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Delta Hospital staff will be increasing security measures for patients who are at risk to wander away from the facility. The changes come after a patient disappeared last week and was found safe several hours later after making his way to East Vancouver. Contributed photo

Hospital security stepped up Hourly checks, and easily identifiable housecoats part of plan after an elderly Alzheimer’s patient disappears for several hours last week PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


raser Health officials are tightening up security at Delta Hospital to help prevent patients from wandering away from the Ladner facility. Proximity alarm bracelets affixed to patients who are at a risk of wandering will be better covered up. And more frequent checks by staff on wards will be done following the short-term disappearance of an elderly Alzheimer’s patient on March 19. William McKinlay, 81, made it all the way to East Vancouver before he was found by police and returned to Delta Hospital. McKinlay was picked up in the area of East 41 Ave. and Victoria Dr. at 9:45 p.m. Earlier in the day, hospital staff on the ward where McKinlay was admitted discovered he went missing at around 2 p.m. After a thorough check of the hospital—which took roughly three hours to complete—the matter was reported to Delta Police who issued to media a miss-

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ing person advisory. Police were concerned for McKinlay’s wellbeing due to the cold weather and his diminished capacity which made it unlikely he knew the area where he lived, or his actual address. This is not the first time McKinlay has gone missing. Last month (Feb. 26), he was reported missing from North Delta. He was later found, unharmed, a day later in Burnaby. “When a patient is admitted to Delta Hospital, like at many other sites, who is at at risk of elopement they’re given a wristband which triggers an audible alarm when they near the exit areas of the unit they are in,” said Fraser Heath spokesman Roy Thorpe-Dorward. In the case of McKinlay, the security measure had worked well for the previous few weeks, but his wristband had been removed. “They are not something that you can just slip off. They can certainly be removed if you’re determined,” Thorpe-Dorward said. To help prevent that from happening

in the future the wristbands will be put on patients in a manner where they are covered up. “Out of sight, out of mind kinda thing,” Thorpe-Dorward said. “It can be a visual irritation or distraction and covering it up, it won’t be focused on.” Other additional security measures include hourly checks by staff on patients, and a specially coloured housecoat issued to patients to identify them as a wandering risk. “That way staff can keep an eye out,” Thorpe-Dorward said, adding the threehour gap between noticing McKinlay was missing to notifying the police constituted the period when a thorough search of the hospital was done. “The 2 p.m. would have been tied to the last time there was a rounds done, or a check. And in this case they’ve upped that to hourly checks,” Thorpe-Dorward said. “But when a patient is reported missing, the hospital goes through code yellow process.” That means before police are contacted the entire hospital site is searched.

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Property Development Group is close to securing two major anchor tenants for its Tsawwassen Commons project—one of two shopping malls planned for Tsawwassen First Nation land. Larry Rank, chairman of the development company, said he is not yet able to identify the tenants by name as they still going through an approval process. "A couple of the key anchors that we have got agreements with, they're probably about two-thirds of the way through that approval process and we're optimistic that it's going to make it to the goal line, so to speak," Rank said. Preliminary drawings of the site showed Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire and Lowe's as proposed tenants, but Rank would not confirm if this is still the case. He said the site has space for two major-scale retailers, and potentially a third. But the company is still evaluating whether the third space should be occupied by one large tenant, or two mid-sized ones. In January TFN members voted overwhelmingly in favour of going ahead with the development of two large-scale shopping malls covering a total 1.8 million square feet of TFN land. —Christine Lyon

Car torched Delta Police forensic examiners are investigating an arson case involving a Ladner resident's vehicle. According to Delta Police, the victim heard a popping sound close to 4 a.m coming from outside his home in the 4600 block of Kelly Pl. on Saturday (March 24). When he went to investigate, the rear tire on the family's vehicle, a 2010 Chrysler Sebring, was on fire. Police said the owner put the fire out, and while doing so heard someone running away from the scene. Delta Fire and Emergency Services attended to fully extinguish the fire, and a Delta Police K-9 unit was dispatched to try and pick up a trail of the suspect. Police said damage to the car is likely significant enough to write it off. —Staff writer

Teen assaulted on Tsawwassen bus A 14-year-old boy was assaulted March 25 while riding a bus with his friend in Tsawwassen. According to Delta Police, the two youngsters were approached by another male passenger who was approximately 18-years-old. The suspect punched one of the younger boys in the face then left the bus at the next stop in the 12th Ave. and 56th St. area. The victim was later taken to Delta Hospital by his mother. The suspect is described as Caucasian and was wearing a red baseball cap and jeans. —Staff writer

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Watching Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen cross the floor of the provincial legislature to join the B.C. Conservatives on Monday (March 26) hasn’t inspired DeltaSouth MLA Vicki Huntington to change her allegiance. “Right now I am absolutely committed to being independent,” Huntington told the Leader the day following the dramatic event. “Being independent has meant that my allegiance is to my constituency, not to a party.” Van Dongen announced Monday he was resigning from the B.C. Liberal caucus and becoming the only sitting member of the B.C. Conservative Party.

He told the legislature there are still serious unanswered questions regarding the writing off of $6 million in legal fees in the BC Rail case, and cited the cancellation of a $35 million naming rights agreement with Telus as “another example of failed leadership.” “There have been other lapses in proper accountability and I expect more to come. When more and more decisions are being made for the wrong reasons, then you have an organization that is heading for failure,” he said. For now, van Dongen will have to sit as an independent MLA since the Conservatives do not have party status. Huntington called van Dongen’s move “extremely courageous” and said it is an indicator of the integrity he feels he must live up to.

