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SCC rejects Berner conviction appeal The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by Carol Ann Berner, who was convicted in the drunk driving death of toddler Alexa Middelaer. Berner, who was found guilty in July 2010 of two counts of dangerous driving causing death and bodily and two counts of impaired driving causing death and bodily harm, had applied to the country’s highest court to reverse the conviction. Wednesday morning the Supreme Court of Canada announced Berner’s application was to be “dismissed without costs.” Berner had previously appealed her conviction to the B.C. Court of Appeal, however, that too was dismissed in November of 2012.

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SCC denies Berner appeal Appeal of sentence still before courts ❙ Adrian MacNair reporter

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by Carol Ann Berner, who was convicted in the drunk driving death of toddler Alexa Middelaer. Berner, who was found guilty in July 2010 of two counts of dangerous driving causing death and bodily and two counts of impaired driving causing death and bodily harm, had applied to the country’s highest court to reverse the conviction. Wednesday morning the Supreme Court of Canada announced Berner’s application was to be “dismissed without costs.” Berner had previously appealed her conviction to the B.C. Court of Appeal, however, that too was dismissed in November of 2012. Berner’s lawyers argued the trial

❙ Carol Berner and (inset) Alexa Middelaer. File photos

judge had erred in finding the destruction of Berner’s Oldsmobile by ICBC, before the defence could have it independently inspected for mechanical defects, didn’t infringe on her right to make a full defence. They also argued Berner had been found guilty despite a lack of evidence of impairment, and

she had not been advised of her right to counsel before her tape-recorded statement was taken by police in the back of a patrol car following the crash. The court dismissed the appeal, ruling the trial judge had properly considered the results of Berner’s breathalyzer tests and the expert evidence of an

RCMP forensic alcohol specialist when determining she was impaired. Berner was convicted in July 2010 of impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm following the 2008 crash. Four-year-old Alexa was feeding a horse with her aunt in the 4300-block of 64th Street in Ladner when a car, driven by Berner, struck and killed her. Her aunt was also seriously injured. Berner was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and banned from driving for five years, but has served just days of her sentence so far. Upon the rejection of her conviction by the B.C. Court of Appeal last November, Berner filed an appeal of her sentence, and was subsequently released on bail. The B.C. Court of Appeal was scheduled to hear Berner’s appeal of her sentence Thursday morning in Vancouver after the Leader’s press deadline. For breaking news on that story visit

Feds, Port could kick in for tunnel replacement ❙ Robert Mangelsdorf editor

The provincial government is looking at sharing the costs to replace the aging George Massey Tunnel, and the Federal government and Port Metro Vancouver could be possible partners. That’s according to project manager Geoff Freer, who spoke before more than 150 local residents at the Ministry of Transportation’s public information session on Saturday in Tsawwassen. “This is the direct route from the border to Vancouver… and there’s no question the river is vitally important, not just to Port Metro Vancouver, but to everyone,” said project manager Geoff Freer. “We have no idea what [a possible cost-sharing structure] would look like at this point, but certainly there is precedent.” The provincial government unveiled five possible options for the future of the 54-year-old George Massey Tunnel earlier this month, ranging from a new bridge or tunnel, to not adding any capacity at all. However, Freer said it is still too soon to provide the public with

rough estimates of what the various options would cost taxpayers. “Tunnels, generally, we tend to think of as being more expensive both in capital costs and maintenance costs,” he said. As part of Phase 2 of the tunnel replacement project, the Ministry of Transportation is meeting with the public, as well as industry stakeholders, to determine which option it will go with. Freer said the Ministry is meeting with Port Metro Vancouver to determine what their needs would be for a new crossing. Should the tunnel be removed, it could allow for deeper dredging of the Fraser River, allowing larger ships to access port facilities upriver. The scope of the project will also include looking at expediting cross-border truck and passenger vehicle traffic. “We can’t just look at the tunnel,” said Freer. “We’re looking from the border right to Bridgeport.” Many of those in attendance at Saturday’s meeting spoke of the need for transit options on the new route, including pedestrian and cycling lanes, high-occupancy vehicle lanes, and ded-

icated lanes for rapid buses. While Freer said rapid buses would be the next stage in rapid transit development along the route, and all four plans to add capacity include cycling and pedestrian options. “We need improved transit, we need improved cycling access,” said Freer. “I don’t think anyone could argue that.” However, he noted that TransLink does not have plans to extend Skytrain to Delta in the near future. And funding for any public transit operations on a new crossing would be paid for by TransLink, and won’t be included as part of the project’s budget. That’s not good enough, says urban planner and former TransLink board member Gordon Price. A crossing that includes rapid transit must also include the ongoing operating costs if it is to be taken seriously, in Price’s opinion. “But that’s not part of their reality,” he said. “The Ministry of Transportation is still stuck in the mid-20th Century belief that you need to increase capacity on a bottle neck to keep the machine going, but there are no real models of success for that.”

A system design solely for the automobile, with public transit an afterthought, doesn’t provide commuters with viable options and will ultimately fail, he added. However, Price said the provincial government is still mired in the philosophy that public transportation is a public service. “You have to provide options. Otherwise, why spend all this money just to move the congestion down the road four kilometres,” he said. “Public transportation is not a social service, it’s an investment [in the economy].” Freer wouldn’t give any indications on a possible timeline for the tunnel replacement project. “It’s probably not going to happen as fast as some people would like,” said Freer. He added the project will also be looking at short-term alternatives to ease congestion, but along-term vision will first need to be defined before moving forward. “We don’t want to spend the money and do the work, and then have to tear it all down in a couple years,” he said. The deadline to provide input on the tunnel replacement project is April 2.

