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editorial@thenownews.com The City of Coquitlam is trying to shut down a grow-op in Maillardville whose four tenants were licensed by Health Canada to grow medical marijuana for personal use, but which never had a business licence from the city allowing it to operate. The tenants are represented by high-profile lawyer John Conroy, who has provided legal services to “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery, as well as the Insite supervised injection site in Vancouver,

VANDU (the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users) and the BC Compassion Club. While Conroy is providing legal expertise to the unidentified tenants, he has not said they plan to sue the city. “It’s Health Canada that dropped the ball and didn’t work something out with the various districts and municipalities so there was proper inspection and so on,” Conroy said Monday afternoon at a council-in-committee meeting. Meanwhile, the landlord of the building — the address of which the Tri-Cities NOW has chosen CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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jdeutsch@thenownews.com The recent derailment of a train carrying coal through Burnaby has prompted one PoCo politician to want a closer look at the operations of the rail yard in his community. Coun. Glenn Pollock said he’s concerned about the “self-regulation” of the railway and told council he intends to meet with the fire chief to find out what materials are passing through the CP rail yard. “We need to know what’s in that rail yard and we need to know our fire department can react to what’s in that rail yard,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW. The train derailment in Burnaby and two other recent incidents across the country has the city councillor questioning the maintenance of rail cars. However, Pollock said he wants to find out more before

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The CP rail yard in Port Coquitlam is the largest in Western Canada. jumping to any conclusions. On Saturday, three coal cars overturned, spilling their contents into a Burnaby creek. Three CP cars travelling west on a CN rail line tipped off the tracks and flipped over around 11 a.m. CN officials have blamed the derailment on the weath-

er and a washed-out beaver dam. Pollock said besides the fire department, he wants the public to be informed of what’s going on in the yard. The councillor said he hopes to get more details sometime later this year. PoCo Mayor Greg Moore said he shares the same con-

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Medical marijuana laws changing soon fine may be levied against the grow-op — the city doesn’t have the jurisdiction to shut it not to publish for security reasons — is upset down — but did take issue with the size of it. the city wants to shut down the operation. “It’s a very large operation,” he said. “It’s just really sad because it’s their mediHe added he’s heard anecdotally of people cine,” Melanie Ballotta told the Tri-Cities NOW in a phone interview Tuesday. “The fire buying prescription licences on the black mardepartment went in there and they were not ket and using them as a cover to produce and sell marijuana. over their limit. It was nothing illegal.” “The RCMP has confirmed that this hapHealth Canada issued permits to the tenants in February 2012 to grow medical mari- pens,” he said. “I’m not saying that’s the case here. That’s just what I’ve juana for personal use, but the heard.” federal government is winding Ballotta said that’s not what’s that program down, meaning happening at her location. the licences will no longer be “It’s definitely a legal medvalid by the end of March. The We do annual ical marijuana grow facility, tenants were hoping the city building just not in the right zoning,” would give them a temporary she said. “It is not, as he stated, use permit so they could prodinspections, but illegal. We had tenants who uce medical marijuana until they couldn’t were licensed by the federal then, but council unanimousgain entry to government to produce those ly turned down their request plants.” Monday night. this one at first. Since the city voted down Ballotta said the city has also –Wade Pierlot, the option of a temporary use threatened to fine her $150 for Coquitlam Fire Chief permit, Ballotta said she’s woreach day pot has been grown in ried about the safety of her the building without a business licence. Since the grow-op has been operating tenants. “I have fears, definitely,” she said. “Because for about two years, that figure could be in the they kept it low-key for a reason, obvious rea$100,000 range. The city, meanwhile, says a dollar figure sons. You don’t want to invite crime. But now they made it very public and I just hope our has not been worked out. The city’s involvement with the grow-op tenants remain safe.” Beyond that, she said she’s concerned her began last March, when firefighters attemptnext tenants will be industrial in nature, ed to do a routine inspection at the building. “We do annual building inspections, but which could create problems for nearby resithey couldn’t gain entry to this one at first,” dents and businesses. “Now we will be leasing it to industrial and fire chief Wade Pierlot told the Tri-Cities NOW. “As per protocol they booted up the authority the noises and the big trucks will be back,” of the fire inspector who can enter properties she said. “We didn’t want to put an industrial machine shop there just without a warrant.” for the noise, because neighThat’s when firefightbours would complain about ers found what Pierlot and our noise.” Coquitlam Mayor Richard She said she reluctantly Stewart described as “a large It’s just really gave her tenants an immedicollection” of marijuana plants. sad because it’s ate notice to shut down, and Both said they did not want to their medicine. expects them to follow it. give a specific number, citing “In any event it was going security concerns. –Melanie Ballotta, to end March 30,” she said The building is zoned indusLandlord of tenants of the federal government’s trial, and the city allows the growing medical changing rules for medical production of medical marimarijuana marijuana production. “We juana only in areas designated thought we would be success“special use.” All of the buildful until then.” ings in those areas are near The new rules will ban proLougheed Highway in southwest Coquitlam and are already occupied by duction for personal use, instead allowing businesses not growing medical marijuana only those supplying legal dispensaries and — meaning there’s no place within Coquitlam pharmacies to supply medical marijuana. Conroy, meanwhile, said issues with medsomeone wanting to cultivate the substance ical marijuana grow-ops have been exaggercould legally set up shop. Ballotta admits it was a mistake not to get a ated. “The problem has been widespread inforbusiness licence, but claims since the pot was for personal use she and her tenants didn’t mation often in the media, and my information is that it’s grossly exaggerated in terms of think they needed one. “At the time they leased the building there some of these risks of fire, mold, public safety was no bylaw for medical marijuana,” she and so on,” he said. “Certainly not in relation said. “They wanted an industrial location in a to illegal operations, but I’m talking in terms of legal medical operations.” quiet area not close to schools.” He also suggested legalizing marijuana, as Stewart says he’s not opposed to medical marijuana, and was offered THC pills for pain, two U.S. states have recently done, would be but decided to go with another prescription a better option. “The situation has changed. You’ve heard instead. “As someone who suffers from chronic pain, of Colorado, no doubt. You’ve heard of I completely understand and support the uses Washington state. There’s over 22 medical of medicinal marijuana,” he told the Tri-Cities states now approved in the U.S., so what’s NOW. “But this isn’t that. If you’re producing that then? “That’s been far more effective at getting anything outside of the proper zoning, well, rid of all the illegal drug operations that you can’t do that.” Stewart said he’s not sure what kind of a they’ve had.”

