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ne Chilliwack teen is dead, and another is in police custody after a late-night drive in a pickup truck went horribly wrong. Police say 18-year-old Adam Burchart fell out of the box of a pickup truck Sunday night as the vehicle travelled down Boundary Road in Chilliwack The accident occurred at about

One 18-year-old killed, another charged in crash Sunday night on Boundary Road

11:30 p.m. Mounties say Burchart was riding in the box of the truck when he “fell out of the box of the truck, struck the road and sustained extensive trauma.” Paramedics and fire crews

attended the scene, but the teen died at the scene of the accident, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen told the Times. Burchart was one of two men riding in the back of the truck. A

third passenger was riding in the cab of the vehicle. All four of those involved were from Chilliwack. The driver of the truck, another 18-year-old man, was arrested and released Monday on a prom-

ise to appear in court at a later date. Mounties recommended charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, but no charges have yet been laid. His next court date is in November. The B.C. Coroners Service and the Lower Mainland District Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services continue to investigate the accident.

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Sockeye poaching crackdown BY CORNELIA NAYLOR


ocal conservation officers and poachers ramped up a dangerous cat-and-mouse game on the Fraser River last week after salmon fishing was banned to protect vulnerable sockeye stock. Low returns and recordhigh water temperatures, which could kill as many as 70 per cent of the returning sockeye before they spawn, prompted officials to close the river to all salmon fishing Aug. 15 to prevent sockeye from being taken as a bycatch. “We need every one of these fish to get back to the spawning grounds,” DFO Lower Fraser area conversation protection chief Herb Redekopp told theTimes. But the absence of commercial and recreational sockeye openings this season along with very limited First Nations licences for food and ceremonial purposes have led to a “pent up” demand for the

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Sockeye fishing is banned to protect this year’s returns. valuable fish, Redekopp said, and local poachers are risking both bodies and boats to get them, mostly fishing under the cover of night. “We’ve had a number of boat chases where we’ve had vessels trying to escape capture,” Redekopp said. “It’s very dangerous because there’s a lot of debris in the river and they hit the shore at a fairly high speed and run into the

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judgment,” he said. “It’s a matter of being inclusive and comprehensive and providing the opportunity for everybody in the country to vote Liberal if they want to exercise that option.” Goodale said he had his eyes on two Conservative Achilles’ heels at the moment: economic prosperity and ethics. The former federal finance minister said Conservative policy is at least partly responsible for a Canadian economy that has been sputtering. “The recession was over in 2009, but we are still performing at a mediocre level. We can do a lot better than this.” Goodale said the Liberals are focused on the well-being of the middle class, and particularly on


bush. Some of those individuals we’ve apprehended, and if we know who it is, we’ll issue them a summons once we do up the charges. But we always seize the vessel, the nets, the fish, everything.” DFO doubled its enforcement efforts on the Fraser from Hell’s Gate to Mission when the salmon closure was announced, bringing in extra officers, stepping up patrols

and employing everything from helicopters to nightvision imaging to detect illegal activity. In just over a week, conservation officers have seized eight fishing vessels, laid charges against 27 people and dismantled about half a dozen illegal nets per night. Redekopp said most of the charges and seizures have been made against aboriginal fishers, but he added that DFO isn’t biased. “We’ll charge anyone that is fishing,” he said. Most local aboriginal fishers honour closure even when that means frustration and hardship, Sto:lo Tribal Council fisheries advisor Ernie Crey told theTimes. But he’s not surprised to hear some native fishers have been caught poaching. “They’re driven by desperation to the river,” he said. While the focus right now is on getting as many live sockeye up the river as possible, Redekopp said his officers are also going after people who

Ethics, the economy increasing the federal focus on financial help for families paying for post-secondary education. “The federal government has a very significant role to play and it’s just not playing it at all,” he said. “The government’s only discernible economic policy is austerity: cut programs, cut services, invest less and less from the resources of the government of Canada. With the greatest of respect to [Finance Minister] Mr. [Jim] Flaherty, that is the wrong policy for Canada.” Goodale also talked ethics and integrity, both in regards to the behaviour of Harper-appointed Senators and the fact that the highest-ranking staffer in

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iwack-Hope is smaller than, but fully contained within, the current riding of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon. “I was born and raised in Chilliwack, and my roots in both Chilliwack and Hope are very deep,” Strahl said. “I’m looking forward to running here in the next election.” Decisions on the final boundary realignment came as a relief to many as an early draft split the city in half.


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n election may be two years off, but local MP Mark Strahl announced in a press release Friday he would seek re-election. Strahl’s announcement comes on the heels of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission final report tabled Wednesday. The new electoral district of Chill-

“It made sense to keep Chilliwack together, and I’m glad they saw it that way in the end,” he said in Friday’s release. The new Chilliwack-Hope riding will include the City of Chilliwack and Hope, but the District of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs, Yale, Boston Bar, Lytton, Lillooet, Cache Creek and Ashcroft will now be in the new riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, while Pemberton will be

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the Prime Minister’s office thought it was OK to pay $90,000 to clear up Senator Mike Duffy’s troubles. “Until [Harper] looks Canadians in the eye and says ‘I’m sorry, this is what happened,’ then this is going to undermine his government and I think until he resolves this issue, he is unelectable.” As for the obvious question given Trudeau’s marijuana admissions of late: has Goodale ever smoked weed as a Member of Parliament? “No, no I haven’t.” And what does he make of Trudeau’s admission? “Two things: he is truly a member of his generation in a very common and inclusive way, and secondly, he was faced with the question, he answered it directly, immediately, candidly. I would hope Mr. Harper would have the courage to answer some questions as directly as that.”

