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Charles Dixon, a TransLink driver for 25 years, has been off work since last February when he was attacked while driving the 106 bus at Edmonds SkyTrain station.


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In search of a safer ride Although the number of assaults reported by bus drivers is down from 2006, cases like Charles Dixon’s suggest a need for change Grant Granger

Auto Workers local 111, which has its of¿ce on 12th harles Dixon’s legs are Street in New Westminster. shaking as he stands He says frequently drivers for the first time at the are the target of ominous same Edmonds SkyTrain bus warnings of “I’m going to loop stop since having his face get you, I know where you punched in by a passenger on work” or getting spat on. Feb. 15. “Those can be more Dixon has been a bus driver insidious than getting for 25 years; he wants to keep punched because then doing it, but the assaults on you’ve got to deal with drivers are too common, and contracting hepatitis or any though he has been assaulted other disease,” says Davies. before, this latest one was “They never know when unnerving. they’re going to run across When Dixon, a Burnaby these people. The threat of North graduate whose parents potential assault weighs still live in the house he grew heavily on our operators.” up in, pulled his 106 New CAW and Coast Mountain Westminster Station bus up Bus Company (CMBC) to the loop that day about 40 MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER formed a joint committee Veteran bus driver Charles Dixon has been off work since he was attacked last February while driving the to tackle and monitor the people were lined up waiting 106 bus. Although the experience has left him traumatized, he hopes to transition back into part-time to get on. As they ¿led through problem. work soon. the front doors, one line jumper “The company views it as wiggled his way on board through the one assault is too many,” says CMBC my head and the left side of my in place, and he still has no feeling back doors where people were getting spokeswoman Catherine Melvin. head ended up on the driver’s side in the right side of his nose and right off. She says fare disputes are one of the window,” says Dixon. upper lip. Dixon says he politely asked the primary issues as well as belligerent or He straightened up half expecting “I feel like I’ve had a cold for the man to exit and wait his turn. intoxicated passengers, congestion and more punches, and told his 24-yearlast 10 months,” he says. “Instead of listening to me, he overcrowding on routes. old son Aaron—who was riding along Dixon was so distraught that for 10 ran up the aisle, turned to me and to spend some time with his father—to weeks he took a taxi from his home NOT DIXON’S FIRST ASSAULT confronted me,” recalls Dixon during get some others and follow the in Langley to a back treatment clinic The punch was not the ¿rst physical an interview in which two drivers assailant and to call 911. They tracked in Surrey because going by bus on assault Dixon has suffered. That came came over to give their best wishes to him down, but not before Aaron, a his ¿rst visit was too traumatic. He on Feb. 13, 1987 when he asked a him and their two cents on the subject Simon Fraser University student, was couldn’t handle the noise and motion of violence against bus drivers. hit with a piece of wood. of the bus so he rode with both ¿ngers young man to stop spitting sunÀower seeds on the Àoor. The response was a Last month Del in his ears and his eyes closed. punch to the nose. Louie, 21, pled ASSAULTS A CONCERN: UNION Between the ¿rst and last assault guilty to assault Gavin Davies, Canadian Auto Workers, Local 111 causing bodily Although Dixon’s damage is there were 10 others on Dixon, and They never know when they’re going to run across harm and assault dramatic, incidents like it are not that doesn’t count an incident that these people. The threat of potential assault rare. Operator assaults had been on a almost killed him. with a weapon. His weighs heavily on our operators. downward trend from the 242 reported On the night of April 5, 2005 he was sentencing hearing in 2006 to 118 last year. But they’re on driving the 135 Burrard bus that goes He asked him again, but the man resumes Friday (Dec. 16). the rise again with 136 and counting in to SFU. didn’t leave. The damage to Dixon was severe. 2011 as of Nov. 30, and though it’s not Two young men and three young He asked a third time, and the With one blow he got a concussion, at historic highs, the bus union says women got on. Two paid, three didn’t. passenger replied, “Go ahead, press mild to moderate brain damage and it’s still a serious problem. He walked back and told them they your little red button for help.” an orbital bone broken in two places. “There are days where I open up had pay and he headed back to his Dixon got back in the drivers seat In March, he had a plate inserted seat. and didn’t see it coming—a punch that below his eyes with two screws on the my email and there are two or three assaults in one day,” says Gavin crunched the right side of his face. bone to secure it. In May, doctors put Please see STORY, A4 Davies, vice-president of the Canadian “He hit me so hard it twisted another two screws in to keep his eye



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A massive makeover is planned for the Brentwood Town Centre property, although the details are still being worked out. That’s according to Darren Kwiatkowski, executive vice-president of Shape Properties Corp., which purchased the mall in 2010. A company brochure, ostensibly designed to attract tenants to the shopping centre, has been made public in which it states six residential towers ranging in height from 30 to 60 storeys tall are being planned. But Kwiatkowski stressed that no details have been decided yet. Public consultations, including open houses, are set to take place in January and February. “It’s all a work in process,” he said. “Six towers is kind of what ¿ts comfortably along the two frontages there, so that’s de¿nitely what’s being looked at.” The company has submitted a master plan to Burnaby city hall for rezoning approval which

conforms with the city’s community plans for the site, he noted. The city’s long range plans call for “the transformation of that site over time into a more city-centre, urban environment, mixed-use, walkable community on the SkyTrain [line].” The master plan rezoning application is expected to go to public hearing in March or April. If adopted by Burnaby council, rezoning approvals would be required for each phase of the project before work on each one can begin. Construction is expected to start sometime in 2013 with each phase taking up to two-and-a-half years to build. The number of phases is also yet to be determined, and will depend on market conditions over time, he said. Of the 28-acre site, the existing mall takes up eight acres, giving Shape Properties 20 acres to work with. Residential highrise towers would be located closer to the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Lougheed Highway by Brentwood SkyTrain station, and away from the single-family neighbourhoods at the northern end of the property, he said. The existing mall would remain open throughout construction and in the longterm would be augmented by streetfront retail spaces.

