Friday, April 4, 2014
Pay day for truckers ❙ A4 Strikers get raise, compensation
Radio active ❙ A5
Face to face ❙ A8
Feds won’t intervene in Pt. Roberts towers
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Woman desperate to find kidney for sis
Beryl Nichol clutches a stack of yellow photocopied posters with tear-off tags containing her phone number in the desperate hope somebody, somewhere will call. The Ladner woman has been plastering these posters up all over the Lower Mainland, each containing a plea to save her sister’s life. Her “little sister,” Edith Nee, was diagnosed with kidney failure two and a half years ago, and Nichol is concerned she won’t last much longer without a kidney transplant. ❙ See story, A3
Former DSS teacher charged again
Former Delta Secondary School teacher Robin J. Wait has once again been charged with sexual assault after a pair of incidents in Vancouver, where he and his family now live. Wait is facing one count of sexual assault for an incident that occurred on Nov. 22, 2013, as well as a second count of assault for an incident on Dec. 23.
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Double gold for local paraswimmer
Dalton Boon of the Winskill Dolphin Swim Club won a pair of gold medals at the recent Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships in Miami, Florida. ❙ See story, A13
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Ladner woman desperate to find kidney for little sis’ ❙ Adrian MacNair
Beryl Nichol clutches a stack of yellow photocopied posters with tear-off tags containing her phone number in the desperate hope somebody, somewhere will call. The Ladner woman has been plastering these posters up all over the Lower Mainland, each containing a plea to save her sister’s life. Her “little sister,” Edith Nee, was diagnosed with kidney failure two and a half years ago, and has to be on dialysis daily. She also suffers from chronic fatigue, a skin condition, shortness of breath, and low blood pressure. She’s so ill, in fact, that Nichol is concerned she won’t last much longer without a kidney transplant. The problem is that the waiting list for a transplant is so long that it may be too late by the time one is available. “I talk to her every day asking how she feels,” says Nichol. “That’s what makes me so broken-hearted. It’s been going on nearly two and a half years now.” Even more difficult to bear is the fact her sister was diagnosed two days after her father passed away from kidney failure as well. And while Nichol says she would give her sister a kidney if she could, her own health problems make her ineligible. Nee lives alone in Vancouver, making it difficult for Nichol to help if a sudden problem arises. “I live so far away, so in the middle of the night, three o’clock, if she needs help nobody’s there for her. That is my concern.” Nichol says she read about the successful kidney transplant story in the South Delta Leader involving Ladner resident
❙ Beryl Nichol of Ladner has been putting up posters everywhere in the Lower Mainland in an attempt to find a kidney donor that would save her sister’s life. Adrian MacNair photo Gord Johnson, whose life was saved by his wife’s efforts in rallying the cry through social media. Using a Facebook group called Are you an “O”? a donor from Cloverdale stepped forward to help the family. But Nichol says she doesn’t know much about social media or networking online. “Most of my friends don’t use Facebook, maybe 10 people, so it’s very limited.” Although her family immigrated to B.C. from Hong Kong 40 years ago, Nichol says they can’t seek medical treatment overseas. BC Transplant advised her that BC Medical Services Plan will not support the associated health costs with transplants done in a foreign country.
She added foreign transplantation can also be tricky because of commonly illegal selling of organs. Even if a buyer is unaware the person can still be arrested and jailed. “And another problem is Edith is too weak to even take an airplane,” says Nichol. Nee is compatible with blood types B and O and if a candidate is not compatible he or she can enter the Paired Exchange Program. A UBC graduate, Nee spent most of her life in government helping immigrants, refugees, and First Nations. Nichol can be reached at 604-946-1174 or email@example.com.
Former DSS teacher accused of sexual assault, again ❙ Robert Mangelsdorf
Former Delta Secondary School teacher Robin J. Wait has once again been charged with sexual assault after a pair of incidents in Vancouver, where he and his family now live. Wait is facing one count of sexual assault for an incident that occurred
on Nov. 22, 2013, as well as a second count of assault for an incident on Dec. 23. The former DSS teacher appeared in Vancouver Downtown Community Court on Monday and according to court documents, intends to plead guilty to the charges. He is next scheduled to appear in court on April 24. Wait is currently free on bail.
