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About a foot of snow covered the Fraser Valley on Sunday, causing multiple traffic accidents and closing schools across the region on Monday. The heavy snowfall also put forward a challenge to the District of Kent as they set out to remove the snow from local roads. But their methods didn't sit well with some residents who felt they got snowed in twice — once by Mother Nature, and then again by work crews. While the District of Kent will sometimes plow snow to the middle
of the road, this snowfall they made the decision to plow to the side. "Thanks for piling a load of snow across my driveway so that I couldn't even park in it without shoveling first," Vicky Sparks said. She wondered why a plow operator would make the decision to cover up long stretches of driveways. Mick Thiessen, director of engineering services for the District of Kent, said the decision was made based on weather forecasts available at the time. "Based on the weather reports we received, we made a decision to put
out to the curbs," he said, adding that Agassiz received more snow than was forecasted when they began plowing. "The main reason we move the snow to the centre is if we feel there would be drainage issues." When the ground is wet and soft as it is right now, melting snow and rain can move under the snow cover toward the storm drains. Moving the snow to the centre is always not popular either, as it blocks residents from turning left into driveways. "We get concerns either way," Thiessen said. Other residents were concerned
that snow wasn't being removed from sidewalks, including District owned sidewalks. Thiessen said crews have worked to remove as much snow as possible, keeping budgetary concerns in check. "The size of the crew you would have to bring in to do the sidewalks and driveways for everyone, would be huge," he said. "We want to try to open it up to pedestrians as soon as possible, but we do ask for the public's help for sidewalks in front of public property." Continued on 3
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Getting proactive on crime RCMP take suggestions from public at forum Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER
Const. Marc Tremblay facilitated an RCMP public forum discussing strategic ways for the police to improve their level of service in the community.
There may have been a small turnout at Monday night’s public forum led by the RCMP, but there was still a hearty discussion about the key issues facing Agassiz, Harrison and the surrounding areas. Residents were invited to voice their concerns and ask questions of the RCMP members present from the Upper Fraser Valley Regional District. After about a three hour discussion among the 16 people who attended, those concerns were then
boiled down to three topics that kept coming up — youth issues, crime prevention and drugs. Const. Marc Tremblay, who facilitated the event, explained that knowing the residents’ concerns will help him build a plan for the Agassiz RCMP to implement. The Agassiz public forum was one of four similar workshops held around the Upper Fraser Valley over the past few weeks. The results will be built into a one to three year priority plan, Tremblay explained, and won’t take away from the number one priority
JESSICA PETERS PHOTOS / OBSERVER
Upper Fraser Valley RCMP members met with the public on Monday night to find out what the most pressing issues are to residents. Drugs, crime prevention, and youth were the top three concerns raised through a three hour discussion.
of the police. “We will never stop responding to calls,” Tremblay said.
NOTICE OF FILMING March 4, 2014 Dear Merchants & Residents, WWP Productions Inc. is preparing to return to Agassiz to film scenes for the TV series “Wayward Pines.” Our next visit is scheduled for Friday, March 7th, 2014. Once again we’d like to provide you with some information about our upcoming film activity. This episode has a great deal of night scenes, therefore we will be filming until very early Saturday morning. Our schedule of activity is expected to unfold as follows: Thursday, March 6th, 7:00AM to 7:00PM approximately. Our crew will begin preparation of Pioneer Avenue. Friday, March 7th, 7:00AM to 4:30PM approximately. Preparation continues on Pioneer Avenue. We will then film from approximately 4:30PM on Friday afternoon until 5:30AM on Saturday morning, March 8th. On Saturday our crew will wrap up the set between 7:00AM & 7:00PM approximately. Just a reminder that as we prepare the location we will need to conduct intermittent traffic control along Pioneer Avenue between Evergreen Drive and Park Street. We will then close it to vehicular traffic when filming commences. To accommodate our crew and equipment, we will need to utilize the street parking along the 7000/7100 blocks of Pioneer Avenue. We hope to keep a portion of the district lots in the area available to the public. If you normally park in one of these lots for either your business or residence, please contact us so we can help you make alternate arrangements. Parking in the area will be limited and we encourage visitors to Pioneer Avenue to arrive on foot if possible. It will also be necessary to move the bus stops and re-route transit traffic from Pioneer Avenue onto Cheam Avenue. We sincerely appreciated the continued support from the residents and businesses of Agassiz. We will continue to to our best to make our filming activities a positive experience for the community. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact the Location Department at our production office by calling (604) 431-5502. On set you may speak to John MacCulloch at (778) 837-0471. General information about filming in Agassiz can be obtained by contacting Kerry Hilts at the District of Kent Film Office at (604) 796-2235. You may also contact Creative BC at (604) 736-7997 with any questions regarding filming in our province.
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One of the biggest complaints of the night was the perceived slow response time to calls in the area. Many questioned aloud why they would call in crimes if an officer didn’t attend immediately, if at all. “It’s crucial that if you do see something happening that you do report the crime,” Tremblay said. “Numbers speak volumes.” Every time a crime is reported, a dot is put on a map. From there, the RCMP can create hotspots and direct their resources there. This helps in providing coverage in the right areas, but can also pinpoint the active neighbourhood of a prolific offender. And across all regional, provincial and national levels of policing, getting prolific offenders off the street is a top priority. Mayors from Harrison Hot Springs and Agassiz, along with Chief of Cheam, Sidney Douglas, all attended the forum, as did a handful of council members, business owners, and members of the public. Something Douglas would like RCMP to keep in mind when dealing with First Nations locally is that there is a lack of trust for police among his community.
“Our people have seen adverse implications of what happened to their families,” he said. First Nations RCMP member Gail Starr underlined that statement by adding that it was police officers who took children away to residential schools. “We know how hard it is to build trust,” she said. “It takes seven generations for a community to heal, and we are not there yet, and we work with that reality daily.” But overall, people want to see more youth involved with policing programs at a young age, through the DARE program, restorative justice, and regular, positive interactions with RCMP members. Years ago, one resident said, there was a Policeman’s Ball. It was a popular event and everyone turned out to meet and mingle with local police officers. Having a better sense of community, and a larger police presence, can help reduce crime. RCMP took notes from the public on ideas to liaise with the community, and how to strengthen partnerships. Finally, another concern was the impending changes to the medical marijuana licensing, and how the RCMP plan to deal with it locally.
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Agassiz man wanted in connection to RCMP crash Police say Poulson rammed into cruiser in Mission RCMP are still looking for an Agassiz man who they believe rammed into a police car and left the scene Friday night in Misison. Mission RCMP are looking for Laine Poulson, 45. They suspect he rammed a police car and eluded police, despite the assistance of a police dog
and helicopter. On Friday, Feb. 28, at about 11 p.m., members of the Mission RCMP Street Crimes Unit observed an individual well known to police who was known to be prohibited from driving. The individual was observed parking a vehicle in the area of Stave Lake Street
and 7th Avenue. Police area. The vehicle was loapproached the vehicle cated a short time later in and attempted to appre- the 33300 block of 12th hend the susStreet. pect driver. The A police dog suspect reversed and RCMP Air his vehicle, ramServices helicopming an unter were called marked police in to assist. An vehicle causing extensive search moderate damof the area failed age. The suspect to locate the drove through a suspect. Police POULSON red light at the say they will be intersection of seeking several Stave Lake Street and 7th Criminal Code charges Avenue and fled from the against the suspect in-
cluding dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer and driving while disqualified. Police are attempting to locate and arrest Poulson, from Agassiz, in relation to this incident. The public is cautioned not to approach Poulson, but to immediately contact their local police if he is located. Anyone with information regarding Poulson's whereabouts is asked
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RCMP looking for witnesses to fatal Hwy 1 accident RCMP are hoping to speak with witnesses of a fatal car crash near Hope. The three-vehicle accident happened on March 2, at about 1:30 p.m., just west of Hope. RCMP said it has been determined that a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder and a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo
were travelling East on Highway 1 when they collided and went out of control. The Isuzu landed in the slow lane ditch on its side, all three occupants escaped injury. The Pathfinder went through the centre median into the westbound lane colliding head on
into a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The two occupants of the Pathfinder had minor injuries. The 66-year-old male driver of the Caliber suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The 64-year-old female front passenger suffered serious but non-life-threatening inju-
ries. The 71-year-old female rear passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the crash both east and west bound lanes of Highway 1 were completely shut down for a period of three and a half hours for investigation and removal of the vehicles.
