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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com As the investigation into the crash that killed two pedestrians on a Coquitlam street Wednesday continues, police are hoping for more witnesses to come forward. Local Mounties confirmed investigators have found the vehicle believed to be involved in the alleged hit-and-run, as well as the person driving. RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said the alleged driver was interviewed by police but later released.

He noted investigators have seized a truck and are in the process of getting a warrant to search the vehicle. “It is way too early to speculate on charges,” Chung said, adding police don’t believe speed or drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash. The incident happened just before 3:30 p.m. when, according to Coquitlam RCMP, a grey truck was turning onto Austin Avenue from Gatensbury Street when it hit two pedestrians. After the collision, police said, the truck driver fled the area. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Online forum sparks crime debate NOW HOSTS TWITTER FORUM ON CRIME AND SAFETY, WITH MORE FORUMS TO COME Access Youth “prevention, early intervention and RELATIONSHIP building continued to be a best practice when coming to youth crime prevention”

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com It may not have solved all of the crime and safety issues facing the region, but it was a lively debate about the topic during the Tri-Cities NOW’s first Twitter town hall. More than a dozen police officers,politicians andothers took part in the 90-minute town hall Wednesday using the hashtag #TCNOWforum. The discussion featured spirited debate and analysis of the topic in tweet form. The Tri-Cities NOW has chosen some highlights from among the forum’s roughly 140 tweets:

Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay “#TCNowForum - perception of crime, even if not reality, breeds fear - education for the ‘masses’ on what to watch for in community.” Coquitlam Coun. Terry O’Neill “@TheTriCitiesNow Police are doing a great job. In Coq, chronic-prolific team is working. The problem is the revolving door. #tcnowforum”

SFU professor Martin Andresen “Evergreen Line won’t necessarily lead to an increase in crime. Preliminary research on Canada Line has shown minimal effect #TCNOWforum”

Port Moody Police “Property crimes are an ongoing problem (particularly thefts from cars), robberies are rare...#TCNOWforum” Coquitlam Mayor Richard

Stewart “‘Catch-and-release’” program for prolific offenders doesn’t work, and is a disservice to offenders w/ mental illness/addictions. #TCNOWforum” Coquitlam RCMP “Robbery & gangs are big fears but property crime is the biggest risk for most.” NDP MP Fin Donnelly “Canada’s prisons are packed to record-high levels. Poverty, addiction & mental illness common among majority of inmates #tcnowforum” This is a sampling of the discussion, but there will be more forums to come on a number of topics important to you, the readers. Check thenownews.com; in a few weeks we’ll be selecting a new topic for another forum.

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The Tri-Cities NOW hosted its first online forum, via the social networking site Twitter, on Wednesday. The debate ranged from property crime to chronic offenders.

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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com Students at Gleneagle Secondary got an unexpected day off after a bomb threat was called into the school. Coquitlam RCMP responded to the call after 10 a.m. Thursday. The school was safely evacuated. Bomb sniffing dogs were called out, but by 1 p.m. nothing had been found. Coquitlam Mounties sent out this tweet at 11:30 a.m.: “Update on @

GleneagleSD43 police incident. Nothing has been uncovered yet. Officers still on scene investigating.” Stephanie Lui, a student at Gleneagle, said an announcement came on at 10:15 a.m. that the school was in lockdown. She said classes followed the protocols of locking doors and covering windows. About 15 minutes later, they were told to evacuate to Scott Creek Middle. “We thought it was a drill,” Lui told the Tri-Cities NOW, adding all the students were

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ous, especially from speeding cars. “How many more people have to get killed?” he asked, adding he’d like to see more police The two pedestrians, who were described presence in the area. Andrew Buchanan also lives near the interas seniors, died on scene. Chung said police spoke to a small number section and lodged a complaint with the city of witnesses at the scene, but want to speak to and RCMP six months ago with his concerns more to find out what happened before, dur- over the safety of Austin. He was told police don’t have the resources ing and after the collision. Police have not officially released the names to set up regular traffic enforcement. “I see cars here [going] too fast,” Buchanan of the victims, but Global News has identified them as Juan Jose Rosales, 76 and Marta said. Coquitlam Mayor Richard Rosales, 66. Stewart said the city has a chalTwo boys, Scott and Logan, lenge with the speed of traffic were hanging out near the along both Austin and Como intersection after school when they heard a “boom and There was a guy Lake Avenue. He suggested dangerous scream.” on a motorbike driving is not only a growing Scott said he saw two people issue for Coquitlam, but also lying on the ground as others and he chased the Lower Mainland. rushed over to provide aid. after the car. The mayor said he would He said it appeared one of –Witness to fatal be talking to city engineers to the victims was still breathsee if anything can be changed ing for a short time after the hit-and-run at the intersection to make it crash. safer. Meanwhile, Logan said a silThis is the second deadly hitver truck that hit the victims and-run in the Tri-Cities in a stopped at first, but then took off after being approached by someone on a little more than three months. Riverside Secondary student Annie Leung motorcycle. He suggested the driver knew he had hit was killed on Sept. 10 when she was hit by a dark-coloured truck while in the crosswalk at someone because he stopped. “There was a guy on a motorbike and he Pitt River and Mary Hill roads. The driver has still not been caught. chased after the car,” Scott told the Tri-Cities Chung said police would like to see people NOW. Both of the boys said the motorcycle chased take responsibility for their actions, adding in general, charges are unlikely even in a the truck eastbound down Austin. Several police cars were seen in front of fatal crash if the driver wasn’t doing anything a home near Hickey Street and Austin, and illegal like being impaired or speeding. “You also provide the family a little bit of RCMP confirmed the vehicle was located at a closure knowing you’re taking responsibility Coquitlam residence. The scene of two bodies lying under blan- for what happened,” he said. In the meantime, Coquitlam Mounties are kets near the intersection in broad daylight asking any witnesses to contact the detachwas shocking for residents in the area. Dave Turnbull, who was out walking his ment at 604-945-1550 and quote file number dog, suggested the stretch of road is danger- 2013-34951.