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sell and buy the poached fish. “We will charge both the fishermen as well as the person selling the fish and the buyer of the fish,” he said. The illegal salmon trade ranges from “just bags full of fish” sold from the backs of pickups to “large scale,” according to Redekopp, but he said he couldn’t comment on just how large scale the market is. “That’s something I really can’t speak to you about right now,” he said. While a scarcity of salmon on the Fraser strains relationships between different user groups, Redekopp said the current mood on the river is better than it was 10 years ago thanks to greater co-operation between First Nations and recreational fishers. “A decade ago we had far more very high conflict situations on the river than we do now,” he said. Redekopp said opportunities for pink salmon could start opening up in about a week.

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hilliwack secondary school’s brand new campus opened its doors for registration Monday, but a dearth of back-to-school information left parents and students wandering around the new $58-million facility confused and frustrated. The front and back of the school were still surrounded by construction fencing Monday morning with signs warning “Danger, Construction Area, Do Not Enter.” And the one side door made available for registration wasn’t easy to find, according to parents and students who talked to the Times. “We got lost,” Grade 12 student Michael Lucyk said. “I didn’t know how to get in here. I had no idea. We just wandered until we saw these signs and then just came in.” Information posted on the CSS website stated the new school would be open for registration this week but didn’t direct students and parents to the Reece Road entrance. “A nice gentleman in a Bobcat

said, ‘Oh, that door behind the truck,’” parent Cathi McLean said. “There was a big truck parked in front of the one door that has a sign on it that says anything. So without him we would have been walking all around the school.” Parents and students at the school Monday said they were equally in the dark about what would happen on the first day of school, just one week away. “What are we supposed to do when we get here? We don’t know,” Grade 12 student Chandra Myers said. “We just asked one of our teachers, and she didn’t know too much either.” One set of students whom school officials have kept well informed, though, are special needs students, according to mom Joselyn Lowe, whose autistic daughter Melanie Bruggeman is going into Grade 10. The pair were at the school for a scheduled tour Monday morning. “She gets a chance to see the different places that she’s going to be going to, like the cafeteria, the gym, the special needs room to get the feel of it before she starts school on Tuesday,” Lowe said. Some CSS students did get

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.C.’s prisons are not particularly safe places to be, but they are secure in terms of escape, according to ChilliwackHope MLA Laurie Throness. Throness was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Corrections in June and is about halfway through a provincewide prison tour aimed at finding cost-neutral ways to improve safety for corrections staff, inmates and communities. After visiting five of BC Corrections’ nine institutions, he said he’s already convinced of one thing. “I’ve learned that if they want you to be in there, you’re not getting out,” he told the Times. “They are incredibly secure. I’ve been

much impressed by the tremendous thought that goes into the architecture of the prison, how every aspect of every detail is fashioned for security and for safety.” But that doesn’t mean life on the inside is safe or that safety for communities couldn’t be improved, he said. “I’ve talked to pr ison guards who’ve said that there are incidents of violence in prison, between inmates in particular,” Throness said. Finding ways to prevent peer-to-peer violence would make both prisoners and communities safer, he said, since vendettas established in prison can make their way onto the street. At each facility Throness has been given a briefing and tour by management and talked privately with See PRISONS, Page 19




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Thank Zeus for changes A s every kid who ever went through a mythology phase can tell you, Theseus is the Greek hero who was smart and tough enough to defeat the minotaur. He also lent his name to the Ship of Theseus Paradox, an idea that has kept plenty of philosophers employed since around 400 BC. By the time the Greeks got around to writing things down after their long dark age, they noted that the ship Theseus had (allegedly) sailed to Crete, was still kicking around. It was a kind of religious artifact for the Athenians, and they had to keep it seaworthy. This meant replacing old and worn out planks, sails, oars, masts . . . eventually people started to ask, is it still the same ship? When we replaced the last piece, did it cease to be the same ship? This is an interesting question for philosophers, but an even more interesting question if we apply it to politics. Is Canada (to pick an example completely at random) the same country it was when Sir John A. Macdonald drunkenly stitched it together from a handful of British colonies? The obvious answer is no. Geographically and politically, Canada has added a heck of a lot of territory, people, and political institutions. But politicians are always trying to draw a link between Canada-asit-exists-today and Canada-as-Sir-


Be Our Guest John-A-threw-up-on. Witness last year’s government movie-trailerstyle commercials for the War of 1812 anniversary. There is seldom a politician alive who won’t at one point get up on a stump and pine for the good ol’ days of some past or other. Note that for the Conservatives this probably means the 1950s, for the NDP it probably means the 1960s and 1970s, and for the Liberals it means any time when they were in charge. For a lot of people, there is a definitive version of “Canada,” and all changes should be made with this version in mind, i.e. to return to that state or be guided by its values. This mindset is much, much worse in the United States, where arguing about whether the constitution should be interpreted as its original (slave-owning) framers intended. This is clearly stupid. In terms of the Ship of Theseus Paradox, most people recognize that the ship is not the same materially, but many believe that democracy consists of replacing the old boards and planks

