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South Delta is once again lit up for Christmas. Many homeowners have channeled their inner Clark Griswold this year and come up with eyepopping light displays. PHOTO BY

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Check out the story and photos on Page 20, which includes a list of homes you shouldn’t miss on a holiday light tour. We’ve also created a special online page — www.delta-optimist.com/christmaslights — that features a map as well as more photos and descriptions. You can also add your address to the map if we’ve missed you.

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The billion-dollar South Fraser Perimeter Road is scheduled to open in its entirety in a matter of days, changing traffic patterns for local drivers, particularly those in Tsawwassen. The 40-kilometre, fourlane route along the south side of the Fraser River will stretch from Deltaport Way in South Delta to 176th Street (Highway 15) in Surrey, with connections to highways 1, 15, 91, 99, and the Golden Ears Bridge. The easternmost section in Surrey opened months ago, while the stretch between Tsawwassen and Ladner will open to traffic Sunday in order to undertake paving on what is now the old Highway 17. A ribbon cutting to open the entire length of the highway hasn’t been set, but could come as soon as next week, depending on weather and last-minute work. The South Fraser Perimeter Road’s official name is now Highway 17, while the old Highway 17 in South Delta has been renamed Highway 17A and has become a local road. Drivers heading out of Tsawwassen via the highway will find themselves on the SFPR and as they head northeast they will encounter several interchanges and intersections, including: * Highway 99 interchange near 72nd Street in Delta. * Full movement intersections at Tilbury and Sunbury business parks in Delta, with a connection to Highway 91 and Nordel Way east of the Sunbury intersection. * Tannery Road Interchange in Surrey. * Full movement intersection at Bridgeview Drive (130th Street) in Surrey. * 136th Street intersection in Surrey providing access for the industrial area on the north side of SFPR. * 176th Street/104th Avenue intersection in Surrey and connections to Highway 1. Residents of Tsawwassen will have two choices if

From Deltaport Way to Hwy. 1 The South Fraser Perimeter Road is a 40-kilometre route that will stretch from Deltaport Way in South Delta to the junction of 176th Street and Highway 1 in Surrey. they’re looking to access the George Massey Tunnel: Option 1: SFPR (new Highway 17) — A slightly longer route, but quicker due to additional lanes, faster moving traffic and no traffic signals. The routing is as follows: Access Highway 17 from 56th Street as per today, continue along Highway 17 as it shifts east to the new alignment, exit using the new two-lane off ramp to Highway 99 northbound. These two lanes continue along Highway 99 until the Highway 17A interchange and are barrier-separated from Highway 99 traffic. Highway 17 traffic merges with Highway 99 traffic as per today. HOV traffic can access the queue jumper lane to the tunnel at the Highway 17A interchange as per today. Option 2: Highway 17A — A slightly shorter but slower route due to the traffic signal at Ladner Trunk Road. The routing is as follows: Access the current Highway 17 from 56th Street as per today, then exit Highway 17 using

the one-lane off-ramp to Highway 17A. Continue along Highway 17A, which becomes two lanes after 34B Avenue. North of Ladner Trunk Road, follow road signs that will indicate one right lane for exit to Highway 99 northbound and one through lane to River Road. The HOV queue jumper ramp will remain. Ladner drivers will continue to use Highway 17A to access the tunnel and will also likely use the old highway to visit Tsawwassen. The SFPR, however, will provide both Ladner and Tsawwassen drivers quicker access to Highway 1 and the eastern suburbs. For more information, check www.sfprconstruction.ca.

New way to tunnel Drivers coming out of Tsawwassen are being encouraged to use the SFPR to access the tunnel, a slightly longer route but ultimately quicker.

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Pot campaign fails to get needed signatures BY

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Over five per cent of registered voters in Delta South signed the Sensible BC petition, according to the group. Sensible BC, which for the past three months has been campaigning to trigger a provincial referendum on decriminalizing marijuana possession, wasn’t able to collect the signatures of more than 10 per cent of registered voters in each of the province’s 85 electoral districts by Monday. The Sensible BC website stated it succeeded in 20 districts, came close in five others, got over halfway in 23 and got less than halfway in 37 districts. The 10 per cent threshold in Delta South equated to 3,477 signatures. Local organizer Ralph Howey said a lack of volunteers and not having an

area like a SkyTrain station to solicit signatures were factors. “We are disappointed, but I’m not surprised,” he said, adding the way the initiative is structured through Elections BC it’s almost designed to fail. The camPHOTO BY GORD GOBLE paign colRalph Howey, Delta South organizer for Sensible BC, says he’s disappointed but lected about not surprised they were only able to collect about half the necessary signatures 210,000 locally. signatures, noted ultimate goal this time of our accomplishments Sensible BC director Dana around, but this is still a so far,” he wrote, adding Larsen in a post on the remarkable feat, and every- Sensible BC will definitely group’s website. one involved in this camlaunch another signature“We didn’t achieve our paign should feel proud gathering campaign.

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Church trying to determine shelter need Ladner United seeking public input the decision was made not to operate this year but to assess whether there is a need. With the Ladner United “We’re asking people to Church building undergoing let us know whether they a major renovation and resbelieve this is a need,” he toration, the church is also said. taking the opportunity to In the meantime, people assess whether to continue seeking shelter will not be with its extreme weather left out in the cold. shelter. “We don’t want to see For the past three years, anybody on the streets in the church has, from November to March, served extreme cold,” Short said. “None of the as a shelter for the churches do.” homeless on nights He said that, as when the province was done in the issues an extreme past, if Ladner weather advisory. United is made Initially, the church aware of someone was receiving fundin need of tempoing for the shelter Rev. Jim rary shelter, the from B.C. Housing, Short church will help however last fall that find them a place funding was cut due to stay. to low occupancy numbers. In taking on the renovaAt the time, the church tion and restoration of the decided to honour its comchurch building, Short said mitment to maintain the the decision was made to shelter for at least three include a multi-purpose years and appealed to the room that could serve as a community for donations. place for people to stay on Ladner United decided a short-term basis, whether to take on providing the it’s through the extreme extreme weather shelter weather shelter or residents after the need was first displaced after a fire or brought forward by Delta another emergency. police back in 2010. The room will include Church member Debbie an area for beds, a separate Mitchell heard about the shower and bathroom, as idea at a Community Fund well as a small kitchen. of Faith meeting. She Short said the church decidthought Ladner United ed to take on the additional might be able to help and costs in order to provide a approached Rev. Jim Short. service to the community. The idea was taken to the He said the church congregation and the decireceived an outpouring of sion was made to use the support from the commuchurch nursery as a shelter. nity when it established the At the time, Short said, extreme weather shelter, the church was told by from Ichiban Fine Cleaning, another shelter that was which cleaned all the linacting as a mentor that it ens for “almost free,” to would need to continue the members of the community service for at least three who came forward with years to be able to determine if it was needed in the donations when government funding was pulled. community long term. Short said the church Last year marked the third year of the shelter, and has kept those donations in a separate account, which with the church building will only be used to help closed while renovations people in need of shelter. are completed, Short said BY

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Delta is opting to take a wait-and-see approach before participating in a controversial new provincial recycling program. Mayor Lois Jackson announced Monday the municipality won’t join the Multi-Material B.C. residential stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper until the true costs are known and service levels to residents can be assured. There is no anticipated financial gain for Delta in the first year of the program, said Jackson, who noted more time is being taken to analyze the risks and benefits. “We have one of the best and longest running curbside recycling collection programs in the region,” said Jackson. “We need to take the time to fully understand and analyze the ramifications of joining MultiMaterial B.C.’s program before we decide to make a change that could impact our residents and jeopardize the recycling progress we have made so far.” The mayor said one of Delta’s main concerns about joining is the elimination of glass, plastic bags and

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The provincial recycling program doesn’t collect glass, which was a major stumbling block for Delta. Styrofoam food containers from the blue box program. Glass currently accounts for 30 per cent of all material collected, so to maintain the current level of service, Delta residents would have to sort these materials into a separate box to be independently collected by Delta. Jackson said Delta is also concerned about entering into a services agreement that is heavily weighted in Multi-Material B.C.’s favour, which includes a number of risks to Delta that could result in additional costs to taxpayers. Two years ago, the province announced it would make industry responsible for recycling of packaging and paper, with a goal of raising the recycling rate

from 50 per cent up to 75 per cent. Multi-Material B.C. was established to develop a stewardship plan to collect, process and resell the recycled material in the industry-paid program. It’s to begin next spring. Cities had until Nov. 30 to decide if they would join and accept payments from Multi-Material B.C. to act as recycling contractors. Cities would also be responsible for delivering the materials. Remple, which is Delta’s current curbside collection contractor, has a contract in place until 2018. Delta’s decision not join means it won’t have another opportunity to do so until 2015.

