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ix years after six men were shot to death execution-style in a Surrey penthouse apartment, three of their accused killers pleaded not guilty as their trial opened on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. The three accused are Cody Haevischer, Matthew Johnston and Michael Le, all charged with firstdegree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Abbotsford gangster Jamie Bacon

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Trial began Monday in gangland-style mass murder that included death of an innocent Abbotsford man will face trial separately sometime next year. The shooting victims included two innocent bystanders, Chris Mohan, 22, of Surrey and Ed Schellenberg, 55, of Abbotsford. Johnston and Haevischer are charged with the first-degree murders of these two men. They were gunned down during the apparent gang slaying on Oct.


19, 2007, in the Balmoral Tower in Surrey. Mohan was a student living in the building with his mother. Ed Schellenberg was servicing fireplaces in the tower when he was shot to death on the 15th floor. “Ed went to work one day and never came home,” said Schellenberg’s brother-in-law Steve Brown in an interview with the Vancouver

Sun this week. “My wish is that the evidence gets out there in the public realm,” he said. Schellenberg and Brown were coowners of Service Only, serving and installing gas and wood fireplaces. Schellenberg had sent Brown and nephew who worked with them home that Friday afternoon to finish the last few apartments himself. Schellenberg graduated from

Abbotsford Senior Secondary and lived in the community with his wife Lois and two adult children at the time of his death. He was remembered as a devout Christian, a dedicated family man and friend who helped out with kids camps and the Mennonite Central Committee, and as someone who loved the outdoors, having worked for several years as hunting and fishing guide in the Northwest Territories for a decade. see TRIAL, page A7




new inter-city bus route will be bridging the transit gap between the communities of Abbotsford and Chilliwack. The new Fraser Valley Express will run between Chilliwack and Langley, via Abbotsford, likely starting late 2014 or early 2015. The new express bus will finally connect Abbotsford and Chilliwack, and tie both communities to SkyTrain and other key destinations within the Lower Mainland via the Langley Carvolth Exchange. It will also improve Abbotsford’s connection to Langley, which currently involves a longer trip through Aldergrove. Abbotsford city councillor and Fraser Valley Regional District vicechair, Patricia Ross, said public demand for the route has been strong and it will make life easier for residents dependent on public transit. “It’s a big step. [The Abbotsford/ Chilliwack connection] has always been a difficult link in the Fraser Valley,” she said. see TRANSIT, page A7


The Clayburn Middle School drum line performs at Abbotsford’s Culture Days celebration Saturday at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. For more photos on the event, use your Layar app on your smart phone and scan the logo on the bottom left of the photo.


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Elder-in-Residence Eddie Gardner (above) helps end UFV’s Indian Residential School Day of Learning with a celebratory circle dance 10 hours after the opening ceremony at UFV’s Aboriginal Gathering Place (above, right).

UFV Indian Residential School Day of Learning examines Canada’s “greatest moment of shame” “Children are supposed to grow up with their parents and families.”

without that understanding.” Holding a day-long, multi-campus — Dr. Eric Davis symposium that transformed the entire university curriculum for one day was UFV’s way of giving its students the t sounds like a basic human right, but opportunity to learn about the history of for several generations in Canada, it residential schools. was a right that was denied to most “Today, we all learned something about Aboriginal people, as children were the truth of the residential forcibly taken away from schools, and it is an awful their families to attend truth. Children are supposed church-run residential to grow up with their schools. It was a federal parents and families, and government policy that find school a liberating, was unapologetically positive, experience. This assimilationist. didn’t happen. The residential When Eric Davis, schools were a perversion of UFV’s provost and viceeducation. president academic, “When my country, Canada, spoke at UFV’s Indian created, funded, and oversaw Residential School Day the residential schools in of Learning, he drew order to commit cultural a connection between genocide, to eliminate the some of the worst culture and identity of episodes in human Eric Davis drew a connection between Indigenous people, it tore history and the Indian some of the worst episodes in human history and Canada’s Indian Residential the world. We all have Residential School School experience. responsibility for repairing it.” experience. What happened at UFV on September “Many countries have had a moment of 18 was a step in the direction of great shame,” he said. reconciliation. “Germany had the Holocaust, and There was ritual, ceremony, dancing, South Africa had Apartheid. The drumming, and singing — all part of the Indian Residential Schools are Canada’s Aboriginal tradition — but there were also greatest moment of shame. It should be deeply personal, grief-filled, hard-hitting, unimaginable for Canadian students to emotional sessions featuring survivors of graduate without some understanding the residential school system sharing their of this experience, but the vast majority stories. of students do graduate from university


Making truth and reconciliation an integral part of the UFV experience is not At the afternoon presentation by 3 a burden; it is a gift. A gift we share with Crows Productions, UFV alumnus Dallas our students and communities. It brings Yellowfly showed excerpts from a video us together, and together we are strong he produced relating the experiences of enough to heal, repair, and transform the Cyril Pierre and the abuse world.” he suffered at the Herb Joe, a highly St. Mary’s Indian respected educational and Residential School cultural leader in the Stó:lõ in Mission. community and emcee Pierre and fellow for the event, said that sexual abuse 100 per cent of Aboriginal survivor Joe Canadians are affected Ginger then spoke about by the residential their experiences to a school experience. hushed audience. “It took my mom until “I came out of residential — UFV Elder-in-Residence she was in her 60s to school with huge sense Eddie Gardner be able to say ‘I love of rage,” said Ginger. “It you’— and then she is difficult to tell the stories of our wouldn’t stop. You can experiences. The process to be able to close wounds, but scars do not go away.” speak about this is a long one. My version Earlier in the day, UFV Elder-in-Residence of reconciliation is that I accept what has Eddie Gardner shared his vision of hope: happened to me and that as a child I had “We can rise from the ashes of the IRS no control.” experience and pull together for a better “What happened to us as young children future.” was real,” said Pierre. “It is still a problem Several people thanked UFV via social today. I personally find the idea of media for arranging the day. reconciliation very difficult. I was robbed “My hands are raised up to UFV for of my childhood. I cannot forgive.” organizing a successful event that brought “Reconciliation, or indigenization, much-needed awareness to others,” said doesn’t happen overnight,” said Eric one person. Davis. “It is a process, one we began a few years ago, one which will stretch ! See more photos of the event on UFV’s on for years to come. We must make it Facebook page: an integral part of the UFV experience.


We can rise from the ashes of the IRS experience and pull together for a better future.

