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undreds of people licensed to grow medical marijuana in Chilliwack have been working hard to dismantle their gardens and destroy their plants in advance of April 1, the day it was all supposed to become illegal. Or maybe they haven’t. “We are prepared but we have to wait and see what to be ready for,” Sgt. Duncan Pound of RCMP E Division told the Times regarding police planning in advance of the April 1 deadline. “The numbers could be high, middle, they could be low.” Mounties have no idea how

many of the approximately 600 medical marijuana growers in Chilliwack will dismantle their grow-ops and destroy their plants and seeds, as per requirements in Health Canada’s marijuana for medical purposes regulations (MMPR) scheduled to come into effect April 1. The new rules also require licence holders to provide written notice to Health Canada by April 30 that they have destroyed their marijuana, plants and seeds. Anyone who does not do this will be reported to police. But after a Federal Court judge granted an injunction on March 21, implementation of the new rules is on hold. Abbotsford lawyer John Conroy

argued successfully on behalf of medical marijuana users, who said forcing patients to access their medicine through the mail from largescale growers will be too expensive and will affect the quality of the product. In response to the court ruling, Health Canada said in a statement it would review the decision and consider its options. The ministry added that the rapid expansion under the medical marijuana program to the point where more than 40,000 people hold licences “has had significant unintended consequences on public health, safety and security.” Specifically, growing marijuana in homes adds to risks from home invasion and theft, fire

and toxic mould, and these are risks shared by neighbours and the community at large. Health Minister Rona Ambrose responded to the decision on Twitter: “We are disappointed with this decision,” she wrote. “Allowing marijuana to be grown in Canadian homes and neighbourhoods has led to serious abuse. This includes public health and safety risks such as criminal diversion, fire hazards, and mould infestations. We will review the decision in detail.” The RCMP and Chilliwack city hall agree. “Marijuana grow operations attract a criminal element { See WEED, page A20 }

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he non-profit organization that co-ordinates literacy programs in Chilliwack is worried deep cuts to its funding will be followed up by no funding at all next year. The Chilliwack Learning Community Society (CLCS) got news this month that its funding from Decoda Literacy Solutions, a provincial non-profit that supports it, had been cut from $30,000 to $13,000, and that there might not be any funding next year. Decoda met with Education Minister Peter Fassbender March 5 to talk about literacy co-ordination funding for the province, which dropped from $2.5 million in 2012-13 to $1 million in 2013-14. “From our discussion with the minister, we are under the impression that there is currently no funding for community literacy co-ordination in the 2014-15 budget,” states a March 11 letter from Decoda to its literacy groups around the province. Decoda officials said the news was especially disappointing since the Legislative Select Standing Committee on Finance had recommended funding distributed through Decoda stay at $2.5 million annually. Locally, the loss of $30,000 may not seem like much, but CLCS literacy outreach co-ordinator Debbie Denault said her organization leverages that funding to generate more

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hen the Chilliwack Hospital and Health Care Foundation (CHHCF) launched in May 2012, it cast itself as a whole new kind of health-care foundation, one that would work to improve the health of local residents by focusing on local community-based projects instead of hospital equipment and bricks and mortar alone. “We want to facilitate new programs or ones that are existing that are preventive, that keep people out of hospitals,” then-executive director Donna Dixson told the Times two years ago. The organization set out four pillars in its mandate to improve local health: children and youth, seniors, hospital initiatives and community health. Despite enthusiasm and local buy-in for that mandate from a wide range of community partners, however, the foundation announced this month it had decided to get back to focusing its fundraising efforts on the hospital. “At the recent strategic planning session, the CHHCF reconfirmed that Chilliwack General Hospital is a vital part of our community, and must remain the primary mandate of the CHHCF,” a March 5 press release stated. “A natural outcome of this decision was to restructure the CHHCF’s focus on fundraising to provide increased support of our hospital.” As part of the restructuring, the CHHCF announced it had offloaded its Healthy Kids Initiative to the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, a non-profit society that represents local family doctors. Dixson was at a loss to explain what

{ LITERACY, from page A1 } than $155,000 in grants and in-kind contribution for local literacy projects annually. And that figure doesn’t include thousands of hours donated by volunteers or time donated by organizations like the University of the Fraser Valley, the Chilliwack school district and local libraries at the board level. Denault said literacy outreach co-ordinators work broadly in the community to bring together all types of people who want to be involved in literacy, either by contributing to or by accessing programs and services. She said a co-ordinated approach yields results and pointed to the local adult-toadult tutoring program, which has seen more than a six-fold increase in clients seeking reading, writing, math, tech and ESL tutoring, since coming under the CLCS umbrella in 2009. Without funding to marshall a co-ordinated approach, Denault fears both clients and

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prompted the move, which also eliminated her position. “I really can’t answer that question. I don’t know,” she said. “We had achieved amazing things in a very short period of time. We were the envy of many organizations, and the partnerships we established were just nothing short of amazing, and anyone that worked with us couldn’t believe what we were able to do. But perhaps it wasn’t the right organization to be doing it. I think that’s what we have to keep in mind. That’s why I’m so excited that the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice is willing to take on the health promotion.” CHHCF’s board is also happy to see local doctors take over the leadership of the Healthy Kids Initiative. “The frontline people are the people that have the greatest knowledge and also are most effective in delivering these kind of programs,” CHHCF president John Jansen said. He said funding was behind the decision to refocus the foundation’s efforts on the hospital instead of local health-promotion initiatives. “It’s difficult to identify a strong, continuing funding source for those type of programs,” he said. “That’s why it has to be looked at.” In a recent meeting with B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake, Jansen said the foundation was told the government has no money for local healthy living initiatives and the CHHCF should work through Fraser Health on a regional basis when it comes to health promotion. “He feels that it’s more effective doing it that

way,” Jansen said. Asked if there was any evidence a regional approach was better, Jansen was ambivalent. “I don’t know,” he said. “I think a lot of the times, those programs, if they come from the community, because they know what the community’s like, they can customize the initiatives to suit the community’s needs, but [the health minister] says no, it should be more focused on a regional basis and working with different partners. I understand that too because then you can get the resources from different parts.” A passionate advocate for home-grown health initiatives, Dixson’s view was more cut and dried. “The only way it works is at a grassroots level, when you actually go in and talk to and get organization by organization and individual by individual engaged in taking responsibility for their own health and the people around them. That’s the only way it works,” she said. “That’s why I believe nothing else is working is because no one else is doing it at a community level like what we were doing.” The bottom line for both Dixson and Jansen, however, is that the local healthy-living partnerships forged during the CHHCF’s original mandate will endure through the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, which last week brought Dixson on as community relations co-ordinator. “One of my jobs is to reconnect now and make sure that people still know there’s opportunity, but now it’s just with the division,” said Dixson. “It’s as simple as that, really.”

Volunteers donating countless hours donors will drop off. “The board has to make some decisions now about how we’re going to manage this,” she said. “Reduction in funding means that we’re not going to be able to leverage the number of grants and in-kind contributions that we normally do.” While it has lauded Decoda for its work, the Ministry of Education stated last week that a core review of all ministries to determine priorities and budgets is currently under way. “The ministry wants to make sure it is best meeting the needs of British Columbians in the most fiscally responsible manner,” reads a March 17 statement. The ministry also has a different take on its contribution to literacy programs. “For the 2013/14 fiscal year, Decoda is receiving $1.5 million from the ministry —including $500,000 for Raise-A-Read-

er,” reads the statement. “In addition, in 2013/14, the Ministry of Advanced Education provided Decoda $62,000 and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training provided approximately $665,000.” The New Democrats, however, have criticized cuts to literacy co-ordination funding. “It’s disgraceful that the Liberals spent $15 million last year advertising their so-called ‘jobs plan,’ but are ready to cut this efficient, low-cost program that helps tens of thousands of British Columbians achieve the literacy and numeracy levels they need to get good family-supporting jobs,” stated NDP education critic Rob Fleming in a press release last week. Neither Chilliwack MLA John Martin nor Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness responded to Times requests for comment by press time. - With files from Barb Brouwer, Eagle Valley News

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f you’re a Chilliwack senior, odds are you have a family doctor. If you’re a First Nations youth living in Hope, it’s less likely. Those are a few of the “unsurprising” realities hidden in the statistical results of a primary health care survey conducted by the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice. More than 3,000 people responded to the series of surveys conducted for the A GP for Me program. Overall, the rate of “unattachment”—those without a family doctor—was seven per cent for the study area, a number that parallels provincewide data. Seventy-five per cent (2,279) of the surveys were completed by Chilliwack residents, with 411 from Agassiz-Harrison and 340 from Hope. In Chilliwack, six per cent of respondents reported being unattached to a family doctor, a number that rose to seven per cent in Agassiz-Harrison and 10 per cent in Hope. Seniors had the lowest unattachment rate to a GP at four per cent, while First Nations and youth were each at 12 per cent. “One surprise came from Hope where the rate of unat-

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tached seniors jumps to 11 per cent,” the division reported in a survey highlights sheet. While the statistics illuminate a number of areas, a number of uncertainties remain. “Small communities are vulnerable when doctors retire or move away. The explanation for why youth and First Nations people is higher is less clear.” Even the Division’s lead physician Dr. Ralph Jones was quick to use the “lies, damn lies and statistics” line when trying to unpack the results of the survey. One thing that is clear from the survey results is that for those who are unattached to a GP, finding one isn’t easy. “The general impression is that it is very hard to find a doctor in Chilliwack.” Overall, Jones, Chilliwack Division of Family Practice executive director Ken Becotte, and physician lead for A GP for Me Dr. Melanie Madill said the situation locally is better than in most other communities. There is less of an issue with the number of people who can’t find a family doctor in Chilliwack than there is with

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measles outbreak we began working closely with Fraser Health,” Novak said. “The district appreciates the co-operation it is receiving from parents and the timely response and direction our partner at Fraser Health has provided.” The measles outbreak, which was declared on March 8 after two confirmed cases were reported at Mount Cheam Christian school in Rosedale, has seen 228 confirmed cases to date, according to a Fraser Health press release Monday. Health officials are encouraged, however, that the cases have been largely contained within the original private school and ultra-orthodox church population in Rosedale where the disease first hit and which eschews vaccination on religious grounds. “We know our vaccine program

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is working because if it were not, we would be seeing measles cases multiplying outside of this specific population,” Fraser Health chief medical health officer Dr. Paul Van Buynder said. “I am encouraged by this and want to stress the need for people to continue to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves, their families and others from this disease.” The most effective protection against the measles virus is two doses of the vaccine, according to health officials. Children under the age of five are most at risk of serious disease, according to health officials, and need to get the vaccine from a general practitioner or a public health clinic. ◗ Information on vaccination clinics for children between the ages of one and five is available at www.fraserhealth.ca.

