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Two hurt, two arrested
Complaints baffle dog groomer
‘Targeted’ attack leads to charges
Dan Ferguson Staff Reporter
Juanita Mennear says whoever is making anonymous complaints about her South Surrey dog daycare and grooming business is at best misinformed and at worst, “just nasty.” For the last 19 years, the single mother has operated Juanita’s Doggy Den with her daughter Jazmin on premises next to her home in the 2100-block of 128 Street. During that time, Mennear says no one ever complained about the noise from her dog grooming and daycare business, not even when a new subdivision went up close to her house about two years ago. But in the last month, she says there have been at least three complaints filed with the City of Surrey under the “Animal Noise” bylaw that states “No person shall own, keep or harbour any animal or bird which by its cries unduly disturbs the peace, quiet, ❝We haven’t rest or tranquility of tried to do the surrounding neighanything bourhood or the public to bother at large.” A May 3 letter from anybody.❞ the city’s legal services Juanita Mennear department advisdog groomer ing Mennear of the complaints says fines can range from $100 to $2,000 for each offence. “Every day that a violation exists is considered a separate offence,” bylaw enforcement officer Alan Campbell writes. The letter doesn’t state who made the complaint, but Mennear suspects it may be the same person who posted snarky remarks about her business on various websites that allow anonymous customer reviews. “I live behind them and they are constantly yelling at the dogs,” one such posting claims (Mennear denies the allegation). The online remarks were posted about three weeks ago, about the same time that the city started getting complaints. “We haven’t tried to do anything to bother anybody,” Mennear told Peace Arch News Wednesday (June 6). “We’re just really upset that someone would try to force us to leave after we’ve
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Dog groomer Juanita Mennear applies the finishing touches to 12-year-old Kaslo. After 19 years in her current location, anonymous noise complaints may force her to move. been here for so many years.” Mennear is considering closing down her dog daycare service and has begun looking into selling her property. “This was supposed to be my one and only house,” she said. “But we may have no choice.” Mennear is telling her clients that she will keep her dog grooming business going
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A 24-year-old White Rock man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a police raid rescued him from a home in the 15300block of Pacific Avenue on May 24. White Rock RCMP Const. Janelle Shoihet – in discussing charges announced Tuesday against two Surrey men – said the man’s eyes were swollen shut and he had a welt on the back of his head, but the victim was released after spending a day in hospital. The man was one of two hurt in what police describe as a “targeted attack” on May 22. The other man, a 40-year-old White Rock resident, suffered less severe injuries that did not require hospitalization, Shoihet said. Peace Arch News first reported the incident online May 25. At the time, police released few details, citing safety concerns for those involved. Tuesday, police disclosed that two Surrey men have been charged with multiple criminal offences in connection with the alleged assaults and unlawful confinement. Robert Orr, 28, was arrested on May 25 and Tyrone McDougall, 33, was arrested June 1. Both McDougall and Orr have been charged with two counts each of forcible confinement, aggravated assault, assault and theft. Orr is charged with additional counts of assault with a weapon and uttering threats. The raid that rescued the alleged victim was carried out by members of the White Rock RCMP and the CFSEU (Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit), the regional agency that investigates organized crime activity. Police said they believe the case is drugrelated, but does not involve gangs. According to court records, both accused men were still in custody as of Wednesday morning. McDougall and Orr were scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Friday morning (June 8).