Vancouver Police aren’t releasing any information about the alleged incidents, as the matter is currently before the courts. “It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the investigation as it may negatively impact court proceedings,”said VPD media relations officer Randy Fincham. ❙ Continued on A4
ALC changes leave Delta farmlands untouched ❙ Adrian MacNair
Bold new changes to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) will not affect farmers in Delta, nor the most productive farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve. The B.C. government tabled legislation on Thursday (March 27) to divide the ALC into two zones which will give the commission more flexibility when making decisions on land in the North, Interior and Kootenay regions. But regulations governing land on Vancouver Island, the South Coast and Okanagan will remain untouched, according to Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. “I want to be clear, as we’ve stated, the purpose of the Agricultural Land Commission will not change,” he said. “Its role remains the same in both regions, to protect farmland.” The ALC will remain an independent body and become divided into two zones with six regional panels. Zone 1, which includes the Fraser Valley, composes 15 per cent of all land in the Reserve but produces 85 per cent of cash farm receipts. In Zone 2, where growing seasons and shorter and there are lower-value crops, farmers will be given additional considerations to support farming operations, according to Thomson. “This core review process is about finding improvements to the land commission and the land it preserves,” he said. “It is not about finding savings.” Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington condemned the legislation, which she said was made without public consultation. She said the changes would “neuter” the ALC and stuff regional panels with government appointees who would force the commission to allow non-farming exemptions based on arguments made by developers or municipal politicians. “This is an Orwellian change, it’s deceitful and it’s a betrayal of the public trust,” said Huntington. But Thomson said the changes were made based on responding to concerns from farmers. “We rely on the food these farmers produce,” he said. “We believe they go a long way in terms of protecting farmland in B.C. and ensuring the viability of farming families.”
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Ladner co-workers share lotto win ❙ Staff writer
Six Ladner co-workers have taken teamwork to a whole new level, as they won the $1 million Maxmillion prize last month after playing the lottery together for over three years. Jackie Collins is responsible for buying the group’s tickets each week, but she admits she doesn’t always check them right away. “When I stopped for gas more than two weeks later I figured I should check the tickets,” she said. “On the last ticket I saw the zeros flashing and neither I nor the retailer knew what to do!” Collins headed straight to her workplace to share the
❙ From left to right: Chad rana, Laurie Norris, Jackie Collins, Lynn Kaye, richard Glasner, sue Holere. exciting news, but none of her co-workers believed a word she said. “There’s a prankster in our group,” she explained. “So everyone was hesitant to be-
lieve the win.” Once she presented the ticket to the group the $1 million prize began to sink in. When asked if the group would be retiring or taking
some time off from the South Delta retail store where they work, they all laughed. “We love our jobs,” said Collins. “It’s a great place to work, a real family business.” Each of the six winners plans to have a bit of fun with their share of the winnings. Plans include one trip to Australia, a trip to Spain, some new camera equipment, and education savings. The ticket was purchased at the Shell gas station on Ladner Trunk Road in Delta. Collins and her co-workers claimed one of eight winning Maxmillion prizes from the March 7 draw. The winner of the $50 million Lotto Max jackpot from March 14 has yet to come forward.
port truckers get pay raise, compensation ❙ Adrian MacNair
The union representing 250 container truck drivers has released a copy of the agreement reached between drivers and the federal and provincial governments, and Port Metro Vancouver. Truckers are to receive a minimum starting wage of $25.13 an hour, with an increase to $26.28 an hour after one year. The average rate of pay is currently $15.59 an hour, compared to the average of $23 an hour in the B.C. trucking industry. Drivers will receive a doubled rate of fuel reimbursement, up to 14 per cent from seven per cent. Although it was previously required, many non-union drivers did not receive any fuel reimbursement.
