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Dozens of teachers lined Cheam Avenue in Agassiz on Monday after school, during the planned Day of Action by the BC Teacher’s Federation. On Tuesday, the Labour Relations Board ruled that teachers could legally step up their strike actions. Later that day, George Abbott introduced an Education Improvement Act that would supercede the LRB ruling. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Teachers voted in favour of a fullscale, three-day strike on Thursday morning. The BCTF said that teachers voted 87 per cent in favour of the strike, which will run Monday through Wednesday next week. The decision followed a long week of escalated activity surrounding the teachers. Monday was a day of action for B.C.'s public school teachers, after months of failed negotiations with their employer. Many teachers arrived at work five minutes before class time, and left five minutes after the last bell, as a one-day show of force. They then hit the streets in communities across the province, carrying placards and encouraging honks from passersby.

And that was no different in Agassiz and Hope, said Lynne Marvell, president of the FraserCascade Teachers' Association. "We had a very good turnout," she said, drawing out between 60 and 70 per cent of the district's teachers. "That's probably higher than most areas." There are about 120 teachers in School District 78, covering 12 schools from Boston Bar to Harrison Hot Springs. Marvell attended the Agassiz event, and said she was "really heartened" by the number of drivers who honked and waved. Marvell said the biggest concern is "an unwillingness of the government to negotiate." Other issues include class size and composition. The larger a class is, she said, the more diverse the needs

of the students are. Throughout the school year, teachers have been on limited job action. While classes have been in session, teachers are not reporting to administration or writing formal report cards. “Teachers would prefer to be engaging in a meaningful mediation process to resolve this dispute rather than escalating it,” said BCTF President Susan Lambert. “But given the government’s ongoing refusal to meet us half way, we’re compelled to try to increase the pressure on both our employer and government.” Meanwhile, the provincial government looked to expedite the Education Improvement Act, introduced Tuesday afternoon by George Abbott, minister of education. It includes the

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imposition of a "cooling off period," a mediator to facilitate bargaining, and the implementation of a new $165-million Learning Improvement Fund. If the bill is passed, the LRB ruling will be null and void, and the bill will be the law of the day. That could take a week or longer to pass through legislature. Abbott said Thursday it is up to teachers whether they refuse to work for one, two or three days next week. Schools will be open, and it's up to parents if they want to send children to school, he said. The LRB ruling prohibits picket lines, allowing unionized support staff to go to work. Administrators will supervise students, but normal instruction will not take place. news@ahobserver.com


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Harrison Fire Department was called to the Harrison Beach Hotel on Saturday afternoon, due to a faulty smoke detector in the hotel’s HVAC system. The department was also called out on Sunday, when a woman was stuck in the elevator at the Echo Beach Condos. They opened the door to assist her out, and all was fine, reports Fire Chief Don Labossiere. CORNELIS LOOS PHOTO

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The B.C. government is terminating its generic drug purchase agreement with provincial pharmacy groups after savings to the Pharmacare program fell short of expectations. Health Minister Mike de Jong said the three-year agreement with the B.C. Pharmacy Association and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores will end April 1, a year early. "We negotiated an agreement on a certain set of expectations, savings to be sure, to Pharmacare and to the purchasers of drugs in B.C., and they have not been realized," de Jong told reporters at the legislature Wednesday. "Of the

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roughly $69 or $70 million in savings the parties had agreed would be realized over the first two years, we're about $36 million short." De Jong said legislation will be presented soon to end the agreement, in which Pharmacare bought generic equivalent drugs in bulk on behalf of insured patients for a fraction of the cost of the original brand-name medicines. The agreement called for the price of generic drugs to decline to 40 per cent of the original patented medicines by this year. De Jong said generic drug manufacturers have insisted on many more exceptions to the price cap than the health ministry expected, eroding the savings from Pharmacare pur-

chases. Pharmacare buys more than $300 million worth of generic drugs a year, and seniors and other patients buy another $500 million worth directly or through their medical coverage. De Jong declined to comment on B.C. following the lead of Ontario to end the practice of pharmaceutical companies paying rebates to drug stores to stock their brands of generic drugs. The health ministry conducted market tests and found it could buy equivalent drugs from other suppliers for less than those offered under the agreement. It began delisting the more expensive drugs for a year and then decided to end the agreement.

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Laughter and learning through song United We Sing provides a place for everyone to sing Singing is one of the most natural ways we express ourselves. But not everyone feels that they are worthy of an audience. Not so, say the members of United We Sing. They are an outreach program where folks from the community gather for an hour of fun, whether they feel they can sing or not. United We Sing is the brainchild of Jill Last, who also plays the organ and piano for services, often while conducting said services. Last says she wanted to have an afternoon each month, where music loves could get together and

sing. So, in the fall of 2010, United We Sing was born. Singer Jean May says the group has been a success because of Last’s enthusiasm. “It really caught on because of Jill,” she says. “Her love of music, her energy and sense of humour are contagious, and soon participants were being divided into groups and singing such things as rounds.” No matter what they’re singing, it’s with a smile on their faces — most of all, the conductor’s. “This often causes laughter because of Jill’s facial expressions,” May says.

Having four groups singing rounds can be amusing, she adds, but not always harmonious. But this is a group that doesn’t shy away from trying their best, and they chalk it up to a learning experience. Karrie Matthews joined in as a piano accompanist, with a wide knowledge of songs, too. After putting in an hour of singing together, they all troop over to the church hall for refreshments and fellowship. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. at United Church, and is always welcoming new faces.

Hope’s best and only church choir Some members of Hope Church have been heard to say that their choir is the best one in Hope. Best, worst, or so-so, all would be true as it is the only regular church choir in Hope. Some of the members were, at one time, members of the Hope Ladies Choir that disbanded years ago. That choir was responsible for an annual concert and the Carol Festival that was held at the Coquhalla School. Weeks before the big night, participants were busy practicing duets, solos, school bands and choirs from

different churches and other groups. This concert was so popular due to the variety of Christmas music and especially the children’s choirs. Who doesn’t get a kick out of watching the children up on stage, dressed in their best, grinning, being totally natural and singing their hearts out? It was a special night indeed. It is thanks to the special dedication of people like Addie Murphy, who refused to let the tradition die, that we continue to enjoy our Christmas music at what we now call the Christmas Concert.

Murphy is also responsible, along with Muriel McMullan, for forming the Hope Community Choir, which includes most of the United Church choir and other interested persons in the community. Under the direction of Jill Last, with Karrie Matthews accompanying on the piano, the choir meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the United Church. The group sang at the concert in December at the Baptist Church, and are now practicing for a spring concert to be held some time in April. The music is chosen

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with an ear to what would be most enjoyable to sing and be heard. There are tunes from movies, Broadway show tunes, country music, gospel and spiritual songs. Not all the songs are known to the choir but with the excellent leadership of Jill Last, they soon become familiar. It helps to be able to read music but no one would be turned away for lack of that skill. The choir has a number of singers in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections but would be happy to have more. – submitted by Jean May

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Salish Sucker to be protected by SARA Open house draws politicians, farmers and environment stewards Jessica Peters

Miami River, Mountain Slough and Agassiz slough, but in small numbers. Pearson has been studying the fish for several years, and said they started to tag them. The sloughs run through residential and agricultural areas throughout Harrison and Agassiz, and Tuesday night’s meeting brought out a number of residents with different concerns. Many council members from both communities took in the open house, along with local farmers and environmental advocates. They were asked to fill out surveys, take away information, and chat with the representatives available. Last January, DFO held a meeting in the same location, but with a presentation format, and question and answer period. While that meeting dealt with a recovery plan for the Salish Sucker, this meeting dealt with the action plan. Similar meetings have been held in neighbouring communities over the last week. The role of a SARA

