Abby News Week in Review for Aug. 5

Abby News Week in Review for Aug. 5

Some of the stories that made The News this week

Take a look back at some of the stories that made The News this week.

  • Two chunks of farmland are one step closer to becoming industrial land. City council voted Monday to ask for the right to remove the land in Bradner and the northwest of the airport from the Agricultural Land Reserve. Councillors said the need for industrial jobs outweighs trumps the status quo.
  • Abbotsford is under a thick blanket of smoke. The plume has drifted over the valley from several wildfires burning in the Interior and is expected to stick around until there is a shift in the weather. An Air quality health advisory remains in place.
  • Some local politicians say the province should consider using photo radar to curb speeders in school zones. They recognize the idea is unpopular but think it could be the best strategy to keep roads safe.
  • The local transit system is failing its riders, according to a local bus driver. He said he often sees passengers near tears, as the unreliable and infrequent buses have got them late to work, interviews and appointments. Mayor Henry Braun said he agrees the system needs improvement and said more buses and a better system are on the way.
  • A few significant fires burned in Abbotsford earlier this week. A home under renovation in Clearbrook was severely damaged late Sunday and multiple grass fires broke out near Highway 1 on Monday.
  • The site of the old Clayburn Brick Plant just north of Abby’s historic downtown sold for $16 million. It’s destined for residential development.
  • It was announced that Quidditch is returning to Abbotsford this fall. The Quidditch Canada Western Regional Championships will hit the W. J. Mouat fields Nov. 18 and 19.
  • Check out the Abbotsford Agrifair this weekend for rides, a lumberjack show, racing pigs and ducks, pro wrestling, street hockey, farm animals, rock climbing and much more.