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'Tragic, hopelessly booked, grave' and 'ridiculous' Welcome to B.C.'s burgeoning courthouse crunch Jeff Nagel BLACK PRESS
A drunk driver with his young son in his car nearly hits two police ofÀcers and a bystander at the side of the road in Prince George, but is not held accountable for his actions. A hunter from Merritt is caught poaching protected big horn sheep near Williams Lake, yet never faces consequences.
A Victoria-area man shoots a puppy belonging to a 12-year-old cancer survivor, is charged with animal cruelty, and ultimately goes unpunished. These are real cases recently thrown out of court in B.C., allowing those accused of crimes to walk free. The reason? Unacceptable delays stemming from chronic provincial government underfunding of the legal
Samiran Lakshman, president of the B.C. Crown Counsel Association says “the situation has BLACK PRESS PHOTO gotten worse, undeniably. It’s becoming more dire as the days go on.”
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system, including courts, judges, prosecutors, support staff and legal aid. An estimated 2,000 additional criminal cases still stuck in the system have already been delayed so long, they are at risk of being thrown out as well. And there's no end in sight. So clogged are the courts – particularly in Surrey – that judges are increasingly outspoken in denouncing the logjam and lack of resources that threaten the integrity of the entire system. "The backlog is so great and the courts so crowded that in many cases there will be an unreasonable delay should there be even one adjournment on a trial date," warned Surrey Provincial Court Judge Peder Gulbransen last November, as he threw out the prosecution of an impaired driver who waited 32 months for a trial date. "Justice delayed is justice denied," ruled Judge Ronald Webb last year, in staying the case in Cranbrook against an accused cocaine dealer who waited more than two years for a trial expected to take just three hours. Another troubling example is that of an alleged child rapist in Coquitlam whose trial never went ahead because the system apparently couldn't afford to translate victims' statements quickly enough so the accused could understand them. Police requests for funding for the translations had been denied and the trial was repeatedly delayed. "It is very disturbing that the value of the complainants' sexual, physical and emotional integrity is less than the cost of translation and transcription," Judge Marion
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Buller Bennett ruled last year. She ordered the multiple charges of assault, assault with a weapon, sexual assault, incest and sexual touching of a young person be dropped after a two-year wait. The judge called it "a tragedy" for all, including the accused – a man who was publicly identiÀed but had no chance to clear his name. The case is now being reviewed by B.C. Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who called it a "very grave" situation. "I'm very concerned about these delays," she said in an interview. "You can see the alarm bells being raised in multiple places in British Columbia in the court system." ••• But judges' hands are tied. They are bound by Supreme Court of Canada rulings that Àrmly limit how long cases can be prolonged before the constitutional right of the accused to a fair trial has been violated and a stay of proceedings must be entered. CONTINUED – ON A3
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Defence lawyers can't deliberately drag their feet to get a case tossed. In deciding a delay is unacceptable, judges count only the slowdowns attributed to the system itself or Crown-requested adjournments. They must also conclude the defendant was harmed in some way by the wait. But B.C.'s case backlog now leaves virtually no room for any kind of error that could cause delay. Some cases are quashed after as little as 14 months, and the applications become much harder for the Crown to fend off when the accused has waited more than 18 months. In Surrey, a typical one-day impaired driving trial is now being set for July of 2012 – an immediate 16-month time period that puts the case close to the cusp of being tossed from the start. Year-longplus delays from the outset are now common at many courthouses
around the province. The judges themselves tabled a damning report last September titled "Justice Delayed" that warned "thousands of cases are at risk" of being dropped due to too much time elapsing b e t w e e n charges being laid and an accused's day in court. At that time, there were 17 fewer MARY ELLEN TURPELprovincial LAFOND court judges on the bench than in 2005 – a 12-per-cent decrease. B.C. is the only province in Canada where the number of sitting judges decreased over that period, despite a growing population, rising caseload and increased complexity of many trials. Coupled with inadequate numbers of Crown prosecutors, court clerks and sheriffs, the report said, the available court time to handle cases is down signiÀcantly
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Crown Counsel Association. "It's becoming more dire as the days go on." Despite the Samiran Lakshman extra judges, the number of and is unable to keep pace with the adult criminal cases older than 18 rising demand. In Surrey alone, the report said, months in the system climbed from it would take three more full-time just over 2,000 last fall to more judges hearing criminal trials for than 2,100 by February, 2011. Trials aren't just lined up far two years to reduce wait times to into the future but also stacked acceptable levels. three and four deep on the same ••• day – dates that Judge Webb called Since those Àndings, there's little "hopelessly overbooked." sign of improvement. Staff shortages aren't the only Six new judges have been problem. Physical courtroom space appointed since October 2010, but is in short supply in many areas, a others retired so the net increase is result of the government's 2002 just two positions. decision to close 24 courthouses, Front-line prosecutors, lawyers including ones in Delta, Burnaby, and court staff believe that's Hope, Maple Ridge and Squamish, insufÀcient to stop the deterioration increasing the load on neighbouring of the system. "The situation has gotten courts. Major criminal trials involving worse, undeniably," said Samiran organized crime – such as the Lakshman, president of the B.C. "Surrey Six" murders or the UN
‘The situation has gotten worse. It’s becoming more dire as the days go on.’
