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Tragedy unfolds for Abby family
News story 2010 OF THE YEAR
Slaying of child rallies local community
Church, where the family is part of the congregation, established a trust fund. There had been an outpouring of support, prayers and offers of help for the family both in Abbotsford, and from the first ROCHELLE BAKER responders and community in email@example.com Washington, stated officials with the church. a d l y, p e r h a p s t h e m o s t Grief counsellors were sent in notable stor y of the year to help students and staff at the involved the violent death elementary school that Clare and of five-year-old Clare Shelswell her sister attended. this summer at the hands of her More than 300 people packed stepfather. M o u n t a i n Pa r k C o m m u n i t y T h e w h o l e c o m m u n i t y o f Church for the young girl’s memoAbbotsford, and people living on rial service on July 7. both sides of the border were horMourners viewed coloured crayrified by the death of the young on portraits of smiling buttergirl, who by all accounts had flies and rainbows on a memory nothing but smiles and hugs for table, where among the photos everyone she knew. of Clare, sat a well-loved, slightly Peter James Wilworn green teddy son, 30, slashed called his stepdaughter’s “She picked the flow“Baby.” throat with a knife ers no one else wanted. Se n i o r p a s t o r June 27 while the She’d keep the shells Te r r y K a e t h l e r, family was on vacawho remembered tion in Hoodsport, that were broken, the Clare as an Wash. after an argu- leaves eaten by caterpil“engaging girl,” ment with his wife lars. She transformed with a compasabout disciplining ionate nature broken things that others sbeyond Clare and her older her years didn’t want into things of said, sister Suzy. T h e l i t t l e g i r l’s beauty.” “She picked the body was discovf l ow e r s n o o n e ered after police – Terry Kaethler pastor else wanted. She’d received a frantic keep the shells 911 call from her that were broken, mother, Sarah Wilson. the leaves eaten by caterpillars. Wilson — who has both U.S. She transformed broken things and Canadian citizenship — was that others didn’t want into things arrested without incident at the of beauty.” scene by Mason County sheriffs On October 22, Wilson was senand held in jail pending $3 mil- tenced to more than 55 years in a lion bail. U.S. prison for his crime. Immediately following her death Mason County Superior Court those who knew Clare and her Judge Toni Sheldon outlined the family, or those in Abbotsford who reasons for Wilson’s “exceptional felt for their pain, rallied to sup- sentence,” citing Clare’s vulnerport the survivors of the crime. ability, the stepfather’s abuse of Mountain Park Community trust and the destructive nature
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Clare Shelswell’s death in June, 2010 rocked the community of Abbotsford which responded with an outpouring of support to try and help the family cope with her brutal slaying at the hand’s of her stepfather Peter James Wilson. Wilson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a Washington State courtroom in October and was sentenced to more than 55 years in prison. of the crime for the family. During her victim-impact statement, Sarah Wilson told an emotional courtroom about losing her young daughter, described as a bub-
bly, smart, loving, creative, vibrant five-year-old girl whose favourite food was pickles. “Clare’s death has been shocking and devastating beyond compre-
hension to me and my family,” she said, noting her daughter would never celebrate her sixth birthday. see CLARE, page A3
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Wilson’s defence attorney, said his client fully acknowledged his responsibility for the crime and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with aggravating circumstances to spare his family the anguish of a trial.” He apologized to his wife and family. He loved his family,” Ron Sergi said. “He lost control. He never saw this type of conduct coming; he was as surprised as anyone else by this . . . he asked for forgiveness, well aware he wasn’t deserving of it.” Sergi said Wilson had bipolar disorder, but the condition was not deemed an adequate defence for the crime. Sarah Wilson made it clear she never hinged her healing on a long sentence for her husband. She is looking to her faith in God, positive memories of Clare and her eldest Suzy for that. Despite the evil perpetrated against her daughter, Wilson still maintains hope for humanity. Since Clare’s death she has exper ienced repeated acts of goodness from her church, family, friends and perfect strangers. – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
“[She’s] . . . a reason to seek goodness and not get sucked into the darkness because if I go there, she gets sucked down with me.”
ABOVE: Sarah Wilson recalled how Clare lit up any room she entered and how difficult it continues to be for her and the family to cope with Clare’s death.
– Sarah Wilson, Clare’s mother
Suzy also gives a powerful reason to get out of bed and put one foot in front of the other. “[She’s]. . . a reason to seek goodness and not get sucked into the darkness because if I go there, she gets sucked down with me,” said Sarah. “I could become jaded and give into bitterness, but it’s a choice. “And I have to make that choice every day.”
RIGHT: Godson Elementary teacher Allison Smith wept as she recalled Clare Shelswell’s sunny character, just before the little girl’s celebration of life service at Mountain Park Community Church during Clare’s funeral in July.
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“She picked the flowers no one else wanted. She’d keep the shells that were broken, the leaves eaten by caterpillars. She transformed broken things that others didn’t want into things of beauty.”
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The entire community of Abbotsford, if not the whole province, was rocked by the death of five-year-old Clare Shelswell this summer at the hands of her stepfather. The young girl was slain on June 27 while the family was on vacation in Hoodsport, Wash. Peter James Wilson, 29, was later sentenced to 55 years behind bars in a U.S. prison after pleading guilty to the crime. But July was a month of mourning for those that loved Clare and those in the community that felt for her family. More
than 300 people packed Mountain Park Community Church for the young girl’s memorial service on July 7. Mourners viewed coloured crayon portraits of smiling butterflies and rainbows on Clare’s memory table, among the typed notes framed by pink construction paper. Also among the photos of Clare, sat a well-loved, slightly worn green Teddy called Baby. The Care Bear was an appropriate symbol for a girl universally remembered as someone with genuine affection and warm hugs for everyone.
At the end of July and following a protracted debate, Metro Vancouver’s board members elected to keep incineration as a option to manage its solid waste, despite previous protest around the idea from opponents in the Fraser Valley. “It’s very disappointing,” said Patricia Ross, chairwoman of the Fraser Valley Regional District, whose
members unanimously objected to the construction of a waste-to-energy garbage incinerator in the Lower Mainland. “They’ve decided to keep incineration in the plan. It means the fight will go on.” The Metro board debated three options: incineration in the region, incineration out of the region – possibly on Vancouver Island, or abandoning the plan.
