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$60,000 worth of damage at T.E. Scott Elementary last year
Surrey resident Gay Taylor stands alongside a Western red cedar in Hazelnut Meadows Park that has been stripped of its bark. Someone has removed the bark from several trees in the popular Newton-area park â€“ an act that is not only illegal, but kills the trees.
Who set fire to school portable? Black Press HOW GOOD IS your memory?
Police are hoping itâ€™s razor sharp as they ask for public assistance in finding those who set fire to a Surrey school portable nine months ago. Damage to the property is estimated to be about $60,000. Last July 30, at about 5 a.m., fire crews were called to T.E. Scott Elementary, near 70 Avenue and 148 Street. On arrival, they found a burning portable in the southeast corner of the school property. Investigators believe the fire was started with some wood supplies that were being stored next to the building. Itâ€™s believed the fire was the result of vandalism, but police have yet to identify any suspects. Anyone with more information is asked to contact Const. Dwayne Friesen, General Investigation Services, at 778-593-3166. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Police are seeking witnesses to a ďŹ re last July at a Surrey school.
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Barking up the wrong tree â€˜Senseless vandalismâ€™ a death sentence for evergreens in Surrey park by Dan Pearce FOR AT LEAST A WEEK, someone has been stripping the bark off of the
Western red cedar trees in Hazelnut Meadows Park. Whether itâ€™s mischievous kids or troublesome adults, area resident Gay Taylor isnâ€™t happy. â€œTheyâ€™re going to kill the whole forest,â€? she said. Taylor, who often walks through the park, was told of the damage by a friend who also frequents the forest near 140 Street and 70 Avenue. After seeing the damage for herself, she called the City of Surreyâ€™s parks department to find a resolution. Taylor said she was told that without the protection of the bark, the trees will eventually die. â€œI donâ€™t think people realize theyâ€™ll kill the trees,â€? she said. In total, eight trees have been stripped, some around the entire circumference of the trunk, stretching up as high as seven metres. Taylor said she suspects the perpetrators are acting at night, as the park is so regularly used during daylight hours and someone would have seen suspicious activity and reported it.
â€œIâ€™ve thought about staying out here with some spray or something,â€? said Taylor, a self-described tree lover. â€œIâ€™ve asked myself, â€˜can I stay out here all night?â€™â€? Parks manager Owen Croy said that without bark, thereâ€™s no way the trees can actively transport water through the roots and itâ€™s only a matter of time before they will die. â€œItâ€™s a senseless act of vandalism that will result in the death of eight Western red cedars,â€? he said. Croy said stripping the bark off the trees is illegal and could result in a $2,000 fine. A dozen signs were erected throughout the park informing people that removal of the bark is strictly prohibited and will lead to the death of the trees. Many of the signs have also since been vandalized. Croy said he has stepped up bylaw patrols in the area to deter people from doing any more damage, but said itâ€™s impossible for officers to be there all the time. If you have any information about the vandalized trees, call 604-5985781.
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Remembering Kassandra – one year later Candlelight vigil planned tonight at Sullivan Park by Kevin Diakiw FAMILY AND FRIENDS of Kassandra Kaulius will hold a
candlelight vigil in her memory tonight (Thursday). The evening will mark one year since Kaulius, 22, was killed while heading home from a softball game in Cloverdale. On May 3, 2011, Kaulius was turning onto 152 Street at 64 Avenue, when a Ford Econoline van ran a red light while heading northbound on 152 Street and smashed into Kaulius’s car, killing her instantly.
Natasha Leigh Warren, who police believe was driving the van, was charged three weeks ago with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, causing an accident resulting in death and failure to stop at an accident causing bodily harm. She was released from custody under strict bail conditions in mid-April. Kaulius’s father Victor said the vigil will give the community a chance to come out and remember his daughter in a meaningful way. The family has been managing as well as can be expected, he said,
Kassandra Kaulius, 22, was killed when an alleged drunk driver struck her car a year ago.
but recent days have been difficult with charges against Warren being approved and the anniversary approaching. “The last two weeks, and I guess leading up to here, has been, I tell you, harder than the first couple of days,” he said. “We’ve found it really difficult, (with) the finality of it all.” The vigil will be held at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday), at Sullivan Park, 6272 152 St. The public is welcome, and attendees are encouraged to bring a candle.