$10 million upgrade for SDSS South Delta Secondary School is getting a $10.1-million seismic upgrade, the ministry of education announced this week. During construction, the district will also improve the school’s science wing with work beginning this summer and an anticipated completion date of fall 2014. “This major renewal for South Delta Secondary is possible due to the cooperation and hard work of government and the district,” stated board chair Laura Dixon in a press release on Tuesday. “I want to thank all of those who have helped make this project a reality.” This project is part of the province’s Seismic Mitigation Program, which has spent more than $840 million to make schools in 37 school districts across the province safe in the event of an earthquake. Four elementary and two secondary schools in the Delta school district have already been upgraded for seismic safety. “We are committed to the safety of students throughout the province, and this upgrade to South Delta Secondary is part of the most comprehensive school seismic upgrading program ever undertaken,” said education minister Don McRae. South Delta Secondary was built in 1973 and has close to 1,350 students in Grades 8 to 12. The school is the only public high school in Tsawwassen and one of two in the school district to offer French Immersion.

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Jackson strikes preemptively against regional police force ❙ Adrian MacNair reporter

Although there are no plans underway to create a regional police force in the Lower Mainland, Delta Mayor Lois Jackson is making it clear the municipality isn’t interested in being involved. “It has been proved over and over again that we are well served by our municipal force,” said Jackson at the Mayor’s Dialogue on Regionalization in Ladner Wednesday evening. Jackson made the comments following Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s public support for a regional police force, one of 63 recommendations made by Wally Oppal in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. Oppal blamed a lack of cooperation between police forces as the reason serial

killer Robert Pickton was able to kidnap and murder so many women. But Jackson countered that by saying the reason Delta was able to apprehend the killer of Laura Szendrei was because the police are involved in the community. “They knew the kids in the playgrounds, they knew where the troubled houses were, they knew what great innovative and investigative skills that they had,” she said. A regional police force wouldn’t have known these things, she added. But Oppal said Delta can still have community-based policing and join a regional police force. “I know that’s always a fear in communities such as Delta,” said Oppal. “But I think we need to understand those two concepts and principles are not mutually exclusive.” Vancouver deputy police chief Doug Lep-

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Man arrested after road rage incident on Hwy 99 A 40-year-man was slapped with a fine and had his car impounded on Friday after a road rage incident. According to Deas Island RCMP, the man driving a Nissan Maxima believed he had been cut off by another driver in a Jeep Wrangler while traveling southbound on Highway 99. The man in the Maxima began to chase the other driver while making threatening and taunting gestures. When he continued chasing and tailgating the other car, the 52-year-old driver of the other vehicle called the police. Officers were waiting at Ladner Trunk Road and stopped the man, charging him with Driving Without Reasonable Consideration for Others and Following Too Closely. He was fined $305 and his car immediately impounded for a minimum of seven days. “Driving in a dangerous manner out of anger, no matter what another person has allegedly done is clearly not acceptable or tolerated,” said Sgt. Lorne Lecker of Deas Island Traffic Services. “The public is reminded that, rather than take matters into their own hands, they should try to obtain the other vehicle license plate number and call police to report the incident.”

ard said it’s possible to have big police departments that are extremely connected to the community. “If we were starting from scratch to design the best policing model for the Lower Mainland, no one would design what we have now,” he said, voicing Vancouver’s support for a regional model. Delta police chief Jim Cessford supports the idea of provincially funded regional police forces that tackle specific problems like drug trafficking and gangs, but wants Delta’s police department to stay the course. Cessford said Delta’s model of policing, where “no call is too small,” is the one that works best for its residents. Meanwhile the RCMP, which polices most of the communities in the Lower Mainland, has stated neutrality on the issue, preferring to defer to politicians.

Bog activist looking for a Robin Hood to save ‘Sherwood Forest’ Biologist upset forest was clearcut for cranberry research farm ❙ Adrian MacNair reporter

There’s a Sherwood Forest and there’s a Nottingham, but he’s not the sheriff. Named after Warren Nottingham, who owns part of the land, Sherwood Forest is located west of Burns Bog between Crescent Slough and 72nd Avenue near the Vancouver landfill. It is habitat to an impressive variety and quantity of wildlife, such as raptors, deer, coyotes, and even bears. Although the land is all within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), it has never been farmed except for cattle grazing. But eight hectares of the forest immediately west of the landfill has been clearcut and five one-hectare ponds have been dredged to make way for Canada’s first and only cranberry research farm. That has biologist Donald DeMill, who has been working to protect Burns Bog for decades, fuming. That’s because the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) was

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originally slated to run right through Sherwood Forest, but was rerouted after the province’s scientific advisory panel (SAP) objected. “Why save one area in the ALR, why reroute a highway around it to preserve its natural virtue… just to turn around and farm previously pristine land,” said DeMill. The province acquired a 41-ha parcel of Sherwood Forest in 2007 for $1.6 million and was slated for the SFPR until Environment Canada raised objections about destroying the ecologically sensitive area. John Jeglum, a former professor of forest peatland science in Sweden and member of the SAP for the SFPR, said the forest is a “transition” zone of the bog. “We would have preferred, of course, not to see that chunk of forest cut,” he said,. SAP colleague and botanist Richard Hebda made a strong case to move the road in order to maintain

the forest. “What we had been most concerned about was the forested land right along Crescent Slough,” said Hebda, referring to the property still owned by Nottingham. He remembers that some of the forested land was not deemed ecologically required for the bog. Nevertheless, Hebda said the entire forest holds considerable hydrological value for the bog, as well as habitat for wildlife. “There’s also areas in what’s called the lagg, which are as important to the bog as the bog itself,” he said. The SFPR was subsequently realigned away from the forest and the province deemed the previously acquired land “surplus.” They sold an eight hectare parcel to the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission for $400,000 in March 2011. The federal government chipped in $250,000 under the Western Economic Diversification Fund, a stimulus program. DeMill questions why the federal government’s environmental agency objected to the highway destroying the forest only to later

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Ramsar site in 2012, and the Corporation of Delta will soon add it to the ecological conservancy. “The portion destroyed is shown on the map as having insufficient data, but it’s contiguous with the rest of Sherwood Forest mapped as essential,”

said DeMill. Unfortunately for those who want to save what remains of Sherwood Forest, peatland is perfect for growing cranberries. “There is some excellent peat there,” said John Savage, president of the Delta Farmers’ Institute. “It’s

