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B.C. Views A hopeless wishlist for 2014. p6

Hospital parking protest rages on. p3


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B.C. Views Back to school labour disputes. p6

Sidewinder Million-dollar bike path to nowhere. p6

Bus driver still on recovery road. p3


Sports Local rider takes top prize in Vernon. p19 wednesday, september 4, 2013 · serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows · est. 1978 · 604-467-1122 · Delivery: 604-466-6397

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Health Care Ignore hospital’s D grade. p6

Fire destroyed two homes in Maple Ridge on the weekend. see video @

Referendum on new TLink taxes. p16


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Fireworks destroy two houses Friday, April 19, 2013 · serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows · est. 1978 · 604-467-1122 · 50¢

Propane fire in home injures man Fire department says quick thinking saved house by Ne il Corbe t t staff reporter

The hose on a propane tank became dislodged and caused a fire that seriously burned a homeowner and damaged his house on Tuesday evening. The fire broke out at a duplex in the 22100 block of Cliff Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Neighbours reported seeing a man with burns and a blackened face. Fire chief Peter Grootendorst said there were about six people at the house when the fire broke out, and several were in the working garage. After smelling propane, the homeowner went to a 100-pound cylinder to turn off the tap. As he did, the hose somehow became dislodged. Under pressure, it whipped around and sprayed him with liquid.

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End the word Sisters Summer and Tori Brack have started a campaign to get rid of the R-Word - retard- a name which has been used in the past to describe their brother, pictured behind them, who has Down Syndrome. They gave a presentation to their peers at Garibaldi secondary on Tuesday. see story p4.

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Medical pot bylaw raises a stink But a proponent says that’s because there are no standards yet

told council. The former councillor and MLA was worried about crime associated with marijuana production as well as fire, safety and odour problems. The federal government is phasing out thousands of personal-use medical marijuana grow licences in favour of fewer, larger operations, with the new regulations coming into force in April 2014. Stewart lives in on a rural area in Stewart north Maple Ridge and says two medical grow operations nearby are decreasing real estate values.

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Plans to allow medical pot operations in Maple Ridge farm areas got a rough ride Tuesday at a hearing held to sound out the public’s views. “Somebody makes a mistake and the next thing you know you have a Bacon-like … at your doorstep with an AK-47,” Ken Stewart

He claimed Maple Ridge already has more than 500 grow operations and that the district simply has the option of banning any medical pot grows, adding the bylaw doesn’t deal with most of the marijuanagrow operations that are run for recreational use. “I certainly don’t see it as fixing the problem.” The legislation does nothing with 90 per cent of the grows ops running today, he added later. “So what are they going to do with them?” People aren’t against the concept, but just

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wanted the size of parcels for medical marijuana productions increased and to ensure they don’t go in rural residential areas. And what will happen to current medical marijuana producers who will see their licences supposedly phased out? Instead, Stewart likes Coquitlam’s approach which directs medical marijuana operations to site-specific industrial areas. Terry Dumas had similar thoughts. “This bylaw as it’s written, is a really, really bad idea.” More work and discussion is needed to deal with odour, security and waste treatment concerns, she added.


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Realtor survives shots to head Former Ridge councillor recovering after surgery

multiple times in the head just after 12:30 p.m. on a property on Lougheed Highway, east of 240th Street. Ridge Meadows RCMP said a man called 911 to report he had been shot. The former municipal councillor also managed to flag down a passing car, and an off-duty paramedic was one of the first people on scene. Prokop was airlifted to hospital as police rushed to shut down a long stretch of Lougheed Hwy., from 240th Street towards Mission.

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not random. The 19-acre property where Prokop was shot is one of his listings and currently on the market for $1.88 million. Justin Jarry was driving past the property on his way to hike Golden Ears Provincial Park when he noticed a stream of police cars speeding towards him. As he slowed down to let the police cars pass, he saw a man lying by the side of the road and second person flagging down police cars. see Shooting, p11





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A group of teens playing with fireworks set a pair of homes ablaze Friday night in east Maple Ridge. The fire started around 10:40 p.m. outside a house in the 11400 block of 234A Street, but quickly spread to a neighbouring property. Fire chief Dane Spence said the fire was sparked by fireworks, which were being lit in the backyard of one house. One of the fireworks started a small fire under the porch, which rapidly raced up to the roof, then engulfed a home next door. The glow of the large fire could be seen from the Golden Ears Bridge. Both homes were completely destroyed in the blaze, but no one was injured. Spence said residents of the house where the fire started alerted neighbours to the fire. “Everyone was outside by the time crews arrived,” he added.

The Clover Point Drifters perform during the True North Fraser Bluegrass Festival at the Albion Fairgrounds on Friday. see more, p20.

A realtor and former Maple Ridge councillor who was shot on a rural Maple Ridge property Saturday is recovering following surgery. Franz Prokop, who works for Macdonald Realty, remains in stable condition after being shot

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Disciplined, but continues to work at Pitt secondary by M onisha M ar tins staff reporter

A teacher recently disciplined for downloading hard-core pornography on to a school laptop continues to teach at Pitt Meadows secondary. Joseph Paul Stephane Marion was formally reprimanded Oct. 12 by the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Regulation Branch after an investigation into his conduct while he was a French immersion teacher in 2009 at Maple Ridge secondary. On Jan. 13, 2010, the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District suspended Marion without pay for three weeks because an investigator found he had downloaded thousands of pornographic video and photo files on to a school-issued computer.

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Spreading the love Thomas Haney secondary leadership students Carolyn Lee (left) and Hayley Jones ‘Spread the love’ to passing motorists along Lougheed Highway on Wednesday. see story, p11.

Zero tax increase ‘unpalatable’ Councillors apologize for asking to slash budgets by M onisha M ar tins staff reporter

Giving homeowners in Pitt Meadows a break on taxes next year could mean cuts to services such as fire department training, road maintenance and city celebrations. Council learned Tuesday that a zero tax increase, which residents


petitioned for last year, would require departments to slash their budgets and could see jobs lost. “I don’t recommend it,” said city finance director Mark Roberts, who estimates the city will need to raise its municipal tax rate by 3.3 per cent just to maintain services next year. A one-per-cent tax increase in 2014 would generate $156,000 in revenue for the city. The proposed preliminary tax increase of 3.3 per cent would mean an additional $56 to the average homeowner in Pitt Meadows, with

a property valued at $369,046 The proposed 2014 budget includes $445,000 in reductions. Even before Roberts began his presentation, the prospect of scaling back upset councillors. “This is not fair,” said Coun. Tracy Miyashita. “Why should our staff go through these cuts while our partners don’t? It’s upsetting.” Details for the 2014 budget won’t be finalized until January. However, preliminary figures show that even a three-per-cent tax increase would mean some re-


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ductions, such as getting rid of staff recognition, volunteer gifts, the firefighters award dinner, road shoulder maintenance, filling pot holes and curbing overtime. To achieve no tax increase would mean deeper cuts, including reducing annual training for volunteer firefighters, eliminating a vacant police officer position and stopping cash contributions the city makes to Pitt Meadows Day, the agricultural association and restorative justice group.


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17-year-old boy was crossing around 12:30 a.m. by Monis ha M ar t ins staff reporter

A teen who was struck by a police cruiser early Saturday in Maple Ridge remains in hospital. The 17-year-old was hit around 12:30 a.m. while crossing Lougheed Highway, just east of 216th Street. He was seriously injured in the crash, according to B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office. Owen Court, spokesperson, said the police car did not have its lights and sirens activated at the time of the accident. “They were not driving at Code 3, which means they did not have their emergency equipment on,” he added. Court did not know if the officers involved were responding to a call or were on routine patrol when the teen was struck. According to the RCMP, two Ridge Meadows officers were traveling east on Lougheed Hwy. in separate cars when they saw the boy. The first RCMP cruiser passed the teen, but he was struck by the second vehicle. Court said it is too early in the investigation to determine whether the teen was intoxicated.

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Clayton Maitland shows some of the nails he found. One such nail punctured a wheel on the trailer he hauls for the district’s Environmental School Program.

