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per hour for multiple shot devices. However, the revised bylaw has added measures intended to give Abbotsford some control over the management of the cannons, which are used by some blueberry growers in the region. Growers with cannons and other bird scare devices within 200 metres of a property with livestock or dogs kennels must advise the owners within 24 hours of the first firing of the season.

bbotsford and Mission will have to clean up their recycled newspaper or pay hefty fines of up $20,000 a bale to the Chinese buyers of the material. Buyers may even stop taking paper from the communities if bale contamination continues. “[ The Chinese market] is being more restrictive of accepting contamination in the bales,” said Rick Bomhof, director of engineering and public works at the District of Mission. Bomhof explained in his report to the Mission council on Aug. 21 that all of western North America’s mixed paper is sent to China for recycling. No other market exists for mixed paper at a comparable price, he said. Locally, the options are to send the recycled paper material to the landfill, or to pay staff overtime, both of which are costly alternatives, or to add capacity to the sorting line, which is the most cost-effective option over the long term, said Bomhof. To address the problem, the two communities will likely fund an $80,000 expansion to the current sorting line at the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot as soon as possible.

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see RECYCLING, page A7

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Students going back to school Tuesday morning were met with helpful crossing guards, inset photo, teachers as greeters and a torrential downpour. Kids at Abbotsford Middle School found the perfect place to sit to wait out the late summer storm. See page 4 for a report on speeding in school zones.

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bbotsford will take its newly minted propane cannon bylaw to the provincial government for approval, but councillors voting on either View more with side of the issue say the matter won’t be resolved as long as nuisance birds, mostly starlings, continue to plague local blueberry fields. After a public hearing on the mat-

Newly written bylaw to be sent to Ministry of Agriculture for approval ter in June, and a failed version of a more restrictive bylaw in July, the city council approved an ordinance that more closely follows provincial regulations. The council gave its audible bird scare device bylaw – which includes the propane cannons – third reading on Aug. 26, but it must be approved by the Ministry

of Agriculture and Lands before it can become law in the municipality. Like the agriculture ministry guidelines, the Abbotsford bylaw requires propane cannons to be 200 metres from homes, to be used from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. or sunrise to sunset, with cannons blasting one shot per five minutes for single shot devices or three shots

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or 20-year-old university student Brody McDonald, talking trash this summer was a dream job. Born and raised in Abbotsford, McDonald was one of six university students chosen to be an ElectroRecycle ambassador, travelling the province over the last three months to raise awareness and educate the public about the leading edge provincial recycling program. The not-for-profit program, now in its third year, accepts a wide range of electric appliances and power tools – more than 300 items – at more than 135 designated collection stations around B.C. There’s no cost for recycling the items. However, since the program is still relatively new, the ambassadors were assigned to spread the word. “It was a great experience. It gave me a chance to develop professionally and to gain valuable skills in this industry,” said McDonald, who graduated in 2010 from MEI in Abbotsford. He’s now studying political science at the University of Victoria, with a particular interest in environmental policy. “I’m interested in affecting environment changes in all levels of government. It was great to learn this firsthand,” he said.

Recycling program will take everything from night-vision goggles to scuba gear McDonald and fellow ambassador Adrienne Sanders covered their territory of Vancouver Island and adjacent islands, visiting small and large communities, recycling and collection sites and talking to local politicians and residents. The response overall was very positive, he said. “A lot of people just don’t think about recycling their household appliances. They were really happy to be able to recycle these items,” which often just take up space in homes, or worse, end up in landfills, he said. ElectroRecycle was launched in October 2011 to meet a recycling mandate from the provincial Ministry of the Environment, and has been growing steadily since. It is the only government-approved recycling program for electrical appliances, and the first of its kind not only in Canada, but in North America, said McDonald. As an added bonus, “all the recycling is done right here in Canada,” said McDonald. Goods are broken down into com-

ponents at a facility in Surrey, and are further sorted and recycled in Alberta. Items that can be returned include clocks, small kitchen appliances, power tools, night-vision goggles, air fresheners, scuba gear, microscopes, vacuums, irons, heated footrests, and so much more. There are many good reasons for doing so. Recycling them cuts the amount of plastic, glass and metals that end up in landfills, ensuring potentially hazardous materials are kept out of our environment. It also saves money for local governments. It takes 95 per cent less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials, according to the ElectroRecycle website. Recycled steel uses 74 per cent less energy, while recycled glass uses 30 per cent less. Many recyclable items have a minimal recycling fee attached to their cost at the time of purchase. There is no refund, as these fees fund the program and so there is no charge to leave electric and power products at ElectroRecycle sites. There are about six ElectroRecycle locations in Abbotsford and Mission, including the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot on Valley Road. You can find other drop-off locations and a list of what is accepted at electrorecycle.ca.

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team of 21 cyclists will stop at the Sears store at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford today [Sept.5], on their way to Halifax in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. The annual event raises funds to support children living with cancer and research. Among the riders will be Bob Ahuja of Abbotsford, a bus driver who rode across the country with the team last year. This year, he’ll be one of the relay riders on the leg to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The public is invited to wish the riders well on their trip – they are expected to arrive at the Abbotsford Sears store from their starting point in Vancouver from between 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., before they head off to their destination for that day in Kamloops. The riders expect to reach Halifax by Sept. 21. Sears will also host a barbecue for the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the south parking lot behind the store today. Sears will promote this campaign at its stores through September. See more at searsnationalkidscancerride.com. – CHRISTINA TOTH

– JEAN KONDA-WITTE/THE TIMES

Abbotsford bus driver Bob Ahuja rode across Canada with Sears National Kids Cancer Ride to Halifax last year. He’s joining the riders again this year, but just to Winnipeg.


