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Mission shuts one, saves one
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C Hydro unveiled the latest project in its threeyear capital plan on Tuesday – an $860 million upgrade of the Ruskin Dam and generating station near Mission – in advance of filing its threeyear application for power rates with the British Columbia Utilities Commission.
arents fighting the closure of two rural schools in Mission got vastly different outcomes Tuesday night. After keeping the audience in suspense for more than two hours, the Mission Board of Education decided to close Durieu Elementary School but kept Deroche Elementary School open during a meeting at Hatzic Secondary School.
OPINION ■ Dam decision makes sense for our future. -see Letters: Page A9
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abbotsfordtimes.com “[The decision] shouldn’t have hinged on aboriginal students. I wanted the decision to be around the growth potential for the whole school as a community centre.” – Alice Thompson Leq’a:mel Chief
Audible sighs of relief were heard from Deroche parents as the board voted three to two to save the school. Any celebration was immediately drowned out by angry shouts from Durieu parents – a number of whom stormed out of the meeting in protest – following the board’s unanimous decision to close their elementary school in June. see SCHOOLS, page A6
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The numbers looking for refuge are expected to rise as temperatures drop, said Murray. Environment Canada issued a weather warning Thursday due to a strong Arctic ridge of high pressure driving cold air and strong winds. Last night, temperatures were predicted to fall to -8 C in Abbotsford with strong winds reaching 50 to 70 km/h and a wind chill factor of -18 C. Temperatures are expected to remain below zero for the rest of the week with a low of -9 C and snow on Saturday. Rosemary Fromson, manager of
BC Hydro calls its overall $6-billion capital plan a “regeneration” of its system, which it anticipates will cost the average consumer 32 per cent in rate increases over the next three years, and more than 50 per cent over the next five years. T h a t ra t e a p p l i c a t i o n will seek 9.73 per cent rate increases in each of the next three years, which would raise the average homeowner bill of $71 per month by 32 per cent to $93.81 between 2012 and 2014. BC Hydro CEO Dave Cobb added that future increases are speculative, but in background information on the utility’s website, it anticipated rate increases of seven per cent in the subsequent two years raising them 50 per cent over five years.
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– JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Abbotsford Mayor George Peary gets some help from Prince Charles Elementary students (some with cellphone cameras in hand) as he cuts the ribbon to open the Whatcom Road Connector on Sumas Mountain on chilly Wednesday morning.
Cold snap sparks concern Shelters brace for busy weekend ROCHELLE BAKER RBaker@abbotsfordtimes.com
bbotsford and Mission emergency shelters are in full swing with a cold snap underway throughout the Fraser Valley. Dave Murray, coordinator of Abbotsford’s extreme weather program, said the amount of people seeking shelter this week has gone up. “We’ve been going full tilt this week. The numbers this year have been low
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The city of Abbotsford is considering raising rates for water during peak season. Council agreed Monday to send the issue out for public consultation. The new rates should ensure consumers who conserve water save money, and discourage excessive use during the peak summer months, stated a staff report. Water rates until Mach 31, 2011 are $1.02 per cubic metre (1,000 litres). Following that date, the city has considered a uniform rate of $1.15 per cubic metre, which for a typical residence using 327 cubic metres of water per year equates to an annual bill of $376. However, staff have recommended the city examine the possibility of seasonal water rates. The proposed rates include an off-peak rate from November to April of $1.08 per cubic metre. A peak period rate from May to October would be set at $1.08 per cubic metre for water usage up to 60 cubic metres. A higher rate of $2.16 per cubic metre would be levied for water use ranging from 61 to 90 cubic metres, and a top fee of $4.32 per cubic metre for using 91 cubic metres or more of water. The average annual water charges for an average family won’t increase with the varied rates, but the new fee structure would encourage water conservation during peak periods, staff reported. As another conservation measure, residents have been restricted from watering lawns during summer months. However, due to improvements in water capacity and supply, the city plans to allow twice-weekly morning sprinkling from May to September. The public consultation meeting around the rates is scheduled for March 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.
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bbotsford Police are warning the elderly about a phone scam that causes both economic and emotional distress after one senior lost $9,000. Const. Ian MacDonald said there has been a wave of calls made to seniors where a fraudster tells them a young relative, perhaps a grandchild, is in legal trouble and they need to wire money in order to assist them. There have been 20 reports of such calls being made since the start of the year, said MacDonald.
Not all the intended victims have lost cash, but one 73-year-old man wired two payments totalling $9,000 on Feb. 10 in an effort to help out a loved one. The man sent the money after getting a call from someone posing as his grandson, who said he needed $4,000 to get out of jail. He sent an additional $5,000 after someone posing as a court clerk called back and said more funds were needed. “It’s absolutely disgusting someone is preying on the good will and generosity of people who want to be loving and supportive of their family
members,” said MacDonald. “[The victims] experience the distress of thinking a family member is in trouble, and then compound that with the subsequent economic stress find themselves in [later].” The scam artists phone up their targets and either pretend to be a lawyer for a family member in legal trouble, or pretend to be the actual relative, said MacDonald. The crooks then ask the senior to wire as much as $5,000 at a time for bail. The perpetrators of the scam are combing social networking sites for information that helps them pose as the phony relative, said MacDonald.
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abbotsfordtimes.com They often look for people who are away on business or on a holiday so the victim can’t easily contact the real relative, he added. The police suspect even more seniors have been targeted by scammers, but haven’t come forward, said MacDonald. “There’s been an increase in [calls this year], and we need people to be on guard. “We think [the fraud] is being under reported, but with it there’s an embarrassment factor, and people don’t want to advertise the fact they’ve been taken.”
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Expansion adds another 11,700 hours and five buses ROCHELLE BAKER RBaker@abbotsfordtimes.com
bbotsford council is putting rubber to the road after approving a substantial increase to the city’s transit system. “This is a good news story,” Coun. Lynne Harris, vice-chair of the Mission/Abbotsford Transit Committee said Monday. “[The expansion] will make a huge difference in our community for transit service.” “[The changes] The expansion will add a total of 11,700 improve access for e x t ra s e r v i c e h o u r s a wide spectrum of and an extra five buses come July, resulting in riders . . . and will an estimated 10 per cent also appeal to those increase to the transit who want to go to system. The improvements the city core to work feature earlier weekday and shop.” and weekend service to the Abbotsford Region– Carl Johannsen al Hospital and Cancer Centre, and increased services to the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV ), said director of community planning Carl Johannsen. “A priority is to improve service to large employers [such as ARHCC] and UFV’s U-Pass program. That’s a major transit market for us,” said Johannsen. However, all riders will benefit as services to ARHCC and UFV also pass through the city’s downtown core, Johannsen said.
Transit improvements due to start in July mean more buses more often to the city core, UFV and Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Service to Aldergrove and Mission will improve and buses will run on holidays. “[The changes] improve access for a wide spectrum of riders . . . and will also appeal to those who want to go to the city core to work and shop.” Earlier weekday access for the Valley Connector to Mission and the West Coast Express, and Sunday-level service during all statutory holidays is also in the works. The city originally planned an increase of 8,700 service hours to the transit system for March.
However, BC Transit offered the city an additional 3,000 service hours in 2011. As such, council has opted to delay initiating transit improvements until July in order to offer all the new services at once without adversely impacting the 2011 budget. The net cost for the new services that start in July see TRANSIT, page A36
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hat was once used for drug trafficking has become the latest beacon of the Abbotsford Police Department’s battle against gangs in the city. The APD unveiled its new cruiser Wednesday – an H2 Hummer – that will make its rounds, spreading the message “This is exactly what t h a t g a n g s a re not welcome in we want to do is get A b b o t s f o r d a s the message out. part of Operation Reclamation. When people follow A man who was this vehicle and see convicted of drug it was seized from a trafficking and weapons possesdrug dealer, there’s sion once used the a very real message vehicle – however, it was surrendered out there.” under B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Act and – Mayor George Peary given to the APD to use as a motorized billboard for fighting organized crime. The Hummer won’t be used as a regular police cruiser, but it will be driven to schools and put on display at Abbotsford Heat games for students and the general public to view. Not only do the slogans plastered on the
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Solicitor General Rich Coleman (left), Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich (right) unveil a Hummer that was seized from a drug dealer and adapted for crime-fighting. The APD’s latest tool in fighting gang crime features slogans such as, ‘Easy money can get you hard time.’ exterior of the vehicle pres- First reported @ The unveiling of the new ents a strong message, but its abbotsfordtimes.com cruiser was held at Thunderbird sheer size alone should reach Square, next to the APD buildthe public, said Const. Ian MacDonald. ing near City Hall. “Obviously when we started those initial Despite chilly temperatures, members of conversations with the province to get a the media, APD and city hall turned out to vehicle, a Smart Car just wasn’t going to fit see the presentation. the bill,” said MacDonald. Mayor George Peary and Solicitor Gen“We wanted something that had some eral Rich Coleman both climbed out of the connections to gangs and drugs, and that vehicle once it came to a complete stop would be a real vehicle that’s been turned inside the square. into a reclamation.” “I love it,” said Peary. Should the weather call for accumulating “This is exactly what we want to do is snow, the vehicle could be used because it get the message out. When people follow is a 4x4, added MacDonald, but its primary this vehicle and see it was seized from a use is to alert the community about the drug dealer, there’s a very real message out gang lifestyle. there.”