July 2 A student teacher at Rick Hansen Secondary was charged with luring a child and invitation to sexual touching. Corey Jordan Hamade, 28, was charged in connection to a complaint around a 15year-old student. July 6 Abbotsford Police express concern after seizing technology being used by gangsters to block communication between officers and headquarters. The ‘jammers’ disable police abilities to run licence plates or connect with one another during a raid, putting officers in danger. July 9 Summer arrived and saw record temperatures in Abbotsford this week. The mercury reached 33 C earlier in the week breaking the 1953 record. July 13 Peter James Wilson pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder during his first appearance on July 12 in a U.S. court in connection to the death of five-year-old Clare Shelswell. The plea was procedural as the defence lawyer did not have all the data surrounding the case. July 16 Hope for Lyle and Marie Ann McCann of Alberta who disappeared on their way to Abbotsford was sparked after their vehicle was spotted in Prince George earlier in the week. The two were last seen in a July 3 security video filling up their motor home at an Alberta gas station. July 20 Aldergrove resident Davey Mato Butorac was found guilty of second-degree murder for the deaths of sex trade workers Gwendolyn Jo Lawton of Abbotsford and Sheryl Lynn Koroll of Langley. July 23 A street-side memorial sprung up at the site where two Mission men in their early 20s died in a violent car crash on North Railway Street on July 16. The driver was celebrating his 22nd birthday the day of the crash. July 27 The death Amarjit Kaur Khosa is deemed murder after an autopsy showed it was due to foul play. Police don’t believe the crime was linked to gangs. Khosa, 34, was found in a home in the 32100 block of Austin Avenue July 21. July 30 A woman shot to death was likely the victim of a botched drug killing. Police think the target was 22-year-old Mandy Astin Johnson’s boyfriend.
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into the schools and established a help line for young people trying to get out of gangs. Abbotsford citizens attended communitySAM COOPER wide anti-gang forums at a “phenomenal” Postmedia News rate of 10 per cent of the 140,000 total population, MacDonald said. bbotsford, B.C., has shed the ugly manAPD Deputy Chief Len Goerke agreed that tle of Canada’s murder capital on a per- not only officers, but citizens also respondcapita basis that it earned in 2009. ed decisively to the “challenges” created by The dubious distinction has likely moved organized crime in the community. north to the B.C. Interior city of Prince Gang crime will continue to be a strategic George. focus for the APD in the coming year. “We went from 11 murders in 2009 to four “We’ll continue to use all lawful means at this year,” Abbotsford police spokesman our disposal to prevent young people from Const. Ian MacDonald said Thursday. becoming involved with gangs and to supHe attributed the decline to police getting press gang crime in our community,” said in the face of gangsters. An Goerke. increased focus on intelliSimon Fraser University gence gathering led to drug “We’ll continue to use criminology department interceptions and violence all lawful means at our head Rob Gordon said was snuffed out. b o t s f o rd p o l i c e h a v e disposal to prevent young Ab “We . . . said, ‘We’re heargained the upper hand, ing what the word on the people from becoming but the game has already street is, and if you think involved with gangs and changed. you’re in Abbotsford to do “If they keep up the presto suppress gang crime that, you won’t be successsure, Abbotsford should in our community.” ful.’” continue to see gang crime Another goal was making fall,” Gordon said, “but there the fluid world of drug-deal- – APD Dep. Chief Len Goerke is displacement, with druging transparent, and maktrade activity shifting from ing gangsters, their families, the Fraser Valley to the Carigirlfriends and associates uncomfortable in boo region and the Okanagan, and actually the community. back into Vancouver.” There was a 14 per cent drop in violent Prince George, population 74,000, sufcrime up to December 2010, a 65 per cent fered a stunning nine homicides in 2010, drop in shots fired, and a 31 per cent drop six of them gang- and drug-related, which in home invasions, said MacDonald. means, statistically speaking, that the city Also, there were four attempted murders may be Canada’s new murder and gangin 2009, and none in 2010. violence capital. The APD also decided to tell the public Abbotsford will no longer carry the dubiabout gangs and investigations. ous honour of the title, but the APD won’t They took steps to diminish gangsters’ rest easy, said Goerke. anonymity and released names of gang “We are not done; we are neither content associates operating in the community and nor finished,” he said. who they worked with. “The department is as determined as ever They bluntly warned youths and parents to build on our successes and make what that even flirting with the drug world could is already a safe city, a great community mean death. to live, conduct business and raise a famWith the co-operation of the city and ily . . .” board of education, the APD took its new -WITH FILES FROM ROCHELLE BAKER/TIMES anti-gang campaign, Operation Tarnish,
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Crew members help fuel the Avro Lancaster, a Second World War bomber at the Abbotsford International Airshow in August. Out of 17 surviving Lancasters in the world, this vintage plane is one of only two in flying condition worldwide. The Lancaster was used as a heavy bomber by the British Commonwealth forces, including the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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Clear skies and hot days brought out enthusiastic aviation crowds to the 48th Abbotsford International Airshow, declared an overwhelming success by its chief administrator, Ron Price. “The airshow was spectacular. For all the photo buffs, it couldn’t have been better, with the clear skies and Mount Baker in the background. There was no haze,” said Price. Despite temperatures in the mid-30s Celsius c rowd s f l o c k e d t o t h e Abbotsford International Airport to see the dozens of static displays, and of
course, the exciting aerial demonstrations of the U.S. Air Force Blue Angels and CAF Snowbirds, and others. The event was glitch free with no injuries and drew well above its average of 100,000 visitors over the three days. Among the highlights w a s t h e h i s t o r i c Av r o Lancaster warbird, which drew many aging Second World War veterans, well into their 80s, to the airshow. The airshow society is already at work on the events 50th anniversary in two years time.
Crime was on top of the minds of many Abbotsford residents according to poll results released from a study commissioned by the city. Crime was the top community issue for 30 per cent of the 300 respondents in an Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the city in the spring. Another 38 per cent said crime was the second most important issue.
The poll was instigated as part of the city’s strategic plan consultation process. Officials said the polls’ priorities mirrored that of the city’s with it’s focus on crime reduction. The biggest concerns for residents after crime were taxation and municipal spending and transportation. Education and the environment were also noted.
August 3 Savvy postal workers alert a senior being scammed by fraudsters who posed as her granddaughter over the phone. The crooks almost succeeded in getting the grandmother to send a money order of $2,000 to Quebec before the posties suspicions were raised. August 6 Forest fires in the interior of B.C. claim the lives of two air tanker pilots working with the Abbotsford based company Conair. The fires impacted air quality in the Fraser Valley, and saw Metro Vancouver issuing a warning to those with respiratory problems. August 10 The body of missing hiker Harold Demorest was found by searchers in the Chilliwack Valley after he went missing July 26. August 13 It’s revealed the Abbotsford School District paid a buyout of $105,000 to secretary treasurer Mark Lee following his sudden departure in June. The district did not explain Lee’s leaving after being on the job for less than a year. August 17 Good Samaritan Ross Evison, 67, keeps up with a runaway thief after the suspect pushed a senior to the ground for her purse. He was able to provide police with information leading to a successful arrest. August 20 Abbotsford churches reach out to Tamil refugee claimants with donations of clothes and toys for women and children who arrived in B.C. the week previous aboard a ship from Sri Lanka. August 24 Students and families get ready for the upcoming school year which also heralds the start of full-day kindergarten at many Abbotsford elementary schools. August 27 Congregants mourn the loss of a Sikh temple in the 31900 block of Townshipline Road that was destroyed by a suspicious fire in the early hours of Aug. 26. August 31 MP Stockwell Day announces $15 million in federal funds and 96 new beds for Mission Institution to deal with the expected increase in inmates due to legislation ending two-for-one credit for time served in jail before trial.
