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Man follows teen from school Police investigating “suspicious occurrence” by Mo ni s ha M a r tin s staff reporter
A teen from Maple Ridge is warning others about a man who stalked her on her way home from school a week ago. In a post on Facebook, the teen said she was followed by a man in a black GMC 4x4 truck on April 30 around 4:30 p.m. The middle-aged man tried to talk
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Pitt councillor shared what she thought was a joke by M on i sh a M ar ti n s staff reporter
A veteran city councillor from Pitt Meadows is being criticized for a post on Facebook with the word “retard.” Unaware that her newsfeed could be seen by the public, Coun. Gwen O’Connell shared a meme on Sunday. It featured a pair of gorillas in repose having an imagined conversation. One asks: “Why did you unfriend me?” The other replies: “Because you’re a [expletive] r--ard.” The captioned photograph was originally posted by Australian comedian Kevin Bloody Wilson and has been shared more than 100,000 times. O’Connell, who has served on city council for 15 years, was shocked that people were offended with what she sees as an innocuous Facebook post. See ‘R’ word, p8
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Maple Ridge a leader in natural gas theft CrimeStoppers program aims to stop trend by M o ni s ha M a r tin s staff reporter
Maple Ridge and Surrey are tied for the most cases of natural gas theft in the province, but FortisBC hopes a new collaboration with CrimeStoppers will help curb the trend. Both municipalities had three incidents reported in 2012. However, the natural gas provider believes the actual number of thefts is much higher. Figures for 2013 were not available. “We identified three incidents, but suspect there are more,” said spokesperson Grace Pickell. “That’s why we are so excited about this collaboration with CrimeStoppers because it’s really going to add to the number at tips we have available to us and speed up investigations.” FortisBC provides natural gas to approximately 956,000 customers across British Columbia, with 68 per cent of reported thefts concentrated in the Lower Mainland. Police believe the majority of the thefts are tied to illegal marijuana grow operations or drug labs. Last year, Langley RCMP found a natural-gas bypass that fueled an underground grow-op. Although FortisBC would not specify how the thefts take place, stealing natural gas can be as simple as breaking into a locked
CrimeStoppers now shares information related to energy theft with FortisBC and B.C. Hydro. meter and flipping a switch, or as complicated as digging the ground and tapping into lines before they reach a meter. CrimeStoppers is now sharing anonymous information related to energy theft directly with the province’s largest utilities – FortisBC and B.C. Hydro – in addition to law enforcement. CrimeStoppers will only give
FortisBC and B.C. Hydro the portion of an anonymous tip that will help their inspectors pinpoint the location of where there may be energy theft. “For the average citizen, energy theft or power diversion is almost impossible to detect,” said Rick Ekkel, president of B.C. CrimeStoppers. “What is usually reported to CrimeStoppers is the
probable indicators of an illegal marijuana grow operation or a drug lab. These illegal operations often involve theft of energy bypasses that are a major danger to the public and utility employees.” FortisBC owns the infrastructure leading up to the home or property so the company reminds homeowners that its investigators have the right to visit private
property to determine if there is an illegal bypass. “We have many tools in our box to investigate energy theft and this is just one of them,” Pickell added. Stealing natural gas can be extremely dangerous as well. “As it is with any utility, taking it illegal poses a risk to yourself and other,” said Pickell. “Natural gas is a safe energy source but when there are untrained people doing illegal activities, there is potential for a fire or other things to occur.” FortisBC relies on the public to be their eyes and ears on the ground and contact them as soon as they smell natural gas, which has a sulfuric, rotten egg odour. “Energy theft is a significant problem in B.C. It increases customer costs and is a major safety concern for the general public and our employees,” said Tom Loski, vice-president, customer service at FortisBC. “This collaboration will give the public more tools and allow us greater access to more timely information so we can better identify and investigate possible instances of energy theft.”
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Sockeye not spawning in Alouette $40,000 grant to help study how to re-establish run by Phil M elnyc h u k staff reporter
Sockeye salmon that return to the South Alouette River and Alouette Lake are not spawning and the Alouette River Management Society wants to find out why. It’s proposing to trap 10 of the sockeye-kokanee this year, breeding fry from them, then releasing them next spring. Sockeye-kokanee fry, formerly considered landlocked kokanee and nicknamed “sockanee,” have been released over the dam’s spillway each year since 2005 in hope the adults would return from the ocean in a few years to spawn. The goal is to re-establish a sockeye run in the South Alouette River
that was wiped out in 1926, when B.C. Hydro built the dam, sealing the sockeye in the lake and cutting off those in the river from their spawning grounds. A $40,260 grant from B.C. Hydro’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program will pay for the study, which will try to determine if the sockanee that have been in the ocean and return to spawn are more likely to produce offspring, which will also migrate to the ocean, making it easier to re-establish the sockeye, or sockanee, run. Currently, the sockeye, usually about 100 or so, that return to spawn are trapped at the base of the dam, then carried by truck across the dam and released into the lake. According to a report to council, the reasons the sockeye are not spawning could be the stressful process of trapping and trucking the fish, lack of suitable spawning conditions in the lake, disease or parasites.
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the three days. “We’ve got a variety of really attractive booths and displays, with good information in them,” Winder asserts. With 80,000 square feet of display space, the only home show in the Lower Mainland that is bigger happens at B.C. Place Stadium. While she’s proud of the decor section in the show, Winder said it is obvious some men tire of browsing for blinds. To that end, she has added marine craft, mini motorcycles, barbecues, hot tubs and BMX bike stunt show outdoors. “I really want to appeal to the guys,” she said. “The Extreme Stunt Show was amazing. It’s jaw-dropping stuff, but the rain did impact that.” It also rained on West Coast Amusements’ fair, and outdoor food vendors. Also new this year was the “For the Love of Dogs” show. People could “meet the breeds” as registered purebred dogs were displayed and their characteristics discussed. Show-goers could learn which breed might fit into their lifestyle, along with products, services and activities such as flyball, nose work and obedience training. It was a popular aspect of this year’s show, noted Winder. “You can tell by the smiles on their faces – people love dogs.” Jax, a narcotics sniffing dog, hunts for a cotton swab with a marijuana odor during a demonstration at the home show. Colleen Flanagan/ THE NEWS
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Rainfall breaks record at Pitt airport by Nei l Corbe tt staff reporter
Sunday’s teeming rain set a new rainfall record, but that didn’t result in flooding in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows as it did elsewhere in the region. “Wrath of God, howbig-is-a-cubit kind of rainfall,” is how district of Maple Ridge communica-
tions manager Fred Armstrong described it after getting caught out in the weather. There was 48 mm of rain in 24 hours at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport. The rain was fierce across the Lower Mainland, with the soggiest locale being White Rock, which registered 83 mm. Basements were flooded in South Surrey.
Maple Ridge municipal crews kept an eye on the areas that have flooded in the past, such as the north end of 224th Street, where the North Alouette River floods at 132nd Avenue. But as Biblical as the rain seemed, it wasn’t prolonged enough to cause flooding. “It was intense, but it wasn’t everywhere. It would come in bands and
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In both incidents, the suspect had covered his face. The man who stalked the teen on April 30 is described as a light-skinned man in his 40s or 50s, with short black hair and a bit of facial hair. He was wearing sun glasses and driving a black 4x4 truck, believed to be a GMC.
