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bbotsford Police are warning the faithful to be on alert after thieves vandalized cars in church parking lots and then went on to rob a home on Sunday. While churchgoers were attending morning service, the suspects were smashing windows and slashing tires, Const. Ian MacDonald said.

“When the big guy weighs in on this, it ain’t going to be pretty.” – Const. Ian MacDonald

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Chamber executive director David D. Hull (top left), FVRD chair Patricia Ross and Mayor George Peary are examining Abbotsford’s options.

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bbotsford city council is likely to vote to withdraw from the Fraser Valley Regional district, says Mayor George Peary. City staff has recommended that Abbotsford leave the regional district as it pays close to half of the funding for many of FVRD’s key services, but most benefits go to smaller rural

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communities. Peary said Abbotsford had an obligation to pursue options that reduce its taxpayers’ burden. “I believe the majority of council will support [the idea],” he said. “It’s nothing personal. It’s just business from our perspective, and we’re just trying to get good

value for money.” The city could save between $800,000 and $1.4 million per year, stated a staff report. The savings would primarily come from areas of general government, regional development, and solid waste management. The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce came out with a report last week recommending

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“When the big guy weighs in on this, it ain’t going to be pretty,” MacDonald offered. Three vehicles parked outside two Abbotsford churches were targeted by thieves interested in vehicle registration documents and garage door openers, he said. In one case a driver’s address and garage door opener were pilfered, and the thieves later used the information and device to break into the victim’s residence and steal some electronics and jewelry. There have been thefts from church parking lots in the past, said MacDonald. However, it’s the first time vandalizing the car has been used as part of the modus operandi. “Presumably, the suspects wanted to ensure they had more time to commit the break and enter as the owner is forced to deal with their disabled vehicle.” Investigators believe there are at least two suspects involved in the scheme. Officers doing a neighbourhood canvas following the robbery at the home received reports of two “gangster-looking” men and a dark-coloured sedan. Police have warned all Abbotsford churches about the tactics and are looking into possible suspects. Residents shouldn’t keep valuables with them or in their cars, and any suspicious activity in parking lots should immediately be reported to police, said MacDonald.

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Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark spoke before an audience of about 80 people on Thursday night at the Abbey Arts Centre

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harities and community groups across the Fraser Valley turned out in force to quiz Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark about her promise to reverse the cuts to gaming grants at the Abbey Arts Centre on Thursday night. Clark held a town hall meeting that was teleconnected province wide, where she reiterated her pledge to return $15 million toward Community Gaming Grants if elected premier. Clark answered questions from charities and non-profit groups, and asked for input into how the funding structure can be improved and bring stability to community and cultural organizations. The Liberal government’s decision to cut gaming revenue to community groups was a “tragic mistake,” and that non-profits met the needs of the most vulnerable in society in a far more costefficient way than the government ever could, Clark said. “You need a stable long-term relationship with government because you can’t run non-profit organizations in your community if you don’t know year to year if you can keep your programs running,” Clark told the crowd. “We don’t want non-profits to die or be scrambling because government is constantly snatching the rug out from under them.” Gerry Gosling, president of the Abbotsford Bingo Association, which funnels provincial gaming revenue to 73 different non-profit groups in Abbotsford, said the charitable community has been decimated by the government’s decision in 2009 to slash available gaming revenue. “A lot of charities are against the wall with the

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funding cuts, and some are actually terminating to deliver services to citizens, she said. their operations,” said Gosling. However, representatives from non-profit The ABA channels gaming revenue to a variety groups raised more immediate and pressing of organizations including MSA Museum Society, issues with Clark. Agrifair, the Abbotsford Arts Council, Abbotsford A number of groups noted changes to the time Community Services, and all the community lines for the provision of what gaming revenue non-profit sports and service groups, such as the they were still getting was leaving them without Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis clubs. funding, often for upwards of a year, and sugThe ABA suffered a $40 million cut, close to a 30 gested the province set up in-term payments so per cent drop, in the amount of revenue it fed to they could survive. community groups in 2010. David Sheach, executive director of Big Broth“[Clark’s promise of] $15 million wouldn’t bring ers and Big Sisters in Abbotsford, said it was us back to where we were, but every even suggested by a government little bit helps,” said Gosling. administrator that charities get The ABA’s provincial umbrella First reported @ loans from banks to cover their group, The B.C. Association for abbotsfordtimes.com cash crunches. Char itable Gaming, has seen “There is no bank in the unitotal available gambling revenues “We don’t want nonverse that will loan us money plummet to about $112 million based on a promise from the govfor 2009-10 from $156 million the profits to die or be ernment,” Sheach told Clark. year before. Previous to the cuts Big Brothscrambling because T h i s y e a r t h e g ov e r n m e n t ers got $230,000 – almost half its announced it would up the share government is constantly annual budget – from gaming to $120 million from the $1-billion revenue, Sheach said. snatching the rug out it expected to raise from gaming. The organization’s maximum However, the standing agree- from under them.” grant in 2011 was $100,000. ment with the BCACC is the gov“It might mean we can’t serve ernment will provide one-third of more kids or we’ll have to close – Christy Clark its gaming revenue to charities. some files,” said Sheach. In 2010 the number hovered “I’ve spent this last year fusscloser to 10 per cent. ing about how to raise that lost Clark promised to review the governance money rather than helping more kids.” and funding formula for gambling grants if she Clark also said one aspect of the review would becomes premier, and to actually look for ways be to examine the launch of online gambling in to increase government’s involvement with non- the province, and if government should simulprofits. taneously be a benefactor and regulator of The province should expand the role of chari- gaming. ties and community groups, and establish non-WITH A FILE FROM PETER MCMARTIN VANCOUVER SUN profit and public partnerships, or NPPPs, in order

Briefly $800,000 blaze levels Brander shop A vicious fire in rural Abbotsford destroyed a machine shop and caused around $800,000 in damages Sunday night. Abbotsford fire crews arrived at 11:30 p.m. to find 100-foot flames shooting skyward from the building located on a property at 5887 Bradner Road. As the shop was fully engulfed, firefighters quickly set up a defensive attack to protect the adjacent home and vehicles on the property that were being showered with hot embers and exposed to intense heat from the blaze, said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer. Approximately 35 fire fighters and eight trucks from five fire halls fought the flames, which were brought under control after 90 minutes. The machine shop, which contained a number of vehicles such as forklifts, was completely destroyed, said Helmer. The home on the property had to be evacuated, but no one was hurt in the fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and is not considered suspicious at this time. For photos, visit www. abbotsfordtimes.com. -ROCHELLE BAKER/TIMES

Cancer society needs volunteers The Canadian Cancer Society is preparing for its Spring Daffodil Campaign. The daffodil is a symbol of hope for those who live with cancer and those that support people afflicted with cancer. Last year CCS introduced a new component to the campaign – the daffodil pin, which was overwhelmingly received by everyone. Now the Canadian Cancer Society is looking for leadership volunteers for the three different aspects of this campaign. There are the traditional live flowers and pins in the malls, the corporate flowers and pins, and pin boxes. If you have a desire to plan events, network in the community and help a worthwhile cause then we would like to speak to you. Call Inge Smith at 604533-1668 ext. 326 or toll free at 1-888-222-2240 ext. 326 or email ismith@bc.cancer. ca. -STAFF REPORTER