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aroline Cullen had been a fan of photography all her life when she started to pursue it seriously more than 10 years ago. But it was while she was strolling the Ladner market with her camera gear in tow that her photography found a home. “A woman stopped me, and asked me if I’d be interested in coming to a meeting [of the Delta Photo Club],” she says. “I’m glad I did. Four years later, Cullen is the club’s publicity director, and one of its biggest cheerleaders. The Delta Photo Club was founded in the 1970s and now counts more than 100 members in its ranks. Cullen says the diversity of photographers and skill levels is part of what makes the club so great, and has helped to make her a better photographer. “It ranges from beginners to very seasoned pros,” she says. “We have nature photographers, street photographers, photo illustrators.” Cullen says her first passion is nature and wildlife photography. But when it’s rainy out, she likes to retire to the photo studio in her basement where she shoots portraits, as well as food and beverage work. “It’s a happy day when I’m taking photos,” she says. The club regularly holds critique nights where the more experienced members of-

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“Four days into eating differently I felt better,” she says. Before the challenge she was only going to the gym once a week. Now she tries five or six times a week and it’s paying off. “I found that I actually enjoy it,” she says, adding she’s learned to use machines she’s never tried before. Willborn’s goal is to drop to 160 pounds (72 kg) but she says it’s not just about losing weight. It’s about raising her overall fitness level and building muscle, both of which will help with her scoliosis. Adding more protein to her diet, especially at breakfast, is also building muscle. Things like cottage cheese, nuts, eggs, fish, or chicken, gives her the iron she needs. Willborn has also cut back on foods or fruits which are high in sugars. The whole family has rallied behind her efforts and

active magic show at the Tsawwassen Library at 1 p.m. and the Ladner Pioneer Library at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, march 27

Tuesday, march 26

• Spring Break will soon be upon us. Your local Delta library offers a couple of free magic shows during Spring Break that will sure to entertain the entire family. Joseph the Magician offers a fun-filled, high-energy, inter-

• The Canadian federation of university Women South delta  meets at the Benediction Lutheran Church Hall, 5575 6th Ave., Tsawwassen, at 7:15 p.m.  Speaker will be Dr. Avis Glaze,



she blogs about her progress. In her most recent blog entry, Willborn shares “Nancy’s Black Bean Brownies recipe,” a gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free treat that is healthy. Instead of flour, which she says clogs up the digestive system, Willborn uses eggs. And the beans provide iron and fibre. There are numerous ways you can play with the ingredients, including adding chocolate chips or yoghurt on top. Her boys Otto, 11, and Dash, 7, gave the dish a kid-approved taste test. To follow Willborn’s ongoing progress, go to and click on contests at the top.

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Thursday, march 28

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Have your say on future of tunnel The Ministry of Transportation once again came to town on Saturday touting its plans to replace the 54-year-old George Massey Tunnel. The near constant gridlock caused by the relic from the 1950s and its poorly designed approaches costs the local economy millions annually, and local residents minutes and hours of their day, every day. Due to its seismic danger, the tunnel is estimated at having a useful life of just 10 to 15 more years at this point. The South Arm of the Fraser River needs a new crossing to replace the George Massey Tunnel, that much is obvious. But a solution that doesn’t put alternative modes of transportation at the forefront instead of as an afterthought - is no solution at all. HOV lanes, dedicated rapid bus lanes, pedestrian sidewalks, and cycling access will do more to alleviate local congestion than merely expanding vehicular capacity. If given a viable, convenient, and cost-effective choice, commuters will more than happily leave their cars at home. Only when that happens will we see the gridlock lessen. After all, do we want to end up like Houston or Los Angeles, where endless freeways have led to endless congestion? A new crossing needs to be tolled to curb unnecessary single-passenger vehicle use and help recoup the cost of construction. A portion of this should also be earmarked for improvements to public transportation in the region. A plan which pays only lip service to public transportation needs is not good enough. We don’t want to end up with the same congestion problem on the new Fraser crossing years down the road, and be a billion dollars poorer for the effort. But that is precisely what will happen if funded public transportation options are not included in the Ministry of Transportation’s chosen option. • Whatever direction you want the George Massey Tunnel to take, now is the time to have your say. The Ministry of Transportation public consultation process concludes next month, and residents have until April 2 to submit thier feedback. For more information, visit -South Delta Leader

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The struggle to find balance with nature


here is an eerie stillness and quiet as I walk through the forest at the edge of Burns Bog. The ground sinks beneath my boots as I walk, making a sort of shlooping sound as the mud fights to hang on. As I near a tall tree the branches bend suddenly, spraying mist into the air as several enormous eagles take flight to a more secure perch. It is a primeval, ancient feeling to be surrounded by these massive birds, though I know the reason there are so many is the proximity of the Vancouver landfill. A rustling in the brush ahead produces two deer, leisurely grazing on the leafy bounty of the forest floor. They stop every now and then, necks craned straight up, listening and looking for predators.

The magical spell comes to an end as I reach the edge of the trees and come upon vast manmade ponds with dikes made up of the hectares of forest cut down to create them. This is Canada’s first cranberry research farm and will be a vital and important tool for fruit growers both in Delta and across the country. I stand at the literal boundary between nature and civilization, and the battlefield lies between the two. On the one side a thriving ecosystem of peatland flora and fauna, on the other a lifeless mass of broken twigs and drowned plants. For some, losing the forest to development could be seen as the way of progress. To others, it is the reminder of a world rapidly losing its green spaces. And yet, the death of a forest gives life to scientific knowledge. Agricultural researchers will study ways to grow cranberries in

the most ecologically sustainable manner, find methods of eliminating pests without using toxic chemicals, and find efficiencies that will help farmers. And some would argue—the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust for instance—that farms provide an essential barrier from the irreversible development of houses and malls. There are numerous animals and birds that thrive on farmland in Delta, and provide habitat on the fringes of forests. Farmland also offers the hope of rebirth. Where arable land falls into disuse, nature will reclaim its rightful place so long as it is allowed to happen. Finding the balance between nature, farmland, and new housing developments is a constant juggling act in Delta. But it’s well worth the time and consideration to keep one of those balls from crashing to the ground.


