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very six months, all staff members at the Open Door daycare in Abbotsford have to go through a thorough evaluation. Each employee has to fill out their own five-page self-evaluation and then sit down with the daycare’s director, Jennifer St. Jean, to go over their strengths and weaknesses. – JEAN KONDA-WITTE (LEFT), RANDY HARRIS (ABOVE)/TIMES
Above: Robert Minler’s white Honda hit a hydro pole then careened into a cement wall early Sunday morning, killing the former Rick Hansen football player. Left: A memorial was erected at the scene of the fatal crash on McCallum Road. For more photos of the crash scene, visit www.abbotsfordtimes.com.
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“Just so they know how they’re doing . . . what they are doing right and maybe something they can improve on,” said St. Jean. “Because we always want to be, like any workplace, a better place to be.” Twice-yearly staff evaluations are just one practice that sets Open Door apart from a lot of the other daycares in the region. Open Door, which has been operating since the 1980s, has a volunteer who comes in once a week to clean the toys. And it uses a monthly checklist to ensure every toy and piece of playground equipment is in working order and safe. Provincial child care regulations contain strict staff-to-child ratios for all daycare facilities: eight-to-one for toddler care, 10-to-one for preschool. Open Door’s policy is to exceed those ratios by an extra staff member in each program, something St. Jean says means there are always lots of extra eyes on the playground and extra hands to help out. “Our child-staff ratio is so great that we’re always constantly watching and scanning the children, so fewer accidents happen,” she said. “We’re on top
Suspended driver dies in crash Fled police before careening into cement wall
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man to get out from behind the wheel well before being stopped by police, MacDonald suggested. he suspected drunk driver involved in a Just before midnight on Sunday, RCMP fatal crash in Abbotsford after speeding highway patrol contacted the APD about an away from police early Sunday morning erratic driver on 264th Street in Aldergrove was driving while prohibited. who had struck a barrier and was headed Robert Minler, 21, was driveast. Soon after, an APD officer ing despite having his licence more photos @ on Clearbrook Road spotted the suspended for 90 days due to an abbotsfordtimes.com white Honda Civic speeding immediate roadside prohibition southbound with no lights on. issued on Jan. 29, confirmed Abbotsford Police The officer turned around and eventually Const. Ian MacDonald. pulled the vehicle over in a church parking lot MacDonald said it wasn’t possible to deter- near intersection of Trethewey and Maclure mine if Minler fled because of his suspension roads, MacDonald said. or suspected impairment. While the officer was waiting for backup, the “It’s impossible to speculate as to what was car took off and headed south down Gladwin going on in the driver’s mind,” he said. Road. “I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to . . . what Police did not pursue, but soon after the was going on will only be known to him.” Civic sped past another driver eastbound on However, given the reports of erratic driv- George Ferguson Way, only to crash moments ing, it would have been wise of the young later just east of McCallum Road.
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“. . . based on the erratic driving reported and later witnessed by police, it’s suspected the driver was impaired.” – Const. Ian MacDonald APD
“The car hit a hydro pole and then careened into a cement wall,” said MacDonald. “The first person on scene was the civilian the driver had passed seconds before.” Minler was pronounced dead on scene. Investigators are awaiting a toxicology report, said MacDonald. “But based on the erratic driving reported and later witnessed by police, it’s suspected the driver was impaired.” Minler had his licence suspended a number of times in the past. He was prohibited from driving for a year in July of 2009 following his arrest and conviction see CRASH, page A5
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pen in a province like British Columbia,” she said. “These women did not have the safeguards they deserved.” riends and family of three female farm The van, meant to carry 15 people, crashed workers who died in a tragic 2007 into a median on March 8, 2007, while carcrash gathered for a candlelight vigil in rying 17 women. A wooden bench without Abbotsford on Sunday. seatbelts was being used in place of seats About 100 people huddled together under and the vehicle had poor tires. cloudy skies in Abbotsford Civic Plaza to mark Black challenged Liberal leader Christy the anniversary of the crash four years ago on Clark to take action on the recommendaHighway 1, and to call for improved safety tions of the coroner’s jury before such an conditions for farm workers. accident happens again. Jagjit Sidhu, whose 31-year“We cannot have another old wife Sarabjit Kaur Sidhu growing season pass without died in the accident, told the “These women did not implementing the required crowd he will continue fightprotections,” Black said. ing for equal rights for the men have the safeguards B.C. Federation of Labour and women who work tirelessly head Jim Sinclair joined Black in the Lower Mainland’s fields, they deserved.” in calling for regulations that often at pay below minimum will improve the safety of farm wage. workers, many of whom are Several people in the crowd – Dawn Black NDP interim leader women. began to cry as Sidhu’s three “No one has been brought children came forward to light to justice for the deaths of candles in front of photos of the three wom- these women,” he said. en. NDP labour critic Raj Chouhan suggested Sukhwinder Kaur Punia, 46, and Amar- discrimination against women and ethnic jit Kaur Bal, 52, were also killed when the groups is behind the slow pace of change. transport van overloaded with female farm “The government has refused to take any workers flipped on the highway, near the concrete action that will prevent this from Sumas exit. happening again,” he said. NDP interim leader Dawn Black used the The coroner’s jury made 18 recommendaoccasion to rip into the B.C. Liberals for fail- tions in connection with the three deaths, ing to act on all 18 recommendations from a including making growers and labour con2009 coroner’s inquest into the deaths. tractors more responsible for the transporta“This should never have been able to hap- tion of workers.
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Gwynne Hunt has organized the first ever Abbotsford Memory March in remembrance of the hundreds of women who fall victim to violence each year in Canada.
