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Drifting snow and freezing temperatures kept crews busy throughout the eastern Fraser Valley this week. The temperature dropped to about -14 degrees on Wednesday, but is expected to climb to 7 degrees by Saturday.

Winter wreaks havoc on roads Municipalities prepare for the big thaw this weekend

Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Winter wreaked havoc in the eastern Fraser Valley this week, closing schools and causing treacherous driving conditions. It started with large amounts of snow that accumulated to well over a metre in areas around Hope. Following the snow was an Arctic outflow that blew through Chilliwack to Agassiz to Hope throughout Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures plummeted to -14 degrees on Wednesday morning, with Environment Canada predicting that Thursday would be even colder, at -16 degrees without the windchill.

Winds were blowing at speeds of up to 85 km/hr. However, the cold snap is predicted to end today or Saturday, bringing milder temperatures around seven degrees. And with that mild weather will come rain, and lots of it. Now, residents are being urged to help with the necessary clean up that will take place over the next week. "Right now, our crews are out there working in shifts," Mick Thiessen, Director of Engineering for the District of Kent said Tuesday. Workers were busy plowing drifting snow off of main roads, and into the centre of roads were possible. Thiessen said they plow to the

centre to lessen the amount of snow that piles up over storm drains. Because once the snow starts to melt, flooding will be the most pressing matter. Knowing where the storm drains and catch basins are near your property is an important part of keeping your property from flooding, he added. Thiessen asks that residents keep those areas clear of snow, so that water can flow freely. There are other things residents can do to help the District keep roads operational. "Try to park your vehicles in driveways rather than the streets,"


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he said. "And try to shovel in front of your businesses and homes." And when shoveling a driveway, pile the snow to the right side, he said. That way, when a snowplow comes along it will push that snow away from your driveway, rather than back into it. It can take a while for snowplows to clean residential streets, but most in Agassiz were plowed by Wednesday afternoon. The District's number one priority is to open access for emergency providers, including the RCMP, ambulance and fire departments. CONTINUED ON 3

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BCTF demands Scrimping on meds to save still 'absurd,' cash most prevalent in B.C. minister says B.C. patients nearly twice as cost-averse in using medicine Jeff Nagel


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VICTORIA – The B.C. Teachers' Federation's latest wage demand amounts to a 16 per cent increase over three years, and it won't happen, Education Minister George Abbott said Tuesday. The BCTF tabled its proposal to the B.C. Public School Employers' Association, seeking a three-year cost-ofliving increase in the first year of a new contract, and six per cent in each of the two years after that. It's the first specific wage demand to be released by the union after nearly a year of talks and nearly five months of workto-rule action by teachers. Abbott told CKNW radio Tuesday he is skeptical of the BCTF's estimate that its latest proposal will increase costs by $300 million more than current conditions. But even if it does, that's still $300 million too much. "I have said, the minister of finance has said, government has said probably a thousand times over the almost a year now that we've been negotiating that we have a net zero mandate for all public servants, including teach-

ers," Abbott said. "It's nice perhaps when you take an absurd figure and make it a bit less absurd, but it is still above net zero by a huge margin." BCTF president Susan Lambert said the new proposal also includes "modest improvements" to benefits and classroom preparation time. "Yes, $300 million is a lot of money, but look at the scale of the endeavour," Lambert said. "It's certainly a lot less than the cost of the [BC Place] stadium roof I see every day from my office window. And it's less than the amount the B.C. Liberals have been able to take away from public education every year since 2002, when they illegally stripped our collective agreement of class-size and composition guarantees." Abbott said the BCTF contract that expired last spring contained about 16 per cent in wage increases over five years, and that was in prosperous times. The province currently has a $3.1 billion operating deficit and has signed agreements with several other public service unions with no total increase in compensation.


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NDP leader Adrian Dix believes the B.C. government could have done more to keep a lid on pharmaceutical prices.

around 30 per cent of their true drug cost themselves. NDP leader Adrian Dix said he believes the problem is not the poor but middle-income earners who struggle against high housing prices and rising health premiums, ICBC premiums, electricity rates and other costs. “It shows the growth in inequality and how much pressure there is today on middle-income people,” Dix said. “One in six people are not taking the drugs they need because it’s too expensive – twice as much as anywhere else.” The CMAJ study found underuse of prescriptions due to cost was most prevalent among low-income earners without medical insurance – more than 35 per cent reported

doing it. But nearly 15 per cent of the highest-income earners without insurance also resorted to the practice – more than the lowest-income earners with insurance. Dix argued B.C. could have done much more to keep a lid on pharmaceutical prices, which have skyrocketed over the past 20 years, had it been more prepared to stand up to drug companies. He noted B.C.’s pricing structure charges patients more for generic drugs – 35 per cent of brand name cost – compared to just 25 per cent in Ontario and Quebec. De Jong said B.C. has the lowest per capita drug expenditure in the country at $573 per person and provides more extensive drug coverage on many fronts.

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A new study has found B.C. patients are much likelier than other Canadians to refuse to take prescribed medicine because of the cost. The Canadian Medical Association Journal analyzed 2007 Statistics Canada survey data and found 17 per cent of B.C. residents did not follow prescriptions as directed in order to save money in the previous year. That was more than double the 7.2 per cent rate reported by Quebecers and well above the national average of 9.6 per cent of respondents who scrimped on their drugs to save cash. Failing to fill or refill a prescription on time or skipping doses can make treatment less effective and worsen chronic diseases, the journal noted. “We did not expect that costrelated non-adherence would be highest in British Columbia,” the CMAJ research paper said. “This finding might result from the province’s high-deductible public drug plan or the high level of personal debt among its residents.” The CMAJ report said providing better coverage to improve prescription use would likely reduce spending in other areas, such as acute care admissions to hospital. Health Minister Mike de Jong said he wants the disparity between B.C. and the rest of the country investigated further. Prescription drug costs are entirely covered, with no deductible, for more than 270,000 low-income patients in B.C. – the poorest 10 per cent. “We need to take a closer look at why some residents report having challenges accessing prescriptions,” de Jong said in a statement. He noted a 40-year-old on social assistance who racks up nearly $1,400 in drug costs to control hypertension should pay nothing out of pocket, while other categories of low-income patients might pay

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Police looking for answers in man's death Body was found in Fraser River in December Hope RCMP are looking for information regarding the death of Rory McGillivray. He was last seen by a family member in Kamloops, on Sept. 18, 2011. On December 18, 2011, the Hope RCMP responded to a body found in the Fraser River. As a result of the investigation, the body was identified as Rory McGillivray. McGillivray was 56 years old. "Right now, we are

attempting to establish a Hope. The ticket was time line to fill in some not for a specific date gaps from the time and it is unclear if or McGillivray when Rory got was reported on the bus. missing to the It is time that he believed that was discovered McGillivray in the river," may have said Cst. Tracy r e s i d e d Wolbeck. somewhere in Police say the Hope area McGillivray but this has MCGILLIVRAY had purchased not yet been a bus ticket confirmed. in Kamloops and was The police are not suppose to take the suspecting foul play bus from Kamloops to is involved in Rory's

disappearance but they are looking for answers. "We need to speak to anyone who has any information regarding Rory," said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. "We are actively investigating Rory's disappearance but need the help of the public at this point." If you have any information regarding Rory McGillivray, you are asked to contact the Hope RCMP at 604 869-7750 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS).