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news Link between Surrey and New Westminster may not be best option
Time to rethink Pattullo T
he Pattullo Bridge is due have lobbied hard for a bridge, for replacement – perhaps but they seem to have given up the best word is overdue. hope of luring Surrey residents However, New Westminster to shop in their city, which at residents are resisting the idea, one time was the commercial with a significant number centre for the entire Fraser suggesting that the bridge Valley. should simply be closed The Pattullo Bridge was built (perhaps remaining as a to keep that link strong. pedestrian and bicycle The bridge it replaced Frank Bucholtz bridge) and not be still exists – it’s the rail replaced. bridge just east of the New Westminster Pattullo. Its upper road has a distinct identity deck was narrow and and residents there wholly inadequate for have been frustrated traffic volumes in the for years with the huge 1930s, much as is the volumes of traffic case with the Pattullo heading through their today. city to go somewhere If Surrey residents else – Burnaby, Surrey, had a much-improved Coquitlam, Delta or transit system, could points further afield. they get by without a This frustration is direct road link? They understandable. But are couldn’t do so today, they being too insular? because transit service in Surrey For starters, New Westminster is poor. There are still no firm has done little to actually plans to offer transit over the improve traffic flow through new Port Mann Bridge, and there the city, thus lengthening traffic is no transit service over the jams. Pattullo. Even the Alex For example, there Fraser Bridge has very New are no left turn lanes minimal transit service. Westminster on busy roads like The plans for the businesses… new Pattullo Bridge 10 Avenue. The city has for years held seem to have call for approaches on up building of a given up hope the New Westminster proper bridge over side which are quite of luring Surrey similar to the current the Brunette River residents. to better link it with approaches. Coquitlam. This traffic They would funnel is going through an industrial most traffic onto McBride area – what’s the problem? Boulevard, Columbia Street and Perhaps the point they Royal Avenue. raise needs to be looked at However, the new bridge is more thoroughly. Could New projected to be six lanes, and all Westminster and Surrey do of those roads are already busy without a direct traffic link? four-lane roads. They couldn’t In years gone by, New handle additional traffic, and Westminster businesses would would be hopelessly backed up.
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The new Pattullo is proposed to be a toll bridge. If the tolling policy stays the same as it is today, that means the only three toll bridges in the Lower Mainland will be across the Fraser River, with two touching down in Surrey and the third just east of the Surrey-Langley border. Not only is that unfair, it is likely to depress traffic levels, especially if there is better transit available. Perhaps the whole project needs to be delved into more deeply. Do Surrey residents want a direct road link to New Westminster, seeing as New Westminster doesn’t want their business and isn’t ready to upgrade its road system? Should a new Pattullo Bridge be four lanes, to better fit in with New Westminster streets? Or would the best use of the money to be spent on the Pattullo be a complete upgrade of the transit system south of the Fraser? With that amount of money, there could be some major upgrades which just might make a new Pattullo unnecessary. If the transit system south of the Fraser was to be significantly upgraded to the point that fewer Surrey residents would need cars, that could go a long ways towards changing travel patterns and habits. Whether that would be enough to eliminate the need for a new Pattullo isn’t clear, but the idea may be worth thinking about. Frank Bucholtz writes Thursdays for the Peace Arch News. He is the editor of the Langley Times.
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news Contract signed for new search and rescue vessel in Crescent Beach
Queen’s honour for volunteer marine team Tracy Holmes Staff Reporter
Volunteers who keep watch over those who use the waters off White Rock and Crescent beaches are now doing it under a new name – and will soon be doing it in a new vessel. Sig Kristensen, of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue 5 (formerly Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Crescent Unit 5), confirmed a deal to replace the team’s rescue vessel, Vigilant, was signed May 25. It’s hoped the new equipment will be in place by the end of the year. “Construc❝We’ll have tion of the to kick our vessel will be fundraiser started someefforts into high time in July,” Kristensen gear.❞ said. “We’re Sig Kristensen pretty excited RCM-SAR 5 about that. We’ll have to kick our fundraiser efforts into high gear.” Unit members have been eying a new vessel for some time. They’ve used Vigilant – a rigid-hull inflatable – in about 400 taskings over the past 12 years, after raising more than $140,000 to get it in the water. The community was a huge part of that fundraising effort, with various organizations getting onboard to help, including the Peace Arch Rotary Club, which pitched in $50,000. Kristensen is optimistic fundraising for the new vessel will go as smoothly, and is confident the recent rebranding of the marine rescue team will go a long way in easing the effort. “Most people think… we’re civil servants. We’re all volunteers,” he said. “We’ve gone to people looking for some donations and they say, ‘why should we donate to you guys? You’re government.’” The new name of the Pacificregion auxiliary was announced May 26, during a search and rescue exercise in Horseshoe Bay. Five members of the local crew joined the event, participating in navigation, communication, seamanship and first aid exercises.