Gang prosecution –aren't expected to be lost to delay. But Lakshman warns timeintensive mega-trials suck up vast amounts of resources for courts, police and prosecutors, leaving less time to dispense justice for more run-of-the-mill criminals. He argues any money saved by the province through justice system austerity is a false economy, considering the money blown bringing accused criminals to court but not quite to trial. Cases are being terminated after police have conducted a full investigation and submitted charge recommendations. After Crown has read the Àle and approved charges. After charges have been sworn in court. And after many appearances before a judge, prosecutor, clerk and sheriff – often with various witnesses waiting to testify. "It's a complete waste of money," Lakshman said. "It adds lunacy on top of a ridiculous situation." NEXT WEEK: VICTIMS IN LIMBO — Second in a Àve-part series
Number of sheriffs drops Kevin Diakiw BLACK PRESS
Following a B.C. governmentimposed hiring freeze, the number of sheriffs in this province has dropped by almost 20 per cent in recent years, forcing some judges to close court sessions. Last January, three judges in Victoria cancelled the day's agenda because there were not enough deputy sheriffs on hand. "This isn't the Àrst time that's happened. It's happened in Nanaimo, it's happened on other occasions," said Dean Purdy, chair of Corrections and Sheriffs Services Component of the B.C. Government Employees Union. "Courts are being delayed and justice is being delayed." Over the past few years, Purdy
says a hiring freeze has been invoked by the province, causing a 17-per-cent drop in the number of available sheriffs in B.C., from 520 to 430. Because of that, vacancies in court are being Àlled with corrections ofÀcers for extra security. In three separate courthouses in the Fraser Valley, where there are high-security gang trials being held, Purdy said they've had to bring in corrections ofÀcers to provide back-up in court. "They're just getting by by the skin of their teeth," Purdy said. "Delays in our already crowded courtrooms is a problem. They're already backed up enough and adding to that is just an ongoing problem." B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch has since hired 24 auxiliary
sheriffs, but Purdy said there will have to be more. Court cases are becoming more complicated and more dangerous, particularly with the number of accused gangster trials coming up. The union has been calling for metal detectors at each of the courtrooms, as is done in Alberta. Purdy also estimates another 50 to 100 sheriffs will be needed to keep court proceedings moving. That would require an annual investment of about $5 million. While there's been no Àrm commitment, the fact judges are shutting down proceedings due to the absence of a sheriff has the government's attention, he said. "Nothing was done until we reached the critical point we're in now."
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It doesn't matter where you go to school — AESS, ACE, Unity Christian, or somewhere in Chilliwack. All 2011 graduates who live in the Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs or Harrison Mills areas, you are eligible for KentHarrison Foundation bursaries. There are three available this year, says Robin McCullough, director and treasurer for the foundation. They are the McCombs Family Scholarship, a $500
bursary established in memory of Margaret and Buster McCombs. It is meant to provide bursaries for Agassiz/HHS students who will be furthering their education in the Àeld of outdoor recreation and the environment. Last year's award went to Hailey Deptuck. There is also the Mayor Don Ramsay Memorial Scholarship. This $500 bursary was established as a memorial to the late mayor, to Harrison Hot Spring students who will be furthering their education after Grade 12 graduation. Last year's award went to Audrey
Lockdown after stabbing immediately alerted and secured the area. First aid was given but due to the severity of the injuries the victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is now in stable condition. A weapon was
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OBSERVER news Seismic upgrading begins under bridge Agassiz-Rosedale bridge considered ‘lifeline’ route in disaster scenarios Many bridges, dams and other major infrastructure around the Lower Mainland have undergone seismic upgrades, but questions linger as to exactly how big an earthquake they could withstand and which structures might fail. Public imagination focuses on "the big one" – a magnitude 8 to 9 super-quake centred far offshore and deep beneath the seabed in the Cascadia subduction zone. That would be similar to the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that has devastated Japan and would rock the entire PaciÀc Northwest. But experts in the Àeld worry more about a much closer and shallower earthquake in the 6.5 to 7.5 range that could strike at any time, rather than the every 500
years typical of Cascadia quakes. Such a quake close to Vancouver might last only 30 seconds rather than minutes but be more intense and cause more damage to buildings and structures in the region, says SFU earth sciences professor John Clague. "The greatest hazard is really conveyed by these magnitude 7 local earthquakes," he said. "You get stronger ground acceleration from those." The impact depends on how far away the epicentre is and how deep it is underground, as well as local soil conditions. A 7.0 quake centred almost on top of Vancouver would be much more destructive than the identical quake 80 or 100 kilometres away. Clague said he remains concerned various buildings, bridges and
transportation links would fail. "I would worry about critical infrastructure on the Fraser River delta," he said, citing the airport, Tsawwassen ferry terminal and Deltaport as vulnerable to damage from soil liquefaction. The phenomenon where shaken ground turns to mush could happen not just in the silty lowlands of Richmond and Delta, he said, but anywhere large amounts of Àll underlies buildings or structures. "We've got all this development all around False Creek built on a lot of Àll," Clague said, noting that vulnerable area extends east as far as Clark Drive. Rock slides would almost certainly plug the Sea-to-Sky Highway and possibly the Fraser Canyon, Clague said. "You're limited then,
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particularly if the airport goes, in how you can get relief into the area," he said. "If bridges go, you can end up with parts of the Lower Mainland being isolated from one another without the ability to provide relief except internally with whatever resources you have." Transportation ministry ofÀcials say new bridges – like the 10-lane Port Mann under construction and new Pitt River bridge – and seismic upgrades on other key spans are designed to withstand a 6.5 to 7.0 local earthquake centred on Vancouver or an up to magnitude 8.0 Cascadia megathrust earthquake. Engineers expect them to "dance" but not fall in those types of quakes. The Alex Fraser Bridge, built in 1986, also meets stringent seismic standards, according to
the ministry. The more than $105 million spent on reÀts in recent years have focused on older "lifeline bridges" needed to connect communities and serve designated disaster response routes. So far, the Lions Gate, Ironworkers Memorial, Oak Street, Queensborough bridges and the Massey Tunnel have been retroÀtted to the seismic standard. The Mission Bridge is being retroÀtted and seismic upgrading is in the planning stage for one more lifeline bridge – the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge. Overpasses are also being examined and the Port Mann/Highway 1 project includes six retroÀts, 15 replacements and 21 new structures all built to the current seismic standard. TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie said the
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said, TransLink would expect to see the Knight and Pattullo closed for inspections, with the Knight likely reopening sooner than a potentially more damaged Pattullo. The Knight – and any other bridge or overpass touching down in Richmond – could be affected by soil liquefaction. Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said she has strong conÀdence dikes that protect Delta would hold in a major quake. A burst dam during Japan's earthquake that Áooded a downstream town has also put the spotlight on the seismic readiness of dams around the Lower Mainland. Metro Vancouver has upgraded both its Cleveland Dam and Seymour Falls Dam that hold back the two North Shore reservoirs to a CONTINUED – ON PAGE 5