The “Vince Ready rates” will cover off-dock movements. increase by 12 per cent from Vince Ready will now is2006 levels and be paid on all sue recommendations on containers, whether full or all points in the action plan empty, and paid on a roundwhich are to be “reviewed, fitrip basis. A mechanism will be nalized, and acted upon” withestablished to ensure that offin 90 days. dock rates will also be consisPort Metro Vancouver prestent with these revised rates. ident and CEO Robin SilvesDrivers will also be compenter said the action plan was sated for waiting in long line- Robin Silvester revised in recognition of the ups at the port, paying $50 afconcerns voiced by container ter 90 minutes, $75 after two truck owners and operators. hours, $100 after 2.5 hours, and then But he cautioned the port’s four conincreases of $20 for every half hour after tainer terminals will take some time to that. The original 14-point action plan remove the backlog of containers and forwarded by Port Metro Vancouver of- return to normal operating volumes. fered a $25 flat reimbursement fee. “Truck drivers, shippers and customTo address illegal undercutting of ers should expect longer than normal rates, all companies will be audited waits in the coming weeks as a result,” within the truck licensing system, and he said.
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Wait was charged in November 2011 with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference of a Grade 8 student at Delta Secondary. Those charges were stayed in 2012 after Crown counsel decided there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction. Delta Police responded to a report of an alleged sexual assault at Delta Secondary School on Nov. 4, 2011. Upon arrival, a young girl at the school told investigators she had been sexually assaulted by an unknown adult near the school gym. The Delta Police Department’s Sexual
Offence Unit conducted an investigation into the allegations, which resulted in charges being laid against the 46-yearold teacher, as well as additional charges relating to a previous alleged incident in May 2011. Wait was suspended without pay by the Delta school district following his arrest, and is no longer an employee of the school district. While the district’s own investigation into the allegations against Wait have not been made public, spokesperson Deneka Michaud said the findings of that investigation have been shared with police.
Wait filed a civil lawsuit in February of 2013 against the Corporation of Delta for being vicariously liable for the conduct of police investigators, alleging they were negligent in their investigation. In his statement of claim, Wait states he is seeking compensation for the loss of past and future employment income as a result of damage to his reputation and emotional distress and anxiety. Wait also claims he was arrested and charged without reasonable and probable grounds. Wait’s civil lawsuit is still before the courts.
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Industry Canada won’t act on Point Roberts radio towers
❙ Adrian MacNair
Tsawwassen residents opposed to a cross-border radio tower array project are upset the Canadian government won’t lobby the U.S. to stop it. Industry Minister James Moore said in an email that the proposal is the responsibility of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has already approved the application to relocate a five-tower radio array from Ferndale to Point Roberts in Washington State. “The FCC has confirmed that the proposal meets all its regulatory requirements, including those for health and safety and mitigating the impact of the proposed AM station on the electronic devices of local residents,” said Moore. The email states that the owners of KRPI –which is also known as Sher-E-Punjab AM 1550–have publicly committed to resolving any issues where electronic devices of local residents may malfunction due to the 50 kilowatt broadcast. Industry Canada gave its approval to the FCC in 2013 after confirming it wouldn’t interfere with any existing Canadian radio stations. But Tsawwassen resident Greg Edwards said Moore and Industry Canada must not be reading the literature sent by opponents of the project. He said the FCC approved the KRPI application
despite claiming there are no thizes with constituent concerns residents within seven kilome- and has taken action. She said tres of the tower on the Canadi- she contacted Whatcom County an side of the border. officials–which is now “The engineering considering whether report mentions they to make final approvdidn’t consider two or al of the project–to three sites in mainland ensure Tsawwassen Washington because residents’ concerns are they didn’t want to taken into account. bother or disturb rec“I have educated myreational properties self, and engaged offiand homes,” said Edcials at Industry Canwards. “So they maada including Minister nipulated and lied so Kerry-Lynne Findlay James Moore directly,” they can blanket us said Findlay. with the interference.” She said she’s also Edwards and other opponents met with the project’s propoclaim the towers are so close nents, opponents, and informed they could cause blanket inter- Foreign Affairs Minister John ference that could affect the Baird of the community’s conradios, TVs, phones and baby cerns. monitors of up to 20,000 Tsaw“I have and will continue to wassen residents. Similar con- work diligently on this file and cerns have been documented by to carry out my responsibility residents in Ferndale, although to all constituents to make our those transcripts are from 10 community better for all of us to years ago. live and work.” Jim Ronback, a retired systems Findlay’s riding currently has safety engineer and Tsawwassen 10 radio tower arrays that broadresident, said Delta-Richmond cast at 50 kilowatts in close East MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay proximity to residential areas, needs to convince her colleague including three in North Delta. in cabinet of the seriousness of Opponents on the American the problem. side of the border have filed a “James Moore, or his under- petition with the FCC to deny lings who are writing his re- KRPI a broadcasting license responses on his behalf, do not newal, among other legal chalhave any empathy for the situa- lenges. The application for a tion the people of Tsawwassen conditional use permit is still will face,” he said. under consideration by WhatBut Findlay said in an email com County’s planning departthat she understands and empa- ment.
