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The Scotties Return to Surrey!

The Scotties are returning to Surrey in 2013! Surrey’s Cloverdale Curling Club will be hosting the 2013 version From January the 14th to the 20th. This is the second time in the last three years in which the Cloverdale Club has hosted, and if this is anything like the last one, it should be great! A number of the best ladies teams throughout BC have already qualified, including last year’s Provincial runner up Marla Mallet – playing out of the Cloverdale Club – and three time BC Champion, Canadian and world champion Kelly Scott. Scott is back to defend the title she won last year at the North Shore Winter Club. Team Scott will have essentially the same team she has won back-to-back BC titles with the exception of their new lead Sarah Wazney. Any way you look at it, the field will be excellent and the curling is expected to be first class.

Shaw TV will be televising both the semi-finals on Saturday the 19th and the Sunday final on the 20th live throughout BC. Tickets are available at the Club for $40.00 for a full event pass or $5.00 at the door for a single draw daily.

The Cloverdale Club has six full sheets for curling with what many curlers call the best ice in BC. The club will have a full bar open during the event as well as full food service available downstairs at ice level. Great viewing for the curling is guaranteed, with ice level seating in the special bleachers set up for the event. Bring your jacket! Daily 50/50 draws and a super Silent Auction with excellent items up for bid will be present throughout the championship. Fans will also be able to walk right across the parking lot to the Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino and for the shopper and walker, beautiful historic downtown Cloverdale – holiday lights and all – is but a five minute walk from the Club. Plan on being there when BC crowns the Scotties 2013 Ladies Champions right here in Cloverdale, Surrey BC!

Fraser Downs Racetrack Confirms 82 Dates for 2013 Harness Racing Season

It begins with a 12:45 p.m. matinee card on New Year’s Day and 82 race dates later concludes on December 29, 2013 with a season-closing 12:45 p.m. afternoon start.

Ken Stratton, General Manager of Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino, refers to the 2013 split season as “one we’re all happy with” as it provides horsemen with five months of competition January through May before a summer break, then resuming for another five months August through December.

During the 39-date first half of the schedule there are 19 Friday night cards (7:00 p.m.), 5 Saturday nights (7:00 p.m.), 14 Sunday afternoons (12:45 p.m.) and the traditional January 1st (Tuesday) 12:45 p.m. start.

After a 13-week summer hiatus, racing resumes with the first of 43 dates on Thursday, Aug. 15 (5:30 p.m.) followed by 17 Friday nights (7:00 p.m.), 10 Saturday nights (7:00 p.m.), 13 Sunday afternoons (12:45 p.m.) and the traditional holiday dates of Monday, Nov. 11 and Thursday, Dec. 26 at 12:45 p.m.

The complete 2013 racing schedule for Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino is available on their website at

For further information contact: Ken Stratton at (604) 576-9141

Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program needs donations

It is an overwhelming experience as the community of Cloverdale comes together to serve those
in need. Yet every year for the past 20 years as the needs have increased, the outpouring of
support in food, gifts and cash donations has matched or exceeded expectations!

In 2011 the CCHP provided upwards of 230 hampers that included over 325 adults and 200 children. More than $50,000 in food and cash donations were raised. Each hamper included non-perishable food and sundry items, vegetables, a turkey or ham, dairy products as well as toys/gifts for children and a grocery gift card for each family or individual in an attempt to carry them through the Christmas season.

The Hamper Program is the combined effort of many local churches, schools as well as a host of businesses and public organizations; collecting donations and volunteering to organize and build hampers for those in need within our community.

For one Saturday each December a community will come together to serve the families and individuals of Cloverdale that need help and joy to get them through the Christmas season. The day is filled with tears, laughter, and opportunities to connect with those who come that day.

Once again we would like to give you the opportunity to be a part of this great venture by asking for your assistance with cash donations, food, merchandise and/or gifts. Cash donations will receive a tax deductible receipt at year end.

No donation is too big or too small – it all adds up and it is all sincerely appreciated by the beneficiaries, who would have a colder Christmas without it.

