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JHSLM to open transition home for former inmates before Christmas CHRISTINA TOTH CToth@abbotsfordtimes.com

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he John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland plans to open a 20-bed facility for inmates on statutory release on West Railway Street in Abbotsford by December, at the site of the former Sunrise Community Centre. The house will not be a correctional centre, but a place where men can transition slowly back into society after release from prison,

said Tim Veresh, the executive director for JHSLM. “This is to fill the gaps,” between prison and integrating back into the community, he said. The society has been talking with the City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford Police about such a site since it opened Tims Manor, a 10-bed affordable housing facility for men on full parole or statutory release. At the time, JHSLM agreed to provide problem-free housing and

build the trust of the community for five years before expanding its services. The non-profit society conferred with the city and the police before it purchased the West Railway Street site, said Veresh. He noted there is a need for transitional housing in Abbotsford for men leaving prison who have families and jobs in the area. JHSLM is under contract with Correctional Service of Canada to run the community-based residential home at 2411 West Railway, which has been vacant since June 2012, when a Fraser Health housing program for people with concurrent

“We don’t expect open arms [from the community] but when you have the supports in place . . . gradual release is the best way to introduce people back into the community after a period of incarceration.” – JHSLM executive director Tim Veresh

disorders ended. “We intend to reopen the building under a similar purpose; providing support services to persons on

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More than 3,000 new jobs in declining market

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Dairy, poultry farms buck job trend

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he Sensible BC “cannabus” caused somewhat of a commotion when it arrived in Abbotsford’s downtown historic core on Saturday morning. The silver coach adorned with marijuana leaves parked on Essendene Avenue to draw a crowd so the group could collect signatures to force a referendum to decriminalize marijuana possession. The petition, which would function the same way as the HST referendum campaign, has 90 days to collect signatures from 10 per cent of the voters in every B.C. riding, or 40,000 signatures, starting from Sept. 9. However, the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association called out the police after a local merchant complained the bus was violating parking bylaws and disrupting business.

conditional release, specializing in concurrent disorders,” said Veresh. The society operates two other similar houses in contract with the CSC, one in Surrey since 1984, and one in Vancouver since 1997. “We’re not a new kid on the block,” he said. “The population we have tends to be very stable. We don’t tolerate problems, we encourage responsible behaviour.” Since the West Railway site already meets the P4 zoning definition of Personal Care Use, the facility doesn’t require a public hearing.

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The Sensible BC ‘cannabus’ came to Abbotsford Saturday to sign people up for a marijuana referendum. Abbotsford Police Sgt. Pete Quaglia was called by Abbotsford Downtown Business Association executive director Tina Stewart, centre, who said the bus took up two parking stalls and was a hardship for local business.

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airy and poultry farms in the Fraser Valley and the province saw continued job security and even job growth during a period when the rest of the British Columbia agriculture sector lost jobs, according to a new study. A PricewaterhouseCoopers review found that while B.C.’s overall farming sector lost 9,400 jobs between 2007 and 2011, its dairy, poultry and egg producer industries created nearly 3,350 new jobs in the same period. As a result, 45 per cent of B.C. agriculture employees now work on these supply-managed farms, up from 25 per cent in 2007, the study found. see JOBS, page A4

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Diane Welch and the gang are pretty proud of her upcoming children’s book, ‘Introducing Mr. Nobody,’ which will launch on Friday. Reading at the kitchen table are kids, from left, August, 9, Kaylee, 15, and twins Galatea and Portia, 11. Husband Dave, who illustrated the book, joins in the fun.

New book is Mr. Nobody’s business Abbotsford mom turns kids’ fall guy into a character for a children’s book JEAN KONDA-WITTE JKonda-Witte@abbotsfordtimes.com

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very family with young children probably has one. You know, that mysterious creature that seems to always get into trouble and usually takes the fall for everything that goes wrong. Now an Abbotsford mother of four has penned a new book about her family’s ‘fall guy’ in Introducing Mr. Nobody, which is set to launch on Sept. 27. Diane Welch has taken the shenanigans of her four children over the years and brought them to life in nine short stories, complete with vivid illustrations painted by her husband Dave. The book will take young readers on the exciting and mischievous adventures of Mr. Nobody through the eyes of six-year-old Austin (actually her son August). Mr. Nobody lives in Austin’s room in an invisible bed and he loves choco-

