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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com A residential care home that has operated in Coquitlam for more than 30 years appears to have been given its walking papers by Fraser Health. The Tri-Cities NOW has learned the health authority has decided to terminate its operating agreement with the Burquitlam Lions Care Centre, located on Sydney Avenue. The move would see the 76-bed seniors facility shut down by mid-2016.

The Burquitlam Care Society, which runs the centre, got the news from the health authority last week in a meeting between the board and Fraser Health officials. “It will be a huge surprise to residents and families,” the care centre’s administrator David Dines confirmed to the Tri-Cities NOW. “It will be a shock.” Officially, Fraser Health would not confirm the move to terminate the agreement. In a statement, Keith McBain, Fraser Health’s executive director of residential care and assisted CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

It will be a huge surprise to residents and families. –David Dines, Burquitlam Lions Care Centre

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New fire hall is already popular

GRAND OPENING DRAWS THOUSANDS, WHILE FIREFIGHTERS LAUD MODERN FEATURES

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com There is still a little dust to settle at the new Port Moody fire hall, but there is an engine light at the end of the tunnel for construction on the new building. The city hosted a wildly successful grand opening for Fire Hall No. 1, with a couple thousand people lined up last weekend eager to take a tour. What they saw, while still not quite complete, is a modern building that will serve the department for the next half-century. The new hall will come in slightly below budget at just under $11 million, and offer a host of new goodies for the Port Moody fire department. The three-storey building has two vehicle bays that can accommodate all of the department’s fire trucks, and a training tower to practise

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Awaiting the final touches, Port Moody’s new fire hall is almost complete. Scan with Layar for more photos. rescues in. “Training is where we spend most of our time,” fire chief Remo Faedo said of the new tower. The old hall didn’t have a practice tower, nor could it

store all of the department’s trucks. There is a proper decontamination bathroom, equipment repair area and genderneutral change space for firefighters on the second floor.

Specifically, there are four the upgrades and new feaprivate bathrooms/change tures make for a superior fire rooms in the hall and two sep- department. “It will improve our serarate private sleeping quarvices to the ters to accomcommunity,” modate female he said. firefighters. Outside of The departoperations, ment currently It will improve the fire hall has one volour services to will also showunteer female the community. case a bit of firefighter history. but does not –Remo Faedo A display have any paid Port Moody Fire in the hall, female fireChief fronting along fighters on Ioco Road, staff. has been built The hall will to house the also act as the department’s emergency command centre for the first factory-ordered fire city in case of a catastrophic truck, a 1950 Mercury. The display will also be lit event, and will have a first for the fire department — a brass up at night. The next step is the move fire pole. This pole is no prop as from the old to the new hall. Faedo said he expects Faedo noted it helps shave seconds off of response administration to start moving in at the end of the times. For the fire chief, all of month, with fire suppression

staff potentially ready to go by mid-March. He noted the move won’t disrupt service or compromise the safety of the community. Exactly what will happen to the old fire hall — now more than four decades old — is still unclear. Mayor Mike Clay noted there were no plans originally to have the hall removed, but he indicated city council might be starting to reconsider. For now, he said it will probably be used for training. As for the land, he said the city is also considering some ideas that will likely need input from residents. “It’s a very valuable piece of land,” he said. “The taxpayers just spent a lot of money to replace it, so we need to make sure we’re managing their finances properly.”

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E-mail explains plan CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 living, said the health authority has had “ongoing discussions with the board and administration at Burquitlam Lions Care Centre regarding the future of our relationship with them. “We have outlined to them the increasing demand for residential care facilities that offer complex care, and made it clear that we have concerns regarding the physical space limitations of their facility to accommodate such needs.” The statement also said one possible option is to put the Burquitlam beds with a seniors’ development led by Baltic Properties. Last year, Fraser Health tapped Baltic Properties to build 136 new residential complex care beds and 24 mental health and substance use beds in Port Coquitlam. Fraser Health also said discussions with the Burquitlam Lions Care Centre are ongoing and no contracts have been signed. “The well-being of our residents is our primary concern, and we recognize that any premature discussions can be unsettling,” McBain said. “I wish to reassure them that we will inform them directly when a decision has been made; and will work closely with them and their families to ensure their transition into their new home will be seamless.” But an e-mail from Fraser Health dated Jan. 24 obtained by the Tri-Cities NOW appears to tell a different story. “Burquitlam Lions Care Centre will not be able to provide the necessary complex care needs of future residents. This is why Fraser Health has decided to terminate its operating agreement with them,” the e-mail states. The e-mail added “the needs of our residents have evolved, requiring more complex care, including the use of mobility devices such as wheelchairs and walkers.” The Burquitlam Lions Care Centre is operated by the non-profit society, which in turn receives funding from Fraser Health. The facility, which hires its own staff and provides care according to standards established by Fraser Health, opened in June 1981

and has 76 private rooms. Dines acknowledged the building has space issues and doesn’t meet current design standards, but he questioned why the health authority is intending to walk away from a facility that, over the years, received high marks during various reviews. Most recently he noted the centre achieved “exemplary status” from a national organization that accredits care facilities. Dines also pointed out the bathrooms in each unit were widened to be wheelchair accessible. “It seems like the only reason we’re being dealt with this way by Fraser Health is the proximity to a new-build location in Port Coquitlam,” he said. Dines said the care home could operate as a private facility without Fraser Health funding, but suggested individual rents would probably have to be increased by as much as $5,000 monthly per unit. “Without funding we can’t operate,” he said. Dines said as of Thursday, neither staff nor residents knew of the health authority’s plan, noting the care centre hadn’t received notification in writing. Fraser Health officials apparently told the board they would prefer to keep word of the change quiet until it was made official in a letter. In the meantime, the care centre continues to take in new residents, and that has a local MLA up in arms. Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson said she finds it “disturbing” the health authority continues to move residents into the facility knowing it will be shutting down. “I think that is reprehensible,” she said. “Fraser Health is probably moving things around on a board, but these are real people with families.” Robinson said she’s disappointed with the health authority, suggesting moving the seniors at a later date would be “disrespectful, unethical and immoral.” Citing data that shows a move can take 18 months off a senior’s life, she argued families should know of the health authority’s plan before having a loved one transferred there.

