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Racing deal inked at Surrey’s Fraser Downs and Hastings track

Members of B.C.’s harness racing industry – particularly the horsemen at Fraser Downs in Cloverdale – are breathing a sigh of relief.

Stakeholders reached agreement last Friday on a deal that guarantees live racing at Fraser Downs, and extends the funding arrangement, for the next five years.

The multi-year deal was agreed to by Great Canadian Gaming Corp., which operates Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino and Hastings Racecourse, and the standardbred and thoroughbred sector.

The deal, finalized by the B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee, is subject to approval by the provincial Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.

“We feel this will create an atmosphere of stability that will benefit breeders, owners, trainers, bettors and race track personnel,” management committee chair Douglas S. Scott said in a statement, explaining racing and funding arrangements are in place for the thoroughbred sector for the next three years and provides for a six-month season of up to 55 race days.

“With the funding arrangements stabilized, the committee will now turn our attention to the longer-term issues of attracting new bettors and growing the business.”

The agreement sets out 34 approved race days at Fraser Downs between January and April in 2014, with another 37 race days scheduled in the fall, from September to December – for a total of 71 days.

But the deal means the season at Fraser Downs will shrink from 71 to 62 days over seven months in 2015, and to just six months in 2016, something local horsemen have been lobbying against.

“Of course we would like more race dates,” said Jackson Whittup, executive director of Harness Racing B.C., the association representing standardbred breeders, owners, trainers and drivers.

“The major component of this for us is the five-year deal,” he said. “We’ve been told we have government backing for five years. We have race dates for five years. I think a lot of other jurisdictions would be jealous that we have it.”

The deal says income from a portion of slot machine profits at the casinos at Fraser Downs and at Hastings Racecourse will continue to be divided between the standardbred and thoroughbred sector.

Reaction in the backstretch to the deal is mixed because it means a six-month racing schedule for four years, says standardbred owner and trainer Sandra Roberts.

“Some people believe we’ve just slit our own throats,” she said. “I look at it as an opportunity to grow.” Five years of guaranteed racing means breeders, for example, will have an incentive to breed foals, a lifeline for the industry.

For Whittup, it also means time to pursue other racing options during the summer. With a deal in place, it’s now up to the Harness Racing B.C. board to explore those possibilities.

“We’ve been given time to go out and execute some of those options for our members’ sake,” he said. “Could we possibly race two months during the summer at Kamloops or another venue? Obviously, there’s a cost.”

Holding exhibition races at another track is another possibility. “There have been exhibition standardbred races in Chilliwack,” he said.

Racing is underway at Fraser Downs to the end of April and resumes in September. It’s anticipated racing will begin at Hastings in late April or early May, continuing to November.

The deal ends several months of negotiations.

“Call it reluctant consensus,” said Chuck Keeling, executive director of stakeholder relations at Great Canadian Gaming, which operates both race tracks.

“We wanted to see some certainty and some stability over a multiple number of years,” he said. “Over the last couple of years, it’s been done on a year-to-year basis.”

Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program needs donations and volunteers

The Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program is an outreach program to the less fortunate of Cloverdale, from all walks of life, providing hampers of food & gifts in order to make the Christmas season a happy time for those who may not normally be unable to enjoy this time of year.

The Program Committee that serves to carry this out is composed of people from churches and organizations in the Cloverdale Community. Pacific Community Church has hosted the hamper program in their warehouse for the past few years. Kevin and Trish Lunder, members of Pacific, are leading the committee this year.

The CCHP is now taking Hamper Applications until Friday, December 5.

If you are interested in volunteering during “Hamper Week” (Monday, December 10 to Friday, December 14), warehouse hours will be from 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm daily.  Hamper pick-up day will be Saturday, December 15.

For more information see their website at–2

Clova Christmas Pageant

Do you like to dance? Or sing? Or perform? Do you know anybody who does? Do you remember when you were in school and would perform during Christmas for your parents? I sure do! We’re looking for enough 5-8 minute acts for a first ever Clova Christmas Pageant! Before I confirm and make this event happen, I would like a total of at least 10 people signed up before Friday. If you are unsure how to put an act together but would like to, gladly ask and I can help with choreography, or finding a skit, or giving some tips you may want.

50% of the proceeds for the evening will go towards our digital conversion, the other 50% will go to a local charity called the People’s Foundation of Sierra Leonne. And as we do every holiday season, we will be collecting food for the Surrey Food Bank.

This is a family-friendly event and is great for the whole family. There is no age minimum, and no age maximum. Each act would need to perform for the Clova staff and get approved to make sure it’s family friendly.

Again, I need at least 8-10 acts or possible acts confirmed by Friday to ensure that I will have enough time to plan this event and make sure everything works out great. The date for the event is to be determined but will most likely be the week before Christmas.