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espite an extensive social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter reminding drivers that schools will be back in operation on Sept. 3, the Abbotsford Police still nabbed 34 drivers who sped through the city’s school zones on the first half-day back. Four drivers also received tickets for distracted driving, as they were either talking or texting on their cell phones. Officers stationed outside of schools also impounded two vehicles because the drivers were traveling at more than 70 km/h through the 30km/h zones, said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian Macdonald. “It’s a bit of head-shaker really, because you’ve got all this activity around the schools, there’s playground equipment, there’s big yellow signs and police officers around, and they’re still speeding. There are enough clues there that you’d think a reasonably intelligent person would figure out [that school’s in],” he said. And it was only a half day, he noted. What was even more disconcerting, said Macdonald was the number of parents who received tickets who had just dropped their children off at the school where they were caught or in another school zone. The tickets bring the drivers a range of consequences. Those who had their vehicles impounded lose their vehicles for seven days and pay fines of $400. Those who received regular speeding tickets must pay fines of $200, and those ticketed for distracted driving are fined $186. Depending on their driving histories, drivers at their maximum point levels may lose

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The Abbotsford Police Department handed out 34 speeding tickets on the opening day of the 2013-2014 school season, including an alarming number to parents who had just dropped their children off at school, in the same school zone as the one in which they were ticketed.

their licences and also face increased insurance costs. The APD’s media campaign warning people that school is back in session and that officers would out monitoring school zones included messages on Facebook and Twitter that generated 30,000 hits, said Macdonald. The media and the enforcement campaign on the ground at school zones will continue for the next two weeks, or until drivers get used to the fact that school is in and children are on the crosswalks and around schools. “However if we still get big numbers, we’ll stay on it,” he said.

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n Friday, Abbotsford Police Patrol Division officers responded to a report of a suspicious person in a vehicle in a parking lot in the 3500 block of Clearbrook Road. Upon arrival the officers located 22-year-old Sean Joshua Leblanc of Abbotsford. Leblanc had been arrested by the Major Crime Unit of the APD on May 16, 2013 in relation to a child pornography investigation. He was subsequently charged with possession of child pornography, importation/distribution of child pornography and luring a person under the age of 16. Conditions of his release included that he not possess any electronic device capable of

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fter placing in the top five at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in August, Simon Fraser University Pipe Band pipers swept the awards in Oban, Scotland. Three B.C. pipers earned top awards at the 2013 Argyllshire Gathering in Oban. Abbotsford lawyer and SFU piper Alan Bevan won the Highland Society of London gold medal, presented to him by the Duke of Argyll. Bevan also won the other Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in Inverness in 2008, making him just one of seven Canadians to have won both the gold medals, only two of them from B.C. SFU pipe sergeant Jack Lee of Surrey won the Senior Piobaireachd, held for past gold medal winners. Vancouver Island piper James Troy took the contest’s silver medal. The wins completed the first of the two-day event, held days just after the World Championships. Bevan and Lee, considered among the world’s best pipers, will compete at the prestigious Glenfiddich contest in October. “The results coming in from the solo contests in Scotland show the enduring strength of SFU band members,” said band manager Rob MacNeil in a press release. “SFU remains very much a contender in world competition in years ahead.” The B.C. pipers competed against 225 bands from 17 countries in the two-day event with more than 30,000 spectators in attendance. – WITH FILES FROM THE VANCOUVER SUN

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ork is underway to make the Mission Leisure Centre more energy efficient, thanks to an annual contribution from the federal gas tax fund. Improvements to the facility’s mechanical and control systems are expected to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent annually. Mission will apply its $809,388 gas tax allocation to the nearly $1.16-million project, in addition to $152,200 from BC Hydro, and $197,000 in local revenues. Energy conservation upgrades will be made to pool air handling units, boilers, arena ice plants, dehumidification systems and many of the controls associated with them. The upgrades will help cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by almost 800 tonnes annually. “The District of Mission is excited to be undertaking this project with the gas tax funding as it surpasses the target of a 10 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015, which is specified in the Official Community Plan,” said Mission Mayor Ted Adlem in a release.

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At far right, Kerry Bysouth from the District of Mission explains how federal gas tax funds will benefit energy conservation upgrades at the Mission Leisure Centre. From left to right are: Mission councillors Dave Hensman, Tony Luck, Jeff Jewell and Jenny Stevens, MLA Marc Dalton, MP Randy Kamp, MLA Simon Gibson, and Mayor Ted Adlem. “It also assists the district in meeting its B.C. Climate Action Charter commitments.” Randy Kamp, MP for Pitt Mead-

ows-Maple Ridge-Mission, was at the leisure centre Friday with other local politicians to announce the funding.

“Our government is pleased to be contributing to the upgrade of this facility, which will result in a more energy efficient facility and

a reduction of carbon dioxide,” he said in a release. “We are investing in infrastructure projects that are important to Canadians and that contribute to a healthier, more sustainable environment.” The use of innovative approaches and technology in infrastructure upgrades play a key role in minimizing the impact on the environment and meeting our collective goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson said. “This project highlights how working together through the gas tax program, we’re able to provide communities with the support needed to take these green projects from vision to realization.” The federal gas tax fund transfer provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their infrastructure. The fund has returned more than $10 billion to date to municipalities through the program, and passed legislation to make it a permanent transfer of $2 billion per year. The federal government also committed to index the gas tax fund to provide additional funding for communities, starting in 2014. Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from gas fund transfer to improve local infrastructure. The monies are administered through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities in B.C.


