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he Mission school district may combine its three high schools into one in order to offer secondary students a greater range of subjects, said Edie Heinrichs, board of education chairwoman. It would also establish two separate middle schools. Parents of high school and ele-

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mentary students, educators and students are encouraged to discuss the idea at a public meeting on Nov. 7 at Heritage Park Secondary. “We’re just seeing if there is a taste for it,” Heinrichs said on Thursday. “But I’m excited, I’m curious to hear what they have to say. Students at the higher levels have very strong opinions, so we hope to hear from them, too.” In the new configuration, Grade

7 to 9 middle schools “Some high schools (out- School Distr ict may have 500 to 700 side the district) offer reconfigured its students each, while schools, moving three levels of calculus the Grade 10 to 12 Grade 6 and 7 stuschool would have and we have only one. dents into each 6 0 0 t o 1 , 0 0 0 s t u - And that is a virtual class of the three high dents. schools – Misled by one teacher for all sion Secondary, Howe v e r, He i n richs stressed any three schools.” Heritage Park and figures at this point Hatzic – creating – Edie Heinrichs a “school within a were “really rough” and the idea is at a school” format. very early stage. The board will just Middle school grades are run on be taking comments at this time, slightly different schedules and she said. younger students are kept genThree years ago the Mission erally in their own area at their

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rowth at the Abbotsford International Airport may not be rocketing skyward but it is experiencing a slow and steady rise. Mike Pastro, Abbotsford airport general manager, said jumps in passenger numbers and development at YXX aren’t expected in the near future, but money is being socked away for future growth. “We don’t anticipate any dramatic increases . . . but we are expecting slow but steady growth of two per cent as we’ve had over the past two years.” However, the airport is projected to earn more than $2 million in net income in 2013, up from $1.8 million in 2012, said Pastro. “It’s a natural progression of slow growth. Our revenues are up and our expenses are down,” he said. As of Sept. 30, the airport’s operating income exceeded 2013 budget expectations by $431,483, according to a financial performance report set for presentation to city council on Monday. Around $97,000 of the $125,484 in surplus revenue was due to income

from fees and sponsorships during the 2013 Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo in August. Expenses were also $306,000 lower than budgeted for 2013. Most of the savings were the result of a staff member being on longterm disability and a reduction in consulting services, said Pastro. Budget projections suggest that operating income will exceed 2013 expectations by $568,406 by the end of December. see YXX, page A4

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n many respects, Lucas Dinahan is a typical teenager. Until last year, he was the captain of his hockey rep team, he’s a bit obsessed with video games (including Grand Theft Auto), he loves longboarding and he’s really keen to play more paintball. But there’s more to this outgoing 15year-old Mission Secondary student. He also has a decade of business acumen from running a gumball machine enterprise, he’s rubbed shoulders with entrepreneurial gurus such as Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad) and Darren Weeks, and this fall, he launched a book that chronicles his business experiences so far, called The Gumball Kid. Lucas hopes other kids, parents and teachers pick up his self-published book and get inspired to become more financially literate and to chase their own goals. “What I tried to do is to hit every generation, so kids could understand it, and so it wouldn’t bore adults,” said Lucas in a recent interview in his family’s kitchen. The lessons began when he was four, when his dad Lance Dinahan would take him along to his electrical contracting jobs. Lance would pay his little son for whatever odd jobs he could do, such as retrieving tools for dad. By the time Lucas was five he had $150, and his dad suggested he could invest in an enterprise and make even more money. Together they decided on a gumball machine, and Lance paid for half of the cost himself. “At first I didn’t think it would work – I did work hard for that money, but I trusted dad,” said Lucas. The first place they went to was the tanning studio Casa del Sol in Mission, whose owners Lance knew. He made Lucas approach the owner to make the pitch. “I could barely reach the counter,” Lucas recalls. After he installed that first gumball machine, Lucas recounts in his book: “I had that feeling inside me of great pride, but what I didn’t know was that I was turning into a entrepreneur.” That first machine led to 80 more, and last week, he just closed a deal on another 60 machines. All along the way, Lance has coaxed and coached his son, following con-

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Mission teen Lucas Dinahan recently sold a copy of his book, The Gumball Kid, to one of his business heroes Darren Weeks, the owner of Fast Track companies and a business coach. cepts outlined in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. So when Lance decided to hone his business skills with business coaching through Darren Week’s Fast Track program, he took his son along. After Weeks heard Lucas’ story, he asked the youngster to speak in front of the group the next day, and again at a coaching conference in Edmonton. That’s where Lucas was encouraged to write a book on his experiences as a kid in commerce. Lucas was also invited to talk on a radio program with Rich Dad, Poor Dad author Kiyosaki. “He’s done pretty good for a 15-yearold,” said his dad, who himself recently earned a Better Business Bureau marketing award for his company, Excali-

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A4 ❘ NEWS ❘ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013 THE TIMES

Condensing could improve options SCHOOL, from page A1 The meeting is being held in part to determine the level of discontent with the current configuration. Currently, the district has just under 6,000 students, with just over 2,000 secondary students. Enrolment has slipped in recent years and is projected to continue, which could force the district to consider a new configuration. Dropping numbers means there are not enough senior high school students in each of the schools to warrant a strong range of elective classes, she said. Condensing senior grades into one school could alleviate that problem, Heinrichs said. “It’s hard for them to compete at the postsecondary level, when for example some high schools (outside the district) offer three levels of calculus and we have only one. And that is a virtual class led by one teacher for all three schools,” said Heinrichs.

