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Sex offender arrested again ROCHELLE BAKER Abbotsford Times former pastor and missionary from Abbotsford convicted in the sexual assault of a teenage boy as been arrested and charged again. Patrick Marini, 71, has been charged with attempted kidnapping of a person under 14 and breach after an incident involving a boy at the Clearbrook Library at 32320 George Ferguson Way on Tuesday morning, said Const. Ian MacDonald. A 12-year-old boy seated alone at the library was approached a number of times by a man over the space of an hour starting at 9:45 a.m., said MacDonald. The suspect tried to convince the boy to leave the library with him. “He offered the young man repeated inducements in an attempt to get the boy to leave,” said MacDonald. The boy refused to go with the stranger and later told his parents about the incident; they contacted police on Wednesday. Investigators quickly identified Marini as the suspect, and he turned himself into police on Thursday afternoon. Marini was sentenced to an 18month conditional sentence on March 13, 2013 after pleading guilty to a charge of sex assault involving a 15-year-old boy in February 2012. He was also handed one year’s probation, registered with the national sex offender registry for 10 years and ordered to not have contact with any person aged 16 or under for two and a half years. Abbotsford Police ask anyone with information about the recent incident or any other to call them at 604-859-5225. “We can’t preclude the possibility that Marini has approached other young people, which would be a breach to his conditional sentence,” said MacDonald. “And there’s the potential he may have committed other offences, and we have other victims.” Marini has grey hair and brown eyes, and is five feet four inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. Photo at www.abbotsfordtimes.com.
arol Hine has a talent for loving creatures others have neglected or seem to have trouble caring about. Take Bambi, for example – the dog that now happily resides at SAINTS, the Senior Animals In Need Today Society in Mission that’s run by Hine. The sweet little Shih Tzu mix was found abandoned, with her fur so matted that her rescuers couldn’t tell at which end her head was located. Her teeth were also so badly abscessed that most of them had to be removed. Now the little dog’s tongue constantly dangles from her mouth down her chin. Hine’s daughter lovingly calls her the “tongue slinger.” “Nobody wants to invest in Bambi because she’s homely,” says Hine. “But I have enormous respect for any creature that’s lived a long life and survived, human or animal.” As such, Bambi is just one of the more than 100 animals currently residing at Hine’s end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals. In addition to dogs, cats and rabbits, SAINTS shelters hogs, horses, ducks, a turkey, a donkey, goats and a llama among other things. Another infamous resident at the sanctuary is Brad Pitt. The 700-pound hog has a face only a mother could love, but his name is not necessarily ironic, said Hine.
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Alyssa Cote, 5, communes with Flicka, a 30-year-old horse, above, during a recent open house at SAINTS, the Senior Animals In Need Today Society, located in Mission. SAINTS volunteer Bunny Horne, below, feeds Brad Pitt the boar a snack. Sunburned and abandoned, he had to be rescued by 12 people after getting stuck in the mud on the banks of the Pitt River. “I think he’s handsome. Once you get to know these animals they aren’t ugly ducklings anymore,” she says. The demand on the SAINTS crew can be overwhelming. The society isn’t taking any new animals at the moment, because there isn’t enough money to care for them.
Hine, who works fulltime as a community nurse, pays for the mortgage on the Mission property where she and the menagerie live. But it costs about $200,000 a year to run SAINTS, which includes hefty bills for vet care, medicine, specialized feed and the four employees who care for the animals during the week. All the money is raised by donations and regular fundraising activities organized by SAINTS’ cadre of dedicated volunteers, some who commit every one of their weekends to the sanctuary. Hine says SAINTS is basically a senior citizens home for animals. Livingquarters in the houses, barns, outbuildings and pastures are all designed to meet the animal’s specialized needs. There are mud holes for the pigs and ponds for waterfowl. Plush beds and cushions for animals with mobility issues are ground level. Little carpeted steps also help them gain access onto couches or furniture. “Everything is set up so the animals feel like they are living in a
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s part of its restructuring strategy, the Quebecbased Rona hardware retailer announced Thursday it will close 11 of its poorly performing outlets, including its McConnell Road store in Abbotsford. That outlet will close on Oct. 20 this fall. “Because the store was underperforming and continued to lose money, Rona decided to close this location so that resources can be re-invested into other stores in the network,” said Rona spokeswoman Valérie Lamarre. The McConnell Road location employs 83 people, about twothirds who work there part-time, she said. “RONA always tries to relocate as many as possible but it is not always feasible. Resources will be available to help people in this transition,” Lamarre said in an email. Kris Krentz, who manages both the Abbotsford stores, said all the McConnell Road accounts for contractor and commercial clients will continue to be serviced at the other outlet. Most have been notified, he said. “We’re transferring our busi-
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Rona Home & Garden on Sumas Way will be closing this October. ness to the South Fraser Way store. We’ve assured them our business doesn’t change.” In addition to closing eight stores in Ontario and three in B.C., (Abbotsford, Duncan and Kamloops) Rona will cut administrative, marketing, merchandising and distribution costs. It eliminated 200 administrative positions in February, and will cut another 125 jobs in four administrative centres across Canada. On June 20, Rona said it plans to sell its commercial and professional market division, the proceeds of which will be used to reduce Rona’s debt and allow the company to focus on
