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A Maple Ridge man who was sustained life-altering injuries after a fight outside a bar two years ago did nothing to provoke the assault, a trial heard on Monday. Kristy Cardinal told the court that Del Parent and his friend Darren Saba were forcefully ejected from the Wolf Bar after a bartender refused to serve them drinks. Cardinal was standing in line with Parent and Saba on June 13, 2010 when the bartender yelled last call. Cardinal said Saba asked the bartender to serve him one more drink, noting he was already in line. When he asked for a drink a second time, Cardinal said the bartender told Saba he would be kicked out. see Trial, p4

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‘Don’t show video in schools’ Ministry issues memo, school district agrees by Ro b e r t M a n g e l s d or f staff reporter

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Memorial service for Amanda Nov. 17 at Citadel Middle School in Port Coquitlam by Ro b er t M a n g e ls d or f staff reporter

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memorial service will be held Nov. 17 in Port Coquitlam for bullied teen Amanda Todd. She took her own life last week, a month after posting a video to Youtube detailing the harassment she suffered from an online predator and school bullies, which led to drug and alcohol abuse, as well as self harm. The video has gone viral in the since her death, having been viewed close to 20 million times. Todd attended school at Maple Ridge and Westview secondary schools in Maple Ridge before moving to Port Coquitlam last year. She would have celebrated her 16th birthday next month. The memorial service will be held in Port Coquitlam on Saturday, Nov. 17. However, details of the event have yet to be determined, says Amanda Todd’s mother, Carol Todd. “I booked it [at Citadel Middle School] tentatively, but I’m not sure if the venue is going to be big enough,” she said. Carol Todd is hoping Amanda’s friends and family will attend, but is asking the greater public who have identified with her daughter’s story, but didn’t know Amanda personally, not to come. “We want to keep away the lookie loos,” she said. “We’re not selling tickets to this.” Vigils were held around the

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Teens recently held a vigil for Amanda Todd at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge, one of several around the Lower Mainland since her death. world on Friday to remember Amanda Todd and other victims of bullying, with many of the events organized and attended by high school students. Hundreds gathered in Surrey’s Holland Park for a candlelight vigil, organized by Global Girl Power, a newly formed Surrey organization “committed to empower, educate, support, protect, and respect women and girls around the world because every girl has the power to change this world.” In Coquitlam, where Todd last attended school, hundreds showed up for a service at Lafarge Lake Park. That event was

organized by Shawna Iverson, whose daughter was in Todd’s dance class years ago. Similar events were held across Canada, as well as the United States. High school students from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows held an informal memorial for Todd at Maple Ridge’s Memorial Peace Park on Monday, Oct. 15. More than 80 people attended, bringing with them bouquets of flowers and lit candles to place in the centre of the rotunda in her memory. A trust fund has been established by Todd’s family to

support youth mental health, cyber-bullying education and a scholarship fund for students with learning disabilities (with a focus on singing  and or/technology). In an introduction to the online giving program, donors are encouraged to choose a program to support and told that Amanda would want to help other young people dealing with bullying. Donations can also be made to any RBC Canada under the name of Amanda Michelle Todd Trust Fund. - with files

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“This includes those who … identify with the victims and may have their own suicide risk increased and … those who identify with the perpetrators who may increase their targeting of other children and youth through bullying, cyber bullying, etc.” In an interview, Cameron – who led the crisis response team in Taber, Alta. after the school shootings there in 1999, just days after the Columbine shootings – cautioned schools not to show it in classrooms as a general rule. “There are some professionals and even parents who feel that just by showing the clip that that is somehow going to teach the kids not to bully,” he said.  The video is not a positive one that shows kids how to manage bullying, he added, but rather one which depicts a situation that ultimately led to a suicide, which other students could end up identifying with. Showing the video in the classroom may further add to the “justification process” for suicidal behaviour, according to Campbell and Cameron. “It must be understood that some students may have purposely avoided watching the YouTube video because they know it could be a trigger,” the memo states. “For them, therefore we do not want to inadvertently expose them to it in the classroom.” Having that choice taken away from them by playing it in the classroom could elevate that level of risk. “Tragically, one of the most common lines that some adults and even youth alike will use after a tragedy like the Amanda Todd situation occurs, is ‘See, this is what bullying causes,’” Cameron said. “The problem with using that line but not having the skills to follow up with it, is then it embeds in some of our high-risk youth the belief that it is cause and effect, meaning ‘I’m being bullied, this is what bullying causes, and I have no way out.’ ” While the memo notes that it is preferable for teachers to not show the YouTube clip in class, if exceptions are made it should only be as approved by school administration who are confident that the teacher in question is skilled to respond appropriately to students. “This is, however, a powerful time to appropriately educate in our homes, classrooms, and society in general,” it states. – with files

Teen pens song in tribute to Todd Leah de Zeeuw wants others to stand up to bullies by M o ni s ha M a r tin s staff reporter

The story of a bullied teen, chronicled in a heart-breaking video, has captured the attention of people around the world. In the two weeks since Amanda Todd’s death, the video has gone viral, prompting rallies and a call to address bullying, both at schools yard and online. The video also inspired Leah de Zeeuw, 14, to write a song in Todd’s memory. It’s a song sung from Todd’s per-

spective, explains de Zeeuw, who used to lived in Maple Ridge and now resides in Kamloops. “I want Amanda to be remembered every day,” she says. “I want bullies to be reminded frequently and I do not want them to escape her message.” The budding songwriter believes an anti-bullying message, delivered in a song, will have an impact with teenagers. “It’s better than being lectured,” says de Zeeuw. She has shared the song with classmates at Sahali Secondary School, hoping it will inspire others to take a stand. “All it takes is one person to stand up to a bully,” she says. Todd, 15, took her own life after

posting the video to YouTube in September, detailing the harassment she suffered at the hands of an apparent online predator and school bullies. Her death put bullying under the spotlight at the annual We Day event last week, with Premier Christy Clark challenging youth across the province to stand up to bullies. “I am standing up strong and proud for Amanda and for all those who are bullied,” de Zeeuw said. “I will not rest and I will  be relentless in my pursuit to carry her message.”

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The case involving the Aquilinis and the North Alouette River has been delayed again. Court time had been scheduled Tuesday to enter guilty pleas on environmental charges in connection with the 2009 installation of an irrigation intake pipe for the berry operations in Pitt Meadows operated by Golden Eagle Group, part of the Aquilini Investment Group. But prosecutor Jim Macaulay asked Port Coquitlam provincial court

judge P. De Couto if the case could be adjourned until Nov. 1, at which time another date would be set. “A scheduling issue arose within the company to make their appearance impossible,” Macaulay said, adding he had spoken to the defence lawyer. “I’m satisfied the reason is good.” Francesco, Elisa, Paulo and Roberto Aquilini were charged under the Water Act with unauthorized diversion of water in connection with the June 2009 installation of an irrigation pipe into the river.

They were also charged under the Fisheries Act for harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat in connection with work done to install the intake pipe. In total, 11 charges were laid under the Fisheries Act, the Dike Maintenance Act and the Water Act. Also named in the charges were six numbered companies, along with Richard Matis, CPICranberry Plantation and Global Coin Inc. A spokesman for the Aquilini Investment Group, which also owns the Vancouver Canucks, said previously that the

company had been cooperating with the environment ministry. Golden Eagle Group said in 2009 that it pumped water from the river briefly to save young cranberry plants during a dry spring. It had applications pending for that use. The Aquilini Investment Group said last week it expects to receive approval for six water licence applications for flood harvesting and irrigation of cranberries. Those applications to withdraw water from the North Alouette were filed in 2007 and are the same applications that were in

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‘Doctors believe injuries caused by blow to head, neck’ Trial from front

Undeterred, Saba pleaded once more and was turfed out of the Wolf by a bouncer. Cardinal said Parent was then grabbed by a second bouncer, who has since been identified as Joseph Robert Calla. “He put him in a head lock and dragged him out,” said Cardinal, who travelled from Alberta to testify against Calla, on trial for aggravated assault. Cardinal yelled at Calla to stop. She said after Calla threw Parent out he returned to the bar to tell her “your friends are OK, don’t worry about them.” But minutes later she heard yelling outside the bar, which is accessed via an alley off Lougheed Highway.

Cardinal said she went outside to see if Parent and Saba were causing the commotion. She told the court she saw Calla on top of Parent. She claimed Calla was straddling Parent, slapping him in the face and yelling at him. “[Parent] was trying to protect himself,” she said, adding she yelled at Calla to stop. Cardinal went back inside the Wolf after the altercation ended, but encountered Saba and Parent in the parking lot a short while later when the Wolf closed. Saba was angry, she told the court, and was waiting for police. He told Cardinal “we were attacked” and asked her to wait until officers arrived to give police a statement.

Cardinal said while speaking to Saba, she noticed Parent had blood trickling down his forehead. Police arrived and took statements. Paramedics checked both men at the scene. Parent went home, believing his injuries were not serious. Two days later, however, on June 15, he was discovered lying semi-conscious in his living room by his brother André, who was called by co-workers when Parent didn’t show up for work. Doctors believe Parent’s injuries were caused by a blow to the head or neck that damaged his carotid artery. The artery swelled over two days, slowly cutting off blood flow that resulted in a mas-

sive stroke. Crown prosecutor Janet Dickie said Parent will not be testifying during the trial because he is unable to communicate. “Mr. Calla is responsible for all the injuries sustained by Del Parent,” Dickie said in her opening statement. “There was no justification for the assault. It was an unlawful assault.” Parent now lives in a home with 24-hour supervision. He walks with a limp and his unable to write or sign his name. The stroke also paralyzed his right hand. Dickie noted Calla’s explanation is one of “defence of property”. Although there were several witnesses, investigating the assault

wasn’t easy for police. Ridge Meadows RCMP held a press conference a few weeks after the assault, when Parent’s family pleaded for witnesses to come forward. Police also planted an undercover officer in a jail cell with Calla after he was arrested to extract more evidence. Another bouncer was charged along with Calla, but the charge against him has since been stayed. Const. Erika Rast, the primary investigator, told the court Monday that some patrons were not “forthcoming” with information during police interviews. A trial for Calla continues in New Westminster Supreme Court. It is expected to last 15 days.

