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‘More beds for the Bacon brothers’ Kent to grow by 96 inmate beds as part of federal prison expansion Neil Corbett

protecting the public.” Toews referred to Bill C-25, the Getting tougher on crime will mean Truth in Sentencing Act, which put more demand for prison facilities, an end to prisoners receiving twoand on Monday morning the federal for-one credit for days they spend government announced an expansion incarcerated in remand prior to their of 216 more beds for the King Road criminal trials. facility that houses three federal “Convicted terrorists have gone institutions. free on the day of their sentencing “More beds for the Bacon Brothers, (prior to C-25),” said Toews etc.,” is how District of Kent Mayor The local initiative is part of a Lorne Fisher characterized the cross-Canada investment in the prison announcement. system of $2 billion over Àve years. Abbotsford MP Ed Fast and He said the federal corrections Minister of system can Public Safety handle 15,000 ‘This means keeping Vic Toews inmates, and held a press presently has dangerous criminals behind conference in approximately the gymnasium bars, where they belong’ 14,300. of PaciÀc He added that Vic Toews, Minister of Institution to criminals should announce the not be released Public Safety expansion. onto the streets There will before they have be a 96-bed living unit at Matsqui paid their debt to society “just to save Institution, a second 96-bed unit at money. PaciÀc Institution and 24 new spaces “This means keeping dangerous at Fraser Valley Institution. They are criminals behind bars, where we all located at the Abbotsford site. believe they belong,” said Toews. Combined with a 96-bed unit at Responding to a media query Kent Maximum Security and a 50- whether $2 billion could be better bed living unit at Mission’s Ferndale spent keeping people out of prisons, Institution, the government is Toews said the government has “any investing an additional $77.5 million number of programs” to do that, and in prison expansion in the Fraser does look at electronic monitoring Valley. where appropriate. Fast said the prison expansion “will CONTINUED – ON PAGE 4 move Canada forward in terms of BLACK PRESS



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AGASSIZ-HARRISON OBSERVER – Thursday, December 2, 2010

OBSERVER news New Deere for district Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

The District of Kent is purchasing a new tractor and mower, at a cost of just over $100,000. The current mower — a Ford 7740 Tractor/Tiger — has been breaking down periodically, staff said at the November 22 council meeting. Most of the problems have been with the mower's transmission.

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The new mower will be a John Deere 6430 Premium, from Prairie Coast Equipment. The cost, with a trade-in of the old mower, will be $97,568.80. An additional cost of $5,400, plus tax, will be added to that price for joystick controls and valves. The other two choices were a John Deere 6430 Standard or a New Holland T6030 Delta.

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OBSERVER news No arrest in Friday robbery Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Police are still searching for the suspect in an apparent robbery attempt at an Agassiz credit union. They are releasing few details about the incident, and credit union managers declined comment on the robbery, as the investigation is ongoing. But on Friday, police did conÀrm that a man produced a note at the Prospera Credit Union, indicating that he was armed. No weapon was actually produced, and police would not conÀrm whether the suspect managed to get any cash in the hold up. The credit union was closed for part of the day on Friday, following the attempted robbery. It happened just after 11 a.m., and several police ofÀcers combed the

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Agassiz area throughout the day. While the credit union uses security cameras, Sgt. Mike McCarthy said that the suspect was "very well disguised" and did not look in the direction of the cameras. Police reviewed the video tape and could not identify the suspect. He has been described as a Caucasian male with blonde hair, mid 20s to 30s. He was wearing dark, large-framed glasses, a dark ball cap, a green scarf and several layers of clothing. He was also wearing a plaid "lumberjack style" work jacket, possibly with a hooded sweater underneath, McCarthy told The Observer. Anyone with information can contact the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211.


A police officer speaks to passersby in front of the credit union in Agassiz, just moments after a man produced a note inside, saying he was armed. The bank was temporarily closed following the incident.

A 38-year-old Àsherman is home safe after getting lost near Chehalis. Kent Harrison Search and Rescue volunteers were called out at 5 p.m. last Friday to search for a man who had become lost while Àshing in the lower Chehalis River area. The Burnaby resident had entered the river at the rear of the Àsh hatchery on Morris Valley Road and ventured into the bush on a rough trail. Although he was familiar with the general area, he misjudged the amount of daylight left and got lost in the dark. Eleven SAR volunteers responded to the call and found the man at 9 p.m., over 2 km south of the hatchery. Weather at the time was very poor, said Neil Brewer, on of the SAR search managers. There was torrential rain and an ambient temperature of just above freezing. The RCMP had obtained a GPS reading from the man’s cell phone. However, his battery was too weak to communicate further. Armed with the co-ordinates and a live tracking system, SAR volunteers found the subject

Breakwater to be finished next month Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER


The Breakwater juts out from the eastern shoreline of Harrison Lake, just past Killer’s Cove Marina.

After almost 10 years of planning, the renovations of the Breakwater structure is just about Ànished. Visitors to the shores of Harrison Lake have been noticing the construction at the Breakwater, which began mid-October. The Breakwater is the long shelf of rock that juts out from the shore, just past Killer’s Cove Marina at Harrison Lake. However, that structure belongs to the District of Kent. They started planning a restructuring in 2001. The work will be completed in just a few weeks, district staff say. The rock structure, which was originally owned by Transport Canada, was built to reduce erosion at the lake and to provide beach and marina protection from weather. But there’s been damage to the structure over time, and it disappears

under water during spring run-off. In January this year, GAIA Inc. won the bid to get the work started on the Breakwater, following approvals form several government branches, including the DFO, Transport Canada and the Ministry of Environment. The cost of the repairs ($550,000) is being covered mostly by Transport Canada, with money set aside from when they handed the Breakwater over to the district 10 years ago. Any other costs will be covered by the district. When it’s Ànished, the Breakwater will be wider and taller than it was to begin with, about Àve metres higher. The District hopes this will make the Breakwater visible during even the highest water levels, and reduce the chance of boat trafÀc hitting the structure. Signage and navigable water markers will also be added.

in dense bush 500 metres from the estimated location. “He was very fortunate” said Brewer. “He would have had to spend a very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous night out in those conditions had we not been able to locate him so quickly.” Filmed footage of the incident will likely be part of the TV series Call Out, currently airing on the Knowledge Network. Two episodes featuring Kent Harrison SAR are already included in next season’s schedule, says Brewer. When they're able to manage, the SAR crew uses an HD camcorder provided by the Àlming company. "We're trying to do Àlming of every incident, but it doesn't always work. Sometimes we simply don't have someone available to operate the camera - our focus has to be on the incident, not the Àlming." Though the local SAR is not featured on the current season, you can catch it on the Knowledge Network on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

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But he added “the safety of Canadians comes Àrst.” Abbotsford Mayor George Peary spoke at the press conference, saying the city beneÀts from the Corrections payroll. “It’s a green industry, and we’re glad to have it,” said Peary, adding “the law and order agenda resonates with our citizens.” Asked how many new jobs will be

created, PaciÀc Institution warden Glen Brown responded the new facilities will not be completed until 2013-2014, and a stafÀng plan has not been created. He said PaciÀc Institution has approximately 400 staff and an equal number of inmates. However, because it is the regional treatment centre for the PaciÀc Region (B.C. and Yukon), it has a higher staff/inmate ration than other prisons. Every federal inmate in the region is sent there for an eight-week psychological and physical assessment

before going on to other facilities. There is one such facility for each of the Àve Corrections regions in Canada. There are approximately 800 staff members working at the three prisons at the King Road site, said Brian Frankish, chairman of the citizens advisory committee for Matsqui Institution. He called Monday’s announcement “tremendous news” for Abbotsford, noting that the demand for supplies and services for the expanded prisons will create a greater economic multiplier.