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Still money in budget for local roads Farmers can expect carbon tax relief CHRISTINA TOTH CToth@abbotsfordtimes.com
espite some more belt tightening over the next years, B.C.’s Finance Minister Mike de Jong said there will be dollars allocated for some commitments in Abbotsford and Mission. The province will contribute its third ($8.33 million) to the $25-million Vye Road crossing over the Southern
Rail track and border access improvement project, he said. The costs for the project announced in March are shared equally between Abbotsford, the federal government and the province. The province will also make good on a promise for a fivemillion dollar road works improvement on Burma Road in northwest Mission, which the district is planning to develop further for recreational and tourism use. “That has to be accommodated into our plan,” said de Jong. Farmers may also have some good news, as they
should be able to apply for a rebate of the provincial carbon tax on farm (coloured) gasoline, announced in February, that will soon be tabled in the Legislature. This is coupled with the partial rebate already allowed for greenhouse operators, de Jong said. Overall the 2013 budget will be frugal, as the government wants to shave $130 million over the next three years from B.C.’s budget, with the aim to balance the ledger. Collectively, ministries will be asked to find $30 million in savings this year and $50 million in the next two as part
of a core review that starts in April 2014. Savings could be realized from a hiring freeze and adjustments in travel expenses and sundry costs like furniture. The government says it will try to maintain funds for key ministries like post-secondary education, social services and health care, which will see an increase of $2.4 billion over the next three years. While there will “undoubtedly be needs [in health care], it’s equally important to find efficiencies and different ways of doing things,” de Jong said. B.C. has the lowest per capita costs in health care in
Canada and the best healthcare outcomes, but “there are still some areas we have work to do, for example, our lab costs are higher than the national average,” he said. De Jong likened the trimming in his $44-billion budget to a family with an income of $60,000 finding $42 of savings in their annual budget, or 0.07 of one per cent, he said. “It doesn’t sound like a lot, but in order to begin paying down the debt you need to balance the books first and use the surplus on the debt,” he said. As for improved the “inter-
city connectivity” transit in the Fraser Valley that de Jong pledged to pursue during the election campaign, he said that while he doesn’t “have a magic solution, it will have to be found in the short term.” He said a longer ter m rapid transit option that ties Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Langley to Surrey’s SkyTrain is necessary. “I’m still drawn to using the Abbotsford International Airport as a hub to tie into rapid transit that will find its way to Langley very soon,” he said. – WITH FILES FROM VANCOUVER SUN
Abbotsford bus driver’s nose broken in assault Verbal abuse turned physical when suspect told to get off the bus ROCHELLE BAKER Abbotsford Times
n Abbotsford bus driver has a broken nose and face wounds after being attacked by a passenger on Tuesday afternoon. A 26-year-old man is facing charges after being arrested in connection to the assault on the transit worker, said Const. Ian MacDonald.
The incident took place on a bus in the 32900-block of South Fraser Way just after 4 p.m., said MacDonald. The bus driver and witnesses told responding officers the passenger struck the victim repeatedly in the face before fleeing. Officers arrested the suspect, who’s had negative contacts with police in the past, on foot a short time later near the intersection of George Ferguson Way and Ware Street. According to the police report, the passenger was on the bus earlier in the day and verbally abusive to the driver. The suspect then got on the same bus again later in the day, but this time the driver told
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he deadline is fast approaching: You have until midnight tonight to enter The Great Canada Day Photo Contest. The Abbotsford/Mission Times is running The Great Canada Day Photo Contest, and it could land you a day of thrills and spills at the Cultus Lake Waterpark. All you have to do is submit your Canada Day photo – something that depicts the essence of Canada’s birthday – to our e-mail address at email@example.com. Send the photo in a large file size (1 – 2 MB file) and make sure to include a caption and
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Buddhist empowerment ceremony CHRISTINA TOTH CToth@abbotsfordtimes.com
Green Tara is known as a goddess of activity, and is believed to help her followers overcome dangers, fears and anxieties. Intensely compassionate, she is especially worshipped for her ability to overcome the most difficult of situations, explained Irene Cawson, Buddhist nun and organizer. Many couples who wish to have a child will pray to her for assistance with this, she said. “To our knowledge, this is an event that has never been done in the Fraser Valley and is a very special opportunity and blessing,” said Cawson. For further information on times and location, call 604-287-6390 or e-mail TZD. Nunnery@gmail.com.
uddhists in the Fraser Valley will have an exciting opportunity to meet a Tibetan Buddhist master and experience a special ‘empowerment’ ceremony this week. Rimay Gyalten Sogdzin Rinpoche left Tibet to share the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and spirituality in the west. After a pilgrimage through the Himalayas, he made his way to Canada in 1997 and to Vancouver, where he established a Dharma centre. Rinpoche will lead a Green Tara Empowerment, a daylong retreat on July 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will include a number of teachings and blessings.