late, coffee and strawberry jam sand- book from the beginning. wiches. They are the actual characters in the “Mr. Nobody is a mystical creature book but with different names. that lives in our home. He came from “Children will learn about love, our kids’ childhood. They made it up,” family, forgiveness and responsibilsaid Welch. ity through the eyes of She remembers an six-year-old Austin and incident seven years “Mr. Nobody is a mystiof course, Mr. Nobody,” ago that became the cal creature that lives in said Welch, who knew b r a i n c h i l d f o r t h e our home. He came from when she was just 15 book. our kids’ childhood. They that she wanted to be “I had hidden a box an author. “It’s a fun made it up.” of heart chocolates in book with a message.” my underwear drawAll the kids contrib– author Diane Welch er,” she recalled. “Later uted to story ideas, lisI found all the kids in tened to the topics and a bedroom under the covers, hiding critiqued the stories and artwork, said from mom, and they had eaten all the Welch, adding the project took three chocolates. All their faces were cov- years to complete. ered in chocolate. And they said ‘Mr. “The kids are . . . very proud of it. It’s Nobody did it’.” really quite something.” The imaginary figure continued to The book launch with signing is get into trouble over the years, and Friday, Sept. 27, from 7 – 9 p.m. at now his antics will come to life in 42 Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, pages for children to read and share. corner of Gladwin and Maclure Roads Some of the topics for the short sto- in Abbotsford. ries include: April Fool’s Day, Daddy’s There will also be a book signing at disappearing coffee, birthday party Chapters in Langley on Oct. 19 from 2 mischief, the summertime blues, – 5 p.m., which Welch said “is a huge missing shoes and the mischievous accomplishment especially for a first chocolate bandits, among others. time author.” The four Welch children – Kaylee, The cost of the book is $20. 15; twins Galatea and Portia, 11, and She is already working on a Mr. August, 9 – have been involved in the Nobody sequel.

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Police called in to mediate dispute PETITION, from page A9 ADBA executive director Tina Stewart said the owner of Birkeland Bros. Wool called, upset because the bus was parked directly in front of the store, which was holding one of its biggest events of the year, including a film crew. “We have no issues with the politics. We’re just concerned for our businesses,” said Stewart, while a police officer on scene worked to mediate the issue. “They had no intention of being respectful. It’s about the business you’re interrupting.” “I called the police because they wouldn’t listen to me. The “They had no bylaws don’t allow [takintention of being respectful. It’s about ing up] two the business you’re s p a c e s a n d [blocking] the interrupting.” sidewalk.” Dana Lars– ADBA E.D. Tina Stewart en, Sensible BC director, was sympathetic to the owner’s concerns but said the bus was parked legally in a two-hour spot and supporters had a right to canvas in a public space. The event didn’t seem cause too much damage to business, said Larsen. “I understand she wasn’t expecting us to be there . . . but plenty of her customers were signing the petition as they came out,” he said. “Our goal isn’t to aggravate people . . . we managed to resolve it and after two hours we went to a different spot.” The campaign bus reportedly got a parking ticket for occupying two stalls. Despite the initial parking kerfuffle, the campaign got a good reception, quite a few signatures and met with local canvassers and signed, said Larson. The 50 volunteers must collect a minimum of 3,649 signatures from registered voters in the Abbotsford-Mission riding, 3,616 in Abbotsford South and 3,172 in Abbotsford West.

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Supporters of the campaign sign the petition in hopes of a change to the marijuana laws.

Larsen said it’s too early to say how Karyn Waters, owner of Birkeland many signatures have been collected Bros. Wool, said her objections to the in Abbotsford. But he doesn’t think the Sensible BC “cannabus” had nothing to signature threshold is beyond canvass- do with politics, simply business. ers’ ability, regardless of the Abbotsford’s “We had some customers that weren’t conservative reputation. impressed to be walking “While we were there, the crowd,” said “Our goal isn’t to aggra- through people were eager to Waters. sign the petition,” said vate people . . . we manSome of the campaign’s aged to resolve it and Larsen. supporters were smoking “Even though people after two hours we went marijuana in front of the are conser vative, it to a different spot.” store as well, she said. doesn’t mean they’re “Voices were raised . against what we are try– Dana Larsen, Sensible BC director . . they started smoking ing to do. out front. And I’m preg“We are still expecting nant, that’s one thing positive support even in more conserva- that came up.” tive parts of the province.” When the bus moved a couple hours Sensible BC’s proposed legislation later to a parking lot a little further aims to decriminalize marijuana and to down the street, her concerns were stop police and the courts from expend- addressed. ing resources to crack down on adults However, Waters stressed that somefor simple pot possession. one from Sensible BC came into her The campaign’s polls suggest that 57 store later to apologize. per cent of self-described conservative “I appreciated that,” she said. voters support the decriminalization of “It wasn’t all confrontational.” – WITH FILES FROM JEAN KONDA-WITTE marijuana.

“We were quite pleasantly surprised about the jobs numbers. It’s a good news story,” said David Eto, the executive director for the B.C. Dairy Association. This is the third report the B.C. dairy, egg and poultry industries, known collectively as BCDEPI, have commissioned since 2007 to monitor their combined economic health and impact. The PWC study found that by 2011, BCDEPI employed more than 31,700 people, including 11,800 directly working in the sector. Another estimated 19,900 people are employed beyond the farm gate, such as in processing plants. That’s slightly more than the 24,700 jobs in the same period in B.C.’s mining, gas and oil sectors. The total economic impact of BCDEPI is estimated to be $5.6 billion in industry output, contributing an estimated $1.6 billion to B.C.’s GDP (which is roughly $196 billion), the study found. In Thursday’s Times, the issue of deregulating the poultry/dairy industry is examined.