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his year has been a tough one for the Tjepkema family in Abbotsford. The young family of four has dealt with an out of control landlord, the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease, and most recently was robbed over Christmas. “2010 has been a rough year,” said Brian Tjepkema, who said he’s looking forward to 2011. “It can’t get any worse. That’s what we’re thinking anyway.” Brian and his wife Korinne and their two children aged three and five left their home Christmas Day to visit family and returned the following night to find it broken into. Nothing of great value was taken but several items of sentimental value to Korrine had been stolen, including her wedding ring, a locket from her deceased grandparents, and some children’s’ books precious only to her. The odd thing was the thieves also took most of Korrine’s pants and helped themselves to an assortment of food and leftovers from the family fridge, said Brian. “It looks to me a couple who are down and out, and not having a very good Christmas, decided we had a lot and helped themselves,” he said. “It’s like they went shopping for what they needed.” The Tjepkema’s had recently moved into the home after fleeing their old house and a deranged landlord in the fall. Police arrested the man who lived below Tje-
pkema’s after he threatened the family, threw a tool through a window and attempted to burn down the whole house by pouring cooking oil over a hot stove in his basement suite. The landlord now is charged with uttering threats, mischief, break and enter, and attempted arson. But the worst moment of the year was when Brian was diagnosed with a rare, life threatening blood disorder six months ago. The disorder, haemolytic-uraemic syndrome or HUS, affects Brian’s blood plasma and platelet count and means he must attend numerous medical appointments and get a transfusion at least once a week. “I’m literally a guinea pig,” said Brian. “They are trying lots of different things to see what works and what doesn’t” The series of events this year have put his family on edge, especially his children who are getting some counseling. “The kids are now sleeping in the same room because they are afraid to sleep alone,” he said. However, the Tjepkema’s are staying put and putting on a brave face. “We’re going to stay here. We like this house. I’ve taken numerous precautions and I feel satisfied we’re good,” Brian said. He and his family aren’t going to dwell on the negatives around his sickness either. “It’s one of those things . . . what can you do. I can be all depressed, down and pouty, but it won’t do my family any good.” Brian intends to be “proactive” about his disease and the family has had lots of help, he said. “Friends and family have stepped up and people come out of the woodwork and tried to help. We’ve been blessed big time. “We’re not looking on what we’ve lost, but staying focused on what we have . . .”
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Thursday, January 27th – 6:30 p.m. at Chief Dan George Middle (Grades 6-8) 32877 Old Riverside Road (off Gladwin) Phone: 604-852-9616 For additional information regarding the French Immersion Program, contact the schools listed above.
Kindergarten Registration for Integrated Arts and Traditional Schools Priority order will be established for Kindergarten Registration at ASIA North Poplar Campus, King Traditional and South Poplar Traditional on Monday, January 17, 2011 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. by phoning toll free 1-877-433-6648 or registering via the school district website www.sd34.bc.ca
INTEGRATED ARTS SCHOOL Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA) North Poplar Campus (Grades K-5), 32041 Marshall Road • Three classes of Kindergarten students can be accommodated at ASIA North Poplar Campus. When these spots are ﬁlled, students will be placed on a wait list and will be notiﬁed when space is available. • If you wish to register a student in grades 1-5 at the North Poplar Campus or in grades 6-12 at the Sumas Mountain Campus, the student will be placed on a wait list and you will be notiﬁed when space is available. Note - There will be an information meeting for parents interested in the Kindergarten to grade 5 Integrated Arts Program at ASIA North Poplar Campus (library) on Wednesday, January 5th at 7:00 pm. For more information contact Ms. B. Carter at 604-859-3101.
TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS Auguston Traditional Elementary (Grades K-5), 36367 Stephen Leacock Drive • Auguston Traditional has a deﬁned catchment (*) area. Note - There will be an information meeting for catchment(*) area students on Monday, January 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Auguston Traditional Elementary. For more information contact Mr. B. Voth at 604-557-0422. King Traditional Elementary (Grades K-5), 28776 King Road • Three classes of Kindergarten students can be accommodated at King Traditional. When these spots are ﬁlled, students will be placed on a wait list and you will be notiﬁed when space is available. • If you wish to register a student in grades 1-5, the student will be placed on a wait list and you will be notiﬁed when space is available. Note - There will be an information meeting for parents interested in the Traditional School program at King Traditional Elementary (library) on Thursday, January 6th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information contact Ms. A. Wiebe at 604-857-0903. South Poplar Traditional Elementary (Grades K-5), 32746 Huntingdon Road • Two classes of Kindergarten students can be accommodated at South Poplar Traditional. When these spots are ﬁlled, students will be placed on a wait list and you will be notiﬁed when space is available. • If you wish to register a student in grades 1-5, an application may be made starting February 1st. The student will be placed on a wait list and you will be notiﬁed when space is available. Note - There will be an information meeting for parents interested in the Traditional School program at South Poplar Traditional Elementary (library) on Wednesday, January 5th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information contact Mr. E. Bradford at 604-853-1845. (*) Catchment: This is the Board of Education prescribed attendance area around each school which deﬁnes which students are eligible to attend a given school.
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uturists have a long and noble tradition of being completely wrong. From prophets of gobbledygook like Nostradamus to the modern purveyors of annual best-guesslists, they’re wrong far, far more often than they are right. There’s a good reason for that. No one, absolutely no one, knows what’s coming next. We can guess, we can extrapolate, we can suggest, but the hits are essentially statistical anomalies, just noise, no signal. Science fiction writers are honest about this. It’s become a cliché for SF scribes to admit that they have no idea how things will turn out. They’re just playing with ideas, or writing about the present in the guise of the future, or enjoying themselves writing about starships and aliens. When SF writers get something right, it almost always seems as if they called it into being rather than actually predicted it. (Two notable examples: Arthur C. Clarke and the communications satellite, Robert A. Heinlein and the water bed.) Then there are the “real” futurists, the technological or political geeks who pick up their crystal balls, usually at this time of the year, and inflict them on the public. The real reason for these “things to watch for in the next year” lists is the news cycle. You may have noticed that every politician in the western world
the painful truth is currently on vacation, not to mention a brief holdup in court cases. It means there’s just less news to write about. But we grubby reporters still need to fill the pages with something. And once we’re done with top 10 lists and “this is the year that was” features, well, predictions are about all we’ve got up our sleeves, folks. But personally, it kind of drives me crazy. See, that whole we’redefinitely-going-to-be-wrong thing keeps niggling at the back of my mind. We now have a long, easily accessible history of failed predictions to draw upon. There is even a sort of greatest hits list you can think of: man will never fly, who needs a computer you can fit on a desktop, people will never buy a car made in Japan. Not to mention all the writers who thought we’d all wear jumpsuits, eat food pills, spray our plastic furniture clean with a hose, and replace our last names with numbers. Political predictions are even worse than technological ones.