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jkurucz@thenownews.com The controversy over provincial land sales on Burke Mountain is making its way to the premier’s office. The City of Coquitlam sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark Tuesday outlining its “considerable concerns” over the sale of 584 acres of Crown lands in the city’s northeast corner. Specifically, the city is frustrated lands were not set aside in the bid process for an elementary and middle school to be constructed in the future. The fear is that without those lands being allocated now, the province will have to repurchase them in the future at a much higher cost. “The city fails to understand why these publicly required lands were not made available to the city and school

district prior to making them available to the general public,” the letter says. The issue revolves around two sites encompassing about 15 acres (six hectares) in the Partington Creek Neighbourhood Plan. City and school district officials previously believed an agreement had been reached with the Ministry of Education to set aside those lands. That deal, however, fell through, according to School District 43 Supt. Tom Grant. “Although city staff have attended continued meetings and discussions with provincial staff regarding these Crown lands since 2010, we have not heard from your staff since June of 2013,” the city’s letter goes on to state. A Ministry of Finance spokesperson countered that claim in a statement issued to the Tri-Cities NOW late

Tuesday. The representative, who asked to not be identified, suggested the province’s broker for the land sale, Colliers International, did consult with the city prior to, and during, the marketing process. The ministry spokesperson also noted potential purchasers of those lands are aware of the need for school sites in the area. “Prospective purchasers are aware of this, and we have been advised that if a purchaser acquires a site and the school district determines it needs a school on a portion of it, that the purchaser will receive market value from the school district for the area required,” the spokesperson said. “Purchasers of these properties would need to work through a process with the municipality before any development could occur.”

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Overfishing causes concerns in Belcarra POACHING OFF BELCARRA ‘OUT OF CONTROL’

John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com Brooke Parker remembers a time not that long ago when he could practically dip his hands into the waters off of Belcarra and pull out a pink salmon.

The same went for crab, prawns and other aquatic species that call Indian Arm home. But Parker says those days are long gone due to rampant overfishing and poaching, a problem the longtime Belcarra resident fears could

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seriously diminish crab and other species in the area. “From Belcarra’s public dock, to the Burrard Marine Park, people hide along the shorelines taking everything they catch,” Parker said. “I’ve seen it, my friends and family have seen it. It’s literally out of control.” Parker and his wife live in a cabin in the northeastern area of Indian Arm, near Granite Falls and Johnson Landing. The couple has lived there for 13 years, though the cabin has been in the family’s hands since the early 1950s. Having spent his entire life in the area, Parker said crab stocks were still in abundance in the area as recently as 15 years ago. “Unfortunately, nowadays depending on the time of year, you can fish all week and not catch one legal-sized crab,” he said. Parker attributes the problem to a pair of factors: a decreased presence in the number of Fisheries and Oceans patrols and the “ruthlessness” of poachers. He suggested fishermen are routinely taking crabs out of the three no-fishing zones near Belcarra. Others harvest crab long before they reach their legal size. “It is totally unacceptable the ruthlessness of these people,” Parker said. “Dozens of them a day [are] taking dozens of illegal crabs, rockfish and even clams — how can a species repopulate to a legal size if they are not allowed to grow to a legal size?” The waters off of Belcarra are patrolled by both Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Coquitlam RCMP’s rural section. The local Mounties declined comment on the story, instead referring the Tri-Cities NOW to the federal fisheries ministry. Fisheries and Oceans Canada could not provide comment on the story before deadline. Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew said Parker’s concerns are routinely shared amongst village residents, and noted the crab catch for local residents and recreational fishers “generally has been decreasing.” While Drew credits the RCMP’s rural section for helping to curb some of the poaching, his assessment of the federal government’s response is less than flattering. “The recreational fishing pressure is huge in the summer months, and there is virtually no presence of [Fisheries and Oceans] officers,” he said. twitter.com/johnkurucz


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Big Brothers need six male volunteers

Strokes for Heart Swim-A-Thon

John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver are looking for a few good men to help oversee a program that’s in jeopardy of being delayed in a pair of Tri-Cities middle schools. The organization is looking for six male volunteers over the age of 18 to help with its Game On program, which is currently offered at Maple Creek Middle School. It was hoped the program would expand to Citadel Middle School this season, but a lack of volunteers threatens to push that start date back by at least six months. There are currently 12 boys on the wait-list to be a part of the program as a result of the lack of volunteers. Big Brothers needs to fill that gap by mid March, and are asking prospective volunteers to apply to the organization. “We’re looking for a guy who’s enthusiastic and looking to share life experiences with a young boy,” said Bobby Juco, who serves as the mentoring coordinator responsible for the Game On program. “He needs to share some positive influence on them by way of learning in a non-curriculum-type of fashion through sports, games and information around health and nutrition.” Designed specifically for middle-school boys, the program’s goal is to foster a myriad of skills. “It covers health, nutrition, self esteem, and fitness. It helps boys be in a group setting outside of team sports or programmed sports. It helps expose them to different things,” Juco said.

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Big Brothers’ Game On coordinators Bobby Juco, left, and Matt Strating are hoping another six volunteers will step forward to help staff a mentorship program for young boys at Maple Creek and Citadel middle schools.

Currently, Juco and another Big Brothers staff member oversee the Maple Creek program. Three additional volunteers are needed to help at that school, while three other volunteers are needed to head up the service at Citadel Middle School. Juco noted no previous experience is needed, and the time commitment is minimal: 75 minutes per week over an eight-week stretch. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to visit www.bigbrothersvancouver.com or call 604-876-2447 for more information.

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Government’s actions are disappointing

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hile it’s not surprising, it certainly is disappointing that our provincial government would rather spend money on an arrogant quest to put those upstart teachers in their place than put it towards educating our children. Of course, the BC Liberal spin on the current situation (as always!) is that they are doing it for the children, while the teachers are only pursuing lazy self-interest. Conversely, the teachers’ take on the head-butting that has been a hallmark of their relationship with provincial authorities (even when the NDP were in power) has been that they are pushing hard on behalf of their beloved children who populate their classrooms, and that the politicians could not care less about their little charges who are the embodiment of the province’s future. In this matter, at least, the B.C. Supreme Court has sided with the teachers, even going so far as to slap the government upside the head a bit over its apparent intransigence on the matter of class sizes and unilaterally tearing up legally negotiated contracts and little things like that. In fact, the rookie BC Liberal government’s contract-tearing exercise in 2002 drew some tsk-tsks from no less than the United Nations. Yes, 2002. That’s how long this particular war has been going on, with last week’s court ruling the second major battle lost by the province — and won by the teachers — in the ensuing years. It seems hypocritical for the government to declare (on behalf of taxpayers) that the cost of doing things legally would be outrageous, and then turn around and spend still more money on a court case it has effectively already lost twice. Besides, why doesn’t this government do what education ministries have done for decades: disregard the correlation between children and the cost of educating them, and tell the school boards to figure it out themselves?

