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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Queeny, 7, has been at the Coquitlam Animal Shelter for a long time and is looking for a “fur-ever” home. She’s sweet, affectionate and has a chirpy little meow. She may have been bypassed because she’s not a kitten, but mature cats make great pets because they’re already trained. To see more animals that have been waiting to be adopted for a long time, check out our photo gallery at www.thenownews.com (click on PHOTOS & VIDEOS on the red bar at the top) or scan this page with the Layar app on your smartphone. To learn more about these animals, visit the shelter’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/city-services/pets-animals/pet-adoption/animals-for-adoption.aspx.

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Women rescued from mountain

PAIR WERE IN GOOD SHAPE AFTER SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM MEMBERS FOUND THEM

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for a day hike, and had been carryjdeutsch@thenownews.com ing a whistle, which SAR teams conIt may feel like spring in the city, sider one of the essentials when out but it’s still winter in the back- in the backcountry. Coyle explained the women did country. You just have to ask a pair of what most people do in such a situation, which is to hikers rescued from get lost in the snow Eagle Mountain and then attempt to Wednesday morning. come back down a Coquitlam Search Anyone going different way, only and Rescue got a call to end up in a creek about the hikers, lost up on Eagle gully. on the Swan Falls Ridge has got to or He noted it’s Trail, after 6 p.m. on be ready to see important for people Tuesday. Several hours later, patches of snow. to call for help as soon as they think crews managed to –Michael Coyle, they’re lost. reach the two women Coquitlam SAR It’s the first resin their 20s — Andrea cue for the local SAR Motz and Megan team in weeks, but if Schulz — who were history is any indicain good shape. After resting and warming the tion, it won’t be the last over the pair up with newly tested heat vests, next few months. Coyle noted the team performed crews helped them out. By the time they emerged at 11 three similar rescues between March a.m. on Wednesday, the two hikers and June of 2013. He described current conditions had spent 24 hours in the backin the backcountry near Coquitlam country. Coquitlam SAR manager Michael as wintry, with the snow line at Coyle credited the work of one of 800 metres and temperatures below the search teams, which followed zero. “It’s not simple hiking weather the tracks of the missing women for yet,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW. hours, with finding them. “Anyone going up on Eagle Ridge He said the women were equipped

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Andrea Motz, left, and Megan Schulz spent a night on Eagle Mountain earlier this week, after getting lost during a hike on the Swan Falls Trail. has got to be ready to see patches of snow.”

In February, two teenagers had to be rescued from the mountain after

getting lost in a similar fashion. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

Coquitlam seeks help with plant pests CITY IS LOOKING TO REMOVE SPECIES SUCH AS HIMALAYAN BLACKBERRY, ENGLISH HOLLY AND GIANT HOGWEED

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of the April 8 removal, the two most pervasive invasive species in Coquitlam are the giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed. In the case The City of Coquitlam is looking for some of hogweed, the plant grows up to 15 feet (4.5 help to get a handle on the bad seeds in metres) and has flowers that can grow to two feet (0.6 metres) wide. town. The sap contained in the hairs covering A handful of invasive species removal events are coming up to coincide with the arrival of the plant, as well as in the stem, can cause severe burns when it comes in some of the most prolific plant contact with human skin. The pests in the community. weed usually flowers in July On April 8, members of the and August and its blossoms Lower Mainland Green Team consist of large white flowers. will take to Marguerite Park to It’s fairly hard The Japanese knotweed, get rid of Himalayan blackberry physical work on the other hand, typically and English holly, specifically. and you’re makes its home around creeks As part of removal efforts, going to get and watercourses. It’s viewed the city is looking for residents to volunteer anywhere from dirty, so dress as as particularly problematic because of its fragile root sysone to three hours of their time though you’re tem, which can lead to erosion to help out. gardening in and excessive siltation if the The city provides all the plant overtakes an area. necessary materials, and all your yard. According to Englund, hogthat’s asked of residents is a bit –Lanny Englund, weed control in the city has of elbow grease. City of Coquitlam reached a point where it can “It’s fairly hard physical work be permanently eradicated and you’re going to get dirty, at some point. However, it’s so dress as though you’re gardening in your yard,” said Lanny Englund, unlikely the same can be said for the Japanese Coquitlam’s urban forestry and parks services knotweed. “It’s one of those [species] that’s getting to manager. While blackberry and holly will be the focus the point where it’s about control and priorijkurucz@thenownews.com

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A City of Coquitlam staffer checks out a giant hogweed plant in this 2010 photo. The city believes it’s now close to eradicating the invasive species within its borders. tization, not eradication, because it’s so widespread now,” he said. “Like a lot of invasive plants, it out-competes other plants and then it gets into natural spaces and takes over.” Outside of the April 8 removal event, others are planned for the latter part of May.

Volunteer groups of five or more people who’d like to help out are asked to e-mail swagner@ coquitlam.ca to ensure enough supplies are on hand. For more details, see http://www. coquitlam.ca/parks-recreation-and-culture/ parks-and-trails/invasive-plants.aspx.


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The Tri-Cities NOW attempted to contact Bloy about the letterhead through a number on the Global Business Canada website, but he didn’t appear interested in talking. A person who identified himself as “Harry” hung up the phone on a Tri-Cities NOW reporter before a question could be asked. But one local NDP MLA had plenty to say about Bloy’s letter. “I think it’s terribly misleading and totally inappropriate,” said Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson. She raised questions over whether Bloy was given permission by the government to use the coat of arms and intends to bring up the issue in the legislature. She also expressed concern about the reference to “MLA” in the correspondence. Robinson called on the government to send a cease and desist order to Bloy to stop him from using the crest and his MLA picture. “He’s not an MLA. He cannot call himself an MLA anymore,” she said. “I expect our government, my government, to act on this when we see someone misusing something and misrepresenting themselves. We all expect to behave properly.” According to the Provincial Symbols and Honours Act: “A person, other than the Lieutenant Governor, a member of the Executive Council, a member of the Legislative Assembly or a judge of the Supreme Court, a County Court or the Provincial Court, must not, without the permission of the minister, assume, display or use the Coat of Arms of British Columbia or a design so closely resembling it as to be likely to deceive.” Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay said he forgot Bloy was no longer in government and it didn’t occur to him until he looked at the letter a second time. “I don’t know that you can use the seal of the legislature on your letterhead unless you’re an MLA,” he said. “That’s not really any of my business. I don’t know if they [the provincial government] have a formal arrangement with

Mr. Bloy or an informal arrangement or no arrangement. If he’s not supposed to be using their logo, he probably shouldn’t be.” Clay said he won’t hold any misuse of the coat of arms by Bloy against the interested group from China. The friendship request will be on the upcoming Port Moody council agenda on Tuesday, March 25. Clay said he personally isn’t eager for Port Moody to pursue a sister-city relationship with another city, adding the municipality has other issues on which to focus and spend money. “Friendship agreements — you don’t do them just because. I think you should take them seriously,” he said. Port Moody already has friendship agreements with two Chinese cities. This would not be the first time controversy has followed Bloy. Earlier this month, it was revealed the RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit was asking questions about Bloy and the B.C. Liberal leadership race. Officers questioned a Coquitlam resident about an event he attended, during which he renewed his Liberal party membership with Bloy, who was then MLA for BurnabyLougheed. It’s not clear what the investigation is focused on, because RCMP wouldn’t comment. Bloy resigned from cabinet in 2012 after admitting he had leaked an e-mail from the Province newspaper to a third party. According to the Global Business Canada website, the firm is a “consulting company that helps business owners around the world, especially in China and other Asian countries, discover potential opportunities and find desirable partnerships in Canada.” The business bio section notes Bloy has “written over 400 welcome letters yearly and met with delegations from different parts of the world and from a wide range of industries.” twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

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Land Use Committee WHEN Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7pm WHERE Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, B.C. The Land Use Committee is holding a public meeting to consider the following application: Application Type: City of Port Moody Official Community Plan Bylaw, 2014, No. 2955 Applicant: City of Port Moody Purpose: To adopt a new Official Community Plan for the City of Port Moody There is an opportunity to make a statement or present a written submission on this item to the Committee. You can attend this meeting in person, or send a submission in writing. If you plan on sending your feedback ahead of time, fax it to 604.469.4550 or email clerks@portmoody.ca by 12 noon on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Find out more about this application at the Development Services Department, City Hall, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, B.C. anytime between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can also reach us by phone at 604.469.4540.