There was this German Reich that was going to last a thousand years, a Soviet socialist state that would usher in perfect communism, and capitalism would mean we’d all be working two days a week by now. So here’s my big prediction for the coming year: we won’t see the really big stuff coming. Look back a year. Did you at any point imagine that a weirdlooking Australian with an obscure website would shake the foundations of the most powerful nation in the world? Five years ago, would you have guessed that a black man would be sitting in the White House? That one of his biggest political opponents would be a female former governor with her own reality show where she hunts moose? Look back 10 years, and ask your past self to picture the skyline of New York City without its two tallest buildings. The next year, the next decade, are going to be weird. There are at least a couple of technologies currently bubbling away in the background that are going to change everything. There are political movements afoot that will rise to prominence, and others that will explode in spectacular fashion. There are social issues that will ignite in our grandchildren’s time that will seem like heresy to us. Here’s to the future. I have no idea what will happen.
he latest study came out this week saying that the rich are getting richer, and getting richer faster, than they ever have before in Canadian history. And why shouldn’t they? The rich are not like you and me. They live in a special place where they are shielded from the cares and woes of the modern world. For a normal person, bankruptcy and crushing levels of debt are a problem. To a rich person, they are an inconvenience. Donald Trump has seen several of his businesses go bankrupt. He once personally owed about $900 million of debt. Is he currently living in a used fifth-wheel in New Jersey? Of course not. Like a car company, he has become too big to fail. His companies rebuilt, his debts slowly paid off at more generous terms than you or I will get if we fall behind in the rent or mortgage. No matter how far a really rich person falls, they never quite fall back down to being “normal.” Jailbirds Martha Stewart and Conrad Black are not going to be bagging groceries to make ends meet. Your average ex-con doesn’t have book deals and wealthy friends to fall back on. Not everyone can be rich. And our current system requires that not only must there be working stiffs, there must be people who are genuinely povertystricken. The unemployed, the underemployed, the people working for minimum wage and going to the food bank because their pay cheque can’t cover both rent and food. So the rich will keep getting richer. The poor may not get much poorer. There’s no real profit in having people in rags begging on street corners. They’ll scrape by, they’ll be allowed to avoid starvation. But if the system doesn’t change, they won’t go anywhere. ■ To comment on this editorial, e-mail us at email@example.com.
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Editor, the Times: If we`re serious about saving the downtown core of Mission then what needs to happen - among many things - is that the various evangelical/fundamentalist churches blighting the down town area need to be kicked out of the drug rehab business. They and their clients are not a symbol of hope as much as they are, in fact, major contributors to the local urban blight which is growing like a cancer. A healthy and viable business district doesn`t attract them but a downtown core in decline does. It`s ludicrous that so many biblical illiterates are trying to use prayer and verses they barely understand themselves to save all these fallen angels. All I see are both the religiously disadvantaged churchy types and the addicts themselves using each other in a con game: the churches pretend to help the addicts and the addicts pretend to be “saved” to get the handout freebies. Here you have these churches for addicts being mostly run by people who have no right at all to be trying to cure these people of their addictions. That job should be left up to professionals, not people who get their moral teachings from a wind storm talking to Abraham. Would you go to an unqualified doctor who had no degree in medicine? Not likely or if you did you`d be an idiot. Nor do these padres and self-titled preachers in these places do their mischievous work among the addicts for free. No Christian charity if the addicts don’t sit and sing the songs and listen to chapter and verse on how God loves them and will send them to Hell if they don`t repent their evil ways. They don`t have “evil ways”, they have chemical addictions. That`s how they train dogs: reward for proper behaviour and no supper if they don`t go Hallelujah on cue. At best, the problems of the addicts are only temporarily masked. At worst, these churches of the addicts only enable the addicts to coast along. But never mind, as long as the padres can pretend to be doing god`s work, why should we care? In the meantime, Mission`s downtown core goes further into
decline. We should care as these churches of the addicts keep society from facing up to the problems the addicts cause. We`re not in Victorian England. We shouldn`t be having religious groupsdispensing charity and praying for salvation from `demon rum` as if it was the 19th century world of Charles Dickens again. We should be forcing the government to fund legitimate rehab places that don`t try to suck the soul out of people. Mandatory treatment is what`s needed, not unlicensed parishioners of various forms of religion. But let me be clear that I`m not simply just bashing religion again. It`s me demanding that the government provide the necessary funding and institutions and take charge again by remembering that government does have a place in society despite the opinion of the Fraser Institute and the whining of pious dogooders. Hopefully you`ll now look at the various bible thumping churches in a new light and realize that they are in fact a large part of the problem of the drug culture here in Mission and not part of the solution. Certainly, as enablers, they`ve already done enough damage to downtown Mission and the rot they`ve encouraged has got to be stopped. These churches might as well hand out crack pipes and needles at the end of their coerced attendance charade for all the real good that they are doing. And that`s the brutal truth for which I`ll gladly risk bruising some people`s feelings for. Robert T. Rock Mission
Editor, the Times: You can’t even hang a tire swing over a creek these days without needing a government permit. And building something a bit more sophisticated like an alternative energy project means you need to get more than 50 approvals, permits, licenses and reviews. The regulations governing the use of BC’s rivers are extensive and they are strict. And the review processes are as detailed and as rigorous as they are laborious and timeconsuming. That’s why I was so impressed to hear NDP
president Moe Sihota endorsing the province’s environmental review process on the CBC a while back. He was encouraging a phone-in caller to trust in the environmental review process because, as he said, it works and he helped write the rules when he was a government minister. There’s been so much rubbish printed over the past few years about rivers being destroyed, sold and/or drained away into nothingness, all of it either false or incredibly misleading. The same goes for the frequent but ridiculous claims that there aren’t any regulations or reviews governing the use of BC’s rivers. Sihota’s endorsement of the regulations and the review processes is therefore a welcome bit of truth for a change. Kevin Lee Vancouver
Editor, the Times: To the Good Samaritans who saved Spot from the Vedder Canal: A couple of Tuesdays ago, my sister’s dog Spot, who was staying with us on Sumas Mountain while his family went on vacation, managed to somehow get out of our yard. After countless phone calls to neighbours, the Abbotsford Animal Shelter, SPCA, and neighbourhood veterinary clinics, I worried that he had encountered a disastrous accident with a vehicle or wild animal. My husband and I searched our property several times, not really knowing that Spot had actually left. It wasn’t until Wednesday morning when I took Spot’s picture with me on a door-to-door search that I had some confirmation that he had indeed gotten out. A neighbour had seen a white dog walking toward Sumas Mountain Road the previous morning. We extended our search to include emails to other animal hospitals in Abbotsford and put up a poster of Spot. Our plan for Thursday was to phone each animal hospital that had not shown an email contact. To my utter surprise, my sister phoned and said that Spot had been found . . . in the Chilliwack Animal Shelter. I was in shock – for those of you who are familiar with Abbotsford, you know that it is a fair distance just from Sumas Mountain down to the freeway, let alone from Abbotsford to the Vedder Canal. Apparently, some kind soul had seen Spot trying to cross the Vedder Canal on Wednesday.