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ecently I needed to briefly distract my little boy, so I grabbed my iPad and found a nature video on YouTube about lions in some far-flung corner of Africa. The documentary commentator noted that the lions sometimes hunt the oryx—a dangerously long-horned antelope—but prefer to pluck meals from the local herds of mules or donkeys, for obvious reasons. Through a translator, a gesticulating member of the local tribe who owned the donkeys bemoaned the fact that a lion had killed one of hers and she could no longer travel to visit her grandchildren. Note that: A lion killed her donkey so she can’t visit her grandchildren. Think about that next time you run out of gas or you miss the bus. It’s easy to bury our heads in the sand of our daily lives and forget to look big picture. There’s the hackneyed “kids-are-starving-in-Africa” line fathers have dealt out to children since time immemorial when kids refused to finish their dinners. Cliché, sure, but a point worth remembering: There are kids starving in Africa

PAUL J. HENDERSON @peejayaitch . . . and Asia and Europe and Canada and even Chilliwack. Don’t waste food! Using relativism in this way in our lives is important to give our lives perspective. It also can be a cup-is-half-full way of looking at the world when you get too focused in on the niggling details of dayto-day life. I suspect Glenda Standeven, cancer survivor and local author of Choosing to Smile, can speak to this. When you catch yourself uttering “What a nightmare!”as you are in a hurry stuck in a 12-car lineup at Tim Hortons, pause for a moment and think of those stuck in a 12-car pileup on the highway, or stuck in their car as a mudslide covers the road. It always could be worse. I was at BC Childrens Hospital this week with my baby boy for what turned out to be a relatively minor, and almost unnecessary, surgery. We know how lucky we are. When I hear the name of

BC Childrens I think of little Lilee-Jean Putt’s mother’s post on Facebook after the toddler finally succumbed to brain cancer in September. “She had a rough day today, and is no longer in any distress,” L.J.’s mom Chelsey Whittle posted on Facebook at the time. “She passed away curled up in mommy’s arms, listening to daddy play his guitar.” Others face unimaginable pain. But there is a danger in overusing this practice of relativism. Those who might engage in high-level corporate or government malfeasance, for example, could suggest the public shouldn’t complain too much and the media shouldn’t investigate too deeply: “Don’t you have bigger stories to think about? At least we live in a wealthy democracy.” On Tuesday, a number of folks protested the Fair Elections Act at MP Mark Strahl’s office. Notwithstanding your opinion on this piece of legislation and how critics say it could affect voter turnout, this is a protest worth paying attention to and an act worth discussing. But engage too deeply in kids-arestarving-in-Africa relativism, and one might imagine it being used to distract. “Fair Elections? Pshaw! At least they’re

fairish. This isn’t Russia or Syria or North Korea.” I have always suspected this is part of why we have such low voter turnout: It’s not that voters are cynical and angry at all politicians; it’s that the worst Canadian politician is just fine compared to Vladimir Putin or Bashar Al Assad or Kim Jong Un. It’s not a contradiction to at once lament a lost iPhone and wonder what happened to Malaysian Airlines MH370. We can grouse about the Canucks while worrying about treatment of Canadian veterans. And there is nothing wrong with grumbling about traffic and then signing an online petition to stop sex trafficking. It brings to mind comedian Louis CK lamenting those who complain about air travel and, specifically, sitting on a runway for 40 minutes before a flight. “Oh my god, really? What happened then, did you fly through the air like a bird, incredibly?” We all need a little perspective. Our day-to-day gripes are gripes to be sure. Just don’t forget about that African grandma and her donkey.

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Irresponsible and selfish attitude Editor: Re: Cartoonist took an ‘ignorant’ view, Chilliwack Times, March 20. Mr. Neels, I don’t believe you to be uneducated, that is only one of many synonyms for ignorant. Google defines ignorant as: ig·no·rant 1. lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.

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Online: www.chilliwacktimes.com Email: editorial@chilliwacktimes.com Mail: 45951 Trethewey Ave., Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 1K4 Letters must include first and last name, and a daytime phone number. Please remember, brevity is the soul of wit. “he was told constantly that he was ignorant and stupid” synonyms: uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unread, uninformed, unenlightened, benighted I would prefer to believe you fall under “lacking knowledge and awareness,” and perhaps “uninformed or unenlightened.” Children under the age of one cannot be vaccinated, and other people with certain conditions cannot be vaccinated at all. While I respect you as a God-fearing man, I think we all can agree that one’s religious beliefs should not put others at risk. I am more than a little disturbed you’d rather take a passage from the Bible out of context than believe that perhaps God had a hand in us discovering ways to combat disease. Intentional or not, by refusing vaccinations that have nearly eradicated mass outbreaks of widespread disease, you are, let’s say, an accidental terrorist? This would be a non-issue if you didn’t insert your possibly contagious selves into the mainstream environment. Quarantining yourself after the fact is too little too late. And by no means am I “picking” on just you or anyone sharing your religious beliefs. There are others who instead of listening to regional health authorities, prefer to believe junk science and the latest hysteria posted on their Facebook page. They too, are just as culpable. As for your math, well it just proves you’re part of the problem . . . and yes, I suppose you’re right, there’s a lot of ignorant people out there, by one definition or another. Vaccination only works if we have “herd immunity”—and there’s a reason it’s called that. Farmers would be out of business if they left the health of their livestock in “the hands of God.” While your co-operation with Fraser Health is appreciated, it’s less than adequate, and it would be unnecessary had you filled your civic responsibilities in the first place. No Ron, I don’t think you are uneducated, but I surely question your judgment. Putting the health and welfare of other human beings in jeopardy under the guise of “freedom of religion” is not only an abuse of our Charter of Rights, but extremely irresponsible and selfish. Donna Pascoe Chilliwack

Church leadership did them no favours Editor: It is truly bewildering: when I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, great scientists and great leaders undertook the ambitious and Hercu-

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lean task of attempting to eradicate many infectious diseases, yet some local leaders in today’s society fail to apply these hard won successes to protect those who look up to them. Leadership, whether within the small confines of a family, or on the larger stage, possesses nobility when the reduction of human suffering forms part of its greater objective, a quality clearly displayed by the aforementioned advocates for public health. In public school, a classmate of mine contracted polio. His parents had forbidden vaccination—they didn’t “believe” in it. Recurring flare-ups left Mike bedridden for months at a time, and undermined any efforts to achieve his potential as he eked out a meagre living on a disability pension. This story does not have a silver lining or happy ending: his parents lived long enough to experience the full effect of Mike’s disgust and contempt for them and the cavalier decision that imposed upon him a lifetime of suffering. Elsa Benin Chilliwack

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There’s enough prying and spying Editor: I am writing in response to Graham Dowden’s letter titled “Immunization Debate.” Times, March 20. I do not agree with Mr. Dowden’s point that families should be required by law to immunize their children. I cherish my individual freedom to choose, and Dowden’s ranting diatribe suggests that the state should now have oversight of even more of my right to lead an individual and private life. Everywhere I turn, I find my personal activities are being scrutinized. It isn’t even a secret anymore that all my electronic communications, including niceties between my wife and me, are routinely recorded and stored by agencies sanctioned to do so by our government. It is even common knowledge that the web access microphones and video cameras, standard equipment on home computers and games such as the Wii or the Xbox Kinect systems, scan your home and provide the data to those who know how to find it on the web. My car, my GPS, my cellphone, and my iPad track me and make my position known as sure as any air traffic control system. Telecom companies maintain extensive databases of all this material. Abbotsford Police recently made it clear that they were willing to access these illegal data bases to prosecute those who they believe to be distracted drivers. I want out of this prying, spying culture, but Mr. Dowden’s plan would increase the presence of the snoops in my life. I will choose if my children and I are vaccinated. I also want to choose who has access to my personal data and my whereabouts. I urge everyone to make it known that our current super-surveillance, government controlled, nanny state is not acceptable. A note to your elected public servant is a good first move in controlling this creeping invasion of our privacy and personal rights. Gary Raddysh Chilliwack

