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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com It’s a major cache of weapons that police believe was destined to fall into the hands of criminals in the Tri-Cities and beyond. On Tuesday, Coquitlam Mounties showed off a haul of guns and ammunition seized by its street enforcement team during a raid in June. In all, 33 firearms including a Galil assault rifle and a fully-automatic machine gun were seized, along with 62 prohibited high-capacity ammunition magazines, 30,000 rounds of ammunition,

two body armours, 60,000 counterfeit DVDs and prepackaged marijuana. Marc Wisdom, 41, of Maple Ridge is facing 50 criminal charges including 26 counts related to firearms and ammunition, 20 counts for possession of prohibited devices and four counts of possession of prohibited weapons. RCMP investigators allege Wisdom was illegally selling guns in the Tri-Cities to criminals. “The removal of a number of these firearms from the streets of British Columbia have reduced a severe threat,” said RCMP Cpl. Frank CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Mail not delivered for four days UNION UPSET AS CANADA POST LEAVES ROUTE UNATTENDED ON WESTWOOD PLATEAU

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com It could be another black eye for the postal service in the Tri-Cities, as one Coquitlam neighbourhood went without mail for several days last week. According the local union of postal workers, the carrier responsible for an area around the Westwood Plateau was sick for four days last week and was unable to deliver the mail. Union representative Cindy McDonnell said Canada Post brought in supervisors for one day, but the mail failed to get out the rest of the week. The days in question were Aug 30, Sept. 3, 4 and 6. By Monday, the carrier was back and the mail started to flow. However, the local union is concerned the situation will not only reflect poorly on the service, but the carriers themselves. “Their [mail carriers] concern is people are going to get frustrated and take it out on the carriers, because they’re thinking ‘where’s my mail?” McDonnell told the Tri-Cities NOW. She explained the urban carriers, who are under a different collective agreement than the suburban carriers in Coquitlam, offered to help take the shift in relief, but Canada Post refused. McDonnell said the problem could be voided if Canada Post hired more casuals in the

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A neighbourhood on Coquitlam’s Westwood Plateau went without mail for several days last week after a letter carrier was off work sick. region to take over when a regular carrier is sick. She also noted the carrier, who just returned from maternity leave, was expected to deliver five days of mail in one day.

“That’s very unfair,” McDonnell said, also adding she expects similar situations to happen in the future. For its part, Canada Post acknowledged

there were “unexpected absences” that “challenged” its resources. “As a result, one route did receive delivery on alternate days,” said Eugene Knapik, manager of media relations for Canada Post in an e-mail. “We are committed to delivering mail within our service standards, and we typically process mail to have most of it delivered a day in advance. This allows us the flexibility to optimize our labour force when we experience such an unexpected period of high absenteeism and still generally deliver within our committed standard. The situation last week was an anomaly and I can confirm that we have returned to normal delivery this week.” Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart has been an outspoken critic of Canada Post, and isn’t pleased with the most recent incident. “They’re [Canada Post] struggling to be relevant… it’s not going to help if you’re outdated perhaps, but you’re unreliable,” he said. Stewart said he’s spoken with officials from the postal service in the past on the issue of community mailbox theft, and he intends to meet with them again regarding the most recent incident. The mayor said he wants to know a similar situation won’t happen again. “Even one day without mail is unacceptable,” he said.

Three paintball attacks in Port Coquitlam It’s one of the more cowardly acts of crime and now Coquitlam Mounties are on the lookout for the suspect responsible for three paintball attacks in Port Coquitlam over the weekend. Police said three people were vic-

timized by a paintball shooter within a two-hour period after midnight on Sunday. According to RCMP, the series of events began when a vehicle heading westbound on Lougheed Highway near the Coquitlam River Bridge was hit by blue paintballs.

Then a pedestrian who was walking in the same area was shot multiple times. Police said the night of “paintball mayhem” ended when two vehicles going through the Lougheed Highway and Coast Meridian Road

intersection were hit several times by paintballs. No one was hurt in the three incidents and the suspect is still at large. “If whoever did this thinks it was a funny prank, then that person

should give his or her head a shake,” said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung. “Shooting paintballs at someone could cause serious injuries if the projectile hit the eyes. This is not a joking matter and the shooter could face significant criminal charges.”

Province improves signs near interchange CITY RELIEVED AS PROVINCE UPGRADES SIGNS NEAR CAPE HORN

John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com The City of Coquitlam and the province appear to be bridging the gap over longstanding signage concerns near the Port Mann Bridge. A representative from the Ministry of Transportation appeared before council in committee Monday to outline a series of ongoing improvements that now link antiquated route names with actual destinations. Up until the last month, the vast majority of signs used numbers only to indicate major routes in the area: Barnet Highway being referred to as Highway 7A, Lougheed Highway appearing on signage as Highway 7, and Route 7B being used as a place name for the Mary Hill Bypass. Now those signs include specific destinations — pointing motorists to Coquitlam City Centre or Maple Ridge, among other places — alongside those numeric designations. “We’ve tried to address most of the issues,” said Patrick Livolsi, the south coast regional director with the Ministry of

Transportation. “That’s not to say that there’s not more tweaking that can go on … I think people are finding it a little bit easier to figure out their destination.” Livolsi said 26 new signs have gone up near the bridge and around the Cape Horn Interchange in the last month. Three more signs will be added next year when the bridge is fully expanded to handle 10 lanes of traffic. Livolsi added that his ministry hasn’t “really received any complaints,” since those changes were made. Mayor Richard Stewart noted the signage issue was previously the biggest single source of complaints related to the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Improvement project, even more so than construction noise. However, Stewart and others on council suggested the vast majority of their signage concerns have been addressed. “The transformation [of the Cape Horn Interchange] is incredible and the fact that you’ve been able to keep it open and keep it running, I think is just an engineering marvel,” said Coun. Craig Hodge. Despite all those positives, a series of concerns did remain, mostly around the state of the Brunette Avenue Interchange, which Coun. Lou Sekora referred to as a “disaster.” Livolsi conceded that not much high-level planning for the area can take place until a final decision is made on how to replace the 76-year-old Pattullo Bridge. twitter.com/johnkurucz

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New highway signs near the Cape Horn Interchange include both the name and route number.