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Not so funny On the weekend, Pitt Meadows Coun. Gwen O’Connoll posted an image on Facebook, in which one ape asks another why he ‘unfriended’ him on the social media site. The response includes a curse word and a slur. That is not uncommon for a joke. But it was not shared just among friends, or just by a comedian, but an elected official on a public forum, one with a billion monthly users. And the mayor of Pitt Meadows, Deb Walters, commented on Facebook that the meme was “funny.” Coun. O’Connoll doesn’t see how she offended people, although she has removed the post and offered, not an apology, but an explanation. Mayor Walters is sorry, “if people were offended.” ‘If’ is not the issue. Nor is it those who are overly sensitive towards the use of a word, or two, or who didn’t understand the joke. It is about a veteran politician – or two – who doesn’t understand, for one, how the privacy settings on Facebook work, or how her public profile reflects people’s confidence in her ability to make sound decisions, or that what she perceived as funny is a derogatory remark that society has being trying to eradicate from the lexicon for the past 25 years. Just last year a Maple Ridge high school conducted a campaign for that very cause. The “R” word hurts. One could forgive a teenager for making such a remark, for not yet understanding the scope of that type of misstep. But even kids today understand that if they post inappropriate material on sites such as Facebook, to share with friends, their parents might see it. O’Connoll has shown poor judgement here, and a lack of understanding of the extent her faux pas. Trying to justify her actions shows, as does removing the post, an admission that the image and joke could be deemed offensive. She didn’t get that, at first. Now she’s being defensive, as is the mayor. Would either ever utter the same word in council chambers? Do they not understand the public nature of their elected positions? They actually thought the meme was funny? The lack of judgement shown by Coun. O’Connoll and Mayor Walters in this instance is surprising and disappointing. Both would benefit from sensitivity and social media training. – The News
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‘Vocational school’ back in style VICTORIA – The B.C. government has rolled out its ambitious overhaul of the public education system, from kindergarten to graduate school, much to the horror of its left-wing establishment. The formal title is B.C.’s Skills For B.C. Views Jobs Blueprint: ReTom Fletcher engineering Education and Training. It’s designed to dovetail with Prime Minster Stephen Harper’s Canada Job Grant, which requires employers to co-sponsor training spaces so they will hire the students at the end. Elementary and middle school curriculum is being revised to increase emphasis on hands-on experience. High school and post-secondary skilled trades programs are getting more money, but it’s going to be shifted from under-performing programs that don’t lead to jobs. Premier Christy Clark took another swipe at the bias of B.C.’s system before heading to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong on another liquefied natural gas sales trip. She noted that 20 per cent of B.C. students, and nearly half of aboriginal students, don’t finish high school. “Not only are there kids who don’t graduate, there are kids who graduate, go out and get one or two credentials before they finally find their way into a skills training program,” said Clark, who had her own wander through university campuses before going into politics. A couple of weeks ago, Simon Fraser University president Andrew Petter
downplayed the “relatively small” skilled trades shortage for B.C. industry. “We should not be engaged in a zerosum kind of battle for dollars,” Petter protested. That’s exactly what he and other university executives are looking at, and it will be based on the latest graduate employment data and labour demand forecasts. One of the key architects of this sweeping plan is Jessica McDonald, who shook up the public service while serving as Gordon Campbell’s deputy minister. Her report on trades training confirms what Campbell’s critics in the labour movement have long said: the government’s 10-year experiment with the Industry Training Authority is a rudderless mess. “Certain partners, particularly organized labour, feel marginalized,” McDonald wrote. “Others, particularly employers and employers’ associations, do not feel heard within the system. Over the recent past, several new directions have been introduced, such as de-regulation of trades and modular training that have caused strain because they were not fully inclusive during development, were seen to benefit single interests, and they impacted the whole system.” The ITA board is being replaced, with union representation restored, and advisory councils from industrial employers will update their hiring needs. The B.C. Federation of Labour and the construction unions have all but abandoned the NDP after Adrian Dix’s disastrous pitch for urban anti-industry votes last year. B.C. Fed president Jim Sinclair was an early advocate for rescuing skilled trades from the second-class status they received
in a culture fixated on university for two generations. That culture has created glaring problems. There are too many institutions offering the same courses. As with health care, block funding is handed out without any serious effort to measure the results. For many students, university has become an extension of adolescence, finding one’s self through philosophy or film studies.
“For many students, university has become an extension of adolescence, finding one’s self through philosophy or film studies.” Employers get their share of blame from McDonald. Not only did they chop up trades training to make it cheaper to obtain, their preferred source of skilled workers has been to poach from other employers who paid to train them. Skills-based employment data will be made public for students to make career choices. Finally, students coming out of high school will have a way to assess what they can expect after $50,000 or more is spent on higher education. It’s about time. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press.
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THE NEWS/letters Not the same Choice Editor, The News: Re: Trustees call on parents to protest (The News, May 2). Maple Ridge school board trustee Sarah Nelson called it the “Sophie’s Choice” budget. This in reference to the movie in which a mother and her two children arrive at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. The mother is given a choice as to which one of her children will be gassed. If she does not choose, they both will die. A real “unbearable” choice. When will educated people stop using the Nazi era and its atrocities to compare our relatively insignificant events? Cherryl Katnich Maple Ridge
online comments Make road safer • Sarah Cameron · Maple Ridge, British Columbia: Re: Fern Crescent scenic, but is it safe? (The News, April 30). The traffic may ease when Larch Avenue is connected. This should redirect a large number of aggressive drivers away from this area. However, this route is the only way to Golden Ears Provincial Park, which, with an average of 61,500 visitors a year is B.C.’s fourth most visited park. B.C. Hydro uses this route for its projects. Shouldn’t the province be pitching in some money towards making the road safer? Let’s add up what money was taken in for filming up at the park yearround. You still can’t afford improvements? On another note, Mr. Phillips should understand that the speed limit on this road is 50 km/hr. The yellow and black sign with 30 km/hr on it is an advisory speed sign. Time to relearn the rules of the road?
Learn to live with everyday noise Editor, The News: Re: Residents object to closing dog park (The News, April 30). As a dog owner, I am shocked to here that, as of June 10, the off-leash area of Volker Park will be closed. So, basically, the person or persons in that neighbourhood who tried to poison and injure dogs has won. Instead of catching the perpetrator on video, the district caught dog owners using the park after hours. So rather than catch the criminals, let’s just close the dog park. One could walk down any street in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows and here dogs barking, children screaming, school bells going off, roofers hammering, sirens, loud music playing, spouses arguing, parents yelling at there children, meth labs and grow ops being operated. I could go on and on. I wish that myself and fellow off-leash park users had more of a voice in the closure. When the rash of vandalism and dog poisonings started in this off-leash area, I had to take my dog elsewhere. Then there were times when it was just me and my dog at the park. That is why I don’t understand the closure. The people who live on the outside of this park need to get over themselves and live with every day noise. Give me a break. May be we can just pay someone from
the parks system to come and lock the gates during off-hours? Who paid the $15,000 to install the fence and water fountain and tap? Now we are just throwing money around like it grows on trees. Were the neighbours who live near this park not consulted before the off-leash area was built? Why were the users of this off-leash area not consulted before it was decided to close the park? I had a dog who passed away in June last year because he had cancer in his belly. Perhaps he ate some of that poison that was left in this off-leash area? We will never know. Lori Barrett Maple Ridge
Arbitrary decision Editor, The News: Re: Residents object to closing dog park (The News, April 30). It is sad to learn about the closing of the Volker off-leash area. I would hope the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services Commission will find a suitable location to establish another off-leash area nearby in the near future. Many people who use the park are not able to drive to the other off-leash areas. I understand the concerns of some of the nearby residents. However, if you
live on a busy street, you know you will hear traffic noise. If you live near a public park, you know members of the public will be using the park. There seems to be a sense of entitlement that because they back onto a park, it is their private little paradise. I feel the decision was done arbitrarily and unfairly. Cheryl Harrington Maple Ridge
More noise Editor, The News: Re: Residents object to closing dog park (The News, April 30). How unfortunate that a neighbour or two can rule the roost in this tiny community around Volker Park. I didn’t like the dog park at first, but I got use to it. And in the evenings, when I take my kids to the park for play, I rarely hear the dogs bark. It’s entertaining to watch them frolic. What is curious is how glass and tacks were found in this unleashed dog area. I’m guessing the next issue our neighbour may have is the noise of laughter and squeals coming from the school’s playground, which also backs onto Volker Park. Can we suggest a realtor? G. Didicher Maple Ridge
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“Are you kidding?” she exclaimed Tuesday. “You know what, I have no comment. But I will put a personal apology to anyone I offended on Facebook … that’s my personal account.” O’Connell’s Facebook page notes she is the marketing manager of Wesbrooke and includes multiple posts of city-related events. She posted an apology shortly after being contacted, which reads in part: “Please be assured it meant nothing to point at anyone and it certainly did not mean anything by the use of the word retard. I would not and never will refer to anyone as a retard. I happen to have a very dear cousin who is mentally handicapped and that word is never used. It was a joke and before you start sending messages to the newspaper, call or send me a message. Starting things up in the newspaper is not the way to go.” When they were originally introduced, the terms “mental retardation” or “mentally
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I don’t think that’s a bad way to be. I find it sad that this has become a story.” Walters stressed her comment was a personal response back to a friend. “I agree that it might hurt somebody to read it, I don’t know why it would,” said Walters. “Some of the people who have written letters [to the editor] have done and said pretty horrible things, too. It’s just a comment on a cartoon basically. I am devastated over it and apologize if anybody is offended over it…I’ll think twice about everything I post now.” Last August, Summer and Tori Brack asked students at Garibaldi secondary to stop using the ‘R’ word. Their brother Colton has Down syndrome and they find the use of the word hurtful. “As a family, we always try to encourage people to be mindful of how words can really hurt people,” said Tori Brack, a social worker at Fraser Health’s acquired brain injury centre. “This is definitely a word that really affects our family and probably always will.” The Bracks encourage people to visit R-word. org and view their video titled “Spread the word to end the word: For Coly.” Images like the one shared by O’Connell are even more hurtful. “No one uses the R word as a good thing,” said Brack. “It is always used to describe something stupid, wrong or dumb. It is definitely a very negative word. Unfortunately, it’s a common trend in society. The R word is thought of as acceptable to use. But for our family, it’s a derogatory term and it hurts just as much as any other term. We’re hopeful one day it will be seen for what it is.”