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Ken Franz’s mind is clouded by what-ifs and doubts. What if he had reached out to the woman living in the suite below all these months? Would he still be alive if he decided to go to sleep early Saturday morning instead of waking himself up with a shower? What if he had broken down the door of the apartment below, already engulfed by flames? Could the woman be saved, or would he have perished in the flames with her. They are now the questions that keep Franz awake

at night, following a deadly apartment fire on Howie Avenue last week. He hopes by telling his story, maybe some lessons can be learned so a similar tragedy can be avoided. It was sometime between two and three o’clock Saturday morning when the 39-year-old dozed off on the couch while watching some movies in his third-floor suite. When Franz woke up, he was faced with a choice: go back to bed or take a shower. He decided on the latter and it might have saved his life. After his shower, he walked to his bedroom and felt warmth beneath his feet.

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Ken Franz tried to save the woman who died in an apartment fire last week. He also alerted neighbours to the blaze, giving them more time to escape. Franz shrugged it off at first. He got into bed and that’s when he noticed a flickering light from the window. “I jumped up, opened the curtains and there was a wall of flames that engulfed my entire window,” Franz told the Tri-Cities NOW. “Then I heard the crackling.” He got dressed and quickly ran out of his apartment to alert others. Franz banged on all the doors he could. By that time, the fire alarm had sounded and people in a state of disbelief started filing out of their units. Franz then did what most would be too afraid to do. He went to the second floor unit where the fire started. Franz didn’t know the 37year-old woman who lived below at all. He knew she had a young child, maybe six or seven

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years old, and would see her smoking on her balcony at times. He started banging on the door, but there was no response. “I was going to try and break into it but I couldn’t,” Franz said. “There was already smoke billowing out. I couldn’t do anything. I tried. You want to save somebody, but you can’t so you feel some type of helplessness.” He finally ran out of the building. From the ground outside, he could see the flames taking over the two units. The bedroom was destroyed. Family pictures and mementos gone. The rebuilding process only minutes old. And like many of the residents, Franz had no insurance. He’s quick to point out for those who might judge, insurance is not always something

people can afford. On Tuesday, about twothirds of the residents were allowed to return home, but people living in 24 units remain displaced, including Franz. He’s been staying in a hotel and is fortunate enough to have friends and family to crash with for a while. While Franz, who works for a computer company, has lost much, he considers himself lucky. He got out alive, and no one else was killed or hurt. However, Franz still has so many questions and believes the other residents do too. Coquitlam RCMP would later confirm a woman living on the second-floor suite died in the fire. Her name has not been released. But residents living in the building have suggested the woman was struggling with mental health issues and police had made several trips to the unit in the week leading up to the fire. All Mounties have confirmed so far is they had dealt with the woman prior to the fire, but provided no details. Police suggested there is no sign of foul play and investigators will be working with the BC Coroners Service on the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death. That leaves Franz with questions for police and even himself. If the speculation is true, he wonders if the woman got any help for her issues and whether police followed proper procedure. He also questions himself. “Maybe if we knew more CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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“It’s a developer’s dream,” he said of the OCP, adding it’s the wrong plan for the city. Other residents also expressed their opposition to the proposed plan for what is being called the Oceanfront District, specifically the Mill and Timber site. The plan is calling for a mix of residential, commercial and public space along the water’s edge, with building heights of up to 28 storeys. Rod MacVicar, a member of the Mossom Creek Hatchery, suggested the city should purchase the site for the community. “If you don’t include the ocean, you’re missing the boat,” he said. There were some that expressed their support for the plan, or at least parts of the plan. Several residents said they support the plan for multi-family housing in the Coronation Park area, while others spoke in favour of the plan for the area called Westport. The vision for Westport, which is in west Port Moody, is for a mix of residential and commercial units clustered near Barnet Highway, with building heights ranging from three to 26 storeys. Jillian Hull said she supports the plan for Westport and argued the notion of a small town isn’t the building size but how people treat each other. “I like to see density,” she said, adding she remembers petitions opposed to Newport Village at the time. Following the meeting, Mayor Mike Clay character-

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ized the town hall meeting as a “good mix of opinion,” adding that makes council’s job that much harder. “I think we got a good feel for the more contentious issue on the OCP,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW. While the feedback he heard didn’t change his mind on where he stands with the OCP, he did suggest there could be a change in at least the wording when it comes to the Mill and Timber site. He suggested the city might

have made a mistake in the way the OCP has designated the land for the site, noting it is considered a special study area. That means the site is under review and would have to go through a more extensive process before being developed. As for the OCP, council will decide the next step, including the possibility of more public consultation, but anything new won’t likely happen until January.

For the better part of a year, city council has been working on the OCP in anticipation of the Evergreen Line’s arrival. The 261-page document, which guides land use, servicing and the form and character of any new development, identifies seven distinct Evergreen sub areas, mostly within the city centre area. All of the changes being proposed in the new OCP are within areas where the new SkyTrain line will run once it’s complete in 2016.