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on-profit groups in the central Fraser Valley that regularly apply for community gaming grants, or such groups that would like to access them, are encouraged to come to a Sept. 14 information meeting on the issue at Chances Playtime Abbotsford. Sports teams, service clubs, arts groups and other non-profit entities in Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack are welcome, said Art Villa, the facilitator for the relatively newly formed Fraser Valley Charitable

Informational meeting at Chances Playtime Abbotsford on Sept. 14 Association. “If you’re eligible to receive a community gaming grant, membership [in the association] is free, so it’s to your advantage to join,” Villa said. Also any groups who used to belong to a bingo association in one of the three communities “are certainly encouraged to come back,” said Villa. New groups that have never applied are also invited, he said. Previously, non-profit groups

such as sports teams, arts groups or service clubs, could raise money as members of bingo associations. As community gaming centres were formed about two years ago to replace bingo associations, member groups lost a go-between that could help them oversee grant applications – which many groups chose to fill out and pursue themselves. However, many volunteers may not be knowledgeable about application requirements, or the vari-

ous deadlines there are for the five various gaming grant categories, said Villa. In order to assist non-profit groups to access gaming funds, the province’s Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch responded by permitting the creation of local associations to be facilitators for non-profit groups. Last year, the Fraser Valley Charitable Association was formed. Villa, who was the Abbotsford Bingo Association manager from the late 1990s and who is currently the business development manager for Playtime Gaming Inc., now also

Mission council has already approved its share of costs RECYCLING, from page A1 Mission’s council approved funding its share of the cost, about $16,000, which will come from the district’s regional recycling capital budget. Abbotsford staff are expected to bring a report to their council on Sept. 9 to request funding their portion of the expanded line. If approved, the upgrade should be completed October. “We’re physically extending the sort line in the building, including a conveyor belt with sorting stations and infrastructure under the lines,” Bomhof said. Meanwhile, the recycling depot, which is jointly financed by the two communities, has added overtime

shifts to sort newspaper and other more sorting categories that could acceptable paper from what are generate revenue, and accomconsidered contaminants – glossy modate all packing and printed magazines, egg carpaper to be collecttons and so on. ed under the new However, these “(Residents) can continue provincial recycling added labour costs to recycle as they always regulations taking are about $34,000 effect in May 2014, have – this is strictly a month, of which said Bomhof. Mission’s share is about how it’s sorted at Chinese clients $6,100, and Abbots- the depot.” take the matter of ford’s is $27,900. contamination so – Rick Bomhof seriously, they have If the extra shifts were to continue, sent inspectors to the district would monitor the munichave to add a 5.3 per cent levy on ipalities’ recycling depot on Valley its recycling and compost collection Road on a weekly basis from now fees to cover costs, Bomhof said. on – the first inspection took place Extending the line would require in the middle of August and has only a one per cent levy increase. continued weekly. The upgrade would also provide China decreased its acceptable

contamination limits from 10 per cent per bale to 1.5 per cent earlier this year. Buyers for the Chinese advised suppliers that if contaminated paper was received, fines could be as high as $20,000 per shipment, plus costs for the return of the contaminated bale, which is estimated to be another $20,000, said Bomhof. He added that municipalities across the Lower Mainland are dealing with this issue. If contamination continues, China may reject future shipments of product from the offending facility. This will not effect how residents sort their recyclable, said Bomhof. “They can continue to recycle as they always have – this is strictly about how it’s sorted at the depot.”

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hen I was going to school, I had to do my chores and all my homework before watching television. These days, the television room can seemingly go uninhabited for weeks on end. But don’t kid yourselves; your children aren’t necessarily making good use of their time. Computers have replaced televisions as the entertainment of choice this century, and now, the more portable, the better. Students are getting smartphones at younger and younger ages now; if not smartphones, then tablets. As parents, we are likely the ones who bought the gadgets for them in the first place. We should apply some structure around those gadgets. How much time is spent on those phones/tablets in an educational context, relative to a personal one? An educated guess would be: not much So, what to do? Now that the children are back in school, it’s time to lay down some rules, mom and dad. You bought the toys; they are yours to dole out. Do you need

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CommenTerry house chores done? No iPad until the kitchen is cleaned. No phones for texting until the homework is done. Have your children hand in their toys after dinner. They can retrieve them when they show you the results of the task they had at hand. They say they need the tablet for their homework purposes? Find out why. Allow them the 10 minutes of research, perhaps at your side. Of course, this would entail you stepping away from your own computer long enough to monitor the process. Yes indeed, such a system will only work if you are as disciplined as you are trying to make your children. Isn’t parenthood grand? The last suggestion will make me no new friends among the teenagers in the community, but it’s likely the most important tip of all. Make your children hand in their gadgets

at the end of every day. A 10 p.m. cut-off. Maybe 11 p.m. for high schoolers. If it’s bedtime, it’s bedtime. Ever wonder why your children are so tired in the morning? It likely has a lot to do with them “gaming” under the blankets until 2 a.m. on a school day. They can have their toys with breakfast in the morning, until it’s time for dinner. Then have them turn the phones in at dinner time. I am a firm believer that the era of tablets and smartphones is doing as much, or more, harm to our children than good. They can be useful and fun tools. But a lack of structure equals anarchy. And if you think monitoring the use of smartphones and tablets is too much to ask of yourselves when it comes to the raising of your children, then maybe you should seek some advice from your children’s teachers. After all, they have been monitoring Johnny’s texting and gaming every school day, ever since you bought him that phone. ■ Terry Farrell is the editor of the Abbotsford/Mission Times.

