(by News 1130) The BC SPCA says it has seized 66 sick and neglected dogs and puppies in what it deems one of the largest puppy mill seizures ever in BC. Thirty-two adult dogs and 34 puppies were removed from a Langley breeder’s property on Thursday. Many of the animals have serious medical and psychological issues, including broken limbs, missing ears and eyes, infections and abscesses, malnourishment, dental disease, and severe matting. The SPCA says the animals’ fur was “caked in dried feces” and their nails were overgrown.
Since it first started in 2012, the annual “Girls Fly Too” event at the Abbotsford Airport has grown big time in popularity, and that’s a good thing according to founder Kirsten Brazier, because the world needs more female pilots. She says only 6% of professional pilots in North America are female, and only 2.8% of the maintenance population.
We have a local Olympian competing overseas in the next couple weeks. 17 yr old Reece Howden of Cultus Lake is headed to Lillehammer Norway for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics, where he’ll be taking part in the ski cross event. Reece won his qualifying race in December to nail down a spot. The games opening ceremonies are on Friday and the ski cross event is next Monday and Tuesday.
(by Simon Druker) It might not be marked on your calendar but today is Safer Internet Day. And at least one social media company is offering some advice to young people about how to protect themselves online. Facebook Canada is out today with a tip sheet for youth. The company has done something like this in the past with its Digital Literacy Guide, which was targeted at everyone. But today’s tip sheet is targeted at that younger, tech-savy generation.
The City of Chilliwack’s annual budget and long term financial plan is online for your viewing pleasure. There’s a modest 1.89% property tax increase being proposed for 2016, to cover things like inflation, and increased policing and fire protection. Mayor Sharon Gaetz says budget planning is a year round process that the community should absolutely be involved in.
Chilliwack is applying to host the 2018 Royal Bank Cup…that’s the Canadian Junior A hockey championship. Scott Beare with Tourism Chilliwack says it all started with Chiefs President Glen Ringdal calling them to see if it was doable.
“The Chiefs have had a nice run here….one of the top teams in the country as far as business, attendance and such, and they wanted to make a run at it. Also, Allison (Colthorp) at our office here has done multiple bids in the past for different sporting events in her career with tourism, so we sat down with them and decided that everything looked like a fit.”
(by Kenny Mason) A scam is targeting both Netflix and iTunes users. The fake bill being sent to customers uses a few features to look real.
“They’ve got the right lingo, they’ve got the right logos, it does look very legit. That, of course, is a concern. They are so easy to set up for the tech-savvy scammer these days that it takes no time at all and, of course, costs nothing,” says Evan Kelly with the Better Business Bureau.
(by Dean Recksiedler) The BC Liberals have no choice but to move forward following a pair of by-election defeats Tuesday night, but Premier Christy Clark can still hang her hat on something.
Most notably, this survey suggests Clark is at the top of the list when it comes to fiscal management in the province.
Residents at the Gladys homeless camp in Abbotsford have until next Wednesday to move on. Notices went up at the camp this week, after council adopted an updated parks bylaw. Included in the bylaw is a section that says the area the camp is located is considered a “highway” and no camping is allowed on the right of way. The bylaw also states that people without access to shelter can camp overnight in all city parks except for three between 7pm and 9am. Mayor Henry Braun told us the Gladys camp will be taken down respectfully, but it’s not safe, and it does need to come down.