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jdeutsch@thenownews.com The head of the agency that handles the local food bank said he’s not going to judge MP James Moore over recent comments he made regarding child poverty, but he does hope the uproar will lead to a new conversation on the issue. SHARE Family & Community Services Society CEO Martin Wyant said he was surprised by the comments Moore made to a Vancouver radio station, but suggested the issue of child poverty can be complicated and polarizing.

“I do think that the federal government has a role to play in this conversation, and my hope is they’re going to play that role in a more significant way than what we’ve seen,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW. Moore faced a barrage of criticism on the weekend after making comments to News 1130 when asked about child poverty in B.C. following a media scrum. “We’ve never been wealthier as a country than we are right now. Never been wealthier,” the MP said. “Certainly, we want to make sure that kids CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com It’s a slow process, but a week after fire destroyed the building that housed the Mossom Creek Hatchery, members are beginning to rebuild. Members have formed a committee to handle the rebuilding process, while the hatchery’s insurance company was at the site Monday doing an assessment. Kyle Pilon, president of the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, the non-profit organization that operates the hatchery, told the Tri-Cities NOW there has been so much to do since the blaze, it’s been hard to keep track. “There is so much up in the air,” he said, noting the society is waiting on word from the insurance company on the cleanup process. On the evening of Dec. 11, fire ripped through the hatchery, gutting the decades-old structure located on Mossom Creek Drive. Early estimates were that some 200,000 eggs from three different species, collected last fall, were lost in the blaze. The hatchery’s pink salmon program was also wiped out, along with historical books and press clippings. Two holding tanks containing coho smolts were left untouched. The organization had insurance up to $200,000.

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A Port Moody firefighter surveys the damage to the Mossom Creek Hatchery, which was destroyed by a blaze on the evening of Dec. 11. As the organization works on its plans to rebuild, there has also been an outpouring of support and offers from help. The Port Moody Ecological Society, which

runs the Noons Creek Hatchery, has set up an account for donations. Donations can be directly deposited into an account at any TD Canada Trust branch. The

account number is 539-5000965. The neighbouring hatchery also has plans to announce fundraising events in the new year. The Pacific Salmon Foundation had already offered help, along with Langara Fishing Adventures, which runs fishing lodges in Haida Gwaii. Meanwhile, the City of Port Moody was set to hold a special council meeting Tuesday night to vote on a $10,000 aid package for the hatchery. The money would come from council’s contingency fund. The vote was set to take place after the TriCities NOW’s press deadline. Pilon called the outpouring of help “amazing,” adding the hard work put in by members over nearly 40 years is being returned. “The hatchery has touched so many lives and they’re all coming back to help,” he said. “Although we face this loss, it feels like we’re going to make something better.” There is still no word on what caused the blaze, but Pilon insists members don’t want to assign blame and would rather move past the incident. “We’ve got lots to look forward to and lots to feel better about,” he said. The hatchery was started by two Centennial Secondary biology teachers, Ruth Foster and Rod MacVicar, back in 1976 as part of a school project.

Police seize gas-filled van near school GAS THEFT A GROWING METRO VANCOUVER CRIME Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com For the second time this year in the Tri-Cities, a truck filled with fuel has drawn the attention of police. Last week, Coquitlam Mounties were called to check out a suspicious looking U-Haul cube van parked near Porter Street Elementary at Porter Street and Smith Avenue. When RCMP arrived at the scene Wednesday evening, the vehicle was unoccupied, but officers noticed a gas smell. Police discovered plastic and metal containers inside the vehicle containing either gasoline or diesel fuel.

RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said the vehicle was seized for forensics but no arrests have been made in the case. He added investigators have minimal information related to the vehicle. Mounties praised the person who called in the truck, noting the situation could have been very dangerous. “It’s like the person is driving around with a death wish in the back of a car,” Chung told the Tri-Cities NOW. “That person is a danger to themselves and anyone around them.” He also noted investigators are looking to see if there is a connection between the recent case and several other

suspected gas thefts in the Moody exploded. A young woman was treatLower Mainland. On Oct. 7, two Coquitlam ed for burns at the hospital. Inside that van were two men were seriously injured after a gas-filled truck they separate tanks hooked up to were driving in caught fire electric pumps to move gas from one tank on a busy to another. Vancouver Fire investistreet. gators believe The unidenthe explosion tified pair, It’s like the was triggered aged 19 and person is driving by a buildup 25, checked of vapours themselves around with a and the heat into Eagle death wish in at the time Ridge Hospital the back of a the woman laterthatnight. started the Police said the car. vehicle. fire and result–Cpl. Jamie Chung No criming explosions inal charges appeared to be the result of the van illegally were laid but the owner of containing large containers the van was issued multiple violation tickets totalling and quantities of gasoline. On July 5, a van parked in more than $2,000 under the the McDonald’s parking lot Transportation of Dangerous on St. Johns Street in Port Goods Act.

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Man arrested for alleged lewd act in park Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com Port Moody police are reminding residents, especially women, to be aware of their surroundings while out in the community after a man

was arrested for an alleged lewd act in public. Police said they were called to Bert Flinn Park around 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 after getting a report of a man masturbating in the trail system.

A lone woman was jogging when she came across the man, but turned around and called police. Officers did come out to the area and with the help of witnesses were able to locate and arrest the man. The unidentified man was

released from custody with various conditions. In light of the incident, police are offering suggestions to residents to stay safe, including running with a friend, carrying a cellphone and keeping music turned down when

walking or running. “While incidents like this are rare in the community, they can serve as a reminder to us all that we must all do our part to keep ourselves and our community safe,” Const. Luke van Winkel said.