Members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue 5 team – Peter Allen, James Hackett, Tim Murphy, Michel Gaboriault and Wes Kozak – participate in a training exercise May 26 in Horseshoe Bay. RCM-SAR president Randy Strandt said in a statement that the new name recognizes the distinct identity of the service. “We work very closely with the Canadian Coast Guard, but we are a totally separate organization,” Strandt said. The title “Royal” was granted by Queen Elizabeth in February, a move Kristensen suspects is connected to the fact that the auxiliary was one of 26 charitable organizations named to benefit from a fund set up by Prince William and Kate Middleton last year to accept donations in lieu of wedding gifts. “Him being a (SAR helicopter) pilot didn’t hurt,” Kristensen added.
Kristensen said another benefit of the auxiliary’s rebranding is standardization of the vessels used. Historically, the various units have sought out and purchased their own boats for their teams. With standardization, three types of boat will be used across the region, meaning replacement parts will be more readily available for any necessary repairs. It was a benefit the local team didn’t have last year, when the Vigilant broke down. “We were down for two months,” said Kristensen, who was on the committee that helped design the boat his unit will be receiving. Like the Vigilant, the new vessel will not be enclosed. Upgrades
will include updated technology and shocks, the latter of which will be most noticed when the crew is out on rough water. “From a fatigue factor… that should take a lot of that pounding out of the equation,” Kristensen said. He estimated the new vessel
will cost between $325,000 and $350,000. About one-quarter of that, $85,000, has been received from gaming funds. The next fundraiser for the cause, a golf tournament, is coming up June 21. To get involved or to donate, contact Dan Savage at 604-531-8963.
Declaration boosts campaign to provide rail stop close to Canada-U.S. border, organizer says
Blaine train station makes ‘most endangered’ list Dan Ferguson Staff reporter
A cross-border campaign to resurrect the Blaine passenger train station got a boost when the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation added the century-old wooden building to its “most endangered” list of historic properties. A statement issued by the trust last month (May 22) said the Blaine depot should be preserved because it has “played an important role in exporting the region’s resources and aiding in its economic growth.” The trust, an independent, non-profit agency, has been issuing its annual “Most Endangered Historic Properties List” since 1992 in a bid to promote “positive preservation solutions” for buildings and other
The passenger train station in Blaine, Wash. structures it wants preserved. A Blaine businessman who is pushing to have the train station reopened says the
declaration by the influential trust will “definitely” help the campaign to have the depot refurbished to serve southbound Canadian passengers from the White Rock, South Surrey and Langley regions, as well as northbound visitors from Seattle and other U.S. destinations who don’t want to go all the way to downtown Vancouver. “It’s just another feather in our cap,” Bill Becht told Peace Arch News Wednesday (June 6). “I’m very hopeful.” The proposal has the backing of the Blaine, White Rock and Surrey city councils. Becht said the next step in the campaign will likely see the city of Blaine make a formal request to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
for the return of a passenger train stop in Blaine. Among other things, WSDOT oversees freight rail and the management of the Amtrak Cascades intercity passenger rail service along the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor that runs through Oregon, Washington and B.C. The campaign to revive the Blaine terminal also has the support of the Cascadia Center, a Seattle-based transportation policy body. Cascadia director Bruce Agnew has said the station should be considered part of a “Semiahmoo Gateway” that includes many Canadians just across the border. For more information about the train station campaign, visit the website, www. blainestation.com/
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The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics BC came to White Rock Tuesday with local RCMP officers carrying the flame down Marine Drive. The BC Law Enforcement Torch Run has been raising funds for Special Olympics athletes since 1990.