Since the currents were very strong, the man yelled at Spot to stay put and luckily, he did stay. From what I gather, this man then took the trouble to call Animal Control which responded quickly. However, when Animal Control staff arrived, they saw that the area where Spot was standing was not accessible by foot. Fortunately, the man who first saw Spot and Chilliwack Animal Control staff managed to flag down another vehicle which was towing a boat. Without any hesitation, the driver unhitched his boat and rescued a very frightened and tired Spot from danger. The Animal Shelter staff kindly took him in, cleaned him, fed him, reassured him and then called my sister the next day. We are too often too busy to notice that we are needed. How fortunate for us that one person took notice of a frightened dog and began a chain of Good Samaritan acts that resulted in getting Spot to safety. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. Shirley Tam & family Abbotsford
Editor, the Times: The Translink Company has claimed that something like $30,000,000 has been lost because of fare evaders. This is an issue that simply begs to be addressed. Surely that isn’t what’s lost every year is it? Why hasn’t legislation done something about this grand larceny? Recently, I was talking to a Translink employee and she tells me there is a ‘man’ who’s thumbed his nose at the fines he’s been issued, and they now total some $20,000. No doubt there are others who do this stuff. Without any effective way of dealing with people such as he, there is no incentive for people who do this to stop. This likely means that fares for the public will pay more fees than might otherwise be necessary, because there are far too many freeloaders robbing the system. The woman who told me of this said, “You wouldn’t believe the stuff we have to deal with.” “Yeah, I would, because I was a transit driver at one time.” Robert W. Stirling Mission
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With thoughts of school starting again, Susana Aparicio, 17, took some time to watch the ducks swim below the boardwalk in Mill Lake. “I’m going to miss this once school starts. Summer lets you spend time looking at things you enjoy.”
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Police ID murder victim RCMP identified the body of an Abbotsford man gunned down on Sept. 16 as Thayone Narong, the father of Surrey Six victim Eddie Narong. Thayone Narong was gunned down in his latemodel Toyota Camry in the 3000 block of Charles Court at around 6:30 a.m. Investigators were still trying to piece together exactly what happened, but early reports indicate a man wearing a darkc o l o u re d h o o d i e s h o t Narong at close range and then fled the scene. “At t h i s p o i n t i n t h e investigation, investiga-
tors are attempting to track down all associates of Narong to see what, if anything, they can tell us,” said Cpl. Dale Carr of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team in a release. “There is nothing to suggest that this homicide has any links to the Surrey Six investigation other than the fact the two victims were related.” The elder Narong was arrested on July 1 for uttering threats and possession of a weapon. “The murder has all the characteristics of a targeted homicide,” said Carr.
Ma yo r G e o rg e Pe a r y calls the official release of the Abbotsford Heat financial report for the f r a n c h i s e’s i n a u g u r a l American Hockey League season “imminent.” The report was expected to be released to the public in July, but had been pushed back several times as both the organization and the city accountants continued to debate the
final numbers. “Once we’ve reached an accord where we agree with their numbers and we agree with our numbers then it will be released,” said Peary. A report tendered to council in March projected the team’s shortfall to be about $275,000 below the $5.7 million guaranteed revenue for the owners.
September 3 Police in Abbotsford are at a loss to explain a massive jump in break-and-enter numbers during the last week of August. Officers attended 33 property-related crimes between Aug. 23 and Aug. 29, almost double the city’s average of 17. September 7 Rail for the Valley spokesperson John Vissers says a commuter train running down the centre of the Trans Canada Highway through the Fraser Valley would help traffic volume but is financially impossible. September 10 A Toronto Sun online article claiming some of the 492 Tamil refugees who arrived near Victoria aboard the MV Sun Sea on Aug. 13 are being held at an Abbotsford correctional facility are refuted by Corrections Service Canada.. September 14 Peter James Wilson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a Washington State courtroom for slashing the throat of his five-yearold stepdaughter, Clare Shelswell. Wilson originally pleaded not guilty because his defence attorney did not have all the facts of the case. September 17 Abbotsford police find the body of a 49-year-old man shot to death in the 3000block of Charles Court. The APD concluded it was a targeted hit, and that the man was well known to police. The murder was Abbotsford’s fourth of 2010. September 20 Abbotsford police arrest seven men on prostitution-related charges as part of a john sting operation in the city. The APD bike and beat squads implemented the two-day program after a number of concerns were raised by businesses and citizens regarding the sex trade in downtown Abbotsford and Clearbrook areas. September 24 The father of a pregnant Abbotsford woman killed by a March 13 car crash at Ware Street and South Fraser Way succumbs to the injuries he sustained in the accident. Albert Ralph Jewell, 66, died in hospital on Sept. 15 with his family by his side. September 28 Mission RCMP are busy nabbing impaired or bad drivers off the road since new legislation passed to help police rid the roads of reckless drivers.
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October saw Abbotsford’s Peter James Wilson sentenced to more than 55 years behind bars in a U.S. prison for slashing the throat his five-year-old stepdaughter while vacationing in Washington state last summer. Mason County Superior Court Judge Toni Sheldon sentenced him to 640 months in prison, with an additional 24 months for use of a deadly weapon in the slaying of Clare Shelswell. The judge outlined the reasons for Wilson’s exceptional sentence, citing Clare’s vulnerability, Wilson’s abuse of trust and the destructive nature of the crime for the family.
During her impact statement, Clare’s mother, Sarah Wilson, told an emotional courtroom about losing her young daughter, described as a bubbly, smart, loving, creative, vibrant five-yearold girl whose favourite food was pickles. “Clare’s death has been shocking and devastating beyond comprehension to me and my family,” said Sarah, who noted her daughter would never celebrate her sixth birthday. “The life and experiences that James has robbed from Clare, and the joy that he has taken from me and my family by ending her young life are irreplaceable.”
Abbotsford police seized 225 firearms so far this year, a jump of 53 per cent from 2009, when 147 guns were taken off the streets, according to department statistics. While the spike in gun seizures can be partly attributed to people turning the weapons over to police after the registered owner has died, APD Const.
Ian MacDonald said some guns are reported anonymously. The recent seizure of a restricted – and loaded – 7.62 mm semi-automatic, high-powered assault rifle from a storage locker was the result of police acting on information they received on an individual known to law enforcement, MacDonald said.