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Iconic Minter Gardens closing at end of season Climate change and declining tourism force closure of site PAUL J. HENDERSON firstname.lastname@example.org
ome visitors to Minter Gardens openly wept on Tuesday when they heard the iconic tourist destination was set to close. “They are bursting into tears in front of us,” front gate worker Joan Voss said. “This is part of their lives.” Voss said Minter Gardens is very important to the community and employees were shocked when they learned this year would be the last. “That’s horrible,” said Surrey resident Janice Goertz who, along with her husband John, was enjoying the garden Tuesday afternoon. The Goertzes were with others, including an elderly woman from Panama, who had a shocked look on her face when, through a translator, she was told the tourist attraction would close. “Por que?” she asked. Rumours had circulated about the closure of the Fraser Valley institution (rumours prompted by refused wedding bookings for 2014) and the Minter family confirmed it with a press release Tuesday. In it, founder Brian Minter, who is also the University of the Fraser Valley chancellor, blamed declin-
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Surrey residents Janice (second from left) and John Goertz enjoy Minter Gardens on Tuesday. The couple were “very sorry” to hear the attraction would close. ing tourism and changing climate for the decision to close the 32-acre show garden he and his wife Faye opened in May 1980. “Minter Gardens has been a huge part of our lives,” Minter said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime dream to create one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.” Since opening its gates 33 years ago, Minter Gardens has been a popular destination for gardening enthusiasts of all ages. But in recent years attendance has been down, in part because of “a changing climate that offers
up more cold, rainy days than the abundantly sunny ones that attract visitors to the grounds,” said the Minters. This has “significantly impacted the long-term viability of operating an outdoor destination garden,” the press release said. So is there any way it could be saved? “Well, we don’t know what the future holds,” Lisa Minter-Bustin said Wednesday. “If someone came along we certainly wouldn’t turn them away but, at the end of the day, they are still
going to have the same challenges. Maybe someone’s got a magic wand that we don’t.” Minter-Bustin said it was not an easy decision, but they want to focus on the positive: they’ve still got the Minter Country Garden store where the family can share its passion for gardening. At the front gate Tuesday, Voss shared anecdotes about visitors to Minter Gardens: the people who come every single day; one man recovering from knee surgery who walked the gardens as part of his physiotherapy; and a woman from
the Netherlands whose neighbour told her she had to come to Minter Gardens. “There is a woman who makes a trip from out east every year to sit on her mother’s bench,” Voss said. The Minters said those who have purchased commemorative benches will be able to visit the gardens and move them to a new location. There are, however, also families who have spread the ashes of loved ones on the grounds. “We are actively working to deal with that situation,” Minter-Bustin said. “It is our intention to be very respectful of the situation of people who do have loved ones out there and we will actively be seeking to put a memorial somewhere offsite.” As for what might become of the property, nothing is certain but the Minter family is exploring options to develop it in an “eco- and community-friendly manner.” There has been some speculation the property, which is not in the City of Chilliwack but is in Fraser Valley Regional District Area D, could be rezoned for housing. Minter-Bustin seemed to think this was unlikely given the current zoning does not allow for it, and the property has a BC Hydro rightof-way on it at the southern edge. Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline also runs right through the property. Most employees at Minter Gardens are seasonal so Minter-Bustin said just three full-time jobs would be lost.
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n the Fraser Valley Regional District’s fight against Metro Vancouver’s proposed garbage incinerator, Metro directors have taken a new approach – controlling the release of trash from the region. Metro director Malcolm Brodie and manager of solid waste Paul Henderson were at a testy FVRD board meeting in Chilliwack Tuesday night to talk about proposed “flow control” regulations, which would prevent waste generated in the Metro Vancouver regional district from leaving the region. Metro directors said that city waste needs to remain with their facilities so that they can receive the tipping fees, which in turn fund their recycling efforts. How e v e r, s o m e F V R D board members were skeptical of Metro’s argument. On several occasions FVRD board members used the term “feed the beast” to describe the need for Metro to retain combustible waste in order to fuel their pro-
“Your actions, in my opinion, are outrageous with how you treat your neighbours.” posed incinerator, a proposition the FVRD vehemently opposes. “You need that to fund and build the incinerator,” said FVRD vice-chair and Abbotsford Coun. Patricia Ross. FVRD board members kept the Metro visitors on the hot seat, attempting to draw the delegation into a discussion on the waste incinerator, but Brodie repeatedly rebuffed them, saying “We are not here to talk about that.” That compelled Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman to reprimand the Metro group. “Your actions, in my opinion, are outrageous with how you treat your neighbours,” Banman said. “They were very prickly,” Chilliwack mayor and board chairwoman Sharon Gaetz said of Brodie’s response to hard questions about theiin-
cinerator. Gaetz also said if an incinerator is built, folks in Vancouver could be eating food grown in the Fraser Valley that is subject to more contamination. “We know that what comes out of the smokestack is polluting and is going to come down and land in the food you are about to eat,” Gaetz said. The FVRD has been highly critical of Metro’s plans and the lack of consultation along the way. Gaetz pointed out that Metro will not engage in any “meaningful” dialogue over the garbage incinerator, citing Metro’s refusal to grant FVRD’s request to have a nonvoting representative on the third-party panel overseeing their procurement process, as well as Metro’s invoice for more than $4,000 in response to a recent FVRD request for information related to the process. Both sides expressed a desire for better consultation on the Metro proposals. – WITH FILES FROM CHRISTINA TOTH
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t election time politicians predictably promise transparency and accountability. Thereafter, little is accomplished in implementing transparent government much less accountability. In fact, governments use communications staff whose major purpose is to manage the media and put positive spins on politically uncomfortable news. How should transparency work? Politicians who tend to be careless with other people’s money are our managers of the public sector. It is a well-established fact that public sector salaries have accelerated beyond those in the private sector. The size of the public workforce is now so large that politicians have to curry this group’s favour at election time.Over the last dozen years, municipal employment rates in Canada grew by 25 per cent, double the national population rate. In a recent Canadian study, public sector employees at the federal level earned 17 per cent more than comparable workers in the private sector and, if benefits are included, cost 42 per cent more. At the provincial level the advantage was eight per cent and 25 per cent, respectively, while at the municipal level the advantage was 11 per cent and 36 per cent, respectively. In Vancouver, had politicians limited increasing their budget commensurate with inflation and growth, homeowners would have saved $8,007 during the past decade. B.C.’s other cities are not far behind.