(replacing doddering old fools of politicians with bright young fools of politicians) which keeps it seaworthy. There is another opinion, which I hope is more firmly based in reality. In the days when Theseus sailed to Crete, his ship was top of the line. Today it would be considered a curiosity. Canada, as most other successful countries, has not survived by simply replacing the old with the identical, but with superficially new. Since this country was founded, we have extended the vote from land-owning white males to women, First Nations peoples, and visible minorities. We have stopped hanging people. We created the RCMP, made them wear pillbox hats, and then stopped doing that. Most of us now acknowledge that letting adults marry whomever they love does not cause chaos. We have learned that lead paint and chrysotile asbestos are not the best materials for building a baby nursery. We have added so many laws, customs, and institutions over the years that Canada today would be unrecognizeable to the founders of this country. It’s as if we started with the ship of Theseus, and kept upgrading it until it turned out to be a 300-metre high-speed catamaran. Is Canada the same country? No, no it’s not, and thank Zeus for that.

ntil not very long ago, “prorogue” wasn’t a four-letter word. Until Prime Minister Stephen Harper discovered its usefulness in side-stepping normal democratic procedures in Canada’s Parliament, prorogation was commonly used to allow the government to take a breather, as it were, to offer time to rethink and re-establish policies and commitments to accomplish new and important objectives. Prorogation has been a staple of the British-style parliamentary system for centuries. Most Canadian prime ministers before Harper used it to take a break to prepare, for instance, a new Throne Speech, or to reorganize and prepare new cabinet ministers after a significant change to cabinet shuffle—such as the recent shuffle instituted by Harper. In general, Canadians were mostly unaware of the word, or how it fit into the parliamentary process, until the past few years, when Harper used it several times to save his own political butt: thwarting a no-confidence vote in one case, and to stop embarrassing questions that threatened to topple his government in another. No wonder that people who are bothering to pay attention at all are leery of the prime minister’s announced intention to ask (actually, it comes off as more of a command) the governor-general to prorogue Parliament once again. He has given all the good reasons for doing so: he wants time to present a new Throne Speech, and to ensure that all of his newly minted cabinet ministers are all up to date on their responsibilities so that the business of government continues smoothly. But he’s also in the middle of the senate minefield—shades of his previous antidemocratic use of that four-letter word. Fortunately for Harper, most Canadians aren’t paying attention as the holiday season transitions into the back-to-school season. Fortunately for Canadians, NDP and Liberal MPs will have extra time to formulate their senate-scandal questions.

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Sto:lo need to stop whining about sockeye fishing Editor: I’m responding to the [Aug. 20, 2013] article in theTimes on the Fraser River fishery closure. The closure of the Fraser to all salmon fishing just goes to show the trouble this fishery is in, but if that’s what it takes to save the stock, I’m all for it and I’m sure every other sport fisherman is also. The one I really feel bad for are the guides who lost a lot of work because of the closure. What really up sets me, once again, is Mr. [Ernie] Crey (Sto:lo Tribal Council fisheries advisor) statement of how hard it’s going to be on his people. As if the closure is going to put his people in peril. You’re not hard done by Mr. Crey. You should look at your own Sto:lo Nation web site. There is no reason for your self pity. The Sto:lo Nation has caught 2,799 chinook, and 45,723 sockeye. So with a population of 1,900 give or take, it works out to 25 fish per man, woman and child. Each fish, let’s say, weighs around eight to nine pounds (average 635 pounds) that would work out to say 75 fish for a family of three. If you eat four pounds of fish per day you have 159 days of fish. So don’t whine how hard you and your people are going to have. There are a lot of sport fisherman who have put a lot of time and money into the short time we had for chinook only, and never even got a fish, but that’s fishing. We have not had a shot at sockeye for three seasons, but you folks have. Yes you do have a right to fish, I don’t disagree, but quit your whining a least you have fish if you want them. As to golfing or fishing . . . really?! Jim Martindale Penticton

Illogical EI rules for serious illness Editor: I was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. I just finished a brutal three month regime of chemo. I am now done the chemo treatments and there is no sign of the cancer both to which I am very grateful. I had a full-time job when this all started, I went on medical EI which runs out in a week. Apparently if you’re sick you only get 15 weeks but if you’re not sick you get to collect for a year. Where is the sense there? I asked if I had any other options, I was told that if I didn’t have a job to come

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back to then I would qualify for regular EI then I would have about a year to recuperate if I needed to without having to worry about financial needs. I am nowhere near ready to go back to work yet my only option, go to social services, so there I am going. I am not asking for handouts from anyone, I just want to warn people that our wonderful government doesn’t care if you’re sick or not. Christine van der Sluys Rosedale

Religious need to look in mirror Editor: “Homosexuals would be much better off if they kept their sexual orientation to themselves not try to force it on others, and stop whining about being downtrodden, misunderstood, hated, misused, and how not everyone considers homosexuality a healthy choice in life.” If the above statement was true, should this not apply to Christians like you as well? Why does Sylvia Commerford (Letters, Aug. 22, 2013) seem to feel the need to push her religious beliefs on everyone else? To think that a gay person chooses this life is ridiculous. Would you choose to be treated as a second-class citizen by the religious right, ostracized by the community at large. Why can the homosexual community not be proud of who they are? I’m not a Christian, but if you think about it yourself, “God” made them that way. Should they not be proud of how “God” made them? I suggest that Sylvia and the very outspoken religious community in this town look in the mirror and fix their problems first before trying to force their opinions on everyone else. It’s people like this that keep Chilliwack in the stone ages

and looked upon as backwater hick town. Furthermore, not everyone reads the Bible, not everyone follows the Bible. As a matter of fact a lot of the crimes against humanity have been carried out by Christians so they don’t seem to follow their own moral code either. They did a study in the U.S. last year, 99 per cent of the U.S. prison population admitted to having religious beliefs whereas one per cent were selfadmitted atheists. Just think about that point for a second before you go on about following the Bible or how it sets up the moral code for all people? I will leave you with this Sylvia, I think it comes from that book you put so much stock in “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Collin McMillan Chilliwack

