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Friday, March 25 , 2011 Hody Lye and Davis Balla challenge others to shave their heads this June in aid of families struggling financially because of childhood cancer.

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Smuggling motivates policy shift A vehicle brought in for repairs at Fraser Regional Correctional Centre is now under investigation. by Damian Inwood

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Shed fire spreads

Fire destroyed a shed and damaged a home on Meadowbrook Place on Thursday afternoon. Nobody was hurt in the blaze and fire fighters were able to quash the flames, preventing further damage to the house. Details online at

Federal government

Liberals ready for election

All three major parties have local candidates lined up for federal election. Maria Rantanen

Former school board trustee Mandeep Bhuller will run as the Liberal candidate should a federal election be called today. The Conservative government was expected to fall on Thursday on its budget. But with the budget vote pushed to next week, Friday’s motion of non-confidence on contempt charges is being predicted as the more likely tipping point. Bhuller said the priority of

the current government is not Canadians or Canadian families, using the economy as an excuse. “The key component of government, which should be compassion within the policy framework that they use, does not exist in the Harper minority (government),” he said. Bhuller said it’s time to have a more compassionate government, instead of the

Conservative government that is slowly diluting any social conscience from their platform. During challenging times, social programs are even more vital than ever to families, he added, and many of “The key the social programs component of exist in government… name only with should be “obsocompassion…” lete” Mandeep Bhuller funding envelopes. The Harper government came in talking about ethics, but now it looks like it’s “more like status quo,” Bhuller said.

The Liberals plan to have a non-confidence vote today and all three opposition parties are expected to support it, which will lead to an election most likely in May. The Liberal Party of Canada wants to from a majority government after the next election, and any talk of a coalition with the NDP is premature, Bhuller said. The NDP’s platform “has traditionally had a social conscious,” he said but the economic framework to fund their their proposed programs don’t work. “They don’t come with a credible financial explanation for all those wonderful things they subscribe to,” Bhuller said.

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Jail guards at Fraser Regional Correctional Centre say a trailer may have been used as a “Trojan horse” to smuggle drugs, weapons, and cellphones into the jail. A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General confirmed this week that the Maple Ridge prison has now beefed up its policy “to prohibit public vehicles from being accepted into any on-site work programs.” Ridge Meadows RCMP said that an investigation was launched at the correctional centre on March 7. “We are working with B.C. Corrections on that investigation but it’s very active at this point, so I’m not going to comment any further on any details,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop. Postmedia Network Inc. received a tip that drugs, makeshift knives, Cpl. Alanna Dunlop cellphones, sterRidge Meadows RCMP oids, and steroid needles were hidden in the walls of a trailer that was brought into the jail, at the request of a private citizen, for inmates to repair. “We did have an investigation that was initiated on March 7, that sounds similar to what you’re alluding to,” said Dunlop. “We’re still working on it.” Inmates deliberately broke gym equipment and took it into the jail’s metal work shop, according to information given to Postmedia. There, the inmates removed the contraband then distributed it, said a guard, who refused to give his name.

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Judi Taylor, (left), loved helping the Nicarguan children with their eye needs, and she said they were very loving. Both local women travelled down to Nicaragua with a group of eye-care professionals who fitted locals with prescription glasses and taught them about eye health (below).

A bank machine stolen from the Ramada Hotel in Pitt Meadows was found last Friday. After thieves stole a 300-pound bank machine in the early hours of Thursday, March 17, they appear to have taken the money and dumped it in a ditch. RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said the machine was found badly damaged in Port Coquitlam. • More online:, click on “News”

Pitt stop in Ridge Those who watched the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia, will need no introduction to Paul Henderson. The Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour will make a stop in Maple Ridge on Sunday, April 3, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. • More online:, click on “Sports”

Ridge men jailed One of two local men was sentence after being caught last year attempting to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. Colin Charles Crowe, 27, was sentenced in a Tacoma court to 30 months in jail for conspiracy to import drugs. A statement from the U.S. attorney’s office said he also received three years of supervised release. • More online:, click on “News”


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Two staff members from Pacific Eye Doctors in Maple Ridge travelled to Central America. by Amy Judd

“We take what we have for granted,” said Trenna Zaiser, after returning from a trip to Nicaragua to help locals understand and receive eye care. The contact lens technician and optometrist from Pacific Eye Doctors journeyed down to the poorer country with general manager and optician Judi Taylor for 10 days earlier this month. They were part of a group with the charity VOSH, (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). Dr. Judy Schnarr, from Pacific, sponsors one staff member to go on each volunteer expedition. Zaiser has been four times now, but this year, Taylor was able to arrange her schedule to go as well. Now this trip has spawned an idea to donate as many nonprescription sunglasses as possible to the people there.

“I was amazed at how much “but they told us that before we sun damage, UV damage, was started so we knew.” done, and it’s such an easy fix,” Despite having to wait in 38 said Taylor. degree heat for hours on end, “People don’t think to donate Taylor and Zaiser said they were non-prescription sunglasses,” she constantly amazed by how happy added. everyone was, Both women and how grateful. said much Taylor helped of the damwith auto-refracage they tions, a pre-exam saw in their to provide a Nicaraguan rough estimate of patients was a person’s prepreventable, scription, while but almost Zaiser assisted everyone had the doctor, rather some issues than working in with their eyes. the dispensary “About as she has in the three percent past. Trenna Zaiser has volunteered with VOSH in of people “The first time Nicaragua four times now. didn’t have an I went down issue,” said there, you put Taylor, “and most of those were the glasses on the patient and children who were getting their their eyes just light up,” she said first check-up.” smiling. Both women undertook five The group moved the clinic days of vision clinics, that started around from place to place, and at 8 a.m., and ended at 5 p.m., with their one day off in the and about 100 patients a day middle, they decided to climb a came through there. “There was volcano, which would have been no lunch break,” laughed Taylor, more fun if it wasn’t so hot they

laughed. Also part of their team was a house-building group, who built four simple homes for the locals in 10 days. “It’s just kind of neat to be involved in both ends of it,” said Zaiser. For the two women however, the greatest reward was meeting the people and helping them. “I loved it,” said Taylor. “I loved the people, the sense of community. They’re so loving, the children, they just glom onto you.” She described a moment when a little girl came up to her and just snuggled into her arms. “All I could think about was my granddaughter and I just started crying,” she said. Both Taylor and Zaiser would like the opportunity to go again, but for now they are looking to collect as many pairs of non-prescription sunglasses as they can to send them down to Nicaragua. “We wear sunglasses for fashion,” said Taylor, “but they are so necessary.” Anyone can drop off all types of glasses and sunglasses at Pacific Eye Doctors, 22320 Brown Ave.

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Dave Wooldridge’s home backs onto an approved development that will have traffic access from his back alley.


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Residents are concerned about traffic flowing to homes via their back alley. by Maria Rantanen

Some Kanaka Creek residents don’t like a development approved behind their properties but they insist this is not another case of NIMBYism. A three-acre lot on Gilker Hill Road will be turned into a 51-unit townhouse complex with the sole access to 16 units from a lane behind a row of homes. The Wooldridge family knew the lot behind them was slated for development when they moved in three years ago. But they didn’t think it would include 16 homes having their only entrance via the lane behind their home. And squeezing 51 units onto three acres seems too dense for the neighbourhood Dave Wooldridge. “None of us are opposed to the development,” Wooldridge said. “What we’re concerned with is the density.” The streets are already busy and traffic backs up on Gilker Hill every morning, Wooldridge pointed out.