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Editor: Mayor Sharon Gaetz and city council have got it right. The more shovel ready areas we can create in downtown Chilliwack the better off this city will be. Who doesn’t love the look and feel of empty space? I hope council doesn’t mind that I am taking my out-of-town guests, friends and family on city tours this year. It’s wonderful. I call it the “This is where history used to live tour.” The highlight of course is those gorgeous planter boxes where the Paramount Theatre lived. We stop and stare through the steel fence at all the nearly rare plants almost growing there. And I always deflect the obvious questions and downplay the fact that it took four months and nearly one million dollars to demolish the “condemned” and “decrepit” building. I remind them that all old buildings are a danger and have to come down for all our good and the safety of our children. But I don’t downplay the other favourite attractions. The other day we had a box lunch in the old Safeway parking lot before getting pictures of the many, many empty lots throughout the area. It was invigorating and interesting to imagine what was once there and what will be built there 20 or 30 years from now. I always encourage my visitors to get out of the van and walk amongst the tall grass and weeds and gravel. Some take off their shoes and socks, although I don’t recommend it. I applaud city council for saving us a lot of money on those highway billboards encouraging tourism and those lovers of historic buildings. We don’t want those folks travelling all the way off the highway into downtown taking up valuable parking spaces and buying things. Keep them out there on the Vedder Road of Dreams where they can quickly fill up, get fast food and get on their road to anywhere else. Lucky us, council’s shovel-ready downtown plan guarantees that we will attract more beige developers with buildings that are unique to nowhere. They will look and feel exactly like commercial buildings in all those other Fraser Valley communities that no one visits. The only question remaining is when will the city begin buying up and mowing down all those tired old buildings on Wellington west of Yale Road so we can have complete peace and quiet down there to grow some more flowers and wonder wistfully about what could be built there in Chilliwack’s bright and unforeseeable future? R. Collins Chilliwack

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› Faith Today BY GRAHAM MCMAHON Church of the Nazarene

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magine a foreign power came into your city and forcibly took you, your family, and all the people captive and moved you to a far-off city in another country. I don’t know about you, but I would feel homesick pretty quick and I’d probably have a lot of resentment towards my captors. If you can imagine this scenario, this is what happened to the people of Judah starting in the late 590s B.C. When the Babylonians conquered Judah, much of the population was forcibly resettled 1,100 kilometres east in the city of Babylon. This policy of forced repatriation is known as exile and

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Seek the peace of the city these exiles felt humiliated, abandoned, confused, resentful towards their captors and they wanted to go home. The prophet Jeremiah wrote a letter to the first group of exiles in which he delivered some surprising news. If the exiles were hoping to go home soon, they shouldn’t hold their breath. It would be two generations before they would see their homeland. God wanted them to settle down, build houses, plant gardens, and grow their families. The next exhortation was a

shocking one: “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7). Welfare is an English translation of the Hebrew word, “shalom.” This word means “holistic peace,” as in peace in every aspect of life: physically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually, economically and environmentally. So, the verse can be translated, “But seek the peace of the city . . . and pray to the Lord on its behalf,

for in its peace you will find your peace.” Can you imagine? You, your family, and all your neighbours have been taken from your home and forbidden to go back and you are to seek the peace of the city that holds you captive and pray for it! That’s a remarkable picture of what kind of people God was calling these exiles to be. Which brings me to us. Now I know we are not political exiles here in Chilliwack. In fact, if we moved here from somewhere else, it was by

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choice. We want to live here. I don’t tell this story to draw parallels to exiles. Instead, I tell this story to say that if God called exiles to seek the peace of the city they had been forcibly taken to, then we who chose to live in Chilliwack have even more reason to seek the peace of the city. And we shouldn’t see a self-serving motivation here, but an intimate connection between the peace of our city and our own peace. If we help to mend broken relationships, bring economic justice, and

create cleaner parks, rivers and neighbourhoods, then we will experience peace for ourselves. Here are some simple things we can do to seek the peace of Chilliwack: pray for our city and its leaders, partner with people or organizations who seek to bring peace to our city, get to know our neighbours, shop locally whenever possible, and seek to understand one another when there are differences. God calls us to seek the peace of our city and when we do, we will experience peace for ourselves. ◗ Graham McMahon is a pastor serving the Chilliwack Church of the Nazarene. Feel free to contact him at 4theneighbourhood@gmail.com.


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NDP takes dead aim at Multi Material BC recycling ‘failure’

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he NDP is accusing the provincial government of handing over control of B.C.’s blue box recycling system to Toronto-based multinational executives who will be unaccountable while B.C. businesses and households pay higher costs. Opposition small business critic Lana Popham raised the issue of Multi Material BC in the Legislature Monday, calling on the province to change course before the agency’s new system for recycling packaging and printed paper takes effect May 19. “If government doesn’t take a step back, B.C.’s recycling system is going to end up in a giant dumpster,” Popham said. “The control of recycling should never have been outsourced to the large corporate interests based in Ontario and abroad. This is a profound failure. This pro-

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of the purchase agreement. “We were told that it might take a year or two before they reached the goal at which point they’d be giving us out some money.” While the $10 million from the June 2011 sale was divided among the CBA non-profits based on how much time each organization had volunteered at the old bingo, the trailing payments are divided equally. “That’s a quarter million dollars being spent in Chilliwack,” Oss said. “All that money is being spent locally, for local causes.” Since the trailing payments are slated to continue for another 18 years, Oss said the casino surplus will also bring some continuity to funding for local non-profits, including groups ranging from the #147 Airwolf Air Cadets and the Chilliwack Community Arts Council to the Sardis Fliers Speed Skating club and the Ann Davis Transition Society.

gram needs to be paused and the entire concept reconsidered.” Popham’s comments follow the launch earlier this month of a campaign against MMBC by a coalition of business groups, including the newspaper industry, who say they can’t afford to pay high fees imposed under the new system. “ The Liberal government loves to claim they’re getting rid of red tape,” she said in an interview Monday. “So it’s quite ironic because MMBC is a Godzilla-sized red tape monster.” Although MMBC is registered as a society, Popham called it a “dummy corporation” because two of its three directors are Toronto-based senior executives with Loblaws and Unilever, while the third is MMBC managing director Allan Langdon. The Saanich South NDP MLA said the province should force MMBC to give B.C. stakeholders majority control. Popham said the

MMBC system will be “dangerously close to monopoly” resulting in less competititon and innovation in recycling. She also said municipalities have been pressured into signing contracts with inadequate compensation for their costs, the threat of penalties for contamination and a gag clause. MMBC’s new recycling fees on businesses will be passed along to consumers through higher prices, Popham said, calling it a “hidden tax” that won’t be transparent to consumers. Meanwhile, she says cities are unlikely to rebate property taxes that households already pay for recycling. “The slogan for MMBC should probably be ‘Recycle once, but pay twice.’” In some cities where MMBC won’t provide services, such as Kamloops, residents will pay for nothing, Popham added. MMBC says it will take new types of containers and packaging not collected in B.C. before. But Popham noted glass

will no longer be collected curbside in many cities and there’s little evidence the system will improve recycling rates overall. She said a smarter approach would have been to extend the beverage can deposit-refund system to more containers, such as milk cartons and laundry detergent jugs. Liberal MLA Eric Foster (Vernon Monashee) responded in the Legislature, saying the province made changes to exempt most businesses from MMBC fees and paperwork if they earn less than $1 million in revenue, generate less than one tonne per year of packaging, or operate as a single outlet. “We’ve got all kinds of validation on this—chambers of commerce, local government, opportunities for local government to either continue the way they’re doing it or to have MMBC put their contractors in there to pick up,” said Foster, who serves on the government’s environment and land use committee.

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Public invited to question proposed pipeline route BY PAUL J. HENDERSON phenderson@chilliwacktimes.com

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hilliwack residents have a chance to ask questions of Kinder Morgan staff Thursday night at an open house dedicated to the route of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project. Kinder Morgan filed its application with the National Energy Board (NEB) in December for the $5.4 bil-

lion, 1,150-kilometre oil pipeline twinning project. If approved, the project will increase the 60-year-old pipeline’s capacity from 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 890,000 bpd. The company has said it intends to build the second pipeline in the existing right-of-way wherever possible and practical, but there are a few exceptions. Areas of concern or where there are questions include: the Cheam

Lake wetlands, the Vedder River, residential areas in Sardis, and two schoolyards. The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) has expressed concern over Kinder Morgan’s plans to consider running the new pipeline under what a senior staffer calls the Stanley Park of the community—Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park. Critics of the pipeline expansion project have also pointed to its prox-

imity to Watson elementary and Vedder middle schools. As for the Vedder River, the company has said it “can be protected through horizontal directional drilling; and Fraser Valley agricultural resources can be protected during construction.” Along Montcalm and Canterbury in Sardis, the current pipeline runs under residential backyards. The company is searching for alterna-

tives to constructing through residential areas. The Trans Mountain Expansion Project open house focusing on “optimization of the proposed pipeline corridor” runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Coast hotel (45920 First Ave.). ◗ For more information on how to provide feedback, visit talk.transmountain.com.