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School district facing a $4 million-plus deficit within three years if no measures are taken SCHOOLS, from page A1 Durieu and its parent advisory council (PAC) had called on the board to commit to the traditional model and make Durieu a choice school to ensure its longevity. A number of trustees said they were interested in maintaining a traditional choice school model; however, they didn’t think it was viable at Durieu, a rural school on the eastern reaches of the district. “I don’t think it’s sustainable,” said trustee Randy Cairns. “It’s difficult to see how Durieu will be able to get 30 new students.” A district report stated a district-wide decline in student enrolment and budget pressures were the reasons for considering the closures. The district is facing a $4 million-plus deficit within three years if no measures are taken, staff stated at the meeting. Durieu has experienced an enrolment decline of 23.4 per cent over the last five years, and the fall in student numbers is expected to continue until 2014/15, according to district figures.
“The disruption if we close Deroche outweighs the benefits of any savings.” – Pam Alexis trustee
It was estimated closing Durieu will save the school district $298,000, while shutting Deroche would have netted another $288,000. Durieu parents had argued closing the school would amount to “false economy” as the district could lose provincial rural school subsidies and as much as $180,000 in funding when students transferred to Abbotsford or other private schools. Parents from both schools said closures would leave them without a community hub and young children would have to travel long distances on the bus. Trustees Cindy Miller and Karen Petty voted to shut both schools, citing looming financial and deficit problems. Trustee Cairns along with trustees Carol Hamilton and Pam Alexis voted to save Deroche. The trio expressed concerns around how Deroche students – the majority of whom are aboriginal – would weather the transition if the school were closed. Deroche serves an important role in providing community programming, which
Parents fighting to save Durieu and Deroche elementary schools from closure packed a meeting at Hatzic Secondary School in Mission on Tuesday. people may not be able to obtain elsewhere if the school was shut, they stated. Poverty and lack of contact with community elders were also mentioned as concerns. “The disruption if we close Deroche outweighs the benefits of any savings,” said Alexis, adding efforts should be made to connect Deroche to other organizations such as the University of the Fraser Valley. Fo l l ow i n g t h e b o a rd’s decision, one Durieu parent suggested the board had violated the Canadian Charter of Rights because it based the decision around closing schools on race and economic status, and as such had discriminated against students at Durieu. Richelle Meneghetti, treasurer of Deroche’s parent advisory council, said the comments were likely the result of heightened emotions. “It’s hurtful to hear [the comments], but I understand where the frustration comes from,” she said. “Hearing a unanimous decision against your school and community can’t be easy.” L e q’ a : m e l C h i e f A l i c e Thompson said she was disappointed First Nations students were the focus of the conversation around saving Deroche. “[The decision] shouldn’t have hinged on aboriginal students. I wanted the decision to be around the growth potential for the whole school as a community centre,” she said, adding perhaps daycare and community health services could be established. “I’m really looking forward to see what we can bring to Deroche and make better use of the facility in the future.” Durieu students will be relocated to Hatzic Elementary School in September of 2011. The district will work with students, parents and staff to ensure the transition to new schools is managed in the best way possible, said district superintendent Frank Dunham.
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scar is planning to make his annual appearance this weekend. He’s the golden boy whose prime purpose is to transport us all into the Land of Make Believe for a few long, dry hours on Sunday night. I’m not sure how the Great Minds of Hollywood have it figured, but I wonder sometimes how the whole Oscar thing got so big. I understand that this year the theme for the show will be “honesty” – taking a screenshot out of one of this year’s top contenders, they’re calling the awards presentation extravaganza 127 Hours, and everyone who watches is encouraged to cut off an arm to help make the time go faster. In fact, this year I have to admit that I have not seen a single one of the movies that are in contention for any Oscars of any stripe – even the ones that are being presented in a back room the night before because they are not important enough to help drag the show down further. And since I have not seen any of the nominated shows, I can really only offer fleeting surmises of what the shows are actually about, based only on their titles (and the occasional trailer that meddled its way into my semi-consciousness while surfing channels from my couch). On the other hand, not knowing anything at all about any of the nominees puts me, I believe, in a much better posi-
Odd thoughts tion than ever before to pick the winners beforehand. I haven’t even had much luck picking them after the fact. Indeed, the last winner I picked with knowledge aforethought was Chariots of Fire (go to the Internet and, to paraphrase the Friendly Giant – who was still on the air back then – “look back, look waaaaay back,” my little darlings, and it will give you some serious clues as to both my age and my cinematic competence). However, working from a stance of complete ignorance, I’m going to take a stab at naming this year’s winning movies, roles, songs, what-have-you. Starting with Best Picture, True Grit should come in at a strong second place. It will be starring Michael Ignatieff . . . or someone else . . . or not . . . maybe. Incidentally, this one may also place well in the Foreign Film category . . . or not. Edging it out, however, will be The King’s Speech, centering on Stephen Harper’s inability to clearly articulate a majority thought. In this story, it is not the lead actor, but his poll numbers that begin to stut-
ter as soon as he gets near a podium. Harper is bound to take a second Oscar for Let’s Pollute. For Actor in a Somewhat Leading Role, I’m picking either Kevin Falcon or George Abbott in The Kids Are All Right, or Adrian Dix or Mike Farnworth in Social Network. Figure the same list for Actor in an Unsupporting Role. I know I’m kind of waffling here . . . but what did you expect? It’s all politics. Look for Carole James of Rabbit Hole to get the nod as Actress in a Formerly Leading Role, and Christie Clark will be the also-ran Supporting Actress in Animal Kingdom. Closer to home, Rick Green’s The Fighter will be a shoo-in for the Editing category. (Green will surely disagree, but he was seriously miscast in I Am Love.) While the rest of Township council falls short with its Original Score for How to Train Your Dragon, they’ll almost certainly share an Oscar with Green for The Tempest. There will be a lot of sentimental support for Rich Coleman when he steps up to claim his award for The Lost Thing, the story of his run for the Liberal leadership, entered in the Very Short Film category.
o one expected the provincial budget tabled last week to be inspired. The “makebelieve” budget, as some pundits have dubbed it, had much to do with legal requirements and little to do with where B.C. is headed in the future. What wasn’t in the budget was as notable as anything actually in it. There are no spending increases for many public services. More than half of the ministries are in line for cuts. Another item not in the budget: any hints of what could happen if the hated HST is turned down in a provincial referendum. Financial desperation is what prompted the provincial money grab in the first place. That situation hasn’t changed – except much of the federal “transition” money has already been spent. Any HST payback remains the elephant in the corner. And can anyone take a budget seriously that doesn’t delve into potential HST outcomes? What is in the budget includes a high level of debt, much of it associated with capital projects brought on in the name of economic stimulation. Most notable, however, is about $2.5 billion in “wiggle room” or “flexible funding” for the new Liberal leader to allocate over the next three years. That amounts to a significant slush fund for the yet-unnamed leader. Of course this “holding” budget may yet turn out to share features of past February budgets that later proved light on fiscal reality and were revised into wholly new “updates” six months later. For that, and for news on where about $1 billion of taxpayer funding is headed in the next year, stay tuned not to the legislature, but to the Liberal leadership race.
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I read with some dismay that our city council is prepared to spend so much of our hard earned tax money for a single piece of public art work. While I am not about to debate the relative merits of any particular piece of art, the dollar amounts involved never cease to astound me. Of even more concern is the placement of this particular piece of art work. I have to question who is supposed to be admiring this art? Surely it has not been placed in the middle of a newly constructed and extremely busy round-about with the intention that it should be admired by motorists attempting to navigate their way through what is a new traffic concept for many. We have all read of the recent crackdowns on driving while talking on cellphones or texting, and have been told repeatedly that distracted drivers are the cause of a very high percentage of traffic accidents. These activities are surely no more of a distraction than attempting to admire public art pieces placed in the centre of newly constructed round-a-bouts.
Keeping guns away won’t save lives
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I suggest that the $64,000 for this art would have been better spent on some proper engineering for this interchange, or even for completing the paving , thereby eliminating the unintended speed bumps we have been left with for many months. Dave Sanders Abbotsford
Dam decision makes sense for the future Editor, the Times:
BC Hydro rates are reportedly going up by about 27 per cent over the next three years. It seems like an awful lot of money until you take a look at the list of upgrading projects BC Hydro is taking on to fix and improve the province’s aging dams and transmission lines. The latest upgrading project announced by BC Hydro is an upgrade to the Ruskin Dam and powerhouse near Mission. It’s going to cost nearly a
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Having just read Barbara Kane’s letter regarding the value of strict gun regulations with respect to the prevention of tragedies (Stronger gun control can prevent tragedies, Times, Feb. 22), I must question whether the good doctor is really doing any good, or just spinning her tires in the sand. As a psychiatrist interested in death and tragedy prevention, surely Dr. Kane would know that while firearms suicides have indeed declined, suicide by other means – most notably hanging – have increased to compensate for that decline. The result, of course, is that the same number of people are still taking their own lives. In other words, there has been no net gain in tragedy or suicide prevention; only the shallow and smug satisfaction that those individuals did not use a firearm.
