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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

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A tribute to the King

Expropriated land returned Deal struck with Brunswick Point farm families

Rock ‘n’ roll revival


Ladner’s Eli Williams is rising in the ranks of Elvis tribute artists

Tsawwassen Springs

Celebrity partners help launch marketing campaign


Tomorrow’s track stars

Annual elementary meet at DSS in Ladner


Sun Devils secure spots in Valleys Track and field team shines at regional meet

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May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist A3

Farmers to get their land back Expropriated more than 40 years ago, Brunswick Point acreage to be returned to four pioneer families BY


Brunswick Point was among thousands of acres of privately owned farmland expropriated by the provincial government in the 1960s. Several of the pioneer farming families (left inset) have continued to lease the land. The late Art Swenson (right inset) tirelessly advocated for the farmers. for industrial purposes, so pressure built on Victoria to return it to the farmers. In 1999, the provincial government agreed to sell back much of the expropriated land, but that offer wasn’t extended to Brunswick Point farmers because their land was under a treaty claim by the TFN. Although government negotiators later offered assurances the farmers’ properties wouldn’t be included in a treaty settlement, the province also signed an agreement with the TFN stipulating it would have first right of refusal to purchase the land for 80 years. The families maintained that because the industrial development never took place, they were entitled to a return of their prime farmland without any encumbrances. Another big

concern facing the farmers said TFN Chief Kim Baird. was the price for their land, “This is yet another examwhich they had been leasing ple of where people acting from the government since with goodwill and a spirit it was expropriated. of cooperation can resolve The famitough and lies took the sensitive government to “We are happy that issues.” court but the Art this long outstanding judge reserved Swenson, a issue is finally decision in spokesperorder to allow resolved to the son for the all the parties satisfaction of all families, to negotiate a told the three parties.” deal. Optimist TFN Chief Kim Baird they are The deal announced happy and this week allows the relieved their saga is nearBrunswick Point families to ing an end after so many regain title to their land at decades. a pre-negotiated purchase “We’re excited to get it price. The land will be back and become owners consolidated into four large again,” he said. parcels, while staying in the Swenson noted the TFN Agricultural Land Reserve. would still have the right of “We are happy that this first refusal to buy the land. long outstanding issue is “In the treaty, if they do finally resolved to the satis- purchase those Brunswick faction of all three parties,” Point lands, those lands do

come out of the municipality of Delta. But as it stands with us purchasing it, those lands stay within Delta,” Swenson said. It’s not clear at this point that should the TFN ever manage to acquire some of the properties in the future, would the land still be farmed or be used for other development. One of the key figures speaking on behalf of farmers during the turbulent time of expropriation was Art’s grandfather, a pioneer farmer also named Art Swenson. A former member Delta council, he was chair of a negotiating group of farmers and residents displaced by the superport. Chosen as Delta’s Citizen of the Year in 1968, the senior Swenson’s family arrived to farm in South Delta in 1888, becoming an integral part of the com-

munity. Swenson and the Delta Farmers’ Institute asked for several concessions, including better offers for the expropriated land as well as allowing the farmers to lease the properties that weren’t immediately needed for development. The younger Swenson said his granddad would be proud to see the land finally returned. Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington said it’s a historic deal for Delta that’s long overdue. “The Brunswick Point families have endured long, hard, hurtful and frustrating years while coming to this agreement and it’s a good day for all of Delta,” she said. Huntington noted the important role of the TFN, whose participation enabled the final settlement.

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A long and bitter chapter in Delta’s farming history is finally coming to a close as several pioneer families have secured their expropriated land. The provincial government announced this week a group of Brunswick Point farmers and the Tsawwassen First Nation reached a settlement that resolves a long-standing legal dispute over the expropriation of farmland. “This is an important settlement which supports farming families at Brunswick Point, respects the Tsawwassen treaty and brings final resolution to a long-standing dispute,” Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Mary Polak said Tuesday. “It takes a great deal of negotiation, compromise and respect to reconcile legal issues, and I commend all parties for their work on this settlement.” The agreement allows the provincial government to sell the Brunswick Point land back to the farmers, while still supporting terms of the TFN treaty. The Brunswick Point families — the Swensons, Montgomerys, Gilmours and McKims — lost their land in a mass expropriation in the spring of 1968. Brunswick Point was among 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of privately owned farmland in an area known as the Roberts Bank backup lands. It was to become industrial development to serve the new superport. Another 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of land owned by Delta would also be expropriated. The land was never used


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post-secondary institution. Applications have closed and the Delta Concert Band selection committee is reviewing the submissions. A winner will be announced shortly. In the meantime, the Delta Concert Band will join the Delta Choral Society this Saturday and Sunday for a special joint concert called Showtime! Selections from Stage and Screen at Cedar Park Church, 5300-44th Ave., Ladner The Saturday performance begins at 7 p.m. while the Sunday matinee is at 3:30 p.m. Tickets ($15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors and $5 for children 12 and under) are available at the door.



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Singer Michael Bublé (left) and record producer Bruce Allen (right) joined Ron Toigo (middle) for the sales launch of the Tsawwassen Springs development yesterday. ing from 750 square feet to over 2,300 square feet, and 194 detached bare land strata homes from 1,500 square feet to over 3,000 square feet. The construction also carries LEED certification and geo-exchange heating and air conditioning. A focal point of Tsawwassen Springs is an all-season par 70, 18hole golf course designed by Vancouver-based Ted Locke. Other amenities will include a 32,000-squarefoot neighbourhood clubhouse, a fully equipped fitness centre and spa, restaurant, pub, banquet facility, outdoor skating rink, tennis court and neighbourhood store and café. A limited number of pre-construction sales of the Tsawwassen Golf and Country Club redevelop-

ment took place last year, but Toigo said at the time he wanted the remaining units to be sold when the first phase was completed, saying homebuyers would be captivated once they saw the finished product. The 55-hectare (137acre) development received Delta and Metro Vancouver approval a couple of years ago but Toigo later came back with an application to amend it. Delta approved the changes, the most notable being an increase in the number of condos by spitting larger units into smaller ones. Toigo explained at the time that a major reason was the HST, which will not apply to the less expensive units. The majority of the condos will sell for under $600,000. According to the project

website (, strata fees will be “kept very low, with all amenities such as golf green fees or fitness centre costs on a pay-as-you-go basis. Every home has its own natural gas and electrical meters. Simply put, at Tsawwassen Springs, the idea is that if you don’t use an amenity or service, you don’t pay for it.” As the marketing for Tsawwassen Springs kicks into high gear, across Highway 17 major additions are on the horizon at the Tsawwassen First Nation, including a huge retail complex comprising hundreds of stores.

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A recent report by the Fraser Institute critical of aboriginal education in B.C. doesn’t reflect what’s happening in Delta. That’s the response from Kathy Guild, the school district’s director of special education programs, to the institute’s Report Card on Aboriginal Education in British Columbia 2011, which concluded aboriginal students continue to trail their non-aboriginal classmates in all subject areas, with no significant improvement over the past five years. Peter Cowley, the Fraser Institute’s director of school performance studies and co-author of the report card, said there’s a “considerable and persistent gap” when it comes to aboriginal success rates compared to non-natives. What’s most disturbing is that aboriginal test scores haven’t improved, he said. Cowley, whose report ranked 52 elementary and 63 secondary schools based on several indicators, said

understand how poorly the it’s clear “B.C.’s current approach to aboriginal edu- kids have done. When you look at where we started cation is disastrous.” then, I think the provincial In an interview with graduation rate was 37 per the Optimist, Guild, who cent, and it’s gone up to recently presented the around the low-50s.” district’s annual Aboriginal As far as Delta, this Enhancement Agreement district’s report to the graduation Delta school board, pointed “In Delta, I would still rate for aboriginal out that while say we have a long students aboriginal stuentering dents still lag way to go.” Kathy Guild Grade 8 behind, things and going have improved since the 1990s in this prov- right through to the end of Grade 12 has reached 62 ince when B.C. made the per cent, which is above the data available. provincial average, but still “The state of aborigineeds improvement. nal education in Canada “In Delta, I would still as a whole is not great. say we have a long way to Aboriginal kids do not do well in Canadian schools, as go. Our goal is to have our aboriginal rate improve to a general statement. British the same rate as our nonColumbia, to the credit of aboriginal students,” Guild the government, I think is said. the only one that actually “We’re seeing progbreaks out their aboriginal data so you can see how the ress and one of the things we’ve been really targeting kids are doing,” she said. is helping kids with their “I think that’s been a academic skills in their way to put pressure on the elementary school. We’ve system to do a better job. To that end, there have been also provided cultural support, which seems to be improvements ... The idea very important to aboriginal was unless we see how bad kids and their families, and it is, people don’t really

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Clockwise from upper left: Breanne Beal, Brittany Chernoff, Nicole Findlay, Alanna Simpson and Gina Simpson are heading to Uganda in July. Lee Muesselle and Lisa Mason (not pictured) are also making the trip. “It’s just so rewarding Volunteers have also travelled to the same area to to see them occupied,” Simpson said. install a water purification A fundraising dinner system and fishpond for — Project Uganda — is another orphanage. set for Tuesday, May 17 at This time around, the Sharkey’s Seafood Bar and small group of volunteers Grille in Ladner. There will will be helping in any way be raffle prizes and a choice it can, Simpson said. of salmon or prime rib dinMany of the group have ner. gone on one or more of Dinner starts at 5 p.m. the other trips and will be Call 604-946-7793 for resreturning to see the houses ervations. they built in the past.