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Robinson guilty of obstructing justice Mountie knew statements would 'skew' investigation, judge rules CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER

RCMP Cpl. Benjamin “Monty” Robinson knew drinking vodka after the Tsawwassen collision that claimed the life of a young motorcyclist would mislead police, a judge ruled last week. In her reasons for judgement, Justice Janice Dillon said Robinson’s decision to drink alcohol following the 2008 crash that killed 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson “was not a simple error of judgement, mistake or inadvertence.” “Robinson’s act of drinking vodka was, I conclude, wilfully designed to set up the defence that he had learned during his police training,” Dillon

said in New Westminster Supreme Court on March 23. Robinson was off duty when his Jeep collided with Hutchinson’s motorcycle at the intersection of 6th Ave. and Gilchrist Dr. shortly after 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2008. Following the accident, Robinson gave his driver’s licence to a bystander and left the scene to walk his two children home. Dillon said Robinson performed his “bare legal duty” by leaving his licence. “His explanation of prioritization of his children is an inexplicable perversion in the circumstances,” she added. Delta Police administered two breathalyzer

tests, the lowest reading coming out at 0.10 mgs of alcohol. Robinson was not charged with impaired driving, but with attempt to obstruct j u s t i c e. T h e C r ow n decided not to lay any driving-related charges, concluding the available evidence did not establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt Robinson had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit at the time of the collision. In her ruling, Dillon noted that as a veteran

RCMP officer, Robinson commonly investigated drinking and driving offences and was familiar with the protocol of questions and observations to be made in these circumstances. RCMP officials said Friday (March 23) they are seeking Robinson's dismissal, but he is entitled to due process. A date for sentencing will be scheduled on April 4.

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yan Dennis started his career as a baker at a North Vancouver Save-On-Foods and, 19 years and six locations later, he's the new store manager in Ladner. Formerly the manager at the UBC location, Dennis requested the company transfer him to Ladner—despite the lengthy commute from his home on the North Shore. "It's such a warm community," he said of Ladner. "As soon as I walked in here I felt as if it was just home." One big reaChristine son he decided Lyon t o m a k e t h e switch was for the opportunity to start selling more locally sourced food—something he knows is of great importance to South Delta shoppers. The Ladner Trunk Road store now carries fresh Roma, vine and cherry tomatoes from Delta-based Millennium Pacific greenhouse. "It's right behind our store," Dennis said. "They're delivering to our door on a daily basis." Also new at the Ladner grocery store are Marilyn's Salad Dressing from Abbotsford, spiced fruit from Naramata, Simply West Coast sauces and, one of Dennis's personal favourites, artisan baked goods from A Bread Affair. "I think that they (customers) want to spend money right here in their

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One-stop shopping is a marketing pitch made by many businesses— from grocery stores that tend to also offer much more than foodstuffs, to oil change shops that will give your car a wash when they’ve topped you up with a quart or two. A similar vein of thought went into the development of the Birch Tree, a newly opened Ladner Villagebased family wellness centre that provides a host of services all in one, convenient place. Whether you need the assistance of a midwife, or want to try craniosacral therapy—the application of light pressure to the skull to ease a variety of conditions— the Birch Tree has it. Providing the servic-

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public's efforts show every contribution to cut power consumption can make a difference. BC Hydro monitors the energy usage during the hour and calculates what the difference is based on the previous year's figures. Locally, the Corporation of Delta shuts off all non-essential lights in its facilities. Delta staff are also encouraged to ensure their computers are turned off on the Friday before the Earth Hour the following day. Some of the "powerless" activities being suggested during Earth Hour include hosting a candle-lit potluck with family and friends. "That's always fun because it associates some romanticism with that," Graham said. "We also encourage people to go outside, too, for maybe a walk."

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Passion rekindled Mario returns to his Tsawwassen kitchen Mario Marcopoulos says he's a passionate guy who likes being active. And although he's been in the food and beverage industry since 1972 and had been retired for the past half dozen years, he jumped at the opportunity to revitalize a restaurant he sold six years ago—Mario's Kitchen. Marcopoulos says coming back to Tsawwassen brings back plenty of good memories of when he first started in business for himself in the 1980s with a Little Billy's franchise in the spot that Illuminate Restorante now occupies. Over the years he owned and ran several other restaurants, opening Mario's Kitchen in 2000. With the restaurant in need of a makeover, Marcopoulos retained control of the business—he also owns the

building that houses the restaurant— early this year and re-opened for a dry run Feb. 9 for family and friends that raised $1,260 for the South Delta Food Bank. The makeover took 17 days to complete and cost $140,000, much of it for new kitchen equipment. Now, he is ready to rekindle the old days of Mario's Kitchen when lineups were the norm. To help do that Marcopoulos says quality and service are the hallmarks of his operation that uses scratchmade dishes—like the new Linguini Santorini—and locally sourced produce. Now just open for dinner, lunch service starts April 9. —Philip Raphael

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LETTERS Teaching, by the numbers The teachers’ labour relations environment in B.C. is a hopeless farrago and quagmire, alas. Still, let's see how well Delta teachers have fared over the course of the worldwide economic depression all taxpayers have been struggling through for nearly four years. In 2007, a starting teacher in Delta with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching certificate made $42,480. By July 2010, a first-year wage had risen 7.16 per cent to $45,909. A teacher at “max” after 10 years, for their part, saw their salary bump from $67,362 to $74,353, a 10.38 per cent rise. A freshman teacher also gets yearly increments to reward “suc-

Judgement day, Canadian style Oh, the permissive blessings of a compassionate Canadian justice system where punishment habitually turns a blind eye to the seriousness of the crime and the law is more concerned about the

