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Mike Clay, left, Greg Moore and Richard Stewart are all considering their options for the fall 2014 election.

Will they run again? 2 OUT OF 3 TRI-CITIES MAYORS ARE READY TO COMMIT job for three more years. For Clay, he said he ran on a nine-year jdeutsch@thenownews.com plan that is only one-third through. “There’s a lot of work to be done here At this time next year, there is a possibility all three mayors in the Tri-Cities and it’s not going to get done in the next 11 months,” he told could be sitting at the the Tri-Cities NOW. helm of their respective Specifically, he noted communities. internal changes withAt least two mayors, There’s exciting in City Hall related PoCo’s Greg Moore and to restructuring and Port Moody’s Mike Clay, opportunities reorganizing that he have both confirmed here. believes will start to be they intend to seek felt by residents. another term in office in –Mike Clay Clay also said he’d the next civic election in Port Moody Mayor like to be around for the fall of 2014. the arrival of the first Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart said he hasn’t offi- Evergreen Line train in 2016. “There’s exciting opportunities here,” cially decided, but is leaning toward he said, adding most of the people he running for another term. And each of the three men have their talks to on the streets are generally own reasons for wanting to stay on the happy with the direction of the city and

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his performance on the job. Though he said he hasn’t thought too far ahead in terms of a reelection platform, he said that could change depending on how discussions around the city’s official community plan (OCP) turn out. Moore said there are important projects on his city’s horizon he wants to work on, including the recreation centre expansion and a new OCP. He too hasn’t thought far enough ahead to consider a platform, but said he’s always trying to ensure the city has good governance. “To me, when someone’s looking to be mayor, that needs to be on the top of the list of what’s most important,” Moore said, adding he believes both council and city are well-run and efficient. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com Boxing Day shoppers looking for some good deals got a bit of a hazy surprise during the annual holiday at Coquitlam Centre Thursday. Someone decided to set off some type of smoke bomb in the Apple store. Coquitlam fire crews were called to the busy mall just before 3 p.m. to a report of a smell of smoke in the building, coming from the Apple store. Fire officials and mall staff quickly determined a device or smoke bomb had been set off in the store, which caused the smoke and an evacuation.

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Boxing Day shopping at Coquitlam Centre wasn’t affected much by Thursday’s incident. Fortunately, no one was injured and the smoke was

contained to the one store. Coquitlam fire chief Wade

Pierlot, who noted the incident failed to cause a disruption in the mall’s business, credited mall staff and the general public for staying calm. “It was an orderly process,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW, adding there wasn’t a lot of panic in the mall when firefighters arrived. “No one is going to get in the way of Boxing Day sales.” In all, fire crews were on scene for about two hours, clearing the store. That effort also involved taking readings to make sure the air quality was OK. While fire officials aren’t sure exactly what device was used to set off the smoke,

Pierlot noted police are conducting an investigation into the incident and are in possession of some type of device or package. “Sometimes these things, it’s just a couple chemicals you mix together in a container and you instantly produce quite a bit of smoke,” he surmised. While a call for a smoke bomb in a mall during the busiest shopping day of the year is somewhat unusual, the fire chief noted his department has been dealing with an increase in the number of incidents during which a substance like bear spray is released in a closed area. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

Coquitlam fire chief Wade Pierlot

Hunter the dog gets his stolen buggy back SHARP-EYED OFFICER SPOTS IT DURING PATROL

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com Hunter, the PoCo dog without his wheels, will be back on the streets in no time, thanks to a sharp-eyed Mountie. According to Coquitlam RCMP, a doggy buggy stolen during a parkade break-in on Dec. 16, which is used by a canine who needs it to get around, is back in the hands of its rightful owners. The story of the buggy’s return began Monday morning (Dec. 23) when RCMP Const. John Graham was patrolling the area of Davies Avenue and Westwood Street in Port Coquitlam. He noticed two suspicious people pushing their bicycles, one of which had a bike-buggy attached to it. While the buggy was yellow, the constable thought it looked

similar to the one that had been reported stolen from an underground parkade five days prior. As the patrol car turned around and got closer, police said one of the men began to look nervous. The suspect took off riding his bicycle, heading east along the railway. Police noted the suspect rode his bike so fast that his front wheel came off. He then jumped off his bike and continued to run eastward. Graham gave chase for about a half a kilometre, but the man got away. While the bad guy managed to escape the law, the buggy is back in the hands of its owner. “I looked at the three-wheeled buggy afterward and I found the outside had been spray painted yellow while the interior is made of red canvas,” said Graham in a statement. “I returned it to Laura, the owner, and she’s extremely happy with the recovery of her buggy even though it’s missing a wheel. She said she just has to use it in a different manner to take Hunter, her dog, out for walks.”

