Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - Who's pool is it, anyway?

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023 | Today: ☀️ High 20C

Good morning!

About a month ago, I heard from a member named Phillip who was in hospital and needed us to switch his email address. Last week, he emailed back with the good news that he was out of hospital—and with a simple request.

Phillip was hospitalized after being struck while cycling. He had made a hand signal to indicate he planned to turn but the driver of a van misread the signal and thought it was a cue to pass the cyclist. The van knocked Phillip from his bike, leaving him with a punctured lung, damaged spleen, and a ton of fractured bones. Phillip asked us to remind readers to be aware of cyclist hand signals. The signals aren't complicated, but Phillip said quite a few think the left-hand signal is a message to pass. You can brush up on the hand signals here. Stay safe out there, and we hope you get better soon Phillip!

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🌤 Local forecast: Langley | Chilliwack | Abbotsford | Hope

⚠️ Here’s the current smoke forecast / Check the BC Wildfire Dashboard here

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Mission won’t bar outsiders from swim lessons

Mission will consider pricing swimming lessons differently for non-residents. 📷️ Micheal Brin/Shutterstock

A Mission councillor wants residents to get priority to register for swim classes. But the city will keep swim classes open for all, no matter where they live.

Outsiders, though, could still eventually end up paying more.

Mission’s debate comes amid Chilliwack residents’ ongoing difficulties accessing lessons in their community, and just a year after a similar discussion about the Aldergrove waterpark.

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Need to know

🌹 Rosedale is getting a new elementary school [Province of BC]

🚰 Chilliwack is implementing stage four water restrictions in response to the continuing drought [City of Chilliwack]

🚦 Speed limits are back to 30 km/h in school zones as kids return to classrooms, RCMP warn motorists [Chilliwack Progress]

🔥 There is little sign that the upward trend of increasing wildfires will stabilize soon, according to a new study [Nature]

🚁 BCWFS has deployed a rappel team (firefighters that descend ropes dangling from helicopters) to the Bear Mountain wildfire for “mop up and patrol” operations [BCWFS]

➡️ A lifelong volunteer will receive Mission’s Freedom of the City award [City of Mission]

🚎 People with disabilities are facing limited HandyDart service in rural areas surrounding Chilliwack [Chilliwack Progress]

🥾 The Campbell Lake Trail (otherwise known as the Harrison Grind) will be closed until Sept. 15 [Village of Harrison Hot Springs]

👉️ Sts’ailes chief spoke at Abbotsford’s Overdose Awareness Day gathering [Abbotsford News]

🚓 A 35-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot in Chilliwack on Sunday evening [CTV]

🏎️ Stunting and burnouts before the Langley Cruise-In car show won’t be tolerated, organizers say [Langley Advance Times]

🤳 Mission RCMP is warning parents about the dangers of ‘sharenting’— or, sharing personal information about kids online [Mission Crime Prevention/Instagram]

🏍️ A motorcycle crash in Langley sent one man to the hospital [RCMP]

👉️ Two men were arrested after attempting to steal a trailer in Langley [RCMP]

➡️ Mission residents will soon have the option of joining the city’s voluntary water metering program [Mission Record]


All Star Wrestling returns to Chilliwack!

All Star Wrestling brings B.C.'s greatest wrestlers to the Cheam Centre in Chilliwack on September 9!

The Main Event is a Three Way Dance between Battle Wasp, Inferno, and Chilliwack's own The Prodigy, Shawn Murphy! Also, The Thunder from Jalandhar, Todd Quality and Eddie Osborne will be in action. This is an all ages show with affordable tickets! All Star Wrestling will be at the Cheam Centre (45501 Market Way) on Saturday, September 9, 2023.

Tickets on sale at Affordable tickets with kids under 12 for $12, General Admission $20, and Front Row tickets $30. Doors open 7:30PM! Bell Time 8:00PM! Tickets also available at the door. J's Donairs will satisfy your appetite, and the 50/50 proceeds go to the Chilliwack Salvation Army. See All Star Wrestling live!

The Agenda

A competitor examines his work at the provincial plowing championships in 2022. 📷️ Grace Kennedy

Rosedale plowman takes second at nationals

A Rosedale plowman won second prize at the Canadian National Plowing Championships.

Plowman Francis Sache won the provincial championship earlier this year and headed to the national championship in Ontario last week. The Rosedale resident previously won the national championship in 2018 and competed in the world championship that same year.

The Current wrote about competitive plowing and the future of the sport last year. Sache’s uncle, Jim, spoke with us for that story. Read it here.

New Indigenous adult education centre opens in Chilliwack

A new adult education centre with free vocational and trades training will open at Sqwá First Nation in Chilliwack.

The centre, in partnership with the Chilliwack School District, will be open to the general public and offer programming that will lead to BC Adult Graduation Diplomas (or Adult Dogwood). Programs offered this September will include adult upgrading, building maintenance, education assistant, carpentry, indigenous entrepreneurial cook, and office administration.

Including vocational and trades training in free adult education programs gives learners the opportunity to advance or change their careers without paying for tuition. Programs begin in September and registrations are currently being accepted.


Last week, we incorrectly reported that council approved a new code of conduct Monday that will forbid councillors from disparaging colleagues and engaging in bullying. The bylaw was not passed by council and was deferred to a future meeting. Our apologies for the error.

🤝 Now hiring

Recreation programmer at the Hope Recreation Centre

Production worker at Fraser Valley Chick Sales in Abbotsford

Laboratory technician at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack

Heavy duty mechanic/shop foreman at Sasquatch Mountain Resort

Telecommunications operator II at Langley Township RCMP

Hiring in the Fraser Valley? Reply back and let us know!

📸 Current Cam

Each week we showcase a different photo from across the valley and invite readers to share their best guesses about where it was taken.

Any guesses as to where this week’s Current Cam was taken? Fill out this form with your best guess—or with a picture we can use in a future edition.

Things to do

⛰️  Mountain hike: Join a free group hike to tackle the trek to Lindeman and Greendrop Lakes near Chilliwack on Saturday, Sept. 9. Sign-up by Friday; find more details online.

🗝️ Vintage sale: The Vintage Harvest Sale at Locality Brewing in Langley, will host vintage dealers from all over the province on Saturday, Sept. 9. General admission and “First Pickin’ Tickets” are both available online.

🖼️ Art exhibition: The Fraser Valley Biennial, a touring art exhibition that displays work from prominent local artists every two years, will make a stop at the Kariton Art Gallery in Abbotsford from Saturday, Sept. 9 until Sept. 30. Details online.

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