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cessful service”—a.k.a. survival pay. What was $42,480 in 2007 had risen to earnings for that teacher to $53,743 by 2010, a 26.63 per cent hike. As well, each year the teacher earns pension credits. After 10 years, the senior teacher has a bank of 20 per cent deferred-income pension credits. In September, 2010 that would have taken a 10-year teacher's $74,353 in wages to $89,224 or so. Which means when they retire after a 30-35 year career they can garner nearly $35,000 pre-tax annual pension payments in addition to CPP and OAS, which takes their total monthly pension income to nearly $4,500 pre-tax earnings—for life. Not to mention while they teach their yearly statutory holiday pay, vacation pay, paid leaves, as well as 100 per cent employer-paid medical plan, extended health benefits (prescription drugs, glasses, mas-

sage therapy), paid sick leave, long term disability and life insurance. All of that is worth another $15,000 or so at “max,” putting such a teacher’s total compensation value for Canada Revenue Agency purposes at over $100,000 in 2010 dollars. All this at a time when the student-age population in Delta (ages 5-18) fell in that time-frame nearly 10 per cent—from 18,985 down to 17,191, a total of 9.4 per cent. For its part the classroom teacher cohort, meanwhile, dropped by just 4.6 per cent, from 921.3 fulltime-equivalent to 879.2. That’s a nearly five per cent "increase" in classroom teaching staff relative to the 10 per cent fewer student population. So. Add 15 per cent more for these folks by taxing us financially fatigued folks even more? Just say no.

rights of criminals than the fate of their very real victims. Truly, in Canada "justice is blind" and Graham James has become only the latest beneficiary of a "sightless" legal system, where the sentences of two years in jail each for a series of sexual assaults on two minors run concurrently instead of consecutively: Two sexual assault

crimes on two children for the price of one. Not only is a feeble two-year sentence for such abhorrent crimes a travesty, the real travesty surely lies in the assaults on one of the two victims remaining un-punished.

like to thank Randy Vannatter of City Passports and Ken Priebe of VanArts for organizing Delta’s Academy Awards—a fundraiser for the DCMS’s scholarship fund. Thanks to Andrea Frustaci, of Sharkey’s, for providing the venue

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Political credit Give Delta-South independent MLA Vicki Huntington some credit for not piling on Premier Christy Clark's already bad day on Monday. That was when long-time BC Liberal MLA John van Dongen spoke up in the legislature and stated his intent to pull up political stakes and join the BC Conservative Party. For conspiracy enthusiasts and cynics alike, it would not have been too much of a stretch of the imagination that Huntington could have followed suit and hooked up with Van Dongen and provincial Tory leader—former longtime Delta-Richmond East MP John Cummins. Cummins' group needs just four sitting MLAs to be declared an official party, and by having two already in the legislature with Van Dongen and Huntington, and a crack at adding another pair through upcoming byelections in Port Moody and Chilliwack, he had a real shot at getting status. The stars were aligning, especially since Huntington has a family link to the conservative side of the political landscape—her father Ron was elected to the House of Commons in Ottawa on three occasions as a Progressive Conservative. So, chalk one up for Huntington for not being lured into changing political horses with just over a year to go before the next provincial election and what appears to be a deeply wounded government and premier that is not registering all that well in recent popularity polls. Huntington could have jumped on Cummins' bandwagon and helped lead the resurgence of the provincial conservatives, but says she has stayed the course because of a commitment to her constituents who voted her in with a handful more votes than Liberal star candidate Wally Oppal back in May 2009. Some politicians sensing blood in the water would have quickly opted for the chance of improving the likelihood of re-election. After all, Huntington's win at the ballot box was the result of a very strong protest vote aimed directly at the BC Liberal Party. It just goes to show you that when you think you have figured out the behaviour of some politicians, one can come along and pleasantly surprise you.

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A benefit concert and dance for Reach Child and Youth Development Society with Incognito, Jerry Doucette and friends. Ages 19 and over. When: Saturday, March 31, doors open at 7 p.m. Where: KinVillage Community Centre, 5430 10th Ave. Tickets $20 available at Videoland Tsawwassen and Ladner locations, or call 604-946-6622.


Art for the home and garden enthusiast. Select a painting or sculpture to enhance your decor. When: Show runs from March 29 to April 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Where: Kiwanis Longhouse Gallery in Tsawwassen. Check out the workshop for a variety of art classes. A9

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Excited about starting your vegetable garden, but don't know where to start? Whether you garden in a community plot, in your own backyard or on a balcony, Earthwise workshops will help you enjoy your time in the dirt. When: April 2 and May 6 from 11 a.m. to noon. Where: 6400 3rd Ave, Boundary Bay. Spaces are limited, RSVP required. Contact 604-946-9828 or



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The 10th annual Run for Life is just around the corner. When: April 1 at 9 a.m. Where: Sungod Recreation Centre in North Delta. The run is raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society as well as The James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research in memory of Megan McNeil, who lost her battle with cancer last year at the age of 20. This is a 5K walk/run for adults or a 1K run for those 12

Join Go Green Delta Book + Film Club in their discussion of the Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan. Featuring special guest facilitator Patricia Fleming from the Earthwise Society and Delta Food Coalition. When: April 11 from 7-9 p.m. Where: At the Tsawwassen Public Library. Book available at the Tsawwassen Library limited supply. For more info contact


This spring, the Tsawwassen Lawn Bowling Club welcomes new members of all ages. If you would like to know more about bowling on grass, come to the club's Open House. When: Saturday, April 14, between noon and 2 p.m. Where: The club is located on the north side of Winskill Park, next to the artificial turf playing field. If your interest is piqued, you may choose to sign up for coaching later in the month.