Letters to the editor Tunnel process follows familiar road It was with the sense of deja vu, that I attended Saturday’s “Tunnel Spiel” last Saturday in Tsawwassen. Inside the room, the five options were placed on easels with little yellow Post-It notes pasted around, with hovering ‘experts’ ready to pontificate on each option. But I knew the answer already, the preferred option is a new bridge and highway complex crossing into Richmond, near 80th Ave. in Delta. How did I know? Almost a decade ago, while attending a same sort of meeting, with various options placed on easels, (as a historical note, the NDP started this easel trick with the Millennium Line) surrounded by post-it notes, a senior Ministry of Transportation bureaucrat told a small group of us that there would be no plans to extend the (then) proposed Richmond rapid transit line across the South Arm of the Fraser River, because it was already planned that the next bridge across the Fraser would be a six to eight lane bridge crossing the river around 80th Ave. in Delta into Richmond and a second bridge crossing the North Arm to connect with Marine Way in South Burnaby. One has only to look at the massive interchanges being constructed for the SFPR at Hwy’s 17 and 99, that the planning the 80th Ave. Bridge is already underway and no one in the Ministry of Transportation has the moral fortitude to tell the public, so we have a sham series of ‘public consultation’, to appease the taxpayers and to pretend that; “they are contributing to the process.”

Please, who ever is running this little “dog and pony show” to please stop and save the taxpayer some money and tell us the truth, the decision has been made. As usual, honesty and candor have never been part of regional transportation planning and I guess I would hoping too much for a hint of change. Malcolm Johnston Delta

Council needs to sort its priorities That Mayor and Council’s fear of pastels of “yellow, blue and green” has been allayed with an alternate color scheme of “browns and earth tones” has me wondering, What year are we in? If Mayor and Council feel a sense of accomplishment because they get architects to change color schemes, they’re having themselves on. That Council didn’t demand a concession for the fact that this 58-unit building proposed for 12th and 54A is one storey higher than the “three-storey limit for the area” has me wondering, Whose Mayor and Council are they? Did it never occur to our local leaders that the developer proposed the “yellow, blue, and green” color scheme to distract attention from that extra storey? What sort of concessions might be wrung out of developers for added height? Council says they’re concerned about global warming, the rising sea, our shrinking farm lands, air quality, water usage, energy efficiency, pollution, leaky condos, the big earthquake that’s (over?)due - but their actions suggest that their only concern is paint

colors. For an extra storey, Council could get a building guaranteed for its life against leaks and rot; for two extra storeys, they could demand, in addition, the highest energy efficiency possible; for three extra storeys, they could insist on a structure of water-proof, ductile concrete--but instead they see red if they see “pastel shades of yellow, blue and green.” Greg Edwards Delta

Untapped potential in Paterson Park Re: Council urged to buy back Paterson Park from KPU, March15, 2013. Since the land was sold to Kwantlen Polytechnic University at half its value with the understanding that it be developed for public use, KPU should not be looking to recover full market value for the property and put it in the hands of developers. The Municipality should purchase the property and expand on the civic/community area that already includes Ladner Leisure Centre and Delta Gymnastics. It would be nice to see an additional sheet of ice to alleviate the shortage of ice time that has hockey players and figure skaters from Tsawwassen making a 40-minute return trip to Tilbury for most practices. Perhaps this could be a public-private partnership with the Vancouver Giants. A new training centre for them would free up ice time at the LLC for minor hockey players and skaters in South Delta. Christina Cafouros Delta

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A Big Thank You! South Delta Leader wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for their support at Project Bloom held Friday, March 8. Funds raised at this worthy event will benefit the Delta Hospital Women’s Fund at Delta Hospital. ❙ Katrina Pacey, litigation director for the Pivot Legal Society, speaks to the crowd of more than 120 women at the annual Project Bloom event, held March 8 at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. The event helped raise $3,600 for the Delta Hospital Foundation’s Women’s Fund. Rob Newell photo

Project Bloom gives back ❙ Staff writer

The South Delta Leader’s annual Project Bloom event in support of International Women’s Day helped raise $3,600 for the Delta Hospital Foundation Women’s Fund at the March 8 event. More than 120 attended the event, which was emceed by Sarah Daniels, star of HGTV’s Urban

Suburban and former Global BC TV reporter. Among the speakers at the event was Samantha Reynolds, founder of Echo Memoirs, and Pivot Legal Society’s Katrina Pacey. The sale of scarves, donated by Boutique Blanche, helped raise $1,550, while MK Delta Lands matched the donation with $1,550 of it own. The South Delta Leader also contributed $500 to

the fundraising campaign. The Delta Hospital Women’s Fund provides valuable diagnostic and therapeutic treatment for women in Delta with certain reproductive illnesses. These procedures are extremely valuable when it comes to screening patients for uterine cancer, treating them for anemia or assisting to diagnosis for repeated miscarriages or infertility.

Close to $1 million raised for new Reach home A $100,000 donation by Westshore Terminals to Reach Child and Youth Development Society, as well as $50,000 raised at the Reach for the Stars fundraiser last month, has put the local organization close to its annual fundraising goal to build a new child development centre in Ladner for children and youth with developmental disabilities.

“Westshore’s donation to Reach brings us just shy of this year’s $1 million goal from the total of $4 million that needs to be raised,” says Barbara Wallick, Chair for Reach Charitable Foundation. “We anticipate other Port related companies will now follow Westshore Terminals’ leadership and join in helping us support vulnerable children in our community.