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possess restricted-class firearms, but alleged he chose to sell them illegally to criminals. Wisdom did not have a criminal record. Grosspietsch noted police are seeing a trend Grosspietsch, with the National Weapons from people who don’t have criminal records Enforcement Support Team. Police began the investigation into Wisdom choosing to sell weapons on the black market, adding the markup is signifiback in February after getting cant. wind of the seller through He suggested an automatic information gathered by the weapon could fetch up to force’s criminal analyst and $5,000-plus. information received at the Guns and drugs RCMP Insp. Paulette Freill detachment. are not only a said the removal of the On June 12, Coquitlam Coquitlam or weapons from the street makes Mounties, with the help of sevPort Coquitlam the community safer from gun eral other agencies, raided four violence. locations in Coquitlam, Port problem. She also suggested the bust Coquitlam and Maple Ridge. –Insp. Paulette Freill eliminated a major source of Wisdom was arrested in illegal guns in the community. Maple Ridge without incident. “Guns and drugs are not Police would not reveal the locations of the Port Coquitlam or Coquitlam only a Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam problem,” raids, or offer details on how the suspect is Freill said, noting the co-operation between related to the Tri-Cities, other than to note he police jurisdictions on the case. “Guns and drugs are a regional problem worked in PoCo. Investigators also didn’t say if the weapons and with regional problems come the need for were used in a crime or how long Wisdom had regional solutions.” As for Wisdom, he’s due back in Port been in business. Grosspietsch said Wisdom was licensed to Coquitlam provincial court on Sept. 19.

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Guilty plea in fraud ALVIN CHAND’S PROBLEMS BEGAN AS HE GAVE POLICE A FORGED DRIVER’S LICENCE

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A week later, Chand was pulled over by police in New Westminster after he frauduA Port Coquitlam credit lently rented a vehicle. He was once again found card thief will spend the rest of the year in jail after plead- with two forged credit cards. Chand was finally picked ing guilty in provincial court up for good on Jan. 16 of to his crimes. On Friday, a provincial this year after local RCMP court judge sentenced Alvin raided his Port Coquitlam Chand, 44, to one year in jail home where he lived with his and one year probation after mother. In what was described as he plead guilty to a global a “credit card charge of posfactory” in session of court by the identity inforCrown, invesmation for the tigators seized purpose of Mr. Alvin Chand a number of fraud. is well-know to items that Chand was includedcredit arrested by us. card printers, Coquitlam –Coquitlam RCMP a laminator, Mounties in gold foil and January and an embosser. has spent Police also found forged seven months in custody while his case made its way postal keys, stolen computers through the courts. He will and six stolen point-of-sale spend five more months terminals, commonly known behind bars to serve out the as Pinpads. Investigators also seized rest of his sentence. According to the agreed 250 stolen ID’s and credit facts of the case, the trouble cards. At the time, Chand was for Chand started on Sept. 5, 2012, when he was pulled facing a number of charges that included possession of a over by police in Langley. He gave cops a forged driv- stolen firearm, possession of er’s licence and was subse- instruments used in forging quently found to have forged or falsifying credit cards, poscredit cards in his wallet at session of identity documents of another person, and posthe time. jdeutsch@thenownews.com

session of stolen or forged credit cards. “Mr. Alvin Chand is wellknown to us,” Coquitlam RCMP said in a statement at the time of his arrest. “This successful investigation has disrupted the local identity theft ring and virtually stopped this ‘fake credit cards factory’ from running.” Chand was convicted of a similar offence back in 2011. But defense lawyer Sarah Jackson pointed out there were a series of events that led to Chand’s downward spiral. His lawyer explained her client’s life fell apart in 2005 after he lost his job with Telus, his father died and his truck was totalled in a hitand-run, all within a short amount of time. Jackson said Chand, who was born in Burnaby, fell in with the wrong crowd and started using crystal meth. His lawyer suggested his crimes were a result of an attempt to feed his addiction. She noted Chand has been working toward rehabilitation and has been clean from drugs since his incarceration. Judge Bonnie Craig also ordered Chand to continue to take drug counselling following his release from prison. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

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Oakdale Neighbourhood Association president Ben Craig has officially confirmed his intention to run in the Coquitlam byelection next month. Craig joins former councillor Doug Macdonell and local entrepreneur Bonita Zarillo as confirmed candidates. Several other hopefuls, including former councillor Barrie Lynch, Fred Soofi and Chris Wilson, have said they’re considering running. “I’ll run on a platform that supports communities, our small businesses and the taxpayer,” Craig said in an email to the Tri-Cities NOW. “With the cost of government going straight up in our city, I believe a taxpayer-focused councillor is desperately needed. I’ve been a financial advisor for 15 years. I understand the value of a dollar and the need to stick to budgets.” The 43-year-old, who has no political experience, suggested the Burquitlam area is under-represented by the current council. “Burquitlam will transform in the next few years,” he said. “With Evergreen Line construction underway and thousands of new residents coming to our area, it’s more important than ever to have a strong voice for our region.” The byelection to fill the two vacant council seats is set for Oct. 26, while the nomination period for candidates to complete their paperwork began Tuesday, Sept 10 and runs until Thursday, Sept. 20.