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Blues musician switching to politics James Rogers wants better growth by Phil M elnyc h u k staff reporter
James Buddy Rogers wants to get the word out, through music, that he wants a seat at the Maple Ridge council table. The blues musician has posted a campaign song on YouTube built around his “Your Voice, Your Vision” slogan. He’s also got a website that’s still under construction. Rogers grew up in Maple Ridge and wants to see better growth and development. “With all the urban sprawl that’s happening, I just don’t feel there’s much thought going into the demand on schools, fire and police and where that
money’s going to come to pay for it,” he said. “Homeowners are just on the hook for everything and I just don’t think people’s pockets are deep enough to continue with that path.” He agrees with Mayor Ernie Daykin that increasing the industrial base will ease the burden on residential taxpayers. Rogers said he’s not sure where he stands on a big-box mall in the Albion flats – along Lougheed Highway and 105th Avenue. The District of Maple Ridge is currently negotiating with land developer SmartCentres on a possible land swap. “I think it’s definitely worth discussing. I’d like to see more information about it.” Rogers said he’ll allow himself to be guided by public opinion on issues. “Regardless of my feeling on something,
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If Chris Webster has his way, chickens will be strutting and clucking around in Maple Ridge backyards for those residents who enjoy fresh eggs. To make his case for a bylaw allowing the birds, and maybe even quail and pigeons, Webster told council Monday that roosters, not chickens, are the noisy ones. And when it comes to disease, the small numbers of backyard chickens minimize outbreaks of avian flu. Enclosures also should be skunk and raccoon proof, he added. He may not have to wait long before council decides on whether to follow Surrey, New Westminster, Richmond and Vancouver in allowing the birds. “Urban chickens do seem to be coming to a council table near you,” said Coun. Cheryl Ashlie. The agricultural advisory committee supports the idea and staff are writing a report on the topic. Planner Diana Hall
said staff are studying how other cities have handled the issue. “No roosters is definitely a common theme.” Chickens produce eggs without roosters around, council heard. “We do have to look at some concerns around it,” Hall said. A bylaw could base the number of chickens allowed on the size of the yard, she said. Decisions would also have to be made about which areas – urban, rural, suburban or agricultural – the chickens would be allowed. In the case of an outbreak of avian flu, “people may have to have their chickens destroyed.” And there have to be rules around storage of feed which can attract animals, “and, of course, rats. “There are pluses and minuses, so we have to look at this carefully.” Staff will give an outline of the issue to council this spring which then later will decide whether to ask staff to write a bylaw. Maple Ridge has passed a bylaw allowing beekeeping on large lots but has had few inquiries. “I think we’ll find that backyard chickens will be the same thing.”
I’m willing to vote for the majority.” He used to run a pool hall in Maple Ridge and said, as a small business owner, he’d like to locate near a big box shopping mall be- Rogers cause those are what draw shoppers. He added the current plan for downtown seems to focus on small shops below condo developments. “To me, that’s just going to open up more cash advance places and nail salons. I don’t think we’re really going to get any shopping choices. “As a small business owner, I’ve happily gone next to box stores because they’re the ones that drive the people in. Look what’s happening
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Ridge explains 3.5 per cent tax hike Police costs climb half million a year by Phil M elnyc h u k staff reporter
Another livestreamed question and answer session on Maple Ridge’s budget drew an audience of 25, with only nine tuned in at a time. The April 28 hour-long session was the second such occasion during which people used social media and e-mail for explanations of this year’s 3.5-per-cent tax hike. Topping the tax topics was the $925,000 increase in policing costs, bringing the 2014 tab for Ridge Meadows RCMP to $16 million. But the district is now different than any other municipality in facing climbing costs, largely to pay for defined benefit police pension plans. It’s not the first year for such increases, financial general manager Paul Gill told the questioner. The past several years police costs have climbed by at least half a million annually for the same reason. Maple Ridge also
The downtown incentive plan initiated $140 million worth of new construction involving 45 new projects. wants to ensure that the RCMP squad grows as the population grows to maintain the proper police to citizen ratio. To have no increase in police spending would mean the detachment loosing six officers, a decrease of about seven per cent. The detachment has 110 members with 85 covering Maple Ridge and 22 in Pitt Meadows. Another resident, who lived in a rural area with no street lights, sidewalks, water or sewer, wanted to know why her or his tax rates were the same as someone who
lived in an urban area. But property taxes aren’t connected to service levels, Gill pointed out. Instead, costs are spread out among residents, as are the services. However, people who are on Metro Vancouver water and sewer do pay utility levies that those in the country areas don’t. Another questioner wondered about the cost to the taxpayer of the downtown incentive plan, which gave tax breaks and cash grants to encourage new buildings.
The cost is zero, Gill replied. The property tax holiday is for only three years, after which the regular tax rates kick in. According to the district, the incentive plan produced $140 million worth of new construction involving 45 new projects. A familiar question appeared again: why can’t Maple Ridge match its property tax increase with the increases in the consumer price index. But municipalities face steeper cost increases that normal households don’t have to face, such as policing and fire costs, equipment and materials. Gill told a questioner that Maple Ridge council could decide to implement district-wide garbage collection, although that would mean higher property taxes. Council has considered the topic many times and decided not to do that. Currently, residents hire private contractors to pick up or garbage or haul it to the waste transfer station near the Ridge Meadows Recycling Depot.