No losses for Longhorns Richmond Raiders ball carrier Ali Mohaidly makes a brief escape from North Delta Longhorn defender Matt Gross during a B.C. Juvenile Football League game at John Oliver Park last Sunday afternoon. North Delta won 55-14 for their fourth win in as many games. The league is in its ﬁrst season, playing a sixgame schedule followed by a playoff. Four teams of players aged 18-20 are participating in the developmental league, which was formed by the B.C. Junior Football Conference. BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
Creating a brand spanking Newton neighbourhood Surrey’s mayor hopes to draw investment to western heart of city, long in need of a facelift by Kevin Diakiw
riparian area and a 1.3 hectare (three acre) park. The challenge has been attracting investors to the THE CITY IS coordinating a full-court-press for the area to help make it happen. redevelopment of the troubled Newton Town Centre, The first significant development promised in the with its vortex at about 72 Avenue and area came two years ago in the form of a King George Boulevard. casino. The proponents flipped the land It’s been two years since Surrey unveiled after rezoning, but now the new owners a bold new vision for the troubled area, but are talking about something bigger than since then, not much has happened by way previously thought. of private development required to make And Mayor Dianne Watts is planning the vision a reality. to launch civic initiatives to attract investThe plan called for rows of canopy tents ment to the area. to line Festival Street, which would lead She has instructed the city’s Investment south from Newton Wave Pool. and Innovation Committee to explore The yet-to-be-built Main Street will how an Economic Investment Zone would stretch from what is now 137 Street (north Dianne Watts work in Newton. of 72 Avenue) to a new bus exchange inteThree years ago, Watts announced simigrated with a new urban neighbourhood. lar zones in City Centre and Bridgeview. Part of the freshly completed concept is Under the scheme, business-related developments to have a walkable, pedestrian-friendly community of $10 million or more received three years free of created out of what is now primarily home to the car. municipal property taxes and a reduction in developThe southern anchor to the area includes a 3.2 hect- ment cost charges (DCC) and building permit fees. are (eight acre) green space to the south which will provide an area for a detention pond, walking trails, a See HUNT / page 4
“We’ve been limping along with Newton for quite some time.”
Festival Street in Newton is part of an vision unveiled for the town centre two years ago.
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Gangster with ties to Surrey killed in Vancouver Witnesses say Ranjit Cheema was the victim of an apparent drive-by shooting Wednesday by Kevin Diakiw A MAN AT the centre of a political controversy in Sur-
rey four years ago has been shot dead in Vancouver. Witnesses say Ranjit Singh Cheema, who attended high school in Surrey, was gunned down in an apparent drive-by shooting near his parents’ home in East Vancouver Wednesday morning. At The Leader’s deadline Wednesday afternoon, Vancouver police had not confirmed the identity of the victim. Cheema was a known associate of Bindy Johal, a notorious gangster who was shot to death in December, 1998. Cheema had only recently returned from the U.S., where he served a five-year jail term for drug trafficking. In 2008, Sukh Dhaliwal, then-Liberal MP for Newton-North Delta, made headlines when he wrote a letter of support for Cheema to California District
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Judge Stephen Wilson urging him to give Cheema a chance at rehabilitation. Dhaliwal described Cheema as a man who would one day return to his family in Canada and seemed committed to rehabilitation. “I personally believe, along with tougher laws, rehabilitation is fundamentally essential to make our society, our country, and our planet a better place to live,” Dhaliwal wrote in the letter on Government of Canada letterhead. “I have no doubt that if he (Cheema) is given support and direction, he will be a strong, active member of his community in years to come.” Despite the support, Cheema was sentenced in California to five years in prison for conspiring to smuggle 200 kilograms of heroin from Pakistan to North America in 1998. Dhaliwal, when confronted about the correspondence in the middle of a re-election campaign, regretted not having called police before writing the letter.