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Laura Dixon was reelected as chair of the Delta Board of Education Tuesday. It’s the second year as chair for Dixon, first elected to the school board in 2008. At the inaugural meeting of the third year of the board’s three-year term Tuesday night, trustees unanimously elected Dixon to return as chairperson and Val Windsor to the position of vice-chairperson. Dixon then expressed her

sincere gratitude to all those throughout the school district who put forward their very best effort to make a difference in the lives of students. “You should all know that trustees travel throughout the year to every corner of the Delta School District, and at every event and celLaura ebration we attend, trustees are thrilled to see how staff and students model our values of caring, respect, responsibility, excellence and building community,” she said.

Dixon took the time to thank all members of the senior management team for their continued dedication to realize the district’s vision to be a leader for innovative teaching and learner success. Special appreciation was given to superintendent Dixon Dianne Turner, deputy superintendent Garnet Ayres and assistant superintendent Doug Sheppard as well as trustee Dale Saip, the former board chair.

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her two cell phones had been stolen. The phones where both described as white and silver in colour with an approximate value of $1,500. The serial and international identity numbers were added to the police information computer system. • Dec. 3, 3 p.m., 72nd Street and Churchill Drive: Complainant approached police indicating that a suspicious female had been parked for the past five hours at the intersection. She was seen observing and taking notes on his employees and trucks working in the area. Police spoke with the suspect who indicated she was taking photos of birds and airplanes, but would not show police any of her notes nor would she explain why the information being recorded was private. Police suspect the female might have been collecting data for a competitor of the complainant. • Dec. 4, 3:50 p.m., 5200-block of Crescent Drive: Report received from complainant that her grandson was out of control and yelling outside her residence. Police investigated and found the situation arose as the result of the grandmother throwing water at her grandson as he would not get ready for a meeting he was to attend after school. Both parties apologized for their actions and went their separate ways for the evening. No assault or damages occurred. • Dec. 8, 3:15 p.m., 4600-block of Evergreen Lane: Suspects entered the canopy of the complainant’s truck by punching out the lock and stole several power and hand tools valued at $1,600. The theft occurred sometime overnight in the parkade of the apartment building. Damage to the canopy: $300. • Dec. 8, 5:11 p.m., 5100-block of Ladner Trunk Road: An employee in the bargain store reported he had observed a suspicious male. When an alarm in the store went off, the employee approached the male who produced a fruitcake and orange juice from his backpack for which he had not paid. The employee also observed a new boxed Black & Decker drill in the backpack but it was not from the store. Police investigated but the suspect had left by foot and a patrol of the area proved negative.


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MURPHY’S LAW It’s news because they’ve extended industrial options on a big chunk of Delta farmland for another year, but it strikes me this is really a 50-year-old story. Back in the 1960s when a superport was being planned for Roberts Bank, the theory was that upland acreage would be required to support port operations. The provincial government then expropriated more than 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres) that became known as the Roberts Bank back-up lands. Given the port’s only tenant through the first quarter-century was Westshore Terminals’ coal facility, which didn’t have the need for upland support, the back-up lands pretty much sat in limbo. After about 30 years in Victoria’s hands, many of the parcels were eventually sold back to the original owners, while another chunk was set aside to satisfy treaty negotiations with the Tsawwassen First Nation. Although welcomed by those in the farming community, the timing of the return of the land was peculiar given the Deltaport container terminal, the type of facility that does require upland support, was just beginning to operate. Fast-forward the better part of two decades and it’s no surprise that much noise is being made over the need to convert farmland for industrial purposes. The TFN, with its expanded land holdings, has stepped in to fill that void to a certain extent, but given the extended options, it’s clear that more is desired. We should be a half-century smarter than we were back in the 1960s when it comes to logistics and upland support, but it’s hard to believe the land mass in the shadow of the port will remain untouched, particularly with a second three-berth container terminal in the planning stages. There’s little doubt that farming in Delta faces many challenges today and a further erosion of the land base doesn’t bode well for the industry’s critical mass. The land also serves as wildlife habitat, so replacing crops with warehouses and rail yards in an area of international significance is definitely a step backwards. However, you’ve got to wonder whether those valid concerns can withstand the unrelenting economic pressure being exerted everywhere, including on governments that are not only keen to put people to work but to also expand trading opportunities. Fifty years ago it was envisioned that more than 4,000 acres of industrial land would be found adjacent to the port. I don’t think we’ll hit that figure, but something tells me we’re inching in that direction.

Christmas is for kids and those living vicariously through them MIKE SCHNEIDER

COMMUNITY COMMENT The tree is up, the lights are twinkling in the yard and the cards are in the mail. I’ve even managed to get some shopping done. I would say that our house has a decent handle on the season, which is saying something, believe me. I have had this sensation that I have been missing something though. Is it a decoration lost in storage? An unlisted gift item? Christmas can be a stressful and anxious time for everyone but it has been my experience the single most effective way to power through the season is to surround yourself with children so you can appreciate your own recollections of the holidays of yesteryear. Eighteen-year-olds aren’t as interested in the festivities and traditions as they used to be and that is what is missing at our house. Don’t get me wrong, we are having

fun, except in a more adult way. I am somewhat sad in knowing we haven’t had an empty wrapping roll sword fight for a few years. And, we haven’t had to use special Santa gift wrap so there won’t be confusion as to who got what from whom. Those days are etched in mind though and that’s comforting. On Christmas morning we will not be waking up at seven to check out what Santa left in our stockings. Rather, we will wait until sleepyhead pours herself out of bed before we force feed her bacon and sausages. Long gone are the mornings of playing with dinosaurs and making creations out of plasticine amongst the paper-strewn living room floor. Whoever said, “Christmas is for kids,” got it right. I have many lucid childhood memories of the big day, but I think it is the parents who have total recall on the Christmas front. I can remember each one with our daughter, and fondly recall the Christmas Eve moments reading together around the fire, the morning breakfast feasts and the present openings from Tickle Me Elmo to iPhone and everything in between. And the exquisite dinners? When everyone was in an “on

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year,” and not with the in-laws, cramming us all around a couple of tables in an interesting evolution of seating arrangements, including booster seats and high chairs, did, and still does, make for delightful chaos. Throw a few dogs in there and you have Christmas in a bottle. Things have worked out great for the extended family the past few years. My mom now comes out to Tsawwassen and we feast at my youngest brother’s home a couple of blocks away. I cook the turkey at our house and cart it over to Dave’s at dinnertime. The best thing about this scenario is there are still lots of toys to play with my young niece and nephew and I am looking forward to that. I hope Santa gets them a hockey net because that would be really cool for Uncle Mike! This is an “on year” for the Schneider family, so I am looking forward to absorbing the festive pandemonium. Uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters and cousins all, and a mom for the ages, primed for a couple of days to count our blessings. (Miss you, dad!) From our family to yours, have the merriest of Christmases and make an effort to get that sword fight in with someone you love.