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Susan Taylor never again wants to see or hear about school children being mowed down in a crosswalk. Three high school girls weren’t seriously hurt in the accident Thursday afternoon at Dewdney Trunk Road at 207th Street, but Taylor is still feeling the effects after witnessing the incident. “I saw the accident. I helped the girls and it really shook me up,” she said Monday. “I came home and I just broke down.” Taylor was on her way to pick up her son Nash, 15, at Westview secondary when she saw the accident. A small car southbound on 207th Street, trying to turn west on to Dewdney Trunk Road, hit headon three girls who were in the crosswalk trying to cross from north to south to get home. “They were moving from north to south and [the motorist] struck all three of them – and the cries and the screams, it was horrible.

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Madison Blackburn (front), and her sister Bailey, along with another friend, who remains in hospital, were injured Thursday afternoon after being hit by a car making a left onto Dewdney Trunk Road from 207th Street, as witnessed by Susan Taylor, who now wants traffic light improvements there. “They were shocked, they were crying, they were hurt,” she said of the three. Taylor saw the whole thing and helped the girls until an ambulance came. “It was very traumatic for me seeing that.” All were treated for minor injuries. Sisters Bailey and Madison Blackburn sustained minor injuries, mostly cuts and bruises. But their friend

hit her head and remains in hospital with blurry vision. Taylor pointed out her son Nash usually makes the same crossing twice a day as he walks from his home on the south side of Lougheed Highway to Westview. Sometimes it’s difficult for motorists just to see the pedestrians in the crosswalk. It’s more difficult for her son, who has a disability and walks with

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Let’s talk about it A memo from the B.C. Ministry of Education to all 60 school districts last week advises teachers not to show the video in which Amanda Todd tells her tragic tale, flash card by flash card. The video has been viewed close to 20 million times on YouTube already. Memorial pages on Facebook have garnered sympathies from Russia to Texas, while other teens have posted their own videos to Youtube in reaction to the suffering and harassment Amanda faced and which led to her suicide. Ministry of Education anti-bullying staff fear that footage of Amanda’s video could trigger other vulnerable teens like those suffering from bullying to commit suicide. Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, however, wants the video to be used to help others who may be suffering as her 15-year-old daughter did. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation says the ministry’s request ignores the reality that many kids have seen the video and need or want to talk about it. And so they should. But some haven’t seen the video and don’t want to, nor do they want to talk about it, for whatever reason. That is their choice, or that of their parents. No one should be forced to watch the video. At the same time, no one who wants to should be denied that opportunity, especially those who it may help. Rather than restrict the video from classrooms, or to ignore the ministry’s request and do so anyway, why not show the video at lunch in the library or cafeteria or gymnasium of high schools, at least, and host a discussion afterwards. Send home a permission form to parents. Make available staff and resources at the viewing for students who might have questions afterwards or want to seek help. For the ministry to suggest that the video doesn’t help address bullying issues is rather simplistic, because the video touches other important topics, as well, such as online safety and social media responsibility. Would the ministry rather a troubled teen watch the video at home, alone? Amanda made the video because she felt that way, so others wouldn’t also. The discussion has already begun. Let it continue. – The News Tell us what you think @ www.mapleridgenews.com

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Attack of the U.S. celebrities VICTORIA – There was palpable disappointment among reporters when Greenpeace organizers clarified that U.S. actors Daryl Hannah and Mark Ruffalo weren’t actually going to join the sit-in against heavy oil pipeline proposals at the B.C. legislature on B.C. Views Tom Fletcher Monday. I was disappointed too. I would have liked to learn more about what a washedup mermaid and an easily confused Incredible Hulk really believe about the North American oil industry. In the spirit of celebrity slacktivism, both sent statements of support. To be fair, Ruffalo may still be busy searching for the “truth” about 9/11. In 2007 he declared that the official U.S. government report on the terrorist attacks was “completely illegitimate” because “buildings don’t fall down like that.” I wonder what the relatives of those aboard the hijacked airliners think of him. Hannah has had lots of free time since starring in the 1984 mermaid fantasy <I>Splash</I>. Now she’s mostly famous for getting arrested, and she did so again in Texas on Oct. 3, standing in front of earthmoving equipment building the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s worth noting that the project Hannah tried to stop has the support of the Barack Obama administration. The

southern section from Cushing, Oklahoma oil storage facilities to Texas refineries is indeed being built by the sinister foreign TransCanada Corp., but it doesn’t carry the dreaded Canadian “tar sands” oil that eco-celebrities are convinced will end life on Earth as we know it. It’s the northern section that Obama has temporarily opposed, after fervent demonstrations such as the one in Washington DC where Hannah’s first celebrity arrest occurred in 2011. At that time, Hannah recited the familiar talking points of the U.S. environmentalists who exclusively target Alberta. In a new book, oil sands pioneer and Suncor founder Rick George dissects Hannah’s claims, and asks why they were reported so widely and uncritically.  Hannah claimed “the contribution to the carbon in the atmosphere is unprecedented.” George cites a Royal Society of Canada report that concludes the entire oil sands operation is responsible for five per cent of Canadian emissions. Fossilfuelled electricity generation is 16 per cent of Canada’s total. Vehicles and other transportation account for 27 per cent.  “How does the oil sands contribution possibly qualify as unprecedented?” George asks. Another Hannah quote: “I’ve been hearing about how many people have cancer that live downstream from the tar sands project.” Canadians heard that too, thanks in large part to an alarmist CBC documentary by David Suzuki featuring jet-set movie director James Cameron. George describes how this allegation was made in 2006 by a doctor who claimed a cluster of rare bile cancer cases

in the remote village of Fort Chipewyan, and blamed it on oil sands mining. Headlines blared around the world. George details the Alberta Health Services study that followed, identifying three such cases in 12 years. Statistically higher, yes. A general risk, no. Other types of cancer in Fort Chip were lower than the general population. This finding was endorsed by Australian, New Zealand, U.S. and Canadian researchers. The doctor who diagnosed the original bile cancers admitted: “These

“These results were based on a small number of cases – there is no cause for alarm.” results were based on a small number of cases – there is no cause for alarm.” Was this news trumpeted around the world? You can guess the answer. My point here isn’t to make fun of illinformed celebrities. It’s to counteract the fawning, scientifically ignorant coverage they are routinely given by the mainstream media. And I’m not promoting the oil sands or pipelines. I’m saying they should be considered based on facts, not foolishness.

This week’s question: Does Canada need a national bullying prevention strategy? @ Online poll: cast your vote at www.mapleridgenews.com, or e-mail your vote and comments to editor@mapleridgenews.com

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The News/letters Hearts ache for Amanda and family Editor, The News: Our hearts ache for Amanda Todd and her family. Kids will confide in other kids a lot sooner than they will in adults. There is at least one high school in B. C. that has in place a group of volunteer student peer counselors for teens who are having trouble in their lives. This group of student counselors is trained and supervised by professional counselors. There is a room in the school where they can talk privately to each other, and there are group meetings where all the kids can share their experiences and know they are not alone.     There needs to be help lines and safe houses available 24 hours a day, too. Because it  just doesn’t stop. These kids are in real pain and need help, but don’t always have the courage or strength to reach out to authorities. Some are still out there in real danger, just like Amanda was. It seems that she was finding some support from her teachers and school, and certainly from her parents,  but not from her peers.   This is where a peer counselor could step in, to encourage them and help break the pattern of loneliness. Mixing with other kids who are having troubles could also help to ease their pain and suffering, and help them gain some strength.    It’s not easy to get through adolescence.  But there are many really good kids out there, too, and they could be standing ready to talk to the kids that are still out there suffering.   Our hearts break for these children, and  we must find some way to help them. S. Chapman Maple Ridge

Mayor fails to grasp reality Editor, The News: Re: Tax, city spending top Pitt concerns (The News, Oct. 17). The article mentioning the results of the Pitt Meadows survey shows how much Mayor Deb Walters is out of touch with reality and the people, on whose behalf she is supposed to be working.  She believes taxation was a high concern in the survey due to a petition gathering signatures of residents, and finds it humorous that this newspaper is, in her words, “keeping it in

the news.”  What she seems unable to grasp is that residents are fed up with significant tax increases year after year.  Her post-election remark about being responsive to the residents was just so much smoke that has now evaporated. She says a zero increase next year is “unrealistic.”  This clearly demonstrates the inability of the mayor and council to do the job for which they sought election.  A capable mayor and council would work to find

ways to reduce spending while maintaining essential – note, essential – services without further increasing taxes.  Resorting to unnecessary increases of four per cent in each of the next three years before any budget work has occurred demonstrates a lack of any fiscal responsibility.  Her “lean city hall” seems to have a lot of excess baggage. Having the second lowest taxes in the region is no defense.  They could be the lowest, but still be higher than necessary. 

This is nothing more than a feeble attempt to skirt the real issue, and that is an inability to do the job for which they are being well paid – by the residents, again.   Only 300 residents were surveyed, and a quarter of those raised the issue of high taxes as their major concern.  We can readily assume this is more widespread across the city.  And it is not going to go away, and may well last until the next election.  Byron Hosking Pitt Meadows

City so far only making our wallets lighter Editor, The News: Here is a short list of the benefits the residents of Pitt Meadows have reaped from Mayor Deb Walters. First, she doesn’t seem to understand what a balanced budget is. The mayor and her supporters on council just spend

whatever they see fit and expect the residents to happily pay more taxes. Second, the mayor has stated that she supports tax increases for the next five years, meaning she has no intention of trying to cut spending. Third, the mayor cast the

deciding vote over taking land north of the Lougheed Highway out of the agricultural land reserve, despite loud protest.   Fourth, she supports the tolling of all bridges.  Do any of these provide a benefit to Pitt Meadows taxpayers, other than making

our wallets lighter?  So much for majority rule. The mayor is showing us who rules this nest.   What’s next, is Queen Walters going to change our cities name to Walters Meadows? Archie Blankers Pitt Meadows


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Maple Ridge should have a streamlined, updated and more efficient bylaws bible within a few weeks. Council has worked through the draft business licence bylaw, which governs everything from body rub studios to escort services to shark fin soup. And if one part of it works out, even trades people from Vancouver to Mission could find their lives easier. Under a one-year pilot project involving eight cities from Hope to Surrey, in addition to a business licence required in their home city, contractors, architects or engineers would only need one $250 mobile licence in order to do business in the other eight cities, which include Mission, Abbotsford and Langley. That would mean contractors wouldn’t have to buy licences in each city where they have clients, a requirement that can add up to thousands of dollars. Other occupations such as photographers or caterers were also considered, but varying standards in background checks required meant those were deferred until later. The streamlined system is part of the new business licence bylaw which went to council for third reading Tuesday night, with final adoption in November. In the refined bylaw is a sec-

tion that outlaws serving of shark fin soup, a recent change OK’d by politicians, as well as an expanded definition of what it means to have a body rub studio. A new demand that will be noticed by all bar and restaurant owners will be the requirement to have signs warning about drinking while pregnant. At least one sign must be visible at a bar or at an off-sale pub, as well as in each washroom. That change was requested by the social planning advisory council. “It will be a phased-in, educational approach,” said bylaws director Liz Holitzki. The social planning advisory council, which made the proposal, will be doing most of the work and helping businesses obtain signs at minimal cost. As well, regulations on body paint and modeling studios will be added to those covering body rub parlours. The district has been following examples in Richmond and Coquitlam regarding massage parlours, body rub studios and body painting studios. Every body rub, body paint or modelling studio must provide picture ID and criminal record searches of all owners and employees. Employees can’t wear see-through clothing nor provide sexual services. As well, the premises offering such services must record the name and address of every client who uses the service, as well as the amount charged.