ore than two thirds of B.C. residents believe that road safety in school zones is worse when the kids are back in class. Seventy-eight per cent of British Columbians have seen someone speeding in a school zone. And four out of five drivers in this province think that drivers know the rules but break them anyway. Those statistics come from a BCAA school zone road safety survey, and few of the numbers are surprising. But another good question might be: how many of those respondents admit to speeding in school zones themselves? The speed limit in school zones is 30 kilometres an hour. As all drivers know, this is very, very slow. This posted speed limit in school zones is not in place to annoy or inconvenience drivers. The speed limit is that slow so that drivers have the best possible chance of being able to stop very quickly in the unfortunate circumstance that a child (or a parent for that matter) darts off the sidewalk or out from behind a parked car. School started this week, which means for the next 10 months, not only will the streets of Abbotsford and Mission be full of parents driving kids to school, the roads will be crawling with kids walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, scootering and otherwise moving around. School zones are small and the reduction in speed will do virtually nothing to hinder drivers getting on with their days. Despite this, the statistics suggest that many of you are speeding through school zones. Far too often we, as media, have to report on a tragic accident where a child darted out in front of a car only to leave a mourning family in the wake. It will serve as no consolation to you if the child you just hit was in the wrong – that he jumped out from between two parked cars. It will not put your mind at ease that the child you just hit was nowhere near a crosswalk, or was clearly texting while he walked, and paid no attention to the road in front of him. Please, just slow down during the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. when driving by a school, for the sake of the kids. And if you can’t get it through your head to do it for the kids, slow down for your own sake. You can bet the cops will be watching and will be all too happy to hand out tickets. If there is ever a time where a “zero tolerance policy” is acceptable, it’s when it is in the interest of our children. They are our greatest asset. Let’s treat them that way. ■ To comment on this editorial, email us at letters@abbotsfordtimes.com.

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Cedar Connector becoming a bottleneck Editor, the Times: As residents of Mission will recall, the Cedar Connector was built to allow fast, clear connection for them to access the Lougheed Highway and also to continue directly onto the Mission Bridge to Abbotsford without impediments. It’s therefore with disbelief that we see further development being proposed along its edges before reaching Seventh Avenue, as well as a lane-change and traffic light already installed for the new developments on the corner of Lougheed and the Connector, which stops traffic flow. Last week it was noted that when the Lougheed Highway intersection lights changed to green (which allows highway traffic and the traffic from the bridge to proceed into the connector) the traffic only progressed a scant block length before hitting an updated traffic light and having to stop again. Of course, this was not the purpose of building the Cedar Connector and developments should not be allowed to enter or exit directly onto the connector, but only if/when side or back roads exist to exit. Although the Lougheed Hwy. goes through Mission district, there was no direct access to the highway or the Mission Bridge to the considerable traffic, and so the Cedar Connector was built. Until recently, before development was allowed on its edges, which impedes traffic movement, it was a “great connector,” as intended. Lila Rauh Mission

The Bible has changed minds Editor, the Times:

I am wondering how Robert T. Rock would answer Dr. Werner Keller, a Ger-

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hard-core skeptics and atheists surely is worth investigating honestly – not just to prove it wrong but find answers to life’s questions and our own needs. Speaking for myself, I find the Bible a reliable source for direction and encouragement in my life. Abe Funk Abbotsford

You have issues at home, Simon Editor, the Times:

Abbotsford-Mission MLA, Simon Gibson has been busy travelling to Prince George apologizing for having called that city “lifeless” and “musty.” Meanwhile, he has been ignoring the pleas of his own constituents, whose neighbourhood is liable to be reduced to a polluted moonscape by gravel mining. Lake Errock residents are aware that the Ministry of Energy and Mines plans to imminently make its decision on whether or not the vast expansion of gravel mining right next to and above the community will be permitted. Given the total absence of consultation with the community, the failure of that ministry to address any of the issues raised by the impacted community, and the cozy relationship between mines inspectors (who ostensibly make the decision) and the aggregate industry, the community is justifiably alarmed about what the future holds. During the election campaign, Mr. Gibson was made aware of the seriousness of the issue of proliferation

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Go see homeless site for yourself Editor, the Times: I recently wrote an article blasting the city about their treatment of the homeless without investigating the situation myself. I later went to the site and talked to a couple of people about their situation. When asked what I do I responded that I was a retired schoolteacher who worked with learning-disabled kids. They told me I was part of the problem with my gold plated-pension. The lady I spoke to felt it was the city’s fault that some of their friends were good at fixing bikes but there were no used bike shops in Abbotsford. The place was an absolute mess with junk and garbage all over the place. It seems that those I talked to were not willing to accept responsibility for their own situation. Many need special attention and that needs to be addressed. I can only imagine the frustration of the city trying to keep this location clean and safe as they receive many complaints. I had no idea how bad this location was and what was going on around there. Next time before I mouth off I will investigate for myself rather than blame the wrong people. Thanks to the media, for I would have remained ignorant of this situation. Tom Lester Abbotsford

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MCC Festival for World Relief returns ANGELIKA DAWSON Special for The Times

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Grace Kide, a member of the Opari Peace Committee in Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan, holds her daughter Molly Ossa. In partnership with Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), a MCC partner agency since 1972, newly formed peace committees have been established in 10 communities in Sudan and South Sudan. The committees receive training and support on peace building, conflict resolution and other activities.

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Local kiwi fruit farm thriving GLENDA LUYMES The Province

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some, that it simply couldn’t be done. But Petkov said kiwis thrive in mild climates, and once the plants go dormant for winter, can withstand temperatures down to – 20 degrees Celcius. The biggest danger is in late spring, once the plants have begun growing, when frost can do major damage. Due to climate change, that may be less of an issue than it was 30 years ago. In Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley in 2020, there will be an average of 14 more frost-free days a

hey said it wasn’t possible. Kiwi fruit? Not in B.C. But Macedonian immigrant George Petkov is proving them wrong, with an eight-acre Abbotsford farm that produced 45,000 pounds last year, with more than double that expected this fall. It’s not the first time B.C. farmers have attempted to grow kiwis. In the 1980s the Ministry of Agriculture encouraged several farms on Vancouver Island. But while the plants were still young, a harsh spring frost killed many of them. That led to the conclusion, by