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from PAGE A3 they need to be to provide a police When they began to approach service for a transit system.” him, one of them menacingly Says Dixon, “the ultimate solution wielding a skateboard, Dixon would be to put us in cages.” phoned for assistance and pushed the However, that idea doesn’t go over button to activate an audio tape to very well with Dixon’s colleagues. record the encounter. Davies says a survey of bus Dixon says he saw the skateboard operators showed more than 60 per coming down on him, but before cent opposed a partial barrier, and it struck he told the youth the tape over 55 per cent were against a full was on and the conversation was cage because they like the interaction being heard at the dispatch of¿ce. with passengers. Although the youth stopped before “Locking us up behind cages is hitting Dixon, he got really angry at not taking care of the problem,” says that point. Davies. “The four friends stood between Even though he says many buses The assault on Dixon broke his him and me and dragged him off the orbital bone in two places. He in Europe have cages there are still coach. By that time I was shaking has required several screws and assaults over there. “If someone a plate to keep his eye in place. wants to get at a bus driver they’ll from head to toe. I literally was a basket case. I couldn’t ¿nish my get at a bus driver, they’ll just wait shift,” says Dixon. until the end of the line.” After the passengers were put on another bus, he Davies also points out it would be dif¿cult to tried to drive back to the Burnaby depot but had to retro¿t most of the company’s Àeet. be taken to St. Paul’s emergency because of chest One alternative, he says, is an educational pains. He was released, but a day later he was in the program to teach operators how to diffuse situations. intensive care at Langley Memorial Hospital where For many drivers like Dixon, says Davies, the last he stayed for ¿ve day and then had an angiogram at piece of training they got was 20 years ago. Vancouver General. “Many members may have the opportunity to The cardiologist said to him, “Mr. Dixon, you disengage and not even realize it,” says Davies. really should have died.” A YEAR OF LIFE, STOLEN It took him 13 months to return to work. The Back at the Edmonds loop, Dixon shrugs his skateboarder got six months probation. shoulders when asked why he wants to continue STRONGER SENTENCES? driving buses. To reduce incidents like those, Dixon, Davies “I enjoy it. Imagine all the wonderful people that and the company want the federal government board our buses,” says Dixon. to legislate minimum sentences for assaults on “I thought everybody was nice, but it’s not the workers, not just bus drivers. Davies says violence case. It’s a small section of society that do what they against bus drivers in U.S. cities is not as great as want when they want. They don’t care about the here because there’s a penalty there. implications.” “We have passengers who absolutely beat our Although he’s scheduled to undergo a third drivers. They don’t do jail time, they’re just told not surgery to ¿x his nose, Dixon is aiming for a partto take a bus,” says Davies. time return to work soon. Even though there are calls for increased police “Eventually I want to come back in this loop as a and security presence on transit, and both would transit operator driving my bus,” says Dixon. “With welcome it, Davies realizes it may not be the one punch this kid has taken one year of my life solution for a couple of reasons. away and he’s changed my life forever.” “The problem is the security is as toothless as we He says 25 years ago, his father told him not to are,” says Davies while acknowledging there’s a not become a transit operator. cost factor. “Their numbers are nowhere near where “I guess he knew something that I didn’t.” ୅continued

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In this frenzied Christmas shopping season, as consumers hurry from store to store seeking the perfect gift for everyone on their list, there appears to be a port in the storm. Gift cards are wildly popular. They’re easy to send in the mail or stuff in a stocking. They show at least a semblance of thought was given to the recipient’s desires yet still empower that recipient to get something they truly want. Canadians spend about $6 billion a year on gift cards. A survey last year by Maritz Research suggested almost half of Canadians were hoping to ¿nd a gift card under their Christmas tree. They’re also popular with retailers. Statistics Canada says more than 80 per cent of large Canadian retailers offer gift cards. For those shoppers still having a hard time making a decision at the gift card display, the credit card gift card issued by a number of banks seems like the perfect solution. But beware the ¿ne print. There’s lots of it. Most of which works against the consumer to devalue the worth of the card. Gift cards issued by retailers are regulated by provincial consumer laws. In B.C., that means they can’t have expiry dates and consumers can’t be charged fees to acquire or maintain the cards; what you buy is what you get. But bank credit card gift cards are regulated by Ottawa, which has yet to act to protect consumers against extra fees or expiry dates. Those fees can quickly chip away at the full value of the gift card, from a transaction fee to actually buy the card, to monthly maintenance fees to charges to have the bank check the balance remaining on the card. And if the card does expire, the bank will gladly issue a new one for a substantial fee, and in some cases adding a cancellation fee equal to the balance still on the card. It all adds up to make a credit card gift card seem more a gift to the banks than the recipient. It’s time the federal government created rules for those cards in line with those that apply to retailer gift cards.

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Justice system’s weak third leg VICTORIA – Attorney General Shirley Bond is coming off another busy week, announcing new sheriff and clerk training for B.C.’s constipated court system. Then Bond joined Premier Christy Clark to introduce B.C. to another kind of sheriff, the former Los Angeles district attorney best known for busting up one of the biggest nests of crooked cops in U.S. history. Richard Rosenthal went on to clean house as independent monitor of police forces in Portland and Denver, and now he takes on B.C.’s troubled police patchwork, which has been losing the public’s con¿dence along with the courts. Bond’s other ministry, Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced its senior of¿cials had selected the next commanding of¿cer for the RCMP in B.C. It is unprecedented for a province to do that, but as B.C. gets ready to sign a new 20-year contract with the federal force, Bond and Clark are trying to demonstrate that they, not Ottawa, are now wearing the pants in this relationship. We’ll see. As the police and court legs of

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B.C.’s justice system were being strengthened, Auditor General John Doyle released his latest report on the shaky third leg, corrections. In a masterpiece of understatement, Doyle’s of¿ce headlined its news release “Opportunities for improvement in community corrections.” You have likely heard about the overÀowing B.C. jail system, where even segregation inmates are now being doubled up, as the long wait continues for a new jail in the Okanagan. But as Doyle’s report sets out, nine out of 10 convicted adult offenders aren’t in custody. They’re on house arrest or probation, many with court-ordered conditions to report their whereabouts, stay away from their victims, stay sober and complete various rehabilitation programs. Many are violent. There