Holitzki says it’s a matter of making slow progress and ensuring such businesses are operating within the bylaws. If they don’t, the investigation is turned over to police. It also seems to have led to a reduction in the number of such shops offering those services. A quick flip through the 2010-2011 yellow pages shows no massage clinics alluding to sexual services.

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“I don’t know if they’ve disappeared as much as gone underground,” Holitzki said. There are also expanded regulations on escort services, where within a day of hiring, social escort services have to give a licence inspector the name of that new employee. Either the licence inspector or the head of police has to approve that hiring, while police can enter a social escort service at any time. “But I don’t think it’s [escort services] as prevalent as it used to be.” The new bylaw also offers a clearer definition between dog daycare (which operate 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. only) and boarding services which offer overnight stays.


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The date for the final countdown to see who carries the NDP banner in Maple Ridge-Mission has been set, Nov. 25. Place: Silverdale Hall in Mission. Time: To be announced, although Mike Bocking expects it will be in the afternoon sometime. Bocking, a Mission resident and president of the Media Union of B.C., is trying for the second time to win the riding,

after a narrow loss (68 votes) in 2009 to B.C. Liberal Marc Dalton. Bocking will be competing for the NDP nomination against Maple Ridge resident Bob D’Eith. “I’ve worked hard on the NDP, in the NDP organization,” Bocking said Monday. “We’ve built a solid organization.” Bocking ran three times federally in the past decade in Pitt Meadows-Maple RidgeMission, losing each time to Conservative MP Randy Kamp. “I’m looking to take one more stab at it,” said Bocking. He’s been active in Mission, opposing cuts

to Mission Hospital, and involved with the Citizens Against Urban Sprawl Society. D’Eith, executivedirector for Music BC, says it will be a close race and will be a choice between Bocking’s experience and D’Eith’s new energy. “It’’s really a question of the members deciding who they want, moving forward.” It’s been more than a year since both have been nominees so it will be a relief to get the process underway, he added. Whoever wins the nomination will also be in for a battle against Liberal MLA Marc Dalton.

“No one’s taking anything for granted, that’s for sure,” D’Eith said. Bocking though was also optimistic about the NDP’s chances in next spring’s election, saying the Liberals won the last election under “fake colours” by underestimating the provincial deficit. The Liberals also said they wouldn’t bring in the Harmonized Sales Tax and they did, Bocking pointed out. “Marc Dalton has to take his share of the blame.” Dalton, however, has said he too was surprised by the Gordon Campbell government’s introduction of the HST in July 2010.

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Public Notice Maple Ridge Business Licencing and Regulation Bylaw No. 6815-2011 On October 23, 2012 Maple Ridge Council will be considering Maple Ridge Business Licencing and Regulation Bylaw No. 6815-2011. The bylaw provides new definitions and further clarity for a number of existing definitions. Further, the bylaw proposes to add a section surrounding the dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. A number of minor housekeeping items are also included in the bylaw. All business owners and the general public who deem themselves affected by the adoption of the bylaw shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by making a written submission to the attention of the Director of Licencing, Permits and Bylaws or by sending an e-mail to lholitzki@mapleridge.ca by 4:00 pm November 2, 2012. Copies of the bylaw are available on the District website at www.mapleridge.ca under the “Bylaws and Regulations” tab or at the Municipal Hall reception desk Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. 11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A9 Tel: 604-463-5221 • Fax: 604-467-7329

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10-year contract not realistic, say local teachers by Ro b er t M a n g e ls d or f staff reporter

A proposal by premier Christy Clark to review teacher bargaining practices with the goal of signing a 10-year contract has struck a sour note with local teachers. “My first reaction was, there must be an election coming up,” said Maple Ridge Teachers’ Association president George Serra. “It just shows how desperate she is right now.” Serra doesn’t think a long-term contract with the province is possible, considering how negations have gone over the past 18 months. Teachers voted in late June to ratify a bare bones one-year deal with the

province, after the Liberal government passed legislation forcing teachers back to work, following a walk-out in March. Teachers across the province had been taking part job action since September 2011, and had been without a contract since June of last year. Negotiations on the next teacher contract are set to start in March, two months ahead of the next provincial election. “Given the difficulty we had signing this contract, a 10-year deal seems unlikely,” he said. The first thing teachers need to see in any contract is more money for classrooms, and salaries. “School districts are scrambling to provide the same services they’ve provided in the past, but

with less, because of rising costs,” said Serra. “And we’ve already demonstrated teachers in B.C. are behind the rest of the country in terms of work conditions and salaries.” The bargaining review will cover everything related to the teachers’ collective bargaining structure and process and will consider recommendations identified in previous third-party reports to government. Consultations will occur through October and early November and are expected to include school trustees, school

administrators and parent groups. Last week, Clark said both sides in the dispute need to put the past behind them, and be flexible to achieve long-term labour peace. “For the sake of teachers, students, parents, administrators, school staff and school trustees, we must come together in a collaborative process to bring about labour stability,” she said. “That will require compromise on all sides.” Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Board of Education chair Mike Mur-

ray said a long-term contract would provide stability for all parties involved, but a 10-year deal may be unrealistic. “Of course we would like stability and a longer term contract would be great, but 10 years is a very long time, for any labour contract,” he said. However, given the current unstable global economic conditions, it makes little sense for either side to lock into an agreement for an entire decade, added Serra. “There are risks for both sides with a long term contract.”

School District No. 42 projects it will need seven new schools to deal with the influx of new students expected from residential development in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows over the next 10 years. In a report to school trustees, district staff estimate 9,352 housing units will be completed by 2021, adding 3,793 students. Currently, the district has more than 15,000 students. The district’s 2012 capital plan calls for four new elementary schools and a secondary school in Silver Valley, as well as two new elementary schools in Albion. Since 2000, the district has shut five schools due to declining enrolment: Thornhill elementary, Meadowland elementary, Maple Ridge primary, Mt. Crescent elementary, and Riverside elementary. However, none of those schools were located in

the expected areas of population growth. The total cost to acquire the land needed for the seven new schools and expand the existing Albion elementary site is estimated at close to $32 million. The cost to acquire the sites will be borne by the school district, with help from developers and new homeowners. Funding for the schools will come from the provincial Ministry of Education, and the seven schools have been included on district’s fiveyear capital plan. That plan also includes expansion of Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School. Currently, the east Maple Ridge high school has close to 900 students, with 13 portables to house the overflow. Secretary treasurer Flavia Coughlan said the priority for the school district remains securing funding to build a new elementary school in south Albion, where the district owns land along 102nd Avenue.

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Drive safely With all the excitement of trick or treating, it is very easy for children to forget about traffic rules on Halloween night. Children under the age of nine cognitively are not able to make the best choices when it comes to road safety. “The easiest way to minimize risks is to choose not to drive Halloween night,” says Scott Marshall, director of training for Young Drivers of Canada. “But if you do have to drive, reduce your speed in residential areas and be sure to scan each intersection to make sure that no trick or treater is crossing.”

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always have a responsible adult escorting them door-to-door on Halloween night. Skip past houses that don’t have lights on, or the walkway isn’t well-lit, and avoid unfamiliar animals. • Help with pumpkin carving – kids under six should not use knives or other sharp instruments to carve pumpkins. Instead, they can express their creativity by drawing a face on a pumpkin or dressing it up with colourful fall leaves. Use a flashlight or a light stick to illuminate a pumpkin rather than a candle, to reduce the risk of burns. • Choking – it occurs most frequently among children under two years. Do not give children under five popcorn, hard candy, or nuts. When eating candy, parents should have children sit at a table since eating while playing, jumping or talking can lead to choking. • Firework safety – to be safe, plan family fun and activities that don’t include fireworks. However, if you plan to use fireworks as part of your celebration, only purchase them from a reliable source and always read and follow label directions. Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby when lighting fireworks. • Slow down – Motorists are advised to slow down and drive with extra caution this Halloween. • Be a good host –As a homeowner, make sure the path to your front door is clear of any obstructions or sharp objects and well-lit to prevent trick-or-treaters from falling. Don’t leave pumpkins with burning candles close to where children may be trick-or-treating to prevent burns or costumes catching on fire. – Provincial Health Services Authority.


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(Left) Emma Rae Flood as Majenta, Kiera Sands as Columbia and Tanysha Klassen as Suzanne during rehearsal for Garibaldi secondary’s Horror Psycho Session, which plays Friday; (right) Casey Warren as Frankenfurter and Brody Nugent as Rocky.

