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on this day December 31, 1857 — Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, Ont., as the capital of Canada.
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July: Kicks off with new tax, Tall Ships BY MICHELLE HOPKINS
August saw a tragic fire, Canada Line marking first birthday
■ Canada Day was marked by paying a new tax — the Harmonized Sales Tax, which officially went into effect on July 1. It replaced the PST. Although all British Columbians were told they were going to pay more sales tax for some goods and services, B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen insisted they would be better off than they were in 2001 — the year the Liberals took power. ■ Richmond city council signed a deal to bring the 2011 Tall Ships Maritime Festival to our shores from June 3 to June 7. Coun. Greg Halsey-Brandt worried there wasn’t an exit clause if the big attraction ships swerved the festival at the last minute; however, in the end it was approved. It’s projected to cost $6 million, which the city said would be recovered through ticket sales, grants and corporate sponsorship. ■ When Milo, a four-year-old male mastiff-shepherd, was left for dead after a hit and run incident, News readers opened their hearts and wallets to help pay for a $2,000 procedure and 12 weeks of rehabilitation. RAPS shelter staff attempted to locate the owner to no avail. In addition, the driver who hit Milo fled the scene and never reported the accident. ■ It was reported that Richmond’s population was set to explode in the next 30 years by almost 50 per cent to 280,000. The report also predicted the city would need another 26,000 apartments if it wanted to accommodate the explosion of residents by the year 2041. ■ According to the latest Statistics Canada figures, Richmond’s crime rate dropped
Little Ewan Mountford, 4, above left, gets his cheery face minted onto a special Olympic coin after his mom entered him in a Royal Canadian Mint ‘Face of the Games’ competition. Above, right, fire tears through the Heather Lee apartment building on Westminster Highway, killing an elderly man. four per cent and violent crime fell by two per cent per head of population in 2009. However, the RCMP dealt with a massive 184-per-cent spike in extortion in 2009.
■ Richmond’s Ewan Mountford, 4, got minted for life. His mother, Stacey, entered an adorable photo of the then three-yearold Ewan all decked out in his 2010 Olympic gear, into a Royal Canadian Mint’s national “Face of the Games” contest — and won. Ewan now has 100 prized commemorative Olympic Games
medallions with his face on one side and the Queen’s head on the other. ■ Henriette Durand, 70, alleged police brutality against four Richmond RCMP officers after she was arrested after police responded to a domestic dispute call. Durand, said the officers, was drunk and resisted arrest. She claimed police threw her on the floor, face down, hands behind her back, handcuffed. The RCMP decided not to go forward with charges against her but it wasn’t known if Durand was going to file a complaint with the RCMP’s public complaints commission. CHUNG CHOW/ RICHMOND NEWS
Passengers pour onto the Canada Line in Richmond during its first year in operation.
■ Allan Orr, 79, died after an early morning fire ripped through the Heather Lee Apartments — a three-storey walkup — on Aug. 7. The fire displaced a total of 93 tenants. Local charities helped with some essentials. Many who lived in the apartments were new immigrants on low income with no tenant insurance. The following week, the fire department deemed the building unsafe and restricted access for tenants trying to retrieve belongings. ■ Aug. 17 marked the first anniversary of the opening of the Canada Line. Daily ridership hit the hoped-for 100,000-plus mark three years ahead of schedule, and the spike in crime it was feared it would bring didn’t appear to materialize. TransLink announced it would add two new trains in August 2011. ■ A blind man led the city to install verbal messaging at pedestrian crosswalks for the visually impaired. The city agreed after Rob Sleath dropped his Human Rights Tribunal claim against the city, demanding that Richmond see September page 4
A04 December 31, 2010 The Richmond News
September: Record sockeye salmon return Continued from page 3 put in the new systems.
