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Decision nears on landfill’s fate Proposal would dump contaminated soil 500 metres from Chehalis River

By Greg Laychak, WITH FILES FROM BLACK PRESS

A decision about whether or not the proposed contaminated soil dump on Chehalis Forest Service Road will be permitted should be one step closer to being made this week. As The Observer went to press, a recommendation was on yesterday’s Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) Electoral Area Services Committee (AESC) agenda that was scheduled to be voted on during the afternoon meeting in Chilliwack— one that could decide the fate of the Statlu Resources Inc. plan. That company has proposed

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to extract gravel from a site 10 kilometres up the Chehalis Forest Service Road and back-fill it with remediated soil sourced from contaminated sites like gas stations, car repair shops and dry cleaners. But at a public meeting in mid-December, most of the approximately 80 people in attendance voiced opposition to the proposal, which would be located about half-a-kilometre from the Chehalis River. In a memorandum presented to the committee at yesterday’s meeting, FVRD electoral area planning and development staff state they are not in support of the

application. “The Chehalis River Valley is viewed as a wilderness area that supports resource extraction, tourism, recreation and ecological functions,” the report says. “A new contaminated soil landfill is not consistent with this view.” The would-be major facility is “intended to primarily serve the needs of the lower mainland,” it says, adding that both staff at the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations couldn’t confirm the region’s needs for a contaminated soil dump, nor its own generation of such material.

Instead, as the recommendation states, refusing the application and then determining the need for a facility of this type would be staff ’s preferred next step. But developing a study for this potential new priority is beyond the scope of the FVRD budget, according to the report. So the proposal also includes that the board request funding for a regional contaminated soil disposal plan from the province. The FVRD would carry out the B.C. funded study plan with representatives from the industry, the provincial government, the Continued on 3

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With all the buzz around Harrison Marina’s planned changes, two other local slip providers have seen an inflow of customers. Both Rockwell Marina and Killer’s Cove Marina have reported a sudden interest from clients after former Harrison Marina patrons heard of that business’ plans to cease annual moorage by Feb. 1 this year—a statement since retracted by Harrison Marina owner Wayne Moser. And Rockwell and Killer’s both also say that they still have space available despite this newspaper’s story last week stating other marinas were reported to be full. “Bottom line, we are still accepting moorage guests,” said Rockwell Marina owner Scott Yaworski. Last week, Yaworski still had over a dozen slips available, even with more people showing interest. “We had a mass exodus into our place,” he said. “[Harrison Marina’s] marketing campaign worked phenomenally for us.” His neighbouring business

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There’s still plenty of room at the various marinas on Harrison Lake, as waters settle after Harrison Marina’s development announcement last month caused waves in the boating community.

owner Jim Killer of Killer’s Marina expressed the same sentiments. He also wanted to clarify that his moorage was not full. “I'm open for business,” Killer said. “If I need more [slips] I can build more. I have room to expand.” In fact, Killer has enlarged his water lot to provide room for any influx of boaters, from

competitors or elsewhere. Since he built his marina from scratch in 1993, Killer said he has seen the market expand along with the size of the boats that sit in the waters of Harrison Lake. He even built a fuel dock to accommodate that increase in traffic. Though less specific about the Harrison Marina

announcement’s effect on his business, Killer said, “There have been a number of people that have contacted me.” And as for his opinion about Harrison Marina’s proposal, Killer responded, “Their expansion plans are none of my business.” Though it seems, at least for the time being, they are sending some his way.

Trial begins for man accused in death of woman found near Agassiz Tyler Olsen Black Press

Ian Michael Hewitt choked and stabbed Angela Crossman and slit her throat at the request of his friend, who said Crossman was causing problems for his family, Crown counsel Theresa Iandiorio told a jury Tuesday during opening statements in Hewitt's murder trial. Hewitt is accused of firstdegree murder in the death of Crossman, 39, whose lifeless body was found beside Elbow Lake near Agassiz in June 2009. His trial, in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, is expected to take as long as five months. At the time of the killing, Hewitt and Crossman were both living in Abbotsford in the Hillcrest Avenue home of Alex Paul, along with Paul's wife and young children. Crossman suffered from mental health problems, and the night before her killing she had been taken to hospital by Paul, but later returned home,

Iandiorio said. Paul and Hewitt, meanwhile, were at a pub, and Iandiorio said the jury will hear evidence –including multiple confessions by Hewitt – that after being notified that Crossman had returned, Paul told Hewitt to "get rid of her" because she was causing problems. Hewitt confessed the killing to a friend, undercover police officers posing as criminals, and investigators following his 2010 arrest, Iandiorio said. "The Crown will rely on what you will hear from Mr. Hewitt's own mouth." The jury heard that the investigation into the murder was complicated when Paul was shot and killed by a friend on July 7, 2009, less than a month after Crossman's death. Hewitt was present during that shooting, which occurred in the home of another man. That man, Iandiorio said, was told about the killing by Hewitt and later became a police agent for investigators.