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The road, weather and visibility conditions were poor at the time of the crash with blowing snow. Any witnesses who may have information on this crash are requested to contact the RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Services at 604-702-4039.
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It's in times of heavy snowfall when people really need to help out their neighbours, and shovel sidewalks and driveways for those who cannot do it for themselves. "We do see some of that going on, but we'd like to see more of
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moting valuable reading opportunities. Members of the community are able to enjoy books while waiting for service at doctor’s offices and other waiting areas. The books are easy to find. Just keep an eye out for the program’s brightly coloured Butterfly Book Bins. They were built by inmates at Mountain Institution, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and filled with books from the Agassiz branch of the FVRL along with Agassiz-Harrison Community Services. Debbie Lamberger, CALL coordinator, said “children who are exposed to books tend to do better in school, are healthier, go farther in their education and are more successful in life.” Having the book bins placed strategically around town will help everyone gain access to books. “Many people can’t afford books, don’t know the value of reading, or even have trouble read-
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Debbie Lamberger, coordinator for Community Access to Literacy and Learning, is helping spread the love of reading by placing Butterfly Book Bins in prominent waiting areas.
ing,” she said. “This program provides another opportunity for community members to have access to books. The read while you wait program uses new
and gently used quality books. People are able to borrow a book, take a book or leave a book. “If taken, it is likely that the book has gone home to be read and
loved,” Lamberger said. If you would you like to have a book bin in your waiting room, CALL Debbie at AgassizHarrison Community Services, 604-796-2585.
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RCMP looking for owner of lost wedding ring The Agassiz RCMP are hoping to reunite a wedding ring with its rightful owner. The ring was found last week at the Agassiz SuperValu, and turned in to the RCMP office. It is a women's ring, but all other
descriptions are being withheld. Police are hoping that whoever is missing it, will call them and offer a good description of the jewelry or be able to provide a photo. For more information, phone the RCMP at 604-796-2211.
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Downtown Agassiz was transformed into a community fairground last week, for filming of Wayward Pines. The show’s star, Matt Dillon, was back in town for the shoot, which will be wrapping up in a few weeks. The crews are expected back in town today to set up for filming Friday night through early Saturday morning.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion said he was deeply inspired by what he saw and heard in Chilliwack last week. Dion was invited to be the keynote speaker at First Voice — an evening at Squiala Community Centre to “involve, inform and inspire” First Nations youth, sponsored by the Chilliwack-Hope Federal Liberal Riding Association. Dion was touring the eastern Fraser Valley last week, including stops in Hope, Chilliwack and Abbotsford. He’s been the Member of Parliament for St-Laurent-Cartierville in Quebec since 1996, and he is also the former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2008. The Liberal Party is courting the youth demographic, particularly First Nations, by making it clear they’re welcome to bring their aboriginal culture and perspective to the national political scene. “I would say that Canada needs its aboriginal people to succeed,” Dion told Black Press. Asked what he found remarkable or inspiring about his mini tour, Dion said it was something he heard during a meeting with reps from Sto:lo Community Futures inside the Sto:lo Resource Centre. The MP gleaned a key fact: Community development work at Sto:lo Nation has yielded incredible results in reducing the numbers of Sto:lo families on welfare by 68 per
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Opinion Time to consider seniors in transit policy The last 60 years of transportation design have been about getting young, mobile people to work. Now may be the time to find a way to make transportation safer and more usable for seniors. Before, no one cared about washrooms at SkyTrain stations, truly accessible bus stops and buses or other services that would make it easier for older people to give up the car and take transit. Before, nobody worried that our street lighting, signage, even our drivers' licence system was inadequate for use by older people whose eyesight may be failing, whose reflexes are slow but who may still have a clean driving record. Before, no one cared that suburban living doesn't support seniors, who may become isolated at home and dependent on government or volunteer services to get around. Now, though, as the grey tsunami begins to overwhelm public resources, it may be time to care. The evidence is already clear
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that transportation is inadequate for vulnerable, less mobile people. HandyDart is overwhelmed by people who need door-to-door service, so it's time to take another look at how this service is used. Last year, for example, there were 42,418 service denials and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Is it time to take another look at how service to the most vulnerable is delivered? Yes. The evidence is also clear that our accepted driver's licence system is inadequate for older drivers. Although most stay off the road in risky periods, studies find the crash rate for people 70 and older older is similar to the crash rate of new drivers (those ages 16 to 24). Is it time to take another look at how our driver's license system works? Yes. Is it time to take another look at how our transit system works for seniors? Absolutely, so we can keep our moms and dads safe, secure and healthy, and so it will be ready for us one day.
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Crown jewel on the table in Cariboo B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher VICTORIA – The New Prosperity mineral deposit near Williams Lake is described by the industry as one of the largest in the world, containing 5.3 billion pounds of copper and 13.3 million ounces of gold. The Harper government’s decision to reject open-pit mine development for a second time is seen by elected officials in the Cariboo region as a disaster. One of Quesnel’s sawmills is preparing to close for good, and I’ve been told there is more to come as the post-pine beetle era unfolds. Here in the B.C. capital, the decision is mainly viewed as a huge mistake. Taseko Mines is going to court to show that the federal panel used the wrong design when reviewing the
company’s expensively revised plan. The province has permitted two successful mines that operate in the same area, one of which is run by Taseko. In Ottawa, this is a Supreme Court of Canada test case over who owns the land and the mineral wealth underneath. In traditional Canadian law, the province owns it. This was highlighted in the recent discussion between B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta’s Alison Redford over royalties from oil. Six aboriginal communities make up the Tsilhqot’in Nation, which has a long and bitter history of resistance against the Crown. They almost won a declaration of title to 40,000 hectares known as the Nemiah Valley: forests, wild horses, minerals and all, in a 339-day trial that ended in 2007. Their case suffered a setback at the B.C. Court of Appeal, and is now before the highest court.