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munity. The calls start around this time and go well into the fall. “Nowthatspringhassprung and the warmer weather is here to stay, we are reminding area residents to properly manage bear attractants — such as bird feeders, fruit trees and compost containers — near their homes,” Chung said in a statement. “These are some very basic steps we can all take to prevent bears from foraging in our neighbourhoods.” Local RCMP recommend residents call the conservation service instead of 911 if the bear isn’t acting aggressive. Chung noted police just end up calling the conservation service to deal with bears. Last year, the period run-

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Maillardville plan on hearing agenda Sam SMITH

type of neighbourhood centre editorial@thenownews.com near Brunette Avenue and Residents wanting to Lougheed Highway. The updated plan also aims comment on the proposed Maillardville Neighbourhood for a contemporary vision for Plan will have a chance to the next 20 to 25 years, when do so on March 31, when the the city expects to add an City of Coquitlam will hold a additional 6,000 residents. “This update re-affirms public hearing to discuss the and further strengthens topic, among others. Thehistoricneighbourhood the original Maillardville is one step closer to having Neighbourhood Plan, and an updated neighbourhood calls for a walkable, highly livable neighplan, after city bourhood that council gave recognizes first reading to and celebrates the proposed For my whole its rich heritdocument at age values,” a March 10 life we’ve been a city report meeting. talking about states. Councillors that opportunity The plan were excited itself lists nine to see the plan to revitalize guiding princireach this Maillardville … ples: to design point, and said on a human they’re eager –Richard Stewart scale; restore to get the pubCoquitlam Mayor Main Street; lic’s response. preserve herit“Several decades ago a writer, age; facilitate job growth; Gertrude Stein, commenting build vibrant public spaces; on a vast, featureless boring provide housing choices; area in urban California said, create neighbourhood iden‘The problem with Oakland tity; enhance landscapes; is there is no ‘there’ there,’” and increase transportation Coun. Terry O’Neill said. “And options. It also recognizes and supI was thinking this is exactly the opposite. This report here ports the expansion of existreflects the fact that there’s a ing civic and major institugreat deal of will in the com- tions, as well as schools, munity, on council and staff, which give identity to the neighbourhood. to give it a ‘there.’” “It will be important to Highlights of the plan include a mix of mediumdensity housing choices, a push to maintain heritage characteristics in the area, a large-scale employment generating area, and a move to establish a “Main Street”

ensure these uses and facilities continue to meet the needs of the neighbourhood as it grows and evolves over time, thus the plan includes policies that encourage the expansion of these existing uses and facilities, as well as the development of new civic and major institutional uses, such as new seniors housing that supports ‘aging in place’ and new cultural facilities that preserve and showcase Maillardville’s history,” the report states. Mayor Richard Stewart said he grew up in Maillardville and this plan will help the city head in the right direction for the revitalization of his home turf. “I grew up in this neighbourhood. For my whole life we’ve been talking about that opportunity to revitalize Maillardville, and I think there’s a light now on the issues,” he said. “The light’s kind of at the end of a long tunnel of trying to encourage the revitalization and encourage the reestablishment of a real sense of community in our historic neighbourhood.” To have your name added to the speakers list at the public hearing, call the city clerk’s office at 604-927-3010. For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/publichearing.

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our team has barely won three games a month. You’ve traded away your franchise’s best and most-loved players for nothing and your dwindling fan base is calling for the heads of management and coaching staff alike. What do you do? If you’re Canucks Sports and Entertainment, you lay off 1,000 unionized concession stand workers and announce you’ll be replacing them with new staff, very likely willing to work for less. That bit of bad PR trickled out last week when it was revealed the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company was terminating its contract with Aramark a year early so it could retool food offerings at Rogers Arena. Apparently, the profit margin on an $8 cup of draft Budweiser or $6 slice of pizza just wasn’t wide enough. Servers, cashiers and cooks earned between $13 and $21 dollars per hour and received MSP coverage and modest dental benefits. It’s true the job doesn’t require specialized skills or training, but when did it become such a sin to pay your employees enough to keep their heads above water? For many of the laid-off workers, many of whom are women and immigrants, the nighttime work is a second income needed to make ends meet. In a part of the world where the cost of living runs laps around increases in wages, it would be nice if such large and profitable private sector employers weren’t so intent on undercutting those struggling at the bottom. Maybe Canucks Sports and Entertainment is expecting fewer bums in seats next season. That’s certainly what they deserve. — Guest editorial from the North Shore News

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In response to China’s growing ne necessity all Canadians concern over air pollution, Chen take for granted is clean Guangbiao, a philanthropist and air. According to the Air environmentalist, is selling canned air. Pollution Index, Canada Yes, it is air in a soda can. For five yuan ranks number four with (or 80 cents), people can now breathe the world’s cleanest air, but honestly, in or drink air. There are even differwho’s to blame? Breathing comes natent flavours of air, including Pristine urally — it’s like a heartbeat. People Tibet, Post-industrial Taiwan and Yan’an don’t think about it. No one counts how MY GENERATION (the era of Communism). With a net many breaths they take in a day; howChris Lee worth of $810 million, Chen says that ever, breathing is essential for survival. he is not trying to profit off his canned billion tons. Because Linfen is inside a In other parts of the world though, air. Initially, Chen’s idea was seen as a basin, it is difficult for fresh air to pass even the simple luxury of breathing can ridiculous publicity stunt, but because of through. Linfen’s air is also damagmean death. ing the biochemical cycle. The plants China’s energy runs off of coal. China’s toxic air, not only is canned air and crops that take Because of rapid popular, it is irresistible. in Linfen’s air canexpansion, many After taking yoga classes, I realnot grow properly. cities prosper from ized how important it is to breathe. Ironically, prior to industrial coal minBreathing is like eating a healthy meal. Linfen’s expansion ing. Every day, an Here in Canada, it is an endless meal In response to into coal mining, endless line of trucks that we should appreciate but never China’s growing the city was famous stocks and circulates take for granted. On a brighter note, concern over air for agriculture. It coal across China. As China is realizing its pollution problems was known as “The a result, air pollution and is taking action. By 2015, China will pollution, Chen Modern Fruit and is becoming a major implement solar energy that will conGuangbiao, a Flower Town,” with problem. In recent tinue to expand for years to come. philanthropist and pristine spring water years, the number of That being said, Canada’s fresh air is and lush greenery. cases of lung cancer here to stay — so go outside, breathe in, environmentalist, is Today, the people of and/or cardiovascular and breathe out. Namaste. selling canned air. Linfen can’t even eat diseases has increased local foods without exponentially. The Chris Lee is a Grade 12 student getting sick with cancer and heart probWorld Bank states that 16 of the 20 at Dr. Charles Best Secondary in lems at very young ages. most polluted cities are in China. It is Coquitlam. also common for Chinese planes to be grounded because of heavy smog, and people are often told to stay indoors because of high pollutant levels. Linfen, China is the most polluted city Share your opinion on this column or anything else you in the world. Air in Linfen is so bad that read in The Tri-Cities NOW by sending a letter to the editor breathing air for an entire day has the toxic equivalent of smoking three packs to editorial@thenownews.com, with “letter to the editor” in of cigarettes. Linfen is a city located on the subject line. We edit for taste, legality and length, and the southern part of the Shanxi province. A city of four million people, the both letters to the editor and opinion columns skies of Linfen are covered with darkenmay be reproduced on The Tri-Cities NOW website, ing smog, and production never stops. Combining all the major coal mines in www.thenownews.com. Linfen, the coal reserve exceeds 62.9

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OPINION SEPARATISTS ARE ON A ‘FOOLISH PATH’

