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Motorists may be able to use some lanes on replacement span as soon as September
Early access to new Port Mann
by Jeff Nagel
MOTORISTS MAY be driving
over part of the new Port Mann Bridge as early as September. Tolls won’t be charged until the bridge formally opens with eight out of 10 lanes operational in December. But Port Mann/Highway 1 Project spokesman Max Logan said some traffic will begin using at least a couple of lanes sometime this fall. Shifting some traffic onto the new bridge will help with construction staging as crews still have extensive work ahead of them in the months ahead, notably in completing new overpasses at the Cape Horn interchange on the Coquitlam side.
“It could be as early as September,” he said. “It’s likely to be the eastbound lanes that are moved first. The details of that and the timing is still being worked out with the contractor.” Logan likens the early lane openings to the traffic pattern changes that have seen exits and on-ramps shift to accommodate work along the 37-kilometre construction corridor. “By shifting some lanes over to the bridge not only does that create some work space for us it also allows us to transition traffic gradually over to the new bridge.” He said the transportation ministry wants to avoid anything like California’s multi-day freeway construc-
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Some trafﬁc on the old Port Mann Bridge may be using some lanes on the new structure as soon as next month.
tion closures that have been dubbed Carmageddon. “Phasing more gradually will minimize the impacts to traffic,” he said. Drivers will be given plenty of advance warning of any changes, he said. Logan said drivers won’t experience the full travel time savings until the initial eight lanes of the new bridge are open and electronic tolling begins. It will take another year before all 10 lanes are in service, because the old bridge must be taken down before the last two lanes of the new span can be connected to Highway 1. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom has said the planned $3 per crossing minimum toll may be lowered for the first year while only eight lanes are open. Tolling details are to be released in early September. Also slated to open in December is the northeastern leg of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, which promises a quick route to and from the Pattullo Bridge for drivers who want a free crossing, although critics predict heavy traffic on other roads in north Surrey, Delta, New Westminster and Burnaby. Still to be determined is how a promised Highway 1 rapid bus service over the new bridge will be launched by cash-strapped TransLink.
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Stuck in the mud
Delta ﬁreﬁghter Eric Haist and his crew assist Gillian Kerr with King, her 16-year-old horse that spent the overnight hours Monday in a mud-ﬁlled ditch at an East Delta farm. For more photos and information, see page 3.
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Weak Fraser run rules out sockeye fishery Ofﬁcials optimistic salmon stock is rebuilding from 2008 by Jeff Nagel FISHERY MANAGERS say the Fraser River sockeye run isn’t strong enough this year to allow any commercial fishing or recreational angling. Latest estimates peg this summer’s return of salmon at about 2.3 million, slightly better than the pre-season estimate of 2.1 million. “At these levels we’re not anticipating commercial or recreational fisheries,” said Barry Rosenberger, the DFO’s Interior area director and co-chair of the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Fraser River panel. This year’s run is down from five million last year and way down from the huge 2010
Siblings Meghan and Tyler Trompetter visit Ben (centre) on Thailand’s Haad Yuan Beach in 2008.
run of 30 million sockeye, believed that spawned in 2008. to be a rare anomaly. That’s much better productivity A low 2012 return wasn’t unexthan in 2008, he said, when less pected, because sockeye run on a than one adult came back for each four-year cycle and the previous spawner from the previous generageneration that spawned in 2008 tion. was very weak. “If that rate of return continues The commercial and recreational we’ll be in much better position sectors knew fishing was unlikely, four years from now,” he said. Rosenberger added. “Our primary goal this year was Ernie Crey First Nations, who get fishto increase our spawning ground ing priority for food, social and counts and we think we’re making ceremony purposes, have caught 400,000 progress.” Fraser sockeye so far. The river temperature of 19.4 degrees Rosenberger said he doesn’t consider is almost two degrees higher than average this year’s run a bad outcome because four for this time of year, which poses some adult sockeye are returning for every one concern for sockeye migrating inland, but
Rosenberger said he expects the water to cool now that the mid-August heat wave has passed. Sto:lo fisheries advisor Ernie Crey said the aboriginal catch shared by the 94 bands that depend on Fraser sockeye is far below the one million fish they take in a good year. “There’s going to be a lot of hardship this year,” he said. “There won’t be a lot of fish put away for the winter months.” Next year will likely be worse, Crey added, because the 2013 run will be the weak progeny of the disastrous 2009 return that prompted Ottawa to appoint the Cohen Inquiry into the decline of Fraser sockeye.