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t is fair to say the Olympic Games belong to the athletes and not the politicians. However, anyone who says the Olympics do not have a profound effect on politics is a complete idiot. Hitler understood the propaganda power behind the Olympics. Not only did he lay out the pavement for the Second World War, he poured the foundations for the Holocaust. In the coming weeks there will be new victims. As we watch our athletes take home gold, the gays of Russia will be humiliated, prosecuted and murdered. Last June, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a law that banned “the promotion of homosexuality among minors.” The “promotion” includes any kind of public display that suggests being gay is normal. Quickly, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community changed from a condemned fringe group into enemies of the state. If you are gay in Russia and just coming out, it is illegal for parents, psychologists, doctors and teachers to tell you it’s OK to be gay. Because homophobia is entering into legislation, not only is it accepted, but it is widely encouraged. Violence against gays is increasing, and it is completely legal to beat up homosexuals in broad daylight. Neo-Nazi groups such as Occupy Pedophilia are hunting down and torturing gays — in some cases to death. The authorities are praising these groups, calling them “vigilantes against the sins of modern society.” Though Occupy Pedophilia insists that they target pedophiles, their main focus is to prosecute gays. The hunting technique of Occupy Pedophilia is very disturbing. Occupy Pedophilia targets the younger gays. By taking down the younger generation, they believe they can eliminate the problem by its roots.

MY GENERATION Chris Lee

The neo-Nazi will disguise himself as a gay person seeking out a partner on social media websites like Facebook. His victim would then, unknowingly, meet the neo-Nazi at a disclosed location only to be beaten, humiliated and kidnapped. Maxim “Tesak” Martsinkevich, a Russian media personality and neoNazi, was recently released from prison. Because of his infamy, Tesak is now a leader for Occupy Pedophilia. Tesak has developed “urine therapy,” a technique whereby his victims are forced to urinate in a container and have the neo-Nazis pour the urine onto their head. All of this is filmed and sent to the victim’s family. According to Maxim, urine therapy has a curing effect. The videos are commonly posted on the Internet. The victims are not cured; they are only humiliated in front

of their families and friends. Despite this atrocity, the victims are still the gays and not the neo-Nazis. If the authorities see the urine therapy, the victim can get fired from work, expelled from school and become a social outcast. His or her life becomes completely shattered, and no one can legally help. The victim’s life often ends in suicide. Their deaths are not recorded and, sadly, not known. When rights are prohibited for a certain group of people, democracy transforms into fascism. The Berlin Games achieved their objective. Putin has told the Olympic committee that, “We will do everything to make sure that athletes, fans and guests feel comfortable at the Olympic Games regardless of their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation.” That statement is a lie. Sochi will do absolutely nothing to advance human rights; in fact, Sochi will do the complete opposite. What has the world come back to when Nazis are given back power to harm people? Nazis. Think about it. Chris Lee is a Grade 12 student at Dr. Charles Best Secondary in Coquitlam.

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OPINION A REGIONAL POLICE FORCE COULD LOWER CRIME STATS

The headlines are becoming a little too common for Lower Mainland residents: Police probe homicide after man’s body found in vehicle parked in Surrey; City shocked by Julie Paskall’s ‘random’ murder; Prominent B.C. gang leader killed in targeted attack; Surrey man charged with killing three people. With the headlines come news reports that are often accompanied by a media ritual so predictable that most of the players likely know it by rote. A local politician — frequently Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts — will step in front of the cameras to express sympathy, a professor will proffer a few academic perspectives on crime, the police will state for the record that they’re treating the death as “suspicious,” and someone who knew the victim will shake their head in despair that their friend, neighbour or classmate is gone forever. And then everyone pretty well goes back to whatever they were doing before. Forgive the cynicism, but not good enough.

In response to what many see as a skyrocketing crime rate in Surrey, a number of observers have taken to comparing the relative strength of West Vancouver’s police force with that of Surrey’s, as a way to show that B.C.’s fastest-growing city is getting shortchanged when it comes to policing. The numbers speak for themselves: on one side of the Lions Gate bridge there was the equivalent of 168 police officers for every 100,000 people in 2012, and on the other side of the Pattullo bridge that ratio was 137 officers. One would think that West Vancouver is at the epicentre of a crime wave in the Lower Mainland. Far from it. In 2004, Statistics Canada developed a statistic that would not just measure the volume of crime, but also the seriousness of the offences. They created the Crime Severity Index. Think of it as the consumer price index for crime. In 2012, West Vancouver’s crime severity index was 40.1. In Surrey, it was more than three times as high at 129.9. But it’s easy to be misled by one-off illustrations such as comparing policing levels in West Vancouver with those of Surrey.

So why stop there? Why not look at how Metro Vancouver stacks up against Montreal and Toronto? The four largest cities in Metro Vancouver — Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby and Vancouver — have a combined population of 1.55 million. Put their police forces together and there are 161 police officers for every 100,000 citizens. On the other hand, Toronto has a force that numbers 203 officers for every 100,000 residents and Montreal has 223 officers for every 100,000 residents. If Metro Vancouver has fewer cops, it should only follow that taxpayers are paying far less than their counterparts in Ontario and Quebec when it comes to policing. Bzz, wrong. According to a Statistics Canada report, Police Resources in Canada, British Columbia spent $310 per capita on policing in 2011, smack in the middle of what Quebec ($297) and Ontario ($320) spent. The crime severity index between the three provinces is also telling: Quebec’s index stood at 73.5, Ontario’s at 61.1 and B.C. at 95.1. So if British Columbians pay the same bucks as Ontario and Quebec for policing, have fewer cops and a higher crime severity

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index, what gives? This may partially explain it: one in eight Canadians lives in British Columbia, yet nearly seven of every 10 RCMP officers working the municipal beat in Canada are stationed in B.C. Why have most provinces moved away from the RCMP for local policing? Because they’re pricey. Just this month, two communities in New Brunswick voted to end their contracts with the RCMP and establish local police departments to cut costs. And with various RCMP detachments, local police departments and transit police all operating in Metro Vancouver there are simply too many police forces and not enough police officers. Wally Oppal was right. After all the hemming and hawing the issue has generated, it’s time for the communities that make up Metro Vancouver to establish a single regional police force, as he recommended in the final report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. Who knows, maybe it will mean less of those media rituals playing out in the future. Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC.