Fifty-one units up the narrow road will bring a lot more traffic to the area, he said. Seventy-two people signed an online petition against the development and about 20 of the residents showed up at Tuesday’s council meeting. Mark Evans, another resident whose home backs onto the development, has been spearheading the opposition. Council approved the development permit at this week’s council meeting. Evans was surprised that the points brought up by the citizens weren’t considered in the final decision. “In the end, we were portrayed as a bunch of NIMBYs,” Evans said. Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin said, however, he’s “sympathetic” to the residents, but he said the development will fit the neighbourhood. “I think that once they get this up and built and landscaped... it’ll add to the community,” Daykin said. The developer has to widen the lane and Gilker Hill Road, adding a sidewalk, and adding dedicated left- and right-hand turn lanes at Kanaka Way and Gilker Hill Road.

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The City of Pitt Meadows Public Works Department will be flushing water mains throughout the municipality for approximately twelve weeks beginning March 21, 2011. During this time there may be a temporary drop in water pressure or a noticeable discolouration in tap water. To correct problems with milky water, open the cold tap slightly to bleed air from the water lines. If you experience problems with dirty water, turn on an outside tap and let it run until the water clears. The City thanks residents for their patience during this routine maintenance of the water mains. If there are any questions or concerns please call 604-465-2434. Public Works Department 11333 Harris Road Pitt Meadows, BC, V3Y 2M5


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Friends Davis Balla and Hody Lye are having their heads shaved for a great cause on June 4.


Going bald for the cause

Fundraiser aims to show support for people living with cancer. by Troy Landreville

Hody Lye isn’t going for a basic trim when she, along with others, will voluntarily lose her locks in early June. “It’s going down right to the skin,” she said. Lye is raising money to help families struggling financially because of childhood cancer. Subsequently, she’s shaving her head in support of Athletes in Kind and the B.C. Childhood Cancer Parents Association. The seventh annual AIK head shave will take place at Pitt Meadows Osprey Village on Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Lye is sacrificing her hair for many reasons, the one closest to her heart being her dad, who died 25 years ago from a brain tumour. She has also known many people including her family, friends, and clients, who have been touched in many ways by cancer. While it is cruel in all cases, it is especially unkind to children, who don’t get to experience becoming an adult.

“All cancer sucks, but child cancer’s not fair,” she said. “Kids haven’t had a chance to live their life. If I can help somebody in some way who is dealing with a difficult situation, then I’m happy to do that.” Among those joining Lye on the stylist’s chair is six-year-old Davis Balla, who will have his head shaved for the cause. Davis’s twin sister Lauren will be on hand for support. Recently, Lye was at the Balla household for dinner when she mentioned she was going to shave her head. “Davis said, ‘I want to do that!’” said the twins’ mom Shannon Balla, the TIMES advertising sales manager. “We explained he would have to raise money and with his sister’s help, we could do that.” On March 23, Davis heard a child asking for blood donations on the radio, as he has cancer. Davis remarked, “I’m going to help.” The youngster knows all about giving back, since his dad, Darcy, rides for Team Finn in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer. Finn Sullivan was a twin who died from cancer ( Donations for the AIK fundraiser can be made at

OPEN HOUSE Albion Flats Draft Land Use Concept Plan Council is seeking public input on the Draft Concept Plan for the Albion Flats. Please join us to review the Draft Concept Plan. The format for the evening is an open house with displays. Date: Time: Location:

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Some trustees are ready to run again while others say it’s too early to declare their intentions.

been enjoying her work on the board of education and, unless she wins the lottery and moves to an exotic country, she plans to run again. “I really enjoy my work on the board and would like that to continue,” she said. Two-time trustee Stepan Vdovine hasn’t by Maria Rantanen made up his mind whether he will run, and while he said he’s enjoyed being on School board chair Ken Clarkson said he the board of education, he doesn’t want to plans to run for office at least one more only have a career as a politician. time. “Before I make a decision, I have to Trustees Susan Carr and Eleanor Palis weigh out my plans for the future,” are also eyeing another term on the Maple Vdovine said. Ridge-Pitt Meadows board of education, Vdovine is studying political science at but others feel it’s still too early the University of B.C. but he to make a decision. said he hasn’t had much time The municipal election is set to study over the last year and for Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, a half. at which time trustees for the Susan Carr said she is ready board of education and Maple for “round two” as a board of Ridge and Pitt Meadows couneducation trustee. cils will be elected. Carr was elected in November Clarkson was elected for his 2008 to the board of educafirst term in November 2008, tion after being involved in and he was chosen board chair trying to keep Mount Crescent after the first year. Elementary from closing. Ken Clarkson “I have a passion for educaLocal realtor and school board School board chair tion,” said Clarkson, a retired trustee Mike Huber said that teacher and teacher-librarian. with eight months still left in However, he said he does get frustrated this term, it’s not the right time yet to about how little control there is at at the declare who is running. local level. “I feel the community is best served if Trustee Kathie Ward, who has been elected officials stay focused on the task elected to the board three times and did until the end of the term the community a one-year stint as board chair, said she has elected them to rather than spending has to consider her health and the impact such a large amount of time campaigning being a trusteee has on her family. She for re-election,” Huber said. He added he will decide after the summer whether to hopes “all levels of government” continue run again. the work they’re doing at the current time. “During the break my family and I will Trustee Dave Rempel, a retired teacher undoubtedly have many conversations and principal who is in his fifth term as around this topic,” she said. an elected trustee, said he won’t give his Board vice-chair Eleanor Palis said she’s answer until November.

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New Truck Routes in Effect As of March 1, the City of Pitt Meadows implemented designated truck routes within City limits following an amendment to the Highway and Traffic Bylaw.The new routes and amended bylaw are to help address citizen safety and quiet in residential areas. The new route network restricts truck traffic on McNeil Road, Hammond Road, Harris Road from Lougheed Highway to Airport Way and the urban portion of Ford Road. Truck Route signs have been installed at key locations to provide additional guidance. Visit the City’s website at to see the Truck Route map and bylaw amendment, or for more information, contact the Engineering Department at 604465-2428.

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Youth Movie Night on the Big Screen – Apr 1 Come to the Pitt Meadows Youth Lounge at the Rec Centre for a Toastmasters can help! Meetings take place at Pitt Meadows City movie night at 7pm.Ages 12-18.Admission free with YOI memberHall every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ship. Call 604.465.2442. For more info, call 604.460.0339 or visit their website at more.

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The team from the Burnett Fellowship Church that will be participating in the Extreme Makeoverstyle renovation of the Chun family home in Belize.

Changing lives

Making a difference abroad A local church group is giving its time to help a Belizean family. by Brian Russell

The Burnett Fellowship Church in Maple Ridge is getting ready for a 10-day trip to Belize to build a new home for a struggling family. Paul Olson, the church’s The current Chun family home in Belize measures about 500 square feet children’s pastor, and for nine people and doesn’t have a functioning bathroom. 15 other volunteers are teaming up with Kent The family has very little the extra bit of time they and Marion Fuller of the in the way of appliances need to get as much done Belizean evangelical comor other household goods, as they can on the new munity for an Extreme and what they do have home. Makeover-style renovabarely works. The team will leave tion to the home of the The house has no funcBelize on April 6, meaning Chun family in the city of tioning bathroom, the they will only have eight Belmopan, Belize. family shares one sleeping days to get the work done. The family, made up of space, and when it rains, “It’s not a lot of time, the parents the water but ... we’ll work night and seven runs right and day, however long it children, is through takes to get it done,” said currently the foundaOlson. The Burnett Fellowship living in a tion of the When the build is comteam will be providing house no house. plete, Olson said the team updates on their progress. bigger than Before the plans to reveal the new 500 square Watch for updates at team gets house to the Chun famfeet. to Belize ily in the same fashion “[The on March as the TV show Extreme Chun’s] are 28, they will be paying Makeover: Home Edition, a very, very special family, two people in the country right down to the bus that said Olson. “They’re pretty to lay a new foundation hides the renovation until amazing.” for the home, giving them the reveal.