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An external review has endorsed B.C.’s contentious reallocation of ambulance service in favour of the most urgent cases. Lower Mainland cities, fire departments and their unions have denounced the changes introduced in November, saying dozens of categories of calls have been downgraded to slower responses, resulting in extreme waits of more than an hour in some cases. Ambulances now head to many of the downgraded calls without the lights and sirens they used in the past, a change that’s expected to reduce the risk of crashes with other motorists. B.C. Emergency Health Services contends the longer waits have averaged just 10 minutes slower in the Lower Mainland, but have enabled slightly faster ambulance responses to critical emergencies where extra seconds can
save lives. The report by Alan Craig, the retired deputy chief of Toronto Emergency Services, says the BCEHS Resource Allocation Plan takes a “careful and prudent approach” based on actual medical evidence that matches global best practices and is “superior” to the priority systems used in many major jurisdictions. It agrees the lights-andsiren response carries serious risk to both paramedics and the public and should be limited to just the most urgent incidents. It also says the public needs to better understand that very few patients from 911 calls need to be rushed to hospital. Short response times, with fire department first responders further shortening them, are no longer considered worthwhile in virtually all cases, he said. The report says emergency doctors now agree that short response times improve patient outcomes in less than one per cent of cases – just ones involving cardiac arrest and patients unable to breathe. “Not surprisingly, the magnitude of contem-
porary changes in emergency medicine may conflict with the expectations and the culture of some paramedics, some first responders and some members of the public,” it says. BCEHS insists its changes have improved not hurt overall patient outcomes. While the provincial government department maintains the ambulance response changes are not about saving money, the external review suggests there is a link. Craig’s report said the public should also understand that “fixed response times for other than the most critical incidents are a major driver of EMS system costs, particularly as demand for service continues to rise.” In a conference call Friday with reporters, Craig said cost should never be an issue with critical care, but added it may not be cost-effective to mandate speedy response times to routine non-urgent calls. Bronwyn Barter, president of the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C., said she believes the changes are aimed at least containing the ambulance service budget.
“This is a money issue and a resource issue,” Barter said. “The call volume has been increasing in the province and the resources have remained the same. We do view this as a tactic to do more with less.” The union head said front-line paramedics believe too many calls are now downgraded from code 3 with lights-andsiren to routine. Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis was critical of the external review, saying Craig’s work guided the development of the BCEHS Resource Allocation Plan and he can’t be considered an independent, unbiased expert. He cited the Surrey fire department’s own independent analysis, conducted by University of the Fraser Valley professor Martha Dow, which found a doubling in wait times in Surrey for lower priority calls. “The wait times have gotten extremely long,” Garis said, adding some patients’ condition can deteriorate as a result. “I’m concerned for the public and I’m concerned for the people who have fallen through the cracks.”
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Lactating mothers are urged to consider donating some of their milk to help others who aren’t able to breastfeed their own babies. Fraser Health has opened 10 new human milk donation depots at public health units in Hope, Agassiz, Mission, Langley, Cloverdale, Guildford, North Surrey, New Westminster, Port Moody and Burnaby, in addition to existing ones in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. Women who have been screened can collect breast milk at home, freeze it and donate it at those locations. It’s transported to the provincial milk bank at B.C. Women’s Hospital, where it’s pooled, processed and pasteurized. Most of the donated milk goes to feed premature and sick babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) who are at high risk of illness and infection. “With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we are asking all breastfeeding moms to consider giving the gift of health to our most fragile patients by donating their breastmilk,” said Fraser Health project development nurse Sidney Harper. A devastating bowel disease called necrotizing enterocolitis is much more common in premature babies that are fed formula instead of human breast milk. Mothers in some cases struggle to provide milk or aren’t permitted to as a result of illness or medications they use. Fraser Health plans to open dispensaries at Royal Columbian and Surrey Memorial hospitals to store and provide the donor human milk. • For more information on how to donate see bcwomensmilkbank.ca.
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Making most of God-given gifts Darrell Swanson is one of 32 artists featured in the 16th Art Studio Tour
Daisy Randell Randell creates mixed media mosaics made up of oil-based clay, glass and found objects. “ I have dabbled with many different mediums and found that with mosaics, I could do it all,” she says. “I don’t have limitations, my ideas only grow stronger. My goal is to grab attention. I want the onlooker to feel, yes they can physically touch it, but I mean emotional stimulation.”
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hen Darrell Swanson paints, there’s a message in every swirl and geometrical shape. It’s art that evokes a feeling. “I think a painting should have some kind of emotional message in it that strikes a chord in a person’s heart,” says Swanson, who is one of 32 artists preparing for the 16th annual Art Studio Tour, which takes place on the weekend. Swanson’s artistic endeavours span genres. He’s written a book, takes photographs, creates collages and rediscovered painting recently. He credits his wife for reigniting a passion that had remained dormant since the 1970s. Four years ago, Swanson’s wife got him one of those Costco easels for Christmas. It gathered dust until a year ago. “I hasn’t even opened the box,” he says. “I just went at it. I just painted and painted.” Swanson favours surrealism, a genre and cultural movement that began in the early 1920s which aims to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.” “I love Dali,” says Swanson. “Surrealism is where my heart is. It can be whimsical and I like that because I have a sense of humour.” More so, Swanson likes art that is emotive. “We can paint for the sheer joy of doing it but I think my work is message driven,” he says. Instead of tucking his easel back into a dark closet, Swanson wants to keep painting. He keeps his brushes, paint and canvas close at hand in his home office. “I figured at my age, I had to make the most of it,” says Swanson, with a laugh. “It’s a gift and I think it’s important for us to exercise those gifts. We are only here for a short time and if you don’t advance your talents, I think you are doing the whole world an unjust.”
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Darrell Swanson with several paintings which will be featured during the 16th annual Art Studio Tour.
Hummer with peonies by artist Judy Osiowy.
For Swanson, art is transformative. “If you think about the great artists of the past, some of them were world-changing,” he says. “Even today, cultures are swayed by artists. God-given gifts are there for us to enjoy but there is also something deeper.” The Art Studio Tour attracts over 1,500 visitors every year and features everything from paintings in all media to functional pottery, ceramic sculptures, jewelry, paper art, and mosaics.
A mosaic by Daisy Randall and teapot by Brigitta Schneiter.
Swanson will be sharing his space with four other artists - Daisy Randell, Judy Osiowy, Brigitta Schneiter and Mike Stewart. Their studio is located at 13916 Reichenbach Road, Pitt Meadows. The Art Studio Tour takes place May 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a map, visit artstudiotour.ca.
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Stewart started wood carving at Lee Valley Tools in April of 2008 and joined Maple Ridge Lapidary Club a few months later to further explore the art. He started off carving Italian soap stone but has since branched out into clay sculptures and is currently exploring the two-dimensional world of painting. • The studio is located at 13916 Reichenbach Road, Pitt Meadows. The Art Studio Tour takes place May 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a map, visit artstudiotour.ca.
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Tapestry artist Barbara Heller has been steadily gaining acclaim for her contribution to the contemporary tapestry scene since commencing her studio practice at the Fibre Art Studio, Granville Island in 1979. The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is honoured to be able to present works signifying key moments in her career that are often linked to war, political aggression and the impact of humankind on the environment.
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Detritus and The Patriot, two tapestries created by Barbara Heller.
“Tapestry is a medium that requires nothing short of total immersion in the craft’s materials and structural challenges,” says Duncan. “And while it is a truism that our generation is increasingly swept up in speed and instantaneous gratification, there is also a new appreciation for slow, process-driven activities. I’m hoping that, in viewing this exhibition, our audiences will see how mindfulness and sustainability go hand in hand.” The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council, with funding provided by the Vancouver Foundation, is publishing a 40-page catalogue to accompany the exhibition. • An opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Saturday, May 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Falling From Grace is at the gallery until July 26.
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One of Canada’s leading tapestry artists opens an exhibition of her work at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery this week. Falling from Grace features selected works from throughout Barbara Heller’s 40-year career creating tapestries from her studio on Vancouver’s Granville Island. The exhibition’s title refers to the appearance or suggestion of birds entwined in a landscape of predation, war or environmental destruction. In Heller’s visionary world, the bird acts as her talisman, enabling her to communicate her concerns and preoccupations about the state of the world. In sharp contrast to the slow and arduous nature of her process, Heller’s visual `stories’ comprise a compelling and often graphic narrative, urging the viewer to act against the sharp rise in the territorial and environmental destruction witnessed by our generation. Three new tapestries will be shown for the first time in the Maple Ridge exhibition, all of them focusing on the deteriorating environment and its impact on once thriving populations of bird species. “The compelling nature of Heller’s subject matter is only half the story,” says gallery curator Barbara Duncan, who conceived the exhibition. “Much of the interest in the craftsmanship demanded by traditional art forms like tapestry arises from the very nature of the slow, contemplative and repetitive road to its completion.” Heller works on these pieces for months on end, following a ritual of dedication that has formed the central rhythm of her life for some 40 years.