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Letters to the Editor

Gov’t officials recognize that new hwy. sign is confusing Editor: Delta citizens need to congratulate themselves! My office (and I suspect the Ministry of Transportation) received so many calls regarding the confusing South Fraser Perimeter Road signage near Tsawwassen that I sent rather pointed emails to the ministry saying changes to the signage should happen — lest there be chaos on the new highway. This week officials with the SFPR project visited my

office and actually agreed your comments had been helpful and the directional signage would be changed. Kudos — and our thanks — to officials who listened. During the meeting, we also learned the changes to the section of old Highway 17 at the new Ladner overpass will require a complete closure of the highway. The road needs to be properly cantilevered and the only way to change the grade is a full closure and reconstruction.

The closure will require a detour at Deltaport Way for Tsawwassen-bound traffic. All ferry traffic will be routed from Highway 99 to the new road and should not interfere with local traffic. It is extremely important you read the ads in the paper today: this happens next week and it is critical we all understand the changes. Regards and a very Merry Christmas to you all. Vicki Huntington MLA, Delta South

It’s time to rally around family-run jewelry store

Editor: Re: Mall break-in witnesses sought, Dec. 6 For the past 20 years we have watched Amanda Jewelers in our local mall grow as a business and have enjoyed their family. Their tiny daughter was brought to work now and again, and now the same “little girl” is set to gradu-

ate from UBC. And their baby boy, now nine, has also brought joy and life to the mall. Amanda Jewelers is truly a family business. It has always been such a pleasure to stop in as they always have had something wonderful in stock or brought it in. Their courtesy, their smiles and wonderful family business

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Editor: Re: Addressing poverty goes well beyond doling out tax dollars, Publisher’s Perspective, Dec. 4 I was somewhat taken aback by what appeared to me to be a snarky tone to this article so I looked up the report in question, the 2013 Child Poverty Report. There is no argument about the fact that B.C. has the highest rate of child poverty in the country or that this province needs to have a strong economy. A strong economy provides the means for the province’s citizens to enjoy comfortable and fulfilling lives.

But the quality of life of the people depends upon how that wealth is distributed. No political party can be pleased that a province as abundantly wealthy as B.C. has the highest level of child poverty in Canada — 19 per cent, compared with the national average of 13 per cent. This is not an issue of partisanship. We all share this fact. It is particularly noteworthy that 31 per cent of these children in poverty “live in families with at least one adult working full time.” I believe working families deserve better. The First Call Report recommends

continuing to raise the minimum wage, and other measures, as ways of helping families. Similar steps have worked in other jurisdictions with governments of different political philosophies, such as Newfoundland, and Quebec, as well as Britain. I cannot comment on their sense of humour, but using disparaging language to describe the authors of this report and First Call’s 95 partner organizations does not contribute constructively to addressing this problem. Stephen Corber

Panel review needed for port expansion plan

Editor: Recently the City of Surrey passed a motion in opposition to coal imports to the Fraser Surrey Docks based on deficiencies in the Port Metro Vancouver environmental impact study primarily based on PMV’s health impact assessment. Our own Delta council, in its wisdom, has demanded the Canadian Environmental Assessment

Agency do an independent environmental assessment panel review on the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 port expansion proposal. Many of us have been requesting this for months. PMV again completed its own impact study that shows considerable bias and inaccuracies, particularly regarding shorebird habitat, transportation logistics and overall growth in trade pro-

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Planning is underway for a special celebration in 2014 to mark South Delta Secondary’s 40th anniversary. A committee of teachers and grads is hard at work trying to get the word out about the celebration, likely to be held next May 10. It’s a big task reaching thousands who graduated from the Tsawwassen high school as well as its former staff. “There’s about a dozen of us and at this stage there’s assigned tasks we’re running around after and formulating a plan and making contacts,” said Julie Lymburner, a fine arts teacher at the school and member of the committee. In just a few weeks, well over 500 people have joined the committee’s Facebook group (South Delta Secondary School’s 40th Anniversary). Originally called South Delta Senior Secondary, the school opened its doors in September 1973, graduating its first class of 250 students the following June. The 53rd Street high school opened at a very different time in Delta, during a period of huge population growth following the opening of the George Massey Tunnel years earlier. At that time, Tsawwassen already had a junior secondary so the senior high school co-existed next door for a couple of decades. In 1994, the two schools merged to form South Delta Secondary and eventually the junior secondary building was demolished. Another anniversary committee member is math

teacher Brian Outerbridge, who was part of the school’s first graduating class of 1974. He began teaching at Tsawwassen Junior Secondary in the early 1980s before moving over to SDSS after the amalgamation.

SCAN WITH TO REVEAL PHOTOS He said a lot of grads have parents who are also grads at the school. In fact, he has taught kids whose parents are his former classmates. Outerbridge said it’s clear students today are much different than years ago. “You can look at the pictures to see how the kids have changed physically. Students today are definitely different than when I went to school,” he said. “Then just look at the impact of technology on the world and you don’t have to look too far before you see computers that weren’t here, kids walking around with cell phones and cell phones used in class. Ten years ago, the library would have had lots of TVs, but not any more.” Lymburner agreed, saying the electronic transmission of information has also meant a lot less paper for students and staff. Outerbridge said paper report cards are also a thing of the past at the school. “On the flip side, school is still school,” Lymburner added. “By and large, we’re still looking at bricks and mortar and bells ringing and we haven’t quite moved out of that paradigm, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that

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me, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (chapter 6, verse 8) Mandela endured injustice, and during his 27-year imprisonment under a racist regime, promoted forgiveness and reconciliation. How do I participate in unjust structures? How can I work for peace? In considering peace, I must also consider truth, love, forgiveness and reconciliation. And rather than grow tired and cruise Facebook, I will commit, once again and with God’s help, to do the work of acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly. No one said it would be easy. Contact Paul Woehrle at pastor@ stdavidsdelta.com.

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The community is invited to join Mayor Lois Jackson and members of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen tomorrow to light up Diefenbaker Park. Light up the Park, a festive family gathering set to begin at 4 p.m., will celebrate the season with over 16 trees lit up, including the big tree that will sparkle with over 1,700 lights. For the past few weeks, local Rotarian volunteers have braved wind and rain to ensure the trees throughout the Rotary WaterWorks water park will be ready for Christmas viewing. Tomorrow’s event will include: • Free hot chocolate served by the SDSS Interact students • Carolling by Beach Grove students under the direction of teacher Karen Masters • Trees decorated by the Grade 5/6 class of Mr. Preddy of Pebble Hill Traditional School The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen offers a huge

Members of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen have been hard at work in Diefenbaker Park over the past few weeks. thank you to the following, without whom this project

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Local man helping with typhoon relief efforts Joseph Johnson volunteering in the Philippines BY

DAVE WILLIS

dwillis@delta-optimist.com

A Ladner man currently in the Philippines has been volunteering with typhoon relief efforts there. Joseph Johnson, 24, has spent time packing care packages as well as loading

and unloading the truckloads of resources at a local university, Ateneo de Manila. “There were hundreds, maybe even thousands of students there day and night, sometimes even right through the night until the next morning,” he said in an email to the Optimist. “No one in the area of Metro SUBMITTED PHOTO Manila was Ladner’s Joseph Johnson has helped with directly in any typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. danger from the typhoon, which organizes activities but even so people felt for underprivileged and disthe need to do everything abled children, and plans on they could for those who doing work with the AHON were affected. It was really Foundation (Acts of Hope surprising to see so many for the Nation) by “reading people, all over the city, to children to teach them arranging and partaking in the importance of literacy.” relief efforts.” Johnson did say that it’s Johnson, a Delta not in any way special or Secondary grad, has been unusual here for someone living in the Philippines for to do so much volunteering. over a month. After finish“I know tons of students ing a psychology degree at here every week doing SFU last year he moved to things to help out, everyGermany to live with his thing from teaching chilgirlfriend and “when she dren how to do math, to pritold me that she wanted vately organizing clothing to study a semester in the and food drives for typhoon Philippines, I told her that I victim relief as my girlwould come along with her friend Carolin has done.” to do some work and volunTyphoon Haiyan killed teering.” thousands when it hit the While searching for work Philippines last month. It’s Johnson said he’s tried to been reported the typhoon spend as much spare time now ranks the deadliest natvolunteering as possible. ural disaster in the country’s He said he’s volunteered history, killing over 5,000 with U! Happy Events, people.