“It’s about how we can give the best possible options to our students.” If the senior grades are consolidated, teaching and funding resources could be concentrated to offer that wider range of desired electives. Sport teams, too, could benefit – a megaschool could provide enough students for a team at every level, “and we don’t have that now,” she said. Hatzic would become a middle school to service the east side of the district. One of the other two would become the new, consolidated high school. Even if there is strong interest, “this is not an overnight change. At the very least it would be a two-year process, plus there’s an election in between and we don’t know who will be on the board,” she added. The public meeting for the high school/ middle school configuration is Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Heritage Park Secondary, 33700 Prentis Ave., Mission.

Steady growth will provide surplus YXX, from page A1 The airport authority will take advantage of YXX’s steady growth to sock away money to fund big capital projects in future. “We are building reserves over the next 10 years for any necessary big expansion projects, and we need a healthy bank account to do that,” said Pastro. The Abbotsford International Airport has been averaging just under 500,000 passengers annually since about 2006. Those numbers are not expected to jump dramatically in the near future as the airport’s largest airline partner, West Jet, hasn’t indicated it will be adding additional routes at Abbotsford.

“We’re fortunate to have West Jet here,” said Pastro. “They are our main focus and hopefully over time they will continue to grow their operations here.” The airport, which allows for 1,500 jobs and 50 million in wages annually, continues to be a prominent economic generator for the region, he added. “There’s lots going on here,” he said. YXX, which is owned by the city but managed by the Abbotsford Airport Authority, also contributes about 200,000 annually to the municipality’s coffers, said Pastro. “Financially, we’re totally self-sufficient. In fact, we contribute money to the city. We’re not a drain on the tax base.”

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Grieving father struggled with anger at justice system Upset with lack of progress on son’s murder, parent of gangster lashed out at authorities JENNIFER SALTMAN, The Province

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he grieving father of a murdered gang member says he never had any intention of acting out a violent revenge dream that he shared with a victim support group last year. Michael Denis LeClair, 60, testified Thursday at his trial in B.C. Provincial Court in Abbotsford. LeClair is charged with one count of uttering threats. LeClair’s 27-year-old son Kevin, a Red Scorpions gang member and friend of gang leaders Jamie, Jarrod and Jonathan Bacon, was gunned down in the parking lot of a Langley shopping centre in February 2009. Charges were not laid until January 2011 and the two suspects remain on the loose. In May 2012, after two failed attempts to get counselling, LeClair began attending a support group for families and friends of crime victims in Abbotsford to try and deal with his increasing frustration with police and the justice system. He was often angry at the meetings and admitted to having disturbing thoughts and a violent dream in which he took elementary school students hostage and killed them when his demands – including the surrender of the Bacon brothers – were not met. LeClair said he never intended to hurt or threaten anyone. He conceded the support group was the wrong forum in which to discuss his dream, but he wanted to show the anger and resentment he and other crime victims feel when dealing with police and the justice system. “I w a s e x p re s s i n g m y dream,” LeClair testified. “I needed to get my frustration out and that’s what I did.” The group’s three facilitators did not initially believe LeClair would act on his dream. However, on Oct. 30, 2012, LeClair told the group that he had tried unsuccessfully to get an assault rifle. The next day, one of the facilitators called police. She also contacted LeClair to tell him she was concerned. LeClair responded, “You should be concerned.” He testified that he meant she should be worried in a broader sense. “Everybody should be concerned, society should be concerned – not just about me but about anybody who’s going through what I’m going through,” LeClair said. After his son’s murder and prior to the incident with the support group, LeClair had

numerous negative interactions with the authorities, Crown prosecutor Wayne Norris said, reading from an agreed statement of facts. In August 2010, during a traffic stop LeClair told the officer that he would go on a rampage if his son’s murder was not solved. On Oct. 7, 2010, LeClair said to a Surrey bylaw officer, who was a former RCMP member, that he would give police two years to solve Kev-

in’s murder or he would find those responsible himself and kill them, and added that he would kill a lot of people in the process. A year later, LeClair told a commercial vehicle inspector that his son had been killed and in five years he was going to start shooting people because of his frustration. He said he had guns and when police came to his home he would take them out as well.

Du r i n g t h e p a s t y e a r, LeClair started seeing a counsellor and said he has made a lot of progress dealing with his anger. “I really work on calming myself down so I don’t blow up,” LeClair said. He said he’s still grieving and describes what he is going through as “a life sentence,” but now he can look forward to the future. “We’ve got future plans and I want to see them come about,” he said. “I want things to get back on track.” The trial was scheduled for one day.