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Coach Graves and his Sophie’s choice A tireless work ethic . . . and some amazing success . . . has led to one tough decision for a coach with two BY CORNELIA NAYLOR cnaylor@chilliwacktimes.com hilliwack basketball coach Kyle Graves has deep roots at Sardis secondary and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), both as a player and as a coach. In Grade 10, he was on the first Sardis boys team ever to make provincials. At UFV, he won two college provincial championships, one national championship and was a member of the Cascades first CIS squad. Since then, he’s helped raise both programs to unprecedented heights. After five years as head coach of Sardis and assistant coach at UFV, the 29-year-old has seen Sardis transformed from Fraser Valley non-entity to quad-A provincial contender for two years running and the Cas“At this moment cades evolve into regulars I don’t know at Canada what I’m going West’s final four. to do as far as After three coaching Sardis years as a Falcon, six years or UFV.” as a Cascade Kyle Graves and five years of overlapping coaching commitments, Graves has invested a combined 19 years into the two teams. But a Sophie’s choice is now at hand. “At this moment I don’t know what I’m going to do as far as coaching Sardis or UFV,” he told the Times last week, “so it’s kind of up in the air now. It’ll be a summer of trying to decide the pros and cons of each one because I can’t keep doing both teams. It would just be too much.” His employment will be a big part of the equation. Graves first volunteered to coach at Sardis five years ago when he was fresh out of teacher school, living in Sardis and subbing in the Chilliwack school district. “I came down and asked the athletic

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director, Mr. Heiss, if I could coach the junior team, and he said, ‘No, you can coach the senior team,’” Graves said. “I gave that a shot and I enjoyed it, and I’d always wanted to come back and help out Sardis.” A history and P.E. teacher, Graves has spent five years building the program up from scratch, sometimes arriving at Sardis practices and games after a day of subbing elsewhere in the district, and sometimes as a temporary contract teacher at Sardis itself. This year he’s covering a maternity leave at Sardis, but that contract will be up by next basketball season. “We’ll see how it goes,” Graves said. “Hopefully I’ll get a continuing job at Sardis, which would make it easier to stay there.” One thing’s for sure—especially since coach Graves somehow managed to find enough time to attract a girlfriend a year ago—staying on with both teams isn’t an option. During the hoops season, he has sometimes put in as many as 26 after-work and weekend hours a week at UFV and Sardis practices and games. And the off season isn’t as “off” as it used to be either. “There’s not much taking time off,” Graves said. “It’s not like 30 years ago, where if you were an athlete, you just played three months a year and got by. Being one of the best players nowadays is a full-year commitment.” Most young fans cheering on the Sardis Falcons during the hype and glamour of the provincial championships at the Langley Events Centre this month, were probably still in bed last summer while Falcons players hit the gym three days a week for 8 a.m. practices. Like many a coach before him, Graves said he has put in the time as a way of giving back to a game that’s shaped not only his athletic career, but his life. Among his influences he names local veteran Chilliwack secondary school coach Joe Mauro, who coached Graves at camp in Grade 6, supported him through his high school career at Sardis and was on hand at the provincials this month { See GRAVES, page A19 }

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Track and Field Club

The Chilliwack Track and Field Club hosts a start-up meeting at 6 p.m on April 1 in the field house at the Sardis Track. The event is designed for new members to meet the executive, who will be there to provide an overview of the club and to answer any questions. Anyone nine years of age and older is welcome to come out to compete and train with the club. For more information, visit www.chilliwacktrackandfield. teampages.com.

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The Agassiz Speedway hosts Saturday night racing under the lights Saturday, April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event features compact Hit To Pass racing, street stock and hornet car racing. Tickets are $12 for adults. Kids six and under get in for free. Come out early to meet the drivers. For more information, visit www.agassizspeedway.com.

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he Chilliwack Centre of Excellence (CCE) paddling club hosted the first boatercross race of the kayaking season at the Tamihi Rapids recreation site Saturday. Amid rain, rapids and rocks, competitors from the Fraser Valley, B.C. Interior and Alberta raced each other, crashing and bumping, to the finish line. Innisfail, Alberta’s Darius Ramrattan captured the Boater Cross Cup after three heats. Fellow Albertan Mike Holroyd took second, and Chilliwack’s own Jon Allen claimed third. Whitewater kayaking action continued Sunday as CCE hosted the Rich Weiss Memorial

Clapp wins golf event

Slalom Race. Chilliwack’s Isabel Taylor and Finley Capstick won the cadet K1 events, while paddlers from Alberta and the U.S. snapped up the top awards in the junior, open and masters categories. CCE’s next events are the rescheduled IceBreaker #3 on April 6 (at the gates just off Highway 1 between Chilliwack and Abbotsford) and then a fun Mother’s Day flatwater race on May 10 at Hope Slough. The CCE’s final kayak polo session in the Cheam Centre pool is March 30.   ◗ Visit www.ccekayak.com for more information and event registration.

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Innisfail Alberta’s Darius Ramrattan leads the pack at a boatercross race hosted by the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence at the Tamihi Rapids recreation site Saturday.

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› Sports { GRAVES, from page A14 } cheering Sardis on. “He’s been a big mentor to me,” Graves said, “and I’ve always had so much respect for him because, in the past, he’s had really successful teams and a lot of coaches after that success goes away, they end up quitting, but he’s stuck with the program even in these last couple years where they’ve had down years.” At UFV, it was coach Pat Lee that took Graves to the next level. “I was just kind of a lazy player coming out of high school, kind of out of shape,” Graves said. “He made me a focused, not only athlete, but student. I wasn’t the greatest student my first couple years in university, but he really made me focus on what I wanted to accomplish. I ended up with a B average in university, which I never thought

Job takes up a lot of headspace was possible.” To Graves, the ultimate accomplishment as a coach would be to know he’s had the same influence on his own players. Asked what he’s learned since making the transition from player to coach, Graves said he realizes now how much headspace the job takes up. As a player, his passion and intensity made him a fan favourite and earned him team captain honours at UFV from his second year on—it also got him kicked out of his fair share of games. Since he’s started coaching, though, he’s learned that even the most passionate player doesn’t think about the game the way a coach does, i.e. 24/7.

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“If you lose a game or think you could have done something better, it’s going to stick with you, even right before you go to sleep, or when you wake up early in the morning,” Graves said. “What could we have done better?” was his waking thought the morning after his Falcons lost the BC High School Boys 4A Basketball Championship semifinal to Holy Cross earlier this month. More than a week later, he’s is still plagued by the thought that just five more minutes of better basketball could have won it for them. “It would have been an amazing feat to get to the final,” he said. “I’ve thought about it a couple times today, but slowly every day I’m thinking about it a tiny bit less.”

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Clapp wins golf event

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Thursday, March 2014A19 A19 Thursday, March 27,27, 2014

› Sports { GRAVES, from page A14 } cheering Sardis on. “He’s been a big mentor to me,” Graves said, “and I’ve always had so much respect for him because, in the past, he’s had really successful teams and a lot of coaches after that success goes away, they end up quitting, but he’s stuck with the program even in these last couple years where they’ve had down years.” At UFV, it was coach Pat Lee that took Graves to the next level. “I was just kind of a lazy player coming out of high school, kind of out of shape,” Graves said. “He made me a focused, not only athlete, but student. I wasn’t the greatest student my first couple years in university, but he really made me focus on what I wanted to accomplish. I ended up with a B average in university, which I never thought

Job takes up a lot of headspace was possible.” To Graves, the ultimate accomplishment as a coach would be to know he’s had the same influence on his own players. Asked what he’s learned since making the transition from player to coach, Graves said he realizes now how much headspace the job takes up. As a player, his passion and intensity made him a fan favourite and earned him team captain honours at UFV from his second year on—it also got him kicked out of his fair share of games. Since he’s started coaching, though, he’s learned that even the most passionate player doesn’t think about the game the way a coach does, i.e. 24/7.

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“If you lose a game or think you could have done something better, it’s going to stick with you, even right before you go to sleep, or when you wake up early in the morning,” Graves said. “What could we have done better?” was his waking thought the morning after his Falcons lost the BC High School Boys 4A Basketball Championship semifinal to Holy Cross earlier this month. More than a week later, he’s is still plagued by the thought that just five more minutes of better basketball could have won it for them. “It would have been an amazing feat to get to the final,” he said. “I’ve thought about it a couple times today, but slowly every day I’m thinking about it a tiny bit less.”

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Times via email. “It may be challenging to attend to each complaint, but we have added additional police in our budget this year for that purpose.” Asked if Health Canada had provided any further resources to municipalities to crack down on the 18,000 grow-ops in B.C. that will, if not taken down, suddenly be illegal overnight, she said no. “In spite of local government’s request for more resources from Health Canada, none have been forthcoming,” she said. “In fact, we understand that there are still only three inspectors for all of Western Canada and we further understand that these inspectors are mainly looking for precursors to the production of crystal meth.” As of a year ago, there were 580 licences to grow marijuana in Chilliwack, according to Health Canada. That was more than triple the

whether legal or illegal,” Sgt. Pound said. “They have the risks associated with them in terms of fire and in terms of illegal electrical bypassing, the moulds, the fertilizers everything being used—the dangers those pose to not only the individuals in the residence but to the community. Criminals didn’t distinguish between illegal grows or legal grows. For us the dangers posed by both were very consistent.” For her part, Mayor Sharon Gaetz said the growing of marijuana in residential homes has had a “deleterious effect on some of the housing stock” in the city, and there have been no shortage of complaints about odour and safety. “Some of our citizens have let us know that they are glad that we will now have the ability to shut grow operations down,” she told the

“. . . we understand that there are still only three inspectors for all of Western Canada and we further understand that these inspectors are mainly looking for precursors to the production of crystal meth.” Mayor Sharon Gaetz number of legal marijuana growers in Chilliwack from a year prior and well above the per capita number in other communities. One of those licence holders told the Times this week he is not shut-

ting down his marijuana growing. “They care more for the fledgling commercial growers than the patients,” he said of the federal government. If there was uncertainty regarding what would happen after April 1 before, the court injunction delaying that deadline only adds to the uncertainty. W h e n e v e r H e a l t h C a n a d a’s changes are eventually in place, the city’s local health and safety team— made up of city building and bylaw department staff, the fire inspector, electrical inspector and the RCMP— will continue to inspect properties where illegal marijuana grow ops are reported. “The team will respond to complaints of grow ops in neighbourhoods,” Gaetz said. But no one is in the business of guessing how many of those will still be active and how many will be

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Northern Gateway has proposed tanker-related safety measures designed to maintain safe vessel transportation. These measures, together with lower tanker transit speeds in the coastal channels, not only reduce the risk of marine incidents, they also minimize potential adverse effects on the marine mammal environment. ACTING ON EXPERT ADVICE Northern Gateway has consulted with many of the top experts in Canada and the world, including Chris Anderson who, as a Master Mariner and seafarer, has over 50 years of experience including the development of port and terminal facilities in British Columbia’s coastal waters and internationally. Acting on the advice of a team of experts, Northern Gateway committed to a vessel transit speed range from 8 to 12 knots. Anderson says, “Reducing vessel transit speeds through a confined channel to within this range allows improved response from our escort tugs, substantially reducing the risk of a navigational incident, while maintaining safe vessel operation.”

