Hundreds of homes are planned for a legendary Abbotsford property
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Mission Folk Music Festival
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 | Today’s weather: β˜€οΈ 30 C

Good Morning Reader!

Have you heard of Blinkist? Well I hadn’t until my husband returned home from a weekend trip. It’s an app that offers a reader a 15-minute book summary of any non-fiction text from its library. I’m not sure I see the appeal. He seems to be a fan, at least for now. But what happens when you want to actually read the book? There’s an app for everything now isn't there? (Don’t answer that; there likely is.)

β€”Joti Grewal, reporter
Kathy Cooper's legendary Abbotsford farm is slated for development.Β  📸 Submitted

Development after death

The end always comesβ€”even for the Cooper farm.

Kathy Cooper was a legendary Abbotsford farmer best known, perhaps, for her steadfast refusal to sell her family farm and walk away with tens of millions of dollars.

Cooper spent her entire life on that farm. It lay just northeast of downtown Abbotsford in an area increasingly dedicated to growing subdivisions, rather than hay.

And by the time her father died in 1977 and she took over the land on McMillan Road, developers had been knocking on the door for years. Over time, those offers grew and grew, as the demand for homes increased. The land itself was spotty: soil here, gravel there (and there and there). But it was Cooper’s land and she wouldn’t sell it for a million bucks. Or much, much more.

Cooper was a stubborn farmer who loved her land. But she was more than that too: one of the Abbotsford school district’s first female principals, she was a teacher and educator for four decades.

Need to know

🗓 Indian Day School survivors may get a six-month extension to apply for compensation from a settlement agreement [APTN]

📦 In-person services for Abbotsford City Hall are temporarily moving to the old court house following a fire last week [City of Abbotsford]

🛠 Tourism Harrison River Valley has green-lit demolition of the former Visitor Centre and Sasquatch Museum [Agassiz Harrison Observer]; The Current wrote about the centre when it was put up for sale in MayΒ Β 

🏥 A doctor rented a school bus to get Hope patients to a drug treatment clinic in Chilliwack until he could create a clinic to better serve the Fraser Canyon [Vancouver Sun]

😔 A rainbow crosswalk at an Abbotsford school was vandalized over the weekend [vancitysingh/Twitter]

🗳 Paul Horn is seeking re-election as Mission's mayor [Mission Record]

🧑🏻β€βš–οΈ A Mission man was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving in a 2018 incident that killed a mother of four [Global]

🚓 A man who crashed a stolen car into a police cruiser in Langley was sentenced to an additional 90 days in jail and given a two-year driving ban [Abbotsford News]

βš–οΈ The BC Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate a lawsuit against Chilliwack School Trustee Barry Neufeld [Chilliwack Progress]

Some Abbotsford pickleball and tennis courts will be closed for the summer while they get a makeover.Β  📸 City of Abbotsford/Facebook


The City is rebuilding eight pickle ball courts and four tennis courts at two city parks. That will close the courts at Jubilee Park and MSA Arena between July and September. The city still has pickleball and tennis courts available at a number of other locations. When the Jubilee and MSA courts are finished, Abbotsford will have 18 pickle ball courts and 12 tennis courts across the city.

An upcoming dry spell is expected to raise the wildfire risk across the province. According to the BC Wildfire Service’s latest seasonal outlook, temperatures are expected to increase to above seasonal by mid-month and remain high throughout July and August. The level of precipitation is also expected to drop, heightening wildfire conditions. Since April 1, there have been 251 wildfires in BC. At this time last year, there were 728 wildfires burning over 106,000 hectares across the province. To help cities cope, the province has allocated $25 million to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC to help community projects that reduce the risk of wildfires.

A one-day trail-building extravaganza will take place today in Mission, where volunteers, kids, pets, and others are encouraged to help improve the new Devils Lake Trail in the city’s community forest. Volunteers, forestry workers, and others will be constructing cedar bridges, marking trail, and clearing overgrowth. The trail day runs from 10am to 3pm. Tools can be provided, though volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. Experts will be on hand to show how to build bridges or create new stretches of trail. Devils Lake is located four kilometres down the east side of Florence Lake Forest Service Road. Valhalla Pure Outfitters is sponsoring the event and providing lunch. Email Siobhan Peters at The Current wrote last year about Mission Community Forest and how it tries to balance community value with forestry needs; see that story here.Β Β 

Mission Folk Music Festival
Follow your folk!

Summer’s here – come follow your folk to the 2022 Mission Folk Music Festival, July 22-24 in beautiful Fraser River Heritage Park! Celebrate the festival’s 35th anniversary, live and in-person. There's amazing global music on day and evening stages, fantastic festival food, family fun, an artisan market, and on-site camping.

Hear acclaimed songwriters and storytellers, global rhythm makers, high-energy folk rockers, rip-roaring Zydeco, and so much more. Featured 2022 artists from Canada, the US, and around the world include William Prince, Le Winston Band, Shred Kelly, Chile’s Golosa la Orquesta, Kanatal from Taiwan, Estonian duo - Puuluup, Shakura S’Aida, Russell deCarle, and others.

Get your day or weekend tickets online or at the gate. Bring the whole family! Kids 12 and under are free.
Around town

💃🏻 Suburban Swing returns to Abbotsford’s Matsqui Community Hall on July 17. Doors open at 7:30pm. Details online.

🌅 Mission’s next Sunset Market is happening July 19 at Fraser River Heritage Park. Details online.

🚜 We can’t keep letting investments and opportunities slip away. Let’s build an agritech hub on Sumas Mountain. Learn more at Abbotsford.Tech.*

*Sponsored Listing
Three choices for Mission waterfront

The City of Mission is putting three land-use scenarios to the public as it plots the redevelopment of its waterfront.

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