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Fraser said some regions of Crimea had a 123 per cent voter turnout, and speculated Crimean approval was Canada’s ambassador to Ukraine likely closer to 40 per cent. from 1998 to 2001 was in TsawwasFraser said the Russians have mansen last week to speak to Rotary aged to annex Crimea by claiming members about the danger of Rus- the right of ethnic repatriation for sia’s aggression in Crimea. the largely ethnic Russian populaAfter recounting the histion. But he warned this torical context of Ukraine’s could happen in other volatile autonomous reformer Soviet countries public, Derek Fraser said where ethnic Russians are Russia’s actions are poin the minority. litical blowback for the “This hasn’t really been country’s attempts to join tried since the ‘30s,” said NATO and the European Fraser, adding Russia’s acUnion. tions have undermined He said the Russians the United Nations’ charwere forced to act when ter. former Ukrainian presi- Derek Fraser Although western coundent Viktor Yanukovych, tries like the United States who is loyal to Moscow, have since imposed sancwas ousted in February following tions on Russia, he said it’s unlikely riots in Kiev. Fraser said Russian to deter Moscow from this new forpresident Vladimir Putin will not eign policy of restoring their power allow the former Soviet satellite to in former Soviet satellites. form a government that is west“I think the sanctions are very mild ern-friendly. and I think Putin can be excused for Nor was Fraser convinced that the saying, that’s pretty much what I ex97 per cent vote in Crimea to join the pected,” he said. Russian Federation was legitimate. Derek Fraser is a senior research “This is the equivalent to a good associate at the Centre for Global old Russian election,” he said, adding Studies and adjunct professor for extensive voting fraud skewed the political science at the University of results. Victoria.
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New chapter for South Delta Leader
fter 15 years of producing award-winning, top quality community content for our readers, the South Delta Leader will be moving to an exciting new digital-only format. Rather than waiting seven days to get your taste of what’s happening in your community, you can get news as it’s happening right on your cellphone, desktop computer, or tablet. We will focus on more photos, more videos, and more stories about the events in South Delta that matter most to you, our readers. Those who enjoy the feel of a newspaper in their hands can still turn to our sister publication in South Delta, the Delta Optimist, which can be delivered to your home on Wednesdays and Fridays weekly. The staff of the South Delta Leader will all be staying with the Glacier Media Group team. Reporter Adrian MacNair and sales representative Jenelle Julien will be staying on with the South Delta Leader online, and will be joining the Delta Optimist’s team in print and online as well. Robert Mangelsdorf is taking an exciting new position as editor of WE Vancouver, while Sarah Kelloway will take her creative expertise to The Surrey Now. There will be more exciting announcements in the near future, so be sure to bookmark southdeltaleader. com and delta-optimist.com and keep up to speed with everything that’s happening in the community you love. And as always, our content depends on your stories and ideas. Keep them coming by emailing or Facebooking us! Alvin Brouwer President of Lower Mainland Publishing, Glacier Media Group
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Canada’s aid in Afghanistan was worth it
ow that the last of Canadian soldiers have returned from Afghanistan to close the book on that chapter of our lives, the media is doing a predictable post-mortem. Headlines of “Was it worth it?” have dominated the cycle of articles analyzing our contribution to the country’s anti-insurgency and rebuilding efforts. It’s a bit rich to see the media is interested all of a sudden. The Ottawa press corps went from giving the mission a black eye, to giving it a blind eye, and now it wants the benefit of hindsight. To begin with, the notion that the insurgency was a blood bath of suicide bombings and IEDs was always nonsense. Of the 40,026 Canadian Forces personnel that served in the country between 2001 and 2014, the media always focused on the 158 who died. And while we will mourn and remember their sacrifices, one might consider this statistic. There were 3.9 deaths for every thousand Canadian Forces members who served in Afghanistan. That number is lower than Canada’s national mortality rate of seven per 1,000 people per year. Of those soldiers who died, 132 were from enemy actions, the vast majority taking place between 2006 and 2009 before Barack Obama deployed U.S. troops to Kandahar to help the war effort there. I visited Afghanistan in 2010 to see what Canadians were doing in the country and to speak to soldiers about their experiences. Without exception the soldiers said they were doing a job they