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ROCHELLE BAKER RBaker@abbotsfordtimes.com
wynne Hunt believes the death of any woman and girl due to violence is inexcus-
able. So i n e xc u s a b l e t h a t s h e h a s organized an Abbotsford Memory March, a silent walk and ceremony in remembrance of the hundreds of women that go missing or are murdered each year across Canada. Hunt hopes Abbotsford residents of all genders and ages feel equally outraged, and will attend the march on Saturday to remember the victims of violence and work for change. The event follows hard on the heels of International Women’s Day today, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. While women have secured many gains over the last few decades, freedom from violence is not one of them, said Hunt. “We had the feminist movement in
Standing together against violence to women the 70s, but 40 years later the violence against women is still the same,” she said. “There’s lot of equality in other ways, but not as far as violence is concerned.” An average of 200 women and girls are murdered annually, said Hunt, who intends to display the names of almost 4,000 victims of violence at the end of the march in Thunderbird Memorial Square. The catalogue of names is something Hunt took over in 2005 from another women’s rights activist, Mary Billy, who started the Femicide List after the Montreal Massacre in 1989 when Marc Lepine murdered 14 women. “Mary wanted to list the names,” said Hunt. “We all knew the name of Marc Lepine, but she couldn’t find the names of the victims anywhere.” Seeing the names of murdered and
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hopeful of change, said Hunt. Everyone is welcome at the event, she added. “Feminism today is everyone working together [for change], rather than pointing fingers,” she said. “We need to change the violence in homes and the violence we subject our children to. “If we become more aware it, maybe we can change the problem.” ◗ The Memory March is Saturday, March 19 and starts at 10 a.m. from the Mill Lake water spray park at 2310 Emerson Street. The march will travel to Thunderbird Memorial Square adjacent to City Hall for the final ceremony and vigil. This year the Memory March is followed by arts performances at the International Celebration of Women from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and/or from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Best Western Regency Conference Centre, 32110 Marshall Road. Tickets cost $6. For more information visit ragmag. net/memory-march/.
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arijuana advocate Tim Felger is facing a second round of drug trafficking charges after being arrested by the Mission RCMP. The Mission Mounties and an undercover operator worked a sting and arrested Felger for allegedly selling pot out of his Das Bhang Convenience Store and Political Office on Horne Street, which also sells pot paraphernalia. Felger appeared in Abbotsford provincial court Thursday on two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of trafficking marijuana. Abbotsford Police arrested the 52-year-old under similar circumstances in May 2009 for allegedly selling pot to minors out of his Da Kine store on Essendene Avenue, which has now been closed. He is awaiting trial on one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking and six counts of trafficking. After a protracted battle with the City of Abbotsford, Felger lost his business licence and moved his operations to Mission, opening Das Bhang in the fall. RCMP initiated the investigation into Felger after getting several complaints around drug trafficking from residents and business owners. Insp. Pat Walsh, head of Mission RCMP, said the force takes citizen complaints of drug trafficking very seriously. “This is particularly disturbing because it was occurring from within a local business in our downtown core,” Walsh said. -ROCHELLE BAKER/TIMES
Nurses refuse to be silenced 50 fight for better care at Abbotsford Regional
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crowd of 50 nurses from the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland gathered to make their voices heard in front of the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre Friday afternoon to protest overcrowding and concerns over quality health care. Debra McPherson, president of the BCNU (B.C. Nurses Union) addressed the crowd, evoking cheers and jeers regarding overcrowding in area hospitals. “We say the time has come to end hallway care. Patients d e s e r v e b e t - First reported @ ter and nurs- abbotsfordtimes.com es deserve better conditions in which to provide care,” said McPherson. She said that sometimes there are up to 30 per cent more patients in the pediatric unit than it is funded or staffed to hold. “That’s the situation we put our most vulnerable children into,” she said. “This is a facility that regularly holds 20 to 24 admitted patients in the emergency room on stretchers.” Continuing with the issue of overcrowding, McPherson added that many admitted patients are left, not in rooms, but in areas under the surveillance of security cameras, which does not secure a patient’s privacy. “We’re calling on this health authority to step up to the plate, acknowledge that we have a problem of capacity and provide better caring conditions for the patients and for the nurses.” Linda Pipe, Fraser Valley Regional Chair,
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Area nurses gathered in front of Abbotsford Regional Hospital Friday to protest overcrowding. was on hand to support the nurses in what she described as “extremely stressful working conditions.” “I am proud of all the nurses who work in the Fraser Valley and those that continue to work under very demanding conditions,” she said. She added that nurses have been placed into a competition where there are no winners. “A hospital on a daily basis in the Fraser Health Authority gets to be number one . . . If you’re number one, it means you have the most congested hospital in the Fraser Health Authority – too many patients and not enough beds.” She cited Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack
hospitals as all having the dubious honour of being number one over the past few months. “In these times of over capacity, nurses are being asked to choose who goes home, most often they have to make the decision to send the best of the worst.” At the end of the rally, a patient from Abbotsford Regional Hospital, who had been listening, came forward and took the microphone. “I just want to say on behalf of the patients, we have something here that needs to be dealt with,” said Carl Leith. “As a citizen of this country, it is my duty to make sure these nurses’ voices are heard.”
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Wust charge dropped A man Abbotsford Police say is associated with the Duhre Group gang has had a charge of uttering threats dropped against him. Lance Wust was facing a charge for an incident in November when the 36-year-old allegedly threatened someone.
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Briefly The charge was dropped March 2, but Crown has a year to re-instate the offence. Wust, who lived on Hope Road, is believed to be the intended target after the wrong home was shot up along the rural street on Feb. 20.
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CRASH, from page A1 for drug trafficking and driving with a suspended licence in August 2008. An elaborate memorial to the former high school football player had been erected by the afternoon immediately following the crash. Bouquets of flowers were piled below a large photo of Minler in his Rick Hansen Hurricanes uniform inscribed with the words, “Our guardian angel.” A large placard covered with condolences scrawled in purple ink was posted on the concrete brick wall inked with the numeral 33, Minler’s jersey number. “I never thought I’d have to sign a poster saying goodbye to you. This is killing me. I love you so much. Robbie you live on forever in our hearts,” wrote a mourner named Chelsea. “You were there when I needed you. You were a great friend. I respected you a lot,” wrote another named Kyle. A Facebook memorial site titled ‘Robbie Minler forever in hearts’ has also been posted. MacDonald said that regardless of the results of the
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New U-district could serve as urban anchor
ROCHELLE BAKER RBaker@abbotsfordtimes.com
he City of Abbotsford is setting out to plan an exciting new “livable” district with the University of the Fraser Valley and the Abbotsford Entertainment Sports Centre as the hub. City staff is starting to develop a 25-year vision for the new neighbourhood, titled the U-District. The new plan will act as an “urban anchor” that will grow and support municipal goals of promoting UFV, and pursuing commercial and industrial investment and development around one of the city’s most valuable assets, stated a city report. Mayor George Peary said the city is looking to improve or better use such an important area. “ It ’s w e l l k n ow n h ow important universities are for establishing dynamic communities,” said Peary. “The city should be doing more to promote the development of an area with an exciting ambience.” The transformation of the U-District into an mixeduse neighbourhood featuring high density housing for students and area residents, retailers and entertainment facilities would be largely fueled by private sector
The City of Abbotsford says the University of the Fraser Valley could become the central hub of a new development plan. investment, he said. “If we have a plan, we can avoid the lot-by-lot development which lacks an overarching idea,” Peary said. “It’s been a while coming and . . . we want to engage widespread public input and plumb people for what the ideas [for the district] might be.” A public consultation process will begin by late March, but students at the university will have the opportunity to help plan their new district, too. A student-envisioning event is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Casey’s Pub in order to get grassroots feedback on the plan, said Craig Toews, director of cam-
pus planning. Students will also be sent out later in the month with disposable cameras to photodocument the things they like and dislike on campus as part of the process, said Toews. The idea behind the UDistrict is to establish a “university heights” type of community that would boast amenities, such as improved transit and cycling paths, he added. “It’s a b o u t l o n g - t e r m planning so we have a healthy-living district with entertainment, retail and housing in a walk-to-work or walk-to-school environment.”