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"Then, of course, our next priority is opening school bus routes on school days," he said. This wasn't an issue Tuesday and Wednesday, with all public and private schools choosing to close in the Fraser Cascade. Students did go to school on Monday, but many schools chose to close early to allow students to travel home early. Next on the priority list for road cleaning is the business core and "collector routes" — main thoroughfares that allow people to come and go. Blowing snow was a major concern for crews throughout the early part of the week, with little snow falling Wednesday. "We do have our fair share of wind here," Thiessen said. The weather caused a number of traffic accidents in Agassiz, including at least one vehicle in a ditch. On Wednesday morning, one of the area's two transit buses was in a minor fender bender with a white Dodge pick up. The incident is under investigation by ICBC, but appears to be a result of poor driving conditions. Transit service was affected in the area, with buses turning around in Agassiz instead of continuing to Harrison Hot Springs. And in Hope, which received more snow than Agassiz and the same Arctic winds, advanced snow removal was expected to


The Agassiz-Harrison bus sits downtown Agassiz Wednesday, waiting to be towed to Chilliwack. It was in a collision with a white Dodge truck in Agassiz Wednesday morning, causing damage to the front of both vehicles.

start mid-week. Residents are asked to be patient while crews may have to close some roads to move heavy equipment. Snow will be moved to vacant spaces around town for disposal. "This is being done in advance of the expected warm up and subsequent melt," said Hope's Fire Chief, Tom DeSorcy. "As well, we will be asking the public to assist wherever possible by helping us to clear storm drains as the snow melts later in the week." The weather also caused intermittent garbage pickup, with


many companies telling customers they could put out twice as much garbage in the coming weeks. While the power was out in large numbers throughout Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope had pockets of outages that affected five to 10 houses in each instance. One outage in Hope was due to a mud or snow slide on Wednesday morning, near Carolin Mines. For up-to-date information on weather and roads, or to share your winter photos, videos and stories, follow us on twitter or visit us on Facebook.


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Break out of winter spell with Hope area programs This starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Boston Bar Library. Come read with or to someone else for the full hour and enter the draw for a prize! Call for more info 604-867-8847. Q Jan. 27 is Family Literacy Day at the Hope Library from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Celebrate literacy today with stories, refreshments and more. Tamara Toivanen (Positively Puppets) and The January Puppet Players group present their very own puppet show, which starts at 4 p.m. Drop in. Q And for the adults only, Jan. 28 is the Robbie Burns Night Supper, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles at the Hope Eagles Hall (386 Fort St.). The event startts at 7 p.m. and includes traditional haggis supper and all the trimmings. Tickets are $18 per person/available from Canyon Cable and Hope Eagles Hall. Q Jan. 31 is the Boston Bar Book Club meeting from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Come to Boston Bar library and see what we are reading this month! Q Jan. 31 will welcome authors Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat from Princeton, to present their new local history book “Dead Horse on the Tulameen- Settler Verse from BC’s Similkameen Valley” at the Hope Library at 7 p.m. Note – this book is for sale at the Hope Visitor Centre & Museum Complex. Q Into February already, there will be a “United We Sing” event on Feb. 1 at Hope United Church (590 Third Ave) from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome, come and sing with us. For more info contact Jill at 604-869-8435

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After a few days of cancelled programs and closed schools and facilities, here are a few things to keep everyone busy over the next week and beyond. This is provided by Destination Hope & Beyond Services for the Hope Visitor Centre. It is subject to change without notice so please confirm all dates and times by contacting the event organizers or the Hope Visitor Centre. Organizers of events that wish to be added to this list should forward their information to the Hope Visitor Centre. Contact info is:; Fax: 604-869-2160; Phone: 604-869-2021 or 1-866-HOPEVIC. The Hope Visitor Centre is located at 919 Water Avenue and is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout January 2012. Q Jan. 23 is Chinese New Year, and the start of The Year of the Dragon. Celebrate at your favourite Asian restaurant in Hope! Q On Jan. 25, Little Reader’s Theatre will visit the Hope Library from 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Join in this interactive pre-school storytime as we explore the use of props, puppets, and books to “tell and act” stories. Come play! The Storytime in the Park Book Launch will be held later that day at the Hope Library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Remember way back last summer when the weather was beautiful and the sun was visible in the sky? Join Storytime in the Park book contest winners as they launch their books at this special event. Drop in. Q On Jan. 27, take part in a Family Literacy Day Reading Hour!

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In the first 20 months of British Columbia’s distracted driving law, police issued 46,008 tickets to drivers for using hand-held electronic devices while behind the wheel. Another 1,372 tickets were issued for emailing or texting while driving. The ministry of the Solicitor-General says that means 16 people are still alive thanks to a 12 per cent reduction in motor vehicle accidents involving fatalities and serious injuries. The statistics suggest the two-year-old ban on talking or texting on a cell phone while driving has been effective. But as anyone who spends any amount of time on the province’s roads and highways will likely attest, the reality is somewhat different. Drivers are still talking on their cell phones. Some are just more discreet about doing it. They wait until they’re on quieter side streets, or they look around to ensure no police are nearby. Or they try to hide their activity, keeping their phone out of sight as they press numbers or check their text messages. Others openly seem to be flaunting the law, chatting with their cell phone pressed up to their ear as they drive along busy thoroughfares. A recent survey by ICBC says their excuses range from outright defiance at the righteousness of the law, to misguided affection for the feel of the phone in their hand to a wrongheaded belief that making or taking a call while at a red light doesn’t count as driving. The risks presented by distracted driving are very real. In fact, you’re 23 times more likely to get into an accident if you’re using your cellphone while driving. So even though the coast may be clear of vigilant police, stay off the phone while driving. – Black Press


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Enbridge oil pipeline won’t happen B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher After following the opening phase of the National Energy Board’s hearings on the Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal, I have a prediction. B.C. will never see this pipeline. And that’s probably the best outcome. The first reason is the nearly unanimous opposition of informed Kitimat-area residents, led by Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Ellis Ross and skilled local volunteers who described the marine environment of the Kitimat estuary. There was speculation that Ross, who was just appointed to chair Premier Christy Clark’s new Aboriginal Business and Investment Council, might bend on the oil proposal. His testimony

put that notion to rest. The Haisla, Haida, Gitga’at and other members of the Coastal First Nations group put their marker down on managed logging and eco-tourism years before this pipeline debate heated up. California do-gooders may have coined the term “Great Bear Rainforest,” but make no mistake, these tribes run the place. Moving inland, the Northern Gateway pipeline route is a tangle of dozens of asserted traditional territories, some in the centuryold Treaty 8 zone and others with no legal settlement. Our courts will require at least another generation of millionaire lawyers to untangle the territorial claims involved, no matter what the B.C., Canadian or Chinese governments may wish to do with this oil. The Haisla have embraced liquefied natural gas ships, plants and pipelines, which may be all the industrial development the region can handle. Condensate

