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Tsawwassen builder adds to Georgie Award collection
(L-R) Delta Teachers' Association president Paul Steer, B.C. Teachers' Federation executive members Teri Mooring and Rick Guenther, and CUPE Local 1091 president Colin Pawson gathered at Ladner's Dugald Morrison park Wednesday (March 7) for a barbecue and rally in support of B.C.'s striking teachers. Christine Lyon photo
Delta unions back teachers Full-scale strike action could continue next week if Bill 22 not passed CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER
he parking lot of Dugald Morrison Park in Ladner was like a tailgate party Wednesday (March 7) as members of various unions came together for a barbecue while supporting B.C. teachers on day three of their full-scale strike. The lunchtime rally was hosted by CUPE Local 1091, which represents Delta's school support staff, and CUPE Local 454, which represents workers of the Corporation of Delta, Delta Police Board civilians and the Delta Museum and Archives. "Our Local is supporting the teachers because we're going to be in bargaining in June, our contract ends in June," said Local 1091 president Colin Pawson. "And if the government is unwilling to come to the table and negotiate, we're going to be experiencing the same problem that the teachers are experiencing right now." Pawson extended the barbecue invitation to members of the B.C. Nurses' Union, Hospital Employees' Union, B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, and any other unionized workers in the area who felt like chowing down a free hamburger in support of teachers.
"Their (teachers') struggle is the same struggle that all working people are having and that's the government unwillingness to negotiate free and collective bargaining," Pawson said. Teachers across B.C. walked off the job Monday to protest the provincial government's back-to-work legislation, which would impose a cooling-off period and appoint a mediator to seek a settlement within the government's "net zero" wage mandate. Teachers were expected to return to classrooms Thursday, but could exercise their right to strike again next week with 48 hours notice. According to a ruling by the Labour Relations Board, after this week teachers can strike one day a week until the government passes Bill 22, the back to work legislation. For Local 454 president Darryl Robison, Wednesday's barbecue was not only about supporting teachers, but supporting free collective bargaining rights for every member of every union. "[Teachers] are not being able to bargain directly with their employer which, as a municipal worker, I have the opportunity to do," he said. "But they don't, and they're facing a very strict mandate from the provincial government. They haven't
had a wage increase in quite a long time and they deserve a fair wage increase and they deserve our support in that." The LRB ruling prohibits picket lines, allowing school maintenance personnel, clerical workers and support staff to report for work. But this week teachers did congregate outside Delta schools waving placards that read "Teachers taking a stand." Delta Teachers' Association president Paul Steer said more than 50 Delta teachers joined thousands of others in a march on the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on Tuesday to protest Bill 22. Local high school students also showed their support for teachers last Friday (March 2) when a group of Delta Secondary students gathered at the corner of Arthur Dr. and 47A Ave. to protest the impasse between the provincial government and teachers. The Delta School District did not receive reports of any children showing up for school on the first day of the walkout. Superintendent Dianne Turner last week wrote a letter encouraging parents not to send their kids to school on strike days as there are not enough staff to provide adequate supervision or instruction. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenorah Construction & Design has snagged yet another award to add to its growing collection. The Tsawwassen-based home renovation company won the 2011 Georgie Award for best kitchen renovation over $100,000 for its "Modern Open Kitchen" in a 70-year-old Burnaby home. "It was converting a very crowded, dated, inefficient kitchen into something that was keeping with the rest of the renovation, which was a complete conversion to very modern, contemporary, clean lines," said Kenorah owner Graham Collins. "The exterior siding is Galvalume (sheet steel)â€”that's how contemporary it became. So the kitchen had to reflect, then, the overall new aesthetic of the home," he added. The Georgie winners were announced at an awards gala Feb. 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Presented by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia, the annual awards ceremony recognizes outstanding residential home construction, renovation, design, development and marketing. Kenorah was also a finalist in the best kitchen under $100,000 category and the best residential renovation under $100,000 category. â€”Christine Lyon
Seeking remarkable youths under 30 Youth in Ladner and Tsawwassen are continuing to prove the future is in good hands. That's what the South Delta Leader has learned in the past few years when we profiled 30 people under the age of 30 in the community. Now we're looking to learn about 30 more local youth who are passionate about achieving their goals. Help us tell their stories. To nominate a Ladner or Tsawwassen resident under 30-years-old for the Leader's third annual 30 Under 30 edition, email email@example.com with their full name, contact information, and why they've caught your attention.