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on’t you wish that it mattered that some of the most prominent political people in this country – senators and even a prime minister and his closest staff – are exposing each other as thieves and liars? Don’t you wish senators in this country cared about the realization that they absconded with hundreds of thousands of illicit dollars? Don’t you wish that this country’s prime minister cared that he was caught with his integrity hanging out of his pants? Don’t you wish Stephen Harper cared a bit more about maintaining his integrity than caring about how he might be able to bury the questions about his integrity? Indeed, don’t you wish that Harper could be more concerned about the perception that he has no integrity than that he has none? How about Senators Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau? Don’t you wish they were just a tad more concerned that they are perceived as thieves, instead of being so darned perturbed that they got caught? And the rest of the Senate . . . wouldn’t it be nice if they could try putting the same amount of effort into fixing the problem as the amount they have been putting into burying it, along with the three senators who got caught – instead of turning it into just one more of those

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Odd Thoughts mind-numbing political disagreements? Wouldn’t the whole situation feel a little bit more comfortable if the prime minister were more concerned that he has been branded a liar – he doesn’t even seem terribly concerned if we believe he’s a liar – instead of being concerned that the people who owe him favours might have proof? So we are now witnessing the spectacle of the mightiest of our political masters and mistresses in a war of opinion attrition, each side hoping the other will disgust us more and consequently allow the less-disgusting among them to slither free of the stupid-chains that bind them, so they can get on with quietly continuing with what they’ve been doing all along. Canadians have been duped into believing that our political system only works when our political leaders are steeped in honesty, integrity and a sense of what is right for Canada as a whole. Meanwhile, our political leaders have duped themselves into believing that none of that matters, just so long as the rest of us don’t realize that those things

don’t exist – haven’t done so for decades. Or maybe they’re not scamming themselves at all, just us. Maybe they just figured out the formula. Pierre Trudeau was our last successful honest politician, managing to extend his term with a western finger and a smirking “fuddle duddle.” Short-termer Joe Clark tried honesty, as did Kim Campbell, and it earned both a quick boot. (John Turner was just a doofus, and Paul Martin’s scorchedearth campaign against Jean Chretien was so devastating that his party has since ambled through two wannabe has-beens to the door of Kid Trudeau, Caped Crusader for the Liberal Cause.) Those who have been successful in the past three decades have owed that success to putting politics on the moon – and keeping the dark side away from those of us who live on planet Earth. Unfortunately for the likes of Harper, Duffy, et al, the moon goes through phases, and every once in a while, we get a glimpse of the parts where the sun don’t shine. I’m reminded of a colleague’s comment that has stuck in my brain since she uttered it more than 30 years ago: “Once you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.” ■ Bob Groenveld is the editor of the Langley Advance.

e have character, just like Ben Stewart! Just sayin’ – in case our premier has any other $150,000 jobs in Asia waiting to be filled without notice. Unfortunately we don’t speak Mandarin, Cantonese or any other Asian language, but apparently that is not a requirement to be B.C.’s trade commissioner in China. Having character and Christy Clark’s telephone number are more important. Stewart stepped aside in June so Clark could run in his safe B.C. Liberal riding of Westside-Kelowna. No inducements necessary, according to Clark, because Stewart had so much darned character. It is surely no coincidence that just four months later, Stewart – a winery operator by trade – is best suited for a brand new trade and investment portfolio. It’s not the worst patronage appointment ever dispensed, but it serves as a closer-tohome illustration of why rewarding political allies may not get you the best man or woman for the job. Take the Canadian Senate – please – where the government of the day appoints loyalists, not independent thinkers, to the chamber of sober second thought. The best thing about the ongoing expenses scandal featuring Stephen Harper appointees Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau is that Canadians have finally noticed they are paying 105 political appointees to feed at the public trough. Whatever happens to them and the prime minister’s deniability, polls show the status quo won’t stand. Opinion is split between abolition and reform, with a court ruling expected on the former. Either way, the public’s regard for politics is always tarnished by patronage.

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I do not appreciate the snide remarks about health care providers. We as professionals know more about medicine and disease, therefore it is a more informed than most choice about why not to get the flu shot. There is evidence from the CDC in Vancouver that the vaccine actually increases the chances of getting swine flu, which is more deadly to the group that you think should get mandatory medical treatment. It is a small group of female professionals who will pay the burden as doctors are not managed the same way, and unvaccinated relatives and other patients are still in hospital and community. Why not extend mandatory medical treatment to the whole population? Because it is against our constitutional rights to have a medical intervention on a competent individual. There is poor evidence to suggest staff to client transmission, quite the inverse. Some doctors also say getting the vaccine decreases our natural immunity to other germs. There are also animal DNA proteins and a genetically modified insect protein approved in the vaccine. There is also a cancer link from the unscreened animal tissues re: sv40 and polio affecting 50-60 million people per the CDC from polio in the 1950-60, as well as the immune system is linked to cancer. Pharmaceutical industry is big business and make the chemicals in our products, make people sick, make people develop cancer and sell us expensive drugs and chemotherapy through our taxes after they have created the customer. Even if 60 percent of vaccinated do develop antibodies in a correct vaccine to flu strain match-up, the strains mutate and is a crap shoot guess about which ones will be prevalent this year developed eight months prior. It says in the flu injection insert: not proven to prevent influenza. You should be more concerned about the lack of ability to provide infection control due to staff and bed shortages in the hospital and doing real journalism than being a mouth piece for big business of the military chemical industrial complex. Bree Stegman RN Abbotsford