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Opinion Who we are The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows TIMES newspaper is a division of Postmedia Network Inc. We’re located at 22345 North Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C. The TIMES has a CCAB audited circulation of 29,001.

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Time to trust democracy All right, already. Enough with the politics. Now it’s time for democracy. We get it that there is a minority government running things in Ottawa. We understand that that means political parties and their leaders will do a lot of pushing and shoving for position. In fact, ongoing polling has reinforced the last election results, which indicate that Canadians wanted a minority government, or at least, didn’t trust any of the available choices at the time with a majority. The question of trust that was a major factor in the outcome of the 2008 federal general election has not been resolved – far from it. That question has grown in the ensuing years, through attempts at formation of political coalitions, through snap prorogations of parliament, through accusations that the government has been withholding vital information from opposition members of parliament, and most recently, through the governing party’s contempt of parliament on two charges. To further erode the public’s trust in the minority parliament currently governing Canada, the opposition has consistently failed to stand behind its charges of contempt, incompetence, abuse of process, and disregard for democratic principles against the government side. The opposition parties’ refusal to act on such serious allegations in the past has left Canadian voters in a state of mistrust for all parties. The governing party, for its part, has taken on the airs of a majority – a form of contempt in itself, albeit one that the prime minister has apparently felt necessary to maintain what he believes is in the best interests of the country. The minority government has tabled a budget that says it has salvaged the best possible outcome for Canada in the midst of a struggling world economy. And it has tabled an attitude that the economic outcome is worth it at any cost – even occasional lapses into contempt for democratic process. Our parliamentarians can’t make up their minds which is more important: politicking or democracy. It’s time to trust the people to take responsibility for their future. It’s time to trust democracy. – B.G.

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Will the proposal to extend spring break cause scheduling problems for your family? 38% YES NO




Brutality in hockey must cease Allow me to drag out one of problems with concussions, and my dead horses. Let’s hook it up they have the UFC where 40 per behind a Zamboni and hit the ice. cent of respondents in one survey Migod, look at all the hockey felt there were fewer head injurplayers lying there, most of them ies than in the National Headshot in considerable pain and being League. attended to by a trainer, some of And what are the powers-thatthem being taken away on stretchbe doing to reduce the cheap hits ers. and the injuries? These are the concussed, of Bigger fines, longer suspensions? course, victims of hits to the How about criminal charges? by Tim Tyler head with elbows, shoulders, Many think there should be an forearms, checks from behind, outright ban on head shots. This boarding. The latest was a particuhas gone beyond the committee larly nasty shot into the stanchion that supports stage. It’s time to act, time to clean up the game the Plexiglas, this by a 6’9”, 250 lb. giant from before more and more parents decide to enrol Boston against a smaller player from Montreal Johnny in soccer or curling, where degenerative who sustained a broken cervical vertebra and a brain disease isn’t one of the side effects of parconcussion; he could’ve been paralyzed. ticipation. As it is, he’s probably seen the last of hockey There’s not many curlers being asked to donate for this season and Don Cherry will have more their brains to research after they die! footage for his latest rock ’em, sock ’em fighting I wouldn’t go so far as to make the sport ‘nonvideo, as an example of the way the game should contact,’ although it has its proponents. What I be played, by tough Canadian boys not yer pansy would do is, considering the increased size and Europeans with their visors. (Oh wait a minute, I speed of today’s players, is make the bloody rink think the Giant was a European). bigger, make it easier for the finesse players to This is the year of the concussion in the NHL, move and show their stuff, make it harder for the at least the year they started talking about it, goons to catch them; to hell with seat/revenue promising to do something about it beyond a five- loss; it’d make the game more exciting, more minute major and a game misconduct, which is skill-oriented. what the Boston Giant received for launching his And now, to beat my dead horse: forced to miss victim into space. the final of the Brier, the Canadian men’s curling This is the year that Sidney Crosby incurred a championship, the next day I turned to the local concussion after two nasty shots in two different sportscast to catch the highlights, and wouldn’t games. What kind of a league, what kind of a you know, the hockey-centric sports guys were game allows its marquee player to be injured like going on about the Canucks and their run for first this? There was even some doubt expressed that place in the division, the Sedin brothers in the he would return at all, although at last look, he scoring race (put an asterisk beside that one!), had resumed skating. blahblah; and not a mention of the curling. Sid the Kid is the unscarred face of the NHL. Of course they have to cater to the CherryYou don’t take the lead dog out and shoot it. Nation Neanderthals who are so obsessed with It’s bad PR. It says you have no respect for talour ‘national game’ that they riot in the streets ent, which is what the game is based on, not when we lose – which makes one wonder about the incidence of brain damage among fans. thuggish brutality. I don’t care if you’re trying to appeal to the potential fan base in the southern Keep up the head banging, boys, and we’ll all be yelling, “Hurry hard.” U.S.A. They have the NFL, which has its own

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Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times

Friday, March 25, 2011


Longer break proven wrong Dear editor,

The Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows school district is recommending a two week spring break, an altered calendar holiday, and adding a few minutes to every school day to make up for the instruction time lost. This totals six less instructional days of school, in addition to six professional days, which already occur throughout the school year. The researcher they hired found that, “simply adding hours to the school calendar does not improve performance” and that “more/less time has little impact” in reference to increased or decreased time in each day. So how does the school district plan on making up for the lost days of instruction time? They don’t and this instruction time will not exist. Teachers and students will have to

Federal politics

Represented by party extremes Dear editor,

The Maple Ridge [federal] riding now has a far-right candidate and a far-left candidate. I do not think we could have such extreme right and left as we have in this riding. We really need to see some middle road candidate. It’s either extreme tough on crime or everyone should live in controlled apartments. At least, there is time for these two to voice their extremes.

Dan Banov, Maple Ridge

cover the same curriculum with six days less of instruction time. They say the research indicated this would “not have a detrimental effect on student learning.” I couldn’t find anywhere in the report (available on the website) where it said that days of instruction have no value. I value the time teachers spend with my kids and I know how hard they work to provide our children with a great education. I would prefer they have more instruction time, not less. Does the school district think so little of a teacher’s day of instruction that they feel six days less will have no effect on a student’s education? I quote from an article in the Vancouver Sun, where Gary Rupert, an education professor at the University of B.C. said: “It’s the equivalent of saying you’re going to have an extra piece of bread tonight but you’re not going to have any dinner at all tomorrow.” Other school districts, (Chilliwack and Abbotsford) want to go back to a oneweek spring break after extending their spring break to two weeks. They feel the reduction of instruction days has an impact on students. It was done as cost-saving measure, but it is not a direction they want to go to, in the long term. So learn from the mistakes of others and don’t compromise our students’ education for the sake of saving a few dollars. There is a survey on the SD42 website and a meeting on Tuesday, March 29 at Thomas Haney Secondary to provide your input. Please take the time to have your say.