Keep homophobia to yourself Editor: The other day I was standing in line at a local sub shop waiting for my sandwich order to be taken. As I waited I listened to the person in front or me selecting their toppings for their sandwich. Listed as one of their toppings were olives, I hate olives! As a result of this I thought about it all day and began to get more and more angry. Why would anybody order something I dislike on their sandwich! I even lost sleep about it that night thinking about how angry I was somebody could possibly like olives! Sounds ridiculous right? Almost as ridiculous as thinking sexual preference a choice? Contradictory to the uneducated statements made by Ms. Commerford in her letter that being gay is a choice I can educatedly say that’s not the case! I can say this coming from firsthand experience! So I

advice Ms. Commerford to keep her ill-experienced thoughts and homophobic comments to herself. By opening her mouth and spouting off about something she clearly has no idea about, she comes off sounding as ridiculous as the story above! If she really needs to ask the question “why should a country have gay parades?” In a country boasting superior equality rights and such a multicultural diverse background as Canada. Making it superior to many other country’s in the world. By choosing to discriminate against a fellow person regardless of colour of skin, ethnic background, sexual preference, gender, etc., that actually makes you by definition a bigot Ms. Commerford! Every single person deserves the same rights as the next no matter what! If you are so irritated by who people choose to love perhaps you should consider relocation to a country that better understands your bias. Russia perhaps? Clarke Fryer Chilliwack

You can’t just pray the gay away Editor: As a founder and board member of the Fraser Valley Pride Society, I would like you, Sylvia Commerford, to know that there are several hundred LGBT people living in Chilliwack and every one of them will be able to tell you of themselves or one of their friends being discriminated against, harassed, hunted down, beaten, poisoned and in some cases even killed by people who grew up in god-fearing homes. Just last year we had a 15-yearold boy in Chilliwack beaten within an inch of his life by his Christian father and a 14-year-old girl kicked out of her Christian home. All because of something they had no control over. While I’m sure that you’re a bright and intelligent woman, your letter only proves that it’s wise to educate yourself on a topic rather than just repeat statements heard from the pulpit or the various radio broadcasts like Dr.Dobson who are telling you that I wasn’t born that way. For many years I too was convinced that there was something wrong with me. In an effort to “fix it” I joined one of the largest churches in town and made every effort to change. Weekly meetings to “pray

the gay away,” exorcisms, and interventions and on the urging of my pastor I even joined the local chapter of Exodus international. In his statement on Jun 19, 2013, Alan Chambers President of Exodus International publicly apologized to the LGBT community and admitted that after 37 years of trying to “change” gay people all he could show for was a lot of hurt and suffering and countless suicides. You speak of the wrath of God, and you’re entitled to your opinion, however it has been my experience that God’s followers are ultimately more cruel and heartless than God ever could be. There are 1,050 commands in the New Testament. When you are able to keep them all (and your letter already broke one command), only then can you speak to me about my life. In the meantime, I would be happy to connect you to my friend Lance who is the only person of a congregation of 1,200 people that still maintains a friendship with me. He is the embodiment of what a real Christian is all about. Finally, let me assure you that we will not justify our existence to you or anyone else. We will continue to live, thrive and celebrate our lives right here in Chilliwack. Michael Marks Fraser Valley Pride Society

Putin a statesman on gay athlete issue Editor: I do not wish to engage in the kerfuffle over homosexual rights. As a kid this practice could mean two years in jail; in the military, dishonourable discharge. In Canada. I think Ms. Woodroff would do well to read “Gay Russians Seek Refuge in Canada.” in the Vancouver Sun, Aug. 10. The article covers a world view of the subject. To vilify Mr Putin is pure nonsense. He is the elected leader of a leading world nation. It’s pure statesmanship the way he handled the Snowden defection and the advance notice to gay athletes. Yes, Canadian laws permit homosexuality. What about the laws of anatomy, biology, physiology? Alexander Kosub Chilliwack


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oaches generally don’t expect—or want— their defencemen to attempt to deke an onrushing forward when they’re standing alone on the blue line with no backup. So if you’re going to make the move, you better make it work. Midway through the first period of Saturday’s exhibition game against the Surrey Eagles, Chiefs rookie defenceman Carter Cochrane did just that, headfaking an Eagles skater, sliding the puck through his feet and walking into the slot for a prime scoring chance. He didn’t score, but the move was a perfect illustration both of the potential of this year’s Chiefs’ squad and their relative youth and inexperience. It also likely had Chiefs head coach Harvey Smyl thanking the heavens Saturday’s game at Prospera Centre was still a pre-season tune-up. With a couple spots still open on the roster, the Chiefs already have nearly a dozen players entering the season with three years of British Columbia Hockey League eligibility left. Last year’s veteran team featured just six such players. That youth will likely mean more all-or-

games. On Friday in Surrey, Jake Hand, Jordan Kawaguchi and Carter Cochrane staked the Chiefs to a 3-1 lead after the first period. Hand added his second of the game in the second period, but Surrey rallied to take a 5-4 lead en route to a 7-4 victory. On Saturday night, the Chiefs again got out of the gate early as the teams renewed acquaintances at Prospera Centre. Mathieu Tibbet capped a dominating shift by picking up a rebound and shoving it past Eagles netminder Scott Lapp to open the scoring. Brandon Volpe tipped in a point shot less than a minute later to extend the lead. And Kurt Black got the Chiefs’ third goal nine minutes later when he leapt on a loose puck and blasted it over Lapp’s glove. The Eagles drew to within two goals with 1:35 left in the period. The Eagles tied the game in the second period, and, with no MORE PHOTOS with layar overtime in the pre-season, a scoreless third period sent the two teams home knotted at Tyler Olsen/TIMES three. On Tuesday, the Chiefs are in Hope to take Chiefs forward Kyle Westeringh draws a penalty during Saturday’s pre-season game. on the Coquitlam Express at the Hope & District Recreation Centre. They play their final nothing moves like that of the 16-year-old ing. The Chiefs showed flashes of such bril- pre-season game Thursday night at Prospera Cochrane. And if the results might be unpredictable, they should at least be entertain- liance this weekend in a pair of exhibition Centre, again against the Surrey Eagles.