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Mandatory flu shots are wrong Editor, the Times: Making things like a flu shot mandatory to healthcare providers is a violation of personal freedoms. It should be an educated personal choice of what is injected into our bodies and bloodstreams not a government requirement. The flu is a pain to get and believe me I hate it, but there are other things you can do to improve immunity like cutting back on sugar. Google that too. The flu also builds people’s immunity naturally. The medical system in our country is biased because of the influence of pharmaceutical industry. There is no question. The information is out there – just Google 2012 or 2013 reports or studies – and supported by many rational and committed doctors of medicine and science that heavy metal preservatives in vaccines are toxic to the body. Alzheimer’s is no small side effect. H. Traub Mission

Harper fiddles; Senate burns Editor, the Times: Prime Minister Stephen Harper really doesn’t care what you or I think and said as much again at the start of the convention in Cow Town, before rushing off to play piano on stage at the Calgary nightclub Cowboys instead of answering reporters’ questions on the Senate scandal. Arrogant just doesn`t cover it. What happened to Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin the minute that they walked into the Senate? Why did those respected individuals feel that they could pad the expense accounts? Or, more to the point, who among the Conservatives already there showed the newcomers how to do it, as I don’t believe for a second that they did this on their own initiatives. History is repeating itself. It was not the Watergate break-in itself that brought down Richard Nixon. For Nixon, it was the cover-ups and lying to the America people that proved to be his undoing. Harper is now in the same position. Not even man enough to

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Omnibus bill puts workers at risk Editor, the Times: I would like to openly ask Ed Fast and the Conservative government why they have chosen to attack workers’ rights? The omnibus bill C-4 is a direct attack on workers’ rights to refuse unsafe work, and actually gives employers rights to discipline employees for refusing to carry out those tasks. I would ask, how can the Conservative party of Canada claim to be “watching out for everyday families” when they endorse legislation such as this? If you are a trades worker of any kind, in any industry this directly affects you. I would also hope that it affects your opinion when you vote in 2015. This frontal assault on workers’ rights hidden inside bill C-4 puts health and safety regulation for workers back decades. How can people who sit safely in their seats in the House of Commons begin to understand what its like to be forced into unsafe work or exposure to chemicals that could cause long term health problems? This is the party that thought it was OK to bring in foreign workers and pay them less. This is the party that is working towards bringing in “right to work” legislation, which really is the “right to work for less.” This latest bill is an attack on all labour, union and non-union. The Harper government seems bent on decimating the middle class financially, and now it seems even the health of workers should be put at risk for the almighty dollar. What kind of government attacks the people who work to make the economy run?

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A8 ❘ COMMUNITY ❘ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013 THE TIMES Watershed talk

Nov. 5, Nicole Marples of Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) speaks about restoring and protecting local creeks, marshes and other habitats, at 2:30 p.m., Rm. B101, University of the Fraser Valley, 33488 King Rd., Abbotsford. Free, part of the GreenSpeak talks hosted by the UFV Centre for Sustainability.

Interfaith dialogue

Nov. 5, Abbotsford Community Services presents a Bridges of Faith event, 5 – 8 p.m. Share ideas, a vegetarian meal and hear presenters of different faith groups. Register at Kam.Aujla@ AbbotsfordCommunityServices.com or 604-859-7681, ext. 270.

Reading buddies wanted

High school students and adults needed for the Reading Buddy program to help children in grades 1 – 4 with reading. Apply at Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, or the Abbotsford library, 33355 Bevan Ave., Abbotsford.

Teen support

Alateen meets Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. at Home Society, 31581 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people whose lives are affected by someone else’s drinking, (parent, sibling or friend). Call 604855-1942 or 604-826-5100.

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.

Book sale

Nov. 5, Lifetime Learning Centre holds its book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission. Drop in and browse through a large selection of used books.

Epilepsy and seniors

Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. till noon, Abbotsford Learning Plus presents Judy Ross, of Centre for Epilepsy and Seizure Education, who will talk about epilepsy in seniors, causes and symptoms. Fee is $5 plus $2 drop-in fee, at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre.

Pipeline meeting change

The National Energy Board information session set for Nov. 6 in Abbotsford has been cancelled. Interested parties can get information on the process by registering at neb-one.gc.ca.

Join library friends

Nov. 6 at 1 p.m., join as a volunteer with the Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries,

at Abbotsford library, 33355 Bevan Ave. Phone 604-8597814, ext. 232 for more.

LLC Remembrance Day

Nov. 6, Lifetime Learning Centre holds its annual Remembrance Day Tea from 10 a.m. to noon at 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission. Join us for music and stories from the past as we remember our veterans and peacekeepers. Admission by donation.

After school LEGO

Nov. 6 to Nov. 27 on Wednesdays, come and create, create, create with Mission Library’s LEGO collection, at Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave., from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. No registration necessary. Girls are welcome too. Call us at 604-826-6610.

Reflexology relaxation

Nov. 6, drop into the Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave., to hear Esther Isobe speak about reflexology from 7 – 8:30 p.m., its history, its benefits and some basic info. Call us at 604-826-6610.

Remembrance Day tea

Nov. 6, stories and songs of First World War, women pilots, Mission immigration, at Lifetime Learning Centre, 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission. See lifetimelearningcentre. org, or call 604-820-0220.