Karen Georgi, Pitt Meadows

[A few more letters on the topic of extending spring break are available online at, click on “Opinion”]


Canucks care for planet

Dear editor,

Earth Hour is upon us once again, and on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. more than a billion people worldwide will be switching off their lights. Last year, 50 per cent of Canadians reportedly participated in Earth Hour; strong evidence, I think, that Canadians are looking for action on climate change. For even stronger evidence, look at the new poll conducted for the World Wildlife Federation, which found that 84 per cent of Canadians are “as convinced or more convinced than last year that urgent action is necessary on climate change.” Climate change is ultimately about how we produce and use energy. So switching from non-renewable to renewable energy as quickly as possible, and finding ways to conserve and use energy more efficiently are ultimately the keys to solving climate change. Something to think about for an important hour on March 26. Mike Taylor, Port Moody

B.C. can become cleaner Dear editor,

What is the power of the future? That’s the question raised by Global News anchor Chris Gailus the other night, and it’s a very good question in light of what is going on in Japan. The world uses 320 billion kilowatthours of electricity every day. And

demand for electricity continues to grow at an incredible pace. We need power, and we need to get it from somewhere. But where? In B.C., we’re very lucky to get most of our power from hydro. But as Global News reported, 12 per cent of our electricity is imported from Alberta and generated by burning coal. I think we can do better than that. We can become 100 per cent clean and renewable in this province. We have an obligation to the rest of the world to use our abundance of safe, clean, renewable energy wisely and not take it for granted, especially when we see others struggling with nuclear power and trying to clean up coal. We owe it to the world and to future generations to put our clean energy resources to good use.

Sandra Robinson, Maple Ridge

Wood smoke must cease Dear editor,

Municipalities are to take over where Metro left off with controlling wood smoke. Debating whether to burn should not present a big problem. Even the most avid burner should realize wood smoke is causing pollution and is harmful to people’s health. Brie Oishi, Port Coquitlam

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The long-time Ridge Meadows Home Show is growing by adding a new outdoor life and leisure component. by Roxanne Hooper

Ridge Meadows Home Show has become one of this community’s largest single events, and as such always sells out and draws thousands of people to town for the three-day annual event. Well this year, organizers are announcing a change that will not only attract even more spectators, but involve a lot more exhibitors in the 2011 show at Planet Ice running April 29 to May 1. The indoor show is expanding outdoors – and in a big way, explained coordinator Cass Winder. For the first time, the Ridge Meadows Home Show will include an Outdoor Leisure and Lifestyles Show.

“When something is right, you can feel it,” Winder said. And this concept felt right from the beginning. “Always in pursuit of something new and different for our home show visitors, and out of space with a sellout show and no where to grow, we let a brainstorming session take us down the road to find the essence of what makes our region stand out from the rest of the Lower Mainland,” she elaborated. The outdoor show was the result, its goal to focus on everything for the backyard and beyond in the way of outdoor recreation and fun. After literally decades of the home show being part of the Maple Ridge event, organizers are pretty excited about the newest addition. “This is going to be a really amazing show,” Winder said. “The outdoor show is without limits. It’s going to be such a great addition.”

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Police blotter

Pot and guns uncovered

128 marijuana plants, two firearms, Prolific thief caught A 37-year-old man, known by Ridge and a trailer used to grow plants were Meadows police for his shoplifting ways, stole a number of items from Value seized on Monday.

Village on 207th Street Wednesday night. An alert store clerk saw the man leave the store without paying for the merchandise. They kept a close watch on the man and were able to see him get into a pickup truck and drive away. When the police arrived, they gave the licence plate number to them, and a police officer on patrol later that night saw the vehicle in the 21800 block of Lougheed Highway. The man was then arrested, the stolen property recovered, and he was held in custody for a first appearance in court on Thursday, March 24.

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A 28-year-old Maple Ridge man was arrested on March 21, after police obtained a search warrant for a property on 203rd Street. Members of Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Street Enforcement Unit, and Marijuana Enforcement Team seized 128 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, along with two firearms, and a trailer that was used to house the illegally grown plants. The suspect was released from custody after the search, and he will appear in court to answer to charges in May.

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Chuck Strahl’s son seeks to fill dad’s shoes As federal election rumblings heat up, Mark Strahl has been chosen to run in his father’s stead. by Tiffany Crawford Postmedia Network, Inc.

Randy Kamp’s assistant Mark Strahl is on a leave and, if an election is called, will run in the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding. Strahl was chosen Monday night to contest a federal riding being vacated by his father, MP Chuck Strahl. “There’s been a lot of sleepless nights

but now that it’s over there is a lot of relief,” he said after winning the nomination for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, where his father is stepping down. Dale Saip was chosen Monday night as well to replace John Cummins in DeltaRichmond East. Cummins and Chuck Strahl announced earlier this month they would not run in the next election, which could be as early as this spring if an election call is made this week. Mark Strahl, who beat pilot Ernie Charlton 144 to 77 for the nomination, said there’s a lot of work to be done to get ready for a campaign. “We hope there won’t be an election too soon,” he said.

“But if there is we’ll be ready.” After an election is called, Strahl said he will step down from working as an executive assistant to one of his father’s colleagues, Tory MP Randy Kamp. Strahl, 32, has served in a variety of parliamentary intern roles in Ottawa. He is from Chilliwack and has been married to his wife Lisa for 12 years. They have one son. In an unusually rushed process, candidates only had a week to prepare for the nomination bid instead of the usual eight. Okanagan-Coquihalla Tories chose Penticton councillor Dan Albas to replace MP Stockwell Day, who stepped down earlier this month.

Mark Strahl won the Conservative nomination in his father’s old riding, Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon.

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the street has bogged down business. “I don’t understand why they don’t do it all at once,” said Sam. Eva Daflos, co-owner of Jim’s Pizza, agreed with Sam. by Brian Russell “It’s not fair, what [the district] is doing,” said Daflos. Susan Wilson, who works at the The road work that started on HSBC Bank on 224th, noted that 224th Street, between McIntosh she used to have to wait in line to Avenue and Dewdney Trunk More get coffee at Marina’s Gelato, but Road, in Maple Ridge on Jan. 31 now, those lines no longer exist. is expected to be complete by Photos But not everyone on the street the end of month. Online sees the construction as a negative. “We’re hoping to wrap it up Leslie Guterres, owner of Divine by the end of March, but of Decor, says that the results of the concourse, that’s weather dependent,” said Andrew Wood, one of the engineers work- struction will be worth it. “I like to see my cup as half-full,” joked ing on the project for the department Guterres. of strategic economic initiatives for the “If people want to get to my store, District of Maple Ridge. they’ll find a way to get to my store.” But even though the construction is on The roadwork is part of a $5.6 million schedule and almost at an end, businesses downtown enhancement project. on 224th Street have been receiving a bit More information about the construction of a blow ever since it started. can be found online at www.investmapleChantal Sam, of Marina’s Gelato, said that this is the third time construction on


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Volunteer Larissa White and Alpine, a German shepherd-huskie cross who is up for adoption. Alpine is looking for a family with older children (preferably 14 years and up) and a fenced yard. a sophisticated ventilation system to reduce the spread of airborne disease, and a large multi-purpose room that can be used for training, education and other community uses. The District will continue to provide property adjacent to the new BC SPCA District community animal centre for Katie’s Place, a private cat rescue group which currently operates a small facility on the existing site.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

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Community happenings


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March 25 & 26

❚ The Ridge Meadows Hospice Thrift Store is holding a store-wide sale with 50 per cent off everything. The store is at #3-12011 224th St. (behind Haney Sewing & Sound). It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

March 25

❚ The Hominum Fraser Valley Chapter is a support and discussion group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated, or single. The next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. For information and meeting location call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

March 26

❚ The Maple Ridge Library is celebrating 10 years in its current location from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m with music, a puppet show, drama and cake at 12 p.m. The library is at 130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd. In conjunction with the celebration, they will host the Multicultural Food and Craft Fair at 1:30 p.m. organized by the student library council in collaboration with the Maple Ridge Family Education and Support Centre. Info: 604-467-7417.