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course. The NDP deplores all of this and has decades of practice doing so. The part about offenders not completing their rehabilitation reminded me of Dave Barrett in the late 1960s. In his autobiography, Barrett tells how he got into politics because prisoners in B.C. jails weren’t able to complete vocational programs. Barrett was a social worker at the old Haney Correctional Institution. By 1970 he was Opposition leader, demanding that the W.A.C. Bennett government shut down Haney, by then notorious for trades training that prisoners weren’t locked up long enough to ¿nish. Each inmate was costing B.C. more than $4,000 a year, a huge sum wasted, Barrett thundered in the legislature. Today, Doyle calculates B.C. jails cost $71,000 per inmate per year, or $194 a day. Community supervision spending works out to $7 a day. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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A reminder of the true spirit of Christmas Traditionally, we ¿nish our Christmas shopping by the ¿rst weekend of December. This year, my husband and I, upon special request took our two boys to my mother-inlaw’s neighbourhood church for their annual Christmas dinner event. Mum, Grace Liew, is a long-standing member of St. Margaret of Scotland, in North Burnaby. Over the last decade since I met my husband, I’ve only heard through family dinner conversations about Mum’s activities at the church. I usually entertained her by nodding my head and trying my best to look like I was interested. I wouldn’t call myself an atheist CONTRIBUTED PHOTO but neither am I a devoted Christian as most Grace Liew holding her Áowers, on stage with grandson Liam Sundays are spent sleeping in and hanging and her son, Denis (the chef, at right). Susan Wong says she was out lazily on the couch while the kids play reminded of the true Christmas spirit this year at the event held all day in their pyjamas. at St. Margaret of Scotland in North Burnaby. This year, the women’s fellowship decided to hold a potluck dinner without a caterer’s assistance as they had been so disappointed in the to say the “six geese-a-laying” in The 12 Days previous years. My husband, the eldest of her two of Christmas may never recover. Soon, closing sons, is a chef by trade. So being the resourceful comments were made and each individual that person Mum is, she assured the others that she made a contribution towards the evening’s event would have someone most reputable to make the was thanked. They also gave a special thank-you to most important dish of the night, the Christmas Mum for all her hard work, for hand-making all the turkey. decorations in the room including the centrepieces, I hadn’t been to one of these events for probably and for coordinating the event. She was presented over 20 years and I have to admit was a bit with a bouquet of long stem roses and given the apprehensive and truthfully just wanted to get the warmest hugs from her friends. Denis, her son the evening over with. I walked in with my boys and chef, was also applauded for cooking a top notch, Grandpa who was in charge of bringing the stuf¿ng. juicy and delicious turkey. As most of the congregation were all around Mum’s The night ended with everyone pitching in to age I didn’t see anyone I thought I could mingle clean up and reorganizing the pews for the next with. So, I stealthily passed through the group and morning’s church service. Soon most of the guests found a seat in the back and stayed busy with my had gone. boys. The effects of the sweet punch was wearing off Mum had been there all day helping out and my sons, so we said our good-byes and wished all didn’t have too much time to talk to us. I peeked the ladies a Merry Christmas. It was 10 p.m. when into the kitchen, said Hi to my husband, who had we left and the women’s fellowship was still in the been there all afternoon cooking. I quietly reminded kitchen cleaning up the last of the dishes. him to be respectful to the ladies as this wasn’t his On the ride home, I felt warmth in my heart I kitchen (Warning: Never mess with a chef and bird). hadn’t felt in years. In my dating years Christmas The evening began with a few opening words and was about a romantic and cozy evening with the we all bowed our heads to say grace. Dinner was one you love, and in the most recent years it’s been ready and everyone hurriedly lined up for the food. about getting the kids whatever they wished for. And My husband and his brother were in the kitchen with all that as my focus, I seemed to have lost sight pushing out the turkey and ham and giving the ladies of some of the basics. a hand. That night I witnessed a small group of caring Other members of the women’s fellowship were women who together successfully coordinated a rushing around coordinating last-minute details and delightful dinner and eventful evening for over 70 making sure everyone got something to eat. They guests. I was captivated by their infectious smiles all looked wonderful. Intentionally coordinated, the and uplifted by the enthusiasm in their voices. They ladies all had their shimmering evening dresses on displayed commitment, cooperation and creativity. and all wore matching bright red Santa hats for the And they did it with class and grace. festive season. Mum had an adorable Christmas I relearned the meaning of friendship, fellowship beret that was just a little different from the others and community. And as cliché as it sounds, it was a and I knew she was excited to ¿nally have a chance bit like coming home. And on this ¿rst weekend of to show it off. December this year, I am so glad we decided not to The evening began to pick up a little momentum go shopping. when they gave away some door prizes and some Thank you ladies for all your hard work, and we’d party favours for the young grandchildren that especially like to the thank Mum for inviting us. Susan Wong, Burnaby attended. After some desserts and coffee, we were all invited to join in some Christmas carolling. 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Two local MLAs back Topp NDP candidates seeking to take over as leader for Layton

The proposed Bylaw and Plan may be inspected at the office of the City Clerk, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, British Columbia, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. and Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed bylaw is provided an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting the bylaw to Burnaby City Council by submitting a letter addressed to: Mayor and Council, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 1M2. All submissions must be received by the City Clerk no later than Noon, Wednesday, 2012 January 11. Anne Skipsey ACTING CITY CLERK Burnaby City Hall 4949 Canada Way Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2

Two Burnaby New Democrat MLAs are backing Brian Topp in the leadership race for the federal NDP. Kathy Corrigan (BurnabyDeer Lake) and Raj Chouhan (Burnaby-Edmonds) announced their endorsement Friday morning as B.C. New Democrats gathered in the Lower Mainland for the BC NDP convention. They join Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Kennedy Stewart who endorsed Topp in September, as well as former NDP leader Ed Broadbent. Topp is in the running to succeed the late Jack Layton, who

Power takes helm at Team Burnaby Ray Power is the new president of right-leaning civic party Team Burnaby. Power, who ran unsuccessfully for council in last month’s civic election, was chosen at the party’s


annual general meeting on Dec. 7. He succeeds Graham Murchie, who had stepped down prior to the election to run for council. Power said the party, which did not elect a single candidate

in the election after the Burnaby Citizens’ Association (BCA) swept every seat for the second-straight time, would continue to build a credible alternative. In a press release, Power said that 40 per cent of Burnaby residents did not vote for the BCA. “This shows the need for electoral reform and a real need to build a stronger Team for the next election,” he said. “A signi¿cant portion of our population has been left unrepresented on council and school board.” Despite attracting capable candidates, he said, “we need to work doubly hard to match the resources of the civic unions who ¿nance the BCA.” Team’s immediate goal is building the organization to elect candidates to council and school board in 2014. Bonda Bitzer and Rennie Maierle, ¿rsttime Team school trustee candidates in the recent election, were also elected to Team’s board of directors. wchow





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passed away last July. always got that phone call back, He is fully bilingual, was even if it was at 10 o’clock at president of the party and was night. with Layton in his last days, “His vision for Canada is clear, helping him write his renowned it is bold and it is ¿rmly rooted in last letter to Canadians. He a conviction that we must address was also chief of staff to Roy the growing gap between the very Romanow during the wealthy and economically 1990s when the NDP powerful interests, and the were in power in rest of us.” Saskatchewan. Chouhan believes Topp has Corrigan said in an the right combination of skills interview that the fact to take on Prime Minister Topp has never been Stephen Harper and win an CORRIGAN elected is not a concern election. because he has so “Brian knows what we much experience in government stands for, and knows how to already. win,” said Chouhan in a press “I have a great deal of respect release. “He is out front on for his ability to bring people creating a more equal Canada and together,” she said. he has the courage to say it’s time At the announcement, she said, for wealthy Canadians to pay “When I worked with Brian, their fair share. That’s the kind of despite all his other obligations, I leadership I am looking for.”



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Edmonds hosts Christmas store for students Call for donations yields class full of ‘merchandise’ Wanda Chow

Students at Edmonds Community School don’t often get to give as much as they receive at Christmastime. This year, the school is hoping to change that. The inner-city school put out a call to other schools and the Burnaby school district of¿ces for donations of items, both new and gently used, that could be used to stock a Christmas “store.” The response was “very overwhelming,” said Melissa Curtis, who teaches grades 1, 2 and 3 at Edmonds. They’ve received enough goods to cover the Àoor of half a classroom, she said. This week, students will get to choose gifts for their parents and siblings and get some help giftwrapping them.