Blankets for Canada

Nov. 7, local Blankets for Canada chapter meets 1 – 4 p.m., Fraser Valley Christian Centre, 31929 Mercantile Way, Abbotsford. Stitch knitted and crocheted blankets together for those in need. Donations of yarn appreciated. Call Nancy Gallagher 604-504-3713 for details.

Philosophy and politics

Nov. 7, UFV prof Ron Dart on Philosophy and Politics at Lifetime Learning Centre, from 10 a.m. to noon, 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission. Fee: $7 (non-members $10).

Mission Xmas craft fair

Nov. 9 & 10, the biggest Christmas craft market in the Fraser Valley, at Heritage Park Centre, 33700 Prentis Ave., Mission. Raffles, food, music, 10 – 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 – 4 p.m. Sunday. See missionartscouncil.ca.

Kids swap meet

Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, kids clothing, toys, books, sports equipment, more at Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford. Call 604-8538158. – STAFF REPORTER

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f you’re new to the community, or if you’re looking for a great environment in which to work out and have fun, you will find a warm welcome at the Great West Fitness and Tennis Club, said manager Nicole Hall. “We have a close-knit family atmosphere. We have a great group of members and I have a really great staff to work with. Everyone is really friendly,” she said. Great West is on Old Yale Road, next to the Hwy. 11 bypass, which makes it easily accessible for folks in east Abbotsford as well as from around the city. The 16,000-square-foot facility has a full range of fitness equipment, tennis courts, classes and services such as childminding (with its own little gym) tanning and certified personal trainers. Great West strives to go above and beyond for its members and guests, offering a wide variety of membership options so it can remain accessible to everyone who wishes to join up and experience the difference the facility has to offer. “It’s great for people just getting into fitness. Anyone can feel comfortable here,” Hall said. Special events include Member Appreciation Week and the Great West Grinch Game during Christmas. The owners are also conscientious corporate citizens, supporting the Abbotsford Food Bank, CIBC Run For The Cure and Run For Water. Membership is $19 biweekly with no contract – $40 a month – even less if you join with a spouse or on a family package. Perks include unlimited access to group fitness classes, Zumba – very popular with women – infrared saunas, towel and lock service, and co-ed and ladies only workout facilities.

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Nicole Hall is the manager of Great West Fitness in Abbotsford. The 16,000-square-foot facility has a full range of fitness equipment, tennis courts and classes. “It’s great for people just getting into fitness,” said Hall. “Anyone can feel comfortable here.” The club is deliberately femalefriendly – in addition to its co-ed area, thesecondfloorissetasideforwomen, with windows all around that provide bright mountain views, said Hall. “We have one of the largest ladiesonly sections in the city, and that was not an afterthought – it was built with the ladies’ section in mind,” said Hall, who’s been at the club for 12 years.

GreatWest boasts the only extensive tennis program in town, with full-time tennis pros Adrian Oziewicz andTony Iliescu. The club has group, private and semi-private tennis lessons for all ages and levels for adults, teens and little onesasyoungasfour,plustennissummer camps. Memberscanplaytennisyearround

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Worksafe BC approves new bullying policy

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orkSafeBC’s Board of Directors has approved three Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies under sections 115, 116, and 117 of the Workers Compensation Act, dealing with workplace bullying and harassment. The policies define bullying and harassment and explain the duties of employers, workers, and supervisors to prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment. These duties apply to the approximately 215,000 employers and 2.2 million workers currently served by WorkSafeBC. What is the definition of workplace bullying and harassment according to WorkSafeBC’s policies? Bullying and harassment includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated, but excludes

any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employment. What do these policies mean? The Workers Compensation Act sets out the general duties of employers, workers, and supervisors to ensure or protect the health and safety of workplace parties. The OHS policies identify the steps that WorkSafeBC considers reasonable for workplace parties to take to prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment. When do these policies take effect? The bullying and harassment policies become effective Nov. 1, 2013. What do I need to do as an employer? Understand your duties as an employer to prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment. Your duties include the following:

Entrepreneurs in province show optimism

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ritish Columbia small business owners posted another healthy gain in optimism in October, and are now the most upbeat in the country after Newfoundland and Labrador. B.C.’s monthly Business Barometer index is also above 70 for the first time since 2011. “We are seeing pretty positive hiring plans as well for this time of year, with 19 per cent of owners planning to hire, while only seven per cent are expecting to shed staff in the next few months,” says Mike Klassen, B.C. director of provincial affairs. “It is striking to see B.C. rise to second place across the country after steady growth since the spring. It is possible that factors such as strong demand for forest products in a reviving U.S. housing market is driving that optimism.” After a rough spring, Canada’s small business optimism has trended into more positive territory so far this fall. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s October Business Barometer Index gained a half point to 65.0 from September’s reading, but it remains in line

with the average value from the past four months. “Although the index went up slightly in October, what we can take from the last four months is a general stabilizing trend,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB’s chief economist and vice-president. “In the coming months, it will be telling to see if business owners can build confidence levels further in light of reasonably stable price and interest rate environments.” The other most optimistic province is Newfoundland and Labrador – where the index also saw a big gain this month. Optimism levels in Alberta and Saskatchewan fell back slightly, but still remain above average. Measured on a scale between 0 and 100, an index level above 50 means owners expecting their business’ performance to be stronger in the next year outnumber those expecting weaker performance. An index level of between 65 and 70 means the economy is growing at its potential. See cfib.ca/barometer for details on the national, provincial and industry sector survey results.