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that are a “best practice model” that other daycares should follow. Open Door operates four separate programs — a toddler daycare, preschool, kindergarten-age care and an after-school program for those up to age 12. “We have just under 100 children come through our doors every day,” said St. Jean. “It’s fun. Never a dull moment.” Open Door is attached to the Church of the Nazarene but has a lot more space than a typical church-basement daycare, said St. Jean. “From the road it looks small, but once you come in you can’t believe how big it is,” she said. Each program has its own large room, said St. Jean, and the children have access to a big outdoor playground with sandboxes and monkey bars. The daycare also has a large gymnasium inside with a playhouse, slide and loads of toys. As a church daycare, said St. Jean, Open Door makes religion an integral part of its daily routine and expects its staff to be Christians. “We have Christian-based circle time,” she said. “We do things like, ‘Jesus loves me’ and we talk about stories from the Bible.” Asked to describe Open Door’s philosophy, St. Jean said staff are constantly trying to improve the program. “We always want to do better.”
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The drink box that your child takes to school is a polycoat container made up of three material types: paper, an aluminum lining, and a plastic coating.
Environmental You probably already know that all the containers that come into a Return-It™ Depot are diverted from the landfill and recycled. What you might not know is how the materials are recycled and what they become afterwards. Here’s what happens to two types of containers you’re probably very familiar with: drink boxes and gable top cartons. They’re known as “polycoat” containers because they’re made of more than one material. The drink box that your child takes to school is made up of three material types: paper, an aluminum lining, and a plastic coating. The gable top carton in your refrigerator is made of plastic and paper. THE DIS-ASSEMBLY LINE: From the Return-It™ Depot, drink boxes and gable top cartons are shipped to a factory where a hydra-pulper mashes them to a
pulp to separate the paper fibre from any plastic or aluminum linings. 75% of the weight of a typical polycoat container is recoverable paper fibre. The resulting paper pulp is then used to make cardboard boxes of all shapes, sizes and colours, as well as toilet paper. Thousands of tonnes of paper pulp are recovered in this process. For every tonne of paper pulp recycled, approximately 17 trees are saved. STILL MORE TO DO: Encorp Pacific operates one of the most highly regarded beverage container recycling programs in North America. And as impressive as the recovery statistics are there’s one statistic that motivates Encorp to work even harder: 13% of BC’s population admits to having thrown away a beverage container while commuting or doing leisure activities.
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• You took the equivalent of 37,000 cars off BC’s roads for a year. • You saved enough energy to light 65,000 BC homes for a year. • You contributed to the reduction of about 137,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent being released into British Columbia’s atmosphere.
KEEP ‘EM COMING In 2010 Encorp recycled about 82 million polycoat containers—drink boxes and gable top cartons. That’s 1,921 metric tonnes that didn’t end up in landfills. And it contributed to the reduction of about 7,385 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent being released into British Columbia’s atmosphere.
uct Stewardship Corporation mandated to develop and manage a consumer friendly and cost effective system to recover end-oflife consumer products and packaging for recycling. Encorp’s Return-It™ Depot system recovers 79.5% of beverage containers sold in the province. When measured by weight that’s a recovery rate of close to 89% Product stewardship is an environmental management strategy guided by the principle that whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing the product’s environmental impact throughout all stages of the product’s life cycle. Last year over 1 billion ready-to-drink beverage containers of all materials (plastic, glass bottles, drink boxes, cans and cartons) were returned to Return-It™ Depots and recycled into a variety of useful goods. Encorp is 100% industry operated and receives no government funding.
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o the federal political parties are playing their favourite game again: Confidence Vote Chicken. The rules are simple. Set up a vote, which must pass for Stephen Harper and his Conservatives to avoid an election. (In this case it’s the budget.) Then two of the three opposition parties will quickly announce that the Conservatives are a pack of evil kitten-kickers, and that they cannot be propped up any longer. The remaining party then tries to stare down the Tories and extract as many concessions as it can. It may or may not result in an election, but will certainly result in many, many backroom meetings, ultimatums, dire pronouncements about Canada’s continued decline, and also overtime for reporters. In this case, it’s the NDP that is the party left to deal with the Conservatives. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has announced an aggressively passive budget: no new taxes, no big spending programs, pretty much nothing at all that we haven’t already heard about. So of course, NDP leader Jack Layton is asking for new spending, which presumably would mean either new taxes, the return of old taxes, or higher than expected deficits. The Tories are the odds-on favourite to emerge from this one victorious. So far they’ve played a dozen or so games of Confidence Vote Chicken, and
the painful truth they employ the same strategy. Step One: Announce that Canadians do not want an election. Step Two: Repeat Step One over and over and over again, until juuuust before Canadians get fed up with being told what they think and decide they really do want an election, thank you very much. Step Three: Claim that any measure proposed by the other parties would, in fact, leave Canada a smoking wasteland, populated only by roving bands of cannibals, mutants, and mutant-cannibals. Step Four (optional): Negotiate, but not too much. The Tories are masters at figuring out when they can stare down the opposition, and when they have to throw them a bone. They’ve done minor deals in the past to get budgets through, but nothing that would excessively bother their own base. Indeed, working with other parties and tossing a few extra bucks towards the seniors, the poor, the environment, health, or education, is arguably making
the Tories look better to the voters who occupy the uncommitted middle. The thing I don’t like about Confidence Vote Chicken is the way it all plays out in such a scripted manner. Politics is an oil-and-water mixture of idealism and cynical power-mongering. The Tories, the NDP, the Liberals, and the Bloc are all composed of people who, for the most part, genuinely believe in making things better for others, and believe they have the right methods for that job. However, they have a nasty tendency to demonize one another, and to try and mask purely political moves as ones driven by saintly idealism. Just once, during this game, I’d like the participants to stand up at the beginning and announce that it will be a clean fight. Yes, they disagree with one another. No, that does not mean that the people on the other side are Morlocks who feast on the flesh of human children. Some of the ideas their opponents have may be right. Some of the ideas they hold dear may be wrong. If an election is to be held, let it truly be held over principles that can’t be compromised, not on whose polling numbers say they’ll win this round of chicken. ■ Visit Matthew Claxton’s blog at www.langleyadvance.com.