Sentence hearing set in child porn case The sentence hearing for a South Surrey man who flip-flopped on a child-porn guilty plea has once again been set. According to court records, Douglas Wayne Bowers is now scheduled to return to Surrey Provincial Court Aug. 30 and 31, as well as Sept. 5, for sentencing on charges of possessing and accessing child pornography. Bowers was charged in September 2009, after the RCMP’s Integrated Child Exploitation Team was led to a man they called a “prolific distributor of child sexual abuse images and video online.” Bowers pleaded guilty to the possession charge shortly before a three-day trial was scheduled to begin Dec. 13, 2010. At the time, he told Peace Arch News he accidentally downloaded child porn and was pleading guilty on the advice of his lawyer, who he later changed. A sentencing hearing set at that time was postponed after Bowers objected to a presentence report that said he deliberately downloaded the illegal porn. He applied to withdraw his guilty plea on March 21. While that application was scheduled to be heard April 30, Bowers withdrew it instead, confirming to Judge Michael Hicks that his original guilty plea stands. A date to confirm the sentencing is set for Aug. 10. - Tracy Holmes
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White Rock to keep RCMP submit a written policing plan to the ministry if they don’t plan The City of White Rock has to sign. signed off on a new 20-year conCities have also been warned tract with the RCMP. that if they don’t sign they risk Council gave unanimous sup- losing their federal subsidy, worth port to the Municipal Police Unit 10 per cent of their policing bills. Agreement at its May 28 meeting, “Ultimately, it’s their decision,” securing the Mounties for local Clark said. “If they want to have police service through higher policing costs March 31, 2032. in their communities, The vote came just because they don’t want three days ahead of an to sign and they want to end-of-May deadline to go to their own indepenratify the agreement that dent police force, that was reached earlier this is their choice and they spring – a deadline that will be held accountable has since been extended, for that. I don’t think it’s again, to give a number the best decision.” of Metro Vancouver cities White Rock city manDan Bottrill that have not signed one ager Dan Bottrill, in city manager more month to make a recommending council decision. approve the agreement, Six municipalities – Burnaby, said he feels concerns raised by the Richmond, North Vancouver hold-out cities – from accountCity, North Vancouver District, ability for spending, to costs assoPort Coquitlam and Coquitlam ciated with a pay increase for the – have not ratified the deal, citing officers – have been addressed. too many unresolved questions. “Some municipalities did not The extension is the second one include a lot of the costs that were that’s been given, and the prov- indicated,” Bottrill said, referring ince has warned there won’t be to city budgets. any more. White Rock’s police budget is “It’s not perfect, because these currently $4.8 million, of which deals are never perfect,” Premier $3.7 million is associated with Christy Clark said. RCMP costs. Any city that doesn’t sign will Surrey, which pays about $101 get formal notice from Victo- million annually for its RCMP, ria that they must either sign or voted in April to sign the deal. Tracy Holmes Staff Reporter
Under the new contract, municipalities will continue to pay for 90 per cent of policing costs, with the federal government paying 10 per cent. With integrated forces, such as the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, the costs will be 70 per cent for municipalities, down from 90. In White Rock, that amounts to annual savings of about $80,000. The deal also gives cities the ability to opt out of the contract – as 12 in B.C. have done – with 25 months’ notice. Bottrill noted it remains unclear what impact things such as the new $1.2 billion RCMP headquarters building in Surrey and the possibility of unionization could have on future policing costs. At the same time, the contract requires that cities receive early notice of any changes or cost implications coming forward. Multi-year financial plans from the detachment commander should also help, Bottrill said. While Coun. Helen Fathers questioned what guarantees cities have “against a contract that has the ability to reach, really, what it wants” in terms of costs, Mayor Wayne Baldwin noted a change that takes into account the different financial cycles between the RCMP and the city is significant. - with files from Jeff Nagel
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t looks as if B.C. will get restrictions on the use of cosmetic pesticides – not the outright ban the province needs. An all-party government committee is making the recommendations after examining the issue. On the committee? Three Opposition New Democrats who say there’s enough evidence to support a complete ban on the commercial use of pesticides in the residential arena. But chair of the eight-member committee, Bill Bennett, says there isn’t enough science to warrant a total ban. So the province will likely have tighter rules surrounding the sale of weed killers, and not much more. What’s not clear, however, is how much there is to study. The dumping of toxic chemicals on such “weeds” as dandelions and chickweed (which are both edible) is totally unnecessary. Why should those who can’t be bothered to weed by hand endanger others by building up a toxic environment? The province can look to such cities as White Rock, which has had a cosmetic pesticides bylaw since October 2009. (Technically, it’s herbicides that such bylaws target, but most people involved in the debate refer to them as pesticides.) White Rock’s bylaw gives the city the power to levy fines of up to $2,000 against anyone who applies products such as Roundup and Killex to maintain outdoor grass, trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants on private or public land. The bylaw came about in part from pressure from the community. Thanks to their lobbying, the message was heard at the provincial level. Ontario and Quebec have already banned cosmetic pesticide use, as have more than 20 cities throughout B.C. It’s essential to have a province-wide ban so the same rules apply to all municipalities. That brings greater awareness. So here’s hoping the province will choose to create a less toxic environment – both in the legislature and on our lawns.