Recently, Mme. Pauline Marois, leader of the separatist Parti Québecois, mused that an independent Québec would not raise borders with Canada, and would use Canadian currency; there would be free passage to Canadians in Québec, and Québecois in Canada. Supporters promptly chimed-in to point to the European Union as an example. But Europe is a continent on a path to unity, not shards of a broken country in recovery. Europe got where it is today along a long road of hard negotiation, against a tide of individual countries clinging to individual sovereignties, local economic interests and grievances, all of which needed to undergo adjustment for free movement, open markets and a unified currency to work — and whether a unified currency can in fact work among countries with dis-unified fiscal policies remains an open question now being sorely tested. While an independent Québec could independently recognize any currency it pleases, it is a far

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The Parti Quebecois wants an independent Quebec to share a currency and borders with Canada. cry from there to expect to have a voice in monetary policy concerning that currency, without similar tough negotiations and consequent adjustment to its sovereignty. Québec as an independent country with complete control of who or what can pass its borders cannot rationally expect to operate open borders with other countries unless its policies and practices are in fact harmonized in salient ways with those other countries. This is true for work permits and residential rights,

communications, transport, duties, tariffs, taxes, social services and all the movement of goods and provision of services across those borders. This requires negotiation, and treaties. It should be realized that in Confederation the provinces are not in fact lower orders of government beneath the federal government; they are siblings, none subservient to any other. They each have their own disjoint jurisdictions, and some shared ones. They are each, in that sense, sovereign already, with accom-

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modations made to make it all work. Canada — Confederation — is already a sovereignty association. Québec separatist discussions seem never to reach a point of describing the full nature of a separated, “sovereign” Québec: What boundaries? What form of government? What constitution? And, most crucially, what rights and freedoms? And in accommodating some manner of economic union or so-called sovereigntyassociation, how would these be circumscribed or modified? Once you fill in the details of an independent Québec that doesn’t diminish the rights and freedoms of its people, any eventual sovereignty association with Canada would look, I suspect, a lot like Confederation. It is a great shame that Mme. Marois and her supporters, bent on this foolish path [and] blinded in bitter memories of ancient grievances, cannot see that we’ve already got now pretty much what they’re looking for, absent the devastating economic and social upheaval and the deep, bitter anger and backlash that will ensue from attempting to break it apart. Ron McKinnon Port Coquitlam

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Tuesday after Port Moody police received a call from the Alzheimer’s Society of BC that someone was going door-to-door soliciting funds on its behalf without permission. As the day went on, the department received similar complaints from residents in the Glenayre area. Officers decided to send out this tweet to alert residents of the alleged scammers: “2 males going door to door in Glenayre claiming to be from Alzheimer Society of BC trying to scam money from people. Call police if seen!”

About 10 minutes later, the department got a call from a resident about the suspects going door to door in the Carleton Drive area. The two suspects, a boy aged 16 and a man aged 19, were promptly arrested. The pair was released from custody but investigators are seeking charges of false pretenses under the Criminal Code. The department sent out the following tweets: “2 scammers in custody thanks to a quick response from our twitter followers. Many victims left to talk to.”

“If you donated money to anyone claiming to be representing Alzheimer’s BC or doing a “school project” over the last few days, call PMPD.” Police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel said the two teens are from Port Moody and were recognized by some of the residents they allegedly tried to scam. He said they also aroused suspicion because they had trouble keeping their story straight and issuing receipts. Though some didn’t fall for the ploy, Van Winkel noted based on some of the evi-

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dence, a couple dozen people donated money. “People are generally pretty trusting and have no problem donating money to a good cause,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW. “They try and hope for the best in people and unfortunately, some of them got burnt.” Van Winkel said it also appears the pair started the scam on the weekend, but added police will continue to look at the evidence to see how far back the crimes go. While the scam may be disappointing, the department is pleased two suspects got caught through social media. Van Winkel explained the department has a good social media following, many of whom are active residents in town. “It shows you how active a role people want to play in keeping their community safe,” he said, adding the use of social media is a great partnership between police and the community. “People want to be able to help police.” As for advice for residents who are unsure about doorto-door solicitors, the department urges them to call up the organization in question, or to call police, if something doesn’t seem right.

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PoCo chef in the running for $250,000 HIS MILK CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE CUP A HIT WITH JUDGES

John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com With backgrounds in both cooking and acting, Jesse Meredith seems to be a perfect match for the CBC’s Recipe to Riches. The reality TV show pits amateur chefs against one another in a number of culinary categories. Meredith competed in the program’s inaugural episode on Feb. 26, and his milk chocolate raspberry cheesecake cup won the day in the desserts category. “It’s validating that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” he said. “This cemented the fact that I can bake, that I can appear on TV, that I can put myself out there and not be afraid to take risks.” The perks of winning continue to pile up. Meredith’s winning recipe is now available in stores across Canada — including Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods, No Frills and Loblaws — and he’s in the running for a hefty cash prize. Each winner in the show’s five cooking categories will be entered into an online voting process to determine the grand prize winner, a process that wraps up April 2. Should Meredith garner enough votes, he’ll be $250,000 richer.

“If that does happen, it would be miraculous,” he said. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s acting program, Meredith’s background in cooking stretches back nearly 20 years. The sights, smells and sounds of the kitchen, not to mention some help from his grandmother, set him on his current path. “I remember being up in her chair and pushing down the edges of the pie with a fork. It kind of snowballed from there,” said Meredith, 25. “I realized that my baking could actually make people smile, which I love to do, so I just continued experimenting in the kitchen, creating new tasty treats for everyone.” Not one to step on toes — or create a family rivalry in the kitchen — Meredith sticks to desserts, as his mother’s penchant for meals and entrees is unmatched in the Meredith household. “My mom was a cook and a very good one — I didn’t want to compete with her, so I stuck to doing what I do best,” he said. That family bond is what led to Meredith’s award-winning cheesecake. His younger sister Dakota suffers from a series of health problems that prevent her from eating much in the way of sweets, let alone cheesecake. “My goal was to make everything that’s

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Voting opens on March 26, and closes on March 30. Episodes air weekly on CBC at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, with the final episode set to air on April 2. twitter.com/johnkurucz

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John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com Canada’s largest and fastest-growing online food ordering service is now available locally. Just-Eat Canada recently expanded its operation to the Tri-Cities, giving residents a chance to order their food by the click of a mouse, or swipe of a smartphone. On the business side, the service serves as an aggregator that rounds up restaurants within a specified area for customers to select from.

The customer punches in a postal code and is given a list of preferences to choose from across a range of culinary choices: Chinese, Greek, Indian and Italian are among the options. Orders are then transferred from the Just-Eat website to the restaurant. “If you were to think about even 10 years ago, you used to phone a travel agent to book your hotel and your airlines,” said Just-Eat managing director Todd Masse. “Today, 99 per cent of all these

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Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the City of Coquitlam will be holding a Public Hearing to receive representations from all persons who deem it in their interest to address Council regarding the following proposed bylaws. This meeting will be held on:

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: City Hall Council Chambers, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC Immediately following the adjournment of the Public Hearing, Council will convene a Regular Council Meeting during which it will give consideration to the items on the Public Hearing agenda.

Item 1 Text Amendment to the M-8 Retail and Light Industrial Zone - Addresses: 1751 and 1881 United Boulevard

Item 4 Text Amendment to Remove Reference to Marihuana Medical Access Regulations

The intent of Bylaw 4475, 2014 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 in relation to the M-8 Retail and Light Industrial Zone to permit uses to accommodate a KIA West head office and dealership at 1751 and 1881 United Boulevard.

The intent of Bylaw 4464, 2014 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 so that references to Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), which have been repealed and replaced by the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), are removed from the Zoning Bylaw.

The intent of Bylaw No. 4465, 2014 is to amend City of Coquitlam Citywide Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3479, 2001 and adopt the new proposed Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan and related Development Permit Area Design Guidelines, as well as to make related amendments to the Southwest Coquitlam Area and Lougheed Neighbourhood Plans relative to the areas outlined in black on the map marked “Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan Boundary.” If adopted, the proposed Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan and Development Permit Area Guidelines will guide growth and reinvestment in the Maillardville Neighbourhood over the next 20-25 years.