Guest Column How does this happen? In a word, whipsaw. One municipal government gives a particularly generous package that raises the bar, and the race is on in others to equal or better it. Unlike private sector employers, politicians are not negotiating with their own money. They become easy pickings in negotiations. Transparency informs us on how our money is spent. This should include a full listing of employee costs for everyone paid by taxpayers. Right now, British Columbians can see the salaries of all publicly paid employees making more than $75,000 on vancouversun. com/pay/. While the media deserve commendation for providing this information, there are significant flaws. If transparency is the goal, Abbotsford city council would publish all employee salaries so residents could make their own assessments on how this city is managed. Total transparency triggers trust. More importantly, governments need to publish employee costs. Public sector workers doing the same jobs as private sector employees are compen-
sated a third more in wages and benefits, For example, sick leave is a huge cost to government. Canadian government employees averaged 18.2 days (almost one month) of sick leave last year. Governments should routinely publish sick leave usage not by individual but employee group. There are a host of other benefits, including indexed pensions, in the public sector that are the envy of those toiling privately. On top of these is the significant matter of “job for life,” where (substandard) performance seldom results in termination. In education, for example, a Canadian study estimates that about five per cent of teachers are incompetent but the termination rate is only approximately 0.002 per cent. Governments can make a huge leap in transparency by publishing these data for easy access by the public. “Easy” means more than hidden as a roll-up and then buried in financial statements. The proverbial elephant is now in the room. In the public sector we’re getting less for more, and in the private sector we’re getting more for less. Governments are the managers of this inefficiency, which can be corrected by pursuing accountability through greater transparency. ■ Jim Dueck is a former Abbotsford
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n Canada Day, it’s traditional to spend at least some time looking back at how this country came to be. If you went to a celebration and did not hear mention of Sir John A. Macdonald, the War of 1812, the HBC or Vimy Ridge, you were at a very peculiar event. Likewise, the accomplishments that have become entrenched in Canadian society were likely celebrated – democracy, freedom of speech and religion, pluralism and tolerance, universal health care. There’s nothing wrong with looking back at where we came from and appreciating where we are. However, we hope you also spent a few minutes looking forward, and thinking about the future of Canada. What kind of a Canada will we have in 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, a century? Politician endlessly tell us we are working to leave this country to the next generation, but what does that mean? We encourage you not to think about the future in terms of tragedies to avoid. Yes, we must consider the economy, the environment and the ever-disruptive march of technology. But we should also think in terms that verge on the Utopian from time to time. How much better could we make our little piece of the planet through individual and collective action. What can we achieve if we put our strength behind optimistic ideas? A glance at our history will show that almost every good thing about our society was once considered an unworkable pipe dream. Hard work and pragmatism bridged the gap between dreams and solid realities of the present. The past is fixed and finite, the future is vast, unknowable, and could be full of wonders, if are willing to create them. ■ To comment on this editorial, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bill will protect bus drivers South America to Vancouver Editor, the Times:
The sad news about an assault this week on an Abbotsford bus driver brings to mind the sobering statistic that criminal offences like this happen somewhere in Canada more than 2,000 times every year. Bus drivers are called upon to provide open, accessible service to the public wherever their transit systems operates, and at all hours of the day and night. That makes them vulnerable, and lawmakers should do everything possible to help protect them. That’s why I have introduced Private Member’s Bill C-533 in the House of Commons. It would require the courts, when sentencing the perpetrator of any offence against an on-duty bus driver, to take into account the nature of the victim’s employment as an “aggravating circumstance,” justifying more severe punishment. This, coupled with aggressive communications campaigns to warn would-be offenders, would at least help to improve safety conditions for bus drivers. I hope all Members of Parliament, regardless of party, will see the merit of this approach and support Bill C-533. Hon. Ralph Goodale, MP Wascana, Sask.
Why was he released? Editor, the Times:
I see that our justice system has seen fit to release a predatorial sex offender into mainstream society after serving his 22-year sentence. Is there any indication that he has changed and become a caring, compassionate, empathetic human being with the ability to feel remorse for his victims and take his place in society as a contributing member rather than a threat? Quite the contrary, he is deemed to be at high risk for re-offending. Why was this man not deemed a dangerous offender by our judicial system and kept locked up for the protection of the rest of us? Why was he released into a heavily populated area like Surrey where he is free to re-offend by losing himself in a crowd and using his highly developed chameleon-like abilities to prey on yet another young unsuspecting woman, who would stand to have her life forever destroyed by becoming his next victim?