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Blues legend coming to Ladner Artists celebrate spring Jim Byrnes to perform at Genesis Theatre fundraiser Blues musician Jim Byrnes will take the stage with two-time Juno Award winner Steve Dawson at Ladner’s Genesis Theatre on April 14. The pair will perform classics, along with many of the songs from their newest albums. An American-born actor long in Canada, Byrnes is best known for his acting work on the TV shows Wiseguy and Highlander. He started piano at age five and by age 13 he was singing and playing blues guitar. Steve Dawson is a Canadian musician and producer who has worked on several of Byrnes’ albums.

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Kiwanis Longhouse hosts guild's ‘Bloomin’ Art’ fundraiser during April The South Delta Artists’ Guild is welcoming spring with a monthlong show called Bloomin’ Art at the Kiwanis Longhouse (1710 56th St.). Starting Saturday (March 31) the guild’s members will be showing the unique pot planters they have created from old footwear. The event is a fundraiser for the group which has more than 150 members. Funds will be put towards the guild’s rent and upkeep of the building which was constructed by the Kiwanis Service Club, and donated to the Corporation of Delta. It originally housed the Tsawwassen Library. And when the library

moved to its present location at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, the building was used by Delta Parks and Recreation before being turned over to the South Delta Artists Guild as a visual arts centre for the community. The Artists’ Guild has been located there for more than 10 years, transforming the inside of the building into a working studio/workshop space for life drawing, drop-in space for artists to meet and work, and space for larger workshops and classes, which are held on an ongoing basis and attended by artists from the Lower Mainland. —Staff writer

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Stan Fiddis gets in some workout time in preparation for his Guinness Book of Records chinup challenge at Tsawwassen Fitness. The current mark is 57 completed in one minute. Fiddis is aiming to do at least 60 and maybe even eclipse the 64 he managed when he was in his 20s. Tyler Garnham photo

Record attempt At 57, Stan Fiddis reignites competitive fires to challenge Guinness chin-up mark PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


t was a reassuring, youthful wink that helped secure victory more than 30 years ago. And judging by the confident sparkle still in the eyes of Stan Fiddis today, reaching his current goal looks to be within reach. It's just a matter of performing 60 or so chinups within a minute and the 57-year-old fitness coach will set a Guinness World Record, something Fiddis is planning to embark on April 28 at Tsawwassen Fitness. That's where all comers are invited to do their best to beat the current mark of 57 that, according to the Guinness Records website, is held by Guy Schott who managed the feat at the Sonoma YMCA in Santa Rosa, California on Dec. 20, 2008. In addition to the record, a $1,000 prize is on the line. But away from the notoriety and cash Fiddis is focused on the bigger picture—one that ignited his competitive fires at an early age. "I started doing chin-ups when I was a kid, about 12 or 13, growing up in East Vancouver," Fiddis says after a recent training session in Tsawwassen. "We didn't have a lot of workout equipment back then. But we did have a soccer

field with a fence. And so we took some of the wire off the top of it at the gate and did chinups." Those in the group would challenge each other to see who could do the most. Whoever lasted the longest would win the day and not much more than bragging rights until the next impromptu contest, he said. "I had a competitive spirit and I won my fair share. And when I did win I liked it so much that I made sure I was the best," he says laughing. The chin-up total back then? "Oh, I think we'd get up to around 15, something like that. Not the kind of numbers I'm hitting now," Fiddis says. "It was fun. It was a good way to build up strength. We also played a lot of soccer as well. And when I got a little older I actually got into gymnastics and did a lot of that." Finding the right stage The foundation was set. But Fiddis had yet to come across a stage to display his ability. That came just over a decade or so later at the now defunct Sea Festival in Vancouver in the early 1980s. "They held a chin-up challenge at Second Beach and a police officer won it doing 30

chin-ups," Fiddis says, adding the event was not timed. "It was based on how many you could do." Fiddis wasn't aware of the contest that first year and only found out about it after it was over. "I was at Kits Beach later working out and this little kid was there and I asked him if he could count," Fiddis says, adding he asked the youngster about the previous day's chin-up contest and the 30 done by the winner. "I'm going to do more than that right now," he told the boy and proceeded to rattle off 35. "I knew they were going to do this contest again—it was put on by the B.C. Lung Association. So, the following year I went back and the same police officer was there." Only this time, the defending champion had plenty of support with other police members on horseback, and motorcycles cheering him on. "So, I just sorta sat back in the audience. And some people got up and did what they could do. And he (policeman) still beat everybody." And when the event's announcer called for any other challengers to step forward, Fiddis emerged. "I meekly put my hand up and said I wouldn't mind trying."

Fiddis admits he was in pretty good shape back then. "I was wearing a pretty big sweat shirt and when I took if off everyone could see I was really ripped." There was a collective "oooohhh," from the onlookers. "To win I had to beat 30," Fiddis says. Cue the "wink." "So I did 30, stopped, looked over at the police officer, winked, and did 20 more." Fiddis said the reigning champ left the scene before he completed the 50 to beat the Sea Festival record. That was the start of several years of winning the competition until the Sea Festival was canceled. "We had team and speed competitions for about six years straight," Fiddis says. While all that is fond history, what made Fiddis want to try and eclipse a performance set in his youth? "I was training one of my friends about a few years or so back and there were some young guys in the gym doing chin-ups and they asked that if I was the 'chin-up guy,' show them what I could do," Fiddis says. He took up their request and proceeded to do 40.