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A10 ❘ FAITH ❘ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 THE TIMES
Having the grace to consider God’s will
he first couple months of every year tend to be when people pause, take stock of their situation and make some feeble attempts at figuring life out. It is a time where people give themselves a fresh start and hope for, among other things, a re-invention. The question of God’s will tends to be one of the big questions that Christians think, talk, and make desperate prayers about. To Christians’ credit, the desire to obediently follow God is a worthwhile pursuit and does require careful consideration. That said, I don’t think that it is as difficult, or as complicated, as many assume. In a debate with some pesky theologians, Jesus is asked what the most important law in the Old Testament is. In typical fashion, Jesus’ answer is simple, lifegiving, and highly quotable. Jesus replied: “Love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.” There are a number of significant things happening in this short exchange that really impact and inform how Christians should understand the will of God. Calling No. 1: Love God with every part of who you are. This is first and foremost in your calling as a Christian. With all of your heart, soul, and your mind – love God. Calling No. 2: Love your neighbour. This second part of Jesus’ instruction is tied to the first. Love God with every part of who you are, “and the second is like it,” meaning love your neighbour in a similar way that you love God; with everything in you. Calling No. 3: Love
Faith that matters yourself. This is the phrase that routinely gets missed and ignored in the regular Christian mantra of “Love God, Love Others.” Similar to how a Christian is to love God and similar to how they are to love others, the Christian is also to love themself. This isn’t a narcissistic form of self-love, but a type of love that is healthy, outward looking, and Biblical. Each of these three callings serve as a type of boundary marker to God’s will. Imagine a triangle with each calling placed at each point. Within the bounds of this triangle, the Christian will
find God’s will. This means that anything and everything you do, as long as it fits within the boundaries of loving God, loving your neighbour, and loving yourself is totally within the will of God. For most, this realization comes with a great sense of freedom and release, especially for those struggling with whether or not they are really inside of the will of God. The next questions to consider then is, what makes you come alive? What are the things that you are passionate about? What is it that really fires you up and gets you excited? What are the things that you can’t help but be passionate about? Now, can you do that while loving God, loving your neighbour, and loving yourself? If you can, you will be passionately living totally within the will of God. Amazing, isn’t it? Many of the 20-somethings that I’ve worked with and had coffee
with over the years have been stuck in a rut, waiting for some magical will-of-God-moment to happen. This moment usually includes a scroll appearing in the sky and suddenly, with huge fanfare and dollars to spare, the will of God is found. Until that moment happens, many feel lost and somewhat ticked at God, who hasn’t yet revealed His will for their lives. This doesn’t have to be. Ask yourself; what is it that makes me come alive? Is it music, social work, business, marketing, building, mothering, what? If you can do that or anything else, all the while loving God, loving your neighbour, and loving yourself, you are totally and 100 per cent within the will of God. Now go and live. ■ Jeremy Postal would love to hear
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THE TIMES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 ❘
What do you believe when you believe?
Answer these important questions and build yourself a firm foundation
larifying and resolving your beliefs are essential in living a life of purpose and meaning. If a person looks inside and there is fog, there is too vague of a foundation to build on. You need clarification and understanding of your beliefs. Why do you believe what you believe? Where did that information come from? How do you know that what you believe is the truth? Your beliefs must have their validation in at least some of the following ways: through science and investigation, historical evidence, personal experience, intuition and/or spiritual revelation. The unexamined life is not worth living.
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Here are some of the questions that must be answered to build a firm foundation. 1. What is the purpose of existence, if any? 2. What criteria do I use to discern what is true from what is not true, good from bad, real from unreal? 3. What should I do with my life: a purpose for living, goals to accomplish, a career or “life calling” (vocation)? 4. What is truth? What is my definition of truth, where did I get it, and how do I know it is true? 5. Is there a supreme being or ultimate cause, or did everything just evolve from nothing, and how do I know? 6. Where did matter come
Above and beyond from? Creation by some conscious designer, or statistical happenstance, evolution? 7. Is there life after death? If so, what kind, where, and with whom? If not, what happens, and how do I know this? 8. What should I value? What is most important in life and what are my priorities? 9. Whom should I join up with in life: to marry, live with, work with etc.? What criteria should I use to choose these people with whom I ally myself? 10. Where geographically on this planet do I want to live
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the way, the truth and the life.” According to Jeremiah 29:11, God had a plan and a purpose for my life and according to Him I was not a mistake. Genesis 1:26 tells me I was created in the image of God, and 1 Corinthians 2:16 tells me I have the mind of Christ, therefore I am not ugly or stupid. Living my life believing the Bible has proved to be extremely beneficial to me. I highly recommend it for anyone. Nevertheless, everyone must find out for himself/herself what they truly believe and the validity of their beliefs. If you are unsure in this area, I highly recommend that you seek out the answers to these questions.
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and why? 11. How do I prepare myself to fulfill my purpose and goals? 12. How do I know if I am doing OK in life? As a child I believe that I was ugly and stupid, because those were the names I was called. I believed I was a mistake and not wanted because I was the youngest of six and my dad was 54 years old when I was born. It seemed to be logical to believe what I did. However, when I accepted Jesus Christ into my life and started reading the Bible, it was contrary to my beliefs. Romans 3:4 says, “Let God be true and everyman a liar.” At that point I decided that I would believe what God said about me regardless of my circumstances and what others thought of me. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am
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A12 ❘ NEWS ❘ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 THE TIMES
February In-Stock Clearance
Abby drivers in Hope crash A
devastating crash on Highway 1 involving three loaded semitrailers Monday night left one man dead and two injured. The multi-vehicle collision occurred around 9:15 p.m. near Hope, south of the Emory Creek Bridge. A two-trailer 2001 Peterbuilt truck hauling lumber was travelling southbound on Highway 1. It had just crossed the bridge when the 30-year-old driver from Abbotsford lost control of the truck, forcing it to veer clockwise on the roadway. It crossed the double centre line and hit a 2001 Volvo
tractor, which was travelling northbound carrying food products, head on. As both trucks came to a stop, blocking the highw a y, a t h i r d v e h i c l e — another loaded Peterbuilt truck — came lumbering southwards, crossing the bridge. Unable to stop in time, it crashed into the second truck, smashing into it broadside. The co-driver of the second truck, a 50-year-old Calgary man, died of his injuries at the scene. The driver of the second truck, a 55-year-old Surrey man, and the Abbotsford
dr iver of the first tr uck sustained serious injuries, and were transported to Canyon Hospital in Hope by emergency crews. The driver of the third truck, a 43-year-old man from Abbotsford, was not injured. It w a s s n ow i n g a t t h e time of the crash and roads were slippery. Weather and road conditions are believed to be factors in the crash. Traffic investigators and t h e c o r o n e r s o f f i c e a re continuing their investigation. All three vehicles will undergo mechanical inspections.
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A14 ❘ LETTERS ❘ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 THE TIMES
Many solutions to preventing tragedies Editor, the Times:
When doctor Barbara Kane talks of 400 gun deaths prevented by stronger gun control measures, I sure hope she is not talking about the reduction in “gun suicides.” This is not something to brag about nor be proud of, because even though
Milking the justice system for money Editor, the Times:
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by the law of averages that there are well-intentioned people in it for the betterment of society and do right by us. But what I see of the reality of our legal system is reverse sexism, back room deals, protection of the criminals at our expense, even money laundering by the legal profession under the lofty ideal of lawyer/client privilege. And that’s what it boils down to; privilege, where money still does the talking. People say it’s the “system” that is at fault, but the system was built by people. Common sense died years ago and has been replaced by political correctness, which screws the concept of any kind of natural justice. That’s especially true when that quasi-legal tribunal of the Human Rights Commission are factored into your question. You asked what I think of the justice system and I’ll ask you why people find the TV shows and movies where the victims take the law into their own hands so enjoyable. My disgust is not with the bad guys, it’s with a system that protects them and turns our justice system into a revolving door. The lawyers and judges call it job security. I call it a cash cow. Robert T. Rock Mission
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A16 ❘ NEWS ❘ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 THE TIMES
Rail for the Valley group brings in British analyst Says gov’t doesn’t have light rail facts straight BY PAUL J. HENDERSON firstname.lastname@example.org
he provincial government’s lack of interest in interurban light rail from Chilliwack to Surrey is biased and is based on a number of false assumptions, according to a British light rail consultant. At the request of the Rail for the Valley advocacy group, David Cockle of UK-based Leewood Projects, analyzed the provincial government’s Strategic Review of Transit in the Fraser Valley. Cockle found that the Ministry of Transportation (MoTI) and Infrastructure and Translink “appear to have predefined that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was the only option and the report was to prove that point of view.” Chief among the criticisms is that when the province considered daily interurban rail service a maximum of 250 passengers per day was given. But when it came to equivalent bus service, the number of 800 boardings was assumed. Cockle also said the province’s report uses false assumptions to extrapolate costs of $18.6 million per kilometre for light rail. That dollar figure was based on double tracking the entire line with stations every 1.6 kilometres “and other costs entirely unnecessary for Light Rail Transit.” “The MoTI had formed their conclusion prior to commissioning the report, and the evidence in the report has been selectively
incorporated, in order to substantiate the conclusion that they wanted to see; despite the proven facts that the light rail option, for the Fraser Valley, would have an annual cost of less than a quarter of the figure quoted in the FVTS report.” Cockle pointed out that while B.C. seems set against passenger rail, in the first few weeks of 2011 seven new and three extensions of UK and European light rail systems were announced as were three new and three extensions in the U.S.