A King’s rescue Delta ﬁreﬁghters came to the aid of King, a 16-year-old horse that spent the overnight hours Monday in a mud-ﬁlled ditch at an East Delta farm THE HORSE, owned by Gillian Kerr, was
lifted out of the mud at about 10 a.m. by a hydraulic crane provided by Delta’s Department of Engineering. King was cold, tired and muddy but otherwise uninjured in the incident.
Delta ﬁreﬁghters Eric Haist (dark hair) and Dave Pederson (above) assist Gillian Kerr with King.
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Free-climber touched the lives of many Body of Ben Trompetter found in Anderson Lake by Tracy Holmes WHEN SEARCHERS told Tara Trompetter they’d
found her son’s body in the depths of Anderson Lake, she knew she had to see him. She had to know how – how did Ben die cliffjumping, doing something he’d done so many times? And, did he die painfully? Words from the divers who found the 27-yearold Sunday brought some comfort. “They said, ‘your son was the most peaceful we’ve ever pulled up,’” Tara said. “I got to go and hold him and touch him and kiss his face. He had a smile.” The expression, say friends and family who gathered at Tara’s home Wednesday, was a familiar one
to all who knew the Surrey man. It appeared often, and touched many who had the good fortune to meet him in many corners of the world. “His smile is like nothing (else) – it was beautiful,” Tara said. Ben died Friday, after jumping from a cliff northeast of Pemberton into the icy waters of Anderson Lake. He had been enjoying the lake with friends – planning to head to Whistler later to watch his cousin compete in the slope-style mountain-biking competition, Crankworx – when he decided to free-climb the cliff face. The activity is one he had participated in many times before, and skillfully, friends say. But this time, he didn’t resurface. Searchers told the family that it wasn’t the jump
itself that killed Ben, but the glacial temperature of the water he leaped into. Having spent much time over the past four years as a guide in Thailand – where he became serious about free-climbing – Ben was accustomed to more tropical climes. The cold water likely sent his body into shock, the searchers said. Ben’s body was found around 11 a.m. Sunday in about 70 feet of water. Tonight, Ben’s former Bayside Rugby teammates will toast their friend. A service is planned for Thursday, Aug. 30, at Peace Portal Alliance Church, 15128 27B Ave. at 3 p.m. The family plans to spread ashes at Anderson Lake and to take some to Thailand, for the ‘family’ he had there, as Ben’s time there changed his life.