Item 2 Text Amendment to Increase Parking Requirements for Child Care Facilities

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Item 3 Text Amendment to Exempt Screening for Antennas and Mechanical Equipment from Building and Structure Height Limits The intent of Bylaw 4470, 2014 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to exempt screening for antennas and mechanical equipment from building and structure height limits. If approved, the proposed Zoning Bylaw text amendment will include screening for mechanical equipment and antennas as a height exemption under the building height exemptions section of the Zoning Bylaw [Section 515].

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Item 5 Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan (MNP)

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If approved, the proposed Zoning Bylaw text amendment will permit, only at 1751 and 1881 United Boulevard, the following uses in the M-8 Retail and Light Location for 1751 & 1881 United Blvd. Industrial zone:

Specifically, if the proposed Zoning Bylaw text amendment is approved, the definition of “MARIJUANA DISPENSARY” will be amended, and references to the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations will be removed in Section 1903(3) and replaced with a more general reference so that as the Federal Government’s program changes, ongoing amendments to the Zoning Bylaw will not be necessary.

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Date: Monday, March 31, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: City Hall Council Chambers, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC The March 31, 2014 Public Hearing on the proposed Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan and Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 4465, 2014 also provides an opportunity for public comment on the proposed Maillardville Streetscape Guidelines. These Guidelines, which do not form part of the OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 4465, 2014, will become an important implementation tool of the Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan, through directing the creation of pedestrian-friendly, heritage-inspired streetscapes that reflect Maillardville’s history and enhance its unique character. These Guidelines (available on the following web link: coquitlam.ca/maillardville) are eligible for comment at the Public Hearing in order to receive public feedback on them before they are refined and brought back to Council for adoption at a later date, separate from the Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan Bylaw.

Item 6 Address: 520 Como Lake Avenue The intent of Bylaw 4469, 2014 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to rezone the subject property at 520 Como Lake Avenue from CS-1 Service Commercial to RM-6 Multi-Storey High Density Apartment Residential. If approved, the application will facilitate the proposed development of a 26-storey apartment building and a threestorey townhouse building comprising seven (7) non-market supportive units.

How do I provide input? Verbal submissions may only be made in person at the Public Hearing. The City Clerk’s Office will compile a Speakers List for each item. To have your name added to the Speakers List please call 604-927-3010. Everyone will be permitted to speak at the Public Hearing but those who have registered in advance will be given first opportunity. Please also be advised that video recordings of Public Hearings are streamed live and archived on the City’s website at coquitlam.ca/webcasts. Prior to the Public Hearing written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office in one of the following ways:

Email: clerks@coquitlam.ca Regular mail: 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2; In person: City Clerk’s Office, 2nd Floor, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC Fax: City Clerk’s Office at 604-927-3015 To afford Council an opportunity to review your submission, please ensure that you forward it to the City Clerk’s Office prior to noon on the day of the hearing. Written submissions provided in response to this consultation will become part of the public record which includes the submissions being made available for public inspection at Coquitlam City Hall and on our website at coquitlam.ca. If you require more information regarding this process please call the City Clerk’s Office at 604-9273010.

Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw 4469, 2014

How do I find out more information? Additional information, copies of the bylaws, supporting staff reports, and any relevant background documentation may be inspected from Wednesday, March 19, 2014 to Monday, March 31, 2014 in person at the Planning and Development Department, Coquitlam City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays. You may also obtain further information with regard to the bylaws mentioned above on the City’s website at coquitlam.ca/publichearing and by phone at 604-927-3430.

Please note that Council may not receive further submissions from the public or interested persons concerning any of the bylaws described above after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Kerri Lore Deputy City Clerk

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PoCo plans for Earth Hour on March 29

PoCo residents and businesses are urged to turn off non-essential lights and power sources on Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — and think about how they can keep saving energy all year long. This is the city’s seventh year participating in Earth Hour, a global climatechange initiative that draws attention to what individuals and communities can do to prevent climate change. The movement was launched in 2007 by the World Wildlife Federation and the City of Sydney, Australia. In 2013, PoCo residents and businesses reduced their energy consumption by 1.9 per cent. The city’s plans for 2014 include turning off all nonessential lights and power sources in civic facilities during Earth Hour and powering down City Hall’s atrium and portico lighting throughout the weekend. Reducing energy use and greenhouse gases is a yearround focus for PoCo, both for environmental and costsavings reasons, according to a press release. The city adopted its first Corporate Energy Consumption Policy in November 2012, and its workplace Energy Action Team has been “educating and activating” city employees since 2010. Last year, the city saved enough energy to power 40 households for a year — about 444,092 kilowatt hours — at its recreation centres and other facilities through energy efficiency upgrades along with staffled behavioural changes. In 2012, it saved enough energy to power 12 households for a year — about 134,500 kilowatt hours. The efforts also saved enough greenhouse gases to offset 16 passenger vehicles for a year. Some of the energy efficient upgrades at city facilities include: new lighting with control enhancements at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex Blue Arena, lighting upgrades at both fire halls within the truck bays and lighting enhancements at Leigh Square and Hyde Creek Recreation Centre. Residents are invited to sign up at www.earthhourcanada.org to help earn recognition for PoCo, and to spread the word about Earth Hour to family, friends and colleagues. Here are some tips from the city’s Energy Action Team to reduce energy use throughout the year: 1. Consider using LEDs to replace existing light bulbs. 2. Unplug appliances when not in use (e.g. coffee maker, toaster). 3. Lower the thermostat by 4 to 5 C (7 to 9 F) when sleeping and when no one is home. 4. Turn off computer mon-

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Medical history: what to focus on

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hose who don’t remember their medical history may not necessarily be condemned to repeat it; you won’t have your appendix removed a second time, and you’re unlikely to get mumps again. However, if you ever find yourself in an emergency department, knowing your own history can help those who are looking after you. The current standard is for your family physician to have a summary of your medical history at the front of your chart. With computerized offices, there is an electronic version. Unfortunately, many people don’t have a regular family physician. Knowing your history is essential to complete and optimal care. In the past, medical students used to call some patients “poor historians” but they weren’t underpaid academics. Rather, the students had difficulty getting the important details from these patients. Being a good historian requires some familiarity with medical terms. Here is a primer for what you should know:

Allergies Here we list allergic reactions to drugs or medical materials, such as IV contrast, latex or adhesives. Many people mistake for allergies medication side effects, such as stomach upset, diarrhea and yeast infections with antibiotics. True allergic reactions include rashes, hives, itching, wheezing, fainting, shortness of breath or swelling of the lips, mouth or face. Severe allergies to foods and insects should also be listed.

Current medications

Just like us, all drugs have two names. The trade name (which is like a first name) is capitalized and is often a catchy word made up by a drug company (for example, Viagra). The generic name (analogous to a surname but written in lowercase) is the name of the actual molecule (for example, sildenafil). It’s usually harder for most people to remember. You should have a list of all your medications, including the dose (e.g. 30 mg) and frequency (e.g. once daily or

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Family history The problems of your parents and siblings are often great predictors of your health risks. Relevant conditions include coronary artery disease (causing angina and heart attacks), strokes, cancer (especially of the prostate, ovary, breast and colon), diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is also helpful to know the relative’s age of onset for any of these conditions. In general, the more relatives with the same disease and the earlier the age of onset the greater the correlation with a disease’s inheritability. This knowledge is helpful in identifying and treating conditions early. By treating risk factors with lifestyle changes and sometimes with medications, we may prevent heart attacks and strokes or delay the onset of diabetes.

Operations It is helpful to know both the date and the actual medical term for each surgery or other procedure.