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safety initiatives that was put forward by Northern Gateway. As Anderson puts it, “Project-related vessels are capable of speeds of 15 to 16 knots. Many other oceangoing vessels can travel at even higher speeds. Northern Gateway is committed to reducing vessel speeds by as much as half that as an added measure of prevention.” GOING EVEN FURTHER TO ENSURE MARINE SAFETY In addition to reducing tanker speeds, Northern Gateway has committed to the use of two escort tugs for every loaded tanker associated with the Project, with one tug being tethered at all times. According to Anderson, “In the event of a mechanical issue, the tethered escort tugs can take over steering and braking which greatly reduces the risk of an incident occurring. This commitment will also help protect British Columbia’s north coast.”

BEYOND WHAT’S REQUIRED The commitment to reducing transit speeds is not a regulatory requirement, but one of many voluntary marine

ENDORSED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS The Joint Review Panel’s endorsement of the Northern Gateway Project came after a rigorous, scientific review of the evidence, including Gateway’s precautionary approach to vessel speeds and escort tug standards. Northern Gateway is working hard to meet all of the final conditions set out by the Panel, the same way they are working to meet the five conditions set out by the Province of British Columbia. Northern Gateway is committed to doing everything possible in order to build a safer, better project.

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The demolition of the Irwin Block at Five Corners started and ended last Thursday. Above the site at 9:18 a.m. and below at 2:06 p.m. Critics have suggested the heritage values of the Irwin Block meant it should have been saved. Others have applauded the demolition as long

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The BC Government is now off-loading our recycling decisions to Toronto.

Under its new regulations, the BC Government has set up an association led by big corporations to take over the local Blue Box recycling program throughout BC. If you look closely, you’ll see that of seven board members, six are executives of Toronto-based multi-national corporations, with the seventh weighing in from Montreal. How do you like that, British Columbia? This means, unlike the current program run locally by BC municipalities, this new program will be managed not by people whose first responsibility is our local environment, but rather, their Bay St. profits. That can’t be a good thing for BC. The most perplexing thing is that we currently have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, and costs BC homeowners just

$35 a year on average. The new proposed system does not guarantee to keep our local environment as its first priority, nor does it guarantee that there won’t be job losses here in BC. It doesn’t guarantee service levels, or say anything about how big business will pass along the costs to you when you go to pick up a pizza or buy groceries. Yikes! Perhaps this is why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to sign onto the new program, calling it a “scam.” Given that, maybe it’s time you called Premier Clark to keep BC’s environmental decisions right here in BC where they belong.

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If you go Keith Whitely: April 5, 8 p.m. at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Tickets are $22. Purchase online at www.harrisonfestival.com or by phone at 604-796-3664.

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eferred to as a “playing encyclopedia,” Canadian roots music master Ken Whiteley will showcase his vast repertoire of blues, swing, folk and gospel at the historic Harrison Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. “Ken is a performer with great depth and experience,” says Harrison Festival Society artistic director Andy Hillhouse. “He is one of the major figures in a Toronto folk music scene that goes back to the 1960s, and is part of an incredibly talented family of musicians, several members of which are also wellknown artists on Canadian folk and roots music circuits.”

Seven-time Juno award nominee Ken Whitely’s depth and range of styles is not only entertaining but uplifting Whiteley began his performance career as a teenager with brother Chris and friend Tom Evans as The Original Sloth Band. With the Sloths, he performed all over North America and appeared on Saturday Night Live with Leon Redbone. More recently, his collaborations with brother Chris (The Whiteley Brothers) and old friends Mose Scarlett and Jackie Washington (Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley) have resulted in a wonderful collection of recordings, garnering high praise, successful tours and

several awards. A seven-time Juno award nominee, Whiteley has played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, The Campbell Brothers, Guy Davis, Raffi, Linda Tillerey and the Cultural Heritage Choir as well as countless others. “Pretty much everybody in the Canadian folk scene knows Ken, or at least knows who he is. His white

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curly hair, effusive smile and charismatic presence are instantly recognizable,” says Hillhouse. A prolific songwriter, gifted and versatile instrumentalist and powerful singer, Whiteley’s music communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment. His performances are presented with participatory humour, grace and energy. Whether leading his own group, playing solo or collaborating with his peers, Whiteley’s “. . . deep knowledge and

infectious passion” guarantee good times for all. Whiteley will be joined by outstanding bassist Dinah D. Dinah, who has played bass with an array of musicians including Doug Cox, Harry Manx, Be Good Tanyas, and is the leader behind the all-star Contraband Swingclub and the award-winning children’s band, The Kerplunks. ◗ Tickets for Ken Whiteley are $22 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604-796-3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Avenue.

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t’s a pyjama party with a purpose as the Royal Hotel teams up with the Ann Davis Transition Society for a fun-filled evening of wine, live entertainment, fundraising and more on April 12. Women aged 19 to 90 will don their best sleepwear for the inaugural “Pyjamas for a Purpose” event in support of the programs and services provided to Chilliwack by the Ann Davis Transition Society. The fun-filled evening starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes live musical entertainment by Damian Brennan, wine education and tasting with Chaberton Estate Winery, 30 minutes of Zumba by local, licensed instructor Alma Schlitt (who has graciously donated her services), appetizer and dessert buffet, skin care and facials and ending with a prize for best pyjama outfit before the ladies retreat to their rooms for the night. There will also be a silent auction with 100 per cent of proceeds going to Ann Davis Transition Society. In addition to the fun-filled evening events, included with your ticket is onenight accommodation at the Royal Hotel and a continental breakfast the next morning. To reach its goal of present-

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ing 100 pairs of new pyjamas to Ann Davis, the Royal Hotel will start collecting pyjamas on April 1. A drop-off box for new pyjama donations will be located in the lobby of the Royal Hotel from April 1 through April 12, culminating with the “Pyjamas for a Purpose” pj party on April 12. In addition to holding a ticket to the event, a pair of new pyjamas is also required for admission to this women’s event. Women are encouraged to bring their best friend, mother or sister and come party in their pjs on April 12 at the Royal Hotel, supporting Ann Davis Transition Society’s programs and services while enjoying a charming hotel room at the 106-year-old Royal Hotel. The Ann Davis Transition Society has been providing services for women, men and children who have been victims of abuse since 1979. These services include counselling, crisis intervention and therapy as well as refuge for women and their children who have suffered abuse.

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Tim Brandsma, assistant vice-president operations, Southern Region at HUB International, Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz and Michael Audet, president of the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society, toast the newly named HUB International Theatre located in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

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he largest performance space in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre and Chilliwack’s primary location for the arts will now be known as the HUB International Theatre. The Centre made the announcement Monday, stating it is both proud and excited to be strengthening its relationship with local businesses, and embracing the support of the arts from HUB International. A leading global insura n c e b ro k e ra g e, H U B International provides a

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he list is a collection of some of the greatest blues performers on the planet . . . and Terry Gillespie has played with them all. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, JJ Cale and Howlin’ Wolf are just some of the legends Gillespie has performed beside en route to being coined Canada’s very own “king of roots blues.” A singer/songwriter/guitarist, Gillespie will perform at Bozzini’s March 29 as part of his new CD “Bluesoul” tour. Accompanying Gillespie on bass guitar and violin is Smithers B.C. native Lyndell Montgomery. F ro m t h e v e r y beginning of Gillespie’s foray in to the music industry he was never interested in being a pop star. He just wanted to play music.  His goal was to get inside the music he loved, to learn the notes and nuances of the songs. Gillespie wanted to be able to deconstruct the complexities of jazz, blues and African music in order to bring it to people and allow the listener to also get inside the music and be lost among each note, each phrase, each

groove and each lyric. Fast forward more than 20 years and find Gillespie as he is now. Some will call him seasoned, some may call him a veteran and others will call him a survivor—a survivor of the excesses of the music industry. A survivor indeed—though Gillespie does not dwell on the past. He takes life’s lessons, trials, and triumphs and uses them to create his music. His musical influences are diverse—drawing from his love of reggae, African music, jazz, and of course, blues. Gillespie has been called a musical Shaman, Canada’s king of roots music and “Mr. Groove” for good reason; his live performances are fascinating, entertaining and captivating in a way that allows the audience to pay attention and not be distracted from the music by egotistical showmanship and maniacal guitar playing. He is both charismatic and soulful. His guitar is tasteful, his vocals beautifully phrased and he is backed by an energy of sound that pulls people off their chairs and onto the dance floor.

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Mountain films

Get an adrenaline rush when the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival brings its “Best of the Fest” to Chilliwack, showcasing some of the winners from this prestigious outdoor film festival in an extra special program at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 28. For tickets call the centre box office at 604-391SHOW (7469), visit in person or purchase online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

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Local inspirational speaker and author Glenda Standeven is holding a book signing for her latest book, What Men Won’t Talk About . . . And Women Need to Know. The book chronicles her husband’s journey with prostate cancer from early symptoms to diagnosis, and from treatment to recovery. She and her husband Rick will be on hand to autograph copies at Coles Bookstore at Cottonwood Mall on March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit www. iamchoosingtosmile.com.

Panflute and organ

Panflutist Liselotte Rokyta and organist Andre Knevel perform together with the Bethel NRC Choir for two shows in Chilliwack. First up is April 3 at 8 p.m. at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church (45825 Wellington Ave.). For more information call 604-847-9750. Then on April 7 at 7:30 p.m. they perform at the Chilliwack Canadian Reformed Church (49379 Chilliwack Central Rd.). For more information call 604-847-9750. Suggested admission/donation for both shows is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $25 for families. the Other Guy, March 28 and 29. Rib cook-off on March 30, judging at 4 p.m.