Curtis got the idea for the project after reading in the New Westminster NewsLeader about a similar initiative in that city last year. “Our families here don’t get a whole lot, survival is the big challenge for them.” She said in the past she had students make presents for family members. “I’ve seen them get so excited at the prospect of being able to give instead of always being the ones to get.” The Christmas store is “just taking it to another level.” Curtis noted that many families bene¿t from the Burnaby Christmas Bureau, but usually that means gifts just for the children. The Christmas store will be a chance for the kids to make sure their parents get something too. Donations have ranged from housewares, toys, candles, picture frames, ties and books, to DVD and CD players, and even a large antique mirror on a stand.


Melissa Curtis sorts through some of the donated goods that students at Edmonds school will be able to “shop” for gifts for their families.

something extra” for parents and siblings. Teachers will use the project to teach students about the importance of giving. When Curtis gave her class the news about the store, they were “very excited, big cheers, clapping. Some of them are being very thoughtful, they wanted to wait until [the next day] to let us know who they want to shop for. “They’ll get to experience the pride and joy of being able to select a gift and see the joy it brings other people. They don’t often get to experience that so it’s a sense of pride for them.” The student leadership team at Burnaby Mountain secondary has also been collecting toys to donate to the project. Edmonds school always accepts donations of children’s clothing, shoes and winter gear, but none of that will go into the store which is dedicated to “that

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How to put some ‘green’ in your holiday plans With the holiday season on the horizon, many people’s thoughts turn to charitable giving and other altruistic efforts. Amid giving a helping hand to those who need it and donating to worthy charities, individuals can think about giving back to the planet as well. Many people equate the holiday season with trying to do more or give more. While these efforts are well-intentioned, the “bigger is better” mantra often turns into a season of excess. From thousands of twinkling lights adorning homes to pounds of wrapping paper used on gifts, the toll the holiday season takes on the environment is substantial. The Clean Air Council estimates that an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays in the U.S., and 4 million tons of this is wrapping paper and shopping bags. Incandescent twinkle bulbs consume considerable power, especially when every house in the neighborhood is lit up. Extra food is often purchased to make holiday meals lavish, and plastic or disposable dishes and utensils is commonly chosen

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Hotel Bethlehem: Ruby Slippers Theatre presents a raucous new Christmas farce by award-winning playwright Drew McCreadie answers the pressing question: What actually happened at The Inn that fateful, silent night? Audience members are playfully invited to consider another interpretation of what happened that night. When: Dec. 14-18, 8 p.m., Dec. 17-18, 2 p.m. Where: Studio Theatre, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby. Info and tickets: or 604-205-3000.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales: A concert celebration of traditional and original words and music with New Westminster residents Russell Roberts and Colleen Winton and friends, accompanied by Brian Tate’s gorgeous original score. In support of the Street Meals Scholarship Fund. When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Where: Canadian Memorial Church, 15th and Burrard, Vancouver. Tickets: $15 and $10 at the door, cash only. Info: 604-253-1707.

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A happy, fiscally sound Christmas season As global economic woes continue, holiday spending remains dif¿cult to predict. In 2010, holiday spending rose more than ¿ve percent from the year before, according to MasterCard AdvisorsTM SpendingPulseTM. That increase surprised forecasters, many of whom predicted holiday spending would decline for the ¿fth straight year. With the holiday season on the horizon once again, no one truly knows what consumer response will be. But many consumers ¿gure to exercise some restraint this holiday season, sticking to a budget when buying gifts for family and friends. While budgets are good ways to limit spending, a holiday spending budget doesn’t mean shoppers can’t still put a smile on their loved ones’ faces. In fact, with a few tips, holiday shoppers can stick to their budgets and still enjoy a happy holiday season. GET CREATIVE

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Nowadays, many families are so spread out geographically that they don’t always get together on Christmas Day. If that’s the case and you won’t be seeing your family until a few days after Christmas, take advantage of the special sales offered in the days after the actual holiday. Items are often heavily discounted, and if you can stay patient, your patience might just pay off with substantial savings. SET SOME GROUND RULES

Establish spending rules with family members before the shopping season begins. In an effort to reduce some of the ¿nancial burden of the holiday season, many families have begun to place spending limits on holiday shopping. This saves everyone money and ensures no one ¿nds themselves with substantial debt come the new year. EXCHANGE THE WEALTH

Do a gift exchange with family and friends. Many larger families have also begun to do a gift exchange rather than asking members of the family to buy gifts for each and every member of the family. In a gift exchange, each member of the family draws a name out of a hat and then only buys a gift for that speci¿c person. This even has the added bene¿t of allowing shoppers to buy something a little more expensive for a family member since they aren’t obligated to buy gifts for anyone else. START EARLY









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It started with a mechanical sleigh and reindeer cobbled together by Joel DuPlessis in the basement of his family’s Vancouver home from plans in an old woodwork book. Today it’s a light and sound extravaganza that consumes the front of DuPlessis’ home at 8222 Burnlake Dr. in Burnaby. DuPlessis’ epic Christmas display is a labour of his love for all things built with wood and metal, and linked with complicated wiring. It helps that he’s a grad of BCIT’s electronic technologist program and works for BC Hydro. Although, he’s quick to point out, that doesn’t mean he gets free power. And 20,000 lights use a lot of it. They also required him to upgrade the electrical service to his house, create custom panels to run the display and balance the distribution of electricity so breakers wouldn’t keep tripping. Setting up the show takes about 10 to 14 days beginning around Remembrance Day, says DuPlessis, 43. He even takes ¿ve days off work to put in long hours past midnight to get everything ready. But the effort is worth it. “I get the Grinch grin each time I light up one of my new features,” says DuPlessis, who’s been setting up a Christmas display for 25 years now. From that original wooden sleigh scene in which Santa’s arms and the reindeer’s legs were moved by a motorized wheel, he progressed to a giant Season’s Greeting sign, seven green trees, 12 miniature trees and a Santa that popped in and out of a chimney. All but the chimney are still incorporated in his current display. When DuPlessis, now married and with a young family of his own, moved to Burnaby in Jan., 2000, he confronted the challenge of ¿lling the front yard and front of his new house head on. He designed the lighting scheme for a huge tree on his computer and a friend devised a custom circuit to control its animated light show. With donated wood and speakers, he built new features and synchronized everything to music. When he plugged everything in for the ¿rst time, he says he wasn’t sure how his neighbours would react. “There was no round of applause or anything, but each year you get more honks and positive comments as people pass by,” says DuPlessis,

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In fact, he says, some of the neighbours seem to have caught the bug, as more of them are erecting brilliant light displays of their own. If they’re ever inclined to take it to the next level, he says the best advice he can give is to ¿gure out how to store it so it can be easily disassembled and reassembled year after year. The DuPlessis’ house and yard are lit up every night through the Christmas season. They accept donations for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, splitting the proceeds between the Autism Fund and Diabetes Fund.