■ It was a feeding frenzy on the Steveston docks as people waited in line for hours to purchase some Fraser River sockeye for $15 a fish. This was the first time local gill-netters were able to fish for sockeye in four years. The returns, expected to be around 30 million, stunned everyone. The fish were selling for about half the price they typically sold for. ■ Nearly five years after being struck by Jagjit Gill and left for dead, Stacy Hamilton got the news she had waited for. Gill was sentenced to 30 months in jail for leaving Hamilton by the roadside on Christmas Day 2005. The 35-year-old teacher assistant was almost killed by Gill when his truck swerved over three lanes on No. 4 Road and hit her car head-on. Gill, a Surrey businessman, left the scene without calling 911 and lied about his involvement. ■ When given the chance to tell Ottawa via the Cohen Commission what they think is wrong with the Pacific salmon fishery, local commercial fishermen mostly held their tongues. Roughly 65 people attended a Cohen Commission public hearing at Steveston-London secondary school, but only five addressed Bruce Cohen, a B.C. Supreme Court judge
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The record sockeye salmon return in September caught everyone by surprise, far left. Centre, Jagjit Gill was jailed five years after losing control of his car and plowing into Stacey Hamilton. Above, Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid breaks ground. appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to probe last year’s Fraser River sockeye failure. ■ In August, Microsoft packed up and left Richmond for Vancouver and while September saw the exodus of the BC Lottery Corporation and Rogers Video head offices. ■ Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid joined MLA Linda Reid and local elementary students in the groundbreaking ceremony for the beginning of the Henry Anderson elementary expansion. The $1.7 million expansion was needed to help handle the all-day kindergarten classes. ■ The trial of Joshua Berner, accused of killing Benjamin Warland, began in B.C.
Supreme Court with Const. Claudio Maurizio taking the stand to describe the last minutes of the young 23-year-old father’s life. Berner, 26, was accused of the second-degree murder of Warland in Richmond on Feb. 1, 2009. The trial was expected to last several weeks. (In October, Berner was found guilty of seconddegree murder and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in jail before he can become eligible for parole.)
■ Amidst lots of angry outcry, convicted child sex offender Kevin Fanning moved back into his old apartment at Rosewood Towers. The 50-year-old pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexual exploitation offences involving a teenage boy in Richmond. He
was later sentenced to 60 days behind bars, despite the judge acknowledging that Fanning, himself, was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.
he believes it can give the province voters an alternative to the NDP.
■ Richmond edged much closer to becoming the first city in Canada to ban the sale of dogs in pet stores. After an emotional three-hour debate, the City of Richmond became the first Canadian municipality to draft a bylaw prohibiting the sale of dogs in storefronts.
■ A 61-year-old mailman was fired and faced theft and weapons charges after he allegedly hoarded mail he was supposed to deliver. The Canada Post employee of 42 years allegedly stored the 12,000 pieces of mail — some dating back seven years — in the lockers of the men’s changing room at Canada Post’s office on River Road.
■ John Cummins, MP for Delta-Richmond East, joined several other high-profile conservative politicians to breathe new life into the B.C. Conservative Party. Cummins originally ran under the Reform Party banner. Cummins said he decided to join the party because
■ The RCMP investigated a father’s claim that his son was assaulted by teen idol Justin Bieber, 16, at Planet Lazer. According to some reports, a homophobic slur made by the 12-year-old provoked Bieber. The Ontarioborn singer was in town for a concert at GM Place.
■ Siavash Askari, a suspected gang associate charged with attempted murder in Richmond four years ago, was back in Canada and back in jail. Askari, 27, and his younger brother, Sahand, returned to Canada after spending two years in Iran. Members of the Integrated Gang Task Force promptly arrested Askari. Both Askari brothers have been linked to gang violence, although neither has ever been convicted in connection with shooting incidents they were alleged to have been involved in.
■ November started with the gloomy news that Richmond homeowners are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets in 2011 for their water, sewer, drainage and see November page 5 PHOTOS SUBMITTED
Far left, teenage pop superstar Justin Bieber was at the centre of an alleged assault. Left, gangland suspect Siavash Askari is taken down by police at YVR.
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November: Awards, Canada Line freezes
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Continued from page 4 dyking, solid waste removal and recycling. Council approved a budget package, which means a singlefamily household will pay $117.03 more next year for utilities. The biggest hike will be in water rates.
■ In mid-November, volunteers at St. Alban’s extreme weather shelter, Inn from the Cold, a homeless shelter, prepared for the forecasted frigid temperatures. As the mercury dipped to -10 C with the wind-chill, homeless residents were thankful for the shelter. ■ A 25-year-old murder case received a new lead. Kim Dianne Stolberg, 21, was stabbed to death in 1985 at her father’s office — Stolberg Engineering at 7080 River Rd. — while planning her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. Her murder was never solved. Police interviewed a former girlfriend of convicted killer Darren Kelly, 45, who was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of a young girl a
Wendy Phillips, above, is the winner of the coveted Governor General’s Literacy Award for her children’s book Fishtailing. Below, the first serious snowfall of the winter ends up bringing Canada Line to a standstill, after the track freezes on the bridge over the Fraser River’s north arm.
