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Old tradition takes on a new meaning Seabird kids learn significance of Black Rod Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER


When a new parliamentary session opens each year, traditions steeped in history must take place. One of the more dramatic ceremonial rites is the ushering of the Black Rod. Among his many duties, when the usher arrives outside the House he must gain entry to summons the members. This stems back to the 1600s, when King Charles I stormed into the House of Commons, attempting unsuccessfully to arrest several members for treason. Since then, the doors are slammed shut in theatrical violence, until the Usher of the Black Rod knocks three times on the door with the ceremonial Black Rod staff. But from now on, that rich history will also represent the history of the First Nations as well. Last year, a new Black Rod was unveiled that reflects the First Nations people. And on Wednesday, with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal visit, the Black Rod was shown to school children at Seabird Island. “This rod will be before parliament again and again and again,” said Gary Lenz, Sergeant of Arms. “And this time, all of the people will be there.” Lenz was among the many guests of the celebration in Seabird, including the Honorable Steven Point, Speaker of the House Linda Reid, and mayors, chiefs and councillors of surrounding communities. The new Black Rod is a beauty to behold. Made from seven types of wood indigenous to B.C. and decorated with a jade carving by Tsimshian elder Clifford Bolton, the Black Rod will be brought into the legislative chamber whenever the Lieutenant Governor enters to read throne speeches or give royal assent to legislation. The rod contains a copper time capsule with messages from senior government officials of 2012, to be opened and read in 2072. The many intricate decorations include a coin made of B.C. silver, a tradition that dates back to 1871, the year B.C. joined confederation. Point spoke to the school children about the significance of the Black Rod ceremony. “Our presence as aboriginal people will always

Volunteers responded to 12 calls in 24 days in September

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Busy autumn keeps SAR members from fundraising As the summer draws to a close it’s often not the end of search and rescue incidents. This was certainly the case in September for the eastern Fraser Valley SAR teams, said Kent Harrison SAR president Marvin Anderson. KHSAR volunteers responded to 12 calls in

24 days in September, several of which were significant incidents requiring a multi-team response. From an overturned boat on the Fraser near the Agassiz Rosedale Bridge that resulted in one fatality, to several medical rescues and searches, the SAR volunteers

faced numerous challenges and some very long nights. October started with two calls during the early hours of the Thanksgiving Day weekend, but it has been quiet on the incident front since then. Demands on the team’s time and resources

didn’t let up however as many volunteers from Kent Harrison SAR were involved in organizing and running the national SAR conference (SARscene) in Chilliwack recently. One Kent Harrison SAR member was on the organizing committee for several months prior

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to the event, while others attended the conference as volunteers assisting with the numerous presentations, seminars and training. The SAR Games, trade show and static displays involved over half of the team and saw more Kent Harrison SAR equipment on display than any other SAR group in B.C. The Kent Harrison SAR Command Vehicle and logistics trailer were used as the command centre for the SAR games on Oct. 19, with the scoring from the games displayed on other networked computers throughout the site. The team continues to work toward the new SAR base on Cameron Road, and the hydro poles are finally installed as of last week. Volunteers still need to raise another $350,000 before work can commence on the building itself. “This is a real challenge for us,” said team president

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Many volunteers from Kent Harrison Search and Rescue were involved in the national SAR conference held recently in Chilliwack.

Marvin Anderson. “SAR volunteers have been so busy with incident responses, training, special events, administration and equipment maintenance that there’s little time left for fundraising.” Any help that the community can offer would be much

appreciated, he added. To find out more about Kent Harrison Search and Rescue, visit their web site at www. To find out more about search and rescue in British Columbia, visit the BC SAR Association web site at

Register for hampers A g a s s i z - Ha r r i s o n Community Services has started with the registration for the Food Bank Christmas Hampers. In order to secure a Food Bank Christmas Hamper, it is mandatory for everyone to register. The registration period began on Oct. 15 and will run until Tuesday, Nov. 12.

To register, visit the Agassiz-Harrison Community Services office at 7086 Cheam Ave. in Agassiz. Registration hours are Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register, you will need BC identification and proof of income. No registrations will be accepted after Nov. 12.

FVRD clamps down on dangerous dogs The FVRD Board of Directors is moving closer to creating a bylaw that will deal with aggressive and dangerous dogs. FVRD expects the second step of the process, approval of the bylaw by the Province, to be completed in December. pon receiving provincial approval, FVRD will then bring forward the associated regulatory bylaw that will outline prohibitions for enforcement of aggressive/ dangerous dogs, and allow the service to begin in January of 2014 for Electoral Areas D and E. “Putting through this Service Area bylaw allows us to acquire resources to fund this much needed service that has been supported by the residents in the Electoral Area D,” Bill Dickey, Director Electoral Area D, said.

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DCC review not supported by council Kent council rejects staff recommendation to pay for review Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

An independent review of a questionable DCC bylaw process would have cost Kent taxpayers about $15,000. However, council voted down the staff recommendation after a lengthy discussion on how to best investigate the bylaw. It’s a story that dates back to 2004, when staff and council adopted a Road DCC bylaw, the first for the District. In it, development cost charges were attached to farm improvements. According to documents from that time, concerns were raised by the local agricultural community about the charges. The non-collection of agricultural road DCCs went on from 2005 to April 2009, until the bylaw was successfully repealed and a new DCC bylaw was adopted. In total, almost $400,000 of development cost charges were not collected. This issue

has been well-known in the community, but brought to light by Allan Bott over the past several months. While Mayor John Van Laerhoven was eager to see the issue reviewed by an independent party, other councillors said they are uncomfortable with paying for such a service. Council was informed of other choices, including referring Bott to bring up a complaint with the provincial ombudsperson. However, they were also informed that Bott has expressed he does not wish to have the ombudsperson review the matter. CAO Wallace Mah said the ombudsperson is fairly backlogged, and the review process could be delayed. “This is a matter that has been going on for a long time, approximately nine years,� Mah said. “We should expedite the matter and move it forward.� He said Bott has put