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Friday, Friday, March March 22, 2013 2013  South Delta Leader

❙ Above: Dennis Kamlah, 82, has been farming on Westham Island his entire life. When his father retired he bought 15 hectares from him, which he continues to farm with his grandsons. Right: Though times have changed, there are still signs reminding people of the importance of agriculture in Delta. Adrian MacNair photos

Borne of dirt, shaped by the land Delta’s long-time farmers are a link to the past, but increasingly, their way of life is under pressure Adrian MacNair



racked and calloused, Dennis Kamlah’s hands tell the story of a life lived off the land - a living earned through toil and sweat. Kamlah began farming on Westham Island 72 years ago, back when all the work was done by hand. The 82-year-old remembers making hay with a dump rake pulled behind two horses. “Then you’d gather it up by pitchfork and make haycocks in the field,” he says, chewing over old memories. Little has changed on the island since Kamlah began working as a 10-year-old with his father Rudolph on their Tamboline Road farm in 1941. But that pastoral way of life is at risk as the growth of the Lower Mainland


puts pressure on agricultural land, and the economics of farming make it harder and harder for old-timers like Kamlah to stay in business. Westham Island lies entirely in the Agricultural Land Reserve, and has been isolated from the progress and development elsewhere in Delta. But when Kamlah visits Ladner these days it’s rare to see a familiar face. “In the old days there was only a couple of shops and when you went shopping you knew everybody, including the guy that was running the store.” Prior to 1959, when the Massey Tunnel brought in a tide of housing developments, Ladner between Westham Island and Highway 17 was

all “farmland and buckbrush.” Kamlah’s farming neighbour, 73-year-old Gordon Ellis, remembers how few people there were back then. “Basically, when somebody drove down the road you wondered where they were going,” he says laughing. “They went to town two days ago, I wonder why they’re going back.” If the family needed a new car, they’d go to New Westminster. And if they needed a fancy new appliance, they’d have to board the ferry to Vancouver. Many of the farmers on Westham Island are descended from the settler families of Ladner. Ellis’s great-great-grandfather was John Kirkland, who at the height of his


wealth owned about 600 hectares of land in Delta. Although Ellis wasn’t alive to see it, he remembers his father Herbert talk about the Great Depression and how the family struggled to survive. They had cows to sell milk to the dairy so they could buy sugar and flour and they lived off the land for food. Back in the ‘30s they were considered poor dirt farmers and the land was practically worthless. Fourth-generation farmer John Savage, 77, says his grandfather had a 145-ha dairy farm on River Road, what is now Tilbury Industrial Park. “There were some tough times,” he says, recalling stories his father told him about the so-called dirty thirties. “There used to be people come out

from New Westminster, walk River Road and come to grandpa’s place to get milk or some potatoes and they would work for the food.” He remembers his father talk about ploughing furrows with a team four horses. A farmer would plough from sun up until noon, and then switch the team of horses to give them a rest. The farmer didn’t get one though. Like most farm boys, Savage was responsible for feeding calves when he was young. Their 70-ha family farm on Ladner Trunk Road and 72nd Avenue was bought in 1945 where they raised a dairy herd until 1964. As consumer demand changed, so did they, switching to beef until 1976, and now crop farming.

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Jewellery REPAIR SALE LIMITED TIME OFFER! ❙ Above: Gordon Ellis, 73, is a cattle and crop farmer, whose family line goes back to the early Ladner settlers, the Kirklands. His daughter runs Westham Island Herb Farm, named after his father Herbert. Left: Dennis Kamlah’s hands bear the marks of a lifetime spent working the fields of Westham Island. Adrian MacNair photos Savage remembers a time when neighbours would help each other bring in the harvest. Three or four farmers would help out, and then they’d move the thresher to the next field. Kamlah misses those good old times. “To tell you the truth the whole attitude of helping each other and working together, we’ve lost that pretty much,” he says. “It’s not that the neighbours aren’t good or anything, it’s just that the times have changed.” Back in the old days a farmer passed on his knowledge, and then his farm, to his sons. But both Ellis and Kamlah had four daughters. That may be part of the reason they’ve never retired. But Kamlah’s grandsons, Blake and Ryan Lundstrom, have joined him in growing potatoes. “They’re trying to pick up farming and get into business, but it’s a tough go for them,” he says. Last year was so dry that the potatoes bruised easily and the mud lumps were so hardened that the crop was damaged while trying to remove it.

The price of land is also getting so expensive that the land use is practically prohibitive to farming. Kamlah remembers his father buying land for $2,500 a hectare back in 1951. Farmland in Delta today goes for about $150,000 a hectare, and as high as $250,000 nearest areas under pressure from development. But even with the increased value in the land, farmers rarely get to cash in. “Sure, we got all this equity but we don’t have any money,” says Ellis. “Any money we ever made farming we put back into the farm, so consequently it’s hard to retire.” He sees the future of farming as small-scale organic operations selling straight to the public, like his daughter Sharon’s Westham Island Herb Farm. “The demand now on farmland for uses other than farm is a little bit overbearing,” says Savage, adding only about three percent of the land in B.C. is arable today. “It would be very difficult for a young person now to get into the business.” A former agriculture minister under the B.C. Social Credit Par-

ty, Savage wants to protect the remaining farmland in Delta. But encroachment by development is a constant threat. The new South Fraser Perimeter Road has carved up the edges of his farm, making it even more difficult to continue. When Kamlah’s father sold all his land to retire, he bought 15 hectares from him—it was all he could afford. Although he’ll turn 83 soon, he has no intentions of ever hanging up his work clothes for good. “I don’t golf, I don’t fish, I don’t have a hobby, farming’s my hobby,” he says, looking out at winter’s flooded fields. “Farming’s my life. I’ve been doing it since I was a little boy.” Although Ellis has two daughters working with him on the farm, he doesn’t plan to retire either. “My dad was working here on the tractor digging potatoes one day before he died,” he says. “That was what he wanted to do, he didn’t have to be doing that, but that was his retirement.” Ellis says he wants to go the same way. “It would be kind of nice to die on the dirt you worked on.”

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There are many things to think about before you start renovating one of the most important rooms in the house.