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The following are some of the calls of interest the Delta police responded to in the South Delta area between Monday, May 2 and Friday, May 6: Tsawwassen • May 3, 7:39 a.m., 1500block of 56th Street: Staff at a service station advised police the receipt box on the diesel pump had been tampered with overnight. Video surveillance is available and will be examined. • May 3, 11:30 p.m., 5300-block of Belair Crescent: Two unlocked vehicles in the area were entered and rummaged through. Approximately $40 in loose change and a $700 pair of Chanel prescription sunglasses were stolen. • May 3, 11 p.m., 4900block of Cliff Drive: A $200 pair of woman’s Oakley sunglasses was stolen overnight from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. • May 3, 10 p.m., 5100block of 11A Avenue: Two separate reports received of vehicles parked in the area being broken into sometime overnight. • May 4, 2:58 p.m., 1100block of 56th Street: An unknown man attempted to enter a residence by opening the sliding door. The complainant was alerted by her barking dog. The man was confronted and fled the

area through the park. • May 6, 3:04 a.m., 5400block of Rawlins Crescent: A man was observed inside the complainant’s parked vehicle in the driveway. Police located a person matching the description in the immediate area and

arrested him for theft from an auto. The suspect is a well known property crime offender and was in possession of several pairs of sunglasses, a large quantity of coins and several iPods stolen from vehicles in the area. • May 6, 5:15 p.m., 100-block of 52A Street: Complainant left her parked truck unlocked overnight. When she returned to the vehicle in the morning she found her wallet, cellphone and chequebook were stolen. • May 6, 11 p.m., 4900block of Cedar Crescent: Several parked vehicles were broken into overnight and two $150 Garmin GPS units were stolen. • May 6, 9 p.m., 4900block of 1A Avenue: Sometime overnight an unlocked vehicle was entered and items valued at $300 were stolen, including a Garmin GPS, two pairs of sunglasses and change.

• May 6, 9 p.m., 4800block of 4th Avenue: Numerous unlocked vehicles in the area were entered overnight and various items were stolen, include a GPS, $40 cash, a B.C. driver’s licence and a SIN card. • May 6, 10:30 p.m., 4900-block of 1st Avenue: Two unlocked vehicles in the area were entered and items stolen from each, including a $160 Garmin GPS and a Bell cellphone. • May 6, 6 p.m., 900block of Tsawwassen Beach Road: A truck parked on the street was broken into overnight and an $800 pair of Serengetti prescription sunglasses was stolen. Ladner • May 2, 6 p.m., 82nd Street and River Road: Both licence plates were stolen from a vehicle parked in the street overnight. Mission RCMP contacted the complainant with information that the plates had been found on a vehicle abandoned in their area. • May 5, 9:30 p.m., 6200-block of 48A Avenue: Complainant reported the front licence plate was stolen from his vehicle. • May 6, 11:08 p.m., 5000-block of 44th Avenue: Elementary school reported the glass in both the front and back doors had been smashed.

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MURPHY’S LAW When news broke recently that B.C. Hydro had sold all but a couple of the 104 right-of-way homes in Tsawwassen it appeared, at first blush, to be a good story. The fact the homes sold faster than had been expected and the financial loss was roughly in line with what was anticipated made it seem like this program was a success. We were initially told it would take two to three years to sell the entire inventory dubbed Tsawwassen Heights, so when they’re almost all gone 20 months later, it’s natural to conclude this was a favourable outcome. And when government, or at least a Crown corporation, not only completes a project ahead of schedule but on budget to boot, it would seemingly be time to rejoice. I’m not so sure that’s the correct emotion when it comes to this particular component of the sordid saga that has been Victoria’s efforts to upgrade power lines through the middle of Tsawwassen. When I look at the buy-out program, the cold, hard number that stares back at me is $200,000. Given B.C. Hydro bought roughly 100 homes and the program ended up approximately $20 million in the red, that means it lost an astounding $200,000 on each and every property it purchased and then re-sold along the corridor. That’s not exactly how I would characterize success. The fact this issue has played out in this manner is disappointing in ways that go well beyond monetary losses. It has uprooted hundreds of lives and blighted the community in the form of massive power poles that run past, among other amenities, the only high school in town. It’s curious how the province was adamant that burying and shielding the lines — the preferred option of just about everyone — was too expensive, yet the $20 million-plus it ended up spending on the buy-out program was in addition to the cost of erecting the overhead lines. Put those expenditures together and, if you can’t fund the far more popular underground alternative, you come awfully close to doing so. It’s a shame, given the millions spent at the end of the day, it didn’t work out that way. Burying and shielding the lines bound for Vancouver Island would have kept people in their homes, reduced the health risks and beautified, not scarred, the landscape. Instead, we’ve got upheaval and ugliness. I guess we’re supposed to take solace in the fact it came ahead of schedule and on budget.

Look no further than our own lush lawns for food security MIKE SCHNEIDER

COMMUNITY COMMENT “Food security” has literally hundreds of definitions. One definition that has been built on over the years was first offered by the World Bank in 1986 when it defined it as “access of all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Like global warming, the term food security causes many to feel threatened and even fearful when they contemplate scenarios that are largely based on speculation. These terms are often thrown around as smokescreens. As Ted Murphy noted on Wednesday, we will all, for the most part, be able to eat tomorrow, next year and in the next century. Unfortunately, some people who live in our country do not have access to fresh, nutritious food at all times, and our government and citizenry should continue to ensure this inequity is addressed. There are those who lament the loss of local farmland, saying it will prevent opportunity

to purchase and eat healthy and nutritious food. Some mistakenly point to facts that suggest because we do not grow all food for local consumption that we are somehow food insecure. Agricultural export contributes $5 billion to $7 billion to Canada’s trade balance and accounts for 10 per cent of our trade surplus. We need to continue to develop our export markets to remain competitive in the trading economy that is Canada. Food security should not be confused with “food sovereignty” when we are talking about local agriculture and agricultural land. Food sovereignty generally suggests it is the “right” of people to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems, in contrast to having food largely subject to international market forces. Food sovereignty is a good idea that is actually in practice in many parts of the world. Food sovereign communities exist in developing nations where agriculture is the everyday life of men, women and children. It occurs in some nations where children as young as four years old will know more about agriculture than we ever will. I think aspects of food sovereignty can exist in the developed world and help us to understand the complexities of the broader issue of

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food security, but as usual, attitudes have to change and that involves education, time and vision. Here and now, in a community that has the largest proportion of single detached homes of any municipality in Metro Vancouver, farming is still something that other people do. It is done by those guys on the other side of the fence or the ditch. It is something practiced by 57-year-olds shouldering huge risk on the hard agricultural edge. Make us food secure, Mr. Farmer, I need to feed my children and grandchildren! Here in luxury, on our lawns, decks and waterfront patios, we speculate and pontificate. There are approximately 6,000 single detached lots in Tsawwassen. If you took out the footprint of the actual home on an average lot and took out driveways and landscaping, you may end up with 2,500 square feet of what is probably covered in lawns. Tsawwassenites would be able to grow food on their properties in raised beds or otherwise on approximately 350 acres of reclaimed, farmable land. This is not in the cards unless you want it to be. Please, when you talk about food security, look in your own back yard if you are really that concerned and sincere.

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Cummins sings new tune when it comes to HST cancel it. Later he went on Christy Clark’s radio show and said Gordon Campbell lied when he implemented it, but Cummins supported it anyway. Clark then asked how he could support it when he believed it was brought in by lying (never mind her own ethical back flips on the tax now that she is premier) and he basically said the end justified the means. It was probably the worst, most incoherent political interview I have ever heard by a seasoned politician. Unfortunately, because of his intransigence in support of the HST and his determination to turn the B.C. Conservative Party into a pro-HST party, I was forced to leave. I did not have time to fight the HST and my own party at the same time.

Now he says the HST is a tax grab and is a bad tax for B.C. But incredibly his prescription for fixing the problem is identical to the Liberals — reduce it by one or two per cent. He wants us to believe more of the same is the answer to our problems? Cummins has done a lot of great things and stood up where others didn’t. I used to have tremendous respect for him, and was even the one who first invited him into the B.C. Conservative Party. Now suddenly he shows up like a carpet bagger pretending to oppose the HST, and lead us all out of this mess. The Cummins I once knew would have ripped into anyone as two faced as that. Chris Delaney Lead Organizer Fight HST

a member of any political party, it meant I was voting for change. For me and for many others, the Harper government represents a stifling of democracy, worsening global warming, environmental degradation, weakening of human rights in Canada and collusion with multi-national firms, all in the name of economic progress. And, oh yes, the Conservative government will reduce the deficit by

reducing an already weakened public service. There is a lot more but time and space preclude me from adding to the list of the Harper government misdemeanors. Yes, Canada does need a strong economy, but it also needs to achieve a balance with not only the environment but with the values of a just and ethical society. Will it do so with the government that has just been elected? Anita den Dikken

Pipeline beats bumper-to-bumper tanker trucks

Editor: Re: MLA among voices against YVR pipeline, May 6 I can’t believe what Vicki Huntington and Harold Steves are thinking. It seems to me a pipeline is the most environmentally safe solution to a growing demand for jet fuel at YVR. Do these people think

YVR is going to stop growing? Do they think tanker trucks on our roads are safer than a pipeline? What do they think is going to happen when YVR’s fuel demand increases 10, 15 or 25 per cent, as it surely will in the years to come? Our population will con-

tinue to grow, and with that so will the demand for services such as more flights in and out of YVR. No pipeline now would simply mean bumper-tobumper tanker trucks on our roads in the future. Is that what they want? John Rousseu

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Editor: Re: Cummins says report proves HST is a tax grab, May 11 The only thing more galling than the government’s duplicitous HST tax grab is a politician like John Cummins who strongly supported it now telling us how bad it is. Cummins is a johnnycome-lately to the anti-HST party. While hundreds of thousands of us were organizing to repeal it, he was in Ottawa voting in favour of it, and later vigorously defending it. When he came back to B.C. and was told that the people of B.C. didn’t want it, he said it would be good for B.C. He even showed up at his first B.C. Conservative policy convention in May 2010 and lobbied the delegates there not to pass a resolution to

Vote for Layton’s NDP was vote for change

Editor: Re: Voters turn to ‘candy land,’ letter to the editor, May 6 Has E.W. Bopp not considered that many of us are so fed up with Stephen Harper’s government, and with the Liberals’ lack of luster, that we would vote NDP? Voting NDP did not necessarily mean that we were voting to accept all of the tenets of their election platform. For this voter, who is not


A12 The Delta Optimist May 13, 2011 Letters to the Editor

Many hard-working Canadians don’t have ‘choice’

Editor: Re: Lefties get foothold in Canada despite failures all over world, Community Comment, May 4 Dan Southard’s writing has reached a new low. “Poverty is most often the result of poor life choices...” What poor choices would those be? The “choice” of a single mother working hard at two

or three minimum wage jobs (without benefits) to support her family? The “choice” of a father who has worked hard all his life to support his family being laid off when jobs were outsourced to a country where labour is cheaper? Or the “choice” of an aboriginal citizen whose traditional way of life is impossible to continue because of envi-

ronmental degradation? “... instilling young people with the idea that they are automatically deserving of a high standard of living...” Where are these young people who have been instilled? Young people do not ask for more than a job that contributes to society as a whole and affords them a living wage (as distinct from a mini-

mum wage). Recent studies by such organizations as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and UNICEF tell a shocking story: Canada has slipped from fifth place in the world to 24th in infant mortality rates. In the area of children’s health, we have dropped to ninth place out

of 24 OECD countries and, in the area of children’s material well being, we have dropped to 17th. Studies also show Canada’s richest one per cent took home almost onethird of all income growth during the decade from 1997 to 2007, reaching levels of inequality not seen here since the 1920s. These are the people who cannot

afford a slight raise in taxation to benefit their fellow citizens who work just as hard or harder? Could we not at least contemplate following Sweden’s lead, where the wealthiest 20 per cent own only 32 per cent of the wealth? The very rich would still be very comfortable indeed. Wilma Haig

No need to fear dogs but be wary of actions of their ignorant and inconsiderate owners

Editor: Last Friday I took my 18month-old granddaughter to the dike in west Ladner. We took the family dog and although it was grey and blowing, we were enjoying our nature ramble.