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to levels more consistent with what existed in 2008. â€œA culture of costcontainment and financial discipline has been lacking in recent years,â€? it said, adding expense policies were â€œgenerous.â€? ICBC had 13 top managers paid more than $200,000 a year in 2007, but that had more than quadrupled to 54 by 2011. The report also noted there are more than
1,291 other managers and employees earning $75,000 to $200,000 â€“ up 52 per cent from 848 in that bracket in 2007. Despite a 2011 policy change denying bonuses if ICBC profits fail to top $35 million, more than 85 per cent of management still got at least three-quarters of their eligible bonus that year. The review said the profit target for allowing bonuses is â€œunreasonably lowâ€? because ICBC
hasnâ€™t earned less than It competes with $140 million in the past private insurers on five years. optional coverage but It also detailed has a monopoly on signing bonuses of up basic rates. to $40,000 to attract BC Conservative new staff and leader John annual allowCummins ances for cars accused the and other Liberals of spending of â€œprofound about $17,000 managerial for each senior incompetenceâ€? executive. in allowICBC ing ICBC responded by executive pay announcing a Jon Schubert to escalate management unchecked for pay freeze, a hiring years. freeze and said it will Canadian Taxpayers cut 135 management Federation spokesman positions by 2014. Jordan Bateman said The corporation has a management wage a president, 10 senior freeze isnâ€™t good enough vice-presidents who and called for current each oversee a division managers to take a 15 and 13 other viceper cent pay cut. presidents. ICBC takes in more ICBC also said it will than $3.7 billion a year cut its operating budget in insurance premiums by $50 million by the and earns another $440 end of next year. million from investSchubert will step ment income. down in November The review makes litbut work several more tle mention of the govmonths as a paid conernmentâ€™s controversial sultant. policy of withdrawing The changes came a â€œdividendâ€? from the as the B.C. Utilities Crown corporation Commission gave final to help balance B.C.â€™s approval to an 11.2 per budget. cent hike in basic insurICBC increased its ance premiums that had reserves from $314 milbeen provisionally in lion in 2002 to $3.8 bileffect since February. lion in 2010, after which ICBC says its six per the province ordered cent cut in optional it to start handing over rates this year offsets surplus cash from the most of the impact optional side â€“ $576 of the basic coverage million in 2010 and increase, and overall $101 million in 2011. auto insurance increases Critics argue motorhave averaged 0.8 per ists should instead get cent a year for the last the dividends â€“ in the decade. form of lower rates.
Car crashes into La Belle Vie Merchandise damaged by Kristine Salzmann WHEN JANE KRAMER returned from holiday, there
was a new feature to her store: a hole in the wall. Someone had driven a car into the north side of La Belle Vie in downtown Cloverdale. The incident happened last Thursday afternoon (Aug. 16). An employee was ringing through a customerâ€™s purchase at the back of the shop when the vehicle crashed into the side of the building from the adjacent parking lot, Kramer said. Home decor merchandise such as lamps, mirrors and clocks crashed to the ground. Neighbouring businesses heard the bang, and the customer at the cash register thought an earthquake had struck. Kramer estimates there was thousands of dollars worth of damage. However, sheâ€™s keeping things in perspective. â€œEverything can be replaced,â€? she said in a phone interview. â€œIâ€™m just happy no one was hurt. You think youâ€™re safe with a parking lot on the other side. It would have been dangerous if someone had been up there [on that side of the store].â€?
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NDP aims to stop Enbridge
CERAMIC CROWNS & BRIDGES
Party leader says legal roadblock could block oil pipeline By Tom Fletcher NDP LEADER Adrian
Dix has found what he believes is a legal roadblock to the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat. Dix announced Wednesday that if he becomes B.C. premier next spring, he will withdraw from the federal-provincial review of the pipeline that is currently underway, and launch a “made in B.C.” review of the pipeline. If that doesn’t result in rejection of the project the NDP opposes provincially and federally, Dix said the B.C. cabinet would have the final say. And if Prime Minister Stephen Harper tries to overrule the province, the battle would shift to individual provincial permits required for river crossings and wildlife corridors in B.C., he said. Dix and NDP environment critic Rob Fleming said the B.C. Liberal government’s decision to cede control over environmental assessment to Ottawa, and then present no evidence at the federal hearings, left the province out of the discussion. Premier Christy
Clark and Environment can. A provincial review Minister Terry Lake of technical issues have announced prewould have to be carried conditions of pipeline out to justify refusing and tanker provincial persafety, and promits, he said. vincial officials Lawyer are scheduled to Murray Rankin cross-examine was hired to Enbridge before advise the B.C. the federal NDP. He said review panel the joint review makes its recagreement with ommendation Ottawa allows Adrian Dix to the federal B.C. to give 30 cabinet next days notice and year. opt out, and the exisDix emphasized that tence of the agreement the B.C. cabinet can shows that B.C. does overrule its own envihave jurisdiction over ronmental review, just whether the pipeline as the federal cabinet proceeds.