Abbotsford man dead after crash in Langley MATTHEW CLAXTON mclaxton@langleyadvance.com n Abbotsford man was declared dead in hospital Sunday after he suffered a medical emergency and crashed in Langley City. The driver had just come off the 203rd Street overpass and turned east on 62nd Avenue at about 3 p.m., said Const Craig Van Herk, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP. The man suffered some form of medical issue and his car veered through the westbound lane of the road, eventually coming to rest against a building. Fortunately, traffic was light and the man didn’t hit any other vehicles or pedestrians. He was airlifted to hospital and pronounced dead there. The crash did not actually cause him serious injury, and it’s thought the medical issues were the main cause of death, said Van Herk. The man was just 57 years old, said Van Herk.

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This residence on Railway Street will house 20 men on full parloe or statutory release from prison.

Screening procedure to be implimented HOUSING, from page A1

To be accepted, residents must show they have supports in the community, understand However, Veresh said the society welcomes the impact of their crime, have a strong plan local input, and will create a community advi- for reintegration, agree to supervision and to sory committee with local members. follow release conditions. “We’re looking forward to it. We don’t expect “If they don’t want to work with our staff, open arms [from the community] but when we don’t want them here,” said Veresh. “We you have the supports in place . . . gradual can say no to anybody we want. We can also release is the best way to introduce people choose to impose our own rules, in addition back into the community after a period of to any [parole] conditions already imposed incarceration,” Veresh said. on the individual.” The building will house 20 “Individuals who pose Applicants are not restrictmen on full parole or statued by the type of crime they a high risk to the comtory release. committed, Veresh said. munity will not be in this The site will have two full“We look at the current risk, time, seasoned staff workers building.” past criminogenic factors, on during the day, another their strategic plans. Individu– Tim Veresh, JHSLM exec. dir. als who pose a high risk to the two in the evening and one awake individual overnight. community will not be in this There will be three bed checks building,” said Veresh. a night, and the building is now being refitHe noted former convicts risk going back to ted with alarms and cameras to monitor the prison if they breach parole conditions. residents, said Veresh. “The counsellors, the Parole Board of CanaThe residents will have access to a range of da, parole officers – everybody involved wants services, from parole officers to psychologists to see this person get their life back on track, and various programs. and do no harm to the community,” he said. The men will be screened for suitability and “People are here to change and improve their will have to meet certain criteria. situation. This is an opportunity for them to Veresh said only about 40 per cent of those step up to the plate, not to be a burden on who apply are accepted in the JHS houses. society.” At their Vancouver site, of the 5,000 men Anyone with questions or concerns is who applied over the last five years, 718 were encouraged to contact Veresh at jhsed@ accepted, he said. jhslmbc.ca.

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and is maturing. It’s getting more attention than ever before.” Part of that may be due to holding five special events this summer, including an anniversary weekend, a dog days event and a farmers’ appreciation day, to draw in new CHRISTINA TOTH visitors, he said. CToth@abbotsfordtimes.com The last Wednesday evening country market at the civic square in Abbotsford is hanks to a $20,000 AgriSpirit Fund tomorrow on Sept. 25. The final Saturday grant from Farm Credit Canada this morning summer market is Oct. 12 at its year, the Abbotsford Farm and Coun- downtown location, at George Ferguson try Market will get its own tent and cash left Way and Montrose Ave. over to promote the program. After that date, it will continue weekly on “We’re excited about it,” Saturday mornings as the said Bruce Fatkin, manager fall market, starting with a “The market has reached big of the Abbotsford farm marOktoberfest celebration another plateau and is ket. on Oct. 19. The award will allow the maturing. It’s getting This is the second time market to buy and main- more attention than ever the Abbotsford market tain its own 20 by 20-foot before.” re c e i v e d F C C f u n d i n g marquee tent, which will be – with the last award about – Bruce Fatkin, market manager six years ago, Fatkin was used at its downtown site on Saturday mornings and able to buy a cargo trailer, at the civic centre site on which has saved him and Wednesday evenings. the volunteers hundreds of hours of labour, Some cash will go to pay for a graphic he said. wrap for the manager’s pickup truck, “so it This year, FCC handed out $80,000 in will be a mobile billboard,” said Fatkin. total to six community groups in British The remaining money will enable the Columbia to support capital projects to help market to purchase 55 professionally shot improve the quality of life for rural residents. photographs that were part of the market’s The FCC AgriSpirit Fund gives rural combrand and marketing update last year, he munity groups between $5,000 and $25,000 said. for local improvement projects such as “They’ll be used on the website, in our recreation and community centres, libraries messaging and promotions,” said Fatkin. and emergency services training facilities. While he didn’t have any hard numbers All projects are based in communities with yet for this season’s participation, “we know populations lower than 150,000. customer participation is up,” he said. Selected groups must complete their “The market has reached another plateau projects by Dec. 31, 2015.

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Ethnic groups of all varieties took to the stage for the annual Abby Fest, a multicultural event celebrating the diversity within the community, all day Saturday at the Ag Rec centre in Abbotsford.

