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Smart meter info? About time By Sarah Payne THE TRI-CITY NEWS
A BC Hydro presentation on smart meters came far too late for many Port M o o dy a n d Po r t Coquitlam councillors, who said the information would have proved helpful when the technology was first introduced. “The scary part is how this was put upon the public without educating the public,” said PoMo Coun. Bob Elliott. “As a retired employee of BC Hydro, it’s a little embarrassing.” Coun. Rosemary Small, who initiated a motion opposing smart meters and asking BC Hydro to offer customers an opt-out option at no expense, had several questions ready for Hydro communications manager Cindy Verschoor at Tuesday’s Port Moody council meeting, starting with the health concerns. “The meter transmits for less than a minute a day,” Verschoor said, using a 900-megahertz radio signal with a power of one watt; data is transmitted to a collector three times a day, which then sends the data to BC Hydro, also at 900 megahertz and one watt. “This building has an active Wi-Fi network,” Verschoor said of PoMo city hall. “So, by comparison, four minutes in this building is worth one year of a smart meter.” see LOW-IMPACT, LOW IMPACT, page 4
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A worker cuts up a felled tree as part of the work required for construction of a new artificial turf field at Gates Park in Port Coquitlam. The field will replace a gravel field and be the second artificial venue in the popular park. For more details on the work, please see story on page 18.
Adults on alert around water Three drownings prompt warning from city staff By Janis Warren THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Coquitlam lifeguards and aquatic supervisors are keeping an extra sharp eye on kids in municipal pools after three B.C. residents drowned this week. Jason Blood, Coquitlam’s aquatics manager, said the recent swimming deaths were a topic of conversation
at the weekly program supervisors’ meeting and city staff have been reminded to be especially vigilant when young children are in and around the water. “We have told our staff to be courteous when telling patrons about the situations that can happen, and the rules and the rationale,” he said. Blood said Coquitlam has a policy that adults and guardians must be within arm’s reach of their child; lifeguards are trained to alert parents when their young one is too far away.
“In the summer especially, it’s good advice to keep your children close and under direct supervision,” he said, adding swimming lessons for children start as young as six months in Coquitlam. “There’s valuable water-safety education in those sessions for children and parents about how to stay safe.” Blood also recommends parents get lifeguards to help strap personal flotation devices on kids so they fit correctly. see COQ. STEPS UP UP,, page 14
Tips for staying safe on the water The Canadian Red Cross provides the following tips on how to avoid waterrelated injuries: • Ensure children are supervised, whether at home or on vacation; adult supervision is the best protection for children, even for kids who can swim. • Make sure your backyard pool is fully fenced, with a self-clos-
ing, self-latching gate. • When not using your home pool, clear all toys out of the water and away from the edge. • Ensure you have emergency equipment, including a first aid kit and a phone in the immediate pool area. • When boating, ensure everyone on board wears — properly fastened — a lifejacket.
• Don’t consume alcohol before or during swimming or boating activities. • Be cautious about swimming in currents. • Get trained through swimming and water safety lessons; get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card if you operate a boat; know how to respond in an emergency by taking first aid lessons.