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of $6.71. However, a 2.3-percent increase in the water levy, which is about $10 for the average home, means the blended amount works out to an increase of $3.29. The sewer levy will remain unchanged for 2014. Still, many of the civic politicians hailed the budget as a first for the community. “We did everything that we need to ensure that this is sustainable,” Mayor Greg Moore told the Tri-Cities NOW, adding the city has been working toward a decrease for the last

jdeutsch@thenownews.com The City of PoCo is just coming off celebrating its centennial. And to kick off Year 101, the city has done something for the first time in its history — offer residents a tax break. On Monday, PoCo announced a draft 2014 budget calling for a 0.34per-cent residential property tax decrease. For the average single-family household, that works out to a savings

couple of years. He noted last year’s property tax increase was just 0.86 per cent. In getting to the 2014 figure, he said council asked every city employee who manages a budget to look at what they could do differently to get savings. Moore said he hopes residents take a look at where the city decided to cut service levels in order to get the savings. According to the highlights of the draft budget, which along with a survey will be sent to every home in PoCo

for feedback, the city saved nearly a half million dollars by cutting items like vacant positions and janitorial service in some buildings. More specifically, the budget proposes to cut the chief administrative officer’s car allowance and contingency fund, at $8,100 and $23,500 respectively, reduce hours in off-peak times at the Offside Youth Centre at $32,600, reduce public hours from Leigh Square customer service at $53,800, and eliminate non-engineer visual

inspections of bridges for a savings of $7,800, to name a few. The budget also proposes adding one RCMP officer at a cost of $145,600. The city is also asking residents if they support a oneto 1.5-per-cent tax increase, or about $25 for an average household, to help fund the replacement of the rec complex and senior centre. Moore said the city wants to know if residents want to put away money now for future projects, or wait until a complete plan is in place. The budget also contains plans to spend $250,000 on rec complex site planning.

Moore insisted the proposed tax cut is not related to this being an election year. “If we find the savings now, we should pass the savings on now,” he said. Coun. Darrell Penner suggested balancing the budget involves buy-in from residents. “If we want to keep our taxes down, we can do it, but there has to be support for the community to put a lid on the wants,” he said. If left unchanged, the average family home assessed at $528,935 can expect to pay $2,884 in property taxes this year.

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FIRE CHIEF CONCERNED OVER REPEATED INCIDENTS

Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com For some it might be a joke, but for the departments in charge of keeping people safe from fire, pulling a fire alarm for fun is no laughing matter. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the Coquitlam fire department dealt with at a couple of apartment buildings in the city last week. Fire chief Wade Pierlot confirmed the department was sent out to a pair of apartments repeatedly for false alarms. Officials have deemed the alarms were pulled on purpose and police are now involved. “There’s people that think that’s funny or for whatever reason think that’s a good thing to do,” Pierlot told the Tri-Cities NOW. “That causes us some concern.” Though the department gets the odd false alarm from time-to-time, the fire chief indicated it has become evident someone is determined to cause a disruption. He explained the reason why it’s such a concern is that on every call, especially to an apartment building with high occupancy, the departments sends a fair amount of resources. Pierlot noted those are resources tied up for a prank that could be used in the case of a real emergency. While the chief is reluctant to give too much attention to the incidents and did not want to identify the specific buildings out of concern it might egg on the culprits, he does have a message for the public. Pierlot said the department wouldn’t minimize its response to any calls in spite of the recent false alarms. “We treat every alarm as if it’s the real thing,” he said. “That’s why it’s important we catch these individuals — it does take away us from being available for other calls.” The other concern for the department in these types of cases is for residents living in the building who might let their guard down and not leave when they hear an alarm. The flip side of that came Thursday when the department responded to a legitimate call that turned out to involve steam coming from vents. Pierlot said residents in the building are being extra cautious and are on the lookout

for the perpetrator of the mischief. Though the culprit might be getting a kick out of their actions, they likely won’t be laughing if they get caught. Pierlot noted it’s a crime to falsely pull a fire alarm that can have severe consequences for the suspect. However, the chief suggested those behind the rash of false alarm likely know what they’re doing.

jdeutsch@thenownews.com The investigation into a fire in a Maillardville apartment building that forced people living in three units from their homes has been passed over to Coquitlam RCMP. Fire crews were called to the building at 990 Adair Avenue last Wednesday morning after a small blaze broke out in the bedroom of a unit. However, by the time firefighters arrived, the sprinklers in the building had put out the flames. Coquitlam fire chief Wade Pierlot said the fire was small, noting the main damage to the three units was caused by water. However, given the young age of the building, the chief noted there is some evidence to suggest the fire is suspicious. “There are some things we need to have a closer look at in determining the cause,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW. He said a fire like the one Wednesday in a newer building is a concern for investigators. A Tri-Cities NOW reader who lives in the area said police locked up the apartment following the fire and stationed a guard at the door. The City of Coquitlam set up a response centre to help those displaced by the fire, but all residents except those living in three units were allowed to return home later that night. There is no word on when the displaced residents will be allowed to return home.

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CAR CRASH CONCUSSION AND ITS AGE MATTERS WHEN INJURED: “GOLDEN YEARS” DOCTRINE CONSEQUENCES Sports-induced injuries the mosttopress. But car accidents Age matters. It’s badget enough be injured in a car are by far mostaccident common source of concussions – which, crash or the other at any age. But for older in some cases, have life-long effects. A recent decision of the people, the pain and loss of enjoyment of life can Supreme Court of hard. BC dealt with such a case. be particularly

The courts a loss of mobility “Helen” (not recognize her real name),that 17, was a passenger in a truckor negative lifethechange years” that drove off road andinhityour a tree.“golden Although she was may be worse than for a young person. wearing her seatbelt, her forehead struck the windshield

Take F (59 at time) found so hardthe thatsituation it starred theMr. windshield. Shethe suffered a mild himself in orafter vehicle was rear-ended at athered concussion mild his traumatic brain injury (MTBI) – terms light. He were didn’t think he’d been seriously court said interchangeable. She also suffered injured neck andat back injuries and softtake tissueany injuries. first, and didn’t time off work. But when his initial soreness got worse, he saw a doctor. The case brought trialsoreness seven years Over the was nextprudently year, the pain to and in after his left the accident, at which time washis stilljob suffering from aftershoulder persisted. AndHelen he felt performance effects. This allowed court to evaluate the longer term was slipping. Thisthe was a job he’d held for 38 years consequences thatoccasional can follow from such brain injuries. which involved heavy lifting. While he wasn’t reprimanded at work (the Before the mishap, Helen was a delight to her family and occasional co-worker jibe apart), his pride made friends. She had a fun-loving, outgoing personality, did him feel he was cheating by doing less than reasonably well in school and put most of her energy into he could before. So he decided to take early her first love, sports. The supervisor at her first part-time retirement a year and a half after the car accident. job (when she was 15) described her as “fun loving, chatty, In theafour before Her theplan trial,was hetosaw his doctor, crazy, joy toyears have around.” become visited a chiropractor, did have physiotherapy a police officer, and she likely would been able to and also saw medical his ongoing achieve thatacareer goal orspecialist succeed at about an alternative career. shoulder problems, which limited the things he could Beforeand thewell accident, he’d been an avid After do. the accident, after the immediate effects of gardener, a skilled working on projects the impact had passed, handyman a different picture emerged. While she around theto regain househer and He’d worked hard former aself,fly-fisherman. Helen was no longer planned pursue all these thingsand more afterteam his organized,to punctual or reliable. On college university retirement at 65, and hisand good health before the projects, she was disorganized always late, and her written car accident would have allowed But despite communications were poor. Unlike before,that. she needed study following of reviews. his medical and aids like cuethe cardsrecommendations as well as frequent note She could only handle a reducedhis course load and longer earn her other therapists, ability to took enjoy his tohobbies college diploma and university degree. She lost her first job was curtailed. after university of performance difficulties. Mr. F didn’tbecause get compensation for lost wages