a lot of energy into his claim, and council and staff “owes him at least that much in terms of trying to resolve this situation.� Coun. Darcy Striker, who was on council in 2004 when the original bylaw passed, said if the ombudsperson could do the service for free, then council shouldn’t be paying for it. “We should use that option as a last resort,� he said. Coun. Duane Post agreed. Van Laerhoven attempted to push through with the independent study, reminding council that they couldn’t ask the ombudsperson to investigate them. Coun. Lorne Fisher made a motion to refer Bott to speak with the ombudsperson, a motion that passed with the support of both Post and Striker. Coun. Holger Schwichtenberg was absent from the meeting. Bott then spoke up from the gallery, asking if he would be able to

speak, a request that earned a majority vote from council. Bott admonished Striker for speaking on the issue, since he was on council through the process. He restated that would not be speaking to the ombudsperson. “You can do whatever you want,â€? Bott said. “My conscience is clean‌ I’m going home.â€? Bott then left the building, and Van Laerhoven attempted to revive the original motion to have the district pay for an independent review of the bylaw. With no support from council, the motion died. In question period, Ted Westlin attempted to explain some of what happened in 2004. He was on council at the time and said he was fielding many calls from farmers on the issue. “We didn’t have an approving officer at the time,â€? he recalled. “And when council changed, we didn’t have the staff.

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The deadline for receipt of applications for Grants to Groups to be considered for inclusion in the Village’s 2014 Financial Plan is November 15, 2013. All organizations requesting a grant must submit in writing prior to the deadline. All requests to Council must include in their application the following: • How the funds will be expended; • How the grant will assist Council in achieving its objective; • The anticipated benefit to the Harrison Community; and • Include the most recent financial information detailing the organizations activities.

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Rick Probert looks at old photographs that will be part of an oral history project being undertaken by the Agassiz Harrison Historical Society over the winter. Probert remembers working for many years on and around Harrison Lake.


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be there,” he told them, while urging them to consider a career in government. “We are not just represented in totem poles outside, but the very symbol that

brings in government.” The new Black Rod is a symbol that reconciliation is making a difference, he said. “You have every reason to be proud. We are never going to

be marginalized again. We are never going to be ignored again. We’re going to be recognized as the First Peoples of this great country.” Point, the former Lieutenant Governor


of B.C., said the Black Rod is being applauded by other provincial governments. “This will live on, and on, and on,” he said. “We are on a new page in the history of this province.”

Above left: A ceremony was held Wednesday at Seabird to honour the new Black Rod. Above right: Young drummers smile after finishing the procession drumming, as the Black Rod entered their school gymnasium at Seabird Island.

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Kent moving money to Envision Financial Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER

In a unanimous vote, Kent council has agreed to move financial services to Envision Financial. They agreed to sign a five-year contract, ending the district’s agreement with Prospera Credit Union at the end of this year. It’s a decision that could mean almost $50,000 more per year for the district coffers. A formal bid process began late August, said Judy Lewis, director

of financial services for Kent. In addition to posting the contract, an invitation was sent to 10 financial institutions, including Prospera. Eight responded, and two of those were disqualified for being incomplete. The six remaining institutions were evaluated by two separate officers based on three main criteria: experience, reputation and resources, technical, and financials. “In the financial category, there were significant variations in the

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proposals, resulting in estimated net cash flows ranging from $66,400 per annum to $112,500 per annum,” Lewis told council. Envision ranked higher than all other applicants. It is expected they will earn about $46,000 more annually than Prospera Credit Union currently does. Coun. Duane Post mentioned that “we’re a one-bank town” so it was unfortunate that Prospera couldn’t keep the contract. Coun. Holger Schwichtenberg was absent from the meeting.

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When reached later for comment, Bott expressed his disappointment in council’s decision. “The three councillors seem to have forgotten that almost $400,000 is missing from District bank accounts,” he said. “To question the $15,000 cost of a quicker independent review that could well lead to the recovery of the $400,000 suggests weak

decision-making skills. By refusing to bring clarity to the problem, the three councillors have become an even greater part of it. “But I guess it’s a lot like asking a fox to help fix the hole in the chicken pen.” The Office of the Ombudsperson confirmed that it is not proper procedure for a government agency to refer itself for review. However, the process of a review started by

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Ignorance is no excuse Is the world a safer place for kids since Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd killed herself on Oct. 10, 2012 after posting that heart-wrenching video seen around the world? No, but we have learned a few things since. We’ve learned, for example, that the Internet can be a rough, cruel world for kids unless they are taught how to protect themselves and their privacy — and we know that the Internet is a powerful tool for ruining someone’s reputation. We’ve seen that vulnerable girls and boys are easily exploited online by voyeurs who lure them with false names and post their pictures and videos, sometimes with devastating consequences. We learned, as well, that rape culture is so deeply engrained in our society that Canadian university students didn’t see anything wrong with frosh week chants about sex with underage girls until authorities found out and put a stop to it. We’ve learned that it’s easy to troll the Net for photos and then post them, without consent, as a Facebook dating chat room did with a picture of Rehtaeh Parsons (the Nova Scotia teen

who committed suicide after photos of an alleged gang-rape were posted). Simply put, laws are inadequate for dealing with meanness and stupidity on the web. But there has been some action, too. B.C.’s ERASE Bullying website, available during the school year, provides resources for families with bullying concerns, and administrators and school counsellors are being trained to identify and support at-risk youth. The Kids Help Phone got more publicity about its services for kids and some school districts have reviewed their digital responsibility policy for teachers, students and parents working on the web Even workplace bullying has received a higher profile in the year since Todd’s death, with a new Worksafe BC website addressing the issue, and the BC Coroner’s Service studied youth suicide this fall and recommended more collaboration and resources. Will all this talk prevent another Amanda Todd situation from occurring? Maybe not, but we can no longer cite ignorance as an excuse. – Black Press