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DFO representatives were in Harrison Hot Springs on Tuesday night to discuss future practices in and along Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs sloughs and ditches. An open house was held at the Ramada (formerly the Executive Inn) and about a half dozen reps manned information stations about the Species at Risk Recovery Act. The act is in development stages, and DFO has been seeking input throughout the process. The SARA outlines critical habitat for aquatic species, particularly the Salish Sucker and the Nooksack Dace. It also prohibits any activity that would harm that critical habitat. The Salish Sucker is currently endangered, and found in local sloughs. Biologist Mike Pearson was on hand for the open house to discuss the Salish Sucker with attendees. The small fish lives in a handful of waterways in the Fraser Valley, including the

order is to protect critical habitat. Once land is determined critical habitat, SARA requires that the critical habitat of an aquatic species be legally protected. When a SARA order is issued, it triggers Section 58 of the act, which prohibits destruction of the critical habitat. Destruction of critical habitat can result in charges under SARA. Activities such as removing plants, building a bridge or a dam, or disposing of damaging materials in the stream would be prohibited. For more information on SARA orders, visit www.pac.dfo-mpo. gc.ca/saraconsultations. news@ahobserver.com

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Nearly one year and some 75 bargaining sessions later, Victoria and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation are not even remotely close to settling a new collective agreement. The provincial government is now poised to legislate a settlement. It was a predictable outcome, considering the teachers’ union was demanding a 15 per cent wage increase over three years, as well as other stratospheric benefits, such as 10 weeks bereavement leave for the death of a friend, and 26 weeks of paid leave to care for a sick person – family, friend or otherwise. In the present challenging economic climate, and given the fact that other public sector unions have accepted zero per cent contracts, the BCTF is clearly in fantasy land. Now the sabre-rattling has begun, with the union talking about the possibility of a full strike. That should settle any doubt in the public’s mind as to the intent of a serious escalation in job action, which up to now has seen teachers declining to do certain administrative tasks, such as filling out report cards. This is not “about the children,” as the BCTF keeps insisting. This is another political fight between the provincial government and the teachers’ union – another dreary chapter of dysfunctional contract negotiation in which the Liberals and the NDP before them legislate settlements in all but one occasion since 1996. Next week's planned three-day strike will not be in the best of interest of the kids. – Abbotsford News

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Taxing times for the B.C. government B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher Before this week’s budget debate is drowned out by the shouting over the teachers’ dispute, here’s a look at the main points and the arguments unfolding around them. The setting for Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s first budget is what he dreaded when Premier Christy Clark handed him the job. Recovery is painfully slow, with mining and petroleum growing and forest products struggling to hold and build on gains made in Asia. This and the $3 billion dismantling of the harmonized sales tax moved Falcon to limit overall spending growth to an average of two per cent for the next three years. That means little or no increase

to all areas except health care, education and social assistance. Despite holding the line on public service pay and not replacing 2,000 positions over the next three years, Clark and Falcon had to postpone the elimination of the 2.5-per-cent small business income tax to get to a balanced budget by 2013. And Falcon has again dangled the prospect of raising general corporate income tax from 10 to 11 per cent, but not until 2014. Business experts applauded the hard line on spending, noting the contrast with Alberta’s big spending and Ontario’s big spending hangover. NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston says Falcon’s two-per-cent spending target is “unrealistic,” and the whole program is motivated mostly by two byelections this year and a general election next year. He said the proposal to raise general business

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taxes is a repeat of his effort to save the HST, and it won’t happen if the B.C. Liberals win in 2013. B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins made the bizarre claim that it’s an NDP-style “tax and spend” budget, and inaccurately

“Business experts applauded the hard line on spending, noting the contrast with Alberta’s big spending...

accused Falcon of raising taxes on small business. He also joined the NDP chorus of outrage over ICBC, BC Hydro and medical premium increases. Some other hot topics in the budget: n Selling assets. The big one

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here is B.C.’s liquor wholesaling monopoly, run out of warehouses in Kamloops and Vancouver. Falcon insists the private sector does this kind of work more efficiently, and union contracts will be protected in a bidding process. The NDP argues that selling off a monopoly puts this government cash cow at risk, and points to private retail stores with higher prices and lower wages. The proposed sale of 100 surplus Crown properties has raised cries of “selling the silverware to buy groceries.” But land sales are nothing new for governments, and Falcon prefers that to raising taxes. n Carbon tax. The last scheduled increase goes ahead in July, adding another penny on a litre of gasoline, followed by a freeze and review of the whole climate program. Ralston says the climate plan is “in tatters,” along with dozens of other policy areas

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Mailbag Seniors must stand up for health care Get educated and protect yourself

Health Canada reports that B.C. has the highest percentage of seniors who cannot afford their medications. Bob Rae, in an interview with the CBC, mentioned that seniors in Ontario who qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement, because they are living below the poverty line, automatically receive a drug card from that provincial government. Here in B.C.,

seniors living below the poverty line have received Fair Pharmacare benefits instead — that is, up until last year. In 2008 and 2009, the Liberal government was illegally taxing the GIS. When this was brought to the attention to the federal finance minister, he ordered the B.C. government to cease and desist. The 2010 taxation forms were changed to exclude the GIS from

taxation. Christy Clark made up for this by canceling the Fair Pharamacare Program from seniors collecting the supplement. How many low income seniors died in 2011 because they could not afford their medication? It was probably not her intent to euthanize these seniors but her inflated ego got in the way of common

sense. After all, a dead low income senior certainly helps her health care budget. With a byelection approaching I would encourage the electorate and especially seniors to carefully weigh their decisions before casting their ballots. Please get out to vote in the important byelection. Your life depends on it. Leonard Hollands

Can't spend what we don't have With all the financial worry going on around the world, I am thankful for our financiallyconservative Liberal government and our recent budget. From Greece and the European Union, to the USA, to Ontario, the stories of financial crisis from over-spending are real, and these crises are drifting evercloser. Our province now seems like a small island of stability in the rough seas of the global

economy. As a small business owner in the tourism industry, I have certainly noticed a decline in both European and American clients in the past two years, all because of declining tourism dollars available from people who live in these two important markets. So, we've had to tighten our belts as a result, as have many other small businesses who have been impacted by

declines in the world economy. We simply can't spend what we don't have, and from the conversations I've had with other folks since the budget was announced, real people seem to understand this. So why are the media and other politicians always so critical? I don't want to return to the mess our province was in when I moved back here in the '90s, when B.C. became a “have-not”

Preserve Sakwi Creek watershed Re: Bales taking steps to learn about Sakwi Creek, Feb. 10, 2012 Just recently I have learned that a power project is being considered for Sakwi Creek. That would be a serious mistake as the Sakwi watershed is one of a very

few, near pristine, old growth forest areas near our homes. Our family has been enjoying walks, fishing and camping here for many years. It is imperative that it not be destroyed. Murray Brown

province. There is a good reason B.C. has the best credit rating available now, and that is because we have been financially prudent for the better part of a decade. Our continued financial prudence today, especially keeping in mind what

is going on in the world around us, will ensure that we'll continue to have a positive future, including health care, education, and all of the benefits we enjoy as British Columbians. Sue VandeVeldeSavola Hope-Othello

I think it is time for Mr. Munro and I to agree to disagree on the subject of smart meters and radio frequency electromagnetic fields and our health. The choice is up to the individual now to make up their own minds about the safety of radio frequency electromagnetic fields and the effects it can have on our health and wellbeing. I know that I have done my research and supplied the people of the Agassiz Harrison area with information sites that they can research on their own. Remember, it is not only smart meters but

your computers, cell phones, microwaves, hydro towers and cell phone towers. There are things that you can purchase to protect yourselves from these problems. A pink salt lamp will soak up the RF EMFs from your computer and there is also several unobtrusive products you can get to shield your cell phone, your microwave or what ever you feel needs protection. Go to the Citizens for Safe Technology web site often and read up on what is new on this subject. Enough said. Kathy Read

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Agassiz and the rest of the Fraser Valley was hit with an extra dose of winter last week, with wet flurries last Friday. The snow was mostly gone by the following day, thanks to more seasonal rain showers, but not before providing picturesque scenes around town, including this one in Pioneer Park. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER

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Winning images will be published online Teens can celebrate Teen Tech Week 2012 throughout March by participating in Fraser Valley Regional Library’s (FVRL) Picture This photo contest running March 5 through 31. Teens can show off their photography skills by snapping shots and entering them to win awesome prizes, including an Apple iPad and $100 Best Buy™ gift cards. The contest is open to teens aged 13 to 19 who have FVRL cards and live or work in a community that FVRL serves. “This fun contest allows teens to engage with the library through technology and through our Facebook page,” says Jo-Ann Sleiman, FVRL Information Services Librarian and contest coordinator. “It’s a great way for teens who

are current members of FVRL to learn more about all the cool free resources and programs that we offer them. This contest is also a great incentive for those teens who haven’t yet become FVRL members to come in and get their free library card.” Teens can submit up to five of their best photos. Winners will be chosen by a panel of FVRL staff and guest judges on April 6. Winning photos will be published on FVRL’s Facebook page, along with announcements on Twitter and www. fvrl.ca. For more information, including photo categories, contest rules and instructions, visit the Picture This – Teen Photo Contest tab on FVRL’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ FraserValleyLibrary.