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undreds of supporters and students came out to enjoy a pancake breakfast and celebrate the launch of the United Way of the Fraser Valley’s 2013 fundraising campaign at Abbotsford Co m m u n i t y L i b r a r y o n Thursday morning. This year UWFV aims to raise $800,000 for programs and services that meet its top priorities of helping to ensure kids aged six and under are ready for school, and to help to reduce poverty and homelessness in the community. Campaign co-chair Bruce Howell, CEO of Prospera Credit Union, said the financial institution is a strong supporter of the work of the UWFV. “It’s an organization that supports valuable service organizations in the Fraser Valley,” said Howell. “And being involved in the community is also in the DNA of Prospera.” The fundraising kick-off celebration took place adjacent to Abbotsford Senior Secondary and many students took the opportunity to have a tasty breakfast and to help out, noted the other UWFV fundraising co-chair, Robin Marshall. “We actually timed the breakfast to coincide with the students arrival this morn-

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Executive director of United Way Fraser Valley Wayne Green, left, and UWFV fundraising campaign co-chairs, Prospera’s regional manager Robin Marshall and Prospera CEO Bruce Howell, show off their community colours at the pancake breakfast launch at the Abbotsford Community Library on Thursday. ing,” said Marshall. “And the student leadership team was a big help today.” Lori Masse, UWFV director of resource development, said the charity was actively looking to forge new bonds with young people in the community, particularly students from the University of the Fraser Valley. The UWFV raised $755,619 last year and hopes to best that number by six per cent this time round, said Masse. Abbotsford’s Cyrus Centre, which serves at-risk or homeless youth, and the Warm Zone, a drop-in centre for street entrenched women, are just two of the local organizations that benefit from

the support of the UWFV, said Masse. “People give to us because they know we research where the money goes, and they are getting a big and cost efficient bang for their buck,” said Masse. Workplace campaigns, which provide the bulk of the funding, are crucial to the success of the UWFV’s annual campaign, said Marshall. “We encourage any business that would like to run a United Way campaign to contact us,” she said. ■ For more information about UWFV or to make a donation visit uwfv.bc.ca.

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ome things are known about Aaron Alexis, the man who apparently killed 12 people at the Navy Yard complex in Washington, D.C. last week. History of anger issues, gun crimes, and possible mental illness? Check. Recent stresses? Check. Conflicts with authority? Check. All of this is not going to explain the question that is being asked everywhere: why? We may never come up with a satisfactory answer. Obviously, there are common threads linking many modern massacres, but we typically only recognize them in retrospect. How many Americans match the profile of Alexis right now? Minor criminal record, frustrated, angry and with access to firearms . . . that describes tens of thousands of people. Most of them do not go on killing sprees. People have been puzzling over this behaviour since Capt. James Cook wrote about a phenomenon called “running amok” in Malaysia. Some villagers, usually after a period of personal setbacks, would lash out with weapons, killing or wounding anyone who crossed their path, finally being killed, killing themselves, or being subdued. Early proto-psychologists considered running amok to be a primitive mental disorder among people halfway around the world.

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the painful truth In the last two hundred years or so, every society on every continent has seen some version of these outbreaks of violence. Killers have used knives, guns, cars, grenades and swords. Aside from the goals of the perpetrators – kill many people, without any concern for their own lives – there are wide variations. Andrew Kehoe was a middleaged, middle class, well educated American who had lost a local election and was facing the foreclosure of his farm and the lengthy illness of his wife. In 1927, he spent months secretly packing an elementary school with explosives, and killed 45 people, including himself, in two blasts. Martin Bryant was an Australian man of very low intelligence who inherited a sizeable sum of money from a lottery winner. Lonely and depressed, he killed 35 people, mostly at the Port Arthur prison colony, a historic site in Tasmania, in 1996. In 2006, Jennifer San Marco was a woman with severe mental illness who murdered a neighbour and five co-workers, apparently because she

believed she was the target of a conspiracy at her workplace. Spree killings have been blamed on violent video games, violent movies, violent music, bullying, a lack of gun control, too much gun control, low selfesteem, and megalomania. There certainly seem to be ways to reduce the frequency of mass murders and to mitigate their impact. Canada, Australia, and Great Britain all imposed stricter gun laws in the wake of massacres. Gun crimes of all types are notably lower than in the U.S., and its gun culture is also quite different from its neighbours. Better mental health services probably wouldn’t hurt, nor would reducing bullying in schools and workplaces. That said, in a world with seven billion people, some will inevitably feel persecuted and angry, and want to lash out. For decades, the mass murder has been a script they can latch onto and follow. In Malaysia, running amok declined over time. The culture changed. When people want to lash out, they follow particular cultural scripts, and if we want to know why massacres happen, we need to understand what makes that course of annihilating violence attractive, and what we can do to provide an alternative. ■ Matthew Claxton is a reporter at the Langley Advance.