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OBSERVER news Former mayor backs FVRD Former Abbotsford Mayor George Ferguson doesnâ€™t think the city has thought things through regarding the Fraser Valley Regional District. In January, council voted to examine the viability of opting out of the FVRD in favour of becoming a single tier governance. The process could take two years to complete and requires provincial approval. City staff believe the move could save Abbotsford taxpayers between $800,000 and $1.4 million each year. â€œNo municipality can be an island and function,â€? said Ferguson.He said the regional system is a good one, though he admits it could use a few improvements. What he doesnâ€™t like is the way those improvement could come about. â€œRaising this issue (leaving) and causing a lot of fuss isnâ€™t how
you do it. If you want change, you sit down and talk about it,â€? said Ferguson. Abbotsford pays more than $3 million a year to the FVRD, more than half the organizationâ€™s total budget. Critics say the city is over charged because it doesnâ€™t get the money back in services. â€œWe donâ€™t pay any more per se than anybody else. We pay more because we have the largest population. Thatâ€™s as fair as you can get,â€? said Ferguson.Heâ€™s also convinced the province will never let Abbotsford become an entity unto itself. â€œIf they arenâ€™t in the FVRD, then theyâ€™ll become part of Metro ... and I donâ€™t think Abbotsford will play a very big role there. It is the elected people who make the Ă€nal decision, not staff,â€? said Ferguson. Meanwhile, the district is making attempts to sway Abbotsfordâ€™s
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decision. Recently, the FVRD began a restructuring process that it says will save taxpayers from Abbotsford to Boston Bar about $450,000 this year. Abbotsford will see FVRD taxes drop by $715,736 (28 per cent) in 2011 to $1.7 million from $2.5 million in 2010. Average homeowners will see the FVRD portion of their tax bill drop to $29.04 from $40.76 in 2010 - a 28.7 per cent reduction. Abbotsford city manager Frank Pizzuto said the restructuring process is a good thing for all the communities in the FVRD, but it wonâ€™t stop Abbotsford from taking a look at other possibilities. â€œWe will continue to see if there are better options that make more sense for us. But, it is a good start,â€? he said. -Black Press
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similar seismic standard as the province's bridges. In a total failure, the Cleveland Dam could release a deluge of water from the Capilano Reservoir towards the Park Royal shopping centre and the north footings of the Lions Gate Bridge in West Vancouver. The failure of the dam at the Seymour Reservoir might threaten downstream homes in the Riverside Drive area of North Vancouver. And B.C. Hydro's Coquitlam Dam holds back Coquitlam Lake above populated parts of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam and low-lying areas around Derby Reach Regional Park. But Metro Vancouver security and emergency planning coordinator Rod Tulett said a
catastrophic failure where a dam instantly vanishes is "highly unlikely." A partial failure would mean a much slower water release and less damage downstream, he said. Tulett said another area of concern is slope stability, citing the potential for mud slides or land slides on the North Shore and lower Sea-to-Sky corridor, particularly if a quake strikes during a late fall rain storm when soils are saturated. B.C. Hydro Ă€nished a $65-million seismic upgrade of the Coquitlam Dam in 2008, while Metro Ă€nished a $50-million retroĂ€t at Seymour Falls in 2009. Both now meet Canadian Dam Association Guidelines, which require them to withstand a onein-10,000 year probability quake.
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"That will survive literally any amount of shaking at that point," said Stephen Rigbey, B.C. Hydro's manager of dam safety, adding they would certainly withstand a 7.0 local quake centred on Vancouver. B.C. Hydro has also just announced an $800-million upgrade of its old Ruskin Dam, which holds back Hayward Lake in Mission, in part to make it safer in the event of an earthquake. Tulett said the experience in Japan â€“ arguably the best prepared nation in the world â€“ should be a wake-up call for residents here. "Everybody should be prepared for at least 72 hours unaided," he said. "As people have seen in Japan or New Zealand, there is nobody to help you for the Ă€rst few days." -Black Press
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OBSERVER opinion New wages still not enough
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The decision by newly minted British Columbia Premier Christy Clark to raise the provincial minimum wage to $8.75 on May 1, increasing to $10.25 in a year, will do little to improve the lot of workers at the bottom of the pay grid. In 2001, B.C.’s $8 minimum wage was the highest in Canada. It’s stayed there ever since, while other provinces have recognized the ever-increasing cost of living by raising theirs. Now it’s the lowest. Even after the initial boost of 75 cents this May, B.C. will still have the lowest minimum wage in the country. Think of all the things that have become more expensive in the past 10 years: rent, utilities, gas, transit, clothes, food. In fact, it’s safe to say no staple of everyday life is cheaper today than in 2001. According to Statistics Canada the low-income cutoff for a single individual with no dependents living in a large city in 2009 was $22,229 before taxes. That’s $11.11 an hour for a 40-hour week, 50 weeks of the year. And that two year old statistic is still almost a dollar more than our minimum wage will be a year from now. Imagine trying to feed, clothe and house a family on less than $22,000 in Metro Vancouver, where the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is more than $1,100. The price of poverty goes beyond non-existent bank accounts and absent luxuries. Substandard housing and poor nutrition from an unbalanced diet often lead to health problems, putting further stress on an already burdened health care system. Kids who go to school hungry or without the supplies they need to do their work often perform poorly and get left behind, making it difÀcult for them to pursue opportunities later in life that will free them from the cycle of poverty. Business groups say they can’t afford to pay a higher minimum wage. Reality says we can’t afford not to. – Black Press
Another year stronger Mary and Glen (Slim) McGhee celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Harrison Mills Community Hall this time last year, with many locals and out-of-town friends and family travelling to celebrate with the long-time residents. OBSERVER FILE PHOTO
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That ‘70s political show, again B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher VICTORIA – As the federal parliament slid once again into partisan mayhem, former Ànance minister John Manley was on CBC television, making me wish he would bring his voice of reason back to Ottawa. Liberal and NDP supporters had been taking turns with accusations that the Conservatives’ corporate tax cuts only help the rich. “That’s stuff that we used to hear in the ’70s,” Manley said. “I thought that people had grown away from that.” He then patiently explained that the key holdings most in peoples’ retirement plans are bank, petroleum and other bluechip stocks. His Liberal government’s strategy of competing for business investment in a global economy has wisely been continued under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Yet much of our political discourse at all levels of government still imagines class warfare between tycoons in silk top hats and a ragged, powerless peasantry. For B.C. voters, 2011 is shaping up as the most politically empowered year ever. The May 2 federal election now gets in line with a by-election for Premier Christy Clark, a referendum on the harmonized sales tax, municipal elections in November and potentially, an early provincial election as well. Will all these contests raise the level of debate? So far it doesn’t look good. This fourth federal election in seven years could have had one beneÀt. But Clark did not see Àt to abandon the hare-brained scheme to rush through the HST referendum in June, and now the B.C. government risks losing the tax argument amid all the noise. If the HST vote had been left to September, more people might come to appreciate that taxes on business investment and income are going out of style. An Angus Reid poll came out last week