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year, according to the B.C. Climate Change Adaptation Assessment. By 2050, there will be 25. Subtle changes to the B.C. climate will have a huge impact on the agricultural industry, said the report, completed in 2012. Scientists believe both temperatures and rainfall in B.C. will increase, in addition to sea levels, spring snowmelt from the mountains and variability. It’s that last one that causes report author Erica Crawford the most concern. In farming, predictability is key for knowing when to plant, fertilize

and harvest, she said. Extremes, such as heavy rainfall (and flooding) in spring and fall, and high heat (and droughts) in summer, can be incredibly damaging. Pest management will also become a larger issue, with milder winters creating conditions that allow new insects to thrive. “The past is no longer going to be a reliable guide,” said Crawford. “This will make farming more complex.” As for Petkov, he hopes to expand. His kiwis will be harvested around November, when the weather turns cold. They must then ripen in cold storage for four to six weeks. He sells them to B.C. school food programs, IGA and at farmers’ markets.

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ission RCMP is on the lookout for Benjamin Downham, 36, wanted on an outstanding warrant for assault causing bodily harm. On the afternoon of Aug. 22, Downham was spotted by police in the 12100 block area of Sylvester Road, northeast of Mission. He fled on foot, but an extensive search of the area with the assistance of an airship and canine unit failed to result in his apprehension. Downham is now believed to be camping in the area. He is known to carry knives and has two large dogs with him, which are believed to attack upon command. The police warn the public that Downham should be considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached. Downham is a white male, 36 years old, 5’11” and 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and longer brown unkempt hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and black pants. If located, people should contact the police immediately at 604-826-7161, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Rick Hansen Hurricanes varsity football team practises at Gobind Park last week, as the school’s home field was undergoing some preseason maintenance work. The Gurdwara Sahib Kalgidhar Darbar temple on Blueridge Drive offers a spectacular background.

Mission RCMP officers are investigating a hit and run collision that left a 13-year-old boy injured just over two weeks ago. At about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, the young Mission teen was riding his bicycle around Hyde Street and Bracken Avenue when he was struck in the intersection by a black pickup truck. The youth received treatment at hospital for a broken ankle and other minor injuries. The suspect vehicle in this hit-and-run is described as a black, newer Ford F-150 with silver trim. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

City will have power to levy fines up to $1,000 CANNONS, from page A1 Growers with cannons and other bird scare devices within 200 metres of a property with livestock or dogs kennels must advise the owners within 24 hours of the first firing of the season. Blueberry growers will also be asked to pay $125 per site to the city and develop a bird predation management plan that goes beyond just cannons and includes data on their effectiveness at deterring starlings. Growers using cannons must also post notices on their property with registration numbers and addresses.

City bylaw officers will also have the power to lay progressive fines up to a maximum of $1,000 for bylaw violations. Coun. Moe Gill voted against the latest variation, saying he feared it would be financially onerous on blueberry growers. He would prefer to see the city work with the B.C. Blueberry Council and support its liaison officer, who works with growers to educate them on how to manage their propane devices. “Education of the growers is better than bringing down the hammer,” he said. However, Gill said the real prob-

lem is not the cannons, but the starlings they are meant to scare away. “The underlying issue is not the cannons, it’s the birds. If we get rid of the starlings, we get rid of the noise problem,” he said Tuesday. Coun. John Smith, a strong advocate for restricting cannon use, agreed with Gill on this point. “The Ministry of Agriculture has been quite negligent in this issue. They say there’s nothing they can do, all they can do is sanction deterrence against starlings,” he said. But Smith points to an ongoing starling eradication program supported by Okanagan vineyards, fruit

growers and their local governments that trap and euthanize the birds. “They sent a delegation to the Fraser Valley Regional District years ago to talk to us about it. Why can’t we do this here?” he said. Even closer to home, Smith said the blueberry sector in Skagit and Whatcom counties in Washington state have funded a starling control program for the past 19 years that keeps the starling population under control. Starlings are trapped with nets in bait areas and euthanized. Indigenous species caught in the nets are released. The program costs the sector less

than $30,000 a year, said Smith, who met with U.S. Department of Agriculture senior officials on the subject this spring. “There are thousands of acres of blueberries just like Abbotsford, but they don’t have cannons,” he said. Starlings, an introduced species that push out native birds, also create problems for local dairy farmers. Smith said farmers say starlings steal corn from winter silage stores meant for dairy cows and defecate in the food, spoiling it. “In Washington, they’d love for us to do something – we’re the sanctuary, because we’re doing nothing about these airborne rats,” he said.


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A16 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 THE TIMES Looking for musicians

Sept. 5, Fraser Valley Wind Ensemble invites new members from the community to join us. Come to the kick-off rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. at Robert Bateman Secondary Music Room, 35405 Exbury Ave., Abbotsford. We will rehearse weekly and play occasional concerts locally. Call 604-8648424 for more information.

Shari Ulrich and herons

Sept. 6, legendary Canadian singer Shari Ulrich will perform a fundraising dinner and dance for the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society. Get tickets, more information at Chilliwackblueheron.com.

Humane society BBQ, sale

Sept. 7, the Fraser Valley Humane Society has a benefit barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Save-On Foods, The Junction mall, Mission. Also Sept. 7 – 8, there is a garage sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, at 32183 Buffalo Dr., Mission. Proceeds to the cat shelter. For details or to donate, call Cathy 604-8200939.

Learn to fish, kids

Sept. 7, 10 a.m. – noon, Metro Vancouver and Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. hosts fishing lessons for ages 5 to 15, at $5 per child, at

Matsqui Trail Regional Park, Abbotsford. Register at 1-604504-4716 or email visit.fraservalley@gofish.com.