t’s been said that municipal government is the closest to the people. If the federal government were to disappear tomorrow – so goes an old yarn – it would take about a month to notice. If the provincial government vanished, citizens would feel the ramifications in a week. If city hall were suddenly gone, however, the residents of Abbotsford would notice the next day when garbage wasn’t picked up. Not taking these timelines too literally, the point is valid: city hall is important. Many municipal politicians argue that their work is overlooked and that cities are forced to do too much with not enough money. Community newspapers cover the goings on at their city halls with a keen eye. Beyond Vancouver, however, bigger media outlets tend to give scant attention to unsexy stories about recycling, zoning and bylaw enforcement. That’s why the discussions and the resolutions that emerge from last week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities annual convention are easy to ignore by the provincial government. Many of the resolutions voted on by the municipal leaders of B.C. are nothing more than decisions that they should petition Victoria for more of this or less of that, or changes here or there: We resolve to do more to ask for more. Too often Victoria turns a blind eye or at best greets the resolutions with platitudes. The provincial government issues a detailed response to the resolutions that emerge from UBCM conventions. This is good reading, but more needs to be done to follow up with Victoria if responses are inadequate or if promises are not kept. It may not all be newsworthy, but Victoria needs to know that we are all paying attention to the UBCM.

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Pause for thought for atheists Editor, the Times: It’s been interesting to read a flood of letters excoriating biblical faith. Is it only a coincidence that all this vituperation happens at the same time an atheist organization has launched a global “missionary tour” to establish godless “congregations”? I like Douglas Wilson’s version of the two core doctrines of the atheist faith: 1 – There is no God; 2 – And I HATE Him! It’s worth remembering that the 20th century – the bloodiest in human history – earned that distinction by being dominated by several atheist and one occult regimes: Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Erich Honecker, Nicolae Ceauescu and Adolf Hitler. R.J. Rummel’s scholarly study Death by Government reveals that the biggest cause of unnatural death in the 20th century was attacks by those governments on their own people: at least 70 million killed by Mao; 60plus million killed by Lenin and Stalin; “only” 20 million killed in the war started by Hitler. In fact, in any average day of the regimes of Mao and Stalin, there were more people killed than in the 300 years of the Spanish Inquisition – a sad period when the church turned its back on biblical principles. Those principles gave the world hospitals, universities, civil freedom, the concept that all men and women stand equal before the law, universal public education and so much more. Indeed, the core concepts of modern democratic government and equal justice are rooted in Magna Carta, which in 1215 declared that there is a higher law that even the Crown must obey – and it is found in the Bible. Atheist missionaries should pause and contemplate those facts. Ron Gray Abbotsford

Situation is saddening Editor, the Times: Re: the homeless camp being moved again. My heart bleeds for these poor souls. Thanks to the government who shut down Riverview and other buildings, they have nowhere to go. With politicians’ bloated salaries, pig trough pension plans, major money mismanagement, there is nothing left (or is there?) for the homeless. It saddens me that they are left to fend on their own and then we read that the MLAs have cancelled the fall legislature. Maybe with their extra time, they can come

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Heat mascot also made an appearance and had all the dogs singing. Without everyone’s support, we would not be able to continue the important work we do for our community and surrounding communities. Please join us on Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the shelter for our first annual Remember Me Thursday, a candlelighting ceremony and a global initiative to promote pet adoption. Jodi Dunlop branch manager Abbotsford SPCA

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How amusing that Brian Archer should publish my salary and deductions in a community newspaper. What a clever fellow. I think he has slightly overstated my union dues, but he is correct that my federal and provincial taxes amounted last year to over $17,000. Freely given, I must say. I enjoy driving on wellrepaired roads. I am also glad that there is such a thing as publicly-funded education. The thing is, Brian misses the point about unionized work. Public sector employees are educating Brian’s children, if he has any. They know how to resuscitate Brian’s kids if they choke on something. They will help those kids if they suffer from poverty, or malnutrition, or mental illness. They keep our streets safe for him and all the people he cares about (if any). If one of his parents is elderly and he can’t afford to look after him or her, public sector union members will be the ones who will do the bathing and feeding and taking-to-the-bathroom that he is not around to do. I simply can’t imagine why people like Brian Archer would object to paying taxes for the services (i.e. work) they can’t perform for themselves. Would Brian prefer to live somewhere else? Would he prefer to pay privately for education, street repair, health, public safety, and so on, and so on? If so, he is earning more money than I am. Hilary Turner Mission