emotional and social profilecapacity changed as–well. She his orHer loss of future earning quitting suffered from serious depressionbefore for months job, however reluctantly, 65after wasthehis own accident. Long term, her personality became volatile. Her choice. temperament could change quickly and she could become But the BC Supreme Court pointed out that when mean. She would sometimes say hurtful things, without someone who has always been physically active realizing the effects of her words. She became moody and a loses some physical later in life, they may sometimes difficult personfunction to be around. not enjoy their retirement years as much and be less able to replace their planned activities Helen’s career prospects, as well as retirement her ability to enjoy life with other interests. And assistance, what maywere be much a small and carry out life ordinary tasks without loss of function younger person for may far reduced. In short, herfor lifeachanged permanently thebe worse. more significant for an older one, whose activities are age. Thealready court in constrained this case pointedbyout that “mild” concussion or MTBI refersawarded to the physical to thetobrain not the The court Mr. Fdamage $45,000 compensate potential in exceptional cases can begot him for consequences, his loss of which life enjoyment. He also long-lastingfor andcosts severe. is no single objective test to $41,500 ofThere future care and treatment. establish MTBI, which may exist even if, as here, it wasn’t Of course, age is only one factor considered in detected by MRIproper scan. compensation for lost life arriving atanthe

enjoyment – type and severity of injury and pain, The court assessed Helen’s lost career opportunities and disability and emotional suffering are some others. reduced earning capacity at $1 million. It also awarded her Also, an older person is more likely to already compensation for the costs of future care and other losses. have other physical problems or pre-existing conditions for which the defendant cannot be held This case shows how important it can be to have a responsible. So each case depends on its own thoroughly prepared and well-presented case in order to bring particular facts. out the sometimes subtle consequences Ifofyou’re facing an injury caused by someone a concussion – before-and-after differences in cognitiveelse, seek legal as well medical helpand– the abilitiesout plusgood changes in social skills,as behaviour, mood “golden rule about is just of concussion. many things personalityyears” – all brought by one a “mild” An to be aware of. experienced personal injury lawyer can help you. This column has been written with the assistance of KERRY DEANE-CLOUTIER. It provides information only and must not be relied on for legal advice. Please contact KERRY DEANECLOUTIER, Trial Lawyer, at (604) 464-2644 for your free, no obligation, initial consultation.

Lawyer Janice Mucalov, author of this column, writes about legal affairs for several publications. “You and the Law” is a registered trade-mark. © Janice Mucalov.

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t’s certainly shaping up to be a good year for the wallets of taxpayers in the Tri-Cities. The City of Coquitlam has already passed one of its lowest tax increases in years, while Port Moody is heading in that same direction. On Monday, Port Coquitlam joined the fray by offering a 2014 draft budget that would see a property tax decrease of 0.34 per cent. For the average household, that’s a savings of $6.71. It should be noted that a 2.3-per-cent increase in the water levy, which is about $10 for the average home, means the blended amount works out to an increase of $3.29. Nonetheless, it’s somewhat unheard of in municipal circles to budget a tax decrease, and as Mayor Greg Moore was quick to point out, it’s the first of its kind in the city’s 101-year history. But as PoCo politicians noted, the feat wasn’t accomplished without some trimming. The city has proposed nearly a half million dollars in service level changes and cuts. The city is also asking residents if they would support a one- to 1.5-per-cent tax increase to help fund the replacement of the rec complex and seniors centre. This week, the city will be sending a mail out to PoCo residents containing details of the 2014 budget and a survey for feedback. PoCo’s mayor hopes residents take the time to look at the budget and respond. And so do we. That’s the critical part of this exercise. Whether you like a few extra bucks in your pocket or want to see some of that hard-earned cash used to top off services, the process only works if you get informed and involved.

‘THEOLOGICAL DEVOTEES’ INFORMING HARPER’S ANTISCIENCE POLICIES Too large a portion of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s supporters, unfortunately, are his fellow theological devotees. I find it “unfortunate,” because that portion enables antiscience policies to be passed and enforced by his theologically inclined MPs, whose fundamental scriptural beliefs are essentially a threat to healthy, life-sustaining Canadian eco-systems. If Harper’s Biblical convictions are any indication, healthy and pristine Earthly eco-systems apparently are of no actual science-based concern. For, according to the Book of Revelations, Earth’s surface is to eventually, perhaps even imminently, be laid complete waste for a considerable period of time — if not permanently. It might all be true in the end, whenever that would be in the natural course of our planet and all of its life, but that’s certainly no excuse to insanely justify screwing the environment in advance. Mentality in translation, perchance: Why the hell worry about an unhealthy state of the planet’s environment — especially when there are so many jobs to be had? Frank. J. Sterle Jr. White Rock

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s the clock ticks ever closer to the day the federal government decides whether to give the Northern Gateway pipeline project final approval, everything Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to say about the subject will increasingly be analyzed to the point of silliness. Take his appearance in B.C. last week, when he appeared in front of a business-friendly audience and took softball questions from a business group’s CEO (heaven forbid that an actual journalist be allowed to ask any questions). There was no real news generated, but his comments on the pipeline garnered headlines and television coverage. But his comments were cautious and almost elliptical in nature and added about as much clarity to the government’s position as results when you shake a bottle of muddy water to see things more clearly. Common wisdom holds that Harper wants the pipeline to be built, but the issue has become such a political hot potato there is rising speculation his government may ultimately bail on the project. And since no one but Harper knows the answer to what he’s going to decide, everything he says about it is pored over like the proverbial tea leaves. In Vancouver, the fact he said the Northern Gateway project was not a sure thing created a buzz that he was opening the door to bolt on it. But, really, what did anyone expect him to say? Of course, he has to stress the need for strong environmental standards attached to the project. Not to do so would invite condemnation from all sorts of quarters. Instead of over-analyzing his noncommittal comments about the pipeline, it makes more sense to examine his style of governing and how his government

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has handled various hot-button issues. It has become very apparent over the years that Harper shapes policies that are favoured by his well-defined voter base. It is not an approach aimed at gaining the support of a majority of the public, but instead is designed to maintain the roughly 40 per cent of the electorate that will keep him in power. Faced with a divided political opposition, Harper knows full well that even if opinion polls show that 60 per cent of the population oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline (recent polls shows the project is still opposed by a majority in B.C., but that figure has shrunk), that’s not enough to decide an election. In the last federal election, Harper’s Conservatives took more than 45 per cent of the popular vote in B.C. and 21 of 36 ridings in the province. Only one of the party’s victories — Vancouver Island North — was even remotely close. The other wins were by large margins. Despite the well-organized opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline, it’s hard to see much political upside attached to Harper walking away from backing the project. It’s not as if the environmental activists and New Democrats leading the charge against the pipeline would even remotely come close to supporting him at election time were he to kill the pipeline.

The key question to ask is whether that 45 per cent of the electorate who supported his party last time — a group of voters presumably older and less enthusiastic about environmental protection at all costs — would continue to support him if he were to turn his back on a project reviled by environmentalists, but strongly backed by the very people who put him in office in the first place. That is the thing to keep in mind when trying to determine whether the prime minister has got Northern Gateway’s back at the end of the day. Until he and his government make their call, trying to overanalyze his careful public musings about the matter may not count for much. ••• For the first time since she became the mayor of Surrey, Diane Watts is getting a fairly rough ride in the media (over the crime wave that has befallen her town) and questions are being posed about her political future. But there doesn’t seem to be any natural rival to challenge Watts for the mayoral job, so unless she decides to leave on her own terms it’s hard to see her being forced out, even as her town grapples with the crime issue.

