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Friday May 21, 2010 (Vol. 35 No. 41) V O I C E O F T H E S E M I A H M O O P E N I N S U L A w w w. p e a c e a r c h n e w s . c o m String star: Musical prodigy Kierah Raymond – and her distinctive blue fiddle – are back with a new CD and a book showcasing her original compositions.  see page 23 Controversial issue criticized in other Metro Vancouver areas Garbage-burning plan gets easy ride Jeff Nagel Black Press Semiahmoo Peninsula residents lodged nary a peep of protest Tuesday evening over Metro Vancouver’s controversial strategy to build a new garbage incinerator to replace the Cache Creek landfill. Just 25 people attended Metro’s public meeting in White Rock on its proposed solid waste management plan, and none raised concerns over air quality or health impacts from burning waste – the dominant issue at earlier meetings further east in the Fraser Valley. Instead, officials fielded questions ranging from composting to strategies to reduce smoke from fireplaces and open burning. Ocean Park resident Bruce Ferguson took aim at continued landfilling, particularly the growing mountain of waste at the Vancouver Landfill in Burns Bogs. “In another 20 years, we won’t have to go to Whistler,” he said. “We can use that as a downhill ski run.” Ferguson said an incinerator paired with a district heating system would pollute less than landfills. “We should be building modern waste-to- energy plants like they have all over Europe,” he said. Metro’s plan calls for new steps to reduce, reuse and recycle to increase the diversion rate from 55 to 70 per cent. It proposes a new waste-to-energy plant in the region to handle up to 500,000 tonnes of remaining waste, as the region would stop  see page 4 Crime hits businesses Autopsy complete Call for backup Number of shooters still unclear Tracy Holmes Police investigating the shooting death of a 32-year-old Morgan Creek man still don’t know how many assailants were involved. However, officers are optimistic that information will soon be athand, according to Cpl. Dale Carr, spokesperson for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. “We’re confident, in time, we’ll have a list of individuals we’ll want to focus on,” Carr said Wednesday. Chhminder Singh Gill was shot to death outside his Morgan Creek home early Sunday (May 16). Police and emergency crews responded to his 3779 156 St. house at approximately 12:30 a.m, after neighbours reported hearing shots fired. They found the father of two in his garage. He had multiple gunshot wounds. Despite 40 minutes of resuscitation efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Carr said an autopsy conducted Tuesday did not yield any surprises as to the cause of death. He would not reveal exactly how many times the victim had been shot, describing the detail as “holdback information.” “There are a limited number of investigators that will know the true number of rounds,” Carr said. “It helps us separate the wheat from the chaff, if you will.” Police had planned to interview more than 100 area residents. - Tracy Holmes Staff Reporter Klayne Kozak knows how it feels to be victimized. An owner of Gasland, Kozak said his South Surrey business has been targeted twice in the past month, most recently on May 1 when thieves made off with $10,000 worth of equipment. Kozak knows he is not alone. Other businesses around Gasland – at 24 Avenue and King George Boulevard – have also been hit in recent months, he said. After attending a Crime Reduction Solutions meeting last week, he knows he’s not the only one feeling frustrated by a perceived lack of police action to address such crime in the neighbourhood. But while Kozak feels at a loss as to how to prevent further crime to his own business, he is more concerned about the steps some of his neighbours are taking to protect their property. “I’m hearing story after story of how people are taking the law into their own hands because they don’t feel the system is going to do it,” Kozak said. “People… are kind of booby-trapping their business and they’re not calling police to discipline and perform justice on these crooks. They’re performing their own justice and then they’re phoning police. “Innocent people are going to get Tracy Holmes photo Business owner Klayne Kozak speaks with South Surrey Staff Sgt. Scott Campbell and Surrey Crime Prevention Society’s Mary-Lou McCausland, at a meeting sponsored by the Surrey Board of Trade. hurt when that starts happening.” Kozak spoke after attending a meeting hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade at Earls Restaurant in South Surrey, touted as “an opportunity for local businesses... to talk about their issues with crime in their neighbourhood, with the key people in Surrey.” Some attendees spoke of feeling unsafe near the bus exchange at 17 Avenue and 152 Street, where concerned clients have gone so far as to ask for an escort back to their cars after doing business. Others simply wanted to arm themselves with ways to prevent crime at their business. “It’s just making our place a safe place,” said Roop Ghuman, assistant general manager of the Cactus Club. “It’s just good knowledge and information to take back to our team.” Kozak said he went to the meeting hoping it would include roundtable discussions, along with answers as to how victims of crime navigate the process that follows. He told Surrey RCMP’s Chief Supt. Fraser MacRae, South Surrey Staff Sgt. Scott Campbell and other attendees that police responding to the most recent break-in at Gasland gave him “the sense we know who the perpetrators are,” but that there was little hope of putting them behind bars for it. He said his frustration was compounded by the difficulty he had in the days that followed trying to reach the officer who had attended, to advise him of a neighbour’s video surveillance that appeared to have footage of the culprit. Multiple messages over the next 11 days went unreturned, Kozak said. MacRae told Kozak his experience with the unreturned calls was “no good,” and assured him it would be addressed. Regarding those committing such crimes, MacRae said the  see page 4 TA K E YO U R P I C K ! Book your summer birthday or group event and receive 15% OFF a mid week (Mon-Thurs) party package -or- 10% OFF a weekend (Fri-Sun) party package -or- $25 OFF a Sleepover or Rockin Evenin’ air-conditioned Must be booked and under deposit by June1st for your party to be held between July 1st to August 31st See our website for all party packages information #105-20645 Langley Bypass • 604-530-1400 Not valid with any other coupons, discounts or special offers. New Bookings Only. This coupon ad is required. REAL ESTATE • STRATA MANAGEMENT VISIT US ON THE WEB: COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT HOUSE RENTALS 604-531-1909

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