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Barry Hollis, a Princeton graduate, has just inherited his father’s fortune. Barry meets and falls in love with Gladys Vance. He persuades his aunt to invite Gladys for a visit. Another note goes to Patsie Linder, old flame of Barry’s, saying it’s all over. Alas, the notes get mixed! Patsie arrives and threatens a breach of promise suit unless Barry marries her. But he can’t marry her if he’s already mar-
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Return game Lyle Perry enjoys a game of tennis with Bruce Unruh during the Maple Ridge Tennis Club’s open house Saturday afternoon. The courts are located behind Thomas Haney secondary, along 232nd Street. The youth season runs until the end of August and the adult season runs until the end of October. The club is still looking for members. For more information, go to www.mapleridgetennis.com. Colleen Flanagan/ THE NEWS
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The question of whether the new Albion FC soccer association will be allowed to splinter off from the West Coast Auto Group FC (WCAGFC) has become more controversial. A notice on the B.C. Soccer website says the sport’s governing body in the province is investigating whether there has been any conflict of interest surrounding the decision. “B.C. Soccer has received a formal complaint with regard to an alleged conflict of interest in the process that Alouette District Youth Soc-
cer Association are applying to the application by the proposed new club Albion FC to join the Alouette District Youth Soccer Association ...” it says. “Matters of this nature are taken very seriously by B.C. Soccer. Both Alouette District Youth Soccer Association and the proposed new club Albion FC have and are continuing to comply with the requests made by BC Soccer as part of the complaint. “B.C. Soccer recognizes and appreciates that many members of the soccer community are waiting for this matter and the application process of the proposed new club Albion FC to be determined.” Albion FC has a Facebook page, which is advising its followers to not wait for the eventual decision, lest their children miss next season. Mike Smith, one of the founders
of the embryonic club, apologizes to the club supporters for the time it has taken, and advises them to register their child in a different association, which is guaranteed a league to play in. Smith had expected the issue to be resolved by April 30. “Despite our attempts over these last months and weeks to get this question answered, we have been completely unable. B.C. Soccer will not answer, the clubs that control the Alouette District Youth Soccer Association have done nothing but stall and put up roadblocks, and so we are left in limbo,” his message said. Smith added that members of the WCAGFC are on the Alouette association board, and have already voted against Albion FC in an email vote. Albion FC made the conflict complaint to B.C. Soccer.
He noted that Albion FC applied for inclusion in community soccer leagues on Dec. 12. 2013. By March 21 they demonstrated that they had 160 players and more than 12 teams. New clubs need have a minimum of only four teams under B.C. soccer’s bylaws. Dan Mikolay, the newly elected president of the WCAGFC executive, noted that the Alouette association has set up an independent committee to consider Albion FC. “It’s a district matter – it’s up to the Alouette district,” he said. “We support whatever decision is made by the independent committee.” Beyond that, he had no comment. “We’re trying to respect the process.” Albion FC has urged B.C. Soccer to resolve the situation quickly, but has heard no timeline.
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The new president of the West Coast Auto Group Football Club is Dan Mikolay. He replaces outgoing president Chris Begg. Mikolay allows that he does not have the “football” pedigree of some of the sport’s more accomplished former players and coaches around the Lower Mainland soccer scene. “I’m just a dad who loves kids, and that’s how I became interested in it – [asking] what can we do to have a more fun experience,” he said. “I’m really learning to enjoy soccer.” He said the club continues its work of building competitive teams at every level. In the past, the rep teams in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows each had several very talented players, but not enough to compete with the best. After the two clubs merged, with 75 per cent of the membership voting in favor of it, there has been almost immediate success, highlighted by a provincial championship at the U-13 boys level. “That had never happened before,” he said. The club has swollen to some 3,500 from U-4 to adult, filling out the rosters of 270 teams. There was also a record number of teams competing for and winning cups. Only two years old, the young club can field teams that are competitive at every level. Off the field, there have been highlights like the girls soccer team that raised $3,500 to support the Haitian national women’s side. The girls got a chance to meet the team from Haiti, and also the Canadian women’s national team. “That’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Mikolay. “That’s what community is all about.” The club raises nine scholarships of $750 each for its under-18 players to support their education. “We’re not only building players, but building citizens,” he said. He said one of the goals for the coming year will be to work with other field user groups in the community to lobby for more turf fields.
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Pitt Meadows Marauders track team member Ryan Beaubien (middle) runs the senior boys 110m hurdles in the Upper Fraser Valley Track and Field championships, which were held at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford last week. Beaubien finished sixth in the region, and qualified for the upcoming Fraser Valley Championships in Coquitlam.
Athletes strive for spot in provincials Podium finishers from Upper Valleys High school track stars from the Maple RidgePitt Meadows School District were up and down the podium as the Upper Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships, which were held in Abbotsford last week. That event takes in the top high school athletes from Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and the local area, as far east to Hope. Jayden Brown of Thomas Haney won the Grade 8 boys 100m dash in a time of 12.12, and also took third in the 200m. Then in the field events, he won the Grade 8 long jump. Abisayo Ajibike of MRSS took second in the junior girls 100m in 12.83. She also finished second in long jump. Emily Morley of MRSS won the Grade 8 girls long jump, and was third in the 200m sprint. Zac Hetherington won the senior boys 400m, while his Marauders teammate Sean Hutchinson finished third. In the senior girls 400m race, Monique Lisek of MRSS won, and Pitt’s Trisha Harrison finished third. Lisek also won the girls 400m hurdles, and took second in the long jump. Reid Mueller of Pitt won the senior boys 800m in dominant fashion, covering two laps of the track in 1:58.3, which was almost a full
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Kayleig McNeill of Samuel Robertson Technical was third in the triple jump. MRSS high jumper Natalie Rycroft was third in the senior girls competition. A pair of Westview leapers won at high jump. Grade 8 Graeme Roberts went 1.65m, and senior Tarl Edwards cleared 1.80m. Garibaldi got onto the podium, as senior girls hammer thrower Natasha Akbarizadeh won her event. Pitt’s talented thrower Mariconi finished third. Pitt’s Natasha Crawford finished third in the junior girls hammer. The MRSS relays did well, as the junior boys and girls 4x100m relays, and the grade 8 girls 4x100m, all finished second. The senior girls 4x100m finished third. The Grade 8 boys 4x400m took first, almost nine seconds ahead of the silver medallists. The Grade 8 girls 4x400m relay finished second, as did the junior girls. The Pitt senior boys took first place in both relay events. Their junior girls relays finished third in both races. Now these athletes will qualify to compete in the Fraser Valley championships, to be held May 1213 at Coquitlam Town Centre. Their ultimate goal will be to chase a provincial gold medal, that can be had May 29-31 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.