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’ve received that phone call. I was the first to arrive at the hospital. It was a Sunday morning, 10 After giving the ER clerk my brother’s minutes before 6 a.m., and my cell pertinent information, I was placed in phone was incessantly ringing on the a “family room” to await the doctor on other side of the room. duty to fill me in. I tried to roll over; tried to I had no idea what to expect, Katie Bartel drown out the noise with a I didn’t know how bad it was, I pillow on my head; who would didn’t know if I’d ever see that be calling me at such a senseless teasing twinkle in his eyes again, hour? If I would ever be able to hug I did not want to pick up that him, confide in him, or hear phone. Maybe something inside him call me ‘Kate’ again. me knew it couldn’t be good. I tried to hold it together. I When I finally answered the knew I had to be strong. call, it was my big brother on But when I overheard a the other line. paramedic across the way say His voice was shaky, but he to his pals, “If you ever need a did his best to stay calm. reason not to drink and drive, “(Our brother’s) been airlifted go look at that guy in trauma to Royal Columbian Hospital,” one – his face is messed up!” I he said. “You’re the closest. You have lost it. to go now. We’ll be there as soon as we When I was finally taken in to see my can.” brother, I was lectured by the doctor I’ll never forget those words. that I had to put on a happy face. It was seven years ago this month that I could not cry, and I could not have I found out my oldest brother, who I’ve fear in my eyes. Because if he saw that, looked up to my whole life, had been he might give up – he might not make in a serious car accident – not even two it. minutes away from his house. I remember the tubes and the beeping He had been drinking and driving. of the machines.
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I remember how pale my brother’s skin looked against the black stubble on his face. I remember how diminished he looked in that hospital bed. I remember the nurse asking him if he knew who I was. I remember seeing him nod. And I remember the moment he turned his head to look at me, his eyes wide, scared. “Kate, I’m sorry,” he said. My brother did not die. He was not paralyzed. But he did lose his spleen, and will likely have his short-term memory It doesn’t compromised forever. matter how It wasn’t the first time old you he had drove drunk, but it was the last. are, how Listening to Kevin experienced Brooks – a man whose you are, own drinking-andyou are not driving mistake left invincible. him paralyzed and his friend dead – speak to students at G.W. Graham Secondary in Chilliwack last month brought all those heartwrenching, tear-inducing, fear-ridden memories back. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how experienced you are, you are not invincible. Luck does run out. Brooks is proof. My brother is proof. Katie Bartel is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress, sister paper to the Peace Arch News. The Peace Arch News 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 street, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R-2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www. bcpresscouncil.org
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Our loss is their gain Editor: Re: Border-town retailers brace for new duty-free rules, May 29. Nice to see the Progressive Conservatives helping our local Canadian small business. I think that they forgot to calculate in that the majority of Canadians reside within 25 miles of the Canada-U.S. border. While this government is cancelling the likes of our Coast Guard, EI benefits and raising the retirement age to 67, they have as well exported retail sales to the U.S. that many small and local businesses depend on to both employ and collect tax. I do not find fault with consumers – in particular seniors and families – for taking the time to shop south of the border. Under the new rules, you will be encouraged to travel to the U.S. over a 48-hour period, most likely supporting the travel and hospitality industry in Whatcom County. This, as I understand it, means a couple with two children would be able to bring back after 48 hours $800 per person, or a total of $3,200. This could occur on a monthly basis or even with more frequency with no duty or applicable tax being collected. The applicable sales tax now will be placed into the State of Washington coffers of no benefit to any Canadian, nor will future Christmases be a happy event for small business as well. As for the benefits of buying gas in a U.S. border town – in particular, say, Blaine or Lynden – I, for one, am guilty. But then the feeling quickly dissipates as I know I have been able to avoid the likes of TransLink. Ron Eves, White Rock
That has nothing to do with marijuana, however, but rather the life choices of those involved in illegal endeavours. W. A. Riede, Surrey
Bureaucratic loopholes An open letter to White Rock council. Re: Officials differ on city-staff protection, May 17. The subject is a very touchy one. Many in politics have talked, considered and written but, in the end, there are always loopholes why not to allow full disclosure of findings by an individual within the bureaucracy. The difference is, though, that those democratically elected carry the responsibility to speak on behalf of those who elected them. Leaving it up to the bureaucracy to write their own laws is a cheap way to pass the bug, as well as avoiding this responsibility. It is common knowledge that full disclosure by any of the three Constitutionally accepted governments is and always will be questionable, called protectionism. The Canadian laws of today are a