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Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond at work? Know a very special local hero who deserves recognition? Perhaps you know of a business that’s moved mountains when it comes to environmental issues. Well, we want to know about it. And now’s the time to tell us. The nominations for the second annual Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards will be printed in the next edition of The Agassiz Harrison Observer. Last year's event was hugely successful, largely in part to amazing support from the community through nominations of friends, family, co-

workers, employers, employees and even teachers and other local professionals. We at The Observer are proud to be working with the Chamber to present 12 very special awards. Nominations are key, and a wonderful way to thank a business, employer, employee or corporate citizen for their role in making Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs a better place to do business. The nominations will be tallied and a list of the top three nominees will be printed in The Observer in February. The Awards and Banquet evening will be held on February 17 at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, with a plated dinner, entertainment and prizes. The 12 awards are:

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Driving in snow is different from driving on ice, but they share some similarities. Snow can be melting and freezing on roads simultaneously, depending on whether salt and sand have been applied by road service personnel. Therefore skidding from hydroplaning and ice may occur. Another hazard from snow is reduced visibility. Driving under blizzard conditions is very dangerous. Wind and snow can cause white-out situations, essentially wiping out any visibility. In these instances, a driver should pull over to a safe area and wait out the storm. Some people experience trouble with snow accumulation on roads that have not been plowed. A lower-profile car with smaller tires may not be able to navigate through snow drifts and end up getting stuck. This can prove dangerous if the car stalls in the middle of a road where visibility is poor. The best advice for driving in snow is to assess the situation. If it is falling heavily, it can be safer to stay home. If a person must drive, reduce speed and leave a very large buffer zone between the vehicles to allow for emergency stopping. When approaching intersections or stop signs, begin braking early to prevent skidding through. Also, be extremely cautious of other vehicles, as they may be experiencing trouble stopping as well.

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& customer service. New Business of the Year Awarded to a business that has been newly established for less than 3 years This business will have shown leadership in the community, and good use of marketing to introduce themselves. Also how they have welcomed their local customers while excelling in customer service. Customer Service Award Celebrating the best in customer service, customer retention and customer relationship management. Green Excellence Award Recognizing a business that displays environmental responsibility, encourages the sustainable use of renewable resources and/or the protection of environmentally sensitive areas. Agricultural Excellence Award Awarded to an agriculture based business that demonstrates excellence and quality in their products and services. Employee of the Year

Awarded to an employee who has demonstrated o u t s t a n d i n g commitment and loyalty, and who excels in their job responsibilities. Employer of the Year Awarded to an employer who has a high degree of support for their staff and a pleasant, safe work environment. Non-ProÀt or Service Association of the Year Recognizes a nonproÀt organization whose primary mandate is to provide a service to the community. Open to all varieties of nonproÀt groups. Safety Individual Excellence Award Awarded to an individual in the Police, Fire, Ambulance, or Search & Rescue departments who have demonstrated selÁessness & bravery in extenuating situations. Home Based Business of the Year Awarded to an individual(s) operating a home based business that has demonstrated customer service beyond expectations &/or offers quality products. Dining Excellence Award - Fine Dining Awarded to an establishment that hosts Àne dining while excelling in premier service in an elegant atmosphere. Dining Excellence Award Casual Dining This award honours a dining establishment that serves delicious food in a casual, & relaxed setting with top notch service. For more information on how to sponsor the Business Excellence Awards, or to purchase banquet tickets, call Chris at 604-796-4301.

AGASSIZ-HARRISON OBSERVER – Thursday, December 2, 2010


OBSERVER news Handing out joy

HST debated by Liberals Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS

The Àrst three B.C. Liberal leadership contenders are all sticking to their support of the harmonized sales tax, but looking for ways to ease the public's anger over it. Announcing his leadership bid Tuesday, Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon proposed cutting the HST rate to 11 per cent initially, and then to 10 per cent as soon as provincial revenues are sufÀcient to do it. B.C.’s HST contract with Ottawa requires the province to keep the rate at 12 per cent until July 1, 2012, after which time the seven per cent provincial share can be changed. Falcon endorsed Shuswap MLA George Abbott's call to move up a province-wide vote on repealing the HST to June rather than wait until next September. Vancouver-Langara MLA Moira Stilwell has also called for an earlier vote.

Falcon called on all leadership contenders to sign a letter he is sending to Premier Gordon Campbell, asking the cabinet to request an earlier vote from Elections BC. All of the Àrst three contenders have resigned their cabinet seats to run for the top job. Falcon said a June 24 vote would still give B.C. voters time to consider modifying the tax. Elections BC ofÀcials have indicated it will take several months to set up the polling stations, staff and procedures for the province's Àrst-ever initiative vote. Speaking to reporters in Victoria Tuesday, Abbott said it's too soon to discuss cutting the HST rate, rather than using the money to reduce the budget deÀcit or increasing program spending. "It's premature to start speculating about that," Abbott said. "Everyone loves the idea of tax reductions, but it has to be done in the context Àrst of the referendum, and subsequently by what we can afford."

Rianna Boorman, Shelby Dodd, Megan Stanley and Shareena Malhi choose handcloths to give to local seniors during a Teen Senior Lunch at the Legion Hall on Tuesday afternoon. The cloths were woven by ACE staff member Monica Campbell. These regular lunches involve students from ACE and AESS.

Questions surrounding charity requests Vikki Hopes BLACK PRESS

A man behind a questionable food bank operation that was recently canvassing for funds in Abbotsford has a new website with misleading information. Mirek Kwasny, a Mission resident who runs the Single Parent Food Bank (SPFB), lists two churches as food distribution sites. However, spokesmen from both of the churches says they have no current connection to the service. Newton Fellowship Baptist Church, based in Surrey, is listed on the website (singleparentfoodbank. org) as a distribution centre open three Wednesdays a month. The senior pastor said the church’s afÀliation with SPFB is minor and dates back to the 1990s, when the group used a truck on the property to store some food items. He said there has been no association with SPFB for several years, and he has requested that the church be removed from the website. Calls and emails to SPFB have not yet been returned, he said. New Heights Church in Mission is also listed as a location, with instructions for people to call the SPFB ofÀce number to arrange food delivery. Pastor Greg Elford said the church also has no connection to SPFB. "We are not afÀliated

Mirek Kwasny runs the Single Parent Food Bank.

and asked him several times to not include our name in his canvassing," he said. Elford said the church was "open to a conversation" with Kwasny at one point, but cut ties when they realized his intentions were questionable. The only other physical location listed on the SPFB website is for a storage facility in Port Coquitlam. On the website’s home page, Single Parent Food Bank is identiÀed as being a non-proÀt society through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The group had its status as a registered charity revoked in March 2008, when it operated as Canadian Charity Assist Society. This means it can no longer issue ofÀcial donation receipts for income tax purposes. A 2008 letter from

