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INSIDE: Elementary school libraries ‘decimated’ by budget cuts Pg. 3 T H U R S D A Y April 5, 2012 to cheer about 23 Something  N E W S , SPORTS, WEATHER & E N T E R T A I N M E N T  ASU to close, says union Rapist’s fate could hinge on his native ancestry BY TYLER OLSEN Army base may be ‘padlocked’ A Chilliwack man will be sentenced in June after pleading guilty to breaching a longterm supervision order imposed after he brutally raped a woman in 2002. Daniel Alphonse Paul could face more jail for breaching the order, which expires next year. But his sentence may be impacted by a recent Supreme Court decision regarding the sentencing of First Nations offenders. In 2003, a jury found Paul guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he knew in her Vedder Crossing home. Paul beat the woman, forced her to perform various sex acts, used a knife to scratch her neck and threatened to kill her. After Paul’s conviction, Crown counsel sought to have Paul designated as a dangerous offender, which carries with it an indefinite jail sentence. The court heard that Paul’s behaviour established a pattern of violence that put the public at risk. However, while Paul met the definition of being a dangerous offender, Justice William Grist found that Paul also could be classified as a longterm offender. That designation requires long-term supervision after jail rather than an indefinite prison sentence. “The present risk is clear,” Grist said in 2003.“The question here is the likelihood of effective treatment.” A clinical psychologist wrote that Paul scored “high” on the See RAPE, Page 10 BY TYLER OLSEN Paul J. Henderson/TIMES NDP leader Adrian Dix (second from right) and Chilliwack-Hope NDP byelection candidate Gwen O’Mahony (far right) talk to Valerie Stevenson, Jennifer Woodroff and Richard Hammond at Stevenson’s home in Cultus Lake Monday. Living with less BY PAUL J. HENDERSON V alerie Stevenson’s meagre monthly public service pension was down to $13.33 last month after various deductions, which included the MSP premium she now has to pay. “All the rates of everything have gone up,” the retired senior said on Friday. NDP leader Adrian Dix and Chilliwack-Hope byelection candidate Gwen O’Mahony were at Stevenson’s mobile home park in Cultus Lake to discuss what they call the “impact of BC Liberal polices” on regular people. Also at Stevenson’s home were Jennifer Woodroff and Richard Hammond, two individuals at different stages of their lives who are having a hard time finding work. “When you do find work it’s hard to keep it,” said Hammond, a young man from Hope. “I can’t find anything right now,” Woodford said of her job search. “I even applied at Winners for $9.50 an hour. . . . And at the same time the cost of everything is going up.” Dix said Liberal policies that increased MSP premiums, BC Hydro rates and the carbon tax are put on the backs of consumers and are “used to subsidize big business tax cuts.” The Liberal government continues to brand itself as the free enterprise choice for B.C. with the message that a low-tax, business-friendly environment needs to be fostered and maintained to create jobs. Dix says this message forgets about the middle class. “Hydro rates and MSP premiums, those are flat taxes whether you make $40,000 or $400,000, these things have an impact on the economy too,” he told the Times. “The idea that the middle class should see an increase to subsidize other areas is I think, not justified in terms of its effect on the economy and we’ve seen this over 10 years. This has been the lowest period of economic growth in my lifetime.” Byelection ✓2012 T he Canadian Forces’ long history in Chilliwack may be coming to a close. On Wednesday, civilian workers at Army Support Unit (ASU) Chilliwack were told that all 18 jobs at the base held by Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE) workers had been eliminated. The 18 jobs—filled by a total of 24 local employees—were part of 1,119 Canadian Forces jobs across the country that were lost. T. Mark Miller, the B.C. vicepresident for UNDE, said that in talks with the Canadian Forces, the union was told ASU Chilliwack would be closed. Miller said the job losses would come into effect for the 2013/14 fiscal year, which begins next spring. Last month, the Ottawa Citizen obtained a copy of a Canadian Army plan that would cut 700 civilian workers. The plan talked about the “potential closure of ASUs.” Of the job cuts announced Wednesday, 585 were in the Army. Beyond the impending closure of ASU Chilliwack, Miller said the union has not been told what the army plans to do with its infrastructure. See LIVING, Page 10 See ASU, Page 26 WWW.OCONNORGROUP.COM FREE 143 PT pre-owned inspection and one year membership! only at 604-792-2754 DL#5952 02124924 8645 Young Street, Chilliwack 604-792-5151 06198229 Plumbing Service Department Price 60¢

Chilliwack Times April 5 2012

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