Thursday - March 7, 2024 - More great teachers

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I’ve never ridden one of those speedy electric scooters. They look very fast and very scary. But I do want to try one, someday, because I think it will be good practise. I entirely expect someone to invent proper, flying hoverboards in the next several years and I want to be ready when they do.

– Grace

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🛣 Click here for links to road cameras across the Fraser Valley, including those for the Coquihalla, Highway 7, Hope-Princeton, Fraser Canyon, and Highway 1 in Langley and Abbotsford.


12 more great Fraser Valley teachers

There are a variety of paths to being a great teacher. But a common denominator to those who leave a legacy is an ability to meet kids halfway—to understand their challenges and help them find their own way to succeed.

That could mean making your classroom a safe space for kids who are bullied, shelling out for a football when your kids don’t have enough money to buy their own sports equipment, or finding ways to make math and spelling fun for students who hate the subjects.

Recently, we profiled 13 great teachers who impacted our readers’ lives. Today, we have 12 more teachers who left a legacy—including one of the author’s own instructors.


Need to Know

⚽️ Plans for Vancouver’s World Cup festival involve a zipline over the harbour [CTV]

🔊 The Fraser Valley’s chambers of commerce have joined together to create an advocacy coalition to call for better transportation infrastructure, more affordable housing, and better health care facilities, among other things [Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce]

👮‍♂️ One man has been arrested for a theft in downtown Mission [Mission Record]

➡️ A man alleged to have driven his car into Aldergrove’s police building was granted bail [Langley Advance Times]

🐱 The Fraser Valley Humane Society is in search of a new home for its animal shelter after its rent tripled [Mission Record]

🦎 Jurassic Quest, an event with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, will return to Abbotsford in May [Abbotsford News]

🥒 Pickleball is growing in Abbotsford with the introduction of more dedicated courts [Abbotsford News]

🏚️ The City of Chilliwack is taking enforcement action against an unsightly home on Lewis Avenue [Fraser Valley Today]

📸 CURRENT CAM: Congrats to Linda B., who was the only person to identify yesterday’s Current Cam photo location as The Garden House at the Highway 9 roundabout in Rosedale. We thought more of you would have gotten it.

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The Agenda

Electric kick scooters are now legal in Chilliwack. 📷️ Africa Images

Chilliwack legalizes electric kick scooters

Electric scooters will now be legal on Chilliwack’s roads. 

Council gave the go-ahead Monday to a four-year pilot program that will legalize the scooters on roads and bike lanes. Although already seen in Chilliwack and elsewhere, anyone riding on a road was previously at jeopardy of getting a ticket.

The scooter trial program was created by the province and follows a 2021 previous pilot that Chilliwack had declined to take part in. 

In communities that did legalize the scooters, the program was largely successful, Chilliwack staff told council. The concerns that did arise in places like Kelowna and Vernon largely involved “scooter share” programs, wherein scooters were rented out to users, some of whom would leave them scattered around town. No such program is in the works for Chilliwack.

The new scooter program comes with rules limiting their use to people over 16 and speed to 25 km/h. The scooters also need to have brakes, a bell or horn, and front and rear lights. Riders must also wear helmets.


Yesterday, our events section included a mention of a wildfire talk in Harrison. The event is being held Saturday morning, not Sunday morning as reported. Sorry for the error.


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🗓 Things to do this week/end

🪕 Folk music: Jess and Amber of folk band Sweet Alibi will play a small show at the Fraser River Interpretive Centre in Mission on Friday, March 8. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Register for seats online.

🎙️ Comedy: Fraser Valley Comedy presents Jest Ladies Comedy on Friday, March 8 (International Women's Day) at the HUB International Theatre at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets and details online.

😆 Amateur improv: Very Very Improv will host a community jam at the Open Space in downtown Abbotsford on Saturday, March 9. Amateur performers, comedians, and improvists welcome. Details online.

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