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Approximately 1,200 kids took part in the Boundary Bay Cross Country Meet last Thursday presented by the RunInn. The fourth annual event also raised more than $3,000 for the Hannah’s Heroes Foundation. More photos on Page 16 and at www.delta-optimist.com.

Youngster inspired to write her own book

Teagan Read donating proceeds from Kya’s Treasure to African relief BY

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A Tsawwassen girl has written and illustrated her own book to help kids in Africa. Teagan Read, 8, was inspired after seeing a June story in the Optimist about a team of locals heading to Kamuli, Uganda to help build a well and clean water system at the Good Samaritan Community Nursery and Primary School. Read, who enjoys drawing, painting and writing, said she created her book, titled Kya’s Treasure, to help “the kids in Africa to have clean water.” The book tells the story of a

young African girl on an extraordinary quest for a special treasure on one hot, sunny afternoon. “When Teagan heard that 350 children lived in the village and didn’t have a clean supply of drinking water, she immediately wanted to help,” her book states in the About the Author section. “She decided to write and illustrate this book to raise funds to help build wells in Kamuli, Uganda and in other areas of Africa.” She had also recently studied the region at school. “It was great seeing her right from the start, having the idea and seeing it actually come to life. It’s pretty neat she ... finished it and

we’ve got it to this point,” said Teagan’s mom, Catherine. The whole team was “blown away” that Teagan made a book after seeing the story in the Optimist, said Steve Kovacs. Kovacs, one of the locals heading on the trip to Uganda later this month, has made several humanitarian trips to Africa. Teagan has a book signing scheduled for Saturday at Albany Books in Tsawwassen from 2 to 4 p.m. Kya’s Treasure is available from Albany Books, Black Bond Books in Ladner and online at Amazon and createspace.com. Her book sells for $12 locally. The price varies online.

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Farmland consolidated in Tsaw. Delta brings together three parcels in ALR to expand organic faming operation at entrance to town BY

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Delta has pulled off deals to save some of the community’s agricultural land. Earlier this year, the municipality completed a complex series of property swaps with the school district, resulting in approximately eight hectares (20 acres) at the corner of Highway 17 and 56th Street in Tsawwassen going into Delta’s hands. That property was combined with an adjacent 7.2 hectares (18 acres) Delta purchased from the Century Group late last year, as well as a municipally-owned piece next door, to form one larger parcel. Already all within the Agricultural Land Reserve, the properties were consolidated into a 31-hectare (78acre) piece this summer, showing that Delta is leading by example, said Coun. Ian Paton. “All we hear about are the attempts to subdivide ALR land or speculators

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Coun. Ian Paton is pleased that agriculturally-zoned land that he can’t remember ever being farmed will be put into production. holding onto ALR land hoping to take them out, but we’re consolidating ALR land into a bigger piece that will go back into production. I can’t think of anyone else anywhere even doing that,” said Paton, a longtime Ladner farmer.

Comprising about 16 hectares (40 acres), the Delta owned parcel had been leased to Snow Farms, an organic farming operation, for the last 10 years. The deal with the school board saw Delta give the school district $1.2 million

in cash. The parcel owned by Century had been in the company’s hands for the last six years. Century purchased it for over $2 million but had been trying to sell it for over two years without any luck. It was listed at

$1.95 million when Delta first expressed interest in buying it, but Paton noted after an initial offer was turned down by Century, it took a while for both sides to work out a fair price, settling on $1.55 million. Century Group president

Sean Hodgins, who is proposing transferring 80 per cent of his agriculturallyzoned Southlands property to Delta in a separate development application, told the Optimist he was glad to sell the property at around the going per-acre rate. The Century parcel had not been farmed in a long time and had become nothing more than a dump site by the previous owners, said Paton, who noted it cost Delta another $177,000 to clean up the property. Under a new lease with Delta, Snow Farms is working to have the former Century parcel, which at one time was being marketed as a “holding property” for potential investors, certified for organic farming. Saying he can’t remember when that parcel was ever farmed, Paton noted it still needs a lot of work to get it into soil-based production, work that will be undertaken by Snow Farms. The organic farmer will eventually operate the entire consolidated site, he added.

Trustee uneasy over source of international students BY

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One way to affect change in troubled countries with questionable regimes is to show their youth there is a better way. That was the argument posed during the Delta Board of Education’s discussion last week on its lucrative International Student Program. The program brings millions of dollars in much-needed revenue for a district facing shrinking operating budgets, but raises the soul-searching question of whether Delta should be doing business with certain

nations. Deirdre Annett, director of the district’s International Student Program, provided an enthusiastic overview of the steadily increasing number of students coming from abroad to study in Delta. Noting total revenue from the program was $6 million in 2012/2013, she said 364 full-time students have signed up to stay here, so far, with more coming in January. Annett has been working to attract more foreign students, which has led to a number of new possibilities, including reaching a deal this summer with an education bureau in China that

oversees up to four million students. Noting the district does its best to screen for “quality students” who are able to adjust to life in a new country, she explained the longterm outlook is for China, where a majority of Delta’s international students come from, to continue to grow as a source. Students are also coming from European nations as well as places like South Korea and Japan, while new countries represented this year include Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand and Poland. Some of the longerterm projects for the Delta

program include attracting students from Mongolia and India. Also new this year, a group of students will come from Myanmar, the formerly secretive country also known as Burma. It’s a country where over 70 per cent of the people have no access to electricity, where military rule only recently ended and where ethnic tensions continue between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. Wondering if Delta was accepting children from the elite who may be responsible for much of the trouble in such countries, trustee Simon Truelove told

Annett he felt a level of discomfort dealing with places with spotty human rights records. “I’m starting to get attacks of anxiety because I think in some ways we’re careful with the Delta school district and who we have relationships with, and it’s now expanding to places in the world that surprises me, that I was not expecting. Burma/Myanmar comes to mind, and I am just raising this as a concern,” he said. “Do we know anything about the families of who are the people who have the money to put their children in international programs?