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few weeks later. She told police that she could place Kelly near the Stolberg murder scene and recalled that he appeared agitated when he picked her up later that day. ■ Ice build up caused by dipping temperatures and snow caused long delays on the Canada Line. Hundreds of Canada Line passengers were stranded in and around Richmond on Nov. 25. At one point, it took commuters two hours to get from Aberdeen to Bridgeport station.
■ Iconic Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen died Nov. 28 from complications of pneumonia. He was 84. His nephew, Doug Nielsen, who lives in Richmond and works as a dentist in Steveston, said his uncle was one of his best friends. He said the comedian died surrounded by family and friends. ■ Richmond’s Gabrielle Isserow, 21, who was reported missing from her Terra Nova home Nov. 27, was found dead near Vancouver’s Waterfront
SkyTrain station. Police said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. ■ Friday, Dec. 3 marked the City of Richmond’s 20th birthday. It was two decades ago that the Township of Richmond became a city. Since then, the city’s population has grown by more than 50 per cent to nearly 200,000 residents. ■ After seven years as chair of the Richmond School Board of Education, Linda McPhail passed the crown over to Dona Sargent, who as the vice chair in 2010 and 2008. McPhail said she was planning to focus on other commitments, including her position as chair of B.C. school trustee education committee. ■ Debate has already started over what to do with this year’s projected City of Richmond $6 million surplus. City staff told council they would bring forth a number of items that might require onetime funding. Coun. Bill McNulty would rather give taxpayers a break.
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■ Wendy Phillips, a MacNeill teacher and librarian, snagged a Governor General Literacy Award for her children’s book about teenage angst, Fishtailing. Phillips received her coveted award from Gov. Gen. David Johnston on Nov. 25 during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
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■ The mother of popular McMath secondary graduate Cody Gottschalk, Ramona Gottschalk, was appalled at her son’s killers’ sentences. Cody, 19, was stabbed five times in a fight with Adam Derek Phillips, 21, and Justin Wayne Lennard, 22, at the Sunnyside campground in Cultus Lake. Phillips received an eight-year sentence, but with credit for time served, will only serve three more years in jail. Lennard, meanwhile, was sentenced to two years in jail, in addition to the two years he already served. Both are eligible for early parole, meaning they can be out after serving only two-thirds of their sentences.
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Police officers investigating a string of carjackings in Richmond are working on the basis that at least two suspects are involved. It’s still not clear whether the two men are working together, or whether the three disturbing incidents are connected. Richmond RCMP’s Const. Tammy-Lyn Walker said the suspects are both in their early 30s, one being Caucasian and one South Asian. Walker said the lack of detail in
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his week between Christmas and New Year’s is traditionally a time for families to gather. These days, however, there’s a good bet some of that gathering will be virtual rather than real. There are few spheres left that the digital world hasn’t touched. A holiday without iPhones, Blackberries, Facebook, YouTube and app downloads is almost as unthinkable as a festive dinner without turkey. According to recent trend spotters, Canadians spend more time online than people in any other country. Almost 70 per cent of us are online and more than 50 per cent are now on Facebook. Canada is also the only country where users logged an average of more than 2,500 minutes online a month — about 42 hours. That’s a lot of time spent hunched over our screens or phones. To be sure, we’ve benefited in many ways from being wired. The Internet can be a profoundly democratizing force, as examples like WikiLeaks and uploaded cellphone videos have proved. Social networking and Skype have allowed geographically distant families and friends to stay connected. But the Internet also has a dark side. Evil and stupidity also spread with alacrity online. It can eat up vast amounts of time. At its worst, our presence online detracts from being present in our real lives. The Internet is here to stay. But it brings with it lasting social changes. In our rush to the information highway, it’s worth a backward glance at what we’re giving up, as well as what we’re gaining. — North Shore News editorial