Ànding that one third of B.C. residents would now vote to keep the HST, compared to 54 per cent who would take B.C. back to the 1970s. Another contest being overshadowed is the B.C. NDP leadership, and that’s a ’70s show as well. Raising the minimum wage to $10.25 isn’t good enough. Candidate Nicholas Simons tried to raise his proÀle by suggesting that it should be hiked 50 per cent, to $12. Heck, why not raise it to $20? If you’re stuck in the ’70s and can’t comprehend the downside of state-imposed prosperity, why not just make poverty history? Federal NDP leader Jack Layton informed an anxious nation that he wouldn’t support the Conservative budget because it doesn’t “lift all seniors out of poverty” or “create” enough doctors so everyone can have one. Cuba has “created” plenty of doctors. Mind you, they get paid $25 a month in addition to their food ration cards, so perhaps that socialist Utopia should raise its minimum wage. I watched another ’70s show last week, attending the B.C. Teachers’ Federation convention at the Victoria Conference Centre. Before Education Minister George Abbott arrived, delegates passed a typically self-righteous resolution demanding all levels of government immediately get rid of poverty. How? Create poverty reduction plans with measurable goals. Right, kind of like those Àve-year plans for tractor production the Soviet Union had back in the ’70s. Once Abbott arrived to hold out the olive branch, the BCTF’s usual demands resumed. More teachers, more support staff and raises of 10 per cent or more. Does anyone on the BCTF executive know how to synthesize information? Can’t they see a connection between the big raises and staff increases they demand and what’s available for other programs? There’s a clue to our stagnant political debate. It’s largely formed in public schools. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. tÁetcher@blackpress.ca
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Lake Errock view becomes unattractive
I also applaud the EA Directors for passing the resolution in January that "royalty fees be directed to the FVRD for funding its operations in overseeing the industry" instead of coming from general revenues, and that "applicants be required to complete an environmental assessment/scientiÀc study, open to scientiÀc and property owners peer review, for a 1 km area surrounding sensitive areas that support aquifers, quality of life, etc., along with a community impact study." I only became aware of this resolution a couple of days ago, and wish I'd known of it earlier as it would have given me comfort and conÀdence in the process. I thank you for it, however, perhaps there is some way to improve the communications between all of us in future? Attached is a jpeg (see image under Opinion tab online at www. ahobserver.com) of the view of the proposed new Errock pit as seen from my two bedrooms only windows and deck. This area (on the right hand side of the trees in
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the foreground) has been cleared by a large Cat by the proponents, Ekset Contracting Ltd., in anticipation of a mines permit, and is atop a high plateau. (The exposed area behind the trees and to the left of the trees is the Lehigh Hanson pit, leased to Ekset Contracting. This pit was granted a Mines permit over 50 years ago, before most of the homes here were built and prior to the creation of the FVRD, hence it has never had an FVRD soil removal permit. This pit is now mined-out and should be reclaimed.) This new site preparation work was done last fall when the trees in the foreground were in full foliage, however, this foliage screen did nothing to mitigate either the view or the noise. Fortunately, this site preparation work was completed in a brief amount of time. It is rather like having a drivein movie screen in my backyard, but the "movie" is unattractive and repetitive, and the "soundtrack" has no volume control. During the period of time when the clearing was underway the noise was quite loud,
To the board of the FVRD Dear Sirs and Madams, Re: Proposed Lake Errock gravel pit and the Aggregate Pilot Project I will not be able to attend the Regional District meeting on Tuesday as I shall be working that evening. However, I would like to lend my support, in principle, of the "Next Steps" memorandum submitted by Graham Daneluz (FVRD Manager of Forward Plans) on Feb. 28, which is under consideration of the board Tuesday. As Mr Daneluz says, the APP process is in its early stages and the APP "recommendations are broad and not detailed... and leave a great deal of latitude in implementation approaches and details." However, the status quo is untenable, as I'm sure we would all agree, and it is long past time to move forward in greater detail, and in open public dialogue. The process recommended by Mr Daneluz seems well considered and laudable in its aim of Ànding consensus on a new way of doing business regarding the aggregate industry.
as the exposed concave rock face of the mountain acted as a megaphone. It reminded me of sitting in a dentist's chair and listening to the drill grind relentlessly, punctuated by the Cat blade and rocks crashing together. I have made suggestions of measures to counteract this to both the proponents and the government, but on this I must say, the silence has been deafening. But, obviously, there is no berm high enough to screen this new gravel pit. I have received form letters, informing me that the issues I have raised, including my concerns over our community's groundwater, will be studied. That is well and good, but I would hope that I will be provided with time to study the data before a decision is made. As I have said in previous correspondence, the groundwater studies which were submitted earlier this year were cursory and highly opinionated, with no provision of indemniÀcation to those who may be affected should something go
wrong with either the quality or quantity of our drinking water. That's what I like about mathematics, as opposed to opinions -- there is always an answer. And if the input facts and Àgures are correct and the calculations are properly made, it will invariably be the right answer. I do not want to be told that "thousands of scientists agree and therefore we don't need to discuss the facts." That's exactly what the climate change people say, but that kind of argument is not good enough for me. I need to see those facts, Àgures and calculations, so I can check your math. However, given that there are about 200 to 300 homes in the immediate vicinity, most of them on either small lots or the Sto:lo reservation, with only a handful of acreages -- all of them dependent on either community or private wells in the aquifer which the mine proponent wishes to excavate into -I expect and demand that the mine CONTINUED – ON PAGE 12
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Letâ€™s go fly a kite More than 50 kids, of all ages, visited the St. Alice Centre in Harrison Hot Springs on Saturday to make kites with the BC KiteĂ iers Association. Cathie Jung and Joanne Lord were on hand to help with building the kites and to offer advice, before families set out onto the beach with their creations in hand. The event was free, and planned by Harrison Festival Society. Lord says kite Ă iers should follow safety rules such as staying away from trees, power lines and other kites. Other tips include keeping the wind at your back, and your line taut. For more information, visit www.bcka.bc.ca.
From top, clockwise: A young boy takes his hand-crafted kite for a run along the shore of Harrison Lake. Cathy Jung from BC Kitefliers Association helps children build kites out of wood, plastic and tape on Saturday morning. Shana Harris, 12, and her brother Michael Beaudry, 13, took in the lesson while on JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER Spring Break vacation from White Rock.