October 1 More than 80 registered nurses from Chilliwack to White Rock are getting pink slips as Ministry of Health moves towards standardizing long term care. October 5 An Abbotsford man was arrested after a hit-and-run and leaving the scene after Bachan Singh Gill, 80, was struck and killed while walking in a marked pedestrian crosswalk on Clearbrook Road. Kenneth Howarth, 27, surrendered to Abbotsford police 24 hours after the incident. October 8 An infant girl fell from a third-storey balcony just above Sisto’s River City liquor store in Mission. The one-year-old suffered serious head injuries from the fall. October 12 Abbotsford police pulled over roughly 1,000 vehicles in two weekends, after new provincial legislation targeting drunk drivers was put in place in the fall. October 15 Abbotsford police seized 225 firearms so far this year, a jump of 53 per cent from 2009, when 147 guns were taken off the streets. October 19 Twenty-one people on a tour bus were taken to hospital after a crash with an SUV, which caused the bus to flip over on Huntingdon Road and Columbia Street in Abbotsford. The crash shut down both roads for several hours as rescue crews, police and investigators took over the scene. October 22 Dignitaries were on hand to officially open the new roundabout at the south end of the new McCallum Road interchange in Abbotsford. The roundabout is the largest of its kind in B.C. October 26 Abbotsford’s Peter James Wilson was sentenced to more than 55 years behind bars in a U.S. prison for slashing the throat of his five-year-old stepdaughter Clare Shelswell, while the family was on vacation in Washington state over the summer. October 29 Tucker, a 39-year-old horse was attacked by two pit bulls while he was in his corral in Deroche. The dogs did extensive damage to the horse, ripping a foot-long strip of flesh from his face.
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the Environment officials for the move, and he’s filled out paperwork for the permit, but it hasn’t been issued yet. Among other things, photos of the animals are required as part of the permit, along with photos of its MATTHEW CLAXTON enclosure. Hopcraft said he couldn’t Langley Advance get alligator photos until the date of the move. i k e Ho p c ra f t a n d h i s He also wonders why officials n e w l y n a m e d a l l i g a - only turned up after the move, tor Pandora are facing when he notified the government bureaucratic hassles following about three weeks ago. the reptile’s rescue last week. The holidays are complicating the Conservation officers arrived at matter. Hopcraft hasn’t managed to Mike Hopcraft’s Abbotsford home get in touch with any of the officials just a day after a widely publicized he spoke to before the move. move of an alligator from Langley. The Langley Advance attempted Hopcraft picked up the gator, a to contact staff at the ministry and 7’6” reptile, from a Port Kells-area the Conservation Service, but most home Dec. 21, and were on holiday. took it to his reptile Due to the comshelter. The animal’s “They’re dangerous at a plications the move previous owner is quarter of this size . . . I has caused, Hopmoving overseas craft has renamed and couldn’t take it would never recommend the alligator Panwith him. dora. them as pets. There’s However, 24 hours Ho p c r a f t s a i d later, an Abbotsford no way of knowing how Pandora is not the Police officer and only animal he’s still many are out there.” BC Conservation trying to get a perofficer turned up mit for. on Hopcraft’s door- – Mike Hopcraft He’s applied for step. They wanted permits for other to see the permit for c re a t u re s a t h i s the animal - the province recently reptile refuge, but so far hasn’t began requiring permits for exotic received the paperwork back from animals. the government. In some cases, Hopcraft said he received verbal he’s been waiting for months, permission from BC Ministry of Hopcraft said.
However, Pandora is doing well after her move, he said. The gator was being kept in a pool in a converted shed at its previous home. It seems to have no medical issues. Hopcraft has been in touch with a vet and with staff from the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove, who helped with the move. While Hopcraft himself is fascinated with reptiles, he doesn’t recommend them as pets, especially large, potentially dangerous ones like this gator. “They’re dangerous at a quarter of this size,” Hopcraft said. He once barely avoided being bitten by a small caiman at his shelter. The animal’s jaws didn’t quite clamp down on his hand, but two teeth scratched him. He needed 17 stitches. “I would never recommend them as pets,” he said. Changes in recent years to provincial exotic animal laws make it illegal to possess animals such as venomous snakes, pythons, large lizards, and crocodiles without permits. Hopcraft said this animal’s owner didn’t have one. Most people with large reptiles didn’t bother to get permits when the laws changed, he said. Because they don’t take their animals out in public, there is little chance of them being caught by provincial authorities. “There’s no way of knowing how many are out there,” he said.
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This American alligator was removed from a backyard shed by Reptile Guy Mike Hopcraft, and his crew from a Surrey home Tuesday. Hopcraft is facing Provincial pressure to have permit for the rescued animal. Alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and large snakes are sold when they’re quite small and seem manageable. But as with this gator - the largest Hopcraft has ever brought to his shelter - they can grow to a tremendous size. They are also a major commitment, due to their long life spans. An alligator
can easily live 50 years. Yet people still snap them up when they’re imported from the United States, South America, Asia, or Africa. A few years ago, Hopcraft heard that a Surrey pet store was selling young caimans. About 20 were snapped up in two weeks.
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vie Reimer sports blond, curly pigtails and a pink shirt with the word Joy emblazoned on the front in sparkles. The five-year-old kindergarten student darts across Dunach Elementary’s field towards the back playground. He r g re a t g ra ndmot he r Mar y Schmidt, grandmother Pat Braun, and mom Erin Reimer trail behind. Evie is the fourth generation of her family to attend the small rural Abbotsford school threatened with closure this coming Monday. Citing declining enrolment in the western rural region, an aging building, and lack of ministry fund“It was a place ing, district staff is recommendwhere you were ing the board of education shut known and the school. Erin, 27, comfortable.” attended Dunach Element a r y, l o c a t e d – Pat Braun on the cor ner of Downes and Mount Lehman roads, in the late 80s. She’s thrilled her daughter Evie has also had the chance to go to the school. “I think she loves it. She’s having lots of fun . . . she knows her way around the playground,” says Erin. Evie’s new teacher is Mrs. Plank. “She’s nice,” Evie states. There are a total of five girls and eight boys in Evie’s class and she knows all their names.
– JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Evie Reimer, 5, sits with her mom Erin, grandmother Pat Braun and great grandmother Mary Schmidt in front of Dunach Elementary last week. All four attended classes at the rural country school.
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efending herself with a well-placed karate kick to the gut of her female attacker, an Abbotsford woman sent a purse-snatcher reeling Saturday afternoon. The attack occurred as the victim was getting into her car after shopping at a mall in the 32800 block of South Fraser Way around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The thief snuck up behind the woman, said “Hey,” then punched her in the face as she sat in the driver’s seat of her car, First reported @ all the while abbotsfordtimes.com trying to grab the victim’s purse, Const. Ian MacDonald said. Luckily, he added, the victim was able to defend herself — and keep her purse. “She did a karate-style kick to the abdomen of the attacker and started honking her horn like crazy,” MacDonald said. “This caused the suspect to flee, both because she was kicked in the gut and the noise emanating from the car.” The suspect is described as five-feet six inches tall, medium build, dark brown hair tied into a ponytail, in her mid-20s, wearing a white and purple hoodie. She fled the scene in a late-80s, grey or brown four-door Jeep Cherokee driven by someone else. MacDonald said the incident is concerning, as Abbotsford police have only had a small number of interactions involving females previously. Those incidents involved youth strongarming victims for a wallet or purse, or getting arrested for breaking and entering homes. “But nothing like this,” he said. MacDonald said the victim was very shaken by the attack, but commended her speedy reaction. “That was very quick thinking for being completely startled,” MacDonald said. “I guess the combat element was instinctive . . . [but] trying to draw attention to the situation was completely heads-up. That’s what we would advocate for people to do.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.