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SHARE to focus on child poverty issue CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 go to school full-bellied, but is that always the government’s job to be there to serve people their breakfast? “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so,” he said. The comments quickly blew up, leading to widespread criticism of the industry minister, especially on social media, where the story even prompted the twitter hash tag #MooreChristmas to trend across Canada. At first the Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam MP claimed the story by the radio station was taken out of context during a series of tweets, but Monday he issued an apology. “In response to a question from a reporter last week, I made an insensitive comment that I deeply regret. I apologize,” the statement said. “Caring for each other is a Canadian ethic that I strongly believe in — always have and always will. Of course poverty is an issue that concerns me, and concerns all Canadians. All levels of government, indeed all members of our society, have a responsibility to be com-

passionate and care for those in need.” Wyant said he takes Moore at his word that he regrets what he said, but suggested there is often a “shell game” when it comes to the issue of child poverty and which group bears responsibility, adding that is part of the problem. He argued it isn’t one level of government or one group’s responsibility. “I think it’s everyone’s issue to try and work on,” Wyant said, also adding there isn’t an easy answer to the problem. He also indicated his organization will be engaging the community on the topic of child poverty in the new year. Locally, SHARE’s CEO noted use of the food bank in the Tri-Cities soared after the economic collapse in 2008, rising 58 per cent. The number of food bank users reached a plateau a few years after and has maintained there ever since. Wyant also argued the issue is not just about making sure people get food or income support, but looking at the economy and making sure there is a good mix of labour opportunities that pay at a rate that’s sufficient for families to maintain themselves. — with files from the Vancouver Sun

Midwife’s equipment stolen from vehicle

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jdeutsch@thenownews.com Last week, Dina Davidson was busy helping to bring life into the world. As a registered midwife in the Tri-Cities, she delivered a baby, like she had done numerous times before over the last year. Except in this case, the Port Moody resident had to do it without her regular tools. A few days earlier, a thief, likely looking for a quick buck, stole her medical bag from her car on Jane Street. The bag, which was stolen on Dec. 9, contained a number of pre-natal care instruments worth about $1,000, including a Summit fetal Doppler (ultrasound device), blood pressure cuff and a baby scale and cotton sling. “I literally can’t do my job without them,” Davidson told the Tri-Cities NOW. The bag, minus those items, was found later under a tree. Davidson is guessing the thief swiped the bag because it looked expensive, but figures the person likely won’t have much use for the equipment. She’s been checking out websites like Craigslist, assuming the person will try and sell the items, but nothing has turned up. “It’s particularly upsetting

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Police are looking for the person captured in this video surveillance image. because they’re things that I use for work, but also they’re things I use to care for pregnant moms and their babies,” Davidson said. The busy midwife is now hoping the public can help get her tools back. Davidson had no choice but to purchase new equipment once she learned of the theft, since as a midwife, she’s on call and could be needed at a moment’s notice. Instead, if her equipment is returned, she’ll donate it to a student or someone coming up in the profession. While Davidson wants her equipment back, she also hopes the person responsible gets help, if they need it. On Monday, Port Moody

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Police, coroner working to identify body COQUITLAM RCMP SAY BODY FOUND BY PASSERBY DOES NOT BELONG TO SHIN NOH

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com Foul play is not being considered after a body was found in a remote area of Burke Mountain late last week. A passerby discovered the body Friday night near Coast Meridian Road and Hazel Avenue in northeast Coquitlam. Coquitlam Mounties aren’t saying much about the inves-

tigation, other than there is no indication foul play was involved. On Monday, investigators were still working to identify the body. There was no indication just how long the body had been out in the woods before being found. However, RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung noted the body is not that of high-profile missing person Shin Noh. Noh, 64, who suffers from

Alzheimer’s disease, was last seen by his wife on the morning of Sept. 18 before he left his house near Lansdowne Drive and Guildford Way in Coquitlam for his morning walk. Following his disappearance, large search parties were organized around the community to help find the missing senior. In recent weeks the search has expanded beyond the Tri-Cities throughout Metro

Vancouver. Areas searched include New Westminster and Downtown Vancouver. Noh is still missing and his family continues to search for him. For more information about the Noh search, go to shin-noh.ca. As for the body found on Friday night, Chung said investigators are working with the BC Coroners Service. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

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John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com A province-wide spike in construction and labour costs has led to an increased price tag for the new fire hall on Burke Mountain. The 2.2-per-cent increase, or $231,000 in additional funds, pushes the projected price tag to $10.5 million. Coquitlam city staff noted the budget increase during a recent council in committee meeting, and pointed to a 15-per-cent jump in prices among suppliers of concrete, drywall and other materials. Maurice Gravelle, Coquitlam’s manager of strategic initiatives, couldn’t confirm how those rising construction prices will affect other capital projects in the city. “As is normal practice, staff will be monitoring pricing for these building-type materials and will be updating estimates for the construction of future building projects accordingly,” he said. However, it’s hoped the purchase of a smaller truck to service the station will help offset some of those costs. A large pump truck was originally slated to be in service, though a smaller, crew-cab pickup truck will be purchased instead. The move represents a savings of about $600,000. “It meets the geographical needs better,” said Coquitlam fire chief Wade Pierlot. “You’ve got to consider snow conditions, the wild line urban interface and the density up there. It will be very versatile and nimble for that area given all the lanes, courtyards and trail ways.” The new 17,000-squarefoot hall will include four firefighters upon opening, and is slated for completion next December. Construction began on the project in July and crews are currently working on the hall’s foundation. The hall is being built based on the same template that all