Feces, nails part of park vandalism Enviro principal worried for others using Allco Park by Ne i l Co r b e t t staff reporter

Vandalism at Allco Park has gone from disgusting to dangerous. Students of the Environmental School Project have been using the park, at 248th Street and Alouette Road, for the past two weeks. They recently arrived to find someone had put horse manure on

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the picnic tables. Then the horse manure was found on the handles of the metal bear-proof garbage cans. The toilet seat covers were glued

into a down position. Next, dog feces was found on the handles of the garbage cans. “That’s filthy, and you wonder why people are doing this,” said principal Clayton Maitland. After two flat tires, one on the trailer he hauls for the program and another on a staff member’s vehicle, they scanned the area for nails – which they had found in the tires. They didn’t find nails spilled on the ground. “They were intentionally put in with the sharp ends up, and covered with leaves,” Maitland observed. The nails were on a roadway that

runs along the Alouette River. At that point, Maitland made police aware of the ongoing issues, and wanted to inform users of the park, which has popular horse riding trails. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Maitland. He said the 80 students in the Environmental school have been disappointed by the vandalism in the parks where they are attending school. Maitland said he is worried for people walking their dogs or riding horses in the area. see Park, p11



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Cirque du Lézard Kindergarten student Alissa Kilborn walks along a beam using an umbrella for balance during Cirque du Lézard at Eric Langton elementary on Thursday. Students from kindergarten to Grade 7 took part in the event, performing various circus disciplines including gymnastics and plate spinning learned during a recent three-day workshop. Donations were collected for the Friends in Need Food Bank. see video @

Street ministry moving on Haney this week, then have to find a new home. The centre, dedicated to community education on environment and development, has been hosting the outreach meals for the past 21 months, but has been asked by the District of Maple Ridge to go elsewhere, said manager Christian Cowley. The CEED Centre society owns the building, at 223rd Street and 117th Avenue, but leases the land on which it sits from the

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The street ministry community suppers, during which people come together on Saturday nights to build support and get to know one another, will meet one last time at the CEED Centre in Port

New gaming centre opens doors. p8


Gardening The bulbs that come back. p39 Friday, October 25, 2013 · serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows · est. 1978 · 604-467-1122 · Delivery: 604-466-6397

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trial begins for driver who killed Pitt couple wednesday, March 20, 2013 · serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows · est. 1978 · 604-467-1122 · 50¢

Crackdown coming for party buses The recent death of a teen on a party bus is pushing the province to consider a crack down on the entire industry. “I want to make it very clear that I am willing to suspend the licences of companies that break the law,” said B.C.’s Transportation Minister Mary Polak. “As a mother, and as Minister of Transportation, I will not tolerate unsafe practices that put our young people at risk.” Polak’s promise of more scrutiny came one month after Ernest Azoadam collapsed on a party bus in Surrey. The 17-year-old was rushed to hospital, but never regained consciousness. The exact cause of his death is unknown, but police found evidence of alcohol on board the bus.

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municipality. “We weren’t told to leave. It was suggested that we do so,” Cowley added. The district asked the street ministry organizers to find a new place after at least two people complained about crime or litter, needles or noise from the dinners. They are run by volunteers, mostly from St. George’s Anglican Church. They make soups, casseroles, and caldrons of hot coffee for anyone in the area who’s hungry.

Robert Mitchell, a one-time church deacon who lived and worked in Port Haney, started the street ministry around 2004, at first walking the streets, handing out sandwiches, then holding larger events, such as barbecues, in front of his business. He died in 2010 from brain cancer. The meals have since been held at the CEED Centre. Cowley says that only about a quarter to a third of guests are homeless. see Ministry, p8

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Councillors defend FCM hotel costs $501 each for three nights while attending convention

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Despite the furore over hotels costs at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention last weekend in Vancouver, local politicians say it’s money well spent, for a busy few days. Masse Coun. Bob Masse defended his attendance on CKNW Monday, adding on Tuesday that the all-day conferences and the receptions that run late into the evening made it worthwhile staying over at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. “There was a lot of good conversation. We kept the expenditures to a minimum and, in my view, it was money well spent.” Masse provided a copy of his bill for his three-night stay at the Renaissance, a total tab of $501. All the meals for the weekend were included in the $770 FCM conference fee. “Theoretically, for sure, you could have stayed until 11 o’clock at night, then got in your car and driven home, then back in time for the meeting to start at 7 a.m. the next morning.” But that would have incurred all-day parking charges, he pointed out. Masse said that councillors often attend meetings and pay for them out of their own pocket. Maple Ridge councillors get an annual $5,000 allowance for such conferences. If spouses come along, councilllors pay for them separately. He said it does get tiresome to hear said in the media that all politicians are crooks or liars.

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RCMP are concerned that more and more youth of elementary school age are “sexting.”

Kids and private exchanges I between her and her first boyfriend. A few months later, he had shared her photographs at school. She soon became the school “slut,” whispered about in the classroom, the subject of a post and comments from strangers on a gossip site. Getting the photos back was impossible. Sending naked or semi-naked photos of yourself – “sexting” – is common among teens and pre-teens in Canada. “I wouldn’t do it,” says Chastity Gillis, a Grade 8 student at Garibaldi secondary in Maple Ridge, “but there are some people who do at school. It’s to get attention or they think it’s cool. I think some parents know, but most don’t.” To date, there have been no published stud-

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t began as an innocuous preteen crush, the kind that was commemorated in the past with long, hand-written letters, filled with stickers of hearts, sparkles and angst-filled poetry.

These days, the love notes are more succinct, sent in the form of a text, or expressed visually with intimate photographs. For a 13-year-old girl, in her final year of elementary school, they were a private exchange

ies examining how many Canadian teens have used their cellphones to send or receive nude photos. A recent U.S. study revealed one-third of teens had sent a ‘sext.’ The high-tech form of flirting is alarming both police and school administrators, who are struggling to find a way to stop it as victims get younger – in Maple Ridge, one girl was nine. Ridge Meadows RCMP are investigating multiple cases where children have taken nude photos and sent them to individuals they have met online through social media websites. In some cases, the child was coerced into sending the images, while others exchanged photos with casual, online acquaintances. See Private, p3




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The trial for a driver charged with killing a young couple in Pitt Meadows three years ago began Monday with the defence highlighting poor lighting and confusing signage on Lougheed Highway as factors that contributed to the horrific crash. Rebecca ‘Beckie’ Dyer, 19, and her boyfriend, Johnny De Oliveira, 21, were killed around midnight Oct. 19. 2010, when a Toyota driven by Andelina Hecimovic skidded sideways over a concrete median, flipped over and landed on top of their Suzuki Swift. The couple, returning home from a Justin Beiber concert, died instantly. Hecimovic, now 26, walked away with minor injuries. She is facing two counts of dangerous driving causing death. See Trial, p3

‘Paranoia’ prompted hostess kidnapping by M onis ha M a r t ins staff reporter

A man who kidnapped a young waitress from a Maple Ridge mall at gun point in January blamed crack cocaine for fueling his crime spree during a sentencing hearing Monday in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court.

Ian James William Campbell smoked cocaine all day when he abducted the 17-year-old hostess from Westgate Centre on Jan. 19. Her identity is now protected by a publication ban. It’s the only explanation for his bizarre behaviour, Campbell’s lawyer, Sandy Ross, told Judge Garth Smith. Campbell, 25, has pleaded guilty to four of seven criminal charges, including using an imitation firearm, assault causing bodily harm, unlawful confinement and theft. The 25-year-old has been in custody since he was arrested in Van-



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couver Jan. 22 by members of the Vancouver Police Department’s Emergency Response Team and Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Street Enforcement Unit. His arrest came after a public appeal by police for tips in the violent abduction. The ordeal for the teen began around 8 p.m. Jan. 19, when Campbell approached her outside the Fox’s Reach Pub during a work break. The court heard Campbell told the teen he needed help to start his broken down Cadillac sedan. The girl went to help him. But

when Campbell got into her car, he pulled out what she believed was a gun. He yelled: “If you don’t cooperate, I will blow your ... brains out.” He then forced her to drive out of the mall in her red 1993 Honda Civic to a secluded area on Blackstock Street, where he punched and strangled her repeatedly. Campbell also tied the teen’s hands with a dog leash and smashed her cell phone when he Monisha Martins/thE nEwS discovered it in her jacket. Badly beaten, the teen still man- The young woman and her family leave Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on aged to fight Campbell off. See Kidnapping, p5 Monday.

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Leah Hadden-Watts, partially paralyzed after a shooting in Kelowna, works out in the evening with her cousin and personal trainer, Korey Frostad.

