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A memorial to Paul Prestbakmo (inset) grew quickly on the median adjacent to where he died, after suffering stab wounds, in the early hours of Aug. 16, 2019. (File photo/Facebook photo)

Life sentences for youths convicted in slaying of Surrey mechanic

Perpetrators sentenced as adults, no parole eligibility for seven years

A memorial to Paul Prestbakmo (inset) grew quickly on the median adjacent to where he died, after suffering stab wounds, in the early hours of Aug. 16, 2019. (File photo/Facebook photo)
Bhavkiran Dhesi’s boyfriend Harjot Singh Deo has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter and interfering with her remains in the Surrey teens death on Aug. 2, 2017. (Contributed photo)

7-year sentence for boyfriend of manslaughter victim Bhavkiran Dhesi

Harjot Singh Deo sentenced in 2017 death of teen, found in torched SUV in South Surrey

Bhavkiran Dhesi’s boyfriend Harjot Singh Deo has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter and interfering with her remains in the Surrey teens death on Aug. 2, 2017. (Contributed photo)
Supporters gathered Friday (Sept. 24, 2021) at the South Surrey site proposed for the Harmony inclusive-housing project. (Contributed photo)

Surrey City council moves Harmony inclusive housing project forward

UNITI’s South Surrey proposal set for new public hearing

Supporters gathered Friday (Sept. 24, 2021) at the South Surrey site proposed for the Harmony inclusive-housing project. (Contributed photo)
After 44 years in the media industry, White Rock resident Rick O’Connor has retired from his role as CEO of Black Press Media – but says he still plans to be involved in the community, and the continuing development of the news industry. Alex Browne photo

Black Press Media CEO Rick O’Connor retires after 44-year career in news business

Former president and CEO of newspaper group reflects on a long and varied career in media

After 44 years in the media industry, White Rock resident Rick O’Connor has retired from his role as CEO of Black Press Media – but says he still plans to be involved in the community, and the continuing development of the news industry. Alex Browne photo
Elenore Sturko, BC Liberal candidate has won the Surrey South byelection, based on preliminary results. Results of the final vote count will be confirmed on Sept. 14. (Contributed photo)

Voters choose BC Liberal Elenore Sturko to fill Surrey South seat in Victoria

Sept 10 byelection called in wake of Stephanie Cadieux’s resignation last April

Elenore Sturko, BC Liberal candidate has won the Surrey South byelection, based on preliminary results. Results of the final vote count will be confirmed on Sept. 14. (Contributed photo)
Writer-producer Kraig Wenman in a set representing a Canadian bank constructed in Georgia for the film Bandit. Contributed photo

New feature film by B.C. writer tells true story of Canada’s ‘Flying Bandit’

Project a labour of love for White Rock screenwriter Kraig Wenman

Writer-producer Kraig Wenman in a set representing a Canadian bank constructed in Georgia for the film Bandit. Contributed photo
Ernie Klassen, president of the White Rock Pride Society (left) and James Borkowski, Delegate for Operations of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (right) agree to further dialogue between the society and the church. Contributed photo

Catholic parish, diocese issue apologies to White Rock Pride Society

Groups commit to further consultation on shared ideals

Ernie Klassen, president of the White Rock Pride Society (left) and James Borkowski, Delegate for Operations of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (right) agree to further dialogue between the society and the church. Contributed photo
Folk rock group The Paperboys will be performing July 7 at East Beach as part of White Rock BIA’s TD Concerts at the Pier series. (File photo)

Harlequin to headline as TD Concerts at the Pier series returns to White Rock June 23

Waterfront and Five Corners venues will host free performances

Folk rock group The Paperboys will be performing July 7 at East Beach as part of White Rock BIA’s TD Concerts at the Pier series. (File photo)
A memorial to Paul Prestbakmo (inset) grew quickly on the median adjacent to where he died, after suffering stab wounds in the early hours of Aug. 16. (File photo/Facebook photo)

Sister’s victim-impact statement recalls South Surrey mechanic as ‘outgoing, protective’

Sentencing hearings begin for teens convicted of murder of Paul Prestbakmo

A memorial to Paul Prestbakmo (inset) grew quickly on the median adjacent to where he died, after suffering stab wounds in the early hours of Aug. 16. (File photo/Facebook photo)
Sergey Toporkov and Olena Toporkova in the garden of his uncle and aunt’s South Surrey home.