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I suspect that he will be processed through the courts within a few short years or, whenever he is no longer under police surveillance, as a result of another crime, perhaps a greater crime than the ones he has already committed. I wish that those responsible for releasing potential re-offenders would be held accountable for their decisions and suffer consequences for their choices, including job losses, or even jail time, if there are further victims as a result of those decisions. There needs to be more options with reference to what can be done to protect society from these predators, such as supervised employment in less populated northern communities, or self-sufficient settlements on secluded islands where the rest of us are protected from becoming prey to these predators. Egon Speneder Mission
Banman not being bullied Editor, the Times:
Tuesday night, the Metro Vancouver Waste Management delegation got an earful from the FVRD board. Thanks Mayor Banman for defending our Fraser Valley’s air, water and soil by challenging Metro garbage burning plans. You’re right, there are more cost-effective and sustainable ways to manage the waste stream. Abbotsford City is consistently ramping up waste diversion with recycling and composting programs. Eventually the “fuel” needed to make garbage burn (organics and plastics) will be recovered, reused or re-added to enrich the soil. All that will be left to burn will be toxic products that should never have been produced in the first place. John Vissers Abbotsford
Rev.’s questions evoke questions Editor, the Times:
I have some issues about the recent letter from Rev. Bowman in the June 18 edition. I don’t understand the significance of the two questions he asks, but I do have
some questions of my own. First, after Jesus saved the woman from execution having been caught in the act of adultery, did he tell her to go ahead and continue her activities because they occurred between consenting adults, or did he warn her to “go and sin no more?” Second, after Jesus healed the 10 lepers, how many of them returned to thank him? Nine of the 10, or just one? The answer of course is one. A poor showing one might say, but it occurred to me that if only one out of 10 homosexuals joined the congregations who support them and their activities, these churches would be filled to capacity every Sunday instead of closing down due to lack of attendance as so many are doing, even having to sell their buildings. Jack Ellis Abbotsford
Debated land is for all to enjoy Editor, the Times:
Regarding Mission’s proposed firearms discharge ban: The area spoken of is popular for four-by-fours and geocaching, as well as mentioned, camping and boating. You drive up Burma Road, and at most pullout areas, there are people with guns in one hand, beers in the other. Some more careful than others, using a quarry as a backstop. I have seen them shooting over valleys with a geocache (therefore hikers) below. I have had to turn around because my passengers (my child and a friend) were scared of the gunfire. Why should I not be able to enjoy this area because drunk idiots with guns and most likely no licences want to destroy the pleasure of the area for other users? If you want to race a car, join a car club at the racetrack. If you want to fire weapons at random targets in a public place, join a gun club. That’s what they are there for. Maybe the police should see how many of these people are licensed, then start taking weapons away and finally allow other users to enjoy the area. Guy Tansey Abbotsford
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Importance of ALR brought forth in bus tour CHRISTINA TOTH Chamber Voice
articipants in the annual Agricultural Bus Tour hosted by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce experienced an upclose look at some of the innovative farming enterprises that are part of this highly successful sector in the Lower Mainland. Within “walking distance” on a patch of the Sumas Prairie, the sold-out tour visited three diverse, thriving businesses: Van Eekelen Enterprises, which grows various crops but specializes in Belgian endive, or witloof; Lakeland Flowers, a major producer of tulips and other blooms; and Vandermeulen Greenhouses, a producer of hothouse bell peppers. They are all stable family businesses that employ dozens of workers and supply countless retail clients with their products. Farmers such as these benefit from a happy combination of the Fraser Valley’s temperate weather, high quality soils and excellent water, said Kim Sutherland a regional agrologist for Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. The region is one of the few places on the planet with this combination of environmental factors, and it is the envy of farmers in many places around the globe, she told the tour at their lunch stop at Lakeland. “But because we live here, we don’t realize the significance of that – we take it for granted,” she said. The tour, which also included poultry growers Paragon Farms on the west side of Abbotsford, highlighted the businesses’ emphasis on environmental stewardship, and sustainable, innovative approaches. But the really progressive factor that underlies all agriculture and helps make Abbotsford unique is British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Reserve, established by the provincial government in 1973. “The ALR is the main innovation,” Sutherland said. “The diversity of production, the intense, efficient use of the land base, the high capital investment of the farmers in land, buildings, equipment, access to processing, markets, marketing structures all combine to make Abbotsford absolutely unique.”
– JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Vandermeulen Greenhouses on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford produces peppers for U.S. and local markets. The local business was one of the stops on the annual Agricultural Bus Tour hosted by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce recently. The stability of the ALR gives farmers here the confidence to invest more dollars into their operations than in other jurisdictions, and the results are that the Fraser Valley is one of the most productive food producing regions in the world. In Abbotsford, agribusiness capital investment in land, equipment and buildings is $3.8 billion. “It’s this degree of capital investment that optimizes the agriculture output of the area as a whole,” said Sutherland. The economic impact of agriculture in Abbotsford alone is esti-
mated to be $2.5 billion now, up from the $1.8 billion reported by the Chamber in 2008. In 2010, the Fraser Valley Regional District produced about $18,000 per hectare, compared to the $8,000/ha Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula produces. “If they had the same type of ALR there, they’d be able to double that,” Sutherland said. But the value of the ALR and the stability it engenders will only become more valuable – on many levels – as we stare down the effects of climate change in our backyard, and the challenges it will bring to
our food security, she said. Currently, we in B.C. get 80 per cent of our fruit, vegetables and nuts from California, but in 30 to 50 years that is expected to change drastically, as the state sees more frequent droughts. The warmer, wetter climate predicted for our area could mean increased, year-round food production in the coming decades. With an expected influx of a million more residents in the Lower Mainland in the next three decades and the development pressures that will bring, the ALR will be one of key factors in protecting our food
security, Sutherland said. Other jurisdictions – India, Australia, Thailand, Spain, Denmark – would pay a “king’s ransom” to have a farmland reserve system, she said, and are exploring ways to emulate it. “They see what we can so easily overlook – that in the face of great uncertainty in the future to do with food production, population pressures and ability of technology to keep up, that keeping local dependable farmland in production will stabilize the community, and look after the material and social wellbeing of the community,” she said.
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Abbotsford Chamber commends ‘prudent’ updated budget 2013 T
he Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, “The BC Chamber urges this government together with BC Chamber of Com- to take swift action in launching a core review merce, commended the B.C. process,” he said. “The BC Chamgovernment for its continued comber has long advocated for such mitment to balanced budgets in the a review to ensure that every B.C. updated budget 2013. tax dollar is well spent and in the “Balanced budgets are impercurrent best interests of British ative for B.C.’s economic growth Columbians.” and a long-standing priority for all The updated budget 2013 has BC Chambers and the businesses lowered its economic growth forewe represent,” said Mike Welte, cast to 1.4 per cent, down from 1.6 Abbotsford Chamber president. per cent in February. MIKE WELTE “The Abbotsford Chamber comThe government has commitmends the government for its comted to continue its expenditure mitment to four years of balanced budgets management controls and has identified an and for demonstrating that commitment in additional $30 million to be saved this year. this updated budget.” The government has forecast surpluses of: “While the budget surplus forecast in • $153 million in 2013-14; and February is now somewhat reduced due to • $154 million in 2014-15. lower-than-expected economic activity, this “It’s encouraging to see that the government updated budget is both balanced and pru- has already met 37 per cent of its surplus asset dent,” added John Winter, president and CEO sales goal for the year,” Winter said. “These of the BC Chamber. numbers, coupled with the cost savings that Winter emphasized the value of balanc- the government has already identified, give ing B.C.’s budget and added that this budget us confidence that this government is setting update, along with B.C.’s softened economic realistic targets and can achieve its goal of a growth outlook, highlight the need for a core balanced budget.” review of B.C.’s government services and – ABBOTSFORD CHAMBER programs.
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Agricultural Bus Tour an educational day T
he Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce has recently concluded its annual Agricultural Bus Tour, which profiled four local innovative agri-businesses. The sold-out tour stopped at a pepper greenhouse, an endive farm, a vertically-integrated poultry operation and a wholesale flower operation. Over lunch, the guests enjoyed a talk from Kim Sutherland, a regional agrologist for the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, highlighting the importance of food supply. Our lunch, by the way, featured the products we had just seen, as well as others from our local producers. Spring and summer are key times of year for many of Abbotsford’s agricultural operations and a great time of year to catch a glimpse of these businesses in action. This tour is a very important tool to educate our community, business leaders and politicians about Abbotsford’s largest industry. The agricultural industry in Abbotsford is massive, creating over $1.8 billion dollars or 35 per cent of GDP that generates over 11,300 local jobs. One in five jobs in our community can be directly related to agri-
culture. This tour gives us unprecedented access to the producer, MIKE WELTE allowing us to PRESIDENT learn about their operation and the valuable contribution agriculture makes to our community and economy. I encourage you to take some time to enjoy some of the great agri-tourism opportunities in Abbotsford and the surrounding region this summer. A visit to a local farmers market, a trip to Birchwood Dairy, Maan Farms, Lepp Farm Market, or the Bakerview EcoDairy will give you a greater appreciation for our local agricultural industry. These trips are a fun way to educate the next generation about where their food comes from. With the recent craze of the “100-mile diet” we are fortunate to live in a city that has many great options for healthy local food. Agriculture is Abbotsford’s industry. Let’s work together to get behind our producers and support our No. 1 industry. When our producers are successful, equipment dealers, suppliers, transport companies and food processing operations are also success-
ful. So this summer, when you are in your backyard and you question the manure smell in the air or the sound from a blue-
berry cannon in the distance, remember the many important benefits of agriculture in our community.
– JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Vandermeulen Greenhouses on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford produces peppers for U.S. and local markets. The Chamber yearly farm tour was sold out with two bus loads of guests visiting various four local agri-businesses. Greenhouse owner Armand Vandermeulen leads the tour.