Dix said he wants to return B.C. to separate federal and provincial reviews of major projects, like the Prosperity gold mine near Williams Lake, where the B.C. government issued a permit, but the federal review later rejected it and spurred a costly redesign. Dix said he met Tuesday with Black Press chairman David Black, who is backing a refinery at Kitimat to process oil sands crude for shipment by sea. Dix said the idea of refining crude domestically is worth pursu-
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he tolls on the Port TransLink’s property. Mann Bridge may TransLink also owns the not be $3 per trip, Pattullo Bridge, which is when the tolling slated to be replaced by a begins near the end of this toll bridge at some point year. in time. That new bridge is Transportation Minister likely some distance away, Blair Lekstrom has mused given TransLink’s financial that they could be lower for challenges. the first year the new bridge Both the Alex Fraser is open, as the full highway and Massey Tunnel crossimprovement project will ings are also owned by the not be complete. There will provincial government, and be eight lanes open instead there has been no suggesof 10, as the old bridge tion of any tolls on either. needs to be taken down Alex Fraser in particular before all lanes can be made is likely to see a significant operational. increase in traffic when tolls Any discussion of lower start on the Port Mann. tolls, combined The Pattullo with the fact will also see that there is a increased provincial electraffic, tion coming up although in 2013, is purely how much coincidental. more it Details of the can handle tolling policy will during be announced in rush hours early September. is open to At that time, Frank Bucholtz debate. we’ll get some A number sense of where of politiLekstrom’s cians have musings have led. While suggested universal tolls Lekstrom has declined to on all bridges in the Lower even speculate about what Mainland of 75 cents or $1. the tolls could be, there is While this would certainly pretty widespread guessing make things fair, and would that initial tolls will be $2. If also provide some needed this comes about, it will cer- cash for road and bridge tainly be a significant relief improvements, to get all the to many commuters who various jurisdictions on the use the bridge regularly, and same page would be a huge it may even net a few votes challenge. for the Liberals that they Surrey and other South would otherwise lose. Fraser residents will pay a However, it is important disproportionate amount to think about this whole of tolls to the province and issue on a longer-term and TransLink. If Surrey resimore sustained basis. Why dents as a whole were better should tolls only be applied off than most other regional to the Port Mann and residents, that could perGolden Ears Bridges, two haps be justified. of the five river crossings But Surrey residents do that are most accessible to not have a much higher Surrey residents? Why are standard of living than most there no tolls on any bridges other regional residents, or crossings (other than BC nor do they have access to Ferries) elsewhere in the good transit service. In fact, region and the province? transit service south of the One of the most chalFraser is significantly worse lenging problems in coming than in many other parts of up with a comprehensive the region. policy is that so many agenThere is supposed to be cies have jurisdictions over a rapid bus service over the bridges. The Port Mann new bridge, but thus far comes under the provincial there isn’t the funding to government’s mandate, operate it. Lekstrom says it while Golden Ears Bridge is will go ahead. We’ll see.