• not engaging in bullying and harassment of workers and supervisors • developing a policy statement for your workplace • taking steps to prevent or minimize bullying and harassment • developing and implementing procedures for workers to report incidents and complaints of bullying and harassment • developing and implementing procedures for dealing with incidents and complaints • informing and training workers and supervisors • annually reviewing the policy statement and procedures for reporting and dealing with incidents and complaints Why are these policies important to the workplace? There are negative effects of bullying and harassment on workers and workplaces. Not only can bullying and harassment impair work performance and lead to increased

absenteeism, it can lead to depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It not only affects workers subjected to this behaviour, but can negatively affect witnesses and bystanders as well. What do I need to do as a supervisor? A supervisor’s duties include: • not engaging in bullying and harassment of other workers, supervisors, or the employer • applying and complying with the employer’s policies and procedures on bullying and harassment What do I need to do as a worker? A worker’s duties include: • not engaging in bullying and harassment of other workers, supervisors, or the employer • reporting bullying and harassment observed or experienced in the workplace • applying and complying with the employer’s policies and proce-

dures on bullying and harassment What is WorkSafeBC’s role in the enforcement of these policies? There is no planned “enforcement blitz.” WorkSafeBC prevention officers will respond to enquiries and concerns about bullying and harassment in the workplace through existing inspection practices. Prevention officers will engage in inspection, consultation, and education activities with respect to workplace bullying and harassment as they would for any occupational health and safety requirement. •Resources and additional information WorkSafeBC has created a package of tools and resources to help workplace parties prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment. Access the online tool kit and OHS policies at www.worksafebc. com/bullying.

Small business owners urged to participate in online survey T

he Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training is conducting a survey of small business owners and operators to gather information about your experience and/or interest in selling goods and services to the B.C. government. This information is being collected as part of the Small Business – Doing Business with Government Project. The purpose of the project is to consult with small business owners to find ways to create more opportunity and

remove barriers to selling to the B.C. government. The information collected through this survey will be used to identify strategies the B.C. government can implement to make it easier for small businesses to do business with government. Please complete this survey only if you are currently a small business owner or operator. A small business in B.C. is defined as one that has fewer than 50 employees or has a self-

employed individual with no paid help. This includes small businesses run as social enterprises. This survey is voluntary. All information will be maintained in strict accordance with provincial privacy legislation. Results will be reported at the aggregate level only. If you would you like to complete the survey, go to www.selltobcgovsurvey. malatest.net. The survey will remain open until Dec. 6, 2013.

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n Nov. 15 the Chamber will will offer a wide range of benefits be hosting a very special including new jobs, procurement breakfast event where opportunities and other positive we will hear directly from the spinoffs for B.C. and Alberta compresident munities of Kinder during Morgan the twoCanada – year conIan Anderstruction son. phase and Mr. beyond. MIKE WELTE Anderson For PRESIDENT will be almost coming 60 years, to discuss the Trans local economic opportunities Mountain Pipeline system has associated with the proposed been safely and efficiently providtwinning of the Trans Mouning the only West Coast access tain Pipeline that currently runs for Canadian oil products. From through Abbotsford. the time when Trans Mountain The presentation will include a was first constructed, the pipeline progress report on the proposed system has adapted to meet the project and how businesses in growing needs of customers. A Abbotsford and Fraser Valley area recent expansion project in 2008 can participate in the project. resulted in the Emerald Award for The current Trans Mountain leadership in environmental stewpipeline is 1,150 kilometres and ardship and sustainability. runs from Strathcona County Right now Kinder Morgan is (near Edmonton) to Burnaby. undertaking the public consultaIf the proposed twinning is tion phase of the project. approved, the $5.4 billion project Kinder Morgan genuinely wants

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to hear the public concerns and they will work to mitigate any potential issues that might arise. They have engaged landowners, aboriginal groups and community stakeholders all along the proposed route. Once consultation is complete, they will file a comprehensive application with the National Energy Board to begin a regulatory review of the project. This is scheduled to happen within the next few months with construction beginning in 2016. Kinder Morgan is committed to working with the communities that will be affected by the pipeline to ensure that concerns are addressed. They are also governed by extensive regulation to guarantee environmental protection. Overall, when reviewing the project, the economic benefits seem to outweigh potential concerns. Approximately 4,500 jobs will be created and $355 million in provincial taxes will be collected. In Abbotsford, utility companies like Kinder Morgan pay property taxes

This map, courtesy transmountain.com, shows the route for the proposed new pipeline, which would run adjacent to the current Trans Mountain Pipeline. at a rate of eight to nine times the residential tax rate. Municipalities along the route will see $600 million in tax revenue over the life of the project. This increase in economic activity is good for Abbotsford and the

province. I encourage you to take an active stance and educate yourself about the project. For more information come to our event on Nov. 15 or visit http://www.transmountain.com/ proposed-expansion.