It makes me a little nervous,” Truelove said. Saying she meets with the families of prospective Myanmar students personally, Annett added the teacher of the group coming is a former Delta district staff member who now resides in that country and knows the students. “It’s not the kids, it’s the fathers I’m worried about,” Annett said. “What if you took kids who have a lot of money, who come from a certain political ideation, and you have the chance to have them come and learn in a democracy and experience what a Canadian democrat system looks like?”

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Mayor makes rail safety recommendations

In wake of Lac-Mégantic tragedy, Lois Jackson urges coordinated efforts to prevent and deal with emergencies BY

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Rail companies need to work with local governments and emergency response agencies to ensure there are effective plans and established lines of communication to deal with incidents. That’s the message from Mayor Lois Jackson, who provided Delta’s input regarding rail safety concerns to a new working group that was formed following a tragic train accident in Quebec. This summer, a 72-car train loaded with crude oil rolled unattended into the town of Lac-Mégantic, derailing and causing a massive explosion and fire

that killed 47 people. Afterward, a Senate committee, already looking into the transportation of hazardous goods by rail, released a sweeping report, urging the government to launch an independent review of rail safety. Around the same time, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities established its own National Municipal Rail Safety Working Group. That group began accepting feedback from communities, so Jackson, noting Delta is host to the largest marine terminal, submitted a list of recommendations. She said the railway network in Delta is owned and operated by three companies — B.C. Rail, BNSF and Southern Railway.

The terminals serviced by these lines are leased from Port Metro Vancouver to TSI, Westshore Terminals, Surrey Fraser Docks and the Annacis Island Marine/ Rail Terminal. There are multiple stakeholders involved and overlapping jurisdictions when dealing with incidents along transportation corridors or at transfer points, she noted. “There is uncertainty relating to jurisdictional responsibilities, whether on land or on water, including incident command structure in emergency situations,” Jackson said. “This is a fundamental issue that needs to be addressed if we are to ensure effective emergency response to major hazards.

extraordinary incidents. The Railway Association of Canada was quick to respond. In a letter to Jackson, president and CEO Michael Bourque noted railways in Canada regularly share information on commodities handled, including dangerous goods, with responsible authorities such as municipal officials and responders. “This is done to ensure municipal emergency planners and responders are properly trained to work with industry experts and qualified contractors in developing effective and realistic emergency response plans and to be capable of reacting if an incident were to occur,” he said.

gerous goods In particular, there and to focus needs to be an training on dealexplicit acknowling with those edgment by rail commodities. companies that, “While it is during emergency not practical for incidents, the rail companies local government, to notify the through its fire municipality of and emergency Mayor Lois every shipment response units, Jackson of dangerous is in charge of goods, emergenmanaging the situcy response agencies need ation.” to know what kind of hazOne of Delta’s recomardous materials are moving mendations includes estabthrough their communities lishing a system whereby and with what frequency,” rail companies share information with response agen- Jackson said. The mayor also recomcies on what capabilities mended the formation and resources are available of strategically located at any given time. multi-purpose emergency Other recommendations include identifying the most response teams that can be deployed to deal with frequently transported dan-

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Same renovation goal, just not same rooms BARBARA GUNN

LIVING MATTERS Like most homes, ours is a work in progress. Never mind that we’ve already redone two bathrooms, ripped out the carpet, put down some hardwoods, replaced the windows, retiled the backsplash, installed a new roof, put in a new front door, refaced the fireplace and painted more times than I care to remember. There’s always something. Problem is, you can’t do it all at once — not unless you happen to have unlimited funds, in which case you’d probably move to a new pad whenever you tired of the kitchen. And so the discussions begin. “Next year,” said the husband not long ago, “we really should do the office.” “No,” I replied. “The laundry room’s No. 1.” Our priorities are under-

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standable, given the husband spends more time in the office, and I spend more time with the laundry. He envisions a room with fresh paint, open shelving, brand-new flooring and really decent lighting. I also envision a room with fresh paint, open shelving, brandnew flooring and really decent lighting. Trouble is, they’re different rooms. “The office is depressing,” the husband said. “The laundry room’s an eyesore,” I pointed out. It doesn’t stop there. The husband believes that after we redo the office, we ought to replace the kitchen countertops, perhaps with some shiny new quartz. Not me. There are homerelated things I’d far prefer to spend our money on once the laundry room’s complete. Like new skylights, say. And new carpets in two of the bedrooms. And landscaping in the back. “For the price of quartz,” I’ve tried to explain, “we could get skylights, carpet AND landscaping.”

“But landscaping is labour-intensive,” the husband will argue. “You have to do things with landscaping. Like water it. You don’t have to water quartz counters.” In addition to the budgetary concerns, of course, there is also this: I am generally resistant to household upgrades that disrupt the household. Landscaping, I like. An outside job means no indoor upheaval. “The counter thing would be so messy!” I point out. “We might not be able to use the kitchen for days!” We’re finding ourselves at an impasse. In the meantime, at least, while we’re deliberating and pointing out the pros and cons of one job over another, the wallet’s not taking a beating. The upgrades may be stalled at the moment, but the credit line’s sitting idle. Perhaps we’ll sit on the homework for now, and do something else with our money. To heck with the skylights and carpet, I say. I think we’ll just go on vacation.

