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From left, Ray Cerantola of the Port Moody Police department’s Green Team, Tabitha McLoughlin, executive director of the Coquitlam Farmers Market Society, and community garden co-ordinator Lori Greyell stand in the vacant lot next to the Port Moody Police Department headquarters, where there will be a community garden built this spring. For more on this, see article on page 6.

Video game set in school raises some red flags By Diane Strandberg THE TRI-CITY NEWS

A Port Moody secondary school grad is distancing himself from a video he posted of a firstperson shooter game, still in development, that is set in his former high school. The game has been taken down fromYouTube since it first drew attention Wednesday and Aarman Rahim said in an email he didn’t make the game. He also asked that his name not be published because of the potential controversy. see STATEMENT ON SITE, page 3

Coq. bottom of cop stats By Sarah Payne THE TRI-CITY NEWS

The number of police officers in Coquitlam continues to rank at the bottom of the pack compared to other similarsized cities, even though its “cop-to-pop.” ratio increased by seven officers over 2011. O n We d n e s d a y, Statistics Canada released its annual report for police resources across the country. It shows that Coquitlam and Richmond, both

with a ratio of 114 officers per 100,000 residents, had the lowest police-to-population ration of 11 cities with more than 100,000 people. Ratios for other cities in the same category, per 100,000 residents, are (2011 rates in brackets): • Victoria: 229 (232) • Vancouver: 202 (208) • Abbotsford: 156 (168) • Delta: 149 (156) • Surrey: 137 (134) • Saanich: 130 (132) • Burnaby: 128 (131) Port Coquitlam’s ratio remained the second-

lowest in B.C. for populations between 50,000 and 99,999, with a ratio of 102:100,000. Only North Vancouver District’s ratio of 85:100,000 was lower. Ratios for other cities are: • Prince George: 171 (182) • Nanaimo: 168 (171) • New Westminster: 164 (163) • Kamloops: 148 (142) • Maple Ridge: 111 (115) see TRI-CITIES, page 8

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“The annual release of the [police-to-population] ratios suggests that inputs are more important than results, and we know that’s not STEWART true. We have a very low crime rate, and our residents feel safe and secure.” Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart


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Turn out the lights for Earth Hour on Saturday night Initiative part of global endeavour The city of Port Coquitlam is getting behind an initiative to pro-

mote energy conservation and cut greenhouse gases with a challenge to businesses and residents to participate in Earth Hour. This is the sixth year

the city has joined the global climate-change initiative, launched in 2007 by the World Wildlife Federation and the city of Sydney, Australia. And PoCo’s

Mayor Greg Moore hopes more people will turn off all non-essential lights and power sources for one hour — from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 — as

part of Earth Hour. Last year, fewer people took part than in 2011 but Moore hopes to reverse that trend and that people will take the opportunity to think

about ways they can reduce their energy consumption all year long. Social media and posters posted at city facilities will promote Earth Hour and citizens

can sign up at www. earthhourcanada.org to help earn recognition for Port Coquitlam. PoCo will also be turning off non-essential lights and power on Saturday.

Parenting key to safe Statement on site kids – not software defends the use Tech expert to lead discussion on kids & the net By Diane Strandberg The TrI-CITy News

A Coquitlam educator says parenting, not parent control software, is the key to keeping kids safe online. Dave Sands, School District 43’s energy manager, who also consults on technology for the district, says the genie is out of the bottle when it comes to the internet and parents are coming to the realization that they have to do more to guide their children’s internet use. With new social media sites cropping up all the time and increasing numbers of youth online — IPSOS Reid reports a majority of youth are texting (54%) and are using online social media daily to communicate (48%) — parents need to find a way to have conversations with their kids about their online activity, and how to regulate it. “There’s no getting around just good, oldfashioned parenting,” Sands said, noting that youth are increasingly tied to constant contact with friends and, thus, are unable to escape the pressures of socializing, even when they are at home or engaged in activities unrelated to school and friends. “They basically don’t get the down time. We [parents] don’t understand. These issues don’t disappear,”Sands said. And because kids lack the self-regulation and control that comes with experience, it’s up to par-

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Registration for “Parenting the Net Generation — What Makes our Kids Click” is required at dpac43davesands.eventbrite.ca (this is the preferred method) or by phone (604-9393690, leaving your name, phone number and number of people attending). Child-minding is not available and this is an adults-only event. For more information about Dave Sands, visit connectandprotect.wikispaces.com. ents to provide the guidance. “The kids know the landscape but we have the moral compass to navigate it,”he said. On April 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Gallery Room at Winslow Centre in Coquitlam, Sands will be offering tips on proactive e-parenting and discussing the issues of screen time, addiction and internet safety. Parents are encouraged to bring their laptop computers and will leave the workshop with information and strategies to support their kids in avoiding risky behaviour and achieving balance in their lives. One idea Sands uses with his teens and preteens is to encourage everyone to plug their

phones into a charging device in the kitchen before dinner, games night or other family activities. Cue the whining and the complaints? “We need to step up and make sure we’re parenting, and it’s hard work,”he said.

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Parents of younger children, especially elementary school parents, are welcome to attend the workshop so they learn strategies early. Sands said he has been bringing his message to increasingly younger kids and parents, including visiting a recent kindergarten/ Grade 1 class to talk about not sharing pass-

words and personal information online. In recent years, the conversation on children’s internet use has moved from how to block kids from accessing inappropriate content online to providing guidance and strategies so kids know what to do when something bad happens. This is a positive trend, Sands says, because parents are no longer burying their heads in the sand. And the suicide last fall of Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd (who posted a video about being bullied online) may be behind the change in parental attitudes. “People are looking for deeper answers now.” He cautions parents to avoid confiscating kids’ internet connections, smart phones, etc. when something bad happens online, and instead be open to conversations and acknowledging kids for sharing information.

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Parents can then take appropriate action to support their children, whether it be contacting the police, the school or other parents involved. The pervasiveness of technology requires a community response, he said, and parents are on the front lines. “We need to work together,” Sands said, acknowledging that parents, educators, school administrators and emergency responders need to support youth or they’ll simply turn to their peers for help and advice. “That’s just the blind leading the blind.”

of PMSS in video continued from front

The game is now posted on a separate site not related to Rahim, who said he was in class Thursday and unable to comment by phone before The Tri-City News’ print deadline. But Rahim said in an email that responses to questions about the video will soon be posted in the form of an FAQ on the new site, pmssmap.tk. The video can now be seen on this site, as well as the message: “In case you missed our critically received developer preview trailer to this production, here it is for your viewing pleasure: Due to the overwhelming response, this site was hastily uploaded. Content and information will be added as time goes on. Check back soon for more. “Rest assured there is no malicious intent behind this production to any actual school property, nor any actual persons associated with the school.” In response to the question “With recent gun violence in schools, is this appropriate?,” it further states: “This initiative was in motion well before the recent outbursts of gun violence. We also think that players of this map and games like this will be sufficiently mature to realize that the degrees of freedom allotted to you in the virtual realm do not extend to your rights in reality. Additionally, people

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“Players... will be sufficiently mature to realize that the degrees of freedom allotted to you in the virtual realm do not extend to your rights in reality.” Statement on website should realize this is simply a game, no physical harm comes from it. You are free to interpret these productions in any light you wish, but speculation is simply speculation. “We’d also like to point out that there are other forms of entertainment which involve victimization of school children as a core part of their mechanic. Movies, games, etc. which portray gratuitous loss of human life. We do not wish to claim a moral point in this behaviour at all. We are simply using the environment as a relatable location, and we certainly don’t seek to promote harmful action against any persons.” Although Rahim stated that he’s not the developer of the game, he said he did provide resources. The video, posted Tuesday, but taken down the next day, shows the exterior and the interior of the high school, including its iconic rainbow lockers. Partway through the video, a hand holding an automatic weapon begins shooting at individuals wearing fatigues. A sign with

the words PMSS: A Tradition of Excellence is seen briefly, and combatants appear to “die,” much like they do on popular games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. However, nobody is seen close up, no faces are revealed and no “students” appear in the game. On Wednesday, the game had close to 800 views on YouTube, and generated comment on local blogs. PMSS is currently closed for spring break and The Tri-City News was unable to reach principal Karen Jensen via email by press deadline. Any comments or new information will be posted at www.tricitynews.com as they become available. Rahim is an SFU student who has been a champion of several causes, including the establishment of a community garden at PMSS. He is currently the content executive at the CUTC, Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference, slated to take place May 4. But he stated in an email that the game is unrelated to the conference. dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

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Tri-City voters can hear what their provincial candidates have to say at all-candidates meetings scheduled in each of the region’s four ridings. Hosted by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, the meetings will follow a moderated question-andanswer format, according to special events manager Jordan Moe. Each candidate will have three minutes to

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make an opening statement, after which the moderator will relay questions from the audience (as opposed to an open microphone format). At the end of the meeting the candidates will be able to address comments made during the opening statements. The chamber’s policy committee will also have prepared questions to ask the candidates. The meetings for each riding are as follows: • Coquitlam-Burke

Mountain — April 29, 7 p.m. at the Douglas College David Lam campus, Coquitlam; • CoquitlamMaillardville — April 30, 7 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Inn and Convention Centre, Coquitlam; • Po r t M o o d y Coquitlam — May 7, 7 p.m. at the Port Moody Inlet Theatre; • Port Coquitlam — May 9, 7 p.m. at the PoCo Inn and Suites Hotel and Conference Centre. spayne@tricitynews.com

Help us make 2013 a year to remember! We have several volunteer opportunities for Port Moody Centennial events, including: • Port Moody’s Centennial Parade (June 22) • Centennial All Nations Festival (June 22) • Centennial Community Picnic (August 17) All volunteers receive a centennial souvenir. For more information on volunteering at these and other events, follow the Centennial link at www.portmoody.ca or email centennial@portmoody.ca.

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Join the City in celebrating the anniversary of Port Moody’s April 7, 1913 inaugural Council meeting. Mayor and Council will take us back 100 years in a re-enactment of that meeting, including period costumes, heritage vehicles and a debate on 100-year old bylaws. Revisit the historic beginnings of Andrés wines in Port Moody at the Andrew Peller Limited interactive historic display. Learn about the company’s history and products, then check out artifacts from the old winery and tasting room.

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Coquitlam Coun. Linda Reimer has been granted an unpaid leave of absence so she can run for the BC Liberals in Port Moody-Coquitlam in the May 14 provincial election. Council unanimously approved her request for a leave during Monday’s meeting; the leave begins April 16 and ends on election day. In a report, staff said Reimer is not required to take a leave under the Community Charter but given the fact she has requested the time away, special consideration could be given. The Charter states that a councillor must request a formal leave if they are unable to attend meetings over a 60-day period or if they miss four consecutive regularly scheduled meetings. Coun. Selina Robinson, another member of council who is running in the provincial election — she’s seeking the CoquitlamMaillardville seat for the NDP — said this week she is still considering whether she will take a similar leave. “I am just talking with my campaign team to make sure the timing works,” she said. “I will be meeting with them to make those decisions.”

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Setting it straight Re. “Coq. wants a bridge” (The Tri-City News, March 20). The above-noted story contained incorrect information about Coquitlam’s share of the cost of replacing the Bailey Bridge to New Westminster, stating it as $1.7 million. In fact, Coquitlam would only be on the hook for half the amount, which totals $850,000.

Agenda Highlights Monday, March 25, 2013

7:00 pm – council cHAmbers 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam CounCil Amendment ConneCtions Central Elementary School & Hazel Trembath Elementary Students - Bridge Contest

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Ray Cerantola of the Port Moody Police department’s Green Team, community garden co-ordinator Lori Greyell and Tabitha McLoughlin, executive director of the Coquitlam Farmers Market Society, next to the Port Moody Police Department headquarters, where there will be a community garden built this spring.

Get growing next to cop shop Empty lot to hold gardening plots in Port Moody By Sarah Payne ThE Tri-CiTy NEws

If you’re looking to get growing in a new community garden with some built-in security, an information night next week will give you an opportunity to find out how to get involved — from the ground up. Th e Po r t M o o dy

Winter Farmers Market and Port Moody Police Department’s Green Team are partnering to create the garden in the vacant lot beside the public safety building — that’s police HQ — on St. Johns Street, and hope to have plants in the ground later this spring. “Fingers crossed, if everything goes as planned, we’re hoping for May,” said Tabitha McLoughlin, executive director of the Coquitlam Farmers Market Society. “That’s plenty of time to

have all the infrastructure in place and for people to come in there and start gardening.” There will be about 40 garden plots, each measuring 9x3x3 feet, which should be enough space to provide a family with fresh produce throughout the summer growing season. “It’s all in how you design it,” McLoughlin said, “and we’re going to have workshops so you know how to do that.” The first workshop, slated for April 6, will

cover the basics of what to grow according to the climate, how to stagger crops and more. An orientation session for registered gardeners will also cover gardening without the use of chemicals, how to use compost properly and the use of native versus non-native plants. Work parties are set to begin in April to build the raised beds, spread soil and build the compost area. At next week’s information meeting, in-

terested gardeners can discuss garden layout, volunteer opportunities and items that need to be donated. • The information meeting is on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Port Moody’s public safety building, 3051 St. Johns St. spayne@tricitynews.com

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Too busy for a town hall? You’ll be able to point, click, respond Coquitlam moves to increase citizen involvement

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The city of Coquitlam has rescheduled its next town hall meeting. Originally, the plan was to hold the event between 9 a.m. and noon on April 20 but another Metro Vancouver event is being held at the same time. On Monday, council voted in favour of moving the town hall meeting to 1:30 p.m. April 20.