Ladner Community Kitchen hosting Christmas dinner The Ladner Community Kitchen is hosting its fifth annual Christmas dinner next Monday, Dec. 16. Police Chief Jim Cessford and his team will be serving dinner to the community from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ladner Christian Fellowship, 5545 Ladner Trunk Rd. This year organizers have added a few musical performances as well as carol singing. The popular gift table will also return. Started by Jini Aroon, the Ladner Community Kitchen

serves a weekly meal to people who are facing economic hardships due to job losses, various disabilities and even a few homeless individuals. A team of dedicated volunteers works quietly behind the scenes to serve soup/sandwiches every Wednesday morning to those who come to receive their rations from the South Delta Food Bank. Aroon says everyone is invited to share the spirit of the season at Monday’s dinner.


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ADVICE FROM THE PROS QUESTION:

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Winterizing your external plumbing system is the most important job if you live in areas that freeze in the winter. The simple fact that water expands when frozen has caused countless problems for homeowners when temperatures dip below zero. Ignore this job and you could be faced with flooding, water damage and thousands of dollars worth of plumbing bills. Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until snow hits the ground before they take these steps to protect their home: 1} Drain exterior water pipes and any pipes that run through unheated areas (such as a garage, crawlspace or unheated porch). If draining these pipes isn’t possible, wrap them with foam insulation or heat tape. 2} Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Store them in a heated area for the winter. 3} Drain underground sprinkler systems.

Mike Phillips owner

If you are not sure how to do these things or can’t find valves to shut off the external water, give us a call today and we would be more than happy to show you how. We’re local, we’re knowledgeable, and we’re available 8am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday to answer any of your questions. 604-940-2268.

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QUESTION: I wanted to make up sets of the commemorate quarters to give to my kids for Christmas. Do you have any boards or albums to put them in? ANSWER: We carry a selection of boards to put the 1992 Provincial quarters , 1999 & 2000 Millennium quarters and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic quarters in. They are priced at $4.95 each.We also sell the quarters individually as well as in sets. We have a special on the 1999 and 2000 quarter sets. The issue price was $24.95 and we have them on for $9.95 each , 2 for $18.00 or 5 for $40.00. You can mix the two years to get the quantity price. We also carry small albums for all denominations of Canadian coins from the penny up to the Toonie. At $4.95 they are an excellent way to start a young collector off or make a set for when they are older. We also have albums for the USA State quarter series (1999 - 2008) and the new National Parks quarter series (2009 - date) These albums are only $9.95 and are very attractive. For those of you who want a piece of modern day history, we carry the South African bank notes with Nelson Mandela’s portrait on them. South Africa just came out with these last year and already are changing them. We have the 5 Rand at $3.00 , the 10 Rand at $6.00 , the 100 Rand at $27.50 and the $200 Rand at $55.00. All the notes are in uncirculated condition and supplies are limited. Also you may have heard that local postage rates are going up to 85 cents next year.We still have a stock of discounted postage.Now is the time to stock up on your postage!

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At this late date and as of December 13th,2013, all Strata Corporations must have either commissioned their Depreciation Report or have held a vote to gain approval of a deferment by a 75% majority. The Deferment vote must occur annually until such time as a Depreciation Report is commissioned. There are not statistics available to the public but it is our rough estimate that some 50% of strata Councils voted to defer commissioning a Depreciation report to allow the council more time to gather information and study the impacts of ordering a Depreciation Report. The market decided on what percentage of the strata council market would defer and not a piece of legislation. It will also be the market who decides on what the implications of having or not having a Depreciation report will be. It is anticipated that the down the road purchasers who look to purchase a strata unit will become leary of those complexes who have continually opted out. The purchasers themselves will most likely demand transparency and feel more comfortable purchasing a unit in a complex that has already been provided with a depreciation report. It is also anticipated that Mortgage insurers such as CMHC or GENWORTH may in the future feel a stronger comforter level on the risk for those complexes that have a deprecation report versus those that do not. In the meantime, the legislation and deadline to have a Depreciation Report is so fresh that markets have not yet aligned to anticipated levels as noted above. What is clear, is that as time goes by, the market will clearly demand a Depreciation Report as part of the purchase process. Those who have their reports are anticipated to have their market values impacted positively. You can make your own conclusion on the impact of market values for those condominium complexes that do not have a depreciation Report?

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QUESTION: How should we choose our Renovation Specialist? ANSWER: Recommendations are usually best so ask family, friends and work associates if they've had a successful project recently. Local lumber yards and rental outlets can provide leads. Try to choose a local contractor, as we live here and can serve your needs better! Also watch for projects in your area that peak your interest and talk to us.You should interview more than one renovator, with a clear view of what you want to achieve. Ask for references and feel comfortable in asking for credentials! Are we Red Seal Certified? Are we Fully Insured, Licensed and Work Safe Compliant? MRP is all the above! Above all else GET IT IN WRITING! Ask for a written contract and save headaches! Call Mike Phillips, MRP Renovations for a free no obligation initial consultation.

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With so many people using smart phones these days, businesses can benefit from a Mobile or Responsive version of their website. Although conversion of an existing website to a responsive format may require a number of additional development hours, any new website development can be done with the knowledge that a responsive theme will be beneficial to the business, providing a website that will look good across all platforms. Businesses with an existing website may want to consider the addition of a mobile design to provide easy access to contact info, location, hours and a summary of services. NetClimber has recently developed a great option for mobile design. If you’d like a mobile site that allows you to manage your content for an introductory price of $250 with training, give us a call. t. 604-628-2403 info@netclimber.com www.netclimberwebdesign.com


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leisure&lifestyles

features co-ordinator: Dave Willis

604-946-4451

email: dwillis@delta-optimist.com

....in South Delta

All lit up for Christmas Locals show their holiday spirit with festive light displays BY

DAVE WILLIS

Here is a collection of some Christmas light displays Tsawwassen

dwillis@delta-optimist.com

T

he holiday season has arrived and many South Delta households are carrying on a favourite tradition: putting up Christmas lights. Jason and Lindsay Dault spent about a week working on their display at 505 Tralee Cres. in Tsawwassen, heading outside for a few hours at night after putting their three young kids to bed. “A string here, a string there. It’s becoming a bit of an addiction now,” says Lindsay with a laugh. “We’re like, ‘Oh, we need another one right there, it’d look awesome!’” A lit up Santa Claus and reindeer on the roof is a highlight of their display. “That was our big purchase this year. That’s the big addition,” she says. They estimate there’s “easily” 5,000 lights in their setup. Jason says he’s “loving the savings” on LED lights, because the “old school ones” were expensive. “We just hope it brings some smiles to people’s faces and brings on the Christmas cheer,” he says. Marie Beer and her husband Poul’s Christmas light display at 6095-48A Ave. in Ladner features candy canes along the driveway, reindeer, geese, a skating polar bear, a big fir tree

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Lindsay and Jason Dault (above) have put together a light display at their home in Tsawwassen. The McLeans’ setup (bottom left) along with Marie Beer and her husband Poul’s display (bottom right) are also pictured.

decorated with lights, tinsels and ornaments, snow men and more. Beer says her favourite feature is probably two flurry machines, which basically shine a light on a disco ball that reflects and makes it looks like it’s snowing on the house. The display includes between 6,000 and 10,000 lights.

“I think it’s really good for Christmas spirit when people see it,” she says, noting they’ve got two nephews who like to come visit to see the setu p. They’ve received a few anonymous thank you cards in the mailbox as well over the years, she adds. Rob McLean’s Christmas setup includes 7,000 lights choreographed to music

at 4915 Weaver Dr. in Tsawwassen. Music includes Christmas favourites like Jingle Bells, Carol of the Bells and Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey. Planning for the show started in July, notes Linda McLean, Rob’s wife. “It takes a lot of time to synchronize the lights to the music,” she explains.