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RCMP LAUNCH MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com If you’re thinking of picking up the phone behind the wheel, consider yourself warned by Coquitlam RCMP that it might cost you. The local force is using the month of February to highlight distracted driving enforcement efforts. According to police data, 31 people die on average each year in the Lower Mainland due to distracted driving. “All of these deaths were needless and could have been prevented by drivers paying attention solely on driving,”

said RCMP Sgt. Dave Fee, with Coquitlam RCMP’s traffic services. “Driving is one of the most complex tasks you do and every driver needs to do it with undivided attention. Taking your eyes off the road to glance at your phone could result in someone getting hurt or even killed.” Mounties are urging TriCities drivers to use a handsfree device that can be operated with a single touch to make or receive phone calls and to pull over and stop at a safe location to text or email. Police are also reminding

drivers how much of a hit to the wallet they’ll get if they’re busted breaking the rules. The fine for using an electronic device while driving, like a cellphone that isn’t hands-free, is $167, while drivers who text or e-mail when driving can get three driver penalty points in addition to a fine. Drivers in the graduated licence program (GLP) are not permitted to use any electronic device, even handsfree devices. If busted, GLP drivers receive a $167 fine and three driver penalty points. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

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jdeutsch@thenownews.com It’s usually the job of cops to educate the public on scammers, but in a strange turn of events, the Port Moody Police Department has become the victim of an ongoing con. Over the last few days, the department has received calls from around the Lower Mainland from people indicating the force’s main telephone number is popping up on call displays in a scam from someone claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). According to police, the caller claims the CRA either owes them a refund or they owe back taxes, to be paid immediately. The caller then attempts to gather personal information from the victim. In some cases the caller threatens to have the person arrested if they refuse to cooperate.

Const. Luke van Winkel said the force wants the public to know the calls are not coming from the department. “It’s concerning when it starts happening with law enforcement agencies or with any government agency,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW, adding the department has received about a half dozen calls about the scam from places like Surrey and Burnaby. Van Winkel suggested there are a few ways scammers can use the department’s number, pointing out advances in technology and different smartphone apps that can do the trick. He said the department isn’t going to change its phone number, but rather, plans to look at what can be done to prevent it from happening again. Police are also reminding residents to contact them if they receive a similar call.

14 months for assault Jeremy DEUTSCH

jdeutsch@thenownews.com A New Westminster man will spend the next year behind bars for an assault at a Coquitlam house party last fall. Kyle Alain-Boya, 22, was handed a 14month sentence in Port Coquitlam provincial court after being convicted on several charges, including assault causing bodily harm and robbery. The incident happened on the morning of Sept. 2, 2013 after a youth was robbed and slashed at a house party on Chrome Crescent. Police said the suspects fled the scene after the robbery, while the victim was transported

to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and later released. Eight days later, Coquitlam Mounties arrested and charged Alain-Boya in the case, chalking up the arrest to good old-fashioned investigative work. “It becomes a top priority for the detachment when dealing with crimes so serious in nature,” said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung in a statement. “Not only was the suspect identified and arrested in eight days, investigators also worked around the clock to put together a strong case for a successful prosecution.” Alain-Boya also received a lifetime firearms ban and three years probation.

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Court ruling raises concerns for samaritans DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAMS LIKE OPERATION RED NOSE COULD BE IMPACTED

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com In the years that Chris Wilson has headed the Operation Red Nose service in the Tri-Cities, he never heard of a drunken passenger grabbing the wheel and nearly causing a crash. “Ninety-nine per cent of the time our clients are respectful and appreciative,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW. Wilson pointed out there’s only the odd time where a Red Nose client is belligerent or rowdy during a pick-up. But the Operation Red Nose coordinator said he would be watching closely how the provincial government deals with a recent court ruling that could be problematic for designated drivers in B.C.

A Supreme Court decision this week found that drivers are not entitled to compensation through third-party liability insurance for injuries in crashes caused by their drunk passengers. In a ruling on a personal-injury claim dating back to 2006, Justice Anthony Saunders decided a woman cannot collect an $800,000plus judgment from ICBC. Marnetta Felix, 44 at the time, was driving her inebriated boyfriend Kevin Hearne home to Chilliwack from a soccer tournament on July 8, 2006. He grabbed the steering wheel, causing Felix to lose control of the vehicle. It left Highway 1 and rolled over, badly injuring her and killing him. In September 2011, the single mother of

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two daughters was awarded $791,950 in damages and costs of $71,292.63 against Hearne’s estate. Under the Insurance (Motor Vehicle) Act, Felix sought to recover from ICBC the total amount of $863,242.63 plus post-judgment interest. The court ruling has Wilson and many others concerned about what it will mean for designated driver programs like Operation Red Nose. Operation Red Nose uses a team of volunteers to drive you and your car home, for a donation. Volunteers work in teams of three with two driving the client in the client’s vehicle and the third following behind in another vehicle. Last year, the service offered 936 rides in the Tri-Cities, including New Westminster and Burnaby, raising more than $27,000 for KidSport Tri-Cities. Wilson said he intends to strongly encourage and persuade the provincial government to do what they can to try and change the law as quickly as possible. He did suggest the specific case that started the issue was a freak incident. On Wednesday, the provincial government announced it was also looking at ways to respond to the court ruling, which could include legislative amendments. ICBC was also said to be reviewing the decision. Felix’s lawyer argued she should be covered by third-party liability because Hearne was a passenger who committed a negligent act no different than if he had opened the door on a cyclist. Moreover, if she were not covered, he insisted, designated drivers would be put at risk. The judge agreed. “It is foreseeable that impaired persons may behave foolishly while

being driven by a designated driver, and in doing so could distract the driver or interfere in operation of the vehicle,” Saunders acknowledged. “Injury to the designated driver might result. In such a situation, to refuse to extend liability coverage to an impaired passenger on the grounds that his or her use of the vehicle as a passenger is not ‘use’ within the meaning of the Revised Regulation would potentially leave an injured designated driver without any means of obtaining compensation.” The justice added: “This would appear to be a powerful disincentive to anyone acting as a designated driver, when there was any risk of a passenger acting irresponsibly.” Nevertheless, the justice said his analysis of the law led him inexorably to the conclusion that Felix was not covered. The statute, he said, extended indemnity explicitly to a passenger who causes injury or death to a person not occupying the vehicle. “On its face, this section would appear to be intended to encompass situations such as a passenger opening a door and thereby interfering with a passing cyclist,” Saunders explained. But it did not cover situations such as this, when a passenger has grabbed the wheel. “(ICBC) is under no obligation to indemnify the Hearne estate, and the plaintiff’s claim must therefore fail,” Saunders concluded. “The consequence of this interpretation as regards designated drivers is one which some may find disturbing. If that consequence was unintended, that is a matter for consideration by the government.” —With files from the Vancouver Sun