By Gary McKenna The Tri-CiTy News

Coquitlam citizens already have the ability to follow council meetings online. But they could soon be able to add town hall meetings to their internet viewing after city council voted unanimously in favour of an initiative to increase digital engagement opportunities through the Coquitlam website. Coquitlam holds two town hall meetings a year at which residents are given the opportunity to ask questions of council and staff. Attendance is usually sparse, however, and the city hopes to boost participation by allowing people to watch the meetings from home. Residents will still be able to ask questions through social media websites Twitter and Facebook, with staff and councillors being able to

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“In-person comments would be interspersed with online submissions.” Coquitlam city staff report answer for those watching online. “The in-person comments would be interspersed with online submissions,” said a city staff report.“Online questions would be answered in the same manner as in-person questions and broadcast online for residents to hear the response to their question from home.” During the meetings, city staff would organize and process the online public comments and ensure that standards and guidelines for respect-

ful participation are followed, the report said. The only drawback to streaming town hall meetings, according to staff, is that doing so eliminates the possibility of holding the public engagement opportunities in various locations around the city. All of the equipment necessary for the broadcast is set up permanently in council chambers and staff said the municipality does not have the money or technical capacity to take the production on the road. gmckenna@tricitynews.com

Tri-City News Friday, March 22, 2013, A7

PoCoMo AGM Tues. Th e Po C o M o Youth Services Society is hoping to spread the message about its work with at-risk Tri-City youth at its AGM next Thursday. Members of the public, including parents of struggling youth, are invited to attend to meet with the team and learn more about the services. PoCoMo operates Project Reach Out, using a converted shuttle bus to deliver services to youth, including crisis intervention, drug and sexual health education and prevention, and street outreach. It operates after hours from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday evenings with paid outreach workers, volunteer adult workers and peer mentors. The AGM will take place at the Po C o I n n a n d Suites from 7 to 9 p.m. March 28; registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, RSVP in advance to admin@ pocomo.org.

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Tri-Cities sees slight decline in crime clearance rates Among cities with a population of 15,000 to 49,999, Port Moody, which has a municipal police force, was third among 20 similar-sized cities with a ratio of 170:100,000. The StatsCan report also includes crime clearance rates for 2011, which showed slight declines for each of the three cities compared to the previous year. Coquitlam’s weighted clearance rate (in which more serious offences are assigned a higher weight) in 2011 was 20.1%, down from 23.1%, while PoCo’s was 19.8%, a slight decline from its 2010 rate of 20%. Port Moody’s rate was 34.8%, down from 36.1%. Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jamie Chung said the report doesn’t capture the force’s “great relationship” with the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam and with the Port Moody Police. And while the cities decide how many officers the detachment can hire, it’s the police force that decides how to use them. “If we use them to build relationships with the community, to make the community safer, to police strategically with the crime-reduction strategy... that’s using the resources wisely,” Chung said, adding the report also doesn’t include the value of integrated units shared across the region. Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart echoed Chung’s comments, saying the numbers demonstrate the efficiencies gained through the regional policing model in RCMP-policed communities. “There is no other department in the city’s operation where we are asked to spend more,” Stewart stated in an email. “In all aspects of the operation, we are asked to get good results, to augment service, etc., preferably by spending less. “The annual release of the cop-to-pop. ratios suggests that inputs are more important than results, and we know that’s not true. We have a very low crime rate, and our residents feel safe and secure. “I have no interest in having the same policeto-population ratio as other communities,” the mayor wrote. “Our interest is in keeping our community safe, and the Coquitlam detachment does that incredibly efficiently.” PoMo Mayor Mike

30 vehicles targeted A rash of thefts from vehicles overnight in the Westwood Plateau area has prompted Coquitlam RCMP to remind people to remove valuables from their cars. On Tuesday night, 30 vehicles were broken into, most of them with their windows smashed. “Fourteen out of the 30 had nothing stolen, so the bad guy just smashed the window and looked around,” said Cpl. Jamie Chung. “But 16, so more than half, are still leaving things in their vehicles.” Reports of items stolen included wallets containing hundreds of dollars in cash, iPods and sunglasses. Police recommend people lock their vehicles each night and put valuables in the trunk or take them inside. spayne@tricitynews.com

Clay said the numbers aren’t surprising since cities with municipal forces tend to have higher cop-to-pop. ratios, lower crime rates — and higher costs. “Port Moody residents know that we pay more for policing per capita than most RCMP com-

munities, and value the ‘no call too small’ philosophy” of the PMPD, Clay said.“We do not target police-to-population ratios but work for exceptional service delivery, which we measure in lower response times, higher clearance rates and overall lower crime rates.”

He also noted the valuable relationships with neighbouring RCMP and municipal forces and regional integrated units are not captured in the StatsCan report. The StatsCan report shows that, nationwide, the number of officers increased slightly in 2012 compared to 2011, although the ratio per 100,000 population decreased slightly by 1%. Overall, however, police strength in Canada has increased by 7% since 2002. It also revealed a trend towards more women in policing, with the number of female officers increasing for the second year in a row while the number of male officers declined. B.C. (21%) and Quebec (24%) recorded the highest proportion of female officers, both higher than the national average of 20%.

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utility Bills Utility bills have been mailed. If you have not already received your utility bill, please contact Coquitlam City Hall immediately. Property owners are responsible for payment by April 2, 2013 whether or not a utility bill has been received.

Payment Options* • Online payment at www.coquitlam.ca • By internet or telephone banking • At most banks and financial institutions • By mail – must be received by April 2, 2013 • By deposit in drop box at Coquitlam City Hall • In person at Coquitlam City Hall

City of Coquitlam City Hall 3000 Guildford Way Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2 For more information please call 604-927-3050 *A 5% penalty will be added after April 2, 2013.

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’m not a big fan of violent video games and have had lots of time to think about them since my sons started playing games where shooting is the main objective. First-person shooter games are particularly repellent and I am concerned about the long-term impacts of them on the psyche of young people. In a world where people increasingly connect online instead of in person, I worry about lack of empathy and compassion, and how young people — adults, too — may become increasingly alienated from one another. Shooting games may contribute to that alienation and sense of being apart but I also see kids using teamwork, creative thinking and planning when they play the games. Kids also post how-to videos about these games online — and some even make them.

This week, a well-known young man whose community work I have written about before, posted a development video of a first-person shooter game set at Port Moody secondary school. He says he didn’t make the game, and that may be true, but he is a graduate of the school and knows what it looks like on the inside. Like most adults who have seen this video onYouTube (the video has since been removed), I was shocked to see the exterior and interior of this PoMo high school so graphically portrayed.Visually, it was a remarkable achievement in computer animation. At the same time, it was exceedingly disquieting to see soldiers in battle fatigues shooting it out in the hallways, causing the requisite spatters of blood. This video is in its earliest stages and I would prefer it didn’t contain references to a local high school. It’s too close to home and too reminiscent of still raw tragedies in communities such as Sandy Hook, Conn. But is it much different from the games

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that are bought and sold at local ity that go into them. I recall, video stores? Not really. I know recently, seeing a video of because I’ve watched the games Canadian humour icon and You can comment on my sons have paid for with their political satirist Rick Mercer any story you read at paper route and birthday money, donning motion-capture gear www.tricitynews.com and, at their urging, tried them. and role-playing a soldier in a Does that make me evil, or first-person shooter game. The complicit? To some people, perindustry provides a lot of jobs haps, but I think this is a debate we should for artists, writers and computer programbe having in the community. mers. It is a significant economic generator in Sadly, there are those who would prefer to the province and despite their mature rating, simply jump all over the youth who posted most of these violent video games are bought the video on hisYouTube channel, and the by middle-schoolers. reporter — me — who tried to bring the issue That’s a reality. So... to light. Instead of publicly crucifying a young man I may simply be excusing my own bad who posted a video of a game, still in development, onYouTube, we should be studying and parenting for not banning these games from debating these games and talking about them my house and poor reporting for not trying to with each other — and most importantly, with run this young man out of town. On the other our kids. hand, there may be some positive attributes to Diane Strandberg is the longtime these games. (I also notice that boys’ interest in education reporter at The Tri-City News. them tends to wane when girls start calling or dstrandberg@tricitynews.com texting, but that’s another column.) twitter.com/Dstrandberg I also appreciate the thought and creativ-

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FACE TO FACE: Can Christy Clark and the BC Liberals still win the May election?

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t’s over. Throw in the towel, raise the white flag — Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are done like dinner. I predict that Ms. Clark will go down as one of the worst premiers in our province’s history. And with the lot we’ve had, that’s saying something. The mistruths, the politicking, the arrogance and the wasting of taxpayers’ money started early in her tenure. These are things people won’t forget as they enter their polling stations in May. Shortly after being elected, our “honourable”premier flip-flopped on her promise to call an early election. She rewarded members of her leadership campaign with cushy, highpaying jobs. (What does Pamela Martin do, exactly?) Her government lost the HST referendum and failed to efficiently put a plan in place to replace it. She avoided the legislature like it was filled with the plague: In the last calendar year, there were less than 20 sitting days so that Clark could be a full-time campaigner. And then, of course, there was Ethnic-gate and the most recent revelation about staff in her office putting together a swing-riding strategy for the BC Liberals.

My colleague opposite must believe in miracles if he thinks voters are going to give Clark another mandate after all that. Couple her disgraceful record with the fact that governments in Canada usually only have a shelflife of eight or nine years (see the Charest government in Quebec and the McGuinty government in Ontario), and you have to believe that Clark’s days are numbered. The latest polls reflect that: According to Ipsos Reid, the NDP are at 51% while the Liberals sit at 32%. As a free-enterpriser, it’s disappointing but it looks as if the BC Liberals will have to sit on the sidelines for the next four years. On a positive note, we’ve got quality NDP candidates in the Tri-Cities such as Mike Farnworth, Chris Wilson and Selina Robinson. Should they win, I’m sure they’ll represent us admirably. In the meantime, the free-enterprisers need to get their act together. We’ve got four years to get a competent leader in place who can unite the right. My suggestions, for what it’s worth, are Stockwell Day or Sam Sullivan. Au revoir, Premier Clark. It’s been, ahem, interesting.

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The Editor, Re. “City bills are due soon for water, sewer” (The Tri-City News, March 8). Thank you for publishing the utilities bills for the Tri-Cities. I note that Coquitlam’s bill for single-family residential garbage and recycling is about double ($349) that of Port Coquitlam’s ($176) and about 90% higher than Port Moody’s ($192). A few years ago, Coquitlam had a garbage contractor that constantly did a half-baked job and no one in city hall seemed to be able to either get the contractor to do the job right or cancel the contract. Now we have a costly gold-plated service. We have household, recycling and garden trimmings picked up every week. The household and recycling could easily be picked up every other week. Now that garden trimmings have kitchen greens and can have meat and bones, they should be picked up every week but most folks I know keep the meat and bones in the freezer until pickup day anyway, so this could also be on a two-week cycle. I don’t know who is responsible for organizing these contracts but it seems to me some better oversight is required. If Port Coquitlam can do the job at half price using city employees, we are not well served in Coquitlam. W. Leipert, Coquitlam

Please stop the unwanted robocalls, MP Donnelly The Editor, Is anyone else in the Tri-Cities experiencing abuse from NDP MP Fin Donnelly’s use of automated phone calls to try and pitch his political agenda? In the past week, his automated diallers have brought his voice to my telephone number at least six times. When I try to hang up, the dialler

just dials again and there he is starting over with his recorded message. I can’t tell him where to stick his message, I can’t communicate, I am expected to just listen. I do not live in his riding and I do not support his political agenda or his political party. And I resent having my dinner, my afternoon rest time and other parts of my

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PoMo biz owners sue province over Evergreen By Sarah Payne The Tri-CiTy News