Time to spring forward Don't forget to "spring forward" this Sunday (March 11). That's when we switch to Daylight Savings Time which officially goes into effect for most communities in B.C. at 2 a.m. on March 11. So remember, set your clocks forward one hour and enjoy the steadily increasing daylight hours. Daylight Savings Time remains until Nov. 4.
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Part of Ladner waterfront re-opening to public Delta seeks eco-marine business for north side of harbour Wharf for private lease. With Delta resuming management of the wharf, full public use will be re-established to provide greater opportunity for recreational activities such as fishing, paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking and short-term moorage providing boaters access to businesses in Ladner Village. Corporation of Delta officials said an expression of interest for an eco-marine business at the new location on the north side of Ladner Harbour has been issued and
The Elliott Street Wharf in Ladner Harbour will once again be fully accessible to the public and available for short-term boat moorage as of June 1. Since 2004, the wharf has been leased to a private eco-tourism marine business; the lease expired Dec. 31, 2011. In an effort to increase opportunities for public waterfront access, the Corporation of Delta will not be renewing the lease and instead, will offer an area across the river from the Elliott Street
interested businesses are encouraged to submit a proposal. It is envisioned an eco-tourism business will offer residents and visitors a wide range of recreational boating, ecological, educational and touring services. Delta is proceeding with various initiatives to attract investment and business opportunities in Ladner Village, including the Ladner waterfront revitalization initiative and the Ladner Harbour dredging program, which is contingent upon senior government funding.
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For families who have experienced the loss of a loved one, it can be hard to know when is the right time to pick up the pieces and carry on. For Mayor Lois Jackson, the time is now. This week Jackson announced she is taking up the challenge of raising funds through the annual Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life which in Delta will be held June 16 at North Delta Secondary School. The decision comes after the loss of Jackson's daughter, Lori, who died of breast cancer on Jan. 1, 2009. "It has taken this long for my fam-
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Little House gets big donation The Little House Society got a monetary boost from yet another community organization last week. The society, which welcomed its first support groups on Monday (March 5) at its rebuilt substance abuse and addiction education centre on 12th Ave. in Tsawwassen, received a $5,000 cheque from the Delta Community Foundation. While the facility is now ready to host support groups the building is still $25,000 shy of total completion. To date, more than 100 companies have contributed in-kind donations. The new house is 1,800 square feet—twice the size of the former Little House which for 27 years was used as a meeting place for addictions and related recovery groups. In 2009 the original house was destroyed by arson. —Christine Lyon
Jackson said, adding that what also inspired her to take action was the frequent, sad reminders of how the disease has touched so many families. "It just seems that every time I turn around from my office I hear someone else has passed away from cancer, and I'm thinking, you know if there's nothing else I can do, I can go out there and see if I can raise some money for this group so they can do some more research and let's beat this thing," she said. For more information on the Relay for Life events across B.C. and to register, visit www.relaybc.ca. —Philip Raphael
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DSS electric dragster in running at Green Games Competition highlights students from kindergarten to Grade 12 for their environmentally friendly efforts The electric-powered dragster produced by students at Delta Secondary schoolâ€™s auto shop program is in the running for the annual BC Green Games. On the line is prize moneyâ€”$1,000 for the top 10 elementary and 10 secondary schools chosen. Judges in the field of environmental education and environmental science will also award a pair of $1,000 prizes. Organized by Science World, winners will be chosen by online votes as well as a judging panel of experts and VIPs.
