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TFN mourn loss of stabbed teen The Tsawwassen First Nation community is in a state of shock after a vicious stabbing Friday night left a 16-year-old girl dead and a 15-year-old girl in hospital in critical condition. Delta Police arrested a 17-year-old male suspect early Saturday in connection with the attack, charging him with second degree murder, as well as attempted murder. Tsawwassen First Nations Chief Bryce Williams says his community is grieving the loss of one of their own.

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Tsawwassen First Nation in shock after murder Teen girl dead and another in hospital after vicious stabbing

send our prayers to the surviving victim and her family.” Police responded to a report of a stabbing at Tsawwassen First Nation at 10:10 p.m. on Feb. 15. Officers found two teenage girls suffering from stab wounds lying on the ground in front of a residence. ❙ Robert Mangelsdorf editor Both victims were treated at the scene by paramedics and fire perThe Tsawwassen First Nation com- sonnel, and were subsequently munity is in a state of shock after a rushed to hospital by air ambuvicious stabbing Friday night left a lance. The 16-year-old was later pro16-year-old girl dead and a 15-year- nounced dead at Vancouver General old girl in hospital in critiHospital. cal condition. As of Thursday, the Delta Police arrested a 15-year-old survivor of 17-year-old male suspect the attack was still in hosearly Saturday in conpital, in stable condition. nection with the attack, Investigators from the charging him with second Delta Police Department degree murder, as well as arrested the male suspect attempted murder. without incident around Tsawwassen First Na11 a.m. Saturday morntions Chief Bryce Williams ing at Tsawwassen First said in a prepared stateNation. ment on Tuesday that his Bryce Williams Delta Police spokespercommunity is grieving the son Ciaran Feenan said loss of one of their own. police are working with the Tsaw“Late this past Friday evening, wassen First Nations community, we lost one of our young members providing victim services and supthrough tragic circumstances that port in the wake of the tragedy. we are trying to understand and deal “This would impact any commuwith. The family and our community nity,” said Feenan at press conferare devastated,” he said. “For all of ence Saturday afternoon. “This is a us at Tsawwassen First Nation, it is 16-year-old girl, and it’s a tragic loss a time of pulling together to support when young people are taken away each other and be the strong com- so quickly. munity we are.  Our hearts are with “The Tsawwassen First Nation is the victims’ families and friends, and a very, very tight knit group so this we are here for them.” is going to be a very hard time for Williams thanked Delta Police for them. We are going to work with its handling of the incident, as well them collaboratively to make sure as the public for their support. they have all the resources they “We thank our many friends for need.” their kind words in this trying The 16-year-old victim was a fortime,  [and] we appreciate people mer student at Delta Secondary stepping up to help us deal with this School, according to teachers there. tragic situation,” he said. “We also However, Delta Police is not releas-

❙ Above: Paramedics load one of the victims onto an air ambulance Friday night at Tsawwassen First Nation following a fatal stabbing attack. Mike Mackichan photo ❙ Below: Const. Ciaran Feenan of the Delta Police Department briefs members of the media about Friday’s fatal stabbing at a press conference Saturday afternoon at the North Delta police station. Jim Kinnear photo

ing the names of the victims in order to protect the identity of the male suspect, who the Youth Criminal Justice Act prevents from being named. Feenan wouldn’t speculate on the motive behind the stabbing, but said the investigation by Delta Police is ongoing. “It doesn’t appear to be a random attack,” he said. “They knew each

other, to what level, I’m not at liberty to speak to.” The male suspect made his first court appearance Monday morning at Surrey Provincial Court to be

arraigned on charges of second degree murder and attempted murder, and will remain in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6.

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Killer of Delta teen has sentencing delayed, faces adult term ❙ Staff writer

Laura Szendrei

Sentencing for the man who pleaded guilty last year to beating a North Delta girl to death in Mackie Park during a daytime attack in 2010 has been delayed.

The accused was 17 when he killed 15-year-old Laura Szendrei and therefore cannot be named under Youth Criminal Justice Act. The case has now been adjourned until July 15 when lawyers are expected to argue

whether or not the young man should be sentenced as an adult. He was just days away from his 18th birthday at the time of the murder. The young man was originally charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the

lesser charge of second-degree in October. Delta Police said the Szendrei family endorsed the plea deal knowing that prosecutors would be seeking an adult sentence. If sentenced as an adult, he can be named publicly.

The adult sentence for such a crime is life, with parole eligibility to be determined by a judge. A youth sentence for second-degree murder is a maximum of seven years, only four of which can be served in custody.


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Friday, Friday, February February 22, 22, 2013 2013 South South Delta Delta Leader Leader

Delta to lose $133K in taxes on BC Ferries terminal ❙ Adrian MacNair

BC Ferries will not be living rent free in Tsawwassen after Community, Sport and Cultural Development minister Bill Bennett stepped in to resolve a dispute between West Vancouver and the transportation authority. However, the Corporation of Delta will be out more than $130,000 in tax revenues due to a lower assesment of the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. Delta became involved as an official intervenor in the assessment dispute after the province’s Property Assessment Appeal Board devalued the lands around the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal from $47 million to just $20, arguing the land has no value because its sole function is a ferry terminal. The District of West Vancouver launched a

❙ A ferry approaches the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal off Point Roberts. Adrian MacNair photo

court challenge since the valuation essentially eliminated $250,000 from the district’s tax revenue stream. Delta was concerned BC Ferries would make similar appeals at the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal, which provided $688,000 in tax revenue to the municipality in 2012. The new five-year

settlement will see the assessed value of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal drop by nearly 20 per cent, resulting in a tax loss of $133,426. But Mayor Lois Jackson called the settlement fair and praised Bennett for taking on the problem “by the horns.” “When the story came out about West

Vancouver and they were downgrading the assessed value to $20 it was totally unreasonable, totally unfair to the local taxpayers and it was really quite a mess, causing a lot of work for our staff,” said Jackson, adding Delta was willing to go “to the wall” to prevent BC Ferries from making a similar move here. Despite the fact Delta will take a financial hit, Jackson said a portion is better than none at all. Delta’s manager of budgeting and taxation, Vivian Koo, said the Corporation has already adopted a draft budget based on the known expenditures planned for 2013. “What is unknown at this time is we always estimate a value for new growth and new property taxes and that we won’t finalize until closer to April,” she said. “So hopefully there’s some room there

Mayor not happy with high cost of TransLink ❙ Adrian MacNair

TransLink is costing the residents of Delta over $39 million a year in various taxes, according to Mayor Lois Jackson. “I think it’s very important that we understand where our money is going and how much of it is going,” she said during Monday’s council meeting, rattling off statistics that she termed “a little bit of trivia.” According to 2012 property tax rates, Delta homeowners contributed $12.4 million to TransLink last year. And based on 2010

gasoline and diesel consumption data cross-referenced with vehicles registered in Delta, Jackson estimated Delta drivers contributed a further $22 million to TransLink through their regional 17 cent per litre transit tax. Lastly, a 10 cent federal excise tax is applied for every litre of gasoline, and four cents on every litre of diesel, sold in Canada. Each province is entitled to a federal gas tax revenue transfer based on population, with Metropolitan Vancouver receiving $122 million. Most cities get their

own money back through the transfer based on census population. But Jackson said it’s different for cities in Metro Vancouver, which means all $122 million will go to TransLink. Based on 2011 census population data, Delta’s population of 99,863 represents a $5 million contribution to TransLink.

Adding up all three revenue streams means Delta provides $39.4 million to TransLink each year, or $394.50 per capita. The mayor has previously been open in criticizing the regional transportation authority for Delta having to pay the highest rates and receiving the worst service in return.


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Higher taxes, relief for farmers highlight Liberal budget ❙ Tom Fletcher reporter

The B.C. Liberals’ pre-election budget proposes to implement income tax increases on business and higher-income individuals, similar to proposals from the NDP opposition. The corporate income tax rate would rise one point to 11 per cent effective April 1, accelerating by a year an increase announced in 2012. NDP leader Adrian Dix has repeatedly promised to increase the corporate rate to 12 per cent, where it was in 2008. In Finance Minister Mike de Jong’s budget, tabled Tuesday, personal income taxes for those earning $150,000 or more would rise 2.1 per cent to 16.8 per cent for two years, starting next January. That increase is to be rolled back to the current rate of 14.7 per cent in 2015, de Jong said. Dix has indicated that if the NDP forms government, he would impose an income tax increase for those earning $150,000 or more a year, with specifics promised in the NDP election platform. De Jong stressed that B.C.’s personal

income tax rates are still the lowest in Canada for those earning up to $122,000 a year. With a provincial election set for May 14, this budget will not be passed by the time the brief legislature session ends in late March. Its measures are part of a campaign platform for Clark’s government, and the winner of the election must pass a budget in the fall. Delta South independent MLA Vicki Huntington has joined the other Independent MLAs to push for moving the fixed election to October, starting 2017, to allow legislators to fully review the budget before an election and prevent partisan influence on the process. She described the proposed budget as a moderate change of direction for the BC Liberals, correcting two long-standing policy oversights affecting agriculture. “Carbon tax relief for farmers and a return in funding to the Agricultural Land Commission are two announcements today that will be warmly welcomed by the agricultural community in Delta South,” she said Wednesday.