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Vernon plane crash cause will take time to determine
The investigation into Saturday’s plane crash at Marshall Field in Vernon that killed two people — including one Tri-City man — could take some time. A T ranspor tation Safety Board of Canada official said investigations into plane crashes similar to the one Saturday typically take up to a year to determine the official cause. Killed in the crash, which happened just after 1 p.m. shortly after taking off from the Vernon Airport, were two brothers-in-law,
pilot James Langley, 59, of Kelowna, and his passenger, Karim Makalai, 53, of Port Moody; they were married to sisters Sheneez Makalai and Shaida Langley. Weather conditions were very good at the time of the crash, with sunshine and clear skies. It’s believed the pair stopped in Vernon to refuel the plane but where they were heading and where the flight originated from, has not yet been released by officials. email@example.com
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‘Why would they let him out?’ dad asks ‘They can’t hold him indefinitely,’ Gord Penner says By Gary McKenna THE TRI-CITY NEWS
A detention review for Ryan Crossley, the young man who killed Port Coquitlam’s Jesse Penner in 2006, will be held next week. But Penner’s father does not believe his release is imminent. Gord Penner said he is more concerned about Dec. 18, when Crossley’s six-year sentence comes to an end and Corrections Canada is no longer able to keep him in custody. “They can’t hold him indefinitely,” he said. “I know it is coming. They are getting me ready for it.” After last year’s detention review, the Parole Board of Canada said Crossley would not be let out early because he committed numerous violent acts while behind bars. The board noted that in his five years in jail, the 22-yearold has yet to complete
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any programming to address his propensity for violence or his substance abuse issues. “You continue to endanger the safety of others, on occasion spontaneously but often with some level of pre-planning, and frequently involving the use of weapons,” the board said in its reasons for decision. “You do not display a genuine remorse for the victims and clearly hold a personal belief that accepts and endorses violence.” After his statutory release this winter, Crossley will be free and neither the parole board nor the Correctional Service of Canada will have any authority over him. The lack of supervision while Crossley reenters society has Penner fearing the worst. “Here we are getting ready to release him so he can kill again,” Penner said. “They know damn well what he is going to do. If someone else gets hurt by this guy, I’m going to hate to say, ‘I told you so.’” Jesse Penner was trying to break up a fight in 2006 when he
“Here we are getting ready to release him so he can kill again. They know damn well what he is going to do. If someone else gets hurt by this guy, I’m going to hate to say, ‘I told you so.’” Gord Penner, talking about Ryan Crossley
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Jesse Penner (shown above in a photo at the scene of a memorial) was stabbed to death in 2006 by a teenage Ryan Crossley. The young man, who has committed acts of violence behind bars, is likely to be released in December. was stabbed multiple times by Crossley; he was taken to hospital but later died from his wounds. Gord Penner points out that Crossley, who was 16 at the time of his
conviction, was on supervised release awaiting sentencing — with conditions that he not possess a weapon and he obey a curfew — for another offence. “Why would they
let him out?” he said. “They let him out once and he killed. He was on bail when he murdered my son.” Crossley was initially eligible for automatic release in October 2010
after serving two thirds of his six-year sentence. But due to his behaviour behind bars, the parole board decided to use a legal provision that allows it to keep a prisoner incarcerated
beyond his automatic release date. A second release date was scheduled for June 18 but six months was added to his sentence for violence behind bars. S p o ke s p e o p l e f o r Cor rections Canada and the Parole Board of Canada told The Tri-City News that they would not comment on crimes carried out by Crossley while behind bars. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Low-impact tech: hydro S h e a d d e d : â€œA n d if you stood next to [a smart meter] for 20 years without moving, at 20 cm away, itâ€™s the equivalent of a 30-minute cell phone call or less.â€? BC Hydroâ€™s smart meters have been tested extensively and repeatedly by an independent engineering company and found to be an extremely low-impact technology, Verschoor said, noting the engineersâ€™ signed reports are available on the Hydro website for inspection. She also reassured Small regarding her concerns on the potential for time-of-use billing, which has been implemented in Ontario. Because B.C. operates on 93% hydroelectric power, she told the councillor, the system can regulate the flow of water to meet consumersâ€™ needs, making timeof-use billing unnecessary. BC Hydro is replacing the old technology with smart meters as part of a comprehensive infrastructure upgrade, Verschoor said, noting the system hasnâ€™t been upgraded in decades and no longer supports the needs of consumers or the expected 50% increase in demand over the next 20 years. The meters are expected to reduce hydro rates, improve safety and help get the lights back on faster in case of an outage. Customers will be able to see their usage by logging on to their BC Hydro account online, with the aim of encouraging people to conserve energy. â€œWe donâ€™t collect data about what you were doing or what you were using the electricity for; the technology is simply not capable of that,â€? Verschoor said, adding customers who can monitor their usage tend to save up to 15%. The system upgrades will also allow for a twoway transfer of electricity on the grid for solar panels and electric vehicles. The $930-million program will create $1.6 billion in savings over the next 20 years. With maintenance costs factored in, Verschoor said, $520 million will be saved. Over-billing issues have largely proved false, Verschoor said. Each complaint is investigated and to date, six bills have been adjusted due to a smart meter â€” four down and two up. The main issue, she added, is that customers often mistakenly compare bills between winter and summer, when usage is far lower.
