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Nov. 15, 2022 | Today: β˜€οΈ High 9C, Low 2C | 7-day forecast

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Scheduling holiday plans is now in full swing. As the family grows there are more schedules to consider and to coordinate. Naturally, not everyone has the same days off during the holiday season either. But after two years of virtual gatherings I wouldn't trade any of it. Bring on all the holiday magic!

β€”Joti Grewal, reporter
One year after a historic disaster
A year after landslides destroyed highways and floodwaters inundated Sumas Prairie, much work remains to repair the damage from the disaster and prepare for the next extreme weather event. 📷 City of Abbotsford

Everyone wants to prevent the next disaster. Whether anyone is able to do so remains to be seen.

A year since last year’s epic storms and floods, real progress has been made in preparing British Columbia for future extreme weather events. And yet major questions remain.

As the water receded last December, residents, media, academics, and government officials began trying to process exactly what happened and what needs to be done to reduce the likelihood that it would occur again.

The disaster was of such a magnitude that a year later there remains significant attention on BC’s readiness for the next big flood. At the same time, it is now possible to judge where progress has been made, where ongoing efforts may yet bear fruit, and where significant weaknesses remain.

Last December, we highlighted 11 questions facing the province if it hopes to prepare for the next disaster.

Need to know

👏 A Latino society that started in a woman's driveway has grown to host events across the Fraser Valley [Abbotsford News]

🔔 BC will test its emergency response system on Wednesday afternoon [BC Government/Twitter]

🛠 Construction has begun on a new visitor centre and Sasquatch Museum in Harrison [Agassiz Harrison Observer]Β 

🏥 The Chilliwack Hospital Foundation can afford one of eight laparoscopic lasers needed thanks to a generous donation [Chilliwack Hospital Foundation/Facebook]

🦺 An 18-acre business park proposal in north Mission will head to public hearing next week [Mission Record]

⚽️ An accessible playground opened at an elementary school in central Abbotsford [AbbotsfordSD/Facebook]

🍻 A beer from Langley's Kwantlen Polytechnic University brewery program won a prize at the BC Beer Awards [Langley Advance Times]; The Current went inside the local school of beer last year to learn the science of a brew [FVC]

βš–οΈ A man was given a conditional discharge and 12 months probation for assaulting two staff at a Chilliwack store last year [Chilliwack Progress]

👮🏻 The $40,000 raised during the annual Crime is Toast breakfast will support Abbotsford community policing initiatives [Abbotsford Police Foundation]

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A chartered ship, Komagata Maru, carried nearly 400 passengers from India to the Burrard Inlet with the hope of starting a new life in Canada. 📸 Vancouver Archives

Work continues in Mission on a permanent outdoor display to commemorate the Komagata Maru, a racially motivated incident where Indians travelling by ship were denied entry into Canada in 1914. The immigrants were repatriated to India, where some were killed.

A tour of the storyboard display will begin this fall, with a panel moving between sites on a range of public buildings, including schools, the leisure centre, and the library. The display will be permanently installed at Jack Poole Harbourside Park.

The content of the displays is being created by Mission’s Community Heritage Commission. The city expects the graphic design work to cost just over $1,000 and the permanent stand apparatus to cost around $1,400.

Construction has begun on nearly 100 new affordable homes in Langley Township.

The five-storey housing project for low- to moderate income households will be located adjacent to Christian Life Assembly Church, near the local airport. The development will include a mix of homes ranging from studio to three-bedrooms. (You can see how BC Housing defines low and moderate income here.)

The building will be named Jennie Gaglardi Place. Gaglardi founded Christian Life Assembly Church in the township 85 years ago. She died in 1995. The church’s housing society has donated land valued at $6.4 million to the project, while the province is contributing $10.7 million through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund and will provide the annual operating funds. The Langley Township is waiving roughly $3 million in fees to contribute to the project and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is providing $150,000 in seed funding.

The project is expected to be complete in mid-2024 and will be available to eligible individuals, families, and seniors. This latest project is part of BC’s 10-year housing plan launched in 2018 that aims to build 114,000 new affordable homes. You can view a map of the progress here.

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Around town


💧 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.

🤝 Joseph Ricard Group is fundraising to support vulnerable youth during One Night Out on Nov. 19. People can join a team or start their own for one of the benefiting charities and spend one night outside of the Langley Events Centre. More online.


🎄 Christmas Glow in Langley, an outdoor family-friendly walk-around festival begins Nov. 23. Tickets online.Β Β 

Flood risk

The Nooksack is only one of three rivers that could pose a threat to Abbotsford. We also examined the flood danger in Langley and Chilliwack. Catch up here.

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