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MURPHY’S LAW Write a few critical things about the Ladner Trunk Road-Arthur Drive intersection and suddenly you become the sounding board for Ladner drivers and their pet peeves. I’ve heard from a number of irritated motorists over the last few weeks so I thought I’d share some of those complaints in case others are feeling the same way. Although most of the concerns surrounded the recently reconfigured intersection, the spot that drew the strongest reaction was the entrance to Trenant Park, where an advanced green for those turning left off Trunk activates even when there aren’t any vehicles. One particularly steamed driver, who has been stuck at the light many times, said he detours through the mall parking lot, if possible, to avoid it. As for the reconstructed intersection, I heard some of the same complaints I voiced a few weeks back, including the absence of an advanced green for those turning right off Arthur Drive and the left turn signal activating without vehicles in the lane. There are other situations, however, I hadn’t encountered that are apparently bugging some of you enough you got in touch to vocalize your frustrations. I heard from one driver who said because only one lane westbound on Trunk goes through intersection, there are more vehicles in it, which often results in a wait to turn right onto Elliott Street, a delay that didn’t exist as often previously. There’s a right turn lane in the reconfigured intersection, but it’s so short it only takes two or three cars waiting to go straight to cut off access. Several who make the left turn off Elliott complained they can only go on an advanced green, so while there are now two lanes to turn, the time permitted to do so has been reduced. Miss the advanced green and it means waiting an entire cycle to get going again. I heard from one driver upset they even created a left turn lane from 47A Avenue onto Elliott Street. He said it’s completely useless and is never used because anyone coming from that direction who wants to access Ladner Village has already made the turn before getting to the light. Another told me because the left turn lane on westbound Trunk Road is offset with the right lane, a driver that pulls up beyond the line doesn’t trigger the advanced green, delaying those behind. I’m sure once the decorative streetlights and landscaping are complete the intersection will look the part, but it’s clear from the feedback I’m getting it still needs some work when it comes to function.

Playing the race card is poor substitute for rational debate TOM SIBA PUBLISHER’S PERSPECTIVE As I write this column, I don’t know what the letters to the editor on our op-ed page are about and what the writers say. I usually see them for the first time when they are published in the paper. Ted Murphy, our editor, runs letters that he believes will interest our readership and tries to maintain a balance of views on controversial issues. So letters to the editor are in no way a reflection of this newspaper’s opinions. How could they be when we run letters with opposite arguments — often in the same edition? But a recent letter to the editor of the Nanaimo Daily News entitled “No groups in Canada should get special status” drew condemnation from those who think special status for First Nations should not be questioned. I don’t plan to discuss the merits of the special

status pro or con. What bothers me is people, who probably never read the letter, calling the Nanaimo Daily News racist because it ran a letter they don’t agree with. (Full disclosure: The Nanaimo Daily News is owned by the Delta Optimist’s parent company and for a period of time I was a director with the managing editor of NDN in a group of regional business publications that he founded. So I know the individuals involved and rankle to see them slurred by those who disapprove of the fundamental rights of this country.) Paragraph 15 (1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: “Every individual is equal before and under the law.” It is, in my opinion, valid to question deviation from the principle of equality. As George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “All animals are created equal but some are more equal than others.” If some are more equal, there must be those who are treated as less equal. How do we as a society rectify that problem? Whatever your position on the question, it is one of vital importance to our country and surely one worthy of rational debate. The road forward need not only be a mainte-

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nance of the status quo, which I’m sure most people would agree has not been a resounding success. Paragraph 2b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that one of the fundamental freedoms is “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.” Obviously there are some who don’t agree with the Constitution and that is their privilege. Those who disagree with the Constitution are free to try and change it. Good luck with that. In the meantime, they could find a literate member of their protest group to respond to the points raised by the letter writer in a rational manner, rather than playing the “race” card. I am sure the NDN would print a rebuttle. Anyone who writes an opinion piece by way of editorial, column or letter to the editor expects there will be people who disagree with them on occasion or even most of the time. Heck, I even disagree with myself some times. Rational counter points will always go further than gratuitous insults. Of course, that would require reading the piece in the first place.

(not for publication). The Optimist will not print “name withheld” letters. Copyright in letters and other materials submitted voluntarily to the publisher and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the publisher and its licensees may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms.


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Have your say on port plan

Editor: It is important the people of Delta South know that Port Metro Vancouver has submitted its project description for Terminal 2 to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The CEAA has since announced the start of a 20-day public comment period for Terminal 2. Due to recent changes in federal legislation, the environmental assessment process no longer uses a “trigger system” to automatically initiate environmental assess-

ments. Under the new process, the federal government has invited stakeholders — including all of us — to have a say about whether the port expansion project should be subjected to a federal environmental assessment. As we know, Port Metro Vancouver proposes the construction and operation of a new three-berth marine container terminal that would nearly double the size of Deltaport. This proposal will have a significant impact on Robert’s Bank,

an internationally recognized migratory bird habitat and a crucial ecological link for the Pacific salmon fishery. The federal government has responsibility over the fishery, migratory birds and species at risk. Please take a few minutes to review the proposal at http://bit.ly/18oeI6s or email RobertsBank@ceaaacee.gc.ca. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15. Vicki Huntington MLA Delta South

Good Samaritan creates rest stop along dike

Editor: For joggers, walkers and cyclists on the dike, there is a little rest stop between 17th Avenue and 64th Street complete with comfortable seats offering a million-dollar view of Boundary Bay, White Rock and Mount Baker. In addition, there is water for people and dogs,

and some small toys for children to use. While cycling on the dike with my hound dog Milo last week, we said hello to a cheerful man on a bike pulling a children’s stroller with a large empty water bottle. Within minutes, we stopped at the rest stop where there was a full

bottle of water, a dog’s dish full of water and the children’s toys. To this Good Samaritan who has created the rest stop, I offer thanks and gratitude, and I’m certain many others are appreciative of your gesture of kindness. Paul Smith

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A10 The Delta Optimist October 2, 2013 Letters to the Editor

Project won’t change public’s affinity for bikes

Editor: Just cast one’s mind back nine months to December 2012 when Delta council revealed mass public opposition to the Southlands proposal. At that time, 77 per cent opposed, with less than 20 per cent in favour. Now our council, in its wisdom, has passed first and second reading to this proposal and it goes to public hearing late next month.