Psycho Sessions

Garibaldi Secondary’s drama department is going to spook the town on Friday with its firstever Horror Psycho Session, open to the whole community. The event will feature bands and an appearance by Franken-

furter and his crew from Transylvania. There will be prizes for best monster, zombie or horror costume. Drama teacher Cyndy Lacroix says there will be over 120 students performing in approxi-

mately 30 acts during the event. • Horror Psycho Sessions takes place at Garibaldi secondary, 24789 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a can of food.

ovies for Mommies, Canada’s original mommy-baby movie event, will run at the Hollywood 3 Cinema in Pitt Meadows every other Thursday morning, starting Nov. 15. New parents and their babies are welcomed into an infant-friendly environment where they can escape into a current movie, nurse in the dark, and network with other new parents (caregivers and grandparents are welcome too). With the help of Hollywood owner Rahim Manji, Movies for Mommies aims to create a community event for parents with young babies. All movies run with reduced sound to protect the sensitivity of baby’s ears. The theatre is also equipped with change tables that have complimentary wipes and diapers. “I love planning these movie events for new moms,” said Movies for Mommies B.C. owner Laura Grady. “What better way to feel a little normal again than by packing up the baby and watching a flick on the big screen? I am a movie buff and the thought of missing out on popcorn and trips to the theatre just wouldn’t do. With Movies for Mommies us moms can stay up-to-date on the latest releases and best of all, we can save the babysitter for date-night.” See Movies, p15


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Deadline extended for Ensemble Art gallery’s annual Xmas exhibition needs submissions

The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is seeking submissions for its annual Ensemble exhibition, the deadline for which has been extended to Monday, Nov. 5. The submission process is open to everyone, and forms along with further information are available at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery website. Hard copies are available from the gallery or the ACT. Artists are asked to submit work that suggests an ensemble. “This could be a shared theme, medium, or any series of works that suggests unity in its display,” explains curator Barbara Duncan. “The fact that the show includes all mediums tends to encourage a lot of variety and some unexpected and unusual items. The Ensemble display format works well in the capacious Maple Ridge gallery, where smaller works can be sometimes be overwhelmed by the large volume of space.”

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Blue Wind, a painting by Maple Ridge artist Victor Gligor from last year’s show.

The show also represents a great opportunity to find a totally unique gift, and the relatively reasonable price point of many of these artworks offers visitors an affordable entry point to buying original work. Ensemble 2012 will be on display at the gallery from Nov. 24 until Dec. 20. An opening reception takes place Nov. 24. • For more information, visit actmapleridge.org.

for a free baby-photoshoot with a local photographer. • Movies for Mommies takes place at Hollywood 3 Cinemas on

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart have been living and “musicking” together for more than 20 years, with an appetite for taking their songs out into the world that is pretty staggering. According to their website, the husband and wife average 170 concerts a year. A recent tour of the U.K. and the Netherlands squeezed in 50 dates in two months. Earle is the sister of country rock legend Steve Earle. Few husband-wife musical duos provide audiences with the complete entertainment package that Earle and Stuart dish out in a live performance. Armed with clever acoustic guitar interplay, autobiographical songwriting, lovely harmonies, and humorous storytelling, the couple captivates your attention from the first moment they are on stage. Based out of Tennessee, Earle and Stuart draw from blues, pop, country, rock, and more in their heartfelt music. The duo own their own record la-

Harris Road on Nov. 15. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The movie starts at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $8 (includes popcorn and a drink). Babies are free.

Maple Ridge Art Gallery Broken Narrative October 20 – November 17

Figurative sculpture by Danielle Swift

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Mark Stuart and Stacey Earle love to play small intimate venues.

bel Gearle Records and have recorded eight CDs since they met in 1992. They stopped pursuing a major label deal in Nashville in 1998 to target small intimate venue crowds in theaters, coffeehouses, festivals, clubs, and house concerts. This has become their home and they are a recognized fixture on the folk music trail they blaze.

Showtime Stacey & Mark are at St. Andrew’s Heritage Church, 22289 116 Avenue in Maple Ridge on Friday, Oct. 26. The show begins at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit rocamusic.ca/ house-concerts.

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GEMS Movie Series: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen October 29 – 7:30 p.m.

A fisheries expert helps realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the Yemen. Stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.

MRSS With Guests

October 30 – 7:00 p.m. Annual fall concert.

Arts Club ON TOUR Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata November 3 – 8:00 p.m. Your personal ads, set to music by the CBC’s Bill Richardson and Veda Hille.

Band of the Fifteenth Field Regiment With Glowing Hearts November 4 – 2:00 p.m. Remembrance concert.

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Steve Earle’s sister and her husband play a concert Friday in Maple Ridge

Free photo shoot with baby Movies from p15

Stacey & Mark are back

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Coquitlam 2560 Barnet Highway

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at the corner of Barnett Hwy and Falcon Dr, approx. ½ mile from Coquitlam Centre

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Pumpkin has many uses, such as soup, or as a filling for ravioli. “Typically, gnocchi is made with potato puree. You can substitute pumpkin puree.” Brown also notes it can be used as a filling for ravioli. Adding the bold flavor of pumpkin to a variety of dishes can be achieved with some simple substitutions. Pumpkin chili can be created by augmenting some of the stock and tomato with pureed pumpkin.

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some of the pumpkin pulp and using it as the cooking liquid for risotto or mixing equal parts pureed pumpkin to mashed potatoes. “It can be used as an ingredient in pancakes and waffles to replace some of the liquid and add flavor,” he says. Pumpkin can also take centre stage in dishes such as pumpkinbased bread puddings and ice creams and pumpkin butter. Inzinga says pumpkin butter is much like apple butter and can be created by adding pumpkin pie spices and cooking the pumpkin down until it is a spreadable consistency. He also recommends pumpkin/ apple smoothies made with pureed pumpkin, apple juice and a bit of yogurt. Enjoy the full flavor of the pumpkin by dicing and roasting with other root vegetables, sauteing it to bring out its natural flavors or even putting it on the grill. Brown says the slow heat of the grill brings out natural sugars, removes moisture and condenses the flavor. Don’t forget that the flesh isn’t the only part of the pumpkin that can be used. The seeds can be roasted and used as a garnish on breads, muffins or on pumpkin soup,

added to homemade granola, or pureed into sauces and pesto. According to Inzinga, the flower blossoms can be battered and fried or stuffed and baked. Both chefs even recommend using hollowed-out pumpkins as bowls and tureens for chili or soup. “It’s important for people to realize that when you go pumpkin picking, those pumpkins are grown for their size and shape, not necessarily flavor,” says Brown. The large pumpkins are less sweet. He says there are hundreds of varieties of pumpkins, and you can get more sweetness and flavor if you are more selective. – ARA Content

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“Scareware attacks are cropping up everywhere and are effective because they prey on anxiety and fear,” said Danielle Primrose, Better Business Bureau president and CEO. “The first thing you think is that your system is compromised or has been locked by authorities. But in reality, there are practical steps computer users can take to protect themselves.” Computer users are reporting being “locked out” of their computers after receiving pop-up messages warning them their computer has been associated with child pornography. These warning messages can sometimes claim to be from the RCMP, CSIS, or even a bogus law enforcement organization like the ‘Canadian Police Cyber Crimes Centre.’ The message requests that the recipient pay $100 dollars via online money transfer so their computer can be ‘unlocked.’” These types of messages, commonly known as ‘scareware’ or ‘ransomware’, are designed to create panic for victims who often respond by sending money quickly in hopes of removing the problem. Following are steps computer users can take to protect their computer from a ‘scareware’ attack: • Protect your computer – install updates to your operating system, purchase anti-

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The Ridge Meadows Bruins men’s rugby team has been dominating the Lower Mainland Third Division this season, getting off to a 4-1 start after defeating Abbotsford RFC 3624 at home at Telosky Stadium on Saturday. Team captain Josh Ladd said the Bruins have seen an increase in numbers this season thanks to the return of a number of veteran players and the addition of some new to the sport. “In years past, we’ve had lots of guys come out at the start of the season, and by this point, were down to 10 or 15 guys,” said Ladd. “This year, everyone’s still here.” That’s given the team options, including having a full compliment of coaches on the sideline directing play. “Everyone has been part of the success of the team,” said Ladd. “Even the guys who don’t get the ball much, they’re getting dirty in the rucks, making sure we get the ball back.” The Bruins got out to an early lead Saturday against Abbotsford, only to have Abbotsford pull ahead by a try in the late going. The Bruins would not be denied, however, as they rallied ate in the game to ensure the 36-24 win. Scoring tries for the Bruins were Ladd, Courtland Kerr, Reed Nelson, Julian Benvenuti, Logan Duke, and Keaton Riach.

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After a shaky start to the 2012/13 Pacific Junior Hockey League season, the Flames have found their way of late, and have the wins to prove it. The Flames won their third game in a row Friday night, downing the league’s top team, the Richmond Sockeyes, 4-2 at home. The win comes on the heels of a 3-2 win over the Harold Brittain Conference-leading Abbotsford Pilots on Oct. 12. Despite a 1-4 start to the season, the Flames have lost just once in their past five games, and have pulled into second place in the conference. Flames coach Jamie Fiset said the key to the team’s turnaround has been all about attitude. “We’ve begun to recognize the difference

between a fixed mindset, versus one focussed on growth,” he explains. “In the past, if we did bad, it was because we were bad. We weren’t focussed on the positives, and what we could do to make ourselves better.” This year, the team mentality has been to focus on improvement. “Even when we were losing [this season] we knew we’re better than this, and we knew we’re growing as a team,” said Fiset. “And now we’re starting to see that pay off.” The Flames scored three power play goals en route to their fourth win of the season Friday night against the Sockeyes. Fiset, himself, wasn’t behind the bench, after a last-minute family emergency called him away. He praised the work of assistant coaches Nick Bruns, Shawn Peters, and Tyler Klassen, for leading the team in his absence. “Our whole coaching staff really stepped up

and did a great job of sealing the win,” said Fiset. “It was satisfying as a coach to know that... everybody was well-prepared and executed the game plan perfectly.” Flames’ leading scorer Matthew Bissett got the home team on the board early with a power play goal six and a half minutes into the third period. Paul Piluso had another power play marker two minutes later to put the Flames ahead by two. Bissett had his second goal of the night, this time at even-strength, early in the second period to make the score 3-0. The Sockeyes would get on the board three and a half minutes later, however, as Sam Chichak score shorthanded. Adam Bartsch restored the Flames’ threegoal lead with a power play goal scored with