The winners are scheduled to be announced in April. To vote, visit bcgreengames.ca until March 30. The BC Green Games is a province-wide competition The DSS dragster at Mission Raceway. for students in Leader file photo kindergarten Last summer, the auto shop to Grade 12, designed to motivate action, class took their dragsterâ€”a enable sharing and reward Toyota pickup truckâ€”to Misand celebrate the green sion Raceway and set a record efforts of schools in the prov- as the first electric-powered dragster in Canada. ince.
Concert to benefit Reach Top talent to play at Tsawwassenâ€™s KinVillage Some top talent will be making music while helping to raise funds for Reach Child and Youth Development Societyâ€™s Building for Children Together capital campaign at the end of March. Rob Montgomery, and his Vancouver rock and blues band Incognito, helped organize the Rockinâ€™ For Reach event with ticket sales, silent auction and other fundraising activities going towards Reachâ€™s project to build a new child development centre in the heart of Ladner. Other musical guests include Jerr y Doucette (Mama Let Him Play) and Ken Boychuk. Opening the show will be young Tsawwassen musicians Tyson McIlroy
(guitarist for The Simpson Brothers band), and Carter Low. Reach Child and Youth Development Society is a non-profit organization that has been helping children with special needs and their families since 1959. Currently, Reach serves the regions of Delta, Surrey and Langley with a variety of services for children from birth to age 19 to ensure their optimum development. More than 1,000 children and their families benefit from its services on an annual basis. The Building for Children Together capital project is a 20,000-square-foot, $4 million community-based child
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Tsawwassen Rotary Club president Leslie Abramson says her Local Flavour feature dessert dates back a good 20 years when she hosted a Rotary exchange student from Brazil who brought with her the recipe for baked bananas Brazilian style. Philip Raphael photo
Baked bananas Brazilian style INGREDIENTS 3 bananas, peeled and cut length-wise Butter ½ cup brown sugar ¼ tsp. cloves 2 tsp. orange rind 1 cup orange juice Sauce: 2 egg yolks ½ cup icing sugar ¼ tsp. salt 1 oz. rum 2 egg whites
Exchange benefits Recipe from young Rotarian member a winner Longtime Rotarian Leslie Abramson has many memories of her time with the organization. And one particularly "sweet" one surfaced the other day for the current president of the Tsawwassen Rotary Club. It was the recipe for baked bananas Brazilian style from one of the first exchange students hosted by the Ladner Rotary Club roughly 25 years ago. "It's a very rich dish," says Abram-
son. "And it's handy because you can make it up ahead of time, and then put it in the oven to warm while you have your main course." Abramson says she likes to add a chocolate wafer to the dessert for a special touch. "They are nice to have around to dress things up." —Philip Raphael
DIRECTIONS Rub bananas with butter and place in a baking dish and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Mix the brown sugar, cloves, orange rind, and orange juice together and pour over the bananas and put back in the oven for 15 minutes. This can be done ahead of time and when sitting down for the main course, put the baking dish back into the oven at 350 degrees until warmed. Mix egg yolk, sugar and salt. Place in double boiler and cook until thick. Add rum slowly, keep beating. Chill, then add beaten egg whites. Return to fridge. When ready for dessert, put the heated bananas in a dish and add a dab of chilled rum sauce on top. Garnish with a chocolate wafer.
Ladner Harbour Eco-Marine Business – Seeking Expressions Of Interest The CorporaƟon of Delta (Delta) is seeking expressions of interest from experienced eco-tourism operators interested in operaƟng a private eco-marine business on the North side of Ladner Harbour adjacent to Ladner Harbour Park, 4905 McNeely’s Way, Delta. Delta is oīering the opportunity to obtain a sub-licence or sub-lease of land and an adjoining water lot from Delta. This sub-licence or sub-lease is subject to approval from Port Metro Vancouver. Delta envisions that the eco-marine business will oīer residents and visitors a range of recreaƟonal boaƟng, ecological, educaƟonal, and touring services. The operator will be responsible for the construcƟon of all ameniƟes required for the business, such as a walkway and Ňoats and for obtaining all applicable federal, provincial and municipal approvals for such construcƟon. If this opportunity is of interest to you, please submit a response that brieŇy outlines: • The type of business you envision • The approximate level of investment you think it would require from you • Suggested length of licence term • The amount of space requested • Any other informaƟon you deem relevant Please address your response or any quesƟons to Nancy Cuddeford, Manager of Community RecreaƟon Services and Ladner Harbour, at the address below, by May 15, 2012. The Corporation of Delta 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent Delta BC V4K 3E2 604-946-3285 firstname.lastname@example.org www.corp.delta.bc.ca
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Readerpoll Should fines for distracted drivers be increased to curb the use of handheld devices behind the wheel?
