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Metro invests $4.3 million in Abbotsford parks

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks has spent $4.3 million to purchase 165 acres of land on the western flank of Sumas Mountain, with the intention of creating a park for hiking, mountain biking and light recreation.
“This is good news,” said Abbotsford Mayor George Peary. “Metro Vancouver sees Sumas Mountain, as we do, as a jewel.”

Lost hiker found safe on Sumas Mountain

A search-and-rescue team was on alert after an Abbotsford woman was reported missing on Sumas Mountain last night (Tuesday), but she was located before they were needed.

  • Feb 9, 2011

Housing starts up in January

There are signs that the housing market is picking up in the…

  • Feb 9, 2011
Fire destroyed a unit in a four-plex on George Ferguson Way.

Discarded cigarette blamed for Abbotsford four-plex fire

A cigarette that was discarded into a planter is believed to be the cause of a fire at a four-plex at 32052 George Ferguson Way early yesterday morning.

  • Feb 9, 2011
Fire destroyed a unit in a four-plex on George Ferguson Way.

Public art policy approved: Abbotsford to invest one per cent of all capital projects to art

An official public art policy has been created for the city of Abbotsford.
Council gave approval on Monday to a plan that will contribute one per cent, per year, on all new capital facilities projects, to public art, with a contribution cap of $300,000 per project.

  • Feb 8, 2011

Abbotsford approves 9% wage increase for mayor; 7% for councillors

It will cost Abbotsford taxpayers an extra $27,900 per year for the city’s next council, along with an additional $15,000 in benefits.
On Monday, council approved a wage increase of nine per cent for the mayor and seven per cent for councillors, effective Dec. 1, 2011, shortly after the municipal election in November.
The mayor’s salary climbs from $86,600 to $94,500, while councillors will go from $34,700 to $37,200.

Pattullo Bridge opened Nov. 15

Spectre of tolls may quash new Pattullo

Victoria eyes cheaper refit of existing bridge to keep it free

Pattullo Bridge opened Nov. 15
Caretaker Ann Turner with the horse

Abbotsford firefighters rescue horse

It wasn't the standard firefighter's call, and it was a long way…

Caretaker Ann Turner with the horse
Marilyn Merrett (left) wants the return of a stolen wheelchair

Stolen wheelchair recovered

The wheelchair stolen from Marilyn Merrett's patio has been returned.Merrett decried the…

  • Feb 8, 2011
Marilyn Merrett (left) wants the return of a stolen wheelchair
Inderjit Singh Reyat (centre) was last month sentenced to serve an additional seven years and seven months in prison

Bomb maker appeals Air India perjury conviction

Reyat was sentenced to nine years for lying at terrorism trial

Inderjit Singh Reyat (centre) was last month sentenced to serve an additional seven years and seven months in prison
Marilyn Merrett (left) wants the return of a stolen wheelchair

Thieves steal wheelchair; needed for war vet and brain tumour patient

Marilyn Merrett couldn’t believe a thief would be so callous as to steal a wheelchair.

Marilyn Merrett (left) wants the return of a stolen wheelchair
Principal Sulochana Chand at the Dasmesh Punjabi School

Report card time at schools: Fraser Institute issues annual rankings

Two Abbotsford schools are among the 20 most improved in the province over the last five years, according to the Fraser Institute’s elementary school “report card” released today (Monday).

Principal Sulochana Chand at the Dasmesh Punjabi School
A semi-trailer loaded with plastic goods caught fire on Hwy. 1 Monday evening

A truckload of fire

  • Feb 7, 2011
A semi-trailer loaded with plastic goods caught fire on Hwy. 1 Monday evening
Abbotsford Police and Langley RCMP have partnered for a new initiative to target property crime along the Abbotsford-Aldergrove border.

Abbotsford and Langley police team up for Project Border Town

The Abbotsford Police Department and Langley RCMP have partnered to conquer crime along the Abbotsford-Aldergrove border.

Abbotsford Police and Langley RCMP have partnered for a new initiative to target property crime along the Abbotsford-Aldergrove border.
Search and rescue teams used a helicopter to pluck three stranded kayakers from Norrish Creek Monday morning.

Kayakers rescued from Norrish Creek

Three Kamloops kayakers were rescued by emergency responders Monday morning after spending…

Search and rescue teams used a helicopter to pluck three stranded kayakers from Norrish Creek Monday morning.

Suspect wanted in three robberies – two in Chilliwack, one in Abbotsford

A black male in a dark-red station wagon is believed responsible for two armed robberies in one hour Saturday night in Chilliwack.

  • Feb 7, 2011
Lisa Byers

No bans on tans: Operators suggest industry-wide regulations

Local authorities have no immediate plans to follow Greater Victoria’s indoor tanning ban.

  • Feb 7, 2011
Lisa Byers
Mike Farnsworth

NDP leadership hopeful Farnworth says change on the horizon

NDP leadership hopeful Mike Farnworth stopped by Abbotsford on Sunday morning to assure party supporters that change is on the horizon.
He pledged to build a pragmatic platform that meets the needs of communities around the province.

Mike Farnsworth

New fire engine presented on Monday

Abbotsford Mayor George Peary will receive the keys to Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service's new fire engine in a presentation on Monday.

  • Feb 4, 2011

AirCare almost fails inspection at FVRD

The AirCare program nearly failed inspection at the Fraser Valley Regional District last week, despite the estimated $77 million in health benefits the program brings by reducing vehicle emissions.

  • Feb 4, 2011