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N E W WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 W E S T M I N S T E R INSIDE: Hungry for hockey? Try this game P3  NEWS, SPORTS, OPINION & ENTERTAINMENT  ◗ DIGGING ON PROTECTED SITE Chief angry city didn’t notify him First Nation wants DNA testing for remains at NWSS BY NIKI HOPE REPORTER A First Nations chief is angry the City of New Westminster didn’t inform him it was digging on the New Westminster Secondary School site – an area protected by the Heritage Conservation Act because it housed a cemetery – and says they are prepared to take legal action if their demands for DNA sampling on any found remains aren’t met. Chief Joe Alphonse with Tsilhqot’in Nation traveled from Williams Lake to the Lower Mainland Monday to meet with Jim Alkins, project manager for the new schools, and city staff to talk about why his group wasn’t informed about a city project to install fire hydrants, which disturbed the ground on the high school. The group believes there is a small chance one of their ancestors – Chief Ahan – could be buried there. “They were hoping they were going to get permission from us to allow the archeologist to sift through all of that soil and move on with their agenda,” Alphonse said. “But as far as we’re concerned, we weren’t consulted properly or adequately, and we weren’t aware they were going to be doing this, and now that they’ve done this, we will not allow them to touch that soil until they agree to do DNA sampling if they find any remains.” The officials told them they don’t want to provide DNA sampling if they find any remains, Alphonse said. “We are prepared to take legal action if they don’t adhere to our demands,” he said. “We have to protect our interest, and our interest is that there might be a small possibility that Ahan might be buried there.” Chief Ahan was one of six chiefs sentenced to death during the Chilcotin War, a confrontation in 1864 between members of the Tsilhqot’in people in B.C. and European settlers. He was executed in July 1865. Rat tale: John Hislop shows off one of the industrial rat traps he’s using to trap the pesky rodents at his Sapperton home, where he says he’s caught six rats so far this year. Hislop contends that his neighbourhood has seen a higher incidence of rats this year and part of the problem may be two abandoned houses in the area. ◗Cemetery Page 8 ◗Rats Page 4 Larry Wright/THE RECORD Year of the rats in New West? BY ALFIE LAU REPORTER After the discovery of a rat at New Westminster Secondary School and the resulting furor, another Royal City resident has come forth with his belief that there are more rats in the city than usual this year. Sapperton resident John Hislop told The Record he’s already caught six rats in his house this year and he’s had to resort to using industrial rat traps. “In my neighbourhood, I’ve noticed more pest control vans, and it’s the talk of the neighbourhood,” he said. “My neighbours are also catching rats.” Hislop said the issue may be related to two abandoned houses in the neighbourhood. And while he and his neighbours haven’t made a formal complaint about those homes or their perceived increase in rat sightings, that may be the next step. “Do I think the (rat) problem is any worse than previous years? I don’t know,” he said. “What I do know is, I’m catching more rats this year and so are my neighbours.” Sukhwinder Maghera, animal control coordinator for the City of New Westminster, said he hasn’t received any complaints about an increased number of rats in the city. “I think our last complaint about rats came two years ago, when there was construction at the St. Mary’s site,” said Maghera. “Since then, we haven’t had anything.” The Record also contacted the Fraser Health Authority to ask whether they ADVANTAGE REALTY RISTORANTE Spaghetteria Pizzeria RISTORANTE Perfect for large groups! SEAFOOD FESTIVAL LUNCH & DINNERS Salmon, Halibut, Jumbo Shrimp & more 232 6th St., New Westminster 604-525-2611 LA RUSTICA 228 6th St., New Westminster 604-525-6355 OPEN THURS-SAT 5-10PM FOLLOW US ON TWITTER 2004-2012 CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING Simply the finest service, selection & quality ESTIMATES ALWAYS FREE! Master craftsman 35+years experience 121 Third Avenue, New Westminster 604-521-0930 By Appointment call Peter Berger twitter .com/TheRecord www. est. 1946 JOIN US ON FACEBOOK #1 AGENTS in New West* 604.777.7175 Proud Sponsor of the SPCA & Children’s Miracle Network * Based on MLS listings sold in the past 10 years provided by REBGV

Royal City Record November 28 2012

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