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DOBBIN, Robert Tyrone passed away in Eagle Ridge Hospital on April 30, 2014 at age 84 years. He is survived by his loving wife Ethel; 6 daughters Sara, Sally, Sandra, Susan, Sonja, and Bonnie; predeceased by his son Darcy. Family Celebration to be held at 1pm on Wednesday, May 7th at Garden Hill Reception Centre 11765-224th St, Maple Ridge. In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Expressions of sympathy can be made at: www.gardenhill.ca
Blanche died peacefully in her sleep at her home on April 24. Born in Bozman Manitoba she had a sister Margaret, brother Sam, brother Lynds (shot down in WWII) and sister Jean who died in infancy. Predeceased by beloved husband Richard Daniel (Dan) Ebert who she married in 1949. Blanche is survived by son Daniel, daughter Laurie, sonin-law Rob and grandsons Daniel and Maxwell. Growing up in Westlock, Alberta during the depression had a lasting effect on Blanche. She never wasted anything. Post war she moved to New Westminster, B.C., met Dan and began a 38 year love story. They enjoyed many trips together road trips with the kids and later tours including Europe, Russia and Mexico. Dan died in 1986, Blanche was heartbroken but soon became selfsufficient. She still enjoyed travelling, now with Margaret and other new friends. Blanche was intelligent, independent and generous. She liked everything blue - her clothes, house, cars, etc. She was a long time resident of Maple Ridge and felt very supported by her community and her neighbours. Those who knew her will miss Blanche a lot. She lived well and just the way she wanted to. No service by request – A Celebration of Life will be held in Blanche’s honour.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our little country singing cowboy (a youtube star). Irvin passed away peacefully with his loving wife, Sheila, by his side along with his sisters Joyce (Don), Greda (Bill) and step daughter Lynn. He is survived by his wife Sheila, son Wade (Shona), grandsons Justin and Kyle. His sisters Greda (Bill), Joyce (Don), brothers Cliff and Ed, plus many nieces and nephews, four step children, special friends Dale, George and Hank along with many other friends. Predeceased by his parents Norburt and Angel LaBree. Sheila and Lynn would like to thank everybody at Holyrood Manor for caring for Irvin. Condolences may be sent to www.mapleridgefuneralchapel.ca
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MILLS, Douglas Passed away peacefully in the company of family and friends. Survived by his wife Andrea and sons Dwayne (Leonie) and Kenton (Kari), 2 grandchildren Maya and Evan, also sister Doreen Brown, niece Julie and nephew Tony (Hayley), children MacKenzie and Alyssa. Service will be held on Thursday, May 8th at 10:30 am at Burkeview Chapel, 1340 Dominion Ave. Port Coquitlam. In lieu of flowers please donate to Terry Fox Foundation.
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Available routes in Maple Ridge 40100109 - 113 Ave., Gillis Pl., Harrison St., Telosky Ave. 40210209 - 122 Ave., 123 Ave., 227 St., Hinch Cres. 40220261 - 124 Ave, 126 Ave, Blackstock St, Grace St. 40220270 - 123 Ave, 124 Ave, 221 St, Canuck Cres, Gray Street. 40310304 - 214 St., Ashbury Crt., Dewdney Trunk Rd., Hood St. 40310306 - 117 Ave., 118 Ave., Barker Ave., Fraserview St., Penny Lane. 40310310 - 117 Ave., 212 St., Cutler Pl., Fraserview St., Laity St. 40310315 - 117 Ave, 207 St, 209 St, Graves St, River Rd, Steeves St, Stoney Ave. 40310316 - 115 Ave., 207 St., 207A St., 209 St., Golf Lane, River Rd., Steeves St. 40320350 - 123 Ave, 124 Ave, 214 St, Charlton St, Cherry Pl, Laity St. 40330328 - 114 Ave, 209 St, Dartford St, Lorne Ave, :DUHVOH\6W:HVWÂżHOG$YH
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FLAGGERS NEEDED. No Certification? Get Certified, 604-575-3944
Landscaping Sales & Service Opportunities Up To $400 CASH Daily
41011010 - Wildwood Crescent North, Wildwood Place Serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows since 1978
F/T & P/T Outdoors. Spring / Summer Work. Seeking Honest, Hard Working Staff. www.PropertyStarsJobs.com
Vernon Service Company requires Journeyman Service Plumbers/Gasfitters, $36.00/hr Call (250)549-4444 or fax 250-549-4416
$1000* OFF TUITION IF YOU START YOUR PROGRAM BEFORE JUNE 30, 2014
HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT
Career Opportunities: Community Health Worker O Care Aide Home Support O Acute & Complex Care
CALL MAPLE RIDGE: 604.457.3600 OR VISIT SPROTTSHAW.COM
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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 236
HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 288
329 PAINTING & DECORATING
353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS
604-618-6401 Marcel Repairs, Maintenance, Renovation Guaranteed work, Free Estimate
MOTHER’S DAY House Cleaning Special $20 Off for the Month of May
HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 359 SAND, GRAVEL & TOPSOIL
Pay-Less Pro Painting
CEDAR HOGFUEL Special Spring prices Sawdust also available
• • •
Serving Tri City 34 Yrs. Call 24 Hrs/7 Days
(604)465-1302 / 604-786-3466
CONCRETE & PLACING
16897 Windsor Road Pitt Meadows
Wynnyk Farms 604.467.4419
NO JOB TOO SMALL Serving Lower Mainland 25 Years! *Prepare *Form *Place *Finish *Granite & Interlocking Block Walls *Stairs *Driveways *Exposed Aggregate *Stamped Concrete. *Interlocking Bricks *Sod Placement EXCELLENT REF’S -WCB Insured
1-800-663-5847 Ed’s ROTOTILLING & LANDSCAPING
477 Aluminum patio cover, sunroom, railing and vinyl. 604-521-2688 www.PatioCoverVancouver.com
604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley
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.
Landscape Design & Installation for 33 yrs Locally owned & operated pearllandscapes.com 778-848-0036 JAGUAR LANDSCAPING Lawn & Garden Service. Design, Pruning, Lawns, Cleanups, Comm/ Res. (604)466-1369
CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977
Collie Doodle (Collie x Poodle) puppies, born Feb 26, specially created ideal family dogs, intelligent, easy to train, good natured, gentle, good with animals and kids, low/no shed for hypo allergenic, will be med. size about 45-50lbs 23-24in tall, will have shots and deworming,females only, black and rare blue merle Raised in the house with kids. $950. Mission, 604-820-4827
Running this ad for 10yrs
~ Free Estimates ~
Augustine Soil & Mulch Ltd. Pitt Meadows, BC
FRESH COAT PAINTING ~ Int/Ext *Drywall Repair *Textured Ceilings *Pressure Washing*Gutter Cleaning Free Estimates. James 778-868-5307
604-941-2263 / 604-725-7246
Leo: 604-657-2375 / 604-462-8620
*Rototilling *Levelling *Gardens *Loader Work *Brush Cutter *Plowing
All types of Roofing Repairs Free Estimates
(Turn right 1st road East of Pitt River Bridge from Vancouver) 604-465-9812
Delivered or Picked up
F All types of concrete work F F Re & Re F Forming F Site prep FDriveways FExposed FStamped F Bobcat Work F WCB Insured
Tar & Gravel DAsphalt D Interlocking shingles DTorch-on Membrane D Laminated shingles
SCREENED TOPSOIL MUSHROOM MANURE BARK MULCH 604-467-3003
.A East West Roofing & Siding Co. Repairs, new roofs, torching, gutter services. 10% off. 604-783-6437
Intex Janitorial & Maintenance Services Janitorial, Ofﬁce Cleaning Int. Ext. Windows, Pressure Washing, Gutter Cleaning Free Estimates
Spring EXT/INT SPECIAL LOOK for our YARD SIGNS D Free estimates D Insured Licensed D References Residential D Pressure Washing
We Sell Weed...
RUBBISH REMOVAL ABC TREE MEN Pruning, Shaping, Tree Removal & Stump Grinding. 604-521-7594 604-817-8899
CASCADE DRYWALL. Res / Comm Drywall, taping, text. ceilings, t-bar. steel stud. Call Rob 604-218-2396 or 604-820-9601
DC ELECTRIC (#37544). Bonded. We specialize in jobs too small for the big guys! *24 HOUR SERVICE* 30Yrs exp. Free est. 604-460-8867.
283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899
Professional Installation 5” Gutter, Down Pipe, Sofﬁt *CLEANING *REPAIRS 28 YEARS EXPERIENCE
FLOOR REFINISHING/ INSTALLATIONS
15% SENIORS DISCOUNT A+ Rating with BB Bureau
•Lawn Cuts/Trim •Aerating •Leaf Cleanup •Power Rake •Hedge & Shrub Trimming •Pruning Trees •23 yrs. exp. •Insured •Free Estimates
Strata, Commercial & Residential, Pavers, Walls, Spring Garden Clean-ups, New Lawns & top dressing & Drainage.