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❙ Finance Minister Mike de Jong describes B.C. government efforts and projections to control the growth of spending and balance the budget. Tom Fletcher photo De Jong announced a permanent, 80 per cent deduction on the carbon tax for greenhouse industry and agricultural gasoline will soon be carbon tax exempt for farmers. The proposed budget also sees a funding boost of close to $1 million to the Agricultural Land Commission. De Jong’s projections call for spending to increase by 1.5 per cent overall

lice investigation. Surrey resident Gurdev Singh Dhillon served four years in prison for a July 7, 2004 sexual assault perpetrated by two men. His appeal was dismissed in 2006. But an independent external review was launched by the Delta Police Department in September 2011 after Crown Counsel learned of the existence of material evidence that had not been disclosed

in the coming three years, with health care spending increases of 2.3, 2.7 and 2.2 per cent over the same period. “This is not enough even to maintain existing health care services, given the cost of population growth and inflation, not to mention what’s needed to make needed improvements,” said Debra McPherson, president of the B.C. Nurses’ Union. “As

by the Surrey RCMP to either the Crown or defence at the time of Dhillon’s trial or his appeal. “I recognize, and understand, that the general public will have concerns about this incident,” said Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, the Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP. “I share those concerns and deeply regret the impacts these mistakes may have had on all those involved.

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As the Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, I apologize for the mistakes that were made.” Dhillon will now be presented with an opportunity to have his conviction set aside or file an application for ministerial review. Charges of sexual assault were approved Feb. 12 against new suspects: Mohammed Zaaid Ukhttar and Sital Singh Bhatti.

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Nick Jardine sidesteps a drywaller and a carpenter as he makes his way through the renovation chaos of a Beach Grove home to the garage where it’s a little quieter. Although he and his crew are working around the clock, the Tsawwassen contractor smiles with enthusiasm and energy. “We live it and breathe it,” he says. “It’s just fantastic, actually, I can’t describe it more than that.” Jardine is the general contractor for Urban Handyman and the exclusive contractor for the W Network’s reality TV show Love It or List It Vancouver, which debuted on the West Coast in January. In each episode a couple has to decide whether

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❙ DSS teacher Dana Huff’s academic leadership class is organizing events to help stop bullying at the school ahead of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Robert Mangelsdorf photo

‘Culture shift’ needed to curb bullying


hile The Beach Boys sang the virtues of staying true to your school, Delta Secondary School teacher Dana Huff is actually doing it. Huff graduated from DSS in 1993 and after completing her university studies, she jumped at the chance to teach at her alma mater. Huff is now in her 15th year teaching at the Ladner high school, where she is among many former graduates. “I love this school, I’m a Pacer at heart,” she says. “And that so many people have come back to teach here speaks to positive influence the school has had on their life.” But for some students at DSS, and at schools everywhere for that matter, high school can be a difficult time, fraught with drama and depression. Huff wants to change that, by making the school unwelcome to bullies and bullying behaviour.

“Any form of bullying makes people feel bad, so they question themselves, and that wears down their self esteem,” she says. “It makes classrooms difficult places to be for students who are being bullied, and difficult places to learn. “It can be all consuming.” A student who is being bullied will put off homework and studying. It can affect their sleep patterns and their ability to concentrate. She teaches an academic leadership class at Delta Secondary, and after the suicide of Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd in October, the class chose to tackle the problem of bullying for their class project this year. The class has organized for an anti-bullying expert to hold an assembly for the school, as well as organizing a poster campaign, and a flash mob to raise awareness about the problem. The class is also receiving leadership training so the 28 high school students can go to elementary schools in the district to talk to younger students about the problem of bullying. One of the major challenges facing educators

is the prevalence of online bullying, which Huff says is much more difficult to for teachers and parents to track. “Online, people have anonymity, and because they’re not face to face, they do and say things they would normally never do,” she says. “And then they see the “Likes” [on Facebook], and it just encourages them further.” Huff says there needs to be a “culture shift” before we start seeing progress with the problem of bullying, and that starts with adults. “Adults bully each other all the time in the workplace. Coaches do it, so do parents,” she says. “A lot of kids are bullied by their parents, or see one of their parents bully the other,” she says. “Some kids haven’t been taught to show respect and kindness to people.” Reaching kids at a younger age is also important, says Huff. “We need to promote behaviour and attitudes that are more respectful at a younger age, so we don’t see these problems in high school,” she says. “Making sure everybody is valued, it really is a culture shift.”

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TransLink faces a mutiny if it doesn’t shape up


t Monday’s Delta Council meeting, Mayor Lois Jackson again expressed her position that local residents pay too much for TransLink. Jackson is right to be upset about how much money Deltans are pumping into TransLink, and how little they are getting in return. At $39.4 million annually, every man, woman, and child in Delta is contributing $400 to the local transit juggernaut, according to the mayor. TransLink receives close to $600 million of its $1.3 billion in annual funding (2011 figures) from property tax and fuel taxes. That means Delta residents account for 6.6 per cent of this funding, despite making up just 4.3 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s population. That wouldn’t be so bad if we were receiving good transit service for our hard-earned tax dollars, but that is simply not the case. TransLink provides more than just bus rides, of course, although 60 per cent of its budget does go to public transit. TransLink is also responsible for maintaining more than 2,200 lane-km of major arterial roadways, including the Knight Street Bridge, Pattullo Bridge, Golden Ears Bridge, and Delta’s Westham Island Bridge. TransLink also contributes up to half of the costs of municipal capital projects. But all of this only accounts for seven per cent of its total budget, and much of it is spent outside of Delta, instead going to major population-centres, such as Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey. We have no rapid transit, spotty bus service, and near-constant gridlock. To put it bluntly, Deltans are getting screwed. TransLink’s funding model is skewed, with residents of outlying suburbs paying more for fewer services. If TransLink doesn’t address the issue it will have a mutiny on its hands, with the likes of Delta, Maple Ridge, and Langley all jumping ship because they could be better served on their own. Transit expenditures in each municipality need to be tied to each municipality’s contribution, so residents get a fair return on their tax dollar. TransLink’s funding issues have been created by years of chronic underfunding and overspending. As a result, TransLink now spends 13 per cent of its budget on interest expenses. That’s why TransLink needs to make getting out of debt it’s No. 1 priority before any further expansion can be planned. And both the provincial and federal governments need to step up and contribute their fair share, not just for capital costs, but for ongoing operating expenses as well. The people of Metro Vancouver will also have to make sacrifices. The proposed 0.5 per cent regional sales tax is a sorely needed revenue boost for TransLink, and at a proposed rate of a penny to a nickel on every $10 spent, it will barely be noticed. Public transportation benefits everyone, and is necessary for a healthy economy. But shouldn’t those who receive the greatest benefit, pay the greatest share? Because right now, that’s not happening.


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❙ Editorial

Bullying doesn’t end after school


think it’s safe to say that everybody has, at one point in his or her life, experienced some form of bullying. It could have been when you were young and still growing, making you an easy target for bigger kids. Or maybe you were one of those bigger kids and that made you stand out, providing an opportunity for teasing. I remember being teased for getting good grades in junior high school. One of my projects which received an “A” was vandalized with crudely drawn genitalia all over it. The next year a couple of kids from high school tried to rob me in an alleyway. The social changes following that incident can be said to have had a direct effect on the next 15 to 20 years of my life. Because of the bullying, I tried to “get tough.” I started doing poorly in high school and got into trouble with the police. I dropped out at the age of 15. Clawing my way back to the road of success wasn’t easy. Dropping out of high school led to prolonged conditions of poverty, unemployment, and an inability to enjoy my

roaring twenties. It’s no stretch to say that bullying set me on the road to self-defeat. The truth is that bullying doesn’t end after school. The trauma is felt years later, and without learning to deal with bullying it can happen even in adulthood. Because of my lack of education I spent years working construction, where I was also teased for not fitting in. One boss would ridicule me in front of the other workers, which led to a pile on and further loss of self-esteem. Getting up in the morning was difficult because I didn’t want to spend another day with coworkers who were going to treat me poorly and make me feel worse about myself. The fact is that although we think of bullying as a problem for kids, it just isn’t. It’s a problem for our entire society, young and old alike. Not only do we have to cultivate respect amongst our peers, we have nurture the sort of courage it takes to stand up to bullies. Because often the victims of today remain the victims of tomorrow, and every day after that.