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"These young guys in their 20s were saying 'holy cow,' and I hadn't gone for it for several years." Impressed by that, a friend checked out what the Guinness World Record for the most chin-ups completed in one minute was at the time and found out it was 53. "I had always assumed the Guinness record was 100 or something," Fiddis says. "I had actually done 64 in a minute before and 86 in one pull at the Sea Festival competitions. So, I thought if that's all it is, I can do that." Mounting a record challenge Fiddis began training seriously in August 2010 and reached a level where he could comfortably do 53 in the one-minute time period. He recorded some of the sessions and sent it to Guinness World Records officials who OK'd his technique—he holds the bar with his palms facing away from his body. "That's more like a rowing motion using my back muscles more than my arms," he says. But a freak training accident—Fiddis broke a finger re-racking a free weight—set him back. Once his finger healed, Fiddis went back to the gym to shed some of the weight he'd gained while not training and resumed his quest to conquer the world record mark, splitting his time in the Tsawwassen gym, East Vancouver and Kitsilano Beach. Pretty soon, he was back up in the 50s. But injuries continued to make the challenge that much steeper as early in 2012 Fiddis damaged his rotator cuff while doing inclined bench presses. "I think I had about 85-pound dumbbells and I kinda got outside with one of the weights and it doesn't take much to do some damage." That pushed the chin-up challenge date from late January to late April. In training now Fiddis is regularly hitting the 50 mark. "I haven't gone wild yet," he says, adding the goal for the challenge is to hit 60 and possibly make a bid to break his personal best of 64. "I know I'm capable of doing it, but mind you, that was 25 years ago," he says laughing. So, what makes Fiddis so good at chin-ups? Is is strength or technique? "It's all of that," he says. "It's strength, technique and mindset. When people ask me, 'How do you do so many chins?' I tell them that with me if I do it enough I simply got better at it." Fiddis also explains that a certain body type also makes for good chinup potential. Mike Hamill, owner of Tsawwassen Fitness and a former body builder, agrees. "It's strength based on body weight," says Hamill who has been a personal trainer for the likes of actors Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger. "For me doing chins it's tougher than for Stan. I'm a heavier set guy. I've got big legs from years of weight lifting and body building. "Lighter, muscular guys who are strong in the upper body will have a better chance. And Stan has that body

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type. He's an ectomorph." Hamill predicted Fiddis will be successful. "I'd say he'll do 60 in a minute." Strength and body type aside, Fiddis says there's a mental coordination that for him also has to happen. "You get a rhythm. It's also a lot of tendon strength and breathing. You've got to have that together," he says. "Also, I don't count one to 50. I count in 10s and fives, and threes. Because, if you put the (goal) number too far away it's like trying to bite off something that's too big to chew." He also has a mental picture of his body being light. "It's a lot of psyche, that's for sure." As he heads into the last month of training before the big day, Fiddis has embarked on two-a-day training sessions. "I'll do a weight program and cardio, then a chin-up and push-up workout with one to 20 chins and up to 40 push-ups." In total, that has added up to 110 chin-ups and 220 push-ups, which he then tops off with another 35 chinups. "If I can pull off the 35 chin-ups after that, I'm pretty ready." Confident? Yes. Thinking about what it means to be a world record holder? Fiddis says that's not been in the forefront of his mind. "You know what, I don't care that much about setting a record. It would be kinda cool to have that," he says. "But for me, it's more about showing that somebody who is close to 60 can still be in good shape and compete with someone who's in their 20s. "And that's an incentive to other people, and myself, to continue on and not feel too old to do that anymore. If you train, get the right nutrition, we can live healthier for a lot longer than we currently accept." ®

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National SAM awards presented to local companies

GVHBA members honoured in Quebec The Canadian Home Builders’ Association held its 69th annual convention on March 17 in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, and four Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association members were among the winners of the National SAM Awards. “The awards ... recognize outstanding performance in new homes and renovation design, innovative technology and construction techniques, and outstanding marketing and sales activities,” says GVHBA President and CEO Peter Simpson. Portrait Homes was the recipient of the Community Development Award, which recognizes excellent achievement

in creating an attractive, exciting and innovative community for its development Silver Ridge. Adera Development Corporation won the New Home Award for best multi-family project for zen (Salus phase C and D), while Harald Koehn Construction won a Home Renovation Award in the Any Room category. TQ Construction was also honoured with a Home Renovation Award in the Addition category. “Winning a National SAM Award is a major accomplishment within our industry,” CHBA President Ron Olson says. “Every award recognizes an outstanding success.”

Townline was nominated for Best Townhome/Rowhome Development: Less than 2,000 square feet for its project Clayton Rise, while Boffo is nominated for Best Multi-Family Highrise Development for Jewel.

Adera is a finalist for the FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency for New Construction with its seven35 project in North Vancouver. The awards will be handed out on April 28.

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GVHBA announces Ovation Award nominees by Kerry Vital

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association will be giving a standing Ovation to its finalists at its third annual Ovation Awards next month, which honour excellence in new home and renovation design, construction, accessibility, sustainability, affordability, energy efficiency and heritage restoration. The list of finalists in 41 categories was released last week. Among the group is Kenorah Construction & Design, ParkLane Homes, Portrait Homes and My House Design/Build Team, among many others. “Last year, Vancouver-area homebuilders spent nearly $4 billion on home renovation, and builders started construction on 17,867 new homes,” says GVHBA President and CEO Peter Simpson. “Residential construction is a major contributer to Metro Vancouver’s economy and the GVHBA is delighted to partner with FortisBC and the Homeowner Protection Office to honour the industry’s brightest stars.” ParkLane Homes reigns as the topnominated builder, with 13 finalist nominations including Multi-Family Builder of the Year, Single-Family Builder of the Year and Best SingleFamily Detached Home: 3,000 square feet and over. The nominations are spread over several ParkLane communities, including Headwater at Bedford Landing, Time at Walnut Grove and Winchester. Portrait Homes has been nominated for seven awards, including Best SingleFamily Detached Home: Less than 2,000 square feet and Best Townhome/ Rowhome Development: Less than 2,000 square feet. “As a long-standing member of the GVHBA, Portrait Homes is very proud of have received these seven Ovation Award nominations,” says Vice-President of Marketing and Sales

Troy Steine. “Receiving recognition at this level would not have been made possible without the dedication and commitment from each and every one of us here on the Portrait Homes team. ... We will continually strive to improve the design and finishing of our homes, our service to our clients and our overall customer experience.” Several other builders appear among the finalists, including British Pacific Properties, Townline Group of Companies, Boffo Developments and Adera Development Corporation. British Pacific Properties was nominated for Best Single-Family Home: 3,000 square feet and over for its Highgrove – Whitby Estates showhome and Best Townhome/ Rowhome Development: 2,000 square feet and over for Aerie.