t’s only one more step in an arduous process, but for the labour movement, and the family, friends and co-workers of a man who died in a workplace accident in a New Westminster sawmill more than six years ago, it’s monumental. Lyle Hewer died on Nov. 17, 2004 at Weyerhauser’s now-closed New Westminster sawmill. Hewer was clearing the bottom of a large grinding machine called a hog. The debris of wood chips wedged above him came loose while he was working on it and smothered him. Worksafe B.C. said management condoned a culture where “complacency in the face of danger became the norm.” The company was levied a fine of $297,000. But the United Steelworkers wanted more than a fine levied against the company and a stinging report. They wanted justice. Even though city police recommended charges, Crown counsel declined to press criminal charges. The steelworkers union also had a recent change in the Criminal Code, which paved the way for its actions. The Westray amendments, which came into effect in 2004, were triggered by the death of 26 Nova Scotia coal miners in 1992. No longer could companies escape criminal liability. Finally, this past week a provincial court judge ruled that the union may continue to proceed in its private prosecution of Weyerhauser. Of course the union hopes that the attorney general’s office will step in and press charges. And so do we. Companies are responsible for the safety of their employees. With more economic pressures it becomes even more vital for companies to be held accountable for cutting corners where safety is concerned. In many cases it is a matter of life and death —it certainly was in Lyle Hewer’s case. ■ To comment on this editorial, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Easy to point a finger when talking gun control Editor, the Times:
I’m sure Ms. Ellen (Value in strong gun control laws, Times, March 4) as an “injury prevention specialist”, has seen the worst outcomes that firearms can produce. That said, she does make a few errors in her support of gun control. She mentions that gun suicides have gone down since the Firearms Act of 1995 was passed. What she blithely ignores is the fact that the overall suicide rate has remained rock steady for decades. That is to say, taking away the guns hasn’t actually prevented any suicides. There is an excellent anecdote from researchers in Toronto who placed barriers on the Bloor St. Bridge to prevent jumpers. Their conclusion? “Although the barrier prevented suicides at the Bloor Street Viaduct, there was no change in the rate of suicide by jumping in Toronto.” It is much the same way with guns amongst a myriad of other suicide methods. She errs similarly in her assertion that gun laws have helped reduce homicide rates: again, Statistics Canada disagrees. There is a myth that gun registration costs between $1.57 to $4 million annually. The RCMP’s own performance report states that the annual cost of running the registration system is between $70 and $80 million annually. This does not include the cost of infrastructure upgrades or enforcement. Consider that there is $1.50 worth of postage every time a firearm is transferred, and 650,000 firearm transfers are completed every year. It doesn’t take a genius to do the math. It’s unfortunate that a professional injury prevention specialist only concerns herself with gunrelated injuries, and not all forms of injury and death. It is this line of thinking that birthed the confusing and draconian gun laws that innocent Canadians like Laurence Manzer and Ian Thompson are now suffering under. Mike Dixon Abbotsford
Floating a few ideas for those who miss the pool Editor, the Times:
In the Friday, March 4 Times there was a person who complained about the Matsqui pool being shut down and demolished. She complained that now Mission would not have an outdoor pool. Well Mission didn’t have the Matsqui Pool at all, as it is in
Editor, the Times:
CBC announced recently that civil servants in Harper’s cabinet had been ordered in a directive December 2010 that all federal communications for example press releases had to change the wording of their missives by replacing the Government of Canada with the words The Harper Government. If you go to the Government of Canada website you’ll find the same. Has Canada lost its identity and sense of national sovereignty and pride? Prime Minister Harper appears to think so. Incandescent outrage you’d better believe it. Next misnomer on the plate for all Canadians . . . you guessed it! President Harper. Jeanette Campbell Mission
Always another way to look at gun control stats Editor, the Times:
– JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Traceycakes baker Danielle Hollinger brings out another batch of Whoopie Pies, much to the delight of Julia Davie, 7. The downtown eatery was selling the scrumptious little pies at 2-for-1 on Saturday, with proceeds going to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. “We had a wonderful day and lots of support,” said owner Tracey Dueck. Abbotsford, not Mission. Maybe she can convince Mission council to put in an outdoor pool and then all the residents of Abbotsford can come across the river to use their pool. Personally I’m neither for or against closure of the pool as in the summer we tend to swim outdoors – in a lake. What a thought! Judy Solberg Abbotsford
Christy Clark has a great chance to instill change Editor, the Times:
If I hadn’t been turned hostile towards the provincial Liberals under Campbell, I might have shown more interested in the outcome of the recent leadership contest for the new premier. I would have favoured Mr. Abbott. That Mr. Falcon had announced himself as being in the Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher fan club made him an absolute pariah to what a liberal democracy should stand for. Christy Clark at least has been out of government long enough not to have been tarred and feathered as all the Campbell loyalists have been in their blind support
for his Harper-like vision for our province. BC Rail will, however, cast a long shadow in the future elections so I hope she’ll take the initiative and repudiate the stone-walling that her predecessor undertook. Christy also needs to pull the Party back towards the center of the spectrum as the coalition is Liberal in name only. If that means moving the Harperites aside, then she must do it. Her confrontational style will be well-suited to not playing lap dog to Ottawa under Steven, as her predecessor has done. She can start with saying no to the lifting of the ban for off-shore oil. Don’t just shift the deck chairs on the Titanic, but actively “encourage” many current members of the Legislature to pack their bags and not run for re-election. She could do far worse than to start with telling our own MLA to pack his gravel trucks and find another sand box to play in. One of my core interests is the number of mentally ill people on the streets and in the community who have been abandoned by the government. Sure they say it’s not to save money but that families or com-
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munity groups can replace mental institutions. All that has done is put the mentally ill at risk from the dealers and scumbags, plus the unqualified religious aluminium hat people. They don’t need phoney Christian piety or a druggie support system leading to a life of crime - they need safe and secure surroundings and, if that means building facilities for mandatory treatment, then so be it. And there is something else, Christy, which would be a reason to vote for you. Raising the minimum wage is a good and overdue step. But in an unpublished letter comparing Walmart to an abusive relationship, I made the statement that we need to have the labour and corporate laws changed so that the tax advantage, which the big corporations use to justify part-time workers at minimal wages, is ended. Make an exception for mom and pop-sized stores. We need to return people to fulltime employment. If your push for new jobs just means more of the kind that Campbell and the Fraser Institute wanted for our province, then you don’t get my vote. Robert T. Rock Mission
Writer Mary Ellen (Times, March 4) misleads and embellishes with every one of her statistics quoted. She claims that the Firearms Act is responsible for a reduction of 50 murders and 250 suicides per year. Yet, if we look at actual Statistics Canada data, we see that there were 588 homicides in 1995, the year bill C-68 was introduced, and 610 homicides in 2009. That looks like an increase of 22 to me, not a decrease of 50 per year. By her numbers, we should have no murders at all each year. If we look at StatsCan data for suicide, we see a similar trend. From 2003 to 2007, suicides stayed constant between 3500 and 3700 per year. Yes, there are fewer guns used now than previously, but is it really an improvement if a mentally ill person decides to use a rope instead of a gun to end their life? Finally, she would have us believe that the Canadian Firearms Centre would only save $1.57 million if the long gun registry was abolished. The CFC spends more than that on postage alone per year, let alone hundreds of well-paid civil servants, their computer systems and the buildings to house it all. Anyone who believes that the long gun registry only costs $1.57 million per year is either willfully ignorant or incredibly naive. Mark Mattock Airdrie, Alta.
