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TFN prepares for election do-over Seven months after the last Tsawwassen First Nation election, former and current chiefs Kim Baird and Bryce Williams will once again vie for the top spot on April 10. Meanwhile, a former Tsawwassen First Nation legislator is concerned treaty money distributed to members earlier this week was politically motivated and lacked transparency. ❙ See stories, P.3

Truckers want new bridge option Building a new bridge, not another tunnel, looks like the best bet to replace the aging and congested George Massey Tunnel, according to Lower Mainland truckers. B.C. Trucking Association because it would end two major restrictions for cargo haulers. Trucks aren’t allowed to haul dangerous goods through the tunnel below the Fraser River, forcing those shipments to drive over a different bridge, adding to unnecessary traffic and emissions. Oversized loads are also banned from the tube. ❙ See story, P.3

Field hockey opens The Tsawwassen-based Falcons Field Hockey Club opened their season with a skills jamboree and barbecue at Winskill Park last Saturday. The club is the largest in the province, boasting 450 members from ages six to 50. ❙ See story, P.21

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Tsawwassen First Nation returns to polls April 10 election ordered after Sept. 5 results overturned ❙ Kristene Salzmann reporter

Seven months after the last Tsawwassen First Nation election, former and current chiefs Kim Baird and Bryce Williams will once again vie for the top spot. On April 10, TFN members return to the ballot boxes to vote for their chief and legislative assembly following a decision by TFN’s judicial council late last year that overturned the results of the Sept. 5 election. In that election, incumbent Kim Baird, who had been chief for 13 and a half years, was defeated by newcomer Bryce Williams by nine votes. Two hundred and sixty of the band’s 439 eligible voters went to the polls (59 per cent). In November, two TFN members appealed the results on the basis that a notice advising members of the election advertised the incorrect day of the week. This time around, Baird has started a blog ( to be more accessible to members, she said, and to get her platform out to the community. “A lot of what’s in my platform is what I’ve been working on, but I think people needed to be reminded of the broader strategic vision, which I took for granted that people

❙ Former chief Kim Baird (on left) and current chief Bryce Williams will once again vie for the top position in the Tsawwasen First Nation on April 10 after an appeal overturned the results of the Sept. 5 election that saw Williams elected by a margin of nine votes. File photos knew last time.” When asked what she would like to accomplish should she be elected chief again, Baird said, “Simply, I’d like to finish the projects I started and ensure that there’s sustainable revenue for our operation and our community going forward, and that we don’t squander the opportunities we have under the treaty. “It’s a one time settlement, so we have to be careful with how we proceed with it, and I think I just have the best experience to stick-handle some of the challenges I foresee in the near future.”

Some of these projects and challenges include a “mega-mall” (an indoor mall covering 1.2 million square feet, and big box stores totaling 600,000 square feet), and negotiating municipal and/or regional sewer access in order to find a longterm solution to TFN’s projected sewage needs. Chief Williams said if elected he would continue his focus on cultural and youth initiatives — including plans to start a youth council — in addition to moving forward with the band’s economic developments. “[I] just want them to have a voice

so they can be empowered to help with the decision-making processes and things like that,” he said of the band’s young people. Williams also wants to develop programs to get members more involved in the Longhouse and in traditional singing and dancing. “Just all the small things add up to start building that culture, and rebuilding or reviving it.” On April 10, members will also vote for a 12-member legislative assembly. The four legislators with the most votes will make up the executive council.

Timing of money to TFN members suspect, says candidate ❙ Kristene Salzmann reporter

A former Tsawwassen First Nation legislator is concerned treaty money distributed to members earlier this week was politically motivated and lacked transparency. Andrew Bak said $500 in treaty monies was given to each TFN member on April 3, one week before the April 10 election for chief and council. “I am not aware of any public debate, no record of any meaningful community consultation, in respect of this particular distribution,” he said. “The timing of it – a

week before an election – is suspect in my opinion.” Bak is a former executive council member and legislator, and a current candidate on the ballot for the legislative assembly. He said he first heard of the distribution by letter last week from Chief Bryce Williams. Williams was elected chief in September, winning by nine votes over incumbent Kim Baird. The election results were overturned by TFN’s judicial council on the grounds that an election notice advertised the wrong date. Chief Williams said the decision was made to distribute the money

to members this past Wednesday because that is the anniversary date of the Tsawwassen First Nation treaty, which came into effect April 3, 2009. “This decision was in the making for a long time, and there’s no political initiative behind that at all,” he said. “It’s treaty day, and we thought this would be a good day where a lot of our members get together. “It’s just a good day to celebrate what we’ve accomplished as a nation.” He said discussions on the distribution of money to members began before the judicial council overturned the election results

and set a new election date. However, Williams acknowledged no public consultation was held prior to the decision. “No, there wasn’t, but we have a good team in the executive council, and we believe our nation should be benefitting from us moving forward with our economic developments and everything like that.” Bak disagrees with the process. “Distributions of monies to our members should be discussed openly, set out clearly in our budget, and should be carefully considered; weighed against all other priorities set out in our strategic plans, and capital plans,” he wrote in an email. A3 A3

Truckers prefer new bridge over rebuilt tunnel Building a new bridge, not another tunnel, looks like the best bet to replace the aging and congested George Massey Tunnel, according to Lower Mainland truckers. B.C. Trucking Association president Louise Yako said her board leans in favour of the bridge solution because it would end two major restrictions for cargo haulers. Trucks aren’t allowed to haul dangerous goods through the tunnel below the Fraser River, forcing those shipments to drive far out of their way over a different bridge, adding to unnecessary traffic and emissions, and increasing the risk of a hazardous cargo accident along the way. Oversized loads are also banned from the tube. “A bridge would address both of those deficiencies that the tunnel currently has,” Yako said. The provincial transportation ministry recently unveiled five options for the future of the 54-year-old Massey Tunnel, although it has announced no estimate of costs or strategy to pay for it. Yako also noted removing the tunnel could allow larger ships to head upriver to Fraser Surrey Docks. Trucks could be loaded with cargo containers there instead of at Deltaport, making goods movement more efficient, she said. The topic of using tolls to pay for a new crossing hasn’t yet come up in the association’s discussions with provincial government officials, she said. “Our industry believes it should pay its fair share,” Yako said, noting truckers would benefit from reduced congestion and greater road capacity. “The question is how should we pay? Should it be through tolls? Should it be through system-wide road pricing? That’s the next discussion we need to have as an association and the public needs to have as well.”