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Newton. Coun. Marvin Hunt chairs the Investment and Innovation Committee and says it’s time for some “good positive development in Newton.” Some has occurred and some is on the books, but the committee will see if it can spark some redevelopment. The committee will decide what the investment threshold needs to be, but Hunt thinks it will likely be something less than the $10 million required in City Centre. “I would be thinking Newton would be a little be lower than that, that would be my thoughts on that,” Hunt said. “It would have to be something substantive, it couldn’t be somebody doing a one-storey tiltup thing.” Watts said it’s high time something is done to attract some investment into Newton. “We’ve been limping along with Newton for quite some time,” she said. “And for me it’s very frustrating.” As to what the boundaries of the zone will be, Watts said that will largely be up to the committee, however, she believes it will stretch down to 64 Avenue and King George Boulevard to include the old Surrey Public Market, which is currently under redevelopment. The Investment and Innovation committee will be discussing the plans on May 24.
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he recent passing 160 Street, 104 Avenue, 176 of Kay Kells, who Street and 192 Street. carefully gathered In the case of Port Kells, and recorded the the effect of the freeway was history of Port Kells and to eventually turn it into two West Langley, caused me to very different communities reread her work. – a residential and agriShe had a strong personal cultural area south of the interest in the area. She first freeway, and an industrial put the Port Kells history park to the north. Almost all booklet together in the homes north of the freeway late 1960s, and updated it were gone by the ’80s, and several times. some of the original roads She grew up in West Lan- (notably Harvie Road) gley, much of which is now disappeared. considered as the Port Kells There are very few industrial area, and married remnants of “old” Port Kells into the Kells family the north of Highway 1. Two community is named after. outstanding ones remain: Her husband St. Oswald’s was a grandson Anglican of one of the Church at 190 two Henry Street and 96 Kells, two Irish Avenue and brothers-in-law. the former They bought Baron von land along the Mackensen Fraser River house at 192 around 1885, Street and 96 and made Avenue. The elaborate plans “spy” Frank Bucholtz former to turn the house (Von remote area Mackensen into a thriving was convicted port and city. as a German spy during the While their initial plans First World War) is now a did not come to immediate restaurant and pub. fruition, Port Kells has been Kay Kells went to great an important industrial area effort to document which for much of its existence families lived where, and and today remains one of the details she compiled Surrey’s most important about day-to-day life are an industrial hubs. important part of the hisHere’s a short excerpt torical record. They are vital from her Port Kells history: in understanding how Port “The two Henry Kells’ died Kells has been transformed. with the thought that their No modern city like Surproposed dream of a great rey can truly be a complete freshwater port had passed community without an them by. It has taken close to understanding of where 100 years, but I think these it has come from. While two gentlemen would be few Surrey residents show proud to see the industrial much interest in their city’s development that is blospast, thankfully there have soming here.” been people like Kells who One of the themes in wanted to ensure that there her books has not been was as complete an historiexamined in any depth – the cal record as possible. effect of the construction of The southern area of Port Highway 1 on the commuKells, south of Highway nities which it severed when 1, has been on the radar built in the early 1960s. One screen of both the city and of those communities was developers for some time, Port Kells, which fortunately and it will not retain its did receive the 192 Street current rural feel forever. overpass to allow some of Thankfully, both current the old links to remain. and future residents have In Surrey, there were the ability to find out how initially five links between their unique community the north and south sides came about, and what it was of the freeway – 152 Street, like in earlier years. The Surrey/North Delta Leader is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org