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Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were tested in Coquitlam Saturday.

North Guardian charges on a per-hour basis and provides a pilot and ground crew. Coyle, who started researching the use of these devices last year, said the idea behind Saturday’s demo was to bring SAR teams together to see how the UAVs would fit in with an actual search — whether the technology could let teams carry out tasks faster. “We hope it does, and we’re almost certain we’ll be able to use it,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW. Currently, any help in the air during a search is done with helicopters, which can be expensive and not readily available. In the case of the Zhang search, Coyle noted the team was given permission by provincial authorities to use a helicopter for two hours a day. He said the UAVs could have been used for parts of the day when the helicopter wasn’t available. Neither search and rescue teams nor North Guardian see the drones replacing the use of helicopters, but rather supporting rescue efforts. Jeff Howe, co-owner of the company, sees his machines as another set of eyes for SAR teams. “What we ended up doing was looking at how we could do something that could support existing agencies on the ground,” he said. Though Howe was reluctant to provide rates, he did indicate using a UAV is

significantly cheaper than a helicopter, which can cost in the four figures for an hour. He also said his team can get a UAV up in the air quicker than a manned helicopter. But it isn’t just SAR teams interested in the technology. Representatives from the Coquitlam fire department were also at the demo. Stu Aspinall, assistant fire chief with Coquitlam Fire & Rescue, said the drones could be used in a number of ways, including for calls to large structure fires and hazardous materials incidents. The vehicles could be sent in to have a look, before crews are used. UAVs could also be put to the test during an emergency in the tunnel of the yet-to-be-completed Evergreen Line. “Really, it’s unlimited. It’s a new technology that we’re having a look at, [to] see whether it’s something we can apply or not,” he said. Though Aspinall said there are still questions about the technology, he’s impressed with what he’s seen so far. “If this is another tool that will help make everybody safer and help us do our job safer then we’re interested in looking at it,” he said. Coyle also said there are challenges that need to be worked out before a drone is pressed into action. One example would be how the billing for the UAV service would be handled by Emergency Management BC, the organization that handles some search costs for SAR teams. North Guardian is working with Transport Canada on the use of UAVs, and has been issued a special flight operation certificate for the area around Eagle Mountain Park for the rest of the year. Coyle said the team intends to hold various experiments and tests in the fall before putting any UAVs into service. “We don’t want to be stumbling in the middle of a search trying to figure this out,” he said.

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t’s official. Elections BC has issued petition sheets for an initiative to amend the Police Act. The goal of the petitioners is to stop police from enforcing laws against possession and use of marijuana in B.C. — or at least to make it more difficult to prosecute against simple possession and use. The petitioners, calling themselves Sensible BC, see it as a way to decriminalize marijuana in B.C. without having to go through a federal government that is decidedly antagonistic towards any efforts to back off on its current drug laws. They now have 90 days to make their case and collect supporting signatures from at least 50 per cent of registered voters, including at least 50 per cent of registered voters in at least two thirds of the electoral districts in B.C. If they can do that, the government will be forced to seriously consider the proposal. They’ve got a long row to hoe — and it’s not just weed in that row. Interestingly, there has been little vocal support from prominent proponents of ending the prohibition on marijuana. And perhaps with good reason. For one thing, many of the high-profile people who have come out against the legal status quo for marijuana do not support decriminalization. Many want pot legalized, regulated and taxed — just like alcohol. Even among those who favour decriminalization, with possession and use of small amounts of pot penalized through tickets and modest fines, there are few who want to do it the Sensible BC way, by effectively hamstringing police, whose efforts against more serious offenders — high-level traffickers, grow-operators, multi-drug purveyors and the like — might also be hampered. And then, of course, while they may be a technical minority in Canada these days, there are still plenty of people who simply won’t sign any petition that allows freer use of marijuana or any drug.

AMALGAMATION WOULD SOLVE PAY RAISE PROBLEM 6.

Re: “Pay raise for council?” Wednesday, Sept.

Yet again, Port Moody city councillors are grappling with the tough question of whether to give themselves a pay raise. The median family income in Port Moody in 2005 was about $70,000. The total remuneration for a city councillor in 2012 is $25,000. I suggest that this 2.8-to-1 ratio should establish a formula. If councillors act to boost the median family income then they will gain a salary increase. Alternatively, we could slash city councillor expenditures (and civic staff too) by amalgamating the Tri-Cities. An amalgamated city would have a stronger voice in regional forums too, such as TransLink. D. Wilson Port Moody

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ast week’s column about how a wage hike for CUPE will likely be funded appeared to touch a nerve with a number of school trustees and teachers, who descended upon me on social media (notably Twitter) to say how unfair the whole situation is. The funding situation for B.C. schools is indeed unfair in many ways, but it doesn’t lessen the likelihood that school boards will have to dig into their budgets to give their employees a pay raise. Nevertheless, it’s important to examine whether school funding has fallen short over the past decade, or whether it has kept pace with mounting cost pressures. Every year, the provincial government likes to boast it has increased the average rate of funding-per-pupil. It now stands at about $8,600 per student, an increase of 37 per cent since 2001. And school districts’ operating budgets now total more than $4.7 billion, a 27-per-cent hike since 2001. On paper, this all looks significant and it appears the funding arrows are pointing the right way: upwards. And these increases have taken place even while student enrolment has declined by 72,000 in the last decade, a significant reduction. But school trustees have their own numbers, and they are not as positive. In fact, it’s hard to square the two opposing views in any meaningful way. School districts such as Vancouver have compiled a list of cost pressures they claim are not “funded” by the dollars-per-student funding model. For example, the Vancouver School Board estimates inflation alone has added $10 million to its budget over the last decade. Employee benefit improvements (including teachers’ pension