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SIDES SCRAMBLE FOR QUICK SOLUTION TO TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ON THURSDAY

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com Members of the Kwikwetlem First Nation intend to meet with CP Rail officials following a communication breakdown that nearly cut off the only road to the reserve for a day. The issue began earlier in the week when the band found out CP Rail would be closing the only exit road — near Colony Farm Park — from the reserve Thursday for maintenance. Band officials said they only learned about the closure through a road sign Tuesday morning and were never consulted by the railway. Besides blocking kids from being driven to school, the band said the closure would quash a planned Health Day, whereby a number of health practitioners were scheduled to come into the community and help out elders. The band was considering cancelling the event, but by Wednesday, the two sides had spoken and reached an agreement. CP Rail agreed to build a temporary exit off the reserve for the day.

In an e-mail response to the Tri-Cities NOW, CP Rail spokesWhile the band’s community consultation coordinator, Stephen Armstrong, said the agreement solved a short-term person Ed Greenberg said “CP acknowledges there was an problem, it didn’t solve the larger issue of conunintentional breakdown in communication sultation. with the band, something we recognized very “We need to establish consultation,” he told quickly, which is why it was important to have a the Tri-Cities NOW. direct discussion with band officials as quickly “We definitely need to sit down with CP Rail as possible on Wednesday.” We definitely and get some education going here. We’re more He went on to note “Our railway regrets need to sit down any inconvenience the situation placed on the than happy to work with them as long as they consult with us.” Kwikwetlem First Nation and we were pleased with CP Rail Armstrong argued consultation should be the we were able to address concerns. and get some top priority when it comes to any project that “CP values our relationship with the band education going and our railway is looking forward to conaffects the Kwikwetlem First Nation. The band intends to invite officials from the tinuing to build a strong collaboration for the here. railway to a meeting in an effort to avoid a simifuture.” –Stephen Armstrong lar situation. The band sent out these tweets from its Kwikwetlem First Armstrong said he didn’t want to speculate Twitter account Wednesday and Thursday: why there was a breakdown in communication, Nation spokesperson “Thank you CP Rail, @cityofcoquitlam and @ noting previously CP Rail had been very open MetroVancouver for coordinating another exit/ to consultation. entrance for our members out of our IR#1.” “CP Rail has apologized for their non-consultation and have offered a alternative route. We must continue to stand up when we are not heard!”

PoMo hosts disability forum John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com A province-wide conversation around the issues most challenging to those with disabilities is coming to Port Moody next week. The Wednesday, Feb. 12 session is part of a larger consultation process headed up by the B.C. Liberals in an effort to understand those barriers, while also coming up with solutions. The end goal will see the province produce a white paper based on the feedback from the more than 15 sessions being held across the province. Organized by Port MoodyCoquitlam MLA Linda Reimer, the Feb. 12 discussion runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Kyle Centre in Port Moody.

Linda Reimer “People will be invited to share their thoughts on how government, business and communities can better support people with disabilities to fully participate in our communities,” Reimer said. The consultation process

kicked off in late January, and is being held both online and in communities throughout the province. Two advisory groups, the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility, and the Presidents Group, are helping to facilitate the conversation. Those participating online can do so in one of six different topic areas: innovation’ personal supports, work and contribution, housing and accessibility, social networks and asset accumulation.

“I think we have to better design our communities so that people with disabilities have full access to everything,” Reimer said. “That includes the homes and apartments we’re designing and the sidewalks that we’re putting in.” The public consultation period wraps up on March 11, while the white paper will be released in May. Those who can’t attend the Feb. 12 session are encouraged to participate in the conversation online by logging on to http://engage.gov. bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper.

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Take yourself on a blind date and fall in love with reading all over again at the Port Moody Public Library. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and discover a whole new world of literary possibilities, according to a press release. Through Feb. 14, library staff are inviting readers to take a chance with an anonymous book. You won’t know the title or the author of your book date; all you’ll get is a hint about the genre. The rest is wrapped up tight until you get your date home. Will this be the beginning of something beautiful, or end after the first chapter? When your date is over, fill out the “rate your date” bookmark and return it with the book. Was your book a dud, just a friend or true love? To make a date, visit the library at 100 Newport Dr.


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Port Coquitlam residents are invited to explore the health opportunities in their community at the Wilson Centre Healthy Living Fair on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held in Wilson Centre at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex (2150 Wilson Ave.), the fair will feature more than 50 agencies and businesses, according to a press release. Each is focused on varying aspects of staying healthy through the aging process, including physical and mental health, wellness, recreation and financial planning.

about road safety initiatives and other transportation resources. Admission to the Wilson Centre Healthy Living Fair is

by ICBC and the RCMP. This session aims to demystify ICBC’s seniors’ re-examination process, provides tips for the senior driver, information

free, and people of all ages are invited to visit the interactive displays, attend information sessions and take part in raffle draws.

throughout the day. The fair is sponsored by the City of Port Coquitlam. For more information, call the city at 604-927-7974.