Thank you from the SPCA Editor, the Times: On Sept. 8, the Abbotsford SPCA hosted its annual Paws for a Cause. This is our largest event every year and every year we see it grow, with the help of sponsors, participants and donors. We had about 200 participants with their four-legged companions. The event raised over $23,000 to help us care for the animals in Abbotsford. I would like to thank our local sponsors: Oly’s Pet Connection, Bakerview Veterinary Hospital, Abbotsford Veterinary Hospital, Alpha Animal Hospital, Buckerfield’s and Remax; our volunteers who make this all possible: Kelly, Jason, Nicole, Tony, Claire, Doreen, Tami, Amy, Meghan, Ginny, Val, Lin, Lois, Scott, Ashley, Kevin, and our amazing emcee, Maria. Congratulations to the following top fundraisers: in the youth category, Jessica Hernandez; in the adult category, Kayla Fraser. Our top team this year was Team Paws for Hope, which was closely followed by Gals Fur Animals. Also a big shout out to Ann Gunderson, Lisa Davies and their teams for their dog demonstrations in nose work and treibball. It was nice to have some local businesses participate as well. Thank you K9h20, Doggie Detail, St. John’s Therapy Dogs and Just About Pets Wellness Centre. Hawkey the Abbotsford

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Homelessness documentary shot in Abbotsford Chicken manure incident, homeless issue inspire local filmmaker CHRISTINA TOTH CToth@abbotsfordtimes.com

Operating as a one-man crew, Miller followed developments over several weeks – including a class ou are invited to help a new action lawsuit against the City of documentary on homeless- Abbotsford, an internal investiness in the city reach comple- gation into police actions against tion, and to help local agencies homeless property and a heated that help the homeless at the same battle between the Abbotsford time. Downtown Business Association Abbotsford filmmaker Kevin Mill- and Abbotsford Community Servicer, the creator of the provocative es, which seeks to build a low-barHellbound?, launched his crowd- rier, transitional housing facility for funding campaign men who struggle o n Tu e s d a y t o with addiction. finance post-pro- “How do we as a comMiller interduction on a new viewed the mayor, munity that’s so prosperfilm called The 5&2, the police chief, the which he shot last ous, and so religious, operators of Warm s u m m e r a m i d s t how do we get to this Zone (a women’s the City of Abbots- point where we use drop-in centre), and ford’s questionable chicken manure to drive others like Draper attempt to disperse out the homeless?” and 5&2 co-worker a homeless camp by Je s s e We g e n a s t , dumping chicken – Filmmaker Kevin Miller two of the city’s manure on the site. leading advocates The film takes its of the homeless. name from the 5 and 2 Ministries, He also filmed many of the city’s which aid homeless and other mar- homeless men and women. ginalized people in Abbotsford. “No two stories are the same, Describing the work as an “acci- regarding how they got into their dental documentary,” Miller was situations,” Miller said. “It seems filming a profile of the colourful really simple [to address], but helpfounder of 5&2, pastor Ward Draper, ing someone is never as simple as when news of the infamous chicken it appears. These guys, there is not manure strategy broke. really a place for them to go to, and The event helped the filmmaker some don’t want a place. Oftenfocus on what he learned was a very times, their voices aren’t even in the complex issue – homelessness, and conversation.” the community’s response to it. M i l l e r, w h o c o n v e r t e d h i s

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hen eight-year-old Bradley Clair gets out of his mom’s Jeep, he uses the curbside door. “I’m afraid he’ll be hit if I let him out on the road,” explained Lydia Clair. On a Thursday morning, Abbotsford’s McLeod Avenue is quiet. There are “slowdown” signs in the Clair’s yard, but little traffic. That all changes in the afternoon when cars pour into the residential area to avoid a busy intersection on an adjoining road. On Friday, Bradley forgot his mom’s rule and leaped out of their parked Jeep onto the road. A passing car missed the boy by mere inches. “It was going so fast I couldn’t get the license plate,” said Clair, who ran after the car. “That was the last straw.” Over the weekend, Clair canvassed neighbours on McLeod and another road that suffers from the same problem, gathering 104 signatures. She brought the petition to Abbotsford city hall and is hoping council will consider traffic-calming measures. Lowering the speed limit won’t do any good - it’s already 30 km/h. “Our quality of life is done,” she told The Province. “I’m concerned my kids aren’t able to have a normal childhood because they’re afraid to play in the front yard.” Clair won’t let her kids walk to a nearby park and packs up their bikes to drive them to a safer street for riding. Speeding has been an issue since she first moved into the neighbourhood a decade ago, but the problem seems to be getting worse with new development. After school and work end on weekdays, the intersection at McMillan Road and McKee Drive becomes backed up and drivers are tempted to cut down side

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Lydia Clair stands beside a slow down sign on McLeod Avenue in Abbotsford on Thursday. Residents are concerned about speeding drivers who use their quiet Abbotsford neighbourhood to bypass a busy intersection. streets to get around it. Another neighbour said she used to use the road as a shortcut before she lived on it. “Now I understand why it’s wrong to do that,” she said. Over the last few years complaints to the Abbotsford police have resulted in speed traps, but the effects have been short-lived, according to neighbours. Abbotsford police Const. Ian MacDonald said he understands residents’ concerns, but police have a limited ability to help. “We can’t be on every street every day,” he said. Road safety is a top priority for the department and has been the subject of online, video and poster campaigns. “Enforcement is only one part of the equation,” he said. “Education is crucial for changing driver behaviour.” From the beginning of 2012 to July

2013, police have handed out 19,000 traffic tickets, totalling about 30,000 offences. City of Abbotsford general manager of engineering Jim Gordon said he’s seen Clair’s petition and it will be forwarded to the city’s traffic safety advisory committee for investigation. If public feedback and the engineering department are in agreement about traffic-calming measures, the area could be considered for improvement, although the list of projects ahead of it is long. A proposal is in the works to change the three-way stop at McMillan and McKee to a traffic light, which could eventually provide a solution, he added. Clair hopes action will be taken before it’s too late: “The way it’s going someone is going to be killed.”