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changes and higher MSP premiums) have added a further $37 million and collective agreement wage hikes have added $58 million. There are other cost items as well, but the VSB puts it own funding “shortfall” for this year compared to its situation in 2002 at about $47 million. A two-percent hike for CUPE would cost an additional $2 million or so. Northern and rural school districts have other cost pressures. Heating costs are a bigger and more expensive issue in places like Prince George and Prince Rupert than in, say, Victoria. As well, rising bus costs are a bigger headache in Williams Lake than in Burnaby. One Prince George teacher, who read last week’s column with some despair, wrote to me to recount some of the challenges he encounters in his district. “While no two districts are alike,” wrote Glen Thielmann, “we have also seen a sharp increase in the amount of vulnerable, at-risk and special designation students in our classroom, coupled with downloaded parenting costs such as meal programs, after-school supervision, and community transitions/support programs designed to develop basic skills and maintain safety of kids.” His description sounds like the current funding levels aren’t getting the job done. To meet these rising costs, boards have pursued different options when it

comes to service cuts or resource reductions over the years. Teaching and librarian positions have been axed by varying degrees, and books and supplies have also been chopped. In some schools, the heat is turned down at times to save money. And parents find themselves having to fork over more money for their kids to purchase what’s needed in the classroom. And now the cutting exercise is about to begin again, CUPE wage hike or no CUPE wage hike. School trustees have been vocal in their protests about funding levels for years now, but there are no signs they’ve been able to persuade the provincial government in providing much more money for the system. In fact, the B.C. Liberals have been re-elected three times since trustees and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation started complaining about so-called underfunding of the education system. The K-12 education system simply has failed to register as a ballot box question in elections. Compounding the matter is that the B.C. Liberals no doubt view protests led by the BCTF and school trustees with direct ties to the NDP as being mostly political in nature, and therefore easier to dismiss. And that’s why the next school year will see a repeat of what we’re seeing now: the government will boast that it has increased education funding and school boards will cry foul, and both sides will appear to be correct. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC.


LETTERS WHY OPPOSE FAIRNESS AND ACCESSIBILITY?

Whales have shorter gestation periods. For the third time since the Local Government Elections Task Force tabled its report, the B.C. government has been stricken with a case of cold feet. In 2010, the task force made 31 recommendations to improve local democracy, including: setting campaign spending limits for candidates, requiring all election advertising to disclose who paid for it, and requiring financial reports to be posted online through Elections BC. Two months after the task force tabled its report, the government said it would proceed with the recommendations in time for the 2011 elections. Those elections came and went. Ida Chong, minister at the time, confessed that the Union of B.C. Municipalities and other groups “may be disappointed” by the government’s inertia. Last year, the government promised that the recommendations would be in place for the 2014 elections. This April, then-deputy minister Don Fast went so far

a councillor $11,000. If local campaign spending is obscene, it only follows that candidates need to fall back on contributors with obscenely large wallets to pay the bills. And fall back they did. In the 2011 elections, the single largest donation was $960,000 courtesy of local land developer Rob Macdonald to Vancouver’s NPA. To put that sum into context, it’s more than double what Naheed Nenshi spent on his way to winning the mayor’s chair of Calgary in 2010. Calgary has nearly a quarter of a million more voters than Vancouver. It’s why most provinces have strict rules over who can give to a campaign and how much they can donate. In Montreal the annual cap is $300, in Toronto it’s $2,500, in Winnipeg it’s $750 and in Calgary it’s $5,000. In Quebec, you can only donate to a candidate you can actually vote for. So if you live in Sherbrooke you can’t donate to a candidate running in Montreal. In Ontario and Manitoba you have to live in the province to donate to a candidate. But in B.C. a donor doesn’t even have to live in Canada to cough up as much cash as they want, resulting in the bizarre case

as to write: “The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is conducting the work necessary to implement the recommendations of the Local Government Elections Task Force in time for the 2014 elections.” But last month the government got cold feet. Again. Most of the recommendations may be put into law, but not all. Notably, the government has chosen not to proceed with campaign spending limits in favour of yet more consultation, even though the task force received more than 10,000 written submissions during its 2010 review. It would seem B.C. voters need to steel themselves for another round of grossly obscene campaign spending during the 2014 local elections. Just how gross? In the 2011 election, Vision Vancouver, the NPA and COPE collectively spent $5 million. That’s roughly $12 for every eligible voter. Contrast that with a candidate running for council in Montreal who can spend all of 30 cents per voter, a candidate for mayor 38 cents. In Toronto, candidates have a limit of 85 cents per voter. In Regina, the overall limit for a mayoral candidate is $65,000 and

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Four Terry Fox runs set for this Sunday

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jkurucz@thenownews.com The 33rd-annual Terry Fox Run takes place in four of the five communities within the Tri-Cities area this Sunday, and the Tri-Cities NOW spoke to organizers for each of those events in advance of the big day. Hometown Run organizer Dave Teixeira has headed up the PoCo run for 11 years, and has been a part of the movement in some capacity in each of its 33 years. “Terry is a hero to me, so it’s an honour to be doing this,” he said. “Here was someone who wasn’t that much older than me inspiring a nation to do some pretty cool things. I latched onto his youth and his passion.” By far the largest run of the four locally, the Hometown Run kicks off with registration at 8 a.m., followed by the run at 10 a.m. Terry’s father Rolly will speak to participants before they take off from the Hyde Creek Centre at 1379 Laurier Ave. and three distances will

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Richard Rainey, left, and Mark Pettie are with the Coquitlam run. be offered: 2.5 km, six km and 10 km. The 2.5-km route will take participants in a loop from the centre along Coast Meridian Road, Lincoln Avenue, Dorset Avenue and back to the Hyde Creek Rec Centre.