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Safe and secure housing is a cornerstone of overall health and well-being. The housing affordability crisis in B.C. is common knowledge, but less well known is the fact that the lack of enforcement of tenancy laws threatens the safety and security of rental housing across the province. Roughly one-third of British Columbians live in rental housing. They depend on B.C.’s tenancy laws to ensure that their rental housing is safe and reasonably well maintained, that they are not subject to continual increases in their rent, and that they have a degree of security because their tenancy can only be ended for specific reasons. Landlords also depend on the laws to protect their livelihood and property. However, these legal safeguards quickly become meaningless without an effective way to enforce the protections contained in the laws. Individuals may find they have no effective recourse when their rights are violated. More broadly, if it becomes common knowledge that there is no consequence for breaching the law, there is no incentive to comply. Respect for the content of the

law is undermined. In British Columbia, the Residential Tenancy Branch is charged with enforcing our provincial tenancy laws. It has the power to decide individual legal disputes between tenants and landlords, and to deter repeated violations of the law through its investigatory and penalty powers. Unfortunately, as a recent study has found, due to chronic and drastic underfunding, the branch is unwilling or unable to make effective use of these powers. With a budget per case that is a mere 10 to 20 per cent of comparable tribunals (such as the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal), the branch faces serious hurdles in accomplishing its purpose. In legal disputes between individual landlords and tenants, the branch repeatedly fails to meet the most basic standards of a fair legal proceeding, like getting to present your side of the story or knowing the case against you. These standards are fundamental hallmarks of fairness. When the branch issues a decision in an individual dispute, it often contains errors, fails to reflect the arguments made in the case, or is simply unclear because the reasons given do not

actually explain the outcome of the case. In addition, landlords and tenants involved in disputes before the branch describe the decision-makers as rushed and short-tempered, which leaves the parties feeling like their case has not been taken seriously or carefully determined. In a worst case scenario, parties can leave feeling like they have been abused by a public servant. There are limited legal options available to a person who is dissatisfied with the branch’s decision. It is common to see, for example, a tenant evicted on two days’ notice on the basis of a seriously flawed decision. The personal costs to that individual tenant are extraordinary, but there are also costs to the public, because these kinds of decisions often lead to homelessness and significant health consequences. In addition to deciding individual complaints, the law grants the branch a range of tools to deter repeated violations of the law. Most importantly, since 2008 the branch has had the power to investigate and levy monetary penalties against parties for repeated non-compliance with the law. While the Minister Responsible for Housing’s stated intent was to hire staff to investigate and proactively “levy significant fines

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for bad behaviour,” to date these powers have only been used by the branch a single time. In that much-publicized case, involving a landlord who repeatedly ignored orders mandating critical repairs to an apartment building, the branch issued a $115,000 penalty against the landlord. However, the branch then went on to enter into an agreement that essentially waived the entire fine if the landlord did little more than complete the repairs originally ordered and did not incur any new penalties within two years. The message this sends landlords and tenants across the province is that there is a very small chance the branch will actually investigate and fine a party who repeatedly violates the law and, even if a fine is levied, it can be negotiated away. In short, there are few to no consequences for repeatedly and flagrantly breaching the law. The ongoing failure of the branch to effectively enforce B.C.’s tenancy laws compromises the protections contained in B.C.’s tenancy legislation. A functioning enforcement mechanism that protects B.C.’s rental housing and the parties that rely on it is in everyone’s interest. Kendra Milne Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com A recent arrest by Port Moody police might put an end to a rash of cellphone robberies around the Tri-Cities. On Monday, the department confirmed the arrest of three Port Coquitlam teens Sunday who were allegedly involved in a robbery that took place in Port Moody back on Jan. 5. According to police, two victims were approached by the three suspects and forced to give up their cellphones. Police note the suspects were all wearing balaclavas to cover their face, while one was carrying bear spray and another a crow bar. The department did not disclose the nature of the arrest, but noted at the time they were taken into custody, the three suspects were all wearing balaclavas around their necks while one of the teens had an extendable baton with bear spray nearby. One suspect also allegedly had a long ice scraper concealed up his jacket sleeve. None of the suspects’ ages or identities were

released. Since the arrest, Port Moody police said investigators have also applied and were granted search warrants for three homes and a vehicle. Police said evidence has been recovered and is being processed, but the nature of the evidence was not released. Police said the three suspects are believed to have been involved in similar robberies in Coquitlam, and the department is assisting Coquitlam RCMP with its investigation. In December, local Mounties issued a warning to Coquitlam residents after at least four reported smartphone robberies. Investigators at the time believed the same three suspects were related to all four incidents. RCMP noted in most of these cases the victims were either Asian or Middle Eastern teens. However, on Tuesday, the RCMP couldn’t confirm if the recent arrests in Port Moody are related to the cases in their jurisdiction. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

Notice is hereby given that the City of Coquitlam will be holding a Public Hearing to receive representations from all persons who deem it in their interest to address Council regarding the following proposed bylaws. This meeting will be held on: Date: Time: Location:

Monday, January 27, 2014 7:00 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2

Immediately following the adjournment of the Public Hearing, Council will convene a Regular Council Meeting during which it will give consideration to the items on the Public Hearing agenda. Item 1 Address: Unit #5 – 307 Begin Street (Paré Residence) The intent of Bylaw No. 4457, 2014 is to authorize the City to designate the lands, buildings, and structures located at the subject property outlined in black on the map marked Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw No. 4457, 2014, as protected heritage property. The application would facilitate the heritage designation protection of the Paré Residence, a historic Maillardville residence in Laval Square.

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Road & Utility Improvements Please use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Y Harper Reservoir - North of Harper Road – New water reservoir construction continues by G & E Contracting Ltd. 1-855-656-3159. Traffic controls near area will be in place. Y Lougheed Highway - north of Dewdney Trunk Road near Scott Creek Bridge – New City Centre Pump Station and connecting force main by Merletti Construction Ltd. 604-984-7594 ongoing for several months. Short term lane closures will be in place on southbound Lougheed Highway. Y Schoolhouse Street - Austin to Foster – New water line construction by City of Coquitlam Capital Construction crew, with a target completion date of January 29, 2014. Work taking place Monday to Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Traffic controls near area will be in place. Y Evergreen Line Project – to obtain up to date information, visit evergreenline. gov.bc.ca webpage; email info@evergreenline.gov.bc.ca or call 604-927-2080, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Y Port Mann / Highway 1 Improvement Project – For details and updates, visit www.phmh1project.com or email info@phmh1project.com or call 1-866-999-PHM1 (7641). Y Schoolhouse Street - Milford to Foster – Sanitary and Storm inspection chambers installation and associated repairs to be followed by boulevard restoration by Richco Contracting Ltd. 604-856-8834. Periodic lane closures with traffic controls in place. Drivers encouraged to use alternate routes while above work is underway. We appreciate your patience during construction. Please watch for work crews and equipment and obey all traffic control personnel and signs, including construction speed limits.

Item 2 Addresses: 635 and 645 Gauthier Avenue The intent of Bylaw 4461, 2014 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to rezone the subject properties outlined in black on the map marked Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw 4461, 2014 from RT-1 TwoFamily Residential to RT-3 Triplex and Quadruplex Residential. Item 2 - Continues to next page

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Notice of Public Hearing If approved, the application would facilitate a proposed residential subdivision on Burke Mountain.