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For the maternal love of God

Book on feminine aspects of God earns local author literary award nomination ROCHELLE BAKER


n Abbotsford author has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Non-Fiction Award for her spiritual exploration of the feminine aspects of God. Trudy Beyak’s book The Mother Heart of God: Unveiling the Mystery of the Father’s Maternal Love was published early this year by the FaithWords, a division of the Hachette Book Group. A former news reporter and devout Christian, Beyak said the nascent idea for the book surfaced years ago as she was reading the Bible. Revisiting the Book of Genesis and God’s creation of males and females in his own image, Beyak found herself asking, “What part of me as a female corresponds with God?” “That’s the question that got the wheels turning,” she said. Her journalistic instincts led to interviews with faith leaders about God’s qualities. “Some metaphors of God’s love have been overlooked for 5,000 years,” said Beyak. “And those metaphors involve God comforting us as a mother comforts a child.” DIANE DYCK, FOR THE TIMES Beyak sat down and shared the insights with 50 spiritual thinkers Abbotsford author and devout Christian Trudy Beyak, pictured here at Mission’s of various backgrounds – Anglican Westminster Abbey, has been nominated for the Governor General’s non-fiction and Baptist, to Catholic and Char- literary award for her book The Mother Heart of God: Unveiling the Mystery of the ismatic– and from various parts of Father’s Maternal Love. the globe. Compiled in her book are the “The reward of writing the book thoughts of individuals such as Dan- was to take that philosophy and apply iel Ayuch – orthodox theologian at St. it to my own life and hope others will John of Damascus Institute of Theol- be able to do the same.” ogy, Lebanon; professor Sebastian The Mother Heart of God offers Brock – world authormeaningful spiritual ity on the Old Syriac insights and comfort Gospels, Oxford Uni- “Some metaphors of to readers regardversity; Gary Chap- God’s love have been less of gender, said man – a renowned overlooked for 5,000 Beyak. marriage expert and years, and those metaMen can equally author of the Five phors involve God comvalue and explore the Love Languages; maternal features of forting us as a mother Rabbi Laura Duhan God’s love, a love that Kaplan – a Jewish comforts a child.” shelters and protects, scholar, and former she said. – Trudy Beyak, author U.S. Professor of the “It’s a wonderful Year, as well as actress metaphor. It restores Della Reese-Lett, coa sense of balance,” star of the popular TV show, Touched she said. by an Angel. Beyak’s publisher put her book Chasing down the answer to her forward for the Governor General’s time authors are very rarely published questions was not just an intellectual award. these days.” exercise. The Abbotsford author said she was Beyak put what she’d learned into privileged by the decision and that spiritual practice, to weather difficul- the firm took on her work. ■ The annual Governor General’s Literties and turmoil in her own life. FaithWords, the Christian or inspi- ary Awards are presented to the best And she shares those insights and rational subsidiary of Hachette, only English and French language books in that personal journey with her read- publishes about 12 books a year and seven different categories. Finalists for ers. generally best-selling authors, she the award will be announced in October while winners are named November. “I learned to experience the pres- said. ence of God as my comforter,” said “That’s why I feel so honoured they For more on Beyak’s book visitwww. Beyak. chose to publish my book since first-


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ore than 35 services will gather on October 19 to exchange ideas and support, and to provide services to up 350 of the community’s most vulnerable residents. The sixth annual Abbotsford Connect event is a day for service providers, local businesses, community and provincial agencies and faith-based organizations to deliver services and supports to individuals experiencing homelessness and to those who are at risk of being homeless. Services will include, but are not limited to: foot care, literacy support, haircuts, vision tests, outreach and advocacy support, clothing exchange and a myriad of mental health and wellness services. Additionally, the event provides all attendees with an opportunity to connect and enjoy hot and nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. The focus of the event is to partner with the broader community to enhance the quality of life of some of the community’s most atrisk citizens, and to ultimately link these individuals to permanent housing solutions, explained Neil Stark, the director of advocacy, seniors and community living, with Abbotsford Community Services. “This day really provides a wonderful opportunity for myriad service-providing agencies, volunteers and the greater community to interact with, and offer support and companionship to some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens,” he said. The day of service takes place Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sevenoaks Alliance Church. 2575 Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford.

Briefly Weber charged again Alleged gangster Chad Weber has been charged again. Weber, 36, and his 26-year-old girlfriend Kyanne Novack are charged with theft and assault and assault respectively in connection to an altercation at a gas on Sept. 21. Weber allegedly took cash and a set of keys for a car from a 46-yearold female victim after grabbing her by the throat while Novack punched her and threw a pizza box during an attempt to collect on a debt, said Const. Ian MacDonald. Police issued a warning in the spring of 2012 that Weber, a gang associate, might be the target for violence. His last conviction was possession for the purposes of trafficking after a police raid in 2011.



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Mission council proposes incentives for downtown CHRISTINA TOTH


nvestors in downtown Mission could see tax breaks for a decade and relaxed development policies as part of an incentive plan to bring new businesses to the area and to give existing ones a way to improve their sites. The district council is also looking at other perks, including short-term tax breaks, flexible parking and reducing fees for re-zoning. The program would apply to the downtown core. The incentives would begin as soon as the policies’ changes are complete, and would apply to building permits received before December 2016 and finished by December 2018. The biggest savings could come from a tax relief plan for those putting at least $500,000 in improvements and new development in downtown sites. The district would hold taxes at pre-development levels for five years and then increase them by 20 per cent a year over the next five years until the full taxation level is reached. Qualifying projects include commercial, mixed-commercial and residential, and renovation, façade and signage improvements that achieve the aims of the recently completed

Mission downtown revival plan. “Maple Ridge has incentive plans that have similar elements but there are some that are unique to Mission,” said Sharon Fletcher, director of long-range planning and special projects, who co-wrote the report to council with Stacey Crawford, Mission’s economic development officer. The council approved the changes last week. Mayor Ted Adlem said he has heard from business owners who said that it was too costly for them to establish enterprises in the downtown core, but he hopes this incentive program will encouragement investment. “It’s something that has to be done. We want to see the downtown plans come to fruition, we want private development to come,” Adlem said. “Hopefully that will make redevelopment costs profitable for people.” District staff now work on policies and procedures changed required for the next report to council. But those changes could be completed and approved by council by December, Fletcher said. To see more details on the incentive proposals online, go to and look for the reports to council in the Mission City downtown action plan link.

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declined steadily over the past decade. How e v e r, t h e h i g h e s t infection rate in the province continues to be in Fraser East, with a rate of 65 out of every 100,000 people contracting the virus, well above the provincial average of 41/100,000, according to a 2012 B.C. Centre for Disease Control report. Part of the reason for the high Hep C rate is likely due to the local prison population, where there is more

drug use and homemade tattoos, Vigeant said. But it’s not limited to ex-cons. Anyone involved in selftattoos, self-piercing, shari n g s t ra w s f o r s n o r t i n g drugs, contacting infected blood during unprotected sex, or sharing toothbrushes or razors can be at risk for contracting the virus. Hep C is a chronic liver disease and a person can be infected for decades before symptoms show up. “All adults should be test-

ed for Hep C. It could be there from something someone did 20 years ago,” said Hackett, adding that Hep C is a resilient virus that can live outside the body for up to 21 days. Vigeant is seeing more Hep C infections among young men who use steroids, and who may think they’re not at risk because they’re injecting into muscle, not into a vein. “It’s probably one of our biggest untapped demo-

graphics,” Vigeant said. Anyone can to go in to Positive Living for confidential testing. PLFV provides a safe, nonjudgmental place where people can get a cup of coffee, and even a bowl of soup if they need it. But not ever yone who walks through their doors is down and out, Hackett said. “There are mothers, grandparents, and people who you’d never guess. They

■ PLFV will host a concert with acclaimed guitarist Don Alder at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, on Oct. 5 from 7 – 9 p.m. Don Alder is recognized as one of the premier acoustic guitarists in Canada, and one of the best harp guitarists in the world. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for children under 12, at www.brownpapertickets. com/event/454117.