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B.C. builders are garnering awards recognition from the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, including Portrait Homes for its Stoneleigh at Silver Ridge project, top. ParkLane Homes is nominated for 13 awards, including Time at Walnut Grove, above, for Best Townhome/ Rowhome Development: Less than 2,000 square feet.


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Range Can an electric vehicle fit the bill for local commuting? One man, charged about the idea, aims to find out

Tilbury business owner Daryl Cornwell believes he hasn't received much attention over his new electric car because, in the month he's had it, he's mostly driven it in the dark—the daily bookends of a winter's commute. While his white Mitsubishi i-MiEV may have been described by one car magazine as looking like a computer mouse, so far only two older ladies have gone so far as to point to it on the street near his home in New Westminster. Each day, Cornwell drives the ovoid battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) exactly 42 kilometres (coincidentally, the distance of a marathon) to and from New West and his laser-cutting business in

Tilbury Industrial Park. He's the first person in B.C. to buy a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which became available in Canada in January. Cornwell is no eco-warrior. He's a normal, working family man and daily commuter who happens to have a minor obsession with electric vehicles and a distaste for petroleum in general. A decade ago, he made tentative plans to convert a small gasoline car into an EV, but the cost, weight and poor performance of contemporary lead-acid batteries made him set the idea aside. He continued to drive a 1989 Toyota Corolla and a mid-'90s company Ford Explorer, dubbed "Old Smokey." Over the last several months, at the age of 50, Cornwell figured it was time to bite the bullet. So he test-drove a host of

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PICTURED Daryl Cornwell with his Mitsubishi i-MiEV that he uses on his daily commute to Tilbury. Boaz Joseph photo

alternative-energy vehicles, including the fully electric Nissan Leaf and the extended-range EV hybrid Chevrolet Volt. Gas-electric hybrids such a the Toyota Prius didn't go far enough—figuratively speaking—to bypass gasoline altogether, he concluded. His choice of the Mitsubishi, its power source notwithstanding, was down to one final factor: He liked the way it drove. Behind the wheel on a quick jaunt, Cornwell whispers in the obvious silence how quiet the car is. — Continued on p.6

›COMMUNITYBRIEFS Food scrap collection coming in mid-April Those kitchens food scraps no longer need to go in the trash. As of April 16 Delta's "Green Can” Food Waste Collection Program will begin for single-family homes. And starting April 2, special containers for the food waste will be for sale at a cost of $3. They will be available for purchase at Delta Municipal Hall, North Delta Recreation Centre and South Delta Recreation Centre. You can also make their own kitchen food waste container by using a plastic lidded container such as an ice cream pail. Residents are encouraged to use a paper bag or newspaper to line the inside of the kitchen food waste container. Plastic bags, even biodegradable plastic bags, cannot be used and will not be accepted. A brochure on the Green Can Program will be delivered to all single-family homes in Delta during the first week of April providing detailed information on the program and a Green Can sticker to place on your "green can" for curbside collection. For more information visit and click on the garbage and recycling tab, or call the Engineering Department at 604-946-3260.

Switch off for Earth Hour Don't be surprised if the civic precinct is darker than usual the evening of Saturday, March 31. The Corporation of Delta promotes Earth Hour and plans to participate by turning off all non-essential lights and equipment at its facilities, as well as its reader boards, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour is a one-hour, lights-out event created by the World Wildlife Fund that mobilizes millions worldwide to show support for action on climate change. Delta is challenging residents to follow its example by switching off non-essential lights and electrical equipment for the hour. And the municipality isn't stopping at the hour. Delta Earth Week takes place April 15 to 22 and features a week-long schedule of events, activities, environmental tips, challenges and prizes.



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PICTURED Getting a close up look at the touch screen monitoring their school's energy consumption are Grade 6 Holly Elementary School students (L-R) Madi Falk, Lauren Griffiths, and Alyssa Peterson. Contributed photo

Watchful lessons Touch screens in Delta schools monitor power and water use Philip Raphael Editor, South Delta Leader A new, high-tech eye on energy and water consumption is expected to teach Delta students and school staff a thing or two about conservation, and hopefully save the school district some money at the same time. Introduced last month at Holly Elementary school in Ladner is an energy dashboard—a computer touch screen located in the main hallway in the school which monitors the building's energy and water usage. By seeing what their school building is consuming, on the touch screen and online in their classrooms, students and staff are being encouraged to turn off unneeded lights and taps. As a result, energy savings alone of three to five per cent are expected as a result of the increased awareness, said Jim White, the Delta School District's energy manager. "It's going to give us realtime metering on electrical and water usage," White said, adding natural gas has not been included yet since the district's usage has been greatly reduced since a three-year program has updated heating and cooling

equipment in school facilities with much more efficient heat pumps that use electricity instead of gas. The new touch screen monitoring system displays the floor plan of the school building and at 30 second intervals it scrolls through and shows the temperature in blue, green or red the temperature range in each room. Blue is for below standard temperature, green indicates the required level, and red signifies above the standard. "It's also a tool for maintenance as it can also show the actual temperatures," said White, adding that's handy for building maintenance. And when it comes to water usage, that can make quite a difference. "You can have a urinal running all night and water consumption can turn out to be $400 or $500 (extra)," White said. "So, when you know what the building should be consuming water-wise on average, and all of a sudden it runs away, you can put alarms on it to alert people to unusual circumstances. So, it's a huge tool that we've been using for many years, but