Hey there, Abbotsford: Let’s get together From the S E.D.’s chair
ome of the most important and most popular features of the Abbotsford Chamber are activities and events that allow members to come together to interact and engage with other members of the business community. There are numerous opportunities for members to introduce themselves and their business, meet valuable business contacts, learn new tools and methods to improve their business and improve their entrepreneurial knowledge. Our regular Chamber luncheons are larger events that usually feature a guest speaker, networking opportunities, introduction of new members, updates on Chamber activities and previews of future events. We rotate these meetings through various member locations, so check our website at www.abbotsfordchamber.com to find the date and location of the next luncheon. While we do not usually schedule luncheons during the summer, this year we
are holding a special Community Picnic on July 24 from 3 – 8 p.m. to celebrate our 100th anniversary. Held at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery on Vye Road this, is a free family fun event featuring games, jump houses, face-painting, food vendors and much more. And of course everyone gets to try their hands at fishing and the opportunity to land a trout. Another popular event is Chamber Connections, where members get to engage with other members in a more casual and social setting. These are held from 4:30 – 7 p.m. and are hosted by a different business or organization each time, at their site. Not only do you get a chance to rub shoulders and share a drink and appetizer
with some of the top business people in Abbotsford, you get to discover and learn more ALLAN ASAPH about different businesses in the city. Our Good Morning Abbotsford breakfast meetings are generally focused on a specific topic and are intended to provide a forum that allows for more dialogue and interaction between the presenter and the audience. Topics can include member education, detailed presentations on new projects, governmental and regulatory issues, local community initiatives or items of immediate concern to the Abbotsford business community. Each spring we host our Fraser Valley Business Showcase at Tradex, which fea-
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tures booths and business displays highlighting businesses from Surrey to Hope. Held in conjunction with the other Fraser Valley Chambers, this event is always well attended. Watch for the start of a new series of events titled Ask an Expert, coming in the fall months. These events will feature an opportunity to meet one-on-one with experts on a variety of specific business topics and get answers to questions important to your business. Even if you don’t have specific questions, the format of the event is designed to help you grow your knowledge base and learn more about the help that is available to increase your business success. For a schedule of events, or to find out more on these events, check our website at www.abbotsfordchamber.com or call the Chamber office at 604-859-9651. We are your Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.
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Agrifair weekend pass: One price for the entire event
urn the pages of your calendar to August, 2013 and mark down the ‘Abbotsford Agrifair and Rodeo 2013: Wild, Wild West’ Aug. 2-5 because this year’s weekend pass is too good a deal to pass up. Fifteen dollars for four full days and nights of family-friendly entertainment, including three concerts, the demolition derby, lumberjack show, carz and more show, Lego Mania Show, agriland, rodeo, midway, KidZone, dinosaurs, fireworks and much more. Where else can you find this much entertainment at such a steal of a price? The Valley Voice competition will kick off Agrifair’s compelling weekend lineup of musical entertainment on the Friday evening. The remaining finalists, six of B.C.’s young vocalists, will sing-off for the title of Fraser Valley’s ‘Voice’ to become star for a year. A combination of audience votes and four celebrity judges will determine the winner. Saturday night Langley-born country star, Dallas Smith, will rock the stage country-style. Get a spot on the grass early, as this concert expects to draw up to 3,000 boot-stompin’ fans. Three-time Grammy award winning Christian rock band, Jars of Clay, will entertain crowds under the night sky on Sunday evening with their musical blend of alternative
rock, folk, acoustic and R&B genres. This year the demolition derby and lumberjack shows are returning by popular demand and fireworks are also making a comeback. New and exciting full-contact sports competition including a rugby tournament and wrestling matches will wow fans with highimpact tackles and clever grappling techniques throughout the weekend. Take advantage of your opportunity to display your pride and joy and creative talent at the Customs Carz and More and Lego Mania shows. Get your entries in; forms available on the Agrifair website at www.agrifair.ca. There are prizes to be won and recognition to be had. Whether you are a sports fanatic, car enthusiast, rodeo junkie, animal lover, music fan, carnival goer, game player or simply an entertainment seeker you will find fun and excitement all weekend long so be sure to get in on this never-offered-before great deal and get your weekend pass soon. Weekend passes will be available from July 3 at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre and the Matsqui Recreation Centre. Visit the Agrifair website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements. – STAFF REPORTER
Chamber celebrates its centennial T he Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its 100th anniversary community fair on July 24, from 3 – 8 p.m. at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery, at 34345 Vye Rd., Abbotsford. The fair is a free family fun event that will feature: * SONIC Nation Street Team * Country 107.1 cruiser * A visit from Hawkey the Abbotsford Heat mascot * Bouncy castle, sports arena, face painters and more provided by Joyful Celebrations * Games by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley * Bells and Whistles Miniature Golf
* Henna tattoos by the Fraser Valley IndoCanadian Association * Creative Cube Mobile Studio * Tours of the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery * Fishing Grab a bite to eat at one of the participating food vendors: * Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas * Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association * Hotties Mobile Pasta Bar * Mr. Cool Ice Cream Truck * Tubsters Lil Dunkers * The Little Snowflake Factory
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GOLF TOURNAMENT September 6th, 2013 Date: Friday, September 6, 2013 Time: 11am - Registration; 1pm Tee Off Registration includes patio lunch, cart rental, green fees and BBQ dinner. Location: Ledgeview Golf & Country Club 35997 McKee Rd, Abbotsford • • • • • •
Texas Scramble KP and LD Contests Hole-In-One Prize Shared Power Cart Door Prizes Delicious patio lunch and BBQ dinner.
Come out for a great day of golf and networking fun! This is the Chamber’s 26th annual tournament and it has continued to be one of the most popular golf events for Abbotsford’s business community. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities at the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament that will allow you to connect with our 132 golfers.