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team members also concocted a long undercover "Mr. Big" sting that lasted weeks. Through the friend who was working for police, Hewitt was introduced to the supposed leader of a criminal organization. He began doing work for the group, including transporting supposedly illegal goods, picking up loan payments and laundering money at casinos. The operation culminated with the group's leader asking Hewitt to tell him the truth about his past and why he might be drawing police attention. The boss said he could fix things and "tie up loose ends" by paying people off. Prior to the Crown's opening statement, Justice John Truscott warned the jury that some people confess to crimes they do not commit. The trial continued on Tuesday afternoon after press deadline, with the defence giving its opening statements.

Death deemed not suspicious after body found on forestry road

A woman’s body was discovered last Thursday on Garnet Creek Forest Service Road just off of Lougheed Highway, B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed. On the afternoon of Feb. 4, the coroner was summoned to a location near Ruby Creek after an

independent witness—who had been going down the forest service road on an ATV—found a female lying on the ground. B.C. Coroners Service has concluded that it was not a suspicious death and are in the preliminary stages of investigating the cause of death.


Dangerous dogs will now need photo ID

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Dogs who are deemed dangerous in the Fraser Valley will now need to pose for a mugshot. This is a sweeping change in municipalities from Abbotsford to Harrison Hot Springs, and most points in between. The Fraser Valley Regional Board voted unanimously to amend their bylaw on Jan. 26, following a brief report by FVRD’s manager of environmental services, Stacey Barker. “First and foremost this is for the safety to the animal control officers,” she told the board. In the cases where a dog is known to be dangerous or aggressive, officers can identify those dogs prior to engaging with them when visiting a home. “If the officer is moving in, it’s best to give them a head’s up,” Barker said. But there are many other reasons for the mugshots, including preventing injuries to the dogs themselves. The amendment includes a change in definition to “aggressive dog” to include “aggressively pursuing a vehicle.” “We’ve had situations where

there has been damage to vehicles, and popped tires,” she says, from dogs that are aggressive towards vehicles. There are other dogs who will stand a driver or passenger inside a vehicle, while “snarling at windows.” “This will prevent motor vehicle accidents as well as injury to the dog itself,” she says, by encouraging owners of dogs who are known to be aggressive from roaming freely and causing potential havoc or harm. “We certainly know that dogs chase cars,” she said. A photo registry of dangerous dogs will also prevent false accusations from members of the public who feel an aggressive dog is not being cared for responsibly. “In some cases, it’s not that (aggressive) dog at all, and the owner of the dog is acting responsibly,” Barker said. “It helps in those situations.” The Dangerous and Aggressive Dog Regulation Bylaw works through compliance and awareness, Barker added. This change to the bylaw is not about deeming dogs dangerous, said Jennifer Kinneman, FVRD’s manager of communications. “This is only if they’ve been deemed aggressive or dangerous,”

she said, which is a formal process that includes an investigation. This will also help neighbouring municipalities. Because if a dog is deemed dangerous, that information is passed on when a dog’s owner moves. “If you were to move to Metro Vancouver, that doesn’t mean your record goes away,” she said. The photos add more information to basic written descriptions of dogs, and can identify markings, shape and size more accurately. The bylaw is effective in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, the District of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs and FVRD’s electoral areas D (Popkum, Bridal Falls) and E (Chilliwack River Valley). The photos are to be provided by the owner. The penalty for not providing a photo to identify a dangerous dog is $500, with compliance agreements available. That is in addition to other aggressive dog contraventions such as not being securely confined, not on a leash, not with a competent person, without a muzzle, or a microchip. Each of those are also accompanied by a $500 fine.

Chance of a spill remote, says landfill proponent From Front Page

public and First Nations if the funding were approved. Much of the background listed in the FVRD staff memorandum discussed the public’s response to the proposed project: an “overwhelming majority” of the 50 letters received to date were opposed to the public, with more continually received; an online petition through change.org had about 2,000 signatures; a written petition with 160 signatures was attached to the memorandum; and Sts’ailes First Nation oppose the location and Scowlitz First Nation are against the proposal. Statlu’s proposal calls for between 350 to 1,000 tonnes of soil to be dumped at the site each work day. In a technical assessment