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LETTERS Do the right thing and buy Paterson Park As Delta residents, we would like to support the motion put forward by Coun. Sylvia Bishop to explore acquisition of the public land at Ladner Trunk Road and Hwy. 17—a subject which was also addressed and supported
Does the public's input matter? During the Delta Council meeting on March 5 Mayor Jackson once again gave her view on the status of our Official Community Plan, and the associated Tsawwassen Area Plan. This is that constant change of the plan is allowable, provided council agrees. This devalues the parameters and policies contained in the OCP as they seemingly don’t mean much at all in actuality. The Provincial Local Government Act and the Community Charter
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The RCMP's recent Lower Mainland enforcement blitz on distracted drivers showed a dramatic increase over the same month-long period last year. Almost double the number of tickets—4,449 in total—were handed out this February. RCMP officials said they were 'extremely disappointed' drivers were not taking seriously the dangers of using hand-held devices while driving.
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by a recent South Delta Leader editorial (A gateway opportunity, South Delta Leader Feb. 10, 2012). We feel that because this land is already zoned for public use, it makes logical sense to find ways to preserve it as an ongoing historical site and see the land used as public green-treed space. Its key location at this central, busy corner can be enhanced to create a welcoming entryway to Ladner Village while adding to
the historical and agricultural significance of our community. Shopping centres or housing near this already congested highway intersection seem entirely out of place for this location. Partnership discussions with various levels of government and community donors could be one option for acquisition of this property.
require a municipality to prepare and update an OCP. One wonders why this is mandated if such a document is hardly worth the paper and ink to produce it, let alone the thousands of hours, citizens’ time, and cost for this regular event. Despite the very large community involvement during 2010 and 2011 we seem to have been wasting our time and taxes. Just think of the var ious applications and approvals that have been and are being handled by C o u n c i l . T h e y i n c l u d e density, height, setback, road,
and other basic design variances from the OCP. All this can be approved by a simple majority of four councillors, despite any opposition at a public hearing. Staff resources can be extensively and expensively used to guide developers in their applications to obtain the maximum return from their land ownership. The push and pull of vested interests in Tsawwassen has led to much unhappiness. Can we hope that elected officials will act to preserve our community?
Tony Dales has created this haven for Kayak enthusiasts over the past 10 years and has become a good will ambassador to Ladner and the sport of Kayaking in the process. What a shame if this valuable resource is lost in our community.
(Editor's note: The Corporation of Delta announced this week it was taking control of the Elliott St,. Wharf after not renewing the lease to a private eco-tourism marine business. The area will be open to the public and boat moorage on June 1.)