Letters to the editor Hold out speaks out I am one of those “hold out” homeowners on smart meters. I have written every municipal, provincial and federal politician to inform them not to install a meter on my home, that my current meter works fine, that I do not want one billion dollars of my tax dollars wasted on unnecessary equipment and that I do not want to be exposed to yet more dangerous EMF that these new meters produce. California was one of the first states to introduce Smart Meters, but due to public outrage, more than 47 cities and counties in California have demanded a halt to installation, and a dozen local governments have passed laws prohibiting this controversial technology. The BC Liberal party has decimated BC Hydro by allowing private power companies to interfere with this public corporation and we, the tax payers, will be accountable for BC Hydro’s massive and growing debt. Guess how this debt will be paid for - by massively increasing our hydro rates through the use of Smart Meters. Rich Coleman’s recent stance that smart meters will not be forced on the public - this is another pre-election tactic, just like the power line broken promise, the HST fiasco, the SFPR, Delta Port Expansion, loss of agricultural land and the list of wrongs continues. I am tired of the perpetual lies

spewing from this Liberal government that continue to grow daily. I will continue to voice my concerns, as I am very concerned that the rights of ordinary people continue to be ignored. Heather Colls Tsawwassen

Mayors need to stand up to TransLink As Barnum said, “There is a sucker born every minute.” and it seems our regional mayors are being suckered by TransLink’s demand for more money. TransLink’s shaky fiscal house can be blamed on: 1. Gross mismanagement, which demands more and more of the taxpayer’s money to hide. 2. Building the SkyTrain and Canada Line light-metro instead building with much cheaper LRT. 3. Senior government interference. 4. Lack of public oversight. This witch’s brew of fiscal and planning incompetence has all but bankrupted TransLink and to send more money into the black hole called TransLink shows political ennui  by regional politicians, who seem to seek political oblivion by forcing more taxes and user fees on an angry public. Do these mayors remember the HST debacle? Other than eliminating TransLink all together and starting anew, regional

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mayors should demand the provincial government, which ultimately controls TransLink, to: 1. Eliminate TransLink’s planning function and hire transit experts on a “as need” basis. Better transit planning and advise will come from real transit experts and not career bureaucrats. 2. Plan and build modern LRT instead of SkyTrain and light metro for in the 21st century, modern LRT is both cheaper to build and operate than SkyTrain and has the capability to cater to higher riderships than SkyTrain. Has anyone noticed at TransLink that no one builds with SkyTrain any more? 3. For too long the provincial government has forced light metro on the region for political prestige. TransLink or the new transit authority must be autonomous from senior politicians and their lobbyists. 4. TransLink or the new transit authority’s operating board must be made up of elected members, one from each Metro Vancouver municipality, elected at the same time as civic elections. It is time for regional mayors to find some moral backbone and stand up to TransLink (and for many, their political masters in Victoria) and say no to further taxes and let TransLink collapse under its sheer weight of its incompetence. It is time for regional mayors to be suckered no more. Malcolm Johnston Delta

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Reader poll this week Vote online Should the Corporation of Delta pull out of TransLink?

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“E” issues affect us all

W Last weeks results Do you support TransLink’s idea for a “regional” sales tax of 0.5 per cent on local goods in Metro Vancouver?

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Letters to the editor Delta’s rich history deserves to be preserved Retaining the history of all of Delta in a way that satisfies all of Delta is a challenge, politically and financially. Delta has a farming and fishing history that has developed together over the last 100 years. A Delta Museum and Archives Society was formed to try and preserve that history, both orally and physically. It is made up of volunteers from all parts of Delta. A grant has been provided from Delta to help in its operation, along with private donations and fund raising it has managed to survive. The Delta Museum

Society has been put in charge of operating three different building sites, the old Municipal hall, the former police building on Delta St. and the Edgar Dunning Reading Room in the former Municipal Hall on Clarence Taylor Crescent. Many efforts have been made to try and find the funds to upgrade the old municipal hall, to make it safer and more accessible for not only the people who wish to visit it, but for the people who work there and for the safe keeping of writings, artifacts and displays. The Delta Museum Society works, closely with the schools and libraries, providing tours for the school children, from all over Delta and research facilities for everyone. I personally have used it

with great success and cooperation. It is my view that a review should be undertaken by Delta to determine what funding is required to provide the facilities needed to retain the history of the whole of Delta, in a safe and accessible environment. Perhaps funding could be requested from senior levels of government or some of the people responsible for the South Delta Perimeter Road or Port Metro Vancouver, who been responsible for much of the disruption of the history of Delta. Douglas Massey Delta

hen reflecting on various issues outlined in the Vancouver Sun, the Province and local newspapers, I have noticed how many start with the letter E and are related to the environment. • Electricity (Site C Dam). The flooding of agricultural land by BC Hydro to build a dam on the Peace River is of huge concern for Northern B.C. residents. • Enbridge Pipeline. The risk for oil spills, fish kills and subsequent damage to land should raise red flags. • Energy. Extraction of shale gas by hydraulic fracturing has led to contamination of drinking water in some US communities. Will this happen in B.C.? • Exporting of coal. Can people expect to suffer ill health from coal dust if proposed expansions take place? Is burning coal good for the environment? • Expansion of Port Metro facilities in Delta. More traffic and subsequent increase in greenhouse gas emissions will, no doubt, impact local air quality. • Excessive waste. As people buy new stuff and discard older stuff, more waste is produced. Where will it go? With Metro Vancouver currently seeking input on a location for an incinerator, this burning issue is now before us. • The Economy. Our governments seem to focus more on the economy than the environment. Is it possible to find a balance between the two? For the last couple of years, Go Green Delta Book and Film group has looked at “E” issues by watching documentaries and discussing books-- all of which have been available through FVRL. In January we enjoyed The Clean Bin Project, which follows a young couple taking on a challenge to swear off consumerism and produce the least amount of garbage they each can in one year. The film is delightful, relevant and recommended viewing for April Earth Month. Do any of these “E’” issues concern you or do you have others? If so, why not share them with your neighbours and/or consider joining a group that tries to make a difference. After all, if this generation ruins the earth, how will the next generation live? • Jean Wightman is a longtime South Delta resident and leads the Go Green Delta Book and Film group.


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Friday, February 22, 2013  South Delta Leader

Where the heart is



Photo submitted by Lisa Hoglund stuff at our hospital, as do all of the hospital professionals. From the nurses, who spear the backs of our hands with I.V. needles; to smiling young things who trot out the warm blankets; to those who slide by with buckets and mops to keep the place clean; to the on-duty medics who have the uncanny ability to simultaneously look after everyone at the same time, they all know what to do, and nobody does it better. My predicament wasn’t unique, and it was the Olympics that made it so. While most everyone knew that I likely needed a heart bypass or three, Vancouver General, where the surgery would happen, I was delayed in transferring there. For whatever reason, I was destined to remain in the medical care of Delta Hospital for the next ten days, as my heart beat uncertainly

Photo submitted by Joanne Turner Holliday-Scott

beneath the sheets. But despite the uncertainty of my lot, I was able to not only observe a team of people functioning as one well-oiled unit, but on one joyous occasion, I was able to drag myself and my I.V. stand to an intensive-care window to watch the Olympic flame being carried aloft to our City Hall on its eventual way to wherever. For me, that was it for the 2010 Olympics. Visitors and patients came and went during that waiting period. All of them observed that here, in this corner of our farmland community, we have a hospital that is up for any challenge, that its people know what they’re doing, that they care as much for the guy over there who mashed his finger with a hammer, as they do for the little of lady who fell and couldn’t get up – as they did for me, waiting for a bed downtown. In due course, that bed came, and other caring professionals took over. Yes, my chest would be carefully opened, and old, clogged circuitry would be replaced. In time, the scars of a triple bypass would heal, and life lessons would have been learned. The comfort of it all is that our hospital is there, and that its people, around the clock, are more than ready to serve us. We love our hospital, and we love those who keep on making it the gold-medal destination that it is. Duncan Holmes Tsawwassen

Sisters Raeanne Swenson, medical laboratory technologist, and Lori Bryce, dietician, both work at Delta Hospital. LORI BRYCE, OUTPATIENT DIETITIAN FOR CLINICAL NUTRITION SERVICES AND DIABETES EDUCATION I Heart Delta Hospital…Delta Hospital is a very important place to me and my family for many reasons. To start, my mom, Joyce, became employed at Delta Hospital as a Lab Assistant when she returned to work after raising my sister and me. She dedicatedly worked at her job enjoying every moment of it. While making her daily rounds through-out the hospital and working in the Outpatient Department collecting blood and performing ECGs, she got to know many of the patients, nurses, doctors and other staff very well. As a child, having my mom work in the same community that we lived was important. I always knew she was only a short drive away. She worked there for more than 20 years, retiring over 10 years ago. Now, Delta Hospital provides various medical services for her and my father. Living in Ladner, Delta Hospital is easily accessible and convenient to them. Still knowing many of the staff at Delta Hospital, it is comforting to my mom when she comes for her medical appointments. The emergency department is a great asset to the community. Three generations of family members, my parents, my sister and I, and our children, have received efficient and friendly medical service on various occasions when we needed care. Presently my sister and I both live in Ladner and work at Delta Hospital. For the past 11 years, my sister, Raeanne has been a Medical Laboratory Technologist working in the same lab where my mom worked. She performs urgent and routine diagnostic laboratory testing, which aids the physicians in making timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment plans for each patient. I am satisfied and grateful to work as the Outpatient Dietitian for Clinical Nutrition Services and Diabetes Education. I provide nutrition counseling and education to patients who have nutrition related medical issues, such as diabetes, heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders. For the two of us, it is very important to be able to work where we live. Not only do we feel the sense of community working at Delta Hospital, those we provide service to feel that sense of community as well.