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can continue to be shipped into Kitimat by tankers and sent by railcar to Alberta to dilute bitumen. Which brings me to the alternatives to Northern Gateway. CP Rail just announced a major investment in its U.S. main line south of Saskatchewan, to

“The Northern Gateway route is a tangle of dozens of asserted traditional territories. transport crude oil from the Bakken Formation, an emerging source of shale oil and gas under Saskatchewan, Alberta and North Dakota. CP shipments out of North Dakota went from 500 carloads in 2009 to more than 13,000 carloads in 2011. The new target is 70,000. B.C.’s likeliest alternative for

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at Westridge, on average eight sail to California, one to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, and only one to Asia. Current Port Metro Vancouver rules allow Aframax-class tankers (80,000 to 119,000 dead weight tons) to pass under the Lions Gate and Second Narrows bridges, but they can’t take on a full load. That would require dredging in Second Narrows, which would increase general shipping safety as well as capacity. Kinder Morgan has not yet formally applied to twin the Trans Mountain line. If it does expand its priceless right of way, the capacity would be greater than the Enbridge proposal. One way or another, that oil will move. The professional environmen–talist gong show over Enbridge is still to come. More on that next week. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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Mailbag Liberals looking desperate in attack ads In preparation for the provincial election in 2013, Christy Clarke and the BC "Liberals" are obviously strategizing and preparing for their confrontation with the NDP. Their attack ads against Adrian Dix shows that they are desperate and are willing to utilize outright lies to set their agenda. I put quotation marks around the word "Liberal", because we all know that they are not Liberals in any sense of the word. They are but a dog's breakfast a coalition of Reformers, Socreds, Conservatives and few smattering of former Liberals that joined together in order to defeat the NDP. Clarke herself has a strategy to "out conservative" the Conservatives themselves in the faint hope that they can continue this "anything but the NDP" strategy that worked so well in 2001. I don't think that the

people will be so fooled this time around. Clarke has hired the former senior advisor to Stephen Harper, Ken Boessenkool as her chief of staff and the former Reform advisor, Dimitri Pantazopoulus remains on her office staff. At the local level here in Chilliwack, Clarke has chosen Chuck Strahl's former staffer to run as the "BC Liberal" candidate in the up-coming provincial byelection. Clarke is obviously hoping to tie into that perceived Conservative vote in the upper Fraser Canyon and —hopefully-for-her — lay the groundwork for a Conservative vote in 2013. The new BC Conservative Party may have something to say about that one. These incidents illustrate what I have been saying for many, many years – that there are no fundamental differences between

the "Conservative" or "Liberal" parties in BC – that they both are controlled, lock, stock and barrel by the corporate sector. Many corporations give large chunks of monies to both parties, while the NDP receives relatively little monies from union donations. It is long overdue that more people accepted the reality that while the BC Liberals and Conservatives are the mouthpieces of corporate B.C., the NDP is working tirelessly for the common working person, whether she/he be an hourly wage-earner, a nurse, a teacher, a fireman, a farmer or a small business person. Meanwhile, we can sit back and watch the ridiculous attack ads that, hopefully, all intelligent British Columbians will recognize them for what they are — a distortion of the reality. Dick Harrington


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Winter wonderland Winter has hit the area full force this week, and everyone has had a different view on whether the snow has been beautiful, or not. Many readers emailed us their photos, and posted them to our Facebook page to show the world. They’ve shared everything from birds bathing themselves in frozen

waters, to videos of windstorms blowing through otherwise quiet neighbourhoods. It seems that this week has given many Fraser Valley residents the chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. For a complete look at all the photos and videos being posted, visit us online.

From top, clockwise: Deanna Fortin Jones sent in a serene photo capturing Harrison Lake at the top of the plaza. Note the snow height on the benches. Janne Perrin found a bird taking a dip in frozen waters. Anne Rose teased us with an image of hot pools just waiting to be soaked in, among piles of gorgeous white snow at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Finally, the blowing snow in Harrison gave the resident sasquatch a temporary winter coat.



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Winter reading can feed the brain Getting into a good book is easy as 1, 2, 3 What do you do when we get the ‘once-a-year’ regularly unexpected dump of snow? You turn on the radio (to see if it’s a day off school) you get out the candles, matches and flashlight (in case the power goes out) and you organize that pile of books and movies that have that ‘come hither’ message pouring off them! You went to your library and stocked up, just like you went to the grocery store and took in supplies. Let it snow, I say. Bring it on, we will be okay now. Winter book piles are different from summer book piles. I think the stack of books you have in the winter may have titles that are a bit more, shall we say, literary. Is this your choice or is it a conspiracy by authors that fun, light reads come out for summer and the bookaward kind of reading comes out in the colder months of the year? I will leave that topic for you to ponder, but, there is nothing wrong with deeper topic and pages of that carry a wonderful turn of phrase. Is it one of your resolutions to read some award winners or join in the Canada Reads sponsored by CBC? If it is, you can easily find the lists on the FVRL website begin to begin. Step one: www.fvrl. Step 2: under the search bar, click on ‘Access catalogue’; Step 3: right under the Explore tab, you can see it, Awards. You have arrived and can pick from national lists to international lists of award wining and nominated books. Very exciting!

Our wonderful webmasters even have descriptions with the titles telling you the year of the book, and whether it was a winner, short-list or longlist title. With advice like that, I worry about being out of a job! But there is nothing like a recommendation for an actual person, so, that’s where I come in. If you choose a Pulitzer Prize winning read from 2011, you would be holding Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad”. Not your average novel, and that is what makes it a winter novel. In it, you will read about Sasha, a woman who shoplifts to appease her own troubles and self-esteem issues. We get a very clear idea of Sasha’s coping mechanism and a glimpse at kleptomania all rolled into the pages of this fascinating story. Sasha is on a date with a new fella, Alex and heads to the ladies room at the bar they are at. She steals a wallet from a purse in the restroom. “She’d flicked open the bathroom door and floated back through the lobby to the bar. She and the wallet’s owner had never seen each other.” Just like that, but it gets better. We are about to read how this plays out for Sasha, who was sure her date was going to be a bomb. “Post-wallet, however, the scene tingled with mirthful possibility. Sasha felt the waiters eyeing her as she sidled back to the table holding her handbag with its secret weight. She sat down and took a sip of her Melon Madness Martini and cocked her head at Alex. She smiled

her yes/no smile. “Hello,” she said. The yes/no smile was amazingly effective. “You’re happy,” Alex said. “I’m always happy,” Sasha said. “Sometimes I just forget.” Like most current award winning books, there are holds on it, so get your name on the list. And like many books at FVRL, you can pick your format: order the regular print edition, the large print, audio or ebook download, all free and accessible with your FVRL library card. If you want to indulge your patriotism, as you should when it comes to reading, you may pick Newfoundland’s award-winning author, Wayne Johnston, and his latest contribution, ‘A World Elsewhere’. It is well written, has places as far flung as