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aving completed my first two semesters at give students a general idea about the lecturer. university, I have learned a great deal about 3. Pre-read in the summer. both myself and the university system. I am In the summer prior to entering university, I glad to say the post-secondary experience recommend students pre-read some of their subjects. Students should pre-read two weeks prior to the first has thus far been quite rewarding. day if they have already purchased their books. EnterOne can find many practical tips on how to naviing university can be an overwhelming experience. By gate and excel in the university system. Aside from reading some of the material prior to the course, one hard work and diligence, I have compiled the followis already ahead of the game. ing seven pieces of advice for high school students 4. Join one club, council or team. entering their first year this September. Although academics should be the main focus, 1. Learn your citations (and learn them well). leading a well-balanced lifestyle is equally important. Almost any university subject requires students to know how to cite. This can be in APA, MLA, Turabian Make a goal of joining at least one club, council or team in the first year. or other formats. It is important for students to learn 5. Use an exam calendar. how to cite their work properly. Otherwise, one could When exam time rolls around, it can be extremely be penalized for plagiarism, which is an extremely stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. As serious matter in university work. soon as exam month begins, use a planAlthough some first-year professors will ner or print out a calendar so you can help you with citations, students should count how many days you have left until still have a general familiarity with the exam day and divide up the chapters major formats. I advise high school or units accordingly. Do this for each students to practise some of the citation subject so each day, you can work your styles in the summer prior to entering way through all the semester’s work. their first year. This will allow them to 6. Search for scholarships. deal with any issues before university Many scholarships are available to courses commence. University librarhigh school students, but first-year ies will often organize workshops and university students are often unaware make online citation guides available. Japreet Lehal scholarships are also available for them. Although citations can require a long Continue to check your institution’s and meticulous process, they will help website for internal and external scholyou throughout your university career. arships and bursaries. A little extra money for univer2. Create a course schedule. sity never hurts. All it takes is a few hours working on Creating a balanced course schedule is imperative. your application. Often times, students rush into university thinking 7. Don’t write off research. they know what they wish to major in. Although For those students interested in pursuing research, one should have a general idea of what field he or she wants to pursue, it is not necessary to have your whole do not make the mistake of thinking that opportunities are not available for first-year students. Having four years lined up. Taking subjects outside of your possible field not only allows for diversification, but is called a few professors myself, I have learned that in fact many prefer first-year students because the also required by many universities. I preferred taking half my courses as electives and half in my major area. researchers are able to guide these students from the start. Even if you are unable to get a position because This allowed me to make a decision about what to of course requirements, stay in touch with research major in after I completed the two semesters. When choosing courses, students should also learn about the professors that you want to conduct research with. professor teaching the course. I recommend students use ratemyprofessors.com. Although one has to take Japreet Lehal is a student at Simon Fraser University advice on this website with a grain of a salt, it does Surrey. He writes regularly for The Leader.
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Who pays Cutbacks leave family with few Options $16 for juice? MY SON IS 18 months old and has lived in Sur-
AT LAST THAT zany bunch in
Ottawa known as the Harper Tories have given me a financial number I can relate to. I can’t get my head around $35 billion for planes, even $1,000 a day limos to ferry ministers from a five star hotel to a five star plus is beyond me. But $16 is a figure I can relate to, it’s about the amount I have left over every month. So when Minister Oda spends $16 on a glass of orange juice I can visualize $16. Just so the Tories know, orange juice is on this week for $8 for two 1.75L containers. You can get 13 glasses of orange juice from a container so at the Tory price that’s $208 per container. If I had the orange juice concession for the Tory caucus I could take in about $2,600/day, enough for two limos for a day.
rey for his entire little life. Since he was 11 months old, once or twice a week, we would go to his favourite place in the world, a drop-in playtime at Options, which is a non-profit organization that has many locations across Surrey. This week we were devastated to hear that funding has been cut to this amazing organiza-
tion, and due to this, programs will have to stop and our drop-in times will be greatly decreased. The worst news is that one of my son’s favourite people in the whole word, Renee, a worker at Options, has had her hours and benefits drastically cut to the point where she may have to look for a new job. I moved to Surrey exactly three years ago and I have been extremely blessed by
Options, a place where my son can learn and grow without me having to worry about any financial barriers. It would be a tragic loss to this community to see this program dwindle away just because of the lack of funds.