commissioned by the company and delivered prior to December’s meeting, a consulting firm reported that the soil could contain “residual petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and heavy metals.” Statlu president Earl Wilder said the material is “not a hazardous waste,” and is presently dumped elsewhere in the Lower Mainland with less care than his plan envisions. Statlu’s technical assessment envisions a double-bottom lined fill site, with a wastewater purification system to treat effluent. Wilder said the chances of a spill were one-in-four-hundred million, more ten times less likely than a lottery win. He said the project would

create jobs and other economic benefits for the region. Wilder said in January that a lack of knowledge was causing misinformation about his company’s plans and that it is the best site in the Lower Mainland yet to be discovered for such a facility. He and other Statlu representatives are one of the delegations that were scheduled to be heard at yesterday’s AESC meeting. Peter Bryant and Al Roberts of the Harrison Mills Regional Association and others were also set to present positions on the application. The AESC's recomendation will be passed on to the FVRD board at their next meeting on Feb. 23 for final decision.

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Zika not the only virus out there: local blood expert

A local area man was arrested last week after he was allegedly caught stealing from a work truck while the maintenance crew were only a few feet away. Thirty-eight-year-old Brody James Douglas was arrested at the scene of the Popkum convenience store Thursday where he was reported to have been caught by staff rifling through an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot. Maintenance staff were repairing a gas pump when a man entered a work truck and stole the keys, according to RCMP reports. When confronted by employees, Douglas allegedly threw the stolen keys at one of the employees and threw his bicycle—striking two others and causing minor injuries. The bicycle, a red Huffy mountain

bike, is believed to have been stolen. Douglas, who has a long list of past charges (mostly theft and various breaches in Chilliwack dating back to late 1996) has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000 and three counts of assault with a weapon relating to last week’s incident. “Agassiz RCMP have recently received reports of thefts from work vehicles and would like to remind the public to ensure that both their personal vehicles and work vehicles are locked with keys secured,” said Cpl. Rae Lynn Downey in a press release. Local police request anyone with information about the red mountain bike contact the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 and/or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Zika virus is spreading quickly throughout Brazil, and on Monday, the World Health Organization declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern.’ The outbreak also prompted the Canadian Blood Services to urge recent travellers to affected areas to avoid giving blood for now, as little is known about the virus. The virus has already been found in some Canadians returning from affected areas. It’s a mild flu-like virus with no vaccine and none coming anytime soon. Symptoms can include fever, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and rash, along with joint and muscle pain. What sets the Zika virus apart from others is the effect it has on an unborn child. Thousands of pregnant woman have been infected with the virus, putting their babies at risk of being born with microcephaly. Those woman are locals in the affected areas, but also travelers who are now returning home to countries like Canada. Travelers should always use caution when heading into areas where mosquitos can transmit disease, says Dr. Darin Cherniwchan, from the Fraser Valley Travel Clinic in Chilliwack. “The media frenzy regarding Zika virus is warranted,” he said. However, the risk shouldn’t deter the average, non-pregnant traveller from visiting the affected areas, he added. There are always

risks like this that travellers should prepare for, and Zika virus is no different. “This current health alert is an important reminder that all travellers to tropical and subtropical locales require expert pretravel advise including effective and scientifically proven personal protective measures against all insect-borne illness including not only Zika virus but also dengue fever, chikingunya, Japanese encephaitis and other exotic viral illnesses,” Cherniwchan says. There is also no vaccine “on the immediate horizon,” the doctor said, and it’s not likely within the next decade. The incubation period is three to 12 days, with the virus present in the blood for the maximum of one week. Often, medical intervention for the virus is not needed, as complications are very rare. Most of those infected do not even show symptoms. It was first noticed in Central and South America, and Mexico, in early 2015, but the virus was initially identified in 1947 in the Zika Forest in Uganda among Rheses macaques. The first reported human case was in 1952. The outbreak provides a good reminder for travellers to protect themselves from all known viruses before heading to affected countries, Cherniwchan said. The Public Health Agency of Canada gives this advice: “It is recommended that pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant discuss their travel plans with

their health care provider to assess their risk and consider postponing travel to areas where the Zika virus is circulating in the Americas. If travel cannot be postponed then strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed to protect themselves against bites.” There is no risk of an outbreak in Canada, as the mosquitos who spread the virus do not, and cannot, live in this country’s climates. Blood donation rules Canadian Blood Services is monitoring the situation closely, and revising their eligibility criteria for donors “to mitigate the risk of the virus entering the Canadian blood supply.” They are implementing a new deferral period for blood, cord blood and stem cell donors who have recently travelled to locations outside of Canada, the United States and Europe. “We are working with Health Canada and Héma-Québec to determine the length of the deferral period. In the meantime, we are asking all potential donors who have recently travelled to places outside of those mentioned to postpone their appointment and rebook one month following their return to Canada.” Because they expect their donations to drop, they are asking those who have never donated, or who haven’t donated recently, to consider visiting a blood clinic or drive near them. 7402801