Small business is big in our province B

ritish Columbia’s small business sector continues to play a key role in job creation and economic growth in the province. It is the province’s primary provider of private sector jobs, reflecting an important and ongoing trend toward economic diversification within the provincial economy. What is “small business?” In BC small business is defined as a business that employs fewer than 50 individuals, or one operated by a person who is self-employed without paid help. According to the 2013 Small Business Profile, prepared by the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, there are approximately 385,900 small businesses operating in B.C., accounting for 98 per cent of all businesses in the province. Micro-business, those with fewer than 5 employees, comprised about 82 per cent of small business. In 2012, approximately 1,032,700 people were

employed by small business in BC. The 2013 Small Business Profile This represents 55 per cent of all reports that small business in B.C. private sector employees, ranking accounted for 26 per cent of the B.C. second in the country. province’s GDP, above the national Small average of 25 business per cent. contribThe relautes to tively high the procontribution vincial to GDP in economy B.C. is due in many in part to the ways. fact that the ALLAN ASAPH It creprovince has ates and traditionally maintains been more employment, drives innovation, service sector-oriented than most meets payrolls that support indiregions of Canada. viduals and families and stimuThe profile goes on to say that lates new economic activity. small business was the source of The key measure of economic 31 per cent of all wages paid to production of a sector is its gross workers, the highest share of any domestic product (GDP). GDP province. represents the value that a sector B.C.’s small business shipped adds to the materials and services approximately $12.2 billion worth it uses, which is an important of merchandise to international aspect of the sector’s contribution destinations in 2011, accounting to the economy. for almost 42 per cent of the total

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value of goods exported from the province. Self-employed individuals account for 55 per cent of small businesses. On average, the selfemployed tend to be older, are more often men and more likely to work longer hours than paid employees. Women represent over 38 per cent of self-employed entrepreneurs in B.C., above the national average. The provinces long-term growth in entrepreneurship, a key component of small business, has profoundly impacted its economic landscape. Despite recent economic uncertainty across the country and around the globe, British Columbia’s small business owners are consistently among the most optimistic in the nation in their expectations for the future according to a recent survey. Locally, our Chamber members are a close reflection of the makeup and results of the province as a

whole. Approximately 85 per cent of our members are small business and 60 per cent of our members employ 5 or less individuals. Small business drives the economy in Abbotsford and our membership reflects the full range of diverse business activity in the area. We are also fortunate to have strong membership from the agricultural sector, which accounts for such a significant part of our local economy. Small business is vital to our future success as a community and a province. The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner with local business to create access and opportunities for business growth, skills development, networking and benefits. In addition, we will continue to advocate for, and speak on behalf of issues important to small business in Fraser Valley. We are YOUR Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.

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TERRY FARRELL TFarrell@abbotsfordtimes.com t takes near per fection to win at curling’s highest level. Glenn Howard took it one step further at the Masters of Curling over the past week. He was perfect. Howard and his rink of Wayne Middaugh (third), Brent Laing (second) and Craig Savill (lead) ran the table at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, capping off the week with a 7-4 victory over Kevin Martin in the championship draw of the first Grand Slam of Curling event of the season. The victory gave Team Howard its sixth Masters of Curling title in eight years and its second victory (and third championship draw appearance) in four World Curling Tour events this season. The Ontario foursome is in a groove. “A win is a win and the boys are making everything, that’s what I like,” said Howard, moments after Sunday’s triumph. “We are getting better and better all the time, stronger every time out.” As has been the competition. Whereas Team Howard’s first few bonspiels of the season were ‘regional’ events against some of the top teams in Ontario or eastern Canada, the event at the AESC was top-notch. “The best of the best are here – we were playing some of the best teams in the world,” said Howard. He and his rink mates didn’t miss a beat. They went 4-0 in round robin play, beating David Murdoch of Scotland (who will represent Great Britain at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics) 6-5, Andrey Drozdov (2013 Russian champion) 5-3, Manitoba’s Mike McEwen 5-2 and 2014 Swiss Olympian Sven Michel 7-6. Howard’s playoff run started with an 8-4 victory over current world champion Niklas Edin, who will represent Sweden in Sochi. He made it to the championship draw with an extra end 4-3 victory over 2013 Brier silver medalist Jeff Stoughton.

close as expected for the first half. Martin stole one in the first; Howard blanked the second, then picked up his deuce in the third before forcing Martin to draw to the fourfoot against four Howard stones in the fourth. Martin made the shot to score one and the game was tied 2-2 at the break. The turning point came in the fifth end, when Howard executed a brilliant angle raise takeout to score four, after Martin had nestled a draw in behind heavy guard. “He (Kevin) missed on his first rock in the fifth end, but I’ll tell you, his second rock in the fifth end was an unbelievable shot,” said Howard, of Martin’s draw. “He made a beauty and then I guess I made a beauty right back.” All that remained was to play out the final three ends. There were no surprises coming home and Howard slid to what turned out to be a rather undramatic victory.