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When a police office found the stolen doggy buggy, its outside had been spray painted yellow.

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“I’m just forever indebted to Laurie for doing what she did. It’s an experience that I can’t comprehend.” — Bob Landy, speaking about his wife Laurie, who saved his life after a heart attack by doing CPR

“We determined he did not suffer any serious injuries — whether they were inflicted by zombies or not — and he was transported to a hospital in an ambulance.” — RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung on a call for help involving “zombies”

“People do strange things. You’ll find a guy walking around with a samurai sword just going for a walk because he thought it would be cool.” — Port Moody Police Const. Luke van Winkel during a tour of the department’s exhibit room

“There’s a long-held thought amongst many people that Freemasonry is a big secret, that we don’t talk about it and that we don’t let people know what we’re doing. That’s really not the case, and it’s never been like that as long as I’ve been a Mason.” — Maple Ridge resident and longtime Freemason Robert Prince on the group’s open house

“Everybody that lives in Port Coquitlam knows that we’re the best place to live.” — Mayor Greg Moore, commenting on the city’s showing in a magazine ranking “For many Canadians, it will bring back memories of an exceptional young man,

whose determination to pursue a dream stirred the heart of this country. And for younger Canadians it will be an opportunity to learn about a hero that their parents knew so well.” — MP James Moore on the preservation of 200,000 items linked to Terry Fox “It’s kind of weird when I get to the fish. Sprinkling holy water on fish ... I don’t know. But I do it.” — Rev. Craig Scott of St. Clare of Assisi church, on a blessing of the animals ceremony “All my life, I’ve been on the water. It’s in my blood. I was born on a skiff. Not too many people can follow this path. It’s like you are born with a gene that makes you have to be on the water all the time.” — Tony Matahlija on creating fish spawning channels and rearing ponds

to preserve local salmon stocks “When you’re stealing 45 bras, chances are you’re not wearing them yourself.” — RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung on the theft of $2,000 worth of bras from Coquitlam Centre “I think this is a total scum bag move. Who would do something like this?” — Port Coquitlam Coun. Brad West on the theft and damage that forced a PoCo couple to cancel their Christmas display “It’s not luck — luck is a bad term. It’s about good recipes and the right execution of those recipes.” — Port Moody’s Rusty Johnson discussing winning on the competitive barbecue circuit — compiled by John Kurucz


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All three mayors predicted the next few years would be exciting times for their respective communities.

Besides being the mayor of PoCo, Moore also wears a hat as the chair of Metro Vancouver. Exactly what next year’s election will mean for Moore in that position is unclear, but he said he’s enjoyed his work with Metro Vancouver, adding there have been a lot of positive changes at the regional level over the •Richard Stewart was first elected mayor last few years. of Coquitlam in 2008 after beating out incumThe mayor of Coquitlam said he’d also bent Maxine Wilson. like to be around when the In 2011, he was re-elected Evergreen Line opens up in a for a second term after beatcouple of years. ing challenger Barrie Lynch by Stewart said the main reanearly 2,500 votes. I think I want son he wanted the job was to help bring the rapid transit line •Greg Moore was elected to be there on to his city. mayor of Port Coquitlam in opening day “I wanted to see it hap2008 after serving two terms when SkyTrain pen,” he said. “I think I want as a councillor. to be there on opening day He was re-elected in 2011, arrives in beating his closest challenger, when SkyTrain arrives in Coquitlam. William Issa, by more than Coquitlam.” 4,000 votes. However, he said he has not –Richard Stewart committed to a timeline for •Mike Clay was elected when he’ll make a final decimayor of Port Moody in 2011 sion on his political future. Stewart did say he likes the work involved after serving two terms as a city councillor. He beat his closest challenger, Robert in being mayor, but suggested more work needs to be done in the city around services Simons, by more than 1,000 votes in the last civic election. for seniors, families and arts and culture.