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he recent B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive collected an estimated 402,000 pounds of food for 50 local food banks throughout the province, and the Abbotsford and Mission food banks were major benefactors of the drive. In Abbotsford, the BCTFD event collected more than 14,200 pounds of non-perishable food for the Abbotsford Food Bank, as nearly 300 volunteers spent the day visiting in excess of 10,000 homes. Investors Group and SaveOn Foods were major corporate sponsors of the event. “We appreciate receiving much-needed contributions from the community and the support of every individual involved,” said AFB executive director, Dave Murray. “It’s essential to our work of helping the large number of people who rely on us to meet their basic needs.” In Mission, 60 volunteers visited 5,500 homes and collected more than 7,900 pounds of food.


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fter sitting in a temporary digs earlier this year, Positive Living Fraser Valley is settling into its larger, more permanent space, and just in time. The organization is expanding to accommodate its quickly growing number of clients. The new location, at Unit 108, 32883 South Fraser Way, will help in that regard. “As the word gets out, it’s just skyrocketed,” said executive director Kari Hackett last week. The non-profit society offers warm-hearted support, counselling, education and outreach to those affected by HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted blood borne infections. The agency serves more than 150 people, including at least 80 regular clients in a region that stretches from Boston Bar to Langley. Hep C outreach worker Cody Vigeant said his client list doubled last year, and PLFV just hired its third outreach worker to meet the increasing need for their services. While hepatitis C rates in B.C. are higher than the national average, they have

don’t fit the ‘stereotype,’ they don’t look homeless and straggly. “We have a lot of people who are working and living normal lives, except they live with Hep C,” said Hackett. “It’s a place where anyone can come and feel safe and supported.” PLFV also has satellite offices in Mission, Chilliwack and Hope. The Abbotsford site provides meeting space for 5 & 2 Ministries, Narcotics Anonymous, and the newly launched Dwayne Cyr Memorial hepatitis C support group, which meets on Monday evenings. In the future there will be a support group for men engaged in risky sex, for HIV/AIDS clients and a food bank. Registered clients can also access fitness, yoga, acupuncture, even hair cuts. You can learn more at Find them on Facebook or on Twitter, @PLFVAbbotsford.


Recovery house public hearing sparks debate Emotions run high as supporters and opponents clash ROCHELLE BAKER


ast week’s public hearing on a proposal for two supportive recovery homes on farmland in Abbotsford was a study in contrasts. Joshua House, a Christian nonprofit society, wants to set up two 10-bed licensed, supervised recovery houses on a nine-acre rural property at 29183 Fraser Highway and provide a form of farm therapy to its clients. Volunteers and former addicts treated at Joshua House, which has run two recovery homes in the central Abbotsford since 2008, spoke in favour of the proposal. Lester Bolen, originally from the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, said he’d flunked out of two recovery programs before arriving at Joshua House and turning his life around. “With them, I found a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose missing in my life,” said Bolen, now acting as a house manager for the organization. A number of other men also testified they’d gotten lives, wives and children back after going through recovery with Joshua House. They talked of the therapeutic value that men in the recovery houses


Angie Korkowski has seen the benefits of the Joshua House rural property first-hand, as clientel from the Abbotsford recovery house have used the farm for day trips. She would like to turn the farm into another recovery house. in Abbotsford’s city centre got from the volunteer work done during day trips to the rural property. “I’ve seen these big guys walking up to goats and talking like little kids,” said one man. However, opponents said the proposal would drive up crime, drive down property values and threaten the safety of children and seniors

living in the area. Bradner Elementary is only about 1/2 kilometre away and is the location for the nearest bus stops along the highway, noted one speaker. Vic Mossey who lives near the proposed site said he’s seen an increase in problems in the area. Men from the property are doing what look like drug deals with peo-

ple in cars along the highway, he said. Not all residents knew about the proposal as the city only notified residents within 500 metres of the property, said speakers. But many people in the area live on rural properties that might be five acres or more in size. Joshua House director Angie

Korkowski, who lives on the farm, said improvements to the land and residences have taken place. The recovery houses on the farm would adhere to the same rules as at the licensed houses in the city but with the agricultural component. There would be up to 20 cows as well as goats, pigs and outbuildings that clients would have to care for, said Korkowski. “With the livestock comes extra responsibility and a unique opportunity . . . the farm gives the men an opportunity to help something other than themselves,” she said. “I feel it’s instrumental in getting them grounded in their recovery.” Korkowski, also a former addict, said she understood neighbours’ concerns but that her operation wasn’t a “get out of jail free card.” “We have an open-door policy for neighbours,” she said. Joshua House checks the criminal records of clients and doesn’t accept sex offenders or anyone who has committed crimes against children. The men must be sober for 72 hours before they’re accepted into a residence, which is supervised by house facilitators and maintains curfews. Clients must also agree to follow a regimen of daily group work, counselling, bible study, church and 12-step recovery programs. The program is 90 days, though the men can choose to stay longer. Abbotsford council is expected to make a final decision about the project at its next meeting Oct. 5.


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Guilty plea likely in hit-and-run death of Mission grandmother

Six buses will manage route


“We’re all quite excited about this, as will be people who have to struggle to get to work and doctor’s appointments.” University of the Fraser Valley students – who have long advocated for an intercity route and launched a pilot shuttle bus service to meet the service gaps in September – will also benefit, said Ross. The express bus will travel primarily along Highway 1 with the entire commute expected to take under an hour. It’s expected six buses will run every 60 to 90 minutes during peak periods Monday to Friday and every 90 to 120 minutes off peak hours during the week and Saturday. The total estimated annual cost of the route, with 12,000 hours of service, is $1.6 million. B.C. transit will pick up 47 per cent of the total bill while Abbotsford and Chilliwack fund the remaining $863,700. Abbotsford will absorb the lion’s share of local governments’ contribution, paying for


he man who allegedly killed a Mission grandmother in a hit-and-run last year is expected to plead guilty in the case. Justin Brown, 26, is charged with dangerous driving causing death and failure to stop at an accident with a person. He is expected to make a plea and be sentenced in connection with the charges Oct. 23 in Abbotsford provincial court. Mission resident Elinor Clark, 65, died after being struck by a car with Brown allegedly behind the wheel on Dec. 2, 2012. Clark, a grandmother of four, was walking hand in hand with her husband of 45 years, Peter, along the north shoulder of 14th Avenue near Caribou Street at 4:30 p.m. when she was hit. She was airlifted from the scene but pronounced dead at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.

Killings occurred at height of gang rivalry TRIAL, from page A1 “He touched many people in his job, his community and his church,” said Jim Penner, pastor of Abbotsford’s Immanuel Fellowship Baptist Church. “Ed was integrally involved in the construction of this [church]. He was also involved in the community and the maintenance of this church in many ways that no one ever knew about,” Penner said shortly after Schellenberg’s death. Brown and Schellenberg’s wife Lois were expected to attend the court proceedings this week. Also killed in the 2007 shooting were Edward Narong, 22, Corey Lal, 21, Michael Lal, 26, and Ryan Bartolomeo, 19. Each had been charged with drug trafficking or weapons offences at various times. The slayings occurred at the height of gang rivalry that featured three Abbotsford brothers who police named as Red Scorpions gang members – Jarrod, Jamie and Jonathan Bacon, the oldest of three, who was killed in August 2011 in Kelowna. Sophon Sek also faces a manslaughter charge and is expected to next appear in January in Surrey. This New Westminster trial is expected to go for as long as a year. – WITH FILES FROM POST MEDIA. WATCH THE ABBOTSFORD MISSION FOR TRIAL UPDATES AS THEY ARE MADE AVAILABLE.