ing to opt out meters in Port Coquitlam in of the water or sewer system. recent weeks Youâ€™d have to and Verschoor said about 10% find a way to address those of the work that arenâ€™t on has so far been the system, and completed. Coun. Darrell thereâ€™s a cost to Penner was that.â€? B C H y d r o COUN. PENNER one of several has installed 1.4 million councillors who said BC smart meters and will Hydro should have been be replacing meters in more forthcoming with the Tri-Cities until the the information at the beginning of the process. fall. Verschoor received â€œThis would have similar questions when been really much more she made her presenta- helpful if you guys had tion to Port Coquitlam made presentation a council during its meet- long time ago,â€? he said. â€œBut you are doing it ing Monday. BC Hydro has begun now, so thank you.â€? email@example.com installing the smart
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Examining bills from similar seasons year to year shows the postsmart meter bills are accurate, Verschoor said. Residents who donâ€™t want a smart meter installed are asked to contact BC Hydro to discuss their concerns. â€œWe have been very successful in addressing consumersâ€™ concerns to date,â€? Verschoor said, noting no decisions have been made in relation to customers who refuse the new meters. â€œThe cost of maintaining a dual system would have to be borne by all ratepayers,â€? Verschoor said. â€œIt would be like your constituents want-
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Evergreen Line rejects PoMo station request Costs and delays would be caused by extra station By Sarah Payne THE TRI-CITY NEWS
The Evergreen Line project team has turned down Port Moody council’s request for a third station at the western edge of the city. A letter from the project team’s PoMo segment manager, Wendy Itagawa, said changing the location of a future west station, from the Queen Street one already approved to one at the northern end of the tunnel portal, would pose several problems, including schedule delays as well as environmental, safety and cost impacts. Technically, locating a station at the north portal would require raising Barnet Highway by three meters, which would incur significant construction and traffic impacts as well as increased costs, Itagawa states in a letter to the city. Given that proposals for the Evergreen Line are already being considered based on the approved alignment and station locations, changing the station location would delay the awarding of the contract and the start of construction, thus pushing back the planned 2016 completion date. It would also require amending t h e E nv i ro n m e n t a l
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A request for a western Evergreen Line station in Port Moody was shot down by the project’s local manager. Assessment Office certificate, which was approved in early 2011 based on the preliminary design. The north portal location poses environmental risks on the sensitive area at Schoolhouse Creek, the letter notes, and could be a safety risk given the nearby active industrial area. Even adjusting the alignment design to allow for a future station at the north portal would increase costs, according to Itagawa.
Jillian Hull, who represents a group called the West Port Moody Property Owners Group, said she was disappointed to see the Evergreen Line project team’s response but hopes a station can be built further west than Queen Street. “I hope council sees the wisdom of pursuing negotiations, which would allow good solutions to flow from good design, instead of bad solutions from bad design,” Hull said.
But Wendy Swalwell, who lives across from the for mer Andres Winery site, again expressed concerns that the West Port Moody Property Owners are, in fact, a special interest group consisting mainly of investors and developers eager to transform that end of the city to a home for 15,000 new residents. She questioned why a majority of council members were so quick to support the group’s motion, particularly if it meant adding a huge a m o u n t o f d e n s i ty to west Port Moody to justify a third station, the cost of which might have to be borne by the city. “The most irresponsible thing... councillors can do is to blindly vote for something they were not directed to do by their constituents,” Swalwell said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notice of Public Hearing Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3807 Monday, July 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm Council Chambers, Third Floor, Port Coquitlam City Hall 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam, BC Intent of the Bylaw: y To rezone 2132, 2136 and 2140 Salisbury from RS 1 (Residential Single Dwelling) to RTh3 (Residential Townhouse 3) to permit a townhouse use and allow for up to 17 units, including two additional units in accordance with the City’s Density Bonus Policy. Location of Properties p Affected: 2132, 2136 and 2140 Salisbury Avenue