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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com Inappropriate comments in the classroom landed a Coquitlam high school teacher in hot water with the school district and the body that regulates the profession. According to a consent resolution agreement with the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch, Kevin Startin was suspended by the district for a day-and-a-half, required to take a diversity course and see an appointed psychologist after making several comments deemed inappropriate. The regulation branch released details of the discipline decision in early December, though the discipline was handed down in September 2012. Documents state Startin, a teacher at Dr. Charles Best Secondary who taught math 11 and Grade 11 apprenticeship and workplace math, singled out students, commenting on their progress and failures in course work. Startin’s comments included:

• Saying “good morning people I like and I don’t like.” • On more than one occasion, upon entering the classroom at the beginning of the class, Startin told the class “don’t piss me off.” • Distributing a practice package to students with a watermark of “no one likes you.” • He informed students that as a teacher at a different school he had touched a student on the face with his hand, although not using force, as a means of classroom student discipline. According to the branch decision, students to whom the statements were made found them embarrassing or intimidating, while other students found the statements to be “rude” and they felt intimidated or apprehensive to be in his classroom. Documents note during the district investigation, Startin expressed regret and admitted the comments were inappropriate. The branch also noted Startin led two inappropriate political and ethical discussions related to cost effective-

ness of government decision making in a math class. Neither was part of the curriculum and Startin admitted during the investigation that the discussion was not appropriate for that particular math class. The teacher also made inappropriate references to a student’s and another teacher’s ethnic background, though specifics were not included in the branch decision. The branch noted during the investigation Startin recognized the comments were inappropriate and, once he was made aware of the students’ negative reaction to his classroom management style and school administration set out expectations and boundaries in the classroom, he altered his behaviour in the classroom. Earlier this year, the public was informed that a Port Coquitlam teacher was suspended for two days in 2012 after she left a class on a field trip at a swimming pool to retrieve her child from daycare. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

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small desk in the provincial specs are colour-coded to prison painstakingly fixing identify which ones are men’s, women’s and children’s, then donated eyeglasses. Sometimes the glasses re-bagged and boxed. Sitting in a prison cell The glasses awaiting your fate, at a min- are missing are destined imum, would be considered a nosepiece, for impoversome need to mind numbing. ished locales Steve Tkachuk knows the be tightened likeNicaragua, and some just feeling all too well. It’s a good way The 45-year-old has been need to be to pass the time. E t h i o p i a , Zanzibar and in the North Fraser Pretrial cleaned. –Steve Tkachuk, an Vietnam. There are Centre in Port Coquitlam for inmate at the North “I’d be sitstannearly a year on theft char- strict ting in my cell dards he must ges. Fraser Pretrial doing nothHe’d be the first to tell you follow. Centre in PoCo ing, reading a The glasses there isn’t much to do while book, watchcan’t have doing time. ing the boob So Tkachuk was eager to s c r a t c h e s , tube 24/7 if I sign up for an inmate pro- blemishes or wasn’t doing gram that lets him give back broken parts. On an average day, this,” he told the Tri-Cities to the less fortunate a world Tkachuk will refurbish 100 NOW during a phone interaway. view from the prison in the Almost every day, for about pairs of glasses. Once they’re fixed, the fall. five hours, Tkachuk sits at a “It’s a good way to pass the time.” Lunch Specials The program is part of a unique partnership between AND UP North Fraser Pretrial and the R E S TA U R A N T Third World Eye Care Society Mon-Fri. 11:30am- 3pm Canada (TWECS) that has Sat 12-3pm www.thaigardenthai.com been in place for more than a decade. Enjoy one Complimentary DInneR entRÉe The volunteer society colwhen a second DInneR entRÉe lects donated and used eyeof equal or greater value is purchased glasses and hands them out to people in developing countries. per Inmates at the provincial correctional facility, like DINE IN ONLY Tkachuk, help fix them up. Not Valid with other promotions. There are all kinds of jobs Excluding Holidays • Value up to $12.00 in the prison for inmates — FREE DELIVERY 7 DAYS A WEEK mostly cleaning-related like Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm for Dinner laundry or food processing. Tkachuk, who isn’t a stran#6-555 Clarke Rd. Coquitlam ger to the inside of a jail, considers it a privilege to have his job. “I do enjoy myself while I’m doing it,” he said, pointMo?day-Thursday 5-9pm • Di?= I? O?ly *Please present this coupon for either of the above special offers. ing out when he was last in prison more than a decade jdeutsch@thenownews.com