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LAST WEEK WE ASKED:
Do you agree with the City of Surrey’s new bid to ban dogs from several parks with sports ﬁelds? Here’s how you responded: Yes 60% No 40% LOW-INCOME BULLYING
Be aware of child poverty
ith a new school year just around poverty rate in B.C. is 10.5 per cent, which the corner, students are busy buy- equals to 85,000 of B.C.’s children living in ing school supplies and preparing destitution. to enter a new grade. After Manitoba, B.C. is the province with However, as students prepare for a new school the greatest percentage of child poverty. While year, it is also time for students to change their there has been some improvement over the attitudes towards fellow classmates. years, thousands of children in B.C. are still Bullying, in any form, hurts the victim and suffering. students should consciously strive to spread These suffering children are amongst us in our kindness to others. classrooms and on our playgrounds. Students should not only change their own Right here at home, the Surrey Food Bank behaviour but also help change others who may serves nearly 15,000 people per month, 42 per be engaging in such behaviour. cent of which are children and babies. As a student, I often observed a specific type So as you prepare a list of goals for your of bullying that really disturbed me. upcoming school year, add a goal of being kind Fellow classmates would often tease others on to your classmates and becoming aware about the basis of their low family income the topic of child poverty. and their inability to buy the nicest Students, who want to go the clothes or latest gadgets. extra mile, might even want to Although the matter might strike participate in End Poverty Day: Stusome as being trivial, victims of this dent Day of Action on Oct. 17. type of bullying often feel insecure, This might especially be approprisuffer from low levels of self-esteem, ate for high school students, many skip classes, and turn to drugs and of whom already hold numerous violence for comfort. food drives and awareness camTheir condition of child poverty paigns through school clubs and is exacerbated by bullying and their councils. fellow classmates are often the ones Japreet Lehal Parents of elementary school engaging in this type of behaviour. children, in addition to helping The public has different ideologies them make a transition to a new and opinions on how to reduce child poverty, with grade, should also describe issues such as child some supporting strong government spending and poverty, so that their children are aware of the others opposing government intervention. problems affecting our community and are But my main purpose in this week’s column respectful of others facing such a situation. is not to critique a specific government-created It is important to remember that as children buy poverty reduction strategy, but to raise awarenew clothes, supplies and snacks in preparation ness of the issue of child poverty; a topic that of the upcoming school year, there are others who many local residents, especially youth, may be will come to school on an empty stomach. unaware of. The least that fellow students can do is stop When one thinks of child poverty, often bullying and teasing children who are already images of starving children in developing coun- suffering in their day to day life. tries may enter our minds. In reality, child poverty is an issue that affects Japreet Lehal is a student at Simon Fraser Unichildren here at home, too. versity Surrey. He writes regularly for The Leader. According to statistics from 2010, the child firstname.lastname@example.org
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More consistency needed from Dix
THE BALANCED POSITION Premier Christy Clark has taken on the Enbridge oil pipeline is not only commendably tough and wellconsidered, it also stands in sharp contrast to the opportunistically rash stance taken by NDP opposition leader Adrian Dix. Long before any formal evidence for judging the project’s pros and cons, and its risks and benefits, had even been presented, Mr. Dix saw fit to prejudge the entire project and give it the “Dix nix” heave-ho. But why, then, has he been silent on the other
major oil pipeline project proposed for BC by Kinder Morgan? He hasn’t given that project his “Dix nix” stamp of disapproval. On that project he’s adopted a wait-and-see approach, which is exactly what he criticized Christy Clark for on the Enbridge proposal. As with previous NDP leaders in this province, it seems Adrian Dix believes in rule by whim as opposed to thoughtful, consistent, responsible government. So, is this how Mr. Dix would operate as premier of this province? By whims riddled with
inconsistencies? And is he really a changed man from the backroom Glen Clark political operative he was in the 1990s? The evidence clearly says, “no,” Adrian Dix is not a changed man. His inconsistent, opportunistic position on oil pipelines in this province has shown what his true colours are. He is the same NDP ideologue he’s always been, one who will say whatever he thinks will get him elected. Donald Leung, Burnaby
North Deltans: Get involved