SEND US YOUR DELTA HOSPITAL STORY… Tell us why you love Delta Hospital. Submit your story to the Delta Hospital Foundation between February 1st and 28th, 2013. Submission formats include: written stories: accounts,

narratives or poems. Please limit the stories to 500 words and file size to 4MB. You can also post videos to SUBMIT NOW!

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In January 2010, Vancouver was an Olympic city. From one end of the Lower Mainland to the other, across our local mountains, and all the way up the Sea to Sky to Whistler, our hearts were bursting with pride. We had collectively fought for this event, and now, in all their glory, the Olympic rings lit our lives. I knew about it, and picked up on the buzz that had consumed us— even as I was quickly beginning to understand that the power and glory of the 2010 Olympics would completely pass me by. With ill-timed effrontery, my heart was bursting for a different reason. In January 2010, my heart, pumping blood through some plaque-clogged circuitry, decided that it was time to either be fixed or stop beating. The message was do it now, or prepare to die! I quickly made a “Seven-Minute, DoNot-Pass-Go” trip to our hospital in Ladner. This was the place that could save my life! The triage people know their


The following are community letters on their love for Delta Hospital. Between now and Feb. 28 the Delta Hospital Foundation is collecting stories and images about why people in the community love their hospital. For every piece submitted, MK Delta Lands Group will donate $100 to the Foundation. Thank you for your contributions throughout I Heart Delta Hospital. We are lucky to have access to an amazing hospital that is supported by a truly special community. A11

South Delta Leader Friday, February 22, 2013

Community UPDATE


A BREAKFAST TO REMEMBER On Thursday, March 7th, the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia will host their second annual fundraising event A Breakfast to Remember at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel. Proceeds from this important event help fund programs and services that support families in BC living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Celebrating Artistic Aspirations Century Group is proud to support causes and organizations that help build community in Delta. One of the groups that we actively support is the South Delta Artists’ Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the local grassroots arts scene. In January, Century Group was pleased to once again sponsor the South Delta Artists’ Guild Annual Student Art and Writing Show held at the Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery. This exhibition featured artwork by South Delta Secondary School students, Delta Arts Youth Council members, and South Delta Artists’ Guild members; as well as poems and stories by students inspired by the various pieces of art on display. With the event theme “Adventure”, artists were challenged to interpret this theme into their work.

This annual event raises the profile of the local arts community and celebrates the exceptional talent of established and aspiring young artists in the South Delta area. Given Century Group’s commitment to building community, we look forward to further building our relationship with the South Delta Artists’ Guild and deepening our support for local arts initiatives. For more information on the South Delta Artists’ Guild, visit their website at

Led by Catering Manager Emma McDonald and Chef Cindy Anderson, The Coast Tsawwassen Inn catering team are experts in event planning and banquet management; skills honed over years of experience through the hotel which is busy year-round with meetings, parties, weddings and conferences. The hotel offers a wide variety of room types, from ballrooms to meeting rooms, to accommodate gatherings of all sizes and types. Tapping into the trend to entertain at home, the catering team now offers off-site catering services for private parties and social functions held outside the hotel, which is proving to be increasingly popular. The team can take care of everything from food to bar service to coordinating event set-up, so you can relax and focus on hosting a stress-free event. Service options are completely customizable depending on the client’s needs. Emma and Cindy have experience in catering for a wide variety of off-site events including backyard

DEMENTIA EXPERT COMING TO TSAWWASSEN Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA Dementia Care & Training Specialist Friday, April 5th South Delta Baptist Church For event details and to reserve your spot, please call The Waterford at 604 943-5954 or email

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Impress Your Guests With Creative Catering Whether you’re planning a small backyard soiree or a large formal gala, turn to the catering team at The Coast Tsawwassen Inn to wow your guests with exceptional food and service.

Century Group is proud to have stepped up as a “Leader of Hope” sponsor for this year’s breakfast and lend our support towards the great work that the Alzheimer Society of BC does. For more information visit:

weddings, summer barbeques and dinner parties of any size. One of the highlights for the team was providing the catering for the Delta Hospital Foundation Moon Light Gala at Sacred Heart School; a three-course plated gala dinner for 220 people that went off without a hitch, and their guests raved about the food.

“ No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, this dynamic duo is up for the challenge. ”

No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, this dynamic duo is up for the challenge. Emma McDonald brings over 20 years of experience in hospitality management to her role as Catering Manager at The Coast Tsawwassen Inn, and she always strives to ensure her guests are amazed with her service. For Chef Cindy, food is a true labour of love. A Red Seal Chef with over 30 years of experience, Cindy won’t let anything go out to guests unless she is 100% happy with its taste and presentation. She has created a wide variety of menu packages and relishes the opportunity to do custom orders or design menus for particular dietary needs. Her specialties are multicultural cooking (think Thai and Indian cuisine) and planning themed menus such as a Tuscan Buffet, Hawaiian Luau, or a South Western Barbeque.

Chef Cindy’s menus for both on- and off-site catering service are available online at For more information or to reserve your event, contact Emma McDonald direct at 604 948-5182.


Friday, February 22, 2013  South Delta Leader


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South Delta Leader Friday, February 22, 2013

Fighting the new breed of bullies

❙ From left to right; Tiana Gordon, Genie Key, Kevin Irving, Olivia Reshetylo, and Seva Aujala are taking part in the Delta School District’s anti-bullying project. Rob Newell photo

Internet and social media provide harassers with anonymity and opportunity ❙ Adrian MacNair reporter

For students in Delta, the bully of 2013 no longer lurks just beyond the vision of the teacher’s watchful eye. Today’s bully lives online, secure in his or her anonymity, while spreading vicious rumours which can be just as hurtful as physical violence. That harsh reality came to the forefront last October when 15-year-old Amanda Todd committed suicide in her Port Coquitlam home after being hounded by cyberbullies. Olivia Reshetylo, a Grade 12 South Delta Secondary student, says the Amanda Todd case inspired an anti-cyberbullying movement that has taken hold in the Lower Mainland, and around the world. “It’s sad that it took that to make people see the effects of bul-

lying, but I know a lot of people have actively become aware of what they’re saying on the Internet because they don’t want to be that person,” she says. Although cyberbullying is the latest manifestation of the bully problem, Reshetylo is increasingly reading homophobic remarks on social media sites. “Things like ‘that’s gay’ and ‘he’s a fag,’” says Reshetylo. For that reason, several schools in Delta have started up Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to bring homophobia out into the open where it can be dealt with. The wired world is just the latest battleground in the war against bullying. Canadian tennis player Rebecca Marino made headlines on Wednesday (Feb. 20) with the announcement she took a seven-month

break from the sport last year because of ongoing harassment online. Other prominent athletes and celebrities have come forward to say that cyberstalking and cyberbullying is having a deleterious effect on quality of life. To combat this emerging problem the Delta School District, in conjunction with Delta Police and the Delta Opposes Violence Everywhere Committee (DOVE), has launched the Wrap the Ribbon campaign. On Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 27, students can download a pink ribbon screen saver to their mobile devices. The words “respect yourself, respect others,

and stop bullying” are featured on the screen saver. “Every time you go to check the time the picture will appear,” says Seva Aujala, a Grade 10 student at Seaquam Secondary in North Delta and a member of the Delta Police Youth Advisory Committee (DYAC). Aujula says it’s become common for kids to make anonymous accounts on social media sites like Twitter and then make random hurtful remarks about other students. That can be especially damaging at an age when “everybody just wants to fit in.” Aujala says he was bullied in elementary

school, but more recently in his high school for working closely with the school principal and police on anti-bullying. “I’ve been associated with the name snitch and stuff that I don’t really want to be associated around with,” he says. “Since the Wrap the Ribbon project has come around I just want to get really involved in this to make sure nobody else has to go through it.” The Delta School District participates in the provincial ERASE Bullying program (Expect Respect And a Safe Education), which features a 10-point strategy to combat the problem. The school district

is combining provincial training with its own prevention education. “Those are all the pieces of creating a sense of well-being for students and diminishing the amount of emotional distress that students get into with certain behaviours,” says Delta School District Board chair Laura Dixon. Dixon says proactive and preventative methods are far more effective than responding to issues as they arise. When teachers or other students identify certain early warning signs it can save a lot grief down the road. But Dixon cautions against perceiving every little thing as an indicator of bullying.