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everal Chilliwack athletes brought home numerous medals from last week’s BC Senior Games in Kamloops. Neil Reeder led the way in the pool with nine medals. Reeder won gold in the 25-metre breaststroke and freestyle events, along with the 100-metre breaststroke. The Times routing agent also claimed silver in the 25-metre backstroke, 50-metre breaststroke and the 200-metre freestyle relay. Reeder added bronze medals in the 100-metre freestyle relay, 25-metre butterfly and the 100-metre medley relay. “It was really a surprise,” Reeder said of his nine-medal haul. “I expected to get clobbered this year. I moved up an age group [to the 65-to-69year-old class] and some of the guys there are really, really good.” Reeder was hardly the only Chilliwack champ.

Paula Quick registered personal bests to win gold in the 200-metre freestyle and 100-metre freestyle relay. She added silver (and more personal bests) in the 400- and 800metre freestyle. Lolita Rocheleau-Lazenby won silver medals in the age-group 800metre freestyle, 200-metre individual medley and 50-metre butterfly events. And Phil De Ridder claimed silver in the 100-metre freestyle relay. Sue Thompson claimed gold in women’s badminton, while Bounsy Louangxay and Chris Gadsden both won silver in their respective classes. Hedley McMullan claimed darts gold, while George Hart, Rod Bonaparte and Helen Dejean all won bronze medals in their divisions. Al McFee, Claude Latulippe, Orville Ehnes and Barb Binnie all won golf gold. Pat Wiggins, Jim Stephenson,

Roy Pinsent, Helen McIntosh and Marie Kimmerly claimed silver medals, while Beth Laffin and Lou Hall brought home bronzes Donald McSwain stole silver in horseshoes. And on the track, Silvia Law won silver in the discus throw, and bronze in the shot put, pentathlon, javelin, and hammer throw. Jim McIsaac won silver in both the discus and shot put. Monica Jahrig claimed gold in mountain trail riding. MORE RESULTS with layar Photo submitted

Neil Reeder (from left), Lolita RocheleauLazenby, Paula Quick and Phil De Ridder brought home several medals from last week’s BC Senior’s Games in Kamloops.

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Knowledge of rare disease is lacking, leads to mistakes KILLER GENE, from page 7 malfunctions and produces a flawed and toxic form of the normally benign Huntingtin protein. That protein, through a process that is not completely understood, leads to unstoppable physical and mental deterioration, often beginning in middle age. The decay leads to unstable and unpredictable thoughts and clumsy behaviour. It always ends in death. (It’s important to note Huntington’s patients are no more predisposed to violence or crime than other people who might suffer from mental illnesses. Researchers say the symptoms can be effectively managed with drugs.) The Huntingtin protein’s toxicity, or lack thereof, all depends on a glutamine residue in the HTT gene. Normally that residue repeats anywhere between six and 35 times in the gene. Genes with between 36 and 39 repeats sometimes develop the disease. Those with more than 40 almost always do. (Some people have more than 120 repeats.) The number of repeats is inherited, with some variability from generation to generation. But the Centre for Huntington Disease study suggests 10 per cent of Huntington’s sufferers in B.C. have no family history of the disease. Leavitt says natural generation-to-generation mutations may cause someone with a parent with a high-but-normal number of repeats to possess a gene with 36 or more repeats—and thus develop Huntington’s. “Some of those 10 per cent are new mutations,” Leavitt told the Times. “The new-mutation rate is higher than people thought in the past. More common in England Leavitt and his fellow researchers say the rate is just one of a range of factors contributing to

A cross-section of a Huntington’s patient’s brain shows the damage done by the neurological disease. who would previously have either the higher-than-expected prevadied before the disease surfaced, lence of Huntington’s. or not been diagnosed. “There are a number of fac“With the aging population tors all coming together—more there’s going to testing, better be more and diagnosis, aging more Huntingpopulation, new ton’s disease mutations that the disease tends to diagnosed,” occur at a higher fool practitioners.” Leavitt said. rate—all of which He also specumake this a more Bill Kaminski lated that British common disease Columbia could than previously have higher rates thought,” Leavitt than other locasaid. tions because the Huntington’s province was settled by people hits people at different times. from portions of England where (The age depends, in part on that the disease is relatively common. all-important repeat count. More Some of those settlers may then repeats mean it strikes at an earhave passed on faulty Huntingtin lier age.) As British Columbians genes to a growing number of live longer, Huntington’s is being descendants. detected in more elderly people