prime example that it does not have the wording to what it is supposed to mean, but left to courts to explain in their views what it meant to be, called “liberalism.” So stand up and be counted and take the task you have been handed to do through election. Suan H. Booiman, White Rock
Pearl Harbour not the reason Editor: Re: We can only imagine their thoughts, May 31. Letter-writer Bob Burgel attacks my letter of May 22 (No apology for wartime relocation) but can’t be bothered to quote me accurately. Pearl Harbour was not the justification for the relocation of the West Coast Japanese. The state of the war on all fronts, months later, was. Also, it is most unlikely, as Burgel alleges, that a reason that in 1942 most Canadian civilians “lived in fear of Japanese aggression” was the Japanese annexation of Korea. That annexation was in 1910! All other of Burgel’s rambling anecdotes of later events – such as statements made in 1944; Canadian
Japanese attempting to enlist; reverence for the 53 Canadian Japanese who died in the First World War – are irrelevant to 1942 decisions made based on knowledge gleaned through 1942 eyes. The uncanny insight and incredible analytical intellect of Monday-morning quarterbacks is, unfortunately, only available, well… on Monday morning. David Poole, Surrey
Perspective on the problem Editor: Re: Environmentalism for dummies, April 17. Columnist Tom Fletcher’s article may describe some of the leaves but perhaps obscures part of the forest. Corporate lobbying is a 100 per cent tax writeoff in Canada and, at an estimated $300 million per year, may be a tad more influential than some of those pesky NGOs (non-governmental organizations) alleged to be bending tax rules that are deemed inappropriate near the revolving door between big business and government. David Riley, White Rock
That has nothing to do with marijuana, however, but rather the life choices of those involved in illegal endeavours.a W. A. Riede
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Big differences between drugs Editor: Re: Legalizing pot only a next step, May 29. To suggest legalizing marijuana is the same as legalizing crack, heroin or crystal meth is ridiculous. Perhaps letter-writer Jim Simpson should acquaint himself with some of those who use the aforementioned drugs so that he can recognize the differences in the general behaviour of those under the influence. There have been many studies done on marijuana by academics and the general consensus is that it is not nearly as dangerous or costly to the public as alcohol. To suggest that homicide will be legalized because we have lost the war on it is probably one of the most moronic statements I have ever read. He does, however, make one point and that is that those presently involved in illegal marijuana trafficking will find other illicit endeavours.
White Rock council was evenly divided May 28 whether to remove seven city barbecues, after pollution complaints.
Let’s focus on the bigger picture Editor: Re: BBQs in limbo, May 31. Glad to see White Rock’s new city manager is concerned for the environment. My concern is, where council will take this next? Banning all residents’ barbecues? Much more pollution – than the five times the Bayview Park barbecues are used annually – is created by the tourists we are trying to attract. Six of the seven council members put their hands up in support of boosting tourism and revitalizing the promenade by allowing restricted access to responsible owners walking their dogs, yet once elected are firmly against it. At the last council meeting, they passed Bylaw 1959 which actually reduced the available dog areas for tourists and residents, and increased fines!
If council was serious about showing any concern for our environment, they would have forced BNSF Rail to use concrete ties like other communities in Washington and Oregon did when the ties were replaced last year. Based on a University of Toronto study, each creosote rail tie is infused with 44 pounds of the Class 2 carcinogen, of which 10 pounds will excrete into our bay and parks over the first few years. Based on the number of ties BNSF replaced in White Rock/South Surrey, about 225,000 pounds of creosote will leach into our beach and promenade. Perhaps council could do what they said pre-election and then focus on the big picture. Let’s try to attract visitors – and residents – and not scare them away. M. Armstrong, White Rock
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news TransLink commitment to add express bus routes still in limbo
Mayors’ move ‘not legal’ Jeff Nagel Black Press
mayors approve in a supplement become locked into TransLink’s base plan (over which mayors have no vote) for future years. But at the same time, Crilly said he hasn’t found any enforcement mechanism in the legislation that could compel TransLink to raise its property tax, as authorized, to deliver the promised services. One way out of the problem would be if renewed talks between the mayors and the province authorize a new funding source, such as the proposed vehicle levy shot down by the premier this spring.