“Sometimes [students] mix up bad play or not sharing and things can be mislabeled as bullying and really it’s just a different behaviour.” Reshetylo became involved in anti-bullying three years ago through a leadership class after she came to the realization that she was engaging in bullying tactics. “I think I just got with the wrong group of friends, but there was definitely a realization for me that I was doing something wrong and it wasn’t enough to just stop doing it,” she says. “I needed to make an active change against it.” ❙ Continued on P.14

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Friday, Friday, February February 22, 22, 2013 2013 South South Delta Delta Leader Leader

Bullying behaviour a ‘power struggle’ ❙ From P.13

Reshetylo says it’s not good enough for just a few people to speak out against bullying, since many students take social cues from their peers. There needs to be a concerted effort from everybody. “There’s always going to be a bully, but it’s the people around them that need to start standing up.” The DYAC will be launching a cyber bullying awareness campaign in elementary schools in March to prepare children for the challenges that lie ahead. “It’s all about how you put yourself out there first,” explains Reshetylo. “So you need to present yourself on the Internet the way you’d like to be treated.” Students also can be taught how to protect themselves from cyber bullying, such as blocking people and using privacy settings. Dixon describes bullying as a behaviour involving power struggles between students, often with one student possessing a huge insecurity in his or her own life and trying to address it by pulling others down. “We will never fix it if we don’t address what’s going on with both students,” she says. It may sound counter-intuitive, but Dixon says one of the worst things a teacher or an adult can do is force a bully to reconcile with the victim without examining the root causes. “Finding out what is making one student vulnerable in this situation and what is making this other student lash out. And until we fix what that is, then we probably won’t change behaviour.”

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❙ Local Flavour Adrian macNair Reporter

Seeding good ideas Family-run farm focuses on sustainable organics R

❙ Rachel Ryall runs a family farm with her sister Lydia, producing organic crops that focuses on sustainable agriculture. During the winter the Ryalls grow their veggies in this greenhouse. Adrian MacNair Photo

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eal, good, honest food is the motto of Westham Island’s Cropthorne Farm, but it’s not just a sales pitch. It’s a way of life. Run by sisters Rachel and Lydia Ryall, their knowledge of organic farming is buttressed by two unbroken lines of farmers on either side of the family. And while the farm isn’t certified organic, it uses all organic practices. They have been recognized for their sustainable farming practices by organizations like Oxfam and UBC Farm. “It just fits with how we want to grow things,” says Rachel. “We want to grow in the most environmentally responsible way.” The Ryalls moved from their Ladner farm on 41B Street to 20 hectares off Tamboline Road last May. They plan on using 2.5 acres

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for farming and two greenhouses. One of their greenhouses is mobile, which allows for maximum protection of crops during the fragile planting season. When the crops are robust they can be left on their own and the greenhouse moves on to the next patch. And by having 20 hectares they’ll be able to use the land responsibly. “We don’t grow crops in the same soil every year, which helps prevent disease.” Right now they’re using one greenhouse to grow arugula, kale, various mustards, six varieties of lettuce, and other greens, mainly for their dinner table. Rachel’s kids love to wander about in the greenhouse and snack on the raw food like potato chips. This week the Ryalls are seeding for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, whereby Ladnerites and other local residents can purchase 20 weeks of produce at $27.50 per box. That provides

between eight to 11 different varieties of fresh, seasonal vegetables every week for five months. By signing up now the money provides the capital they need to get the seeding done. “It’s a really labour intensive crop and the seeds are expensive but in the end it’s worth it,” says Rachel. The first greens to be harvested are usually the salad greens and radishes, but by summer the Ryalls expect to grow between 40 and 50 kinds of vegetables which they’ll sell in Farmers’ Markets and through the CSA. They also plan to have a roadside store by the summer. For more info visit


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Friday, Friday, February February 22, 22, 2013 2013  South South Delta Delta Leader Leader

❙ CroSSborder Canadians flocking across border for mail pick-up ❙ robert Mangelsdorf editor

Canadian shoppers are crossing the border in increasing numbers to take advantage of US mail outlets offering parcel pick-up service. Many US-based online shopping websites don’t ship to Canada, and those that do often charge a hefty premium to send parcels north of the 49th parallel, says Samantha Wallace with TSB Shipping Plus in Point Roberts, Washington. Located just a few blocks south of the Point Roberts border crossing, TSB Shipping Plus has close to 50,000 Canadians in their customer database. With the increase in populari-

ty of online shopping, so too has cross-border business increased at the US mail outlet. “About 85 per cent of our business are Canadians coming down to pick up parcels they’ve ordered, usually from online,” Wallace says. Canadians still have to pay tax and duty on purchases made online and picked up in the US, she adds, but while there are no personal exemptions for stays of less than 24 hours, often the amount of duty and taxes charged is so small it’s not worth the paper work for border officials. “You have to declare what you bring back, but they usually don’t charge you tax if it’s something small,” says Wallace. However, those who don’t declare

their mailed goods could face hefty fines, and even criminal prosecution. “If you do not declare goods, or if you falsely declare them, border services officers may seize the goods,” says Canadian Border Services Agency spokesperson Maria Ivancic. “Smuggling, undervaluation and other Customs Act offenses may lead to seizure and/or prosecution in a court of law.” If goods are seized, you may lose the goods permanently or the CBSA may impose a penalty that ranges from 25 to 80 per cent of the value of the seized goods. The Customs Act also gives border services officers the authority to seize all vehicles that were used to import goods unlawfully. 

US online savings not always there ❙ Monique Tamminga reporter

It may not be cheaper to shop online through American companies,

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Majority of Lower Mainland residents drive to U.S. regularly A large majority of Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley residents regularly cross the border to shop in the U.S., according to a new poll. Nearly three-quarters of respondents to the Insights West poll said they drove across the border to shop in the last year and many are making frequent forays for cross-border shopping. On average, those polled drove to the U.S. more than five times in the past year, about half had crossed three or more times and a sizable minority of 15 per cent said they’d crossed 13 times or more. Cross-border trips are becoming more common, the poll shows, finding 21 per cent say they are crossing more often, while 12 per cent are going less often and the remaining two-thirds are unchanged. Lower prices for the same products in the U.S. were

the top reason for trips over the line, cited by 85 per cent of those polled. Buying gas was the most popular purchase – 89 per cent said they’d fuel up either regularly or occasionally on trips to the U.S. – but clothing, shoes and accessories (81 per cent) and groceries (78 per cent) were also among the spending leaders. About 70 per cent of those polled agree Canadians shopping in the U.S. hurts the local B.C. economy, and about half agreed it may mean job losses here. Those polled were roughly split when asked if cross-border shopping is a false economy, where they spend more on travel than is saved. An overwhelming 91 per cent of those polled said Canadian retailers must improve their pricing if they want to prevent shoppers heading instead to the U.S.

Cheaper deals, better service found close to home ❙ From P.16

“I spent a day online shopping. I bought things from Canada and the U.S.,” said Perkins. “What we were finding is customers would come in and try on bras, go with one of our fitters and take down all the proper measurements and then tell us they would buy the bra online from the States. There is this perceived idea out there that they can get it at a lower price.” Not so. And here’s why, she explains. “A bra we sell at $69 may be $5 cheaper in the U.S.,” Perkins said. “By the time it gets to your door and you have paid the duty (of 18 per cent of anything not made in

Canada or the U.S.), and delivery, which is usually 25 per cent higher than what we can ship, it costs a lot more from the States.” She points to a recent example of a woman who liked a particular swimsuit her store carries for $109. Online in the States, it went for $99. “It would cost her around $35 in shipping.” She explains that it is the brokerage that is the expensive part, with many U.S. companies using the more expensive delivery companies. Forever Yours will launch its online store in April. Perkins said it is being launched because of demand. Offering a unique fitting experience in a one-of-a-kind shop, customers come from all over, she said.

Online party supplier Party Monkey owner Carla Wood shares Perkins’ frustrations. Her company is up against a big American competitor and it’s a struggle to make customers aware that the prices they offer are the same, and less when you factor in shipping. “We carry all our own inventory here in Langley and ship the same day and we are struggling with customers shopping with American companies,” said Wood. Sometimes, their customers call and say half their order didn’t come in time for their party and they are scrambling, Wood explains. “We could save them the stress, time and duty,” she said.