The owners of the former Andrés Wines site in Port Moody are suing the provincial government for an Evergreen-sized hangover, claiming construction of the SkyTrain line has stomped on their development plans. The suit, filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver last week by Andrew Peller Ltd., names the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the B C Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n Financing Authority (TFA) as defendants and claims they expropriated most of the property in May 2012 to build a hydro vault. An additional part of the property was taken as a statutory right-of-way for the Evergreen Line guideway, the document claims. “Despite Peller’s protests, and reasonable alternatives being available, the defendants placed the hydro vault in a location where it will have a more serious adverse impact on future development of the property,”the suit claims. On May 7, 2012, when the defendants’ efforts to negotiate a lease with Peller proved unsuccessful, they “imposed” a fiveyear lease on the property, effective to June 2017. The suit states the lease is essentially void and has caused Peller to suffer lost profits, fees related to the now-defunct development plans and, in the future, higher con-

struction costs. As for compensation, Peller claims it is entitled to more money under the Expropriation Act than what has been paid (the figure was not disclosed in the statement of claim), as well as punitive damages, interest and other costs. Peller operated the Andrés Winery in Port Moody for several years before shutting down about 10 years ago. In 2007, Peller proposed a mixed-use development for the 5.24-acre property that would include residential towers of up to 26 storeys, townhouses, retail and office space, and light industry. The suit states the ministry caused an unreasonable delay in Peller’s efforts to develop the property. It was in 2002 that the

ministry first advised Peller it might need the entire property for the Evergreen Line but it wasn’t until 2011 that it advised how much of the property would be used and for how long, according to the statement of claim. The delay “made the city of Port Moody unwilling to allow earlier development of the property,”the claim states. In addition to the delay, the claim says the defendants have refused to allow Peller the right to build over top of the Evergreen Line guideway, magnifying the “adverse impact on Peller of the expropriation.” The claims have not been proven in court and the government has not yet filed a statement of defence. spayne@tricitynews.com

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Family law aims to prevent disputes — Bond B.C. Liberal government and the NDP opposition. It took effect March 18. One of the main changes is extending property division rules of marriage to unmarried couples SHIRLEY BOND who have lived together in a “marriage-like relationship” for at least two years. Those rules mean property acquired during a relationship is divided equally, unless the couple sign

Changes aim to reduce disputes, keep family breakups out of court By Tom Fletcher BlaCk Press

VICTORIA – A major overhaul of B.C.’s family law is now in force, aimed at reducing disputes over shared parenting responsibilities and division of property when couples split up. The Family Law Act was passed in 2011 with support from both the

an agreement to split assets differently. Debts accumulated during the relationship must also be shared, including mortgages, loans from family members, credit card and income tax debt. As with a divorce, inheritances and property brought into the relationship by each partner are not shared. Attorney General Shirley Bond introduced the changes as a way to keep family breakups out of court, and to take the “win-lose” terminology out of parenting. The traditional terms, “custody” and “access” of children, have been dropped from the

Family Law Act, replaced by “parental responsibilities,” “parenting time” and“guardianship.” The new act also makes it an offence for one parent to violate an agreed schedule for shared parenting. The law also requires parents who wish to relocate to give 60 days’ notice to those authorized to have contact with children. That applies whether the children are involved in the relocation or not. When the changes were debated in the legislature, NDP justice critic Leonard Krog spoke in support, noting that B.C. has one of the highest

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Minister defends funding to Fraser Health region MacDiarmid addresses complaints on low per capita funding By Jeff Nagel Black Press

Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid says B.C.’s health funding formula doesn’t short-change Fraser Health, even though the health authority receives the lowest amount of funding of any region on a per capita basis. She spoke out after critics seized on a recent report of B.C.’s Auditor General that shows Fraser Health’s $2.8-billion budget for 2011/12 works out to average spending of $1,585 per resident, much less than other regions. It’s almost twice as high at $3,000 per person in the Vancouver Coastal region, while per capita spending ranges from $2,370 to $2,550 in the Interior, Northern and Vancouver Island health regions. MacDiarmid said in an interview the allocations fairly reflect the differing needs of each region. “The funding formula does make sense, but it’s not a sound bite,” she said. “When you think about the complexity of some of our populations, like the Downtown Eastside, it’s not a matter of one size fits all.” Surrey Coun. Mary Martin, who chairs Surrey’s health advisory committee, is the latest in the region to argue the numbers suggest unfair treatment. “I just don’t get it,” she said, noting Surrey is the fastest-growing city in the province. “We are tremendously underfunded,” Martin said. “I find it a little bit astonishing and hard to believe that we are one of the lowest in per capita expenses.” Martin was careful to acknowledge the province’s decisions to expand Surrey Memorial Hospital and build the Jim Pattison outpatient hospital nearby. But she suggested the planned rebuild of B.C. Children’s Hospital should happen in Surrey, to better serve the younger population pro-

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Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid says the province recognizes the growth in Fraser Health with bigger annual funding increases on average compared to elsewhere. file in Fraser, not at the current site in Vancouver. “The ministry understands we are the fastest-growing region. But we’re always somehow behind.” Abbotsford politicians also recently held up the per capita funding gap as

proof of inequity. MacDiarmid said Fraser’s growth has been recognized and it gets bigger annual funding increases — more than 7% on average over the past six years compared to less than 5% elsewhere.

In terms of per capita spending, MacDiarmid said comparisons to rural regions aren’t valid. “If you look at a health authority like Vancouver Island or Interior or Northern Health Authority, there are some communities

that are incredibly remote and they do require more funding,” she said. “It’s just very difficult to serve them as efficiently as in an urban riding.” Demographics are also factored in — Vancouver Island has a larger share of aging seniors who are more likely to need medical care than relatively young Fraser. Fraser Health serves by far the most people — 1.77 million compared to a population of about one million in Vancouver Coastal. But Vancouver’s hospitals get more money — acute care spending there was $1.73 billion in 2011/12 compared to $1.63 billion in Fraser, according to the Auditor General’s report. Vancouver Coastal also got much higher allocations for mental health and addictions as

well as population health and wellness, while Fraser got more for residential care and home and community care. MacDiarmid said one reason Vancouver Coastal gets more for acute care is its hospitals are the only ones where some specialized procedures are done, including all organ transplants, bone marrow transplants and cochlear implants. She also noted some money spent through Vancouver Coastal actually serves Fraser residents, who often show up in Vancouver hospitals. “It may be a preference thing,” MacDiarmid said. “They may opt for treatment in Vancouver for various reasons or perhaps work there during the day anyway. And in some cases it’s that Vancouver Coastal is the only place some services

are provided. The health ministry has twice hired external consultants to assess the fairness of the funding allocations. “Each time it has been found to be reasonable and it hasn’t been changed.” While she maintains the formula is fair, MacDiarmid also supports increased use of patient-focused funding to encourage innovation by hospital staff, and improved primary care to help prevent chronic disease in the decades ahead. Demands for more cash in Fraser have also been made repeatedly over the years by Fraser Health’s senior executives, who point to a trend of rising hospital visits and the large and fast-growing population. jnagel@blackpress.ca

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TODAY: Friday, March 22 BEAD BONANZA

Celebrate spring with some colourful new jewelry, made by you or one of the artisans at the Fraser Valley Bead Show, through Sunday at the Executive Plaza Hotel (405 North Rd., Coquitlam). There will be a large assortment of beads, tools and supplies, as well as live demonstrations and 15 classes to register for. Show times are Friday, 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7, free for kids under 12.Visit www.fraservalleybeadshow.ca for details.

HISTORY, IN A BOX

Check out the Port Moody Arts Centre’s (2425 St. Johns St.) centennial-themed exhibit, Cabinet of Curiosity Series, this weekend as the city leads up to its official 100th birthday on April 7. The series showcases the work of artists who were in-

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Saturday, March 23 FINE ART SALE

The Crossroads Hospice Society Thrift Store (2780 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam) hosts a one-day sale of fine art and collectibles by Alaskan artist Rie Munoz. There will be limited-edition prints and original paintings, which have been donated by the Paul Andrew Gallery. The sale runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Get outside in the fresh spring air, and spot Great Blue Herons as they gather for the upcoming mating season. The free heron-spotting nature walk runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (bring binoculars, if you have them). Meet at the community gardens at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam; call 604520-6442 for more information.

STOP FRAUD

It’s Fraud Prevention Month, and Coquitlam RCMP are working with Shred-It Document Services to give residents a chance to safely destroy documents (and get a kick start on spring cleaning). The shredder will be running from 10 a.m. to

2 p.m. at the detachment (2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam), with the Shred-It truck parked at the back, on Burlington Drive. Cost is a non-perishable food donation to the Share food bank. Police recommend shredding documents such as: ATM/credit card slips, utility bills and monthly bank statements, monthly mortgage statements and investment reports.

Sunday, March 24 MAKE IT TO THE MARKET

Want to see what’s sprouting for spring? Head to the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market at the rec centre (300 Ioco Rd.), where there will be oodles of fresh produce, delicious baked goods and beautiful arts and crafts. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Visit www.makebakegrow.com for more info.

SWING TIME

Vancouver legend The Dal Richards Band closes the 14th annual Port Coquitlam Coffee Concert series at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate) with his signature blend of swing and jazz music in a 2 p.m. show. He’ll be backed by a sixpiece band of talented musicians as they capture the best of the big band era, as well as jazz, rock and pop standards from the 1930s to today. Tickets are $12/$10/$6, available at www.experienceit.ca. Please send Things-To-Do submissions to spayne@tricitynews.com.

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TRI-CITY SPOTLIGHT: Fundraising for good causes deserves community recognition HOOPS FOR HOPE The 14th Annual Pa n o r a m a H e i g h t s Elementary School’s Hoops for Hope basketball play day raised $1,602.89 through concession sales and donations for Crossroads Hospice-Memory Albums. The tournament is held each year in memory of a former Pa n o r a m a H e i g h t s teacher, Elizabeth Allard, who died of cancer 14 years ago at age 30. She had a two-yearold son and wanted to leave something behind for him to tell him about herself. Allard took part in Crossroads’ visiting volunteer program and worked with

a volunteer to create a memory album for her son. Elizabeth’s son, who is now 16, volunteers as a referee at the tournament and current students, in addition to playing, have the opportunity to manage the concession stand. Hoops for Hope has become a ‘rights of passage’ for grade five students and a tradition the whole school looks forward to each year. Participating schools include: École Glen e l e m e n t a ry, C a s t l e Park, École Mary Hill, Central Community School, Riverview Park, Parkland, and École Panorama Heights elementary school

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I M AG I N E , S h a r e Family and Community Services’ premier fundraiser of the year, raised $97,820 at a gala event and food tasting last weekend at Red Robinson Show Theatre.

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Brent Domonkos, manager of Cooper’s Foods in Port Coquitlam, presents Gillian Yardley, area manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, with a cheque representing the amount raised during the store’s Feb. 9 Heart Fund Day. Cooper’s PoCo store raised $1,000 by contributing 25 cents from every grocery bag sold combined with generous donations made by the general public at the Heart and Stroke table. Cooper’s has supported the foundation for over 30 years in their stores throughout B.C. with over $12,500 being raised locally at the PoCo store since it opened in 2001. The money raised will go to fund life-saving research, health promotion and advocacy programs here in B.C.

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Appreciating our water means protecting it S

pring might be more on your mind now than World Water Day, which takes place every March 22 since it was first declared by the United Nations 20 years ago.This year, the UN has declared the focus of World Water Day should be on co-operating to share its use. Given that fresh water is a scarce resource in many places, sharing the use of water and maximizing its benefits only make sense. We also need to ensure that water is not polluted and degraded by human use. It has often been said that Canada is a waterrich nation, boasting about two thirds of the world’s supply of fresh water. But this is a bit of an over-statement given that much of this water is really fossil water left over as a legacy of the ice ages; it consists of glacial meltwater or is still frozen as ice. Canada’s share of renewable fresh water accounts for about 6% to

Clear-flowing Scott Creek enters the sometimes turbid Coquitlam River. 9% of the world’s supply — less than the portion found in Brazil, Russia or China. Of our renewable water supply, we currently use only 2% for residential, agricultural or industrial uses and store another 4% behind dams to generate electricity. But most of this renewable water supply is located far from population centres; 60% of it flows north into the Arctic Ocean or Hudson’s Bay. Thus, we are not quite as water-rich as some people think. In particular, the prairie provinces and the interior of B.C. often experience periods of drought, with insufficient water for agricul-

ture. Fresh water is one of the services provided by nature through the hydrological cycle. Our mountains in B.C. act as water towers that capture and store water, mostly in the form of snow, and slowly release it over the warmer and drier months to support downstream ecosystems. Like most animals, we could survive only a few days without a drink of water. We also rely on water to support the agricultural endeavours that feed us. To my mind, the highest and best use of water is to sustain ecosystems including the fish that live in our streams and

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rivers. Water withdrawals to provide people with drinking water and allow for irrigation to support farming should always be balanced against such ecosystem needs. Instead, when water is licensed for use by the provincial government, the needs of people are typically given the highest priority. In fact, the province follows an archaic system where the first water licence granted takes priority over all others in a time of scarcity. What’s worse, there are streams in the dry belt of this province where most of the water is allocated for people and agriculture, with es-

water used in the Greater Victoria area by residents and businesses. In late 2012, a petition was circulated in the Fort Nelson area to oppose the granting of water licences for fracking that would allow industry to extract and pollute billions of litres of water from the Fort Nelson River. Without a doubt, water is one of our most precious resources. While we are fortunate to have what appears to be an ample supply in Canada, I sometimes wonder if we have the collective wisdom to manage it well and keep our rivers flowing clear and unpolluted.

all pollutants that leach back into the river from the tar sands. Tar sands mining activities have created highly toxic tailing ponds that now cover 175 sq. km of land. What’s worse, these tailing ponds are estimated to be leaking as much as 12 million litres a day into the surrounding land and rivers. Too often, the attitude of industry is to use lakes and rivers like a garbage dump. Their solution to pollution is dilution.The problem is that somebody is inevitably living downstream. The situation is not much better in northeastern B.C., where fracking activities to extract natural gas also require huge amounts of water. In fact, a study in 2011 indicated water permits issued for fracking amounted to more than twice the

Elaine Golds is a Port Moody environmentalist who is vice-president of Burke Mountain Naturalists, chair of the Colony Farm Park Association and past president of the PoMo Ecological Society.