The display also features a new eight-foot Season’s Greetings sign, four-foot stars and cascading snowflakes. The display is dedicated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (jdrf.ca). The show can be heard on 87.9 FM and runs from 5 to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends.

Ladner 4600 and 4700 blocks of 55A Street 4855-58th Street 4686-62nd Street 4655 Cannery Crescent 5152-45th Avenue 5160-45th Avenue 5403-47th Avenue 4858-57th Street 5098 Massey Drive 4619 Garry Street 6095-48A Avenue Crescent Downs on 64th Street and Ladner Trunk Road 6350 Holly Park Drive 4626-88th Street (Wellbrook Winery) Check out our interactive map at www. delta-optimist.com/ christmaslights.


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Well on Your Way Don’t let December and the holidays throw you off the rails for your food and fitness! You worked hard to get to where you are, so don’t toss it for some shortbread and eggnog. Instead, use these 10 easy tips that Risse and I (your Go Fit Gals) came up with to dodge the December bulge: Stick to a routine You can’t wish for fitness to happen, you have to make fitness happen. Just because it’s the holidays, don’t let that stray you from what you have been doing. Research has shown us that it’s not willpower that keeps us going, it’s habit. So, maintain a regular workout schedule, continue with your weekly cleaneating meal prep and stick with it. Stay hydrated Dehydration often disguises itself as hunger, causing you to overeat. By staying hydrated you will feel full, energized and flush out the toxins. Exercise first thing in the morning Get your workout in before life, work and errands can get in the way. Or alternatively, work out right after work, but before you get home. Don’t save your calories for the special event You know who you are! These are the people who won’t eat all day so they can eat at the party “guiltfree.” By doing this you will cause your blood-sugar levels to drop dangerously low and this can do permanent damage to your body. Low blood-sugar levels are also a top trigger for cravings and overeating. Studies have shown that by not eating regularly throughout the day you are more than likely to eat twice as much in the evenings. This means your 2,000calorie day could turn into a

4,000-calorie night. On the day of a party, or one that you know you will indulge in, do a big leg workout. Perform a hard leg workout, or any circuit or high intensity interval workout with weights. These types of workouts will not only torch a ton of calories (helping to balance out the extra calories you will be consuming later that day/night), they will also boost your resting energy expenditure by up to 11 per cent — and for up to 15 hours afterwards. Skip the alcohol Just kidding, we are not total party poopers! But, if you are going to drink, do it Go Fit Gals style by keeping your drinks light and alternating them with a glass of water in between. Join a class or make a date with a workout buddy These are two great ways to hold yourself accountable each week. Plan and prepare This is key to making

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the tropical town of Puerto Escondido, my husband Kevin and I struggled with some big questions. It started each Mexican morning: Should we eat perfectly-ripe mangoes and bananas with yogurt and fresh-from-the-marketsqueezed-oranges? Or a soft-boiled egg from a local hen alongside a crisp buttery piece of toast? Or, all of the above? Should we sit on the balcony with Iggy, the resident iguana, or dine inside with the slow whup-whup of the ceiling fans? Or, maybe just finish our coffees and walk to one of the nearby cafes for huge platters of huevos rancheros served up with fresh hot tortillas? It became more confusing by the minute. Should we shower before we did our sandy-hot beach walk, or after? Did we have enough limes for our margaritas for the evening ritual of watching the sun sizzle into the Pacific? There were even bigger decisions to make, but luckily I had an inside secret. A few months prior to our trip, I had made my first visit to Puerto Escondido to stay with fellow travel writer Michele Peterson. We stayed in her breezy condo overlooking the flashing turquoise ocean. Michele, having visited and then owned property in the area for many years, had the scoop on where to go, what to see, what to do and when to do it. It was fabulous to have someone who knew everything there was to know about a place. Thrilled, I flipped my brain into neutral and followed in her wake. A few months later, Kevin and I moved into her condo (while she was back in her Toronto home). Suddenly, it was up to me to be the one-in-the-know. There was no way I could remember everything she’d shown me. Where on earth was that hole-in-the-wall cafe with the live music? Or what was the name of the guy who guided the mangrove kayak tour? But Michele is not only a part-time resident of Puerto, she is also the creator of the

Puerto Escondido Travel Essentials app. For $2.99, I became an instant local. Puerto app in hand, I, too, had all the answers. It was Kevin’s turn to follow me as I swanned about town like a local, secure in the fact I was on the cutting edge of the Puerto action. I knew where to go, what to do and who to see. Where to find the best fish tacos? No problem. Without her virtual help, this question would have crippled my brain. With no direct flights servicing this little city of 55,000, Puerto has been largely overlooked by the tourist junket. This, of course, is precisely its attraction. It missed becoming yet another beach town made up of generic fancy resorts (with those nasty resort prices). Instead, Puerto attracts backpackers, surfers for some seriously consistent waves, ex-pats for its cheap lifestyle and local-area Oaxacans looking for a little beach time. There are no fancy high-rise condos or other grand mega-malls. This place is the real deal, complete with chattering palms, crowing roosters and beach bungalows. When a beach town starts attracting backpacking surfer kids, you know that yoga can’t be far behind. Add in all the aging boomers who want to stay limber, the increasing Italian ex-pat contingent, and suddenly there are yoga centres popping up between the little mom-and-pop corner stores. But which yoga centre is the best fit? There are other questions. With so many beaches, which one do you choose? And most importantly, is there a good masseuse in town? Michele spends a lot of time in Puerto, so all the info is continually updated. I’ve always wanted to travel like a local. Who knew it was this easy? Travel Writers’ Tales is an independent travel article syndicate that offers professionally written travel articles to newspaper editors and publishers. To check out more, visit www. travelwriterstales.com.


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Canadians streaking into holidays B.C. Major Midget Hockey League team heads to Prince George this weekend with five consecutive wins BY

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The Greater Vancouver Canadians are rewarding themselves for their best stretch of the season with a rare Christmas at home. Typically, the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League team is headed to Calgary during the holidays for the Macs Tournament which gets underway on Boxing Day. However, a slow start to the season basically took them out of consideration for the prestigious event. Instead of other tournament options, including the Richmond Minor International in their own backyard, head coach Phil Alalouf has decided to give his team a rare week off. “At the time of the decision for the Mac’s (tournament) we were sitting in eighth place and we needed to be in the top five,” said Alalouf. “It was upsetting at first but I think we have all come to realize the chance to stay home (for Christmas) this year isn’t a bad thing.” After a perfect pre-season that led the unrealistic expectations for a young team that is carrying a whopping nine 15-yearolds, the Canadians got off to a 4-8 start in league play

and were hit with a rash of injuries. At one point, seven regulars were out of the line-up, including assistant captain Phoenix Worth who suffered a serious shoulder injury in the second game of the regular season back on Sept. 22. The veteran blueliner still doesn’t have his full range back and may require season-ending surgery in the new year. When the other injured players finally returned, the Canadians showed what they are capable of with a 4-3 win over leagueleading Okanagan back on Nov. 17. They haven’t lost since — sweeping series against the Kootenay Ice and Fraser Valley Thunderbirds to climb above the .500 mark 11-10-1 for the first time since week one. Thanks to plenty of parity in the league this season, the record is good enough for fourth place yet five teams are within five points as Greater Vancouver heads to Prince George this weekend for two games against the eighth place Cariboo Cougars. “For the first time in a while we’re actually pretty healthy and that’s a big thing,” said Alalouf. “Our focus is finishing in the top

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Ryan Wilkinson fires towards the net during the Greater Vancouver Canadians 5-2 win over the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds last Sunday at the Richmond Olympic Oval. four and getting home ice for the first round of playoffs. We’re now in position to do just that.” The team has also benefited from the return of sophomore forward Alex Whitwham who was a late cut of the WHL’s Spokane

Chiefs after a strong training camp. The 17-year-old Richmond native has 19 points in 16 games. Josh Murphy led the way in Sunday’s 5-2 win over Fraser Valley at the Richmond Olympic Oval with a goal and three

assists. Victoria Royals top Bantam draft pick Dante Hannoun scored twice to continue his fine rookie season with a team-leading 26 points, including 13 goals. Ryan Jones and Nathan McCarnan had the other tallies.