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Learning the perils of an ‘entitlement state’ B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher VICTORIA – With the B.C. and federal governments once again struggling to climb out of deep operating deficits, it’s a good time for the release of Mark Milke’s book Tax Me, I’m Canadian. An update of the same title published 12 years ago, the book retains the history of taxes in Canada, detailing how Canada’s tax system was initially built to mimic the United States system in the late 19th century. Beyond the history, it is mostly new material. Included are chapters on the global meltdown of 2009, the surge of pension liabilities as the baby boomers retire and the flawed logic behind the “Occupy” and “Idle No More” protests. Some readers will immediately

note that Milke works for the Fraser Institute and was previously B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation. But the book is not just an argument for cutting taxes. It also dismantles persistent myths that income taxes are illegal, and launches a broadside on what Milke calls “Canada’s corporate welfare carnival.” Many people will be able to identify some top names in the government subsidy game: Bombardier, General Motors, even poor old Rolls Royce Canada. Some will also be well aware that our supposedly tight-fisted Conservative federal government has continued to pour out “regional development” and other funds to every part of the country. But I did not know that Industry Canada grants were handed out to pizza parlours (including the remote pizza-starved village of Kamloops), or to help open gas stations or convenience stores in Kelowna, Vernon and Chilliwack.

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Milke makes a useful point for B.C. about royalty rates for timber, natural gas and other resources. They are resource rents, and if they are too high the tenants will move out. Reducing them isn’t a subsidy, especially if it leads to big revenue

“It also dismantles persistent myths that income taxes are illegal and launches a broadside on ... ‘Canada’s corporate welfare carnival.’” gains as B.C.’s unconventional shale gas incentives have done. On the Occupy movement: The infamous “one per cent,” who in Canada earn $250,000 a year or more, earned 10 per cent of all income and paid 20 per cent of all taxes in 2010. The bottom 73 per cent of tax filers paid just 17

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per cent of all taxes. About a third paid no tax at all. On Idle No More: When Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence played to the Ottawa media with her soup strike, former Liberal leader Bob Rae suggested a nearby diamond mine should share more revenue. Milke omits the substantial support and employment that mine provides, and glosses over the misguided blockades that disrupted that and other jobcreating enterprises. But he does detail the disastrous effects of passive resource wealth bestowed on impoverished aboriginal communities, and contrasts it with the success stories of reserves that build their own enterprises through hard work. On public sector pensions: Milke notes that historically, public employees traded higher wages for better benefits and job security. Now their wages are generally higher, and taxpayers have to cover their personal OFFICE HOURS Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sat., Sun., & Mon.

pension contributions (as a portion of those wages) as well as the employer contributions, plus the “defined benefit” payout, which has to be subsidized far beyond what the pension fund can support. On the debt-financed welfare state, there are memorable observations, like this one: “For the record, the generous Quebec welfare state and its ostensibly more progressive model are paid for in part with the taxes of other Canadians; Quebec is merely the North American equivalent of Greece.” The recent B.C. political crisis over adoption of the harmonized sales tax showed that there is too much emotion and too little knowledge about how taxes work. This book is a step towards addressing that. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press and Twitter:@tomfletcherbc E-mail:


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Mailbag Community spirit evident in Harrison event Spirit Square in Harrison was abuzz Sunday, Oct. 27, with the first annual Children's Halloween Parade and Party. The Communities in Bloom Committee hosted around 50 children in colourful costumes along with their parents, many of whom were also in decorated attire. Without the volunteers and family support, the parade would not have been such an overwhelming success. The groups to thank include Harrison elementary and preschool children and staff. Without your interest and participation, this costume parade would not have happened. Agassiz Elementary Secondary School staff; graphic designer Jessie Sparks for the delightful poster; home economic classes for delicious cookies which were beautifully decorated and packaged; leadership classes for helping with the planning, decorating, and then participating in the costume parade. The helpers included Justine Stoekley, Tiana


Librarian Terrill Scott reads to the families who gathered for the first annual Children's Halloween Parade and Party in Harrison Hot Spring on Sunday.

Sennie, Kayla Adrian, Briann Peters, Makayla Morissette, Shelby Holmquist, Tablor Borle, Taylor Lees, Jessica Lucki, Kayla Stanway, Zoel Jackson, Rionna Vanderwyk and Sydney Vanderwyk. Donations came from Peter and Liz Andres and

Agassiz Produce for corn and pumpkins. Jim Grieshaber-Otto provided bales of straw for the displays. Andy Hillhouse from Harrison Festival of the Arts as the Pied Piper musician and sound man, village council and staff for

their continual support. Community businesses that designed pumpkins. Terrill Scott, our wonderful librarian, read some Halloween stories and choreographed children, moms, dads and grandparents for a memorable Monster Mash. Then, books for families were distributed courtesy of the Agassiz Library Society. People's Choice Awards for best-decorated pumpkin were handed to the elementary school, Mr. Dumas' class of Grades 5 and 6, and to the Harrison business, Casa, in the Harrison Mall. Thank you, and congratulations to the winners. The Harrison Communities in Bloom is always looking for ways to appreciate the festive times and have fun. Weather and participation were great but we will not be daunted by inclement conditions. Next year's costume parade will return. Jane Kivett Harrison Hot Springs Communities in Bloom