Samantha @ the Clova

A Message From Stephanie Cadieux

Our new constituency office in Cloverdale is now open. We are located at 101-5658 176th Street.

I was first elected as the MLA for Surrey-Panorama in 2009, while it was an honour and pleasure to serve that constituency, I decided to come home and run in my own neighborhood. I have been a proud resident of Cloverdale for over 10 years, and I am excited by the opportunity my community has given me to serve you as your MLA.

I have the pleasure of working with two fantastic constituency assistants, Sharon Crowson and Holly Halford. These two women are full of energy and excitement about our community. You will find them, working hard to serve you and to get to know you, from our new constituency office and out in our community.

We thank you for your patience as we worked to get our office up and open.

Please join us for our official office open house, on October 9th from 2:30-4:30pm.  Everyone is welcome.

I look forward to continuing to serve you as your MLA and to working in my very own neighborhood of Surrey-Cloverdale.

Stephanie Cadieux
MLA Surrey-Cloverdale

KEEP IT Campaign

The Surrey RCMP, City of Surrey and ICBC have partnered on the KEEP IT Campaign – “Protect IT. Lock IT. Keep IT”.  KEEP IT is an auto crime prevention campaign that will run from October 1 – December 2, 2013 and is designed to enhance community safety by educating the public on ways we can collectively reduce the incidence of theft from vehicles and theft of vehicles.

As part of the campaign, volunteers from RCMP District Offices and Surrey Crime Prevention Society (SCPS), will be out daily across the City conducting parking lot audits and running ICBC’s Lock Out Auto Crime Program. In addition there will be several special events throughout the campaign to help raise awareness about the initiative.

Special event locations include:

  • Costco (Newton location) – October 5 from 11am-2pm
  • Scott Road Skytrain Station – October 16 from 3pm-6pm
  • Sry Sport and Leisure Centre – November 5 from 10am-2pm
  • Guildford Mall – November 16 from 10am-4pm

During these events, auto crime tips, KEEP IT cards and steering wheel locks will be distributed.  As well, Spot the Target activities and Lock Out Auto Crime (LOAC) audits will be conducted in the parking lots. The RCMP KEEP IT ‘Wrapped Van’ will be displayed during the special events to help create more awareness about the campaign.

SUMMARY of key campaign components:

  • Educational events that will supply the community with auto crime tips through KEEP IT information cards.
  • Steering wheel lock distribution for vehicles aged 2000 and older.
  • Random and targeted Lock Out Auto Crime audits for the campaign duration conducted in all areas of the City.
  • Spot the Target activities and the KEEP IT Wrapped Van for the campaign duration conducted in all areas of the City.



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Honeybee Centre Saturday Morning Farmers Market

Visit Honeybee Centre Saturdays this late summer and early fall to discover farmers market shopping through one of the most bountiful growing seasons. Apples, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, corn – so much is at prime ripe deliciousness in August and September – Surrey growers have something to offer all the way through the alphabet to potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes, turnips and winter Squash.

Honeybee Centre now hosts Surrey’s InSeason Farmers Market, and the comprehensive business is at the forefront connecting British Columbians to local honey, both as producers and consumers. This summer 2013 commitment to farm fresh summer shopping makes sense.

The joys of specialty honey and the health benefits of natural bee products available in the country store and family-friendly visitor centre will be joined by a selection of equally tasty and beneficial locally grown and produced shopping necessities outside in the tent plaza parking lot.

Honeybee Centre and InSeason Farmers Markets are building a “make it, bake it, grow it” environment, with a selection sure to change weekly. Ideally located at the corner of 176th Street and Fraser Highway, this early Saturday market offers easy drop in on the way to more mundane errands or in between weekend sports activities.

As another member of the BC Association of Farmers Markets, this is part of a vital initiative in Surrey to give local growers and food producers center stage.

In addition to honey and produce, this new mini-market features all natural healing and body care from locally grown lavender, handmade gourmet chocolate, fall flower planters, traditional and gluten-free baking, hand crafted jewellery, clothing, fair trade handmade soap from India and Afghanistan, Thai Curry sauces, European style preserves, and many other exceptional Surrey market vendors.

Top off the trip with a meal. Eat at the market, naturally! Find hot food for reasonable prices from trendy food trucks, fresh off the grill.

For more information see

The Amazing Race: Cloverdale

The Clova Cinema is havinga fundraiser on Sunday, September 1:
We are still a long way from our digital projector goal and I’m trying to make it so we can get closer. And since the summer is slowly coming to an end, I thought of a fun idea for all of our customers.

The Amazing Race: Cloverdale

How it works: Each group will get their first clue. You must start with the first clue and figure out which business/location it is. When you arrive at the correct location, you must let them know your team number and they will give you the next clue. If you can guess all the locations, the final one will bring you back to the Clova where you will receive your prize. You must keep all the clues with you so we can count them all to make sure you didn’t accidentally miss any.