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A18 ❘ NEWS ❘ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 THE TIMES
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he Mission Harbour is getting a bit of a makeover with the expansion and renovation of its harbour services building. Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Randy Kamp announced Tuesday the federal government is providing a $156,000 investment to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the tourism industry in Mission. The funding comes from the West Coast Community Adjustment Program (WestCCAP), which “Upgrades to supports B.C.’s coastal communities with the harbour will economies reliant on enhance the viabil- the seasonal fishing industries. ity of existing tour“Upgrades to the harbour will ism operations . . .” enhance the viability of existing tourism operations in the – MLA Randy Kamp community as well as provide the necessary infrastructure to develop new opportunities in the future,” Kamp said in a press statement. Renovations to the Mission Harbour Services building will include changes to the existing office, public washrooms, and observation space. The upgrades will improve community access to the Fraser River and accommodate
Mission’s harbour will get a makeover thanks to a grant provided by the federal government.
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THE TIMES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 ❘ Author Belcher
ACTS Seminaries will host a c c l a i m e d a u t h o r, J i m Belcher, Ph.D., at a free public lecture on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., in Northwest Auditorium at Trinity Western University. The lecture is part of the two-day Pickford Conferences in Theology and Ministry that is also open to the public. Call 604-513-2027 (3341) for more details.
An interactive storytime with books, songs, rhymes and more, baby time is held at Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 25. For more information, call the library at 604-826-6610.
The Hominum Fraser Valley Chapter is a support and discussion group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. The next meeting is Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. For information and meeting location call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604329-9760.
Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries Annual Book Sale will have great deals on gently used adult’s and children’s materials. The preview is Friday, Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a $5 entrance
Community events To list an event hosted or sponsored by a non-profit group in Abbotsford or Mission, upload it directly to our website: www.abbotsfordtimes.com, or send an e-mail with a succinct, 75-word description of the event including day, date, time and address to email@example.com, or drop off at 30887 Peardonville Rd, Abbotsford.
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fee. The sale is Saturday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for the sale at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). Call 604-859-7814 ext. 232.
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A German sing-along with folk songs, poems and sacred songs will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, corner of Ware Street and Marshall Road. Refreshments will follow and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend. Call 604-859-0822 for more.
A Century of Conservation: Mission Parks & Cultural Landscapes exhibit continues at Mission Art Gallery until Saturday. On Feb 26, join volunteers to share history and memories of the parks and the people they are named after starting at 1:45 p.m. At 3 p.m., “People’s Choice” will recognize the efforts of individual artists. Contact Sharon 604-6156082 for details.
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Watch anime, eat snacks and chat with other teens at Mission Library on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For Ages 12 to 18. Call the library at 604-826-6610 for more information.
Share African experiences and passion at a unique dessert evening, Saturday, Feb. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ross Road Community Church Gym, 3160 Ross
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A22 ❘ COMMUNITY ❘ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 THE TIMES EVENTS, from page A21 Purse exchange and more
Abbotsford After 5 invites you to our “From One Old Bag To Another” dinner on Monday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at abc Country Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd., Abbotsford. Come and bring your gently used “old bag” or a new one that doesn’t quite work for you and give another old bag a fresh new start. Rushia Klassen, a mom and national speaker who works with her husband who is chaplain to the B.C. Lions football team, is the guest speaker. Hear of her PURSE-uit of looking for love and what she discovered. To reserve a spot, call Pat at 604-856-7513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retired workers meet
The Fraser Valley Branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees Association meets Monday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford. Speaker is Fred Bennet, vice president of the association. Call 604-859-4492 for details.
Skills for immigrants
A free information session will be held at Community Futures office (#1 – 31726 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford) on Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. Partici-
pants will receive assistance finding work in their field of expertise, professional job search techniques, individual assistance and ongoing support and introductions to employers in their field. To register call 604-866-1645.
Lifetime Learning Centre presents Retirement: Financial and other issues with Cindy Walters on Wednesday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission. Fee is $7 (nonmembers: $10).
Lifetime Learning Centre presents Art Appreciation with Dr. Aleksandra Idzior, on Thursday, March 3. The series of three talks entitled Reading Women is a diverse range of artists from the Middle Ages to present day. Time is 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission. Fee is $20 (non-members $25).
Blankets for Canada
The Abbotsford Chapter of Blankets for Canada will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Michael’s Arts and Crafts (West Oaks Mall). All are welcome to help put knit and crochet blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. Donations of yarn always appreciated. All materials furnished.
Call Nancy Gallagher 604504-3713 for more.
Abbotsford Mission Arthritis Support Group meets Thursday, March 3 at Super Store (community room) 2855 Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford at 6:30 p.m. Share education, information and support with others. No cost. For information call Terry Davies at 604-853-8138 or e-mail email@example.com.
Teen Advisory Council
Got an idea for a program? Let your voice be heard. If you are in grades 8-12, drop in to the Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave., on Thursday, March 3 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Snacks are served. For more information, call the library at 604-826-6610.
Juvenile diabetes support
A b b o t s f o r d ’s J u v e n i l e Diabetes Family Network meets Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at Home Society office, 31581 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford. The network provides opportunity for families with children living with juvenile diabetes to meet regularly, support and encourage one another. New families are always welcome. For more information, call Heather 604-852-6770 or Tara 604-855-9174.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2011 COMMUNITY SERVICE & VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION AWARDS The District of Mission Mayor and Council invite you to submit nominations for individuals, groups, or organizations who have demonstrated exemplary volunteerism in the following areas: Arts & Culture: For outstanding volunteerism in the field of arts and culture. Citizen of the Year: Recognizes the contributions of one individual for their overall volunteerism and commitment to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Mission. Community Service: For demonstrating exemplary leadership in community volunteerism. Crime Prevention & Community Safety: For an individual, group, or organization who has demonstrated exemplary volunteerism in the area of crime prevention and public safety. Lifetime Achievement: For an individual, group, or organization that has a notable history of volunteerism which has resulted in the overall betterment of Mission. Special Accomplishment: Bestowed to an individual, group, or organization for demonstrating significant volunteer leadership skills or who has accomplished a noteworthy contribution in any field or endeavor. Sports Volunteer of the Year: For an individual who has demonstrated exemplary volunteerism in the field of sports. Against the Odds Achievement: For an individual who achieves excellence despite the special challenges faced by people with disabilities.
N O M I N AT I O N P R O C E S S
Nomination forms can be picked up at the District of Mission Municipal Hall (8645 Stave Lake Street), downloaded from the District’s website (www.mission.ca) or you may call 604-820-3700 to request that a nomination form be emailed or sent to you through the mail. All nominations must include the contact information of the person submitting the nomination and the person, group, or organization being nominated. A profile and background information about the person, group, or organization you are nominating, as well as the rationale for your nomination must also be provided.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS – April 4, 2011, Award recipients will be presented with their awards at the 2011 Volunteer Appreciation and Celebration Event on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Leisure Centre.
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Hot Tickets Golden Idol
Opening Nite Theatre brings back the fourth annual Golden Idol Talent Contest on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Cedarbrooke Chateau, 32331 7th Ave., Mission. All seniors 60 years and over are eligible. This year proceeds go to MASH (Mission Association for Seniors Housing). Call 604-820-8622 for details.
Toby Keith in town
Country music sensation Toby Keith is coming to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Sunday, Feb. 27 as part of his American Ride Tour. Joining him on his Abbotsford stop is multiple Juno and CCMA award winner George Canyon and Vancouver’s One More Girl. Tickets are available at abbotsfordcentre.ca or by phone at 1-866-977-2372 or at the arena box office. For more information visit abbotsfordcentre.ca. – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Shayna Dyck (as Amneris), left, Soren Wagner and Dylan Akre (alternate nights as Radames) and Annastasia Unger (Aida, the Nubian princess) weave a complicated love triangle in the Broadway-style musical extravaganza Aida. The show plays Monday and Tuesday nights at the Abbey Arts Centre.
ASIA brings Aida to life
JEAN KONDA-WITTE JKonda-Witte@abbotsfordtimes.com
t’s a small school on Sumas Mountain, but it’s putting on a really big production. ASIA, the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts, is ready to bring Aida to life with Broadway-style singing and dancing for two shows only early next week. More than a quarter of the 400 students in grades six through 12 are involved in one way or another. Performers, choreographers, musicians, set designers, costumes, and other work behind the scenes, such as using modern technology to digitally create some of the songs, have kept students going since September. And just days before the curtain goes up, the excitement throughout the school is palpable. “When you walk down the halls,
kids are signing the songs, because they’re really into it,” said producer and teacher Kyle Featherstone. “We try to put the arts into everything we do and this is a way that we can really showcase that. All the grades are working on this,” he added, admitting the school has never tackled a project this big nor played at the Abbey Arts Centre. “It’s a big moment for us to step up and move on to that level. We’re taking a leap of faith.” The students are very excited and have already had a taste of success when they performed a number at the Harlem Globetrotters halftime show last week at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. “That got them really excited,” said Featherstone. They did one of the big musical numbers from the show on the court at halftime, with about 30 cast mem-
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bers all in costume, singing and dancing. “The response from the audience was great. We were overwhelmed, and we’ve been hearing of it ever since from different people in the community,” he added. Set in ancient Egypt in 4000 BC, Aida is a two-act musical based on the opera by Verdi. The Broadway musical was produced by Disney with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Not an opera, the music has a rock ‘n’ roll vibe to it, with a bit of reggae, gospel Mo-town inspired songs and several pieces that draw on traditional African music. The dancing is Broadway style contemporary, and there are even some sword fighting scenes. Aida, the Nubian princess, is captured by the Egyptian army along with some of her people. The captain
of the army, Radames, falls in love with her while at the same time, he is set to marry the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. He must choose between his commitment to his nation (and the duties associated with it), and his love for Aida. “We only have a pool of 400 students, and we’re hoping the community comes out and supports our program and our musical, so this was a good way for us to showcase what we’re doing. It’s a really different atmosphere. It’s a community here that celebrates the arts and they really take it seriously with their performances.”
