What The Newspapers Didn’t Tell You (This Month)

What with the dog days of summer and the slow news weeks that usually entails, it has been a while since we’ve published our semi-regular feature ‘What The Newspapers Didn’t Tell You This Week’.

So we took a brief look at the last month and found a few of the items the local chain-owned newspapers missed which you may find interesting.






Abbotsford Police Emails Reveal Demeaning Attitude Toward The Homeless

A series of emails released today and obtained by Abbotsford Today, reveals that, while the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) was unaware of the June 4th dumping of manure on Abbotsford homeless citizens until after it occurred, the APD’s relationship with Abbotsford’s homeless population has been anything but friendly or professional.



SFDH Housing Starts Drop 26 Percent

The number of single-family-detached homes started in the Abbotsford Mission CMA dropped in July from 138 in 2012 to only 102 in July of 2013 – a drop of 26 percent.



Residential Building Permits Down 74 Percent

Total building permit values in Abbotsford fell 29 per cent in June 2013 from May 2013, with a 51 per cent rise in non-residential permits not enough to mitigate a 74 per cent drop in residential permits, according to Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s analysis of Statistics Canada Building Permit Report.



Now That’s A Surprise

The call by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce for an end to the rezoning of property in Abbotsford from the use it is zoned for, to a zoning that permits the owner of the property to use the property for purposes different than its original zoning, came as quite a surprise.


Dave Loewen Commits To Keeping An Open MindCouncillor Loewen

The ACS “Initiative” to provide housing for homeless men in Abbotsford has drawn significant attention, as well as raised the emotional temperature of parties on both sides of this issue.



Sister City Delegation Visits Abbotsford

Delegates from Abbotsford’s Sister City in Fukagawa, Japan, are visiting Abbotsford this week to further strengthen the ties between the two sister cities.



PEDAW Photo Contest

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign invites amateur photographers from Abbotsford to participate in a Province-wide photo contest.


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Email Reveals Sally Ann Approved Of Chicken Manure Dump On Homeless

An email from James Arden, Acting Director, Park Services, for the City of Abbotsford, to City Manager George Murray revealed this week that the Abbotsford Salvation Army was “in agreement” with the City’s plan to dump chicken manure on property, occupied by homeless people, across the street from their building.

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