loved in a mission they believed in wholeheartedly. Not only did Canadian involvement in Kandahar stabilize the region, it improved the life of Afghan residents in every qualitative statistic: mortality, education, employment. As Canadian aid worker Lauryn Oates recently said in The Province, in all of the soul-searching and analyses expected in the aftermath of Canada’s military involvement some attention should fall on the more important question: was it worth it for Afghanistan? Notwithstanding the obvious benefit that a culturally misogynistic, murderous tribe of despotic religious fundamentalists aren’t in power anymore, the answer is a resounding yes. Canada is a nation that was founded on the principles of peace, order and good government and have proven time and again we are willing to lay down our lives in preservation of those principles, whether they be on the beaches of Dieppe, the trenches of Kapyong, or the sands of Kandahar.
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Letters to the editor Feds exploring all options with radio towers: MP In recent months, some constituents have raised concerns regarding the proposed Point Roberts’ radio towers, and possible electronic interference in the community. I hear these concerns, understand and empathize with them, and, as the Member of Parliament, have taken action. First, I have contacted Whatcom County officials. Second, I have briefed Minister Moore and Industry Canada officials, and continue to keep both apprised of any new information. Third, I have met with the project’s principals, who are prepared to have engineers on call 24/7 to deal with potential interference, a measure beyond current requirements. Fourth, I have met with designated community representatives, Nancy Beaton and Arthur Reber. They provided documentary details/maps to me highlighting the radial reach of the radio tower transmissions which are causing resident concern. Next, I hand-delivered these documents to Minister Moore. Finally, each time my office has received
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sufficient notice of meetings, I have sent a representative to listen and keep me apprised of residents’ concerns. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible for me to attend meetings or public sessions due to my Parliamentary and Ministerial obligations. Importantly, we have 10 other operational radio towers in Delta-Richmond East. Of these 10, eight operate at the same wattage in proximity to residential areas as those proposed for Point Roberts. I’m encouraged by the fact that I have never received complaints about electronic interference or operations of these towers. At the core of this issue is that the Canadian government has no influence over foreign entities and their decision-making processes. The United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for broadcast license approval, and Whatcom County is responsible for building permits approval. The FCC decision regarding the new towers is currently the subject of a judicial review in Washington State and we all look forward to the results of that deliberation. What is within our Canadian jurisdiction, are rules and regulations over broadcasting within Canada and broadcasting considerations (such as electronic interference) em-
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anating from Canadian sources. These are handled in coordination with affected municipalities as complaints occur. As this is a cross-border matter, I have briefed Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird whose department is ultimately responsible for Canadian concerns abroad. I am told Foreign Affairs has limited ability to deal with pre-emptive concerns as the KRPI towers have not yet been constructed, and broadcasting not yet begun. However, we will continue to explore all options. I want to reassure the residents of Delta-Richmond East, and particularly Tsawwassen, that I have and will continue to work diligently on this file and to carry out my responsibility to all constituents - to represent their interests in Ottawa and at the federal cabinet table. Any suggestions that I am ‘Missing in Action’ on this matter, or that I have ‘shunned’ community meetings are simply not correct. I look forward to continuing to engage with all constituents of Delta-Richmond East to make our community better for all of us to live and work. Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay Conservative MP for DeltaRichmond East Editorial email@example.com 604-948-3640 ext.122 Reporter Adrian MacNair firstname.lastname@example.org 604-948-3640 ext.126 Creative Sarah Kelloway email@example.com Distribution (Glacier Media Group) 604-942-3081 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Youth are our most important resource