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Charges laid in 2009 murder Two suspected UN gang members are now charged with the first-degree murder of Abbotsford’s Kevin LeClair, who was shot on Feb. 6, 2009 outside a busy IGA grocery store in Langley. The accused killers – UN gang boss Conor Vincent D’Monte, 33, and associate Cory Vallee, 34 – have not been found by police and are considered armed and dangerous. According to reports, LeClair had been involved in the drug trade for years, working with various Surrey and Langley drug crews before hooking up with the Red Scorpions and the Bacon brothers a few months before he was gunned down in broad daylight in a packed mall parking lot. LeClair had been driving around Port Moody the day before with Jon Bacon, the eldest of the notorious brothers from Abbotsford. – KIM BOLAN/VANCOUVER SUN

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Langley’s Howard VanVliet imagines life on the open road atop this BMW R1200GS at last weekend’s impressive Vancouver Motorcycle Show inside Abbotsford’s Tradex. Organizers say a total of 185 exhibitors attended, including manufacturers who displayed more than 300 bikes and ATVs. While the final tally of attendees isn’t expected until sometime today, we do know this year’s 2011 Custom Alley winner was Jarz Performance for Dennis Clark’s Bat Bike from Mission.

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thought it might be good to jump on board with this one,” said Kring. He added that Abbotsford Middle does an earthquake drill every six weeks, and teachers and administrators go through a number of “stringent” training programs and procedures.

“We saw it advertised, and we do regular earthquake drills anyways so we thought it might be good to jump on board with this one.” – Steve Kring vice-principal

“With any of these things, the goal is to wait for the safe time and evacuate the building, and evaluate things from there,” said Kring. “All the classes have a set meeting place, we go through what to do in the event your not in your classroom. . .what do you do, where do you go and how do you meet up with your teachers. “We’re really about accountability too, making sure students are accounted for.”

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The shakeout requires students and staff to drop and cover for 60 seconds, and will not include the usual schoolwide evacuation of the building or designated meeting areas. Abbotsford School District spokesman Dave Stephen said the number of times a school runs an emergency drill – fire or earthquake – is left strictly to the administrators at that school. He added that none of the high schools in Abbotsford are taking part Wednesday due to provincial exams. “I can understand trying to pull this together, with all the different schedules, that it might’ve been something overlooked,” said Stephen. Folks at both Abbotsford City Hall and Mission City Hall will also be taking part in the B.C. shakeout. Heather Lyle, director of integrated public safety for Emergency Management B.C., said the event has been well received in its first year, and organizers plan to expand the initiative next year. “We hope to continue doing this,” said Lyle. Wednesday’s province wide earthquake drill falls on the 311th anniversary of the Great Cascadia earthquake, which registered a 9.0 on the Richter scale.

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newly completed presentation centre became the location for a newly forged relationship between Mahogany at Mill Lake and Abbotsford’s Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Quantum Properties, developer of Mahogany, announced Thursday during a special event at its newly completed The Viewpoint that it had committed $1,000 for each of the 272 units sold at the development to Canuck Place.

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People take in an open house at Mahogany at Mill Lake Thursday night. Mahogany’s developers recently announced a major contribution to Abbotsford’s Canucks Place. beds, as well as five family suites. Nalewajek said that with the already existing hospice in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood, the Abbotsford facility automatically doubles the number of people Canuck Place can reach in B.C. “When we were doing our research. . .we found out that we were only mee-

ting 20 to 25 per cent of the needs,” she said. “We found that Abbotsford was the ideal place for many reasons. [It’s] a community that absolutely embraces this type of service and has been welcoming with open arms.” The Abbotsford facility will have space for more than 30 people.

Cineplex bringing very large big screens ineplex Entertainment announced last week it plans to develop a brand new, 43,000 square foot entertainment complex in Abbotsford. The new theatre will feature 11 screens and up to 1,950 seats with the latest in digital, RealD and 3D technology, as well as VIP Cinemas and one UltraAVX auditorium. Construction on Abbotsford’s new entertainment complex is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2011, and is set to open in the spring of 2012. The VIP Cinema, which being developed by Cineplex Entertainment and SHAPE Properties Corp., will offer a

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Looking to weed out Mission’s grow op bylaw SAM COOPER The Province

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controversial bylaw that gives authorities in Mission the power to fine homeowners for the cost of searching their properties for marijuana grow ops — even if police find nothing — is under attack on two fronts. A Mission municipal councillor is seeking to rescind the bylaw, and 74 residents have reportedly joined to file a class-action lawsuit against the district.

A number of Mission residents have complained that their homes were searched for pot grow ops and they were slapped with fees and repair orders costing upward of $10,000 — all on questionable evidence. L a s t Tu e s d a y, Co u n . Je n n y Stevens asked that a motion to rescind the bylaw be considered by Mission council last night (visit www.abbotsfordtimes.com for

the outcome). “I’ve become increasingly concerned about the bylaw to the point I’m saying . . . are the negative consequences outweighing the benefits?” asked Stevens. “If (dissent) is getting this vociferous, you need to look at the beginning of the problem, which is this bylaw.” Last Tuesday evening, more than 100 bylaw critics attended an emo-

tional meeting in Mission’s library to air concerns, said Mission resident Stacy Gowanlock — who said his house was searched in 2009 and hit with thousands of dollars in fees and repair orders despite the fact that he’d never grown marijuana in his home — said 74 citizens at the meeting signed onto the classaction lawsuit he is leading. In mid-December, B.C Civil Liberties Association’s Micheal Vonn led

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of information. Everyone thinks the First Nations are killing [all the salmon], and the First Nations say ‘the white man is taking them all. They’re taking food from our babies.’ Those kinds of stereotypes have been built up over years.” Clapton recalled years of violence, which included rocks and weights being thrown at boats and other fishermen, guns being pulled and other face-to-face confrontations. He said the meetings were beneficial for all parties involved. “To me this session is good because I like to think it’s another stop in our journey toward a safe, peaceful fishery for both user groups.” Also present at the meetings were the Fraser Basin Council and B.C. Wildlife Federation, as well as various members of the First Nations community and sports fishermen. Last week’s two-day seminar was just one half of the pilot project, which is aimed at developing a strategy towards reducing hostilities and violence amongst people in the B.C. fishery. Two more meetings are scheduled for February.