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Local restaurants welcome return of PST ❙ Kristene Salzmann

Local restauranteurs are welcoming the return of the Provincial Sales Tax this week, which will see diners get a tax break on their meals. On Monday (April 1), B.C. businesses returned to the former PST and Goods and Service Tax system after spending almost three years getting used to the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax. Shelley Metrow, managing partner at the Rose and Crown Pub in Tsawwassen, thinks the change will be good for the restaurant industry, although she’s yet to hear feedback from her customers who would have received lower bills this week. “Three years ago when we switched it was a big topic, everybody talked about it for weeks. Now, this time, not a single, solitary word from anybody,” she said. Still, Metrow anticipates the move will benefit those with lower incomes looking to dine out. “Time will tell, I guess,”

she said. “It’s a little bit frustrating as a business owner because you have to change everything over and go back to how you used to do it. But all in all, in this business, I think it’s going to be positive.” In a media release issued last week, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) welcomed the elimination of the 12 per cent HST, which returns restaurant meals to their PST-exempt status. The CRFA claimed that in the first year of the HST, restaurant sales were $550 million lower than they would have been under the previous system. The organization said that between July 2010 and December 2012, restaurant sales in B.C. grew by 1.4 per cent while restaurant sales in the rest of Canada saw an 11.5 per cent growth in the same period. Brad Herauf, owner of the Boot & Sombrero in Ladner, hopes the return to the old system will have a positive impact on his restaurant. “GST is only five per cent, so I only charge five per cent on anything from

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Motorists who use ro Vancouver must first Highway 91 may get a decide on whether to long-promised inter- approve MK Delta Lands change at 72nd Avenue controversial proposal to replace the for an 36-hecttraffic lights are mixed-use there that ofdevelopment ten cause long at the intersecback-ups. tion. The federal MK Delta and provincial Lands has ofgovernments fered to pay for have pledged Delta’s share up to $10 of the intermillion each, change, but while the rest Delta Chief of the $30-mil- Lois Jackson Adminstrative lion highway Officer George improvement project Harvie said final landwould be funded through use decisions on the delocal contributions. velopment are at least a “This new interchange year away. He said actual along Highway 91 will interchange construction help relieve congestion,” could take another three said Don Fast, the federal years, depending on soil minister for international conditions. trade and Abbotsford MP. If MK Delta Lands’ projThere’s no timeline for ect was ultimately rejectbeginning work on the ed, he said, the municiproject, which promises pality could still decide a free flow of traffic on to fund the interchange Highway 91 and to and itself. from 72nd Avenue. DelBurns Bog Conservata officials haven’t yet tion Society President signed off on it because Eliza Olson said she fears Delta council and Met- the offer by the developer

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❙ Staff at the Boot & Sombrero in Ladner hope to draw in more diners with lower taxes on their signature Tex-Mex fare now that the HST has been repealed, giving diners a tax break on their meals. File photo

a bowl of soup to a rack of ribs,” he said. However, he worries customers may have gotten used to dining out less in the past few years. “People have changed their habits, so it might not help at all.” Herauf also feels the provincial government has been unclear as to whether certain discounts and rebates will be reinstated. “I used to get a licensee discount before when I went and bought liquor at the liquor store – I’d get nine per cent less, and they took that away when the HST came in,” he explained. And while Herauf and

Metrow have filled out their paperwork, not everyone was ready for the switch Monday. “What I’m hearing is there’s still a lot of businesses who need to register in order to help make that transition,” said Orville Nickel, chair of the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Earlier this year, the local chamber offered two HST to PST seminars which he said were “very well attended.” Nickel anticipates some confusion but noted the chamber is available to answer any questions from its members. “I truly believe it’s going to go fairly smoothly

to pay for the interchange and end one of the region’s most persistent traffic jams amounts to an inducement that could sway Delta council’s land-use decision. “Is this a wink-wink, nudge-nudge way of opening up development for MK?” she asked. Olson argues both the development and the proposed interchange will harm the bog, releasing more carbon into the atmosphere. “There’s no way they can do it without eating into the bog,” she said. Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said the interchange is important because southbound vehicles waiting to turn east onto 72 Avenue can back up well past the left-turn lanes. “It’s getting to be a dangerous situation,” she said. “We’ve needed something there ever since the Alex Fraser Bridge was built.” But Jackson predicts MK’s offer won’t sway her council in deciding the merits of the development. “This would not taint my thinking about MK,” Jackson said. “I think we

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and I don’t expect a lot of difficulties, but certainly when there’s a change that happens there’s always a bit of resistance to it,” he said. The Delta Chamber was disappointed in the 2011 referendum results which saw 54.73 per cent of British Columbians vote against the HST. Delta South was one of the few electoral ridings that voted to keep the tax. “It [the HST] eliminated a lot of administrative costs . . . There would be one administration to deal it with as opposed to two. Two is going to be an added expense to the taxpayer, there’s absolutely no question,” Nickel said.

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Four-year-old Sarah Woods, visiting from Seattle, hunts for Easter eggs at the Ladner Business Association’s annual Easter parade in Ladner Village on Sunday, March 31. Jim Kinnear photo

Delta greenhouse gets carbon offset cash ❙ Jeff Nagel reporter

While a damning audit of B.C.’s Pacific Carbon Trust focused on carbon offset spending in far-flung corners of the province, public money from school and hospital budgets also fed projects across the Lower Mainland. And a leading critic of the made-in-B.C. carbon offset strategy says the legitimacy of the local projects is just as questionable as the Darkwoods and Encana offsets B.C.’s Auditor General decided were not credible. Bob Simpson, the independent MLA for Cariboo North, says in most cases the recipients either had already decided to spend on upgrades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before carbon offsets were offered, or likely would have done so in any event. Greenhouses in the Fraser Valley were among the recipients - including Sun Select Farms in Delta - who got money to subsidize energy efficiency upgrades or to convert from natural gas to wood waste fuel. “The greenhouses were responding to spikes in natural gas pricing,” Simpson said. The entire sector should have been excluded, he argues, because farmers in other jurisdictions were doing the same thing without carbon offset subsidies. Wood fuel was cheaper than natural gas. Wood is offset-eligible because it’s counted as a lower-carbon fuel source –  it’s assumed forests regrow and reabsorb carbon, unlike fossil fuels that add incremental new carbon to the atmo-