have said it on numerous occasions that our youth are our most important resource. They are our future and it is up to us as a community to make sure our future generations are equipped with the assets they need to thrive. When I speak of assets, I am not referring to material possessions. I’m not referring to expensive cars, the latest iPhone or trendy clothes. Yes, our children need a warm bed, healthy food and supplies for sports, art, music and education. And while they have an intrinsic need to fit in, we do spend a lot of time and money piling more and more ‘stuff ’ into our lives without stopping to reflect on why. A dear friend of mine, Keith Pattinson, has worked extensively on a philosophy called “Asset Building.” Keith has spent countless hours working with youth and parents on this approach, which is a departure from the assumption that the more “things” a child has, the better off he or she will be. The “developmental assets” that Keith works with speak nothing of possessions, and instead focus entirely on positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. It examines social support networks, empowerment, boundaries, self-esteem, value systems and social competencies in the life of a child. Asset building research has proven that children who score higher on developmental asset surveys are far more likely to succeed than counterparts who score lower on the scale. The magic of asset building is in its accessibility. Parents do not need to be top income earners or have a master’s degree to give children the tools that are truly needed to help them succeed. Where this philosophy will challenge parents, however, is in the work it takes to build these assets. Parents who are new to the concept need to shift their thinking as well as their time management in order to focus on building strong communities, providing a caring and safe environment, encouraging youth to volunteer, keeping youth in constructive activities, teaching empathy and compassion and living a life of meaning and purpose. This means spending less money and more time. This means being a role model and living the life you want your child to live. If your children see you volunteer, they will see value in it. If your children see you stand up for your beliefs, they will stand up for what they believes in. If you live a life with purpose, your children will be motivated and inspired by your energy. Yes, our kids will want the cool stuff their friends have. But in the meantime, building them up as compassionate, caring and motivated people is the true gift. If you would like more information on developmental assets, go to www.search-institute.org • Jim Cessford is the chief of the Delta Police Department and has spent more than 40 years in law enforcement.
Say ‘No’ to proposed Metro incinerator
Metro Vancouver is still trying to find a site to build a garbage incinerator which soon no one but they will want as support is dwindling. But, will they do what is difficult for politicians to do and change their mind? A city in Scotland did and paid a default penalty which Metro won’t have to because no contract has yet been signed. The biggest problem for garbage incinerators worldwide is that they are running out of combustible garbage for which they pay a considerable penalty.
Metro’s committee for this project is called ‘Zero Waste’ but the fact is there will be ash residues of close to 20 per cent or more so it isn’t really “zero” at all is it? Furthermore ash isn’t really a residue, it’s the same garbage reduced to an unusable toxic mass. Anything that could have been recycled now can’t be, so what really will have been achieved? If you don’t want it built, tell them! Gary Huntbatch Abbotsford
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Bold new path for aboriginal communities
Former TFN spokesperson Alex Rose looks successes of Kim Baird and others in new book, First Dollars
“Canada’s Indian Problem” has long been seen as an international disgrace, but progressive leaders like Baird and others, such as Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band and Tewanee Joseph of the Squamish First Nation, are demonstrating that First Nations can be masters of their own destiny by taking responsibility for the economic development of their communities. “Their way isn’t the only,” says Rose. “But it’s working.” Rose says Baird’s tenure as chief was unique for a number of reasons. “[Tsawwassen First Nation] was almost wholly run by women,” he says. “They were whip smart, respectful, and it was all business. “It was a breath of fresh air.” One of Baird’s biggest successes was quickly recognizing she could use the port as a bargaining chip, says Rose. Both the Province and the Feds wanted the port expansion, so Baird was able to parlay that into treaty negotiations. As a result of that treaty, the Tsawwassen First Nation are looking at decades of unprecedented economic growth, with two major shopping centres planned for their lands, as well as numerous residential and industrial developments. That means jobs, as well as stable funding for education and cultural preservation for the 400 residents of Tsawwassen First Nation. “In the Tsawwassen community there is now a sense of economic dynamism. People there are no longer bound by a blind and brutal past,” Rose says.