What has changed? Nothing as far as I can see. The Century Group has promoted the Southlands development on two important concepts: 80 per cent of the land being generously donated to the municipality for agriculture and homes for first-time buyers with young families to increase our school enrollment. Much has been said about Southlands being

developed so residents could have cycling paths to the beach and around Boundary Bay. South Delta is not overly bike friendly and would not suddenly become “biking heaven” should this development proceed. I know, having cycled long distances in India, Spain and here where I use my bike to shop and commute. Ninety-nine per cent of South Delta’s adults do not use their bikes for all daily activities. For most, cycling is a fine weather recreational activity. Development of the Southlands will not lead to many giving up their cars in favour of bikes. The Ipsos Reid survey that sampled 300 residents this spring clearly showed traffic and development are the most serious concerns. Why are we trying to make things worse knowing the community’s pulse? Rodney Asher

Hearing provides chance to pitch to decision makers

Editor: I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the upcoming Southlands public hearing. Administratively, I understand it is a legal requirement (per the Local Government Act) as well as a key pit stop in the municipality’s planning process. Theoretically, I can appreciate its symbolic value. It is, after all, the citizens’ one chance to publicly vet their feelings about the project to the sitting council of decision-makers. In practice, however, I wonder about its effect. Will facts be checked? No. Will positions be explored? Unlikely. Will fear and exaggeration be used to gain impact? Absolutely. In a way, the hearing

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feels more like a Dragon’s Den pitch: you’ve got one chance to impress (your opinion), so go for it. So what do we end up with? It’s difficult to say. I suppose it’s a little like the Dragon’s Den, in that the decision-makers will have their pre-established preferences, which will be swayed or reinforced by the presentations. If the presentations reflect the general population — then fine. But what if they only represent the extremes? In that case, a lot of deference will be given to the municipal council (which, technically, only 33 per cent of us voted to elect). But maybe council has an accurate pulse of the community. If so, that’s fine, right? One question still lingers: If council had an accurate pulse of the community,

why didn’t it intervene earlier to set a direction — to lead, as it were — and avoid the acrimony that has attached itself like deadweight to this proposal. To me, that’s what leadership is all about: looking at the bigger picture, and evaluating what is — and will be — most critical to the constituency. If it’s taxes, say so and explain why. If it’s agricultural viability, communicate the stress points, and how you plan to tackle them. If it’s “no growth,” then reconcile the demographic hiccups that lie on the horizon. Please. The public hearing is one promising part of the machinery of local government. It’s just too bad it sits at the end of the line, like South Delta, guided by reactive fission rather than pro-active vision. Patrick Thompson

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Letters to the Editor

Proposed bridge is about moving ships, not traffic

Editor: At first glance, the premier’s announcement for a new bridge across the Fraser River looks good but when one studies the offer of a new bridge a lot of disturbing questions surface. The George Massey Tunnel does not need to be replaced, as it just had a large and expensive seismic upgrade. It seems that lobbyists for Port Metro Vancouver have convinced the premier to get rid of the tunnel so they can deepen the river to allow massive bulk carriers to reach Surrey docks to load coal and oil. Wasn’t the Roberts Bank superport created so massive bulk carriers did not need to travel up the Fraser, saving time, large pilotage fees and the taxpayer not needing to pay for regular dredging? What about the extra traffic the 10-lane bridge will dump into Richmond? The tunnel, having only four lanes, provided passive traffic calming, regulating the flow of traffic. All the new bridge will do is move gridlock to the next choke points, the Knight and Oak Street bridges. There is no mention of easing congestion on the lonely Queensborough Bridge, which is older than the tunnel and is at capacity almost all day. Unless there is a new bridge to Vancouver, gridlock will be endemic on Highway 99 and in Richmond. The proposed bridge makes a farce with improving transit south of the river as the Liberal government,

is investing in “rubber on asphalt” with single-occupancy cars, leaving transit mainly for the poor, the elderly and students. The $2.5 billion Canada Line is shown the white elephant it is; too expensive to expand and extend, with ridership coming mainly from bus customers forced to transfer to the minimetro. The hypocrisy associated with the proposed bridge knows no bounds, with the mayor (a Liberal surrogate) following the government

line that a referendum is OK for TransLink funding, but not for a new bridge. What are the mayor and the premier afraid of? An outbreak of true democracy? The timing of the proposed bridge is so designed to give leverage to the South Delta Liberal candidate in the 2017 election. The proposed crossing, which will be tolled, is all about pleasing political friends, winning elections and leaving legacies, not improving traffic flows. Malcolm Johnston

Earthwise Society grateful for support received for its community programs

Editor: On behalf of Earthwise Society board of directors, I would like to thank the many volunteers, supporters and partners who have contributed to the success of our community programs this summer. The Earthwise Market Day events, Bee Jammin’ and the recent Tomato Festival have drawn hundreds of people to the Earthwise Farm and Garden to take part in community celebrations tied to the seasons and the local harvest.

We appreciate the opportunity to work with local chefs from Illuminate, Urban Village Catering and Chill Winston who have generously shared their culinary talents for a genuine farm to table experience for visitors at our events. We would also like to thank Century Group for its recent sponsorship of the Tomato Festival and for opening the bike path through the Southlands so more people could walk or ride to the event. We gratefully acknowl-

edge Century’s ongoing contribution in providing us the land on which we have built the Earthwise Farm and Garden. Its support has made it possible for us to establish our certified organic farm in the heart of Tsawwassen, providing freshly harvested organic produce at our onsite farm store, engaging youth in agriculture and connecting our community, once again, to its farming heritage. Patricia Fleming Executive Director Earthwise Society

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Grow with Me familiarizes families with farming Me program allows families to learn about farming the old fashioned way — by spending a day at the Earthwise Farm, taking part in basic farming activities

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Club offering introduction to digital photography

Learn more about your digital camera and how to use it effectively in an upcoming five-part course hosted by the Delta Photo Club. An Introduction to Digital Photography will offer basic camera terminology, demonstrate how to use “all those buttons,” and show participants how to take better photos through the understanding of the art of photography, exposure, composition and lighting. Participants will also learn what factors to consider when purchasing a digital camera and have opportunities to ask questions about photos they bring to class with a view to improving their own artistic efforts. The course will run over five Monday evenings — Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Nov. 18 and Nov. 25 — at Tsawwassen Alliance Church. It will be instructed by award-winning photographer Francois Cleroux (www.EyesOnPhoto.com). The cost for non-members is $80, which includes a Delta Photo Club membership. The cost for members is $20. To register e-mail fcleroux09@eastlink.ca or visit the Delta Photo Club website at www. DeltaPhotoClub.com for more information.