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A young reader takes a break while listening to a story being read in Pioneer Park last summer, as part of the Storytime in the Park series. OBSERVER FILE PHOTO
and if approved, the applicant needs to promote their idea and get the most votes to win the grant. Voting for Story Time in Park is done online at www. refresheverything.ca. Story Time in the
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UFV looking for its alumni Everyone knows some really great UFV alumni: That teacher who is helping your kid to shine. The nurse who was by your side in emergency. The accountant who Ă€nds deductions at tax time. The social worker who helped your neighbour. The technician who keeps your car running. The banker who approves your loan. The small business owner who fuels your local
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Harrison Hot Springs Village worker Teresa Baxter (centre) enjoys a laugh with local biologist Mike Pearson during a treeplanting session near the Fred Hardy bridge in Harrison on Saturday morning. A group of more than 20 people gathered to plant native bushes near the waterway as one of many such events held throughout the year. Saturday also happened to be well-respected Canadian JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER environmentalist David Suzukiâ€™s 75th birthday.
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Behind the mask of drama Betty Rajotte FOR THE OBSERVER
Remember Mr. Dressupâ€™s Tickle Trunk full of costumes? A simple hat or dress sparked the little viewerâ€™s imagination for a game of â€œLetâ€™s Pretend.â€? A cape transforms one into a super hero. A tiara makes an instant fairy princess. Children have no inhibitions in the world of make believe. Maybe everyone has a hidden desire to play a part or act a role. People enthusiastically don Halloween costumes or disguises for masquerades. Dramatic opportunities often formed part of our education. School musicals, church or historic pageants, camp skits or plays drew out the latent talents in ordinary students. They experienced the thrill of being part of a dedicated group rehearsing frantically to be ready for â€œopening nightâ€? followed by the applause and satisfaction of the actual performance. Some were bitten by the â€œacting bugâ€? and went on to actual careers on stage or screen. Most just tucked away the memory of their night of glory and went on with daily life.
Drama is the medium for preserving history, values and culture. The Ă€rst recorded actor was Thespis, who performed in Theater Dionysus in Greece (564 BC); hence the term â€œThespianâ€? for actor. Japan had the ancient Kabuki theatre, European cultures medieval mystery plays, mimes and masques to entertain and reinforce morals. Englandâ€™s William Shakespeare has dominated the literary and theatre world for over 400 years. Actors at Ă€rst were travelling troupes, considered lower class. Proper women could not be actors so men played all the roles even up to Shakespeareâ€™s time. Gradually actors came to be seen as glamorous and famous. Movies and television brought them to every home and the world of â€œletâ€™s pretendâ€? became the major industry it is today where stars and their every hiccup Ă€ll the media. What happens to the amateurs who tasted the thrill of greasepaint and the lure of the footlights? Little theatre productions offer aspiring actors their chance to shine. Learning lines, expressing emotion
through voice and gesture, working together with other cast members to stage a play is a challenge. Many Ă€nd it as rewarding as playing on a sports team or in an orchestra. Theatres such as The University of the Fraser Valley and The Chilliwack Players Guild give us a chance to applaud friends and
neighbours who are amateur actors following their dreams. Here in town some members of the United Churches of Rosedale and Agassiz are acting in three short comedies at the Dinner Theatre, April 8 & 9 at the Legion. Do we all have an â€œalter egoâ€?, a hidden persona just waiting to be released?
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Marceline, the Chorfestâ€™s torchbearer Ruth Altendorf FOR THE OBSERVER
It was in the year 2009 when Marceline Billis went to Penticton to participate in the Seniorsâ€™ Chorfest 2009. She loved what she heard and liked what she saw and came back full of enthusiasm. She was convinced that our choir should host the next Seniorsâ€™ Chorfest in 2011. She was, and still is, the torch bearer of the Seniorsâ€™ Chorfest 2011. Coming back from Penticton, she immediately started to work. Her first task was to get the agreement of our choir to host such an event. We had a vote and, after a rousing speech by Marceline, the Chorfest won! Next, she had to approach the
BCCF - British Colunbia Choral right people to fill the various Federation - to win their approval. jobs needed and I would like to They gave us the introduce them to nod - who could you. resist Marcelineâ€™s Marceline, of enthusiasm? course, is the Chair. The Chorfest, Her assistant is however, is not just Mary Fisher, a top about singing. In a notch secretary. way, it is to teach Without a various choirs treasurer, however, to organize such we would not get events as a vehicle very far! I donâ€™t to keep singing know how we did alive. It is a very it, but we managed important mission. to convince Ed Choirs, of course, Stenson, a person are ready-made with years and pools of talented COLUMNIST - RUTH ALTENDORF years of experience, people from all to become our sorts of life and Marceline did treasurer. Brenda DiRezze is in not lose much time to find the charge of all matters related to
*(Due to space limitations, each week we will publish a different set of groups & activities from the community)
Ag assiz â?– Harr ison
AGASSIZ MINOR SOCCER Players ages 5-16 years old r Register @ the Fitness/Activity Centre during regular business hours 2011 Season starts in April For more info call: Shaun Delcourt - 604-796-0430
Agassiz Library 10th Birthday Party! Come for cake, balloons & enjoy library friends. Tuesday April 5, 6:30 pm
Young at Art!