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hen youth in the foster care system become adults, they’re often at loose ends. Bouncing from home to home, they’re without the family and support that can help ease the transition to independence. In fact, 65 per cent of people living on the street were once kids in care. Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills Society is trying to improve those odds. Founded in 1988, Aunt Leah’s has been providing supportive housing to young people leaving foster care and taking their Àrst tentative steps into adulthood. They also help pregnant young adult women with barriers. The kindly name is no accident. Based upon the grandmother and aunt of executive director Gale Stewart, both of whom were named Leah, the name is meant to evoke warm, protective feelings in a system ripe with cold bureaucracy and institutional acronyms. “It makes a big difference,” says Theresa Olson, who’s in charge of the organization’s fundraising and communications. “The kids appreciate that we’re trying to help them, we’re trying to be the difference for them.” They do that by providing support workers, life skills workshops and even job training in addition to a roof over their heads in one of 15 suites scattered around Metro Vancouver. Those programs are largely funded by money raised at Aunt Leah’s annual Christmas tree lots, one of which has been a Àxture at All Saints Anglican Church on Royal Oak for the past 10 years. And this year shoppers can even order up a Douglas Fir or Spruce online to be delivered right to their living room or for pick up. The new service is intended to help people with mobility issues or who don’t own vehicles, but, says Olson, it’s also allowed some of their

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How not to be a target of charitable fraud prone to report the fraud. But seniors should know that con artists don’t discriminate when it comes to their victims, and people of all ages are victimized each and every year, particularly during the holiday season when men and women most commonly donate. Before donating to charity this year, older donors should take the following precautions to reduce their risk of being victimized by con artists posing as charities. GET OFF THE PHONE

Seniors are commonly victimized by con artists over the phone. No reputable charity

will want you to donate over the telephone. Instead, the charity will want you to familiarize yourself with their mission and history and then make a donation based on your research. If a caller wants you to donate over the phone, simply request they mail you information about the charity and then hang up. If they’re a reputable charity, this should not be a problem. If the caller continues to pressure you for a donation over the phone, just hang up. A caller soliciting a donation might be a con artist, an employee of a for-pro¿t fundraiser or an employee of the charity itself.

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resources as well as a dishonest way to solicit donations. Seniors should not feel compelled to donate because they received free mailing labels.


Con artists are especially good at impersonating a reputable charity, sending e-mails with a well known charity’s logo but a link that directs donors to a different Web site entirely. Never make a donation without ¿rst verifying a charity’s information, including how your donation will be used and how much of the charity’s budget goes toward the services and programs it provides. Charity Navigator, a nonpro¿t organization dedicated to helping givers make smart donating decisions, recommends donors give to charities that direct at least 75 percent of their budget on programs and services related to their mission. To avoid donating to a fraudulent or unworthy charity, research the charity and make sure your money will be going where you intend it to go.

No reputable charity pressures prospective donors into making contributions. That’s because they don’t need to. A reputable charity can afford to keep its lights on and its programs running with or without your donation. If a caller or a letter is pressuring you to donate, don’t succumb to that pressure and kindly decline to donate. DON’T LET ‘GIFTS’ PRESSURE YOU

Another tool employed by con artists or even less reputable charities is to send “gifts” to prospective donors. These can include mailing labels or cards. The hope is that recipients will feel pressured into donating once they receive a gift. However, a charity that is worth a donation does not need to resort to such tactics, which are a waste of

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Ultimately, if you decide to make a donation, don’t do so over the phone. Instead, send that donation directly to the charity to ensure the charity receives the entire donation, instead of a portion going toward a fundraiser.


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Donating money to charity is one of the most selÀess things a person can do. Unfortunately, criminals can easily prey on these selÀess acts, using a person’s desire to help the less fortunate for their own personal gain. Seniors should be especially mindful of fraud schemes. That’s because seniors are considered easy targets for criminals for a number of reasons. Seniors are most likely to have a nest egg and an exceptional credit rating, making them very attractive to criminals. What’s more, seniors are more likely to be ashamed if they feel they have been victimized and therefore are less

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Baby Boomers prefer sports cars

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People born between 1946 and 1954, collectively known as Baby Boomers, are trading in their family vehicles for something with a little more The Lexus SC 430 convertible is one of the many sports cars that Baby Boomers tend to gravitate toward. power -- sports cars. When the nest is empty (and sometimes before), the vehicle of choice behind the wheel. becomes a sporty, fast little ride that may be the envy of all who see it. • Porsche Boxter: For those who have always Baby Boomers tend to have a higher income and/ aspired to be behind the wheel of a Porsche, the or a surplus in savings after retirement and choose to Boxter is small and sporty, perfect for handling expend some funds on a car that will make waves. the turns on the way to a country winery or Convertibles are a popular choice among this maneuvering around traf¿c in an urban setting. demographic, as are other roadsters that turn heads. Here are some of the more popular models you’ll According to industry experts, Baby Boomers see cruising the roadways with Boomers behind the have long driven the direction of the automotive wheel, according to statistics from industry. Many desire to stay away from the brands and styles their parents drove, preferring something • Chevrolet Corvette: The quintessential American with more pep and style. sports car, Corvettes are especially popular among In addition to the makes and models mentioned, Baby Boomers. Boomers Àock to Corvettes more CNW Marketing Research, a ¿rm that looks at the than any other age group, with nearly 64 percent of reasons behind car purchases, says Boomers make buyers belonging to the Boomer generation. purchases not only for the style of the car but also for the image the brand offers. The ¿rm lists these • Volvo C70: A turbo-charged, 5-cylinder engine vehicles as other popular purchases among Baby provides enough power to give a thrill to many Boomers. Boomers. And with a convertible top option, it’s • Dodge Viper possible to have a breeze running through their • Toyota Avalon receding hairlines, too. • Cadillac DTS • Chrysler 300 • Mercedes Benz SL: If it’s status and substance • Jaguar XK that Boomers desire, then there’s no looking beyond • Lexus LS 600h a Mercedes. AfÀuent Baby Boomers can enjoy a V8 • Lexus SC 430 engine and plenty of electrical gadgets to make their • Audi A8/S8 rides fun. • In¿niti FX • Lincoln MKZ • BMW 6 Series Convertible: Another premier car Form and fashion drives the purchase of many for the elite Boomer, the BMW sees 80 percent of its Baby Boomers looking for a new vehicle. sales going toward Boomers. The 6 series is quick With more disposable income, many can afford to and has understated good looks, which also helps splurge on a car that is sporty and will garner “oohs” the vehicle serve as a status symbol for those and “ahhs” from others.

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: My parents are having some challenges managing their multiple medications. Do you have some suggestions for handling this issue and keeping them safe?

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While this sounds simple, it is common for seniors to fail to take their medications, or take them at the wrong times or in the wrong amounts. Be sure you understand how and when to take all your medications. Have directions written down rather than just communicated verbally.

Keep your medications in a cool, dark and dry place. The cabinet in your bathroom is, in fact, not a great choice. Try a dresser drawer in stead.