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Learning to love super foods Volunteers helping to expose children to healthier options Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

Creating a delicious snack from nutritious ingredients is an art form, mixed with a dash of chemistry and a pinch of good luck. But it’s also a skill that not everyone has mastered, thanks in part to an influx of pre-packaged treats and meals so readily available. But some students at Kent and Harrison Hot Springs elementary schools have been learning how to roll up their sleeves, and dive into a healthier diet. At Kent last week, that meant creating a fresh batch of Super Food Cookies — made with local eggs, local flour, chia seeds, flax and dark

chocolate. They measured the flour, and mixed the eggs. They scooped the butter and scraped the bowls. But most importantly, they learned a few things about healthy eating. The class is led by two volunteers from the community, Miel Bernstein and Carmen Swaine. Both are trained culinary experts, and mothers, who decided to go into local schools as a way to introduce children to healthier food options. They have visited Harrison elementary regularly, and have just started visiting Kent elementary. On Friday morning, Bernstein brought

Mamadou Diarra scoops cookie dough onto a baking sheet at Kent elementary school.

in a few different types of flour for the kids to smell, commercial flour and fresh local flour. “But how different could the two smell?” the kids wondered. The answer: Very different. While the commercial flour had a stale, “off ” smell, the fresh ground flour filled the room with the smell of warm, baked bread. And while not all the kids appreciated the difference — and some even preferred the familiar smell of commercial flour — the idea behind the program is simply to introduce healthier options. And Bertnstein and Swaine’s hope is that with enough exposure to these foods, they’ll

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Donations needed to help new food program From 10

and other nuts are a good source of healthy fats. eventually chose healthier options. But they also learned about super “Our thought is you plant the seed foods, a lesson that many Canadians with the kids,” Swaine said. are starting to pay attention to, as But there is no budget for the program, and it runs entirely on dona- well. Things like blueberries that protions from the community and the vide antioxidants are super foods. two women’s pantries. They’ve had And the cookies they just made, donations come in from bumper crops, and even the wheat they used that were just about ready, were filled in their Super Food Cookies came with super foods — three of them. Chia seeds, flax seeds and even the from one of the school’s teacher’s lodark chocolate, all have health bencal farms. They are hoping for more dona- efits and are easy to put into things tions to come, in the form of cash like cookies, muffins, and even smoothies. to buy healthy ingreSo, did the kids dients, or for equiplike their Super Food ment that could be “Our thought is you Cookies? On this day, used. not so much. For the cookies, plant the seed with While a couple they used the donatthe kids” gobbled their cookies ed wheat, and a brand up, the others pushed new mixing stand doCarmen Swaine the cookies around nated by a parent. their plates, unsure of As the kids sat a what to do with them. roundtable in the It turns out something wasn’t meahallway, waiting for their cookies to bake, they talked about other healthy sured right, somewhere along the way. snack options. But that’s all part of the learning, a They learned that a good mix of coloured vegetables and fruits will part of science, and all part of masoffer up many of the vitamins their tering the culinary arts. bodies need in a day. They learned news@ahobserver.com that not all fat is bad fat, and almonds Stay informed! Find us online, all the time:

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Readman and La Mottee play Harrison Memorial Hall This St. Patrick’s Day, get ready to don your Celtic pride. The Harrison Festival Society has booked Tim Readman and Out Of The Green, featuring Celtic fiddler Shona La Mottee. The show will be on Saturday, March 17 at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Vancouver’s Tim Readman is a musician, folksinger, songwriter, producer and music journalist, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is the former leader of Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking and has played for years with The Arrogant Worms. He also plays guitar, sings and writes with ace Celtic fiddler Shona Le Mottee. He has produced a number of CDs for other folk acts. The folks at the Vancouver Folk Festival have said “there are a lot of people who play folk music. Tim Readman is folk music … He

knows which side he is on and why. He also understands how an artist and their music can bring a room together and make everyone feel welcome.” Readman writes for Canada’s folk roots magazine Penguin Eggs. He was the Artistic Director for the 2008 and 2009 CelticFest Vancouver and is still with them as performer, musical host and MC. He has an extensive repertoire of original songs and can also perform everything from traditional murder ballads to more contemporary material by artists as diverse as The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and Madonna. He can entertain in any setting, from concert hall to campfire and makes people laugh at every show. In Readman’s band will be long-time collaborator, fiddler Shona La Mottee. Born on the Island of Jersey in the English Channel,

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Canadian Juno Award in 1998 for The Best Roots and Traditional Album - Group category. In 1998/99, Shona performed with Micheal Flatley’s Lord of the Dance in Las Vegas and Orlando. She has also performed and recorded with five-time World Champions the SFU Scottish Pipe Band, West African folk musician Alpha YaYa Dialo, Irish party bands The Town Pants and The Pat Chessel Band, and Celtic Folk band, Mad Pudding. Shona has taught

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Street lighting came to Agassiz in 1931 History of energy in B.C. a good reminder to use power wisely Heritage Week was Feb. 20-26, and this year’s theme is “Energy in BC: A Powerful Past, a Sustainable Future.” The following special report has been prepared by the Agassiz Harrison Historical Society as a tribute to Energy, its importance to people in the Agassiz Harrison Valley, and how our early settlers harnessed energy to improve their lives. In 1916 the Agassiz Garage was sold to Duncan McRae who rented part to the Chilliwack Electric Company for installation of the first Delco light plant in Agassiz. Public power had finally come to Agassiz. This plant was soon relocated shortly after 1918 to the back of the E.J.Webb property, later called the Baumfield building. Now two Delco engines were installed by R. Marsh of Chilliwack. However, by 1922 the Delco plants were replaced by a generating plant built at Hammersley Mountain, with the water supply coming from Stacey Lake which

had been dammed to a height of 15 feet. A 50 kilowatt generator and 4.5 miles of power line serviced the district. But demand for power continued to grow and on Feb. 1, 1930 the BC Electric Railway Company bought the interests of the Chilliwack Electric Company and supplied power first from the Hammersley hydro plant, until it switched over to bringing power from the Chilliwack sub-station via a submarine cable under the Fraser River on May 11, 1931. When high water destroyed this cable in July 1931, overhead lines were erected, crossing the river from the Chilliwack side. By 1931 street lighting came to Pioneer Ave. and in 1939 ornamental and decorative Christmas lighting were installed there. The electrical supply got a boost in the 1950s when the BC government began building dams in the province. From 1953 to 1957 the BC Electric Company

hired about 400 men to build high tension lines over 700 steel towers at a cost of $15,000,000, from the Bridge River generating plant down near the north end of Harrison Lake, following the west shore of the lake, through the District of Kent and over to join the Wahleach generating station at Jones Lake near Bridal Falls. The power then went on to Vancouver. This route follows part of the old Cariboo trail built by the miners in 1858. Since that first line was built, many more electrical transmission links have been built in BC, with several major lines now marching across Seabird Island and through the District of Kent, bringing power from dams in northern BC. Another energy source which had a big impact on our valley is the natural gas pipeline. Started in 1952, the West Coast Transmission Company laid 650 miles of 30 inch pipe from the Peace River at Fort Saint John. Nearly

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A 1972 ice storm caused havoc on the water around Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs, as shown in this clipping from an Agassiz Advance.

15 miles pass through the District of Kent, crossing the Fraser River using the new Agassiz Rosedale

Bridge built in 1956. A meter station on Tranmer Road provided gas for distribution in the Agas-

siz Harrison area. Local customers first started to enjoy natural gas on Sept. 9, 1957.

As we become more dependent on energy for our comforts, we must never forget the lessons of the past. In developing a higher standard of living it is prudent to remember that nature still has the upper hand, and we must take steps to ensure we can survive when nature reminds us who is boss. Energy is necessary but there are drawbacks to becoming too reliant on it. Besides, power sources must be renewable and sustainable or we risk having no power again, just like we did during the winter storms of the past. Postscript: It has been mentioned that with all the dairy cows in this area, perhaps we should be taking another look at the gas they produce. We may have another home-grown source of power right here in Agassiz and Harrison! (Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a series that began last week. For the entire story, visit us online at www.ahobserver.com.)