sphere when burned. But Simpson contends landfilling wood waste instead of burning it would sequester the carbon in the ground – a more effective choice if greenhouse gases are the overriding concern. “There are a whole bunch of logic traps,” he said. Lafarge’s Richmond cement plant, one of the region’s biggest carbon emitters, pledged to burn less coal and more wood waste-derived fuel with the help of an offset-funded retrofit. “Fuel-switching in the cement sector is a business-as-usual practice,” Simpson said. “They’re all scrambling to try to get their energy costs down. It calls into question whether it’s a legitimate offset project.” But while the trust paid businesses to burn wood waste instead of natural gas in the name of fighting climate change, its calculations didn’t consider whether local air pollution might suffer as a result, which concerned air quality advocates. “Off of wood waste you get ash,” Simpson noted. “You don’t get high particulate content off of natural gas. You’re trying to substitute one questionable practice for another.” Canadian Taxpayers Federation B.C. director Jordan Bateman said he doesn’t really care whether the offsets are credible or not, the entire logic of the push to carbon-neutral government is flawed. “You’re trying to buy absolution with tax dollars,” Bateman said. “How do you blame a hospital for polluting? All they’re doing is heating a facility and sterilizing tools to save lives.”

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Four Delta Secondary students took on a rather vexing challenge this year. Grade 10 students Colin Leitner, Mike Rybaltowicz, Coleton Wasylyk and Grade 9 classmate Shawn Shergill competed in the 2013 Vex Robotics Championship at BCIT’s Burnaby campus last month with a robot they designed, built and programmed themselves. More than 100 teams from high schools across B.C., Alberta, Washington and Oregon competed in the tournament, vying for a spot at the world championship in Anaheim, California later this month. Each team was randomly paired with a team from another school for the two versus two “sack attack” matches. Together, they strategized how to outscore their opponents in timed games by picking up bean bag-like sacks and dropping them into various goals on the playing field. The Delta Secondary Pacers made it to the semi-finals in the B division, following competitions at Surrey’s Enver Creek Secondary last fall and Lake Trail Middle

School on Vancouver Island in January. At the beginning of the school year, the four students were given a rulebook, wheels, axles, gears, and pieces of metal from Vex Robotics, and built the robot as part of their Technology 9/10 class. “I’ve been pretty hands off,” said teacher Duncan Cowen. “I did not design it for them, what I did was I helped them troubleshoot.” While working on the project, the students cultivated their patience, problem solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to work as a team, Cowen said – not to mention received lessons in physics, math, and computer programming. For example, Cowen said, “we did a lesson on gears [gear ratios] and mechanical advantage so they could have a faster lifting arm. We talked about balancing speed versus power. We found they could easily lift more bean bags than available to them, so we could trade some power for speed.” This is the second year Delta Secondary has had a Vex Robotics team. Said Cowen, “I’m really proud of how well they did, how far they got, and I look forward to seeing their creativity next year.”

Free tax help for low income families, seniors ❙ Staff writer

Deltassist will once again help low income families and seniors complete their tax returns. “Each year, we help hundreds of people with their tax returns,” said Deltassist executive director Doug Sabourin in a media release. “We know that a lot of the government support they receive is tied to their return, and we want to make sure those who rely on government programs can get them.” This year, the service was made possible thanks to a grant from VanCity. While much of the work is done by

volunteers, there are expenses. With VanCity’s contribution, Deltassist can continue to offer the service for free without affecting its other programs in the community, Sabourin said. “Without the support we receive from companies and organizations like them, we wouldn’t be able to help as many people as we do. South Delta residents can book an appointment in advance of the April 30 deadline by calling Deltassist’s Ladner office at 604-946-9526. North Delta residents can register at 604-594-3455. For more information about Deltassist programs, visit

ladner trunk road construction April 15, 2013 to June 28, 2013 To meet the demand for electricity and improved reliability, BC Hydro will be constructing a new, underground duct bank along the north-side of Ladner Trunk Road. Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 15, 2013 and is expected to be completed by Friday, June 28, 2013. The construction route is as follows: •

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❙ Seven-term Delta councillor Bruce McDonald is the BC Liberal candidate for Delta South in the upcoming provincial election on May 14. McDonald spent more than 30 years as an air traffic controller and was first elected to Delta Council in 1990. Robert Mangelsdorf photo

Seven-term councillor wants to leave legacy


iberal candidate for Delta South Bruce McDonald spent more than three decades as an air traffic controller before entering public life, an experience that he believes will serve him well should he be elected to the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the provincial legislature. McDonald is well-known to many in Ladner and Tsawwassen, having served seven terms on Delta Council. However, he spent his formative years in his family’s corner grocery store on Canada Way in Burnaby. While his family was never involved in politics directly, they were always politically aware, and it was always a heated topic of discussion. “My mom and dad only ever voted the same way once, and that was for Diefenbaker,” he says. “And they each blamed the other for that one.” When his father died when McDonald was just 18 years old, his hopes of attending university quickly faded, he says. McDonald and his older siblings did their best to help the family stay afloat, and McDonald went to work at Vancouver International Airport, and before long, found his way into the air traffic control tower. It was the beginning of a career that would last more than 30 years. “Nothing could have suited me better,” he says. The high-stress environment of the air traffic control tower demands quick and thoughtful decision-making. McDonald

says his leadership in that regard helped him eventually rise to the position of general manager for the Vancouver Area Control Centre, where he oversaw more than 300 employees and a budget of more than $35 million annually. McDonald raised three children with his wife Barbara, who passed away in 1994, in his North Delta home. However, with the kids grown and having moved on, McDonald says he is planning to move to Ladner in the South Delta riding in the near future. It was in North Delta that McDonald first got involved in politics, as the spokesperson for a property owners’ association there. Before long he was asked to run on the Independent Delta Electors’ Association slate for Delta Council, and was elected in 1990 alongside his current rival, independent MLA Vicki Huntington. “Vicki has never stayed with one group for very long,” he says of his former slate-mate. “She started with IDEA, then moved to Tri-Delta. She used to be a Liberal, but now she’s a an independent.” McDonald is currently serving his seventh term as councillor, a stretch that was interrupted just once from 2005 to 2008 after he attempted to unseat Lois Jackson as Delta mayor. McDonald picked up 48.2 per cent of the popular vote in the 2005 election giving Jackson her closest race to date. During his time on council, McDonald says his greatest accomplishment was helping to reduce Delta’s debt from $68 million in 1988 to less than $3 million today. “And it will be eliminated in three years,” he

