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Chilliwack applying to host 2018 Royal Bank Cup

Posted on by Mike Hellinger

2015 RBC Cup Champion Portage Terriers (hockeycanada.ca)

2015 RBC Cup Champion Portage Terriers (hockeycanada.ca)

Chilliwack is applying to host the 2018 Royal Bank Cup…that’s the Canadian Junior A hockey championship. Scott Beare with Tourism Chilliwack says it all started with Chiefs President Glen Ringdal calling them to see if it was doable.

“The Chiefs have had a nice run here….one of the top teams in the country as far as business, attendance and such, and they wanted to make a run at it.  Also, Allison (Colthorp) at our office here has done multiple bids in the past for different sporting events in her career with tourism, so we sat down with them and decided that everything looked like a fit.”

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Christy Clark ranked premier with best fiscal performance

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fraserinstitute.org

fraserinstitute.org

(by Dean Recksiedler)  The BC Liberals have no choice but to move forward following a pair of by-election defeats Tuesday night, but Premier Christy Clark can still hang her hat on something.

According to new rankings from the right-wing Fraser Institute, BC Premier Christy Clark may just be the best provincial leader in all of Canada.

Most notably, this survey suggests Clark is at the top of the list when it comes to fiscal management in the province.

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Gladys campers have until next Wednesday to leave

Posted on by Mike Hellinger

Residents at the Gladys homeless camp in Abbotsford have until next Wednesday to move on.  Notices went up at the camp this week, after council adopted an updated parks bylaw.  Included in the bylaw is a section that says the area the camp is located is considered a “highway” and no camping is allowed on the right of way.  The bylaw also states that people without access to shelter can camp overnight in all city parks except for three between 7pm and 9am.  Mayor Henry Braun told us the Gladys camp will be taken down respectfully, but it’s not safe, and it does need to come down.

Oxygen for the Soul

Posted on by Mike Hellinger

(L-R) Sophia Suderman - Abbotsford Arts Council, David Turchen - Abbotsford Hospice Society, Mayor Henry Braun, Laura Schneider - The Reach Gallery Museum

(L-R) Sophia Suderman – Abbotsford Arts Council, David Turchen – Abbotsford Hospice Society, Mayor Henry Braun, Laura Schneider – The Reach Gallery Museum

A new partnership has been announced between the Abbotsford Hospice Society, The Reach Gallery Museum and the Abbotsford Arts Council. It’s a program called “Oxygen for the Soul”, which will see paintings from local artists used to hide the oxygen equipment in the rooms and provide a more home like setting for people receiving end of life care. David Turchen with the hospice society says it’s an idea that makes a lot of sense.

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Young woman airlifted to hospital after being hit by pickup truck in Abbotsford

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Photo credit: Kevin MacDonald/KAM Productions

Photo credit: Kevin MacDonald/KAM Productions

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Owner of abandoned, emaciated husky in Maple Ridge charged with animal cruelty

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"Willow" was found, emaciated and abandoned, in Maple Ridge in January, 2015 (Source: BC SPCA)

“Willow” was found, emaciated and abandoned, in Maple Ridge in January, 2015 (Source: BC SPCA)

(by News 1130 and The Canadian Press)  The BC SPCA says the owner of an emaciated young husky found abandoned in Maple Ridge in January, 2015 has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.

Lorie Chortyk with the agency says “Willow” weighed 15kg when she was found — compared to a normal weight of about 24kg for a husky of her age. The dog was found wandering alone near 256th Street and 128th Avenue.

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WHO declares spread of Zika virus an international emergency

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A 2006 file photo of a female Aedes aegypti mosquito. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/James Gathany

A 2006 file photo of a female Aedes aegypti mosquito. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/James Gathany

(by News 1130) The World Health Organization has announced that the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas is an “extraordinary event” that merits being declared an international emergency.

The agency convened an emergency meeting of independent experts today to assess the outbreak after noting a suspicious link between Zika’s arrival in Brazil last year and a surge in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads.

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Abbotsford council officially adopts updated parks bylaw

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campThere are 157 parks in Abbotsford, and now that an updated parks bylaw has officially been passed by council, homeless people will be allowed to camp overnight in all of them except 3.  Exhibition Park, Mill Lake Park, and the park around Civic Plaza will not allow camping at any time….everywhere else, people without access to shelter can camp between 7pm and 9am.  This brings the city’s bylaw in line with a BC Supreme Court decision last year.  As the mayor told us, the judge said the homeless camp on Gladys is unsafe, and the plan moving forward is to respectfully dismantle that camp, and that includes working to find housing for the people there who want it.

Millennials suk at speling

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The Simpsons' Ralph Wiggum: "Me fail English? That's unpossible!" (Source: facebook.com/TheSimpsons)

The Simpsons’ Ralph Wiggum: “Me fail English? That’s unpossible!” (Source: facebook.com/TheSimpsons)

(by Mike Lloyd)  How heavily do you rely on your spell-check or autocorrect?

If you are part of the so-called “Millennial” generation, maybe a little too much.

Data collected by Blend — a group texting app — shows what happened when autocorrect was accidentally turned off for all its users for 72-hours.

An appalling 34 per cent of words were misspelled!

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Zika virus poses only ‘very low’ threat to Canada: chief public health officer

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A 2006 file photo of a female Aedes aegypti mosquito. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/James Gathany

A 2006 file photo of a female Aedes aegypti mosquito. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/James Gathany

(by The Canadian Press and News 1130)  The country’s chief public health officer says the threat to Canada from the mosquito-borne Zika virus is, in his words, “very, very low.”

Dr. Gregory Taylor says there have been four recent cases in Canada — two in BC, one in Alberta, and a newly disclosed case in Quebec — all of them involving people who recently travelled to affected areas.

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