Significant illnesses

This includes the dates and reasons for hospitalizations, chronic diseases and other significant medical conditions. Knowing a condition’s date of diagnosis can help determine its potential impact on your overall health. The salient details of your medical history can be summarized on a single sheet of paper. Consider keeping this summary with you when travelling or in case you have to attend a hospital or a clinic. If you already have a thorough knowledge of your medical history, you’re a step ahead in being more in control of your own health care. If you don’t, start writing down the details. You may

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Theatrix plans for spring break camps

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heatrix Youtheatre Society’s upcoming spring break camps cover virtually every aspect of the performing arts. Running from March 24 to 28, the Lunchbox Theatre Spring Break Camp is meant to introduce basic performing arts skills to kids between the ages of six and 12, and is broken down into three separate groupings:

The Act Up! camps begins with improv, and make their way through the realms of short stories, scenes and character development. The end goal is to bolster both confidence and comprehension skills. The Musical Theatre classes aim to integrate acting, dancing and singing, while teaching students the basics of music and choreography. The third class, known as

Backstage Pass, delves into the logistics of theatre production. Film-making, stagecraft, make up and other skills will be taught, and the classes conclude with a presentation at the end of the camp. Camps run daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. at the Poirier Community Centre in Coquitlam. For information or to register, visit theatrixyoutheatre.com.

Art Focus hosts a free demo

The Art Focus Artists’ Association will play host to a free demo and education workshop on Wednesday, March 26. Vancouver-based artist Char Hoyt will head up the presentation, and will lead participants through her method of creating large-scale paintings, drawings, wearSUBMITTED PHOTO

The Fraser Valley Bead Show, in Coquitlam from March 28 through 30, features every kind of bead imaginable.

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Library showcases student work

Western Canada’s largest collection of beads, tools and jewelry will make its way through Coquitlam later this month. The Fraser Valley Bead Show will run from March 28 to 30 at the Executive Plaza Hotel on North Road. Now in its ninth year, the show offers a little something for both the creators and the connoisseurs: you can either shop for, or make, a myriad of different kinds of jewelry. On top of the sales themselves, glass blowing classes, demonstrations and other do-it-yourself tips will also be included over the threeday event. Vendors include Bamboo Beads & Bling, The Painted Cookie and Capilano Rock & Gem. The festival runs from 2 to 8 p.m. on March 28, from 10

The Port Moody Public Library is showcasing the works of Gleneagle Secondary art students this month. The collective student output covers the full gamut: paintings, mixed-media, photography, graphics and sculptures are on display. The trio of teachers who helped the students down their creative path — Melanie Stokes, Mike McElgunn and Arynn Gunn — have decades of teaching experience between them. “Their aim is to give their students the skills needed to express concepts and ideas in a creative and visually effective way,” notes a press release from the library. The works will be on display through March 31. — compiled by John Kurucz


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Close monitoring of kids leads to secrecy

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hen you are looking for quality childcare you are extremely careful. You do your due diligence and make a choice based on a number of criteria determined by you. You trust that you are leaving your child in good hands. Or do you? If you are having your child monitored by a nanny cam and interrupt your day hourly to check in, what is really going on? And that is only the start. There are a growing number of devices on the market to allow parents to monitor their children on a regular basis. I hear that besides home cameras, there are GPS devices that can be strapped

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to a child’s backpack or wrist to monitor his movements. One of my favourite books for parents of teens is based on actual teen discussions about what they need from their parents. The title says it all: Hear Me, Hug Me, Trust Me by Dr. Scott Wooding. My guess is that we are most likely to explore using technology as a parenting tool when our children are babies and again when they are teens.

With the childcare issue, I believe that when you have found quality childcare, you trust the caregivers. You, of course, pay attention to what you see when you are with the caregiver. You drop in at unusual times occasionally and notice your child and his behaviours. But the point is, you need to continue to be an effective parent and your kids need to be in a safe and nurturing environment. So, now let’s take a look at our teens. We do worry about them because they can

get into all kinds of trouble. Wooding says that kids want to be heard, to be cared about and to be trusted. Using technology as a parenting tool runs a serious risk of undermining hearing them and trusting them. If, on the home camera, you see your child stub out a cigarette before he enters the house, are you going to listen or simply attack? Is he going to be able to tell his side of the story or are you so upset because, after all, you know what you saw, that you would launch into an anti-smoking lecture before letting him speak? The trust issue is pretty clear. If we are actively supervising our children day and night, in and out of the house, how can they ever have the sense that we trust

them? The lack of privacy is astronomical and teens need some privacy to become independent and capable young men and women. Think about it. If your every move is being monitored, you never need to step back and consider the consequences of your actions. If you blow it your ever-vigilant parent will jump right in to instruct you. It also will lead to secrecy. Our kids are smart. They will learn how to avoid the cameras or tracking devices when they want to step outside the limits. So there is a GPS finder on their backpack. Easy. Leave the backpack in your locker at school, then head out, and skip classes, getting back just in time to recover the pack.

In a Globe and Mail article by Adam Bisby, he quotes a parent as saying “I don’t think cameras are a great parenting tool, but if it allows you to trust them and feel a little more comfortable, then sure.” My comment would be “I don’t think cameras are a great parenting tool because they tell my child that I certainly don’t trust him and this will make our relationship more uncomfortable.” If you put your energy into ensuring that throughout their childhoods your children are learning how to make good decisions, how to problem-solve and how to take responsibility for their own actions, you will be much further ahead along the road to raising capable young adults.

Library hosts Wii tourney

Kids will have the chance to drive like an angry ape — or a perfect princess — to win prizes when the Coquitlam Public Library hosts a Mario Kart Wii tournament on Thursday, March 27. Players will compete in two age categories: 10 to 13, and 14 and up. Adults and older teens are welcome to compete in the 14 and up category. Players will race against each other in groups of up to four, with each player able to select one starting character, one starting cart and single course during each match. No bikes will be allowed. The top point-getters in each match will advance. Full details are available on the Coquitlam Public Library’s website, www.library.coquitlam.bc.ca. The tournament runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the City Centre branch in Rooms 136 and 137. Registration is required for this free event. To register, email Chris at cmiller@library.coquitlam.bc.ca with your name (first and last), age and phone number.

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Help change someone’s life… SHARE Family & Community Services Society is recruiting new volunteers for its Board of Directors. It’s a chance to contribute ideas and inspiration for a few hours a month, to make life better for the most vulnerable residents of the Tri-Cities. SHARE is looking to diversify its Board of Directors by recruiting more young people and individuals that represent the diversity of the Tri-Cities. Board members help set direction for the organization in areas related to poverty reduction, social well-being and developing an inclusive community. In particular, the skills and commitments needed from potential board members at this time include:

Grief groups offered

Crossroads Hospice Society isofferingfreeCompassionate Grief support groups in April and May in the Tri-Cities and New Westminster. These groups are designed to assist participants in exploring and expressing the many thoughts and feelings associated with grief. “Gathering with others who have also experienced loss is known to be one of the most helpful ways to cope with grief,” Castine Breckwoldt, bereavement services coordinator, said in a press release. “The group provides a safe place for the participants to be genuine

in their expression of grief. They find comfort in sharing their stories and learn that their responses to grief are normal.” The groups are facilitated by staff and specially trained volunteers who have graduated from Crossroads 30-hour Visiting Volunteer program and have completed bereavement facilitator training. “In a group you can journey with others, giving and receiving support for your loss,” Carolyn Thornton, coordinator of volunteers in New Westminster, said. “By learning more about the nature of grief you can

enhance your ability to cope with loss. In this safe and warm environment you can connect with others to receive understanding, acceptance and support.” Groups take place on the following dates and times: • Tri-Cities — Thursdays from April 10 to May 29, 7 to 9 p.m. To register, contact Breckwoldt at 604-949-2274 or castine.breckwoldt@crossroadshospice.bc.ca. • New Westminster — Tuesdays from April 8 to May 27, 6 to 8 p.m. To register, contact Thornton at 604-7776734 or carolyn.thornton@ crossroadshospice.bc.ca.