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City to pay half a million for Heat November saw the longawaited budget for the Abbotsford Heat finally made public and the City of Abbotsford will be paying close to half a million dollars for the hockey team’s first season. However the mayor and the team’s owners believe the cost is part and parcel of building up a business and bringing professional hockey to the city. The Heat’s ownership group will be getting $450,637 as part of a supply-fee agreement with Abbotsford. In the deal, the city guarantees to make up revenue shortfalls for up to $5.7 million annually for a period of 10 years. The Heat gener-
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An Abbotsford firefighter knocks down flames at a townhouse complex under construction that was destroyed early morning on Nov. 17. The intense heat damaged neighbouring homes, cars and landscaping along Cardinal Avenue in west Abbotsford.
ated a total of $5,249,363 in revenue in its first year of operations. The deficit was largely due to a lower than expected attendance and commercial sponsorship. Mayor George Peary said all stakeholders are working hard to improve on the successes of the AHL franchise in the coming year. “Of course we’d like [the deficit] to be zero and the arena filled every game, but it didn’t happen in the first year, but they’re working hard to improve that . . . The team made enough revenue . . . that the cost for professional AHL hockey in the city of Abbotsford was $450,000,” said Peary.
A suspicious blaze gutted an unfinished Abbotsford townhouse project in the early morning hours of Nov. 17. Firefighters reported flames more than 50 feet high when they arrived, with the fire throwing off heat so intense it melted nearby vehicles’ tires, bumpers, paint and blew out car and home windows.
Vinyl siding on adjacent homes was melted and preliminary estimates put damages in excess of $350,000. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation. However Abbotsford fire prevention officer Steve Oldroyd said a squatter trying to stay warm could possibly have been the culprit.
November 2 A 14-year-old Abbotsford boy was rushed to a Vancouver hospital after a firecracker detonated in his hand and blew off his finger on Halloween night. November 5 Premier Gordon Campbell’s sudden resignation triggered a wave of speculation on who would replace him, and local MLAs Mike de Jong and John van Dongen did not rule out the idea of running for the Liberal leadership. November 9 A 16-year-old Abbotsford girl was airlifted to a Vancouver hospital in critical condition after being stabbed at a house on Pandora Avenue. Police said the incident was a targeted attack and the victim knew her attacker. November 12 Local MP Ed Fast announced that the federal government is ponying up $1.8 million to beef up the chicken industry. A poultry research facility in the city will focus on health and welfare among other things. Abbotsford is the largest poultry production area in the province. November 16 The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce proposed that the city freeze existing property-tax rates for four years. The city is dealing with a number of increased costs just to maintain services and meet current contract obligations. November 19 Abbotsford school trustees voted to close Dunach Elementary School, much to the dismay of parents and students who had led a valiant fight to keep the rural school open. November 23 The City of Abbotsford is on the hook for $450K to subsidize the Abbotsford Heat hockey team, after the long-awaited budget and shortfall was finally made public. November 26 Abbotsford city council approved a 4.5 per cent tax increase, which they said was just enough to keep up with maintenance and demands. “Even just trying to keep our capital infrastructure in good shape is a challenge for us,” said city manager Frank Pizutto. November 30 The federal government announced $77.5 million in expansion funding for prisons in Abbotsford, Mission and Kent. The money would go towards 362 new beds at local prisons.
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celebrated its fifth year Thursday, ensures students, many of whom belong to lower income families, experience the joy of providing gifts to their loved ones during the holidays. “We’re an inner-city school and we have some amazing, amazing kids, and their Christmases aren’t always fabulous,” Danielsson says. “We want to put the focus on how much the kids do have, and help them be givers. To take the focus from what they get, to what they are able to give.”
Police remain guarded about the condition of the 36-yearold Abbotsford female who was flown to Royal Columbian Hospital. “She’s in serious condition, she’s not in great shape,” Const. Ian MacDonald said. “We’re quite concerned for her health.” MacDonald said a 50-year-old male pedestrian and a 43-yearold female driver injured in the incident were responding to treatment. “We’re encouraged by that,” he said. “But our thoughts and concerns are obviously with the [36year-old].” The incident unfolded around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when a 43year-old Abbotsford woman driving a 2004 Honda Civic pulled out of a driveway and attempted to make a westbound turn onto the 38000 block of South Parallel Road, MacDonald said.
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– JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Isabella, 7, left, ponders the selection at the cosmetics table at the Godson Elementary Christmas Store Thursday, where students chose gifts for their family.
The greatest gifts of all Inner-city school kids get to go shopping at Godson ROCHELLE BAKER RBaker@abbotsfordtimes.com
ide-eyed, students at Godson Elementary file into the gym for their annual Christmas shopping extravaganza. The gym resembles a department store during the holiday season, complete with store clerks, gift wrappers and piped-in holiday muzak. Kitted out in Santa hats and fuzzy reindeer
antlers, children wander around tables piled high with goods and “buy” gifts for everyone in their family – but they don’t spend a dime. There’s men’s and women’s wear, an electronics department, as well as toy and fine jewelry sections. “There’s even something for dogs, which is kind of cute too,” says Godson principal Carla Danielsson. The annual Godson Christmas Store, which
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Dunach Elementary School had its curtain call on Dec. 14 with its final Christmas concert presented by students and staff. The rural school in west Abbotsford will be closed permanently in June 2011.
thebigstory top stories Mike de Jong vies for Liberal leaderhip
December saw Abbotsford MLA and Attorney General Mike de Jong announce his candidacy for the province’s top job. De Jong, whose Abbotsford-Mount Lehman riding includes the Abbotsford airport, saw about 600 supporters cram into a large room on the north side of the terminal as he officially launched his bid for leadership of the Liberal Party. After tendering his resignation as attorney general, de Jong touted his campaign slogan of “Open Mike,” and touched on leadership issues. “We need to make a fresh start when it comes to transparency and accountability. And we’re going to
set the example in this campaign,” he said. Campaigns are expensive and de Jong seemed to cast doubt on whether he had a war chest big enough. He told his supporters in attendance, “We’re going to need your help, we’re going to need you out there working and we’re going to need your money.” Bringing up the highly contentious Harmonized Sales Tax, de Jong distanced himself from three-term Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell’s hugely unpopular HST. “We need a fresh start to economic and tax policy. Anyone hear of the HST?” he said to a chorus of boos from the partisan crowd.
Plans are in the works for a multi-disciplinary health centre at Mission Memorial Hospital as Fraser Health finalized the business case for the Mission Community Health Project. “Fraser Health has come up with the business case, and said it was viable,” Mission Mayor James Atebe said. More specific details about the scope and timeline of the project will likely
come within the month. The Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District Board (FVRHD), a funding partner with Fraser Health, has committed $22 million to the health care centre which will group together public and mental health workers, doctors, specialists and health-related technology and services such as laboratories or screening and scanning services.