◗ There are two public performances of Aida, on Monday, Feb. 28 and Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Abbey Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way. Tickets are $15, available at the door by call the school at 604-850-5207.
Ken McCoy Band
Don’t miss this special appearance by the Ken McCoy Band on Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26 for a great evening of country music at the Historic Dewdney Pub, five minutes east of Mission just off Hwy. 7. Tickets are $10 at the pub. The Historic Dewdney pub has plenty of room for dancing. Call 604-826-4762 for the bus to pick you up and drop you off. ‘Sunday Blues Jam’ in the ‘church of the blues’ is Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or later if the joint is hoppin’. Join the best blues musicians in the valley.
Friday night seniors
Dance the night away Fr i d a y, Fe b. 2 5 a t t h e Abbotsford Seniors Association hall (33889 Essendene Ave., Abbotsford) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $5.50 for members and $6 for non-members. Phone Jodie at 604- 8502465 for details.
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SHOWTIME EVENTS Music
Fiddle phenom at Harrison
Champion fiddler April Verch and her band return to the Harrison Memorial Hall, 290 Esplanade St., Harrison on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. The high energy show also features singing and step dancing. Tickets are $22, available at 604-796-3664 or online at www.harrisonfestival.com.
Singalongs at ASA
– DIANNA LEWIS, CREATIVE MEMORY STUDIO/FOR THE TIMES
Gallery 7 Theatre’s latest production of Quiet in the Land, is the story of a Canadian Amish community caught in the conflict of the Second World War, both physically and traditionally.
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ar, forgiveness, faith, tradition, fathers speaks to our current world and cultural and sons. These are just some of the realities,” said Hildebrandt. “Though much themes of Gallery 7 latest production, Quiet has changed in the past 10 years, a lot hasn’t. in the Land, set to open Friday, March. 4. We still deal with war, relationships, faith, Written by Canadian playwright Ann tradition . . . all those universal things that Chislett, and set in a Canadian Amish com- make up the human experience.” munity during the Second World War, Quiet The cast is made up of performers from in the Land explores the complexities of throughout the Fraser Valley, including tradition and faith in an ever-changing Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack. world. Jay Danziger is the stalwart “We produced this play and sometimes hard-nosed 10 years ago,” said artistic “We still deal with war, father, who is determined to director Ken Hildebrandt. “It relationships, faith, tradiprotect the Amish commuwas very popular then with nity’s faith and simple way tion . . . all those universal of life. Yock’s love interest, audiences, especially with members of the Mennonite things that make up the Katie Brubacher, is played community. This year being human experience.” by Megan Mackenzie and our 20th anniversary, [it’s his best friend, Menno, is – Ken Hildebandt, artistic director played by Kenzie Hall. fitting] that we go back and re-mount this play with a Quiet in the Land runs refreshed look and vision.” March 4 - 5, 10 - 12, 17 - 19, Yock Bauman (played by Benjamin Wert) at 7:30 p.m. with additional discounted can’t understand how his strict father can matinees on March 5 & 12 (2 p.m.) at the stand idly by while war rages on in Europe. MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Rd., Shunning the pacifist beliefs of his com- Abbotsford. munity, Yock enlists in the military where he Tickets are $16/adults, $14/seniors (65+) & soon becomes a hero to the nation, but an Students and $9/children 12 & under. They outcast to his own community. Yock returns can be purchased at the House of James, or to his father but soon finds he has lost more by calling 604-852-3701 or toll free at 1-800than he could have imagined. 665-8828. Visit www.gallery7theatre.com for “I’m curious to see how the production more information.
Join the sing-a-long at the Abbotsford Seniors Association drop-in centre (between Essendene and Ferguson Way) on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sing the ‘old tunes’ with the A-Tones, play an instrument or just listen. Phone Ed at 604-853-8624.
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ountry music’s good ol’ boy Toby Keith is riding into town for one show Sunday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. With the help of opening acts George Canyon and Maple Ridge’s One More Girl, the show is bound to be boot stompin’ fun. Sisters Carly and Britt McKillip of Maple Ridge make up the duo One More Girl, and they will open the show with a 20minute set. Always a crowd favourite, Canyon, a two-time winner as the Canadian Country Music Association male artist-of-theyear, is scheduled to follow. Keith, who is coming off shows in eastern Canada, is touring in support of his latest album, Bullets In The Gun, which was released last October and is earning rave reviews from critics and fans. Keith has sold 33 million albums worldwide and has 19 No. 1 singles to his credit, including Should’ve Been A Cowboy, How Do You Like Me Now, Beer For My Horses, Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American),Whiskey Girl and God Love Her. Tickets are available at abbotsfordcentre.ca, AESC Box Office| or by phone 1-866-977AESC (2372).
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ist Alan Poettcker was thrilled to work with producers Garth Richardson and Matt Squire on the new album, the band’s first full-length effort following a self-made EP. In particular, Richardson was an inspiration, he said. “It was so great because he’s worked with so many amazing artists,” Poettcker said recently, after his band did a three-song acoustic set for Beat listeners. “That first Rage Against the Machine album was a huge influence on me, and he worked on that.” TKWC is set to do a cross-Canada tour in March, with some dates involving Good Charlotte and Fefe Dobson. In the “partycore” genre, These Kids Wear Crowns could be kings. The band is going places, cuz the kids dig it. – TOM ZILLICH/SURREY NOW
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Pack up the youngsters and head to the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford) for a bedtime story at the library. Kids ages 2-6 are invited to let the imagination roam with books, puppets and songs. Wear pajamas. It goes Mondays until March 7, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration is not required. Phone 604-859-7814 ext. 229 for details.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia support group is Tuesday, March 8, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford). Hear the latest updates from Jillian Armit, Fraser Valley’s support and education coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. Registration is required. Phone 604-8597814 for details.
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The Business and Professional Club of Abbotsford is celebrating its International Day with Hee-Sook Kim, a BPW member in Korea. All women are welcome for this special meeting at the Cascade Community Centre at 35190 Delair Rd., Abbotsford, on Wednesday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15/ members and $20/ guests. RSVP at bpwabbotsford@gmail. com or 604-897-1690.
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Diary of Anne Frank
Abbotsford Christian Secondary School presents The Diary of Anne Frank on March 5 and March 10 -12 at 7:30 p.m. at the ACS Middle school campus, 35011 Old Clayburn Rd. The classic story of a Jewish family in hiding from the Nazis in worn-torn Amsterdam is told through the diary of a young girl. Tickets are $10/ adults, $8/students or $11 at the door. Call the school at 604-755-1891 for more.
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The stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is being presented live on stage by Imagine That! Productions at The Venue in Langley (5708 Glover Rd.), running weekends until March 6, with matinees on Sunday. Tickets are $12. For details e-mail imagine@ imaginethatplace.com or call 604-612-6167.
Golden Idol, a talent contest for seniors, returns on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. ). at Cedarbrook Chateau, 32331 Seventh Ave, Mission. This year proceeds go to MASH (Mission Association for Seniors Housing).
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Fraser Valley Stage presents Charley’s Aunt, the hilarious, timeless, British comedy with an outstanding cast is sure to delight. It plays at Abbey Arts Addition, March 22 - 26. Tickets are $20/adults and $18/students and includes coffee and dessert. Call 604859-6544 or visit www.fraservalleystage.com for ticket information.
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Layers of Colour
The Abbotsford Arts Council presents a unique show at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware St., Abbotsford)
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Have fun with everything from felting to photography to fun with acrylics at art classes being offered at The Reach. There’s no better time than now to exercise your creativity. Check out the events and classes at www.thereach.ca or call 604-864-8087 ext. 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASIA art at The Reach
Childrens’ Art Show & Sale gala event is on Thursday, March 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Reach. Kindergarten through Grade 5 students from ASIA, North Poplar worked on the theme Africa. The show runs through Saturday, April 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are also refreshments and a silent auction. For details contact Suzi McClelland at 604-859-3101.
Through the Decades
Take a nostalgic journey through the 60s, 70s and 80s, featuring the March Hare Show Band, on Saturday, March 19 at Jubilee Hall, 7999 Bradner Rd, Abbotsford. From Grease to ZZ Top, this talented, awardwinning group will change their appearance to match the artists they are covering without stopping the show. Dress for your favourite decade. There will be prizes for the best costumes. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and includes a burger and salad bar, available at Wilway Lumber, 28728 Fraser Hwy., Aldergrove or at brownpapertickets.com or toll free 1-800-838-3006. For more call 604-856-4375.
Artist/Dancer Lisa Shepherd hosts Tuesday nights Métis jigging from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kekinow Common Room, 45555 Knight Road, (behind the old Walmart) in Chilliwack. All are welcome. Grab you Métis sash and come out. Call Les Mitchell at 604-823-4533 or check www.chilliwackmetisassociation.ca for more.