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and fire dispatch system, air quality management, regional solid waste management and noxious weed control. would support such a large project with The district also provides administration for one of the major partners pulling out,” said municipal financing and health care facility Stam. funding. Peary agreed the city would have to carry Though unavailable for comment Monday, away any ARHCC debt if it left the district, FVRD chair and Abbotsford Coun. Patricia but suggested the savings would be worth it Ross said last week that the district works over the long term. on improving services and reducing costs, “We would bring with us whatever debt is and ensuring a fair and equitable allocation allocated to the citizen’s of Abbotsford,” said of those costs across the region. Peary. “. . . we believe they may not “If the [Mission health have considered all the facts centre project] goes regarding membership in the “It won’t matter a hill of through while we are FVRD, ” she said in a release. still members of the Chuck Stam, FVRD vice- beans for most of the public regional district we’ll chair, said Abbotsford was if we belong to the FVRD. The pick up our share too . entitled to explore the issue of . . as will other municipublic is concerned with get- palities.” leaving the district. The issue was raised in ting good value for tax dollars The amount of debt for closed FVRD meetings six the ARH that Abbotsford . . . especially if we can bring would shoulder would months ago, said Stam. In response, the regional have to be determined. down property taxes by one district has been reviewing its But Peary noted that the budgets and systems to see if per cent.” new hospital is a regionit can address some of Abbotsal one and the burden ford’s concerns around inequifor paying for it should – Abbotsford Mayor George Peary be shared by all municitable allocation of dollars. The relationship between palities that use it. Abbotsford and the FVRD is Abbotsford has also still salvageable, he said. contributed significantly to Chilliwack hosHowever, should Abbotsford decide to leave pital upgrades, he said. the district it would have to take along its curMission Mayor James Atebe said he didn’t rent share of the original $80-million debt for feel comfortable commenting on a complex the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and issue that still had to be discussed by all the Cancer Centre (ARHCC), he added. stakeholders involved. The exit of Abbotsford could also endanAbbotsford’s proposal will come under ger a new multi-million dollar health centre discussion by the FVRD board at a closed project slated for Mission Memorial Hospital, meeting tonight (Tuesday), Atebe said. said Stam. The FVRD has set aside $22 milChilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz said she lion towards a community health facility that didn’t agree with Abbotsford’s plan. would centralize the city’s health services. “The FVRD has worked on some projects “I don’t know if the entire FVRD board – air quality, growth predictions, we are work-

ing on a transportation study – all kinds of selves what the regional district does in most things we have done together that are better instances.” done together than separately,” she said. In fact, the city may even have resources The FVRD authority includes the munici- superior to those of the district, said Peary. palities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, “The FVRD employs one engineer. The city employs 18.” Hope, Kent and Harrison. The plan would require approval from the The district also encompasses seven electoral areas that include rural territories that provincial government. There are instances stretch to the border of the Thompson Nicola where the province has allowed for realignregion in the north; the Okanagan in the east; ments for regional districts. “I think the precedent has west to Squamish/Lillooet been set, and I can’t imagand south to Metro Vanine the provincial governcouver. The FVRD has worked on ment obliging Abbotsford The regional district to remain in the regional provides localized gov- some projects – air quality, government. It would be ernmental services such growth predictions, we are self-defeating for them,” he as water, sewer, garbage said. collection and fire services working on a transportation “Ul t i m a t e l y, we h a v e to isolated rural areas. study – all kinds of things [MLAs] in the legislature. If M a n y o f t h e c i t y ’s the government said ‘we’re regional needs are already we have done together that not going to allow city taxbeing met through joint are better done together than payers the benefits’. . . it agreements with other would very much become a municipalities, particularly separately.” provincial election issue.” Mission, to provide sewer, The taxpayers of water, transit and recycling – Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz Abbotsford aren’t likely to services, said Peary. resist the idea either, said Abbotsford also partners Peary. with Metro Vancouver for “It won’t matter a hill of beans for most of its regional parks service. “It makes sense,” said Peary. “We have a the public if we belong to the FVRD. “The public is concerned with getting good lot in common with Mission and little in common with Chilliwack and areas east of value for tax dollars . . . especially if we can bring down property taxes by one per cent.” Chilliwack.” Peary concedes that if Abbotsford – the If Abbotsford withdrew from the district, it would partner with other municipalities, or main contributor of revenue to general goveven the FVRD itself on a contractual basis, ernance – withdrew, the FVRD would face major challenges. to meet other regional necessities. “[The FVRD] would continue to exist, but “I think there’s the belief with some of us it would have to make significant changes to that we’re over-governed,” said Peary. “When you look at what we invest and its operations.” -WITH A FILE FROM THE CHILLIWACK TIMES what we get out of it . . . we can do for our-

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here’s no doubt the City of Abbotsford’s proposal to abandon its relationship with the Fraser Valley Regional District has some merit – however small. On the surface, saving city taxpayers $1.4 million annually is an attractive proposition. Abbotsford is paying 49 per cent, or the lion’s share of governance of the FVRD, which includes all rural hamlets north to the Thompson region and east to the Okanagan border. No doubt an Abbotsford taxpayer, or politician, would be tempted to believe he or she shouldn’t be paying for the weed whacking or water upgrades in communities never before heard of. However, the proposal opens up a hornets’ nest of other issues that will certainly lead to some pretty tense relationships with neighbouring municipalities, and even the possibility of costly litigation. FVRD provides the framework for health care facility funding, and Abbotsford has a shiny new regional hospital, secured with the generous support of its district partners. Does the city get to walk away now with the District of Mission’s dream of a centralized community health centre in the works? Additionally, an agreement of just how much debt Abbotsford will have to pack into its bags when it leaves is not going to come easy. Abbotsford thinks it can meet its regional needs by partnering with whoever will offer the best deal. But it’s still up in the air if Metro Vancouver will be able to provide services any cheaper than the FVRD can. It would be awfully big of the FVRD to provide Abbotsford services on a contractual basis if the city’s departure puts its very existence in danger.

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s our two main political parties continue to move towards electing new leaders, it’s worth noting that each of them face remarkably similar options when it comes to picking a new face. For example, either party can opt to walk along a more rigid ideological path. Kevin Falcon represents the most right-wing option for the B.C. Liberals, while the NDP’s Adrian Dix is a mirror image of him, albeit on the leftwing side of the spectrum. And both parties are fielding candidates that appear to have a more populist streak to them. Christy Clark of the B.C. Liberals and John Horgan from the NDP seem to fit this bill. Finally, both parties are fielding strong, centrist candidates: the NDP’s Mike Farnworth and the B.C. Liberals’ George Abbott and Mike de Jong are probably closer to each other when it comes to policies than they are with some of their own rivals in their own parties. And each party is eyeing the other one, wondering what kind of scenario will develop after they make their choices. Judging from what many people are saying in both parties, I suspect each party is hoping the other one opts for the most ideological candidate. The B.C. Liberals seem to relish the prospect of running against Dix, whose close association with the class warfare tactics of the former Glen Clark govern-

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From the Ledge ment gives his opponents lots of ammunition to fire back at him. Likewise, New Democrats would love to square off against Falcon, who they consider to be too right-wing for many middleof-the-road voters who may consider voting for either party. Of course, any problems the general public may have with either candidate don’t necessarily cut much ice with the party members who will be choosing the leaders. In fact, Dix may hold an advantage over his rivals precisely because he is the most left-wing candidate, given that a major chunk of the party membership likely shares his philosophical views. Both parties seem to be less sure about the so-called populist candidates. Some New Democrats think Clark would be an inviting target, while others I talk to are nervous about her charisma and communications skills. Horgan is the candidate who may puzzle the B.C. Liberals the most, at least for now. He’s relatively unknown and doesn’t have a lot of baggage from the past. But it is the middle-of-theroad candidates who seem to

have both sides equally nervous. Farnworth, Abbott and, to a lesser degree, De Jong, are the types of leaders who can poach voters from other parties. Not everyone who votes for the B.C. Liberals consider themselves right-wing, just as not all NDP voters think they are leftists. As such, Farnworth could appeal to a lot of soft B.C. Liberals who may be tired of their party but who don’t want to embrace a jarringly different kind of philosophy. Abbott is the same kind of candidate. He could easily appeal to soft NDP voters who are uneasy about the New Democrats’ reputation on economic issues. Of course, many NDP members won’t take any of this into consideration when they mark their ballots. Winning elections is not the motivation for many of them – ensuring the party rigidly sticks to an ideological path is more important. Nevertheless, the potential match-ups are intriguing. Will it be an ideologue versus a moderate, or a populist versus an ideologue, or a moderate versus a populist? Both parties face the same array of choices. Whatever the outcome, it’s going to be fascinating to watch. ■ Keith Baldrey is chief political cor-

