A day after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Surrey Memorial Hospital, the one at Langley Memorial Hospital is over.  The province also announced 104 new cases yesterday but no new deaths.  Cases in B.C. now total 5,952, while deaths remain at 209.

 

A traffic control flagger was stabbed in Surrey yesterday and police are looking for the suspect.  It happened around 2 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report that a female flagger working in the area of 95 A Ave. and 148 Street had been assaulted with a weapon by a man on a bicycle. The suspect fled while the victim was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.  The suspect is described as a heavy-set Caucasian male in his mid-30’s who was wearing dark clothes and a baseball cap. He was riding a red mountain bike.

 

The province says it’s providing schools with an extra two-million dollars in funding for mental health programs as students face an “unprecedented” return to school.  The minister of mental health and addictions, says a total of 3.75-million dollars will be spent in the 2020-21 school year to promote mental wellness.  The funding will also provide additional support for students, families and educators. School districts will be allowed to determine how the funds are used based on their needs.

 

More than 90 per cent of transit riders are complying with TransLink’s mandatory mask policy, put in place last month to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  The policy, requiring passengers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while onboard transit vehicles, began Aug. 24.  TransLink has been conducting spot checks at high-volume areas in the week since and found around 92 per cent of passengers are wearing masks onboard transit vehicles.

 

Newly released stats from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board show the eastern and southern ends of the Lower Mainland recorded the second highest number of home sales and the highest number of new listings in August, within the last two decades.  There were just over 2-thousand units sold over the month, representing a 2.9% decrease from July 2020, but an increase of 57.2% compared to the units sold in the same month last year. Moreover, August’s sales were 39% above the 10-year average for the month.

 

A sports car in Delta was impounded after going nearly twice the posted speed limit.  On Tuesday morning, just after 9 am, Delta Police caught a Corvette driving at 141 km/h on Highway 17 which is an 80 zone.  The Corvette driver was directly in front of our officer and they were approaching the Highway 99 overpass.  In addition to being impounded, the driver was also given a “hefty fine,” which can range between $368 to $483, and three points on their record

 

While construction is confirmed to officially begin this fall on the $2.83 billion Broadway Extension of SkyTrain Millennium Line, the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain is still in the detailed planning stage.
But the South of Fraser project is also expected to reach a new milestone soon, as indicated by Premier John Horgan in a press conference today on the Broadway Extension.
Horgan said discussions are currently still underway on this Expo Line extension along Fraser Highway towards Langley, and that an announcement on this project can be expected “shortly.”

A police raid in Surrey, B.C., has ended with the seizure of a “significant” amount of illegal drugs, cash and a firearm, according to RCMP.
On Aug. 20, the Surrey detachment’s drug unit officers executed a warrant at a home in the 9400-block of 129 Street in Whalley, where two suspects were seen trafficking drugs
Both suspects were detained, and one of them is believed to be involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict, RCMP said. One of the suspects was released at the scene, while the other was arrested.
The investigation is ongoing, but no charges have been laid. Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP

The R-C-M-P says a social media campaign asking search and rescue volunteers to resume looking for an experienced hiker missing near Coquitlam is not helpful.
Police say they’re concerned the campaign flooding the Coquitlam SAR’s Instagram page with hundreds of posts could hamper the team’s operations.
The Mounties say they worked closely with SAR in the search for Ali Naderi after he was reported missing on August 23rd and both agreed to suspend the effort after seven days.
Police add they continue to follow every tip and lead about the missing hiker and will continue to work on the disappearance until the 52-year-old is found.