Fall fair in Mission

Sept. 7, McConnell Creek Fall Fair, 35483 Hartley Rd., Mission starts at 10 a.m. Games and crafts, scarecrow making competition, lunch, auction of homegrown foods, canned and baked goods. Awarding of prize ribbons starts at 12:30 p.m. Submit fair entries Sept. 5, 7 – 9 p.m. and Sept. 6, 9 a.m. – noon. See www.mcconnellcreek.com for more.

Volunteer with horses

Sept. 7, volunteer orientation session at North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association for fall horseback riding program. Orientation 1 – 2:30 p.m.,13345 Park Lane, Maple Ridge. The fall session begins Sept. 16. Call 604-462-7786 for details.

Free English classes

Free English classes are offered to adult immigrants in Abbotsford and Mission. Continuous intake September to June. Apply with Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave., Abbotsford, or call 604-859-7681, ext. 216.

Late summer dance

Sept. 7, Abbotsford-Mission

Community events To list an event hosted or sponsored by a non-profit group in Abbotsford or Mission, upload it directly to our website: abbotsfordtimes.com, or send an e-mail with a succinct, 75-word description of the event including day, date, time and address to events@abbotsfordtimes.com, or drop off at 30887 Peardonville Rd, Abbotsford. Alpen Club has a late summer dance at the Abbotsford Arts Centre Addition, with the Al Pichler Band from Vancouver. Music starts at 7:30 p.m., food at 9 p.m. Tickets $15/members, $18/ guests at the door or call 604-859-8057 (Gerda).

Learn Tai Chi

The Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, a registered charitable organization, offers new classes in Taoist Tai Chi with qualified volunteer instructors. A fun way to improve your health. Call 604-226-0215 for details.

Scandinavian potluck

Sept. 9, Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley has its first dinner meeting of the season, 6 p.m., Masonic Hall, 33860 Pine St., Abbotsford. Bring a dish, enjoy the entertainment focused on Denmark. Guests and

potential new members are welcome. Call Len at 604857-2740, Eigil at 604-8708601, or email jensenke@ shaw.ca for details.

Square dancing

Sept. 9, learn modern square dancing with Abbotsford Grand Squares at 7 p.m., at ASA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave., Abbotsford. Open house is free. Call David at 604-864-7435 for details.

Mission book club

Sept. 9, come for great company and talk about books, 7 – 8 p.m. at Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave. Call 604826-6610 for more.

Open door for moms

Sept. 10, drop-in for single moms and their preschool children at Bakerview Church, 2285 Clearbrook Rd., from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free childminding, pro-

gram for moms, lunch for all and it’s free. Call 604859-4611 for details.

Newcomers meet

Sept. 10, Abbotsford/Mission Newcomers invites all women new to the area to join for social activities, speakers, lunches, dinners, and more, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Terry Fox Elementary, 3071 Babich St., Abbotsford. For more information and meeting place, contact Corry at 604-859-4859

Anger awareness

Sept. 11, the Abby Dads Program at Abbotsford Community Services has a free four-week group for dads struggling with anger and frustration. Topics include self-esteem, relationships, conflict resolution, anger beliefs, more. Contact Jeff McLean at 604-613-3487 or visit www.abbydads.ca.

BPW luncheon

Sept. 11, BPW Abbotsford welcomes Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon as guest speaker at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd., Abbotsford. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $14/ members and $20/guests. RSVP required by emailing bpwabbotsford@gmail.com by Sept. 9.

Women’s breakfast

Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. Abbotsford Women’s Connection Breakfast meets at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford. Cost is $11; Charlotte Lepp of Lepp Farm Market, Mary De Hart. RSVP to 604-7445159, 604-852-8240 or abbyconnectreservations@gmail. com.

Friends of the Library

Sept. 11, join the Mission Friends of the Library and help us with fundraising, book sales and events. Meeting is at Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave., at 2 p.m. Call 604-826-6610.

Piano recital

Sept. 11, Lifetime Learning Centre presents a piano recital by noted pianist Tracey Tobin at Carrington House, 32700 Seventh Ave., Mission from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Cost is $7 (non-members $10).

Armchair traveller

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The Timberwolves (at practice last week) will face W.J. Mouat in a preseason exhibition game on Friday night at Mouat Field. McKenzie Johnson. “Our kids are ready to As Bateman play, their heads are in heads into its fourth the right space, attiseason, Brathwaite tude is perfect . . . there admits his team is shouldn’t be too much not that big. “It doesn’t matthat can stop us at the ter. Speed is on our end of the season.” side. The kids have – Alfred Brathwaite, head coach heart. They’ve got their speed and t h e y ’r e c o n d i up-and-coming juniors this year, tioned,” he said. including Austen Zacher and Brad “They’re always been who they Lewis (both RB/LB), and tight end are; they’ve always played against

Cascades golfers win Coquihalla Cup The University of the Fraser Valley men’s golf team defeated the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack, 5.5 to 4.5 to capture its fourth straight Coquihalla Cup title. Veteran UFV golfer Aaron Pauls shared the men’s Most Valuable Player honours with TRU’s Brent Pound.

The tournament MVP trophy has been renamed in memory of Connor Richey, a former member of the UFV men’s golf team who passed away suddenly last month. Both men tied in the skills competition and Paul’s win in his Sunday singles match clinched the cup for UFV. “Connor was a great young man who exemplified dedication to improving his golf game. His smile and his love of life were contagious, and he always loved to laugh,” said UFV coach Chris Bertram. “The Connor Richey award is meant to go to players who share these attributes and Brent

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bigger players. So for them to compete against bigger players, it’s the normal process when they’re playing football. There’s no intimidation there at all.” One of his biggest challenges this year is getting a full roster of players. “In high school, you don’t get the numbers until school starts. All the game plan that we made now could be changed next week,” said Brathwaite. ‘ “The program is starting to build, we are getting more kids coming out each year but it’s a slow process. We’re heading in the right direction.” The Timberwolves’ first game of the season will be a cross-town exhibition match against AAA W.J. Mouat, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Mouat Field. This will feature two of the top running backs in the province; Cummings and WJM’s Maleek Irons going toe-to-toe for rushing supremacy. Brathwaite is anxious to get started. “We’re looking forward to having a very exciting season this year. I hate to say . . . we’re a contender. I don’t hate to say it but I don’t want to sound too cocky,” he said. “I have a feeling we’re going to go far this year. Our kids are ready to play, their heads are in the right space, attitude is perfect. If this keeps up, there shouldn’t be too much that can stop us at the end of the season.”