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Hobbies arthritis sufferers can enjoy Individuals with arthritis are often stuck between a rock and a hard place. Doctors want people to exercise to keep up the range of motion in affected joints. However, even some limited movements can cause pain and suffering to those with arthritis. Furthermore, individuals with arthritis may shy away from the activities they once enjoyed because the pain is simply too overwhelming. Instead of simply sitting on the couch watching television, there are a number of different things arthritis sufferers can do to pass the time and reconnect with past hobbies and Container gardening is a hobby arthritis interests. It might just take a sufferers can enjoy. little re-out¿tting of the tools and bending associated with that are needed to participate. traditional gardening. With GARDENING containers, individuals can place Gardening is a popular pastime the containers on a counter or for people of all ages. But the table and do all the work at a repetitive motions of digging comfortable height. and tilling as well as gripping a Choosing low-maintenance multitude of tools can take the plants is another option. Plants joy out of the hobby. People with that don’t require as much arthritis can make some changes. pruning or repotting are good for Raised garden beds or container those with arthritis. Also, look gardening eliminates the stooping for tools with larger grips and

handles to be easier on arthritic hands. CRAFTING

Many people with arthritis ¿nd the ¿ne-detail work they grew accustomed to is not very comfortable with arthritis. Instead, there are many other crafts that can be practical. Ceramics are one craft where the activity can also be the exercise. Using a pottery wheel or hand-molding doughs and other modeling media can be a way to stretch and work the hands and ¿ngers. Using paintbrushes equipped with wider grips can make painting possible. Mural painting is another option. Again, those with arthritis can choose tools with wide handles to make grasping easier. Large designs on walls or canvases will be easier to handle than smaller pieces. COOKING

Cooking and baking is an art form that can be enjoyed by anyone. Furthermore, with ergonomic spoons, ladles and other kitchen tools, it has never been more convenient or less

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In the wake of recent media reports and debates in the B.C. legislature regarding challenges facing care providers, seniors and their families, the BC Care Providers Association has taken action to try to help. The association recently released a series of proposals to provincial and regional health authorities aimed at improving the quality, transparency and ef¿ciency of the B.C. seniors care system. “These proposals reÀect ideas from front-line care providers and advance speci¿c strategies to further improve the quality of care seniors in B.C. deserve,” said BCCPA president Mary McDougall. Proposals include: • Wait times: establishment of a maximum time for seniors to wait hospitals for community residential care or home support services • Prevent elder abuse: improve the B.C. Care Aid Registry to better protect seniors • Standardized reporting: patient satisfaction surveys across B.C. for residential care should be improved and based on Fraser Health Authority model

• Disclosure: release complete funding levels for residential care facilities in B.C., including health authority-operated sites • User fees: ensure that 100 per cent of new B.C. user fees for seniors are reinvested in residential care and to improve staf¿ng levels across the province • Red tape: simplify and improve multi-levels of reporting, licensing, accreditation, quality assurance and inter-RAI MDS processes • Value for taxpayers: strengthen fairness and effectiveness of public tendering process for new residential care beds to ensure maximum value for taxpayers • Human resources: promote the use of nurse practitioners in seniors residential care facilities and best practices to improve retention of care aides • Family councils: enhance the use of resident/ family councils to improve communication at facilities and quality of care “We look forward to working in the coming year with the Minister (of Health) and health authorities across the province to strengthen our seniors care partnership and addressing oncoming challenges associated with the aging of our society.

labor-intensive to be an accomplished home chef. Baking and pastry creation is one area where people can show off creative skills. For those who love to bake but have trouble kneading and working dough, food processors, bread machines and kitchen stand mixers can take the work out of those

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In the wake of news highlighting hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on certain ICBC salaries and expenses, more than one person is calling for a closer look at the Crown corporation. The latest news reports come on the heels of ICBC applying to the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) for a rate hike that would see most motorists pay about $30 more in premiums next year. Basic premiums will rise by 11.2 per cent and optional premiums will be about six per cent lower if the BCUC approves the increase. ICBC president and CEO Jon Schubert said the rate increase is needed because of climbing claims costs, which rose $200 million in the ¿rst nine months of 2011. Bodily injury costs, which will hit $1.7 billion this year, are up $350 million from ¿ve years ago. But ICBC ¿nancial statements show Art Kirkner, a U.S. citizen hired as one of ICBC’s 15 vicepresidents in 2008 to help cut costs, received more than $188,000 for expenses claimed in 2010 – in addition to his $315,000 annual salary. In 2010, Kirkner’s salary and expenses totalled $504,505, the second-highest salary in the Crown corporation after Schubert, who pulled in $504,771. Kirkner left ICBC in July and received 12 months severance pay. In reaction, Minister for Public Safety and Solicitor General Shirley Bond said Wednesday she has asked for a review into ICBC, which will start sometime in the new year. Consumers Association of Canada president

Bruce Cran also suggested the Crown corporation needs closer scrutiny. “I think we need an inquiry into what’s happening at ICBC,” he said. “I have great respect for the people who work there, but they overcharge for the cost of insurance and have been for years.” Cran doesn’t agree with the fact the provincial government takes millions from ICBC every year in dividends – $1.215 billion in the past few years; $580 million for 2010-2011 alone. “The government is in the middle of removing $1.2 billion from ICBC and now, automobile owners and insurers face a rate hike to pay for the money the provincial government has stolen from our premiums,” Cran said. “That money should go back to the drivers, not the provincial government. It is absolutely frightening and disgusting.” Kathy Corrigan, the NDP critic for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor-General (the ministry responsible for ICBC), agrees the government has its hands in ICBC’s pockets far too much. “Over the last few years government has taken hundreds of millions of dollars ... they said they would take less (in ICBC dividends) each of those years but they actually took more,” Corrigan said. “That indicates to me that we have an imprudent government.” Corrigan said the government’s and ICBC’s decisions end up hurting the average person the most, as well as those who can least afford a rate hike. “I think ICBC is broken right now and needs to be ¿xed.” – with ¿les from CBC News

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All CDL Drivers Wanted: Excellent mileage pay + bonuses. Require valid passport. Deliver new & used vehcles long haul in U.S. & Canada. Piggyback training available. Toll-Free 1-855-781-3787.

GREENHOUSE WORKER Seasonal. Starts Feb. $9.56/hr, 40 hrs/week. Duties incl: transplanting, pot filling, some heavy lifting and bending. Outdoors. W.I.G. Greenhouse 6151 Thorne Ave, Burnaby. Fax resume to: 604-521-3178


LEMARE GROUP is seeking a certified heavy duty mechanic and an experienced off-highway logging truck driver for the North Vancouver Island area. Full time union wages. Send resume by fax to 250-956-4888 or by email to


Nechako Northcoast Construction, Terrace, B.C. Has an opening for Senior Road Foreman Highways Maintenance The successful applicant must: -Hold a requisite valid Driver’s License for the equipment normally operated. -Must hold and maintain flagging certification, WHMIS certification and Level 1 First Aid certification. -Must have a good working knowledge of highways maintenance standards. -Must have an awareness of environmental issues as it relates to highways and bridge maintenance. For a complete job Description please log on to our website at Please Fax or email your resume and drivers abstract Debbie Russell, Manager of Human Resource Fax: 250-638-8409 Only those short listed will be contacted.