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The Hemlock ski team tasted some high-level competition at the recent BC Winter Games in Vernon.

Four Hemlock Ski Team members raced against the best K1 level (11-12 years) skiers in the province at the BC Winter Games. The Games were held at Silverstar Ski Resort near Vernon Feb. 24-26. Katrina Voss of Port Moody had the best finish for the team when she placed 23rd out of 50 skiers in the inaugural K1 Ski Cross race. Accompanying Katrina on the ski team were Jason Forster of Coquitlam, Megan Kardoes of Abbotsford, and Lena Liljedahl of Port Moody. Additional highlights for the

team included joining the other 1400 athletes for the parade into the Opening Ceremonies, watching the torch being lit and being part of a mini-Olympic style sports event that showcased the best athletes in the province. Hemlock Resort is celebrating its 42nd year as a ski resort and is proud to be a host venue for the upcoming 2014 BC Winter Games. For more information about the Hemlock Ski Club, its Nancy Greene program or its ski racing program, visit www.hemlockskiclub.com.

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Gift store ________________________________ Flower shop ______________________________ Outdoor or hobby store _____________________ Books/information venue ____________________ Health & wellness store _____________________ Pet care store _____________________________ Agriculture based business ___________________ Toy/hobby store ___________________________ Vision/eye care store _______________________ Handcrafted gift store ______________________

The Best Services: Cleaning company _________________________ Manicure/pedicure salon ____________________ Hair salon or stylist ________________________ Massage/facial/spa treatment salon ____________ _________________________________________ Computer care ____________________________ Financial services/accountant/bookkeeper ______ _________________________________________ Tire shop ________________________________ Oil change/automotive shop _________________ Chiropractic or alternative health care _________ _________________________________________ Realtor __________________________________ Childcare provider _________________________ Dentist __________________________________ Physician ________________________________ Tattoo shop ______________________________ Travel agent ______________________________ Pharmacy ________________________________ Photographer _____________________________ Car dealer _______________________________ Pet groomer ______________________________

All Things...ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, SPORTS & LEISURE The Best: Movie/game rental store ____________________ Local musician(s)/entertainer(s) ______________ _________________________________________ Art store/gallery ___________________________ Workout/health activity venue _______________ _________________________________________ Golf course _______________________________ Walking trail _____________________________ Outdoor adventure _________________________ Place to play ______________________________

All Things... AROUND TOWN The Best: Place to meet for business ___________________ Boss ____________________________________ Employee ________________________________ Teacher __________________________________ Seniors' services ___________________________ Deal ____________________________________ Place to go on a first date ____________________ Community partner ________________________ Place to go for a drink ______________________ Place for entertainment _____________________ Community event _________________________ Reason to live in Agassiz ____________________ Reason to live in Harrison ___________________ Reason to live in Hope _____________________ Place to take company ______________________ Small Business ____________________________ Green/Earth friendly business ________________ Not-for-profit company _____________________ Part of the Agassiz Fall Fair & Corn Festival ____ _________________________________________

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Your Choice (one you can't fit in the other categories) _________________________________________ _________________________________________

Entrant’s name: _______________________ *email: ______________________________ *phone: _____________________________ Bring your entries in to the Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer office at 7167 Pioneer Avenue (after hours: can be submitted through the mail slot in the door) before March 12th at 4 pm. The winners special feature will be published in the March 30th edition of the Observer. * You will only be contacted if you have won a reader prize.

Eligible businesses must be in Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Rosedale, Chilliwack or Hope.


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

LOCAL EVENTS and Storytime with Crackle. Crackle the library crow and Terrill have stories in, Drop am. 10:15 at Friday Every fun for preschoolers and their families. free and a lot of fun. el 4. Play Lions TV Bingo! every Thursday 6-7 pm on Shaw Cable Chann or are” Hardw x “Ledou Tickets may be purchased at “That Store in Agassiz”, “Chehalis General Store”. great Hooked on Books: Agassiz – Harrison Library Book Club. Prepare for a g on discussion on “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert for the meetin Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 pm at the Agassiz Library. We’re making up sure there is enough copies to go around this month, so please pick , spring early an for g your book now! We’ll be Eating great snacks, Prayin and copy and Loving the bookish conversation! Come on by, pick up your be part of this drop-in, no-membership required club.

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LEARN TO DRAGONBOAT Spirit Abreast Dragonboat Team invites survivors Sp ors & supporters to an informative meeting.

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GROUP 2 OF 4 Agassiz Monday Painters est.1961. Meet every Monday from 11am-3pm at Agassiz United Church. FMI call Linda 604-7945554 Better Beginnings: Pre/post natal education, nutrition and support. Lunch & childcare provided. Tues. 10:30am to 12:30pm. 7272 Morrow Road. FMI call Louisa at 604-796-0313 Bigfoot Toastmasters Club meets at 7pm every Monday evening at the Christian Reformed Church hall, 7452 Morrow Rd. Visitors always welcome. Agassiz contact: Sam Steenhuus 604-701-9068 Bingo – TUESDAYS Hosted by Agassiz Agricultural & Horticultural Assocation, Doors open at 5pm. Agricultural Pavilion. Agassiz. 604-796-9075 Coffee Break/Story Hour - a weekly Bible Study for ladies and children 0-5. Weds 9:30a.m. Agassiz Christian Reformed Church on Morrow Road. FMI call 604796-9474 Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) is an advocacy group devoted to improving “The Quality of Life” for all seniors. FMI call Ernie Bayer @ 604-5769734 or email ecbayer@shaw.ca

March 12/2012 at DECADES COFFEE SHOP, M P,, on Wellington in Chilliwack. All ages welcome to come & discover this fun and energizing sport. Spirit Abreast Dragon Boat Team Contacts: Jean: 604 792 6259 Gisele: 604 858 2239

Divorce Care Program presented by Mountainview Community Church. FMI call Guy at 796-0244 or email agassizdivorcecare@hotmail.com Harrison Community Social Club Dropin every Thurs at Harrison Hot Springs Memorial Hall, 10 am: cards, darts, games & coffee. Contact Jacquie 604-796-3105 or Suzanne 604-796-1269 Harrison Hikers Group offers 4 levels of hikes every Wed(easy, light, moderate, strenuous) FMI call Ruth Altendorf 604796-2084 Friendship House Nickel Bingo on Monday at 1 pm, Tuesday Bridge at 12:30 pm, Cribbage at 1 pm, Sit and Be Fit 10:30 am Monday and Friday, Drop-in Floor Curling 7 pm Thursday Kidz @ the Cross - Harrison Elementary - Thursdays 6 - 7:30 pm Grades 4, 5 & 6 Registration & team leader - Carol Cartmell 604-793-0171 or gospelbrass@ shaw.ca Crafts • Games • Lesson

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In wake of recent disasters, are we prepared? It was back in 1979 — we still lived in Brampton, Ont. — when one night we woke up to a loud rumble, seemingly coming from the roof of our house. We decided that it must have been an animal crossing over, turned around and went back to sleep, blissfully unaware that at 11:53 p.m. a Canadian Paific freight train of 106 cars, carrying a deadly load of explosives, propane, chlor and other nasty things, had derailed at the intersection of Mavis Road and Dundas St. in Mississauga. One car, carrying propane, had exploded and ruptered several others, thus causing the evacuation of the entire city. Early the next morning, it was Sunday, Nov. 11, the phone rang. It was a friend who asked if he and his family could come to stay with us. “Of course,” we said, but what happened? “I wlll tell you later,” he said, “but in the meantime turn on the TV.” We did and what we saw was eerie: The train, a silent menace that could at any time explode again, releasing deadly gases. The city itself, abandoned and empty, the last patients of the Mississauga General Hospital being transferred to other hospitals at that moment! Our friends had arrived, tired and worried. Like everybody else they had to leave their house without delay and spend the night at “Square One”, a large shopping centre and Mississauga’s No. 1 emergency shelter in those days. In the morning they were told to find temporary homes with relatives and friends away from their