Barring a breakthrough there, auditors dispatched by the province would have to find large amounts of savings within TransLink, avoiding the need for the tax. TransLink must craft any new plan it will take to the mayors by Nov. 1. Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese, who wants the Highway 1 RapidBus to go ahead, said he’s willing to wait to see what the auditors uncover this summer. But in the absence of a financial miracle, he said TransLink must proceed with its original plan, backstopped by the tax hike.
Metro Vancouver mayors had no legal leg to stand on in April when they voted to rescind a property tax increase for TransLink that was originally passed last fall as a backup measure to finance transit expansion. TransLink Commissioner Martin Crilly made that point in a recent Mayors’ Council meeting, saying he could not allow the perception to remain that mayors could at any time revoke a legally binding supplement they previously approved. “In my view, the resolution that was passed has no legal force,” Crilly said in an interview. “I believe TransLink is obliged to deliver the services, projects and programs that were approved in the 2012 Moving Forward plan.” TransLink could not make plans if its funding sources were not binding and Crilly said he would never have let the mayors vote on the supplement if they could later reverse it. The mayors’ April 12 vote to cancel the $30 million property tax led TransLink to Drop into the South Surrey location of Johnston Meier freeze several expansion and enter to win a $100 Gas Card. projects, including the planned Highway 1 (Draw June 30/12) express bus service over the Port Mann Bridge and a new B-Line express bus down King George Boulevard in Surrey. Insurance Agencies Group The decisions came after the province refused to grant new funding 102 - 1750 152 St., White Rock • 604-538-8833 sources for TransLink. But Crilly’s view that the retraction is not valid does not necessarily mean the tax hike and the bus service upgrades are back on again. TransLink officials, acting in line with the mayors’ intent, have indicated they could draw up a revised supplement 2 SHADES IN 1 that replaces the existing one – eliminating the $23 Sleek Headrail property tax increase per average home over the • Sunscreen Rollers next two years as well • Dual Shades as projects that can’t be funded by other means. ON The original ALE S supplement approved the OFF two-cent gas tax hike in April and the property CALIFORNIA tax hike was to kick in only if the province and SHUTTERS mayors failed to agree on a new TransLink funding source, which is what happened. Crilly, however, said OFF he’s still not sure how the CALL FOR A SHOP-AT-HOME SERVICE 604.597.7222 property tax can legally be unwound. “There is no reverse gear,” he said, noting that VISIT OUR SHOWROOM | #9 - 12988 84th AVE, SURREY funding increases that
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Mountie has charges tossed Sheila Reynolds Black Press
Charges against a Surrey police officer accused of assaulting two civilians three years ago have been stayed. The lawyer for RCMP Const. Imran Saeed argued last month that two counts of assault laid in connection to a May 2009 incident should be tossed because the case took too long to get to trial. The 30-month delay, said defence lawyer Maegan Richards, violated Saeed’s right to be tried in a reasonable amount of time. A stay of proceedings was
granted Monday morning (June 4) in Chilliwack Provincial Court. Surrey’s Chris Stojak was one of two men Saeed was accused of assaulting during an arrest three years ago. Stojak wasn’t surprised the charges had been stayed. “I guess the cops are above the law,” he said. “This is not going to send a good message to the public.” Saeed has been on desk duties since 2009. Stojak has also filed a civil suit against Saeed and two other Mounties, as well as the officer in charge of the Surrey detachment.
In that lawsuit, it’s alleged Saeed struck Stojak “no fewer than three times about the head and face” while he was handcuffed in the back seat of a RCMP cruiser after being arrested (but not charged) during a domestic disturbance call. None of the allegations have been proven in court. Saeed is also facing a separate assault charge in connection to an unrelated February 2009 incident where he and another RCMP officer are accused of using excessive force against a woman during a traffic stop. That trial is scheduled to begin Monday.