A ‘spectacular’ Vaisakhi event THIS YEAR’S annual Vaisakhi
parade to my mind was excellent. I believe Mayor Watts, her team, the parade committee and the various participating temples and, of course, the RCMP and other people involved in security deserve a big vote of thanks for this spectacular event. Indeed there were some problems, but if you look at the enormity of the event – some 200,000 people – it was carried off very well. My neighbours, who are very representative of all corners of the Earth, and of course, our Indian neighbours, were all this year delighted to participate. The food was excellent and the float themes very interesting. I hope this year’s parade will go down as a template for future years. I know my neighbours and myself are very proud of what has been achieved, and again thank you to the people that put it together.
F. Girling, Surrey
Keep scrubs in hospital
RE: “WORK CLOTHES not for travel,” Letters, April 24. I, like letter writer Tom Zukow, have long had concerns about health care personnel wearing “scrubs” in public. Not only do they add to Vancouver’s reputation as an un-stylish city, but many studies show that superbugs such as MRSA and VRE can quite happily live on hospital linens (ie. uniforms, lab coats, bed curtains) for quite some time. When I started to work at Royal Columbian Hospital 35 years ago, changing from uniform to street clothes was the norm, but somewhere along the way, a change of attitude prevailed. These days the locker room is a lonely place. I wouldn’t mind sharing again. Freda Heinrichs Surrey
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Respect transit Care about babies, too RE: “DON’T USE? Shouldn’t have to pay,” Letters, The Leader, April
24. Letter-writer Dale Floyd asks why people who don’t use public transit should have to contribute to it through taxes. Here are three reasons: 1. Even when we can’t use transit ourselves, we gain more space on the road every time someone else boards a bus or SkyTrain. Next time you’re in a traffic jam, try to count the 40 cars closest to you (it’s often impossible to see that far), and then imagine that all those 40 drivers were in a bus instead. Multiply by 100 more buses, and you get the picture. 2. Even if we can’t use transit right now in our lives, there will be times when we can. We’ll change jobs, or need to economize, or get too old to drive, or whatever – and we’ll be grateful that we have a healthy transit system in place. Like public health care, public transit needs to be supported by everyone, even during periods of our lives when we rarely if ever use it. 3. The idea of paying taxes for only those services that we personally use is a very slippery slope. Why should I contribute to ice rinks, swimming pools, sports arenas, soccer fields, skateboard parks, or even schools and community centres? I don’t use any of those. But I gladly pay, because those are great facilities for many other people, and they’re a big part of what makes our whole community healthy and vibrant. We’re all in this together. And looking at the even bigger picture: When the costs of education, health, transit and other expensive services are shared, the middle class benefits and prospers. If each of us pays only for those services we use right now, ultimately only the rich will be able to afford what they need, when they need it. D. Jones
and legally do not do anything wrong. Surrey Leader (April The prime minister 28) and read about the knows this is wrong, our ban on chaining dogs MPs know that this is and the ban on legwrong but most of them hold traps. will vote against this bill No doubt most of us because to be re-elected are in full support of is more important than treating all animals and being honest with themall wildlife with love selves. and respect. Cruelty When, after nine at any time is totally months, the baby lies unacceptable. in mommy’s arms, we Furthermore, while all know that this same listening to the news A letter writer lauds baby was a little human on TV, I learned that recent moves to ban all along. It is shameful a private bill will be leg hold traps and that we care more about introduced in the chaining up dogs, but our animals than about House of Commons says we should show our unborn babies. They requesting the prime the same compassion all need our love and minister to establish for unborn babies as respect. a committee which is I am proud to be a to study when a baby we do animals. Canadian, but let’s be becomes human. The honest with ourselves, prime minister has admit that a baby is a new little already declared to vote against this human at conception. If we all would bill. be honest with ourselves as CanadiOur present law states that a baby ans I would be very proud of being a does not become a human until its Canadian. natural birth. What a piece of crap. It is, therefore, okay that we can take a baby out of its mom’s tummy Steve De Jong Port Kells anytime before its birth, let it die, I WAS READING the
