Heavy usage is forcing change at Mission rec sites
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Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 | Today’s weather: 🌧 10 C | Special weather statement

Good Morning Reader!

This weekend, we'll all be given the gift of time! That is my way of reminding you that daylight savings time ends on Sunday and the clocks get set back an hour. Now, if you're like me and use your cellphone as an alarm clock you won't really give it much thought because the time is adjusted promptly at 2am. But if you have a bedside clock, it's probably best to leave yourself a reminder to set it back. That is especially true if you're like our colleague Grace, who just told us that in the Peace region, where she grew up, there are no time changes. So what will you be doing with your extra hourβ€”catching up on sleep or sticking to your routine?

β€”Joti Grewal, reporter
A permit system could be one solution to manage parking problems for those hoping to use Hayward Lake's popular rec site; Near Stave Lake, an off-road driving training facility will be one of the first of its kind in BC. 📸 Alec333/Shutterstock; Matt Ion

A competition for precious park space

The hills, forests, and lakes north of Mission have long been an outdoor playground for Lower Mainland residents.

But as the region’s population has grown, so too has competition for precious room outside. Amenities and parking space are increasingly hard to access, and age-old land use conflicts remain.

Change is in the air, though. At Hayward Lake, there are calls for a new parking permit system to fix parking chaos. And just to the north, there are plans for what may be southern BC's first four-wheel driving facility.

Need to know

🚨 A Chilliwack RCMP was charged in connection to a 2021 shooting that left a suspect injured [CTV]

🏆 A Kwantlen First Nation writer was honoured at the 2022 Writers' Trust of Canada Awards for his poetry [CBC]Β Β 

β˜”οΈ Environment Canada may abandon plans to develop a ranking system for atmospheric rivers [CTV]

🪴 An Indigenous-led cannabis facility opened in ShxwhΓ‘:y Village [Chilliwack Progress]

🚑 A 23-year-old was put on a waitlist for an ambulance after gashing his leg while off-roading near Mission [Mission Record]

👮🏻‍♂️ More than $50,000 of contraband was confiscated from a Kent prison [Agassiz-Harrison Observer]

🩺 A Chilliwack doctor was suspended for three months after 'sending flirtatious and sexualized messages' to a patient [Chilliwack Progress]

🚗 Mission's Wren Street reopened to traffic after sustaining flood damage last November [Mission Record]

🚔 An inmate died at an Abbotsford prison 40 years after he was sentenced for a double homicide [CBC]

🏉 BC Lions fans can take a shuttle from Chilliwack, Abbotsford, or Langley to cheer on the team during Sunday's playoff game at BC Place [BC Lions]

β›‘ A boy in Mission was hit by a vehicle while crossing at a designated crosswalk [Mission Record] Β 

🚔 A bank robber in Mission allegedly provided his full name before demanding cash [Mission RCMP/Facebook]

βš–οΈ A Langley woman is suing a pastor and church over allegations of sexual abuse [Langley Advance Times]

❄️ Up to 20cm of snowfall is forecasted for parts of the Fraser Canyon, and the Coquihalla Summit [Environment Canada]; Drivers must have winter tires or chains on most routes from Oct. 1 to April 30 [BC Government]

β›‘ One person was airlifted to hospital from Mission on Tuesday night after suffering a burn to the face [Mission Record]

🎅🏻 Langley City cancelled its annual Christmas parade after learning WorkSafeBC requires qualified traffic control people at such events and not volunteers [Langley Advance Times]

🚓 Another inmate was assaulted at a maximum security prison in Kent [Agassiz-Harrison Observer]

The City of Sumas warned residents it will be testing its flood siren Friday morning but was forced to postpone due to weather. 📸 PATARA/Shutterstock


The City of Sumas had planned to test its flood siren Friday morning but was forced to postpone due to inclement weather.

The siren sounds when water leaves the Nooksack River and begins flowing north towards Sumas (and Canada). The siren is intended to warn locals that water is on its way. It can also be heard on the Canadian side of the border.

The siren previously sounded late last November, during the second round of flooding. It was also used in 2020, when Sumas endured significant floodingβ€”but waters from that event did not significantly affect Sumas Prairie. Fraser Valley communities have no such audio system to warn residents of flooding from either the Nooksack or the Fraser. Sumas hasn't yet said when it was reschedule the test.

Although water from the Nooksack is expected to rise over the coming days, it is not forecast to flood near Everson.

More $10-a-day child care spaces are coming to Langley. The province announced this week that more than 1,300 spaces across BC would be converted to $10-a-day child care spaces, including 50 at Langley's Sonshine Street Preschool and Child Care Centre.

Langley is the first Fraser Valley city to get a second ChildCareBC program. The first was opened at the Fort Langley Child Care Society. Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Mission also each have one $10-a-day centre. Find a complete list here.

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COVID latest

COVID data is significantly underreported due to lack of testing sites provided by the province, but BC reports the seven-day rolling average for cases between Oct. 2 to 29 was slowly declining. As of Thursday, Nov. 3 there were 286 people in the hospital across the province who tested positive for COVID-19, 27 of whom were in critical care. [BCCDC COVID data]

New weekly cases reported (Oct. 23-29): Fraser Health 127 / BC 486
New hospital admissions (Oct. 23-29): Fraser Health 31 / BC 116
New COVID patients in ICU: Fraser Health 14 / BC 32
New deaths of people with COVID: Fraser Health 4 / BC 23


Joti Grewal, Grace Kennedy, and Tyler Olsen won a Jack Webster Award for The Current’s coverage of last year's flooding. 📸

The Current wins a Webster Award!

The Fraser Valley Current’s in-depth coverage of last year’s flooding and disasters was honoured last night with a Jack Webster Award.

Tyler Olsen, Grace Kennedy, and Joti Grewal won in the feature/enterprise reporting category for The Current’s stories on the historical, geographical and scientific roots of last year’s disaster.

You can find all last year’s stories here.
Around town


🍸 Ripples Winery in Abbotsford is hosting a Christmas Cocktail Crawl this weekend. Tickets online.

🎶 Little Miss Higgins & Her Trio performs at Bozzini’s in Chilliwack on Nov. 5. Tickets online.

🐟 Tourism Harrison presents Kilby Goes Wild every weekend this November from 3 to 5pm at Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills. Taste salted salmon and make a bird-friendly craft.


🌊 Hope for Hope Slough, a community conversation about the future of the local waterways of Chilliwack, takes place on Nov. 17 at Camp River Community Hall Society from 5:30 to 8:30pm. The free event includes dinner. Register online.

🛍 Willowbrook's seventh annual Charity Shopping Night in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley takes place on Nov. 19 from 7 to 10pm for adults 19-plus. Tickets online.Β Β 

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The valley’s growing pooch population

A lack of dog parks is creating problemsβ€”and not just for dog owners.

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