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Indications that the province of British Columbia will allow firefighters to carry naloxone, also known as Narcan, is welcome. The drug is known as the “antidote” to opiate overdose, and can reverse the otherwise deadly effects of ingesting too much heroin and/or fentanyl. Despite often being first on the scene of overdoses, firefighters, police officers and others who don’t have a required prescription for naloxone have thus far been banned from carrying the drug. Addressing that is a move that is long overdue, given the stakes involved and the safe nature of Naloxone. It is available over the counter in more than a dozen U.S. states, and hospitals have been using the drug for more than four decades. Earlier this summer, Health Canada promised that it would review the drug’s prescription-only status, although a full process was expected to take more than a year. Whatever the outcome of that review, the fact that it’s only being done now – after too many deaths from accidental overdoses – shows that our society, and our government institutions, still have much they can do to help those on the fringes who have frequently been overlooked. While the drugs drive some into a life of homelessness and property crime, they are also used by husbands and mothers, sons and daughters, employees and bosses who conduct lives not stereotypically associated with hard drug use. In cases of overdose, all of those people – those on the fringes, and those in the mainstream – deserve the best shot at life, and the best opportunity at eventually overcoming their addictions. The quicker the province moves on this initiative, for all emergency responders, the better.

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Tom Fletcher After 20 years of representing B.C. coastal First Nations to negotiate what U.S.-directed activists labeled the Great Bear Rainforest agreement, a weary Dallas Smith expressed his relief and frustration. At a ceremony to sign the final agreement in Vancouver last week, Smith, president of the Nanwakolas Council of remote Central Coast communities like Bella Bella, joked that he’s finally out of a job. Then he got serious. “My communities still aren’t better places to live yet,” he said. But the land use agreement with the province and forest companies over a vast coastal area up to the Alaska border means the years ahead will be better. He said when he started it was like being caught in a divorce between the B.C. forest industry and international

environmental groups. Dutch-based Greenpeace, its California offshoot ForestEthics and others moved on from their Clayoquot Sound battle to the B.C. coast, looking to continue the blockades against logging. “It’s the First Nations of the Coast who stood up and said ‘no, this is how it’s going to work’,” Smith said. How it’s going to work is that logging will continue on 550,000 hectares of coastal forest, with a greater share for First Nations, and with 85 per cent of the region preserved after a century of logging that began with sailing ships. Aside from a few diehards who are either paid to protest or can’t get past issuing demands, B.C. aboriginal people have grown tired of being used as props in global de-marketing campaigns directed from San Francisco or Amsterdam. The protesters’ tactic of organizing customer boycotts that damage faraway economies might be good for international fundraising, but it’s bad for poor people.

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Miley Cyrus’s handlers spoon-fed video and statements to urban media, who were so anxious to exploit her global popularity that they played down the fact she was at the wrong end of the province spouting nonsense. development agenda, the land use plan remains under attack. Among the many protest outfits is Pacific Wild, which has specialized in Great Bear Rainforest campaigns

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and now needs a new enemy. Their credibility was demonstrated recently when potty-mouthed U.S. pop star Miley Cyrus decided to speak out against B.C.’s wolf kill. Typical of celebrities, Cyrus had no idea about the struggle to preserve dwindling herds of mountain caribou. She barely knows where B.C. is, a fact made plain when Pacific Wild toured her around the North Coast, far from the Kootenay and South Peace regions where the wolves in question actually roam. Cyrus’s handlers spoon-fed video and statements to urban media, who were so anxious to exploit her global popularity that they played down the fact she was at the wrong end of the province spouting nonsense. After periodically attacking their own B.C. agreement as inadequate, Greenpeace and ForestEthics have moved on to what they call the “boreal forest,” which we like to call northern Canada. The same bully OFFICE HOURS Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sat., Sun., & Mon.

tactics with forest products customers and producers have been featured. This time, a Quebec company that signed an accord in 2010 is suing Greenpeace for “defamation, malicious falsehood and intentional interference in economic relations.” Aboriginal companies on the B.C. coast will continue to log, including areas of old-growth forest and secondary growth. They will continue to export logs as economics dictate. They will continue to harvest animals, including grizzly bears. And, I expect, they will continue to be subjected to attempts to supervise and direct them by members of urban society’s new religion, environmentalism. The leaders of this movement don’t like peace. It’s bad for their business. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@ blackpress.ca