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Spring Fling Fundraiser

Special Olympics Chilliwack hosts its Spring Fling Fundraiser April 12 at Squiala Community Hall, 8528 Ashwell Rd. (off Eagle Landing Parkway). Head Over Heels will perform and there will be beer and wine sales. No minors. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., dance goes until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $8 at the door, at Signal Signs (8392 Young Rd.) or by calling 604819-0161.

Mozart and Handel

On April 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presents “A Night of Mozart and Handel” at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. The evening’s lineup features favourite selections from both masters performed by guest vocal soloists Michelle Koebke (soprano) and Chilliwack counter-tenor Shane Hanson, instrumental soloists on the harp, flute and trumpet, all accompanied by the orchestra. Following the intermission, the orchestra, chorus, Koebke and Hanson will conclude the concert with G.F. Handel’s acclaimed “Dixit Dominus.” Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students. Purchase by phone at 604391-SHOW (7469), online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or in person at the box office, 9201 Corbould St.

Popkum Pickers play

The Popkum Pickers will be plucking for disaster world relief on April 25 at St. John’s Anglican Church, 46098 Higginson Rd. from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be goodies and coffee at break time. Admission is by donation at the door. ◗ Compiled by staff


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➤ From growing food at home to the politics of the ALR, The Eaten Path is a new, ongoing feature that looks at what we eat, how it is produced and the path our food takes to our table.

Worth protecting You don’t have to convince Dr. Lenore Newman that farmland is worth fighting for BY PAUL J. HENDERSON phenderson@chilliwacktimes.com

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s we emerge from the cold, wet winter months here in Chilliwack, it becomes increasingly clear that we live in the breadbasket of British Columbia. Birds begin flitting about, tree blossoms start to appear and we know that fresh vegetables are not far behind. With close to 1,000 farms and 67 per cent of the land base committed to agriculture, the City of Chilliwack is a veritable paradise for foodies. At the same time, the community is on the outskirts of a thriving, booming, growing Metro Vancouver and Lower Mainland. Chilliwack sits on the best farmland in British Columbia, land that is protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), but the threat from residential development growth is real. The Lower Mainland from Hope to Vancouver is a relative sliver of prime farmland and urban life. Most of the rest of the province is Crown Land; 94 per cent to be exact. “Think about that, 94 per cent. It’s like we bought a giant house and we are living in the hall closet,” says Dr. Lenore Newman, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Food Security at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

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It’s worth remembering that the soil in Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley isn’t just good for growing vegetables and other crops, it’s the most productive in Canada by a factor of more than two. “We are really spoiled but we’ve got to fight to protect that.” Outside of the agricultural community in the Fraser Valley, the importance of farmers, farmland and what is produced is taken for granted by most people in the Lower Mainland, according to Newman. “People don’t realize how important this farmland is,” she said. “This is the best farmland in the country by a factor of about two-and-a-half for return

on investment.” To put that in numbers, Newman said local farmers get about $18,000 an acre for farmgate receipts. The only thing close in the rest of Canada is the Niagara Peninsula at about $8,000. When she lived in Ottawa, Newman says she used to go into the store and long to be back in Vancouver at Granville Island Market with access to the bounty and quality of produce from the Fraser Valley.

“Quality that, to be honest, I’ve never seen anywhere else in the country except perhaps Quebec City that has the same love of farmland. Almost nowhere in North America do you get this kind of quality at these prices that everyone gets to enjoy.” The Agricultural Land Reserve marks its 40th anniversary in 2014, and Newman has been asked what the Lower Mainland would look like if, in 1974, it was never created. She figures

urban sprawl would stretch from Vancouver to the Sumas Prairie if not for the protection of the ALR. “If the Agriculture Land Reserve hadn’t have been put in place, we would have lost 80 percent of the agricultural land in our region by now,” she argues. Zooming in from the big picture, individual municipalities—Chilliwack { See FARMLAND, page A31}

Where there’s smoke . . . there’s barbecue

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here is no older form of cooking than barbecue, yet its resurgence in popularity and even trendiness is remarkable. Putting a piece of meat over an open flame or hot coals has been part of human culture in every corner of the planet since loin cloths were in fashion. Of course, barbecue has evolved from a form of cooking out of necessity, to a niche culture unto itself, with backyard enthusiasts spending entire days smoking briskets and ribs on hardwarestore-purchased rigs. “It used to be one of those cultural activities that was very specific to a handful of jurisdictions—Kansas City, Tennessee— there was a kind of restricted competition circuit but not too many people knew about it,” says John Martin, a backyard barbecue enthusiast turned competitor. “In the last decade, in particular the last five years, with the explosion

PAUL J. HENDERSON @peejayaitch around barbecue shows on TV, it’s really taken off.” This Sunday, Martin, who is also the BC Liberal MLA for Chilliwack, will compete in the third annual Big Red Barn Burner BBQ Competition during the Yard, Garden & Renovation Show at Heritage Park. Martin enters barbecue competitions as Big Ass BBQ, and this Sunday he’ll be one of at least two dozen teams from B.C., Alberta and the Pacific Northwest as barbecue season kicks off. Teams will compete in the traditional four categories: beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken and ribs. Martin has been entering competitive barbecue competitions for four years. He got hooked when

he finished fourth in ribs in his first competition ever. “Everybody their best is their ribs,” he said. “That really got me stoked.” Martin compares barbecue competitions to classic car events, where weekend warriors compete with the more experienced, full-timers. And, like with classic car owners, many people invest small fortunes in their barbecue rigs. Fortunately, with the surging popularity of backyard smoking, anyone with about $250 can buy a Weber bullet-shaped smoker for the backyard capable of producing competition-quality product. Darren McDonald is one local barbecue enthusiast producing pulled pork and ribs on his Weber in his backyard. He got into it after first tasting Martin’s chicken wings years ago, and he says he has now smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, bacon, salmon, chicken and a whole turkey, the latter using cherry wood plucked from a Creston orchard.

He’s not shy about the quality of what comes out of his smoker. “No doubt when I smoke it’s the best meal served in town that night, hands down,” he says. “I love that it’s no electricity, no chemical starters, just man, fire and meat.” Martin says it is possible to replicate the long, slow process of smoking on a propane barbecue, but it will never be quite the same. As for meat, Martin takes great care and pride in the local supply available in Chilliwack. But who exactly supplies Big Ass BBQ with its beef, chicken and pork is a well-guarded secret, he says. “There is just an abundance of good stuff to work with,” he says. “At the end of the day, the difference between first and fourth is minuscule, so you are always looking for an edge. One of the edges is to start with great product.” ◗ See next page for MLA John Martin’s basic baby back rib recipe.


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{ FARMLAND, from page A30 } included—have supported landowners in individual applications over the years that have chipped away at the ALR. “In most of the regions, we’ve lost eight to 10 per cent over 40 years,” Newman says. “That’s not horrible, but it’s also not sustainable.” And if you don’t think the pressure on the ALR is that fierce way out here in Chilliwack, take note of just how little developable land there is left anywhere. It’s all basically farmland or hillside. In 30 or 40 years tops, Newman says, to build anything anywhere from Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs, something will have to be torn down first. “People have said ‘you are anti-development’ and I’m totally not,” she told the Times during the Field to Fork event at UFV in November. “Farming is an enterprise and I’m very keen on it. “All I’m saying is if you want to

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Now it’s time to slather the ribs with your favourite barbecue sauce and finish for 20 to 30 minutes more. NOTE: Do not put the sauce on too early or the sugars in it will burn. Once you master these basics, then you can tweak and add your personal touch. While Martin won’t say where he gets his pork, two great examples

of Chilliwack pork producers are the Goertzens at Sundance Farms (www.pigBBQ.ca) or the Hoogeveens at Verard Farms (www. verardfarms.com). And if you’re looking for a smoker, Weber’s find-a-dealer page on its website says their products can be found, in Chilliwack, at Fortin’s, Home Hardware and Rona.

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build a bunch of houses, build them on the hills. Build them up in the valley where we can’t grow anything. Leave the best farmland in the whole country for the future, for your children, for your grandchildren.” Overall, Newman is hopeful for two reasons: people are beginning to see the value in locally grown food, and the value of farmland is increasing worldwide. “I think, in time, it’ll take care of itself,” she says of pressures on the ALR. Still, an underlying tension between development and the ALR among some, including many in the governing BC Liberals, needs to be monitored closely. Some have suggested the situation last fall when Minister of Agriculture Pat Pimm pushed to have a 70-hectare piece of land removed from the ALR so a constituent could build a rodeo park

was an anomaly. Others think the Pimm case scratches the surface of unspoken desire of some in the BC Liberals to dismantle the ALC and the ALR altogether. “There is a Libertarian streak in B.C., you know, this idea that ‘it’s my land why can’t I just do what I want with it?’” Here in Chilliwack, there has been a long-standing tension between politicians and the ALR; a tension that is rarely made overt, but bubbles under the surface. Entering its fifth decade, the ALR is a well-established land reserve, and Newman suggests it’s time to put a moratorium on land removals of any kind. Enough is enough. “Landowners have had 40 years to make a case that their land should be removed. If it’s still in the reserve, then that’s where it should stay.”

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starting at $50 includes e-filing

132 167 104 133 111 77

Bradshaw, Fordcreek, Unity

“The Taxman Since 1978” 7020 Pioneer Ave

TAX PREPARATION

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ROSEDALE 991-02

LEGAL SERVICES

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.