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Child poverty a real concern

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t’s only a matter of time before comments made recently by MP James Moore related to child poverty disappear from the headlines. The Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam MP stepped in it over the weekend, when he gave a rather cold response when asked by a reporter about the federal government’s role on the issue. Some of his comments can be found on Page 1, along with his apology, which came after the Industry Minister received a mountain of criticism. While those comments may have been inappropriate, as Moore himself suggested, it’s somewhat sad the words of a politician get more attention than the issue. The folks in charge of the local food bank know just how big of an issue child poverty is in the Tri-Cities. In 2012, the SHARE food bank estimated 47 per cent of its clients were children. That number probably hasn’t gone down much, if at all, in the last year. The numbers might only have gone up. Child poverty is clearly a complex issue that requires governments, organizations and citizens to get their hands a little dirty to solve. So as focus drifts to another scandal or head-scratching comment from a politician, here’s hoping the attention on the issue of child poverty isn’t thrown out like dinner leftovers.

RESIDENT ANGRY OVER LACK OF RESPONSE TO SAFETY CONCERNS Twenty-thirteen has been a really, really bad year for pedestrians in the Tri-Cities. There have been countless stories in the news of close calls and unfortunate tragedies on our streets. To that point, I genuinely ask, what does it actually take for the average resident to actually influence traffic policy? What does it take for the average resident to persuade a municipality to install a crosswalk, stoplight or stop sign? Unfortunately, it’s not an easy thing to do — in my experience, it’s been filled with roadblocks and frustration, to say the least. Personally, I live on one side of a very dangerous pedestrian intersection on St. Johns Street in Port Moody. In less than two years I’ve seen many, many close calls and one pedestrian collision. Although I have not witnessed it myself, my neighbours tell me of numerous fatal collisions that have happened in the vicinity over the years. I decided to try and take some action and do the right thing — but it didn’t work. An e-mail to the city just doesn’t cut it. Actually, several communications over months doesn’t cut it, or for that matter even warrant any response! Following a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle, I escalated my concern and took it to the next level, directly to the city manager, council and department manager. To my absolute surprise the city didn’t seem to care, or for that matter take my legitimate feedback with any sincerity or action. Or for that matter, again, respond! You wouldn’t think it should be this hard — in my case, bureaucracy seems to take prescience. Perhaps the city is concerned about acknowledging liability. Maybe they are afraid to make a bold decision, which could be the right thing — all in light of a crosswalk or traffic light; I really hope not. I ask readers, what does it really take to positively influence and effect change in your community, particularly when it comes to public safety concerns? My experience has been discouraging, ineffective and hopeless, which is really upsetting. People’s lives are legitimately at stake. Chris Carter Port Moody Copyright in letters and other materials submitted voluntarily to the Publisher and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the Publisher and its licensees may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms. The publisher shall not be liable for minor changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. The publisher’s liability for other errors or omissions with respect to any advertisement is limited to publication of the advertisement in a subsequent issue or the refund of monies paid for the advertisement.

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fter fumbling the ball during the HST debacle and remaining virtually silent during the Enbridge pipeline debate, the B.C. business community is showing signs it intends to be more organized and vocal when it comes to other controversial economic developments. Last week, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce organized an event aimed at sending Ottawa the message that the proposed New Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake has considerable support in the province, despite the fact it has failed two federal environmental assessment processes. And now various business groups are gearing up to make their presence known in the hearings for the Site C dam project on the Peace River. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce, the B.C. Business Council and even the New Car Dealers of B.C. all intend to send representatives to Fort. St. John to make submissions in favour of building the dam. This kind of effort from a constituency that is well funded but not necessarily well organized may prove pivotal in determining whether some of these megaprojects go ahead. In some ways, the business community has stolen a page out of the environmental movement’s playbook. One business leader told me that the environmentalists essentially took over any public debate about the Enbridge pipeline right from the start, and were so effective in their anti-pipeline messaging that there was little the pro-pipeline interests could do to counter things. Lately, Enbridge has done a better job of articulating its position and a couple of recent polls indicate opposition to the project has diminished considerably. But it’s also fair to say the company has a long ways to go in winning over a

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majority of the population on this sensitive issue. However, the pro-development lobby appears determined not to make the same mistake twice, whether it concerns Site C, the New Prosperity Mine or presumably the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal. Adopting a more proactive approach may make the public debate over those projects more even, and therefore may make them more politically palatable for both the provincial and federal governments. The B.C. government has already signalled it is in favour of the Site C dam and the New Prosperity mine, and a more aggressive and organized campaign by business interests may nudge it closer to favouring the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In the last provincial election campaign, B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark was cautioned by her advisers not to wade into the Kinder Morgan issue after NDP leader Adrian Dix made his nowinfamous gaffe of opposing the projects. But her political instincts told her the issue was a good one for her and her party, because it exposed a neat fault line between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP. The rest, of course, is history. Clark has clearly aligned her government with megaprojects that produce jobs, no matter how controversial they may be. She realizes her base of supporters agree with her, and an organ-

ized campaign by the business community will only strengthen her resolve in these matters. ••• I’ve gotten a fair amount of push back (actually, more like “Why don’t you jump off a cliff?”) from some folks who live on little islands for my suggestion that BC Ferries are not an extension of the highway system. Their reaction is based on emotion rather than logic, however. Let us examine the differences between a highway and a ferry system: Highways are open and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week (barring weather or traffic abnormalities). Even those who are outraged by the slightest change to their ferry service implicitly agree that there are limits to how many times a ferry sails, limits that do not exist on highways. Although highways incur capital and maintenance costs (as does the BC Ferries’ fleet) motorists travel them for free. I have yet to hear anyone suggest, with any justification, that BC Ferries should all be free. When you drive a B.C. highway, you are not required to have a bunch of other people in your vehicle. When you travel on a BC Ferry, however, the law dictates there must be anywhere from six to 48 people on board with you (these are crew members, all earning roughly $25 an hour). No, BC Ferries are not a highway. They are a service, and one that is costing more and more to provide. Boosting the government subsidy to pay for those rising costs is a valid argument, but trying to pretend this is still the 1960s and that W.A.C. Bennett is still the premier (the one who first equated the major BC Ferries route between the mainland and Vancouver Island to a “highway”) is delusional.