States team — represented by Suzanne Munro and Sarah Poncil. The U.S. took the first set 2119 and the McNamaras responded with a 21-19 victory in game two, before falling 16-14 in the decisive set. The twins will get another chance to qualify for the Games at the NORCECA Final Playoff, slated for March, where the second and third place teams of four tournaments will be competing for the two remaining spots. Canada advanced to the final with a 2-0 (2111, 21-17) triumph over Mexico.

The tournament capped a hectic and successful 2013 for the 16-year-old McNamaras that included finishing second at the Canada Summer Games in Quebec. Despite a busy beach volleyball schedule the girls took their games indoors to help South Delta repeat as B.C. champions at the AAAA level. Nicole was named tournament MVP and Megan a first team all-star. The girls also agreed to a scholarship offer from UCLA where they will be part of the school’s sand volleyball program in September 2014.

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Delta Gym coach judging in Japan

Delta Gymnastics men’s head coach Mike Hood is in Japan this weekend to serve as a judge at the 2013 Toyota International Gymnastics Competition. Hood is part of the Canadian contingent that includes gymnasts Robert Watson, Ken Ikeda and Zachary Clay. The two-day event, behind held in Nagoya, features nine competing countries including Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Japan, Brazil and Great Britain. There are just seven judges in B.C. with the qualifications to be an official at this meet and Hood was only one chosen to represent Canada. “I am very honoured to have been selected as a judge for this competition and to attend this international meet as part of the Team Canada’s coaching staff,” said Hood. “I’ve been in Japan before and it is one of my favorite places to go. “This is an opportunity for me to visit several training facilities to observe how other clubs and athletes train. It helps me understand contemporary gymnastics better as new rules continue to be implemented.” Delta Gymnastics is supportive of Hood’s role at the international event. “Mike’s participation in this event is very prestigious and we are very excited for his accomplishment. It speaks well of the quality of coaching in our facility. This provides him with great exposure to the gymnastics community within our country and at the international level,” said Ana Arciniega, Delta Gymnastics Executive Director. “We are very proud of him and look forward to the stories he will bring back from the event.” Hood has been involved with Delta Gymnastics’ highly successful men’s program since 2000. Delta Gymnastics is located in Ladner and offers recreational and competitive programs for ages 12 months to adults. Winter registration is now open at www.deltagymnastics.com or call 604-943-0460.

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Pee Wee A1 Storm topple Burnaby Minor

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION DETOUR HIGHWAY 17 BETWEEN DELTAPORT WAY AND LADNER/HIGHWAY 99 South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) will open to traffic in late December. It will include a new route connecting the currently open portion of the SFPR in the Fraser Heights/Bridgeview area of Surrey to North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen. AS PART OF FINAL CONSTRUCTION FOR THE NEW SOUTH FRASER PERIMETER ROAD, THERE WILL BE A TEMPORARY DETOUR OF THE EXISTING HIGHWAY 17 BETWEEN DELTAPORT WAY AND HIGHWAY 99. SCHEDULED DETOUR DATES: DECEMBER 15 TO DECEMBER 19, 2013. From Tsawwassen, ferries, and Deltaport Way, through-traffic will use the new South Fraser Perimeter Road to access Highway 99 while local traffic between Tsawwassen and Ladner will use Arthur Drive or Deltaport Way. Access from the north will be through the new SFPR interchange at Highway 99 (look for Exit 26) just southeast of the existing Highway 17 interchange near the Town and Country Inn. Drivers are requested to please watch for and obey all detour signs. For more information, including a detailed map of these changes and detour routes, please visit www.sfprconstruction.ca or call 1.855.824.1212.

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South Delta A1 Storm managed to score on this chance en route to a 5-2 victory over the visting Burnaby Bulldogs in Pacific Coast Amateur Pee Wee tier two hockey action last Friday.

Wolf Pack creep closer to Ice Hawks Delta Ice Hawks’ undisciplined play at times continues to be a sore spot as two teams breathe down their necks in the PIJHL’s Tom Shaw Conference standings. The North Vancouver Wolf Pack pulled within a point of Delta with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night in Ladner. The third place Richmond Sockeyes sit six points back but enjoy a whopping five games in hand. Daniel Tait’s second period power play goal provided the difference as North Van enjoyed 10 man advantage opportunities on the night compared to just three for the Ice Hawks. The locals spent half of the second period alone killing off penalties. The visitors took a 2-0 lead into the final

20 minutes when Tanner Gattinger finally put Delta on the scoreboard. Scott Lapp was solid in a losing cause, making 33 stops. The Ice Hawks travel to North Delta on Saturday night (7:15 p.m.) to take on the Devils, then return home Tuesday to host the Port Moody Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Icing... The Hawks’ schedule over the holidays includes consecutive on Saturday night home games to avoid Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The league-leading Aldergrove Kodiaks are in town Dec. 21 at 7:45 p.m. and the Ridge Meadows Flames visit Dec. 28 at the same time.

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604-551-9396 1-99396 966 • www.brianelsey.ca

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604-315-2633 • www.harryratchford.ca

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It is a gem in showroom condition! Everything has been replaced or rebuilt in this 2200 foot 5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Family home. Roof, Inside Exterior Walls & Windows, Wiring & Plumbing, New Bathrooms, New H/W Tank & Furnace, New Flooring, Paint & New Kitchen with S/S appliances! Fenced & Treed yard. New back stairs, outside storage room all on a 60X101 foot lot.

$419,000 204 1704 56th Street, Tsawwassen Heron Cove, 1200 sq ft 2 bedroom 2 Bathroom & Family Room, Gourmet Kitchen, 2 Sided Gas Fireplace, Top Floor, 2 Parking Stalls!

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A34 The Delta Optimist December 13, 2013

bringing people + properties together

richard lowe + associates

Progroup |100-5000 Bridge Street, Ladner www.realestatedelta.com Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

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4957 44th Avenue $759,900

3,448 sqft. - 4 bdrms - 4 bath workshop - suite potential 6,280 sqft. lot - MLS# v1037891

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5138 Bentley Drive $1,339,000

3,017 sqft. - 5 bdrms - 5 bath den - hobby room - triple car garage MLS# v1036561

A306-4811 53rd Street $388,000 1,861 sqft. - 3 bdrms - 2 bath 2 parking spaces - Ladner Pointe MLS# v1030841

NEW LISTING

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4999 Central Ave $1,260,000

#16-10222 No 1 Road, Richmond $544,900

Subdivision Potential - 90x187 (16,835 sqft. lot) Hawthorne Area MLS# v103728

1,433 sqft. - 3 bdrms - 3 bath dble garage - Maritime Place MLS# v1019012

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#3-6280 48A Ave $395,000

1,412 sqft. - 2 bdrms - den - 2 bath garage - Garden Estates MLS# v1032777

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December 13, 2013 The Delta Optimist A35

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Happy Holidays

PERFECT 1 BEDROOM CONDO

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• Perfect 1 bedroom condo • 740 sq.ft • West-facing Exposure! • Nothing to do but move in! • Walk all of Ladner’s amenities in minutes! #206-4745 54A St., Ladner

$249,900 EXCELLENT PENTHOUSE CONDO

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• Excellent location, Walk to anything! • Top floor penthouse! Spacious! • 2 bdrm & 2 bthrm • Insuite laundry

• Bright private, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom • 1,011 sqft • Updated kitchen, bathroom & ensuite • Private entrance

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STEPS TO TOWN

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$319,900

• Large 1,300+ sq.ft. • 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom • Large master bedroom • Insuite laundry • Wheelchair access

STUNNINGLY UPDATED TOWNHOME

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#159-5421 10th Ave., Tsaw.