March 26

❚ The BC SPCA is holding a massive yard sale, and coffee and bake sale fundraiser for the Maple Ridge branch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SPCA, 10235 Jackson Rd., Maple Ridge. Info: 604-463-9511.

key chain. Museum Sunday is open to children and adults of all ages and admission is by donation. Info: 604-465-4322.

March 27

❚ The Alouette Field Naturalists meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Grant Narrows for birding on the Pitt River dikes. Info: Joan at 604-460-6415.

March 28

❚ Coco Before Chanel will be shown at the ACT as part of the GEMS film series at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11. Info:

March 28

❚ All are welcome to the Fraser Valley Rhodo Club’s monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Heritage Hall, 22279 116th Ave. The featured speaker is Charlie Sale who will give a presentation on Gardens of Cornwall & Southern Ireland.

March 29

❚ A Transition Resource Fair will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the rotunda at Thomas Haney Secondary at 23000 116th Ave. The fair is for people with disabilities who need help finding employment. Info: Dennis Lacroix at 604-626-1156.

March 30

❚ Support group for families of children who have autism meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Maple Ridge Library, second floor meeting room. The event is free and open to the community. RSVP required to This month’s meeting features a community social worker sharing resources available to assist and support families.

April 1 & 15

❚ Friday Night Dance with

Robyn Picard takes place at the ACT at 7 p.m. Cost is $12 for a lesson and dance, and $9 for the dance only.

April 1

❚ The Alouette Field Naturalists hold their monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the seniors centre at 12150 224th St. All welcome. Call Duanne at 604-463-8743.

April 1

❚ Are You Smarter Than an Eric Langton Student? Trivia Night is a fun, adults-only evening where teams battle to see who has the greatest trivia knowledge. It will be at 7 p.m. in the Eric Langton Elementary gym, 12138 Edge St. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Light snacks included. Cash bar. 50/50 draws. Maximum eight people per team. Info: or 604-476-2514.

April 2

❚ The Maple Ridge Community Foundation will hold its annual citizen of the year dinner at Meadow Gardens Golf Course at 6 p.m. If you would like information regarding entering a Family Feud team or to purchase tickets contact Brandee McWhinney at 604454-7961 or

April 2

❚ The Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club Spring Fling fundraising dinner and silent auction will be held at the Whonnock Lake Paddling and Recreation Centre. Tickets are $125. For tickets and info, contact

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❚ The Maple Ridge Historical Society holds its heritage tea at the Ridge Meadows

Seniors Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. Info: Val at 604-4635311.

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❚ Rick Tippe New Artist Showcase will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The ACT. To foster new talent Rick and his band The Kings of Cool will share the stage with Sandra Laratta, Todd Richard, Laura-Lee Blake and Rick’s nephews the Johnson Brothers. A special appearance will be made by Rick’s legendary father Elmer. Tickets are $33 for adults and $29.50 for seniors and students.

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❚ From April 1 to 29 weekdays at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the “Gone Hooking” rug group will have a display at Pitt Meadows City Hall. The Kimono Series by artist Kristin Krimmel will be on display at Maple Ridge Municipal Hall.

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March 27

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Tsunami funds donated Village Assist Ridge Meadows Society gave the final $7,000 of the money they raised after the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia to the Asante Centre in Maple Ridge on Friday, March 18. The group is in the process of dissolving the charity and wanted to give the remaining funds back to the community. The Asante Centre said it will use the money for a new resource centre.


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Budget and contempt charge ‘two strikes’ against government: Speirs …continued from page A1

He added that the NDP don’t cost out the items so that it will meet household budgets. Bhuller was a school board trustee from 1999 to 2002. He works as a community development consultant for non-profits. He is married and has two children.

Craig Speirs, who will run for the NDP in the Pitt MeadowsMaple Ridge-Mission riding, said the budget and the contempt charge are two strikes against the government. “The budget is a slap in the face for the taxpayer,” Speirs said. In addition, it provides little for people who have life

challenges, for example, the poor and seniors. Speirs said that some people say the country can’t afford another election, but democracy isn’t free, he said, and elections refresh democracy. “I intend to challenge the Harper government at every turn,” Speirs said.

Speirs has a strong environmentally agenda, but he doesn’t see that in conflict with the strong labour focus of the NDP. While he said he has a lot of friends in the Green Party, he doesn’t believe that unions are “brown,” ignoring environmental issues. Many labour union people

have the environment as their number two priority, Speirs said, and he believes they go “hand in hand.” Green issues are also social issues as everyone needs clean water, clean soil, and clean air, Speirs said. MP Randy Kamp didn’t return phone calls by press time.



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Friday, March 25, 2011


Not too late to trim plants for spring


old, wind, and long, heavy rains made gardening a tough slog for some of us this spring – but we still have a few more weeks to finish the early pruning. Soon, branches will leaf out and make it harder to see what we’re cutting. All the usual suspects should be pruned out or tidied up: branches that have broken in winter gales, and dead, diseased, or crossing branches. Any growth that’s started blocking windows or stretching over access points such as paths should be removed. Very low branches that make it hard to work on garden beds underneath should also be taken out. In very shady areas, somewhat higher branches may be removed to allow more light for plants growing below. Witch hazels need immediate attention if any suckering stems are growing from the rootstock under the graft. The stems are unmistakable in flowering season, because the suckers hang on to many

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dead leaves and produce only tiny, rusty-coloured flowers. Rootstock stems are more vigorous, and if allowed to remain, will eventually dominate the tree. Almost all the earlyflowering shrubs and trees should be pruned right after blooming. Even better, why not prune while they are blooming, and get some flowers for the house, as well. Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas), for example, usually has multiple stems and often needs some of the congested middle ones pruned out. Its bright yel-

low flowers last a long time inside. Forsythia and Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) both bloom better if one or two old stems are removed each year. Both can spread quite widely, and as they get older, will also need pruning for shape. This is the time to cut buddleia back to about 30 centimetres (a foot) or so from the ground. Because it flowers on new growth, it will rush to put out fresh stems that produce pyramidal heads of pink, white, or purple flowers in August. If it’s not pruned, buddleia will grow so tall that it flowers out of sight. The ‘PeeGee’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) produces sumptuous blooms if it’s cut down to 30 cm or so from the ground in early spring. The mop-head hydrangea (Hydrangea macropylla) should have its old flowerheads pruned away and the remaining stems cut back to large, sturdy buds. During March, the shrubby lavatera ‘Barnsley’

should be pruned to 30 cm. It should not be cut right down to ground level unless you want to trigger a reversion from white flowers to pink ones. Luckily, some gardeners prefer pink lavatera while others enjoy mixing the two colours. It’s also time to cut red-twig and yellow-twig dogwoods back to a few inches above ground level. Lavender can be sheared back now but only into the green wood, because the old, brown areas of stem are reluctant to re-shoot. After severe temperatures this year, hardy fuchsia stems will have died to ground level, and most gardeners will need to cut them right down. But gardeners whose hardy fuchsias always get chomped by deer may want to experiment with leaving all the erect stems. It seems Bambi has no interest in getting close to a faceful of dead twigs. Gardeners who need to work around those fuchsias should take care to wear eye protection.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times


Coco Chanel blazes fashion trail Monday’s GEMS film features an icon from humble beginnings. by Maria Rantanen

The movie Coco Before Chanel takes its viewers into the lifestyles of the rich and famous – a la francaise. The latest movie to be presented by GEMS – the Golden Ears Movie Series – at the ACT gives a glimpse into the world of well-to-do landed gentry in France, and the social barriers that allowed for the exploitation of the lower classes and women. But it also tells the story of how a woman from a poor background, Gabrielle Chanel, better known as Coco Chanel, broke many of those barriers and changed the world of

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Friday, March 25, 2011


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Knights coach coming full circle A successful businessman and former UBC Thunderbird has returned to his roots.