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Conservative member of Parliament James Moore’s recent comments suggesting it isn’t his job to feed his neighbour’s child are not only Scrooge-like considering how close we are to Christmas, but wholly reprehensible considering the recent report on poverty which pegged child poverty in Mr. Moore’s home province of B.C. at 18.6 per cent, making it the worst rate of child poverty in Canada. The fact that nearly one in five children in British Columbia are living below the poverty line even strikes a chord in the community in which Mr. Moore serves. Schools right here in Coquitlam that offer breakfast to hungry students each day cannot keep up with demand and aren’t receiving much help from any level of government. Counts show food banks in the Tri-Cities are being visited more now than ever before, with many of those in need working jobs that don’t pay a livable wage. With these shockingly high child

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poverty numbers, it is conceivable that there are many neighbours, friendly acquaintances and familiar faces in our community who are facing real challenges. Every British Columbian should be asking what they can do to help fight the drastic levels of child poverty in this province; those fortunate enough to be elected to government should be leading that fight, not chuckling at it. Matt De Marchi Coquitlam ••• I am appalled at the comments by our local MP James Moore with respect to child poverty. I am

not surprised though; the policies of the government he is a member of have been to further the interests of the one per cent. Seen in that light, his comment, and I quote. “We’ve never been wealthier as a country than we are right now. Never been wealthier,” makes sense, since the rich have been getting wealthier, albeit at the expense of the poor and the middle class. This is happening by allowing our economy to be changed from a manufacturing to a service economy with its low wages. I would bet that the so-called lower joblessness across Canada consisted of low-paying part-time or short-term jobs. Mr. Moore’s further comment about the definition of poverty shows how much out of touch with reality he is. M. Guenther Port Coquitlam ••• I know I am not alone when I express my disgust with MP James Moore’s insensitive and shameful comments with regards to child poverty not being his problem. Perhaps instead of apologizing, MP James Moore will consider hosting a breakfast for malnourished children. With 153,000 poor children

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before being complete. “There’s still a lot of dissent and different opinions,” Coun. Diana Dilworth said. She argued the document should go back to committee-of-the-whole so council members can speak in much greater detail of the potential changes they want to see. Dilworth also agreed with a recommendation from the public that staff be asked for their perspective on the plan. Earlier this month, the city held a special town hall meeting to get feedback from residents on its draft OCP and, like at similar meetings, the views on the future of the city were varied. Some 300 people packed the Inlet Theatre at City Hall to listen, while another 80 speakers expressed their views about the proposed OCP. There were residents both for the plan, or at least parts of the plan, while others spoke against the current document. The 261-page document, which guides land use, servicing and the form and character of any new development, identifies seven distinct Evergreen sub areas, mostly within the city centre area. The city and council have been working on the document for more than a year. All of the changes being proposed in the new OCP are within areas where the new SkyTrain line will run once it’s complete in 2016. Coun. Rick Glumac suggested he could see a growing amount of concern over the OCP and urged council to take a closer look at the document. He also argued the city needs to consider lowering its population targets. “How are we going to preserve our small-town feel and how are we going to grow our green space and be confident with our answers we’re getting through the document?” Glumac said. After suggestions the plan was already a done deal by a few members of the audience at the last council meeting, Mayor Mike Clay defended the process so far. He said the city wants engagement from the public, and the interest at events like the OCP town hall shows the message is getting out. “If we have a plan that people think is a bad plan, then come and tell us,” he said, adding he’s been waiting years for that kind of feedback. But the mayor also cautioned the OCP doesn’t guarantee or enable anything to be built, instead calling it a vision document. “There’s a lot of truth stretching going on and it’s scaring people, and it shouldn’t be,” Clay said. Council sits down again to work on the OCP at a committee of the whole meeting scheduled for Jan. 7.


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Fewer people to use bridge: survey COMMUTERS UPSET OVER TOLL RISING TO $3 John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com More bridge lanes will open up, but significantly fewer people will be using them. That’s the key finding coming out of an Insights West poll released Friday, which suggests motorists will do whatever they can to avoid the Port Mann Bridge once the new tolling scheme is introduced in January. The poll found the number of people who plan to use the bridge has dropped from 52 per cent last year to 36 per cent now, largely in an effort

to avoid paying the increased $3 toll. The survey also indicates that 31 per cent of respondents will seek new routes next year, while 23 per cent of those polled will drive over the bridge less often. “Despite one year of satisfactory usage of the Port Mann Bridge, the issue of tolling remains contentious and opposition to the tolls has intensified,” said Mario Canseco, Insight’s vice-president of public affairs, in a news release. “With an increase coming up, some residents are finding alternatives to avoid the bridge.” As was the case during last year’s polling exercise, opposition to the tolls remains strongest in communities south of the Fraser River. Seventy-two per cent of survey respondents who

use the bridge once a week or more are opposed to the toll. Another 57 per cent are against the charges among those who use the bridge between one and three times a month. But representatives charged with overseeing the Port Mann construction believe those stats will change as drivers continue to explore all their commuting options. “It’s not unusual for it to take time for drivers to try out new routes and adjust to the changes,” said T.I. Corp. spokesperson Greg Johnson.