CRA to Kwasny and obtained by the Abbotsford News said an audit identiÀed that the charity “had not maintained adequate books, records or internal accounting controls.” It also stated that the directors of the charity received payments in 2003 which “were not substantiated as employment income or proceeds from fundraising activities.” The audit also revealed that the charity used two contracted fundraisers who earned 66.6 and 50 per cent of the total donations raised. “... the charity has not devoted all of its resources to charitable activities due to the extensive fundraising expenses and director beneÀts,” the letter stated. The door-to-door method of fundraising is still being used. On

Nov. 25, an online job posting on Craiglist sought door-to-door canvassers for $13 per hour, with a link to the singleparentfoodbank. org website. The ad has since been removed. “This is a yearround campaign for a worthwhile cause which is particularly crucial at this time of year. Workers needed from Sunday to Friday evenings,” the posting stated. A call placed by a News reporter to the number listed was answered by a man who said canvassers were needed from “Horseshoe Bay to Langley. “We’re everywhere,” he said, adding that canvassers are

currently not working in Abbotsford. The SPFB website says door-to-door campaigns are held, but it does not mention that canvassers are paid. It also states that cash or cheque donations are preferred, and the money is used to buy “speciÀc perishable foods and baby items requested by individual families.” The SPFB did not respond before press deadline to emails or phone calls placed by The News, which first reported on SPFB on Oct. 30, after the Abbotsford Community Services’ Food Bank expressed concerns about soliciting in the area.



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Village of Harrison Hot Springs NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Monday, December 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chambers 495 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs will hold a Public Hearing, pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act of British Columbia, as noted above, on the following items. The purpose of the bylaw is increase the density from 10 units per acre to 14 units per acre for multi family housing within the Neighbourhood Planning Area 1. 1. OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 957, 2010 Location: Municipality of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs Owner(s): Village of Harrison Hot Springs Purpose: The Bylaw proposes that Schedule “A” of “Village of Harrison Hot Springs Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 864, 2007” be amended as follows: That Schedule 1 – E, Neighbourhood Plan – Pine Avenue, of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs Official Community No.864, 2007 be amended by deleting Policy E 1(b) and replacing it with the following: “Within the Neighbourhood Plan – Pine Avenue, a mix of single family and multi family forms of residential development may be accommodated based upon the following maximum density limits: i) Small residential lot – 400 sq. m. (4306 sq. ft.) ii) Conventional residential lot – 697 sq. m. (7500 sq. ft.) iii) Medium density multi family residential – 35 units / ha (14 units / acre). ” Persons who deem that their interest in property is affected by the proposed amendment bylaw will have an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing, or if you are unable to attend, you may send your written submission to the Village Office, PO Box 160, Harrison Hot Springs, BC VOM 1KO no later than 4:00 p.m. December 6, 2010. All submissions will form part of the record of the Public Hearing. The proposed amendment bylaw may be inspected between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from November 25, 2010 to December 6, 2010, both inclusive, in the Village Office, 495 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Please direct your enquiries to our Village CAO 604-796-2171. Please note that no further information or submissions can be considered by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing.

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AGASSIZ-HARRISON OBSERVER – Thursday, December 2, 2010

OBSERVER opinion Canadians no good at winter This week’s brush with snowy, cold weather is a stark reminder that despite living in the most temperate climate in Canada, the Lower Mainland is still a part of a wintry country. And we’re not very good at it. The chaos that ensues after a snowfall makes us the butt of jokes in the rest of the snow-encrusted country.Last week, weather forecasters warned in dour, doom-Àlled tones this was coming. As S-Day neared, they issued warnings, Àrst for two to four centimetres, then Àve to 10. TV news crews rushed to local garages to interview harried mechanics booked to capacity installing snow tires. They descended upon works’ yards to shoot impressive mounds of sand and salt. Newspaper reporters made dutiful calls to emergency shelters to see how they would care for the homeless. Merchants in malls and shopping centres rubbed their hands in anticipation of an appropriately seasonal feel to the start of the Christmas shopping rush. And we responded, as anyone who popped into a grocery store for a loaf of bread may have witnessed from their spot 10 people deep in the checkout line; people were stocking up to hunker down and ride out the storm. Somewhere in Calgary, where it was minus 15C last Saturday with a foot of snow already on the ground, someone’s chuckling at our expense. Mother Nature gave us a pass last year. But climatologists say this is a “La Nina” year with a very active jet stream bringing us cold temperatures from the north and moisture from the PaciÀc Ocean. And when they combine, that often means snow. So we’d better get used to it. Meanwhile, in Toronto it was 14 degrees and raining on Monday. Hmmmmm. – Abbotsford News


Restored faith Back in December 2009, the All Saints Anglican Church was faced with a choice: Pay some hefty renovation bills, with money they didn’t have, or close their doors. The Observer wrote about their plight, and the community responded generously, making the renovations possible and helping to keep open one of B.C.’s oldest churches. In this photo, the people’s warden Josie Browning looks at water leaking along the walls in the church hall. OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

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A hatchet job. Sloppy. That was the initial reaction from Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett to my column last week on his noisy departure from the B.C. Liberal cabinet. Reviewing those events with Bennett and other sources, I realize I not only made a factual error, I missed a signiÀcant story about the end of Gordon Campbell’s leadership. Why did Bennett publicly break with Campbell, Àrst to criticize his sweeping reorganization of resource ministries, and then to call for Campbell to go? Was he upset about losing responsibility for mining? Was this another hot-tempered lapse in judgment, like his insulting e-mail to a local critic that prompted Bennett to resign as minister of state for mining in 2007? No. It was a calmly calculated rebellion, a solo effort to push Campbell out before it was too late for the B.C. Liberal Party. I called Bennett a “political suicide bomber.” He prefers “change agent.” Step one was a carefully timed call to <I>Vancouver Sun</I> reporter Jonathan Fowlie to blast the resource ministry shufÁe, which Bennett views as a disaster of one-man rule. “I knew the premier was doing his TV statement, I think it was the next day,” Bennett told me. “And I Àgured, I have to make a statement about this now, and put some pressure on the premier.” Bennett knew this alone could get him bounced out of cabinet. But with NDP leader Carole James under Àre for kicking Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson out of caucus without discussion, and Campbell’s TV address pending, he expected to survive for a while. Step two was an appearance on Sean Leslie’s CKNW talk show a few days later, saying Campbell should step down immediately.

In both interviews he was careful to be “respectful” of Campbell, but this was another clear breach of cabinet solidarity. He was Àred from cabinet Nov. 17, and launched his attack on Campbell’s “bullying.” Bennett says his decision to sacriÀce his cherished job as energy minister began on Sept. 14. That’s the day a B.C. Liberalcontrolled legislative committee opted for a province-wide vote on repealing the harmonized sales tax. Campbell immediately announced that the government would accept a simple majority of those who vote, much less than the Recall and Initiative Act requires. The B.C. Liberals had held a two-day caucus retreat in Kelowna, “and that option was never, ever discussed,” Bennett said. “I just thought, if this guy stays, we are cooked. The B.C. Liberal government will never get elected again.” His solo mission followed at least one group effort to push Campbell towards the door. Bennett says he was one of 10 MLAs who agreed to sign a letter, politely suggesting Campbell bow out at the party’s Penticton convention Nov. 19-20. An intermediary, a former cabinet minister, got involved. Bennett said the intermediary was told some MLAs were prepared to sit as independents when the house resumes in February if Campbell was still premier. When Campbell announced he was stepping down, he gave no date. Bennett says he and other fed-up MLAs became concerned that Campbell might stay until the HST vote next fall, or longer. The party has since scrambled to reschedule its convention, change its voting structure to give rural areas a chance (Bennett says that too was his initiative, last July) and select a new leader on Feb. 26. Mission accomplished. • Correction: I wrote last week that Bennett prematurely disclosed a revenue sharing offer for the Prosperity mine. Provincial negotiators had made that offer privately more than a year earlier. My apologies. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and tÁ