In the Stacks St. John’s Newfoundland and the Ivy League university, Princeton, in New Jersey. It has Landish Druken though, who has a bit of a weakness for punning and is disowned. I am always fascinated by dis-ownerships. “Landish Druken lived in the two-room attic of a house near the end of Dark Marsh Road that was in no way remindful of any other place he’d ever lived. A mile away, in a twelveroom house, his father

lived alone. Under the terms of what Landish called the Sartorial Charter, his father had let him keep his clothes but had otherwise disowned him.” Already, you have to know more! Landish is also a bit of a punster and while this novel is not a comedy, the play on words here and there is a bonus and define Landish. You will find this one almost too clever for words, in my opinon: “He should write Van and tell him they had dined tonight on Sham Chowder, Lack of Lamb, Crazed Ham and Duck à Mirage. Steam of Mushroom Soup and Perish Jubilee”. There is much more to this novel than puns, of course – it is a very good, diverse, fullbodied read. It is well worth the nominations for the Scotia Giller prize for 2011. Fit for


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library too. Book club is the third Wednesday of every month, preschool storytime every Friday at 10:15 a.m. Coming up on Friday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. we will celebrate Family Literacy Day. There will be a book launch of this summer’s Storytime in the Park writing contest book, and the recent local Family Writing Contest put on by our local literacy coordinator at Community Services. Come to the library for this great evening, refreshments and a scavenger hunt too. In the next week or so look for a Fraser Valley Regional Library program guide in your Observer. This guide is jam-packed with library happenings. Keep it, refer to it. Call us if you want to know more. Now, back to shovel the walk, and see you in the stacks soon!

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nue. The Memorial Hall could be used by us for free and a small ad in the newspaper would make sure that some vendors would appear. They did, but what most of them wanted to sell would, nowadays, not even make it into a ga-

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rage sale. I remember that there was also an artist who came to me crying after two hours saying that her art was far too good for this place, and it was! She did stay, however, mainly because she did not want to let us down. What sold best were our kaisers with cheese and/ or ham and coffee. However, we had overcalculated and ended up eating the surplus ourselves. In the end, we did make a small profit and we were on our way. When we first saw the Memorial Hall we were dismayed. There were buckets everywhere catching the rain that was dripping through the roof! The hall was dusty because no matter when it was swept last it would be dusty soon again. But somehow after awhile it became “our hall”; she was to us like a beloved rag doll which we could dress up differently for each event. Sometimes she was changed into a Venetian Palazzo, or she became a European Market Place. At other times she represented a church or a whole town as for the play “Our Town.” When it comes to special events, I do not know where to begin and where to end. There were so many! People often ask me things like what was the longest event, the most beautiful one and which did I like best? I think


Harrison Happenings that I will write about those that come easiest to mind ... the earliest events were the Choir Concerts; with guest choirs coming to perform for us; the Chilliwack Evergreen Choir, the Frasertal Choir and from Vancouver, the Concordia and the Italian Folklorist Choirs. There was once an afternoon performance of a concert and four choirs did a mass choir sing; it was “O Nabucco” in Italian. The hall was packed, the stage filled to the brim with singers and Helga Beluze, the Italian Folkloristic’s choir director, could not find something she could stand on while directing. In the end she put two loudspeakers side by side and used them as a podium. The audience was thrilled. Ed Stenson declared that he had never heard such a sound in the Memorial Hall and Bruno, owner of the HHS Restaurant - Conca D’oro, cried. All the while many of us were scared stiff that Helge, the director

would fall off the loudspeakers. It was quite a concert! The longest events surely were the “Christmas Extravaganzas.” They started at the end of November and ran to the end of the year on a daily basis. Different school classes usually came in the morning to view a beautiful show of animated angels and dolls, put on by Frank and Lena Goertzen, and have hot apple cider and cookies provided by the volunteers. The Extravaganza’s great opening featured an elaborate Christmas Market and selected vendors stayed for the duration of the Extravaganza. Not to forget the HHS Multicultural Singers who at certain times caroled with the audience. The EuroFest, a weekend event, stands out in my mind, especially a band of young accordion players from Switzerland. They came in the morning, started to play and the mood was set! There was a “Drehorgel” player from Berlin, a German Weingarten put on by the late Gerti and Rudi Zumer, a Dutch display and an authentic Swiss “Bauernstube” assembled by the Flukkiger family. One of my personal favourites was “Christmas in the Market Place,” a combination of a oneact play put on by the Theatre Guild and local merchants disguised as

market vendors. It was only a one evening affair but truly enchanting. So was “Carnival in Venice” with a deluxe buffet catered by none other than Bruno Giannotta, of the Conca D’oro, Art Gallery and truly elaborate decorations. But Bruno not only catered, he also sang “Mama”, a performance which those who were there still remember. A Youthfest was another event I like to remember, that was held during the Labour Day weekend, with games, talent shows, a play called “The Tree” written by a local writer, Martin Weidemann, and a youth sandsculpture contest called “Sasquatch in the Sand”. Then there was the “Sasquatch Festival” itself, which surely was the most authentic Harrison Hot Springs event. It has great potential and I do hope that somebody, sometimes, will bring to life again. There were many other events such as “English Pub Nights” and of course, the all-time favourite “Oktoberfest.” The last one, held only two years ago, put the bar out of beer in one hour! Mysteriously, more beer came out of nowhere and we were saved! Sometimes it’s hard to know who had more fun at these events; the guests or us, the hosts!


Snow slowed down Agassiz in '62 50 Years Ago, 1962 • Some farmers in Agassiz were concerned about the new milk quota system which was being introduced, fearing that flexibility would be lost and inequities in allotment would result. Fifty years later, the milk quota system is still in place, but with many modifications from the original set-up. • Heavy snow in the first few weeks of 1962 caused several vehicle accidents and made snow

removal difficult. Municipal snow plow driver Spud Dyer broke a chain supporting the blade of his snow plow while clearing snow at Hammersly Prairie. Another grader slid off the Lougheed Highway and rolled to the bottom of the embankment near Andy Bodnar’s farm at the foot of Mount Woodside. The serious drifting and dangerous roads caused schools to remain closed. Sixteen inches or 40.6 centimeters had fallen earlier and

an additional 13 inches/33 centimeters fell a short while later. Of those 29 inches or 73.6 centimeters, six inches/15.2 centimeters had fallen in one day. • Hopes for an early start for local loggers were buried in the snow. The Tarquin reached Harrison Hot Springs carrying a few maintenance men who had earlier gone to the various camps. • Jake Hoogendoorn’s herd once more took the Burgess High Average Award for the month.