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ability to access vital drugs that can delay the onset of symptoms and alleviate many of its physical and psychological effects. Bill Kaminski, who lives in Chilliwack with two relatives who have Huntington’s, has first-hand experience with the lack of knowledge in the medical community. He said his relatives were misdiagnosed multiple times before it was discovered they had Huntington’s. “The progression of the disease tends to fool practitioners,” Kaminski told the Times. “Recognition is a problem because it tends to mimic a lot of symptoms of other diseases,” he said. Kaminski said he’s seen everything from bipolar disease to bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s diagnosed instead of Huntington’s. “The knowledge is very limited,” he said. David Miller’s mother-in-law Jean Anderson agreed. She said those who dealt with David in Chilliwack clearly weren’t familiar with the disease. “They didn’t have a clue what to do in Chilliwack about Huntington’s,” she told the Times. Leavitt said a lack of familiarity with the disease is understandable given that many doctors will go their whole career without seeing one case of Huntington’s. New diagnoses are also rare; at this point, most patients have had a parent diagnosed in the past. And sometimes, the tell-tale physical jerkiness that is often an early symptom of Huntington’s is preceded by mental problems often associated with more common diseases. But Leavitt also says the knowledge of the disease is still sometimes lacking. “It’s something we all feel could be better,” he said. “The diagnoses can be delayed and it can be difficult. We would say there is room for better awareness.”


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◗ pain in the back. To compound these problems, which also may include nerve damage resulting from pressure on nerves in the shoulders, children should lighten their loads and carry backpacks correctly. The following tips are some additional ways youngsters can prevent backpack-related injuries. ◗ Carry only necessary items. Children should only carry what is required

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n the not-so-distant past, scientific calculators were the most technologically advanced school supplies students needed. But today’s students rely on technology more than ever. Thanks to mobile phones, e-readers and portable computer tablets, the average student’s back-to-school shopping list often includes at least one electronic device. But with such technological advances comes a higher price tag for supplies. Parents faced with the task of paying for their student’s school supplies, including electronics, may wonder how they can save money. Electronics can range from the affordable to the very expen-

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The Chilliwacky Gogos will meet Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Birchwood Retirement Home, at 45660 Patten Ave. The Gogos raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation which supports grassroots, community-based organizations that provide support and assistance to African grandmothers raising grandchildren orphaned by the AIDS/HIV pandemic. New members and visitors are welcome to attend.

Terry Fox volunteers needed

This year marks the 33rd annual Terry Fox Run, and volunteers are needed to help organize and execute the run. Volunteers are needed to join the organizing committee and also for various run-day duties on Sept. 15. If you are interested in volunteering, contact organizer Margaret Kostrzewa at or 604-798-3652. For more information about The Terry Fox Foundation, visit

Children’s Heart Network

A support group for parents of children with congenital heart defects and other life-altering heart problems meets on the last Thursday of every month (Aug. 29) at the Eagle Landing Starbucks at 6:30 p.m. For more information email tcbisschop@shaw. ca or

Epilepsy support

The Centre for Epilepsy holds a support group for those living with or affected by epilepsy. Parents, families, colleagues or anyone who may benefit from resources and information regarding epilepsy are welcome. The group meets the last Thursday of every month (Aug. 29) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Communitas Supportive Care Society, at 18-45966 Yale Road West. RSVP to epilepsy.

LGBT meeting

HOMINUM Fraser Valley Chapter—a support and discussion group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single—meets on the last Friday of every month (Aug. 30) at 7:30 p.m. For information and location, please call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

Parent Group

The Trans-Parent Group (parents of special needs youth in transition from high school to post-secondary life) meets the first Monday of each month (Sept. 2) at 7 p.m. At the next meeting a legal representative will discuss wills and trusts at the

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Foster parents meet

BC Federation of Foster Parent Association has formed a local chapter in Chilliwack. It meets the first Monday of every month (Sept. 2) at 10 a.m. at Chilliwack Community Services on Wellington Ave. All foster parents are invited. Contact Anita at for more info.

Dust off your instrument

The Chilliwack Community Band is looking for more band musicians to augment its membership. For more information contact Tim Wright at 604-795-7371 or Dale Warr at 604-858-3376.

English practice

A free English practice group for immigrants meets Tuesdays at the Cheam Lei-

sure Centre. Register at the Chilliwack Libray information desk, email, or call Marci at 604-792-0025 ext. 2434 option 1.

Take off pounds

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) invites new members to join them on Thursday evenings and learn to lose weight together in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. For information about chapters in Chilliwack, phone Peter at 604-702-8338.

Knitting circle

The Chilliwack Common Threads knitting circle welcomes new and experienced knitters to join them Tuesday

nights at Decades Coffee Club from 7 to 9 p.m. Share your skills and passion, knit along with charity plans, or just come to share the good company. For more information, check out the group on or email

Help needed

Ann Davis Transition Society would appreciate volunteer help. For information or to pick up applications, contact Ericka Meyer at 9046 Young Rd.

Vision mates needed

Volunteer as a vision mate with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and help someone blind or par-

tially sighted in Chilliwack. Help with reading, going for walks, shopping and social visiting. Spend two hours a week making a positive difference. Flexible schedule. Criminal record check required. Visit www.cnib. ca/volunteer or call 604-4312146.

Métis employment programs

The Fraser Valley Métis Association offers youth employment courses in first aid, grant-writing, foodsafe, traffic control, forklift training, lock-out/tag-out and WHIMIS world host. Programs are free and open to Métis between the ages of 15 and 30. For more information visit www.

Car clubbers wanted

The Chilliwack Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada meets the first Tuesday of each month (Sept. 3) at 7:30 p.m. at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s building on Luckakuck Way. Newcomers welcome. For details call Barb or Ross at 604-824-1807.

Peer counselling course

Do you enjoy spending time with seniors? If so, consider taking a training course from Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors. You will learn what is available for seniors in our community and the skills you need to counsel seniors on some of the issues which they may have. The course runs from Sept. 5 into October and takes place in the small board room at 45938 Wellington Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon with an orientation. Phone the office at 604-7937204 Monday, Tuesday or Thursday mornings to register and find out more about the organization.