GOLDEN LABRADOR PUPPIES. Only 2 sweethearts left. 12 weeks old. $375. Norm 604-814-0706 MULTI POO miniature black brown apricot 4-5lbs Hypo allerg, exc family pet vet cert $900. 604-341-1445
Call Tim 604-612-5388 Northstar Painting Ltd.- The Residential Specialists. BIG jobs, Small jobs - We do it all! Interior and Exterior Projects. Master Painters at Students Rates. WCB Safe, Reliable, Efficient & Quality Paint. 778.245.9069
Gutter & Roof Cleaning since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Call Simon for prompt service. 604-230-0627
HANDYMAN Services, Fast, Low rates! Call Glenn at 604-619-3845 www.millersystems.ca MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, RENOVATION www.proficientrenovation.com or call 604-323-4111 for more details
D Garden Blend Soil D Lawn Blend Soil D Custom Blends avail. D Composted Mushroom Manure
ASPHALT PAVING • Brick Driveways • Retaining Walls • Foundation Repairs • Sealcoating 604-618-2304
NO Wood byproducts used
When QUALITY Matters all soils are tested for Optimum growing requirements.
17607 Ford Road Pitt Meadows
HOME IMPROVEMENTS 317
5K Walk/Run • 10K Run • Kids Run
✶Dump Site Now Open✶ SBroken Concrete RocksS $24.00 Per Metric Ton SMud - Dirt - Sod - ClayS $24.00 Per Metric Ton GrassSBranchesSLeavesSWeeds
All proceeds benefiting Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation
10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005
Meadows Landscape Supply
BRO MARV PLUMBING 24/7 Plumbing, heating, plugged drains BBB. (604)582-1598, bromarv.com
Prompt Delivery Available
PRESSURE WASHING POWER WASHING GUTTER CLEANING
1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Across the street - across the world Real Professionals, Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555.
SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE
POWER WASHING since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Call Simon for prompt service. 604-230-0627
Call Ian 604-724-6373
Meadows Landscape Supply Ltd.
MOVING & STORAGE
7 Days / Week
FIXIT PLUMBING & HEATING H/W Tanks, Reno’s, Boilers, Furn’s. Drain Cleaning. Ins. (778)908-2501
$59.00 Per Ton
Jun Su e 1 • nda 9:0 y, 0am
PICK-UP ...... or .... DELIVERY
✶ Bark Mulch ✶ Lawn & Garden Soil ✶ Drain Gravel ✶ Lava Rock ✶ River Rock ✶Pea Gravel
MUST LOVE DOGS!!! Fostering and adoption needed for medium - large dogs. Bring a loved one home today! Call 604.583.4237 http://homeatlastdogrescuebc.ca
.give and take tree service 778.872.8406
~ FULLY INSURED ~
604-618-6401 Marcel Ceramic Tiles, Hardwood Laminate Guaranteed work, Free Estimate.
Entlebucher pups, short-hair, family raised, gentle, vet checked, 1st shots, dewormed. $900 each. 604-795-7662.
LANDSCAPING DESIGN / INSTALLATION and MAINTENANCE
From 1, 3, 5, 7 & 10 Ton Trucks Licensed ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free Estimate/Senior Discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos
LOCAL & LONG DISTANCE
RENOVATIONS & REPAIRS Bathroom Grab Bars Wheelchair Ramps Carpentry - Plumbing - Electrical GREAT WORKMANSHIP 10 Years Experience
Will 604-764-1036 TOTAL RENOVATIONS Repair, Replace, Remodel...
SPECIALIZING IN • Basement Suites • Kitchens • Baths • Remodels • Additions • Flooring • Painting • Drywall • Much More Since 1972 Dan 778-837-0771
329 PAINTING & DECORATING MILANO PAINTING Int./Ext. Prof. Painters. Free Est. Bonded & Insured. 604-551-6510 2 HUNGRY PAINTERS. Int/Ext, 36 yrs. Power wash. Refs. WCB. Free Est. 604-467-2532, 604-727-8956
Fairview Elementary School, Maple Ridge 329 PAINTING & DECORATING
Ask about our
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FREE Fund Run Giveaway to the first 250 registrants!
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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 560
MISC. FOR SALE
REAL ESTATE 633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
ITALIAN MASTIFF (Cane Corso)
KILL BED BUGS & THEIR EGGS! Buy Harris Bed Bug Killer Complete Treatment Program or Kit. Available: Hardware Stores, Buy Online: homedepot.com
P/B blue males & females. Ready to go. 1st shots & tails/dew claws done. ULTIMATE FAMILY GUARDIAN Pet homes. $800. 604-308-5665
REAL ESTATE 626
HOUSES FOR SALE
New SRI *1296 sq/ft Double wide $93,888. *New SRI 14’ wide $67,888. Repossessed mobile homes, manufactured homes & modulars. Chuck 604-830-1960.
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
2 Bdrm units available. Great location for seniors! Clean, quiet & affordable! Incls heat, h/w, cable. Senior Move-In Allowance. Refs & Credit check req.
Sorry No Pets For more info: google us. CRIME FREE BUILDING MAPLE RIDGE
627 PITTBULL PUPPIES - Purebred. Ready to go. Blue, tan & blue/tan brindle. Call 604-765-0453 Yorkshire Terrier, P/B, not reg., 1 male/4 female, vet certificate. $900 & up. (604)846-7074/846-7139
HOMES WANTED We Buy Homes BC • All Prices • All Situations • • All Conditions • www.webuyhomesbc.com 604-657-9422
633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS
$790/mo & $890/mo
Queen Anne Apts. * Renovated Suites * *Large *Clean *Very Quiet Includes: Heat, Hot Water
RENT TO OWN
Near Shopping & Amenities.
APARTMENT/CONDO 2 bdrm bright apt. Large 2 br located in a Central Coq Co-op. $950/mo. No subsidy. Close to transit, schools, and shopping.
Sandy 604 945 5864 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fraser View & Maple View Apartments
Church Garage Sale Saturday, May 10th 9am - 12noon Haney Presbyerian Church 11858 - 216th Street
2014 SRI 2 bdrm, den, 2 bath double wide in Langley 55+ park $134,888. Chuck 604-830-1960
Websters Corners Elem. 256th & Dewdney Trunk Sat. May 10, 9am - 3pm. CLOTHING, TOYS, BOOKS, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND MORE.
Book a table call Cindy 604-816-9410
Sandy 604 945 5864 email@example.com NEW 14 Wide in 55+ Mission Park $86,988 w/$550 pad rent. Pet OK. Chuck 604-830-1960
AVAILABLE NOW 1 & 2 BDRM SUITES Heat, hot water & parking. Close to stores & schools.
PORT MOODY very clean 2 bdrm 2 bath, 1 pkng. SS applis. f/p, patio, June 1. $1290/mo. 778-834-4774.
of Community in Pitt Meadows!
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PORT COQUITLAM, 1500 - 3000 sq ft. Ground floor commercial area. Facing onto city park. 1 blk from Lougheed/ Shaughnessy intersection. Call 604-464-3550.
MAPLE COURT I 22437 121st Ave 604-467-0715 &
MAPLE COURT II
Clean 2 bdrm. condo. Short term ~ May to Oct. $1100/mo. Gas f/p, soaker tub, secure u/g parking. Close to WC Express, tennis park, shopping etc.
Brookside Rlty Dave 604-240-3523
1 & 2 Bdrms from $655 & $880 & renovated suite with dishwasher $45. extra. Clean, Spacious Includes heat, hot water & parking Seniors discount 21387 Dewdney Trunk Rd
Maple Ridge Swan Court Apartments Large 1 & 2 Bedrooms. Hardwood floors, adult oriented, heat, h/w & cable incl’d, f/p, Approved pets only. Criminal Record check may be req. Resident Manager Onsite Now with SENIORS DISCOUNT
604.466.8404 (Erik) PORT COQUITLAM
1 bdrm suite ~ $775 2 bdrm suite ~ $925 S Includes heat/hot water S 1.5 blocks to various bus stops S 2 blocks to Safeway/medical S City park across street S Gated parking and Elevator S Adult oriented building S References required CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
604-464-3550 TWO bedrooms, 2 baths, 8th floors, nice views, corner unit, city center. 1030 sq. ft. living area , insuite laundry, $1100 per month including one parking. New renovation. #80311980 222nd Street, Gordon Towers, call Hanson at 604-250-2196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for appointment.
AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673
HOMES FOR RENT
MAPLE RIDGE, 3bdrm w/loft newly renovated lge yd central location avail now. $1450/mo. 604-240-7885
Unbelievable Rates, Starting at $495/month. Various sizes 320sf. - 2000sf. Various downtown locations. Updated and well maintained.
Auto Financing - Dream Catcher, Apply Today! Drive Today!
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL #1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200
Rick Medhurst Royal LePage Realty
ROOMS FOR RENT
$75 OFF 1ST MONTH
Rooms from $445/mo. Fully Furn, weekly maid service, cable TV, private bath, on bus route, 5/min walk to commuter rail.
Haney Motor Hotel 22222 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge Inquire in person between 9am - 3pm or
Call 604-467-3944 749
Glenwood Manor Apartments
TOP CA$H PAID TODAY For SCRAP VEHICLES! 2 hr. Service www.a1casper.com (604)209-2026
MAPLE RIDGE 12880 216 Street. 4 Bdrm house, 5 appls. Avail now. $1799/mo + utils. (604)722-5609
1/2 month Rent Free Ask manager for details.
Celebrating 100 years
SUNRISE 22292 122nd Avenue (604)349-5982
Starting at $595/mo incl hot water & cable. No pets.
Incl heat, hot water & parking. Close to stores and Schools.
Maple Ridge Ofﬁce & Retail Space
Building has been TOTALLY RENOVATED
Bright 2 br located in a Central Coq Co-op. $810/mo. No subsidy. Seniors only building. Close to transit, schools, and shopping.
Over 20 tables to choose from.
12186-224 St, Maple Ridge Certiﬁed Crime Free Buildings
Certified Crime Free Multiple Housing
Large 2 bdrm apt.
Big Garage Sale in the Gym
22423 121st Ave 604-467-4894
1 Bedroom suites avail
Hope you can come & join us!!
1 Bdrm apts $750 2 Bdrm apts $800
STOP RENTING! RENT TO OWN! No Qualifications! Flexible Terms! CLOVERDALE - 60th and 176th Spacious 1 Bedroom Condo. Only $880/mo. Option Fee Req’d 604-657-9422
AVAILABLE NOW Maple Ridge
1 & 2 Bdrms available
SENIOR’S DISCOUNT MAPLE RIDGE West. 3 bdrm, 3 bath, newer kitchen. 20x25 gar. 60X120 lot.$419K.604-825-2851.
1/2 month Rent Free Ask manager for details.
(604) 463-9522 Central Maple Ridge
KILL ROACHES! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Eliminate Bugs - Guaranteed. No Mess, Odorless, Long Lasting. Available online only @ Ace Hardware & The Home Depot STEEL BUILDINGS...HOT SAVINGS - SPRING SALE! 20X24 $4,348. 25X24 $4,539. 30X30 $6,197. 32X36 $7,746. 40X46 $12,116. 47X72 $17,779. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca
PITT MEADOWS: 2 - 3 bdrm co-op T/H $1097/mo - $1199/mo. Shares req’d. Close to WCE, schools & shopping. No subsidy available. 19225 119th Ave. For more info & to book an appt. call 604-465-1938
Pitt Meadows Marina 14179 Reichenback Rd
Public Access Launch Ramp Outdoor Storage for Boats, RV’s, Cars, Trucks & Trailers Year or semi-annual Rental Moorage
Parking + Onsite Manager
1500 square feet, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom large newer suite, separate laundry and full kitchen. Walk in closet in master. Price $1299 per month. E-mail: email@example.com text 778-772-3629 LOWER ground level for rent starting the 1st of July 2014. Newer 1100sqf ground level 2 large bedrooms, laminate floors, big family and dinning rooms, modern kitchen with lots of cupboard space. New appliances - washer and dryer included, heat, hot water along with full cable TV and wireless internet also included. Private entrance and patio as well as back yard and storage shed. We seek Mature person/s. --NO SMOKING / NO DOGS or CATS IN SUITE-- *Lower rent for one person.* call:604-465-3122 and or firstname.lastname@example.org MAPLE RIDGE - 2 BDRM, quiet, clean, sec. parking. N/S. $950/mo. Avail. June 1st. (604)477-2163 MAPLE RIDGE 2 bdr suite, 1000 s/f + garage. laundry, gas f/p & d/w. $900/mo + 1/2 utils. 604-467-9373. Maple Ridge new spac immac 2 bdrm 5 appl cbl util peaceful area NS cat ok $1050 604-466-3175 MAPLE RIDGE West 2 bdrm, fresh paint & upgrading, share laundry, N/S, N/P, avail now $800/mo incl gas & hydro (604)463-9963
PITT MEADOWS 3 Bdrm T/H in quiet family complex, rent geared to income. N/P. Call: 604-465-4851
In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On October 2, 2013, at the 11600 block of 224th Street, Maple Ridge, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the Ridge Meadows RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $714.65 CAD, on or about 12:25 Hours, $265 CAD, on or about 13:10 Hours, $120.65 CAD and $16.55 CAD, both on or about 15:20 Hours, and $565 CAD, on or about 15:45 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was a warrant authorized by the court pursuant to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada to seize evidence in respect of an offence (or offences) under section 5(2) (Possession for purpose of trafficking) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2014-2098, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will
be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture unless a notice of dispute is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Director’s website, accessible online at www. pssg.gov.bc.ca/civilforfeiture. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1.
In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On August 22, 2013, at the 17900 block of Ford Road, Pitt Meadows, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the Ridge Meadows RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $2,711.10, on or about 20:15 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by the commission of an offence (or offences) under section 354(1) (Possession of property obtained by crime) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2014-1978, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture unless a notice of dispute
is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Director’s website, accessible online at www. pssg.gov.bc.ca/civilforfeiture. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1.
In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On September 14, 2010, and September 15, 2010, at the 25000 block of Ferguson Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the Ridge Meadows RCMP seized, at the date and time indicated, the subject property, described as: $20 CAD, on or about 17:30 Hours, and $6,000 CAD, on or about 18:04 Hours, both on September 14; $1,660 CAD, on or about 00:30 Hours, and $215 CAD, on or about 00:34 Hours, both on September 15. The subject property was seized because there was a warrant authorized by the court pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada to seize evidence in respect of offences under section 326(1)(a) (Theft) and seizure of the subject property was effected under section 489 (Seizure) of the Criminal Code of Canada as there were grounds to believe it would afford evidence in respect of offences under section 354 (Possess property obtained by crime) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the
subject property, CFO file Number: 2014-2091, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture unless a notice of dispute is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Director’s website, accessible online at www. pssg.gov.bc.ca/civilforfeiture. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1.
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get ready for M THER’S DAY
ALL WOMEN’S TEES, TANKS
SAVE 30% DENVERHAYES A. Tiered Tanks Our Reg. $29.99
B. Everyday &
Our Reg. $14.99–$16.99 or 2 for $25
SALE $1049 – $1189 OR 2 FOR $1750
C. Everyday &
Our Reg. $12.99–$14.99 or 2 for $22
SALE $909 – $1049 OR 2 FOR $1540 Assorted colours. Sizes XS–2XL.
HIGH RISE A. B. A.
Roll-tab Capris with Knit Waist Sizes XS–2XL
Ruched Twill Capris Sizes 2–18
MID RISE C. D. C.
Printed Skinny Crop Sizes 2–18
CURVE-TECH® Denim Capris Sizes 2–18
SAVE 25% ALL
WOMEN’S DENVER HAYES CASUAL CAPRIS
* Applies to our regular priced items only
Our Reg. $24.99–$39.99 $ 74 $
SALE 18 – 2999
Shop Local! Everybody Wins.
Local Shops Support Local Events & Teams
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Custom Embroidery Centre on Premises • Locally Owned and Operated
Monday - Friday 9 am - 9 pm • Saturday 9 am - 6 pm • Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
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