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Points of View miss’ the passing grade; I took a dramatic outof-orbit path completely avoiding anything resembling success. The way I remember it, my English teacher that year made a comment I deemed hurtful to my inner artist, so I refused to produce any work for her for the remainder of the year. When forced to do so, I completed the work sardonically. (Psst, that means I was behaving like a 14 year old, in short.) A change of schools — from the bustling Hugh McRoberts middle school in Richmond, to the rural, laid-back Boundary Central secondary in the desert of Midway — brought me a new cheerleading team of teachers who saw a potential in my writing, albeit sometimes laced with dark humour. They wrote encouraging notes that stay with me today, like “good writing is 10 per cent inspiration, 90 per cent perspiration.” Sure, Facebook is full of this kind of self-empowering talk now. My own newsfeed is flowing with this baloney, as is yours. But back in the early ‘90s, when you had to dig up famous quotes from things called “encyclopedias” in libraries, these little gems of wisdom were pure gold. I cherished them and they fed my writing soul. Needless to say I aced English and English honours from then on,

along with French. It was just so darn easy for me. I read voraciously and I wrote even more. I studied writing and cried over writing and I dreamed of being a “real” writer one day, with a very vivid dream of owning a cabin just big enough for a desk with a typewriter (because I’m old) and a window. Some of my school work from those days, I learned after connecting with one of those teachers in recent years, is still used as examples of exemplary storytelling. Neato. But, the truth will always remain that I failed Grade 9 English. And in that moment that I failed, and the dreaded F burned a hole in my report card, I felt the hot pain of worthlessness. Branded with an F. My first and only fail. I felt defeated. I felt undeserving, even though I knew the why and how. I blamed the teacher for not liking me, right from the start. Then I blamed myself: What business did I ever have, thinking I could write? But it was okay. Just like it’s okay today, for my own kids. Later on I cleanly bested that F by dropping out of English Literature, immediately bored with Beowulf and the Iliad. I didn’t even warm the seat. I knew that was not my calling, and by that time (second semester of Grade 12) I wasn’t too keen on university anyway. I focused on journalism and spent hours in the counsellor’s office researching college diploma options. I just wanted to get to work. And I did, eventually, despite failing one level of English. I’ve earned awards and written stories that people like to read. They call me

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and tell me. I love that. All of this despite failing in grand style, in the subject I loved the most. The English language. The very thing I live for. The very thing that now pays my bills and fills my children’s bellies. That failure serves as a personal reminder that no matter how much you love something, if you don’t treasure it and work hard, it will slip away. If your child brings home an F, or misses an assignment, or drops a class they abhor, take heart. Grades are simply a reflection of what you did in the past. They don’t have to dictate your future. Jessica Peters is a reporter with the Chilliwack Progress

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Agassiz Monday Painters will be hosting an inaugural “Art & Supplies” sale on Saturday, March 5 from 10 am until 4 pm at the Agassiz United Church hall. Over the years the artists have accumulated many paintings that are hidden away, out of sight. Supplies are purchased, sometimes on a whim and never used or they have had little use and out of favour. Spring is approaching bringing the “spring cleaning” idea to the forefront.


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to 1,000 members discussing Harrison issues, gossip and misinformation has moved up a level,” said Coun. Sonja Reyerse at last week’s meeting. She added that many communities have such a strategy in place, and that occurrences like the coincidentally high number of staff changes in office can be misinterpreted as issues.

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An investigation has been ordered into allegations some Vancouver-area real estate agents and allied speculators engage in shadow flipping where they insert themselves as middlemen in property deals to exploit local sellers and offshore buyers. B.C. Superintendent of Real Estate Carolyn Rogers is to work with an advisory committee of the Real Estate Council of B.C. to tackle the issue. Contract assignments are legally allowed where the supposed home buyer doesn't actually close the deal but sells the contract on to someone else. Standard assignment clauses can be invoked when a buyer is unable to close but finds another buyer rather than break the deal. But realtors who are aware of or party to a scheme to resell contracts without the knowledge of the seller and ultimate buyer may be in violation of their duty to act in their clients' best interest. "We are deeply concerned," the Real Estate Council of B.C. said in a statement that described its response as "an urgent matter." It said the committee will probe whether assignment clauses are being used appropriately, and make recommendations within 60 days on ways to boost enforcement and oversight of licensees that fail to disclose their investment in properties. The real estate council is also urging anyone affected by the practice to come forward so it can investigate and discipline any agents found in breach of their legislated duties. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said it was "troubling" that realtors are alleged to have not acted in the best interests of the sellers to get the best possible price. "If there is evidence of a trend developing where that is not taking place, where realtors are not disclosing