I’M WRITING TO urge every North Delta resident to get involved in the North Delta Area Plan Review now under way. The last area plan happened way back in 1994, so it’s long past time we residents had a chance for input. People can send their views to email@example.com or go to www.corp.delta.bc.ca/EN/main/ municipal/323/27003/ndap.html to fill out a survey, but only until Aug. 31. We need affordable alternatives to the huge houses with secondary suites that replace aging North Delta ranchers and bi-levels, but we don’t need more townhouses filling up our neighbourhoods. One North Delta architect’s idea is to build four compact, detached, ground-oriented homes with no strata fees to replace each aging rancher and bi-level. If an old house is demolished, the 66-foot lot could be split into two 33-foot lots. On each 33-foot lot, instead of one detached house with a secondary suite, there could be two compact detached homes. The front unit would suit seniors who want to downsize, remain in their own neighbourhood and avoid strata fees. It would have one-and-a-half storeys, low maintenance, and be about 1,000 square feet with a short driveway and courtyard. The back unit would suit first-time buyers including young families. It would
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A letter writer suggests no large homes with secondary suites, and no new townhouses for the North Delta Area Plan Review currently underway. have two storeys, be about 1,500 square feet including a basement, have a long driveway and a goodsized back yard. These compact homes would not have tenants, but they would
increase Delta’s tax revenue and keep our neighbourhoods affordable, small scale and family friendly. So many young people are leaving North Delta because there are no affordable home ownership options
for those who want a compact detached home. Let’s embrace innovation to renew North Delta visually, demographically and financially. Kathleen E. Higgins, Delta
‘Come hell, high water or a refinery’ DAVID BLACK, owner of Black Press, says he wants to build an oil refinery in Kitimat. He claims coastal pollution would be less harmful if a tanker carrying refined petroleum products, rather than diluted bitumen, has an accident. I’m befuddled. Why not build the refinery in Alberta and minimize the bitumen pollution that would result from a pipeline failure? The Alberta option would also eliminate the added expense of building a recycling pipeline for the toxic distillate used to thin that gooey heavy oil. I can think of two reasons: One, refining crude oil requires enormous quantities of water, and two, Enbridge intends to ship bitumen out of Kitimat come hell, high
water or a refinery. When I heard the company spearheading the bitumen refinery proposal was called Kitimat Clean Ltd., I instantly thought of George Orwell’s book 1984. In that fictional tale about tyranny, the Ministry of War is called the Ministry of Peace and the Ministry of Propaganda is called the Ministry of Truth. Kitimat Clean sounds like a name dreamed up by a team of public relation consultants after they consumed too many martinis. Hopefully Mr. Black will not misuse the power of his newspapers (more than 80 of them are here in B.C.) to limit criticism of the Northern Gateway project and thereby manipulate public information. As anyone can see, there is
now the potential for a conflict of interest. Lloyd Atkins Vernon
Build it in Alberta RE: “$13B OIL refinery proposed
for Kitimat,” The Leader, Aug. 21. David Black claims that building a $13-billion oil refinery at Kitimat would solve half of the problem by shipping refined gasoline, jet fuel and diesel in tankers instead of heavy crude. Why go halfway when you could go all the way to a 100-per-cent solution to this problem? Build the oil refinery near the oil pipeline-friendly B.C.-Alberta
border area, where it would receive quick approval. Not only would this be a 100-per-cent solution to a crude oil spill in a highly sensitive ecosystem, it would also save millions of dollars in not having to parallel this pipeline with a second return pipeline carrying thinning fluids removed from the crude oil prior to being loaded on oil tankers destined for Asia. This would also be an alternative solution to an Alberta plan to ship their oil to Valdez, Alaska on a pipeline on rails or reversing the Mackenzie Valley pipeline to carry crude oil if the Northern Gateway pipeline is rejected. Fred Perry Surrey
No great pensions for public workers I AM SO SICK and tired of articles
and letters that go on and on about the extravagant pensions of public workers, because it is just not true. After 2001, my meagre public employee medical severance pension has been chopped all the way from free medical and dental until I die. But after 2001, everything changed when the great deceiver was elected. Everything I was promised has slowly been taken away, every year promised benefits have been cut and deductibles increased. This year I have been hit with a further $768 for MSP, which is a lot when your whole pension is less than $300 a month. The public pension plan used to pay that, now it doesn’t and the benefits of our health care plan are now an unbelievable $500 a year. Well excuse me, but I have fibromyalgia and that does not get me through January, and now the income tax will not even let me write off my medical expenses. What I get for that money is I have been waiting a year for a hernia operation and what I have been told it will be closer to two years before I get it, or I end up in emergency, whatever comes first. Anyone like to guess which will cost more money? So stop with the public service pension bashing. We now have a worse plan than pretty well anybody, so is everybody happy now except probably us retired public employees who apparently worked for a thankless, lying employer? I signed a medical severance pension contract in good faith and now have a document that is not worth the paper it is written on. Government employees, you are working for people that literally hate you. Please help us get rid of this government that only cares about themselves and their rich friends.