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Bomb caller says he learned his lesson Editor, the Times:

My name is Kirk Malcho. I was involved in a large standoff with the Abbotsford Police bomb squad Jan. 16 (Bomb squad called for ‘costly’ impass, Times, Jan. 18). During the six-hourlong incident the police had to get many families out of their homes and take apart fences of my neighbours in order to extract me from my apartment due to a false bomb threat I’d made while on drugs. I want to apologize to the families affected by my actions, especially my landlord and the neighbours behind us. I really want to acknowledge and thank the Abbotsford Police for their patience, their kindness in my treatment during the physical apprehension and the genuine care I felt in their words to me during and after the ugly situation I caused. This had a profound effect on me that I’ll never forget. I also want to thank the negotiator, Ryan, for being able to talk me out of the self-destructive state that I was in. The understanding of the officers involved is still quite mind boggling. I commend your patience, professionalism and care during the whole ordeal. I can’t thank you enough and I hope that the public knows what a great group of individuals work for their emergency crews. I apologize for the troubles I caused the public, the neighbourhood and the police department, and the people in my life that were very much inconvenienced by my actions. I just thought I’d write to the newspaper to follow up the story from last week. Many people only get to hear or read about the horrible situations that occur in our communities and never get to know what the end results are. Kirk Malcho Abbotsford

Cancer survivor deserved better Editor, the Times:

Elizabeth Strecker is a senior citizen who was unnecessarily humiliated and traumatized by security at Calgary airport (Victimized & critisized, Times, Jan. 18). She deserves respect, as all people do, while navigating through the various activities of life. She decided to turn a

very personal humiliation into a quest for better treatment for others. This quest cannot translate into resolving the damage already done to her. Perhaps her continuing actions aren’t all that exciting or dramatic to the outside world, but she is a heroine, nonetheless. What would the world be like if more people stuck their necks out to enter the fray when needed? Elizabeth Strecker: you go, girl! Laurie Hoekstra Abbotsford

Know where your food comes from Editor, the Times:

After reading Jane Schneider’s letter (Thieves not the first to run afoul, Times, Jan. 18) I felt I also needed to write a letter. Recently I watched a documentary that I feel everyone should watch. It’s called Earthlings and you can view it online (Google ‘Earthlings’) or borrow it from the library. It’s 95 minutes long and not intended for children. I knew that many animals are treated terribly but this documentary exposes all the areas of human cruelty to animals. It sickens me to know that there are so many people who do not understand or care that animals feel pain and fear. After viewing it I felt I had to do something. My family has decided to eat less meat and dairy products, which is better for our health, the environment and the animals, and when we do have meat we will make sure that it is SPCA certified, or from a farm where the animals are raised and slaughtered ethically. We will also make sure that future pets are rescued and we will buy more products that are not tested on animals. To do otherwise is to perpetuate the torture that animals suffer for profit. I implore you to watch Earthlings, then think of ways that you can help. Every living creature deserves respect. Pam Brooks Mission

Not fair that Bob took a swipe at Palin Editor, the Times:

Most people, I’m sure, fully agree with Bob Groeneveld’s opinion , that it’s stupid to engage in “texting while driving” (Driving to stupidity and beyond, Times, Jan. 21).

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Still, his swipe against Sarah Palin, might be equally considered a bit of self-inflicted stupidity. She is a very competent and rising star among some conservatives. It’s difficult to understand her connection with stupid drivers. Mark B. Toth Abbotsford

Mr. Martin, not all hearts are wicked Editor, the Times:

I found the column written by Todd Martin on Jan. 7 (Just say no to New Year’s resolutions) to be revolting. If this is your example of a column meant to inspire and lift the spirits of your readers, I suggest you start looking for another source. He writes: “Our hearts are deceitful, wicked and self-serving. “They are hard and inflexible, not inclined to change.” And: “Everyone in church is there on the same terms. They are there because they are failures, and because they know to the roots of their beings that they are failures and they have heard the good word of Christ that they are accepted as failures in Jesus Christ, received as sinners. . .So there is no reason to hide and pretend.” If this person is a pastor who is dedicated to lift spirits and to instill morals he is doing an extremely poor job. His assumption that all members attending church are deceitful, wicked and self-serving is a very judgemental, condescending, self-righteous attitude and I might ask where does this come from? How can Todd Martin possibly know what is in the hearts of those people attending church services? To say that everyone in church is there because they are failures is another condescending judgemental attitude. How dare this person who is supposed to inspire spirituality and belief in an all-knowing power assume that he knows why everyone is in church. Not everyone can be put in a box and judged by Todd Martin – unless of course he considers himself to be God.

What an egotistical, self- righteous and judgemental person Todd Martin must be. It is very sad that while he has the ability to inspire and lift spirits he would rather pass judgement and assume everyone has “wicked hearts.” Might I suggest that he focus on the belief that many people sincerely believe: That we do not have “wicked hearts,” and wish to feel closer to their God and thus attend church to do so. They will never feel like this when their judgemental pastor assumes they are all wicked and actually has the nerve to believe that he knows what is in their hearts. Samara Gale Abbotsford

Lean times call for BBQ fundraiser Editor, the Times:

Food is one of those necessities that, like oxygen and water, you don’t survive long without. You can wear you clothes to tatters, you can live in a tent, you can live on the street, but you’ve got to eat to live. It is because you have no choice about eating that the rising cost of food imposes such a burden on the poor, and those who endeavour to ensure those who cannot afford this necessity of life, get enough food to sustain life. Which is why Saturday Jan. 22 found the Thursday Night BBQers holding their first ever fundraiser to help cover the rising cost of the food – costs that until now have come out of their own pockets. Many people find sustenance at the Thursday BBQ and on their (and my own) behalf I want to offer thankful appreciation to those who made raising funds to defray rising food costs possible. Thanks to Immanuel Fellowship Baptist Church, which provided the use of their parking lot and assorted accoutrements to hold the fundraiser – a BBQ/bake sale/flea market. Thanks to those who donated items, baked goods et al to be sold. Thanks to the BBQers who gave their time not only to put on Thursday’s

repast but put in all the additional time required to put on the fundraiser – so they could continue to spend time providing a Thursday night repast. Thanks to the volunteers who gave their time to assisting in putting on the fundraiser, most generously giving up their Saturday to put on the fund raiser. Special thanks to those who came out to support the fundraiser with their wallets. The success of any fundraiser lies in the members of the community who come out and open their wallets to contribute. Some of who simply came by to make a donation - or to pay (when you do the math) outrageous prices for (admittedly tasty - but not THAT tasty) smokies and burgers. For a community to be whole and healthy it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other. Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. James W. Breckenridge Abbotsford