❙ Alex Rose is the author of First Dollars: Pipelines, Ports, Prisons and Private Property. Contributed photo While no one can predict what will happen at Tsawwassen, for the first time, the people themselves will decide their future. “Today, there is no going back. There is no longer debate about whether aboriginal people should control their economic circumstances — only how.” • The eBook, First Dollars: Pipelines, Ports, Prisons and Private Property, is now available on Kobo and Kindle.
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lex Rose’s new book First Dollars: Pipelines, Ports, Prisons and Private Property looks at how aboriginal communities across the province are taking control of their own economic destiny and bringing prosperity to their people in the process. Rose previously worked for the Tsawwassen First Nation as their communications consultant, and had a front row seat to the treaty negotiations that culminated with its historic signing in 2007. “I got a call from [ former Tsawwassen Chief ] Kim Baird asking for help, because they were struggling to explain their treaty,” he says. Rose served a similar role for the Nisga’a First Nation as they negotiated their historic treaty, which was ultimately ratified in 2000. “I had a hand in two historic treaties,” he said. “It was an education I could never have imagined.” Tsawwassen’s treaty doubled the size of the tiny reserve to 724 hectares, and gave TFN rights of refusal for 80 years to purchase an additional 278 hectares of agricultural land north on Brunswick Point. TFN also received a more than $35 million in cash payouts and program funding as part of the deal. The story of the Tsawwassen is a focal point for Rose’s new book, which looks at the bold new breed of aboriginal entrepreneurs who are reinventing Canada’s economy.
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National Volunteer Week (April 6 to 12) recognizes those who give back to their community ❙ Robert Mangelsdorf
April is always a busy time of the year for Linsay Jamieson-Powell, the volunteer coordinator for the Corporation of Delta. It falls to her to organize the hundreds of local volunteers who pitch in to make this community run like clockwork. There’s the kids helping out with swim classes, the retired couples who pick up garbage in the local parks, the concerned citizens who dig up invasive plant species across the municipality, and of course, the hundreds of volunteers who make sure the annual Delta Triathlon goes off without a hitch on April 26. “Everyone volunteers for the same reasons,” she says. “They want to give back to their community and do something they enjoy.” April 6 to 12 is National Volunteer Week and Jamieson-Powell says the hard work of Delta’s volunteers helps make it such a wonderful community and desirable place to live.
“The airshow, the triathlon, the Tour de Delta, the Luminary Festival in North Delta, none of those would be possible without the work of our volunteers,” she says. The Corporation of Delta relies on its legion of volunteers to provide swimming and skating lessons for the developmentally disabled, to keep local parks clean and free of invasive plant species, to plant trees, and to help run public events like Canada Day and the upcoming May Days parade. The majority of volunteers donating their time are high school students and young adults. For them, volunteering provides not only valuable work experience, but great life experience as well. “It’s a great opportunity to develop as a person,” says Jamieson-Powell. The municipality’s new Leaders of Tomorrow program helps give potential volunteers instruction on conflict resolution and leadership skills. It’s no wonder then so many universities are looking for volunteer experience on admission applications. While traditionally, volunteerism has been driven through service clubs and church
❙ From left to right: Linsay Jamieson-Powell, Harpreet Cheema, Valinder Bamrah, and Robbi Schultes all donate their time to the community. Robert Mangelsdorf photo
groups, Jamieson-Powell says that is changing. These days, she sees more people opting to volunteer directly with non-profit agencies and the Corporation of Delta itself. Jamieson-Powell, who also volunteers her
own time to lead jogging groups in Tsawwassen, says potential volunteers should ask themselves what they are interested in and what makes them happy before volunteering.
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For many groups and organizations in our community, the difference between success and failure rests firmly on the dedicated efforts of volunteers. For these organizations, it is like the day their ship comes in when volunteers step forward and make a difference.
Westshore Terminals pays tribute to all of those who volunteer in our community… take a bow, your kindness and selfless service are showing. Meanwhile, Westshore is working at record pace to bring wealth and prosperity to our community through providing jobs, billions of dollars in export earnings, property taxes paid to our municipality, and through sustained support of a wide variety of worthy local causes. That’s what we do when our ship comes in.
