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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Rambler supporters made themselves heard at a basketball tourney where Maple Ridge Secondary emerged triumphant. Page A11 & A17 • LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT • • 604-463-2281 • 56 PAGES Braving the cold Cassidy, a four-year-old guide dog, helped her handler Maria Kovacs (left) navigate the course at the Salvation Army Caring Place Coldest Night of the Year walk on Saturday. Salvation Army’s mascot Sally Ann (inset) came to support the event and praised this team, most of whom work at the Ministry of Social Development, and raised more than $3,700. • See story and more photos on page A13 Photos by Sylver McLaren More Photos Online Shopping Mayor irked by delays in Albion Flats Negotiations to switch a property with mall developer SmartCentres are ongoing. by Maria Rantanen A decision on pulling out land from the agricultural land reserve in Albion has been pushed forward until at least March. Two applications by private property owners are pending on the northwest side of 105th Avenue, and a land swap deal between mall developer SmartCentres and the District of Maple Ridge is currently being negotiated. Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin said it’s “frustrating” come out of the agricultural land waiting for movement on the reserve or not, stated that the Albion Flats. northwest side of 105th Avenue “The shovels going into the in Albion would most likely not ground seem to be getting further be considered for exclusion from and further out,” Daykin said. the ALR. As council, however, they This land is largely owned by work as the “facilitator” to attract SmartCentres and other private retail to the area. After rezoning property owners. a parcel of land, someLast June, Scan this one still needs to come SmartCentres page with forward to build a mall approached Maple and people need to fill Ridge council and the mall, Daykin said, asked to swap the fairciting the expression grounds land, adjacent “retail follows roofs.” to which they have There’s a need for a “critical a 10-acre parcel, for their land mass” of people for schools, on the northwest side of 105th shopping, and transit, he said. Avenue, which the ALC has In December 2011, the indicated is still viable for agriAgricultural Land Commission, culture. which decides whether land can Discussions are ongoing with Stop chasing receivables. Online, all the time... Feed Your Green Cart SmartCentres on the details of owned by several other parties, a land swap, said Frank Quinn, from the southeast side of 105th general manager of public works Avenue so that shopping can be and development with the developed. District. Despite the ALC’s If the District decides comments, applicato go ahead with the tions by the Wynnyks land swap, two appliand the Ducharmes cations will have to were forwarded by go to the ALC: one council in the fall to from SmartCentres for the ALC. non-farm use on their Because this decision land on the northeast has been pushed forside of 105th Avenue ward, Daykin said he so the fairgrounds can would like the District be moved there; and to start preliminary a block application work on an applicaErnie Daykin from the District to tion to remove land Maple Ridge Mayor remove the properon the southeast side ties, including Planet of 105th Avenue, as it Ice, the current fairgrounds, the might eventually be developed SmartCentre’s parcel, and parcels for shopping. 2012 MODEEL CLEARANC NOW ON! PRICES TOO LOW TO ADVERTISE LIMITED STOCKS HURRY, HURRY! CALL 604.465.8931 Fees for yard waste at Meadows Landscape begin Mar 1 Feed your green cart instead!

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