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Bluejay Ave, Crestwood Dr, Haig Dr, Leary Cr, Storey Ave, Vedder Rd Alder Ave, Britton Ave, Gordon, Manuel, Sheffield Way, Vedder Rd, Webb Ave Downes Ave, Knight Rd, Melville St, Queen St South Sumas Rd, Vedder Rd Goldspring, Springgate, Sylvan, Woodspring Peach Rd, Riverwood Cr, Vandell Dr Bayshore Ave, Chinook St

LEN DAVIDIUK TAX SERVICES

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ACCOUNTING / TAX /BOOKKEEPING

COARD Exteriors, Continuous Eavestrough, Gutter Guard, Soffit, Fascia, Door and Window Capping, Exterior Door Replacement Free Estimates 604-557-8170

KIDS & ADULTS NEEDED!

904-08

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604-792-7928

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS 903-02

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

FINANCIAL SERVICES

DROWNING IN DEBT? Cut debts more than 60% & DEBT FREE in half the time! AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free Consultation. www.mydebtsolution.com or Toll Free 1877-556-3500 BBB Rated A+

HELP WANTED

Conrad St,McDonald Rd, Montana Dr, Ponderay St Macken Ave, Portage Ave, Valemont St, Woodbine St, Yale Rd Brooks Ave, Coventry Pl, Southlands Cres, Southlands Dr

LEGAL SERVICES

• Trailer Mechanic

WE ARE LOOKING FOR

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apprentice with experience.

SOME SHOES NEED FILLING

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PERSONAL SERVICES

• Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic - Will accept 3rd & 4th year

Sheila Smelt & Associates Inc

PRIMARY Teachers Wanted in Shanghai Are you tired of being on the TOC list? There are opportunities for BC and Alberta qualified teachers at Shang Yin Canadian International Primary School in Shanghai. Successful applicants will teach Canadian curriculum in English. Contact Brian Butcher at bdbutcher@telus.net for more information.

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TRADES, TECHNICAL

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Email your resume to:

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GARAGE SALES

Chilliwack

9290 Armitage Street Yard Sale Weathering Permitting

Saturday March 29 9am to 5pm no early birds Household, tools, kids stuff, hardware, misc items. You Name it

551

GARAGE SALES

SARDIS

46433 Ranchero Dr Saturday Mar 29 & Sunday Mar 30 9am - 3pm Moving/Garage Sale Lots of good stuff

Sardis

45955 Thomas Road

Saturday March 29 9am to 2pm

You can donate items on Mar 28 from 5:30 -8:30 to the school or purchase a table to sell your merchandise in advance. Table set up is on March 28. Enjoy the BBQ after you’ve done your shopping. All proceeds go to the BC Children’s Hospital

MOUNTAIN-MOVERS.ca (778)378-6683

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

329 PAINTING & DECORATING www.paintspecial.com 604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley Running this ad for 10yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour

(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.

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PLUMBING

LOCAL PLUMBER $39 Service Call Plumbing, Heating, Plugged Drains. Mustang Plumbing 778-714-2441

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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. www.nationalteleconnect.com.

STEEL BUILDING SALE... BIG YEAR END CLEAR OUT CONTINUED! 20X20 $3,915. 25X28 $4,848. 30X32 $6,339. 32X34 $7,371. 40X50 $12,649. 47X68 $16,691. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES MOVING & STORAGE

4 1/2 X 9 Pool/Snooker table, excel cond, 1” Italian slate, leather pockets, cue rack, scoreboard, cues & rest, 2 sets of balls, chalk etc. Brand new championship cloth on bed & rails $775 obo. Can arrange reasonable delivery & set up. Jack (604)240-6840

SEIZED VEHICLE AUCTION March 29th, 10:30 AM 231 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster, BC Over 50 Various seized & Impounded vehicles being sold with no minimum prices or starting bids. Preview at 8:30 am Sat. March 29 More Details and Pictures www.allcityauctioneers.com 604-514-0194 COME SEE!!

GW Graham Garage Sale (located in small gym)

320

MISC. FOR SALE

PETS 477

PETS

BORDER / SHEPHERD. 1.5 year old male. Perfect for farm living. $100. Call Barb 604-803-9999. CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 GERMAN SHEPHERD P/B puppies 5 M, 2 F, all shots, ready now. $700 Call 604-889-8957 S.Surrey. 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

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 503

ANTIQUES & VINTAGE

MILITARIA, Medals, Badges & Coin Collections Wanted. Major collector/dealer will pay cash for your collection. Call CEF 604-727-0137

524

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

563

MISC. WANTED

FIREARMS. All types wanted, estates, collections, single items, military. We handle all paperwork and transportation. Licensed Dealer. 1.866.960.0045 www.dollars4guns.com.

REAL ESTATE 615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Attention contractors and Equip owners! Light industrial property with office, fenced compound, drive thru exit and entry, gravel and graded. Quick sale at $329,900. Call (604)793-3340, Chilliwack.

UNDER $200

SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE

Call Ian 604-724-6373

POWER WASHING since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Call Simon for prompt service. 604-230-0627

WE’RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassified.com

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

54” x 23” Mahogany coffee table and 2 lamp tables $150. 604-795-5640

MISC. FOR SALE

4 bdrm,3bth 2600 sq ft house with walk-in basement. Was $478,000. Reduced To Sell now $456,500. 47960 Lindell Road Side of Ryder Mtn See Property Guys.com ID # 149373. Ph (604)847-0348 Kelly or Ed email roedd@shaw.ca

627

SEWING MACHINES; Hobbylock Serger & Portable Pfaff creative 7550 & Husqvarna. Offers. Ph 604-846-8454

736

HOMES FOR RENT

736

HOMES FOR RENT

HOUSE RENTALS 604-793-2200 1 bdrm twnhse................. f/s, coin laundry $$575 1 bdrm twhnse . . . . . . . . .f/s, coin laundry - 575 1 bdrm ste........................... f/s, heat, incl $$550 1 bdrm Agassiz . . . . . . .F/S, coin laundry - 500 1 bdrm apt........................ f/s, d/w gas incl’d $$650 1 bdrm ste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F/S, heat, incl - 550 11 bdrm 6 appl gas incl’d $$775 bdrm+aptden. . . . .condo...... . . . .4 appl, gas f/p, gas incl - 650

Have it recycled properly Pick A Part is environmentally approved and meets all BC government standards for automotive recycling

$7,995

HIGHEST

07 VW Golf 4 cyl, 5 spd.

PRICES PAID for most complete vehicles

~ FREE TOWING ~

Pick A Part Used Auto Parts 43645 Industrial Way Chilliwack BC V2R 4L2

$6,400 09 Pontiac Wave 4 cyl, automatic.

Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto Loan. Apply Now, 1.877.680.1231 www.UapplyUdrive.ca

604-792-1221 1-866-843-8955

$8,900 03 Ford Explorer DVD, leather, 7 pass.

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm 7 Days A Week www.pickapart.ca

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

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

• DIFFICULTY SELLING? •

Difficulty Making Payments? No Equity? Expired Listing? Penalty? We Take Over Payments! No Fees! www.GVCPS.ca / 604-786-4663

696

$3,995

OTHER AREAS

05 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl, automatic.

20 Acres. $0 Down, Only $119/mo. Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Near El Paso, Texas. Beautiful Mountain Views! Money Back Guarantee. Call 866-8825263 Ext. 81 www.sunsetranches.net

851 $5,995 05 PT Cruiser Auto, air cond.

RENT TO OWN

APARTMENT/CONDO

2 BDRM APT. Incl F/S, D/W, In suite Washer and Dryer Secure underground parking $800. Non Smoker, No Pets, Ref’s Req’d. Call Tasha 604793-9000 or 604-791-3171

FINANCING AVAILABLE

818

WWW.MCEMOTORS.NET

CARS - DOMESTIC

45895 Airport Road Chwk - 604-701-6008

1987 DODGE Aries 4 cyl, 2.2l, a/c’d til May, gd cond $750 obo. 604-795-6165 after 6pm or 604-795-9982 days

6430302

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2005 DODGE Dakota well maintained, lady driven,V-8, gas efficient, tow package,box line/ 4 door, never missed an oil change or transmission oil change. “Renovated” March 2014. Tires & brakes replaced fall 2014. All maintenance records, 141,000 gentle kms. Clear coated for easy care. Great truck!! Clean and ready to go. $9000. Contact gkirkpatrick58@gmail.com

MARINE

Dealer #9723

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

TRUCKS & VANS

912

BOATS

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

CHILLIWACK, 2 bdrm, 1000sf; 1 bdrm, 750sf, clean, quiet, 5 app., near bus, shop & hospital, 55+, n/p, 604-795-9949

The Scrapper

709 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL Chilliwack. 44758 Yale Rd West. 4leaf 6400sf building with mezzanine, zoned M1. Inquiries (604)9243259 or 604-313-1286

736

HOMES FOR RENT

5 BDRM Chwk 3 bth, 2 lrm, 2 car garage, 3 appl, bi/vacuum, fenced yd, nr ament., April 1. $1590. 1-604-888-2831 CHWK 2 bdrm home w/ heated shop non smoker, avail April 1 $1150/m.604-316-1523

750

SUITES, LOWER

.www.one4yacht.com 604.669.2248

1 BD + den daylite f/p, incl util cbl/tel extra. $750. Suit Prof couple. ns/np. 604-792-6456

752

TOWNHOUSES

752

TOWNHOUSES

We have 2 Playgrounds for your kids! And are “Pet-Friendly”

22 bdrm bdrmapt....................... ste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F/S,f/s, w/d,util gas,incl f/p- $$760 765

NEWLY RENOVATED $990 per month + utilities 3 BDRM - 1.5 Baths - 2 Levels 1,100 sq ft and fenced back yard

$ 42bdrm bdrmhse................... hse . . . . . . . . . . . . . f/s, f/s,gasd/w,f/p,woodgaragestove-$1300 975

For more info call Mike at 604-792-8317 or 1-877-515-6696 or Email: wb@raamco.ca

$ 52 bdrm bdrmhse.............. ste . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. .appl,.f/s,2w/d,bath,utilRosedale incl -$1295 800 6391200

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

Has your vehicle reached the end of its useful life?