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Cooler heads unlikely to prevail in B.C. teachers dispute In its haste to legislate an end to the public school teachers’ dispute, the provincial government has introduced a heavy-handed bill that has infuriated teachers and is the reason they took job action this week. Bill 22 could have stuck to the net-zero mandate, mediation on issues of scheduling, job security, teachers evaluation and the local-provincial bargaining split, added a cooling-off period and left it at that. Instead, it also meddles with class size and composition without providing appropriate funding and supports. Obviously, there was no way out of the net zero mandate given that dozens of other public sector unions, most notably CUPE school support workers, have accepted the wage freeze for other trade-offs But on other matters the teachers’ hold dear, such as class size and composition, Bill 22 opens a Pandora’s Box of uncertainties. This was not the time for the government to pull the cap off of the number of special needs students in the class even though these quotas are distasteful to parents. This was not the time, either, for removing class size averages, although the bill provides some compensation. The problem is the Learning Improvement Fund—the $165 million available for making improvements, such as compensation for larger classes and hiring more teachers and education assistants—appears arbitrary at best, and at worst, entirely inadequate to addressing all the issues Bill 22 will raise. These changes are also being introduced when teachers want control over these provisions through bargaining—at the very least, a status quo option would have been better until they could be addressed properly. Bill 22 does promise to put class size back into bargaining but not until spring of 2013, when, coincidentally, the next provincial election will be held. And cooling off is that last thing that’s likely to come from this piece of legislation. —Tri-City News
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Changing seasons Delving into the importance of light and dark
t is a pleasure to see the first, warm colours of spring emerging in the landscape, signs that the days are slowly lengthening. Bright yellow hazel catkins dangle over forest paths. Vibrant swathes of orange and crimson are revealed on closer view to be the fresh shoots of willow and red-osier dogwood. Red-winged blackbirds are beginning to sing in the marshes, staking out their territories for the coming season, and some migrant swallows have already arrived. These sights and sounds are so familiar that we take them for granted. Yet what causes nature to begin the season, right on cue? The critical factor is not the temperature or amount of sunshine but the longer hours of daylight as the earth turns on its axis. Day length stimulates hormone production in birds, leading to breeding and migration. That is why male redwings suddenly start flashing those bright colours and singing their hearts out in the reed beds, even with frost on the ground. Conversely, the length of uninterrupted darkness at night governs such biological activities as growth and dormancy in trees and many other plants, the timing of deer mating, and how salmon migrate (migration has been observed to peak during the darker nights of the monthly lunar cycle). Darkness fosters the production of melatonin in animals, a hormone that affects sleep cycles, body temperature and immunity to disease. The awareness of light for timing life’s activities is not a matter of “seeing” in the normal way. Plant leaves have light-sensing proteins and pigments. Birds perceive light at red wavelengths, which pass through the skull directly to special receptors in the brain. Like other animals, including humans, they also have light sensitive cells in the eye’s retina which are not involved in vision. Our bodies are aware of the quality and quantity of light around us, without our conscious
knowledge. Natural darkness has been entirely banished in some parts of our communities. Disrupted rhythms of light and dark can have a negative effect on wildlife, ecosystems and humans, with constant overexposure to artificial light at night being particularly detrimental. To maintain your own healthy lifestyle, enjoy long walks in the spring sunshine and sleep in a dark room at night. Anne Murray is a local naturalist and author of A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay and Tracing Our Past ~ A Heritage Guide to Boundary Bay, available at bookstores or online: see www.natureguidesbc.com.
7 DAYS > ELECTORAL DISTRICT AGM
The Delta-Richmond East Electoral District Association is holding an AGM to elect its 2012 board of directors and review 2011 activities. There will be an open forum with MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay. When: March 10, 10 a.m. Where: Sundance Inn, 6574 Ladner Trunk Rd.
> OVATION PERFORMANCE
Cedar Park Church’s Ovation Performance Series presents its next concert featuring the Delta Community Music School faculty performing a program of classical, jazz and music theatre. When: March 10, 7 p.m. Where: 5300 44th Ave., Ladner. Tickets $15 available at Cedar Park Church and at the music school. Proceeds fund music scholarships.
> WALLY BUONO IN LADER
BC Lions GM Wally Buono is speaking at a men's breakfast event in Ladner. When: March 10, 8:30 a.m. Where: Pneuma Church at Delta Manor Education Centre, 4750 57th St. Register at www.pneumachurch.com.
> FUN WITH DOGHOUSE
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with local band Doghouse. When: Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Where: Sharkey's Seafood Bar in Ladner. There will be an Irish-themed menu with Irish ale. Reservations at 604-946-7793.
> WOMEN'S GOLF GROUP
The Ladies' Wednesday Morning Golf Group is seeking Delta members. When: Season runs April to September. Where: Mylora Golf Course, Sidaway, Richmond. Fun group, no handicaps. For more info call Jean, 604-940-1486, or M.J., 604-943-5080.
