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Woman ordered to sell condo wins a reprieve Appeal Court quashes ruling that she move out due to neigbhour complaints by Sheila Reynolds A SURREY woman ordered by the courts earlier this year to sell her condo and move will not be forced out after all. In a January decision believed to be the first of its kind in B.C., Supreme Court Justice Richard Blair ruled that, due to numerous noise and harassment complaints, Rose Jordison and her 20-yearold son Jordy should sell their home in Guildford. Neighbours had complained about loud pounding coming from the pair’s suite, while others said the son, who has a high-functioning form of autism, would make sounds like a pig and call them names.
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Athletes go head-to-head at BC Summer Games
Zone 6’s Micaela Dick (left) of Port Alberni and Zone 2’s Stephanie Simard of Kamloops wrestle in a BC Summer Games match at the Guildford Recreation Centre on Saturday. Over three days, more than 2,300 athletes competed in over 20 different sports, with 375 medals won by the representatives of eight zones. For more images and story, see page 17.
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Benjamin Monty Robinson to be sentenced on Friday for obstructing justice by Maria Spitale-Leisk
FORMER RCMP Cpl. Benjamim Monty Robinson is expected to learn his fate Friday (July 27) in New Westminster Supreme Court when a sentence in his obstruction of justice case is handed down. A sentencing hearing for Robinson concluded last Friday (July 20) afternoon. Crown prosecutors are seeking a three- to nine-month jail term for Robinson, who was convicted this spring of obstruction of justice in the October 2008 motor vehicle accident death of 21-year-old Tsawwassen motorcyclist Orion Hutchinson. After the crash at 64 Avenue and Gilchrist Drive in Tsawwassen nearly four years ago, Robinson gave his driver’s licence to a bystander and left the scene to walk his children home. When he returned, he told police he had downed two shots of vodka at home to calm his nerves. Crown lawyer Kris Pechet told the court the sentence should be proportionate to the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender, in this case a police officer in a position of authority. “What has happened here was the acts of Mr. Robinson effectively prevented or perverted or sidetracked or defeated the course of the Delta Police officers’ investigation into the blood alcohol levels at the time of the motor vehicle accident of October 25, 2008,” said Pechet. Robinson’s lawyer David Crossin asked the judge for a conditional sentence of three to six months, including time spent in an alcohol rehab facility. “In my view, the shame and paralysis that resulted from the weight and the publicity and the vitriol in this commuCraig Callens nity basically rooted him in a kind of purgatory,” Crossin told the court. Crossin also submitted a letter from the Edgewood rehabilitation facility stating Robinson has been sober for the past 100 days. Robinson entered rehab March 30 and is expected to complete his treatment Aug. 23. The court heard that Robinson began drinking at an early age, substance abuse runs in his family, and alcohol was a factor in the break-up of his marriage. The defence provided a letter of support from RCMP Supt. Rendall Nesset of the Richmond detachment where Robinson was stationed. Nesset wrote that Robinson was a well-respected member of the detachment, had sound investigative leadership and communication skills, and displayed excellent leadership qualities throughout his service in Richmond. The letter also stated the RCMP Richmond detachment’s senior management team considered Robinson a stellar performer and an asset to the organization.
“Mr. Robinson’s career with the RCMP has ended.”
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Benjamin Monty Robinson arrives for his sentencing hearing at New Westminster Supreme Court on Friday. The former Mountie will learn his fate on obstruction of justice charges July 27.
The Corporation of Delta is using the online community consultation platform PlaceSpeak to conduct the survey; registration is free and all information collected is private. Go to http://bit.ly/ PrrRo4 to take the survey. The North Delta Community Goals survey is just one of many options for residents to participate in the North Delta Area Plan Review. Staff have been soliciting feedback via the travelling North Delta Area Plan Roadshow booth at local events such as the Tour de Delta and the upcoming Boundary Bay Airshow. A Youth Photography and Poster Contest is also underway to engage youth in the area plan process. Opportunities for individuals to join a citizen circle and partake in detailed discussions on issues important to them are also available – visit www.corp.delta.bc.ca/ northdelta for more information. A Public Ideas Fair will be held on Sept. 19 to publicly present the draft vision and goals for the North Delta Area Plan and to obtain input from citizens on building strategies and the creation of a draft plan. For more information, contact Thomas Leathem, director of community planning and development, at 604-946-3381 or e-mail email@example.com. bc.ca
Bad driving habits most visible in B.C. Poll ﬁnds nearly all drivers see others illegally using cellphones by Jeff Nagel IDIOTIC, DANGEROUS driving seems more prevalent in B.C.