Witnesses reported the suspect vehicle, a blue 2007 Honda Accord, and another vehicle were speeding as they headed west on 14th Avenue. Clark was struck when the Accord passed the other car on the right. Mission RCMP later found the suspect vehicle not far from the scene. Within a week, RCMP announced that a man they had already arrested in a break and enter case was also a person of interest in the hit-and-run. Brown was named when the hit-and-run charges were sworn against him in May. He is also charged with assault with a weapon and breaking and entering in connection to the other incident in Mission on Dec. 5. Brown also has an outstanding aggravated assault charge in for an incident in Surrey in July 2012. Brown has prior convictions for numerous offences in Surrey, Delta and Vancouver including assault of a police officer,

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The route of the new express bus that will run from Chilliwack to Langley via Abbotsford.

64 per cent of the route, or $552,768. The Fraser Valley Regional District endorsed the route last Tuesday. Meribeth Burton, B.C. Transit spokeswoman, said the next steps will be for Abbotsford and Chilliwack councils to approve the route, which will then need an OK from the province. Following that, B.C. Transit will work to procure vehicles, work out fares and finalize stops, routes and schedules. The Fraser Valley Express may well drive up future service levels, Ross added. “Whenever you increase service, it increases ridership and in turn more funding.”


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n education, who is responsible for learning? Obviously the student bears a substantial portion of the responsibility, but what about the teaching? Today, the school system (K-12) is assigned much more accountability for student learning than occurs in post-secondary education (PSE). This situation may seem acceptable as students in colleges and universities are adults who should take more responsibility for how well they learn. Unlike the K-12 system, where marks are based on curriculum standards, the problem in PSE is that standards are not defined. Differing expectations occur within classes and within institutions across the PSE system. This is how accountability is avoided. The same assignment marked by an instructor in one class may receive an “A” but in another class is rated a “C” because each instructor applies their own biases. While grade inflation and mark consistencies are concerns in K-12, they pale in comparison to PSE. Accountability and transparency is assiduously avoided. Giving PSE accountability anything higher than an “F” is not possible. This abysmal score is not about their quality; rather, about their accountability and transparency while spending our money. These institutions may be providing a reasonably effective education, but they seldom provide evidence that the public or


Guest Column their students can use in assessing whether “bang for the buck” is actually taking place. Examining websites on this topic reveals a paucity of information. For example, it is not uncommon for PSE articulating a goal to provide the best undergraduate education in Canada. When documents are examined for evidence of success it is difficult, if not impossible, to find. Therefore the goal is meaningless and likely the result of a requirement to put something on paper. The jargon may sound nice but is useless. Unfortunately it demonstrates a lack of commitment. Indeed the absence of accountability demonstrates a lack of respect for the taxpayer. Many institutions use student surveys as a method for evaluating instructors. While this is commendable, it is deeply flawed if not balanced with other measures especially on learning. Research identifies these satisfaction surveys as a major reason for high rates of grade inflation in PSE because students give better course evaluations to professors when they hand out better grades. Give a “C” or “D” on the midterm, and

they will get punished come evaluation time. Two significant problems exist in PSE that contribute to inconsistent grading and high grade inflation. Seldom, if ever, are student assignments and examinations graded by more than the class instructor. This is grossly unfair. There is overwhelming evidence that students’ marks are influenced by their attitudes, behavior, gender and background. Second, while the same courses are taught by different instructors not only within the same institution but across the province, seldom are common examinations used so that student achievement can be monitored on a wider scale. My career path focused on public sector accountability with organizations in many parts of the world. These experiences taught me that PSE is the most resistant in incorporating accountability and transparency. Leadership in holding PSE more accountable and transparent is desperately needed. The most substantial step that PSE could take toward being accountable is acknowledging that instructors share significant responsibility for how well their students learn. ■ Jim Dueck is a former Abbotsford school superintendent, former assistant deputy minister in Alberta’s education ministry, an author and dedicated duffer.

ew people are more vulnerable in traffic than pedestrian school children trying to negotiate school zones populated by distracted drivers who speed along without thought to the havoc they have the potential to wreak. A particularly sad fact is that some of the worst and most common offenders of school zone speed limits are parents who find themselves in a hurry to drop off their own kids before hurrying off to work. It doesn’t take much to knock down a little kid, especially when you have a thousand kilograms or so of self-powered plastic and metal to help you do the job. And the difference that just a few kilometres per hour make when a distracted driver – or a distracted school child – spirals towards tragedy is quite astounding. An American study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that pedestrian collisions with vehicle speeds at less than 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) result in serious injury or fatality in fewer than 20 per cent of cases. Up that speed to just 35 mph (56 km/h) and most of the kids hit will be killed or incapacitated. Any faster than that, and the numbers become downright appalling. Simply put, speeding in school zones should not-cannot-be tolerated. The B.C. Liberals appear to remain committed to their politically popular-but strategically questionable-decision to axe photo radar in 2001. But the Union of B.C. Municipalities has a strong case for bringing it back, if only in school zones. We have to ask ourselves if a child’s life is worth less than the inconvenience of a speeding ticket arriving in the mail. ■ To comment on this editorial, e-mail us at

◗ Your view Last week’s question:

Will you be supporting the Abbotsford Heat this season? a.] Yes. Next best thing to the NHL at a fraction of the price.

42% b.] No way will I support a Calgary Flames farm team.

35% c.] I will go to the games that feature Vancouver’s farm team (Utica) but that’s it.


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Are you concerned about the erosion of the Fraser River banks? a.] Yes. It’s one strong freshet away from being a catastrophic situation. b.] No. There are far more important issues for Abbotsford city council to address. c.] It is environmentally irresponsible for humans to be tinkering with the natural flow of a river.




Be sensible: decriminalize

Editor, the Times:

In a recent poll, 62 per cent of Conservatives want to decriminalize or legalize marijuana. They understand that the prohibition of cannabis does more harm that the use of cannabis. The only one who seems to have missed the point is [Prime Minister] Harper. If he really wants jobs, prosperity and growth he should try to convert some of the 200,000-plus B.C. jobs that exist today within the illegal cannabis industry, none of which pay payroll taxes, into tax-paying jobs that build our economy. With the USA legalizing, state by state, it’s already going to be a struggle retaining our market share. Harper is beating the dead horse of prohibition while putting the lie to his jobs, growth and prosperity mantra. He is a job killer, not a job creator. It’s time: let’s decriminalize, let’s stop this useless war on our fellow citizens and let’s make history. Craig Speirs Maple Ridge

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Mission councillor smacks of irony disgusts resident Editor, the Times: Editor, the Times:

I was shocked and disgusted by Mission Coun. Larry Nundal’s flippant attitude regarding the plight of abandoned and abused cats and dogs in Mission. “It’s not our issue . . . ,” he said. Well, It most certainly is. He implies that taking responsibility for the city’s animals should be swept under the rug in order to deal with “more important issues.” The Fraser Valley Humane Society is the only shelter for abandoned cats in Mission and has been struggling for years on a tiny budget. They often deal with such horrendous cases of abuse and neglect it would make any normal person sick to their stomach. Before the society was established there was no place for these animals to go. Does Coun. Nundal seriously believe that we should return to those barbaric days? This is 2013, and many growing cities have incorporated ethical animal care services into their budget. How is city council going to deal with the repercussions if the FVHS is forced to close? Shall people bring their boxes of abandoned kittens to city hall? Make no mistake, this issue will have to be dealt with by council, whether Coun. Nundal likes it or not. Research has shown time and again that human