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Aboriginal rights have been established, but this would be the first clear title. Tsilhqot’in tribal chair Joe Alphonse was pleasantly surprised to see Taseko turned down again. He said the
“This is a Supreme Court of Canada test case over who owns the land and the mineral wealth underneath” Tsilhqot’in National Government is releasing its own mining policies soon. “We welcome opportunities to look at projects that are environmentally sound and we need economic opportunities,” Alphonse told the Williams Lake Tribune. Somehow efforts to move mine waste rock from Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) to a sealed storage
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site two kilometres away are not enough to protect groundwater, although they are sufficient at the nearby Gibraltar and Mount Polley mines. And Alphonse makes it clear this mysterious environmental problem will be solved once he and his fellow chiefs have control of the resource. A Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal title is required to settle this. If some limited form of title is at last defined for the treaty-less majority of B.C., or at least Tsilhqot’in territory, the fate of the mine may become clear. Conventional wisdom on this is that the mining company didn’t try hard enough to establish a working relationship with the Tsilhqot’in. For his part, Taseko CEO Russell Hallbauer says the chiefs refused to meet with him, which isn’t surprising from a group that doesn’t recognize the B.C. forests ministry either. Here’s a sample of the volume OFFICE HOURS Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sat., Sun., & Mon.
of evidence that may determine the future of B.C. Archeological studies presented at trial describe “18 roasting and/or pit depressions” at Teztan Biny. It’s not clear if these were for seasonal food preparation or for pit houses, which would indicate a more permanent settlement at the lake. Nor is it clear whether these “cultural depressions” have been identified as being of Tsilhqot’in origin. Oral histories are also uncertain. Tsilhqot’in witnesses testified that Teztan Biny has been used in the 20th century as a hunting and fishing camp. The mine was rejected due to ill-defined cultural as well as environmental concerns. B.C. residents could finally see some answers this year. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Smart grid is stealing our lives Well it has finally come out that hydro and gas providers can access more about us than just our hydro usage. LaDee Homm, business strategy analyst expert with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Energy Corp explained that through analytics and other sources, the company has learned quite a bit about their
customers, including who they are, their demographics and their credit score. Any new appliance that you buy has been manufactured with an RFID chip in it that not only "talks" to your smart meter but information about you is collected by the company that built the appliance. These companies then have the
right to sell your information to the highest bidder. These appliances can also be hacked. Not too many weeks ago a virus was spread throughout email programs and made quite a mess. The source was proven to be a refrigerator that had been hacked into. Every smart appliance connects to the internet and can therefore
washroom, did you wash your hands? Make the bed, put the wash in the machine. Than into the dryer, summertime outside on the line. Later comes lunch, what to make, nap time. Wash the dishes, dry and put away. Go shopping, hold my hand, do not touch that. Back home, comes playtime. Then fold the laundry
and put away. Wash the floor, vacuum the house. Now dinnertime, later story time, than to bed. As I said above, there is a lot of work in a woman's day. Ladies, mothers, I take my hat off in honor to YOU. Cheers and it's not Mothers Day yet, but it should be every day.
"One of the concerns is that hackers logging into such appliances may be able to get information about who is home at a given time of day," noted Fortiguard, adding, "This is bound to give cyber criminals new and nefarious ideas around how and when to rob someone’s home." Kathy Read
Kudos to Ted Westlin, of Agassiz, and Matsqui dairy farmer, Steve Van Der Loos, for keeping alive the looming drainage, dyke and river bank issues of, not only Agassiz and Matsqui, but many areas of the upper Fraser Valley. We all know exactly what has to be done, but yet, as frustratingly asserted by Mr. Van Der Loos, no one authority wants to take responsibility, so nothing gets done. In order to protect us the steams have to flow. Cleaning ditches on a regular basis, at the proper time of year, is not only
good for protection, but for fish habitat as well. Surely, we are not going to wait for the impending catastrophe, that would cost us an economy changing amount of capital, at the time, and far into the future, as well as destroy those habitats. If one was to wrap their brain around the situation, solving the problem wouldn't take any more engineering, the equipment needed is well available, and so is all the material. So why then, is any level of Government afraid to take on the challenge?
Surely, an intelligent Government could accumulate existing resources and reprioritize it's already contracted services to pay for the "lion's share" of probably the most necessary economic and disaster protection project in the Fraser Valley. It would be actually easier for the Governments of the day to deal with this crucially important issue, than it is in the way they are handling it now, by not doing anything. Art Green
More to drainage story Re: Agassiz farmer outlines water woes, Observer, Jan. 30, 2014. Ditch maintenance in the District of Kent "has slowed right down." Yet the number of kilometres of ditch clearing permitted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and provincial agency increased from 4.8 km in 2008 to 20 km in 2012. My Jan. 27, 2014 delegation to
to manage the electric grid in various countries. CBC news, Jan. 2, 2014. "Smart TVs, smart fridges and other internet-connected home appliances, ranging from medical equipment to security cameras, are widely expected to become a "magnet for hackers" says Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security.
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A tip of the hat to mothers everywhere I take my hat of to every mother! What do I mean? Let me tell you. My name is Gerd Trubenbach and three weeks ago I was thrusted into the role of Grandfather. A father does not realize how much work his wife does, with one or more children. Have to get up, make breakfast, brush your teeth, after going to the
be hacked into. Smart grids have already been hacked and software to help anyone hack the grid is now on sale to the general public. Sept. 26, 2012, CNET. Telvent Canada says someone sneaked past its internal firewall, installing malicious software and stealing files related to control software that's used
Kent Council written report did not state that maintenance in the District of Kent "has slowed right down." What I did say is that hand cleaning and machine spot cleaning was not effective. My report stated that "the Westlin Ditch was cleaned four times in six years on lot 21 and four times in five years on lot 9. Why?" Ted Westlin
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Thanks for a well-run BC Winter Games We wish to thank all the volunteers who donated their time, energy and hard work to make the BC Winter Games such a success. Many of the volunteers gave up several days from work to help out. Things started off a little slow with the heavy snow that fell on Tuesday night delaying the opening of Skyline Chair but the resort staff worked hard to dig it out
and get things going. On the mogul course it was too difficult for the machines to get in and push the snow to where it was required on the course, though they did try for hours, the volunteer workerÂ crew got in and shoveled for all they were worth and got the job done. All over the resort there were volunteers and resort staff digging and shaping all the different courses,
moguls (freestyle), slopestyle, ski cross, and alpine (GS). A week before the event the snow conditions were not looking good but Ulr (Nordic snow god) stepped up and gave us the snowÂ required. The sun came out for a couple of days to make the event even better. I cannot imagine what it was like down in "Tent City" when all the competitors
arrived on the buses but the hard-working volunteersÂ there got the kids all set up to get to their venues and got them fed at lunch time as well. I know there are a number of sore backs, sore armsÂ and sore legs so for those suffering from all the hard work, take a warm bath or a dip in the hot tub and relax, you all deserve it. Marty McKinney Hemlock Fire Dept.
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I would like to comment on the article "Group aims to reduce trapping," Observer, Feb. 13, 2014. Leslie Fox claims that installing a pipe in a beaver dam will force the beavers to relocate. This is true, but if the beaver moves doesn't this essentially become someone else's problem? Â And should the municipality (a.k.a. taxpayer) be required to pay $300-$800
for each beaver dam pipe installation when a trapper can remove the beavers at a fraction of the cost? Beavers are rodents and as such prolific breeders; at what point does co-habitation become unrealistic?Â Some propose relocation, but moving live beavers is costly and introducing them into another's beavers territory is fatal - the resident population will kill
the already confused and disoriented intruder. Â Is this a humane alternative? Â So EXACTLY how does Ms. Fox's organization propose farmers "co-habitate" with coyotes? How much will it cost to relocate them, and who would pay for it? And is this again only moving the problem elsewhere? R.S. Dunlop Carleton Place, Ont.