Senior crib

The Senior Resources Society will begin a social crib day Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Hall in September. For more info, call the Senior Resource Office at 604-793-9979.

Mental health group

The Living Healthy Group (Chilliwack Association), a non-profit group of selfadvocates, welcomes new members with mental health issues who are looking for a safe place to share their concerns. The group meets Wednesdays in the Prospera Centre parking lot at 1 p.m. for a group walk followed by a discussion and sharing time. For more information please call Barb at 604-792-1059 or Agnes at 604-792-0112.

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British for complai a paid-on a “poster child” farewell to McGrath formerly endanout of the Shellard, Columbia waterways projwas forced BY CORNELIA NAYLOR power firefighter, at the start of 2012. gered by independent a provincial l, cnaylor@chilliwa ent to departm to the tribunaon ects (IPP), according submission willTrally elders  N E W S , S P O R T S In, hisW  at E Ait isTnot Huncomm E R be& E N T E R T boriginal AINM EN recreation group. creek— grounds scenes to Shellard argued“ The popular kayaking the Sto:lo Nation fire ground er in order Chilliwack River protest a with CFD t manpow Wednesday to which feeds into the set Rapids—has lacking sufficien nal guidelines they say they just below the Tamihi “moral injustice” operatio safety risks of two “rivers to hands of the to follow health and been named one have suffered at the Education perRecreation out to reduce . . . The older watch” by the Outdoor ters. ces, Coqualeetza Cultural directors. British Columfor firefigh of life experien Council (ORC) of ofBazso/PNG staff photo Centre (CCEC) board of the riskLes its annual Most sonnel, because Elders Group help reduce bia, which released The Coqualeetza ncy List Monday. all emerge are vital and at their home in Chillia part of CCEC onhere seen Ediger Endangered Rivers safety (CEG) has been Carolynand forceps also on the with her motherhealth but in Janufor a botched Ediger’s The Fraser River was almost 40 years, ent of NUMBER of for Cassidy NUMBER of family NUMBER restored NUMBER of awardrequirem $3.2-million for a fight secondlong the a been scenes.” of Canada the CCEC board the age l list, having been named in the prov- It has medical marijuana the Supreme medical marijuanaCourt medical marijuana medical marijuana ary, members say city says job’s physica consultaweek. Last Thursday river 15 years ago.The wack lastproduction brain damage most endangered because licences with possession licences production licences needed possession licencesthe suddenly and without dissolvmore permanent left Cassidy is firefighters it was delivery that ince, behind the Peace. in Chilliwack in in Chilliwack in in Chilliwack in in Chilliwack in put older tion announced job heart location of a demands further, that Tamihi Creek is the January 2012 January 2012 February 2013 February 2013 on-thedeadly ing the program and, power projwould at risk of proposed 15-megawatt any group that remained l’s ruling, a subsidiary of attacks. use the name to the tribuna ect by KMC Energy, be forbidden to Last month According Ryall suggested “the WindRiver Power Corp. local kayRick ers is “Coqualeetza.” that Fire Chief group, which -call firefight G.eJohnston for the Times reported Members of the paid-on William for full-tim found pink for gynecologist work recently and luncheons and than Frey for 1998. in us obstetrician dangero birth aker Adam they meets weekly duringeher of care in the the entire run, becaus more the standardters” breaching flagging tape along he had failed to engages in cultural activities tried firefigh and must decision found trial career2009 that work on the at any timewas readily available to community, said they have The initial leading to worries paged staff be with the BY CORNELIA NAYLOR surgical can begin. meet a for- unsuccessfully to ensure a backup project would soon Page 3 when caesarean TER,section told the Times child byFIREFIGH issue and now photo deliver the help A WindRiver official See board to resolve the Ryan Bayes their “pre-consultaceps procedure failed. appealed that decision in 2011, have no choice but to make the project is in the ore local students are in Can- grievance public. Johnston successfully tion planning stages.” graduating within six Jeremy to have the case heard is totally disbefore the family pushed ORC executive directora stand“What they’re doing years of starting Grade 8, is Creek. Vehicles and just completely over- respectful,” CEG president Virginia ada’s top court. McCall said the Tamihi and IP on Tamihi but the Chilliwack school district overjoyed “and in our large rapidrivers BY STEPHANIE of creeks Pre-Owned hundreds “We’re really g in for runs the court action Joe said of the board, Zig-Zag, a that are threat- The Province still lags almost seven per cent Premium Mark et Pricin of the biggest said Ediger, who launched had even begun A kayaker around the province behind the provincial grad-rate and culture respect is one Live whelmed,” Chilliwack in herat about.” behalf of her daughter, only bedroom on talk was we 2008 in Ediger’s that ened by such projects. average, according to 2011-12 stathings and assidy when Cassidy projannouncing flower-shaped lights, discussing legal action “They’re called run-of-river tistics released last week. The Jan. 30 letter home is filled with a total misgroup prothree. ects [but] that is almost off our shoulders the dissolution of the walls are painted blue. The district saw a 3.3 per cent Instead, he BY PAUL J. Hthe board’s ing for nearly half of the 28,076 across huge burden lifted the a said. ENDERSON colour as a Tiffany box,” for “It’s McCall nomer,” “Same peace of mind, knowing vides no rationale only that the increase in its six-year completion 5952 off much head DL complete and it’s just Ediger. “When we Canada. says the projects siphonit through (financially) for decision, stating rate overall last year, with a 5.1 per for her60¢ said her mom, Carolyn to provide It’s like The number of those growing Price able [its] mandate we’ll bemariof the water and divert fish down- home, she starts to laugh and giggle. chrysle cent gain among girls and a 1.4 per board had “reviewed and life.” rdodge be.” juana increased even more. her to of year after reporting that ChilloconnoDECISION the rest program funding labour early pipes, thereby affecting who use heaven to her—it’s where she wants cent bump among boys. FOR there wereIn513 WITH As of last indi-1998, Johnston induced was high regarding SCANweek, fight for jusiwack residents were was dissolvJanuary NOWthree 12-year-long stream and the humans family’sINVENTORY pregnancy service delivery” and purThe Ediger with in Chilliwack who holdafter CCEC Since grad rates in the province personal times likelyCassidy than averwas leftviduals determining Ediger’s ENTIRE PREOWNED OURmore way through ing the group “following the at 38 weeks daughter SHOP wack the waterways for recreational has final- licences of as a whole tice after use production (PUPL) andinto 77 complications part agetheir British Columbians to be delivery proce- mandate and policies, the voices i m p r ov e d risk. After running Street, Chilli poses. damage due to a botched is becom- severe brain person produc- to switch to a caesarean medical marijuana growers, who hold designated elders, along b y l e s s 8645 Young 92-5151 the delivery, he decided room to make arrangements. “To many, Tamihi Creek empha- licensed close. [its] supporting Sto:lo and to a learned come has tion licences (DPPL). Assuming the 193the 604-7 thelyTimes the number has quadriplegia of sorts, with spastic dure instead, and left ing a poster child $3.2a year See ELDERS, Page 6t h a n o n e Cassidy, now 15, lives awarded number from ago included both better regional tripled. will be per cent, sizing the need for She and her family www.jadama See CASSIDY, Page 4 Canada ofand cerebral palsy. PUPLs DPPLs (Health Canada was to IPP devel- According to figures obtained through Court 2011-12 planning when it comes has been million in damages after the Supreme unable against that an Access to Informationa request decisioninthis month to confirm this by press time) saw Chilliopment; something unanimously restored that’s a three-fold, or 206 d Vehicles See TAMIHI, Page 6January 2012, 238 Chilliwack wack make SCAN FOR WEBSITE Premium Pre-Owne per cent, increase in growresidents were licensed to the biggest ers in the city in one year. possess marijuana for mediat Live Market Pricing gains against the provincial averProvincewide, the numcal reasons and 193 were age in more than 10 years. ber of growers rose from licensed to produce marijuaOne important area where this 3,831 a year ago to 11,601 na for medical purposes. didn’t apply, however, was among (9,369 PUPLs and 2,232 There were 4,608 licensed aboriginal students. DL 5952 users and 3,831 licensed SCAN FOR WEBSITE DPPLs) today. That comWhile the provincial average pares to a total of 9,846 growers in all of British m there went up by 2.7 per cent, ChillPrice 60¢ and NOW WITH Columbia 13 months ago. That trans- growers in the nine other provinces iwack saw a 2.7 per cent decline, 8645 Young Street, Chilliwack ENTIRE PREOWNED INVENTORY SHOP OUR combined. lated to about 85 growers and 102 users three territories putting its aboriginal rate 3.5 per 604-792-5151per 100,000 people. But Chilliwack had In the past decade, Health Canada m cent below the provincial average. about 280 growers and 344 users per says the medical marijuana program Before last year, grad rates in has grown exponentially across the 100,000 residents. Chilliwack had consistently come Health Canada has told the Times country, from under 500 authorized in about 10 per cent below the there are now 666 persons in Chilliwack persons in 2002 to more than 28,000 provincial average for more than a who hold a licence to possess marijua- today. decade. Mayor Sharon Gaetz and several city na for medical purposes. But local officials now say those That’s a 180 per cent increase in one councillors have made no secret of their figures haven’t accurately reflectyear and mirrors provincial increases. health and safety concerns regarding ed the real picture in Chilliwack As of Feb. 18, there were 13,362 people medical marijuana licences. because the traditional six-year in B.C. authorized to possess, up 190 per cent from a year ago, and accountSee MARIJUANA, Page 4 See GRAD RATE, Page 4