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A12 ❘ COMMUNITY ❘ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 THE TIMES Talking dirty, talking green Sept. 24, author and teacher Trevor Carolan discusses a neo-anti-environmentalism argument that opposes organic, sustainable farming for being inefficient, at the next GreenSpeak series at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Centre for Sustainability, at noon on the Abbotsford campus. Free.

Cancer volunteers

Sept. 24, Canadian Cancer Society in Mission holds its monthly volunteer meeting at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome, at the CCS’s new office at #5-32650 Logan Ave. Call 604-820-3166.

Mission OAP

Mission Old Age Pensioners meets on the second Friday each month at 1:30 p.m. and for a birthday party lunch on the fourth Friday at Mission Seniors Activity Centre,

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. 33100 – 10th Avenue. Call Darlene at 604-826-8974.

Learning Plus on aviation

Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon, Abbotsford LP presents Abbotsford Airport: Then, Now and the Future of Aviation, on the history and plans. Fee: $5 plus $2 ARC drop-in fee, at Abby Rec Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd.

Lifetime book talk

Sept. 24, Lifetime Learning Centre’s book group

meets for six weeks, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month,10 a.m. to noon, 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission. Fee: $45 for the series. Phone 604-820-0220.

Babytime stories

Sept. 25 to Oct. 30, enjoy stories and more at Babytime on Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Mission library, Second Avenue. Call 604-826-6610.

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Sept. 24, Lifetime learning Centre presents the Philosophers’ Café, topic is human effect on climate, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Cedarbrooke Chateau, 32331 Seventh Ave., Mission. Suggested donation $5.

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or all intents and purposes, the University of the Fraser Valley women’s golf team is in its first year of competition. It’s been quite the first impression. After just three weeks on the course in the tough PACWEST league, the Cascades have won both tournaments they’ve entered and are now ranked No. 4 in Canada. “I wasn’t overly surprised,” said head coach Chris Bertram, who’s been at the helm of the men’s team for nine years. “I knew the talent we had on our team was very strong. We had the players. They showed up and performed.” This year’s UFV team is made up of three women, Dani Shap and Kelley Dalzell, both of Mission, and Jen Woods of Kelowna. Shap played one semester of golf on a scholarship in Texas but moved back home and became the core of the new team. Her friend Dalzell, also a competitive golfer, came on board and Woods, who had been playing at UBCO, decided to move back to the Lower Mainland to pursue golf at a higher level. The trio burst onto the scene with a 19-stroke victory in its first tournament of the season, in Nanaimo. The PACWEST league has four tournaments in a very short season each fall, and each women’s team can enter three players, with the two lowest scores counting for the team score. In Tournament 1 in Nanaimo on Sept. 7-8, UFV posted a score of 322 for the two days, to win by 19 strokes. Woods and Shap tied for first place, both with 36-hole totals of 161 (Woods shot 76-85 and Shap shot 83-78). The following week in Kelowna Sept. 14-15, the same two posted the lowest scores (Woods 7775) and Shap (79-78) for a team score of 309, a 13- stroke lead

Sports shorts JV football Abbotsford Panthers beat the Mission Roadrunners 48-22 in junior varsity football last Wednesday. Panther’s Chase Claypool scored three touchdowns – 31 and 35 yards rushing and a 60-yard reception. Richard Tshimpaka scored two touchdowns, Mike Sabourin and Reese Morrison each had one major. QB John Madigan passed for 118 yds (2 TDs). On defence, Tanner Marquardt had eight tackles and an interception return for 43 yds. In other JV news, the W.J. Mouat Hawks beat the Robert Bateman Timberwolves 41-12 Sept. 19. The Panthers play Mouat Thursday, Sept. 26 at 3:45 p.m. at Panther Field.

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The University of the Fraser Valley women’s golf team of Kelley Dalzell, left, Dani Shap and Jen Woods is ranked No. 4 in Canada going into this week’s tournament at Camosun College at Bear Mountain Golf Course in Victoria. Assistant coach Brad Clapp, left, and head coach Chris Bertram, right, are pleased with the team’s overall 32stroke lead midway through the season. The Cascades have two tournaments left to play. over the second place team VIU of Nanaimo. “The way they’re playing, they’re trending in a really positive direction for a conference championship,” said Bertram. The biggest challenge for his young team is keeping them focused with their eyes on the ball and an even bigger prize. “It’s looking very much like the women are on a collision course with a national championship. We’re looking pretty good there.” The Cascades had a women’s golf team back in 2005-06, the first year Bertram came on board. They were not very competitive that year and disbanded the year after. The program has been dormant ever since... until this year.