Shallow waters a danger for salmon Re: â€œSalmon do just fine in shallow waters,â€? Mailbag, Feb. 20 There are far greater concerns regarding the Fraser River and especially its salmon than whether or not to
have gravel removed from the riverâ€™s base â€“ e.g. fish farming and pollution. However, as for salmon doing fine in low water levels, Iâ€™m fairly certain that the more
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shallow the water level, the warmer that water is much more susceptible to become. Of all his worries about the state of wild salmon in B.C., my late father, a commercial salmon fisherman for about a half-century, was particularly concerned about the negative repercussions of overwarming of waters on our wild salmon â€”Â such as the Fraser River was experiencing late last summer. The other great problem is getting an eco-hazardous federal government such as ours to act to preserve salmon stocks rather than hinder their survival with the likes of seemingly unconditional massscale natural resource extraction and shipment. I can picture my dad whirling in his urn if he could still observe what our governments are allowing â€“ and much more frightening, going to allow â€“ various industrial interests to do to cause serious damage, perhaps irrevocably, to our precious salmon habitat; and, topping it all off, apparently to
a degree beyond what Dad likely ever thought possible. So many veryearly mornings, Iâ€™d briefly get up for a washroom break and see the light breaking through underneath his bedroom door and into the hallwayâ€™s darkness, with my father on the other side very-slowly typewriting missives to various politicians. I mustâ€™ve proofread and made many grammar corrections to almost a couple hundred letters of his over the years, just on this topic alone. Iâ€™d assure him that the politicians do not have or will not give their time to personally respond to each concerned writer; that they almost certainly had hired staff to read the missives and use an â€˜issue-templateâ€™ letter return system, with a specific template ready to respond to every potential issue. All theyâ€™d likely do is type in the letter-writerâ€™s name and address and print it out to mail back. Nonetheless, my father typed on about what were to him the greatest fish-habitat concerns of the day. Frank G. Sterle, Jr.
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Lions Den: Many locals All About the contribute to club’s success
Our Lions generally go about serving our community without much fanfare. In honor of our 50 years, let’s meet some of them who are still with us today. They are mentioned in no special order. Apologies to those missed. Charter member John Green goes back to our founding in 1963. Wes Johnson and Mike Dunn are right behind him in 1964. Mike wielded a mean spatula at those pancake breakfasts! Zen Sabat has been helping wherever he
can since 1980. He and Bob Boorman (1989) ably represent the Agassiz Lions at our conventions. Speaking of Bob, he and Darcy Striker (1990) are the driving force behind our annual family oriented summer fundraiser, the car show on Pioneer Avenue. New to us Lions for 2001 included our long term “call girl” Marge Carson, who reminded us to get to meetings. Marilyn and Ron War-
ren send good wishes as needed to the members. Then there’s Joey Ellis – firebrand extraordinaire! Where would the Christmas Craft Fair and Buttons and Bows Sale be without her? Joey and her trusty sidekick Virginia Jennings “shop the Lower Mainland” for goodies that find their way in to all the beautiful baskets we raffle through the year. Gerry Schep and Nancy Van Dyk ran the
snack shop at our bingo for many years. Thank you for your long service. Bert Hooper, a newer addition to the Lions, is the smoothest voice this side of the pond as he emcees the Miss Maria Slough contest. Watch out for that whipped cream Bert! Cherry, you better keep an eye on that guy! Carole Starrie and Anne Schneider keep our tummies full of delicious eats at the craft fair. Thanks to all of you for 50 years of community service!
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Lion and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have four daughters, eight granddaughters, four grandsons and one great-grandson. The Agassiz Harrison Lions 50th anniversary will be held in the St. Alice Room at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, Sat. Mar. 8, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $60. For information, phone Jean at 604-794-7503 or Joey at 604-796-9951.
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Agassiz Al-Anon. - Is someone’s Agassiz Harrison Community drinking affecting you? FMI call Shirley Driv ers Program - A community 604-796-9865 or Anne 604-793-3103 based volunteer driver program Agassiz Elks Lounge -1824 #9 Hwy, providing rides to all local, Fraser open daily 3pm till closing. Everyone Valley & Lower Mainland medical welcome appointments & other personal servi ces. Always looking for Agassiz-Harrison Garden Club more drive rs. Call 604-798-6228 meets the second Weds. of each month from Oct-July in the foyer of the Ag agh arco mm driv ers@ outl ook .com Hall at 7:30 pm. FMI 604-796-3291 or 7046 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz. 604-796-2423 Agassiz Harrison Senior Peer Sup port - Knit & Natter Group: We Agassiz-Harrison Lions meet at mee t every Thursday at Dogwood 7 pm on the 4th Weds. of the month at the Lion’s Den in the Ag-Rec Hall, Manor on Morrow Rd., Agassiz. 6800 Pioneer Ave. FMI call Joey at Everyone welcome. Call Eunice 604-796-9841 604-796-9951 Agassiz Kids At The Cross -Thurs. Knitting/Crochet Sisters Group - Projects for worthy causes. at the Ag Recr
eation Centre in Agassiz. Contact Alice 604-796-3060 or email FMI call Ettie 604-819-6822 email@example.com
Hope Christian Women’s Club Brunch - Free nursery by reservation Registration now open for as well. For info & reservations call Raye Spring break kid’s activities at the Kent Fitness / Activity 604-869-5420 Centre. Call 604-796-8891.
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The Early Childhood Development Committee (ECD) features a number of groups committed to serving young families in Harrison and Agassiz. Member groups offer services related to the developing child from 0-6. We are: - Agassiz Library a member of Fraser Valley Regional Library - Agassiz Harrison Community Services featuring Family Parenting Place and Community Access to Literacy and Learning (CALL) - Strong Start - B.E.A.R. Bus - Agassiz Public Health - Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) - Fraser Valley Child Development Centre - Ministry of Children and Family - District of Kent- Leisure Centre - Agassiz Christian Preschool - District of Kent -Variety Play - Harrison Preschool and Daycare - Angel Daycare Centre - Literacy Outreach Coordinator (Read Right Society)
These organizations vices and the Ministry of have programs and ser- Children and Family Devices dedicated to you, velopment. There is a vayour little ones and the riety of services from food whole family throughout hampers to counseling. the year. Some have proIf you are looking for grams that occur regu- more health services and larly, while other groups advice try Agassiz Public have events that occur Health and Fraser Valonce a year. There are ley Child Development both free programs and Centre. Books, songs and stothose that are fee based. Come out and venture ries are integral to the developing into your mind. commuLiterary nity to “The ECD Committee experiexperiencompasses many ences ence it facets of child for you for your development and child can self. be found A r e child rearing” at the y o u Agassiz needing Kim Verigin Library, to conwhich nect with other parents? Do you releases a guide about want to find a warm and their upcoming free proinviting place for your grams and services, and child to play and meet with C.A.L.L. who has friends? Try Family Par- programs which partners enting Place, Strong Start, with many local orgaand the B.E.A.R. Bus. nizations. We also have These programs are free, an overarching Literacy are drop in and provide Outreach Coordinator social and educational with Read Right Sociopportunities for both ety involved in literacy awareness, watch out parents and children. If you are finding stress for those events. Do you in your life and looking think your child is ready for services to help you to experience movement and your child, try Agassiz in a new way or just need Harrison Community Ser- to blow off all of that en-
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ergy? The Leisure Centre organizes wonderful group classes for your toddler and preschooler. Look over their schedule which comes out with the Agassiz-Harrison Observer to find what is right for your child. Is your three- or fouryear-old ready for preschool? Try Harrison Hot Springs Preschool, Agassiz Christian Preschool, or District of Kent Variety Play. Each preschool offers something uniquely different. One is bound to be right for your child. All three require registration, are fee based and offer high quality programs. Do you need quality daycare you can trust either occasionally or on a consistent basis? Child Care Resource and Referral which can provide information on how to find quality care and give you some daycare contacts. Do you need a daycare now? Harrison Hot Springs Preschool and Day Care and Angel Day Care in Agassiz provide caring environments for your little one with excellent Early Childhood Education programs within their daycares. If you have any ideas on programs, events or child-friendly infrastructure that currently does not appear in our communities we would love to know what they are. We will do our best to make your vision of a child-friendly community a reality. To contact this hard-working committee, email Kim Verigin, ECD Coordinator at AGHS_ ECD@yahoo.com.