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Christina (no last name provided), another volunteer with Third World Eye Care Society, in the Philippines. ago, no similar programs existed. And his boss, Roy Smith, who is in charge of the program at the facility, is fairly pleased by the inmate’s effort. “He [Tkachuk] does pretty good work, I have to admit,” he said. “He realizes what this

stuff is used for and where it goes.” From Smith’s perspective, the work, like the eyeglass program, also keeps idle hands from causing more issues in the prison. “It’s a two-sided coin here; not only does it help within the jail itself, but it also does quite a large thing for the

outside world,” he said. There are 11 work-related programs offered in the facility, but not everyone can get into one. Smith said he has guys in the prison for some pretty horrendous crimes, but noted it’s their attitude and outlook in the system that determines whether they can be given the opportunity to come and work. He said he’s a fair guy and if they act up on the job, he’ll usually talk to them and give them another chance. “If they break the rules, I’ll send them back,” Smith said. For some of the younger inmates who have no skills, a job in the prison can give them much-needed selfesteem. In Tkachuk’s case, his workshop is cordoned off from the rest of the prison. It’s his area and he’s responsible for it. He’s given a table and a comfortable chair, and a lens reader no one is allowed to touch. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

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Eyeglasses collected by Lougheed Lions Club If the workload becomes too big, another person can be added. The program appears to be working outside the prison walls. Robert Dawson is a director of TWECS and was approached more than a decade ago by the prison, which was looking for programs for inmates. He gave officials a tour of the charity’s warehouse in Burnaby and the rest is history. Every six weeks or so, he stops by the prison to deliver the cargo — more than a dozen boxes filled with glasses. The glasses are donated at optical stores and, from there, are collected by the Lougheed Lions Club. Dawson noted he usually picks up about 500 pairs of eyeglasses in a batch from the prison. Once repaired, the organization, through teams of 10 to 15 members, including eye surgeons and eye doctors, delivers the glasses to destinations in developing countries. d The society indicated some -2,000 to 3,000 people are tusually helped during a particular project. n Dawson, who was last part yof a group that went to the dPhilippines a couple of years kback, said having the inmates sworking on the glasses is a nhuge asset to the society. d “We could never get the inventory we have now dwithout it,” Dawson said. l“We wouldn’t get that much edone.” That’s not to say the relaltionship is perfect. Over the years there’s been rthe odd incident with an inmate. e In one case, when Dawson -tried to tell an inmate the work he was doing wasn’t -right, it didn’t go over well. e “The look I had, ‘I thought he was going to kill me,’” he -said. That inmate was removed afrom the program. s But overall, Dawson is ohappy with the program. “It’s good for them [inmates],” he said. As for Tkachuk, he doubts he’ll get into the eyeglass business when he finishes serving time — he’s a roofer by trade — but he wouldn’t GOT A

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elcome to another year! As we look forward to bringing you the news and feature stories that touch your life as a Tri-Cities resident, we thank you, our readers, advertisers and carriers, for being there for us. We couldn’t do what we do without your support, whether it’s calling or e-mailing us with story tips, writing letters to the editor, taking out the ads that keep us financially strong, or delivering our papers and flyers to households and businesses. We wish you all the best in 2014 and look forward to another great year of covering life in the Tri-Cities. If you have ideas for stories you’d like to read, get in touch at editorial@thenownews.com. We’d love to hear from you.