Celebrate Student Artwork:
April 1 - 30
Ranger Station Art Gallery 98 Rockwell Drive, Harrison Hot Springs
Open Daily 10:00-4:00, We ekends 1:00-5:00 Artistsâ€™ Reception: Sunday , April 17th (2:00-4:00)
LOCAL EVENTS EASY GARDENING with ARTHRITIS: FREE Event! Wednesday, April 13 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. at the Agassiz Agricultural Hall, 6800 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz. To Register Please Call 604.796.8891 GIANT GARAGE SALE AND BAKE SALE St. Anthonyâ€™s Catholic Church 7237 Morrow Road, Agassiz Saturday, April 9th, 2011 - 8 am to 4 pm Golf Playdown for BC Seniors Games. Held in Hope May 13. Contact Valerie 604-796-9313 to pre- register
Everyone Welcome! C e out & vote for you Com r favourite artwork! Sponsored by Kent-Harrison Arts Cou Fraser-Cascade School District ncil &
Giant Garage Sale! Saturday, April 9th, 2011 S 8 am - 4 pm bake sale & concession furniture/household appliances building supplies $1 & $2 tables books bicycles & much more b 7237 Morrow Rd., Agassiz St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
50 Years Ago, 1961 â€˘ The talented Sasquatch Soccer team won the Ă€rst game of the Packenham Cup 6 - 3 over Mission at the Harrison Mills Ă€eld. â€˘ At Harrison Hot Springs, a 1960 Ford belonging to Ed North was taken from beside the Spa CafĂŠ and was reported still missing. â€˘ Former Kent Municipal Councillor and Corn King, Aime Sache died at Kamloops March 27 1961 in his 54th year. His wife, Ethel, was driving him to the doctorâ€™s ofĂ€ce when he died suddenly in the car. An autopsy revealed cause of death was bronchial pneumonia. The couple had moved to Savona in 1959. â€˘ Another new business opened in
Agassiz Library: Reading Buddies Program. There aree spots for little buddies who want to practise reading over the summer and all year â€˜round. FMI call the library at 604-796-9510. Cheam Village Books for Residence Library. Looking for spare books to stock our Library. To donate please contact Neil Desmarais, Rm 132, or drop off at Cheam Village. Harrison-Agassiz Drumming Circle now meets on Sundays from 3-4:30 pm at the SpiritYoga and Wellness Centre, 476 Naismith, Harrison. Call Elizabeth for more info at 604-845-9642. Drop-in donation is $5.00 â€œSpeed Watchâ€? Volunteers required to partake in this existing safety program in The Village. A joint initiative of the local RCMP & ICBC, focusing on trafďŹ c calming primarily on Hot Springs Rd, Lillooet Ave & McCombs Dr. On the job training is provided. FMI or to sign up, please contact:Bob Perry Phone: 604 796 8475 email: email@example.com HHS Multicultural Choir practices every Monday @ Kent Elementary School at 7 pm until further notice
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the former Bowett store on Pioneer Avenue. It would be known as the Canadian Original Imports, run by Dana and Jerry Stary, and would sell crafts, handicrafts and Canadian art. Local carver, Cliff Sherlock planned to open a studio there as well. â€˘ The local tennis club set the date for its Ă€rst tournament of the spring season. â€˘ Remodeling of the Agassiz Legion was under way, with improvements to the kitchen and dance Ă oor and repainting of the exterior. â€˘ The Harrison Hot Springs Recreation Commission met at the home of Mrs. A. Lees to discussion of playgrounds, insurance and Ă€nance.
Not going to negotiate CONTINUED â€“ FROM PAGE 7
LOCAL GROUPS & ACTIVITIES - GROUP 1 OF 4 Agassiz Al-Anon. Is someoneâ€™s drinking affecting you? FMI call Shirley 604-796-9865 or Anne 604-7933103 â€œAgassiz Comfortersâ€? get together at 9am every Fri morning at the United Church. FMI call Anne 604-796-9705 Agassiz Elks Lounge â€“ 1824 #9 Hwy, open daily 3pm till closing. Everyone welcome Agassiz Harrison Family Place. 7272 Morrow Road. Meet friends, old and new! Parents/caregivers with their children 0-6 are welcome. Mon, Wed and Thurs, 9:30am-12pm. Call Willena or Louisa 604-796-0313 Agassiz-Harrison Garden Club meets the second Wed of each month from Oct-July in the foyer of the Ag Hall at 7:30pm. FMI 604-796-3291 or 604-796-2423 Agassiz-Harrison Lions meet at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Wed of the month at the Lionâ€™s Den in the Ag-Rec Hall, 6800 Pioneer Ave. FMI call Mel at 604-796-0598 or Zen at 604-796-9502 or Eleanor at 604-858-3389 Agassiz-Harrison Senior Peer Counsellors Meet with Caregivers 3rd Mon of each month, 2-4pm at Branch 32 Agassiz Legion. FMI call Betty Rajotte at 604-796-0409 Agassiz Kids At The Cross â€“ Thursdays at the Ag Recreation Centre in Agassiz. FMI call Ettie 604-8196822
as Marceline was when she left Peachland. The Gala Concert takes place at the First Avenue Christian Assembly on Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. As mentioned in a previous article, tickets are $10 including tax and are easily available from each choir member, at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Agassiz or at Long and MacQuade in Chilliwack. Of course, they can also be bought at the door prior to the concert. The concert will be a tribute to all seniors of British Columbia who gather here to learn and sing together - it will be a tribute to life! We all would be delighted to see you there!
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music. Henry Fabritz accepted the job of public relations and communication and Deanne Armstrong was a perfect choice for registration. I, myself, have taken on the job of hospitality and Ria Visser is overseeing the task of selling tickets for the final concert. It is two years now since Marceline went to Peachland and brought the torch to us. Over time, we had our ups and downs, but we never lost sight of our common goal: to make this the best Seniorsâ€™ Chorfest ever! We all wanted it to succeed and, I believe, this attitude is the most important ingredient for success. I hope that there will be someone leaving our Chorfest as enthusiastic about it
proponent also submit a detailed "Plan B" for provision of water to residents, should either the proponent's water studies be Ă awed, or an accident occur, which negatively impacts on the aquifer water quality or quantity. I am not willing to negotiate on this
aspect; this is the bare minimum and it must be put in writing and notarized before I will negotiate any other aspect of this application. Once again, I thank you for your consideration of my perspective on the matter. Kurt Langmann Lake Errock
Village of Harrison Hot Springs is hosting a Community Forum at the Memorial Hall, 290 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs April 6, 2011 7:00 p.m. â€“ 9:00 p.m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Full and part time positions open for seasonal employment April through October. Crazy hours, hard work, lots of laughs, minimum wage to start. Preference given to those with experience. Food Safe and Serve It Right. Being a self starter and having a great personality are deﬁnately assets we are looking for. Bring your resume to MUDDY WATERS ESPRESSO BAR AND CAFE on Esplanade Avenue in Harrison.