Abbotsford Seniors Association hall (33889 Essendene Ave., Abbotsford) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $5.50 for members and $6 for non-members. Phone Jodie at 604- 850 2465 for information.
Free swing dance at the Phoenix Lounge (33780
King Rd.) on Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., with DJs and eventually, live music. There’s a $5 door charge unless you purchase something, then it’s free. Also, the Phoenix will be offering a great deal on pizzas. This is a 19+ venue so be sure to bring your ID. For more information, check out the website at www.suburbanswing.com or call Jason or Crystal at 604-308-3662.
Enjoy swing dance and lessons Sundays in the ASA ballroom [33889 Essendene Ave., Abbotsford] from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., drop-in lessons at 7:45 p.m. Call 604-308-3662 or visit www.suburbanswing. com for more.
Golden Idol on centre stage Heritage Week in British Columbia gives Mission an opportunity to recognize and support its seniors who have spent their lives building this community. This Friday, Feb. 25, the fourth annual Golden Idol Talent Contest for seniors takes place at the Cedarbrooke Chateau, 32331 Seventh Ave., Mission. It’s a chance for seniors to help seniors by entering the contest or by purchasing a ticket for this fun-filled event. Tickets are $12, and available at Cedarbrooke Chateau. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m. Bud Webb, who has taken the trophy for two years running, will join the panel of judges. He will open the show this year with I Just Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore, a favourite of his many fans. All funds raised will support Mission Association for Seniors’ Housing. MASH, an organization of dedicated volunteers, works hard to raise funds and establish quality affordable housing for seniors in Mission. The Golden Idol Contest is promoted and organized by Opening Nite Theatre Society together with the staff of the Cedarbrooke Chateau.
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Mission’s extreme weather program, said people who rarely come in from the cold did so this week. “We had some people who live on the street who said they never come in show up on [Wednesday night],” Fromson said. Mission’s extreme weather program is operating out of the Haven in the Hollow on Logan Avenue and provides separate quarters for men and women, meals, a hot shower and clothing, she said. Both Murray and Fromson said it was critical to have places for the homeless to go when poor weather hits. “Absolutely, we worry,” said Murray. “My heart breaks for these guys. We had two people die on the streets in the last couple of years.” The Abbotsford Police Department is also on the watch for the city’s vulnerable population with the onset of cold weather, said Const. Ian MacDonald. “All week we’ve been reminding our patrol officers that should they come across anyone in need of warmth they should inform them the emergency shelters are open.” Officers are encouraged to provide transport or directions for individuals who need them, he said. If people are unwilling to head to shelters,
police try to at least determine where they’ll be camping so community outreach workers can be sent to check on them, he added. The icy weather and the danger it poses to those living on the street underscores the importance of the upcoming homelessness count in Abbotsford and Mission, Fromson said. The count is taking place March 15 and 16 and gives service providers an accurate picture of the problem, she said. “We need to know how many homeless folks we have in Mission so we can prepare the types of services we need.” Regardless of whether the numbers from the count are down or up, the problem of homelessness will remain an issue, said Murray. “I don’t know if we’re able to eliminate homelessness entirely . . . but having one homeless person is one too many.”
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A38 ❘ PETS ❘ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 THE TIMES
The high cost of failing to medicate pets
ailing to administer medication as directed can significantly increase your veterinary costs, prolong your pet’s discomfort and jeopardize their health and well-being. But if you are having trouble giving medication you are not alone – not by a long shot! We have all seen the circulating e-mail cartoons and jokes about “How to Pill Your Cat”. In the end, the owner is scarred and the cat does not receive its medications. Unfortunately, funny as these jokes are, they are too close to the truth! The situation with dogs is not too far behind the cats. Dogs are usually a bit easier to medicate than cats, but not always. Topical medications, especially ear medications, can be very challenging to administer. So how often do people actually successfully medicate their pets, as directed, for the required dura-
tion of treatment? Consistency in medicating varies depending on the study methodology. Data for people indicates upwards of 70 per cent do not take medications as directed. I bet that was not a number you were expecting! Now add the extra challenges of medicating pets. If up to 70 per cent of people don’t take their own medications reliably, imagine what that means for the successful treatment of pets. There are some serious implications here. Not taking certain medications will shorten your pet’s life. This includes heart medications, insulin, and medications for hyperadrenocorticism (Addison’s). Failure to medicate can result in additional testing. Are the thyroid levels low because Fido spit out the pills? Was the dosage incorrect? Is something else going on? Response to treatment as a diagnostic test is an important
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Pet Points and valid test. This test becomes completely inaccurate if the medications are not administered as directed and your vet assumes you gave the medications. So why did treatment fail? Was the presumptive diagnosis incorrect? If it was a bacterial infection, is this bug resistant to the antibiotic? Are there some underlying issues why treatment did not work? Well, then it is time to start some more testing. Testing you will need to pay for. Testing you might have been able to avoid. Beyond just increasing your vet
bill and incurring extra expenses, there is a greater risk to not giving medications, especially antibiotics. Antibiotic resistant bugs are on the rise. Why? Because we (people and pets) don’t finish the prescribed antibiotics. How many times in a week do our receptionists hear “I still have xyz left over from the last time he had this, can I use those?” The pet pharmaceutical industry is starting to provide more options for medicating pets. Some pills are now being flavoured to hide the bitter taste of medicines. Aids are being developed (pill pockets, pill poppers) for administering medications. Many medications can be made into transdermal compounds that can be applied to the skin. And research is ongoing into long acting injectable medications (especially antibiotics). Ultimately, it is the pet owner’s
responsibility to speak up. Let the vet know if you cannot medicate your pet. They will often help teach you how to do it. Or they will help search out alternatives if they are available. Staff members can come to your aid. And if your pet does not respond to treatment, and it may have been due to the fact that they did not receive their medications, be honest and upfront about it. You can save quite a few dollars by doing this. Remember, you must be part of the team that treats your pets. Administering medications consistently, correctly and for the full treatment duration is key to keeping your costs under control, and your pets happy and healthy. ■ Dr. Borgmann is a pet columnist and
veterinarian with the Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital in Abbotsford.
TRUE LOVE & CAR CULTURE This February, two women in Germany will love stories surfaced increase “from today’s in various publications, level of about 340 to more linking Valentine’s Day than 430 cars per 1,000 and modern car culture. women in 2030. This The ﬁrst is local: —the means it will reach about secret to lasting love as 60 % of men’s motorrevealed by Bob and Zoe ization. Car ownership Longshaw of Vancouver, among men will increase married 65 years this slightly from just under Cedric Hughes Barrister & Solicitor spring. The ﬁrst car Bob 700 per 1,000 today to drove Zoe in was his about 715 in 2030.” 1937 Willys Americar. They were still teenagA hood ornament is the subject of the ers then and although the story doesn’t second story. Since 1911, Rolls-Royce cars expressly state it, Bob must have been a have been adorned with a nymph-like ﬁgure car nut from the get go. Certainly the Willys Americar to this day is a favourite for hot-rod- in a backward ﬂowing robe with long winglike sleeves. She was modeled after Eleanor ders. Bob enlisted in the RCAF, trained as Velasco Thornton, a young former model an instrument technician, and then after the who worked for the Automobile Club of Great war as a car mechanic, a trade he practiced Britain. In this role she met John Walter for 38 years at the Volkswagen dealership in Edward Douglas-Scott Montagu, Conservative New Westminster. MP and the owner of the luxury car magazine The couple married in 1946, had the ﬁrst Car Illustrated. of their ﬁve sons in 1949, and in 1951, Bob Mr. Montagu persuaded Ms. Thornton to bought Zoe a 1951 Dodge. This was, said come and work for the magazine, romance Zoe, “the most romantic gesture,” Bob’s idea, and all the more original given how rare blossomed, and Mr. Montagu was smitten. Unable to marry ‘Thorn’ because of their it was then for women to drive. The irony class difference, he paid tribute by having of the story is the contrast between their his friend Charles Robinson Sykes create a prescriptions for lasting love—“Don’t try to sculpture of her to ornament the hood of his change one another. You’re the way that you are …You have to be tolerant of one another” Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce then commissioned Mr. Sykes to create a variation, which be—and their implicit synchronicity with the came the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy. Ms. Thorn fast and ever-changing nature of car culture. sailed to India with Mr. Montagu in 1915, This story prompted a look at predictions but, when a German U-boat torpedoed their about the future of automobile ownership. ship near Crete, a wall of water swept her The 2009 25th edition of the Shell Passenger out of Mr. Montagu’s arms. The current Lord Car Scenarios, a report based on observed Montagu, in a 2008 interview about plans to developments of motorized individual ﬁlm the story said, “My father was shattered transport in Germany since 1958—Gerby Thorn drowning. Theirs was a great love.” many having the second highest number of Cedric Hughes L.L.B. cars per 1,000 inhabitants after the United Leslie McGufﬁn L.L.B. States— predicts that car ownership by www.roadrules.ca
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ention family to Kayli Sartori, and suddenly her eyes light up and a sense of humility takes over her voice. The W.J. Mouat Hawks senior girl’s basketball star has been doing nothing but score baskets this season, helping her team achieve No. 1 status in B.C. while on their quest for a provincial championship. Her on-court performances have netted offers from numerous post-secondary institutions, and she could have had her pick of the litter. The Grade 12 phenom chose the UFV Cascades, partially because the local Canada West team is building its program with hopes of becoming a strong contender in that conference, but mostly because her family is here in Abbotsford. “I am really close to my family,” Sartori said before Wednesday’s practice. “They’re like my whole support system. Without them, I
wouldn’t know where I would want to go. For the next few years, until I get my feet under me and know what I really want to do, I’m going to stay home and go to school here.” If you go by past performances, the Cascades have snagged themselves a winner in Sartori. The Hawks recently punched their ticket to the B.C. senior girl’s Triple-A championships with a convincing, if not dominant 6938 win over Surrey’s Elgin Park Tuesday night in the Fraser Valley quarter-final. If ever there was a time, 2011 seems perfect for the Hawks to win the provincial championships. Sartori is aware that how she is judged in the future depends on her performance at provincials. “I know personally that I need to have my head in it to succeed,” she said. “I want to prove to people that I’m good at what I do.” The remainder of the senior girl’s Fraser Valley Triple-A tournament runs this weekend at W.J. Mouat.