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Politicians Shepard: Kitimat refinery has merit to blame for low turnout T his May 14, British Columbians will once again have the opportunity to determine the future path our province will take. But with voting numbers having declined steadily for decades, clearly many among us are asking ourselves, what’s the point? One can hardly blame them. Our political parties often seem to be more preoccupied with taking cheap shots at each other than with the serious business of governance. The provincial legislature is no longer a place for ideas to be debated, for legislation to be vetted and weighed, for compromise and consensus to be reached. Instead it is a three-ring circus of petty name-calling, jeers and barbs. Such behaviour shows a lack of respect for the good people of this province for whom the Members of the Legislative Assembly were elected to represent. What’s worse, when nearly all votes in the legislature fall along party lines, the outcome is predetermined. So why vote at all? Certainly that’s the conclusion many British Colombians have come to, as only 50 per cent - a record low - bothered to cast their ballots in the 2009 provincial election. Jurisdictions around the world have tried different methods to bolster voter turnout. Some countries, such as New Zealand, have adopted a proportional representative voting system called single-transferable voting. You might recall it, as a majority of British Columbians voted in favour of it in 2005. Other jurisdictions, such as Australia, have opted to make voting mandatory, with failure to do so resulting in a fine. However, changing the manner in which we vote in an effort to increase voter turnout misses the point. B.C. voters are disenfranchised because the hyper-partisan political atmosphere in Victoria disgusts them. So come May 14 when we yet another dismal voter turnout, the politicians will only have themselves to blame. -South Delta Leader

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I first heard of this concept from David Black a number of years ago. At the time I was skeptical of its chances. My initially negative attitude was based mainly on my experience of 10 years service on the board of directors of Imperial Oil. Since I was accustomed to the discussion of petroleum economics centered in Calgary, I saw no need for a refinery in Kitimat. That attitude was based on the fact that there had not been a new refinery built in North America in many years. And any needed increase in petroleum production was achieved by expansion of existing refineries throughout North America. But after my service with Imperial Oil, I went on to serve four years at Canfor which led to my nine visits to China in search of lumber markets. My exposure to the phenomenal expansion of China’s economy opened my eyes to the true merit of the Kitimat refinery concept. It made me realize that it would not be just another refinery relying on the North America market but rather a refinery that would supply the vast appetite of China for petroleum products. The challenge will be to draw the attention of Asian investors who would see the value to this investment. It appears that David Black, after many years of effort, is nearing an agreement that could provide the vast capital infusion needed to make this refinery initiative a reality. The appetite for oil products  for all Asia will continue to grow and the Kitimat refinery is ideally situated to take advantage. Asian countries, especially China, are very interested in securing sustainable supply of resources that will flow freely without un-

due trade barriers like surprises with taxes, regulations or tariffs. Canada has a good reputation as a free trade country that can be relied on as a dependable source of supply. Now is a very opportune time to attract the vast investment needed to make the Kitimat refinery go ahead. David Black, with his years of diligence, deserves our appreciation for displaying the foresight and courage to invest his time, money and reputation to help bring along this huge initiative. The positive merits of the Kitimat refinery are so profound that this project is really beyond any political persuasion. Any and all supporters of NDP, Liberal, Conservative, or even Green, should see the tremendous benefits that would come to B.C.  with this project. This initiative will involve the investment of many billions of dollars. That’s for sure. It’s hard for any of us to visualize a million let alone a billion of any thing. So lets look at the “ on the ground” facts of such an undertaking for all of us in B.C. Let’s start with the big picture. When it comes to the benefits of a petroleum cycle from well exploration to the gas station, the jurisdiction that hosts the refining process enjoys a huge portion of the value addition to the raw material. For the KRC Project that would mean several thousand mostly trade union jobs for the multi-year term of the construction  phase. It would also mean the creation of over 3,000 permanent jobs for the operation and supply support of the refinery when running. This refinery would be processing 175 million barrels per year which means the tax

revenue that could go toward healthcare, education, vital services for the disabled and elderly would be immense. But job creation and tax revenue is not the only desirable feature of the KRC. It also would provide much lower risk to the marine environment. The shipments out of the refinery would be finished product like aviation fuel, gasoline and diesel These products, if ever spilled, would be much less impactful on the marine environment. They would also be transported in smaller ships. I know there are those on both sides of the political aisle that address this as  a political issue. And I would disagree with both. This is a project that can be attractive to all political stripes. Trade unions would see a significant increase in jobs and memberships. Hospitals and schools across the province would see an improvement in government funding. Business activity especially in the challenged northwest B.C. would be very positively impacted. And those with a concern for the threat of marine spills would see a significantly reduced exposure for the environment . Based on the huge positive impact this initiative could have on B.C., I think the question should not be if we want it... but rather, how can we help make sure that the petroleum world sees this as an attractive way to invest billions of shareholder capital. • Jim Shepard is the retired President of Finning and Canfor, a past Director of Imperial Oil, and founder of Concerned Citizens for B.C. David Black is the owner of the Black Press group of newspapers, which includes the South Delta Leader.

Letters to the editor Keep Port out of tunnel discussion Re: Feds, Port could kick in for tunnel replacement, March 22, 2013. Do not allow Port Metro Vancouver to be the driving force or to be a financial contributor behind a new crossing, for they do not have the best interests in retaining the Fraser River Estuary as a Wetlands of International Wildfowl Significance or Protecting its Estuarine values. They have proven to date by installing retaining walls (trifurcation) at points along the Fraser Rivers banks in order to direct more flow through the main shipping channel to scour the sediment flow and require less

dredging. This resulted in depleting the oolichan and spring salmon runs. They installed the Roberts Bank Port facility causeways with little or no regard for the current and tidal flows so vital to migrating salmon and the shellfish grounds. Now they want to remove the George Massey Tunnel so that they can deepen the Fraser River so they can bring super tankers to their docks at Surrey and New Westminster and facilitate yet another coal port, right in the middle of the Wetland of International Significance and Estuarine value. They favour a high level bridge, once again that would require a large imprint for its approaches and create untold dangers for the Pacific Flyway in a Ramsar Convention designated area.

