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Surrey business owners are struggling to come to understand why they are being faced with double-digit tax business property tax increases. (Contributed photo)

Huge increases in property taxes gobsmack Surrey business owners

Companies seek answers after high percentage jumps for 2021

Surrey business owners are struggling to come to understand why they are being faced with double-digit tax business property tax increases. (Contributed photo)
White Rock’s historic Elm Street will retain its Waterfront Village designation in the OCP, but with stipulations of lower height and density than waterfront commercial buildings in any future redevelopment. (File photo)

White Rock council reverses position on Elm Street designation

Waterfront Village designation retained, but with reduced height and density

White Rock’s historic Elm Street will retain its Waterfront Village designation in the OCP, but with stipulations of lower height and density than waterfront commercial buildings in any future redevelopment. (File photo)
(L-R) White Rock Rotary Club members George Garrett, Marcus Low, Jack Rae, Raj Rajogopal and former president Mauricio Browne de Paola join 2019 student finalists Miranda Clark, Olivia Canavan, Sierra Cowie, Satori Yatsura, Isabella Tome and Fiona Sjaus at an awards ceremony at  Earl Marriott Secondary library. (File photo)

White Rock Rotary, Peace Arch News essay contest returns

Four secondary schools set to participate; entry deadline is June 30

(L-R) White Rock Rotary Club members George Garrett, Marcus Low, Jack Rae, Raj Rajogopal and former president Mauricio Browne de Paola join 2019 student finalists Miranda Clark, Olivia Canavan, Sierra Cowie, Satori Yatsura, Isabella Tome and Fiona Sjaus at an awards ceremony at  Earl Marriott Secondary library. (File photo)
White Rock Museum and Archives has been given the largest single grant in aid by the city this year, to help launch a Remembrance Day bus shelter poster project. (File photo)

White Rock grants in aid include Remembrance project

Council funding totalling nearly $30,000 allotted for community organizations

White Rock Museum and Archives has been given the largest single grant in aid by the city this year, to help launch a Remembrance Day bus shelter poster project. (File photo)
Writer-producer Kraig Wenman in a set representing a Canadian bank constructed in Georgia for the film Bandit. Contributed photo

Feature film, Bandit, a step up for White Rock producer

Charismatic Canadian crime caper filming in Georgia features Mel Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Writer-producer Kraig Wenman in a set representing a Canadian bank constructed in Georgia for the film Bandit. Contributed photo
Barry Dean's tribute to the 'King of Pop' will be streamed to home viewers by White Rock-based BEC Entertainment this Friday (June 4). Contributed photo

Michael Jackson tribute streamed on White Rock virtual platform

Barry Dean’s ‘MJ Lives’ show pays tribute to the late ‘King of Pop’

Barry Dean's tribute to the 'King of Pop' will be streamed to home viewers by White Rock-based BEC Entertainment this Friday (June 4). Contributed photo
White Rock council has confirmed the west-bound lane of Marine Drive will be closed down by June 7 to allow increased seating space for restaurants - but has also said the temporary measure will last only until full-capacity inside dining is permitted by provincial health orders. (File photo)

White Rock’s Marine Drive one-way to take effect June 7

City council measure will be lifted if full-capacity indoor dining returns

White Rock council has confirmed the west-bound lane of Marine Drive will be closed down by June 7 to allow increased seating space for restaurants - but has also said the temporary measure will last only until full-capacity inside dining is permitted by provincial health orders. (File photo)
South Surrey’s famous destination of the 1940s and 1950s, the Tara Supper Club on Crescent Road, will be among the restaurant venues remembered in the next in Historic Stewart Farm’s series of online talks. (City of Surrey Archives photo)

Online discussion revisits historic Surrey restaurants

Photos and memories will be shared in virtual talk

South Surrey’s famous destination of the 1940s and 1950s, the Tara Supper Club on Crescent Road, will be among the restaurant venues remembered in the next in Historic Stewart Farm’s series of online talks. (City of Surrey Archives photo)
South Surrey teacher Sandip Sodhi’s new picture book, illustrated by Anika Sandhu, offers a chance for adults and young children to ponder the positives of life - even during a pandemic. Contributed photo
South Surrey teacher Sandip Sodhi’s new picture book, illustrated by Anika Sandhu, offers a chance for adults and young children to ponder the positives of life - even during a pandemic. Contributed photo
A 10-classroom addition to Sunnyside Elementary, due for completion by September 2022, will take some 250 students out of portables. (File photo)

Construction phase begins for South Surrey’s Sunnyside Elementary addition

Project will add 10 new permanent classrooms by September 2022

A 10-classroom addition to Sunnyside Elementary, due for completion by September 2022, will take some 250 students out of portables. (File photo)
Liane Ricou of School District 36 accepts a cheque for $63,000 on May 27 on behalf of the White Rock Elementary playground upgrade, from White Rock Rotary past president Jack Rae (centre) and president David Grant. Surrey School District photo