17 seconds left in the middle frame. The Sockeyes poured on the pressure in the third period, firing 22 shots on Flames goalie Wesley McLeod. McLeod was equal to the task, however, as he turned aside all but one of the shots he faced. The Flames gave up four power play opportunities to Richmond in the third period, but it took a five-on-three advantage for the visitors to finally put a puck by McLeod at 13:19. That wasn’t enough for the Sockeyes to catch the Flames, and even with their goalie pulled for an extra attacker for the final 45 seconds of play, Richmond couldn’t complete their comeback attempt. The loss was just the second for the Sockeyes in 13 games this season. See Flames, p26

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The Pitt Meadows Marauders senior boys’ football team notched its first win of the AA regular season in convincing fashion under the lights Friday night, as they knocked off the previously undefeated Rick Hansen Hurricanes by a score of 218. “The kids were excited for our first night game under the lights, and they came out ready to play,” said coach Matt Todd. While the Hurricanes were able to repeatedly pierce the Marauders’ red zone, just as often Pitt found a way to get the ball back. Defensive lineman Tanner Hartley set a school record with his end zone interception, which he ran back 100

yards for a touchdown. Matt Chichka led the Marauders’ linebackers with 10 tackles, while defensive lineman Colton Davies had four sacks. Cole White and Callum Williamson also put in strong performances, helping to anchor the Pitt defence. With receivers Anthony Gagnon and Zach Nielson out with injuries, the Marauders focussed on their running game on offence. Hartley led Marauders running backs with 70 yards on offence and a touchdown. Brandon Stewart had 60 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Chichka and Ben Zabierek both had close to 40 yards each. Quarterback Joe Schuster was a perfect three-for-three on

passing, while rushing for more than 30 yards. “ W e d i d n’ t do anything t o o f a n c y, we just ran the ball and forced turnovers,” said Todd. “To be honest, we didn’t have the ball all that much. But when we did, we held on to it.” It was a much different story than the week before, when the Marauders lost 36-29 to Robert Bateman on the road after giving up numerous turnovers. Todd hopes his team can continue its winning ways. The 1-2 Marauders will likely have to win out their remaining two regular season games to advance to the AA Eastern Conference playoffs. Luckily for the Marauder, both of those games will be at home,

under the lights at Pitt Meadows Community Sports Field. “We had a really good crowd come out on Friday, and that definitely got the guys fired up,” said Todd. “We’re hoping we can get people out for these last few games.” The Marauders host the Abbotsford Collegiate Panthers this Friday, and Todd said he expects to see a much younger team than the senior-laden team the Panthers fielded last season. “A lot of their guys graduated, so they’re a pretty young team this year,” he said. “But they have a very strong QB. Hopefully we’ll force him to make some bad decisions.” Todd said he hopes to have his receivers back in the lineup, which will give the Marauders more options on offence. “We’d like to mix it up, but we’ll see how it goes,” he said. sports@mapleridgenews.com

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MERCHANDISE: CLASS 500’S From antiques & collectibles, to sporting goods and electronics, to parakeets and pet supplies, if it’s considered merchandise for sale, you can find it here.

An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051.

HELP WANTED

PERSONAL SERVICES HEALTH PRODUCTS

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CARRIERS NEEDED

40000045 - 106 Ave, 107 Ave, 238 St, 238A St, 239 St, 240 St, McLure Ave, Zeron Ave 40000067 - 104 Ave, 239 St, Slatford Pl, Zeron Ave 40100109 - 113Ave, 230 St, Gillis Pl, Harrison St, Lougheed Hwy, Olund Cres, Telosky Ave 40210211 - 125B Ave, 127 Ave, 127 Pl, 228 St. 40310305 - Anderson Pl, Fir St, Laity St, Pine St, River Rd 40310316 - Steeves St, Golf Lane, River Rd, 115 Ave, 207 St, 209 St 40330329 - Eltham St, Lorne Ave, Melville St, Ospring St, Princess St, Wanstead St 40330336 - 119A Ave, Bruce Ave, Bruce Pl, Dunn Ave, Sentinel St, West St 40320353 - Thornton Ave, Laity St, Hardy St, Douglas Ave 40400432 - 138A Ave, 139 Ave, 139A Ave, 229 Lane, 229 St, 229B St, 230 St, Docksteader Loop 40400437 - Blake Loop 13600 block 228 St 13600 block 228A St 13600 block 228B St

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PERSONAL SERVICES

GET 50% OFF - Join Herbal Magic this week and get 50% Off. Lose weight quickly, safely and keep it off, proven results! Call Herbal Magic today! 1-800-854-5176.

BILINGUAL CUSTOMER SUPPORT ANALYST Quickservice Technologies (B.C.) Inc., based in Maple Ridge, BC is a supplier of Point of Sale products to the Canadian fast food market has immediate openings for a Bilingual Customer Support Analyst (English & French). The successful candidate must have a computer background including knowledge of networks, switches and routers. Preference will be given to candidates with helpdesk experience. You are able to work on a rotating shift basis. Must be fluent in English and French (verbal and written) Please forward your resume to: lionell@telus.net Or Fax: 604-465-8915

The following routes are now available to deliver the NEWS in Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION

Join our marketing / promo team Must be OUTGOING and POSITIVE If you enjoy friendly competition And a fun work environment Call Tory today!

604 777 2195 160

TRADES, TECHNICAL

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HOME CARE/SUPPORT

COMMUNITY Support Workers Pacific Coast Community Resources are recruiting casual community support workers for the Maple Ridge area. Positions exist in a group home setting. Work involves personal care but more importantly community integration is our primary focus. Experience and education in the community living sector, a class 4dl as well as first aid are preferred requirements. Please forward your resume to: Pacific Coast Community Resources, 20972 River Road, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 1Z9, email: resume@pccri.com

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SHAKE & SHINGLE PUB

Servers & Bar Tender ALSO Liquor Store Clerks

(Must be applied for separately) Full & part time shifts

available immediately. Competitive wages, medical & dental for those who qualify. Must be available for all shifts.

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Need CA$H Today? Own A Vehicle?

For Restless or Cramping Legs. A Fast acting Remedy since 1981, sleep at night, proven for 31 years. www.allcalm.com, Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660.

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Mega Cranes Ltd. an industry leader is seeking an energetic, aggressive self starter for a full time potions. Required immediately. Must have inspectors ticket and Red seal. Will have hydraulic experience and must be able to read electrical and hydraulic schematics.

BENEFIT PACKAGE! Please contact Mike e-mail: mike@megacranes.com or fax 604.599.5250 HINO CENTRAL Fraser Valley is seeking a Commercial Vehicle Technician (Senior Apprentice or Journeyman) to add to our growing team in Langley. We offer a competitive salary and full benefits in a fully-equipped ultra-modern facility. Visit www.hinocentral.com Apply to: hr@hinocentral.com; fax: 780-6384867.

Lauren 778-862-1920 FRASER VALLEY MAID GREEN $39/hr. Includes 2 cleaners. Several cleaning options available. Insured & Bonded. (604)302-1696

HOUSECLEANING * Move- ins / Out * Staging *Inside Windows / Blinds * Organizing Gift Cards for any occasion Call Marie 604-467-1118

mariescustomizedcleaning @gmail.com

LEGAL SERVICES

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 221

CARPENTRY

CHUCK’S CONSTRUCTION Renovations & Sub-contracting Bathrooms, Drywall, Basements Painting, Gutter cleaning. Residential/Commercial

242

CONCRETE & PLACING

HERFORT CONCRETE

NO JOB TOO SMALL Serving Lower Mainland 25 Years! *Prepare *Form *Place *Finish *Granite & Interlocking Block Walls *Stairs *Driveways *Exposed Aggregate *Stamped Concrete. *Interlocking Bricks *Sod Placement EXCELLENT REF’S -WCB Insured

Leo: 604-657-2375 / 604-462-8620

Keep your gutters clean or the water will come in! Lic ~ WCB ~ Hst ~12% off

604.319.1993

HANEY ROTARY INVITES YOU TO:

ROTARY

MEN’S NIGHT Pitt Meadows Hall

Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic

Equipment & Supplies Included. (Except Vacuum).

No Credit Checks!

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Required for U-Haul Repair Shop. Mechanical Aptitude and tools an asset. This is a full time position starting @ 12.00 an hour. Apply online @ uhauljobs.com (keyword: brake/tire specialist) or email resume to ernesto_faria@uhaul.com

$20/hr. Min. 3 hrs.

Cash same day, local office.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Brake / Tire / Trailer Mechanic

ENVIRO FRIENDLY CLEANING

www.PitStopLoans.com 604-777-5046

Delta Textiles req a F/T OFFICE ASSISTANT with bookkeeping exp. Punjabi/Hindi speaking an asset. Email: deltatextiles@hotmail.com

TRADES, TECHNICAL

CLEANING SERVICES

Borrow Up To $25,000

HEALTH PRODUCTS

HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD SERVICES

ERNIE O’S RESTAURANT and Pub Edson, Alberta requires line cooks. $13 - $16 per hour. Subsidized housing available. Fax resume to 780-723-3603 or email: ernieos.doug@telus.net. EDMONTON BASED COMPANY seeks experienced Dozer, Excavator and Grader Operators for work in Northern Alberta. Accommodations and subsistence provided. Fax 780-488-3002; jobs@commandequipment.com.

If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161. DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free consultation. www.mydebtsolution.com or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500 MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

Simply for your health & relaxation ✬✬ EUROPEAN ✬✬ PRIVATE ✬✬ For details please call 604.230.4444

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“AN EXTRA HAND” Exp. Hardworking, reliable cleaning lady. Also grocery shopping, light errands & companionship, to-from appoint Louise Reasonable rates. 604.467.3665

FINANCIAL SERVICES

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

SWEDISH MASSAGE PRT

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

12460 Harris Road

Cocktails: 6:00 pm Dinner: 7:00 pm Tickets: $110 Cocktails are included in the ticket price

Enjoy dinner, drinks and some fun gambling at the races and betting with your friends and colleagues. The evening ends with the legendary reverse draw. For more information and for tickets call Ken Holland at 604-817-6656


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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 242

CONCRETE & PLACING

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 281

GARDENING

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 287

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 300

F All types of concrete work F F Re & Re F Forming F Site prep FDriveways FExposed FStamped F Bobcat Work F WCB Insured

317 Home Renovations and New Construction

778-231-9675, 778-231-9147 FREE ESTIMATES

JMYK Contracting Local Co

260

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Dean 604-834-3076

CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

✶Dump Site Now Open✶

CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977

GrassSBranchesSLeavesSWeeds $59.00 Per Ton

CHIHUAHUA, long-hair, 2.5yrs, very timid, 3lb 2oz, shots, reddish brown/wht, prefer mature owners, $600 firm. (604)703-6809

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GOLDENDOODLE F2 puppies for sale. Black, brown, blond. Vet checked, de-wormed, family farmraised. Call Amanda 778-888-9132

MOVING & STORAGE Mainland Roofing Ltd.