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When will we stop cutting down trees? that Whistler is struggling to flourish even after ‘2010.’ Do we really feel the need to build another overpriced resort? First, the trees are chopped down. Then the lake is polluted with chemicals from the golf course and sewage. Then people will complain about the bears

Tourism not thriving Dear Editor, As a resident of Harrison, and therefore a local tax payer, I was surprised recently to learn we have a tourism ofÀcer, whose salary I have been led to understand is paid out of Village funds. Over the last three years or so, I have noticed that Harrison is getting quieter and quieter during the Village's peak tourist season. Indeed unless it is a perfect sunny day, the place is almost deserted. Talking to local traders, everybody is down business wise, and all point to the fact that there is


almost nothing to do. Marked and maintained hiking trails, none. Marked and maintained mountain bike trails, none. Regular festivals to attract the public, diminished to almost none. Adventure sports similar to those that Squamish have promoted, none. I love Harrison, and constantly tell people what a wonderful place it is to live. So if I must contribute to somebody's salary that is supposed to promote tourism in Harrison,

ue sti o n o f the w e e k Last Week’s Results:

“Will more prison beds make the community safer?” • See story front page

“Is there a need for a massive resort community in Hemlock Valley?”

and raccoons in their yards and garbage. We will destroy them too, all in the name of “development.” Then we will complain about the effects of climate change, and what few trees are left go up in flame because of fire. Dumbfounded, we wonder why? could somebody explain to me and other local tax payers what this person actually does. I am seeking information here, and as far as I know they may be doing a great job, it's just that I don't see any evidence of it. Brian Godden (Editor's Note: Tourism Harrison is paid for mostly through provincial funding. However, the Village does currently pay $31,000 annually to pay for the operation of the Visitor Information Centre. The centre was the responsibility of the Village before the creation of Tourism Harrison, and they are obligated to maintain that funding.)


Dear Editor, Re: Hemlock proposes massive new ski village, story online at Let’s hope yet another plan to destroy critical habitat is not ‘okayed’ by local governments and people. The news reported yesterday

Will we ever leave the forest intact so we ensure we have air to breathe? Will we stop polluting the rivers so we continue to have water to drink? Only three per cent of all the water on earth is fresh. Healthy forests are necessary to sustain humans.

Kingma building, subdivisions, and low density housing, and ski resorts everywhere on earth is not “development” at all. It is the slow, steady, but very sure destruction of humanity. Make no mistake, “development” is anything but. Lynn Amaral

Grow op fines are becoming ‘ludicrous’ Dear Editor, Charging a citizen $3,500 for 'safety inspections' (Grow Op Fines Rise By $3,100 In Agassiz, Nov. 25, 2010) over growing one cannabis (marijuana) plant is not only ludicrous, it's luciferous. It exposes the extent prohibitionist go to harm its own citizens, now that that evil has its foot in the door. Cannabis

prohibition, extermination and persecution is just plain wrong. Roughly half of all North Americans want to legalize cannabis and it will be legalized. It's time for North American governments to start thinking ahead and put an end to the devil law known as cannabis prohibition. Stan White Colorado, USA

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OBSERVER community Choir Festival at Agricultural Hall St. Anthony's is hosting a Choir Festival on December 9 at 7 p.m. at the Agricultural Hall. They are accepting donations to the food bank, and the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

offering will be donated to Agassiz Harrison Community Services. The event is sponsored in part by the Ministerial Association. This is the 43rd annual Choir

Festival. For more information, phone St. Anthony's at 604-7969181.

Holiday planning Winter festivities are here, and there are several Christmas events

to take note of now. The Ă&#x20AC;rst is the live nativity scene at Farm House Natural Cheeses. Visit Mary and Joseph and all the farm animals, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. this weekend. Free admission. Also watch for details in

our Cookies and Carols book, distributed next week and available at The Observer ofĂ&#x20AC;ce. Also coming up is a special Christmas tree sale weekend at Limbert Mountain Farms (December 11) and the CP Holiday Train (December 17).

Metis dinner at Kekinow The Chilliwack Metis Association is hosting a Christmas Potluck Dinner Saturday December 11 at 5 p.m. Kekinow Common Room 45555 Knight Road behind Chilliwack Mall. Please bring a meal preparation of your choice, able to serve Ă&#x20AC;ve, and a nonperishable item for the Food Bank. Draw prizes and entertainment provided. For more information contact Chilliwack Metis Association President Les Mitchell at 604-823-4533.

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OBSERVER community Hospice for sick kids getting closer to home A new Canuck Place in Abbotsford will help Fraser Valley families needing compassionate palliative care. The provincial government has just announced a $1.5 million contribution to the new Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. “With almost half of the children living in the Fraser Health region, a

new stand-alone, 10-bed children’s hospice in Abbotsford will best support the expansion of Canuck Place hospice,” said VancouverQuilchena MLA Colin Hansen, on behalf of Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon. “The expansion supports the specialized care for more than 400 children and teens a year with life-

threatening illnesses, as well as their families, throughout B.C.” “Canuck Place has been providing high-quality, specialized pediatric palliative care to children for 15 years, and this expansion will allow them to more than double their capacity, while offering the program closer to home for many families,” said Falcon.

The new hospice will include a 10-bed, 2,800-square-metre (30,000-square-foot) facility, with suites for Àve families. The existing Vancouver hospice includes nine beds and four family suites, so this expansion will more than double its physical capacity. The province's contribution comes from the Provincial Health

Services Authority. Additional funds will be raised through fundraising efforts by Canuck Place and private donors. The campaign goal is to raise $9.75 million, to go toward construction of the facility and operating costs. Construction will get underway immediately, and the expected completion date is February 2012.

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Students at Harrison Hot Springs elementary didn’t let one bit of snow go to waste last Thursday at lunch break, and several students even brought sleds and toboggans to school for a little sliding. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

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Xmas fun The Kent Leisure Activity Centre is holding a Christmas Tole Painting session for kids aged seven to 10. Kids can paint a Christmas-themed project with Miss Marge. The class is on Monday, Dec 6 and Dec 13 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., for $25. Register at the centre or call for more info to 604-7968891. They're also offering another round of MUSIC TOGETHER®, open to children birth to Àve years and their caregiver on Wednesdays from Jan 5 - Mar 9 from 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m . Contact the centre for more information.

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Disney on Ice will feature a segment depicting the Frog Princess, at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.