The 6-km option covers sections of Prairie Avenue, Freemont Street, Riverwood Gate and back to Coast Meridian Road. The 10-km trek is larger, combining those two routes. The Coquitlam run gets under-

way with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the run kicking off at 10:15 a.m. from Blue Mountain Park. The two-km run travels around Ridgeway and King Albert avenues, while the six- and 10-km runs follow a rectangular route encompassing Blue Mountain and Gatensbury streets, as well Como Lake and Ridgeway avenues. “I’ve been telling people that this event is about coming out for one hour of the year and showing up to honour the memory and legacy of Terry Fox and what he means to our country,” said Coquitlam run co-chair Mark Pettie. The Port Moody run follows the Shoreline Trail, starting from Rocky Point Park, and is broken up into two-, five- and 10-km increments. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the run is one hour later. “I’m sure everybody goes through it at some point — you’re standing at a Terry Fox run and you think about your dad, your mom, your sister or your grandma, because cancer has touched us all,” said run

organizer and Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay. “For some people, it’s an outlet. They’re not really trying to do a run or raise money; they want to share with each other.” Anmore’s Gord Bytelaar will head up his first run this weekend, though he’s no stranger to the event. In fact, he captured the best time in the West Van run in the mid 1980s. “Being a former runner myself and having run two marathons in my life, 20 years apart, I can’t imagine running a marathon every day for as many days as he did until he had to stop,” he said. Bytelaar stepped up to the position of run organizer just three weeks ago, and he’s keeping his goals fairly modest: 50 to 100 participants who can raise anywhere from $500 to $1,000. The Anmore event will be offered in two distances — 2.5 and 4.5 km — and will follow a loop around Spirit Park. Registration begins at 11 a.m and the run goes at noon. For more info on any of these events, log on to www.terryfox.org.

Mural adds colour to SkyTrain work zone

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jdeutsch@thenownews.com Most busy construction sites look more like war zones than something that’s being created. But the City of the Arts would have none of that when it comes to work on the Evergreen Line. On Friday, the City of Port Moody unveiled a 400-footplus art mural at the corner of Douglas and Clarke streets that runs along a fence of the construction staging area for the rapid transit line. The eight-by-448-foot vinyl mural is a result of collaboration between the Evergreen Project Team and the Port Moody Public Art Liaison Committee. The mural, which is made

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The Moody Centre Community Association is hosting a block party this Saturday (Sept. 14) to celebrate the city’s centennial. Residents are invited to a community picnic from 3 to 7 p.m. at Rocky Point Park. The city’s centennial committee, local businesses and other volunteers have organized activities ranging from balloons and face painting for the kids to a raffle for adults. Raffle prizes include: • A gift certificate from Aroma Restaurant on Queens Street • A gift certificate from Pajos fish and chips in Rocky Point Park • A gift certificate from the Port Moody Liquor Store on St. Johns Street • A gift certificate from

Nicolelina’s Café on St. Johns Street • T-shirts and coffee mugs commemorating Port Moody’s centennial As well, Rocky Point Ice Cream will have treats for the children, and Starbucks will supply coffee for the adults. Organizers encourage residents to come out and meet their neighbours, relax and have some fun. The covered picnic tables in Rocky Point Park, located east of the main boat launch parking, will be reserved for the block party. There is no charge to attend this event, but the Moody Centre Community Association welcomes new and renewed memberships, as well as donations. Memberships cost $5 per

year. The association is a nonprofit group run entirely by volunteers. Current members will receive one ticket for the prize raffle, while additional tickets will be available for $2 each (or three for $5). Those who plan to attend are asked to consider letting organizers know by e-mailing mcca.pm@gmail.com.

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The Riverview Hospital grounds will be the site of a celebration of trees this Saturday (Sept. 14), as the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, City of Coquitlam and Burke Mountain Naturalists host the 20th-annual Treefest. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site, located at 2601 Lougheed Hwy. Activities will include: Arborist-led tree tours every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children’s crafts and activities, a children’s tree walk at noon, community and artist displays, live music, history bus tours, a blackberry tea in the Serenity Garden from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and a heritage building tour at 1 p.m. Originally landscaped to be a Victorian English “Fantasy Garden” in the grand style of Kew Gardens in London,

the lush, giant trees at the Riverview Hospital Grounds create a unique, stately and majestically whimsical parkland forest, according to a press release. The following are personal reflections of a visitor wandering among the trees of Riverview: “Exotic trees bearing the fantastic character of cathedral columns with fan-vaulting, boughs bearing a dazzling myriad of orchidlike flowers, large fleshy leaves with a diverse array of lobe shapes and margin textures. Fan-shaped waves of braided Redwood needle sprays dramatically slice the atmosphere and kindle the imagination. One can become happily immersed and ‘lost’ in the delicately draping verdant curtains of monumental branches that hang from a great dome-like canopy.” The festival site is located

on the Riverview Hospital Grounds outside the Industrial Services Building. Access to the site is via Lougheed Highway from either the Orchid Drive entrance or Colony Farm Road/Holly Drive entrance. Once you enter the grounds, follow the festival signs and arrows to the Industrial Services Building. There is plenty of free on-site parking. Visitors are asked not to wear open-toed footwear to this event as many areas will have long grass and uneven terrain. Coast Mental Health, which cares for people living with serious mental illness, will also host an open house during Treefest. To learn more about treefest, call 604-290-9910 or visit www.coquitlam.ca/ city-services/environment/ events.aspx.