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Lady Bruins win A Ridge Meadows women’s rugby team beat an Island team last weekend. The Ridge Meadows Lady Bruins played Velox from Victoria in a league game, and ended the match-up with an impressive score of 36-0. “With the win it puts the Lady Bruins’ record at 3-1 and a solid second place,” said coach John Morgan, inviting wannabe players to attend a practice. • More online, click on “Sports”

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Meadow Ridge Knights junior bantam coach Nathan Mellalieu has come full circle, football-wise. A former assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds and SFU Clan, Mellalieu is making his first foray into coaching at the community level. “I owe so much to football,” he said. “It really shaped me and helped me define myself. Even though I went to university, I owe more to football than I do to my academia.” Mellalieu will juggle an already busy schedule so he can guide the Knights. The 35-year-old father of three operates Studeo 55, a successful health club in downtown Vancouver. The cast of Twilight trained there, as well as other celebrities including Halle Berry and Harrison Ford. Even with his full calendar, Mellalieu is diving into coaching, in hopes of giving players the kind of guidance he received as a youngster. “I had great coaches growing up and they ended up being sort of mentors to me,” Mellalieu said. “I hope to give kids the same experience I had. It kept me out of trouble and kept me committed to school. If you’re successful on the football field, you’re very likely to be successful in life.” Before he entered the business field, Mellalieu was a football player, and a good one to boot. At the time, there wasn’t any minor football near Mellalieu’s home in east Maple Ridge, so he satiated his gridiron fix playing linebacker and running back with the Coquitlam Minor program. He played closer to home when he reached the 16 to 17 age group, suiting up for the Knights midget squad. He also attended Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Secondary, the closest school with a minor football program. After high

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Nathan Mellalieu playfully put his nephew Brandon Shanley in a headlock. Brandon is one of the players Mellalieu will be coaching with the Meadow Ridge Knights junior bantam football team.

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school, Mellalieu played a couple of years at The College of the Siskiyous in California. Back in his home province, Mellalieu accepted a football scholarship offer from UBC. There, he played linebacker for the varsity Thunderbirds, helping the team win a Vanier Cup title in 1997 in his first year at UBC. The Thunderbirds were consistently ranked among the top three university football programs in Canada during Mellalieu’s time from 1997 to ’99. He capped his football career by being named UBC’s Most Inspirational Player in 1999 while serving as the team’s defensive captain. His success beat the odds. Mellalieu was told by doctors he would never play football again, first at age 13 because of a knee injury, and then at 18 because of his ailing back. “It was actually a stress factor, L4 L5,” Mellalieu recalled. “It could have happened doing anything but it really flared up just at the end of high school. I was about to go to California and play college down there, and then it flared up. The first few doctors

All members of Meadow Ridge Female Minor Hockey Association are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting. The meeting will take place on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. upstairs in the Maple Ridge Planet Ice meeting room. For more information, check out website

said I would never play again.” field,” he said. “The fall moisture Mellalieu wasn’t about to give in the air … it has come full circle up on his passion. for me and I’m glad I’m able to “It was my dream since I was do it. I’m in a position where I’ve eight years old to play pro footlearned so much, and I’m able to ball and that’s why I kept going. give it back to the kids.” I believed in myself, found some Mellalieu was an under-sized doctors who supported it, and they player for his position and wasn’t let me play,” he said. considered to be a great athlete After university, Mellalieu tried initially, which is the main reathe professional route. Following son why he fell in love with an unsuccessful tryinclusive sport that outs with B.C. and accepts players of Montreal, he went all abilities and into business for body types. himself. Mellalieu “I want as many said the lessons Players between five and 18 kids to register as learned on the footpossible,” he said. When: ball field transcend“If they’ve played • Saturday, March 26 ed into the world of lots or never 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. entrepreneurship. played, I want • Sunday, March 27 “I owe so much them to come out.” noon to 5 p.m. of my success to Every one of his Where: Haney Place Mall football,” Mellalieu players will get a said. “It taught me chance to get some a lot of life lessons, whether it was playing time, he vowed. dreaming big or fighting through “I thought a lot about my defadversity.” inition of success this year. My Coaching football in a commundefinition of success is, say 50 kids ity where he spent his formative play on the team — I want every years is like re-living his childone of those 50 kids to can’t wait hood. “There’s something magical to play again next year. That’s all about being out there on the there is.”

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MRSS team wins The MRSS badminton team came home with three triplecrown winners from Nanaimo. The competition took place at Dover Secondary School on Vancouver Island, and the winners were Laura Tacon and Vinnu Aniyan for the U19 division, and Chantelle Stewart in the U16. The Junior Invitational yielded many high results for the Maple Ridge badminton team. In the U19 category, Vinnu Aniyan came first in the A event. • More online, click on “Sports”

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my skill and my game,” he said. “I don’t consider [my disability] limitations at all.” “I realize I have to be as fast and as best as I can be.” Despite playing with able-bodied athletes in wheelchairs, Bragg said he appreciates their participation because a team likely wouldn’t have the numbers without them. “I think it [also] teaches them a lot about how disabled athletes have to work,” he said. “The wheelchair is really only a piece of equip-

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ment. If you want to play hockey, you put on a pair of skates,” he said as an example. Bragg became involved in the sport when a wheelchair sports demonstration team came to his elementary school, and he hasn’t looked back since. “I love everything about it,” he said. “The speed, the strategy, it teaches you how to push a chair, and the teamwork.” He said for him, the whole experience was an awakening. “I’d always been a kid

that loved sports,” he said, “but I didn’t realize I could play sports.” With the season ending a few weeks ago, Bragg said he tries to train in Maple Ridge but it can be hard to find gym time out here. He has his sights set high however, with a goal of making the 2015 Canada Winter Games team, and playing in Division 1 of the provincial league. “I really think playing wheelchair sports helped me learn about my disability,” he said, “and how it doesn’t have to hold me back.”


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Early deadline looming A Spring Classic cycling race in Pitt Meadows is about three weeks away. Early bird registration for Barry’s Roubaix ends on March 31, and cyclists only have a few more days to receive their discount for signing up early. The race takes place April 10. “The Spring Series racing that started this month has been great and I’m sure Barry’s Roubaix will see even bigger


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fields, more action, and some fantastic competition,” said Barry Lyster, race organizer and owner of Local Ride Bike Shop in Maple Ridge. “With this course, anything can happen,” he added. “It could end in an exciting field sprint that favours the power riders, but it may also turn into a breakaway scenario that sees more of an allround rider take the victory.”

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1240 Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door. Make it yours.