TEMPORARY BUS STOPS Temporary BC Transit Bus Stop Locations to accommodate filming on Friday, March 7 To accommodate the temporary closure to vehicle traffic along Pioneer Avenue on Friday, March 7, the BC Transit Bus Stop locations in the downtown area will not be accessible to the public. Temporary locations have been established on Cheam Avenue just to the west of the Crosswalk (see map). Please call 604-796-2235 with any questions.
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Great memories of Olympics Cheers from Canada almost loud enough to reach Sochi Well, as they say: it’s not was a good idea. That brings over ’til it’s over! me to a question posed first, As you know, there were I think, by Peter Mansbridge more medals yet awarded to- of the CBC: “For which naward the end of the Olympic tional team will you cheer, Winter Games in Sochi and the team of the old country our Canadian athletes con- or that of Canada?” Though tinued to do very well. it was an interesting quesThe Canadian tion, for most of women’s hockey us, I am sure, it was team and the Caour Canadian team, nadian women’s front, back and cencurling team both tre! won gold, each for And then, the the fourth time glorious last weekin as many Olymend, the finale of the pics. The men’s curlGames, was here! ing team also won It started with a RUTH ALTENDORF gold, and “leaped” figure skating gala onto the podium for Senior and several more joy but, courtesy of Happenings competitions on the the “Faux Pas” dehills before the fipartment, the organal game, the game nizers were running out of of all games, the Canadian medals – surely a first of this men’s hockey team against kind! They received them the Swedish team. When the later, of course! Canadians won, the cheers Speaking of medals, I re- coming from hundreds of ally liked the design (see in- hockey parties all over Canset photo). I thought that the ada must have been loud mosaic inlay representing the enough to be heard in Sochi! different ethnic groups and In fact, the cheers were still cultures that make up Russia, in the air when a spectacular
final show and the closing ceremony started and when the Olympic flame was extinguished by the bear mascot, everybody was sorry that it all had to come to an end! The next Winter Olympiad will be held in South Korea in 2018 and judging by that
country’s portion of the entertainment during the final show, it will be lots of fun! Russia has been a great host for these games — the work and planning needed for such an event can only be imagined! Consider, also, the hours of training needed to bring our athletes to the final result
of 25 medals: 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze, ranking third among the teams participating this year. But there is another record I am sure! Somewhere I read that the Games were watched by a countless number of people (maybe in the trillions?) thanks to the expertise and know-how of TV stations such as our CBC. It was modern technology at its best! Also, I would like to mention the uncounted viewers – Ruthy and I included – who rose to the task of “Armchair Olyimpians” by getting up every morning at 6 a.m. sharp to be ready for the 7 a.m. broadcast of the past day’s activities. Is there a medal for such loyalty? Finally, when everything was over, Ruthy asked me – tongue in cheek, kind of – “Did you not want to read up and answer the criticisms voiced before the Games?” I had to admit that I did not even remember any of them!
UFV seeks award nominations Urquhart award honours individuals, groups for community service Do you know an individual or a group who has made the Fraser Valley a better place to live? Those people who make everyday contributions to their community but may not be recognized? Consider nominating them for the Betty Urquhart annual community service award. Betty Urquhart was one of the first employees of Fraser Valley College (now UFV) and believed strongly in the values volunteering and giving back to the community. While Betty passed away in 1995, UFV keeps her memory alive by honouring a person or
group who exemplifies work, Dr. Elizabeth her commitment to Watt for her work life-long learning and with the Abbotsford community. Youth Health Centre, Some past winners The Yarrow Volunteer of the Society in annual Betty recognition of Urquhart their ongoing award include commitment Veronica Back to run the of Mission Y a r r o w for outreach community work, Brittany h a l l , Clough for Abb otsford’s her work with Milt Walker URQUHART teenage girls for his on self-esteem volunteer issues, Choice program, work with the Reach Agassiz Centre for Gallery Museum, and Education (ACE), Pat and Peggy Wiens Chilliwack branch of Hope for their Soup’s of Pacific Riding for On lunch program. Developing Abilities The award is (PRDA), Patricia presented as part of Murakami of Hope the university’s annual for her community convocation ceremony
World Day of Prayer focuses on women in Egypt Christians across the globe will be joining together in prayer on Friday, March 7, for the World Day of Prayer. In Agassiz, there is a place to unite with the local community, while praying for women in Egypt. The Agassiz All Saints Church
is hosting the World Day of Prayer event, beginning at 11 a.m. The theme will be Streams in the Desert. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the culture and heritage in Egypt. An Egyptian-themed lunch will be served following the service.
in June. Recognizing community volunteers at convocation inspires students to contribute and give back to their communities. It’s all part of UFV’s commitment to changing lives and building community. If you’d like to nominate someone for the Betty Urquhart community service
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award, review the criteria and download a nomination form at http://www.ufv.ca/ board/betty-urquhartaward/, or contact Lori Ann Waites at 1-888504-7441 (local 2614) or by email at loriann. firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, March 21.
DOWNTOWN PARKING DURING FILMING As downtown Agassiz is being transformed into Wayward Pines for filming on Friday, March 7, it is important to remember that parking along Pioneer Avenue will be limited. For parking options, consider parking outside of the downtown area or at one of the District’s many public lots that will remain partially accessible during the filming process (from construction to actual filming)” THE ABOVE HATCHED LOTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EXTENDED PARKING.