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he provincial government is driving forward its promise of holding a referendum on TransLink. Or perhaps, “driving forward” isn’t the correct euphemism in this case. There’s a lot to be said for Transportation Minister Todd Stone’s reiteration of Premier Christy Clark’s election campaign promise to put TransLink under direct public scrutiny through a referendum. The very idea of politicians actually keeping a promise is always refreshing. But the advantages of “direct democracy” through government-by-referendum are sometimes vastly overstated. Elections allow us to “hire” politicians to work for us, to take the time necessary for in-depth research and consideration needed to make important decisions about how government and its agencies serve us. Some of those decisions require understanding of complex levels of information beyond the abilities of most folks, who have jobs of their own, to do the research fully. Admittedly, they are also the types of decisions that tend to draw the most public reaction, usually from people whose limited understanding leaves them vulnerable to the loudest — and not always the wisest — voices. That’s the problem with TransLink funding: is the average public person able to get past vocal claims of bloated and overpaid administration and ineffective, skewed service levels (and a limited understanding that stuff always costs money) to choose appropriate taxation modes and levels? And then there’s the matter of getting people to vote at all. This one smacks of the politicos ducking an unpopular necessity. Sometimes, the politicians should just do the job they were hired to do, instead of proposing referenda to hand off difficult decisions. Then they can take the heat for bad calls, not just the credit for the good ones. Business people who “lost” the HST referendum surely know what we mean.

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more than glorified popular opinion surveys. From 2000 to 2011 there were 274 ballot measures that met the test. Eighty-two of those referendums passed, less than one in three. Seventy pretty. per cent failed. Far from being the favourite kid on Another study — Transit referendums the block, the fate of TransLink’s future and Funding Options: Bonds Versus Taxes funding will be decided in the midst of — examined 111 transit referendums the introduction of the Compass card and Lower Mainland residents know full held in the United States between 1999 and 2007. The results were only modwell how that initiative has been going estly more encouraging. as of late. It doesn’t bode Fifty-five per cent of well for the vote. the ballot measures in Despite this, Premier that study passed voter Christy Clark promised It doesn’t bode muster. that a referendum would Not surprisingly, be held on TransLink’s well for the though, that total was funding needs in last vote. skewed by referendums May’s provincial election where voters approved and that’s what Lower –Dermod Travis bond initiatives knowing Mainland residents are full well they were passgoing to get, even though ing the buck on to future generations the B.C. government risks opening the over initiatives that sought tax increases proverbial Pandora’s box with Clark’s in the here and now. pledge. Even still, does the B.C. government To get a sense of just how much of a really want to place a bet on TransLink’s gamble the B.C. government is taking future funding with odds that are little on this one: look no further than to our better than those of flipping a coin? neighbours to the south who are among Keep in mind that a lot rests on the the world’s most experienced with tax question. initiatives at the ballot box. Successful transit referendums in Since 2000, the Washington, DCthe U.S. had a few things in common: based Center for Transportation finite time frames, specific project and Excellence has tracked all U.S. Local expenditure plans, more local control Option Transportation Tax (LOTT) of transportation investment decisions, ballot measures that include a transit inclusion of citizen oversight commitcomponent. tees, and whether it was a bond or tax In an academic paper — Taxing for initiative. Transit: An Exploratory Analysis of Local This past week, Transportation Option Transportation Taxes — those Minister Todd Stone on the Voice of B.C. ballot measures were analyzed. The set out six conditions for a winning refpaper focused strictly on broad-based erendum. It’s fair to say the province is dedicated transportation taxes and close to meeting one of them: timing. excluded other ballot initiatives such as Less than a year out, no one knows anti-tolling and bond measures, vehicle what the referendum question will be, user fees, and measures that were little ransLink — everyone’s favourite whipping boy in the Lower Mainland — is about to be put to the electoral test and it promises not to be

who will approve it and how the results will be interpreted. Will the final question take a thumbs up or down approach or will it ask voters to choose the least nasty remedy out of a medicine cabinet full of distasteful options? What about the risk of voters in 20 plus municipalities being played off against each other? Will Surrey vote yes if they perceive that rapid transit needs in their community will take a back seat to a West Broadway SkyTrain extension in Vancouver? What legitimacy will the vote have if a majority of communities vote no, but a majority of voters vote yes? Voter turnouts in B.C. local elections are also notoriously low. And if turnout in the 2014 local elections is anything comparable to the results last time out, it’s possible that one out of three voters could set tax policy for three out of three ratepayers. And it’s not just low turnout, but who turns out that should raise some flags in Victoria. Transit users may be less likely to vote in a municipal election than those who rely on a car as their primary mode of transportation. At the end of the day, holding TransLink’s management to account and spiting the agency at the ballot box are two distinct exercises. One of them may not be so wise. There’s a real difference between using referendums to set tax policy and using them to overturn an unpopular tax. B.C. has experience with one and it seems — despite significant opposition in the Lower Mainland — it’s about to have experience with another. No pressure though: a region’s economic wellbeing is only resting on the result. Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC.