Caught in the crossfire two years ago, Leah hadden-watts was caught in the middle of a gang war that left the notorious leader of the Red scorpions dead. After a bullet shattered her spine, she’s made a remarkable recovery. S to r y by Mo n ish a Ma r t in s hen Leah Hadden-Watts shuts her eyes, she feels her legs floating, her limbs not quite part of her. When she dreams, she’s sprinting, bounding up stairs and navigating life


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There are times, however, she wishes that she’ll suddenly wake up and walk right out of her nightmare. The summer of 2011 started out like every other for Leah, then just 21. She had completed a course to be an insurance broker and was waiting to start a new job. While she waited, she exercised. She ran between five and ten kilometres daily, and took yoga classes, sometimes twice a day. “Honestly, I was in the best shape of my life,” she says. On the weekend of Aug. 14, Leah


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Coun. Corisa Bell thinks it is possible to tweet and post to Facebook and still participate in a council meeting, and that Maple Ridge should move into the digital age. She recently put Bell forward a motion to have the district’s social media policy reviewed. That’s now under way, with recommendations expected in the new year. Bell got the topic on to the agenda Monday after asking to put her Twitter identification on her district business cards. But she’s been told that’s against council policy. Instead, only councillors’ e-mail addresses and phone numbers appear on the cards. Bell says that other municipalities allow politicians to add their social media identification. “For two years now, they have not allowed us to put our social media on our business cards,” Bell said. “It’s ridiculous we can’t put the way we communicate on our business cards. In my personal opinion, they’re missing out. That’s how people are communicating today.” Bell also wanted to send out a notification via Twitter and Facebook during a council meeting about recent changes to medical marijuana laws. But that was voted down. Bell says the district is over controlled and that it is too focused on legal concerns if councillors make personal comments. see Social media, p10

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Thieves stealing truck parts Thieves are crawling under pickups and stealing their catalytic converters. Ridge Meadows RCMP are investigating a string of these thefts, similar to an outbreak of almost two years ago, in January 2012. “At this time we do not have any suspects identified, and we’re asking our citizens to be aware of these thefts and to call in any suspicious persons they observe in their neighbourhoods,” said RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop. “Police are following leads indicating that these automotive parts are being sold to Lower Mainland metal dealers due to the high value of the metals inside catalytic converters.” Catalytic converters are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system, and help control emissions. They contain platinum, palladium and other valuable metals. It can be sold for $100 at a scrap yard. Having a garage replace the part would cost the former owner many times that amount, however. The vehicles are often parked on the street or in driveways, and Toyota brand trucks have been targeted. Dunlop said police do not believe the car parts are being sold locally, due to the Maple Ridge Scrap Metal bylaw. It requires scrap yards to require identification of people selling such material, among other restrictions. See Theft, p3

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North Lougheed plans move forward City begins process to amend official community plan by M o ni s ha M a r tin s staff reporter

The North Lougheed corridor continues to divide Pitt Meadows council into two factions with differing visions for the undeveloped strip. The past year saw the city cross its first hurdle to development in August, with the Agricultural Land Commission excluding 33 hectares (81 acres) of farmland from the provincially protected agricultural land reserve, albeit with four conditions. The conditions for approval include further protection of farmland in other parts of the city, a required change in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy, and beginning construction of the North Lougheed Connector within three years of the ALC’s acceptance of a traffic-calming plan for Old Dewdney Trunk Road. “It is truly a good news story,” Mayor Deb Walters said. “This proposal is in line with the vision laid out in our strategic plan. It supports local jobs close to home … it will help balance our tax base.” The city is also moving forward with an amendment to its official community plan to change the land use designation in the area. But the plan to develop the entire

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“However, community safety officers are working closely with bylaw officers, and are taking proactive steps to visit each local metal recycler to educate and inform about the recent thefts.” The thefts are currently focused in the western areas of Maple Ridge.

Near silent night for fire departments

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Coun. Dave Murray remains concerned about the lack of commitment from the provincial and federal government to pay for an interchange at Harris Road and Lougheed Highway. stretch - 50.9 hectares (125 acres), about costs and a lack of commitin total – does not have ment from the provincial unanimous support on government to fund conTop council. struction of an interchange. Couns. Bruce Bell, Dave stories The cost of building a Murray and Janis Elker- of 2013 connecting road and an ton voted against the OCP overpass is pegged at $34 amendment earlier this million, excluding land exmonth as they were concerned propriation.

Their colleagues, however, see the vacant land as an opportunity, a blank slate to develop responsibly. “I think this development is such an opportunity for our community and an opportunity to do things right,” said Coun. Tracy Miyashita. A public hearing on the OCP amendment is schedule for Jan. 21.

$40 million subsidy for Golden Ears Bridge When Golden Ears was being planned in 2004, the revenue projection for this year was between $40 million to $70 million, with the Golden the name may be, but the average daily crossings projected at toll receipts from the Golden Ears between 33,000 and 61,000. This Bridge do little to conjure images of compares with actual figures of $38.9 wealth. The toll bridge continued to million with an average daily crossoperate at a loss through 2013. ing of 29,500. The final figures are not yet in, but “The 2004 forecasts have not mateTransLink officials told Metro Van- rialized, and are no longer valid. New couver mayors in September that forecasts, based on actual traffic volthe subsidy payments to cover con- umes and today’s economic growth tractor payments and maintenance projections, are now being used,” costs is expected to rise from said TransLink’s director of $30 million to $40 million in Top roads, Sany Zein. each of the next two years. And the rates are going up. stories The project has been fiLarge trucks, with trannancially plagued from the of 2013 sponders, currently pay a toll onset. Built from 2006 to of $6 for each crossing, while 2009 using a public private partner- autos with transponders pay $3 a ship (P3) financial model, the bridge crossing. construction was budgeted for $600 The pay-as-you-go rate for casual million, but cost $808 million. auto users is now $4.25 each way, and The kilometer-long, six-lane span for trucks it is $7.15. across the Fraser, which Links Maple Those who defend the Bridge projRidge and Pitt Meadows with Lang- ect, like Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie ley and Surrey. With approaches in- Daykin, point out that the Bridge cluded, it is 2.4 km long. will serve the region over a lifespan

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The tolled Golden Ears Bridge continued to operate at a loss in 2013. estimated at 100 years, so it is still far to early to be critical of the financing plan. In November Transportation Minister Todd Stone said he will review the provincial tolling policy which blocks tolls on existing roads and bridges, allowing tolls only on new

infrastructure. He said it is an issue of fairness to “The hard working people of south of the Fraser.” The highest bridge toll in Canada is the Confederation Bridge, which is 13 km long and links Prince Edward Island with Mainland New Brunswick, with a toll of $45.

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Stories about deadly fires and ongoing tips from firefighters on how to stop them are sinking in with the people of Pitt Meadows, this Christmas at least. This year’s was a quiet one, fire chief Don Jolley said Friday. And that’s just the way firefighters want it. “It was a near, silent night. It was very quiet – excellent.” There were no fires from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, possibly because the constant education about fire prevention, and the accounts of the disastrous consequences that follow a fire, are hitting home. And if that means the fire department doing more fire prevention than firefighting, Jolley says he’s fine with that. Assistant fire chief Mark Smitton said there were no fires over the Christmas break although the department responded to several medical assist calls concerning chest pains. “We’re getting fewer fires because people are paying more attention,” Smitton said Friday. Technology though is making a big difference. The new LED Christmas lights draw less power than the old-fashioned Christmas bulbs which means people are no longer overloading their circuits, which can cause electrical fires. Similarly, the cool-running LEDs don’t set curtains or Christmas trees on fires, unlike the older bulbs that are hot to the touch. Most people now have gas rather than wood fireplaces, Smitton pointed out. Firefighters also responded to three minor motor vehicle accidents, one on each day from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day. - with files from Phil Melnychuk

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Albion flats still quiet as landswap negotiations continue District wants to trade with developer by Phil M elnyc h u k staff reporter

Despite a decade of discussion and debate, the low-lying Albion flats, remain quiet, a refuge for birds, fish, bears and sometimes caribou, who’ve been re-established in the upper Pitt Lake area. But the Albion flats, along Lougheed Highway and bisected by 105th Avenue, are anything but forgotten. Major mall developer Smart Centres owns a piece of them, on the west side of 105th Avenue and wants to swap its land with the District of Maple Ridge property on the east side of 105th Avenue. That’s because the Agricultural Land Commission has said it would give a serious look at taking land on the east side of 105th out of the farmland re-


and 10 acres on the east side, also along the highway. Combining that land with additional land from the district could give the company the space it needs for a shopping centre in the east Maple Ridge area. Smart Centres seems to still like the idea. “I think they’re still extremely interested,” THE NEWS/files Daykin said recently. A large portion of the Albion Flats remains in the One requirement in a protected agricultural land reserve. land exchange would be serve. The application is ac- moving the site of the To do that, the District tually a Plan B for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadof Maple Ridge needs to Albion flats after its ef- ows Agricultural Fair make a formal request. forts to develop all of Association’s Country If and when the applica- Albion flats were reject- Fest, which just celtion is filed and the land ed by the commission. ebrated its 112th year. is removed, the way will But negotiations are The fair is currently be paved for a major complex because they held in the Albishopping, recreation involve swapon fairgrounds, and light industrial de- ping Smart Top south of Planet velopment in Maple Centres land, stories Ice and features Ridge’s eastern half. which must redirt roads, fencMaple Ridge has yet to main in the land of 2013 es and green file an application, but reserve, with fields creating a that could happen early District of Maple Ridge pastoral setting. Howin the new year, said land, which can be de- ever, organizers support Mayor Ernie Daykin. veloped because it lies relocating the fair. The application could east of 105th Avenue. When it comes to involve several property Smart Centres owns Maple Ridge requests owners who own land 20 acres on the west side and the land commisbetween 105th Avenue of 105th Avenue, front- sion however, it’s never and 240th Street. ing Lougheed Highway, a sure thing.