than anywhere else in Canada, according to a new poll. The national survey of drivers by Angus Reid Public Opinion found 95 per cent of B.C. drivers spotted others talking on cellphones in the past month, more than in any other region and above the national average of 90 per cent. B.C. respondents also reported above-average rates of drivers speeding (93 per cent), tailgating (83 per cent), turning without signalling (85 per cent), changing lanes without warning (83 per cent) and running red lights (63 per cent). Seventy-one per cent had spotted a driver multitasking – such as reading, checking text messages or applying make-up – compared to 65 per cent across Canada. And 56 per cent here had seen drivers invade a crosswalk with pedestrians in it, far above the 33 per cent national rate. “There’s a lot of bad behaviour we’re seeing on the streets,” said Angus Reid vice-president Mario Canseco, who is based in Vancouver and reports similar observations himself.
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Ninety-ﬁve per cent of B.C. drivers spotted others talking on cellphones in the past month.
He said the apparent rate of illegal cellphone use is shocking considering B.C. has outlawed the practice for more than two years. “It’s just bizarre that we keep seeing people using their cellphones,” he said. But Canseco noted 81 per cent of B.C. respondents said only a few of the drivers in their city were bad drivers, while 19 per cent said most to all others on the road were bad. He said that result – better than the national average – suggests motorists here on the whole are fairly safe but a few particularly reckless drivers are highly visible. The only area where B.C. scored better than the national average was in littering, which only 43 per cent of respondents here witnessed recently compared to 46 per cent nationwide. Other findings of the poll found 43 per cent of B.C. motorists said they’ve honked their horn at a bad driver, 27 per cent swore, 18 per cent waved their fist, arm or hands, 16 per cent made an obscene gesture and nine per cent called police. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Two-and-a-half more years in jail for wife killer Kamaljit Singh Dhanoa fatally choked Tejinder Kaur Dhanoa and hid her body in son’s bed frame by Sheila Reynolds
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Court: Robinson will be sentenced July 27
From the Crown’s perspective, Robinson should not be held accountable in this sentencing for his manner of driving, or for any suspicion of causing the accident, said Pechet, but rather the “moral blameworthiness.” “In general, a crime of obstruction of justice is a crime which strikes to the heart of the system,” added Pechet. In his closing arguments, Crossin said denunciation can be addressed with sentences well short of incarceration. He also
addressed Robinson’s aboriginal status. “The fact is Mr. Robinson is an aboriginal offender …,” said Crossin. “I have discussed this issue with my client and we are agreed that this is not a case where that issue is front and centre. But the only issue I would ask the court to consider in that regard is the issue of alcohol abuse in the aboriginal context.” Also on Friday morning, RCMP officials announced Robinson was no longer a member of the force.
RCMP Dep. Comm. Craig Callens said he signed papers to discharge Robinson. “Mr. Robinson’s career with the RCMP has ended,” he said. “As a private citizen he is no longer subject to any disciplinary actions under the RCMP Act, however, he is still subject to the ongoing criminal matters.” Robinson was also the most senior of the four Mounties involved in the 2007 tasering death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver Airport. – with ﬁles from Philip Raphael
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province’s strata law is “broader in scope” and could hold up such orders. “I do not consider that these cases can be relied upon to support the order made by Blair...” wrote Hall in his reasons for judgment, which were concurred in by Madam Justice Daphne Smith and Madam Justice Kathryn Neilson. However, Hall upheld the lower court’s order that the Jordisons abide by the rules of the strata and refrain from being loud, making obscene gestures or uttering offensive comments at other strata members or their families. “...whether any failure to observe such order could provide the basis for a future application seeking an order for the sale of the property is best left for future argument and consideration,” wrote Hall.