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Breakmen play purebred Americana Coast tour kicks off in Harrison Hot Springs Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

It’s about to be a very busy time for The Breakmen, an Americana group headed to Harrison in just one week. Their West Coast Canada tour will take them from hamlet to Village to small cities, at almost a daily rate. “We have one stretch that is 12 days straight,” says Archie Pateman, hitting communities as diverse as Cumberland, Salmon Arm and Banff. But with four band members living in cities across the country, they’ve learned to make the best of their time together. “When we go on tour, we definitely concentrate the shows,” he says. “The nature of our band is that we’re spread across the country.” Two live in Ontario, one lives in Vancouver and Pateman lives on Vancouver Island. Despite the distance between them, the foursome (Pateman, brothers Lee and Matt Watson and Ben Rogalsky) have been able to put out three albums in the six years they’ve been together. Pateman says he’d like to do even more. “I wish we could put out one a year, to tell you the truth,” he says. But life sometimes gets in the way. “The thing with our band has been balancing life as well. Three of us are fathers and family is really important to us. So we’re constantly balancing that. Besides, we also just have busy lives in general.”

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Busy with The Breakmen, but also busy on their own projects. Lee Watson put out his own bluegrass CD a few years ago, Pateman is involved in a bluegrass act focusing on brother harmonies. While the side projects tend to focus on bluegrass, The Breakmen’s music does not. It’s purebred Americana. So, does being Canadian affect how they play such a genre? Pateman thinks not. “It’s a genre, and it’s where the music came from,” he says. “I’m not afraid to admit, and I’m not afraid to jump on the bandwagon.” The Breakmen have enjoyed plenty of success in their six years, after meeting as treeplanters in central B.C. Having already won the Vox Pop Award for Americana Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards, and having earned two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for their previous album, When You Leave Town, the band is now embarking on Round Three of its tour to support its latest release, Heartwood. That tour hits Harrison Memorial Hall January 28. Tickets are $22.00 and can be purchased by phone at 604-796-3664, online at or in SUBMITTED PHOTO person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery The Breakmen will play Harrison Memorial Hall in Harrison, or Agassiz Shoppers Drug on Jan. 28. Mart.

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The District of Kent’s response to winter events varies according to the individual characteristics of each event and availability of resources. Roads are checked early in the morning and the appropriate Public Works’ staff is called in to deal with the situation. District of Kent priorities for snow and ice removal include: • Opening access for emergency service providers, such as Fire and Ambulance • Opening school bus routes on school days • Opening rural milk truck routes • Opening prison access routes • Clearing the commercial core and opening collector routes Once these priority areas are under control and in adequate condition, work can start on municipal subdivisions, sidewalks and parking lots. Exceptions will be made for emergencies. Townsite plowing often starts with clearing driving lanes by plowing toward the curb. Driveways do become obstructed from street plowing. Please note that the District cannot open private driveways or roads. The community can aid the District during winter conditions in several ways: • Park vehicles in your driveway, rather than on the street. • Shovel sidewalk in front of your residence or business. • When shoveling snow, if possible, place snow on your lawn; grass is dormant and will not be affected. • If you must place snow on the roadway, place it to the right when facing the roadway; this way when the snow plow passes it will not re-plow snow back into your driveway. Winter events are often followed by rain. Snow or ice in the curb lane interferes with drainage and may cause some flooding. Therefore, on roads that are wide enough, the District frequently “windrows” the snow down the centre of streets to permit proper drainage. The intersections are opened completely to allow the proper flow of traffic. Please use caution when traveling during winter conditions: • Drive more slowly • Leave more room from the vehicle in front of you • Ensure your vehicle has good winter tires and is in good repair • Leave extra room when in the vicinity of snow removal equipment. For additional information please contact the District of Kent at 604-796-2235

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Ski hill fundraiser returns to Hemlock Organizers hope to double pledges for second annual MS event The first Ski to End MS was such a success at Hemlock Resort, they’ve decided to host another one. The second annual Ski to End MS fundraiser will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the ski area. Organizers are raising funds to help provide programs and services to people who are affected by MS, in hopes of funding research to find a cure for this disease. Last year they raised more than $4,300, and this year they’re hoping to double that amount. There are plenty of ways to participate, starting with registering online at Open the ski registration form pdf and email it to Deanna.mcintyre@, and download your ski pledge sheet to start collecting pledges. There may only be a week left, but there are incentives for fundraisers. Skiers and boarders who raise $300 to $499 will receive a Ski to End MS scarf. Those who raise $500 to $999 receive a $50 gift card from Sport Chek and those who raise more than $1,000 receive their choice of a day lift ticket

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BC Games have inspired thousands Kerry Vital

BC Games. “My Olympic success can be traced With the 2012 BC Winter Games to the provincial Games in my native set to start in Vernon next month, Manitoba and I see the BC Winter spirit is building in every community Games providing the same opportunity for young athletes today,” says across British Columbia. The brainchild of Premier W.R. BC Games Society chair and 1976 Bennett, the Games began in 1978 in Olympic speedskating silver medalPenticton. Since then, 38 communi- ist, Cathy Priestner Allinger. “The ties across the province have hosted BC Winter Games provide rising the Games, some of them more than stars an opportunity to benefit from once. More than 200,000 people have excellent coaching, while testing volunteered and more than 150,000 their skills against B.C.’s best. Our next generation of athletes have competCanada Games athed since it began. "One of the most “My Olympic success letes and Olympians are getting ready for important benefits of hosting a BC Games can be traced to the the 2012 BC Winter Games in Vernon.” is how it brings a provincial Games” Participants are community together," generally under the says Henry Pejril, Cathy Priestner Allinger age of 18 (dependpresident of the 2006 ing on the sport), and BC Summer Games in Kamloops. "There aren't many have the potential to move beyond opportunities like a Games that can local and regional competition to the capture the full cross-section of a national stage and beyond. "The BC Games are an important community. The feeling of pride and accomplishment lasts in a host city stepping stone towards the Canada Games and ultimately the Olymfor many years to come." Many well-known athletes had pic Games," says Kelly Stefanyshyn, their start at the BC Games, includ- a former Olympic swimmer and ing Tour de France cyclist Ryder BC Games Society board member. Hesjedal and 2010 Olympic women's "Learning to (compete) for a team snowboarding cross gold medallist beyond just your sport and focus Maelle Ricker, who are among the while so many events are occurring alumni who say their dreams of in- is imperative to an athlete's success." ternational competition began at the BLACK PRESS


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COMMUNITY CORNER JANUARY 2012 *(Due to space limitations, each week we will publish a different set of groups & activities from the community)



Megan Kardoes of the Hemlock ski team competes at Mount Washington.