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Delta Community Living Society celebrates 50 years A lot has changed in our community in 50 years. Life for those with developmental disabilities is much different than it was when Delta Community Living Society (DCLS) first opened its doors in 1963. DCLS supports people with developmental disabilities in our community, and has overseen the transition from segregation to integration and from institutionalization to community living within Delta. The DCLS story begins with one local family – the Schmands. Tony Schmand moved his family – wife Lucia, and sons Paul, Ronald and Nick to Ladner in 1958. In the years that followed, Mr. Schmand became an active member of several organizations that supported people with developmental disabilities. But Schmand had a vision for a new organization with a different approach – a vocational farm for adults with developmental disabilities. The “Lower Fraser Valley Society for Retarded Persons” was incorporated in 1963, and just a few years later, the farm centre comprised of 75 acres of Federal Land, 10 acres of developed land for the farm centre, and a roster of nine “boys” between the ages of 16 and 29 who were being trained in farm work.

“The farm training centre here teaches the retarded useful work which they are able to do and get paid for. Here a boy can learn to drive a tractor, something his parents never dreamed was possible a few years ago.”

Over the next decades, the “Community Living Movement” would take hold, which advocated for communities to welcome diversity and allow people with developmental disabilities to live full lives in their own communities. The closure of the Woodlands institution was announced by the BC Provincial Government in 1981, and the last residents would move out in the 1990’s When asked about community living movement, DCLSs board member, Julian Thorsteinson reflected:

“What is community living? To me it is the model of community-integrated caregiving and support that has been developed over recent decades in progressive societies like our own for people with developmental disabilities and their families. It is a transition from the harrowing isolation and abandonment of institutional care that so many people with disabilities were sentenced to in past decades and over the centuries. This mass incarceration led not only to great suffering and neglect of individuals but also to prejudice, fear and derision in the general population, born of ignorance and inexperience.

~ Tony Schmand as told to Suzanne Westphal at the Delta Optimist in 1969 A few big fundraisers, and a lot of smaller ones, had helped the Society build infrastructure that would support the farm training centre. The Variety Club of Western Canada was granted a charter in 1966, and quickly pledged $500,000 over five years to “Variety Farm”. The pledge was fulfilled with the Variety Telethon– the first of which was held in October, 1966 at the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse. When construction at Variety Farm centre was completed in 1971, the site included four residences, recreation hall, barn, chickenhouse, greenhouses, woodshop and administration areas.

Community living is about integration and acceptance of individuals in the community, breaking down barriers and recognizing the rights, needs and above all the contributions made by even the most

vulnerable citizens. Community living means having a home, not an institutional placement. It is about being a person, not a case. It is about having personal likes and dislikes and the right to express them by making simple choices in daily life. It is about being out in the world, knowing people and living a neighborhood where people say hello. It is about having access to the wealth of activities and beauty of the place we live in. It is about the deepest and best values in our society that make us all better, happier, safer and healthier individuals in a community we can be proud of.” While DCLS still operates its administrative offices at the original Variety Farm site, the majority of its services have moved into the heart of the community so that people with disabilities can contribute and participate in all aspects of community life. Since 1996, the month of October has been celebrated by families and agencies across BC as Community Living Month; it’s an opportunity to highlight our inclusive communities. We invite you to learn more about community living and people with developmental disabilities who live and work in Delta during the coming weeks. During each of the coming weeks, DCLS will share stories about people supported by diverse services including residential, employment, community inclusion and family advocacy.

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Thank you to all the people and organizations in Delta that support people with developmental disabilities. As DCLS celebrates Community Living Month this October, we salute those who open their homes and hearts, create a diverse and inclusive workforce, volunteer time, or make a charitable donation in support of life-enriching and life-enhancing activities for people in our community with developmental disabilities. To learn more about DCLS, or to make a donation, please visit

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A16 The Delta Optimist October 2, 2013

Kids travel cross country in Bay Annual meet organized by the RunInn attracts 1,200

peted as well. Students were Over 1,000 kids took treated to a barbecue put on part in the fourth annual by the TOOBs service club. Boundary Bay Cross There were Century Country Meet last Thursday. Group medals awarded to The event turned out the top eight kids in each great, says the RunInn’s group as well Kevin Ridley. as prizes The RunInn SCAN WITH donated by Delta presented Saucony for the meet. kids that gave “We had aweTO REVEAL PHOTOS the best effort some weather for on the day, the day for the Ridley said. 1,200 kids that participated Event sponsors includin the event,” he noted. ed DNA Data, Muscle Ridley estimated close Memory, Saucony, South to $3,200 was raised for Coast Landscaping, Brent the Hannah’s Heroes Deerheim Golf, TOOBs, Foundation. Each racer donated $1 while the rest of Sungod Physiotherapy, Darlene Lee, the Century the donations, along with food costs, were covered by Group and RunInn Delta. Hannah’s Heroes sponsors, he noted. Students from 13 schools Foundation was established in 2007 to raise awareness took part, with races for of the lack of research into grades 2 to 7. Mostly Delta pediatric brain cancer as schools participated but well as raise money for students from Surrey and treatment research. Vancouver schools com-