George Luvourne ( Red) passsed away peacefully in his 83rd year at the Ridge Meadows Hospital on March 16, 2011. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and comrades of A.N.A.F. Unit # 379 Maple Ridge and RCL Branch # 88 Maple Ridge. Celebration of life to be held at the: Army, Navy & Airforce Veteran’s Club, 22276 North Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C, Sunday, April 3, 2011, 2:00pm 5:00pm. They grow not old As we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them Nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun And in the morning: We shall remember them.

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Aries March 21 - April 19: Wow, suddenly everything’s going your way! BUT a few glitches: 1) delays occur now (technically Wednesday) to April 23; 2) higher-ups are judgemental, and have the power to alter your deepest circumstances; 3) one of these higher-ups, or someone on your level but slow, careful, conservative, opposes you (but subtly, pretends to retreat). Best course: 1) stick to the past for success; 2) be good; and 3) seek common ground with that “opposer,” rather than fight. All this aside, your energy and charisma are high and handsome, luck touches you, and friends gather, especially Monday-Wednesday! Taurus April 20-May 20: Don’t look for co-operation Sunday/Monday or Saturday; act alone, especially in areas of communication, law, ethics, culture and travel. All week, lie low, recharge your emotional and physical batteries. Though it might not show in a big way, Monday brings the climax of a long work or health trend. From here on, you’ll be more free to pursue your favoured direction in these. Wednesday through April 22 brings back past involvements with spiritual, charity, government, corporate or institutional situations: clear up neglected work. Start nothing new. Happiness, late week! Gemini May 21-June 20: Wishes come true over the weeks ahead – old, former wishes, or their fulfillment has something to do with the past. A former friend or old flame might return. Don’t start new projects, ventures or relationships now through April 22. Reprise the past. You might be forced, nudged or tempted to review or recount the past – for whatever reason, this can benefit you, but might also bring a competition or adversary. A stalemate in love/ friendship areas climaxes (though quietly) Monday. Monday to Wednesday brings intellectual pursuits, love. Be ambitious Wednesday. “Mixed” joy Saturday.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Start nothing new before April 23. A former partner or spouse might return, play a key role – one that bodes luck or opportunity for you. Do NOT start a new project, situation or relationship, but do reprise the past or work with the ongoing. Your luck is high in partnership, relationship, relocation, litigation, negotiation, public dealings, fame, and co-operation – IF these relate to the past or are not brand new. Don’t drag your feet any longer: Monday is decision time, and your best decision is to drop the opposition. Romance early week. Tackle chores Wednesday-Friday. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Work, work, work – and tasks are growing weekly. The good news: 1) this expansion of chores ends in early June, and 2) it is likely to bring a very satisfying uptick in earnings – try to make it permanent. Be alert and careful, as mistakes, delays, supply disruptions, missed meetings and indecision haunt the weeks ahead, to April 23. Until then, DO NOT start any new projects, nor let anyone assign you to a new task. And absolutely do not buy any machine, computer, appliance, etc. Oddly enough, work delays (due to administrative caution) now end. Romance or beauty, Wednesday on! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The month ahead is one of the most important – and luckiest – in a decade, maybe many decades. You might experience a big, obvious event, or a less marked but significant “turn” that heads you in a new, exciting direction, in creative, speculative, risk-taking, romantic, pleasure or beauty zones. Two secondary elements play an important role: 1) communications or travel, and 2) your personality. Relationships will be sober, or deal with a realistic environment. Through March 28, obstacles exist; be patient, then leap! Avoid brand new projects/people: reprise the past.

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Mar. 27 - April 2 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: A security-versusambition dilemma peaks (though subtly and without fanfare) Monday, then slowly dissolves. Here’s my timing advice: now through early June, increase your security. (As mightily as you can: buy a home, warehouse, expand sales territory, have a child – pretty good work for 2 months! – invest in retirement, etc.) Then, June 4 onward to October 2012, turn 180 degrees and concentrate on ambition, career, the outside world. In chasing security for the next 27 days, focus on situations, projects and opportunities from the past. Start nothing new. Fortune awaits! Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Follow your curiosity this week and the next few – what you find can make a dream come true.Don’t peer into the future (unavailable at the moment) or even the present (too confusing) but into the past. There the gems, ideas, revelations exist. Short trips, errands, mail, casual friends, siblings, media, paperwork and communications are accented – and will contain some delays, mistakes and secondguessing to April 23. Until then, don’t start anything new, especially in these areas. E.g., a mail campaign begun now would be an expensive failure. You shine Monday to Wednesday! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Chase money – but chase it from the past, or continue with ongoing money projects. DON’T begin new earnings, spending projects. (Lemons abound, and you would head right for one.) If you follow this simple advice, your reward could be large, even immense. One more hint: even if it’s from the past, don’t rent, lease or buy real estate (okay, rent if you’re homeless, of course) and go slow with anything domestic: kitchen utensils, etc. Do NOT begin renovation projects. All this applies before April 23, but to some degree right to August 30, 2012. You rule, midweek to Friday! • Reading: 416-686-5014


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BBY METROTOWN, Lrg 2 BR, 2 bath, Newly Reno’d & all new appls, priv entry. $1100 incls utls, cable. Suits family. Pet negot. N/S. Avail now. Elwell St. 604-463-0029 or 604-347-6480 BBY N. 2 BR ste, g/lev, incls utils & cable, N/S, N/P, cls to SFU, bus, $925. Apr 1. 778-847-0351

BBY N 3 BR g/lvl ste, newly renod, 1500sf, w/d. Nr SFU/10 mins to Sperling Stn. N/s, n/p. Av Apr 1. $1400. 604-710-8872 BBY NORTH near SFU, Upper 3 BR Duplex, 2 bath, 5 appls, f/p, carport. NS/NP. Avail Apr 1. 604-420-3269 or 604-760-7043 BLUE MTN/AUSTIN, 2 bedrm basemt suite,1029 Dansey,4 appl,no smoke&pet, incl. hydro, $750.00 ref. call (604)649-8909

Abbotsford- 3262 Clearbrook Rd. HOUSE with 5 bedrooms, 2 baths. Mortgage helper. Only $1,598/m. Low Down. Flexible Terms. (604) 626-9647 or (604) 657-9422

COQ 1 & 2 BR stes, $700/$900 incls utils, avail Apr 1, cls to schl & Lougheed Mall, N/p, N/S, 604-931-1699 or 778-230-1090

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● NEW WEST- 1722-6th Av 2 bdrm

COQ 2 BR bsmt, lrg kit, w/d, small cov patio, newly painted, n/s, $825 + 1/3 utils, 604-525-9266

HOUSE w/1 bdrm suite, very central location, close to skytrain..$1,188/M CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M Call Kristen today (604)786-4663


RESTAURANT for lease/sale! M. Ridge restaurant. Fully equip’d, ready to open, was lic. for 43 seats, offices: 269sf - 624sf 604-462-8164 or 604-339-5899


POCO. Furn’d rm for female, priv bath, sh’d kitchen. $400/mo incl util. Now. Ns/np. 604-202-4203


Shared Accommodation


Coq./Poco/ Port Moody

POCO Nr Coq Ctr. Own BR, $425 & BR & bath $450. Incls utils, W/D, share home. 604-475-0262


Maple Ridge/ Pitt Mead.