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Sinking health After a season of over-indulging, many Canadians will wake up Jan. 1 and say this is the year they get heart-healthy. That wake-up call to become more active and eat better can’t come a moment too soon, according to the Canadian Medial Association. Its latest report on the nation’s heart health says we’re not doing very well — in fact, we’re almost on life support. Across the nation, fewer than 10 per cent of Canadian adults meet the criteria for “ideal” cardiovascular health, which means most still don’t get enough exercise (at least 30 minutes of walking per day), and most don’t eat properly (consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day). People are getting heavier and we see this everywhere, and in our own waistlines, which seem to expand with each passing year. But adults aren’t alone in risky health behaviours. According to the study, only about 20 per cent of kids between 12 and 19 years are making lifestyle choices to keep them healthy — including being active for an hour or more a day. Where is all this heading? The bad news is unless people’s habits change, there will be more incidences of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart attacks and stroke. If you think our hospitals are crowded now, imagine what the wards will be like a few years from now. The sad part is that many baby boomers are planning for long lives. But unless they make changes now, they will be sick or disabled for 10 of those years, according to a Heart and Stroke Foundation report released in 2013. Ironically, most boomers think they are healthy. In fact, many are stressed, sedentary, eat poorly and drink too much alcohol. Could this be the year Canadians change those statistics and turn this unhealthy ship around? Pass the veggies while we think about it. – Black Press Tell us what you think @

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A hopeless wish list for 2014 VICTORIA – Here are a few things I’d like to see in B.C. political life in the coming year, but won’t. An orderly schedule of legislature sittings, one in the spring and one in the fall. I canvassed this B.C. Views topic with Premier Christy Clark in our Tom Fletcher year-end interview, and got the usual runaround about how it’s always been optional since old Gordon what’s-hisname set the schedule of sittings and elections more than a decade ago. Spring is for the budget and MLAs sit in the fall if they need to discuss legislation. They need to all right, but what governments want to do is ram it through as fast as they can, so that’s what they do. The last couple of years of this have been a sham worthy of a South American banana republic, with three chambers running simultaneously and opposition members trying to prepare as they run down the hallways. It leads to mistakes in new laws and adds to the public’s cynicism about the whole business. But it gets things done with minimum exposure of the government to criticism. Stephen Harper would approve. A political debate about real issues, rather than just a competition to score points in an endless election campaign.

I appreciate that this is hopelessly naive, but setting aside enough time to consider issues could, at least in theory, lead to that happening occasionally. Certainly, the hastily staged mock combat of our legislature today isn’t winning new friends for any political party. The main growth area today is people who have given up on the whole thing. An opposition with ideas. The B.C. NDP will have another leadership contest in 2014, and it better bring more modern policy to the table than it had in the last one. Remember the big issues in that pillow-fight? Me neither. I had to look them up. Health care? Local organic carrots into the hospital food. Forest industry? A job protection commissar to force the mills to stay open. Resource development? They’re for it, unless you’re against it. These guys need a Tony Blair-type makeover. They need to be for something, and they need to leave the past behind. Media that care about more than conflict. News organizations are in bad shape these days, and the competition for a rapidly fragmenting audience is having some ugly effects. One thing that needs to go is obsessive coverage of who’s winning and who’s losing. If the news media are going to be interested mainly in the gaffes and gotcha moments, is it any surprise that’s what politicians try to provide? The Canada Post announcement that it has to wind up home delivery offers a

recent example. Is it really so outrageous for the CEO to suggest that walking to the corner is good exercise? When there’s a 24-hour news cycle to fill, it’s a scandal. How many people know that Canada Post’s unfunded pension liabilities amount to $6.5 billion, as it continues to pay a dwindling workforce to hand out mostly advertising flyers? Should they just keep doing that until they run out of cash? Are taxpayers really expected to maintain another two-tier service that’s only available to selected urban people?

“Are taxpayers really expected to maintain another two-tier service that’s only available to selected urban people?” Facts to go with opinions. Whether it’s the government’s fantasy figures on job creation or the opposition’s arithmetic-challenged child poverty claims, serious problems can’t be understood, much less solved, without defining them accurately. Submitting government advertising to scrutiny by the Auditor General to make sure it is accurate and non-partisan would be a good place to start. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press.

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Editor, The News: Re: ‘CPP premiums, payouts won’t change’; Postal workers protest at MP’s office (The News, Dec. 18). I read with amusement that our local MP, Randy Kamp, got little feedback from people regarding either the postal or proposed CPP changes. Of course, there are few people who contact Mr. Kamp because most local citizens don’t expect him to do anything except read from the Conservatives’ script. I can’t help but wonder how much Canada could save by declaring many of the MPs redundant without significantly affecting the governance of Canada. Dave Rush Maple Ridge

Best Christmas bells ever Editor, The News: Re: Old fashioned Christmas in the downtown (The News, Dec. 11). Thank you for the story about the Christmas bells. They are my favourite of any I have ever seen.  I had just starting working after high school at an office on Lougheed Highway 47 years ago when I, too, remember the merchants contributing to the lights. Thank you to municipality of Maple Ridge for refurbishing and remaking these lights. They make the evening Panto night extra special. The new lights are a great addition. Annette Code Pitt Meadows

online comments Work at own pace Tanya Jordan · full-time student currently: Re: Job of learning (News Views). Twenty one years ago I was one of 34 Grade 12 students who became THSS’s first grad class. Let me be clear, this system is the absolute best way to prepare students for post secondary experiences. The equalization of responsibility for one’s learning is exactly what college or university is all about. In 1993, my class set out to prove that there is more than one type of education. Sure, if a student is not organized and paying attention to work load, you will see it affect one’s grades. However, the constant set mark for passing and moving through a course also provides review and mastery of course content. It also produces a minimum C-plus average. I personally worked full-time in the mornings, went to school from 11 a.m. 3 p.m., carried 12 classes and managed to graduate with a B-plus average. Was my experience typical? Shockingly, yes. THSS allows a student to organize education as well as other demands in their lives. I was honoured to be part of history and till this day it was by far the best choice I ever made. Let’s face it, by equalizing the responsibility of education, you also produce hardworking, independent people. There is not one post secondary school that will itemize what’s for homework each night. Frankly, they care less if you ever go to class as they have your tuition already. Twenty one years ago, I left high school feeling very confident that I could handle college. In 2014, my own child will graduate. Had it been an option, you can rest assured he would have gone to the same school. I think it’s amazing that 20 something years later, many of the things that I was apart of launching are still being enjoyed by following years of graduates. Has anyone ever wondered why the name of each yearbook is some version of the 10th or 15th? The answer is simple: in 1993, it was representing the first time a yearbook existed for this school, everything we did that year was the first. I will always remember just how much I truly enjoyed being part of the very first graduating class at THSS ...

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Not a fan of the Caring Place Editor, The News: Re: Kettle donations for Caring Place down (The News, Dec. 13). It’s unfortunate that Salvation Army Kettle donations are down, but it is, nonetheless, understandable. In Maple Ridge, there exists a general feeling of antipathy regarding the existence of the Caring Place.   There is absolutely no doubt that some of those availing themselves of the services available at the Caring Place are in genuine need of help.   However, as has been said many times before, there also exists a group of miscreants who take advantage of the presence of the Caring Place, using it as a base from which they fan out across our city to rob, steal, do drugs and commit other nefarious acts.   I’m tired of the petty crime, drug dealing and other illegal acts that stem from the people that hang around the Caring Place.  There is not a single person in our neighbourhood that hasn’t had something stolen from their property, or been obliged to

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The annual Kettle campaign was at 40 per cent of its fundraising target just two weeks before Christmas. chase a would-be thief from their premises. While the Salvation Army itself is an admirable organization that is deserving of our highest admiration, I cannot say the same of the Caring Place.

While the operators of the Caring Place are possessed of the best intentions, they are being taken advantage of by some of their clients. In conjunction with the RCMP, the operators should make their best efforts to

weed out the criminals and send them packing. By doing so, they would play a large part in lowering the crime rate in our fair municipality. George Clarke Maple Ridge

Let’s bring balance to marijuana debate Editor, The News: Re: ‘Because it would be legal (Letters, Dec. 18). The aim of SensibleBC was to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, not to legalize it. In other words, the police would not lay charges against individuals having the drug for their own use, leaving them more time to pursue serious crimes. Frantic rhetoric on both sides muddied the waters so that this simple aim was lost and that’s likely why SensibleBC failed to reach its target. So, let’s have a few facts. Until 1930, every pharmacy in the U.S. supplied cannabis tinctures as remedies for all manner of ailments. In more enlightened countries, marijuana is used by mainstream religious groups. In Canada, tens of thousands of people have Health Canada approved licenses to use medical marijuana and its use has not only had

‘Too close for comfort’

a major effect on the health and comfort of these people, but has also saved millions of health care dollars. Add to this the number of people who use the drug recreationally and it is likely that everyone knows someone who has tried it. These people are all around you. They are neighbours, friends and family members. They are professionals and business people, government workers and first responders. They keep their usage private, even among their closest friends and family, because of the unreasoning prejudice. SensibleBC volunteers were ridiculed and called druggies and potheads. Would these name-callers label everyone who enjoys an occasional drink as a ‘drunk’? I am sorry for Ken Ogden’s family as dealing with addiction is a tragedy. However, the reality is that people who enjoy a few puffs in the comfort of their own homes are about as likely to

graduate to crack or heroin as someone who enjoys a glass of wine with dinner will end up on the street drinking mouthwash. SensibleBC needs to get its point across more clearly. Craig Speirs needs to tone down the quasi-religious rhetoric and Cherryl Katnich and others like her need to educate themselves without recourse to hysteria and misinformation. Maybe then we can bring some balance to the debate and make informed decisions. Anne Rostvig Maple Ridge

‘Not sensible’ Editor, The News: Re: ‘Because it would be legal (Letters, Dec. 18). Well done, Garnett Schneider, or your sensible response. I will not sign the SensibleBC petition, either, because it is not sensible. I am glad the majority of Canadians agree.