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chuk attempted to leave the scene but Dickhout and a fellow officer gave chase and stopped him in a stairwell. Dickhout discharged
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interesting to see whether Cyclingâ€™s popularity or not the UBC study ďŹ nds as a â€˜sustainableâ€™ and this a signiďŹ cant factor. healthy mode of urban In New York City, in transportation continues 2010, the state Department to increase. Road design of Motor Vehicles statistics accommodations to show that 36 cyclists died encourage and protect in the more than 6,000 cyclists are proceeding. cyclist-car crashes that More drivers than ever occurred but no criminal before are aware that they Cedric Hughes Barrister & Solicitor charges were ďŹ led against need to keep an eye out www.roadrules.ca any of the drivers involved. for cyclists. Most cyclists wear helmets. The modern urban bicycle is both Some of these fatal crashes were hit-and-run and were not being investigated by the New York City stylish and sturdy. Nevertheless, cyclists remain Police Department either for lack of resources amongst the most vulnerable road users and, or for what some are alleging is â€œinvestigative although June is Bike Month, recent reports inertiaâ€? or for a perceived bias on the part of the about cycling risks shouldnâ€™t wait to be told. investigators against cyclists. In Vancouverâ€™s lower mainland, ICBC The bias charge relates to statistics for 2011 statistics for 2011 indicate that the north end showing that the NYPD issued 34,813 criminal of the Burrard Bridge where PaciďŹ c Boulevard court summonses to bicyclists compared to and bridge trafďŹ c merge is the most dangerous crash spot for cyclists. From 2005 to 2009, there 10,415 to truckers. As Paul White, executive director of the bicycling advocacy group, were about two cyclist-car crashes per year at Transportation Alternatives noted, â€œWhile this spot. In 2009, the bridge infrastructure there may be some lawbreaking among the was re-designed to add separate bike lanes on cycling population, very few if any of those the bridge and separate entrance-exit â€œlegsâ€? transgressions â€Ś are resulting in death or for cyclists. As a result, the number of cyclists increased 20 per cent, yet the cyclist-car crashes serious injury â€ŚBut when a trucker runs the red light or speeds, the consequences very often per year remained the same. are deadly.â€? In 2011, however, the number spiked to CNNâ€™s chief medical correspondent, Dr. 13. In response, the City of Vancouver has Sanjay Gupta has taken up this story. State commissioned UBC researchers to study the Councilman Steve Levin has proposed a bill 13 crashes and the many near misses also that would force police to investigate all serious experienced at this site to determine what car-on-bike crashes â€” not just ones in which more, if anything can be done. The decision cyclists lose their lives, which is the current has already been made to apply, this summer, police policy, albeit not necessarily followed nor a green surface to the pavement on the bridges in compliance with the law even as it currently trouble spots similar to the coloration of the trouble spots on the Dunsmuir Street bike lanes. stands. A unique feature of the right (southbound) â€Śby Cedric Hughes, Barrister & Solicitor turn off PaciďŹ c Boulevard is the extreme with regular weekly contributions from shoulder check drivers need to make to properly check for southbound cyclists. It will be Leslie McGufďŹ n, LL.B.
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the Taser after Lypchuk was only reluctantly responding to his commands, according to a notice released by adjudicator Ian Pitfield. Dickhout later testified that he construed the manner in which Lypchuk responded as an attempt to assault his fellow officer. Dickhout, 60, has not carried a Taser since the incident because of distress and concern about Lypchukâ€™s injuries and the prospect of injuring others, according to Pitfieldâ€™s notice. Dickhout has not been the subject of any previous disciplinary action. The incident took place only one month prior to the death of Robert Dziekanski, who died shortly after being tasered by RCMP officers in Vancouver airport.