As you can see their record speaks for itself and their interests are heavily biased and they are mandated to increase the commodity flow, no matter what the consequences. Retain the present George Massey Tunnel to retain the union between Delta and Richmond. If you are to build another crossing let it be another tunnel upriver from the George Massey Tunnel as it would require less of an imprint on the wetlands and agricultural lands and could be built to include vehicle, bus, rapid transit, bicycle and pedestrian. Progress, yes, but bearing in mind the value placed on the Fraser River Estuary by the Ramsar Convention and others. Douglas Massey, Delta

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yes 30% no 70% What good are jobs when the planet is polluted Re: “The struggle to find balance with nature,” Uncommon Sense, March 22, 2013. I’ll bet that in Big Industry’s universe or dimension, life-sustaining ecosystems are but once again supposed to take a back seat to extremely massive coal extractions and shipping, creating transport corridor nightmares, just for one thing; and, unfortunately, these days such almighty-dollar-first is very far from being unique. Do B.C.ers in favour of basically unhindered resource-extraction ever thoroughly consider what good is creating jobs when the planet is deathly polluted thus people are getting sick and dying because of mass industrial and vehicular pollution? Believe it or not, some will dismiss my rhetorical question with a specious, erroneous flipflop-come-back question of their own, such as, ‘well, what good are clean, healthy ecosystems

when there are no jobs to allow people to afford to take a day off and breathe the fresh air?’ Frank G. Sterle, Jr. White Rock

Bike lane priorities in wrong place Re: “Province to chip in for Ladner bike lanes,” March 29, 2013. In the above mentioned article, the cost of the project is to be $675,000 to install bike lanes on Ladner Trunk Road between Highway 17 and 72nd Street. For the past 40 years I have been riding on Ladner Trunk Road an average of at least once a week and find it safer from Highway 17 to 72nd Street than from 72nd Street to 80th Street, which is narrower and uneven, especially on the south side of the highway. Possible priority to improve the latter section before Highway 17 to 72nd Street should be considered. William L. Rogers Delta

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ental illness touches every one of us in some way. Often hidden from the public eye, many people deal with depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, dementia, Alzheimer’s and many other disorders without help. We may recognize symptoms in ourselves or a family member but the harsh reality is that there simply are not enough resources for those that need it. As front line workers, police are seeing a drastic increase in calls for service where mental health and addiction issues are the underlying problem. It has become so prevalent that Delta Police Department created the Community Health Intervention Program (CHIP) with a vision to reduce suffering and avoid criminalizing people who need medical rather than police attention. The program includes a formalized partnership between Delta Mental Health, Fraser Health Authority and Delta Police. Const. Danny Simone has worked as the CHIP officer since the program began in 2008. At the inception of CHIP, we estimated Const. Simone would work with 10 to 15 high-risk clients. The reality is the program handles an average of 775 files per year with half of those needing longer-term attention. For this editorial, I felt it was appropriate to hear directly from Const. Simone: “My experience in this position has shown me that people with mental illness, and their families, suffer immensely in our communities,” says Simone. “What we try to accomplish with our outreach visits is to support a person in managing their mental illness. We know they would rather be experiencing anything other than what they are going through. Although we can’t ‘fix’ mental illness and addiction with our work, we take satisfaction in knowing that we can try and put things right for the moment. “Some individuals suffering from mental health issues deal with high-frequency police contact. This is very stressful for the person and is not an efficient use of police resources. We strategize around hard-to-serve clients and work with our community partners to develop care plans. If police are called regarding a client who has a care plan in place, the attending officer will refer to the information to ensure a consistent and appropriate line of care is applied. “I believe CHIP has been an invaluable program for the communities of Delta. The ability for Delta Mental Health and Delta Police to have a close working relationship has ensured that treatment approaches for clients are consistent and compassionate. Many of our hard-to-reach clients would otherwise fall through the cracks if not for this program. I signed up to be a Delta Police officer because I want to make a difference. As busy and demanding as this program can be, I know our work improves the lives of clients and their families.” My thoughts go out to those people who are suffering from mental health issues or have a family member or friend who deal with mental illness in their lives.

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Tight-knit Ladner’s common thread Delta Secondary School celebrates 100 years with event on April 12 ❙ Adrian MacNair reporter

Almost as old as Ladner itself, Delta Secondary School has been the common thread that binds Ladnerites together since it first opened its doors in 1912. While today DSS boasts 1,300 students and 100 staff and teachers, the school was just a tiny two-room schoolhouse 100 years ago. Originally named King George V High School and located on the present site of the Ladner Community Center, it was the first high school in Delta and remains the only public secondary school in Ladner. One hundred years later, nearly every Ladner resident has passed through its doors, each helping to create a rich tapestry of interwoven stories, each person touching the lives of countless others. When Pat Rogers – who would return years later as a teacher – attended in the early 1950s, DSS was composed of a high school and a junior high with students being bussed in from Tsawwassen and North Delta. Attitudes were much different back then. Girls couldn’t wear pants, even in the winter, and children were expected to address adults with formality and respect. And if a student was doing poorly in class, the teacher wasn’t blamed. “They used to say if somebody got after you at school you’d get double at home,” says Rogers, who was born and raised in Ladner. Rogers started with 90 classmates in Grade 7, but by the time she graduated there were only 39 left. That’s because Delta was still a rural community and parents had different expectations of their children. Going to post-secondary school wasn’t just uncommon, it was a logistical difficulty requiring a ferry ride across the Fraser River. “The boys would go fishing and farming and that was a priority,” she

says. “Not too many of us went on to university at the time.” The construction of the George Massey Tunnel in 1959, however, opened up Delta to more residents and consequently more students. But that small town spirit of DSS never changed. Former vice principal Colin Campbell remembers when a fire destroyed the school library in September 1969. The insurance would cover the reconstruction but there wasn’t any money for new books. Then-student president Brian Budd decided to organize a walk to raise money for books. It was successful, but they were still short of their fundraising goal. So four students hatched an unusual plan. One weekend they broke into the attic of the junior building and stole a CPR bell from the last engine that had run out to Port Guichon. “On the Monday when we got to school the principal, Gordon Rogers, is apoplectic, he’s just out of his mind, smoke is coming out of his ears,” recalls Campbell. After a spell, Campbell calmed Rogers down by promising to find the thieves by the lunch hour. Sure enough, he found the culprits within the hour. “I had a pretty good idea who was smart enough to do it,” he says, adding the rest was elementary police work. “You bring them in one at a time and you lie a little bit about whether the others have already spilled their guts.” But in a rare moment of insubordination, Campbell refused to tell Rogers the names of the thieves. He’d learned the kids were holding the bell “ransom” in order to raise money for library books and Campbell decided the objective was admirable. Eventually, an East Delta farmer named Ian Paton – father of the Del-

❙ From left: Rebecca Salton, Pat Rogers, and Todd Allan stand in the Delta Secondary School foyer. All three graduated from DSS and went to become teachers at the school, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary on April 12. Adrian MacNair photo ta municipal councillor of the same name – raised the money from fellow farmers. “The irony was of the three ringleaders one of them was a fella named Bryce Paton, and he had organized that when the bell was stolen it would be hidden in his barn,”

says Campbell. “And his father’s name was Ian Paton.” The man who was raising the money for the ransom didn’t know the culprit was his own son. Unfortunately, the victory was short-lived as a second fire burned the building down again the follow-

ing spring. Campbell says he was responsible for making student timetables each year but in 1969 he had to write five of them. “Because every time I got one finished the damn thing had burned down again,” Campbell says laughing. ❙ Continued on P.13

Congratulations on 100 years of excellent education! From all of us here at the Delta School District and Delta Board of Education, Thank You to all of the staff and students who have made Delta Secondary School such a great place to learn over the past century. Here’s to the next 100 years of innovative teaching and learner success!