Puppy raisers needed

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BC & Alberta Guide Dog Services and Autism Support Dogs are looking for volunteer puppy raisers. The puppies are training to become guide dogs for blind/visually-impaired individuals or autism support dogs for children with autism and their families. Volunteer puppy raising families would have a puppy in-training live with them from about seven to eight weeks of age to 14 to 18 months of age. In order to be eligible as a volunteer puppy raiser, candidates must: • Live in Metro Vancouver • Be at home during the day and willing to take the puppy with them wherever they go • Provide a dog-friendly home with secure

If you’re interested in taking up this exciting challenge, please send a recent resume by Friday April 11th, 2014 to Martin Wyant martin.wyant@sharesociety.ca. For more information about SHARE, please visit www.sharesociety.ca.

outdoor space • Be available for obedience classes (twice a month) and visits (once a month) • Have a vehicle • Be available for event appearances • Not have more than one pet dog at home or children under school age • Follow BC Guide Dog Services’ guidelines for training and caring for the dog The charity offers dedicated, ongoing support to volunteers and covers the cost of dog food, vet care and other basic necessities. For more information about becoming a puppy raiser, contact Linda Thornton at linda. thornton@bcguidedog.com or 1-877-9404504, or visit www.bcguidedog.com.

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Boomer is a young and friendly dog who is a happy go lucky kinda dog. He’s quick to make friends and then he’s all kisses and sitting on your feet. Boomer is likely around 1-2 and has lots of energy so needs a home that can keep him busy. He loves to have a good romp in the yard with his friend Leo and the two play very well together. In between wrestling matches Boomer comes over for a cuddle, then back to playing.

TRIX

• Neutered Male • dutch shePherd, adult Trix is a handsome young dog looking for an experienced and active home. Trix is around 2-3 years old and full of energy and an eagerness to please. Trix has some separation anxiety and will need to work with a professional trainer in his home to help him overcome this fear. Trix can easily scale a six foot fence and must be monitored at all times outside until his separation issues are resolved. Trix is agile and quick and would do well in agility or another dog sport. He plays well with other dogs but prefers a canine friend that isn’t too rough, he’d much rather have them chase him around!

QUEENY

• sPayed FeMale • doMestic short hair, adult

Queeny and her “sister” Penelope where returned to the shelter as there owners could no longer care for them. Queeny is a sweet and affectionate girl who has a little chirpy meow. She’s doing well around the other cats and would likely do fine in a multi cat home.

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• Neutered Male • Pit Bull Mix, PuPPy

Leo was in foster care for a bit while he worked on some issues he had being possessive of his toys/food around other dogs. As he’s matured and worked with the foster we’ve seen a huge improvement. Leo gets along very well with other dogs and has learned to take cues from their body language. He can play a bit rough so needs a dog that can match his energy. We would like to find Leo an experienced home that will continue with his training after adoption.

• Neutered Male • yorkie, adult

Bobby is a sweet and friendly little guy who’s got a lot of personality. Bobby gets very playful and chases big squeaky toys and flips them around, he acts like a big dog! Bobby would like a home that will take him out for walks and then let him snuggle up on the couch. He’s gotten along well with other dogs, and would be okay in a home with a similar sized companion.

PENELOPE

• sPayed FeMale • doMestic short hair, adult

Penelope and her “sister” Queeny had to come back to the shelter but are ready now for new homes. Penelope can be a bit shy at first, but once she’s made friends she’s a purring and cuddling machine! Penelope even likes having her belly rubbed which is rare for cats. She’s doing well around the other cats and would be fine in a multi cat home.

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t’s the time of year when gardeners begin quickly clearing winter’s debris before lawn mowing starts — and suddenly composters seem far too small. But people with compost boxes can use those blown twigs and snipped-up shrub prunings as an aerating layer between the weeds and kitchen waste or as a good base in new compost areas. Winter mulches should be removed to make room for planting. Also, the slug eggs underneath need to be exposed to birds. The leafy and grass-clipping mulches (plus baby slugs) are best put on the compost. This is the one place where slugs belong — these critters are very good at breaking down green material. Outside, it’s time to plant peas, broad beans, arugula, corn salad and radishes. Inside, you can start broccoli, cabbage, kale, celery, lettuce and sweet onions. A heat mat is useful for speeding up germination but the top of a refrigerator is also a useful warm spot. Peppers need to be started early inside because they’re not fast growers. Tomatoes, zucchini and squash are. That’s why their timing is a gamble — because they

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germinate quickly and grow fast. It’s not hard to get into a situation where they’ve gotten so huge you have to do something, but it’s too cold to put them outside. Heavy feeders like squash, zucchini, tomatoes and corn benefit from beds topped up with nutrients that could be organic fertilizer or compost or manure. Compost is also a good mulch for flower beds. Some gardeners fertilize flower beds every year or two and top with bark mulch to deter weeds. Hardy annuals that can be sown outside now include calendulas, annual poppies, Nigella, larkspur and alyssum. As soon as we can be sure frost won’t return, nasturtiums, cosmos and phacelia can follow them. Trees and shrubs can still be planted but with spring plantings, it’s important to be sure you can water them regularly through hot summers. These new plantings

need extra water for at least the first year. Red-stemmed and yellow-stemmed dogwood need hard pruning if you want to focus on bright winter stems. Some people cut them back every two years for bright stems one year followed by white flower clusters and blue-coloured berries for the red twig forms and white berries for the yellow twig kinds. Witch hazel doesn’t respond well to pruning. Cut branches tend to shoot out in weird directions. Worse, the root stock can be stimulated enough that suckers shoot up. Small suckers can be permanently removed by being pulled away. But large suckers must be cut and this often brings permanent reshooting. Most potted spring-blooming bulbs can now be planted out in the garden. Hyacinths are especially useful since they are reliable bloomers and can handle shade. By now snowdrops will have finished flowering and if they’re due to be transplanted (or potted up for plant sales) this is the ideal time. Send garden questions to amarrison@shaw. ca.Add the name of your city or region.


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THERE’S AN APP FOR US by Adrienne Matei

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ecently, I saw Tom Cruise’s classic, Risky Business. I loved the film! If I could hug the screen and embrace its well-informed perceptiveness, I would. This 1980s flick captured the aura of a male teenager’s life and angst with astonishingly truthful satire and comedy. In contrast, movies targeting 15-to-17-year-old girls, like Twilight, The Hunger Games and The Host, are simply objectively abysmal movies. Unfortunately, I must include Divergent in this list. It is not that I fail to understand the psyches and emotions of female protagonists. I adored Shailene Woodley, a rising star with loads of talent, for her delicate work in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, which brought her critical acclaim as she magnificently captured the angst, humour and difficulty of being an offbeat teenage girl. My favourite of all her tour de force performances is her work in James Ponsoldt’s coming-of-age high school drama The Spectacular Now — a great film that portrayed teenagers with honesty and truth. This film didn’t feel the need to wrap its characters in a contrived, unbelievable, futuristic dystopia to establish depth and emotion because we understood the

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Joshua Cabrita teens and we felt for them, unlike Divergent. Sometime in the future, humanity nearly kills itself off in a catastrophic war (details unknown) that leaves Chicago a battered ruin. The city leaders divide Chicago into five factions and place people into these sects based on their skills and attributes. This system is imposed with the hope of halting any future conflicts. Every year the youth gather to take a personality test and discover the faction that bests suits them. However, afterwards, in a public ceremony, the young adults are given a choice as to which faction they will join for the rest of their days. If one decides to transfer factions then one will be segregated from family and friends. “Faction before blood,” the audience is told numerous times. Beatrice lives with her family in Abnegation — the faction that runs government and offers charity to the factionless — but she is tired of the simplicity of the lifestyle. Instead, she wants to transcend the faction system and be peaceful, kind, honest, brave and knowledgeable, but the system won’t allow it. She is a “divergent” because she has more than one skill. Led by Jeanine, the Candor faction captures and kills “divergents.” They believe that “divergents” threaten the viability of their utopia. Meanwhile, Candor is also attempting to overturn

Abnegation from operating the government. When reason is applied to this plot (rich in conflicts) the outcome is ludicrous. How can a society that encourages inefficiency and oppression thrive economically? Why would the people accept the separation from family and friends? Didn’t the founders know that by segregating different groups they would obviously create even more rivalry and conflict? This world seems to serve the plot, contriving different predicaments for Beatrice, but cannot stand on its own. If the audience doesn’t buy into the plot and setting, how can they relate or empathize with the characters? The sci-fi world the characters inhabit is too absurd and unlikely; I couldn’t suspend disbelief to enter and sympathize with the protagonist. There are far too many holes, absurdities and coincidences. The movie’s central theme is that there is more to people than simply one attribute, but ironically Divergent is as artificial as the futuristic society it depicts. Its goal is to present the abuse of the system by showing the depth of human feelings. We are too nuanced as beings to be pinned down to one attribute, but in its refutation of this misguided principle, Divergent fails to capture that very thing. Divergent looks like an Olympic water tank because of its peculiar concept, but once you immerse yourself you will hit your head on the bottom.