Sadly, we were attacked by two different dogs that were allowed to run offleash. I called out both times for the people to leash their dogs and to draw their attention to my situa-

tion, and both times I was ignored. They then passed me, telling me, “Normally their dogs are well behaved.” The fact I had a baby in my arms and an on-leash dog that had been attacked

did not elicit any apology or concern. I also encountered two men without leashes, one with earphones who could not hear me asking him to leash his dog. The other man started to

argue with me and asked me if my dog was as obedient as his. Another young woman was walking two large dogs, one of which pulled and broke free, giving me another tense moment. I

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May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist A13 Letters to the Editor

Biodegradable buildings MLA offers congratulations to reduce impact on farms Optimist for industry honours

Editor: Re: Land required for food security, letter to the editor, April 27 If the constraint were land area, maybe building farms upwards would be a solution. There are high-rise farms being considered for food security in many parts of the world. They are sort of like greenhouse farms only in multiple stories. I was biking in west Ladner recently and noticed there is some light pollution from greenhouses. Maybe some sort of solution could be to cover the greenhouses with light absorbing material. The high-rise farms could be put on stilts, maybe in the Southlands area. That way the flood

plain could be preserved as one speaker at the public hearings mentioned that even the Romans knew farming was not easy on flood plains. I think one of the criticisms of new construction in farm areas is the impact on the environment. Maybe the buildings could be constructed of biodegradable material that would be temporary. One of the assumptions of current construction is buildings have to be made of almost indestructible material, but does this really have to be the case? If the buildings decompose too fast over time, maybe a reserve fund could be established with the cost savings from construction used to repair the buildings, multiple times if necessary. Of course this would be

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opposite to current convention. I remember 10 years ago I went to a Simple Living presentation by a researcher at the Vancouver Public Library and when she mentioned that buildings could be constructed of dirt, some people walked out. But if you think of it, 10 years ago very few people were thinking of sustainability. Now more people are into it. A. Moreno

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A14 The Delta Optimist May 13, 2011

The King (of Ladner)

Eli “Tigerman” Williams is making a name for himself as an Elvis tribute artist BY


It was another birthday surprise by Elvis, who recently sang for an elated senior at a Surrey care home. Everyone watching the show for the smiling resident and her family knew the performer donning the tight leather outfit and thick black sideburns wasn’t the real King of Rock n’ Roll, but they were pleased nonetheless with the reasonable facsimile. Eli “Tigerman” Williams, who’s lived in Ladner most of his life, is quickly making a name for himself as a professional Elvis Presley impersonator (they prefer to call themselves Elvis tribute artists) in what’s a tough and competitive business. In an interview with the Optimist following the birthday show, the 23-year-old was clearly enlivened when it came to discussing all things Elvis Presley. “Elvis was pretty much the height of charisma and being cool. He probably did care deep inside what people thought, but he would own a room and you’d know he’s there. That type of performer will never come again and hasn’t even come close,” Williams says. “Some people say to me, ‘Oh, you think you’re Elvis.’ I tell them, ‘No, I don’t, there’ll never be someone like that.’ But to try to recreate what he did, being such a fan, is part of it for me.” A graduate of Delta Secondary, Williams says he has always been a fan but really got into the music and style in his final year of school, dressing retro and listening to Elvis tunes while his classmates were into modern pop and style. What triggered his full-blown dedication, oddly enough, was the tunnel chase scene in the Will Smith movie Men in Black, where the Elvis song Promised Land was played, laughs Williams. “After that I waited and watched for the credits to find out the name of the song. Then the next day I bought the album.” Noting most of his friends considered him somewhat cool for his dedication to Elvis, who passed away in 1977 at the age of 42, Williams has tattoos bearing the moniker TCB (Elvis’s favourite Taking Care of Business phrase) as well as the Sun Studio logo, honouring where the king cut his first major record. “Not many people my age walk around with big pompadours and sideburns and the retro cloths,” he says. He says when it comes to his Elvis obsession, his mother “is all over it, but didn’t get it at the start.” Williams practiced relentlessly at home trying to emulate the singing style of Elvis and watched many hours of concert footage to pick up every small nuance. He even sang at a few karaoke shows in Delta and around the Lower Mainland, but it wasn’t until he met Surrey-based tribute artist Brian “Elvis” Simpson through Facebook three years ago that he began receiving more formal training by an instructor with years of experience in the field. Simpson, who has sung internationally as well as throughout Canada, runs a unique school called Elvis 101. There, both male and female students learn the fundamentals of being a credible Elvis tribute artist, covering everything from vocals and stage moves to costumes. Simpson says Williams, in his everyday life, is a fan of the music, style and pop culture that surrounded Elvis when he was alive, which makes the transition to tribute artist much easier. Simpson also notes he’s impressed with the work ethic and dedication Williams brings to improving his act. “He has a great musicality with him, he understands the genre and naturally delivers this style with a lot of ease — very rare for someone so young. “He is young, flexible and presents a strong, sexy look on stage, which is the main ingredient of Elvis and attracts the younger ladies to the act.” Williams says, “That (Elvis school) was a real eye opener. I didn’t realize there was such a world of Elvis fanatics out there, people that studied every little minute detail like that.” Longtime Elvis singer Rick Marino’s book, Be Elvis! A Guide to Impersonating the King, is a well-known manual for aspiring tribute artists, providing step-by-step tips and

techniques. Marino says getting to the point where he is in his career has been a long and painstaking process. He says it’s not enough to study the moves, singing and costumes, one also needs to study the man, read about him and have an understanding of his psyche. A graphic arts student by day, Williams, who still spends hours every week practicing, has improved so quickly he has become an integral part in Simpson’s Elvis shows around town. In addition to getting his own gigs singing at parties and corporate functions, Williams has performed in theatre shows, charity fundraisers and special events, including Ladner May Days. Some of the more off the wall gigs include being lifted into the air by balloons during a Vancouver International Airport promotion. As far as landing more jobs, Williams says it’s all about making connections and pounding the pavement. “Here, it might be a little tougher because the Pacific West Coast of Canada isn’t the Elvis hub of the world. There’s a lot of great talent here and the area the way it is, being more of a sports-type of town, it can be tough. A lot of time it’s a case of looking for the work.” He’s also done well in contests, including making the semi-finals last year at the Heart of the King competition in Las Vegas, competing against singers from around the world on the same Hilton stage where Elvis sang decades earlier. Continued on Page 15


Ladnerite Eli Williams (top) is a lifelong Elvis fan who has dedicated himself to becoming a top-notch tribute artist. Ben Klein (above) says a great Elvis impersonator starts with the voice.

May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist A15

Continued from Page 14 This May, he finished in the top 10 in another Vegas competition where performers sang on Fremont Street. Williams also won the non-professional division at the highly regarded Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival in Penticton two years ago and made the finals in the professional division last year. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this June, the Penticton festival is the second biggest in Canada after the Collingwood Elvis Festival in Ontario. He says bitter rivalries, unfortunately, can sometimes make their presence felt in contests. Williams, who’s been finding himself busy landing more pub gigs lately, insists he isn’t into Elvis just to make money or compete in contests. “I like performing. I don’t care if I don’t make a million dollars doing it. If I sing in front of 15,000 people or five, I sing because I just like doing it. A lot of it is also about getting to meet fans and other Elvis tribute artists and being in that atmosphere of such fandom. It’s a lot of fun.” Some of his favourite tribute artists, he says, include Brandon Bennett and Shawn Klush, whom Williams describes as the “Wayne Gretzky of tribute artists.” Williams adds, “Now that I met a lot of these guys, I find most of them really genuine and good guys, fun to hang out with.” His favourite Elvis period is “the comeback era” between 1968 and 1972. His favourite songs include Suspicious Minds and If I can Dream. The Elvis impersonator scene had its origins on the West Coast in the late 1970s and early ‘80s with the likes of Rick Preston, Morris Bates and Randy Friskie, says Simpson, who’s been doing his own Ultimate Elvis show for over 10 years. Asked how big the industry has become, Simpson responds, “Back when there were impersonators of Elvis and not Elvis tribute artists, you could count the number of them on both hands, and one in particular, the late Johnny Harrah, raised many eyebrows when he signed the very first multi-million dollar deal with the Silverbird casino in Las Vegas in the late ‘70s. “Since that time, the amount of Elvis tributes has blossomed to the tens of thousands. The old joke is, if the number of Elvis tributes continues to grow as much as it has over the last 10 years, within the next 10, one in four people in the world will be an Elvis tribute artist. “There are now viable industries, in wardrobe, karaoke tracks, hair replacement systems, that specialize only in creating products to be used by aspiring Elvis tributes. With technology improving, it has become easier and easier to become Elvis if you have the money, the only thing you can’t buy is the talent.” Another of Williams’ favourite tribute artist is Ben Klein from Spokane, Washington, who knows all about how tough the business can be for up and coming tribute artists. Having won the professional division in Penticton twice, as well as other contests throughout the United States and Canada, Klein says the level of talent is very high and the chances of making it a full-time career are slim. “Not to say it’s impossible, just difficult ... always be willing to accept criticism because that is the best way to improve. Accept constructive critique and allow the veterans in the business to give you pointers. Never believe that you don’t need any help. No one is Elvis, so you will always have room for improvement.” As far as what makes a good Elvis impersonator, Klein, 30, insists it all starts with the voice. “You must be a great singer to begin with. Elvis was an extremely talented sing-