ON NOW AT YOUR BC GMC DEALERS. BCGMCDEALERS.CA 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. * Offers apply to the lease of a new or demonstrator 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab 4x4 (1SA/G80/B30). Freight ($1,650) and PDI included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualiﬁed retail customers in BC GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. †* The Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) comprises professional journalists, photographers specializing in cars and trucks. They provide unbiased opinions of new vehicles to help consumers make better purchases that are right for them. For more information visit www.ajac.ca. ^ 2014 Sierra 1500 with the available 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission has a fuel-consumption rating of 13.0L/100 km city and 8.7L/100 km hwy 2WD and 13.3L/100 km city and 9.0L/100 km hwy 4WD. Fuel consumption based on GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Competitive fuel consumption ratings based on Natural Resources Canada’s 2013 Fuel Consumption Guide for WardsAuto.com 2013 Large Pickup segment and latest available information at the time of posting. **When equipped with available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine. Comparison based on wardsauto.com 2013 Large Light-Duty Pickup segment and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. † Comparison based on wardsauto.com 2013 Large Pickup segment and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. †† The 2-Year Scheduled Lube-Oil-Filter Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada, who have purchased, leased or ﬁnanced a new eligible 2014 MY Sierra with an ACDelco oil and ﬁlter change, in accordance with the oil life monitoring system and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 40,000 KMs, whichever occurs ﬁrst, with a limit of four (4) Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM Dealers. Fluid top offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc. are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Limited reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. + Whichever comes ﬁrst. See dealer for conditions and limited warranty details. ‡ 0% for 36 month lease available on all 2014 Sierra 1500 Regular/Double/Crew Cabs. Sample lease payments based on 36-month lease of 2014 Sierra Double Cab 4x4 1SA + G80 + B30 on approved credit by GM Financial. Tax, license, insurance, registration, applicable provincial fees, and optional equipment extra. Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Monthly payments may vary depending on down payment/trade. Example: Sierra Double Cab 4x4 1SA + G80 + B30 including Freight and Air Tax is $30,488 at 0% APR, $1,075 Down payment, Bi-Weekly payment is $139 for 36 months. Total obligation is $11,951, plus applicable taxes. Option to purchase at lease end is $18,538. ¥¥ 0% Purchase ﬁnancing offered on approved credit by RBC Royal Bank/TD Auto Financing/Scotiabank for 48 months on new or demonstrator 2014 Sierra 1500. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $208 for 48 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. ¥ $4,250 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit has been applied to the purchase, ﬁnance and lease offers of 2014 Sierra 1500 Double 4x4 1SA, and is applicable to retail customers only. $500 package credits for non-PDU models. Other credits available on select Sierra models. Offer ends March 31, 2014. ‡‡ Offer applies to eligible current owners or lessees of any model year 1999 or newer pick-up truck that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six (6) months. Credit valid towards the retail purchase or lease of one eligible 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche, GMC Sierra or 2014 MY Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra or 2015 MY Chevrolet Silverado HD or GMC Sierra HD delivered in Canada between March 1, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Credit is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive). Offer is transferable to a family member living within the same household (proof of address required). As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and contact General Motors of Canada Limited (GMCL) to verify eligibility. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. Certain limitations or conditions apply. Void where prohibited. See your GMCL dealer for details. GMCL reserves the right to amend or terminate offers for any reason in whole or in part at any time without prior notice. XRetail and basic ﬂeet customers who purchase or lease an eligible Chevrolet, Buick or GMC delivered from dealer stock between March 1, 2014 and March 31, 2014 will receive one 40¢ savings per litre fuel card (fuel savings card) upon payment of an additional $.01. Cards valid as of 72 hours after delivery. Fuel savings card valid for 800 litres of fuel purchased from participating Petro-Canada retail locations (and other approved North Atlantic Petroleum locations in Newfoundland) and not redeemable for cash except where required by law. GM is not responsible for cards that are lost, stolen or damaged. GM reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer and/or the program for any reason in whole or in part at any time without notice. Petro-Canada is a Suncor Energy business™ Trademark of Suncor Energy Inc. Used under licence. Cards are property of Suncor Energy. To protect your card balance, register online at www.petro-canada.ca/preferred today.
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CIVL radio battle closes tomorrow
Tomorrow is the final day to enter a popular music contest. CIVL Radio 107.1 FM is getting ready to bring their second annual Battle of the Bands-Singer/Songwriter Edition to the university community, and beyond. Solo singer/songwriters of all genres from across the Fraser Valley are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to share the stage with fellow solo artists and to perform for fans and industry professionals. Submissions close on Friday, Mar. 7, and battles start Monday, Mar. 17. Battle will be waged for four weeks at Aftermath at the University of the Fraser Valley. Apply at www.civl.ca. They’re also looking for judges to help choose three finalists. The lucky three will battle for one more night at the Abbotsford Heat game on April 11. The voting audience at the game will then choose the grand prize winner who will perform at the Abbotsford
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Arts Council’s Arty Awards on April 12, and receive industry prizes including three live videos from Tractorgrease Multimedia. The three finalists will also showcase at the Envision Financial Concert in the Park at Mill Lake. To apply to be a judge, visit www.civl.ca. Submissions for judges also closes on March 7. For more information contact #CIVLSSBattle Communications Coordinator at email@example.com.
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Tourism Harrison is always growing the ways they promote the Village, and their newest addition is a stuffed sasquatch named Hot Springs Harry. They will be available at the Harrison Visitor Centre. For more information, phone 604-796-5581.
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INCLUDES $2,000 TRUCK OWNER BONUS# ON CASH PURCHASES FOR ELIGIBLE OWNERS. FINANCE EFFECTIVE RATE 1.48%. LEASE EFFECTIVE RATE 1.24%
OFFERS INCLUDE $4,750 IN CASH CREDITS,¥ FREIGHT & PDI. MODEL INCLUDES AUTOMATIC REAR LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL.
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Comedy back at Agassiz pub A night of laughter is planned for his website (jyharris.tv). this Saturday at Jimmy’s Pub. He’s been touring B.C. and will play Richard Thompson is Cascades in Langley before bringing out Jy Harris, a cocoming to Agassiz Saturday. median and slam poet who Opening for Harris is Brett has earned his dues on the Nikolic. Thompson said Just for Laughs festival stage, Nikolic is “another one of and has performed at Yuk those guys that’s just startYuk’s, Lafflines, the Las Vegas ing to break out. Very, very Comedy Festival among othfunny.” ers. As for Thompson — also HARRIS His acting resume includes a comedian — he’s happy to credits in everything from emcee for the night. Twilight Zone to Jerry Springer, and Tickets are $10 and the show gets there are several videos available on going at around 9 p.m.
Matuto will sway your hips Born out of New York's vibrant musical culture, Matuto will share their deep love of American roots music and genuine Brazilian styles at Harrison Memorial Hall on Sat., March 8 at 8 p.m. The music of Matuto draws inspiration both from the Brazilian roots music that band leaders Clay Ross and Rob Curto have spent years
passionately studying and from the American roots music that’s surrounded them since birth. Their original sound can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana – from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams –
Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, rootsy, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia, and true peace. Tickets are $22, at harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604-796-3664 or at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.
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Van Kam’s group of companies req. Highway linehaul owner operators based in our Surrey terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain driving experience/training.
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We offer above average rates and an excellent employee beneﬁts package. To join our team of professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract and details of your truck to: email@example.com or Call 604-968-5488 or Fax: 604-587-9889
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Only those of interest will be contacted. Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.
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Sundays at 7pm at the Friendship House 7272 Morrow Rd. - Shaun Buckley and Jesse McFadden
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HISTORICAL ARMS Collectors. Guns-Knives-Militaria. 42nd Antiques Show & Sale. Sat. March 8, 9am-5pm. Sun March 9, 9am3pm. Heritage Park, 44140 Luckackuck Way, Chilliwack (exit 116 off Hwy 1) Buy-Sell-Trade. For info or table rentals Gord 604-747-4704 Al 604-941-8489. See our website www.HACSbc.ca.
Denied Long-Term Disability Beneﬁts or Other Insurance? If YES, call or email for your FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION
and protect your right to compensation. 778.588.7049 Toll Free: 1.888.988.7052 Julie@LawyersWest.ca www.LawyersWest.ca
EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 108 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES GET FREE VENDING MACHINES. Can Earn $100,000.00 + Per Year. All Cash-Retire in Just 3 Years. Protected Territories. Full Details CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629. /Website WWW.TCVEND.COM. HELP WANTED - LOCAL PEOPLE NEEDED!! Simple, Flexible Online Work. FT/PT. Internet Needed. Very Easy... No Experience Required! Guaranteed Income! No Fees. Genuine! Start Immediately. www.OnlineHelp4Cash.com
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TRAIN TO BE AN Apartment/ Condominium Manager ONLINE! Graduates get access to all jobs posted with us. 33 years of success! Government certified. www.RMTI.ca or 1-800-665-8339, 604-681-5456.