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Prices are in effect until Sunday, October 6, 2013 or while stock lasts. Quantities and/or selection of items may be limited and may not be available in all stores. No rainchecks. No substitutions on clearance items or where quantities are advertised as limited. Advertised pricing and product selection (flavour, colour, patterns, style) may vary by store location. We reserve the right to limit quantities to reasonable family requirements. We are not obligated to sell items based on errors or misprints in typography or photography. Coupons must be presented and redeemed at time of purchase. Applicable taxes, deposits, or environmental surcharges are extra. No sales to retail outlets. Some items may have “plus deposit and environmental charge” where applicable. ®/™ The trademarks, service marks and logos displayed in this flyer are trademarks of Loblaws Inc. and others. All rights reserved. © 2013 Loblaws Inc. * we match prices! Applies only to our major supermarket competitors’ flyer items. Major supermarket competitors are determined solely by us based on a number of factors which can vary by store location. We will match the competitor’s advertised price only during the effective date of the competitor’s flyer advertisement. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES (note that our major supermarket competitors may not). Due to the fact that product is ordered prior to the time of our Ad Match checks, quantities may be limited. We match identical items (defined as same brand, size, and attributes) and in the case of fresh produce, meat, seafood and bakery, we match a comparable item (as determined solely by us). We will not match competitors’ “multi-buys” (eg. 2 for $4), “spend x get x”, “Free”, “clearance”, discounts obtained through loyalty programs, or offers related to our third party operations (post office, gas bars, dry cleaners etc.). We reserve the right to cancel or change the terms of this program at any time. Customer Relations: 1-866-999-9890.

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A18 The Delta Optimist October 2, 2013 In the Community

The Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop invites you to start your Christmas shopping early at our

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While our furniture store is offering Christmas items, the Collectibles Sales will be held at our Housewares Store - 4816 Delta Street. Watch for November and December dates. All proceeds to patient comforts and medical equipment at Delta Hospital. For more information: 604-946-1455.

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About 20 members of Delta Secondary’s Interact Club cleaned up Ladner Harbour Park last week as part the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up.

Interact Club busy again

The Delta Secondary Interact Club, sponsored by the Ladner Rotary Club, is now into its second year of volunteer activities.

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part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up that happens annually across Canada. Some interesting items found in the park included: shovel, tire, rusted out barrel, numerous beverage containers, clothing items, dog leashes, plenty of plastic and the dreaded cigarette butt. Other activities planned so far this year include a coat and blanket drive in the fall, a clothing drive, collecting food for Christmas hampers and helping raise money to find a cure for alkaptonuria. A DSS teacher’s son has recently been diagnosed with the disease, which causes severe, early onset osteoarthritis. This year, the DSS Interact Club hopes to grow its student membership by holding weekly meetings in the school library every Thursday at lunch. Students should contact DSS counsellor Heather Colls for additional information.

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The Corporation of Delta is helping residents do Halloween the healthy way. Delta is selling books of 10 child drop-in admission coupons to civic recreation facilities that can be given out to trick-or-treaters or party guests to help establish healthy habits. The books are $10 each and can be purchased throughout October at the Ladner Leisure Centre, South Delta Recreation Centre, Winskill Aquatic & Fitness Centre, North Delta Recreation Centre and Sungod Recreation Centre. Coupons are valid for use from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, and are redeemable for their $1 value towards child admissions after that time.


October 2, 2013 The Delta Optimist A19 Coming Events Clubs & Groups $Deltassist Family and Community Services presents at no cost to Delta residents a: “Healthy Relationships and Stress Management group for Men and Women over 19 years” beginning Oct. 3 and going until Dec. 19 every Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Deltassist 9097120th St., North Delta. These workshops are geared for adults wanting to learn anger management and stress management skills in order to build healthy relationships. Please call 604594-3455 ext.110 to register or for more information. $The Delta Hospice Society is hosting a Cottage Recruitment Tea on Oct. 3 from 2 - 3 p.m. and welcomes anyone interested in finding out more about volunteer roles at the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new things and make a difference in the community. The recruitment tea will take place at the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner at 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent. $DYSL WearHouse store is having a fun fashion show

and Halloween costume event Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. 1308-56th St. Free admission. www.dyslsociety.com. $The next part of the Evergreen Garden Club Fall Series, Bones and Budget, takes place Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683- 51st St.

standrewsdeltabc.org. $Canadian Mental Health Association Delta is offering a Beyond The Blues event Wednesday, Oct. 9, From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at CMHA, Delta 4871 Delta St., Ladner. Free, anonymous, confidential, dropin depression & anxiety screenings and interviews. Call 604-943-1878 for further information.

$Come join the Philosophers’ Café discussion this Friday, Oct. 4, 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the McKee Seniors Centre, 515547th Ave., Ladner, where we’ll be learning about development plans for the Tsawwassen First Nation’s land. Andrea Jacobs, TFN Manager of Community Outreach, will be the guest presenter. No registration necessary. Call 604-9461411 for further information.

$Canadian Mental Health Association Delta is offering a Mental Health Education and Awareness event, in partnership with the B.C. Schizophrenia Society and Delta Alliance for Wellness and Networking Society on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Scottsdale Centre by the liquor store. Call 604-943-1878 for further information.

$Discipleship Seminar, hosted by St. Andrew’s Church, Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Little House, 506112th Ave., Tsawwassen, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fee: $20. Includes lunch, handouts. Presenter: Tim Ernst Outreach consultant Navigator’s, MA theological communication - McGill Univ. Registration: 604943-9356 or events01@

$The South Delta Newcomers & Alumni meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the Art Gallery, Kiwanis Longhouse, located at 1710-56th St., Tsawwassen. The club is for women who have moved to Tsawwassen, Ladner or Point Roberts to introduce you to the community and help you make new friends.