Editor, The News: Re: Just mop up oil with money (Letters, Dec. 20). To prevent Grant Baker from getting a headache, I’ll clarify my message in ‘Desire the right things.’ It is to our youth, to just say no to drugs, and adults should be an ex-

I hear the same old overused rhetoric about marijuana use declining if it was legalized and all the financial benefits. All this is baseless speculation. When they had prohibition in the U.S., and then it was lifted, alcohol use did not go down. If marijuana is decriminalized, where will the user find the money to buy it legally, if he did not have the money when it was still illegal? If that person was unemployed and resorted to crime to fuel his habit, how does the decriminalization benefit him? If the price drops, he can just consume more. Is marijuana smoke less harmful than cigarette smoke? Why do we want to legalize something that is bad for the user as well as non-smokers? I know people are already smoking pot, but we don’t need an increase in smokers, cigarettes or marijuana. Michael Prinsloo Maple Ridge

ample. Has the wobbling subsided? Also, I’m sure Craig Spiers is a very nice person, but as we are opposites politically, putting our names in the same sentence is a little too close for comfort. Cherryl Katnich Maple Ridge

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Toni Robbins and Leslie Sears collect signatures at the Haney Farmer’s Market in October for the Sensible BC campaign for a marijuana referendum as Matt Barber signs the petition. The campaign got 210,000 signatures or about two-thirds of the 300,000 needed to force a referendum.

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The Sensible BC campaign to spark the decriminalization of marijuana in B.C. went up in smoke after falling short of its goal this year. Pot activists got 210,000 signatures or about two-thirds of the 300,000 needed – 10 per cent of voters in all 85 B.C. ridings – for their initiative petition to potentially trigger a referendum. Successful local campaigns happened on much of Vancouver Island, the Kootenays and other parts of the Interior. But in the vote-rich Lower Mainland that holds the most districts, marijuana advocates came up short. Locally, the campaign collected signatures

from 5,400 people or to support the campaign eight per cent in the because they feared reriding of Maple Ridge- percussions from emMission and seven per ployers and the governcent in Maple Ridge-Pitt ment. Meadows. “The history with these Bylaws to regulate things is sometimes they take more than one medical marijuana shot,” said Craig Speirs, This year, federal a former district coun- government moved to cillor and federal NDP eliminate licensed medicandidate who spear- cal marijuana grow ops headed the campaign in homes that have long in Maple Ridge and Pitt been criticized for safety Meadows. concerns and He noted Top connections to Wa s h i n g t o n the illegal drug State was suc- stories trade. cessful on its of 2013 In Maple second attempt. Ridge and Pitt His troupe Meadows, councils of 75 canvassers have sought to enact bylaws vowed to battle again to control and police the and next time they’ll medical grows with each be focused on door-to- municipality adopting door campaigns. significantly different “People felt more com- approaches. fortable signing the peMaple Ridge passed tition in private,” said a bylaw that restricts Speirs, adding that there medical marijuana prowere many others afraid







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duction to agricultural land, while Pitt Meadows joined Langley, Chilliwack and Delta in banning the operations from farmland, directing them instead to industrial parks. The government is also moving towards licensing cannabis compassion clubs, which have existed in a legal grey area since Health Canada approved medical pot. Maple Ridge’s TAGGS Dispensary has attracted more than 1,000 members since it opened in 2009. Founder Michael Joinson said he will be one of the first to apply to be licensed as a compassion club and is optimistic about the new changes, but still has concerns. “There are a lot of problems,” said Joinson. “You are now taking away the ability of these people who’ve invested time and money in growing their own medicine. The other thing I don’t like is how they lump in legal medical grows with illegal grows.” Meanwhile, a company who wants to grow medical marijuana commercially has already set up shop in Maple Ridge. Agrima Botanical is expanding its building and adding hightech security to meet Health Canada requirements and hopes to get a license under the new regulations that kick in April 1. Agrima has been producing medical pot under the current system, where patients can either grow their own or buy products from small, licensed medical growers. With that changing, production will ramp up to a commercial scale. Exports could drive further growth as more countries legalize the product. - THE NEWS -- Wednesday, January 1, 2014 -- 9


BC Liberals sweep both ridings by Neil Corbe tt staff reporter

The 2013 provincial election was the most stunning comeback in B.C. electoral history. Christy Clark’s Liberal Party had angered voters with the Harmonized Sales Tax to the point where Adrian Dix and his NDP climbed to a seemingly unsurmountable 20-point lead in the polls. But on election night, local Liberals celebrated as their party was returned to power. It was a hard-fought campaign, and Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows were key battlegrounds, where seats appeared to be up for grabs. Three times during her campaign, Premier Clark publicly appeared in Maple Ridge. She walked the streets with her candidate for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

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Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Dr. Doug Bing and Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton. Doug Bing, and incum- tion, she returned with a bent in Maple Ridge- throng of party faithful, Mission Marc Dalton. and delivered another It was late March and speech at Dalton’s ofthe election writ fice where she had not been Top criticized NDP dropped, but spending. she and the can- stories Dix and his didates visited of 2013 NDP ran a safe, local businesses, positive camand spoke with paign. He apmedia about topics rang- peared in Maple Ridge ing from bridge tolls to once to meet with supcanceling the HST. porters, but did so quiDuring the campaign etly, not announcing she stumped for Bing, that he would be here and then, in the final beforehand. week before the elecOn the night of May

14, as the results came in, it was a close, backand-forth race in Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows, as first Bing would lead, and then the NDP’s Elizabeth Rosenau. In the end, he won the riding 10,824 votes to 10,204. “What I feel was really unfortunate, was the constant smear tactics against (NDP leader) Adrian Dix,” said Rosenau, “it just went on and on and on.” In Maple Ridge-Mission Dalton, who had won his riding by just 68 votes in the prior election, was returned to office after beating the NDP’s Mike Bocking handily, 10,327 votes to 8,830. In Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Green party candidate Michael Patterson earned 2,178 votes, and in Maple Ridge-Mission, the Green’s Alex Pope took 1,818 votes.

Hated sales tax dies on April Fool’s Day by Neil Corbe tt staff reporter

The Harmonized Sales Tax, nicknamed the Hated Sales Tax by its many detractors, was eliminated on April Fools Day, 2013. The HST was replaced by the taxes it replaced, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Provincial Sales Tax PST). The tax came to life in controversy, as critics of the B.C. Liberal government pointed out that Victoria had promised there would be no HST, and then surprised taxpayers with it. Despite research showing the tax would be revenue neutral or even lower taxes, it was reviled by taxpayers. An Ipsos Reid poll showed 82 per cent of British Columbians opposed

the new tax regime. The Liberal Party plunged in public opinion polls, and suddenly unloved party leader Gordon Campbell was forced to resign from the premier’s office, only a year and a half into a four-year term. Current Maple Ridge Coun. Corisa Bell, then an idealistic citizen, led the HST fight in Maple Ridge, and it was part of a province-wide Fight HST campaign which was led by former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm. Their successful campaign signed up 10 per cent of registered voters in each of the province’s 85 ridings, ultimately forcing the government to hold a mail-in referendum in the summer of 2011. “It seems like everybody is happy. The point

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It started with just $60 tickets issued in the parking lot of Ridge Meadows Hospital – and blew up into a fractious debate in District of Maple Ridge council chambers – about exactly what local government can do about the parking fees and fines charged to patients and their visitors. In December 2012, parking tickets were given to members NEWS of the local band, the Rx Rockers, after they gave a charity concert at Baillie House. Soon, it became a high-profile issue that drew in local politicians and commentators. Can, or should the District of Maple Ridge lower or ban parking rates at the hospital? Council got staff to do a report, which included a lawyer’s opinion on whether it could lower the rates. The answer was no – but Coun. Corisa Bell wanted Maple Ridge to take a tougher stand, asking council to request a meeting with both MLAs and Health Minister Terry Lake. While Bell lost in that effort, council did press the issue with Lake at the Union of B.C.