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Harrison Happenings city. They stayed with us for two weeks. Nothing more happened but they were only allowed to return after the hazmat crews of those days had done their job and the dangerous load had been taken care of. It was a wake-up call of great proportions. Even now, so many years after, the evacuation of Mississauga is still used as a training tool for emergency exercises. This past January, when an electrical substation in Sardis blew up and was on fire, it all came back to me. Granted, except for a short outage of electricity, we did not have to deal with anything here in Harrison Hot Springs. For the people in Sardis, however, it was a different story and when Elisabeth, my neighbour came over, we both wondered if this would happen here — are we prepared? I think she was surprised when I told her that my bathbub is always filled with water and that I also have several gallons of distilled drinking water on hand at all times. We both knew the rule of what food to use in what sequence: fridge, freezer, canned, dried. There was wood cut and stacked in our carport for the Franklin Stove in case of emergency. In my bedroom I have a flashlight,

whistle and a landline telephone on the night table, an eight-hour emergency light and matches nearby. I was not so happy, however, when I realized that I lately had neglected to have my overnight bag ready. Especially since I realized that for the people in Mississauga back then, it was actually the one and only item of importance! To remedy the situation, I made up a list of all things necessary and I will make sure that they are in place. It might not be perfect but it will be a beginning and will also go a long way in case of an emergency. Note: The next Emergency Preparedness Week will be during May 1-7 — a perfect chance to update ourselves! List of What We All Should Have Ready: 1. Whistle, flashlight, wristwatch 2. Emergency lights, matches 3. Containers filled with water for sanitary purposes 4. Five gallons drinking water - distilled 5. Extra food, especially dried and canned 6. Wood stove, cut wood 7. Knowledge of a) how to turn water off and on and b) where the fuse box is situated, etc. 8. Emergency overnight bag: sturdy pants, T-shirt, sweater, socks, underwear, P.J.s, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, flashlight, whistle, list of contact addresses, paper and pen, money (coins also), small first aid kit 9. List of contact addresses 10. Some money, coins 11. A battery-operated radio 12. First aid kit

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Vern & Millie Morrow are pleased to announce the engagement of their son:

Eric Vernon to Sara Johansson Daughter of Tommy & Ritva Johansson of Oskarshamn, Sweden.

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Vern & Millie Morrow are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter:

Heidi Lynn to Landon Hood Son of Don & Shawna Hood of Rosseau, Ontario.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Wade Whorly at the age of 97 years, shortly before his 98th birthday. Wade was born in Vancouver, BC. He was the eldest of seven children. He was predeceased by his parents, Allan and Florence (Owens) Whorley, his two sisters, Kathleen Kleaman and Florence Milstead, and brother Donald Whorley. He is also WHORLY pre-deceased by two of his children, son Rae at seven and one-half months; and daughter, Diane Beral at 33 years; and two great-grandsons: Craig McNeil and Dallas Hardy. Special note: Wade’s brother, Richard Whorley, of Lancaster, Calif., also passed away on February 3, 2012, just four hours after our father. Wade is survived by his loving wife, Alisen (Caughlin) of 76 years of marriage. Alisen resides in Agassiz, BC. Wade is also survived by four of their six children; daughter, Merna Root (Bob) of Blaine, WA; son Garet of Chilliwack, BC, son Keray (Jessie) of Cultus Lake, BC; and daughter Robbin Hnatiw (Dan) of Campbell River, BC. Wade is also survived by his brother Allan (Dolly) of Salt Spring Island, BC, and half-brother David White (Jackie) of Coquitlam, BC. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Surviving as well are eight grandchildren: Linda (Beral) McNeil of Agassiz, BC, Tammie (Beral) Hardy of Harrison Mills, BC, Tracie (Beral) Tymchyshyn of Regina, SK, Barbara (Nowak) Elsik, of Magnolia, TX, Monica (Nowak) Mattei of Round Rock, TX, Bradley Whorly, of Alberta, Shannon Whorly; Luvena (Bartsoff) Bredick of Salmon Arm, BC; plus four step-grandchildren: Robert Root Jr. of Paso Robles, CA, Jana Hnatiw of Campbell River, BC, Paul Hnatiw, of Ontario, and Darcy Powis, of Gibbons, Alberta. Wade is survived by 21 great-grandchildren; 11 great-greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild. Wade and Alisen married in 1935 in Vancouver and in 1941 moved to Agassiz to try their hand at farming and remained here ever since, except for two years when they resided in Vernon, BC. Wade, together with his wife and children made a success of dairy farming and growing green market table corn. In 1967 the Whorly corn was shipped to Expo ’67 in Montreal! In the 1961 Agassiz fall fair and corn festival, Wade was crowned Corn King. Wade also drove school bus for 26 years for the District of Kent in Agassiz. He was well remembered and recognized all thru the years by many of the school children who rode his bus as well as their children. Wade had many interests besides farming which included being a “jack of all trades” discussing politics, world events, studying free space, and especially his 43 years of studying the Bible and how Bible prophecies related to present-day world events and what they revealed about the future. He had an incredible mind that was still contemplating all his favourite interests up until shortly before his death. He was anticipating the birth of his coming great-grandson Nash, who was due February 21 (one day after Wade’s 98th birthday). Nash was born Feb. 18, 2012. Wade loved his family very much and appreciated all they did to help him these past years while his physical health declined. Wade also appreciated very much the close relationships he and Alisen developed with the treasured friends and neighbours who made up the wonderful community of Agassiz that he cared for so much these past 70 years. The Whorly family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for all the caring efforts from both Logan Manor and Glenwood Care Centre this past year. Also, we would like to thank Brad at Henderson’s Funeral Home in Chilliwack, and all their attentive staff for their caring attention they gave us all in connection with the lovely service which was held on February 9, 2012 in their Chapel. Wade was laid to rest at Valleyview Cemetery, Agassiz. We wish to thank all for the kind words of support during this most difficult time. Your concern and affection has been much appreciated by all the Whorly Family. Henderson’s Funeral Homes & Crematorium Ltd. 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack • (604) 792.1344

Wedding to take place in June 2012, at Minter Gardens.

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DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

Class 1 Drivers & Owner Operators BC & Alberta Runs Local O/O’s require TLS

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CLASS 1 DRIVERS WANTED! Sign bonus $2000 for Owner/op ph: 604-598-3498/fax: 604-598-3497

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COMPETITIVE WAGES!

Send resume & “N” print abstract Fax: 1-888-778-3563 or E-mail: jobs@bstmanagement.net or Call: 604-214-3161 Exp’d TRUCK DRIVER wanted for BC runs. Exc wages, benefits & equipment + weekends home. Fax or email resume & drivers abstract 604-513-8004 or tridem@telus.net

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FINDLAY, William Robert November 30, 1949 February 10, 2012

Bob passed away peacefully in Chilliwack General Hospital with his wife Sharon by his side. He is survived by his loving wife Sharon and sons Jason and Justin (Charlene), grandchildren Paige and Jack, and mother Dorothy (Dot). Bob was predeceased by his father Jack and sister Barbara. A celebration of life will be held on March 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm at the Agassiz United Church, 6860 Lougheed Hwy, Agassiz, BC. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the charity of your choice. Special thanks to Dr. L. MacIntosh. Bob enriched many lives and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Star Fleet Trucking HIRING!! DRIVERS, FARMERS, RANCHERS & RETIREES with 2003 or newer 1-Ton duallie, diesel; pickups & 8’box to deliver new travel trailers & fifth wheels from US manufacturers to Canadian dealers. Free IRP plate for your truck and low insurance rates! Prefer commercial Driver’s License. Top Pay! Call Craig 1-877-890-4523 www.starfleettrucking.com

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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

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR TRAINING Get Practical Skills That Get Jobs Vancouver Island University training for over 50 years, No simulators. Low student / instructor ratio. 1-888-920-2221 ext: 6130 www.viu.ca/ heavyequipment

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TRAIN TO BE AN Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 31 years of success! Government certified. www.RMTI.ca or 1-800-665-8339, 604-681-5456.

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An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780723-5051 ASPHALT PAVING Personnel Required: Paving contractor in the beautiful BC Interior requires paving personnel for all aspects of Asphalt Laydown. Applicants should have minimum 1 years’ experience in Highway, Commercial and Residential Paving, although candidates with construction experience will be considered for training. Please forward resume to paverswanted@yahoo.ca.