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Children & Youth EMPOWERMENT CAMP DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society will be holding an Empowerment Camp for Children & Youth in spring 2012. The focus will be on: identifying and expressing emotions, healthy ways to express feelings of anger, self esteem, assertiveness and aggressiveness, abuse, safety planning, conﬂict resolution, peer relations, anti-bullying, anti-gang education, and substance abuse. There will also be A LOT OF FUN ACTIVITIES. Snacks/ lunch will be provided.
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New Residential Construction Guide Benefits Homeowners and Builders Homeowners have a new tool at their ﬁngertipss to help them better understand how warranty providers evaluate claims for possible design, labour or material defects in new homes. The Residential Construction Performance Guide is the newest online resource available on the provincial Homeowner Protection Ofﬁce website at www.hpo.bc.ca. It explains how homes covered by home warranty insurance should perform. Every new home built for sale by a licensed residential builder in B.C. is protected by mandatory third-party home warranty insurance. It’s the strongest system of construction defect insurance in Canada. “For most consumers, buying a new home is one of the largest ﬁnancial investments they will make. So it’s essential that homebuyers can make that investment with conﬁdence, knowing that they will not be faced with additional expenses to repair defects after they move in,” said Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Home Owners’ Association and an advocate for consumer protection. This simple, practical guide is easy to use. It outlines more than 200 possible defects that are searchable online. This includes the most common defect claims that might be submitted under a home warranty insurance policy – from windows that malfunction, to driveway or interior concrete ﬂoors that have cracked, to siding that has buckled. Designed primarily for conventional low-rise, wood-frame homes, the guide also provides some helpful guidelines for the common property of multi-unit buildings. Builders can also use the guide to help ensure that they deliver high performance homes.
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The importance of will planning
Planning ahead Death is mystifying, intriguing, and can be frightening. Itâ€™s also a topic we do not easily discuss, although nothing is as certain as the fact that there will come a time for all of us when our life on this earth will end. While dying is a natural part of the cycle of life, it is sad and a difficult thing to go through if someone we know dies. Loved ones must endure the pain of the loss and readjust to living without that person in their life. When a loved one is suddenly facing the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, fear and anxiety can become overwhelming. People are often not prepared and do not know what they need and what support is available. There are many strategies that can help people have less fear about death and be more prepared for how they want to be cared for when the time comes. Planning ahead, learning about options, seeking support and talking with loved ones are a few approaches that can help to prevent crisis management. Often fear is related to the unknown, and if some of the concerns are dealt with, people can live life more fully. People can access resources at the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care at no cost and can drop in for information, support, complimentary therapies, counselling and referral to appropriate resources. Life threatening diagnosis and end of life issues cause concern for many people and the path as to what is needed or what is available is not always clear. Last year the Centre for Supportive Care received over 14,000 phone calls and visitors accessing information, a variety of support services, counselling, education and training. For more information about any of these resources call 604-948-0660 or visit www.deltahospice.org.