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Daykin said the point about high parking fees was made during the meeting with Lake. “I think it was clear why we raised the issue,” Daykin said in the fall. “If it’s free parking, you’re going to fill up the lot with people who use it for park and ride,” he said. “In every community there will be potential use of the lot for other than parking use.” But Coun. Corisa Bell said the letter missed the whole point. “They’re not representing what the public asked for,” she added. “Nowhere in the letter to the THE NEWS/files minister does it mention re(From left) The Raging Grannies - Janet Amsden, Pat Gibbs, Darlene duced parking, free parking, Morrey, Oosha Ramsoondar, Bernice Rolls and Duanne Vandenberg nothing.” protest hospital parking on a Saturday morning in November. Daykin hasn’t heard back Municipalities conference in anything about reducing fees from the minister and the fact September. and just acknowledged that Fraser Health needs the monThat was followed by a letter parking lot revenue helps with ey, means nothing likely will change. to Lake, which barely raised health costs. “The chances of anything the issue. Instead, the letter says: Mayor Ernie Daykin wrote “Based on our residents’ feed- happening in the near future to the health minister on Oct. back, we respectfully request are pretty slim,” he said in De17 and first thanked Lake for that signage in the hospitals cember. Projected revenue meeting with council mem- be enhanced to infrom parking for the bers earlier at the Union of form patient families Top Fraser Health for B.C. Municipalities conven- or visitors that long- stories 2012-13 is $11 million. tion. term rates are availProjected revenues The letter addressed con- able when the stays are of 2013 from Fraser Health’s cerns raised by residents prolonged.” Maple Ridge parking about parking fees at Ridge The letter also says that soMeadows Hospital and “the cial workers should be able sites for 2012-13 fiscal year is hardships it causes some of to tell clients of parking dis- about $500,000 and the cost our residents.” counts available for those on of operating these services is about $78,000. But the letter didn’t mention limited incomes.

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The public likely never will see the full version of the video of a June 17, 2013 Maple Ridge council meeting. A request by The News to see the unedited version has been refused by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. It’s been a contentious topic that stirred opinion after the video was posted on Maple Ridge’s website, then taken down, had the touchy parts cut out, then reposted. Mayor Ernie Daykin ordered the video edited after comments from Coun. Corisa Bell during a budget discussion. “Legal counsel has offered an opinion that the possibility exists that your remarks could give rise to an action in defamation,” Daykin told Bell in a June 25 letter. The legal action could have come from the staff member involved. The district could be liable if it republished those comments by posting the video on its website, the mayor said in the letter. However media lawyer David F. Sutherland noted that comments in a public meeting are unlikely to lead to a lawsuit. According to Libel and Slander Act, broadcasting of public meetings or media reports of them, are “privileged” or protected from legal action. However, Maple Ridge district staff used a different reason for refusing access, citing the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act justification for not releasing the video. Under the act, the district can’t disclose information that would “unreasonably invade the personal privacy,” of a third party. “The act gives the district no discretion in such cases – we are legally obligated to refuse access,” legislative services manager Ceri Marlo

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Privacy commissioner’s office says unedited video cannot be released because it contained personal information about a district employee. Coun. Corisa Bell wanted to know what comments were considered defamatory. told Maple Ridge resident Nicole Read, following her application under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A Dec. 2 ruling by the office of the privacy commissioner following an appeal by The News, said the same thing. The video did include personal information about a district employee and was considered an “unreasonable invasion” of that person’s privacy because it related to an employee’s employment history. While Bell and her lawyer could review the video at the municipal hall, Bell wanted to know what she said that were possibly defamatory. Bell’s lawyer can also get a copy of the video. At the time, Bell said she didn’t know what to do.

“I didn’t know what I could poten- them after a June 10 council worktially do to put me in more trouble,” shop. said Bell. “I never imagined in a milRule, in response, previously said lion years this would be happening. he has private conversations with “It was totally a general statement. individual councillors on district It wasn’t prefaced to anyone in par- matters, but doesn’t want to discuss ticular, but they took offence those private conversato it.” tions. She didn’t mention any Top “The mayor is aware of names and wasn’t directing stories the issue and I have every comments to anyone in par- of 2013 confidence he will deal ticular. with it appropriately,” Rule “No one can even tell me said then. what I’ve done wrong. If I made a A meeting had been set up to mistake, why is nobody advising me mediate but Bell cancelled that afon this?” Bell asked. ter a July 23 council meeting when Neither has a solution been found Couns. Cheryl Ashlie and Judy for Bell’s unresolved complaint Dueck read out statements directed against chief administrator Jim at Bell, while Mayor Ernie Daykin Rule. wanted to clarify that council is Bell had complained about Rule open and respectful to all its memfollowing a conversation between bers.

It’s going to be a while before Maple Ridge offers a single garbage collection system that residents can pay for through their taxes. That’s because the current council doesn’t want to consider it and doesn’t even want to look at the numbers about how that could work. Council voted in September not to study the issue or to collect information about costs for garbage pickup. Council also was worried that even getting a quote could lead to contractual obligations. Mayor Ernie Daykin said in December most on council thought that seeking quotes would be a “fishing expedition” and it would be hard to get definite numbers. But cost control is another reason council is wary about adding garbage collection to its services. Daykin pointed out residents in Coquiltam pay about $350 a year for garbage pickup. Maple Ridge is the only Metro Vancouver municipality that doesn’t have a municipally operated trash collection system. Coun. Corisa Bell had wanted the issue studied, saying one operator picking up garbage should be able to offer better rates than multiple operators spread across the community. “I can’t count the amount of emails I’ve received on this topic,” she said. “It’s definitely in the hundreds.” Bell suggested that if the issue is deemed confidential, it could be put to referendum in the next election. Daykin though says the issue is off the agenda for a while. “That hasn’t been talked about for a number of months now.”

Incentive strategy worked, downtown skyline changing Projects worth more than $100 million by Phi l M elnyc h u k staff reporter

The plan was to offer a smorgasbord of incentives in the downtown part of Maple Ridge to encourage new building and new investment, all part of the District of Maple Ridge’s plan to make the downtown a happening place. It worked. After three years of property tax exemptions, fee discounts and even outright cash grants, developers responded. They built more than $100 million of projects and created more than 800 condos and apartments to bring people into the downtown.

Now, will the same thing work when it comes to attracting commercial and industrial development? It will only take a year to find out, after council in November approved extending the commercial component of the incentives for 12 months. Under the three-year residential incentive plan, which expires Dec. 31, developers who built in the downtown got priority processing for their applications, fee reductions, tax exemptions and cash grants to put up their projects. Under the new incentives, the minimum construction value of a commercial renovation project must be $100,000, in order to qualify for a property tax exemption. As well, new commercial construction must be at least

worth a million dollars, be- start flowing into district fore it can get a three-year coffers from the new projholiday on property taxes ects, which includes 7,500 and a further three years if sq. metres of new commerit’s a green building. cial space. In addition, building perRecent developments that mit fees can be discounted fall into the district’s goal by 50 per cent, while grants of densifying the downare available for projects town include the opening of built in brownfield sites. Chances Maple Ridge, TarSpeedier processing and get, Thrifty Foods and the relaxed parking require- imminent opening of Club ments could also be part of 16 which entails a major rethe attractions. fit of the former library facAccording to staff, ing Memorial Peace the previous downPark. town residential in- Top Road improvecentive program cost stories ments include reMaple Ridge about of 2013 building Lougheed a million dollars in Highway between upfront incentives. 226th and 228th In addition, the district streets, extending 227th also gave up just under $3 Street from Lougheed to million in tax and fee rev- 116th Avenue and compleenues. tion of the new multi-use However, once the tax ex- bike path on Lougheed emptions expire, usually af- between Laity and 216th ter three years, money will streets.

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strengths, talk about learning needs, and set future goals. The report is filled out in a more consultative process. The committee members say it has an obvious effect on young learners. “Even our kindergarten students are setting goals for themselves,” said David Vandergugten, the district’s director of instruction. “And not a single parent asked for a letter grade. No longer are they an A, B or C student.” Alfie Kohn, who has written extensively as a critic of the educa-

tion system’s fixation hardly be blamed. on letter grades and “When kids cut cortest scores, visited the ners, they do so for perdistrict in September, fectly rational reasons.” to speak with teachers So, they will choose and parents about how to read the easier book, Grades de-motivate stu- rather than the tough dents. one, and miniHe said chilmize intellectual dren work- Top risk taking, said ing for a letter stories Kohn. grade are less of 2013 The district has likely to rebeen ahead of turn to a task the curve with on their own time, and this development. Vanwon’t challenge them- dergugten and superselves. intendent Jan Unwin “Kids tend to pick were asked to serve on the easiest possible task a Ministry of Educathey can, when given tion committee looking a choice,” he told an at elementary school audience of about 250 reporting throughout parents, and they can B.C.