Carpenter-Joiner needed for Westeck Windows Mfg. Inc. $ 22.00 -25.00 hourly - 40 hrs. per week. Send resumes to 8104 Evans Parkway Chilliwack, British Columbia V2R 5R8, apply by email at westeckjobs@hotmail.com or by fax at (604) 792-6714.

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Modern Tire & Towing requires a full time Tow Truck Driver in Agassiz. We provide a multi-level training program, attractive commission program, benefits & more.

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Cheam Village, a care facility located siz, just 15 mins. Chilliwack has the position available:

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Casual Recreation Therapist: The successful candidate will be energetic, outgoing and able to work with a flexible schedule. Must to able to work weekends and have related experience in activities and/or training preferred. Please fax your resume to 604.796.1863 or email jklody@valleycare.info

DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: kkurtze@vivint.com Visit: www.vivint.ca SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email: chrysler@telusplanet.net.

UP TO $20/HR We need 12 CSR reps now!

PAID training. F/T Hours Benefits after 6 months Must be outgoing!!! ERICA @ 604-777-2195

Must have a safe and courteous attitude towards driving, a clean driver's abstract, excellent customer service skills. Must be a team player, must have the ability to perform shift work and work weekends. E-Mail resume to: brenda@moderntire.ca or Call 604 796 2611 Ext. #4 or drop off resume at 1756 #9 Hwy, Agassiz. 130

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TRADES, TECHNICAL

WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset 1st & 2nd Pressmen. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume: et@webcoleduc.com.

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EXPERIENCED Emergency Medical Technician/Level III First Responder willing to also work as Camp Attendant/Cook’s Help/Laborer, June-August, 25-man trailer camp, pay DOE. Serious inquiries only. linda@ethosgeo.com

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HOLIDAY Retirement is seeking pairs of motivated managers for our Independent Senior Living communities. You’ll have the chance to work alongside your partner, receive a competitive salary and excellent benefits. The ideal duo is team-oriented, with sales experience. Please apply on-line at www.holidaytouch.com or send resumes for both to myfuture@holidaytouch.com.

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This Is A Real Opportunity to make over $100,000/year North Delta based international basement waterproofing and crawlspace repair company Basement Systems Vancouver Inc. is GROWING! You will run self-generated and COMPANY PROVIDED high quality leads and close sales. Must have home sales exp. OR come from the residential real estate, window / siding / roofing industries, home inspection, or home improvement industries. Must be able to access confined spaces to do your inspections for quotes. 100% commission based income, offering the highest commissions in the industry. We provide the BEST training, systems, products, and services in the business. We are the biggest and best. A valid Passport is required for travel to training facilities. Reply with Resume as a word or PDF document to

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

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ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in March, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-593-6095.

Trades qualified manual machining background an asset. Afternoon shifts available.

LITERACY OUTREACH COORDINATOR

The Fraser-Cascade Literacy Task Initiative is seeking a coordinator to implement the Fraser Cascade Community Literacy Plan, from Agassiz/Harrison to Boston Bar. Responsibilities: 1. ensure community literacy plan is implemented 2. liaison with stakeholders 3. promote literacy initiatives at all levels The successful candidate will have: • Extensive community knowledge • Established community relationships • Awareness of and familiarity with regional socio-economic issues, especially in regards to literacy and English as a second language • Strong networking and facilitation skills • Excellent organizational skills and self-direction • Strong written and oral communication skills • Good computer skills and ability to navigate social media • Awareness of and sensitivity towards community cultural dynamics • Familiarity with report writing, learning assessments & program evaluation • Relevant post-secondary qualification and/or equivalent experience • Valid BC driver’s license and own transportation

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Required Immediately! Journeyman RV Technician for Kamloops largest RV Dealership. Jubilee RV Centre offers excellent wage compensation, medical & dental benefits, ongoing industry training and year round employment. Come join our team in sunny and warm Kamloops, where you will be appreciated, love our climate and enjoy all our outdoor activities! Please forward your resume to service@jubileerv.com Attention Steve Joyce - Service Manager WORK local! You could commute hours per day to work in the city or, you could work locally at IMW. Make $30-35 per hour plus shift premium as a CNC MACHINIST and $20-25 per hour plus premiums as a OPERATOR, spend more time with your family and earn while you would be driving. Send your resume and cover letter to hr@imw.ca. Only expereinced applicants need apply.

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GRINDER

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Prefer experience in the hard chrome plating industry.

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Knowledge of tools relating to a machine shop. Inventory management, purchasing & computer skills. Knowledge of SAP software is an asset. Competitive Wages & Benefits Package including RRSP Plan. Wartsila Canada supports the Federal Contractors Program as it relates to Employment Equity for Women, Aboriginals, Visible Minorities and Persons with Disabilities. Send/email resume to: Bob.boudreau@wartsila.com 1771 Savage Rd, Richmond, B.C V6V 1R1 Fax: 604-244-1181 www.wartsila.com

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GET PAID TO LOSE WEIGHT. $5,000 For Your Success Story.Personal Image TV Show. Call to Qualify: 416-730-5684 ext 2243. Joanna@mertontv.ca. www.mertontv.ca. HERBAL MAGIC - With Herbal Magic lose up to 20 pounds in just 8 weeks and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Start today call 1-800-854-5176.

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CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977

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CHIHUAHUA / MALTESE PUPS. $425-450. Vet checked, 1st shots. 2F, 2M. Abbotsford 604-866-8727.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

Chihuahua pups, tiny, 2 males, 1 long & 1 short, vet check, deworm, 1st shots, $650. (604)799-1919

COMPUTER SERVICES

Rick’s Computer Services General Repairs & Data Recovery, Trojan’s & Viruses removed. Same day service on all drop offs. Drop by 6438 Lougheed Hwy. (Corner of 7 & 9) 604-796-0538

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ELECTRICAL

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

CUSTOM HOMES

HOME $ENSE - Reno’s / Repairs Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, decks etc. Call for an estimate. 604799-3743. Homesense@shaw.ca

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MOVING & STORAGE

#1 As in movers we trust. Reliable Mini Movers. Same day moves & deliveries. Starting at $45hr + gas. (604)997-0332 / (604)745-7918 1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555.

329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-TECH Services 604-996-8128 Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring, Carpet Cleaning & Maid Service! www.paintspecial.com Northstar Painting Ltd.- The Residential Specialists. BIG jobs, Small jobs - We do it all! Interior and Exterior Projects. Master Painters at Students Rates. WCB Safe, Reliable, Efficient & Quality Paint. 778.344.1069

UPPER FRASER VALLEY

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume with references by March 9 at 2:30 pm to christine@freereinassociates.ca For more information on the Fraser Cascade Literacy Task Initiative, please go to www.wannaread.org

Please call Heinz, Pauline or Brenda at

PH: 604.869.5318

On Site Truck Equipment & Tool Auction rd

Viewing Dates: March 2nd 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m. March 3rd 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. Address: 14730 66th Ave. Surrey, BC (AROUND BACK)

HELP WANTED

MEAT CUTTER SUPER MARKET POSITION

AUCTIONS

Date: March 3 , 2012 Time: 12:00 Noon Auction

LANDSCAPING

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

Now get u p to $800k business or personal loan, with interest rate from 1.9%. Bad credit ok.

PITBULLS ~ PUREBRED. Ready for sale. $500. Vet ✔, 6 weeks old. Call 604-217-2983

509

DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free consultation. www.mydebtsolution.com or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500

LOOKING FOR BUSINESS, PERSONAL OR TITLE LOAN?

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

Since 1972 Dan 778-837-0771

300

LAB cross puppies, vet checked, 1st shots, eager and social $350, 604-823-6739 afternoons/evenings.

TIBETAN MASTIFF puppies. P.B. 8 wks old. Ready to go. Good health. 604-302-5914 or 604-440-3650

• Basement, Kitchen & Bath Remodels • Room Additions • Drywall • Paint • Texture • Finishing • Floors & More

AVOID BANKRUPTCY SAVE UP TO 70% OF YOU DEBT.

GOLDEN Retriever puppies, born Jan. 7th, family raised, very well socialized, 1st shots & deworming included. Mission 604-820-4827.

STANDARD SCHNAUZER pups. 17 - 19” / 30 - 35lbs full grown. $500. each. 604-826-5846 Mission.

