Wednesday - July 10, 2024 - Another medal for a superstar senior

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Good morning!

We have a fun FVC Perspectives call-out this month. With an Abbotsford councillor wanting his community to brainstorm a tourist attraction, we’ve asked for your ideas and thoughts, whether serious or wacky. Tell us how you’d attract tourists from your community here! (I’m already on the record for turning the valley’s dikes into bike-friendly pathways.)

– Tyler

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The housing market in 11 charts

Housing is still expensive, but home prices have actually begun to decline—at least in the western part of the valley, according to figures released by local real estate boards.

With fewer sales, compared to the numbers of homes for sale, the increase in supply may be making a dent in local house prices.

This new feature will be a recurring segment in The Current, but the charts are still a work in progress, so let us know what other data you might like to see.

If you want the raw data you can find it here: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board | Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board.


Need to Know

👉 A large wetland restoration project will try to rehabilitate a chunk of land on the north side of the Vedder River in Chilliwack [Chilliwack Progress]

🚨 A major crash on Highway 7 near Agassiz closed the route Tuesday [Agassiz-Harrison Observer]

🏫 Langley Township shouldn’t get all the community’s new schools, Langley City’s mayor says [Langley Advance Times]

🚑 A crash in Abbotsford on Highway 11 Tuesday morning sent two people to hospital [CityNews]

🔥 Campfires will be prohibited across the province as of this weekend [BC Wildfire Services]

🚬 A Mission cannabis store has opened a weed-friendly patio space [StratCann]

👉 A suspected bank robber was arrested in a Langley mall [Langley Advance Times]

🌮 Tradex in Abbotsford will host a “taco smackdown” event featuring wrestling and food trucks [Abbotsford News]

👏 A 95-year-old Mission woman has been volunteering for nearly half-a-century [Mission Record]

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The Agenda

Abbotsford track athlete Harnek Toor has kept winning medals into his late 70s. 📷 Submitted

Local track athletes take home medals from Masters meet

Abbotsford’s Harnek Toor, Parmjit Gill, and Hardeep Kaur brought home 11 medals between them during the recent Masters track and field championship.

The three Abbotsford athletes participated in the BC Athletics Masters Track and Field Championships at the end of June, a competition for athletes 35 years of age and older. Kaur, competing in the 45 to 49 age range, won gold in hammer throw, and silver in discus throw, javelin throw, and shot put. Gill, competing in the 65 to 69 group, took home gold in the throws pentathlon.

Toor, competing against athletes aged 75-79, won gold in four separate events: the throws pentathlon, the hammer throw, the javelin throw, and the weight throw. He took home silver in shot put, and bronze in discus throw. The Current interviewed Toor in 2022 about his record-breaking athletics, and why he keeps competing as he ages.

Chilliwack city hall to get larger parking lot

Chilliwack gave itself a bigger city hall. Now it needs a bigger parking lot too.

Last year, the City of Chilliwack finished expansions on the city hall building, and although it replaced its old parking lot with one of similar size, that space is no longer enough. The city said staff and patrons often have to park several minutes from the hall, and local residents are finding it hard to access street parking near their home.

The city is now looking for a contractor to build an underground parking lot “in a timely manner.” The request for proposals notes that the contractor will not be able to use nearby city lots to store materials or park construction vehicles in order to not cause more parking problems during construction. All contractor submissions are due by July 10.


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🗓 Things to do

Hope park concert: Hope's Concerts in the Park return Friday, July 12 with Dixie Fried Hep Katz. The rockabilly band will be in Memorial Park's bandshell starting at 6:30pm. Details online. Find our full listing of Fraser Valley free concerts here.

Pride festival: The 12th annual Fraser Valley Pride Festival returns to Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission on Saturday, July 13 from 2 to 8pm. Come to celebrate diversity with local youth. Details online.

Water fight: The Legendary Water Fight returns to Langley's Al Anderson Memorial Pool on Saturday, July 13 for its annual firefighters versus pool-goers soaking. Tickets online.

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