For more information please visit

Warm Regards,
Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program
Kevin & Trish Lunder
Program Lead

General Inquiries Mailbox (604) 574-4001 ext 107

For donor or volunteer opportunities email:

For donation receipts, please make cheques payable to:

Pacific Community Church (Memo: CCHP) 5337-180 St, Surrey BC V3S 4K5

Hamper application drop-off locations: Pacific Community Church 5337-180 St or Sonrise Community Church 5588 188 St

Bowling Alley Seeks Liquor License

Clover Lanes Bowling Centre is seeking to acquire a Liquor Primary License to permit liquor service in approximately 90 square metres (980 sq. ft.) of their existing concourse with the liquor service hours of 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight every day of the week. Surrey City Council wishes to determine whether or not residents are in favour of the Liquor Primary License.

City Council is holding a Public Information Meeting in the form of a Public Hearing to determine the residents’ opinions on this Liquor Primary License application. You are invited to the Public Hearing to convey your opinion to Council. If you do not wish to speak, you are encouraged to register your opinion with staff outside of the Council Chamber on the night of the Public Hearing.

If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing, you may submit a letter through the City Clerk’s Department expressing your opinion for Council’s consideration. Please fax to 604-591-8731, email, or submit in writing to the City Clerk by 4:00 p.m., Monday, December 10, 2012.

Copies of supporting staff reports and any relevant background documentation may be inspected at the City Hall, Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., from Tuesday, November 27, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012.

All persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposal shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing.

Three Surrey Business Groups Support South Surrey Casino Proposal

Bill Reid of the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce voices support

Bill Reid of the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce voices support

Business leaders from Surrey and White Rock are joining forces in support of new entertainment choices and job creation at the proposed South Surrey Entertainment Complex.

In citing the benefits of the project, the Surrey Board of Trade, the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, and the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce say that the new convention and entertainment facilities will be a major tourism destination for the local economy.

“New convention and meeting space is badly needed,” said Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman, noting that the Gateway Casino proposal includes a four-star 200-room hotel, 27,000 square-feet of meeting space and an 800-seat show theatre.

“This facility will generate economic spinoffs across a range of local businesses, such as meeting and event planners, transportation, food service suppliers,” said Huberman.

“Saying yes to this facility will bring $100 million in private sector investment to Surrey, along with 1,200 jobs during construction, and 500 full-time jobs long term,” said Cliff Annable, Executive Director of the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce.  “We encourage the community to support the new Entertainment Complex.”

According to the BC Lottery Corporation, Surrey residents spend some $80 million annually on gaming outside the city’s boundaries.

“Surrey is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, yet right now we are seeing our residents cross the border to neighbouring municipalities or even the US to spend their entertainment dollars,” noted Huberman. “This project will help keep that spending in our community.”

Cloverdale Business Groups Support New Casino

Two Cloverdale business groups, the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce and the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association have issued a joint letter supporting the proposed new casino complex in South Surrey. Following is the text of their letter.

We have had several meetings with BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) regarding Gateway Casino’s proposed South Surrey casino and entertainment facility and the effects it may have on the Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino.

Based on these meetings, the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and Cloverdale Business Improvement Association support the proposal and believe the City of Surrey will benefit from another casino operating in the city.

According to the information provided by BCLC, Surrey is losing substantial entertainment dollars to neighbouring communities. The added tax revenue and additional benefits from having a $100-million entertainment district in Surrey are immense.

In discussions with BCLC, we were informed that the current contract in regards to the support and subsidy for both Fraser Downs racing operations and Hastings Park racetrack in Vancouver expires in approximately one year. BCLC is currently working on an extension of this agreement for another 10 years – for a total of 11 years. When the agreement is completed, this will provide a more sustainable future for Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino. This information has been verified by the B.C. government and is good news for the Fraser Down’s employees and the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce /Cloverdale BIA.

In addition, BCLC is also working on creating a new sports bet marketing program which will be ultimately unveiled at the Fraser Downs facility.

The Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce and Cloverdale BIA support BCLC’s efforts to have two compatible entertainment facilities that can serve different markets, thus creating a stronger Surrey. The complex will provide a unique facility not available anywhere in Surrey, upwards of 500 new jobs.

Addison Hubert, president
Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce

Lyle MacMillan, president
Cloverdale Business Improvement Association

Development Proposal for old Shell site

Cloverdale GatewayThe owner of the old Shell site at the corner of Highway 10 and 176 Street has proposed a new two storey retail/office complex for the site. The property has been a vacant lot for many years.