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not to this extent." While that is a plus, one of the real winning points on the system is the lessons it can teach. When students saw the usage history in their school, which can go back hours, weeks or a year, some asked why the building was using power when it was not in use during the weekends. "So, that gets them thinking, what's all left plugged in when they leave (school) at night," White said. "And hopefully what they learn at school they'll take home." And that—behavioural change when it comes to energy usage— is one area that can make a big difference as the list of energy saving changes gets shorter. "It gets to the point where all the easy stuff like using more energy efficient lighting and such is done, so behaviour is a huge part of conservation," White said. "That can't be quantified exactly, but there's expectation you can save at least three to five percent with that." Cost of the program is about $500,000 and is expected to be up and running in all Delta schools by the end of March.

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Jackson gets behind cancer fundraiser

Shrouded in mystery

Philip Raphael, editor South Delta Leader 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 family, and I, to kind of really deal with it and in the meantime we’ve had other people pass away—friends and colleagues,” Jackson said. “And so in January I got a call from the people who ran the relay last year, and I said I’d be really happy to help.” Jackson added she is hoping to rekindle the enthusiasm for the event which has moved around to different venues in Delta since kicking off three years ago at South Delta Secondary School.

It’s a centuries-old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. Was it Jesus of Nazareth, as millions believe, or is it a forgery? These questions come to North Delta as Immaculate Conception Church displays a replica of the Shroud of Turin from March 26-31. The “Man of the Shroud” exhibit will include a life-sized photograph, printed on linen, of the cloth relic, believed by many Christians as being the shroud in which the crucified body of Jesus Christ was wrapped for burial. Artifacts at the exhibit include a crown of thorns, a facsimile of the kind of whip which would have been used to torture Jesus, and a replica of what is believed to be the Holy Grail used at the Last Supper. Illustrated lectures will be given by Profes-

Delta mayor to help promote annual Relay for Life event

PICTURED This year's Relay For Life will be held June 16 at North Delta Secondary school. Contributed photo

“It’s a gathering of people to support the survivors, to fight against cancer and raise money for research. So I’m doing what I can,” 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. On her personal Relay for Life website fundraising page, Jackson wrote, “Relay for Life brings together family, friends and community, to celebrate the survival of their loved ones; remember the cherished ones who didn't overcome cancer, like my daughter, Lori, my brother-inlaw, Buddy; my sister-in-law, Monica; and so many friends. We must fight back by saying enough is enough.” For more information on the Relay for Life events across B.C. and to register, visit

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PICTURED Man of the Shroud is a lifesized photo of the S h r o u d o f Tu r i n . Contributed photo

March 31: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. A performance by the Stella Maris Choir at 7:30 p.m. is by ticket only. Immaculate Conception Church is located at 8842 119 St. For more information, call 604-961-3994 or 604591-2271.

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sor of Philosophy Dr. Phillip Wiebe and Barrie Schwortz, editor of the website www.shroud. com and participant in the 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project, which aimed to test the relic’s authenticity through carbon-dating, its threedimensional properties and the botanical evidence. Still subject to debate, the Shroud of Turin is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, in northern Italy. The “Man of the Shroud” exhibit was first displayed in 2004 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in White Rock, where organizers say more than 10,000 people visited, including more than 4,000 to the illustrated lectures. Admission is free to the exhibit and lectures. Hours are: March 30: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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Volunteer-run Delta Community Foundation celebrates 25 years helping support local charities with donations

Spring is in the air and, for many people, that means getting out the mop and bucket for a thorough topto-bottom scrubbing of the house. The Corporation of Delta wants to help residents with their spring cleaning. For one pick-up day, the municipality will waive its usual twogarbage-can maximum rule, which means residents can drag excess unwanted clutter to the curb. Spring Clean Up is an annual program for residents receiving weekly curbside garbage collection. As part of the program, residents are permitted to place excess or bulky household material out for collection. Accepted materials include furniture, miscellaneous household items bagged or bundled and scrap metal for recycling. There is also a long list of unaccepted materials. Small appliances were banned from garbage disposal as of October 2011 and will not be collected as part of Spring Clean Up this year. These items are now recyclable as part of a Provincial Take-Back Program called Unplugged Recycling. Additionally, the following items are not accepted as part of Spring Clean Up: Items that cannot be handled by two people; mattress-

Philip Raphael, editor South Delta Leader Get ready to start hearing and seeing more about the Delta Community Foundation. That’s the vow from current chair, Wayne Connorton, who admits the organization is probably one the community’s best kept secrets as it celebrates 25 years of operation. Connorton and other board members marked the foundation’s milestone anniversary at Delta Municipal Hall on Friday (March 16), an outward sign the group is keen to raise its profile, as well as its financial standing. If you don’t know what the foundation does, you’re likely not alone. Connorton, who has been with the foundation for the past seven years, the last three as chair, says it presents the opportunity for families and businesses in Delta that want to return something to the community. “If they’ve been successful here, or decide either for tax or estate reasons that they want to give money to charity, they can set up an endowment or contrib-

es and box springs; loose material (small miscellaneous items must be bagged or bundled); yard trimmings, stumps, rocks, dirt and sod; liquids of any type; auto parts, tires and batteries; electronics, including personal computers, printers, small appliances and TVs; blue box, yellow and blue bag recyclable materials; propane tanks, paint, solvents and any other hazardous material; glass; refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners; construction, demolition and home renovation materials; other items prohibited from disposal at the Vancouver Landfill. The 2012 Spring Clean Up dates are as follows: • Tsawwassen: Monday, April 16 • Ladner: Tuesday, April 17 • North Delta (Wednesday Collection): Wednesday, April 25 • North Delta (Thursday collection): Thursday, April 26 Residents are requested not to set out Spring Clean Up materials any sooner than the weekend prior to their scheduled collection. Failure to comply with any of the program regulations may result in residents being charged for the removal of material. Visit for more information.