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The Editor, Re: “Don’t blame immigrants,” Letters, Dec. 29. I couldn’t agree more with Suresh Kurl’s sentiments about the “offending” term “Merry Christmas.” She’s right, it is not the immigrant’s fault for causing the term “Merry Christmas” to be deemed offensive. It’s the fault of those who celebrate Christmas. They have done it to themselves. I celebrate Christmas, but have often felt self-conscious about who I wish a Merry Christmas to. I don’t believe these feelings were ever started by any immigrant I have ever personally met. Where did these feelings come from in the community at large? I don’t know. Perhaps it just filtered down as a reaction from the politicians and the members of the business community from a very small vocal minority who felt offended? Maybe it was the wave of political correctness that changed the landscape of what was deemed appropriate for the sake of the (very loosely defined) term of multiculturalism? I find it odd to see Surrey Mayor Diane Watts or Premier Gordon Campbell dressed head-to-toe in South Asian ceremonial wardrobe to help celebrate their festivities (which neither one celebrates within their own respective families) and yet you won’t hear either one publicly say or use the words “Merry Christmas” because of a self-imposed fear of offending. It’s an interesting sign of the times when the only way the word “Christmas” is used publicly, without fear of offending someone, is when it is followed by the word “sale” in the local store flyers. Ken Moffatt Richmond
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Remember when snow was fun? One of the saddest things about leaving childhood behind is falling out of love with snow. When I was a kid, I could be found with my nose pressed to the windows on every cold day from November to March, pleading with the heavens to release their white, frozen bounty. Now, I grumble resentfully if there’s so much as an inch on the driveway. As a child, I didn’t want just an inch, of course. I wanted feet, yards, maybe enough to bury the house so we’d have to tunnel to the surface. I wanted snow drifts high enough for sledding. I wanted glaciers on the horizon and mammoths and timber wolves prowling the suburbs. I was even known to implore the Snow Gods for more of the stuff, sometimes even through ritual dance (why yes, I was a weird little kid, why do you ask?). Snow is the most versatile and malleable substance known to kid-kind. You can make snowballs, snow angels, snowmen, snowwomen, snowanimals. You can march through new-fallen snow to write your initials in letters large enough to be read by passing airplanes. You can slide down it on the greatest sledding hill in Langley (still a secret known to only a few dozen folks, and involving only a small amount of trespassing). Best of all, you can build snow forts.
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The typical kid’s snow fort isn’t that big. My brother and I typically constructed a couple twoor three-sided forts, often one for each of us, built just outside of convenient snowball tossing range. The average height of the walls was maybe two or three feet. If we got friends involved, the height and width might rise by a bit, and some minor architectural flourishes, like crenellations, might creep in. In our minds, of course, the snow forts were massive. The snow fort in my mind’s eye at age eight or nine would have required a dozen bulldozers, a team of architects and engineers, and several acres worth of snow to build. We’re talking about a multistorey structure complete with towers, battlements, a drawbridge, a moat filled with slush (and the deadly slithering ice-eels). I wanted armouries filled with snowballs and slush balls, and snow boulders that would be flung with catapults. There would be spiral staircases on which to have Three Musketeers-style duels with icicles. There would be murder holes, through which warm water
could be poured, destroying the enemy’s ammunition. Obviously, I never came close to building something that enormous. I worked on what seemed like sizeable snow forts, although now I wonder how high those walls really were. The best plan my brother and I ever hatched involved creating ice bricks by mixing snow and garden hose water in ice cream pails. Over a cold night, the slushy round bricks froze into a solid wall that lasted for several weeks after the rest of the snow had melted and the grass had started to grow again. A snowy winter is pure joy for a kid. For most adults, it’s miserable. Shovel the driveway, shovel the walk, brush snow off the cars. Drive slowly to work, avoiding the other loons who can’t drive in the snow. Some snowy morning someday, I really want to rekindle my love of snow. I’m going to step outside and take in a big breath of the cold, crisp air. I’m going to call in sick, and then I’m going to call my friends and tell them to do the same. Bring your ice cream buckets, bring your shovels. We’ve got a snow fort to build. Sometimes, you just have to get you priorities straight. Matthew Claxton is a reporter with sister paper Langley Advance.