Healthy snacks and lunch will be available for purchase at the café. Informative health talks will be offered free of charge

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Information sessions at the fair include: 10:05 a.m. — Better Meals 10:30 a.m. — Yoga for Healthy Aging: Join Cheryl Kapitza to learn about some of yoga’s ancient traditional practices and benefits, such as improving mobility, reducing pain, lowering your blood pressure, relieving stress and increasing energy levels. 11 a.m. — Fun with the Royale Astoria: Join the recreation team from the Royale Astoria as they take you through some fun, healthy activities. 11:30 a.m. — The Healing Power of Mindfulness: Discover the fundamentals of meditation and how it can be easily incorporated into your daily life. Enhance your physical health and emotional well-being by adopting a certain state of mind and transforming your life from the inside out. Noon — Living Active is Living Well: The Active Choices Program with the University of Victoria will help you develop a regular physical activity regime. Trained coaches are provided to help you set and maintain your exercise plan. 12:30 p.m. — Tinnitus: “Why are my ears ringing constantly?” presented by Kennedy Hearing Centre. 1 p.m. — NeuroNutrition: Energize your body and engage on a new level of wellness. This groundbreaking seminar by Nutrition Canada will change the way you think about food to develop healthier eating habits. 1 p.m. — Safe Driving information presented

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Naturalists plan a journey to the stars At the Tuesday, Feb. 11 meeting of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, stargazer Dudley Booth will present a slide show called “A Journey to the Stars.” Booth has been a keen amateur astronomer for more than 50 years, and during most of those 50 orbits of the sun, he has kept himself up-to-date on the discoveries made by NASA and Hubble. The journey with Booth begins with a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral as would be seen by astronauts. He’ll take the audience past the planets, asteroids and comets, and other galaxies, and ultimately travel to the edge of the Universe and the beginning of time. It promises to be quite the trip. Blast-off will be at 7:30 p.m. in the church hall of Como Lake United Church,

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When dining out, it’s not always the case that we get to know who’s creating our meals in the kitchen. Lucky for patrons of Browns Socialhouse behind Coquitlam Town Centre, they get Executive Chef Jason Labahn for the next three months.

Labahn has launched the latest feature sheet menu, using this location as a temporary test kitchen with Chef Steve Dacunha until the restaurant’s official test kitchen opens this March in Langley. Feature sheet dishes change frequently, as customer feedback is taken into account and both popular and new items appear on the menu, like kale, quinoa and chicken salad ($14.50), steak friets with blue cheese garlic butter ($19.50) and an Oreo cookie jar ($8). Yes, that means homemade whipped Oreo cheesecake in a jar. The space here is a sight to see, too, outfitted with a skull locker and custom Sicis mosaic floor. It’s all we need to know. 120-2950 Glen Dr., Coquitlam, 604-474-3255, www.brownsrestaurantgroup.com

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An imaginary visit to our neighbouring galaxy Andromeda will be part of the tour at the Feb. 11 Burke Mountain Naturalists meeting. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is thought to look like this. located on the corner of Marmont Street and King Albert Avenue in Coquitlam. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge

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Northern Quebec’s Manicouagan crater is roughly 215 million years old. Ironically, it can help us get a youthful-looking complexion.

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If clearing out your closet or spending less money on clothes is part of your plan for 2014, then we suggest you check out Mine & Yours. Inspired by the trenddriven consignment stores in LA, this downtown boutique purchases or trades clothes with Vancouver’s most stylish shoppers. They describe it as a revolving community closet, filled with party dresses, casual wear, and killer shoes. We spotted a $40 Versace skirt, four pairs of Christian Louboutins at $300 per pair, and a Vince leather shift dress for $190. Expect to find brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton alongside Wilfred and Topshop. Items are priced to move quickly, and they pay cash instead of using a complicated and time consuming consignment system (which also means they tend to get the best stuff). Buying days are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, so clear out your closet and exchange it for cash or trade it for something new, or as we like to say, new to you. Mine & Yours, 1060 Hornby St., Vancouver, 604-620-8885, www.mineandyours.com

Pablo Neruda said “Mexico City is in the markets,” and on a recent weekend jaunt to this bustling capital, so were we. Stay Channel your inner Tyler Brulé (or pretend you’re a Mexican telecom tycoon) in the cool business district hotel, Hotel Distrito Capital from Grupo Habita (who also opened the Hotel Americano in Chelsea). The views are expansive - as are the rooms. We hired a driver here to take us to the markets on whirlwind tour. Hotel Distrito Capital Av. Juan Salvador Agraz 37 Santa Fe, 5255-5282-2199, www.hoteldistritocapital.com Explore Mercado Sonora is a vast network of connected markets where you can find just about anything if you are willing to enter the labyrinth. In the market for a peacock, a new fridge and a Day of the Dead costume? You’re in luck! We also found an entire stall of trendy enamel plateware for a fraction of what it costs at West Elm. Look for cobs of corn grilled over coals with chili and lime. Read the full Mexico www.vitamindaily.com

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like images with an appeal of bright colours, The Lego Movie is distinct in style, having drawn its inspiration from fan-made, stop-motion Lego clips widely popular and prodigiously available on the Internet. Lord and Miller have made an ode to those projects, pointing to an even greater purpose — namely, to touch everyone through the gateway of their inner child. The final product evokes the sense that we are watching a child’s visualized imagination during playtime with plastic blocks. This film deserves not only that patrons take in the pleasures of its masterfully conceived animation but also that they delve into the profundity of its themes and messages — the way corporations affect common people’s everyday lives. Why is having faith necessary in a life where companies have already written life’s instructions? How does greed influence the artistic pablum that is released and consumed? This film asserts that business tends to be art’s kryptonite. How ironic. The Lego Movie is an anti-corporate film masquerading as a major greed enterprise. To read more, visit www.cinephilia.ca.

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FRIDAY, FEB 7 Terry Fox Library hosts “Wooden ships and iron will — the

early days on the river in Port Coquitlam,” from 2 to 3 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. In conjunction with the PoCo Heritage Society, this presentation will follow in the footsteps of early explorers and surveyors, and look at the history of shipbuilding in PoCo during the Second World War. The forest industry played a large role in the city’s maritime heritage, with companies such as Harken Towing, Forrest Marine and Bennecks Water Taxi running along the Pitt River to logging camps. Call 604-927-7999 to register for this free presentation. Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch, plays host to its recurring film series known as National Film Board of Canada: Friday Afternoon at the Movies from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett Room of the branch, 575 Poirier St. The featured film will be Stories We Tell. Info: 604-937-4130.