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PICTURED A packed Municipal Hall foyer was the site for the Delta Community Foundation's celebration of 25 years in operation. Contributed photo

ute to an existing fund and have the interest paid in perpetuity to a charity of their choice in the community,” Connorton said. Since it was founded in 1986 by the Ladner Rotary Club the foundation has accumulated in excess of $1.3 million that has been invested. From that, the volunteer-run organization disperses the interest to a variety of charitable groups. Due to the global economic downturn of the past number of years, the conservatively invested funds have been only able to yield around $35,000 in support. In the past year that was spread among 15 to 20 groups.

“We took no chances during the (financial) meltdown and lost nothing, but the returns on our investments have been low,” Connorton said. As for raising the foundation’s profile, Connorton said to look for more occasions where a large, novelty cheque bearing the foundation’s name will be seen being presented. Also, a revamped website is nearing completion, and brochures are on the to do list to help spread the word. For more information about the Delta Community Foundation, email

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Indeed, there's more noise in the cabin from his rustling coat than the car's one-speed gear-reduction transmission and alternating-current synchronous permanent-magnet electric motor, fed by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery located under the rear seat. An electrical appliance it may be, but this is no golf cart. About the length of a new Mini, the Mitsubishi seats four comfortably, has a good-sized trunk and comes with air conditioning. Acceleration is decent, since the full load of torque (133 pound-feet) is available at the stab of the gas pedal (an archaic colloquialism), although 66 horsepower, on paper at least, is in realm of old-school econoboxes. Even in the EV world, torque can be defined as twisting power that provides acceleration, while each horsepower (a standard measurement of 745.7 watts) can be analyzed as a broader definition of power based on available torque and revs—the exact relationship is complicated, as both torque and horsepower affect straight-line performance. "Since it has such seamless acceleration, I find it's easy to be above the speed limit," Cornwell admits. But this is no car for texters or oblivious drivers, since every decision (inside or outside of the car) affects its available range, with the remaining kilometres displayed in the centre gauge.

The transmission gives three forward options, a conventional "D" for drive, "E" for a reduced-power economy mode, and "B", which regenerates heat from brake pad friction into energy, sending that juice back into the battery. An indicator on the dash shows the driver the sweet spot during downhill brake pedal-feathering while in "B" mode. The i-MiEV covers about 90 kilometres in Cornwell's world, which includes uphill stretches on the way home, meaning in a worst-case scenario, he can make it two days to and from work, essentially draining the battery dead. (The ability to run it down to nothing is rare among modern electric cars, since it's not healthy for this type of battery). In ideal conditions of topography and temperature, the i-MiEV might exceed 150 kilometres. The battery has a warranty of eight years for defects, though Cornwell expects a gradual degradation of capacity over time. There are some estimates that the battery's capacity might lose five to 10 percent of its capacity each year. There are three options for charging for the i-MiEV: • Level One: A standard lightweight 120-volt charger usable with any home socket (an 18- to 22-hour charge for a dead battery); • Level Two: A 240-volt charger ($1,100, minus a $500 rebate) installed by an electrician at home (seven or eight hours to charge); and;

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• Level Three: A 400-volt DC quick charger (an 80-per-cent charge in 30 minutes) that isn't yet available until public charging stations begin to install them (only 240-volt systems are up and running; see text below). The charging ports are on both sides of the vehicle, located where one expects to fill up at a gas station. Cornwell doesn't have to, but he sometimes leaves the car plugged into a 120-volt socket outside his shop. "It gives as much power as it can with a 120-volt line without tripping the breaker." To save further power, he'll heat up the car's interior before he leaves in the morning while it's still plugged in (parked outside). "I do that, go take my dog for a walk around the block, come back,

have a little breakfast and it's all ready to go." In the summer, he'll be able to cool the car off with the A/C the same way. During winter, Cornwell keeps warm using the seat heater and an electric blanket plugged into the 12-volt cigarette lighter, which uses less energy than the main heater fan. "I wouldn't say it has a great heater, but again, I haven't put it on full-blast because it sucks power out of the battery." The initial cost for the car: $34,500, minus a $5,000 government Clean Energy Vehicle rebate. Cornwell praises Flag Mitsubishi in Surrey for taking the rebate off before applying taxes to the deal. With the new purchase, Cornwell doesn't know yet what the EV will add to his electric bill, but estimates

the car will probably pay for itself over 10 years, since he never has to visit a gas station. Although new in Canada, more than 17,000 i-MiEVs have been sold worldwide since July 2009, including 4,000 rebadged in Europe as the Peugeot iON and Citroen CZERO. Likely no more than a few hundred fully electric vehicles will be sold in B.C. over the next year (BC Hydro predicts 1,370 EV, fuel cell electric, plug-in hybrids and related vehicle sales by the end of March 2013), but Cornwell believes battery-powered cars are the future. He acknowledges the naysayers who dismiss electric cars as shortrange fads—it's never gonna happen. "My answer to that is it's gonna happen. One day, everything will be electric."

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