Kevin Mills

Local researcher Sherril Guthrie holds the comprehensive form she created to evaluate city council candidates.

Evaluating Abbotsford candidates: Researcher encourages voters to assess capabilities

When the public casts their ballots on Nov. 19, the choices made will shape the future of Abbotsford for the next three years.

  • Oct 27, 2011
Local researcher Sherril Guthrie holds the comprehensive form she created to evaluate city council candidates.

Banman seeking mayor’s chair

Abbotsford chiropractor Dr. Bruce Banman has declared his candidacy for mayor.

  • Oct 5, 2011
Dave Holmberg

Abbotsford’s $30 million airport expansion complete

Politicians, dignitaries and travellers came together Friday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the Abbotsford International Airport expansion project.

The $30-million overhaul, financed equally by the federal and provincial governments, as well as the Abbotsford Airport Authority, was finished on time and on budget, according to the media release.

  • Sep 19, 2011
Dave Holmberg
Eleanor Klawer

Cadets seeking new home in Abbotsford

A proposed new, 10,000 square foot army cadet building took a small step forward on Monday. Council gave its approval in principle to a plan to construct the new facility in Abbotsford's Grant Park (31800 Madiera Place).

  • Sep 13, 2011
Eleanor Klawer
There could soon be more waste-to-energy facilities

Region’s MLAs agree on issue of air quality versus incineration

Abbotsford’s MLAs are united on at least one major issue, none of them believe incineration should be allowed to damage the Fraser Valley’s sensitive air shed.

  • Jul 29, 2011
There could soon be more waste-to-energy facilities

Metro chair apologizes to Patricia Ross for comments

Lois Jackson has issued a verbal and written apology for comments she made about Fraser Valley Regional District chair Patricia Ross.

Jackson, chair of Metro Vancouver and Mayor of Delta, was speaking on a Vancouver radio show last week.

  • Jul 29, 2011

Waste-to-energy plan fails to win MLA’s support

Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen doesn’t believe incineration is the answer to the Lower Mainland’s garbage problem.

Despite the decision by Minister of Environment Terry Lake to endorse Metro Vancouver’s regional waste plan – which includes incineration – van Dongen maintains his stand.

  • Jul 28, 2011
There could soon be more waste-to-energy facilities

Incineration fight not over, according to Abbotsford councillor

Disappointed.

That’s the one word Patricia Ross keeps saying when asked about Monday’s decision to allow the burning of garbage.

The chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) is a vocal advocate against incineration. When she heard the waste management plan for Metro Vancouver – that includes waste-to-energy incineration – was approved by the B.C. Environment Minister, she was shocked.

  • Jul 27, 2011
There could soon be more waste-to-energy facilities

Museum Society has a big dream for Abbotsford

The MSA Museum Society presented its vision of the future to council on Monday.

The group is proposing the creation of a discovery centre which will encompass much of the Mill Lake area.

The proposed site would feature a 7,000 square foot discovery centre and a 3,000 square foot outdoor covered staging area to compliment the current Trethewey House location.

  • Jul 27, 2011

Entertainment and Sports Centre has $24 million economic impact on community

The Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC) generated an economic impact of $24.3 million in 2010 according to figures released Friday.

The economic impact study, which was presented to council Monday afternoon, was written by the consulting company Grant Thornton International.

  • Jul 25, 2011

Peary seeks second term as Abbotsford mayor

George Peary has announced his intention to run for mayor of Abbotsford in the November municipal election. On Monday morning, Peary told the Abbotsford News that he is looking forward to the opportunity to “stand on stage and debate the issues.”

  • Jul 4, 2011
Attendance at Abbotsford Heat games and other events at the AESC is the key to the facility's financial success

Abbotsford Heat fees and arena deficit total $3.4 million in 2010

The Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC) ran a deficit of $3.4 million last year, including what the city anticipates will be a payment of $724,000 to the Abbotsford Heat AHL hockey team for the 2010 season.

  • May 6, 2011
Attendance at Abbotsford Heat games and other events at the AESC is the key to the facility's financial success

Abbotsford applying to host B.C. Seniors Games

Abbotsford wants to host the 2013 or 2014 B.C. Seniors Games.

  • May 4, 2011
Manuel Achadinha

BC Transit wants public input into future plans

The Transit Future Bus rolled into Abbotsford on Thursday.

The 40-foot unit will tour Abbotsford and Mission, until May 15, seeking input to help shape the 25 year Transit Future plan for the region.

The plan is being designed to meet the needs of the public and improve transit options in the coming years.

The bus, outfitted with local transit information, provides opportunity for the public to leaveess feedback by completing surveys, discussing issues and even playing a computer game – called The Game Plan – to express ideas.

  • Apr 29, 2011
Manuel Achadinha
Abbotsford mayor George Peary spoke to a sold out crowd during the third annual Mayor's Breakfast

Abbotsford mayor believes city prepared for prosperity, defends P3 projects

Abbotsford's P3 water proposal took a prominent role in Thursday's third annual mayor's breakfast.

While the address usually entails an annual review, coupled with a look to the future, Abbotsford mayor George Peary took time to address the growing debate surrounding the proposed public private partnership for a new water source and treatment centre involving Stave Lake.

  • Apr 14, 2011
Abbotsford mayor George Peary spoke to a sold out crowd during the third annual Mayor's Breakfast

Voters will get final say on P3 water agreement

Voters will have the final say on whether Abbotsford and Mission move forward on a P3 (public private partnership) deal for the new Stave Lake water system.

It was revealed at a joint council meeting on Thursday night, that if both councils approve a P3 recommendation, a referendum would be held during the municipal elections in November.

  • Mar 17, 2011
A former gravel pit on Lefeuvre Road could be transformed into 12 parcels of farmland

Former gravel pit could become 12 small farms

An Abbotsford businessman wants to turn a former gravel pit into 12 small farms, but he will have to do so without the endorsement of city hall.

The Agricultural Land Commission will decide the fate of the properties without help from Abbotsford Council.

After a long debate, council voted to send a boundary realignment request to the ALC without recommendations.

  • Mar 16, 2011
A former gravel pit on Lefeuvre Road could be transformed into 12 parcels of farmland

City of Abbotsford finds ways to save

The City of Abbotsford saved $782,200 in 2010.

  • Mar 9, 2011

Creating a vision for ‘university district’

Students from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), local property owners, residents and businesses will be asked to contribute to a new conceptual vision of the area.

  • Mar 9, 2011
Northern Rockies Regional Municipality covers a vast area of the province.

Abbotsford points north as example of regional district separation

With Abbotsford considering a separation from the Fraser Valley Regional District, would the provincial government allow the city to leave?
Some critics believe not.

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality covers a vast area of the province.