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INSIDE: You’ll never guess how much L-G’s uniform weighs Pg. 3 T H U R S D A Y November 8, 2012 families staying connected 17 Military  N E W S , SPORTS, WEATHER & E N T E R T A I N M E N T  Veterans saddened by poppy box thefts One-stop shop for your say on OCP City making it as easy as possible to get involved BY TYLER OLSEN T BY PAUL J. HENDERSON he money was supposed to help veterans, but instead a thief has been lining his pockets by stealing poppy collection boxes from businesses along Vedder C ity hall wants residents to get involved with the official community plan (OCP) review using an online community consultation platform. PlaceSpeak is a one-stop shop where users can access information, engage in discussions, find out about events and find out how to get more involved in the future of the city. With the population of Chilliwack approaching 85,000, a review of the city’s OCP is required. The OCP sets out how the city will grow over the next 30 years, including where homes, services and infrastructure will be located. The current OCP includes an ultimate planning threshold of 134,000. In terms of development, the OCP’s objectives put a focus on the preservation of farmland, the densification of urban areas and further focus on housing in the hillsides. Starting next week there is a survey that can be filled out online located at The site does require registration, including your home address. Public open houses are planned for Nov. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) at Canada Education Park, and Nov. 26 at Evergreen Hall from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The entire OCP review process is expected to take a year with a new bylaw set to be adopted in November 2013. ◗ Details on the process are available at Road. Six of the collection boxes have been stolen over the past week, according to police and Pat Johnston, the poppy fund co-ordinator for the Vedder Golden Branch 280. The collection boxes have been stolen from the counters of businesses along Vedder Road. While Johnston said theft of the boxes is an occasional problem, he said the fact that multiple boxes have been stolen over several days indicates someone is targeting them. The boxes were discovered EB IRST missing by veterans who make First reported on daily trips to remove the mon- ey contained within. “I don’t think they got away with a lot of money,” Johnston said. But the veterans are still stinging from the lack of awareness shown by whoever is stealing the boxes. “The fact that somebody would even think of doing it is beyond comprehension,” said Johnston, who served 30 years in the Air Force. “We’re very disappointed because the money that we are raising is to support our veterans who are disabled.” He continued: “These people are not thinking about where the money is going. They’re just thinking about themselves.” “It’s pretty disturbing,” added RCMP spokesperson Const. Tracy Wolbeck. “The motivation behind crimes like this is just pure greed. Our W F Tyler Olsen/TIMES Veteran Pat Johnston is “disappointed” someone stole six poppy collection boxes from Vedder businesses over the past week. See POPPY, Page 5 “Serving Chilliwack for over 30 Years” WWW.OCONNORGROUP.COM FREE 143 PT pre-owned inspection and one year membership! only at 604-792-2754 DL#5952 02124924 604-792-5151 8645 Young Rd. Chilliwack Price 60¢

Chilliwack Times November 8 2012

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