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sentially nothing left for fish and wildlife. A few years ago, there was a provincial initiative to improve our Water Act; unfortunately, this process seems to have become stalled and forgotten. A greater challenge in water allocation comes when meeting the needs of industry, which can have huge appetites for water. Often, industrial processes generate large quantities of polluted water. For example, in Alberta’s tar sands, the extraction of oil requires one and a half to four barrels of water for every barrel of oil produced. Some of the water used by the tar sand industry is withdrawn from the lower Athabasca River, where reduced summer flows as a result of climate change could soon be threatening the survival of fish — along with

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books plus: What’s on in Tri-City libraries

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Consumers and artists Books Plus runs in The Tri-City News each Friday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities’ three libraries: Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam.

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• Consumer Confidential: Your library card gives you free, 24/7 access to independent and in-depth evaluations of consumer products. Start your research from the PMPL website’s Digital Content button and check out these two great resources: Consumer Reports provides ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories such as appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance and travel; MasterFILE Premier covers virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier provides full text for nearly 1,700 general magazines. • The Next Rembrandt?: You can see outstanding art by senior art students at Gleneagle

secondary school on display at PMPL. Featured artwork includes paintings, mixed-media, photography, graphics, and ceramics, and the display will up but until March 31. • Rainy day movies for spring break: PMPL has a huge selection of DVDs for children. From to All Dogs go to Heaven toYogi Bear, and from Sesame Street to Dr. Seuss, the library has feature films,TV series, cartoons, science titles and more to keep kids entertained on a rainy day. For more information, visit library.portmoody.ca or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.

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• Coffee Mug Club: Connect with other books lovers at Terry Fox Library’s book club. Clubs are a great way to meet new people, explore new authors and share reading ideas. Coffee Mug Club members are currently reading A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar.This is a dramatic and moving biography of a mathematical genius whose brilliant career was cut short by schizophrenia,

and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honoured with a Nobel Prize.The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month and the next meeting is March 27, 7 to 8 p.m. New members are always welcome.

For more information, visit www.fvrl.bc.ca or the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Phone 604-927-7999.

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• Philosophers’ Cafe: The Influence of Technology on Privacy and Confidentiality is the subject on Wednesday, March 27 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in Room 3 at the City Centre branch. How will the development of technology redefine the concepts of privacy and confidentiality? Will privacy and confidentially become obsolete? Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés, and restaurants throughout MetroVancouver.The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people

who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. To learn more about the Philosophers’ Café, please visit their website.This free drop-in program is moderated by Amir Kamyabnejad, who is pursing a Master of Technology MBA at SFU. • Friends of the Library Quiz Night: Mark Friday, April 5 on your calendar as this popular annual fundraiser begins at 7:30 p.m. at the City Centre branch.You can participate in teams of eight — either form a group with seven friends or sign up individually and we will place you with a team. Proceeds support literacy projects for children and adults living in Coquitlam, and the City’s new library. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the quiz starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp.Tickets are $25 per person and include coffee, dessert and a chance to win draw prizes. To buy tickets, or for more information, phone the library at 604-937-4130.

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• PoCo Heritage and Cultural Society hosts “Handcraft a Fascinator” with Ilona Marshall, 6:30 p.m., Heritage at Leigh Square Museum and Archives; supplies are provided, a donation of $5 is suggested. Register as space is limited: pocoheritage1@gmail.com or 604927-8403.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 • Tri-City Centennial Stamp Club hosts a small stamp auction – everyone welcome; viewing starts at 7 p.m., auction after 8 p.m. in the McGee Room at the community centre, 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Info: www.stampclub.ca or 604-941-9306. • Art Focus Artists’ Association hosts artist Faith Love Robertson, demonstrating oils at 7 p.m. in a free event at The Outlet at Leigh Square (2253 Leigh Square, PoCo). Visit www.faithloverobertson. com for info.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 • Friends of DeBoville Slough meeting, 7 p.m., Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre branch (Room 127), 1169 Pinetree Way. Learn what is happening at the slough. Info: info@ fodbs.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2 • Coquitlam prostate cancer support and awareness group (PCCN Coquitlam) monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Pinetree com-

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• Caregiver support meeting, 10-11:30 a.m., Maillardville community centre; all caregivers are welcome to attend. Info: Karen, 778-7891496. • Caregiver support meeting, 2-3:30 p.m., Glen Pine Pavilion; all caregivers are welcome to attend. Info: Karen, 778-789-1496. munity centre, Coquitlam. All those involved with prostate problems are urged to come and share their concerns and experiences in a confidential atmosphere. There is no charge (donations are accepted). Info: Norm, 604-936-8703 or Ken, 604-936-2998.

SUPPORT GROUPS • Port Moody Alanon Family Group open meeting, Wednesdays, 8 p.m., St. Andrews Church, 2318 St. Johns St., Port Moody. Info: 604-461-6991. • Irritable bowel syndrome support group meets monthly in PoMo to exchange information, to offer one another support, and to share experiences and coping strategies. Info: 604-875-4875 or www. badgut.org. • Al-Anon meets Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Como Lake United Church, 535 Marmont St., Coquitlam. Info: 604-688-1716. • TOPS chapters meet weekly at numerous Tri-City locations. For information on group near you: Gail, 604-941-8699. • Recovery International is a self-help, peer-to-peer

support meeting for people who struggle with stress, fear, anger, depression, anxiety, panic and nervous symptoms. The goal is to help reduce symptoms by practising cognitive behaviour techniques. There is a group in PoCo. Info: Phyllis, 604-931-5945 or www. recoverycanada.ca. • Have you experienced the death of a loved one and found yourself struggling? Gathering with others who have also experienced a loss is known to be one of the most helpful ways of coping with grief. Sharing your story is important to healthy healing. Crossroads Hospice Society is running closed grief support groups. Registration: call Castine, 604-949-2274. • Crossroads Hospice Society hosts a free walking group for the bereaved, Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Group meets at Crossroads Labyrinth Healing Garden in Pioneer Memorial Park at Ioco Rd. and Heritage Mountain Blvd. Hospice volunteers will be present on the free walk through Rocky Point Park or Orchard Park. Newcomers can register by calling Castine at

604-949-2274. • Christian 12-step group for people with alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions meets at 7:15 p.m. every Monday Coquitlam Presbyterian Church, 948 Como Lake Ave., Coquitlam. Info: 604939-6136 or www.hiscpc. org. • Coquitlam Support Group: Change, Crisis to Creativity meets Thursday evenings. Group meets twice a month to support one another through major changes, including unemployment, family crisis, death, illness, separation/ divorce, empty nest, retirement, etc., and working towards positive, creative lifestyle. Info: Mara, 604931-7070. • Fibromyalgia support group meets every fourth Thursday of each month at Dogwood Pavilion, 1 to 3 p.m., except December. Info: Joan, 604-944-2506. • CancerConnection peer volunteers offer one-to-one information and emotional support to people living with cancer. Info: 1-888-939-3333. • Tri-Cities Caregiver Network gives caregivers a safe place to express and deal with their emotions and concerns. Group discussions, speakers and films are part of the program. Meet every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. • DivorceCare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Coquitlam

Alliance church, corner of Mariner and Spuraway, Coquitlam. Seminar sessions include “Facing my Anger,” “Facing my Loneliness,” “Depression,” “Forgiveness” and “New Relationships.” Info: 604464-6744. • The Compassionate Friends, Coquitlam Chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m., Como Lake United church (entrance at 1110 King Albert St., Coquitlam). The Compassionate Friends is an international, non-profit, non-denominational, selfhelp organization offering friendship, understanding, grief education and hope for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. Info: Jane, 604-931-8026 or Sandra, coquitlam@tcfcanada.net. • Living Room, a faithbased support group for people with mood disorders, their family and friends, put on by New Life community church and Mood Disorders Association of BC, first and third Tuesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m., 8765 Government St., Burnaby. Info: Mark, 604-939-9346 or Graeme, 604-444-1228.

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• Dogwood White Cane Club meets every Thursday from September to June, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Dogwood Pavilion. Those who are legally blind (registered with the CNIB) are welcome. • Women in Mid-life Self-help Group meets first and third Wednesdays of each month, Mountain View elementary school, Coquitlam. Info: Lynne, 604-937-3946. • Coquitlam Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group meets the first Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Pinetree community centre. Info: 604-936-2632. • TOPS BC #1399 Port Coquitlam meets Wednesdays 8:45 a.m. in the green room at Wilson Centre, PoCo. Info: Pearl, 604-945-4950. • PoCo Stroke Recovery Branch would like to welcome new members; meetings are held Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Wilson Centre, PoCo. There is opportunity for speech maintenance, meeting others that have gone through the similar situation and light exercises or bocce. Info: Deanna, 604-9422334. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) invites new members to join in weight loss Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., Coquitlam rec centre on Poirier Street, in the McGill Room. Info: Maria, 604939-0579. • LifeRing Secular Recovery support group is being established in Coquitlam. Info: 604-3771364; lifering@shaw.ca, www.lifering.com. TOPS #2574, a nonprofit, weight control support group meets 9 a.m. Fridays in the McGee Room at Poirier community centre, 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Info: Ann at 604-931-8419 • Food Addicts Anonymous meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Room 338, Columbia Tower, Royal Columbia Hospital, New

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meets first Tuesday of each month at Eagle Ridge Hospital at 7:30 p.m. Info: 604-875-4875.

SENIORS • Silver Chord Choir, for those over 50, meets Mondays, 3-5 p.m., Wilson Centre, PoCo; if you love

tO SuBmIt aN ItEm: email: newsroom@tricitynews.com to sing and have fun, you can join – no auditions. The choir, which has been going for 43 years, sings twice a month at seniors’ residences in the Tri-Cities and at other events. Info: Teresa, 604-942-5144 or Ann, 604-464-5580. see page 31

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• Coquitlam Glen Pine and Dogwood seniors centres’ slow-pitch ball clubs are looking for men age 55+ and women 50+ who are interested in reliving their childhood dreams. It is not necessary to have participated in organized ball in your past life, just have some knowledge of the game. Age is not a factor as long as you can still make it around the bases. Practices and games are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings; practices and home games are played at Coquitlam Town Centre Field and Mundy Park.

• Share is running a free seniors’ support group for people 60+ wanting to meet others and talk about things important to them. No group experience, no problem. Info and registration: Rhea, 604-937-6964. Practices will start as soon as weather permits. Info: Len, 604-941-0081 or lenraili@shaw.ca. • Dogwood Songsters meet every Monday, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Dogwood Pavilion; group also visits and entertains at seniors’ facilities weekly. If you love to sing, you can join. Info: 778-285-4873 or 604-464-

2252. • New Age Seniors bingo every Friday, 1 p.m., Mike Butler Room, Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St., Coquitlam; consists of 15 games (5 cents per card). New players welcome. Info: Betty, 604936-6300. • New Age Seniors (Branch 108 BCOAPO)

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Education goal of a Coquitlam Found. fund The Coquitlam Foundation and the Safaya family of Coquitlam recently announced the establishment of the Steps Together Fund, whose primary goal is to help local students advance their education. Ravinder Safaya says and he and his wife, Achla Safaya, were inspired to establish the Steps Together Fund by their parents, who placed a high value on education. “What they told all their children,” Safaya said in a foundation press release, “is that education is the key which will help you to progress in life, which will broaden your outlook, and which will give you tools to succeed in any condition. Education is the key to success.” He says that when he and his family arrived in Canada in 1989, after having lived in Indonesia and India, “education was the one [thing] which helped us to settle down quickly — both the exposure [to people and ideas] and the skills that we had through higher education.” Safaya said while the fund is starting out modestly with $2,500 in seed money, he hopes it will one day be self-sustaining. “We don’t have [a lot of] extra money but we know how important education is,” he said,“so we want to help out some of the youth who are driven but lack the resources to pursue higher education. I am doing it mainly to give back to society, which we all have to do in our lives, because society gives us so much.” Two other recently created donor-advised funds, the Wesbild LIFT Fund and the Trevor Wingrove Bursary Fund, are also aimed at helping local students pursue post-secondary education. The Coquitlam Foundation, a registered charity, is accepting donations to the Steps Together Fund or any of its other funds through www.coquitlamfoundation.com.