Now that Fraser Valley residents have come through its Àrst cold blast of winter what better way to warm up our hearts than to take in the latest Disney on Ice show? For the Àrst time ever, Disney on Ice is bringing their big show to the Fraser Valley, with "Let's Celebrate" set for December 3–5,



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in six performances at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. This all-new, highenergy show is a colossal party on ice, featuring more than 50 Disney characters from the classics like Mickey and Minnie Mouse to the new Frog Princess, set to a blend of contemporary music and favourite Disney songs. The DVD of The Princess and the Frog movie will be released on Dec. 11 but fans can see the Princess and Prince on the ice Àrst. Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana are played by Marc Olivier Delorme from Quebec and Tetona Jackson from Los Angeles. "We have two numbers; we skate together in the Valentine's section of the show and also the Mardi Gras section," said Delorme in a phone interview with Black Press. "I love it, the show is amazing; it tells about the festivals and celebrations around the world. The kids, you can see it in their eyes, how they love it, how happy they are. It's a great feeling to be part of it." Let's Celebrate is a montage that includes Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse celebrating a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad

Hatter, a Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with all of the Disney princesses, a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch, a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, and more. "We have amazing world skaters in our show," said Delorme. "It's a family show, affordable, with something for everyone of every age and every budget, for sure." Delorme, who turns 25 in December, has been travelling around the world with Disney on Ice for Àve years now and hopes to keep doing it for a few more years. It wasn't what he originally planned for a career, however. "I played hockey a little bit, my father wanted me to play, but after two practices I really didn't like it. I was about Àve then, in Gaspé, but one of my good friends, she was Àgure skating, so I wanted to Àgure skate too, and I never stopped since then. "At 14, I moved to Ottawa to pursue skating — Gaspé is a small town, so I left home to have better coaching. I lived with a skating family and trained for a couple years there, then moved to Montreal when I was 18. "I wanted to compete and when I was younger


my dream was to go to the Olympics, but I realized it probably wasn't going to happen, so I auditioned for Disney and I got the part. "Last year we travelled the east coast, this year the west coast and hopefully next year we'll be going to Japan with this show. The travelling is great and you get to see so many cities and meet different people. I love what I do; I can't see myself doing anything else for the time being." Show times are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre is located at 33800 King Road. Ticket range from $17, $26, $32 to $55, and $70 for rinkside. They are available through the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre (www. or by calling 1-866-977AESC(2372). Any parting advice for young Àgure skaters, Mssr. Delorme? “Keep doing what you love — I never thought I would be here one day but things will come your way if you believe in what you do.” For more information visit www.disneyonice. com



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OBSERVER community Movies still capable of captivating audiences Betty Rajotte FOR THE OBSERVER

Do you remember the Àrst movie you ever saw? The recent closing of the Paramount Theatre in Chilliwack prompted many reminiscences of how important movies were in our lives. In most towns everyone went to the show at least once a week and often twice. That was the rendezvous place for farm kids and their parents for the ride home on Saturday night and where you found out which teens were dating. Before a real theatre came to our town, we watched shows in the town

hall with the windows darkened and one projector. The movie was interrupted at the end of each reel for re-threading. I can remember seeing the black and white version of Great Expectations when I was about eight years old. I guess my parents thought that a Dickens classic would be an educational experience. When the fearsome convict jumped out from behind a tombstone and grabbed young Pip, I was so scared I ran all the way home. I never did Ànd out how the story ended until we read the book for high school English. Scenes from other famous

pictures come to mind: Bunnies and butterÁies dancing and singing Zipa-Dee-Doo-Dah with the actors in Disney’s Song of the South (1946), the wreck of the circus train in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Greatest Show on Earth (1952); ‘Moses’ Heston parting the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments; countless Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movies; and dozens of Westerns. Each movie had ‘shorts’ and cartoons before the main feature. Bugs Bunny, and Joe McDoakes’s Behind the 8-Ball, were huge favourites and Movietone News up-dated us on world events. When we had our

own family we had the pleasure of taking them to imaginative movies like the Star Wars series and ET. Holiday classics such as White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life and up-dates of A Christmas Carol appear every year reminding us of our Àrst viewing of these favorites. Theatres were the focus of many communities until the rise of television. It looked like they would disappear as we rented DVDs, watched shows at home and popped our own corn. But new innovations like 3D, wide screens, and Dolby surround sound keep

Memory tree brightens holidays Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Christmas isn't always a season full of cheer and merriment. For many people, it's a time of sadness, as they mourn loved ones they've lost through the years. But for the past few Christmas seasons, the United Church has been brightening up the holidays with a Blue Christmas service. It's a service held speciÀcally to help people through the holidays. One year, for example, those who attended the service lit candles in a bowl. And last year, the service included stones which represented loved ones. This year, Reverend Mary Duncan says they'll have a memory tree. "We are asking people to bring an ornament that somehow symbolizes the person they want to remember," she says. It can be an ornament with their name, photo, the date they died, or illustrate something they loved to do.

They'll be invited during the service to hang the ornament on the tree. Later, the tree will be moved outside, where those who didn't come to the service can also add to the tree. The Blue Christmas service has become popular over the years. "This is particularly for people who have lost loved ones through the years," Duncan says. "There are quite a few people who have lost children in this community, for example." The Blue Christmas service will be held on December 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church. The tree will be moved to the front yard of the church following the service, and will remain in place until the Àrst week of January. "They can come back and pick up their ornament then, if they want," Duncan says. The service will include a snack of sweets, coffee and tea. For more information, phone 604-796-2680.

people interested. The multiplexes are still thriving. As long as good stories, dramas with powerful messages, biographies of inspiring people or new slants on historic episodes are produced, movies will play a signiÀcant role in our culture. People line up for blocks to see the newest Harry Potter episode and to experience the latest technology of Avatar. They willingly pay big bucks for gallon sized drinks and mammoth buttered popcorn. Hollywood is not about to fade into the sunset like the cowboys of the old westerns.

Village of Harrison Hot Springs NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Monday, December 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chambers 495 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs will hold a Public Hearing, pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act of British Columbia, as noted above, on the following items. The purpose of these bylaws is to accommodate the development of a single family dwelling on each of the two properties. 1. OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW AMENDMENT BYLAW No. 955, 2010 Location: 622 Hot Springs Road, legally described as: Parcel A, Plan RP11753, except Plan RP12824 of Lots 15 & 16, Plan 5519 (PID 011-150-882); and 626 Hot Springs Road, legally described as: Parcel B, Plan EP 15935 of Lot 15, Plan 5519 (PID 004-828-925) Owner(s): Adam Jastrzebski Purpose: The Bylaw proposes that Schedule “A” of “Village of Harrison Hot Springs Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 864, 2007” be amended as follows: That Schedule 1B, the Future Land Use Designation Map of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs Official Community No.864, be amended by redesignating the lands as outlined in heavy black outline and cross-hatched on Schedule 1 of this Bylaw from the Tourist Commercial to Low Density Residential.


50 Years Ago, 1960 • The big news at the end of November 1960 in Kent and Harrison Hot Springs was the school referendum. The voters were to decide whether the school board could borrow $121,250 to build and furnish much-needed new classrooms. Some of that money would come from the provincial government when approved. If the vote was turned down, the children would probably have to go to school in shifts, reported School Board Chairman Dr. M. Clarke. The high school had been using the Home Economics room, gym and library as home rooms and classrooms were very crowded. Besides additions to the high school, a new tworoom school was to be built just off Hardy Road. It would later become known as the McCaffrey School. Improvements to the Harrison River School were also in the plans. • Along with the school referendum vote, municipal elections were scheduled for December 8 that year. Electors were being asked to choose candidates for both the school board and councils at Harrison Hot Springs and the District of Kent. • A small boy was left behind in the care of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Dahinden at Harrison Hot Springs. A man had boarded the child with the Dahindens while he was staying at the Harrison Hotel but did not return for the child. When he left, the stranger took a hotel employees’ car without permission. The police were looking for him. The little boy was taken into government care. -Echoes from the Past is submitted by the Agassiz Harrison Historical Society.