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plained the board’s fi- with its employee groups nancial woes have been and other stakeholders caused by declining in education, and also enrolment, budgeted to conducted an online The Maple Ridge-Pitt fall by 197.5 full-time questionnaire that was Meadows School Disequivalent students. answered by about 1,084 trict has been wresThat causes a drop in per respondents. Half were tling with its finances pupil funding of $1.17 elementary school parin recent years, and the million. Wages are the ents, 22 per cent were budget for 2013 was an board’s major expense, employees and 21 per exercise in limiting the and salary and benefit cent were secondary attrition. increases cost an addi- school parents. Four per The board, which in tional $1.89 million in cent were community the past has been forced the 2013-2014 budget members, and one per to close schools, had to year. Inflationary in- cent were students. creases, and the fact that At an emotional school the board had used $1.5 board meeting in April, million from its reserves the trustees set out a in setting the previous budget that cut 35 posiyear’s budget, all added tions around the district. C O I N & H O B BY to the funding shortfall. It raised average class (SERVING MAPLE RIDGE & PITT MEADOWS SINCE 1981) Boards across the sizes, but they still reGreat Selection • Great Prices province have been writ- main below legislative ing the educalimits at every • Collector Coins • Rockets tion minister, Top grade level. • Stamps • HO & N Trains requesting more It took anoth• Plastic Model Kits • Movies funding, and stories er $1.5 million • Diecast Models • Supplies & virtually every of 2013 from reserves, which now school board • Slot Cars Accessories stand at just $2 agenda during the year contained cop- million. WE BUY COINS, GOLD It also raised rental ies of this correspon& SILVER rates for groups and dence. Knowing the budget sports teams that use OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK challenges, the trustees school gyms and other MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10 TO 6. SATURDAY 10 TO 5 Non-profit asked for the public’s facilities. 22756 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge priorities. The board met children’s groups could 604.463.6113 rent gymnasiums for $5 an hour in the past, but that rose to $67.50. The West Coast Auto Group Football Club cancelled most of its gym rentals, and both the Girl Guides and Scouts groups complained that NEXT HOME GAME the fee increase was too much, too fast. Trustees were more worried about impacts 7:30 pm on education. “There is a point bevs. yond which the level of excellence we have achieved to date will Tickets Available at the door: Adults $8 • Students/Seniors $5 • Children $4 or in advance. not be able to be mainHome Games at Maple Ridge Planet Ice Arena tained,” said trustee Ken Clarkson. In November, For more info call the board got some good 604-809-GOAL(4625) or THE NEWS news – school ment of 13,669.5 FTE students was 121.5 more than budgeted, meaning the board can expect $800,000 more than anticipated for the year. by Neil Corbet t staff reporter

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The family of Florence Cowin gives thanks to God for her life, which came to a close on December 19, 2013, and invites her friends to a service of celebration on January 18. Florence was born in Taber, Alberta in 1920 of Welsh heritage. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton during WW II, when penicillin was first introduced to her hospital. After a 10-year career during which her favourite ward was Men’s Surgical, she wed Jack Cowin in 1953 with her sister Irene Watkins at her side. Jack was a fellow Albertan, a veteran who had just begun his teaching career in Maple Ridge. Bob and Maureen were soon born, and in time two grand-daughters came along. Florence so enjoyed watching Beth and Laura grow and flourish; in turn they enjoyed their Nain’s propensity to infectious fits of giggles. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law of many years, Judy, whose periodic interest in jigsaw puzzles always sparked the same comment from Florence: “Here is a piece, it must go somewhere!”. Florence was a strong, contented person who quietly drew people to her and helped them connect with one other. An active participant in her church, she contributed her gifts of listening and wisdom, and received the warmth of community. The family thanks Nancy Thomson for her long friendship, particularly for supporting Florence the day of Jack’s sudden death in 1977 and during more recent physical challenges. Thanks also to the Brown family for their love over the past 20 years. Her memorial service will be held at Golden Ears United Church, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge on Saturday, January 18 at 10:30 am. Memorial gifts may be made to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada msfund.


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It is with heavy heart that we say farewell to our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother as she is reunited with her husband Nicholas; daughter, Myrna Olson; grandchildren Tracy Harvey, Michael Valachy, Larry Olson and son-in-law Donald Folk. Forever loved and remembered by her children Marjorie Hare (Howard); Norma Folk; Barbara Harvey (Allen); Racine Barbour (Brian); son-inlaw Edward Olson; 33 treasured grand and great-grandchildren. Elsie lived a long, happy life devoted to family and enjoying the company of many good friends. She was born in Balsam Bay, Manitoba and married Nick in 1938. They moved west with their five daughters in 1951 settling in Panorama Ridge then Cloverdale from 1953 until Dad’s passing in 1992 when she relocated to Maple Ridge and finally Langley in August 2013. Mom was a gifted crafter, knitter, crotchetier, seamstress, cake decorator, avid gardener and talented cook. Her beautiful creations and legendary recipes are cherished by family and friends. We will miss her guidance, encouragement and wonderful sense of humour. Our family is grateful to Dr. Daniel Wong, the staff at Willow Manor in Maple Ridge and Cedar Hill in Langley for their support and compassionate care. At mom’s request there will be no service. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society to which Mom and Dad actively fundraised for many years on behalf of the Canadian Order of Foresters.



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James Western Star Truck & Trailer Ltd. in Williams Lake has an immediate opening for an experienced parts person. Full Time, competitive wages, benefits & signing bonus. Fax resume to: 250-398-6367 or email:

Position starting mid-January 2014 Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services is an equal opportunity employer


Advertising Sales Representative By joining the number one community newspaper serving Surrey/North Delta, you can realize your full potential while contributing to one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. The team environment at The Leader will inspire you to the highest level of customer partnership and reward your motivated approach to excellence. The ideal candidate will have experience, be a strong communicator, well organized, self motivated and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. A car and a valid driver’s license is required. The Leader is part of Black Press, Canada’s largest private independent newspaper company with more than 100 community, daily and urban newspapers in B.C., Alberta, Washington State, Ohio and Hawaii. Send your resume with cover letter by January 10th, 2014. Jim Mihaly The Surrey Leader #200-5450 152nd Street, Surrey, BC V3S 5J9

Prompt Delivery Available

Meadows Landscape Supply Ltd.

Full Time & Part Time




JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages, relocation allowance, 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: • Steel Fabricator (afternoon) • Saw Operator • Estimator • Drafter & more. Global ORIGINAL Waterpark & Attractions Company is HIRING! careers.html




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$25/hr. Min. 2 hrs.

Incls. Equipment & Supplies

Lauren 778-862-1920

HOUSE CLEANING * Gift Certificates * Fridays Open

* Move-Outs * No Chemicals



Call 604-789-1725 Intex Janitorial & Maintenance Services Janitorial, Office Cleaning Int. Ext. Windows, Pressure Washing, Gutter Cleaning Free Estimates



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

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


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

Landscape Construction Renovations W Maintenance

604-463-3644 604-861-1490 JAGUAR LANDSCAPING Lawn & Garden Service. Design, Pruning, Lawns, Cleanups, Comm/ Res. (604)466-1369



9Dump Site Now Open9 SBroken Concrete RocksS $23.00 Per Metric Ton SMud - Dirt - Sod - ClayS $23.00 Per Metric Ton GrassSBranchesSLeavesSWeeds $59.00 Per Ton

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10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005 CRESCENT Plumbing & Heating Licensed Residential 24hr. Service

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

FIXIT PLUMBING & HEATING H/W Tanks, Reno’s, Boilers, Furn’s. Drain Cleaning. Ins. (778)908-2501 LOCAL PLUMBER $45 Service Call Plumbing, Heating, Plugged Drains. Mustang Plumbing 778-714-2441



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Recruiting SUPERSTARS Call 1-855-678-7833




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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.



CASCADE DRYWALL. Res / Comm Drywall, taping, text. ceilings, t-bar. steel stud. Call Rob 604-218-2396 or 604-820-9601

Running this ad for 8yrs


Ask about our

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Green Services Ltd





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9 Bark Mulch 9 Lawn & Garden Soil 9 Drain Gravel 9 Lava Rock 9 River Rock 9Pea Gravel



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


KITCHEN & BATH RENOVATIONS Complete Bsmt finishing. Excellent job guaranteed. Joe (604)721-0069

100 - 20201 Lougheed Hwy. Maple Ridge


From $50/hr. 1, 2, & 5 Ton Trucks Available • Piano Service Available • Licensed • Reliable Serving all of Lower Mainland! 604-466-3101/604-505-4798

7 Days / Week Or in store at:


This position requires union membership. This position is open to male and female applicants.

*Days, *Evenings, *Nights, *Weekends, *Graveyard *Shift Work. $10.25/hour Experience & Education not required 10 VACANCIES Please apply online at:

MOUNTAIN MOVERS- Your trusted choice for residential moving services. (778)378-6683

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.