Item 2 continued Addresses: 635 and 645 Gauthier Avenue If approved, the application would facilitate the development of two (2) back-to-front duplex units to be located on each of the two (2) adjacent lots, for a total of four (4) units per lot.

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Item 3 Addresses: 1503 and 1509 Coast Meridian Road The intent of Bylaw 4462, 2014 is to amend City of Coquitlam Citywide Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3479, 2001 to revise the land use designation of the subject properties outlined in black on the map marked Schedule “A” to Bylaw No. 4462, 2014 from Large Single Family, Environmentally Sensitive Area, Suburban Residential and Development Reserve to Large Single Family, LargeVillage Single Family, Environmentally Sensitive Area, Suburban Residential and Development Reserve.

The intent of Bylaw 4463, 2014 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to rezone the subject properties outlined in black on the map marked Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw 4463, 2014 from RS-2 One-Family Suburban Residential to RS-8 Large Village Single Family Residential and P-5 Special Park (with portions of the property remaining RS-2 One-Family Suburban Residential).

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How do I find out more information? Additional information, copies of the bylaws, supporting staff reports, and any relevant background documentation may be inspected from Wednesday, January 15, 2014 to Monday, January 27, 2014 in person at the Planning and Development Department, Coquitlam City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays. You may also obtain further information with regard to the bylaws mentioned above on the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/ publichearing and by phone at 604-927-3430. How do I provide input? Verbal submissions may only be made in person at the Public Hearing.The City Clerk’s Office will compile a Speakers List for each item.To have your name added to the Speakers List please call 604-927-3010. Everyone will be permitted to speak at the Public Hearing but those who have registered in advance will be given first opportunity. Please also be advised that video recordings of Public Hearings are streamed live and archived on the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/ webcasts. Prior to the Public Hearing written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office in one of the following ways: clerks@coquitlam.ca; 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC,V3B 7N2; Visit the City Clerk’s Office, 2nd Floor, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC,V3B 7N2; Fax to the City Clerk’s Office at 604-927-3015. To afford Council an opportunity to review your submission, please ensure that you forward it to the City Clerk’s Office prior to noon on the day of the hearing. Written submissions provided in response to this consultation will become part of the public record which includes the submissions being made available for public inspection at Coquitlam City Hall and on our website at www.coquitlam.ca/agendas. If you require more information regarding this process please call the City Clerk’s Office at 604-927-3010. Please note that Council may not receive further submissions from the public or interested persons concerning any of the bylaws described above after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Kerri Lore Deputy City Clerk

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jkurucz@thenownews.com Coquitlam council signed off Monday on a document that’s key to getting shovels in the ground for the area’s first dedicated homeless shelter. Council unanimously approved a development permit for the shelter to be built at 3030 Gordon Ave. The facility is slated for completion at some point next year. Along with issuing the permit, council also approved a Good Neighbour Agreement that spells out the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in the shelter’s operation: RainCity Housing, the operator of the facility, and the city. “It’s been a long time coming and we see the light at the end of this long process: a building that, I think, will be incredibly important to our community and will serve a need that we hope continues to decline,” said Mayor Richard Stewart. According to a city staff report, the shelter will encompass 26,000 square feet of space over a four-storey building. Thirty emergency shelter beds will be offered in single rooms, as well as 30 transitional suites and other indoor amenity areas. Five to seven employees will be on site during daytime hours, while two overnight staffers will be at the facility during evening hours. The Good Neighbour Agreement includes stipulations that ensure proper site maintenance standards, a pledge to monitor shelter clients while also discouraging loitering, an agreement to hold meetings with the surrounding community and the inclusion of a 24-hour phone line to report complaints or compliments. “This Good Neighbour Agreement that’s part of this is a tremendous document,” said Coun. Terry O’Neill. “It involves the community, it involves the city, it involves the police, it involves the operator and I think this is definitely the way to go.”

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jkurucz@thenownews.com It’s a pretty special gesture for a really special guy. That’s how family and friends of former Coquitlam city staff member Trevor Wingrove characterized Monday’s ceremonial street dedication, a move reserved for a select few people in the city’s history. As part of the dedication, the stretch of road intersecting Town Centre Park has changed from Park Entry Way to Trevor Wingrove Way. “You can tell a lot about who Trevor was by the words people use when they speak about him: devoted, gregarious, kind, respectful [and] quick-witted, just to name a few,” said Mayor Richard Stewart. The ceremony was attended by Wingrove’s parents, daughter and wife, along with former city staffers and members of the sporting community, and three ceremonial signs were given to members of his immediate family. “It was a pretty special gesture,” Trevor’s father Les told the Tri-Cities NOW Tuesday. The city’s former general manager of corporate services, Wingrove died of cancer in 2010. Prior to his 18-year tenure with the city, Wingrove spent virtually every moment of his lacrosse career in Adanac colours: he played all of his minor, junior and senior lacrosse with the Coquitlam organization. During that run he amassed seven provincial championships in minor lacrosse, and a Minto Cup title in the junior ranks. Since his passing, the junior Adanacs have retired his No. 23, a minor lacrosse tournament was re-named in his honour and the Coquitlam Foundation has set up a bursary in his name. “Many of our goals at the city can be furthered by recognizing the achievements of those who have made a positive influence in Coquitlam,” Stewart said. “Without a doubt, Trevor Wingrove deserves that recognition.”


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positively. Substitute a no for a yes by explaining the situation. At 5 p.m. Carla asks for a cookie. Instead of saying, “No, it’s almost dinnertime and you will ruin your appetite,” you can say, “Yes, you can have a cookie for dessert after dinner.” Explaining the reason for a decision not only allows us to avoid saying no, it also helps our child learn about our reasoning. Jason asks you if he can go and visit Grandma and instead of simply saying, “No,” you can say, “I need to finish this laundry today because we need the clean clothes. How about we phone Grandma when I finish folding these clothes and arrange a visit for tomorrow?” There will be times when we will need to say no. In times of danger or accident we’ll say no and there are occasions when the issues at hand are too complicated for our child to understand, but if we say no sparingly they will listen and know it’s important. Changing no to yes can be a challenge at first, but it will soon become easy and you and your children will benefit. Kathy Lynn is a professional speaker and author of Who’s In Charge Anyway?, But Nobody Told Me I’d Ever Have to Leave Home and Vive la Différence. If you want to read more, sign up for her informational newsletter at parenting today.ca.