Funding moves White Rock Elementary playground upgrade forward

White Rock Rotary contribution fulfils commitment to school project

Liane Ricou of School District 36 accepts a cheque for $63,000 on May 27 on behalf of the White Rock Elementary playground upgrade, from White Rock Rotary past president Jack Rae (centre) and president David Grant. Surrey School District photo
The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce will hold its delayed annual business excellence awards online this week in an event 'called A Celebration of Resilience'. (File photo)

Businesses honoured in South Surrey White Rock Chamber awards

Online ceremony paid tribute to resilience and also the support of frontline service workers

The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce will hold its delayed annual business excellence awards online this week in an event 'called A Celebration of Resilience'. (File photo)
Karen Kroeker’s “A Vision” earned first place in the Sculptures and Fibre Art category of the Arts 2020 competition hosted by the Arts Council of Surrey. (submitted photo)

Upcoming Surrey Arts Centre arts exhibit showcases latest work

Annual show includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed-media

Karen Kroeker’s “A Vision” earned first place in the Sculptures and Fibre Art category of the Arts 2020 competition hosted by the Arts Council of Surrey. (submitted photo)
Marilyn Kelm's Hearts Reunion is one of the paintings in Semiahmoo Arts' current virtual show,  Post-Pandemic World. Contributed photo

Virtual Semiahmoo Arts Society exhibit dreams of post-pandemic world

Exhibit opened May 21 and is viewable on society’s website

Marilyn Kelm's Hearts Reunion is one of the paintings in Semiahmoo Arts' current virtual show,  Post-Pandemic World. Contributed photo
Blake Havard performs at Central City’s outdoor plaza during a 2017 Surrey concert. His latest music will be highlighted in a live-streamed program May 28 presented by White Rock-based BEC Entertainment (File photo)

White Rock-based Blake Havard live stream set for May 28

Veteran singer-songwriter to showcase new music in paid online concert

Blake Havard performs at Central City’s outdoor plaza during a 2017 Surrey concert. His latest music will be highlighted in a live-streamed program May 28 presented by White Rock-based BEC Entertainment (File photo)
Diaper Drop Day organizer Bianca Myddleton, of Coldwell Banker Marquise Realty, hopes the company’s June 12 South Surrey event will collect as many as 100,000 diapers for distribution, to families in need, by Sources Community Resources and Options Community Services. File photo.

Diaper drop planned in South Surrey for Sources, Options

Realty company aims to collect 100,000 for distribution to needy families

Diaper Drop Day organizer Bianca Myddleton, of Coldwell Banker Marquise Realty, hopes the company’s June 12 South Surrey event will collect as many as 100,000 diapers for distribution, to families in need, by Sources Community Resources and Options Community Services. File photo.
Smoke billows from a house in the 1700-block of 16 Avenue in Surrey’s Ocean Park neighbourhood Friday (May 21). The home’s sole occupant, a man who had reportedly been sleeping, escaped thanks to the intervention of a passerby. (Mari Anne Hussen photo)

Alert passerby helps man escape South Surrey house fire

Driver pulled over when she saw smoke and alerted home’s sleeping occupant

Smoke billows from a house in the 1700-block of 16 Avenue in Surrey’s Ocean Park neighbourhood Friday (May 21). The home’s sole occupant, a man who had reportedly been sleeping, escaped thanks to the intervention of a passerby. (Mari Anne Hussen photo)
A city contractor was called on to saw up a fallen branch of one of Elm Street’s distinctive trees, blown into power lines by a severe windstorm early Tuesday morning, before coming to rest on the roof of a historic cottage. (Christy Fox photo)

Narrow escape for 100-year-old White Rock home

Windstorm drives part of tree onto power lines, threatening historic Elm Street cottage

A city contractor was called on to saw up a fallen branch of one of Elm Street’s distinctive trees, blown into power lines by a severe windstorm early Tuesday morning, before coming to rest on the roof of a historic cottage. (Christy Fox photo)
Closing the north lane of White Rock’s Marine Drive to create an eastbound one way - aimed at providing outdoor seating space for waterfront restaurants - must wait for creation of a traffic plan, staff say. (File photo)

White Rock’s Marine Drive lane closure awaits traffic plan

Safety, emergency accessibility are key factors being examined

Closing the north lane of White Rock’s Marine Drive to create an eastbound one way - aimed at providing outdoor seating space for waterfront restaurants - must wait for creation of a traffic plan, staff say. (File photo)
A detail of White Rock artist Marilyn Dyer's painting New Mountains, one of her works in the show Delineations at Surrey Art Gallery until June 6

White Rock artist Marilyn Dyer featured in SAG show

Dyer and Vancouver sculptor Gailan Ngan team for Delineations exhibit

A detail of White Rock artist Marilyn Dyer's painting New Mountains, one of her works in the show Delineations at Surrey Art Gallery until June 6