Mission needs to get money under control Editor, the Times:

In order to bring our district’s finances under control we must foremost become more responsible and effective with the resources we presently have in place. How do we do that? My vision of Mission is of a community more included in the decision making and processes of which our council is currently doing undemocratically by itseld. At the last council meeting, Mayor Atebe and council members Paul Horn and Mike Scudder mentioned of such intentions loosely. The fact remains that council’s behavior and conduct during the few public council meetings available for the public to participate in prove the opposite. If the district’s mayor, council and staff would be more willing to receive valuable input from the taxpayers and consider to implement as such – instead of not letting them participate in the process – the chances for grave errors, as it happens too frequent, could be reduced and save taxpayers money, and the council’s reputation. The (PSIT) Public Safety Inspection Team is a further example of the unnecessary empire building. The PSIT does

little to nothing about public safety. It should never have been created and needs to be abolished as a Crime Prevention is already in place and should do the job. Furthermore, we do not need an additional RCMP officer in this community and could save money by firing the constable who responded to a fatal shotsfired call and behaved totally unprofessional by chuckling with 911 dispatchers, and not doing the work he was hired for. The taxpayers must feel ripped off as they pay for his high salary. I highly recommend that you, the citizens of Mission, get more involved in our community by visiting the council meetings, get informed, learn where your tax dollars are being spent and prepare for this year’s municipal election. All together we can and must do better. Othmar Kagi Mission

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Mission author Kim Oshiro is enjoying reading to youngsters from her new book ABC in Harmony.

how, the seed for the book was planted. “That really triggered something in me . . . [kids] struggling just to learn the alphabet,” she said, adding she never had any problems. “It had never occurred to me.” Even though she found some useful books to help her son, she knew

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sports a colourful, simple pencil crayon drawing that reinforces the message. Now Oshiro is literally taking her book on the road, going to elementary schools around Abbotsford and Mission, reading to students. “I was so pleased with those school visits. It was so much better than I expected,” she said. At each school, she sat in a small chair as the class of youngsters gathered in a semicircle around her. “You look at this little sea of faces and you feel engaged. It was just a natural response to feel comfortable. Children are very enthusiastic and spontaneous and open.” Even the vice-principal at Dasmesh School said the book was very moving for her. “It touches an older person as well,” added Oshiro, after her twoday visit to the Matsqui Village school. Oshiro recalls how, years ago, her young son struggled in school because of dyslexia, and some-

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Tips on using real food & finding what works in your busy house of picky eaters

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ast week might’ve left you feeling blue, but culinary experts say there’s still plenty of time to reach those New Year’s resolutions of eating healthier and shedding a few pounds. Blue Monday hit last week – a day in January some psychologists calculate as the most depressing day of the year because of such things as weather, work and failed New Year’s resolutions.

“Go for real ingredients. You’ll have more flavour, and the more flavour you have, the more motivated you will be to eat it . . .” – Chef Dez

But for all those looking to stave off the pounds, and build and maintain a healthier lifestyle, Gordon Desormeaux, otherwise known as Chef Dez, a syndicated culinary columnist who appears regularly in the Abbotsford-Mission Times, says there is still plenty of time to maintain healthy eating habits for the year, which revolve around going natural. “If you’re using lemon juice in a recipe, for example, use a lemon. Don’t just get it

from a bottle,” Desormeaux told the Times. “Go for real ingredients. You’ll have more flavour, and the more flavour you have, the more motivated you will be to eat it and the more satisfied you will be afterwards.” “Every year at this time, we’re bombarded with ‘How do we do this? How do we do this?’ It’s just a matter of reminding people it’s really not that difficult.” Desormeaux also wants to debunk the notion that healthier foods lack the same taste that processed foods with added preservatives have. All cultures, he said, provide a wide variety of healthy, natural recipes to choose from. “Everyone has a favourite cuisine, whether it’s Italian food or Indian Food, or whatever it may be,” he said. “From those cuisines, you can find healthy choices in most of them. And that might be a way to explore how to really savour foods.” Desormeaux said that preparing a healthy meal can be difficult for some people, especially with the bustle of getting home from work, among other things. “You have to do the leg work,” he said. “But also make it a family affair. If you are living with somebody else, or your family, make it a group effort to get in the kitchen. If you really want to change something, you have to change your environment.”

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The Abbotsford Garden Club meets in the multi-purpose room of Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Learn about invasive plants from Jeanne Hughes of the Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council. All are welcome.

Family storytime

Fun for all ages and stages. Drop into Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave., for stories, songs, puppets and more. Storytimes run every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. from Jan. 25 until March 3. For more information, call the library at 604-826-6610.

Food and our community

Curious to know more about community food issues in Mission? Come to a community forum at Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave., on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is presented by Mission Food Access Network. Call the library at 604-826-6610 for more.

UFV speaker

Dr. Olav Lian is the featured speaker at the University Lecture Series at UFV. He will speak at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan 26, in Room B121, on the Abbotsford campus. Admission is free. Lian will talk on understanding the timing and nature of climatically-driven landscape change in western Canada.

Mt. Lehman social

The Mount Lehman Community Association is hosting its annual get together on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mount Lehman Hall, 6418 Mount Lehman Rd., Abbotsford. Come and meet your neighbours. Refreshments will be served.

Journalist to guest lecture Veteran Ottawa journalist, Lloyd Mackey, will deliver the 2011 Mel Smith Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Trinity Western University Northwest Building Lecture Hall. Lecture subjects have ranged from proportional representation to aboriginal self-government. For more information call 604513-2027 ext. 3341.

Hominum

The Hominum Fraser Valley Chapter is a support/discussion group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men. The next meeting is Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. For information and meeting location call Don at 604329-9760 or Art at 604462-9813.

Volunteering in Africa

The University of the Fraser Valley’s Continuing Studies department has teamed up with Making Africa Work for an information session on Saturday, Jan. 29, to provide information for an upcoming three-week volunteer trip for students and working professionals to East Africa this summer. The session will give people an overview of the trip and a better understanding of the planning and development process in a rural Kenyan context. The session will be held at the UFV Abbotsford campus, room A225, at 10 a.m. For more information, e-mail Victoria Harris at vkharris@ gmail.com or visit www. makingafricawork.com.

Play for literacy

On Saturday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) celebrates family literacy. Musician Will Stroet and Norden the magician will entertain and there will be food, crafts and games to improve literacy and numeracy skills. Find out how to play for literacy at this fun event. Call Cynthia at 604-859-7814 ext. 232.

Robbie Burns dinner

Transplanted Scots and those who wish they were are invited to the 9th annual Paul Abbott Memorial Burns Supper on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Eagles Hall, 33868 Essendene Ave., Abbotsford. Bands Piper Down and 1066 will be playing. Dinner, including the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties, along with roast beef, is at 6:30 p.m. and the festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the Eagles Club (604-859-5405). Net proceeds will go to support the Abbotsford Firefighters Burn Fund.