Ukraine refugees, now in B.C., bear witness to ordeal of war

Sergey Toporkov and his wife Olena arrived in Canada with little but the clothes on their backs

Sergey Toporkov and Olena Toporkova in the garden of his uncle and aunt’s South Surrey home.
BC Appeal Court has dismissed South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone’s appeal of her sentence for second-degree murder in connection with the December 2014 smothering death of her eight-year-old daughter Teagan. (File photos)

B.C. mother fails in appeal of 15-year sentence for her daughter’s murder

Bid to reduce time served without elegibility for parole dismissed in BC Appeal Court

BC Appeal Court has dismissed South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone’s appeal of her sentence for second-degree murder in connection with the December 2014 smothering death of her eight-year-old daughter Teagan. (File photos)
A judgement was expected today (Thursday) in South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone’s appeal of her sentence for second-degree murder in connection with the December 2014 smothering death of her eight-year-old daughter Teagan. (File photos)

Judgment expected Thursday in Batstone murder sentence appeal

Case of South Surrey mother who killed her daughter due to conclude in Vancouver court

A judgement was expected today (Thursday) in South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone’s appeal of her sentence for second-degree murder in connection with the December 2014 smothering death of her eight-year-old daughter Teagan. (File photos)
Trevor Halford, Liberal MLA for Surrey-White Rock, and opposition critic for education, children, family development and childcare, said he isn’t about to be intimidated out of asking tough questions in the Legislature on behalf of constituents. (File photo)

No response from B.C. MLA to autism advocacy group’s apology demand

Surrey-White Rock MLA’s comments on autism funding were mocked in B.C. Legislature

Trevor Halford, Liberal MLA for Surrey-White Rock, and opposition critic for education, children, family development and childcare, said he isn’t about to be intimidated out of asking tough questions in the Legislature on behalf of constituents. (File photo)
Among politicians present to offer congratulations and participate in the ribbon cutting April 13 were (left to right) Surrey Couns. Brenda Locke, Allison Patton and Linda Annis, Surrey White Rock MP Kerry Lynne Findlay, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Bruce Ralston and Surrey-Guildford MLA Garry Begg. Cutting the ribbon is

Walmart opens 300,000-square-foot South Surrey distribution centre

Technologically-advanced building aims at energy-efficiency, sustainability

Among politicians present to offer congratulations and participate in the ribbon cutting April 13 were (left to right) Surrey Couns. Brenda Locke, Allison Patton and Linda Annis, Surrey White Rock MP Kerry Lynne Findlay, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Bruce Ralston and Surrey-Guildford MLA Garry Begg. Cutting the ribbon is
Hundreds turned out to the ‘Peace Walk for Ukraine’ in White Rock Saturday morning (April 2, 2022). (Photo: Lauren Collins)

‘Peace Walk for Ukraine’ draws 500 in White Rock, raises $33K

Event organized by Rotary Club of White Rock, Vancouver-area Ukrainian community

Hundreds turned out to the ‘Peace Walk for Ukraine’ in White Rock Saturday morning (April 2, 2022). (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Oceana PARC residents May Bucholtz and Florence Ross and executive chef Shaun Maclean add to the pot-clanging din at the healthcare workers appreciation event at Peace Arch Hospital Wednesday morning (March 30).

Pot-banging salute returns for Peace Arch Hospital staff

Appreciation event marks second anniversary of short-lived practice

Oceana PARC residents May Bucholtz and Florence Ross and executive chef Shaun Maclean add to the pot-clanging din at the healthcare workers appreciation event at Peace Arch Hospital Wednesday morning (March 30).
White Rock City Hall (Peace Arch News photo)

White Rock files petition response in bullying, harassment case involving city councillor

Report finds city CAO’s claims against Coun. Erika Johanson ‘credible’

White Rock City Hall (Peace Arch News photo)
By a narrow margin Metro Vancouver directors have signed off on an amendment to redesignate South Campbell Heights lands for industrial use. (File photo/City of Surrey graphic)

Metro Vancouver board endorses Surrey’s South Campbell Heights development plan

Close vote means city can proceed with industrialization of environmentally sensitive area

By a narrow margin Metro Vancouver directors have signed off on an amendment to redesignate South Campbell Heights lands for industrial use. (File photo/City of Surrey graphic)
Environmentalists claim South Campbell Heights plan poses a risk to salmon and other wildlife habitat in the sensitiev Little Campbell River watershed. (Mike Falconer photo)

South Campbell Heights development proposal to return to Metro Vancouver board

Controversial land use plan amendment could be back before members by Feb. 25

Environmentalists claim South Campbell Heights plan poses a risk to salmon and other wildlife habitat in the sensitiev Little Campbell River watershed. (Mike Falconer photo)
Conservative MP-elect for South Surrey-White Rock Kerry-Lynne Findlay exchanges a fist-bump with Leader Erin O’Toole during O’Toole’s campaign visit to Surrey last September. On Wednesday, after the CPC voted to replace O’Toole as party leader, Findlay put her name forward for role of interim leader. (Kerry-Lynne Findlay Facebook photo)

B.C. MP makes bid for interim Conservative Party leadership

Kerry-Lynne Findlay tweets intentions after party votes to remove O’Toole

Conservative MP-elect for South Surrey-White Rock Kerry-Lynne Findlay exchanges a fist-bump with Leader Erin O’Toole during O’Toole’s campaign visit to Surrey last September. On Wednesday, after the CPC voted to replace O’Toole as party leader, Findlay put her name forward for role of interim leader. (Kerry-Lynne Findlay Facebook photo)