Heat point man given ‘OK’ to play John Negrin is hoping to put a tumultuous twoyear stretch of injuries behind him. The 21-year-old defenceman has played in just three games this season after the screw that was put in the knee he broke last year was surgically removed. Last season, Negrin missed 35 games due to the broken knee. He’s been practising for the last three weeks, participating in contact drills for the past week and has received clearance to return to game action from the team doctor. “Right now it’s a matter of working hard, and trying to get in game shape, and game ready and proving to the coaches that I’m ready to play,” said Negrin. The Heat take on the Providence Bruins tonight a n d t o m o r row a t t h e Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Both games begin at 7 p.m. – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Kayli Sartori remains a standout for the W.J. Mouat Hawks senior girl’s basketball team, and is looking to repeat that next season as a member of the UFV Cascades women’s basketball squad.
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bbotsford schools have an illustrious reputation of producing great athletes and championships, but proposed changes to the school calendar will almost certainly put that in jeopardy. That’s the consensus of the Abbotsford Mission School Sports Association, according to Ken Laity, one of six delegates to speak against the proposed changes at a board of education meeting Monday night.
The board of education proposed spending an extra $409,000, adding six days to the school calendar and pushing the two-week spring break from the middle of March to the beginning of April. Christmas break would also be affected, as it would begin Dec. 23 and run to Jan. 9. Given how tight the season schedule already is, particularly for spring sports such as rugby, soccer, and track and field – among others – local athletes and teams would automatically be put at a disadvantage if spring break is pushed
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no room for compromise. “We are on our own and whoever writes the schedules, doesn’t have to make accommodations for us,” said Laity. That could mean a swift downturn for a school district that remains one of the most competitive in the province in many of the major sports. When asked whether he was optimistic of the board’s future decision, Laity was diplomatic in his assessment of how it would take into consideration all the arguments made at Monday’s meeting. However there is no denying how the proposed school calen-
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asmit Phulka can close out his high school wrestling career in remarkable fashion this weekend, and he can do it at home in front of his friends and family. The 2011 B.C. High School Wrestling Championships began yesterday at the Ag Rec Building in Abbotsford with the traditional weigh-in. Phulka, a Grade 12 student from Rick Hansen Secondary, tipped the scales at 78 kilograms, but carries plenty more weight if you add all his high school medals and international achievements. He became the first Canadian to win wrestling gold at the 2010 Youth Commonwealth Games in Singapore a year ago. He breezed through last year’s B.C. competition, winning gold in the 74-kg weight class and not allowing a single point against him. He hasn’t given up a point this season, either. “He’s looking to continue that going into this competition,” said Sucha Mann, head coach of the Hurri-
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Jasmit Phulka is a gold medal favourite for Rick Hansen Secondary at the 2011 B.C. High School Wrestling Championships. canes wrestling team and the Miri Piri Wrestling Club in Abbotsford. “He’s been enjoying it. He’s been putting [in] a lot of focus and working hard. He wants to win. He wants to be a role model for the other kids that are coming next in the future. “He’s a Hurricanes’ wrestling hero for sure.” Meanwhile, just a few kilometres east of Rick Hansen, sit the W.J. Mouat Hawks and
their fine crop of wrestlers. The Hurricanes and Hawks have developed a rivalry on the mat in recent years, coming to a head at the Fraser Valley’s and finishing first and second at the provincial qualifier. “This year, we do have good potential to win the provincial championship,” said Mann. The preliminary and semifinal rounds go today and the finals are on Saturday.
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MARCH 1–APRIL 30, 2011 We Want to Hear From You
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given that, pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act, the Fraser Valley Regional District will conduct a Public Hearing with respect to:
As BC Hydro prepares to mark 50 years of providing British Columbians with clean, reliable electricity, we want to hear from you about how we set the course for a clean
Fraser Valley Regional District Ofﬁcial Community Plan for Hatzic Valley, Electoral Area “F” Bylaw No. 0999, 2010 [herein after referred to as Bylaw 0999] The Public Hearing will be conducted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 4:30 PM Boardroom (4th Floor) Fraser Valley Regional District 45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack, BC
energy future. While British Columbians are doing more than ever to conserve electricity, B.C.’s overall electricity use is expected to continue to increase as a result of projected population growth and increased demand in the industrial sector. Planning for a Clean Energy Future BC Hydro is inviting communities, stakeholders, First Nations and the public to participate
The purpose of the bylaw is to adopt a new official community plan (OCP) for Hatzic Valley, FVRD Electoral Area “F”. The OCP is a statement of objectives and policies which guide planning and land use decisions. In general terms, it contains policies and map designations respecting various land uses, the environment, services, public facilities, parks, hazards, resources, water and other matters. Bylaw 0999 would also establish development permit areas for the protection of development from hazardous conditions and the protection of the environment. The area subject to Bylaw 0999 is Hatzic Valley, a portion of FVRD Electoral Area “F” including Hatzic Prairie, Durieu, McConnell Creek and the surrounding areas as outlined with a thick black line on the map below.
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Best Western Vernon Lodge
Wednesday, March 30
Castlegar & District Community Complex
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Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort & Convention Centre
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The public hearing on Bylaw 0999 is to be held by a delegate of the Board. Copies of the Board resolution making the delegation and copies of Bylaw 0999 are available for public inspection until March 8, 2011 at the Fraser Valley Regional District, 45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1N6 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday) and also online at http://www.fvrd.bc.ca. For further information, please contact the Planning Department at 604-702-5000, toll free 1-800-528-0061, or by email at email@example.com. At this public hearing, all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw will be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the Bylaw which is the subject of the hearing.
Written submission may also be submitted to Fraser Valley Regional District in advance of the hearing but must be received no later than 9:00 a.m. March 8, 2011. Written submissions will be entered into the public hearing record. Dated this 23rdth day of February, 2011 G.H. Kingston Chief Administrative Officer
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Cascades enter frigid Winnipeg red-hot
UFV has won four straight as Canada West playoffs begin CAM TUCKER firstname.lastname@example.org
he last time the UFV Cascades women’s basketball team was in Winnipeg, head coach Al Tuchscherer forgot his winter coat and was forced to brave temperatures of -25 Celsius. It was as cold in southern Manitoba at the beginning of February as it is now, less than a month later, and
so too were the Cascades, who lost playoffs, which begin tonight. a pair of games to the University of “I think the team is feeling pretty Winnipeg Wesmen to put their play- good right now,” said Tuchscherer. off hopes in serious “They’re pleased question. with what they But after hauling “There hasn’t been anyaccomplished this off a four-game win- body this season that season. I think at ning streak to end the same time they the season and earn we haven’t been able to still feel they can do a post-season berth, more and they feel compete with.” Tuchscherer is adathis is a Winnipeg mant that both he team they can comand his team are – Al Tuchscherer UFV pete with.” prepared not only The last time the for the wintry condiCascades and Westions, but the best-of-three match- men tipped off, back on Feb. 5, UFV up with the same Wesmen in the was handed a stern 75-47 defeat to opening round of the Canada West push their losing skid to five in a
row. The blowout fell on the heels of an impressive but disappointing 79-70 overtime loss to those same Wesmen the previous night. It was a game the Cascades could’ve won, said the coach, lamenting on a trio of missed opportunities late in the game. “There hasn’t been anybody this season that we haven’t been able to compete with,” said Tuchscherer. “Winnipeg is the same sort of thing. But at the same time they did beat us twice, and they’ve got to be the heavy favourites in this one for sure.” Given how erradic the Cascades have been – winning streaks of sev-
en and five games combined with losing streaks of five and six – it’s anyone’s guess what they could bring to the court this weekend. If anything, the underdog, in this case being UFV, might have the element of surprise, as well. “Everyone is in a really good mindset right now,” he said. “It’s one of those things, there’s nothing to lose for us. No one is expecting us to win, so we’re just going to go in there and do our thing and compete as hard as we can.” Game 1 of the series goes tonight in Winnipeg, beginning at 7 p.m. PST. Game 2 is Saturday, 7 p.m. PST.
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Farm Labourer(s) required 5 or 6 days a week 40 or 50 hours a week $9.28 an hour. Horticultural work such as planting, pruning, spacing and harvesting the crop and some heavy lifting req’d. Employment; Apr 15, 2011 Dec 15, 2011 Submit your application to cell 604-217-1036 ph/ fax 604-823-2271 or in person to above address.