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she’s pushing for the resources for the development of the cleaner and safer natural gas. It wouldn’t be good politics for her to outright agree or disagree with Stephen Harper and oil pipelines. So, it has come down to a battle of egos. Harper is determined to win at any cost, including nature itself. Premier Clark is offering the Prime Minister a life ring, so if he wants to jump ship, there’s one to jump too. Save the oil, develop the new found reserves of natural gas, which are way cleaner, way safer, and much more abundant. Art Green Hope

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Senior girls take win in Mission Field hockey is officially over at AESS. The senior girls team travelled to Mission last Thursday to play against West View. The girls took the win with a score of 3-0. Thank you to Hannah and Camryn for stepping up to help the girls out. The girls were in Surrey all day Monday playing in the Fraser Valley Championship. The girls won their first game against Clayton Heights then lost to both Southridge and G.W. Graham. The girls also played a second game versus Clayton that day but lost during the shoot out. The girls send special thanks to coach, Mr. Wiley for his dedication and endless support this season. The Grade 7 team concluded their season on Monday playing games against both G.W. Graham and Vedder. The girls played well tying the game against G.W. Graham but coming up short against Vedder. The girls had a great season and would like to thank Mrs. Graham for coaching them. The Senior Boys Volleyball team also played their final home game last Thursday. The boys, along with senior girl player Alex Simpson lost a tough game against Abby Christian School. Moise Cercel, Jade Solemon and Ross McInroy all played a strong game. Also congratulations to the Junior Boys volleyball team who have been crowned the Fraser Valley Champions of 2013!

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Local cheesemaker to European Union: ‘Bring it on’ Katie Bartel

ing of a trade agreement that would enable more European cheeses to enter Canada’s artisan cheese market. An in-principle agreement has been made between the Canadian government and the European Union (EU) that, among other things, would allow for more than double the amount of European cheeses to enter the Canadian


A local cheese producer is confident the quality of her cheese can stand up against loosened trade barriers between Canada and the European Union. Debra Amrein-Boyes, cheesemaker and owner of The Farm House Natural Cheeses in Agassiz, doesn’t understand the panic surrounding last week’s unveil-

market. Currently 13,000 tonnes are allowed to be imported; with this agreement 29,000 tonnes would be allowed, which works out to approximately one pound of cheese per person. The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which represents more than 12,500 farms, is vehemently opposed to the agreement arguing it would put small, Canadian chee-

semakers out of business. Amrein-Boyes disagrees. Her family’s dairy farm is small, processing just 400,000 litres a year, compared to larger farms, which do that in a couple days. And yet, the competition doesn’t scare her. “As long as we’re producing good, quality cheeses, I don’t see this negatively effecting our business at all,� said Amrein-Boyes.

“If Canadian cheesemakers are not able to produce local, fine cheese then we will certainly suffer, but I believe consumers are already choosing locally made products for their quality. “The market for quality local cheeses is only increasing, which, in my opinion, will in any case outweigh the sales in imported cheese.�

Amrein-Boyes feels the alarm bells have been sounded too loud and too soon. The trade agreement doesn’t go into effect for another two years. “I just don’t understand the panic,� she said. “If the only reason we have a market in Canada is because there’s no competition, that doesn’t cut it. We have to have quality cheeses.�

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Interior Salish artist Dexel awarded $20,000 prize Britco recently announced the winner of its Aboriginal Design Competition and unveiled its new Aboriginal inspired logo at its Langley office. The Thunderbird design was created by Merritt-based artist Andrew Dexel, one of British Columbia’s young up-and-coming Aboriginal artists. In a release, Britco stated that Dexel’s Thunderbird Soaring depicts direction and determination and a focus on the future, values consistent with Britco’s business and long history in B.C. “The Thunderbird is a benevolent guide and a protector of people,� said Dexel. “My hope is that Thunderbird Soaring will serve as an inspiration for Britco and the cornerstone of its values as it continues on its exciting journey.� Dexel, 31, is an emerging artist from the

Nlakapmux Nation of the Interior Salish in southcentral British Columbia. His traditional name is Enpaauk. His painting style mixes a free-flowing graffiti style with powerful North West Coast aboriginal design which when combined, c r e a t e s figurative and abstract i m a g e s that depict resistance and renewal. His beginnings as a graffiti artist are central to his style and since his switch from walls to canvas in 2005 he has brought the energy of the street into his pieces of art. In April of this year, Britco invited artists from aboriginal communities across B.C. to design an Aboriginal-inspired design to complement its existing brand and offered a $20,000 prize

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Community 50 years of service

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Agassiz’s John Green’s 50 years of service to the Lions were recognized at a special event last Wednesday. He was presented the award by District Governor Kenny Lee. Green is a past president of the Agassiz Harrison Lions Club, and has received many awards through the Lions. Wes Johson and Mike Dunn received their 49 year pins at the same event.


Many bid farewell to Mrs. Wadel

October 24, 1963, 50 Years Ago Mrs. B. Wadel, who is leaving on Sunday to make her home in Kamloops, has been feted with many farewell parties. Three organizations of which she was a charter member have so honored her. The Agassiz Women’s Institute at their September meeting, the L.A. to the Royal Canadian Legion held a special farewell tea, and presented Mrs. Wadel with a gift on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and she was also the guest of honor of the Catholic Women’s League, who presented her with a farewell gift. On Saturday, Oct. 19, several of her friends and neighbors gathered together to honor her again, when Mrs. Stefuik and Mrs. H. were hostesses. The All Saints Agassiz Church in Agassiz was decorated with gold and white carnations, and mums were on the alter for the Fall wedding of Kathleen Diane of Peace River, Alberta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McRae of Agassiz, and Roger Alfred Payne also of Peace

River, Alberta, son of Mr. and Mrs, J.A. Payne of Agassiz. The wedding took place on Oct. 10th with Rev. I.M Dingwall officiating. Mrs. Bea Inkman played the wedding music. Miss Clarice McRae, Miss Pat McRae, and Miss Mary Lou McRae, sisters of the bride was the bride’s attendants. Best man was Mr. R. Marochi and ushers were Arne Vogstad and Jerry Pickard. At the reception, the bride’s table was centered by a three tiered wedding cake with a large bell on top. The cake was made by Sally Crawford, and decorated by Mrs. M. Farrant. Hope Lions is sponsoring the formation of the Club for the AgassizHarrison area. Representations from the Hope Club, and from the district met with a few interested potential members last week, and a second meeting will be held next week. Ed North is acting as the local contact, because of the departure of Bill Rock who has been the original instigator of the move to form a club.