December 3 Abbotsford West MLA and Attorney General Mike de Jong announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Liberal Party at a huge gathering at the Abbotsford airport. December 7 A $40 million centralized health facility, the Mission Community Health Project, is set to be built at Mission Memorial Hospital. “The health care centre will provide one-stop shopping where people can get all their medical services,” said Mission Mayor James Atebe. December 10 Twenty-five drivers were ticketed in a police sting designed to draw attention to the 14 vehicle-related deaths in the city this year. Drivers not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks and drivers distracted by cell phones are a large problem, according to Abbotsford police. December 14 Residents of Falcon Ridge Estates in east Abbotsford, with help from Community Futures, cleaned up and renamed their space, making their neighbourhood a tighter-knit community. December 17 Three people were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash in rural east Abbotsford, with one woman airlifted to Royal Columbian Hospital. December 21 Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service, along with folks from the auto mall and Saveon Foods, led a caravan of trucks filled with food in a parade down South Fraser Way, destined for the Abbotsford Food Bank to help needy families this Christmas. They are already planning a bigger event for next year. December 24 A deserving single mom with three daughters was the winner of the annual car giveaway sponsored by the Times, Abbotsford Nissan and Fix Auto Abbotsford. “I’m still in shock,” said winner Toni Biggerstaff. “It’s a huge present.” December 28 Development of the old MSA Hospital site is in the works, with a business plan for the 13-acre site expected in the spring of 2011. Plans for the site include new extended care units to replace the aging Worthington Pavilion and The Cottage along with a one-stop-shopping community health centre.
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Mission Community Services is looking for volunteers to visit seniors at home, one hour per week. Call Felicity at Friendly Visitors, at 604-826-3634.
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Nature’s way: Sports Year in Review Part Two
ust a side note before we begin the Abbotsford Mission Times Sports Year in Review Part Two: Talk about an embarrassment of riches when you fill Part One of a year in review column, and there is still enough to fill a second space and then some. This just so happens to be the case in Abbotsford. Our apologies to anyone who felt they were left out. That said, here is the Times' Sports Year in Review Part Two. Enjoy! ■ The UFV Cascades women’s soccer team took home bronze in November at the CIS national championship in Prince Edward Island, and while it wasn’t gold, it was symbolic for a number of reasons. For starters, the 3-2 win in penalty kicks over the University of Montreal secured UFV’s first medal ever at a CIS event since officially joining the nationwide organization in 2006. “To walk away with a bronze medal . . . we deserved it, and we should be very proud of it. It’s great,” said head coach Rob Giesbrecht. The bronze was also significant because the Cascades needed the often-unreliable combination of a monumental winning streak and teams ahead of them to lose simply in order to make it to the playoffs. The Cascades staged four consecutive wins to end the season, while the University of Saskatchewan faltered. The rest is history. ■ From his days as a standout offensive threat as a Grade 12 with the W.J. Mouat Hawks to taking a regular snap as a linebacker for the University of Oregon Ducks, it won’t be long until Boseko Lokombo is not only a household name in college football, BOSEKO LOKOMBO but perhaps the pro ranks, as well. Despite not dressing for a single game last season as a red-shirt freshman, Lokombo marched onto
the scene in the fall of 2010, earning his spot on the field with what is now the top college football team in the entire U.S. Lokombo’s crowning individual moment came in a Sept. 25 win over the Arizona State University Sun Devils, when he recovered a fumble and ran into the end zone for a 32yard touchdown. “I will do anything to try and make a play, and the coaches respect me for my ability to make plays, finish plays and I try my best to work hard everyday when we come out here,” Lokombo told the Times. There is still more to this story, however, as Lokombo and the Ducks play Auburn for the BCS Championship on Jan. 10. ■ There is every reason to believe 26-year-old Mission native Brent Hayden holds Canada’s best hope for a medal in swimming at the London Olympics. That optimism centers on his impressive gold medal performance in the men’s 100-metre freestyle at the 2010 Commonwealth Games hosted by India in October. Hayden shook off the stomach illness referred to as “Dehli Belly,” and highly touted opponents Simon Burnett of England and Eamon Sullivan of Australia to claim gold. ■ The Abbotsford Cardinals have a history of sending young players to college and professional baseball ranks, and that tradition continued in 2010. The San Francisco Giants took Eric Sim, a 2007 Robert Bateman grad now playing at the University of South Florida, in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball draft on June 8. A day later, the New York Yankees selected Bryan Arthur in the 49th round of the draft. “I’ve always dreamed of playing centre field for the Yankees, so it’s unbelievable,” said Arthur. When the Cardinals wrapped up the 2010 season, five different players (Arthur, Robert Brooks, Carter Sherban, Luke Webster and Brett Wilson) had signed scholarships to attend college and play baseball. ■ What’s a championship victory without working a little overtime for it? That’s what the Robert Bateman Timberwolves senior girl’s rugby team did at the beginning of June, defeating a game Shawnigan Lake squad by a score of 8-3 in double overtime. Madi Blakeburn’s try in the 68th minute broke a 3-3 deadlock to win the provincial title. “It was the toughest game of the year and either you respond or you don’t respond and our girls responded,” said head coach Jeff Dods. ■ The Mission Roadrunners Junior Varsity football team hoisted See ROADRUNNERS, page A19
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Boseko Lokombo, above, runs a fumble recovery for his first career touchdown with the University of Oregon Ducks. Below, Megan Webster of the UFV Cascades women’s soccer team was an integral part of the Cascades bronze medal at the 2010 CIS women’s soccer championships.
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B.C. title puts cap on 2010 FOOTBALL, from page A18 gridiron glory, winning the JV Double-A title with a 33-8 thumping over the John Barsby Bulldogs on Dec. 4 at Empire Field in Vancouver. The championship marked the end of an era for the developing program, said head coach John Kapty. “This time, it’s been a three-year journey and to finally get it done and win that championship is a special feeling,” he said. ■ In closing, 2010 was one of those special years in sport. The Olympics showed us that, but
on a more localized scale, this year was another impressive one for all matter of teams, athletes and fans. The thrill of provincial championships, the agony of defeat, historical accomplishments, athletes moving on to the university or pro level, and the coaches, parents and supports who helped get them there – certainly there was a lot to be proud of in Canada’s Sports Town. And to think that, unfortunately, stuff was left out. It just goes to show that while Abbotsford and Mission might bear the brunt of those ‘Big City Problems,’ there
is a common mecca in both communities that is worth appreciating, if not savouring. As a young, optimistic sports scribe, it has been both an honour and a privilege to cover The Beat in 2010, and the two previous years, as well. Here’s to hoping 2011 carries with it the same good fortune. ■ Cam Tucker is a freelance sports columnist for the Abbotsford-Mission Times. Contact him at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter at www.twitter. com/camabbytimes.
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