Though Justice Blair conceded the order to have the Jordisons sell their condo was “draconian,” he said their actions amounted to an “assault” upon the other residents of the strata and said the move was necessary to provide peace in the housing complex. Rose Jordison appealed the judgement and in a decision released Thursday (July 19), the B.C. Court of Appeal reversed the sale order of her place in the 15200 block of Guildford Drive. B.C. Court of Appeal Justice John Hall said Blair relied heavily on B.C. strata law, which Hall said did provide proper legal basis for the condo sale order. Hall also noted that Blair cited to several Ontario cases with similar orders of sale, but Hall argued that
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he Delta School District looks like it’s on track to knock its latest revenue-generating idea out of the park – and at the same time meet a community need. The district recently pitched its plan to see if a pair of covered, artificial turf fields – located on school property – would garner public support. Judging by the reaction of some local sports groups, the answer is yes. Many of those sports organizations that already keep school facilities busy after hours renting gym space like the idea of being able to practise outdoors on artificial turf under a roof. It would get the field sports groups – many of them junior teams in soccer and baseball – away from the hard bounce of the gym floor and into more conducive surroundings, albeit on a synthetic pitch. School district officials say the proposal is for two $1-million turf fields – one in North Delta and the other in South Delta. And the best part of the deal is it would not use education dollars to build and run, as corporate sponsorship would help foot the bill. And presumably, when the construction and maintenance costs are paid for, the rental from local sports teams would serve as a much-needed revenue stream for Delta schools. Now that’s creative thinking, something the Delta School District has been noted for over the years. Delta has been able to stave off sweeping cutbacks – except for the closure of two elementary schools in South Delta a few years ago due to declining enrolment – thanks to endeavours such as its international student program. And it has attracted students from outside the district, and retained some local ones, by offering a wide array of school academies that focus on various arts, education, and sports. If the turf fields plan comes to fruition it will be a win-win situation with sports groups having a comfortable place to play, and the school district gaining revenue to offer more in the classrooms. – Black Press
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was able to crawl over the wall of mud plex and bureaucratic system of governand debris and get inside the building, but ment that we as citizens seem quite content with. As such, they are at times kept on the found nothing. Meanwhile, the search and rescue crews, sidelines because of perceived dangers or risks. including a heavy urban search and rescue It is what our society has come down team from Vancouver, waited – told to do to – everything is assessed so by experts who quite coron the basis of risk. Anything rectly suggested that there was a remotely connected with govlikelihood of further mudslides. ernment has to go through It was eerily familiar. Just a an elaborate process of risk few weeks ago, search and resassessment, whether in the cue crews were held back from form of workplace regulations going into a collapsed shopping or on-the-spot assessment of mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario – conditions, as happened in even though there had been both these tragedies. some tapping in the rubble two Yet it wasn’t always that days after the mall collapsed. They faced a great deal of critiFrank Bucholtz way. In earlier days, people simply searched for those cism, and eventually after much caught in a slide, mine explodelay resumed a search, eventusion or collapsed building. ally finding two bodies. They did so because they wanted to help. This is in no way a denigration of search Not far from Johnsons Landing is the and rescue crews. They are highly trained mining town of Sandon, a fascinating and and know what to do. But they are also unique place. It’s had many slides over the under the control of an increasingly com-
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ne of the stories to come out of the terrible tragedy at Johnsons Landing on Kootenay Lake, where four people were likely killed by a huge mudslide, set me thinking. Richard Ortega, who runs a retreat centre at the remote site, was called at 4 a.m. Friday by the mother of the two girls caught in the slide. She had a premonition that one of them was still alive, and asked him to go take a look. Officials had decided it was too dangerous to do a search, and that they feared further slides. In fact, there were some smaller slides after the big one – one of them chillingly caught on video taken from a boat by Global TV, whose reporter had been ashore just a few minutes earlier, at the spot where the slide came down. Ortega did what most people would do – he went and checked out the destroyed home, where the two girls lived with their father. It had been pushed off its foundation, but was still visible in the mud. He
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years, as it’s located in a narrow valley with steep slopes on all sides. Back in 1937, a massive avalanche buried a home on one of the slopes, and a young girl wasn’t able to get out. This is how Veronika Pellowski tells the story in Silver, Lead and Hell, the Story of Sandon: “The home was crushed under the weight of hundreds of tons of snow. Sandonites, young and old, began digging and were joined the following day by volunteers from New Denver and Silverton. Some had walked the whole 13 miles uphill, wading through knee-deep snow. Six-year-old Evelyn was found lying against a chair where the dining room had been.” We have learned a great deal about risk management and safety, but it seems a great deal of compassion and concern for others has been sacrificed to satisfy insurance companies and bureaucrats.