SATURDAY, FEB 8

Friends of the Coquitlam Public Library Society meet at 10:30 a.m. in Room 127 of the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way. New members are welcome. Info: 604-937-4130. Port Coquitlam Heritage Society hosts a rope-making demonstration by the Baden Powell Guild from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2100–2253 Leigh Square in PoCo. This session is open to all guilding, scouting and heritage members, as well as the broader community. Info: www.pocoheritage.org.

MONDAY, FEB 10 Metro Vancouver Parks offers a free Family Day walk around

Sasamat Lake from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A park interpreter will lead the walk around the trail looping the lake, offering advice on the biodiversity within the park. Meet at the washroom building below parking lot F at White Pine Beach off Bedwell Bay Road. Info: 604-432-6359.

TUESDAY, FEB 11

Terry Fox Library hosts a discussion on the different Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP) that are available, from 7 to 8 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Guest speaker Johnathan Kellert will examine grants, bond, the different types of RESPs available and more. Register by calling 604-927-7999. Port Coquitlam Heritage Society hosts a discussion on Inter-

net safety at 7 p.m. at 2100–2253 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. Port Moody Police Const. Luke Van Winkel will examine social media sites, privacy, safety, and tips for safe surfing. Info: info@pocoheritage. org.

WEDNESDAY, FEB 12 Tri-City Centennial Stamp Club hosts a small stamp auction

at 7 p.m. in the McGee Room of the Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier St. in Coquitlam. Stamp viewing starts at 7, while an auction gets underway at 8. Info: www.stampclub.ca or call 604941-9306.

THURSDAY, FEB 13 Tri-City Christian Women’s Club hosts the Women’s Con-

nection Luncheon, noon at the Executive Inn, 405 North Rd. in Coquitlam. Crystal Hicks, a vocal artist who performs with the Trinity Western University Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, will share her story through word and song. Info: Frieda at 604-937-7198. Tri-Cities Caregiver Program hosts a pair of caregiver support meetings in PoCo and Coquitlam. The first sessions runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Shaughnessy Care Centre, 2250 Wilson Ave. in PoCo. The second meeting goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Place Maillardville, 1200 Cartier Ave. in Coquitlam. Both sessions are open to all caregivers. Info: Karen Tyrell at 778-789-1496.

FRIDAY, FEB 14 Tri-Cities Caregiver Program hosts a caregiver support meet-

ing at Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St. in Coquitlam, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. All caregivers are welcome to attend. Info: 778-7891496 Glen Pine Pavilion plays host to a Special Valentine’s Day luncheon from noon to 2 p.m at 1200 Glen Pine Court in Coquitlam. Special guests and entertainers will be on tap in the pavilion’s Great Room. Admission is $12 for members, $17 for non members. Attendees are encouraged to wear red and pink. To register, cal 604-927-6940. Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch, plays host to its recurring film series known as National Film Board of Canada: Friday Afternoon at the Movies, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 575 Poirier St. The featured film will be The Fruit Hunters, which stars Bill Pullman and his obsession to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills.

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SATURDAY, FEB 15 Trinity United Church hosts a screening of Al Helm (The

Dream) – Martin Luther King in Palestine at 7 p.m. at 2211 Prairie Ave. in PoCo. The plot features an African-American gospel choir’s travels to Palestine to present a play about Martin Luther King. Refreshments will be provided at this free screening. Info: 604-942-2184 or 604-942-0022. City of Port Coquitlam hosts the Wilson Centre Healthy Living Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Wilson Centre at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, 2150 Wilson Ave. More than 50 agencies will be on site, offering presentations about varying aspects of staying healthy as we age, including physical and mental health, wellness, recreation and financial planning. Info: 604-927-7974.

SUNDAY, FEB 16

1st Port Coquitlam Scouts host a bottle drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kilmer Elementary School, 1575 Knappen St. in Port Coquitlam. For assured pick up, call 604-970-2579.

ONGOING Crossroads Hospice Society hosts a free walking group for

the bereaved on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The group meets at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre. Hospice volunteers will be present on the free walk through Rocky Point Park or Orchard Beach. Newcomers can register by calling Castine Breckwoldt at 604-949-2274. Debtors Anonymous meets regularly to offer hope and recovery to debtors, compulsive spenders and underearners. Info: 604-878-3328 or www.debtorsanonymous.org. Developmental Disabilities Association offers free pickup of gently used houseware items, including dishes, toys and books. Cloth items can be dropped off in bins. Furniture, dishes and clothes are accepted at donation stations. Info: 604-2734332. Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary hosts a coffee program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays in the main lobby of the hospital, 475 Guildford Way, Port Moody. Sales of beverages and baked goods raise funds for the purchase of hospital equipment and patient comfort items. Fibromyalgia Support Group meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Poirier branch of the Coquitlam Public Library, 575 Poirier St. Info: Julie Park at 604-936-6027.

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The B.C. Christian Academy Panthers look to regain that No. 1-feeling in the Single-A senior boys playoffs, led by Team B.C. members Kosia Cauw, Keenan Dowell and Dean Johnston. the coach’s son, is also the creative force at point guard. The trio get plenty of support from a lineup that, for the most part, have been together nearly six years, thanks to development time spent in the Tri-City Youth Basketball Association. “Dean and Kosia are just giants and dominate inside, but it’s helped that Kosia can play outside on the perimeter as well as go inside. If we get into a zone that tries to shut that down, Keenan’s there shooting three’s,” remarked the coach. At 15-3 overall and undefeated in league play, the Panthers built a strong case for its top-ranking status since early December. Mixed in amongst a string of victories have been a 74-62 decision

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over Triple-A Killarney, a 61-56 win over West Point Grey, and last month a three-game sweep of both the Archbishop Carney and St. John’s Jam tourneys, facing Triple- and Double-A rivals. “With those two tournament wins under our belts I think it’s a sign that we are ready to win on a bigger stage,” noted Keenan, 15. Because the school is so small — with just five Grade 12 boys and seven Grade 11s in the whole building — to go toe-to-toe with the likes R.C. Palmer, Sa-Hali and Best is impressive. Beating Killarney was an eye-opener, but not for the Panthers, Johnston said. “We played the best basketball that we could. We kept focused the whole game and played as

a team for the whole game,” he said. “The players coming off the bench were ready to play and really stepped it up on the court.” Last year’s B.C.s, where the club’s run ended against Unity in the second round, put them 10th, but set the tone for this season. “The sport has shaped the way I act outside of the court and it has given me the belief that I can achieve anything if I work hard towards it,” said Cauw. Those achievements underscore what it’s all about, said coach Dowell. “As a Christian school we let God do the rest, we don’t worry about wins and losses,” he noted. “If we put in the hard work, we will be rewarded.”