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Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door.

$17.00/hr to work in Langley lubricants plant doing mfg., warehouse work & shipping/receiving. Must be capable of physical labour, computer usage, & be meticulous & reliable. Experience in manufacturing and warehousing preferred. A minimum of 5 years work experience with references req’d. We offer a longterm career with a financially successful co. + benefits + RRSP plan. Send resume to: or Fax to 604-888-1145. Starts Immediately.



Apply in person: Thursday, December 15th from 9am - 3pm Flying J Fuel Stop 7970 Lickman Road Chilliwack, BC V2R 1A9 To confirm your attendance, please send your resume to:




SALES PROFESSIONAL - Courtenay, BC Torry and Sons Plumbing & Heating is seeking a full time Sales Professional with 3-5 years of experience with proven success in direct sales. The ideal candidate would have Residential HVAC and Plumbing experience. Responsibilities include building customer relationships, meeting sales targets, educating customers, builders and contractors, and preparing pricing and proposals. For a complete job description and contact info, check out our website at






BUSY, well equipped, positive Canadian Tire Service Centre in beautiful Fernie BC is hiring licensed Red Seal AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIANS. We offer competitive wages and benefits. Contact Jason Hayes or 250-4234222.






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HUSBANDRY Specimen Trees Wholesale Nurseries Ltd., 18598 Advent Rd Pitt Meadows, BC is looking for Primary Nursery Workers to weed and prune container plants. Work is outdoors in all kinds of weather; 6 days a week; 8 hours a day. Starting March 1, 2012. Training provided. $9.56 per hour.





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Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. designs and manufactures bulk materials handling equipment typically used in mining, forestry and oil sands. The business has been in operation since 1955 and is located in the Port Kells area of Surrey. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years experience using manual machines. Experience assembling bearings and doing drive alignments will be an asset.

To apply submit resume by Email to or fax to 604-513-9905




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BULK PETROLEUM Denwill, a carrier of bulk liquid petroleum products based in Burnaby requires Class 1 Drivers. We offer: • Competitive Hourly pay • Great benefits package • Excellent equipment • 4 on and 4 off work schedule • Steady year round local work • On the job training leading to certification in the transportation and handling of petroleum products

We require Drivers with: an excellent safety record 3 years exp. Class 1 with Air Email your resume and current drivers abstract to:

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If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.






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MOVING? CALL CHARLIE (604)340-6429 SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240


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ARCO DRYWALL Ltd. Board, Tape Texture, Frame. New & Reno’s. 20 yrs exp, free est Mike 604-825-1500



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CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977

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GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627

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CHOCOLATE LAB PUPS. Vet checked. 1st shots. Parents both registered. $550. 604-309-2390. COCKER SPANIEL / CAVALIER X, adorable males born Oct 6, vet chk, 1st shots, $599, 604-532-6380 ENGLISH BULLDOG, CKC reg. 6 wks old, shots, microchip, vet ✔ Healthy, happy, gorgeous. Health gurant’d. $2800. Call 778-895-8453

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND pups. Registered, micro chipped, 1st shots. Ready now. 604-823-2259 RED NOSE PIT BULL - 9 months old. $1000: (Best offer) 604-5341094, 729-3990


Call Robert 604-941-1618 OR 604-844-4222 INTERIORS: Baths (renos/ repairs) specializing in drywall, doors, flooring, tiling, plumbing, painting, miscellaneous, etc. VERSTILE! EXPERIENCED IN OVER 30 LINES OF WORK! * Quality work * Prompt Service * Fair prices For positive results Call Robert SERVICE CALLS WELCOME



1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555. ABE MOVING - $35/Hr. Per Person *Reliable Careful Movers. *Rubbish Removal. *24 Hours. 604-999-6020

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TREE SERVICES A1-TRI-CRAFT Tree Serv. Dangerous tree removal, spiral pruning hedge trimming, stump grinding, topping. Insured, WCB Free Est Arborist Reports

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Super Clean ONE Bedrooms Quiet & well maintained bldg. Includes heat & hot water. On site manager. Cat okay. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY Secure parking available. For viewing call:

New West. Crown Manor 430 – 9th Street. 1 bdrm apart, on site ldry, 1 prking spot. Close to shop ping, all amens. Heat & hot water incl. $760/m. 604-451-6676 NEW WESTMINSTER

Colonial House 435 Ash Street 3 Story bldg in great location. 1 bdrm stes from $760. Covered pkg, lndry rm, landscaped common area. Close to park, transit, shops. Heat & hot water incl’d. For more info & viewing call

Rozario 778-788-1849

DORIC MANOR 236 - 8th St. Bachelor, 1, 2 & 3 bdrm suites for rent. Includes heat / hot water and cable. Close to Massey Theatre, Douglas College, Royal City Mall.

Phone: 604-522-9153



Large newly renovated 1 & 2 bdrm apts available in well-kept concrete building. New floors and appl’s. Freshly painted. Patio and large storage room inste. 3 laundries in bldg. Rent incl’s heat & hot water. Sauna & jacuzzi. 5 min. walk to skytrain, Douglas College & New West Quay. Close to all amenities. Please call 604-834-1756 PORT COQUITLAM

CEDARWAY APT Bright & Clean 1 & 2 Bdrms D/W, Heat and hot water included. Close to schools, shopping & public transportation.

Call 604-837-4589



** 6960 ELWELL ST ** Near HighGate Mall (formerly known as Middlegate) Quiet, spacious 2 & 1 Bdrms & Bachelor suites. Newly reno’d. Incls: Balcony, prkg, heat & h/wtr


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Well maintained 2 bdrms with 1.5 washroom. Includes cable, heat & hot water. Secure parking avail. On site manager. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY Quiet & well maintained bldg., walk to Highgate Mall & transit. Cat okay. For viewing....


PITT MEADOWS: 2 - 3 bdrm co-op T/H $1030/mo - $1134/mo. Shares req’d. No subsidy available. Orientation 2nd & 4th Sun. 2 pm & 3rd Tues. 7 pm each mo. 19225 119th Ave., Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2B2. Leave msg 604-465-1938


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• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331

1993 Chrysler Dynasty LE - exc. shape in & out. 6 cyl auto, loaded. air cared. $1400: 778-893-4866 2000 FORD FOCUS, standard trans., blue, 4 dr. sedan, CD, Air Cared. $1995 obo (604)826-0519

#1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200 AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 2003 Cadillac CTS. Black on black, leather, sunroof. Must see! $10,500, Mint. Phone 604 809 6235 2005 CHRYSLER SEBRING convertible, silver, 84 k’s. auto. Mags. $6795/obo. (604)826-0519 2006 FORD FUSION, 4 dr, 39,000 kms, V6, all options, $7,950 obo. Phone 604-780-8404 2009 CADILLAC DTS, black, grey leather, mint cond, 47K. Must sell! $25,000 obo. Call 604-805-4545.