General Labourers Nursery in Langley, BC is looking for 2 General Labourers. $9.28/hr. Seasonal full time required now to Sept. 15, 2011. No nursery experience required. Must be able to handle heavy loads Work Schedule: °Must be able to work 10hrs/day, 6 days/week Duties include: Potting, digging trees, fieldwork, plant moving and general nursery work To apply please fax to 604-856-1706 or e-mail at email@example.com
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Farm Labourer(s) required 5 or 6 days a week 40 or 50 hours a week $9.28 an hour. Horticultural work such as planting, pruning, spacing and harvesting the crop and some heavy lifting req’d. Employment; Apr 15, 2011 Dec 15, 2011 Submit your application to cell 604-864-0476 ph/ fax 604-852-4615 or in person to above address.
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KOREAN 5L2F MISSION CHURCH CENTER #217 - 2700 McCallum Road, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 6X9 seeks Senior Pastor. $19.82 per hr. Permanent, full time position. Duties: Conduct worship services, Bible studies, baptisms, funerals, spiritual counselling, Sunday School, provide assistance to missions; Require 3 yrs of experience as Pastor, Diploma/Degree in Theology, ordained, speaks Korean. English an asset. Fax resumes to 1-604-746-7687 or email to email@example.com
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Tim Stephens' Astral Reﬂections Aries March 21 - April 19: Be ambitious Sunday/ Monday – but don’t seek co-operation before Sunday eve. Happiness, friends, ﬂirtations and entertainment, hopes and wishes (especially about money and partnership) ﬁll Tuesday/Wednesday – or they would, if you weren’t so tired. But the glimmers of all these are true, and they’ll grow as March progresses. Soon, very soon, an “explosion” of gratifying and intriguing events will occur in this area of friends and hopes. Retreat, rest, contemplate, plan and interact with government, institutions and “head ofﬁce” – all is smooth, successful. A new plan emerges. Taurus April 20-May 20: These weeks hold happiness – especially this Thursday to Saturday. A dream comes true, friends gather ‘round, optimism ﬁlls you, and the horizon lifts to exciting new prospects! (Don’t expect huge popularity before June: the friends you gather will tend to be old faithful ones, especially males.) Wisdom, gentle love, legal affairs, far travel, intellectual and cultural involvements draw you Sunday (caution) and Monday (sweet luck). Get ambitious Tuesday/Wednesday: these days offer a good, productive start to a weeks-long phase that can promote you, or bring praise from higher-ups. Gemini May 21-June 20: Be ambitious these weeks, especially Thursday-Saturday. Higher-ups are impatient, critical – yet they might make a wish come true! Until June, you’re blessed with general good fortune, especially with friends, light romance, and in progressing toward a bright future. This is the time to wish and hope, Gemini! (A wish now gets answered in 16-28 months.) Mysteries, ﬁnances, sexual longings arise unluckily Sunday, luckily Monday. Intellectual, legal and travel affairs, gentle love, understanding and cultural involvements ﬂow nicely Tuesday/Wednesday – they’ll be lucky all March.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The emphasis lies on work, health, machinery, “necessity,” and the wellbeing of your dependents, all March, but especially this Thursday to Saturday, when a new project or duty might begin. A “help-mate” relationship might also start – if you want to settle for this rather than wait for or risk chasing a more romantic, passionate link, OK; just be aware – and honest. Focus on home, security Sunday/Monday. Romance, pleasure, speculation and a wee winning streak Tuesday/ Wednesday! Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Romance, joy, pleasure, charming children, creative surges and risk-taking urges, sports and games – these ﬁll the weeks ahead, especially this Thursday to Saturday, when a new love (with a co-worker?) creative work or school program could begin. Do errands, communicate, handle paperwork and busy little tasks Sunday (careful, proceed slowly) and Monday (all’s well). Retreat from the bustling crowd Tuesday/ Wednesday – you need a bit of down-home time, nature, gardening, etc. – this area will be ﬁlled with sweetness for a few weeks. A love relationship will “get domestic” or end. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Your home, children, property, security and business foundations are emphasized over the three weeks ahead, especially this Thursday to Saturday, when a semi-important project could begin in these areas. (Semi-important because it might have an effect on future love/ romance, or aid your “creative space” or – at the very least, it will soak up the energy that’s making you a bit temperamental on the home front.) However, do NOT buy (or move into) a new home now through April 1. (Long-term friction – and obstacles to love – would result.) Money caution Sunday – spend Monday.
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Feb. 27 - Mar. 5 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: The weeks ahead are not supremely important, so you can hang up the stress hat for awhile. Keep busy, do errands, paperwork, communicate, but just glide. Sunday presents you with the same combination of career obstacles and determination that will be around for almost two more years. Monday offers ambitious success. Money’s featured Tuesday/Wednesday – your luck rises in this area until late March. You can splurge on a luxury or two. Begin communicating about or (lightly) researching property now – you might act soon (late April best for the new, earlier for the old.) Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Chase money, buy/sell, seek new lucrative clients, deal with possessions for the few weeks ahead, especially this Thursday to Saturday, when a new project might begin in these areas. Memory, rote learning and sensual attractions are also favoured. Retreat, rest, contemplate what is permitted and what is not, Sunday/Monday. Applies to the law, ethics, etc. Your energy, charm and effectiveness bounce back late Monday night through Wednesday – start signiﬁcant projects, seek favours, show yourself off. A subtle grace and attractiveness enters you now to late March. Others will notice! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: You’re the star of the show this month – especially Thursday to Saturday, when your energy, charisma, effectiveness, leadership qualities and decisiveness make you a winner! Don’t waste this time – use it to start important projects, to impress important people, and to tackle problems you’ve found daunting in the past. Your will power is at a two-year height, especially about money-making and possessions.Your sex appeal soars also, all month! Gee, what could go wrong? Well, investments for one, sexual explorations, research, power-plays, collusion, secret actions – avoid these. email@example.com • Reading: 416-686-5014
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Exciting Spring Break for Yale teens MICHELLE WATRIN For the Times
alm Springs. Disneyland. Mexico. For some, spring break means a break from the rain and a step into a fun-filled, warm holiday. But five Yale Secondary students are hoping to change their own lives by travelling with Run For Water to learn first-hand about the needs in Ethiopia, Africa. Students will be studying culture, history and geography of Ethiopia as well as delving into the water crisis in the Bonke region. “I know I am living in a bubble,” Grade 12 Yale student Tanya Drouillard says with a smile. “It is a great bubble, one that keeps me safe and happy, but I also know there is another world to learn from with people just as equal as I am. “I look forward to experiencing a culture completely different than ours.” Stan Wiebe, a social studies and history teacher at Yale, was an integral spoke in the wheel that started the Abbotsford Run for Water in 2008. The 5K, 10K and half marathon have raised over a quarter of a million dollars for clean water systems in the Derashe and Bonke regions of Ethiopia. The Run for Water partners with Hope International, a non-profit organization that has workers on the ground in these regions of Ethiopia. Wiebe says, “The trip is part
of Run For Water’s expanding education program. I’m expecting a life-changing experience for leaders and students alike. It’s critical that we in North America understand something about the lives of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. I want to learn as much as I can about Ethiopians’ day-to-day lives.” The students will visit Addis Ababa, the capital, and then head out to the more rural life, including some of the villages that now have clean water thanks to the Run for Water contributions to Hope International. “I want to see first-hand what Run For Water has contributed to,” Wiebe says. “I want to see a completed water project. I know that our work with Run For Water has a real impact – it will be neat to see a bit of that impact with my own eyes.” For Ken Baerg and Randall Mark, co-founders of the Run for Water, this is a dream come true. “These students will never be the same,” Baerg says. “We have always wanted to take our experience of travelling to the villages and somehow share it with the classrooms in Abbotsford.” Mark agrees. “These students will be posting their own Blogs on our website, [www.runforwater.ca] and speaking to classes when they return. Hearing it first hand from a peer will have an amazing impact on more Canadian students. We couldn’t be hap-
pier that this trip has come together.” Grade 12 Yale student and history buff Curtis Uhryn can’t wait to be in the airplane flying to Ethiopia. “I haven’t seen much of the world, and I really don’t know what to expect,” says Uhryn. “I hope I can convey my feeling for the seriousness of the crisis in Ethiopia when I return and speak to other students. I may major in international relations or
development in university, so seeing another culture will be helpful for me. This isn’t just a trip for fun. I can’t wait to go.” Tori Wong, another Grade 12 Yale student interested in international relations, looks forward to learning from the Ethiopian people. “A lot of people would think [the Ethiopian people] could only learn from us,” she says. “What I could learn from them will be extremely valuable. I know a lot of families cannot send their kids to
school because they have to walk for their water. We will get to see some villages that have been helped by Run for Water, and others that are in the process [of digging trenches]. It will be interesting to contrast the villages at different stages in the water crisis.” She also looks forward to seeing how the villagers have set goals in their economy after the water is in place. Drouillard agrees. She is a co-founder for the Yale Environmental Club and believes “throwing a band aid on a
problem is never a solution. Hope International believes in building relationships and life-long connections with the villages.” Other Yale students Kristen Dey and Maddi Gibs will join Drouillard, Uhryn and Wong. Wiebe’s wife Renita, and Run for Water board member Jana Ratzlaff will also make the trip. Wong’s insight sums up how all the participants seem to feel about the trip to Ethiopia. “I hope to see what I learn in Ethiopia translate into how I live my life here.”
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