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Loved Follow me ‘across the river’ for a better life ones’ memory sullied RE: CITY of Surrey –“The future lives here.”
SO WHAT does a bronze head-
stone vase sell for these days? I’m appalled and angry at the scrap dealers who aid/abet thieves that steal and sell bronze headstone vases from graves at Valley View Memorial Gardens. If there was no market for these items then surely there would be no theft. We expect our loved ones to be treated with the respect they’ve earned during their lifetime not have their memory sullied by the need and greed of disreputable persons.
My future doesn’t live in Surrey. In fact, finding a place to live outside of Surrey will be one of my first priorities after graduating early from secondary school in winter 2013. There are simply more reasons to go than to stay. Choosing to live in an area of Vancouver, Burnaby or Richmond will allow me to live closer to everything I will need to maintain an affordable and productive lifestyle. I regularly hear from friends who have taken this path. They love their new homes for many reasons, like: closer/better employment opportu-
nities, improved safety, and a better ability to get around by transit. Surrey’s current growth planning strategies – i.e. the continued build-up of far-from-transit sprawl communities in Grandview Heights, Anniedale, Port Kells and other locations – can largely be blamed. While wildlife habitats in forested areas are being destroyed for these communities, there are empty lots sitting in the middle of the urbanized, developed areas in Surrey. What about those? I am confident that despite challenging population growth, the right planning decisions can be
made towards the achievement of true livability in Surrey. However, until those decisions are actually made and I see results, I would like to encourage young and aspiring students of this city looking to live sustainable, affordable and productive future lives to follow me “across the river.” If Surrey wants to be known for its tagline “the future lives here” and become a place where families can truly come to live together while allowing for every individual’s goals and needs to be met, then the citizens will need reasons to stay. They will need safe, complete and livable communities.
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ON SUNDAY, July 8 ,my mother and
nephew were involved in a collision on 156 Street and 104 Avenue. She told me after coming home from the hospital that the paramedics and fire department were the most efficient professionals she had ever seen. I just wanted to express my appreciation and thanks to a breed of workers that are like no other. You people are the reason we make it to the hospitals for further medical treatment. A million thank-yous. R. Ross, Surrey
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Letter writers have a few choice words for (from left) Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon; Surrey Coun. Mary Martin; all three levels of government when it comes to managing transit; B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix; and federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcaire. B.C. FINANCE Minister
Kevin Falcon may disdainfully dismiss his newly reintroduced Provincial Sales Tax (PST) as a “better-stupid tax,” but British Columbians haven’t forgotten who caused this long, drawn-out shemozzle in the first place. Someone should remind Falcon and the rest of his arrogant Liberals that the function of government is to enact legislation that the majority of the citizens willingly support. Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Maybe you should think about that Mr. Falcon, before you put your “stupid” foot in your mouth again. Lloyd Atkins Vernon
Back up talk with action IF SURREY Coun. Mary
Martin “has great concerns with the removal of the forest” on the Bose heritage farm, why did she abstain
when it came time to vote on the development proposal? Words are meaningless if actions do not back them up. C.A. Archibald Surrey
Work together on transit I BELIEVE there’s got to be
a very systematic approach to sort out our Surrey transit problems once and for all. I’d suggest that we have a complete system of light rail trains, SkyTrain, buses, community shuttles, and bicycles connecting from Richmond all the way to Chilliwack, because we really lack an efficient and effective transit system south of the Fraser River. And that’s so irresponsible and inexcusable. Therefore, I’d really like to beg all three levels of government to take heed of my pleas, and then take action as soon as possible.