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Finding time to exercise is no small feat for many men and women. Obligations at home and at the office can make it hard to fit in a workout, a familiar quandary for men and women with multiple commitments. Though it’s not always easy to fit in a workout when juggling multiple responsibilities, men and women must consider the responsibility they have with regard to maintaining their physical and mental health. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS ) advises that healthy adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, and that such activity should be spread out over the course of the week. In addition, the DHHS also advises that healthy adults include strength training exercises in their workout regimens at least twice a week. Such a workout schedule can improve both physical and mental health, making it easier for men and women to handle their hectic schedules. While such recommendations may seem manageable, many men and women still feel as if there’s just not enough time in the day for them to incorporate a daily exercise regimen. The following are a few ways such men and women can find time for fitness. • Take a walking lunch. Many professionals have heard of a “work-

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• Get off the couch. Many men and women prefer to unwind on the couch as they catch up on their favorite television shows and movies. But such unwinding should not come at the expense of working out. Much like catching up on work at the gym, you also can catch up on your favourite shows and movies while at the gym. Many smartphones and tablets now have apps that allow users to access subscription streaming services, so users who can’t find time to exercise should take advantage of such apps and watch their favourite shows and movies from the treadmill instead of the couch. Readers who can comfortably read while exercising can follow a similar route and read on the elliptical instead of sitting sedentary in a chair as they make their way through the latest bestseller. Finding time to exercise can be difficult, but even the busiest men and women have several options as they attempt to make fitness a bigger priority in their lives. — MetroCreative

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School is much more than a place where students gather to learn. For children, school is their first opportunity for social development and introduction to people outside of their family unit. Lessons learned in school go beyond mathematics and language arts. Students learn to cultivate individual interests and find other people who share their interests. Music is one of the ways like-minded children come together. When many people talk about the benefits of music education, they’re quick to point out all of the quantitative and measurable results of that music education: numerous studies show the positive impact music programs can have on children in other areas of study. Dr. Laurel Trainor, a professor of psychology, neuroscience and behavior at McMaster University, has said young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory compared to children who do not receive musical training. Stanford University researchers have found that musical training improves how the brain processes the spoken word, a finding that researchers say could lead to improving the reading ability of children who have dyslexia and other reading problems. Furthermore, in an analysis of data on more than 25,000 secondary school students, researchers at the United States Department of Education found that students who report

consistent involvement in instrumental music during middle school and high school perform significantly better in mathematics by Grade 12 than those who do not participate in music programs. There are many reasons why music education can help to make a child a better student, but there also are other benefits that go beyond the classroom environment. Being involved in music also is a social endeavour that can set the course for lifelong friends and help create social groups that last through school and beyond. Music education breeds familiarity during a school career, when going from class to class or from school to school every year can be nervewracking and unfamiliar. Walking inside a band room, whether in elementary or high school, can create a sense of belonging. It is also a place where students not involved in sports or other activities can gather. Children who move a lot due to a parent’s work may find that joining the marching band or school choir is the one portion of school that is familiar no matter where they attend school. While not every child will go on to be the next, great musical sensation, thanks to music education at school, he or she will have learned lessons in working as a team and other social benefits that will help in all areas of life. — MetroCreative

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PoCo accepting Royal Party applications Do your children want to take a lead role in Port Coquitlam’s 91st-annual May Day celebrations? The City of Port Coquitlam is now accepting applications for the traditional May Day Royal Party. Selected through a random draw, the May Day Royal Party consists of flower girls from grades 1 and 2, and princesses and lancers (similar to a knight) from grades 4 and 5. Royal Party duties include participating in: • Hip hop dance practices — Fridays starting on Feb 14: flower girls from 4 to 4:40 p.m., and princesses and lancers from 4:40 to 5:30 p.m. at thePortCoquitlamRecreation Complex (except spring break and Good Friday) • May Day selection tea — April 15 • Dress rehearsal — Friday May 2, from noon to 2 p.m. • May Day banquet and opening ceremonies — May 2, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. • May Day Parade with the city float, followed by the May Day luncheon — May 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Mother’s Day Picnic (optional) — May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This year’s May Queen and Ambassador will be randomly selected from among the princesses and lancers at the May Day Selection Tea on April 15. The tradition of May Day royalty in Port Coquitlam dates back to 1923, when

the city crowned its first May Queen and began celebrating May Day each year. Over the years, the festival has grown into a week-long

nival rides and other activities. This year’s festival runs from May 2 to 11. For more information or to apply online, visit www.

portcoquitlam.ca/mayday. Printed applications are also available at City Hall and recreation facilities. The application deadline is

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New movies and new arts activities for a great movie experience without hefty cinema prices or hassles. Come to the Gathering Place on the last Thursday of the month. Drop-in is $4. On Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., Animatrix (PG 13) will screen. After the movie, discuss the scientific possibilities of reality actually being a virtual simulation. On Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m., The Iron Giant (PG) will screen. Before the movie, at 6 p.m., an art activity will involve creating an “exquisite robot” through a collaborative, creative drawing exercise. On March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Iron Man (PG 13) will screen. An art activity at 6 p.m. will focus on creating herothemed art.

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Running Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., from Jan. 13 through March 10, this is an arts experience designed to provide a studio space for youth interested in learning new skills to produce their own artwork using their own personal esthetic and culture. Meet in the Gathering Place to create new work and meet other youth interested in expanding their boundaries in art. Projects will include comic making, skateboard painting, terrarium crafting and photo transfers. Supplies will be provided, and there is no cost to attend.

Drop-in Board Gaming

These free sessions run Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., from Jan. 21 through March 25. Drop by the Gathering Place for an unplugged community afternoon of board games including Scrabble, Chess, Monopoly and Jenga. Feel free to bring your own board games, card games, trading card games or tabletop roll playing games. All ages are welcome. To learn more about Leighsure Time Drop-in programs, visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare.


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sion — Jesus of Nazareth and Mother Theresa. The Buddha, having achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, committed the rest of his life to teaching others. But look around. There are many others besides history’s saints and geniuses who can inspire us. My parents were my role models for perseverance and hard work. Dad was born at the start of the Depression in Cumberland, mom in Vancouver. They both endured racism, poverty and the loss of parents in childhood. My parents expected the best from me and encouraged me to achieve my positive potential. My brother was my role model for academic and athletic excellence. He showed me what was possible. Being a father to my three children has inspired me to be my best — to demonstrate

Dr. Davidicus Wong give energy and momentum to our unrealized resolutions to improve our lives and adopt healthy new habits. Recently, a friend gave me a book that reminded me of the dreams of my youth. After a year of disappointments, bad luck, an accident and chronic pain, it was just what I needed to begin anew with positive energy and make 2014 a great year. Other people can be sources of inspiration. Geniuses like Da Vinci, Mozart and Shakespeare can show us what a human being can create, and their work inspires us still. As a child, I was inspired by great writers and hoped one day to write to inspire others. We have role models from history who move us with their great acts of compas-

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Port Coquitlam: •Fire Station No. 1, Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8:30

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WEDNESDAY, JAN 15 Baby Sing & Learn classes for babies ages birth to 18 months

run from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the Port Moody Library, 100 Newport Dr. These classes encourage bonding and promote early speech and language development. The program runs Wednesdays until March 26. Info: 604-469-4577. 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 discussion topic will be centred around relapse prevention. 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. Friends of the Terry Fox Library meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Focusing on advocacy and fundraising, this library support group is looking for new members and everyone is welcome. Info: 604-927-7999. Singles Travel Club meets at 6 p.m. at the ABC Restaurant, located at 300-100 Schoolhouse St. in Coquitlam. The meeting will feature guest speaker Tom from Collette Vacations. The group offers solo travellers a chance to meet new friends, enjoy the security of group travel and avoid the costly single supplement. RSVP to Val at 604-669-6607 ext. 304.

