Melissa Smalley

A federal grant to White Rock – aimed at helping the city's celebrations of Canada's 150th birthday next year – has raised procedural questions over the application process.

Frustration over ‘Canada 150’ grant to White Rock

Councillors say the uses of some $101,000 received should have been scrutinized by elected officials during the application process

A federal grant to White Rock – aimed at helping the city's celebrations of Canada's 150th birthday next year – has raised procedural questions over the application process.

COLUMN: Memorable stories run deeper than headlines

Peace Arch News reporter Melissa Smalley bids a fond adieu to the Semiahmoo Peninsula after years documenting its residents' stories.

White Rock city hall.

City of White Rock to tabulate FOI bids

Councillor request to address procedures surrounding 'problems' with FOI requests.

White Rock city hall.
A private party on White Rock's pier in 2014 celebrated the landmark's 100th anniversary.

Pier fundraiser backed by White Rock council

Private summer party raises ‘trepidation’ following 2014 celebration.

A private party on White Rock's pier in 2014 celebrated the landmark's 100th anniversary.
Roderick Louis presents Mayor Wayne Baldwin with a consent form, authorizing the release of his correspondence with the City of White Rock.

White Rock mayor calls for end to email ‘silliness’

Five Peninsula residents whose messages were blocked insist correspondence was not abusive or inappropriate.

Roderick Louis presents Mayor Wayne Baldwin with a consent form, authorizing the release of his correspondence with the City of White Rock.
The Ocean Ridge condominium complex on Pacific Avenue sustained major damage in the May 15 blaze.

White Rock arson probe spreads

Investigation into May 15 fire in hands of RCMP as nearly 100 evacuees await word on fate of building.

The Ocean Ridge condominium complex on Pacific Avenue sustained major damage in the May 15 blaze.
White Rock's solid-waste collection service for single-family homes is under review.

White Rock council focuses on mechanical waste pickup

City staff recommend contracting out manual garbage collection.

White Rock's solid-waste collection service for single-family homes is under review.
A five-storey development is proposed for North Bluff and Nichol roads.

Height-reduced variation for Nichol Road proposal

Receipt of staff report opposed by White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin.

A five-storey development is proposed for North Bluff and Nichol roads.
Some residents who emailed City of White Rock staff and councillors over the weekend were surprised when the messages were returned undeliverable.

Residents wonder if the City of White Rock has been blocking their messages

White Rock councillors surprised to learn that emails from some residents were bouncing back

Some residents who emailed City of White Rock staff and councillors over the weekend were surprised when the messages were returned undeliverable.
Firefighters battle Sunday's blaze at Five Corners from above.

‘Extraordinary’ blaze tapped White Rock’s water system

White Rock leaders stand by city-owned water supply in wake of massive fire

Firefighters battle Sunday's blaze at Five Corners from above.
Firefighting efforts during Sunday's Five Corners blaze resulted in a water shortage and boil-water advisory in White Rock.

White Rock boil-water advisory lifted

Two rounds of testing confirm no presence of bacteria, city staff say.

Firefighting efforts during Sunday's Five Corners blaze resulted in a water shortage and boil-water advisory in White Rock.
Damage to a building at Pacific Avenue and Johnston Road sustained in a major fire Sunday morning.

Donations of goods for fire victims not needed: White Rock officials

'Immediate needs being met' for more than 100 evacuees from Five Corners blaze.

Damage to a building at Pacific Avenue and Johnston Road sustained in a major fire Sunday morning.
White Rock is under a boil-water advisory, after water reserves were depleted by crews fighting a large fire Sunday morning.

White Rock boil-water advisory still in effect

White Rock water levels at full-capacity after crews battling Five Corners fire deplete reserves, causing bacteria concerns.

White Rock is under a boil-water advisory, after water reserves were depleted by crews fighting a large fire Sunday morning.
Thirty-two moms – including South Surrey’s Joan Webster, Pam Kirzinger, Athena Kollias and Claudia Hainc (below, left to right) – slept on the streets of Vancouver May 5 to raise funds for Covenant House.

Night spent on streets of Vancouver ‘terrifying’ for South Surrey moms

Ocean Park residents sleep out downtown to raise funds for youth programs.

Thirty-two moms – including South Surrey’s Joan Webster, Pam Kirzinger, Athena Kollias and Claudia Hainc (below, left to right) – slept on the streets of Vancouver May 5 to raise funds for Covenant House.
Removal of the Merklin Street water tower is now complete, as part of the City of White Rock’s Total Water Quality Management Project.

White Rock seeks grants for water treatment

City applies for provincial, federal funding to build arsenic and manganese treatment plants.

Removal of the Merklin Street water tower is now complete, as part of the City of White Rock’s Total Water Quality Management Project.
Cheryl Chung (left) and Kayla Dhaliwall are aiming to connect with locals with their new waterfront restaurant, A Fine Mess.

Marine Drive chef aims for local appeal

A Fine Mess owners hope to strike chord with Semiahmoo Peninsula patrons.

Cheryl Chung (left) and Kayla Dhaliwall are aiming to connect with locals with their new waterfront restaurant, A Fine Mess.
Dion and Gisela Hamman at the Ukutula Lodge & Research Centre in South Africa.

THIS IS THE LIFE: Call of the Wild

Volunteer trip to South African animal reserve a ‘life-changing’ experience.

Dion and Gisela Hamman at the Ukutula Lodge & Research Centre in South Africa.
White Rock resident Bonnie McKenzie says chimes from the clock tower on Johnston Road amount to “noise pollution.”

Clock chimes irk White Rock resident

Owner of Johnston Road tower says bells are within bylaw limits.

White Rock resident Bonnie McKenzie says chimes from the clock tower on Johnston Road amount to “noise pollution.”
A seniors retirement highrise is planned for the 1500-block of Johnston Road.

Higher highrise planned for Johnston Road

Proponents of White Rock seniors retirement tower revise proposal to 23 storeys.

A seniors retirement highrise is planned for the 1500-block of Johnston Road.
Leslie Cormack-Wilson speaks at a City of Surrey public hearing in support of a proposed development near Laronde Elementary. Below, a sign in opposition of the road extension in a yard near the school.

Laronde subdivision spurs hours of talk

Mixed reviews over neighbourhood traffic heard at Surrey public hearing.

Leslie Cormack-Wilson speaks at a City of Surrey public hearing in support of a proposed development near Laronde Elementary. Below, a sign in opposition of the road extension in a yard near the school.