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Starting a kitchen reno By Maggie Calloway Making the decision to renovate your kitchen is one of the most exciting and scary decisions you can make. A kitchen is more than just another room; in many ways it’s the very heart of the home and you need to get it right. Hundreds of decisions will have to be made, each one dependent on the next. No wonder it is so daunting.

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Georgie winners take home the gold My House Design/Build Team and MAC Marketing multiple winners at CHBA awards. By Kerry Vital The top tier of British Columbia’s residential construction industry was honoured at the Georgie Awards in Vancouver on Feb. 23. Presented by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC, the awards have been presented for the past 21 years and showcase the high-quality work of B.C.’s home building and renovation community.

“This year’s Georgie Awards winners showcase the culture of imagination and ingenuity that only grows stronger throughout our province each year,” says CHBA BC President Nathan Stone. “From Vancouver Island to Whistler, from the Okanagan to the Interior, the winners and the finalists continue to show us that B.C. is a true leader when it comes to excellence in the residential construction industry.” Among the big winners at the awards was My House Design/Build Team, who left with five awards, including Best Residential Renovation $500,000 to $799,999, Best Renovation – Any Room and Best Interior Design Custom Residence – New or Renovation.

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Local home construction professionals honoured at provincial award ceremony “ from page.12 Portrait Homes added to their great reputation for customer service with the Customer Choice Georgie Award for Multi-Family Low-Rise Production Builder. “We value awards for customer satisfaction above all others!,” says Dave Wallace, Chief Operating Officer for Portrait Homes. “We work very hard creating a stellar customer experience and the Customer Choice award is a huge win for our whole team!” This year, the Platinum Georgie Award was given to Concert Real Estate Corporation. The Platinum Award honours companies who have won 25 or more Georgie Awards. “It is a tremendous honour to have been repeatedly recognized by the CHBA BC and the Georgie Awards as among the best of the best within the province’s home building industry,” says David Podmore, chairman and CEO of Concert Properties Ltd. “Recognized both within the industry and by the public in general as showcasing dedication to superior standards, these Awards reflect our commitment to delivering top-quality homes backed by superior customer service.” Other winners at the awards include G. Wilson Construction for Best Residential Renovation $800,000 and Over and Adera Development Corporation for Sustainable and Innovative Community for seven35 and Salesperson of the Year in New Home Construction for Stephanie Sonnenberg at Salus, zen and Breeze. Among the winners in the marketing categories was MAC Marketing Solutions for Best Logo, Best Brochure and Best Project-Specific Website for various projects. They were also the recipient of the Grand Georgie Award for Marketing 1 13-03-14 1:29 CampaignMyHouse_RenoNation_GeorgieAd_.pdf of the Year for Cressey’s Meccanica. For a full list of winners and to see photos of all of the projects, visit

The Platinum Georgie Award was given to Concert Real Estate Corporation this year. CEO David Podmore was on hand to receive the award from outgoing CHBA President MJ Whitemarsh.


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jobs they undertake, carry a minimum of $2 million liability insurance and maintain a safe and organized work site, among others. While it may be tempting to hire someone under the table, this can have huge repercussions if something goes wrong, whether that’s someone getting hurt or a job not being completed on time. Hiring a renovator with the RenoMark designation means that you don’t have to worry about some of the typical stresses that come with renovating your home. You can also be assured that your renovator is up-to-date with all the latest trends, materials and regulations, which protects both you and the renovator. An added bonus of having a professional renovator with the RenoMark certification is that it can increase your resale value down the road. Having a professionally done job means that the work will stand the test of time and will look great. Research done by RE/MAX shows that the top projects undertaken by homeowners every year include kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, replacing windows or doors, replacing or upgrading the roof and adding a fireplace. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home, being able to enjoy your new renovation without having to worry about corners being cut and regulations being ignored is well worth it. The RenoMark Renovator’s Guide lays out a list of steps that homeowners need to take before beginning a renovation. The first is to carefully plan your project, including researching what is required, from permits to the trades involved. You also need to consider whether you need to move out of your home during the process, and how long the renovation will take. The second step is to hire your renovator, and ask about his or her experience with projects that are similar to the one you want. The third step the guide recommends is to get a written contract with the renovator in order to protect both

GVHBA CEO Bob de Wit notes that there are several benefits to hiring a RenoMark-certified renovator, including the assurance that they are educated in the latest tools of the trade. Submitted photo

yourself and the renovator. It should lay out the cost, materials, time, scope of the work and any instructions you have for the people working on the house. For example, if you require everything to be cleaned up by the end of each day, or want a specific room to be protected during construction, make sure it is in writing. The fourth step is to check on the progress during your renovation. It is very important to keep in regular contact with the people working on your house. This leads into the fifth recommendation, discuss your project. If you notice something that you want changed or you have any questions, don’t hesitate to talk to your renovator and make sure you’re both on the same page. Make sure any changes that you make during your discussions are put in writing. For more information about the program and to find a RenoMark contractor, visit

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Friday, March 22, 2013  South Delta Leader

Finding a use for those reclaimed pieces By Maggie Calloway An interior design style which has great appeal is mixing modern, with sometimes very stark lines, with pieces made of reclaimed wood and even old machinery repurposed into functional furniture. The advantage of repurposing old boards and machinery is they are mostly one-of-a-kind and as such much more interesting. Craig Pearce, principal of Union Wood Supply Co., is passionate about aging objects of industrial origin and designing and building with reclaimed wood. In fact, he cheerfully admits he was born into the wrong era. After “making his bones” working with a rustic log cabin furniture maker, Pearce went on to furnish his home with his own designs then filled the demands from friends. It was a natural next step to form Union Wood Supply Co. “As far as finding architectural salvage goes I have spent many years doing this as a hobby. I have travelled all over North America and made many great contacts,” he says. “I still travel a lot because salvagers usually specialize in one or two things and I want as much variety as possible so I still need to hit the road. We go to cities we know has some good old industrial history and start checking it out.” Even talking about the “hunt” as he calls it, you can hear his excitement. “We just got back from Oakland, California and bought a couple of pieces from an antique dealer. When we got talking he said if we wanted to look at some industrial pieces we should meet him at an isolated warehouse,” Pearce says. “This is how we find some great

pieces that are not always on display; we recognize each other.” Old-growth wood is found in demolition sites, salvage yards and abandoned buildings. Other prizes such as barn doors, lighting and old bricks are carefully removed and transported back to the shop to sometimes become part of a new project and sold. These pieces are unique and often tell a story of a time and place no longer part of our more fast-paced life. They are often pieces made with pride to last more than a lifetime. Working out of what was once a mechanic’s garage, clients at Union Wood Supply can browse the showroom and even the workshop to get inspired. And if what you are looking for isn’t there, just wait and magic may happen.