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Being overweight can cause now contain sugar to make joint pain, strain the cardio- them even more irresistible vascular system and result to dogs, fuelling greater sales. in fatigue. But humans are Some of the mainstream dog not the only animals to suffer treats available at pet stores from obesity. Many compan- and supermarkets list sugar ion animals are overweight as the second or third ingredias well. Helping pets to shed ent, which means there are extra weight can alleviate a high concentrations of sugar, number of health concerns and this can lead to weight and help pets feel more com- gain. By reading the labels, pet owners can weigh the fortable. Extra pounds can sneak up potential health benefits of on cats and dogs. According the foods they choose to feed to the National Pet Obesity their pets. • Measure food carefully. Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association for The serving portions sugPet Obesity Prevention, in gested on food products are 2012 52.5 per cent of dogs just suggestions. Pet owners can reduce and 58.3 peror increase cent of cats in serving sizes America were as necessary overweight or based on an obese. This Our data shows animal’s activequates to 80 ity level and million dogs that obesity is age. Older, and cats at rampant, and less active increased risk we are certainly pets will not for weightneed to eat related health setting up more as much. disorders, and more dogs Reducing porincluding and cats for joint tion sizes can many cancers. help pets lose “Our data problems during weight. shows that their lives. • Split up obesity is –Dr. Steve Budsberg meals. Rather rampant, and we are cerUniversity of Georgia than feeding a cat or dog one tainly setting large meal per up more and more dogs and cats for joint day, serve two to three smaller problems during their lives,” meals per day. Eating smaller said veterinarian and surgical portions more frequently can specialist Dr. Steve Budsberg keep pets’ metabolisms workof the University of Georgia. ing while burning off excess “This results in hundreds of calories. • Check where the nutrimillions of dollars in medical bills and countless surgical tion is coming from. When procedures for weight-relat- reading labels ensure that a meat is the primary source ed conditions.” Few animals will turn away of calories in the food. Foods from extra food, and over- that provide the majority of feeding is a primary culprit their calories from grains and in animal obesity. Here are other carbohydrates may not some other causes of paunchy be satisfying pets, who will then compensate by overeatpets: • Leaving food available all ing. Pets can be both obese and malnourished. of the time. • Pay attention to picky • Giving the animal too pets. Hungry animals should large a serving size. • Supplementing food with not be picky about their food choices. If an animal refuses table scraps. • Offering too many treats to eat until you give him or her a food or treat of choice, in between meals. • Feeding the animal too it could be an indication that many carbohydrates or a sub- the pet is customarily overfed. A hungry pet will eat par food. • Being unaware the pet what is served. • Select low-calorie treats. is scavenging food from the garbage or from other ani- Opt for apple slices, green beans or raw carrots as mals. rewards for pets. They are • Lack of exercise. lower in calories than many Focusing on the causes of processed treats. Always obesity in pets can help pet check that a food is safe owners develop a strategy before feeding it to a companto assist companion animals ion animal. Chocolate, garlic, grapes and onions are toxic to with weight loss. • Check ingredients. some animals. • Make sure pets get plenty Scores of different pet foods are on the market. Not all are of exercise. Combine the right created equal, and some may foods with exercise to ensure actually contain ingredients a pet maintains a healthy that make it difficult for pets weight. Dogs can be walked, to maintain a healthy weight. and cats can chase around For example, many dog treats stimulating toys or balls to

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PoCo to test water mains The City of Port Coquitlam will be testing water mains and services from Dec. 4 to 20 in neighbourhoods south of Kingsway Avenue as part of its annual leak detection program. The city says the testing is non-intrusive and not anticipated to affect the water quality or supply in the area. Most of the testing will take place between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. A map of the test area has been posted at www.portcoquitlam.ca/leak.

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jkurucz@thenownews.com First-hand accounts from Coquitlam’s past will be preserved in perpetuity thanks to a new project that bridges the generation gap. More than 40 long-standing residents recently participated in the Oral History Project, a lengthy documenting process that involved a team of volunteers — many of whom are still in high school — interviewing seniors. SUBMITTED PHOTO The stories play out like a glimpse into the ’30s, ’40s Mezzo-soprano Judith Forst was one of the Coquitlam and ’50s, and each of those residents interviewed for the Oral History Project. interviews was recorded on by Mayor Richard Stewart the museum. video. “I think what helped a lot On Wednesday (Dec. 3), all and other members of the of those stories will be induct- heritage society, who netted was the home-like atmosed into the city’s archives and a grant in 2012 to get the phere at the museum,” Cook said. “The fire was on, there the event will be marked by a project off the ground. From there, local author was a beverage to drink. I private gathering of project and historian can honestly tell you, we did participants Doug Rolling not have anyone who wasn’t and their famwas brought forthcoming.” ilies. Copies Some of those stories speak on board to of the project help find to life at Fraser Mills, playing will also be If we go back par ticipants hockey on frozen ponds and stored at the to the ’30s and and train the rivers, or day-long walking Mackin House student inter- trips that spanned Coquitlam, Museum. the ’40s, it was viewers in the New Westminster and Port “If we go really about art of conver- Moody. back to the ’30s simplicity. Other stories are a little off sation. and the ’40s, P r o j e c t the beaten path. it was really –Jill Cook “We had three or four parorganizers about simpliCoquitlam Heritage made a point ticipants all talking about city,” said Jill Society of scanning how they used to play with Cook, executhe entire dynamite as they were chiltive director of the Coquitlam Heritage community, and those inter- dren. “They would head out, viewed come from across the Society. “These stories are really city — Maillardville, Glenayre they would buy some dynaabout the kinds of activities and Burke Mountain, among mite and then they’d go somewhere fairly remote and that they’d undertake and the other places. Some of the more nota- they would detonate it,” Cook lives they led.” The December kickoff event ble names include Don said. For more information on represents a two-year journey Cunnings, Judith Forst, Jim Allard and Anna Tremere, all the project, call the museum that’s come full circle. The idea was first floated of whom were interviewed at at 604-516-6151.

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Sports Day aims to inspire and engage John KURUCZ

jkurucz@thenownews.com A bevy of free events aimed at upping participation in sports and recreational activities are being offered across the Tri-Cities this weekend. RBC Sports Day in Canada runsnation-wideonSaturday, Nov. 30, and more than 1,400 sporting events and activities, open houses and try-it days are planned to showcase sport at all levels. Now in its fourth go-round, the annual event represents a partnership between ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport In PoCo, an Ice Sports Showcase and free skating events will be offered at the PoCo rec complex from 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The PoCo Skating Club (PCSC) will host a showcase of junior academy and intermediate level skaters from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., while the senior level skaters strut their stuff from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. A family skate for all PSCS members is sandwiched between those two events from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m

From there, reps from PoCo Minor hockey and the TriCities Female Ice Hockey programs will host try-it activities, along with the city’s parks and rec department, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The day will be capped with a public skate from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., and anyone wearing a sports jersey gets free admission and rentals. Port Moody will mark Sports Day in Canada with a series of events being planned under the moniker of Port Moody Get Active Day. Running from 9 to 11 a.m., the events are all slated to take place at the Port Moody rec centre. Admission is free with a donation to the food bank. • 9 to 10:15 a.m. — Boot Camp for ages 13 and up • 9 to 11 a.m. — family gym time for ages one to 10 • 9 to 11 a.m. — wheelchair sports for ages 10 and up • 10 to 11 a.m. — youth and adult soccer for youths in grades 6 to 12 • 10:30 to 11 a.m. — family zumba for ages five and up.