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Please forward resume to:

TH Restaurant Services LTD. o/a Tim Hortons

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


Please fax resume to: (604) 682-6183 Attention: Ben Horowitz

The Surrey Leader has an opening for an experienced Advertising Sales Representative.




Golden Eagle Golf Club is seeking a kitchen helper to assist restaurant operations in Pitt Meadows, B.C. Previous restaurant experience required. Duties include some food preparation, cleaning of kitchen and dining areas, assisting with loading and unloading of food deliveries, and general support of food service in the clubhouse. Pay is $10.50/hr at 40 hours per week.






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

For further information please refer to our website at:

Kitchen Helper SALES


Program Name: Outreach Counsellor/ Supervised Access

Need CA$H Today? Own a vehicle? Borrow up to $25,000



Outreach Services to Children, Youth and Families Program





Call 604.514.6770



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

NOW HIRING! Delivery Drivers Must have your own reliable CARGO VAN (minimum ¾ ton) and clean driver abstract.

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION - THE NEWS -- Wednesday, January 1, 2014 -- A15




STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206


10% DISCOUNT. MG Roofing & Siding. CA. Re-roofing, New Roof Gutters.





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



LAKEVIEW LOT FOR SALE ON BOWRON LAKE, B.C. 2.58 acres, unserviced, small trees on it. 100 ft. from lake. $250,000. Call: 1-250983-2594







* Renovated Suites *




Rooms from $445/mo. Fully Furn, weekly maid service, cable TV, private bath, on bus route, 5/min walk to commuter rail.

1 & 2 BDRM SUITES Heat, hot water & parking. Close to stores & schools.

Haney Motor Hotel 22222 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge Inquire in person between 9am - 3pm or



22423 121 Ave 604-467-4894


AVAILABLE NOW 1 Bdrm apts $750 2 Bdrm apts $800

Incl heat, hot water & parking. Close to stores and Schools.

SUNRISE 22292 122nd Avenue (604)349-5982 MAPLE RIDGE CENTRAL 1 bdrm apt, $750/mo incl heat, h/w, N/P. Avail Now. Call 604-476-6683.




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




BRAND new 1 Bedroom Condo for rent on 226th Street in Maple Ridge. Leave your car at home, central location, walk to bus, shopping, banks, restaurants, recreation, library, etc. Available immediately. $850 per month. Senior’s discount available. Basic cable and internet, underground parking and storage included. Please call Eldon at 604864-1377. Give and Take Tree service Pruning•removal•hedges• Storm work and more ISA certified•insured•WBC Call Matt at 778-872-8406

PETS 456


LOCAL HAY FOR SALE. First cut $6/bale. Good Quality! 60lb bale average. Pitt Meadows. Call 604-505-4087.


DELUXE CONDO: Pitt Meadows Maple Ridge, new Cedar Downs 2 bed & Den, 4th flr, 2 prkg lots, large storage, near WC Exp & Shopping, high-end appli, A/C, heated tile flrs, Shaw internet incl, Avail Jan 15, $1500 + Utilities, 604-760-1265

Derek Manor 2048 Manning Ave.

Port Coq ~ 604-941-5452 or 604-944-7889 FREE PREMIUM CABLE $80 Value

CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

800 sf S Impeccably clean

2 bdrm / $925/mo. No pets ~ Ref’s req’d.


Registered White Lab cross Kuvas 2 Male, 1 Female, puppies are white, paper trained, ready to go! Have shots & vet checked. $550. Call 604-991-0114.

2 Bdrm units avail January Great location for seniors! Clean, quiet & affordable! Incls heat, h/w, cable. Senior Move-In Allowance. Refs & Credit check req.



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.


Maple Ridge furnished priv room, in newer home, wi-fi, full cbl, all util incl $500/mo. 778-893-2750



COQUITLAM Centre area. 1 Bdrm grnd lvl, quiet, priv ent, w/d, fenced yard. $650 incl utils. 604-941-4166



PITT MEADOWS: 2 - 3 bdrm co-op T/H $1097/mo - $1199/mo. Shares req’d. Close to WCE, schools & shopping. No subsidy available. 19225 119th Ave. For more info & to book an appt. call 604-465-1938 PITT MEADOWS 3 Bdrm T/H in quiet family complex, rent geared to income. N/P. Call: 604-465-4851


(604) 463-9522 Central Maple Ridge


Everyone welcome! Bring a friend.

Sorry No Pets

For more info: google us. CRIME FREE BUILDING


Catering by Big Feast Bistro & Catering

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

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MAPLE INN 11695 -224th St Maple Ridge 2 Bdrm $625/mo & 1 bdrm $550/mo Inc. hot water Certified Crime Free Building Mature adult oriented. Close to uptown 604-463-4131 for appt. (9am-5pm)

Mary Kay Cosmetics

Barb Nicoll RBC Dominion Securities

Lisa Prophet The News

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I Assist You Office Support


Be the 1st tenant in this Luxury 3,400 SF 5 BR home w/dbl garage. Close to Alouette Elem and Maple Ridge Sr Sec. Fenced yard,2 kitchens, covered sundeck with view. Avail Nov 1.

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Cheryl will be assisting Business owners to see how Perception can affect their business.

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2000 VW PASSAT for parts, runs, needs transmission, $2,000. obo. Call 604-302-3281.

604.466.8404 (Erik)

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

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Large 1 & 2 Bedrooms. Hardwood floors, adult oriented, heat, h/w & cable incl’d, f/p, Approved pets only. Criminal Record check may be req. Resident Manager Onsite Now with SENIORS DISCOUNT

1 Bdrm suite $775 2 Bdrm corner suite $925

Flyers, coupons deals and money saving tips all in one place!


Maple Ridge Swan Court Apartments

Heat SH/W S Prkg S Avail Jan 1.

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or

Yorkie/Shi’s Puppies - 5 weeks, full shots, house trained. $400 Call 604-856-5663 or 778-552-1033

1 & 2 Bdrms from $655 & $880 & renovated suite with dishwasher $45. extra. Clean, Spacious Includes heat, hot water & parking Seniors discount 21387 Dewdney Trunk Rd

Call 604-467-3944

Diane Brooks


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

Glenwood Manor Apartments



Maple Ridge






22437 121 Ave 604-467-0715

New SRI *1404 sq/ft Double wide $89,888. *New SRI 14’ wide $67,888. Repossessed mobile homes, manufactured homes & modulars. Chuck 604-830-1960.

CASH for all Vehicles FREE Towing QUICK Service ALWAYS Available





Rick Medhurst Royal LePage Realty

604-463-2236 604-463-7450 12186-224 St, Maple Ridge Certified Crime Free Buildings



Unbelievable Rates, Starting at $495/month. Various sizes 320sf. - 2000sf. Various downtown locations. Updated and well maintained.

INCLUDES: HEAT, HOT WATER & HYDRO Near Shopping & Amenities.


NEW 14 Wide in 55+ Mission Park $88,888 w/$550 pad rent. Pet OK. Chuck 604-830-1960


Maple Ridge Office & Retail Space

Clean, very quiet, large,



QUIET & PRIVATE 3 BDRM All appl. 10 minutes to downtown Mission 604-936-3088

1 & 2 Bdrms $790/$875

Queen Anne Apts.


Jan Hickman ReMax Lifestyles Realty

2007 MERCEDES. A luxury car like no other. This fully loaded Mercedes S550 4-Matic S class. Premium and comfort package includes - navigation, voice command, heated and cooled seats, power rear shades and blinds, premium sound system, panoramic roofs both front and rear. Absolutely has it all. Very clean inside and out. No accidents. 150,000 km. Asking $29,500 OBO. Contact me via email for further information at: or 604-897-1546



Roxanne Astles Believe Yoga

Vena Ng Pour Couture

With Perception goes your Mindset which is the foundation of SUCCESS. By understanding your Perception and your Mindset on your Business and in your Life, you will be able to make some tweaks that will change you and your business forever. GUEST SPEAKER

Cheryl Bishop,Make YOUR Mark Training & Consulting Inc.

Come out and hear from someone who assists hundreds of business owners achieve more success by assisting them with education on Mindset and Perception and more. Since March 2009, Cheryl Bishop has helped Colin Sprake, CEO, to build Make Your Mark Training & Consulting Inc. She has a passion to inspire and assist people in achieving their Success professionally and personally, while sharing her knowledge.

Trudi-Ann Appleton Westminster Savings

Kathleen Hatley My Clutter Coach

Laurel Hickman LA Body Retreat

Gloria Hamilton

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 • 7:00 am Fraserview Village Hall 22610 – 116th Avenue (Corner of 116th Avenue and 227th Street)

ReMax Lifestyles Realty

Deanne Le Terzo

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

Green Rom Holistic Therapy


Emerald Pig Society

Sharon Malone

To RSVP call the Chamber at 604-457-4599 or email by noon on Jan. 7th, 2014

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January 01, 2014 edition of the Maple Ridge News