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An Ironman among us Abbotsford athlete places 58th in Idaho JEAN KONDA-WITTE JKonda-Witte@abbotsfordtimes.com
bbotsford’s Nathan Veldhoen, 33, just returned home after competing in the Ironman Coeur d’Alene in Idaho June 23 where he finished 58th overall. Not bad considering there were more than 2,500 competitors. His time was nine hours, 50 minutes. “I’m happy with it,” he said. “It was 1520 minutes slower than I wanted. I wanted to be in the Top 30.” Last year he finished the Penticton Ironman in 48th spot and qualified for the daunting world Ironman championship in Hawaii last October. A construction worker by day with the family business, Veldhoen began competing in Ironman competitions in 2010. “I was doing marathons before and wanted more of a challenge,” he said. “I
grew up as a swimmer and it took off from there. I started biking and now it’s sort of an addiction. It’s a good mental, physical grind that turns into a lifestyle, like a part-time job.” NATHAN VELDHOEN The Ironman Coeur d’Alene encompassed a scenic albeit challenging course: 3.8 kilometres swimming two loops of Lake Couer d’Alene followed by a two loop 180km biking course which Veldhoen described as hilly with ‘two good climbs,’ and ended with running a full marathon distance of 42.2 km. Swimming was the easiest for Veldhoen because he grew up with it and didn’t have to train as much for that he said. “Most difficult was the biking because of the distance,” he said. “The run is always hard too.” In a perpetual state of training now, Veldhoen and is looking at competing in a half Ironman in Vancouver in July.
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Nathan Veldhoen of Abbotsford completes the marathon distance of the Ironman Coeur d’Alene to finish 58th overall out of more than 2,500 athletes. His time was nine hours 50 minutes.
Sr. Cardinals looking for wins JEAN KONDA-WITTE JKonda-Witte@abbotsfordtimes.com
oing into the summer home stretch the Abbotsford Cardinals are looking to their
pitching to keep them in the hunt in the B.C. Premier Baseball League. “Our pitching has been our backbone this year and has kept us in every ball game,” said head coach Corey Eckstein.
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Abbotsford Cardinals’ baserunner Colton Besse dives back to first base to beat the throw in game against the Parksville Royals last week at DeLair Park. The teams split the June 23 doubleheader.
“We have been clean defensively but when we do have a hiccup, it really costs us in the end.” After a few disappointing losses last week, the Sr. Cards were hoping to get back in the win column with home games over the Canada Day weekend at DeLair Park in Abbotsford. “Probably the most deflating two losses in my eight years with the organization,” Eckstein said of the June 25 double blow (10-9 and 3-2) at the hands of the North Shore Twins. “We had leads going into the seventh inning and lost on two out, walk off wins. Daniel Koo pitched outstanding in Game 2 for us, pitching into the eighth inning.” Eckstein admits the bats have been slow for the Cards but he likes what he’s seeing of late. “Our approaches are starting to change and I’m seeing some players really break out of their early season slumps.” The Cards played the Nanaimo Pirates in a double header on Saturday and met the North Shore Twins for two on Sunday at DeLair. Results were not available by the Times’ early press deadline. As of Friday, the Cards were in sixth spot in the BCPBL with 19 wins, 15 losses and 0.559 PCT and within striking distance of the Coquitlam Reds and Victoria Eagles. The Langley Blaze captured the league title with a 39-9 season record.
Briefly Pickleball national championships coming The second annual Pickleball Canada National Open Championship runs July 6 – 7 at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. There will be 21 events of men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles in open, age and junior divisions. There are 230 registered participants with teams coming from all over Canada and the U.S. This is the largest pickleball tournament in Canada. Mayor Bruce Banman will welcome all participants at 8 a.m. on July 7. There will be prizes and medal presentations for the national champions on the final day.
Heat Foundation gives $50K to local charities The Abbotsford Heat and the Heat Foundation granted $50,000 to 12 local charities: Canadian Rope Skipping Federation, F. V. Valley Autism Society, Ann Davis Transition Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, F.V. Brain Injury Association, Matthew’s House, Abbotsford Restorative Justice Advocacy, Cyrus Centre, KidSport Abbotsford, CNIB/BCYukon Division, Abbotsford Youth Commission and Abbotsford Youth Health Centre. The objective of the Heat Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the under17 age group of the Fraser Valley, specifically to improve children and youth’s health/ wellness, education and fitness, to develop amateur and grassroots sports and to repress risk related behaviour such as drug use, gang involvement and crime Over the past three seasons, the Heat Foundation has granted more than $100,000 to local organizations, and the Abbotsford Heat have raised more than $300,000 for local charities and minor hockey groups.
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Register for the summer reading club for children of all ages, with prizes and contests through the season. Call the Clearbrook Library at 604-859-7814, or see www.fvrl.ca for more information.
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Register for summer reading at the Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave., It’s a one stop shop to sign up for all summer reading clubs, including preschoolers, kids, teens, and adults. Call 604-826-6610 for details.
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July 6, the Fraser Valley Autism Society is holding its annual family picnic at the Mill Lake Water Park on Emerson Street in Abbotsford from 1 – 4 p.m. This a free event for families. Food and drink will be provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with heading ‘picnic.’
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