The Port Moody Curling Club will also host a tryit event from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to dress warmly and bring a clean pair of running shoes. Four events in Coquitlam are also on tap. • Coquitlam Little League hosts a Hit, Run, Throw event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Park batting cage on Saturday, Nov. 30. • The Coquitlam Skating Club heads up an “It’s Gr8t 2 Sk8t” event from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex on Saturday, Nov. 30. • The Coquitlam Speed Stack Club will host two events: the first runs on Friday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2701 Spuraway Ave. and is open to those aged six to 18. The event will begin with an introduction to the sport, along with instruction, training and a demonstration. The club will then host its inaugural provincial tournament on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, see http://sportsday.cbc.ca.


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Autistic kids focus of skating program John KURUCZ

jkurucz@thenownews.com A provincial first is playing out on the ice in Port Coquitlam. The city recently partnered with the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) to offer skating lessons for autistic kids and their families simultaneously. The I CAN Skate adapted skating program began in PoCo earlier this fall, and is offered to kids between the ages of seven and 15. Participants learn the ins and outs of skating at one end of the rink and the lessons are tailored to their skill sets and abilities. At the same time, their parents and other family members take lessons at the far end of the rink. Immediately following both sessions is a two-hour window in which the kids and their families can keep carving up the ice together. “That’s the really unique part with our lessons: there’s no opportunity [anywhere else] for a whole family to inclusively learn together at the same time and then practice recreationally,” said Shawn Fengler, a recreation program assistant with the City of PoCo. And while the two groups are on the ice together, they receive different instructions from different instructors. The I CAN skate participants are overseen by specific coaches, support workers and other volunteers from the autism group, while their family members are taught by PoCo city staff.

the Lower Mainland; soccer, swimming and basketball classes are also offered. But it’s the aspect of total inclusiveness that sets the new PoCo program apart. “It’s great to partner with an organization like the Canucks to open up our services to people of all abilities,” PoCo Mayor Greg Moore said. “There is no opportunity anywhere else in

B.C. for CAN participants to skate alongside with their parents and siblings. Programs like this help us create a complete community that’s accessible to everyone.” Though the fall session of the PoCo CAN Skate program ends today (Friday), the winter session will run from Jan. 31 to March 14. For registration details, log on to www. canucksautism.ca.

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“The kids really have fun because we can take them at their own pace,” said Stephanie Jull, the autism network’s director of programming. “We can modify on the fly if we need to and make sure that we’re meeting the kids where they’re at. The parents are so happy because they don’t feel like they have to stress out if their kid’s having a tough day. That’s OK, because our staff knows how to deal with that.” The autism network was founded by Vancouver Canucks co-owner Paolo Aquilini in 2008. He and his wife have an autistic son and wanted to help fill the gaps in terms of recreational opportunities for autistic children. The program is now available across

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SATURDAY, NOV 30 Coquitlam Chorale presents a concert called

“Welcome Yule” at 7:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. The show will feature Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. Info: Christina at 604-3173858 or www.coquitlamchorale.com. Tri City Rotary Clubs, in partnership with Save-on-Foods in Port Coquitlam, continue the Rotary Generous Hearts Food Drive from noon to 6 p.m. at 2385 Ottawa St. in Port Coquitlam. The drive continues on Sunday, Dec. 1. All donations go to the SHARE Food bank. Info: 604-540-9161 or www.sharesociety.ca. Kiddies Korner Preschool hosts its inaugural Flea Market Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2221 Prairie Ave., PoCo. Shop through a large selection of gently used clothing, toys, books and household items. Thrift sale, kids crafts, cake walk, door prizes and concession also offered. Admission is $2. Info: www.kkp.ca or call 604-941-4919.

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Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural Society teams up with the Leigh Square Community Arts Village to host a series of Christmas events at 2100-2253 Leigh Sq. A Christmas tea runs from 12:45 to 2 p.m., as does the holiday card art workshop. The SFU Choir Quartet performs from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Info: 604-927-8403. Coquitlam Chorale presents a concert called “Welcome Yule” at 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. The show will feature Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. Info: Christina at 604-317-3858 or www.coquitlamchorale.com. Tri City Rotary Clubs, in partnership with Save-on-Foods in Port Coquitlam, continue the

Rotary Generous Hearts Food Drive from noon to 6 p.m. at 2385 Ottawa St. in Port Coquitlam. All donations go to the SHARE Food bank. Info: 604-540-9161 or www.sharesociety.ca. Trinity Chapel hosts a free monthly Thanksgiving lunch from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 1932 Cameron Ave. in PoCo. Donations of dry or canned food items are welcome. Info: 604-474-3131 or www.rccgtrinitychapel.com.

MONDAY, DEC 2 Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural

Society hosts a “Rhymes of Times” event from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 2100–2253 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. Group members will be back in time to holiday happenings from our past. Registration is required to ensure groups are kept small enough to allow lots of sharing. No preparation is required. Info: Julie at 604-941-5340 or e-mail julies@pocoheritage.org.

TUESDAY, DEC 3 Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary hosts its

regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Park Lane Room at the hospital, located at 475 Guildford Way, Port Moody. New members welcome.