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Join us on Thursday, Oct. 17. Contact Holly at holly. hastie@uregina.ca $The next regular meeting of the South Delta Low Vision support group will be held Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library. The guest speaker will be Elaine Holthan representing Aroga technology. This will include a variety of smaller magnification devices for low vision assistance. For more information contact Matt at 604-9469934. $Please mark your calendars for the Delta Welcoming Communities Program’s Community meeting, scheduled for Nov. 7 between 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. at George Mackie Library. Your participation and feedback at the WCP Community meeting is key to the successful implementation of our program. $IODE Boundary Bay Chapter (a registered charitable organization) is seeking new members to help us in accomplishing our busy fall fundraising initiatives. Our chapter primarily supports organizations in the South Delta community and comprises of 18 fun and enthusiastic ladies. We meet

the second Tuesday each month from Sept. through June. If you are looking to make a difference in your community and have fun doing it, please call Diane at 604-948-3198 for further information or to attend our October meeting as a guest. Visit www.iodeinbc.ca. $Bookends, a monthly local book club, is looking for new members. Please call Jennifer at 604-2304130 for details. $Learn to Row on the calm and beautiful waters of the Deas Island Slough. Rowing is easy on the joints and provides a great workout... for life. Rowing programs available for teens, adults and adaptive athletes. For info please call 604-946-3074 or info@deltadeas.com. Special Events $Fall Fair at Tsawwassen United Church, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 693-53rd St. There will be baking, crafts, pies, Grannies Attic, bottle bar, silent auction, and café with burgers, crepes and chili. Arts $There is a Delta Welcoming Communities

Art Exhibition reception Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library. Enjoy personal storytelling and traditional performances from local artists. The exhibit runs until Oct. 5. For more information or to RSVP, please call Gurpreet Kaur at 604-594-3455 ext.128. $Trinity Chamber Series presents Michael Munro (piano) and Liam Hockley (clarinet) Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1880 APA Rd., Point Roberts. Free admission. Donations support the Friends of the Library! $The South Delta Artists Guild presents a workshop: Large and Loose in Acrylic with Suzanne Northcott (Oct. 25, 26 and 27). Visit southdeltaartistsguild.com for more information. The Coming Events column is published every Wednesday as a community service. If you have a nonprofit event, mail, drop off, fax, or e-mail (events@ delta-optimist.com) the details to the Optimist by 3 p.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to space limitations (no phone calls, please).


A20 The Delta Optimist October 2, 2013 Car Care

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Get vehicle ready for cold weather Part of parenting is dispensing driving advice. For example, in icy weather young drivers may be told, “Take it slow. Don’t drive any faster than the speed at which you’re willing to hit a brick wall.” Thanks, Mom. Thanks, Dad. Driving slowly and cautiously is good advice, but Car Care Canada reminds motorists of other cold weather tips. The first and most important is to be proactive. That means making sure your car is mechanically sound before the temperature dips and the streets get icy. Car Care Canada recommends the following tasks be performed by a do-ityourselfer or professional auto technician: • Check the coolant (antifreeze); coolant should be flushed and refilled every two years in most vehicles. • Check the owner’s manual to see if you are considered “severe” and if so, have the oil changed accordingly, usually every 5,000 kilometres. Note, most Canadians qualify for severe conditions, which mean you drive in stop and go traffic, in mountainous terrain or other conditions that increase wear and tear.

• Check the battery and exhaust system. • Be certain the heater and defroster are working. • Ensure your windshield is free of dings and cracks. Cold temperatures can turn a small ding in your windshield into a major crack. • Keep the gas tank at least half full, decreasing the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. • Check tire tread depth and tire pressure. • Check to see that lights work and headlights are properly aimed. The end of daylight savings time in the fall results in earlier nightfall and more nighttime driving. It’s the perfect time to upgrade your headlights. Remember, when it’s time to change your clocks, it’s probably time to change your headlights. • Replace wiper blades every six months; consider special snow blades if the weather dictates. • Be prepared for an emergency with the following items in your trunk: ice scraper, windshield de-icer, flashlight, whisk broom, blanket, extra clothes, candle/matches, bottled water, snacks, necessary medications and a first-aid kit.

Misconceptions about maintenance

When it comes to performing regular maintenance on your vehicle, there are many misconceptions, and even the best of intentions can lead you to spend more money than necessary or even compromise your safety. Servicing your vehicle in accordance with your vehicle owner’s manual and visiting an automotive service technician for regular check-ups are two of the best ways to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently. To ensure you’re well informed about the maintenance needs of your vehicle, the Automotive Industries Association of Canada exposes four common myths: Myth #1: To maintain my vehicle warranty I must have my car serviced at a dealership. Truth: Typically, having your vehicle serviced at your dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranty in effect, unless the work

being done is covered under your warranty. Myth #2: Vehicle service schedules are just a way for automotive service businesses to make money. Truth: Your vehicle’s service schedule was designed by automotive engineers, not service technicians. Maintaining your car according to the schedule outlined in your vehicle owner’s manual helps to maintain the reliability and efficiency of your vehicle, preserving your investment. Myth #3: Warm weather means less car worries. Truth: Your vehicle requires routine maintenance all year round. Myth #4: If you’re having brake issues, topping-up the brake fluid will fix the problem. Truth: Brake fluid works differently from other liquids in your vehicle. Low brake fluid levels indicate worn brakes or a leaking reservoir, so topping-up the fluid will not fix any problems.


October 2, 2013 The Delta Optimist A21 Car Care

est way to protect your vehicle from costly repairs. Neglecting to change your oil when needed, or running your vehicle with too little oil, can put stress on your engine leading to engine failure. Professionals recommend oil changes at least

from rust and corrosion and prevents freeze up in the winter and overheating during summer months. Replace your engine coolant every two years or as prescribed in your vehicle owner’s manual. Replace brake pads. Squealing brakes can be a sign that brake pads need replacing, which tends to be a fairly inexpensive issue to correct. Ignoring your brakes not only greatly reduces the safety of your vehicle on the Changing your vehicle’s fluids and filters road, but may also cause larger, more is a simple way to prolong its life. expensive problems such as havevery 5,000 kilometres, but ing to replace your brake check your vehicle owner’s rotors. manual for information Pay attention to dash about oil change schedules. lights. Most new vehicles Perform tire rotation. have dash lights that can Front tires typically wear warn you of various issues. faster than rear tires, which Make sure to research the is why it’s important to problem when you see one rotate them every 10,000 of those lights go on. If you to 13,000 kilometres, or ignore the issue, you may as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Tire face even greater and costlier problems in the future. rotation services are fairly By being diligent with inexpensive and can signifiregular maintenance, you cantly increase the life of can get the most out of your your tires. car and reduce the likeliReplace engine coolhood of an expensive auto ant. Engine coolant (or repair the next time you antifreeze) protects your stop by the auto shop. vehicle’s cooling system