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VOLUME 5, ISSUE 2
THE AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE ABBOTSFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Raising information for minimum wage in British Columbia O
n Nov. 25, Labour Minister Iain Black announced a review of B.C.’s Employment Standards, including the minimum wage. The Abbotsford Chamber is part of a BC Chamber working group gathering information and making recommendations to the provincial government in advance of anticipated changes. Perhaps the strongest message received has been the lack of understanding and information in the public domain regarding who earns the minimum wage. The stats contained in the following notations are from the B.C. and Canadian government.
Who Earns Minimum Wage?
Share of employees earning the minimum wage in B.C. is the second lowest in Canada at 2.3 per cent (only Alberta is lower at 1.3 per cent). This is down from six per cent in 2001. B.C. is the only jurisdiction in Canada that has seen this percentage drop every year over the last five years. – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts shares her enthusiasm for urbanization with Abbotsford business leaders at the Chamber luncheon last week.
Dianne Watts captivates crowd
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urrey Mayor Dianne Watts was in town last week, speaking to a large crowd of Abbotsford’s business elite hoping to soak up some of the strategies that have made her city the best place in B.C. to invest for two years running. Watts laid out the strategic plan that has meant the rebirth of Surrey, and given her the distinguished title as the fourth best mayor in the world by the 2010 World Mayor Prize. “We’ve really got to change the way we’ve done things in the past,” she said, adding that 10 to 15 years ago, they used to plan as a residential suburb of Vancouver. That of course has changed, with Surrey being the second largest city in B.C. in population and the largest in the province in land mass. Watts, who was elected mayor in 2005 after serving nine years on city council, and re-elected in 2008, believes in bringing people together and engaging the community in order to move Surrey forward. Her strategic plan includes having an
open and transparent city hall that is progressive thinking, and a solid crime reduction strategy which engages the whole city, including business. “We all live in the community and if things are going wrong, everyone has a shared responsibility in making sure we have a safe community,” she said. Also in the plan is a sustainability charter, “looking after our environment, making sure we’re not clear cutting,” and being more creative. “It’s about how we care about the community and how we care about the future.” She also stressed a livability accord, which would encompass Abbotsford, Langley, Surrey and Coquitlam. “These are the communities that will take 70 per cent of the region’s growth over the next little while – 10 to 20 years,” said Watts. Infrastructure must be in place in order to move forward and the four municipalities need to work collectively together, be it hospitals, transportation or policing. Surrey has undertaken a beautification strategy and planted more than 90,000 trees and 47,000 seedlings in the city. They have 6,000 acres of parkland and they
Individuals Earning Minimum Wage: Unattached individuals: 14 per cent Member of a couple: 26 per cent (six per cent of whom have a spouse earning minimum wage or less). Single parent: Seven per cent Youth living at home: 53 per cent Sector – Minimum wage work is concentrated in the service sector (92 per cent), especially in the food services and accommodation sector, with more than one in five workers earning minimum wage. An important question is how many of these workers are working on a gratuity basis and therefore earning significantly more than $8 per hour? Tenure – More than half of minimum-wage workers have been in the job for one year or less. The highest incidence of minimum wage workers were those who had held their job for three months or less (15 per cent), with only two per cent having been in a minimum wage job for more than five years. In B.C., 55 per cent of workers who earn minimum wage will move up the wage scale within one year.
secure 100 acres of parkland every year, for parks, trails and natural areas. As with Abbotsford, transportation issues continue to be a challenge in Surrey, she said. With four SkyTrain stations in the municipality, they have put $164 million a year into the TransLink system. “I don’t think it is fiscally responsible or even feasible to put billions and billions of dollars into SkyTrain to try to get around this area. It’s just too vast.” She cited Portland, Ore., whose rail system brings $31 billion in economic activity to the area. “It was just amazing. You got it at grade [level], you’ve got people on the ground, people shopping, you’re not elevated and you’re not off the street. It’s absolutely phenomenal.” Abbotsford Chamber’s past president Alvin Epp posed a question about transportation. “It’s not smart to leave you guys on your own out here. If we don’t start planning this now we’re going to be in a mess when you have that extra million people coming.”
B.C. has the third highest youth wage rates (1524 years of age) at $13.03/hour. Alberta is $15.84; Saskatchewan ($14.42); Manitoba ($12.57); Ontario $12.54, Quebec ($12.39); Canada ($12.94). (January 2010).
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Public notice of Chamber AGM and nominations Notice of Annual General Meeting This announcement serves as notice for the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, on March 30, 2011 at 12 p.m. at the Salvation Army Cascade Community Church (35190 Delair Road). Notice of Nomination Nominations are now open for election to the board of directors for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce for the legislative year beginning April 1, 2011. Please refer to
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Greg Dahl, owner of CCON Metals Inc. in Abbotsford, has built his company from a family business to an international company.