WEDNESDAY, DEC 4 Douglas College hosts an information ses-

sion around the Uganda Project from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Coquitlam campus, 1250 Pinetree Way. Meet the tour leaders, learn more about the Uganda Project, and the details around the trip like health requirements and visas. For more info, call 604-777-6173 or e-mail postmah@douglascollege.ca. Terry Fox Library hosts a Family Christmas Special event from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Enjoy stories, sing carols, and help decorate the library Christmas tree.

Info: 604-927-7999. SHARE Society offers an 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. The topic will be “Anger — understanding your anger and learning how to manage it more effectively.” The session includes a video, brief presentation and open discussion, and runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 2615 Clarke St. in Port Moody. Registration is not required. This 13-week series runs Wednesdays until Jan. 29. Info: 604-936-3900. Hyde Creek Watershed Society holds its monthly general meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian Rd., Port Coquitlam. Member Isaac Nelson will give a brief presentation at 7:15 on Identifying Juvenile Pacific Salmon. Everyone welcome. Info: www.hydecreek.org.

THURSDAY, DEC 5 Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary holds its

annual Christmas chocolate sale on Dec. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in hospital lobby across from the gift shop. Chocolate from Chocolate Works will be offered up, with proceeds from the sale going towards the purchase of needed hospital equipment and patient comfort items for Eagle Ridge Hospital. The hospital is located at 475 Guildford Way, Port Moody. Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural Society offers family portraits with Father Christmas from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2100-2253 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. Portraits can include a maximum of eight people, and pets are welcome. Cost is $15. Pre-registration is recommended and can be done either at experienceit.ca or by calling 604-927-8400. Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam holds an open house at 4 p.m. at the Wilson Centre, 2185 Wilson Ave. in PoCo. Local non-profit and

community support agencies will participate and describe their services and support they receive from the Rotary Club. Info: Barrie Seaton at 604945-6627 or barrie@barrieseaton.com. Burquitlam Community Association holds its annual general meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at Miller School, 800 Egmont Ave. in Coquitlam. Info: 604-937-7458.

SATURDAY, DEC 7 Les Échos du Pacifique, Maillardville’s French

choir, presents its Christmas concert starting at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Secondary, 570 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Info: 604-764-2808, celinegrandmont@shaw.ca or www.lesechosdupacifique.com. Tri-City Wordsmiths holds its next meeting from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. The topic “How Life Shapes Your Writing” will be presented by guest speaker Annette LeBox, a Maple Ridge writer, artist and environmentalist. Info: 604-475-2875 or pandorabee1@gmail.com.

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Terry Fox Library hosts World Cinema Night from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Russian film 12 will be featured, which covers 12 jurors deliberating over whether to find a Chechen teenager guilty of the murder of his Russian stepfather. The film is rated PG. Info: 604-927-7999.

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sports@thenownews.com It’s high school volleyball’s version of a final exam. And with a roster deep in Grade 11s and 10s, the Riverside Rapids expect this week’s provincial AAAA girls championships in Penticton — which began yesterday and run until Saturday — to be less about cramming than an introduction. The Rapids, who enter the B.C.s as a surprise second-seed after finishing second at the Fraser Valleys two weeks ago, are aiming to soak up the experience. With only one of 13 players in Grade 12, youthful exuberance is at a surplus. “Our past teams always had Grade 12s to lead us, that experience factor,” noted Riverside head coach Bryan Gee. “This time we have only one [Gr. 12], so it really rests on our young shoulders.” Admitting that being among “the favourites” will be a new test for his youthful charges, Gee expects them to jump full-in and continue the momentum they’ve built over the past month. “Because we had such a strong finish, at the Red Serge (tourney), the districts and Valleys, we’ve gained a lot of experience and momentum,” he said. “We have to learn how to not focus on the seeding and think about what’s immediately ahead.” The first game promised to be a boisterous one, as Riverside opened the B.C.s against hometown Penticton, who for most of the season were among the top10 ranked teams. “It’s as good a way as any to get right into it — I expect a loud hometown crowd.” At the Valleys, the Rapids gave No. 1ranked South Delta a serious test before falling 3-1 in the gold medal game. Christine Anderson and Taryn Toscani were named first team all-stars, joining Pinetree’s Emily Maglio. Pinetree will also compete at the B.C.s, after placing fourth at the Valleys. For the Rapids, this week is as good as any stepping stone to the lofty world of elite expectations. “This tournament is a great teaching skill, and an opportunity to learn valuable lessons for next year,” added Gee.

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Lightning make noise in PoCo A packed rink with plenty of speed — that describes the PoCo Rec Centre last week.. The PoCo Lightning Speed Skating Club held its annual PoCo Interclub meet, featuring 125 skaters from across B.C. and Washington State. For a trio of Lightning skaters, it was their first competition ever. Ainsley Spencer, 11, made her debut a successful one, posting the top score in Div. 5 with two golds and two silvers. Samuel Jeon, nine, placed second overall in Div. 4, winning his first race and collecting three bronze. Also making great strides in his first-ever meet was Nik DeCarvelho. In Div. 1, Ciaran Scott topped both the 200-

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A bit unlucky, the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils were fit to be tied in the first two games of the AAA senior boys soccer championships last week, finishing in eighth place. The defending B.C. champions, the Blue Devils tied Eric Hamber 1-1 in the opener, and followed that with a 0-0 deadlock against Elgin Park. Those two draws, coupled with Sutherland’s twin wins, automatically slotted Best into the consolation bracket. They closed out the round-robin by edging Sutherland 2-1 — who went on to win the tournament. They closed out with losses to Tamanawis and McMath. Named to the Commissioner’s 11 team was Best’s Michael Mobilio.