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The family of Michael Yelizarov, who died in an accident in 2004, donates $20,000 in his name to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. his 19th birthday when he was electrocuted and killed in a freak accident in Phuket, Thailand, in October 2004. During the sixth annual Noah Yelizarov Memorial 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament, which was held in June 2010 at the Richmond Ice Centre, more than $30,000 was raised. Michele Cadario, managing director of communications for Canuck Place said
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Looking Ahead Jack Micner, Barrister and Solicitor For many of us, 2010 flew by quickly. The Olympics seem a distant memory, while the HST is already six months old (and may not survive 2011). But this year ends, as usual, with some serious unresolved issues. Among them, the Canada Pension plan remains very controversial, new Provincial legislation is pending, and our national demographics is now, for many of us, more noticeable. What will 2011 bring? The Wills, Estates and Succession Act After years of research, study and consultation, this new Act is supposed to be proclaimed in the fall of 2011. The Act will replace several existing Acts which now govern the practice of Wills and Estates in B.C. The law will change significantly. Some of the changes include: - A Will no longer will be revoked by marriage; - The definition of spouse will be expanded (people may in future have more than one spouse for Estate purposes); - Distribution of Estates on intestacy (where a person dies without a Will) will change radically. For example, now, a surviving wife will receive the first $65,000 of an Estate distributed under intestacy. With the new Act, she will receive at least $300,000; The political process in 2011 may delay the proclamation of the legislation. It will take at least until April to ascertain who will lead our two main political parties, and there has been talk of an election in 2011. In addition, forms are still being prepared and adjusted for the new legislation, and some sections of the Act remain in discussion. It is possible the Act will not be proclaimed in 2011. We’ll see. The Canada Pension Plan Finance Ministers, in their December meeting shelved specific plans for the CPP in favor of more study. For some people, that is a setback. Many Canadians still depend on the CPP (and OAS) to meet living costs, and they are disappointed. It appears that CPP premium payments will rise slightly in 2011 (along with some other taxes), which will put more funds into the CPP. However, until the Ministers next meet, in June, no major decisions on the Plan will be concluded. Everyone seems to agree on the problem – that Canadians are not saving enough for their retirement, and that will have a significant impact on peoples’ standards of living and purchasing power (and ultimately, the economy). A recent article in the Vancouver Sun suggests, in part, that the CPP does not need to be reformed, and that it has served us well. But in my opinion, that is not necessarily forward looking. The CPP served Canada well in the past because the demand on the plan was not extreme. The CPP, launched in 1966, never had to deal with baby boomers, until now. We saw a considerable increase in the demand for pension benefits in 2010 as more Canadians than ever reached pension age. The existing CPP cannot be counted on to the same degree as in the past to meet the increasing demand, unless changes are made. What we may see in 2011 is the Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP), a sort of employer run, second pension plan whose details are not yet known. It may be voluntary. but if employees choose the plan, employers will have to contribute. In the end it may be another savings option (like an RRSP is). As the details emerge, we will know more but the PRPP will not solve all our problems. The Federal Finance Minister, Mr. Flaherty, is wrestling with several issues. The economy is in a “fragile” recovery from the recession, and he does not want now to increase burdens on employers and employees (though it seems the PRPP may be a burden). Also, a recent study suggests many people aged 25 – 30 will suffer a reduced standard of living after retirement. And, many existing CPP beneficiaries now over 65 do not receive enough to meet their expenses and they have scant savings. I wonder whether 2011 will bring some solutions to these issues. I expect governments worry most about the ability of the CPP to handle the ever increasing demand. Increasing monthly CPP benefits will presumably strain the plan without more contributions from employees and employers. And as our work force ages, there are fewer contributors. This may be the essence of the problem. Thus, governments will need to carefully balance various interests. I suggest that you do as much of your own planning and saving as possible. Don’t wait for the CPP to cure savings problems. And we may in 2011 see more seniors groups advocating for changes to the CPP! Living with demographics In 2011 we will see more than ever the impact of our national demographics. For example, recent newspaper articles tell of older employees in Ontario who don’t leave their jobs because they can’t afford to (partly because of losses they sustained to their savings from the stock market collapse of 2008). That leaves younger employees unable to advance into middle and upper management positions. In other parts of Canada, older employees who delay retirement help their companies because their skills and experience can’t be easily replaced. In 2011, more baby boomers will retire. The CPP will fund their pension benefits. Some opportunities will be created for younger workers. Others will have to search long and hard for good jobs. Our aging population will present opportunities for some, and losses for others. Plenty to think about. Have a healthy, happy new year!