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Skip Kevin Martin encourages sweepers Marc Kennedy (front) and Ben Hebert. Inset, skip Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh (third), Brent Laing (second) and Craig Savill (lead) pose with the hardware. Howard beat Martin 7-4 to win the Masters of Curling at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre on Sunday. For more photos from both the men’s and women’s final, download the Layar app to your smartphone and scan the logo on the left-hand side of this photo. Martin’s road to the final was just as impressive. He started the week by dropping a 7-6 extra-ender to Rui Liu, who represented China at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, then reeled off five straight victories. Martin (third, David Nedohin;

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In the women’s field, defending champion Rachel Homan (Emma Miskew, third; Alison Krevlazuk, second; Lisa Weagle, lead) got hotter as the week progressed and ultimately won the trophy for a second straight year. The Ottawa team dropped two of its first three games, before running off a string of five straight wins, culminating with a 7-5 victory over reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland in the final draw. Homan beat Chelsea Carey of Winnipeg 5-1 in a tiebreaker just to get into the playoffs. From there she doubled up Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin 6-3 in the quarter-finals, avenging her opening night loss. She then disposed of Swiss Olympian Mirjam Ott by the same score to advance to the championship. Homan gained control of the match that featured no blanks and no steals, scoring three in the fourth end to take a 5-2 lead at the break. Muirhead got back to within one (65) in the seventh, but Homan sealed the win with a single in eight.

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Nick Taylor of Abbotsford had eight birdies and one bogey for a 64 at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club on Tuesday to win a Vancouver Golf Tour event.

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ick Taylor of Abbotsford and his eight birdies were enough to edge out Chilliwack’s Brad Clapp to win the second event of the Vancouver Golf Tour at Chilliwack Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Taylor’s bogey-five on seven was the only blemish on his card en route to a seven-under par 64 at the local course, which was recently named 2013 golf facility of the year by the Professional Golfers’ Association of B.C. Clapp, too, only had one bogey in his round but his seven-birdie-65 left the club’s teaching professional one short of the win. Former University of the Fraser Valley golf team member Brett Stewart tied for third with North Vancouver pro Eugene Wong with rounds of 66. The lone professional woman in the field of 31 pros was Jennifer Greggain of Chilliwack who shot a four-over 75 putting her in 24th spot. Kaleb Fisher took the amateur championship with a one-under round of 70. The Abbotsford teen tore up the front nine with four birdies and an eagle on five to head out with a 31. But the young man followed that up with five bogeys on the back nine, still enough to take the win over Dave Smith’s 72. Chilliwack Golf Club’s general manager Bryan Ewart said it was one of the strongest professional fields that any course in B.C. has played host to this year. “It’s a real honour to host so many top golfers – both professional and amateur,” Ewart said.

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he University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team finished the 2013 season with its best record in eight years (8-8-1) and captured the Canada West bronze medal by beating the University of Victoria 2-1 on Sunday. “I am very proud of our squad,” said head coach Alan Errington. “Today they showed up and kept working for 90 minutes. This is a very important day in our program’s growth.” This was the Cascades men’s first appearance in a Canada West medal match. It was played at David Sidoo Field at UBC. UFV was on defence most of the first half, with the Vikes outshooting the Cascades 103 and scoring one goal. With a medal on the line,

UFV shook things up in the second half, winning all the loose balls and creating several scoring chances. Midfielders Justin Sekhon and Ethan Claibourne-Collins were relentless in the attack, before rookie forward Josh Brown set Sekhon up in front of the net for his header to tie the game at the 72nd minute. With 10 minutes remaining, it was Brown again who set up Ryan Liddiard in front of the Vikes’ net, and his clean shot gave the Cascades the lead and the eventual win. UFV goalkeeper Mark Village made nine saves in net for the victory and Liddiard was named the Cascades Player of the Game for his strong play on defence and for scoring the winning goal. – JEAN KONDA-WITTE

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unning back Maleek Irons carried 37 times for 374 yards as the W.J. Mouat Hawks beat St. Thomas More Knights 38-18 in AAA football Friday night in Burnaby. That effort put Irons over the 2,000-yard rushing mark to 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns in nine games this season. “I think we established the fact that we could move the ball on the ground,” said Mouat coach Denis Kelly. Kelly raved about the team’s offensive line, led by guards Levi Hua and Akash Sandhu, centre Matt McGregor, and tackles James Ginther and Kieran Testa.

Mission beats Bateman

In AA action, Mission Secondary beat the Robert Bateman Timberwolves 5127 Friday to win their third straight Eastern Conference title. Quarterback Evan Horton passed for 116 yards and two majors, and rushed for 223 yards and three more scores. Jesse Walker scored three TDs and Wayde Carpenter

returned a kickoff 80 yards for a major. He also booted a 25-yard field goal. On defence, Horton and Zach Wallace each made six tackles, Quinton Cottrill five tackles and Peter Kulba and Dayton Robertson had four tackles each. Landon Rayburn had three knockdowns in addition to three tackles.

Hansen topples Abby

The Rick Hansen Hurricanes shut out Abby Senior 38-0 on Saturday in AA varsity action. “It was a great opportunity to play all our kids,” said Hansen head coach Paul Gill. “I thought we played well in all three phases of the game. We need to have a great week of practice as we get ready for the playoffs.” QB Alex Ho threw touchdown passes to Zach Toews and Brad Atkinson. Running back Brandon Ho rushed for scores of 15, 19 and 11 yards. See Thursday’s Times for a high school football playoff preview.

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