Teens, give your advice The Teen Advisory Group, which helps plan and develop teen-oriented programs at Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Library, is looking for members. TAG members organize programs, volunteer as reading buddies and help with other library events during fun monthly meetings. Volunteers hours are granted for the work and TAG membership looks good on resumes and college applications. Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of the month between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Those would like to join should attend the next meeting and fill out an application. Call 604-927-7999 for more information.

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Funds will go to a Surrey a group, Servants Anonymous Society ( w w w. s a s s u r r ey. c a ) , that supports victims of human trafficking. “We are looking for businesses, dance studios and families to put together a fun two-minute video and make a donation and [we will] put all of these videos on our website.” Alwell was inspired by her son, a professional dancer, and her daughter, a social justice coordinator, to do something worthwhile to promote a cause she believes in. Her journey began three years ago when she became one of the volunteer coordinators for Soup Sisters, a non-profit organization that supports women and children fleeing domestic and family abuse. The group organizes soup kitchens for women on the Downtown Eastside. The work

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Snap to it with photo contest Celebrate Teen Tech Week; the contest deadline is March 31

Local teens can celebrate Teen Tech Week 2013 this month by participating in Fraser Valley Regional Library’s (FVRL) Picture This @ FVRL photo contest. The contest runs through March 31 — in the Tri-Cities, through Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Library — and teens who have FVRL cards can show off their photography skills by snapping shots and entering them to win prizes, including the grand prize of an Apple iPad mini, or one of five $100 Best Buy gift cards. “This popular photo contest is a great way for the library to engage teens through both technology and our Facebook page,” said Christine Conroy, FVRL’s information services librarian and contest co-ordinator.“We received over 650 entries last year, and we hope even more teens participate this year.” Teens can submit up to five of their best photos. Winners will be chosen by a panel of FVRL staff and guest judges on April 12. The contest is open to teens aged 13 to 19 who have FVRL cards and live or work in a community FVRL serves. Winning photos will be published on FVRL’s Facebook page, along with announcements on Twitter and at www.fvrl.ca. For more information, including photo categories, contest rules and instructions, visit the Picture This @ FVRL contest tab at www.facebook.com/FraserValleyLibrary.

Community groups can add events to online cal. The Tri-City News’ online calendar is packed full of local community events — and you can add yours, too at www.tricitynews.com. The online calendar requires no login or password, and the form to submit an item is easy to use. You can add your event — for instance, fundraiser or an amateur play production — to the hundreds currently on The Tri-City News’ online calendar and even decide to place it in the calendars of other Black Press community newspaper websites (e.g., The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, New West NewsLeader or The Surrey-North Delta Leader). You can also spread the word about your event to Facebook and Twitter from our calendar. It’s free to submit an item and there’s even a spot for an image — say a rehearsal photo from a high school play. A Tri-City News newsroom staffer will check each item before it posts to make sure it complies with our guidelines, which lead off the submission form. Like the form, they’re simple, as the calendar is for community, not commercial, events. The Tri-City News’ online calendar is a great way to create buzz about your organization or your event.You can find it on our website on the right side, just above the Facebook box. Or you can go to it directly at tricitynews.com/calendar/submit. As always, to add items to The Tri-City News’ printed Community Calendar, email details to newsroom@tricitynews.com.

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Rotary Clubs of the Tri-Cities Pennies and More for Polio raises approximately C$6 million Rotary news - 6 March 2013

Rotarians in Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have raised approximately C$6 million for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative through Pennies and More for Polio.

The Rotarians raised C$2 million of the total, which was matched dollar for dollar by CIDA and the Gates Foundation. Final fundraising figures will be available soon. Matching contributions for the effort, announced by the Canadian government at a high-level side meeting on polio eradication during the United Nations General Assembly in September, were initially capped at $1 million. After the Rotarians exceeded their $1 million goal in December, however, the Canadian government and the Gates Foundation committed to match all contributions until 1 March.

“Canada applauds the successful efforts of Rotarians in Canada in collecting funds for combating this devastating disease,” said Julian Fantino, minister of International Cooperation, at the Rotarians for Peace Symposium in Toronto on 2 March. “Canadian Rotarians are encouraged by the support from the Canadian Government over many years and in particular with the recent effort to raise matching funds well beyond the target of one million dollars,” said Dr. Robert Scott, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “The eradication of polio, with this and future cooperation, will more quickly become a reality.” “This innovative program is another example of Canada’s and Rotarians’ long-time commitment and leadership to ensuring children are forever protected from this debilitating yet preventable disease,” said Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program at the Gates Foundation.

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For several years the Rotary Clubs in the Tri Cities have been sending local elementary school kids to camp. The Rotary Club of Port Moody started the venture in 2006 and was soon joined by the other clubs in the area to fund this valuable annual project. Each club works with schools in their area to select children who would benefit most from the experience. Sometimes the need is financial and sometimes it is social, for many children the opportunity to go to camp would not exist without the assistance of the Rotary clubs. For one wonderful week in July approximately 100 children from local schools make the trip up Indian Arm to Camp Jubilee. For many of these children it is their first exposure to camp and the first trip away from home without Mum and Dad. While at camp the kids get to experience the outdoors in the beautiful setting that surrounds the camp. They learn skills such as swimming, canoeing, kayacking, low and high ropes. The camp counsellors are on hand to work with the children, teaching them valuable life skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. Many children arrive shy and nervous, not sure what the week will hold for them, they all return home at the end of the week excited and happy and more confident in themselves. They make new lasting friendships and learn how to interact with each other in the most positive way.

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Over the years there have been many success stories, many children return to camp year after year and go on to be camp counsellors themselves. In addition to sending the elementary school children Port Moody club also sponsors two high school students to attend leadership training at Camp Jubilee each year providing them with positive life skills, some stay on at camp through the summer training to be future camp counsellors. Rotary is proud to be part of this very valuable community project. If you would like to find out how you can assist and help send a kid to Camp please call 604-9332200, your donation is welcome and a tax receipt will be provided.

The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club is a group of young individuals aged 18-30 giving back to society on both local and global platforms. Sponsored and mentored by the Port Moody Rotary Club, their aim is to create change both locally and globally through various service projects while networking with one another, leaders in the local community, and Rotaract and Rotary Clubs around the world. At the same time, the club is a place to have fun and form friendships. One of the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club’s newest initiatives is the Random Acts of Kindness project. Modelled after the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, the goal of this project is to spread

(as its name suggests) small but meaningful acts of compassion throughout the Tri-Cities community. These could include anything from paying for a stranger’s coffee to sending a letter to someone who made a difference in your life. The Tri-Cities Rotaract started this off by delivering bags of candy to a variety of institutions and city departments on Valentine’s Day. Enclosed with each bag of candy was a card explaining the project, along with a link to the club’s website. The idea is that those who received one of these little gifts can pay it forward and do something kind for someone else, passing

the card along to keep the chain of kindness growing. A page has also been set up online for people to share their Random Acts of Kindness related stories. Being newly chartered, the TriCities Rotaract Club is always open to new members and ideas. Meetings are held biweekly on weekday evenings throughout the Tri-Cities area. If you are interested in joining the Tri-Cities Rotaract, visit them online at tricitiesrotaract.wordpress. com or email them at tri.rotaract@gmail.com. Brianne Higo & Jordan Yeo Tri-Cities Rotaract Public Relations Team


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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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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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Lettuce is possibly the oldest, most popular of all vegetables. It will grow under a wide diversity of conditions but prefers cool growing temperatures of between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.You can seed it directly in the ground later on but for early crops, it’s best to transplant seedlings. Leaf lettuce is faster maturing than head types. Try some of the new ‘loose head’ varieties like ‘Buttercrunch’ and for an interesting change, plant some of the new vibrant red-leafed varieties - they really colour up both the garden and a salad bowl. The new red romaine, mesclun salad blends and other interesting lettuce mixes will really spice up your taste buds too. Lettuce plants love high nitrogen soil, so mix plenty of compost and manures in their planting area. Sweet Spanish onions won’t be as sweet unless they are in the ground soon.You can seed them directly but I prefer transplants to save both thinning and time. Many varieties are now available but remember: some are good keepers while others are not. They all prefer a light, sandy loam and the hottest spot in the garden. In mild climates, bunching onions can be grown almost year round.Varieties like the white ‘Lisbon’, ‘Tokyo’, ‘Long White’ and ‘Stay Green Bunching’ are all excellent varieties. Many gardeners still prefer to use multiplier onion bulbs for some quick greens. I know one lady who plants multipliers in her garden every six weeks year round. Peas are cool croppers as well. It’s a great idea to sow just a few every two weeks until mid-May. Peas prefer a light, loamy soil and I think you’ll find fewer disease and insect problems if you take the time to keep your soil on the light side. Soil inoculants are a great

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Calvano fired as express coach, GM The Coquitlam Express has fired head coach and general manager Jon Calvano, the team announced Thursday. Calvano led the club to a strong start this season, however the Express faltered down the stretch and could not wrestle a post-season berth from Mainland Division rival the Langley Rivermen. “The Coquitlam Express wish Jon the best of luck in his future endeavours,” the team said in a press release. The club also said that a strong list of replacement candidates have already been identified and that the team would be making an announcement at some point in the future. Calvano was named head coach and director of hockey operations for the junior ‘A’ hockey club in April of 2010.

Minor hockey boss a finalist in national contest By Maria Spitale-Leisk The Tri-CiTy News

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The Port Moody U-21 Gunners have advanced to the Pakenham Cup final after defeating their crosstown rivals Port Coquitlam FC 1-0 last week. “[Port] Moody squandered a few early chances and despite controlling the first 35 minutes, the game was tied at half,” said Gunners coach Larry Moro. Chris Attadia scored the game’s lone goal, converting a penalty kick at 55 minutes. Other standouts included Brad Taverna, who earned the shutout and Aaron Nerdahl, who anchored a solid Port Moody back line, said Moro, adding that Andrew Celenza and Dan Bordignon both had strong games in midfield. The Gunners were coming off a 2-0 semifinal win over FV Red Devils in the Soccer City Premier League Cup. sports@tricitynews.com

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Coq. takes FV finals The Coquitlam C1 midget club took on association rivals Coquitlam C3 during the final game of the Port Coquitlam spring break tournament. Maria Spitale-leiSk photo the tri-city newS

PoCo tournament ends with all-Coquitlam final match By Maria Spitale-Leisk The Tri-CiTy News

The Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex was abuzz this week with bantam and midget hockey players from across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island competing in the PoCo Minor Hockeyhosted spring break tournament. And while this year marks the 36th anniversary of the bantam tournament in PoCo, it also marked the inauguration

of the midget division of the event. The bantam side of the competition started on March 16 with an allPoCo matchup between the C1 and C2 teams and ended with an allCoquitlam matchup — C1 versus C3 — for the gold medal Bantam C championship game on Wednesday. Coquitlam C3 coach Scott MacRae said both teams provided an exciting finish to the tournament. Coquitlam C3 took an early lead in the first

period. Then both teams traded goals, with C1 battling back to get within a goal in the final frame. C3’s lead was threatened late in the third period when a penalty shot was awarded to their opponents, but ultimately denied by goal tender Joshua Brett. C3 then skated to the 3-2 gold medal win. MacRae said he enjoyed the PoCo tournament format that offered the teams a unique opportunity to play a full 60-minute, stop-time

game with ice cleans between periods. For most minor hockey competitions, he said this format is reserved for special games. Both teams took advantage of the longer game to provide all four goalies with playing time. Piers Ekelund from C3 was awarded the tournament MVP for defensive player, and C1 goalie Nicolas Marthinsen won tournament goaltender MVP. The midget tournament wraps up on Saturday.

The Coquitlam Millionaires out-skated Port Moody’s C2 squad in the atom finals of the Fraser Valley North championship game last week in Port Moody. Coquitlam trailed by one goal going into the final period, when forward Joey Nadalin scored his second of the game for the tie. In the dying minutes of the game, Sebastian D’Agostini scored on a breakaway to notch the go ahead goal, securing a 3-2 win for Coquitlam.

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With reliable car required to deliver The TriCity News door-to-door to households in the Tri-City area Wednesday & Friday.

Call 604-472-3040 All Unemployed Start Now!!! $11/hr to start up to $20/hr,No Commission, Benefits Available. We need 8-10 ppl right away! Must be outgoing and work well in a team and individually.Paid weekly.

Call Today Start Tomorrow Lacey 604-777-2195 EXPERIENCED Lane Closure Tech’s and Traffic Control people req’d. immediately. 604-996-2551 or email Traffic_King@shaw.ca

109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Coquitlam is home to over 128,000 people and is fast becoming a vibrant, regional urban centre. We are committed to carefully managing the City’s future while continuing to deliver the highest level of service to the community through leadership, sustainability and innovation.

