I got a big haircut last week. My favourite comment on it so far has come from my Grandma. She asked if I donated my hair to a cancer charity because, she said, I had the “perfect hair for wigs.”
I’ll take what I can get. Style-wise, I was aiming for “leading lady in a ’90s rom-com” but I think it’s closer to “boy who wants the lead in the spring musical.”
Highways and landslides
Two years ago, British Columbia was split asunder by massive landslides that left communities isolated, travellers stranded, and an economy in limbo.
That year’s storms laid bare the fragility of the region and the susceptibility of its infrastructure and neighbourhoods to a climate disaster.
Today, the region is more resilient but hardly stormproof. This month, moderate storms have forced closures of highways north, west, and east of Hope.
As the second anniversary of 2021’s storms and landslides arrives, we’re looking at whether the region’s communities are better prepared, and what still must be done to better protect its homes, neighbourhoods, and highways.
🚓 Abbotsford and Chilliwack are two of the latest cities to get teams of mental-health nurses and police officers to respond to crisis [Abbotsford News]
🏘️ The mayors of Langley City and Langley Township have different outlooks on proposed new provincial housing laws [Langley Advance Times]
🚦 A crash on Highway 1 in Abbotsford slowed traffic on Wednesday morning [Abbotsford News]
📸 CURRENT CAM: Congratulations to Carla S, who was the first to identify yesterday’s Current Cam as a photo of the Big Ditch historical-marker in Chilliwack.
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Property taxes could jump in Abbotsford next year. 📷️ Tyler Olsen.
Abbotsford considering 5% tax hike
Abbotsford residents are looking at an average tax increase of about 5%.
City staff have suggested it needs that much more money to meet its budgetary commitments the coming year.
(Your tax bill will go up 5% only if your assessment rises at the same rate as the city’s average assessed value. If your assessment rises faster than average, you’ll be on the hook for more. If your assessment rises slower than the average, you could actually save money.)
Of the $11.6 million in new spending, two-thirds will go to increasing salaries and benefits. Maintenance and property insurance accounts for another 20% or so.
Police are, by far, the single biggest expense for city taxpayers, eating up about one-third of the city budget and rising 6%. You can see Abbotsford’s entire proposed budget here.
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🗓 Things to do this week/end
💃 Play: A play highlighting the scientific inventions of famous actress Heddy Lamar will take the stage at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Thursday, Nov. 16. Details online.
👗 Gala: The Fraser Valley Healthcare Foundation is hosting its annual fundraising gala on Friday, Nov. 17. Details online.
💐 Memorial celebration: Chilliwack Hospice Society is hosting its annual memorial celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Vineyard Community Centre. Details online.
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