Wayne Clark Maple Ridge
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A P P LY F O R A C O M M U N I T Y G R A N T mal traffic disruption, if any,” McGeachie said. “And we typically don’t require an outage (of power).” When power will be interrupted, Hydro will notify owners of the affected homes and businesses. “We try to give at least a week’s notice depending on the number of customers impacted or if there’s commercial customers,” McGeachie said.
Pole particulars • BC Hydro has about 900,000 distribution poles on its electricity system. • This year, BC Hydro will replace 8,500 poles across the province that have reached their end of life. • More than 20 per cent of BC Hydro’s wooden poles are older than 40 years and reaching the end of life. • Wooden power poles are manufactured by two B.C.-based companies. • BC Hydro’s electricity system includes 18,000 kilometres of transmission lines, 56,000 kilometres of distribution lines and more than 260 substations, serving almost 1.9 million customers.
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Business derailed by overpass
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THE OWNER of a Surrey farm-produce store says construction of a railway overpass has been bad for his business. Sukhi Rai’s family operates the Surrey Farms market at the corner of 152 Street and Colebrook Road where construction of a $41-million four-lane overpass is underway. When work began last year, traffic along 152 Street was shifted east along a newly built side road that runs through what used to be the front parking lot of the store. As a result, customers can’t turn into the store at the intersection anymore. They have to use a less-convenient exit south of the store, and the effect on the business bottom line has been dramatic, with sales falling to 10 per cent of their usual levels, Rai estimates. “There is no more bottom line on it,” Rai says. “It’s all bottom.” He doesn’t have precise figures, but
places the dollar loss in the “hundreds of thousands.” The 152 Street crossing is one of nine overpasses planned for the Roberts Bank rail corridor, the tracks that run through South Delta, Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford to connect the Deltaport deepwater container cargo terminal to Eastern Canadian and U.S. markets. The overpasses are designed to reduce the number of level crossings and clear up traffic congestion caused when slow-moving freight trains block major roads. They are also expected to eliminate trains sounding their whistles at the current level crossings in South Surrey, something that has drawn noise complaints over the years from the residential areas nearest the tracks. On 152 Street, traffic is expected to double to nearly 40,000 vehicles a day by 2021, according to an estimate posted See RELOCATION / Page 10
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But because the the current store so it relocation involves can be used for crop protected farmlands in production. the Agricultural Land Rai says that is going Reserve, the Agriculto be expensive because tural Land someone Commisdumped sion had to tons of approve it. gravel And that where is where the store things get is before complicated, his family Rai says. bought the “We’ve farm in Sukhi Rai been going 1989. in circles To dig and circles.” up all the The regulations gravel and replace it that are meant to with soil that meets preserve agricultural ALC standards will cost land require the Rais around $500,000, Rai to restore the site of estimates. He says it is money his family doesn’t have. The money they were paid for the loss of their parking lot and other property went to buy some unused farmland west of the overpass at 137A Street and Colebrook Road, which will cost them more money to upgrade for blueberry production. With store sales at a fraction of their former levels, only the Rai’s sideline construction business is keeping the family afloat financially, Rai says. “If it was only farming, it would be a problem,” Rai says. “We had to plough under 10 acres of strawberries (because sales are down).” Staying put isn’t an option.