“Drivers also have a number of new options available to them, such as the South Fraser Perimeter Road, a new HOV lane network and the ExpressBus from Langley.” Johnson also noted that T.I. Corp stats suggest a 15to 20-per-cent increase in the amount of westbound traffic during rush hours. It’s hoped that as drivers continue to realize the amount of time they’re saving — upwards of an hour in some instances — the bridge usage will increase. “As drivers adjust to the full travel time benefits of the

project, we expect traffic volumes to grow on Highway 1 in the years ahead,” Johnson said. The T.I. Corp. also recently announced a series of Highway 1 lane openings slated to take effect this week, although most are in Burnaby. The noteworthy openings for Tri-Cities commuters include the introduction of westbound lanes from Brunette to Kensington on Friday, Dec. 20. The eastbound openings along that same route are slated for Thursday, Dec. 19.

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A tale of two towers played out in PoCo Dec. 9, though neither involved J.R.R. Tolkien or Peter Jackson. Council heard a pair of pitches for cellphone towers to be placed in the community: a 40-metre tower in the middle of the CPR works yard at 1670 Lougheed Hwy., and a 35-metre tower near the shopping mall at the intersection of Coast Meridian Road and Prairie Avenue. Council opted to support the tower near the rail yard, while opposing the other. The final decision, however, rests with the federal government. In the case of the tower on Coast Meridian, the majority of those who commented during the public feedback phase opposed the project: six written comments and three phone calls were received from 15 individuals, two in support and the rest opposed. Others felt the character of the neighbourhood — a clustered mix of both residential and commercial buildings — would be compromised by the tower’s presence. “The number of comments and concerns from the surrounding neighbours was quite significant,” said Coun. Brad West, chair of the city’s smart growth committee. “We heard from many people who had a whole number of concerns and issues with it. The ones that we really delved into were around compatibility, the visual impact [and] the esthetics.” The CPR tower, on the other hand, is situated in the midst of a heavy industrial area away from any residential areas, schools or parks. The proponents behind the tower proposal, Standard Land Company Inc. and Rogers Communications, received no feedback from the public about the proposal. “It’s just such an obvious contrast why the other one doesn’t work and why this one does,” said Coun. Glenn Pollock. “It’s in the middle of an industrial area — it’s the perfect location for this type of thing.”

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younger set, it’s a little harder to find appropriate gifts for teens. That’s where Coquitlam Centre comes in. As part of a new feature for the Tri-Cities NOW’s Caring for Tri-Cities Kids campaign, the newspaper and the mall have teamed up to offer another way to give, by purchasing a gift card to donate.

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The Tri-Cities Celebrates the Holidays

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Card donations ideal for teens

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organization the mall supports throughout the holiday season. “The gift card is definitely a gift you can give them [teens].” And already, Tri-Cities residents have opened their hearts and wallets this year. As of last week, the mall had received $650 in gift cards, including a couple

large donations. With the mall doing half of its gift card sales in December, Stetz said the campaign is an opportunity to buy an extra one and donate it for a good cause. The next time you buy gift cards at the mall, you can purchase an additional one for the campaign and donate it at the Coquitlam Centre customer service desk.

The annual fundraiser allows the SHARE to buy Christmas presents for TriCities children whose parents are unable to do so. Similar to the Tri-Cities NOW’s former Pennies for Presents campaign, coins, like toonies, loonies, quarters, dimes, nickels, cheques and of course pennies, are all welcome. The money donated helps

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stock the shelves of the charity’s toyshop, which allows low-income Tri-Cities families who register through SHARE to choose Christmas gifts for their children. There are more than a dozen locations throughout the Tri-Cities accepting donations. For a full list of drop-off locations, see the full-page advertisement on page 16.

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Caring for Tri-Cities Kids Since 1990, the Tri-Cities NOW has partnered with the SHARE Family & Community Services Society to raise money for local kids. SHARE uses the funds to buy Christmas gifts for children from low-income families whose parents cannot afford to do so. This year, we have some exciting changes to announce.While pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies, toonies, bills and cheques are still welcome, we’ve partnered with Coquitlam Centre to offer Tri-Cities residents another way to give — by purchasing a gift card to donate to the cause. We’ve also updated the name of this year’s campaign to Caring for Tri - Cities Kids, in recognition that the old name, Pennies for Presents, focuses on a coin no longer in circulation. The goal is the same, however.We want to help SHARE buy gifts for kids who would otherwise go without, to offer them the joy of the holiday season other families take for granted. There are several ways to help. Cash donations are accepted at the locations below, including the Tri-Cities NOW’s office in Port Moody. And if you’re in Coquitlam Centre buying a gift card, you will have the opportunity to donate another one to Caring for Tri-Cities Kids. It’s that easy.

2 Easy Ways to Donate Coins for Kids

Accepted at these locations

Gifts Cards for Kids

The Tri-Cities NOW’s office, at 216-3190 St Johns St., Port Moody (from 9am-5pm weekdays)

RCMP and Community Police Stations • •

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RCMP detachment, 2986 Guildford Way Burquitlam Community Police Station 560 Clarke RD, COQUITLAM Ridgeway Community Police Station, 1059 Ridgeway Ave. Coquitlam Port Coquitlam Community Police, 2581Mary Hill Rd. Port Moody Police Station, 3051 St Johns St, Port Moody

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Please remember the youth who won’t have as much this Christmas.The next time you buy gift cards, you can purchase an additional one for the campaign and donate it at the Coquitlam Centre customer service desk, lower level by The Bay. Just look for the Cards for Kids sign!