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GVHBA opens voting for Ovation Award For the first time, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association is asking people in Metro Vancouver to vote for their favourite new or renovated project with their People’s Choice Award. The new award will be handed out at the gala ceremony with the other categories on April 20. To vote for the People’s Choice Award, visit your local Black Press newspaper site and click on the Contests link, or visit http://bit. ly/2013GVHBA. You are able to vote for your favourite project up to five times per day. Voting will end on March 24. Voters will be entered to win a LUX 550 Cart Model barbecue valued at

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Located in the heart of Richmond’s Oval Village neighbourhood, River Park Place will be part of a masterplanned community that is pedestrianfriendly and just minutes away from everything that Richmond has to offer. Whether it’s a walk on the dyke that winds all the way to Steveston or some evening entertainment at the River Rock Casino, nothing is out of reach. The Richmond Oval Village is expected to become a new lifestyle hub, with restaurants, shops and leisure activities, and Intracorp is getting in at the start of it. A new T&T Supermarket, scheduled to open in late 2013, will add to the convenience. Grocery shopping will literally be walking distance away. The first phase of River Park Place is expected to go on sale in the spring, and will feature a 15-storey tower with one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. The floorplans are efficient and modern, with huge windows to take in your river and mountain views and gorgeous interior finishings. On the property, buyers will have use of a private banquet room, an indoor basketball and badminton practice court, music room, a media room, a fitness and yoga centre and a third-level rooftop amenity space with an outdoor grill and dining area, open-air fire pit lounge, community garden plots, tai chi pavilion and community greenways perfect for families to spend time together. You are also within walking distance of the Richmond Olympic Oval. The nearest Canada Line station is just a couple of blocks away, making commuting accessible even if you don’t own a car. River Park

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The Delta Ice Hawks opened the first round of the Pacific Junior Hockey League playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win against the visiting North Vancouver Wolf Pack in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. North Van were on the board first just three minutes into Tuesday’s game. After trading goals in the opening frame, the score was 2-2 headed into the second period. The Wolf Pack again took the lead in the second period, before Brent Chreptyk scored midway through the third period to tie the game at 3-3. That sent the game to overtime, where Aaron Merrick scored his second goal of the night to give the Ice Hawks the win. Anthony Brito was the other Delta scorer, while Mitchell Walter, Mak Barden, Spencer Schoen, Brito, and Merrick each tallied assists. Delta goalie Alexander Ahnert made 20 saves as the Ice Hawks outshot the Wolf Pack 44-23.

procyshyn signs with Selkirk Delta Ice Hawks defenceman Ryan Procyshyn has signed to play for the Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program next season in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League. The 20-year old finished third in PJHL scoring by defencemen this season with 30 points and was selected to appear in the 2013 PJHL All-Star Game. “Ryan is a smart, puck-moving defenceman who brings good size and excellent offensive instincts to our blueline,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “He’s going to fit in very nicely with our style of play and I expect him to develop into a very good blueliner and a key player at the college level.” Procyshyn is the third player to commit to Selkirk College from the Delta Iceryan procyshyn hawks in the past year, joining current Saints forwards Cody Fidgett and John Proctor. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the Saints,” says Procyshyn, who plans to enroll in the Business program. “I’ve kept in contact with my former teammates who are playing at Selkirk and their excitement about the program and the college is infectious. I’m looking forward to helping the team in any role necessary and being a part of this positive environment while contributing to another successful season.”

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❙ Hanging around delta firefighters (above) take part in delta Gymnastics’ third annual Sport Showdown, Sunday afternoon, along with members of the thrifty foods team (below). teams competed in eight events and all proceeds go to purchasing needed equipment for the facility. Jim Kinnear photo

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The South Delta Secondary School Sun Devils junior girls’ basketball team are Delta District champions after finishing first in the regular season standings with a record of 11-1. The Sun Devils averaged of 43 points per game on offence, while only allowing their opponents an average of 20 points per game. SDSS claimed the district title after beating North Delta in semifinal action, before defeating Delta Secondary in the finals. The Sun Devils are Jill Calvert, Jessica Hasker, Anna Reshotylo, Marisa King, Kassidy Nicholls, Kyla Detta, Julia Adams, Lora Ciglic, Flavia Guerreiro, Kathryn Lehmann, Emily Maunder, and Rebecca Dewar. The team is coached by Cheryl Kristiansen.


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Jade Marie Joe December 7, 1996 February 15, 2013 The Joe Family is saddened by the tragic loss of Jade Marie Joe on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Jade is predeceased by her mother Rebecca Jones-Dill and is survived by her father, David and her brother Jesse. She is also survived by her Aunts and Uncles: Marvin Joe (Madonna), Cindy Watson, Shari Slevin, Darrel Scott, April Brown (Dan), Sharon Joe (Jamie), Daniel Jones-Dill (Marlene), Melody HollickKenyon. She is also survived by a whole host of cousins and extended family and friends. A vivacious little girl with beautiful green eyes and a big smile, who loved the colour purple. She also loved to help out with cooking and cleaning or where ever she could. Jade was very open and a free spirit who would always tell you how she felt. She was a good friend and listener who knew how to make you happy. She had an old soul who easily made friends with all types of people. She was very fearless in life. She loved figure skating, bike riding and big, scary rides at the PNE. Jade had a love for all animals especially cats a love she shared with her mother. Jade was a girly-girl who loved to dress up. She will be remembered most of all as being a kind hearted girl who was beautiful inside and out. Jade is reunited with her mother and is on a new journey. She will be forever and deeply missed by her family & friends. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 9:00 am at the Tsawwassen First Nation Recreation Centre, 1929 Tsawwassen Drive, Delta, BC. Interment to follow at the Tsawwassen Cemetery. The Joe family welcome all family and friends to a luncheon after the funeral service at the Tsawwassen Recreation Centre.

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INGRAM, Pamela Ann Pam passed away February 11th at the age of 75 in Richmond General Hospital after a short illness. Pam was predeceased by her parents Charlie and Ann and brother David. Pam will be deeply missed by her husband of 49 years, Peter, son Peter John (Jeff, Betty), daughter Paula (Walter), furry diva Picabo, brother Paul, and cousins Sandra, Robin, David and Brian. The family would like to thank Dr.Wong and all the ICU staff for their wonderful care of Pam. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Pams name to Richmond Animal Protection Society, 12071 No. 5 Road, Richmond, B.C. V7A 4E9

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TFN mourn loss of stabbed teen The Tsawwassen First Nation community is in a state of shock after a vicious stabbing Friday night left a 16-year-old girl dead and a 15-year-old girl in hospital in critical condition. Delta Police arrested a 17-year-old male suspect early Saturday in connection with the attack, charging him with second degree murder, as well as attempted murder. Tsawwassen First Nations Chief Bryce Williams says his community is grieving the loss of one of their own.

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Delta takes tax hit on ferry terminal

a new destination shopping village. Only 19 single family homes in Phase One. This is not an offering for sale. An offering for sale can only be made after filing a disclosure statement. Photos and renderings are representational only. E&OE.

Act now, they will sell quickly.

The Corporation of Delta will be out more than $130,000 in tax revenues due to a lower assesment of the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. Tsawwassen’s ferry terminal is the most valuable property in BC Ferries with a reassessed value of $51.7 million, down 19.4 per cent from the $64.1 million. But the tax hit could have been worse, says Mayor Lois Jackson.

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PROJECT: Tsawwassen Shores INSERTION DATE: FEB, 2013

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Teams from across Delta took part in Delta Gymnastics’ third annual Sport Showdown, Sunday afternoon. Teams competed in eight events with all proceeds going towards the purchase of much-needed equipment for the facility. ❙ See story P.21

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Cora Brown is a day manager at the Penny Savers’ Thrift Shop in North Delta. The store, operated by Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) Auxilary volunteers, raises funds for the SMH Foundation. Boaz Joseph photo

A penny saved, a hospital helped North Delta thrift shop and volunteers help Surrey Memorial buy medical equipment

Boaz Joseph Surrey North Delta Leader The penny may be out of production at the Royal Canadian Mint, but volunteers are still hard at work helping people save pennies at a North Delta thrift store – all for a good cause. On a busy morning in the sorting room of The Penny Savers’ Thrift Shop, Nina Taylor and Alice Pogue are sifting through incoming donations: Clothes, stuffed toys, dishes, the odd teapot... “I just like to work,” says Taylor, tagging

small, gold-rimmed plates with price stickers. Both ladies will be 82 this year. They’re among 55 active volunteers and members of the Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) Auxiliary who run the thrift store to support the SMH Foundation. Day manager Cora Brown is eager to show a visitor around the store. The showroom is divided into sections like any department store – mens’ and ladies’ apparel, shoes, toys, sporting goods, books and household items. There’s lots to see: Friendly, blue-vested

Budget Input Meeting March 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Delta School Board Office (4585 Harvest Drive, Ladner)

This is an opportunity for the community to provide input regarding their priorities prior to the development of the Delta School District draft budget.

volunteers, a gaggle of mannequins watching the clothing racks, old-school LPs next to DVDs, Dutch wooden clogs, even a pair of $8 sombreros. Hidden away are the situational necessities: A staff washroom filled with boxes of VHS tapes, a storage room stuffed with seasonal items (Christmas, Halloween, etc.), a back-room shelf with single shoes (their twins are in the showroom), and a sorting room with its topography modified by a small mountain of bags filled with clothes to be sifted through. — Continued on p.6

The Delta School District is committed to ensuring our schools are nurturing, caring learning environments everyday for every child.