I trust that B.C. First Nations Summit delegates see the irony in (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper and (Foreign Affairs Minister John) Baird going to New York City last week to a United Nations meeting to hand over $3 billion to the cause of girls’ and women’s maternal health care, in effect buying themselves the role of heroes, while in Canada they have forced the Assembly of First Nations and other groups to fight a discrimination case against the federal government for under-funding on-reserve aboriginal child protection agencies. And on top of forcing Aboriginal peoples to plead their case for kids in front of a human rights tribunal, Ottawa, only days ago, trashed the idea of a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal and other women. Let’s not forget that the majority of women missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were once kids in care of the Ministry of Child and Family Development or comparable ministries elsewhere in Canada. Ernie Crey Chilliwack

Dueck right about teachers Editor, the Times: As a parent of a child with learning difficulties and ADHD I have sat many a

night frustrated with the school system. I have had conversations with my husband about this exact subject and completely agree with the column that Mr. Jim Dueck wrote in Thursday’s paper (Pay teachers what they are worth; Sept. 19). My child is somewhat special needs and the teaching he receives is vital for learning. Teaching is one of the most important jobs in this world, and I can’t see anything more important than the quality of education that all of our children get. Although many people might be opposed to this idea (especially the not-sogood teachers) I feel that teachers should be evaluated on a regular basis and be rewarded for their good work, or not, if they are not doing well as a teacher. Maybe some of the notso-good teachers would step it up a little or decide that they are not cut out to be a teacher. It takes a special person to be a really good teacher. Some of Mr. Dueck’s column was enlightening with regards to bonuses for age, and master’s degrees. Experience comes with age, and in most careers more experience is good. I don’t necessarily feel that age makes teachers better teachers. I am definitely all for paying teachers what they are worth. Teresa Anderson Abbotsford

It’s time to stop the nonsense

Editor, the Times: Re: Michael Jones’s response (Teachers are worth it, Dueck, Sept. 26) to Jim Dueck’s Sept. 19 column (Pay teachers what they are worth). Dueck’s point on being paid for a master’s degree is very simple. There is absolutely no proof that a master’s in teaching does anything for the students. If you do not require one to teach, and the results are no better, why would you expect the taxpayer to give you more money? “Because you want one” is not a good enough reason for the taxpayers to give you more money. It is time to end this kind of nonsense in this system. Dwight Macdonald Abbotsford



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he playroom in Qetrina Swetlikoff’s house where her three boys, aged six, four and one play, is lined with books. Even 18-month-old Viktor will sit quietly and look at his favourite books for long periods. These days, six-year-old Khelben likes to show off the French books he is learning to read at school, but until he entered school, he would delight in the books he received in the mail every month. The boys are part of a project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mission (Sunrise) where up to 100 children receive a book a month for the first five years of their life from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Parton launched the Imagination Library in 1996 to improve literacy skills among young children in her native community in East Tennessee. It was so successful that she added more communities, and in 2000, she made books available at low cost to any community in Canada and the U.S. that was able to partner with her foundation and finance it locally.


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Khelben, Viktor and Dante Swetlikoff immerse themselves in books with Mom, Qetrina. Their bookshelves are stocked with books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mission (Sunrise). Currently, 1,600 communities have a champion that finances the program locally. Four years ago, the Rotary Club of Mission took on the project in a small geographical area of Mission. The Swetlikoffs have been in the program since it started. Khelben was only two and Viktor was not yet born when the family first became involved with the program. “ The boys get excited when they get the mail each month,” says Qetrina. The whole family gets involved in reading the books, even the grandparents get some of the books to read to the children.

Qetrina loves that the books are age-appropriate, and usually interesting to the boys. The baby books, she says, are sturdy and full of contrasting colours that appeal to babies. She also likes the rhyming and flow of many of the stories, which cover a wide variety of topics. Instilling a love of reading in youth through the Imagination Library, providing books to children’s programs throughout the community and supporting the school district’s Strong Start Program and summer camps are a few of the ways that the Rotary Club of Mission sup-

ports literacy in Mission. On Oct. 5, the club is hosting a harvest dinner at the Anglican Church hall to raise funds to support the program this year. Tickets are $35, and those bringing a children’s book or a donation of baby food for the Mission Community Services Food Centre will be entered into a prize draw. Supplies and food for babies are difficult to keep in stock at the food centre, so the funds raised will also be used to build up supplies. For tickets or information on the harvest dinner, call 604-826-3687 or contact a member of the Mission Rotary Clubs.



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Chamber integral to UFV growth Partners along the way, from college roots to university status TERRY FARRELL


he University of the Fraser Valley will mark its 40th birthday in 2014 and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce has played an integral role in the foundation and development of the post-secondary institution. That was the message conveyed by UFV president and vice chancellor Dr. Mark Evered at the September Chamber luncheon on Wednesday. “There are very few communities that can say ‘we fought hard for a community college’ but we did that, then turned it into a university college, and then we built that into a full-fledged university that attracts students from around the globe’. “Few communities can say that, but you can say that,” said Evered, who was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. “There are many people in this room who were part of the group that fought for the creation of this institution, and have fought for us

every step of the way.” The history of UFV has been a remarkable journey of growth. The very opening of its doors, as the Fraser Valley College in 1974, was an achievement nearly 10 years in the making. Within the first year of existence, the school boasted enrolment of 2,300 students, with locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission. The list of programs offered grew every year, and in 1983 FVC established its permanent campus in Abbotsford. Seventeen years after opening as the FVC, the institute evolved to university college status and the name officially changed to the University College of the Fraser Valley in 1991. Another 17 years later in 2008, the final stage of its evolution (to date) was established, when the institution became a full-fledged university, giving birth to the University of the Fraser Valley name. Today, UFV boasts in excess of 16,000 students, with approxi-


UFV president Mark Evered addresses the crowd at the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce September luncheon. mately 65 per cent of them based in Abbotsford. Not only are there campuses


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throughout the Fraser Valley, but it travel to Abbotsford every day from also has a presence in Chandigahr, other parts of the Lower Mainland, India, where the UFV Bachelor of as well as those who choose to stay Business Administration degree is in Abbotsford as opposed to living their post-secoffered. ondary experience Add the roughly elsewhere, and that 1,500 staff mem- “If we (UFV) were a city, number grows subbers to the student we would be larger than total, and the UFV Comox, Parksville, Prince stantially. “There are numerbecomes a small Rupert, Sidney or Wilous ways to estimate city. economic impact,” “If we were a city, liams Lake.” said Evered. we would be larger – Dr. Mark Evered, UFV president “Our operating than Comox, Parksbudget is now over ville, Prince Rupert, 110 million dollars. Sidney or Williams Lake,” said Evered. “We would be Stephen Toope, president at UBC about the size of Pitt Meadows or likes to use a multiplier of 10 (to estimate economic impact). But Port Alberni.” The economic impact of the UFV let’s be more (conservative) and use a multiplier of five. That’s over a half to the Fraser Valley is substantial. Based solely on its international a billion dollars. “And it’s not just that. There’s the student base of 1,000 at the local campuses, and estimating between connection to the world, and the $35-$45,000 per year, “that’s a 35 to partnerships that we have.” As the university continues to 45-million-dollar direct impact (to the local economy) from those inter- grow in enrolment numbers, so too does the space it uses to teach. national students,” said Evered. That’s just one aspect of the economic impact of the UFV. see UFV, page A14 Add to that the students who

