sue Young or the BC Lions team claiming he suffered a brain injury from the heavy hit. I say, good on him. First of all this guy wasn’t harming anybody. How many times have you been at a sporting event or a concert where a boozed-up clown decides to strip and make a run for it? It’s all just for fun. It may not be the prettiest sight but most of the time there aren’t any evil intentions behind it. And let’s not forget the guy wasn’t even naked!

Second of all, in our culture that’s all about promoting anti-bullying this was a bullyish move. The second Young hit the 20-something he was met with high fives from a bunch of his teammates. So all of a sudden it’s cool to side swipe a kid almost half your age simply because he was “on your turf”? If this was an attempt by Young to look cool in front of the crowd and online, the better thing would’ve been to start dancing, high five, or take a selfie with the guy. It isn’t a secret  the BC Lions could use some help in the marketing department as their games aren’t exactly the hottest Saturday night ticket. Taking out a fan isn’t the way to do it!

—- Vanessa