1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555.

25 yrs in roofing industry

Family owned & operated. Fully insured. We do Cedar Shakes, conversions, concrete tiles, torchon, fibreglass shingles, restoration & repairs. 20 yr labour warranty. 604-723-2626

AFFORDABLE MOVING Local & Long Distance

$45/Hr

From 1, 3, 5, 7 & 10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free Estimate/Senior Discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos

DC ELECTRIC (#37544). Bonded. 24 hr service. We specialize in jobs too small for the big guys! 30 yrs exp. Free est. 604-460-8867.

www.mainlandroof.com

604-537-4140

(#102055) Bonded

Specializing in Renos New Const, (Comm./Res.) Free Estimates 778.885.7074 Trent Reisinger

263 EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE Rick’s Bobcat Service. Leveling, Back Filling, Trucking Reas. Rates.778-355-2978, 604-290-2978

269

FENCING

GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627

PAINT SPECIAL

M.T. GUTTERS

(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.

28 YEARS EXPERIENCE FULLY INSURED

15% SENIORS DISCOUNT lawn cuts, aerating, leaf cleanup, pruning, hedge trimming, trees, 23 yrs. exp. Free est. Brad 778-552-3900 Prompt Delivery Available

Seven Days a Week

Meadows Landscape Supply Ltd. ✶ Bark Mulch ✶ Lawn & Garden Soil ✶ Drain Grave Lava Rock ✶ River Rock ✶Pea Gravel

(604)465-1311

meadowslandscapesupply.com JOBS: Whether you’re looking to find or fill a position, this is where your search begins.

bcclassified.com

Recycled Earth Friendly

A-TECH Services 604-230-3539

“Where Quality matters more than Quantity” Reasonable Rates. Free Estimates. Call Marv:

GARDENING

SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240

Call Ian @ 604-724-6373

Professional Installation

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RECYCLE-IT!

GUTTER CLEANING SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE

5” Gutter, Down Pipe, Soffit

JUNK REMOVAL • Estate Services • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses & More!

A-1 CONTRACTING. Renos. Bsmt, kitchens, baths, custom cabinets, tiling, plumbing, sundecks, reroofing. Dhillon 604-782-1936.

JOBS

FIND THEM HERE.

www.paintspecial.com

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When QUALITY Matters

17607 Ford Road Pitt Meadows

DUTCH TOUCH Green Services Ltd

WASHING Services.. www.expertpowerwashing.com

Mike 604-961-1280

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11858 ~ 216th Street

Sat October 27th 9am ~ 12 noon Rain or Shine Refreshments available

PUREBRED GERMAN shorthaired pointer pups, to good good homes only (604)826-2737

Maple Ridge

Fraserview Village Flea Market, Craft Fair & Art Sale Sat, Oct. 27, 9am-2pm

22610 116th Ave 548

Aluminum patio cover, sunroom, railing and vinyl. 604-782-9108 www.PatioCoverVancouver.com

Call John 604.836.1563

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Landscape Construction Renovations W Maintenance

TREE SERVICES A1-TRI-CRAFT Tree Serv. Dangerous tree removal, spiral pruning hedge trimming, stump grinding, topping. Insured, WCB Free Est Arborist Reports

604-463-3644 604-861-1490

“Since 1987” $$CASH $$ for your furniture, tools, electronics, antiques, appliances, computers & collectibles.

WW ANYTHING OF VALUE WW

STANDARD POODLE PUPPIES 9 weeks old. Black & dark brown Please call 604-514-3340

Single items to entire households

463-4449 or 209-6583 MATTRESSES starting at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331

INTERIOR FALL SPECIALS LOOK for our YARD SIGNS

HOUSES FOR SALE

*NEW QUEEN MATTRESS SET* Pillow Top in Plastic. Mfr. Warranty Must Sell $200 ~ 604-484-0379

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D Free estimates D Insured Licensed D References Residential D Pressure Washing

SURREY: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hardwood floors throughout and new roof. $549,000. 604-575-5555.

Scott 604-891-9967

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3-LINE EXAMPLE

PLUMBING

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Serving Tri City 33 Yrs. Call 24 Hrs/7 Days paylesspainting.multiply.com

HOUSES FOR SALE

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Andrew 604-618-8585 $ Best Rates $

Pay-Less Pro Painting

FURNITURE

#1 Cash Buyer

626

Int/Ext Res/Comm New CST W home cleaning provided W 10% discount on all quotes

GARAGE SALES

Haney Presbyterian Church Fall Garage Sale

SUNDECKS

K & J Complete Painting and Home Services Ask about our Specials

all soils are tested for Optimum growing requirements.

AUCTIONS

FARM MARKET AUCTION Food Service & Farm Equipment, Nov. 3, 11 AM at Horstings Farm, 2 mi N. of Cache Creek. View photos at doddsauction.com 1-866545-3259

Swiss Mountain pups, short-hair, family raised, gentle, vet ✔ dewormed. $850. 604-795-7662

604-465-3189

EXPERT POWER

SCREENED TOPSOIL MUSHROOM MANURE BARK MULCH 604-467-3003

NO Wood byproducts used

Gutters cleaned & repaired

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P.B. YORKSHIRE TERRIER puppies, 2 M $1000, 3 F $1200 , can view parents. Housebroken. Ready to go Nov. 1. Tania 604-820-4416

www.jonesbroscartageltd.com

PICK-UP ...... or .... DELIVERY

WorkSafeBC insured

TOPSOIL

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D Garden Blend Soil D Lawn Blend Soil D Custom Blends avail. D Composted Mushroom Manure

Handyman/Repair Services

These machines look & run like new REMPELS SERVICE 604-467-2794

359 SAND, GRAVEL & TOPSOIL

Call Tim 604-612-5388

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Inglis matching sets $275. Inglis mixed match sets $250. ALSO Electric ranges $125. & up

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com

PURE breed Great Dane puppies for sale. Harlequin/merlequin-6 left. Ready for pick up mid Nov. $1000. Call 604-551-1150.

APPLIANCES

Washers & Dryers

www.recycleitcanada.ca

Northstar Painting Ltd.- The Residential Specialists. BIG jobs, Small jobs - We do it all! Interior and Exterior Projects. Master Painters at Students Rates. WCB Safe, Reliable, Efficient & Quality Paint. 778.245.9069

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MINI SCHNAUZER pups. 1st shots, dewormed, tails docked, vet ✓ $750/ea. Call 604-657-2915.

604.587.5865

3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour

LANDSCAPING

LABRADOR, black, very friendly good with kids. Male, 2 yrs. old free to good home. 604-951-4444

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!

Running this ad for 8yrs

300

RUBBISH REMOVAL

GET the best for your moving 24/7 From $40/hr. Licensed & Insured. Seniors Discount. 778-773-3737

2 HUNGRY PAINTERS JUST SIMPLY BETTER Int./Ext. + Power Washing. 75 years exp. combined 604-467-2532

CEDAR & CHAINLINK FENCING

(604)462-0408

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329 PAINTING & DECORATING 283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS

PETS

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

MISC SERVICES

604-465-1311

Call Don @ RIDGE MEADOWS ELECTRIC Lic/Bonded. Small Jobs. 604-462-0480 / 604-861-7418

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✔ ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS Call Niko Plumbing Ltd. 24/7. Res/Com, plugged drains. h/w tanks. ★15 yrs exp. 604-837-6640

Meadows Landscape Supply

Jim’s Mowing. 310-JIMS (5467)

PETS

BORDER COLLIE PUPPIES P/B. black & white, fem. Vet chk, 1st shots, $500 ea. Loving homes needed. Call 604-250-4360

SBroken Concrete RocksS $22.00 Per Metric Ton SMud Dirt Sod ClayS $22.00 Per metric Ton

ELECTRICAL

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

PLUMBING

Canuck Roofing All Roof Repairs Any job big or small. Free Est. *WCB *Insured *BBB 778-772-1969

Kitchens, Bathrooms, Flooring, Drywall, Garages, Decks & more * 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE* INSURED ~ WCB

DRYWALL

Specializing in steel stud’s, T Bar ceilings, Boarding & Taping All Textured ceilings & Painting Any size job ~ 33 years exp Call Mike (604)463-2296 or 778-996-2296 or Jay 604-722-6197

LANDSCAPING

JAGUAR LANDSCAPING Lawn & Garden Service. Design, Pruning, Lawns, Cleanups, Comm/ Res. (604)466-1369

UNIQUE CONCRETE DESIGN

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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

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Tree removal done RIGHT! • Tree & Stump Removal • Certified Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~

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USEDVancouver.com Your LOCAL Tree Service, For Honest Prices & Quality Work Call Scott at 604-618-0333 Certified Arborist Free Estimates * Fully Insured .Enterprise Plumbing, Heaitng, Gasfitting

ONLINE AD: Local reach — until you cancel it!

Call 604.575-5555


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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

RENTALS

566 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

706

RENTALS

APARTMENT/CONDO

706

RENTALS

APARTMENT/CONDO

706

APARTMENT/CONDO

RENTALS 736

HOMES FOR RENT

RENTALS 752

TRANSPORTATION

TOWNHOUSES

810 GUARANTEED

HOBART & Cable Piano, beautifully refinished, full sound board with bench, exc cond $500 604-856-1306

#1 IN RENTALS (Since 1990)

Professional Property Management Services

REAL ESTATE 609

P.Meadows Solaris Towers -under 2 yrs! *3 bdrm $1600. *3bdr +den $1675. 5 Appls. Near WCE, shops, parks, schls. Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, NS/NP.