Walk for Memories

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. will hold a Walk for Memories for the Fraser Valley fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30. Registration opens at 1 p.m. Visit www.walkformemories.com for more details.

Michael’s Arts and Crafts in West Oaks mall. All are welcome to put blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. Donations of yarn always appreciated. All materials furnished. For details call Nancy Gallagher at 604-504-3713.

Mental health support

The BRIDGES course, a self-help recovery program for people struggling with mental health issues or difficulties begins Thursday, Feb. 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and runs for 10 weeks. Subjects include mental illness, mental health treatment, medications and self-help skills

Silver anniversary ball

The Abbotsford Hospice Society, celebrating 25 years of service, is hosting its annual spring gala, the Silver Ball, Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Rd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The gala’s grand raffle prize from Lee’s Fine Jewelry is valued at nearly $20,000. Tickets are $125 each and include dinner, enter-

tainment, and silent and live auctions. Visit www. abbotsfordhospice.org.

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The Abbotsford Lions Club is holding a no limit charity poker tournament on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Ag Rec Centre gallery (32740 Haida Dr., Abbotsford Exhibition Grounds, upstairs). Tickets are $50 each, starting chip value 3,000, maximum 100 players, 19 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. A guaranteed prize pool of $2,000. To reserve tickets contact the abbotsfordlions@shaw.ca or call 604-308-6037.

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ans who are being fleeced of their hard-earned tax dollars, and it’s not fair to legitimate refugees who are fleeing conflict and persecution by following the rules. Human smuggling is a global problem, and here in Canada, we are finally taking action to fix our broken refugee system. This past June, our Conservative government introduced the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act to put an end to the odious practice of human smuggling. The Act ensures that law enforcement officials have the tools needed to crack down on those who abuse the system. It also holds ship owners and operators accountable for the use of their ships in human

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Keep an eye on cutting back branches the best colour. Gardeners who neglect pruning will discover that many twiggy dogwoods can sucker into huge, tangled thickets ten feet (three metres) tall. Other woody plants with colourful stems include the rich gold of pollarded willow trees, the emphatic green of Kerria shrubs and the sea-green stems of Leycesteria Formosa (the Himalayan Honeysuckle). Coral Bark Maple isn’t at its best if allowed to stretch to its 20’ (six metre) potential because the red brilliance is shown by the young stems, not the mature bark on its trunk. Pruning it annually helps to keep bright new stems emerging relatively close to

eye level. Cutting back is also an issue when contorted branch trees and shrubs are planted. This is especially true of the Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana tortuosa) which has wavy, curving branches that can grow to heights far above pruners. The contorted hazel is also best kept to a size reachable for cutting. But there’s a catch. With grafted contorted hazels (and most are grafted) pruning triggers suckers from the rootstock – and all the suckers are straight. If you don’t pull suckers off when they’re tiny, they’ll reshoot. It is possible to layer branches of contorted hazel by bending part of a pliable

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ocal soccer players will have a new look, a new logo and a new sponsorship after Abbotsford Minor Soccer announced a sponsorship deal with Magnuson Ford on Friday. Abbotsford soccer will, as of April 2011, be known as the Magnuson Ford Mariners Football Club, and will feature a new jersey, logo and sponsor on all jerseys. Final terms of the deal are still being hammered out, however both parties have said they are happy with the partnership. “It’s a great thing for the club,” said Abbotsford Minor Soccer general manager Brad Nicholl. “We’ve been hoping for something like this for years and years. I’ve been involved for 20 years now and we’ve always talked about it, dreamed about it and then this deal just came our way. “The potential is there for us to secure a lot of funds if we work hard at it with Magnuson Ford, and they’ve stepped up and made that possible for us.” Layne Magnuson, president and using soccer fields in Abbotsford. “It really hits the budget hard,” principal dealer at Magnuson Ford in Abbotsford said he had been search- he said. ing for a local sports organization in Nicholl said the sponsorship deal the city to partner with, and the soc- also helps raise the profile of soccer cer association was a perfect fit. in Abbotsford, and that a lack of “It’s probably going to be our big- notoriety may have been something gest community initiative that we’ve that hindered any sponsorship proshad so far,” he told the Times Mon- pects in the past. day. Despite a low profile, Magnuson “It helps all types of kids.” said it was the soccer association’s Magnuson said the decision to overall reputation that was the drivsponsor soccer was based on the suc- ing factor behind this deal. cess Metro Ford has “This club is one had in Coquitlam. of the top clubs in The partnership “We’ve been hoping for the province,” he between those two something like this for said. o rg a n i z a t i o n h a s “We talked to the been running for years and years. I’ve guys at Metro Ford over 25 years. [soccer] about the been involved for 20 “Metro Ford is conAbbotsford Minor sidered to be a great years now and we’ve Soccer association community partner we found out always talked about it...” and and they are a role they were a great model for what we club. want our dealership – Brad Nicholl Abbotsford Soccer “ Yo u w o u l d n’t to be like,” said Magwant to align with nuson in a release somebody that is last week. going to make your company look With 1,700 kids playing soccer bad and this works with what we’re in Abbotsford, the deal allows the trying to do.” organization to keep registration fees Plans are in the works for an offisteady, said Nicholl. cial Magnuson Ford Mariners F.C. “We haven’t raised costs for four launch party for April 9. years now and we’re continue to do Registration for spring soccer in that,” he said. Abbotsford goes tonight. Nicholl said that this is especially For more information, check out important due to the rising cost of www.abbotsfordsoccer.com.

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Abbotsford Mariners U18 B Select’s right wing Kree Bryne, above left, avoids a hit from a Surrey Selects player Saturday at Mouat Field, while striker Tanner Strauss, below, charges downfield on his way to scoring a goal in the first half. The Mariners went on to defeat Surrey 7-2.

o l l e c t i v e l y, t h e Abbotsford Heat probably deserved better than a 5-3 loss to the Manitoba Moose Sunday afternoon on CBC. The Heat, having won three of their last five games heading into Sunday’s matinee with the Vancouver Canucks farm hands, fired 32 shots at Moose goalie Tyler Weiman and still came away with the loss, despite carrying the bulk of the play through the final two periods. In the end, goals from former Heat forwards Garth Murray and Shawn Weller, who became famous after he was caught by TV cameras chuckling to himself during Jim Playfair’s viral blow up last season, propelled the Moose to the victory. But the Heat can take solace in the fact they did a lot of things right Sunday. For instance, they scored twice on the power play in four opportunities. The significance behind that is the Heat, coming into Sunday, had the AHL’s worst power play. The Moose, by contrast, held the league’s best penalty kill. The Heat, spurred by crisp puck movement, scored two goals off the sticks of Josh Meyers and Jon Rheault – his tally was originally credited to Cam Cunning – with the man advantage early in the second period to stake Abbotsford to a 2-1 lead. But the Moose, who now sit eight points ahead of the Heat in the North Division standings, would not be deterred. They scored three straight goals to open up a 42 lead before Cunning made things interesting with his 10th goal of the season late in the third period. Cunning, who scored twice in Friday’s 3-2 shootout win over Manitoba, now has three goals in his last two games. The comeback bid fell short, however, as Guillaume Desbiens would pot his second goal of the afternoon into the empty net. The loss keeps Abbotsford out of the top four in the North as they travel to Texas for a Wednesday morning affair with the San Antonio Rampage. Puck drop is at 8:30 a.m. PST.