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That the map appended hereto designated as Schedule 1 showing such amendment is an integral part of this Bylaw. 2. ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT BYLAW No. 956, 2010 Location: 622 Hot Springs Road, legally described as: Parcel A, Plan RP11753, except Plan RP12824 of Lots 15 & 16, Plan 5519 (PID 011-150-882); and 626 Hot Springs Road, legally described as: Parcel B, Plan EP 15935 of Lot 15, Plan 5519 (PID 004-828-925) Owner(s): Adam Jastrzebski Purpose: That Schedule A, the Zoning Map of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs Bylaw No.672, be amended by rezoning the lands as outlined in heavy black outline and cross-hatched on Schedule 1 of this Bylaw from the Tourist Commercial (C-5) zone to the Residential 1 (R-1) zone. That the map appended hereto designated as Schedule 1 showing such amendment is an integral part of this Bylaw.


Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 11th 2 - 4 pm at the Agassiz Agricultural Hall ages 0-12 will receive a present from Santa! refreshments will be served all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Persons who deem that their interest in property is affected by the proposed amendment bylaws will have an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing, or if you are unable to attend, you may send your written submission to the Village Office, PO Box 160, Harrison Hot Springs, BC VOM 1KO no later than 4:00 p.m. December 6, 2010. All submissions will form part of the record of the Public Hearing. The proposed amendment bylaws may be inspected between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from November 25, 2010 to December 6, 2010, both inclusive, in the Village Office, 495 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Please direct your enquiries to our Village CAO 604-796-2171. Please note that no further information or submissions can be considered by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Debra Key Corporate Officer Subject Properties: 622 & 626 Hot Springs Road

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The November exhibit at the Ranger Station Art Gallery was a folk and group show and I had to see it. Art is in the eye of the beholder they say, and in my eye, folk art has a special place. One exhibitor, Betty Block, was there to no one's surprise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after all, she is our local hero of folk art and her painted furniture pieces were as charming as ever. But

there were others, like Andy Tucker with his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abandoned Housesâ&#x20AC;? inspired and made from garbage and junk salvaged from garbage and dump sites along the Chilliwack River. There was Jutta and Michael Schulzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photography, Candace Hartmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifelike images on canvas in acrylic and oil, Esbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Ă owers in acrylic and Linda Lambkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acrylic paintings and, not to forget, Sandra Tilanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jewelry!


BCDaily Surrey: Gift Certificate at Jugo Juice

Ladner: 3-hour Cooking Class at Jiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ethnic Gourmet

And, as is the case with these group shows, there is something for everybody. If you missed it, take heart, there will be another group show in December and January, exhibiting different pieces done by members of the Kent Harrison Art Council. I, personally, like group shows. Even in a small place like our gallery, you can sample different ideas and techniques. Unfortunately, I had to miss the Winter Harp concert as well as the Grace and Gratitude concert put on by young musicians, members of the Psalm 98 Ministry. I was, at that time, celebrating Thanksgiving with the American part of the family in Everett, Wa. But, I heard that both concerts, though very diverse in character, were

outstanding in their own way. I watched, however, the CD about the World Youth Fest 2008 with my grandchildren and I have to say, considering all the bad news we see and hear, it was a heart warming experience. And from all I heard about it, Winter Harp must have been one of the highlights in the long history of the Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concert Series. I was especially interested in this concert because I tackled one of the instruments, the concert harp with seven pedals, as a teenager. Though nothing became of it, the harp inĂ uenced my life in a very profound way. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another story which I might tell you at another time. Instead, I should tell you about a different instrument, the drum! There is a drum circle


meeting every Sunday, 3 p.m., at the Wellness Center in Harrison Hot Springs. All ages, including children, are welcome and no experience is needed. If you have a drum or other precussion instrument, bring it along. But there are enough instruments there to supply those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one. To Ă&#x20AC;nd out more, phone Elizabeth Mueller at 604-845-9642 or Delphine Gornall at 604-796-0230. As usual, I was surprised about the timing of the U.S. Thanksgiving celebrations and how big an event it is. Sometimes it seems even more celebrated than Christmas. But there is a side to it I like: Christmas is a more quiet time over there and I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing. Also, I get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice!

To all who gave bears to our Bear Project... Joe, for the gift of your poem... Rosie, Agassiz Liquor Store & Agassiz Fire Department Firemen... youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the greatest!


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*(Due to space limitations, each week we will publish a different set of groups & activities from the community)

With thanks & gratefulness, the Agassiz Harrison Lions Club

at Lions Club Bingo - WIN Xmas Baskets & Turkeys! RafďŹ&#x201A;e tickets 3 for $1! Thursdays 7 pm 16 & 9 2, Dec. Grounds Fair the Agassiz li Anglican Huge Ornament Sale!12 pm - 4 pm Friday, Dec. 10 & 10 am - 3 pm Sat. Dec. 11 at All Saints Fund Church, 6904 No. 9 Hwy. Prices 10¢ to $1 Proceeds to Lions Club & All Saints Restoration & this Choir Festival - Dec. 9th 7 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Accepting donations to the Food Bank in part by the Sponsored Services. Community Harrison Agassiz to donated be will offering eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ministerial Association. a snack & Preschool Storytime @ Agassiz Library. Every Friday, 10:15 am Fun, stories, a little noise, coffee break too. Free program, drop-in, all welcome. 16th at 7:30 Blue Christmas - A time to reďŹ&#x201A;ect on the pain & sorrow of life in a season of joy. December 0 604-796-268 FMI pm at Agassiz United Church.

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Breakfast with Santa presented by AGASSIZ-HARRISON LIONS Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & After School Care & The Village of Harrison Hot Springs Saturday December 4 at HHS Elementary School Gym 9am and 10:30am seatings Tickets $5 Includes pancake breakfast made fresh by Oasis Bistro, craft table, colouring contest, story time with librarian Terrell, music, and a rafďŹ&#x201A;e that includes a chance to win a Nintendo DSI XL! For tickets call 604-796-8738 harrisonhotspringspreschool@


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Christmas Craft and GiftSal Sale Saturday, rday, December 4th Agassiz Agricultural Hall â&#x20AC;˘ Crafts â&#x20AC;˘ Toys â&#x20AC;˘ Raffles â&#x20AC;˘ Food â&#x20AC;˘ Baking â&#x20AC;˘ Jewelry â&#x20AC;˘ Teddy Bears For more information, call Joey Ellis:

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A big thank you to the staff at the Bradley Centre who looked after her so well. A remembrance of Betty will be held at The All Saints Anglican Church 6904 Lougheed Hwy., Agassiz BC. Dec 5, 2010 at 10 am



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Betty passed away peacefully in the Bradley Centre of the Chilliwack Hospital after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her chosen family, Anne & Leroy Burden & Dianne Toombs, Betty was best known for the way she loved and treated her friends. She had a special love for animals, especially for her cats.