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National Volunteer Week The Corporation of Delta’s Emergency Program extends its appreciation and thanks to the volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts in the following programs to promote public safety in Delta: > Emergency Social Services > Amateur Radio Society > Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program > Delta Marine Unit To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact the Emergency Program Office at ❙ Delta Hospital Auxiliary volunteers Zlata Nikic (on left) and Robbi Schultes work at the organization’s Ladner thirft shop. Robert Mangelsdorf photo
“A lot of kids want to help out, but don’t know how,” everyone. There’s a lot of support for each other here.” she says. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses Given that numerous studies have linked social helps narrow down what roles might be appropriate. interaction with decreased rates of dementia and For Valinder Bamrah, 21, and Harpreet Cheema, longer lives, Schultes says volunteering is the perfect 19, volunteering has been a way for them to gain way to stay active later in life. some valuable experience and explore their possible It’s no wonder so many volunteers with the auxiliacareer options. ry stay for so long. The pair both volunteer at the Ladner ComThe walls of the Delta Hospital Auxiliary’s Ladner munity Policing Station, and are thrift shop are running out of room both considering careers in law for the photos commemorating the • Visit delta.ca to learn enforcement. Bamrah is currentorganization’s longtime volunteers. about local volunteer ly studying criminology at SFU in In all, close to 40 lifetime members opportunities Burnaby, while Cheema is studywho have each volunteered with the • Delta Hospital ing psychology at Langara College organization for more than 25 years Auxiliary volunteers in Vancouver. are immortalized on the wall. opportunities “The Delta Police is a great orCombined, they are responsible available at www. ganization,” says Cheema. “If for close to 1,000 years of volundeltahospitalauxiliary.org you want to get involved in law teers service to the Delta Hospital • To volunteer with DPD enforcement, it’s a great way to through the auxiliary. at a community police start.” The Delta Hospital Auxiliary operstation, as a reserve, Bamrah serves as the office’s ates a variety of businesses aimed at or with victim services, administrator, and gets to file reraising money for the hospital, invisit deltapolice.ca/ ports and look after the paperwork. cluding the thrift shop, the hospital joindpd/volunteer Cheema is out on the streets workgift shop, and the Lifeline home care ing with the speed watch program service. Volunteers also work directand running licence plates on susly in the hospital to greet visitors and pected stolen cars. help improve patient care. Cheema, who grew up in Ladner and graduated The 400-strong corps of volunteers have been so from Delta Secondary School, said volunteering successful in their efforts to raise money, they rewith the DPD brings her a lot of satisfaction. cently pledged $2.4 million to help build a new diag“You feel like you are contributing to your commu- nostic wing at Delta Hospital. nity,” she says. “It’s a lot of fun too.” Schultes says the tight-knit group of volunteers For Delta Hospital Auxiliary vice president Robbi and the worthy cause they support Schultes, the time she spends volunteering is the “We’ve all used the hospital, and even if you haven’t highlight of the week. yet, you will,” she says. “So even if it’s out of self inter“The social aspect is huge,” she says. “You look for- est, you going to want hospital to be there, and you ward to coming in for your day and catching up with want it to be well-equipped.”
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On behalf of theTsawwassen Order of Old Bastards executive, I thank all the volunteers who have provided time and effort over our 30 years as a non-profit, charitable society. Through your efforts, by fund raising and community gaming grants, the TOOB has distributed over $400,000.00 to health related agencies, support groups, individuals and families in need and to groups who enrich our communities. And a BIG THANK YOU to the generous public and businesses who have supported us over the years. – Greg Watts, Arch Bastard.
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Canadian Blood Services is taking the opportunity of National Volunteer Week to thank the more than 17,000 volunteers who donated 210,000 hours of their time in the last year to support Canada’s blood system. “Volunteers help make saving lives possible,” said Jane Heron, Regional Supervisor for Volunteer Resources with Canadian Blood Services B.C. and Yukon. “We truly appreciate the talent and energy our volunteers contribute—it’s time that made a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians who needed blood products this past year.” Volunteers promote import-
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