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Annual festival a unique opportunity to learn about First Nation culture MP Mark Strahl has announced support through funding for the 45th Seabird Island First Nations Festival. The event attracts up to 12,000 visitors and showcases the work of more than 20 local artists. It will be held next on May 24 and 25, 2014. Strahl is now the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, along with his role as

MP for ChilliwackFraser Canyon. “The Seabird Island First Nations Festival merges tradition, history, wisdom, and ritual in a contemporary setting,” said Strahl. “This festival is not only a wonderful celebration for the region, but also allows residents and visitors to learn about and honour the rich culture of Aboriginal peoples.” The Seabird Island First Nations Festival,

established in 1969 by Grand Chief Archie Charles and his wife Mary Charles, is a celebration of First Nations’  diversity, culture and  sport. It is organized by the Seabird Island Band. The federal government has provided $11,900  in funding through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage toward the festival.



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Evergreen Singers celebrate Oktoberfest at Logan Manor It was an Oktoberfest of a very special kind and I am glad I choose to attend. It happened on Oct. 23, and was the continuation of a tradition started soon after Logan Manor opened its doors 10 years ago.  The entertainers, The Evergreen Singers, were


already assembled when I arrived, wearing their colourful dirndl’s. This group, one has to know, sprang up  from the Chilliwack Evergreen Choir, which ceased to exist quite some years ago. Enter Margo Galea, one member who still had the strong desire to

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ment the Evergreen Singers marched in to the tune of The Happy Wanderer to the end of their performance, they had the full attention of the audience. There were several soloists I should

mention: Margo Galea and Ken Burningham (a self-declared Bavarian for the afternoon) who sang a duet, Theresa and Sigi Altenried who brought original yodeling to the afternoon, and

Debra Kartz, a talented accordionist we will see more of, I am sure.  Not to forget Karrie Matthew, the accompanist for the afternoon. There was much more, but the overwhelming

impression throughout the afternoon and especially during the performance, was the feeling of fun and goodwill one could almost touch! It was a very special afternoon, indeed.

New toolkit launched to promote safe infant sleep First Nation babies at higher risk of SIDS A new education toolkit has been launched to help service providers discuss safe infant sleep practices with First Nations and Aboriginal families and help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden unexplained death in infancy (SUDI). The toolkit, Honouring Our Babies: Safe Sleep Cards & Guide, is interactive, evidenceinformed, and incorporates cultural beliefs, practices, and issues specific to First Nations and Aboriginal communities. The toolkit includes a deck of 21 discussion cards and seven illustrated cards that can be used to prompt and guide discussions with families about safe infant sleep as well as a facilitator’s guide with more information on each card’s topic, research, resources, and graphics. The toolkit is based on the Safe Sleep Environment for Infants 0-12 Months Guideline developed by Perinatal Services BC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. SIDS is the death of a baby under one year of age, which is sudden, unexpected, and without a clear cause. SIDS usually

happens during sleep or napping and is the most common cause of death in babies between the ages of one month and one year. Research shows that Aboriginal babies in B.C. were four times more likely to die from SIDS than non-Aboriginal babies. In response, a special working group was formed among the First Nations Health Authority, Government of Canada, and the Government of BC, with input from First Nations and Aboriginal Elders, community members, and content experts, to develop a culturally appropriate safe sleep training initiative that could be incorporated into existing programs and services. Honouring our Babies: Safe Sleep Cards & Guide can be used by anyone who would like to to discuss safe infant sleep with First Nations and Aboriginal parents and families. The toolkit can be downloaded from the First Nations Health Authority website at under the Maternal and Child Health section. The most important ways to create a safe sleep place for your baby are to: 1. Place your baby on his/her

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Gormley Yvonne Marie (nee Luty) It is with much sadness that the family announces the passing of Yvonne Marie Gormley. Yvonne was born as a triplet with her brothers Clive and Barry in Manchester, England on April 17, 1939. She came to Canada with her family at 18 years of age and was followed shortly after by the love of her life John Joe Gormley. They were married at St. Mary’s Church in Chilliwack and soon after started a family in the area. Yvonne was a nurse in the Chilliwack hospital for many years. John and Yvonne spent the majority of their lives in Agassiz where they raised their family and created many cherishable memories. Yvonne was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, John Joe. She leaves behind her children Sue (Mark), Bernadette (Frank), Christine (Mike), Steve (Lori), Michael (Tracey), Pauline (Bill), as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and her beloved dog Tara. Funeral Service for Yvonne will be held at 1pm on Friday, November 1, 2013 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church at 7237 Morrow Road, Agassiz, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Yvonne’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be offered at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home 45865 Hocking Avenue Chilliwack BC V2P 1B5 604-793-4555

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Snowdon, Ernest Daniel “Dan” Ernest Daniel (Dan) Snowdon passed away on October 14, 2013 at Chilliwack Hospital at age 75 years. He was born April 1, 1938 in Brandon, Manitoba. Dan is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Bobbie); brother, Doug; son, Scott; step children, Dan (Val), Joe (Cathy), Jackie (Shane) and Deanna (Kevin); seven grandchildren, Tony, Jesse, Hayden, Chris, Amanda, Gordon and Krista; and six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, William and mother, Irene and his sister Gladys Bolen. Dan worked for Ainsworth Lumber Company in 100 Mile House for 14 years and upon moving back to the coast, he found employment for 17 years in the Building Services Department at Royal Columbian Hospital, in New Westminster. Dan was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 24 years. A Celebration of his life will be held at the Harrison Gospel Chapel, 514 Lillooet Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm. A spreading of his remains on Harrison Lake will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Cancer Society. Please visit to leave a message of condolence for the family.