OCT 24, 1916 - NOV, 9, 2010 Formerly of Chilliwack & Agassiz BC

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AGASSIZ- 4 bdrm house, dwntwn. 1.5 baths, new appl, reno’d, incl gas/hydro, $1200 Jan. 1/11. refs & DD req’d 604-796-0209 lv mess. AGASSIZ, small 2 bdrm house available now. $750/m + 1/2 month DD Req. 604-795-0189 HARRISON HOT Springs. 4 bdrm. 4 baths, 1+bdrm suite lower w/sep entrance. 7 appl, lge fenced yard, pets ok. $1400/mo or rent2own Tony/Sutton 778-552-0982. MAPLE RIDGE 4 bdrm 2 bath. lrg living spaces on acreage. 2 car garage w/workbench. alarm. $1600/month. 249 St/108 Ave. 604762-2086

747A SEASONAL ACCOMMODATION ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAIN! Sun Peaks condo available for rent. Two bedroom, two bathroom ski in ski out. Special rates available for Agassiz/Harrison residents only. $200 per night (minimum 3 nights) over Christmas/New Year holidays. $150 per night (with 5th night free) during rest of ski season. Sorry, no smoking, no pets. For more information please call 604-796-2248.



MISSION 3 bdm + den 1300 sq ft suite. New kitchen w/3 stainless appls. Own ldry. Big bdrms w/ closets. Full bath rm. Lots of yard to enjoy. $950 + % utilities. NS NP Ready now 604-556-9903




2010 Adventurer 86SBS

2010 Classic Cruiser 19FBS


LOTS NEW HOME AND LAND in the Shuswap! Doublewides and Singlewides...No Pad Rent! Close to shopping and recreation. Alice: 250-819-0047



A great lightweight trailer with dinette slideout. $17,995 (stk.28288) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

2010 Laredo 297RL

BANK ON US! Mortgages for purchases, renos, debt consolidation, foreclosure. Bank rates. Many alternative lending programs.Let Dave Fitzpatrick, your Mortgage Warrior, simplify the process!1-888-711-8818

Rear living room w/ two swivel rockers, dinette/sofa slide. $27,995 (stk.28121) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

2010 Winnebago Aspect 28B

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U-shaped dinette, generator, luxury throughout $98,995 (stk.28465) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

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Abbotsford Save this coupon for $10 off any repair Limit 1 per repair. Expires June 30, 2011

845 NO CREDIT? No Problem! Cars, Trucks, SUVS. We finance all types of credit bankrupt, divorced, repos, 9 sins. Apply on-line

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847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES 1995 SUZUKI SIDEKICK 4x4 4dr auto, all power options, Aircared till Oct. 2011, mechanic owned, 186K runs great $3950 obo (604)8205584 or 604-826-9319


Featuring a dinette/fridge slide. 7’ rear awning, thermopane windows, step bumper. $23,995 (stk.28390) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. DLN 30309. 1ST CHOICE AUTOLOANS is first in credit approvals for BC/ Alberta. Our service is “free” and confidential. If you’re working you should be driving! Apply today @ or call 1-800-635-3024.



1993 GOLDEN FALCON 5th wheel, 25.5’, complete w/slide, exc. cond., winter pkg. Call (604)863-0008 2008 FOREST River Rockwood Ultra Lite. 25 feet. Most SUV’s can pull it. Flat screen tv, electric slide, jack and many other features. Private sale. 1 owner. Priced for quick sale. $15,000 obo 604-309-6542




821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 1988 300E Mercedes Benz, black, leather, auto., $2500 obo. (604)858-0946 1989 VOLVO, $1500, 4 door sedan, runs great , Air Cared. Feb/11. Must sell. before Dec. 1. 778-840-1961 1995 HONDA ACCORD EX 5/spd very clean, sedan, 222K. Extras incl alarm & 2 sets of summer & winter tires/rims. $4700. 604-858-4107. 2001 SUBARU LEGACY, 4 cyl, auto., AWD, white, $5000. Call (604)819-7272 2004 CROSSFIRE German import, 48K, like new, garage kept. All options. $16,000obo 778-232-3578 2005 NISSAN SENTRA 1.8S, black 4 dr, auto, cd, a/c, 110K, $7000. 604-556-7038 or 778-245-0517

Older Home? Damaged Home? Need Repairs? Behind on Payments? Quick CASH! Call Us First! 604.657.9422





LARGE ARIZONA BUILDING LOTS FULL ACRES AND MORE! Guaranteed Owner Financing. No Credit check. $0 down - 0 interest. Starting @ just $89/mo. USD. Close to Tucson’s Intl. Airport. For Recorded Message 800-631-8164 Code 4001 or visit Offer ends 11/30/10!


2002 FORD TAURUS SEL, black, auto, V6, Aircared, very clean, runs very good $5500 (604)615-6817 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT, auto, loaded, htch bk, 49,900 km, red, ex cond $10,500. (604)793-5520 DL5961 2009 FORD Focus $13,900 MUST SELL Moving Country Best Deal In BC Mint condition and is equipped with: 4 cyl 2.0 Auto/W Overdrive, Cruise, Tilt, PS, PB, PW, PL, Steering Wheel Controls, Sync Voice Command, Cd Player with Mp3, Black Leather Seats/Front Heated, Rear Headrests, Alloy Wheels/W Low Profile Tires. Car in White Rock Call Steve at 604-613-7453




AGASSIZ, NICE 2 BDRM SUITE, Quiet location, Dec 1, $750/m + d.d. Harry 796-2025 / 316-1668


AGASSIZ-LAND & BEAUTIFULLY renovated 2 br mobile home. New from the studs in! Includes all new windows, new insulation, new oak hardwood floors, new drywall and much more. Come & look! Own your own land for $149,900!! Phone for pics: 604-798-1952 Mt Woodside, Agassiz




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1990 MAZDA MPV VAN 237K, top mechanical cond! No rust or oil leaks, extremely reliable, new exhaust syst, full trailer pkg, $950/obo For quick sale! Call 604-792-7843. 1994 GMC 4.3 L., matching canopy. A/C, O/D trans. Service records avail. $2200. 604-854-5632. 1997 FORD WINDSTAR, good running cond. brand new tires, $1200 1-604-869-3038 or 1-604-860-3004 1998 GMC CLUB CAB 4.3 Vortec, 5spd trans, air, alarm syst, CD, under 300K, needs some TLC, good daily runner. 604-794-5815. 2000 DODGE GR. CARAVAN, V6, auto, ps/pb, cruise, A/C. Ex. cond. AirCared. $2950. 604-854-6673 2000 FORD F350 V10, 82,000km., mint cond. 2 wheel drive. Asking $9500. 604-946-9307 2001 NISSAN FRONTIER, 2 dr, seats 5, auto, 236K, cd, $3900. 604-556-7038 or 778-242-5224 2002 FORD F150 XLT 4X2 s/c. One owner, extra clean, white. 4.6 EFI, 4 spd. auto O/D, 4 dr. w/flairside bed, f.g. bed cover. XLT special appearance pkg, cast alum. wheels. $8000. Daytime/Evening 604-746-7472. 2009 Ford Ranger 4X4, 4L, 5sp, off road, super cab, loaded. 29,000k. Take over pymt at 0% fin. thru Ford Credit. $19,000obo 604-796-3056

AGASSIZ-HARRISON OBSERVER – Thursday, December 2, 2010

Meet the Pros D e ce m b e r 2 0 1 0


'TIS THE SEASON Also available... • new construction/renovations • concrete/foundations • backhoe service

