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Thursday, June 9, 2022 | Today’s weather: 🌧 18 C

Good Morning Reader!

I love reading for fun. Fiction. Non-fiction. Picture books. I’ll read just about anything. Some of my fondest memories as a child took place in the halls of a library, looking for my next book to read. There’s something special about that solitary feeling in a library or book shop—inhaling the scent of a new book and rubbing its crisp edges on your hands. Last year, I read more than 40 books (highlighted by Colin Jost’s memoir, A Very Punchable Face). As we approach the halfway point of this year, I’ve only read 16. It’s short of my pace last year, so if you have any recommendations, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m all ears.

—Josh Kozelj, intern
Local hospitals are struggling to hit targets set by health officials. Click image to enlarge, or click story below for an interactive versioin. 📸 Tyler Olsen

How does your hospital stack up?

If you need a hospital bed in the Fraser Valley, be prepared to wait at least half a day in the emergency room.

Over the last year, three-quarters of all patients admitted to Fraser Valley hospitals waited more than 10 hours in the emergency room, new records show. Chilliwack General Hospital was particularly congested, as already-strained hospitals dealt with a crush of COVID patients.

Those figures, for a 10-month period ending in February, are contained in the most-recent report cards self-reported by Fraser Health. And while the health authority blamed the slow admittance rates on the pandemic, the situation is only slightly worse than pre-2020.

Four times a year, Fraser Health issues the report cards, which touch on a variety of issues, including the spread of infectious illnesses, hospital congestion, surgery waitlists, and the number of patients in hospital while awaiting care outside a hospital. They also outline what Fraser Health says it is doing to address shortfalls.

Today, Tyler analyzes safety and wait time targets in hospitals across the Fraser Valley. This will be the first of a recurring segment to bring our local hospitals' key accountability metrics to the public.

Need to know

⚠ A high streamflow advisory has been issued for the entire Lower Fraser, from Quesnel to Hope; a flood is not expected, but the river 'will remain vulnerable to extreme weather events, in particular heavy rainfall or extreme heat; no such weather is in the forecast at the moment [BC River Forecast Centre]

🏳️‍🌈 After nine years in Abbotsford, the Fraser Valley Pride event is moving to Mission [Mission Record]

🚨 At least one person died in a collision between a motorcycle and a bus in Langley [Langley Advance Times]

👉 Indigenous leaders have met with the RCMP to discuss the investigation into a hit-and-run during last weekend’s march [Canadian Press]

🍩 An Abbotsford bakery is making doughnuts to raise funds for Ukraine [Abbotsford News]

📆 Plans are in the works to celebrate Rambo’s 40th anniversary in Hope [Hope Standard]

👉 A daytime wellness shelter is coming to Chilliwack for residents that are experiencing homelessness [Chilliwack Progress]

☀️ Although BC has had a wet start to spring, the latest fire forecast suggests that late-summer could bring dangerous fire conditions to the province [CBC]

🎟 New signage suggests Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford may be re-opening 'really soon' [Daily Hive]

📰 An inquest into the death of Samwel Uko in a Saskatchewan lake has led to 20 recommendations to try to prevent future tragedies [Regina Leader-Post]

☺ TODAY’S SMILE: Seabird Island Community School students are working to share love with their Kindness Project

📸 CURRENT CAM: Yesterday's Current Cam had plenty of responses. Dorothy Wittick and Ellen Sangster were first to correctly identify Dan and Janis Sawatzky’s Hazelnut Inn in Yarrow. Watch next Wednesday for our next picture.

In the upcoming municipal election this fall, Chilliwack residents will be able to vote by mail. 📸 Unsplash


For the first time in a municipal election, Chilliwack residents will be able to vote by mail. The city tried out the new legislation—which was enacted by the province in June 2021—during the Chilliwack school board by-election, and staff said it was “well-received” by the community. Now, all voters will get a chance to submit their ballots by mail in the municipal election. The city will have a webpage where residents who want a mail-in balls can request a ballot.

Kanaka Bar Indian Band in the Fraser Canyon has received $471,000 to build a new multi-purpose building in the community with a community kitchen, garden, shared laundry facilities, and meeting rooms. Kanaka Bar is located just south of Lytton. In April, The Current wrote about the band’s ambitious plans to create a regional emergency social services hub and mobile response centre to better help evacuees. While the funding wouldn’t fulfill those dreams, the federal government says the new building will function as a community gathering area while doubling as a regional emergency evacuation centre.

Canada Day will be celebrated at Fraser River Heritage Park next month, Mission officials announced yesterday. Last year, Canada Day celebrations were subdued across the country following the discovery of unmarked graves at former residential schools. Fraser River Heritage Park is the site of a residential school that operated from 1867 to 1961, and Mission officials said the decision to resume Canada Day festivities came after discussions with the Leq’á:mel, Mathexwi, and Semá:th leaders—who will all give a traditional welcome to the begin the celebration. Mission Mayor Paul Horn echoed the importance of working with Indigenous groups and hopes the event will remind folks about the importance of inclusion.

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Local produce is on its way!

The first taste of summer is here! Fresh, locally grown strawberries are in-season and now available at Lepp's Daily Market!

Head down to the newly redesigned market on West Railway St. (just steps from Essendene Ave.), and grab a tray of delicious Abby-grown strawberries, the freshest bread in town, and one of their signature deli sandwiches. You won’t be disappointed!

Show this issue of the Fraser Valley Current to get $5 off your next visit to Lepp’s Daily Market.
Around town

🚲 Cycle for Sight, a bike race and fundraiser, is taking place in Langley on June 11. Information and registration details are online.  

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Save the fish. Save the people.

For National Indigenous History month, we are highlighting some of our past work on local Indigenous history. Check out our interview with Semá:th First Nation councillor Murray Ned about salmon, fisheries, and Indigenous rights and title.

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