er and vocalist who had an amazing ability to sing anything with poise and grace. He was a singer first. “Secondly, the look. Elvis, as we all know, was a very good looking man with an amazing sense of style and sharp features. No one looks just like Elvis but there are key features that set some apart from others. I would recommend getting together with a professional stage makeup artist for tips on how to bring out natural features that you have to look as much like Elvis as you can. But on the other hand, some people will never look like Elvis no matter how hard they try with makeup or without. “Thirdly, rhythm and timing along with the ability to move gracefully and fluidly are very important. Watch Elvis as much as you can and get a sense of every little facet of how and when and why he moved. The more you watch, the more you will realize that Elvis moved in complete oneness with the music but it also looked very natural.” Klein adds, “Last, but not least, the hair. You either have the hair or you don’t. If you do, wonderful, but if not, look into buying a high quality wig from a company.” Klein has the distinction of twice being a top five finalist in a contest by Elvis Presley Enterprises called Ultimate Elvis. Prior to this contest, the top tribute artist competition was Images of the King world championship in Memphis. Starting in 2007, the 30th anniversary of Elvis’s death, Ultimate Elvis became the pinnacle, competitors having to win a specified regional contest in order to gain entry to the main event. The Penticton festival is one of those contests, having to pay for a special licence to Elvis Presley Enterprises. Winning Ultimate Elvis can lead

to many opportunities, including your own Las Vegas show. Ultimate Elvis is not only a money maker for Elvis Presley Enterprises, but also an acknowledgment for the first time by Elvis’s estate that impersonators indeed play an important role in keeping the memory and music of Elvis popular decades after his passing. “Many people never had the chance to see Elvis perform live and so hope that in seeing a great ETA (Elvis tribute artist) they can in some way believe that they are seeing the real thing,” Klein explains. Tribute artist Aaron Wong, a Vancouver resident who also took part in Simpson’s Elvis school, agrees, saying Elvis fans still come out in droves because they’re not ready to let Elvis leave the building. “Anyone can put in a CD and listen to the king at home, however, his fans still hunger for the live experience which ETAs provide. Obviously none of us will ever be exactly like the real thing. However, we do our best to attempt to portray what it would be like to experience

Elvis in person,” says Wong, also a previous winner at the Penticton contest and semi-finalist at Heart of the King. As far as what makes a good tribute artist, Wong says it’s a realization that what they are doing is paying tribute to someone else. “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve run into guys who take the Elvis persona off stage and make it over the top. It reeks of insincerity and the fans know it. It really gives the rest of us a hard time as it feeds the negative stereotype of ETAs.” Delta’s Tigerman, who has a Facebook fan club page with hundreds of members, agrees, saying it bothers him to hear someone slurring their words in a deep cartoon voice thinking they’re imitating Elvis. He notes good tribute artists will be able to convey some of the charisma of Elvis and show how they’re passionate about the king. “Anyone can slick back their hair and buy a jumpsuit, but to convey the emotion Elvis had when he sang is important. When he sang, you believed every word he said, but to try to emulate that is very hard. To even come close to that makes a good tribute artist.” Williams will be competing again at the Elvis festival in Penticton, June 24 to 26.

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May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist A17 In the Community

Hospice offers adult bereavement support group

The Delta Hospice Society will offer a sevenweek adult bereavement support group beginning May 17. The group will meet Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner until June 28. The group will be facilitated by registered clinical counsellor Dr. Heather Mohan with the assistance of trained volunteers and will provide participants with an opportunity to process their grief in a safe and supportive environment.

Participants will learn about emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and social aspects of the grief process, the different styles of grieving, and how utilizing music, art, imagery and mindfulness meditation can enhance coping skills. Strategies for dealing with family conflict, guilt, anger and regrets, and self-care, including positive coping, will also be discussed. There is no cost to participate in these sessions, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 12 participants. For more information or

Healers gather in Tsawwassen Forty men and women from across the province gathered at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn April 30 for the B.C. Therapeutic Touch Network Society’s annual conference and AGM. Therapeutic touch is a gentle, non-invasive method of energy healing, a modern interpretation of several ancient healing practices. It is supported by numerous research studies to accelerate physical healing, decrease anxiety, reduce pain and promote relaxation. Attendees participated in meditation, exchanged treatments and were educated by internationally known author and healer, keynote speaker Diane May, RN. The South Delta Therapeutic Touch Practice Group meets twice monthly. For more information contact Selena Jones at 604-952-4175.

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The Centre for Supportive Care provides information, resources, group support, and individual and family counselling to those families dealing with the diagnosis of a lifelimiting illness such as cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s and those experiencing grief and loss. For more information about Delta Hospice programs and services, call 604-948-0660 or visit www.

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In the Community



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May Days


Adult Idol (with Wine & Cheese Garden) 1ST PLACE: $500; 2ND PLACE $350; 3RD PLACE: $100


12 Years Old & Younger Idol 1ST PLACE: $300; 2ND PLACE IPOD TOUCH; 3RD PLACE: $100

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 1:30PM - 3:30PM

13 - 18 Years Old Idol

1ST PLACE: $350; 2ND PLACE $200; 3RD PLACE: $100


Delta Agricultural Society treasurer Robert Savage (left) and president Ken Bates presented a $5,000 cheque to Barbara Sutton, president of the Ladner Lawn Bowling Club, that will go towards the club’s fundraising efforts for an artificial turf lawn bowling green. Bates also delivered the first bowl of the season at the club’s opening day last week.

Idol Details and registration form available online at: www. ladnermaydays. com (all entrants must supply a demo CD ~ only those chosen will be notified)

Delta Stage ~ Ladner Memorial Park

May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist A19

Track stars of tomorrow Ladner elementary schools converge on Delta Secondary for annual meet

Nora from Hawthorne is ready to let it fly in the Grade 7 girls shot put.

Jared from Holly gets some serious air in the Grade 5 boys long jump at the annual elementary track meet Tuesday at Delta Secondary.

Holly students make the exchange in the Grade 6 girls relay.

Sacred Heart is out in front in the Grade 4 girls relay.

Port Guichon competitors are encouraged by a vocal cheering section.

Photos by Chung Chow More photos at

Special needs students race down the track.


A20 The Delta Optimist May 13, 2011

Jim Short

Ladner United Church

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Plight of the Honey Bee

There have been alarming declines in the honeybee population in different parts of the world. Many wild pollinators have also been suffering the same fate. While researchers are trying to determine the causes of these declines, the answer remains elusive. The Delta Museum and Archives Society will introduce provincial apiculturist Paul Van Westendorp to provide some insight into the Plight of the Honey Bee at a special presentation next week. Set for Thursday, May

19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., the presentation will be held at the museum’s annex, 4918 Delta St. Cost is $5 per person; pre-registration is advised as seating is limited. Van Westendorp will highlight the critical role insect pollinators play in our local environment, the dependency of modern agriculture on the abundance of insect pollinators, and the possible causes and solutions to stop pollinator declines. A solution must be found as the burgeoning world

population is more dependent than ever on bees to pollinate the numerous food crops. The evening will also provide an opportunity to visit the Delta Museum’s feature exhibit titled Life of a Delta Bee. Join Beatrice the Honeybee (her friends call her Bea) as she walks you through life as a bee in Delta and introduces you to herself, family, friends, enemies and her work around the community. For more information, call 604-946-9322 or visit

Libraries hosting shows on Kids’ Day Off Children in primary grades and their parent/ caregiver(s) are invited to drop by Delta library branches on Friday, May 20, the next non-instructional day, for some special entertainment. Kids’ Day Off @ the

Library will feature performances by three children’s entertainers. The 45-minute shows each begin at 2 p.m. Marnie Grey’s Music with Marnie at the Ladner Pioneer Library will involve children mentally, physically and emotionally as the audience is encouraged to participate through music and movement, imitation and sing-a-longs. Tony “Zany Zack” Chris’s magic show at the

Tsawwassen Library will be a fantastic trip into a child’s imagination where magic, silliness, fun and laughter blend into one amazing journey. Purple Pirate Dustin Anderson will bring an energetic performance to North Delta’s George Mackie Library that combines comedy, dance and positive affirming messages promoting self-esteem and confidence in children.

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In the mood for a little old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll? The United Entertainers will be serving up classic music from that genre with their upcoming show, Ducktails to Beehives – A ‘50s and ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival. “We had to compete for the songs we wanted to do this time. We had a huge list and each person was to choose some songs off of that,” says group member Cheryl Dunwoodie. “They’re all good.” Music from that era is timeless, she says. “My kids’ kids are dancing and singing along to it.” The local musical variety show group has been busy since mid-January preparing for next weekend’s performances at Genesis Theatre in Ladner. Dunwoodie says they “took a different tact” getting ready for this production. “The members were learning different techniques of how to interpret a song, how to learn a song.” She feels the approach worked well. “We did a format that

Annual tea at Baptist church


The 46th annual Strawberry Tea will be held on Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 at South Delta Baptist Church in Tsawwassen. The Strawberry Tea was started in 1965 by Barb Wright and a friend on a whim. Bales of hay were used for the seating and strawberries picked across the street from the church, then on 12th Avenue, were used for dessert. The speaker this year is Grace Fox, a Metro Vancouver author and international speaker. The theme is Fearless and Free: Women of Strength and Dignity, said Janet Boivin, head of women’s ministry’s at South Delta Baptist. Discover the keys to facing every day with courage and confidence. The cost is $10. Reserve tickets or find more information at

United Entertainers presents Ducktails to Beehives – a ‘50s and ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revivial at Genesis Theatre in Ladner next weekend.