APARTMENT/CONDOS

MAPLE RIDGE CONDO. Rent to Own. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, $1650/mo. $235,000. Keller Williams Elite Realty (604)418-3162

Immediately / Nov 1, 2012 Maple Ridge / $700 One Bedroom Suite Includes: heat, parking Richard 604-369-1096

Call 604-464-7548

MAPLE INN 11695 -224th St

Visit our website for other rental properties:

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HOMES WANTED BRENTWOOD Apartments

WE BUY HOUSES! Older House â&#x20AC;˘ Damaged House Moving â&#x20AC;˘ Estate Sale â&#x20AC;˘ Just Want Out â&#x20AC;˘ Behind on Payments Quick Cash! â&#x20AC;˘ Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-657-9422

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Pitt Meadows

Deluxe 2 & 3 Bdrm. ST Available Sept 1

Gas F/P, D/W, garburator, lndry hook-up, underground prk. Across from Elem. School. Walk to W. Coast Express. No pets.

LOTS

5 ACRE DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY IN MAPLE RIDGE potential 26 building lots reduced by $100,000 to $1,288,800. Vendor will finance. 2 Houses, $2400/mo. Call Byron 604-761-6935

Maple Ridge 1 Bdrm $550/mo 2 Bdrm $625/mo inclâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot water CertiďŹ ed Crime Free Building Mature adult oriented. Close to uptown 604-463-4131 for appointment (9am-5pm) MAPLE RIDGE

1 & 2 Bdrms $790/$890

For more information, google us.

Phone 604-465-9823 COQUITLAM; 2 bdrms approx 850 sq.ft. 4th flr, south view, balc, $1320 Dayanee Blvd. (604)812-7577

633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS

Coquitlam Center Co-op Refurbised 3 bdrm apt. Available immediately Cls to transit, shops & schools $1100/mo. No subsidy.

GREAT LOCATION

Queen Anne Apts. * Renovated Suites * Clean, very quiet, large, INCLUDES: HEAT, HOT WATER & HYDRO Near Shopping & Amenities.

New SRI *1152 sq/ft Double wide $77,900. *14x70 Full gyproc single wide - loaded $66,900. Repossessed mobile, manufactured & modulars. Chuck 604-830-1960. Glenbrookhomes.net

Port Coq ~ 604-941-5452 or 604-944-7889 FREE PREMIUM CABLE $80 Value

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Glenwood Manor Apartments 1 & 2 Bdrms from $695 & $860 & renovated suite with dishwasher $45. extra. Clean, Spacious Includes cable, heat, hot water & parking Seniors discount 21387 Dewdney Trunk Rd

(604)466-5799 MAPLE RIDGE: Large bright 1 bdrm, quiet adult bldg, incl heat, h/w, covered parking. N/S,N/P. Nov. 1. $725/mo. 604-465-8274.

Maple Ridge Swan Court Apartments Large 1 & 2 Bedrooms. Hardwood floors, adult oriented, heat, h/w & cable inclâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, f/p, n/pets. Criminal Record check may be reqd Resident Manager Onsite Now with SENIORS DISCOUNT

604.467.1170 M.Ridge 11735-225 St Quiet 1 & 2 bdrm $650 / $900 Inc heat h/w No dogs 604-467-9420, 604-728-0940

MAPLE RIDGE 2 bdrm condo with u/g pkng. Avail now. $1000/mo. Gordon Tower @ 222nd/Dewdney. 604-467-4450 or 604-355-1356.

MAPLE RIDGE

AVAILABLE NOW 1 & 2 BDRM SUITES

RENTALS

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604-463-7450

sandy@terramanagement.ca Or phone 604 945 5864

Derek Manor 2048 Manning Ave.

MAPLE RIDGE Central Mature Adult building 1 Bdrm apt., newly renoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d u/g parking,cable incld $650/mo, n/p, refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, For appoint 11am to 5pm (778)327-8405.

MAPLE COURT I 22437 121st Ave 604-467-0715

Bright 2 bdrm apt. S Impeccably clean S Heat S Hot Water S Parking

Large 2 br located in a Central Coq Co-op. $810/mo. No subsidy. Close to transit, schools, and shopping. Sandy 604 945 5864 sandy@terramanagement.ca

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1 & 2 bdrm Avail Nov 1st No pets ~ Refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d MAPLE RIDGE CENTRAL 1 bdrm apt, $750/mo incl heat, h/w, N/P. Avail Nov. 1. Call 604-476-6683.

22423 121 Ave 604-467-4894 MAPLE RIDGE Haneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing. 2 bdrm condo, inste laund, N/S, avail Nov 1st, $1100 . 604-329-2239.

NOVEMBER SPEAKER

Literacy for Life:

From the Classroom to the Community What is your role?

GUEST SPEAKERS Cheryl Ashlie & Angie McLeod

Angie McLeod is a Literacy Outreach Coordinator with the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee. Angieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work as a Community Developer has reinforced the reality that literacy is a foundational skill. A skill that impacts on the opportunities presented to individuals, which in turn impacts on individual and community quality of life.

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To RSVP call the Chamber at 604-463-3366 or email womensam@gmail.com by noon on November 6, 2012

Sponsored by:

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Cheryl Ashlie is an active community member dedicated to strengthening and improving Maple Ridge. As a current member of Maple Ridge Council and a past School Board Trustee, Cheryl shares her passion for community by helping local planning tables achieve their goals, including the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee.

Serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows since 1978

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Literacy is integrated into everything we do. Whether reading a recipe, balancing a checkbook, or completing a workplace report, having functional literacy skills is essential. For most of us, these activities are simple and routine; however, for about 35% of our working age population these activities pose a challenge. Low literacy is a reality in our community. Learn how basic, workplace, health, and financial literacy skills - if not adequate - affect day to day living of individuals and ultimately our community. By working together to find solutions, we can improve the strength and vitality of our community and those who reside here.

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PITT MEADOWS Solaris 1bd +den, 800+ s/f, sec prk/storage, inste w/d, ns/np, Dec1, $1025. 604-813-6656. PORT COQUITLAM

1 Bdrm & den $835 2 Bdrm corner suite $895 S Incl heat/hot wtr, wndw cvrngs S Close to bus stop S Walk to shpng/medical/WCE S Across from park w/Mtn views S Gated parking and Elevator S Adult oriented building S References required CALL FOR APPOINTMENT

604-464-3550

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HOMES FOR RENT

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New house, new issues

A good home inspector will be able to root out any deficiencies hiding in your new home.

By Maggie Calloway Most of us know it is essential to get a home inspection prior to buying a home; this essential step is to shield us from taking on someone else’s nightmare. Among other things a home inspection should alert us to are deficiencies not just on the surface but hidden in the walls such as bad plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating and cooling systems. But we have all seen episodes on TV

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Design from the ground up Building a custom home takes a lot more than just choosing the perfect location. By Kerry Vital

Natural gas can also heat your hot tub or pool, which is especially important when it’s cool outside. The water will be heated consistently and quickly, so your relaxation can begin almost immediately. Canada is the world’s third largest producer of natural gas, so it is an abundant source of energy, as well as being extremely popular. Natural gas meets 30 per cent of Canada’s energy needs, according to FortisBC. It is also a cleaner type of energy, emitting almost 30 per cent less carbon dioxide than oil. Another fantastic benefit to natural gas service

Building a custom home can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking into building a brand-new home that is custom designed from the ground up, the first thing you need to do is find a reputable builder who has plenty of experience. “Don’t go for the cheapest or the one who just got started,” says Ivan Krpan of Dakota Holdings Custom Home Builders. “References are essential. Many people have had bad experiences, so it’s really important to choose the right builder.” When you’re hiring a builder, it’s very important to be comfortable with him or her, because you will have a lot of contact in the next several months. Krpan says it generally takes about 10 months from start to finish, so if you’re not happy that time will be crawling by and you will be adding extra stress to your life on top of the usual emotions that come with any renovation. “The builder must be willing

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If you’re looking to reduce your environmental footprint, natural gas is a great way to do that. With increased energy efficiency and cost savings, homeowners who install a natural gas system will find many benefits. Submitted photo

The comfortable choice: natural gas Natural gas has become a popular choice in Canada, for a variety of reasons. By Kerry Vital Natural gas is rapidly becoming a popular way of powering your home, for a large variety of reasons. One of the benefits of natural gas according to FortisBC is its convenience factor. Natural gas is available at the push of a button, so you don’t need to worry about running out of fuel for your barbecue, or having to wait for your fireplace or

outdoor firepit to get hot. It is easy to find stylish and functional appliances that use natural gas, so homeowners never have to sacrifice their sense of style. Imagine coming home from a long day at work and being able to sit in front of your natural gas-fuelled fireplace with a glass of wine, or toss together a gourmet meal for a dinner party with your gas cooktop or oven. That dream is easily made possible with a natural gas system. One of the great things about a natural gas cooktop and oven is its ability to cook food evenly. You will no longer have to worry about burning one side of the pan while the other is undercooked.

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A natural gas system has many benefits for homeowners, from cost to convenience “ from page.1 is the value it adds to your home. Because of its popularity and other benefits, it can contribute to a better resale value for your home. While you’re living in your home, having natural gas services make it easier to convert other appliances to natural gas when your budget permits. Homeowners with natural gas service will be interested in the rebates that are available through FortisBC in a variety of categories. The first is for space and water heating. You can receive a $1,000 rebate for swapping your oil or propane heating system to natural gas and installing a new ENERGY STAR™-rated high-efficiency heating system. Replacing your old water heater with a qualifying natural gas ENERGY STAR™ model will also make you eligible for a rebate of up to $500. “Heating water can consume 20 to 25 per cent of a home’s total energy use,” says Beth Ringdahl, program manager, energy efficiency and conservation for FortisBC. “So when it comes to looking at natural gas-powered water heaters, it makes sense to get the most efficient model you can find. Some of the new technologies make it possible to get a tank-less model, which is a bonus for smaller spaces.” In the appliances category, homeowners who buy a qualified ENERGY STAR™ washing machine will receive a $75 rebate if they purchase the new machine by Dec. 31. ENERGY STAR™ washing machines use 35 to 50 per cent less water, just as one of their benefits. Keeping warm with an EnerChoice fireplace will net you a $300 rebate if you purchase it by May 31, 2013. EnerChoice fireplaces must have a minimum of 62.4 per cent efficiency rating for a fireplace, 61 per cent for an insert and 66 per

cent for a free-standing stove. Not having to keep a supply of firewood on hand is just one more great thing about having a natural gas fireplace. Those in low-income households are able to take advantage of the Energy Conservation Assistance Program, which offers a free home energy evaluation, free installation of energy saving products and personalized advice. If you are a FortisBC natural gas customer, a BC Hydro customer and live in a low-income household, you can apply on the FortisBC website. “FortisBC offers a number of energy-efficiency incentives that help homeowners get the most out of their natural gas appliances and space heating,” says Ringdahl. “For example, FortisBC is a partner in the LiveSmart BC program for whole home retrofits. This provides homeowners energy audits that point out easy ways to make energy-efficient improvements and rebates to save on energy costs.” However, rebates are not the only way homeowners save with a natural gas system. FortisBC states that natural gas heating equipment such as furnaces are 98 per cent efficient, so heating costs are lower than with other types of systems, such as oil or propane. A natural gas water heater heats water more efficiently than other methods, and can dramatically bring down your heating costs. For more information about natural gas services, check out FortisBC’s website at www. fortisbc.com. In-depth rebate information can be found there, as well as information about the types of appliances available to homeowners, more benefits of natural gas and information on accessing your FortisBC account.