High Caliber Construction Repair, Replace, Remodel...

Auto Financing FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-7920599 www.autocreditfast.ca. DLN 30309. Free Delivery.

One affordable monthly payment interest free. For debt restructuring on YOUR terms, not the creditors.

LEGAL SERVICES

Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET

239

PETS

BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies. Vet checked with first shots and ready for new homes. $1,200. 778241-5504. Langley

CRIMINAL RECORD?

PERSONAL SERVICES 173E

220.JUNK(5865)

PETS

Capable of precision grinding. Experience on internal, external and universal grinders.

Accepting applications for a qualified meat cutter. Full-time or part-time position available. Senior or retired meat cutter applications welcomed.

For a full job description or enquiries, please contact: Christine Proulx, Fraser-Cascade Literacy Task Initiative christine@freereinassociates.ca

But Dead Bodies!!

Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988

Trades qualified with good skills. Boring mill experience an asset.

knoke trucking

HELP WANTED

bradsjunkremoval.com

Haul Anything... 604.

MANUAL MACHINIST

Call 1-866-690-3328 or see web site: www.4pillars.ca

130

RUBBISH REMOVAL

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED

SALES

IN-HOME SALES PROFESSIONALS

PERSONAL SERVICES

PARTIAL LIST ONLY Auction Details: As NEW Mac Tool Macsimizer Tool Series Chest (25k AS NEW) HUGE Snap-On Tools Tool Chest, John DEERE Skid Steer bobcat #317, Natural Gas Gensets, 3 large semi truck engines, Pipe Bender w/shoes 1.5”-2.5” , Honda Diesel Genset EX13D, Heavy Duty Truck Parts, 2 4500 w diesel gensets, 6 as new tool boxes full of tools, Gasket and Hollow Punch, Flaring Tools, Oil Filter Wrench Sets, Torpedo Heaters, Workshop Presses, Miller Welder, Ingersoll Rand Impact Guns, 2004 F-350 Crew Cab, rebuilt engine, with new chip, Hyster 50 Forklift, Hyster 2500, 4000 Clark Electric forklift, Toyota 2500lb Electric, Mac Tool Air Conditioner recharging unit, Landa 3500 psi pressure washer, pallet jacks, HYSTER 3000 Forklift, Pipe bender w/shoes 1.5?-2.5?, As New 2 5hp 3ph full size compressors, 3 large air dryers- 1 gates pc707 hose machine with dies 1ph - 2 , 1=2 miller 300 acdc 1ph wire feed machine with gantry feeder. - 1 miller 625 plasma assorted jacks - grinders floor jacks, hero airless paint sprayers with new lines and guns.- Snap on Mac torque wrenchs. - 1 10hp honda pressure washer. - asst Snap-On Mac wrenches sets. - 1 blue star miller 13 hp mobile welder. - 1 ph 100 amp high frequency welder. 1- professional grade pipe. - misc torches - safety equipment.). 1 peca 9 camera surveillance system with cameras. - 2 h beam trolleys. - misc parts bins. - various hand port-apowers, jack stands, jacks ETC.

SO MUCH MUCH too mention!!! (Subject to additions & deletions. Terms: VISA, M/C, AMEX, CASH 15% buyers premium)

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GARDENING

604-294-2331 www.directliquidation.ca

Pruning • Hedging Pressure Washing Call 604-864-1730


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REAL ESTATE

BUILDING SUPPLIES

636

1998 FORD CONTOUR. Only 62,000 kms. Senior driver. A/c, am/fm, auto, $2750. (604)859-6335

FERTILIZERS

2000 CHRYSLER INTREPID, clean, auto, 4 dr. 125,000km. Great shape. $2900. (604)583-1366 2002 OLDSMOBILE Intrigue, 4 dr sedan (lost license). Runs excellent, good tires & battery. AirCare expired. $1500/obo. (604)746-2582

FURNITURE

MATTRESSES staring at $99

2003 Pontiac SunďŹ re, 2dr, auto, 170,km, good cond. 1 owner. $3499. Call (604)792-0246

• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331

560

660 LANGLEY/ALDERGROVE

MISC. FOR SALE

HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? SAWMILLS from only $3997 - MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL OF A DEAL - BUILDING SALE! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.

REAL ESTATE 626

2005 PONTIAC G5, 4 dr. 4 cyl., auto, 87,000km. $5300 obo (604)746-2458

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

2006 BUICK Allure CX. 94K kms. No accd’s, local, garage kept. Exc. cond. $9,300. Abbts 604-855-1335

RENTALS

2007 CHEVROLET Aveo. 1.6 4 cyl. Auto, 100,000kms. Runs well. Good int/ext. $6,200. obo. 604-858-4430

www.dannyevans.ca

706

APARTMENT/CONDO

AGASSIZ 1 bd apt in Woodside Terrace 2nd oor w/ balcony, view of Mt. Cheam, safe & clean building. New appl. Avail now 1st. $580/m + DD. & util. 604-798-5557

NEED A VEHICLE? EASY FINANCE!! Low Payments! $99 Delivers 24 Hour Approval. We Deliver! 3,000 Vehicles to choose. Call Now! Marty 1-888-414-8042. Big Discounts! www.eagleridgegmc.com.

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

AGASSIZ- 2bd apt. new carpet, paint, windows, f/s/dw, laundry in building. N/P, N/S, $700/m + util & DD. 604-796-9168 or 604-702-8132

1990 VOLVO 740 SW. Needs TLC. Aircared. $800. obo. Call (604)9961082

AGASSIZ- 2 BDRM w/ balcony, new paint, March 1, $725, N/S, N/P and refs, 1 yr lease 604-796-1015

2001 NISSAN ALTIMA,103,000 km. No accidents. Local. auto. New brakes & tires.$4400. 778-241-6086

Agassiz- Roomy, bright studio, large kitchen, new  & paint, Mar 1, $475 or $550 furn. N/S, N/P ref. 604-796-1015 HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated,$575/month includes utilities. Call 604-794-7132

HOUSES FOR SALE

CARS - DOMESTIC

1998 CHEV MALIBU V6. 168,000 kms. Runs good, no accidents or rust, original paint. A/c, p/l, p/w. $4,000. obo. 604-308-9397

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

548

818

MORTGAGES

STEEL BUILDINGS FOR ALL USES! Spring Deals! Make an offer on selloff models at factory and save thousands NOW! Call for FREE Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

533

TRANSPORTATION

736

838

RECREATIONAL/SALE

1997 ALPENLITE. 26’ 5th wheel. Like new. $11,900. obo. Call 604853-6639

2000 Suncruiser 35U

HOMES FOR RENT

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 Dual pane windows, awning, 6000 watt generator, heated tanks, fantastic fan and more! $47,983 (Stk.30951A) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

4400 sq ft home with a beautiful view! Off of Sumas mountain. 5 bdm, 3 bath with Horse Barn. Avail. Imm. $1800/month. Two bay shop available for rent separate from house. $700/mnth. Contact 604 226-5959

2009 Montana 3400RL

Agassiz- Stylish & Freshly updated 3+ BDRM, central location, 5 appl, fenced yard. N/P, N/S. Avail. April 1, $1350 + DD Call (604)796-3769

TRANSPORTATION 809

AUTO ACCESSORIES/ PARTS

Microwave, washer/dryer combo, 3 burner stove, 2 recliners, and free standing dinette. $54,983 (Stk.32434) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

845 Organize your tools, welder, gas tanks, etc. white ďŹ breglass boxes, electric locks, lights. Not on truck. 604-833-2577 or 604-916-3994

810

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

AUTO FINANCING

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

627

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288

HOMES WANTED

WE BUY HOUSES The OLDER. The DIRTIER. The BETTER. Flexible Terms. Quick Closing. Call us First! 778.707.9647

633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS

The Scrapper

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0� Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402 www.PreApproval.cc DL# 7557

*****WHOLESALE Factory Direct***** Modular Homes, Manufactured Homes, and Park Model Homes. New Homes Starting @ $37,209, 16 wides $49,183, double wides $70,829. www.hbmodular.com or 877-976-3737 The Home Boys

1994 OLDSMOBILE 88, 4 door, 167,290 kms. P/w, p/l, p/s, p/b, a/c, Aircared, good solid car. Reason for selling - bought new car. Runs well, $1000. (604)864-6082