Craig Pearce of Union Wood Supply Co. says anything can be repurposed, from old typewriters, left, to bar stools and bedroom furniture. Martin Knowles photos


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South Delta Leader Friday, March 22, 2013

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By Maggie Calloway If there is one thing which will make a huge difference in both how you live in a space and, even more importantly, how the family feels about the space they live in, it has got to be the installation of skylights. We live in a climate with many months of grey rainy days. This is one of the prices we pay for the lush scenery, but if we live in a home with a dark interior the other price we could pay is the effect that has on our mood. One of the worries of homeowners considering installing skylights is the fear of leakage. Technology has advanced a long way and Velux, a major manufacturer and installer of skylights and a leader in developing the No Leak Skylight, recognizes those fears and has addressed them. Mark Taylor of Velux explains that the company is very aware of the homeowner’s trepidation. “The No Leak Skylight addresses those concerns and so sure are we of our product we offer excellent warranties,” he says. “You are right about the need for light in our climate and the most efficient way of introducing natural light into the home

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Do your research before starting a renovation “ from page.12 Once you decide the time is right to go ahead with a new kitchen, the first step is to do your homework then hire a contractor who can make your dream come true. Klondike Contracting founder Eric Schapira understands how important this room in particular is to a family and he has some advice to give as you begin the process. “The first thing is to determine what the budget is and what it is you want to achieve. Some people are concerned about resale value and don’t want to overspend for the area so I advise speaking to a realtor who is familiar with the neighbourhood,” he says. “The other point to consider when setting a budget is how long are you planning on living in the house? If you plan on staying in the house for over five years I tell clients to renovate for their own enjoyment and don’t worry about resale. If you are planning on moving within five years know you will be hard-pressed to get your money back. It is very important to know the reason you are renovating and what the budget is.” Schapira advises people to really know what it is they want to achieve out of the renovation in terms of how it looks and the functionality. Look through magazines, watch TV shows or go online to figure out what aesthetic you are looking to achieve as well as understand the function of the kitchen. Is it a place the family congregates on a regular basis, do you like to entertain regularly or is it a quiet serene place where you just have breakfast?

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The Delta Ice Hawks’ season came to a close Monday night at Minoru Arenas as the local Junior B hockey club fell 5-1 to the Richmond Sockeyes in Game 7 of the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Tom Shaw Conference finals. With the win, the Sockeyes now go on to play the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the PJHL championship, which begins Wednesday night in Aldergrove. The Sockeyes never gave the Ice Hawks a chance Monday night as they opened up a 4-0 lead before Spencer Schoen got Delta on the scoreboard in the third period. The Sockeyes outshot the Ice Hawks 39-28, chasing starting goalie Alexander Ahnert from the net midway through the second period. Richmond was two-forthree on the powerplay, while Delta didn’t have a man-advantage all game. The Ice Hawks had battled back to force a Game 7 after falling behind 3-1 in their best-of-seven series with the Sockeyes with a pair of wins last week. On Thursday, the Ice Hawks topped the Sockeyes 5-4 on the road to stay alive in the series. The Ice Hawks opened the scoring with a shorthand-

Locals headed to nationals Seven local athletes are off to the National AA Ringette Championships in Fredericton, March 31 to April 7, as part of the Lower Mainland Ringette Association’s elite U-16 Thunder team. From the Delta Ringette Club are Taylor McIntosh, Dana Dunstan, Ingrid Bakke, Monica Salt, Arisa Cadeau, Jenna Suzuki, and Cassie Decaloustian. Earlier this season, the U-16 Thunder took home gold from the Woods Tournament in Edmonton, as well as at the Pacific Ring Tournament in Richmond. The team is raising funds to cover the $56,000 in travel expenses for the trip to nationals. Those wishing to donate or sponsor can contact Shawn Bird at 604773-4654 or o

❙ Spencer Schoen battles for the puck with a member of the richmond Sockeyes Saturday night at the ladner leidure Centre. Jim Kinnear photo ed goal late in the first period from the stick of David Rudin. Mitchell Walter scored unassisted early in the second period to put the visitors up 2-0, before the home team answered back with a pair of goals of their own. Both teams traded goals late in the middle frame to head to the third tied 3-3. A nasty check by Sockeyes forward Bret Higham resulted in the six-foot-three bruiser getting a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. The Ice Hawks made the most of the five-minute powerplay, with Anthony Brito and Kolten Grieve both scoring in a span of 30 seconds.