Coquitlam Centre

100 per cent of proceeds go to the Caring for Tri-Cities Kids campaign, which has raised more than $150,000 for local children since its inception in 1990. All proceeds stay in the community. Cheques should be made payable to SHARE Family & Community Services Society. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2013. For more information, call The Tri-Cities Now at 604-492-4492


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COMMUNITY&LIFE

Coquitlam unveils Winter Wise campaign The City of Coquitlam is reminding residents about all the winter particulars they need to know in advance of the season’s arrival. Each year as the weather turns colder, the city launches its Winter Wise campaign to help residents enjoy a safe and comfortable winter season. By visiting coquitlam. ca/winterwise, residents will have access to a wealth of information in order to prepare for colder and inclement weather and to understand their responsibilities during a snow event. This includes resources for emergency preparedness and planning, information on seasonal parking restrictions, snow removal responsibilities of the city and residents, as well as regular updates on road conditions and facility closures in the event of snowfall. • Emergency preparedness and getting around Before a winter storm arrives, plan ahead so you can comfortably and safely carry on during the winter season. You should have basic emergency supplies to help your family be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Install winter tires and/or chains, pre-plan your driving and pedestrian routes and consider taking public transportation. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Visit the city’s website for emergency preparedness tips and checklists.

hospitals, bus routes, police stations and the central business district. These priorities are set to ensure coordinated response and safe access during a snow event. As a responsible neighbour and citizen, it is important to clear your sidewalk within 10 hours of the end of a snowfall or ice storm. As a property owner

you are responsible to ensure the sidewalk remains clear, even if additional snow or ice gets deposited back on to it. These efforts will help ensure everyone, particularly people with limited mobility such as the elderly and disabled, those who use motorized scooters, or parents with strollers, can safely get around. Before a storm

arrives, check with others on your street to see if anyone may need help clearing their sidewalk. • Snow Angels Residents in the Westwood Plateau and Como Lake areas who are unable to shovel snow due to a disability or restriction, or who are over 65 may qualify for the vol-

unteer-based Snow Angels program. Interested volunteers and people in need of assistance can call the Snow Angels hotline at 604-9276909 or visit www.coquitlam. ca/snowangels . • Garbage and recycling Sometimes during snow events garbage or recycling

services may be cancelled. If your garbage day is missed, collection will resume the following week on your regular collection day and the two container bag limit will be waived for that next collection. Stay up-to-date with the latest garbage collection by signing up with ReCollect at coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection.

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THE TRI-CITIES NOW

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFP No. 14-13S Surplus Space Opportunity

Invitation

The Board of Education of School District No. 43 (Coquitlam), invites Proposals from interested Proponents including but not limited to Licensed Daycare Operators for the use of Space equivalent to two classrooms located at James Park Elementary. If Proponent’s services are those of a child care provider, it is preferable that the Services to be provided operate under the same philosophy of the school. This opportunity is advertised and can be viewed and obtained on the BC Bid website www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca and this document is available for downloading at this site. Alternatively, this document is available at no cost and can be picked up at the Board’s Office, Purchasing Department, 550 Poirier St, Coquitlam, BC.

SITE VISIT: JAMES PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNEX

1761 Westminster Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC Thursday, December 19th, 2013 • 10:00a.m. local time Access to the Annex is off Coquitlam Avenue at the back of the school grounds

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 • 15:00 (3 P.M.) Local Time FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

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Community@Crossroads Help us put life into days

Crossroads Hospice Society provides compassionate support and honours the dignity of those affected by the end-of-life experience. 604-945-0606 • info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca www.crossroadshospice.bc.ca

Help for the Holidays The holiday season is an exciting time for many but for those who are experiencing the loss of a family member, friend or other loved ones; we know the festive season can have its challenges. While each of us experiences loss and grief in our own unique way, the process can be made easier with the assistance and support of family and friends and by following these few simple tips. Change or create a new holiday ritual. Each family has their own rituals this time of year. It’s a part of what we know and what makes us feel familiar and safe. Perhaps invite a new friend to join you for Christmas dinner, change the decorations on your tree or take a short trip to a new location. Although these are small changes they can help redirect your focus away from sad memories and onto something new and different. Make plans for the holidays It’s easy to isolate when we are feeling lonely and sad.The holiday season brings with it crowds, noise, and traffic and for those in the midst of grieving this stimulation can be too much. However, make plans to get out into the world anyway. Set dates with family and friends so you have something to look forward to. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many appointments but do try to make time to connect with others. Live in the moment If you are feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions you may find it helpful to stop, take a deep breath and just be in “the now”. It is easy to begin to over-analyze the past and get trapped in memories that you cannot change.You can release yourself from these mind traps by simply observing what is right in front of you. Look closely at the details. Listen to the sounds around you. Concentrate on the colours you see. It may sound like a simple technique but it does work. Eat well and exercise Dealing with the stress of the holidays may lead you to overindulge or perhaps not eat at all. Stock your house with good food that nurtures you. Once you have had a good meal then take a moment to treat yourself to a nice walk. Bundle up and take a stroll around the block. Visit a new location like a local park or even the beach. Anything you can do to strengthen your health will be beneficial and will help to relieve any depressive thoughts. If you are grieving, we hope these simple tips will help you find some solace and peace during this hectic season. Crossroads Hospice Society offers group and individual support to meet your needs. Please call 604-949-2274 to speak with our Bereavement Services Coordinator.