Coquitlam Parks, Recreation and Culture is seeking enthusiastic and experienced:

SUMMER PROGRAM LEADERS (Auxiliary, On-Call)

Working with school-aged children, you will provide leadership within summer camps and other programs. You will have experience instructing various ages in different settings, be a team player, flexible, organized and able to work independently. Candidates must possess current first aid and CPR certifications. Other applicable certifications such as National Coaching Certification Program, Leadership and High Five are considered assets. Summer camp leaders: We are looking for individuals who have at least one of the following: • Summer day camp experience • Work or volunteer skills in inclusion (therapeutic recreation background preferred) • Experience teaching ice sports (hockey, figure skating, ringette) as well as ball hockey and lacrosse. • Outdoor recreation experience. Some positions require candidates to possess a valid BC Drivers License and access to their own transportation. A CUPE hourly rate of $18.90 to $22.08 (2011 rates) is offered, along with a percentage in lieu of benefits. This role requires flexibility as shifts vary to accommodate program schedules and may include evenings and weekends. A criminal record search may be requested of short listed candidates. All interested applicants, please submit your resume with a cover letter indicating reference #TCN2013-100975 by 5:00 pm, March 24, 2013 to:

6072 146-286 April Rd 2-27 Crawford Bay 2-38 Darney Bay 183 Roe Dr

The City of Coquitlam is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We thank all applicants for their interests; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

with expected hourly rate

F/T INSIDE WORKERS required for COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY in Port Coquitlam. 8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri. $11/hr + benefits Apply in person at: #205, 1515 Broadway St, Port Coquitlam

8206 1010 Alderson Ave 1001-1043 Brunette Ave (odd) 1025-1059 James Ave 205-236 Lebleu St 200 Marmont Ave 205-214 Nelson St 8307 622-770 Austin Ave (even) 435-449 Guilby St (odd) 408-449 Selman St 624-763 Sydney Ave 8208 1413-1429 Brunette Ave (odd) 1304-1418 Cartier Ave 250-324 Casey St 1308-1410 Hachey Ave 308-1309 Laval Square 211-327 Laval St 320-325 Millview St 8454 936-946 Como Lake Ave (even) 835-929 Grover Ave 728-740 Hailey St (even) 834-925 Regan Ave 6196 1-49 Alder Dr 9712 2787-2798 Doble Crt 1248-1278 Durant Dr (even) 1221 Kaiser St 2789-2852 Nash Dr 2803-2829 Rambler Way (odd) 8677 1708-1904 Bowman Ave 1773-1963 Como Lake Ave (odd) 1850-1878 Masset Crt 801-829 Poirier St (odd) 805-865 Prospect St 1740-1771 Shannon Crt 801-825 Laurence St 6008 123-195 Mary St (odd) 2401-2721 St George St 2605-2621 St John’s St (odd) 6029 487-519 Ailsa Ave 802-986 Dundonald Dr 802-840 Fenwick Pl 8460 612-650 Clarke Rd (even) 631-739 Como Lake Ave (odd) 801-832 Dogwood St 607-735 Lea Ave 630 Morrison Ave 8630 2950-2970 Admiral Crt 3065-3086 Butternut St 2820 Norman Ave 1001-1011 Palmdale St 820-962 Ranch Park Way 810-1013 Saddle St 3108-3109 Starlight Way 9009 1060-2269 Castle Cres 2210-2249 Garrison Crt 2126-2173 Parapet Terr 2243-2290 Rampart Pl 2135-2182 Tower Crt Other routes not listed may be avail. Please call to enquire. If you live on or near one these routes and you are interested in delivering the papers please call Circulation

@ 604-472-3042

City of Coquitlam - Human Resources Division 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2 Phone: 604.927.3070 Fax: 604.927.3075 email: careers@coquitlam.ca website: www.coquitlam.ca

mferreira@baywest.ca

PANAGO, Port Coquitlam is looking for 1 Food Counter Attendant. Salary $10.50/hr. Temp, F/T position. Responsible for preparing, cooking and packaging products, providing good customer service, receiving payment, assisting with inquiries, order taking and meeting customer needs. Email resume to: panagopoco@gmail.com

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Coquitlam is home to over 128,000 people and is fast becoming a vibrant, regional urban centre. We are committed to carefully managing the City’s future while continuing to deliver the highest level of service to the community through leadership, sustainability and innovation.

Coquitlam Parks, Recreation and Culture is seeking enthusiastic and experienced:

Aquatic Leaders – Lifeguards & Instructors (Summer Auxiliary, On-Call)

Minimum Qualifications: * Please indicate date of issue or provide photocopies • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor issued after April 3, 2011 (2 years) • Standard First Aid or Equivalent issued after April 3, 2011 (2 years) • C.P.R. – Level C issued after April 3, 2012 (1 year) • National Lifeguard Service Award Pool & Waterpark Option issued after April 3, 2011 (2 years) Desired Qualifications: • BCRPA Pool Operators Course • BCRPA Fitness Instructor • First Aid and CPR Instructor Lifesaving Society Instructor • Learn-To-Dive Instructor A CUPE hourly rate of $21.63 to $23.26 (2011 rates) is offered, along with a percentage in lieu of benefits. A criminal record search will be requested of short listed candidates. This role requires flexibility as shifts vary to accommodate program schedules and may include evenings and weekends. Short listed candidates will be invited for testing on Saturday, April 20th & Sunday, April 21st. Candidates who are successful in the testing portion will then be invited to an interview on one evening, April 29th, 30th, May 1st or 2nd . All interested applicants, please submit your resume with a cover letter indicating reference #TC2013-100971 by 5:00 pm, April 3, 2013 to:

and quote the route number.

DRIVER with VAN Needed to deliver bundles of newspapers to carriers homes twice weekly, Wednesday & Friday.

Must have reliable van. ~ TriCity area ~

City of Coquitlam - Human Resources Division 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2 Phone: 604.927.3070 Fax: 604.927.3075 email: careers@coquitlam.ca website: www.coquitlam.ca The City of Coquitlam is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Phone 604-472-3040

Shop from home! Check out our FOR SALE sections: class 500’s for Merchandise, 600’s for Real Estate, and for Automotive view our 800’s.

bcclassified.com

We thank all applicants for their interests; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


A50 Friday, March 22, 2013, Tri-City News EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 130

PERSONAL SERVICES

HELP WANTED

171

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH

www.tricitynews.com HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 206

APPLIANCE REPAIRS

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

263 EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE

284 HEAT, AIR, REFRIGERATION

PEDRO’S Contracting & Drainage. Landscaping, Water Lines & Cement work. Call 604-468-2919.

MAJOR Appliance Repairs to All Makes JIM PUGH Owner/Technician

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

LEAKY BASEMENT SPECIALIST

30 Years+ Experience

Ph: 604-941-3277

POCO Appliance Mart 942-4999 Service to all Makes of Appliances & Refrigeration. Work Guaranteed

. 4 U SPA

AROMATIC BODYWORKS, Meena, in/out hotel service. Coqutilam. Call: 778-839-6583

175 CATERING/PARTY RENTALS

236

Repair & Maintenance Fast

BEST CLEANERS

Residential & Commercial

HOME CARE/SUPPORT

Weekly, Bi-Monthly - Best Rates!

Community Support Worker Staff required for supporting adults with developmental disabilities in a staffed residential setting in Maple Ridge & Coquitlam. First Aid / CPR required. Union rates and benefits. Must be available weekends and overnights. Younghusband Resources Ltd. Fax - 604-466-1207 Email - info@younghusband.ca www.younghusband resources.com

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MEDICAL/DENTAL

MOA REQ’D. Newport Medical Clinic #100 - 205 Newport Dr, Port Moody. 604-461-0016, Fax (0013)

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Since 1985 604-808-0212 Specializing in Private Events! We Come To You! Doing It All, From Set-Up - Clean-Up.

• Home Dinner Parties • Meetings • Funerals • Weddings • B-B-Ques • Birthdays • Anniversaries Unique Taste, Unique Menus... Gourmet, Customized Menus Tailored To Your Function... ASK US ABOUT OUR FEATURED INDIAN CUISINE

Kristy 604.488.9161

threescocatering@shaw.ca or Visit us at: www. threescompanycatering.ca

Window Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Gutter Cleaning. Free Est. (604)465-1302 / 604-786-3466

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EDUCATION/TUTORING

Get Your Pilots Licence Register Today for Groundschool Classes. Pitt Meadows Airport www.icaflightacademy.com

CLARK FREIGHTWAYS

FULL TIME COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT MECHANIC SIGNING BONUS! We are a growing, progressive & well respected transportation company operating a full repair and maintenance facility at our head office in Coquitlam.

Requirements; • Must Be Physically Fit • Communicates well In English • Full Certification We Offer; • Attractive Compensation Package • Signing Bonus Discussed At Interview

Please e-mail resume:

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

Free Estimates 604-813-6949

COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT & DIESEL ENGINE MECHANICS Required for Cullen Diesel Power Ltd. and Western Star & Sterling Trucks of Vancouver Inc. Positions avail. in Surrey. Cummins, Detroit Diesel and MTU engine experience considered an asset.

Union Shop ~ Full Benefits.

Borrow Against Your Vehicle!

• MONEY TODAY! • Instant Approvals • No Credit Checks • Privacy Assured

www.topdogloans.com 604.503.BARK (2275) GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

Need CA$H Today? Own A Vehicle? Borrow Up To $25,000

No Credit Checks! Cash same day, local office.

www.PitStopLoans.com 604-777-5046

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

203

ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING TAX RETURNS

Current and overdue Over 15yrs exp. Starting at $50.00 per return Free check-up of last year return

Forward Resume to Fax: 604-888-4749 E-mail:ars@cullendiesel.com

Tri-City Business Centre MARK & JOANNA BRAGIEL 604-552-4399 ext. 346

MECHANIC SHOP MANAGER

INCOME TAX. TAJ DAMJI 604-781-0315. Pickup delivery in Tri City Free. Singles $45 Couples $70. No limit on number of slips.

Golden Eagle Group is looking for full-time MECHANIC SHOP MANAGER. Repair and maintain fleet of agriculture and construction equipment. Ag-equipment experience, heavy-duty equipment license, hydraulics knowledge are an asset. Fax resume to: 604-460-0944. Golden Eagle Group is a blueberry and cranberry farm located in Pitt Meadows BC, Canada.

STAMPED CONCRETE FPatios FPool Decks FSidewalks FDriveways FForming FFinishing FRe & Re 30yrs exp. Quality workmanship Fully Insured crossroadsstampedconcrete.com

Danny 604 - 307 - 7722

hrfrt@telus.net

or Fax: (1)604.472.2136

CONCRETE & PLACING

WESTWOOD CONCRETE WE SERVICE ALL AREAS • Stamped Concrete • Forming • Patios, Pools & Decks • Removal / Repairs • Custom Design • Bobcat & Mini Excavator

TRADES, TECHNICAL

Tax Returns • Personal • Self employed • Corporate Disc. for seniors

604-468-2287

PLACING & Finishing * Forming * Site Prep, old concrete removal * Excavation & Reinforcing * Re-Re Specialists 34 Years Exp. Free Estimates.

Call: Rick (604) 202-5184

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

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

1-A1 BRAR CEDAR FENCING, chain link & landscaping. Block retaining wall. Reasonable rates. Harry 604-719-1212, 604-306-1714 ASHDOWN CONTRACTING custom cedar fencing/decks Quality you can afford 604-970-4732

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FLOOR REFINISHING/ INSTALLATIONS

POLMAR HARDWOOD FLOORS New floor inst. & finishing. Refin. Repairs, Staining. Free Est.. Mario 604-671-8501 or 604-468-4117.

278 FURNITURE REFINISHING

LARIC FURNITURE REFINISHING

Chimo Furnace Service Ltd

Call: 604-936-5593 HOME IMPROVEMENTS

S Yard Maintenance S Hedge Trimming ~ Tree Pruning S Lawn Cuts ~ Weeding

604-465-3189

604-949-1900 QUALITY RENOVATIONS *30 years *Licensed *Insured

www.metrovanhome.ca

W Design & Renovations W Decks W Fences W Stairs W Retaining walls W Railings Home Renovations Call Patrick for a free est.

604-351-6245 ZIGGY RENO’S - BSMT SUITES, plumbing, electrical, decks, painting Best Prices! Call: (604)931-4224

ELECTRICAL

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

(#102055) Bonded

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

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MISC SERVICES

✶Dump Site Now Open✶ SBroken Concrete RocksS $23.00 Per Metric Ton SMud - Dirt - Sod - ClayS $23.00 Per Metric Ton GrassSBranchesSLeavesSWeeds

HOME IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry, painting, drywall, tiles Quality work - reasonable price Martin 778-355-5840 Additions, Home Improvements Restorations, Renovations, & New Construction. Specializing in Concrete, Forming, Framing & Siding. 604-218-3064

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

Dean 604-834-3076

HOOT & OWL Roof & Drywall Repairs CARPENTRY & TILE WORK

Reno’s/Additions/Kitchens Snow / Salting Rubbish Removal NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL

Gary 604-339-5430 7 Days / Week

RENO & REPAIR

Meadows Landscape Supply Ltd.

