Melissa Smalley

COLUMN: Memorable stories run deeper than headlines

Peace Arch News reporter Melissa Smalley bids a fond adieu to the Semiahmoo Peninsula after years documenting its residents' stories.

A federal grant to White Rock – aimed at helping the city's celebrations of Canada's 150th birthday next year – has raised procedural questions over the application process.

Frustration over ‘Canada 150’ grant to White Rock

Councillors say the uses of some $101,000 received should have been scrutinized by elected officials during the application process

A federal grant to White Rock – aimed at helping the city's celebrations of Canada's 150th birthday next year – has raised procedural questions over the application process.
George Garrett (foreground) and John MacInnes have helped launch the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society

Volunteer program rolls on

Driver network helps cancer patients get to appointment.

George Garrett (foreground) and John MacInnes have helped launch the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
White Rock city hall.

City of White Rock to tabulate FOI bids

Councillor request to address procedures surrounding 'problems' with FOI requests.

White Rock city hall.
South Surrey native Brandon Durieux celebrates his aggressive cancer's remission

South Surrey cancer patient awaits transplant in Texas

Brandon Durieux in remission after four months of leukemia treatment in the U.S.

South Surrey native Brandon Durieux celebrates his aggressive cancer's remission
Roderick Louis presents Mayor Wayne Baldwin with a consent form

White Rock mayor calls for end to email ‘silliness’

Five Peninsula residents whose messages were blocked insist correspondence was not abusive or inappropriate.

Roderick Louis presents Mayor Wayne Baldwin with a consent form
A private party on White Rock's pier in 2014 celebrated the landmark's 100th anniversary.

Pier fundraiser backed by White Rock council

Private summer party raises ‘trepidation’ following 2014 celebration.

A private party on White Rock's pier in 2014 celebrated the landmark's 100th anniversary.
A five-storey development is proposed for North Bluff and Nichol roads.

Height-reduced variation for Nichol Road proposal

Receipt of staff report opposed by White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin.

A five-storey development is proposed for North Bluff and Nichol roads.
Cindy Faulkner

Fashioning support for all-abilities park

Weekend event raises $6,000 for waterfront initiative.

Cindy Faulkner
White Rock's solid-waste collection service for single-family homes is under review.

White Rock council focuses on mechanical waste pickup

City staff recommend contracting out manual garbage collection.

White Rock's solid-waste collection service for single-family homes is under review.
The Ocean Ridge condominium complex on Pacific Avenue sustained major damage in the May 15 blaze.

White Rock arson probe spreads

Investigation into May 15 fire in hands of RCMP as nearly 100 evacuees await word on fate of building.

The Ocean Ridge condominium complex on Pacific Avenue sustained major damage in the May 15 blaze.
Some residents who emailed City of White Rock staff and councillors over the weekend were surprised when the messages were returned undeliverable.

Residents wonder if the City of White Rock has been blocking their messages

White Rock councillors surprised to learn that emails from some residents were bouncing back

Some residents who emailed City of White Rock staff and councillors over the weekend were surprised when the messages were returned undeliverable.
Residents chat with safety representatives at an emergency preparedness fair held in Ocean Park earlier this month.

Lessons learned about emergency prep

An emergency preparedness fair in Ocean Park attracted dozens of local residents

Residents chat with safety representatives at an emergency preparedness fair held in Ocean Park earlier this month.
Firefighters battle Sunday's blaze at Five Corners from above.

‘Extraordinary’ blaze tapped White Rock’s water system

White Rock leaders stand by city-owned water supply in wake of massive fire

Firefighters battle Sunday's blaze at Five Corners from above.
Firefighting efforts during Sunday's Five Corners blaze resulted in a water shortage and boil-water advisory in White Rock.

White Rock boil-water advisory lifted

Two rounds of testing confirm no presence of bacteria, city staff say.

Firefighting efforts during Sunday's Five Corners blaze resulted in a water shortage and boil-water advisory in White Rock.
White Rock is under a boil-water advisory

White Rock boil-water advisory still in effect

White Rock water levels at full-capacity after crews battling Five Corners fire deplete reserves, causing bacteria concerns.

White Rock is under a boil-water advisory
Damage to a building at Pacific Avenue and Johnston Road sustained in a major fire Sunday morning.

Donations of goods for fire victims not needed: White Rock officials

'Immediate needs being met' for more than 100 evacuees from Five Corners blaze.

Damage to a building at Pacific Avenue and Johnston Road sustained in a major fire Sunday morning.
Firefighters battle Five Corners blaze. Below

Evacuees amass at Centennial Arena as fire crews tackle Five Corners blaze

White Rock four-storey building up in flames in Sunday-morning fire.

Firefighters battle Five Corners blaze. Below
The McNabb family – Tyler

Plight of the honeybee

A South Surrey family is helping boost honeybee populations, through hosting a beehive in their backyard

The McNabb family – Tyler
Thirty-two moms – including South Surrey’s Joan Webster

Night spent on streets of Vancouver ‘terrifying’ for South Surrey moms

Ocean Park residents sleep out downtown to raise funds for youth programs.

Thirty-two moms – including South Surrey’s Joan Webster