I’ve used for 25 years, which is to start verse by verse, you don’t start from the top to the bottom, you learn line by line,” she says. “We tore apart the songs, we learned the songs, learned the emotions in the songs.” The Entertainers also plan to have some skits in the show, notes group member Tina Hoell. There will

be vignettes from Lucille Ball and Laugh-In as well as tributes to Carol Burnett and Frank Sinatra (guest performers Susie Francis and George Ellenton will do the honours). Delta Idol’s 2010 champ Ted Hubert will also be singing. Hoell says in terms of sets the shows start out in a ‘50s soda shop and pro-

Dunwoodie. Both groups will have display booths at the venue, Hoell notes. Last year the Entertainers raised $2,600 for the Delta Hospice Society with their production of Once Upon a Time, Happily Never After. It was a record for the group, which was founded in 1999 under the direction of the late Ross Laidley. The United Entertainers have donated close to $25,000 to date.

gresses into a ‘60s go-go nightclub. The United Entertainers will present Ducktails to Beehives – A ‘50s and ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival at the Genesis Theatre in Ladner on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Evening shows are 7:30 p.m. and there will be a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at

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A26 The Delta Optimist May 13, 2011

leisure&lifestyles travel

Canoeing the Bowron Lakes BY


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e paddle slowly along the meandering course of the Bowron River, slipping silently through the marshland. Around every bend new life emerges from the smoky river surface: beavers diving with a slap of their tail, mergansers scurrying to safety, blackbirds squawking from cattail perch and common snipes swooping with whistling wings. Then this huge apparition appears, silhouetted in dawn’s light. An enormous head rises from the river, water cascading from dished antlers. A bull moose stands belly deep in the sedge, its body glistening in the soft morning glow. It is the defining moment of our six-day Bowron Lakes canoe trip, on the last day, when we had scrambled from our comfortable bedrolls in the dark, searching for magical early morning sights. We were rewarded — 15 moose in all, in the first hour of daylight. Still, the whole trip has been charming. Each of the circuit’s lakes has its own personality — Skoi Lake is enchanting but short, hardly long enough to get

a paddle wet, while Isaac Lake, dark and sombre, seems to go on forever. Lanezi is a murky leaden grey and Rum a tiny sheltered gem bordered by wide beaches. Abundant wildlife and rich flora are set amidst a backdrop of azure lakes, cascading waterfalls and high glaciated peaks. Exciting rapids and chutes contrast lazy river drifting. Even the weather is unpredictable and dramatic. Here in B.C.’s Central Interior, a talented designer has laid out the consummate canoe circuit. Nowhere else would you find a route so perfect, a 116-kilometre chain of 11 lakes, seven portages, rivers and white-water that, without repetition of any part of the route, returns the canoeist to the point of origin. The route takes from six to 10 days to complete, although the record for the loop is an inane 11 hours, by a pair of focussed speed-paddlers who, I assume, did not take the time to enjoy their surroundings. We are not in a hurry. Our journey begins with a 2.4-kilometre portage from the Park Registration Centre to Kibbee Lake and a leisurely paddle across Kibbee to our first camp site. Our next two days are spent paddling


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down 38-kilometre Isaac Lake. The park was created in 1961 and by 1965 it seemed remarkable that 150 canoes per year were using the circuit. The park has now reached its capacity and a limit of 50 canoeists per day has been set. Though the Bowron has a reputation as a busy summer circuit, we saw only one other canoe in the first three days of our

September trip. We set camp and then did some practice runs through the wild chute. On the fourth day it was an enjoyable run down the Cariboo River, running eight kilometres of chutes and rapids. We paddled up Lenezi Lake to a camp at Turner Creek, halfway up the north shore, arriving just in time to put up our tents and over-

head tarp before a gale hit. On the next morning, we hugged the north shore and paddled below the steep southfacing slopes. Flowers and lichens cling to the 400-million-year-old rock outcrops. Our fourth night is spent on Rum Lake, which has the warmest water and the best swimming on the circuit. A trail off Unna Lake leads to the roaring, 24-metre high Cariboo Falls. On the fifth day we paddled north up Babcock, Skoi and Spectacle lakes. There were more canoeists now, as many have the time to canoe only the western lakes. Our final camp was on the Bowron River at the fringe of the massive Bowron Marsh, site of our magnificent moose sighting. The big bull moose posed for some time, and then we paddled off, leaving him in peace. We complete our trip, dawdling over Bowron Lake. It is a civilized trip, well-used, well-maintained and very organized, but still, the wilderness you reach is spectacular and unpredictable. Travel Writers’ Tales is an independent newspaper syndicate that offers professionally written travel articles to newspaper editors and publishers. To check out more, visit

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May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist A27

leisure&lifestyles gardening

Vary your harvest with leafy greens Veggies are good for wraps, salads

Green Room Leafy green vegetables can give you a longer and more varied harvest than any other food plants — and the ways these leaves can be used has widened in the last few years to include smoothies and wraps as well as salads. Most leafy greens tolerate part shade and many are cut-and-come again. Both these characteristics make them very useful in containers on partly-shady balconies, especially since all the major pests of green leaves (slugs, flea beetles, aphids and leaf miners) seldom trouble apartment gardens. In-ground gardeners aren’t so lucky. Row covers are good protectors where the gardener feels flying insects are doing intolerable damage. But row covers aren’t cheap and need to be cleaned and stored very carefully if they are to last two or three years. Slug-infested gardens have special challenges because row-plantings make plants an easy meal. For instance, a slug can chomp down a row of leafy

seedlings in a single night. Many organic people prefer to dot vegetable plantings in isolated groups all over the food garden. This protects against disease transfer and insects and is effective if slug numbers are low. Where slugs are a major problem, gardeners might find it best to have all the leafy green veggies in one spot where hand-picking or alternative slug control can be more concentrated — a raised bed edged with copper tape is one good protection. A leafy green that slugs dislike is arugula. This is a fast-growing spring and fall crop that loves moist, cool weather. Young leaves are nicely peppery but old leaves are burningly hot. Corn salad is another cool-weather crop that survives mild frost, though it won’t grow in winter unless you protect it. The leaves form a rosette pretty enough for a flower garden and the sturdy leaves are quite pest-resistant. It likes very rich soil. Mustard also needs early spring or late summer planting. Young leaves taste mild but, like arugula, the older leaves are fiery-tasting. Many lettuces also prefer cool spring or fall weather. The best types for cut-andcome again are Cos and

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Romaine lettuce. But for summer use, it’s important to plant heat-resistant lettuce such as Lollo Rossa or Red Oakleaf. Even these two do best in shade. For fall planting, the heirloom lettuce Winter Density is a useful choice. Tall leafy greens such as kale can be harvested repeatedly if you just cut a few leaves at a time. The heritage kales such as Red Russian and Hungry Gap are especially useful because they have impressive cold resistance. Another leafy vegetable that is harvested well into the fall is Swiss chard. The leaves can be stirfried and the stems can be sliced small and steamed. Some chards, such as the red Rhubarb Chard or the multi-coloured Bright Lights are very pretty. For hot summers, New Zealand spinach thrives when other crops bolt and dry out. This makes everenlarging mats of small, succulent green leaves from late July to frost. Then there’s the nasturtium. The leaves are a peppery treat in salad, the flowers can be eaten and so can the immature seed pods. Anne Marrison is happy to answer garden questions. Send them to her via

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Two of Delta’s longest-running, top-caliber amateur musical groups will blend their talents for a unique program of choral and band music from Hollywood and Broadway. The Delta Choral Society will perform alongside the Delta Concert Band in Showtime! Selections from Stage and Screen. The special spring concert is set for tomorrow and Sunday at Cedar Park Church in Ladner. “We’ve got something for everyone,” says Danielle Hamilton, musical director of the Delta Community Choir and Tapestry, the two choirs operated by the Delta Choral Society. “Classics from Broadway such as Tomorrow from the musical Annie to contemporary works like For Good


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from the musical Wicked make for a program full of variety,” says Hamilton. “Each group will perform individually but we’ll also have mass numbers involving everyone. After

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all, this is emotional music that really connects with an audience. It’ll get your toes tapping or bring a tear to your eye.” And while the two groups will meld their music seamlessly in this unique concert series, each one is also unique. The Delta Community Choir is an auditioned-forplacement, adult, mixed group that rehearses weekly in Tsawwassen. The choir #!&$"%$"

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has been going strong for more than 25 years. Tapestry, a smaller ensemble that is the society’s auditioned, off-book group, began in 2008. The Delta Concert Band is a dedicated group of accomplished musicians from throughout the Lower Mainland. The band meets once a week in North Delta and is one of the longest established community groups in the province with

nearly 50 years of performances to its credit since its formation in 1964. It recently returned from a highly successful playing tour of Maui. “Now we’re enjoying the preparations for these concerts and our members are certainly looking forward to the shows,” says Jim Tempest, director of music. “Playing with singers is a different experience which the band has done in the past with great success. “Music from theatre and film offers a gold mine of repertoire for the combined sound a choir and band can create. I’m sure the audience will agree.” Showtime! Selections from Stage and Screen will be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available from any choir or band member, at the door or at Mud Bay Wines in Tsawwassen or Cedar Park Church office in Ladner.

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Delta Sports

May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist A29

SDSS athletes secure spots in Fraser Valley championships South Delta Delta Sun Devils track and field team captured the girls

team award at the Delta/ Coquitlam Meet, setting the stage for next week’s Fraser

Valley Championships. The Sun Devils edged overall champion Seaquam for top honours in the girls standings thanks to some outstanding performances at all age levels. Leading the way was Grade 11 distance standout Peggy Noel capturing the senior girls 800m, 1500m, and the 1500m steeplechase to put up huge points for her team. In junior girls, Lauren Dewar was second in both the 400m and 800m events. The Grade 8 girls showed plenty of promise as Georgia Wright was third in the 800m and fifth in the 1500m. Monika Bains advanced to the Fraser Valleys thanks to a strong run in the 100m, while Hailea Caldwell (discus) and Jenna Palmer (1500m) also qualified for the championships. On the boys side, Mackenzie Connors was a major force in the junior boys distance races, winning the 3000m and 1500m events. Junior teammate Harrison Wade enjoyed a




Delta high school athletes turned in strong performances at last week’s Delta/Coquitlam regional meet. (Left) South Delta’s Jordan Baum and Reid Kelly are stride for stride with Delta secondary’s Cris Gaio during the junior boys 800 metre event. (Above) South Delta’s Monika Bains heads down the straightaway during the Grade 8 girls 200 metre event. terrific meet, highlighted by a third place showing in the 800m. He was also fourth in the 1500m and fifth in the 3000m. Strong runs in the 1500m were also produced by Reid Kelly, Jordan

Baum and Dawson Church, who also showed well in the 3000m. John Poku showed why he is one of the top high school sprinters in the province, with a time of 11.54 seconds in the 100m,

then advancing in the 200m and long jump, despite having a pulled hamstring. The Fraser Valley Championships will take place May 16-19 at Town Centre Stadium in Coquitlam.