CPP REFORM WOULD LEAD TO WINNERS AND LOSERS

The guest editorial in your Dec. 20 issue entitled “Lack of CPP reform will hurt us all” is misleading at best and appears to have been cobbled together without any indepth research on this issue. The fact of the matter is if the proposed CPP reform were to proceed, some would win and some would lose. Studies show that income for people earning less than $25,000 rises substantially when they retire thanks to generous pension supplements from government. For “middle income” people earning up to $50,000, income replacement with pensions is more than adequate. The only group of retirees which would see a significant income drop are those earning more than $100,000/year. The proposed changes to CPP are targeted to boost the savings rate and corresponding retirement benefits for this group of the population. Qualifying for the maximum benefit would require a preretirement income of $102,000. The current CPP pension together with OAS payments cannot provide a retirement income anywhere close to their pre-retirement income. The fact of the matter is that it was never intended to provide that level of income but rather to supplement individual retirement plans. For middle income earners, the CPP is designed to provide only 25 per cent of what you need to live in retirement. This makes participation in an employer retirement plan or a personal retirement plan crucial to achieving a satisfactory retirement income. Only 36 per cent of taxpayers contribute to a personal RRSP and for those that do participate, they grossly underutilize the contribution room available ($ 633 billion of unused contribution room and climbing). For employer (company) pension plans, many do not participate in the offered plan while only about 34 per cent of the workforce does participate. I would suggest that it is the responsibility of individuals and not the government to properly plan for retirement. However, government can play an important role in providing the necessary incentives and educating the public in the roles and responsibilities that each component/part has in achieving a satisfactory/comfortable retirement. Fundamentally it comes down to discipline and a priority to save for one’s future retirement. A boost in CPP retirement benefits through increases in contributions would be compulsory and therefore impose a forced savings for future retirement on those who currently don’t place any emphasis on this matter. Increased contributions, deducted at source, mean less take-home pay to spend on current expenses. For some it seems that they are all to willing to delegate this responsibility to others who will undertake the risk and guarantee of a satisfactory retirement income, as long as they don’t have to devote any time or effort to achieve this goal. E.J. Aird Coquitlam 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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here’s not much point at looking back at the big political stories of the past year. The stunning result of the May provincial election pretty well dwarfs everything else. The election result almost redefined B.C. politics, or at least many of its conventions. The future of the NDP (long the alternative to the free enterprise coalition party) is now very uncertain, political polling (the mainstay of political strategy and media coverage) may no longer be reliable, older voters appear to hold a disproportionately high level of political power because they actually cast ballots, and a lot of issues and controversies the media and political opposition make hay over don’t seem to count with many voters. So instead of dwelling on the past, let’s look ahead at what are expected to be some key issues and decisions in the coming year: 1. To build or not to build: megaprojects are everywhere! The federal government will announce sometime this spring whether the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline will get the green light to proceed. Although the project has been met with overwhelming opposition from First Nations and much of the general public, it is commonly thought the Harper government strongly backs the idea of building a pipeline through remote northern wilderness to hook up with oil tankers along a pristine coastline that has never seen a tanker. In the coming year, focus will also shift towards the other big pipeline proposal: Kinder Morgan’s plan to twin its existing pipeline. The bigger issue here is the five-fold increase in tanker traffic that will result from the new pipeline, but Kinder Morgan has done a better job

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of “selling” its project than Enbridge did when it comes to garnering public support for it. Nevertheless, look for a lot of public protests and demonstrations targeted at Kinder Morgan over the next year. Another proposed megaproject will also get a lot of attention this year: the Site C dam on the Peace River. Public hearings will last until January, and eventually the provincial government will formally announce what everyone already knows: it supports the project, and so construction will begin. Again, there will be a lot of anti-Site C dam protests in the coming year, but I suspect they will have little impact on the decision to green-light the project. Other big projects to take significant strides forward this coming year include a number of mines, and expansion of port facilities in Metro Vancouver. The B.C. Liberals will support all of them, while the NDP will tie itself in knots as it tries to accommodate both the environmental movement and the private sector unions. 2. Speaking of the NDP: doesn’t anyone want this job? NDP leader Adrian Dix announced back in September he would step down to make way for a new leader, and so far the only thing notable about a contest to replace him is the fact that no one seems to want the job. The number of potential candi-

dates has dwindled to just a handful, with long-time MLA Mike Farnworth heading the list. Others may include rookie MLAs David Eby, Judy Darcy and George Heyman. But none of these candidates appear to scare the B.C. Liberals whatsoever. Farnworth, if he wins, will be painted by them as a nice guy who is controlled by the special interest groups (unions, enviros, etc.) who control the NDP. Heyman and Darcy are former leaders of public sector unions, which are hardly viewed as representative of most people’s interests. And Eby has a laundry list of unpopular positions he took when he ran the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (I suspect the B.C. Liberals will be rooting for him, more than anyone else, to emerge as the victor). 3. Everyone wants more transit but doesn’t want to pay for it. That, in a nutshell, is the conundrum that TransLink finds itself forever mired in. But next fall’s pivotal referendum on how to fund transit operations may finally provide some clarity on the issue. We haven’t seen the question yet, and Premier Christy Clark and Transportation Minister Todd Stone seem to be on different pages on the issue (Clark favours a multiple-choice ballot, while Stone wants a single, clear question). Nevertheless, the transit referendum has the potential to have more impact on Metro Vancouver than any single municipal election. 4. Enough of the talk, let’s see some results. As in, just one signed, sealed and delivered contract to build a liquefied natural gas plant in B.C. would be nice. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC.