Hemlock Ski Team members qualify for Games Three members of the Hemlock ski team participated in the BC Alpine sanctioned ski races for K1 racers aged 11 and 12 this past weekend at Mount Washington Ski Resort, which was a qualifying race for the upcoming BC Winter Games at Silver Star Mountain Resort. Katrina Voss of Port Moody had the best finish for the team when she placed 12th out of 44 skiers in the third Giant Slalom (GS) race. Accompanying Ka-

trina on the ski team was Megan Kardoes of Abbotsford and Lena Liljedahl of Port Moody. The solid effort of the ski team has earned them berths at the BC Winter Games where they will join their teammate Jason Forester of Coquitlam. “I was very impressed with Katrina’s performance as this was her first K1 race ever and she was racing against many elite skiers from other clubs in southwestern BC. Twice she was the third fastest

junior K1 racer,” stated head coach Kelly Blair. “As well, Lena showed great improvement in her ski racing by putting in five solid races on a course that was very hard and icy.” Hemlock Resort, located 45 minutes east of Mission overlooking Harrison Lake, is celebrating its 42nd year as a ski resort. For more information about the Hemlock Ski Club and its ski racing program, please visit the ski club website at

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According to the official website, the aim of the Games is "to provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement, and community development." Brian Carruthers, President of the Williams Lake 2002 BC Winter Games, is proud of the achievements of B.C. athletes. "Sport builds character in individuals and brings people together in a positive environment, whether as competitors, spectators or organiz-

ers," he says. The Winter Games feature 15 sports, including curling, figure skating, skiing and women's hockey. It is expected that more than1,500 athletes and over 300 coaches will participate in the Games in February. "I believe in the BC Games as it provides an opportunity to share the spirit with other British Columbians while celebrating your community in the most fantastic and rewarding way," says Diana Johnstone, Operations Manager for the 2002 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo. "I can't wait until 2014 when Nanaimo will once again be privileged to host this amazing event." Surrey will host the 2012 BC Summer Games in July.

and fun for Storytime with Crackle. Crackle the library crow and Terrill have stories a lot of and free in, Drop am. preschoolers and their families. Every Friday at 10:15 fun. l 4. Tickets may Play Lions TV Bingo! every Thursday 6-7 pm on Shaw Cable Channe lis General be purchased at “That Store in Agassiz”, “Ledoux Hardware” or “Cheha Store”. performances Chilliwack School of Performing Arts presents ‘AYear with Frog andToad’ ) or www. 1-SHOW (604-39 : Jan 12-22 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets for a great Hooked on Books: Agassiz - Harrison Library Book Club. Prepare g of 2012 discussion on “The Last Crossing” by Guy Vanderhaeghe at the first meetin sure there on Wednesday, January 18th, 6:30 pm at the Agassiz Library. We’re making now! The talk is enough copies to go around this month, so please pick up your book up your copy is lively, the people friendly, the refreshments – free! Come on by, pick and be part of this drop-in, no-membership required club.

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Practices are Mondays at HHS Memorial Hall 7:00 - 9:00 pm For more info Call Ruth at 604-796-2084

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GROUP 1 OF 4 Agassiz Al-Anon. Is someone’s drinking affecting you? FMI call Shirley 604-7969865 or Anne 604-793-3103 “Agassiz Comforters” get together at 9 am every Thurs. morning at the United Church. FMI call 604-796-2680

Agassiz-Harrison Lions meet at 7 pm on the 4th Wed of the month at the Lion’s Den in the Ag-Rec Hall, 6800 Pioneer Ave. FMI call Mel at 604-795-0598 or Joey at 604796-9951

Agassiz-Harrison Senior Peer Counsellors Meet with Caregivers 3rd Mon of each Agassiz Elks Lounge – 1824 #9 Hwy, open month, 2 pm in the Cheam Village daily 3pm till closing. Everyone welcome conference room (upstairs). FMI call Betty Agassiz Harrison Family Place. 7272 Rajotte at 604-796-0409 Morrow Road. Meet friends, old and new! Agassiz Kids At The Cross – Thursdays at Parents/caregivers with their children the Ag Recreation Centre in Agassiz. FMI 0-6 are welcome. Mon, Wed and Thurs, call Ettie 604-819-6822 9:30am-12pm. Call Willena or Louisa 604796-0313 Cheam Village Books for Residence Library. Looking for spare books to stock Agassiz-Harrison Garden Club meets the our Library. To donate please drop off at second Wed of each month from Oct-July Cheam Village. in the foyer of the Ag Hall at 7:30pm. FMI 604-796-3291 or 604-796-2423


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DIETITIAN (Full-time position). This position will be based at Bingham Memorial Hospital (Matheson, ON), and will provide Clinical Nutrition services and Diabetes Program and long-term care services. Must hold a Bachelor Degree in Dietetics, have successfully completed an accredited internship program and be eligible for membership in the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Excellent salary, employee benefits, travelling compensation package and a signing bonus is available.

Harrison Hairstyling Salon & Day Spa Looking for an energetic qualified hair stylist, preferably with a clientele, to join our friendly Salon. We are also looking for a part time qualified esthetician that can grow with our team. Email resumes to: Drop off resumes at: 160 - B Lillooet Ave, Harrison Hot Springs

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1–866-506-6806 ALBERTA earthmoving company requires a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will work in a modern shop and also have mechanics truck for field work. The job is at Edson, Alberta. We require that you have experience on Cat crawlers and or Deere excavators. Call Lloyd at (780)723-5051. CRAFTING Subcontractors Wanted. Must be fluent in English and able to work with feathers, leather and fur. Free training provided. Call 604-826-4651. .

ACCOUNTING & Payroll Trainees needed. Large & small firms depend on certified A&P professionals. No experience needed! Local career training & job placement available. 1-888-424-9417

MEDICAL TRAINEES needed now! Hospitals & Doctors need well trained staff. No experience needed! Local training & job placement available. Call for more info! 1-888748-4126. TRAIN TO BE AN Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 31 years of success! Government certified. or 1-800-6658339, 604-681-5456.



LINE COOK required at Old Settler Pub, wage depending on experience. Email or bring in resume to: or 222 Cedar Ave., Harrison Hot Springs.



IS LOOKING FOR A GARDEN CENTRE WORKER. Qualified applicant must have plant knowledge, retail sales and cashier experience, Class 5 drivers license with reliable transportation and be physically fit. Previous garden centre experience an asset. Starting Wage: $12 per hour, 40 hour week. Please send resume to: PO Box 348 Rosedale, BC, V0X 1X0 Thank you to all who apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

PORT HARDY BC- Journeyman GM Technician required. Full-time competitive pay, bonuses, benefits. Aval. immediately. Send resume to or fax (250)949-7440 Attention Cory Klassen. PURCHASING ASST. Knowledge in mat’ls mgnt & purchasing, read shop dwgs, min 3-5 yrs of buying exp in mfg (glazing) ind. Basic computer skills a must. Own vehicle. F: 604-525-0774, E:, w/salary exp. No phone calls pls.

Wild & Crazy Can’t Be Lazy Earn up to $20/hour. NO sales, NO commissions! Full training provided. Travel, dress sharp & have fun! Must be outgoing. Call Marcia 604-777-2195



WOODPRO Engineering, Prince George, BC requires Jr Mechanical engineer, must be registered with the Assn of Professional Engineers and mechanical/structural draftsperson. Experience with Autocad and Tekla X-Steel. Email jwestergard@ or fax to: 250-563-5648



HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC for busy logging company in the Fraser Valley Area. Must have valid BC drivers licence.

Competitive Wages & Benefits After 3 mos.