During the months of March and April, Deltassist Family and Community Services volunteers will be available to prepare income tax returns for low-income Delta residents. Many people do not know that they need to file a tax return in order to receive the GST/HST credit or the Canada Child Tax Benefit. Filing a tax return on time is important when receiving other benefits such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors, MSP Premium Assistance and Pharmacare. Ladner and Tsawwassen residents can call 604-946-9526 to book an appointment at Deltassist’s Ladner office (4891 Delta Street) and North Delta residents can call 604-594-3455 to book an appointment at Deltassist’s North Delta office (9097 120th Street).

Reach event Saturday Reach for the Stars: An Evening of Inspiration is a fundraising event to benefit Reach Child and Youth Development Society’s new building project. The event is on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart School, 3900 Arthur Dr., Ladner. MC Chris Gailus will host the event, which includes a buffet dinner, speakers, live and silent auctions, WestJet raffle, live music and more. Tickets are $65. Call 604-9466622 Ext. 0, or visit

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Delta's rich history celebrated Awards recognize those people and places that help make delta unique Adrian MacNair South Delta Leader Delta celebrated Heritage Week recently (Feb. 18-24) by recognizing people and places important to the history of the region. One of three people to receive the Heritage Award of Merit was Laurence Guichon for his ongoing care of the Guichon family home. It was in 1881 that Laurent Guichon, a French immigrant from Savoie province, sold his ranch in the Nicola Valley and bought 600 acres in Ladner for $12,000. The Guichon family home was built nine years later in 1890, where Roman Catholic services were held in the dining room until a church could be built nearby. When the fishing community began building up in Ladner in the early 1900s, the Guichon home became the centre of commerce in South Delta. Matt Rogers, a local historian who helped the Heritage Advisory Committee in their selections for the awards, explained the historic significance of the Guichon residence. "This was a thriving community of farmers and fishermen and the land that was held by the Guichons goes all the way back to the [former] Indian Reserve," he said. As the fishing boom brought more people to Ladner, the railway was built all the way to

the Guichon home in 1903, and named Port Guichon. "There was a store here and the person who ran the store for many years was actually the brother of Premier [Richard] McBride," said Rogers. Although Ladner is often celebrated for its history, North Delta also has a significant number of houses and neighbourhoods that date back to the early 20th Century. In fact, the first European settler to Delta was James Kennedy, who was commissioned by Colonel Richard Clement Moody in 1861 to build a trail from New Westminster to what is now Annieville in North Delta. Annieville was one of the earliest settled regions of Delta, first by immigrants from Trondheim, Norway in the 1890s following the establishment of salmon canneries. Rogers said he remembers in the 1940s many children and grandchildren of the pioneer families from North Delta because the only high school was located in Ladner at the time. "When you played lacrosse or any kind of game it took all of Delta to make a team in your age group," he said laughing. The Delta Museum and Archives received a "Friends of Heritage"

Pictured: Matt rogers, a local historian and former North delta school teacher, offers up a history lesson on the Guichon family home. A former president of the delta Museum and Archives Society, his input was used in delta's heritage awards. Adrian MacNair photo

Award from the Corporation for their work in The Mapping Project, an effort to document historic areas in North Delta. Museum and Archives executive director Gabrielle Martin said the project involved working with a variety of focus groups composed of different ages, cultural backgrounds and neighbourhoods, and then had an artist create an original piece of art linking them together. "North Delta feels that disconnect from Delta as a whole and they don't feel any kinship with Surrey," she said. "And so part of what came out of [the

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project] was this community discovering its own history and its culture and ethnic uniqueness." One of North Delta's oldest homes is the Knight residence, built in 1932 on land owned by a Vancouver family who used it as a summer home. Situated on Sunshine Hills, the house had an impressive view. "When the trees were cleared you could look all the way out down toward the south here," said Rogers. Susannah Alexander and Edward Evans received the Heritage Award of Merit for the preservation of the Knight residence. Receiving Friends of

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Heritage Awards were Tim Bowling, for his writing on Delta’s early fishing industry, James

Price and Mike Wolzen, for donating their time and expertise to projects related to

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a sunny day for a stroll Pictured Temperatures soared to double-digits last week, prompting many Deltans to flock to Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen to soak up the sun. Adrian MacNair photo

Grant to benefit Delta seniors Staff writer Delta Leader

Delta seniors will benefit from a $20,000 agefriendly grant to help address the needs of the municipality’s senior residents. The Corporation of Delta is one of 27 communities receiving grants for 2013. “Age-friendly projects like the one here in Delta are helping B.C. seniors to remain independent and involved in their communities,” said Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan. “Seniors right around the province have told me that isolation is a key issue for them and I am pleased that this pilot bus service will provide North Delta seniors with additional transit options, allowing them to get out in the community and engage in healthy activities.” The Corporation of Delta will use the grant to undertake planning for the North Delta Seniors’ Bus pilot program. The bus will provide seniors with accessible, affordable and reliable transportation options and offer convenient access to seniors’ activity centres, shopping, local medical services, banking and other community amenities. This service is intended to improve transit options for seniors and encourage isolated or inactive seniors to become engaged in recreation, social and healthy lifestyle activities. “The North Delta Seniors’ bus will provide local seniors with reliable access to a variety of services from shopping to medical appointments,” said Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “This community has so much to offer and it is great news that this funding will allow us to offer seniors improved access to affordable transportation options.” The age-friendly planning and project grant program is a partnership between the government of B.C. and the Union of British Columbia

Municipalities (UBCM). Grants of up to $20,000 are provided through UBCM to help establish, or continue, a variety of projects that support healthy, active seniors. Applications for age-friendly planning and projects grants were reviewed by staff from UBCM and the Ministry of Health. They were scored on a variety of factors, including goals, proposed activities, involvement of seniors and other key partners, budget, and innovation and sustainability. Since 2007, 117 B.C. communities have received funding to support age-friendly planning and projects. Examples include age-friendly assessments, ensuring services are more accessible, supporting transportation and social connection to help prevent social isolation, and improving the community by increasing garden and green space. In September 2012, government announced $500,000 in funding was available for the 2013 round of grants. Fourteen of the 27 successful applicants for 2013 have not received previous funding through the program. The age-friendly grant program is just one aspect of Age-friendly BC, which focuses on providing communities with support, information and recognition to help meet the needs of an aging population. Local governments can achieve age-friendly recognition and officially become an Age-friendly BC community once they have completed four basic steps that focus on community engagement, commitment, assessment and action. To learn more about Age-friendly BC and the age-friendly grant program, please visit: The age-friendly grant program reflects the goals of B.C.’s Family Agenda, which supports seniors by encouraging healthy, active aging. To learn more, visit:



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Delta firefighters show a lot of heart Contributed Delta Leader

Firefighters from Delta have contributed $100,000 to fund one of eight accommodation units at the new $13.1 million Burn Fund Centre to be built by the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund at 3891 Main Street in Vancouver. Firefighters from Delta, Burnaby, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Kelowna, North Vancouver District, Richmond and Surrey combined for a total contribution of $675,000. “We’ve seen firsthand that helping with accommodation for burn and trauma survivors and their families can be one of the most significant contributions to help survivors physically and emotionally recover and live a full life,” says Mike Hurley, President of the Burn Fund. “We’re so grateful that the Fire Fighters in Delta have shown such leadership in helping us meet this critical need.” The province is experiencing a critical shortfall in accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family caregivers. Patients’ health may be compromised when they have to return home sooner than medically advised or live in accommodations

not suited to recovery from a burn or trauma. Each year almost 700 children and adults from across the province are admitted to the BCPFF Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and B.C. Children’s Hospital suffering serious trauma. Cases from outside the Lower Mainland make up 27 per cent of cases, and 60 per cent of those are paying for private sector accommodation for an average of eight weeks. The new $13.1 million Burn Fund Centre will provide eight short-term stay units to meet the critical shortfall in appropriate accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family caregivers. The Centre will also house the offices of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association and Burn Fund and include ground floor retail space to help fund the ongoing operation of the building. The Burn Fund has secured 80 per cent of necessary funding and is currently in the midst of a capital campaign. “Nobody plans to be a burn survivor”, points out Lisa Lacamell, Executive Director of the Burn Fund. “But when it happens, your family’s life is turned inside out in a matter

Pictured Firefighters from the Delta Fire Department raised $100,000 to help fund the new Burn Fund Centre in Vancouver. Contributed photo

of seconds. With our contributions to research, patient care, survivor support and prevention we’re trying to give British Columbians their best chance, the Burn Fund Centre is the missing piece of that legacy.”

