2022 Year in Review: May
File photo of a Glock 34s impounded by North Vancouver RCMP. (RCMP file)Emergency BC busy loading sea canisters to be delivered to BC hospitals (EMBC photo)Emergency BC busy loading sea canisters to be delivered to BC hospitals (EMBC photo ). Hope Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, 2022. About 50 people gathered in Hope to hear Premier John Horgan formally apologize to the Japanese Canadian community and announced $100 million in funding to help the Japanese Canadian Honoring people and “continuing healing for generations to come,” Horgan said. The live stream of the announcement in Hope was hosted by the Tashme Historical Society. People gathered at the Hope Recreation Center about 20 kilometers northwest of the former Tashme detention center. At 1,200 acres, Tashme was Canada’s largest World War II Japanese-Canadian internment site, housing 2,644 people at its peak. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress) Paper cranes lie on a table as part of an exhibit at the Hope Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, 2022. About 50 people gathered in Hope to hear Premier John Horgan officially apologize to the Japanese. Canadian community and announcing $100 million in funding to honor Japanese Canadians and “continue healing for generations to come,” Horgan said. The live stream of the announcement in Hope was hosted by the Tashme Historical Society. People gathered at the Hope Recreation Center about 20 kilometers northwest of the former Tashme detention center. At 1,200 acres, Tashme was Canada’s largest World War II Japanese-Canadian internment site, housing 2,644 people at its peak. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
• On May 2nd, the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for BC announced that they would be in Hope on September 19th to discuss dividing Hope into two separate ridings. The proposed changes would put the bulk of Hope into a new ride called Coquihalla, which includes West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Princeton, Merritt, and Fraser Canyon.
• The preliminary results of the Lytton by-election showed that Melissa Michell and Ross Urquhart were the elected councilors for the village. Michell ended with 71 votes, Urquhart received 66 votes, and third candidate Ernie Wagner received 24 votes. A total of 82 votes were cast.
• The eight-day trial of 44-year-old Hope resident Bradley Michael Friesen, once known as “Dr. Frankenstein of Weapons”. At the time, Friesen was facing four charges of unauthorized possession of firearm parts and one charge of knowingly importing firearm parts during unauthorized action.
• On May 9, the Fraser Bridge was closed for 30 minutes as Hope RCMP intervened to prevent a possible suicide attempt. The person was taken to hospital after climbing back onto the vehicle side of the bridge.
• On May 9th, the District of Hope passed an amendment to finally allow the retail sale of cannabis in Hope.
• In May, Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) announced that it would ship a 20-foot container of sea canisters filled with emergency supplies to Hope’s Fraser Canyon Hospital. This decision comes after the devastating effects of the 2021 floods and how they cut Hope off from the rest of the province.
• Seven months after the 2021 floods swept away his home and belongings, Graham Zillwood spoke to the Standard about how he has yet to receive a dime from the provincial government through its Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) scheme. The 67-year-old pensioner said he was grasping at straws while trying to start his life over.
• In May, the District of Hope was questioned about possibly spending $22,000 to secure its Extreme Winter Weather Shelter last winter. The Hope Citizens Emergency & Disaster Planning Committee (HCEDPC) said the district did not have to take money from its own budget and that the Emergency Management BC (EMBC) would reimburse them for “response costs”. The District of Hope said they were led to believe by the provincial government “that no order number or support should be issued”. After learning otherwise, they worked to recover the funds.
• On May 21, BC Premier John Horgan announced that BC would provide $100 million in funding through the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC). Around 50 people gathered at the Hope Recreation Center to hear Horgan’s announcement. The announcement was broadcast live by the Tashme Historical Society.
• On May 15, Hope residents Mike Keith Gendron and Kathleen Mae Clackett were arrested on kidnapping charges along with a number of other charges. They made their first court appearance on May 16.
• On May 24, the driver of a Ford Escape SUV was airlifted to hospital with alleged head and neck injuries after being involved in a two-car collision with a Hyundai Elantra near Flood-Hope Road. The driver of the Elantra was arrested for dangerous driving.
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