WE need a MILLWRIGHT to “Ham it up” at Freybe Gourmet Foods Ltd. Contact or

F/T BOOKKEEPER wanted ASAP in Richmond CGA firm. Min. 3-5 years exp in full-cycle bkkp and payroll. Simply & Quickbook knowledge, able to travel. Apply to careers

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AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783 Become a Psychiatric Nursetrain locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG


Business Development OfÀcer Chair/President CHEAM FIRST NATION January 30th, 2012 Permanent Full Time To be negotiated Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Develop policies and administer programs to promote industrial and commercial business investment in urban and rural areas. • Design market research questionnaires. • Conduct social or economic surveys on local, regional or national areas to assess development potential and future trends. • Plan development projects and co-ordinate activities with representatives of a wide variety of industrial and commercial enterprises, community and business associations and government agencies. • Assess business opportunities and develop strategies to attract venture capital. • Respond to enquiries from members of the business community and general public concerning development opportunities. • Review and evaluate commercial or industrial development proposals and provide advice on procedures and requirements for government approval. • Conduct surveys and analyze data on the buying habits and preferences of wholesale or retail consumers. • Evaluate customer service and store environments. • Conduct comparative research on marketing strategies for industrial and commercial products. • Develop social and economic proÀles of urban and rural areas to encourage industrial and commercial investment and development. • Prepare reports, research papers, educational texts or articles. • Plan and develop E-commerce strategies. • Provide consultation on planning and starting of new businesses. QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS: • A bachelor's degree in economics, commerce, business administration or public administration is required. • CertiÀcation as a certiÀed economic developer (Ec.D.) may be required. Deadline for application is January 23rd, 2012 at 4:30 pm Send resume and cover letter to: Lincoln Douglas Email: Subject line: Business Development OfÀcer Facsimile: 604.794.7456 Attn: Lincoln Douglas In person at the Cheam Band ofÀce located at 52130 Old Yale Road, Rosedale, BC We thank all applicants and advise that only individuals short-listed will be contacted for interviews 01/12T_CFN17

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Collecting Old Coins & Taxidermy Silver, $1, 50c, 25c, 10c, Olympic Please call Travis 604-796-0320

REAL ESTATE 615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY BIG BUILDING SALE... “CLEARANCE SALE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!” 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422.




BENGAL CAT beautiful 3.5 year old male, neutered, fully vaccinated, indoor, very friendly, ok w/dogs, must find good home with no other cats and no kids $250 604-820-1603 BLOOD HOUND PUPS, CKC reg’d health chk, 2nd vac, micro chipped, 4 fem’s. Liver & Tan. Ready to go. $500. Call 604-574-5788.

GREENHOUSE FOR LEASE for flowering & bedding plants. Retail and wholesale. Fully computerized and automated system. 2.5 acres incl. greenhouse. Approx. 43,000 covered area. 1.5 acres set up for outside use. City water. High traffic area. 5498 Gladwin Rd., Abbts. Call 604-807-3910 for more info.

1997 Olds V6, 240km, 4dr, white, 2yr air care, very good cond. needs nothing, $1500 firm. 392-3950





2002 BUICK LESABRE Limited Edition, 115K, grey leather int, fully loaded, new front brakes, 6/cyl, 4/door. $5900. Call 604-807-3996. 2002 OLDSMOBILE Intrique. Good running shape. (lost license) $1200. Good battery/tires. (604)746-2582 Fantastic fan, microwave, water filter, rear awning and more! $22,483 (Stk.30833) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

845 2003 Cadillac CTS. Black on black, leather, sunroof. Must see! $10,500, Mint. Phone 604 809 6235

2BDRM + den on 1/4 acre lot, fenced yard, Agassiz, 5appl., no cats, pet neg., $1300/mo. util. not incl., avail immed., ref’s a must, (604)226-4797 34595 2nd Ave House Heritage 1,177 Sq. ft. home, 2 bdrm, 1 bath. Near shopping, park and entertainment. Pets allowed. Recently renovated. Huntington area. Avail. Immediately $1,100/mo. Call 604-3098955. Harrison Hot Springs, 421 Miami River Dr. & 318 Chestnut Ave 3bdrm, 2 bath, gas f/p, 2 car garage, 5 appl., fenced yard, no pets, exc. cond. avail. now. $1200/m, Ross Fullbrook, Royal Lepage 604792-0077


2005 CHRYSLER SEBRING convertible, silver, 84 k’s. auto. Mags. $6795/obo. (604)826-0519

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 1993 MAZDA 323 Red 2dr auto 4 cyl, new tires, good brakes $800 obo. Leave message w/ phone number for call back (604)302-0985

Harrison, 3 bdrm upper part of house, incl hydro, gas, W/D, garage. $1050/m. Avail Feb 1. (604)796-2252 or 604-796-9196

2004 Honda Civic DX 4cyl 4dr auto a/c p/dl keyless entry,110,000K Great cond $8400. 604-626-8894


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microwave, 3 burner range, enclosed & heated underbelly, elec. Awning, AM/FM/CD/DVD $12,187 (stk. 30322) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644




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PRIVATE MORTGAGE Lender. Funding smaller 2nd, 3rd, & interim mortgages. No fees! Please call 604-736-6914 or Courtesy to agents.




WEED FREE Mushroom Manure. 13 yards - $160 or Well Rotted 10 yards - $180. 604-856-8877

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Agassiz- Very large bright 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment located in clean safe building. No smoking, no pets. Available January 1, 2012 $850/mo. Call 604-860-3700 AGASSIZ. Very large, bright studio suite available Feb. 1. N/S, N/P, DD & ref req’d $460/m. + util. Call 604-860-3700 HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated,$575/month includes utilities. Call 604-794-7132


1998 PONTIAC TRANSPORT, 7 pass., great cond., green, $2000. 604-530-3931, 866-3931

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2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $8000 firm. Call 604-538-4883

1996 F350 dually, diesel, fully loaded, exc. cond. 273,000km, $8750, Alex 604-796-2316

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1999 CHEVY BLAZER, black, mags 2” lift 4x4, Air Cared, std. new clutch $4995 obo 604-826-0519

1990 F150 HEAVY 1/2, 4x4, new tires, gas tank & alt. auto, good condition $700 red/white 819-4857

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CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

Swiss Mountain pups, short-hair, family raised, gentle, vet chck, dewormed. Ready. 604-795-7662

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1999 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 7 pass auto ST#139 $1990 2000 PONTIAC GRAND AM GT 2dr auto only this week ST#165 $1995 2001 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2dr 5 spd ST#95 $1995 2002 DODGE CARAVAN 7 pass, auto ST#160 $3495 2002 FORD WINDSTAR sport 7 pass auto Aircare ST#108 $3495 2000 HONDA CIVIC 4DR auto sdn st#169 $3995 1997 HONDA CRV Aircare auto only this week ST#97 $3995 2002 BUICK RANDVIEW 5 pass, auto, full load ST#71 $5,995 2005 CHEV MALIBU 4dr SDN auto, full load ST#07 $5,900 2005 NISSAN SENTRA 4dr auto sdn full load ST#03 $5,900