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As we all look toward the fresh opportunities of 2012, many of us have New Yearâ€™s resolutions to spend more time with family, or pay off debt, or maybe to lose weight. These are all important commitments that will benefit our own lives and those we love. Another positive and caring commitment we can make for ourselves and our families is to prepare or update our willsâ€”or encourage our loved ones to do so. The Society of Notaries Public of BC conducted a province-wide poll just over a year ago and found that, on average, only 51 per cent of British Columbians aged 18 and over have a current and legal will. A properly executed will can create certainty of our intentions for the distribution of assets and personal effects, the guardianship of minor children and pets, the responsibility for carrying out our wishes (an executor), and other vital details such as funeral arrangements. When someone dies without a will, it can create additional grief for family and friends. Without a will, any one of the heirs may apply to the court to administer the estate. If the other heirs do not agree with this appointmentâ€”or if no one steps upâ€”by law the office of the BC Public Guardian and Trustee must manage the estate and charge a fee for the work. Some people face years of financial expense and time to unravel a loved oneâ€™s finances. To those left behind to handle the paperwork, a will is priceless. In my experience, most people are relieved after they make a will and are surprised at how easy the process is. Will-planning and the related discussions among loved ones can open important channels of communication, bring people closer, and create more certainty and peace of mind for all. If you would like to discuss preparing a will or refer a family member or friend, please contact my office or myself directly. â€” Daniel Boisvert, Notary Public 604-943-3133 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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quences is much easier, so when time comes to get on the course players can revert to what feels comfortable. “When you’re at home you can actually give yourself the perfect grip, the perfect stance and back swing. And if you drill that in, it will go a long way to helping you get better.” Brent Derrhiem, Head Golf Professional at Beach Grove Golf Club, added preparations for the golfing season should include checking out the condition of your clubs. “You should be looking at the condition of your grips,” he said. “If they haven’t been replaced from the previous season, then it’s important that they are done on a yearly, based on how much you play.” Continued on p12
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2012 From p11 Making sure your clubs are properly updated and fitted is another item on the checklist. From a fitness view, golfers should devise a plan for the new season and set goals on what they want to accomplish. “And if part of that includes lowering your score, you need to work on your physical fitness,” Derrhiem said, adding getting on a regular workout plan, and maybe a trip to a local fitness trainer would help. “They can help you work on flexibility, and there’s a number of golf-specific stretches and work out plans you can do to improve your game,” he said. Fo r t h o s e g o l f e r s looking for something completely new, and yet familiar at the same time this coming season, try the Tsawwassen Springs Golf Club. Half of it—the southern portion—is the original course—while the northern part is all new. The changes came about with development of the Tsawwassen Springs residential development. Course designer Ted Locke said the biggest difference between the northern and southern sides is the tree lines. “Golfers on the south side will notice there’s much more open space,” he said. Noticeable, too, will be the superior drainage. “We capped that land with about a foot of sand and also put in some drainage tiles,” Locke said. “So, when there’s heavy rain, the course will be playable.” Drainage work was also done on the southern side with roughly six inches of sand put down on the course. Play is expected to begin at Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course as early as July, with a grand opening later in the summer. Since the overall development is still under construction, the new clubhouse will not be completed until 2013.
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Delta Hospital Foundation
Delta Chamber of Commerce
This annual event supports the
13th Annual Delta Health Golf Classic
Delta Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
Boys and Girls Clubs of the South
Kings Links by the Sea
Beach Grove Golf Club (5946
for children in Delta, Richmond
(3388 72 St.)
and Greater Vancouver. For more
The Delta Hospital Foundation’s
Registration begins at 12 p.m..
information, call 604.879.6554.
13th Annual Delta Health Golf
Tee off time is 1:15 p.m.
Registration can be done online at
Classic takes to Kings Links by
This year the Delta Chamber of
the Sea on June 14.
Commerce celebrates its 24th
Last year, the event raised more
annual golf tournament at Beach
than $144,000 and went to the
Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen.
B.C. Guide Dog Services and
Delta Hospital Foundation’s
It’s a chance to spend a day on
Autism Support Dogs
Cancer Care Fund—a newly des-
the links, socialize and network
ignated fund dedicated to early
with those in the local business
Howie Meeker Golf for Guide Dogs
detection of cancer and the pur-
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chase of diagnostic equipment.
The golfing day is followed by a
(5946 12th Ave.)
This year, the event will benefit the
dinner and auction in support of
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foundation’s Cardiac Care Fund
the chamber’s ongoing activities
name of NHL great and longtime
which supports patients at Delta
to serve and support the busi-
B.C. Guide Dogs supporter,
Hospital who undergo cardiac-
Howie Meeker, raises funds for
related testing, monitoring, and
For more information, call 604-
the services provided by the
treatment by funding state-of-the-
946-4232. To register, visit delta-
Ladner-based B.C. Guide Dog
art diagnostic equipment
Services and Autism Support
Coast which provides programs
South Delta Rams
Dogs organization. Aug. 20
More information can be found
Boys and Girls Clubs Legends of the Ball
at bcguidedog.com, email info@
Richmond Country Club
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FIRST OFFICER Delta firefighter Madeleine Lamphier makes history
Soon to be Delta's very first female fire officer, Madeleine Lamphier (front) poses with a few of her male colleagues outside Firehall No. 1 in Ladner. Christine Lyon photo CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER
adeleine Lamphier remembers her mother telling her she could grow up to be anything she want-
ed to be. "I don't think she had firefighting in mind when she said that," laughs Lamphier, who has been a firefighter with Delta Fire & Emergency Services for just over a decade. The 33-year-old Edmonton native has thrived in the traditionally male-dominated profession, and this month will officially become the very first female fire officer in the history of the Delta department. Lamphier remains modest about the historic achievement. "I'm proud to be here because I feel like I've worked hard to get here. But I'm just Contribute your comments to all of our news stories, editorials and letters to the editor. You are invited to participate. Add your comments today.