Natural gas has become a popular method of heating, cooking and barbecuing, just to name a few. FortisBC offers many rebates for homeowners with a natural gas system, so check out their website for more information. Submitted photos

Don’t settle for subpar “ from page.1 of Mike Holmes going into homes after they have been given the thumbs-up by incompetent home inspectors and that is what gives us nightmares. What you may not be aware of is that British Columbia is the only province in Canada where it is mandatory for home inspectors to be licensed. What you are looking for is an inspector who has extensive experience in the building trade, who has completed the required specific education to qualify as a home inspector and is a member in good standing of industry professional associations such as The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, British Columbia Institute of Property Inspectors, Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC), and for good measure, a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau of B.C. Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment most of us will make in our lifetime so there is no such thing as overkill when it comes to checking out qualifications. What Mike Holmes is fighting for is already in place in our beloved province and has been since 2009. The ASTTBC lists several questions that you should ask when hiring an inspector, including how long he or she has been in business as an inspector, if the company has references, how long it will take to complete the inspection and what he or she charges. If there is a problem with any of the above questions or the inspector is reluctant to comply with your request, walk away. There is too much at stake to take any chances and reluctance to answer your questions is a red flag that shortcuts will be taken. Mandatory licensing in B.C. has made a dif-

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ference in the market place, according to home inspector Glenn Duxbury. “It was like the wild west out there, just as it is in many other provinces to this day. Anybody with a ladder, a flashlight and a business card could go out there and say they are a home inspector with no training, no accountability,” he says. “When I started about 10 years ago, even before mandatory licensing, I followed the advice of a seasoned inspector and went to BCIT which at the time was the only institute offering a course in home inspection and after graduating I worked for a respected company before going out on my own.” Now things are much more tightly controlled. Along with mandatory licensing, insurance must be in good standing and should a homeowner buy a home after receiving a flawed inspection, the insurance will cover any remedial work.

Home inspector Glenn Duxbury says that the mandatory licensing for home inspectors in B.C. has gone a long way towards preventing disreputable inspections. It is important to check out foundations, attics and plumbing when purchasing a home. Martin Knowles photos

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Keeping the fires burning during the cold season By Maggie Calloway There is nothing as comforting after a day in the trenches as a fire. There is probably some primitive part of our brain that equates the warmth of a fire with safety and comfort. Whatever your personal choice or circumstances, there have never been such a variety of fireplaces available. Even if you live in a condominium, where it would be frowned upon if you started opening the walls to accommodate a chimney, there is now a great solution. Ethanol burning fireplaces, which give off no heat but have a real flame look, don’t require venting or gas lines and are a great choice for condos and give real ambiance to your living space. “Electric fireplaces have come a long way over the last few years,” says Dale Fougette of Fireplaces Unlimited. “They used to be a bit stiff and unrealistic but now they are sometimes mistaken for a gas fireplace in the showroom. You can now get an electric fireplace with a long linear look instead of the square box with the traditional log and you can just plug it in. There are also options; you can heat a condo or a basement suite when hard-wired to a higher voltage. Another advantage of an electric fireplace is they don’t have to be installed on a special surface, they are all pretty well zero clearances, they can be framed with wood and you can drywall right up to them. They are very safe.” Gas fireplaces are becoming standard in most townhouses and condos and there is something to be said for just having to flick a switch instead of lighting a fire from scratch. “There are also a lot of zero clear-

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ance gas fireplaces that can sit on combustible floors, not to be confused with gas inserts that have to be totally surrounded by non-combustible material,” says Fougette. “This is an example of why it is so important to advise us about which application you are planning.” No matter what the style of your home there is a design that would work beautifully but what if you what you are looking for is not available? “We do a lot of custom fireplaces both for commercial applications and homes,” says Fougette. “There is pretty well no limit to what we can design from multi-sided fireplaces to overheight installations. All shapes and sizes, pretty well whatever you can dream, it can be made for you.”

There are a variety of fireplace styles available, says Dale Fougette of Fireplaces Unlimited, left. If you can’t find something to suit you, you can have something designed to fit the space. Martin Knowles photos

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Technology making its mark on wallpaper with custom designs By Maggie Calloway If wallpaper has always been an afterthought in your design plans you may be surprised to learn there is actually a serious wallpaper design society based in England. This is not someone’s eccentric aunt with a houseful of wallpaper samples. Founded in 1986, the Wallpaper History Society was established to promote an awareness and understanding of historic and contemporary wallcoverings. Their website states “Our scope is broad and encompasses not only the history of wallpapers but also topics relating to other types of wallcoverings, the subject of interior decoration as a whole and the increasing role which digital technology plays in design.” William Morris, a wallpaper and textile designer who is still a huge influence on style in this century, said, “Whatever you have in your rooms, think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them.” Morris would heartily approve and be intrigued by a wonderful Canadian company called Rollout. Headed by Anita



Modha, with studios in Vancouver and Toronto, Rollout has married design with technology since 2005 which allows them to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of wall design. “In essence what we do is design custom wallpapers and digitally print them by the square foot,” says Modha. “We get our inspiration from community-based artists, photographers and designers, and the wall is our canvas. ... Each project is unique and is integral to the design of your home,” says Modha. Technology has thrown the world of design wide open. Imagine a wall in your media room with a custom design from a favourite movie! All bets are off today regarding what’s in or out. Your home is a reflection of you and your family and there have never been more choices to fully express who you are today.

There are many design options for wallpaper these days, from stylized skulls to a map of Paris and everything in between. Submitted photos

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Keep your home secure with an alarm The peace of mind that comes with installing a good security system is well worth the cost. By Kerry Vital Keeping your family, home and belongings safe from intruders are often a top priority for homeowners. A home security system is a huge part of the battle. A good alarm system begins with a keypad, contacts for every door and window, and a motion detector, says Lee Rente of Encore Security. "A motion detector that covers any area with a large amount of glass is extremely important," he says. "If the intruder breaks glass and opens a door or window, the contact being opened will set off the alarm. But if the person breaks the door or window and steps through it without opening it, the motion detector will catch it." He also suggests that homeowners add smoke detectors, sprinkler connections and flood protection to their alarm system so they will be notified if something other than a burglary happens. "We always suggest monitoring as well," Rente says. "Many home insurance companies will give you a discount if you have a monitored alarm in your home." In order to get that discount, the monitoring company must be a ULC Certified National Station. This means that the business abides by certain standards, Rente says. "Ask your alarm company for an installation certificate as proof of monitoring," he says. Monitoring is often dependent on a landline telephone, but that doesn't have to be the case. There is now technology available for a cellular backup unit, which is a secondary device that uses a cellular phone service to dial the monitoring company if the landline is cut, or if you don't have a landline in your home. If you live in something larger than an apartment, Rente says there should be more than one keypad in the house. "One should be in the bedroom so you can immediately see where the problem is. You don't want to have to leave your room to go find out what is going on, especially if there is an intruder."

Multiple keypads also allow you to have a shorter time between entering the house and the alarm going off. This gives people who are not supposed to be there less of a chance to grab your valuables before the siren goes off. "If you only have one keypad in the middle of your house, you'll need to set that delay to a lot longer to give you time to get in there with your groceries and turn off the alarm," Rente says. "You don't want to give a burglar a lot of time to run around your house and take stuff." The final piece of the alarm puzzle that Rente recommends is sirens, both externally and internally. The external siren will alert neighbours to a problem and direct law enforcement to the correct house, while the internal siren will notify homeowners inside the house when something happens. Security cameras have recently become a popular addition to a standard home alarm system. "Visible cameras are a deterrent," Rente says. "It's not a bad

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A few little changes can make a difference By Kerry Vital Winter seems to be rapidly approaching, and with it comes darkness, bad weather and a feeling of cabin fever. Perhaps putting some new decor into that cabin will drive away some of those feelings. A new colour palette might be a good place to start. “It’s nice to have something vivid and fun,” says Sarah Gallop, principal designer at Sarah Gallop Design Inc. “It really sets the tone for the space.” Colours such as bright orange, magenta and lime green are especially popular as accents, Gallop says. She often has people request a feature wall in a saturated colour, some bright pillows or other textiles, or even a new piece of furniture in a tropical hue. These accents go well with the new neutrals

that are a recent trend. While many shake their heads at “apartment beige”, that colour is a classic for a reason and still features heavily in many homes. However, warm and cool greys are still requested, though Gallop sees them as being on their way out. “People like a timeless, classic look,” she says. “You spend a lot of money to decorate your house, and it doesn’t always make sense to go for a new look every time.” Wallpaper has also become more popular recently and Gallop expects this to continue next year as well. “People have a bad association with it,” she says. “But it gives such a glamour that paint doesn’t have.” Because it doesn’t have to be permanent, Gallop says wallpaper is an easy way to keep up with interior decor trends. “Some of the new wallpapers are gorgeous,” she says, adding that you are no longer relegated to musty flowers and faux finishes that were popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Even the popular style of furniture has been changing recently, Gallop says. “More tailored looks are back,” she says. “The overstuffed furniture is out; it’s quite bulky and heavy-looking.” A move towards indoor-outdoor living has been coming on strong this year, and Gallop expects that to continue into the new year. Sarah Gallop says adding a vivid colour to a room freshens it up and sets the tone for the space, no matter which room it is. Submitted photos

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