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CONTACT INFORMATION Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice Hospice Programs 604-949-2270 Hospice Volunteers 604-949-2271 Bereavement Services Tri-Cities New Westminster

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UPCOMING EVENTS January 10, 2014 Glen Brown @ Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse January 24, 2014 The Talesmen @ Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse May 4, 2014 12th Annual National Hike for Hospice Visit our website for dates and times.


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f food is medicine, then this dish is for you. Curcumin is derived from turmeric and Bromelain from pineapple. Both of these are excellent anti-inflammatory and nourishing to your joints and brain cells. Gaeng Sapparod is the most refreshing curry in All Thai’d Up’s menu. A great summer respite or to dine on after a workout. Other herbal healing ingredients included in the recipe are garlic, shallots, lemongrass, galangal, lime leaf, basil, chili and coconut milk. All of these ingredients can be acquired at the TnT Grocery Store. Thai fish sauce is used to replace salt and is a crucial key ingredient for layering the taste. It is recommended that you should eat Omega-3 rich foods 3 to 5 times a week to help keep your heart and brain healthy. To add a source

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Suggested vegetables to add: Thai Aroy-D Bamboo Shoot Slices (rinse 3 times with warm water before using) Green, red and yellow chopped bell pepper Mixed frozen corn, peas and carrots. Chopped yellow onion Use any or all of these vegetables to your own taste, as long as the combined amount will be fully submerged in the coconut milk while cooking.

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Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re New to the Neighbourhood! Beginning Monday, December 16 Introducing New Service

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WEDNESDAY, DEC 18 SHARE Society offers an education series

around alcohol and drug use for those who have an alcohol or drug problem, and for those concerned about their use or the use of others. The topic will be “Stress — learning how to cope with little and big problems without using.” The session includes a video, brief presentation and open discussion, and runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 2615 Clarke St. in Port Moody. This 13-week series runs Wednesdays until Jan. 29. Registration is not required. Info: 604-936-3900.

THURSDAY, DEC 19 Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayers Asso-

ciation holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Victoria Hall, 3435 Victoria Dr. in Coquitlam. Info: 604-941-2260 or 604-942-9725. Port Moody Arts Centre hosts a variety of holiday-themed activities from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 2425 St Johns St., Port Moody. Pot luck, “One of A Kind Treasures,” and a host of displays will be on tap. Info: www.pomoarts.ca.

FRIDAY, DEC 20 Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural Soci-

ety hosts a historical fiction book club meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 2100 – 2253 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. This month’s book, Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, tells the little-known story of black jazz musicians in Europe as the Nazis began to overrun the continent. New members can

register online or e-mail info@pocoheritage.org to reserve a spot.

SATURDAY, DEC 21 Port Moody Arts Centre hosts winter

solstice lantern-making workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at 2425 St Johns St., Port Moody. Led by award-winning artist Joyelle Brandt, this bydonation event is open to all ages. Info: www. pomoarts.ca. Coquitlam Elite Education hosts the Youth Charity Party from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 1065 Ridgeway Ave. in Coquitlam. Baking, silent auction, arts and crafts and more. All donations go towards the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Info: www.erhf.ca.

SATURDAY, DEC 22

Trinity Chapel host its Christmas concert at 1:30 p.m. at 1932 Cameron Ave. in PoCo. Dinner will also be provided. Info: 604-474-3131.

ONGOING Alzheimer Society of B.C. hosts caregiver

support groups. A Coquitlam group meets the last Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 9 p.m.; a PoCo group meets the second Thursday of the month, from 7 to 9 p.m.; and a Chinesespeaking group meets the first Thursday of the month, from 2 to 4 p.m. Info: 604-298-0711. Art Focus Artists Association meets on Wednesdays, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Outlet in Leigh Square, 2253 Leigh Sq., PoCo. Artists

from the Tri-Cities and beyond of all experience levels and interests gather to support each other and display their work. Demonstrations by professional artists are free to the public on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Info: 604942-0537. Council of Senior Citizens Organizations is an advocacy group devoted to improving the quality of life for all seniors. Info: Ernie Bayer at 604-576-9734 or ecbayer@shaw.ca. 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: 604-273-4332. 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.

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LIST YOUR EVENT:

Contact the The Now

Phone: 604-444-3451 Fax: 640-444-3460 Email: events@thenownews.com Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop needs volunteers for its new location at 2811B Shaughnessy St. Help raise funds for the purchase of equipment and patient comfort items at the hospital. There are openings for all shift positions (cashier, customer assistant, sorting clerk and pricing clerk). Shift hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Training provided. Info: 604-469-3338. Family Resource Centre offers after-school multisensory group math and literacy tutoring. Various times and days are available, and registration is ongoing. Fees start at $20 per hour. For registration and program details, contact frcdistrict43@gmail.com. The centre is located at Minnekhada Middle School. 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. Focus Volleyball Club is looking for boys and girls born from 1995 to 2000 to join for the upcoming indoor volleyball season. Focus is based in the Tri-Cities and Burnaby and offers a competitive and fun learning environment. Tryouts are ongoing. Info: www.focusvolleyball.com. Fraser Pacific Rose Society meets 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St., in Coquitlam. For more info, call 604-931-5120.