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It wasn’t picture perfect, but Terry Fox Ravens coach Steve Hanson will take it. Tuesday saw the senior Ravens catch fire at the right time and pull out a 70-60 victory over the hard-charging Heritage Woods To see game photos, scan Kodiaks, keeping this page with Layar Fox in the battle for North League top honours. Down 37-32 at halftime, the Ravens exploded with a strong third quarter to take a 14-point lead early in the fourth. They held off a Heritage push and improved to 3-1 on the season. “It was more of a relief than anything,” remarked Hanson of the win. “I didn’t think we played very well but we found a way to get it done.”

Dan OLSON sports@thenownews.com After sitting in the prime No. 1-ranking spot for nearly two months, there was some solace Thursday for B.C. Christian Academy Panthers head coach Doug Dowell in seeing his team tumble to fourth place in the newly released Single-A senior boys basketball poll. With the playoffs beginning next week, all ratings go into the shredder, anyways. “You have a hiccup every now and then, and this really just reflects what happened last week,” said Dowell. The ‘hiccup’ came in a pair of losses at the Glenlyon tourney last weekend, with a 95-92 overtime defeat at the hands of No. 2-rated West Point Grey Academy, and a 51-47 setback to No. 3-ranked St. John’s Eagles. The Panthers had come off the exam break a little rusty and with a number of players hampered by the flu, noted Dowell. “It was one of those things where we shouldn’t have played, we were so sick,” he said. “We just ran out of gas.” The knock down the ladder won’t deter the 15-player team from its goals next Tuesday, when they crossover to play the Valley East champion and newly minted No. 1-rated Unity Christian to start the playoffs. Those around the hardwood have been aware of PoCo-based B.C. Christian for some time, thanks to the presence of three Team B.C. players on its roster. Six-foot-eight Grade 12s Kosia Cauw and Dean Johnston bring the power to the team’s up-tempo game, causing fits for opposing defences. Then there’s Grade 10 Keenan Dowell, who while being

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SKIER SLALOMS TO 9TH Port Moody’s Kelsey Voss posted a strong ninth-place finish in both the under-16 girls slalom events at the 78th running of the Enquist Slalom ski race. Voss is a member of the Hemlock Ski Team, which got its lone medal performance from Surrey’s Nick Mitro, who won his Saturday u-18 boys slalom and took silver in Sunday’s race, earning him a bronze overall.

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Now they’ve got company. The Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves’ hold on first place in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League’s premier division became a shared venture after their 2-0 setback to CCBRT United last Friday. The Surrey squad matched the Wolves movefor-move and took the lead in the 70th minute on Nick Soolsma’s first of two tallies. Coquitlam exerted some pushback, with shots by Jules Chopin and Lucas Reis. The Wolves got strong efforts from netminder Mathew Bird and midfielder Lukas Krivak, as they fell to 9-5-5. They sit tied for first with Surrey United. Coquitlam hosts EDC Burnaby on Saturday, 3 p.m. at Town Centre East.

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Renegades’ Tascona Chiefs dwarfed by Giants tallies twice in u-12 win MINORSOCCER Squaring off against cross-river rivals from PoCo, the Coquitlam Metro-Ford under-12 girls Renegades were on top of their game en route to a 2-1 win in minor soccer action last week. Christa Tascona opened the scoring in the first half with a long run down the left side that she converted for a 1-0 lead. Coquitlam, which dominated possession during the playoff-calibre game, upped its lead when Olivia Gallina found Tascona with a long cross, which the forward buried for her second of the game. The Renegades then wrapped it up by keeping PoCo at bay, with the opposition marker coming with a couple minutes left in regulation. • In their second league championship game, the Coquitlam Metro-Ford u-15 gold girls TNT ran aground of the Royal City Rebels, who pulled out a hard-fought 1-0 decision. Coquitlam had an early scoring chance, when Cristina Danieli and Kaisha Markiewicz closed towards the net with just a lone defender but saw the shot just miss the net. Defensively, the squad received stellar work from Olivia Dawson and Amanda Yap, who kept Royal City shooters on their heels most of the game. Netminder Alivia Ungaro did a tremendous job and made a couple of key stops, while

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Risako Kazemi, Sarah Jetha and Kirstin Davies teamed up to thwart another Rebel scoring opportunity. Royal City won it with a late goal in the second half, but Coquitlam mustered a final push to net the equalizer and fell just short. • Natalie Asperger’s hard shot in the first half proved to be the game’s only offence, lifting the Coquitlam Metro-Ford u-18 MSL girls Threat past PoCo 1-0 to wrap up the regular season. Drawing her second straight player-of-thegame honours was Jamie Culpo. The Threat, who finished league play at 14-2 and outscored the opposition 50-6, advanced to next week’s semifinal. • In their District Cup match with Port Moody, the Coquitlam Metro-Ford u-17 boys Crusaders came up empty in a 5-0 loss. Turning in solid efforts were Giordano Bua, Dylan Desousa, Ryan Fielding and Marcas Blackstock.

The Coquitlam-based Vancouver North East Chiefs came up against a virtual immoveable force on the weekend, getting bumped 8-5 and 8-1 by the Vancouver Northwest Giants. In the opener of the home-and-home weekend, the Chiefs erased a 1-0 deficit with five straight goals — two by Matthew Hermary — to lead 5-1 after 20 minutes. The second-place Giants poured on the offence the rest of the way to skate off with an 8-5 win. Rounding out the Chiefs offence were San Chung, Brodie Crawford and Caleb Fantillo. A day later, the Giants prevailed in quick fashion, scoring the game’s first three goals before Jeffrey Wong put the Northeast squad on the scoresheet.

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Ravens keep Kodiaks at bay CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 Leading the way for Fox was Liam Hancock, with 25 points, while Mike West tallied 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Both teams coughed up more than 30 turnovers, a bad stat even in a win. The Ravens play Pitt tonight (Friday), 7:30 p.m. at Terry Fox. In another key first-place game, Gleneagle visits Port Moody.

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The North East Chiefs sit fourth overall in the BCMMHL at 17-13-4. Their next test comes Feb. 15 when the third-place Valley West Hawks visit Coquitlam’s Planet Ice.

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