for example their personal interest in a transaction, that is fundamentally wrong," de Jong said. NDP housing critic David Eby has called for a more formal independent inquiry, adding the real estate council declined to investigate after he sent two letters in January outlining his concerns around contract assignments. Eby said the practices of some realtors appear to involve fraud, insider trading, tax avoidance and the dodging of federal disclosure rules to control international money laundering. De Jong said he will await the findings of the real estate council, as the professional governing body, but added the government could take further action if it's unsatisfied with the outcome. "Realtors are privileged to be part of a self-regulating profession, and that is a privilege." The practice of realtors or proxies using assignments to profit from the gap between typical local selling prices and what can be extracted from Chinese buyers unfamiliar with the market was reported on the weekend by the Globe and Mail newspaper. The middlemen can quickly profit – to the tune of $500,000 in one example – without paying property transfer tax because that's only due from the final buyer when title actually transfers. Realtors stand to make additional commissions when a home is shadow flipped –  sometimes multiple times during a long closing period – between the seller and final buyer. Critics say the activity adds more fuel to an already overheated real estate market in Vancouver and some suburbs. The province is expected to take further steps to address real estate market concerns when it hands down the budget later this month. – with files from Tom Fletcher


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And the nominees are… businesses from all over the Agassiz-Harrison area. This year’s list of nominated companies for the HarrisonAgassiz Business Excellence Awards grew impressively from the first days the contest was open to the final number of names entered. Accepting nominated business names until Feb. 7, entries poured in online and in-person from those wishing to see their favourite local companies receive due recognition. The 2016 Harrison-Agassiz Business Excellence Awards is held by the Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Agassiz Harrison Observer. Its nine categories range from not-for-profit recipients to agriculture, tourism, retail, service and more. The awards will be presented to those local businesses that have proven to be outstanding in their field of expertise at the dinner event on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. For more information about the dinner and dance event, and how to buy tickets, see the ad on page 11. Not-for-profit Organization Excellence Award Agassiz-Harrison Lions Club

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Premier Christy Clark has doubled down on her election promise to pay off B.C.’s debt with revenues from liquefied natural gas exports, despite delays in proposed projects in the face of a global glut of oil and gas. “Success is not for quitters,” declared the government’s speech from the throne, delivered Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon to open the spring session of the B.C. legislature. “It is not a choice between keeping B.C.’s natural gas industry stable or deciding to grow it,” the speech said. “We must begin to export, or the 13,000 people who depend on this industry today will be out of work.” One new initiative is a renewed focus on food production, including an expanded “buy local, grow local” effort involving local governments and community organizations. Farmers are to be offered a tax credit for donating food to non-profits, and an agrifoods conference is to be held in Kelowna in November. Touting B.C.’s economic performance, the speech includes unusual criticism of Alberta, saying it “lost its focus. “They expected their resource boom never to end, failed to diversify their economy and lost control of government spending.” The speech restates the government’s intention to implement recommendations from former deputy minister Bob Plecas to hire more child protection social workers and modernize the Ministry of Children and Family Development. “That work must begin with ending the culture of blame that exists for those public servants with the most difficult role,” the speech says. With an election scheduled for 2017 and the last full budget before it to be presented Feb. 16, the speech repeats the phrase “stand up for B.C.” that could emerge as a re-election slogan.