Delta gymnasts dazzle at Western meet Jackson Ross thrives representing B.C. in Grand Prairie, winning four gold medals, including three individually due to an injury only did three of the six events, still managing to place fifth allaround. That pushed him through to the individual finals where he enjoyed an outstanding day, winning gold on rings, parallel bars and high bar, to go along with combined team honours, for an amazing four gold medals. In the National Youth category, Farquharson and Sadhra both scored high enough at the Western trials to join Ross on the combined gold-medal winning National Youth/National Open Team. Zach Starko and Sean Dance also competed in the National Youth all-around competition. Dance was ninth on rings and Starko eighth on pommel horse out of 20 athletes.

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Sadhra placed 14th all-around, highlighted by eighth on the parallel bars. Farquharson placed ninth all-around and scored high enough on vault and high bar to make the event finals where he finished sixth and fourth respectively. Meanwhile, Devy Dyson and Julian Geisler will be joining Ross and Sadhra later this month in Charlottetown, PEI for the 2011 Canadian Gymnastics Championships. They are among 94 artistic and trampoline gymnasts named to the provincial team following the final trials held in conjunction with the 2011 B.C. Gymnastics Championships in Langley from April 8-10. Delta men’s competitive coordinator Mike Hood is also headed to the Maritimes



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Delta Gymnastics was well-represented at the recent Western Canadian Championships in Grand Prairie, AB and the local contingent did not disappoint. Laura Goncalves returned home with two gold and a silver medal. She was member of the first place B.C. team in the Level 5 Open category. She also qualified for the final in three individual events, winning gold on beam. She added a silver on vault and nearly made it four medals, finishing fourth on floor. Delta also had five gymnasts competing on the boys side — Jackson Ross, Alex Farquharson, Arman Sadhra, Zachary Zarko and Sean Dance. Ross, a National Open athlete, was also part of the Youth Open combined team. He competed in the AA competition but

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Four players from South Delta selected for U17 B.C. Cup tourney in Salmon Arm

South Delta hockey players Jason Fram, Troy Sutherland, Josh Smith and Macoy Erkamps are participating at this weekend’s Male Under 17 B.C. Cup in Salmon Arm. The prestigous event, which is host by B.C. Amateur Hockey, features the top 120 1995-born players in the province, following district evaluation camps held last month. Fram, Suthlerland, Erkamps and Smith

Program. The top performpariticpated at the Lower ers at the tournament will Mainland Zone Camp be invited to a which featured U17 regional talent from every camp — July 24hockey association 27 in Calgary. from Chilliwack to The camp will Whistler. help determine Once the playthe Team Pacific ers are identified, (B.C./Alberta) they are divided roster for the into six teams for 2011 World U17 the B.C. Cup. Challenge. The tournaMacoy Notable South ment is part of Erkamps Delta players who the B.C. Hockey have successfully made it Male High Performance

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through the U17 Program to represent B.C. include Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks), Brandon McMillan (Anaheim Ducks), Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver Giants) and 2010 participant Ryan Olsen (Saskatoon Blades). Erkamps has already had plenty of exposure to high-profile hockey, having played for the gold-medal winning B.C. team at the Canada Winter Games in February.

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Delta Pacers Madison Wells battles with a Charles Best opponent during Tuesday’s opening round game at the Fraser Valley “AAA” Girls Soccer Championships. The 12th seeded Pacers gave the fifth seed from Coquitlam all it could handle, losing 1-0 in penalty kicks.

Sekhon leads Sports Unlimited to Delta Masters hoop crown Former Delta Pacer great Navi Sekhon poured in 48 points to lead Sports Unlimited to the playoff championship in their inaugural season in the Delta Masters Basketball League. Sekhon, who led the Pacers to a provincial tournament berth in 1993, led Sports Unlimited to a 95-85 win over Ladner’s Landing Lomas. Eric Butler added 14 points and Novell Thomas 12. Sports Unlimited advanced to the final with a win over the Griffins, while the Lomas got past the Hawks 73-54 in the other semi-final match-up. The playoffs began with a pair of opening round upsets as Nick Vojic poured in 26 points in the Hawks 69-61 win over the Rockets/Brewers. Jeff Winslade scored 21 points to lead the Griffins past Geo Pacific 83-73.

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KUMP - Anne Irene (ne´e Challe) January 30,1941 - May 11, 2011 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Anne Irene Kump. Anne passed away peacefully the morning of May 8, 2011 at the Fleetwood Care Centre with family by her side. She was born in Pine Falls, MB and moved to the Lower Mainland as a teenager. Anne worked in the restaurant industry until the early 1980s when she became a real estate agent and had several successful years. She touched the lives of many with her hard work, dedication and sincerity. Her strength of character and positive, fun-loving attitude were a true inspiration to us all. Predeceased by her husband John in 1983, sister Lucille, brother Henry, Anne is survived by her daughter, Kathy Aviani, three sons, Richard, John and Steven, siblings Theresa and Paul, as well as many grandchildren. Prayers will be held on Thursday May 12, 2011 at 6:30PM at the Columbia - Bowell Funeral Chapel at 219 - 6th St, New Westminster, BC. Funeral Service will be held May 13, 2011 at 12:00PM at St. Peter’s Church at 330 Royal Avenue, New Westminster with burial to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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WAYNE, Evelyn Marie (nee Glisch) January 30, 1915 - May 3, 2011

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and aunt, Evelyn Marie Wayne, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, BC. As a cherished mother of Patricia (Doriano) Baisi and step-son Thomas Vohla, she will be fondly remembered. Also remembered by her sister-in-law, Vera Glisch, her grandchildren, Jennifer Milat, Cynthia (Dennis) Holborn, Annette Baisi, Douglas Vohla, Steven Vohla, Kathy Funk, David Kovac, Jody Miller, Margee Kovac, Barbara Rutherford, Linda Balfanz and James Vohla. Her greatgrandchildren, Samantha and Spencer Holborn, Joshua Baisi, our little angel on the way, and her many step-great-grandchildren will miss her sense of fun and playfulness. She will be sorely missed by all her nieces and nephews. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Ted Wayne, her parents, Conrad and Mathilda Glisch, her brothers, Richard, Clarence, Donald, Ervin and Oliver, her sisters, Lucy, Adeline, Eleanor and Harriet, her step-children, Diane Wilson and Richard Vohla. Evelyn was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She was forced to leave school to help support the family during the Depression. She worked as a dining room hostess and for the Bell Telephone Company. A few years after marriage, the family moved to California, where Evelyn remained until her immigration to Canada in 1986 to live with her daughter’s family. Evelyn was always the first person to offer her help in any crisis. Evelyn will be remembered for her love of Scrabble, cards and puzzles. Prayers were held on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm at Delta Funeral Home, 5329 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta, BC. Friends and family are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial, Sacred Heart Church, 3900 Arthur Drive, Ladner, BC on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 11:00 am followed by a reception. Entombment will follow at Gardens of Gethsemani, 15800 - 32nd Avenue, Surrey, BC. On-line condolences at: Always a lady, but with a unique sense of humour, you will be missed, Mom, Grandma and Auntie.

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BARKLEY - Jean (nee Brown) Originally from Winnipeg, passed away peacefully at age 89 on April 16, 2011 in Delta. Predeceased in 1991 by Jack, her beloved husband of 46 years. Survived by nieces Catherine Robson and Norma Anne Lawson, both of Ontario. Interment at Chilliwack Cemeteries, Hillcrest Drive, Chilliwack. No service by request. Jean was a volunteer at the Delta Hospital and will be fondly remembered by many friends.

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Beauticians/ Barbers

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Tow Truck Operators

Roadway Towing Ltd. has two positions available for tow truck operators. Applicants must reside in the area in order to meet our contract obligations. Applicants must have a minimum of a class 5 driver’s licence without restrictions. Most importantly chosen applicants must pass a criminal record check prior to being hired. Experience is preferred however training will be provided to the right applicant. Some mechanical skills and an understanding of automobiles is an asset. Shifts include weekends and some on call nights. Company also offers an excellent benefits package. Drivers are paid on commission so the harder you work the more you can make. Resume and drivers abstract can either be faxed or emailed. Fax# 604-940-1793 or email

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Farm Workers

SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS REQUIRED General manual labourer, hand weeding, shovel work, crop harvesting, etc. Workers will be working in dirt and vine covered fields. Rain gear and boots are needed. Hourly wage is $9.28/hr. + 4% vacation pay. 54-60 hours per week. Days of work, Mon-Sat with most Sundays off. Period of employment MMay 16 - October 31, 2011. To apply, please fax resume:

Attention: Norm Spencer Fax: 604-946-5575 Cranwest Farms 6770 - 72nd Street, Delta


General Employment

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General Employment

FRONT DESK RECEPTION Spa Time now hiring for flexible part time guest receptionist. In person @ 1232 56 St. Tsaw. or email attn. louisedannhauerspa

Pak Diamond Kitchen Cabinets is hiring one full-time permanent labourer for in the shop at # 108 7750 128 St., Surrey, BC. Salary $13.50/hr. Duties: Assist machine operators, clean work areas and perform other labouring activities. Language: Pakistani Punjabi an asset. Email resume to: pak_diamond_kitchen_

Tsawwassen Landscape Maintenance Company

has full-time positions available for the following: • EXP’D LAWN CARE TECHNICIANS with professional background, valid drivers license, and good knowledge of South Delta. Competitive wages based on exp. Please phone or leave mess. 604-943-6786

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ABC COUNTRY RESTAURANT FULL TIME EXPERIENCED COOK & DISHWASHER Day & evening shifts. Apply in person weekdays 5124 - 48th Ave, Ladner or online at

Boston Pizza Guildford

15125 100th Ave., Surrey BC, V3R 9P4, Needs closing shift pizza cooks to cook pizzas, steaks, ribs and pasta dishes. Ensure quality and quantity control measures are followed. Strict adherence to all health standards. Busy high pressure work environment. Closing shift 6:00 PM to 3:00 AM. Applicants should have minimum 3 years experience as pizza cook. Speak fluent English. Salary $14.25 / hr. Qualified applicants should mail, drop-off or fax resumes to (604) 583-6764 SHORT ORDER COOK required for Sharkey’s Restaurant, f/t, 40 hrs/wk, 8 hrs day, $16.00 /hr must speak fluent English, with exp. Apply by phone 604-946-7793.