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Local optometrists participating in World Sight Day


ocal Doctors of Optometry – Dr. Garth Webb, Dr. Mary Lou Riederer, Dr. James Hargrave, Dr. Joanne Hankey, and Dr. Blake Bullock of Complete EyeCare Optometry – are joining the World Sight Day Challenge during the month of October to help give the gift of vision to people in developing countries and underserved communities. On World Sight Day, Oct. 15, the eye doctors at Complete EyeCare will make a donation and hold a celebration in their office at the Little Oak Mall, helping the more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired simply

because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses. “ We h a v e s u p ported Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) for the last six years and am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause,” said Riederer, who co-founded the clinic back in 1977. “The World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to help support the millions of people who don’t have access to the basic eye care that we can take for granted”. Riederer was inspired by stories

100 years of Chamber: 1960s – planting seeds of growth


nder the leadership of George Howar th, the Chamber’s main activities included efforts to encourage traffic light installation and lobbying to obtain an increase in the RCMP detachment in Abbotsford. The need for a customs and immigration service at Abbotsford Airport was also addressed and the federal government was urged to fully develop the airport. In 1961 under Bill Green, in addition to continued efforts to build the airport business, the Chamber also looked into the viability of establishing a junior college in Abbotsford. In 1963, the merchants’ committee decided to become an independent body with the formation of the Abbotsford Businessmen’s Association. Since most Abbotsford Businessmen’s Association members were also Chamber members, the groups

continued to have close ties. In addition to installation of city signage along the newly constructed highway, the Chamber founded monthly luncheon meetings to discuss local business issues. Overloaded postal facilities and the hope for the institution of a mail delivery service were issues mid-decade issues. Towards the end of 1965 the Chamber planned to produce a study on the merits of amalgamation of the three municipalities of Abbotsford, Matsqui and Sumas. John dePape, manager of Buckerfield’s Farm in Sumas, spoke of the amazing growth and potential for farming in the Fraser Valley. A strong advocate of the establishment of a regional college in the area, he said more trained agriculturists and horticulturists would be needed in the future. His vision for the future sowed the seeds of present day Abbotsford.

like that of Loid Semente, who is one of the students training to become an optometrist with the Mozambique EyeCare Project, supported by Optometry Giving Sight. Loid will be one of the first optometrists in her country, she said. Riederer is passionate about optometry because of the significant impact it can have for the people of Mozambique. “Sight is empowering. For some, access to eye care is the first step

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malgamation was the question of the year and in February the Chamber called for a study on the amalgamation of Matsqui, Sumas and Abbotsford to be carried out by an independent body. The Chamber mailed out 11,000 survey questionnaires dealing with municipal amalgamation. Christmas in the village was a major effort by the chamber and 37 pole decorations were put up to decorate the streets. For the first time, the Chamber sponsored a booth at the airshow, which began in 1962 as a promotion by the Abbotsford Flying Club and by 1965 it was the biggest airshow in Canada. In 1971 under Bill Borman, the Chamber was looking for a permanent home as the quarters that they had been sharing with MSA


Museum in the basement of the Centennial Library were growing and the Chamber was asked to relocate. In 1973, with Bill Whittaker as president, the Chamber made some radical moves to become more political, after being advised to do so by the then president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, Frank Beinder. The Chamber continued to research the establishment of a regional college in the area. After floundering in 1974 and into 1975 the viability of the Chamber was discussed once again. The Chamber had gone into debt by $4,000 due to construction of a Visitor Information Office. Past president Whittaker called for urgent consideration to be given for amalgamation with the Clearbrook Chamber.

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The 1976 president, Richard Heke, established this amalgamation as the priority project for the year of his presidency. In 1977, then Mayor George Ferguson indicated that “a merger of the two chambers could do nothing but better the community.” The Abbotsford and Clearbrook Chamber’s finally amalgamated in 1979 under Oscar Dayton, under the name Abbotsford-Clearbrook Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber office was i m p r ov e d , t h e m e m b e r s h i p increased and it was reported that the Tourist Information Bureau had operated at record capacity. At this point, Abbotsford’s population was sitting near 50,000 people and the Chamber published an information booklet entitled An Economic Report and Community Profile.


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here has been a lot of discussion in the community over the last few months regarding homelessness and the proposed low barrier supportive housing project brought forward by Abbotsford Community Services. I want to take this opportunity to weigh in on the debate from the Chamber and business community point of view. In my opinion, the lines have been blurred between two different and distinct issues. The first issue is an opportunity for ACS, the city and B.C. Housing to construct a low barrier housing unit as one way to address the complex issue of homelessness in Abbotsford. The second and separate issue is that the current proposal involves a rezoning application within the Abbotsford Downtown business improvement area. The Chamber recognizes that homelessness, including people with drug addictions and mental health issues, certainly is a major issue in our community. It appears however, that recent discussion has not clearly recognized and understood the land use issues surrounding the current proposed location.


The Abbotsford Downtown Business Improvement Area was created to deal with deteriorating conditions within the historic city core. Vacant and abandoned buildings, lack of maintenance, inappropriate business uses and a high concentration of social services agencies were major contributors to the decline. As a result, the city created a specific Downtown Abbotsford commercial zoning bylaw (C7), which identified a geographic boundary to the BIA and defined permitted uses as well as identifying specific exclusion. A walk through the downtown core today leaves little doubt that this zoning has been an effective tool in revitalizing and enhanc-

ing the area by bringing in new retail, commercial and residential development. City council will have to determine if this supportive housing project is appropriate for the BIA and the C7 zone. The issue for council is that “a supportive recovery use” and projects similar to the proposal, are specifically referred to as a “non-permitted use” in the C7 zoning bylaw. Ultimately, under current bylaw, the proposed project does not fit within the commercial designated area of the BIA. With all of the community attention on this issue, council will certainly have a tough decision when this application comes before them. I urge council to revisit why they implemented a BIA and the C7 zone in the first place. If the current C7 zoning is upheld and the low barrier housing is not allowed to be constructed in the BIA, that does not mean that council is unsupportive of the needs of the homeless. Nor does it mean that the supportive housing project is not part of viable solution. It means that the city believes in the area

plan it created and supports the continued commercial revitalization of the downtown core. It is important to remember that the businesses community is made up of people who care about the communities in which they live and do business. They are sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate in Abbotsford and demonstrate this by giving back to local charities and supporting social service organizations regularly. The business owners in the BIA are no different. These are people who have invested a significant amount of their savings into operating a business with the hope of making it work and have invested emotionally and financially in the improvement of the downtown core. All stakeholders in the community agree that additional resources to address the needs of the homeless in Abbotsford, such as the supportive housing project would be welcomed. The question remains where it should be built to address the best interests of the community as a whole.