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t started as a small family operation, but, like the metal it deals with, it got hot and has expanded across North America. CCON Metals Inc. is an Abbotsfordbased company that began here six years ago as a two-person business, but has taken off since then, setting up shop in Alberta, and as far south as Mexico. CCON Metals takes in scrap metal, such as old cars, washing and drying machines, and batteries, recycles the unwanted product and pays customers who bring materials in based on how much it weighs. The company now has 36 employees across North America, and is set to open up another location in Abbotsford within the next two to four weeks. “So we’ll be able to be a really strong alternative for the towers and the general population to take steel in and get a proper price for it,” said Greg Dahl,
owner of CCON Metals Inc. Its rapid ascension might make the scrap catalytic converter recovery and battery recycling industries look like an easy business venture. But it wasn’t always a prosperous time ripe with expansion and dollar
“We learned the hard way of learning by our mistakes and paying for them, finding out what the right procedures are, who the right people are to deal with and growing it slowly.” – Greg Dahl owner
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he Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce Business Showcase is back for a fouth year on April 6 from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Tradex. As the most inclusive Valley networking event of the year, the show has gained exponential growth since its inception. Event organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend the tradeshow and about 200 businesses to exhibit. The show is a joint-event put on by all the Chambers in the Fraser Valley with a total membership exceeding 4,500 businesses. It is a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves to a targeted audience of business leaders and decision makers. Previous exhibitors herald
this as the most cost-effective and productive trade show they participate in. Kelly Foster, owner of Joyful Celebrations, said that even before the event opened, he made so many valuable connections with the other exhibitors that he could have packed up then and there and still come out ahead. With exhibit space starting at only $199 for a 10 x 10 spot, it is an incredible chance for organizations of all sizes to get involved. Participating chambers include Chilliwack, Langley, Mission, Ridge Meadows, Surrey, and Abbotsford. ◗ Exhibitor information & registration, as well as complimentary event tickets are available at www.abbotsfordchamber.com.
Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce BUSINESS SHOWCASE Date:
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You are invited to promote your business at the most inclusive Fraser Valley networking event of the year! An estimated 1200+ business owners and decision makers attending. This event is presented by the Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Mission, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows and Surrey.
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Pointing to the powers that be
s I write this article (approximately one week before it will be published) I ponder on people in the public eye. B.C.’s new premier-elect Christy Clark has just won the ballot. While it would have been good for Abbotsford to have one of our own MLA’s win the race for head of the Liberal party and thus leader of the province, it will be very interesting to see what will come of Clark’s election. Given my gender I must admit to an element of pride. She is, I believe, the second ever female premier of B.C. having been proceeded
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by Rita Johnston some twenty years ago. My gut tells me “hold on to your hats British Columbians, we are about to see a number of changes”. I will be excited to
see how all that rolls out. Last week, we were treated to Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts as the keynote speaker at our Chamber luncheon. In office since 2005 and recognized as the fourth best Mayor in the world in 2010, there were rumours that she might have entered into the race for premier. Well obviously not this time, but one day in the future? Stay tuned. On the local front, municipal elections are not all that far away. I would be thrilled to see some new faces running for council; dare I even say business people?
Not everyone is cut out for public service, in fact most are not. We can all do our part in our own, often much more quiet way however. When those elections are upon us, be sure to get out and vote. In fact later this month your Abbotsford Chamber AGM and elections will take place. This is your chance to see that the Voice of Business speaks for you. I hope to see you there. I am sad to say this will be my last article as your Chamber president. I have enjoyed the writing and sincerely hope you have enjoyed sharing my thoughts. Best wishes to you all.
Is now the time for the Queen’s speech?
ow that the popularity contest is over it is time for Christy Clark to hang up the ball gown, roll up her sleeves, and get down to the rather difficult job of running our province. Ms. Clark should look back a little in time, and to the other side of the Rockies, to map out a plan to leave a legacy in this province not seen since the days of WAC Bennett. Ralph Klein replaced Alberta Conservative premier Don Getty, who resigned in the wake of rising Liberal popularity in 1992. The Liberals had made major gains by criticizing the Conservatives’ fiscal responsibility, the province’s rapidly rising debt, and the government’s involvement in the private sector, which resulted in some companies defaulting on government loans. Klein campaigned for the leadership of his party, and subsequently for premier in the next election, in part by making arguments similar to the Liberals. He favoured a near-immediate balancing of the provincial budget and rapid debt repayment thereafter, declaring his government “out of the busi-
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ness of business”. Klein was a rare breed of politician. He kept his word. Shortly after being elected his government took a knife to funding for arts and health programs, going so far as to demolish hospitals, laying off thousands of nurses, and selling off the provincial public telephone company and getting out of the liquor business. Klein’s social and environmental views were seen by opponents as uncaring. He was a pariah but didn’t care. He would respond, “I am doing what I promised, what is the problem?” He argued that he was merely choosing appropriate priorities for limited government funding. After a few years Pariah Klein
became King Ralph as the people of Alberta came to appreciate that his bold, decisive, actions were based on what was best for the province. Klein had a “Frankly Scarlet I don’t give a damn” attitude about the polls, teeth gnashing or threats of being chased out of office at the next election. His demonstrable results, and his style, earned him the title King Ralph. At the 2004 Calgary Stampede, Klein announced that the province had set aside the necessary funds to repay its public debt in 2005. The debt stood at about $23 billion when Klein took office, and its repayment was one of the most significant long-term goals of his premiership. King Ralph was re-elected for a fourth term in the 2004 provincial election. Clearly he demonstrated that good public policy, in the face of unpopular public sentiment, can make good politics and get you re-elected. King Ralph wasn’t good looking, not particularly charismatic, had a few personal issues that bubbled up, was rather crude and outspoken at times, but he was a man of
substance and results. So Ms. Clark, would you like to be a Queen? Sounds sort of good doesn’t it? Queen Christy. It is easy. Here is the speech that will lead to your coronation. “I want what is the very best for all the people of British Columbia. I have consulted leading economists, of all political persuasions, from numerous jurisdictions. The overwhelming and undeniable conclusion is that the Harmonized Sales Tax is very good public policy and, without a doubt, will benefit all of the people of British Columbia. A competitive business climate will drive a strong, successful, and sustainable economy. There is nothing better for folks of working age than a job. A successful economy provides jobs, allowing individuals and families to flourish and contribute to the programs we value, like health care and education via taxes. Unemployed people do not pay a lot of taxes. Successful, profitable businesses pay corporate taxes so we can have a strong public sector, money for social programs and to fund infrastructure to keep B.C. a great place to live.
