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LangleyAdvance Your community newspaper since 1931 Thursday, November 29, 2012 Christmas Sale on Now! Breaking news, sports, and entertainment: Audited circulation: 40,026 – 48 pages Education Anti-cancer ambassadors lobby Relay for Life is working to get more youth involved in the fight against cancer. Sydney Edwards, Emma McDiarmid and Emily Peck set up a Relay for Life display in the lobby of the Langley School District office prior to the board meeting and addressed the trustees Tuesday evening. Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance by Heather Colpitts Excel Jewellers #370 - 20202 - 66th Ave. Langley 604-539-7720 MASTER GOLDSMITH ONSITE Cancer has a growing list of enemies among Langley public school students who have joined the Relay for Life. The annual 12-hour relay at McLeod Athletic Park has seen an increase in the numbers of students and schools participating. “I’ve continued to go back to relay because I want to stop the suffering,” said Brookswood Secondary student Emily Peck. Three Relay for Life youth ambassadors made a pitch to the Langley School trustees to take part in next annual relay likely in June. Peck and fellow high schooler Sydney Edwards were joined by elementary school student Emma McDiarmid at the Nov. 27 board meeting where they advocated for more cancer education within schools. They all became involved after people in their lives were diagnosed with the disease. NOW IN STOCK! LANGLEY SCION D9497 20622 Langley Bypass, Langley 604-530-3156 LADIES MENS KIDS (Closed sundays and holidays) cer education, such as health classes teaching about skin cancer and sun awareness, cooking classes on superfoods that fight cancer, leadership classes and school clubs on helping charities and organizing events. McDiarmid said schools can even hold their own mini-relays if they can’t have a team at the overnight Relay for Life. The school board passed a motion to support relay and to encourage schools to take part. Township looks at another pay raise Township council bringing in a new formula for pay. by Matthew Claxton “Everyone will be involved with cancer, whether it’s yourself, a loved one or a friend,” Peck said. There is some education about the disease but the students said many courses could include can- Local government • Boxer Engine • 6-Speed Transmission • Rear Wheel Drive • Langley Township council is considering giving itself another pay increase as it adopts a new system for determining salaries. The council is mulling a new proposal by the Council Remuneration Task Force that would base mayoral and council salaries on a basket of other public sector wages. The group used for comparison will include a federal member of Parliament, a B.C. Provincial judge, a B.C. cabinet minister, an MLA, an RCMP superintendent, and the principal of Langley’s largest high school. The idea was to find public sector workers and politicians who have roughly the same workload Froese said he knows people and responsibilities as municipal are concerned about a pay hike politicians, said Township Mayor for their elected officials. Jack Froese. “It is tough financial times, and The highest and lowest salarpeople are concerned,” he said. ies in the bunch are The new total pay to be tossed out, an package would come to average determined of $547,262 a year, includthe remaining salaries, ing travel allowances. and the mayor to be On Monday afterpaid 80 per cent of that noon, council voted amount. in favour of the new The 20 per cent slice system, but by a few off the top is based on hours later at the eventhe idea that the job of ing meeting there was a mayor is a public servote for a reconsideravice, and not something tion. Jack Froese done purely for the With Coun. Michelle Township mayor pay, said Froese. Sparrow absent, they Councillors would be paid 40 voted to debate the plan again on per cent of the mayor’s salary. Dec. 3, when the entire nine-perThat would mean a 3.3 per cent son council can be present. Coun. hike from the mayor’s current Kim Richter voted against the $105,456 salary, and a 12.45 per plan, saying the committee did a cent increase for the councillors thorough job, but she took issue from $42,936. with some of the premises. Holiday Festival on Ice at Langley Events Centre – Saturday “People are just not simply getting salary increases like this,” Richter said. She did like moving away from the system that compared Township council salaries to those of nearby councils. The old system caused controversy when it unexpectedly resulted in hefty raises in 2011. As the new council was about to be sworn in, the mayor’s salary spiked from $93,724 to $105,456 and the council salary went up from $36,043 to $42,936. That caused a public outcry, with letters to the editor questioning why the system was causing such a big increase. The Langley Advance crunched the numbers. That showed the system, set up in 2000, had become a feedback loop leading to ever-increasing raises. [Rich raises poorly understood, Dec. 20, 2011] Catch Browning, Stojko, Rochette, and more on the ice at the LEC, with a holiday theme. Tickets at Story on page A3. continued on page A10…

Langley Advance November 29 2012

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