2003 GMC SLE 1500 quad cab full load st#158 $7500 2006 FORD RANGER SUPERCAB auto, a/c ST#172 $7500 2005 FORD F150 XL 4X4 auto reg cab longbox ST#132 $7,900 2005 FORD F250 XLT quad cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#125 $8,900 2005 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#134 $10,900 2001 FORD F350 crew cab XLT 7.3L pwrstrk diesel ST#130 $11,900 2007 GMC SLE 3500 crew cab 4X4 auto longbox ST#167 $12,900 2007 CHEV 3500 CREW CAB Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#123 $12,900 2007 FORD F350 XLT crew cab 4X4 auto diesel ST#128 $14,900 2006 FORD F350 CREW cab Lariat 4X4 auto long box diesel ST#118 $15,900 2008 GMC 2500 HD quad cab SLE 4x4 auto fully loaded ST#145 $16,900 2007 GMC 2500 CREW cab, Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#61 $16,900

1999 CHEVY VENTURE, white, auto, rebuilt trans, head gasket, new brakes, $2495. (604)826-0519

33166 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford DL#31038

2003 CHEV AVALANCHE, auto., 4x4, white, loaded with options. $10,000 firm (604)538-9257 2005 CHEVROLET ASTRO VANall wheel, 8 pass. loaded, like new, $6250 Abby. 604-309-3135 2006 FORD F350 FX4 Diesel Lariat, full load. Leather etc. Over $10,000 in recent repairs- with receipts - Tires, brakes, shocks etc. No acc. $18,900/obo. (778)3224593 or 778-893-4866




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WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in January, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888593-6095.


1997 CHEV MALIBU LS 4dr, 6cyl Aircared, fully loaded $1500 Call 778-997-4519 Abbotsford.


UTILITY TRAILER 5X10 4000LB Axle, removable sides, $1000 (604)820-0899 or 604-866-0546

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1997 MERCEDES E420, all options, mint, garage kept. 118,000 kms. $7200 firm. 604-805-4545.

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1996 Honda Accord, auto, 4 dr, red, am/fm/cd, full load, newer tires, lady driven, 197K, $3200. 604-889-5356



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Agassiz- 1/2 duplex for rent. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. N/P, N/S. DD + ref req’d. $950/mo + util. 604-845-2705

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COMMUNITY NEWS COVERING JANUARY 2012 BUSINESS LICENCE RENEWAL AND SIGN PERMITS Business Licence Renewal Business owners are reminded that a business licence is required to operate in the District of Kent. Renewal notices have been mailed out to those businesses registered. If the business no longer operates within the District of Kent or there has been a mailing address change, please contact our office at 604796-2235. Business owners are encouraged to contact the Development Services Department prior to expanding or changing their current business use to ensure compliance with District requirements.

Sign Permits Business owners are reminded that a sign permit is required for new or amended signs including sandwich board signs. Please do not hesitate to contact Development Services staff prior to installing a sign so that we may help to ensure that your proposed sign meets all permit requirements. Please visit our website at, the Municipal Hall or our local library to review the District’s Sign Bylaw No. 1397.

DOG LICENCE RENEWAL Every owner of a dog is required to hold a valid licence for that dog. Notices reminding dog owners to renew their pet’s dog licence for 2012 have been mailed out. If you have not licensed your dog with the District of Kent, please attend the Municipal Office at 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz to register your pet(s). The annual licence fees are as follows: every spayed or neutered dog: $20.00 every unspayed or unneutered dog : $50.00

Come Play with Us! We are so fortunate to live, work and recreate in such a beautiful part of British Columbia. We have the opportunity to swim, boat, fish, ski, hike, bike, and enjoy the great outdoors all year. We also get to enjoy the many great programs and services that Kent Recreation provides. For example, in 2011 35,000 people visited the Fitness / Activity Centre’s weightroom or attended fitness classes; another 10,000 people participated in one of the many free special events; and over 6,000 people enjoyed one of the many services at the Ferny Coombe Pool. We also saw the completion of the Mountain View Trail system, planted 52 trees throughout the District and were awarded 5-Blooms from BC Communities in Bloom. As we strive to serve you better, we are busy researching funding sources for a new pool; we have applied for a Community Recreation Program Grant so that we can potentially build a new gymnasium onto the Fitness / Activity Centre, and we are looking at trail enhancements. We also look forward to hearing your thoughts as we refresh some of our recreation programs. Providing community recreation services would not be possible without our many volunteers, community champions and partners. We express our sincere appreciation and thanks to the many of you for making a difference in our community. We thank Seabird Island, School District #78, Fraser Health Authority, Agassiz Harrison Community Services, Agassiz Harrison Healthy Communities and the Youth Inclusion Program wrote letters of support for the Active Living Gymnasium funding application – with such great community partners we can make a difference for all of our citizens and neighbours that participate in our community. Living, laughing and learning, Kerry Hilts Director of Community Services

Dog owners are reminded of the regulations provided in the District of Kent Animal Control Bylaw No. 1396, 2008. Please visit our website at www., the Municipal Hall or our local library to review the bylaw.

IMPORTANT - SECTION 15 OF BYLAW No. 1396 STATES: “It is an offense for any owner to keep or harbour more than two (2) dogs and (2) cats on any premises in any zone, excluding property over 0.5 ha (1.2 acres) and zoned A (Agricultural), RR (Rural Residential) or MR (Resource Management).” For any questions, please contact the Animal Control Officer at 604-796-2235.


Mt. Cheam Challenge Complete 25 visits to the weight room or a fitness class to ascend the virtual 6900ft! Sign up to participate at the Fitness /Activity Centre! **Must sign up before February 6th** Skipping Jump Rope It’s not what it used to be! Now Jump rope or skipping is a growing competitive sport that keeps you fit and active as you have fun. You will learn the skills to skip individually or double dutch style and keep up to upbeat music! 6 – 13 years. Jan 24 – Feb 28 Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.. Register at the Fitness / Activity Centre Food Safe This eight hour course is required by all people working in the food industry. Successful participants will be registered with the Ministry of Health and will receive a food safe certificate. 14 years and up. Saturday February 18 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adult Drop in Sports If you are interested in dropping in for a Wednesday evening of volleyball or basketball please call the Fitness / Activity Centre at 604 796-8891 to leave your name and number. Preschool Adventure & Play Company A preschool Drop in Program starting in February for age 3 – 5 years. Watch the Observer for days and times Rock the Winter Blues – See poster

Kilby Gala Fundraiser Where: Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 Time: Doors open @ 5:30 p.m. Dinner @ 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $50 each includes Buffet Dinner Musical entertainment by Edith Wallace Silent auction No host bar & more This will be the highlight event of the year for our area. Please come and join us!

Upcoming Council Meeting: January 23, 2012 (Monday) Municipal Hall - Centennial Centre at 7:00 p.m.

Your support will help us preserve the Kilby Historic Site for residents, visitors and future generations; create local employment and increase tourism.

Box 70, 7170 Cheam Avenue, Agassiz BC V0M 1A0 • Tel 604.796.2235 • www.district.kent.

Jan 20, 2012 Hope edition  
Jan 20, 2012 Hope edition  

Life in Agassiz Harrison Hope BC