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WESTCAN - Interested In Being Our Next Ice Road Trucker? Haul liquid, dry bulk or freight to the diamond mines on the winter road (ice road) from mid-January to midApril. Not Interested in driving on the ice? Drive resupply from southern locations in Alberta to Yellowknife, NT. Apply online at: OR Phone: 1.888.WBT.HIRE (1.888.928.4473) for further details.


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INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. SIGN UP ONLINE! 1-866-399-3853


Please drop off resumes at:

AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 w/ Airbrake • Guaranteed 40hr. Work Week & Overtime • Paid Travel & Lodging • Meal Allowance • 4 Weeks Vacation • Excellent Benefits Package

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ABBOTSFORD contracting company looking for an EXCAVATOR OPERATOR. Minimum 3 years operating experience. Must be flexible, able to work independently and have own transportation. Must be willing to do manual labour and operate other machines if necessary. Email resume to info@

General Nursery Laborer



Call 24Hr. Free Recorded Message 1-888-213-2854






1501 Johnson rd., Agassiz BC

An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators, Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)7235051 Edson,Alta

Must be able to have extended stays away from home. Up to 6 months. Must have valid AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 with airbrake license and have previous commercial driving experience. Apply careers and then choose the FastTRACK Application.


Seasonal F/T Green House Farm Workers

Only those of interest will be contacted. Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.


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Robert Beverley Carol It is with deepest regret that the family of Beverley Carol Robert (Wright) nee Hammond of Agassiz, BC, wishes to announce her peaceful passing on October 24th. Carol is survived by her children Bev Wright, of Vancouver, David Wright, of Pender Island; husband Claude Robert of Agassiz, BC. She also leaves to mark her passing her sister Jane Hammond, of Pender Island, BC, granddaughter Sarah (Darren) and great-granddaughter Emma Knopp, of Edmonton, AB, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Carol will also be deeply missed by her cherished “CulDe-Sac” friends, particularly by her best friend Lila (Finn). A Service of Love and Remembrance was held on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Parish Church of St. Anthony’s in Agassiz. Special thanks to Father Joachim Dias and the CWL ladies for refreshments following the service. In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with Carol’s love of all animals, donations may be made in her name to the B.C.S.P.C.A., or to the B.C. Humane Society. Online condolences to the family can be left at



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Jobs in Alberta. Large Beef Processor in High River, Alberta looking for experienced butchers. $17.00 - $18.70 hour. Call Laszlo: (403) 652 8404 Email: JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages from $32/hour, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Email:



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. 1-877-987-1420 If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.



1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Across the street - across the world Real Professionals, Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555. 1 As in movers we trust. Reliable Honest Movers. Same day moves & deliveries. Starting $35hr + gas. (604)997-0332 / (604)491-8607


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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.




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

MALTESE 4 beaut males 8 wks old 1st shots, dewormed, 4.5 5lbs, $850. 604-300-1450 Abbots

ALWAYS! GUTTER Cleaning & Roof Blowing, Moss Control,30 yrs exp., Reliable! Simon 604-230-0627





Casual Bus Drivers Required School District #78 (Fraser‐Cascade) has openings on the Casual Bus Drivers list for qualified applicants willing to drive in the Fraser‐Cascade area, including Boston Bar, Hope, Agassiz, Kent, and Harrison Hot Springs. All applicants must possess a Class 2 Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement. Applications with full supporting documentation, including references to be forwarded to: Natalie Lowe‐Zucchet Secretary‐Treasurer School District #78 (Fraser‐Cascade) 650 Kawkawa Lake Road Hope, B.C. V0X 1L4 Email: Fax: 604‐869‐7400 Questions regarding these positions may be directed to Dan Landrath, Transportation Supervisor at 604‐796‐1042. 10/13H_FCS10



BRO MARV PLUMBING 24/7 Plumbing, heating, plugged drains BBB. (604)582-1598, CRESCENT Plumbing & Heating Licensed Residential 24hr. Service

Harrison Hot Springs, 1 bdrm, furnished, across from lake, bright, quiet, cable incl. n/s, n/p, new paint. $625/m. (604)853-4273



Harrison Hot Springs - Quiet 2 bdrm, 2 ba., lrg. 2 floor suite avail. unfurnished N/P, N/S, lrg. solarium, wifi incl., 2 short blocks to beach (furnished option available) 1700ft. $1000 + utils. (604)316-9398




650 Canterbury Drive


Saturday, Nov. 9 9:00am-3:00pm

removal done RIGHT!

• Tree Trimming • Fully Insured • Best Rates

Household Items, Small Appli. Furniture, Tools ETC.


PETS 477


CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977 P/B PAPILLON PUPS, adorable, 8 wks, 1st shots. Ready to go to loving home $950 firm. 604-944-6502



For your FODVVLÀHG QHHGV Call Sarah 604-796-4300


GL ROOFING. Cedar/Asphalt, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters - $80. 1-855-240-5362.