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Inspection p of Documents: A copy of the proposed Bylaw may be inspected in the Corporate OfÀce, 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam, BC, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, except Saturdays, Sundays, and any Statutory Holiday, until July 23, 2012 inclusive. Further information and a larger map can be seen at www.portcoquitlam.ca/getinvolved p q g and further details can be obtained from the Development Services Department at 604-927-5442. Also available for inspection is the “Zoning Bylaw, 2008, No. 3630” (which would be amended by the proposed bylaw) and various reports referring speciÀcally to the purpose of the amending Bylaw. Public Participation: p At the hearing the public will be allowed to make representations to the Council respecting matters contained in the proposed Bylaw. All persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard, or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the Bylaw. All written and verbal submissions will become part of the Public Hearing record. After the Public Hearing has been completed, Council can no longer receive additional or new information on this application. Susan Rauh, CMC Corporate OfÀcer 604.927.5421 corporateofÀce@portcoquitlam.ca
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PM council says ‘No’ to pipelines, tankers By Sarah Payne THE TRI-CITY NEWS
A Port Moody resolution opposing any increase in oil tanker traffic in B.C.’s coastal waters was approved Tuesday, despite some council members’ concerns it was far out of the city’s jurisdiction. Coun. Rick Glumac’s motion calls for the city to oppose the pipelines proposed by Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and any other company that would lead to the expansion of oil tanker traffic off B.C.’s coast. It also asks that the city send the motion to the prime minister’s office, Premier Christy Clark, local MLAs and MPs and to the Union of BC Municipalities. In a report, Glumac said the National Energy Board estimates large petroleum pipelines will experience a spill every 16 years for every 1,000 km of pipeline; there are also, on
MORE ON THIS: Q How They Voted: page 16 Q Letter to the Editor: page 11 average, three to 11 oil tanker spills every year that exceed 5,000 barrels. “There have been 34 tanker spills that spilled more crude oil than the well-known Exxon Valdez, which spilled 270,000 barrels,” the report adds. Enbridge’s proposed pipeline, from the Alberta oil sands across B.C. to Kitimat, would ship 525,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Kinder Morgan aims to ship 750,000 barrels to its Burnaby facility. C o u n . Ro s e m a r y Small expressed her support for Glumac’s motion, noting she and her husband vacationed in Mississippi to help build oil booms after the BP Deepwater Horizon
oil spill in 2010. But not all council members were on board. Coun. Diana Dilworth said the concerns are well-founded but the issue is not within the city’s mandate and concerned residents should speak to their MP and/ or MLA. “I’m not in any way in favour of oil being dumped into the ocean,” a d d e d M ayo r M i ke Clay, “but I support the elected officials at the provincial and federal levels to do their jobs. The city has no method of influencing or controlling this, so I’m not supporting it.” Coun. Gerry Nuttall also voted against the motion. firstname.lastname@example.org
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ousing sales are steady in the Fraser Valley, even as they seem to be in a bit more of a decline in Metro Vancouver. Declines in sales activity and prices are more marked in Metro Van but as neighbourhoods and Lower Mainland cities are so different, it is hard to paint with too broad a brush. Still, a few basic trends seem to be emerging. One is that, despite low interest rates, people seem to be unwilling to pay any more for housing. Prices have been going up for a long time and are now at the point where many working people simply can’t afford to buy. Another trend is an inability to qualify for a mortgage. The federal government has tightened up the amortization period for homes requiring Canada Mortgage and Housing mortgage insurance and that means bigger monthly payments. And that means some people simply can’t get into the market. A third trend is more intangible, but nonetheless valid. People have a sense that the economy isn’t doing nearly as well as it could, and even positive economic news does not entice them to go out and borrow a great deal of money.