03 BMW X5 3.0L, Auto, Fully loaded leather, super clean

AUTO FINANCING

639 REAL ESTATE SERVICES

32 bdrm bdrmsuite.............. ste. . . .brand new,55appl,appl,2 bath,util UtilinclIncl.- $$1150 1100

JUNK REMOVAL By RECYCLE-IT! 604.587.5865 www.recycleitcanada.ca

810

Quality Modular Homes Leading the Industry for over 30 years with product, service and price. Trust in BC Built for ultimate value. Competition Priced from $75 sq ft. Including delivery and set-up 1-800-339-5133

22 bdrm bdrmste.................... twnhse . . . f/s, w/d,f/s,d/w,w/d, gasFFI, utilf/pincl- $$800 800 RUBBISH REMOVAL

845

$9,995

We Buy Homes BC • All Prices • All Situations • • All Conditions • www.webuyhomesbc.com 604-626-9647

633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS

CARS - DOMESTIC

TRANSPORTATION

TRADES WELCOME

HOMES WANTED

706

22 bdrm bdrmsuite........................ apt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .f/w,f/sf/p,heatd/wincl’d- $$700 800 356

OPEN HOUSE: Every Sat,11am-5pm Every Sun, 11am-5pm

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AUTO ACCESSORIES/ PARTS

STOP RENTING! RENT TO OWN! No Qualifications! Flexible Terms! CLOVERDALE - 60th and 176th Spacious 1 Bedroom Condo. Only $880/mo. Option Fee Req’d 604-626-9647

11bdrm+dencondo bdrm duplex............................. f/s $$500 .....6appl, closetohospital - 875

Save-More Roofing - Specializing in New Roofs, Re-Roofs & Repairs. 778-892-1266

809

TRANSPORTATION

Auto Loans. All Credit Approved. Bad Credit Guru. www.badcreditguru.com or call 1.844.843.4878

560

25 yrs in roofing industry

.A East West Roofing & Siding Co. Repairs, new roofs, torching, gutter services. 10% off. 604-783-6437

FOR SALE BY OWNER

CHILLIWACK. Newly reno’d T/H. 2 bdrm + den 1160 sf. Luckakuck Pl. $169,900 or $1000/mo. + lease to own. 1-604-850-0143

700

FIREARMS I will purchase Firearms & Ammunition 604-290-1911

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

625

TRANSPORTATION

RENTALS

PRESSURE WASHING POWER WASHING GUTTER CLEANING

REAL ESTATE

6358120

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

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WOODBINE TOWNHOUSES 9252 Hazel St. Chilliwack BC - Move in Incentive! Our Gated 5 acre Complex is Quiet and Family Oriented

6295005 6353866

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AUTO SERVICES

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A34 Thursday, March 27, 2014

CHILLIWACK TIMES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chambers 8550 Young Road, Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 8A4 www.chilliwack.com

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Chilliwack will hold a Public Hearing, as noted above, on the following items: 1. ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT BYLAW 2014, No. 4007 (RZ000839) Location: 43685 Chilliwack Mountain Road (a portion of) Owner: Cedarsky Developments Ltd. Purpose: To rezone a portion of the subject property, as shown on the map below, from an R1-C (One Family Residential – Accessory) Zone to an R4 (Low Density Multi-Family Residential) Zone to facilitate the construction of a townhouse development. Location Map:

2. ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT BYLAW 2014, No. 4008 (RZ000840) Location: 46428 Sylvan Drive Owners: Nicole Olson and Robroy Olson Purpose: To rezone the subject property, as shown on the map below, from an R3 (Small Lot One Family Residential) Zone to an R1-C (One Family Residential - Accessory) Zone to facilitate the development of an Accessory Dwelling Unit. Location Map:

3. ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT BYLAW 2014, No. 4009 (RZ000843) Location: 6560 Vedder Road Owners: Rene Gane, Arleen Gane, David Chu and Lilian Chu Purpose: To rezone the subject property, as shown on the map below, from an R1-A (One Family Residential) Zone to an R4 - A (Townhouse Multi-Family Residential) Zone to facilitate the development of a supportive housing townhouse complex for adults with developmental disabilities. Location Map:

Persons who deem that their interest in the properties are affected by the proposed amendment bylaws will have an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing or, if you are unable to attend, you may provide a written submission, including your full name and address, to the City Clerk’s Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on the date of the Public Hearing. All submissions will be recorded and form part of the official record of the Hearing. These proposed bylaws may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from Wednesday, March 19, 2014 to Tuesday, April 1, 2014, both inclusive, in the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 8550 Young Road, Chilliwack, BC. Please direct your enquiries to our Planning & Strategic Initiatives Department at 604-793-2906. Please note that no further information or submissions can be considered by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Delcy Wells, CMC City Clerk

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A36 Thursday, March 27, 2014

CHILLIWACK TIMES

April 2014

April is Earth Month

Earth Month is a good opportunity to thoughtfully consider our daily habits - how we get around and our consumption of resources. The City of Chilliwack has several opportunities during the month of April that can assist you in developing a greener lifestyle.

In Canada ...

58%

Households discard batteries in the garbage. Recycle at Bailey Landfill, Sardis and Chilliwack Bottle Depots, or find a location online at www.call2recycle.ca.

36%

Have unwanted electronic devices and plug in toys at home. Donate, if possible, or recycle at the Bottle Depots.

In BC ...

16%

Have an inefficient second fridge. *Recycle with BC Hydro or at the Bailey Landfill for FREE during April.

Litter Clean Up Projects Local community groups will be conducting litter collection projects along roadsides, parks, dykes, streams and other public places. Please slow down and drive with caution.

Free Residential Scrap Metal Recycling

The City will accept residential scrap metal at the Bailey Landfill, FREE DURING APRIL. Use this opportunity to recycle your old, non-reuseable appliances! Metals must not be mixed with other waste or recyclables. BC Hydro will pay $30 and pick up old fridges. Call 604.881.4357 or visit bchydro.com.

Residential Spring Clean Up

Non-profit groups will pick up spring cleaning debris from your home and dispose of it for a donation of $30 to $40 per household, depending on the quantity of material collected. Garbage, yard waste or other unwanted items can be collected. Residents wanting to have debris picked up from their homes are asked to register at chilliwack.com/rescollection.

City Wide Garage Sale May 10, 2014

Visit www.chilliwack.com/garagesale for additional details and to register your property for free.

Outdoor Electrical Safety

Lighting and electric tools need to be handled with care.

Outside Electrical Work • Have a qualified electrician do all the electrical work. • To prevent an electrical shock, make sure all outside electrical receptacles are GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protected. Equipment Safety • Use lighting, extension cords and power tools that have the ULC/CSA label and make sure they are made for outdoor use. • Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away. • Store your electrical tools indoors. • Keep electrical tools away from children. • Keep the area around your electrical meter and other electrical equipment clear. For more information about outdoor electrical safety, please contact the City of Chilliwack Fire Department at 604.792.8713. 6388854

Draft 2040 Official Community Plan Ready for public viewing!

Since November 2012, the City has been working on an update of the current Official Community Plan (1998) to help guide future growth and development. The 2040 Official Community Plan offers a long term vision and builds on five main goals: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Responsibly Manage Growth Strengthen Agriculture Grow the Economy Protect the Environment Build Attractive Healthy Communities

The City of Chilliwack will be presenting the Draft 2040 Official Community Plan to the public at two open houses. We invite you to take part in one of the open houses and offer your input, ask questions, or just familiarize yourself with this visionary document. Open Houses are being held on: Tuesday, April 8 Thursday, April 10 City of Chilliwack Council Sardis Library Chambers 5891 Tyson Road 8550 Young Street Doors open at 6:45pm Doors open at 6:45pm Presentation and Discussion: Presentation and Discussion: 7pm to 8pm 7pm to 8pm Contact the Planning Department at 604.793.2906 or planning@chilliwack.com. The DRAFT OCP can be found online: www.chilliwack.com/ocp.

See It! Report It!

Rail Safety Week, April 28 – May 4

Help by reporting dangerous behavior. If you see someone disobeying the signals at a railway crossing or trespassing on CN tracks or property, please don’t hesitate to call 911 and CN Police at 1.800.465.9239. You could save a life!

Safety Tips: • If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, get all the occupants out of the vehicle and away from the track immediately. • Do not walk, ride your bike, drive your car or ATV on or beside tracks. • Obey lights, warning bells and whistles at railway crossings. • Wait for the crossing gate to be fully raised before crossing tracks. • Never race the train to the crossing. • Never drive around the gates. • Two-wheeled vehicles must slow down for railway crossings as they are extremely slippery and there is the potential for a wheel to get caught in the crossing. Always attempt to cross at a minimum angle of 45 degrees. “Never let a shortcut cut your life short.” For more information please visit cn.ca/railsafetyweek

Earth Month River Clean Ups April 5 & 12, 2014

Local rivers are a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Unfortunately, heavy usage also results in garbage being left behind. Local residents and recreational users will be cleaning the banks of the Fraser River on April 5 and also the Vedder River on April 12, 2014. For more information, please call 604.793.2907 or visit www.chilliwack.com/adopt.

Chilliwack Times, March 27, 2014  

March 27, 2014 edition of the Chilliwack Times

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