• Hot water tanks • Furnaces • Broilers • Plugged Drains 778-862-0560




$575. 1 bdrm., Mt. Cheam views, updated suite, elevator, new laundry facilities, storage locker, parking & walk to downtown Agassiz amenities. Discount for seniors. 604-367-8737.

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


ASPHALT PAVING • Brick Driveways • Retaining Walls • Foundation Repairs • Sealcoating 604-618-2304









Harrison - 3bdrm, 2 bath, 2 fp, dbl garage, N/S, Pets ok $1275 /mo DD refs req. Avail. now 604-791-0095



DISCONNECTED PHONE? National Teleconnect Home Phone Service. No One Refused! Low Monthly Rate! Calling Features and Unlimited Long Distance Available. Call National Teleconnect Today! 1-866-443-4408.





HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 SHOWERS, Walk-in & Slide-in Bathtubs for Safe, Accessible Bathing. Free Renos thru HAFI grants. 1-866-404-8827 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 PIANO. Music teacher has Yamaha Piano for sale. $1550. Please call 604-585-6880 for appt to view.



Panasonic (silver) home theatre system w/ 5 disc HDCD/DVD player, 5 speakers, sub woofer, ram compatible. Complete w/ wires, remote & instructions. $189 firm 604-796-2662



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

SCRAP CARS & METALS - CA$H for CARS Up to $300. No Wheels - No Problem! Friendly &

Professional Service. Servicing the Fraser Valley 1-855-771-2855


Difficulty Making Payments? No Equity? Penalty? Expired Listing? We Buy Homes! No Fees! No Risk! / 604-786-4663

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School District #78 (Fraser‐Cascade) has openings on the Casual Special Education Assistant list for qualified applicants willing to work in the Fraser‐Cascade area including Boston Bar, Hope, Agassiz, Kent, and Harrison Hot Springs. Applications with full supporting documentation, including references to be forwarded to: Natalie Lowe‐Zucchet Secretary‐Treasurer School District #78 (Fraser‐Cascade) 650 Kawkawa Lake Road Hope, B.C. V0X 1L4 Email: Fax: 604‐869‐7400 10/13H_FCS10


We need your Feedback! The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) is asking the public for feedback on its Draft Solid Waste Management Plan for the region’s garbage and recyclables, which has been modified to reflect public and stakeholder feedback received since 2011. To download a copy of the Plan, visit and click on “Solid Waste Management Plan” under Hot Topics. Email your comments to:, or send a letter to Fraser Valley Regional District at 45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1N6. The Public Consultation Deadline is November 8th, 2013. We look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions, please call 1-800-528-0061. 10-13H FVRD24

2000 TOYOTA COROLLA 4 door,auto, sedan. ST#468. Only this week! $1,900. 1996 HONDA CIVIC 4 door, auto, fully loaded, Aircared. ST#462 $2,495. 2000 DODGE NEON 4 door, auto, sedan, Aircared, low kms. STK#467. $2,500. 1996 HONDA ACCORD 4 dr, sedan, fully loaded ST#478. $2,900. 2003 FORD WINDSTAR. 7 psger, runs good. ST#460. Only this week $2,900. 2000 TOYOTA COROLLA. 4 dr, auto. STK#466. Only this week $3,500. 2002 MAZDA PROTEGE 4 dr, auto, runs good, Aircared. ST#481 $3,888. 2002 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2 door, auto, low kms. ST#459. Only this week $3,900. 2005 CHEV UPLANDER 7 psg auto, a/c, fully loaded, long wheel base. ST#437. $4,900. 2006 SATURN ION 4 dr, auto, Aircared. ST#389. Only this week! $5,500. 2003 FORD ESCAPE 4dr, 4X4 auto. ST#377. Only this week $5,900. 2008 CHEV COBALT. 2dr, 5spd, runs gd ST#445. $5,900. 2007 FORD FUSION 4 dr, auto, loaded. ST#250. $5,995. 2006 NISSAN SENTRA, 4 dr, auto, fully loaded, ST#387. Only this week! $6,500. 2004 CHEV TRAILBLAZER 4X4, auto, 7pass. Aircared. ST #457.Only this week $6,900. 2007 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 dr, auto, fully loaded, runs good. ST#364. $6,900. 2007 CHEV COBALT 4 dr, auto, low kms. ST#367. Only this week! $6,900. 2007 DODGE CALIBER 4 dr, auto, fully loaded. ST#383 $7,500. 2008 KIA SPECTRA 4 dr auto hatch back, fully loaded ST#352. $7,777. 2008 SATURN ASTRA 4 dr, h/back, sunroof, auto. ST#366. Only this week! $9,900. 2007 TOYOTA COROLLA, 4 dr, auto, sedan, very low kms, 82K only. ST#393. This week only! $10,500. 2008 HONDA CIVIC 4 door, auto, sunroof, leather, full load ST#442. $10,900. 2006 HYUNDAI TUCSON 4 dr, auto. Only this week! $11,900. 2008 KIA SPORTAGE, 4 dr, auto, runs good. Only this week! $11,900. 2009 DODGE JOURNEY 4 dr, auto. 5 passenger. ST#418. Only this week! $11,900. 2010 TOYOTA CAMRY, 4 dr, auto, loaded, ST#395 $13,900. 2006 FORD F350. Quad cab 4 X 4, auto, long box, diesel. ST#13. $14,900. 2007 GMC ACADIA 4 dr, 8 passenger, all wheel drive, runs good. ST#319. $14,900 2010 DODGE JOURNEY 4 dr, auto, loaded, 7 psgr. ST#428. Only this week! $15,900. 2009 JETTA TDi 4 dr, auto, leather, fully loaded. ST#402. Only this week. $17,900. 2011 FORD ESCAPE, auto, 4 door, fully loaded. Ony 20K, $18,900. ST#471.