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The day the kids lost their summer freedom AS I SEE IT Chris Bryan
remember it all, clear as day: I was 11. It was summer, 1982. We were playing Kick the Can. The old soup tin was on the boulevard and though our street could get pretty busy with traffic, we kids had all fanned out, tucked behind bushes and under parked cars, the bold ones among us finding refuge in empty garbage cans and behind the mean old widow’s fence. I laid down in the bed of a pickup truck parked in a neighbour’s driveway. I swear I can still remember that last breath of air, sweet and clear. The taste of freedom is how I see it now. The silence of hiding children was broke by that first call. “BARB-RA! BAAAARRR-BRA! TIME TO COME IN!” From my vantage point, I saw her,
crouched behind the Kissicks’ rosebush. Her shoulders sagged, she groaned and stood up. “AND-REW! AAAAN-DREW! DIN-NER! LET’S GO!” The chorus grew as other mothers chimed in, voices blanketing sidewalks and lawns. When my mom hollered, I dragged my heels. That’s how I remember it. Wandered through the cedars out front of the Phillips’ house, leaning on one and looking up at the branches, thinking I’d climb it sometime soon. But I didn’t. See, that was the last day. The last day we played Kick the Can, Red Rover, British Bulldog or street hockey until 9 p.m. two blocks down. It was our last day of real freedom. An experience that, years later, all of us would wistfully remember and long for. A kind of feeling that kids who grew up after 1982 would never truly understand. They would grow up in a helmeted world. Hermetically sealed inside their cars, their TV rooms, their community centres. For us, the shift that happened that day
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was about more than just growing up. We lost our innocence but so too did our world. Perhaps I should have seen the warning signs a summer earlier, when I was delivering The Province at 5 a.m. Don’t ask me how I dragged myself out of bed at that age. I would stumble into my Converse hightops, rugby pants and baggy shirt, and strap on my Swatch, wet my hand under the sink and push my bangs off my brow and walk in the gathering gloom up Dempsey, Nottingham and Coleman all the way to my friend’s house on McNair. I’d go around back to his bedroom and open the sliding glass door, then jump on him with my knees so we could get going, unbundle the papers and wander the neighbourhood with our sacks. Every once in a while, we’d see a little school photo on the cover of the paper. A little boy or girl gone missing. Maybe those pictures were the sign of change to come. Or perhaps it was that day I went to another friend’s house after school and
watched as his mom locked up the liquor cabinet, pocketed the key and stood in front of the mirror wearing the new outfit she would wear to work the next day, her first day on the job in 14 years. Other moms followed in her wake, carried by changing times, and for the first time, the houses were quiet during the day and the daycares filled up. Within months, the Block Watch signs came down and we’d all signed up for piano lessons. Or maybe it was CNN, which debuted two years earlier and showed us that the world was going to hell, country by country, 24 hours a day, so keep your loved ones close. It’s a different world now. I see that. But I’d like to find a way back. Or somewhere completely new, where there’s a little more trust and a little less fear. Let’s do a pilot project. Even for just one day. Open up the screen door, give our kids a nudge and tell them, “Go play!” Chris Bryan is editor of the Burnaby and New Westminster NewsLeader, Black Press sister newspapers to The Tri-City News.
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FACE TO FACE: Develop or protect – what to do with the Riverview Hospital lands?
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n 2007, the BC Liberals caused Those opposed to development at Riverview talk about its green a political firestorm when they space while others have touted the proposed to turn Coquitlam’s Riverview Hospital lands into a maslands’ foreign plants and trees as a sive housing development. Their reason not to build. Frankly, saving plan was to mix thousands of mara Ginko tree from China or a sweet ket condos with social housing for chestnut from Turkey aren’t good enough reasons to hamper developthe disabled, poor and mentally ill. Now that Riverview Hospital is ment. closing, once and for all, I think Last week, Heritage Canada Foundation put the Riverview we need to revisit the BC Liberal plan. lands on its top-10 list of endanThe proposal would have meant gered historic sites in the country. the development of 7,000 condos or A historic site? Really? apartments on the 98-hectare site. It was a hospital, people. Opposition to development at the The plan would generate billions Riverview Lands is nothing more of dollars in real estate deals and mean a windfall of millions for the than NIMBY-ism at its worst. Everybody is always against the city. Developers would be required to turn back some of their profits D-word — development — forgetto the government, ting that we all have which would in turn homes because our build social housing. communities were, The project would you know, developed. You can comment on create thousands of The bottom line is any story you read at direct, indirect and inthat, with a growing www.tricitynews.com duced jobs, and would population, Metro be a boon to local busiVancouver needs more nesses. homess. We also need more afIt was a great plan but, unforfordable housing h for the disabled, tunately, the government gave in poor and mentally ill. to public pressure to maintain the The BC Liberal plan from 2007 site as is. So, for the past five years, can get that done. I realize I’m a lone voice in the we’ve have had nothing but committees, open houses and meetings wilderness here but I say, “Build, baby, build.” about how to save the lands.