NO JOB TOO SMALL!

meadowslandscapesupply.com

(604)465-1311

Renovations/Repairs/Building Emergency services available! S Bathrooms S Basements S Suites S Decks / Sheds S Plumbing S Flooring / Tiles S Electrical S Interior Designing

Always! Landscaping Services, Pwr Raking, Delivery, Spreading, Yard &Rubbish cleanup 604.230.0627

Gary 604-690-7JNL (7565) “Family Owned & Operated in the Tri-Cities”

283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS

M.T. GUTTERS Professional Installation 5” Gutter, Down Pipe, Soffit *CLEANING *REPAIRS 28 YEARS EXPERIENCE

~ FULLY INSURED ~

604-475-7077

Call Tim 604-612-5388

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

ALWAYS! GUTTER Cleaning & Roof Blowing, 30 yrs exp., Prompt Prof. Service Simon 604-230-0627

101-1125 Nicola Avenue Port Coq. (behind COSTCO)

263 EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE

283A

604-468-8889

BAJ EXCAVATING DEMO, Sewer, storm, drainage, remove concrete & blacktop, old house drainage. 604-779-7816.

Organize & Clean: shop/garage/yrd odd jobs, res/comm. Pet/Plant Care. Gardening & Maint. Trustworthy & Friendly 778-839-3557

HANDYPERSONS

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

604-537-4140

329 PAINTING & DECORATING PRO WEST PAINTING & DECORATING D New construction & repaint with Benjamin Moore paint D Interior & Exterior D Specialist in Wallpapering

Master Painter at Student Prices

WE’RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassified.com

360 PLUMBING & HEATING. Gas, plumbing, heating, reno’s, repairs. 20 years exp., reliable & courteous. Lic’d. Bonded. Jack 778-835-4416

100% Heating & Plumbing 24/7

10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005

FULL PLUMBING SERVICES • Hvac Gas Fitting • Electrical *Free Est. *Licensed *Insured 24hr. Emergency Service

C & C Electrical Mechanical

604-475-7077

341

PRESSURE WASHING COMPLETE EXTERIOR

CLEANING & PRESSURE WASHING D Vinyl siding D Decks D Driveways D Sidewalks D Moss killing agent 604 - 761 - 4835

Always! Power Washing, Window & Gutter cleaning, all your exterior cleaning needs. 604-230-0627

POWER WASHING GUTTER CLEANING SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE

Call Ian 604-724-6373

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

“ Special Seniors Discount “

COMPLETE Roofing Ltd. Repairs & gutters, all roofs. WCB, BBB, Reas guaranteed. Sr Disc. 604-725-0106

We pay the tax....... You do not pay until the job is completed.

EXCEL ROOFING LTD.

604-761-4835 25YRS EXP. CREW. WCB. Fully Ins. Comm/Res Int/Ext. Reasonable jerryspropaint.ca 604-250-7040 HUNGRY PAINTERS ceiling, walls, trim, power washing Int/Ext Spray, Brush & Roll 604-467-2532

If I can’t do it It can’t be done

Leaks, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Tiling, Painting, Caulking, Property Maintenance & Management. Jerry 604-720-0290

PLUMBING

BRO MARV PLUMBING $49 Service Call. 24 Hrs. Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, Plugged drains. (604)582-1598 or (778)714-2441

MOVING & STORAGE

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

HOME REPAIRS

Call Robert 604-941-1618 OR 604-844-4222 INTERIORS: Baths (renos/ repairs) specializing in drywall, doors, flooring, tiling, plumbing, painting, miscellaneous, etc. VERSATILE! EXPERIENCED IN OVER 30 LINES OF WORK! * Quality work * Prompt Service * Fair prices For positive results Call Robert SERVICE CALLS WELCOME

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Journeyman Call 604-345-0899

Large medium small we paint them all !

Prompt Delivery Available

Ph: 604-942-4383

www.pro-accpainting.com

604-465-1311

$45/Hr

Home Renovations and New Construction

F WCB, Insured, Licensed F Free Estimates F Many References F All Types of Painting

Certified, Insured & Bonded

Local & Long Distance

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

MARK’S LAWN CARE Mowing lawns, hedge trimming, garbage removal and small handyman repairs. Free Est. 604-308-8073

- Est. 1989 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

RELIABLE & AFFORDABLE

Check out bcclassified.com Help Wanted - Class 130

15% SENIORS DISCOUNT A+ Rating with BB Bureau

✶ Bark Mulch ✶ Lawn & Garden Soil ✶ Drain Gravel ✶ Lava Rock ✶ River Rock ✶Pea Gravel

PRO ✶ ACC PAINTING LTD

$59.00 Per Ton

AFFORDABLE MOVING

Brad 778-552-3900

604-728-5643

Meadows Landscape Supply

All Work Guaranteed. Call John 778-867-8785

(Mon - Fri) 9 - 5:30 pm, Sat. Appt

• ELECTRICAL • FULL PLUMBING SERVICES • HVAC GAS FITTING *Free Est. *Licensed *Insured 24hr. Emergency Service

*Retaining Walls *Interlocking *Fencing *Drainage *Decking *New Lawns *Hedges 17 Years exp. - Work Guaranteed Cel:604-836-6519, 778-285-6510

LOOKING FOR WORK?

Email: hoot&owl@telus.net

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SPRING YARD MAINT.

Fully Insured

FRANKS Drywall *Boarding*Taping *Spraying no job too sm. Seniors rts Free ests. 604-939-7029, 809-1945 JMYK CONTRACTING LTD. Specializing in steel stud framing, drywall, taping, texture, t-bar, firerating, painting + general reno’s. WCB, Insured. Jay 604-722-6197

NICK’S Landscaping

• Kitchens • Bathrooms

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

•Lawn Cuts/Trim •Aerating •Leaf Cleanup •Power Rake •Hedge & Shrub Trimming •Pruning Trees •23 yrs. exp. •Insured •Free Estimates

Robert J. O’Brien

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

Ph: 604-469-2331

COQUITLAM LANDSCAPING ★ SPRING CLEANUP ★

“JUST A GREAT JOB!”

When QUALITY Matters

17607 Ford Road Pitt Meadows

Free Estimates, Pick-up & Delivery

GARDENING

NO Headaches NO Surprises NO Excuses

all soils are tested for Optimum growing requirements.

- ANTIQUES, HOME & OFFICE FURNITURE - RESTORATION & REPAIRS

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329 PAINTING & DECORATING

NO Wood byproducts used

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Specialists in:

DRYWALL

C & C Electrical Mechanical

candymassage.blogspot.com/

Local

Woodland Decks

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

PERSONAL SERVICES ALTERNATIVE HEALTH

FENCING

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

www.accountableaccounting.ca

171

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HERFORT CONCRETE

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Honest

Serving Tri-Cities since 1988

Don 604-825-3006 awdrain.com

MAIDS R’ US

LANDSCAPING

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

CLEANING SERVICES

AROUND GUARANTEED!

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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

FURNACE SERVICE SPECIALISTS

3755 Bracewell Court, Pt Coq.

Offering All Types of Excavation & Underground Utility Repairs.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

www.paintspecial.com 604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. AFFORDABLE INT/EXT painting. 30 yrs exp. Refs. Free est. Keith 604-433-2279 or 604-777-1223.

Specializing in Re-Roofs, New Roofs, Repairs. All kinds of roofing. ON TIME SERVICE Guaranteed Work - Best Price Free Estimates

(778)878-2617


www.tricitynews.com HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

Tri-City News Friday, March 22, 2013, A51 HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 374

TREE SERVICES

GL ROOFING. Cedar shakes, Asphalt Shingles, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters. $80. 604-240-5362

Mainland Roofing Ltd. 25 yrs in roofing industry

Family owned & operated. Fully ins. We do Cedar Shakes, conversions, concrete tiles, torchon, fibreglass shingles, restoration & repairs. 20 yr labour warr. 604-427-2626 or 723-2626

TREE & STUMP removal done RIGHT! • Tree Trimming • Fully Insured • Best Rates 604-787-5915/604-291-7778

www.treeworksonline.ca 10% OFF with this AD

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 559

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

2 Acorn stair lifts. Both in excellent condition. Just over 8” straight space saver rails. 6 months old. Original $6550 want $2000. jwripley@shaw.ca

560

MISC. FOR SALE

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

566 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

www.mainlandroof.com

ANTIQUE ORGAN hi back style, decorative & refinished $1000/obo. Photos avail. Call 604-541-9619.

REAL ESTATE 612 BUSINESSES FOR SALE

Eastcan Roofing & Siding •New Roofs •Re-Roofs •Repairs Liability Insurance/BBB/10% off with ad

604.562.0957 or 604.961.0324

Your Tree Service For Honest Prices & Quality Work

PORT Moody 2227 St. Johns Street 2Rm Professional Office space for Rent Approx. 300sqft. $800/month + tax. All Included. Pls call (604) 492-3368 or email jcomni@vip.net

FOR SALE BY OWNER

RUBBISH REMOVAL

FREE! Scrap Metal Removal...FREE!!! *Appliances *BBQs *Exercise Equip *Cars/Trucks/Trailers *Hotwater Tanks *Furnaces * Restaurant Equipment All FREE pickup!

PETS

BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGS, pure bred at Diesel Kennel, 3 male, $1500. each. Call (604)869-5073 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

LUXURIOUS 4 bdrm townhouse, Unit #5 4001 Old Clayburn Rd. Cedar Springs, Abbotsford. See Propertyguys.com id# 149350 Open House March 23 & 24 11:00 - 3:00 ~ 604-850-4938

627

T & K Haulaway

RECYCLE-IT!

630

JUNK REMOVAL

604.587.5865 www.recycleitcanada.ca bradsjunkremoval.com

Hauling Anything.. But Dead Bodies!! 20 YARD BINS AVAILABLE We Load or You Load !

604.220.JUNK(5865) Serving Metro Vancouver Since 1988

EXTRA

CHEAP RUBBISH REMOVAL Almost for free! (778)997-5757, (604)587-5991

359 SAND, GRAVEL & TOPSOIL

372

SUNDECKS

CALL 604-937-0203

ITALIAN MASTIFF(Cane Corso) P/B blues, ready to go, 1st shots, tails/dew claws done. Ultimate family guardian $1000 (604)308-5665 NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com PRESA CANARIO P/B UKC, fawn Both parents approx 150 lbs. $950. Call 604-302-2357 PUG available for stud service. He is a rare silver male, purebred but not registered. Also Golden retriever (not reg.) avail for stud (OFA hips & cert eyes) Mission 604-820-4827

We have proven track record in developing land in Tri City with 7 successful projects. We are looking for more land / land assembly with development potential. No Pressure. No Obligation.

Call Sood @ 604-782-9993

GARDEN COURT HOUSING CO-OP 2865 Packard Ave. Now accepting applications for 1 & 2 bdrm apartments. Share purchase required. No Subsidies avail.

Call 604-464-4921

639 REAL ESTATE SERVICES • DIFFICULTY SELLING ? • Difficulty Making Payments? No Equity? Expired Listing? Penalty? We Take Over Payments! No Fees! www.GVCPS.ca / 604-786-4663

Medallion Court Apt / Townhomes 2 Bedroom suite available immediately (heat and hot water included). Pet allowed.

3 Bedroom townhouse available now (heat and hot water included) with laundry hook up. Pet allowed.

Contact: Mihaela 604-600-4213

COQUITLAM

Welcome Home ! 1 Bedrooms available near Lougheed Mall and transit. Rent includes heat & hot water. Sorry No Pets. Refs required.

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Take a walk through the Classifieds for the best bargains around! bcclassified.com Phone 604-575-5555

AUCTIONS

ESTATE AUCTION March 25, 7pm. Quality maple, teak & oak furniture, tools, etc. Central Auction #313-20560- Langley Byass (#10 Hwy) 604-534-8322 www.centralauction.com

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FERTILIZERS

WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $160 or Well Rotted 10 yards - $180. 604-856-8877

FURNITURE

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

GARAGE SALES

Port Coquitlam

DOWNSIZING BUSINESS Interior Design Company Unit 604-1515 Broadway St. Saturday March 23 10am. - 2pm. Office equipment, Furniture, Misc. design items.

Everything must go!

1 & 2 Bdrms $790/$880 GREAT LOCATION * Renovated Suites * Clean, very quiet, large, INCLUDES: HEAT, HOT WATER & HYDRO Near Shopping & Amenities. SENIOR’S DISCOUNT

1 Bdrm suite $775

RENTALS 700

RENT TO OWN

STOP RENTING! RENT TO OWN! No Qualification Required! FLEXIBLE TERMS! Cloverdale 60th &176th Spacious 708sf. 1 bdrm. Condo. Only $880/mo. Option Fee Req. 604-626-9647

706

APARTMENT/CONDO #1 IN RENTALS (Since 1990)

Professional Property Management Services P.Meadows - Solaris Towers BRAND NEW UNITS AVAIL *1Bd+den. *2Bd+den. *3Bdrm.