The proposed development also involves tearing down or removing the old Brown house next door. The Brown House (at 17555 and 17565 Highway 10) is listed on the Surrey Heritage Inventory. The Heritage Inventory is a list of building sites with potential heritage value. The new owner has indicated that retaining the heritage house in the
context of the proposed commercial development is not an option due to the high land values. Instead, the applicant is proposing to market the house for relocation within the Cloverdale Area. If no interested party comes forward to relocate the House, the current owner will apply for a demolition permit.

The Surrey Heritage Advisory CommissionCommission directed staff to refer the owner to the following organizations: Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, Cloverdale Business Improvement Association (BIA), Surrey Heritage Society, or Vancouver Heritage Foundation, to see if anyone is willing to undertake relocating the building at their own expense.

The full planning report can be downloaded at

Coats for Kids Campaign

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) has launched its 17th annual Coats for Kids campaign in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, a group whose outreach helps to provide a brighter Christmas for families in need.

In addition to the GVHBA office, 38 member companies at 64 locations in 14 municipalities will serve as coat drop-off sites from November 19 to December 7.

“Last year the response to Coats for Kids was heartwarming as Lower Mainland residents donated more than 3,000 coats, scarves, gloves, blankets and new unwrapped toys and gifts for distribution to children, teenagers and adults,” said GVHBA Chair Blake Hudema.

“I am delighted so many members of our association are participating in this annual initiative,” said Hudema.

In Cloverdale, clothing may be dropped of at Stor-More Closet & Blinds – #111, 19231 – 54 Ave., Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 pm.

For other drop-off locations see their website.

2013 Standardbred Racing Calendar Approved in Principle

The B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee has approved in principle a 2013 racing calendar for Standardbred racing at Fraser Downs racetrack that will be similar in duration to the schedule being conducted in 2012.

Details of the 2013 schedule, including number of racing days and specific dates, will be subject to discussions between the track operator, Great Canadian Gaming Corp., and Harness Racing BC, the industry organization representing Standardbred horsemen, and will require final approval by the Committee.

The first half of the schedule will take place from January to mid-spring and the second half from late summer through December.

The HRIMC also hopes to announce approval in principle for a Thoroughbred racing schedule at Hastings Racecourse for 2013 in the coming weeks. Discussions aimed at renewing the existing lease between Great Canadian Gaming and the City of Vancouver are ongoing.

Racing schedules approved by the Committee for 2013 will avoid racing on the same days at Fraser Downs and Hastings Racecourse, since those overlaps tend to result in cannibalization of wagering.

Even though details of the 2013 racing schedules are not yet final, the Committee feels it is important to assure all interested parties that racing will take place next year in order that breeding decisions and horse purchasing plans can be made by BC horsemen of both breeds. In the meantime, the Committee continues to work on a long-range strategic plan that aims to ensure successful and sustainable horse racing in B.C. for years to come.

Surrey Launches Stop Bullying Film Contest

‘What can u do?’ is the theme of Surrey’s second annual Stop Bullying Film Contest, which is aimed at engaging youth to raise awareness about bullying, provide information about help that is available, and develop solutions.

“Bullying should not be tolerated in schools, workplaces, online, or anywhere in our communities. This film contest is a creative way to highlight the issue and the solutions. We have a lot of talented students in Surrey, and I look forward to watching and learning from the videos we receive,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

Students from grades 6 to 12 are invited to submit a 30-second or 60-second film that identifies types of bullying, the impact that bullying has on people, and solutions to the problem. There will be three categories: Junior (Grades 6 & 7), Intermediate (Grades 8, 9 & 10) and Senior (Grades 11 & 12).

“We have some of the brightest, most creative students in Canada in the Surrey School District” says RCMP C/Supt. Bill Fordy.” I am looking forward to the videos these young minds will produce, and the impact they will have on helping to eradicate the intolerable behavior of bullying in any form.”

“Bullying can have a devastating impact on a school and a community, so one of the goals of this contest is to provide information about the help and support that is available to those who are being bullied,” says Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of the Community Safety Committee.

The contest was launched today at Johnston Heights Secondary School in Surrey and is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Surrey RCMP, CUPE 402, and the Surrey School District.

Submission deadline is February 8, 2013 and the winning film in each category will be announced on Pink Shirt Day on February 27, 2013.

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