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any of us consider the environmental movement to be a recent phenomenon burgeoning in the 1980s and 1990s. In that case, the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club was 30 years ahead of the trend. We recently sat down with club president Bob Donnelly and four long time members – Bob Oswald, Derek Uren, Archie McNair and Roy Thomson – to reminisce about their activities over the years. Oswald, hatchery manager and charter Lorraine and Hugh Ellenwood member, recalled the club’s origins. “Well, it was a bunch of guys that were local fishermen. There’s not too many of them left. Ed Kendall over here next door is one of the founding members. Most of the founding members were anglers and very concerned about the fish stocks and the siltation of the local Little Campbell River with sand, so they decided to form a club in 1956. The first meeting was held in the old White Rock Hotel.” Concerned that decades of industrial gravel extraction on the banks of the Little Campbell was ruining the river, the group decided to take action, framing a mandate to become stewards and spokespeople for the natural places of the watershed while participating in the sport they loved. Lack of a permanent home meant that the club’s early years were nomadic. Meetings were held wherever they could find space, but the dream was to find a location of their own, preferably near the Little Campbell. Fundraising to purchase land became a priority. One of the main fundraisers was – and still is – the Father’s Day salmon barbecue. A tradition of the club since 1958, it has become one of the most popular family events in the region. (This year, it takes place
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Above, two members of the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club clear debris from the fish-counting fence during a flood in 1996; right, club members at the first barbecue in 1958; far right, club president Bob Donnelly, charter member and hatchery manager Bob Oswald, Derek Uren, Archie McNair and Roy Thomson. at 1 p.m. June 17.) Despite the lack of a permanent home, the club’s work in and around the Little Campbell River was extensive in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. They constructed nature trails, cleared debris and also gathered valuable information on fish populations to pass on to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Stewardship of the river was not the club’s only focus. By the early 1960s, they had taken on the Provincial Junior Firearms Safety Training Program and needed a range for practice and testing. Temporary sites included everything from old quarries to the basement of the newly built Central Plaza shopping centre in 1961. Difficulty in
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finding a suitable site for a shooting range led to the creation of an archery program, which is still very popular. Ruth Kendall, a past president, compiled a history of the club in which she wrote, “The club always organized events for fun and recreation, too. We held salmon derbies and steelhead derbies in our own river for both the seniors and the juniors. We took to the interior hills at the opening of grouse season. We started annual camp-outs with the juniors that provided some interesting challenges for their senior advisors and finally grew to the family camp-outs we still enjoy.”
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Annual Father’s Day barbecue set for June 17 from page 11 their homes to make the purchase. The excess land was sold to reimburse members. At last, the club had a permanent home. Now, a unique opportunity presented itself. Since the Little Campbell River flowed through their property, they could install a permanent fishcounting fence and begin to collect data on fish population and health in unprecedented quantity. Building the fence was easier said than done. Oswald remembers, “The first fish-counting fence was devised by Provincial Fish and Wildlife Branch for counting steelhead. It was a chicken-wire fence. It lasted one high water – gone. “So then Fisheries told us to build a broomstick fence. Well, the beavers thought they were great! Chomp, chomp, chomp, it didn’t last very long. The first high water or two, and it was gone. “So then I designed the counting fence we have now. I took it to Fisheries people and they approved it.” Oswald’s design was constructed by shop students at Cloverdale Junior High, where club member Lorne Halliday was a teacher. The design was so efficient and durable that DFO adopted it other projects. Work then began on construction of the hatchery buildings (opened in 1983), and infrastructure. In the early 1990s, the clubhouse and indoor archery/shooting range were constructed with help from members of the Lions Club and the Power Pioneers. Local businesses and contractors donated materials and expertise. As proud as they are of all they’ve accomplished, our interviewees were quick to acknowledge the work of others. They can’t say enough about the help they have received from the local community. And as the stewards of the river, they greatly value the support and co-operation they have from organizations such as Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society and the Little Campbell Watershed Society. With support from Joe Kambietz, a local DFO officer, the hatchery is a smoothly running but complex operation that releases hundreds of thousands of fish into the Little Campbell every year. Donnelly summed things up this way, “We’re
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