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What if you can’t earn as much now because you were hurt in a car crash? You may be forced to find an easier but lower-paying job and be unable to earn as much income as before the accident. Lawyers call this loss “diminished earning capacity.” This work-related loss is just one of many losses you could be compensated for if the crash was caused by another’s fault. It’s often part of a compensation claim by personal injury plaintiffs. But what if your earnings don’t go down after the accident? Can you still get compensation for “diminished earning capacity”? After all, you might think that because your income didn’t decrease, your ability to earn hasn’t been reduced. Not true. A recent BC case illustrates that this approach is too simple and can be unfair to the injured person. Colleen, 46, was injured in two car accidents, one right after the other. She hurt her neck, shoulder and upper back, resulting in chronic widespread pain (later diagnosed as fibromyalgia). Before the accidents, she was a highly energetic and motivated individual. She had a fast-paced job as an executive secretary to the president of a large organization, which she loved and was ideally suited for. All that changed. Because of her chronic pain – which she could only endure with large amounts of pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications – she could no longer handle the demands of her job, nor the three-hour (both ways) commute it involved. Colleen sold her house to move to a smaller home with fewer stairs. Because of her injuries, she also found a new easier job where the commute was only 20 minutes. Having to switch jobs “was a huge blow” and it “was far less rewarding in terms of job satisfaction,” said the trial judge who initially decided her case. Yet, by happenstance, her new job paid her a better salary, and so she didn’t suffer an immediate

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Glen Pine offers dance classes for adults Glen Pine Pavilion, a community centre for adults 50 and older, will offer dance lessons on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, beginning on Sept. 18 and 19. Couples are invited to take introductory

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The two will teach “the fundamentals of each type of dance needed to move to the music on the dance floor with ease,” according to a press release from the city. Participants can choose one or more class

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT 11 Tri-City Centennial Stamp Club meet at

7 p.m at in the McGee Room of the Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Bring your stamps to buy, sell and trade. Visitors welcome. Info: www.stampclub.ca or 604-9419306. Terry Fox Library offers a free seminar around the ins and outs of Craigslist from 7 to 8 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. Learn how to place an ad, techniques for searching and how to contact sellers. Info: 604-927-7999.

THURSDAY, SEPT 12 Tri-Cities Caregiver Program holds a care-

giver support meeting at the Maillardville Community Centre, 1200 Cartier Ave. in Coquitlam, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All caregivers are invited to attend: Info: Karen at 778-789-1496. Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre branch, hosts reps from Helping Hands & Heart In-Home Care Services from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. Company reps will outline the services they provide, along with tips on caring for family members with physical limitations or other disabilities. Call 604-9374155 to register for this free program. Tri-City Christian Women’s Club hosts a Women’s Connection Luncheon starting at noon at the Executive Inn, 405 North Rd. in Coquitlam. A fall fashion show and guest speaker will both be featured. For more info, call Frieda at 604-937-7198.

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Tri-Cities Caregiver Program holds a caregiver support meeting at the Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St. in Coquitlam All caregivers are invited to attend. Info: Karen at 778-789-1496.

Terry Fox Library hosts the Adult Learner Book Club, for those for whom English is a second language. Upgrade reading skills, make new friends and practice English in a fun environment, from 2 to 3 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd., PoCo. Terry Fox Library invites babies and their caregivers to Babytime, from 10:15 to 10:40 a.m. Designed for kids aged 0 to 12 months, Babytime features bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories. Info: 604-927-7999.

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Lower Mainland Green Team and Metro Vancouver Parks join forces to remove ivy at Belcarra Regional Park from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves will be provided. Info: www.meetup.com/The-LowerMainland-Green-Team/events/132213472. Metro Vancouver Parks offers a guided hike up the Buntzen Ridge to the Diez Vistas from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join a park interpreter in traversing the trails that connect Belcarra Regional Park with neighbouring Buntzen Lake. Wear suitable clothing and hiking boots or trail shoes. Bring water and a lunch. For ages 15 and up. Cost ranges between $3.35 and $5.50. To register, go to www.metrovancouveronline.org. Little Neighbours Preschool hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 155 Finnigan St. in PoCo. Info: 604-521-5158. Treefest 2013 takes place on the Riverview Hospital grounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tree tours, heritage building walk, bus tours, environmental displays, a children’s tree walk and more will be offered. Info: 604-290-9910. Friends of the Coquitlam Public Library Society hold their AGM at 10:30 a.m. in Room 3 of the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way. Information: 604-937-4130. New members welcome.

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Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 263 Coquitlam, hosts a Veterans Candlelight Tribute at Robinson Park, 621 Robinson St., in Coquitlam at 2 p.m. The event honours Canada’s wartime contributions and is meant to inspire today’s younger generations. Moody Centre Community Association hosts a community picnic from 3 to 7 p.m. at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Raffles, treats, tons of food vendors, and more. To confirm your attendance, e-mail mcca.pm@gmail.com.