“The way they’re playing, they’re trending in a really positive direction for a conference championship. I think we’re going to be worth watching. With this group, it’s a realistic goal.” – Chris Bertram head coach

It’s tough to field a team of strong women golfers in Canada, explained Bertram. Most top golfers get scholarships to schools in the U.S. where they are required to have a women’s golf

team to accompany their men’s team. The Cascades have two tournaments yet to play, one at Camosun College in Victoria on Sept. 2829 and the PACWEST conference championship at the Chilliwack Golf Club Oct. 5-6. The provincial championship is based on each team’s cumulative score and as of now, UFV is leading by 32 strokes over the secondplace team. Their ultimate goal is to win the national championship in Quebec City on Oct. 14 where they would likely face some pretty stiff competition from Quebec and Ontario. “I think we’re going to be worth watching,” said the coach. “With this group, it’s a realistic goal.”

The Abbotsford Bruins Basketball Club team is looking for more Grade 5-6 boys who are interested in playing some competitive basketball. The tryouts will be on Sept. 26 at MEI Elementary School from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The cost is $225 and it covers all fees, leather basketball, uniform and sweatshirt for each player. The team will play a minimum of eight games in Washington state as the league is based out of the Bellingham Boys and Girls Club. The games are on Saturday mornings between 9 a.m. – noon. There are three games in December, four in January and one in February before the playoffs. For information contact Tim Smith at tsmith@meischools.com.

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Abbotsford city councillor and former school district principal Bill MacGregor, who was awarded one of football’s highest honours – The Orange Helmut Award from the B.C. Lions for Lifetime achievement in April, was inducted into the 2013 BC Football Hall of Fame as a builder on Sept. 15 at B.C. Place Stadium. Sometimes called the “Father of Abbotsford Football,” MacGregor coached football at Abby Jr. and Abby Sr., founded the Air Force junior team in 1987 and served as head coach for one season, restarted the football program at Abby Collegiate (in 2006), and in 2009 helped launch the football program at Robert Bateman Secondary. – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES

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It was the Eastern Conference opener with the hometown flavour, and all Paul Gill knew was, it wasn’t going to be easy. “It’s a big win because you want to start league play with a ‘W’ the first week,” the head coach of the Rick Hansen Hurricanes explained following his AA No. 4-ranked team’s shutout of its city mates, the Robert Bateman Timberwolves. “And beating a cross-town rival, it means that much more.” Friday’s contest boiled down, according to Gill and the rest of the ‘Canes coaching staff, to slowing the progress of one of AA’s top backs, T-Wolves’ Ben Cummings. “Defensively, we played an outstanding game,” said Gill. “We shut down their offensive weapon. We knew if we stopped him, we would be successful.” Shaiheem Charles-Brown, with three tackles and two sacks, and Brandon Ho with tackles and a sack, led that defensive charge. Brad Atkinson had five tackles S. CHARLES-BROWN and returned an interception 18 yards in the victory. Offensively, the ‘Canes faced some stout defence as well, as Bateman limited Hansen to one touchdown in each half.Devon DaCosta, who rushed for 146 yards in the win, scored on a three-yard run near the end of the first quarter. In the second half, quarterback Alex Ho scored on a one-yard keeper, while Vishal Toor booted a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The ‘Canes rushed for 211 yards and passed for 54 en route to the win. Special teams were fuelled by the punting of Brandon Ho, who kicked three times for a 55-yard average. The two teams had split their previous two meetings going back to 2011 entering Friday’s contest.

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Hawks fly high in AAA

Struthers’ ability to keep the Bears guessing with his play-action passes was a thorn in the side of an opposition defence Kelly terms as “dedicated to stopping the run.” FOOTBALL, from page A15 Tight end Jake Firlotte caught four passes from Struthers, and although they went for Stepping up his performance from the only 35 yards total, they resulted in TD strikes quarterback spot each week, the Hawks signal of four and 26 yards. caller is showing his No. 3-ranked Flanker Slater McRae had three team that he can sling it almost as receptions for 104 yards, including well as it can run it. a 51-yard touchdown catch, while While running back Maleek Irons scored on a 36-yard passIrons was once again magnificent, and-run offering from his pivot. carrying 21 times for 348 yards Irons rushed for scores three, 23, and four touchdowns in an 58-13 30 and 68 yards. win over Kelowna’s Mt. Boucherie On defence, tackle Levi Hua had Bears, Struthers was making his four tackles, three of which were team as varied as it has been all QB sacks, including one for a safeseason on offence, going 10-of-14 ty as Mouat led 21-7 at the quarter for 198 yards and four more scores, and 42-13 at half. Adam Coates LEVI HUA including one to Irons. kicked six conversions and conver“We really played a complete sions and Irons caught a pass from game this afternoon,” said Mouat head coach Struthers for a two-point convert. Denis Kelly. “We got a solid defensive effort – WITH FILES FROM HOWARD TSUMURA, THE PROVINCE throughout and we kept them honest.”

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