Lifeguard/Instructor Seasonal The District of Kent is accepting applications for the above noted position at the Ferny Combe Pool. Hours are part-time and may include evenings and weekends. Applicants should possess current National Lifeguard Service, Water Safety Instructor, First Aid, CPR, and Lifesaving Instructor (preferred) certificates. For more information on this exciting opportunity, please see the job description at http://www.district.kent.bc.ca/dh-employment.html Please submit your resume outlining your qualifications and experience including a photocopy of awards/certifications to the attention of:
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Ms. Clair Lee, Director of Corporate Services District of Kent PO Box 70, 7170 Cheam Avenue Agassiz, BC, V0M 1A0 Fax: 604-796-9854 Emailed resumes will not be accepted. The closing date for this position is Friday, March 14, 2014. The District would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preferred candidates will be required to complete a criminal records check.
Hope & Area Transition Society
Cabinetry Employee Required in Armstrong. Min 10 years experience in cabinetry, painting & installation. Fax 250-546-9155
August 25, 1949 - February 21, 2014
Labourer 1 Regular Part-time Up to two (2) positions The District of Kent requires up to two (2) persons to fill the regular part-time positions of Labourer 1. These positions will start annually at the beginning of April and May respectively and finish at the end of October. Under the direction of the Public Works Foreman, employees in these positions are expected to perform general labouring work involving non- or semi-skilled duties to the operation of hand power tools as well as providing assistance to the drivers of vehicles of 10,000 kg gross vehicle weight and under. Pay and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Agreement, CUPE Local 458. A probationary rate of $21.30 per hour is offered during the first ninety (90) days worked. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the 2013 rate is $25.06.
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Maureen passed away suddenly on February 21st. She is survived by her beloved husband Mel, her daughter Melissa (husband Dan), and her son Michael. Maureen was Nana to her precious granddaughters Eva and Ella. She leaves behind her brothers Larry (wife Cindy) and Terry, her nieces and nephews, and many friends. Maureen and Mel were longtime residents of Squamish, before moving to Agassiz in 2001. Maureen’s passion was her family, friends, and we can’t forget shopping. She will be remembered for her magical smile and loving attitude that brought joy to everyone she met. She was a gentle soul with passion for life and her comforting presence would fill any room with light. A memorial service to celebrate Maureen’s life will be held Saturday, March 8th at 11 a.m. at the Agassiz United Church, (6860 Highway #7, Agassiz, BC) with a luncheon to follow. Maureen, we miss and love you with all of our hearts.
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.
109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
MURPHBROS Contracting- A family business with over 20 years experience in windows, doors, siding, fascia, decks, bathrooms, and more. Call Shaun 778-823-6939
CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.
SAWMILLS from only $4,897 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT. SHINGLE Sawyer Wanted. Top Rates. Steady Work. 604-846-4455
283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
Required at Cheam Village and Glenwood Care Centre located in Agassiz. If you are energetic, enthusiastic & enjoy working with older people please email your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 604 796-9186
Gutter & Roof Cleaning since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Call Simon for prompt service. 604-230-0627
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YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899
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EXPERIENCED legal assistants, p/t, f/t, various depts., resume & refs to Jodie@pearcetaylor.com
HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD SERVICES
SAMARITAN’S Purse is looking for a Working Chef to coordinate the Restaurant Kitchen, maintain a professional rapport within the community and train junior cooks, in Dease, Lake, BC samaritanspurse.ca
START NOW! Complete Ministry approved Diplomas in months! Business, Health Care and more! Contact Academy of Learning College: 1-855-354-JOBS (5627) or www.academyoflearning.com. We Change Lives!
WANTED MOTIVATED ENTREPRENEURS. Learn the water business where you live from a Pro with over 30 years experience in Edmonton. Teach you all the business, unlimited leads to tax deductible equipment. Call 780-421-7776; www.homewatersystems.ca.
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For further information, please see the job description for this position at http://www.district.kent.bc.ca/dh-employment.html .
Cheam Village & Glenwood Care Centre, two complex care facilities located in Agassiz, just 15 mins. east of Chilliwack has positions available. The RN provides leadership to the healthcare team and provides resident centered care. Please fax your resume to 604.796.9186 or email: email@example.com Up to $400 CASH Daily FT & PT Outdoors, Spring/Summer Work. Seeking Honest, Hard Working Staff. PropertyStarsJobs.com
Resumes must be marked “Confidential”, and submitted to: Ms. Clair Lee Director of Corporate Services District of Kent P.O. Box 70, 7170 Cheam Avenue Agassiz, B.C., V0M 1A0 Fax: 604-796-8516 Emailed applications will not be accepted. The District would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preferred candidates will be required to complete a criminal records check and to provide a recent driver’s licensing record.
The closing date for this position is March 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
The Hope & Area Transition Society is a non-profit organization providing free shelter and support/counseling services to abused women and their children. The Society is seeking applications for two positions of permanent day support worker at the Jean Scott Transition House. Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have: • Knowledge and understanding of support and crisis counseling related to family violence issues. • The ability to demonstrate assertiveness along with both professional and personal boundaries. • Excellent verbal and written communication with the staff team, including conflict resolution. • Efficient time, organizational and stress-management skills. • Flexibility and ability to assimilate into the staff team, along with being able to work independently with little or no supervision. • Proficient computer skills. Ability to pass and maintain security clearance, carry a valid driver’s license and have a vehicle with four seat belts plus the driver. Along with your resume send a letter of interest indicating how you meet the qualifications to: The Hope & Area Transition Society Manager, Heather Garfield Box 1761 Hope, BC V0X 1L0 Closing Date: March 15, 2014 Start Date: April 2014 Only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.
YOUR COMMUNITY YOUR CLASSIFIEDS
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CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977
AUTO ACCESSORIES/ PARTS
1 As in movers we trust. Reliable Honest Movers. Same day moves & deliveries. Starting $35hr + gas. (604)997-0332 / (604)491-8607
CARS & VANS
KITTENS For Sale! Born Jan. 24 Call evenings: 604-796-9935 NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com
329 PAINTING & DECORATING www.paintspecial.com 604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley
Running this ad for 10yrs
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.
Presa Canario, 1 yr, male, not neutured, purebred, papers, good with kids. $1200. (604)793-5783
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 533
WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $160 or Well Rotted 10 yards - $180. 604-856-8877
MISC. FOR SALE
STEEL BUILDINGS/ METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca
BRO MARV PLUMBING 24/7 Plumbing, heating, plugged drains BBB. (604)582-1598, bromarv.com
POWER WASHING since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Call Simon for prompt service. 604-230-0627
REAL ESTATE 603
353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS
17.4 Acres pristine elevated property priced to sell. Minutes from down town, 4 acres cleared, multiple artesian wells, utilities to property line. Perfect time to buy before prime acreages are unaffordable in the Terrace area. Must Sell. $150,000. 250-641-1848
HOMES WANTED We Buy Homes BC • All Prices • All Situations • • All Conditions • www.webuyhomesbc.com 604-657-9422
.A East West Roofing & Siding Co. Repairs, new roofs, torching, gutter services. 10% off. 604-783-6437
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STOP RENTING! RENT TO OWN! No Qualifications! Flexible Terms! CLOVERDALE - 60th and 176th Spacious 1 Bedroom Condo. Only $880/mo. Option Fee Req’d 604-657-9422
Sports Sedan. Loaded, Sunroof. $5,900. Air Cared.