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604-946-8590 ❙ Clockwise from left: In 1969, DSS Students ransomed the bell of the last CPR train to roll through Port Guichon to pay for new library books; The original King George V High School in 1912; Grade 7 students circa 1941. Delta Museum and Archives Society photos

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ment in the community. By the early 1980s, the school was in dire need of Allan says the ties he’s built in the community upgrading its decaying buildings. Campbell, then over the years is the most fulfilling part of all. a principal, says they piled up earth on one side of DSS drama teacher Rebecca Salton remembers the B-building to convince the minister of educa- Allan’s first day as a teacher because she, too, was tion that the buildings were sinka student there. ing in the mud because the water Salton grew up in Canoe Pass table was so high. Village in Ladner, went to Port DSS turns 100 It worked. That paved the way Guichon elementary, and graduA celebration of 100 years of for the building of the art wing ated from DSS in 1999. DSS takes place April 12 at and officially joining DSS and “One of the things that is realthe school from 6-10 p.m. Delta Jr. in 1984, just about the ly cool is I was heavily involved 6-9 p.m. - Library student time DSS teacher Todd Allan was in the theatre program and it’s displays: DSS Through the himself a freshman student. where I’ve found my home again,” Years - photos, yearbooks, Two of Allan’s social studies she says. memorabilia teachers, Don Tuck and Bob Put“Now his classroom is two doors nam, inspired him so much that down from where I teach so it’s 6-10 p.m. - Foyer/cafeteria: after graduating in 1988 he went always very interesting going Souvenirs, Pacer gear, alumni to SFU to become a teacher himback and returning to the school association table, games, self. and becoming a colleague with photo booth, guest book, cake, “They just made it really enterpeople who taught you.” coffee taining and interesting for me Salton says it speaks to the 7- 8:15 p.m. - Genesis and when I got my student teachDelta School District’s ability to Theatre: Official welcome, ing assignment it was back with build from within the community acknowledgements, dance those two,” he says, adding it was itself. academy, documentary pure chance. “The values and the morals that video, DSS teacher Allan says it feels like yestergo with the small community band, student performers day that he began teaching, but kind of get carried on because I it’s been 18 years. He says the grew up here,” she says, adding 7:30-10 p.m. - East Gym: time has gone quickly because he the job has become her home. Wine and cheese reception (no loves his job. Many of the students she graduminors) “Part of how much I love it is it’s ated with are still her best friends part of my hometown,” says Altoday. Some of them even got lan. “I’ve grown up and I have a special attachment married to their classmates. to the school, therefore I want to give more back.” “I don’t know what it is about Ladner but we’re That means volunteering, taking part in extra- drawn to one another,” she says laughing. curricular activities, and taking an active involve❙

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year. Comox and Courtenay saw the highest reduction at nearly 10 per cent. Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and supported by BC Hydro. This year marks the sixth year of BC Hydro’s support of the event. The goal of Earth Hour is to encourage individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics to conserve power and in doing so, demonstrate support for climate change reduction efforts. This year, many BC Hydro account holders were able to track their electricity use by logging onto MyHydro – their online account – at www.bchydro. com/myhydro. They were able to see the hourly breakdown for their account and compare Earth Hour electricity use with their use on the Saturday prior to Earth Hour. Since 2007, BC Hydro’s Power Smart programs have saved close to 4,300 gigawatt hours per year of electricity – enough to power 390,000 B.C. homes. For more information on Earth Hour and the by-community breakdown, visit

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or customers familiar with a typical Meridian Meats & Seafood store, the Tsawwassen rendition may come as a surprise – a delightful one, its owners hope. The new Meridian Farm Market at 12th Avenue and 56th Street has expanded its butcher-based repertoire to include fresh produce, dairy and other products needed to round out a meal. The large, open space features blown-up black and white photos of agriculture and fishing in historic Ladner and Tsawwassen, hanging from the open beam ceiling along with recycled glass bottle chandeliers. Chalkboards advertise free range, farm fresh beef and organic fruits and veggies. Darrell Penner first opened Meridian Meats & Seafood almost 25 years ago in Port Coquitlam as an old fashioned-style butcher shop. When Josh Penner took over the family business as president in 1996, the son found him-

self frustrated by the lack of complimentary retailers around the store to help draw in customers. He began looking for available sites next to existing, established produce markets. His first foray beyond PoCo into Maple Ridge proved that formula to be successful. Today, he also has stores next to produce operators in Langley and White Rock. For the past four years, Penner has been searching for the ideal location for Meridian Meats to start selling produce on its own. He saw the need for a butcher store in Tsawwassen after Hal and June’s closed two years ago, and then a retail space became available with the closure of Jack’s TV & Stereo. The move to neighbourhood grocer is working so far. Since their soft opening in mid-March, sales have been double what was expected, keeping brother Kevin Penner (Tsawwassen store manager, Meridian Meats chief of operations, and a trained butcher like Josh and their father) busy interviewing, hiring and training new staff. Despite the increased scope, the Penners are staying true to their philosophy of pro-

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Ladner Village’s The Upstart Crow reopened this week after extensive renovations that owner Megan Anderson hopes will allow her to better share her love of all things artistic with her South Delta clientele. The local arts and crafts store has always been known for its unique jewelry and curios, but thanks to its recent renovations, it will provide greater studio space for art classes. “The studio space was really limiting what I could and couldn’t teach, so we felt we needed to shake it up,” says An-

derson, who trained at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. “When we first opened in 2004, this is what I had envisioned, but we kind of got away from that.” The store has been absolutely gutted, with the office space and retail area being shrunk to accommodate the much larger art studio. “I could maybe get four to six adults in the old studio, and even then it was cramped,” says Anderson. “Now we can accommodate classes of 20 people, no problem.” Many of the classes Anderson held off site will now be under the Upstart Crow’s roof. She’s