M/R room, beautiful quiet home, good area. N/P, $525 incl laundry, cable & net, nr bus 778-628-4665 M/RIDGE LARGE unfurn bdrr /ldry /cable incl, nr Hospital, ns. np, $400mth 604-922-6003



Suites/Partial Houses

2 BR bsmt, wd, large kitchen, private entry, very quiet, $850 Incl utils. ns, cat ok. 604-466-5620

BBY 1 BR, new, bright, g/lev, sep ent, heat & hyd incld, N/s, N/p, no laundry, $695/mo. 604-715-5566 BBY, METROTOWN. 1 BR, g/lvl, Alarm. Near skytrn. NS/NP. Refs. $780 incl util. Now. 604-430-1358

COQ 3121 Pattulo. 2 BR bsmt, f/bath, own w/d, all appl. $980 incl util. 2 min to Coq Centre. Great location! Immed. 778-688-2594

COQ BLUE Mnt area, 2 BR upper, shared w/d, d/w, big deck, monitored securtiy sys. $1125 + 2/3 utils. Apr 1. Sm Pet considered, n/s. 604- 897-0411 COQ, Lough Mall. 2 BR, g/lvl. Priv w/d & ent. F/ba. Ns/Np. $995/mo incls utils. Immed. 604-931-3677

BBY METROTOWN area lge bright 2 BR g/lvl ste, w/d, very clean, n/s, n/p. Refs. $1,100 + 1/3 utils. Av Apr 15. 604-434-3922


Custom millwork, kitchens & baths, custom furniture, flooring, crown mouldings, baseboards. Over 25 years experience. Call Luigi 604-790-2540



Marie’s Customized Cleaning Services. ★ Move outs ★ offices & homes ★ new construction ★ carpets & blinds. WCB Insured & Veterans VIP Blue Cross Certified Provider. Call Marie 604-467-1118 HOME CLEAN Reasonable Rates. Insured. Call Igor • 604-476-1197



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



• All Bobcat & Mini-X Services • Small Hauls Available • Fast Reliable Service

COQ, Maillardville. Large 1 BR in quiet building. Storage. Sh’d w/d. Parking. Ns/Np. $625/mo. Avail Apr 1. Nr amens. 604-931-7432 COQ SPAC 2 br ste g/lvl, cls to schl/bus. Inc w/d, hyd, net. N/S, N/P. Now. $1100. 604-729-4709

MAPLE RIDGE 2 BR gr lev ste, own W/D, D/W. Avail now. $990 incls utls/cbl/prkg. N/S. Pet negot. 604-463-0029 or 604-347-6480 SPACIOUS 3 bedroom upper floor house,renovated, long term , available rightaway, $1400 and 60%utilities, cats ok, d/w, w/d on suite, f/p, carport. 778-995-5260


Townhouses Rent

MAPLE RIDGE Brookside Gardens

3 BR newly renovated, carport, 5 appl, fenced yard, Avail Now, ★Pets Welcome ★ *deposit required


Flooring/ Refinishing

Warehouse/ Commercial

Flooring/ Refinishing

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944



Stevie’s Handyman Services Big or Small, we do it ALL! Call Stevie • 778-997-0337



ADAM’S YARD CARE Hedge trimming, pruning trees, yard clean up, etc Adam 778-899-4162 YARD CLEAN-UP★ Pruning ★ removing trees★ shrubs★ lawn care etc Gregg 778-241-7508


Lawn & Garden

LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION, tree services, hedge trimming, spring lawn care. 778-885-6488 ACE HANDYMAN SERVICE Pressure washing, landscaping, rubbish. Joe, 604-657-0346


Moving & Storage


Find it in the Real Estate Section. To advertise call 604-630-3300


1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 Ton $ From


We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance

FREE ESTIMATES Seniors Discount


38/HR! Clogged drains, drips, garbs, sinks, reno’s, toilets, installs, Lic/Ins. 778-888-9184

Century Hardwood Floors Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK

Haney Home Improvement

25% Off with this ad

Call 604-518-0974

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

Water Lines (without digging) Sewer Lines (without digging) Install. Drain tiles. 604-739-2000


Power Washing


GL Roofing cedar shake, asphalt shingle, flat roofs BBB WCB clean gutters $80. 24/7 604-240-5362



* We Remove & Recycle Anything* Free Estimate

1-877-888-WASH (9274)

Steven Kovacs • 778-990-7174



Renovations & Home Improvement

FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS Additions ★ Renovations Concrete Forming ★ Decks Garages ★ Bathrooms Ceramic Tile ★ Drywall Hardwood Flooring

• Waterproofing • Aluminum Awnings • Custom Aluminum Railings • Deck Renovations

''Satisfaction Guaranteed''

NORM, 604-466-9733 Cell: 604-841-1855

Free Est.


Paving/Seal Coating

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


Rubbish Removal


• Painting & Wallpaper

• Residential - Commercial • Interior & Exterior • Spray & High-End Finishes • Wallpaper Hanging • FREE ESTIMATE



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


Decks/Patios/ Railings

Drywall Decks Tile



Rapid Brush Design


Renovations & Home Improvement

Bathrooms Kitchens Laminate




• Free Estimates • Seniors Disc. • High Quality, Low Cost • WCB

1 to 3 Men


Free Est’s • Large or Small Jobs



Tree Services


Dangerous tree removal, pruning, topping, hedge trimming & stump grinding. Fully insured & WCB

Jerry 604-618-8585 Andrew 604-618-8585


Get Your Garden Ready To Grow Find Lawn & Garden experts in the Home Services section

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


Collectibles & Classics

1983 FORD Mustang Covertible, 6 cyl, 83k mi, Aircared, runs great, new tires, $1500. 604-941-6030



Scrap Car Removal

FREE SCRAP car & truck removal. Top $$ paid for all. No wheels - no problem. 604-761-7175

Scrap Car Removal

Aarrow Recycling

• Auto • Trucks • Equipment Removal We pay up to $300 cash


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




604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC 2H

Cash for junk cars! $100 to $1000 Ask about our $500 Credit!

Visit our website @ Free tow, no wheels, no papers no problem! Hassle free friendly service. 2 hr service in most areas.

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2004 25FT Trail Blazer 5th Wheel, slide, exc cond, $17,800. 604-533-5624 or 604-868-1723

MISSION: Silver Creek Industrial Park. 1800 sq.ft. FOR LEASE $1088/mo + triple net. RE/MAX LifeStyles Realty, Gary Fraipont 604-466-2838 or 604-240-3948

Dreaming of a New Home?

Painting/ Wallpaper

#1 PAY-LESS PRO PAINTING 31 yrs exp. Spring Special Ext/Int. Call 24 hrs, 7 days 604-891-9967

A MOVING EXPERIENCE WITH L & D ENTERPRISES !!! Fast & Dependable Special Rates Seniors Disc. Call 604-464-5872



A Name You Can Trust

Hardwood Floor Refinishing




Call Ryan: 604-329-7792

Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

POCO 2 BR T/H $785/mo. Quietfamily complex, No Pets! Avail Now. Call 604-464-0034 BBY, METROTOWN. 2 BR bsmt, f/bath, priv w/d. Ns/np. $975/mo incl hydro. Immed. 604-219-4048

Blinds & Draperies

L & J Finishing Carpentry For all your woodworking needs


Office/Retail Rent


COQ, 3 BR, f/bath, fenced yard. $950/mo incl hydro. Near amen. Apr 1. N/s, no dogs.604-525-0897


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2005 28’ Trail Cruiser rear bunks add a room. GVWR 5417 total dry wt 3743 $11,500. 604-858-2556

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

2007 SILVERBACK by Forest River, 30ft 5th Wheel, 2 slides, spotless, $25,900. 604-230-2728

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