THURSDAY, JAN 16

Port Coquitlam Heritage Society offers a card-making session in advance of Valentine’s Day, 6:30 p.m. at 2100–2253 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. Make three cards for $20 per person. Registration is required. Info: 604-927-8403 or info@pocoheritage.org. Port Coquitlam Heritage Society holds its general meeting at 1 p.m. at the Gathering Place, 2100–2253 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. The meeting’s theme will be “Games: Something New/Something Old.” Info: info@pocoheritage.org. Port Moody-Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra NDP Provincial Constituency Association host a discussion led by B.C. NDP president Craig Keating, 7 p.m. at Moody Middle School, 3115 St. Johns St. in Port Moody. Info: eawillis@telus.net or 604-461-9847.

FRIDAY, JAN 17 Circle of Friends 50+ Singles Social Club meets at 7 p.m. at

of events, which includes activities like dining, dancing, theatre, travel and hiking. Info: Nina at 604-941-9032. Tri-City Singles Social Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 2513 Clarke St., Port Moody. This singles club for men and women over the age of 50 organizes activities like dancing, theatre, concerts, dining, movies, day trips and travel. Info: Darline at 604-466-0017. Alzheimer Society of B.C. hosts a session around service access for family caregivers, or others supporting a person with dementia living at home, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Wilson Centre, 2150 Wilson Ave. in PoCo. Registration is required and admission is by donation. Info: lkelly@alzheimerbc.org or 604-298-0780. Port Coquitlam Heritage Society hosts a historical fiction book club meeting starting at 10:30 a.m. at 2100–2253 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. This month’s book, Extensions by Myrna Dey, is set in both Vancouver and on Vancouver Island and covers both past and present day topics. Info: info@pocoheritage.org.

SATURDAY, JAN 18

University Women’s Club meets at 1 p.m. Nancy Bennett Room of the Poirier Library, 575 Poirier St. in Coquitlam. Coquitlam Coun. Craig Hodge, chair of the city’s Riverview lands advisory committee, will be the guest speaker. Info: Allison at 604-939-9146 or Ellen at 604-464-0246. Douglas College Foundation hosts a presentation on tips to save money on taxes and insurance from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the New West campus of Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave. Enjoying the Journey — Tax Tips & Personal Insurance will feature guest speakers Heather MacLean and Ted Leung. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 604-526-2747.

MONDAY, JAN 20 Tri-Cities Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to

noon at Eagle Ridge United Church, 2813 Glen Dr. in Coquitlam. Info: 604-941-3182. Terry Fox Library hosts local cruise expert Barbara Young for a discussion around planning your dream cruise from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Info: 604-927-7999.

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will speak to the topic of “50 Shades of Green — The Pleasures of Gardening.” Everyone is welcome. Info: Michelle at 604-942-3565. Dogwood Garden Club meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Centennial Room at Dogwood Pavilion, 634 Poirier St. in Coquitlam. The meeting will feature guest speaker Laurelle Oldford-Down and the discussion topic will be “Winter Gardening – Winter Fragrance. Some plants will be for sale and there is no cost to attend. Info: sfisher@heu.org.

ONGOING Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society hosts a

Heritage Evening, the fourth Thursday of each month, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Gathering Place in Leigh Square, 1100-2253 Leigh Sq. Everyone is invited to hear some of the stories behind Port Coquitlam’s heritage homes. Info: www.pocoheritage.org or call 604-927-8403. Port Coquitlam Legion hosts an euchre club every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 2675 Shaughnessy St. All skill levels welcome. Info: 604-942-8911. Port Coquitlam Parks and Recreation hosts the Comic Shop Youth Art Drop-In, 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Thursday at Leigh Square, 1100-2253 Leigh Sq., Port Coquitlam. Each free session begins with a brief lesson in comic history and technique, followed by free work time. Participants learn what makes cartooning a unique art form. This program is for ages 13 to 17. Port Moody Artist Co-op seeks new members to display and sell their original fine art pieces in the Blackberry Gallery of the Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns St. Info: www.blackberryartists.blogspot.ca or www.blackberrygiftshop.ca. Port Moody Ecological Society invites the community to the Noons Creek Hatchery every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. to check out volunteer opportunities like working in the hatchery, water quality testing, gardening and administration. Info: 604-4699106 or www.noonscreek.org. Port Moody Library hosts Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. at 100 Newport Dr. Intended for children aged 18 months to five years, these classes help children build language skills, enrich their imaginations and have fun with words. Sessions run until March 26 and parent/caregiver participation is required. Info: 604-469-4577. Recreation Unlimited Volleyball Club offers weekly recreational volleyball from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays at Hillcrest Middle School, 2161 Regan Ave., Coquitlam. Beginners are welcome. Info: Gary at 604-469-6389 or gary4now@shaw.ca.

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right fitting boot has been next to impossible. “It’s been a struggle. The feeling of instability inside of the boot was very, very frustratKevin Reynolds may as well have the word ing,” he said. “It definitely weighed on me and “overcome” stitched to every piece of clothing it was especially frustrating in the first half of the season because I’ve been he wears out on the ice. waiting for four years for this.” The 23-year-old Coquitlam Further compounding that native has persevered through frustration was the wave of what’s been the most difmomentum Reynolds was ficult year in his competitive riding prior to the boot probcareer, and is now enjoying the lems: he won his first major fruits of that fortitude: a tickinternational event at the Four et to Sochi, Russia as part of Continents Championship Canada’s Olympic men’s figure while also finishing fifth at the skating team. 2013 world championships. “It feels great,” Reynolds said “The second half of last seaTuesday. “It’s been a difficult son gave me confidence with season for me because I haven’t my first major international been able to skate properly for PHOTO SUBMITTED BY SKATE CANADA/STEPHAN win and a top five placement the past five or six months. But POTOPNYK. at the World Championships,” to come back and earn a spot Coquitlam’s Kevin he said. on the Olympic team is just Reynolds is bound for next “It really helped me know incredible.” I could do it even if I wasn’t Reynolds got it done after month’s Olympic Games. finishing second at last weekend’s national feeling comfortable or if I wasn’t feeling 100 championships, his first major competition in per cent.” Comfort or not, Reynolds knows he has to months. That it was his only chance to make the work on his bread and butter ahead of next Olympics — particularly after missing out on months’ Olympics. “I’ve got make sure that my [quadruple the 2010 Games by one qualifying spot — was jumps] are there because that’s money in the not lost on the Coquitlam native. Reynolds had to withdraw from ISU Grand bank for me in terms of points, and I’ll need Prix competitions earlier this season due to a that while I’m there,” he said. Men’s figure skating gets going at the Sochi recurring issue with his heel. Specifically, his heels are “extremely narrow” and finding the Games on Feb. 13

on the weight of a 59-52 finals win over Holy Cross. That they got there after handing Walnut Grove its lone loss of the year, an 83-76 victory on Friday, only added to that winning feeling.