Since this is a fundraising event, it does cost to enter. Children aged 4-12 are $5, and adults 13+ are $10. All funds are going straight towards our digital projectors. We ask that you send an email to us letting us know you want to participate so that we can plan accordingly. The more the merrier!

Information: Please arrive at the parking lot behind the building between 1:45-2:00 on Sunday, September 1st. We will give your group everything you need including a number you can reach us at if there’s any confusion or mishaps during the race. We don’t have an end-time as of yet since it all depends on how long it will take you guys to finish.

There will be prizes for the first three groups to finish, as well as participation prizes for the rest of the groups.


-Any age can enter. We promote this as a family event.
-You must enter in groups of 4-6. If you cannot find anybody to participate in a group with you, let us know and we will put you in another group. If you are willing to let anybody else join your group, please let us know so we can find people for your group. We ask that there is at least one parent/guardian for each group.
-Please be respectful of other people’s businesses. The businesses that are taking part are kind enough to help out and we would like you to show them respect just like you show us so we can do more stuff like this in the future.
-Please make sure you come to the parking lot behind the building. We will have our regular movies playing while this is going on and we don’t want to disturb any of our customers.

Samantha @ the Clova

Harness Racing Season Begins

Join us on August 15th at 5:30pm for the first day of the 2013/2014 race season.

We will have a live DJ, giveaways and so much more!

Oh and the party doesn’t stop there. We’re keeping it going every live race day in August. That includes Saturdays 17th, 24th and 31st at 7:00pm and Sunday the 25th at 12:45pm.

The first 200 fans will receive a pack of Harness Racing Trading Cards. (While Supplies last. One per person per day)

Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino is located at 17755 60th Avenue on the Clovrdale Fairgrounds.

Construction to begin on Cloverdale West Village

B&B Contracting is pleased to announce that during the next 6 months they will be constructing offsite roadworks and utilities for a mixed use residential development located at 58 Avenue, 57 Avenue, Hwy 15 (by-pass) and the laneway. This is the site better known as the Cloverdale Mall or the old Safeway mall.

The start date will be July 29, 2013. There will be trucks, construction people and equipment working in the neighbourhood.  They would like to take the opportunity to thank you in advance for your cooperation during the construction period.

If you have any questions, please contact Pat Bickerton – B&B Contacting (2012) Ltd. at 604-539-7200.

The Project Developer is Surrey City Development Corporation. The Project Consultant is Core Group Consultants.

Dave Hayer to run in new Cloverdale – West Langley seat

The race for the federal election in 2015 has already begun locally, as former MLA Dave Heyer announces his intention to seek the Conservative nomination for the seat. Following is from his press release:

“Today I am announcing my intention to contest the proposed federal riding of Cloverdale – West Langley* for the Conservative Party of Canada in 2015,” said Dave S. Hayer, former MLA for Surrey – Tynehead from May 2001 to May 2013.

“Over the past few years I have been approached many times, by many people, to seek a seat as a Member of Parliament.

“I have considered those suggestions carefully and, after having discussed this with family, friends and community members, have decided that I will pursue nomination as a candidate in the new proposed Cloverdale – West Langley* riding for the Conservative Party of Canada in the next federal election.

“I announced on July 7, 2012 that I would not be seeking re-election as a Surrey MLA in the May 2013 Provincial Election. Part of that decision was that if re-elected as MLA in May 2013, and then leave to run as an MP in 2015, I would have triggered an expensive by-election which would be costly for my constituents. I believe this would have been the wrong thing to do for my community.

“There is much that I can bring to the Federal Government in terms of issues that are on the minds of British Columbians. During my three terms as MLA for Surrey – Tynehead from May 2001 to May 2013, I listened and worked on constituent issues that encompassed all three levels of government and also had my personal experience in dealing with many issues including the justice system, a strong economy, jobs, increasing international trade, seniors issues and long-term prosperity for everyone. I look forward to the upcoming months.”

“Along with many other community members, I am also supported in this endeavor by the Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood and, as of this afternoon, BC’s new Minister of Education,” noted Hayer.

Hayer continued by saying “I look forward to serving you and our community following the 2015 federal election and I assure you that I will work for you with honesty and integrity to ensure that your voice is heard in Ottawa.

“I am committed to serving this riding, and all of British Columbia , on the federal stage and will ensure that our community and our province receive the recognition and support it needs to sustain its growth, future and prosperity.

“I am humbly asking for your help. If you, your family or friends are residents of the proposed Cloverdale – West Langley electoral district*, please join the Conservative Party of Canada and support me as your candidate for nomination.

I would be very pleased to meet with you and discuss your concerns and suggestions. I encourage you to contact me at 604.833.4000 or Email: and I also encourage you to join the Dave Hayer Campaign team.