Pound (TRU) and Aaron Pauls (UFV) fit the bill.” The UFV women’s golf team made its CCAA/ PACWEST debut defeating the Wolfpack 4-0, to capture its first Coquihalla Cup at the Dunes in Kamloops Sept. 1. Dani Shap won the skills competition and her Sunday singles victory sealed the win for the ladies. The Cascades start PACWEST regular season play this weekend in Nanaimo as the VIU Mariners host the first of four conference tournaments to determine who wins the PACWEST Championship.

Taylor finishes fifth Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor shot a 68 on the final day to take fifth at the Wildfire Invitational near Peterborough, Ont. Taylor (-16 for the tournament) was second only to Mackenzie Hughes, in regards to Canadian finishes at the PGA Tour Canada event. Mark Hubbard of Denver, Colo. won the tournament, at -20. The tour visits The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin, N.S. this week for the Cape Breton Celtic Classic. The tour is a mix of up-and-coming players and tour veterans competing in $150,000 tournaments, all looking to earn a spot on the Web.com Tour.

Abbotsford Ironman Former Abbotsford resident Ken Welsh, 47, who attended Clearbrook Junior, and graduated from W.J. Mouat completed the Louiseville, Ky. Ironman Aug. 25 in 10 hrs., 4 min. Welsh was finished second in his age group. He’s competed in nine Ironman competitions, including Penticton several times and the Hawaiian Ironman twice. Welsh now lives in Kansas City, Mo.

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on Alder, one of Canada’s premier acoustic guitar and harp guitar players, will perform in a month in Abbotsford. The night is a benefit concert for Positive Living Fraser Valley, a locally-based support service for people in the region living with HIV/AIDS. Alder is considered one of the top ‘finger-style’ acoustic guitarists in the world, and one of Canada’s premiere harp guitarists. With a unique style and energetic performances that are intense, passionate and awe-inspiring, Alder can make his single instrument perform like a four-piece band. Alder has graced the covers of most of the English-speaking world’s guitar magazines. He is the only guitarist in the world to win all three major guitar competitions: the 2007 International Finger-style Championships, 2010 Guitar Superstar Competition and the Guitar Idol III contest in 2011. In c o n c e r t , A l d e r i s a l s o a renowned storyteller and shares the story of his friendship with Rick Hansen.

Canadian virtuoso guitarist Don Alder performs Oct. 5 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. The two met on a high school basketball court, and were together in the truck crash that rendered Hansen a paraplegic. These days, Alder uses his guitar to inspire a

new generation of guitarists to “play in the key of social responsibility” by having a positive impact in their community. From 1985-87 Alder put his music

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career on hold to help Hansen. Alder traveled around the world on the Man In Motion World Tour, to raise awareness of the potential of people with disabilities and more

than $26 million to support spinal cord injury. After the tour, Alder continued working with wheelchair sport organizations, the Vancouver Adapted Music Society in the awareness band Spinal Cord and represented Canada at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympics as the Equipment Manager/Tech for the Canadian Paralympic Team. With a following of more than two million on YouTube, he’s performed with prestigious artists and at events including TED-X, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the All Star Guitar Night in Nashville. The Vancouver artist’s playing has been called ferocious, a guitar contortionist, transcendental and mesmerizing with his guitar wizardry. He’s even collaborated with Greenfield Guitars to design a G4 guitar. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Ticket are $20 general, $15 seniors and students, $10 for children under 12, through Brown Paper Tickets, at bit.ly/14WlJMV Alder performs 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Ulrich at heron park

Sept. 6, legendary Canadian singer Shari Ulrich performs at a fundraising dinner, dance for the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. Tickets, details see Chilliwackblueheron.com or call Janet at 604-823-6603.

Horizon at Mill Lake

On Sept. 7, Horizon performs 6 – 8 p.m., Kariton House at Mill Lake as part of the Envision Concert in the Park Series, 2387 Ware St., Abbotsford. It’s a special night of thanks – guests invited to items, donations for the food bank. See abbotsfordartscouncil.org.

Dewdney Pub music

Sept. 7, Blue Voodoo performs classic rock at 8:30 p.m. at the Dewdney Pub, 8793 River Rd. S., five minutes east of Mission off the Lougheed Hwy. Call 604-826-4762 or see churchoftheblues.ca.

Celtic Thunder

Sept. 7, the six male voices of Celtic Thunder bring alive Irish legends with rising harmonies in a theatrical setting at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford. See abbotsfordcentre.ca for ticket details.

Sikh museum opens

Sept 8, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sikh Heritage Museum has the opening reception of Ghadar: 100 Years Later, at the historic temple, 33089 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. The exhibit runs until 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until Jan. 23. For details, contact Sharanjit at sharanjit.sandhra@ufv.ca or call 604-851-6325.

Star Wars final week

Until Sept. 8, Sandstorm is an exhibit of 14 Star Wars-

inspired paintings by Chilliwack artist Chris Woods, at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford. This exhibit has received all kinds of accolades – see it before it leaves Abbotsford. Call 604-864-8087, or see thereach.ca.