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t was everything a first place showdown in the final stretch of the season should be, and the Abbotsford Pilots came out on top. But it wasn’t easy. After spotting the Port Moody Black Panthers a 3-1 lead in the first period of Friday’s Harold Brittain Conference clash at MSA Arena, the Pilots came back to earn a 4-3 victory highlighted by an eight-round shootout. Brandon Dasse, an 19-yearold rookie from Chilliwack, notched the winner in the

breakaway competition, beating Port Moody goaltender Nicholas Taylor to complete the comeback. Pilots netminder Cole Chreptyk got credit for the win, stopping 25 of 26 shots after replacing veteran Brad Anderson, who allowed two goals on eight shots just under five minutes into the first period. Chreptyk allowed just two goals in eight Port Moody shootout attempts as well. Less than 24 hours after an emotional victory to solidify first place in the conference for

now, the Pilots earned a solid 4-2 win over the North Delta Devils. The score was a lot closer than the game itself, however. The Pilots, led by their leading goal scorer Ryley Lamb, fired 36 shots toward Devils goalie Alexander Ahnert, including 20 in the second period alone. Lamb scored twice and added one assist on the first of two goals by Kevin Lourens in the win. The Pilots now sit three points up on the Black Panthers for top spot in the conference with 11 games left in the regular season. – CAM TUCKER/TIMES

Clean sweep for UFV men in volleyball The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team swept their two regular season rivals, defeating Vancouver Island University 3-2 and Camosun University 3-2 last weekend. The wins improve the Cascades’ BCCAA regular season record to 4-5 with five regular season matches remaining. On Friday, the Cascades defeated VIU Mariners, 3-2 (19-25, 27-25, 19-25, 25-23, 15-13), showing their composure in the final two sets and coming from behind to earn their third league victory. “It was our best team performance of the season. In particular Kyle [Leinweber] came off the bench and made huge

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SASET Skills Outreach Supervisor (SSOS) Under the general direction of the Sto:lo Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET) Manager, the SASET Skills Outreach Supervisor will: Implement the Essential Skills in the Workplace program as it pertains to the roles of employment counseling and training in the SASET catchment area.

Supervise the work of Career Development Practitioners (CDP) staff providing client services in such areas as employment counseling, job search, client needs assessment, vocational training, job development/placement, referral to community resources and support services and assist in determining client program

● Prepares narrative and statistical reports or correspondence on client and outreach office activities, evaluation of existing services and recommendations to implement restructuring of services, ●

Ability to analyze and project employment needs based on local labor market trends,

Assists in the development of employment programs, with strong proposal writing and financial management skills, with experience in developing community educational and vocational resources and partnerships.

The successful candidate will have: ●

An understanding of the Federal Labour laws,

Service Canada employment programs and standards,

Will have worked a minimum of five years in a supervisory position within a First Nations service delivery organization,

Degree in Education, Human Resource Development or related social/counseling services,

Possess a valid BC drivers license,

Successfully complete a Criminal Records Check.

Salary commensurate with experience, successful candidate will qualify for extended health benefits and company pension after completion of a probationary period. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal ancestry. Please submit your resume and three work related references by 4 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2011 to: Anna Celesta, Manager Sto:lo Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training Bldg 8A - 7201 Vedder Road Chilliwack, BC, V2R 4G5 or email: saset@stolonation.bc.ca Thank you for your interest in this position, only those candidates who will be shortlisted for interview will be contacted.


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Education

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For Sale Miscellaneous

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Real Estate Services

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Condos/ Townhouses Chilliwack

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6008-28

Richmond

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6008-34

Vancouver East Side

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Cats

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3508

Dogs

BLUE NOSE PITBULLS to loving home. 1 male, 5 females, $550 (M), $750 (F). 778-968-3123

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Dogs

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2095

Lumber/Building Supplies

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3508

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6008-06

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Lumber/Building Supplies

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-40

W.End/Down/ Yaletown

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

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6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

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6020-02

Abbotsford

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6035

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6040

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Okanagen/ Interior

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3508

Dogs

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Metaphysical

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5040

Business Opps/ Franchises

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5050 5017

Business Services

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5035

Financial Services

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5060

Legal Services

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Money to Loan

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Cleaning

LINDA’S CLEANING service provides quality work for an affordable price. 604-852-0104

8075

Drywall

Electrical

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guaranteed. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

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7010

Personals

DATING SERVICE. Long-Term/ Short-Term Relationships, FREE CALLS. 1-877-297-9883. Exchange voice messages, voice mailboxes. 1-888-534-6984. Live adult casual conversations-1on1, 1-866-311-9640, Meet on chatlines. Local Single Ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+)

7015

Escort Services

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8160

Lawn & Garden

Winter Services Same Day Service, Fully Insured

SNOW REMOVAL

• Yard Clean-Ups • Pruning • Gutters • Landscaping

• Xmas Lights • Hedges • Rubbish Removal • Odd Jobs

All Drywall and Renovations Basement specialist! No job too BIG or small. Shane 604-807-3076

8080

7005

www.REALCARCASH.com

HOME SERVICES 8055

AUTOMOTIVE

Financial Services

5035

8220

Plumbing

BEKWAY ENT LTD Plumbing & Gas Service & Repairs

Hot Water Tanks Barbeque Boxes Installed •Bonded •Licensed •Insured •B Gas Ticket •Red Seal Plumber All Jobs Welcome Abbotsford & Mission Call David • 604-996-0330

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8195

Painting/ Wallpaper

MILANO Painting 604-551-6510 Int/Ext. Good Prices. Free Est. Written Guar. Prof & Insured.

8205

Paving/Seal Coating

ALLEN Asphalt, concrete, brick, drains, foundations, walls, membranes 604-618-2304/ 820-2187

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10% Off with this Ad! For all your plumbing, heating & reno needs. Lic Gas Fitter, Aman. 778-895-2005 38/HR! CLOGGED drains, drips, garbs, sinks, reno’s, toilets,installs, Lic/Ins. 604-217-2268

8255

9125

Domestic

1998 EAGLE TALON ESI, 170k, 2.0 L, excellent condition, 5 spd, no accidents, silver exterior, grey interior. $3500. 604-763-3223

9135

Parts & Accessories

4 AUDI RIMS. Spec size is 235/45R17. Will fit 225/45R17 or 255/45R17. FIT FOLLOWING VEHICLES: All A3, A5, A6, A8 or TT models. All S4 models to 2008. S6 models 2007-2009. S8 models 2007-2009. A4 - ONLY 2WD. 4 Alloy Rims & 20 Stainless Lug Nuts = $2867 retail. Mint condition $795 OBO 604-220-2269

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9145

Scrap Car Removal

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RENTALS 3BR + 2 BATH/ TWNHS avail now–The REGENT/Luxury 1,300 sq.ft, new bldg, all high end APP’s, wash/dry, gas F/P, 2 Park stalls, Best bldg in CHWK; walk to ammenities. Call DAVE 604.765.6797