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

Casual On Call Special Education Assistants Required


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November 1, 2013






Please email all resumes to or Fax: 604.599.5250



LOCAL PLUMBER $45 Service Call Plumbing, Heating, Plugged Drains. Mustang Plumbing 778-714-2441



Mega Cranes Ltd. an industry leader, is seeking an energetic, Tower Crane Technician. The applicant must have full understanding of electronics and 3 phase power. This F/T position requires knowledge of tower crane erection and dismantles .


2003 FORD SPORT TRAC 4 door, crew cab, leather, 4X4, auto, no acc’d. ST#477 $7,900. 2004 HUMMER H2, 4 dr, auto, 4 X 4, ST#384. Only this week, $13,900. 2006 FORD F350 XLT Crew cab, diesel, 4X4, auto, long box, runs good ST#309 $12,900. 2006 FORD F350 XLT quad cab, 4X4, auto, diesel, only 156K ST#17. $14,900. 2006 FORD F350 XLT crew cab diesel 4X4 auto long box only 160K. ST#310. $13,900. 2007 FORD F350 XLT Crew cab, diesel, 4X4, auto, short box only, 162K. ST#126. $15,900. 2007 FORD F350 LARIAT crew cab, diesel, 4 X 4, auto short box. ST#275. $18,900. 2009 FORD F150 Crew cab, fully loaded $17,900.

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Meet the Pros November 2013




The Deep End is fronted by Dawn Pemberton, whose voice can shake the ground, and soothe hearts. They play in Harrison Nov. 9 at Memorial Hall.

Vancouver’s The Deep End brings the funk

Insured & Experienced 604-796-3965

Group formed out of common love for soul Brush off those fall leaves and shake your ‘thang’ with retro funk and soul band, The Deep End, presented by the Harrison Festival Society, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. in Harrison Memorial Hall. The Deep End specializes in all of the funk, soul, Motown and R&B standards that you know and love. The band’s irresistible recipe has quickly established its reputation for getting people out of their seats and on to the dance floor. Formed out of a common love of soul and funk music by a group of seven musician friends in 2002, this energetic group has stirred up a large following all over Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, Whistler and the Interior. The Deep End is fronted by vocalist Dawn Pemberton, who Harrison Festival audiences will remember as the boomer soulful voice in the

all-female, a cappella group The Shirleys. A versatile and powerful singer, Pemberton has a voice that can shake the ground and soothe the saddest of hearts. The rest of the band consists of pianist/vocalist Shannon Thue; guitarist/composer Jeff Younger who the media describes as “the mad scientist of the electric guitar;” bass man extraordinaire David Marion; drummer Mike Zobac; trumpeter Kristian Naso and sax player Dan Pigott. Together their musical joy is undeniable and guaranteed to get your toe tapping if not your whole body hopping. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by phone at 604-796-3664, online at or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison, or Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart.

KENT PLUMBING & HEATING LTD. For all your Service, Repair & Installation Needs “One call does it all”




All aboard for Matt Dusk CP Holiday Train will feature jazz singer The CP Holiday Train will be making another nighttime appearance in Agassiz this year, and will feature Matt Dusk and Melanie Doane. The train will pull through on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m., stopping across from the Agassiz Agricultural Hall. It will be just three stops away from completing a voyage across Canada, collecting money for local food banks at every stop. This is the 15th year of the Holiday Train program, and will kick off on Nov. 25 in Kahnawake, Que. Another CP Holiday Train will wind its way through the United States, with the same

mandate. When the train stops, the concert begins. Matt Dusk hit it big with his majorlabel debut Two Shots, scoring a gold record. With the punchier follow-up Back in Town, he upped the ante and took his act to Hollywood’s fabled Capitol Studio A — the home of heroes and influences like Sinatra, Cole and Darin — and worked with renowned arrangers Patrick Williams and Sammy Nestico, plus Grammywinning engineer Al Schmitt. The album garnered two number one singles:  All About Me in Canada and Back In Town in Japan —

making Dusk the first male jazz singer to ever top the pop charts. Juno Award winner Melanie Doane has been a recording artist and songwriter in the Canadian music landscape for over 15 years, beginning on a national level with her breakout hit album “Adam’s Rib." To date she has released 7 albums, written seven chart topping singles, had her music featured on hit television shows such as Brothers and Sisters, Being Erica, Flashpoint, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and traveled numerous times across Canada and the U.S. on various tours and the CP Holiday Train.

Power & Soft Wash Gutter Cleaning Painting Reasonable Rates

Service to all makes of washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers & refrigerators



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604-796-1196 | cell 604-857-3375 • New Cabinetry and Cabinet Refacing • Counter Tops • All Custom Cabinets are made from solid wood (no particle board) 6390 PIONEER AVE., AGASSIZ


Agassiz All Storage

Hope Auto Body Ltd.

Easy access from Hwy 1 or 7 We have storage for:

• RVS • BOATS • VEHICLES • • • • •

Heated units Long term discounts Security fenced Electronic gate Video surveillance

7651 Industrial Way Agassiz, BC • Ph: 1.604.796.5577 •

• Complete collision & glass services • Courtesy Vehicles • Express repair facility - all insurance company estimates written here

966 6th Avenue, 604 •869 •5244

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& Liquor Store All liquor at or below Government Prices!



24 pack cans

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Canadian 15 pack cans





Bud Light and Kokanee


15 pack cans

Crown Royal

Copper Moon Pinot Grigio

1.14 L

750 ml




Captain Morgans Spiced Rum 750 ml









60 Kahlua

Hardys Reisling// Gewürztraminer




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Each ach purchase over $25 earns you a stamp, stam d & receive i a $20 gift if certifi ificate fill your card to Agassiz Liquor Store or Jimmy’s Pub* *excluding tobacco products

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