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“The plan would generate billions of dollars in real estate deals and mean a windfall of millions for the city.” Andy Radia
“Declare that the Riverview lands will remain publicly owned: a public heritage site, botanical reserve and the future site of a modern, integrated, mental health care hub.” Jim Nelson What’s your take on this week’s Face to Face topic and what they have to say? Email your thoughts to email@example.com.
uild condos on the Riverview lands? Surely, my colleague to my right jests. Perhaps while we’re at it we could slap up a Walmart and a Canadian Tire on the Colony Farm lands. There’s nothing there but a few buildings, some community gardens and a few noisy birds. Let’s bulldoze the sucker along with the old buildings and useless trees on the Riverview lands and build a bunch of condos. Think of the jobs we’d create! This kind of insensitive development may make sense to my paveparadise-put-up-a-parking-lot friend. But on this July 13, the very day the last two wards in Riverview Hospital close, let’s be clear that the public will not accept the building of even one condo on the Riverview lands. For years, conservationists, in anticipation of this day, have been establishing committees to save the land from developers. Botanists, armed with lists of the 71 genuses, 158 species and 113 varieties of trees gracing the Riverview grounds, are dug in to protect this sacred arboretum. Even developers who have circled the billion-dollar property like buzzards know community resistance to development is unassailable. And we’ve already, over the years,
released 750 of Riverview’s original 1,000 acres for real estate development — enough already. So what, now, for Riverview? Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth has it right. Declare that the Riverview lands will remain publicly owned: a public heritage site, botanical reserve and the future site of a modern, integrated, mental health care hub. Closing Riverview Hospital was the right thing to do. Its big buildings were as 19th century as the idea of isolating mentally challenged people in institutional warehouses. And yet Metro Vancouver’s need for modern mental health care services has never been more glaring than it is today. That’s because when we quite appropriately closed Riverview, we neglected the second part of the plan: to develop integrated and localized approaches to mental health care. Too often, this neglect has resulted in those needing care ending up on the streets. While we publicly redevelop Riverview to fulfill this need for a regional mental health care hub, we should erect informational signs, explaining the 99-year history of Riverview and describing the exotic trees among which one ambles on one’s way to the public picnic area.
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The Editor, Re. â€œPolicy divides B.C.â€™s workersâ€? (Face to Face, The Tri-City News, July 6). The Tri-City News and its readers would have been much better served had you requested Face to Face columnist Jim Nelson to â€œtalk to the handâ€? rather than foisting his garbage on us. Surely you donâ€™t pay for this drivel. Here, Iâ€™ll write Jimâ€™s next column for you: The NDP are God. BC Liberals are satanic. Teachers are the supreme beings, work extremely hard and need a massive raise. Repeat the above 52 weeks per year. While I only some-
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Life jackets are available in all city pools and in all sizes — at no cost. Last S u n d a y, 20-month-old Ivan Yousif died when he accidentally slipped into a Surrey residential pool; his grandmother, Warina Nissan, 51, tried to save him but died from her injuries the next day. That night, a 32-yearo l d O l ive r wo m a n drowned after falling off a paddle boat on Gallagher Lake, north of Oliver (alcohol and prescription drugs were factors in her death, police say). And on Tuesday, a two-year-old Sur rey girl was found floating unconscious in her family’s backyard pool. She was pulled out by a family friend who performed CPR; the toddler survived. The drownings and near-drowning come the same week the BC Coroners’ Service released a five-year study showing nearly 30% of pool-related fatalities involved toddlers and preschoolers, ages one to four. All the drownings happened at residential pools and in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions.
“We have heard so many times when a parent says ‘I just took my eyes off for a second.’”
What do you think? Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam city staff are asking for residents’ views on outdoor pools. From July 11 to the August long weekend, Coquitlam staff will visit pools and spray parks to gain feedback about the outdoor aquatic use. And in PoCo, the city is seeking its information via an online survey (go to www.portcoquitlam.ca and click on the link Outdoor Aquatic Infrastructure and Services Review Survey) until July 27. The polling is a result of a joint study that started this spring on the future for outdoor pools in the Tri-Cities; the results are expected to be presented to city councils in September before budget deliberations begin. Coquitlam launched the review after deciding to temporarily close 44-year-old Rochester Pool in Maillardville, which is primarily used by children and families and has been failing for years. According to a city report, it would cost $170,000 to repair the concrete basin or $4 million to rebuild it. Another option is to decommission the pool and/or re-use the pool and change rooms for other recreational uses.