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Sports Seafair Atoms earn silver at North Van tournament
Seafair A3 Islanders saw their comeback bid just come up short in an impressive silver medal finish at the North Vancouver Atom “A” Hockey Tournament — Dec. 26-28. Up against the North Delta A2 Sundemons in the championship game, the Islanders opened the scoring but after some back-and-forth action and unfortunate bounces, found themselves trailing 3-1 after two periods. Seafair poured on the pressure in the third and was finally rewarded with three minutes minutes to make it 3-2. With less than two minutes left in the game and on a power play, the Islanders peppered North Delta with several shots and scrambles in front of the net but were unable to capitalize. Congratulations to all the players for their excellent play and great sportsmanship.
Impressive 2010 season earns Epp spot on national team An impressive 2010 season has earned Richmond’s Tracey Epp a spot on the 2011 Jump Canada Squad. In the past year, 10 qualifying competitions were held throughout Western Canada with the top five riders securing spots on the team. The National Talent Squad Series is a means of recognizing up-and-coming riders who are preparing to enter the grand prix ranks and demonstrate the ability to become future members of the Canadian Equestrian Team.
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Richmond A2 Blues Jackson Beavis slips under the check of CWG Yukon’s Liam Janke during round-robin action Tuesday at the Richmond International Midget Hockey Tournament. The Blues won this game 9-2 and entered yesterday’s playoff round with a 4-0 record. The tourney concludes today with the three division finals at Minoru.
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performance competitors. Synchronized swimming is perhaps the best allround development sport available today for girls and young women, combining athletic prowess in femininely graceful movements together with a full range of musical appreciation and choreography. Synchro develops the flexibility of a gymnast, the endurance of a long dis-
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ming of a routine normally requires the strength and endurance of a good middle distance swimmer. A girl’s imagination can be given free reign in developing impressive combinations of movements for her routine, while her sense of musical rhythm and timing is trained sharply to obtain the desired synchronization effects. More facts about synchronized swimming: •Synchronized swimmers cannot touch the bottom of the pool during a routine. It is against the
rules, and a severe twopoint deduction will be given if they do. •The water is a minimum of nine feet deep; they must skilfully use eggbeater and whip kick to stay as high above the water as possible. •Synchronized swimmers swim without goggles, with their eyes open underwater. By seeing their teammates underwater, they make corrections to alignment and set-up for specific moves in their routine. •Synchronized swimmers can hear the music
underwater through underwater speakers. •Of all the pieces of equipment, the nose plug is most important, for when the synchronized swimmers do their underwater routines, frequently upside down, it keeps water out of the nose. VPW will be offering synchronized swimming lessons starting Sunday, January 9th at 6pm at Watermania in Richmond. For more information contact 604-216-7444 or check the club website at vpw.bc.ca.
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Let’s talk about the V6-powered 2011 Ford Mustang — specifically, the one that recently completed 1,457 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway (1,250 km) on a single tank of gas. Ford accomplished this as part of the Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge (www. mustang1000lapchallenge. com), seeking to prove that the new, 3.7L V-6 qualifies the 2011 Mustang as a fuelefficient sports car. There’s no doubt that the new V-6 — which produces 70 per cent more horsepower than last year’s 4.0L block with lower fuel consumption — is an impressive feat of engineering, and Ford should be commended for it. But the 1,000 Lap Challenge was a marketing move of questionable value, because it doesn’t reflect the Mustang’s actual performance. Rounding the track at an average speed of 70 km/h, Challenge drivers encouraged fuel efficiency by “minimizing the use of air conditioning, steady and consistent driving, avoiding sudden stops/starts and by keeping the r.p.m.s low.” That’s great in controlled track conditions, but it’s setting owners up for disappointment when they take the car into the real world, due simply to the demands of daily driving. The slightest acceleration will send the economy gauge skyward, and stopand-go traffic neutralizes any savings from highway mileage. So, while a 2011 Mustang V-6 is technically more efficient than the 2010 version, it feels like you have to put in far more effort and restraint when driving to make that happen. You’ll need to drive one yourself to make that judgement. This being said, the Mustang remains a great value and an excellent car.
