The Official Community Plan

White Rock’s Official Community Plan (OCP) is available on the White Rock City Website here and was written in 2017. The OCP before it was written in 2008 and is also available on the city’s website here.

The Community Charter and Local Government Act dictate that the OCP should capture how members of the community want their city to look like in the future. While the ideas behind city planning are complex, the OCP should be written with clarity in mind so that the average residents can understand what the OCP says, and how it affects the future of their city, yet the OCP also needs to precisely describe that vision so that Council an City Planners and developers can use it to make good decisions.

One way we can do better as a community is to make the OCP more accessible to the public, so they can use it to make informed decisions about their homes and home purchases in the future.

 

 

Council Candidate Scott Kristjanson talks about Affordable Housing at the PH2H All Candidates Meeting on Oct 9th

Scott talks at the Sept 9th All Candidates meeting sponsored by Peninsula Homeless to Housing (PH2H) task force. In this talk, I speak about my background and why he started volunteering to help the seniors raise awareness of a proposed South Surrey Casino coming to White Rock, and how Mayor Baldwin’s “I am the Boss” speech during the White Rock Muffler Site Public Hearing convinced him to create the Facebook community page NoMoreHighRisesInWhiteRock so he could call out Council on their bullying of the public and to raise public awareness of issues and awesomeness within their community.

In 2012, whle at SFU as a PhD Candidate in Computer Science, I started attending Council Meetings in my spare time. I met a group of seniors who warned that a South Surrey Casino was being proposed by White Rock. I had friends who got addicted to a nearby casino, got into credit card debt, lost their home on Lake Simcoe, and got divorced. All because of Gambling Addiction.

So I attended the Casino meeting and got involved when I learned that this excellent group of seniors had no website to help get the work out. So I volunteered my time, created the No Casino in South Surrey Facebook site, the NoCasinoSurrey website, a twitter account, and I became the Vice-President of the NoCasinoSurrey association.

I ran the social media campaign for them as a volunteer, and combined my research with others to produce a 42-page report called All That Glitters is not Gold for Surrey Council in 2012 that showed how Casinos hurt society, are being used to launder drug money, and also showed that  BCLC was likely targeting White Rock Seniors.

We presented our findings to Surrey City Council at the Public Hearing in January 2013, and Mayor Diane Watts agreed with us that a Casino would be a negative impact on Surrey residents quality of life and would increase crime, and the Casino was defeated. Meanwhile, Mayor Baldwin would not even discuss the matter in White Rock Council meetings.

Since 2012, I have spoken many times in White Rock Council meetings and Public Hearings. I have spoken about affordable housing, how tax dollars are being spent on helping developers rather than on providing infrastructure, about how building towers pushes people out of our community, and the need to switch to safe and clean Metro Vancouver drinking water as recommended by Fraser Health in 2013, and by the White Rock Safe Water Alliance in 2013, and the White Rock Lead, Arsenic, and Manganese Working Group.

Little Things Matter: Our children and White Rock’s unsafe drinking water

Watch this short 7 minute video that Dr. Lanphear presented last night in White Rock on the dangers of even small amounts of lead and arsenic in our White Rock drinking water.

There are NO safe levels and fetuses and the young are being placed at risk because the city wants a “cash cow”. That’s not right!

White Rock water has far higher levels of both of these toxins in our drinking water than the maximum amount allowed. Their plans to reduce the levels will do little to help our most vulnerable residents: our children.

Fraser Health recommended in 2013 that we switch to Metro Vancouver water which has ZERO lead and arsenic.Council chose to ignore that recommendation and continue to use lead, arsenic, and manganese contaminated White Rock well water because it was a “cash cow”. That’s not right!

#VoteSmart on Oct 20th because #HealthMatters.
Vote for Democracy Direct because your health and the health of children matters.

Thank you to Dr.Lanphear and thanks to Ross Buchanan for bringing White Rock this important information about the impact of our drinking water on our health.

My Commitment to Our Community

I have been in White Rock since 2010 because I believed that this White Rock would be a great small town community to raise my  family.  Since 2012, I have helped various community organizations by donating my time and energy to help community groups get the word out by creating websites, Facebook pages, and twitter accounts for them. As I learned more about the issues, I created my own community pages to help educate the public, and learn from them by reading their comments and answering their questions.

I have spoken at Council Meetings and Public Hearings dozens of times. I have reminded Council that their Fiduciary Duty is to act for the benefit of residents and local businesses, not out of town developers and certainly not themselves. I have raised concerns about approving new towers without sufficient infrastructure or public support. I have raised questions about water quality and how increased development is making housing less affordable and pushing long time residents out of their own city.

I have watched as the Mayor bullied residents, cut off their mic, called in the RCMP to intimidate residents for stating their opinions during public hearings, and I have watch this council approve developments where 98% of White Rock residents who spoke, including a former Mayor and a former councillor, all objected to the project.

I love White Rock, but it has changed far too much over the last four years. This change has not been positive, and it is driven entirely by greed. I worry that excess development is destroying our city, that need for better infrastructure is being ignored, that our water is unsafe to drink with excessive levels of arsenic, manganese, lead, and glyphosate.

I believe our  beautiful city is being mismanaged and exploited, having gone from virtually debt free four years ago to now being over $30M in debt. Clearly all this development, and all the taxpayer money that goes into subsidizing developers, is not helping to reduce our taxes, but are increasing them.