Regular vehicle maintenance and careful driving are two of the most effective ways to prolong the life of your car. Performing simple maintenance tasks can go a long way when it comes to keeping your car running longer and more safely, and to helping you avoid costly repairs in the future. We rely on our vehicles as part of our daily routines, so it’s important to ensure they are well maintained to protect our investment along with our wallet, according to representatives at the Automotive Industries Association of Canada, through its Be Car Care Aware program. “By ignoring routine maintenance, you’re putting your vehicle at a higher risk for more severe and more costly problems down the road,” says Marc Brazeau, president and CEO of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. “The key to promoting vehicle safety and longevity is addressing minor issues before they become major issues.” Here are a few routine checks that can keep your car running in top shape and save you money in the long run: Check your oil. Frequent oil changes are the easi-

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A22 The Delta Optimist October 2, 2013

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Junior Islanders welcome back Rennie

Lacrosse club’s major off-season shake-up includes Shaun Springett being let go as head coach after 2 years at helm BY

MARK BOOTH

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A major shake-up with the Delta Islanders Junior “A” Lacrosse Club includes a familiar face behind the bench next season. Greg Rennie returns after a three-year hiatus to take over the head coaching duties from Shaun Springett who was let go last week. Rennie will also serve as assistant general manager and have a major say in player personnel. The other significant move was Gary McBride stepping down as club president. General manager Bruce Davidson will take on those duties which also involves overseeing the Intermediate “A” program. The developments added up to a harsh send-off for Springett who guided the club to its first-ever berth in the league finals a year ago and had the team in contention again this past season.That changed in July when the club sent top scorers Cody Nass and Eli McLaughlin to the New Westminister Salmonbellies for prospects and draft picks. The fact Springett had no say in the transaction hinted the direction the Islanders were headed in 2014. However, it was a deal many believed had to be made with the organization thin on talent beyond next season. Rennie’s return gives the Islanders a coach who has had his finger on the pulse of the B.C. Intermediate “A” Lacrosse League the past three seasons with a very successful run in Richmond. The Ladner native is also aware of the current talent at the midget level which will serve well for future drafts. Rennie guided the Roadrunners to three consecutive provincial berths and

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After three impressive seasons running the intermediate “A” program in Richmond, Greg Rennie is back with the Junior “A” Islanders in 2014. relied heavily on recruits from outside of Richmond to contend. “This really has nothing to do with Shaun’s ability as a coach,” said Rennie on Monday. “He did a great job here. It had everything to do with scouting and recruiting. I never would have agreed to return if that trade with New West wasn’t made because there would have been so little to work with beyond next season.” Springett had heard rumours in the summer the club was planning to go a different direction but thought there might have been a change in plans until he got the news late last week. He is expected to land on his feet

very soon with another team. “Lacrosse coaches are hired to be fired,” he chuckled. “I thank the organization for the opportunity they gave me and I will really miss working with those kids. Sure, I was looking forward to making a run at a championship next season with the team we had coming back. If anything, I wished they had made the move at the time of the trade as it would have made more sense to me.” Meanwhile, Rennie has already been green lighted to shore up his roster for 2014 and promises it will be a very busy offseason, starting with the upcoming league AGM.

“We will be making some huge deals,” promises Rennie. “You will see more trades (in the next five months) than you did in the past two years. We will definitely be looking at bringing some third-year guys to help push this team over the top.” High on Rennie’s shopping list is veteran defensive help and more right-handed offensive talent. He expects to have over 70 players at training camp in April. He plans on bringing his coaching staff from Richmond with him, including Dave Perog who worked under Rennie during his previous stint. Former Islander Ryan Keith will be in charge of the offence.

Devils cruising through conference play with big test looming MARK BOOTH

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The way conference play is unfolding for the South Delta Sun Devils, it’s probably a good thing the nation’s number one ranked high school football team is on the horizon. The Sun Devils made it two straight blow out wins in regular season action, this time rolling to a 46-0 victory over Spectrum on Saturday in Victoria. The result comes on the heels off a 42-14 romp of Frank Hurt a week earlier and South Delta will be heavily favoured again on Saturday against Holy Cross.

The Cloverdale Catholic school might actually provide the Devils their toughest conference test but it’s not saying much in a Southern Conference that clearly is lacking quality opponents. “It was something we were aware of during the off-season and that’s why we put together a challenging exhibition schedule,” said South Delta head coach Ray Moon. “It’s definitely not the ideal situation but it gives us the opportunity to work on some things and everyone the chance to play. We’re looking at more than the final score in these games.” A year ago, a remedy for a soft confer-

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ence schedule was a trip to Nanaimo to face perennial AA powerhouse John Barsby Bulldogs. A 13-6 victory set the stage for an impressive run to the provincial championship. This time, the Devils have taken it a step further when the Mt Douglas Rams visit Tsawwassen on Oct 12. The Victoria school is not only undefeated and the defending B.C. “AAA” champions, it’s ranked No. 1 in the nation. What might seem like too great of challenge is actually reality for the 2014 season when South Delta moves up to the “AAA” ranks and will have the Rams on their conference schedule.

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In the meantime, the Devils didn’t even need the services of starting quarterback Lucas Kirk to make short work of Spectrum. Versatile senior Mitch Dino stepped under centre and orchestrated the lopsided win with a pair of touchdown passes and a rushing major of his own. Dino completed nine of his 10 passes for 89 yards. South Delta’s running attack was also in high gear with two players going over the century mark. Will Kraynyk rushed for 139 yards on just 10 carries, while Jack McDonald added 108 on only five attempts. McDonald also had three catches for 36 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

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Rudin’s hat trick keeps Hawks unbeaten A natural hat trick from an unlikely source kept the Delta Ice Hawks as the lone unbeaten team in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League. David Rudin’s third goal of the game in the second overtime period gave the Ice Hawks a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Grandview Steelers on Sunday

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