The Sockeyes pushed hard to equalize, with Jake Roder scoring to draw within one. Richmond pulled goalie Kootenay Alder in the final minute for the extra attacker, but Ahnert was able to keep the puck out of the net and keep Delta alive in the playoff series. Brito was named the game’s first star for his two-goal effort, while Aaron Merrick was named third star, scoring a pair of assists. Schoen tallied three assists, while Marc Letourneau, Tanner Gattinger, and Alex Martin each notched a helper of their own. Daniel Delbianco opened the scoring for the Ice Hawks Saturday

night at the Ladner Leisure Centre just a minute into the game. Delta held the 1-0 lead until early in the second period, when Danton Heinen of the Richmond Sockeyes tied the game. The lead didn’t last for long, however, as Marc Letourneau and Aaron Merrick each scored for the Ice Hawks to give the home team a 3-1 lead. Richmond notched a short-handed goal midway through the third period to draw within one, but the Ice Hawks answered back with a goal of their own 20 seconds later on the same powerplay. Delbianco was named the game’s first star for his two-goal effort, while

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Ahnert was the game’s second star fore his 23save performance. Delta outshot Richmond 47-25, and went 1-for-7 on the powerplay, while Richmond was 0-for-3. The Ice Hawks finish the season with a record of 31-9-4 in league play, and a playoff record of 7-4 through two rounds. Merrick led the team in post-season scoring, with eight goals and three assists in 11 games, while Anthony Brito had four goals and seven assists in nine games. Martin was the team’s highest-scoring blueliner, with one goal and five assists in 11 games. Ahnert finished the season with 2.51 goals-against-average, and a .920 save percentage


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Friday, March 22, 2013

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GVHBA extends deadline for voting to April 8

People’s Choice Award to be handed out 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 April 8. Voters will be entered to win a LUX 550 Cart Model barbecue valued at

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Coming home to Polygon’s Red Maple Park By Kerry Vital

Langley is widely considered to be the “countryside” of the Lower Mainland, with a number of equestrian and agricultural areas. Polygon’s Red Maple Park makes living the idyllic country lifestyle easy. “The location is ideal,” says sales manager Judy Rohatyn. “The neighbourhood is nice and quiet. We’ve had so many young families and couples moving in.” Red Maple Park’s convenient location means that there are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities nearby. Willowbrook Mall and the Langley Events Centre are also close, and a new elementary school within walking distance of Red Maple Park will open in the fall. For commuters, this location offers quick access to Highway 1 and the Langley bypass. Red Maple Park offers some of the best value in Langley in a convenient, yet exclusive, setting. The two- and three-bedroom townhomes are spacious and open, with several floorplans to choose from. Homes impress with charming Arts and Crafts architectural details and custom interior design elements. Every home has a large deck or patio, and a yard surrounded by picket fencing, with most homes featuring a tandem double-car garage. “This is an established community,” Rohatyn says, adding that the homes are move-in ready. Inside, natural light flows through large windows and the nine-foot ceilings on the main floor give the

Right now you can afford to buy a new home for the same price as renting,” says sales manager Judy Rohatyn. space an airy ambiance. Attractive and durable wood laminate flooring is featured throughout the main level, and kitchens boast stainless-steel appliances, contemporary customcrafted flat-panel cabinetry and luxurious quartz countertops. Master ensuites are spa-inspired with dual sinks, an elegant light bar that illuminates the full-length vanity mirror, countertops with integral backsplash and custom-designed flatpanel cabinetry. And, most homes also include a bathtub with ceramic tile surround in the main bathroom. Another incentive which puts Red Maple Park above the competition is exclusive use of the impressive 8,400 square-foot resort-inspired Maples Club, which features an outdoor pool and whirlpool, fitness studio, guest suites for out-of-town visitors, theatre

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Homeowners at Red Maple Park will have exclusive use of The Maples Club, top, a clubhouse that features a theatre room, fitness studio and outdoor pool, among other things. Inside, the homes are spacious, with gourmet kitchens, above, and huge windows to let in the light, left. A23

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Friday, March 22, 2013

South Delta Leader

Saving Sherwood Forest ❙ P4

Face to Face ❙ P5

– Robert Carriere

With this promotion on our 2013/2014 Springs Golf Card, you can save a lot – and enjoy all-season golf for a lot less.

Play it for yourself.

$99 pay

to never have to pay more than $59 in green fees


“Best new course on the west coast of canada!”

Play More, Pay Less

Driver taken into custody, car impounded


Tsawwassen Springs

golf card

Biologist not happy with cranberry clearcut

Delta Photo Club aims to inspire

Road rager arrested ❙ P4

FriDay ∙ March 22 ∙ 2013


SCC rejects Berner conviction appeal The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by Carol Ann Berner, who was convicted in the drunk driving death of toddler Alexa Middelaer. Berner, who was found guilty in July 2010 of two counts of dangerous driving causing death and bodily and two counts of impaired driving causing death and bodily harm, had applied to the country’s highest court to reverse the conviction. Wednesday morning the Supreme Court of Canada announced Berner’s application was to be “dismissed without costs.” Berner had previously appealed her conviction to the B.C. Court of Appeal, however, that too was dismissed in November of 2012.

a ll y e a r*


receive the following: $59 preloaded on your card and a choice of a Tsawwassen Springs Callaway golf shirt or a Nike golf hat. Valid april 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014

❙ See story, P.3

For more details please call

Pro Shop: 604.948.GOLF {4653}

Feds, Port could help fund new crossing

Or visit us online

Show homes open Tuesday-Sunday 12-5pm

The eleventh hole at the new Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course

The provincial government is looking at sharing the costs to replace the aging George Massey Tunnel, and the Federal government and Port Metro Vancouver could be possible partners. That’s according to project manager Geoff Freer, who spoke before more than 150 local residents at the Ministry of Transportation’s public information session on Saturday in Tsawwassen.

SOUTH DELTA LEADER Client: Tsawwassen Springs Today’s Date: March 20, 2013 11:20 AM Size: 10.3125” x 7” (no bleed)

Houses starting at $819,900 Including GST for the next 8 sales Visit our presentation centre and show homes: 5099 Springs Boulevard (formerly 1595 52nd St for gps) Tsawwassen, Delta British Columbia V4M 0A2 Call: 604.948.HOME {4663} Join us online

Show homes open Tuesday-Sunday 12-5pm

Win a trip for 2 to see Micheal Bublé in London! Visit us online to learn more.

Ice Hawks downed The Delta Ice Hawks’ season came to a close Monday night at Minoru Arenas as the local Junior B hockey club fell 5-1 to the Richmond Sockeyes in Game 7 of the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Tom Shaw Conference finals. With the win, the Sockeyes now go on to play the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the PJHL championship, which begins Wednesday night in Aldergrove. ❙ See story, P.21


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