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Necklace kl Project connects PoMo with Metro neighbours Elevated mosaics will highlight historic locations
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Port Moody will soon be illuminated by part of the Necklace Project, a n i n t e r- m u n i c i p a l public art project designed to link 10 Metro Vancouver cities. Elevated mosaics will be installed in five locations throughout the city. The largest piece — a six-foot-diameter round mosaic framed in steel — will go outside the Port Moody Arts Centre. Additional locations will highlight historic points in the city, including the first school site (now Moody elementary), the telephone exchange building and the city’s first bank, both on Clarke Street, and at the Port Moody Station Museum, at Rocky Point Park. The project’s theme is illuminance, defined in a staff report as “light’s capacity to produce visual stimulation or clarity.” Other participating cities include Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Burnaby, New Westminster, Nor th Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey. The $50,000 cost of the project has previously been approved by council and is funded from the city’s artwork reserve. Other PoMo news:
Pacific Coast Terminals is hoping to add potash, coal and canola oil to the products it handles at its Port Moody facility. The company is applying to Metro Vancouver for a change to its permit under the air quality management bylaw, allowing PCT to add the new commodities to its bulk shipping facility, which already handles sulphur and ethylene glycol. The new commodities would be handled mainly with existing technology at PCT. Some modifications, including the construction of a potash storage shed and additional liquid storage tanks, will be required; those would go beside the large yellow sulphur piles on the east side of PCT’s property. PCT’s community relations co-ordinator, Diana Dilworth (who is also a Port Moody councillor), said the company hasn’t yet finalized agreements with any suppliers. A community update newsletter notes that diminishing supplies of sulphur have led PCT to explore new alternatives. Visit www.pct.ca for more details.
vinced, however, with Coun. Gerry Nuttall suggesting the city should develop a policy to protect existing rental units. “In the next 20 years,
this is going to be fought one housing unit at a time,” he added. Councillors Rick Glumac and Rosemary Small voted against the application.
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Work has begun on a new artificial turf at Gates Park in Port Coquitlam. The city’s second turf field is being built over a former gravel field and is expected to be completed by the end of September. Ron Myers, the city’s manager of parks planning and design, said in a press release artificial fields are better suited for the Lower Mainland’s rainy climate. They can be used year-round and game cancellations are only required during heavy rain or snow. But not all residents are happy with the construction of the new athletic facilities. During a recent city council meeting, Coun. Glenn Pollock, who chairs the healthy community committee, acknowledged that some residents were not
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Alleged PoCo copper thief facing charges 27-year-old suspect is well known to Coq. RCMP
TC gets $2 M piece of traffic fine pie Traffic fines last year have put more than $2 million into Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody city coffers. On Wednesday, the B.C. government announced Coquitlam will receive $1.2 million from the traffic fine revenue sharing program while Port Coquitlam and Port Moody will get $545,697 and $388,259 respectively. The net proceeds, used to offset the cost of municipal policing and community safety, come from ticket fines and court-imposed penalties for violating motorists. Also this week, Victoria handed Anmore $294,388 while Belcarra received $218,232 in small community grants, designed to provide infrastructure and services for the villages. email@example.com
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A Port Coquitlam man who’s well known to police is f acing charges after copper piping was stolen from an underground parking lot last weekend. Clayton Nielsen was arrested in the 2600block of Jane Street at around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning and is facing one count of mischief, two counts of break and enter and two counts of possessing break-in instruments. A resident of the apar tment building phoned police after hearing something suspicious in the underground parking lot and seeing copper piping lying on the ground. “The area was immediately swamped with police,” said Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung. “We arrested one male red-handed
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ADVANCE ELECTOR REGISTRATION Are you eligible to vote at the September By-Election for Councillor? Is your name on the current List of Electors? If you are not sure you can ﬁnd out by calling or visiting the Village Ofﬁce at 2697 Sunnyside Road, Anmore, B.C. or call 604-469-9877. The ofﬁce is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). Advance elector registrations will be accepted at the Village ofﬁce until July 31st, 2012. With the exception of registrations on Advance Voting Day and General Voting Day, elector registration will not be accepted during the period of August 1st, 2012 to September 22nd, 2012.
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