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Office Personnel

LADNER FISH COMPANY requires full time Order Entry, Sales Support Staff Must be accurate & proficient with data entry, spread sheets. Please fax resume to 604-946-6238

May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist

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Teachers/ Instructors

LOOKING FOR A QUALIFIED UPPER LEVEL SCIENCE TEACHER To teach in a structured tutoring situation. Shifts can be short, so please only apply if you live nearby and can easily get back and forth to Tsawwassen. Previous experience teaching in a classroom or similar situation is required. Teaching environment is very pleasant and there is only limited lesson planning required. Retired or newly certified teachers encouraged to apply! Must be available afternoons, Mon Thurs between 3pm-7pm. Please email resume to for further details.


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HORSE SALE. Mini Mares and foals will be sold at The Fraser Valley Auction, in Langley, at 12 noon, May 15th. See you there!



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1 BR ste, avail now in Ladner Village, $820 incl heat, h/w, ref’s, n/s n/p, nr ammens 604-940-9434 QUIET CLEAN 2 br avail. Tsaw. near ammens, park like setting, carpets, References required, $950. 778-316-3401

Houses - Rent

BEACHGROVE, TSAW with pool, lrg 2 Br Rancher, 2 f/p, ensuite, family room, dbl garage, fenced yard, short term ok, immed $1800. refs 604-250-1522 HOUSE FOR RENT Tsawwassen/Boundary Bay area. 2 bdrm 850 sq. ft. completely renovated house located in the middle of the Southlands property. Very private and quiet surrounded by farm lands and horses beyond your fence. Includes w/d/f/s and blinds. $1500 per month on a one year lease. No Pets and references required. Contact Sandra at Century Group 604-943-2203 NEAR NEW SUPER CLEAN, Tsaw, exec 2000sf rancher, 3 br, open kitchen, fam room, 2 ba, 2 gas f/p, dbl gar, blinds, appl, N/S N/P, $1750+utils, 604-943-4931 RENO’D BEACH Grove 1 br+ steps

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4895-55B St, Ladner Bach & 1 BR Available. Spacious suites, balconies, rent incls heat & hot water, prkg available. Refs. N/P.


LADNER 2 br condo, new reno quiet spacious, 1125 sf, nr ammens, avail Jun 1 778-317-7777 TSAW - 1 BR large 800sf, $720. 2 BR large, 1200 sf $840. nr amens, quiet mature tenants, h/w, heat & cable incl. u/g prkg, ns np n/BBQ 604-948-0543

TSAW 3 bdrm, Camaro Dr., clean, 2 lvl, 2 bath, yard. $1,900 avail June 1st. 604-889-2830


270 SQ ft office conveniently located central Tsawwassen. Has window. $350 per month. To view or for info. 604-313-9109 OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE to share. Ladner Harbour Centre. great location. Approx 800sf $1300/mth+hst 604.952.0829


TSAW 1 br, np, ns, w/d, parking, $775 per mth, avail June 1st. Nr shops/transit. 778-837-1133

● Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall has prime retail spaces available in various sizes. ● Windsor Woods – unit #5 – 1,057 sq. ft. ● Century Square Three Commercial/Office Spaces available

Tsawwassen, CASA DEL SOL Two, 1 BR’s avail June 1. 1st Floor $775, 3rd Floor $785. Two, 2BR’s avail June 1, $975/$995 incls heat & H/W, carpets, drapes, 2 appl, 2 elevators, under ground parking avail. Please Call 604-943-8954 or 604-488-4733

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Suites/Partial Houses

●Ladner Harbourside Plaza. 655 sq ft retail/office space 4871 Delta Street For more information call Tina or Sandra at Century Group 604-943-2203

1 BR bsmt suite, nr bus stop, school, Port Guichon area. $700 pet ok, n/s, 604-723-2581 1 BR garden suite, upper Tsaw, own entry, quiet family home, fp, pool, sat tv, wireless net, np, ns, furn or unfurn $795 incl utils, avail now, 604-230-4862 2 BDRM ground-floor suite in Ladner. Available June 1st. $900 a month + util. Shared w/d. F/P. 604-946-3125

Tsawwassen Terrace

Are your looking for a 1 bedroom in a well maintained building? Bldg is located on 16th Ave and is close to the bus, shops and the beach. To view please call 604-943-7666

Kelly Court

1 bedroom suites available in small bldg located near shops, school, bus stop and rec centre. Rent includes 2 appl, carpets, drapes, heat and hot water. Bldg consists of new windows and sliding doors. To view please call 604-782-4326

BEACH GROVE cheerful 3 BD, 1 bath, upper, eat in kitchen, 2 decks, fenced yard, new flrs & paint, $1425/mo + 60% utils. N/s, N/p. July 1. Bev 778-230-8753 LADNER 1 BR bsmt suite, new bath, h/wood, n/s, no pets, June 1st, $700 incl utils. 604-773-9615 LADNER, COZY little 1 br/kitchen/bachlorette pad, for 1 person, priv entry/grnd lvl, across from park, on quiet St nr Leisure Ctre, Hospital, bus. $670 incl util, avail June 1. 604-788-3991 Rick RENO’D & Clean Ladner 2 bdrm ground level, cental location, nr bus & schools, quiet area, refs 604-946-3810 or 604-916-4928


2 bdrm suite available in quiet and well maintained bldg. Rent includes drapes, carpets, 3 appliances and laundry facilities. Located on bus route and minutes from parks and beach area. For more info or to view, please call 604-943-0002.

Century Village and Tsawwassen Manor

Beautiful complex consisting of 6 bldgs. & water fountains. 1 & 2 bedroom suites, include drapes, wall to wall carpets, balconies, elevators, and wheel chair access. Tsaw. Manor includes heat. Close to beach, parks, recreation centre & school. To make an appt to view please call 604-948-9111



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1 bedroom suite available in one of our 4 well maintained bldgs. Located near shops, school and bus routes. Rent includes 2 appl, carpets and drapes. To view this suite please call 604-946-2694

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Georgia Court/Harbourside

Affordable 1 and 2 bedroom suites available in the heart of Ladner Village. Rent includes 2 appl, carpets, drapes and hot water. Shops and bus stop nearby. To view or for more info please call 604-946-9268

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2008 COUGAR, 30 ft 5th wheel trailer with 2 slides. Complete with full extended warranty until 2014 for worry free camping. Asking $27,500 obo. Call 604-576-4040

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



Sanding & Refinishing Installation Quality Workmanship Free Estimates Fully Licensed & Insured




HANDYMAN SERVICES Electrical, Gutters, Fencing, Plumbing, Carpentry, Flooring Renovations, Sheds, Contracting & more Affordable, friendly, fast, reliable, local, guaranteed Senior Discounts Call Phil 604-307-6840


Painting, repairs, tile, reno’s, Reliable & Exc. References.

Call Ed 604.946.2191 604.219.4789



Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panel for Sale & Installation 8291 No.5 Rd Richmond Call 604-275-3158


To view or pick up 5333 176 St., Surrey


PAUL WEATHERBY Property Maintenance • • • • • • •

Lawn Care & Maintenance Pruning and Hedging Full Yard Cleanups Gutter Cleaning Pressure Washing Rubbish Removal Fencing & Repairs

604 •240 •2194 604 •943 •2401


“Spring Clean-Up” Reel Type Lawnmowing Aerating • Power Raking Weeding • Moss Control Fertilizer • Trimming • Pruning Professional Maintenance

Cell: 604-710-1348 604-946-1348

Tim’s Home Repairs

Carpentry, Mouldings, Crown mouldings, Finishing, Laminate & H/W flrs, Sheds, Fences, Sidings, Kitchen, Bath rooms, Plumbing, Gov’t Cert Capenter, Drywall Repairs, WCB Insured. 604-940-4282, 778-882-7756

J&S Yard Services Father & son owned & operated. Best Rates Guaranteed

Call 778-999-4164



604-649-0502 (cell)

For anything Yard Related!



All in One Call Renovations Establish & local, carpentry, tiling, painting etc Peter 604-619-4859 Lawn Maint. window & gutter cleaning, pressure washing, rubbish removal etc. 604-948-0267



Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Old Pools Filled in Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls, Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering. 604 782-4322


Lawn & Garden






Advanced Concrete Enhancements Limited




Lawn & Garden


Century Hardwood Floors

one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865



Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

Lora Court

1 bedroom suite available in small quiet building. Rent includes 2 appl, carpets, drape, heat, cable and parking. Near bus loop, recreation centre and shopping. To view or for more info please call 604-946-4633

Trusted and reliable home cleaning services! Excellent attention to detail! Ladner owned & operated. Call us today at 604-908-5078


Scrap Car Removal





1999 DODGE Karavan, 7 pass, 5 dr, 6 cyl, auto, a/c, air cared, 150k, like new, $2650 obo. Owner 604-525-9641 or 604-524-6567

2001 JAGUAR S-Type 3.0 V6, Auto, White on Black, 142,000km, $6,588. Call: 778-322-3598



2007 MERCEDES 350 CLK, convertible, 2 dr, auto, 34,000 kms, dark blue, fully loaded. very cond, $45,000 obo. Must go 778-999-3654

LADNER 1 bedroom suite available in a quiet well maintained building.. Rent includes 2 appl, carpets, drapes and h/w. To make an appt to view please call 604-946-4633


1998 VOLVO XC70, wagon, blue, 210kms, 7 seats, rare, auto, loaded, $5500.. 604-926-5677

Kerry Court

1 bedroom suites available in a quiet well maintained bldg, Rent includes 2 appl., drapes, heat and hot water. Located close to school, shopping centre and bus route. To make an appt. to view please call 604-943-1487

FULL SIZE VEHICLES Serving the Delta area for 20 yrs. Call 604- 649-1627, 946-0943

2 BR large bsmt, 5 appls, bath, gas fp, back yard, ns, np, Ladner $875+utils, June 1, 604-946-2373

2005 PONTIAC Sunfire 2 dr cpe, White/grey int, auto, aluminum mags, spoiler, cd plyr, exc cond, n/s, female driven, no accid, 75,000 k, $5,000. 604-916-5590



2 BDRM, Ladner, storage room. own laundry, $900, Avail June 1, ns, np, 604-946-3128





1 BDRM BRIGHT, Ground Level Suite, Ladner $800. Incl Util/ Cable/Wi/Shared W/D Patio, N/P N/S 604-940-1787

291 sq ft, 640 sq ft, 1658 sq ft.