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SPORTSN0W SPORTS SHORTS DANCE DUO IN FOURTH The junior dance pairing of Coquitlam’s Brianna Delmaestro and Burnaby’s Timothy Lum skated just short of the podium at last week’s Skate Canada Challenge in Regina. The pair finished fourth after posting fifthbest scores in both the short and free programs. The duo train at the Coquitlam Skating Club. Another CSC member, Benjamin Papp, placed seventh in pre-novice men’s division after scoring sixth in free and eighth in short. Coquitlam’s Larkyn Austman skated to eighth place in the senior ladies competition. The reigning Canadian junior champion posted the ninth best mark in short and 10th best in free. Coming in 27th spot was CSC’s Larissa Horobec.

RICHARDS TO LAKERS Coquitlam native and two-time Western Lacrosse Association goalie of the year Tyler Richards is Burnaby bound, after being dealt by the New Westminster Salmonbellies last week. The junior Adanac alum had requested a move, according to New West general manager Dan Richardson. “[Richards] made it very clear he didn’t want to play with our organization, and we think we got fair market value for arguably the best goaltender in the league,” Richardson told the Royal City Record’s Tom Berridge. Burnaby turned over its first pick in both the 2014 and 2015 WLA drafts for the 27-yearold netminder. Richards is preparing for the National Lacrosse League season, where he is a member of the Vancouver Stealth.

SEVEN FOR BC FOOTBALL Seven Tri-Cities football players were named Tuesday to Team B.C. in preparation for the FBU international Showcase, which goes Dec. 30 to Jan. 4 in San Antonio, TX. The under-18 squad, head coached by Terry Fox’s Tom Kudaba, includes six players from the PoCo team which finished second at last month’s provincial championships: offensive lineman Michael Beck; defensive backs Kyle Miller and Jason Shamatutu; defensive linemen Kyle Sagmoen and Michael West; and receiver Adrial Sellers. Also making the 36-player roster was Centennial running back J. P. Kalambay. Beck, Sagmoen and Sellers are among four returning players who played vital roles in last year’s International Games upset win.

Busy Rapids add to hoop resume Dan OLSON sports@thenownews.com Should they make the B.C.s, the Riverside Rapids will likely have a book on everyone. The Port Coquitlam senior girls basketball team returned from a weekend in Victoria with a thirdplace medal and more information to file away. Going 2-1 over three days against a wide variety of rivals, including No. 2 Oak Bay, wasn’t about padding the resume, head coach Paul Langford said. “I think we’re coming together and playing an upbeat game,” said Langford. “The girls like each other, there’s very good team chemistry and it’s a fun group, but we do need to bear down when it matters.” Beating Double-A Mark Isfeld of Comox 87-74 in a rapid-fire battle was a fitting end for Riverside. It gave them third place in a tough tournament where the opposition provided varied levels of resistence. The Rapids opened the series with a one-sided 78-36 trouncing of Lambrick Park. Dani Antignani was the top shooter with 15 points, while Vanessa Gee, Zuzia Zdziechowski and Grade 10 Amanda Matsui posted 13 points apiece. It was the first official game as a senior for Matsui, who began the year with the No. 1-ranked Riverside juniors before agreeing to jump up to the top level. “Amanda’s a big kid and very versatile, who has an outside

game but she’s almost six-feet tall so she can handle it inside, too,” said Langford. “We kind of thought she would best fit here but she wanted to try things out in junior. In the end she realized she should be here.” Adding a skilled player — especially with Grade 12 Meagan Pelletier still rehabbing from an ACL tear — can only bolster the well-balanced Rapids lineup. The juniors, meanwhile, didn’t skip a beat. The Kelli Langfordcoached team won the junior portion of the Island tournament 47-45 over Lord Tweedsmuir, protecting its top-step status. In the semifinal, Oak Bay carted off a solid 62-47 victory. Only guard Jessie Castillo broke double digits, with 10 points. It was the marquee matchup that they were looking for, but the result wasn’t. Oak Bay demonstrated why they are considered a top Triple-A squad, noted coach Paul Langford. “We didn’t play very well and I thought they played their game well,” said the coach. “We’ve got to play better in the big games — we just didn’t step up.” Antignani scored 22 points and 11 rebounds against Isfeld, while Vanessa Gee counted 21 points and four assists. The team now launches its Tournament for Emily on Thursday, featuring 20 teams, including a team from Quebec. Action starts at 3:30 p.m. at both Riverside and Terry Fox secondaries. For more on the tournament, go to www.thenownews.com.

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Riverside Rapids’ guard Shae Sanchez, at left in a photo from last year, will be leading the charge at this week’s Tournament for Emily, which starts Thursday in PoCo.

Lone point a tough pill for weary Express Corey Mackin’s two goals on Sunday appeared to be just the break the Coquitlam Express needed to pick up an important win on Sunday in Surrey. They came nearly eight minutes apart, but they erased a one-goal deficit and put the visiting Express into a 4-3 lead with 2:16 left in the second period. Unfortunately, the lead barely lasted 30

seconds, as the Eagles rallied to tie and eventually roll on to a 5-4 overtime win. It was Coquitlam’s second loss of the weekend, after suffering a rough 6-3 doubling at the hands of the Nanaimo Clippers on Friday. In Surrey, the Express trailed 3-1 early in the second but Jackson Cressey keyed a rally, followed by Mackin’s second shorthanded marker of the season. He would follow that

with his 18th of the season. Surrey tied it up late in the second and won it on Jonah Renouf’s tally at 2:33 of overtime. In the loss to Nanaimo, Bo Pieper scored twice and brother Canon added a single. Coquitlam hosts Powell River on Friday, 7 p.m. to close out the pre-Christmas schedule For more on the Express, go to www.thenownews.com.

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