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Well established Lower Mainland Mechanical Contractor req. a Plumbing and Heating Foreman for all aspects of Commercial Institutional Mechanical work. Applicants to have a MINIMUM 5 years exp. Team Environment. Long Term Opportunity. Competitive Wages, Proﬁt Sharing & Excellent Beneﬁts. Wage Commensurate w/ Exp. Fax Resume: 604.576.4739 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PROJECT COORDINATOR Required for Betts Electric. Visit: www.betts.bc.ca for more information. TRUCK DRIVER, Class 1. Amix Recycling, A Schnitzer Company Chilliwack BC. We are growing and expanding and require exp.drivers with clean driving records. You must possess skills in hauling equipment, ﬂat deck, step deck, super b and strapping/chaining lge loads in all conditions. You must have mountain driving exp. as most loads originate in Northern and Central BC and AB. Our progressive co. offers a great extended medical and dental pkg. A pre-employment drug screen and a respirator ﬁt test are mandatory. Apply with a current NSC abstract at www.amix.ca
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General Greenhouse Cutﬂower Work Available Start wage $9/hr. Starting times are: 7am weekdays until ﬁnish, 6am Saturdays until ﬁnish. Hours range between 30-55 hours/week depending on production. Schedule rotation on Saturdays is a must. Part time as in speciﬁc full days will be considered. Please fax resume to: 604-795-5095 GREENHOUSE WORKER required for pepper greenhouse in Agassiz. Must be reliable, self-motivated, able to work independently and be efﬁcient. Fax resume to: 604-796-3643 or drop off at 1501 Johnson Rd. Agassiz.
LABOURERS Rimex Supply, Agassiz, is accepting resumes for all positions. Must have experience in a manufacturing environment and be willing to work days or afternoon shifts.
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Customer Service Rep/Estimator Van Press Printers div. of Black Press has an opening in our Burnaby of¿ce for a detail & customer-oriented Customer Service Rep./Estimator to support our Sales Rep. The CSR will be the main contact in addressing and solving customer needs. Key Responsibilities: • Coordinate with customer, production and outside vendors • Ability to analyze information and perform costeffective, production ef¿cient quotes and work closely with our sales rep to advise and provide solutions to customer requirements • Confer with production staff to develop resolutions to production challenges • Communicate with new and current customers to help generate sales • Ensure customer deliveries are met • Handle client calls regarding quality, new items and delivery status Requirements: • Min. 4 years customer service experience in web printing • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook) with attention to detail • Exceptional organization and prioritizing skills • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills to develop a strong bond with a variety of internal & external customers • Ability to multi-task and manage time ef¿ciently and under strict deadlines • Positive attitude, self-motivated and energy to maintain enthusiasm This is a full time, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday position but will require some Àexibility to work extended hours when necessary.
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This position offers a competitive compensation and attractive bene¿ts package. If you describe yourself as a team player, enthusiastic, possess a high level of integrity and the willingness to make a signi¿cant contribution, we invite you to apply for this opportunity by emailing your resume by Wednesday April 6, 2011 to:
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YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899
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612 BUSINESSES FOR SALE Oceanfront Motel, 2 acres, 10 units, near park, for sale or could be included in a larger project. Site approved for condos. Plans completed, ready to go. Phone 250-753-0160
615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY • Leftover from Hotel Order • 800 Coil 3’’ Pillowtop • Original Plastic • Only 14 left • 10 year warranty Retail $1,499! Liquidation $560 incls. tax. Call: 604.807.5864
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733 MOBILE HOMES & PADS
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Agassiz, 2 bdrm mobile home, 10 miles E of Ruby Creek. F/p, $850/m + util. Apr 1. Rolf, (604)823-4710
2005/6 SUBARU IMPREZA RS,one owner, like new, 77 kms, top model, loaded, $13,500.Call 604-575-2077 2009 TOYOTA MATRIX 4/dr auto p/w, p/l, AC, cd player, 88K, silver. $9800. Call 604-825-9477. 2010 NISSAN VERSA, 4 dr. H/B, auto, red, 20,000 Km, many options, $9,350 ﬁrm. 604-538-9257. 2010 TOYOTA Matrix, loaded, only 29,200 km. No accidents. Exc cond., $15,800 (604)793-5520 DL5961 2011 TOYOTA Camry LE, grey, 11000 kms. auto, factory warranty. mint, $22,900. 604-596-9970
748 SHARED ACCOMMODATION Agassiz. Priv. bath, shared kitch, own entry. Avail Apr 1st. $500 + DD, incl., util., N/S, N/p, (604)796-9755
LANGLEY, Large 2 bedroom,open, farm setting, gated property,private entrance, private laundry, uts incl. $980.00. 604-230-2808
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BOXER puppies born Feb 1 ready March 28. Vet ✓ tails & declaws, ﬁrst shots. $850. 604-882-7477. CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CKC Reg.soft coated Wheaten Terrier pups, hypo-allergenic. Guarntd. Vet ✓ $1200. Call 604-533-8992 DOG MALE American pitbull x, dogo, 1 yr. old. Only $200. All shots microchipped. 604-614-4721. GERMAN SHEPHERD PUP. 1 female. $750. 1st shots & dewormed. Call 778-863-6332. GERMAN SHEPHERD pups, 7 wks old, (2) females. Exc bloodline. (604)997-2404 Chwk GERMAN Shepherd pups & young adults. Quality German & Czech bloodlines Reg/Guar. 604-856-8161 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 NEWFOUNDLAND pup, P/B. Ready in Apr. $1000 (604)819-1466 No Sunday calls PUGS, fawn, 3 male, 1 females. family raised, vet chk’d, shots. $500. (604)796-2727/799-2911 ROTTI PUPS large German stock, exc temp, protective, parents to view, 1st shots $700. 604-799-8858 SHIH TZU Bichon pups. 1st shots, dewormed M/$500 F/$550. 604552-4415 or 604-763-7473. SHIH TZU pups,adorable,1st shot, Vet ✓ health guar. hypo-allergenic, nonshed. $495. Call 604-533-8992 VIZSLA PUPS, reg’d, shots, guaranteed. $850. ph, 604-819-2115 or email: email@example.com YELLOW LAB pups. 8 weeks old, ready to go. Vet checked, 1st. shots. Parents on site. $500. 604-852-6176 Abbts
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1984 - 24’ KOMFORT bunk model R.V., new tires, needs fridge, $4,200. Phone 604-859-6418 1988 27’ Class A Motorhome. Sleeps 4, runs well, new ﬂoor, $10,500. obo. (604)855-0849 1990 Import camper, 4 burn stv, frg, oven. Used 10 X’s Virtually new, in storage $11,500 (604)847-0978 1995 PROWLER 5TH WHEEL 25.ft, slide out, fully contained, with shed, large deck and holding tank at Lakeview RV site at Nicola Lake in Merrit BC $10,000 Phone (604)826-6256 Bill 2001 22’ Slumber Queen MH. Chev chassi, 90,000 kms. TV, a/c, very clean. $20,500. 604-701-1245 Abbt 2006 ADVENTURER R 20 ft class A, slps 4, PDI, awning, 2dr frg, DSI hw, a/c, all prw features, excellent condition $24,000 (604)768-8247
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566 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS COLLECTORS SAXOPHONES Soprano Buecher Silver 80 yrs old, excellent condition $3000. Picelo $250, Bongo Drums-perfect cond. $275 Call 604-534-2997 FOR SALE 6 piano accordions, from $140 to $500. 2 violins $150. ITS. 604-853-7879.