CANE CORSO MASTIFF - pure bred pups, shots, dewormed, vet checked. $1000: Call 604-826-7634 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866
HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated, $575 & $595/month includes utilities. Avail now. Call 604-8196422
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Harrison Hot Springs, 450 Esplanade Ave. waterfront 1 bdrm apt. n/p, f/s. avail. now $550/m, Ross Fullbrook, Royal Lepage, 604-7920077
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2000 DODGE NEON 4 door, auto, sedan, Aircared, low kms. ST#467. $2,500. 2001 DODGE CARAVAN 7 psgr, fully loaded. Only this week. ST#534 $2,900. 2001 HONDA CIVIC 4 dr auto loaded A/cared ST#518 $3,900. 2002 HONDA ACCORD 4 dr, fully loaded, lthr, Aircared, ST #516. Only this week! $3,900. 2003 CHEVY IMPALA 4 door, auto, loaded, ST#376. $3,900. 2001 KIA SEPHIA, 4 dr sedan, auto. Only 88K. Only this week. ST# 493. $3,995. 2001 FORD FOCUS 4dr auto, low k’s, loaded ST# 498 $3,995. 2005 CHEV UPLANDER 7 psg auto, a/c, fully loaded, long wheel base. ST#437. $4,900. 2005 HONDA CIVIC, 2dr, auto Si, loaded. ST#497, $4,900. 2003 FORD ESCAPE 4dr, 4X4 auto. ST#377. Only this week! $4,900. 2006 SATURN ION 4 dr, auto, Aircared. ST#389. Only this week! $5,500. 2004 CHEV TRAILBLAZER 4X4, auto, 7pass. Aircared. ST #457.Only this week $6,900. 2007 DODGE CALIBER 4 dr, auto, loaded. ST#383 $7,500. 2004 FORD EXPLORER 4 door, 4X4, auto, 7 passenger, fully loaded, ST#470 $7,900. 2005 HYUNDAI SANTA FE, AWD, 4 dr, auto, only 140km, ST#371. Only this week! $8,900 2008 KIA MAZDA, 4 dr auto, fully loaded, ST#417. Only this week! $8,900. 2008 CHEV MALIBU. 4 door, auto, fully loaded. Only this week. ST#520 $8,900. 2009 DODGE AVENGER, 4dr fully loaded. Only this week. ST#532. $8,900. 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. Only this week! $10,500. 2007 KIA RONDO 4 dr, auto, 7 pass, leather, runs good, ST#424. $10,900. 2009 TOYOTA COROLLA 4dr sedan, loaded, Only this week. No trade. ST#504. $10,900. 2008 JEEP COMPASS 4 door, auto, low km, only 83K kms, ST#447 this week $11,900. 2008 KIA Sportage, 4 door, auto, runs good. Only this week! $11,900. 2009 DODGE JOURNEY 4 dr, auto, 5 passenger. ST#418. Only this week! $11,900. 2010 FORD ESCAPE 4 dr, auto, fully loaded. ST#487. Only this week! $11,900. 2010 DODGE JOURNEY 4 dr, auto, loaded, 7 psgr. ST#428. Only this week! $13,900. 2007 GMC ACADIA 4 dr, 8 passenger, all wheel drive, runs good. ST#319. $14,900 2009 JETTA TDi 4 dr, auto, leather, fully loaded. ST#402. Only this week. $15,900. 2011 FORD ESCAPE, auto, 4 door, fully loaded. Only 20K, ST#471. $18,900.
In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On February 1, 2012, at the 1500 block of Tranmer Road, Agassiz, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the Agassiz RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as a 2003 Ubilt trailer, BCLP: 19699Y, VIN: 2BG3050803U315713, on or about 23:59 Hours, and $3,000 CAD, on or about 13:15 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was a warrant authorized by the court pursuant to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada (CDSA) to seize evidence in respect of an offence (or offences) under section 7(1) (Production of substance) of the CDSA and was therefore offence-related property pursuant to section 11 (Search, seizure and detention) of the CDSA. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2014-1957, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will
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2001 DODGE RAM 2500. Quad cab diesel, loaded, long box, auto. ST#509. $7,900. 2004 HUMMER H2 4 door, auto, 4X4, ST#384. Only this week, $13,900. 2006 FORD F350 XLT crew cab diesel 4X4 auto long box only 160K. ST#310. $13,900. 2006 FORD F350 XLT quad cab, 4X4, auto, diesel, only 156K ST#17. $12,900. 2007 FORD F350 XLT Crew cab, diesel, 4X4, auto, short box only 162K. ST#126. $14,900. 2009 FORD F150. Super crew 4dr, auto, 4X4, loaded. Only this week. ST#433. $16,900. 2009 FORD F150 Crew cab, fully loaded $17,900. 2007 FORD F350 LARIAT crew cab, diesel, 4 X 4, auto short box. ST#275. $18,900.
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be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture unless a notice of dispute is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Director’s website, accessible online at www. pssg.gov.bc.ca/civilforfeiture. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1.
FRASER VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that, pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act, the Fraser Valley Regional District will conduct a Public Hearing with respect to • Fraser Valley Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1250, 2014 [hereinafter referred to as Bylaw 1250] • Fraser Valley Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1251, 2014 [hereinafter referred to as Bylaw 1251] • Fraser Valley Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1252, 2014 [hereinafter referred to as Bylaw 1252] • Fraser Valley Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1253, 2014 [hereinafter referred to as Bylaw 1253] • Fraser Valley Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1254, 2014 [hereinafter referred to as Bylaw 1254] • Fraser Valley Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1255, 2014 [hereinafter referred to as Bylaw 1255] • Fraser Valley Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1256, 2014 [hereinafter referred to as Bylaw 1256] • Fraser Valley Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1257, 2014 [hereinafter referred to as Bylaw 1257] The Public Hearing will be conducted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the FVRD Ofmce, 4th Floor Boardroom, 45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack, B.C. The purpose of Bylaws 1250 to 1257 is to amend all Electoral Area Zoning Bylaws to demne and regulate medical marihuana grow operations, as licensed under Health Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, and to provide clarity regarding which zones in each Electoral Area that medical marihuana grow operations will be a permitted use. ¬ «¬ 5A «
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The public hearing on Bylaws 1250 to 1257 is to be held by a delegate of the FVRD Board. Copies of the Board resolution making the delegation and copies of Bylaws 1250 to 1257 are available for public inspection until March 11th, 2014 at the Fraser Valley Regional District, 45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1N6 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday) . For further information, please contact the Planning Department at 604-702-5000, toll free 1-800-528-0061, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is available online at: http://www.fvrd.bc.ca/InsidetheFVRD/CommunityPlanning/Pages/MMZ.aspx At this public hearing, all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaws will be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the Bylaws which are the subject of the hearing. Written submission may also be submitted to Fraser Valley Regional District in advance of the hearing but must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. March 11th, 2014. Written submissions will be entered into the public hearing record. Dated this 19th day of February 2014 Paul Gipps Chief Administrative Ofmcer
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