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When the overpass is completed in 2014, the temporary side road that runs through the former parking lot will become a permanent link road that allows northbound traffic on 152 to turn east and west on Colebrook. “We don’t know what we’re going to do in the next couple of years here,” Rai says, adding the family has attempted to negotiate a compromise with the city and the ALC, without success. They are now consulting a lawyer about seeking compensation, Rai says. City of Surrey transport planning manager Philip Bellefontaine noted the ALC – not the city – has the final say over provinciallyprotected farmland. Brian Underhill, an executive director of the Agricultural Land Commission, said a review of written records shows it was the city and the Rais who proposed remediation of the farm site, and the ALC simply endorsed it as “sensible.” Underhill said he could not find any record of the city or the Rai family advising the ALC about a problem with the cost. “They could certainly approach us,” Underhill said.
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Three-sailing wait is too long for Surrey man by Kevin Diakiw
A SURREY man is facing charges after having a meltdown at a Nanaimo ferry terminal. The 65-year-old man had been waiting to catch a ferry at Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo at about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. When he learned there would be a three-sailing wait, the man grew irate, refusing to move his 1998 blue Volvo. Police were called and an officer explained to the man that he’d have to come back in a few hours, as there was no more room for vehicles. The man then drove his vehicle onto a sidewalk, and was asked by police to produce his licence and registration. He refused and drove off, but was seen a short time later at Stewart Avenue in Nanaimo. As the man was being arrested for obstruction, he flipped the car into gear and attempted to take off. The arresting officer jumped into the car and put it in park. “He was really irate, there were just massive waits,” said RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong. “It still doesn’t give him the right to do that.” The man suffered a cut to his head and was treated by ambulance crews. Armstrong noted that people who must travel at a specific time are able to make reservations ahead of time to ensure they’ve got a spot on the sailing they want. Charges of obstruction against the man have been recommended but not yet approved by Crown counsel.
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down to fix a traffic problem, design and construction manager Ken Zondervan said last week. The current intersection layout includes a right-turn lane for traffic heading southbound on 128 Street to turn west on to 20 Avenue.
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Some impatient drivers have been using the right-turn lane to get around vehicles waiting to make a left turn, Zondervan said. “The problem was people were going straight through.” There have been
some near-misses involving motorists heading northbound on 128 Street, who have complained to the city. “There’s a high potential for head-on collisions,” Zondervan said. The fix is to widen the street south of 20 Avenue, and that is why the trees had to come down, he said. “There was no other option.” The cutting was suspended for a weekand-a-half after one resident objected and suggested a roundabout would be a better solution. Zondervan says staff provided the resident an overlay of a roundabout on a map of the intersection to show it would mean even more trees would have to come down. The replacement Western Red Cedar trees – chosen because they grow fast – will be planted on the same side of the street, he said.
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Fire season arrives Crews getting help from other provinces by Tom Fletcher AFTER ONE of the slow-
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and south flanks of a 3,500-hectare fire north of Dease Lake. In addition to the two large fires, the Northwest Fire Centre had seven new fire starts Sunday, sparked by lightning strikes, and reports of 12 abandoned campfires over the weekend. With hot weather through most of August producing high fire risk, campfires were banned last week in the Kamloops region. Other areas still allowed campfires as of Monday, but brush and stubble burning and other open fires are banned in most areas of the province. In the Kootenay region, the Brewer Creek fire south of Invermere was estimated at 30 hectares Monday. Started by lightning, the fire had 22 firefighters, three helicopters and four pieces of heavy equipment assigned to contain it. A 56-hectare fire on Skimmer Horn Mountain near the U.S. border was reported contained by Monday.
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Civilian oversight agency coming Will probe deaths and incidents of serious harm involving police ofďŹ cers Black Press B.C.â€™S NEW INDEPENDENT Investiga-
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fair, competent, bias-free investigations in a timely fashion and publicly report on the results of our investigations,â€? said IIO chief civilian director Richard Rosenthal. Twenty-six investigators have been hired so far and the unit will eventually have a total of 60 investigators, management and other staff. Investigators must not have served as police officers in B.C. within the last five years, and police are compelled by law to report incidents under its mandate.
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