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ast month we Trip price is based announced our nineon double occupancy day, all-inclusive tour of – should you require Beijing, Suzhou, Hangsingle occupancy, an zhou and Shanghai for additional $500 will be $2,499 per person. The applied to your regisALLAN ASAPH trip departs on April 4, tration. 2014, returning April 12, 2014. Q: What is not This fully escorted trip is meant to be an included in the cost of the trip? introduction to the people, history, culture, A: Your Chinese visa processing fee is not commerce and daily life of this exciting included and is approximately $100 per country. The itinerary is packed with sights application. and activities that will give you a full and A one-time payment of $29 per person rewarding experience. for gratuities for all local guides, drivers and The response so far has been great and porters for the whole journey. here are responses to some of the most Items of personal nature are laundry, common questions we have received: room service, phone bills, excess baggage charges, optional tours and insurance. Q: Who can travel on the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce trip? Q: What travel documents do I need? A: Anyone who purchases the all-inclusive A: 1) Registration Form with your package prior to Dec. 19, 2013 may travel. $300 non-refundable deposit Members and non-members are welcome, 2) Waiver Form as are young people and retired travelers. 3) A valid passport (passport expiration date must be valid six months after Q: What is the cost and what is included your return date) in the trip? 4) A China visa A: The total cost is $2,499 for Chamber Members and their guests or $2,649 for Q: Do I need travel insurance? Non-Members. This price includes roundA: Optional comprehensive travel insurtrip international airfare from Vancouver, ance can be purchased through our local four- and five-star hotel accommodations, travel partner, Marlin Travel. Marlin Travel deluxe tour bus transportation in China, a is located in the Sevenoaks Shopping Cenknowledgeable English-speaking tour guide tre across from Shoppers Drug Mart in in each city, three full meals every day, and Abbotsford. fees for all attractions.

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Q: Do I need vaccinations? A: While immunizations are not required for entry into China at this time, you may wish to check with your health care provider or a travel health clinic to go over your vaccination needs and travel health advice. Q: What will the weather be like? A: The temperature will range from 8C to 20C. The daytime weather is comfortable, but the temperature will be cooler in the morning and night. Light rain can occur from time to time. Q: Will language be a problem? A: Your tour guides speak excellent English. English is also spoken at the hotels. Others will probably speak limited English but often will want to engage you in conversation in order to practise. Q: What is the registration deadline? A: All registrations must be completed by Dec. 19, 2013. A $300 non-refundable deposit must be paid at the time of registration to secure your reservation. The balance owing is due Dec. 19, 2013. More details on the entire trip are posted on our website at or contact Goldie or myself at the Chamber office by phone at 604-859-9651 or by e-mail at – SUBMITTED/FOR THE TIMES or allan@ Alan Asaph on the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most recognized man-made structures, We are your Abbotsford Chamber of and a must-see on any trip to China. Commerce.

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hey’re not retiring his school jersey just yet, but Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor did make an appearance during halftime at the University of Washington Huskies football game on Saturday. “They [were] going to recognize my accomplishments and later in the year retire my jersey,” said Taylor by phone on Friday. Taylor, 25, played golf for the Huskies from 2006-2010, where he won Pac-10 Player of the Year honours twice, was a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist and Canada’s Top Amateur Golfer for two consecutive years among many other accomplishments. But Taylor has other things on his mind now, like finishing in the top 45 at the upcoming Q-school finals Dec. 12-17 in Palm Springs, Calf. “I’m guaranteed some sort of status on the tour,” he said, of his target to crack the top 45 out of 150 golfers competing. “I can still earn full status which would be better than a fifth-place finish on the tour.” That fifth-place he alluded to was the cutoff for PGA Tour Canada golfers to get their tour card for next year. Taylor finished in seventh spot, earning $36,715 for the year, after tying for 29th in the final Tour Championship of Canada event last month in Ontario. Taylor finished just outside the top


Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor has his sights set on the upcoming Tour Q-school finals in California in December. five on the money list and narrowly missed getting one of the coveted 2014 Tour cards. “It was disappointing for sure,” he said of the finish. “A positive is I’m still exempt for Q-school; it was disappointing to not have a guaranteed conditional card but I can still earn a better card than that.” Taylor played in nine events in 2013, making eight cuts, had one top-3 finish and five top-10 finishes (his best being a tie for second at the Dakota Dunes Open, where he shot a 20-under-par 268).

UFV adds CIS wrestling for 2014-15 season T

he University of the Fraser Valley has made a successful bid to add the sport of wrestling, effective September 2014, bringing the number of teams that will compete in Canada West during the 2014-15 season to six. UFV becomes the first B.C. institution in Canada West to have a wrestling program since Simon Fraser University left the conference after the 2009-10 season. Former CIS champions with the Simon Fraser Clan, Arjan Bhullar and Raj Virdi, will be coaches for the conference’s newest wrestling entry. Bhullar is a two-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion and three-time medalist who won four straight Canada West gold medals from 2006–09. In 2008, he was named Canada West wrestler of the year. Virdi won two CIS medals (one gold, one silver), two conference gold medals and the student-athlete Community Service Award during his Canada West days from 2008 to 2010. “I am very happy to hear the news of our acceptance into the Canada West family.


“I felt like I played consistent. I had a couple poor tournaments, missed one cut by one shot,” he said. “With five tournaments in the top10, I felt I had a chance to win, just didn’t get it done. “When you have a chance to win tournaments for more than half the year, I feel that’s pretty consistent. I was happy with improvements in my game from the last year.” Still there’s work to be done admitted Taylor, “such as hitting the ball off the tee and hitting more fairways.” He’ll be heading down to Arizona the end of October to compete in

small tournaments and prepare for Q-school, which will entail six tournaments over six days. A top-45 finish would give him full tour status and “everything after that would be conditional,” he said, which also means he’s be higher up in seniority. The road travelled is not an easy one, and Taylor had some advice for young local up-and-coming golfers. “Keep at it, keep working hard. It doesn’t happen overnight that’s for sure,” he said. “If you really want to pursue it, just work as hard as you can.”

“I am excited for the UFV program, and for our student-athletes,” said Bhullar. “B.C. wrestling has needed an institution to come forward and represent the province at the CIS level. We are ready to get to work and compete.” The Cascades will form both a men’s and womROCKY OLFERT en’s wrestling team at UFV starting in 2014. “The sport of wrestling opens many doors and opportunities for us in our community, and we appreciate the overwhelming amount of support we have received so far,” said UFV athletic director Rocky Olfert. “In addition to our other varsity sports, we believe that our wrestling program will contribute to our brand of excellence and I have no doubt we will be successful in our efforts to build an elite level program in the Fraser Valley.” The 2015 Canada West wrestling championship is scheduled to take place in Calgary, Alta.

The Abbotsford Junior Panthers battled the W.J. Mouat Hawks on the first home game at Panther Field for the juniors Sept. 26. It was a good day for the Panthers as they beat the Hawks 21-12. The Hawks got off to a huge jump when Nelson Lokombo raced for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The Panthers responded with an 8-yard TD run from Richard Tshimpaka. A long TD pass by Mouat helped the Hawks regain the lead. Abby found their passing game when John Madigan tossed a 50-yd TD to Chase Claypool. Claypool also intercepted a pass on the Panther goal line and returned it 79 yards. Mike Sabourin rumbled 21 yards to complete the scoring. In other JV news, Rick Hansen beat Langley 129 and Robert Bateman lost to Lord Tweedsmuir 28-20. For complete JV schedule see www.



