I asked you guys last week what I should do when my parents come to town. Thank you for all the great responses! There were lots of good ideas, and I’ve now got a decent idea of the itinerary (it includes the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge). Also, thank you to everyone who reminded me that there were definitely hockey games going on. There’s a chance I had only checked Vancouver Canucks schedule before I asked.
The state of the prairie, two years later
Preventing a repeat of 2021's disaster will require complex solutions—particularly because of the implications of climate change. Warren Srigley/Shutterstock
Through a combination of temporary and small-scale improvements and better awareness of the danger posed by the Nooksack, Sumas Prairie is better protected from flooding today than in 2021.
At the same time, the area remains incredibly vulnerable and the improvements made so far have been modest and incremental.
Those two, somewhat contradictory, facts are acknowledged by local officials and governmental leaders. Over the last two years, Abbotsford has done much of the short-term, small-scale work that is possible in a couple years with limited budgets.
But true protection will take billions of dollars and help from all levels of government.
It will require residents and owners of some land on Sumas Prairie to reconsider their future. The floodways mapped out by the City of Abbotsford would likely result in limits being placed on building activity within their borders. Existing structures could remain, but new builds could be limited or—if done like in the United States—be required to be constructed on raised ground or platforms.
The future also requires rethinking how humans co-exist with floodwaters.
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Next week we will look at other places that were affected by 2021’s atmospheric rivers, including Hope, Clayburn Village, and the Fraser Canyon.
Firefighters in Mission will have another addition to their gear soon. 📷️ Simplefoto
Mission approves body armour for firefighters
Mission council gave the green light Monday to its fire department to buy body armour for its firefighters.
The city’s fire department had requested the body armour in the wake of a series of threatening incidents, including a reported attempted axe attack on a firefighter responding to a call and a recent standoff. The Current wrote about the request on Monday.
Fire chief Mark Goddard told council Monday that the body armour would be generally worn if and when firefighters respond to “high-risk” medical calls.
Mayor Paul Horn said that while he wasn’t convinced the armour would help in close-quarter medical calls, he added the usefulness of armour was revealed in a recent standoff in which a man set a fire then barricaded himself in a nearby home.
“The idea they had to stand by and watch that unfold was tragic.”
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People are feeling the affordability pinch.
An upcoming Official Community Plan amendment will enable Abbotsford Tech District to deliver affordable housing for young people and families in a complete community with high-quality education and well-paying jobs - and it will build up not out to preserve Sumas Mountain nature and trails.
🗓 Things to do this week/end
💡 Diwali: The Mission Punj-Aab Cultural Club will host a Diwali celebration at the Clark Theatre on Friday, Nov. 10. Details online.
🪖 Remembrance Day: Aldergrove's Remembrance Day parade and ceremony on Nov. 11 will include military vehicles from the Museum of the Armed Forces. Details online.
🥁 Musical: Matilda, the Musical will hit the stage at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Langley. Tickets online.
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