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Slim chance for BC NDP next election FOR THOSE who still
believe pollsters can accurately gauge public opinion in the age of disappearing land lines, call display and unlisted cellphones, I’d like to remind them of the colossally inaccurate predictions pollsters made in the Alberta provincial election a few months ago. Based on pollsters predictions, the far-right Wildrose Party was going to win by a landslide –much the same as what the pollsters have been predicting for the NDP in B.C. However, when the votes were counted on election night, Allison Redford’s governing centrist PC party held 61 of 87 seats while Wildrose only took a paltry 17 seats. The pollsters were crestfallen by the results and baffled. What happened, they wondered? Well, what has happened is a fundamental change in technology and it’s leading
to severely skewed results for pollsters. Ask yourself: How many people still have a land line? And how many people actually pick up that land line when they see that a pollster or telemarketer is calling? It all goes to show that, more than ever, the only poll that really matters, or that has any validity whatsoever, is the poll that happens on election day. And based on pure gut instinct, I predict that few people in B.C. are going to risk handing the provincial economy over to the NDP when the votes are counted on election night next May. Massimo Mandarino Vancouver
Running off at the mouth RE: “NO fan of the Tories,”
Letters, July 17. Letter writer Fred Girling says “the federal Conservatives have always told the public they don’t
RE: “PHARMACY rules tough for some patients,”
Letters, The Leader, July 19. The College of Pharmacists is dedicated to ensuring the public can count on safe and effective pharmacy care, and that any regulation is designed to keep the public safe. While we are unfamiliar with the circumstances that led to letter writer Mike Harvey being
have to be loved or even liked. Their selling point was they were competent.” Mr. Girling goes on with an unsubstantiated remark: “Now that they are no longer competent, what’s their excuse for governing?” Meanwhile, federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcaire is calling our strong Canadian dollar, resulting from a strong Canadian economy, a disease, while the federal Liberal party is flip-flopping around looking for a new leader. It is interesting to note that a strong Canadian dollar makes imported oranges and bananas a whole lot cheaper, and it goes a lot farther when you leave Canada. The only time the NDP leader, Mulcaire, stops talking is when he switches feet – with his foot-in-the-mouth disease. We are better off with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Fred Perry, Surrey
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Mykle Ludvigsen Director of Communications College of Pharmacists of BC
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men drove through the area. â€œA confrontation occurred between the motorist and the group of youth that were standing in the roadway to the point where the vehicle ended up stopped,â€? said Surrey RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger. He said damage was done to the car and the driver and passenger got out and began to fight with some of the youth, many of whom had been drinking. Bear spray was used and a knife was brandished, although police said it was uncertain by whom. The 22-year-old male driver of the car
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Air India terrorist loses appeal of perjury conviction Court upholds jury verdict that Inderjit Singh Reyat lied at bombing trial by Jeff Nagel AIR INDIA bomb maker Inderjit Singh
Reyat has lost an appeal of his conviction for perjury at the trial that ended in the acquittal of his two alleged coconspirators. Defence lawyers argued jurors were mis-instructed on how to consider the Crown’s case that he lied 19 times under oath in an attempt to hide his knowledge of the terrorist plot. But the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled the trial judge made no error and rejected the appeal. Reyat was sentenced last year to nine years for perjury but is still separately appealing the sentence as unjust. He was the only person ever convicted and jailed in Canada in connection with the 1985 bombings that killed 329 passengers on Air India flight 182 over the Atlantic Ocean and two
baggage handlers at a Tokyo airport. Reyat, the admitted bomb maker, was supposed to testify for the Crown at the 2005 trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik, the millionaire Reyat founder of the Surrey Khalsa School and the Surrey-based Khalsa Credit Union, and co-accused Ajaib Singh Bagri, a sawmill worker from Kamloops. But after 347 days in court and $130 million spent, the Air India trial concluded with insufficient evidence to convict the two men. Reyat had already served 10 years for manslaughter in the deaths of the Tokyo baggage handlers and a further five years for manslaughter and aiding in the construction of a bomb in the flight 182 bombing.
Motorcyclist may lose leg by Jeff Nagel
A 49-YEAR-OLD motorcyclist is in hospital suffering from serious injuries after colliding with a truck last Monday. RCMP say a Freight-
liner semi-trailer was southbound on 192 Street attempting to negotiate a westbound turn onto 95A Avenue when it collided with a Triumph motorcycle southbound on 192 Street.
The motorcyclist was taken to hospital with significant injuries, including the possibility of losing his left leg. The 37-year-old driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.
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