749

749

STORAGE

818

CARS - DOMESTIC

STORAGE

Agassiz All Storage sSecured parking for recreational vehicles sHeated bays starting at $ 110 for 10'x8' 7651 Industrial Way Agassiz, BC Ph: 1.604.796.5577 info@agassiz-all-stoRAGECOMsWWWAGASSIz-all-storage.com

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION

847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

859

2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $7400 ďŹ rm. Call 604-538-4883

REESE TRAILER HITCH, heavy duty, allmost new $200 obo. (604)820-8218

2005 Jeep Liberty, 3.7 auto, 4x4, loaded, tow pckg, clean, gd cond, 141k, $8700 obo. (604)795-5534

MARINE

851

TRUCKS & VANS

2000 FORD Windstar S.E.L. Limited Edition, rebuilt transmission, new tires, Aircared to 2013. $1600. obo. 604-302-0985

912

UTILITY TRAILERS

BOATS

AGASSIZ- 12’ aluminum boat with oars and boat assist wheels $550. Call 1-604-796-8792

2001 GMC SIERRA 4x4, ext cab, auto, green, 135K, $8300 ďŹ rm. Call: (604)538-9257 2004 GMC Jimmy ZR2 4x4, 1 owner, 139,km, auto, gd cond. $6250. Call (604)792-0246 2009 TOYOTA Tacoma TRD Sport truck, auto, 4x4, double cab, local, no accidents, warranty, 52K, silver. $27,995. Call 604-722-1362. FOR SALE: Excavating Company including excavators, dump trucks and skid steers. $250,000 O.B.O FOR SALE: Septic Pumping Company includes 2 trucks (one hydrovac, one pump truck) 250,000 O.B.O Email: jaydensunďŹ re@yahoo.ca for more details.

KEY TRACK AUTO SALES CARS & VANS:

1998 FORD CONTOUR 4dr sdn auto, load, ST#176 $995 1999 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 4dr auto sdn Aircare ST#152 $1995 2002 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2dr, auto AirCare ST#182 $2995 1996 ACURA TL 4dr auto, leather, fully loaded ST#177 $2995 2002 PONTIAC MONTANA 7 passenger, auto, Aircare ST#186 $3495 2002 FORD WINDSTAR sport 7 pass auto Aircare ST#108 $3495 1997 ACURA LE auto 4dr sdn leather full load ST#175 $3995 2000 HONDA CIVIC 4DR auto sdn st#169 $3995 1997 HONDA CRV Aircare auto only this week ST#97 $3995 2000 SUZUKI ESTEEM 4dr auto sdn ST#88 $4500 2005 NISSAN SENTRA 4dr auto sdn full load ST#03 ST#89 $5,900 2003 BUICK GRANDVUE 7 pass auto ST#189 $6900 2004 NISSAN ALTIMA 4dr auto sdn ST#168 $7900

TRUCKS THIS WEEK:

2002 GMC SONOMA EXT cab auto st#166 $4995 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 Dually 4X4 crew cab XLT 7.3L pwrstrk diesel ST#130 $11,900 2001 FORD F350 Crew cab Lariat 7.3L power stroke diesel 4x4 ST#46 $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 2006 FORD F350 QUAD CAB 4X4 auto diesel ST# 17 $15,900 2006 FORD F350 CREW CAB Lariat leather 4X$ auto diesel ST#164 $17,995

33166 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford DL#31038

604-855-0666

www.keytrackautosales.com

Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Northwest Stave River Hydro LP of 403-1168 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC, intends to make application to the Province of British Columbia, for an Industrial Licence of Occupation for the purpose of constructing a ďŹ sh compensation channel covering 2.68 ha near the Stave River situated on Provincial Crown land located at 547583 E; 5490245 N (NAD 83 UTM 10). The Land File Number is 2410694. Comments on this application may besubmitted in two ways: 1) Online via the Applications and Reasons for Decision Database website at: www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/index.jsp where details of this application, including maps can also be found. 2) By mail to the Senior Land OfďŹ cer at 200 – 10428 153rd Street, Surrey, BC V3R 1E1. Comments will be received by the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations until April 4, 2012. Comments received after this date may not be considered. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be provided to the public upon request. For information, contact the FOI Advisor at the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations regional ofďŹ ce. NORTHWEST STAVE HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT POWERHOUSE

FISH HABITAT COMPENSATION, CROWN LAND APPLICATION AREA


20 Agassiz Harrison Hope Observer Friday, March 2, 2012

VOLKSWAGEN

WANTS TO HELP YOU DEAL WITH THE HOLIDAY DEBT BY GIVING YOU $10,000 CASH BACK. PAY DOWN DEBT OR TAKE A VACATION, THE CHOICE IS YOURS. FOR ONLY

139

$

FOR ONLY

210

$

BI-WEEKLY

BI-WEEKLY

DRIVE AWAY A 2012 JETTA BY ITSELF

DRIVE AWAY & TAKE $10,000 CASH BACK

Enjoy features such as Automatic Power Options, CD Player, Keyless Entry Alarm, Air Conditioning,Tilt/Telescopic Steering, Heated Seats * With no payments til June 2012 offer, interest is accrued on loan. 2012 VW Jetta TI6152 TP29717 w/no cash back; TI9076 TP43842 w/$10000 Cash Back TI=Total interest paid; TP=Total amount financed plus interest. No two offers can be combines. Net of all rebates. STK# JN316289

TI = $4,799 TP = $29,555

OR

72months @ 5.99% OAC

BI-WEEKLY

OR $12,998

TI = $2,834 TP = $17,530

138

$

OR $15,998 TI = $3,482 TP = $21,538

72months @ 5.99% OAC

BI-WEEKLY

TI = $9,704 TP = $56,865

2008 CITY JETTA

129

$

OR $14,995

TI = $3,157 TP = $20,079

72months @ 5.99% OAC

604-853-1181

32835 South Fraser Way

|

www.abbotsfordvw.com

72months @ 5.99% OAC

OR

BI-WEEKLY

28,995

84months @ 5.99% OAC

2008 RABBIT

54,600kms, auto, sunroof, heated seats, alloy wheels. WAS $21,995 now...

163

$

BI-WEEKLY

OR $18,995

TI = $3,993 TP = $25,395

72months @ 5.99% OAC

SNOOPING AROUND FOR OTHER OPTIONS? SEE OUR ENTIRE INVENTORY AT WWW.CHILLIWACKVW.COM

DL#31163

DL#31164

Meet Hercules: resident ‘floor wagen. en. greeter’ at Abbotsford Volkswagen. Days off: Wednesdays & Sundays

BI-WEEKLY

219 $

$

TI = $6,709 TP = $39,314

84months @ 5.99% OAC

48,500kms, auto, 2.0L, alloy wheels. WAS $18,995 now...

CAN·T FIND WHAT YOU·RE SNIFFING FOR? SEE OUR ENTIRE INVENTORY AT WWW.ABBOTSFORDVW.COM

Mon - Fri: 8:30-8:00 Sat: 8:30-6:00

41,995

21,700kms, crew cab, 4.6L V8 4x4. WAS $31,995 now...

STK# UTD95371

OR

72months @ 5.99% OAC

5 door trendline, auto, air, heated seats, excellent condition.

BI-WEEKLY

STK# UT585172

$

2008 RABBIT

STK# UC012566

112

$

21,998

TI = $4,799 TP = $29,555

2008 GOLF

5 DOOR HATCHBACK, well equipped, 5 speed.

BI-WEEKLY

317 $

STK# UC285723

OR $21,998

189 $

$

18,450kms, crew cab, diesel, SLT, longbox, 4x4! WAS $45,995 now...

STK# UC089769

BI-WEEKLY

STK# UC048575

189

$

COMFORTLINE WAGON Leather, excellent cond, loaded, DIESEL.

2010 FORD F150

2011 DODGE RAM 3500

2009 JETTA TDI

STK# UC607831

2009 JETTA TDI

Highline, leather, moonroof, LOADED DIESEL!

Chilliwack PRE-OWNED

STK# UC089400

Abbotsford PRE-OWNED

Mon - Sat: 9:00 - 6:00

Meet Charlie: resident ‘floor greeter’ at Chilliwack Volkswagen. Days off: Saturdays & Sundays

604-795-5771

44615 Yale Rd West

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www.chilliwackvw.com

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