I will not compromise the future of our province. I will not put health care and education on the line to placate those who will throw out the economic baby with the political bathwater. I could not sleep at night knowing that the government has no funds to assist seniors, or those in need, because our economy has faltered due to our province not being competitive. I care about families. I care about my family, your family and all the people of British Columbia. British Columbia will remain one of the most competitive jurisdictions in North America. To that end, today I am announcing that the referendum on the future of the HST has been cancelled. Add in your own bit here, Ms. Clark, to make it your own and wrap up the announcement. There you go; how to become Queen in one easy step. Great governments, provinces, and legacies are created by those with the fortitude to stand up and do the right thing in the face of opposition and outcry. The right thing is not always the most popular.
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Canadian Chamber calls on feds to reduce taxes T
he Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with all the provincial and territorial chambers across the country, including the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, is launching a national campaign calling on all federal politicians to keep their promise of reducing business taxes. Perrin Beatty, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce stated: “Our political leaders have to live up to the promises they have made. Businesses across the country have invested with the understanding that taxes would decline. A sudden change of course would constitute a broken promise to thousands of businesses and the people they employ.” With government stimulus programs ending this year, the tax reductions are especially important, as they will free up capital to be put to work to grow Canada’s businesses and its economy. This strategy has been supported by a majority of politicians in two federal budgets since its inception in 2007. “Government stimulus was important during the crisis, but it’s not the basis of real economic growth,” added Beatty. “Sustainable growth requires the private sector investment that can generate new jobs and federal revenues to pay down the deficit. The current tax plan, which was supported by both Liberal and Conservative parliamentarians, is essential for that investment.” Business tax reductions are relevant to all Canadian business — large and small — in all regions of the country. In particular, small business has a keen interest in this issue. Most small businesses are suppliers to bigger businesses; opportunities flow when the larger firms have the capital to buy. The
alternative — rising taxes — dries up those opportunities. A vibrant large business sector leads to a strong and prosperous small business sector. Beatty told Canadian Chamber members that Canada’s businesses need to speak out on tax competitiveness. “All Canadians lose when the political parties squabble over this issue. Our job is to help secure sustainable economic growth. We have a weak recovery underway, and we need the help the business tax strategy provides. The issue is too serious to be left to political game players.” In addition, the Canadian Chamber released a report entitled Business Tax Relief is Crucial to Canada’s Economic Success. The report outlines that Canada has made steady progress in improving its business tax competitiveness over the last decade and those actions have not gone unnoticed. The report demonstrates that increasing taxes on Canadian families and businesses is the wrong way to eliminate deficits. The report can be found at www.abbotsfordchamber.com. “In a highly integrated global economy, the tax base is constantly on the move. Skilled workers, businesses, jobs and capital move easily across national borders, seeking the best economic opportunities. They are drawn to low-cost, low-tax environments.” said Abbotsford board chair, and small business banker, Patricia Sapielak. ◗ Perrin Beatty, CEO of the Canadaian Chamber of Commerce, will be speaking at the Abbotsford Chamber’s AGM on March 30. – CONTRIBUTED BY ABBOTSFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Seminar on brain health is Tuesday, March 8, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford). Hear the latest updates from Jillian Armit, Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. Phone 604859-7814 to register.
Celebrate International Wo m e n ’s D a y w i t h t h e Abby-Mission Newcomer’s Club on Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m., in the Real Canadian Superstore’s Community Room, 2855 Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford. Suzie Choi,
a university professor will share One Woman’s Preception of Life in South Korea. All are welcome.
Autism society meets
The next meeting for the Fraser Valley Autism Society will be held Tuesday, March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Topic will be taxes, presented by Donald Davis, C.A. at the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, 2nd floor, 32885 Ventura Ave., Abbotsford. Go to www. fraservalleyautism.com.
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Going Green breakfast
Abbotsford Women’s Con-
nection Going Green Breakfast is Wednesday, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford. The event features All Things Being Eco lifestyle boutique and speaker Audrey Chernowas, on how she found A Piece of the Puzzle. Cost is $11. Reservations needed. Call Joyce 604-744-5159 or Barb 604-859-4766 or abbyconnectreservations@gmail. com.
day, March 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Reach, 2388 Veterans Way. Dean Barrett will discuss the basics of water conservation and recycling. RSVP to 604-8599726 or dragonlilygardens@ gmail.com.
Women’s Social Club
The Mission Abbotsford Women’s Social Club meets Wednesday at 7 p.m., Mission Public Library, 33247 Second Ave. Guests are welcome. For information e-mail Missionabbysocial@ hotmail.com.
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Gardeners, start your onions P
eople who want to get started right now with this year’s vegetablegrowing can do just that if they fit their early projects around the onion family – and one of the most rewarding onion relatives is shallots. Gardeners who grow shallots are routinely puzzled by the steep cost of shallots in stores because these are among the hardiest and easiest onion family members to plant and harvest. Though they’re best planted in fall, starting shallot sets outside in early February will still give you a harvest in early September – a good one if you water them well in dry spells and apply a compost mulch, or feed with organic fertilizer monthly. Like other multiplier onions, shallots are hugely cold-hardy and keep better in storage than other onions. Plant them in a sunny spot, feed with your own compost and save sets to replant every October – they cost you nothing after the first year. The reddish-brown ‘French Shallot’ is one of the best. Garlic is equally hardy and needs similar treatment. Planting garlic in fall is best, but an early February start can produce a crop by early fall. There are two kinds: hardneck garlic has big cloves clustered around a hard, central stalk. This garlic isn’t a good
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Mission Chamber meets
Scott Ackles, 2011 Grey Cup GM speaks at the Mission Chamber annual general meeting Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Rockwell’s Chapel Room. The AGM will follow the speaker. Free for
Green thumb keeper, though this varies with the coolness of its storage place. Persian Star from Saltspring Seeds has very large, tasty cloves. Softneck garlic is a better keeper and can be braided (though you may need to reinforce the stalks with cotton or wool strands). But softneck types have smaller cloves. Greek White (Saltspring Seeds) cloves are somewhat larger than average. Elephant garlic has huge cloves, is very, very mild and needs similar conditions to other onion relatives. This one is actually a kind of leek. Onion sets of storage onions are sold in early spring and give you a fast, easy start. But it’s possible to start seed inside in early February and move the transplants outside about six weeks later. Storage onions are hardier than the Sweet Spanish onions. Two good storage varieties are Sturon and Copra.
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M S A M u s e u m S o c i e t y ’s annual general meeting is Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House/ Heritage Gallery (2313 Ware St.). All members welcome.
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The Mission Chapter of the Valley Women’s Network will host its monthly luncheon on, Thursday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Bellevue Hotel Legends Lounge. $15/members, $17/guests. Registration is required at MissionReservations@ValleyWomensNetwork.com.