one person in my group going through this right now," she says, noting four other colleagues (all men) have also successfully completed the fire officer program. "Like everyone else, I've gone through being a driver, an aerial operator, a hazmat technician. This is just the next step in my career." As an officer, Lamphier will play a supervisory role around the firehall and could be the incident commander responding to anything from a dumpster blaze to a thirdalarm high rise fire. She also gets to wear a special red helmet denoting her new rank. In the minority Lamphier didn't always have her heart set on firefighting. "I knew in my teens that I wanted to be doing something physical," she recalls. She considered sports training, but it wasn't
until her late teens when she met a female forest firefighter that she was inspired to think seriously about the profession. She ran firefighting through her mental checklist and it satisfied everything she wanted out of a career. "It was physical, good sense of community, camaraderie—and those were all very important to me." Lamphier completed her initial fire fighting training at the Justice Institute of B.C. and started with Delta Fire in 2001. Currently, she is one of just two females in Delta's 162-member firefighter contingent. The other is Kristy Storey, who has been with the department since 2005. Low female representation is typical of most B.C. fire departments. Surrey Fire Services has 340 male firefighters and eight females. And at JIBC, the Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment program turns out about
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Delta's pair of female firefighters have met the same physical qualifications required of men and can both carry a hose, raise a ladder and break down a door as quickly and efficiently as any of their male colleagues. "They both have earned the respect of their peers," says Delta Fire Chief Dan Copeland. "They support women in the fire service, but they don't support lowering the standards to accommodate females in the fire service," he adds. Battalion Chief Ken Johnson supervised Lamphier through the fire officer program and is confident she will do an excellent job in her new role. "I've known Madeleine since she got on, and she's never balked at anything," Johnson says. Also a peer fitness trainer, Lamphier takes pride in maintaining the physical strength and endurance it takes to do the job. "She can handle her end of the log—there's no two ways about that," Johnson says. "She's earned the respect, tenfold, from the guys on the floor and it'll just be a natural progression for her to be the leader of the band."
All in the family Lamphier married her husband, fellow Delta firefighter Kelly Olson, in 2005. The couple has two young daughters, aged four and six, and they live in Tsawwassen. When Lamphier starts working officer shifts, there's very little chance she will be put in the awkward position of commanding her own spouse. "We don't see each other at work. We're on different platoons and we're at different halls," she says. Lamphier explains the fire department follows the military practice of separating family members. "They don't put family, typically, in the same platoon, for safety reasons," she says. Sending a message Lamphier took her mother's advice to heart and believed she could become anything she wanted and now, she hopes to pass that same message along to her own daughters. "Just to be able to say that, and really believe it, I think is what I hope to convey to my girls," she says. She encourages young women to challenge themselves and has been an organizer and counsellor at Camp Ignite, an annual three-day camp for high school girls interested not only in firefighting, but in building confidence and having fun. If the career seems appealing, Lamphier hopes young firefighter hopefuls do their research to ensure it's a good fit. "It's not the right career for everybody—male or female," she says. "It's challenging, but extremely rewarding." email@example.com
145 athletes from Fraser River-Delta (Zone 4) competed at the 2012 BC Winter Games bringing home 38 medals. Thank you to the coaches, ofﬁcials, volunteers, and families who support these growing champions. See photos, videos and results at www.bcgames.org
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