$379,900

$407,700 8 NEW LISTINGS!

• 1,503 sq ft spacious 3 bedroom 2 level townhome • End unit, new paint, radiant heat on main floor, laminate flooring • 2 parking spots • Walk to absolutely everything from your unit

• 8 brand new townhomes starting at $489,900 • 3 bedroom & 3 + den plans available • Luxurious finishing • Quiet street • Two fully detached units available

#17-4748 54A Street, Ladner

#1-7 & #9 4728 54A St.

$419,900

CLOSE TO TOWN • New engineered hardwood floors • 3bdrms & 3 bthrms • 3 storey home • South exposed lot • 4539 sq.ft. lot

$489,900

SUPERB LOCATION! • Classic two-level home • PRIVATE south facing backyard • 3 bedrooms up • Updated windows, garage door, exterior stairs and new cement driveway • Priced at nearly lot value

d l o s t s u j by fraser

5416 Maple Crescent, Ladner

$519,900

3 STOREY TOWNHOUSE IN TSAWWASSEN MEWS • 3 Bedroom • 3 Bath • 2,000 sq.ft. • Absolutely stunning modern renovation • Most stylish townhome in Tsawwassen, must be seen!

$539,900

RENOVATED BACK SPLIT • 8,495 sqft lot • 1 bedroom suite • New drain tile & yard drainage • 1,818 sqft house • New windows & paint • Brand new roof!

d l o s t s u j this week

#107-5622 16th Ave., Tsaw.

6051 48A Ave., Ladner

$549,900

$569,900

STUNNING OCEAN VIEW EXECUTIVE LIVING

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• Fully renovated Townhome • Beautiful new $20,000+ Kitchen reno • New bathrooms • Built-in entertainment center • Walk to absolutely all amenities! • Perfect townhome, ready to move in!

#206-1140 55th St., Tsaw.

d l o s t s u j by fraser

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• Beautifully renovated 1,123 sq ft • 2 bdrm, 2 bath corner unit with view! • Updated with new laminate flooring, blinds, hot water tank, paint • Totally rainscreened building, new windows, new roof, new balconies, paint etc! • Motivated seller

$265,900

4836 47A Street, Ladner

Re/Max Progroup Realty 100 - 5000 Bridge Street 604-728-2845

$255,900

B402-4821 53rd Street, Ladner

EXCELLENT TOWNHOME IN ROSEWOOD COURT!

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#101-1441 Garden Place, Tsaw.

#241 5421 10th Ave, Tsaw.

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!

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GROUND LEVEL CONDO

• Luxurious high rise complex • Magnificent views from this beautiful corner unit • Gourmet appliances • Built by Bosa Properties

WALK TO THE BEACH IN MINUTES

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• Excellent well-maintained rancher • Large 8,051 sq.ft. corner lot • Desirable Beach Grove • Updated kitch & bath • Huge lot • Don’t miss this one!

#704-1473 Johnston Rd., White Rock

1295 Morris Cr, Tsaw.

$599,900

$599,900


December 13, 2013 The Delta Optimist A37

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• 3 level split home • Lot : 8051 sqft • 3 bdrms & 3 bthrms • Excellent layout • Large master bedroom, walk-in closet and ensuite • Bonus games room or 4th bedroom

WATER VIEWS FROM BALCONY

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4713 46A Street, Ladner

5116 Galway Drive, Tsawwassen

$659,900

$629,900 QUIET CUL-DE-SAC

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• Mid-century modern split level • 2,485 sqft house • 3 bedrooms, 3 baths • Desired street in Pebble Hill

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL 4 BEDROOM HOME

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6754 London Drive, Ladner

$659,900

$685,000

• 4 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms • 2,584 sqft • newer kitchen, floors & paint • backyard looking out to a field

EXCELLENT INVESTMENT! PEBBLE HILL!

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5205 2nd Avenue, Tsaw.

$689,900

$698,000

• Stunning executive condo • Unobstructed views! • Absolute top quality finishings • 1,534 sq.ft. 2 bdrm & den • Stainless steel appliances

EXCELLENT FAMILY HOME

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$699,999

$699,900 BRAND NEW KITCHEN! • • • • • •

2,186 sq.ft 3 bdrm home CUL-DE-SAC LOCATION Walk to parks Excellent layout, great condition Walk to Historic Ladner Village! New hardwood flooring and kitchen updates • Excellent family home in Victory South!

• Beautiful 2,277 sq.ft. • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • In Ladner’s premier Marina Garden Estates • Lovingly maintained • Formal dining/living rms 5348 Commodore Dr., Ladner

#206-5099 Springs Blvd., Tsaw.

SOUGHT-AFTER EXECUTIVE HOME!

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• 2,829 sq.ft 4 BDRM+GAMES room • Beautifully maintained and updated! • Main floor living down, bedrooms up! • Endless list of renovations • Walk to all of Historic Ladner Village

5209 Bentley Crescent, Ladner

4698 53rd Street, Ladner

$719,900

$719,900

BEAUTIFUL 2,800+ SF HOME • 4 bdrm, 3 bathroom, 2,808 sq.ft 2-level • Suite potential. • New furnace, new windows, post-and-beam style. aser by •fr Massive covered deck for your outdoor living room! 8,988 sq.ft lot

just sold

CUSTOM-BUILT W/ MASTER ON MAIN!

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• 2,600 sq.ft 4 bdrm home with master bedroom on main • Custom built, no expense spared • Lots of upgrades • Cul-de-sac location, QUIET!

5110 Wilson Drive, Tsawwassen

5286 Augusta Place, Tsawwassen

$719,900

$729,900

CHESAPEAKE LANDING

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• MAJOR renovations • NEW kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, windows & roof • Rented currently for $2,700 per month • PEBBLE HILL LOCATION! • 2 bedroom self-contained suite on ground level

6040 44th Avenue, Ladner

RESORT LIVING ON GOLF COURSE

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• Unobstructed farmland views • 2,800 sq.ft. • 4 bedroom + den • Quiet cul-de-sac location! • Updated! Excellent layout!

5117 Erin Way, Tsaw.

UPDATED SPLIT LEVEL

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• 2,713 sq.ft. living space • 4 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms • Lot size 5,797 sq.ft. • Port Guichon location

• Charming unit with master on the main • Exquisite landscaping in rear yard • Open concept floorplan • Tons of storage throughout • Close to golf course and marina

#11-5900 Ferry Road, Ladner

$733,900

BEAUTIFUL 3 OR 4 BEDROOM EXECUTIVE HOME

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• 2,100 sqft, 3 or 4 bedrooms • Open plan, high-quality finishings • Custom landscaping • Double garage • Private yard • Walk to all of Ladner Village amenities in minutes 5140 Westminster Ave., Ladner

$739,900

Happy Holidays

NICE QUIET STREET

Re/Max Progroup Realty 100 - 5000 Bridge Street 604-728-2845


A38 The Delta Optimist December 13, 2013

Happy Holidays

IMMACULATELY KEPT HOME

Re/Max Progroup Realty 100 - 5000 Bridge Street 604-728-2845

• Backs onto US border • Private, sunny entertainers backyard • Updates throughout • 3 level split design • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

EXCELLENT EXECUTIVE HOME! LADNER

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5470 Wallace Ave., Tsaw.

5060 Westminster Avenue, Ladner

$775,000

$789,900

WOODWARD LANDING • Over $40,000 in upgrades • Backing onto a natural waterway and a golf course • Beautiful walking paths • Master on the main • Hardwood floors • Prestigious Marina Gardens

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MODERN, WESTCOAST CONTEMPORARY HOME

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#16-5300 Admiral Way, Ladner

LADNER’S PRIME WATERFRONT PROPERTY!

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• 2,524 sqft, Totally updated! • UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS! • New Roof, hardwood, kitchen & bathrooms • 5791 sqft lot backing farmland! • 4 bdrms, 3 bathrms Executive home!

POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY

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$873,900

$880,000

• 5 bedroom basement entry home • House is 2520 sq.ft • 12,206 sq.ft lot • Huge deck • Mortgage help downstairs • Great investment property!

BEAUTIFUL BRAND NEW HOME • 5 bedroom + Office home • Large open plan kitchen • Whirlpool appliances • Engineered hardwood floors • Largest lot in new subdivision • Including net GST

d l o s t s u j by fraser

5342 11A Avenue, Tsaw.

4936 63A Street, Ladner

$888,000

$899,000

• 5 years young • 2,918 sq.ft, 4 or 5 bedroom in West Ladner • 10,215 sq.ft lot with double garage and double garage/shop in back • 2 master suites • Walk to schools

STUNNING UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS! • UNOBSTRUCTED city and Boundary Bay views • Mid-century modern designed home • 10,732 sq.ft rectangular lot • Incredible renovation opportunity • Large unfinished basement

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351 54A Street, Tsawwassen

4560 51st Street, Ladner

$899,900

$899,900 PREMIER NEIGHBOURHOOD

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• 12,700 sq.ft Lot • Prime development ppty! • Official Community Plan designation is MDR • 10+ for location • 1 minute walk to nature trails on the river! 4829 48th Avenue, Ladner

FANTASTIC CUSTOM-BUILT HOME

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$819,900

6377 Crescent Court, Ladner

GREAT LOCATION CLOSE TO TOWN

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• Desirable Pebble Hill • Renovated by an acclaimed European builder • OPEN CONCEPT home • Post & beam architecture, metal roof & large south facing backyard • Endless upgrades • Mid century modern 4912 6th Ave., Tsaw.

$799,900

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• 2,354 sqft, 5371 sqft lot • 4 bdrms, 3 bathrms • Central location • Walk to historic downtown Ladner Village! • 8 years old, double garage

• 2,637 sqft house • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms • Gourmet kitchen • Hardwood flooring & granite countertops • Stainless steel appliance package 5810 Cove Link Road, Ladner

$916,800

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• Over 14,000 sq.ft lot! • Backs onto Bentley Drive! • Currently a Post-and-Beam BACK SPLIT in EXCELLENT CONDITION • Move house forward and SUBDIVIDE REAR LOT? 5217 Central Avenue, Ladner

$925,000

#1 Agent in Ladner / Tsawwassen* 2010, 2011, 2012, & to-date 2013! *Based on number of sales in 2010, 2011, 2012, & to-date 2013! *This representation is based in whole or in part on Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board Statistics

www.fraserelliott.com


December 13, 2013 The Delta Optimist A39

• Bel-Air style exec. home • Stahaken Subdivision • 4,300 sq.ft of top-notch construction • 4 bedrooms and an office • 4 bathrooms • 22 foot vaulted entrance

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STUNNING EXECUTIVE HOME! MASTER ON MAIN

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1617 Duncan Drive, Tsaw.

1212 Pacific Drive, Tsaw.

$988,000

$938,800 AMAZING EXECUTIVE HOME • 3,170 sq.ft custom built executive home • Top-of-the-line finishings • 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms • Triple car garage • 10,200 sq.ft private yard

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$1,059,900

$1,188,800 BEST CUSTOM HOME!

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• PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS • 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms • 3 outdoor decks incl/cov’d balcony, rooftop & wraparound decks • Huge theatre & games room • TRIPLE garage

88 English Bluff Rd., Tsawwassen

932 Keil Street, White Rock

$1,349,900

$1,425,000

FINE COUNTRY ESTATE 5.42 ACRES! • TOTALLY RENOVATED EXECUTIVE RANCHER • 2nd RANCHER HOME ON PROPERTY • GREENHOUSE SETUP for BUSINESS USE if Desired • Set-up for equestrian centre 2650 Westham Island Road, Ladner

$2,198,800

BEAUTIFUL 2 STOREY CUSTOM HOME • 5472 sqft home • 4 bdrms and 5 bthrms • Situated on 20 acres • Double staircase. • Black galaxy granite tiling. 6520 68th Avenue, Ladner

$2,488,000 LADNER’S FINEST COUNTRY ESTATE • 7.59 Acre Estate • Prime West Ladner location • Unobstructed views of of North Shore Mountains! • Tennis courts, office accomodation, fraser putting green

just sold by

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• Magnificent custom home • Top quality finishings • Golf course views! • This home has everything you can imagine in luxury living

5880 Cove Reach Rd., Ladner

• Custom built West Coast • Open concept Kitchen, dining and family room with ocean views, • Floor to ceiling windows and wrap-around decks. • 4 Bed, 4 Bath • 3,210 sqft

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ONE OF LADNER’S FINEST W/GOLF COURSE VIEW!

674 52nd Street, Tsaw.

STUNNING OCEAN VIEWS

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• 5 year young • 2,580 sq.ft • 4 bedrooms, • Crown moulding • Beautiful outdoor jacuzzi hot tub with covered patio!

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE CUSTOM-BUILT HOME

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• 4,500 sqft • 6 bedrooms, 6 baths • Triple garage • Separate 2 bedroom guest or nanny suite

558 English Bluff Road, Tsaw.

$2,298,000 EXCELLENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY • 5 acre development site out of ALR! • In south surreys next up and coming pocket of industrial & residential real estate

18973. 16th Avenue, Surrey

$2,500,000 EXCELLENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY • Prime 7.9 acre development property. Not in ALR. • Currently has a workshop and beautiful character home rented at $3000 a month. * Perfect investment property in fast developing area.

4905 36th Avenue, Ladner

18862 20th Avenue, Surrey

$2,688,800

$4,500,000

1 SALE EVERY 2.64 DAYS SO FAR IN 2013!!!* Fraser and his Team are CURRENTLY RANKED #3 in THE GREATER VANCOUVER REAL ESTATE BOARD *Based on number of sales in 2013! Stats as of December 11th, 2013. *Based on Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Statistics!

Happy Holidays

GORGEOUS CUSTOM 4300 SQ.FT. HOME

Re/Max Progroup Realty 100 - 5000 Bridge Street 604-728-2845


A40 The Delta Optimist December 13, 2013

2012: TOP 10% OF GREATER VANCOUVER REALTORS ® IN SALES

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309-1350 View Crescent | $359,000

NEW LISTING: 1300 sqft corner suite in THE CLASSIC w/ west exposed 350 sqft private garden patio. Open concept.

5336 4A Avenue | $779,000

VIEW PROPERTY: 4 bdrm family home w/lots of space down for teens. Upper floor has views of Boundary Bay & mountains.

5791 Goldenrod Cresc | $779,000

NEW LISTING: FOREST BY THE BAY. Beautifully kept 2200 sqft rancher w/3 bdrms & open living space. Executive style living.

45-5300 Admiral Way | $729,000

NEW PRICE: Stunning Townhome in WOODWARD LANDING offering 2400sqft of luxury with master on the main.

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1148 Fairway Views | $539,000

GOLF COURSE VIEW OVERLOOKING THE 6TH GREEN: 2550 sqft townhome w/spectacular views from main & master.

Get moving with Trish and Teri! Trisha Murphy | 604.312.7621 Trisha@TrishaMurphy.ca Sutton Group - Seafair Realty: 1625 56th Street, Tsawwassen

Teri Steele | 604.897.2010 sold@TeriSteele.com

302-1300 Hunter Road | $449,000

NEW LISTING: Stunning 2 bedroom and den south/east facing apartment overlooking Beach Grove Golf Course.

415-1350 View Crescent | $428,000

FULL ON VIEW: Floor to ceiling full view over 17th hole in main living space. Comes w/newer European kitchen & 2 newer baths.

872 Tsawwassen Beach | $1,150,000

GREAT PRICE: Beautifully renovated 4 bedroom home on 8550sqft flat beachfront lot with decks facing east & west.

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A44 The Delta Optimist December 13, 2013

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Delta Optimist December 13 2013