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Well, lookie here. One minute you have a perfectly good Blue Box recycling program. The next, something new and rather questionable is being put in its place. And they thought they’d get away with it right under your nose, without telling you or asking your opinion. That’s definitely not democracy in action. The BC Government, elected by us to represent our best interests, has decided to offload the costs of recycling to big multi-national corporations. To implement this new plan, they’ve set up an association that doesn’t seem to hold the environment, local jobs, or the municipalities that run the Blue Box program, close to its heart.

Perhaps that’s why some of our elected officials are using the word “scam” to describe how the new program is being set up. It’s also perhaps why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to jump on board. That’s gotta tell you something. Now it’s your turn to let Premier Christy Clark know what you think. Contact her today to say that dismantling an already-working recycling program to replace it with something that few people think will be as good, is a bad idea.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Tri-City Singles Social Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal

Canadian Legion, 2513 Clarke St., Port Moody. This 50-plus singles group gets together to enjoy a variety of activities including dining, dancing, theatre, travel, movies and more. Members are from the Tri-Cities area and beyond. New members are welcome. Info: Darline at 604-466-0017. Dogwood Pavilion plays host to Boris Hocaluk and his swing band, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 624 Poirier St. in Coquitlam. Hocaluk’s band will perform covers by the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Harry James. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m. and entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Open to those 50 and older, tickets for the evening cost $22 for Pavilion Pass holders, $27 for non-Pavilion Pass holders. Info: 604-927-6089 or visit coquitlam.ca/dogwood.

MONDAY, MARCH 24 Terry Fox Library hosts the improvisational comedy group the

Trollsons from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Comedy, improv and audience participation will be focal points of this Scandinavian adventure. Geared towards kids aged five to 12. Register by calling 604-927-7999.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Tri-City Centennial Stamp Club hosts a small stamp auction

at 7 p.m. in the McGee Room at the Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier St. in Coquitlam. Viewing starts at 7, while the auction kicks off at 8. Everyone welcome. Info: www.stampclub.ca or 604-941-9306. Home Instead Senior Care Network hosts a free presentation around senior’s fraud at 10 a.m. at Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St. in Coquitlam. Guest speaker Aida Alves will provide tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from fraud. Pre-registration is required. Call 604-927-4386 or register online at coquitlam.ca/dogwood. Alzheimer Society of B.C. hosts a family caregiver education series from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Crt. in Coquitlam. The sessions are geared towards family members and friends who are caring for a person with dementia. Learn about dementia, practical coping strategies, and early planning. Pre-registration is required. Info: Lori or Kim at 604-298-0780. SHARE Society hosts a 13-week education series around alcohol and drug use for those who have an alcohol or drug problem,

and for those concerned about their use or the use of others. This week’s discussion is on “Anger — understanding your anger and learning how to manage it more effectively.” The session includes a video, brief presentation and open discussion, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 2615 Clarke St. in Port Moody. Registration is not required. Info: 604-936-3900.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural Society holds presentation

about all things worms at 7 p.m. at 2100–2253 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. Local gardener Dan Owens will offer composting tips and how to best use worms around the yard. Info: info@pocoheritage.org. Coquitlam’s City Centre Library holds a Mario Kart Wii tournament from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in rooms 136 and 137 at 1169 Pinetree Way. Players will compete in two age categories: 10 to 13, and 14 and up. Register by e-mailing Chris at cmiller@library.coquitlam. bc.ca with your name (first and last), age and phone number. Terry Fox Library hosts Port Coquitlam author Janet Love Morrison for a discussion about her new book, Radar the Rescue Dog, from 2 to 3 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. The story focuses on the true story of a rescue dog who saves skiers in the Whistler backcountry. All ages welcome. Info: 604-927-7999.

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 RCCG Trinity Chapel hosts a Let’s Go Play event for kids from

3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the City Centre Aquatic Complex, 1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. The cost is $2, snacks provided. Info: Tamara at 604-474-3131 or e-mail rccgtrinitychapeloffice@gmail.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 31 Terry Fox Library hosts a visual tour of Slovenia and Croatia

courtesy of photographer Vladimir Jan, from 7 to 8 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Take in the lush, green scenery of Slovenia, and the rolling coastlines of Croatia. The program is free, and registration is appreciated. Info: 604-927-7999.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1 Coquitlam Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group

holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam. Guest speaker John Christopherson from the BC Cancer Agency who will talk about how to deal with prostate cancer. All those involved with prostate problems are urged to come and share their concerns and experi-

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ences in a strictly confidential atmosphere. There is no charge, although donations are accepted. Info: Norm at 604 936-8703 or Ken at 604 936-2998. Wild West Cancan Dancers hold an open house for new members at 7:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. The group is looking for energetic and sassy ladies who can cancan dance for charity on a volunteer basis. Info: 604-469-484 or log on to www.wildwestcancan.ca.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 Hyde Creek Watershed Society holds its monthly general

meeting at 7:15 p.m. at Hyde Creek Education Centre and Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian Rd. in PoCo. Members of the public are invited. Info: hcws.info@gmail.com or visit www.hydecreek.org. SHARE Society hosts a 13-week education series around alcohol and drug use for those who have an alcohol or drug problem, and for those concerned about their use or the use of others. This week’s discussion is on “Stress — learning to cope with little and big problems without using.” The session includes a video, brief presentation and open discussion, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 2615 Clarke St. in Port Moody. Registration is not required. Info: 604-936-3900.

ONGOING Tri City Potters meet at 7 p.m. at Port Moody Secondary,

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EXPRESS ONE WIN AWAY They’ve got the hammer, now they need to drop it. The Coquitlam Express need just one win to advance to the B.C. Hockey League’s third round of the playoffs, after besting the Langley Rivermen 5-3 on Tuesday in Coquitlam. Defenceman Marc Biega scored twice and netminder Gordy Defiel kicked out 31 shots in the victory, which gave the Express a 3-1 series lead. The two teams met last night (Thursday) past the Tri-Cities NOW deadline. If a sixth game is necessary, it will be played tonight (Friday), 7 p.m. at the Poirier Sports Centre. For updated results and stories, go to www. thenownews.com.

LISA KING/NOW

Port Moody’s Alexandra Nielsen will lead a strong local contingent to next week’s U12 Indoor Tennis national championships in Calgary. The 11-year-old, who trains at the Coquitlambased Global Tennis Academy, won the u12 B.C. title last month.

TRI-CITIES TOPS NOVICE

The top three finishers at this week’s B.C. Artistic Gymnastics championships in high performance novice division were tied to the Tri-Cities. First-place finisher Haley de Jong, a 13year-old from Port Coquitlam, won her title with gold on bars, beam and floor, and a bronze on vault. She trains with North Van’s Flicka Club. In second place was Omega Gymnastics’ Ilka Juk, who scored gold on vault and silver on floor, while Lauren Wang, with Club Aviva, secured silver on bars and bronze on floor as part of her third all-around performance. Placing fifth overall was Omega’s Cathy Zhong, who picked up silver on beam.