Something in White Rock stinks, and it is not just the water! By voting smart, we can elect a council that listens to residents, local businesses, and responsible developers to create a positive long term vision for White Rock that works for everyone, not just a few. With the right vision, White Rock has all the natural beauty to become BC’s next Carmel, Cannon Beach, and Steveston all rolled into one. Can we fix this? Together, YES WE CAN!

Here are some of the websites that I run, or that I support within our community.

NoMoreHighRisesInWhiteRock on Facebook since 2012

  • Providing the community updates on what our Mayor and City Council are doing, both the good and the bad, and calling out their lies when they do. This site is concerned with the excess development that is destroying our community, and driving out local businesses, and about the lack of clean safe drinking water in White Rock, and that we do not have enough water to fight a large fire.

White Rock Safe Water Alliance on Facebook and website since 2015

  • Providing the community with specific information about water quality issues in White Rock, and the health impacts of our water’s excessive levels of arsenic, manganese, lead, and gyphosate, much of which comes directly from our wells that draw from the Sunnyside Aquifer that is being contaminated by run-off from local blueberry farms (pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers) and natural occurring heavy metals. Fraser Health recommended in 2013 that White Rock stop using its wells, and connect up to Safe and Clean Metro Vancouver water. Mayor and Council instead decided to keep using our well water because it was a “cash cow”. Since then, water rates have doubled, and they have spent over $25M on water treatment that has yet to improve our water. Meanwhile there are six valves along North Bluff that connect us to Metro Vancouver water. We could have safe and clean drinking water today simply by turning on those six valves. Vote for Scott, and I will make that happen because providing safe and clean drinking water is a city’s job #1.

NoCasinoSurrey website and No Casino in South Surrey on Facebook since 2011

  • When I learned from Terry McNiece that there was a large Casino being planned for South Surrey, I volunteered to help the group NoCasinoSurrey by becoming their official Geek-in-Charge of all their social media including the website, facebook page, and twitter accounts. I volunteering over 300 hours of my time, to run their social media campaign. Being a University PhD student at the time, I lent my research skills to the group, and combined with three other brilliant members of the group, we created a 47 page report to council on the effects of gambling on society, on personal health, and on the local economy. We presented our findings to Surrey Mayor Diane Watts in 2013, and to our delight we successfully convinced Council to reject the proposed casino.

The Impact of Arsenic, Lead, and Other Metals in our Drinking Water

Want to get the facts on your Drinking water rather than political spin and lies? Attend this free talk, The Impact of Arsenic, Lead, and Other Metals in our Drinking Water, by Dr. Bruce Lanphear who is a respected Professor of Environmental Health at Simon Fraser University.  Brought to you by our good friend Ross Buchanan and Sponsored by The White Rock Lead, Arsenic, and Manganese Working Group.

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Dr.Lanphear's Talk

Is White Rock Water safe to drink?

The answer to that question depends on whether you ask a politician or a scientist!

During the 2017 Annual Financial Statement public hearing, Mayor Baldwin was once again caught misleading the public.

 

According to the city’s own records, if you can believe them to be accurate since Fraser Health provides no independent oversight, arsenic levels exceeded the guideline limit of 0.01 mg/L twice in 2017. And, according to the metal results, manganese levels exceeded the Maximum Allowable Concentration (MAC) guideline limit 31 times.

2017 Annual Report
In what can only be described as a poorly rehearsed scripted show, CAO Bottrill first claims that he is not aware of arsenic ever exceeding max allowable limits. Then Mayor Baldwin asks him to confirm that it never exceeded limits, and Bottrill echoed back “correct”, despite having just said that he was not actually aware of the numbers, and despite the city’s own data showing that limits have been exceed multiple times.

#VoteSmart on Oct 20th. White Rock deserves better and your #HealthMatters

Read all about it in the PAN by clicking on the image above, or clicking here.

Want to get the facts on your Drinking water rather than political spin and lies? Attend this free talk, The Impact of Arsenic, Lead, and Other Metals in our Drinking Water, by Dr. Bruce Lanphear who is a respected Professor of Environmental Health at Simon Fraser University.  Brought to you by our good friend Ross Buchanan and Sponsored by The White Rock Lead, Arsenic, and Manganese Working Group. 37904306_10217099983957475_95084532914454528_o

Dr.Lanphear's Talk

 

Thanks Ross! And thank you Dr. Lanphear!

Mayor Falsely claims Moratorium on future highrises illegal. Even the dogs don’t buy that one!

Councillor Dave Chesney made a motion in Council to put a moratorium on future development of highrises in White Rock. As you may recall, Mayor Baldwin and CAO Bottrill claimed that such a move would be illegal. Mayor Baldwin and Bottrill are clearly wrong, and their claim of  “ultra vires” is laughable. It is not even a legal term. Saying it in Latin does not make it true.
Dave then amended his motion, to ask for a legal opinion on whether or not a moratorium on future developments was legal. Mayor Baldwin and his White Rock Coalition rejected this motion as well. Clearly they know that the Mayor is wrong, and a legal opinion would certainly say so, otherwise they would not block Chesney’s excellent request!
Of course it is perfectly legal, and if Council will not do what is right because they are beholden to developers, we the people still can. Sign Democracy Direct’s petition to put a moratorium on future developments, and you can make a difference.
Vickie and the Petition
Lots of taxpayers are wanting to sign the Petition for a moratorium on future highrises, including ones with fur at the City Hall today. If you would like to sign the petition you can go to democracydirect.ca where it is online or sign it at the White Rock Market on Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM.
#VoteSmart on Oct 20th because who represents you matters!