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AGASSIZ, 106-1735 #9 Hwy. Smokers welcome, cat or sm dog ok with pet deposit. Coin laundry. 1 bdrm, grnd level. $600/mo. Wayne (604)799 0259 Stratatech Property Management AGASSIZ, 2 BDRM apt, beautiful view, 1 car garage, lg yard, avail. now. Call (604)613-2800 HARRISON, Laguna Beach Condo 2 bdrm, 2 bath, in-suite laundry, secure u/grnd prkg, ns,np, balcony w/lake view, $1000.00/month call 604 864-7222 HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated,$550/month includes utilities. Call 604-794-7132
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1997 BUICK RIVIERA - 2 dr. coupe super charged, leather, loaded, sun roof, local, no accid, home link, new tires & more. $4990 (604)328-1883 1998 BUICK LASABRE LTD, new tires & brakes. exc. clean condition. Private. $4800. 778-565-1097. 2004 CHRYSLER Sebring. Touring. Exc. cond. New brakes & snow tires. $5500. obo. 604-864-6256
2007,27’ WINNEBAGO ITASCA SPIRIT MOTOR HOME, Class C, 36,126 M, 4.0 Onan Generator. Sleeps 6, 2 slide outs, full power package, air cond. Range w/ convection oven & microwave. Sound system, rear camera. Exterior wash station, Satellite ready, too many extras to list. $ 59,500. (604)795-0192. Please, no Sunday calls
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821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 1990 Mazda Miata, red convert, no rust, Aircared, 218km, 5 spd, garage kept. $4000 (604)793-6030 1991 TOYOTA Corolla 4 door, standard. New clutch & tires. Reliable transportation. $500. 604-302-8083 1996 HYUNDAI ACCENT h/b, auto, fuel efﬁcient, reliable transportation, Air Cared. $1500. (604)536-1567 2001 MDX Acura AWD fully loaded. Auto. Extra clean. Runs very good. $10,500. obo. 604-625-7421 or 604-807-7202. 2001 NISSAN SANTRA 4 dr., gold colour, A/C. No accidents. Good cond. $6000 obo 604-582-0552 2003 HYUNDAI TIBURON. Red, V6, 5spd, man. trans, black leather, sunroof, new stereo. 150,000km. Winter & high proﬁle tires incld. $7000 OBO. Must sell! Call 604792-9694 or 604-819-8501. 2004 Suzuki Aeiro SX 4dr H/B 5sp p/w 4 new snows, roof rack 1 owner a/cared $5495 obo. 604-859-7009
Front living area, awning, micro. CD player, ducted roof air. Immaculate! $12,995 (Stk.28505A) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644
2007 Sunseeker m/h Ford E450, 1 slide, 31.6’, slps 6, generator, 18,700mi, $45,000 obo (604)8244552 or (604)272-4961 (Van) 2010 LAREDO 310RE
1989 F150 X-tra clean, 5L auto, full load, L/B, ext cab, air, lots extras, 161,000km, $3850. (604)316-2574 1995 FORD EXPLORER 2dr sport, 2whl drive 1 owner auto air p/w p/dl p/mirrors $2000 obo. 604-858-4398 2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE Laredo 4L, good cond, New tires, New radiator, Aircare for 2 years asking $5000 (604)826-6256 Bill
TRUCKS & VANS
1993 FORD F350, crew cab, white RWD, good condition. $1895/obo. Phone 604-854-5160. 1994 F 150, auto, 5 L, 4X4, club cab, shrt box, canopy,good running, some rust, $3,900. 604-859-6418 2001 DODGE DAKOTA. Quad cab. V8, loaded. New brakes & tires. Well maint. $12,000. 778-878-1860 2002 FORD F150 Lariat - 4x4, exc. cond. leather, new tires, local, 160K no accid., $8500obo / 778.861.8355 2004 Chevy Venture ext., 8 pass, 1 owner, loaded, white, 158,000 kms. Well maint, $6500 (604)792-7824 2005 CHEVY UPLANDER LS - Ext. 7 pass. loaded, exc. cond. senior driven $5650 Abby. (604)556-4242 2006 FORD F250 super duty diesel, excellent cond, new tires, new brakes, tow pkg. Asking $20,000 Phone (604)826-6256 Bill
KEY TRACK AUTO SALES 2007 GMC 2500 CREW cab, Duramax diesel 4X4 auto ST#61 $18,900 2007 HONDA CIVIC 4dr sedan auto fully loaded st#51 $12,500 2006 FORD F350 crew cab xlt 4x4 auto diesel st#40 $17,900 2006 FORD F350 quad cab xlt 4x4 auto diesel st#17 $17,900 2006 CHEVY UPLANDER van 7 pass auto st#1 $7,900 2006 TOYOTA Corolla 4dr sdn auto p/l st#05 $9900 2006 NISSAN Altima 4dr auto leather loaded st#55 $10,900 2006 CHEVY AVEO 4dr h/back 5 spd st#12 $3,995 2006 CHEVY OPTRA 4dr hatch back auto st#21 $6,900 2005 DODGE RAM 1500 crew cab 4X4 auto V8 Hemi leather clean ST#59 $15,900 2005 FORD F250 crew cab lariat 4x4 auto diesel st#58 $15,900 2005 DODGE 3500 crew cab auto 5.9 diesel st#48 $14,900 2005 CHEVY 1500 reg cab long box auto st#60 $5,900 2005 NISSAN SENTRA 4dr auto sedan fully loaded st#15 $5,900 2005 CHEV Malibu 4dr sdn auto loaded st#07 $6900 2003 HYUNDAI Accent 4dr sdn auto loaded st#70$4500 2002 DODGE CARAVAN 7 psgr loaded St#75 $3995 2001 FORD F350 crew cab Lariat 4x4 auto short box diesel 7.3 st#46 $14,900 1994 CHEV SUBARU Van 9 psgr auto diesel loaded st#71 $3900
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