CAMPBELL CASHES IN

It’s been quite a freshman season for Port Coquitlam’s Evan Campbell. The forward with the UMass Lowell River Hawks scored the game-winning goal in the opening game of a best-of-three series against Vermont on the weekend. Campbell beat Vermont netminder Brody Hoffman on a rebound in the third period. While Vermont won Game 2 by a 3-2 overtime decision, No. 8-ranked UMass Lowell advanced to Hockey East semifinals with Sunday’s 2-1 decision. Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round (128th overall) in last year’s NHL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old left winger is hoping to help his team advance to the Frozen Four.

Port Moody teen on a mission Dan OLSON

W

sports@thenownews.com ith a racquet in her hand, Alexandra Nielsen looks the part of a Power Ranger. The Port Moody teen is in many ways the typical 11year-old, with school, friends and having fun front and centre. But it’s her tennis skills and how she applies them that is turning many heads. Through her recent successes and being selected for Western Canada’s national training program under the tutelage of Oded Jacob, Nielsen is building a tennis resume on the national stage. She extended her tennis wins three weeks ago by capturing the B.C. under-12 girls indoor tennis title. A week later she took on three rivals at the u14 provincials, finishing with a 1-2 record and a great learning experience. “I played against older girls and it was

tough,” Nielsen recalls. “All were very tough and all were very good. They just had a lot more power and I didn’t have as much.” Listing her on-court strengths as serve and forehand, the Moody Middle student says she continues to work on all aspects of her game. “I’ve really worked hard on [serve and forehand]. I’m still working hard on them, and working to improve my volley.” Her passion for the sport has evolved over time and benefited from the support of her parents and coaches. As a member of the Coquitlam-based Global Tennis Academy-People’s Courts Tennis Club, Nielsen has risen among the national rankings and honed her game while training alongside fellow national-level competitors Hana Cho, Danielle Tuhten and Chloe Yoo, who placed 2 through 4 behind Nielsen at the provincials. “All the coaches [at Global] are really good and give me all the help I can at becoming better. Winning the final [against Cho] was tough because she’s so good.”

All four now go to represent B.C. at next week’s junior indoor national championships in Calgary — a provincial first to have all players from one club. Cho and Tuhten are both Coquitlam natives, while Yoo is from Surrey. Dimitri Penchev, head coach at the Coquitlam-based Global Tennis Academy, said in such a strong group of young girls, Nielsen is emerging as one of the brightest talents in the nation. “I took her on three years ago,” recalls Penchev. “You could see she was a really athletic person and very dedicated, which is unusual in someone her age. She listened like an adult, which is important when you’re demanding such training and focus.” Shayan Mirhosseini, an instructor and Nielsen’s hitting partner at the club, said the steps the teen has made over the past few months have been steady and strong. “She has progressed a lot in a short time. She wants to take it to another level,” observes CONTINUED ON PAGE 32


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Fox spotted early poll kudo Silver lining Dan OLSON sports@thenownews.com They didn’t make it to the Big Show, and had to watch it — if they could stomach it, from a distance. While the Terry Fox Ravens failed to qualify for last week’s senior boys provincial basketball championship tournament, the program is a major contender for next year, at least according to a AAAA poll of high school coaches in the Province. The newspaper poll projected Fox second for 2014-15, right behind the recently-crowned Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs. All fine and dandy, notes one Fox coach; but being ranked in a pre-preseason poll is no more than some sketchy crystal ballgazing, says Brad Petersen. “It’s nice to see but quite frankly it holds little weight with reality and what may happen,” said Petersen, who along with Steve Hanson has piloted the senior program the past four years. “We’ve got lots of work to do in the offseason, lots of work in the preseason before we even get to one game.” Despite finishing first in North league play with a 6-1 record, Fox was ousted 75-68 by district rival Heritage Woods in a must-win Valley playoff battle. They spent much of the season bobbing up and down the provincial top-10 rankings. However, rival coaches likely based their prediction not just on the number of eligible returnees — 10 Grade 11s — but on the quality of those expected back in black, red and white. “We agree that it’s going to be an exciting year because of the potential players returning,” said Petersen. “We’ve got a lot of dedicated kids, a good batch of Grade 11s and a good group

of Grade 10s [from the junior roster] coming up.” Led by six-foot-four power forward Mike West and guards Liam Hancock, Jomari Reyes and Andy Seo, the Port Coquitlam squad has a healthy athletic core that will be driven to avoid a repeat of this year’s setback, said Petersen. “Things just kind of broke down in the stretch,” he said of the playoffs, which also saw them fall to eventual Valley champ Tamanawis 77-49. “We turned the ball over too much and offensively we just didn’t hit those shots when it counted.” The high poll rating is based on all the potential the roster holds, said Howard Tsumura. “The big numbers they return at the guard spots along with the force that Mike West is becoming are huge for this team,” said Tsumura, the Province’s longtime high school sports reporter and compiler of the poll. “Add their previous senior varsity experience at the tourney as Grade 10s and the sting of missing out this season, and you have a team on a mission.” As nice a nod as it is, Petersen and Hanson would gladly trade all the high rankings and accolades for an earned ticket to the big tournament and a chance to repeat that amazing feeling in 2012, when they emerged as provincial champions. “When you miss out on the [provincials] it’s just so very disappointing,” noted Petersen. “I didn’t even know if I wanted to watch basketball that week, but I’m kind of glad I did. There were a lot of great games, seeing so many kids excel on the big stage. We just wish we had been there too.” Listed as an honourable mention in the poll was Heritage Woods, while Dr. Charles Best is slotted eighth in the AAA poll.

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Despite a 7-2 loss in the final, the Port CoquitlamRidge Meadows ringette team returned from Prince George with a nifty keepsake to remember the under14A provincial championships with — a silver medal. The well-earned prize came after a tremendous run through the season, which included a Valley league title behind a 13-2-0 record. At the B.C.s, the squad opened with a 6-5 win over the eventual gold medal winners from Kelowna. They dropped a 5-4 decision to Fraser Valley, before bouncing back to knock off Okanagan-Vernon 6-4 in a fast-paced contest. They wrapped up the round-robin portion by edging North-West Van 4-3. As the team with the best round-robin record, PoCoRidge Meadows had an automatic berth into the final. Contributing to the incredible run were Tri-Cities players Deb Berman, Olivia Bollenbach, Amy Duplantis, Teagan Ewart, Julia Fung, Lauryn Goddard, Sierra Olson, Ashley Robb and Fiona Turmel.

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LISA KING/NOW

A big piece to next year’s hopes, Terry Fox Ravens forward Mike West will lead a large returnee core, eyeing a spot at the B.C. AAAA provincial championships.

Pirates net C treasure

There is a new banner to hang in the PoCo Rec Centre. The Port Coquitlam bantam C Pirates jumped out early and skated hard en route to a 7-5 victory over Port Moody for the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Fraser North title. Bailey Parr-Forest kicked off the game for the Pirates by scoring just two minutes into the contest. Pirates captain Chris Vinnick scored four times, with other goals coming from Justin Fung and Trevor Shaw.

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Mirhosseini. “Her forehand is very strong and very tough.” In December Nielsen strolled past two challengers by 2-0 wins to advance to the Capitol City Tennis final. In the Tumwater, Wash. tournament, she took the first game 6-2 before getting edged 4-6 and 5-10. As a four-year-old she first held a racquet and was compelled to continue. “My mom and dad wanted to play something but they wanted something the family could be involved in,” she recalls. “Tennis was what we tried, because it’s a game you can play very young or when you’re much older.” Her skills were evident even four years ago, when the then-eight-year-old girl finished second at the Coquitlam Tennis Club’s Rookie tournament. It’s a credit to the whole family, which also includes older sister Jayden, that Nielsen has achieved what she has. “Technically for her age she is what we call a complete player. She is very fit and a great fighter,” Penchev adds. “She can turn matches around that are not usually possible.” For now, Nielsen is focusing on the upcoming nationals. But there’s a dream that she’s following, she says, where tennis remains a central part of what she does. “When I grow up I want to be a professional tennis player,” she says. “I just want to keep playing and getting better every day.”

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