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AAA Football Never say never in high school football. The No. 5 ranked Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers of Surrey upset No. 3 ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks 31-20 Friday in Surrey. Hawks running back Maleek Irons was contained to two touchdowns and 115 yards on 21 carries while QB Hunter Struthers was good on 11 of 24 passes, including a 30-yard scoring strike to Manpreet Chhina. “It was definitely their day,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly of the Panthers. “They were well prepared for us and, for our part, we turned the ball over seven times, which stalled any momentum we could build. Full credit to them for an outstanding win.” T h e Pa n t h e r s h a d t h e momentum going for them, leading13-8 at the quarter, 19-8 at the half and 25-14 after three with a strong game from their top running back Jamel Lyles, who carried 23 times for 271 yards and four TDs. Irons is still the provincial rushing leader, carrying 98 times for 1,178 yards and 16 touchdowns over five games. The Tweedsmuir defence held Irons to 5.5 yards per carry Friday, some 8.3 yards under the 13.8 ypc average he brought into the game. Jake Firlotte had three catches for 86 yards and also managed an interception and three tackles on defence. Chhina registered six tackles to lead the defence. “It seemed like an uphill battle for us the whole way because of the strong LT start and our inability to capitalize on offensive possessions,” added Kelly. “The turnovers hurt but LT was by far the more physical team and deserved the outcome. “We have to regroup and get ready for a tough (No. 2-ranked) Terr y Fox H. STRUTHERS team Friday here at Mouat.” Last week, Mouat QB Hunter Struthers was named BC High School Football Association’s Player of the Week. The Hawks’ pivot only threw 10 completions on 14 attempts but four of those went for touchdowns in his team’s 58-13 win over Mt. Boucherie. He finished with 198 yards in the air. – HOWARD TSUMURA, THE PROVINCE


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obert Bateman shut out Samuel Robertson 35-0 in Maple Ridge in AA varsity football Friday. Quarterback Daniel Mills threw for 238 yards and three scores as the T-Wolves blanked the host Titans. One of those strikes was hauled in by workhorse running back Ben Cummings who carried 14 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Tanner Friesen hauled in five of Mills’ seven completions for 180 yards; one a short pass he turned into a 90-yard catch-and-run. Jake Thiel, who finished with three sacks was integral to the shutout, while middle linebacker Austen Zacher had four tackles. Kicker Gavin Rowell hit all five of his point-after attempts.


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Mission’s dynamic duo of quarterback JesseWalker and running back Wayde Carpenter accounted for all five of their team’s touchdowns as the No. 2-ranked Roadrunners beat the Langley Saints 36-12 Friday in Langley. Walker, who rushed for two touchdowns (68 and 58 yards), totaled 142 yards on the ground and threw for 125 yards and two scores (41 and 14 yards), both Carpenter, who rushed for a 17-yard major (173 yards total rushing) and also kicked a 33yard field goal. M i s s i o n ’s d e f e n c e , anchored by Harsh Gill (23yard interception return), Peter Kulba (three tackles), Eric Heckhausen (four tackles) and Zac Wallace (four tackles) was solid on the night.


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Abby Senior Panthers defensive back Madaraka Kuol upends a Pitt Meadows Marauder in AA varsity football Friday night at Panther Field. The Panthers were shut out 28-0..

Hansen shuts out Graham

The Rick Hansen Hurricanes put on their defensive hardhats and went to work topping the host G.W. Graham Grizzlies 23-0 in Chilliwack Friday night. QB Alex Ho passed for 230 yards and rushed for a pair of one-yard scores, while twin brother Brandon Ho scored the ‘Canes other major, a 26yard rushing score. Devon DaCosta didn’t find the end zone, but carried 20 times for 177 yards. Zach Toews caught four passes for 99 yards, Brad Atkinson caught four passes for 70 yards, and Vishal Toor nailed a field goal.

“I was pleased with the work done by our offensive line,” said Hansen head coach Paul Gill. “We had them on their heels the whole game. We moved the ball effectively; defensively we played tough. But we took too many penalties. We need to clean that up or it will cost us down the road.” Brandon Ho led the defence with nine tackles, including a pair of sacks. Toews also had nine tackles and an interception. Alex Ho and Shaiheem Charles-Brown each counted six tackles. – WITH FILES FROM HOWARD TSUMURA


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Alzheimer support

Oct. 2, Alzheimer caregivers’ support group meets from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Abbotsford. Leave a message at the Abbotsford and Mission local resource centre at 604-859-3889 for more info and to pre-register.

Birder, author speaks

Oct. 3, Dick Cannings, wellknown author, birder and conservationist, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. All proceeds support the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society. Tickets $10, at 604-391-7469, or at

Blankets for Fraser Valley

Oct. 3, Blankets for the Fraser Valley (formerly Blankets For Canada) meets 1 – 4 p.m. at Fraser Valley

Community events To list an event hosted or sponsored by a non-profit group in Abbotsford or Mission, upload it directly to our website:, or send an e-mail with a succinct, 75-word description of the event including day, date, time and address to, or drop off at 30887 Peardonville Rd, Abbotsford. Christian Centre, 31929 Mercantile Way, Abbotsford, to stitch blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. Donations of yarn appreciated, materials furnished. Call Nancy 604-504-3713 for details.

Bus to White Rock

Oct. 4, Lifetime Learning Centre hosts a bus tour to White Rock Museum and beach. Bus departs from 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission at 8:30 am. Cost: $35 (nonmembers $40). Pre-register at 604-820-0220.


Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. bring confidential documents to be shredded to Clearbrook Library, 32320 G e o r g e F e r g u s o n Wa y, Abbotsford, for a $5 minimum donation per box or bag. Call 604-859-7814, ext. 232 for more information.

Mission farm market

Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., harvest time is on at Mission

City Farmers Market, with local squash, corn, potatoes, cabbage, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, ethically raised meat, crafts and more. Storytelling at 11 a.m., free craft-making with the Mission Museum. Oct. 12 is the last outdoor market of the season. See

Hospice open house

Oct. 9, Mission Hospice Society holds a public open house at 32180 Hillcrest Ave., Mission from 4 – 7 p.m. Meet staff, volunteers, learn about hospice. Phone 604-826-2235 or see

Supportive housing info

Oct. 9, Abbotsford Community Services holds a public information meeting on its proposed supportive housing for men project, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Cascade Community Church, 3519909 DeLair Rd., Abbotsford. See more on the project at

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Naturalists meet

Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Canadian Wildlife Service biologist Mark Drever will speak on shorebird ecology to the Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave., Abbotsford. Public welcome. Kathy at 604-854-3203.

Human rights talk

Oct. 9, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., the Fraser Valley Human Dignity Coalition meets at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave., Abbotsford. Dinner, childminding provided. RSVP to 604-859-7681, ext. 270 or email Danica.Denomme@


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The Valley Echoes Chorus, Sweet Adelines chapter invites women to join for Christmas singing. Rehearsal Tuesdays 6:45 – 9:30 p.m. at Garden Park Towers, 2825 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford. Come early for voice placement. Call Ann at 604-826-8060 or Pam at 604-855-4081.

Poultry fanciers show

Oct. 12 & 13, the Fraser Valley Poultry Fanciers has its 2013 Winter Show of chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and more at Chilliwack Heritage Park, 44140 Luckakuk Way, Chilliwack, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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