1991 MAZDA 626, 4 dr, auto, 175 kms, aircared, clean, great shape, $1200. Phone (604)937-0916 2002 DODGE NEON R/T standard trans., white, sunroof, used eng., new timing belt & clutch. CD stacker $3295 obo. (604)826-0519 2003 VOLVO V40, S/W, Blue, loaded 155,000 kms. auto. new tires. $5700 firm. Phone 604-538-9257. 2004 MERCEDES C230 SEDAN auto, sunroof, 47k, Gold Mist Mica over blk. leather, exc. cond. local, no accid. $14,230 (604)328-1883

Welcome Home ! 1 Bedrooms available near Lougheed Mall and transit. Rent includes heat & hot water. Sorry No Pets. Refs required.

Call (604) 931-2670



1999 CHEVY BLAZER, black, mags 2” lift 4x4, Air Cared, std. new clutch $4795 obo 604-826-0519 2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4X4, auto, all options, dark green, 125 km, $9,300 firm. 604-538-4883.



1991 FORD F150, XLT Lariat 4x4, V8 auto, reg cab, 8’ box w/liner & canopy, new brakes, Aircared, more 210K. $2700/obo (604)820-8218 2004 GRAND CARAVAN, 36,000 KMS, v6, loaded, seats 7, $7950 obo. 604-780-8404



ALUMINUM BOAT WANTED, 10’, 12’ or 14’, with or without motor or trailer, will pay cash, 604-319-5720

828 COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 2001 Ford Diesel Ambulance. Approx. 270km. 10K worth of med. supplies incl’d. Earn up to 1000 per day. Leaving Province, will sacrifice for $23,999, no reasonable offer will be refused! 1-604-703-3934 OBO



2003 21’ WILDWOOD 5th wheel, light weight, a/c, awning, slide-out beautiful cond. $16,500 obo. Call 604-287-1127

2011 LAREDO 302LT

Elec. awning, elec. stab jacks, “family-sized” dinette, power tongue jack, LCD TV. $26,483 (Stk.30530) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644 FORD, 4 X 4 XLT LARIAT truck & Okanagan camper, very good cond., $3,500. Call (604)820-8218.


NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is Hereby Given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Jacob Willem Breedyk, otherwise known as Jim Breedyk, formerly of 1801 - 1245 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 6J6, Deceased, who died on May 30, 2008, are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the Executors, Ingrid Kanters and Laurens Elmendorp, care of Ingrid Kanters, 113 28 Richmond, Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 5P4, on or before the 10th day of January, 2012, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received.


SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288


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FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

1990 PONTIAC 6000, Air Cared, loaded, new winter tires, white, 4 dr., $995 obo (604)826-0519


Large newer ground level 2 Bdrm, New appl’s, inuiste W/D, Large modern layout, Patio, alarm, N/S, N/P Jan 1st $1000 incl’s heat, elec, H/W/cable, net


Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal


BURNABY, Edmund Stn. 1 bdrm bsmt suite. $600/mo. NS/NP. Avl. Jan.1.Incl prk/hydro.(604)936-2257 Burnaby:


1987 CHEVROLET Celebrity Clean, 166,00 kms, $1000. obo Call 604-619-8596


STEEL BUILDINGS END OF SEASON DEALS! Overstock must go make an offer! FREE DELIVERY to most areas. CALL TO CHECK INVENTORY and FREE BROCHURE - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170







Call 604-421-1235 WANTED, a caring older couple to adopt an affectionate Golden Retriever, 4 year old spayed F. Loves to go for daily walks, adores car rides, obedient, very protective. Call 604-541-0344



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1 Bdrm Apts starting at $950 2 Bdrm Apts starting at $1200 Heat and hot water included. Dishwasher, fridge, stove, balcony, shared laundry. Avail Immed. Close to amen, schools and mall.

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GERMAN SHEPHERD Pups & young adults. Quality German & Czech bloodlines. 604-856-8161. MALTI / SHIH-TZU / POODLE X. Pups/adults. Non-shedding. Chocolate, white & beige. 604-820-9469





Isaac 604-727-5232

BIG BUILDING SALE... “CLEARANCE SALE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!” 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422.

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley



MAPLE Ridge Downtown. 1 Bdrm . Clean, quiet bldg. Adult oriented. NP/NS. Heat, h/w, internet incl. $680 mo. Phone 604-463-7172.



German Sheperd 21/2 yr old f, good temp., exc. family watch dog $500, 4 yr old f. beagle, exc. family pet $100 no Sunday calls 604-7963026


Burnaby Condo $455,000 ESPRIT North #1408 - 7325 Arcola Condo w/ mountain view. 2 BR - 2Bath -2 Pkg stalls, storage. sauna and exercise rm. Income $1650 Brookside Rlty Dave 604-240-3523


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WE BUY HOMES Damaged House! Older House! Difficulty Selling! Behind on Payments! Need to Sell Now? NO FEES! NO RISK! QUICK CASH! Call us First! 604.657.9422


FIXIT PLUMBING & HEATING H/W Tanks, Reno’s, Boilers, Furn’s. Drain Cleaning. Ins. (604)596-2841



MILANO PAINTING. Int./Ext. Prof. Painters. Free Est. Written Guar. Bonded & Insured. 604-551-6510

Lic., Insured. Experienced/friendly service. Clogged drains, garburators, leaks & more. Sm jobs OK. Call Anytime 604-805-2488

PANASONIC KX-T7433C DIGITAL PHONE SYSTEM; Complete with 19 handsets. Excellent Condition, perfect for start-up office. Will accept best offer. Phone 604 3631397.


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

Call Ian @ 604-724-6373


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3 rooms for $269, 2 coats any colour



• Tree & Stump Removal • Certified Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~

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

A-TECH Services 604-230-3539


Tree removal done RIGHT!

Cane Corso Mastiff, 1 female, 3.5mo, vet checked, dewormed, docked, $600 obo. (604)845-2395



Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991

BORDER COLLIE PUPPIES P/B. Males $400, fem. $450. Vet chk, 1st shots Call 604-250-4360


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‘07 MAZDA 5 GT

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MP1020 • ONLY 45K KMS • WAS $19,995






‘09 MAZDA CX 7 MP1024 • GS, AWD • WAS $26,995



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‘07 MAZDA 3

‘09 MAZDA 3



SPORT ‘09 MAZDA 3 MP1047


‘08 MAZDA 5



X-5 ‘05 MAZDA M

‘07 MAZDA 3

MP1033 • 88K KMS • WAS $11,995





‘05 MAZDA 3

‘07 MAZDA 3




‘07 MAZDA 3




‘07 MAZDA 3







‘07 MAZDA 3 MP1041


MP1031 • BCAA APPROVED • WAS $16,995

MP1054 • 86K KMS







‘08 MAZDA 3 GS

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