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INSIDE: Candlelight Parade lights up streets and faces Friday Pg. 3 T H U R S D A Y December 6, 2012 26  N E W S , SPORTS, WEATHER & Mission beats Abby for title E N T E R T A I N M E N T  Abbotsford: murder capital no more IAN AUSTIN The Province Turnaround sees city listed among Canada’s safest F day show that the city has completed a remarkable turnaround, as only four large communities in Canada are now statistically safer. “The Christmas present for the citizens of Abbotsford is a much r o m C a n a d a’s m u r d e r capital to one of the safest big cities in Canada, it’s been quite a transformation for Abbotsford. Homicide rates released Tues- safer city than in years past, and it’s due to the Abbotsford Police Department,” said pleased-aspunch Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman. “They looked at the well-being of the community as a whole, not Council agrees to pay for new YMCA just the crime rate. “We’re on target for a 50-perc e n t c r i m e re d u c t i o n i n f i v e years.” Abbotsford police Const. Ian MacDonald was happy to take a media call Tuesday – much hap- pier than the calls he took in 2008 and 2009 when asked to explain why the city was Canada’s murder capital. “I’ve seen it all,” said the 15year APD veteran. “We had to acknowledge the problem. We did see SAFE, page A7 APD CITY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ONWARD AND UPWARD $17.5M portion approved in principle ROCHELLE BAKER A bbotsford city council has approved in principle to contribute $17.5 million toward a YMCA project despite some strong opposition from residents and several councillors on Monday night. The proposal involves a community centre that First reported @ would include a pool, sports gym, fitness area and meeting rooms along with recreational and social programming on Fraser Health land at the former M S A Ho s p i t a l s i t e o n McCallum Road. The city would contribute 10 per cent of the total project, a maximum of $17.5 million, which is half the cost of building the facility. All the operating costs would fall to the YMCA, which is expected to result in saving the city more than $47.5 million over a 40-year period. However, council also passed a motion that outlined a number of conditions that see YMCA, page A7 Christmas Car Giveaway Deadline for great Times tradition is Friday, Dec. 14 JEAN KONDA-WITTE C hristmas is coming to one deserving family this year and the AbbotsfordMission Times is Santa’s little helper – teaming up with local repair shops to give the gift of a newly refurbished car just in time for the holidays. Fix Auto Abbotsford East (H&R), Ab b o t s f o rd We s t ( Re n a s c e n t ) a n d Abbotsford Nissan have teamed up with the Times for this annual Christmas Car Giveaway. Last year’s winner, Kari Beyea, was over- whelmed with the gift. “My whole body’s shaking,” the single mom said last year, looking at her marooncoloured 2005 refurbished Pontiac Grand Am, which sparkled like new. “I’ll have more employment opportunities and I’ll actually be able to get [son] Tristan to Children’s Hospital when I need to. Wow, I’ll actually be able to do that.” For many folks, a set of good wheels can transform their lives and that’s why the Abbotsford-Mission Times has been involved in the car giveaway since 2004. see GIVEAWAY, page A4 – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES The Abbotsford Police City Basketball Tournament kicked off Wednesday with Abby Sr. hosting Abby Christian in senior girls action, where Panthers’ Tiffany Picketts (above) was closely guarded by Abby Christian Knights’ Moriah Konynenbett. The finals run Saturday at Columbia Place. The Salvation Army of Abbotsford and Mission Independent Financial Services 201-2190 West Railway Sreet, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E2 Rick Barkwell, FMA Financial Advisor 604-851-4292 Conservative Investment Advice Member CIPF To help us help others you can now text HOPE1012 to 45678 to make a $5.00 donation to the work of the Salvation Army here in our community. Your $5.00 donation is charged to your cellular bill. Visit us on Facebook at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope - Abbotsford 34081 Gladys Ave. Abbotsford • 7221 Park St. & Lougheed Mission • 604.852.9305

Abbotsford Times December 6 2012

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