Snow Removal small driveways, large parking lots, early service

Call now for a free estimate

Daniel Kurts 604•798•2252 604•491•6265

604-796-2834 Service to all makes of washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers & refrigerators

Baboth Bobcat & Backhoe Service

Mark Baboth 604-796-2486 BOBCAT SERVICES

TELSTAR WINDOW SERVICE LTD. Glass & Window Replacement Installation of Custom Made: • Window Screens • Patio Screen Doors • Storm Doors • Retractable Door Screens 7663 Industrial Way, Agassiz, BC 604-796-2025


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NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */â&#x20AC; /â&#x2C6;&#x17E; Offers apply to the purchase of a Silverado Crew 4WD (R7B), Silverado EXT 2WD CAB (R7A), Silverado REG CAB (1SA) equipped as described. See your participating GM dealers for conditions and details. Freight included ($1,350). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which man not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only. Limited quantities of certain 2010 models available. See Chevrolet dealer for details. *$10,000 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit, which includes up to $1,500 Holiday Bonus, available on 2010/2011 (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits, including Holiday Bonus, available on most models. $1,500/$1,000 Holiday Bonus available on 2010/2011 models. Offers valid to January 17, 2011. Dealer order(2011MY only) or trade may be required. Limited quantities of certain 2010 models. GMCL may modify or terminate offers in whole in part at any time without notice. See dealer for details. â&#x2C6;&#x17E;Variable rate financing for 84 months on 2010 Silverado on approved credit. Bi-Weekly payment and variable rate shown based on current TD Finance prime rate and is subject to fluctuation; actual payment amounts will vary with rate fluctuations. Example: $10,000 at 3% for 84 months, the monthly payment is $132.13. Cost of borrowing is $1,099.17, total obligation is $11,099.17. Down payment and/or trade may be required. Monthly payments and cost of borrowing will also vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Bi-weekly payments based on a purchase price of $26,998 for Silverado Crew 4WD, $21,998 for Silverado EXT CAB, $15,998 for Silverado REG CAB with $2,050 for Silverado Crew 4WD, $1,950 for Silverado EXT CAB, $850 for Silverado REG CAB down payment. XSmart Purchaseâ&#x201E;˘ financing is available on approved credit through Ally Credit. Eligible vehicles: 2010/2011 MY new or demonstrator Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac. Dealer order (2011MY only) or trade may be required. Limited quantities of certain 2010 models. Applies only to qualified retail customers in Canada. Payments amortized over a term of up to 84 months. At months 47-49 or 59-61 customer may: (i) exercise option to return vehicle for sale to Ally Credit if applicable conditions met, including payment of $199 disposal fee and any excess wear/km charges; (ii) continue at initial payment amount for remainder of term; or (iii) trade-in vehicle to dealer. This offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles, including deferred payment offers. GMCL or Ally Credit may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See your dealer for details.â&#x2014;&#x160;U.S. Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (NHTSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). For more information on safety ratings, go to WBased on Natural Resources Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Fuel Consumption Guide ratings. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. WWTo qualify for GMCLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cash For Clunkers incentive, you must: (1) receive Government confirmation of vehicle eligibility under the Retire Your Ride (â&#x20AC;&#x153;RYRâ&#x20AC;?) Program, supported by The Government of Canada, and turn in a 1995 or older MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured in your name for the last 6 months (12 months in B.C.); (2) turn in a 1995 or older MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured under (i) a small business name for the last 6 months or (ii) your name for the last 6 months in B.C.; or (3) turn in a 1996 through 2003 MY vehicle that is in running condition and has been registered and properly insured in your name for the last 6 months.  GMCL will provide eligible consumers with a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive) to be used towards the purchase/finance/lease of a new eligible 2010 or 2011 MY Buick/Chevrolet/GMC/Cadillac vehicle delivered between October 1 and December 30, 2010. Ineligible vehicles: Chevrolet Aveo, 2010 MY Chevrolet Cobalt, 2011 MY Buick Regal, Chevrolet Cruze and Cadillac CTS Coupe, and Medium Duty trucks. Incentive ranges from $750 to $3,000, depending on model purchased. Incentive may not be combined with certain other offers. By participating in the Cash For Clunkers program you will not be eligible for any trade-in value for your vehicle. See your participating GM dealer for additional program conditions and details. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate program in whole or in part at any time without notice. If you successfully complete the RYR Program, you will be eligible for a $300 cash incentive from the Canadian Government. Residents of Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut are excluded from the RYR Program and are therefore ineligible for GMCLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cash For Clunkers incentive. Some conditions apply. Visit for more information. ##$1,000 is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive).  Example: $10,000 purchase price, after tax price is $11,200 ($10,000 plus $1,200 applicable taxes).  After applying $1,000 credit, after tax price is $10,200 ($885 reduced purchase price plus $115 applicable taxes), with the $1,000 credit being the $885 reduction from the purchase price and the $115 reduction in taxes which would have otherwise been payable on the full purchase price.  $1,000 credit available to current owners a Buick/Cadillac/Chevrolet/GMC vehicle registered and insured (in Canada) in their name for the previous consecutive six months and who are not eligible for the Discontinued Brand Owner Loyalty, Van Owner Loyalty, or Lease Bucks programs. Credit may be applied towards the purchase/finance/lease of an eligible new 2009/2010/2011 Model Year Buick/Cadillac/Chevrolet/GMC vehicle, delivered between October 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; December 30th, 2010. Ineligible vehicles: Aveo, Cobalt, Cruze, all Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Hummer vehicles, and medium duty trucks.  Offer is transferable to a family member living within same household (proof of address required). Dealer may request documentation and contact GM to verify eligibility. Offer may not be redeemed for cash or combined with certain other consumer incentives.  See dealer for details.  GM reserves the right to amend or terminate offers for any reason in whole or in part at any time without prior notice.  ÂĽ2010 Chevrolet Silverado XFE with the 5.3L engine and 6 speed transmission and competitive fuel consumption ratings based on Natural Resources Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Fuel Consumption Guide. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Excludes hybrids and other GM models.ÂĽÂĽOffer applies to new or demonstrator 2010 MY Silverado Light Duty Extended and Crew Cab C/K Models 1SF, 1SB, 1SD (excludes hybrids) delivered before November 1, 2010 at participating dealers in Canada. Dealer order or trade may be required. Eligible customers receive either: (a) a pre-installed Chrome Accessories Package (grille, 6â&#x20AC;? tubular assist steps, door handles and mirror caps) valued up to $1500 (tax inclusive) (â&#x20AC;&#x153;PDG Truckâ&#x20AC;?); or (b) a Custom Accessory Credit of up to $1500 (tax inclusive) to be used towards the purchase of genuine GM Accessories to be installed on a non-PDG Truck from on-ground inventory. Dealer installation included. This offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer for details.

16 AGASSIZ-HARRISON OBSERVER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday, December 2, 2010

X-MAS BASKETS & TURKEYS to be won by special rafďŹ&#x201A;es held during Special X-mas Bingo Games


OBSERVER community

Held by Agassiz Harrison Lions Club at the Arena Agassiz Fair Grounds 6800 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz 7 pm on Thursday, December 2, 9 & 16

Touques and pucks

RafďŹ&#x201A;e tickets 3 for a dollar! Students at Harrison Hot Springs elementary school took full advantage of the winter weather last week, sledding, building snowmen, and playing some snow hockey. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER











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