TSAWWASSEN VILLA 1 br apt. $780, incld balc, prkg, hotwater & heat, cat neg. avail June 1, 604-880-5391


Office/Retail Rent


Landscaping & Gardening Hedging & Pruning Custom Decking & Fencing Flagstone & Paver Patios Painting Interior Renovations


• Lawn Mowing • Aeration • Power Raking • Hedging • 15% Seniors Discount • Free Estimates • Flexible Hours

Visa / MC / Debit Accepted

604-347-7888 Too much to do, not enough time? ... I can help! • Lawn maintenance • Window cleaning Designs • Prunning • • Gutter •cleaning • Lawns • Fences • Decks • • Pressure washing Stone/Masonary • • Pruning •and Hedging • Rubbish Call Hans JOHNremoval 604-943-4546 (WCB Insured) Tel: 604-948-0267 • 604-842-1468


Home Services

SERVICE EXCELLENCE -Need Help? Paint, tile, renos, Call Ed 604.946.2191 or 604.219.4789


Moving & Storage

ADVANCE MOVING LTD MOVING & DELIVERY EXPERTS!! Licensed, Bonded & Insured Single item to full house moves We Guarantee the Cost of Every Move Flat Rates always available A+ (604) 861-8885 BBB Rating

May 13, 2011 The Delta Optimist A47

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Royal Wood Tree Care

Dale McLean, Certified Arborist

“Trim your trees, cut your costs”

Built-in Vacuum Packages from $399 & up! Your #1 stop shop for ALL your vacuum needs 11 years serving Ladner & Tsawwassen Steve says "Everything we sell sucks..."

Tree Removal Tree Pruning Hedge Trimming

5146 Ladner Trunk Rd. Delta, BC (Save-On-Foods Mall)

H: 604-943-0084



McLean Tree and Hedge - Arborist reports for Development Applications - Tree pruning and removal - Hedge renovation and trimming - Danger tree- Certified Tree Risk Assessor

Stump Grinding Fully Insured ISA Member

C: 604-916-6187

Tel: 604-943-8775 Cell: 778-232-1888



In-Store & On-site Service * Virus & Spyware Removal * Mac & PC All Upgrades * Network Solutions Reliable Custom Built PCs and Laptops

PROGROUP PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Residential & Commercial Window Cleaning • Power Washing Roof Cleaning • Gutter Cleaning & Installation

Let us manage your rental property – We place only highly qualified tenants

We take care of EVERYTHING Call us for a free quote We now offer property maintenance & repair services to the public

Steve M. Harper Toll-Free: 1(877)906-9220 Mobile: (604)644-8046

604-948-1966 •


Bermuda John

• • • • • • •

Honest & Dependable No Job too Small

604.948.3199 778.688.1950


• Fully Insured • Dependable Services • Uniformed Workers • Quality Work • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Hotline: 604-943-8318

1208 56th St., Tsaw. (next to BMO)


Lawn Cutting Weeding Power Washing Trash Removal Dump Runs Deliveries Pick-Ups

To place your ad in “Call the Experts” call our Sales Experts at 604-630-3300

To place your ad in “Call the Experts,” call 604-630-3300 8185


Interior & Exterior WCB & Liability Insured



Moving & Storage

$35/HOUR PER PERSON • 24/7 Abe Moving & Delivery and Rubbish Removal. 604-999-6020


Painting/ Wallpaper


Interior/Exterior Specialist Many Years Experience Fully Insured Top Quality, Quick Work Free Estimate


• Exterior/Interior Projects • Written Warranty • Years of Experience • Fully Insured • WCB Covered Professional Crew of Ticketed Painters





Low rates, 100% guar. Free est.

Mark 778-323-1045


Fully Insured 20 years experience Call 604Free Estimates



PAINT RITE BY RICH For all your Painting needs!

Interior & Exterior

All types of Painting & Wallcoverings Special Rates for Exterior ❏ 10 yrs exp. BBB Member ❏ Insured & Bonded

604-946-4889 604-649-4930

Member: Better Business Bureau

Amar • 604-782-6710

Best In Class Painting - Low rates, refs avail, 100% guaranteed Mark 778-323-1045

Moving & Storage

B&Y MOVING Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $50 ~ • Includes all Taxes • Licenced & Insured • Professional Piano Movers



Need a Gardener? Find one in the Home Services section

Moving & Storage

Need Space? We Have It!




- reduce your costly commercial square footage/ reclaim your garage & yard increase your profit by storing offsite at move that huge boat or RV reduced rates renovating 24/7 Secure store those precious keepsakes

2 locations: LADNER

Painting/ Wallpaper

K&S PRO PAINTING Interior & Exterior Wcb & Liability Insured

Call Kevin Jamieson 604.943.2232 604.802.4142

PROFESSIONAL PAINTER, 25 yrs exp. Ext/Int. Free est. Tsaw/ Ladner only. Dave 604-329-6140 TAKE AWAY THE PRESSURE Painting, interior/exterior Contact Ian 604-946-9395..604-812-7255


Paving/Seal Coating

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



10% Off with this Ad! For all your plumbing, heating & reno needs. Lic Gas Fitter, Aman. 778-895-2005

Richard Ryan





604-946-0020 360-945-MINI (6464)

Gated Access Reasonable Rates!


Power Washing

Pressure Washing Houses, Siding, Driveways, Patios, Painting, Interior/Exterior

Seniors Discount

Don’t wait. Call Ian Ferguson

Phone: 604.946.9395 Cell: 604.812.7255


Renovations & Home Improvement


Kitchen & Bathroom Remodelling Bathroom & Shower Repairs 20 years experience Free estimates

604-948-9573 Cell: 604-836-8943


• Complete Renovations • Plumbing • Electrical • Master Carpenter • Painting • Wallpapering • Kitchen/Bathroom designer & installer • Floors • Ceramic • Tiles • Drywall 25 yrs. exp. $35/hr


Water Lines (without digging) Sewer Lines (without digging) Install. Drain tiles. 604-739-2000 Panorama Plumbing Heating/ Gas Services No job too small or too big Res/Comm 604-818-7801 PRECISION 1 Plumbing & Heating, Lic. & Ins. hw tanks, service, renos. Rick 604-809-6822


Power Washing

BOUNDARY BAY WINDOW WASHING • Exterior house cleaning • Pressure Washing • Gutters

Steve Watts 604-943-4134 778-228-5639

— Mark —

Cell: 778-889-9918

CANWEST CABINETRY Save Money on Manufacturer Direct! Quality Custom Kitchens & Baths New • Renos • Refacing • Closets Entertainment Units & more! Free Estimates 604-328-0611

Building on your ideas. Kitchens, Baths, Home Repairs, Decks....


Renovations & Home Improvement

R2 Renovations Kitchen & Bath Specialist Serving Ladner & Tsawwassen for 16 years

Rob cell 604-312-5409

P.R. Remodelling Kitchens, Bathrooms, Drywall, Tiling, etc. Certified Plumber

20 years exp. & ref’s European craftsmanship


B-Cheema Roofing

All Types of Roofing & Repairs Free Estimates


For All Your Household Repairs and Renovations. Interior and Exterior Finishing, Kitchens, Bathrooms and Plumbing Refs Avail. Free Estimates

Tried & True Since 1902

Call for a free estimate:


Visit us online to receive a special discount:

Rob 604-946-4796



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Save Your Dollars!

778-317-1256•604-451-0225 Bath *Kitchen* Suites & More

D & M RENOVATIONS, Flooring, tiling, finishing. Fully Insured. Top quality, quick work 604-724-3832






604-984-9004 604-984-6560

#1 Roofing Company in BC






Over 25 years serving South Delta

• Rubbish Removal • Reno Clean-Up • Yard Trimmings • Gutter Cleaning

604-649-9600 Student Works

Disposal & Recycling

Trips start at


10% OFF with this ad


Stucco/Siding/ Exterior


Roofing Experts 778-230-5717 Repairs/Re-Roof/New Roofs. All work Gtd. Free Est. Call Frank


Rubbish Removal

'You Call It, We Haul It!' Rubbish Removal and Recycling

778-668-4285 Locally Owned... ● So you pay less ●

Call Paul 778-434-2437


$35/HOUR PER PERSON • 24/7 Abe Moving & Delivery and Rubbish Removal. 604-999-6020

A1 CONTRACTING. Bsmt, bath, kitchen cabinets, tiling, painting & decks. Dhillon, 604-782-1936

A Eastwest Roofing & Siding Re-roofing, Gutter, Free Est, BBB Member, 10% disc, Seniors Disc, 604-812-9721, 604-783-6437

DISPOSAL BINS: Starting at $99 + dump fees. Call 604-306-8599

for free estimate

$40 Askabout about $30 Ask 35 40 Tues. & Thurs. Tues& & Thurs. Tues. Thurs.

John 778-288-8009

JJ ROOFING, Repair specialist, Reroof, New Roof. Seniors disc. WCB, fully ins. 604-726-6345


All types of Roofing Over 35 Years in Business Call now for Free Estimates

99 89 59 53 Ask about

$ $ 1/2 LOAD 99 1/2LOAD LOAD 791/2

B i n s f ro m 7 - 2 0 y a rd s a v a i l .

*A discount equivalent to the HST will be given, call for details.

25 Years in Business 25 Years workmanship warranty


TMO Contracting

“We Keep you Dry”


Rubbish Removal


Licensed, Insured, WCB


Spring Special







Painting/ Wallpaper


Quality Home Improvement ★ Stucco ★ All Kinds. No Job Too Big or Small. 604-725-8925



AL’S CERAMIC TILE. Supply & install, samples avail. Free est. 604-948-9573, cell 604-836-8943


Tree Services

Tree Removal - Stump Grinding Branch Chipping * Free Est. * WCB Local resident, 34 yrs. 604-943-0043


Window Cleaning


•BOB THE WINDOW MAN• Window cleaning in and out, gutters, local business. Established in 1993 Call Bob 604-943-3629

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Delta Optimist May 13 2011  

Delta Optimist May 13 2011