Hospital Auxiliary in need of volunteers — Continued from p.1

Brown has been part of the Penny Savers’ Thrift Store action since 2004. She started volunteering in Newton at the last of a succession of locations in Surrey. The shop, which moved to North Delta that same year, is now closer to her home. (As well as being in charge on her shift, she’s also provides the ride for Taylor, a fellow North Deltan). Not long ago, Brown was offered the role of store coordinator, a liaison between the Auxiliary and the thrift shop, but being of a hands-on, nonbureaucratic nature, declined. “I don’t do meetings. I don’t do cash.” Instead, she and the day managers tend to the volunteers, donated items, merchandise and customers while the Auxiliary staff take care of the books. It’s not always easy at the shop. There are rare shoplifters and even customers who have tried to bring their own homemade price tags.

Out back, three full-sized couches lay next to two dumpsters. The Auxiliary will eventually have to pay remove them. Despite signs several warn-

"This business is what makes money for the hospital.” -Cora Brown , day manager ing sings around the building, some people continue to dump unwanted items (TVs, microwaves and mattresses) at the back door after hours. “People don’t read signs,” laments Brown. “Do they care?” She soon relents. “But that’s okay. (This business is) what makes money for the hospital.” Auxiliary secretary Lila Kawasaki says SMH Auxiliary is using money collected from thrift shop sales to fulfill their pledge of $250,000 (over three to five years) to buy medical equipment for the hospital. The annual 100 Days to Give

Campaign received $40,000 in March 2012 and is expected to receive about $65,000 next month – with the entire campaign to be matched by an equal donation from businessman and philanthropist Jim Pattison. Surrey Memorial Hospital Auxiliary needs volunteers for both their SMH lottery booth (Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Mondays/ Wednesdays/Thursdays from 12:30-4 p.m.) and in the Penny Savers’ Thrift Shop, 11961 82 Ave. (there are various shifts). Detailed descriptions are available at Applicants must be at least 16 years old and able to commit to a regular (once/twice a week) schedule for a minimum of six months from Feb. 26 to Aug. 31. Suitable applicants will be contacted for an interview and those selected for placement must provide references. For details or to apply, contact Volunteer Resources at 604-588-3381 or email To download an application, visit

The B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund has been providing prevention and survivor support programs, and funding medical care, training and research to the people of British Columbia and the Yukon for

almost four decades. The Burn Fund’s vision is built by more than 3,800 professional fire fighters from 53 communities in British Columbia and the Yukon who graciously dedicate their funds, time and expertise.


Delta Police crime beat North Delta

• Delta Police investigators were conducting an investigation in the 9600-block of 116th Street Feb. 13 when they discovered that one of the suspects was in breach of his court-ordered conditions. The 41-year-old male was arrested without incident, and transported to police headquarters where he was held in custody pending his appearance in court. Breach of Conditional Sentence Order charges are being recommended. Police investigators also discovered that one of the suspects had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The 35-year-old male was taken into custody and held in custody pending his appearance in court. • Delta Police and the Delta Fire Department were called to Scottsdale Mall at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 in response to a Freon leak which had occurred as a result of a line breakage. The Save-On-Foods and a portion of the mall were evacuated. The leak was contained, and repair crews attended the scene to fix the issue. The mall was reopened a few hours later. • A resident on the 8800-block of Delvista Drive called Delta Police Feb. 10 to report his vehicle had been stolen from his driveway while parked overnight. A neighbourhood canvass was conducted with negative results and the stolen vehicle was added to the police data base. The investigation is still on going. • Delta Police received a call Feb. 10 of an attempted robbery at the corner of 90th Avenue and 113th Street. The victim said he had communicated with an unknown male on the internet, and had arranged to meet him to sell his cellular phone. When the victim went to meet the male, but was met by two teenagers who produced a pellet gun and attempted to steal his cell phone. The male suspects fled the scene on foot. Investigators set up containment in the area, and a K-9 unit was deployed in an attempt to track the suspects. Shortly after the two male suspects were located near a local school, and were taken into custody without incident. The 14-year-old and 15-year-old males were escorted to police headquarters and charges of robbery are pending further investigation. A similar robbery took place at the 8800-block of 112th Avenue the same day. Another victim reported being robbed of his cell phone by two male teenagers after being contacted by them to buy the phone. The victim was able to catch up to one of the suspects, but was sprayed by what is believed to be bear mace. The two males then fled the scene and were described as cauca-

sian males in their late teens, five-foot-10, slim build, wearing black jackets, one with fur trimmed hood. The investigation is still ongoing. • Delta Police received a report Feb. 10 that a male was currently at a residence on the 10400-block of Santa Monica Drive in North Delta contrary to his court ordered conditions. Upon arrival investigators discovered the suspect sitting in a vehicle which was later determined to be stolen, and took him into custody. The 55-yearold male was transported to police headquarters where he was held in custody pending his appearance in court. Charges of Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Breaching Probation are being recommended. • Delta Police were called to the 7-11 store on the 11000-block of 84th Avenue on Feb. 9 to a report that a fight was taking place between several males. Upon arrival investigators subsequently arrested a male who was causing a disturbance and was heavily intoxicated. During the search of the male, two bags of cocaine were located in his pockets, as were several small individually packaged bags. The 23-yearold male was transported to police headquarters where he was later released on a Promise to Appear in Court at a later date. Charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking are pending. • Delta Police were called to a home in the 11800-block of 86th Avenue on Feb. 8 after receiving a report of an assault in progress. Upon arrival investigators located the victim who was holding his face and bleeding from the arm. The victim advised investigators that he had been assaulted by a known suspect who had hit him in the face with a metal rod while he was in his bedroom. The victim was transported to local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Investigators are attempting to locate the suspect, and assault with a weapon charges are pending. • A resident on the 9400-block of 118th Street called Delta Police on Feb. 6 to report that a suspicious male had just knocked on her door while she had been sleeping. Shortly after, the resident observed the same male in her backyard at which time she spoke to him asking him what he was doing on her property. The suspect stated he was “looking for his friends” and immediately left the yard. Minutes later, the resident observed the suspect across the street at a neigh-

bours house and watched as he removed a window screen from the kitchen window and entered the house. Delta Police patrol units and members of the Tactical Support Unit (TSU) arrived on scene and contained the residence, and were able to locate the suspect hiding in the attic of the home. The 27-year-old male was taken into custody without incident and was transported to police headquarters where he was held pending his appearance in court. Break and Enter charges are being recommended.

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• On Feb. 11, a man reported his unlocked car parked on the 1000-block of Skana Drive was broken into overnight. Stolen were small change, flashlight and other small items. • A vehicle parked on the 900-block of Pacific Drive had been broken into Feb. 10. An unknown suspect gained entry into the vehicle by prying the driver’s side window, and proceeded to steal property from inside. • A resident on the 6200-block of 48A Avenue heard a loud bang shortly after midnight on Feb. 10 and observed three males and a female kicking fence panels, then fleeing. Approximately $100 in damages was caused. No suspects located. • Two vehicles parked in a driveway on the 5500-block of 8A Avenue were reported broken into on Feb. 9. An unknown suspect had gained entry into the vehicles and was able to steal property from inside. A neighbourhood canvass was conducted with negative results, and the investigation is still ongoing. • A resident on the 5500-block of Ninth Avenue heard a loud bang and car alarm just before midnight on Feb. 9. On going outside, he discovered a crack in his car’s windshield. A nearby group of about ten youths quickly left the area. A police search revealed no suspects. Damage to the car was estimated at about $300. • A resident on the 900-block of Pacific Drive woke to the sound of his truck alarm around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 9. It was discovered that the extra sets of keys were missing and the driver’s door damaged by punching the lock. Damage and loss of keys value at around $700. • Complainant attended police headquarters to report an apparent identity theft. His expired driver’s license number and date of birth were used to open a cell phone account in July 2012. He was recently advised of payments due by the carrier. Amount approximately $600. The carrier’s fraud department is investigating.

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Become a volunteer and make a difference with our health care team! Lifeline Volunteers provide a home evaluation, then if needed the volunteers install the equipment and educate the clients on use. The volunteers also provide ongoing maintenance when needed. All volunteers for our Lifeline unit will be provided with all the necessary training to feel confident in their new role. Mileage to and from appointments for Lifeline clients will be reimbursed. A tax receipt will be issued for every cash donation to the Delta Hospital Auxiliary. Registered charity number 13952-5596 RR001

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February 22, 2013 edition of the South Delta Leader