and 400-metre races while setting new personal bests in each, while Ryan Way also secured gold in his 200 and 400m events, including a PB in the 200m. The youngest skater in Div. 1, 11-year-old Sherilyn Chung, posted PB in all her events. PoCo’s youngest competitor at the meet, sevenyear-old Matthew Dowdle, set new individual marks in his four distances while winning the 400m and placing second in 200m. Thirteen-year-old Aleena Zaidi finished each of her races in personal-best times, cutting a total of 64 seconds off her totals from a year ago. In Div. 2, Elissa Romero placed fifth overall after registering PBs in each event, while Samantha Spencer notched three PBs to place

ninth overall. Noah Hyun also set four new PBs, winning the 400m and placing second in the 200 and 500m events. Janelle Breen, meanwhile, set three personal bests in Div. 4, while Ameen Zaidi won the 200m race. • Zackery McLaren, 18, has packed up his long blades and is now studying and skating in Montreal’s Gadbois Speed Skating Club. The PoCo Lightning product is coming off a season where he advanced to the national qualifier and set personal bests in both the 500- and 1000m events, ranking 34th in Canada. A year ago, McLaren competed at the Canadian Age Class Short Track championships.

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A late rally proved not enough to keep the Coquitlam Express’ winning streak in tact. Behind a pair of goals just 12 seconds apart to start the third period, the Surrey Eagles delivered a slap to the Express in the form of a 7-5 setback on Wednesday in BCHL action. Following the two quick tallies in the final frame’s opening minute, Coquitlam made a hard push and reduced the four-goal deficit to 6-5 with six minutes left. But Surrey iced it with an empty-netter. Scoring Coquitlam’s goals were Zach Hodder, Daniell Lang, Corey Mackin, Adam Rockwood and Ryan Rosenthal. The Express can exact revenge tonight (Friday, 7 p.m.) at the Poirier Sports Centre. The game is part of a fundraiser for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. Mr. Mikes’ BBQ by donation.

A strong first half gave way to a tentative second half, as the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves battled Westside FC to a 1-1 tie in Vancouver Metro Soccer premier action. Buoyed by an aggressive start, Coquitlam took the lead when Luis Pantusa completed a skilled three-way passing play that involved Domenic Delli Santi and Lucas Krivak. A handful of minutes later, the Wolves upped the pressure and nearly doubled their lead when Devin Phelan delivered a delicious cross to Delli Santi at the far post — with the shot rising over the crossbar. In the second half, Westside enjoyed a slight edge, counting the equalizer seven minutes into the frame. Turning in solid outings on behalf of third place Coquitlam were Alejandro Varela, Krivak and Phelan.

The Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team is making a repeat trip to the Final Four. The Clan advanced to the NCAA Div. II championship tournament in Georgia, following a convincing 5-0 trouncing of Regis University in Denver, Co. After taking the lead on Ryan Dhillon’s marker just eight minutes in, SFU held the upperhand against its Elite Eight rival. Adding insurance tallies were Coquitlam natives Carlo Basso and Jovan Blagojevic. “We need to be switched on right from the start in Georgia,” said Dhillon. “We came out flat last year. We played better in the second half but we just couldn’t recover so I think starting strong will be key.” SFU faces the southeast champion Carson Newman Eagles on Dec. 5 in the semifinals.


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Crusaders draw even with Moody A pair of goals by Aidan Ames helped secure a 2-2 tie for the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Crusaders against Port Moody in boys u-17 Div 3 soccer play. Drawing assists on Ames’ markers were Mike Aitkens and Trevor Good, while defender Dylan Desousa and midfielder Keegan Baldwin provided solid support. • Cristina Danieli scored twice in the first half, leapfrogging the Coquitlam MetroFord u-15 girls TNT past North Shore 2-0 in gold action. Danieli’s first goal was off a nice passing play from Tessa Weimer and Kaisha Markiewicz. Five minutes later, Natasha Calis crossed

the ball to Danieli for her second tally. Setting an impressive stand at midfield were Sara Jetha and Julianna Bosa, making her first start after returning from an injury. Netminder Alivia Ungaro turned back a handful of North Shore shots. • In a close contest of two rivals, the Coquitlam MetroFord u-12 Renegades struck first and made it stick, beating West Coast 1-0 in girls play. Christa Tascona’s tally, which saw her run the ball from her own zone, stood up as the winner. The midfield troupe of Claudia Carbone, Alex Hinrichs and Jessica Towner kept the opposition in

Tigers tops in atom A good start set the table for the Coquitlam Tigers’ celebration in their Vancouver Mainland Football League atom championship win last week. The Tigers defeated North Delta 20-16 in the final, after having staked out a 14-0 lead in the first half. Ziad Sabry and Tamani Duncan got the ball rolling with first half touchdowns — Duncan’s came on a brilliant pass from Aiden Domino. Duncan would score again in the third quarter, but North Delta charged back with a pair of majors to make it a dramatic final few moments. On the final play, Duncan delivered the game-saving tackle on a North Delta reverse play to lock up the win. Coquitlam’s defence stepped up huge, led by the likes of Pedro Cabanas, Nathan Chalmers, Alex Gagnon, Giancarlo Garcea, Isaac Murray and Markus Rafnson. On offence, Brook Kestila and William Mavromatis provided ample support.