Whereas the current Mustang looked clean and classic when it debuted, the mid-cycle refresh turned it into something that’s aggressive and overly mus-
cular. It’s as if it pumped too much iron in the gym, going from sprinter to bodybuilder overnight. The dashboard centres on two top-mounted, rectangular vents set in a brushed aluminum panel that runs the width of the car and pinches in the middle. The aesthetic is quite pleasing, but ergonomics could be improved by moving those vents and placing the controls higher up.
In addition to the new V6, the Mustang gains a 5.0L V-8 generating 412-h.p. and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, compared to the 315-h.p. and 325 lb.-ft. of torque of last year’s 4.6L engine. It’s also more efficient than its predecessor, and both engines share six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. If you like acceleration, the V-8 is a better choice. The V6 struggles through the 3,000-4,000 r.p.m. range, then surges when it hits maximum horsepower at 6,500. There is, however, a ton of torque at the low end. With a large turning radius, the Mustang requires wide berths in the parking lot. On the road, the steering is sharp and accurate, providing excellent control and great confidence, but understeer is detectable in turns.
Starting at $23,399 for the coupe and $28,415 for the convertible, the 2011 Mustang is available in base, V-6 Pony Package, and GT trim levels, along with a variety of option packages. Standard equipment includes ABS, stability control, traction control, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, remote keyless entry, power-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt steering, fog lamps, four-speaker CD stereo, compass, tirepressure monitoring system, and front/side airbags. Fuel efficiency is rated at 10.7 L/100 km in the city and 6.4 L/100 km on the highway for the V6 coupe with automatic transmission, and 11.8 L/100 km and 7.8 L/100 km for the V8 with automatic.
Mustang’s V-6 engine is technically more efficient than the 2010 version, but it feels like you have to put in more effort and restraint when driving to make that happen.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: This entire decade (and half of next) life nudges you to change your abode. This will often peak in winter, as it did last week and does now. But there is also a problem around your home 2010-2012. You might be subject to a force larger than yourself. E.g., you might have to move due to expropriation, a legal ruling, the job market, etc. A change in abode can also merely mean a renovation, or a child moves away to school, etc. – natural, good things! Monday/Tuesday are excellent days to act on these nudges toward change, but not to attempt to overrule them. That won’t work. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: The delays and confusions of December are ended, so march ahead. Avoid major investments before Jan. 22. The grace and charm of your communications helps you capture love, especially Monday/Tuesday and Friday night/Saturday. But avoid gossip, revealing too much, or speech that is too sober or ambitious – these chase love away. The same advice, pro and con, applies to travel, general communications, and casual friendships. Watch what you tell “head ofﬁce.” Chase money Sunday. Home, family co-operate and please you Wednesday eve to Friday. Discuss summer travel. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Chase money, buy and sell, seek a pay raise, more clients, etc. You can safely pursue new projects, as December’s delays are over. But don’t confuse chasing money with chasing your dreams. They are yet are not one and the same. They might directly conﬂict – e.g., I dream of living on a south sea island, but I can’t earn my living there; or both dreams and your money situation might change and evolve in a kind of tag-team wrestling match. To get your dream you change your job, and that in turn changes your dreams. Such choices arise Monday/ Tuesday (lucky!) and late week.
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Lease offer valid on new 2011 Impreza 2.5i 5MT 5-Door Convenience Package (BG1 CP) models. MSRP of $22,895. Payment of *$278.43/mo. based on a 24,000 kilometre per year lease with excess charge of $0.10/km. **3.9% lease rate for a 48 mo. term with $2,400.00 down. Total lease obligation is $13,364.64. The residual value at the end of term is $11,742.50. Freight & PDI ($1,525), documentation fees ($395), and Battery and Tire Tax ($30), are included in payment. Lease security deposit & PPSA included. License, insurance, registration & taxes, extra. Financing and leasing programs available through Toyota Credit Canada Inc. on approved credit. †$1,000 Holiday Bonus offer applies only to lease, ﬁ nance, or cash purchases for select new 2011 Impreza models: BG1 CP, BG2 CP, BG1 SP, BG2 SP, BF1 CP, BF2 CP, BF1 SP, BF2 SP. $500 Holiday Bonus available on all other Impreza models (excluding WRX and WRX STI models: BZ1 00, BZ1 SS, BY1 00, and BY1 SS). Dealers may sell for less. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. */**/†Offers valid until Jan. 4, 2011. See your local Subaru dealer or www.western.subarudealer.ca for complete details.