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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 all Scotiabank locations in the Tri-Cities.We are pleased to have Scotiabank partner with us again this year. All money collected at their locations will be matched by Scotiabank to maximum of $5000. 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.

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“We just put it in and as soon as I hit it I knew — it just felt good.” — Larkyn Austman on landing a doubleaxel-triple jump at the national figure skating junior ladies championship, which helped her win the junior title.

Canada’s preparation for the World Baseball Classic last spring.

“Perception is reality, and we really rose to the occasion. (Goalie Dave) Wedlock played out of his head that game, and we were up against [future lacrosse hall of famer] Dave Evans and he couldn’t “My family keeps us motiv- stop us.” — Daryl Fernquist, ated, and we push each other. the My sister and I stick togeth- remembering er, although we have our Coquitlam junior JH a w k s moments.” one game — Paige under the Hamilton, inf luence on twin of hypnos i s t e r We just put it in tist Peter Mercedes and as soon as Reveen, andthework I hit it I knew who died in required to 2013. earn the duo — it just felt matching good. “It was a pheNCAA field nomenal goal, lacrosse –Larkyn Austman scholaron landing a double- how [Adam Rockwood] ships from axel-triple jump undressed the Ohio State. goalie like “In all five years here I have that.” — Coquitlam Express never been a shooter in a shootout. Coach looked up at us and then-coach Jon Calvano said, ‘OK, who’s feeling hot?’ I on Adam Rockwood’s raised my hand. Immediately penalty shot game-winI thought ‘Oh no — what did ner in January that was spotlighted on the TSN I just do”’ — Coquitlam’s Kaitlin Plays of the Night. Imai, who proceeded “Ringette is my world. The to score the game winner to lock up the UBC things I did, we as a team did women’s hockey team’s to get here — I started eating playoff berth and best- healthy and we trained and it was like eight months of no ever record. social life, but it was totally “Sometimes you know you’re worth it.” — Port Coquitlam’s in the perfect spot and you know it’s coming right at you. Sarah Knight on helpThat’s when all the volleyball ing B.C. win its first-ever under-16 national ringplayers say ‘Yes!’” — Coquitlam’s ette championship title. Jacqueline Caverly while “Five times we came second, playing for the Capilano and I know some people who’d University Blues. kind of joke about the ‘Carney “I feel like I was given an all- curse.’” — Archbishop Carney star team to work with, and anything less than a cham- senior girls soccer coach pionship would have been dis- Giorgio Santoro after his team captured the appointing.” — Terry Fox field AA provincial title, endlacrosse coach Derek ing the school’s 18-year Wintermans, after his quest for a B.C. athletic teamdefeatedClaremont title banner. 12-11 in overtime for the “I have a real sense of pride B.C. title. for Trevor, bless his soul. It “We had a pretty intense but was wonderful for the family friendly game of street hockey to experience this.” — Former Coquitlam outside [Justin Morneau’s] house. We split the team up Adanac Kevin Brunsch, West versus East and of course on the Coquitlam junthe west was victorious. ior Adanacs ceremony Nothing like a friendly hock- to retire the No. 23 jerey game to bond a bunch of sey of the late Trevor Wingrove. Canadians.” — Port Coquitlam’s “Losing [Nick Rose] makes a Rene Tosoni of Team

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Besides providing some great quotes, 2013 was also a year of highlights on the Tri-Cities sports scene, especially in track and field. Teagan Rasche, left, and Brittni Wolczyk were selected to go to Ukraine to compete for Team Canada. Rasche also defended her senior girls javelin title at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships, while Wolczyk scored gold at the Royal Canadian Legion Youth Track and Field Championships during the summer.

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The Coquitlam Express provided lots of memorable moments — and great photographic images — in 2013, including this shot of a hit taken during a win against the Merritt Centennials at the Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre on Jan. 11. difference but you don’t want that kind of attitude around, it’s infectious.” — Coquitlam Adanacs coach Bob Salt after four of the club’s veterans, including WLA MVP goalie Rose, demanded to be traded at the July 1

deadline. “I try and look at the positive and look at the fact that what I’ve gone through is a blessing … I’ll get back there.” — Coquitlam’s Wade MacLeod, whose professional hockey career

was in danger after a health scare that saw him collapse during a game while playing for the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, and later going through brain surgery. After recuperating,

he was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs’ farm team and is a member of the AHL Toronto Marlies. — compiled by Tri-Cities NOW sports editor Dan Olson


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