MONDAY, SEPT 16 Terry Fox Library hosts a screening of the film

Ajami, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The film follows the lives of two brothers fearing assassination, a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother’s medical expenses, and a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Info: 604-927-7999. Terry Fox Library hosts a citizen services specialist from Service Canada who will speak about program benefits from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Survivor/death benefits, Canada Pension disability benefits and more will be discussed. Call 604-927-7999 to register.

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tration begins at 7 p.m. at the Burquest Jewish Community Centre, 2860 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Coquitlam. All levels taught on Tuesday evenings. Beginners welcome, and no partner is required. Info: Ed or Jean at 604 464 8103. Avia Employment Services hosts a jobsearch seminar at Terry Fox Library from 4 to 5:30 at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Employment advice, resume skills, interview preparation and job search tips will be offered. Info: 604-927-7999. Terry Fox Library hosts the Teen Advisory

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WEDNESDAY,SEPT18 Evergreen Cultural Centre presents Life

Drawing in the Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam. Artist and instructor Shelley Rothenburger will lead the workshop, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own drawing supplies. Registration is $30, $10 with valid student ID, or $20 for Evergreen members. Info: www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca. Singles Travel Club meets at 6 p.m. for dinner at the ABC Restaurant, located at 300-100 Schoolhouse St., Coquitlam. Meet new friends, enjoy the security of group travel and avoid the costly single supplement. RSVP to Val at 604669-6607 ext 304. Info: www.singlestravelclub. Terry Fox Library hosts a TED Talk Presentation screening followed by thought-provoking conversation around technology, the arts and current events from 2 to 3 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Info: 604-927-7999.

ONGOING Kyle Centre offers drop-in bridge for

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DOLAN IN CONTENTION Coquitlam’s Charlotte Dolan was among 41 players announced this week to Canada’s 2013-14 women’s national team softball player pool, in preparation for the ISF Women’s World Fastpitch championship next year in the Netherlands. The 22-year-old catcher will be vying for a spot on the national team for next year’s world championship. Along the way, the former UCLA softball player will battle for playing time at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International championships in Surrey. “As we prepare for 2014 and the ISF Women’s World Championship, as well as the 2015 Junior Women’s World Championship and Pan American Games, we anticipate that many of the athletes named in this pool will be wearing the Maple Leaf and representing our country in international competition” noted national team coach Mark Smith in a press release.

FIRST WIN FOR CLAN

There was no California dreamin’ required, as the Simon Fraser University Clan football team launched the 2013 season with a win. The Clan defeated the Humboldt State Lumberjacks in the surf-and-sand state, powered by a strong outing by a trio of Coquitlam talents. Receiver Bobby Pospischil utilized his strong arm and some sleight-of-hand plays to connect on a pair of touchdown passes. Wide receiver Lemar Durant, last year’s conference leader in receiving, picked up where he left off by catching 10 passes and scoring three times over 162 yards. Team captain Casey Chin, meanwhile, set the tone on defence with a pair of interceptions.

FERGUSON FIRES TWO

In the women’s under-21 Metro soccer league, a good start is imperative. Check that box for the Coquitlam MetroFord Cats. The Cats launched the 2013-14 season by clawing past North Shore 3-0 in regular season action, led by the scoring prowess of Hilary Ferguson. Ferguson netted a pair of goals to set the tone. She opened the scoring late in the first half by converting her own corner kick. Midway through the second half, Rachel Macphail doubled Coquitlam’s lead with a low shot from 10 yards out. Ferguson cashed in a free kick from the 25yard line to round out the offence. Picking up a well-deserved shutout was Claire Ayling. The Cats’ next game is Sunday, 5 p.m. at Town Centre against Central City.

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Already well-travelled, the Terry Fox Ravens are now packing on the yardage on the local gridiron. The senior boys football team launched the official preseason with a 42-7 lambasting of West Vancouver last week. Led by the tandem of quarterback Conner Mckee and receiver Jason Shamatutu, the No. 2-ranked Ravens struck on their first three possessions with touchdown passes of 47, 42 and 22 yards, respectively. That 20-0 lead set the tone for the whole game, as the PoCo squad’s line created numerous openings for passes and rushes. Making it 270 was Jericho Mendez on a 30-yard dash to end the first quarter. Terry Fox, which journeyed to Hamilton as

part of a football exchange earlier this month, surrendered a major in the second half but were pretty dominant all game. Kyle Deugau, off a seven-yard run, and Adrial Sellers, who caught a Mckee pass for the final touchdown, completed the scoring. Mckee completed seven of nine pass attempts for 142 yards, with Shamatutu accounting for 111 of those yards, and three majors. Racking up seven tackles and two assists was Deugau, while Kyle Miller collected four tackles and four assists. Netting three tackles each were Baltej Dhanoya, Griffin Medwid and Jordan Seney. Fox’s next test comes Saturday when they