❙ Business briefs South Coast Casuals gives back There’s no better time to sort through your closet for unwanted yet gently worn clothing than this week. Ladner-based South Coast Casuals is hosting its second annual Dress for Success clothing drive tomorrow (April 6), collecting professional attire for

hoping to expand the kinds of art classes the store offers, and appeal younger budding artists with after-school programs aimed at teens and children. “Before, all we could really do here were jewelry classes… but now we can get easels in here and do some painting, and there’s room for students to leave their works so they can dry,” she says. The Upstart Crow will be holding a grand opening celebration on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. The store is located at 5064 48th Ave., in Ladner. For more information about The Upstart Crow, visit

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April is Daffodil Month! Drop by your Kin’s South Delta location, 15227- 48th Ave., Trenant Park Square, on Saturday April 6th between 2 and 4pm. Nancy will be selling daffodil pins as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Stop by the booth to purchase your pin. Fresh fruit and veggie samples and balloons for the kids. The Kin’s Green Fighter who sells Nancy Watson the most pins will receive Willborn takes a home gym equipment the challenge for from Canadian Tire. South Delta! Follow Nancy and find out who her opponents are at

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nominations open for delta sports award The Delta Sport Council and Delta Kiwanis Club are once again teaming up to support a local athlete aspiring to make a national team with a $1,000 award to help pay for their training. Past recipients of the Kiwanis Delta Memorial Sports Award include Olympian Mark Pearson ( field hockey), Kate Murie (women’s ice hockey), Tanya McLean (softball), Spencer Simon ( fencing), Eric Van Niekerk (water polo), Cecylia Witkowski ( figure skating), Karyn Jewell (swimming), Joe Dart (rowing), Sara McManus ( field hockey), Sam Clare (lacrosse), and in 2012 was given to Danielle Kisser (para-swimming), Jonathon Kraft (swimming), and Alex Farquharson (gymnastics), each of whom have goals of competing in the 2016 Rio Summer Games. “Each of these athletes have been pursuing his/her sport for many years with the hope of competing internationally,” says Carlene Lewall, marketing director for Delta Gymnastics. “Delta Sport Council truly believes in our local athletes and wants to help them to aspire to reach their goals, and one way we can do this is by helping them financially.” Canadian athletes have to pay for their own travel costs even when representing Canada. It’s also difficult for sports groups to get financial support, because unlike many non-profit organizations, local and provincial sports cannot apply for charitable status and so are unable to give tax receipts. “When an athlete is selected to represent Canada they receive some financial support from

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Noel third at UBC meet Tsawwassen’s Peggy Noel had a strong showing at the University of British Columbia Track and Field Open on March 29, making her way on to the podium. The Simon Fraser University freshman track star started the 2013 outdoor season with a third-place finish in the 1,500-metre race, with a time of 4:48.96. Noel, a product of South Delta Secondary, was awarded All-Region honours at the West Regional championships in November, and in October was awarded SFU’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee Athlete of the Week award for her seventh-place finish in 6K Emerald City Open, from a field of 83. The Clan will be back in action in their first home meet of the 2013 season when they host the annual SFU-UBC dual meet, the Achilles Cup, at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby on April 7.


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Van Kam’s group of companies req. Owner Operators for our Surrey based terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain driving experience / training. We offer above average rates and an excellent employee beneďŹ ts package. Email a detailed resume and current driver’s abstract and details of your truck to: or Call Bev 604-968-5488 or Fax: 604-587-9889 Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility. Thank you for your interest however only those of interest to us will be contacted.

Our organization is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from Aboriginal people, members of visible minority groups and women.


FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR –including HR Admin, strategic planning, req’d at Kwakiutl Band Council in Port Hardy, VI. Enquire for job description / Apply to or fax 250-9496066 by April 12, 2013. F/T, salary commensurate with experience.

• HIGHWAY (BC Interior & AB.) • FAST-CARDED (Washington and Oregon)

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AC Transport Ltd., is seeking a F/T Long Haul Truck Driver ($22.29/Hr)










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Donald’s Fine Foods is a progressive and growing specialty meats processing and distribution company. We have an opening in our Maintenance Department for the following position:

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN To be considered for these positions candidates must have the following qualifications and attributes: t3FE4FBM$FSUJĂśDBUJPOGSPNBSFDPHOJ[FEQSPHSBN t UP  ZFBST FYQFSJFODF  QSFGFSBCMZ JO B GPPE manufacturing plant t&YDFMMFOUFMFDUSJDBMUSPVCMFTIPPUJOHBOESFQBJSTLJMMT t&YQFSJFODFXPSLJOHJOBGBTUQBDFEBOEDPMEXPSLJOH environment considered an asset We offer industry competitive wages and benefits with TUFBEZGVMMUJNFXPSL

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$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

CLUXEWE RESORT MGR. required by Kwakiutl Band Council in Pt. Hardy to manage cabins, campground & restaurant. Enquire for job description or Apply to or fax 250949-6066 by midnight on April 12, 2013. F/T, salary commensurate with experience. GUARANTEED Job Placement: General Laborers and Tradesmen For Oil & Gas Industry. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message For Information 1-800-972-0209




$28.00 - $38.00 per hour based on experience. Commercial roofing co. hiring lead roofers with extensive exp. in commercial roofing, including: two - ply torch, single ply, sloped and metal.

Offering Great BeneďŹ ts • Company Vehicle • Over Time • Paid Travel • Support Crews • Top Wages • Health/Dental • Pension • Company Uniforms Must have proven ability to install using RCABC roofing practices and follow WCB regulations. Fax resume: 604-944-2916, Call Adam: 604-944-2977 or e-mail aknipfel@designrooďŹ Visit: www.designrooďŹ

Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic

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

BENEFIT PACKAGE! Please contact Mike e-mail: or fax 604.599.5250

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30 years experience, Business, Non-profit Organizations, Housing & Personal taxes, payroll. Gilles 604-789-7327



EUROPEAN LADY 18yrs exp. Home &office cleaning & laundry, Moving, Wkdays & wkends Small or Big jobs. Ref’s. 604-825-1289.

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HANDYMAN. Very reliable. 20 yrs exp. Senior’s discount. Make a list. CAN DO IT ALL! 604-866-4977 PLACING & Finishing * Forming * Site Prep, old concrete removal * Excavation & Reinforcing * Re-Re Specialists 34 Years Exp. Free Estimates.