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CARS/VANS 2006 Chevrolet Aveo #2639702 .....5 Door..............................$5,500.00 2005 Ford Freestar SE Sport #2513071...Leather, Sunroof....$5,800.00 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan #2756591 ...7 Passenger!..........$7,800.00 2008 Pontiac Montana SV6 #2841693 ...7 Passenger!..........$9,488.00 2009 Toyota Yaris LE #2999944 ...Automatic, 5 Door.............$9,900.00 2005 Ford Mustang #2504200 ...Deluxe Package, Automatic.........$9,988.00 2006 Ford Mustang Convertible #2603130..........................$10,800.00 2006 Ford Mustang #2604423 ...Pony Package..................$11,500.00 2009 Chevrolet Malibu #2932143 ...Hybrid.........................$11,588.00 2012 Ford Focus SE Sedan #1209264.................................$12,800.00 2007 Ford Mustang Deluxe V6 Coupe #2709185 ......Only 77,000 KMs!...................................$13,800.00 2011 Toyota Yaris #1199332 ...Automatic...........................$13,800.00 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Touring Hatchback #1286013... 5 Door..........................................................$15,800.00 2004 Lincoln Town Car #2402113 ...Executive Limo, Leather......$16,500.00 2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT #1019270..........................$16,800.00 2012 Ford Focus Titanium #1209130 ...Leather, Moon Roof, Navigation, 5 Door......................................................$18,988.00 2010 Ford Taurus Limited AWD #103700X...........Leather, Moon Roof, Navigation, Loaded!....................................................$19,800.00 2012 Ford E250 Cargo Van V8 #1219190...........................$21,000.00 2010 Ford Mustang GT Coupe #1009261A... Leather, Sync...$23,800.00 2012 Ford E350 XLT SD Van #1212027 ...15 Passenger!...$27,500.00

IMPORTS 2006 Kia Spectra LX Sedan #2699290.......................................$6,800.00 2002 Toyota Camry LE #2292159 ...Low Kilometers, Well equipped!................$7,900.00 2002 BMW 330Ci Coupe #2293531 ...Leather, Moon Roof........$9,800.00 2006 Mini Cooper Hardtop #2692090 ...Automatic...................$9,800.00 2005 Mazda Mazda6 #2594611 ...Grand Touring, 5 Door.........$9,800.00 2010 Kia Forte Koup EX #1026557..........................................$11,500.00 2006 Toyota Camry SLE Coupe #2699274... Leather, Moon Roof...........$11,888.00 2009 Toyota Camry SE #2992070 ...Well Equipped!...............$12,800.00 2009 Honda Civic EX-L #2999959 ...Leather, Moon Roof.......$13,800.00 2011 Mazda Mazda2 Touring #1193626 ...Automatic............$13,988.00 2011 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback #1196550...........................$14,588.00 2007 Volvo V50 Wagon #2792196 ...Automatic.....................$14,800.00 2006 Mazda MX-5 GT Convertible #2692146........................$15,500.00 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Trendline #1192182.......................................................................$15,600.00 2006 Infiniti G35 X 3.6L #2696600 ...Leather, Moon Roof.....$15,800.00 2007 BMW 328i #2792096 ...Leather, Moon Roof..................$16,800.00 2006 Infiniti M45 #2699323 ...Premium Sport Package, Leather, Moon Roof, Navigation............................................................$17,800.00 2012 Honda Civic EX Coupe #1298013.................................$17,900.00 2009 Toyota Camry #2992138 ...Leather, Moon Roof, Navigation........$18,800.00 2006 Nissan 350Z Touring #2692191...................................$18,800.00 2009 Honda Odyssey EX-L #2999253...Leather, Moon Roof, 7 Passenger!...................................................................$20,500.00 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Hatchback #1199289..... 5 Door.....................................................$24,800.00

SUV’S 2005 Chevrolet Blazer 4WD #2539327......................................$7,600.00 2003 Ford Expedition 4WD #2315208Eddie Bauer, Leather, Moon Roof, Heated Seats......................................................................$8,800.00 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X4 V6 #2752166.............................................................................$9,888.00 2003 Toyota Highlander 4WD #2394471 ...Leather, Moon Roof, Heated Seats........................................................................................$10,988.00 2002 GMC Envoy Slt 4WD #2272079Leather, Moon Roof, DVD Player..............................................................................$10,800.00 2007 Ford Escape XLT V6 #2719189.......................................$12,500.00 2007 Subaru Forester 2.5X AWD #2799291 ...Automatic.......$12,800.00 2007 Nissan Pathfinder Se 4WD #2799293 ...Moon Roof, Alloy Wheels... $12,800.00 2008 Mazda Tribute Sport V6 #2899321 ...Well Equipped!....$13,500.00 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4WD #2839217........................................................................$14,800.00 2009 Ford Escape 4WD #2919159 ...Moon Roof, Sync...........$16,500.00 2010 GMC Acadia #1075034 ...Power Group..........................$17,500.00 2008 Ford Edge Limited AWD #2816134 ...Leather, Moon Roof, Premium Package..................................................................$17,500.00 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD #2892195.................................................. Well Equipped!...............................................................$17,900.00 2008 Buick Enclave AWD #2894458 ...Back-Up Sensor, 7 Passenger!...................................................................$18,500.00 2010 Ford Explorer AWD #1019259 ....Leather, Moon Roof, DVD Player, 3rd Row..................................................................................$23,800.00 2010 Subaru Forester Limited AWD #1092155.......Leather, Moon Roof, Navigation.....................................................................$25,500.00 2010 Acura ZDX AWD #1092186........Only 36,000 KMs!...... $32,800.00 2011 Infiniti FX35 AWD #1192130......Leather, Moon Roof, Back-Up Camera, Loaded!...........................................$34,800.00 2013 Lincoln MKX #1392157..............Leather, Moon Roof, Navigation, Loaded!.....................................................$42,800.00

TRUCKS

2006 Ford Ranger Sport Supercab V6 #2612184.......................................................................$9,600.00 2005 Ford F150 Crew Cab XLT 4WD V8 #2519986..........................................................................$10,500.00 2009 Ford F150 Regular Cab V8 #2919166..........................................................................$11,500.00 2010 Ford Ranger Supercab #1019227A ...Rare, 4 Cylinder........$13,500.00 2011 Ford F150 V6 Pickup #1119281........................................$14,500.00 2009 Ford F250 Supercab V8 #296201X ...Camper Package...$14,600.00 2007 Ford F150 XLT Supercab 4WD #2716637 ...XTR Package.........$14,800.00 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab V8 4WD #2659240.........................................................................$14,800.00 2011 Ford Ranger Regular Cab #1112081 ...Rare....................$14,800.00 2007 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4WD #2719251 ...FX4 Package......$16,500.00 2008 Ford F350 4WD Pickup #2812161 ...Camper Package...$16,500.00 2008 Ford F150 Crew Cab XLT 4WD V8 #2819211 ...Tow Package..............................................$16,800.00 2011 Ford Ranger Sport Supercab 4WD #1112075................................................................$18,800.00 2011 Ford F150 Supercab XLT 4WD #1119036................................$19,500.00 2011 Dodge Ram Quadcab V8 Pickup #1159302..............................................................$17,900.00 2010 Ford F150 Crew Cab XLT 4WD V8 #106171X.........................................................................$21,988.00 2006 Ford F350 Lariat Crew Cab 4WD #2612165........... . Leather, Moon Roof, Navigation, Loaded!............................................................................$23,800.00 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quadcab 4WD #1159165.........................................................................$24,800.00 2010 Ford F150 Lariat Crew Cab 4WD #1019360................. Leather, Moon Roof, Back-Up Sensor.............................................................................$24,800.00 2011 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4WD #1112041..............................$27,500.00 2013 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4WD #1392151 ...SL Package, Only 6,700 KMs!.....................$29,800.00 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Slt Megacab 4WD

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Tri-Cities Now January 15 2014