visit Mount Doug. The Centennial Centaurs, meanwhile, were in similar fine form in their exhibition opener, blanking Seaquam 38-0 last Saturday. The Cents used both air and ground to hit the end zone. J.P. Kalambay cashed in twice, converting a Nick Okamoto pass for an eight-yard score, and ran 55 yards for another major. The Cents’ ground attack was extremely productive, with J.P. Bridge scrambling for a 35-yard major. Okamoto, who finished the day with 115 yards rushing, also hit J.J. Jackson with a 45yard TD pass. Centennial’s defence was led by Arron Borg’s nine tackles. The Cents visit New Westminster on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Santucci lights it up for Express Dan OLSON sports@thenownews.com The jump is back in Joey’s step. A product of Coquitlam minor hockey, Joey Santucci showed the flare for offence that had been reined in much of the past two years while in the Western Hockey League. His new team, the Coquitlam Express, are happy to let him run. Santucci scored three times Sunday as the Express lanced the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 9-4, earning a split in the season-opening BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. They kicked off the three-day event with a 5-2 loss to the Merritt Centennials on Friday. “We came out flying. The difference between [Sunday] and Friday is that we worked all 60 minutes,” remarked Santucci, who spent the past year-and-a-half as a member of the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders. “We kind of gave up there five-to-10 minutes in the first game… I think we’ve got a good thing going here.” Corey Mackin, playing in his first BCHL game, tallied twice and set up another, while Daniell Lange, Cameron Marks, Bo Pieper and Nicolas Rasovic added singles. Turning aside 26 shots was newly acquired Gordie Defiel. For Santucci, playing in Coquitlam isn’t about ending his junior playing career, but giving it a boost. “Last year was a frustrating year

for me,” he said. “Coming back here I want to have a good year, put up some points and tonight is a good start for me. More importantly we got the W and that’s pretty much all that matters.” Against Merritt, the Express took a 2-1 lead early on Lange’s well-played shot from in close. But the Interior rival rallied with three goals in 54 seconds to pick up the win. That the team was flying offensively on Sunday — both teams struggled on defence — was just a reality of September hockey. “The first game we weren’t happy about,” noted Coquitlam coach Barry Wolff. “For whatever reason we just didn’t relax as the game went on, we stayed nervous… It was great to see the guys get some goals and bounce back (Sunday).” Getting to use his offensive skills is one reason why Santucci feels comfortable with his homecoming. In major midget he posted pointper-game numbers, but managed just a goal over 48 games in Prince Albert — and dressed for only 37 games last season. “I knew I had to have a good year. Coquitlam was rebuilding and they have a new coach [Wolff] who’s awesome. Knowing everything was going in the right direction here made the transition all [the] better.” The Express’ next game is Sunday in Surrey. Their home opener is Sept. 21 against Langley.

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Coquitlam Express’ Joey Santucci, right, celebrates one of his three goals in Sunday’s 9-4 win over Alberni Valley.

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With four national titles already on their resume, ice dancers Madeline Edwards and Zhao Kai Pang have been itching to match that on an international rink. They moved another step closer to doing just that on the weekend, capturing silver in Mexico City at the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating competition. The dancers — 17-year-old Edwards of Port Moody and Pang of Burnaby — were representing Canada in the inaugural ISU meet of the season. They posted the top score on Saturday in the free dance routine, setting a personal best in the process, to secure the silver. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U.S. won gold with a total of 136.45 points, while Edwards and Pang were close behind at 134.02, more than 20 points better than the third-place finishers. “Our goal going in was to skate a clean, solid performance,” remarked Edwards in an e-mail to the Tri-Cities NOW. “We had really upped our training to prepare for the altitude and that definitely gave us confidence.” The free dance results fed off that confidence, she noted. “We were really happy with our free dance,” she said. “I think we both felt comfortable and solid during the performance, which makes it much easier to get into the program and enjoy.” Edwards and Pang placed 12th at the World Junior championships last March, and scored twin bronze medals at ISU Junior Grand Prix events in France and Turkey last season. They now prepare for their next ISU Junior Grand Prix event, in the Czech Republic in early October.

Veronica Aguiar came up huge when called upon, stopping all shots in lifting the Coquitlam Metro-Ford u-18 girls Threat past New Westminster 3-0 in the season opener. Supported by player of the game Triana Syskakis, Aguiar held the opposition at bay. Last year’s MSL league MVP Natalia Kaczmarek opened the scoring with a beautiful strike, followed by Hailey Ross’ second-half tally. Christina Caan rounded out the offence. Coquitlam created numerous scoring chances and came away with a well-rounded victory. • There were few signs of rust, as the Coquitlam MetroFord u-12 Renegades shook off a silent first half to cruise past Mission 3-0 in the regular season opener. The win was sparked by two second-half goals from Chanelle Prestia. Taking Alex Hinrichs’ corner kick, Ava Mongrain completed the scoring with a late marker. It came on the heels of a successful run at the West Coast Labour Day tournament, where the Renegades were victorious, led by goalkeeper Diana Emelianova.

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Port Moody’s Madeline Edwards and Burnaby’s Zhao Kai Pang captured junior ice dance silver at the ISU Grand Prix event last week in Mexico. To see video of the duo, download the free Layar app.

HOME GROWN

Some early saves set the tone and propelled the Port Moody under-16 boys Redcaps to a 3-0 victory over Guildford, launching a new soccer season. Alex Brown faced some pressure early, but the netminder stood his ground and gave his team some momentum heading the other way. Registering the offence were Yutaka Yen, off a setup from Kieran Maurice, Brad Gregory, on a penalty kick, and Joseph Moon. For Brown, the shutout was his third of the early going — including a pair in a tournament last week. Anchoring the strong team defence was Connor Wong, who patrolled the right flank, Scott Gaudette and Ciaran Savage. • The u-16 girls Selects were in fine form to kick off the new year in Ladner, rallying for a 2-1 triumph. Down a goal 10 minutes into the second half, Port Moody got on the board when Hayley Reeves converted a precise through ball from Caelin Palmer, beating four defenders in the process. Ten minutes later, Reeves finished off a perfect feed from Asha Macdonald with the game winner. In a superb defensive outing, the club was led by Kaitlyn Roberts, Savannah Shirley, Tara Sawkins, August Serrer, Danielle Pomeroy and Camryn Doughty. Drawing game MVP honours was Brittany Poulin.

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