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Gillette Series or SatinCare shave gel, 198-255 g, selected varieties

ea

LIMIT 4

798777 4740014150

AFTER LIMIT

19.99

2/$ OR

3.43 EACH

59 $ $ 97

ZzzQuil nightime sleep aid liquid capsules 24’s

ea

LIMIT 4 AFTER LIMIT

71.99

1 3 620308 5610007506

ea

LIMIT 4 AFTER LIMIT

8.96

4

ea

8

97

ea

LIMIT 4 AFTER LIMIT

10.99

Vidal Sassoon haircare 750 mL or styling selected varieties and sizes 231835 3700084449

3

92

Always pads 36-60’s pantiliners 160’s or Tampax tampons 50-72’s, Pearl 50-54’s, selected varieties 741351 73010171009

Olay bar soap 4 x 90 g or body wash 295-354 mL selected varieties 806230 3700042429

ea

LIMIT 4 AFTER LIMIT

5.99

9

97

2

Pampers JUMBO pack diapers, size 1-6, 18-44’s

ea

LIMIT 4 AFTER LIMIT

12.99

306600 3700086483

88

ea

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4.47

10

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97

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13.97

or

Aveeno face cleaners selected varieties, 134-200 mL or 140 g

2 x 90 g

178825 5800030221

1

$

PC® cotton swabs 500’s

276857 6038302848

Goody Hair accessories

selected varieties

802566 / 954251 4145703929 / 729593

3

3/$ OR

3.29 EACH

1

$

Aquafresh regular toothpaste

selected varieties, 90mL

782044 6081503552

kids liquid foam soap pump 250mL,

selected varieties 668057 6754503819

selected varieties, 208/354 mL

454075 6260006082

7 6 1 149505 38137003676

Softsoap liquid hand soap 340 mL, or Irish Spring bar soap

Aveeno body lotion

$

87

AFTER LIMIT

9.98

3

2/$ OR

3.99 EACH

selected varieties, 88-200 mL 328559 6260010053

LIMIT 4 AFTER LIMIT

12.49

Spend $250 and receive a

Cold-FX

200mg capsules, 60 ‘s

224004 62720760002

7 15 FREE

98 ea

LIMIT 4

Neutrogena face cleaners

87 ea LIMIT 4 AFTER LIMIT

8.99

!

98 ea LIMIT 4 AFTER LIMIT

24.99

PC® butter basted turkey up to 7 kg $28.80 value 470612

Spend $250 or more before applicable taxes at any Real Canadian Superstore location and receive a free PC® butter basted turkey. Excludes purchase of tobacco, alcohol products, prescriptions, gift cards, phone cards, lottery tickets, all third party operations (post office, gas bars, dry cleaners, etc.) and any other products which are provincially regulated. The retail value of up to $28.80 will be deducted from the total amount of your purchase before sales taxes are applied. Limit one coupon per family and/or customer account. No cash value. No copies. Coupon must be presented to the cashier at time of purchase. Valid from Friday, November 29th until closing Thursday, December 5th, 2013. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or promotional offers. No substitutions, refunds or exchanges on free item. 104797 !

Prices are in effect until Thursday, December 5, 2013 or while stock lasts.

Quantities and/or selection of items may be limited and may not be available in all stores. No rainchecks. No substitutions on clearance items or where quantities are advertised as limited. Advertised pricing and product selection (flavour, colour, patterns, style) may vary by store location. We reserve the right to limit quantities to reasonable family requirements. We are not obligated to sell items based on errors or misprints in typography or photography. Coupons must be presented and redeemed at time of purchase. Applicable taxes, deposits, or environmental surcharges are extra. No sales to retail outlets. Some items may have “plus deposit and environmental charge” where applicable. ®/™ The trademarks, service marks and logos displayed in this flyer are trademarks of Loblaws Inc. and others. All rights reserved. © 2013 Loblaws Inc. * we match prices! Applies only to our major supermarket competitors’ flyer items. Major supermarket competitors are determined solely by us based on a number of factors which can vary by store location. We will match the competitor’s advertised price only during the effective date of the competitor’s flyer advertisement. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES (note that our major supermarket competitors may not). Due to the fact that product is ordered prior to the time of our Ad Match checks, quantities may be limited. We match identical items (defined as same brand, size, and attributes) and in the case of fresh produce, meat, seafood and bakery, we match a comparable item (as determined solely by us). We will not match competitors’ “multi-buys” (eg. 2 for $4), “spend x get x”, “Free”, “clearance”, discounts obtained through loyalty programs, or offers related to our third party operations (post office, gas bars, dry cleaners etc.).We reserve the right to cancel or change the terms of this program at any time.

Customer Relations: 1-866-999-9890.


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FOR A LIMITED TIME NOV 22 - DEC 9

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North Vancouver Carter Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac 604-987-5231

Richmond Dueck Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac 604-273-1311

South Surrey Barnes Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC 604-759-2163

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Vancouver Dueck on Marine Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac 604-324-7222

ALL

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Langley Preston Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac 604-534-4154

North Vancouver Carter Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac 604-987-5231

Richmond Dueck Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac 604-273-1311

South Surrey Barnes Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC 604-759-2163

Surrey Barnes Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC 604-696-3754

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ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET & BC BUICK GMC DEALERS. CHEVROLET.CA/BCGMCDEALERS.CA/BCBUICKDEALERS.CA 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet, GMC and Buick are brands of General Motors of Canada. ‡/† Offers apply to the purchase of all new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet and Buick GMC cars, crossovers, pickups, SUVs and vans, equipped as described. Freight included ($1,550/$1,600/$1,650). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC Chevrolet/BC Buick GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer trade may be required. GMCL, RBC Royal Bank, TD Auto Financing Services or Scotiabank may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See Chevrolet/Buick GMC dealer for details. †Offers valid for delivery dates between November 22 and December 9, 2013; participating lenders are subject to change. 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank® or RBC Royal Bank for up to 84 months on an eligible new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet/Buick GMC model. Terms vary by model. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/ or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $119/$139/$167/$833 for 84/72/60/12 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and dealer fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers only. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ® Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia. RBC and Royal Bank are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada.

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2014 BUICK ENCLAVE 2014 BUICK LACROSSE

2014 BUICK ENCORE

FOR A LIMITED TIME NOV 22 - DEC 9

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