Call: Rick (604) 202-5184







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Additions, Home Improvements Restorations, Renovations, & New Construction. Specializing in Concrete, Forming, Framing & Siding. 604-218-3064

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.

627 IMPACT PRESSURE WASHING - Gutter, Windows, Full Houses.

ITALIAN MASTIFF(Cane Corso) P/B blues, ready to go, 1st shots, tails/dew claws done. Ultimate family guardian $1000 (604)308-5665

Mike 604-789-5268


• DIFFICULTY SELLING ? • DifďŹ culty Making Payments? No Equity? Expired Listing? Penalty? We Take Over Payments! No Fees! / 604-786-4663

PRESA CANARIO P/B UKC, fawn Both parents approx 150 lbs. $950. Call 604-302-2357 GL ROOFING. Cedar shakes, Asphalt Shingles, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters. $80. 604-240-5362


Mainland RooďŹ ng Ltd.

AAA PRECISION PAINTING. Quality work. 778-881-6096.

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

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


Purebred Bernese Mountain dog pups, not reg. Chilliwack family raised, all shots $900 604-845-2125


SHELTIE DOGS - 2F 1M. (two are 5mo/old) Ready May1st. Pick now. Whelping box avail. 604-826-6311



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

604.562.0957 or 604.961.0324



1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Across the street - across the world Real Professionals, Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555.



CRESCENT Plumbing & Heating Licensed Residential 24hr. Service • Hot water tanks • Furnaces • Broilers • Plugged Drains 778-862-0560


Hauling Anything.. But Dead Bodies!!

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

20 YARD BINS AVAILABLE We Load or You Load !



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Local & Long Distance


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


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

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Sick and tired of your kitchen or bathroom? Let Valley One Renovations Make it BETTER! From design to the final clean and polish: we take care of it all. Call for your free no obligation quote. 'VMMZJOTVSFE8$#SFHt0WFSZFBSTFYQFSJFODF

604-475-7077 Precision 1 Plumbing & Heating Licensed ~ Insured. Hot water tanks, service, renos. Contact Rick 604-809-6822 BRO MARV PLUMBING $49 Service Call. 24 Hrs. Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, (604)582-1598 PRECISION 1 Plumbing & Heating. Lic. & Ins. h/w tanks, service, renos, drain cleaning. Rick 604-809-6822




TREE & STUMP removal done RIGHT! • Tree Trimming • Fully Insured • Best Rates 604-787-5915/604-291-7778 10% OFF with this AD



CARPETS AND BLINDS • Custom Blind Sales • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning • Blind Cleaning & Repair WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED


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

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Quality service in South Delta since 1997

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SOUTH SURREY Short Term or Long term NEWER - only 3 years old. Immaculate Deluxe, Fully Equipped 2 bdrm. + Rec. Room/Office + 2 Full Bath T/House. Floor to ceiling storage + storage room in garage. 6 S/S appli. D/W, W/D, & Garburator. Crown Mouldings, 9ft. ceilings, H/W laminate flooring and slate tile. Gas F/P & Alarm. 1 car garage parking. NO - Smoking inside, covered patio & outdoor patio. Amenities room incls. full gym, outdoor hot tub & pool. Walk to Morgan Heights shopping & transit. Close to schools. $1800/month. Available. May 1.


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DELTA SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL Minimum $200 for Complete full-size Vehicles Serving the Delta Area since 1986 604-649-1627 or 604-946-0943

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

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of ELINOR KOKOTAILO also known as ELEANOR KOKOTAILO, Deceased, who died on December 3, 2012, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Administrators, EARNEST ROY KOKOTAILO and ROBERT RICHARD KOKOTAILO, at 270 10711 Cambie Road, Richmond BC V6X 3G5, before May 21st, 2013, after which date the Administrators Administrator will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which they have notice.

STEEL BUILDING - BLOWOUT CLEARANCE SALE! 20X22 $4,188. 25X26 $4,799. 30X34 $6,860. 32X44 $8,795. 40X50 $12,760. 47X74 $17,888. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206

566 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Airedale Terrier pups. P/b, ckc reg., micro, health guar, 604-8192115. email:

2 hr. Service (604)209-2026


Sought after discontinued Stampin’Up, Stamp sets, classic ink pads, paper & assec.

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Crafter/Stamper Dream Garage Sale Sat. April 6 9am - 11:30am 5379 1A Ave.



Phone: 604-581-8332 & 604-585-0063



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

Large 1 & 2 bedroom units Rent from $725.00/mo.

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



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• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331

APRIL 6TH - GARAGE SALE: Household items, clothes, books, tools, knick-knacks & much more! Rain/Shine. Addy: 5102 2A Avenue, Delta. 8-11AM




MATTRESSES starting at $99

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


“ ABOVE THE REST “ Interior & Exterior Unbeatable Prices & Professional Crew. • Free Est. • Written Guarantee • No Hassle • Quick Work • Insured • WCB




STOP RENTING! RENT TO OWN! No QualiďŹ cation Required! FLEXIBLE TERMS! Cloverdale 60th &176th Spacious 708sf. 1 bdrm. Condo. Only $880/mo. Option Fee Req. 604-657-9422


WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $160 or Well Rotted 10 yards - $180. 604-856-8877 DL# 7557




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WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-657-9422


Reliable Work - Res. & Comm.

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


Excellent Rates. (604)780-4604


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Piano: GERARD HEINTZMAN upright piano. $200/obo. Good cond. (604)272-9951

By: PERRY S. EHRLICH Barrister and Solicitor Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP270-10711 Cambie Road Richmond, BC, V6X 3G5 TEL: 604-270-9571

CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402


Friday, April 5, 2013  South Delta Leader

You are invited to the PROVINCIAL ELECTION All Candidates Debate at the Genesis Theatre

Have a question you’d like the candidates to answer? Send it to the




The opportunity to meet your Delta South candidates and discuss the issues facing our community.

Bruce McDONALD BC Liberal


Doors Open

7:15 p.m.

call to Order

7:20 p.m.

Opening Presentations

8:20 p.m.

Question & Answers

8:30 p.m.

Summary of candidates

9:00 p.m.


Vicki HuNTiNGTON Independent (I)


VOICE YOUR CONCERNS Date: Tuesday, April 16 time: 6:45 p.m. - 9 p.m. Location: Delta Secondary School, Genesis Theatre 5005 45 Ave., Ladner

A South Delta Leader event in partnership with the Ladner Business Association, Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association and Delta TV

South Delta Leader, April 05, 2013  
South Delta Leader, April 05, 2013  

April 05, 2013 edition of the South Delta Leader