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Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. $0 down payment and a $0 security deposit is required. Payment may vary depending on down payment or trade. Total obligation is $2,592 plus applicable taxes. Option to purchase at lease end is $10,132. Price and total obligation exclude license, insurance, registration, taxes and optional equipment. Other lease options are available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited-time offer, which may not be combined with other offers. See your dealer for conditions and details. General Motors of Canada Company reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. > Purchase price includes $750 Owner Cash (tax inclusive) and a cash credit of $3,000 and applies to new 2016 Equinox LS FWD models at participating dealers in Canada. Purchase price of $24,995 excludes license, insurance, registration, dealer fees and taxes. Dealer may sell for less. Offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. GM Canada may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. See dealer for details. ^ Offer available to qualified retail customers in Canada for vehicles delivered between February 2 and February 29, 2016. 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank® or RBC Royal Bank for 84 months on all new or demonstrator 2015 Silverado 1500 Double Cab 2WD WT / Crew Cab 2WD WT and Silverado HD’s WT 2WD with gas engine. Participating lenders are subject to change. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $40,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $476.19 for 84 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $40,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. Freight and air tax ($100, if applicable) included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and dealer fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. GM Canada may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ®Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia. RBC and Royal Bank are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. † $10,380 is a combined total credit consisting of a $3,000 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit (tax exclusive) for 2015 Silverado Light Duty Double Cab, $1,000 Owner Cash (tax inclusive), a $1,200 manufacturer to dealer Option Package Discount Credit (tax exclusive) for 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty (1500) Double Cab LS equipped with a Custom Edition and a $5,180 manufacturer to dealer cash credit (tax exclusive) on Silverado Light Duty (1500) Double Cab WT 4WD, LS, LT or LTZ which is available for cash purchases only and cannot be combined with special lease and finance rates. By selecting lease or finance offers, consumers are foregoing this $5,180 credit which will result in higher effective interest rates. Discounts vary by model. †† Offer applies to eligible current owners or lessees of any model year 1999 or newer car that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six (6) months. Credit valid towards the retail purchase or lease of one eligible 2015 Silverado or 2016 model year Chevrolet car, SUV, crossover and pickups models delivered in Canada between February 2 and February 29, 2016. Credit is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive) and credit value depends on model purchased: $500 credit available on 2016 Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze LTD, Malibu LTD, All-New Malibu (except L), All-New Volt, Camaro; $750 credit available on other 2016 Chevrolets (except Corvette, Colorado 2SA, Silverado Light Duty and Heavy Duty); $1,000 credit available on all 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado’s. Offer is transferable to a family member living within the same household (proof of address required). As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and contact General Motors of Canada Company to verify eligibility. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. Certain limitations or conditions apply. Void where prohibited. See your GM Canada dealer for details. GM Canada reserves the right to amend or terminate offers for any reason in whole or in part at any time without prior notice. ‡ The Chevrolet Equinox received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among compact SUVs in a tie in the proprietary J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM. Study based on responses from 84,367 U.S. new-vehicle owners, measuring 244 models and measures opinions after 90 days of ownership. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of U.S. owners surveyed in February-May 2015. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com. ¥¥ Based on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. ~ Visit onstar.ca for coverage maps, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity is available on select vehicle models and in select markets. Customers will be able to access OnStar services only if they accept the OnStar User Terms and Privacy Statement (including software terms). OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. After the trial period (if applicable), an active OnStar service plan is required. ‡‡ Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar. gov). ** The 2-Year Scheduled Lube-Oil-Filter Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada, who have purchased or leased a new eligible 2015 MY Chevrolet (excluding Spark EV), with an ACDelco® oil and filter change, in accordance with the oil life monitoring system and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 40,000 km, whichever occurs first, with a limit of four (4) Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM dealers. Fluid top offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc. are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Company reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ^^ Whichever comes first. See dealer for details.

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Dan and Georgia Kliever are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter

Jenna Beth to Joshua Hanrath son of Joseph and Patricia Hanrath of Whitehorse, Yukon. Home wedding to take place May of this year.

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

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Dominic Jerome Lewis Prince Rupert, B.C. February 14th, 1986 Celebrating your 30th birthday in heaven with your paternal (Charles and Babs) and maternal (George and Lilian) grandparents; Dad (Anthony); “Uncle” Robert; Judy ; Suki ; Tait and newly-arrived Uncle Brian and Misty

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

329 PAINTING & DECORATING www.paintspecial.com 778-322-2378 Lower Mainland 604-996-8128 Fraser Valley Running this ad for over 12yrs

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RENTALS 706

PETS 477

PETS

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

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Agassiz. Woodside, 1 bdrm, patio, updated, handicap friendly, manager. $600. N/S. 604-535-5953 HARRISON - Studio Apartment, Nice quiet & safe building, suitable for single person. Newly renovated, $600 & $650/month incl. utilities. 604-819-6422 or 604-819-6122

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AUCTIONS

2 DAY Online auction Feb. 16 and Feb 17. 1000 plus lots incl $350K ins. claim of food equip (some in orig. pkg), 7 bailiff seizures of restaurants/grocery stores, high end sausage making equip, 3x350 gallon steam kettles w-agitators, ice cream equip and complete cappuccino bar equip. Visit www.activeauctionmart.com to view, register and bid. Onsite viewing opens Feb 9. Call 604-371-1190 or email: buyit@activeauctionmart.com for more info.

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Agassiz library. This workshop helps you get a handle on how to use Face book so it suits you. Don’t miss this informative session. Embracing Adoption - Sat., Feb. 20 from 9-11am at Central Community Church, 46100 Chilliwack Central Rd. If you have adopted children, are considering adoption, are a foster parent or considering fostering, we invite you to this event. Register online at central365.org