S Incl heat/hot wtr, wndw cvrngs S Close to bus stop S Walk to shpng/medical/WCE S Across from park w/Mtn views S Gated parking and Elevator S Adult oriented building S References required CALL FOR APPOINTMENT

604-464-3550 PORT COQUITLAM; 2 Bdrm apt, $815, quiet complex, no pets, call 604-464-0034 PORT COQUITLAM - Newly renovated, quiet secure bldg, walk to all amens, WC Exp - 2 Bdrms - avail April 1st. - Lrg, bright, incl heat, h/water, f/s, priv balc, window coverings. - Laundry & storage on ea floor. - Plenty of pkng avail. No Pets. - Wheelchair accessible

McALLISTER APARTMENTS

2232 McAllister Ave

Call 604-464-7548

(604)941-7721

Visit our website for other rentals: www.profile-properties.com

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

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

MAPLE RIDGE

PORT COQUITLAM

APPLIANCES

2 B/R apts on Prairie Av, POCO. 4 units avail, 800-1000 sq. ft. $900-980/mth. Major appl, window blinds, repainted, hardwood fl.1 min to banks, s/market, laundromat n many other amenities. No pets. 778 865 5155.

Bright 2 bdrm apt. Large 2 br located in a Central Coq Co-op. $810/mo. No subsidy. Close to transit, schools, and shopping. Sandy 604 945 5864 sandy@terramanagement.ca COQUITLAM. Austin Hts. 1Bdr apt, sec u/g prk, avail now, $775 incl heat. Small pet ok. 604-626-6501.

736

752

TOWNHOUSES

RECREATIONAL/SALE

838

PORT COQUITLAM, Prairie Ave. 2 Bdrm, rent geared to income, must have children, quiet family complex, not pets, call 604-468-1243

746

TRANSPORTATION

HOMES FOR RENT

MAPLE RIDGE 2 bdrm hse completely redone. Newer appl & flooring. Garage & shed on property. Lg yard. Nr Golden Ears bridge. Apr 1. $1250. 604-941-2243 / 942-7876

810

AUTO FINANCING

ROOMS FOR RENT

2005 ADVENTURE Camper, slps 4, toilet, F/S, heat, no leaks, exc cond $8800 obo 604-463-7200

M. RIDGE. Nr WC Express. Furnished bdrm. Good for student. Clean. Shrd home. $500. 604-4772163.

845

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

748 SHARED ACCOMMODATION PORT COQUITLAM bright furn’d rooms in lrg 2bdr gr/lvl ste, full bath, nr amens, $450 &$475 incl utils, cbl & net. Apr 1. NS/NP. 604-807-9612

749

• Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

STORAGE

FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

Pitt Meadows Marina Public Access Launch Ramp Outdoor Storage for Boats, RV’s, Cars, Trucks & Trailers Year Rental Moorage Fuel Dock W Onsite Manager

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 The Scrapper

604.465.7713 750

SUITES, LOWER

COQUITLAM, Burke Mtn. 1st Time Rented! 2 Bdrm + den, D/W, W/D. Avail immed. $1100 + elec. NS/NP. Call: (604) 474-4472 or 250-6218

TOP CA$H PAID TODAY For SCRAP VEHICLES!

2 hr. Service www.a1casper.com (604)209-2026

COQUITLAM CENTRE large bright 2 bdrm + den, priv laundry/entry, nr college & bus. Ns/np, avail April 1st. $950 incl utils. Call 604-941-8372. COQUITLAM - Dawes Hill/Mundy. 1 Bdr suite (part furn’d), ns/np, $650 incl hydro/satellite. 604-649-6668. Coquitlam SE - 1 bdrm suite, brand new. n/s, n/p. Prefer mature single. $750/mo. (604)889-6636 COQUITLAM Westwood Plat. 2bdr 1700 s/f, 5 appls, ns/np, avail now. $1100/mo incl utils. 604-944-1177. M. RIDGE cntrl. New bright 2-bdrm bsmt ste. $1000/mo. Avail May 1. N/s, sm dog poss. 604-477-2163.

12186-224 St, Maple Ridge Certified Crime Free Buildings

POCO Appliance Mart 942-4999 Rebuilt*Washer*Dryer*Fridge*Stove Up to 1 Yr Warranty. Trade-in Avail.

DUPLEXES/4PLEXES

TRANSPORTATION

COQUITLAM CENTRE large 1 bdrm. walk out suite, patio, sep. kit., bath & ldry. N/P N/S. $950 mo inc utils, cable & int. 604-786-1504

604-463-7450 604-463-2236

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

715

PORT MOODY bright, very clean 3 bdr, w/1bdr inlaw ste, 1700s/f, 2 ba, w/d, awesome deck, 1 kitchen, f/p, ns/np, $1600 +utils. 604-283-9055.

RENTALS

COQUITLAM

Queen Anne Apts.

REG. German Shepherd Pups xrays, shots,READY NOW Black & Tan 1100.00 604 512-3310

551

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

COQUITLAM:

Developable Land

548 Vinyl, Wood and Trex decks, Aluminum and Glass awnings, Wood,Aluminum & Glass Railings D FULLY INSURED D 100% Waterproof Up to 10 year warranty

COQUITLAM: Clean, quiet apt blk. Suites to rent. Sorry no pets. Family owned & operated for 40 yrs. (604)936-5755.

Call (604) 931-2670

509

Always! Delivering Top Soil, Bark Mulch, Sand and Gravel, Spreading services. Simon 604-230-0627

Call 604-944-2963

WANTED

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

Recycled Earth Friendly HOT TUBS ARE NO PROBLEM! On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!

LOTS

RENTALS

2 Bdrm apt $1240 *IN-SUITE W/D *GARBURATOR *ONSITE MANAGER *BEHIND COQ. CTR. MALL

HOMES WANTED

WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-626-9647

604-572-3733

Coquitlam Centre “Raphael Towers”

3 Bedroom townhouse available immediately (heat and hot water included) with laundry hook up. Pet allowed.

PETS 477

APARTMENT/CONDO

TOWNHOMES

Free Estimates * Fully Insured

356

706

515-525 Foster Avenue

625

Call Scott at 604-618-0333 Certified Arborist Roofing Experts. 778-230-5717 Repairs/Re-Roof/New Roofs. All work Gtd. Free Est. Call Frank.

RENTALS

11895 Laitty St, Maple Ridge

Fully renovated 1 & 2 bdrm suites Full time on-site caretaker. Available Immediatly CALL ANYTIME TO VIEW

778-839-4691 TRAVEL with bcclassified.com

604 575 5555

709 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL PORT COQUITLAM, 1500 - 3000 sq ft. Ground floor commercial area. Facing onto city park. 1 blk from Lougheed/ Shaughnessy intersection. Call 604-464-3550.

REPAIRERS LIEN ACT

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

POCO. 2 bdrm grnd lvl suite. Nr bus/WCE/Douglas College. Sep ent N/P. $1000/m.April 1.604-464-2161

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

PoCo Mary Hill 2 bdrm lrge g/l ste, full bath, sh ldry, NS/NP. $795/mo incl util May 1. 604-306-1701 eves

www.iDreamAuto.com DL# 7557

1-800-961-7022

PORT COQ lrg 1bdr g/lvl, new house cov’d patio, own heat cntrl. N/p.Now $785 incl utils/cable. 604-690-0564 Port Coquitlam, 1 bdrm ste incl heat & light, W/D, own driveway. N/P. N/S. $800/mo May 1 (604)942-4785 PORT COQUITLAM 2 Bdrm suite, $925/mo incl utils/cable/laundry. Avail April 1st. N/P. 604-816-8050.

818

Notice of Sale of Motor Vehicle Pursuant to The Repairer’s Lien Act, Whereas Morra Rocco of 209 - 2334 Marpole Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 2A2 is indebted to Rallytec Auto Services Inc. of 858 Westwood St Coquitlam BC V3C 3L2 for repairs done to a 1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible VIN: 3C3EL55H5VT514773, Reg: 761 CNW for an amount owing $1,174.29 plus any additional cost of storage and sale. Notice is hereby given that on April 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm said vehicle will be sold at Rallytec Auto Services Inc. For more information call Rallytec Auto Services Inc. 778- 285-2886.

CARS - DOMESTIC

PORT COQUITLAM nr Pitt River Rd. 1 Bdrm suite, Full bath. Private ent. Nr transit. $600/mo incl hydro. N/S. N/P. Avail now. Call 604-802-2112.

752

TOWNHOUSES

COQUITLAM: 2 Bdrm townhouse, $965, quiet family complex, no pets call 604-942-2277. PITT MEADOWS: 2 - 3 bdrm co-op T/H $1030/mo - $1134/mo. Shares req’d. Close to WCE, schools & shopping. No subsidy available. 19225 119th Ave. For more info & to book an appt. call 604-465-1938

2007 Chev Malibu LS, 42,000km, excellent condition, grey, 4 dr, power options, senior-driven, $8300 obo - call 604.341.7475

752

TOWNHOUSES

752

Rivers Inlet Family Townhomes A short walk to Shopping Mall, schools and recreation.

TOWNHOUSES

Up To $ 50 Move-I 0 n Bonus

2 Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms t/FXMZSFOPWBUFE t"MMVOJUTDPNFXJUI GSJEHF TUPWF XBTIFS ESZFSBOEEJTIXBTIFS t'SPOUDBSQPSU TPNF HBSBHFTBWBJMBCMF BOE CBDLZBSEQBUJP t%FDPSBUJWF'JSFQMBDF t4PSSZ OPQFUT t1SPGFTTJPOBMPOTJUF

Call (604) 942-2012

Rivers Inlet Rental Complex Coquitlam 1145 Inlet Street riversinletent@shaw.ca

www.coquitlampropertyrentals.ca

1 & 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS ALSO AVAILABLE


A52 Friday, March 22, 2013, Tri-City News

www.tricitynews.com

R’IDES of MARCH

PRE-OWNED SALE PRICES have been DRASTICALLY REDUCED for IMMEDIATE SALE!

’04 FORD F350

SUPERCAB, 4X4, LONGBOX DIESEL STK#13F35346A

16,988

$

’08 F-150 LARIAT

AWD, GREAT BUY STK#13ES8864A

11,995

$

’11 FORD FLEX LTD.

’04 SATURN VUE

’08 FORD MUSTANG V6

ONLY 95,000 KMS! STK#12F08591B

8,888

$

metromotors.com /mymetroford /mymetroford

18,998

COUPE, NICE CAR STK#12FN4002A

14,998

$

’08 CHEV HHR LT

14,995

$

9,988

$

’08 FORD ESCAPE AWD LIMITED, V6, LOW KMS STK#13ES9903A

26,995

18,998

$

$

’11 Chrysler 200S

’13 FORD ESCAPE

LEATHER, NICE CAR STK#PFC1745C

POWER SEATS, NAVIGATION, MOONROOF STK#13MU7564A

AWD, LEATHER AND NAVIGATION STK#PFT1955

’08 FORD F150

’07 MAZDA 3 GT

’08 VW GOLF CITY

22,995

$

CREWCAB, 4X4, XLT, ONLY 62,000 KMS, STK#13F13610A

21,998

$

20,995

$

28,998

$

LOADED, NICE CAR STK#13F10831A

NICE CAR STK#13ES2281XA

14,995

8,888

$

THE ALL NEW Dlr# 5231 Metro Motors Ltd.

JLX-L STK#PFT1932

20,995

$

AWD, NICE TRUCK STK#MLT542

22,998

$

’10 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA

’08 FORD EXPLORER LTD.

’08 BMW 328i

$

WOW ONLY

’10 FORD F150 XLT

18,998

’07 FORD F150

27,998

$

15,998

POWER GROUP, SUNROOF, CHROME RIMS, STK#MLT505A

$

’07 FORD F350

4X4, DIESEL, SHORTBOX, STK#MLT561

$

CREWCAB, 4X4, NICE TRUCK STK#12F18222A

LONGBOX, NICE TRUCK, GREAT PRICE STK#MLT533

CREWCAB, 4X4, XLT, NICE TRUCK, GREAT PRICE, STK#MLT560

23,995

’08 DODGE RAM 1500

AWD, PEARLY WHITE, PANORAMIC ROOF STK#MLT535

CREWCAB, FULLY LOADED, 5.4 L, V8, TOW PKG, STK#MLT559

$

10,998

$

’11 FORD FIESTA

SEDAN, SE, ONLY 5200 KMS, GREAT PRICE, STK#13FI1527A

$

2 BLOCKS EAST

COQ. CENTRE

1-866-851-5057

METRO FORD

LOUGHEED HWY

N

PITT RIVER

12,998

$

2007 NISSAN MURANO

4 DR, AUTO, NICE CAR STK#PFT1943A

’11 SUZUKI SX4

AWD, MUST SEE, GREAT PRICE STK#13ES6663B

6,998

$

’07 CHEVROLET COBALT

SHAUGHNESSY

7,998

$

2007 DODGE CALIBER

4 DR, HATCHBACK, GREAT PRICE STK#13EX0524A

COQ. RIVER

NICE CAR, GREAT PRICE STK#PLT4755A

’04 TOYOTA MATRIX

2505 LOUGHEED HIGHWAY

The Tri-City News, March 22, 2013  

March 22, 2013 edition of the The Tri-City News

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