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Metro takes dim view of Langley breakaway Creating new regional district not a priority: Watts
by Jeff Nagel
METRO Vancouver lead-
ers so far aren’t putting much stock in suggestions that South of Fraser cities could break away and form their own regional district. Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese has said he wants his community to look at splitting from Metro and TransLink and either joining the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) or forming a new partnership with Abbotsford, which wants to leave the FVRD. He cited disappointment over TransLink’s decision to freeze transit upgrades such as the promised Highway 1 RapidBus until its finances are sorted out. But Metro board chair Greg Moore said he thinks the idea is mainly being driven by Abbotsford, and warned a breakaway could be costly to Langley taxpayers. “I would suggest the cost implications would be quite high for good quality services they already receive,” he said. Moore said fans of the idea seem to mix up the roles of TransLink and Metro Vancouver, wrongly assuming Langley would stop paying the 17 cent per litre TransLink gas tax by leaving Metro. He said that would depend on the province’s willingness to let a breakaway municipality exit TransLink as well. Likewise, he said, anger over the impending tolls on the Port Mann Bridge have nothing to do with the regional district. “That’s a provincial government toll,” Moore said. “We won’t see a penny of that at the regional district or TransLink even.” Moore said he welcomes cities that want to probe the value they get from the regional district, and added he and the board’s vice-chair will visit each council in the weeks ahead to answer questions about Metro services and funding. Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said Metro isn’t perfect and
Dianne Watts Langley politicians are within their rights to ask tough questions. The bulk of Metro’s budget is spent delivering drinking water, treating sewage and disposing of garbage. Corrigan, the regional planning committee chair, said it’s not clear how Metro might unravel the financing of its water, sewer and other infrastructure in the event of a breakup, but said “anything can be accomplished” if there’s political will. He said the talk may be just “sabre rattling” born out of frustration with TransLink. But Corrigan also said Langley politicians have themselves to blame for pushing the province to expand the Highway 1 freeway, which Metro planners warned would undercut future demand for transit. “When you spend $3.5 billion on a road and a bridge, there isn’t an awful lot left over for transit,” he said. Having pushed successfully to twin the Port Mann Bridge, Corrigan said, Langley residents are now “absurdly” complaining about both the tolls on it as well as the lack of transit. “They could have borrowed $3.5 billion to build an integrated transit system in the Fraser Valley,” he said. “But they wanted roads and bridges. Now they say they want transit too.” Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said she’s not interested in trying to form a new South of Fraser area regional district at this time. “That’s not a priority on our agenda,” she said. “The priority on our agenda is working together and identifying how we’re going to
take 70 per cent of the region’s future growth and what infrastructure needs to be put in place.” She said that will require local cities, Metro Vancouver, TransLink and the province working well together. “We have to coordinate our efforts,” she
said. “It’s not about doing things and planning in isolation.” Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender said South of Fraser mayors have been meeting to discuss common issues but added “it’s a major leap to say we’re going to pull out of Metro.” email@example.com
Public Notice: RELOCATION
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This is to inform everyone (including my patients) that, I, Dr. Neeru Anand am relocating my practice to the following location: Unit 109, 7500 120th St, Surrey, BC.
Clinic operations will commence May 14, 2012 at 10am. All patients are welcome! Patients interested in booking an appointment can contact the clinic May 7 onwards and leave a message at 604 503 2591 – a response will be given within 24 hours. It was a pleasure serving you all at Lark Medical Clinic for the period of May 2010- April 2012. Due to circumstances outside my control services were stopped (as of April 23 /2012). I apologize to all my patients for any inconvenience experienced during this period of transition. It will be my pleasure to serve you again at the new location. I thank the community and patients wholeheartedly for their faith and trust in me. Thank you very much again, Dr. Neeru Anand, MD
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