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Hooked on Books: Agassiz Library Book 11 at Agassiz-Harrison Community Services. Club takes place on the last Tuesday of every Higher levels: 9 - 10:15am. Lower levels: month, starting at 6:30pm at the Agassiz 10:30 - 11:45am. Library. Love to read and want to talk about what you’re reading? You don’t have to be Friendship House Nickel Bingo on Mon. at a member, just drop in when you can. Pick 1 pm, Tues. Bridge and Cribbage at 1 pm, up the book at the library any time before Sit and Be Fit 10:30 am Mon. & Fri., Drop-in the meeting and get ready to share your Floor Curling 7 pm Thurs. opinions! Kent-Harrison Arts Council - KHAC Stitch “n” Rip - Every Tuesday from 9 am - meets the third Sunday of each month. 1 pm. Come to the Harrison Mills Hall with FMI call (604) 796-8604 or email us at any unfinished sewing, stitching, knitting kentharrisonartscouncil@shaw.ca projects, etc. FMI call Kim 604-796-2336. Harrison International All-weather Tennis Olive Branch Dinners - Come join us for a Club - Drop-in tennis at 8 am daily at the free home cooked meal. Tuesdays 5 - 6 pm. Spring Park tennis complex. All are welcome. 7571 Morrow Rd, ACS gym. No expectations, Good fun and exercise is guaranteed at no enjoy community companionship. Families cost. FMI contact John Allen 796-9117 & all ages welcome. Jam Session - Every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the T.O.P.S. - Meets Thursdays at 9:30 am, or 5:45 month from 7pm - 10:30pm by donation. pm., at the Agassiz Christian Church. FMI call Everyone welcome, bring an instrument and a friend! OAP Hall, Friendship Hall. FMI call 604-796-0686. Derry at 604-796-1084 Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Thrift Store - We’re looking for volunteers! Lions TV Bingo - Thursday nights at 6 pm on Open Monday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. Shaw Cable. Pick up your bingo cards at The Feel free to come by 6919 Cheam Avenue or Source - Chehalis Store & Ledoux Hardware call 604-796-9932 FMI. The Chilliwack MS Multiple Sclerosis SelfRoyal Canadian Legion - Hosts drop-in Help Group - Meets every third Wednesday “Fun Darts” every Mon. at 4 pm & Fri. at 8 of each month from noon to 2pm at the pm, Players needed, arrive early to register. IHOP, 45466 Yale Rd., Chilliwack, New Cribbage daily. Non-members welcome. Call members welcome. FYI call Owen at 604795-5216 604-796-2332 The Wednesday Walkers - Easy hiking every Harrison Community Social Club DropWednesday. FMI call Eleanor 604-795-0076 in - Every Thurs. at Harrison Hot Springs Memorial Hall, 9:30 am: cards, darts, games Knitting/Crochet Sisters Group - Projects & coffee. Contact Jacquie 604-796-3105 or for worthy causes. Contact Alice 604-796- Audrey 604-491-4944 3060 or email agisborne@shaw.ca Agassiz Monday Painters est.1961 - Meets Agassiz Al-Anon. - Is someone’s drinking every Mon. from 11 am - 3 pm at Agassiz affecting you? FMI call Shirley 604-796-9865 United Church. FMI call Linda 604-794-5554. or Anne 604-796-3103 Harrison Natural Health Club - Meets Fridays Agassiz Elks Lounge -  1824 #9 Hwy, open from 6:30pm. Open talk about prevention, daily 3pm till closing. Everyone welcome lifestyle, chronic conditions, nutrition, The Joy of singing with Doris and the addictions and more. Bring your questions, Sunshine Ladies - Spend an hour with the concerns & ideas. We take health seriously, let’s discuss real solutions. An “uncontrolled” seniors in song. FMI call Doris at ongoing event. FMI call/text (604) 316-4922 604-796-0442. Agassiz-Harrison Lions  - Meet at 7 pm on FREE Fit Camp - Let’s shape up together the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Agassiz & Rosedale!  All fitness levels Lion’s Den in the Ag-Rec Hall, 6800 Pioneer welcome.  Every Mon & Wed, 7:30pm8:30pm in the Rosedale Traditional School Ave.  FMI call Joey at 604-796-9951 gym.  Classes start Jan 4. Contact Coach Hope Christian Women’s Club Brunch - Free Paula for more info (604) 701-8999.  nursery by reservation as well. For info & Breath Yoga and meditation - Thursdays reservations call Raye 604-869-5420  10:30am at Harrison Mills Community Hall. Agassiz Harrison Community Drivers Bring mat & blanket. Open to all ages. Free. Program - A community based volunteer FMI email Pauline: paulineyog@shaw.ca driver program providing rides to all local, Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland medical TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly – a non appointments & other personal services. profit weight loss support group. FMI phone Always looking for more drivers. Call 604- Linda at (604) 462-9326 798-6228, email agharcommdrivers@ Agassiz Agricultural Association Weekly outlook.com or visit 7046 Pioneer Ave., Paper Bingo - Tuesdays at the Pavilion, Agassiz. 6790 Pioneer Ave. Doors open at 5pm. InfoESL Classes - Fridays, now through March Annetta 604-796-2338

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