Tamihi added to river list

BY TYLER OLSEN tolsen@chilliwack d to are oppose s say they river power ocal kayaker install a run-of-River Valley ack a plan to a Chilliw project on the Chillicreek. which enters Rapids, Tamihi Creek,west of the Tamihi eightan just s, who say wack River of with kayaker s a diverse range is popular stretch provide from around kilometre that attracts users whitewaters to use won’t be able prothe world. s fear they project But kayaker iver power if a run-of-r ahead. the creek for the creek goes call for tenders posed for power Hydro’s 2006 During BC indepe ndent Energy, projects, KMC of Winary a subsidi Corp., Power dRiver bid for the successfully a runright to install on the project PHOTOS of-river SCAN TO SEE creek. loped, remains undeve he when Tamihi spooked While the Frey was flagging tape kayaker Adam and found pink recently visited run. ver entire Times, WindRiconlining the ed by the When contact officer Greg Trainor sultation ment the pre-con chief develop project is “in firmed the y is not the compan planning stages.” that while project at said the Trainor publicly about opportunity saying much be ample con“there will the public this time, inforproject during the better to discuss at which time e.” sultation process point, be availabl gets to that their mation will the project to If and when face opposition will WindRiver ver Kaythe Vancou plans. represents r Recreation Frey, who on the Outdoo is a local ak Club (VKC) of BC, said the creekic benefit Council (ORC)provides an econom treasure that ck area. to the Chilliwa Page 4 See POWER,


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