Reach exhibits

The Fraser Valley 2013 Biennale, Intervention by Design, David Kilvert and Krista Kilvert; From Here to There; Heritage Remembered: Buildings and Streetscapes from the Past by painter Brian Croft and model maker Don Bladon until Sept. 8. Call 604-864-8087 or see thereach.ca. At 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford.

Rock Allegiance tour

Sept. 8, Volbeat, HIM, All That Remains, Airbourne bring high energy heavy metal rock to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford. Tickets at abbotsfordcentre.ca.

Sense of humour wanted

Sept. 9, poet and author Alvin Ens presents Must Have a Sense of Humour, a book of humourous musings over a lifetime, at Blue Moon Poetry & Prose reading, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Clearbrook library. Guests, newcomers are invited to read original or other work at this free event on International Literacy Day. See poetspotpourrisociety.com

Art & wine walk

Sept. 12, from 4 – 8 p.m. take a wine and art walk through downtown Abbotsford, hosted by local merchants. Tickets $15 at 604-850-6547.

Male chorus season

Sept. 12, Abbotsford Male Chorus seeks new members. If you want to join them, they sing Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. at Clearbrook Mennonite Church, 32027 Peardonville Rd., Abbotsford. Just drop by or email maxwell24@shaw.ca for details.

Culture and concerts

Musicians wanted

Fraser Valley Wind Ensemble invites new members. Kick-off rehearsal is Sept. 5 [tonight] at 7:30 p.m., Robert Bateman Secondary music room, 35045 Exbury Ave., Abbotsford. Weekly rehearsals, occasional concerts in the area. Call 604864-8424 for more info.

FibreSix at Kariton

Until Sept. 17, six textile artists known as FibreSix exhibit their architecturally-inspired Architextiles show at Kariton Art Gallery, 2387 Ware St., Abbotsford. Get details at 604-852-9358 or see abbotsfordartscouncil.org.

Theatresports

Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. the ever popular Vancouver TheatreSports League returns to the UFV Theatre, north campus, 45635 Yale Rd., Chilliwack. Tickets $18, $14 for seniors, students. Workshop at 3 p.m. open to public, $15. Call 604795-2814 or email theatre@ ufv.ca for more.

Miss Higgins, Valdy

Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. Little Miss Higgins brings country blues with attitude to the Harrison Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs. Valdy will perform at the venue on Oct. 19. For tickets and concert details, see harrisonfestival.com or call 604-796-3664.

Christmas card art

The Abbotsford Arts Council, with Kinetica Print and Opus Art Supplies, is accepting winter-themed artwork for its first Christmas Card Design Contest until Oct. 1. See details at abbotsfordartscouncil.org or call 604-852-9358.

Join Serenata Singers

The Serenata Singers women’s choir has begun their fall rehearsals, Tuesdays 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 8439 Cedar St., Mission. New

Oct. 19, CBC’s Double Exposure with Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen bring Canadian humour to the Clarke Foundation Theatre, 33700 Prentis Ave., Mission. Show is 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7. Tickets $25 at Ticketmaster.

Oct. 5, be transported as Cirque Musica circus athletes perform to a live orchestra, at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford. See abbotsfordcentre.ca for detail and ticket information.

Cultural Collaboration

Sept. 28, explore your inner artist at the Cultural Collaboration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St., Chilliwack. See chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or call 604-392-8000.

Cathy Hardy’s concert

Dances

Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. join Mission musician Cathy Hardy for her I am She CD release concert, Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. Tickets are $15, and available at House of James, Kings Music, Fronya in Mission, or at bit. ly/1ahuWnb.

Karen Lee Batten

Oct. 4, Abbotsford’s Karen Lee Batten, three-time BCCMA female vocalist of the year, performs at The Mirage in Surrey. Tickets at 1-888-2226608, at ticketweb.ca or at the door.

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Sept. 6, music by Shirley Rodgers at the Abbotsford Social Activities’ dance 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., 33889 Essendene Ave., Abbotsford. Tickets are $7/ non-members. Phone Frank at 604-820-8695 or Rinus at 604-826-6058 for more.

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hat part of list some qualities God do you you are looking for like the most? It in a mate. might sound like You might indiTODD a strange question cate that you are MARTIN but I ask it for a looking for someFaith that one with a good very specific purmatters pose. sense of humour or I want to make someone who likes sure we undermountain climbing stand the difference between woror maybe someone who likes bird shipping attributes of God verses watching. God himself. These are qualities you find Let me explain what I mean. desirable and you would like in Imagine you are signing up to that special someone. meet someone on an online datThe reality is that the qualities ing service. You would be asked to you are looking for are really self-

serving. This is what you want and this is what you like. Essentially you are trying to find someone with all the traits you like and make you feel good. Don’t confuse the traits of someone with the person themselves. Someone may have some very fine traits but be a generally unpleasant person. The same issue comes up in our relationship with God. We find qualities of God that we like and that make us feel good and we mistakenly devalue God himself. We can like God’s grace, his mercy or his long-suffering. On

the other hand we may like his ability to heal our sick child or give us inspired speech. The problem with this approach to God is that it falls into the same trap as the example with our physical relationships. It is self-serving. We must be very careful that we don’t confuse God’s qualities with God himself. We don’t worship grace or have a relationship with mercy. You don’t marry a personality, you marry a person. You don’t go out on a date with a nice smile but a person with a nice smile. Let me point you to a few verses

that highlight the importance of knowing God, remembering we know Father because Jesus Christ reveals Him to us through the power of the Holy Spirit: Corinthians 2:2; Ephesians 1:17; Philippians 3:8; Philippians 3:10; Colossians 2:2. I just want to make sure that we do not fall prey to worshipping a part of God when He wants us to be in a relationship with all of Him! ■ Todd Martin is a pastor with Harvest Christian Fellowship. Contact him via email at toddfmartin@gmail.com.

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