Apt/Condos

2 BDRM APT FOR RENT in Langley

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Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Covered Parking,

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6505

Apartments & Condos

WALNUT GROVE The Grove 2 Bd/2Bath 2nd fl condo. Walk to all amenities. U/G parking. $1300 Available Feb 1. 604.888.0045

6508

Apt/Condos

1 BR $650. 2 BR $745 Mission. carpet, coin wd, avail now, Bob 604-302-8676 or 604-826-5147

ABBY GLEN APARTMENTS 2959 Tims St. Reno’d 1 & 2 br suite avail, Call 778-880-0920

6540

Houses - Rent

3 Bdrm Homes! Rent TO OWN! Poor Credit Ok, Low Down. Call Karyn 604-857-3597

Please call 604-534-9499

3 BDRM+BASEMENT, 34251 Redwood Ave, 2.5 baths, 4 appl, n/s, n/p, Feb 1, $1,375 + utilities, 604-513-2324

CEDAR GREEN

3 BR +den, Totally Reno’d House & Yard, Gardeners Delight! Beautiful Views, near shops, hwy & schools, avail Feb.. 1. ns, $1650, 32864 10 Ave, Mission. Call 1-604-657-0229 for viewing.

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3 BR home, Mission, private, mtn view, close to amen, 1/2 acre, gated & fenced, sm pet ok $1350. Immed. 604-826-6559, 832-1483

APARTMENTS

2441 Countess St 1 Bedroom

3 BR Rancher Hatzic Lake Isl., w/d, ns np, BBQ, quiet area $800+util refs 604-931-4050

from $620

ABBY 3 br top flr rancher, fenced yrd, 5 appl, nr UFV ns, np, ref’s req’d, $1250+util 604-505-5876

from $650

53B Ave & 200A St.

1 Bdrm. & Den 2 Bedroom

starting at $700 totally reno’d $790

604.850.5375 10% DISCOUNT

Secure underground parking with elevator. Damage deposit reduced.

9160

604-615-7175 #1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal Ask about $500 Credit!!! $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200 AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash paid for full sized vehicles. 604-518-3673

*FREE SCRAP CAR PICK UP* Pay $ for some complete cars. No wheels no problem. 209-2026 FREE SCRAP car & truck removal. Top $$ paid for all. No wheels - no problem. 604-615-7175

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604-850-9600

Apartments & Condos

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

Sports & Imports

Have it recycled properly

To advertise call

6505

9155

2001 CHEV Silverado LS Z71 4x4, full load, ext cab, excl cond leather p/h seats, 304,000 k’s, no acc’d, local $7000. 604-858-0591

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9145

1-866-843-8955

Rubbish Removal

FAMILY MAN w/truck for yard & home clean ups, light moves, odd jobs & scrap rem. 604-820-2383.

Auto Miscellaneous

$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. www.autocreditfast.ca DLN 30309

6508

310-JIMS (5467) www.jimsmowing.ca

9105

A23

Langley

2 BR Townhouse in 4plex, carpets, fridge, stove, carport, lots of storage, patio, $825. Avail Mar 1. N/S, N/P.

Call 604 592-5663

MISSION - 4 bdrm exec home, fncd yd, long term, $1600 Feb 7th. 604-826-2565, 604-302-0062

STEVE TOWING SERVICES Scrap Car Removal. We Pay $$ for all cars. Call 778-316-7960

9173

Vans

1993 GMC 1 Ton Cube Van, air care, propane, 17.5ft box, new tires, $4000 obo, 604-858-3913 2002 GRAND Caravan, excellent condition, must see. 604-858-9807

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Houses - Rent

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6590

Rooms

ABBOTSFORD ROOMS $450. 604-854-1000

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM + den $650, priv ent. n/s, n/p. East Abbotsford. Avail Feb1st. 604-854-3432 1 BDRM, ground level suite, Abbotsford, newer paint & floors, gas f/p, covered patio, private entrance, shared w/d, 1 prkg spot, quiet st. N/S, N/P, refs. Avail Mar. 1, $600 incl. util. 604-314-7938

1 BR bsmt, $650, 2br upper $850, both +utils, share wd, central Abby, ns, np, 778-990-0336 1 BR+ den, Abby,Sandpiper, ns np, no wd, $650 incl., furn/unfurn 604-853-3013/ 724-0440 Immed 1 BR nr. Mt Lehman & Auto Mall, $550+dd & incls hydro, avail now 604-855-5022.778-552-9308 1BR SPACIOUS bsmt suite. N/S, N/P, Includes d/w and utilities, $650/mo based on one person, 604-308-8976. 2 BR bsmt suite, 2275 Martens St, Abby. N/s, $800 incl hydro, w/d Avail now, 604-807-7441 2 BR bst ste Abby, Feb. 1st, $650, no ldry, incl utils, np nr schools, Townline area 604-746-5009

MISSION 5BR new carpet, large fenced yard, $1200, beautiful mtn view, np, ns, Feb 1. 604-461-5094

2001 NISSAN Altima GXE 2.4 l auto, ac, pwr group, 107 k, $4,700 obo. Call 604-826-1354

3 BR Lower, Mission, bright, gas fp, wd, ac, yard, quiet, cov’d deck, reno, $975, Feb 1, 778-833-0802

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

ABBY 2 br ste on Marshal Rd, nr UFV & hospital, np, ns, util incl. $800 Mar. 1st ! 604-870-0331 ABBY 3 br main ste fp, nr school/ hosp ns, np Immed $750 incl. 604-852-8367 * 604-613-6045 MISSION, 1BDRM ste on quiet cul-de-sac located near U.F.V. Walking distance to transit. Appls include f/s, d/w, w/d. $750/mth inclds cble/utils. Damage deposit $375. Ref’s req’d. Avail Immed 778-828-6475 MISSION, 2 BR, clean, suits 1 or 2, $800 incl utils, ns, np, sat tv, nr Lougheed, now, 604-826-9133 MISSION 3 br bsmt sute, clean, N/S, gas/hydro incl. share ldry $900 Feb. 1st 604-556-6035 MISSION - 3br hse. deck, fenced yrd, sep w/d, nr schls, rec & bus. ns $1150+util. 604-217-9286 MISSION 3rd Ave, 2 BR newly renod ste, W/D. Pets ok. Avail now. $950.(1)-866-719-1793

MISSION 4BR upper level, reno, share laundry, big yard, ns, $1200 +60%utils Feb. 1. 778-378-7160 MISSION UPPER flr, 3 BR, all appls, own W/D, A/C, gas f/p, huge yard. Close to schools, shops. Pet negot. Avail now. $1245 + 1/2 utls. 604-765-3340 SUITE ABOVE barn for rent in Yarrow. $475/mo. Hydro and Satellite included. 400 sq ft. Suits single person. Call 604-823-6536. References Required.

6605

Townhouses Rent

MISSION, 3 BR T/H, quiet family complex, rent geared to income, n/p, avail Now, 604 820-1715

6620

Warehouse/ Commercial

Store Front office space for lease 575 sf. busy complex. (Cwk) M.Y. Mini Storage

604-703-1111


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