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he consensus heading into the final weekend of the Fraser Valley senior boys basketball championships was the W.J. Mouat Hawks, whether they placed fourth or first, were the surprise team of the tournament. Imagine the shock when the Hawks downed the Walnut Grove Gators – a team that went a perfect 8-0 in regular season play in the same conference as Mouat – 66-59 in Friday’s Fraser Valley semifinal to advance to the championship s h o w d o w n against the favoured Terry Fox Ravens. But they weren’t done. Friday’s victory acted as a precursor to Saturday’s climax, when the Hawks scorched the Ravens by a score of 79-57 to claim top spot in the Fraser Valley and head into the upcoming provincial championships on an improbable run. Talk about peaking at just the right time, said Hawks head coach Sean Beasely. “The guys just came together and I’m really proud of them,” he said. “Everything just started coming together at the beginning of playoffs and we just took it from there. I’m just so happy for this group of
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guys.” The Hawks, riding a wave of momentum heading into the final stretch of the tournament and having clinched a spot in the B.C. championships, which begin next week, dominated the Ravens from Port Coquitlam. Despite Fox’s best efforts to get back into the contest, the Hawks gave them barely a whiff of hope, as they led from start to finish on the heels the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Gurminder Kang, and Jesse Coy. Thanks to a phenomenal n i g h t f r o m behind the threepoint arc, Coy was named Player of the Game in the final. No matter what the Ravens conjured up on the defensive side of the ball, the Hawks had the answer. “We knew they were going to throw a different defence at us . . . and we were able to adjust to that,” said Beasely. “They threw a zone [defence] at us and we really took advantage of that. Overall defensively we really shut the door on them in the second half.” As dominating a result as it was Saturday, the Hawks seemed to play the role of underdog throughout the tournament. The fact they’ll have
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W.J. Mouat Hawks guard Gurminder Kang goes up for the basket against a Terry Fox defender in the final of the senior boys basketball Fraser Valley championships Saturday in Maple Ridge. Check out Tuesday’s photo gallery of the Fraser Valley championships at abbotsfordtimes.com. a chance to bring home Abbotsford’s third B.C. high school basketball title in four years is all thanks to a tenacious work ethic, said the coach. “These guys get up every morning at 6 a.m., come to the gym and work hard and we wanted to have the men-
tality this year that we’d work harder than any other team,” he said. “That’s the motto that we’ve gone with and the guys have bought in.” T h i s ye a r’s p rov i n c i a l competition begins March 15 from the Langley Events Centre. If nothing else, the Hawks have gotten the atten-
tion of every team headed for the tournament. As far as he’s concerned, Beasely said neither he, or his team is even worried about that right now. “We haven’t really had a chance to digest what’s happened here this weekend,” he said.
ife will go on for the UFV Cascades women’s basketball team after it came up just shy of a Canada West medal this weekend in Saskatoon. The Cascades, making their first ever appearance in the women’s Canada West Final Four tournament, finished fourth after an 88-59 loss to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday and a 77-64 loss to the University of Alberta Pandas the following evening. No matter, the Cascades will still have a shot at making the 2011 CIS Final Eight national championship tournament, which begins March 18 in Windsor, Ontario. The Cascades will now travel to Fredericton, NB., later this week to compete in the inaugural CIS East Regional Championship, which begins Friday. UFV will face the University of Toronto Blues, beginning at 4 p.m. PST. The winner of that game will advance to Saturday’s championship match with the chance at moving onto to the national tournament. The Cascades haven’t faced the Blues this season. The regional tournament is part of a new playoff format in the CIS. There will be three regional playoff tournaments that will decide three of the four remaining spots in the national tournament.
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he time for rest is over, and now begins the final sprint towards a provincial championship. While the W.J. Mouat Hawks senior girl’s basketball team didn’t necessarily take last week off after winning the Fraser Valley championships, they were afforded an easier than normal week of practice in order to get over a nasty flu bug that made its way through the No. 1-ranked team in B.C. That has been taken care of, and with the B.C. High School Triple-A Girls Bas-
ketball championships set to begin Wednesday at Capilano University in North Vancouver, head coach Paula Thompson says, “It’s go time.” “We were tired after the Fraser Valley’s. Mentally, physically we still need to keep going,” she said. The Hawks carry with them some high expectations. They rolled through the regular season and Fraser Valley playoffs before facing their first real test of adversity in the Valley final when Katie Brink fouled out of what was a close game late in the fourth quarter against the No. 2-ranked Brookswood Bobcats.
Heat return home red hot The Abbotsford Heat collected seven of a possible 10 points on their recently concluded five-games-in-sixnights road trip, enough to push them within three points of the North Division lead as of Monday morning. The Heat capped off the excursion with a comeback 5-4 win over the Houston Aeros Sunday night, thanks to Ales Kotalik’s power play goal with just 46 seconds remaining in regulation. Despite travel and game schedules alike, the Heat finished their tour in style, rifling 16 shots on goal in the final 20 minutes in Houston. The Heat return home for a four-game home stand, beginning Friday against the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins. As of Monday, the top five teams in the North Division were separated by just three points. The Heat sit fifth with 71 points.
Rather than fold, the Hawks went on an 8-0 run en route to a 78-63 win. This team can handle pressure, said the coach. “There are a lot of people who say we’re going to crumble, we’re going to choke. I’ve seen that in papers around the Fraser Valley. Whatever. They can say what they want,” said Thompson. “I watched that final game . . . and we didn’t even play as well as we can and if we step up from that, quite honestly I don’t see anybody beating us.” The Hawks tip off the provincial tournament Wednesday against Prince George at 12 noon.
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2 BR bsmt Mission, share wd, own yard, ns, pet neg. avail now, $850incl hydro, 604-820-8369 2 BR in triplex, corner unit, insuite wd, $800 incls heat/light, ns np Cedar/Egglestone, 604-556-1180 2OR3 BR bsmt, $550 or $650+ % utils, ns, np, Mt. Lehman & Fraser Hwy area, now, 604-825-2133
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MISSION, Grand St. 2 BR, 1050 sq ft. Sh’d w/d. Ns/np. $950/mo. 604-287-8298, 604-802-2558 MISSION, NEW, spacious grnd lvl 2 Br with rec rm, own laundry, d/w, own bus route, ns np $1250 incl utils & satelite. 778-997-1772 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. $1200 + 1/2 utls. 604-765-3340
LANGLEY CITY. 3 BR, 3 baths, 6 appl., gas f/p, dbl garage. 1705 sf. $1650 + util. N/s. 604-690-4566
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